Jun 222018

We on the left object to attempts by foreign governments to interfere with US elections to install extremist, white supremacist, fascists in positions of power.  The Republican Reich does not object, because they are the fascists Putin helped install.  Not only do they not object, but also, they are teaming with Putin to help install fascists in power in Europe.


It’s not new to hear U.S. officials rooting for regime change. It’s just been a while since they’ve talked about it with regard to Berlin.

President Donald Trump’s attacks on Twitter against German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week provided the clearest evidence yet of a sprawling American campaign to undermine her. While Trump’s disdain for Merkel has been evident since the early days of his presidential run, he and his ideological allies have ramped up their efforts dramatically just as the German leader faces what experts call one of her most serious challenges yet: developing a Europe-wide policy on asylum seekers by July 1 to appease a crucial right-wing partner in her coalition government.

Merkel now has to contend with not only local opponents but also a network of influential anti-immigrant Americans and other international activists inspired by Trump and similar illiberal leaders, like Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

They’re determined to punish the chancellor for welcoming more than a million desperate refugees seeking shelter in Europe since 2015 ― and ultimately want to prove that compassion toward immigrants is now political suicide in the West.

The leaders of the two biggest nations in Europe are increasingly besieged,” said Gerald Knaus of the European Stability Initiative, referring to Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. “And both of the big outside powers, the U.S. and Russia, are on the side of those who besiege them.”…  [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Huffington Post>

Freedom loving people all over the world need to stand together against Republicans like Trump and his boss, Putin!



Jun 222018

It’s a little cooler today, but the sun is due to hit the window, and I’ll have to button-up when it does.  I have not yet recovered from the heat wave, and I still feel quite tired.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:44 (average 5:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): MSNBC’s Mariana Atencio speaks with families who were separated at the border


These are the people Republicans call enemies, criminals, drug gangs, and scum.  RESIST!!  VOTE BLUE!!

From YouTube (Inequality Media Channel): Trump’s Takeover of the Courts


The Reich on the left is right. The Reich on the Right is Fascist. We need BOTH the House and Senate just to mitigate the damage. RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From NY Times: The European Union fought back on Friday against the Trump administration’s tariffs, slapping penalties on an array of American products that target the president’s political base, like bourbon, motorcycles and orange juice.

The European counterattack on $3.2 billion of goods, a response to the administration’s measures on steel and aluminum imports, adds another front to a trade war that has engulfed allies and adversaries around the world. China and Mexico have already retaliated with their own tariffs, and Canada, Japan and Turkey are readying similar offensives.

The risk of escalation is high since Mr. Trump has promised even more tariffs. Taking aim at German car manufacturers, the president has started an investigation into automobile imports to determine whether they pose a national security concern, the same justification used for his metal tariffs.

Frankly, I’m amazed that the civilized world has not imposed major sanctions against the US, because Republican policies are have made the US an International pariah. RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!



Jun 222018

No doubt we all love our critters – even the difficult ones.  (On a bright note, Nike is actually getting a bit mellower as he gets older.)  But that doesn’t mean that, like our kids, they don’t have their moments of being total jerks.

So let’s enjoy a few of their antics …

“Did you honestly NOT notice how big my beak is?”

“You said you wanted the dog to lose weight.  I’m just helping him cut back on his appetite is all.”

No … NO … NO! NO! NO!

“That paper towel commercial was right – they are incredibly soft!”

Well, that explains the fuzzy TV reception.


Proof that colored strings don’t ALWAYS make the best toy.

The whole yard, and you had to pick my helmet?

Hey – looked like a toilet to me.


You say it’s called “Snapchat”?  Really?!?  There’s an “h” in there?  I thought it was called “Snapcat”!

He falls for this every time.

Kittens can be jerks

Dogs can be jerks

Even pet fish can be jerks

But cats do “Jerk”  best – even to their own brother!





Samantha Bee from 6/20

 Posted by at 12:49 pm  Politics
Jun 212018

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

Migrant Kids Update: Trump Fixed It!


Bingo! Children should NOT go to jail. GOP Gulags are NOT the answer! C word? Do Republicans have Thunder Cages?

Migrant Kids Update: Trump Broke It!


Even when (and if) the policy is gone, the Republican hatred for non-white children that this policy demonstrates will remain.

The Cult of Impeachment


I think impeachment is a wonderful wet dream, but it’s not realistic until Democrats control the House and have 67 votes in the Senate. In addition, it won’t help, unless we can impeach Pence simultaneously.

A great mix of truth and humor.



Jun 212018

It’s cooler today, but it will take a couple days for the building to lose the heat.  The restrooms and hallways are still in the 80°s, and the CatBox would be too, if I didn’t keep it buttoned up and the AC on.  I’m ready for another shower, but that’s three days away.  My guy in prison, for whom I recently wrote a letter to the Parole Board, received a date and will be released in December.  I feel very proud of him. For our Pagan friends, Blessed be.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:53 (average 4:25).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

TC Controls the Seasons:

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Did President Donald Trump Executive Order Make It Worse?


It’s not news to me that Trump is a coward. Cowardice is what bullies do. Note that 11 million children still cry in misery in GOP Gulags. RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From Daily Kos: It is World Refugee Day, and President Barack Obama just posted his thoughts on the matter. It is also transcribed below…

…Today is World Refugee Day.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if circumstance had placed you somewhere else. Imagine if you’d been born in a country where you grew up fearing for your life, and eventually the lives of your children. A place where you finally found yourself so desperate to flee persecution, violence, and suffering that you’d be willing to travel thousands of miles under cover of darkness, enduring dangerous conditions, propelled forward by that very human impulse to create for our kids a better life.

That’s the reality for so many of the families whose plights we see and heart-rending cries we hear. And to watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question: are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together? Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?

Our ability to imagine ourselves in the shoes of others, to say “there but for the grace of God go I,” is part of what makes us human. And to find a way to welcome the refugee and the immigrant – to be big enough and wise enough to uphold our laws and honor our values at the same time – is part of what makes us American. After all, almost all of us were strangers once, too. Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we’re only here because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, how our last names sound, or the way we worship. To be an American is to have a shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve the chance to become something better.

That’s the legacy our parents and grandparents and generations before created for us, and it’s something we have to protect for the generations to come. But we have to do more than say “this isn’t who we are.” We have to prove it – through our policies, our laws, our actions, and our votes.

Amen and Kudos to Obama! Republicans celebrated World Refugee day by listening to the screams from GOP gulags for refugee children. RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From Raw Story: [A]n inebriated airline passenger who gave a Nazi salute and tried to strangle his flight’s pilot was jailed and made bail for the physical altercation involving multiple airline employees.

The Belfast Telegraph reported that 51-year-old Paul Anthony Burgoyne became erratic and disorderly when a flight attendant asked him to raise his window blind so the plane could take off at the Belfast International Airport earlier this year.

“All right, mein Fuhrer,” Burgoyne, originally from Northern Ireland, told the attendant before giving a Nazi salute. The captain came down during the altercation, and that’s when the passenger began yelling at the pilot, telling him he was going to punch him.

Burgoyne eventually tried to grab the pilot by the throat and missed, grabbing his collar instead.

After being ejected from the plane, the passenger attempted to commandeer a “tug vehicle” and managed to grab its wheel and joystick before being physically hauled off of it. He then tried to fight another airline employee before being arrested, and police reports indicated he was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.

Rumor has it that this individual is being rushed through immigration to fill a high level staff position for Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten! RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!


Vintage 2011.  Still fits.

Jun 202018

Here is the one hundred twenty-third article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican white supremacist and former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski.  He is so honored for the Republican way he expresses Republican racist hatred of disabled children.

0620LewandowskiFormer Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah." Lewandowski appeared Tuesday on Fox News Channel to discuss Mr. Trump’s hard-line immigration policy.

The policy has led to the practice of taking migrant children from parents charged with entering the country illegally.

Earlier Tuesday, a Mexican official said one of those children was a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome.

When another Fox panelist, Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas, mentioned that story, Lewandowski responded with "Wah wah."

"Did you just say ‘Wah wah’ to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome being taken from her mother?" Petkanas asked Lewandowski.

"What I said is you can pick anything you want … but the bottom line is very clear: When you cross the border illegally, you have given up the rights of this country," Lewandowski said while Petkanas was saying "How dare you."…

Inserted from <CBS News>

Here’s the video:

Few things are more typical of the Republican Party than mocking the plight of a child with downs syndrome, who has been ripped from her parents’ arms and confined in a Republican concentration camp.