JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, the Dow Jones just had it's worst day since 1987, falling by 2,352 points or about 10 percent. The market is now worth about as much as it was in June of 2017.

And in related news, one of Trump's bankrupt casinos, the Trump Plaza tower in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is literally crumbling and local officials want to demolish it before it kills someone.

Officials in Atlantic City announced they would be filing an injunction in Superior Court Thursday afternoon to demolish a tower at Trump Plaza after an inspection deemed the building an “imminent hazard.”

Atlantic City Director of Licensing and Inspections for Dale Finch said he received a call around 11 a.m. Sunday from Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. and his chief of staff Ernest Coursey about panels that had fallen from an area at least 15 stories high from the building and had left debris on the ground. After discussions and inspection with city construction official Anthony Cox, the property was declared an imminent hazard. [...]

Construction on the building began in 1982, with its official opening happening in 1984. After the casino closed in 2014, it has remained empty. Ichan Enterprises, owned by Carl Ichan, currently controls the property after assuming ownership of it in 2016.

Finally, Senate Republicans have delayed their vote on a subpeona for a former Ukrainian official who was suppose to talk to them about Hunter Biden because intelligence officials briefed them that it may be a Russian op.

WASHINGTON — A Republican Senate committee chairman abruptly called off a subpoena vote on Wednesday after federal authorities shared concerns that a former Ukrainian official cooperating with Republican investigators could be spreading Russian disinformation.

Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, was under pressure from Democrats and members of his own party after a pair of briefings from federal officials on Tuesday. The briefings raised questions about the Ukrainian’s reliability as a source for two politically sensitive investigations before the committee, including one into the family of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Tomorrow may be a light posting day. Or a no posting day. I'm not sure yet. I've been incredibly stressed out this week and last night I finally broke down. I went to the grocery this morning, which was like thunderdome. They were sold out of toilet paper, of course. Schools are closing here for 3 weeks.

  • katanahamon

    We need to learn from least it’s not as much of a killer as it could be. Everyone needs to have two to three weeks of basics stockpiled, and when we declare a pandemic lockdown to delay the spread, have as many as possible stay home for at least two weeks. This way we delay infection and have a plan, and can then assess where we stand. Flour, sugar, salt, honey, olive and other oils, canned tomatoes/vegetables and pasta sauces, hard cheeses like Parmesan and pecorino, dried pastas, rice, beans, spices, cereals, oats, grains, all these things can be in your pantry/fridge for just such emergencies. That way the stores don’t suddenly look like the zombie apocalypse.

    One cup water, one to one and a half cups bread flour or all purpose, 1/4 teaspoon yeast. Proof yeast, combine with flour for a liquidy poolish, cover w plastic wrap, set out on your counter overnight. Next day, use half bread and all purpose flour, or either, 1/2 teaspoon yeast, a scant cup water, a half cup white wine like Sauvignon blanc, 1/4 cup or more olive oil, two teaspoons salt, and the sponge from the night before to make a slightly sticky dough. Add chopped onions and garlic and herbs and grated cheese, or not to taste. Let rise two hours. Oil generously a sheet, or put parchment down then oil, plop dough out, spread. Let rise an hour, oil hands and spread out to the edges. Drizzle oil on top, add more herbs, salt and pepper, and cheese if you want. Let rise another hour or so. Bake at 400, or 425 depending on your oven and whether or not you have a pizza stone. Fling some water into the oven, or put a pan in the bottom of the oven if you’re concerned about water in the oven. At least a half cup of water. (Steam actually helps the initial rise, but then makes bread browner and crisper.) Takes 25-30 minutes. (Carol Field, Focaccia) Best focaccia ever..a Genoa white wine and olive oil focaccia. I didn’t give flour amounts, it’s very flexible. You can start with one and a half cups liquid the second day, see how big a focaccia that makes for you, then next time add more or less for your needs. As long as you don’t make it overly dry, it’ll be awesome. It’s really best to do it by feel..overly dry dough doesn’t make good bread. For ciabatta, as wet a dough as you can manage makes the best ciabatta with the biggest holes. (Use two oiled plastic scrapers to handle the wet dough, use a mixer to knead.) Nothing beats fresh bread..unless you have butter on hand and want to try croissants! Check out the Weekend Bakers site classic French croissants recipe and video, it’s the best croissant I’ve ever had.

  • mnpollio

    The hysteria is a bit exhausting. I used to work in a hospital for close to a decade and some of my closest friends and acquaintances are doctors and nurses. The consensus seems to be that there is nothing to do now but encourage hygiene and ride out the storm. What the powers that be are doing now is trying to close the barn doors after all of the horses have bolted. Coronavirus is here and probably has been longer than we anticipated. I would like to see someone with a calming influence speaking on the subject, but we will not get anything close to that with this nincompoop administration.

  • Draxiar

    Do what brings you joy, JM. The constant barrage of insanity is daunting to say the least and you’re here every day informing us of it. You do great work.

  • b2blog

    We’re all feeling (and dealing with it) in our own ways. Peace JM.

  • Aynwrong

    “…and ya know, many people tell me that they’ve never seen a stock market like this. They come right up to me and they tell me they’ve never seen it like this before…”

    His casinos are the perfect metaphor for what he and the GOP are doing to America.

    Intelligence officials briefed Republicans on the strong possibility that they may all be dupes.

    Take care of yourself JM.