Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Tuesday Stuff


So many reasons to totally disregard a single syllable oozing from the mouth of this foul, venomous, lying orange meat sack, as Brian Tyler Cohen tells us, this time pertaining to the utter rout of anything approximating Democracy the “party of Lincoln” is waging in Wisconsin (more here)…



…and Ana and Cenk tell us about the blowup between Trump flunky Peter Navarro and Dr. Anthony Fauci over the alleed COVID-19 miracle drug (and in a related story, this of course isn’t surprising at all)…



…and Farron Cousins tells us about businesses trying to figure out how to get their 2020 “stim”…looking like individuals won’t get anything until the fall also (and yeah, that’s about what we can expect when Steve Mnuchin…”half” of small businesses in this country? Dear God)…



...and goddammit, I thought he was going to make it (here).

Monday, April 06, 2020

Monday Stuff


One blessed day, when we’ve emerged from the utter misery of all of this as best as we can and provided as much care and support as we could, and the moment comes to look back at how this catastrophe happened, this clip from Rachel Maddow should be preserved for all eternity as a chronicle of infamy, you might say (oh, and there's this too)…



Update 4/7/20: 45 should be arrested right f*cking now for this.

…and by extension, this also applies to the Gropenfuhrer’s acolytes, with Wilbur Ross basically saying that coronavirus would be “good for bidness” – and yeah, Kayleigh McEnany is truly that much of a foul, disgusting harpie…



Update 4/7/20: As Cenk would say (about McEnany), "OF COUUURRRSE!" (here).

…though of course, there’s always reason to destroy more environmental regulations and get more horrible judges confirmed, as noted here (John I. and Brett Erlich of "The Damage Report" tell us more…yep, “The Black Swan moment” all right)……



...and speaking of legal garbage...

Update: These are the five life forms responsible for this travesty from the U.S. Supreme Court:






Now, repeat the following after me:


I just want to make sure that's clearly understood.

Update 4/7/20: Though obviously fraught with danger, this may be the best way to say "F.U." to these lunatics.

…and Brian Tyler Cohen points out what a good job CA Governor Gavin Newsom is doing in response to the outbreak, and also what an utter tool Devin Nunes truly is…



…and no, I never intend to let that orange sack of shit forget about this (more here)…



...and this probably isn't a good "social distancing" tune, but I like it anyway.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Sunday Stuff

There are time when I just can’t even…



I have to admit, though, that this genuinely makes me wonder how our current corporate media would have reported on various stories throughout history given their current tendency to normalize what, for my money, is insane. And I wonder if it would have gone something like this:
  • In 1553, Mary Tudor ascended to the throne as Queen of England. In an attempt to reunite her country with Rome and Catholicism (having broken with Rome under her father Henry VIII, who formed the protestant Church of England), she declared the marriage of her parents valid (Henry’s marriage to Mary’s mother Katharine of Aragon was declared invalid, initiating the break from the Catholic Church). Mary’s husband Philip of Spain (also Catholic) persuaded the British Parliament to repeal Henry's religious laws, thus returning the English church to Roman jurisdiction.

    Reaching an agreement to reinstitute the Catholic Church in England with Rome took many months and Mary and Pope Julius III had to make a major concession: the British monastery lands confiscated under Henry were not returned to the church. However, by the end of 1554, an agreement with Rome was finalized, and, adopting a new tone, Mary revived the Heresy Acts, in which numerous Protestants were executed, including Thomas Cranmer, the imprisoned archbishop of Canterbury under Henry.

  • The absence of a strong national government in 1932 Germany prompted two influential politicians, Franz von Papen and Alfred Hugenberg, along with several other industrialists and businessmen, to write a letter to German president Paul von Hindenburg. The signers urged Hindenburg to appoint Adolf Hitler as leader of a government "independent from parliamentary parties," which could turn into a movement that would "enrapture millions of people." Hitler ran against Hindenburg in that year’s presidential elections, and though Hitler lost, he emerged as chancellor after two further parliamentary elections—in July and November 1932—had not resulted in the formation of a majority government.

    On 27 February 1933, the Reichstag building (home of the German parliament) was set on fire, possibly by members of Hitler’s National Socialist (or Nazi) Party. Adopting a new tone, at Hitler's urging, Hindenburg responded with the Reichstag Fire Decree of 28 February, which suspended basic rights and allowed detention without trial. The decree was permitted under Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, which gave the president the power to take emergency measures to protect public safety and order. Activities of the German Communist Party (KPD) were suppressed, and some 4,000 KPD members were arrested (and yes, somehow I think we remember what happened in the years that followed, right?)

  • After the end of World War II, the U.S. continued their military assistance to Chinese nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang (or KMT) government forces against the People's Liberation Army (PLA) led by Mao Zedong during the civil war. Likewise, the Soviet Union gave quasi-covert support to Mao by their occupation of north east China, which allowed the PLA to move in en masse and take large supplies of arms left by the Japanese's Kwantung Army. To enhance the Red Army's military operations, Mao, as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, named his close associate General Zhu De to be its Commander-in-Chief.

    Adopting a new tone in 1948, under direct orders from Mao, the People's Liberation Army starved out the Kuomintang forces occupying the city of Changchun. At least 160,000 civilians are believed to have perished during the siege, which lasted from June until October. PLA lieutenant colonel Zhang Zhenglu, who documented the siege in his book “White Snow, Red Blood,” compared it to Hiroshima: "The casualties were about the same. Hiroshima took nine seconds; Changchun took five months." On January 21, 1949, Kuomintang forces suffered great losses in decisive battles against Mao's forces. In the early morning of December 10, 1949, PLA troops laid siege to Chongqing and Chengdu on mainland China, and Chiang Kai-shek fled from the mainland to Formosa (Taiwan).

  • With all of this in mind, I thought I’d present this as a Sunday meditation, seeing as how we’re not able to attend services (or at least, we shouldn’t be anyway, until we’re over this COVID-19 thing).

    Saturday, April 04, 2020

    Saturday Stuff


    I should note that we often check Facebook, though there are times when the pro-Trump BS, even with our latest calamity, gets too ridiculous and we have to shut it off. Well, something we learned is that apparently there are a lot of people wearing surgical latex gloves to pump gas, for example (not a bad idea), and then are discarding the gloves on the ground instead of throwing them in the trash when finished. If you know anyone doing this, please tell them to dispose of the gloves properly in the trash – kind of unbelievable that that needs to be pointed out, I know.

    To begin, Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about Jared Kushner blaming governors for supposedly not knowing how to manage their own PPE and ventilators (cruel and ridiculous for all of the reasons noted – oh, and also, there is this)…



    Update: Yeah, I think this says it.

    …and the “Morning Joe” crew tell us about that criminal Brian Kemp, who stole his GA gubernatorial election, telling us he didn’t know that asymptomatic people could pass COVID-19…how big an assclown is this guy anyway? And DeSantis in Florida is barely any better – THIS IS EXACTLY WHY YOU NEED A STRONG, COHERENT FEDERAL RESPONSE! And yeah, Willie Geist pretty much made me want to vomit with his praise of the Gropenfuhrer – not the biggest fan of Jim Vandehei either, but he’s exactly right)…



    Update: God, is Kemp an idiot (here) - a related post is here.

    …and Kyle of Secular Talk tells us of recent reporting by Ken Klippenstein that the military was warned of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2017 (I’m not going to totally absolve Obama on the Covidian thing – maybe they could have kept the bigger company from swallowing the smaller ventilator company…maybe yes, maybe no…but it DEFINITELY isn’t the same thing as “Bin Laden Determined To Strike In The U.S.”)…



    …and Dr. Dara Kass is another one of my new heroes for this...



    …as is Captain Brett Crozier of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, as Farron Cousins tells us (here)…



    …and kudos once more to Seth Meyers for trying to find humor amidst all of this (and about the My Pillow guy, I give you this - nothing but a sop to the evangelicals)…



    ...and no, I never intend to let "Adolf Twitler" forget about this (more here)...



    Update: I’m sure it doesn’t need to be said, but I’ll say it anyway. For the foreseeable future, however long that is, we need to do all we can to keep as many people well as possible as well as caring for the sick from this pandemic, and attending to those who have died and will die. But one blessed day (maybe far in the future), we will have flattened the curve and start working towards the day when we will have overcome this monster.

    And when that day arrives, it will be time to take a long, hard look at exactly how this happened. And I believe that, beyond merely voting people out of office, some people need to go to prison. And stuff like this and this are some of the reasons why.

    …and here’s a relatively newer tune with a positive message that I think we all need.

    Friday, April 03, 2020

    Friday Stuff


    I don’t know if Pittsburgh “pastor” Jonathan Shuttlesworth will provide the Kool Aid for his planned “Woodstock-like” service in response to PA’s stay-at-home order b/c of COVID-19, but he may not have to, since the next effect of his incredible stupidity will no doubt be the same (more here)…



    Update: Ummm - yeah (here).

    …and yeah, let’s not forget the role these culprits have played in this calamity (more here)…



    ...including this segment with news mannequin Martha MacCallum and Dr. Rishi Desai (more here)...



    …and John and Ana tell us that Mango Mussolini is STILL working to shut down enrollment in Obamacare, to say nothing of trying to kill it altogether (and with all due respect to Ana, don’t get me started on ANYONE on “The View” during this epidemic)…



    …and this tells us about the nurse who quit her job because she couldn’t get an N95 mask to protect herself (and oh yeah, America – there goes that baaad Bernie Sanders caring about American workers again – gee, when’s he gonna drop out of the presidential race anyway?...another indirect reference to those cackling hens on "The View"...more here)…



    …and this tells us what Spain’s health care workers are dealing with – some of this no doubt is our future, and maybe our present too…



    ...and since it's another day of the week with a "y" in it, it looks like it's time once more for this (more here)...



    ...and RIP Bill Withers.

    Wednesday, April 01, 2020

    Wednesday Stuff


    This clip from Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Mango Mussolini ranting about the Dems trying to make it easier to vote in the pandemic bill (admitting Repugs wouldn’t win if it was easier for Dems to vote…and as usual, Repugs accuse the Dems of the garbage they’re actually practicing themselves, such as noted here (notarized?) and here about putting restrictions on absentee balloting…oh, but at least 45 was number one on Facebook, as noted here, and no, that's not an April Fool's joke – yep, that iceberg is getting bigger by the minute as we rearrange the deck chairs)…



    ...and since it's another day of the week with a "y" in it, it looks like it's time once more for this (more here)...



    ...and sticking with the first crime family, Ana and Cenk of TYT tell us that the Kushners aren't going to let some pesky little item like a plague that could potentially kill thousands get in the way of gouging their tenants, being the slumlords that they are...



    ...and yeah, when all else fails, just "blame the Jews," huh, as "Pastor" Rick Wiles does (Kyle K. tells us all about it, and apparently Wiles has a history of this garbage)...



    …and Rachel Maddow interviews New York Times reporter Donald McNeil critiquing the supply chain, or what passes for it, that we have for this crisis (good idea to get the Pentagon in on this - I have issues with Maryland Repug Gov. Larry Hogan, but kudos to him for this)…



    …and it’s been so long since we’ve heard words from a responsible adult leader in this country in response to a crisis that I thought I’d present this from “across the pond” (all the best to His Highness, and yes, he wasn’t elected, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be a leader, which he is as far as I’m concerned)…



    …and I was definitely sorry to hear about this



    …but fortunately, this is better news, and this is reason for cautious optimism also.

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    Monday Stuff


    Yes, as David Pakman tells us here, Our Pumpkin Pestilence STILL doesn’t get it when it comes to COVID-19 (and Pakman kind of teases a video at the end about how unprepared we were, and I can just about guarantee you that it has to do with this)…



    …and even for Orange Satan in An Oval Office, accusing medical personnel of stealing masks is a disgusting new low even for this piece of shit of a “president,” as Sam Seder tells us…



    …of course, if the Gropenfuhrer somehow could muster a particle of humanity or compassion, he’d understand what medical personnel are actually going through, including this ICU nurse…God bless her and everyone who provides the care we need…



    …and speaking of someone who’s been though a war, and no doubt is continuing to endure it, I give you this clip of Dr. David Price of Cornell Medical Center…this video is about 57 minutes long, but if you can block out the time to watch it, I definitely recommend it (more important than the other videos in this post)…he tells us how COVID-19 is transmitted and the common-sense steps we can take to protect ourselves and those around us…apparently that numbskull Jesse Watters of Fix Noise featured an abbreviated clip of it, which is positive I guess…



    …and The Rational National reminds us that, because of the accompanying recession kick-started by the abject failure of the executive branch of our government, potentially about 3.3 million people in this country now no longer have employer-based health insurance (oh, but just keep pressuring Bernie Sanders to find out when he’s going to drop out and don’t seriously consider Medicare For All, right?).

    (“I never think about health care until I need it, and then I get it.” When M4A is reality one blessed day, that should be inscribed everywhere in this country.)

    (And as I've said before, movement conservatism in this country was flat on its metaphorical back in 1964, but they organized around a strategy and became dominant. It took them 16 years and the awful election of The Sainted Ronnie R, but they found a way. And it will take that kind of intelligence and determination on our side too.)...



    …and because we need a bit of comic relief, I give you this TYT clip of John and Ana talking about the Italian mayors giving it to their countrymen for not practicing social distancing (why the hell are they bleeping in Italian when most of us don't know the language?)



    …and this item is also worth a chuckle...Farron Cousins tells us that, apparently, Judge Jeanine Pirro was hammered in a recent segment…oh, but it was really the teleprompter…riiiiight



    ...and happy 75th birthday to the one and only Eric Clapton.

    Sunday, March 29, 2020

    Sunday Stuff


    (The pic has to do with this story.)

    Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about the Swanson TV Dinner Heir dragging Brit Hume out of his crypt to say that, yes, Hume is apparently prepared to die also in order to revive our economy...and Cohen points out why that is a thoroughly disingenuous argument…



    Update 4/4/20: Well said (Boehlert I mean) here.

    …and Kyle K. gives us an example of just how great our health care system is, namely, that nurses have to wear trash bags to protect themselves (U-S-A! U-S-A!)…



    ...and John and Brett Erlich of The Damage Report tell us about AOC calling out U.S. Senate Republicans for their sickening greed, thoroughly beholden to the CEOs who pull their puppet strings, in response to the COVID-19 stimulus bill...



    …and since Our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator in An Oval Office apparently hates this ad so much (here), it looks like it’s time to repeat it…



    …and I know I should, at a minimum, say nothing about someone who has died if I can’t say anything good, but I’m going to make an exception in the case of former Oklahoma Repug U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, as noted here (called “Dr. No” for a reason, I should point out).

    I’ve been complaining (especially now) about people who profess to hate the federal government being elected to jobs WORKING FOR the federal government, and Coburn might just be Exhibit A in that argument. He NEVER encountered a piece of legislation or some kind of amendment that he couldn’t find fault with, allegedly because he believed it cost too much money. If his objections weren’t financial, then they were ideological, frequently for reasons that were FACTUALLY WRONG as noted in the following clip, having to do with Generalissimo Trump withdrawing this country from the Paris Climate Accord (and as Cenk mentioned, Dubya did the same thing with the Kyoto Protocols). There are lots of other appropriate Coburn anecdotes that you can read from this link (more also from the last bullet here).

    There are various reasons to thoroughly despise Tom Coburn. You could argue that, as a medical doctor, he should have had at least a rudimentary understanding of and respect for issues pertaining to science. I mean, you would think that, wouldn’t you?

    Here are more reasons to look upon Coburn with nothing but contempt…
  • He attempted to block a suicide prevention act for our veterans (here).
  • Coburn also targeted veterans’ disability payments (here).
  • Coburn also pushed for a so-called “Article V” U.S. Constitutional convention to basically rewrite that document the way he and the one percent have always wanted and throw our government into chaos (the wet dream of Charles Koch and similarly well-heeled scumbags - here).
  • He also demanded spending cuts at about the same time as his home state was hit by a tornado (here).
  • He also attempted to shut down the FAA over bike safety funding (or other usages by states of federal funds in a manner Coburn apparently didn't agree with) here.
  • Coburn also praised Mango Mussolini for his ability to manipulate the press (here).
  • There is nothing memorable, noteworthy or praiseworthy in the record of alleged accomplishments by Tom Coburn. The only thing to do is to dispose of his earthly remains, and at any future mention of his name, spit in disgust or curse as appropriate, and then move on…



    …and I thought this was a peppy little number to listen to as we dance our way to the potential apocalypse.

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    Friday Stuff


    (I saw this message when I was taking my constitutional nearby Le Manse Doomsy, and I thought it bore repeating, particularly in our current context.)

    Rachel Maddow interviewed NYU med student Gabrielle Mayer, who, of her class, offered to graduate early in order to help with the COVID-19 pandemic…much gratitude to her and her fellow students who are following her commendable course of action…



    …and going from one altruistic extreme completely to the other, John and Ana of TYT tell us about Orange Satan trying to basically reopen the economy by Easter…a typically disgusting and cynical pitch aimed at the “Fundies,” who will no doubt dutifully lap it all up en masse



    …and this Now This clip tells us about our ridiculous sanctions against Iran during COVID-19 making that country’s crisis worse…and I’m sure it’s no surprise that, given that he works for a regime of liars, Pompeo is lying himself in this clip – naive, pin-headed liberal that I am, I cannot help but think to myself that this crisis, calamitous as it is, presents the whole world with an opportunity to work together in some fashion to each other’s benefit to help recover somehow from it and ensure that it never happens again – yes, I know…sunshine, lollipops and rainbows every day



    …and this clip presents Repug U.S. House Rep Thomas Massie in his thoroughly dunderheaded idiocy, questioning former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry on the issue of climate change (I’m not saying Kerry shouldn’t be questioned, but only do it like an actual adult) – I know this is history, but given this (Massie trying to hold up the COVID-19 relief bill), it’s safe to say that Massie is giving Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Matt Gaetz and a few others runs for their money as the stupidest individual on Capitol Hill, so say nothing of being the most craven and corrupt (and for sure, Massie made this list - more here)…



    …and kudos to Brianna Keilar of CNN for not letting Trumpster Peter Navarro off the hook over the provisioning, or lack thereof, in response to the outbreak, as Brian Tyler Cohen tells us (yeah, blame China and Obama - what a disgusting cabal of frauds and idiots!)…



    …and David Doel has quite rightly laid into our thoroughly bought-and-paid-for corporate media over their reporting on the Dem presidential primary, and he’s right, and he can barely contain his disgust again here (Bernie giving it to the U.S. Senate Repugs on Coronavirus relief…yeah, Bernie had better hurry up and drop out, huh…removing my tongue from my cheek)…



    ...and since it's a day of the week with a "y" in it, it looks like it's time for this video once more (more here)...



    ...and happy 70th birthday to Tony Banks of Genesis.

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    Thursday Stuff


    (I should note that, sometime probably over the next week or so, I’m going to be scaling back with posting on this site. For now, though, I am able to do what I can, but we’ll see.)

    I saw the card that I captured in the pic above in our mail yesterday, and at first, I thought The Onion was trying to solicit for a subscription.

    What’s next? “President Trump’s guidelines on nuclear disarmament”? “His guidelines on international diplomacy”?

    Looks like it’s time once more, then, for this video (more here)…



    …and Thom Hartmann tells us what other countries are doing in response to the outbreak (and speaking of Mnuchin, I give you this - this crowd is more repellent by the day hour, including this wretched excuse for a human being)…



    …and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less, from 3/19/10 – kind of off by a bit I know)…with all of the COVID-19 stuff raging, my apologies for neglecting to point out the recent 10th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act into law (here)…this clip is intended mainly to present the utterly bogus arguments against health care reform, made particularly more odious now given our current calamity (I think the ACA turned out to be better than Arianna Huffington’s pronouncement here, speaking with K.O., but I agree with her point that we need to build on it and expand it, not try to tear it down…and kudos to Rachel Maddow for showing Dick Armey to be what he truly is, and that goes for The Sainted Ronnie R also)…



    …and sticking with Maddow, she points out the true insanity of what Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has done in his state (as noted here, they are dead last when it comes to health care ratings among all 50 states)…



    …and Kyle K. tells us about the fight related to the virus in Lake Worth Beach City, FL…and boy, do I get what Kyle is saying about “the wall”…nice work by Omari Hardy to stand up for residents losing their power during a pandemic (more here...what country am I living in again?)…



    …and I’m in the mood for kind of a trippy, current video – I hope this will suffice.

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Wednesday Stuff (updates)


    Cenk and Ana of TYT tells us about the back-and-forth over the COVID-19 bill coming from the Democratic U.S. House and “the world’s greatest deliberative body” under the thumb of Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao (an update is here – a bill featuring something actually closer to sanity passed)…



    Update 1: Apparently I spoke too soon - yeah, and there are people who will actually blame Democrats for this.

    Update 2: I’m going to relax my rule about profanity on this site for a minute and say that Lindsey Graham is a steaming pile of dog shit for this – to do something about him AT LONG LAST, please click here.

    Update 3: Hey, philly.com and the AP! Where is your REPUBLICANS BLOCK CORONAVIRUS AID PACKAGE screaming headline?

    You know - kind of like this...


    Update 4: Oh, suuure, give the "party of Lincoln" the fluffing it deserves, right? What a joke...


    Update 5: What I said about Graham goes for Tom Golisano too (here).

    Update 6: And by the way, like you I’m sure, I’m already starting to see the outrage over the Dems potentially caving in the Senate on this bill and its likely giveaway to our corporate “betters” (here). And no, I don't like it one bit either.

    But Democrats aren’t in charge of the U.S. Senate, people. Look what happened when voters put Democrats in charge of the U.S. House. They passed about 400 bills that #MIdnightMoscowMitch lit up for kindling (here). And many of them were bipartisan.

    You want change for real? Stop whining and bitching and work/donate/speak out to elect Democrats. EVERYWHERE! You can start by clicking here.

    …and one day, when we eventually get a handle on the catastrophic medical impact from this virus and are able to provide for everyone infected as much as our means allows, I want it to be recorded for posterity forever that ONE POLITICAL PARTY AND THEIR MEDIA ACOLYTES IN THIS COUNTRY WERE PERFECTLY FINE WITH ALLOWING PEOPLE TO DIE FOR THE SAKE OF PRESERVING THEIR WAY OF LIFE AND THEIR DISGUSTING IDEOLOGY.

    And somehow, it will just be expected of us to make peace with these monsters. When in reality, they have made it utterly clear to the entire world that ONCE MORE, THEY ARE PERFECTLY FINE WITH ALLOWING PEOPLE TO DIE IN THE NAME OF MAINTAINING THEIR CAPITALIST CULTURE THAT BENEFITS THEM AT THE EXPENSE OF NEARLY EVERYONE ELSE.

    I remember how vilified Dem former U.S. House Rep Alan Grayson was for saying the GOP wanted you to die quickly, when in reality, he was more correct than he ever could have imagined…



    ...and more garbage from The Roger Ailes BS Factory is noted here (comparing this to Obama's response to Ebola)...



    ...and I'm not necessarily including this as an automatic endorsement of "Malarkey Joe" (though he has my endorsement by default of course if he ends up getting the nod), but this definitely needs to be pointed out for the record vs. Our Pumpkin Pestillence...



    Update 7: So I guess, given this, I should put up this video every day for awhile - maybe I will.

    ...and Rachel Maddow speaks with Dr. Esther Choo about what's taking place on the front lines with health care providers - Choo is based in Seattle (this report aired on 3/20, so I hope any update would be positive, but given that we're talking about the regime of the Gropenfuhrer, I definitely don't expect that)...



    ...and this guy tested positive - shit.

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    Tuesday Stuff


    I realize that the phrase “insane press conference” having to do with Generalissimo Trump long since became redundant, but apparently he was particularly crazed yesterday, basically telling everybody to get the hell back to work and hurry up and die to keep the markets from plummeting still further (as if doing that would calm the stock market...Cenk Uygur gives us the gory details, with more to come later today...more here).

    Republicans are trying to kill us. Literally. How many more goddamn ways do we still need to point that out?...



    Update 3/25/20: Yeah, I would call this an appropriate response.

    …and the Rational National tells us about Texas (of course) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick trying to sacrifice the lives of potentially thousands of people, even millions, to preserve capitalism “for the children”…every time I think these cretins can’t find a new bottom…



    …and David Pakman tells us about the crowd selling snake oil, you might say, trying to enhance their wretched profiles from COVID-19 (what a collection of bottom-feeders)…



    …and Kyle has more on the Gropenfuhrer getting rid of the pandemic preparedness experts (oh, riiight – they were just standing around doing nothing, so Mango Mussolini gave them their pink slips – uh huh, suuuure)…



    …and this clip from Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about a woman at a Dollar Tree store in Florida who bought up all of the paper products (not sure why the store didn’t put a per-customer limit in place and enforce it, but what do I know?)…



    Update: To try and do something constructive in the face of this insanity, please click here (and yeah, it's pretty sad when we have to count on "No Corporate Tax" Pat Toomey to do the right thing, but unfortunately, this is where we are).

    …and happy belated 90th birthday to Stephen Sondheim – this selection is almost too easy I know.

    Sunday, March 22, 2020

    Sunday Stuff


    Rachel Maddow, to her credit, “goes there” on the Gropenfuhrer and the “L” word…he utterly shredded any notion of credibility long ago, as she correctly points out…



    …and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us that it’s not only Our Pumpkin Pestilence who has acted like a dangerous fool on this issue in particular, but others in his party also (the Mika and Joe Scar clip comparing Paris vs. Clearwater probably led to this, though DeSantis made the move too late)…



    ...and this Now This clip features Dr. Peter Hotez testifying about the delays in developing a vaccine for COVID-19...as this clip points out and as NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, among others, has also noted, our health care system in this country is market-based, attuned to meet current demand...well, normally that's fine, but it doesn't allow for catastrophic situations such as the one we're currently dealing with...and no, I don't have a magical answer to solve that either short of Medicare for All, single payer, and nationalizing our health care system (and I'm not even sure how good of an idea that is), but I'm just pointing out the problem...



    …and Farron Cousins tells us here that, according to yet another poll, only 30% of Repugs will pay attention to doctors and others over their warnings on COVID-19 (figures, unfortunately)...mildly NSFW…



    ...and Thom Hartmann sheds more light on this typically bogus recommendation from "Dr." Trump...



    ...and RIP Kenny Rogers.




    Update 3/23/20: You quite literally have to get to Paragraph 20 in this story accompanying this thoroughly misleading graphic to find out the following:
    Democrats are particularly fighting for constraints on the largely Republican-led effort to provide $500 billion for corporations. Democrats call that a “slush fund.”

    Democrats won a concession — to provide four months of expanded unemployment benefits, rather than just three as proposed, according to an official granted anonymity to discuss the private talks. The jobless pay also would extend to self-employed and so-called gig workers.

    But Republicans complained Democrats were holding out for more labor protections for workers, wanting assurances that corporations taking federal aid will commit to retaining their employees.
    Another moment in "journamalism," as Atrios calls it, courtesy of philly.com (where, last I noticed, Christine Flowers still is awarded a paycheck).

    Update 3/24/20: Gee, maybe our corporate media should have taken her a little more seriously (here - and yes, I know there was a misstep or two along the way in her campaign, but imagine Warren as the standard-bearer now instead of "Malarkey Joe"...oh, sorry - I forgot that the U.S. Presidency, thus far, is a patriarchy).

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    Friday Stuff


    (I should note that you're probably going to see this graphic a few more times - and on a related note, I also posted here.)

    It looks like The Roger Ailes BS Factory collectively "got the memo" on COVID-19, but they did so way too late (and of course, the proper, decent thing for the Foxies to do would be to say they’re sorry for all of their earlier BS attacks, but as others smarter on this stuff than I have said, wingnuts never, EVER apologize)...



    Update: And by the way, even though this is now behind the news cycle a little bit, I wanted to make sure that we didn't forget about it (something to keep in mind the next time you hear someone who claims to be knowledgeable about politics say that the Dems and the "party of Lincoln" are the same).

    …and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Tucker Carlson doing the right thing, shockingly, though of course he can’t stop referring to it as the “Chinese Coronavirus” (and let’s not get all gaga about the Swanson TV Dinner heir supposedly developing an alleged conscience, since he’ll no doubt continue to grovel on cue at the feet of our Pumpkin Pestilence no matter what happens…also, based on this, let’s not forget RoJo, and Di-Fi doesn’t get a “carve out” here either)…



    …and Thom Hartmann, after taking a call, tells us more on How We Got Here with COVID-19 (and good job to trace this back to the right-wing billionaires whose filthy, grubby hands are all over this mess, in terms of the utter failure of a federal government response...and I would agree with this too)…




    …and Chris Hayes talks with Dem U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama on what that state is dealing with (and good job to say the Feds should bail out employers who should comp furloughed employees…interesting idea to get companies like ADP involved; THAT is what the federal government is supposed to do at times like this, and that is to coordinate a public/private effort to combat this)…



    …and Farron Cousins tells us about Paula White, Kenneth Copeland and these other “prosperity gospel” frauds, telling people to send $$ regardless of their circumstance related to the virus…



    …and speaking of “federal government response,” Ana and company on TYT tell us about the proposed $850 billion “stimulus package” from the Gropenfuhrer (typically missing the mark as far as I’m concerned – interesting in light of this)…



    …and this clip from The Rational National, though very important, is still genuinely depressing…David Doel is absolutely right about the utter failure of our corporate media in covering Biden vs. Bernie, on Social Security in particular as well as Medicare, which, let’s not forget, are programs WE ALL PAY INTO… yes, we need somebody to replace Mango Mussolini for sure, but let’s have no illusions about “Malarkey Joe” either…



    …and given the prior clip (as well as this), I wouldn’t blame the Sanders campaign if this became their official theme song.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    Tuesday Stuff


    I realize there’s nothing even remotely funny about what Louie Gohmert recently did concerning the COVID-19 bill in the U.S. House (here), but I’m including this clip from Stephen Colbert because we need to keep up our morale, even if it is just to laugh at another imbecile from Texas (as I’ve said before, “Goober” Gohmert is ridiculous enough, but what’s REALLY scary to me are the life forms who actually vote for him)…



    …and speaking of Republican idiocy, House Rep Devin Nunes (R-Cow) recently told Maria Bartiromo that people should pretty much ignore this whole COVID-19 thing and go to restaurants anyway (typical)…



    …and when we talk about COVID-19, I know that pretty much leads us back to Mango Mussolini’s incompetence, as documented in this clip…



    …and I think that Farron Cousins is a little hard on the Democrats here, especially since they got a bill together in the House that the stupidest individual in the entire universe has held up as noted in the first clip (never mind...as C&L tells us in the update, Gohmert caved), as well as the righteous outrage from Sherrod Brown here, but yeah, as a party in unison, I’d like to see some more outrage also (I’m pretty sure I saw something from Elizabeth Warren which, typically, presented some good ideas on paid sick leave and UBI also, which will probably get ignored as per usual...Cotton and Romney are making nice-sounding noises because they can see how bad the polling data currently is for the "party of Lincoln")…



    …and Robert Reich has some typically good ideas about what we can do in response to our current public health crisis…



    …and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 3/17/09 (as Reich said, our corporate overlords are going to find a way to exploit this crisis for their benefit, and here’s some recent history on what they’ve already done on that score)…



    …and speaking of the "banksters," this Now This clip features Dem U.S. House Rep Katie Porter doing her job again, this time grilling the CEO of Wells Fargo on so-called “gap” overcharges, which sounds like debt insurance the consumer is still being charged for even though the loan was paid off…nice little racket there (yes, there actually is other stuff not related to COVID-19 going on out there)…



    …and in tune with the day on the calendar (for the “wearin’ of the green” of course) what do you say to a little old-fashioned escapism given the nutty times in which we currently live?

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    Monday Stuff


    I do know more lies from Mango Mussolini isn’t exactly “man bites dog” stuff, but I think they should be noted for the record on COVID-19 in particular, as Now This does in the following clip…



    Update 1: This...
    Update 2: Also, this.

    …and this New York Times report tells us about the illness’s impact around the world…



    …and I have no grounds to question Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on his numbers, but I seriously hope that Jake Tapper revisits this report and lets us know if Adams ended up telling us the truth on the testing kits that SHOULD be available to everyone, high-risk folks in particular (Sam and the TMR crew discuss…I’m not going to focus on some of Adams’ more idiotic remarks about the Gropenfuhrer supposedly being more healthy though he sleeps less and is years older…WHAAAA??? On second though, maybe I will :-)…



    …and David Doel tells us more about that numbskull Matt Gaetz of FLA and his response to the outbreak, including a visit to AF-1 after exposure (womp womp)…



    …and Dem U.S. House Rep Gerry Connolly brought the appropriate level of outrage IMO to the discussion, as noted in the clip…



    …and this might be a good time to hear a bit of a life-affirming tune, and I think this qualifies.

    Friday, March 13, 2020

    Friday Stuff


    Chris Hayes interviewed Dr. Reed Caldwell of NYU Langone about the Coronavirus (as someone once said, knowledge is good, especially when it comes to this outbreak)…



    …and Sam Seder, Michael Brooks and the crew from The Majority Report tell us about Dr. Anthony Fauci trying to straighten out Sean Inanity on this subject (kudos to Fauci for trying, but good luck with that – I heard this referred to as the “boomer flu,” and I don’t think that’s too far off actually)…



    …and not to be outdone by her Fix Noise counterpart, Kyle tells us about Trish Regan’s recent rant on this subject, which is utterly bonkers even by the standards of The Roger Ailes BS Factory (I think that deserves to be memorialized in the prior pic)…



    Update: Sweet Mother of Abraham Lincoln...I have to admit that I was shocked by this.

    …and I pray to God that Katie Porter serves as long as she possibly can in the U.S. House, or the Senate if she so chooses to run – to say we need someone like her, especially now, is an understatement…



    …and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about the recent horrific move by Repug U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to deny paid sick leave to people who may come down with Coronavirus and would need it the most – monstrous cruelty even by their despicable measure…



    …and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less, and keeping with the theme of this post) from 3/10/14, with former Louisiana guv Bobby “Don’t Call Me Piyush” Jindal denying Medicaid expansion to his state’s poorest residents…even though he’s gone, it’s another case of “what’s past is prologue” as far the “party of Lincoln” is concerned based on this



    …and by the way, I haven’t forgotten about this date on the calendar…



    …and with all due respect to RT (definitely not the Putin Propaganda Network, usually), I would say that the “storm” is here.




    Update 3/15/20: Even thought the Coronavirus is quite rightly the top story, I still think it needs to be pointed out when philly.com (or inquirer.com, whatever it’s called) engages in its typical politicization crap over stories that, though still important, are now of a lesser priority.

    As “Tail Gunner Joe” McCarthy once said, always emphasize the “rat.” (more here - and these cretins still give Christine Flowers a paycheck).

    I will continue to NOT be a subscriber.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    Wednesday Stuff


    Well, as long as it looks like “Malarkey Joe” has taken the lead in the Democratic presidential primary, don’t you think it would be a good idea to consider his potential cabinet nominees should he manage to win the whole proverbial enchilada, as it were, in November (a prospect that, sadly, I believe is currently beyond his reach, though I would LOVE to be wrong)? That’s what TYT tells us about here…



    …and Rachel Maddow tells us that the tip that older Americans shouldn’t fly was initially spiked by the Trump regime (though, apparently now based on this, a lot of other folks won’t be allowed to fly to this country either – I’m sure, however, given the incompetent bungling of this regime of grifters and frauds, more people than ever will now avoid this country anyway)…



    …oh, and by the way, on Covid-19 (and pretty much everything else as far as the Gropenfuhrer is concerned) it is ALL Obama’s fault anyway (Brian Tyler Cohen explains)…



    (And I’m a little shocked by this, to be honest, but better to be safe – and at least the Sixers don’t have to worry about trying to win on the road anymore...and maybe it's not "a beautiful day in the neighborhood" after all in light of this.)

    …and I know I put up the McCoy Tyner clip a couple of days ago, but I’d like to stay in a Philly music vein for this, which is a story about the effort to save Sigma Sound Studio as a music museum, which I personally think is an awesome idea – the following track is just one of the many memorable tunes produced at that location.

    Monday, March 09, 2020

    Monday Stuff


    Farron Cousins tells us about the Florida Republican who changed voter registrations from Democratic or Independent to Republican – whaddaya know, honest-to-goodness voter fraud for real, and from the party that screams the most about this supposedly being an issue for the other side…shocking I realize



    …and I thought this was an interesting history lesson that, if nothing else, we can use as a response to anybody who says that Bernie Sanders has never done anything in Congress, or words to that effect (trying to re-introduce the “reasonable price” rule on drugs developed with public $$)…



    …and as if to put a bit of an exclamation point on that, as it were, I give you this from David Doel (with the Fix Noise audience tuned into what Bernie is saying, as opposed to news mannequin Martha MacCallum)...



    ...and RIP Philly jazz legend McCoy Tyner.

    Friday, March 06, 2020

    Friday Stuff


    Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Willard Mitt Romney doing his Rand Paul impression, trying to be enlightened on the whole Joe Biden/Hunter Biden/Burisma stuff (but don’t be in too much of a hurry to give credit to the Utah Republican since, as noted here, Mittens caved anyway)…



    …and Dr. Irwin Redlener of Columbia University talks about the level of incompetence coming from the Trump Regime on the Covid-19 outbreak (elections do indeed have consequences)…



    …and Thom H. gives us the latest on the “party of Lincoln,” including President Fergus Laing, continuing their war on science as they try to march this country back to the 12th century (I’m sure they’ll recommend leeches to be placed on people’s skin as a remedy next)…



    Update 3/7/20: At a certain point, I swear there are just no words...
    …and as long as we’re discussing Mango Mussolini, Farron Cousins tells us that Rick Gates of the Trump campaign described to the FBI how Our Pumpkin Pestilence and Sean Inanity coordinated their messaging during the 2016 election…



    …and turning to this year’s presidential contest, Michael Brooks of The Majority Report tells us about David Frum going after Bernie and his supporters (yep, another “Never Trumper” showing his true colors, I would say)…



    …and David Doel tells us about the latest ads from the Sanders campaign (I think Doel’s analysis here is 100 percent correct – unfortunately, unless the bottom is falling out of the economy, which no one wants to see I’ll admit, it’s going to be hard for older, suburban Democrats to come around to Bernie, though I believe it can happen)…



    …and happy 75th birthday to drummer Hugh Grundy of The Zombies



    ...and happy upcoming International Women's Day.