None, nada, just more Potemkin noise, the hallmark of this administration, coupled with massive gaslighting. It’s up to the Governors now to get it right and land the plane.
The Trump campaign strategy now seems to be keep whiping up the base and try to even…wait for it…. gaslight death. Don’t think it is gonna work on both counts.
Policy By Impulse
Do you think last night’s impulse tweet on the immigration ban was well thought out?
Not likely, and this one could be especially disastrous and untimely but, we suspect, will probably change and be denied before the rooster crows.
Is GMM Too Partisan?
No. Absolutely not.
We are not Trump fanboys because we don’t think he or his administration has the right stuff and is doing significant long-term damage to the country.
We admit we are hard on Trump and we were tough on Obama. It’s not about politics, it is about competence.
Is David Tepper a racist for not resigning Cam Newton? Are the Knicks Sinophobic for letting Jeremy Lin move to Houston?
Was Walter Alston anti-Semitic when he hooked Sandy Koufax after giving up 5 runs in the first inning? See below for a great side story on Koufax.
No. Those dudes just were not getting the job done.
We call a shitshow a shitshow when we see one, especially if its doing long-term damage to the country. Come on, I have three young daughters.
Can We Make It?
I hope and pray we can get through this mess or at least limp into the next election. It feels so 2008 now.
Can’t imagine, given the country’s current leadership and the divided body politic as is, that this America could have gotten through the Great Depression and World War II.
Nevertheless, we are so thankful for those stepping up on the frontlines, from the doctors and nurses to the grocery clerks. Bravo!
New Political Divide
Recall last October, we redefined the new political spectrum,
So apropos for today.
Jesus is my vaccine? Are you freaking kidding me?
That is the furthest thing from real Christianity as you can get. Ignore the doctors and put your grandparents at risk? That is the epitome of selfishness and not loving your neighbor, even if done out of total ignorance.
By the way, the author of the Gospel of Luke and Book of Acts was a doctor. Why were the ancients in need of a doctor if you had Jesus in your presence? Just askin’.
Come on brethren, let’s work together to defeat this thing, rebuild and get back to a strong economy.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this country cannot endure, permanently half science, one-quarter superstition and one-quater anti-expert.
Reopening The Economy
Yes, we get it, the country has to get back to work.
Not so simple, however. We are faced with a false choice.
Imagine the disaster when the COVID cases begin to spike in Georgia? That, among many worse things, would clip 20 percent off the S&P in one day.
Will the barbershops and massage parlors on Peachtree Street in Atlanta still have customers when the new cases begin to tick up even though their open signs are out?
We have to get this right, folks. Listen to the scientists and F the politics.
Another False Choice
In my senior year of high school, I broke my hand, which had to be put in a cast. It sidelined me for the first part of the baseball season.
I wanted to play so bad, I soaked the cast in water and cut it off without my parents’ knowledge nor my doctor’s permission and went back to baseball practice. Hit the ball pretty darn good in batting practice that day but felt a slight tear in the left thumb. Painful but bearable.
My coach had his suspicions of how I made such a miraculous and fast recovery and approached me after practice demanding to see a doctor’s release. He unloaded and told me not to come back without documents.
My perceived false choice, to sit with a cast for four weeks or get back on the field the next day was a false one.
In fact, that tear was an avulsion fracture and put me back into the cast for an extra three weeks, almost double the original time of my bench sitting.
Yes, I took dumb-dumb pills in high school. Still do on occasion.
Sandy Koufax was the greatest left-handed pitcher of all-time and Jewish. During the 1965 World Series, Sandy refused to pitch on Yom Kippur.
Koufax was a secular Jew, but he had been raised in the Jewish neighborhood of Bensonhurst, in Brooklyn. He no doubt understood that for him as the marquee star to pitch the first game of the World Series on Yom Kippur would be a blow to his people, a very public repudiation of their traditions. More would be lost—even if he won the game—than gained.
It helped, of course, that he had a very competent replacement in future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale, who had won 23 games that season and two previous World Series starts.
His Dodgers teammates had not pressured Koufax either way, and one told SI recently that they had not considered it a big deal even after Drysdale lost Game 1.
When manager Walt Alston came out to remove Drysdale in the third inning with the Dodgers trailing 7–1, the pitcher is said to have quipped, “I bet you wish I were Jewish, too.” – Sports Illustrated
Most constructive things we can do right now:
Stay at home
Say the things we want to say to people we love
Utterly defeat Donald Trump and those Republicans who are his acolytes in November, whether we agree with all the Democratic Party stuff or not. At least they listen, sometimes.
On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 8:10 PM Global Macro Monitor wrote:
> macromon posted: “None, nada, just more Potemkin noise, the hallmark of > this administration, coupled with massive gaslighting. The campaign > strategy now seems to be whip up the base and try to even, wait for it…. > gaslight death. Don’t think it is gonna work on both coun” >
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