“The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use.”


New coronavirus Tsarevich Jared’s first pronouncement hits a chord…the wrong one!

My intention was to make this Around the Block the shortest in history:

Jared Kushner, גענוג!*

(*Genug, Yiddish for “enough,” something I’m sure the orthodox Kushner would understand.)

That was going to be it.

But then, as a public service, I thought I’d provide a little context.

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‘Draft Cuomo 2020’ groundswell emerges amid the NY governor’s coronavirus response


ABC News reported yesterday,

“As the number of Americans impacted by the deadly coronavirus continues to climb, some voters looking for decisive action are turning to state leaders for guidance– chief among them, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose daily press conferences and emphatic communication style has gradually captivated audiences across the nation over the last month.

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Donald Trump’s murder math: Any death toll under 2 million is a “very good job”


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.'”

As Cesca writes, and with all due respect to the very clever and very funny Andy Borowitz and his “Not the News” posts in The New Yorker, “During a presidency that’s beyond satire, no one really anticipated that Trump’s Red Hat militia would end up being a death cult, but here we are.”

I’ll let you read Cesca on your own, but wanted to highlight two short excerpts from his piece.

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“They’re going out the back door!”


Trump: “It’s worse than hoarding.”

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.

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Open Letter to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)


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.

Today is Sunday, March 29, 2020. It’s early afternoon. I promised myself that today I’d take a break from writing an Around the Block. I’d take a break from following the coronavirus news. Instead, I promised myself that I’d catch up on the shows clogging my DVR and maybe watch some Netflix and Amazon Prime. I promised myself that I’d write a few more chapters of my novella; maybe even get around to the house straightening/garage cleaning that I’ve been promising to do since the the pandemic left us sheltering-in-place at home.

And then I got this: a reply to a letter I sent to Florida’s senior senator, my senator, Marco Rubio. A reply to a letter I sent to Rubio on February 3!

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Now we know: The conservative devotion to life ends at birth.


WaPo columnist Max Boot brings us up-to-date on what the right-wing media is saying during the coronavirus pandemic.

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. I guess they got tired of watching the nonsense Fox and it’s talking heads relentlessly spewed; nonsense, that unfortunately, is the only “news” that a large percentage of the U.S. population receives.

Today, Max Boot, an Op-Ed columnist for The Washington Post, takes up the mantle.

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Andrew Cuomo? Yes, Andrew Cuomo.

Broken Record Edition


NY Times: “With his coronavirus briefings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has emerged as an authoritative voice in the crisis.”

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. He cannot be allowed to continue to be President of the United States. The Senate wouldn’t do it when they had the chance. The Vice President won’t do it by invoking the 25th Amendment. So, it’s up to us, all of us. We all need to ensure he is finally removed and done away with. To help ensure that happens, his opponent needs to be the one who has the best chance of winning, not the one who two months ago was dead in the water, written off. So, call me crazy. And I know some of you will. But, Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic has been criminal…and he’s still rising in the polls. This is serious! Deadly serious!

I wanted to post a follow-up to my recent piece, “Andrew Cuomo, Yes Andrew Cuomo.” https://around-the-block.com/2020/03/22/andrew-cuomo-yes-andrew-cuomo/

The New York Times published an article yesterday headlined, “How Cuomo, Once on Sidelines, Became the Politician of the Moment,” It was sub-headed, “With his coronavirus briefings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has emerged as an authoritative voice in the crisis.”

Some excerpts:

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Random thoughts on this and that.


This: What really makes America great!

That: Forget “MAGA,” Wear “MACA”

First this:

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, O’Donnell’s panel of experts included:

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Fox to debut new series, GE Coronavirus Bowl

News with a Twist

Satire from Ted Block

Show to be executive produced by Donald Trump, hosted by 2nd daughter, Tiffany.

Around the Block has learned that Donald Trump is executive producing a new weekly show to air on Fox News. Titled “GE Coronavirus Bowl,” the program will be sponsored by the General Electric company in return for a $75 billion bailout which will be used by the company for executive compensation and stock buybacks.

The show will be loosely based on the 1960’s era CBS-TV show, “GE College Bowl.”

In this new show, two teams, “The Reds,” represented by three red state Republican governors, will compete against a team called “The Blues” consisting of three blue state, Democratic governors.

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Andrew Cuomo? Yes, Andrew Cuomo!


If Trump was afraid of facing Biden, he must be REALLY afraid of facing Cuomo!

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.

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