As the numbers continued to get worse, the day when we all know someone who has COVID-19—maybe even someone who has been killed by it—is getting closer, all too fast. This weekend, Surgeon General Jerome Adams went on the Sunday talk shows to warn that the coming week “is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized.” Despite that dire prediction, though, Adams didn’t go beyond Trump administration policy when it comes to Republican governors who have refused to issue stay-at-home orders. It’s not just Republican governors, either. Regular-people Republicans are not taking this seriously enough.
The weekend also brought major intrigue in the personal protective equipment department. Around the world, shipments of masks and other PPE are being confiscated or bought out from under the noses of other countries, seemingly by the U.S. government. In some cases, the federal government is seizing shipments going to American states. But why? Part of an answer may have come Sunday with an AP report that the Trump administration waited until mid-March to start ordering pandemic supplies. So if the administration wants to look like it has the situation under control, it has a lot of catching up to do.
Morning Digest: California's property tax revolt may finally get rolled back with new ballot measure
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● CA Ballot: California voters will likely have their chance this November to scale back a significant part of Proposition 13, the notorious 1978 ballot measure spearheaded by anti-tax activist Howard Jarvis that has undermined everyone who's tried to govern the nation's largest state over the last 42 years. In a new piece, David Jarman explains how the passage of the so-called "split roll" initiative would dramatically alter California's property tax landscape and lead to a massive increase in tax revenue.
Prop 13, as it's commonly known, was one of the first and best-known examples of taxpayer revolts using the initiative system. The measure limits the annual property tax on a particular property to no more than 1% of its assessed value and, most importantly, limits the increase in a property's assessed value to no more than 2% per year—even if its actual market value has soared. This has resulted in municipalities and school districts taking in revenues far smaller than they ought to be.
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If you're a normal, reasonably intelligent person, odds are you've never seen OAN, aka One America Network. And why would you? By comparison, Fox News has all the gravitas of the New York Times.
And as John Oliver points out, we need to pay attention because some really bad things start out small.
"OAN stands for One America News and when you hear the kinds of questions that they ask, you begin to see why Trump calls on them so much.OAN REPORTER: Mr. President, your approval ratings have been the highest they've ever been as well as the ratings on your handling of the virus if there are some networks that are saying they're debating whether or not to carry these briefings live. Do you think there's a link between the two?
TRUMP: Well I don't know. I know that well that's a nice question. Thank you very much.
"What's that, a nice question -- though I guess it depends on what your definition of what one is. If a nice question is meant to extract any useful information at all, then it wasn't nice but if it's one that makes the president feel happy for a brief instant before that feeling, like all feelings is swallowed up by the unfathomable void that yawns within him," Oliver says.
The segment concludes:
This Week's Outlook from the USA Forecast Center:
Mostly cloudy skies with widespread coronavirus squalls, along with heavy incompetence and blame-everyone-else downpours by the executive branch. Lies from the White House will hit an all-time high, followed by torrential tweets and fog-filled press briefings from the president that will reach all-time lows.
Washington Post lays it out:
The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus ragedFrom the Oval Office to the CDC, political and institutional failures cascaded through the system and opportunities to mitigate the pandemic were lost.
America was unprepared for a major crisis. Again.
Political Reckoning: The first in a series exploring the political dynamics surrounding the coronavirus crisis
Inside the coronavirus testing failure: Alarm and dismay among the scientists who sought to help
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Fox News’ misinformation about the coronavirus has come back to haunt it via a lawsuit that specifically cites Sean Hannity and Trish Regan’s attempts to downplay the pandemic as “willfully and maliciously” disseminating misinformation that represents “unfair and deceptive trade practices.”
Last week, Vanity Fair special correspondent Gabriel Sherman reported that Fox News has worried that its misleading coverage of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could expose the network to lawsuits. A few days later, Law & Crime’s Aaron Keller wrote an in-depth legal analysis stating that while such a lawsuit would be “neither an easy nor likely successful task,” he did not rule out the possibility that “a very creative and diligent lawyer” could prevail.
Now, we may be about to find out;
From the legal complaint filed by the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE)”
With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have changed their advice on face masks and now recommend people wear cloth masks in public areas where social distancing can be difficult, such as grocery stores.
But can these masks be effective?
President Donald Trump, in announcing the change in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on April 3, stressed that the recommendation was voluntary and said he probably wouldn’t follow it. Governors and mayors, however, have started encouraging the precautions to reduce the spread of the virus by people who might not know they are infected.
Some cities have gone as far as setting fines for failing to wear a mask. In Laredo, Texas, anyone over the age of five who walks into a store or takes public transit without their mouth and nose covered by a mask or bandana could now be fined up to $1,000.
If nothing else, covid-19 should help us appreciate modern technology. What we're seeing now is just the barest taste of what the world was like before vaccines and the rest of the tools and skills of modern medicine.
Nan's Notebook: Is helping private companies to profiteer off of the pandemic part of the "Republican philosophy"?
Max's Dad: Stop behaving like the mayor of Amity Island, you nitwits.
John Pavlovitz: Yikes, we are living in a zombie movie.
Hackwhackers: Our real-life Elmer Gantrys are becoming a major disease amplifier.
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Last year Julie Oliver was in the midst of a primary battle with another worthy challenger eager to take on crooked conservative incumbent Roger Williams in the gerrymandered 25th congressional district. Julie won her primary 55,721 (70%) to 24,340 (30%) and is now in the midst of a virtual campaign for the R+11 seat she made great strides towards winning in 2018, holding Williams down to a 53.5% win. A multimillionaire used car dealer, Rogers has raised $1,202,255 so far this cycle-- to Julie's $385,778. (In 2012, he wrote his campaign a check for $330,000 to buy the election.)
In 2018 Julie trounced Williams in the district's biggest county, Travis, and beat him by an even bigger margin in Bell County. This cycle, she is aiming to make bigger inroads into traditionally Republican Johnson, Hays, Burnet and Hill counties. But not by running on a GOP-lite platform. Yesterday she told us that she and her family "are in day 23 of social and physical distancing. We’re one of the very fortunate families who still have income, but like millions of Americans we’re unsure how long that will continue, or what happens next. As front-line healthcare workers who are making the absolute best they can out of an impossible situation continue to step up and serve those who need help, the lack of a coordinated federal response to the global pandemic of COVID-19 is only making matters worse."
This morning's mental health must:
what a penguin weigh-in looks—and sounds—like: pic.twitter.com/p7Ogz9HZLP
— Alexandra Rosas (@GDRPempress) April 4, 2020
The Democratic Shadow Cabinet didn’t take the weekend off…
President Trump is using a global pandemic as cover to exact political revenge against the Intelligence Community Inspector General who revealed his misconduct. Firing IG Atkinson is corruption, and it threatens our national security during a global crisis. https://t.co/uOhSkUJCBL
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) April 4, 2020
Every day that Donald Trump refuses to use the full power of the Defense Production Act further threatens American lives.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 5, 2020
White House hopeful Joe Biden said Sunday he would wear a mask in public amid the coronavirus pandemic and that the Democratic Party's presidential nominating convention might need to be "virtual" to avoid spreading disease https://t.co/CjWefedT2p
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 5, 2020
Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden says he has informed his Democratic rival for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, that he is beginning the process of vetting potential vice presidential running mates https://t.co/JOaWejC9KI
— CNN (@CNN) April 4, 2020
— @JulieZebrak (@JulieZebrak) April 5, 2020
?? Fully implement the DPA
?? Get small biz loans out
?? Make tests available
?? Open up Obamacare enrollment
?? Get data on impact on minority communities
?? Create Supply Commander to quickly coordinate distribution of supplies pic.twitter.com/jKT2dsp2j1
— Matt Hill (@thematthill) April 5, 2020
It’s Monday. Apparently, this virus doesn’t take weekends off, which we just learned in the past 24 hours. So you can’t blame us. We did everything perfectly.
Seeing as how we’ve done such a great job, we’ll probably do more of the same great things. Greg Dworkin will join us, very strongly. We’ll talk about how perfect everything we did was, and how nasty everything everyone else does is. And not unlike the “president,” we will also do so for about two hours.
Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET! Even more ways to listen, live or by podcast, below the fold.
Good morning everyone,
Sunday evening I was doing some chores and found a calendar that requires a daily change of numbers and monthly change of month name. To my surprise, it showed March 5, the last time life was normal, before things went quite so cuckoo.
After viewing a recent post about the sport of geogaching, I learned what this bag hanging on an information sign on St. Augustine Beach was all about. Although not in my pics, the warning flag today was red. Unlike south Florida, our beaches aren’t closed. Yet.
The post On The Road – Nation’s Oldest City Guy – Geocaching, Florida Style appeared first on Balloon Juice.
High voter turnout is generally good for Democrats and low turnout is good for Republicans. Because of this, Republicans have long opposed things like motor voter laws or early voting periods. In recent years, however, they’ve gotten far more aggressive, routinely championing nearly anything that might suppress voter turnout.
Which prompts a question: how far are they willing to go? I mean, they wouldn’t start gunning down voters in the streets, would they? Or would they?
As other states have canceled their nominating contests in the face of the pandemic, Wisconsin has chosen to go it alone — even though more than 100 municipalities will not have enough poll workers to open a single voting location, some voters may not receive their mail-in ballots in time, and those who do vote in person will be doing so at a time when public health officials have warned all Americans to stay home.
Amid public uproar over the issue, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) called for delaying the contest and abruptly convened a special legislative session on Saturday. But at the session, the state legislature refused to take up a proposal to cancel in-person voting in Tuesday’s elections. Republicans on Saturday also filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to block a deadline extension for mail-in ballots to be received, throwing further uncertainty into the primary.
This will get people killed. And it’s all over a state Supreme Court election that, in turn, will likely decide the fate of a voter purge that Republicans want to complete before the November presidential election.
This is how desperate Republicans are to suppress the vote. It’s not as dramatic as mowing down a few voters in order to send a message to the rest, but is forcing people to vote during a pandemic really all that different?
Let’s end the night on a sweet note.
I walked into the bedroom to see this. I’m not sure what’s going on, but check out that awesome tail. ❤
A little respite open thread. I hope you’re all hanging in there.
Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:
Find The Popes In The Pizza -- Explicit content! Jody Hamilton and TRex David Ferguson are here; Everyone loves foul-mouthed Jody; Georgia governor is criminally slow on the uptake; Viral Trumpism; Nancy Pelosi to form a select committee to oversee the federal coronavirus response; Pence, COBRA and Medicaid; Casey Kasem and Father Guido Sarducci; Trump has blood on his hands; Trump's MBS tweet; Feds say the stabbing of an Asian family is a hate crime; Stimulus payments won't arrive for a while; Secret Service orders more golf carts for Trump; Trump states are getting all the gear they need; Bob is nose-blind; With music by Seth Adam and Price Fails; and more!
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Clio Chang at Vice writes—The Case for a Wealth Tax. All throughout the coronavirus crisis, the rich have been accidentally making the argument that they need less money as soon as possible:
Should the United States have a wealth tax? It’s hard to say—one could really make a case either way. On one hand, we’re a country where the richest 400 people own more wealth than the bottom 60 percent. On the other hand, we’re a country where during the coronavirus pandemic, the rich have stepped up to buy special medical treatment for themselves, hoard groceries, and spread out to vacation houses across the country.
MSNBC host Joy Reid asserted on Sunday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is now the acting president of the United States for many Americans.
During a segment on MSNBC, a guest lamented that Donald Trump is the president instead of Cuomo, who has gotten national attention over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I have to admit that I am a fan of Andrew Cuomo," former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson said, "and wish very much that he were president of the United States now running a national battle against this virus."
"I mean, kind of, isn't he?" Reid said of Cuomo. "I mean, isn't he actually [the president]? I mean, in a way, he is the president."
A churchgoer in Ohio told CNN that she is attending services during the coronavirus pandemic because she is “covered in Jesus’ blood” and can’t be infected.
“I wouldn’t be anywhere else,” the woman told CNN’s Gary Tuchman from her car as she was leaving church services.
“Aren’t you worried you could impact other people if you get sick inside?” the CNN reporter asked.
“No, I’m covered in Jesus’ blood,” the woman replied. “I’m covered in Jesus’ blood!”
“There are other people who don’t go to this church who you might infect,” Tuchman noted.
“I go to the grocery store every day!” the woman exclaimed. “I’m in Walmart, Home Depot. Look at those people. They could get me sick!”
“But they’re not because I’m covered in his blood,” she added before driving off.