March 2020

No, not Sean Hannity. Trump could mail out smallpox blankets in Swiss Colony cheese boxes and Hannity would scold us for not being grateful. It’s New York sportscaster Mike Francesa, who is seeing this American carnage up close and went on a righteous tirade on Monday: “We’re watching one thing happen in...

More
  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • March 31, 2020

I’m liking this: Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden came out in support of a pair of Wisconsin school district referendums on Tuesday, a week before the state's presidential primary election. The highly unusual move of a presidential candidate weighing in on a local school referendum comes as Biden and other...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 31, 2020

Louisville Courier-Journal reporter and columnist Joseph Gerth points out that Moscow Mitch is admitting that Trump has failed when it comes to the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.   Huh?  I thought that Moscow Mitch was blaming Democrats and Trump’s impeachment for diverting the American governments response to the coronavirus? ...

More
  • Avatar of Merlin1963
  • March 31, 2020

Trump Presser / Campaign rally substitute. Live Blog below x Pres Trump at WH says Dr. Fauci & Dr. Birx will be going over data & models about the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. He also reiterated that WH guidelines go through 4/30. “It’s a matter of life and death...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 31, 2020

Because parody is meta-criticism, we now have meta-disinformation from Fox News. Doubtless this is timed to respond to Yamiche Alcindor’s questioning of IMPOTUS* at his rally-pressers. x Fox News' Diamond & Silk claim the number of coronavirus deaths are increasing to make Donald Trump look bad These two can't be...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 31, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: I hope you and your loved ones are doing well. As my colleagues John and Geoff have said in prior emails, we at the Council are continuing to work as well as we can in these challenging times, as...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 31, 2020

On the heels of his friend Rodney Howard-Browne’s arrest for defying orders against hosting large gatherings, evangelist Jonathan Shuttlesworth is defying orders against hosting large gatherings.  Howard-Browne was arrested yesterday for refusing to close his Tampa, Florida, megachurch even as the deadly coronavirus continues to circulate throughout the country, presumably...

More
  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • March 31, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D. CT) in support of Amy McGrath’s (D. KY) U.S. Senate campaign: I’ll be blunt: The events of the past few months make it very clear that it’s never been more important for Democrats to take back the Senate. Election experts...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 31, 2020

Rachel Maddow lost it on her recent show as she described Trump's response to governors asking for help for critical medical supplies and equipment. Rachel Maddow justifiably loses it x x YouTube Video The New York Times reported the call as follows. Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, a Democrat, said that officials...

More
  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • March 31, 2020

As usual, Paul Krugman makes an excellent point. Today’s column, This Land of Denial and Death, lays it out in clear and damning words: Incredibly bad leadership at the top is clearly an important factor. Thousands of Americans are dying, and the president is boasting about his TV ratings. But...

More
  • Avatar of dankoh
  • March 31, 2020

Wow: x pic.twitter.com/e9Ym9jeT2R— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) March 31, 2020 CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Covid-19. He is feeling well, and will continue to anchor his 9 p.m. program “Cuomo Prime Time” from his home. “In these difficult times that seem to get...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 31, 2020

All of Trump’s infomercial yesterday went down the tubes because he can’t be confronted with his own words, especially when he thinks only his base listens to Sean Hannity. x The MAGA geniuses are responding that Metro area of Seoul is actually 25 million. So, the argument is he was...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 31, 2020

The plutocracy understands that their failure is precipitating their demise. The Trump admin is using his press conference to both pander and attempt to build-up the image of an exploitative private sector. Press Conference for who? x x YouTube Video I have been watching all of Donald Trump's COVID-19 pressers....

More
  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • March 31, 2020

What a difference ten years makes: In early 2010, Cory Gardner sent an email to supporters that criticized his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, for supporting “the most expensive spending bill in the history of the United States,” an economic stimulus package that cost upward of $800 billion. “The stimulus has failed....

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 31, 2020

Trump continues to push his disinformation, aside from not knowing how big Seoul is.  And still there’s no national stay-at-home order 160,000+ US cases, 3,000+ deaths with aggregated testing claims versus tests per capita.  For several days Trump touted meaningless statistical blather saying “US testing was more in eight days than South...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 31, 2020

Dr. David Price of the Weill Cornell Medical Center is a pulmonary (lung) specialist who has lately been working exclusively with COVID-19 patients. He made a video on March 22nd where he explained to some friends what the virus is, how it’s transmitted, and how to protect yourself. It’s a...

More
  • Avatar of dankoh
  • March 31, 2020

The Kentucky General Assembly — state house and senate — is still meeting, despite the coronavirus pandemic, and guess what?  Yes.  A legislative aide for the General Assembly has tested positive for COVID-19. A staff member for Kentucky's General Assembly has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an email sent to...

More
  • Avatar of Merlin1963
  • March 31, 2020

Received this e-mail today from singer-songwriter Carole King in support of U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s (D. MA) re-election campaign: Hi, it’s Carole King. First, and most important, I hope you and your family are well and that you stay healthy. I’m reaching out to ask you to join me in...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 31, 2020

Apparently the Central Park tent hospital is for Republicans because no one can have nice things x WHY DOES EVERYONE SUCK https://t.co/UUJUxFEafg— ⚛️ Page van der Linden (@plutoniumpage) March 30, 2020 On Tuesday morning, a makeshift tent hospital in Central Park will begin treating overflow patients from Mount Sinai, as the spread...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 31, 2020

The Trumpian disinformation machine lost a month and now recalibrates death toll expectations in the last two pressers.  President Tiger King’s reelection can only happen with a recovering economy and a receding coronavirus contagion. In his desperation, his media frame for electoral success now moves from zero to 100,000 deaths. Today he...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau on behalf of the Progressive Congressional Campaign Committee: Hey there. It's Jon Favreau, co-host of Pod Save America and former Obama speechwriter. Sorry to invade your inbox, but I have a pretty important ask. Donald Trump is lying on television...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 30, 2020

Some more big news today: Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump by 10 points nationally in a new poll, bolstered by an advantage with independents. The poll also shows pessimism about the economy growing, a factor that could help Biden and hurt Trump in the poll. The latest...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D. NH) in support of Governor Steve Bullock’s (D. MT) U.S. Senate campaign: Steve Bullock (D. MT) Touching base on Governor Steve Bullock’s Senate campaign in Montana: The good news is that the Washington Post says Bullock’s campaign would “increase Democrats’...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 30, 2020

I only wish I were kidding (second tweet): x The My Pillow guy Mike Lindell says this: “God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools & lives, a nation had turned its back on God....

More
  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • March 30, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL): We are in the midst of a global health pandemic. This is no time to play politics with America’s health care. That’s why I am urging President Trump to reverse course and immediately drop any efforts to repeal...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 30, 2020

LIVE BLOG below Event lasted about one hour Every circus has its clowns and yet only one ringmaster. I wanted the CBS reporter to play into the microphone the tape of Trump lying about testing to governors. Not much news except some new questions about national stay-at-home policy, mask-wearing, and the usual corporate...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 30, 2020

These contradictions will need to be recorded since the Trumpist cult will make him a heroic figure regardless of the November election outcome. Even folks in NYC will risk dying for public spectacle. And Trump’s “lost month” will live forever because he believed that herd immunity would cull the population. The...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 30, 2020

Interviewing Republicans and/or Trump supporters is like interviewing the devoted parents of a criminal.  No matter how guilty or how much evidence exist they will always say, ‘oh no not my child!’  It took a moment to calm down before I decided to put pen to paper, or in this...

More
  • Avatar of @ReasonaBill
  • March 30, 2020

Lock him up! TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa Bay area pastor has been arrested following two large services at his church over the weekend. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says he has made the decision Sunday night to seek an arrest warrant against the pastor of River at Tampa...

More
  • Avatar of Pakalolo
  • March 30, 2020

What We’re Doing About The COVID-19 Pandemic Solidarity, Mike Hersh and Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Janis, Deb, Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team ​ Healthcare Emergency Virtual Town Hall / WebinarWeds 4/1–Click Here To Email Mike Fox And RSVP   Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)...

More
  • Avatar of
  • March 30, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign: Friend — While the coronavirus relief bill was a good first step in the fight against this outbreak, make no mistake: There is much more work to do. As more Americans stay home, lose their jobs, fall ill,...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 30, 2020

What follows are excerpts from four report backs by Andrea Henson, of Where Do We Go Berkeley, (@WhereDoWeGoBerk, Facebook) whom I first spotlighted in October, 2019. She has been on the front lines, fighting for and with local homeless people to create conditions where they can live in peace, in sanitary...

More
  • Avatar of jpmassar
  • March 30, 2020

This is what every GOP officeholder knows and fears: If people actually vote in large numbers, they can’t win. Thanks for putting it out there, Mr. Pr*sident. x Trump says if voting reforms got passed, “you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again.” pic.twitter.com/4tKFSTY5Oi— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) March 30,...

More
  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • March 30, 2020

I wanted to do something special for Sierra.  She is our baby girl, the only  one left at home of the grandkids we adopted.   I have been Mama since she was 3 months old.   She is so smart, so animated, talented and the world today is dark but not for...

More
  • Avatar of Vetwife
  • March 30, 2020

Heads up: x Not a joke, folks, we just launched our new podcast. It’s called “Here's the Deal.” For our first episode, I sat down with Ron Klain, former White House Ebola Response Coordinator, for a discussion on COVID-19. Listen at https://t.co/t11Fa0TZjc or wherever you get your podcasts.— Joe Biden...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 30, 2020

Matthew Yglesias from Vox has a great piece out covering Joe Biden’s recent interview on Meet The Press with Chuck Todd. It was a sobering reminder of what a real leader looks like in a time of crisis. This particular part really sticks out: x As president, I will always...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 30, 2020

So the latest spin explaining the delays and inaction are a half-baked notion of herd immunity that had a high death toll which Trump was willing to accept. x The president is making a shocking admission on national TV: that he and some of his advisors actually considered just “riding...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 30, 2020

God/Jehovah/Allah/Buddha/The Goddess and any other possible higher power save me from the worst in human beings during this time of pandemic.  If it were not for Governor Andy Beshear, I would be in absolute despair.  If that vile putrid mound of slime and sorry excuse called Matt Bevin had been...

More
  • Avatar of Merlin1963
  • March 30, 2020

The 2.2 million death toll cited by Trump that would occur without any mitigation will become a meme so that the quarter million death toll won’t seem so high. We’re not going to know the real numbers much like Puerto Rico, until much later. So much disinformation in today’s COVID-19...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 30, 2020

Thank God I stocked up on weed. From Donny’s Daily Disinfo Dance Party: x “How do you go from 10 to 20 to 30,000, to 300,000 — even though this is different. Something is going on. And you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going?” —...

More
  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • March 29, 2020

FUBAR’s definition is – thoroughly confused, disordered, damaged or ruined x America First is the Trump campaign slogan pic.twitter.com/KwGTOnWoDm — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 29, 2020 x All these right-wingers kept saying that socialism would kill us and now their cult leader is literally telling people to go out during a...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 29, 2020

on testing prominent figures —  I think all key leaders in Govt SHOULD be tested, & probably every couple of days, whether or not they are showing symptoms. Perhaps the new quick Abbott labs tests can be used for that purpose. We do not want the government laid low because...

More
  • Avatar of teacherken
  • March 29, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D. WI) in support of Cal Cunningham (D. NC), Mark Kelly (D. AZ), John Hickenlooper (D. CO), and Jaime Harrison’s (D. SC) U.S. Senate campaigns: Mitch McConnell’s super PAC just dumped $67 million into negative attack ads in critical Senate races across...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 29, 2020

Live Blog below. This time it’s from the Rose Garden. Likely it’ll start at 545 or 6pm ET. We are near the end of the touted Trump 15-day period. More likely Trump will lie and make things up, but in each of these events, Trump has produced more opposition media content,...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 29, 2020

Live stream at www.whitehouse.gov/… If it happens, liveblog just to see if there’ll be yet another idiotic remark. x How many American deaths will you be responsible for in this episode?— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) March 29, 2020 x The ratings reveal that Trump is lying. MNF averaged over 12.5 million viewers last...

More
  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 29, 2020

Received this e-mail from Democratic Strategist, Paul Begala, in support of Wendy Davis’ (D. TX-21) congressional campaign: Paul Begala Our campaign understands that this is a very difficult time for our country. We hope that, first and foremost, you are staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic and only pitch in...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 29, 2020

Well, so do many of them. And I’m not an ad writer. But I think this one will be especially powerful: Start with 15-30 seconds of Trump responding to the question “What do you tell Americans who are scared” with “I tell them you’re a nasty reporter” and include a...

More
  • Avatar of dankoh
  • March 29, 2020

Remember all those people insisting a few weeks ago that COVID-19 was just a cold, then just like the flu, then an overblown Democratic hoax?  How can they keep claiming they’re right about everything? I mean, if I’d showed up on the House floor in a jokey gas mask to “own...

More
  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • March 29, 2020

Received this e-mail from People for the American Way in support of Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: The latest poll out of Arizona has Democrat Mark Kelly — the former astronaut and husband of former-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords — leading Trump's Republican Senator Martha McSally by 50-44! But this...

More
  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 29, 2020

Help Sustain Our Struggle For Survival Solidarity, Mike Hersh and Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Janis, Deb, Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team   All of us are making adjustments during these difficult timesWe need your sustained financial support to help us mobilizeFor effective COVID-19 responses...

More
  • Avatar of
  • March 29, 2020