Archive for April 2020

Timing…

April 22, 2020

Hard to believe that if not for COVID-19 the NBA playoffs would have begun and we’d only be about two months away from the finals.

A Tiger Woods/Peyton Manning vs Phil Mickelson/Tom Brady charity golf match is planned for May, without spectators. Well, good to see in these tough times without sports that poor Brady is getting some attention.

MLB has suspended Red Sox manager Alex Cora for the 2020 season. Which would be bigger news if it looked like MLB was going to HAVE a 2020 season.

You require a license to drive a car. Can we require a signed DNR order for anyone taking part in these reopen rallies? Like #ReopenVirginia

Trump tweets “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.” 1. Wag The Dog didn’t need to be remade as a documentary. 2. Who taught Donald to spell “harass?”

 

Back in my youth, I was on a casual bowling team with coworkers. And as mom had several bowling outings with my son. Been a few years but besides random shoe rental, remember testing out about a dozen balls each time for feel & weight. What could possibly go wrong with Georgia reopening bowling alleys?

Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goldman, is 81 years old. Poor woman, she’s got the blond hair and the talking points right, but she’s WAY too old to be hired by Fox News.

Found by a Canadian friend. @EmilyAnnette6 on Twitter  “At the grocery. Wearing my mask. Lady behind me, snarky & loud enough to make sure I heard, “don’t guess she realizes that stupid mask won’t do any good.” Me: “Honey, I’m an off duty nurse, I’m wearing it to protect YOU. But, I can take it off if you’d like.” She practically ran.”

Reports now that Jesse Ventura is interested in running for the Green Party’s Presidential nomination. Because 2020 wasn’t weird enough?

So just how hard is it for Mike Pence to give groveling daily praise to dear leader. Or does his soul have permanent immunity at this point?

Ah, Rachel Maddow is onto the story that hydroxychloroquine is looking like it may cause more harm than good.   Meanwhile Donald is distancing himself so fast from the drug beginning to think he used to be married to it.

Hanging it up

April 21, 2020

Marlins manager Don Mattingly,  watching “The Last Dance,” said watching Michael Jordan’s playing heroics remind him a lot of Miami owner Derek Jeter.

Mattingly didn’t add that Jordan’s ownership record probably also now reminds him of Derek Jeter.

 

Per Rachel Maddow,  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says that fans attending an auto race this weekend in the state is a bad idea. If only Noem had the power to do anything about it.

 

A story in SF Chronicle about a Sacramento protest against Stay At Home notes that it was organized by the “Freedom Angels,” an anti-vaxxer group. And that some of them brought their children. This might be funny if it weren’t so sad.

AG Bill Barr says his DOJ may join lawsuits against governors who refuse to roll back stay-home orders. So will Susan Collins pronounce herself “troubled?” Or “very troubled?

Meghan McCain on the View today told her co-hosts to “check their privilege.”. I cannot possibly write anything funnier than that.

Missouri today became first state to sue the Chinese government over COVID-19s pandemic, citing “an appalling campaign of deceit.” Uh, can U.S. states sue our own government? Asking for some blue and even red states.

Meow time. So how come Dr. Birx doesn’t have her roots showing after over almost a month of task force briefing? Do she and our #BackupInChief share an “essential” hair colorist?

Trump says there will be “some exceptions” to his Executive Order on immigration. Translation “I need my resorts staffed, and some of my friends need wives.”

Hydroxychloroquine trials have been going so badly I fully expect Donald Trump soon to say they were Obama’s idea.

What it comes to early re-opening, seems to me it comes down to one simple question: Even if you’re confident in your own ability to beat coronavirus, how do you know you won’t kill somebody else?

Texas Lt. Gov #DanPatrick April 2019, defending Texas “pro-life” bill to stop local govts from contracting w/ agencies like Planned Parenthood “There is nothing more important than defending the defenseless. Dan Patrick April 2020 “There are more important things than living.”

In for more than a penny

April 21, 2020

Rumors that Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez may try to buy the Mets. How much do I long for the days when that would have been the biggest story of the week in New York?

 

A Yankees fan who bought tickets for a Red Sox game on May 9, is suing because the team says the game “postponed” rather than canceled so they’re not issuing refunds. The woman paid $926 for 6 tickets. At least she didn’t prepay beers – she could be out thousands.

Newt Gingrich attacks Nancy Pelosi over her freezer containing $12-a-pint ice cream – says it’s “most tone-deaf thing I’ve seen a Speaker do.”

Uh, I don’t know, impeaching a President over adultery while you’re House Speaker and cheating on your second wife is pretty up there.

On a snarky and petty note, just realized Don Jr’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, 51, is over a year older than Melania Trump

All these idiots saying “Jesus is my Vaccine” clearly are planning to meet “Him” sooner rather than later.

Seeing these Confederate flags at the “re-open” rallies. I always knew the flag now was a sign of racism, didn’t realize quite how much it’s also a sign of stupidity.

Trump saying Governors call their own shots. And now Georgia’s Brian Kemp, Tennessee’s Bill Lee, and South Carolina’s Henry McCaster took that as a license to use their own states for target practice.

So Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is opening up businesses including massage therapists, nail and hair salons. With “social distancing.”
Uh, as we try to wrap our heads around how someone gives you a massage or does your nails/hair at a distance, your reminder, again, as Amy Klobuchar says, “if not for voter suppression, my friend Stacey Abrams would be Governor of Georgia right now.”

Seriously among the businesses Brian Kemp will allow to reopen are body art studios. So how do you do a socially distanced tattoo? Throw ink darts from across the room?

Every day The Washington Post lists the ten counties in USA with highest rate of deaths. Five of them are in Georgia.
Is Governor Brian Kemp going for a clean sweep?

 

As movie theaters open in Georgia on Monday I can see the ads already for jumbo sized popcorn “A shareable snack to die for.”

Trump issued an executive order stopping immigration, but his Mar-A-Lago club, which will open again in late October, has claimed for years they need H-2B Visa workers. So will Donald rescind the order then, or is he heading to Moscow or somewhere Nov 4?

With all due respect, since US currently has the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the world, along with the most expensive healthcare? why does Trump think people now WANT to come here?

Per CNN Kim Jong Un reportedly in critical condition after surgery. Wanna bet Trump will express more heartfelt emotion over him tomorrow at his vanity rally than over almost all the 41,000 plus Americans who have died?

If Kim Jong Un is NOT gravely ill, how p*ssed off is Trump going to be at the North Korean leader for stealing all his xenophobic immigration ban headlines?

So with Trump suspending all immigration into the United States by executive order, does this mean Donald has decided he has no plans to look for a 4th wife?

For all the time Trump has had to vent on Twitter and in his vanity rally, your reminder, on the anniversary of the Columbine school massacre and 24 hours after worst mass shooting in Canadian history he hasn’t found time to mention either.

 

Crashing and burning?

April 19, 2020

Even though it’s often played without spectators, no PGA tour events yet. Of course, ESPN could just fill their weekends with highlights of tournaments featuring Tiger Woods.  Oops, been there, done that.

 

Media giving so much attention to the small rallies of stupid “Liberate” people perhaps shouldn’t be that surprising. When ESPN shows highlights of auto races most of what they show are the wrecks.

 

Looking at the race of all these protesters demanding things be opened up in various places across the US should put an end to the myth of White supremacy once and for all.

So these “Liberate” idiots think the rest of us don’t miss normal life? Going to work, seeing friends, travel, restaurants, etc, etc? Miss those things terribly. But not enough to want to kill other people.

Steve Mnuchin today on CNN took blame for stimulus check delay, saying it was HIS idea to have Trump’s signature on the checks. Two words. Yeah. Right.

 

A new study finds that  coronavirus could linger in the testicles, making men prone to longer, more severe cases of the illness.

So this is why Trump hasn’t been infected?

As Trump brags about his hotel properties why doesn’t some reporter ask Donald why he doesn’t offer free rooms to healthcare workers?

Joe Biden won Wyoming Democratic Party caucuses with 72% of the vote. Wow. Does that mean Wyoming has 72 actual Democrats?

Joe Biden is not a scientist. Donald Trump is not a scientist. But Joe Biden listens to scientists.

As a Pro Choice woman isn’t it nice at least that a lot of these GOP folks protesting are finally saying they realize it’s wrong for government to tell us what to do with our bodies? Oh wait, never mind.

 

 

Worst mass shooting ever in Canada. If Joe Bidenwere President, he would have issued a statement on behalf of USA. As an American my heart goes out to those in Nova Scotia, and I apologize for us not having elected a human in 2016.
@JustinTrudeau
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To those who lost loved ones following the senseless violence in Nova Scotia, and to the @RCMPNS family mourning the loss of Cst. Heidi Stevenson, know Canadians across the country are mourning with you – and are here to support you through this tragedy. pm.gc.ca/en/news/statem
And seriously folks, google Trudeau with any of the many mass US shooting recently, Vegas, Parkland, Kentucky, etc…. He’s always sent a message on Twitter and has generally called Trump.

Boys of almost summer.

April 18, 2020

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said league remains “committed” to resuming the 2019-20 season, but there’s still no timetable.
With all due respect, aren’t we already only a few months away from the start of the NBA’s 2020-21 preseason?

A. Bartlett Giamatti on baseball “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.”

This year baseball breaks our hearts by not even beginning.

Unexpectedly touching to see Michelle Obama and Laura Bush together tonight on #GlobalCitizen
I’m so old I remember when national crises brought out the best in our leaders.

It’s a small point, but so is every single person in the White House terrified to tell Trump that the Spanish Flu was 1918, not 1917?

Let’s be real. ALL the women on Joe Biden’s short list for a potential running mate would say yes if he asked them.
So why do reporters keep asking them???

A small silver lining in this Coronavirus nightmare – wasn’t that long ago many Americans couldn’t name a Governor or even more than one or two Senators outside their own state, let alone potential Democratic rising stars.

Now Trump is talking about that “perfect phone call” Pence reportedly had with Senators yesterday. He says Democrats were “rude and nasty.”
Simple way to prove this – release the tape.

Trump Advisor Stephen Moore compared the COVID-19 protesters to Rosa Parks.
Right, if Rosa Parks had planned to move to the front of the bus to kill everyone else on aboard.

As a Democrat there are several states I’ve hoped would turn blue this November.
But the premise was never that it would happen because GOP voters would end up trying to “liberate” themselves from the voter rolls by dying.

So as Dr. Birx shows off her “flattening the curve” charts, imagine what the charts are going to look like in Florida in a few weeks with DeSantis opening those beaches.

I wanna see charts on testing. Period.

Sporting chance.

April 17, 2020

UC Berkeley announced admissions today. As a Stanford grad, how badly do I wish for old days when most pressing thing that might get us Cardinal fans on social media tonight was to tell future Golden Bears “Congrats, now prepare to lose “Big Game” for next four years.”

 

So how many times a day do you think someone has to tell Trump  “Sorry sir, you can’t go golfing this weekend?”

Lady Gaga headlining major musical fundraiser for WHO on Saturday evening today expressed support for WHO General Director “Dr Tedros, you’re a superstar.” Trump tweet calling Lady Gaga overrated in 3.2.1..

Sen. Angus King after conference call on COVID-19 testing failures with Pence:“I have never been so mad about a phone call in my life.” For those who aren’t political junkies, the mild-mannered King being mad is as likely as Bernie Sanders modeling for GQ magazine.

 

Looking at some of today’s protests pretty clear the correct motto should be “Live Free AND Die.”

So are our “what we did during Stay At Home Stories” going to be our “what did you do in the war, grandma” stories?

 

 

I only started watching her regularly last month. But ass awful as this pandemic is, we can all hope that when we end up in nursing homes that there is someone who advocates for us as much as Rachel Maddow?

So when deaths start spiking in three weeks with beaches and businesses now opening in red states, who will Trump blame?

And, do Trump and his red state Governor buddies think this COVID-19 will just “fly over” rural Midwest states?

During today’s vanity rally Trump said “I’m going to leave and I’m going to be right back.” What was the emergency? Depends?

Trump has announced a plan for nationalwide testing. Which he’ll roll out as soon as he releases his tax returns.

 

The state of Illinois received a secret shipment of PPE from China yesterday. They kept it secret so the Trump administration wouldn’t steal it. No, this is not a bad remake of “24.”

As Trump spends his Friday night rage retweeting far-right activist Charlie Kirk, your reminder that Barack Obama was attacked for having weekend date nights with his wife.

Plenty of space

April 16, 2020

So if Trump wants to open up college football with fans kept well apart and socially distanced, as a Stanford football fan can I nominate Stanford’s home opener Sept 5.  A Saturday game over two weeks before  students return, at a TBA time which could be decided up to six days before, and against the Cardinal’s well-known rival William and Mary?

Heck, before this Coronavirus pandemic Stanford could have looked forward to at least a thousand fans showing up.

Although as Donald talks about college football games and opening the country up state by state,  just for example, does Trump think fans never cross state lines for college football games?

For those who miss baseball.  Just a bit outside…  https://twitter.com/Starting9/status/1250832201727475712

Nancy Pelosi has started doing briefings and interviews from her kitchen. Anyone think Trump has ever been in a kitchen?

Meanwhile Laura Kelly saying on CNN Kansas has had a very hard time getting tests. But what does she know… Kelly is only the state’s Governor.

Just for example, in central Florida, where I went to high school, Orlando Sentinel just reported “among eight counties, there have been 2,792 confirmed cases w/ fewer than 1% of population tested.” Well not like the area has any places where big crowds gather, like theme parks.

Trump says some of his friends are dead. Shocking. Trump thinks he has friends?

Joe Biden just said he may announce some of his Cabinet-level choices before the election. Thinking again one way to get media attention would be a short reality show each week where he unveils another pick—“I’ll tell you…after the break.”

Anyone else feeling that Dr. Birx is really ruining the idea of wearing scarfs when we go out in public again?

Trump bragging about 3.5 million tests. Uh, US population is 328 million.

Trump says “it’s going to be a “beautiful puzzle.” You know what else was beautiful? – the AIDS quilt.

CNN reports Trump plan says gyms can reopen in Phase 1, but not bars. Because no one ever gets sweaty and touches surfaces or breathes heavily in gyms?

But maybe Donald put gyms on his Phase I reopening list because he knows he’ll never be in one?

17 Governors have announced they will work with others in their region on when & how to re-open their states. Meanwhile Trump says he will announce his nationwide plan to start May 1. Donald’s like the guy screaming on a Zoom call who doesn’t realize everyone else has muted him.

As Rachel Maddow reports with justifiable rage about Trump administration ignoring deaths in our nursing homes and assisted living facilities, I’m reminded that I’m so old that I remember when Democrats were accused of wanting “death panels.”

 

So if Gilead Sciences’ antiviral medicine Remdesivir turns out to be effective against Coronavirus how long until Trump says he knew it first and accuses Democrats of pushing hydroxychloroquine?