Pence flouts Mayo Clinic policy on masks — which is to wear one

As you all probably know by now, Vice President Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. During his visit, and in an earlier meeting with Minnesota governor, Tim Walz (D), Pence was the only person in the room not wearing a mask.

This despite instructions on the Mayo Clinic website requesting that all patients, visitors and personnel bring and wear a face mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Forget Denmark – “Something is rotten in the United States!”

I’ve written two letters to my Congresswoman, Lois Frankel, over the last two days. I won’t bore you with the entire letters, but I thought you’d be interested in the subject: PPP.

The first letter described how the PPP is affecting someone I know, someone very close to me, an independent contractor, a “gig worker” in today’s parlance, and the trials and tribulations of her attempts to receive the PPP loan she deserved.

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:


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.