Where else did you think I lived?
I’m like Janet that way.
Mar 30 2020
Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover
we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.
President Ronald Reagan is wounded in an assassination attempt; The U.S. reaches a deal with Russia to buy Alaska Territory; Actor James Cagney dies; Musician Eric Clapton born.
It’s my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it.
Mar 29 2020
Now this, this is a knife.
This is a rant.
I saw your adverts in the paper and I’ve been on package tours several times you see, and I decided that this was for me.
Yes I quite agree. I mean what’s the point of being treated like sheep. What’s the point of going abroad if you’re just another tourist carted around in buses surrounded by sweaty mindless oafs from Kettering and Coventry in their cloth caps and their cardigans and their transistor radios and their Sunday Mirrors, complaining about the tea – “Oh they don’t make it properly here, do they, not like at home” – and stopping at Majorcan bodegas selling fish and chips and Watney’s Red Barrel and calamari’s and two veg and sitting in their cotton frocks squirting Timothy White’s sun cream all over their puffy raw swollen purulent flesh ‘cos they “overdid it on the first day.”
And being herded into endless Hotel Miramars and Bellvueses and Continentales with their modern international luxury roomettes and draught Red Barrel and swimming pools full of fat German businessmen pretending they’re acrobats forming pyramids and frightening the children and barging into queues and if you’re not at your table spot on seven you miss the bowl of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, the first item on the menu of International Cuisine, and every Thursday night the hotel has a bloody cabaret in the bar, featuring a tiny emaciated dago with nine-inch hips and some bloated fat tart with her hair brylcreemed down and a big arse presenting Flamenco for Foreigners.
And then some adenoidal typists from Birmingham with flabby white legs and diarrhea trying to pick up hairy bandy-legged wop waiters called Manuel and once a week there’s an excursion to the local Roman Remains to buy cherryade and melted ice cream and bleeding Watney’s Red Barrel and one evening you visit the so called typical restaurant with local color and atmosphere and you sit next to a party from Rhyl who keep singing “Torremolinos, torremolinos” and complaining about the food – “It’s so greasy isn’t it?” – and you get cornered by some drunken greengrocer from Luton with an Instamatic camera and Dr. Scholl sandals and last Tuesday’s Daily Express and he drones on and on about how Mr. Smith should be running this country and how many languages Enoch Powell can speak and then he throws up over the Cuba Libres.
And sending tinted postcards of places they don’t realize they haven’t even visited to “All at number 22, weather wonderful, our room is marked with an ‘X’. Food very greasy but we’ve found a charming little local place hidden away in the back streets where they serve Watney’s Red Barrel and cheese and onion crisps and the accordionist plays ‘Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner’.” And spending four days on the tarmac at Luton airport on a five-day package tour with nothing to eat but dried BEA-type sandwiches and you can’t even get a drink of Watney’s Red Barrel because you’re still in England and the bloody bar closes every time you’re thirsty and there’s nowhere to sleep and the kids are crying and vomiting and breaking the plastic ash-trays and they keep telling you it’ll only be another hour although your plane is still in Iceland and has to take some Swedes to Yugoslavia before it can load you up at 3 a.m. in the bloody morning and you sit on the tarmac till six because of “unforeseen difficulties”, i.e. the permanent strike of Air Traffic Control in Paris – and nobody can go to the lavatory until you take off at 8, and when you get to Malaga airport everybody’s swallowing “enterovioform” and queuing for the toilets and queuing for the armed customs officers, and queuing for the bloody bus that isn’t there to take you to the hotel that hasn’t yet been finished. And when you finally get to the half-built Algerian ruin called the Hotel del Sol by paying half your holiday money to a licensed bandit in a taxi you find there’s no water in the pool, there’s no water in the taps, there’s no water in the bog and there’s only a bleeding lizard in the bidet. And half the rooms are double booked and you can’t sleep anyway because of the permanent twenty-four-hour drilling of the foundations of the hotel next door – and you’re plagued by appalling apprentice chemists from Ealing pretending to be hippies, and middle-class stockbrokers’ wives busily buying identical holiday villas in suburban development plots just like Esher, in case the Labour government gets in again, and fat American matrons with sloppy-buttocks and Hawaiian-patterned ski pants looking for any mulatto male who can keep it up long enough when they finally let it all flop out. And the Spanish Tourist Board promises you that the raging cholera epidemic is merely a case of mild Spanish tummy, like the previous outbreak of Spanish tummy in 1660 which killed half London and decimated Europe – and meanwhile the bloody Guardia are busy arresting sixteen-year-olds for kissing in the streets and shooting anyone under nineteen who doesn’t like Franco. And then on the last day in the airport lounge everyone’s comparing sunburns, drinking Nasty Spumante, buying cartons of duty free “cigarillos” and using up their last pesetas on horrid dolls in Spanish National costume and awful straw donkeys and bullfight posters with your name on “Ordoney, El Cordobes and Brian Pules of Norwich” and 3-D pictures of the Pope and Kennedy and Franco, and everybody’s talking about coming again next year and you swear you never will although there you are tumbling bleary-eyed out of a tourist-tight antique Iberian airplane.
Rick and Beth
“How does it feel to live in a World full of Morons?” An actual quote from my Briggs Meyers analysis.
Mar 29 2020
Welcome to the World Handball Championship between Norway and Denmark. It’s the 2019 Match from about 11 months ago but I expect we’ll be getting way older and more obscure.
In the United States most people think of “Handball” as a Jai Lai like game between two players bouncing a Ball off a Wall trying to make the opponent miss, as in Tennis, and using your hand like a Racquet to Strike/Throw the Ball. Everyplace else “Handball” is like Football only you play it with, you know, your hands.
And by Football I mean “Soccer” because we’re exceptionally contrarian idiots.
It reminds me most of Water Polo but I spent thousands of hours watching the Team practice. My Sister would visit me at work, supposedly to drop off lunch from the Sandwich Shop she worked at but mostly to oogle their butts. They wear like 3 Speedos you know, in case they get ripped off in the Scrum.
Mar 29 2020
Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover
we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg convicted of Cold War espionage; Lt. William Calley, Jr. convicted in the Vietnam War’s My Lai massacre; U.S. troops leave South Vietnam; Attorney Johnnie Cochran dies.
Why Did Joe Biden Disappear Right as the Coronavirus Pandemic Exploded?
BRANKO MARCETIC, JACOBIN
Joe Biden just abdicated national leadership by disappearing for a week in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. According to mainstream media, it’s no big deal.
Let’s look at the state of things for a second. The world is currently grappling with a deadly global pandemic, one that has already led to cities across the world being placed into lockdown, and looks to be leading to an unprecedented economic crisis. Despite bungling the response in a way that could be called criminal, the president has now gotten out in front, holding daily press briefings that have allowed him to feed misinformation directly to the public, and taking steps that, while grossly inadequate for the moment, have already outstripped the Obama administration’s economic response in 2008 — with the result that, for the moment at least, a large majority of Americans now approves of Trump’s handling of the crisis.
Being an election year, there are several things a Democratic challenger should be doing. One is exuding a sense of calm, stability, and competence, to convey “presidentialness” and contrast with Trump’s chaotic behavior. Being the Democratic Party’s prospective leader, they should be helping to set the legislative agenda and drive the party’s ideas about the response to this unprecedented emergency. And they should be communicating with the public as much as possible, providing reassurance and guidance while denying the president a monopoly of the airwaves.
There are two Democratic candidates left in the race. Let’s see what they’ve done.
First there’s Bernie Sanders. Sanders held a press conference on March 12, calling for solidarity in the face of the crisis and laying out a plan that went further than what the Congressional Democratic leadership were pushing for at the time, including an expansion of federal food programs, more generous emergency unemployment insurance that included workers typically left out, and a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, and utility shutoffs.
In lieu of public gatherings, Sanders, who splits his time between the US Senate and his home in Burlington, remained in the public eye through press conferences and livestreamed events, giving updates on the crisis, suggesting new ideas for dealing with it, and answering questions from members of the public. Between his March 12 presser and now — not including the Sunday debate — Sanders has made at least six public appearances, including a second press conference the day after, a “fireside chat” in his Burlington home the day after that, a “digital rally” with Neil Young and other musicians two days later, and several livestreamed virtual roundtables on the crisis response.
While the Democratic leadership ignored the advice of public health officials and urged in-person voting and turnout in the midst of a pandemic, the Sanders campaign declined to urge voters to endanger themselves, saying going out to vote in these circumstances was “a personal decision.” And rather than continuing to fundraise for the presidential contest, the campaign instead mobilized its staff and volunteers to call and text to raise money for five charities, gathering $2 million in forty-eight hours to be distributed to Meals on Wheels, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and others.
Then there’s former vice president Joe Biden, currently on track to cruise to the Democratic nomination.
Biden, like Sanders, first held a press conference on March 12, the day the crisis first became real for many people, which started half an hour late due to technical difficulties. He then held a virtual town hall the day after, which saw Biden falsely claim credit for the Endangered Species Act before wandering off camera, an event so marred by technical difficulties that the “disjoined effort,” in Biden’s words, had to be ended early. Then came the debate, in which Biden was allowed by the moderators to brazenly lie about almost every aspect of his record, a contrast from debates in the past.
In the lead up to the last Tuesday’s elections — even as the coronavirus death toll climbed, cities went into lockdown, and health and government officials urged people to stay inside at all costs — Biden’s campaign encouraged voters to turn out, falsely assuring them it was safe. The result was a day of chaos and confusion that almost certainly assisted the virus’s continued spread. Biden then gave a brief victory speech that ended in another odd moment that quickly went viral, now par for the course for the campaign.
And until today, that was the last almost anyone saw of the Democratic frontrunner. For almost a whole week, as the crisis has exponentially worsened by day, Biden seemed to have vanished off the face off the earth, surfacing only last Friday in a call with the press. He was “desperately” trying to “be in daily or at least, you know, significant contact with the American people and communicate what I would be doing,” he told reporters, as if regular, successful livestreaming hadn’t already been accomplished by both his opponent and millions of teenagers. To be fair, a source told ABC, Biden’s house in Wilmington had low ceilings, making lighting tough.
The campaign also started emailing and texting supporters, asking them for “an idea for how Joe Biden can connect with voters online.” No one has yet explained how, given these difficulties, Biden advisor Ron Klain managed to MacGyver his way into a video for the campaign explaining how the crisis came to be and what Biden would do about it.
After holding a tele-fundraiser with donors on Sunday, the Biden campaign appears finally to have figured out how to do a livestream, with the candidate delivering a fifteen-minute scripted speech from his home today. This one wasn’t free of difficulty either. Besides what has, since 2019, become a trademark lackluster speaking performance — the candidate slurring and stumbling over words throughout and abruptly cutting off his own thought process mid-sentence several times — the speech saw Biden suddenly trail off midway through, visibly signal for someone behind the camera to lift either the teleprompter or cue cards he was reading off, before losing his train of thought, saying, “Let me go the second thing. I’ve spoken enough on it.”
But beyond that, Biden’s address suffered from another shortcoming that all of his public addresses have shared. Instead of outlining bold, specific proposals to deal with the crisis — like, for instance his opponent’s calls for $2,000 direct payments to every American, emergency universal Medicare coverage, and an oversight agency to fight price-gouging and self-dealing — Biden prefers to criticize Republicans and issue vague calls for action and results: “We should be doing everything in our power to keep workers on payrolls … help the economy come out on the other side strong. The federal government should provide the resources to make that happen, while still protecting American taxpayers.” Other than promises to mobilize the military, Biden elides specifics, instead instructing Americans to read the nearly 7,000-word plan up on his website.
And that plan is now obsolete. …
In a return to media interviews after being absent for nearly a week, Joe Biden’s awkward return was embarrassing.
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This announcement of layoffs by United Airlines came literally a few hours after they got $25B in grants from the government so they wouldn't have to lay anyone off.
Congress is full of a bunch of fucking morons. https://t.co/UrNRiOIgbO
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) March 27, 2020
For $2 trillion, you could give $500 billion to frontline health care facilities and then cut a $10,000 check to every single worker in America.
Please try to explain to me how this wouldnt be better than giving much of the emergency stimulus money to corporations.
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) March 28, 2020
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) March 25, 2020
After days of frenzied negotiations, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to address economic issues caused by the coronavirus, the largest such aid package in U.S. history. The Onion takes a look at what’s in the stimulus bill.
Direct payments of $1,200 for single Americans, $2,400 for married couples, and $3,000 for those playing the field.
$32 billion to an airline industry that charged you for a blanket on your last flight.
Paywall taken off U.S. Unemployment Office website.
More protections than you’d think necessary to safeguard American people from their president.
Lot of money the government has spent decades telling Americans it didn’t have and couldn’t spend.
Probably something that sounds very good and turns out to be very bad.
Five dollars to Senator Ron Johnson for winning betting pool that Rand Paul would get virus first.
Every family will receive $500 per child, but officials may not come to collect the children until May.
Federal aid for independent contractors, such as Uber drivers and assassins.
A stern reminder that this is a one-time thing.
Mar 29 2020
Being a Nutmegger makes me a pariah now.
Can’t go to World Headquarters, that’s in NYC. Can’t go to North Lake or By The Sea either, except I can just get in the car and drive and if you’re canny enough to avoid Tolls and DUI Checkpoints or even have a fair to moderate excuse (“My Aunt’s trapped in Florida, I need to rescue her Cat.”), no problems.
They can’t keep out firewood (ok, they do it because there’s some kind of Beetle or Fungus they’re trying to avoid, ask me about invasive water weeds).
But I’m proud to be from the State that gave you Colt Revolvers to stop the rebellions of Race Slaves transported in the bottom of Ships from the Land of Steady Habits feeding a Whitney Cotton Gin for Wage Slaves to make into cloth and clothing stitched together in sweatshops by babies with a Howe Sewing Machine.
That was before we got seriously into Armaments.
And the Insurance part of FIRE and Big Pharma and other reprehensible activities.
We’re persona non grata since we’re close to NYC (4 hours on a good day), “Epicenter” of the contagion and I put it in scare quotes because…
IT’S NEW YORK CITY! IT’S THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE! WHAT MADE YOU THINK THEY DIDN’T NEED ALL THE VENTILATORS?
I mean LA? Preening for vanity’s sake. Check out any Russian Nuclear Targeting Plan.
Gina Raimondo hates us, damn Leafers-
Rhode Island police, troops stopping incoming New Yorkers to force quarantine
By Phil McCausland, NBC
March 28, 2020
Rhode Island’s National Guard and state police are stopping motorists with New York license plates and going door-to-door to find people who may have traveled recently from the state.
The enforcement actions come after Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered that anyone who has moved from New York state to Rhode Island in the past two weeks must self-quarantine for 14 days, part of her state’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Troops from the National Guard have been posted at train stations and bus depots to inform New Yorkers of the order, and on Saturday they began going door-to-door to tell any recent travelers from New York that they must follow the quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus. State police began stopping cars with New York plates on Friday.
“I know this is unusual. I know this is extreme. And I know some people don’t agree with it,” Raimondo said. “It’s absolutely not a decision I make lightly.”
Those who do not comply with the order face a fine of $500 and 90 days in prison.
First they came for the people with New York Plates but I did not have a New York Plate…
You’d be surprised actually. Lots of people register in Florida because the taxes are low. Not me mind you.
Then you could pick up a rental- who knows what kind of plates are on those?
Also, it’s a little unConstitutional-
Her order to stop New Yorkers drew a complaint from the state’s chapter of the state’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter.
“While the governor may have the power to suspend some state laws and regulations to address this medical emergency, she cannot suspend the Constitution,” Steven Brown, head of the ACLU in Rhode Island, said in a statement. “Under the Fourth Amendment, having a New York state license plate simply does not, and cannot, constitute ‘probable cause’ to allow police to stop a car and interrogate the driver, no matter how laudable the goal of the stop may be.”
Raimondo said that she understood the ACLU’s argument, but said that directive follows federal guidance and will be enforced respectfully. The White House had previously called for all people who leave New York to self-quarantine for 14 days.
“This is the law. This is not a suggestion. It’s going to save lives,” Raimondo said.
Raimondo is an idiot, but Rhode Island Governors frequently are (when they’re not being corrupt as Hell) and I’ve met several from both Parties. Frankly losing access to Rhode Island bothers me not a bit, I’ve heard rumors they were the ones who introduced Celery to Lobster Rolls (any Nutmegger knows a proper Lobster Roll has Butter and Lemon, that’s it, Butter and Lemon and Lobster on a toasted Nissen).
How do I know she’s an idiot? Even the Unindicted Co-conspirator Bottomless Pinocchio has backed off.
See, it was all because of Ron DeSantis of Florida and as it turns out he’s not really all that worried about rich Snowbirds from the Big Apple flying down to Naples, oh no…
It’s those Brown Zombies from Louisiana storming into Tallahassee.
Florida coronavirus cases pass 4000: state border checkpoints begin, vacation rentals halted
by James Call, USA TODAY
March 28, 2020
On Friday, he issued an executive order expanding a previous directive that airline travelers from the New York City area self-quarantine for 14 days to include people from Louisiana who enter the state on Interstate 10.
The order would not apply to commercial transportation.
New Orleans is experiencing a coronavirus surge of more than 1,000 infections linked to the Mardi Gras celebration in February, sending Louisiana’s total number of cases past 3,300 as of Saturday. DeSantis wants to intercept any Louisiana travelers from “seeding” the virus in Florida.
It’s about a three-hour drive from New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida, and panhandle officials had expressed concerns to him about travelers fleeing the Bayou State and carrying the virus into Florida.
“Look, we’re either trying to fight this virus or we are not,” DeSantis said of his plan that includes a checkpoint on Interstate 10 at the Alabama line and National Guard members greeting travelers from the New York City area at airports.
“We’ve done what we could with New York City and we’re also doing the same with the New Orleans hot spot,” DeSantis said.
His executive orders defined the greater New York City area and Louisiana as areas with substantial community spread. Individuals traveling from those regions must “self-declare” they came from a hot spot and agree to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival in Florida. A violation could mean a 60-day jail sentence and fines of up to $500.
Signs were erected along I-10 to direct eastbound drivers to a checkpoint where they were notified about the requirement. DeSantis said he was also looking at establishing one on I-95 to catch New York travelers.
But while the Georgia Public Health Department has called Albany, 88 miles north of Tallahassee, a region with “sustained community spread” of the coronavirus, DeSantis shrugged about establishing a checkpoint on I-75. And his office did not respond to questions about U.S. 319. Both thoroughfares connect north Florida to Albany.
“Having the 10 and 95 (checkpoints) is good and I think that provides the protection,” DeSantis said when asked about other routes into the state.
The governor also called on local airport authorities and airlines to help identify travelers from hotspots. The National Guard and public health officials are stationed at major airports and DeSantis called on local airport authorities to help to screen arrivals at smaller airports like Tallahassee’s for contact with hot zones.
“I think it is in everybody’s interest that we deal with the spread we have now, try to blunt it, flatten the curve, but we don’t allow importing new infections,” DeSantis said.
On Friday, he said the state would suspend vacation rentals for two weeks, telling visitors, “If you’re in one now, finish and go home.”
If you’re bound and determined to get to Florida-
Mar 29 2020
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The Sunday Talking Heads:
This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ); Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA); and White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow.
The roundtable guests are: ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton; former Trump Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Tom Bossert; ABC News Chief Business Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, and ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.
Face the Nation: Host Margaret Brennan’s guests are: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner; Dr. Ginrico Farrugia, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic; Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA); Dr. David Heymann, WHO special adviser. and Steven Mnuchin, Treasury secretary.
Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former V. Pres. Joe Biden; Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Covid-19 response coordinator; Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI); and Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA);
The panel guests are: Hugh Hewitt, conservative radio talk show host; Carol Lee, national political reporter for NBC News; Andrea Mitchel, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; and Eugene Robinson, Washington Post columnist.
State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI); Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE); Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA)); Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases; 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio