Nero fiddled while Rome burned; Trump tweets while Americans die!

On Memorial Day we spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service, a service that has given us the luxury of freedom that we enjoy today. It is the holiday that most represents what America should be: “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

Who should be leading this tribute to our fallen heroes? Right – the President of the United States!

Except when the President of the United States is Donald John Trump.

Trump plans halt to National Guard deployments before retirement benefits kick in

Trump’s plan to end the deployment National Guard members assisting in coronavirus relief one day short of the day when their extended benefits is cynical and transparently cruel.

I wonder if he can say, “Thank you for your service.”

Missouri Penguins Enjoy ‘Morning Of Fine Art’ At Local Museum

After watching a video of Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, I was amazed at how cute and funny and social they appeared. They seemed to be everything you’d want as a pet.

A pet? Would penguins be good pets, I wondered?

Read on to find out what I learned.

And where I learned it.

White House moves to shield Trump from oversight of his coronavirus response

The White House is barring members of the coronavirus task force from testifying before Congress without special permission, claiming that they’re too busy.

Of course, the two most important members, Fauci and Birx, haven’t been too busy to spend 2-3 hours a day, 7 days a week, as props for Trump.

But there’s a little wrinkle in the process. Seems permission is granted for appearances at Senate hearings, not House hearings. I wonder why?

Also, in this Around the Block, how Trump used the claim of “core government function” to televise his campaign “town hall” from the Lincoln Memorial.