Trump says he wants to slow down testing; WH says he was joking : MSNBC

During his Saturday rally in Oklahoma, the president told the crowd he wanted to ‘slow down’ coronavirus testing, yet administration officials said the president was joking. The panel discusses.

Source: Trump says he wants to slow down testing; WH says he was joking : MSNBC

Even The Russians Are Laughing At Trump’s 4th of July Flop : PolitiZoom

Okay, let’s be reasonable now: maybe there are 3.4 million people in this picture…IF you count all of their counterparts in alternate dimensions. Yeah, that sounds right. That’s where all the alternate facts come from, is alternate dimensions — and that’s where JFK Jr. lives, too.

The claimed crowd size is not the only thing that’s laughable. So are the tanks and the military hardware and just look at who’s laughing at that.


Source: Even The Russians Are Laughing At Trump’s 4th of July Flop : PolitiZoom

OMG. Trump Actually Spoke Of Marrying Lady Diana and Being King Of England : PolitiZoom

The tabloid is the only “literature” that Donald Trump recognizes, because that’s how his mind works, in very small basic cartoonish ways. His entire worldview is no higher than celebrity culture, who’s hot, who’s not, who he might be able to sell something to, and how he can drop names and manipulate publicity. CNN did a review of their KFile and found that between 1981 and 1995 members of the royal famliy were ostensibly buying Trump properties (they were not) and that the source of the misinformation was none other than Trump himself. In September, 1992, a time when Trump was tanking financially, “a New York Post cover story cited as ‘rumor’ that it was ‘maybe started by the Trump Organization’ that Princess Diana was looking to build a $5 million property in Trump Tower.” Of course, Buckingham Palace flatly denied that any such negotiations were taking place. CNN:

That didn’t stop Trump. A year later, during an appearance on the Howard Stern Show in November 1993, Trump was asked if it was true that Princess Diana was looking at an apartment in Trump Tower.
“That’s true,” Trump said.
“Does that mean she’s contacted you?” asked Stern.
“I hope she’s looking at — She is really hot. She has gained 20-25 pounds, she looks great,” Trump said, saying he’d love to date the princess. “There could be a love interest. I’d become King of England. King of England. I’d have to leave, I’d have to lose the New York accent quickly. See they wouldn’t like my accent over there.”
But mostly, Trump said, he wanted Princess Diana to come to a party at Mar-a-Lago.
“We’re going to try to get Lady Di,” Trump said. “We’re trying to get Lady Di actually to come to the party. It’s a part of the deal for buying the apartment in Trump Tower. She can’t have the apartment in Trump Tower unless she comes to the party.”
A year later, in October 1994, another New York Post story, this time on the entire front page, claimed Princess Diana was set to buy a $3.5 million dollar apartment in Trump Tower. “Princess of New York,” the full-page cover read with a photo of Diana.
The Post reported that composer Andrew Lloyd Webber “was instrumental” in encouraging Lady Diana to buy at Trump Tower, which a spokesman for Webber categorically denies. “Andrew Lloyd Webber did not steer Princess Diana towards an apartment in Trump Tower, they were not well acquainted.” Webber’s name undoubtedly got dragged in simply because he was another famous Brit at the time.
Trump is as an adult, what he was undoubtedly as an adolescent: he wanted to be one of the cool kids, have all the hot girls in love with him, have all of the big men on campus for his buddies — and that’s exactly who he still is at 72. In his worldview, Putin and Kim are the BMOCs, and Trump believes, or would have you believe, that in the 80’s he was, “fucking every model in Europe. My life was wild.” Life is all some mad, celebrity whirl for him — and as long as he can get you to believe that being Donald Trump is a great, unbelievable thing, he has some identity. Somehow he got 63,000,000 to fall for his con, which I guess is a testament to the power of fantasy.


Source: OMG. Trump Actually Spoke Of Marrying Lady Diana and Being King Of England : PoitiZoom

French fire chief: Your president est tres stupide, America : Daily Kos

As Notre Dame Cathedral burned yesterday and real presidents extended their heartfelt condolences, Donald Trump, the actual president of the United States, tweeted this:

Donald J. Trump


So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!

109K people are talking about this

Must act quickly, huh? Thanks for that, Poindexter, because the rest of us thought there was time for an Americano and a flaky croissant. Thank God you’re on Twitter.

But the other bit of advice he had to share was equally as stupid … because he’s Donald Trump, and stupid is his trademark.

“Everything would have collapsed,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Bernier, a fire chief who speaks for the national civil defence organisation and who described the suggestion as “risible”.

Releasing even one load from a Canadair water bomber used to fight forest fires on Notre-Dame would be “the equivalent of dropping three tonnes of concrete at 250 kilometres per hour (155mph)” on the ancient monument.

“It would have been like bowling with the cathedral… the two towers might have fallen.

What an unbelievably stupid thing to say to the president of the United States, Lt. Col. Bernier. No fucking way Trump knows what “risible” means. You might as well try to explain superstring theory to him during his bikini waxing.

And thanks, once again, for embarrassing us in front of the entire world, Donnie Dimwits. Wish we could go at least one day without that happening. Really, at this point, that’s all I ask.


Source: French fire chief: Your president est tres stupide, America : Daily Kos

House Democrats give IRS until April 23 to hand over Trump’s tax returns : NBC News

House Democrats have given the Internal Revenue Service a new deadline to hand over President Donald Trump’s tax returns days after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department would miss the original deadline of April 10.

In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig sent Saturday by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., Democrats gave a second and final deadline of April 23 for six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns. The lawmakers could go to court to seek the returns if the IRS does not turn them over.

“To date, the IRS has failed to provide the requested return and return information despite an unambiguous legal obligation to do so … Please know that, if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request,” Neal wrote in the letter.

The letter also states that there is “no valid basis to question the legitimacy of the Committee’s legislative purpose,” citing Supreme Court instructions that Congress’ power to investigate is “broad.”

“It is not the proper function of the IRS, Treasury, or Justice to question or second guess the motivations of the Committee or its reasonable determinations regarding its need for the requested tax returns and return information,” Neal wrote.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., notified his committee that he would be subpoenaing Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, for the president’s financial statements. The subpoena is another avenue Democrats are pursuing to obtain Trump’s financial information.

In the memo, Cummings said he intended to issue the subpoena, which request documents between 2011 and 2018, on Monday.


Source: House Democrats give IRS until April 23 to hand over Trump’s tax returns : NBC News

People are mocking Trump for his bizarre false claim that windmill noise causes cancer – VT

Ever since Scottish officials tried to build a “really ugly wind farm” by his Aberdeen golf course in 2006, Donald Trump has been an outspoken critic of wind power. He has also been a lifelong climate change denier, despite 97% of climate scientists agreeing that climate change is real and humans are causing it. “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” he tweeted in 2012.

In response to alarming reports about the consequences if we don’t take action on climate change, Trump has mocked renewable sources of energy. At a rally in Ohio last month, he predicted power failures if the wind stops blowing, quipping, “When the wind doesn’t blow, just turn off the television darling, please.” That’s a humorous scenario, but not accurate, as grid operators draw electricity from solar panels, natural gas turbines and hydroelectric dams during gaps of wind.


Source: People are mocking Trump for his bizarre false claim that windmill noise causes cancer – VT

Rat spotted in Sheffield Wetherspoons – The Star

A rat has been spotted in a Sheffield Wetherspoons.

The large rodent was seen in the Benjamin Huntsman earlier this week, with a photo of the incident shared on social media.

Source: Rat spotted in Sheffield Wetherspoons – The Star


Chris Sterry commenting : Was it Theresa May?

Now, Now Chris, slap the back of your hand, you naughty boy, but to who or what.

The Birmingham protest shows we still can’t take LGBT equality for granted | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

So opens a Jackanory-style film uploaded to social media this week by one Birmingham mother, featuring her reading aloud from a picture book called Mommy, Mama and Me. It’s a cosy, toddler-friendly bedtime story about two mothers doing what mothers do the world over: pouring juice, tucking children up in bed, playing hide and seek. Your children’s primary school or your local library might well have a copy. Although they might have plumped instead for And Tango Makes Three, the tale of two daddy penguins adopting a chick.

Her point, of course, was to reassure anyone alarmed by wild rumours about primary school sex education that the idea of gay relationships can be introduced in a perfectly age-appropriate way, even to five-year-olds. Watching that film, I thought how far we’ve come since the 1980s, when tabloid scare stories about leftwing councils stocking such books in libraries panicked Margaret Thatcher into introducing section 28 – the ban on local authorities “promoting homosexuality”. Now we have an openly gay schools minister and a generation of kids who thankfully won’t have to grow up heaped with corrosive, lifelong shame. Times have changed. But not so much that we can take them for granted.


Source: The Birmingham protest shows we still can’t take LGBT equality for granted | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

THIS is the funniest result of Theresa May’s disastrous Brexit vote | Vox Political

A motorist told Devon and Cornwall police officers the “meaningful vote” on Brexit that led to a resounding defeat for Theresa May was the reason they caught him driving at 86mph.

According to The Independent, when officers asked him why he had been travelling so fast, he replied: “I was listening to the results of the Brexit vote.”


Source: THIS is the funniest result of Theresa May’s disastrous Brexit vote | Vox Political