SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Dec 20, 2020

From the Hollywood Reporter- here’s how the tourist industry in LA is coping with the COVID. Read about it HERE.

ANOTHER ugly link. Try i! https://theintercept.com/2020/12/16/aoc-nancy-pelosi-needs-to-go-but-theres-nobody-to-replace-her-yet/

Rep. @JaredHuffman in response to this POLITICO story: “I once took heat for calling Betsy DeVos ‘dumb as a bag of hammers.’ But after her 4 years as our Education Secretary, I now realize an apology is owed. To hammers.” Go, Jared!

AND THERE’S MORE from POLITICO:— “The French Laundry got more than $2.4M in PPP funding; 17x more than average Bay Area restaurants,” by ABC7’s Stephanie Sierra and Lindsey Feingold: “The French Laundry received two loans that were both approved on April 30, 2020. According to the SBA, the first loan was for more than $2.2 million to retain 163 employees. The second loan was for $194,656 to retain five employees.“ Them that has, gets, apparently.

(From the WAPO, which Trump likes to call “the Failing Washington Post”; In a memo to staffers on Thursday, Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan said “digital subscriptions increased by nearly 50%” in 2020, “bringing our total worldwide digital circulation close to 3 million.” Ryan also announced that “the last three months of 2020 have brought the highest digital advertising revenue in Post history,” which is a remarkable turnaround since the pandemic decimated the ad business in the springtime. Ryan said the news outlet’s performance “validates our view that there is a successful business model for quality journalism” and said The Post will be adding “more than 150 new positions” in 2021, “the most in a single year.”

CNN analyst Sam Vinograd tweeted: “A key part of emergency response is public messaging. Tonight, the U.S. government is under live attack, by Russia. Trump is tweeting diatribes not at Putin, but at Democrats…” (Twitter)

NOT GOING ANYWHERE — “Yes, Feinstein is the oldest U.S. senator. But she should be able to retire on her own terms,” by the LA Times’ George Skelton: “California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she hasn’t thought about retiring soon despite some assertions that the 87-year-old lawmaker should step aside because her cognitive abilities have allegedly declined.”

Southern California home prices jump 11% in November,” by the OC Register’s Jeff Collins and Jonathan Lansner. Hmm. I thought they were all moving HERE.

And I suppose you’ve heard that our own Guy Fieri has raised M$21 for unemployed restaurant workers, ‘Way to go!

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Dec 13, 2020

DoorDash blew up its value by many times, in its initial IPO. It’s called a realistic business model. Read about it HERE.

PS: Air B&B also had a boffo IPO.

Doug Emhoff, spouse of Kamala Harris , will be teaching at Georgetown Law next semester.

The New Yorker ran a scary piece on DiFi that’s garnering a LOT of attention. Read it HERE.

FROM NEWSMAX! http://Brian Stelter writes: “Here’s what I heard on Newsmax Friday night. I heard that ‘we’re going to figure out some ways forward,’ per Kelly. I heard there are other court cases bubbling up. I heard speculation that the Supreme Court justices feared unrest and didn’t want protests outside their homes. I heard ‘White House correspondent’ Emerald Robinson cite ‘cancel culture’ as a factor. And when Alan Dershowitz tried to very gently tell Kelly that it’s over, Kelly said he’d go get a second opinion. I heard all of that in just a few minutes. I like to rag on tonight’s newsletter editor, Alex Koppelman, but I agree with what he tweeted just now: ‘A whole lot of people who got taken in by liars are going to be in a bunch of pain and trying to figure out how this still turns out the way they’ve been promised it will and none of this ends up well for any of us.'”

IS IT OVER YET? I am thoroughly disgusted by the 50% of our population who voted for Trump and am in no mood to forgive them for their ignorance and their cavalier attitude toward democracy.. Make peace? I don’t think so.

Charley Pride -I’ve never been a country music fan (except for Ronnie Millsap) but forty years ago when I was driving through somme VERY untouristy places in Ireland, like Meath) I kept seeing Charliey Pride posters on trees. I wasn’t able to see him then (playing in a pub, had to settle for Sharon Shannon) but I was impressed by his penetration. A life well-lived.

Have a great Sunday!

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Dec 6 2020

I seem to be suffering from post-Trump syndrome. IT SEEMS like he’s done and dusted but what if he returns from the grave? Don’t let your guard down yet.

Disney is planning to lay off 30,000 employees by end of March.

DAILY RUDY … NYT’S MAGGIE HABERMAN and MIKE SCHMIDT: “Giuliani is said to have discussed a possible pardon with Trump”: “Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s lawyer who has led the most extensive efforts to damage his client’s political rivals and undermine the election results, discussed with the president as recently as last week the possibility of receiving a pre-emptive pardon before Mr. Trump leaves office, according to two people told of the discussion. It was not clear who raised the topic. The men have also talked previously about a pardon for Mr. Giuliani, according to the people. Mr. Trump has not indicated what he will do, one of the people said.” Giuliani denied the NYT report on Twitter.

Try this link. It’s ugly but it works You knew, of course, that Donnie’s I WON fantasies are more important than the national defense, https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/02/congress-trump-veto-threat-defense-bill-442209?nname=playbook-pm&nid=0000015a-dd3e-d536-a37b-dd7fd8af0000&nrid=0000014e-f0fb-dd93-ad7f-f8ff29160002&nlid=964328

OR (could it be????) the Fat Man’s last stand? Read it HERE.

The Fairmont is undergoing a multi -million dollar refi. SOME people are still able to borrow money! Read about it HERE.

Susan Glasser’s newest Letter from Trump’s Washington is a “tell it like it is” column: “The President Is Acting Crazy, so Why Are We Shrugging It Off?” (New Yorker)