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“Our school’s emergency bags are remarkably sparse. No band-aids, no first aid materials. We have one flashlight, one sign with my name to help my students find our class if they get separated during a mass exodus, one copy of my class rosters, and one Sharpie marker. Why a marker? Someone asked that very question at a staff meeting. The nurse explained, in a completely emotionless tone, that the Sharpie was so we could identify students and write their names on their bodies in the event of an incident.”

“What I’m getting at here is that people are what make videos work. People—given the license and resources to have fun—are the reason why viewers hit the play button. People are the reason why you hit that like and subscribe button. Even as BA grew from a sleeper hit to its own cinematic universe, what kept it successful was that the human element came through in moments congenial, frustrated, heartbroken, petty, and embarrassing. No one watches BA Test Kitchen because they’re fans of Condé Nast, or want to see Condé Nast succeed.”

“CBS Television Studios has signed an exclusive agreement with law enforcement and public safety advisory group 21CP Solutions to consult with the writing staffs of CBS crime procedurals and legal dramas”.

“The conclusion I’ve come to is that no one’s in charge. They’re not doing anything, per se. The party has lost all superego & runs entirely on id now – no strategy, no plan, no intentionality. All that’s left is a bunch of tired tropes & instincts that haven’t changed in decades.”

“We estimate that the reduction in annual lead emissions from deleading NASCAR and ARCA races yielded social benefits of $2.2 billion per year from avoided elderly mortality alone. This suggests that the cost of a gram of lead added to gasoline is over $1,100.”

“A Brief History of Why Donald Trump Hates the Postal Service”. It’s even more petty and small-minded than you think.

“But McConnell — and, to be fair, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — are acting as if the most important thing they want to achieve is for President Trump to be a one-term president.”

“Herman Cain and the Problems With Tweeting After Death“.

By the way, the Trump administration is also in the process of destroying the Customs and Immigration Service, but that’s getting a lot less attention than the Postal Service.

“A federal grand jury in Manhattan has indicted former Trump campaign chairman Stephen K. Bannon, accusing him and three others of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in a border wall fundraising scheme.”

Do better, Alamo Drafthouse. Come on!

“Reds play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman was caught on a hot mic using an anti-LGBTQ slur during Wednesday’s Reds doubleheader vs. the Royals.”

Despite Rule Changes, Baseball Games Go Longer Than Ever”. Are they taking those 7-inning doubleheader games into account, though?

Like it or not, you’re gonna get some COVID story lines on your favorite TV shows.

“A simple mathematical mistake may explain why many people underestimate the dangers of coronavirus, shunning social distancing, masks and hand-washing.”

“The core of Joe Biden’s politics is his talent at fulfilling the simplest of political and emotional needs: Joe Biden likes you. That was the message of this convention, and it’s the message that has always been at the core of his politics. Joe Biden likes you if you’re a Democrat or a Republican. He likes you even if you don’t like him, because it’s his job to like you, no matter how you vote.”

“COVID Update August 21: Public health is supposed to be above politics. For now, health is nothing but politics.”

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11 Comments

  1. Bill Daniels says:

    From the article about Cocaine Mitch and Mark Meadows:

    “And with Trump still at 91 percent among Republican voters, few GOP members of Congress are comfortable crossing him.

    “A lot of the Republicans I talk to seem almost emasculated by the White House,” says Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute who spent six years as Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) chief economist. “The president will do what he’s going to do. Any strategy they come up with will be undermined tomorrow by a tweet. Their fate is tied to a president they can’t control or even influence.””

    This is really the only part of the article I agree with. Trump CAN’T be controlled or influenced! Yes! That’s WHY he has 91% approval among Republicans. Trump’s base is getting exactly what they voted for. Trump’s signature issue was stopping illegal immigration. He’s doing it! He’s got over 275 miles of wall up, and thanks to the Democrats making a huge issue of the Wu flu, he’s appropriated the power to do what should have been done all along…instant deportations for everyone caught sneaking across the border, period. That’s what Trump promised, that’s what he is delivering.

    Trump promised to defeat ISIS, an end to our current wars, and no new wars. Well, we got 2 out of 3, and Trump is fighting Congress to END the Afghan war by pulling out the remaining troops, that now number under 5,000. He pulled troops out of Syria and the Kurds are still alive, despite the promised genocide if we pulled out.

    Trump promised tax cuts, we got tax cuts. He promised to build up the military, he did it. He promised better trade deals, we got them. He promised to get NATO members to pay up. He got some of them to, and he’s punishing those like Germany that haven’t done it. He promised to get tough with China, he did it. Everyone’s upset about muh Russia, and Trump has worked, cajoled, and shamed Germany to stop the Nordstream II PPL. He’s facilitated deals to sell US CNG to Eastern Europe, both of these things intended to weaken Russia by depriving them of hard currency from natural gas sales, while at the same time lowering the trade deficit.

    Most presidents promise things, but don’t actually follow through with deliverables. Trump has not only delivered on some of his big promises, he’s been like a dog on a bone trying to fulfill more of them. He’s tenacious, he doesn’t give up, doesn’t back down, which is why he fosters such defiance from the ‘go along to get along club.’ They hate him for actually solving problems, vs. merely promising to solve problems.

    As to the article, I have no doubt Mitch McConnell and a significant number of Republican congressmen wish Trump would lose. Vox got that right, too. Mitt Romney, Richard Burr, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham….I’m sure a whole lot of them want Trump to lose. Several of them have sandbagged Trump publicly, others are probably working behind the scenes to sabotage Trump. Then there are those like Cocaine Mitch who are two faced….working with Trump on things like judges, but fighting him on his staff appointments. Why do you think Trump is stuck with Chris Wray and Bill Barr? A: Because Trump couldn’t get the people he wanted, only the folks Cocaine Mitch would approve of. Mitch is ensuring that Trump doesn’t get justice for the coup attempt against him, and that’s because at least some Republicans were in on it.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    From the Mother Jones article on Trump and the Post Office:

    “The Postal Service delivers some of Amazon’s packages. As a matter of revenge, Trump wants them to raise the rates they charge Amazon.
    They have refused to do so, therefore Trump hates the Postal Service.”

    Trump campaigned on running the Post Office like a business, which means they shouldn’t be losing money on “last mile” package shipments from Amazon, FedEx, UPS, etc. We also shouldn’t be losing money on shipments from China.

    I agree Trump hates Bezos, because the WaPo is Bezos’ own agit-prop rag to propagandize against Trump. But what difference does it make? Amazon should be paying what it costs on those last mile package transfer deliveries. So should the other shippers. The taxpayers should not be subsidizing Amazon. This should be a concept the left and right could agree on.

    The Post Office is supposed to be self supporting, Congress wrote that into law, so…..they need to BE self supporting, meaning they have to stop delivering the packages of other shippers at a loss. It took a business man like Trump to figure that out.

  3. Ross says:

    Bill, the USPS isn’t getting any subsidies. They deliver packages for Amazon because it reduces their overall losses. Lots of businesses do that when they can do something that brings in more cash than it costs, but looks like a book loss. You obviously suck at business, or you would understand that.

    Trump isn’t a good businessman, unless you like businesses that don’t pay their suppliers. Trump is a narcissistic bullying moron, with no concept of how to be a decent person.

  4. Manny says:

    Bill take your lies over to a QAnon site or some other Trump loving loony site, where you people like to hang out and share conspiracy tales.

  5. Bill Daniels says:

    Post up your source, Ross, because it seems to be disputed here:

    https://www.foxbusiness.com/retail/amazon-supreme-court-package-prices

    The Post Office has come under fire for its deal with Amazon, where it charges the company prices below its own costs. The arrangement has drawn criticism from President Trump, who said the policy is making “Amazon richer” and itself “dumber and poorer.” He also said only “fools” would say that “our money-losing Post Office makes money with Amazon.”

  6. Bill Daniels says:

    Manny,

    Even someone who licked the windows on the short bus like you should be able to figure out that “QAnon” is a false flag, most probably because internal polling shows that most people don’t like the DNC’s paramilitary wings, Antifa and BLM, tearing up their cities. So this sudden coordinated interest by every media outlet in unison, of a genuine fringe conspiracy theory that virtually all Trump supporters agree is garbage, is a lead up to a set up, a false flag, like the Obama supporting Richard Spenser and “Unite the Right.”

    My opinion is, the FBI is so desperate to be rid of Trump, they are planning some kind of faked violence to pin on “dangerous right wing extremists,” since their “Boogaloo boys” invention was so laughable, not even people like you would believe it. Remember when Chuck Shumer warned Trump that the intelligence agencies have 6 ways from Sunday to get you? They are running out of days.

  7. Jason Hochman says:

    Well on the “single mathematical mistake on why people may underestimate the dangers of corona virus,” I would say that the biggest mistakes are in the bad data. Just heard about the NFL teams having a slew of false positives. Who knows how many “cases” there really are, but probably much less than reported. The Emperor of Ohio had a positive test, and then tested again and was negative. He selected the negative test. But ordinary subjects would have no choice. They would be labeled positive and locked up for two weeks. There is no reliability in the tests, and that is why many people underestimate the danger. Also the fact that most cases are minor or asymptomatic.

    On the Reds announcer, I think that the Reds should be forced to change the name of the team. It is a slur against communists.

  8. Manny says:

    ha, ha, ha the FBI is going to take don’t Trump, sorry buddy, Trump is going to take down Trump is a criminal enterprise. What does Trump’s older sister think of him?

    “His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God,” she said, according to the recording. “I’m talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy shit.”

    Barry also said at one point to her niece, “It’s the phoniness of it all. It’s the phoniness and this cruelty. Donald is cruel,” according to the audio scripts and recordings.

    Bill, I understand why you like the orange Russian asset, the “Cruelty” after all Bill, you advocate the murder of men, women, and children. Cruelty seems to turn you on.

  9. Bill Daniels says:

    Manny,

    I faithfully watch your videos, you need to watch this one, IMHO, the best speaker tonight at the RNC convention. This guy could be your abuelito.,,,,Maximo Alvarez.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJnShBMG3uY

  10. Manny says:

    He is a Cuban coward, that comes from a family like Trump’s that runs away instead of staying and fighting. Cubans are not like me or my ancestors. They came to America were given special status and money, like the Vietnamese after we fled and they followed.

    I could not stand his lies, Democrats controlled for 40 years, Kennedy Johnson Carter Clinton Obama and we did become a communist country, hate racism, bigotry, is all the present Republican Party can offer and they follow a Wanda be dictator. Their platform what Trump decides. Why do you people hate America?

  11. brad says:

    Please, please, please…stop fighting…

    ….I heard Alvarez has bone spurs so he has an excuse for being a coward.