Feb 232018

Here is the one hundred tenth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre. He is so honored for his Republican conspiracy theories, invented to continue the Republican tradition of trading children’s lives for gun profits.

0223NAZI_Rifle_AssociationThe head of the biggest gun lobby in the US has accused Democrats of pushing a "socialist" agenda to deprive gun owners of their weapons, in an uncompromising speech just a week after 17 people died in the Florida school shooting.

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, made no attempt to moderate his message a day after survivors of the Parkland shooting faced down lawmakers in a CNN debate and the President at the White House. Instead, he told conservative activists that voters should be "frightened" of any future Democrat election victories, and accused Democrats of exploiting the deaths in an effort to destroy the Second Amendment.

"Socialism is a movement that loves a smear," he said.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservatives outside Washington, LaPierre warned Democrats would use the tragedy to push an agenda that went beyond gun control. "What they want is more restrictions on the law-abiding," LaPierre said. "They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security."

Staring out into the audience, LaPierre told them "you should be anxious and you should be frightened" about the potential of another Democratic takeover of the House, Senate and White House.

"If they seize power … our American freedoms could be lost and our country will be changed forever," he said. "The first to go will be the Second Amendment."…

Inserted from <WRAL>
Graphic credit: zaxtor.net

Here’s video:

Bullshit Bag Alert!!

Is that projection or what?  No Democrats want the things he claims.  The common sense items I favor are closing the gun show loophole, requiring a better background check.  I also favor requiring certification of proficiency in gun handling and safety, and requiring special permits for assault weapons.  It’s having different classes of firearms licenses the way we have different classes of motor vehicle licenses.  Like virtually all other Democrats, the only people, whose guns I want to take away, are those people shouldn’t have guns for cause.  Nobody is talking about taking guns from law abiding citizens, except Republican conspiracy theorists.

I’ve written about LaPierre at least a dozen times over the years, and I’m shocked that I’ve never given him a parade before.  God knows he deserves it!


Feb 222018

WWWendy brought my groceries last night.  She knew I was going to put a few extra dollars in her pay, but that’s now what she’s about.  The store was out of one of my items, boneless fried chicken wings.  A normal person would have called and asked, if I wanted to skip it, or have her get bone-in wings instead, but not Wendy.  During a Winter Storm Alert that has schools and many businesses shut down, Wendy drove several miles to a different store, just to get my wings.  All I can say is that God has made her wings invisible, because I can’t see them, but I know they’re there.  I finally had to turn on the heat.  I awoke to a record low.  Tonight, we should set a new record low, by a full 7° F.  I watched the women’s hockey gold medal game last night.  Woooo Hoooo!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:05 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  Hoe did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Parody Project Channel): THE COUNTRY’S HEART (The Parkland Eulogy) – Based on "Illegal" by Shakira


"It should be illegal to deceive a country’s heart." Amen! Silence the Republican bubble machine by sending the Republican Party the way of the Whigs. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Daily Kos Channel): Why is ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ less important than the Second Amendment?


The NRA and the Republican Reich want to keep us so paralyzed with fear that we want "good guys with guns" to protect us. That fear drives up both profit for gun manufacturers and power for the Republican Reich. RESIST!!

From NY Magazine: If there remains any doubt that Donald J. Trump is the undisputed master not only of the Republican Party but of the conservative movement that is supposed to be the GOP’s conscience, this week’s annual CPAC conference — the preeminent right-wing political gathering of this and every year —should remove it. As Dave Weigel reports, the event is shaping up as a long celebration of the 45th president and of MAGA in all its dimensions.

Both President Trump and Vice President Pence will deliver speeches at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference, on Friday morning and Thursday morning respectively. A half-dozen members of the administration will give remarks or sit for interviews.

Trump critics will be nowhere in sight. And he and his entourage will not have to share the limelight with mere congressional leaders, either; Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan won’t be there. Indeed, aside from conservative warhorse Senator Ted Cruz (who has conspicuously reconciled with Trump since the unpleasantness in 2016), perhaps the most prominent speaker from the Hill is Representative Devin Nunes, that great Trumpian warrior against Robert Mueller and the FBI, who will give the conference’s closing address.

CPAC has even found space on its agenda for representatives of what its organizers seem to consider international Trumpism:

[There’s] a prominent Thursday morning speaking slot — less than an hour after Pence — for Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the youngest member of France’s far-right political dynasty.

Former leader of UKIP and Trump adviser Nigel Farage will also be in the house.

I would have never believed that CPUKE could be any more vile than it has been, but I sure it will be. RESIST!!



Feb 192018

The Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a Republican Ammosexual domestic terrorist, who has been photographed in his MAGA hat, massacred seventeen of their classmates, are planning a major protest.  I fully support their efforts.  They are trying to be bipartisan.  That is, they don’t want to side with one party or the other.  That’s somewhat naive, but they will discover for themselves how partisan the issue is.


Among growing calls for gun control legislation, students who survived the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to deliver some of the most powerful statements in the wake of the tragedy, and on Sunday a group of them declared that “now is the time for us to stand up” and announced plans for a march in Washington, D.C.

The students, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Alex Wind, made the statements to NBC’s “Meet the Press”  and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Gonzalez, who on Saturday gave a moving speech that went viral, told NBC, “This is our opportunity to talk to President Trump, Gov. Rick Scott, and state [sic] Senator Marco Rubio to make sure that they know we are talking directly to them and all other members of the United States government that are being funded by the NRA to tell them now is the time to get on the right side of this.”

According to Kasky, “the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas was not because of Stoneman Douglas. It was because people like Nik–Nikolas Cruz were able to buy these weapons.” Speaking to “Meet the Press,” he vowed, “we’re not going to let the 17 bullets we just took take us down. If anything, we’re going to keep running, and we’re going to lead the rest of the nation behind us.”…

Inserted from <Common Dreams>

Here’s the video with students Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, Alex Wind and Jaclyn Corin:

When Democrats controlled the White House and both Houses of Congress, Democrats did pass gun control legislation in the House. Republicans were unanimous in opposition. In the Senate, Republicans defeated the measure with a filibuster.

Those kids may be willing to work with anyone on common sense Gun Control, but so are Democrats.  The best either will get from Republicans is platitudes, but when anyone gets serious, Republican rhetoric will turn to Second Amendment Solutions, as always.

The students will learn that it’s only the Democrats that will work with them.


Feb 182018

Here is the one hundred ninth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Pastor (so-called) Carl Gallups. He is so honored for the Republican Manner in which he equates Ammosexuality and Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity (the exact opposite of authentic Christianity).

0218JesusGunCarl Gallups, a right-wing pastor and conspiracy theorist who spoke at Trump campaign rallies in 2016, appeared on TheDove TV’s “Focus Today” program yesterday [pseudo-Christians delinked] to discuss the mass shooting at a Florida high school earlier this week, which he said was part of a demonic attack aimed at weakening America through gun control in preparation for the rise of the Antichrist.

“This has it’s origins in the spiritual realms,” he said. “There is a concerted demonic attempt to undermine the United States of America, to bring it down, to destroy the most precious among us. Why is that such a demonic attempt? Because we know the scriptures say that there will arise a generation that will see this Antichrist system, this one-world order … The bottom line is we are headed that way.”…

Inserted from <Right Wing Watch>

Here’s the video:

Barf Bag Alert!!

Any so-called pastor who considers arming domestic terrorists to enable them to murder school children an article of faith is NOT Christian, is CLEARLY Republican and DESERVES this parade!


Feb 182018

I’m a naughty Puddy Tat. Cat face  Because a Sunday without Wendy coming is so weird, I decided to treat myself to another pizza! Pizza  Yum!!  The Squatch has slammed Portland with an arctic blast, and we are entering the coldest days so far this winter.  The lows for the next four days will be in the 20°s.  I may actually have to shut my window!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:08 (average 5:06).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Inequality Media Channel): Have We Lost the Common Good?


It’s not available in Audible yet. I want it. I believe that the common good is worth fighting for, and will do so as long as one person will stand with me. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Parody Project Channel): President’s Day Special – A New Verse for the National Anthem from Parody Project


Amen! To achieve that, the Republican Reich MUST me obliterated! RESIST!!

From LA Times: Ever since Sam Paredes crossed into the U.S. illegally from Mexico nearly 30 years ago, he followed a simple philosophy of keeping his head down and trying to stay out of trouble.

The 39-year-old put in long hours for little pay as an office manager at a clothing wholesaler. He paid his taxes and hoped that after many years of waiting, there would come an immigration reform that would grant him a pathway to becoming an American citizen.

But one glimmer of hope afforded many young immigrants escaped him: Because the New York resident came too long ago, he did not qualify for immigration relief under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA.

Now he watches as the White House and Congress continue to grapple and negotiate and argue — but at least talk about — the future of the so-called Dreamers.

"I’m very bitter. These DACA kids definitely have this sense of entitlement," Paredes said. "People fought for them and they got DACA and they got their work permit and then they went to sleep, instead of working to fight for the rest of us."

I think Sam’s anger is misplaced. DREAMers rejected the Trump plan that would have saved them. They were too decent to throw the undocumented workers like Sam under the bus, or should I say into the ICE bus? Since they wouldn’t, we shouldn’t either! RESIST!!

From Buzzfeed: An Australian politician joked about shooting "greenie punks" just days after one of the deadliest school shootings in the United States.

George Christensen is a conservative Nationals MP in the Australian parliament with a reputation for controversial remarks about gay marriage, immigration and firearms.

On Wednesday a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida allegedly shot and killed 17 students, in one of the deadliest school massacres in US history.

Christensen has been a prominent defender of firearm ownership in Australia. The country introduced strict gun control laws in 1996 after the Port Arthur massacre, and has not had a mass shooting since.

On Saturday Christensen posted a Facebook post from a shooting range of Australia’s peak shooting lobby, the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, setting out his support for legitimate firearm owners.

In the initial post he defended sporting shooters, writing that "Gun owners aren’t criminals. They are olympians, Commonwealth games medallists, conservationists, farmers and many of them veterans."

But in a further comment below the photo, he posted an image of himself with a handgun, writing "You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?".

I’m so sorry this creep is in their parliament. Are most Australian Conservatives also Republican Ammosexuals?  ¡¡ꓕSISƎꓤ



Feb 172018

I got up a little early, so I decided to publish today, but I am in a hurry, as WWWendy will be here shortly.  She lest and I’m a scrubbed Puddy Tat!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:44 (average 5:27).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (CSPAN Channel): Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein: “The indictment charges 13 Russian nationals…”

Not definitive, but it I expect it to become so. RESIST!!

From YouTube (NY Times Channel): Survivors of the Florida School Shooting Speak Out

Put petty partisanship aside? One party favors gun control. The other, the Republican Party, favors allowing the NRA to keep killing children. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Lawrence: Donald Trump’s Fears About What Vladimir Putin Knows

The only other explanation is that Putin is blackmailing Trump over financial activities. My estimate is that Trump is Putin’s Pee Pervert, and Putin is threatening to release the pee-pee tapes.  RESIST!!



Completely by accident, because it stopped!