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May 29, 2020

Coronavirus postcard that featured Trump’s name cost struggling Postal Service $28 million

Filed under: Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 08:10

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/05/28/coronavirus-post-card-trump-cost-post-office-28-million/5274034002/

A postcard mailed to every American household that included coronavirus social distancing guidelines and also prominently featured President Donald Trump’s name cost the U.S. Postal Service $28 million, USA TODAY has learned.

The coronavirus card, which began appearing in U.S. mailboxes in March, drew fire from good-government groups that said it applied a political veneer to the administration’s effort to inform Americans about the pandemic. The cost comes as the U.S. mail service – which Trump has described as “a joke” – is struggling financially.

The cards cost $4.6 million to print and $28 million overall, according to USPS spokesman David Partenheimer, who was responding to documents obtained by USA TODAY. USPS and the administration are negotiating that reimbursement, he said.

The figure is a tiny fraction of the Postal Service’s budget. It recorded more than $71 billion in revenue in the 2019 fiscal year and had more than $80 billion in expenses.

USPS has faced severe financial challenges for years, and its leadership has said those have only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Postal officials told Congress last month that the service expected to lose $13 billion in the current fiscal year due to the coronavirus pandemic and could run out of cash by the end of September.

“If it were anyone else, the hypocrisy would be stunning, but not with this president,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who chairs the government operations subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. “To bash the USPS while using its services for personal benefit speaks to the character of President Trump.”

Taxpayer-funded mail for politicians is a perennial issue in Washington, usually for members of Congress. Lawmakers have the ability to send official mail to constituents under their names at taxpayers’ expense, a practice called “franking.” The messages in those documents are highly regulated but lawmakers are allowed to use their names.

Congress spent $16.9 million on official mail in the 2014 fiscal year, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump hollow in all ways

(cartoon by Phil Hands)

Matt Davies Comic Strip for May 28, 2020

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump administration coronavirus masks

 

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump golfing coronavirus deaths

May 28, 2020

 

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump twitter fact check

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump twitter fact check

Dave Granklund editorial cartoon

John Deering Comic Strip for May 28, 2020

 

 

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Rob Rogers Comic Strip for May 28, 2020

Tom the Dancing Bug Comic Strip for May 29, 2020

 

 

 

Chris Britt Comic Strip for May 27, 2020

Editorial Cartoon U.S. Minneapolis police George Floyd

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Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for May 29, 2020

 

 

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump USPS vote by mail

 

May 28, 2020

Democrat EXCORIATES Republicans in viral speech after he discovers they HID a COVID infection

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, People I like, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 17:36

New Zealand Discharges Last Hospitalized COVID-19 Patient & Reports No New Cases

Filed under: Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 08:53

Science and social distancing work.   Despite what SPTV host Tucker Carlson claims.    Hugs

https://nowthisnews.com/news/new-zealand-reports-no-new-covid-19-cases-in-five-consecutive-days

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been praised for her handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, which included early restrictions to keep numbers of cases low, along with empathetic live streams and urging people to “be kind.” The leader even took a 20% pay cut, along with other top members in her cabinet that will remain in effect for six months.

Neighboring Australia and South Korea have also significantly flattened the curve of their countries’ COVID-19 outbreaks with early contact tracing and testing. Following staggering drop in numbers, both countries have started to ease restrictions.

Jerry Falwell Jr. mocks Virginia governor with blackface mask design

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Bigotry, Death, Greed, Health, History, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 07:43

Clearly shows that Falwell is a white racist bigot.   We already knew the bigot part, now we know the racist part.   Yes Gov. Northam did wear black face in his school year book.   He apologized for it, he should have known better but is was a different time frame than we have today.   POC forgave him, and Northam’s record on POC’s rights and needs is with out blemish.  Those same things can not be said of Falwell at all.    Hugs

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/499800-jerry-falwell-jr-mocks-virginia-governor-with-blackface-mask

Northam on Tuesday announced a statewide mask mandate over the coronavirus pandemic that is set to begin Friday. The order will require anyone in Virginia over 10 years old in an indoor public space to wear a face mask, WECT reported.

“Everything we do affects someone else. I’m asking us all to remember the golden rule: that we should treat each other the way that we want people to treat us,” Northam said at a Tuesday press conference.

More at the link above.   By forcing the pretend school Liberty University to reopen early to please the president and hope to making even more money, Falwell placed the entire student body at risk.  Cases of the virus and symptoms soared among the students.   Hugs

 

Here is how to honor the deaths and be a decent human being.

Filed under: Cartoons, Death, Family, Health, Kindness, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:15

History will judge tRump / Republicans harshly

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:08

The Right loves dumb shit

Filed under: Cartoons, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 05:51
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The Right loves dumb shit.

Despite what Tucker Carlson claims, stay at home lock downs have been shown to save lives. They work.

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 05:49
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Trump is a spectacular failure.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: The US lost a lot more than just its sanity

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

Editorial Cartoon U.S. beach crowds coronavirus

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump church lockdown coronavirus

 

(cartoon by Clay Jones)

Marc Murphy editorial cartoon

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for May 28, 2020

 

(cartoon Mike Peters)

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump Biden 2020 supporters election

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John Deering Comic Strip for May 28, 2020

M2Bulls Comic Strip for May 28, 2020

 

 

Editorial Cartoon U.S. coronavirus return to normal

May 27, 2020

 

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for May 28, 2020

Chris Britt Comic Strip for May 27, 2020

Steve Benson Comic Strip for May 27, 2020

 

May 27, 2020

Trump’s war on reality just got a lot more dangerous

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 08:22

Coronavirus deaths in the United States are rapidly closing in on 100,000. The economic depression is stretching out ahead of us as far as the eye can see. Joe Biden is holding a steady lead in polls.

 

So President Trump has decided he has only one real chance at reelection: to bet mostly on his magical ability to create the illusion that we’re rapidly returning to normalcy, rather than taking the difficult concrete steps that would make that more likely to happen.

 

The signs of this are everywhere: in a new federal testing blueprint that largely casts responsibility on the states. In Trump’s new rage-tweets at the North Carolina governor over whether a full convention will be held under coronavirus conditions. And in demands for liability protections for companies so sickened workers can’t sue.

All these things, in one way or another, show that Trump’s war on reality has veered into a new place. Trump is responding to our most dire public health and economic crises in modern times with a concerted, far-reaching effort to concoct the mirage that we’re racing past both.

The bottom line is that this document attempts to create the impression that the coronavirus is largely under control — even though it isn’t — without the government undertaking the full range of steps necessary to make that actually happen.

The crucial point here is that far more robust testing and tracing is required to accomplish what Trump himself says he wants to accomplish — a return to economic normalcy — because people will feel far more safe about resuming activity.

But Trump won’t do this. Among other things, it would expose those efforts to scrutiny and accountability to new benchmarks.

So creating the illusion of a return to normalcy is the go-to plan.

Note that Trump is explicitly demanding that state officials prioritize his reelection needs — he views massive crowds as central to energizing base turnout — over the health of their own constituents. Here again, what matters most is marshaling the appearance of returning to normalcy, even if health officials conclude it will imperil lives.

On a third front, Trump and Republicans have been demanding protections for companies to reopen without fear of lawsuits from sickened workers. This may be a condition for GOP support for the next rescue package.

In a new piece, political theorist Will Wilkinson gets to the depraved core of this idea: Trump and Republicans are implicitly conceding that returning to work now actually does put workers in great danger — hence the need for protections.

But they are proceeding anyway. As Wilkinson notes, these protections for companies — when combined with financial aid to people that’s insufficient and puts them in desperate straits — will have the effect of coercing untold numbers to go back to work despite these dangers.

There is much more at the link above.   This is really another attempt by tRump to gaslight the country, to make reality what he wants it to be instead of the reality of what it is.  I found it a really interesting read.    Hugs

burden to our society

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:21
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#covidiots

Lake of the Ozarks will be a burden to our society. These people increase risk to everyone they interact with even if they don’t understand how vectors work.

Their ignorance is an attempt at negating the grief and suffering of 100,000 Americans.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump the conspiracy president

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 05:53

(cartoon by Mike Peters)

Tom Toles Comic Strip for May 27, 2020

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump 100000 coronavirus deaths golfing

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for May 27, 2020

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 26, 2020

Clay Bennett Comic Strip for May 27, 2020

 

Editorial Cartoon U.S. back to school coronavirus hazmat suits

Editorial Cartoon U.S. coronavirus national parks

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump voting by mail fears

 

May 26, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: 100,000 needless deaths so are we prevailing yet, while tRump golfs as people die

(cartoon by Monte Wolverton)

Ken Catalino Comic Strip for May 26, 2020

Chris Britt Comic Strip for May 25, 2020

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Political cartoon

 [CLAY BENNETT  |  Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times ]

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Political cartoon

Speed Bump Comic Strip for May 26, 2020

Clay Jones Comic Strip for May 26, 2020

Joe Heller Comic Strip for May 26, 2020

Tom Toles Comic Strip for May 26, 2020

 

Trump spends weekend golfing amid coronavirus pandemic

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science, Videos — Scottie @ 05:50

May 25, 2020

In fact, they both failed security clearances multiple times. Imagine any other administration with such naked corrupt nepotism

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 07:25

Yes, one interferes with the wealthy getting more money to save life, the other supports it even if it kills the lower incomes

Death for the working poor, wealth for the upper incomes

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 07:07

public health

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Health, Magic, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 07:01

Really about cosplaying a badass

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Greed, Gun Control, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:59
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