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 Predicts “Big Win” But Admits He's Losing

Two stories picked up from Political Wire this morning: Trump predicts 'big' win in November, pointing to 'silent majority' Trump admits it: He's losing This is not quite the contradiction it seems (close, though). Trump has never in his life had to confront reality in a way that he couldn’t find a way to wiggle…

Trump is Going to Show the US How to Open Up Even if it Kills Him

Political Wire posted one story at the top of its front page and another to the side: the first says Pence Self-Isolating After Aide Tests Positive for Coronavirus, while the second says the opposite: Pence will not self-quarantine and plans to be at the White House Monday. Speaking out of both sides of his mouth…

Trump's and Pence's Lies About Testing, Collected

Political Wire has a link to this Bulwark tweet that shows a montage of some of the times Trump and/or Pence lied about tests being available and about the number of tests; each clip is followed by an expert correcting them. Unfortunately, I can’t get the video to embed here (some videos work, but not…

Oh Mother, Pence staff-member contracts COVID-19

As Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages are not being addressed by the Defense Production Act (DPA), Trump and Pence get closer to actual Executive Branch spread contact with COVID-19. x BREAKING: Staff Member for Vice President Pence Tests Positive for Coronavirus https://t.co/IK8jCvVlOZ— Mediaite (@Mediaite) March 20, 2020 x From Pence office: ““This evening we were notified…

Trump claims 'everyone who wants COVID19 test will get one', WH plague-ship of state, not so much

Daily Task Force Press Briefing: “(W)hole of government approach” Pence says the risk of contraction remains low. Elderly people with underlying conditions should use common sense and caution, especially with cruise ship travel. Community transmission numbers low-balled. Pence mentions that he will be meeting with cruise industry executives because that sector will likely experience a decline in…

Doonbeg residents give Mike Pence a rousing Irish hello

What? Crypto-fascist wannabe theocrats aren’t as popular in Europe as the U.S.?  x Mike Pence expected to arrive in Doonbeg shortly. Hopefully gardai can manage the large crowds. pic.twitter.com/2eIQG5FGFC — Ian Begley (@IanBegley_) September 3, 2019 Is that the saddest thing you’ve ever seen, or what? Mike Pence said he wanted to travel to Doonbeg…

Buttigieg Could Win Some of the Evangelical Vote

(It is a measure of how his star is rising that I can now spell his name properly with only a little hesitation!) The New York Time has this story up this morning as a major front page item: Pete Buttigieg, Gay and Christian, Challenges Religious Right on Their Own Turf As a religious gay…