WaPo: Administration scrambles to stop people from injecting disinfectants

Note: An earlier version of this post went out to an email distribution. Due to popular demand, I am posting it on Around the Block as well.

As the administration scrambled to contain the Trump “drink disinfectant” advice (I think that’s called an “unforced error” in tennis…oh, wait, Trump’s a golfer, maybe he should get a “mulligan.” But I digress.), among the administration’s admonitions were these:

“Dumbestest!”

Last week I posted an Around the Block called, “The saga of ‘Smart‘, ‘Dumb’, ‘Dumber’ and ‘Dumbest,’” in which I suggested that a hierarchy of governmental leadership was clearly developing.

Smart – Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA)
Dumb – Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD)
Dumber – Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
Dumbest – President Donald J. Trump (R-Mar-a-Lago)

Around the Block – This and That

A friend emailed me yesterday saying, “I consider myself to be a somewhat rational person, but listening to Pence’s non-stop babbling and “fearless leader” bullshit on Meet the Press this morning literally brought me tears.

My reply:

You watched? My TV automatically changes to any channel that the Three Stooges are on when Pence appears. And when Trump is on, the TV switches to a Marx Brothers’ movie, preferably “The Cocoanuts,” “Monkey Business,” or “At the Circus,” as those three most aptly describe our current situation.

Open letter to Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)

Yesterday I wrote, “Is it time to man the barricades?” In that post, I partially quoted a story from The New Yorker in which a grandfather, in a love letter to his grandson, lamented the inability of average folks like him to protest our democratic system’s injustices.

Now I, like the fictional grandfather, decided to write a letter…to my Congresswoman, Lois Frankel.

Medicare is serious business. Who knew it could also be funny?

One consequence, unintended or not, of the coronavirus pandemic is that the Democratic debate about “Medicare for All,” “Single-payer,” “Universal Healthcare,” or the virtues and/or improprieties of “Obamacare” has been put on hold.

The good news is that Medicare is still in place and is still doing an outstanding job for its 44 million beneficiaries.

But, not without the occasional eccentricities, or rather, silly business.