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Not enough lying in those briefings

Oct 4th, 2020 12:57 pm | By

Cool, so the president’s tame doc admits he lied in the briefing yesterday. That’s fine then. No doubt tomorrow he’ll admit he lied in today’s.

In a jarring news conference Sunday, Trump’s doctors said that even though the President has had at least two concerning drops in oxygen levels, they are hoping he could be discharged as early as tomorrow from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Because he’s barely sick at all. Really. You can trust us on this.

Conley again failed to answer basic questions about the President’s condition and admitted Sunday that he had omitted those alarming drops in the President’s oxygen levels during Saturday’s news conference because he wanted to “reflect the upbeat attitude”

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To reach out and educate

Oct 4th, 2020 12:19 pm | By

And another another one of these.

Oh those attempts to “reach out and educate” – by which they mean attempts to accuse and bully. For some reason despite all these attempts to accuse and bully, she continues to click “like” on some tweets, and “LGBT+ Labour Scotland,” or the people in control of its Twitter account, wants to force her to stop doing that and instead follow their orders. It … Read the rest

Fully supports women’s rights

Oct 4th, 2020 8:18 am | By

The i-word is the clue – by “women’s rights” she means “men’s rights.”

The Kingdom of the Netherlands fully supports inclusive women’s rights movements around the world. The effects of COVID-19, the pandemic, are felt by all of us. But women and girls are as always disproportionately affected. It’s a shadow pandemic, and it worries me deeply.

It’s good to see a government minister worrying about women.

That’s why today I’m delighted to share this stage

…with a man.

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Further undermining

Oct 4th, 2020 7:36 am | By

Oh lord he’s done it again. Wouldn’t you think he’d learn? Or at least that the people around him would learn? WE CAN SEE THE BLANK PAPER.

President Donald Trump was seen in a photo taken at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center apparently signing a blank piece of paper with a marker, further undermining the credibility of the White House when it comes to the president’s health.

And further undermining anyone’s ability to take this bozo seriously.

The White House on Saturday night released pictures of the president working at the hospital, where he remained for a second night after he and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The new timeline

Oct 4th, 2020 6:48 am | By

It now appears that Trump knew he was infected Wednesday, so he knew he was exposing people who got near him, and he went right ahead and did exactly that. What a peach of a guy he is.

White House officials and doctors stoked new questions Saturday about how sick President Trump has been with COVID-19 and when he became ill, as the president’s medical team suggested Trump had been sick for a day and a half before he announced his infection early Friday morning.

The new timeline, if accurate, would mean Trump held a rally and fundraiser in Minnesota on Wednesday and an intimate fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday while knowing he was sick, potentially exposing supporters,

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Feminism can’t exclude men

Oct 3rd, 2020 4:56 pm | By

Another one of these.

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He is, or he isn’t

Oct 3rd, 2020 3:58 pm | By

Trump is doing very well, unless he’s doing very badly. It’s one of those. Maybe.

Today, when we saw the doctors line up outside Walter Reed in their white lab coats, we thought we might finally get clarity. The picture painted by the White House physician, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, was rosy: Trump was in good spirits — so good, apparently, he had been fever-free for 24 hours, and felt he could have walked out of Walter Reed today.

But that wouldn’t mean anything even if it were true, which it probably isn’t. People mostly don’t feel terrible at the beginning.

Anyway, they changed their story.

The White House reporter on pool duty — traveling with the president

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He feels so healthy

Oct 3rd, 2020 3:31 pm | By

Yeah yeah yeah, Trump is healthy as a moose, he could break a tree in half right now if they’d let him.

President Donald Trump phoned Rudy Giuliani from his hospital bed Saturday afternoon to declare he feels so healthy, “I could get out of here right now.”

The former Big Apple mayor said his friend of 30 years sounded hale and hearty during the 2:30 p.m. conversation. “If you can judge by the way he speaks, he sounded like vintage Donald Trump,” Giuliani said.

Covid takes days to get bad. How perky Trump feels now is meaningless.

He gave Giuliani a “statement.”

“I am the president of the United States. I can’t lock myself in a room.

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A bubble at the top

Oct 3rd, 2020 12:34 pm | By

People who have to work for and near Trump because of their long-term careers are pissed off.

Mask-wearing had become rare among Trump’s staff and the Secret Service agents and military service crew aboard Air Force One — even after national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien tested positive in July.

On the campaign trail, Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric have spoken to packed audiences in indoor venues. And the Trump campaign violated state regulations limiting the size of gatherings in Nevada, earning a public rebuke from the governor after the president addressed thousands at an indoor event there last month.

While the nation suffered through an unprecedented and fear-filled lockdown, there was a bubble at the top,

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Maybe it was the fever talking

Oct 3rd, 2020 11:53 am | By

What Trump was busy with in the last hours before the news broke:

What ridiculous order?

Politico adds:

President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to reverse a move by the elite Navy SEALs to make its ethos gender neutral — marking the latest incursion by the commander in chief into the service’s operations.

And his latest attack on ideas of equality and fairness and opportunity.

American Military News first reported on Monday that the Navy SEALs and the Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen had changed their ethos and creed

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They could easily stay in Mexico

Oct 3rd, 2020 9:26 am | By

Melania Trump married the right guy for her.

A former friend made some tapes public.

“They say I’m complicit,” Melania Trump says of critics of her husband. “I’m the same like him, I support him. I don’t say enough, I don’t do enough where I am.

“I’m working … my ass off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a fuck about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?”

Media figures were quick to remark on the irony of the first lady questioning her role in decorating the White House for the festive season, given her husband’s eager promotion of the so-called “war on Christmas”, a rightwing saw much pushed

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In her own words

Oct 3rd, 2020 8:45 am | By
In her own words

Oh what have we here.

He didn’t defend me. He refrained from joining the other bloggers in trashing me, for a time, but he sure as hell didn’t defend me. He privately begged me to stay, while doing nothing to defend me in public.

Then, in the end, he broke down and did a post saying I needed to “own” my mistakes.

Also, I wasn’t dismissed. I left. That “her dismissal” is a lie. He may have forgotten by now, but the fact is I left.

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A few more days, maybe

Oct 3rd, 2020 8:05 am | By

These people.

It’s not “an abundance of caution” (let alone “and abundance”), it’s what you’re required to do if you’ve been exposed. And it’s not “a few more days,” it’s a total of 14. This isn’t something you navigate by the seat of your pants, it’s a medical issue on which you do what the medical professionals … Read the rest

What is not allowed

Oct 3rd, 2020 7:58 am | By

Twitter claims to have a rule against wishing death on people. Cue hollow laughter.

Twitter has said that tweets wishing for Donald Trump’s death in the wake of the president’s diagnosis with Covid-19 violate its policies and could result in suspension.

But what about all those tweets wishing for JK Rowling’s death?

“Tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against anyone are not allowed and will need to be removed,” the company said in a tweet. A spokesman told the Guardian this policy has been in place since April and applies to all users, not just Trump.

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A crowded Rose Garden ceremony

Oct 3rd, 2020 7:16 am | By

That party last Saturday for the religious fanatic nominated to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s place appears to have been a super-spreader event.

A crowded Rose Garden ceremony last Saturday at which Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his supreme court nominee has come under scrutiny after at least seven figures in attendance tested positive for coronavirus, including the president himself.

On Friday, the president’s former counsellor, Kellyanne Conway, announced she had tested positive and had “mild” symptoms. Two Republican senators, Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, also announced they have also tested positive.

Both senators say they will quarantine for ten days…which is interesting because it should be for fourteen days, and the confirmation hearings begin…just as they … Read the rest

To be free of the leash

Oct 3rd, 2020 7:09 am | By

Jenni Murray on why she decided to walk away from Woman’s Hour and the BBC:

I was not leaving, contrary to popular rumour, as a result of ageism on the part of the BBC. I made the decision a year ago when it became clear to me that it was time to move on and be free of the leash which, in recent years, had caused me to be what I can only describe as ‘cancelled’.

First came the furore concerning an article I had written in which I acknowledged that I was entering the most controversial and, at times, vicious, vulgar and threatening debate of our day.

I made clear that I was not transphobic or anti-trans. Indeed, I

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Blood libel

Oct 2nd, 2020 4:30 pm | By
Blood libel

This is blood-chilling.

A teenager commits suicide (if this implausible story is even true) and Councillor Penny Zenny (who is a trans woman) asks the teenager’s mother “Was it JK Rowling?” Objection, your honor: leading the witness. In fact grabbing the witness by the neck and trying to force words out of her mouth.

Penny Zenny is easy to find on Facebook. PZ (oh there’s a funny coincidence) now has a self-pitying post (also public) about the angry reaction PZ got from … Read the rest

Four years ago today

Oct 2nd, 2020 3:57 pm | By

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If he can do that for himself…

Oct 2nd, 2020 3:52 pm | By

Trump made a bye-bye video to let us know how delusional he still is.

I haven’t watched it yet. I have to pace myself on these things, or I lose the will to live.

Trump has tweeted out a video of him explaining that he’s headed to Walter Reed hospital, but reassuring Americans that he’s doing “very well.”

“We’re going to make sure that things work out,” Trump said. He added that the first lady is also “doing very well.”

He doesn’t have that power. He can’t “make sure that things work out.” The virus decides.

Also, just as Obama sent best wishes, the campaign released a disgusting dishonest attack on…Obama.

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An abundance of caution

Oct 2nd, 2020 3:39 pm | By
An abundance of caution

Trump is on the way to Walter Reed.

The visual of Trump striding out alone to the helicopter is likely to be seen as a reassurance that his case of coronavirus is still mild.

Still mild today. Maybe less mild tomorrow and less mild again the next day.

It’s totally normal, says the White House. Nothing to see, says the White House.

White House officials have described the choice to move Trump to Walter Reed medical center as a choice made “out of an abundance of caution,” and have described him as “working from” Walter Reed for the next few days. But the move has prompted obvious questions: if the president has only “mild symptoms,” why move him to

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