SHORT RIBS and RANDOM THOUGHTS, June 29, 2020

MAIL HIM OUT? — “‘My biggest risk’: Trump says mail-in voting could cost him reelection,” by POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt: “The president’s assertion that mail-in voting will endanger his reelection comes as states across the country are rushing to accommodate remote voting in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of voters could be disenfranchised if they decide to stay home on Election Day rather than risk contracting the virus at crowded polling stations.”

AND THEN: This morning, Trump doubled down by tweeting “Mail-In Ballots will lead to a RIGGED ELECTION!” and continued the drumbeat of wild accusations of fraud by warning that “MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES” — a theory that Attorney General William Barr has also floated without citing any evidence.

BARABAK ON BIDEN — “Biden is not as disliked as Clinton, posing challenge to Trump,’’ by LATimes’ Mark Z. Barabak: “Joe Biden is old. He has a paper trail reaching back half a century. He is, by his own admission, a “gaffe machine” who regularly trips over his own tongue. He is not, however, as widely and viscerally disliked as the last Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and that’s complicating President Trump’s reelection effort.”

AND HE’S GOT OTHER THINGS ON HIS MIND….Alex Trebek and his wife Jean have donated $500,000 to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission to help fight the homelessness crisis in the Los Angeles area, David Williams reports. on CNN.

TRUMP on HANNITY Numerous political reporters concluded that the biggest bit of news from the TV event was Trump’s failure to answer this Hannity softball: “What are your top priority items for a second term?” Trump didn’t have an answer. He riffed for a while about “experience” but never answered the question.

“It’s a good question,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins said, but Trump didn’t answer. She said “it’s difficult to think of another president being asked about their second term priorities and ultimately providing none, with just over four months to go before the election.

And of course you’re aware that it turns out Trump was briefed back in MARCH about Putin’s offering bounties to the Afghan soldiers who killed Americans. Nary a word of objection from our Commander in Chief. WHAT is his sweetie Putin holding over him? And how about that Mike Pence so bravely wearing a virus mask NOT at the corona task force briefing. What a man! And how about our CinC trying AGAiN to close down Obamacare so that 20M Americans will be without healthcare in the middle of a pandemic. Good thinkin’, Don!

THE NEW YORK TIMES’ EFFECT ON MAN- I subscribed to the offer from the NYT of $4.99 a month for the first year. I’m sorry to say it hasn’t been what I expected. I’ve already been subscribing to the Washington Post for awhile and I have to say I enjoy their prose a lot better. They do have a good Food section but I haven’t copied that many. recipes. I’m going to let it go when the year runs out but you should try it sometime. The travel section is good also.

THE JOYS OF TAKEOUT: I may never go to a “real” restaurant again. Why get dressed to go out when you can sprawl in front of the TV and pig out in privacy? We got an order from the Ichiban the other night that was outstanding. Love that Lemon Dragon Roll.!

127 DAYS TO THE ELECTION!

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, June 21 2020

Some tidbits from Bolton’s book:

So here’s what Trump REALLY thinks about journalists: They should be executed! From the Wapo: “Per WaPo reporter Josh Dawsey’s summary of the book’s highlights/lowlights, Bolton “describes a summer 2019 meeting in New Jersey where Trump says journalists should be jailed so they have to divulge their sources: ‘These people should be executed. They are scumbags,’ Trump said, according to Bolton’s account.”

Also from the WAPO:

– TRUMP seemingly thought it was OK for China to build concentration camps to house 1 million Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, and told that to XI. He also told the Chinese leader that Americans want to change the Constitution to have him serve more than two terms. — TRUMP was unsure if Finland was part of Russia (it is not). He also did not know that the United Kingdom was a nuclear power (it is). And ALSO:

— TRUMP signaled to Turkish President RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN that he would intervene in a case against a Turkish firm once the DOJ’s Southern District of New York was filled with his allies. Brett McGurk said Erdoğan tried that with Joe Biden and Biden said no.

AND here’s another tidbit from Bolton’s book:

p. 244: NICK AYERS, in the running to succeed KELLY as chief of staff, worked directly for TRUMP for two days “as an experiment” to see if he could stomach the job. He decided he could not.

AND HERE’S ARNIE weighing in on VBM: @Schwarzengger: “This is 100% the right move. This will help us beat this terrible virus. The science is unanimous – if we all wear masks, we slow down the spread and can reopen safely. It’s not a political issue. Anyone making it a political issue is an absolute moron who can’t read.” Yes!

AND HERE’S OUR LOCAL ANGLE: Rex Bohn wanted to deliver the relief checks for some of his buddies’ businesses in person rather than use that nasty old mail system. He’s had poor judgement before but this one is a doozy. Who does he think he is, Trump? Will he want his name printed on the checks next? Bet if the election were held today, ol’ Rex would be in trouble.

HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY! And if you’re headed out of town, remember the Shake Shack is opening in Midtown Sac tomorrow. Let us know how it is.