Jun 292015
 

I have actually slept almost four hours out of the last 24.  About two hours ago, the building restoration company finished the job, loaded their equipment and left, so I hope to sleep more, to the extent that congestion from my COPD will allow.  Today’s and tomorrow’s high is forecast at 88°.  Every other day through 7/8 is forecast at over 90°, so I will get no relief from the extreme weather climate change engenders.  Today I have an all Kos short takes section to round out this article.  Lets hope I can get some sleep, because I’m bleary-eyed.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:42 (average 4:53).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Recruiting:

We still need two (maybe one) new players for Lefty Blog Friends, our fantasy football league.  How about you?  For more information, click here.  Viv, did you get the invitation sent you from NFL.com?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Republicans keep making up quotes from Founding Fathers

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

None of the Founding Fathers said any of these things, ofr course.

From Daily Kos: hxtp://mikehuckabee.com/… [Upchuck Huck delinked]

"The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

"This ruling is not about marriage equality, it’s about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court’s most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny."

"The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the law of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment."

So basically he disqualifies himself from becoming President by imposing his religious beliefs on others. Of course he paints himself as being persecuted, that’s the really hilarious part, I get married, he is persecuted, balderdash.

RepubliSpeak Dictionary
Religious Freedom: Their freedom to force YOU to obey the gospel of hate, lies and greed taught by Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity, which has nothing whatsoever in common with authentic Christianity.

From Daily Kos: From The Charlotte Observer:

Charlotte Fire Department is investigating an early morning fire at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church as arson, Senior Fire Investigator David Williams said.

A 911 emergency call received at 12:52 a.m. turned into a third alarm by 1:21 a.m., with a total of 14 engines and 75 firefighters on hand to quell the flames. Williams said it took around an hour to get the fire under control.

The pastor at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church, Mannix Kinsey, is African American. The co-pastor is his wife, Rhonda Kinsey. About 100 people, most of them black, attend the church. It also shares the campus with two or three immigrant churches, including one whose members were born in Nepal.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/…

Investigators can’t yet say for sure if it was a hate crime, but they have determined it was arson.

Like so many other Republican Party functions, sheets and hoods were welcome, but optional.

Late Update:  SCROTUS ruled for the Arizona Redistricting Commission and for cruel and unusual punishment, condemning death penalty recipients  to death by slow torture through lethal injection using experimental poisons.

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62 years ago, I was 5 .  A stamp was $.03.  Bread was $0.16.  I think I’ve waited too long for another infrastructure project.

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Jun 282015
 

I may be starting to feel slightly better.  This run of extreme heat is coupled with high humidity that really sets off my COPD, so it’s hard to tell where how much of my severe congestion and discomfort belongs to each.  Even with A/C, weather like this cam set off my COPD sufficiently to prevent sleep.  Today, I’m adding an all Andy Short Takes section, and trying not to doze.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:45 (average 4:34).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Recruiting:

We still need two (maybe just one) new players for Lefty Blog Friends, our fantasy football league.  How about you?  For more information, click here.

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Many Americans are tired of explaining things to idiots, particularly when the things in question are so painfully obvious, a new poll indicates.

According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, while millions have been vexed for some time by their failure to explain incredibly basic information to dolts, that frustration has now reached a breaking point.

Of the many obvious things that people are sick and tired of trying to get through the skulls of stupid people, the fact that climate change will cause catastrophic habitat destruction and devastating extinctions tops the list, with a majority saying that they will no longer bother trying to explain this to cretins.

Coming in a close second, statistical proof that gun control has reduced gun deaths in countries around the world is something that a significant number of those polled have given up attempting to break down for morons.

Finally, a majority said that trying to make idiots understand why a flag that symbolizes bigotry and hatred has no business flying over a state capitol only makes the person attempting to explain this want to put his or her fist through a wall.

Andy is right. Republicans, lost in the insane throes of TEAbuggery, will never understand.

From The New Yorker: The number of official candidates for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination has risen to thirteen, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control.

The count had stood at twelve since the announcement last week by the reality-show host Donald Trump, leading many at the C.D.C. to privately hope that the epidemic was losing steam.

But with the entry of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal into the race on Wednesday, the C.D.C. was forced to hold a press conference to announce the worrisome news that the number of candidates had increased yet again.

Actually, Andy, there are 95.

From The New Yorker: The Supreme Court’s decision to preserve Obamacare subsidies has drawn sharp rebukes from Republican Presidential hopefuls, who warn that the victory for health care might eventually pave the way for similar advances in education and the environment.

“The Supreme Court has decided, apparently, that every American should have access to quality health care,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “What if it decided to say the same thing about education? I don’t mean to be an alarmist but, after today, I believe that anything is possible.”

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) also blasted the Court, telling reporters that “a government that protects health care is one small, dangerous step away from protecting the environment.”

“The nightmare that I have long feared is now suddenly upon us,” Paul said. “Mark my words, we are on a slippery slope toward clean air and water.”

On the campaign trail in Iowa, the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee raised another doomsday scenario, telling his audience, “If the Court thinks people should be allowed to see a doctor when they want, they probably also think that people should be able to marry anyone they want. My friends, that is not what God intended when He created America.”

Looks like Andy is back to reporting news. It they aren’t actually saying those things, they are thinking them.

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Jun 262015
 

I’m feeling quite horrid, so except for one Short Take, I’m staying down.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 6:19 (average 7:41). To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Take:

From NY Times: In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more liberal justices.

The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage.

Justice Kennedy said gay and lesbian couples had a fundamental right to marry.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family,” he wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

“It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” Justice Kennedy said of the couples challenging state bans on same-sex marriage. “Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., in a dissent joined by Justice Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, said the Constitution had nothing to say on the subject.

Congrats and kudos to the LGBT community.  Needless to say, I had to pass this on. The three key rulings indicate that the Injustices of SCROTUS, Republican Constitutional VD, recognize that this is an election campaign year in which their party was just responsible for the political assassination of black church leaders and the police murder of several black men and children. Can you imagine the public reaction, had they gutted ObamaCare, Fair Housing, and Marriage rights? I trust they made the correct decisions only to keep voters from flocking to the polls in protest in 2016. Were this not an election year, they would have decided differently.

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Jun 252015
 

On a scale of one to ten, I feel like something the undertaker left out of the box.  Except for putting my groceries away and brief activities here, I stayed in bed, but slept little, because of the cleaning noise.  I’m going back to bed.  Hugs!!

Breaking news in first comment.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:34 (average 4:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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One for the good guys!

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Jun 242015
 

I’m afraid it’s a thoroughly crappy day.  I have come down with the flu and feel horrid.  I’m doing all the necessary things.  To make matters worse, it’s a grocery delivery day, with all the extra work that entails.  Worse yet, the crew working on the building is making a racket.  To top it all off, Portland is under an excessive heat warning through Sunday.  ARGH!!  Please excuse me, while I go bury myself.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:07 (average 5:06).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

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Jun 232015
 

65-Yvonne

This is Yvonne’s second Big Mouth Award.  Her first was in April, 2014.   She has commented here intermittently here for over two years, and has done so more frequently in recent months.   She hails from Illinois and is a denizen of Care2. She loves freedom, Obama, Women’s Rights, and Animals. She can’t stand InsaniTEA. She supports Hillary.  She a;ways has something worth reading to say, so we’re fortunate to have her. Please join me in giving her the praise she deserves.

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