Bill Maher from 8/17

 Posted by at 12:03 pm  Politics
Aug 182018
 

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

Monologue: Omarosa Week

 

Omarosa has no credibility. She raked in the big bucks defending Trump, until the gravy train dried up. Only then did she flip and try to rake in the big bucks from our side.  We need a less hypocritical whistle blower.

Catholic Church Cover-Up

 

I agree with ordaining women and married priests.

Preet Bharara: Defending Institutions

 

I have to disagree with Preet. Calling Trump and his Republican Reich traitors is understating the issue, not overstating it.

New Rule: Avatar America

 

My avatar is a cat, and it is purrrrfect!!

I loved the last clip!

RESIST!!

VOTE BLUE!!

80 DAYS!!

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Aug 182018
 

The sun has not hit the window yet, so the CatBox is comfortable.  I’ll have to button it up right after the Fantasy Football Draft.  My Broncos play the unclothed ones this evening, but it’s not televised here.  Have a great weekend.

Only Squatch and I attended the live draft, but she had her war paint on.  When I chatted hello, was she ready, and how did she do, she wouldn’t even reply.  I guess she wants a puddy tat toe jam. Surprised smile

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:36 (average 4:24).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): John O. Brennan: I Gave Trump A Year To Live Up To The Office. He Didn’t. (24 min.)

 

This is far too brilliant a talent to lose! If Republicans had to steal the White House for a celebrity, why couldn’t they pick Alec Baldwin? RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: John Guandolo Says Brennan, Comey, McCabe, & Strzok Should Be Executed For Treason

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Thou shalt not commit TEAbuggery! RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From The New Yorker: Hours after the Pentagon announced that it would postpone a military parade that Donald J. Trump had requested, Vice-President Mike Pence staged a one-man parade in Trump’s honor.

Explaining his decision to mount the solitary parade, Pence told reporters, “It is the least I can do to pay tribute to the greatness and majesty of Donald Trump, a true American hero.”

Pence acknowledged, however, that marching alone “was a neat way to keep the budget down.”

Straight news again, Andy. Pence loves to goose-step for his Fuhrer! RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

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Vintage 2014

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Everyday Erinyes #132

 Posted by at 10:50 am  Politics
Aug 182018
 

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. 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.”

Dr. Stanley Andrisse is an endocrinologist. He is also a professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He also holds an Assistant Professorship at Howard University College of Medicine. Somehow he also manages to find time to advocate for formerly incarcerated persons as the executive director of From Prison Cells to PhD, Inc. This organization helps formerly incarcerated people obtain higher education. Why does he do this? Because Dr. Andrisse himself was once incarcerated and lacking education. And he knows what a dead end that can be.

Dr. Andrisse hails from Ferguson, MO. He started selling drugs young. The first time he was arrested, he was 14. By age 17, he was moving a lot of drugs, both across Missouri, and throughout the United States. And he was a bright student. But school was not really his thing, even though he received a football scholarship to Lindenwood University. At that time he made an effort to get out of the drug business. But there were a lot of people in that business who very badly wanted him to stay in it. He did achieve a Bachelor’s degree (which he never got to use). But he didn’t view the experience the same way he views it now.

He now speaks passionately about the transforming power of education.

Education provides opportunities for people with criminal records to move beyond their experience with the penal system and reach their full potential. The more education a person has, the higher their income. Similarly, the more education a person has, the less likely they are to return to prison.

A 2013 analysis of several studies found that obtaining higher education reduced recidivism – the rate of returning to prison – by 43 percent and was four to five times less costly than re-incarcerating that person. The bottom line is education increases personal income and reduces crime.

While Dr. Andrisse was serving his sentence, something happened which, while tragic, gave him a goal and a purpose.

Due to complications of diabetes, my father had his legs amputated. He fell into a coma and lost his battle with Type 2 diabetes. I was devastated. This experience made me want to learn more about how to fight this disease. [emphasis mine]

He applied to six medical graduate programs while incarcerated, and was rejected by five. He credits a mentor on the Admissions Committee of the sixth (Saint Louis University) for his second chance. He graduated near the top of his class, vindicating himself and his mentor and possibly shaming the other five schools.

He has some strong ideas about how to change the system in order to make it easier for others to get the kind of second chance he got. One of those ideas has now come to fruition for students applying to college starting in 2019: The “Common Application,” an online form which enables students to apply to over 800 colleges (not every student to all of them of course), will no longer have questions about students’ criminal past.

But that is not all Dr. Andrisse wants to see happen. Due to the Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (and, yes, that was during a Democratic administration), which (among other things) removed Pell funding from prisons, a consequence was that the majority of institutions offering courses in prisons stopped cold. Most people serving time are not able to afford to take courses without financial aid ($1 per hour for fighting fires doesn’t go very far … and not that many people qualify for the firefighting program. And that’s probably the highest wage a prisoner can earn). The Obama administration established a Second Chance Pell pilot, which has helped over 12,000 people, and which is likely if not certain to be abolished at the end of 2018 by an “administration” which is far less interested in the possibility of saving government money by reducing recidivism than in punishing people.  Dr. Andrisse would like to see that Second Chance Pell pilot kept and expanded.

Dr. Andrisse would also like to see questions about drug crimes removed from federal aid forms. So would I. I would also like to see a unicorn trip down from the sky on a rainbow and distribute delicious candy which is free from both sugar and artificial sweeteners. Under the current “administration” the one is probably as likely as the other. Which makes it incumbent on us (not trying to sound like a broken record, for those here who are old enough to remember records) to get out the VOTE in November and to VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO and also to VOTE THE WHOLE BALLOT.

Alecto, Megaera, Tisiphone, anyone smart enough to vote Democratic should also be smart enough to see that our country and our lives are determined not just by the people at the top but also by people in AL levels of government. Education has helped Dr. Andrisse come a long, long way. Please help us educate all Democrats and left-leaning voters how important ALL levels of government are … and how critical it is to VOTE.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 HERE.

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Targeting Witnesses!

 Posted by at 2:06 pm  Politics
Aug 172018
 

When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong.  I thought that Little Donnie Dipshit was stripping security clearances in a tantrum out of pure spite.  But Rachel Maddow exposed the true strategy, and whoever conceived it could not be more devious.  The Republican Reich is targeting witnesses to make it more difficult for them to testify against Trump.

0817TrumpTrial

When President Donald Trump broke with precedent and unilaterally revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, many observers criticized the move as petty and an assault on the freedom of speech of Trump’s critics. But MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow argued Thursday night that something much more sinister may be going on.

She noted that Brennan himself has said that he hasn’t used his security clearance since leaving government except to review his old notes when needing to testify before Congress or in other circumstances.

And Brennan, she noted, is one of the key figures involved in briefing then-President-elect Trump on the Russia investigation during the 2016-2017 transition. Since any potential obstruction of justice charges Trump may eventually face could relate to the information he received then, Brennan may eventually be called to testify about these events. This also applies to many of the other people the White House has said it is reviewing for the potential revocation of security clearances.

And that puts Trump’s new targeting of Brennan and the others in a much darker light.

"He said explicitly that he did it because these people had a role back in the day leading the Russia investigation — what he called the ‘rigged witch hunt,’" Maddow said. "He’s not after his critics — he’s after the witnesses!"…  [emphasis added]

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Photo Credit: The Daily Beast

Rachel describes it in exquisite detail.  Here’s the video (21 min.)

John Brennan had the perfect retort in an op-ed: "Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash."

RESIST!!

VOTE BLUE!!

81 DAYS!!

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Aug 172018
 

I’m running late.  I fell asleep this morning and slept through lunch hour, so I’m way behind.  Tomorrow is the online draft for our fantasy football league.  I expect to publish normally.  The sun has hit the wall, and the CatBox heated right up.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:58 (average 5:23).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Parody Project Channel): Part 2 of CONFOUNDS THE SCIENCE (SEQUEL)

On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)… 50! RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From YouTube (Robert Reich Channel): Robert Reich: Trump’s Trade Wars

Of course the Reich on the left, Robert Reich, is right. And even the Reich on the right, the Republican Reich, knows better than this, but the Republican Reich is too cowardly to risk a tantrum from Putin’s Piddle Puppet. RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From USA Today: Georgia police are defending an officer’s decision to use a taser on a 87-year-old elderly woman using a knife to cut dandelions.

Law enforcement officials say the woman, Martha Al-Bishara, should have followed orders. But Al-Bishara does not speak English and did not understand the officer’s request, her family says.

Clearly the Republican Party controls Georgia police policy. Do we need Stacey Abrams there or what? RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

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Friday Fun: Potpourri

 Posted by at 8:17 am  Politics
Aug 172018
 

Today we begin on a somber note in tribute to Aretha Franklin.  For now (and hopefully for the rest of my life) I can still remember her voice from back when I had hearing.  And what a voice!

The internet is rightfully ablaze with tributes to Aretha, but I will only focus on two: one very unique how New Yorkers paid tribute using their subway stations, and the other is a reminder of what we had for eight years and what we sadly have to put up with now.

Compare Twitler’s totally self-absorbed and tone-deaf “tribute” to Aretha Franklin …

TWITLER:

“I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well.  She worked for me on numerous occasions….  So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes….”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6067997/Trump-tweets-death-Aretha-Franklin-Clintons-release-long-tribute.html

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/8/16/1788735/-The-difference-between-Barack-Obama-s-tribute-to-Aretha-Franklin-and-a-f-king-a-hole-s-tribute

To that of Pres. Obama’s …

PRES. OBAMA:

(Lord … how our nation misses that man!)

Moving on to brighter moments.  Leave it to the Dutch to create a one-off promotion by the Rijksmuseum for their brand new, just opened addition Rijksmuseum Schiphol.  It’s a 240-foot long (73 meters) luggage belt in the baggage claim area featuring master works of art!

 

“The luggage carousel gives an overview of Dutch art history, from the Middle Ages to the present with artworks from artists including Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh.”

It’s open 24/7 – and it’s FREE!  You can learn more about it here:

https://www.museumnext.com/2017/09/rijksmuseum-covers-schiphol-airport-luggage-belt-dutch-works-art/

And how could we pass up another in an endless series of monumental goofs that proves (yet again) Fox news (sic) leads the way in misinformation and outright lying!

Ainsley Earhardt on “Fox & Friends” in rebuttal to Gov. Cuomo wanted to prove that America IS great by reminding us of how we defeated “Communist Japan”!

Maybe like you, this immediately reminded me of one of John Belushi’s famous lines from “Animal House”.

“Over?  Did you say ‘OVER’?!?

“Nothing is over until we decide it is …

“HELL NO!”

A good reminder that our work on retaking the House AND Senate is not done.  Let’s all do what we can to GOTV!

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