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September 24, 2020

After Notre Dame canceled their Saturday game yesterday, the Fighting Irish’s last opponent, USF, has canceled THEIR next game against Florida Atlantic because of positive cases on USF Bulls team Wednesday.

Meanwhile the University of Houston has canceled their 4th game in a row, after games against Rice, Memphis and Baylor have all been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 cases. This time it’s North Texas with some number of players testing postive.

If only God could send college football a sign, or two, or three, or four.

Since the reality show host in White House says he hates NFL & professes to love college football, why schedule photo-op SCOTUS show Saturday at 5pm (instead of Sun.) Right in middle of many games including those of Cincinnati, Georgia and Texas.

Not like Donald needs votes from any of those states.

Damn, now Gale Sayers. RIP 2020 just s*cks. But if you want a good cry that has nothing to do with 2020, watch “Brian’s Song.”

Apparently it’s now going to be illegal to defecate on MTA subways and buses in New York. So until now it’s BEEN legal? I miss when this would have been the craziest story of the day.

You know, if we’d elected Hillary Clinton USA COVID-19 deaths would be a fraction of our 200,000 total. And GOP would probably have tried to impeach her when we hit the first 1,000.

If Kentucky had a Democratic AG wonder if the charges against the officers who killed Breonna Taylor might have been very different. Your reminder, state and local elections MATTER!

Dr. Birx reportedly says she is “distressed” about the White House task force & might have to leave. Would it be churlish to tell Dr. Birx to put a scarf in it?

So how long until Donald starts sending his stormtroopers into liberal “weapons” shops like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s? And will tuna fish and canned soup become the new Sufafed? One per customer and you need ID?

Uh, whatever your definition of normal is, this isn’t it: A president saying “We want to get rid of the ballots, and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.”

Reporter who asked Donald about “peaceful transfer” of power & got him to admit his plan is to “get rid of the ballots” is Brian Karem of Playboy magazine, (now online only.) Redemption for millions of men over years who’ve said “I only read it for the articles.”

Fox News quotes Rand Paul trying to go after Hunter Biden “I think riding on Air Force Two and doing business is illegal … and probably a felony.” So when is Paul calling for the indictment of regular Air Force One riders Jared and Ivanka?

Fox News also trying to attack Joe Biden for his largely virtual campaign, saying the campaign is trying to “reach voters without actually seeing them.” Right, because unlike Donald, Joe is trying not to kill his supporters.

No shot clock.

September 23, 2020

As we approach the MLB playoffs, will baseball get their entire postseason done before NBA finishes their finals?

Now Notre Dame has 7 CONFIRMED COVID-19 cases and is canceling Saturday’s game. But sure, we’re going to have Big Ten football.

Fox is LITERALLY advertising on their chyron “Trump Supreme Court Pick at 5p Saturday.” Leaving aside the ghoulish nature of doing this before RBG is buried, so Donald doesn’t mind competing with his supposedly beloved college football?

I suppose it would be churlish to say that Amy Comey Barrett is Donald’s possible first choice because he thinks she’s pretty?

Cindy McCain is endorsing Joe Biden.

John would have done the same.

Trump gives himself an A+ on COVID 19 response. Does Donald think he had someone else take that test for him too?

1. 65% of Floridians voted to let former felons vote.

2. Gov Ron DeSantis & GOP legislature hatched plan demanding fees & restitution be paid first.

3. Bloomberg offers to pay fees.

4. Matt Gaetz wants to charge Bloomberg w/ bribery.

I miss when Florida jokes were funny.

RA now saying if Biden wins Beto O’Rourke is going to be “knocking on your door for your AR-15.” And millions of suburban women are thinking “Cool, can he bring Cory Booker with him?”

Trump tonight lamenting social distancing “You can’t meet. You can’t congregate. You can’t look at each other. You can’t give your wife…a kiss goodnight…” So is COVID-19 Melania’s latest excuse?

Four percent of world’s population Twenty percent of world’s COVID-19 deaths. Imagine what it would have taken for Trump to have given himself a B instead of an A+?

Air Force Two with Mike Pence aboard apparently hit a bird and had to return to New Hampshire So how long until Donald calls the bird “deep state” or “Antifa?”

Tonight Rachel Maddow showed how Trump’s CDC changed their own reports safety protocols telling meatpacking plants how to combat outbreaks, to make changes “if feasible,” & “if possible.” Wonder if come next year’s tax season we try tell IRS paying them “wasn’t feasible or possible”

Say what you will about Barack Obama, he never tried to monetize his love for Dijon mustard.

Late innings.

September 22, 2020

As we enter last week of this crazy MLB season, it’s going to be hard to take this post season really seriously anyway.

But both of NL Wild card teams could quite possibly come from NL Central. And how big an advantage has it been to have all those intra-division games against the 15-39, now .278, Pittsburgh Pirates?

Only two teams in last 60 years have had worse than .278 winning percentage, and one of them was the 1962 Mets.

Trump gives himself an A+ on COVID 19 response. Does Donald think he had someone else take that test for him too?

DOJ has designated New York City, Portland and Seattle as “anarchist jurisdictions,” saying they have “refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities.” By that definition the real anarchist jurisdiction is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Not a lot of levity in 2020 but Georgia QAnon candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene mocking @AOC‘s intellect in a misspelled tweet -“single handily [sic]putting an end to all ‘dumb blonde’ jokes” – is one of the best dumb blonde punchlines of the year.

Florida Governor and Donald Trump mini-me Ron De Santis issued a proclamation today, which might well be unconstitutional.

But it makes it a felony to be part of any “disorderly assembly” of 7 or more that causes ANY damage. (a trampled lawn, an overturned trash can, one person with spray pain.) Or obstructing traffic….and there’s no bail until first appearance for anyone arrested.

Hey Florida. If you’re not afraid, you’re not paying attention. These are the rules of a police state.

Think Ron DeSantis’s newly declared police state doesn’t affect you because you don’t live in Florida? It’s not a stretch to say based on Florida Governor’s new rules he could go after tourists with Biden t-shirts or bumper stickers.

RBG’s dying words, dictated to her granddaughter -“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” Trump today now accused Democrats of making those words up. There is no bottom. And we keep getting deeper.

Some Republicans keep saying President is President for 4 years & should be able to choose, or at least get vote on his choice for #SCOTUS, no matter when vacancy occurs. So since Obama didn’t get even a vote on his choice let’s correct that & have Trump nominate Merrick Garland.

Did Trump order CDC to remove language on aerosol transmission of COVID-19 because someone told Donald it’s depressing attendance at his vanity rallies?

In 2016, some non-voters and third party voters thought – how bad could it be? If 2020 hasn’t answered that question enough for you yet, how about losing both healthcare AND Roe v. Wade?

Many younger people, espec. women, have no idea how much RBG had to fight. Had brief thoughts of being a vet, until it occurred to me I HATE blood. But high school guidance counselor even in late 70s said women wouldn’t get into vet schools anyway, because we’d have families.

Let’s put this a different way, if you worked at company with capricious CEO who’d fired most of the people he hired & then referred to them as “idiots” & “losers” and worse, would you allow him to make a rush pick for a lifetime appointment to the company board?

Amy Klobuchar points out that when chief justice died about a month before 1864 Presidential election, Abraham Lincoln didn’t nominate his replacement until after he had won re-election. How long until Trump calls Lincoln a “loser?”

Hanging on.

September 20, 2020

SF Giants had a 14-2 lead going to the bottom of the 9th in Oakland.

Think this was the one time in a month I felt pretty sure SF Giants bullpen might be able to hold this one.

SF 49ers lost QB Jimmy Garappolo, , defensive end Nick Bosa, and RB Raheem Mostert to injury Sunday. And they still beat the New York Jets 31-13.

At this week the best bright spot ahead for Jets on the schedule might be in Week 11 when they take on Bye Week.

Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder is in quarantine after being exposed to someone with coronavirus.

And a whole lot of people on a bipartisan basis held their tongues today to avoid being kicked off Twitter.

EBay now has a plan to shift more business to UPS and away from the US Postal Service because of mail delays.

I sold a book and mailed it Sept 8 from California to a town near Newark, NJ It’s still in transit on Sept 20, though has finally made it to New Jersey.

So do we need to mail our Christmas cards by Halloween?

So apparently a Canadian woman has been arrested and charged with sending that letter with ricin to Trump. Will Donald use this as an excuse to declare war on Canada?

Trump hasn’t announced his SCOTUS pick and I’m a long way from giving up on stopping whoever it is. But to all those who think “well, a woman can’t be THAT bad” – and don’t remember already, consider watching Mrs. America or googling Phyllis Schlafly.

More from “Rage” interviews. Bob Woodward noted to Trump that Jimmy Carter never got the chance to nominate a Supreme Court judge during his presidency. Donald replied: ‘He deserved none.’ This should play real well in Georgia.

Eric Trump mocked Biden for saying of COVID-19 – “It’s estimated 200 million people will die, probably by time I finish this talk.” Except that Biden corrected his gaffe a few minutes later. Eric’s daddy still talks about 1917 flu pandemic because he can’t admit making that first mistake.

Did I expect Trump to use every chance he could to bash California after he lost the state by over 4 MILLION votes? Yes. Did I have “exploding trees” on my bingo card, No.

If Trump is so sure he’s going to win then he should have no worries about waiting to pick RBG’s replacement until after November 3. Period.

Considering how many people Trump has hired but then fired as “losers,” “overrated,” and “embarrassments,” etc, how can anyone say with a straight face Donald should be given another lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court?

And a favorite old joke I first heard on 1970 BBC Series “The Six Wives of Henry VIII ” – seems appropriate on delaying SCOTUS nomination vote until after November 3:

A man entenced to be executed won a reprieve from the King by promising, within a year, he could get King’s favorite horse to talk.

His friend said, “are you crazy?”

And the man replied “Be silent fool, In a year the King may die. Or I may die. Or the horse MAY talk.”

Odds on?

September 20, 2020

So does this year’s betting on college football each week include betting on which teams are likely to postpone games due to COVID-19 outbreaks?

Not that it matters much in grand scheme of things, but it would be nice if the SF Giants would score a run this weekend. Oh yeah, and catch balls hit at them.

(Although maybe this is the Giants way of saying I should focus more on the election than postseason baseball?)

This would be a very good time for Colin Kaepernick to say he was wrong about not voting.

On Fox News, headline “SCOTUS battle sparks calls for arson, violence to block GOP from replacing Ginsburg before election.” Uh, no. Leading Dems have called for GOP Senators to remember what they’ve said in past & “moral reckoning.” But “arson & violence” sound scarier.

Reports that a letter with Ricin addressed to Trump was intercepted by law enforcement. Whether it’s a false flag or not, there is no chance any letter actually gets to Trump. Even a supportive letter. Everyone in the White House knows Donald doesn’t read.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought cancer for over 20 years. We can damn well fight Trump and Mitch McConnell trying to illegally install her replacement for 20 weeks.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was on the Supreme Court since 1993. 27 years. Open note to young people thinking of sitting election out or voting for someone more “progressive” than Biden. Do you want Trump choosing someone to make decisions for you until 2047???

Trump says his list of nominees of potential SCOTUS nominees is “the greatest list ever assembled.” Uh, Donald would call his grocery list the greatest list ever assembled.

Trump tonight announced a woman is in ‘first place’ for his nomination choice. So what does Donald think this is? “SCOTUS Apprentice? ” Or a legal version of “Miss Universe?”

Would be a nice time for Republicans like John Kasich who are supporting Biden also to say that the next President has the right to pick RBG’s replacement. Pass it on.

A lost Lioness.

September 19, 2020

F*ck 2020. RIP RBG. I’m gutted.

Many thousands of people showed up tonight on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington DC to pay tribute to RBG. I know she was amused by becoming an icon. But I hope she knew how much she was loved.

Hillary Clinton tonight on Maddow, talking about Senate needing to look at “Every possible procedural obstacle…. Guessing there are several Senators carefully reading the Senate rule book tonight…

Now Amy Klobuchar on Maddow, talking about thousands of people showing up at Supreme Court because they loved RBG…it’s pretty hard to become a rock star in your 80s….she made justice cool for so many young people in this country.”

No shame – Martha McSally on Twitter “This U.S. Senate should vote on President Trump’s next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.” Uh, Senator McSally, Arizona voters voted and you LOST.

The only reason you are in the Senate is that John McCain died in 2018, and instead of appointing his wife Cindy as a temporary replacement, Gov. Ducey chose you. Arizona voters will vote again for your opponent – Mark Kelly – in November.

Oops, Fox News said truth out loud. Much as they claim Biden is radical left puppet, Fox quoted @AOC tonight – “We need to focus on voting for Joe Biden. I don’t care if you like him or not, not about whether you agree w/ him. It’s a vote to let our democracy live another day.”

Assume anyone “progressive” who still thinks Americans should vote third party over Joe Biden would have ignored hypothetic warnings & rammed the Titanic full-speed into that iceberg, because the rich capitalist builders should have paid for their hubris?

More snark tomorrow.

Numbers game?

September 18, 2020

At halftime of tonight’s Bengals-Browns game, Joe Buck was told his announcing has landed him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So can Joe celebrating by retiring from broadcasting baseball?

“67.8%”

Not a poll, but ESPN’s current odds of SF Giants making the post season. After bullpen collapsed four games in a row in August and team was 8-16 exactly one month ago their odds were under 6%. Things change fast these days.

42 Wisconsin Badger football players, staff test positive for coronavirus. But sure, let’s start Big Ten football. WTAF?

It’s about 6 weeks out. But shouldn’t we already be seeing calls for Trump’s anti-mask cult members to be boycotting Halloween masks too?

A White House Conference on American History, basically a campaign event, featured Ben Carson. Uh, Ben Carson is as much of an American History expert as Scott Atlas is an expert on infectious diseases.

Some of the so-called liberal media would “both sides” a mobius strip.

Rachel Maddow reading a federal judge’s actual order against DeJoy’s Post Office changes. Basically “fix it and put it back the way it was.”

As Maddow talks about Trump administration “shredding the credibility of our public health agencies.” Are there any public agencies whose credibility Trump ISN’T shredding? Asking for a really tired country.

When asked tonight, Joe Biden says he can’t mandate mask-wearing everywhere, but he would enforce it on federal property. Now, while I’d love a national mask mandate, I even more love a President who realizes he isn’t King.

Biden, chastising the media – “Who the hell thinks you need an Ivy League degree to be President?”

It’s personal for him. In a good way.

(Waiting for Trump to defend himself… well, wait, I don’t REALLY have an Ivy League degree. I bought one.)

As a little kid living in a Midwest college town, I remember ‘Hey hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” Looking at these vanity rallies thinking “Hey hey, Donald Trump, how much did you make COVID death toll jump?”

Since Trump wants to downplay blue state COVID-19 death since they’re not part of his base, how long until Donald demands that only U.S. millionaire and billionaire deaths be counted?

It’s his world….

September 17, 2020

In midst of a pandemic, NFL actually got through week 1 and is approaching week 2. And the lead story on ESPN is Bucs coach Bruce Arians after he criticized Brady. “Tom and I are fine. I don’t really care what other people think.”

Speaking on behalf of millions of Americans who weren’t Patriots fans, and wished Brady would just retire. “I really don’t care, do U?

Now that Big Ten has decided to reverse their decision to postpone the season, how many positive COVID tests will it take to cancel it again?

So one reason travel hasn’t rebounded is that it’s nearly impossible for most Americans to get testing with quick results before a proposed trip. But we’ve got plenty of rapid tests for kids to play football? #Priorities

As Trump keeps saying “nobody could have done more” about the COVID-19 pandemic, travel agents are getting emails from an increasing number of wonderful hotels in Europe that are now open or soon reopening. If only we Americans could go there.

Joe Biden using the word “feckless” to refer to Donald Trump. It’s a good word.

So somehow I’m not seeing all the waiters today speaking out and applauding Trump for saying they don’t want to wear masks?

“The Hill” quoted unnamed GOP senator that Republican majority could help Biden cope w/ progressives “So he’s not constantly fighting ‘Why can’t we go one step further?’ on stuff they’ll want to do. Best thing that could happen to Joe would be GOP Senate.” 2 words – Yeah, right.

Trump said Wednesday that Florida is in good shape with Hurricane Sally “The people in Florida know how to handle it.” I’m sure that’s comforting to people who have lost power and have their streets underwater.

With one briefing, Trump has now given more attention to the West Coast in telling the Pac 12 to start playing football than he ever did in expressing sympathy to victims of wildfires.

But Donald just referred to the “Pac 10.” Speaking of not knowing what day or year it is.

(The Conference became the Pac-12 and officially began competition on July 1, 2011.”)

Biden has NEVER described the police as “the enemy.” Once again, does Trump have dementia or is he evil?

Got to love it. Trump attacks Biden for reading from a teleprompter as he stumbles to read his own speech…

“If you were to put a timeline on when every person in America will be able to get a vaccine when would it be.” “Very soon.” Which is Trump for “I have no clue, I’m making this up as I do along.”

Trump when asked again on vaccine… “Under no circumstance will it be as late as Doctor Redfield….we hope October, certainly November or December…” Translation, “I just need to get enough fools to believe me on November 3.

When we do have a COVID-19 President Biden won’t distribute it based on whether or not a state voted for him. Can even Donald’s supporters say the same thing about Trump?

Twice in Trump’s press conference today he said his own CDC head, Dr. Robert Redfield was “confused” or “misunderstood” a question when Dr. Redfield said that vaccines for most Americans wouldn’t be ready until mid-late 2021 and that mask would probably save more lives than vaccines.

Time to move up Redfield in “Trump Friday Night Firing Bingo.”

Remember when George W. Bush made stupidity in a President a virtue? Now Donald Trump, in downplaying masks, social distancing and COVID-19 in general, is making stupidity in his cult members a virtue.

So can someone please ask Trump how he expects us to believe he’ll have a good vaccine distribution plan when after several months he still doesn’t have a good TESTING plan?

Trump today said CDC director “made a mistake” Thinking right about now the biggest mistake Dr. Redfield thinks he made was accepting the job under Donald Trump.

Excuses, excuses…

September 15, 2020

After having games canceled for a false positive COVID-19 test, Giants have now had games with Mariners delayed and moved from Seattle to SF due to unhealthy air. What’s next, 2020? A game delayed due to a plague of locusts?

As if Canada weren’t feeling smug enough with having their COVID-19 deaths basically down to zero under Justin Trudeau, they’d be forgiven for doing just a little gloating over Kawhi’s Leonard’s decision to see another ring with the Clippers. “Not as easy as it looks, eh?”


MLB decided with a 50 game abbreviated schedule to allow 16 out of 30 teams into the post season. And 7 AL teams basically still managed to get themselves eliminated with 2 weeks to go.

Wait, Red Lobster is advertising a (Mountain) Dewgarita? As if 2020 hasn’t been trying to kill us all enough already.

So since HHS spokesman Michael Caputo says he is asking for medical leave what other news of his nefarious activities is about to drop?

Wolf Blitzer asks Jared Kushner why Donald’s administration keeps ignoring his own social distancing guidelines…. and why Trump doesn’t set a good example. And Jared basically says people are responsible for their own health. Well, unless they are women.

FoxNews website headline “Warning to America: Refugees from socialist countries have this warning about Biden, his allies.” Picture is of AOC, Kamala, Joe & Bernie Sanders. We can argue how liberal Harris is, but wonder why Fox didn’t show her & Biden flanked by Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar & Cory Booker?

I know there have been elections where it might be possible to believe there isn’t that much difference between the candidates: 2020 is NOT one of those elections. Period.

Trump in his Town Hall says in the midst of a brag on what he thinks he’s done about COVID-19. – “I believe, George, that none of this would have happened during another administration.” When he’s right, he’s right.

Trump also in Town Hall “I’ve restored “law and order” except in Democrat-run cities? And that’s Biden…”

Biden is in charge of all Democrat run cities? I thought he was a former VP and current candidate for President. This is SO confusing.

Donald said virus will go away due to “herd mentality.” Well, some number of Trump supporters will go away permanently due to “herd mentality.”

Trump – “We’re going to be doing a healthcare plan.” You mean that healthcare plan you promised in late July would be ready in two weeks?

Thinking good thoughts for those on the Gulf Coast, but as they’re about to be hit hard by Hurricane Sally, including potentially catastrophic flooding, wonder why Trump has never once suggested states in the path of hurricanes better manage their beaches, or not allow building near the water?

Off the court.

September 15, 2020

f you’re not already inspired to work every possible hour to GOTV for Joe Biden, paraphrase of Gregg Popovich today, “If you think of how much this country has changed in the last four years….imagine what it will be like if Trump gets four more.”

No fans at Broncos home opener, a loss to the Tennessee Titans but they plan to allow a limited number of fans for the next game. Wonder if Denver had decided to play without fans the entire year if they would have come up with some automatic snow ball making and throwing machine to take their place.

Tolerance. What a concept. NY Giants co-owner John Mara “my preference is that everybody stand. But..I support your right to (take a knee) because I believe in 1st Amendment & the right of people, espec. players, to take a knee in silent protest if that’s what they want to do.”

I approve this sentence: Eight men in Indonesia who refused to wear face masks in public have been ordered to dig graves for COVID-19 victims as a punishment.

Putting this out there again -“Nearly 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another one-third under private control.” So will Trump blame Obama for not leaving FEMA enough rakes?

So if dry trees explode, what happens to trees that are cut down and get really dry and brought indoors and maybe covered in potentially flammable objects including electric lights? Is Trump warning us that HE will kill Christmas?

Scott Atlas, MD was a neuroradiologist, not an infectious disease specialist. And he hasn’t been at Stanford Med School in over 8 years. So if specific medical knowledge doesn’t matter next time Trump has a potential mini-stroke he can just call Dr. Atlas?

Trump told Las Vegas Review-Journal he didn’t think he was subject to Nevada’s Governor’s order about gatherings of no more than 50 people, though SCOTUS ruled in July even CHURCHES must abide by that order. So Donald thinks he’s above God. Very on brand.

Trump in interview today about COVID-19 danger at his rallies. “I’m on a stage and it’s very far away. And so I’m not at all concerned.” Translation, my cult members are on their own.

Guess it hasn’t occurred to any MAGAs that if Trump WERE elected for a second term and is able to dismantle Obamacare, that COVID-19 WILL be considered a pre-existing condition.

Now Hurricane Sally may be heading towards the panhandle, the reddest part of Florida. Wonder if Trump will try to stop the storm with a Sharpie?

Trump to Bob Woodward “But nothing more could have been done. Nothing more could have been done. I acted early. I acted early.” Meanwhile, in Justin Trudeau’s Canada, where something else WAS done, zero Covid deaths yesterday & people are living approximation of normal life.

Quitting time?

September 14, 2020

With a 16 point LA Clippers halftime lead over Denver Nuggets in a potential closeout game 6 for Los Angeles, I thought the game was over. So apparently did the Clippers.


(Denver came back to win 111 to 98.)

Meanwhile SF Giants and San Diego Padres returned to play a double header after two games were canceled due to a false positive test involving one Giants player. Subsequent tests, along with tests on the remainder of the team came back negative.

Then in two seven-inning games against the Padres, the Giants bats tested negative for hits.

(They scored 1 run on five hits in two games..)

Okay, so much about 2020 seems surreal – But then seeing the score at the bottom of Raiders-Panthers game and it says “LV” and “CAR.”

A story today said that if Drew Brees had retired, New Orleans was interested in signing Tom Brady. WTF? You’re telling me 2020 could have been WORSE?

Saw some random sports guy on Twitter bitching. “NFL players all over the league are kneeling during the national anthem. We simply aren’t allowed to enjoy sports anymore without politics being shoved down our throats.”

Uh, some people would like to be able to go out and say, enjoy watching sports without worrying about being shot during a traffic stop on the way home. #BlackLivesMatter

It’s not just attending games. As frequent traveler & SF Bay Area Saints fan, I’ve seen Drew Brees play on TV in more sports bars than I can count, locally, DC, Vegas, Key West-as far away as Munich. Trump’s ignoring COVID took that ability away from me, from all of us.

So just ICYMI, real reason Trump is visiting California tomorrow is that he wanted to squeeze in another rally in Arizona tomorrow AM & perhaps more importantly, another taxpayer funded night for him & dozens of Secret Service, staff etc at his money losing Las Vegas hotel.

Meanwhile, if a couple wants to get married in Las Vegas, indoors or out, they can now have no more than 48 guests, masked & socially distanced, attend their wedding. Meanwhile, Donald Trump just had his 2nd rally in 2 days w/ thousands of unmasked, unsocially distanced people.

So I’m a bit of a luddite, can all these pictures of Trump’s packed-in, unmasked rallies be zoomed in or analyzed enough to used in future for COVID-19 contact tracing?

Show me a sign?

September 12, 2020

Georgia Tech-Florida State football game now delayed due to lightning. Uh, number of deaths in Florida due to lightning last year? 345. Number of (reported) deaths in Florida due to COVID-19 this year – 12,500.

Okay if COVID-19 cases on campus, along with lightning delaying game, weren’t enough signs from God to convince FSU not to play their home opener in Tallahassee against Georgia State, what about Seminoles blowing a 10-0 halftime lead to lose 16-13?

Hopes now that the COVID-19 test that caused two SF Giants SD Padres games to be postponed was a false positive.

And on another positive note, a month ago most Giants fans would have thought anything that caused SF’s season to be shorter was a positive.

On the subject of college football, reminder that after 2008 season, Auburn paid Tommy Tuberville $5.1 MILLION to resign. And in 2016 he resigned after 4-8 season as head coach at Cincinnati a few days before his buyout decreased from $2.4 to $1.5 million.

Both Auburn and Cincinnati are public institutions, so your taxpayer dollars at work.

(Vote Doug Jones.)

Virginia Tech’s season opener against Virginia next Saturday just postponed because of “COVID-19 issues” at Virginia Tech. And Michigan State just quarantined their entire campus over a COVID-19 outbreak. But sure, Trump wants to start Big Ten football….

As Trump references bragged about all his events in Nevada, first in Minden – not in Reno, which banned his rally – – & three tomorrow in Las Vegas here’s the current COVID-19 count in Nevada: Nevada – Total cases – 73,234 Deaths – 1451

Let’s revisit these in a couple weeks, shall we?

Donald rants to his supporters in a small town of fewer than 50,000 people an hour from Reno “You’re my kind of people.” As if he would allow any of them into say, Mar-A-Lago or any other Trump golf club.

As MAGAs ran to get up close at Trump rally tonight to the sounds of “Macho Man,” what a shame no reporters were embedded in the crowded to ask what they thought of LGBT rights.

Just saw bit of Trump’s speech, Donald again deliberately mispronouncing Kamala’s name, & saying, if Biden’s elected “she’ll be President within a month or two….” Uh, I thought even joking about health of a Presidential candidate was grounds for a visit from Secret Service?

More Democrats condemned Bill Clinton over a blow job than Republicans are condemning Donald Trump for disparaging US troops.

Spoke too soon..

September 11, 2020

Friday was going to be the first day of MLB season with no games canceled due to COVID-19.

Oops.

“SF Giants game postponed because of a positive test within the Giants organization.” Damn, who’d a thunk we’d ever miss the days of positive PED tests?

Now Memphis, scheduled to open their season Sept 19 against Houston, has stopped practices after a “significant number of individuals” inside the program were placed into quarantine due to COVID-19 protocols.

Danuel House, Jr was sent home for violating NBA quarantine rules. Presume the rest of the Houston Rockets will be following him Saturday night.

With Danuel House Jr. being booted from NBA bubble for having a guest in his room, I get how isolating it must have felt being locked up since late July. But you’ve come THIS far, and you blow it on your team’s last weekend?

Congrats to Boston Celtics on advancing to NBA Eastern Conference finals with a game 7 win over Toronto Raptors. Have to admit, since CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale is a huge Raptors fan I did have an extra rooting interest for his sake. Since Dale’s main job is fact-checking Trump I figured he needed all the fun he could get.

As Trump pretends to be like Churchill here’s another quote from Sir Winston: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Joe. Biden. Listens.

Those were the days. In October 2007, then Delaware Senator Joe Biden in a Presidential Debate on Rudy Giuliani “There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb and 9/11.”

On Monday, bars in Florida will be able to open at 50% capacity. What could possibly go wrong?

Remembering George W. Bush on 9-11…. “All Americans unite in our resolve for justice & peace. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom & all that is good & just…. With Trump in WH he’d be blaming Democrats before the WTC fires were out.

A day after attacking Joe Biden for using a teleprompter, Trump is using a teleprompter at a White House Medal of Honor ceremony.

And at a 9-11 ceremony, a video showed Trump doesn’t know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance, and Melania doesn’t even try to recite it. There are so many more important things to worry about right now, but if Michelle Obama had stayed silent during the pledge GOP would want her deported, or worse.

In case anyone knows MAGAs claiming that Melania doesn’t need to know the Pledge – one part of getting U.S. citizenship is to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. And here are the questions you need to learn. Think Melania, or Donald could answer them? https://uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/questions-and-answers/100q.pdf

I guess we should be glad at least that Trump was so consumed tonight with rage tweeting this Friday night that he forgot to fire anyone.

Trump refused permission to hold rally at Reno Airport so will have it at private Minden-Tahoe Airport. County spokeswoman says adequate social distancing will be in place at event, but adds “no one from Douglas County will be enforcing anything.” What could possibly go wrong?

At Minden Airport in Nevada tonight, local air quality index there tonight was 162 – unhealthy. Wonder how smoke interacts with Adderall. Asking hypothetically.

(End note: Had thought of taking a day off from serious snark for 9-11. But when you wake up to rage tweets from White House…)

Four seasons

September 11, 2020

So as every major North American pro spot, NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL plays simultaneously, the question is – which is most surreal?

Booed by KC fans – players from Chiefs and Texans locking arms in a show of unity before the game, not during the anthem. Not booed by KC fans – Chiefs players credibly accused of domestic violence and/or child abuse. #Priorities

Baylor canceled their Saturday college football game against Louisiana Tech. Wonder why Trump doesn’t demand THEY play?

Maybe it’s simple, maybe the reason Trump sat down with Bob Woodward for 18 interviews is that Woodward was the only person, including WH staff, who’d act interested in what Trump was saying for 18 whole interviews.

Pretty sure today’s GOP would blame Bob Woodward for Watergate.

So if you’re angry at Bob Woodward for not revealing what Trump told him he learned in an intelligence briefing about COVID-19, what about the other people in that briefing?

And seems like a lot of people are madder at Bob Woodward for not speaking up than they are at GOP Senators.

Before someone reminds Trump to tweet about 9-11, remember, 2,977 Americans died that day because of terrorists who hated our country. Between Friday & Sunday of this weekend, over 3,000 Americans will die because of a President who just doesn’t give a damn about our country.

As much as Trump downplays Coronavirus, notice, he has these big rallies at airports where he has almost no time on the ground and no chance to interact with his own supporters.

Trump supporter in Michigan asked on CNN why he isn’t wearing a mask – “The good Lord takes care of me, if I die, I die.” Fine, will he head home, and risk dying there without risking anyone else?

And at today’s airport rally, Trump , AFTER he’s been credibly accused of disrespecting our troops, played CCR’s “Fortunate Son” today in Michigan. How long until he has a Midwest rally playing Neil Young’s “Ohio?”

if you don’t know the song, google it – first verse.

“Some folks are born, made to wave the flag
Ooh, their red, white and blue
And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief”
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord

Authorities in Oregon saying more than 500,000 people statewide forced to evacuate because of wildfires… And suddenly, Donald Trump, who has been obsessed with Portland, seems to have forgotten that the state exists. #Coincidence?

If Trump told his cult members that the sky was red they would boo it for being blue.

Trump comparing himself to Churchill during WWII.

Seriously? If Donald were in London during the Blitz he’d be downplaying the need for a blackout and telling his cult members to keep lights on to illuminate their Trump flags.

RIP, Diana Rigg, 82. Younger generation may know her from Game of Thrones. But forget Princess or even President, as a little kid, I thought one of the coolest things a woman could possibly be was Emma Peel…

And the hits just kept on coming….

September 10, 2020

The Miami Marlins scored 9 runs against the Braves. They lost by TWENTY. 2020 has decided to move the b*thshit bingo game over to baseball.

The Braves did have a runner on first in the 8th inning, when they didn’t scare. Probably as well they didn’t try to steal 2nd in hopes of putting the 30th run into scoring position.

ESPN reports Houston Rockets sixth man Danue House Jr, 27, who makes over $3 million a year, may be out of the remainder of the Western Conference semifinals as league investigates a potential violation of bubble rules.

If a well-paid adult player with every motivation and so much provided by his team can’t resist temptations, how the heck does anyone expect all college football teams of 18-21 year olds to behave.

Fox News has a gleeful headline about Joe Biden mistakenly saying COVID has killed 6,000 US troops, when he meant to say it had killed 6,000 people in Michigan. I missed their headline on “15 people, & the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”

As a former big Susan Sarandon fan who was furious with her over 2016, with the future of our democracy on the ballot I happily welcome her, even if her vote appears to be a bit grudging, to the 2020 Biden big tent. I welcome everyone to the 2020 Biden big tent. We can argue over policy later in Joe’s administration.

Included in latest whistleblower complaint, allegations that former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “repeatedly and deliberately lied to Congress to exaggerate the threat at the border.” Again, Biden’s AG is going to have her/his hands full just prosecuting Trump administration.

With all other craziness today Trump RTed Marjorie Taylor Greene. Same QAnon woman who’s likely to get elected to Congress from very RED district in Georgia, posted picture of herself w/ a gun & “the Squad,” & just this week said children shouldn’t wear masks. Yeah, that Marjorie Taylor Greene.

“Keeping up with the Kardashians” has been canceled. Eight weeks before we can cancel “Treason with the Trumps.”

Is there ANY American out there who when they hear Trump say something truly awful and treasonous would divulge it at the time, instead of waiting to put it in a book? Asking for a really tired country.

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy says “These gotcha books don’t really interest me.” Meanwhile, after a Mardi Gras without warnings, a few weeks AFTER Trump’s interview with Woodward, Louisiana started experiencing the fastest growth in new COVID cases in the world.

Wait, so reports are Jared Kushner and Lindsey Graham supported Trump interviewing with Woodward, but Hannity only threw Graham under bus? I guess state TV doesn’t criticize the Royal Family.

So the same POTUS who claims he didn’t want to panic Americans over a deadly virus has no problem trying to panic Americans over the idea of Cory Booker moving into their neighborhood.

Donald Trump threw out a bunch of names for his potential Supreme Court pick and tried to dare Joe Biden into doing the same. How much would Donald melt down if Joe while confirming his promise to choose a Black woman first for SCOTUS, also said one name on his possible future list was Barack Obama?

Expect the unexpected.

September 8, 2020

Okay, who predicted on Sept 8 that SFGiants would have a better record than Yankees? Now all you liars put your hands down.

Lots of surprises this short and strange MLB season. But pretty sure absolutely positively NO ONE had the best 2020 team in the state of NY being the Blue Jays.


And if the Blue Jays DO somehow win the AL pennant or even the World Series, do they raise the flag in Toronto, or Buffalo?

In an Instagram post, Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings says she didn’t wear mask to the store in an “exercise of being brave.”

Proving again that neither incredible athletic ability nor gender protects you from arrogant stupidity.

Speaking of which, can we rename “Gender Reveal ” parties to be “IQ Reveal” parties. As if you have one involving anything explosive or flammable, pretty sure you’re in double digits.

For anyone still on fence over voting for Biden, whether because he isn’t conservative or liberal enough, how about this simple reason?. If your city, your county, your state is hit by a natural disaster, Joe will send federal aid, regardless of whether or not you voted for him.

Okay, regardless of your political affliliation, does ANYONE want to read Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ book?

Watching Cohen talk about Trump, realize that almost all of us have had a falling out with some coworker or business associate over the years… But who besides Donald has had a fallout with ALL of them.

As Donald Trump keeps attacking Michael Cohen, remind me again who hired Cohen as his personal lawyer?

But really, will Donald Trump ever admit he watched Michael Cohen on Maddow?

Jan, 2018, Trump said he’d allow new offshore oil & gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, including off California & Florida. Today Donald signed 10-yr moratorium to stop drilling off Florida coast. Create a problem, claim to have fixed it – the Trump brand.

So as Trump has more and more of these unmasked rallies as we get closer to the election, is Donald going to tell his supporters to vote early by mail in case they end up in the hospital or worse on election day?

Trump is shutting down his international coronavirus task force. So if he thinks the pandemic is over, when’s Donald going to stop wasting taxpayer money on tests for everyone, including him, in his White House?

Does anyone REALLY believe Trump will use his own money on his campaign?

Didn’t see Trump’s vanity rally in Jupiter. But were there any “Drops of Jupiter” today? You know, like yesterday’s Adderall Snot Rockets?

Not quite the pennant but…

September 7, 2020

The Giants are .500. The Giants are .500. The Giants are .500!

Meanwhile, in a 60 game season that just started in late July with 16 of 30 teams making the postseason, it’s perversely impressive that the Red Sox, Royals, Rangers, Pirates and Diamondbacks have all basically managed to get themselves eliminated on Labor Day.

Not that it matters in grand scheme of things but never going to get used to the idea of a leadoff batter in the 10th inning sacrificing a runner from second to third.

So did the NBA get all their exciting playoff finishes over in the first round?

“Monday, September 7, 2020 United Travel Waiver for Denver Wintry Weather” Labor Day Weekend. Go home, 2020, you’re drunk.

Meanwhile some conservatives now are calling for a boycott of American Airlines because the airline will allow employees to wear #BLM pins? Got it, cancel culture only applies when something THEY support gets canceled.

You think those idiots in San Bernandino County will keep the fire pictures for their kid’s baby book? #GenderRevealParty

Trump just called Kamala Harris the “most liberal person in Congress.” Uh, Kamala isn’t even the most liberal person in Congress from California.

Heck, Kamala isn’t even the most liberal person in Congress from Oakland. (That would be Barbara Lee.)

Random thought, if Trump can’t even figure out that pronouncing Kamala is simple – “comma-la,” I can only imagine Donald’s struggles if Biden had run with Klobuchar.

Senate officially back in session Tuesday at 3pm. So which bills will @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell ignore first?

Jim Acosta pointed out Monday that Trump is using yet ANOTHER location at the White House for a campaign rally. Well, sadly as many pet owners know, when you have an aging and fading male cat sometimes they have to go pee in every corner to mark territory.

Has anyone told Trump that one reason the stock market is doing well is that the market expects Joe Biden to win?

Donald also seemed very angry Monday. And at one point yelled… “They spied on my campaign.” . Since Trump is a walking advertisement for Freud’s theory of projection how much spying on Biden’s campaign are he and his cronies doing now?

Trump is flying down to Florida tomorrow to campaign – per an official “to tout the administration’s “continued conservation and environmental protection efforts in the region.” This is like an arsonist touting his efforts on fire safety.

How much does it really upset Donald Trump that, politics aside, so many people really love Joe Biden?

Wonder why some Trump voters won’t change their minds?

Confirmation Bias is real. It “occurs from direct influence of desire on beliefs. Once we have formed view, we embrace information that confirms that view while ignoring, or rejecting, information that casts doubt on it.”

Outta here…

September 7, 2020

Umpire Joe West tossed Nats GM Mike Rizzo out of ATL stadium for yelling at him from suite – “I wouldn’t take that from a player, I wouldn’t take that from a manager,” West told AP. “If it was Donald Trump, I’d eject him, too. But I’d still vote for him.” If you needed another reason to hate Joe West.

Random nonpolitical question. I’m a San Antonio Spurs fan in California. Because of Gregg Popovich, Becky Hammon, Tim Duncan, etc, etc. .. And the team’s unselfish style of basketball. But does anyone outside of Houston actually root for the James Harden led Rockets?

Damn, now Lou Brock. R.I.P. Well, if anyone was ever guaranteed to make it to heaven before the devil knew he was dead.

Novak Djokovic, ranked #1, was been defaulted from the US Open after he hit a ball in frustration and it struck a line judge. Because sports couldn’t let politics fill up the 2020 batsh*t Bingo card.

The Big Ten distributed over $50 million last year to EACH school in football revenue. But sure, the conference cancelled football just to spite Donald Trump.

Trump didn’t tweet about protests on Kentucky Derby Day. Even though Louisville has a Democratic mayor. Because, like most protests this summer, they were largely peaceful. At one point police said “we did not want to escalate the situation with police presence.” #BreonnaTaylor

Trump’s Director of Strategic Campaign Response today attacked Joe Biden for not answering questions while Joe visit his son’s grave. Anyone think Trump would visit any family member’s grave? Unless they were buried on a golf course.

As Trump spends Labor Day weekend golfing and rage-tweeting, I don’t ever want to hear a President criticized for date-nights with his wife ever again

If Donald Trump said seat belts were unnecessary, how long would it take for MAGAs to start cutting them out of their cars?

Trump seems so upset at Laurene Powell Jobs you think she must have once turned down a proposition from him.

Trump is STILL whining about Nancy Pelosi’s blowdry So I need to say again that tanning salons in DC were CLOSED from March 24 to June 22. Pretty darn sure the Cheeto in Chief didn’t spray himself.

First Saturday in something.

September 5, 2020

One of Bob Baffert’s horses, Authentic, wins the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in September, after Bob’s horse, Thousand Words rears and falls in the paddock, breaking the hand of Baffert’s top assistant trainer just before the race.

2020, you’ve really had too many Mint Juleps.

Sorry to see Tiz the Law falter. Well, at least we don’t have to argue about a Triple Crown with an asterisk.

Ray Daniels, along with Greg Harbut, is a rare Black owner of a Kentucky Derby race horse, Necker Island. Daniels says he supports BLM and justice for Breonna Taylor but adds “A wise man told me this morning “We cannot pick protest vs. progress, we want both”

Looked at MLB schedule for Sunday, Sept 6, and yes there are actually tickets available. For one game only. The St. Louis Cardinals vs. The Chicago Cubs… on Stubhub starting at $255. The rooftops across the seat from Wrigley. ..

Of course, if it’s BYOB will the total cost come out that much more than the average tab for Bleacher Bum beers?

So after so many first round NBA playoff games that came down to the last minute or even half second, are we done with close games?

As Fox News headlines are, again, about protests in Portland, almost have to feel they were disappointed that Breonna Taylor and BLM protests in Louisville didn’t result in violence on Kentucky Derby day.

As Trump continues to attack Nancy Pelosi over her blowdry, wonder what his excuse from March 24 until June 22, since until then in DC tanning parlors were ALL ordered to be closed.

If someone has videos of Melania, Ivanka, Kayleigh and/or, Kimberly etc getting their hair done during COVID-19 quarantine this might be a fun time to release them.

As Trump insists we should believe him over what appears to be a well-source Atlantic article by a respected journalist, your reminder, in July, Donald told Fox News he would be signing a “full and complete health care plan” within two weeks.

Yep, I would crawl through broken glass to elect Biden at this point. Although of all the things he has done over the years, the Clarence Thomas hearings are s the hardest for me to forgive. But if Anita Hill can endorse Joe….. well, she just went up even higher in my estimation.

In DC for Obama’s 1st inaugural remember a terrified moment amidst joy – many expected Barack to be perfect & solve all USA problems. No one believes Biden will be perfect & solve all USA problems. But Joe believes in science & will have a great team. Good enough for me.

As this “Faux-Bama” story trends, I have to admit, first time I believed Moscow pee-tape might be real was when I heard it wasn’t prostitutes urinating on Trump, but rather on a bed the Obamas had slept in.

Politics aside would anyone hire a CEO who had so many former employees write devastating books about him, and his only response was “they’re all liars?”

Osama Bin Laden’s niece has endorsed Donald Trump. I’m gonna need a bigger batsh*t 2020 bingo card.

Down and almost out.

September 4, 2020

Random sports thought, in a 60 game MLB season starting at the end of July, with eight of the fifteen teams in each league making the postseason, who figured six AL teams would basically be eliminated by Labor Day?

Trump going to give Lou Holtz, who attended his press conference today, the “Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

Might be a good time to remind folks that based on his actions/inactions while head coach at Minnesota, Notre Dame & South Carolina, NCAA put all three of those Holtz teams on probation.

So much fear and uncertainty in the world now. But next year at this time we can look forward to a President NOT tweeting and just spending a nice quiet Friday evening with his family.

The GOP hasn’t condemned Georgia congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene for her picture holding an AR-15 next to pictures of “the squad.” Well, not like Republicans think Marjorie did anything really terrible like get her hair blow-dried.

Not so sleepy Joe. Biden when asked about Qanon: “I’ve been a big supporter of mental health. I recommend the people who believe it maybe should take advantage of it while it still exists in the Affordable Care Act.”

Joe Biden called Trump’s behavior towards Putin “almost obsequious.” When someone tells Donald what “obsequious” means he’s going to be upset.

“How many times does this President have to say things before you say he’s a fraud?” Very good question from Joe Biden to the media. “How many times” indeed?

Beginning to think that a man who got away with all kinds of disgusting and awful comments about women is about to discover he won’t do the same with the same sort of comments about the military.

Wait, Trump says he called Melania about the canceled cemetery visit….even though she was with him on the France trip. Once again, that question – evil or dementia?

Trump up well past midnight on the East Coast rage tweeting. If only Donald were as focused on his intelligence briefings as he is on every single perceived insult.

Upset about Jennifer Griffin story corroborating the Atlantic story Trump just tweeted “@FoxNews is gone.” So if Donald’s now going to marry OANN, how long until he finds another network to cheat with?

As Rachel Maddow reports – Trump says he “does get along with Vladimir Putin.” You know who Donald doesn’t now get along with? Michael Cohen, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly, James Mattis, and a whole lot of people he once hired.

Asked about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, from Trump -“We haven’t had any proof…. It’s interesting that everyone’s always mentioning Russia. The things that China is doing are far worse.” Putin must be so proud.

As we reached the “poor me” part of the Press Conference. “It’s a disgrace….. disgruntled so-called former employees.” And Trump launches into an attack on John Kelly. Translation, now we KNOW John Kelly would corroborate the Atlantic story.

Senator Joni Ernst, conspiracy theorist “These health-care providers & others are reimbursed at a higher rate if COVID is tied to it, so what do you think they’re doing…” Hey Iowans, if you already weren’t doing so vote Theresa Greenfield as if your lives depended on it. Because they do.

TripIt says state receiving largest number (12%) of all Labor Day flight reservations within the US in in Florida. Florida is also 3rd in reported COVID-19 cases and 5th in reported deaths. AND Gov Ron DeSantis is a science denying anti-mask Trump acolyte. What could POSSIBLY go wrong?