Jun 292016
 

I'm sitting here trying to finish this post and I have been hearing the music from that infernal ice cream truck for the past half hour.  It is making yet another run through the complex.  Is there a penalty for knocking that musical ditty into next week?  Luckily, my kids could not care less.  I suppose that is one small blessing.  Today has been hot again — 31 C (88 F) — but by Friday, Canada Day, temperatures should come down a bit.  On Friday, Canada will be 149 years old, while on Monday, the US will be 237 years old, so this weekend will  be full of picnics, outings, and fireworks.  I am staying close to home with the furbabes.  But for those who like to celebrate in a big way, be safe and

PARTY HARDY!!! 

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Alternet — Samantha Bee is back, and in fine form!

Sam nails it like usual!  When I saw the markets tumbling earlier this week as a result of the Brexit vote, I kept saying to myself, "don't panic" and "don't rush to a hasty judgement", advice I would give my clients when I was working in investments.  I hear the markets have now fully recovered, or at least the TSX (Canada) and the DOW (US).

YouTube — Published on Mar 11, 2016

Tonight on Real Time, Bill Maher left a guest speechless. Moreover, the audience did, too, when they began cheering so loudly that the speakers had to pause. The first time was when Maher mentioned that a Donald Trump rally in Chicago was canceled because of protesters. The second time was when Bill Kristol brought up how successfully Bernie Sanders has been relying on private donations to fund his campaign.

Bill is always funny and of course irreverent.  The token Drumpf supporter is shut down.

Think Progress — Colorado Republicans nominated El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, a former Colorado Springs councilman and self-described “unapologetic Christian constitutional conservative pro-life second amendment-loving American,” for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Despite his paltry campaign fundraising and his vow to oppose keeping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as his party leader, Glenn easily beat the establishment favorite. He received endorsements from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who he has said he would like to see appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).

In an April state Republican convention speech, Glenn told the party faithful, “The one dorsed by Ted CruzI’m absolutely tired of hearing is Republicans reaching across the aisle. We need to step up and lead, ladies and gentlemen, I’m tired ofbeen en reaching across the aisle.” Here are some of the positions he would take with him to Washington if pseudo Christian nut job, defeats Sen. Michael Bennet (D) in November.

He does not believe the U.S. armed forces need follow war crimes laws.

As part of his speech at the Colorado GOP convention in April, Glenn also suggested getting rid of war crimes rules for the military. “We need to make sure our men and women are given the necessary tools and training and equipment to do their jobs, remove those rules of engagement and allow them to win,” he said. While the U.S. military has generally been given a wide berth in war times, such a move would have meant those involved in the My Lai massacre and the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal would not have been subject to any punishment.

From what I can see, this is one scary Republican and Coloradans better beware!  He has been endorsed by Ted Cruz, Republican pseudo Christian nut job, and by Bullseye Barbie, Sarah Palin, or as Jim P calls her, Sarah Palinsane.  Just read the article to get his positions on six other issues.  JD, is Darryl Glenn in your neck of the woods?  Have you any additional information you can share?

My Universe — After seeing this dog "kill" BB-8 by decapitation, and having just seen an ad for it at $170 (Canada), I was worried about this expensive toy.  Turns out the head does come off and you just put it back on — held on by magnets.  It really is quite interesting but I will not be getting one.

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Jun 292016
 

I’m having a crappy day… literally.  I had very little sleep as I had phantom leg pain.  I did not want to take more Hydrocodone, as I had not gone for two days and was taking Dulcolax for Republicitis.  The Dulcolax broke through this morning, so now I have Republicosis.  What I needed least is that an idiot on the second floor broke a pipe causing a minor flood, and I can’t flush the toilet or take my shower until it is fixed.  ARGH!!  I feel so frustrated!  Obviously, this is today’s only article.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:14 (average 4:55).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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Jun 282016
 

My horoscope today said in part: "Today the moon is in your sign lined up with wild, wacky Uranus."  Uranus?  Uranus!  I want nothing to do with Ted Cruz.  It was bad enough that I had already seen the Raw Story article below, but then to see my horoscope contained Uranus . . . well that was just too much!  The day started off on a low note with a 2.8 blood sugar reading (50 on the US scale) which had me sleeping all morning, even through the heat.  Then the heat hit 29  (85 F) and I was getting more miserable.  It has cooled down at bit but is scheduled to drop to 13 C (55 F) over night (I have my pom-poms out!).  At least I had some laughs when a respected local radio commentator to whom I enjoy listening, in commenting about Brexit and the ultra conservative US politicians (read Drumpf), referred to the UK as our ailing mother and the US as our weird and wacky brother.  Tomorrow will be busy with physio and teaching.  Inbetween the two, I have to go pick up a new cell phone.  Two days ago, it slipped from my fingers into the toilet (another good reason to leave the lid down!).  I rescued it very quickly but some damage was already done, although I was able to use it — just not reliably.  When I charged it yesterday, it slipped again from my fingers and fell about 25 cm (10 inches) to the carpet.  That finally did it in!  Do you see what I mean about Uranus???!!!

Short Takes

Alternet — During an explosive CNN segment on Sunday, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) lashed out at President Barack Obama because she said she was tired of being called a “bigot” for supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.  …

“Obama just always comes tearing after Republicans constantly, calling names and calling people bigots and racists,” she complained. “And that’s their big comeback, you know. And it’s absolutely ridiculous. To see a president speak like that is offensive.”

It has been awhile since I have seen or heard of the battle-axe of Arizona, and I have thoroughly enjoyed her silence.  But recently, she unleashed her big mouth attached to her fact devoid brain and lashed out at Obama for using facts when talking about Drumpf.  It seems that she feels "guilty" about her association with Drumpf, or at least getting caught publicly with her hand on his ass.  Even while she was governor, she demonstrated no respect for Obama, so this latest extremism does not surprise me.

Raw Story — Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of under-emphasizing the “threat of radical Islam” as he presided over a Senate hearing for the second time since suspending his presidential campaign in early May.

President Barack Obama and top Justice Department officials have come under fire from conservatives for avoiding the term “radical Islam” when denouncing attacks by violent extremists who claim inspiration from Islamic State, such as the Orlando nightclub shooter.

I am tired of hearing the term "radical Islam" from the likes of Ted Cruz.  When will we hear of "radical Christianity" and "radical Judaism"?  Yes they do exist!  In the news over the past several days, I have seen Pastor Steven Anderson of the Independent Fundamental Baptist church (Christian) in Tempe, Arizona preach from atop his lectern condemning the LGBTQ community with the most toxic vitriole ever, calling for the death penalty for gays, and celebrating the deaths at Orlando.  Now he is calling for the  death penalty for adulterers.  I suppose that is one way to get rid of some politicians! — you know those family values Republicans!  Of course there is "Pastor" Terry Jones formerly of Gainesville, Florida who threatened to burn Qu'rans.  Or let's see, there are extremist Jews, some of them settlers who occupy Palestinian lands.  Let's call this what it is with no adjectives — extremism!  OK, rant over.  I was appalled with the tenor of Cruz's hearing.

Globe and Mail — The Supreme Court issued its strongest defence of abortion rights in a quarter-century Monday, striking down Texas’ widely replicated rules that sharply reduced abortion clinics in the nation’s second-most-populous state.

By a 5-3 vote, the justices rejected the state’s arguments that its 2013 law and follow-up regulations were needed to protect women’s health. The rules required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery.  …

Breyer wrote that “the surgical-centre requirement, like the admitting privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.”

A great judgement that should never have been necessary.  There are pending actions in Mississippi and Louisiana which will likely fall.  Let's hope that all such laws and regulations in all states will be declared unconstitutional now that SCOTUS has ruled.

My Universe —

Nice ride Dolly

Thank God for 9 lives!

Good morning

Arrggghhhh!!!!!  Kitty breath!

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Jun 282016
 

I don't know about you, but I BEE ready for a good laugh,  Without further ado…

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Samantha Bee — in a segment titled "Oh Shit, Brexit" — dedicated a fair amount of her brilliant show to Brexit last night, what with all the incredibly obvious parallels between the terribly misguided vote to “Make Britain great again” (she shows a clip of a Leave voter actually saying that) and our Trump problem.

“While the Brits were waking up in the ruins of their nation saying, ‘Oh God, what have we done?’ a lot of Americans were looking over and saying, ‘Oh God, what are we about to do?’”…

From <Alternet>

 

As funny as Sam is, she id also painfully right.  It and happen here and will, unless we ALL do everything humanly possible to stop it.

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Jun 282016
 

The elevator is finally fixed.  I’m running late, because Julie and I went to the bank, and we’ve been planning her cross country exodus next week.  I will miss her terribly.  Please pardon my brevity.  I will need the Squatch to do the Monthly Report for June.  I’ll learn what we need to do to correct this double vision on 7/6.  Pardon my brevity.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

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

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From The New Yorker: The billionaire Donald J. Trump’s bid to become a born-again Christian failed over the weekend after Jesus Christ turned down his friend request, campaign officials have acknowledged.

Jesus, who has not generally been active on Facebook, made a rare appearance on the social network on Monday to announce His decision to ignore the presumptive Republican nominee’s request for a personal relationship with Him.

In a brief post, Jesus offered the following explanation: “Just everything.”

The turndown from Jesus Christ, the inspiration behind one of the world’s most prominent religions, caps what has been a tough month for the Trump campaign.

Privately, campaign staffers fretted that the candidate would pen a disparaging tweet about Jesus, which might alienate evangelical voters in key battleground states.

I think Andy is making fun of us. If Jesus really had responded to Rump Dump Rectum, He would have said LMAO!!

From Daily Kos: Trump gave 5-minute sales pitch about his resort, was surrounded by swastika golf balls (seriously)

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Read the article!

From NY Times: In the most significant victory in a generation for a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down Texas’s harsh and dishonest anti-abortion law by a vote of 5 to 3.

The justices’ reasoning in overturning the law applies to hundreds of other attempts in recent years by Republican lawmakers around the country to restrict or destroy constitutionally protected reproductive rights.

While the decision was unquestionably correct, the vote should have been unanimous. The 2013 Texas law — which forced abortion clinics and their doctors to meet absurd, pointlessly strict medical standards — was the textbook definition of what the court had prohibited in a major 1992 ruling on abortion: “unnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion.”

Roberts, Scalito [sp. intentional], and Thomas were in the minority. If regressives successfully sabotage the Democratic Party, and allow a Republican win, as they did in 2000, this will be overturned, and women’s rights will be history.

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Jun 272016
 

Liz Warren (D-MA) went on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton.  She invested most of her speech introducing Hillary to tearing Rump Dump Trump a third rectum.  Why third?  The first is in the normal place.  The second is the one he uses to speak, and the one she tore is right between  his eyes.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) just torched presumptive Republican presidential nominee in a blistering speech where she pulled zero punches.

Among other things, Warren called Trump “a nasty man who will never become president” and “a small, insecure money-grubber who fights for only himself.” She also made a sly reference to Trump’s nickname of her as “Goofy Elizabeth Warren” by throwing it right back in his face.

“You want to see goofy, look at him in that hat,” she said…

From <Raw Story>

 

Liz is still a National Treasure.  Perhaps we should change Trump's name to Rump Dump Rectum!

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Jun 272016
 

For the first time since my second surgery, I could take a shower this morning, and I can’t tell you how good it felt.  The heat wave continues, and Otis hasn’t come to fix the elevator yet, so I remain stuck here.  If they fix it today, I can get out to the bank tomorrow.  The pain in my eye is improving, but otherwise, the best thing about it is that with both eyes open, I see two Killer Dawgs.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:03 (average 4:31).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From NY Times: The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee [Republican Reich delinked] are moving quickly and aggressively to head off the fledgling effort to stage a revolt at their convention next month in Cleveland, hoping to spare the party an embarrassing spectacle that could deeply wound the presumptive nominee.

They are employing hard-nosed tactics, warning delegates that attempting to undermine Donald J. Trump’s [Rectum delinked] claim to the nomination violates party rules, and threatening to deny speaking slots to Republicans they deem disloyal for not backing him.

“If there’s no endorsement, then I would not invite them to speak,” Mr. Trump said in an interview, adding that former rivals like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio should not expect to address the convention if they continue to withhold their support.

The R.N.C. and the Trump campaign are also installing loyal party stalwarts in key party positions to help ensure that they maintain control of the convention if rogue delegates attempt a disruption. And they are trying to discredit Republicans who are advocating an interpretation of party rules that would allow delegates to vote for anyone they want on the first ballot.

If there ever was any question, the RNC has made it crystal clear. Rump Dump Trump is the embodiment of what the Republican Party believes and how the Republican Party behaves.

From CNN: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, two new polls of registered voters show — but they differ on the size of her advantage.

A Washington Post/ABC News survey shows Clinton ahead by 12 points, 51% to 39%.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll [Murdoch delinked], meanwhile, pegs Clinton’s lead at 5 points, 46% to 41%.

There is one other key difference between the polls. Murdoch owns the WSJ

From Think Progress: Actor Jesse Williams, best known for his role on the TV series Grey’s Anatomy, accepted the Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET awards on Sunday for his work raising awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. After receiving the award, Williams gave a profound speech on black lives and human rights that brought the audience to its feet.

 

I agree with almost everything he said, except that he seemed to imply that only Black people have a stake in Black equality. I have to say that my stake in Black equality is my blood on the streets of several American cities, shed fighting for Black equality hand in hand with Black Americans, so I will not shut up, and I will advise. Had the Black Lives Matter movement, not torpedoed Bernie Sanders and had Black Americans not overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presumptive Nominee would do more to promote Black equality than the one we now have. That said, if Rump Dump Trump defeats Hillary in November, police who don ‘t want to murder unarmed Blacks will face termination because of it. Vote Blue!

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It could not be more tragic that Clarence TEABAG Thomas replaced this American hero!

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Jun 262016
 

Since TomCat posted two articles for Saturday, I relaxed a bit with the furbabes . . . lots of scritches and belly rubs for them and headrubs for me.  No rain today and lots of sun and breeze.  I hope tomorrow is the same because my car is so dirty that a neighbour is going to help me wash it.  I only hope that the removal of the dirt does not cause it to fall apart! 

Short Takes

Alternet — While the British vote on Thursday to leave the European Union has inspired concern—and in some cases, regret—among not only British citizens but international observers, several conservatives took the moment to instead put out statements that went beyond the pale.

2. A Fox News regular uses the “no-go zone” canard to defend Trump’s response.

Jedediah Bila, who regularly appears on Outnumbered and The Five, tried to justify Donald Trump saying that “there’s nothing to talk about” with his foreign policy advisors regarding the British vote during an appearance on The View. She said:

"What he’s defending is the right of a country to make decisions for itself when it comes to immigration, when it comes to finance. If you look all over Europe, there is a problem right now with terrorism. There are areas of Paris that you can’t go into, these sections are quartered off. And what this country is saying right now is, ‘Look, we want to be responsible for our own decisions.’ It’s a very American concept—Manifest Destiny, so to speak. We want to determine the fate of our country."

Bila failed to mention that the idea of a “no-go zone” in Paris was debunked so thoroughly that Fox News aired four separate apologies for spreading that allegation. She also did not mention that Manifest Destiny caused what Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel Walker Howe called “bitter dissent” within the country, and was opposed by both Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln before James Polk was elected as president.

Her comments, as aired on Friday, can be seen here.

This is the second of Five Dumbest Reactions by Nutters to the Brexit Vote.  "Dumbest" does not do justice to them.   Click through for the other four. Of course Bullseye Barbie had to have her say too which can be found in Alternet".  In a FB post, she compared the Brexit referendum to the US Declaration of Independence.  This is one of the holes that the articles author poked in Palin's rant.

"Britain’s vote wasn’t an expansion of rights or a declaration of freedom from a tyrannical ruler who forced people to pay taxes without granting them the right to vote. It was a fearful and cowardly expression of the rising tide of nationalism that perfectly characterizes the ultra-right-wing movement currently permeating Western democracies."

They are NUTTERS without doubt!

The Nation — Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been ripping into the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president with the precision and focused fury of a great prosecutor.  …

 No Democrat does a better job of prosecuting Trump’s political wrongdoing than Warren. As Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin told The New York Times, “What she is doing right now, focusing on the outrageousness of Donald Trump is really important. In the universal sense I am always saying, ‘Go, Elizabeth, go!’”

 

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Jun 262016
 

Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how jarringly idiotic InsaniTEA can become.  I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.

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Idiot Fox Newsians celebrate gunman in German movie theater.

Monica Crowley and Stuart Varney made themselves comfy in the fact-free zone as the incident in Germany where a gunman stormed a movie theater was unfolding. But the lack of any information whatsoever did not keep them from speculating and celebrating a little bit.

First, British ex-pat, arch-conservative business commentator Stuart Varney admitted he knew nothing, and said he was “not going to speculate,” but, “Is this another, somewhat similar, terror-related case? I don’t know that. I don’t know who the shooter is, his name, nationality, or wherever he came from. I don’t know that, but the incident is very similar. Therefore, there could be political repercussions to the shooting…”

Ooh, Monica Crowley jumped in too, also not to speculate, but, “I don’t want, I’m not going to stretch this, but a terror, if it’s a terror incident or an incident of this kind, that’s for Trump. That is a plus for Donald Trump, isn’t it?”

Yes! Varney didn’t speculate, because every bad thing that happens, including Trump himself, is good for Trump, because he projects all this leadership and decisiveness and strength and never troubles himself by actually knowing about things.

Meanwhile, Trump rode around his golf course in Scotland, wondering what the Brexit is, speculating on whether it could benefit him, and protecting his perimeter from knowledge.

Maybe we can we arrange a Vexit? (Varney exit.) And a Crexit? (Take Crowley with you too.)

Or maaayyybe, and this is just a thought, a full-scale Foxit.

Can we get a second to that motion?

From <Alternet>

I was able to find the actual video.

Barf Bag Alert!!

In fact, the shooter turned out to be just a Caucasian German teenager with no links to terrorism at all.  Foxit is a great idea!!

This is just the fourth of five listed jarringly idiotic Republican moments from last week alone.  Click through for the other four.

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Jun 262016
 

We’re having a heat wave here in Portland, and I’m writing with my right eye shut.  The vision is still quite blurry and I’m seeing double, which are things the doctor told me to expect. At the rate Killer Dawg is getting fed, we may start calling him Killer Donut.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:19 (average 4:44).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From KP Daily Funnies: Samantha Bee on GOP, Trump and Fascism

 

BEElicious!! Sam could not BEE more right!!

From Daily Kos (Classic 10/2014): 

Michael Price, counsel in the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, has a disturbing article up at Salon.com.

Turns out, he bought a new "smart" TV, but is now afraid to turn it on.

You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.

The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.

It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face. On the upside, the images are saved on the TV instead of uploaded to a corporate server. On the downside, the Internet connection makes the whole TV vulnerable to hackers who have demonstrated the ability to take complete control of the machine.

More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.

The technocracy, in the employ of Wall Street corporations, has fully jumped the shark. Sharing the audio from the microphone with third parties?

Are liberals really going to allow this steady march into dystopia to continue? And if liberals and Democrats aren’t willing to fight it, who will?

This issuer needs to move to front burner.

From NY Times: With British politics in turmoil, there were already clear indications on Saturday of a tense and bickering divorce from the European Union.

Britons woke up to a diminished currency and much confusion about the consequences of their vote on Thursday to quit the European Union, including who would be their next prime minister. The leaders of the campaign to exit the bloc, or “Brexit,” continued to disagree over what kind of relationship they wanted with Europe, and thousands of Britons started signing a petition asking for a second referendum.

Meeting in Berlin, European leaders told Britain to hurry up and begin the formal process of exiting the union, while Prime Minister David Cameron said that process could wait until his replacement was chosen in October and leaders of the “Leave” campaign suggested it could come even later, after a new round of talks with Brussels.

I can’t say that I blame other EU leaders, but it sounds like many in the UK have buyers’ remorse.

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