Archive for May 2020

Spare change

May 31, 2020

Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner, is the richest man in Maryland, worth $5.2 billion. .The team decided to begin cutting minor-league weekly stipends from $400 to $300.
Closer Sean Doolittle & rest of team are together going to chip in to make up the difference.
When pandemic is over can Lerner sell the team so America can come together to root for the Nats?

But let’s see, six minor league affiliates for Nats….. 25 on a team, about 150 players.  $15,000 a week….  Lerner could spend $15,000 a day for over 10,000 years and not spend all his money.

 

Emmanuel Macron joined Angela Merkel in declining Trump’s G-7 invite for this year.

Is there any way America can post this sign for the world? – “Under renovation- reopening under new management January 20, 2021.”

Trump tweets “Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME!”
So how many crimes can we charge Donald with over his hate rallies?

Meanwhile, the same “President” who says he would run unarmed into a school to face a shooter now is covering in his underground bunker because only several hundred Secret Service and police are between him and unarmed protesters?
Seems very on brand
#CadetBoneSpurs

Jane Fonda showed up on CNN dressed all in black with a black beret to speak up against racism, and apparently some (mostly younger) folks didn’t get it.

Just saying,  anyone mocking Jane Fonda for suddenly speaking out needs to spend some time tonight with Mr. Google.

 

 

Okay, we all know that Marco Rubio regularly does the male Susan Collins version of being very troubled. But if you don’t think he hit a nerve,  take my word for it, Repubican FURY on Twitter over this post: “Various domestic terror groups on BOTH far left & right are instigating & committing acts of violence & looting. They are stealing the focus away from the murder of Mr. Floyd & the legitimate problems it revealed.”

Remember this Trump tweet about protesters “The governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry. See them, talk to them, make a deal.” May 1, 2020 Yeah, this aged well.

Countdown.

May 31, 2020

Hard to believe, but if COVID-19 hadn’t happened, we’d still be about a week away from first game – June 4- of the NBA finals.

Meanwhile, 156 days until November 3, the Presidential Election.  Remember those days as a kid when you wished you could open advent calendar windows early to get to Christmas sooner?  Yeah, it’s like that.

 

I’m so old I remember when the only story on the news was the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re still in a COVID-19 pandemic. Even if police don’t shoot anyone, can’t help but watching these protest crowds and thinking sadly that people are going to die from them.

 

Anyone but me trying to imagine what these protests and riots would be like if we still had a President

Missing Obama.

Meanwhile the same POTUS who claims he knows everything about everything claims he didn’t know the racist origins of the phrase “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The correct response to that might get me kicked off social media.

Can’t help but think that Trump is absolutely livid over the death of George Floyd. Mostly because he can’t blame it on China.

Trump tweeted “The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn’t do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage. Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined.”
More like, if we elected a President 3 1/2 years ago there would not have been riots.. Our democracy would not have been taken over and ruined.

SCOTUS voted 5-4 to allow Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep restrictions against allowing churches to open. Judge Roberts said “choosing when to lift restrictions during a pandemic is the business of elected officials, not unelected judges.” Trump attacks on Judge Roberts in 3.2.1…

Clerk called cops on George Floyd for allegedly paying with a counterfeit $20 bill. Most of us white folks could try to pay with $3 dollar bills and clerk might only wonder what drawer in which to put them.

Remember all those mostly funny “We survived Clinton you’ll survive Bush,” and then “We survived Bush you’ll survive Obama” t-shirts and memes? Sadly, not so sure the current GOP version “We survived Obama you’ll survive Trump” is actually working…

The longest week…. until next week

May 29, 2020

A Texas bar has a rule “No mask allowed.” Well, assume this will also apply to patrons’ funerals.

Trump claims that in California “that kids go & they raid mailboxes & they hand them to people that are signing ballots.” I’m California voter. My husband scrawled signature on ballot few years ago, got RETURNED to him because signatures didn’t match. He had to redo it. Period.

 

Plagiarizers of a feather. We all remember Melania with Michelle Obama. Tonight Donald “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Wasn’t a great line the first time, when uttered by Miami police chief Walter Headley in 1967.

Let us be very very clear. Trump does not care about the life of George Floyd The only life he cares about is his own.

Trump still on his #VoteByMail rant. “Our election process will become badly tainted & a laughingstock all over the World. ” Uh, fixed it for him “Our Presidency has become badly tainted & a laughingstock all over the World.”

Forget no criticism of armed protesters: Trump never even referred to the killer of #HeatherHeyer as a “thug.”

 

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that a man who refuses to give his DNA in a rape case doesn’t want his facts checked on Twitter either.

Amazing, White House tweeting that Trump “just took executive action to fight online censorship by tech corporations, including social media platforms.” Twitter censored nothing Donald tweeted. They simply offered a fact check. . So facts now official have a liberal bias?

 

I challenge any GOP Senator to take a quick scroll through Trump’s twitter feed Thursday  morning and tell me POTUS is a sane man. (sadly this may become an evergreen tweet.)

And I’m writing this and going to bed a couple hours before Donald will wake up and see that Twitter flagged his tweet about looting and shooting as “inciting violence.”

Serious closing items:

A story last night indicated that Amy Klobuchar, while  Hennepin County DA, had let the cop who killed George Floyd off the hook for shooting a man in 2006. Since I am an Amy fan this was disturbing but story seemed a bit off.  A little research found the case was a domestic violence, with someone  (allegedly) who had stabbed their girlfriend and friend, threatened to shot them, and then pointed, and refused to drop,  a shotgun at six cops, who all opened fire, killing the suspect.  But the date was October 29, 2006. To non-political junkies, that was 9 days before Klobuchar was elected to the Senate.  And no way a prosecution happens that fast, especially in a case that seemed a lot like “suicide by cop.”

Today many news sites went with the story simply that she had let Floyd’s killer off the hook, often tying it to “well, so much for VP chances,” and some making it sound like she should resign, and I tried to point out the issues when I could.

Tonight, the DA’s office issued this statement,- “Hennepin County Grand Jury returned no-bill in death of Wayne Reyes on Oct. 25, 2007. All prosecutorial decisions were made under the direction of Mike Freeman.” Amy joined Senate January 20, 2007

Facts matter.  Let’s see how many retractions happen Friday.

On their feet screaming

May 27, 2020

 

MAGAs and some conservatives clutching their pearls over Donna Brazile saying “Jesus Chr*st” on air while US death toll tops 100,000 is all you need to know about Trump’s base.
Seriously, guessing Jay Cutler with the Bears had probably millions of Chicago fans screaming “Jesus Chr*st” on a regular basis every Sunday.
Dodger Stadium has now opened as the largest coronavirus testing facility in state of California, and apparently can check up to 6,000 people daily.   Of course it could probably check more if people would start showing up sooner than an hour after scheduled start time.
Mitt Romney tweeted “I  know Joe Scarborough. Joe is a friend of mine. I don’t know T.J. Klausutis. Joe can weather vile, baseless accusations but T.J.? His heart is breaking. Enough already.”
Which Republican wants to stand up for decency and to be brave enough to join Mitt Romney in this statement? I’m waiting.
Department of Homeland Security says Trump has built just three miles of new border wall where no barrier existed before. Three miles?! Seriously? Jimmy Carter gets more done in a weekend with Habitat for Humanity!
As DOJ continues to investigate Richard Burr for insider trading, Kelly Loeffler, who seems as least as guilty, looks like she’ll get off scot-free.
I’m sure the fact Richard Burr’s Intelligence Committee came up with a report saying Russia interfered in the 2016 election, along with the fact that that Loeffler’s husband donated $1 million to Trump’s re-election, had NOTHING to do with it.
Now there’s going to be a tough decision for Trump: NASA / SpaceEx launch pushed off until Saturday. So will it be another expensive photo op? Or a golf game?
A real President who’d traveled to Florida for the SpaceX launch would be tweeting that the NASA delay was disappointing but safety always comes first. Of course a real President who cared about safety would be wearing a mask.
And if you think he’s bad on Twitter, this is Trump fundraising email “There is NO WAY that universal mail-in ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mailboxes will be robbed, ballots will be illegally printed out and forged, and the Election will be RIGGED.”
(so is donald sharing the GOP plan out loud?)
Got an idea for DonaldTrump  Why bother signing a toothless Executive Order because you’re unhappy with Twitter? Just put Jared in charge of creating an alternate social media platform and delete your Twitter account?
Problem solved.
Just wondering… If Trump came up with his own social media site to compete with Twitter, what would he call it?

Missed it by that much…

May 27, 2020
The NHL hopes to abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams –
So the 29-36 San Jose Sharks came about 3 games short of making the postseason.

Reports indicate two horses trained by Bob Baffert tested  positive for a banned substance in Arkansas earlier this month according to multiple reports. Well,  at least  horses can’t complain to the media it was a “tainted supplement.”

Asked again about his Breakfast Club attempted quip, Joe Biden said “I shouldn’t have been a wise guy. It was a mistake. When I make a comment that is offensive to some people I SHOULD apologize.” I miss having a President.

Asked about Trump and his insults, Joe Biden gets commended for understatement “looks like’s he’s having trouble controlling his own emotions.”

 

Kayleigh McEnany says it’s “peculiar” that Joe Biden wears a mask to a memorial, but not with Jill at home.   Guess Press Secretary Barbie doesn’t realize that people who are staying at home don’t need to be wearing masks with the people they are staying at home with? Or is it once again the question, “stupid or evil?”

CNN has a headline “Why won’t some people wear masks?” And there’s one simple answer for many Americans. Dear Leader acts like they are not necessary. Trump’s ego is killing people. Literally.

Don’t get me wrong… Richard Burr sure seems guilty of insider trading, but from outside Kelly Loeffler seems even more guilty. Except Burr dared cross Trump by apparently coming up w/ impartial report on Russian interference in 2016 election. This is how banana republics work.

Watching that video made me sick, and made me want to throw those Minneapolis cops in prison & throw away the key. And yes, it’s not fair the cops will get more justice than George Floyd got. But IMHO we don’t need vigilantism, we need to make sure prosecutors win this case.

Our Cheeto-In Chief is not amused “Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!” Fine. Show them what you think. Delete your account.

Fore

May 26, 2020

Tom Brady with Phil Mickelson lost to Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in a charity match play yesterday.  And Saints coach Sean Payton weighed in…“I’m liking this Florida @TomBrady right now,” Payton said in a tweet.

Good to know social distance doesn’t stop snark.

 

Included in Trump’s rants this weekend is that he played golf “for the first time in almost 3 months.” Uh, he played March 8. Then again May 23. That’s 2 1/2 months Such a trivial detail, and yet, no lie too small.

Seeing so many crowd scenes from the weekend of people close together and not wearing masks. Do they realize the point of Memorial Day is to honor the dead, not to try to join them?

 

Donald Trump in an interview today said of his former attorney general Jeff Sessions that he was not “mentally qualified” for the job. Well, Sessions WAS the first US Senator in 2016 to endorse Trump.

 

We are 3 months away from Republican National Convention & Trump wants guarantees on being able to operate at “full attendance” in North Carolina.

Uh for comparison purposes… about 3 months ago in late February Trump proclaimed “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to American people remains very low.”

Meanwhile, this headline from Fox News, no joke. “Shootings, MAGA boat parades mark start to Memorial Day as US adapts to post-pandemic culture.” We. are. not. in.”POST-PANDEMIC” culture. Would be funny if State TV wasn’t going to get innocent front-line workers killed.

Yeah, President Obama wore a tan suit in the White House. You know what he’d also be wearing in the White House now? A mask.

So as Donald Trump spars with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper over being able to have “full attendance” at August’s RNC conference scheduled for Atlanta, how long until GOP debuts their new slogan?
“People Are Dying To Re-Elect Trump.”

Sociopath-In-Chief accuses his political opponents of being criminals & murderers, & golfs on Memorial Day weekend while hawking Trump-Pence mugs to honor dead. Yeah, Joe Biden said it wrong. Joe should’ve said, “if you have problem figuring out who you’re for, you ain’t human.

Trump finally tweets out some well-wishes during pandemic and it’s to Allen West, former Florida Rep running for Texas Republican Chair, who was injured in motorcycle crash returning from “Free Texas Rally,” a protest against COVID-19 lockdowns. You cannot make this “stuff” up.

Running the numbers.

May 24, 2020

NHL considering a modified postseason where 24 of 31 teams make the playoffs.

And as a casual observer I wonder, this differentiates from standard operating procedure how?

Meanwhile today Eli Manning  joins Twitter, gets into some very white trash talk with Tom Brady.  And how much am I nostalgic for a world in which that was today’s biggest controversy on social media.

Random question.  If churches are essential what was the point of all those bedtime prayers we learned as children?

Chief Justice Roberts told his son’s high school graduating class that COVID-19 pandemic should teach “humility and compassion.” Now can he say the same to Trump?

Joe Biden said he was trying to be a “wise guy’ and apologized. Donald Trump still can’t admit the Spanish Flu pandemic was in 1918, not 1917.

 

Amazing how many people who defended the rights of businesses to choose not to make wedding cakes for gay couples, are furious when other businesses choose to tell customers to wear masks to save lives.

 

Jeff Sessions was the very first Senator to endorse Trump. Today in a tweet storm Donald attacks him and tells him to drop out of the Alabama Senate race. Again, reminder to Trump GOP loyality lapdogs in the Senate, there is no “immunity passport.” – #ETTD

Trump is demanding, even in COVID-19 hotspots, that churches must be allowed to reopen. Back in college, my studies focused on Tudor England, when your religion and how you prayed could get you killed. Kind of thought in USA we’d moved beyond that.

 

Not a joke, the President of the United States is accusing TV host of murder, & sending out Fundraising email headlined “HILLARY CLINTON  – Shouldn’t she be in jail?” Meanwhile Democrats obsess about our candidate making a stupid joke. Why we can’t have nice things.

Conventional wisdom: Biden said stupid thing, apologized, but needs to make up for it by picking VP of color. Dissenting opinion: Joe, always gaffe-prone, is 78. He won primary but reminded us his best VP is a younger version of himself. Yes, I DO think that’s Amy Klobuchar.

Just thinking, if you’re more upset by Joe Biden’s “you ain’t black” gaffe, than you are about White House using OANN plant to ask Kayleigh McEnany if Trump will pardon President Obama, you might want to rethink your priorities.

In all seriousness, one of the things I truly love about Joe Biden is the man’s ability to say “I made a mistake.”

There’s a man who KNOWS Joe Biden isn’t racist. There’s a man who I supported, still do, with all my heart and hope he speaks out now. That man is Barack Obama.