News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News

(H/T Scissorhead Dennis Cole)

Hey guys, the OHMYGODicron is here and it is spreading rapidly, per the NYTimes:

“Underscoring growing concerns about Omicron, scientists in South Africa said on Friday that the newest coronavirus variant appears to spread more than twice as quickly as Delta, until now the most contagious version of the virus.

“Omicron’s rapid spread results from a combination of contagiousness and an ability to dodge the body’s immune defenses, the researchers said, but the contribution of each factor is not yet certain.”

The WaPo says it is in Maryland:

Three cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus have been reported in Maryland, the first cases of the variant in the Washington region, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced on Friday.

Hogan said the cases were detected in residents who live in the Baltimore metro area.

Two of the cases are from one household, including one person who was vaccinated and recently traveled to South Africa. The second person was unvaccinated and had close contact with the traveler. The third case is unrelated to the other two, and there is no known recent travel history.

And lastly, well, Floriduh Man FINALLY has competition: Italian Man!

“An Italian man is facing charges of fraud after turning up for his Covid-19 vaccine wearing a fake arm.

“So determined was he to dodge the jab but still obtain a health pass, the anti-vaxxer may have paid hundreds of euros for the silicone prosthetic.”

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Hair Füror’s Lawyer Takes The Fifth About The Sixth On The 3rd

The Stupid Coup

This is not normal:

John Eastman, the attorney who helped former President Donald Trump pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election, has asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, according to a letter he delivered to the Jan. 6 committee explaining his decision not to testify…

…Eastman’s decision is an extraordinary assertion by someone who worked closely with Trump to attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. He met with Trump and pushed state legislative leaders to reject Biden’s victory in a handful of swing states and appoint alternate electors to the Electoral College, effectively denying Biden’s victory.

I’m only a sonofalawyer, but I thought you had to be charged with a crime before you could  plead the 5th Amendment.

Legal Beagles: please elucidate us.

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Midday Palate Cleanser

I’ll take mine black.

(So that’s why they like boxes. It all makes sense now.)

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Pandemic Round-Up

Science discovers how the Trump-Virus spreads
(H/T: Twitter)

No Time For Blogging, as Doctor Zaius used to say.

I have not read these OMYGODicron variant stories yet, but I thought you might be interested. From the MIT email thingie:

Omicron cases have now been detected in five US states
That’s Hawaii, California, Colorado, Minnesota, and New York. (Axios)
  + The second person in the US with omicron just attended a giant event. (Ars Technica)
  + All 53,000 attendees of the NYC anime conference he went to are being urged to get tested. (The Verge)
  + Multiple cases have now been detected in New York. (The Guardian)
  + US states’ sequencing capabilities vary widely. (Axios)
  + Here’s what scientists know about omicron so far. (Nature)
  + But it’ll be weeks until we can say what omicron’s impact will be with any certainty. (TR)
  + The US is tightening travel requirements in response. (CNBC)
  + It would cost $50 billion to vaccinate the world, according to the OECD. (Bloomberg $)
  + Germany is implementing a lockdown for the unvaccinated. (CNN)
  + Booster shots significantly strengthen covid immunity, a large new study found. (BBC)

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Shut-down Averted

Remember that time Ted Cruz recited Green Eggs and Ham to the country?

The WaPo tells us that Ted Cruz tried to get the ol’ band back together to reprise their 2013 Shut Down, and well, the show got cancelled:

This week’s shutdown threat, which was averted with a Senate vote Thursday night, was not only just as quixotic — aimed at forcing President Biden to sign a bill blocking his own coronavirus vaccine mandates — but is being led by some of the same Republican plotters.

They included Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), the lead architect of the 2013 shutdown, and Sen. Mike Lee (Utah), as well as Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Chip Roy (Tex.), who served as Cruz’s top legislative strategist in 2013.

“We should use every tool we have to protect people’s rights,” Cruz thundered to reporters Wednesday. “The vaccine mandates are illegal, they’re abusive and they’re hurting this country.”

“We jes’ wanna kill some more ‘Murkins,” Cruz didn’t wail, but should have. “Is that too much t’ ask?”

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) email thingie of course gives us the process story because, well, gossip:

NO SHUTDOWN — Congress avoided a government shutdown after Senate conservatives dropped their demands to nix President JOE BIDEN’s vaccine mandates in the funding bill — and Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMERgave them a way out.

All 100 senators agreed late Thursday night to quickly proceed to a bill funding the government through Feb. 18. The breakthrough came after Schumer gave Republicans a vote (with a simple majority threshold) to defund federal vaccination mandates. He did so only because there were two Republicans absent, meaning that even if Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) sided with Republicans, the amendment would be defeated. (And fail it did, 48-50.)

As usual, Joe Manchin’s demands must be met, so the Democrats really had to strategize on his absence. Unbelievable.

 

 

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America Shocked: Rudderless Republicans Have No Agenda, Stand For Nothing

Moscow Mitch
(H/T Raw Story via Skinny Dennis)

As Heather Chandler once said, “Eff me gently with a chainsaw” –

McConnell: No legislative agenda for 2022 midterms

Mitch McConnell has told colleagues and donors Senate Republicans won’t release a legislative agenda before next year’s midterms, according to people who’ve attended private meetings with the minority leader.

Why it matters: Every midterm cycle, there are Republican donors and operatives who argue the party should release a positive, pro-active governing outline around which candidates can rally. McConnell adamantly rejects this idea, preferring to skewer Democrats for their perceived failures.

“They cannot hold us accountable for our failures,” Moscow Mitch didn’t say, “if we make no promises.”

But anyway, this is where it gets funny: untalented hapless House Minority Leader RepK-Mac wants a detailed agenda:

The current House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, is a “Contract with America” guy. He’s told his colleagues he thinks it’s important they tell voters what they support — not just what they oppose.

  • He wants to release a legislative agenda to unite the conference ahead of the midterms, according to sources with direct knowledge of his caucus statements.
  • McCarthy’s already released a first element: what he calls the “Parents Bill of Rights.”
  • He’s also appointed Republican members to seven “issue-specific task forces” to work up this pre-midterm agenda.

Of course our Failed Political Press ™ will fail to notice that the Republicans have two contradictory strategies coming from both of their leaders.

Why Won’t the Democrats Lead?

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Shaheen Hands Cotton His Ass

Deep Thoughts From Tom Cotton

If you were Aaron Sorkin working on his next West Wing-is re-boot, you could not write dialog much better than this:

TOM COTTON

The simplest way to deter an invasion of Ukraine, the simplest way to deter Russian aggression is to draw clear red lines and enforce them — something that Joe Biden will not do, something that apparently the Democratic senators will not force him to do.

JEANNE SHAHEEN

I just have to take real umbrage at your suggestion, Senator Cotton. I’m the one who Vladimir Putin refused a visa to get into Russia. Because of my opposition to Russia and to what Putin was doing. He didn’t deny you a visa to get into the country! So don’t talk to me about how I’ve not been tough enough on Russia, because that dog won’t hunt.

Tom Cotton is not very good at this. However, Jeanne Shaheen is EXCELLENT.

 

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One Lump of Stupid or Two, Mark Meadows?

Mark Meadows
(File Photo, undated)

You guys, Mark Meadows is even stupid than we thought:

“Jan. 6 investigators have tried to pry information from Mark Meadows for months. Now, excerpts from his forthcoming book have piqued the select committee’s interest.

“In interviews, members of the committee say Meadows may have damaged his case for maintaining the secrecy of his contacts with former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 by divulging selected details in his book, due to publish Tuesday.”

And remember yesterday when he tried to slither away from Hair Füror by claiming his own book was FAKE NEWS!!1!

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Bad Signs, Cont.

H/T @NamelessCynic on the electrical twitter

According to @NamelessCynic this restaurant in not in the Castro, it’s in Tehran.

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Hair Füror is a Giver

Deadly distractions

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie gives us this handy cut-out-and-keep timeline of when Hair Füror was deliberately spreading the Trump-Virus leading up to the presidential debate:

DONALD TRUMP, SUPERSPREADER? — The explosive news, first reported by the Guardian’s Martin Pengelly, that Trump tested positive for the coronavirus three days before the first presidential debate, according to MARK MEADOWS’forthcoming book, “The Chief’s Chief,” raises the possibility that the president could have transmitted the virus to numerous people. Here’s what Trump was up to while infected:

Sept. 26:

— Trump tests positive for the coronavirus, according to Meadows’ book.

— Trump hosts a Rose Garden event and indoor reception at the White House for the announcement of AMY CONEY BARRETT as his Supreme Court nominee. At least 11 people at the event soon tested positive for the coronavirus, including first lady MELANIA TRUMP, Lee, Sen. THOM TILLIS (R-N.C.),CHRIS CHRISTIE, KELLYANNE CONWAY and KAYLEIGH MCENANY.

— Trump leaves the White House for a rally in Pennsylvania shortly after his positive test, which Meadows says was followed by a negative test that Trump decided was the more conclusive result.

— Aboard Air Force One, Trump walks to the back of the plane and chats with reporters, including NYT’s MICHAEL SHEAR, who tested positive several days later.

Sept. 27: Trump holds a press conference in the White House briefing room and meets with Gold Star families at the White House. (He later says that one of the attendees may have infected him.)

Sept. 28: Trump has debate prep and two public events at the White House, including one on a new coronavirus testing plan.

Sept. 29: Trump attends the first presidential debate with JOE BIDEN in Cleveland, where he mocks Biden for often wearing a mask. (Asked Wednesday if he believed Trump “put you at risk,” Biden replied, “I don’t think about the former president.”)

Sept. 30: Trump attends a rally in Duluth, Minn. Aboard Air Force One, HOPE HICKS shows signs of being sick with Covid-19. (Trump later suggests she infected him.)

Oct. 1: Trump attends a fundraiser in Bedminster, N.J. McEnany later says, “The first positive test he received was after his return from Bedminster.”

Oct. 2: Trump tweets before 1 a.m. that he has Covid, and later in the day he is airlifted to Walter Reed hospital. He is much sicker than the White House reveals, and from his hospital bed he tells a friend, “I could be one of the diers.”

Final word:

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