Jan 252015
 
President Barack Obama has worked long and hard at negotiating a settlement with Iran in conjunction with European Union.  If successful, it will go a long way to restore the relationship with Iran that deteriorated when Republicans overthrew a democratically elected government the to enable Britain’s control of Iran’s Oil.  It can prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.  To undermine that, Republicans want to impose sanctions on Iran now, virtually assuring war in the future.  To that end Speaker John “Agent Orange” Boehner (R-OH) has invited Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to address Congress and request sanctions.  A prominent liberal Jew, Philip Weiss has an excellent idea regarding that visit.

 

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A lot of the commentary on the shocking/outrageous/inappropriate/unprecedented/ dangerous invitation from the Republican leadership to Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress about our Iran policy, thereby undermining Obama’s negotiations, has said that Netanyahu shouldn’t have accepted the invitation or the Republicans shouldn’t have invited him. A couple of liberal Jewish organizations, for instance, are pleading with Congress to delay the speech.

But they did invite him. And he did accept the invitation, for March.

The Republicans and neocons and Netanyahu have all taken action. But our side is being passive.

Here is the real challenge to all those who don’t want another war in the Middle East: Tell your congressperson not to undermine our president’s efforts to strike a deal with Iran. Tell your congressperson not to attend the speech. That’s right. Tell your congressperson to give Benjamin Netanyahu the cold shoulder, lest he lead our country to war, or undermine the American president on his efforts to strike a deal with Iran.

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Butcher Ben has been lobbying for a US attack on Iran, because Iran has threatened Israel.  Iran lacks the capability to make good those threats.  Butcher Ben also wants Israel to remain the only illegal nuclear power in the near east.  For a foreign leader to be invited lobby Congress to undermine  the President’s foreign policy is unprecedented and seditious.  I urge you to tell your Congress critter to boycott Netanyahu’s appearance.  I also would consider it appropriate for them to show Netanyahu their back, because of the total disrespect he is showing this nation by participating in this Republican scheme.

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Jan 252015
 

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This is Nameless’ sixth Big Mouth Award, having won in December 2012, September 2010, May 2010, July 2011 and August 2011. He isn’t a blogger, so you can’t follow him home, but he comments almost daily here.  He is the kind of participant that every blogger dreams of having, because instead of just stating opinions (which is fine in itself), he adds to the content of my articles with many useful links. His sense of humor is superb!  I even receive comments about his contributions on other sites where I share our articles.

I sure has been a long time, but because this is an even multiple of 10,000, I will be contacting him for mailing address and having a prize made for him.

Please join me in thanking and congratulating Nameless! It’s long overdue!

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Jan 252015
 

5It’s still day 81.  I’m changing my schedule.  I plan to upload articles whenever I finish writing them for the day.  It will keep me more current, and I won’t have to wait until midnight to upload.  I’ll be a little less regular, but I think I’ll get more rest this way.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s is on the first Open Thread.

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: That he can say such vile things with a smile on his face speaks volumes of his character. (Warning:NSFW or around children, or decent folk)

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Behold the love of Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians! These are NOT authentic Christians. Authentic Christians honor the beliefs of others. Republicans prove the existence of DEVOLUTION.

From Washington Post: The Obama administration will propose setting aside the 1.4 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness, the White House announced Sunday, a move that will spark a fierce battle with the new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman, Lisa Murkowski, and other Alaska Republicans.

I fully support this move and wish he would do more.

From Desmoines Register: Donald Trump is aggressively pushing himself back onto the Iowa stage as presidential material.

In a sit-down interview with The Des Moines Register, he said the two presumed GOP frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, are doomed to lose — and he expressed regret that he hadn’t run himself in 2012.

Trump said he should be in the White House right now.

When Trump joins the clown car, every day is a bad hair day.

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Jan 252015
 

It’s already that time again.  As much as Republicans talk about a campaign season that is going to be short and low key, the  establishment candidates are lining up Banksters and vulture capitalists, while the rest are scurrying to capture that attention of the base and the baggers.

0125Cindy_JacobsLouisiana Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal is the keynote speaker for a rally funded and organized by an anti-LGBT group that has blamed gay people for causing the Holocaust and advocated imprisoning homosexuals.  So why isn’t his appearance garnering national media attention?

On January 24, Jindal will keynote a six-hour prayer event at Louisiana State University called "The Response: A Call To Prayer For a Nation In Crisis." The event is sponsored and funded by the American Family Association (AFA), one of the most extreme anti-gay hate groups in the country. It’s also being staffed by a number of notorious anti-LGBT activists.

The event has drawn protests from members of the LSU community. On January 22, the Faculty Senate passed a resolution expressing displeasure with the event, and a university spokesperson has clarified that the rental of an LSU facility "does not imply any endorsement."

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Rachel Maddow has more, including a woman who could be a Joni Ernst clone. Once again, a Republican governor is kicking off his campaign with a demonstration that he loves Republican-Supply-side Jesus (the exact opposite of the real Jesus) and hates all the same people that Republican Supply-side Pseudo Christians hate.

The sad thing is that all the Republican candidates will eventually pay homage to Dominionists.

Now that takes care of prophets, but what about profits?

This week many Republicans traveled to the annual Koch Brothers retreat.  Some candidates are attending in public, perhaps to cover up those Republicans who are attended secretly, as Standartenfuhrer Scalia and TEAbag Thomas have in the past. Those who will be there on the record are “Deport them all” Rubio (R-FL), “Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot” Paul (R-KY), “Uranus Inspector” Cruz (R-TX), and “Fartfuhrer of Fitzwalkerstan” Walker (R-FW)(formerly WI).

So whether it’s for prophets or for profits, the whoring has begun.

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Jan 252015
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 81.  Yesterday I spent almost the entire day in bed.  I’m still quite worn, but not so much that I can’t write.  I am running somewhat late, because we had a beautiful sunny day today with a 60° high, and as we cats often do, I could not resist basking in the sun for a bit.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:26 (average 5:49).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: This MLK greatest hits album doesn’t actually exist *yet*, but it’s a pretty damned good idea.

 

Amen to this. "Beyond Vietnam" is a speech everyone should have heard more than once.

From NY Times: Jorge Ramos, the Univision and Fusion television anchor who is often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America, was in his suburban Miami broadcast studio when he all but pounced on the chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, who was appearing from Washington. The Republicans’ immigration policy is “deportations, deportations, deportations,” Mr. Ramos said. “Why?”

Mr. Priebus, who stared out from multiple screens in a control room here looking as if he would rather have been doing anything but talking to Mr. Ramos, insisted it was not so. But Mr. Ramos would not have it.

“The message,” he retorted, “is anti-immigrant.”

It appears that making the official Latino Republican Response to the SOTU the opposite of the of the official Pig Nuts Republican Response didn’t work.

From The New Yorker: President Obama’s proposal to give workers six weeks of paid leave is meeting strong opposition from a group of people who annually receive thirty-three weeks of paid leave…

…The opponents of paid leave, who show up for work a hundred and thirty-seven days per year and receive paid leave for the other two hundred and twenty-eight, were baffled by other moments in the President’s speech.

For example, they were confused by Obama’s challenge to try to survive on a full-time job that pays fifteen thousand dollars, since they all currently hold a part-time job that pays a hundred and seventy-four thousand dollars.

Dang it Andy!! I do news commentary. You do comedy. You’re in MY turf AGAIN!! ;-)

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Jan 242015
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 80.  Yesterday my meeting with my guys in prison went very well.  About 75 had a general meeting, while 25 had a discussion on ethics with students from an University of Oregon Ethics class.  I could not have been more proud of all of them.  The students left with a changed perspective about prisoners.  On the down side, I turned off my O2, when I got to the Activities section and would be sedentary, but I turned the bevel to continuous flow instead of off by mistake, le3aving mw with an empty O2 tank.  That made the trip home extremely difficult.  It wiped me out in the procss, so I need to spend the day in hiding.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:51 (average 6:22).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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Jan 232015
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 79.  I’m hurrying, because I have to leave soon for volunteer work in prison.  I’ll be meeting with around 100 guys.  This is the only article.  I’ll probably be scarce for a couple days.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:29 (average 4:15).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes: (All Andy)

From The New Yorker: A new Oxfam report indicating that the wealthiest one per cent possesses about half of the world’s wealth has left the richest people in the world “reeling with disappointment,” a leading billionaire said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum, the hedge-fund owner Harland Dorrinson said, “I think I speak for a lot of my fellow billionaires when I say I thought we were doing a good deal better than that.”

Calling the Oxfam findings “sobering,” he said that he hoped they would serve “as a wake-up call to billionaires everywhere that it’s time to up our game.”

“Quite frankly, a lot of us thought that by buying politicians, rewriting tax laws, and hiding money overseas, we were getting it done,” said Dorrinson, who owns the hedge fund Garrote Capital. “If, at the end of the day, all we control is a measly half of the world’s wealth, clearly we need to do more—much more.”

Andy has them pegged, and they have the Republican Party working hard to increase their share to 100%.

From The New Yorker: In a poll taken on Tuesday night, a wide majority of Americans said that they now believe that they could be elected to the United States Senate.

The results reflected a renewed sense of the inclusiveness of the American political system, as those surveyed said that they believed that anyone could serve in the Senate regardless of intelligence, the ability to speak, or any other qualifications whatsoever.

While those responses indicated that, as of Tuesday night, at least, Americans were energized about the possibility of their future careers in Washington, other results were not so encouraging.

Andy knows that a pig’s nuts would be a better Senator than Pig Nuts.

From The New Yorker: Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) shared more folksy stories of her childhood on Wednesday, telling reporters that she used to wear a bucket on her head for no apparent reason.

“I’d be walking outside our house and see a bucket lying there, and I’d say to myself, ‘That’s a perfectly good bucket, I think I’ll put it on my head,’ ” she said. “It wasn’t because I needed a hat or anything. I must have had, oh gosh, a half-dozen hats or so. I just wanted to wear a bucket.”

Ernst said that during her youth, she was known for poking a hole in a large piece of corrugated cardboard and wearing it as a poncho.

“I can’t for the life of me tell you why I did that,” she said. “I just liked the look of it, I guess. Nobody paid much attention to it. People sure don’t notice your cardboard poncho when you’re wearing a bucket on your head.”

Andy, I think people liked it, because the bucket muffled what she was saying.

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