Save yourself the hassle. Give Biden full authority to fight the pandemic right now

first_imgTherefore, in making my suggestion, I won’t be repeating what I have said in the past about your being a malicious, reckless, feckless, fascist baboon, or referring to your Twitter account as pyroclastic excrement, or pointing to your stack of 22,000 lies, half-truths and fabrications, or making any reference to your statements about the coronavirus such as don’t wear a mask, drink bleach, kids can’t get it, it affects virtually nobody, vulnerable old people are going to die anyway, we’d have fewer cases if we didn’t test so much, the hospitals have all the protective gear they need.Talk like that just doesn’t seem very cooperative or healing, so without mentioning it, my suggestion is that you turn over the fight against the coronavirus to the team President-elect Joe Biden has established to provide scientific medical and logistical advice on how best to bring it under control. Not in January. Right now. Today.- Advertisement – The team is already picked. There’s already a Biden Plan to Combat Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Prepare for Future Global Health Threats that those advisers will hone. There are already plans to have regular virtual COVID-19 conferences with governors and their staffs weeks before Inauguration Day. Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and aides close to to them actually want to fight the virus, which I know is hard for you to imagine. But getting somebody else to do the heavy lifting has always been a strong point with you, so this meshes perfectly with your skill set and your current desire to bring out the crowds. Just so I’m clear, by “turn over” I mean give the Biden team total authority over the national effort to get the pandemic under control. Unhesitatingly facilitate whatever they propose. Anything they think should be done that has to have your signature on it, you sign. You agree not to have press conferences contradicting their work. Any funding they need you can divert from building the border wall. Now I know your grasp on history is … uh … rusty, but you may be thinking that delegating authority like this is unorthodox, unprecedented. So it is. But you’ve already given us full four years of the unorthodox and unprecedented. And Bill Barr, well, he’ll go along with anything you want, just say “unitary executive” and you’re golden. – Advertisement – You also shouldn’t worry that putting the Biden team in charge like this would make you look weak and incompetent. The 240,000 dead Americans have already done that, with another 130,000 now projected to die by Jan. 21 without a change in policy. Ooops, sorry, I guess that wasn’t a very cooperative or healing thing to say. center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Brady stands by Allardyce

first_img United manager Sam Allardyce voiced his displeasure as he and his players were jeered at Upton Park, despite a 2-1 win over Hull. Some fans were unhappy at the nature of West Ham’s performance against a 10-man Hull and at the final whistle Allardyce cupped his ear to their boos. West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady refuses to “accept” booing of her side, as happened in midweek. And, according to Brady, her manager was right to be upset. Writing her weekly diary in The Sun, she said: “Sam had selected a team for a low-scoring match, knowing what to expect against Hull, and could not have predicted he needed instead a team to play against 10 men. “His actions on the pitch were prudent and, at this stage of the season, correct. There is no way I can accept my team being booed. It undermines them when, in particular, they are giving everything they have to make up for the bad time the club endured before Christmas. “Big Sam is so upset he complains that he has never heard a winning team booed. While this might not be strictly true, I doubt you would get the same at Fulham or Sunderland if they had won.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Vin Scully appreciation night turns Dodger Stadium into a shrine

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Forty cities and two counties declared Friday as Vin Scully Day. It began like almost any other day at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers stretched and played catch. The Colorado Rockies took batting practice. Continuing a recent tradition, some players visited the Vin Scully Press Box before the game to shake hands with the man himself.• PHOTOS: Vin Scully Appreciation Night“To kind of show respect to him, for what he’s done for a long time,” Dodgers pitcher Joe Blanton said. “He’s one of the greatest announcers of all time. Just on a personal level, to be able to go up in his press box, shake his hand — I don’t do a whole lot of stuff like that and it was a pretty cool little moment like that to have.”The game was scheduled to begin at 7:20 p.m. Pacific Time, but the first pitch was delayed by 27 minutes. In the meantime, a Vin Scully appreciation ceremony took over the field, turning a ballpark into a shrine — and turning Friday into more than just another stop on Scully’s retirement tour. One of the 10 Dodger players whose number is retired, Sandy Koufax, recounted a story about Scully.“Before the World Series, Vin would go to church and pray — not for a win, but there would be only heroes in the World Series, no goats,” Koufax said. “He didn’t want anyone’s future to be tarnished with the fact that they lost the World Series for their team.”Clayton Kershaw was the only current Dodger player sitting on the dais. He thanked Scully “on behalf of our team and the teams that have come before us.”“Thank you for painting a picture for us and for our families that we’ll have for the rest of our lives,” Kershaw said. “When we retire and we don’t have this game anymore, we’ll always have your voice. So thank you for that.”Actor Kevin Costner was the last guest speaker. He delivered a riveting speech that alternated between tongue-in-cheek humor (“you called my imaginary perfect game; nobody can ever take that away”) and touching prose (“when we held our breath, you filled in the blanks”). Finally, Scully spoke. He had fought back tears when the emcee, Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner, introduced him on stage. He appeared fidgety as the distinguished speakers delivered one tribute after another. Speaking to the sold-out crowd, Scully sounded right at home.“When you roar, when you are thrilled, I’m 8 years old again,” he said. “You truly have been the wind beneath my wings. I owe you everything.”Roster expanding to 40Pitcher Scott Kazmir was activated from the 15-day disabled list and infielder Chris Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, giving the Dodgers 39 players on their active roster for Friday’s game. The 40th man on the roster, pitcher Brandon McCarthy, is on the 15-day disabled list. He threw a 75-pitch simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and a bullpen session Friday. Roberts said McCarthy will be activated before the regular season ends a week from Sunday. That means the Dodgers will have a full complement of 40 players on the active roster. Although teams can use every player on their 40-man roster after Sept. 1, few — if any — actually do. It also makes the job of trimming the roster to 25 for the postseason that much more difficult.“Some of it is recent performance, the other part is the year that certain players have had,” Roberts said. “The other part is who we’re playing, and matchups, what makes the most sense for us to put 25 guys on the roster that give us the best chance to win. We’re going to heat up those talks.”AlsoRockies manager Walt Weiss and third baseman Nolan Arenado, an Orange County native, were among the contingent who visited Scully from the visitor’s clubhouse. … Former Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be a studio analyst for baseball games on TNT in September and October. Rollins, 37, was released by the Chicago White Sox on June 15. … The next outings for McCarthy, left-hander Brett Anderson and right-hander Jose De Leon remain to be determined. Roberts said that all three are capable of pitching out of the bullpen. … Trayce Thompson’s brother Klay, who plays for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, took batting practice on the field prior to the game. • VIDEO: Vin Scully holds back tearsLos Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti gave Scully a key to the city — a first in his three-plus years on the job, he said. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced a $50,000 donation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation in Scully’s name, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts emerged from the dugout with an oversized check.Kirk Gibson couldn’t attend in person, but he wanted to pass along a pre-recorded message. “It’s an honor for me to have your voice attached to the soundtrack of my career,” Gibson said, moments after it was revealed that fans voted Scully’s 19-word description of Gibson’s home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as his greatest call ever.Dodgers chairman Mark Walter announced that next year Scully would have a place among the team’s list of retired numbers. As of Friday the team hadn’t decided what will symbolize Scully, the first non-player to join the group.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more