Aug 012017

The heat wave is upon Portland with 100° today, building to 108° tomorrow and 109° Thursday.  There is no rain forecast for the next two weeks, and the first day below 90° is a week from Friday.  What wouldn’t I give for a rainy day!  Changing the poll and the Monthly Report for July will both be at least a day late, because I was so wiped out by yesterday’s eye torture and the extreme heat.  In case you missed it, there was no recurrence of cancer.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:55 (average 4:51).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Down Goes the Mooch! | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

Keith makes an excellent point. Scary Muck was only a reflection of his beloved Fuhrer. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Thousands of angry comedians protested outside the White House on Monday afternoon, demanding the immediate reinstatement of the ousted communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

Chanting “Bring back Mooch,” the irate funnymen and funnywomen argued that the abrupt removal of Scaramucci was akin to taking the food out of their families’ mouths.

Industry estimates had projected that Scaramucci’s presence on the White House staff would generate between four and five billion dollars for the comedy industry this year alone, a windfall that has now been erased.

Buddy Schlantz, the owner of the Bethesda, Maryland, comedy club known as the Laff Pagoda, travelled to the White House to protest what he called “a direct assault on the comedy community.”

That’s straight news, Andy. And who can blame them! Rumor has it that Samantha Bee and Bill Maher are hosting a drunken wake memorializing him. Winking smile RESIST!!

From NY Times: Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio committed a crime by defying a court order to stop detaining suspected undocumented immigrants, a judge ruled on Monday, in the latest rebuke for a once-popular politician who was voted out of office last year.

United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton found Mr. Arpaio, 85, guilty of criminal contempt of court, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. Mr. Arpaio’s lawyers said he would appeal.

The conviction comes as sheriffs are under pressure to play a major role in the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown. The president has threatened to withhold federal funds from local governments that do not cooperate by holding jail inmates for deportation, and immigrant advocates have pushed back with lawsuits charging that such detentions violate constitutional rights.

Mr. Arpaio served for 24 years as sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., which includes Phoenix, building a national reputation for harsh conditions in his county jail, and for his campaign against undocumented immigrants. The criminal charge grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally, and turning them over to the immigration authorities.

He’ll get six months at most, and will never serve a day, because he would not survive the first day. He is so hated that he would be killed even in protective custody. Give the bastard six months of supermax solitary, or at least make him wear an ankle bracelet for two years. RESIST!!



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  18 Responses to “Open Thread – 8/1/2017”

  1. 5:05  Like I said about flowers.

    Well, Trae (The Liberal Redneck) wasted no time getting on the record with the transgender ban.  I’m sure Randy Rainbow is working on something too, but with his production values, it has to take longer.  I’ll keep checking.

    Keith # 102 – It’s not easy to get hired, then fired before your scheduled start date.  Keith is certainly on the money there.  And how many people missed that “See you in the Board Room” line?

    TNY – I don’t believe in the drunken wake if Bill Maher is there.  It would have to be weed!

    NYT – Six months at most is correct, since that is the maximum for the offense of which he was convicted.  As far as being a goner the first day, that’s iffy, since the prosin populations involved are so different.  His facility, where people hated him so, is on the state level, whereas this is a federal offense.  I think the judge is angry enough to send him there.  Somewhere.  Probably not local. 

    Cartoon – Why, thank you! Your still being in remission may be the best present I could get.

    Cartoon – Yeah, that’s for sure.

  2. KO: Love Keith. So forthright, and direct. Hope people listen!

    NYer: LOL, Andy. Here’s Colbert and Oliver’s show about Scaramucci: Hilarious!!



    NYT: Such a cruel and mean man. I agree, but also, he should wear that ankle bracelet only if it’s pink.!

    Cartoon: Any chance they get!!

    You have the humidity, which saps any strength to do anything, while the heat here sucks the life out of a person even going outside for minimal chores. Both not good. We have rain coming in,(tomorrow), and I hope it pours here, as everything is parched. (like CA and elsewhere). Glad your report came back, welcome news!! YAY!

    Happy Birthday, Joanne, hope that you are having a fantastic day!!

  3. Wow, TC! As I’m sitting here watching my cat fall out of the window for the umpteenth time, we got your weather came to me!!! It’s raining and 75° here in OK! I CANNOT believe that August 1st in Oklahoma is prime time for sitting outside and soaking up the water! 
    Hope you are enjoying the news from the docs! That’s FANTASTIC news!
    Keith O. was great, as always. 
    Joe A-hole needs to do his time in the Arizona prison system so he can see what he was sending people to when he was making such drastic moves on people of color!
    Happy, HAPPY birthday, Joanne! 
    Hope you get relief from the heat SOON!

    • Does the cat fall out of the window often?  I hope it’s first floor.  (Or only one fall ever but repeated on video.  Or, not a live cat but a plushie.)  I don’t believe you would allow a cat to get hurt.

  4. Keith: On target!
    New Yorker: I had been thinking along similar lines, but never got the call to go to D.C. for the protest.
    NYT: I posted on this this morning.  What nice news!:
    HAPPY DAY, Joanne!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Thanks all!  It has been a little bit cooler, and peaceful, both good things!

  6. Puzzle — 4:29  These look a lot like the nasturtiums that my step father grew along the front of their house — bright yellow and orange, especially when the sun was out!

    YouTube — Keith’s comment about everyone being in danger as long as Drumpf is in office rang a bell for me.  The Washington Post has an article today whose title is “Trump aides’ stunning cry for help: Admitting the president misled the American people “.

    “[White House director of strategic communications Hope] Hicks also spoke by phone with Trump Jr. Again, say people familiar with the conversations, [Jared] Kushner’s team concluded that the best strategy would be to err on the side of transparency, because they believed the complete story would eventually emerge. 

    The discussions among the president’s advisers consumed much of the day, and they continued as they prepared to board Air Force One that evening for the flight home. 

    But before everyone boarded the plane, Trump had overruled the consensus, according to people with knowledge of the events.” 

    As I have said many times, Drumpf shoots himself in the foot all the time.  It isn’t the fault of the press or anyone else, his predicament is of his own making and he is always under construction.

    The New Yorker — Straight news indeed!  I suppose as along as there are Republicans like Louie Goh-merde in office, there will still be some fodder for the comedy mill.  Personally, I have had all the “funnies” I can handle from Drumpf and his band of lamebrains!

    NY Times — “Give the bastard six months of supermax solitary, or at least make him wear an ankle bracelet for two years.” — Only 2 years?  I’d make it the rest of his life!  Mind, at 85 years, 2 years could be a life sentence.  Arpaio is a detestable individual who deserves the same amount of mercy and respect that he accorded his prisoners . . . that is to say, none!

    Resist, Persist and Remove!!!

    Cartoon — 

    Happy Birthday JD!!!!!

  7. Sorry, arrived in one sleep-deprived piece this morning and now too cross-eyed with jet-lag to concentrate on text or comment.

    Those temperatures predicted for Portland are simply Republican! Nobody should endure those. Please keep as cool as possible by doing as little as possible, TomCat.

    Happy birthday, my dear friend Joanne. May many more follow.

  8. Olbermann: Telling it all like it is on and about the “Mooch”. We hardly knew ya Moochie… Always enjoy Keith’s commentaries.

    Nameless quote: “Mooch the Douche Screws the Pooch Then Gets Scooched Out The Door”.

    New Yorker: Sounds like straight news to me too. lol.

    NY Times: Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio can now wear his beloved pink panties and in addition to the color pink, he can now wear a pink necklace (ankle) to match his florid pink face for the next few years. Good riddance.

    Cartoon 1: Joanne: Another Birthday already… Gee Whiz… Enjoy with Family & Friends. Hugzzz…

    Cartoon 2: “The Helsinki Final Act was an agreement signed by 35 nations that concluded the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, held in Helsinki, Finland. The multifaceted Act addressed a range of prominent global issues and in so doing had a far-reaching effect on the Cold War and U.S.-Soviet relations.”

  9. Thanks all.  Hot tired hugs! 01

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