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I try to stay away from anything Trump says so I wait for Sarah to do a performance on his stupider moments. Which means she’ll never be of want for material.

Is he….. PROUD that the doctors were surprised that he could pass a cognitive test???    I would be surprised also if he could pass a real one, not the one he took in his mind last night while watching Fox News.

What I Learned Today – Friday, July 10

NYC has a new Black Lives Matter mural right outside of Sauron’s Trump Tower. Trump responded by saying “The Black Lives Matter movement is paramount in spotlighting inequality in the criminal justice system and other institutions and I am proud that there is a mural outside of my building to be a constant reminder to us all.”  Nah, I’m kidding, he called NYC a hellhole and says BLM is a symbol of hate.

Senate Republicans are starting to have second thoughts about attending their upcoming convention in Florida where covid19 infection rates are skyrocketing. Mitch McConnell has decided that he’s not going and will instead keep his head in his shell. So they are perfectly fine of pushing everybody else into the pandemic, but nah, they’ll pass. The RNC is now looking at holding the venue outside.

Meanwhile, Trump has started a war against TikTok users. I don’t know much about TikTok, but if Trump is against it then it can’t be all bad.  Godspeed Gen Z. May Trump’s next rally get 800 million “pre-registrations”.

Is Kanye prezident yet?


43 Florida ICUs have reached capacity. Mississippi hospitals are stretched thin as their ICUs are filling up also. And we broke a new record for the amount of new cases. Over 61,000 now! I’m starting to think that the US didn’t have a very good response to this whole pandemic thing. (As I was about to post this, I see that the numbers for today are out and it’s another new record.  Over 65K.  Lovely.)

Sometimes, the smallest things we take for granted.

A man in Saudi Arabia helped cool down an overheated hawk on a sidewalk.

A man cooling a hawk that was suffering from a heatstroke in Riyad, Saudi Arabia (where temperature reaches 50 celsius in August) from r/HumansBeingBros

And a veteran Broadway lighting technician takes us backstage for a peek of Hamilton.

Supreme Court Rules that Trump Must Disclose His Taxes

Oh boy. 


The Supreme Court on Thursday said President Trump is not immune from New York’s subpoena, but prosecutor will not get documents now.

About the case: New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance had served a subpoena on Trump’s long-time accounting firm, Mazars USA, for his tax returns as part of an investigation into hush money payments to two women with whom the President allegedly had extra-marital affairs pursuant to testimony of Michael Cohen. (Trump has denied the affairs.)

During Supreme Court oral arguments in early May, Trump’s attorneys asked for “temporary presidential immunity” against the prosecutor’s subpoena.

Several of the justices did not seem receptive to Trump’s broad claims of immunity, pointing at times to court precedent concerning Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton that were relied upon by the lower courts that ruled against Trump.

Justice John Roberts asked a lawyer for Trump about the fact that in Clinton v. Jones, the court allowed a private citizen to bring civil suit against a sitting president.

“You focus on the distraction to the President” in this case, Roberts told a lawyer for Trump, but he said in the Clinton case, “we were not persuaded that the distraction in that case meant that discovery could not proceed.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor stressed that New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance was not targeting official acts by the President.

“You are asking for a broader immunity than anyone else gets,” she told a Trump attorney.

And when he emphasized that the president is different than an ordinary litigant, Justice Elena Kagan shot back, saying: “The President isn’t above the law.”

What I Learned Today – July 9

Japan has banned screaming on roller coasters. Looks fun! It’s more of a guideline than a rule. But they had 206 new cases yesterday while the US had 62,425 soooooooo.


Speaking of the plague.  What’s new today?

Trump’s hate filled rally two weeks ago is being blamed for contributing to a surge of Covid infections in Tulsa. Which was easily predictable. And those people who were infected with the rally were most likely spending the last two weeks spreading their germs far and wide, so good luck with that Oklahoma.

The mayor of Houston has canceled the GOP’s state convention. I haven’t looked into the reactions of the Republicans to this but I’m sure they are riled up that they can’t share each other’s covid infections with spittle fleck glee. It will be interesting to see what happens in FL now for the main hate convention GOP national convention given the numbers of infections.

The US set another record yesterday with over 60,000 new cases. The biggest one day record reported by any country on Earth. Trump did promise to make us #1 again and he finally delivered.

And we’re starting to run low on masks and gowns again. Might be a good time to also stock up on toilet paper.

And because everything else seems to suck, here’s Chef John with a cherry chocolate loaf that we made a week or two ago and was amazing:

What I Learned Today – July 8

I’ve stayed away from the news since last week so forgive me if some of this is old news. A lot happens in a day now!

Kanye West is running for president. At least in his mind. (He hasn’t actually done any of the necessary legal steps to be on a ballot, and in some states it is already too late anyway)  The Forbes article has a list of bullet points to catch you up to speed on his totally non-insane presidential run.

  • That he’s running for president in 2020 under a new banner—the Birthday Party—with guidance from Elon Musk and an obscure vice presidential candidate he’s already chosen. “Like anything I’ve ever done in my life,” says West, “I’m doing to win.”
  • That he no longer supports President Trump. “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.”
  • That he’s ok with siphoning off Black votes from the Democratic nominee, thus helping Trump. “I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.”
  • That he’s never voted in his life.
  • That he was sick with Covid-19 in February.
  • That he’s suspicious of a coronavirus vaccine, terming vaccines “the mark of the beast.”
  • That he believes “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”
  • That he envisions a White House organizational model based on the secret country of Wakanda in Black Panther.

Trump’s niece’s book is being released early and there are already excerpts around the web. Spoiler alert.  Trump cheats on everything.  Taxes, SATs, wives, golf.  I think the title of the book is Shit That Every Sane Person Already Knows. I won’t be reading that just like I didn’t read the Bolton book. It’s not like I need any more evidence that I’m not going to vote for the guy at this point.

In other terrible Trump news (redundant!) his Health Secretary claims that healthcare workers don’t get covid. This is news to the 760 healthcare workers who so far have died from the disease, and the nearly 100K who have tested positive.  And the Trump administration is planning on kicking out international students from the country if their classes are online-only for the upcoming semester.  Which means some people see a pandemic and see death and tragedy, while others see it as an opportunity to push your racist and xenophobic values.

And Trump is now threatening to cut federal funds to schools that don’t physically reopen.
To force students, teachers, custodial staff, bus drivers, administrative staff, etc., back into the middle of a raging pandemic is nothing short of attempted murder at this point. That the GOP has done nothing to curb Trump’s denial is criminal. They are all complicit.

Record numbers in Covid again yesterday in TX and CA. And most likely FL because they are working their best at hiding the numbers. But their ICU’s are filling up at a scary rate. It didn’t have to be like this.

And opossums enjoy their potassium.

Books I Read in June

I know, I know.  I’m late.  As you can see by the amount of posting I have been doing lately, I haven’t been online as much. Still social distancing although I did have to venture out for an inspection sticker for my car and Mrs. C had a training session where she had to fly. So now we’re back huddled in for a bit, getting more angry by the day at these fools who can’t put a mask over their face.  But let’s get to this round of books.

The Life of Greece by Will Durant Volume 2 of Will Durant’s mindblowing A Story of Civilization. I’ve had this volume in my library for several years and just wasn’t ready to tackle it.  It probably is a bit outdated (it was written in the 30s) but Durant’s prose is engaging and addictive. I bought several other volumes from Amazon before I even finished reading this.  “No great nation is ever conquered until it has destroyed itself.” – Will Durant

Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield This is definitely inspired by Durant’s book when I wasn’t ready to leave Greece and looked for historical fiction and came up with this.  A retelling of Sparta’s Battle of Thermopylae which is wonderfully told through the eyes of a slave of the Spartans who is captured. If you loved 300 and wanted a more in depth look, this is for you.

Caesar and Christ by Will Durant Volume 3 of Durant’s book (I told you I was blowing through them.) This picks up in the early days of Rome and takes you to when the empire begins to crumble. And yes, I have started reading Volume 4 which is even more immense and deals with the Middle Ages.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix The Key Lime recommended this in last month’s book post and it’s a fun quick read. I’m making a mental note here to see what else Grady Hendrix has written but I have a feeling I’m going to forget if I don’t write it down.  So many books, so little time.  Even with lockdown.

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes So lockdown has me missing travel. I watched this movie a few weeks ago and it seemed like perfect escapism for the current climate.  The book doesn’t have too much in common with the movie and unless you are really into renovating an old house in Tuscany, you probably will do what I did; speed reading mode activated.

If It Bleeds by Stephen King Just finished this last night so technically it should be on next month’s list.  Well, reading Stephen King is always comforting. Even if you don’t like the plot, he has a way with characters. This has 4 short stories (or three short stories and one novella). I loved the first one about an old man, and iphone, and a grave, and kind of got into the one about the rat.  The other two just didn’t grab me.  So a perfect short story collection in my eyes.

What have you been reading?

FL Education Commissioner requires all Florida school districts to reopen campuses in August

So, they are actively trying to kill people now.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has issued an executive order requiring all of Florida’s public K-12 schools to reopen in August.

As part of the executive order issued Monday, school districts and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students in August.

“Upon reopening in August, all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students, subject to advice and orders of the Florida Department of Health, local departments of health, Executive Order 20-149 and subsequent executive orders,” the order reads.

School districts must also provide “the full array of services that are required by law so that families who wish to educate their children in a brick and mortar school have the opportunity to do so.”

That includes in-person instruction, specialized instruction, and services for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), English-language learners as well as live synchronous or asynchronous instruction.