US reports more than 3,100 coronavirus deaths, shattering single-day record

This isn’t shocking at all given that there is no leadership from federal levels whatsoever and scattered responses on state and local levels with almost everyone bowing to peer pressure to keep indoor dining and other high risk activities open. And the spike in deaths here is just the beginning most likely given that we’re just entering the post-Thanksgiving infection numbers.

The U.S. reported 3,157 deaths from COVID-19 Wednesday, by far the most for any one day in the pandemic. It comes as a record number of people are hospitalized or in intensive care.

Wednesday’s death toll, according to data by Johns Hopkins University, is about 20% higher than the previous record of 2,607 deaths recorded on April 15. More than 5,700 COVID-19 deaths have been reported by JHU over the past two days.

Obama: You lose people with ‘snappy’ slogans like ‘defund the police’

This, soooooo much:

Former President Obama said political candidates lose support when using “snappy” slogans like “defund the police,” in an interview scheduled to be released Wednesday.

Obama told Peter Hamby, who hosts a Snapchat political show “Good Luck America,” that those who use the slogan could jeopardize their goals of enacting meaningful reforms for police.

“You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,” the former president said in the interview scheduled to go live at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, according to Axios.

It’s such a bad slogan in so many different ways. Besides the obvious of it scaring off anybody near the center of the spectrum, everybody had a different explanation of what it even meant. It ranged from complete abolishment of the police, to redirection of some of their budget to social services. I’m really happy that Biden just basically deflected it and stayed away. Yes, policing in this country is out of control with inflated budgets and virtually no accountability, and the way to change this is to WIN public offices, not lose them by scaring off a good portion of voters so you can have a twitter slogan.

Trump’s Failing Coup and Florida Man Does Good – What I Learned Today – Tuesday, November 24

Michigan certified their election results yesterday and Pennsylvania just certified theirs today:

Trump’s attempt at a coup just got even more difficult. We’re really not talking about how serious that could have come if Biden had a slimmer margin of victory though. Biden won overwhelmingly and the GOP is barely acknowledging his victory. If this came down to one state, we’re in a very scary place right now. I’m afraid this may become the norm. Democrats will have to blow out Republicans from now on or they risk having their victories stolen in broad daylight.

In other news, can we discuss how Trump has taken a loss and made it into almost a two week extravaganza of losing every single day in courts around the country?

Trumper Emily Murphy the Administrator of the GSA who runs it like it’s her personal fiefdom finally signed the letter authorizing Biden to get federal funds, office space, and other transitional goodies. She was supposed to do this two weeks ago but fascist tendencies are strong in that crowd.

Trump immediately took credit for her signing the letter even though she clearly states that he was not involved. The media took Trump’s tweet as a sign of concession. So of course, he had to clarify his tweet by a different tweet:

Well, the freedom thing is going really well:

Florida man, no WAIT FOR IT.  WHY DID YOU ASSUME THIS WAS GOING TO BE SOMETHING STUPID?  Florida man dives into a pond and saves a puppy from an alligator while never losing his cigar.

Don’t even think about messing with this Florida man’s puppy.

Richard Wilbanks, 74, acted swiftly when his 3-month-old pup Gunner was snatched by an alligator in the backyard pond of his home in Estero, near South Florida’s Gulf Coast.

In a stunning video, Wilbanks wrestles the young gator in waist-deep water, bringing it above the surface and prying open its jaws to release the King Charles Cavalier spaniel.

“We were just out walking by the pond,” Wilbanks told CNN, “and it came out of the water like a missile. I never thought an alligator could be that fast. It was so quick.”

Acting on adrenaline or instinct, Wilbanks said he just “automatically jumped into the water.”

He said he sustained some injuries to his hands and went to the doctor for a tetanus shot to be safe.

Gunner had one small puncture wound to his belly, but is doing fine after a trip to the vet, Wilbanks said.

Wilbanks told WINK News that he understands this is the alligator’s home and does not want it removed from the pond. He urged other pet owners to keep their animals away from the water’s edge.

Elmore James, “It Hurts Me Too”:

Passing the Thanksgiving This Year – What I Learned Today – Monday, November 23

Thanksgiving is cancelled this year.  At least in my house it is. Yes, I know that it kinda sucks that we lose the holiday that involves being around friends and family and eating as much food as you can possibly stuff into your gullet, but I’d rather not try to recreate the 17th century pilgrim thanksgiving/biological warfare combo. Mrs. C and I will make small turkey, roast some veggies, maybe make a dessert and have some wine. It’s 2020 after all.

Zoom is removing their 40 minute limit for free accounts for Zoomsgiving:

More than 1 million people traveled by plane in the US in one day, despite CDC COVID-19 guidelines

This past week was the deadliest week of the pandemic so far:

The CDC is warning against cruise travel and for the LIFE OF ME, I cannot figure who on Earth would actually get on a cruise during the height of a pandemic. Of course, Trump got over 70 million votes so I guess we just live in a stupid, stupid world.

Trump is distancing himself from his former legal team member Sidney Powell because… well, who knows?

HA! This made me so happy.  A German covid denier (wtf?) compares herself to a Nazi resistance fighter and the guy working security quits on the spot.

A lovely little short on extinct (or nearly extinct) public phone booth:

Big Bill Broozy plays “Hey Hey”


The website is monitoring the events of the third world nation called The United States of America, as the ruling power takes a buzzsaw to democracy in an attempt to overthrow the will of the people to keep Trump in power. Granted, they have their worst people in charge of doing the actual overthrowing so it’s not a full-throated effort, but it would basically all go away if McConnell and his ilk would say that Biden is President-elect and that Trump needs to move on and do more traditional damage like pardoning all of his friends and himself with his remaining months in power.






The GOP is a Death Cult and Spaghetti that Kills – What I Learned Today – Wednesday, November 18

Senator Sherrod Brown on wearing a mask in the Senate:

And the next day:

Why is the GOP so hellbent on killing everyone? Including their own people!

Trump fired the DHS cryptosecurity chief by tweet for the crime of, telling the truth.

During the middle of that, a two GOP members on a board of canvassers for a county in Michigan that includes Detroit, refused to certify the election results before realizing that it probably wasn’t their best interest in starting a coup and finally voted to certify. One of the board members didn’t hold back in his criticism of the two trumpets:


Trump’s legal team is doing poorly in the courts:

Not a bad record for Giuliani who asked Trump for $20,000 a day for his “work”.

It’s becoming more clear everyday that there was a massive attempt at voter fraud.  Here’s one of the perpetrators:

Even Fox News is basically telling Trump to start the transition process:

This MAGAt mom is laying into a teacher for teaching students, er, facts:

A recipe for Pasta All’Assassina: