Both the administration’s disastrous response to the coronavirus and looming legal troubles are putting pressure on the president. Yesterday, Dr. Deborah Birx, the advisor to the White House on the coronavirus pandemic, warned we are entering a “new phase” of the disease as it is “extraordinarily widespread.” Today, Trump accused Birx of crumbling under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s criticism of her usually upbeat presentations about the crisis. "So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!"
A Facebook reader asked if there has ever in our history been a U.S. president so corrupt and amoral as this one, and our resident American history expert and presidential connoisseur, HCR, answered, “No.”
In a video talk, HCR described how Joe McCarthy invented the political tactic of dispensing with debate about facts, and instead just kept pumping out lie after lie, forcing the rule followers and media to spin their wheels defending against them, so all he had to do was stay one lie/accusation ahead. It seems that trump and the Republican sycophants have upped the game to a multitude of attacks that are actions, not just words, with Executive Orders, DOJ executive advocacy and protection, and disabling federal functions by not filling job positions, as for the Census, USPS, diplomat corps, etc. This keeps the media, the public, any semblance of oversight authorities, DOJ, ACLU, state and local officials, and watchdog organizations all constantly scrambling to keep up.
It would be good for the voices of reason, us rule followers, to be proactive in setting the rules of engagement instead of responding to the barrage of attacks. I guess that’s called the Vote. A vote to definitively terminate this administration of corruption and amorality. While staying ever vigilant, with perseverance, and supporting each other. 🇺🇸
Mafia is as Mafia does! Fraud in New York, extortion over Tik-Tok, pimping with Epstein/Maxwell, elimination of inconvenient rules, regulations and people, abuse of the weak, gambling with lives, theft of elections, gun-running to Saudi Arabia, threats of harm to opponents, bullying of underlings, hacking of private computer files, lies, lies and more lies We only now need to find out that he runs an illicit still in the backwoods and bootlegs the moonshine it produces to complete the picture of the very modern gangster. Time to give him the criminal record he truly deserves.
Excellent detailed letter summarizing the horror that is the trump administration. Living in PA, yes we do have slow, failing USPS mail delivery including prescriptions. Dorothy Parker lives on for many reasons, but currently mostly because she said, "What fresh hell is this?"
I just watched the Axios Jonathan Swan interview with Trump. At this point, the only purpose any interview or Q&A with Trump serves is to illustrate that he is delusional about absolutely everything.
We need to not focus on what Trump says, but what he and is administration are doing. Most of what he says is BS designed to distract from what he is doing.
“ It is notable that, as a country, we are not talking about policies or winning majorities. We are talking about how Trump can win by gaming the Electoral College, or by cheating.”
This is what we’ve come to.
I’m waiting for the Trump regime to advertise in foreign countries: America and favors for sale.
What do you want to bet they’re going to declare martial law in November and that citizens must stay home to get the virus under control. This after scaring people away from mail-in ballots.
Note to self: Look into mail-in ballots in my state and all the rules around it as well as emergency rules regarding election day.
My community is part of a very conservative U.S. congressional district. Yesterday, I happened to be home when I got a call from my Congressman. He was holding a townhall on COVID-19. I was invited to participate. I elected too. We got the talking point about businesses who were wanting to open back up not being able to, because their employees did not want to return to work. Their employees were making more on unemployment than they would if they worked. The questions from the constituents were why congress wasn't doing more for regular people. Of course, it was Nancy Pelosi's fault. That said, I was just angry. I was next to ask a question. I told the moderator I wanted to ask the Congressman about his support for tax cuts and suggested that taxes be raised on business and higher income people. Granted it was towards the end of the Town Hall, but I have to wonder if he did not want to take my question. That said, I plan to write him today and this letter has given me a "few" talking points.
Trump is poorly served by those around him who only compound his already worst tendencies. They are clearly sycophants who feed him distorted and selective information and statistics designed to only reinforce his dystopian view of reality. His statement that he only selects “the best people” could not be further from the truth. He refuses to make any attempt to comprehend any information that does not reinforce his already held views or beliefs. He displays no intellectual curiosity or ability to do any critical thinking. He has no situational awareness and in any crisis situation demanding personal action or responsibility, he is immediately only a casualty. Unfortunately, as he is presently our President and Commander in Chief, he has turned all of us into casualties as well. I cannot imagine a worse person to have been placed into a leadership role of any kind, let alone the leader of one of the largest, most populous, and powerful nations on earth. We remain in serious and mortal danger as long as he remains in the White House. There is absolutely no hope things will get better in any way as long as he remains in power. Shame on those who put him there and those who continue to enable and support him.
Dr. Birx can’t catch a break. Many of us were critical of her for not jumping up on April 23rd when the idiot in the White House was yammering about his gut feeling being better than science and that he had “heard” that you could inject disinfectants and do internal UV light, along with pushing untested hydroxychloroquine (in which he may have financial ties). Instead, she was on the sidelines nodding. I even did a meme with her standing at the podium with the idiot next to her, captioned: “Hello, I’m Dr. Deborah Birx, once a renowned immunologist. However, I have since abandoned all of that to bask in the glow of a Pathological Narcissist and become one of his Official Lying Sycophants.”
I was not alone in this observation and perhaps she has decided to protect her credibility and call out the idiot’s idiocy. Especially since July when the idiot retweeted a video of “Dr.” Immanuel who confirmed hydroxychloroquine, told ppl masks were not necessary and mentioned “demon sperm,” and “alien DNA, which immediately ended any sane person from listening further. So, like Dr. Fauci, she is now going to incur the wrath of the idiot for telling the truth instead of “alternate truth.”
You can't make this crap up! No one would believe it! We're caught in some kind of vortex of total insanity. Mitch McConnell has a LOT to answer for, since he's enabling this entire disaster.
In the early days of the Trump regime, we learned that The Resistance can take unusual forms and come from unusual places (#AltNPS, for example). In this case, I wonder if there's a way to encourage postal workers to break the rules and return to previous protocols, in order to ensure a fair election.
He learned everything he knows at his daddy's knee. Here is a link to a short piece (How the Trumps Brought Death and Destruction to Coney Island) by a Coney Island resident who grew up watching the Trump family in action.
All of this is deeply concerning. I voted by mail in the GA primary on June 9th and made sure I mailed it in really early. It worked well for me because my mobility is sorely limited these days because of a bum spine, and I also am primary care-giver for my 96-soon-to-be-97 year-old mom so I take extra precautions with regard to Covid-19. I would prefer to vote absentee once again, but with all this kerfuffle about the USPS, I'm having second thoughts. I will walk barefoot over friggin' molten lead and broken glass to vote in November if I have to. Safe to say, we ALL may need to go to extra lengths to vote this year. By making it more inconvenient to vote, they're hoping people won't want to bother. We MUST show them otherwise!
In other matters...did all y'all see where HCR was interviewed by Bill Moyers recently? Having 2 of my favourite voices talking together in the same space is like Christmas and birthday all rolled into one! I'd post the link, but I didn't know if that would be okay. (It may be further down the comments somewhere...) HCR doesn't strike me as the type to toot her own horn, though I think we're all too aware on here we could use her reasoned and clear voice these days all the more.
Perhaps off topic, but here’s a bit of good news *and* history: Advice from a woman who survived covid-19, the 1918 flu — and cancer
What is her secret to longevity? Her ongoing joke is that she slipped through the cracks somewhere in the Grim Reaper’s book.
But when she’s being introspective, she credits a strong immune system, avoidance of excessive worry and even her love of red wine. She was known to say, “Jesus did not change water into wine so that I could look at it.”
Let's hope this will help some.
But in case you are not feeling good about mailing your ballot, find out where your local Board of Elections office is.....you can always delivery it there yourself. Also vote EARLY!!!!!! Even if by absentee/mail-in ballot. The earlier the better.
I cannot accept this is a lost cause even if 45 is cheating, we MUST remove him from office. We cannot accept anything less!
After watching the full Johnathan Swan interview of Donald Trump, my first thoughts were advice for Johnathan Swan from Mark Twain ... "Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." I feel this particularly applies to anyone trying to interview Donald Trump.