Dec 082017
 

The sun only hit the wall for an hour today, so it’s a chilly day.  Portland is in an inversion, so the air is overly polluted, and it’s setting off my COPD.  TGIF!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:55 (average 5:40).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?  If I win, some other puddy tat may have that bird.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel):

Appalachian Grandma

 

Amen Granny! The false god of Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians, the opposite of real authentic Christians, has horns and a pitchfork. RESIST!!

From NY Times: Michael T. Slager, the white police officer whose video-recorded killing of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, S.C., starkly illustrated the turmoil over racial bias in American policing, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, after the judge in the case said he viewed the shooting as a murder.

The sentence, which was within the range of federal guidelines, was pronounced in Federal District Court in Charleston about seven months after Mr. Slager pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter L. Scott when he shot and killed him in April 2015. The case against Mr. Slager is one of the few instances in which a police officer has been prosecuted for an on-duty shooting.

“We have to get this type of justice, because being a police officer is one of the most powerful jobs in the country, and it should be respected,” L. Chris Stewart, a lawyer for Mr. Scott’s family, said after the hearing, which was punctuated by tears and grief. “But that doesn’t mean you’re above the law. That doesn’t mean you can do as you please.”

This is an all too rare win for justice against deadly abuses of power by the thin blue line. I hope that Slager takes advantage of prison programs to help him correct the criminal thinking that empowers his Republican authoritarianism and Republican Racism. RESIST!!

From Alternet: Steve Curtis, the former chairman of the Colorado GOP, has been found guilty of voter fraud for forging his ex-wife’s signature on a ballot.

As The Denver Post reports, Curtis may face up to three years in prison for forging his ex-wife’s signature on a Colorado ballot in November 2016 after she’d moved to South Carolina in 2015. He was arrested in February after handwriting analysis and DNA testing revealed he’d committed the forgery.

Isn’t it ironic that, contrary to Republican claims, voter fraud virtually never happens, but when it does, the perpetrator are virtually always Republicans? RESIST!!

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Dec 082017
 

[There’s a reason this will be just a little of this and a little of that.  My medical license expires January 31, 2018 – but I have to earn all my CME (Continuing Medical Education) credits by December 31, 2017.  And for the past decade or so I’ve earned all my credits by focusing on medical issues involving me or my family – no Pediatrics, all Internal Medicine.  So it’s like going back to med school for me.]

[So I’m spending LOTS of time doing online IM education.  And since it’s almost all new to me, it takes more time than if I just did Peds.  But I’d much rather learn stuff that will be useful – and I really do enjoy it!]

Enough of my “The-dog-ate-my-homework” excuse.  And fortunately we can almost always count on Twitler screwing up in new ways to provide grist for the mill – and he came through yet again.

To begin, I’ll stipulate that there’s nothing wrong with having dentures.  My Mom has upper and lower dentures, and when we were kids, she’d sometimes take them both out for a laugh.  She never spoke without them being in place, but apparently the Twitterverse has decided that Trump was having some denture problems (or maybe drugs or a stroke) during his “Jaroozhulum” speech this past week.

Of course, given my hearing loss, me writing about Trump’s apparent speech impediment is similar to Trump trying to be President – we both suffer from severe handicaps.  So I’d be interested in your feedback.

This short clip has a good close-up of his mouth, and it does appear that he’s having problems with his lower dentures:

While people are wanting an explanation for why Trump was talking like this at the end, I want an explanation for the rest of his speech!

But the Twitterverse was not going to pass this one up, so let’s enjoy a few of their contributions.  And as always, to enjoy the responses, click on the Time-Date-Stamp in the lower left area to open it in its own window, then scroll down.

And it really took off when The Daily Show pleaded with its followers to NOT – under any circumstances – Tweet DO NOT TWEET #DentureDonald. He’s shenshitive.

So, of course, a new meme hashtag was born …

For the heck of it, let’s see what Donald would look like sans dentures …

And “hear” him speak …

But it’s the Holiday season, so let’s end on a positive note …

While California is being devastated by unimaginable wildfires, the video showing the pure anguish and desperation of a young man risking his own life to save a bunny rabbit will certainly tug at your heart strings …

I don’t know about you, but for me it had this effect …

 

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Dec 072017
 

It’s that time of week again, so here are three excellent video clips from Sam’s show last night.  Enjoy!!

The Greatest Tax Bill Ever Sold

 

Sam still understands the Republican Reich.

Even More Creeps: Journalist Edition

 

With so many abusers being exposed, we need to examine and correct the cultural flaws in our society that impel such behavior instead of just venting outrage at perpetrators, who must be disciplined and given therapy for the character flaws that they need help to correct.

About North Korea

 

Isn’t it just like Republicans to starve North Korea’s poor to punish the megalomaniac, one just like Trump, that caused the problem?

Are you as glad as I am that Sam is back?

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Dec 072017
 

It’s another sunny day, so once again, I’m fighting the difference between cold air and a hot radiating wall.  Sweating and chilling at the same time really tires me out.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:36 (average 5:07).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: As Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday that he would resign over sexual misconduct allegations, he also drew attention to the undeniable irony of his exit amid congressional Republicans’ continued allegiance to a self-professed assaulter and hearty embrace of a sexual predator.

I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota.

Franken did the right thing by his constituency and the thirty-some Democratic senators who called on him to resign left him little choice.

We need more women in government. A woman’s place is in the House!  And it is in the Senate! And for Elizabeth Warren, it is in the White House! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In a new poll conducted on Wednesday, a sweeping majority of Americans said they support moving Donald J. Trump to Jerusalem.

The sixty-three per cent of survey respondents who approved relocating Trump to Jerusalem placed few conditions on such a move, other than that it take place “as soon as possible” and that it be “permanent.”

In other poll results, an overwhelming majority of respondents said that they would support relocating Trump to any number of other foreign destinations, including Russia, the Philippines, and “that station where scientists live at the South Pole.”

Andy, let him move to the origin of Ted Cruz: Uranus! RESIST!!

From TPM: Fresh off Project Veritas’ failed attempt to undermine the credibility of the Washington Post and other news outlets, the group’s leader, James O’Keefe, was honored as a “hero” Wednesday night by the conservative group United for Purpose.

O’Keefe accepted an “Impact Award” from Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, at the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C.  [emphasis added]

Every pervert in the Supreme Court is one pervert too many. Impeach TEAbag Thomas for multiple conflicts of interest. RESIST!!

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This was the most devastating attack by a foreign power in US history, until Russia attacked us in November 2016.

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Dec 062017
 

I am listening to Trump announce his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  The fool is blubbering about wanting peace, while holding a match to one of the world’s most dangerous tinder boxes, the Middle East.  Foes and allies alike are appalled.  Thump has effectively overruled the two state solution and ensured more and more violence for years to come.

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Not content with taking the US to the brink of nuclear conflict with North Korea, Donald Trump is now set to apply his strategy of international vandalism to perhaps the most sensitive geopolitical hotspot in the world. With a speech scheduled for later today that’s expected to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and reaffirm a pledge to move the US embassy to the city, he is walking into a bone-dry forest with a naked flame, the world’s most intractable conflict. It is the issue that has foiled multiple efforts at peacemaking over several decades. Both Israelis and Palestinians insist that Jerusalem must be the capital of their states, present and future, and that that status is non-negotiable.

But it’s not just important to them. The Old City of Jerusalem contains the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest mosque in Islam, to say nothing of its enormous significance to Christians, meaning that even the slightest move there is felt by billions. It is a place where diplomats have learned to tread with extreme care. There is a reason why no US administration, no matter how pro-Israel, has changed its policy toward the city in the nearly 70 years since Israel’s founding.

But here comes Trump, oblivious to precedent and indeed history – even in a place where history is a matter of life and death – stomping through this delicate thicket, trampling over every sensitivity. The risk is obvious, with every Arab government – including those loyal to Washington – now issuing sharp warnings on the perils of this move, almost all of them using the same word: “dangerous”.

Let us be clear. Most advocates of an eventual two-state solution believe the only way to resolve the Jerusalem issue is for it to serve as the capital of both states: East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Then, and only then, would be the right moment to start moving embassies and issuing statements of recognition. Until that day, any act that pre-empts an agreement between the two parties on the city’s future is reckless and needlessly incendiary… [emphasis added]

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Trump has succeeded in doing something nobody else has ever done.  He has united Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iran in outraged opposition to this policy.  He has also made it much more likely the Muslim terrorists will strike back.

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Dec 062017
 

It’s another busy day.  I’ve changed my schedule to accommodate  grocery delivery from Store to Door, which I expect in about an hour.  This evening, WWW is coming to de-stink the TomCat.  I slept well, but feel much more tired than normal.  I think it’s because of the temperature.  It’d 44° outside, 55° on the open window side of the room, an d 78° on the computer side of the room from the radiator effect of the sun hitting the wall.  ARGH!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:06 (average 4:48).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From  YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Jeff Sessions: No One is Above the Law

Beauregard Barf Bag Alert!!

 

You can be sure that KKK Beauregard will do a complete about face on this issue now that his Fuhrer is the subject. It will be interesting to see how he tries to sidestep this statement. RESIST!!

From Washington Post: Time magazine has named “The Silence Breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year, recognizing the women (and some men) who came forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault and helped force a nationwide reckoning.

The magazine calls them “the voices that launched a movement.”

The woman who have reported Trump and others are a far better Person Of The Year than Putin’s pussy grabbing pervert could ever be. This is the last good year, because Time is about to start sucking Koch. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Several prominent Nazis said on Tuesday that they feel “neglected and hurt” by what they see as the Republican Party’s decision to court child molesters instead.

After the Republican National Committee agreed to fund the alleged child molester Roy Moore’s campaign for the United States Senate, aggrieved Nazis called the move a blatant attempt to pander to the child-molester vote.

“It seems like just last summer President Trump was saying what ‘fine people’ we were,” Heinz Dorrinson, an embittered Nazi from Mississippi, said. “Now it seems like all he can think about is his precious child molesters.”

Dorrinson warned that, in their frenzy to woo the child-molester vote, Republicans were playing a dangerous game by taking the Nazi vote for granted.

Andy, I think the Nazis are foolish. They have nothing to worry about. Republican child molesters, like Moore, are Nazis too. RESIST!!

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