Thursday, March 19, 2020

Just a quick ride today. Hang on, because we’ll be going fast to get it over with. Granted, I do have the tendency to just ramble on… much like I’m doing now. Anyhow.

Just to catch everyone up first, though, go here to yesterday’s deep dive into what superdelegates are, why brokered conventions give the political press blue-vein throbbers, and why neither are worth the amount of jibber-jabber they get. If you just want some Gibberish – and hey, who doesn’t? – check this out. I got a wild hair late last night and wrote about why I think Mississippi politics gets so up my nose as of late when, previously, I barely gave a damn. Hint: it’s not pleasant, but it is what it is.

Okay, then, let’s get the Democratic primary out of the way first. Tulsi Gabbard finally threw in the towel today. Saying she “never gained ground with Democratic voters” is generous; she never got over two to four percent of the vote. The bulk came from folks who sneer at the Democratic Party anyway, mostly former Ron Paul fanboys who want to pretend that being “anti-war” makes being “anti-LGBT” is okay. She really only made smallish waves with a couple of sick burns during the few debates she qualified for and that ridiculous lawsuit she launched against Hilary Clinton because a hit dog hollers.

Where she goes from here is something to study on. She pushed away some more mainstream Democratic voters with regular appearances on the billionaire class’ pet white nationalist Tucker Carlson’s show to piss on the Democratic Party. Keep telling y’all, that’s no way to get alonng. She’s also said she’s not running for her seat again next year, but if you believe politicians when they say stuff like that, you’ve got no one to blame but yourself.

Interestingly, after announcing her departure she threw her support behind Joe Biden rather than Bernie Sanders. It’s questionable how much she actually lines up with Sanders ideology, but there’s definitely a lot of crossovers with her supporters. Noting that Biden probably has the nomination locked down, it makes perfect political sense to throw in with Biden though one wonders what her future holds anyhow. I haven’t seen much rending of garments from the Bernie faithful, though I don’t know if that’s because they don’t care or because they’re so defeated or they’re too busy complaining that the Democrats didn’t just give Sanders the nomination.

Moving on, the state of Mississippi registered its first death due to CORVID-19 today. The gentleman in question was from Hancock County, on the coast where Bay Saint Louis is. He was a 60-65-year-old man with chronic underlying conditions. So far, that’s all I’ve been able to kick up, but that’s enough. Again, the coronavirus is most dangerous for folks with already weakened immune systems. Since first hitting the state on March 11 – last week – we’re up to 49 individuals who’ve tested positive.

A lot of that has to do with the dearth of testing kits here in the Magnolia State, a situation that’s unlikely to change anytime soon what with our rickety state infrastructure. In California, for example, Gov. Gavin Newsom said they’re preparing for up to 25 million residents, which is about 12 times the amount of people in Mississippi. The damage done to the economy is being felt as businesses like Wal-Mart, Krogers and Domino’s are seeking workers to keep up with the demand. Trump signed off on the House of Representatives’ coronavirus bill that might – might – see people getting checks from the government to help tide them over while they can’t work. Supposedly.

Although that bill passed the Senate 90-8 – and most of the no votes came from Republican Senators who, for some reason, don’t like giving government paychecks to anyone but themselves – Mitch McConnell announce the “third phase” of CORVID-19 legislation with a one trillion dollar stimulus package. Hitting the floor without any Democratic input, the bill includes up to $200 billion to airlines and $300 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses. Frankly, I don’t see the point in giving that much money to airlines when they can just get everyone home then sit tight and look after their employees, but what do I know.

After a rocky – to say the least – start, the U.S. government seems to be getting in gear in dealing with this crisis we can no longer ignore. That being said, Trump can’t seem to go through a day without blaming the media, blaming the Democrats, blaming anyone but himself, and being a racist bastard. Yes, calling it the “China virus” is racist, it’s unnecessary, and neither you nor he deserve the benefit of the doubt. And “the kung flu”? Get out of here. Arguing that’s not racist is like arguing the goons wearing war bonnets to Redskins games are “honoring” Native Americans. Real people suffer for your warped sense of humor. And yes, I’m aware that the government of China is full of bastards who acted like bastards when dealing with the virus in the early days, but that doesn’t make our racism acceptable. You’ll notice no one’s calling it the “Xi virus”.

I was going to save this last one for another day, maybe a deep dive, but this is too good to pass on. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee unloaded up to 1.72 million dollars in stock holdings on February 13 after receiving the daily briefings Trump ignored concerning the coronavirus. Furthermore, he was caught on tape admitting it. The stock market started bottoming out the next day and has dropped 30% since. Amusingly, he’s one of the three senators who voted against an Obama-era bill that would, basically, prevent this sort of thing. Burr has made a half-hearted “rebuttal” on Twitter, now that he’s been caught, anyway. That’s still insider trading and is not going to go away, especially since apparently he’s not the only one.

If we’re going to send Martha Stewart to jail over it, all I got to say.

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