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Trump's History With the Word Sarcasm Is Littered with Excuses and Ignorance

Trump’s History With the Word Sarcasm Is Littered with Excuses and Ignorance
When Trump uses the sarcasm excuse, it’s because he knows he’s gone too far but can’t bring himself to admit it
By Peter Wade

Last week President Trump went back to an often-used excuse he deploys when facing backlash for saying dumb things: sarcasm. But Trump historically has run into problems while attempting to bail himself out of trouble with the word, thanks to his inconsistency in using it correctly and how obvious and transparent it is that he’s lying.

On Sunday, Trump lashed out at the media on Twitter, incorrectly writing that journalists who reported on the Russia investigation should be stripped of their “Noble Prizes.” Twitter did what Twitter does and feasted on both the spelling mistake and Trump citing the incorrect name of the award given to journalists. The president misspelled Nobel Prize and confused the award with a Pulitzer Prize.


Sunday’s presidential nonsense came just days after Trump tried to claim that he was being sarcastic when he pontificated about the possibilities of injecting disinfectant as a treatment for coronavirus patients.

As recently as last year, in August 2019, Trump deployed the sarcasm excuse after he said, “I am the chosen one” while speaking rather seriously about trade with China. Later that week, he complained on Twitter, saying journalists “knew I was kidding, being sarcastic.” At least, in this case, Trump appeared to be using the word correctly. But when someone makes declarative statements like the country faces problems that “I alone can fix,” which Trump did during the Republican National Convention, can he then complain if most believe he is deluded enough to think he is the chosen one?


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Apr 29, 2020, 07:42 AM (4 replies)

Most Think Trump Doing a Poor Job


Most Think Trump Doing a Poor Job
April 29, 2020 at 6:38 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

PBS Newshour/NPR/Marist Poll: “When asked about how the president has handled the coronavirus pandemic, 55% of Americans said they do not think he is doing a good job, up slightly from 49% in March.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Apr 29, 2020, 07:30 AM (4 replies)

Illinois man sues Trump, McConnell, and Mnuchin over exclusion of U.S. citizen spouses from relief


Illinois man sues Trump, McConnell, and Mnuchin over exclusion of U.S. citizen spouses from relief
Gabe Ortiz
Daily Kos Staff
Tuesday April 28, 2020 · 1:06 PM EDT

Impeached president Donald Trump, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin have been sued by an Illinois man over a decision to exclude nearly two million U.S. citizens and green card holders from federal pandemic relief because they filed joint taxes with immigrant spouses who lack Social Security numbers. Under the CARES Act, only taxpayers who have a Social Security number are eligible for funds, shutting out immigrants who filed returns using an IRS-issued Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).

But this anti-immigrant decision also shuts out U.S. citizen spouses if they filed joint returns, like “John Doe” and his spouse in Illinois. “’Mr. Trump and the other defendants have failed ‘to treat him as equal to his fellow United States citizens based solely on whom he chose to marry,’ the lawsuit alleges,” CBS News reported. “John Doe ‘has lawfully filed taxes in the United States, yet he is being denied the rights and privileges under the CARES Act.’”

While the law makes an exception if a spouse is in the U.S. military, this caveat will still leave millions, including U.S. citizen children, without critical financial assistance as unemployment numbers continue to skyrocket, the Migration Policy Institute said. “MPI estimates that due to the restriction in the CARES Act, 15.6 million people will be excluded from the stimulus payments: 10 million unauthorized immigrants, along with 3.8 million children and 1.8 million spouses who are either U.S. citizens or green-card holders.”

Some of the U.S. citizen spouses left out in the cold are “frontline workers employed in hospitals, police departments and public transit,” the LA Times reported earlier this month. Others are teachers, who were already struggling before this crisis. David Hessell-Cercado told the LA Times he was surprised when he saw he was excluded. “He had assumed his husband of six years, a Mexican citizen who is in the middle of applying for his green card, would not get a check as he didn’t have a Social Security number,” the report said. “But he never imagined the government would withhold assistance from a U.S. citizen.”

Undocumented immigrants have been excluded from relief even as they pay billions in taxes annually, and pay billions more to help fund Social Security and Medicare—programs they’ll never be able to access unless they’re able to adjust their immigration status.

As Vox reported in 2018, many undocumented immigrants have filed taxes using their IRS-issued ITIN to “create a paper trail to show when they entered the country and how long they’ve been contributing tax dollars. Many are hoping it will help them get legal status one day. That has happened in past reform efforts, and one of the first requirements is usually to prove that a person has been paying taxes … So despite all the political rhetoric, undocumented immigrants are not a drain or burden on the government.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 28, 2020, 09:25 PM (0 replies)

Pentagon pulls money from overseas projects to pay for border wall

Pentagon pulls money from overseas projects to pay for border wall
The move drew an angry response from Democrats, who say the administration is "trampling" on Congress' power of the purse.
04/28/2020 04:27 PM EDT

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is restoring more than half a billion dollars in funding for military construction projects in the U.S. that were put on hold to help fund President Donald Trump's border wall, and instead will take money from projects that are primarily overseas.

The move, which is laid out in a memo dated Monday and obtained by POLITICO, drew an angry response from Democrats, who say the administration is "trampling" on Congress' power of the purse.

Altogether, $545.5 million in previously withheld funds, all for projects in the U.S. with award dates in 2020, will be allowed to move forward.

"To enable the execution of certain projects scheduled for award in calendar year 2020, I direct you to release funding associated with 22 currently deferred projects within the United States totaling $545.526 million," Esper wrote in the memo to acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker.

Esper removed 22 projects from the list of border-related deferrals, all of which have award dates in 2020. Of these, $160 million is for two projects at West Point, where Trump is slated to speak at commencement ceremonies. Another $62.6 million is for a middle school project at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for reelection in November.

To fill the hole left by restoring the $545.5 million, Esper proposes in his memo to substitute a new set of about 19 projects totaling an equal amount. Most of these projects are overseas and were funded by Congress from fiscal 2020 Overseas Contingency Operations appropriations outside the military base budget. The projects are in countries such as Germany, Japan, Norway, Spain and Jordan.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 28, 2020, 06:35 PM (5 replies)

Trump's allies sound alarm over his attacks on independent watchdogs

Trump’s allies sound alarm over his attacks on independent watchdogs
Republicans are trying to convince the president that inspectors general aren't his enemies.
04/28/2020 05:50 PM EDT

President Donald Trump’s recent hostility toward independent federal watchdogs has jolted the very Senate Republicans who are among his most outspoken defenders.

Two months after acquitting Trump on charges of obstructing Congress, GOP senators are sounding subtle but unmistakable alarms about Trump’s efforts to brush back lawmakers’ oversight of the government’s behemoth, $3 trillion response to the coronavirus pandemic. And their warnings have grown more urgent as Trump mounts a concerted campaign against inspectors general, one of the last functional checks on his administration’s performance.

“We need to empower inspectors general to be able to do their work — especially when you’re dealing with trillions of dollars, you’ve got to have good, reasonable oversight over those things,” Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), who penned a letter to Trump last week on the topic, said in an interview.

That Lankford and other GOP senators like Chuck Grassley of Iowa have felt compelled to speak out publicly underscores the degree to which Trump has undermined routine congressional oversight — including the very mechanisms that Republicans themselves have crafted to rein in a rogue executive.

The public disapproval come as Trump faces criticism over his abrupt removal of the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, and his refusal to provide Congress with an adequate explanation, as required by law.

And without responses from the White House, GOP senators have stepped up their public rebukes of the president as they try to convince him that independent government watchdogs are his friends, not his enemies. Lankford and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in their letter to Trump last week outlined why they think it’s in the president’s best interest to “work with IGs, not against them.”


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 28, 2020, 06:22 PM (6 replies)

Does anyone here make tomato jelly/jam?

My mom used to and it was delicious (involved raisins iirc) but I can't find her recipe and she's no longer here to ask.
I think we're going to have an abundance of tomatoes here soon, so I am going to make jelly, something I have never done before.
Any tips or recipes will be appreciated, and thank you!
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 28, 2020, 09:59 AM (19 replies)

Shouldn't the media say something when POTUS shows up with pupils the size of pie tins?

I suspect they should at least broach it...


Shouldn't the media say something when POTUS shows up with pupils the size of pie tins?
Apr 27, 2020 5:58pm EDT by Aldous J Pennyfarthing, Community

I mean, this looks like something from the third act of Requiem for a Dream:

Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 28, 2020, 09:24 AM (13 replies)

Tucker Carlson: Coronavirus 'Isn't Nearly as Deadly as We Thought'

Tucker Carlson: Coronavirus ‘Isn’t Nearly as Deadly as We Thought’
Apparently, Carlson believes he took the coronavirus pandemic too seriously early on.
Justin Baragona
Contributing Editor
Published Apr. 27, 2020 11:01PM ET

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who received mainstream praise for helping push President Donald Trump to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, confidently declared on Monday night that the virus that has killed more than 56,000 Americans in only a few weeks “just isn’t nearly as deadly as we thought it was.”

Pointing to recent antibody studies that show high rates of infection in New York and California, Carlson kicked off his primetime Fox News program by claiming these tests—which critics have warned could be flawed due to false positives and statistical errors—reveal the disease is not as dangerous as advertised.

“This new evidence means the virus is far less deadly, a full order of magnitude less deadly, that authorities first told us it was,” the Tucker Carlson Tonight host said. “At the same time, the same research suggests the virus is incredibly easy to spread between adults.”

The Fox star eventually moved on to highly scrutinized claims made by a pair of California doctors to further his case that coronavirus has already infected a large percentage of the population with very little damage.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 28, 2020, 08:45 AM (27 replies)

"Novel" Corona Virus

is why all these other issues are coming up. Clotting, strokes, etc., novel is new. Who knows what we're in for?
I'm gratified so many people are working on it.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 27, 2020, 11:30 PM (1 replies)

Clyburn says panel will look at how publicly traded companies got PPP loans

Clyburn says panel will look at how publicly traded companies got PPP loans
By Juliegrace Brufke - 04/27/20 12:01 PM EDT

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) in a weekend interview said a new panel overseeing the federal response to the coronavirus will investigate how publicly traded companies won loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The PPP, set up under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, was authorized to provide forgivable loans to small businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the pandemic.

But the program's initial $350 billion in funding was quickly depleted as larger companies such as Shake Shake, Potbelly and Ruth’s Chris were awarded loans.

While some of the companies have returned the funding, Clyburn, the top Democrat on the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, argued his panel's oversight is needed to restore confidence in the government.

“The legislative branch has a role to play in oversight,” Clyburn told The State. “I would hope that this committee will function with that in mind. ... We are there to ensure the American people maintain confidence in their government. We need that now more than ever in my lifetime.”


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 27, 2020, 11:23 PM (4 replies)
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