Jul 222014
 

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Here is the fifty-third article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Faux Noise Propagandist Jeanine Pirro. She is so honored for sheer hatefulness with which she praises war criminals GOP Pootie and Butcher Ben, while spewing lies about the President of the US.

0722pirroThis has to be one of the most disrespectful, dishonest, insane rants I've seen since, well, the last time Fox's Jeanine Pirro went off the rails. Does anyone remember the day when talking about the President of the United States with even one hundredth the amount of the sheer vitriol used here would have the wingnuts screaming that you're a traitor, don't love your country and are basically guilty of treason?

Now apparently it's considered patriotic to tell him to put on "big boy pants," heap praise on the likes of Vladimir Putin and to continually call the president "weak," "feckless" and "dithering" because he doesn't live up to your fantasy of St. Ronnie Reagan that only exists in the minds of wingnuts and the hosts over at Faux "news."…

Inserted from <Crooks and Liars>

Triple Barf Bag Alert!!

 

I never thought I would encounter a thing could make Rush Limbarf seem simpatico by comparison.  To call it a woman could get me trampled by a raging female mob.  To call it human could get me shunned by all who share that designation.  I’ll just have to call it Republican, and hope that it never escapes from the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise.

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Jul 222014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 92.  It’s also a prison volunteer day and I will be facilitating a CoDA meeting for a small group of my guys.  I will;return home late having missed a sleep cycle.  In addition, I’ll be going back on Thursday to meet with around 100 of my guys.  So please don’t expect anything for the rest of the week, except personal updates, and if I can do more. I will.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:06 (average 5:07).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Vice President Joe Biden visited Netroots Nation yesterday. The room was full of excitement as he was introduced. The vice president thanked the Netroots Nation community for demanding and coaxing politicians to effect a progressive agenda. He stated the fact that it would not be possible without Netroots.

In the middle of the speech Vice President Biden was heckled. It first started softly and progressively got louder. A group of attendees stood up in the front side of the room and started yelling "stop deporting our families." The vice president did not get frazzled or perturbed.

 

I appreciate both sides of this issue. The Obama administration is bound to enforce the law we have. It has pushed for extensive immigration reform, but their efforts have been sabotaged by the Republican Party.  On the other hand, that matters little, if the ass on the deportation bloc is yours.

From NY Times: For much of the past five years readers of the political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most important issue facing America. Serious people constantly issued dire warnings that the United States risked turning into another Greece any day now. President Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged fiscal crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans.

That bargain never happened, because Republicans refused to consider any deal that raised taxes. Nonetheless, debt and deficits have faded from the news. And there’s a good reason for that disappearing act: The whole thing turns out to have been a false alarm.

I’m not sure whether most readers realize just how thoroughly the great fiscal panic has fizzled — and the deficit scolds are, of course, still scolding. They’re even trying to spin the latest long-term projections from the Congressional Budget Office — which are distinctly non-alarming — as somehow a confirmation of their earlier scare tactics. So this seems like a good time to offer an update on the debt disaster that wasn’t.

As usual, Paul Krugman is spot-on. Click through for an excellent analysis ods why to ignore Republican economic InsaniTEA.

From The New Yorker: Historians studying archival photographs from four decades ago have come to the conclusion that the U.S. must have believed in science at some point.

According to the historian Davis Logsdon, who has been sifting through mounds of photographic evidence at the University of Minnesota, the nation apparently once held the view that investing in science and even math could yield accomplishments that would be a source of national pride.

I’m sure Andy must realize that science and truth are for too closely related to be tolerated by Republicans.

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Jul 212014
 

If I’m in the mood for some relatively violent entertainment, I can watch Broncos game films (until the Holy Ellipsoid Orb returns).  For even more violence, I can turn on the fights, where sometimes a hockey game breaks out.  Or for the most violence of all, there are children’s cartoons on network TV.  But fans of Butcher Ben Netanyahu get to enjoy a front rows seat where they can cheer the rain of Israeli bombs killing Palestinian children.

0721watchwarAs the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a warzone hell a few miles away.

Old sofas, garden chairs, battered car seats and upturned crates provide seating for the spectators. On one hilltop, a swing has been attached to the branches of a pine tree, allowing its occupant to sway gently in the breeze. Some bring bottles of beer or soft drinks and snacks.

0721killedkids.On Saturday, a group of men huddle around a shisha pipe. Nearly all hold up smartphones to record the explosions or to pose grinning, perhaps with thumbs up, for selfies against a backdrop of black smoke.

Despite reports that millions of Israelis are living in terror of Hamas rockets, they don’t deter these hilltop war watchers whose proximity to Gaza puts them within range of the most rudimentary missiles. Some bring their children… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Raw Story>

In my opinion, Israel is perpetrating war crimes while the violate their treaty obligations under the Helsinki accords.  The Prime Minister of Turkey, our NATO Ally, calls Israel’s actions a threat to world peace.

I fully agree with him. Furthermore, unequivocal US support for Israel, out of the fear of losing the Jewish vote, threatens our own national security.  When the UN agrees to sanction Israel, but can do nothing because the US uses our Security Council veto to prevent it, that creates enemies around the world.  Instead, we’ needs to cut off Butcher Ben’s supplies of money and weapons until such time as he becomes willing to stop the slaughter and negotiate in good faith.  Otherwise, I can guarantee you that Americans will die at the hands of family members or sympathizers of these murdered children, who are seeking revenge against Israel’s enablers.

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Jul 212014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 91.  I feel quite tired, because, between aches and cravings, I have been unable to sleep since people in the building woke me up at 3:00 AM to ask me if the dead cat they found in front of the building is mine.  Poor cat.  Hopefully I can catch a few Zzzz this afternoon. (I did).

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:54 (average 5:19).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dropped his plans to sue President Obama on Friday, explaining to reporters, “I realized it would mean doing something.”

In a brief appearance before the press, Speaker Boehner talked about his gradual realization that “filing a lawsuit requires effort and, yes, work.”

“I came to the conclusion that while suing the President would be the best thing for the American people, it would also require that I do something,” he said, struggling to retain his composure. “And that would be a betrayal of everything I stand for.”

As right on as Andy is about Agent Orange, he forgot that the purpose of the3 lawsuit is to do nothing, while merely appearing to do something.

From Daily Kos: As I introduce my new Center Against Religious Extremism report Hobby Lobby Case Linked To Secretive National Prayer Breakfast Group, "The Family"),

"In 2010 on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, author Jeff Sharlet publicly accused "The Family", which hosts the National Prayer Breakfast, of being directly responsible for the notorious Uganda Anti Homosexuality Bill, signed into law in early 2014. As this Center Against Religious Extremism (CARE) special report demonstrates, The Family is also tightly linked, through its affiliate The Gathering [fascist pseudo-Christians delinked], to the controversial Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case which gave broad new religious freedom rights to private corporations." 

Last September, three generations of the Green family – owners of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain and central plaintiffs in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case – attended The Gathering 2013 along with a Christian nonprofit that played a supporting "air traffic control" role in the Hobby Lobby case and also litigated Conestoga Woods v. Sebelius. Also present at The Gathering 2013 was the National Christian Foundation, which has funded the law nonprofits that litigated both the Conestoga and Hobby Lobby cases.

Because gay rights was the initial analytic vantage point from which I began studying "The Gathering [fascist pseudo-Christians delinked]", this new CARE report of mine is packed with with material on The Gathering as a central hub of evangelical anti-LGBTQ activism. But this concerns far more than gay rights.

This is the same group operates C Street, helps Republican politicians cover up their own scandals. Sen. Ensign’s bribery of his mistress’ husband is one notorious example. They also have advised GOP Pootie on how to better discriminate against Russian LGBT people. They are Dominionists, so they reject the First Amendment. Their attempt to make being gay a capital offense in Uganda was a test bed for doing the same here. Click through for an extensive exposé.

From Think Progress: Rep. Tom Marino’s (R-PA) press secretary was arrested on Friday for bringing a gun into the U.S. Capitol building. Ryan Shucard, press secretary for the congressman, allegedly brought a 9mm handgun and magazine into one of the House office buildings, reports Roll Call, but was promptly stopped by Capitol Police and detained. He is being charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a felony.

This is a new level of Republican ammosexuality.

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Jul 202014
 

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Usually Netroots Nation gets a lot of coverage, but war crimes by GOP Pootie and Butcher Ben have dominated the news cycle.  However, What Elizabeth Warren had to say in her Keynote Address was far too important to miss.  Warren knows far more than just the measure of Bought Bitch Mitch.  The credit she gives to blogs and bloggers for the successes the left has had is spot-on.  Here is her entire speech.

If you prefer you can find the transcript here.

What can I say?  If she were to announce her candidacy for the White House, I think she would become the President we’re waiting for.  I would become an instant supporter.

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Jul 202014
 

When a war crime results in an international tragedy, we want answers.  We want them now.  We want to know who, and we want to know why.  Sadly, it isn’t always that easy, especially when the people responsible seem to be trying to do all they can to obscure the evidence.  At this point, I consider the most likely scenario is that Russian separatists, using Russian equipment in which they were not trained well enough to use, thought the plane was a Ukrainian cargo plane and shot it down, but there are other possibilities.

0720bodiesThe United States government has concluded that the passenger jet felled over Ukraine was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile launched from rebel-held territory and most likely provided by Russia to pro-Moscow separatists, officials said on Friday.

While American officials are still investigating the chain of events leading to the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday, they pointed to a series of indicators of Russian involvement. Among other things, military and intelligence officials said there was mounting evidence that a Ukrainian military plane shot down three days earlier had been fired upon from inside Russian territory by the same sort of missile battery used to bring down the civilian jet.

The intelligence persuaded President Obama to publicly lay responsibility at least indirectly at the door of the Kremlin. Speaking at the White House, he tried to channel international indignation toward Russia for what he called an “outrage of unspeakable proportions.” Mr. Obama said the episode should be “a wake-up call for Europe” and “should snap everybody’s heads to attention” about what is going on in Ukraine, where a pro-Russia insurgency has become an international crisis…

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As the article points out the missile may have also been fired from inside Russia.  What follows is a hypothesis only.  I won’t call it a theory, because there is insufficient evidence for that designation.

Vladimir Putin (R-RU), aka GOP Pootie, became the darling of the Republican Party because of his hatred for LGBT people and his willingness to persecute his own gay citizens.  As a rule homophobic hatemongers like Putin and the Republican Party think of AIDS as a gay disease.  With that in mind it is possible that Putin had that plane targeted, because of who some of the passengers were.

PutinMore than 100 AIDS experts and public health officials on their way to the International AIDS Conference in Australia were among those killed when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday. Their deaths prompted an outpouring of grief from their colleagues.

“The International AIDS Society today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today,” the group's organizers said.

Among the passengers was Glenn Thomas, a spokesman for the World Health Organization, and Joep Lange, an eminent HIV researcher from the Netherlands who was also the former president of the International AIDS society.

Lange led a campaign to expand affordable care for HIV patients in impoverished regions. He is considered an icon in the AIDS medical community…

Inserted from <AlterNet>

It is possible that Putin saw these researchers as representative of those who oppose his GOP gay-hatred and targeted this airliner for elimination.  A cure for AIDS would be devastating for pseudo-Christians, as they use it so much as “proof” of God’s condemnation of gays.  Now I consider my hypothesis far less likely than the one I presented first, but until we actually know, we need to consider every scenario that fits.  Already some Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians are claiming the plane was shot down, because God wanted to punish the researchers.

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Jul 202014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 90.  I’m still quite sore.  I have exercises to do between times, but the walking between home and bus stops and office total over a mile, in addition to the workout, stresses the same muscle groups.  No pain no gain, and I must be gaining plenty.  I will be AWOL much of this week,. because Tuesday and Thursday are both prison volunteer days.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:35 (average 4:19).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Testing the political waters in Iowa today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that if he is elected President, he would bring the flow of illegal immigrants over the U.S.-Mexico border to a virtual standstill.

“There are ways of keeping people from getting to where they want to go,” Christie said, claiming that he was the only Republican hopeful with the hands-on experience necessary to fix the border crisis.

The New Jersey governor was vague about how he would halt traffic over the border, but exuded confidence that he was the right man for the job.

I’m sure PIGnocchio would not care any more for the people who die in that scenario than he does for the ones he killed on the off-ramp from the GW bridge.

From Daily Kos: Hmmm….

KELLY: OK. The controversy there is that some women abused that when it was allowed and would get a doctor to say, yes, her health requires a late term abortion. And then this happened in the case of Dr. Tiller, who wound up murdered, that he was providing late term abortions based on health concerns, when you had a viable fetus, a baby, growing in the third trimester. And no one really wants to return to those days, Patricia, do they?

Well I must admit this is the first time I have heard this reasoning.

You have to really have a twisted mind to come up with this type of perverted logic.

Translation:

Women who have late term abortions for health reasons endanger the lives of their physician, and if they keep doing it then that can only result in one thing. More dead physicians. Now you don’t want their blood on your hands, now do you?

Here’s the voting rights version. Black people should not be allowed to vote, because, when they first began trying to exercise that right, racists murdered civil rights activists, and no one really wants to return to those days, do they? Talk about caving-in to criminal demands!!

From YouTube: Bill Maher Rails Against Militarized Police Culture in Outstanding Monologue

 

He wasn’t as funny as usual, but he sure was spot on.

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