It’s been a very hectic day. It began at 4:30 AM, when a resident on my floor fell asleep while cooking and started a minor cooking fire. It wasn’t bad enough to evacuate me, but when I heard the alarm, I got up, opened my door, and smelled smoke. I had to get dressed, pop on George, and prepare for evacuation, just in case. Jason, my tech, can’t come until Saturday. His car has a blown transmission, and the shop is looking for parts. It’s a ’98 Volvo. I’m waiting for a grocery delivery from Store to Door. They told me they had reduced my driver’s route, and that I can expect delivery between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, instead of between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. It’s 11:45, and they haven’t come yet. Needless to say, I’m pooped. They arrived just before Noon, and groceries are put away!
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:50 (average 5:20). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From YouTube (GQ channel): The Republicans Are Bailing on Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann
This a rare occasion in which I disagree with Keith. While some Republicans are whining and bitching to cover their butts, but that’s a long way from bailing on the Fuhrer. That won’t happen until it’s so bas that they see themselves about to be tarred, feathered and driven from office. Republicans in Nixon’s day were a far better breed of criminal. RESIST!!
From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): President Donald Trump Blocks Transgender People From Serving in Military
I don’t see why transgender people can’t join the service, when transspecies monsters have joined Trump’s administration. RESIST!!
From The New Yorker: In an extraordinary rebuke of the President of the United States, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. have obtained a restraining order against Donald J. Trump.
The order, which the Girls Scouts were granted on Monday night, prevents Trump from coming within three hundred feet of any gathering of the Scouts’ organization.
Carol Foyler, a Girl Scouts spokesperson, said that while the G.S.U.S.A. sought the restraining order “out of an abundance of caution,” the girls themselves were “in no way, shape or form” afraid of President Trump.
“They’re prepared to deal with bobcats and bears,” she said. “They can handle a malignant narcissist.”
It’s a good thing they did, Andy. Otherwise, Putin’s Pervert would probably grope them. RESIST!!
I was awake most of Monday night, because I had cotton mouth, as I was allowed no liquids. The Surgery Center was efficient. During the surgery, Christine told me that the cancer surgery had made the cataract more difficult to extract and the pain drops were wearing off. When she applied more drops, I had a brief moment of intense burning, but otherwise there was no pain during the procedure. I got to look through the eye this morning, and the effect is phenomenal. The vision is clear and colors are brilliant. The computer screen is still blurry, because I have to wear my glasses, which are intended for distance, to protect the eye. I can’t wait to get the other eye done. This is today’s only article, because I have a follow-up appointment this afternoon.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 2:35 (average 4:19). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From YouTube (GQ Channel): A Timeline of Treason | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann
It is what Keith says it is: a timeline of treason. RESIST!!
Ian Bremmer, political scientist and president of The Eurasia Group, talks with Rachel Maddow about the revelation of an undisclosed second encounter between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin that left US allies concerned and no official record.
Consider this in the context that Jared Kushner tried to establish a backchannel of communications with the Russian government, so that nobody in the US government would be aware of what is said. Why does the Trump Reich want to hide dealings with Russia from America? It seems clear that the second meeting between Trump and Putin included only a Russian translator was also a safe way to discuss quid pro quo in secret. That’s conspiracy. RESIST!!
From The New Yorker: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was rushed to the hospital late Monday night with what doctors diagnosed as a low white-vote count.
Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center said that when McConnell arrived at the facility his white-vote count had fallen below fifty and he had gone into shock.
Dr. Harland Dorrinson, a physician at Walter Reed who is monitoring McConnell’s condition, called his low white-vote count “very serious.”
“Mitch McConnell needs a white-vote count of at least fifty in order to function,” he said. “If it falls below fifty and stays there for an extended period of time, he cannot survive.”
Dang Andy! So that explains it. This might give Bought Bitch Mitch a chance to socialize with his pal, Antonin Scalia. RESIST!!
I just returned from my doctor’s appointment and ate lunch. The report was a good. I’m recovering on or ahead of schedule, anf I have no need to go back, unless I have trouble. The only down side, is that I’m extremely tired. I understand that Putin’s pervert and Putin agreed to cooperate in cyber security. Isn’t that what they’ve been doing all along? I’m too pooped to research it now, but I shall cover the meeting tomorrow, as I expect to be back in the saddle then.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:45 (average 4:44). To do it, click here. How did you do?
Dang! Bought Bitch Mitch is Republican Supply-side Jesus?!!? RESIST!!
From The New Yorker: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being dispatched to Pyongyang in what the White House is calling a high-stakes mission to reverse North Korea’s years of progress in math and science.
DeVos, who is expected to arrive in Pyongyang later this week, plans to throw a monkey wrench in North Korea’s swiftly advancing nuclear program by replacing its current system of training scientists with a dizzying array of vouchers, sources said.
According to the White House, it is hoped that, after a few weeks in North Korea, DeVos will succeed in returning that nation’s nuclear program to pre-1970 levels.
At a press briefing announcing the mission, the White House deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called DeVos “our nation’s best bet to stop North Korea.”
With those questions in mind, I did some digging, checking out every representative’s campaign web page and identifying the 3 top issues each candidate raises. I looked at all 150 seats and discovered some interesting and sobering things. Before I share my findings, let’s take a quick look at the makeup of the Texas House of Representatives.
A quick disclaimer; I am not a Texan, which, for purposes of this exercise, I think will prove useful since I have no preconceived notion of any of the players involved. This allowed me to remain somewhat neutral as I reviewed their campaign information.
THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OVERVIEW
Number of Representatives = 150
Republican-held seats = 95 (63%)
Democratic-held seats = 55 (37%)
Seats not contested by Democrats in the last cycle = 60 (40%)
Seats Republicans needed to win to secure majority = 16 (11%)
Constituents per House District = 167,637
Constituents represented by Democrats = 9,220,035
Constituents Democrats DID NOT SEEK to represent = 10,058,220
Now that’s what I call pathetic! If you don’t compete, you can’t win! RESIST!!
It has been a busy week and next week looks the same. It rained most of yesterday and a bit last night, but today has been dry with some sunshine. Earlier this week, Wendy said that she expected TC would go home Friday or Saturday. So far, I think he is still in the hospital as he still has pain and did not outright say he was home. However I know he is very relieved that the liver spots are benign. Please say prayers or keep healing thoughts for TC front and centre. I hope everyone has a good weekend.
Yesterday’s took me 3:32 (average 5:14). To do it, click here. How did you do? No, I'm not barkin' mad!
Today’s took me 4:27 (average 5:46). To do it, click here. How did you do?
Politico — House Republicans on Thursday united to pass a comprehensive bill that would dismantle the landmark banking regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis.
The legislation, approved without a single Democratic vote, represents the GOP's opening salvo in the debate over easing the rules on the financial system, a move sparked by the election of President Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress. …
Hensarling argues that the economy and consumers would benefit from his vision in which market forces rather than government regulation would keep the financial system in check.
Among the bill's most controversial measures is the elimination of most of the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the independent regulatory agency that is Democrats' crown jewel in Dodd-Frank.
The legislation would rename the weakened CFPB the Consumer Law Enforcement Agency and make it more beholden to Congress and the president. …
The bill would also repeal a pillar of Dodd-Frank that allows regulators to manage the failure of a major financial institution, replacing that power with an updated version of the bankruptcy code.
While people were distracted by the Comey testimony, Lyin' Ryan and the Republicans rammed through a piece of legislation designed to all but kill the CFPB. Not good at all!
Raw Story — A former Republican congressman who voted to impeach former President Bill Clinton called out House Speaker Paul Ryan as a hypocrite.
Ryan argued Thursday that congressional Republicans would not be calling for the impeachment of a Democratic president accused of the same activity as President Donald Trump — but former representative Bob Inglis dismissed those claims as nonsense.
“You know this isn’t true,” Inglis tweeted to Ryan. “You know that you would be inquiring into impeachment if this were a D.”
There have been 2 attempts to impeach sitting presidents in modern times: Richard Nixon — the Judiciary Committee approved Articles of Impeachment in July 1974 but Nixon resigned in August 1974 before the whole House could vote on the impeachment; and Bill Clinton — the Judiciary Committee approved Articles of Impeachment in December 1998 but he was acquitted in the Senate. I won't go into detail on the charges but both presidents were charged with obstruction of justice as well as other charges. See Nixon charges here and Clinton charges here. In my non legal mind, it is apparent that Drumpf has obstructed justice and I hope that Mueller's investigation will bear that out at the very least. It is a long process which will hamper Drumpf to do his job effectively.
YouTube — What We Now Know From James Comey | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ
As the days proceed, I am sure that Mueller's investigation will raise more questions and hopefully some answers. Comey has not heard the end of the public testimony and I dare say there will be all manner of speculation about the closed session. Truth win out!
The New Yorker — The White House was on lockdown Thursday morning after a television was hurled out of a window, the Secret Service reported.
The incident, which occurred shortly after 10 A.M. E.S.T., caught the attention of the Secret Service after agents heard the sound of smashing glass emanating from the Oval Office.
“The sound was consistent with that of a large object, such as a television set, being thrown through a closed window,” a Secret Service spokesman said.
The television, which crashed to the ground outside the Oval Office, injured no one, the Secret Service confirmed.
I think Andy is back to straight reporting again. I can quite imagine that the pResident was really foaming at the mouth listening to Comey's testimony. His staff tried to keep him away from Twitter, but when they could contain no more, he let loose with this tweet "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" .
I particularly like #3.
Reminds me of my Annie who is almost 9 years old now.
I have a meeting to go to shortly. I am a member of the Family Council and a liaison to the Board of the care centre where my mum lived and the board is meeting tonight. The Family Council meets next week. Tomorrow is physio and teaching so there will likely be no Open Thread for tomorrow. We have had no additional word from TC yet, but when we know, we will pass it on. In the mean time, please keep TC in your thoughts and prayers.
Jig Zone Puzzle
Today’s took me 3:39 (average 5:52). To do it, click here. How did you do? Try not to get all wet with this one!
YouTube — If He Were Doing Any Other Job, Donald Trump Would Have Been Fired by Now | The Resistance | GQ
I should think that Trump would understand this phrase: "You're fired!" Or perhaps this one: "Go straight to jail. Do not pass Go."
Resist and Persist!!!
The New Yorker — In a dramatic announcement from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Donald J. Trump pronounced the planet Earth a “loser” and vowed to make a better deal with a new planet.
“Earth is a terrible, very bad planet,” he told the White House press corps. “It’s maybe the worst planet in the solar system, and it’s far from the biggest.” …
When asked which planet he would make a new deal with, Trump offered few specifics, saying only, “The solar system has millions of terrific planets, and they’re all better than Earth, which is a sick, failing loser.”
Trump’s remarks drew a strong response from one of the United States’ NATO allies, Germany’s Angela Merkel. “I strongly support Donald Trump leaving the planet Earth,” she said.
I'm with Angela Merkel!
Resist and Persist!!!
Think Progress — …Sen. John Wiles (R) knew that if he could lift Georgia’s law that banned outside groups from purchasing anonymous mailers, he could transform the way his party conducts campaigns. He declared at the time that he would “not support any effort to regulate anonymous political speech.”
Wiles was able to get his colleagues on board, and they quietly passed legislation removing the ban. But the move earned him critics, including the top Republican in the state tasked with running elections.
Karen Handel, then Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, said she was “adamantly” opposed to Wiles’ political maneuver—she had recently launched a “transparency in government” program. …
…Handel is relying heavily on the same kind of spending she so recently fought against.
Outside groups have spent roughly $9 million supporting Handel’s campaign during the primary and leading up to the June 20 runoff. More than $250,000 of that total has been spent on anonymous direct mail. …
“Karen Handel was for a ban on secret political spending, but now that it’s clear she can’t compete with Jon Ossoff and his small-dollar, grassroots donors, her campaign is almost completely reliant on special interest money from groups that refuse to disclose their donors.”
So much for being "adamantly opposed" to dark money. I did not like Karen Handel and her shenanigans when she was with Susan G Komen and I am disappointed to see her back in the limelight with her Republican talking points and lack of ethics. The special election in Georgia's 6th district is set for 20 June 2017. May it turn blue with Jon Ossoff who garnered 48.1% of the vote in the jungle primary.
I'm waiting for Store to Door to deliver groceries. Wendy comes this evening, and I have plenty of stink to keep her scrubbing for a while. Tomorrow I have two appointments with Christine, my Ophthalmologist in preparation for my first cataract surgery on the 23rd. Please expect only a Personal Update. I'll be fully dilated and virtually blind when I return.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today's took me 3:14 (average 4:19). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From YouTube (GQ Channel): Shouldn’t Jared Kushner Be Arrested? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann
Arrest Kushner Now! RESIST!!
From The New Yorker: Donald J. Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning that his practice of sleeping only four hours a day was having no impact whatsoever on his ability to cljjryff.
Trump, who repeatedly touted his high energy level during the 2016 campaign, tweeted that, despite his gruelling Presidential schedule, he still had enormous reserves of stamina, which he called “stamgygygyggy.”
In the same tweetstorm, he lashed out at news reports questioning his fitness for office, denouncing them as “fakequez%(™.”
Andy is back to straight news again. RESIST!!
From NY Times: Back from overseas and confronting an unforgiving political environment, President Trump appears increasingly isolated inside the White House, according to advisers, venting frustration over the performance of his staff and openly talking about shaking it up. But as he considers casting off old aides, Mr. Trump is finding it challenging to recruit new ones.
The disclosures from investigations stemming from Russian meddling in last year’s election — coupled with the president’s habit of undercutting his staff — have driven away candidates for West Wing jobs that normally would be among the most coveted in American politics, according to people involved in the search.
By the time the first change in what may be a broader shake-up was announced Tuesday, the White House was left without a replacement. Michael Dubke, the White House communications director, said he would step down, but four possible successors contacted by the White House declined to be considered, according to an associate of Mr. Trump who like others asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.
That makes perfect sense. If I were a completely corrupt Republican (tautology intended), I would not accept an appointment from the Fuhrer without a guaranteed full-salary pension for life and a blanket full pardon for all crimes: past, present and future. RESIST!!