A slog of a week.

And so we lurch toward the end of a…surprisingly unproductive week for me, although I have high hopes for Friday. I worry I’m losing my mind. I worry I’m losing my motivation. I worry I’m going to gain even more weight before this is over. I worry. I could use some therapy, maybe in the form of a socially distanced walk with the world’s best therapist, but I don’t think that is on offer these days, and anyway, I can’t afford it, and anyway, my insurance wouldn’t cover it, and anyway, fuck all this shit.

The governor extended the stay-at-home order through May 28. Alan informed me he’s work-at-home through June. Kate is itching to get a Real Job and move out, and I don’t blame her. It’s what I wanted at her age. All week long I’ve been reading, or editing, pieces about the policy/budget fallout of all this, and I realize just how long this is going to continue, and how bad it’s going to be.

So yeah, just a little out of sorts, sorry.

The latter half of today was amusing. My editor wants a story on what it’s like to date in a pandemic, or to be more precise, to kinda date. To look forward to dating. To flirt online, maybe. Since my dating days are over, I asked some younger people I know. Had one spectacular interview, with a woman, who informed me Zoom has a setting called “enhance my appearance.” But it’s hard to find sources. So today I went ahead and just installed a dating app and started trawling for subjects. I described myself as bisexual, I guess, because I said I was “interested in everyone.” I started Liking pics and pasting in a note that ID’d myself as a journalist, looking for sources. The first respondent was a woman, who wanted to know everything about me, then went dark. The second was a man named Rod. OK, then, Rod, here’s who I am, here’s what I want and…

…he said, “You’re a little old for me, anyway,” but he was willing to talk, and I have high hopes for our chat tomorrow afternoon.

Meanwhile, the weather has turned south again. I got an actual, no shit freeze warning on my phone a few hours ago. Low of 28 threatened for tomorrow, and won’t touch 50 all weekend. And it’s Mother’s Day.

So. In the interest of getting out early, just two bits of bloggage today. First, a death worthy of a “Six Feet Under” cold open:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The woman attacked and killed by an alligator in a gated community along the South Carolina coast was visiting the homeowner to do her nails and was trying to touch the animal when it grabbed her, authorities said.

After briefly getting away from the alligator Friday, the woman stood in waist deep water in the Kiawah Island pond and said “I guess I wont do this again,” but the alligator grabbed her in its jaws again and took her under, according to a supplemental police report released Tuesday.

Of course the poor gator had to pay with his life. The whole story is fantastic. Read.

And as someone else on my Twitter feed said today, “Axl Rose owning the Treasury Secretary on Twitter was not on my 2020 bingo card.” And yet? It happened.

OK, then, I’m outta here and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I’ll be shivering.

Posted at 7:22 pm in Current events, Same ol' same ol' |
 

66 responses to “A slog of a week.”

  1. alex said on May 7, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    That woman in South Carolina would be a candidate for the Darwin Award except that she probably already reproduced numerous times starting at age thirteen. You’d think by 58 she’d know better than to mess with an alligator.

    Still prefer working at home and I hope it continues, even though our stupid state is lifting restrictions starting next week. And we’re still getting 650 new cases a day. Restaurants will be running at 50 percent capacity. I figure I’ll stay away while Darwinism continues its work.

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  2. LAMary said on May 7, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Making patty melts and salad for dinner to recreate a diner experience from sunnier days long ago. I’ve go 27 rolls of paper towels and 9 regular rolls of toilet paper. One monster roll my son bought from a restaurant. It’s about a foot across. My fridge is stocked, my bean, pasta and canned stuff shelves are all good. Now I just have to get the state of California to send my unemployment and/or get the contact tracer job. I told my son the merch roadie he should apply for unemployment since they are making allowances for people with his sort of income. He said he’d rather not. I told him that I’d rather he participate in the household expenditures. I think my voice had a slight edge to it. He applied immediately. He’s not going to be on the road anytime soon and I don’t mind his company. Well a little, but not really. He needs to pull his socks up and kick in some shekels.

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  3. Sherri said on May 7, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    It doesn’t have to be as bad as it’s going to be, but Republicans.

    At least we’re going to have spectacular weather this weekend, sunny and in the 80s. I’m going to take a walk with a friend, masked and distanced.

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  4. Peter said on May 7, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Whoa, Nancy, that was you?

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  5. Suzanne said on May 7, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Interesting Twitter thread
    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1258195775810502656.html

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  6. LAMary said on May 7, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Suzanne, I shared that twitter thread. People need to see that. I see more and more garbage online about the “plandemic” or the virus hoax.

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  7. Mark P said on May 7, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Why, even where we live, way down south in the land of cotton, it’s going to be near freezing tomorrow night and the next, and probably below freezing up in the northeast Georgia mountains.

    I can’t find much humor in the woman’s death by alligator. These days death is too much with us, even the deaths of stupid people. No, wait, I take that back. There are some stupid people whose death I could feel a little schadenfreude about.

    I note with entirely coincidental interest that someone on Trump’s staff, a Navy guy who serves his food, tested positive for Covid-19. Trump said he doesn’t really know the guy, and they all wear masks anyway, but, of course, Trump was lying no better than the rug on his head lies. I could tell he was lying because I am virtually certain that I saw his mouth moving.

    Georgia’s “governor” allowed restaurants to reopen for dining in on Monday, but many here where we live are not opening, including our favorite Mexican restaurant and Taco Bell. Just imagine, Mexicans and fake Mexicans smarter than the governor, and, by the commutative property, smarter than the “president,” although that’s not saying much. In fact, I could understand if Mexicans, both real and fake, took that as damning with faint praise.

    Damning with faint praise reminds me. Do you all remember, way back many decades ago, during the presidential debate, some intellectually challenged debate moderator, fiddling while Nero searched for his box of matches, asked Trump and Clinton to say something nice about each other. Trump struggled with the concept of “nice”, while Hillary struggled with the juxtaposition of “nice” and “Trump.” She finally said something about how he valued his family, which I took as dwfp. And that reminds me of the many photographs of Donald Trump with his hands firmly attached to his teenaged daughter’s hips, or her perched on his lap, and wondering in exactly just what context he values his daughter. Now I must wash my brain out with bleach and Lysol disinfectant spray, just as soon as they reappear in the grocery stores.

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  8. Mark P said on May 7, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Oh I don’t know, maybe it’s the transitive property.

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  9. Dexter Friend said on May 8, 2020 at 3:44 am

    I have been posting stuff all evening about this Trump-Barr-Flynn fiasco. I won’t bore you with the details because if you follow politics you know the story already. “Michael Flynn is a great man.” “Michael Flynn is an innocent man.” And the coup de gras: “Michael Flynn is a HERO.” All from Trump, of course it is. If you’ve sorta forgotten, Flynn is an unregistered agent of a foreign power. Yeah, sorta like a spy. And a convicted liar. Lied to Pence, lied to the FBI. No matter. Just wait ’til Joe wins and the Southern District of New York (also called Manhattan District Court) get ahold of citizen Trump. He’s going bye-bye. At least we can hope.

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  10. alex said on May 8, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Dave Weigel on how the Trump camp is selling snake oil… by drowning people with it:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/paloma/the-trailer/2020/05/07/the-trailer-i-signed-up-as-a-trump-supporter-then-a-biden-supporter-here-s-what-happened-next/5eb2fa0388e0fa42c41b3bef/

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  11. Peter said on May 8, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Dexter, I don’t think I can add or agree more with you about the horrid injustices heaped upon our brave warrior General Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying – TWICE!

    Except to repeat what somebody said yesterday regarding Steve Mnuchin’s twitter battle with Axl Rose (and maybe it was said here – I’ve really lost my bearings these days): You’d think these guys would be spending all their time on containing the coronavirus and trying to stop the economy from going over the cliff, but no, they’ve got all the time in the world to monitor twitter and respond to people who insult them about anything.

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  12. basset said on May 8, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Nancy, been meaning to ask… how is the band’s record or download or stream or whatever they do these days going over?

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    • nancy said on May 8, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Before All This Happened, they were doing well — the album was on the college charts, they got a few spins on KCRW and the KEXP, etc. Then SXSW got cancelled and I stopped getting updates. They were pretty upset.

      However. They sold out their first vinyl pressing, and Kate has been going to the post office regularly to send out CDs, cassettes and other merch. Their little label seems to like them, and they’re spending this lockdown working on the next project.

      So they’re moving forward, best as they can under the current conditions.

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  13. basset said on May 8, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Good to hear that, when you mentioned a Real Job I thought maybe they’d broken up or at least gone on hiatus for the duration.

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    • nancy said on May 8, 2020 at 9:52 am

      She wants to work as a recording engineer, or something music-adjacent. There simply isn’t enough money in being a tiny, rising band these days.

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  14. Snarkworth said on May 8, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Peter @4, heh heh.

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  15. Jim said on May 8, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Thank God Mark corrected himself! I was tied up in knots (math prof) about whether or not I should be a dick and correct him.

    It is the transitive property, but I’m not sure Trump is dumber than Kemp. That’s a tough one.

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  16. jcburns said on May 8, 2020 at 11:01 am

    The transitive property of tacos: if al pastor = barbacoa and barbacoa = carnitas, then al pastor = carnitas. But stay away from the lengua de res.

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  17. LAMary said on May 8, 2020 at 11:11 am

    A friend from high school posted a text sent by Newt Gingrich. It was addressed to her cat, Callie. It said we needed to keep Trump in office, so please register to vote. There was a link to help with the registration process. Another friend mentioned he got the same text, addressed to Tiny, his dog. Then someone with two pet rabbits said they got one. Finally we figured out that all of them used VCA, a national chain of vet clinics. They must have sold their customer list to the Republican party.
    I suggested Callie the cat should reply to Gingrich’s text with a litter box selfie.

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  18. Jeff Borden said on May 8, 2020 at 11:13 am

    In the wake of Bill Barr’s vandalism at the DOJ, has anyone pondered whether other federal criminals can now use Flynn’s case as a way for them to reopen theirs? I don’t know much about law and, in particular, federal law, but isn’t precedent a pretty significant part of our legal system? Now, apparently, it’s OK to lie to the FBI, the vice-president and Congress without penalty. . .even if you’re a fucking traitor. How much lower can we go?

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  19. Mark P said on May 8, 2020 at 11:32 am

    What can I say? It was late, I was tired, and commutative sounded better than transitive. Then, while brushing my teeth, I decided I should go ahead and make sense rather than sound good. I am not sure who is mas estupido, Kemp or Trump. In this case I think it’s trying to turn a superlative into a comparative. Crap. I don’t know. The logic requires Trump to be more stupid, and I can live with that.

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  20. LAMary said on May 8, 2020 at 11:41 am

    I have always avoided lengua de res. Also the sesos.

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  21. Mark P said on May 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Jim, I actually figured Sherri would be the one to call me out on the commutative-vs-transitive issue. I should have known there would be a math prof out there somewhere!

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  22. annie said on May 8, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    This sounds bad, but it’s obvious the planet cannot sustain our population any longer: millions of migrants all over the world forced to leave because their counties can’t support them; climate change making sustainable living impossible; people still procreating as tho it was several centuries ago. Maybe we need a pandemic to “thin the herd” like forest fires take out the weak and diseased trees.

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  23. LAMary said on May 8, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/NowThisPolitics/videos/275996603538613/

    For all you Mike Pence fans.

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  24. Suzanne said on May 8, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I don’t know if any of you follow Sarah Kendzior on Twitter, or have listened to her podcast Gaslit Nation, or have read any of her writings (Currently reading her new book Hiding in Plain Sight), but she has basically predicted everything that we see happening except the pandemic because, well, who could have predicted. She said from the start of Trump’s presidency that we needed to fight back, and fight back hard, that he needed to be removed from office sooner rather than later, and that the autocracy (which is where this is going) would build slowly and then move at lightening speed and then it would be too late. The pandemic has been perfect to distract everyone. Dropping the Flynn charges shows we are at the speed-up stage. It’s going to get worse as we near the election. I think they will try to manipulate the election rather than call it off because that would draw more attention to their plans.
    But the goal is an autocracy with the facist wing to the so-called GOP at the helm. They are succeeding beyond their wildest dreams.

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  25. Deborah said on May 8, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    I had to google commutative and transitive properties. I first asked my husband who majored in math in undergrad, he didn’t remember. Usually he can answer any math questions I have. I’m math impaired so I ask a lot.

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  26. David C said on May 8, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    I listened to Glen Kirschner, a 30 year federal prosecutor and quite possible DoJ Secretary in a Biden administration, this morning about Flynn. He said depending on how the judge handles it Flynn can still be on the hook for prosecution by the next administration. He also said the judge is a stickler and is likely pissed about Barr’s behavior. He doesn’t seem to think this is over by a long shot.

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  27. Jim said on May 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Let me be clear: I wept with joy to see it used in a post, even incorrectly. Then when I saw the correction I practically shouted! You are way better than my students!

    Back to being COVID obsessed. Do we think that the administration will now try to stop anyone from entering the country now that the VP’s press secretary (wife of Stephen Miller) tested positive?

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  28. LAMary said on May 8, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    The trump campaign chairman debuted the Trump face masks today. For real. There’s that, and Pence’s press secretary tested positive. She’s the one married to humanoid insect, Stephen Miller.

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  29. David C said on May 8, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Watch out for hot mics, Mike.

    https://twitter.com/mattmfm/status/1258750892448387074

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  30. Deborah said on May 8, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    I would think that Trump and Miller have interacted maskless for awhile now. And Trump’s personal valet tested positive too. Let’s say Trump gets it, do you think we’d ever know, could they keep that under wraps? Where’re Melania and Baron, on the French Riviera probably but this could get ugly.

    I read Sarah Kendzior’s twitter from time to time, have listened to her podcast, not consistently though. She’s been right as far as I can tell about every single thing. Fighting back is hard when the Republicans hold all the power, and they’re so craven and lawless, the ends justify the means with them, have for many years. If they don’t manipulate the election or their manipulation backfires, we have lots and lots of work to do, for decades. These people are evil, no question about it.

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  31. Sherri said on May 8, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Kate Starbird has long studied how misinformation spreads on Twitter: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/08/this-covid-19-misinformation-went-viral-heres-what-we-learned/

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  32. Jim said on May 8, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    How to protest: https://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2020/05/08

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  33. Jakash said on May 8, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    I’m far from a MyPants fan, but he was joking about the empty boxes and didn’t carry any in. Even Jimmy Kimmel, who aired a piece about this, has acknowledged as much and apologized.

    The Right is all over this, claiming it demonstrates that Trump’s constant harping about Fake News has been proven out. As Kimmel notes, MyPants unloading supplies in the first place was a “publicity stunt,” regardless.

    The takeaway, to me, is that, usually, when somebody on the left makes a mistake like this and is demonstrated to be wrong, they acknowledge the mistake. Can Duplicitous Don or his minions make the same claim? (Uh, no.) Also, Jimmy Kimmel is neither the President nor a journalist. He’s a comedian. Yet, he evidently holds himself to a higher standard than the Prez, the new Press Secretary, or most of the dopes on Faux News.

    https://twitter.com/jimmykimmel/status/1258796512328351745

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  34. beb said on May 8, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    a long time ago I read or hear and probably at third or fourth hand that a survival trainer for the military, noting that it was a lot harder to get people from the cities to respect the wild animals in nature than the guys raised on a farm. I guess a little experience with pigs or cows or horses quickly teaches a person to respect their flightiness and that they greatly outweight you. I’m sorry for the woman but geez, it was an alligator!

    I read where Doctors have found the Covid-19 virus in the semen of recovered victims, which ought to give pause to anyone on a dating site. It also makes me wonder what made doctors to test a patient’s semen. That would have been an awkward consultation.

    Dexter, the thing about Flynn is that he has not been “convicted” of anything. He plead guilty to making lies but before being sentenced he wants to take that back. The Justice Department wants to say we’re not interested any longer. It’s all up to the judge at this moment whether he accepts Flynn’s guilty plea and sentences him. Or allows him to take back the plea and face a trial which the Justice department won;t prosecute. The judge has already called Flynn a disgrace to the nation so there remains the possibility that he won’t allow Flynn to recant and sentences him any way. Barr needs to be impeached or prosecuted by the next Dem administration for malfeasance.

    Jeff Borden – It still remains a sin to contradict the president.

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  35. David C said on May 8, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks Jakash. I should have suspected.

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  36. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 8, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Melania was with him at the World War II Memorial this morning; I was glad there was some acknowledgement of the end of World War II in Europe, also known as V-E Day or #VEday75. It gets more play in England than here, but I know my Uncle Merle on the western edge of Berlin was glad to hear the news this day seventy-five years ago. Three more months for Uncle Clair to wonder between New Guinea and Ie Shima . . . and then that 75th commemoration in August. Just buried a fellow who had been on the deck of the USS Missouri that day; last year buried a woman who died of a strange cancer her doctors had never seen before, and then her son said “she was five miles from the Nagasaki explosion,” and they all went “ohhhhhh.” She married an American serviceman seven years later, her family had a “funeral” for her the day she was wed, and she came to Ohio and raised three sons.

    Melancholy days, mordant thoughts. And those remaining V-E Day veterans in spaced-apart chairs by the fountains and granite this morning, but no one including the Commander-in-Chief wearing masks as they shouted to each other from a marginal six feet away. And I cursed Ronald Reagan for starting the practice of having presidents in mufti returning salutes, which is now Trump hand saluting during “Taps” and the national anthem. Jack Kennedy & Dwight Eisenhower, both of whom had plenty of right to be saluting presidents, nodded to acknowledge honors, or put their hand over their heart like a civilian, because that’s what the office is to symbolize: civilian control over the military, not military co-optation of civil authority. Plus it makes me ill to see him playing soldier. Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, even Lyndon and his iffy Silver Star (okay, not iffy, but falsely awarded) all had the right to take onto themselves in office a certain military cachet . . . but thank you, Ronnie, for starting something which made my stomach heave this morning as I tried to focus on the commemoration today that should have been about the end of a war and the start of a remarkably effective peace, but of course had to become all about his Himness, with Her at his side.

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  37. Sherri said on May 8, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Jeff(tmmo), just wait for him to deliver the commencement address at West Point. You know, the one they’re bringing 1000 cadets back for. And then, having gathered them together, presumably are going to send them out to their assignments. Sounds great!

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  38. LAMary said on May 8, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Didn’t he at some point say that he had gone to a military high school so he knew what serving in the military was like?

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  39. Sherri said on May 8, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    How many deaths will it take?

    https://twitter.com/ASlavitt/status/1258927803992543232

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  40. Suzanne said on May 8, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Interesting from a conservative
    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1258905504438521857.html

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  41. Sherri said on May 8, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Erick Erickson is an asshole, and a Twitter thread doesn’t change that.

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  42. Suzanne said on May 8, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    A jerk, yes, but even he sees these open up the state protestors as Obnoxious whiners.

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  43. Mark P said on May 9, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Jim, it’s been many years since I had whatever math included the properties like transitive, commutative, associative etc. What grade was it? Eighth? Anyway, those are the things you absorb and never think of specifically again, either because you never use them or because they become second or maybe third nature. The funny thing is that I have been alternating surfing the web and working on a FORTRAN program I wrote in the ‘90’s that is nothing but mathematical computation.

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  44. Dexter Friend said on May 9, 2020 at 1:21 am

    Jeff Borden…the lawyer from the Obama administration who always weighs in on DOJ issues on msnbc said, when asked by Brian Williams, that this is a special disgraceful one-and-done deal for Flynn, pressured through Barr by Trump. Any jailhouse lawyers who now think they can recant anything they said at their trials , any pleas that went south or , well…anything, are s.o.l.

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  45. ROGirl said on May 9, 2020 at 6:59 am

    A diversion from the never-ending shit show.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/09/the-real-lord-of-the-flies-what-happened-when-six-boys-were-shipwrecked-for-15-months

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  46. Connie said on May 9, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Complete and total shutdown in Gallup, NM. Barricades at the border. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gallup-new-mexico-covid-19-shutdown_n_5eb5d44dc5b6dea39d55ace6

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  47. Brian stouder said on May 9, 2020 at 10:10 am

    RO Girl – thanks for the link to the superb article about the young Australian castaways. It is an excellent diversion, indeed!

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  48. LAMary said on May 9, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I’m watching a Parks and Recreation marathon and a commercial for this came on:
    https://www.chess2020.com/
    Note the role Mike Pence plays.

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  49. Brian stouder said on May 9, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Mary, that mess got me laughing to the point that Pam asked what was so funny –
    And then she got a chuckle, too!

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  50. Deborah said on May 9, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Gallup NM, has been shut down for about a week. I can’t read your link Connie, because I’m in Abiquiu, links are hard here most of the time. Gov Grisham has been good about everything so far but she’s getting a lot of criticism by selfish people mostly in the Southern part which is traditionally a Republican area of the state, but in 2018 a Democrat got elected to the house. From that district. Gallup is west, it’s a funny town, there’s a hotel there called the El Rancho (or something like that) where movie stars stayed when they were filming a lot of westerns around there. It’s the town’s main claim to fame. Many Navajo live in Gallup and/or do business there if they live in more remote places in the west. It’s a place with a depressed economy to be sure.

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  51. basset said on May 9, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Little Richard has died. Last I heard he was living in a suite in the Hilton across from the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville… there were occasional sightings but I never saw him myself.

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  52. Connie said on May 9, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Deborah, the Navahos are a big part of that story. As rural or reservation residents who usually shop in town, they are unable to buy groceries and water! as they normally do.

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  53. LAMary said on May 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    All you Premier League fans who are jonesing for some footy, here you go.

    https://tinyurl.com/y96a6tzz

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  54. Sherri said on May 9, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    It’s 86 degrees here.

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  55. Heather said on May 9, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    With regard to the Navajo, there is a touching story about donations to the Navajo from Ireland, as a thank you for donations from the community during the Irish Famine in the 19th century. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/world/coronavirus-ireland-native-american-tribes.html

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  56. Dexter Friend said on May 10, 2020 at 3:30 am

    I understand why many people just tune out all sports,because if sports were really just fantasy leagues, I would never get involved. It’s just not for me. I felt the same for what used to be called Country and Western or Country Western music. Until Outlaw Country came along, I’d cringe…but Outlaw Country opened my eyes, and really, to all of the old country performers.
    LA Mary, EPL football is re-starting this week I believe, playing to empty stadiums. Liverpool is just two wins from the EPL championship. I am stoked, as a 6-year fan now, I got a late start. I also used to ignore soccer/futbol/football until cable TV got me hooked. Now I love it.
    Hey, we all know Trump and Pence have certainly been exposed to Covid19. If they test positive, will we know? Maybe they will try to recover at Cheney’s old secret hiding vault?

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  57. Deborah said on May 10, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Heather Cox Richardson on the history of Mothers’ Day, and Mother’s Day https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/may-9-2020

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  58. Dexter Friend said on May 10, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Hey…does anyone know anyone or have perhaps yourself received the federal government supplemental benefit of $600 per week on top of their state U.C. ? I ask because I know no one who has received the $600 weekly stream of relief. I have a brother who still works and has received nothing…he’s laid off, has no U.C. from the state of Indiana, no $1200, no $600 weekly income stream.

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  59. JodiP said on May 10, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Dexter, my wife has received hte federal supplement. She was furloughed and the unemployment application went smoothly and we had money in the bank inside of ten days.

    Way up, anna stated that maybe it’s a good thing so many people are dying to help save the earth. That’s a hard NO. For so many reasons. First, many of those who will die are the poor and dispossessed of our world. Second, lack of political willpower and control of political systems by rich assholes prevents us from acting on climate change. Third, rich people in rich nations squander so many natural resources that the poor people live shitty lives; there is enough to go around. Fourthly, if we truly supported women’s education all over the world, families do better and women overall have fewer children. Lastly, it’s just a ghastly thing to say.

    Today I pruned a couple branches on our lilac bush and delivered flowers to friends. Tomorrow, I will go back to work at the hotel site where my county has housed homeless people to curb the spread among very vulnerable people. These are the some of people I had in mind when I wrote my rant. The experience has been humbling.

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  60. LAMary said on May 10, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    I’m pretty sure the 600 is added to unemployment benefits only.

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  61. Brian stouder said on May 10, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Deborah’s linked article on the origin of Mother’s Day is not to be missed; superb stuff, indeed!

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  62. Deborah said on May 10, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    We’re back in Santa Fe with LB. I woke up at 4am with terrible allergies again, it always seems to hit me at that hour, don’t know why. I took a Benadryl and at about 5:30 went back to sleep. Mother’s Day has been good, relaxing except for a 5 mile walk. LB is making bruschetta, which is what I requested, she also made a pound cake (butter!) which we’ll have with raspberry sorbet for dessert. My husband got a good bottle of wine. I won’t be going back to Abiquiu for the next 3 days but my husband will, I’m driving him out there because he can’t drive with his armin a sling. LB got her stimulus check which she is using part of to buy a new stove. The stove in the Santa Fe works but it’s decades old and the burners are caterwhumpass, it’s electric, it actually survived a fire years before we moved in. We’re making some other changes in the kitchen, taking out a clunky breakfast bar and replacing it with a table and chairs. LB wanted to get the stove herself and that’s fine with me since she’ll be the one using it the most.

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  63. 4dbirds said on May 14, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    May I indulge everyone and say something about Mothers’ Day. I’m not sure exactly what it is about. Every child that came to me by birth or by marriage is precious to me. The fact that my young adult child died, makes Mothers’ Day the absolute worst day for me, makes me feel like a failure, is always on my mind.

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  64. 4dbirds said on May 14, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    About the 600 supplemental UE insurance. My DIL is having the hardest time getting state unemployment from her job but is getting the $600.00 with no problem from the Feds.

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