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Don Jr. And The Case Of The Misplaced Apostrophe

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:26

I guess from the title of the book we can only surmise that Joe Biden is the Democrat 'defending the indefensible.' Gee, I wonder what that could be? Letting people die unnecessarily because of a singularly inept coronavirus response? Or perhaps his defense of the Confederacy in 2020?

The Trumps are an embarrassment, and a stain on the history of the United States.

Source: The Guardian

Donald Trump Jr appears to have forgotten one of the cardinal rules of the apostrophe: it comes after the “s” when the possessive noun is plural.

The American president’s son’s forthcoming book, Liberal Privilege, is subtitled “Joe Biden and the Democrat’s Defense of the Indefensible”. Unless Trump Jr is referring to only one Democrat, then the apostrophe needs to shift one place to the right to make the title grammatically correct.

The book is out in August. Trump Jr said on Twitter that he had been working on it “during the last few months of quarantine”, and that he was “blown away by what Biden has gotten away with”.

“Libs,” he added, are “already triggered” by the book.

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The Stupidity Wears You Down

Balloon Juice - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:54

Ron DeSantis:

CNN — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis publicly downplayed New York’s role in providing his state with shipments of an antiviral drug to help combat the coronavirus pandemic after a staffer in The Sunshine State’s health department had privately praised the assistance, CNN has learned.

Speaking to reporters last Thursday, DeSantis pointedly denied that New York was helping his state’s Covid-19 response, stating, “They’re not helping us.”

“I think that someone reached out to our office about ventilators — we got 6,000 just sitting idle, so we don’t need it,” the governor added. “We are working with the federal government on some of the Remdesivir.”

But a set of emails first reported by Politco and later reviewed by CNN shows New York’s offer to send remdesivir to Florida had been well received before DeSantis dismissed the state’s role in securing shipments of the drug.

A 30-year-old in Texas:

A 30-year-old patient died after attending a “Covid party”, believing the virus to be a hoax, a Texas medical official has said.

“Just before the patient died, they looked at their nurse and said ‘I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not,’” said Dr Jane Appleby, the chief medical officer at Methodist hospital in San Antonio.

Appleby said: “I don’t want to be an alarmist, and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realise that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”

A “Covid party” is a gathering held by somebody diagnosed with coronavirus to see if the virus is real and to see if anyone gets infected, she explained.

I read the story about the young woman who died to my wife this weekend and she thought it was made up, until I pointed out where it was reported and who was quoted. Even in a seemingly endless sea of stupidity, some things still seem unbelievably dumb.

Here’s something that isn’t stupid, the latest from the Lincoln Project:

Another thing that isn’t stupid is the fundraiser DougJ put up for Dan Ahlers, who’s running against Mike Rounds in the South Dakota senate race. Rounds is a decently liked down-the-line Republican who would normally sail to re-election. When I see the kinds of numbers that Democratic challengers for Senate seats are pulling down this cycle, and looking at the disaster that is shaping up for Republicans, I think it’s smart to make sure that challengers to supposedly safe seats at least have enough money to put up a fight. Ahlers has raised $52K compared to $3.5 million by Rounds. If he had, say $152K, or $520K, he could at least have name recognition in a race that could be winnable if all hell breaks loose.

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Trump's team launches new effort to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci after he angers Trump yet again

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:00

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control, mostly in Republican-led states that were contemptuous of basic pandemic precautions even as New York showed how vital they were, Donald Trump continues to obsess over punishing his perceived enemies, using corrupt means to reward allied criminals, and making new declarations of imaginary victory even as 130,000 Americans lie dead. His White House aides, sycophantic suck-ups one and all, continue to do their very best to assist.

Team Trump's latest declared target is therefore Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government infectious disease expert now known for Publicly Disagreeing with a delusional shitposting idiot even as other members of the White House coronavirus "task force" muddy their own public stances to avoid angering the orange incompetent. On Sunday the Trump team mounted a full assault on Fauci, one conducted both anonymously and fully aided by a political press corps still incapable of dealing with the moment. As usual, it is apparently based solely on appeasing a crabby and pouting Trump.

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Individual school boards don’t need discretion, flexibility, or guidance on COVID-19. They need laws

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:00

The idea that reopening schools can be left to individual school boards is criminal neglect. No school board in America is qualified or capable of making that decision, and no board exists that won’t fold the first time they’re facing a meeting full of angry parents. There have to be nationwide rules—not guidelines, but rules—governing both the extent to which schools can open, and the precautions they must take. To do anything else isn’t just inviting disaster, it’s ensuring it.

Political leaders, from the White House to state houses, keep insisting that individual school districts need “discretion” or “flexibility” to determine whether and how their schools should open. This is the exact opposite of what they need. They need restrictions, regulations, rules, laws that must be followed at threat of losing federal funds and being held accountable. School boards must be able to say “we can’t” and point to mandated restrictions. Otherwise, schools will reopen when they should not, will not follow recommendations for student or staff safety, and will make decisions that please vocal elements of the community, even when it means putting children at risk.

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Trump Is Angry Because Dr. Fauci's Approval Ratings Are So Much Higher Than His

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 08:34

Yep, you heard it right: The Trump administration is doing an oppo dump on Dr. Anthony Fauci.

CNN's John Berman asked correspondent Mitch Landrieu what was going on.

"First of all, it's stunning, yet predictable," Landrieu said.

"Think about this weekend, writ large. The president has Roger Stone on his shoulder, lifted him up and trying to indict Anthony Fauci, amazingly. The poll you put up tells the tale. 76% of Americans have really quit listening to the president about coronavirus. Anthony Fauci has been the gold standard from the beginning. Of course he hasn't gotten everything right, how could you with this pandemic? But I think most Americans know that Dr. Fauci has their best interests at heart, how to keep them safe based on the science.

"And it's clear what the president is thinking about is his re-election. But the answer is in the numbers. The president's approach has really made us less safe, hurt us, put people's lives at risk. You can see this now in the explosion of cases across the country, because we have not done the right thing based on what the president's words have been. And that's just a shame, it's too bad," he concluded.

"It's more than a shame. The quote from the Washington Post, 'Trump is galled by Fauci's approval rate.' The president is galled by Fauci's approval rating -- 76%, the president is at 26%. That's the number the president cares about? Not the 135,000 deaths now suffered in this country? It's amazing," Berman said.

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Morning Digest: Indiana Republicans deny renomination to their disgraced attorney general

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

IN-AG: Indiana Republicans announced the results of their mail-in nominating convention on Friday, and former Rep. Todd Rokita defeated scandal-plagued incumbent Curtis Hill 52-48 in the contest for state attorney general. (Both parties in the Hoosier State select nominees for attorney general at conventions rather than in party primaries.)

Rokita will be the favorite in November against the Democratic nominee, former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel, in this reliably Republican state. Still, Weinzapfel, who had $729,000 on-hand at the end of June, will have the resources to run a serious campaign. The Democratic Attorney General Association has also reserved $600,000 here in fall TV time to aid Weinzapfel.

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Cartoon: Over the cliff

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 08:00

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Cheers and Jeers: Monday

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 07:51

The Week Ahead

Monday  Roger Stone supplements the tattoo of Richard Nixon's face on his back with one of Donald Trump's ass on his lips.

Experts agree that, of all the 182 consecutive Infrastructure Weeks declared by the White House, this is one of them.


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Washington Redskins Organization Announces It Will Change Team Name

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 07:36

UPDATE: It's done. Here's the press release:

Via the Washington Post, a change no one expected in Dan Snyder's lifetime:

The Washington Redskins plan to announce Monday morning that they will change their team name, three people with knowledge of the situation confirmed Sunday night. The team is not expected to reveal a new name until a later date.

Monday’s anticipated announcement comes after the organization released a statement July 3 saying it would be undertaking what it called a “thorough review” of the team’s name; multiple people familiar with the process have said that it would result in the name being changed. In an interview July 4, Coach Ron Rivera — who is working with owner Daniel Snyder to choose a name — said he hoped the new name would be in place by the start of the 2020 season. Others have said it will be revealed as soon as within two weeks.

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The biggest known unknown about pricing COVID for 2021

Balloon Juice - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 07:35

JAMA has published a short (and open access) research letter from a group of Italian physicians late last week.  The authors followed up on patients who had been hospitalized with COVID after they had been discharged and describe the ongoing symptoms.

This is the meat of the story:

Patients were assessed a mean of 60.3 (SD, 13.6) days after onset of the first COVID-19 symptom; at the time of the evaluation, only 18 (12.6%) were completely free of any COVID-19–related symptom, while 32% had 1 or 2 symptoms and 55% had 3 or more. None of the patients had fever or any signs or symptoms of acute illness. Worsened quality of life was observed among 44.1% of patients.

JAMA post discharge symptoms of Italian COVID patients

This population is a sick population. It was sick enough to require hospitalization with a significant number of individuals receiving assistance to breathe while in the hospital.

Two months after symptom onset, seven out of eight people were reporting at least a symptom from COVID.

One of the greatest known unknowns about COVID is what are the long term effects of the disease? How long will people need additional care? Does that incremental extra care vary in predictable ways and is it stratified by age or other demographic characteristics? Will there be long term COVID related mortality and morbidity effects?

We still don’t know as there is absolutely no way to gain a multi-year persepctive on a disease that we have been aware of for just over seven months now. This is one of the great challenges to actuaries who are trying to price 2021 insurance premiums. They are shooting into the dark on very little evidence and a lot of anecdotes and good guesses based on observation and analogy. But we just don’t know.

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley To Betsy DeVos: 'I Wouldn't Trust You To Care For A House Plant'

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 07:08

Via the Hill, Rep. Ayanna Presley spoke for many of us when she clapped back at the impenetrable word salad dished up by Betsy DeVos, the incompetent secretary of education, as she danced around questions about her department's plans to reopen schools:

(D-Mass.) swiped at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday after the Trump administration official doubled down on her push for students to return to school.

In a tweet knocking DeVos on Sunday afternoon, the first-term lawmaker directly called her out, writing, “@BetsyDeVosED you have no plan. Teachers, kids and parents are fearing for their lives.”

“You point to a private sector that has put profits over people and claimed the lives of thousands of essential workers. I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child,” she continued.

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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 07:00
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Hey, welcome back! It’s Monday, and… well, whatever.

Roger Stone may or may not have had his sentence commuted by the guy he got sentenced to prison for lying for. But as always, nobody has seen the paperwork for it. So, you know, maybe he did it, maybe he didn’t. We’ll see!

Greg Dworkin is due to drop by for his Monday kick-off. He’s considerably more reliable than Trump, so that’ll probably happen. Good thing, too. Because the global pandemic is still a thing, and there are still some people who believe that sharing accurate information about it is a good idea.

I love it when we get all old timey!

Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET! Even more ways to listen, live or by podcast, below the fold.

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Monday Morning Open Thread: Choose Your Champion

Balloon Juice - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 06:29


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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Florida out of control as AZ and TX are not far behind

Daily Kos - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 06:25


Florida shatters single-day infection record with 15,300 new cases

The staggering number was the result of both increased testing and widespread community transmission that has affected the state’s population centers as well as its rural areas. It shattered previous highs of 11,694 reported by California last week and 11,571 reported by New York on April 15.

“With Florida largely open for business, I don’t expect this surge to slow,” wrote Natalie E. Dean, an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida.

Managing a novel pandemic is hard.

You can be forgiven for making mistakes.

You won't be forgiven for not trying.

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Rudy Giuliani And White House Try To Bully FDA Into Hydroxychloroquine Approval

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 05:38

Only in Trump's America would three unserious buffoons try and force the Federal Drug Administration to grant another emergency authorization for an unproven and debunked anti-malaria drug for the coronavirus and actually get presidential approval to do so.

Sycophantic Peter Navarro, who was chosen by Jared Kushner from one Amazon book to be a trade advisor to the White House attacked Dr. Fauci's expertise in virology by describing himself as a "Social Scientist" instead of an economist.

Kushner simply went on Amazon, where he was struck by the title of one book, Death by China, co-authored by Peter Navarro. He cold-called Navarro, a well-known trade-deficit hawk, who agreed to join the team as an economic adviser.

Once again, he's trying to pressure the agency that's suppose to protect the health and welfare of the country

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Trump Spokeswoman Blames Roger Stone's Commutation On COVID-19

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 05:38

Jenna Ellis, an attorney and spokesperson for Donald Trump, suggested that Roger Stone had received a "medical commutation" from the president because he was at risk for COVID-19.

While interviewing Ellis on Sunday, Fox News host Gillian Turner asked Ellis if Trump gave "serious thought" to his decision to commute Stone's sentence.

"Obviously, I'm not going to get into the internal deliberations," Ellis insisted. "But I think the timing does speak for itself, where this was just days before Roger Stone was supposed to report to federal prison."

"This was a political target that was designed to target President Trump's allies," she continued. "That was just absolutely absurd."

Ellis went on to argue, "The president is the last full guardian of genuine justice and Roger Stone absolutely deserved the justice."

Turner interrupted: "The question though was, was there an internal deliberation or was this a decision President Trump made on his own?"

Ellis refused to answer the question directly, citing attorney-client privilege. She then blasted former special counsel Robert Mueller as "irresponsible" for opposing the commutation.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 05:37

The Selling Puerto Rico Edition

Schadenfreude: A smarty-pants from Sri Lanka notes that a U.S. passport is not much use anymore.

Strangely Blogged on the Stone commutation & the Trump admin.'s competence.

Schadenfreude II: Trump's political agony to worsen every day, figures Martin Longman. Good.

Allan Coberly thinks the future has been buried.

Cartoon Bonus: Testing, testing, from Brains and Eggs.

Aggregated by M. Bouffant, of Web of Evil (& Ennui). Suggestions, tips, &c. may be sent to

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Keeda Haynes: 'It Is Time For Change And I Am That Change.'

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 07/13/2020 - 05:36

Tennessee is spiking really badly right now. An anti-mask governor and legislature have given the state 59,546 COVID cases-- including 1,955 new cases on Friday, 1,460 new cases on Saturday-- and a rapidly rising 8,933 cases per million Tennesseans. The governor, Bill Lee is a clueless Trump fanatic, still refuses to mandate masks and the Tennessee General Assembly... well, the state Senate has 5 Democrats and 28 Republicans and the state House has 26 Dems and 73 Republicans-- obviously a full-fledged chapter of the Trump Death Cult.

They're not worried about the pandemic overwhelming Tennessee hospitals; they're worried about maintaining a memorial to savage mass murderer and KKK first Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest in the state capitol where they can all admire it everyday and be infused with its Fort Pillow Massacre inspiration.

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A friend of mine in the legislature tells me they're also plotting the next state gerrymander. With a very good chance that conservative Blue Dog (and proto-Republican) Jim Cooper is going to be defeated by Keeda Haynes, the Fort Pillow Massacre fans intend to eliminate TN-05 (basically the strongly blue city of Nashville and its suburbs) by dividing it up among several Republican districts, exactly what Tom DeLay did to Austin.

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Award Winning Short Horror Film: "Miner's Mountain"

Little Green Footballs - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 23:56

A sheriff comes under fire when two S.B.I. agents question his involvement in an unsolved murder case that shares distinct similarities with a recent homicide.

Best Short Film Beaufort International Film Festival 2020
Featured Weekly Pick Film Shortage
Official Selection Cucalorus Film Festival 2019



Want higher quality? Watch on Vimeo.

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In Association with Lighthouse Films

Written, Produced and Directed by: Bennett Pellington
Executive Producer: Bobby Siegworth
Director of Photography: Eli Wallace-Johansson
Production Designer: Tripp Allen
Edited by: Jesse Andrus and Bennett Pellington

Henry Bazemore, Jr. - SHERIFF JEFFERIES
Anthony Reynolds - AGENT WYTHE
Myke Holmes - AGENT HOLDEN
Fidias Reyes - VIVICA

Shot on the Alexa EV in 2014 and the Alexa Mini in 2017. Lensed with Arri Ultra Primes, Cooke S4 and Hollywood Black Magic filtration for the night exteriors.

#ShortFilm #Horror #Thriller #Drama

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Oscar Hammerstein's 125th Birthday

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 23:00

Youtube: "In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, 300 people from 15 different countries came together to participate in a virtual rendition of the beautiful song "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel."

Lyrics by the late Oscar Hammerstein II; today is the 125th anniversary of his birth. (h/t Canterbury Cathedral)

Open thread below...

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