120 thoughts on “Picture This”

  1. heads up for twitter tweeters


    After president Trump revealed he tested positive for COVID-19, Twitter policy was being tested: what to do when users say they hope he dies?
    Much of the discourse about the president’s diagnoses happened on Twitter, with users reacting to the headline-grabbing news in real-time. Trump himself chose that platform to make the announcement—a post that has become his most liked tweet ever.
    And after all, the platform’s own hateful conduct policy appears resolute on the matter, saying that “wishing, hoping or calling for serious harm on a person”—including “hoping that someone dies as a result of a serious disease”—is against the rules.
    The same language is used in Twitter’s abusive behavior policy, which states: “We do not tolerate content that wishes, hopes or expresses a desire for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against an individual or group of people.”
    In terms of enforcement, the platform says it could ask the user to remove the violating post before they can tweet again. “Subsequent violations will lead to longer read-only periods and may eventually result in permanent suspension,” the rules state.
    It does appear action is being taken, as some of the referenced tweets about Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis are indeed being deleted, but it’s unclear if that is being forced on the users by the platform itself. Twitter has been contacted for comment.
    A Twitter spokesperson who asked for images of the potentially-violating tweets did not immediately respond after being forwarded multiple screenshots. A spokesperson for Facebook, when asked if that social network had a policy about users publishing posts about Trump’s death, sent Newsweeka link to the website’s bullying and harassment policy.
    The Facebook spokesperson did not immediately respond to a follow-up request.

  2. Twitter is putting people who wish that SFB would find peace and happiness six feet under into the penalty box.  Seems happy thoughts are not allowed, except by greedy old perverts, which is now the SFB party.

  3. which is worse and is less compassionate re a fellow human being (D’ump for example):

    wishing the evil person, someone who disregards the life of others, remain alive to face punishment and humiliation for his malfeasance and misdeeds


    wishing him dead, escaping such comeuppance 

  4. So in addition to Regeneron cocktail now he’s getting Remdesivir. Tomorrow, the kitchen sink?  I know, hit him with a triple dose of hydroxychloroquine. 

  5. pogo, that kitchen sink they’re throwing at him seems to be lacking one essential piece of plumbing IMO.


    The president was “doing very well” and did not require supplemental oxygen, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said Friday night.

    i thought he was/is having trouble breathing. so why no oxygen? PR decision by him, probably thinks it looks weak.

  6. CNN had a short update that the guy is getting worse.  He needs to hold on for another month and a day (just to be sure).  Learned that regeneron started as a medication for macular degeneration in the eye.  It has side effects.  Over sixty percent of people receiving Remdesivir have side effects, and is of little or no use for hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

  7. so will he also lose the rest of that mess atop his head?  here’s a story back in august from


    A recent survey identified dozens of potential long-term coronavirus symptoms that had previously been unreported, including hair loss.
    The study was conducted by a doctor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the grassroots COVID-19 survivor group Survivor Corps using a Facebook poll. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently identified only 17 persistent COVID-19 symptoms, the survey of more than 1,500 patients found 98 possible symptoms, according to Dr. Natalie Lambert, an associate research professor at the Indiana University school of medicine.
    “The new symptoms our study identified include severe nerve pain, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, blurry vision and even hair loss,” Lambert said in a written statement.

  8. He was warned by the world’s best medical professionals and despite that and with a complete lack of disregard for public safety, continued to host incredibly dangerous public events.  
    So recklessly did he help spread COVID around D.C., he endangered our host, Mr. Crawford!  The president basically unleashed a biological weapon in his own nation’s capital, willfully and with glee.
    Like Dr. Dave would say…

  9. lol imagine trying to disinfect one of those clunkers with all the holes and plastic

    i actually have one of the old black ones from the ‘60s (i’m guessing), and it still works (mostly)🤷‍♂️

  10. “Dial Phones”!!! Ah, the good old days, before our smartphones made us dumb and angry and depressed.   

  11. The old days when the phone rang and you didn’t know who was calling you. And when any call between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. meant bad news.

  12. We had a dial phone on the wall.  The cord was like a tangled, beige python.
    With tRUMP, I worry about him lying about a religious conversion when/if he recovers.  Of course, there won’t be any changed behavior, but some will buy it for awhile.

  13. BB: Regeneron polyclonal antibody used to treat SFB is not the same as the monoclonal antibody for wet macular degeneration although it’s the same “trap” technology. Side effects would be different because the target is different. For wet AMD, target is endogenous vascular growth factor. For COVID-19, it’s the virus particle itself. The polyclonal antibody is designed to “trap” the particle within its “arms” and prevent it from penetrating cells and thereby replicating. The particle-antibody complex is then eliminated by the body by phagocytosis, for example. Trap technology revolutionized monoclonal antibody therapies in a host of disorders. Too bad they’re so expensive.

  14. i might be descended from the type of person who would listen in on others’ calls on the “party line”

  15. And,  the only telemarketers were trying to sell aluminum siding.  
    When I was really little, the ladies my grandpa did odd jobs for had a party line. While my grandpa worked, I would play with their deaf, white cat and they would listen to calls not meant for them. 
    We didn’t get a phone until I was 12, because my grandparents couldn’t afford a phone.  We walked to great-grandma’s for  pre-arranged calls from out-of-state relatives.  After she died, my aunt paid to have a phone installed for Christmas or something, but my grandparents still had to pay the monthly bill.
    I had no phone the first, six years I lived in Texas.  My boyfriend had an MCI card which I used to call home from a pay phone.  
    My last landline bill before my grandma died was over $200, for several short calls each week.   Now, I would been able to talk to her for hours every day for next to nothing.

  16. To properly listen in on the party line, while keeping the button depressed, you had to unscrew the mouthpiece, take out the what’s-it in there and then slowly let up the button.

  17. Ditched the landline after I realized I hadn’t touched it even once after I got a smartphone. 

  18. When i see people with trump shirts on, what my brain actually sees is an “I’m with Stupid” shirt and an arrow pointing up

  19. I’ll say this, SFB really committed to burying that tax story and getting out of the next debate. 
    Should we start a pool for what angle his recovery will take?  I’ll take ~religious conversion~

  20. Eric Trump set to speak with N.Y. investigators Monday about family business The president's son was subpoenaed by state Attorney General Letitia James.

    A judge last week gave Eric Trump until Oct. 7 to comply with a subpoena for his testimony in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into whether the family company, the Trump Organization, lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits.

  21. BID – one of the rules that I had to follow is to have a “land line”.  Of course that was from an era when there were physical telephone connections.  The idea was I would be able to be contacted even if the cell phone tower fell over.  I don’t think anyone has asked about that in years.  But, to get the price for cable internet lower I have one of those phones, which is a VPN but who cares.
    heddy = thank you for that information.  It is important to know what is being injected into whatshisface.

  22. Meanwhile, Hicks has experienced more pronounced symptoms than the president. Two sources said she has had a high fever and a cough, with one source adding she lost her sense of smell. Hicks is said to be frustrated with Trump for taking such a cavalier approach to the virus. She was one of the few West Wing staffers to wear a mask in meetings, which her colleagues chided her for. “She was made fun of because she wore a mask,” a friend said. Sources told me Hicks is also upset that news coverage has made it appear that she gave Trump the virus, when in fact no one knows where he got it. “It’s so unfair she’s sort of being blamed,” the friend told me.


  23. Ho Picks can go jump in the lake.

    As for Scott, sure, most everybody has said “positive” when they meant “negative” at one time or another.

  24. Bink
    Thanks for the clarification on Scott! With this Republican party of death, there’s still time. I just so hate they take innocents along with them..

  25. The Condom has COVID    Good thing this isn’t twitter. Although I not suggesting that she die. But I hope she has lasting pre existing conditions and cannot get health insurance

  26. When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, is the truth.
    “The Mystery of the Orange-Tinted Suicide Cult”

  27. And for all the sports fans here….  Cam Newton… quarterback of the NE Patriots…  has just tested positive for Covid-19.   Shit…  I didn’t expect them to win a Super Bowl…  but the season was getting interesting. 
    As for all those Gop members getting it….   ~~~too bad…  soooo sad.~~~

  28. All of those Navy nurses caring for tRUMPsky after he called them suckers for being in the military.   
    How many pulmonary docs does he have on staff? Jeez!  An anesthesiologist?  Don’t they induce coma if they have to put someone on a ventilator?  Just on standby, I suppose.   
    My neighbors have put a sign in their window:  In This House We Believe In Science 

  29. The spokes-doctor hedged a bit.  Yesterday, he was not on oxygen, while we were all here.  While we were all here*
    This stuff can have long-lasting impact, too.   When it take six to eight weeks for a twenty-something to recover… He’s not gonna be up, tweeting, in the muddle of the night for awhile.
    The problem with his recovery will be that his science-denying base will be emboldened.  

  30. A source familiar with the president’s health tells the White House pool: “The president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.”

  31. BB

    The number of jobs wiped out by the cell phone is in the millions.  Fifty years ago, I was one of those women sitting in front of the huge boards helping people connect with the great wide world.  They were backed by all those connecting offices and poll climbers

  32. So this EDM/dance song has very thumping bass, so if you hate EDM, avoid, but it’s such a good song (especially for cleaning)

    (an orchestral arrangement of this would be dynamite)

  33. Another great acoustic version of a popular EDM song- no bass or whiz-bangs, just a beautiful voice and a piano 


  34. Sneaky feeling that when he survives this he’s going to be 10 times as venal.

    Drooling Marius.

  35. Sturg – Yep & his supporters will be worse, because he was practically ~resurrected~

    I’ve been hammering in picture hangars in the garage.  There was way too much math involved for a Saturday afternoon.    I don’t like too much stuff on my walls, but I keep painting, so I’m decorating the garage. 
    My bell peppers probably had a hundred blooms this summer, but no peppers.   A squirrel broke a plant while it was planting a peanut.   Now, I have 10 peppers, some as large as an egg.  

  36. @gabrielsherman (vanity fair):

    Per source, Trump was told on Friday he could go to Walter Reed voluntarily, but he would be taken no matter what when his condition worsened. Doctors told Trump if he waited he could lose ability to walk to Marine One (optics of a wheelchair or stretcher obvs would be terrible)

  37. Stock up in popcorn for the fight between the kids as to who will be next to run the dynasty, because they think they are gonna run the country forever.  (Yep, right into the ground.)
    Ivanker and JarJar, the First Hubby?
    Junior and the First Gargoyle?
    Weirdest year on record, and, the weirdest October surprise…and neither the month nor the year are over.  

  38. More @gabrielsherman 

    Conversations w Republicans close to WH over last 12 hours indicate it’s been far more dire than WH has said. Before being taken to Walter Reed, Trump kept asking aides, “Am I going out like Stan Chera? Am I?” (Chera was Trump’s NYC friend who died of Covid in April)

  39. I hope someone is tracking how much care would cost someone else with COVID…including being medevacced to the hospital.  Air ambulance (or the regular kind) aren’t cheap.
    Present him with the bill when he is discharged.  Let him see what folks are up against with regard to medical bills/health insurance.   

  40. @realDonaldTrump
    so now will mitch let them vote on a stimulus bill?  he has his marching orders.  no excuses.
  41. When are we allowed to discuss the ramifications of a Pence administration?

    …and then, ballots are already printed, so…

  42. Pence Administation
    The Mother of all ridiculous notions.  Melanoma will be president like Mrs Wilson 

  43. No lawyer, but that dude didn’t make any filing deadlines🤷‍♂️
    Not that lawyers have a flipping clue, these days🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

  44. Could Republicans install someone they think is more electable, like Mittens?
    Could they put up Junior, since his name is sort of on the ballot, or Ivanker because they’d like a Repug to be the first, female prez?
    If they leave Pence at the top, they would want Nikki Hayley in the second spot. 

  45. The Electoral College can do whatever they want, can’t they? Voting has already started. They can’t remove tRUMP’s name. So, Republicans install whomever they want, if tRUMP were to win?

  46. So, they could ostensibly not even nominate Pence. 
    Start whipping up some single-malt scotch gift baskets, Mother.

  47. Nobody does!  That’s what’s so fun about the trump era- everyone’s guess is as good as everyone else’s!

  48. From the “We Knew This Was Coming” Dpt:

    fauxnews headline:

    Dr. Oz: Coronavirus is so contagious ‘the most protected person in the country’ tested positive”

    This is the next lie that trumpers will use to justify their irresponsible behavior, but trump wasn’t the “most protected”- he was incredibly reckless (obviously🙄).  You, dear reader, are probably more “protected” just being responsible.  Combat this bullshit.

    (if it was that contagious, every grocery store and home depot would be shutdown with infected workforces, but we’ve seen that responsible behavior works)

  49. We can now add former governor Chris to the hospitalized list.  He “checked” himself in. 
    If SFB does do the “go to the light” thing and stay in it (in a way it looks like a bright spot before going black) a vote for him would be a vote for bobble-head.  WashPo and NY Times have a few in depth articles about the various scenarios in case one, two or all four are incapacitated or dead prior to and after the election.

  50. Damnit, a new month rolled over and i only have 3 free articles on each site for 27 days!
    i need to claw my way out of this news-hole, anyway.✌️✌️

  51. Some say that this song was the birth of rock and roll.  Me and rock and roll are the same age.      

  52. I will posit there are many people, starting Friday, who are feeling better than they have in years.  What would a bobble-head campaign look like?  I think it would look like the same campaign, but with a lot of praying to “mother”.  Would he make a shift to some other tack?  I cannot think so on such short notice.  But. I would be willing to bet that in the SFB campaign there is a little group planning on finishing the last weeks with a bobble-head as the candidate.  As dumb as SFB is, he does have competition, bobble-head.  So do not expect a higher level of intellect.

  53. When I was driving home yesterday afternoon (around 4:45 p.m.) there was a group of 12 people or so standing alongside a busy intersection in Holland and they were waving their Trump 2020 flags and signs. Also put up a big sign listing all the advantages of voting for Trump and all the disadvantages of voting for Biden. I have never wanted it to rain as badly as I did in that moment.

  54. I do feel less angry as the dark force has weakened.  
    I just hope this is a teachable moment for him and he learns, I dunno, compassion, that humans are vulnerable and he’s one of them, that Americans need access to affordable healthcare even more in this pandemic.    
    Sometimes you have to touch the hot plate to believe it.    

  55. Junior and the First Gargoyle. Yikes!  
    I’ll bet Ivanker and JarJar would be pissed. 

  56. I had a conversation with Julia yesterday about not being able to have empathy for Trump. Some unwritten rule about not wishing bad things to happen to people. But, we both agreed that Trump has never shown empathy or sympathy for others, so we kinda agreed that we didn’t need to show empathy right now. Besides, he basically put himself in the condition he is in right now.

  57. Stephen Miller looks like the COVID bat.

    If only SFB hadn’t rushed to fill RBG’s seat.  There wouldn’t have been a super-spreader event in the Rose Garden.  If only there had been a way to prevent everyone from getting sick. 

  58. There came a time in America when all the small old time motels were sold one by one to immigrants.    I noticed Pakistanis and Koreans in particular, but there were more.   The pic above was always a favorite in Cruces.  Pakistani family-owned.   They showed me how you make Rice Krispies, which was weird. I loved the old neon.

  59. In 1960 our family made the grand tour of the USA.  3 rats in the back seat and the ‘rents in front taking turns driving the 59 Rambler station wagon, camping our way thru all the USA hot picks.   But now and then as nerves got frayed from too much family and all that, we’d get to stay in one of those Big-Neon motels and maybe they’d even have a pool. I dug it because I was like 12.   Neon used to be a real thing long about then.
    Touring those old motels 25 years later was a nice little sideshow.

  60. I watched a video just released by the WH of SFB giving a yack away about how great he “is” being treated at Walter Reed.  As other views point out he is pale, shallow breathing and as I see glassy eyed.  He is obviously trying to make this sound like it is post recovery, but it is definitely done in haste Friday before he left for a hellofacopter ride. He does not look good.  I just wonder what a whale looks like now.

  61. I was plying the keys with The Leon Payne Band, he’s currently in Dallas/Ft Worth, look for him, he’s great.  So our first Cruces run, we get there around 2 or 3 pm before the club opens and we go immediately to the Paradise Motel.   Leon’s trying to talk us into rooms with the Pakistani owner without our having any money until the club opens and he can procure an advance. Patel ain’t having it.   “Mr Leon, we have a problem.”  So after Leon’s bootless  cries go for nought, I drove out to see the river for a bit until the club should open, where lo and behold I found the only tree in Las Cruces.  So, they open, Leon gets some loot and we meet back at the motel where Leon counts out the jack for Patel.   “Oh…..Mr Leon, we have NO problem..”

  62. When Leon was 9 yrs old he had a record and appeared on a Juliet Prowse tv show.
    Little Leon Payne he was. 

  63. If you see him playing somewhere go up to him and ask if you can get him a Mongolian Mai-Tai.   He’ll take it from there.

  64. You know the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip-sliding away.  
    —Rhymin’ Simon

  65. Seems like I got to Nashville 79-80, rented s beastly hot 3rd floor one room walk-up apt next to Monument Records and by Webb Pierce’s Guitar shaped swimming pool on Music Row.   After a few months we drifted into the godsend—a farmhouse,  only wood stove heat on 55 acres down Murphreesboro Rd out towards Hickory Hollow mall.  The place was surrounded the entire house and the yard with turquoise Iris flowers.   What’s sight to see when they all come due. I imagine some person of the past worked up a sweat putting all those bulbs in the ground. Musta been a thousand of them, every last one of them sky blue, powder blue, turquoise.

    That’s where I picked up Poupon d’Fleur, Mighty Watch-Dog of the West, Mauler Of Mailmen, quarter neither asked nor given.

  66. Her dad was a full on malamute who got out of his pen at a kennel and impregnated a blue Australian cattle dog, her mom.
    Something about those gentle slopes of yesterdogs  

  67. SNL made a good point.  If things were reversed, tRUMP would be at a rally making fun of Biden.  
    They need to bring back Jason Sudakis to play Joe.  
    Nice shout out to RBG. 

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