Oct 142017

It’s a strange weather day with only 58° forecast and sunny, so the sun hitting the wall makes my room hot, and the open window makes it chilly, depending on my location in the room.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:14 (average 5:04).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): The Iran Deal


Amen! Oppose the Fuhrer’s rush to see Iran with nukes! RESIST!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Dana Loesch Declares Feminism Dead

Barf Bag Alert!!


Ladies, what say you to this Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian? RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Donald Trump said on Friday that his I.Q. is “even higher” now that he knows that the United States Virgin Islands are part of the United States.

“Quite frankly, a few weeks ago, when I learned that Puerto Rico was a part of the U.S., I thought that that boosted my I.Q. to a whole new level,” Trump said. “Now that I also know about the Virgin Islands, my number must be off the charts.”

He said that he was eager to retake his I.Q. test because of “all the amazing things I learned this week.”

Dang Andy! I think the mere mention of Virgin Islands lowered Trump’s IQ, as all the blood flowed out of his itty bitty brain into his itty bitty pecker, as he tried to grope them. RESIST!!




The People’s Platform

 Posted by at 1:08 pm  Politics
Sep 252017

I and others have said that it’s not enough to oppose Putin’s Puppet and his Republican Reich.  We must also present a solid program of ideas to meet the needs of the American people.  A group of progressive Democrats has done exactly that.  In fact, I think Freya was involved in this, and I’m sure she’ll let us know.  Summer for Progress has collected The People’s Platform.


Applauding Democratic members of the U.S. House for their support of a slate of bold and progressive bills, a coalition that mobilized a grassroots campaign is calling their "Summer for Progress" a success in terms of pushing an agenda that goes beyond simply saying "no" to the agenda of President Donald Trump and the Republicans who control Congress.

"Our leaders need to stand up for everyday Americans by addressing a platform that speaks to their immediate needs. We know that there are more Members in the House who support raising the minimum wage, combatting climate change, and taxing Wall Street. While the summer is over, our work to get all Democratic Members to sign onto these bills will continue."

—Shannon Jackson, Our Revolution

Releasing a scorecard of congressional "champions" on Friday, the groups behind the "People’s Platform" summer lobbying effort—including Our Revolution, Food & Water Watch, and Progressive Democrats for America—said the 25 lawmakers highlighted, all Democrats, should be commended for co-signing legislation designed to "directly address the needs of working and middle class families." See if your congressperson made the cut here.

Members of Congress, said Mark Schlosberg, organizing co-director for Food & Water Watch/ Food & Water Action Fund, "must do more than just resist Trump’s reactionary agenda."

As part of their months-long organizing drive, backers of the People’s Platform declared their support for transformative policies contained in specific pieces of legislation that already exist.  Local groups met with nearly two dozen lawmakers and held more than 100 petition delivery events in district offices…

Inserted from <Common Dreams>

Here are the issues and corresponding Bills in the People’s Platform

Health Care for All: H.R. 676 Medicare For All Act, introduced by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich).

College for All: H.R. 1880 College for All Act of 2017, introduced by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

Workers’ Rights: H.R.15 – Raise the Wage Act, introduced by Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Women’s Reproductive Rights: H.R.771 – Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Lee, Barbara (D-CA).

Voting Rights: H.R.2840 – Automatic Voter Registration Act, introduced by Rep. Cicilline, David N. (D-RI).

Criminal Justice and Immigrant Rights: Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.)

Tax on Wall Street: H.R. 1144 – Inclusive Prosperity Act, introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Protecting the Environment: H.R. 2242 – Keep It in the Ground Act, introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)

Unfortunately, only four US Representatives have signed onto all eight.  My Representative, Earl Blumenauer is one of them.  Oregon also leads the way, in that Senator Jeff Merkley is deeply involved in the Keep It in the Ground Act.

I fully support The People’s Platform and urge you to contact your Rep and Senators to encourage them to support it.


Sep 252017

I have another busy day.  My interface with my banks via Quicken is not working properly.  I have hated that program for years.  Is anyone using a good Quicken alternative for PC?

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:03 (average 4:57).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Agony:


I didn’t see it, but I hear it was ugly.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): Republican Tax Plan: Who Gets The Money?


The writers sure understand Republican tax policy, but they made one major mistake.  Because they had the idea, we can expect to see overpriced Trump Vodka on the shelves, as soon as Chinese factories can mass produce it. RESIST!!

From US Magazine: As previously reported, McCain, 81, was diagnosed with cancer during the summer. "Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix," a statement from his family and the Mayo Clinic read on July 14. "Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot."

The Arizona senator underwent surgery in July for the brain tumor and has completed his first round of chemotherapy treatment. He told CBS that he asked doctors to "tell it to me straight" when they updated him on his condition.

"As you know, doctors are interesting," he said on 60 Minutes. "Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent. You know it’s — it’s a very poor prognosis. So I just said, ‘I understand. Now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can, and at the same time celebrate with gratitude a life well lived.’"

I think the time has come to retire the nickname, McConJob, which I gave McCain, at the time he abandoned most of his ethical principles, as required to win the Republican nomination for President. Thank you, Senator McCain, for refusing to goose-step with the Reich and opposing RepubliCare. Thoughts and prayers to you and yours. RESIST!!

From Media Matters: The Associated Press (AP) just published a report that looked at the first few weeks of Media Matters’ Stop Hannity effort and discussed the effect it’s having on Sean Hannity’s advertisers.

In August, Media Matters launched a Stop Hannity advertiser education effort. Hannity isn’t just a partisan talking head with a television show. He’s a full-blown propagandist and has been exposed for actively coordinating with the Trump administration to promote President Donald Trump’s interests, even if that means lying to his own audience. Hannity aggressively promoted the conspiracy theory about the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich — which happened to help deflect attention from a negative storyline about Trump — even after Fox had retracted its own story…

…Media Matters said some dozen advertisers have told the organization they will not purchase commercials in Hannity’s show in the future; some have current contracts and are staying put until those commitments are completed.

That’s a start. Tell Hannity’s advertisers that, as long as they support him, you won’t support them.  For the advertiser list, click here.   RESIST!!



A day of mourning for Republicans.


Boycott Facebook

 Posted by at 1:02 pm  Politics
Sep 072017

I cannot quit Facebook.  I resigned many years ago, for several reasons.  Changes in their privacy policy, their association with Goldman Sachs, seeing fine bloggers succumb to entertaining but meaningless pursuits, and seeing myself wasting far too much time there all contributed to my decision.  Now I’m convinced that Facebook actively colluded with Russia (and possibly the Trump campaign) to interfere in our 2016 election.


Representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators Wednesday that the social network has discovered that it sold ads during the U.S. presidential campaign to a shadowy Russian company seeking to target voters, according to several people familiar with the company’s findings.

Facebook officials reported that they traced the ad sales, totaling $100,000, to a Russian “troll farm” with a history of pushing pro-Kremlin propaganda, these people said.

A small portion of the ads, which began in the summer of 2015, directly named Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the people said, although they declined to say which candidate the ads favored…

Inserted from <Washington Post>

There is actually far more to this story than meets the eye.  In fact, it takes Rachel Maddow almost twenty minutes to explain it.

In short, Facebook would not have engaged in months of denials, were they not covering up their own collusion and betraying our nation for profit.  The only way to punish them is by taking away their business.  I recommend pulling the plug.


Aug 302017

I’m back in the saddle.  The eye sees great.  I am still very tired because of the heat, the humidity and the smoke.  Today and tomorrow will be moderate, but before the building cools down, the next heat wave will begin on Friday: six straight days over 90°.  ARGH!  Safeway.com delivered groceries, and I just finished unpacking and putting them away.  Wendy is coming this evening to de-stink the filthy TomCat.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:00 (average 5:45).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Reminder:

The live online draft for our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends, is one week from today on Saturday, September 2, at 10 AM PDT (11 AM MDT, 12 Noon CDT, 1 PM EDT).  I strongly recommend that players log into the league and participate in a couple mock drafts between now and then.  If you cannot attend, the league will draft for you.  See you then and good luck!

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): What Trump’s Trip to Texas Revealed | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann


Thank God that funding cuts by Trump and the Republican Reich have not destroyed the disaster relief capabilities that Obama built… yet! Pat and the people of Texas remain in my thoughts and prayers. RESIST!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): Kellyanne Conway Says That Trump’s Most Notable Characteristic Is His ‘Humility’

Barf Bag Alert!!


Whatever Smellyanne has been smoking, I want some!  Smile with tongue out RESIST!!

From Act Blue and Daily Kos: Contribute now to support victims of Hurricane Harvey

I’m not telling anyone to do this. If you can and want to give this is a good way to target your giving and avoid all the Republicans with charity scams. Click through. RESIST!!



Vintage 2011 and still valid.

Jul 272017

Today’s forecast high in 85°.  The humidity is 68%.  It’s the coolest day in the next two weeks.  This afternoon a Social Worker from Providence Elder at Home is stopping by to scan my Advance Directive into my records.  In summary, if it appears that survival is either likely or unlikely, resuscitate me by scratching my back and giving me coffee.  Tomorrow I have my annual wellness exam for Medicare done by Ellie, my PCP’s PA.  I’ll be leaving early in the morning and be gone half the day.  I will probably publish only a Personal Update, or at most an Open Thread.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:24 (average 4:56).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): Donald Trump’s Temporary Bone Spurs


Cleary TBS is too great a handicap for the Fuhrer to remain in office. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Saying that the problem “is far worse than I imagined,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday urged First Lady Melania Trump to intensify her campaign against cyberbullying.

Speaking to reporters from his office at the Justice Department, Sessions said that, whatever Mrs. Trump had done to eliminate the scourge of cyberbullying, “It clearly has not been enough.”

“From my perspective, cyberbullying is very much a growing problem,” he said. “And with every passing day it gets worse and worse.”

Dang Andy! Isn’t it just like KKK Beauregard to hide behind the only skirt, the contents of which Putin’s Pervert doesn’t want to grab? RESIST!!

From NY Times: The Senate on Wednesday soundly rejected a measure that would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement, leaving Republicans still searching for a path forward to fulfill their promise of dismantling President Barack Obama’s signature health law.

Seven Republican senators joined Democrats to vote against the measure, which had been embraced by conservatives but could have left millions of people without health coverage.

The rejection of “clean repeal” laid bare the deep divisions within the Republican caucus about how best to proceed. The night before, nine Republicans, including both conservatives and moderates, voted against comprehensive legislation to repeal the health law and provide a replacement.

Without the votes to replace the health law or to simply repeal major parts of it, Senate Republicans appeared increasingly likely to try to pass a modest measure that would repeal only a few provisions of the law, such as the tax on medical devices and the requirements that most individuals have insurance and that large employers offer coverage to workers.

But even that narrow bill could have a significant impact on the nation’s health care system. Democrats on Wednesday night released a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the effects of repealing several provisions that could be part of a “skinny” repeal measure. The analysis found that the number of uninsured people would increase by 15 million next year compared with current law, and Democrats said they were told that premiums would be roughly 20 percent higher… [emphasis added]

Call your Senators! RESIST!!