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Tucker: We Are Shocked, Shocked That There Is White Nationalism On Our Staff!

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 08:44

Tucker Carlson is a very good liar. As the WASP racist he is, he really knows how to take the edge off, mask his racism with coded language. No wonder Fox pays him all that money: racism is their brand, and he's their best brand ambassador! So of course we knew there was nothing authentic in his little speech last night about Blake Neff, his white supremacist minion, resigning his job.

Via Media Matters:

Carlson has long sneered at the implication that there’s anything racist about his show, with particular vitriol for those who point out the long track record of Caller staff hired under his tenure and later revealed to have white nationalist ties.

But as Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple pointed out, CNN’s report “removed any plausible deniability” for Fox. “Of course Carlson wouldn’t cop to harboring racist thoughts,” Wemple wrote. “His innovation lies in finessing the hatred. … Thanks to Darcy’s exposé, the public can now view that mindset in its raw, repugnant format.”

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WHOA: It's So Close, Joe Biden Is Spending On Campaign Ads In Texas

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:30

John Berman introduced Joe Biden's new ad that's airing in Texas, and explained why it's significant.

"CNN's Arlette Saenz joins us now with more. This is a real digital buy, Arlette, and it includes the state of Texas," Berman said.

"That's right, john. Joe Biden is wading into Texas with his first general election TV ad of this campaign, a spot that will focus on the coronavirus pandemic as that state has seen an uptick in covid-19 cases in recent weeks," she said.

"Now, I'm told this is part of a mid-six-figure buy in television and digital. and while the ad makes no direct mention of President Trump by name, Biden's advisers believe that the tone and message of this ad will present a stark contrast with the president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, here is the very first look of this new ad set to run in the Lonestar state."

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Ad Roundup: Traitor In A Mask Doesn't Own The American Flag

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 06:30

Vote Vets has had some of the best and hardest-hitting ads of this election cycle. This one builds on a prior one where they just came out and called him the traitor he is. No group has more moral standing to hammer Trump than veterans, especially after the revelations about Putin's bounties and Trump's ongoing silence.

For a more patriotic feel and an actual pitch for Biden, there's this one from Don Winslow.

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Ron DeSantis Heckled At Press Conference: 'You Are An Embarrassment!'

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 06:30

Hard to seriously argue with anything the heckler said. As far as worst responses by Governors go, you'd be hard-pressed to choose a worse one than Florida's Ron DeSantis. Beyond inept, almost criminal malfeasance.

Video by the Washington Post.

Source: Miami Herald

A Miami-based activist interrupted a Monday press conference by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, calling attention to government shortcomings that intensified the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“Shame on you,” he said. “You are an embarrassment... We’re getting record-breaking cases every day, and you are doing nothing.”

The heckler who cried out at DeSantis’ press conference at Jackson Memorial Hospital was Thomas Kennedy, the Florida director of United We Dream, a national immigrant advocacy group.

Public health experts now consider Miami-Dade the new “epicenter” of the pandemic, attributing the surge in cases to the state reopening too early with few restrictions.

And here's Thomas Kennedy's tweet.

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Mike Huckabee Glorifies Trump For Saving Roger Stone: You'd Be 'Sentencing Him To Death'

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 15:18

Donald Trump has taken a lot of criticism over his commutation of his pal, political confidant, and operative Roger Stone.

Stone was convicted on many charges including obstructing justice, lying to the FBI, and intimidating a witness. And he begged for a pardon while saying he had been loyal to Trump and keeping his mouth shut. This indicates Stone had a lot of dirt on Donald.

However, if you tuned in on today's Fox News' Outnumbered program with no Democratic voice on its panel, you would think Roger Stone was a poor, helpless victim who only committed a process crime, as if that is not a criminal act in itself. If not for the so-called "Deep State" Stone would never have been targeted, they insist.

Oh, and to at least one panelist, Trump was glorious for commuting Stone's prison sentence.

Harris Faulkner opened up and asked Mike Huckabee about Stone's get of jail card.

"Was this a great thing for the president to do given the timing? Commuting the sentence of Roger Stone? Or not?" she asked.

"I think it was a necessary thing," he replied. "To put Roger Stone in prison during a covert outbreak, basically sentencing him to death, they denied his motion to simply delay."

"This isn't a pardon. I think people need to keep in mind that he's not off the hook," he said.

Harris acknowledged that it's a commutation, but forgot to add that Stone wanted a commutation so he could try and erase the conviction altogether with an appeal.

And this: It's no jail time is what it was.

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Anti-Mask Covidiots Protest In Florida Grilled Cheese Bar

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 14:47

Since consequences for these sort of selfish actions are rarely enforced, it's probably safe to assume we'll see more of such protests, not less.

Source: Reuters

Anti-mask activists organized a protest on Saturday at a grilled cheese restaurant and bar in Windermere, Florida, which is in Orange County about 12 miles (19 km) from Walt Disney World.

The restaurant, 33 & Melt, has become a focal point of tension after owner Carrie Hudson said she was not requiring customers to wear masks. County officials have mandated the use of masks in public since June 20.

During Saturday’s protest, no customers wore face coverings inside the restaurant. Agents from the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco arrived during the rally and served Hudson with a warning, according to a video.

“This is a virus that is very well contained,” said one of the demonstrators, anti-mask activist Tara Hill. “Everyone is responsible for their own health care decisions … We want our choices respected as well.”

In addition to a record 15,000 new cases on Sunday, more than four dozen hospitals in Florida reported that their intensive care units are full due to a surge in COVID-19 patients.

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CNN Media Critic Gives Trump The Benefit Of The Doubt Again

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 14:04

I am really not sure how much evidence Brian Stelter needs that Donald Trump is a sociopath who not only won't show empathy, he actually has none to offer. Yet over and over, we see CNN's media critic not only denying what is right in front of him, but actually giving Trump space to exhibit even more cruelty than the day before.

Trump's former ghostwriter Tony Schwartz has no hesitation about who Trump is. During a discussion about Mary Trump's book due out Tuesday, Schwartz described exactly who Trump is and why it matters.

Well, first of all, I can give interviews, and my view of this is remarkably similar to Mary Trump's. We both had long exposure to this man. I have studied psychology myself for 30 years. In 2016 in "The New Yorker," I said if I could rename "The Art of the Deal," I'd rename it The Sociopath, Psychopath, they're essentially the same.

I've written several weeks ago a piece called "The Psychopath in Chief" and tried to lay out what I think is the core diagnosis. And so does Mary Trump, which is he is a man without conscience and empathy. That allows him to be responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people and not give a damn. That's how he can go forward with his policies, Brian, because he doesn't actually care. If it's the end always justifies the means and the only end is being reelected. The problem is his time has passed. America is moving beyond him.

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CNBC Host Cuts Off NEA President Criticizing Trump For Forcing School Reopening

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 13:38

Joe Kernen, a Trump supporting co-host of CNBC's Squawk Box, cut off a guest and ended the segment when she illustrated Trump's ignorance and bullying on reopening the nation's schools.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia is president of the National Education Association and came on to discuss Trump's push to reopen schools during the pandemic.

After asking Garcia where and how much money the school system needs, Kernen claimed many people "for a lot of reasons' want the schools back in session.

Garcia said that parents and teachers really want to reopen schools and then criticized Mitch McConnell for refusing to take up the House bill that would send billions of dollars to your local schools while Shack Shack was granted millions in PPP funds.

And then she set her sights on Trump.

“And I have to say this," Garcia said. "I have seen Donald Trump bully generals, and senators, and governors into doing things they knew they shouldn’t do. He knows nothing about American educators. He doesn’t know the school nurse, the lunch lady, the school custodians, the school board members who were elected to make these decisions.”

Kerne began to cut her off.

The CNBC host who is never at a loss for defending Trump said, “Okay, all right, thank you. We, we ...”

Garcia continued, “He will not bully us into doing something to hurt our students and that’s the bottom line.”

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‘The Beginning Of A Horror Movie’? Disney World Slammed As They Reopen

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:28

Florida just might have the worst outbreak of COVID-19 on the planet, but that didn't stop Disney World from reopening. Their 'Welcome Home' video was widely ridiculed online over the weekend, with parodies popping up everywhere.

Source: Market Watch

Florida on Sunday broke the national record for the biggest single-day number of positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, following a week in which the Sunshine State saw 514 people die of the disease, or 73 each day, on average.

Also, Disney World is now open!

The idea that the park would open in the face of a raging outbreak in the area sparked backlash across social media. The critiques really began to pile up after the company’s official “Disney Parks Job” account posted this short video promoting the big event on Instagram.

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Ron DeSantis Fiddles While Florida Burns

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:12

Ron DeSantis "governs" to stroke Trump's ego instead of caring for his constituents.

After declaring everything was great in Florida weeks ago, Florida has become a raging hot bed of coronavirus cases.

News reports blared Sunday and Monday, as The Orlando Sentinel writes, "Florida reported 15,300 new COVID-19 cases, the highest-single day total in the U.S. since the pandemic began. In all, the state now has reported 269,811 cases."

DeSantis, like many Trump sycophants, fudges statistics to defend his lack of action.

The median age has dropped from the 60s to the 30s as more people have been tested, and younger people are much less likely to die from the disease, DeSantis said. The amount of testing has surged as well, contributing to the increase in overall cases, although the positivity rate has risen as well.

Florida’s per capita death rate of 19 for every 100,000 in population is 25th among states. Moreover, reverting back to shutdown orders would bring its own negative consequences, for the economy and mental health of residents, he said.

Instead of trying to contain the outbreak of the pandemic he's fueling this latest explosion.

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MAGA Couple Who Defaced Black Lives Matter Mural Charged With Hate Crime

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:22

The Trump supporters who defaced a Black Lives Matter mural last week may not have to worry about rent for the next year, as they may gain jail accommodations courtesy of the county. The DA issued this press release:

Today, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office charged Nicole Anderson (42-years old Martinez resident) and David Nelson (53-years-old Martinez resident) with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime, for their alleged actions on Saturday, July 4, when defendant Anderson covered up a Black Lives Matter mural with black paint. Nelson directly aided in the alleged criminal conduct. The incident was captured on video by witnesses.

On July 1, a local Martinez resident applied for a permit to paint a Black Lives Matter temporary mural in downtown Martinez in front of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse. The permit was approved by the City of Martinez and the painting was done on July 4.

Nelson and Anderson arrived at the scene of the mural after it was completed with paint supplies. Anderson started to paint over the yellow letters “B” and “L” in the word “Black.” She used black paint and a large paint roller to do so. The video has been shared widely by witnesses and shared on social media.

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Ted Cruz Caught On Commercial Flight Not Wearing A Mask

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:07

We'll see if there's more to this story than it appears because there's really no excuse for this sort of behavior, least of all from a United States senator.

Source: The Independent

Texas senator Ted Cruz appeared to contravene an airline’s mandate on masks this weekend when he was pictured without one.

In a picture shared online on Sunday, Mr Cruz was onboard an American Airlines departure when he was seen unmasked.

The airline’s own mandate on masks says all passengers should wear one, unless when eating and drinking onboard.

Mr Cruz, who was pictured with a coffee in hand, was said to have “not worn a mask once”.

“Captured today at 10:45am – Ted Cruz on a commercial flight, refusing to wear a mask,” wrote Twitter user Hosseh Enad with the picture.

He added: “This was on an American Airlines flight — their policy clearly states that masks should be worn on the flight.”

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Former Advisor Says Trump Suggested 'Selling' Puerto Rico

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:35

According to a New York Times interview with Elaine Duke, who served as Homeland Security Secretary from 2017 to 2018 and worked in President Donald Trump's cabinet when Hurricane Maria severely damaged the island of Puerto Rico, the president suggested selling the territory when it became clear the federal government would have to assist with a major recovery effort.

Duke said in her interview, published Saturday, the president suggested "divesting" or selling Puerto Rico when it was struggling to recover from the storm.

"The president's initial ideas were more as a businessman, you know," Duke told the Times. "Can we outsource the electricity? Can we sell the island? You know, or divest of that asset?"

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), who was born in Puerto Rico, took to social media to condemn the president's suggestion.

"I assure you Puerto Rico is not for sale!" Velazquez tweeted.

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Don Jr. And The Case Of The Misplaced Apostrophe

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

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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Washington Redskins Organization Announces It Will Change Team Name

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

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

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

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

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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