48 thoughts on “Fauci Factual”

  1. After yesterday’s display of doucery from Rant, one can completely understand his neighbor’s behavior.

  2. al cross op ed in louisville newspaper 7/20/21

    Could a moderate Democrat or a progressive defeat Rand Paul? (courier-journal.com)

    By his own account, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, M.D., is discouraging Kentuckians from getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. He wrote in his July 9 newsletter:

    “Natural immunity occurs when your body protects itself from a disease. Vaccine immunity occurs when you inject a certain disease into the body to produce immunity from it. When you combine both natural immunity and vaccine immunity, it’s estimated that 80-85 percent of U.S. adults have Covid-19 immunity. As a result, we’ve likely already reached herd immunity, making the spread of this disease from one person to another unlikely.”

    That’s wrong in several ways, but the bottom line is that plenty of COVID-19 spread is going on, and it’s increasing, even as vaccinations in Kentucky are decreasing. So one of our U.S. senators – in sharp contrast to the other when it comes to this topic – is dabbling in dangerous foolishness.

    In the former rational world, that might have made him vulnerable, even to a Republican primary challenge next year. But the GOP (in which I was registered for decades before becoming an independent) has become a safe harbor for dangerous foolishness, such as sustaining its defeated president’s lies about the last election and the insurrection he spawned, and playing to the anti-vaccine crowd. So, barring a super-rich independent coming out of nowhere, any meaningful challenge to Dr. Paul must come from Democrats.


  3. If SNL were on this summer, I could just see Dr. Fauci (Brad Pitt) in a “Fight Club” cold opening with whomever got stuck playing Rant, perhaps Chloe F or Kate Mac.

  4. back in may, NYT’s best of late nights had these gems about sen. rant:

    “Senator Paul has been a bit of a skeptic of how bad Covid really is, which is probably why he got Covid,” Colbert said on Monday.

    Paul also said health officials needed to “prove that the vaccine is better than being infected” and producing antibodies.
    “No, they don’t. They don’t have to prove that seatbelts are better than accidents, or that wearing a parachute is better than hitting the earth at terminal velocity, or that having hot spikes driven into your ears is better than listening to Rand Paul — it’s self-evident. Thankfully, most people are not Rand Paul.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
    “He’s just gonna keep gelling his hair with Purell. He believes that protects him.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
    “No, what he actually said is he said something to the effect of ‘I won’t get the vaccine, but I may reconsider,’ which is just the kind of decisive leadership we need right now.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
    “The good news is everyone in Rand Paul’s life stays at least six feet away from him anyway.” — JIMMY KIMMEL
    “Look, if you’re comfortable getting by with what your body produces on its own, then you should take off that regional theater wig of yours.” — SETH MEYERS

  5. jamie, thanks for that link. i most certainly agree with this from it:

    “I was really struck by how people said that to me, ‘Go away, go away,'” Clinton observed in 2019, “They never said that to any man who was not elected.” Trump’s media treatment this year confirms her claim …

  6. Rand Paul is now threatening Dr. Fauci with a criminal referral after their heated clash during a Senate hearing. We discussed that and more with Ashley Parker and Sam Stein.



    and here’s australia’s sky news reporting paul on fox:
    Republican Senator Rand Paul has told Fox News he is sending a criminal referral letter to the Department of Justice about Dr Anthony Fauci. During a fiery Senate hearing chaired by Democrat Amy Klobuchar, Senator Paul said Dr Fauci was lying over claims the National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Disease did not fund gain of research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

  7. Ahhhhh…   watching Fauci kick him some Rand bootie….  priceless!
    Tony….  great to see you resurface!

  8. Alabama doctor says this about her Covid patients, some of whom are dying: “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.” https://t.co/WEgAhHW2hf

  9. WaPo’s Fact Checker looked into Runt’s rants about NIH funding for gain of function research in the Wuhan labs and gave Runt 2 Pinocchios for the assertion.  NIH specifically denied that it funded such research.

    Update, May 19: The National Institutes of Health issued a statement to The Fact Checker which in part said: “NIH has never approved any grant to support ‘gain-of-function’ research on coronaviruses that would have increased their transmissibility or lethality for humans. The research proposed in the EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. grant application sought to understand how bat coronaviruses evolve naturally in the environment to become transmissible to the human population.” When gain-of-function research was paused, “this grant was reviewed again and determined by experts to fall outside the scope of the funding pause.”

    In a separate statement also issued May 19, NIH Director Francis S. Collins said: “NIH strongly supports the need for further investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.”

    But undeterred by the funding source’s explanation, Runt knows better.

    “Despite Dr. Fauci’s denials, there is ample evidence that the NIH and the NIAID, under his direction, funded gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” said Paul spokeswoman Kelsey Cooper. “In light of those facts, the question Dr. Paul asked was whether the government has fully investigated the origin of the disease, which it clearly has not. This research and the lab should be thoroughly investigated and opened to public scrutiny.”

    But that’s not the question.  The question that Runt is making his criminal referral over – at least as I understand it – is Fauci’s May 11 answer to Runt’s question, “Dr. Fauci, do you still support funding of the NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?”  The answer was “Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not never and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”  I’m pretty sure that Fauci and NIH Diorector Collins have a better grasp of NIH funding and gain of function research than Runt and that Runt is doing nothing more than abuse his power as a Senator to harass Fauci, who refuses to put up with his shit.

  10. What’s Rand Paul’s endgame?  Presidency? Why is he actively trying to get Americans killed?

  11. Rant is a douche and there’s no down side for him to lie about it.  Well, maybe some more of his voters will die…but douches don’t care.

    However, it may be that someone has Rant’s ear and they need to hammer on Fauci to make him look like the villain.

  12. Utterly reprehensible that GQP’s like Rand Paul are putting a target on the back of a career public health servant

  13. SWEET!!! 

    Pelosi rejects Jim Banks and Jim Jordan to serve on Jan. 6 select committee 

    “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”

  14. Jamie
    Yep, Eric is spot on! Hillary too. The white boys club is forevermore just dumb and sexist. 

  15. bink, you asked “What’s Rand Paul’s endgame?”

    1. fundraising

    2. getting re-elected

    3. so he can keep on fundraising


    for example this was what he was up to last month Rand Paul claims vindication, fundraises off new Anthony Fauci emails (courier-journal.com)

    Sen. Rand Paul is saying he’s vindicated by a newly released trove of emails sent to and by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious diseases expert, during the early days of the pandemic. 
    He fired off a short-and-sweet pair of tweets about it Wednesday morning: “Told you…Can’t wait to see the media try to spin the Fauci FOIA emails.”
    He’s fundraising off this latest twist in the news cycle, too. 
    “It’s time to fire Fauci! Emails that have been released now under Freedom of Information Act show two very important things: 1. FAUCI has been lying 2. I’ve been right all along,” Paul tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
    “Stand with me today while we keep showing the way,” he added, along with a link to a fundraising website.
    Paul tweeted a second Fauci-centered pitch for donations Wednesday, too: “I stood up to Fauci and all the petty tyrants. But the fact that I was rightwill just make them come after me harder. Help me keep fighting back today…”

    the fruit falleth not far from the tree.  he learned this at his father ron’s knee how to have a perpetual flow of money & attention which results in more money & attention …. and a lot of rotting fruit 

  16. kevin was so mad, he stomped his feet yelling nasties about the girl who said no, took his toyboys away and refused to play with her.

    McCarthy pulls his 5 GOP members from 1/6 committee after Pelosi rejects 2 of his picks – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic (wishtv.com)

    “Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,” McCarthy added.

  17. Jamie,
    MTG is as dumb as a box of rocks.  She is no where near deserving being compared to a sack of hammers. 

  18. Renee
    Hey :o). I’ve been so busy working. It’s been hopping. Hope all is good.

  19. Renee, hey again. I sent you a text message. Now that will be a surprise :0))))) Sorry but I don’t do that bloody FB.

  20. Tony… you texted Rick… I don’t do cell phones.  YES!  We will make sure we are free 9/1.  Can’t wait!

  21. POGO
    Yes, I quit FB in 16 when my aunt was asking why HRC is running for President as she’s terminal with a brain tumor. Yes, FB. I told my aunt if it doesn’t make sense it’s not true! GOOGLE I told her. Now my friend in Australia is bat shit crazy. FB again! No to the hoax vaccine. Biden is this and that. I told him you sound like every right-winger I know. No most sound better than him. Good thing it’s only Whatsapp with him as we wouldn’t get along now for a visit. I’m sure I will never visit Australia again :0(

  22. Yep. Nancy Pelosi is playing chess while Republicans are playing tiddlywinks.  

  23. at this point, GOPers have more squidgers in the pot than winks – no tiddlies at all and nancy has scuopped kevin big time.

  24. more than you probably want to know from britclip:

    It might sound like a joke but the modern game of tiddlywinks was started on January 16th, 1955, with the foundation of Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club. The rules for the game are not as simple as just getting your wink into the pot. No, it’s far more serious and tactical than that especially at this level being the pinnacle of the sport. The basic skills of the game can be learned in days, yet the tactical knowledge of players at this level takes years to acquire. The aim of the game is to secure the highest number of table points (tiddlies). There is six plastic disc, called Winks, these are various colours, two being 22mm in diameter, and four being 16 mm in diameter. A disc called a “squidger” is used to play the winks. The game is played on a rectangular mat measuring 6 feet by 3 feet. Players take it, in turn, to take shots at the pot using their “squidger”. In a pairs match, each player can be seen discussing strategy with their partner before each shot, similar to pairs in snooker. If any wink is covered by another, the lower wink is said to be “squopped” and cannot be played, hence players can capture and guard their opponents’ winks whilst preserving their own.

  25. If Republicans are acting defensive about Jan 6th, like maybe they have something to  hide, it might just be because they do.

  26. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-07-21/column-the-matt-gaetz-and-marjorie-taylor-greene-traveling-circus


    “Oh, my God! I’m so excited,” the man exclaims. “Everybody thinks you’re crazy. I don’t think you’re crazy.”

    “People think you’re a pedophile!” the man tells Gaetz. “I don’t think you’re a pedophile. I don’t think you’re a pedophile at all. The charges against him are totally false.”

    The video embedded in the second link is hilarious.

  27. Nancy’s rejection of Banks for select committee might be due to  Banks’ communications director … Buckley Carlson,  as in satan’s spawn. Nothing like an open and direct pipeline to Fox and TC.

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