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."

Inserted from <Media Matters?

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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Jan 222015
 

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address may be summed up by comparing the expressions on two faces, above: Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker John “Agent Orange” Boehner (R-OH).  Here is the complete video, a link to the transcript, the video of the official Republican Response, and my own editorial commentary.

You can get the transcript here.

I can’t say that I agreed with him across the board.  I’m not convinced that he has sufficient protections for US workers built into the free trade agreement.  I’m also not sure he has as good a handle on terrorism as he implied, and I think he still looking for a solution to stopping ISIL, the organization created through Republican incompetence.  He didn’t even mention domestic terrorism from the Republican base.

However, all things considered, the content was superb, and the delivery, even better.  He drew a line in the sand for himself and the entire Democratic party going forward.

The official Republican Response, by Joni “Pig Nuts” Ernst (R-IA) was as bad as Obama’s presentation was good.

Extreme Barf Bag Alert!!  30 Gal. Capacity (or more) Recommended!!

She had nothing to offer, but the same old, tired, debunked, trickle down, promises that were lies thirty years ago, delivered with a glassy-eyed stare and an irritating, nasal whine.

I am not including the “Tea Party” Republican Response or the “Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot” Republican Response.  A guy can only take so much punishment and survive.

In the aftermath, Republicans are claiming that Obama offered nothing with which they are willing to agree.  That is probably true, because he did not offer unconditional surrender.  They are also claiming that Obama is proposing to raise YOUR taxes.  If that’s is true, would YOU give me a few spare million, please?

In closing, I hope that Republicans are willing to negotiate in good faith on matters that will benefit the American people without exacerbating the inequality they have caused.  I am all for it, but to be honest, I just don’t think they have it in them to challenge either their greedy billionaires or their rabid base.

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Jan 222015
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 78.  I’m waiting for Store to Door to deliver my groceries and listening to Republicans bluster and whine about yesterday’s SOTU address.  Tomorrow is a prison volunteer day.  I will write before I leave to upload after I return, if there is time.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:03 (average 5:07).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: President Obama is courting controversy with his decision to address a group that has become dominated in recent years by extremists.

Some have questioned the appropriateness of the President speaking to such an extremist group, especially because in the past it has issued threats against the United States government.

As recently as 2013, for example, the extremists threatened to shut down the entire federal government if their demands were not met.

Andy does raise a valid point. Should Obama be criticized for negotiating with these terrorists?

From Daily Kos: Recently, I was sitting at my computer, typing away, when I heard the door opening and closing in the next room. It was around lunchtime, so I figured it was my brother (he came home for lunch, once in awhile). I turned toward the doorway, and was stunned to see a uniformed Pennsylvania state trooper striding into the room.

He began peppering me with questions, asking if I lived there, for example, and for me to identify myself. Of course I did (because I did not really want to die or anything like that, the guy was packing a gun, you know?) I was brought up to fear the police; I was taught at an early age that the state police force was originally formed to break the unions, by any means necessary. Also, I knew a lot of people who had been hassled by the cops. My parents had the talk with me (no, not that one, the one about how to survive an encounter with the police). Yeah, poor white boys get that talk too. Yes, I know that racism is a much bigger factor than classism, but that does not matter when a cop is in your house.

After I answered every question he had, I did venture a very polite question, basically, why are you here and why didn’t you knock? The police officer then informed me that he had probable cause to enter my house, because I had posted a "No Trespassing" sign.

In a Republican Reich, scenes like this become daily events.

From NY Times: …Perhaps no organization commands more deference in Republican politics nowadays than the sprawling operation established by the Koch brothers. And this week, the intense competition among Republicans for their embrace and attention will break out into the open. An invitation-only group of 2016 hopefuls will travel to a resort near Palm Springs, Calif., for the Koch brothers’ annual winter seminar, kicking off the so-called Koch primary.

Its that time again. Will Scalia and Thomas be in attendance again? And which Republican will prove best at sucking … nevermind.

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Jan 212015
 

The Republican Party have been yard at work undermining over a century’s progress toward ensuring basic Constitutional rights to all Americans.  They have attacked the rights of racial minorities, women, LGTP people, seniors, students, and more.  Few have been more helpful in this regard than the Fascist Five Injustices of SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional VD).  Here they go again!

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Two days after celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, the Supreme Court will consider weakening a federal housing discrimination law passed in the wake of his death.

The showdown over the Fair Housing Act of 1968 has been anticipated for several years — eagerly by conservatives who say the law has gone too far, anxiously by civil rights groups who fear it will be rolled back.

The facts of the case — involving a decision by Dallas officials to make most federal low-income housing vouchers available in poor, minority neighborhoods — are less important than the potential nationwide impact. If the court rules as expected, housing discrimination cases would be tougher to win from coast to coast.

Two earlier housing discrimination lawsuits from Minnesota and New Jersey were withdrawn or settled just before reaching the high court — in one case at the urging of the Obama administration, which is aligned with the civil rights community. They fear what most court-watchers predict: that five justices are poised to weaken the law, just as they did the Voting Rights Act in 2013…

Inserted from <USA Today>

Rachel Maddow put the story in context.

I fully agree with Rachel’s analysis. The Fascist Five Republican Injustices of SCROTUS went out of their way to hear this case, because they want to gut civil rights protections.  Bye Bye Fair Housing!

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