Apr 252017
 

From the moment that Richard Burr [R-NC] and Mark Warner [D-VA] first announced that, unlike their counterparts in the House, their Committee would get to the bottom of Russian interference with our election and collusion with the Trump campaign, I was skeptical.  After all, the Republicans on that committee are all fascists, with the possible exception of Collins [R-ME], and there are even 1 1/2 Republicans on our side of the aisle  Manchin [DINO-WV] and Feinstein [HALF-DINO-CA].  It appears I was right.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russia’s election interference is supposedly the best hope for getting the public credible answers about whether there was any coordination between the Kremlin and Trump Tower.

But there are serious reasons to doubt that it can accomplish this task, as currently configured.

More than three months after the committee announced that it had agreed on the scope of the investigation, the panel has not begun substantially investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, three individuals with ties to the committee told The Daily Beast.

The investigation does not have a single staffer dedicated to it full-time, and those staff members working on it part-time do not have significant investigative experience. The probe currently appears to be moving at a pace slower than prior Senate Intelligence Committee investigations, such as the CIA torture inquiry, which took years to accomplish.

No interviews have been conducted with key individuals suspected of being in the Trump-Russia orbit: not Michael Flynn, not Roger Stone, not Carter Page, not Paul Manafort, and not Jared Kushner, according to two sources familiar with the committee’s procedures… [emphasis added]

From <Daily Beast>

Chris Hayes provided confirmation by interviewing Michael Isikoff from Yahoo News.

It may well be that nothing will budge until the 2018 election gets close enough to put Republicans in immediate fear of losing their jobs.  We must maintain outrage at a high level until then, if need be.

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Open Thread – 4/25/2017

 Posted by at 1:19 pm  Politics
Apr 252017
 

It’s another day that the pain remains severe, but I did get enough sleep to publish.  I expect to publish tomorrow as well, as I have to be up to receive a grocery delivery.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:11 (average 4:04).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (GQ Channel): Bill O’Reilly’s Downfall (And Trump’s, Too?) | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

All should boycott all things Trump. As I said…

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… and a few more. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In an appearance at the University of Chicago on Monday, former President Barack Obama unloaded a relentless barrage of complete sentences in what was widely seen as a brutal attack on his successor, Donald Trump.

Appearing at his first public event since leaving office, Obama fired off a punishing fusillade of grammatically correct sentences, the likes of which the American people have not heard from the White House since he departed.

“He totally restricted his speech to complete sentences,” Tracy Klugian, a student at the event, said. “It was the most vicious takedown of Trump I’d ever seen.”

“About five or six sentences in, I noticed that all of his sentences had both nouns and verbs in them,” Carol Foyler, another student, said. “I couldn’t believe he was going after Trump like that.”

Dang Andy! It must be an attack on the Fuhrer for Obama to have used the science of grammar! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Donald Trump still insists that Mexico is going to pay for the border wall. Except Mexico stubbornly refuses to send an up-front check for something that would cost as much as their national budget, is designed to wreck their economy, and is basically the world’s biggest and “most beautiful” screw-you. So until Trump figures out exactly how to get Mexico to shell out for a giant slap in the face, there’s the problem of finding that money in your pocket.

Last week Trump budget director, and chief torturer of both reason and common decency, Mick Mulvaney, proposed that Trump might let slip a dollar worth of health care for every dollar that Democrats provided for hate concrete. Mulvaney insisted that the Wall was a must-have, take-it-or-leave-it item, but his healthcare for hardware exchange was not exactly a deal anyone rushed to embrace.

As it turns out, there was no need to, because faced with the idea of hitting a government shutdown on Day 99 of his regime, Donald Trump appears ready to fold like a gaudy gold napkin in the Mar-a-lago dining and strategic planning room.

Trump has two choices, fold or face the consequences of his shutdown. RESIST!!

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Apr 242017
 

It appears that Alternet has unlinked themselves from Repubhub, making it possible for us to republish excerpts under creative commons attribution once again.  Therefore, here is part of a wonderful article on how the Fuhrer screws up even the simplest things.

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When he forgot Paul Ryan’s name. Twice.

At an event in Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, Trump attempted to name check the Speaker of the House—a guy he’d thrown under Jeanine Pirro’s bus just weeks before. Perhaps confused by the fact that Sen. Ron Johnson was also in the room, Trump proceeded to call Ryan the wrong name twice.

“I said, Ron, make sure these [NATO] countries start paying their bills a little bit more,” Trump said, referring to a man whose name is definitely Paul.

“They’re way, way behind, Ron,” Trump continued, speaking to the guy whose name is still, without question, Paul.

Trump then looked toward the real Ron Johnson in the audience and added, “I’m going to talk to you about that too, Ron.”…

From <Alternet>
Photo Credit patrick.net

Here's the video.

Barf Bag Alert!!

I can almost empathize with the Fuhrer, as I trust we'd all like to forget Lyin' Ryan. 

This is only the third of six Drumpfenfarts from the Fuhrer.  Click through for the other five.

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Apr 242017
 

I’m feeling slightly better than I did yesterday.  The pain when I cough is still excruciating, but I’m coughing less and was able to sleep.  Today, I put George on for the first time in two weeks.  The stretching hurt liked hell, but leaving Stumpy unconfined for so long was bringing back phantom pain.  Wendy and I got everything done yesterday, including the dreaded task.  This morning I scheduled my first cataract surgery for June 23.  There is light at the end of this tunnel.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:21 (average 4:26).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Unpopular orange blunt object of a President Donald Trump had a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni recently. It’s hard to screw up a press conference introduction but the wannabe tiny-handed model did just that.

Through the ages your country has been a beacon of artistic and scientific achievement. That continues today. From Venice to Florence, from Verdi to Pavarotti—friend of mine. Great friend of mine.—These bonds…   

As an American I want to jump out of a window every time he speaks as president. Not since George W. Bush came on the scene has someone seemed so thoroughly unimpressive. He’s also an insane liar and, as the Independent in England reports, Pavarotti’s widow and his family can’t stand the guy—and they don’t imagine their late great Luciano could either. [emphasis added]

To settle the issue, Peach Pinocchio could create an opportunity to meet with Luciano Pavarotti and discuss it. RESIST!!

From RFI: The deciding round of France’s presidential election will pitch Marine Le Pen, the 48-year-old inheritor of the leadership of the far-right National Front (FN) against Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former merchant banker and former economy minister who has never held elected office. What are the big differences in their programmes?

Sunday’s first round saw the candidates of the ruling Socialists, Benoît Hamon, and the mainstream right Republicans, François Fillon, eliminated, with the hard left’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon close behind Fillon and way ahead of Hamon.

So, although Macron was a minister in the outgoing government and Le Pen’s FN has been on the political scene since 1972, neither represent a party that has held the presidency or run the country before.

Many Socialists and Republicans on Monday called for a vote for Macron to stop Le Pen, whose party is strongly anti-EU and anti-immigrant.

Click through for analysis of their policy differences. I can’t say that I’m thrilled with either, but I have to support Macron over Le Pen [R-FR]. RESIST!!

From Think Progress: It all started with Steve Doocy.

On July 6, 2016, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sued Roger Ailes, alleging she was sexually harassed. The suit prompted an investigation of Ailes, his eventual firing, and a $20 million settlement for Carlson.

The investigation of Ailes, and the public standard it set for Fox News, set the precedent for the ouster of Bill O’Reilly last week, following numerous allegations of sexual harassment.

But Carlson’s problems with Ailes began when she complained to him about the conduct of Steve Doocy, her co-host on Fox & Friends.

According to Carlson’s complaint, Doocy “engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment of Carlson.”

Doocy was not named as a defendant. But Carlson claimed Doocy created a “hostile work environment” by treating her in a “sexist and condescending way,” regarding her as a “blond female prop.”

The Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda has always reflected the misogyny of the Republican Party by treating women as props, and many of the ones I used to call Faux Noise Bimbettes, knew they were being hired as eye candy and cashed in on it. Since then, I have learned that even a woman’s active participation in the discrimination against her does not keep her from being a victim. Doocy is just one of the Republican crowd there. Put Faux Noise and the Republican Party out of business. RESIST!!

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Apr 232017
 

Wendy eill be here in less than an hour to scrub and deodorize the TomCat, and we have a lot of other tasks, so this is today’s only article.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:28 (average 5:50).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Bill Maher:

The Slow and the Furious

 

New Rule: Make Earth Great Again

 

Make the Earth great again.  Send the Republican Party to Mars.

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Apr 222017
 

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In recent years, I’ve greeted friends with Happy Earth Day.  We were beginning to recognize the importance of climate change and take steps to minimize the damage.  But that was before less than 1/4 of American eligible voters got away with installing Donald Trump in the White House and giving the Republican Reich control of both branches of Congress.  God help us!

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[3/31/2017] In the past few weeks, the Trump administration has ramped up its efforts to make good on campaign promises to dismantle President Obama’s environmental legacy.

Congressional Republicans have enthusiastically hopped on board, seizing the opportunity to repeal any environmental rules vulnerable under the Congressional Review Act and gunning to slash funding for critical environmental and scientific agencies and programs. The Trump Administration appointed Scott Pruitt, a man with well-established ties to the fossil fuel industry and a history of suing the Environmental Protection Agency, to chair the Environmental Protection Agency. On Wednesday morning, the Republican leadership of the House Science Committee convened a hearing for the sole purpose of challenging widely accepted climate science.

And this past Tuesday, surrounded by coal miners and bosses, Trump issued an executive order on “energy independence” which, among other things, places President Obama’s landmark Clean Power Plan directly in the line of fire and temporarily lifts the moratorium on new coal leasing on federal public lands.

Most of these developments have been months in the making. Trump and Congressional Republicans have never been quiet about their environmental agenda — namely, doing the bidding of the fossil fuel industry and making grandiose but ultimately empty gestures to prop up coal.

Bottom line: it’s been a discouraging few months. This week alone has been bruising, and we’re in for a tough fight going forward.

But the persistently negative headlines, emphasizing only the administration’s determination to wreak havoc on our environment, are misleading and can be counterproductive. Not because they misstate the priorities of Trump’s White House and Congressional Republicans; those are well established. But we can’t lose sight of D.C.’s real influence, or lack thereof, over energy markets and international environmental commitments — or of the power our towns, cities, and states can wield in this fight…

From <ExtraNewsFeed>

We must all do every thing we can fo at every level, because Trump and his Reich won’t quit.

Donald Trump Is F***ing Our Planet, Happy Earth Day!

 

The time is now!

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