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NanceGreggs

An Ill Wind

“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good” – and as ill a wind as Covoid-19 is, it blew Donald Trump a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to resurrect a presidency that has been nothing less than disastrous.

Between the scandals, the lies, the inane tweets, the public displays of his ignorance and downright stupidity, followed by impeachment and the polls showing him losing to Biden by increasing margins, the Trump “pResidency” was headed for the dumpster....

NanceGreggs

Make No Mistake

The recent statements from some Republicans – re Trump’s suggestion that coronavirus guidelines should be lifted, and people should get back to work in order to ‘save the economy’ – were floating a trial balloon.

They were laying the groundwork for the spin they’d put on the inevitable spike in deaths as a result, casting those who would die as ‘patriots’ who were willing to risk their own lives in order to preserve the financial well-being of their fellow citizens....

NRaleighLiberal

Each day, I strain to believe this is all actually happening. The details are simply beyond belief.

I am sure many of you - all of you? - must feel this way, no matter where we are riding out this growing (and likely just beginning) catastrophe - on so many levels. It isn't just that we are going through a relatively rare event - a global pandemic, under attack by a submicroscopic agent that we still know so little about. It isn't just that we are getting hit with so many different changing guidelines, that our lives are from somewhat to extremely disrupted, that we will likely be losing loved ones, or know someone who is losing loved ones....

TheFerret

You Know, I Don't Think This Trump Fellow Is Going to Work Out

How’s your quarantine goin’, Shower Captives? Oh, I’m fine. I’m certainly not thinking about installing a chandelier, just to have something to swing from. Nope. All totally normal thoughts rattling around in the cranium ‘neath the mask. Let’s round up the news before my brain runs away screaming, shall we?

Over the weekend the President Who Stole From Charity rang up Disgraced Baseball Cheat Alex Rodriguez for advice on the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which threatens to keep him off the golf course indefinitely, and oh yeah, I think some of the serfs might die, too. Did he call any of the members of the pandemic response team that he fired? No, that would be silly, when there are so many unscrupulous athletes to consult! A-Rod is reported to have advised the most powerful person on Earth, “well, whenever I was in a jam I just took a fuckton of steroids,” so if this chloroquine thing doesn’t work out, he’ll be pimping HGH from the Shart House pulpit within a week, and at least MAGA nation can leave behind some totally jacked corpses....

unblock

let's take a moment to remember the benghazi "scandal"

remember how the republicans and the oh-so-fair media raked hillary over the coals over benghazi?

they accused her of leaving an embassy unprepared.
will they treat donnie the same after leaving america unprepared for covid-19?

they accused her of neglect and incompetence for delaying a few hours before she deemed it a "terrorist" attack.
will they treat donnie the same after delaying for months before deciding covid-19 wasn't a "hoax"? ...

Snake Plissken

From Jan 01, 2020 to Mar 01, 2020, Trump sent out 1,795 tweets and not a single one of them ...

Was to warn Americans about the COVID-19 pandemic

So if you run across any Trump apologist trying to talk shit about his impeachment having anything to do with his complete failure at leadership let them explain his schedule for the months of January and February, then ask them why the Republicans spent those months sheltering Trump from justice instead of doing their sworn duties ... which do not include defending Trump and obstructing his impeachment.

kentuck

Too many people have died already.

100,000 is not an acceptable number. It is a disaster.

Stop the political game.

We are in the middle of an epidemic. This is no time to play politics. Stop saying that 100,000 is the number of deaths we can expect under "perfect conditions".

We are all threatened by this virus. We want it stopped. There is no acceptable number for the deaths to come. Don"t make up any arbitrary number for political reasons. It is wrong and immoral.

trof

In the last two days Miz t. has made 40 masks.

My lovely 75 year old wife got the pattern online and joined with several others in our town to make masks.

These will go to doctors' and dentists' offices and lab technicians (Labcorp) to free up the better stuff for hospitals.
They are better than nothing.

MarianJack

I reached a decision today to which the Covid 19 only partially contributed.

I'm going to be 65 in mid June. I'm overweight, diabetic and have high blood pressure, all of them managed by medicine and not acting like an idiot. I also have been in recovery from alcoholism since 1/14/90.

I started collecting my Social Security at 62. For the past couple of years I've been a substitute teacher a couple of day a week. Obviously there hasn't been any subbing for the past few weeks. I just decided today (much to my wife's relief) that I am fully retired. My wife earns a good living in a job she loves, I get a decent SSDI payment every month. Nobody is going to look at our bank account and mistake us for the Romneys, but we'll be ok....

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