Today, I turn Around the Block over to Bob Cesca of Salon.com and his essay, “Donald Trump’s murder math: Any death toll under 2 million is a ‘very good job.'”
The conventional wisdom with Donald Trump is that at some point he’d hit bottom; he’d say or do something so dreadful, so vile, so nasty that it couldn’t be topped (well, actually, “bottomed”).
It’s possible that on Sunday he reached that bottom when he suggested that hospitals have been hoarding ventilators and that something more nefarious* may be afoot when it comes to their mask supplies.
On Feb. 3, I sent a letter to Marco Rubio regarding his impeachment removal vote; I received his reply today. I wondered how he feels about that vote 8 weeks later. So, I wrote to him again.
Some of you might remember MSNBC had a promotional tagline a few years ago, “We Watch Fox So You Don’t Have To.”
They dropped that line several years ago. But today, Max Boot, an Op-Ed columnist for The Washington Post, takes up the mantle.
Note to readers: I’m calling this column the “Broken Record Edition.” Why? Because I’m writing again about a topic I opined on only a few days ago. As regular readers know, this space can sometimes be frivolous, bordering on silly. In fact some readers call the posts, “cute.” (I’m never sure how to take that “compliment.”) But this one is serious. You know, every recent presidential election has been called “the most important election in our lifetimes.” Guess what? This one really is that election – for one reason and one reason only: Donald Trump.
I was watching The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC the other night.
In discussing the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. and around the world, I was taken by O’Donnell’s panel of experts.
And I noticed something…
News with a Twist
Around the Block has learned that Donald Trump is executive producing a new weekly show to air on Fox News. Tentatively titled “GE Coronavirus Bowl,” the program will be sponsored by the General Electric company in return for a $75 billion bailout.
The show will be loosely based on the 1960’s era CBS-TV show, “GE College Bowl.”
As I do every day, this morning I watched New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic.
As usual, Cuomo was informative and serious (with a bit of humor thrown in every once-in-while to break the tension). His presentation today, like all the others, was organized. Using graphic assists where appropriate, he made his pronouncements with confidence, authority and, most important, veracity.
Yesterday, I sent a letter to my Congresswoman, Lois Frankel in which I forwarded an Around the Block post, 2020 Election: American Nightmare?
Based on the events of the last 24 hours, I sent another letter to Congresswoman Frankel today. I’d like to share that letter with you as well.
Note to readers:
As we face one of the greatest crises in our lifetimes, led by one of the most incompetent leaders in our history, as we “shelter in place” in California and undoubtably soon in other states and cities, as we sink deeper into this dystopian reality that is not fiction, we still need to smile, laugh (but alas, not hug). Hopefully my little bit of satirical humor will help. I hope so. Because if we can’t laugh in the face of adversity, we’re doomed.