Well,  here we are in confinement and I have to say it hasn’t been too bad yet. Of course we haven’t been lining up at WINCO like sheep.  The source of our groceries is at the end of this edition. The only good thing about the Corona crisis  is that it will mark the END of the Trump Presidency.  Have you  seen the press conferences? A lot of time spent praising Trump, then his bumbling fumbling reading of the day’s talking points,  then the REAL experts come in and politely rebuke everything SCUMP says.   Tape’ em to save time.  Very little  real info.  Meanwhile, I was left a message from HR Block canceling my tax appt.  No nice words.  no talk of rescheduling.  Sheesh!

“Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were — they just couldn’t get him to do anything about it,” this official said. “The system was blinking red.”

That’s from the WAPO and HERE’s the whole thing. 

TWEET OF THE DAY: @Schwarzenegger: “Remember to thank the heroes who are serving so selflessly right now – from doctors & nurses to grocery store staff and delivery people. I play an action hero in the movies – they are the real action heroes.”

Staffers at NBC News are outraged (and a bit confused) after President Trump viciously attacked their network’s White House correspondent, Peter Alexander, at Friday’s coronavirus briefing. Alexander, if you didn’t see, asked Trump what he would say to Americans who are frightened amid the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of answering, Trump responded by rejecting the question (“nasty”), attacking Alexander (“terrible”), and assailing NBC News’ parent company Comcast (“Con-Cast”).

The verbal tirade — which Trump defended after Kaitlan Collins asked whether it was appropriate — did not go over well with people inside NBC News. “Outrageous,” one senior NBC News employee told me of Trump’s behavior. “Entirely unprompted. W.H. reporters should ask tough questions and Peter often does, BUT THAT WASN’T EVEN A TOUGH QUESTION.”

THE PRESIDENT explained why he’s calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus”: “It comes from China.” He repeatedly denied that the term was racist.


HELP YOURSELVES: — “Trump tells governors to seek out respirators and other vital equipment on their own,” via the NYTimes: “‘Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,’ Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times. ‘We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.'” RESPONSE from OC Dem Rep. @HarleyRouda: “Try getting it yourselves? Seriously? @realDonaldTrump had months to prepare adequate testing, hospital beds, and ventilators, and when we need leadership most he says figure it out? When this is all over I demand we use House Oversight to see how many lives could’ve been saved”

And if you’re looking for a place to buy groceries, I recommend Murphy’ s. Yes, they cost a few pennies more but the Cutten store on Friday was lightly populated and they had everything except the seafood counter was closed.


  1. Glad to hear you in good form up there, and thus also good cheer 🙂
    A useful thing too at least in other California areas is grocery by delivery, which is what I’m using. I just put a spot where they can sit more than three days for any ‘handling extras’ to be gone, and then they can be used. Prescriptions work the same way, or via mail, taken care of in same way.

    I’ve been video calling with relatives — Google Duo is great, working on both Android and iDevices very well.

    Interesting real science appearing on medical possibles, nothing definite yet of course, but quite good to hear.

    A smile up there for sure, as was thinking to note you anyway. Hope I caught something of your style 🙂

    • We’re hunkered down- thank God Chris can still go out for groceries (to the little market down the block) but getting ready for a major order. Have you figured out how we’e supposed to get haircuts during this? I skipped my hc last month and now I look like a sheepdog. Pretty quiet in Eureka- Long lines at the WINCO but were gearing up for a grocery delivery too. Good to hear you’re safe. That idiot Trump doesn’t
      understand enough about government to access the WPA. People will die because of his ignorance.

      • Ha — haircuts 🙂 Good practical item.
        Given the 6-foot distancing and no-contact, I think these need to be at home for the duration…quite nice you’ve got a partner so can swap. Results can’t be any worse than what we used to do at college…

        Funny thing is, once on a Christmas foray for others, I stopped in at a place in a mall, and bought a pair of smallish barber scissors. They are still going strong, I am not going to say how many years later and travels, and I learned from that time to cut my own hair. And that’s all I’m telling of that story 🙂

        You guys take care, all up there. I remember my home…

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