Another Government Shutdown?

 Posted by at 11:57 am  Politics
Mar 272017

How many of you remember the last time Republicans shut down the government in 2013.  The problem then was that TEAbaggers believed that government shutdown was a good idea.  Boehner caved in and Obama negotiated a settlement in which almost all House Democrats joined with a minority of Republicans to reinstate government services, but not before we had lost our top credit rating, so Republicans cost Americans $millions.  The same TEAbaggers are still there.  Their beliefs have not changed.  On 4/29 government is scheduled to shut down again.  This time, instead of the President who cared and was a skillful negotiator, we will have a resident, who doesn’t even care, unless it can be pussy grabbed, speaks Russian, or has the Trump company logo.

gopVisionRepublicans are having trouble realizing that “as the heads of the government, they actually [have] to do something beyond angrily shaking their fists at the world,” Salon’s Matthew Sheffield has pointed out. That’s a lesson that may come too late for GOP, as a government shutdown is looming.

A shutdown is “more likely than not,” Axios reported on Monday, pointing to April 29 as the day that the government will cease its routine functions after the last continuing resolution on funding expires. The last time the government shut down was in 2013, an event that lasted for two weeks. But that shutdown was a political maneuver, designed by Republicans who vehemently opposed former President Barack Obama’s immigration policies. But this isn’t 2013, and the Republicans aren’t against anything. They just have an inability to govern.

“There are some folks in the Republican House caucus who have yet to make the pivot from complaining to governing,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres recently told the Associated Press. “And this is a White House controlled by a politician who is not really trying to lead a party.”…

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We can only hope that the damage they will do will be less than the benefits of convincing America to nullify the Republican Party.  God help us!


Mar 272017

I’m still way south of healthy, but I want to try to post normally for a day.  I know I won’t be able to do so tomorrow, because Wendy is coming a day and a half early to de-stink the TomCat, before she goes to Colorado.  Wednesday is up in the air, as it’s a grocery delivery day.  The pain is still quite severe, but it hurts as much or more in bed, as it does here.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:35 (average 6:15).  To do it, click here.  How did they do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Full Frontal Channel): Trump’s Hard Power Budget | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee


I’m four days late with this one, but late Sam is better than no Sam. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Donald Trump’s Great Health Care Negotiating

Barf Bag Alert!!


The art of the deal? I think he’s about the art of the steal!! RESIST!!

From Washington Post: REP. PETER DEFAZIO (D-Ore.) has a long record of clever legislative proposals for financing infrastructure. His latest, announced Wednesday, is to increase the federal gas tax by up to 1.5 cents per year, with proceeds going to pay interest on an annual surface transportation bond issue of $17 billion through 2030. It would be the first hike in the gas tax, currently 18.4 cents per gallon, since 1993. The resulting dollars would pay for a 30 percent increase in spending from the Highway Trust Fund, above what’s currently planned.

Oregon leads the way. Of course it’s too rational for Republicans to pass. RESIST!!



Mar 262017

Wendy and her sister will be arriving in a few minutes.  I will finish and post this after they leave.  I guess the difference in how I feel is that severe intolerable pain has backed off to become severe barely tolerable pain.  I managed four hours sleep last night.

Wendy and Carrie have come and gone.  If feels good to be clean again.  My schedule will be skewed this week, but resting, healing, cleaning and getting my food are the only things on it.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:41 (average 4:17).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Take:

No Supreme Court pick for Trump


The Reich on the right, the Republican Reich, is wrong. The Reich on the left, Robert Reich, is right. RESIST!!




Mar 252017

Yesterday my doctor gave me Prednisone and too little Oxycodone.  I’m still quite ill, but the Prednisone seems to be helping.  I slept six hours last night.  I’m enclosing video’s today, because tomorrow is a Wendy day, and she is bringing her sister.  Wendy will be in Colorado next weekend to help a life-long friend move to Portland.  Her sister will be filling in for her then, and tomorrow we teach her how, so I’ll be busy.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:07 (average 5:02).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short TakesThe Truth Of Trump’s “I Alone Can Fix It” Canard | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann


The magic stone under the Fuhrer’s skin is a turd. His followers are deplorable, not because they are evil, but because they are so gullible that they think and do what they are told. For years, I have called that Republican trait, InsaniTEA. RESIST!!

Monologue: Repeal and Disgrace | Real Time with Bill Maher


I have been quite irritated by the flood of SPAM from left wing organizations taking credit for defeating RepubliCare and telling me to give them money because of it. What shameless BS! Republicans defeated it themselves. RESIST!!

New Rule: Trump and the Long Con | Real Time with Bill Maher


Spot on! RESIST!!