Trump mocks Black Lives Matter protests and mask-wearing in one fell swoop

Jesus Christ, this asshole. At yesterday’s coronavirus presser/super-spreader event in Bedminster, New Jersey, Donald Trump sarcastically referred to the WASPy weirdos in attendance as “peaceful protesters.” It was his way of excusing their flouting of social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. Because he’s just that big of a prick. Huffington Post: At the news conference held…

I can't help weeping today

even though being moved to the point of tears is not uncommon for me nowadays. I first read John Hershey’s writing about Hiroshima while in high school, from which I graduated in June of 1963. By then I had read widely about the 2nd World War. As a result I knew that Truman’s  threat of…

Nobody Voted for Bush Either?

When George W. Bush stood in the rubble of the World Trade Center in 2001, a plurality of Republicans and to be fair a large number of Democrats cheered him. George W. Bush rallied America in the midst of its 9/11 sorrow, in response to firefighter Rocco Chierichella yelling, “We can’t hear you!” Bush said,…

The Killer in Chief said, “It is what it is”

The orange man said, “It is what it is”.  Well that is because he is what he is.  We all knew sort of , what he is but it was not until this mass murder conspired with his cult governors that “It is what it is”, that we have truly found out how he is…

New Lincoln Project ad: “Memories”

which hits Trump on his lack of appropriate action on Covid-19. It features all the things we have lost during this pandemic on a PERSONAL level, and thus the memories we do NOT have. And in noting that other nations have done better, the ad states “It’s Trump’s virus now” I think it is VERY…

Dana Milbank says Trump should play more golf.

Seriously. That’s the point of this Washington Post op ed today. There is a LOT of delicious satire in the piece, including a link to a piece in May by Andy Borowitz suggesting that Dr. Fauci wanted Trump to play MORE, not less, golf. But then Milbank gets semi-serious. He reminds us of some of…

Peter Navarro: 'We're all tired of this politicization of the China virus'

Peter Navarro, the Trump administration trade adviser whom Jared Kushner found on Amazon.com (the same place I’ve been vainly searching for a one-bedroom tauntaun carcass to hide in for the next four years in case Trump somehow wins again) wants y’all to stop politicizing the, erm, China virus, folks! This morning, he was on Fox &…

Reflection on many things

Part of my preparation for becoming a teacher, at my MAT program at Johns Hopkins, was to take time to reflect on what I was doing. Further, since my mid-teens, I have rarely been without a small pocket notebook in which to jot down observations and reflections.  In addition, I used to regularly take time…

I Want the Old Normal

Today when we hear the words ‘new normal’ it generally relates to living life with Covid-19. The Coronavirus has altered lives not only in the crowded cities and cozy suburbs of America but in the Brazilian favela and the bowels of the London Underground. A large amount of the over 140,000 deaths so far in…

Republican governor blasts Trump's bungled coronavirus response in new op-ed

Remember when a dyspeptic, misspelled, barely comprehensible tweet sent GOPsters near and far scurrying for cover? Are those days over? Because Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sure doesn’t sound like he’s scared of the ocher abomination. In a new Washington Post op-ed, Hogan blasts Trump and his administration over our nation’s flabby, patchwork coronavirus response. And…

Is the Trump administration preparing to disappear grim coronavirus stats?

Turns out George Orwell lacked imagination. Donald Trump has already decried our robust (er, 23rd-ranked by number of tests per capita, but who’s counting?) testing regime because it makes him look bad. He’s said that if we didn’t test we’d have very few cases. Which sort of makes sense if you’re a blithering nitwit with…

What are we Debating?

Two names, Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci and President Donald John Trump. Dr. Fauci has served as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. That spans six presidents, starting in the second term of Ronald Reagan to the current commander-in-chief Donald Trump. Anthony Fauci has been an instructor, chief resident…

A short note on face masks [UPDATED]

I watched Mike Pence’s joint appearance today with TX Gov. Greg Abbott, and wanted to point out the latest, harmful and obfuscating dodge when it comes to wearing face masks.  There are many other examples of this with Pence, but I will use this latest appearance as the example.  Multiple times Pence said as to…

Trump's approval rating falls into the 30s in several polls

On the one hand, this is a heartening development. On the other hand, grossly mishandling a pandemic, threatening to sic the military on your own citizens, and tear-gassing peaceful protesters for a sacrilegious photo op that makes you look like a constipated barn owl should put your approval rating in the low single digits. And it would…