Before I get to President Feckless and his distracting tweets and his daily attack on the media, I wanted to point out two stories that are not receiving nearly enough national attention, stories that should be setting this country on fire, stories that should have Congressmen and women screaming for investigations and demanding answers from this administration, stories that should define the November election.
The first story is that yesterday the official death toll from Hurricane Maria was upped from 64 to 2,975. Thanks in large part to a glacially slow relief effort by our government who seemed to treat Puerto Rico as something other than a part of our country, less than a year ago nearly 3,000 of our fellow Americans lost their lives in the second most catastrophic hurricane to ever hit this country.
For perspective, Hurricane Katrina killed somewhere between 1,245 and 1,836 people. September 11 killed 2,977 Americans. Both of those horrific events fundamentally changed this country, changed how we saw ourselves and our government, they changed how we live in our day-to-day lives. After Katrina and 9/11, we collectively agreed as Americans that something had to be done. I am not justifying how we responded — the horrific war in Iraq is a stain on country’s history, and there is still not enough being done to protect New Orleans from another catastrophic storm. But at least we saw these deaths as what they were: tragic, preventable, unforgivable. Why aren’t we having that same conversation right now? Why isn’t every reporter, every person on Capitol Hill demanding answers from this president and his administration into how this could happen and what they are going to do to prevent it from ever happening again?
As for the second story, back in March, Yazmin Juárez, a young mother from Guatemala arrived in the United States with her 2-year-old daughter, Mariee, seeking asylum, looking to escape domestic abuse and gang violence. One week after arriving in an ICE detention center, Mariee became ill with a respiratory infection. The medical staff first gave her Tylenol, and then later other medications that the very sick girl was unable to keep down. She grew sicker and sicker, but ICE would not allow the mother and child to leave the facility to receive care in a hospital. When Yazmin and Mariee were eventually released nearly a month later, they flew to New Jersey where Yazmin’s mother lives. The next day, they took Mariee to a pediatrician who sent them to the emergency room. From there, Mariee was put into a medically induced coma. Two weeks later, Mariee was transferred by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. And a month after that, she was dead.
DHS conducted a review of conditions at family facilities in 2016 following more controversy and found that ICE standards didn’t properly address the immediate needs of sick children. “Parents and children should not have to wait 24 hours for treatment and should not have to wait for their healthcare needs to become urgent to receive quicker attention and treatment,” the report found.
In a July review, two doctors and experts in detainee healthcare, Scott Allen and Pamela McPherson, who were contracted by DHS to conduct 10 investigations of ICE’s family detention centers over the past four years, documented unsafe conditions for children.
“Those stresses are real, they affect the child’s abilities to fight an infection and illness and win”
At Dilley, Allen and McPherson found detainees seeking medical care were held together in a gym because the facility lacked sufficient medical space. They also said Dilley had trouble keeping pediatricians on staff, did not hire a child psychiatrist, and sometimes placed toddlers and their parents in medical isolation for days as punishment for normal toddler misbehavior. On one occasion, a nurse mistakenly gave multiple children at Dilley adult doses of a vaccine, they found.
“The placement of innocent children in confinement because of the action of a parent is unjust and places children in harm’s way to advance a message of deterrence,” Allen and McPherson wrote.
Our government’s policies towards immigrants have cost one little girl her life, and is making countless others sick every day, and what are we doing about it? Why aren’t we talking about this? Why aren’t we screaming about this?
Full disclosure: my husband is one of the attorneys representing Ms. Juárez. I woke up one morning to tweets about a little girl who had died in ICE custody — reports that, as it turns out, were untrue — and my husband, who is my hero, was on the case some six hours later. Obviously, we don’t all have law degrees and can’t personally assist people like Ms. Juárez, nor do most of us have the capacity to have physically gone to Puerto Rico and help our fellow Americans in their darkest hour. But what all of us are capable of doing is paying attention to the atrocities this administration is committing, and to expect better from our government. We can contact our representatives and demand that they get answers and that they change our laws and policies so that thousands of Americans won’t be abandoned by our government when they need them most, and that other children won’t lose their lives because they are being held captive in disease-ridden prisons.
And we can vote. The November midterm election is less than 70 days away. And if you don’t like the way things are going in this country right now, if you are as horrified as I am by these stories, you can do something about it.
First go to Vote.org to make sure you are registered to vote. There’s a whole other horror story about people being erased from the voter rolls here in Harris County after the Republican Party challenged the eligibility of thousands of voters. Get this: “Texas election laws state that any registered voter may challenge the legitimacy of any other voters he or she may suspect are not using their home address on their official paperwork.” And don’t think that the right isn’t taking advantage of those laws.
Here in Texas, to register to vote you have to fill out a paper application and mail it in 30 days before the election. The deadline is October 9 to register.
And then Election Day is November 6. Show up.
I am not hopeless. I am tired. I am angry. I am angry at us for not paying attention to the right things. But I am not hopeless.
And now in your President Fuckwit Tweets Garbage news
CNN recently reported that Michael Cohen could testify that he personally saw Donald Joanne Trump being told about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians. This obviously would be enormous, directly tying Trump to a meeting with Russians to receive “very high level and sensitive information” that was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” However, Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis later came out and said he was the source for the story, and also maybe he misspoke. CNN is standing by its reporting, claiming that Davis was not their only source, and now President Dumbass is screaming about it on Twitter.
Three quick notes on today’s serving of bullshit:
- What should be noted here is that Davis might have recanted to protect Cohen. Cohen testified under oath before Congress that Trump didn’t know about the meeting, and could therefore be accused of committing perjury. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Davis’ story — the one he recanted — isn’t true.
- Donald Trump has a long history of being his own anonymous source.
- Please pay attention to the other two stories I mentioned above. They actually matter.
And now that I am done lecturing you, your TV news
Wait, how many people were buried back there?
This is Us is getting the Paley Center treatment: before the September 18 premiere, NBC will air The Paley Center Salutes This Is Us.
So we know what is going to happen to Roseanne, but HOW will it happen?
HBO appears to be getting out of the late-night adult programming business. Sorry, fans of Taxicab Confessions and Real Sex. You’ll have to find your fat naked middle-aged people somewhere else.
Amazon is talking to studios about creating original movies for Prime Video.
Sex Monster News
The backlash to the Louis C.K. situation has been LOUD.
There were plenty of male comedians who defended Louis C.K. for resuming his career, including, Marlon Wayans and unsurprisingly, Michael Che:
And a comedian I have enjoyed and respected for more than 25 years now, Michael Ian Black, joined in this particular problematic chorus:
Black’s initial response was surprising since he was considered an ally by many feminists. After a ton of pushback, Black posted this :
Additionally, Village Voice writer Talia Lavin used Black’s initial tweet to start something actually good:
Giving C.K. the generous framework of having somehow “suffered enough” makes his story one of inevitable redemption rather than one of a man who, by his own admission, sexually harassed women in the workplace over at least a decade, stunting their careers while he made millions. It ignores the fact that he stepped onstage without considering who in the audience (especially victims of harassment and abuse) might not want to be there, and without having actually done much of anything to prove that he’s learned anything from his history of harassment beyond acknowledging it. It signals to other harassers and abusers within comedy and beyond that if they just wait “long enough,” they too can step right back into their careers as if nothing ever happened.
It minimizes the damage he caused, the women he targeted taking enormous risks to expose it, and the misogynistic rot within the entertainment industry that made it possible at all.
So if I were in that audience, it certainly would have been jarring and disorienting to see C.K. step onstage. But it would have been infinitely worse to feel the swell of sympathy around me as the audience leapt to its feet, ready and willing to brush aside what he did so they could hear a few jokes about (reportedly) “racism, waitresses’ tips, [and] parades.” In that moment, and in the rush to defend him now, it became clear that many are ultimately still prioritizing the wellbeing of perpetrators rather than victims. At the very least, this incident proves that there’s still so much work to do if that’s ever going to change — and no, waiting it out doesn’t count.
In other predator news, Woody Allen is reportedly “taking a break” from making movies. The man is 82.
- Mr. Robot will end after four seasons.
- Solar Opposites, an animated series from Rick & Morty‘s producers, has been ordered by Hulu.
- MIA has been ordered by CBS. It is produced by Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo.
- Our Lady, LTD, has been ordered by Epix. It is going to star Ben Kingsley.
- Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club will be Common’s first TV project with Lionsgate.
- Lock It In, a gambling show, has been ordered by Fox Sports.
- Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti have signed an overall deal with Netflix.
- Carrie Ann Inaba will be hosting The Miss America Pageant.
- Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey are officially going to be on The Conners.
- Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow are joining Netflix’s Another Life.
- Aisling Bea is joining Living with Yourself on Netflix.
- Adam Brody has been cast in Curfew on Sky One.
- Theodore Pellerin is joining On Becoming a God in Central Florida on YouTube Premium.
- Anna Silk will join the cast of Blood & Treasure on CBS.
- Paula Singer is joining Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access.
- Tom Stevens has been cast in Deadly Class on Syfy.
- Karen Pittman is joining the cast of NOS4A2 on AMC.
- Natalee Linz is joining the cast of Sirens.
- Olivia Welch, Mike Faist, and Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut have been cast in Panic at Amazon.
- Bob Costas is in talks to leave NBC Sports.
- Again, this isn’t TV related, but Matt Smith is also joining the new Star Wars.
Mark Your Calendars
- The First will debut on Hulu on September 14.
- Sorry For Your Loss will premiere on Facebook Watch on September 18.
- Welcome to the Family: Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes will air on Fox on September 17.
- A five day X-Files marathon will air on BBC beginning on September 10 at 5 a.m.
- King of the Hill’s Grillstraviganza will air on Monday, September 3 beginning at 8 a.m.
- An Emmy for Megan will be broadcast on IFC on September 17 — at the same time the Emmys are airing.
- SuperMansion will return on Sony Crackle on September 4.
- The CW’s superhero series will begin returning on October 9.
- Gold Rush will return on Discovery on October 12.
- Food: Fact or Fiction will return on Cooking Channel on October 1.
The Real Housewives of New York City: Dorinda defends herself against allegations that she has a drinking problem in the second part of the reunion. LOL OK. 7 p.m., Bravo
The Real Housewives of Dallas: Everyone goes to Colorado because Texans just can’t resist Colorado. 8 p.m., Bravo
Ancient Invisible Cities: This new series uses 3D scanning to uncover secrets of ancient cities. First up: Athens. Series premiere. 8 p.m., PBS
Bobcat Goldthwait’s Monsters and Misfits: In the season finale, a pair of musicians are turned into bees. OK. 9 p.m., TruTV
Late Night: Conan: Bob Newhart, Nikki Glaser
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|NBC||America’s Got Talent
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