Jun 122017
 

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, and today is my first full day since before I was hospitalized.  It feels good to be back in the saddle, but I bet a buck that I’ll be pooped before my work is done.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s dawg (tomorrow’s lunch?) took me 3:27 (average 4:51).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Full Frontal Channel): The Ballad Of The Kitty Litter Meth Case

 

Dang!! I’m taking my bag of kitty litter and going into hiding. RESIST!!

From DCReport: Donald Trump told voters he would double economic growth from about 2% annually under Obama to more than 4%.

But Trump’s own planners at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) don’t think that will happen. Using current tax rates, they project that federal tax revenues will grow at a slower pace than under President Obama through 2022, just the opposite of what you’d expect to see if the overall economy was suddenly growing at double the pace of the Obama years. The OMB numbers are presented in a new federal document, not mentioned in other major news organizations’ reporting, and analyzed by DCReport.

A doubling of economic growth to 4% annually would produce a much bigger increase in individual income tax revenues. That’s because as incomes rise so do the rates at which they are taxed. At 4% annual increases in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) incomes would soar, pushing many people into higher tax brackets on their increased incomes.

Click through for more. As a result, the Trump/Ryan tax cuts to provide welfare for billionaires will cause huge deficits, and Republicans will demand cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Here’s some schadenfreude for you: Breitbart is a hot mess. Their problems go beyond the recent firing of editor Kate McHugh or Milo Yiannopoulos’ resignation in February: the number of companies willing to advertise on Breitbart.com is down to just 26, according to the Washington Post.

The number of advertisers on the alt-right site Breitbart.com has dropped 90 percent in recent months, from 242 in March to 26 in May, according to data from MediaRadar, a New York firm that tracks online advertising. Among those that continue to advertise on the site include a gentleman’s club in Northern Virginia, a golf resort near the coast of Spain and the conservative foundation Judicial Watch.

This means that Breitbart has lost over 2,200 advertisers total.

It couldn’t happen to nastier Nazis. Another Alt-Right Nazi site says that Jew advertisers are strangling Breitfart of revenues, I tried to find a list of the last 26, but could not. RESIST!!

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Jun 022017
 

I’d like to say yesterday went well, but my Ophthalmologist’s front office really screwed the pooch.  The doctor was waiting for me at a different office, where they have all the equipment needed for both tests.  However the only way I had been notified was in an the fine print of an online appointment reminder notice at their web portal.  That’s the wrong way to inform someone who can barely see!  So I had to reschedule the main test, and a technician performed the small test that required only partial dilation.  When I was done, I asked Tri-Met if the could move up my ride home and they got me 45 minutes sooner.  I was frustrated and exhausted from recent heat and humidity, so I just posted that I was OK, and went to bed.  Except for a meal break and Republican depository breaks, I stayed there until morning.  I’m feeling recovered, but groggy.  The poll change and Monthly Report will be a few days late.  I’ll finish ASAP.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:11 (average 5:47).  To do it. click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Has Michael Flynn Already Flipped on Trump? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

From Keith’s mouth to God’s ear. RESIST!!

Also from YouTube (GQ Channel): The GOP Must Take Responsibility for Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Why don’t they? This is likely to be the last time that Republican leaders will ever have an opportunity to strip mine all the nation’s wealth, give it to billionaires,  and create a totalitarian state. If they desert Trump, their chance goes with him. May they rot in hell. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Robert Reich: 7 Reasons Trump’s Corporate Tax Cuts Make No Sense

 

Of course the Reich in the Left, Robert Reich, is right and the Reich on the Right, the Republican Reich, is anti-American. RESIST!!

From All In: Report: From start, Trump pushed to lift Russia sanctions

 

In three words, quid pro quo. In one word, treason. RESIST!!

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Bernie Blasts Mulvaney

 Posted by at 1:46 pm  Politics
May 262017
 

You don’t need me to tell you how bad Trump’s Republican budget is.  You don’t need me to tell you that it is Lyin’ Ryan’s economic thermonuclear strike against the poor and middle classes.  He has been drooling for this opportunity for years.  However we all need to know how to dissect and oppose it.  At that, few, if any, are better than Bernie Sanders.

Shortly after the Trump administration unveiled its controversial budget proposal for 2018, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) totally dismantled the plan in a scathing op-ed.

"The [$4.1 trillion] budget introduced this week by the Trump administration constitutes nothing less than a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor to the top 1%," Sanders wrote Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Vermont senator confronted Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on the budget’s $26.7 billion cuts

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Click through.

 

Here is more extensive video clip than the one included.

This must not pass, but it must be hung around the neck of every Republican running for reelection.

RESIST!!

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May 012017
 

It’s been a very long day and I’m very tired from setting up a new poll and from doing the research and preparing the graphics for tomorrow’s Monthly Report.  Please pardon my brevity.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:29 (average 5:01).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Commenting on Donald Trump’s first hundred days in office, Vice-President Mike Pence told Fox News on Sunday, “To tell you the truth, I really thought I’d be President by now.”

“When I agreed to run on the ticket with him, I said to myself, ‘Mike, after he’s been in the White House for a few weeks, he’ll be a total train wreck and you’ll be able to slide into the big-boy chair,’ ” Pence said. “I never in a million years thought he’d last a hundred days. My best guess was thirty.”

The former Indiana governor said that, with such seemingly fatal missteps as Trump’s failed health-care plan and travel bans, as well as any number of unhinged outbursts, “It feels like I’ve come close to getting in there maybe ten or twelve times. But close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

Calling the past hundred days “the longest hundred days of my life,” Pence said that he has no choice now but to “sit and wait for my moment.”

Andy has made it clear that impeaching Trump is not enough. We also need to dump dozens of Republicans in the Presidential succession queue simultaneously. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: A man armed with a machete and a bag full of knives seriously injured a Kentucky student Friday morning in a politically motivated attack at a campus coffee shop….

“The day of reckoning is here,” the man said, according to witnesses.

He then approached two women at the café.

“He asked the first girl if she was a Democrat or a Republican, she said Republican, (and) he said okay, then asked some other girl,” said witness Michael Soder. “By that time, some of my friends were running out and yelling for us to leave, and I tried to stay behind to see if — I mean I didn’t know what to do, I wanted to help, but I knew I should get out of there.”

Another witness shared a similar account.

“He asked somebody what their political affiliation was, they said ‘Republican,’ and the guy said, ‘You are safe,’ and then I realized what was going on and started getting people out,” said witness Tristan Reynolds.

The assailant, who police said was a former student, then pulled out a machete and attacked a woman in the café. [emphasis original]

I guess I need to retire the term Al Dubya after all these years. Al Drumpfenfarten is a greater terrorist threat to America and the World than al Qaeda or the Daesh ever were.  RESIST!!

From NY Times: Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan agreement on Sunday to fund the government through September, effectively ending any suspense about the possibility of a government shutdown next weekend.

The agreement, which still must be voted on by lawmakers, includes increased funding for the military and for border security. But it does not include funding for the wall that President Trump wants to build along the border with Mexico, one of his major campaign promises.

The deal increases funding for the National Institutes of Health, despite the Trump administration’s request that its budget be reduced for the rest of the fiscal year. And it provides millions of dollars to reimburse costs incurred by local law enforcement agencies to protect Mr. Trump and his family — a boon to New York City, which has had the costly task of helping to protect Trump Tower.

The spending package would be the first significant bipartisan measure approved by Congress during the Trump presidency. Republicans, despite having control of both houses of Congress and the White House, were unable to pass any marquee legislation in the president’s first 100 days.

I’ll reserve judgment until I have more info, but it appears we got as much as we gave up or more, and the compromise appears better than a government shutdown.  RESIST!!

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Open Thread – 4/25/2017

 Posted by at 1:19 pm  Politics
Apr 252017
 

It’s another day that the pain remains severe, but I did get enough sleep to publish.  I expect to publish tomorrow as well, as I have to be up to receive a grocery delivery.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:11 (average 4:04).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Bill O’Reilly’s Downfall (And Trump’s, Too?) | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

All should boycott all things Trump. As I said…

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… and a few more. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In an appearance at the University of Chicago on Monday, former President Barack Obama unloaded a relentless barrage of complete sentences in what was widely seen as a brutal attack on his successor, Donald Trump.

Appearing at his first public event since leaving office, Obama fired off a punishing fusillade of grammatically correct sentences, the likes of which the American people have not heard from the White House since he departed.

“He totally restricted his speech to complete sentences,” Tracy Klugian, a student at the event, said. “It was the most vicious takedown of Trump I’d ever seen.”

“About five or six sentences in, I noticed that all of his sentences had both nouns and verbs in them,” Carol Foyler, another student, said. “I couldn’t believe he was going after Trump like that.”

Dang Andy! It must be an attack on the Fuhrer for Obama to have used the science of grammar! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Donald Trump still insists that Mexico is going to pay for the border wall. Except Mexico stubbornly refuses to send an up-front check for something that would cost as much as their national budget, is designed to wreck their economy, and is basically the world’s biggest and “most beautiful” screw-you. So until Trump figures out exactly how to get Mexico to shell out for a giant slap in the face, there’s the problem of finding that money in your pocket.

Last week Trump budget director, and chief torturer of both reason and common decency, Mick Mulvaney, proposed that Trump might let slip a dollar worth of health care for every dollar that Democrats provided for hate concrete. Mulvaney insisted that the Wall was a must-have, take-it-or-leave-it item, but his healthcare for hardware exchange was not exactly a deal anyone rushed to embrace.

As it turns out, there was no need to, because faced with the idea of hitting a government shutdown on Day 99 of his regime, Donald Trump appears ready to fold like a gaudy gold napkin in the Mar-a-lago dining and strategic planning room.

Trump has two choices, fold or face the consequences of his shutdown. RESIST!!

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Apr 222017
 

It’s another day with lots of pain, but enough sleep.  There has been a small demonstration, marching under my window.  Some chanted "What do we want? Educated science! When do we want it?  After peer review!"  Others chanted, "Science says, ‘Dump Trump!’"  A small group of Republican hecklers marched and chanted, "Science trumps niggers!  Trump trumps niggers!"  I apologize for using that hateful word, but I consider accurately condemning Republican racism more important political correctness.  Please expect no more than a personal update tomorrow.  It’s a Wendy day, and there is much to do.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:53 (average 4:58).  To do it, click here.  Hpw did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Happy Earth Day from MoveOn.org!

 

What Republicans are doing to the earth is unBEARable. RESIST!!

From Sen. Jeff Merkley: Keep It in the Ground

Climate change is already wreaking havoc on our farming, fishing and forests—and without dramatic action in the near future, it will get much worse. Our society is still dependent on fossil fuels, but affordable and reliable technology exists to gradually transition to clean energy and clean transportation. Making that transition happen smoothly should be a central priority of the federal government.

A key starting point is to stop the expansion of fossil fuel production on our public lands and waters. Rather than serving coal, oil, and gas companies, our public lands should serve the public and accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels and towards a cleaner energy future.

Learn more about Keep It in the Ground

The Keep It in the Ground Act is one step we can take to slow the pace of climate change and prevent some of its most serious consequences. Click here to learn more about Keep It in the Ground and click here to download a short summary of the bill.

To see the full text of the bill, click here.

To download a copy of our Keep It in the Ground PDF pamphlet, click here.

Sign Up for Jeff’s Climate Updates

To sign up for Jeff’s climate change updates and the latest Keep It in the Ground Act news, sign up here.

 

Please Support Jeff’s Keep It in the Ground Bill, It won’t pass during a Republican Reich, but it shows voters that Democrats are superior stewards of our world. I could not be more proud of Jeff. Oregon leads the way! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Donald Trump wants nothing more in the world than to build that "big, beautiful" nativist status symbol he promised at every campaign stop from the moment he announced his candidacy. Yes, indeedy, that border wall is emerging as so very important to the popular vote loser that his minions are willing to risk it all.

Despite the fact that Republicans have no path to securing enough GOP votes alone to pass Trump’s budget priorities—funding the wall, increased defense spending, and adding more border agents—the White House is preparing to wage what amounts to a game of chicken with Democrats in advance of the April 28 deadline, writes Politico:

With almost uniform Democratic opposition to nearly all of the Trump administration’s spending proposals, the fight could lead to a government shutdown next Friday — the day government spending expires, and right before the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. Officials could also strike a one-week compromise, giving them more time for a broader agreement.

I warned that this was coming. As painful as it might be, Democrats cannot bow to Republican blackmail using the American people as hostages. There is only one response. RESIST!!

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A dark day!

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