It’s Monday again. Hope you were able to enjoy your weekend, because this week (and the next and the next and the next and …) will be batshit insane. Take a little time to paint your nails and go to the park:
This daddy painting his little girl’s nails before they go to the park is the good stuff…pic.twitter.com/CT1o5iWNs3— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 26, 2020
This weekend, two huge stories broke:
1. As predicted, President Turdwattles nominated Amy Coney Barrett for Justice Ginsburg’s spot on the Supreme Court. And the GOP is going to shove through this nomination. It’s disgusting, it’s infuriating, it is BEYOND hypocritical and if the Republicans work together– which it is expected they will — it’s going to happen and it very well might happen before the election.
🚨 WATCH THIS VIDEO:— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) September 26, 2020
Judge Amy Coney Barrett asserts that it’s wrong to fill a SCOTUS vacancy during a presidential election year and when it will “dramatically flip the balance of power.”pic.twitter.com/CP2UCGex95
She is very likely to be the vote that overturns Roe v. Wade, she will certainly end the Affordable Care Act, and there is the terrifying possibility that if the election goes to the Supreme Court for any reason, she’ll hand it to President Treason.
AND DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THIS HERESY:
🚨 LIMITED EDITION: Show your support for Pres. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, with your very own Notorious A.C.B. t-shirt! Claim yours here ⬇️https://t.co/qi1eWqTz17— The Senate Majority (@NRSC) September 26, 2020
Right now, the Judiciary Committee is scheduling hearings for next week, with an eye for holding a vote on her nomination on October 26 — one week before the fucking election. I will do my best to cover the hearings. Pray for my liver.
Will the Democrats in the senate do everything they can to slow this nomination so that it can’t be voted on before November 3? One prays. It might be the single most important thing to preventing this monster from stealing an election. (Well, that and all of us voting, preferably in person and preferably early.) Will voters hold this travesty against Republican senators? I certainly fucking hope so. It might be the one bright spot from this entire nightmare.
2. The Failing New York Times got a hold of President Debtor’s taxes, and … it is exactly what we thought: he’s not a billionaire, in fact, he owes hundreds of millions of dollars — if not over $1 billion — all of which will be coming due in the next couple of years; he didn’t pay ANY taxes for 10 of the past 15 years; and in both 2016 and 2017, this lying little bitch only paid $750 in taxes.
$750! Somehow it is worse than if he just paid nothing!
let me get this straight: a man who paid $70,000+ for a bad haircut, and only paid $750 in taxes, decided unemployed Americans didn't deserve $600 a week to barely survive a pandemic, keep their businesses afloat, and feed their families. how can you read that and not feel sick?— Lane Moore (@hellolanemoore) September 28, 2020
it’s a taxes, michael. what could it cost? $750?— 𝕤𝕦𝕟𝕗𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕖𝕣 (@spinubzilla) September 28, 2020
Also, he’s under audit for possibly receiving a $72.9 million refund he didn’t earn. Also, it sure looks like he’s paying Ivanka as a “consultant” and then writing her salary off on his taxes to the tune of three-quarters of a million dollars. Also, he wrote off $70,000 worth of hair styling.
Reminder: teachers are allowed to write off a maximum of $250 worth of supplies that they purchase themselves.
The report did not find any direct evidence of loans or money coming in from Russian sources — that would’t be reported on the returns. But it did shed some light on his relationship with the Russian oligarch Agalarov family, who underwrote the Miss Universe pageant when he owned it, and who helped set up the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Dummy Jr., Jared, and the Russians before the 2016 election. It’s fishy as all getout.
Some clear implications from the Trump Tax story:— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) September 28, 2020
– He blew through other people’s money. His dad’s. Then Mark Burnett’s. Plus loans.
– he starts blowing through the most money in 2011, when the known sources disappear.
– He had a new source of funds.
– Soon after, he’s in business with the Agalarovs, flirting with Georgians and Kazakhs with ties to Putin.— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) September 28, 2020
– All of these groups are—between 2011 and 2016—known to be laundering money through golf courses.
Until we know who, we don’t know who this man owes and what they know about him.— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) September 28, 2020
Will this change any minds? I mean, probably not. I have some relatives who I am sure are impressed that he was able to get away with this, instead of outraged that they’ve paid their fair share of taxes their entire lives, only to have this criminal steal from the military, teachers, our infrastructure, first responders, our health care system, our country in general. But will this win him any voters who weren’t sure who they were going to vote for before this came out? LOL, GOD, I HOPE NOT. HOW STUPID WOULD YOU HAVE TO BE?
He’s broke, he lives in our house, and he’s been stealing from us.— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) September 27, 2020
Also, don’t forget: he’s desperate to stay in office, and this is just one of many reasons why he will do anything to steal the election.
Trump knew something we didn't when he started balking at the peaceful transfer of power. If he loses the election, he faces federal and state prosecution for bank fraud, tax fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud, as does his entire family. No OLC memo will spare him. https://t.co/vhyAelqTjc— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) September 28, 2020
In other political news:
The Rock endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris:
Many of us remember when President George W. Bush, with a megaphone in hand, stood on the rubble in lower Manhattan and told his fellow citizens and the world that those responsible for the brutal carnage of 9/11 would be held accountable. His remarks unified the country, and his appearance on the mound at Yankee Stadium days later put an exclamation point on the message that America was resilient and would overcome.
Compare and contrast that with the crisis of today. Imagine the impact of President Trump traveling to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention back in February, and talking plainly about the challenge Mother Nature intended to throw at us, and how this country, working together, public and private sector, would confront it with all the fortitude and resources we could bring to bear. Then imagine him meeting with journalists the next day, appearing with a face mask, and calmly walking through the steps that his fellow citizens could and should take to do their part to combat this new challenge. Imagine the difference in attitude and outcomes. Perhaps I have more trust in Americans being able to handle the truth than the president.
Donald Trump has proven over these last four years he is incapable of such leadership. It is not within him. He lacks the empathy, integrity, intellect, and maturity to lead. He sows division along political, racial, and religious lines. And he routinely dismisses the opinions of experts who know far more about the subject at hand than he does — intelligence, military, and public health. Our country has paid dearly in lives lost, social unrest, economic hardship, and our standing in the world.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced a Veep reunion to raise money for the Democratic party in Wisconsin:
I’m SO excited to announce that we’re doing a #VeepReunion on Oct 4 with @AnnaChlumsky, @Mrreidscott, @SamRichardson, @MrTonyHale, @CleaDuvall, @MrMattWalsh, @DavidHMandel and more!— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 26, 2020
Chip in any amount to sign up! https://t.co/59it8U60A5 pic.twitter.com/7Wx1Mi88K2
Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale had to be hospitalized after his wife reported to the police that he was threatening to kill himself. Here’s hoping he receives the help he needs.
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 24 hours a day, call 1-800-273-8255
And close to home: The drive-in at Sawyer Yards will be showing RBG on October 11.
It’s 36 days until Election Day; 15 days until early voting begins in Texas (unless the GOP ratfuckers convince the Texas Supreme Court to delay it).
Dr. Fauci says that America is “not in a good place” in regards to the virus. OH? So, one million deaths worldwide, 200,000 American deaths, and 40,000 to 50,000 new cases EVERY DAY, isn’t a “good place?” Funny. I remember someone telling me that it was all going to go away very soon, “like a miracle.”
“Everything he says is false,” Redfield said during a phone call made in public on a commercial airline and overheard by NBC News.
And file this under “Things That Make Therese Go Into a Dark Closet and Scream”: The Department of Health and Human Services has taken $300 million in taxpayer money to create a “Defeat Despair” ad campaign featuring administration officials and celebrities including Dennis Quaid discussing the White House’s response to the virus. And, obviously, the ads are expected to air before the election.
10 current and former health officials told POLITICO that they have concerns about the campaign’s scope, goals and even how it has been funded — by pulling money out of health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control that are in the midst of fighting the pandemic, rather than working with lawmakers to set up a brand-new advertising effort with congressional oversight, or drawing on substantial internal resources and expertise in running health-related public service campaigns.
“CDC hasn’t yet done an awareness campaign about Covid guidelines — but they are going to pay for a campaign about how to get rid of our despair? Run by political appointees in the press shop? Right before an election?” said Josh Peck, a former HHS official who oversaw the Obama administration’s advertising campaign for HealthCare.gov.
“It’s like every red flag I could dream of,” Peck added.
Saturday Night Live is going to have a live studio audience when they return this weekend. Here are the safety protocols they have put into place. Good luck, kids and stay safe!
The Lord of the Rings and Cowboy Bebop are set to resume production in New Zealand.
Around the World in 80 Days has resumed production in Romania.
Someone at Comedy Central deserves a raise:
The Broncos have the entire town of ‘South Park’ in the stands for today’s game and someone needs a raise pic.twitter.com/eUkkf3SkXk— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) September 27, 2020
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom gave birth at the beginning of the pandemic here in the States, just as her friend and collaborator Adam Schlesinger was dying from the disease and the whole thing has made her think about mortality in general, as it would.
In good news, the Actors Fund Home in New Jersey has managed to control the virus, after losing 10 residents.
Three crew members on the set of Scream have tested positive for COVID-19, but they’re not shutting down production.
A vaccine may cost half a million shark lives. Of course, the virus has already cost one million human lives, so …
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“Mr. Liu is the author of the book – The Three-Body Problem – not the creator of this show,” Garfield added. “We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show.”
Tyra Banks knows she goofed, so back up already.
Here’s the backstory to how the Game of Thrones guys got the Battle of Blackwater filmed, though, for my money, the Battle of the Bastards was much more of an accomplishment. (No one asked.) More interesting is the discussion of Cersei and her behavior in the episode:
“I remember talking to Lena and saying, ‘Cersei is basically acting like the drunk aunt at a wedding. It’s like she’s had a few too many drinks and can’t control her mouth.’ She was like, ‘I know exactly what you mean.’”
Your first look at the new Batwoman:
Horror fans with Rokus: Cinedigm and Bloody Disgusting are launching a free Roku horror channel just in time for Halloween.
Noah Hawley, the genius who gave us Fargo and Legion, wanted to do an Alien TV series but Fox was like, “Thanks but nah.”
Oh, wow. So, Nene Leakes is no longer a Real Housewife. Last night Andy Cohen had Wendy Williams on as a guest on Watch What Happens Live.
Ms. Leakes had some thoughts:
Both are f their ratings are LOW! Bye QUEENS— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) September 28, 2020
She on cocaine so they should stop using her to talk! They both need my help with their poor ratings— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) September 28, 2020
Keep trying me sir and imma let the world know who you really are— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) September 28, 2020
I will ALWAYS eat and eat good! Believe that. I have ALWAYS believed in multiple streams of income so the leakes are good you ole cocaine head and you ole racist. No one knew you until YOU knew me. Remember I’m ICON. Don’t forget— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) September 28, 2020
They ALWAYS manipulating black women to say negative things about each other while they sit and enjoy us tearing each other down! Remember #BLM Remember #breonnataylor REMEMBER the most racist networks— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) September 28, 2020
They gone leave my name outta these shows. Send me your best discrimination attorneys info to firstname.lastname@example.org ITS WAR— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) September 28, 2020
The racist is the master manipulator! They using me for ratings like they have always done— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) September 28, 2020
I mean, calling Andy Cohen a racist is one way to never be invited to return as a Housewife …
And in other Real Housewife news, Caitlyn Jenner would like to be one.
Fans of Watchmen have certainly heard of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, but this column makes a strong case that Lindelof also owes some thanks to another comic great whose name is lost in all of this, Darwyn Cooke.
Y’ALL LEAVE JOE MONTANA’S GRANDBABY ALONE. HANDS OFF HIS GRANDBABY.
Congratulations, Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara and baby River! (~Sniff~ Did it just get dusty in here all of a sudden?)
Joaquin Phoenix named his new baby boy River. pic.twitter.com/0LlSd6hqQt— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) September 28, 2020
- Real Time with Bill Maher has been renewed for two more seasons.
- Samuel Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury in a new Marvel project for Disney+.
- Cherry, a heist film from the Russo brothers has been bought by Apple TV+.
- Netflix has bought the French drama DNA and I Care a Lot, a dark comedy starring Peter Dinklage and Rosamund Pike.
- Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, an animated series is being developed at Netflix.
- So Not Worth It, a Korean sitcom, is coming to Netflix.
- Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollett will star in Spiderhead on Netflix.
- Lisa Edelstein is joining the cast of 9-1-1: Lone Star.
- Stacey Abrams and Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will guest star in the special election episode of black-ish.
- Chris Geere will recur on A Million Little Things on ABC.
- Terrence Terrell is joining the cast of B Positive on CBS.
- Lynn Whitfield, Robert Wisdom, and Kamal Bolden have been cast in Vacation Friends on Hulu.
- Basil Eidenbenz is your new Witcher Eskel.
Mark Your Calendar
- Dream Home Makeover will debut on Netflix on October 16.
- The Perfect Weapon will premiere on HBO on October 16.
- Baroness von Sketch Show will return on IFC on October 14.
- A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting will debut on Netflix on October 15.
- Lupin will debut on Netflix in January.
- Someone Has to Die will premiere on Netflix on October 16.
- The Worst Witch returns on Netflix on October 1.
- Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy – Earthrise is coming to Netflix soon.
- O.J. & Nicole: An American Tragedy will air on ID on October 5.
Yuko Takeuchi, Japanese actress
Robert L. Lasky, Cofounder of Agency of the Performing Arts
Emergency Call: This new unscripted series follows 911 operators and the dramatic calls they field. Series premiere. 9 p.m., ABC
Whose Vote Counts, Explained: Have questions about the Electoral College but are too embarrassed to ask? This new limited series has you covered. Premiere. Netflix
50 States of Fright: Sam Raimi’s horror anthology returns in time for the spooky season. Season premiere. Quibi
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jim Parsons, Shepard Smith, BTS
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Colin Quinn, Kim Cattrall, Jeff Rosenstock
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Mariah Carey, Rex Orange County
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Jeff Daniels, Summer Walker
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: TBA
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Watch What Happens Live: Capt. Sandy Yawn, Malia White
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