Jan 112017
 

Portland is now under a full Winter Storm Warning, and it has been snowing all night and all day.  Subfreezing temperatures are forecast until Sunday.  As I feared it might, the weather has screwed up my day.  On Wednesdays I take a morning nap, to be sure to be up when Store to Door arrives with my groceries.  I was about to get up when the call came from Store to Door.  All grocery deliveries are cancelled.  Then Wendy called.  Her school is closed for a snow day, and she was at the store.  She’s picking up a few staples for me and wants to come in the next hour or so, instead of this evening.  Dang!  If I were ten years younger and hadn’t forgotten how, I’d marry her.  So I’m not sure when this will be published or uploaded to Care2.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 4:13).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Unverified Trump, Russia blackmail allegations roil US politics

Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about a report that Donald Trump and President Obama were briefed on unverified claims that Russia has compromised Trump with a cache of incriminating or scandalous material.

 

You can read the document here.  I believe it, but I do so on the basis of instinct, not verifiable evidence. I’m waiting for that, and if proven, Trumps minority election must be invalidated.  RESIST!!

From Washington Post: The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. urged Congress to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would “irreparably damage the work of my husband,” according to the letter written by King that was previously publicly unavailable and obtained on Tuesday by The Post.

Senator Strom Thurmond (R-KKK) protected Beauregard in 1986 by burying the letter and not including it in the record. Please click through and read it in its entirety. Then call your Senator to demand that it be read into the record for this hearing.  RESIST!!

From PoliticusUSA:

America is not giving Donald Trump a warm welcome to the White House as a new poll found that Trump’s job approval rating has dropped seven points to 37% over the past month.

According to Quinnipiac University, Trump has an unfavorable rating of 51% and unfavorable rating of 37%. The president-elect’s favorability ratings are down seven points over the last 30 days.

Respondents also had highly unfavorable views of Trump’s personal traits:

53 – 39 percent that he is not honest, compared to 52 – 42 percent November 22;
49 – 44 percent that he has good leadership skills, compared to 56 – 38 percent;
52 – 44 percent that he does not care about average Americans, compared to 51 – 45
percent who said he did care;
62 – 33 percent that he is not level-headed, compared to 57 – 38 percent;
71 – 25 percent that he is a strong person, compared to 74 – 23 percent;
68 – 27 percent that he is intelligent, compared to 74 – 21 percent.

Most losers of Presidential elections compare favorably to the Bullshit Banana.  RESIST!!

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Jan 082017
 

People keep asking how they can RESIST!!  They want to know what they can do.  I’m almost fortunate that my physical limitations dovetail with my skills to carve me out the niche I occupy: information and analysis.  One thing we can do is support each other’s causes, instead of limiting ourselves to our own boutique issues, and I try to do that.  Though white, I champion minority issues.  Though straight, I champion LGBT issues.  Though carnivorous (we cats are), I champion animal welfare issues.  Though male, I champion women’s issues.  Tomorrow, you have a chance to champion climate issues.

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What’s Going On?

President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks continue to horrify, as we approach the confirmation hearings for the “billionaires, generals, and ideologues” that he wants to appoint. This group threatens to roll back hard-won civil rights, make healthcare harder to access, and destroy the few regulations we have policing Wall Street. And thanks to Trump’s appointment of climate change-deniers to prominent posts related to the environment, they threaten to destroy our planet.

Any nominee who denies the dangers of climate change and the need to end our reliance on fossil fuels must be stopped. There are quite a few of them. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson was the CEO of Exxon, a company that funded climate-change denial for years after their own research pointed to the veracity of human-caused global warming. Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt built a career suing the very agency he is set to head. Secretary of Energy pick Former Texas Governor Rick Perry once advocated for the total elimination of the Department of Energy and sat on the board of the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline.

What can I do?

This Monday, January 9th, join the Day Against Denial. To show that we won’t stand for a climate-denying cabinet, people across the country will gather at their senators’ offices to demand that they reject Trump’s reckless picks.

You can find a map of events in all 50 states here and if you don’t see one in your area, there’s a toolkit to help you organize one yourself. Even if you can’t make a protest, follow #DayAgainstDenial on twitter and be sure to spread the word…

From <The Nation>

Please click through for more.  I would certainly encourage all who can to participate in an event near you.

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Support Keith Ellison!

 Posted by at 10:18 am  Politics
Dec 232016
 

Although it is usually drowned out by the horrific daily outrages perpetrated by Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten and his coming Republican Reich, another battle is being waged here in the US.  It is a contest to determine the immediate future of the Democratic Party.  It is imperative that the party move away from the "business as usual" wing, typified by Fancy Nancy Pelosi, Leg Hound Harry Reid and toward the Progressive Wing, typified by Bernie Sanders, Jeff Merkley, and Elizabeth Warren.  For that purpose, I endorse Keith Ellison for DNC chair, and urge you to support him.

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There is, unfortunately, nothing new about the assault on democracy that is playing out in North Carolina. But Democrats need to make a new commitment to defending democracy—and Congressman Keith Ellison is giving voice to that commitment.

Promising an all-out fight against efforts by North Carolina Republicans to mangle the message of the 2016 election in their state—by dramatically disempowering a newly elected Democratic governor—the contender for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee is proposing to remake the Democratic Party as an aggressive force not just for big-“D” Democratic candidates but for small-“d” democratic renewal.

“You gotta be in the fight,” declares Congressman Ellison. “I will be.”

Ellison recognizes that, while this fight may focus initially on North Carolina, it is a national struggle.

He also recognizes that this is an old fight. Meddling with the rules to undermine, weaken, and dismiss the will of the people is nothing new

From <The Nation>

I urge you to click through and read the rest of this article.  I also urge you to call your elected officials and tell them to choose Keith Ellison to head the DNC.

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Dec 212016
 

Today is the shortest day of the year (except for Lona, who sometimes lives upside down and bass ackwards. We wish our Pagan friends a Cool Yule.  Today is a Wendy day, and I’m trying to write quickly, because she may come early, depending on what time she returns from Lost Wages.  I gave her $2 to bet for me, so I expect to be independently wealthy by tomorrow.  Happy Hump Day to al!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:10 (average 5:11).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Update:

Here’s the latest from the playoffs of our own fantasy football league.

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Congrats to Jack, Pam,k Robb and Vivian for winning and making it to the semifinals.  Rob, Squatch, Patty Monster, and Dusty have games to determine 5th – 8th places.  Seth and I have been kicked to the curb for the season.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (TYT Channel): Operation Democratic Backbone

 

I agree. Here’s the link to Operation Backbone.

From KP Daily Funnies: The Daily Show – Donald Trump’s Christmas (NOT HOLIDAY) Yule Log

 

They could not have been more appropriate.

From NY Times: President Obama announced on Tuesday what he called a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along wide areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Seaboard as he tried to nail down an environmental legacy that cannot quickly be reversed by Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Obama invoked an obscure provision of a 1953 law, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which he said gives him the authority to act unilaterally. While some presidents have used that law to temporarily protect smaller portions of federal waters, Mr. Obama’s declaration of a permanent drilling ban on portions of the ocean floor from Virginia to Maine and along much of Alaska’s coast is breaking new ground. The declaration’s fate will almost certainly be decided by the federal courts.

While I appreciate what he has done the courts are still so packed with Republican cretins that I have little hope that it will survive. Nevertheless, we must RESIST!!

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Dec 192016
 

Although I caught a nap yesterday afternoon, I slept poorly last night and feel tired today.  Unfortunately I have a community meeting here in the building during my normal nap time this afternoon.  The bad weather is forecast to end at noon.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:25 (average 5:00).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Agony:

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Short Takes:

From YouTube (TYT Channel): Elizabeth Warren Paving Way To Impeach Trump

 

I fully agree that this law "has to happen", but before the Republican Criminal Congress would do it, Satan’s demon team will win the Stanley Cup in a home game. The Constitution is about to become more violated than a $2.00 hooker.

From National Popular Vote: Please Sign the White House Petition Asking President Obama to Support a National Popular Vote for President Before He Leaves Office.

I predict that, as soon as the results are certified on Friday, the uselessness of the Electoral College will have been proven.

From The New Yorker: After having difficulty persuading prominent entertainers to participate at the event, the Trump transition team announced on Sunday that the Russian President Vladimir Putin would sing at Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration next month.

In a brief statement from the Kremlin, Putin said, “I will be most delighted to perform for my comrade.”

The choice of Putin raised eyebrows in Washington, since the Russian, while famous for invading neighboring countries and imprisoning political opponents, is not particularly well known as a singer.

The Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway pushed back against such criticism during an appearance on CNN. “If we limited ourselves to people who had talent and experience, that would disqualify half of our Cabinet,” she said.

Andy, Will Putin (R-RU) be accompanied by the KKKhorus Girls?

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Dec 112016
 

I’m starting very late today.  It’s a Wendy day, and by the time she left, my beloved Broncos were already meditating in the Church of that stinking Ellipsoid Orb, so instead of writing, I crawled into bed and watched the disaster.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 7:24 (average 12:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Agony:

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A Gift from Nameless:

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The gift was the neat shirt.  Thank you!!  The beautiful woman is Wendy.  I figured I’d put it on her instead of me to spare your eyesight.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): 4 Things You Need To Know About Scott Pruitt

 

Please make that call.

From NY Times: President-elect Donald J. Trump boasted throughout the presidential campaign of his loyalty as a singular quality. “Folks, look, I’m a loyal person,” Mr. Trump said at a CNN town hall in April, explaining why he would not rid his campaign of a staff member who was under fire.

Loyalty appears to be paramount for Mr. Trump, until it isn’t.

Some of Mr. Trump’s earliest supporters — among them Rudolph W. Giuliani, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee — have not fared well in the job sweepstakes…

…Mr. Trump put out a face-saving statement on Mr. Giuliani’s behalf on Friday, saying that the former mayor of New York had withdrawn from contention for secretary of state — the only job he had wanted.

Call the WAAAmbulance!! These suckers won’t be the last. Trump has fascist billionaires to install who are far more extreme in their hate and greed than Rudi 911, Bloody Bullseye Barbie, Newtered Newt, Upchuckabee and PIGnocchio. Who could have dreamed that there would be worse?!!?

From Think Progress: Another climate-denying nominee will be named Friday for a key environmental position in the Trump administration, multiple sources are reporting.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will likely be tapped to lead the Department of the Interior, which oversees all of the U.S. public lands, including forest management, the Parks Service, and fossil fuel extraction.

McMorris Rodgers is strongly in favor of developing the United States’ fossil fuel resources. She has also opposed federal ownership of public lands and voted to make it more difficult for the president to create national monuments. McMorris Rodgers is the author of a bill that would have directed the Department of the Interior to sell off federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

The selection is not surprising, in what is shaping up to be the most anti-environmental administration — Republican or Democrat — in modern times.

The Criminal Clown Cabinet keeps getting worse and worse.

From PoliticusUSA: It is finally being said out loud, in public, on national television. America may need to hold a new presidential election after Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump.

Former CIA Operative Robert Baer brought up the idea of holding a new election during an appearance on CNN:

Baer said, “The Russians, it looks like to me did interfere in our elections. We’ll never be able to decide whether they changed the outcome, but I’ll tell you having worked in the CIA if we had been caught interfering in European elections, or Asian elections, or anywhere in the world, those countries would call for new elections. Any democracy would. I mean, I don’t see it any other way. The Electoral College before the nineteenth has got to know whether the Russians had an effect, Whether they went to Wikileaks, whether they hacked email, and whether they affected American opinion. They had a good reason to go after Hillary Clinton. Putin hates her for the Ukraine.

 

I fully agree.

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