White House tries and fails to overcome its credibility crisis

When a sitting American president is hospitalized with a potentially deadly virus, and much of his team also tests positive, it is unquestionably a national crisis. And in the midst of a genuine national crisis, citizens need to be able to turn to the authorities for accurate and reliable information that people can trust.

But in the case of Donald Trump’s coronavirus infection, that’s obviously not what’s happening.

What the nation instead confronts is a series of cascading failures: Trump’s failure to take the pandemic seriously led to a failure to prevent the president from being infected, which led to a White House operation that failed to tell the public the truth.

After Trump disclosed his positive test early Friday morning, it seemed inexplicable that there was no press briefing with physicians. A day later, there was a press briefing, which proved to be vastly worse than nothing: when Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician since 2018, wasn’t being evasive, he was offering a series of assertions that he later retracted.

When the osteopathic doctor wrapped up his unfortunate and unhelpful presentation, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows offered a wildly different assessment on the president’s condition, only to see Meadows change direction once more soon after.

Offered a chance to put things right on Sunday, Team Trump made the mess messier. The Washington Post reported overnight that the White House “continued to provide limited and contradictory information” about the president’s health.

At a news conference earlier Sunday, Trump’s medical team tried to clear up the muddled picture it had created the previous day when White House doctor Sean Conley falsely suggested that Trump had not been given supplemental oxygen. But Conley continued to avoid directly answering specific questions about Trump’s health Sunday, even as he revealed that the president had been given dexamethasone, a steroid that is typically reserved for severely ill coronavirus patients needing oxygen. Conley openly admitted to withholding truthful information about Trump’s plummeting blood-oxygen levels Friday, indicating he did so to put a positive spin on the president’s improving condition.

The physician specifically told reporters, “I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president, that his course of illness, has had. I didn’t want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction. And in doing so, you know, it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn’t necessarily true.”

First, the word “necessarily” seemed to be doing quite a bit of work in that sentence. And second, the idea that the truth might “steer the course of illness in another direction” is every bit as bizarre as it seemed.

In a separate report, senior White House officials — people one might expect to have accurate information about the president’s condition during a national crisis — conceded that they didn’t have confidence in what they were hearing from their own colleagues.

“I can tell you what I am hearing, but I honestly

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Halloween Decor Fails To Never, Ever Try at Home-During a Pandemic or Otherwise

Halloween decor runs the risk of being tacky, tasteless, and over the top-particularly with COVID-19. Here’s what to do-and what not to do-this year.

This Halloween, trick-or-treating may seem a whole lot scarier than in the past, given that you could snag some coronavirus along with all that candy corn. Still, though, if there’s one thing we all can do to celebrate Halloween that maintains a healthy social distance, it’s decorate our house!

Yet be warned: Halloween decorations often run the risk of being tacky or over the top (inflatable zombie babies, we’re glaring at you), and when you throw a pandemic into the mix, it gets even trickier to get right.

To help you navigate this strange new world, we’ve pulled together some Halloween decorating fails to avoid during a pandemic, or anytime really—plus some smarter alternatives that probably won’t offend your neighbors.

Don’t: Thank front-line workers with skeletons

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White House fails to defend Trump’s line on honoring election results

Even those who’ve come to expect the worst from Donald Trump were taken aback this week when he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power in the event of an election defeat. The president added that if officials would simply “get rid of the ballots,” there would be “a continuation” of his hold on power.

Not surprisingly, reporters had a few questions about this at yesterday’s White House press briefing. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had a specific phrase she used several times.

“The President will accept the results of a free and fair election…. The President will accept the results of a free and fair election. He will accept the will of the American people. I’ve answered your question. He will accept the results of a free and fair election.”

At first blush, this may have seemed like a satisfying resolution. The United States will soon administer national elections — indeed, in much of the country, voting is already underway — in a free and fair system, and according to the president’s chief spokesperson, the Republican incumbent is committed to accepting the results.

But the phrasing matters: McEnany didn’t say Trump would honor the results of our elections; she instead added caveats and fine print, insisting that he would only honor the results of “a free and fair election.” The problem, of course, is that this posture leaves it up to the president to decide what he considers “free and fair” — and he’s already told Americans he considers his own country’s system to be “rigged.”

In other words, Trump still hasn’t committed to the peaceful transfer of power that’s been a hallmark of the American system for more than two centuries.

Indeed, not long after the press briefing wrapped up, the president himself told reporters during a brief Q&A, “We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be.” (In his next breath, Trump whined a bit about Hillary Clinton for reasons that weren’t entirely clear.)

All of which leaves us in a difficult position: Trump touched off a crisis of sorts on Wednesday, and the White House doubled down on his position a day later.

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Nike SNKRS Apps Fails Customers During Dunk Low ‘Community Garden’ Release

Nike SNKRS app users were left furious after learning the brand’s Dunk Low “Community Garden” sneakers were sold out almost immediately following their Thursday morning release. 

The sneakers, which retail for $100, are described as one of a kind. “This style applies that aesthetic to a legendary silhouette by blending collage-style graphics with muted earth tones like lemon wash and midnight turquoise. The design’s patchwork graphics are applied in an unfixed pattern, meaning each pair stands alone as a one-of-one creation,” the sneaker description reads.

However, it appears customers will only be able to get their hands on the unique kicks if they are willing to pay inflated resell prices. Shortly after the Nike Dunk Low “Community Garden” release, customers flocked to Twitter to voice their frustration.

Many users called out what they believe to be a flaw in the app that allows bots to buy large quantities of newly released items, which makes it difficult for loyal customers to complete their purchases.

“@nikestore snkrs app is getting worse. Kept getting error every time I try to buy shoes that I want. Before it would at least say if I’m in line. Bots friendly app,” one shopper wrote.

Another person added, “People still complaining about SNKRS, bro it’s 2020 if you don’t have a bot you not copping it’s simple math.”

Meanwhile, one customer managed to find a silver lining in his sneaker fail. “Another #SNKRS release, another L. Saving my money one L at a time,” the individual tweeted.

While SNKRS app customers may have missed the chance to snag a pair of the Nike Dunk Low “Community Garden” sneakers, they will get another opportunity to buy a hot ticket item. On Nov. 27,  the highly anticipated Air Jordan 4 OG Fire Red 2020 sneakers will be available for purchase at select retailers and Nike.com.

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10 Truly Horrifying Beach House Decor Fails To Never Try at Home

While kicking back in a beach house might sound dreamy, I have to ask: Why is beach house decor so bad? Here are the worst designs I’ve seen.


While kicking back in a beach house might sound dreamy right about now, I have to ask: Why is beach house decor so bad?

As someone who’s rented beach houses on sandy shores from New York’s Fire Island to the Maine coast, I can conclude that beach house owners tend to go overboard with beach-themed decor. We’re talking seashells not only at the seashore, but everywhere in the home, fashioned into soap dishes, wind chimes, “seashell bouquets”—you name it and it’s been done.

We get it—we’re on the beach! But that doesn’t mean taste, style, and just plain common sense need to be tossed to the wind. And so, whether you own a beach house, dream of buying one, or just want to revel in what you might find in some unfortunate beach house you rent or enter one day, here’s a look at some of the most ridiculous beach decor that really should be jettisoned before someone gets seasick indoors.

1. Groan-inducing signs

Distressed signs with lame sayings are a no-go.


Must I be reminded to “Wash My Palms” in the bathroom? And I already know that “The Beach Is My Happy Place,” because I’m renting here. I’m sure there are some good puns out there, but until I spy something fresh that makes me smile, I’m hiding these signs behind the closet door the minute I arrive.

2. Fake fish and coral

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Another pet peeve of mine? Handcrafted “art” and faux sea treasures piled up on the one serviceable side table in the living room. All I’m asking for is a little space to put down my phone and my coffee mug while I’m on vacation.

3. Oars as art

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Oars aren’t only questionable as decor, they’re also a downright menace. When oars are displayed precariously, as shown here, they’re a recipe for disaster. That is, kids will crash into them, that glass cabinet door will shatter, and—oops!—here goes your security deposit.

4. Lobster trap furniture

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Trump’s south lawn rally fails to evoke usual adulation from stony-faced reporters

Donald Trump standing in front of a flag: Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

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After turning the south lawn into a convention stage last month, Donald Trump held a surprise press conference-cum-campaign event on Monday at the White House’s front door – where Jackie Kennedy wore black on the day of JFK’s funeral, and where the Obamas greeted their successors on inauguration day.

On a glorious late summer’s day, Trump’s vantage point behind a presidential lectern at the north portico afforded him a view of former president Andrew Jackson’s statue in Lafayette Square and, beyond that, the newly minted Black Lives Matter Plaza. Give him a second term in November, and perhaps he’ll install a golden escalator like the one he descended in at Trump Tower to launch his first campaign.

Despite the lofty surroundings, the president dropped all pretense of rising above the political hurly-burly. Over 46 minutes, he branded his Democratic presidential election rival, Joe Biden, “stupid”, falsely accused Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris of peddling anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, and unleashed a torrent of half-truths and non-truths.

But unlike the loyalists on the south lawn for the convention speech, or the devotees who gather at Trump’s increasingly frequent airport-hangar rallies, there was a stony silence from mask-wearing reporters sitting under columns, ornate carvings and a giant lamp on the White House driveway.

The perennial salesman, Trump wanted to use Labor Day to boast about economic recovery. The numbers are “terrific”, he said. “We are in the midst of the fastest economic recovery in US history,” he claimed. Some 10.6m jobs had been added since May, he said, though he did not acknowledge nearly half the jobs lost in the pandemic had still not returned.

Of the recovery, he said: “We have V-shape. It’s probably a super-V.” No mention of the more than 100,000 small businesses that shut down or the unemployment benefits that had expired for millions of Americans. As for his claim about the pandemic – “We are an absolute leader, in every way” – well, no one can dispute that America has the highest caseload (more than 6.2m) or the highest death toll (more than 189,000) in the world.

Donald Trump standing in front of a flag: Donald Trump: ‘The numbers are looking unbelievably strong, unbelievably good.’

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Donald Trump: ‘The numbers are looking unbelievably strong, unbelievably good.’

Biden and Harris “should immediately apologise for the reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric that they are talking right now, talking about ‘endangering lives’”, Trump charged, after Harris said she would rely on the decisions of public health officials and medical experts for news on a Covid-19 vaccine rather than the president.

“It undermines science, and what happens is all of a sudden you’ll have this incredible vaccine and because of that fake rhetoric, it’s a political rhetoric, that’s all that is, just for politics,” Trump said.

He added later: “The numbers are looking unbelievably strong, unbelievably good. So now they’re saying, ‘Wow, Trump’s pulled this off, OK, let’s disparage the vaccine.’ That’s so bad for this country. That’s so bad for the world to even say that, and that’s

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