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August 7, 2020

 

If MLB season ends up being shut down, couldn’t it have been before SF Giants had to go to Coors Field?

If you claim you’re Never Trump and you’re not voting for Joe Biden then you don’t understand what Never means.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tested positive for COVID-19 before he was scheduled to meet Donald Trump on the tarmac today in Cleveland.  A later test today, however, came back negative.  Glad he’s okay, but thinking no one would blame DeWine if he faked a positive result to get out of meeting Trump.

 

Trump fundraising email. “If Sleepy Joe Biden is elected, he would not only undo the entire MAGA agenda that President Trump has implemented.” Promise?!! #WeCanSleepAtNightJoe

“Thighland?” It’s enough to make you really really hope someone asks Donald Trump about GOP Governor Charlie Baker and his state of Massachusetts.

Really amazed that as much as Trump professes to hate China that he didn’t refer to Thighwan.

In his next speech will Trump mention In-Toe-Nesia?

 

 

If Donald Trump hadn’t already lost much of the 18-34 demographic, apparently by banning Tik Tok in 45 days,  his executive order going after their parent company Tencent also apparently put much of the gaming industry on the same list.

I know there’s saving democracy and all that but ok Team Joe, . how long to get the ad up? “Vote for Joe Biden and you can still play “League of Legends” and “Fortnite.”

 

PSA for anyone with gun owning friends and family members.  The NY Attorney General’s decision to to seek the NRA’s dissolution had nothing to do with guns and everything to do with corruption and fraud.

If we had a Blue Senate they would not be going home for the weekend without a coronavirus stimulus deal. Of course, if we had a Blue Senate they would have passed a good bill over a week ago.

 

Must admit some part of me hopes Joe Biden picks for his running mate a woman none of these know-it-all pundits has in the top four-five…. just to ruin their credibility next time.

Best behavior?

August 5, 2020

Eight UCLA football players tested positive for COVID-19 in early July have now completed quarantine.

Just keep thinking how every year before the very biggest bowls some young men do something stupid and get themselves suspended before the game. So of course no reason to think any of these student-athletes will be reckless in 2020.

SF Giants were ahead 4-2 going into the 7th today at Coors Field So why did it feel when they hung on to win 4-3 that it was a  miracle comeback win?

 

Lebron James after Trump said said he stops watching when athletes kneel “I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game.” There are times it is very hard to root against King James.

 

Alabama Sen. Candidate and former college football coach  Tommy Tuberville-$600 a week is “way too much. We’re having people just sit out not working because they’re (paid) more sitting around.”

After 5-7 record coaching at Auburn in 2008, school told him to resign & paid Tuberville $5 MILLION not to work in 2009.

At least  EIGHT Democratic fundraising polls today, asking who I think should be VP…. This is beginning to feel like a political version of “The Bachelor”

 

After Louie Gohmert tested positive last week, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis says he has been wearing a mask & told others in GOP “Don’t be stupid & become the news story of the day.” Now Davis has COVID-19.
So which Republican was stupid and made Davis the story of the day.
Former Deputy Ambassador to the UK Lewis Lukens on Maddow confirms NY Times story about Trump asking British government to move British Open to his Turnberry resort.
Hope Lukens stays away from windows.

After listening to Lewis Lukens tonight on Maddow talk about owner Woody Johnson, Jets  fans have to long for the days when their team was only an embarrassment ON the field.

Andrea Mitchell to Nancy Pelosi “Joe Biden is not going to Milwaukee. How much does this damage the campaign?” Is Andrea trying to become the new Chuck Todd?

The same President who wants to spend $1.75 BILLION to renovate FBI building so his hotel doesn’t face competition, expects us to believe he wants to do his nomination acceptance speech from White House to save money?

If Trump wants to give his nomination acceptance speech somewhere Secret Service is comfortable and experienced guarding him, why doesn’t he give the speech from one of his golf courses?

Serious snark this time.  Watch & listen to Trump carefully at “Covid” briefings. Today he twice referred to “His wife,” in talking about Kanye West, before finally saying “Kim, Kim Kardashian.”
And in talking about Beirut he three times referred to “that country,” NEVER “Lebanon.”
Donald is struggling to remember words.

 

Results

August 5, 2020
How life on the East Coast has changed for baseball fans.
They used to go to bed at night and then wake up and first look at the West Coast scores.
Now they wake up and first look to see which other teams might have had players test positive.

Even in a regular year I sometimes think should just forfeit all games at Coors Field against Rockies & save wear and tear on players. So far seeming even more true in a pandemic.

There was a delay  today caused by a drone flying overhead at Target Field. Anyone checked to see if Houston Astros are scheduled to play the Minnesota Twins soon?

Apparently two weeks into filming “The Bachelorette” Clare Crawley informed producers she had fallen in love and wanted to quit the show. How much am I nostalgic for when that would have been the biggest story of the day on social media.

Florida reports fewer than 5,000 coronavirus cases Monday. Uh, Florida testing centers were closed since last Thursday due to the hurricane. Suppressing COVID-19 numbers like they’re votes….

Anderson Cooper on Trump today. “Have you ever heard someone whine as much as this man?’ Anderson has a 3 month old son, he is an expert on crying babies.

Juan Williams on Fox News said there is no difference in absentee ballots and mail in ballots. And he’s being absolutely roasted for it online by MAGAs & other trolls. And we still wonder how some Americans could be stupid as to still support Trump.

There are 53 GOP Senators. And not ONE of them after that AXIOS interview can come forward and say that the Emperor is naked except for a red hat?

Trump saying Tuesday that Florida is so well run is in itself reason for 25th Amendment.

Listening to Trump stumble over words makes me wonder if one reason he still touts hydroxychloroquine is that he learned how to pronounce it.

As Trump claims he will work on evictions can some reporter please find out how many tenants Jared Kushner and other Donald cronies are evicting?

It appears as if Jerry Sheridan by several hundred votes has won the Maricopa County Sheriff GOP Primary.

I know nothing about Sheridan.

But the fact Joe Arpaio made it close?
What’s next, David Duke running in Louisiana on a MAGA ticket.

Person Woman Man Camera TV” isn’t enough to pass a cognitive test. But “It is what it is” is enough to fail a decency test.

Money pitch

August 4, 2020

TOPPS often does special 24 hour only runs of commemorative baseball cards.  A card of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s opening day first pitch sold 51,512 copies, a new record.

Now cards are selling on EBay for over $100 each. Don’t tell Donald Trump, this will really make him jealous.

Raiders are going to play all games this year without fans in the stands.  Well,  considering the recent upstick in cases in Las Vegas,  wonder what happens if they decide they need a safer place to play, like the SF Bay Area?

Thinking the NY Yankees  are going to be really upset when MLB season is shut down.

Reports now that some of St. Louis Cardinals went to a casino before COVID-19 outbreak.  Jeez, Pete Rose only bet on baseball games, he wasn’t betting his life.

If Trump’s approval rating is so great why is he worried about the election?

Since Trump didn’t want to send ventilators and PPE to blue states, what makes anyone think he’d send blue states a COVID-19 vaccine?

Reminder….Florida COVID-19 testing centers have been shut down since last THURSDAY due to the hurricane. They reopen mostly tomorrow. So that small drop in cases Trump was praising his mini-me Governor Ron DeSantis for on Monday….

Wonder if Ivanka told her father to bring an upside down Bible to that Axios interview?

Jonathan Swan is Australian. So when is Trump going to try to have him deported? #AxiosOnHBO

Trump literally tonight said cases were going down in Florida. COVID-19 testing in Florida has been largely shut down for FIVE Days with Isaias. Cases in the White House would go down if they stopped testing too.

So wait, if you don’t test you don’t have a problem, why did Donald Trump submit to a cognitive test?

Trump is still upset that John Lewis didn’t come to his inauguration.
Can someone ask Donald if he will come to Joe Biden’s inauguration?
RIP John Hume, 83 who helped craft the Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland, which made him co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize. Joe Biden gave him a lovely tribute on Twitter. Think Trump would have had any idea who Hume wa
“SHUT YOUR MOUTH” is trending on Twitter and we’re all so used to Trump’s hateful misogyny I’m sure I’m not the only one who figured he had said that to a woman reporter.

Spurred on.

August 3, 2020

Full statement at the bottom of this post, but a reporter asked San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich if Marco Belinelli was playing against the Grizzlies. His response… “I’ll answer that in a minute, but first I want to make a little statement here.”

 

 

Thanks to Gregg Popovich for his inspiring pregame words. And thanks, I guess,  to the Spurs for blowing multiple double digit leads to win with two free throws with a second left.  Made for a few minutes of getting worked up about something other than politics. 

At one point today, the NY Mets worried fans by issuing a  statement saying they had been unable to contact Yoenis Cespedes, “or ascertain his whereabouts.”  When he didn’t show up for game, Mets sent security to his room which was empty.  His agent apparently told team mid-game Cespedes was opting out of season due to COVID worries..

This whole episode is SO Mets.

 

 

What time Monday will Trump claim it was “Fake News” that he was going to release a health plan?

 

This wasn’t an offhand casual comment that could be misinterpreted. Trump on July 19 with Chris Wallace. “We’re signing a health-care plan within two weeks, a full and complete health-care plan.” So once again the question – evil, or dementia?

 

Trump reportedly wants Microsoft to buy TikTok in the US within 45 days, Seriously? Does anyone think in September that Trump will remember what he said 45 days ago?

A Michigan state senator who’s been attacking Gretchen Whitmer since March over her efforts to keep state safe has himself now tested positive for COVID-19. 

Mean b*tch karma is patient. And it appears she’s a fan of “That woman from Michigan.”

Mnuchin complains about people getting a six hundred dollar a week unemployment payment. Per Forbes, Mnuchin and his wife own at least six HOMES.

For all those saying GOP will use lies about Benghazi and four Americans killed there about Susan Rice if she’s Biden’s running mate – thinking those lies will have a lot less traction since current VP is complicit in the death of over 150,000 Americans.

 

“Do I think every single one of these women have ambition, yes. You wouldn’t want a VP who doesn’t have ambition. We need MORE women w/ ambition running for office.”

Amy Klobuchar, asked on MSNBC about women on Biden’s VP list.  (And yes, still think she should have still been his choice.)
And finally, here’s the whole Pop statement below.
https://twitter.com/JMcDonald_SAEN/status/1289999158661853186
or here
https://sports.yahoo.com/san-antonio-spurs-gregg-popovich-powerful-statement-racial-justice-marco-belinelli-214139519.html

It’s not my buck.

August 2, 2020

Commissioner Rob Manfred on MLB season: “The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now.” With this sort of acceptance of responsibility when is Manfred announcing he is a Republican running for office?

I’m so old I remember the days that positive tests meant PEDs.

Clippers were up over 40 points on Pelicans late in third quarter. Since we’re in weird pandemic bubble trying to reduce risk anyway, why not institute a temporary NBA mercy rule?

The Maryland county where Barron Trump attends school has ordered private schools to stay closed until October. So when is Donald going to issue an executive order for his son’s school to reopen?

Does Donald Trump realize that if teenagers don’t have Tik Tok they will have more time to volunteer for election related activities and GOTV?

PSA: In many states, you only need to be 16 to be a poll worker. In many other states you can be 17. Just in case anyone knows any teenagers who want to make it easier to elect a President who isn’t triggered by social media.

GOP is barring media barred from their convention and Trump will apparently thank delegates in a private closed-to-press event. Considering how low Donald goes in public, just how nasty will be when he thinks no one is watching?

From the late, great, Shirley Chisholm in remark to Congress  “Truth is that in the political world I have been far oftener discriminated against because I am a woman than because I am black. Prejudice against blacks is becoming unacceptable… Prejudice against women is still acceptable.”

 

Not my first rodeo. Or primary. But to me, you don’t need to have given your heart to Democratic candidate to call yourself a Democrat. It’s when your heart feels broken & you still give yourself to chosen candidates you can REALLY call yourself a Democrat.

Win and go home?

August 1, 2020

As major league baseball season hangs by a thread, don’t look now, but SF Giants are back at .500.  Of course, they would have been at .500 had the season been canceled.

San Antonio Spurs, under Gregg Popovich, (who might be the most “woke” coach in sports) have been in playoffs 22 years straight, longest active streak in any major US sports league.  And the streak will probably come to an end this year.  This doesn’t matter during pandemic when our democracy is at stake. But OK, irrationally glad they won.

Rockets 153,  Mavericks 149.   In Overtime.  But actually the score was tied 139-139 after Regulation.  So did both teams leave their defense outside the NBA bubble?

 

Dana Milbank in Washington Post says Susan Rice should not be Joe Biden’s running mate and then VP because last year Rice concurred on a podcast about Lindsey Graham “He’s been a piece of s—t. I said it. I said it, finally, dammit. He’s a piece of s—.” She smiled at the camera.”

Actually makes me like Rice more

Florida has closed ALL their COVID-19 testing sites until Tuesday because of the approach of Hurricane Isaias. But Trump still did fundraising trip Friday in Tampa. Wonder who convinced Donald he had to cancel Doral fundraiser in Miami Saturday.

Maybe Jim Jordan thinks COVID-19 is like sexual assault of college athletes. If he just ignores it, the problem will go away? 

If Tik Tok kids hadn’t duped Trump’s campaign with all those fake ticket orders, how many more people might have died as a result from Tulsa rally?

Can the Pulitzer Prize committee come up with a special category for Sarah Cooper?

All the insults from all the comics on social media, and the first one who triggers Trump enough to try to ban an entire social network service is Sarah Cooper. Women get sh*t done!

Trump says he’s going to ban TikTok by executive order. So congratulations Sarah Cooper, as far as making Donald take action you are officially more powerful in the US than Vladimir Putin.

Darn, Sarah Cooper was born in Jamaica. Otherwise since she triggers Trump enough to ban an entire social networking service over her, I’d encourage Joe Biden to add Sarah to his VP short list.

Can’t wait to see Donald Trump’s reaction when he realizes that even a temporary ban on Tik Tok doesn’t mean canceling Sarah Cooper.

Trump says “We beat Obama 4 years ago.”

Uh, a PERSON who can’t remember he ran against a WOMAN not a MAN with debates on CAMERA shown on TV has failed a cognitive test.

Boys of summer?

July 31, 2020

 

Today, July 31 WOULD have been MLB trade deadline.

For all we fret about Joe Biden’s running mate choice, as Trump talked about changing the election date, pretty darn sure that if we could vote July 31, a majority of Americans would vote for Joe and a “VP to be named later.”

MLB investigating what happened with Marlins – “Something happened massively disruptive to process that is not going on anywhere else.” I’m sure spending few days in hotel in Atlanta, where Governor was SUING mayor against her mask mandate had nothing to do with it. #Sarcasm

NBA restart Thursday night after over four and a half months off.  Wonder how long it will take for the first player to take a “rest day?”

 

Although such a trivial point, but as a fellow Stanford grad, how incredibly cool would it be if Joe Biden picks Susan Rice as his running mate and we get to hear Free’s “All Right Now” on the campaign trail.” 
Guessing Alan Dershowitz isn’t going to be invited back to Martha’s Vineyard anytime soon.

FoxNews website notes Trump honored Herman Cain, “unfortunately, he passed away from a thing called the China virus.” With all media coverage of John Lewis’s last public appearance at #BLM plaza in DC, guess Fox just forgot to say Cain’s last public appearance was Donald’s Tulsa Rally.
So where are all the pundits who last week were telling us how Donald Trump had changed to a more somber tone?
Twitter permanently suspended the account of former KKK grand wizard David Duke. Which I assume makes Trump happy. Duke was probably about to tweet Donald more messages of support.
So if Amy Klobuchar and Ron Wyden rename their NDEBA bill the “Trump Absentee Voting Bill” think GOP and Mitch McConnell might get behind it?
If Democrats controlled Senate, they would not have adjourned for weekend leaving millions without coronavirus stimulus jobless benefit. If Hillary Clinton had won we probably wouldn’t NEED coronavirus stimulus jobless benefit. #VoteBlue as if our lives depend on it. They do.
Trump is trying to do with tweets what Umbrella Man did in Minneapolis.

Not a joke. A few minutes before President Obama started be speaking at John Lewis’s funeral,  Donald Trump “spontaneously” called the Press Pool together. What a pathetic, sad little man we have in the White House.

When Joe Biden is elected President can he get Barack Obama to give a speech to the country once a month? Asking for a country needing balm for our souls.

Watered down

July 30, 2020

Mike Yastrzemski with walk-off splash hit for SF Giants to bring team back to .500.  Yeah, this might be high water mark of Giants season. And season may not last much longer. But for a moment, it was nice to “stick to sports.

Entire Rutgers football team in quarantine after 15 players tested positive for COVID-19.  And apparently the outbreak has been linked to some of those players attending a party.  Well, this should do wonders for the “dumb jock” stereotype.

NOT a Dodgers fan but MLB suspending LA pitcher Joe Kelly 8 games for throwing behind batters and making a face, while not suspending anyone on the Astros for stealing signs, is enough, ALMOST, to make me miss Bud Selig.

 

 

Just my guess, two thoughts for all those trying to figure why controversy has gotten so insane as we approach Biden’s VP pick. 1. Joe is 78. 2. When Hillary ran in 2016 we all had other things to do during the summer.

All these COVIDiots saying they only went to one party or crowded event are like people who say they played safely because they only tried one round of Russian Roulette.

Even after his colleague Louie Gohmert tested positive, Jim Jordan STILL isn’t wearing a mask. Gym Jordan is ignoring COVID-19 so much you’d think the disease was a sexual abuser.

So will Trump insist Gohmert only be treated with hydroxychloroquine and bleach?

How many Republicans in Congress who have refused to wear a mask but WEREN’T scheduled to fly on Air Force One today might also be COVID-19 positive and are still potentially infecting their colleagues?

Meanwhile, Wednesday night, Nancy Pelosi has MANDATED masks on the House Floor.
Moms know how to deal with whiny children acting out.
Thank you, Speaker Pelosi.

Fixed the headline for them -“Man living rent-free in public housing tells voters in suburbs they will ‘no longer be bothered’ by low-income housing.”

Can anyone imagine if Obama were President & story emerged ANY country had bounties on our troops & Barack’s excuse was “it didn’t reach my desk.” Not that it would have happened. 1. Obama would have read briefing. 2. Susan Rice would have kicked his a** had he missed it.

Minneapolis police now believe “Umbrella Man,” who smashed windows in the city on May 27, is a White Supremacist who was TRYING to incite race riots and violence. Why (seriously)  has that possibility never been raised about now former Officer Chauvin?

 

Reminded by DNC Chair Tom Perez about a speech given by the late GOP activist Paul Weyrich on “goo-goo syndrome”- (goo-goo meaning “good government”) back in 1980- “They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. As a matter of fact, our leverage in elections quite candidly goes up as voting populace goes down.”

Not a good count.

July 29, 2020

17 players and staff with Marlins now tested positive.

 

Who knew letting MLB team play in one of the worst hotspots, Miami, in a state, Florida,  with one of the worst COVID outbreaks, AND a science-denying governor might cause problems?
As Marlins game are postponed until Sunday, wonder how long it is before other players across MLB decide it’s not “Win or Go Home” but “Win AND Go Home.”

Before their games were postponed the Washington Nationals had voted against playing the Marlins in Miami. These are healthy young men w/ top testing & medical care available to them. But sure, let’s open Florida schools.

Marc Ragovin “Most feared hitter in baseball today: Willie McCovid.”

 

How much stock do Trump and his friends and family have in Kodak? Asking for a country of taxpayers.

So wonder how many younger Americans know Kodak made film. How many could tell you what “Kodachrome” is other than a Paul Simon song?

 

The President who doesn’t like anybody is complaining that nobody likes him. Irony, your regular table is ready.

When some wonder how Trump voters can possibly still support him, take look at Fox News site…. Phrases you won’t see “Wall of Moms”, “Wall of Vets”, “kidnapping”, “unmarked cars.” Phrases you will see ‘Mob violence”, dangerous rioting”, “destructive demonstrations…”

$2 BILLION for F-35s. But GOP says can’t afford to mail absentee ballots to Americans, and the cost for postage for voters to mail them back?

Does ANYONE believe Barr doesn’t read Trump’s tweets?

And reminder,  during his confirmation hearing  that Amy Klobuchar asked Bill Barr “There have been times…when personal interests of the president do not align with interests of the country. In those critical moments, is the attorney general the people’s lawyer or the president’s lawyer?”

Mary Trump’s book sold 1.35 million copies in first week. And unlike Don Jr’s book with the RNC, the DNC didn’t need to buy any of them.  Heck, many DNC members are probably still on a waitlist for their personal copies.

Kaitlin Collins presses Trump on him retweeting and praising a crazy doctor who talks about alien DNA and Donald melts down and ends the press conference.

So to sum up.

PERSON who’s a WOMAN asks  MAN baby a question on CAMERA and he leaves TV.

 

Yes,  if Biden picks Rice we’ll hear about Benghazi. But as someone who still feels Amy Klobuchar was unfairly treated over her prosecutor past, if it’s Demings or Harris we’re going to hear about every potential problematic case either of them EVER might have been connected with.

Testing, 1, 2, 3, testing…

July 28, 2020

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, on 14 Marlins player/staff testing positive for COVID-19 – “I don’t put this in the nightmare category.”

Would Manfred like to tell us what he considers the “nightmare category?”

14 Marlins testing positive for COVID-19. Likely originally infected during “Summer Camp” in Miami, or during exhibition game in Atlanta. So Gov. Ron DeSantis and Gov. Brian Kemp may have done to baseball what they’ve done to their states.

Minnesota Vikings say their trainer and “Infection Control Officer” has tested positive for COVID-19.

If you were doing a disaster movie about sports during pandemic, having a team’s “Infection Control Officer” test positive for the disease would be a time to cue the really ominous music.

Notre Dame has withdrawn from hosting first Presidential debate. When they don’t even think prayer will keep them safe….

Melania Trump will renovate the Rose Garden. Apparently it doesn’t look enough like Versailles.
Remember when Dana Carvey mocked George H. W. Bush regularly on SNL & Bush invited him to White House? Remember when Tina Fey mocked Sarah Palin regularly & Palin even joined her on SNL?
But Donald Trump is crying  it’s “really ridiculous, illegal, and, of course, very unfair!”  because because he can’t even take negative things trending for a day on Twitter?
Glenn Beck says his kids had COVID-19, and he expects to get it but “the doctor was like, ‘You have a, you know, bad immune system, blah blah blah, you have, you know, immune problems. And I was like eh, ehhh.” My better angels are sheltering in place on this one.
Trump’s casket  will never lie in state in the Capitol rotunda.
But of course Donald himself will lie everywhere. 
New studies indicate that even for those not hospitalized with COVID-19’s, some survivors could have lasting damage to their hearts. Which won’t worry Trump & many of his GOP supporters. You can’t damage what you don’t have.

Breaking even.

July 27, 2020
Okay, who had SF Giants at .500 after four games against LA Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
Now who had the two winning Giants pitchers be Wandy Peralta and Caleb Baragar?
All you liars can put your hands down now.

Why do I have a sense Trump tried to throw a baseball 60 feet 6 inches in last 24 hours and it did not go well?

LA Clippers guard Lou Williams was excused from NBA bubble in Orlando. to attend a funeral, but is now in quarantine after being seen during his absence at an Atlanta strip club.

Not sure if  Williams will test positive for COVID-19, but he sure failed HIS cognitive test.

So will we ever get back with sports to hearing that someone tested positive and assume PEDs?

Steven Mnuchin: “We’re not going to use taxpayer money to pay people more to stay home.” Meanwhile, 145,000 Americans will never pay taxes again.

I hope whoever Joe Biden is choosing for his Attorney General is getting plenty of sleep in the second half of this year. Because she or he is going to be very very busy.

Jaime Harrison is black. But a new Lindsey Graham campaign ad in South Carolina shows Harrison’s skin color to be MUCH darker than it is.  Remember when George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove attacked John McCain in South Carolina by alleging John had fathered a black daughter (The McCains adopted Bridget from Bangladesh?)

I hope John McCain haunts Lindsey Graham’s dreams.

Hurricane Hanna blew over a part of Trump’s recently constructed border wall.  Mother Nature and Karma sometimes have a fine working relationship.

Joe Biden: “we will give Trump a nickname of his own: Former President Donald Trump.”

What about Federal inmate number 1?

Georgia set a new single-day record Friday, at least 4,813 new COVID-19 cases (that’s what Gov. Kemp REPORTED.) Going to keep repeating what Amy Klobuchar said in debates – “My friend Stacey Abrams would be governor of Georgia right now if it wasn’t for voting violations.”

The Giants win a game. The Giants win a game!

July 26, 2020

It’s late July, and SF Giants are only 1 game out of first.

 

It’s not just that Trump went golfing with Brett Favre while US death toll again topped 1,000 in a single day, and while hurricanes are bearing down on both Hawaii and Texas. It’s that Donald thought he should be PROUD of their golf outing and had the White House post a picture of it.

As a Saints fan have taken a fair amount of grief for New Orleans defense allegedly trying to knock Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC Championship game. After today’s golf picture – you’re welcome.

 

A d*ck pick would have been less offensive. #BrettFavre
Seriously can anyone imagine what GOP would say if Obama went golfing during a pandemic with a hurricane baring down on one of the hardest hit parts of Texas? Not that Obama WOULD go golfing during a pandemic with a hurricane bearing down on one of the hardest hit parts of Texas.

 

Florida has now surpassed New York in total coronavirus cases. I missed the Governor Ron DeSantis tweet taking credit.

Oops. Per Washington Post.  “Trump asked DeSantis in May if he would require masks for convention & if virus would be problem, according to person w/ knowledge of conversation. DeSantis said he would not require masks & virus would not be major problem in August in Florida.”

 

So with Reagan Foundation demanding Trump stop sullying Ronald Reagan’s name by associating himself with the former President, how long until the Nixon Foundation follows suit?

 

The editor of the last major independent news site in Hungary was fired today. Still don’t think you can get excited to vote for Joe Biden? Vote like our democracy depends on it. Because it does.

Back in early April we thought it was awful when US reached 30,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day. Now we blow past that number before we wake up on the West Coast.

The long and short of it.

July 25, 2020

Sportscenter’s Scott Van Pelt on A’s walk-off extra inning win celebration – “as socially distanced as an Ozarks pool party.” Would be funnier if the 1st extra inning game of the season didn’t stand a fair chance of being the last extra inning game of the season.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo gave Brewers’ Orlando Arcia hand sanitzer after Arcia got a hit and ended up at first base. Talk about a clean single.

Mookie Betts will get the last payment of his $365 million contract when he’s 52 years old. Insert Bobby Bonilla Mets joke here:

So RNC convention has pulled out of Jacksonville but hasn’t officially told Charlotte what they plan to do. And there’s no guarantee NC will allow that plan….Then what? GOP could be the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays of politics.

Nikki Haley today tweeted she is “Proud of the selfless leadership (Trump) has shown in cancelling the convention.” Maybe it’s time to give Ambassador Haley a cognitive test?

WashPost headline “Calculations show U.S. is likely to reach 5 million cases in August, mathematician says.” “Mathematician?” Uh, considering we went from 3 million on July 8 to 4 million on July 23, that estimate would be possible with a good grasp of elementary school math.

 

So DC is going to institute a mandatory two week self-quarantine starting July 27 for anyone who’s visited a high-risk coronavirus area. Your reminder, Donald Trump has an IN PERSON fundraiser scheduled July 28 in Texas.

Conservatives upset with John Roberts as SCOTUS swing vote to reject Nevada church to ease limits on size of services. Church claimed casinos were given more favorable treatment. Well, yeah, anyone who walks into a casino EXPECTS to be gambling.

So whose job is it in the White House to keep feeding Trump that “96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party” fake stat? And how much of our taxpayer money are they getting paid?

 

Trump’s surgeon general Jerome Adams says that less than 10% COVID positivity means it’s safe for children to go back to school. Here’s the percentage I want. The percentage of Trump administration officials sending THEIR children and grandchildren back to school.

The President of the United States is seriously more concerned about bases being named after dead traitors than actual soldiers stationed at those bases being targeted by Russian bounties.

Hey, Friday night is over and Trump didn’t fire anyone. Could he have been too busy studying for his next cognitive test? Person, woman, man, camera, TV.

Opening daze

July 23, 2020

 

Dr. Fauci is still better at pitching than Donald Trump is at leading during COVID-19 pandemic.

So we waited 3 1/2 months for Opening Day & now Yankees-Nationals was shortened to 5 innings after rain delay due to a massive thunderstorm. Is it churlish to wish rain came earlier during Trump’s photo op, (without masks or social distancing) on South Lawn with Mariano Rivera & Little Leaguers?

Having jettisoned the embarrassing “Redskins” name, D.C.’s NFL franchise for remainder of 2020 will go by “Washington Football Team.” – So for remainder of 2020 can we jettison Trump’s name and refer to it as the”Washington Presidency?”

 

 

I feel the way about universal DH in 2020 the way I feel like John Kasich speaking at Democratic convention. Desperate times legitimately call for desperate measures. You can agree with a decision without actually being happy about it.

 

From Marc Ragovin: After missing virtually all of last season, Jed Lowrie of the NY Mets has been placed on the IL with no anticipated return date. This guy is such a lost cause Trump is probably gonna name a military base after him.

 

“Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV.”

“Sir, this is a McDonald’s, can I have your order please?”

So Trump is taking credit for canceling RNC convention that even the state of Florida wouldn’t let him have….

A NY Federal Court has ordered Michael Cohen be released from prison by tomorrow. I hope Cohen is smart enough to stay away from windows.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler met with protesters, listened to them and stayed even after being tear-gassed. Your reminder that Donald Trump wouldn’t attend a WWI memorial for troops in France because of a little drizzle.

Do we need to start a #GoFundMe campaign to get a reporter to ask Trump about Russian bounties on US soldiers.

Last month 62% of women registered voters said they were unlikely to vote for Trump. And Donald just referred to “Suburban Housewives of America.” Does this count as another failed cognitive test?

“The country is in very good shape other than if you look south and west…. ”

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, what did you think of the play.

 

Asked by Stephen Colbert if she thinks her uncle is a high-functioning sociopath. Mary Trump responds… “He is not high-functioning at all.” Good thing Donald never watches TV, because he’d be really upset to hear that.

Open, open, open?

July 22, 2020

July 24 is MLB Opening Day.   Often you think, wow…. 162 games, it’s going to be a LONG time until the World Series.

Now we just hope the teams can make it 60 games to the World Series.

Heck, anyone but me wonder if they’ll make it 30 games?

 

Poor Blue Jays. Can’t play in Toronto. Now can’t play in Pittsburgh. Will the whole team’s walk-up music be “King of the Road?”

 

On Wednesday, apparently Dr. Birx warned in private phone call today 11 cities with spikes in COVID-19 should take “aggressive” steps to stop outbreaks. Those cities are Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Las  Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh. & St. Louis.

With opening day tomorrow, it’s a good thing none of those cities have MLB teams… Oh wait, never mind.

The Blue Jays still haven’t found a place to play home games in 2020. Well, if they end up at Camden Yards sharing with the Orioles, Baltimore might actually see 30 wins this season.

Non-political “How dumb are we getting rant?” On a package of Thomas’s English Muffins the notice “Must split and toast.”

If Trump cares so much about those Confederate statues in the Capitol why doesn’t he have them all moved over to his DC hotel?

Have seen Karen Bass’s name mentioned a little more frequently in the VP hunt. Still a longshot, but if Joe does pick her can I respectfully request we rename entitled white women as “Ivankas?”

Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas about “Operation Legend” – “this isn’t a dog whistle, this is a dog barking.”

Apparently Operation Legend is named after a little boy who was shot to death while he slept. So can I suggest one of President Biden’s plans for police reform be named Operation Breonna? 

Trump wasn’t tweeting for hours earlier today. But to be fair, maybe he was studying hard for his Fox interview – “person, woman, man, camera, TV.”

 

On a bright note, if remembering five words in a row was hard, the good news is that Trump probably can’t remember the nuclear codes.

 

I suppose it would be really petty for Joe Biden to tweet “Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.”

Your reminder that Ronny Jackson, the man who allegedly said Trump passed that mental health exam, is running for US Congress in Texas….

Is Trump trying to get out of future criminal charges by reason of insanity?

Dan Rather tweeted “I think the ultimate sign you’ve passed a cognitive test is that you’re able to move on to something else.

 

1. Dan Rather is 88 years old. 2. Donald Trump is 74 years old.

Religious restrictions.

July 22, 2020

Texas to delay high school football for big schools for at least one month amid coronavirus pandemic.  In Texas this is like temporarily closing churches.

 

Been lukewarm on new SF Giants mgr Gabe Kapler, but impressed he got to Trump before season even started: “Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during National Anthem, sign of great disrespect for our Country & our Flag, game is over for me!”

So since Trump is going to boycott sports when any athletes kneel this should at least take care of any potential POTUS security worries for MLB, the NBA and NFL in 2020.

Rogers Centre isn’t a bad stadium for a Dome, but with Toronto considering home games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh and Camden Yards in Baltimore,  two of the nicest parks in baseball,  have to wonder how many Blue Jays players will never want to go back to their home park.

 

So how long until Trump tries to blame the attempts to move the British Open to his Turnberry Golf Course in Scotland on Hunter Biden?

 

Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler to ESPN, upset about WNBA’s support of “Black Lives Matter, says fans “may feel excluded from this sport & other sports that make them feel like American values aren’t at core of what we’re doing here.” American values? Like insider trading?

 

ACTING DHS secretary Chad Wolf is talking about “Proactive arrests?” When Trump ends up on the trash heap of history, add “Minority Report” to the list of movies like “Wag the Dog” and “Manchurian Candidate” that most Americans will never want to watch again.

Tammy Duckworth: Trump “cares more about dead traitors than he does about our troops.” Wonder what would happen if Russia put bounties on our statues?

It’s not at the top of their page, but Fox News does have the story “Ohio House speaker, 4 others charged in ‘largest bribery, money-laundering scheme’ in state history.” But gosh, for some reason Fox left off the fact they’re all Republicans.

So Press Secretary Barbie says Trump is tested multiple times a day. Donald says he’s tested every two or three days. Which one of them is lying? Or is it time for another cognitive test?

 

Reporter asked Trump about Ghislaine Maxwell, but not Russian bounties on US troops? WTAF?

Can anyone IMAGINE what would happen if Bill Clinton said he knew Ghislaine Maxwell well and wished her well?

Trump is so often accused of being lacking in kindness and empathy. I’m surprised State TV AKA Fox News didn’t report in Donald’s defense that he twice said of Ghislaine Maxwell that today he “wished her well.”

So if a mob boss wanted both to promise and threaten someone who had damaging evidence against him, would he “wish her well” on national TV? Asking hypothetically.

 

We are going to hit four MILLION confirmed COVID-19 cases before this weekend. Probably Friday. So who will Trump fire Friday night as a distraction?

GOP outrage over reporter Kimberly Halkett allegedly calling Kayleigh McEnany a “lying b*tch,” when even WH transcript says Halkett just said “OK, you don’t want to engage.” Missed same GOP outrage over Rep Ted Yoho ACTUALLY calling AOC a “f*cking b*tch.”

The sound of no hands clapping.

July 20, 2020

These MLB preseason games with no one in the stands are so odd. It’s as if we were watching all games at Dodger Stadium in the first three innings.

New SF Giants manager Gabe Kapler knelt with a few of his players for national anthem before tonight’s preseason.  Back when Gabe was on Red Sox, in clubhouse poll story was that of 25 players, 24 were GOP & Kapler was only Democrat. Maybe I can root for this guy.

Dr. Fauci will throw out ceremonial 1st pitch when Yankees open against Nats in D.C. Thursday. Fortunately for Trump, who was booed during World Series, here will be no fans in attendance, so Donald won’t have to see Fauci get nothing but cheers along with a standing ovation.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams on a potential mask mandate says he opposes “simply saying we are going to force you to do it particularly by sending in federal troops or using federal mechanisms.” Uh, because of all the times we’ve needed to send federal troops in over seat belts?

We’ll know that Trump is REALLY serious about masks when he starts hawking them for big $$$ on his campaign website.

As a baseball sports fan, think Democrats should consider John Kasich like a trade-deadline pickup.   So maybe this isn’t a player you want for a long-term contract.   But nice to have an extra big name on the bench  for August through October when winning it all is in sight. 

 

Being pleased John Kasich will endorse Joe Biden doesn’t mean I’d personally vote for Kasich for anything. But as a Democrat who knows we need a big tent, I also accept that means there will be people in that tent I disagree with on many things.

 

 

If Jeb Bush wants to follow John Kasich in endorsing Joe Biden, I’d be fine with that.

 

After announcement that John Kasich will speak at Democratic convention, now it’s George Will who has announced he is voting for Joe Biden. Donald’s going to run out of characters to bash all these Republicans in a single tweet.

Trump’s second round of Coronavirus press briefings will be a lot like NASCAR races…. a lot of people will just turn in to watch the wrecks

In case anyone forgot, the same POTUS who’s told Democratic cities they were on their own for PPE and COVID-19 testing now wants to send “federal law enforcement” to those same cities to clamp down on protests.

Again, can someone tell Trump he would have the biggest ratings EVER on television for his resignation speech?

Kings of the road?

July 20, 2020

Prohibited from playing in Canada, the Blue Jays are looking for a “major league ballpark” this season. Well, closest MLB city to Toronto’s spring training home in Dunedin is St. Petersburg.   But “major league ballpark?”    Don’t think Tropicana Field qualifies.

Still think it’s a longshot that MLB makes it through this shortened season. But I admit I look forward even briefly to being incensed for a change about balls and strikes… and the abomination that is the Designated Hitter.

Small sign of normalcy.
ESPN is covering golf again. More to the point, their headline is “Tiger closes inconsistent Memorial with 4-over 76.”

 

The Bahamas just closed borders to U.S. tourists, while the rest of the world is still welcome.
With all due respect, as someone who’s been on a number of cruises out of Florida that stop in Nassau, I’ve never quite seen the appeal of the Bahamas. But it’s a shame now that Cuba also probably won’t let Americans in either.
There are now NO ICU beds available at 49 Florida hospitals. So much winning.
Imagine, USA could have been like Europe and other parts of the world who seem to have least temporarily gotten COVID-19 under control… But GOP then might have been trying to impeach Hillary Clinton for wearing a tan mask.
The 2020 Presidential election will be our nation’s collective cognitive test.
In all seriousness,  I’ve actually now in my life known of two people who’ve taken MoCA test: my mother, when she had what turned to be dementia, and Donald Trump. (It’s not part of a routine physical.)
So who got Trump to agree to the interview with Chris Wallace and when will she or he be fired?
“That’s not true, sir”. Chris Wallace to Donald Trump.  Open note to other journalists – see how easy it is?
Maybe most despicable part of Trump’s interview w/ Chris Wallace. “Let Biden sit through an interview like this, he’ll be on the ground crying for mommy. He’ll say, ‘Mommy, mommy, please take me home.” Can’t tell me that wasn’t twisted reference to George Floyd murder. No joke.
I remember when Twitter was obsessed with Amy Klobuchar’s bangs, and now it’s Kamala Harris’s alleged botox? But sure, there’s no misogyny in politics.

Oh Canada.

July 18, 2020

The Blue Jays have been denied permission to play MLB games at home in Toronto this year, because the Canadian government feels travel back and forth across US border is too risky. Ladies and gentlemen, we are officially a sh*thole country.

For those saying we can’t call them the Toronto Blue Jays if they play in Buffalo, not like either the Jets or Giants play in New York.

 

Lindsey Graham was out golfing with Donald Trump this morning. “What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” – But for golf?

Let’s be honest, some of the Republicans praising John Lewis today would be on the wrong side at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

 

 

Maybe we shouldn’t be that hard on Marco Rubio posting a picture mistaking Elijah Cummings for John Lewis. Many of us Democrats have at times mistaken Marco Rubio for a Republican with a soul.

How much must Trump be seething? Mary Trump beat him on book sales AND ratings. And now John Lewis’s death has knocked Donald’s regular rants out of the headlines.

If you’re in the media still talking about Kanye’s campaign stunt while largely ignoring Joe Biden you might be part of the problem.

 

Going to keep reminding people of this: “A poll conducted on July 21 and 22 of 1988 found that Dukakis had expanded the size of his lead over Bush to 17 points.” Hope for a landslide. Work like it will come down to a single vote:

Can you name Secretary of State in your state? Because she/he fundamentally controls elections. In 2000 Katherine Harris, George W’s election co-chair, was Florida SOS. In 2018 Brian Kemp was Georgia SOS. State & local races matter.

Trump last night held Wisc. “telephonic” rally. “We’re doing really well w/ therapeutics & vaccines, but until that gets solved going to be tough to have big massive rallies…we’ll do it by telephone.” Meanwhile, children need to go back to school? Once again, Pro-life my a**.

Wonder how Trump would feel if a leader in Europe bragged to his/her constituents that they saved lives by instituting a “USA travel ban?”