Jul 152017

The last couple days have been extremely hectic.  On Thursday I went to my Prosthetist, Amanda and got new shoes.  They were a little loose, but I figured they were workable, as I broke them in.  I lay down to rest for a couple hours after I returned home and published.  I found out that, when my foot is up and not in a shoe, it gets smaller.  When I put the shoe on to get up for supper, and transferred from my bed to my wheelchair, hopping with my walker, my foot came out of my shoe, and I almost fell.  The new shoes have to go back.  ARGH!  My appointment with Megan was interrupted by a fire drill at Providence Professional Plaza, and they evacuated a large six floor medical building, myself included.  Megan cleared me for surgery, and I returned home at around 4:30.  I’m very, very tired, but surviving medical mahem.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:00 (average 4:59).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Trump Wants To Repeal Johnson Amendment So RR Pastors Can Praise Him

Barf Bag Alert!!


Any pastor has always been able to speak out and say that he or she supports a particular candidate. The Johnson Amendment never prevented that, nor was it intended to. What it did prevent is a pastor ordering his church to support a candidate or using the church’s tax exempt facilities for the benefit of a candidate. That should remain a violation of 501(c)(3).  I don’t mind paying a little more in taxes so churches’ tax exemption helps pay for the charitable work some churches do.  I do mind helping them fund political activities, especially ones I oppose.  RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: The House Republicans tried to exempt themselves from Trumpcare and the reaction was so angry and so bad that they had to abandon the effort. But that example wasn’t enough to deter Mitch McConnell.

Senate Republicans included a provision that exempts members of Congress and their staff from part of their latest health care plan.

This exemption could have the effect of ensuring that members of Congress have coverage for a wider array of benefits than other Americans who purchase their own coverage.

If RepubliCare becomes law, which I doubt, the Republicans that pass it should be the first to experience the RepubliCare Death Benefit: if you can’t pay, you get to die! RESIST!!

From Washington Post: The White House on Thursday made public a trove of emails it received from voters offering comment on its Election Integrity Commission. The commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social security numbers and party affiliation, on every voter in the country.

It further outraged voters by planning to post that information publicly.

Voters directed that outrage toward the Trump White House and the voter commission, often using profanity-laced language in the 112 pages of emails released this week.

Just as Trump and his Republican Rectum Reich released these emails from voters, you can be sure that the Republican so-called Election Integrity Commission will either publish voters’ personal information, or forward it to Putin’s FSB (formerly KGB). RESIST!!




  8 Responses to “Open Thread – 7/15/2017”

  1. 4:54  Got tied up.

    Yeah, I could have told you that about shoes.  And that a shoe that’s too big makes it way too easy to fall.  Glad you survived, but annoying that you have more to do now.  And a fore drill too.  Total pain.

    YT/RWW – The clergy he really needs to hear from are those like Rev. Dr. Barber and Jim Wallis.  Not that he would listen.

    DKos – “RepubliCare Death Benefit: if you can’t pay, you get to die.”  Problem is, they CAN pay, the SoBs.

    WaPo – Yeah.  Wait till the trolls get started with the death threats.

    Cartoon – He needs a chastity CAGE.

  2. I think the provision/amendment that exempts themselves from their own Act should be named for the Queen of Mean and called the Leona “Only The Little People Pay Taxes” Helmsley Amendment.

  3. BBA: NO, to the repeal of the Johnson amendment! I’m sure dt was tickled to talk to Pat Robertson. ick!

    DK: Cold, cold, cold blooded BasTurds! McTurtle needs to go, as well, as….the rest of them.

    WP: Gets worse and worse every day!

    Cartoon: That was awful! What an A – – !!! I saw a word today that describes the Orange One and want to share this w/y’all. It’s “Trumpertantrum”. Describes DT to a Tee!! (as I have CRS, I forgot where I saw it). lol

    Sorry about your shoes, and Thankfully !! you’re okay with a near fall. Fire drills are nothing to scoff at, and the timing of them, usually interrupts everyone’s schedule. Glad you survived that too. Hope that you have a relaxing evening, stay cool, and take care. Thanks, Tom.

  4. RWW: If that is Pat Robertson, I’m not watching  I had a good inner, and between the two of those asses I will not keep it down.  Robertson is a parasite of long standing on the culture, and Rumpy is just the latest jackass to go kissing up to him!  But, I agree, wholeheartedly, no politicizing, for anyone, however!
    WP: I tried to watch the video from the WP, but that sleaze, with his fucking lies, and his “…you know,” slime is too much!  I’m surprised that the W.H. released negative responses, but, there you go-with all the personal info attached?  SCUM!
    DK: More Scum…where does the GOP find the gall to act like that?  Oh, yes, the sheep have let them get away with it for so long, they think it’s their birth right!
    Cartoon: No, not a chastity belt, a mouth plug!

  5. Let me make a prediction: If there is a Hell, it’s got a special place for Robertson!!!!!!!!

  6. Puzzle — 4:43 I wasn’t tied in knots but a certain cat interfered with my ability to do the puzzle.

    YouTube — I was googling Pat Robertson to find out his age (it’s 87) when I came across this article about the interview.

    “The only fawning stroke that Pat Robertson failed to offer President Trump in this morning’s sit-down was a big, wet kiss. Sports metaphors abound. He lobbed softballs ― actually, it was more like t-balls ― for the President, because, well, Pat’s significant tribe of Evangelical Christians voted for the guy. Moreover, they like him! They really like him.”

    Fawning is so correct.  Robertson is demented!  Despite what the constitution says, the division between church and state is so blurred as to be almost non existent.  With more expectations from the evangelicals, Drumpf will see that the Johnson Amendment is dumped.  Of course that will only benefit the not so “Christian” church who would like a “Christian” theocracy.  Keep the Johnson Amendment and dump Drumpf!

    Daily Kos — What’s good for the geese is good for the gander.  Just as a cook should eat his own cooking, so should lawmakers have the same health insurance as those they SERVE.

    WaPo — I know there are Freedom of Information laws but I don’t think this is what was intended.  Drumpf won’t share his tax returns but expects everyone else to share their information?  This administration is truly a reign of terror and can’t come to an end fast enough.

    Cartoon — A chastity belt for her, a prison cell for him!

    Resist and Persist!!!

    So, you’re going to be shoeless.  Just don’t go getting pregnant!  I don’t know which would be worse.  So a fire drill, eh.  We had drills at work monthly.  We had 2 men in wheelchairs on the 3rd floor, who had to stay at the top of the stairs.  If there was a real emergency, firefighters would have taken them down properly.  I hope you didn’t have to go out if you were anywhere but the first floor!  At least you’re cleared for your surgery!  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do an OT next week but I will try.  Take care.

  7. RWWC: I’d like to get through a peaceful as possible Sunday afternoon so I’m not even going to watch that clip with two of the most nausea-invoking people on the planet playing nice to each other. The introduction was enough to get this atheist’s blood pressure up and gore rising. For pathological Drumpf it is now all about getting any praise he can, and money later, for Pat it’s all about money. And we can be sure the Republicans will back the repeal, they need to make sure they get (re)elected in 2018.

    DK: Mitch McConnell sure has let the cat out of the bag (or the monkey has come out of the sleeve, as we say) why Republican Congressmen were so eager to repeal the ACA. Under Obamacare it was mandatory for them to insure themselves under it and it just wasn’t good enough for them. And they couldn’t just demand to  strike that, could they, that would have been too obvious so they needed to repeal it all. That certainly came back to bite them in the ass when they realized what those Republican plans they’d be hearing of all these years really came down to. By letting them have their own health insurance, Mitch appeased them, but at the same time made obvious to all how bad his TrumpCare really is and left his own Senators wide open to criticism. Some strategist, eh?

    WP: The White House released only 112 pages of angry e-mails on its immoral Election Integrity Commission? Then I’m sure it’s a very carefully selected few of the thousands more they must have received; selected for their language and threats to show how bad these libruls are. Do you think the WH has deleted the others, TomCat, so the FSB hackers could pick them up, or has sent them straight to the FSB this time?

    Cartoon: To use Drumpf’s own word: Sad. Because he was not “hitting on her” but trying to pay a 61-year-old woman a compliment, and this is all he could come up with. He just proved himself an incompetent social bumpkin, again.

    You had me worried there for a while, TomCat. I took your Medical mayhem quite literally and thought your appointment for the cataract surgery was cancelled (again) because Megan found something. I’m so sorry you need to go back to get a new shoe fitted, but I’m so glad you didn’t make a tumble when losing a shoe. That really could have been disastrous and you must have gotten quite a fright, just days before that operation. You really had your share of medically related turmoil, TomCat, but that’s why I believe it’ll be smooth sailing from here on, even when it may not feel that way on the receiving end of those operations. Good luck next Tuesday.

  8. Thanks and very tired hugs.  For those who misunderstood, the chastity belt was for her so he couldn’t grope her. 05

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