The Memo Line

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Stuart Carlson)

In other news, the United States crossed 36,000 deaths from COVID-19 this afternoon from about 690,000 confirmed cases by the end of the today. Over 2.2 million cases have been identified worldwide.

Meanwhile, March 2020 was the first month since the year 2002 that we did not have a school shooting. You know, because all the schools are closed.

Finally, public records obtained by the Washington Post through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows that smugglers sawed through Trump's fake border wall at least 18 times in just one month last fall.

The breaches and attempted breaches were made between Sept. 27 and Oct. 27, according to CBP records, with five of the incidents occurring on a single day, Oct. 10. The agency withheld information about the specific locations of the incidents, citing law enforcement sensitivities. The agency said the average cost to repair the damage was $620 per incident.

The records do not indicate whether the one-month span last year is a representative sample of how frequently people are trying to breach new sections of Trump’s border barrier, which are made of tall steel bollards partially filled with concrete and rebar. The Post reported last November that smuggling crews armed with common battery-operated power tools — including reciprocating saws that retail for as little as $100 at home improvement stores — can cut hack through the bollards using inexpensive blades designed for slicing through metal and stone.

$100 is a very small price to pay when running a multi-million dollar smuggling operation.

  • katanahamon

    I’m afraid that we will see America bitterly divided for the foreseeable future, with the incredible dumbing down of the entire right wing. They’re all out there busily protesting the closures in places like Austin, led by Alex Jones. How abysmally stupid. So, Rump will declare “everything’s great, open ‘r up!!” and ppl will continue to get sick, maybe at a reduced rate, maybe at a wildly increased rate, and many ppl will refuse to participate allowing business owners to fire at will. How did we come to this?(Fox, AM talk radio, Breitbart etc)

  • katanahamon

    The evil continues, and not at a reduced rate. Rump and his administration ramped up private property seizures for this stupid waste of money. These years of ridiculousness will go down as the greatest waste of taxpayer monies in history. Now, in trying to erase the “inconvenience” of now 40,000 people dying, they’re trying to reopen the economy with virtually no testing, no tracking, no PPE, no plan. It’s not incompetence, it’s not shocking’s murder.

  • Aynwrong

    All these years later and this still sums up a good portion of Republican politics. The names and references have certainly changed but the politics it describes and rightly mocks is not only still around, it’s living in the White House.

    I have no desire to comment on the Lovecraftian lunacy reported above.

    Take care of yourselves.

    • muselet

      Bonus points for “Lovecraftian lunacy.”


  • muselet

    • The US was slow to react to Covid-19 and has been playing catch-up since, without an overall strategy. Yet we somehow have a fairly low (relatively speaking; compare the US to Spain) death rate. “A special Providence watches over children, drunkards, and the United States.” –variously attributed

    • That is a chilling statistic.

    • Yeah, that sure is “an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall.” 🙄

    Have a safe weekend, all