Bill Maher from 10/20

 Posted by at 1:40 pm  Politics
Oct 212017

It’s that time of week again, and I’m happy to share three fine video clips from Bill’s show last night.  Enjoy!!

Monologue: Salt in the Wound


Bill may have been mistaken to present Tillerson positively in this. Chad withdrew its troops, which had stabilized the region, because Chad was added to the Republican Muslim Ban. This happened after Chad sued Tillerson’s company, Exxon, and made them pay $millions in past-due payments for Chad’s oil. That, along with a massive Republican intelligence failure, may well be why our soldiers died.

Janice Min: Predators in Power


Once Republican predators are outed, like Donald Trump and Clarence Thomas, Republicans ignore their crimes, and cover-up for them. Once Democratic predators are outed, like Weinstein and Weiner, we punish them and get them into therapy.  That says it all.

New Rule: ShitStarters


"Facebook is the place where thinking went to die." He sure got that right!

Now it’s time to…


Oct 212017

I’m trying to be as lazy as I can today.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are visiting LA to worship with the Chargers.  The game will not be televised here, because it is at the same time as the damn SeaChickens game.  It’s also a Wendy day, and we have lots to do, including the dreaded task.  May the divine Orb shine its blessed light on your team, unless they are electrical.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:08 (average 3:54).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Dangerous Policy


For decades, it has been standard Republican misogyny that the right to life begins at conception, and standard Republican misanthropy that it ends at birth. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In a stirring defense of Donald Trump’s chief of staff, General John Kelly, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Friday that it was “unpatriotic in the extreme” to offer irrefutable video proof that a four-star general lied.

“It is unpatriotic enough to accuse a four-star general of lying,” Sanders told the White House press corps. “But to make available a video that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that that general lied is unpatriotic bordering on treasonous.”

Warming to her subject, Sanders said that any American who sees undeniable video evidence that a general lied and chooses to believe the video “shows disrespect for our country and hatred for our flag.”

Andy, is this supposed to be unusual? It looks like standard Republican Reich raving to me. RESIST!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Trump Chief of staff John Kelly lied in attack on Rep. Wilson

Rachel Maddow reports the latest developments in the mess Donald Trump has made politicizing military next-of-kin notifications with the fact that Trump chief of staff John Kelly’s attack on Rep. Frederica Wilson in his defense of Trump was completely false.


No matter how greasy the sleaze, IOKIYAR! If Kelly were not a goose-stepping Fascist racist, Trump would never have appointed him. If you hoping Kelly will save us if Trump goes for the nuclear football, this is an example of his courage. RESIST!!



I am proud to have been one of those patriots.


Everyday Erinyes #97

 Posted by at 9:00 am  Politics
Oct 212017

Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage.  These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that.  Even though there are many more which I can’t include.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”

In a followup to the murder of Philando Castile, the “Mr. Phil” who, as the nutrition services supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School, was known for using his own funds to pay for students’ lunches when someone had to, there is now a fund in his memory.

The Philando Feeds The Children Fund was started by Pam Fergus, a local community college professor who was inspired by stories of Castile having helped pay for student’s lunches with his own money.

“We just had this little idea that we were going to help do Mr. Phil’s job and make sure you guys have good lunch to eat every day,” Fergus told students, according to a WCCO report.

In total, more than 2000 donors helped the fund raise over $72,000 — well above the initial $5,000 goal — which was presented to officials at [J.J. Hill Montessori School where Castile worked] on Friday by Castile’s mother Valerie.

That’s enough money to cover student lunch debt thoughout all of St. Paul for an entire year.

Click through for information on a couple of other memorials for Mr. Phil.  And here’s an unrelated but similar project –

When Sunshine emptied her piggy bank on the floor, her grandmother wasn’t surprised, but she was when Sunshine started putting baggies of the coins into her school backpack.

“I’m going to take it for milk money. I’m taking it for my friend Layla,” she explained. “She doesn’t get milk — her mom doesn’t have milk money and I do.”

Grandma Jackie Oelfke later helped Sunshine start a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise maybe $700 towards needed milk money.  It turned into almost $8500 at last report.  Click through to this story for a Daily Kos petition on school lunches.

Alecto, maybe you could help these folks to keep all of their good efforts unceasing.

Now, if only we could find out what happened to Sherin Mathews.

The three-year-old disappeared around 3:00 a.m. on October 7 from her home in Richardson, TX.  Maybe.  Her father says, as punishment for not drinking milk, he sent her outside to stand by a tree.  Fifteen minutes later, he noticed she was missing.  He says.  (Did I mention there are coyotes in the area?)

After sunrise, he reported the disappearance. He was arrested on child abandonment and endangerment charges the same day Sherin went missing but has since been released on bond.  Apparently the adults have stopped cooperating with the investigation.

But at some point during the first week after her disappearance, the police learned that the family’s SUV had been driven out around 4:00 a.m. that morning and returned within an hour.  Her father had said he was doing laundry.

Sherin is adopted.  The couple also have a biological child, who was immediately placed into foster care.  She is Indian – not Native American, Indian – and the Consul General of India in Houston is following the case closely.  So is the Times of India.

A number of items have been removed from the home by investigators, one being the GPS from the SUV.  Even if directions were not plugged in, the investigators believe they will be able to determine where the vehicle went, and, in particular where it may have stopped.

However, as I am typing this, she has not been found.

Tisiphone, could you help?  She is said to weigh only 22 pounds (10 kg), and to have an eating disorder and a communication disorder.  But none of that makes her disposable.

And now, as I type, I have the radio on to a show about movie scores, and the score currently being played is the one to “Get Out.”  How ironic.

I have a first to share – although not first enough for my taste.

A white police officer was found guilty, having been tried on a first degree murder charge, of killing a black man.

Only he is no longer a police officer.  Even at the time he was off duty, and he retired shortly after the incident.  And although the charge was first degree murder, he was not convicted of that, but of first degree manslaughter.  And to get that much took four trials – there were three prior mistrials.  And did I mention the young black man was his daughter’s boy friend?

The jury recommended fifteen years in prison for Shannnon Kepler.  We will see.  This was in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Well, an Oklahoma City jury convicted Daniel Holtzclaw, and the judge imposed the recommended sentence, but he is appealing vigorously.  A Tulsa judge may do the same, although 15 years to me seems like a bad joke after what appears to have been a stalking.

The daughter, Lisa, had been living in a homeless shelter “on and off” since her parents “kicked her out.”  A circumstance which leads me to doubt whether “concern for his daughter’s safety” was even a miniscule factor in his actions.  They sound more like control to me.  He had stalked his daughter through Facebook to learn she was dating the victim, Jeremey Lake.  He had stalked Lake through the police department files and found an old (juvenile) incident.  He stalked the couple by driving near Lake’s address.  When the two walked nearby, and Kepler asked what she was doing there, she walked away.  Lake then attempted to introduce himself and, per his aunt, to extend a hand in friendship, when Kepler shot him.

Kepler then shot Lake, he later admitted, claiming that he thought he saw him reach for a gun.

“He’s bringing it, I’m bringing it,” Kepler told the courtroom on Wednesday, according to the AP. “It was either him or me. I’m not going to stand there and get shot.”

I am not the only person who sees stalking here.  The prosecutors alleged in their closing arguments that Kepler “hunted” Lake down.  And there is no argument

that Kepler left the scene without calling 911 or attempting to giving medical attention to Lake, the Tulsa World reported. Kepler turned himself in about 2½ hours after the shooting, and retired from the force after being charged.

Megaera, I hope you will follow up on this to ensure that the penalty, small as it is, gets imposed.  And I feel for Lisa Kepler, who may have problems, but I don’t see from the story as given where she did anything a normal person wouldn’t do.  But, normal or not, I believe she needs help.  Your Eumenides hat?

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 HERE.

Oct 202017


As Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten continues to demonstrate that every day, he is more insane, more greedy, more hateful, more incompetent and more dangerous than he was the day before, we become more and more frustrated that the Republican infestation of government prevents Democrats from ousting him.  We often ask, "Why don’t Republicans do something?"  I think we all have a pretty good idea, but the following article illustrates it superbly.

Republicans In Congress Profit From The Coming Trump Apocalypse

Somebody ought to write a self-help book for Republican politicians called, "How to Profit from the Coming Trump Apocalypse." Although, come to think of it, they’re doing pretty well with that already. The newspapers have been filled with stories of Trump’s tense relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And Trump’s escalating war of words with…

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Oct 202017

I spent most of the morning getting organized and finding material for today.  I hope you week is going well.  It’s a chilly day, but so muggy that I sweat anyway.  TGIF!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:56 (average 6:40).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes: (I hope you guys like vids)

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Why Did Paul Manafort Need to Get to Trump?

Whatever the reason, Manafart is Russian property, bought and paid for. In my estimation, he coached the Fuhrer on how to become Russian property too. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Why I Stand With The Dreamers

Of course the Reich on the left is right, and the Reich on the right is racist. Dream! RESIST!!

From YouTube (Jeff Merkley Channel): Senator Merkley Fights for a “We the People” Budget

Amen! Jeff and Oregon lead the way! RESIST!!



A redux is more than possible.

Oct 202017

For those of us of a certain age, the “Please Stand Up” catchphrase brings back memories of that old TV show “To Tell the Truth”.  But it appears applicable to the latest meme coursing through the intertubes: Melania Trump uses a body double.

Apparently it all started a week ago when an Andrea Wagner posted on her Facebook page:

Will the real Melania please stand up? Is it me or during his speech today a decoy “stood in” for Melania??…

Posted by Andrea Wagner Barton on Friday, October 13, 2017

The video clip she included zooms in on the Melania stand-in, who’s wearing a trench coat and huge sunglasses, nodding along to Twitler’s gibberish defending his latest antics.  (There’s no CC – so I have no idea what he’s yammering about.)

According to the photos Wagner included, the “tell” was the nose.  Apparently it reminded folks of the one found on those fake Groucho Marx glasses (well, minus his trademark bushy eyebrows and mustache).


That combined with the weird comment by Trump when he said: “I’m joined here by my wife Melania … who also happens to be here today.”  (But then again, what comment by Trump ISN’T weird?)

Wagner’s post garnered over 130,000 “Shares” – which, I guess, by Facebook standards, gives it the credibility imprimatur of the Bible – with some folks agreeing and others not.

But I don’t see why people would be surprised Twitler kept a fake Melania around.  After all, he’s got a fake Renoir painting hanging in his private jet.  He’s got fake Time magazine covers of him hanging in his golf club resorts.  He even put up a plaque at his golf club on Lowes Island, VA commemorating a fake Civil War battle (“The River of Blood”) that never happened.


And sure enough, a few days later the Melania Doppelganger Meme segued over to Twitter, where it had a field day, led off by a Joe Vargas.

Some of the subsequent Tweets are plausible, with a number of them cracking me up with their versions of the Melania stand-in …

Others not so plausible …

But some were cute …


Some were just plain unnerving



Don’t know why, but I got a kick out of this goofy one …

Some took a bit of effort for me to figure out …

That one is NOT Melania!  It’s Donald with the orange skin and weird yellow hair!

But for a closing observation, I think we have to go with this one

Have to agree – in 2017 things have gotten so weird we simply cannot rule anything out these days