Feb 272015
 

Yesterday’s meeting between my guys in prison and a couple Oregon State University criminology classes was excellent.  My guys wowed them.  Although I’m completely pooped, today is the only day my helper friend can come to clean.  Argh!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today;s took me 3:48 (average 5:25).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

I thought they might not let me out!!

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Feb 262015
 

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Here’s the truth.  I was to tired that I slept through the Obama Town Hall.  Normally I would post the video and do the analysis for you.  But, since I don’t have time to watch the video, let alone do analysis, we’re doing it different today.  I’ll post the video, and you analyze it for me.

There it is.  What say you?

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Feb 262015
 

It’s prisoner volunteer day, and I’m hurrying like crazy.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:38 (average 4:55).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From PRWatch: The Wisconsin Senate held a hearing of sorts on the GOP proposal to make Wisconsin a "right to work" state.

The bill pushed by Wisconsin Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) bears a striking similarity to the American Legislative Exchange Council "model" bill of the same name (see CMD’s side-by-side comparison here). In his opening statement, Sen. Fitzgerald claimed that right to work legislation would "protect every worker" from being forced to join a union. He added that the legislation would save families from being uprooted by having to find non-union employers elsewhere. He presented no data or even anecdotal evidence to support these claims.

The argument that the bill would protect workers from "forced" unionization is a red herring. The U.S. Supreme Court has long stated that nobody can be forced to join a union, or be forced to pay unions dues, or to have their dues go to political campaigns. What current federal and Wisconsin law allows, and what the right to work law would make illegal, are "fair share" agreements and fees in union contracts that make all represented workers, including those choosing not to join the union, contribute to the costs of worker representation on the job.

Click through for more detail on how Fartfuhrer Walker’s vile minions are whoring themselves for Koch rocks.

From The New Yorker: In the hopes of appealing to Republican primary voters, candidates for the 2016 Presidential nomination are working around the clock to unlearn everything that they have learned since the third grade, aides to the candidates have confirmed.

With the Iowa caucuses less than a year away, the hopefuls are busy scrubbing their brains of basic facts of math, science, and geography in an attempt to resemble the semi-sentient beings that Republican primary voters prize.

An aide to Jeb Bush acknowledged that, for the former Florida governor, “The unlearning curve has been daunting.”

“The biggest strike against Jeb is that he graduated from college Phi Beta Kappa,” the aide said. “It’s going to take a lot of work to get his brain back to its factory settings.”

At the campaign of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the mood was considerably more upbeat, as aides indicated that Walker’s ironclad façade of ignorance is being polished to a high sheen.

“The fact that Scott instinctively says that he doesn’t know the answers to even the easiest questions gives him an enormous leg up,” an aide said.

Andy’s satire is so accurate, that it might as well be factual.

From Think Progress: Texas State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) has introduced two new bills that seek to criminalize the use of bathrooms by transgender people. Not only could trans people face jail time and fines for using gender-segregated facilities that match their gender, so too could businesses who make their facilities open to trans patrons.

Businesses might post "Trans patrons peeing on Republican Reps permitted!"

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Feb 252015
 

Who on earth is so very vile by ]nature that they could trigger the use of 21 barf bags?  Considering the state of the Republican party, I’m sure there must be several, but one very obvious choice is Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot, aka Rand Paul.  I promise to be merciful.

0225rand-paulSenator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, seems to have no problem contradicting himself. The self-proclaimed "constitutional conservative" is typically lost in libertarian thought leading him to make inflammatory sexist, racist and overbearingly hypocritical comments on nearly every issue he faces. Whether he’s attempting to police women’s bodies, ignoring police brutality for stingy tobacco taxes, or speaking out against vaccines and posting himself receiving booster shots only days later, Ron Paul’s son is one politician you can unabashedly hate or enjoy laughing at.

1. When Paul spoke out against vaccines:

"I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.Rand Paul / Twitter

2. When he backed voter ID laws:

"I don’t think there’s a problem with showing your ID, but I do think there’s a problem with Republicans saying, ‘Hey, our big issue for the campaign is going to be voter ID,’ because what it creates is — a lot of African-Americans understandably remember the ’40s and ’50s in the South, and they remember suppression of the vote."

3. When he spoke out against government assistance:

“As humans, yeah, we do have an obligation to give people water, to give people food, to give people health care."

“But it’s not a right because once you conscript people and say, ‘Oh, it’s a right,’ then really you’re in charge, it’s servitude, you’re in charge of me and I’m supposed to do whatever you tell me to do… It really shouldn’t be seen that way."…

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I promised mercy, and I delivered.  So far you should have used up only three barf bags.  Chick through to use the other 19.

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Feb 252015
 

It’s a busy day.  I have a grocery delivery coming, and I need to prepare for prison volunteer work tomorrow,  I wont leave until early afternoon, so I hope to get articles posted before I leave.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s tool me 2:34 (average 4:58).  To do it, click here.  How did you do? Does anyone have some salt and pepper?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: John Oliver brutally mocks political ads for women, and it’s hilarious.

 

Labor did mess up on that one. To reach out to woman all they needed was a video of Pat A dancing in yoga pants.

From Daily Kos: Idaho lawmakers were debating a bill that ban doctors from prescribing emergency contraceptives during telemedicine consults (via private video chats, particularly helpful for those in rural areas), when they had a surprising question from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri:

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

…….

Dr. Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

Camera’s, on the other hand, are very useful for Republican rectal exams. Point the camera at the Republican’s face. :twisted:

From NPR: Amid turnout of only a third of registered voters, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is headed for a runoff in his re-election bid, according to figures released by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

With 98.6 percent of precincts reporting, the former congressman and chief of staff for President Barack Obama leads with 45.37 percent of the vote, followed by Democratic Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia with 34 percent.

Emanuel required a vote of 50 percent plus one to avoid a runoff. The runoff election with Garcia is scheduled for April 7.

The AP reports a number of problems that created a drag on Emanuel’s campaign…

Obama’s biggest appointment mistakes were the Three Blind Mice. Appointing Rahmbo was almost as bad. He’s corrupt. He’s corporate. He’s bad for Chicago. Go Chuy!

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Feb 242015
 

Was he on pot?  He said so, but that may have been a joke.  In any case, here he is at his funny best.  He makes some excellent points and skewers Strike Three beautifully!

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In case you didn’t know, Bill Maher thinks it’s time marijuana had its day in the sun.

The comedian addressed the discriminatory nature of current U.S. weed laws on "Real Time With Bill Maher" on Friday night. While this time he didn’t have Zach Galifianakis on hand to light up a joint, he had plenty to say about the broken system.

"We should at least be honest with our kids and tell them the truth about drug laws in this country," he said. "Kids, if you’re gonna experiment, make absolutely certain that beforehand your parents are white and well-connected."…

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Did Bill nail Strike Three or what?

Seriously, Bill right. People in prison for pot should be let go. One of my guys, who has since served his time and gone home, had a couple acres under cultivation on his harm. He wanted some aerial pics of his farm near the Oregon coast, so he hired the county fair helicopter to fly over the place. He did not know that the chopper pilot was also a pot spotter for the police. He used to say he was doing time for Stupidity I. For several years this guy filled a bed that could have been made available for someone dangerous.

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Feb 242015
 

I just gave my grocery order to Store to Door for delivery tomorrow.  I have lots od housework to do, and I hope to sit outside for a half an hour or so, as it’s the last nice day before crappy weather returns.  I slept poorly last night, so I’m fading.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:50 (average 5:27).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Instead of resisting calls for reform, Ron Smith—the head of the Seattle Police Guild is trying to lead Seattle police in a more positive direction—even if he has to do it the hard way:

Last week, however, the union called on members through Facebook to be careful on social media after officers were caught posting racially inflammatory comments online, warning: “Times have changed and we must also change to adapt to societal expectations.”

Asked by the Stranger to elaborate on those comments, Smith said: “If you don’t like the politics here, then leave and go to a place that serves your worldview.” He said this was a message that new recruits were now reminded of when they enrolled with the union.

“There are more than enough places across this country that are hiring law enforcement that have a different political landscape than here. And I don’t know why [disgruntled officers] don’t just go there,” he added.

Kudos. That move needs to be repeated across the country.

From Upworthy: Underrepresented actors often have been complicit in creating ethnic stereotypes in the media. For my own part, I rented out my Asian face to Jerry Lewis back in the day.

Now we’re not only speaking out, but creating, writing, and portraying who we are — as we are — in our great, dazzling diversity. As we contribute our authentic selves, the comedy becomes specific and real, the drama is distinctive and identifiable, and our society grows enriched and involving.

Hollywood and the media now have the opportunity to actively engage with the talented diversity that comprises our entire society. But is it "to be or not to be? That is the question." — George Takei

 

George is so right, and this is so true. Of course, if minorities are not presented stereotypically, the studios lose the entire Republican audience.

From Think Progress: …A lawsuit called King v. Burwell would take health insurance away from millions of Americans, returning them to the world that existed before Obamacare. The case relies on a few words of the law that, if read out of context, seem to deny tax credits intended to help people pay for their health insurance to people who live in the wrong states. Once those words are read in the context of the entire law, however, it becomes clear that tax credits are available in all 50 states.

A brief filed on behalf of multiple public health scholars and the American Public Health Association, estimates that “over 9,800 additional Americans” will die if the justices side with the King plaintiffs. It reaches this conclusion by starting with an Urban Institute study showing that 8.2 million people will become uninsured in this scenario. As other research examining Obamacare-like reforms in the state of Massachusetts found that “for every 830 adults gaining insurance coverage there was one fewer death per year,” that translates to between 9,800 and 9,900 deaths if the justices back the plaintiffs in King.

Another method produces slightly less grim numbers, although it still indicates that thousands will die unnecessarily if the Supreme Court does not uphold the tax credits at issue in King. The Harvard study mentioned above concludes that there were “approximately 44,789 deaths among Americans aged 18 to 64 years in 2005 associated with lack of health insurance.” It also states that, at the time of the study, “46 million Americans lack health coverage.” The 8.2 million people who will lose health care according to the Urban Institute equals just under 18 percent of 46 million. Thus, assuming that the pool of 8.2 million people who could lose health insurance in King has a similar mix of healthy and sick individuals as the 46 million examined by the Harvard study, that suggests that approximately 8,000 people will die every year if the King plaintiffs prevail.

King could not be a more obvious decision. The question comes down to this. Will all the Fascist Five Injustices value breaking the law to coddle extremists enough to murder thousands to do it?

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