It’s Wednesday, which was once known as “hump day,” back when we had weekends.
Things always seem terrible around here, but yesterday my daughter saw her first waterfall and I got to watch her face. pic.twitter.com/Yn9MAd9hG2— Lisa Fleisher (@lisafleisher) September 4, 2020
I took a breather from President Mayhem yesterday because we all have to take care of our mental health however we can these days. But just because I ignored him doesn’t mean that he stopped his tornadic assault on our country.
Imagine showing this tweet to yourself a year ago and explaining "oh no, the masks aren't because the sky is orange, that's for a different thing." https://t.co/nnqoOBk3uM— Meredith Haggerty (@manymanywords) September 9, 2020
First of all, there’s the fact that the entire West Coast is literally on fire, entire towns are being destroyed, dozens are dead and missing — baseball games that weren’t canceled during a deadly pandemic had to be rescheduled because the air is just too damn dangerous to breathe …
… and the Climate-Change-Denier-in-Chief’s response is “winter is coming.”
Trump on climate change:— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 14, 2020
“It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch.”
“I don’t think science knows, actually.” pic.twitter.com/jzeFJlujYK
As it turns out, science knows quite well. For more than 100 years, it’s been speculated that burning fossil fuels (in particular coal) emits gas that can trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. By now, that effect is well documented and obviously manifested, with atmospheric carbon dioxide hitting levels never before measured and the effects of that saturation felt everywhere from increased droughts to increased severe precipitation events (since warmer air can hold more moisture) to higher temperatures to things such as dissolving shells on marine life.
Though it is obviously the case that temperatures won’t increase steadily forever, it is just as obviously the case that temperatures are increasing broadly. A good analogy for temperature fluctuations in a warming world is walking a dog in a park: The dog meanders all over to sniff things, but it’s clear where the two of you are headed over the long term. And where we are headed is a steadily warming world.
The six hottest years on record include 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
This denial from Trump — flat, baseless — may remind you of another similar claim he’s made over and over about the coronavirus pandemic. Constantly, even now, Trump asserts without justification that the virus will simply “go away.”
President Ranger Rick also had some … interesting … thoughts on trees.
Nothing to worry about folks it’s not climate change it’s trees that explode pic.twitter.com/NFvRcjnBxh— Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) September 14, 2020
Yeah, there’s a reason why Scientific American magazine made a Presidential endorsement for the first time in 175 years of publication — and it was not for President Flatearther.
More than 1,000 people died from COVID yesterday.@realDonaldTrump watched eight hours of TV.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 11, 2020
If I’m president, you might not always agree with me. But I promise you I will always show up and fight for you. pic.twitter.com/HvVJLS83TZ
Then, our TV President had a big day on his favorite medium yesterday.
First, he called into Fox & Friends and ruined their morning:
Usually later in the interview before we get the hollow-eyed, moderately horrified looks from the hosts but here we are. pic.twitter.com/3s21qxZ0PI— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 15, 2020
The best part was when he threatened to continue calling in every week, ruining Monday mornings for these three stooges indefinitely, and Steve Doocy was like, “Ummm … no?”
Donald Trump: "We're gonna [call into Fox & Friends] every week. Every Monday I think they said."— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 15, 2020
Brian Kilmeade: "Sounds good."
Steve Doocy, after Trump hangs up: "You may want to do it every week, but Fox is not committed to that, and we'll take it on a case-by-case basis." pic.twitter.com/VnIHyofm36
Fox’s Steve Doocy tells Trump, “don’t call us, we’ll call you.” pic.twitter.com/VfwkXBfRhv— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 16, 2020
But then! President Filter Bubble broke out of his Fox News echo chamber last night to do a Town Hall with undecided voters on ABC with George Stephanopoulos, which, what a big brave boy!
The problem for President Brain Melt was that he was tag teamed by a fact-checking George Stephanopoulos and real voters, not his MAGA/Q-poisoned cult followers, and they had questions like: “Why won’t you wear a mask?” and “Where do you get off calling soldiers ‘suckers’ and ‘losers’?” and “Why do you want to take protections for pre-existing conditions away?” and “When has America ever been ‘great’ for African-Americans?”
He responded 1. “Waiters don’t like masks,” 2. “I’ve always been upfront with my hate for John McCain,” 3. “I have an imaginary health care plan that I have been hyping for four years which is going to be MUCH better than Obamacare even though it doesn’t really exist, so please ignore the fact that I am at this very moment asking the Supreme Court to take away your pre-existing protections,” and 4. “SQUIRREL!”
Voter: "Should pre-existing conditions, which Obamacare brought to fruition, be removed—"— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) September 16, 2020
Pres. Trump: "No."
"Please stop and let me finish my question, sir." https://t.co/hdOMZYN5NC pic.twitter.com/iCqMkqLoAW
Asked how "tone deaf" his slogan Make America Great Again can come across to Black Americans, Pres. Trump responds, "Well, I can say this. We have tremendous African-American support."— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) September 16, 2020
Most people are focusing on his Freudian slip in which he suggested the virus will go away through “herd mentality.”
This is not a man you want to trust with the management of a national vaccine distribution. pic.twitter.com/l6spYTL25H— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 16, 2020
I mean, aside from the inadvertently revealing comment that the virus would go away through “herd mentality,” the alarming part of this comment is the suggestion that he plans to fight this virus with herd immunity. If we rely on herd immunity to conquer this virus, around 2 million Americans will die.
But I want to focus on something that no one else seems to be talking about, but that I found profoundly revealing about the way the chickpea rattling around in that weird head works:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Next question comes Alexandra Stamen from Pittsburg, who sat out the last presidential election, I believe.
STAMEN: Unfortunately so, I did. Good evening, Mr. President.
So I’d like to ask, regarding your recent comments about our United States soldiers, referring to them as suckers.
TRUMP: Could you say that again?
STAMEN: Our United States soldiers, referring to them as suckers, and particularly the late John McCain, our prisoners of war, as losers.
TRUMP: I see. OK. OK. The fake…it was a fake statement. Go ahead.
STAMEN: And recently requesting amputee veterans from the military parade. How do you expect to win back the support of our military, their families, their friends, and military supporters?
TRUMP: It’s easy, because I never made those statements. They were never made by me.
They said I stood over the grave of soldiers killed many years ago and I said they were suckers. I never made that. Do you know we had 26 people as of today come out to say it never happened, and many people were there.
And this is a really small thing, especially in the wake of him claiming that he has a sooper-secret health plan that he’s going to reveal any day now and that he intends to kill off somewhere between 1-2% of the American population …
BUT. The thing is, The Atlantic article did not say President Draft Dodger stood over the grave of dead soldiers and called them “suckers.” He’s conflating two very terrible stories: 1. That he didn’t want to go to the World War I ceremony at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery because “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” And then, later on that same trip, he called the 1,800 marines who gave their lives at Belleau Wood “losers.” and 2. While standing with John Kelly at the grave of Kelly’s son who died in Afghanistan, President Apathy asked Kelly, “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?”
But I truly believe that the way President Compost Brain is able to function psychologically is to twist the truth in such a way that it is no longer accurate. The Atlantic said he stood over the graves of dead soldiers and called them “suckers” and “losers,” but what kind of monster would do that?! Certainly not him! And the thing is he didn’t do that. For all intents and purposes, he did, of course, but he has to manipulate the truth in enough of a fashion that he can not just live with the lie, he can believe it whole-heartedly. Or whole-whatever black twisted thing resides where a normal person’s heart would be.
Anyway. You’ll be surprised to learn that Fox News is calling the entire Town Hall an “ambush.”
Fox News is calling the ABC Town Hall an “ambush” pic.twitter.com/dGMtCkxct8— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 16, 2020
Yes, heaven forfend the President of the United States be confronted with actual voters with their actual concerns.
Finally, a story is breaking that a nurse who worked at an ICE detention center in Georgia has filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that multiple immigrant women were given hysterectomies without their understanding and consent. At least four lawyers have since come forward representing detained women who confirm the whistleblower’s account.
According to the complaint, a detained immigrant told Project South that she talked to five women at the facility who received hysterectomies between October and December 2019 and said they “reacted confused when explaining why they had one done.”
“When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp,” the woman told Project South. “It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies.”
Wooten said in the complaint that one particular gynecologist, whom she called “the uterus collector,” performs the procedure. “Everybody he sees, he’s taking all their uteruses out or he’s taken their tubes out.”
I first read about this on Monday and hesitated to post about it here because honestly, it sounded like FAKE NEWS. The Right is quick to jump on every conspiracy theory that paints the Left as baby-eating pedophilic Socialistic monsters (more on that in an upcoming post) — their worst fever-dream ideas of what liberals and their motivations are — and it is poisoning our ability to talk to one another as fellow citizens. I didn’t want to fuel that by falling into the same trap, but on the other side. After all, the worst possible portrait of the Right is that they are violent fascist White Nationalists with genocidal tendencies. A story about them forcing immigrant women to endure hysterectomies falls right into that narrative, a little too easily. But as more and more reporting comes out, and more and more women come forward, it’s starting to look like this whole eugenic nightmare might just be true.
I’m sure we’ll come back to this story in the future, but for now, may it serve as one more impetus for you to make a plan to vote. 48 days until Election Day; 27 days until early voting in Texas.
Now that I have your attention— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 15, 2020
VOTE Nov 3rd!!!
South Park is going to take on the pandemic in an upcoming episode. That’ll show it!
Survivor is trying to figure out how to film during the pandemic. It seems like of any reality show, Survivor would be made for a pandemic. After all, they’re out in the middle of nowhere, socially distanced from the world. But it turns out they tend to film in Fiji and Fiji is not interested in hosting a bunch of germy Americans right now for some reason.
Coronation Street has resumed filming in the U.K. after having to suspend production when a team member tested positive.
Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has begun filming again.
The World Series will be played entirely at the new hideous Texas Rangers’ Arlington stadium in a quarantine bubble. This is the first time a World Series has been played in one location. The AL Division Series will be played in San Diego and Los Angeles, and the NLDS will be played in Houston and Arlington.
NEW: CDC Director Redfield to US Senate cmte.:— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 16, 2020
“These facemasks are the important, powerful public health tool we have … I might even go so far as to say that this facemask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.” pic.twitter.com/7LJZ3U9xi1
So, Disney, just release Black Widow and Soul on Disney+ and save everyone a lot of headache.
Governor Cuomo is not going to cancel Halloween in New York State, but don’t count on clubs opening anytime soon.
The makers of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Synchronic, they get it. Stay home. Don’t go to movie theaters.
I’m a huge fan of restaurants. Restaurants are my favorite! But maybe we order from restaurants for a while longer, yeah? (And don’t get me fucking started on bars.)
Turns out the reason we ran out of yeast and flour and pasta there for a while had nothing to do with the yeast and flour and pasta, but with the containers the yeast and flour and pasta go in. We ran out of those.
All Other TV News
It’s Day Two of the Creative Emmys (full list here). Saturday Night Live and Last Week Tonight were two big — and totally expected — winners, and congratulations to Norman Lear who broke his own record as the oldest Emmy winner for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) with Live In Front of a Studio Audience franchise, Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: ‘All In The Family’ And ‘Good Times’.
Alan Dershowitz is suing CNN for $300 million, claiming that they took a statement of his during the impeachment trial out of context. But I heard what I heard.
Bless their hearts.
George R.R. Martin’s neighbors won’t let him build a castle in his backyard. GOOD. NOW QUIT FIGHTING WITH YOUR AND DRAWING CASTLES ON YOUR NOTEBOOKS AND FINISH YOUR BOOKS, GEORGE.
- Our Flag Means Death, a pirate comedy from Taika Waititi has been ordered at HBO Max.
- Undone By Blood, a western, is part of the overall deal Norman Reedus has signed with AMC.
- The End, a dark comedy, is coming to Showtime.
- The Offer, a series that looks at the making of The Godfather, is coming to Paramount+.
- Blindpotting is getting its own spinoff series on Starz.
- Ocean Village, an animated series, has been ordered by Fox.
- A true-crime series from the makers of Don’t Fuck With Cats is in the works at TNT.
- Maya Moore, an activist, and WNBA player, will receive a documentary from ESPN and Robin Roberts.
- My Big Italian Adventure, in which Lorraine Bracco will renovate a 200-year-old Sicilian house, is coming to HGTV.
- The Darkness is being adapted for TV by CBS Studios.
- Burn The Place is being adapted into a series.
- On Beach, a docusoap, has been ordered at Quibi.
- Next of Kin, a Finnish mystery drama, is being distributed by A+E.
- Bank Balance, a game show produced by Gordon Ramsay, is coming to BBC.
- Rodney Barnes has signed an overall deal with HBO.
- The entire Saturday Night Live cast is returning this season.
- David Hyde Pierce is joining the Julia Child pilot at HBO in a bit of recasting.
- Melissa Reeves is leaving Days of Our Lives after wandering into a bit of controversy after liking some anti-BLM tweets. I’m sure it’s entirely coincidental. Cady McClain is taking over her role, but only temporarily.
- Will Poulter is joining Dopesick on Hulu.
- Giselle Eisenberg has been recast in the role of Anna-Kat on American Housewife. Julia Butters is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
- Shivaani Ghai is joining Batwoman on The CW.
- Amanda Brooks, Jordyn Dinatale, Nikko Austen Smith, Samuel Taylor are joining The Birch on Facebook Watch.
- Karrueche Tran is joining Games People Play on TBS.
Mark Your Calendars
- Let’s Be Real, a political puppet special from Robert Smigel, the genius behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, is going to air after the debates on Fox on October 1.
- Wilmore will debut on Peacock on September 18.
- The Amber Ruffin Show will premiere on Peacock on September 25.
- The Paramedic streams on Netflix today.
- The Good Lord Bird will debut on Showtime on October 4.
- Monsterland will debut on Hulu on October 2.
- Emily in Paris will debut on Netflix on October 2.
- Dick Johnson is Dead will stream on Netflix on October 2.
- Sneakerheads will premiere on Netflix on September 25.
- Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party will return on TruTV on October 15.
- Take Us Home: Leeds United will debut on September 17.
- The Great British Baking Show returns on Netflix on September 25.
The tent is back open for business!— Netflix (@netflix) September 15, 2020
On September 25, an all-new season of The Great British Baking Show will start rolling out on Netflix in The US — new episodes will be available every Friday (three days after they premiere in The UK) pic.twitter.com/CQdzQbTiJ6
- The Christmas Chronicles 2 will debut on Netflix on November 25.
- The House That Dripped Chocolate will debut on Food Network on October 8.
- Lifetime has a bunch of new cheerleader movies coming out beginning October 3.
- Extreme Ice Machines and Impossible Fixes will both premiere tonight on Science Channel.
Stevie Lee, Wrestler and star of Jackass 3D
Sei Ashina, 36-year-old Japanese actress
Alien Huang, 36-year-old Taiwanese actor, singer, and former K-popper
Oh In-hye, 36-year-old Korean actress, model, and YouTuber
Um. Wait …
Challenger: The Final Flight: J.J. Abrams is a producer on this limited series about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Series premiere. Netflix
Sing On!: There are plenty of singing competitions out there, but there is only one hosted by Tituss Burgess. Series premiere. Netflix
The Devil All the Time: Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland star in this dark film that wishes it were a Southern gothic but is set in Ohio? Sure. Netflix
Archer: Season 11 premiere. 9 p.m., FXX
The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards: Keith Urban hosts and artists will perform at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe. 7 p.m., CBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sharon Stone, Shaquille O’Neal, Kylie Minogue
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Cynthia Nixon, Michael Stipe, Larry Wilmore, Sonny Emory
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Drew Barrymore
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: John David Washington, Michael McIntyre, Glass Animals
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Kiersey Clemons
- Watch What Happens Live: Ben Mandelker, Ronnie Karam, Amy Phillips, Ira Madison III, Danny Pellegrino
|Notre Dame: Our Lady of Paris
|CBS||The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards
|NBC||America’s Got Talent
|Ellen’s Game of Games
Trump made more than 20 false or misleading claims at his ABC town hall last night. A still-not-complete breakdown: https://t.co/g1j7VaoBi9— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 16, 2020