Everyday Erinyes #101

 Posted by at 8:16 am  Politics
Nov 182017

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.”

Less than two months ago, I included a story about a church leader who was fleecing the state by telling members to file fraudulent unemployment claims in order to keep their “contributions” up.  Well, this lovely church leader is back in the news again.  This time it’s for kidnapping.

North Carolina’s social services laws cite “family preservation,” so as to prevent “unnecessary placement of children away from their families.” Yet, many children have been taken from their families and put into the custody of church members. Thus far, three single mothers have come forward to allege a county court clerk bypassed the foster system so that church members were able to obtain custody of their children, despite a judge calling the conduct inappropriate.

A child advocate who visited the church to ensure that two foster children were safe was surrounded by members after “Pastor” Jane Whaley shouted from the pulpit, “You are here to cause strife!” and called her “wicked.”

“One thing that is confusing for people in the community is how these children can be so well-behaved and so well-dressed if things are so bad,” said John Huddle, who lost his children after be severed ties with the church. “But the clothing can cover the bruises and the smiles can hide the hurt.”

Hanky alert.

Alecto, you’ve been on this case – better get reinforcements.

I’ve addressed this issue before, but it isn’t going away.

A photo of several deported veterans went viral over the weekend as the U.S. celebrated Veterans Day on Saturday. The photo was taken by photojournalist Herika Martinez for the Agence France-Presse news agency.

The photo depicts a group of several Mexican men who served in the U.S. military in order to become citizens, but were denied and deported. The soldiers protested on Memorial day this year in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Apparently, there are about 230 people who served in the U.S. military and expected to gain citizenship, but didn’t.

The article also states, “Serving in the military does not automatically confer citizenship….”  Well, dammit, it should!  Just think about this phrase:

Tisiphone, what kind of person can make sense of that?

This next story may need a hanky alert too – it did for me -you may be a little tougher.

MS-13 is, according to Wikipedia, “an international criminal gang,” which originated in the 1980’s in Los Angeles and spread.  Though El Salvadorean origin predominates among its members, a guy named Donald Trump has been leaning on them as a boogey-man to tout his wall.  Ed Gillespie also made use of the name in his campaign, fortunately to somewhat less effect.

There is a prison in Massachusetts, the Plymouth County Correctional Facility, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and operated by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, yet is somehow also being used by ICE.  Currently there is an activist incarcerated there named Martin Gottesfeld, who is awaiting federal trial on hacking charges related to Justina Pelletier and her treatment by Boston Children’s Hospital.  (Martin was with Anonymous.  It made quite a splash at the time.  I don’t know why he is still awaiting trial on charges from 2014, but he is.)  Martin has been interviewed by and is still in touch with Ryan Grim, who is now with The Intercept (he was previously with the Huffington Post), and provided Ryan with this story.

A few months ago, some members of MS-13 were moved into Martin’s unit.

“When they first came in the unit, all of us were like, ‘Oh shit, MS-13, there goes the neighborhood,’ but they turned out to be model inmates,” he said. Beyond their so-far-unsuccessful attempts to attend church, he said, they’ve been unfailingly kind and rule-abiding. Many of them, he said, seem to have been swept up in broad conspiracy charges. “Contrary to the public impression that’s been painted by the Tucker Carlsons of the world, these guys are ideal inmates, they wanna go to church, don’t cause trouble,” he said. “I don’t think these are bad guys, not the killer rapists they’re being portrayed as.”

The incident which prompted Martin to bring this up to Ryan happened at breakfast.

Breakfast starts early in the BS-1 unit, Gottesfeld told The Intercept in a phone interview, and the elderly man was “head food-runner,” responsible for handing out trays. Each inmate is entitled to a single tray of food, but one young, white inmate and his friend grabbed a second.

The elderly man chased after the younger fellow and his friend, demanding the tray back; if any prisoner takes a second tray, that means somebody else won’t get breakfast. “The white kid dropped the tray and went to swing at the old guy, and that’s when the MS-13 guys just descended,” Gottesfeld said.

They rushed to the defense of the 72-year-old food-runner, and, granted they were not gentle with the young punk, when he was led out in handcuffs, he was in good enough condition to yell at them about how Trump is going to close the border and kick the Mexicans out.

The final irony, Gottesfeld added, is that the elderly man is a Republican and a Trump supporter, “but the nicest guy you could meet.”

Megaera, please make sure that neither the 72-year-old nor his defenders, nor Martin, are hurt, physically or with any loss of privilege, as a result of this incident.  Thank you.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 HERE.

Nov 182017

As promised, here are the answers:

 [1] Piet Mondrian

[2] Jackson Pollock

[3] Georges Seurat

[4] Vincent Van Gogh

[5] Christo and Jeanne-Claude

[6] Salvador Dali

[7] Keith Haring

[8] Georgia O’Keefe

[9] René Magritte

[10] Kara Walker


I was pleased with how well we all did … in aggregate.  (Sorry, but farts do NOT constitute an art form – even when combined with a lit match.)

They are the work of Hannah Rothstein.  Here is her website where I got them – and she’s done 20 of them, so it’s worth a look-see for the other ones:


Personally, I was disappointed in her Georgia O’Keefe plate – but that may just be me.

And I should note that the Salvador Dali plate was digitally altered, as she admits here:


You can read more about her style here:



Nov 172017

Here are the results of our “Dump Trump” poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are usually factually accurate, and more often than not, they reflect thinking of the majority of those who actually do think.


Since our polling site no longer enables us to copy and paste your poll comments, you may read them here.

I voted ‘When his term ends.’  I just don’t think he will resign, because of his ego.  I just don’t think Republicans will impeach him, because they don’t care how much he damages the nation as long as he allows them their greed.  Time will tell.

The new poll is up.  Should I vote dawg?


Nov 172017

It’s another rest all I can day.  TGIF!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:08 (average 6:05).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Inequality Media Channel): Denied the Right to Vote Because They’re Poor


I could not agree more. This is nothing more than weaponizing the Republican War on the poor. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Jubilant Trump voters on Thursday celebrated the prospect of a gigantic tax cut that will benefit everyone but them.

Across the country, Trump supporters were overjoyed that, after months of gridlock and wrangling, the man they voted for was about to make Americans other than them wildly richer.

“President Trump has taken a lot of hits from the fake-news media, but he stood his ground,” Carol Foyler, a Trump voter in Ohio, said. “Today he honored his pledge to the American people, except for me and anybody I know.”

Click through to see Andy’s pic of fools and their Fuhrer. RESIST!!

From NY Times: The federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey ended in a mistrial on Thursday after jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict, leaving Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, free to return to Congress but injecting uncertainty as he faces re-election next year and his party faces a difficult battle to retake the Senate.

After interviewing jurors individually in his chambers, Judge William H. Walls emerged to tell the court that, after nine weeks of testimony, the jury was deadlocked and that, as a result, “there is no alternative but to declare a mistrial.”

One juror told reporters that 10 of the 12 jurors supported finding Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, not guilty, saying that prosecutors had not made the case that the favors and gifts exchanged between the senator and a wealthy eye doctor went beyond what good friends do for each other.

Menendez needs to go, but not until PIGnocchio is gone and cannot flip the seat. RESIST!!



Nov 172017

As this is the last Friday before Thanksgiving, I thought it’d be fun to view how a San Francisco-based artist has interpreted how she believes famous artists might plate their Thanksgiving feasts in their very own signature artistic style – but using their plates as palettes with turkey, mash potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, etc. as their mediums.

And to add a little spice to it, let’s do it as a “Pop Quiz” – but you can be thankful I’m going to stuff in some hints to help out.

First, I’ll show you the dinner plate conceived as how various artists would serve their TGD meals in their own artistic style.  And if you guess the artist just from that – give yourself two (2) points.

Then below it will be a “Hint Link” to an actual representative work by the famous artist to jar your memory.  They most likely won’t match the subject matter on the plate, but be representative of their style.  If you need to use the link to figure out the artist, give yourself one (1) point.

(You have no idea how hard it is to find a representative work of art at least somewhat like the meal – BUT that does NOT have the name of the artist in the link.)

AND I won’t give the answers to the Quiz until Saturday – so go ahead and put your answers & points in the Comments section.

Some of them are artists I’ve never heard of.  But most of them are fairly familiar names from the art world such that if you have to wait for the answers tomorrow you’ll go, “Oh my gourd – how could I have not remembered him/her?!?” 

Just remember that if you get angry because you can’t figure some of them out, we will not tolerate any fowl language.  But I actually think you’ll be a-maized at how many you get correct!

And no fair cheating –  like Googling, using Ouija boards or calling on spirits and poultrygeists to help out!  It’s just a game … and there are NO prizes.

So let’s feast our eyes on the plated palettes …


















Mimic Hint:


More Familiar Work Hint:





Everyone can give themselves two points, because this is MY Thanksgiving Day Dinner Plate rendition:

… Because my Turkey Day Motto is:

“Leftovers Are For LOSERS!”


I’ll be heading up to Illinois again this Wednesday to enjoy a TGD feast with my Mom and aunt – consequently no “Friday Fun” next week.   So to all you fine folks enjoying my favorite holiday with your family, friends and critters, I raise my wine gobble-t in a toast to you!  (But not too much wine – I don’t want you people to get basted.)

(Yeah, I know … I know.  My puns tend to be really corny – but I just can’t give them up cold turkey.)


Samantha Bee from 11/15

 Posted by at 12:40 pm  Politics
Nov 162017

It’s that time of week again, so here are four excellent video clips from Sam’s show last night.  Enjoy!!

We Can All Do Better Than Roy Moore


Amen Sam! Alabama voters, prove us Yankee assholes wrong about you!

Meet The Pences


Keep Pence out of Democratic restrooms. He’s a Transrepublican with "a nice package".

Save Tangier Island From Itself


The scope of Republican ignorance is infinite.

The Future Of Comedy


The future of comedy is Sam!!