SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, AUG 30, 2020

You may recall that very recently Our Fake President was asked by a friendly interviewer (Sean Hannity) what his plan would be for a second term. He couldn’t come up with one. This is typical of his careless and casual attitude toward the office we elected him to. Plus the GOP tried to place the COVID crisis “in the rear view mirror.” It ain’t.

The takeaways from the GOP convention are HERE. And yet again, HERE.

In a stunning statement delivered on his program Wednesday night, Tucker Carlson wondered, “How shocked are we that 17 year olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?” Carlson argued that authorities in Kenosha had “abandoned” the city and “refused to enforce the law.” He suggested that as a result, what happened was not all that surprising.


Politico’s Blake Hounshell tweeted in response: “Vigilante violence was always one of my greatest worries about the present moment. And here we have a prominent TV host – a man who had the president’s ear – excusing it, rationalizing it…”

THE MAN WITHOUT A PLAN- So here we are 65 days before the election with a lunatic in the White House who thinks cutting back on TESTING is going to ensure his re-election. He has NO PLAN to deal with the ever-spreading virus. NO PLAN to increase testing, NO PLAN to bring quick testing results to the public, NO PLAN fir a nationwide strategy. Now we learn that the DNI is going to stop briefing the Senate on the plot(s) by the Russians -among others- to interfere in our elections. Putin must be a happy man this morning.

65 days to the election.

AND SO IT GOES, August 26, 2020

Sean Connery turned 90 on Tuesday. Yes, 90.

Why Trump’s use of the word ‘hoax’ is poisonous.:
From Brian Stelter: : While I was working on this edition of the newsletter, I joined Anderson Cooper for his special Sunday night edition of “AC360.” We discussed the fact that Trump has shouted the word “hoax” more than 250 times so far this year — that’s more than once a day on average.


On “Reliable,” Peter Pomerantsev likened Trump’s frequent use of the word to an “information war game.” He said it is a tactic used for “undermining people’s faith in anything” and in the long term “makes people feel helpless and passive, because if you can’t rely on anything out there, that means you can’t change anything, which means you need a strong leader like a Trump or a Putin.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: No, I don’t think *I’m* too old to be President. I’m 82. I feel like I’m at the peak of my understanding. … As you get older … you’re much wiser.” Former Gov. Jerry Brown on age, climate change and more via FOX11’S Elex Michaelson “

Trump once told Judge Andrew Napolitano, before souring on him, “Everything I know about the Constitution, I learned from you on ‘Fox & Friends.'” That explains a few things.

From POLITICO: @Bencjacobs: “Kanye West WILL NOT be in the ballot in MISSOURI. This is the 7th state that he has filed in where he did not qualify for the ballot. The other states are Wisconsin, Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Montana and New Jersey.”

NOT SO FAST — “FDA chief issues mea culpa for his plasma treatment claims,” by Caitlin Oprysko: “FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn issued a mea culpa late Monday, conceding that he had overstated the benefits of convalescent plasma as a treatment of coronavirus at a press conference last weekend with President Donald Trump. … “‘I have been criticized for remarks I made Sunday night about the benefits of convalescent plasma. The criticism is entirely justified,’ the commissioner said in a string of tweets. ‘What I should have said better is that the data show a relative risk reduction not an absolute risk reduction.’ While the therapy is considered safe, plasma has not yet been proven effective against the coronavirus.” POLITICO

68 days to the elections.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, August 23 , 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDITION! MY birthday, so you’re not getting the usual carefully curated stuff. Have a great day! We’re planning on takeout from the Ichiban. And finishing last night’s takeout from the Jerk Kitchen.

Catching up with the news, you DID hear that the Muelller report was right after all, didn’t you? Read it HERE

TWEET OF THE DAY: Rep. Jackie Speier @RepSpeier on POTUS pardoning Susan B. Anthony: “Pathetic. Trump pardons a woman who has been dead for over 100 years to show his commitment to women. Suburban women aren’t dumb. We are all insulted.”

AND EVEN THE RICH HAVE PROBLEMS; STEVEN MNUCHIN NEEDS A DEAL … NOT ONLY ON COVID RELIEF, BUT ON HIS CO-OP! … N.Y. POST: “Steven Mnuchin’s 740 Park co-op returns with massive discount”: “Even US Treasury [Secretary] Steve Mnuchin is feeling the burn of falling real estate prices. He has just relisted his apartment at 740 Park Ave. — and slashed the asking price more than 20 percent from when the co-op first went on the market in 2018. Mnuchin’s sprawling duplex on the eighth and ninth floors hit the market for $32.5 million two years ago; it was last listed for $27.5 million in 2019. It now has a price tag of $25.75 million.” The listing

Have a great day! 71 days to the election!

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, August 16, 2020

By now you’ve heard about the “Q” conspiracy nuts who have made definite inroads into the GOP. CNN provides a rundown of the Congressional candidates who have fallen for this crap, or are at least willing to hitch a ride. Read about it HERE. And another take, from the Washington Post, is HERE.

And here’s Daniel Dale’s fact-check on Harris right HERE.

(From CNN) And always, the story shouldn’t be centered around the bogus claim, it should emphasize the context — that he’s lying. For example, at Thursday’s WH briefing, S.V. Date of HuffPost asked him, “Mr. President, after three and a half years, do you regret — at all — all the lying you’ve done to the American people?” Trump, seemingly confused, interjected: “All the what?” Date: “All the lying. All the dishonesty.” Trump: “That who has done?” Date: “You have done.” Trump: “Uhh.” Then he called on another reporter and urged the person to go ahead.

And the WAPO’s take on Trump’s racist approach to Harris is right HERE.

From the WAPO. Read it: So far this year, Trump is averaging 22 false claims a day in the Fact Checker database. He’s on track to make nearly 25,000 false statements by the end of the term. Whether he gets there will depend partly on how many campaign rallies he holds this fall. A 56-page appendix of the book is an anatomical investigation of a single Trump rally from last December in Battle Creek, Mich., during which the president made 120 statements of fact that were either false, mostly false or unsupported by evidence. That was two-thirds of all the claims the president made during a two-hour monologue.

Short Version of Short Ribs today since I’m having computer problems.