Trump asks the question on everyone's mind during CDC visit

Don’t worry, folks. He’s got this: x Trump is at the CDC talking to reporters about the coronavirus outbreak & just asked the Fox News reporter whether his townhall show on Fox last night got good ratings.— Jackie Calmes (@jackiekcalmes) March 6, 2020 x pic.twitter.com/3ouhulGbSd — Baseball (@baseballminutia) March 6, 2020 x pic.twitter.com/0irqZuXrWT — Curt…

Curing the Coronavirus is more than a ‘Hunch’

I have some really good friends in the teaching profession, one of whom (talking with the Eng. Lit. dept. to check if my use of whom was correct) is a biology teacher. The scientific process consists of 5 basic steps: 1) identify a problem: 2) research: 3) hypothesis: 4) experiment: 5) conclusion.   One of…

Trump and his staff fail to coordinate their lies on CDC visit

Normally when Donald Trump says one thing and someone — anyone — says something contradicting it, I assume Trump is lying.  But there’s a rare exception to that universal maxim. Occasionally Trump tells the truth when it’s super-inconvenient or embarrassing for one of those ephemeral “humans” the Slovenly Solipsist has so much trouble wrapping his…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 163)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. 1834. Created an office to strip citizenship from naturalized Americans 1835. Used the coronavirus as a…

Trump touts the 'positive impact' of coronavirus on shopping

Leave it to Donald Trump to find a silver lining that simply isn’t there. During a COVID-19 briefing with airline CEOs yesterday, this bit of word-vomit disgorged from the tumescent noggin of our collective bath salts hallucination: TRUMP: “In a certain way, you could say that the borders are automatically shut down, without having to…

Trump finds a way to blame Obama for botched coronavirus response

You knew he would. He always does. x Trump on coronavirus testing: “The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we're doing & we undid that decision a few days ago so that testing can take place in a much more accurate & rapid fashion” (what's…

Science—Smience

Well, over the weekend, the President of the United States did what he does best, confused us, lied to us and denied the science. On Friday night in South Carolina, he continued his counterprogramming tour, appearing in a Democratic primary town, the night of, or a day before the primary or caucus. He called on…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 162)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. Justice Sotomayor warned that, thanks in part to Trump's appointees, the Supreme court was…

Coronavirus: First repeat patient recorded

Japan is now reporting that a female tour-bus guide has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Normally, individual infections aren’t news at this stage of the virus’s spread. Except that this patient was already being counted in the “recovered” population. She had contracted the disease initially in January, received treatment, and was declared recovered and released on February 1….

Round up your prayer circles, folks: Pence put in charge of coronavirus response

You might also want to put on your fanciest snake-handlin’ pants, because the guy who doesn’t believe in natural selection (i.e., the mechanism behind the mutation of viruses and bacteria) is now in charge of our country’s response to the global COVID-19 outbreak. Yay! The Washington Post: Trump announced at a news conference that Vice President Pence…