Tonight I have enough snark to fill an entire shelf, nay, an entire room! So, hold onto your hats and maybe open a window to let the heat out.
Save the masks for the docs & nurses!
Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have said that surgical masks should only be worn by healthcare workers, infected people or those who are taking care of someone who is infected. These are the experts in the field. And, the fact is that healthcare workers in hospitals are desperate for masks to protect them when they are working with infectious patients, but there is a severe shortage of the personal protective equipment they need.
So, along comes Donald Trump and his wrecking crew who are expected to announce sometime today that everybody should be wearing a mask when out in public. Brilliant … the front-line doctors and nurses cannot get masks, but the government suggests that every Tom, Dick and Harry should be snatching them up for their own personal use, even though washing their hands is the far better option.
I think doctors and hospitals all across the nation should sue the federal government for putting their lives in danger. In fact, I hope they do. And no, I won’t wear a mask … I cannot, for I would choke to death with something covering my mouth. Take your mask, Trump, and put it where the sun don’t shine.
Impeachment caused WHAT???
The U.S. is now the hardest-hit nation on the globe by the coronavirus, thanks in large part to the bungling responses of Trump and his wrecking crew throughout January, February and March. Within the U.S. the State of New York has seen the most cases and deaths. There are a number of reasons for that, but Trump has his own idea … he blames it on his own impeachment! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
In a letter to Senator Chuck Schumer …
The letter was in response to one from Schumer requesting Trump to appoint a logistical expert from the military to use the Defense Production Act to properly allocate resources to the states. The utter bombast of Trump’s letter is enough to make one growl, but for him to refer to his impeachment as a hoax and then make the assumption that the coronavirus would not have become a problem had it not been for his well-deserved impeachment deserves a full-throated banshee scream!
Mail-in ballots? Why not???
The U.S. elections are exactly seven months from today. Given that we are told by experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci that we cannot even begin to predict when it will be safe for the nation to come to life again, many of us are deeply concerned about that November 3rd election and are in favour of going to a Universal Vote by Mail system. Already, there are 27 states, including my own, that have no-excuse absentee voting, and in three states, all voting is done by mail. It isn’t rocket science.
Yet Trump and his wrecking crew are sitting on their fat arses on this one, debating, saying it may be too risky. I champion 100% mail-in voting this year for a number of reasons. First, it would ensure that we have an election. Second, I believe it would increase voter turnout significantly. Third, it would put an end to many of the voter disenfranchisement tactics used by republicans in numerous states, such as moving polling places, closing polls early, requiring voter I.D., etc.
One of their arguments against universal mail-in voting is that it would take time to get the systems in place. Only six states have no current accommodation for mail-in ballots … all other states already have the systems in place to provide and count mail-in ballots. But more to the point … time’s a-wasting! Okay, if it’s going to take time and effort, get off your arses and get busy doing it! Stop talking and balking, stop looking for excuses to take away our right to a fair and honest election and start developing the damn system! What the hell do you think we’re paying you for???
But I smell a rat …
The headline in Fortune reads …
USPS warns it might have to shutter by June as $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package provides no funding
And in Business Insider …
Lawmakers are sounding the alarm on the coronavirus shuttering the USPS by June
Now … how would mail-in ballots work if there is no mail? Now do you smell the rat?
To another issue, though, if the USPS were to shut down … nearly one million people in this country would not be able to receive their life-saving medication by mail. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Looks like the ‘person’ in the Oval Office is planning a bit of golf this weekend, while the nation literally burns. The Secret Service this week signed a $45,000 contract (our money) to rent a fleet of golf carts in Northern Virginia, saying it needed them quickly to protect a “dignitary” in the town of Sterling, home to one of Trump’s golf clubs.
All of Virginia is under a stay-at-home order from Governor Ralph Northam, lasting until June 10. But that order allows golf courses to remain open … I suppose like churches in Florida, golf courses in Virginia are considered “essential”. Funny how words can have different meanings, depending on who’s using them, isn’t it?