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Late Night Open Thread: Gotta Laugh to Keep from Crying

Balloon Juice - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 21:58

Not you, Boris — you’re just not welcome under any circumstances:

Everybody needs a haircut, right now…

Possum loves his box like Repubs love doing crimes!

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Categories: Politics

Brian Stelter Says We're in a Truth Emergency and He Isn't Wrong

Little Green Footballs - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 21:08

He backslides more than I like, but Brian Stelter does see that something bad is happening, even if he's still fighting against what it really means to acknowledge it.

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Mueller's Retort: Roger Stone Remains A Convicted Felon Forever

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 20:29

Donald Trump rewards loyalty, sometimes, when he feels like it, and convicted felon Roger Stone is the most recent beneficiary of the Racist in Chief’s inconsistent and conditional generosity. Disgust at Trump’s commutation of Stone’s federal sentence (before the latter served a day of his 40 months) has been widespread since the move was announced late Friday, even if surprise is a bit harder to find. Trump, of course, can’t resist Twitter, finding time to ramp up his cries of witch hunts and hoaxes in between threatening schools and retweeting 2019 Misinformer of the Year John Solomon.

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Nuts & Bolts: Inside a Democratic campaign—meetings in the COVID-19 era

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 19:40

It’s another Sunday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up any time: Just visit our group or follow the Nuts & Bolts Guide. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about. With the help of other campaign workers and notes, we address how to improve and build better campaigns, or explain issues that impact our party.

This year I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the impact of COVID-19 on campaign events and outreach. From fundraising to coordination, how do we make sure that our campaigns succeed and that volunteers and voters feel connected? By now you’ve either heard of or used a lot of the major products out there. Whether you have used ZoomMicrosoft Teams, a Facebook live event, or a Youtube stream, there are a lot of ways to connect you to those around you online. How can your campaign take these tools and make them effective?

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Badlands, you got to live it every day

Balloon Juice - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 19:26

I plan to hit every Senate race with a Republican incumbent this fall.  I just got a special request to raise money for Dan Ahlers in South Dakota:

Can we get a shout out for a Democrat running for Senate in South Dakota? Mike Rounds is weak and Dan Ahlers has experience winning in a State Legislative district even redder than the state as a whole.

South Dakota is one of those states with a totally nuts governor who could kill half the population by election day (as mistermix has detailed), so this might be a longshot that’s worth taking a shot at:

Goal Thermometer

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Doctor Who

Balloon Juice - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 18:30

I had never watched Doctor Who, but I am a big fan of Jodi Whittaker, so when she was named the new doctor, I started recording the series.  I watched the first episode in January 2020, liked it, and Tivo has been recording it ever since.

Doctor Who

Until this weekend, I had only watched the first episode with the new doctor.  I am now on episode 6, and I am watching it as I did when I started watching The Arrow and Flash and Marvel’s Agents of Shield – with absolutely no knowledge of any of the backstories.   So I have tons of questions!

Are there any Doctor Who peeps who might want to talk about Doctor Who and possibly answer some of my questions?

I remember nothing from episode one with Jodi Whittaker, except the I liked it!  I am thinking that the doctor is always the same person/spirit, but just in different bodies over time.  I am guessing that each doctor has friends who travel with that particular doctor, and guessing that when the doctor changes, the friends change, also.

What I do know is that I love Jodi Whittaker as the doctor.  What does everybody else think?  Who’s your favorite Doctor?

Open Thread.

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Sunday Recipe Exchange: Let’s Start Grilling

Balloon Juice - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 17:00

So I’ve been less than cheery the last few weeks. Time to get proactive and kick myself back into gear. And one of the things that has always helped my mood is cooking. Love playing with flavors and techniques, different recipes. Chopping and mixing is almost meditative for me.

But I’m not much in the mood for blogging about food these days. My plan, if you’re up for it, is to mix some old favorites with some new recipes and start up our recipe exchanges again. Believe it or not, I have four weeks already planned out and ready to go, all summer grilling. As long as you don’t mind revisiting some old favorites. Starting with tonight’s stuffed burger menu.

Stuffed Burger Uncut Snap

I make these all the time because they really are easy and a great way to have a cheeseburger without losing half the cheese to the grill. And the sweet potato cajun fries are the perfect sweet, spicy combo.  Grill some peaches, pears or plums and dinner is done. Enjoy.

On the board tonight:

  1. Jalapeno-Cheddar Stuffed Burgers
  2. Kaiser Rolls
  3. Cajun Sweet Potato Fries (recipe here)
  4. Grilled Sweet Corn  (pull husks back, clean off silk, wash, pull husks up & grill-yum!)
  5. Plums

Jalapeno-Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

Stuffed Burger Final

Ingredients for each burger:

  • 4 oz ground beef
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed garlic (opt)
  • 1 oz sharp cheddar, sliced thin
  • 2 or more slices of pickled jalapenos

Mix salt, pepper and garlic into the ground beef. Form two, 2-oz patties. Place jalapenos on one burger, cheese on the other.


Place the two sides together and seal the edges completely. Gently flatten the burger, but be careful because you don’t want the cheese busting out of the center.


The key to grilling or frying these is low and slow. Medium heat seals them and allows the cheese to melt without drying the burger out. I flipped at the 5-minute mark, but depending on the heat, 3-4 minutes may be enough to flip. They’re thin, so the beef cooks quickly, but you want to make sure the cheese melts. I would say a minimum of 4 minutes per side.

If the cheese starts to leak out, flip and flip again as needed. DON’T press down on these burgers while you grill, you WILL have a cheesy mess.

Now the warning. Did I say WARNING? Yes I did. You’ll need to rest these burgers to let the cheese cool a bit. Otherwise, you could be biting into a scalding cheese center. You’ve been WARNED.

That’s the basics, now let your imagination run wild.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have a favorite burger recipe? What about favorite burger toppings?

Any good vegetarian grilling recipes? I’m fond of black bean burgers. I have a good recipe here. (I think someone here gave it to me).

Hit the comments with your recipes, questions and ideas.

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Categories: Politics

Pennsylvania cop relies on neck restraint that looks eerily similar to one in George Floyd's arrest

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 16:53

The same month a Pennsylvania police department released its policy banning chokeholds and “neck restraints” like the one that killed George Floyd, a police officer could be seen in viral video kneeling on a man's neck. The video shot from a witness' car shows three officers detaining the man, with one of them pressing his knee into the suspect's neck Saturday outside of St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Hospital, which is in Allentown, a city about 60 miles north of Philadelphia. “I thought we mattered,” someone could be heard screaming in the video of the encounter.

The incident led to a protest that prompted more than 100 people to march to the Allentown Police Department to demand answers Saturday night, according to WFMZ-TV. Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell told protesters: "When I look at it, I think it's disturbing. I think we have to gather all the facts and information before we go forward."

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‘Lack of teaching in darker skin’ prompts Black medical student to create handbook addressing bias

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 16:23

As conversations on racial injustice and systemic racism continue globally, medical professionals identifying as POC are highlighting healthcare disparities. Various factors including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status contribute to a person’s ability to achieve good health. POC individuals often face further obstacles in seeking healthcare services due to stereotypes and other biases toward their race or identity.

According to a report released by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), “providers are less likely to deliver effective treatments to people of color when compared to their white counterparts—even after controlling for characteristics like class, health behaviors, comorbidities, and access to health insurance and health care services.” The data found that within POC communities, Black patients, specifically, are less likely than any other POC group to receive the same quality of health care as white patients with the same issues.

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A disaster: Florida, Texas report skyrocketing COVID-19 cases as pandemic spirals out of control

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 16:10

Today, Florida set a new pandemic record for a single-day increase in COVID-19 cases: 15,300 new cases were identified in the state, far above 12,274 single-day increase in New York during what was then the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Death counts are also beginning to rise, both Florida and elsewhere.

In Houston, Texas, refrigerated trailers are now appearing outside local hospitals as their morgues fill, even as the state continues to intentionally hide COVID-19 deaths.

The second wave of the pandemic is now here, and it is entirely self-inflicted. It is based mostly in the Republican-led states that shunned prior social distancing advice and boasted about reopening early. In the southernmost parts of the United States, pandemic infections are spiraling out of control.

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Floriduh, continued

Balloon Juice - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 15:41

There was also this, yesterday:

Floriduh, continued

St. Johns County Commissioner Paul Waldron caught the coronavirus and went into septic shock after voting against a motion to mandate masks for county employees last week.

His daughter posted on Facebook on July 9 that Waldron “went into septic shock and has many organs struggling.”

When you are a walking multiple morbidity, you would think it would be in the best interest of you and everyone around you to wear masks during a pandemic.

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Categories: Politics

Pelosi on Trump's public face mask appearance: an 'admission' it can stop spread of virus

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 15:13

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union this Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about Donald Trump’s recent public appearance in a face mask. Trump’s non-mask moments have made headlines, and for good reason. As the nation battles against the novel coronavirus pandemic, experts point to a few ways we can work to slow the spread of the virus; wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, avoid large crowds, oh, and wear a mask or face covering. Trump, famously, has not worn a mask when visiting a PPE factory in Pennsylvania, or recently, when arriving in Miami, in spite of the county’s mask mandate. Vice President Mike Pence has also famously foregone a mask at events; for example, while visiting the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Trump’s first public appearance wearing a mask occurred on Saturday when he visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. As NPR notes, Trump briefly donned a mask in May when visiting a Ford facility, though as NBC News notes, not in front of cameras. But given how often he appears without them, and his lies about the coronavirus pandemic in general, Democratic leadership is still trying to reach across the aisle and pull some good out of this public-mask-moment.

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South Carolina Man Arrested After Being Seen Pointing Gun At Black Lives Matter Activists

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 14:20

A South Carolina man is facing charges after being accused of pointing a firearm at people demonstrating for the removal of Confederate-era symbols.

According to WIS, the incident occurred on Friday as demonstrators were marking the five year anniversary of the Confederate flag being removed from South Carolina's State House grounds in Columbia.

Protesters said that the man stopped his vehicle and argued with them. Before driving away, the man was said to have brandished a gun.

In video of the incident, protesters can be heard calling police to the scene.

On Saturday, 64-year-old Walter Peter Matulis was reportedly arrested on charges of pointing a firearm at a person.

Unconfirmed reports suggested that Matulis is a driver for Uber.

Watch video of the incident below.

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300 positive cases of COVID-19 and 4 deaths led to shutdown of LA garment factory

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 14:04

COVID-19 infections continue to surge in the U.S. as experts urge individuals to continue practicing social distancing and wear facial coverings or masks. Businesses across the country are closing down as they become hotspots for the novel coronavirus. Factories, specifically, struggle to deal with stopping the spread of the virus as workers often work closely together and are limited in space making it difficult to social distance.

Reports have been made nationwide in which factory employees have expressed the inability to follow social distancing measures in their work facility. Following an investigation into more than 300 positive COVID-19 cases including four deaths, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has closed down a garment factory in Los Angeles, California. According to CNN, the Los Angeles factory was previously shut down on June 27 after violating county health regulations and failing to cooperate with the health department’s investigation of a reported coronavirus outbreak, health officials said.

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Gaslighting Fox Zealots Try To Erase Trump's 'Mexican Are Rapists' Comments

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:56

We've come to expect the Trump sycophants on Fox to lie for him day in and day out, but this has to be one of the more pathetic attempts from these boot lickers to try to rewrite history when it comes to Dear Leader's blatant racism.

During yet another one of their "cancel culture" segments, this time complaining about calls for boycotts after Goya CEO Robert Unanue angered a huge portion of his customer base with his over-the-top praise of Trump during a meeting in the Rose Garden this Thursday, The Five's Juan Williams dared to remind their audience about the fact that Trump called Mexicans rapists during his presidential announcement speech, and let's just say, that didn't go over too well with his gaslighting cohosts.

As a conversation about so-called cancel culture wound to a close, Jeanine Pirro tried to confront Williams about the Goya boycott that began trending online on Thursday after that company’s CEO publicly praised the president at the White House.

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Ohio Man Dies Of COVID-19 After Saying Masks Were Hype

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:54

Richard Rose, 37, wasn't buying the "hype" about masks in April. and laughed about going to a water park in mid-June. He died from complications from the coronavirus a few weeks later.

Source: Daily Dot

An Ohio man is serving as a cautionary tale after posting on Facebook that he refused to wear a mask — and subsequently dying of COVID-19.

Back in April, Richard Rose of Port Clinton, Ohio, made his thoughts on masks known:

“Let[’s] make this clear,” he wrote. “I’m not buying a f—king mask. I’ve made it this far by not buying into that damn hype.”

Two months later, he posted a photo of a semi-crowded pool party he attended, captioned “It’s not that packed lol.”

Within another two weeks, Rose shared that he was awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, which ultimately came back positive. He shared in a comment that he believed the pool party was where he contracted the novel coronavirus, though his Facebook suggested he was also spending time at bars and other similarly crowded locations.

Either way, by July 4, Rose was dead.

A collection of Facebook posts by Rose.

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Betsy DeVos Refuses To Say Whether Schools Should Follow CDC Guidelines For Reopening

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:44

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had a train wreck of an interview on this Sunday's State of the Union on CNN, refused to say that schools should follow CDC guidelines to safely reopen this fall, and offered no national leadership from her department on how to do so.

DeVos was repeatedly pressed by host Dana Bash on how schools should proceed without making the pandemic worse, whether there should be exceptions for areas that have been particularly hard hit by the virus, and on whether the Trump administration plans to continue to threaten funding for schools that refuse to reopen if they don't feel they can do so safely.

DeVos' response was to basically double down on her boss' push for all of them to open up for in-person learning, health consequences or advice from the CDC be damned.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday refused to say whether schools should follow guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reopening, saying those guidelines are meant to be "flexible."

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Fox News hosts claim Trump never called Mexican immigrants 'rapists' in bizarre defense of Goya CEO

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:38

Far be it from the run-of-the-mill Fox News host to be grounded in truth, but cohosts on the network’s “The Five” talk show stooped to particularly erroneous lows in defending Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue and President Donald Trump on Friday.

There have been frequent calls to boycott the Latin food company after Unanue practically pledged his allegiance to Trump despite the president’s many racist comments and policies harming Mexican immigrants. When “The Five” host Juan Williams cited the well-known fact that Trump called Mexican immigrants "rapists" during his speech to announce his presidential campaign in 2015, Fox News pundits Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters, and Jeanine Pirro shook their heads. “No he didn’t,” one of the hosts could be heard saying, and Pirro similarly responded. “He didn’t say that,” she said.

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Surgeon General Defends Mask Attacks: 'Once Upon A Time We Prescribed Cigarettes For Asthmatics'

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:37

Dr. Jerome Adams, the United States Surgeon General joined Face The Nation today and refused to take any responsibility for telling Americans that wearing masks had no effect on either being infected or spreading the coronavirus just a few months ago.

Dr. Adams joined the CBS program wearing a mask and host Margaret Brennan noted how Adams was wearing one this time when he previously didn't wear.

Brennan explained that up until April, the Trump administration refused to promote face coverings as a preventive measure.

"But just the last time you were with us here on FACE THE NATION, March 8th, you said this. Let's listen," Brennan reminded him.

DR. ADAMS: Stay safe by washing your hands, by covering your cough, by staying home if you're sick. Masks do not work for the general public in preventing them from getting coronavirus.

She continued, "And the week before that, you tweeted in all caps, "SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, STOP BUYING MASKS." You said they were not effective. Do you regret saying that?"

The Surgeon General claimed masks didn't work, but wanted Americans to stop buying them so medical professionals could have them. Does that make sense? Nope.

Instead of simply apologizing for the blunder, Adams characterized today's medical community as doctor's using old wives tales to cure our ills in bygone eras.

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Giuliani Tries To Link George Soros To Subpoena For Trump's Tax Returns

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:30

Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, on Sunday attempted to connect liberal billionaire George Soros to a prosecutor's effort to subpoena the president's financial records. The president's lawyer also claimed that "all" of Trump's tax audits had been "settled."

During an interview on Fox News, Giuliani said that a Supreme Court case which found that the president does not have "absolute immunity" against prosecution was "terribly decided."

"They have no reason to believe that there is anything wrong with his tax returns," the president's lawyer insisted. "All of them have been audited and all of them have either been passed on or settled."

Trump has said that he would release his tax returns when they are no longer under audit, although the president has never provided proof that the IRS is auditing his financials.

"There should be some finality in tax returns," Giuliani continued. "In other words, we get audited, we make a deal, we pay the government -- you don't come after me forever for that. And also, this is the president of the United States."

Giuliani warned that up to 4,000 prosecutors can now "come after" Trump's financial records.

"Look at the DAs we have now," he continued. "We have Soros-elected anarchist DAs. They're not there to prosecute the law. They're there to undermined the law. He put them there."

"I mean, why would Soros pay for DAs other than to undermine our government?" Giuliani asked.

"Wow!" Fox News host Maria Bartiromo exclaimed.

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