Jul 19 2021

The Breakfast Club (Higher Plain)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Women’s rights activists meet at Seneca Falls; The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy on gays in the U.S. military; Apollo 11 enters lunar orbit; Baseball’s Pete Rose gets jail time; Moscow Olympics begins.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.

George McGovern

Breakfast News

US News

Los Angeles hopes new mask mandate will reverse virus spike

With pandemic worsening in US, surgeon general worried

Court blocks order lifting CDC virus rules on cruise ships

Huge Oregon blaze grows as wildfires burn across western US

US Politics

Senator: Bipartisan infrastructure bill loses IRS provision

Klobuchar: Infrastructure bill could include voting measures

International News

The Latest: Most of S Korean warship’s crew have coronavirus

Vaccine inequity: Inside the cutthroat race to secure doses

With pandemic in mind, pared-back hajj in Mecca for 2nd year

Senegal sees dramatic COVID-19 surge as major holiday looms

Nightclubs elated but doubts cloud England’s ‘Freedom Day’

In U-turn, UK’s Johnson to quarantine after COVID-19 contact

Merkel tours ‘surreal’ flood scene, vows aid, climate action

Haiti faces uncertain future as mourning first lady returns

Rights group in Russia shuts down amid government crackdown

Thai police use tear gas against anti-government protesters

Wildfires rage in Russia’s Siberia, cause airport to close


Conforto HR in 9th, Mets overcome early gaffe to top Pirates

Escobar HR, single lead Nats past Padres in series finale

Mariners defeat Angels 7-4 despite Ohtani’s 34th HR

Blackmon’s 10th inning homer lifts Rockies past Dodgers 6-5

Kelly, Escobar lead Diamondbacks over Cubs 6-4

Indians homer twice off All-Star Bassitt, beat Athletics 4-2

Diaz homers during 7th-inning rally, Rays beat Braves 7-5

Blue Jays shut out Rangers in both ends of doubleheader

Harvey ends his 9-game skid, pitches Orioles past Royals 5-0

Bader’s infield single lifts Cardinals past Giants 2-1

Rodón dominates through 7, White Sox blank Astros 4-0

Burnes back in All-Star form, Brewers beat Reds 8-0 to sweep

Bucks edge Suns 123-119 to take 3-2 lead in NBA Finals

Zero risk? Virus cases test Olympic organizers’ assurances

US women earn first exhibition win, routing Nigeria 93-62

Flawless finish: Morikawa wins British Open for 2nd major

Hamilton roars back to win British GP after Verstappen crash

Out for a ride: Tadej Pogacar wins 2nd straight Tour title

Under darkness, Almirola pulls off shocker at New Hampshire

Moore scores 20 seconds in, US beats Canada 1-0 in Gold Cup

Breakfast Blogs

Let’s Check in on America’s Dairyland, Where Weird Sh*t Is Happening All the Time Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

On the Upcoming Sentencing for the First January 6 Felony Defendant, Paul Hodgkins emptywheel aka Marc Wheeler, emptywheel

Wealthy donors weigh in digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Understanding 2020 tristero, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Baking in the heat Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

The terrorists have won Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 879 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Vaccine Skeptics Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names