Dr. Anthony Fauci (Senate testimony, 6/30) :

“We are going in the wrong direction.”

“Clearly we are not in total control right now.”

“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 cases a day if this does not turn around.”


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  1. nytimes:

    Fighting Over Masks in Public Is the New American Pastime
    In states like California, Texas and Florida, many essential workers have been given an additional task: conflict resolution.
    On any given day, somewhere in the United States, someone is going to wake up, leave the house and get in a huge argument with a stranger about wearing masks.
    Grocery store managers are training staff on how to handle screaming customers. Fistfights are breaking out at convenience stores. Some restaurants even say they’d rather close than face the wrath of various Americans who believe that masks, which help prevent the spread of coronavirus, impinge on their freedom.


  2. NPR:

    Masks still front and center
    Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., urged people to take CDC guidelines to wear a face covering seriously and lamented the politicization of mask-wearing.
    “Unfortunately, this simple life-saving practice has become part of the political debate that says if you’re for [President] Trump, you don’t wear a mask, if you’re against Trump, you do,” Alexander said. “That’s why I’ve suggested that the president occasionally wear a mask, even though in most cases it’s not necessary for him to do so. The president has plenty of admirers. They would follow his lead.”
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked the panelists whether they would support an effort to increase the production of masks in this country and distribute them free of charge.
    “There’s no doubt that wearing masks protects you,” Fauci said. “Anything that furthers the use of masks, whether it’s giving out free masks or any other mechanism, I am thoroughly in favor of.”
    Redfield concurred, calling universal mask-wearing “the most important thing we can do.”

  3. Pence’s spin on the surge as something as a testimonial to the great success of testing by the SFB administration is beyond laughable. 
    And, while no fan of John Bolton, I find his disclosure that he briefed SFB on the Russian-Afghan bounty trove in March 2019 to be somewhat gratifying.

  4. Here in the land of personna non grata we are either watching the training of a toddler or the complete end of a SFB.  One week we watch someone learning how to walk on a tilted sidewalk.  The next week we watch someone proudly demonstrating being able to drink out of a big people’s glass.  And, now we are told that he can read, that is what one person says when others say they are still using pictures.  And, the toddler is still refusing to wear his little mask out of doors.

  5. Anyone who refuses to wear a mask in America is un-American.    It’s that simply.  Wearing a mask will safe suffering, save lives, save our medical professionals and facilities from being overwhelmed with patients, and, it will help to save the crumbling economy.    If you don’t believe in science, we’ll then, “it’s  the economy, stupid.”

  6. Now, taking all levels into account; psychology, entertainment, civil rights, disease prevention and treatment,  humor, propaganda, dopamines, add whatever levels might apply, the question is:  Why would the leader of a state,  in the midst of crushing domestic crises and steadily mounting foreign affairs turmoil, issue an official proclamation in the public square with the single bold claim that he most forcefully is THE LONE WARRIOR?   Behind that tweet lies a Gordian knot of a riddle.

  7. Ubiquitously acknowledged, but what kind, exactly….There are only so many literary motifs of the leader being in danger…….and he fits one of them.

  8. Curiosity didn’t kill the cat, just made him wonder about all kinda weird shit.  lol

  9. i’m hoping one of his lieutenants wrestled in high school (Rome joke)
    Ok, out among the disease-infested hoi polloi for me, ✌️😭🇺🇸

  10. “…offs himself”
    That precedent certainly exists, both literarily and historically.   I’d say that’s probably #5 .

  11. Then there’s always the old, “Say hello to my little FRIEN’ “.

    Or “Is Paris BURNING??”

  12. Napoleon allegedly fleeing in a dogsled from Kutusov while dressed as an old woman with Talleyrand on the whip. Talk about long silent rides.

    “Tais toi! Ne dites pas un autre mot! Pas uuuune!!”

  13. Forget Caligula?…   remember… I Claudius is a historical novel about how he becomes Emperor.  Caligula figures prominently at the last part of the book.
    And according to Graves…  Caligula’s nickname was Little Boot….   not Little Boots.  I was getting it wrong for years too.

  14. ”And according to Graves…  Caligula’s nickname was Little Boot” -RR
    i’m no historian but i’m pretty sure Caligula’s nickname was “Caligula”😜

  15. The bestest nickname ever had to be Vlad The Impaler.   Makes Ivan The Terrible look like a poor neighbor…..

  16. those folk spouting “masks are a symbol of tyranny & oppression” must be closet nudists.  every state has some variation of anti-nudity law on the books, grocery & most other retail require shirts & shoes (pants are assumed obvious I guess) and god forbid anyone walking into the local haute cuisine establishment sans coat & tie.  heavens! miss manners would have the vapors..  

    query: could amending the definition of “genitals” in those exposure laws to include “mouth & nostrils when in enclosed areas or when closer than  6 ft outside” be of help with the unmasked problem?

  17. Pride of the Legion, he was, all struttin’ around in his little soldier suit, laces flappin’ on that one caligula. They says his dad got ahold of some bad poultry or something. 

  18. according to the hill some GOPers are proposing Juneteenth be a federal holiday, but some GOP others have alternative plans:

     Johnson says if Juneteenth is made a federal holiday than another paid federal holiday has to come off the schedule. He’s proposing scrapping Columbus Day but is open to eliminating another holiday instead.

    “I’m just saying let’s replace it with something. I chose Columbus Day just because it’s probably the most lightly celebrated and less disruptive to anybody’s schedule” to cut from the calendar of federal holidays, he said. 
    Johnson on Wednesday said “we have an alternate bill” and that he is “talking to some of my colleagues.”
    James Lankford (R-Okla.) is a cosponsor of Johnson’s proposal, according to a draft of legislative text obtained by The Hill.
    A Republican aide said Johnson’s proposal has been filed as a substitute amendment to Cornyn’s bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.


    IMHO that alternative suggestion by ron & jim is a slap in the face to native american constituents of senators from WI & OK.  have they not heard of  Indigenous Peoples Day which is celebrated in lieu of Columbus Day in some places?

  19. Bink…. 🙂
    Sturg…   yup….  it came from Livia’s Organic Farm…

    patd… Columus Day is huge here in the northeast…. ya know… something about some trees in splendid color…

  20. what a dilemma the GOPers have set for themselves, having to chose between federal holiday acknowledgement respecting people who were slaughtered or run off their land by GOPer ancestors or people who were enslaved and otherwise abused by said ancestors?   can’t they allow both to be remembered?  can’t they have more than one thought in their heads at one time?   silly question.

  21. “President’s Day”.

    Oh, wait, it’s actually “Presidents Day”.

    Also seeing the plural possessive is acceptable, too! Scrap it.

  22. speaking of indigenous people, from the guardian:

    Donald Trump should not carry out his planned 3 July visit to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota because it represents a safety risk in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and is an insult to Native Americans on whose stolen land it was built, the president of the Oglala Sioux tribal council has said.
    Several Native American groups are planning protests for Trump’s controversial trip to the 79-year-old stone monument carved into the Black Hills that is set to include the first fireworks display at the site since 2009 and an air force flypast.
    “Trump coming here is a safety concern not just for my people inside and outside the reservation, but for people in the Great Plains. We have such limited resources in Black Hills, and we’re already seeing infections rising,” the Oglala Sioux president, Julian Bear Runner, in an interview with the Guardian.
    “It’s going to cause an uproar if he comes here. People are going to want to exercise their first amendment rights to protest and we do not want to see anyone get hurt or the lands be destroyed,” Bear Runner said.
    Trump’s visit to the huge site that commemorates four US presidents was a violation of the historic treaties that the US government had signed with Native Americans that were meant to govern the sacred Black Hills, the Oglala tribal president said, adding that Trump should have asked permission for the trip from the seven Sioux tribal governments.
    “The lands on which that mountain is carved and the lands he’s about to visit belong to the Great Sioux nation under a treaty signed in 1851 and the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and I have to tell him he doesn’t have permission from its original sovereign owners to enter the territory at this time,” Bear Runner said.

  23. Dumbass gets dumber:

    “I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear” – Trump on Fox Business just now as cases soar

  24. For punchy names, I like Erik Bloody Ax, the king of Viking Dublin. 
    The Viking king of Norway, Harald Bad News also had a jazzy name.
    Atilla, the Scourge of G!D is a little over the top, besides it’s an appellation, not a nickname or cognomen. 
    Sigurd Snake Eye conjures an image of cold-bloodedness. 
    My second favorite is Sigurd’s brother, Ivar the Boneless. They were Ragnar Hairy Britches‘ boys. Sigurd thought up the battle plans and Ivar led the troops into battle, riding on a shield, like an Irish king would. ‘Cept Ivar was a Viking.

  25. Thorbjorg Ship Breast is a feminine name. She’s a late queen of Ringerike.
    Charlemagne’s mom was the dainty Matilda Big Foot.

    A bit off topic – This pandemic has created many difficult issues for sellers, online and in a store.  One thing that happened to Amazon was the failure to ship during March and April for most products.  Up to that point in time I was placing two or three orders each week with Amazon.  That ended when I was given a shipping time of four or more weeks for products that ship from up the highway twenty-five miles. 
    So, I started to shop at other online sites, at the time I was in a hide out at home life style.  Shopping was not possible; the stores were closed.  I found plenty of choices, most with two- or three-day shipping.  I found the products I wanted, in the brands I wanted.  Amazon has moved to a lot of Chinese products.  A few are of very high quality, meeting or exceeding U.S. products.  Most are of almost the same quality. And, then there is the bottom third – garbage.
     What I am doing now is to look at other options.  Although there are many stores open, I am at high risk of the virus and will not venture forth to meet the pubic doing shopping.  I am doing more searching online and finding what I am looking for.  The brands I want, the shipping is tow or three days and the price is the same or lower than Amazon or Walmart. 
    Like I said, off topic.  But only in a way.  If we as a nation had worn our masks we would have more options to go shopping in person, not online.  Instant instant gratification.

  27. If he looks at Mt Rushmore and says, “I should be up there,” they should take trump up to the ‘secret room,’ and then ditch him. 

  28. Given the US census,  and the number of new Covid-19 positive cases, I was going to compute how long before everyone will get it, taking into account the number who already have it.  I was going to do the same thing for the great state of chaos, Tejas.  But, I didn’t. 
    I know 2 people from different places who are positive as of this week, here.

  29. “…Covid-19 positive cases, I was going to compute how long before everyone will get it” -Tiptoe
    At this rate?  Next Thursday.

  30. Why “Thursday”, you might wonder?
    …because it’s the funniest-sounding day to use in a punchline.  It could possibly be next Friday.
    See?  Not as funny🤷‍♂️

  31. kamala did exceedingly well in interview today with Nicole:  great background info, articulate, winsome smile & laugh (wish she did that more), appropriately humble re veep question & assuring in support of whomever Biden chooses.

    guess my only negative about her is I just wish she would hire a voice pro to coach her out of projecting/talking through her nose (she’s not always nasal, but often enough to make it annoying  in a way it comes across arrogant).

    she’s my second choice (after lizzie)  mostly because she has the experience of having run a rather large government agency and understands the ins & outs of executive function.

  32. LOL and grim Bink, but at this rate…! But WHY hasn’t the orange bucket of lard and his minion NOT gotten it yet?  Will we find out something in 50 years?
    Blue Bronc, they never completed the thought. If everyone is very sick or dead, there will be NO employees NOR customers!  Even at that many folks, even here, are not going out a lot. 

    And the sh/+ hasn’t even fully hit the fan yet.
    Today, I emailed a yes or no question to one of the anti-maskers.  He walked across the building to my office and stood there with his always-loud voice (and he is a spitter when he talks).  I pulled my mask tight and rolled my chair back.  He then proceeded to pick papers up off of my desk (which he didn’t need to see, but which I could have scanned to him) and lick his fingers as he flipped through the pages.  I pointed out what he had done (he was unaware) and told him to throw it on the floor in a corner.  He left it in my desk.  I told my boss I’ve absolutely had it!

  34. TT, you could make your typing chore easier by using a short version, like OBL…  Bet that would trip his trigger.
    BiD, Sounds like Dan Patrick has been taking Louis Gohmert lessons.

  35. “I was in charge of Mt. Rushmore. Trump’s plan for fireworks there is a terrible idea.”
    “And this year, resuming the fireworks demonstration is an even greater threat to both humans and nature. Thanks to an extremely dry summer, South Dakota faces a higher than usual risk of wildfires. A former fire management officer for Mount Rushmore and numerous national parks warned that the fireworks show would be “ill-advised” given the dry conditions.” 

  36. willard only dreamt of having binders full of women like these.  
    I’m not really keen on Sen Harris, but if she’s the candidate, I’ll be as keen on her as a ceramic knife is on jello. The same goes for any of them except tulsi. 

  37. Under pressure, Florida will start reporting how many people hospitalized with COVID

    Florida has been an outlier among states in not reporting the number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Instead, the state Department of Health has been reporting the total number of patients admitted to hospitals during the course of the pandemic. The Agency for Health Care Administration, meanwhile, reports a different figure: daily hospital bed capacity.

  38. You have the right to remain dead. You have the right to an undertaker. If you can not afford an undertaker, the court will assign one to you.

  39. idea for social distancing ad to give a concept of the 6ft requirement & why:

    empty grave with caption ” socialize closer than this is long and you’ll soon be in it”


    Build an economic wall around Chiner.  We’ll put our folks back to work, buy nothing from you, and, if you need natural resources it will cost more money, environmentally-friendly practices,  and more  freedom for your citizens.  
    And while I don’t believe in eating animals, why should we ship “food” (pigs, etc.) to them?     FU, Richard Nixon, wherever you are.

  41. I have nothing against Sen Harris. She just doesn’t thrill me. 
    Happy warrior is the ticket. 

  42. I think that my lack of enthusiasm for Harris says a ton about the quality of the Dems’ possible VP candidates. There is an incredible wealth of expertise, energy, brains and WOW! in these women. I’m beside myself with happy.

  43. Although, any one of those ladies being considered for VP would be fun to watch dismantling that pustulous little white robot.

  44. Pelosi is pissed….there’s going to be hell to pay for those in the path of her wrath. 

  45. You know, these ignorant crackers are exactly the same ignorant crackers they were 50 years ago. The black people they are trying to beat back now are not the black people of the fifties and sixties.  
    Moses, while stranded in the mts with all those goats decided to spend 40 years raising a warrior class. It paid off.  
    But they couldn’t a pulled it off without Rahab.

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