This is absolutely chilling (emphasis added):
The fundamental pillars of Donald Trump’s presidency — a hot economy, strong job growth and a rocking stock market — are all being smashed to splinters by the ravaging coronavirus, which has shuttered much of the nation and now officially ended a streak of 113 months of job gains dating back to the end of the Great Recession a decade ago.
The latest numbers out Friday showed a loss of 701,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate rising to 4.4 percent from a 50-year low of 3.5 percent. But the figures, though higher than expected, were just a small taste of the nightmare ahead. Friday’s numbers covered just the first two weeks of March, before many of the lockdowns and layoffs began.
The nation has seen 10 million new jobless claims over just the last two weeks, obliterating previous records and suggesting the unemployment rate is already above 10 percent, eclipsing the highest point of the Great Recession.
It will almost certainly go significantly higher, with some economists warning it could top the 24.9 percent hit during the Great Depression. April’s jobs numbers, due in early May, could show a staggering and historic loss of up to 15 million jobs or perhaps more, many forecasters say.
While I’d ordinarily laud any news that damages Donald Trump’s chances of reelection in 2020 the prospect of nearly a quarter of the nation’s workforce being unemployed is absolutely frightening, and it makes me feel like the recently passed stimulus won’t be nearly enough to mitigate what looks to be an impending economic disaster.
Earlier this week disgraced baseball hit king to be reinstated Pete Rose asked to be reinstated by Major League Baseball and earlier today impeached President Donald Trump tweeted out his support for Rose’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
To be honest I’m zero percent surprised Pres. Trump supports Pete Rose’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame – after all cheaters and villains tend to stick together.
Happy Monday! The Brewers are the hottest team in Major League Baseball, the Cubs are arguably the coldest, and the Brew Crew has a 97% chance of making the playoffs. This weekend was a phenomenal weekend for baseball here in Milwaukee and in honor of our great weekend here’s a little ditty by Queen.
Have a great week!
Earlier this week news broke that Lashana Lynch from Captain Marvel has been cast as the new 007.
Predictably that news sent some fragile men into an absolute uproar, because how dare they cast anyone other than a man as 007??!?!?
One such example of how triggered some men have gotten is this video from Tyrone Magnus, who starts the video by addressing this whole “female empowerment thing” (and he used actual air quotes while saying it) and talking about how it’s been “forced on us.” Watch for yourselves but be forewarned – the condescension and toxicity is heavy.
While I understand that some men are really threatened at the idea of strong women taking over roles previously given exclusively to men (and by roles I don’t just mean in movies) I’m amused at how triggered and threatened they are. The notion that a role in a movie shouldn’t be given to a woman simply because she’s a woman and the role has always gone to a man is just plain wrong, and it’s the very definition of toxic masulinity.
Toxic masculinity is very real, and it’s something that needs to continue to be challenged.
There are few things better than the Beastie Boys to get your blood flowing and prepare you for the week.
Maybe it’s just me, but these guys sound just as great now as they did 30 years ago.
Here’s Tears For Fears with “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
A couple of months ago I wrote a piece asking if former Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt had broken the law by using a notary seal that didn’t belong to him to falsely swear out a complaint relating to the 2019 election here in Cudahy. Former Mayor Hohenfeldt’s actions were discovered by former aldermanic candidate Arnold Naqellari and this week came news Hohenfeldt has been charged with one count Attempt Falsely Act as Public Official, a class I felony here in Wisconsin.
While I cannot confirm I have been told that after being confronted about his behaviors John Hohenfeldt made some form of admission in writing to the alleged illegal behaviors so it will be interesting to see how his pending criminal case pans out.