Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Can't stop, won't stop

President Trump today softened his ambitious pledge from just days earlier that there could be a coronavirus vaccine by year’s end

The letters excerpted here are from a handful of detainees at the Harris County Jail, the second largest in the country and the site of a fast-moving outbreak of COVID-19.

After posting a quote to Facebook insinuating people should disobey Ohio's stay-at-home orders, State Rep. Kris Jordan likes a comment suggesting having "COVID parties" to get a bunch of people sick "just to get it over with"

Without covering his own face, President Trump visited a Honeywell factory making N95 face masks in Arizona while Guns N' Roses' 'Live and Let Die' played in the background

“It’s heart-wrenching. I feel helpless,” says Julia Iafrate, a doctor fighting coronavirus in the ICU during the pandemic, who has been denied a green card. “...I’m putting my life on the line every day to do this… I’m honestly beside myself. It’s like a slap in the face.”

Breaking News: The White House is considering winding down the coronavirus task force as the crisis rages on. It’s not clear if it will be replaced.

Ultimately, the Ector County Sheriff’s SWAT team was forced to break up the open carry brigade at Big Daddy Zane’s bar in Odessa, Texas.

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has called off his struggling Florida congressional bid for Rep. Donna Shalala's seat.

The Biden Administration will not silence scientists

Trump tweets about people he hates while Biden tweets about people he admires.

Go back and listen to the global threats hearing at the beginning of 2017 and then listen to Ratcliffe and understand that — no. Just no. He can’t even articulate a threat accurately, either because he doesn’t know or is afraid of contradicting POTUS.

It is no surprise Kushner's coronavirus response effort is disorganized, ineffective, and lacking experienced personnel. But fast-tracking requests from his well-connected cronies, while tens of thousands of Americans die? There is no limit to the incompetence and malfeasance.

President Maduro said Venezuela has detained two American citizens working with a U.S. military veteran allegedly involved in a plot to enter the South American country and oust him

This is disturbing. What did the @realDonaldTrump Administration know, if anything, about this?

"The document alleges that the team responsible for PPE had little success in helping the government secure such equipment, in part because none of the team’s members had significant experience in health care, procurement or supply-chain operations"

Cuomo Signs a Bill to Allow Release of Trump’s State Tax Returns

Half laughing, half terrified that Trump will be telling us in August that no one could have predicted such a victory as his keeping COVID19 deaths under 1 million.

Mourning In America


As the United States’ confrontation with China escalates, the Trump administration may be making a classic American mistake: overestimating its adversary’s technological competence and ability to control events.

Frozen fish heir tries to destroy METOO to own the libs

Are you Team Robot-Jared or Team Vampire-Jared? Whatever the case, listen to The Daily Beast's latest episode of #TheNewAbnormalPod with our favorite co-hosts @TheRickWilson and @MollyJongFast. Don't forget to subscribe on Apple and Spotify.

This @MollyJongFast interview with @GovWhitmer is worth your time:

U.S. faces meat shortage while its pork exports to China soar: Braun

"States across the country are moving swiftly to reopen their economies despite failing to achieve benchmarks laid out by the White House for when social distancing restrictions could be eased to ensure the public’s safety during the coronavirus pandemic."

An Iowa Public Health Department report showed that more than 700 workers contracted the virus at a meat plant in Perry

Trump blasted on MSNBC: 'The so-called plan is to just let a lot of Americans die' from coronavirus

ICYMI: Migrants deported by the U.S. make up more than 15% of Guatemala’s coronavirus cases

Dr. Anthony Fauci addresses the misinformation about the origins of #COVID19 and what he hopes will change to prevent a similar crisis in the future

What happens when the only restaurants left are chains?

exas governor @GregAbbott_TX caught on hot mic admitting his reopen order will worsen the pandemic! If you needed any more proof that leaders like him don’t mind sacrificing your life for the economy, here you go!

Texas eases underground oil storage rules, raising concerns

Former Rep. Duncan Hunter could wait to serve a prison term until 2021 as coronavirus upends the corrections system

Another 24 hours in the books: 24,798 new Coronavirus cases 2,350 new Coronavirus deaths

JUST IN: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital after undergoing treatment for an infection. She expects to stay in the hospital for a "day or two."

Ted Cruz is back on Fox News to complain about the censorship of Top Gun

#Colorado Poll President: Biden 53% Trump 35% #COSen Hickenlooper (D) 48% Gardner (R-Inc) 31% Montana State/UDenve

Trump again suggested in his ABC interview tonight that the "broken tests" developed this year for this new virus were left to him by the Obama administration. As so often, no pushback.

“We cannot afford to silence and dismiss scientists in our country and sever our ties with scientists around the world. It is inappropriate to place dedicated scientists in crosshairs.” - Dr. Bright My write-up of his complaint,

"It was obvious that Dr. Bright's persistent demands for urgent action to respond to the pandemic had caused a 'shit storm' and a 'commotion' and were unwelcome in the office of the HHS Secretary," the complaint reads. "As a result, HHS leadership excluded Dr. Bright and BARDA“

"The past few years have been beyond challenging. Time after time I was pressured to ignore or dismiss expert and scientific recommendations and instead to award lucrative contracts based on political connections." — Ousted HHS official Dr. Rick Bright

Last month, Shelley Luther, owner of Hot Mess Enterprises, publicly tore up a cease-and-desist letter during a protest against stay-at-home orders. Shelley got sentenced to 7 days in jail. I think it should have been 7 years

Today, #CincoDeMayo is a good day to reflect on Donald's 4 year record re people south of the border, and to ask what is up with the stockpile of Sudafed in the open drawer behind him in this picture?

Hey trumpf, hey Prince, Hey Pompeo, what now, lets see ya dance around this Baby.

NEW: A volunteer on Kushner's coronavirus response effort was so worried by what they saw that they filed a complaint w House Oversight.

It's May 5th, and President Trump still doesn’t have an adequate national testing strategy.

"It was Smithfield's decision to make the tests optional." S.Dakota health chief happily announces that SD left it up to the company to decide whether to test all workers at Smithfield's Sioux Falls plant before reopening. Surprise! They decided not to.

Massachusetts' manufacturers have stepped up to support PPE production so we can protect front-line workers during #COVID19MA Great to tour #FallRiver's Merrow Manufacturing, an 8th-generation family-owned firm that has shifted production to manufacture medical isolation gowns.

None of them are wearings masks in a MASK FACTORY

Women's prison unit in louisiana with 195 prisoners. Just tested them. Of the 195... 192 are positive

First separate the states from the kingdom. Then you become a king

Morning Consult poll: Republicans (20%) are nearly three times more likely than Democrats (7%) to say they would not get vaccinated if and when a COVID-19 vaccine is brought to market.

MAGA is the result of cutting education

They blasted “Live and Let Die” while Trump walked around a Honeywell plant today in Arizona without a mask. It’s hard to believe this clip is real.

Mark Warner to John Ratcliffe: "I don't see what has changed since last summer, when the president decided not to proceed with your nomination over concerns about your inexperience, partisanship, and past statements that seemed to embellish your record."

The details of how this protective equipment is being distributed should not be kept secret. I'm demanding answers from the medical supply companies who are working with Jared Kushner on his secretive Project Airbridge.

Poll: Ernst lead evaporates in Iowa Senate race

Meanwhile, Republicans *still* want to obliterate the Affordable Care Act. They don't seem to care that the lives and livelihoods of the American people are at stake. Our lives are on the line.

"Trump knows that, unless he can conjure up something on the VP, the jig is up. Because—and I can’t stress this enough—A JOE BIDEN PRESIDENCY MEANS A DONALD JOHN TRUMP CONVICTION. Seriously, put that on a bumper sticker."

NYT's scoop: "U.S. QUIETLY FEARS VIRUS'S DAILY TOLL WILL SOON DOUBLE." Trump's response: "I know nothing about it. I don't know anything about it. Nobody told me that. I think it's — I think it's false, I think it’s fake news."

The president could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and there'd be no cars to run him over.

Whoever the President, the US was going to face the worst recession of our lifetimes from coronavirus. But we could’ve had 1/10 the fatalities with a no-nonsense, no-cheerleading President, getting tests ramped up and quarantine in place as cases emerged stateside.

Shell says it’s bracing itself for a worst-case scenario: Demand to never fully recover

I volunteer to head the Truth and Reconciliation Committee

That Lincoln Project ad aired during Tucker Carlson Tonight last night, if you're wondering why Trump lost his mind over it.

this person belongs in jail

Rep. Schiff: President Trump’s systematic removal of inspectors general is ‘deadly dangerous’

Rep. Schiff: ‘There’s a danger’ with Trump putting out misinformation about COVID-19

Trump will own the murder of 100s of 1000s of ppl. Inaction & lies are documented. Misleading ppl w/ fake death numbers is an act of war on America. He cannot be allowed to finish this term. Force his removal: -Leak his financials -Leak his health records -NY AG charge Trump Org

Gerhard Schroeder is a living example how a person can betray his country for money of a bloody dictatorship.

COVID-19: genetic network analysis provides ‘snapshot’ of pandemic origins

WHO: Trump White House has shown zero evidence to prove its Wuhan lab claim

I think those of us that can afford to stay home should, for those of us who can’t.

Andy Lack's overdue exit from @NBCNews after he covered for Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer begs another question: why haven't @NBCNews or @MSNBC dug deeper into Trump's “Apprentice” history on their own network?

“The US Navy sailed three destroyers into the Barents Sea off Russia's Arctic coast Monday, the first time Navy ships have operated in the area since the mid-1980s, the height of the Cold War.”

Dr. Fauci is essentially saying that the Coronavirus Wuhan lab theory was likely engineered in a lab in Mike Pompeo's oversized anus.

CNN issues cease-and-desist to Team Trump, claiming ad is misleading with editing of “The Situation Room” clips

Just a reminder we can’t just remove @realDonaldTrump - @senatemajldr must be removed or we have no more democracy. It’s that simple.#MoscowMitch is installing an autocratic dictatorship in America.

A dark-money group aligned with Mitch McConnell is spending over half a million dollars on an ad defending Susan Collins from criticism of her response to the coronavirus outbreak. Will it be enough to save the embattled senator?

Opinion: Trumpers are resistant to experts — even their own

New CDC projections — By June 1st: • 3,000 deaths per day • 200,000 new infections per day Is this what you call leadership? I sure as Hell don't. • This is planned • This is deliberate • This is Genocide disguised as Incompetence

“An industry that doesn't automatically, unquestioningly protect its workers from being fumigated with known toxic chemicals or losing limbs can hardly be expected to protect them from invisible pathogens.”

Multiple counties with outbreaks tied to meat processing plants have more cases per capita than New York City, including Dakota County in Nebraska, Nobles County in Minnesota, and Cass County in Indiana.

DC Circuit chief judge calls for an inquiry into a vacancy on the court after disclosures that McConnell was contacting some appeals court judges to encourage them to retire


Imagine being in London during the Blitz and protesting Churchill because he told you to turn your lights out at night.

Fauci said “a number of very qualified evolutionary biologists" had thrown water on the theories touted by Trump.

A man in Austin, Texas, has been arrested and charged after shoving a park ranger into a lake while the ranger was trying to get a group of people to practice social distancing.

BREAKING: Dr. Fauci does NOT think #coronavirus emerged from the #Wuhan lab & says the evidence “is very, very strongly leaning toward this could NOT have been artificially or deliberately manipulated (and it) evolved in nature and then jumped species.”

“I saw the reports of what Ms. Reade said, I saw an interview with Vice President Biden. I appreciate that the vice president took a lot of questions, tough questions. And he answered them directly and respectfully. The vice president's answers were credible and convincing.“

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder is earning his keep for his Russian paymasters by calling for Western sanctions against Russia to be dropped. How disgusting for a former head of state to degrade himself in such a humiliating way

U.S. Treasury Expects to Borrow $4.5 Trillion in Fiscal Year as Stimulus Spending Soars

Why, when a president is embarrassing the nation every day and demonstrating his mental incapacity every day, won’t the mainstream media deal with it?

Chinese state media rip Pompeo, saying he’s “spitting poison,” as Beijing pushes back against the US virus allegations.

In case you haven’t yet seen the @ProjectLincoln ad that prompted the President’s 12:47 a.m. tweetstorm, here it is. “A man you can bait with a tweet,” indeed...

I'm no Stormy Daniels but I think I deserve more than $1,200 for getting fucked by Trump.

I'm on Twitter because I want to contribute in some fashion to getting rid of Trump and the Republicans. At 74, I'm also dealing with my own feelings about being old and considered irrelevant outside the context of my family.

Fact-checking Trump’s knocks at Obama in his Fox town hall

Government competence can be the difference between life and death.

Rep Jim Jordan claims Donald Trump is working 15 to 18 hours a day

Stop. They don't care how many die. They don't care how many are suffering. They only care about winning re-election in Nov. Their goal: Fashion a narrative that lets that happen-distractions, deflections, lies, disinformation that in any combo gets them to 270 electoral votes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could soon find himself under investigation for improperly pressuring a judge to retire so he could fill the opening with a 37-year-old protégé.

“The U.S. death toll could ap­proach 135,000 by early Au­gust...”

More Than 50 Dead at Medford Nursing Home Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

.@realDonaldTrump is freaking out about this ad. It would be a shame if everyone rtd it.

Trump's top coronavirus task force adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he did not know the assumptions behind the new models but said they were probably not misleading in that easing restrictions would lead to spikes in infection.

Does this mean that NYC will become the safe place to be? And that then the shoe is on the other foot and it’s us who get to be like “don’t fucking come here, Rhode Island”?

GOP Ohio state lawmaker refuses to wear face mask because faces are the "likeness of God"

Coronavirus: France's first known case 'was in December' - BBC News

I wish there were a quick and easy way back to the old normal. There isn't.

Are you talking about this video?

‼️ Dr. Fauci: “If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats, and what's out there now is very, very strongly leaning toward this [virus] could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated—the way the mutations have naturally evolved.”

Did a drunk Lindsey Graham just try to blame China for the murder hornets?

BREAKING: The organization Trump used to project only 60,000 US deaths from COVID-19, today doubles their estimate to 135,000 by August. The modeler blames lax social distancing. Which stemmed from some using a model that said this wasn’t a big deal.

IMPORTANT THREAD: It's been 16 weeks since our schools and offices closed here in #HongKong. We have four #COVID19 deaths and 1040 cases total for our population of 7.5 million. Because we have been doing so well, this week we begin the slow process of opening back up. So how will things change?

Even if your local outbreak starts at a meat processing plant, it won't stay there. When it gets into your local nursing homes and longterm care facilities, it will kill swiftly there, and in terrible numbers. 13 dead at nursing home in Sioux Falls, SD:

The false bravado routine doesn’t quite pack the same punch with 70,000+ Americans dead and 30,000,000+ jobless, and counting. Americans are suffering, and our President is rage tweeting.

chris christie is the failed governor who's administration ended in scandal, who then ran a doomed presidential campaign. he's in front of our eyes because the msm hired him as a political analyst. because failure from a republican is a hiring resume bullet for the msm.

“When small acts of bravery are stamped out by governments, big acts of bravery follow,” NSC’s Matt Pottinger said in remarks in Mandarin yesterday. Speech was full of symbolism and historical references. https://t.co/dsaKUuHk23 Full remarks in Chinese

Schumer: Trump admin prolonging nation's agony, avoiding science

Growth in coronavirus cases shifts to outbreaks across U.S.

Covid death toll model projections increased as states reopen