Trump is golfing. Deaths due to coronavirus are surging, as are cases. And under Bill Barr's orders, federal agents are pushing into Portland's streets and elsewhere.
And I made an amazing gazpacho just now.
Went out today and was so happy to see that I did not see one person in the stores I had to go to not wearing a mask. My daughters college went to 100% online this weekend as well for the fall. I continue to believe we are in for a long ride with this virus with no national leadership. I am thankful for my governor Who takes this very seriously. I love your show and don’t miss a day!! Thanks for continuing to keep it real!!! Have a great weekend.
I went to my barber in Charlotte, NC. He noticed some of my hair falling out. You see... I've had to catch myself watching too much of the news cycles while searching for a job! I'll continue to listen you, Dean, and John (on demand), so that I can sleep at night. Take care...
Excellent article in WaPo today about how much of an uproar conservatives were in over Elizabeth Dole, under Reagan, getting the seat belt law going. So incredibly ironic. I guess the good news is we are about to break 100 days until the election.
P.S. I made a Julia Child salmon mousse and homemade bread for dinner.
The Mayor of New Orleans closed ALL bars in the city as of 6am this morning. Not even “to go” orders or curbside delivery is allowed. I realize that this may not sound like big or surprising news to everyone bc it’s happening in other cities as well. But I live just four blocks from the world famous Bourbon Street in the French Quarter and the place looks like a ghost town. The city’s economy relies on the tourism industry, but many restaurants and bars will not survive. Some have already closed their doors permanently, and the others have no idea how long this new executive order will remain in effect. And, the stay of evictions has been lifted just as the extended unemployment benefits from Congress are coming to an end. Don’t misunderstand, I think our Mayor is doing the best she can and making the really hard decisions that she and her counterparts shouldn’t have been forced to make. New Orleans defied the odds a few months ago by flattening the curve faster and better than anyone thought that we could or would. Louisiana is the lone state in the Deep South with a Democrat governor...despite Trump’s best efforts and ineffective rallies to unseat the incumbent Governor Edwards. I shudder to think how badly Louisianaianas would have fared had the imbecilic Republican candidate won the election. His entire platform was to repeal the ACA (Obamacare), push pro-life and pro-gun policies while lowering taxes for himself and his extremely wealthy cronies. Which also explains why the GOP governors in the surrounding states are failing epically to get a handle on the health and economic crises. The only silver lining that I can find is that Trump and the Republican Party have made America so much worse than it was almost four years ago, that I know several people who will be voting for a Democrat for the first time in their entire lives. Nevertheless, I don’t believe Louisiana will turn blue and give its electoral college votes to Biden This year. But, it’ll be a helluva lot closer of a presidential race than anyone in the Sportsman's Paradise would have predicted just six months ago. I suspect that will probably be the case for most of the states that Trump wins in November. Not to mention the expected and very well-deserved virtual slaughter of the down ballot Republicans....which is yet another silver lining of this disastrous and unprecedented year in the history of these United States of America.
As a person who always has something to say, I am now lost for any cognizant words for this mountain-high mess of a government. I truly feel like I am living in his rump's chaotic head and can't get out. But hope still abounds that this madness will be over by getting involved, voting, back democratic candidates, get through covid and say a little, no massive prayer two.
I'm still recovering from the whiplash of Mayor Lori Lightfoot first vowing to use every conceivable means to stop a Portland invasion by Trump's unidentified militia, then 2 days later changing her rhetoric and inviting the same militia to join an undefined mission of unlimited scope to 'combat violence'. How exactly will this work? How long will these troops remain in Chicago? What authority do they possess vs the city police? How is violence defined? Chicago has been an over-policed city with a ceaseless parade of gangs for decades. How will thwarting the long-overdue demands of the BLM protestors via untrained weaponized paramilitary address Chicago's decades-long gang violence issues? Especially when Trump refuses to address gun control.
It may look like mask wearing has improved in the UP of Michigan. Went shopping yesterday and Walmart had pretty much full compliance, the grocery store had good compliance and the Tractor Supply Company only had a few people in it and everyone had a mask on. Mostly younger people not wearing a mask, but are getting better with it. I might wear a mask for 45 min. to 1hr. tops per day. Definitely not an inconvenience and may save a life.
The last 3.5 years of my golden years haven't been too good. The ACA of which I'm covered thru has been under constant attack, the virus has stifled many activities I enjoy and being lied to on a daily basis by the Lying A-hole-in-chief can really stress a person out. I'm doing as much as I can with the local Democratic Party to help get rid of the Lying A-hole-in-chief. One can only hope it'll get better after 1/20/21.
A good friend of mine might be falling to the cult.
He hit me with this yesterday
Background he is 37, Hispanic, lives in San Jose and was never too interested in politics until recently. We seems apathetic to the process and believes the both sides are the same whatabout bullshit. What do I say to him. Especially on these points.
6:19 PM <Chonez> why is it the majority of the civil unrest and protests are in democratic run and liberal cities like portland
6:21 PM <Chonez> why should i vote for a party that promises to help me and never does in the end?
6:35 PM <scm> Get really into those because that's who have the power to help your community
6:35 PM <Chonez> sounds like they all dont tho
6:36 PM <Chonez> they promise to and never deliver
6:36 PM <scm> And call your reps
6:37 PM <Chonez> oh i didnt know it was so easy
6:38 PM <Chonez> im gonna let a homeless person know they should just pull themselves up from their boot straps
6:47 PM <Chonez> we got enough money to give everyone 2 tax rebates of $1200 but none for major homeless reform?
6:48 PM <Chonez> people outraged about trader joe names when we got starving kids in america still
Well, we've had Wall of Dads and Wall of Vets join Wall of Moms on Portland's streets.
The dads brought their leaf blowers to shoo the tear gas whence it came. Also make hella noise.
Tonight will probably be the largest turnout yet.
It’s another wild weekend in Seattle!
More protests and reportedly Homeland Security is Now here but lying low.
If anyone wants to see the Seattle protests, look at *Converge Media* on Facebook as it is a live streaming service.