Plague

Most of us saw or heard the campaign ads for the gubernatorial race for Florida. Ron DeSantis, dressing his infant daughter in MAGA motif pajamas, helping her with border wall building blocks, and reading her a faux bedtime story about the fanciful mind of Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the internal xenophobic...

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  • August 4, 2021

Some historical terms should not be used lightly. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the term Apartheid to describe the Israel/Palestine reality, this shocked some people. I hate the word Apartheid as it brings back to too many  precise historical racial connotations with respect to South Africa. The term segregation holds similar memories...

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  • May 17, 2021

Lots of events happening even if they’re all quite chaotic in the Russian Federation. Numerous anti-Putin demonstrations in the middle of winter. and some mysterious doings. Considering how long Trump was groomed, there are very few Trump-like Russian stooges in the wings although Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Devin Nunes...

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  • February 5, 2021

Whhhyyyyy are they always Republicans? Just two days after Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, a Republican, died of COVID, yet another GOPster has announced her own run-in with the virus. Weird, huh? CNN: Florida Congresswoman-elect María Elvira Salazar said Thursday that she has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be unable to...

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  • December 31, 2020

Meanwhile, Trump’s on the golf course today. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said on Tuesday that America has to assume that the coronavirus pandemic is going to get worse. The U.S. is already dealing with the worst month of the pandemic thus far. The nation surpassed 19...

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  • December 29, 2020

I’ll take “Potent Quotables” for $1,000, Alex … Alex Trebek recorded a Thanksgiving message prior to his passing. I’m not crying, you’re crying. Happy Thanksgiving everyone — and RIP, Alex…https://t.co/6NPCRbYYRe — Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 26, 2020 “Happy Thanksgiving, ladies and gentlemen. You know, in spite of what America and...

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  • November 27, 2020

Schaden-Friday never lets me down! SCOOP: Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, has coronavirus, sources tell me and @JenniferJJacobs. — Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) November 20, 2020 Tyler Pager is a national political reporter for Bloomberg News. Not OANN or Highlights for Children or Stormfront or anything. So I trust this...

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  • November 20, 2020

There are many on here who are people of faith and many who are not but maybe some needing hope and encouragement  and are in confusion will read my prayer in the Christian faith who will see truth and maybe some blindly in  the cult off this site will read...

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  • October 20, 2020

Donald Trump is melting down faster than a brick of Velveeta nestled snugly between the twin industrial steam pans that are his moobs.  The latest? He’s been trashing Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s preeminent expert on infectious diseases, because Trump is missing Friday night Skee-Ball at Chuck E. Cheese or whatever. First, Trump,...

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  • October 20, 2020

He’s never dropped his naive belief in herd immunity perhaps because he had someone take his statistics tests in college. A quarter-million dead soon means that by the time a vaccine comes to the general public, minus a “flu season” there will still be a quarter-million dead from COVID-19. And...

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  • October 6, 2020
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Since today is a heavy Lindsey Graham (R. SC) news day on Daily Kos, I figured it was important to highlight this from The Huffington Post: Democrat Matt Lieberman hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in 2013, a tough look as he tries to win over Democratic voters...

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  • October 4, 2020

So a plague is ripping through the White House and no one knows what to do or what’s really going on, as top officials downplay the threat and keep everyone in the dark. Man, that’s so against type for these people. New York magazine: With President Trump hospitalized for COVID-19 at Walter...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • October 3, 2020

Did Trump truly believe that he could avoid catching the virus, as so much contact tracing must be done for the several days of exposure to a symptomatic Hope HIcks. “This is deadly stuff, the plague, so easily transmissible..” Aside from Karmic justice, Trump’s inner circle has spread COVID-19. He will...

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  • October 2, 2020

Did Trump truly believe that he could avoid catching the virus, as so much contact tracing must be done for the several days of exposure to a symptomatic Hope HIcks. “This is deadly stuff, the plague, so easily transmissible..” Aside from Karmic justice, Trump’s inner circle has spread COVID-19. He will...

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  • October 2, 2020

More Trump attention-seeking shtick has happened. He’s threatened to refuse to transfer power. That could really happen because he’s nuts and even if he only represents an anti-democratic 25% of the US population. 26% if you include the plutocrats. It’s going to get worse until Election Day, what with Trump’s inner-child channeling...

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  • September 24, 2020

I know many are hearing the same thing in other states but here in Florida, it is ridiculous and with DeSantis heading the ignorance,  the careful are being harrassed. x Beautiful state. I enjoyed myself in Florida last week. Hardly any masks worn either. People respect one another’s personal space...

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  • September 17, 2020

“'Tis the time's plague when madmen lead the blind.” William Shakespeare The evil of science deniers recently has been beyond the pale. Not content with killing the planet over climate change, and sowing doubt over vaccines the far-right conspiracy theorists have a new target to haunt the world with the crazy,...

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  • September 17, 2020

Recent Trump appearances have revealed that his giving lip service to vaccines has remained secondary to a continuing belief in herd immunity as if death would be a luck of the draw, or just bad luck, perhaps sacrifices rationalized by some religion. The vaccine is a panacea in terms of any pre-November announcement...

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  • September 17, 2020

Seventeen is an American bimonthly teen magazine based in New York City. The magazine's reader-base is 13-to-19-year-old females and is published by New York City-based Hearst Corporation. Since its debut in New York City in August 1944.[2] It began as a publication geared toward inspiring teen girls to become model workers and citizens.[3] Soon after its debut, Seventeen took a more fashion- and romance-oriented...

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  • September 12, 2020

“I’m the only thing standing between the American dream and total anarchy, madness and chaos.” Trump at the Council for National Policy Recalling that Mark Burnett wanted once to have Trump arrive at an event like Hitler at the Nuremburg rallies, next week’s GOP convention should have bombast to compensate...

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  • August 21, 2020

​Will Saletan discusses “Trump’s interference or negligence in every stage of the government’s failure: preparation, mobilization, public communication, testing, mitigation, and reopening.” Then America’s luck ran out. “The U.S., which accounts for less than 5% of the world population, leads all other countries in global coronavirus infections and deaths” —...

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  • August 10, 2020

And here I thought Republicans wouldn’t rediscover the debt until a Democrat was back in the White House. Looks like they’re ahead of schedule. After Senate Republicans let the House-passed HEROES act — which would have provided further stimulus for the economy and cash for our most vulnerable workers — languish on...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • August 5, 2020

Hey, guys. Never mind that a thousand people are dying every day from COVID-19, long after most other countries have gotten the virus under control. There are some things you just can’t do anything about because … you just can't. Lay off, already. God grant me the serenity to accept the...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • July 26, 2020

There’s been a lot of moaning on this site lately about how Lincoln Project and other GOP groups ads against Trump are great but not very useful in persuading voters, since Trump’s base will never be swayed by them. These ads, they say, are really about getting into Trump’s head...

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  • July 24, 2020

With no doctors present DJT gave another briefing.   Due to the Cornovirus hotspot being Florida, Trump declared Florida convention was out.  The North Carolina portion, online and upcoming other virtual venues will be ongoing. Trump knew Florida was really a bad idea to begin with.  I would venture to say that...

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  • July 23, 2020

Trump's plague ship of state runs aground on the sand bar of the DNC platform committee because intra-party division may yet disrupt party solidarity.  A month out from the Democratic National Convention, the party continues to be pulled in opposing directions by its progressive and corporate wings. While presumptive nominee Joe...

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  • July 13, 2020

As weary as we have become with the corruption and venal stupidity, the path to the bunker will feature even more carnage even if Trump is defeated at the polls. Reopening schools is CDC’s “highest risk” for COVID spread which is Trump’s ultimate revenge on the nation when its “second wave”...

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  • July 11, 2020

Would you want to visit the United States these days? That is, if you weren’t already here? We’re like the sketchy truck stop toilet stall of the world right now. Well, you’re not the only one who’d like to avoid our country like the plague. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • July 7, 2020

No, not statues of Adolf Eichmann, you cheeky monkeys. However, Donald Trump appears very concerned about ensuring that no “anarchists” or American heritage-haters tear down this statue: x Trump campaign ads over the weekend vowed to protect a new statue: “Christ the Redeemer” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil https://t.co/8BdKz6kdfe pic.twitter.com/iFob0uSRl3— Lachlan Markay...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • July 6, 2020

There’s so much unhingery packed into this CNN story on Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders that choosing among the outrages is kind of like picking your favorite Egyptian plague. Want a shower of frogs? Fire ‘n’ hailstones? Locusts? They’re all here, and then some. So let’s start with this...

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  • June 29, 2020

x Photos of Trump today – from @tru62. pic.twitter.com/dVVHvwUG9q — Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 27, 2020 x In white polo shirt and red cap, Pres Trump returns to WH from his Virginia golf club. pic.twitter.com/8hAWAvma8z — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 27, 2020 x The choice of messenger…. Irony and any...

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  • June 27, 2020

Paul Krugman has done it again. His latest column combines the erudition of a Nobel laureate with the plain speaking of an excellent writer: A Plague of Willful Ignorance. A hundred years ago, he writes, there was a plague of pellagra disease in the South. A doctor working for the...

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  • June 23, 2020

Reading the Bolton book is a tough slog. although it is amusing to read how he wanted to settle scores including obliquely allowing Rex Tillerson to call Nikki Haley a c***. If there’s a takeaway so far, it is how badly edited it is, and how absent any consideration of...

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  • June 21, 2020
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More Trump lies and spin, and again he took no questions because it’s a pageant. It had the usual earmarks of such speeches, including a “sir” remark and the confabulation of facts. Michael Steele called this a “stopgap”. x 2 died of Ebola: They said Obama should resign. 4 died...

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  • June 16, 2020

Rutherfraud B. Trump’s second term will doom any third Reconstruction, but before then, military ceremonies prop up his uses of the armed forces in political campaign stunts. Bringing cadets back to campus was only designed for another IMPOTUS* photo-op, and some self-congratulations: For the first time in 70 years, we established...

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  • June 13, 2020

Since the latest media frame “defend/defund the police” is self-limiting, the discourse should move to redefining emergency services much as “first-responders” has expanded to include those on the “front-line”. Trumpists just don’t get it, but they will seize on the latest frame much like some celebrities (and IMPOTUS*) can confuse...

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  • June 11, 2020

Deliberate attacks on journalists have cost at least one reporter an eye. And yet the COVID-19 pandemic remains. A number of efforts are underway to try to track the attacks on journalists, which are often first documented on Twitter. Bellingcat senior investigator Nick Watershad documented 100 incidents by 12:50 PM ET...

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  • June 1, 2020

Trump needs/wants the big crowds, because he doesn’t care about the chaos of infection spread, especially if he will appear to be in a downward spiral approaching November Third. Do Republicans deserve to be infected or is it more about their ability to infect others beyond Trumpists, especially since Trump prefers the...

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  • May 25, 2020

Because Donald Trump is the angel of death, people are dying in numbers that would have been inconceivable just a few short months ago. We’re rapidly approaching 100,000 officially reported coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S., and Donald Trump thinks it’s time to reopen our churches, ostensibly so people can thank...

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  • May 22, 2020

Trump tells an African-American Roundtable “What do you have to lose”. President Donald Trump said African American residents were experiencing historic economic prosperity before “we had the plague flow in from China” and disproportionately impact minority communities. Trump convened administration officials, local elected leaders and Detroit-area business owners at Ford...

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  • May 21, 2020

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Donald Trump, February 17, 2017 It  has been a while (a few years) since I have posted a last Dispatch. I thought though with most (sane) people finding...

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  • May 16, 2020

WaPo made an adjustment and Trump has now lied 18,000 times. The comparison is staggering on Trump’s economic claims. APR 03 2020 “Again, we had the strongest economy in the world. We had our best ever. We had probably the best economy in the history of the world, bigger than...

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  • May 13, 2020

The White House is now a chunky COVID cluster, chock-full of nuts, cotton-candy hair, and curdled brain nougat. Katie Miller, Mike Pence’s press secretary and wife of bleach-damaged gimp costume Stephen Miller, has the ‘rona. So does one of Donald Trump’s personal valets. (I’m not sure what a presidential valet does,...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • May 10, 2020

Trump’s nonsense continues as he tries to convince you that now 60-70,000 deaths are acceptable even as the death toll will get worse, especially when the second wave of infections develop. Today he confessed again, even as he desperately tried to shift blame somewhere else. So strange are the many...

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  • April 30, 2020

Even without the daily COVID Taskforce presser, we get notable pieces of disinformation, such as VP Pence not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic, and Trump trying to bypass the WH press corps with a surprise press conference at 3 pm. Trump did repeat his usual misinforming claims about...

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  • April 29, 2020

Get it? Hare? As in the Easter Bunny? Come on! First, let’s cue up the Paas-hued horror who keeps Cadburying the Oval Office carpet with his vile and voluminous brain droppings: x HAPPY EASTER! pic.twitter.com/UX5Bhm82H2— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020 TRUMP: “For Christians all over America this is Holy Week....

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • April 12, 2020

So when four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya, following an attack on our embassy, Republicans spent the next four years acting as if the plague had come to America and the Obama administration had callously ignored it while brushing off the deaths as no big deal. Now, after a plague...

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  • April 9, 2020

Everyone! Wear masks! The CDC says you should! To protect yourself and others from the deadly coronavirus! Just do it! (Unless you’re black, of course.) x Wood River, Illinois. Two black men were kicked out of Walmart, escorted out by a cop who had his hand on the gun…FOR WEARING...

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  • April 7, 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....

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  • March 30, 2020