Join Jim and Greg for two good martinis and some craziness. They welcome evidence that the spread of COVID-19 may be slowing in New York. They also salute private industries shifting their focus in big ways to meet the demand for ventilators, masks and more. And they roll their eyes as Nancy Pelosi begins eyeing the next big spending bill.

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The PiT 14-B has been closed. For those of you who aren’t familiar: the Pit started as the “People i haTe” thread, way back in the olden days by some sock puppet named ”dime” or summat. More

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer much quicker COVID-19 tests, new treatments, and progress on a vaccine. They also discuss the likely impact of America shutting down for at least another month. And they shake their heads at the tactics of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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To combat your isolation in these trying times while satisfying my unquenchable need for attention, I have published the captioned ebook on Amazon Kindle free (for the next couple of days) at this link.

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Hello, I’m Sheryl Crow, the founder and spokesperson for SSAG—the Single Sheet Advocacy Group. As you know, I’ve been the sole voice of reason in our wasteful practice of using reams of toilet tissue just to clean up after going number two. Well, this coronavirus panic has provided me the opportunity to get my message […]

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In these days of WuFlu, something I heard in far different times, but applicable today, comes to mind: “Opinions are like *!&?* – everybody’s got one, and they all smell.” More

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My siblings are bonkers about cats. I’m used to that. I’ve borne years of anthropomorphic fantasies about a line of household pets that included a sensitive and gorgeous special breed, country cross-varieties vaguely named after T.S. Eliot characters, and a few city “patio cats.” I’ve witnessed naming deliberations for new kitties that drag on for weeks, with “Pockets” being a near winner and a friend begging them not to saddle it with a noun handle for life. They eventually settled on human names for their animals, which pleased everyone: Eleanor, Titus. Titus, nearly two decades old, is still with us, and shows up occasionally in pictures, like the time he was sporting a small wide tie that my brother said made him think of “a night manager at Denny’s.”

What has just dawned on me, however, is that another family member has been something of a dark horse when it comes to passion for felines. I mean, I knew my dad liked cats, but I finally realized the degree of this affinity today when my mom texted us with a charming innovation my dad used to solve a problem with their old cat.

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome reassuring news from Dr. Birx about the COVID-19 threat. They also agree there’s a ton of wasteful spending in the relief bill but aren’t sure if forcing members back to D.C. was a great move by Rep. Thomas Massie. And they slam media outlets for believing the U.S. really has more COVID-19 cases than China and wonder whether China is hiding a second spike of the virus.

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News anchorette: I’m Leggy Blonde. Welcome to Stonefox Evening News, and we have this late-breaking story. Earlier this morning, a senior research physician at TPU, Dr. April Phool, made a shocking discovery—single-use, plastic grocery bags cure coronavirus. Our roving reporter, Manin Trenchcoat is with Dr. Phool right now. Trenchcoat: Thanks, Leggy. I’m with Dr. April […]

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Jim and Greg shudder as 3.28 million Americans lost their jobs last week. They also recoil at an alleged plot to bomb a hospital full of COVID-19 patients. But they cheer the U.S. lowering the boom on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro.

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We don’t know how the virus and economy are going to play out. So let’s discuss something more practical: Which books, magazines, and periodicals in your possession are your preferred substitutes for when the toilet paper runs out? Perhaps, like @jameslileks presumably, you maintain a stockpile of old Sears-Roebuck catalogs. I hope your raid defenses are […]

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Today, Jim and Greg applaud the practical approach of Dr. Fauci on chloroquine. They also grumble as Nancy Pelosi and Andrew Cuomo are still not sold on the COVID-19 relief bill, and Jim unloads on Bernie for still focusing on the 2020 campaign.

 

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And just like that, it was over. We’d been on total lockdown for less than 10 days when it happened. @max, wielding his awesome killing power, shut down the PIT. I’d say that these were new and fearful times, but we’d been through this before. As the longest running thread on Ricochet, we know the […]

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It’s all crazy news on Tuesday’s Three Martini Lunch! Join Jim and Greg as they catalogue the irrelevant and expensive Democratic Party wish list that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted to promote while holding up vital coronavirus relief for families and businesses and how Pelosi wrongly assumed the media would cover for her. They also roll their eyes as multiple media outlets try to blame President Trump for the death of one man and the illness of the man’s wife after they consumed fish tank cleaner because it contained chloroquine. And they react to Liberty University welcoming students and faculty back to campus while the rest of Virginia and the nation increasingly shut down.

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Just to lighten the mood, the toilet paper shortage “resulted” in a birth: https://www.foxnews.com/health/missouri-woman-gives-birth-walmart-toilet-paper-aisle More

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Good news is scarce once again today, but your Monday martinis dissect three critical stories. Join Jim and Greg as they slam House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for blowing up Senate progress towards a coronavirus relief bill, making it far less likely that individuals and businesses will have financial assistance in hand when their next rent or mortgage payments are due. They also cringe as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggests the COVID-19 restrictions may be in place as long as nine months and up to 80 percent of the population will contract the virus anyway. So is the damage to jobs and businesses worth it if the restrictions won’t stop the virus from spreading? And Jim unloads on the World Health Organization for accepting China’s coronavirus lies as fact and failing to confront the regime in an effort to make sure the virus was contained.

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