Nov 152013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and feeling quite tired after yesterday’s appointment, so I’m going back to bed to try catch up on rest.  If all goes well, I’ll be blogging more normally this weekend.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:29 (average 5:34).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: A Sexist Reporter Tried To Box Her In, But She Took Everything And Threw It Right Back In His Face

The show "Scandal" is full of pioneering moments for strong female characters on television, exemplified by this truly kick-ass response from Lisa Kudrow’s character, Congresswoman Josephine Marcus, to a reporter who tried to … well, just take a look and get ready to high-five someone.

 

Magnificent. We need to start seeing that more in real life, not just TV fiction.

From YouTube and YouTube: John "Two Inch" Boehner (R-Whiskey) made two statements just hours apart. First he promised two kids he’d do everything in his power to pass immigration reform this year.

Then that lying sack of shit Republican (apologies for insulting shit) announced that he opposes it and will not allow a vote on it.

Agent Orange is the Speaker of the House. All he has to do to keep his promise to those kids is to bring it to the floor, where it has the votes to pass.

From Mediaite: Senator Elizabeth Warren got on the Senate floor on Wednesday to charge that her Republican colleagues are still so bitter about the election results last year, they are doing everything within their power to “nullify” the results of that election by fighting President Obama at every turn, including filibustering Cabinet and judicial nominees.

Warren reminded Republican senators that they may hate the policies Obama’s pushed for, but he ran for reelection on them and won handily. Warren called them out in particular for blocking Obama’s nominees to fill the vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court, explaining that this is a constitutional duty of the president, and “there is no clause that says ‘except when that president is a Democrat.’”

 

Is that telling it like it is or telling it like it is? But long before Lizzie ever said so, I said so!

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Oct 062013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and working on a sleep deficit because Guitar Man decided to be Bongo Man.  Argh!  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are meditating with Dallas, but I don’t know whether it will be televised here.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:55 (average 5:16).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: TSA Announces New Screening Program. Comedian Has Hilarious, Helpful Suggestions.

 

Funny, but enlightening. For airport security, Sikh and ye shall find.

From NY Times: The Republican Party of Rhode Island is attracting well-deserved scorn for its plan to raise money Sunday by raffling an AR-15-style assault rifle — the same sort of modified military weapon used last December in the Newtown school massacre in neighboring Connecticut.

The rifle is the main prize at the state Republican Party’s “2nd Amendment celebration” at a rod and gun club in West Greenwich — “a family day at the range full of targets, food, prizes and fun,” but truly devoid of even rudimentary sensitivity to the carnage inflicted on Americans from weapons devised not for sport but for the battlefield.

With Republicans, some things just never change.

From MSNBC: Democrats sue to stop Republican election theft in VA.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

If somebody is going to purge voter rolls, the time to do it is NOT a month before an election. I bet a dollar against a donut that there were not a hell of a lot of white faces in that purge list.

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Aug 242013
 

The Republican party seems to have set down roots in Russia, where it’s positions and policies are championed by Vladimir Putin.  While he is telling the IOC that there will be no persecution of LGBT people during the Sochi Olympics, his actions indicate that the exact opposite is true.

24PutinRussian President Vladimir Putin has banned protests in Sochi during the Winter Olympics next year and ordered severely restricted access to the city, according to an decree published Friday.

The presidential decree published in the official newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta imposes special zones on the territory of Sochi “in order to reinforce security” during the Games in the Black Sea resort in February.

It designates the Olympic venues, transport terminals, and special road checkpoints as “controlled zones” where all people and belongings will be searched.

The document also imposes a vast “forbidden zone” with restricted access, and bans all cars from Sochi unless the vehicles have special accreditation or are locally owned.

The decree also prohibits any public demonstrations “not related to the holding the Olympic Games” in the area in the period from January 7 to March 21, 2014…

Inserted from <Raw Story>

He’s turning the games into a Republican wet dream.  This is all the more reason that they should be taken from Putin and moved to Vancouver.

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Aug 102013
 

Writing for tomorrow, day 57, it’s 86° at my desk and, if it stays cloudy, it may be no worse.  Tomorrow and Sunday there is a 30% chance for rain.  Oh Lord!  Pleeeeeeeeease!!!!  On a negative note, I just fell through the Donut Hole. :-(

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:04 (average 5:46).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: While I share Prince’s frustration with the media, as a liberal, I’d like to go on record and state that the media isn’t focusing on issues I care about. They seem to be far more focused on entertainment and making money.

Don’t believe me?

If you know anyone who still believes in a "liberal media," here’s 15 things everyone would know if there really were a "liberal media"

Click through for a gut wrenching list list that will leave no doubt in your mind,

From Alternet: Laughable: Rumor of Tea Party Boycott of Ebony Magazine Spreads After Trayvon Martin Cover

Dang! How can Ebony Magazine survive if they lose the Hood and Sheet contingent of their supporters?!!? ;-)

From CREDO: The Texas Taliban — also known as the right-wing majority on the Texas State Board of Education — wants to revise the state’s standards for science textbooks to require the addition of religious pseudoscience when teaching subjects like biology. And this isn’t just bad news for Texas schoolchildren, because the Texas standards will impact the textbooks used by millions of students nationwide.

The Texas State Board of Education recently invited a small group of people to review the biology textbooks that will be used for the next eight years, starting in 2014. But more than half of the reviewers are right-wing religious ideologues,1 some of whom are even skeptics of Darwin’s theory of evolution — considered one of the most reliably established facts in science, and a central tenet of biology.2

The ultimate goal of these sham textbook reviews — and Texas Board of Education curriculum reform — is to enshrine right-wing ideology into Texas textbooks. What’s worse, because of the scale of production of these textbooks, the dictates of the Texas State Board of Education will be included in textbooks used by millions of students in other states.

We can’t let them get away with replacing long-accepted scientific principles with religious pseudoscience and propaganda.3

Tell textbook publishers to stand up to the Texas Taliban and only publish books that are based on sound, peer-reviewed science scholarship. Click here to sign the petition automatically.

Please click through and sign, or risk today’s cartoon!

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Aug 082013
 

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Here is the seventeenth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Bryan Fischer, American Family Association Director of Issues Analysis and host of Focal Point Radio show, for subscribing to insane conspiracy theories.  He is also known for Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian hatred of Muslims.  Please do not confuse this with authentic Christianity that practices coexistence with other beliefs.

8FischerEarlier this year, the anti-Muslim right seized upon an entirely unverified claim by disgraced former FBI agent John Guandolo that John Brennan, the Director of the CIA, had secretly converted to Islam as part of a Saudi Arabian "counterintelligence operation against him to recruit him."

There was absolutely no evidence to support the assertion other than Guandolo’s say so, but that didn’t matter as it immediately became a widely believed "fact" among people like Bryan Fischer who, to this day, continues to openly repeat it as if were verifiable and true.

On his radio broadcast this afternoon, Fischer cited another totally untrustworthy story [Propaganda delinked]claiming that President Obama would be meeting with high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood officials, which then prompted him to boldly declare that "John Brennan is a Muslim…

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Now, before Republicans claim that is is not one of them, let’s see which candidates he had as guests on his radio show: Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty.  He also blackmailed Romney’s campaign into firing Richard Grenell, because Fischer hates gays too.

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Aug 012013
 

Every once in a while I run into something that is absolutely hilarious and absolutely true at the same time.  I could not have come up with a piece that more accurately portrays the GOP idea of Latino outreach, let alone done it so comically.

1AmigosReady to gun down anything that resembles immigration reform and undocumented immigrants, the three hateful amigos are at it again! Cuentame.org‘s video, "A Republican Idea of Latino and Immigration Reform" stars the craziest, anti-immigrant Republican House members Louie Gohmert, Ted Poe and all-star Steve King.

"How is it that we can capture all the illegal grasshoppers from Brazil, but not the thousands of people that cross the border everyday?" Grasshopper Exterminator Ted Poe says in the clip…

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I hope this spreads to every Latino voter in the US.

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Jul 292013
 

Yesterday was cooler, as it only reached 92° at my desk, and as I write for day 45, I actually feel cold, because the temperature inside has dropped to 75°.  Hopefully, I’ll be done here before the fantasy football draft.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:36 (average 5:20).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Think Progress: A growing number of Republicans are publicly distancing themselves from Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) claim that many undocumented youths are drug mules with cantaloupe-sized calves, but the conservative congressman claims that GOP lawmakers are backing him in private.

During an appearance on Fox News on Saturday, King said that Republicans are in fact standing by him, but are afraid to publicly support him for fear of sparking outrage and losing their legislative leverage.

“My colleagues are standing by me. They come up to me constantly and talk to me and say, you’re right, I know you’re right,” King said. “Is the description such that they have to go out to the press and do a press conference or can they come and tell me, I know you’re right, I support you? They can do that privately,” he said.

I’m surprised to say that Steve King actually told the truth on Faux Noise. I have no doubt that his colleagues, who are distancing themselves publically, are doing so only to hide their own Racism, so of course they support him in private. That is the problem, and that’s what the legislation they propose projects.

From Raw Story: Barack Obama has given the strongest indication to date that he holds reservations about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, saying the project would not create many jobs and could raise gasoline prices.

In an interview with the New York Times, the president disputed a main justification for the pipeline – its economic benefits – and reaffirmed he would reject the project if it expanded carbon pollution.

How could it not expand carbon pollution when we would be refining that filthy sludge here here?  The only way I can see to make it greenhouse gases neutral would by to export a TEABagger to Canada for every barrel of tar sands oil we import.

From Crooks and Liars:

Do you remember how ape-shit Republicans got after someone leaked the email list of left-leaning, centrist and even conservative journos and wonks called Journolist? Tucker Carlson and many other thumbsuckers cried out in the night like babies in their cribs. Dana Perino said this on FOX News about Journolist.

Perino: I don’t know any conservatives who actually participate in something like that.

Really? I knew many people on the Journolist and believe me it was just a list that was used to chat about politics. I’ve been on a few lists myself over the years and most of the time it’s just a forum for people to discuss breaking news stories and proposed legislation and nothing more. It wasn’t used to start a "30 Front War."

Isn’t it funny now that we learn Conservatives have indeed had their own email list all along, but they also took it much farther by holding secret meetings in a DC office to come up with ideas and strategies to shape the political narrative. They even have a Supreme Court Justice’s wife on their team. What interesting pillow talk Ginni and Clarence must have! That’s something that the left has never done. When I heard the news, I immediately wondered how FOX news would report on the story. Well, as of right now I can’t report how they handled it, because they completely buried the story… [emphasis added]

Of course Republicans are projecting, as always, accusing lefties of doing what Republicans are doing themselves. Here’s the projection in progress.  Watch the goose-steppers lie!

There’s one key difference. Liberal journalists discuss news to try to understand it. The Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, and the rest of the Republican fantasy factory discuss news to try to distort it.

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The U.S. government welcomed the action and announced its intention to open serious discussions with Cuba on normalization.  Then Republicans happened.

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