Nov 202014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 15.  Tomorrow is almost here, and I just woke up.  Fortunately I had my research done this morning, but due to unpacking groceries, putting them away, and several other tasks, I just couldn’t get back to it before now.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

The Jig Zone website is currently down.  Assuming that this is a temporary situation, I’ll include today’s puzzle with tomorrow’s.

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Here in the U.S., lots of politicians have pointed to China as the reason the U.S. should not sign climate treaties. What will opponents of climate change action use as an excuse now? Check out this spot-on video from Climate Desk of what the excuses sound like:

 

This is the 3rd of 8 reasons President Obama and the Democratic Party have made the world a better place by negotiating a greenhouse gasses agreement with China. Click through for the other seven. A must-read article.

From Daily Kos: When Congress voted to approve the Keystone Pipeline they committed an act of war against the Great Sioux Nation. Apparently they completely forgot to check with the Sioux who live on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, who in February adopted tribal resolutions opposing the Keystone XL project. Or maybe Congress didn’t forget but rather chose to ignore them.

Of course the U.S. government has hardly ever taken Native American concerns seriously, so it would be a surprise if that happened now, but Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu Lakota Oyate) Tribal President Scott said his nation has yet to be properly consulted on the project, which would cross through tribal land. Concerns brought to the Department of Interior and to the Department of State have yet to be addressed, he said in a statement.

Kudos and thanks to the Rosebud Sioux. No doubt this will pass the Senate when it reconvenes with a Republican majority. Hopefully, Obama will veto it, but if not, I hope the Sioux sue.

From PRWatch: Leaked documents expose a plan by Edelman for TransCanada to launch an "aggressive" American-style policy/politics PR campaign to persuade Canadians to support a Canada-based alternative to the stalled Keystone XL pipeline to get controversial tar sands oil to refineries in eastern Canada for export.

But, according to the documents, this Canada-centric campaign would actually be run out of an office in Washington, DC. And the digital campaign is being led by a rightwing American political operative employed by the world’s largest public relations firm.

The documents were obtained by Greenpeace.

Ian Austen of The New York Times published some excerpts from the planning documents on November 17 that show how a new PR operation is in the works to persuade skeptical Canadians the "Energy East Pipeline" from Alberta to Quebec and to New Brunswick is a good idea.

Watch out Canada. They should be calling that Pollution East. It will be3 as bad for you as keystone XL would be for us.

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We still need one of these for Bush, Cheney, et al.

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Nov 072014
 

I could not help noticing in the statements from the Republican leadership that they hoped to be able to find areas of agreement with President Obama, and that they would work together to compromise.  Is that a realistic expectation?  I think not.  For the last six years, the Republican Party has been cultivating the support from people like the caller in the following article.  Such racists have become their base and most dependable followers.

1107ObamahateA man who called into C-SPAN’s "Washington Journal" Thursday morning referred to President Barack Obama as "that n***er" before getting booted off the air.

The caller, who gave his name as Anthony from San Diego, California, identified himself as a Republican and started out talking about the direction he thinks the new GOP majority in Congress should take.

"I would just like to say, that the Republicans — and I’m a Republican — please do not overreach," the caller began. "I know they’re going to overreach but I’m telling you, if you advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and you get too extreme, then Hillary Clinton will be elected President in 2016."

"This is about race," he added. "The Republicans hate that nigger Obama."…

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Hard to believe?  Here’s the video.

This is the tail that wags the Republican dog.

Rachel Maddow dedicated two segments to the possibility if cooperation.  In the first, she examines that the Republican bubble machine is saying and what the actual politicians are doing.

If you can’t see it here try this link on MSNBC.

It appears to me that Republicans are feigning congeniality and promising compromise to keep Obama from acting while Democrats still have a Senate majority.  Obama believed them, in 2009 when they were promising compromise on Obamacare.  To believe them now, especially given that sign, would be foolish indeed.

In the second segment, Rachel shows how they have inflamed the public against Obama and how Obama is calling them out to actually govern.

 

If you can’t see it here try this link on MSNBC.

I could not fine either clip on YouTube.

I won’t be holding my breath.

Finally, consider Eric Cantor.  All it took was a hint that he would be willing to compromise to cost him his seat.  Even if some in the Republican majority want to compromise, the threat of being primaried from the right and TEAbuggered out of office will Keep them goose-stepping with the most rabid segments of the base.

Now, both Agent Orange and Bought Bitch Mitch are promising to be nice, but saying that unilateral action from Obama would be like waving a red flag at a bull.  That’s too much bull to resist waving the flag.

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Sep 302014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 162It’s a busy week.  Today my helper friend is coming to help finish the major cleaning.  Tomorrow, I order groceries.  Wednesday is grocery delivery day, and Thursday, I have a doctor’s appointment with a complete blood workup.  That means fasting and all day waiting for Lift vans.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:57 (average 4:43).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From NY Times: One nominee proposed reclassifying single parenthood as child abuse. Another suggested that four “blood moons” would herald “world-changing, shaking-type events” and said Islam was not a religion but a “complete geopolitical structure” unworthy of tax exemption. Still another labeled Hillary Rodham Clinton “the Antichrist.”

Congressional Republicans successfully ended their primary season with minimal damage, but in at least a dozen safe or largely safe Republican House districts where more mild-mannered Republicans are exiting, their likely replacements will pull the party to the right, a move likely to increase division in an already polarized Congress.

I predict an increase in the level of Republican criminal sedition in 2015.

From Buzzfeed: 27 Snapchats From Your Cat

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Here’s one I like. Click through for the other 26.

From Daily Kos: A party in disarray: the California GOP can’t find its ass with both hands.

Click through for an interesting read, but I can help them find their ass. Here!

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Neither should we appease the Republican Party, which is just as dangerous.

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Aug 012014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 102.  It will be a difficult day, because I have physical therapy during a heat wave.  It is also the day I normally spend hours collecting the data for and compiling the Monthly Report for Politics Plus to post on the second.  Because of the timing, the Monthly Report will be a day or two late, and I may have nothing at all to post on Saturday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 4:32).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: As much as people love sex, you’d think we’d know better! If we just got rid of myths like these, we’d feel a lot better about our bodies, our relationships, and our sex lives.

 

If you show this to Republicans, that are likely to become apoplectic. So many uninterrupted facts, without intervening lies is more than they can handle.  Now, if only I could remember what sex is.

From Daily Kos: If you haven’t seen this before, this really sums up what Republicans think of the Americans who work for a living.

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No Congress in US history has ever done so little.’

From TPM: Conservative rocker Ted Nugent published a lengthy and rambling rant hitting back at his critics on Wednesday, writing that the reason he’s been described as a racist is because he’s "doing God’s work."

Nugent’s comments came in a column posted [World Nut Daily delinked] on the conspiracy theory website WND, in which he reacted to the news that one of his concerts in Idaho had been canceled because of his incendiary rhetoric.

"For the lying freaks over at the Huffington Post, Moveon.org and the scammers at the Southern Poverty Law Center to go to such extremes to constantly lie about me is proof positive that I am not only on the right track doing God’s work spotlighting the current infestation of cockroaches amongst us, but that they are clearly scared to death of me and virtually incapable of debating me one on one," Nugent wrote.

Nugent was reported to have used the term "unclean vermin" when discussing the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s decision to cancel a casino concert he was supposed to perform. The tribe canceled the concert after being contacted by the Southern Poverty Law Center and made aware of some of his past remarks, including some in which he called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and a "chimpanzee."

From his perspective, spewing racial hatred is doing God’s work, because his God is Republican Supply-side Jesus, the exact opposite of the real Jesus.

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Jul 032014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 73, and it’s late in the day, because the last two days tired me out.  I’m pleased to report that, in spite of yesterday’s 97° high here, I had to turn the A/C down a bit, as I was getting chilly. Smile

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:02 (average 5:08).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker:

By a 5–4 vote on Monday, the United States Supreme Court settled a dispute that Justice Samuel Alito said was “at its core about the rights of women versus the rights of people.”

Writing for the majority, Justice Alito wrote, “It is the duty of this Court, whenever it sees that the rights of people are being threatened, to do our best to safeguard those rights. In this case, it is clear that people’s rights were being threatened by women.”

Acknowledging that some women “might argue that they, too, have some claim to being people,” Justice Alito wrote, “That is an interesting question for another day.”

Brilliance in truth, Andy!

From Upworthy: It’s not exactly something you can learn in under five minutes, but this video will definitely give you a taste of what’s going on in Iraq right now.

 

This gives some excellent background information on what the Republican Party created in Bush Reich’s failed war for oil and conquest. The video should be more direct in giving them the credit they deserve.

From NY Times: …Failure to act in a few crucial cases could imperil the fragile economic recovery. If Congress cannot reach agreement on spending bills or stopgap funding by Oct. 1, another government shutdown could result. And if Congress and the White House do not quickly find money for the depleted Highway Trust Fund, states could be forced to suspend job-providing road and bridge projects at the height of the construction season in August.

The author goes on to say he thinks they will work it out. Given the current Republican fear of TEAbuggery in the wake of Cantor’s demise, I wouldn’t be too sure. When they wield absurd demands in return for keeping the government running, which they surely will, Obama and the Democrats must accept the damage they are willing to do to America, rather than cave-in.

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May 122014
 

Republicans get very strange, when it comes to witches.  They seem to think that devil is hard at work through broomstick riding crones.  They are so over the top on the subject that the only thing anyone will ever remember about the candidacy of Christine O’Dingbat was her claim not to be one.  Rachel Maddow had some fun with the Great Benghazi Witch Hunt, before getting serious.

0511OdingbatRep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) said the following on the House floor yesterday, “[Democrats] would blame our insistence upon getting the truth as a political ‘witch hunt.’ Well, Mr. Speaker, that must mean that there’s a witch somewhere.”

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has a bit of fun with the inanity that is otherwise known as Pete Sessions. Critics have charged the announced Select Committee on Benghazi will amount to nothing more than a partisan ‘ witch hunt’. With some background on the Salem witch hunts from the 17th century, before going back even further with a sketch from Monty Python’s "Holy Grail" where villagers accuse a woman of witchcraft. Sessions isn’t just some rank-and-file knucklehead either, but was once the chairman of the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee)… [emphasis original]

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This video is the same content as the clip embedded in the article, but it’s in a format that can be viewed internationally.

I think Nancy Pelosi was wrong to boycott the Republican Katrina Cover-up Committee in 2005. The problem with that tactic is that the mainstream media tends to parrot Republican lies, without challenge, so the truth is never heard. I think that attending the committee is a better solution, as the media tends to cover the conflict, when Democrats challenge Republican lies, and it gives us access to subpoenaed materials that support the truth, which Republicans would otherwise bury. However appointing just one or two strong progressive Democrats (no DINOs) to that committee gives us the needed "in your face" presence, and document access. It also serves as protest and minimizes time wasted by having five in a powerless role.

Finally, when Rachel said “there is no witch”, I trust that she meant the Satanist broom-riding set and intended no disrespect to people of the Wiccan faith.  Nor do I.

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May 092014
 

Republicans claim that their new select committee on Benghazi is serious investigation.  Let any Democrats question this, and these Republicans accuse them of spitting in the faces of four murdered heroes.  In that case, what is it when these same Republicans ignore the head of that committee to use both him and it as an opportunity for their second favorite (behind election theft) activity: sheeple-fleecing.

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Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told a Morning Joe panel Wednesday morning that the GOP should not use the Benghazi Select Committee — of which he was just appointed chairman — as a fundraising tool. But as he spoke, a National Republican Campaign Committee website was doing just that.

“I have never sought to raise a single penny on the backs of four murdered Americans,” Gowdy said on MSNBC. “There are, even in a culture of hyper-partisanship, certain things that ought to be above politics, like the murder of our four fellow Americans.”

But BenghaziWatchdogs.com [Republican Party delinked], an NRCC-run website, proclaims, “House Republicans will make sure that no one will get away from Gowdy and the Select Committee… [emphasis original]

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Republicans are always desperate for a meme to distract, energize and fleece their rabid base.  Chris Hayes explains their motivation in much greater detail.

This is hypocrisy at its worst.  The so-called rationale for this investigation is that the second Whitehouse document dump at Congress’ request contained an email that had been omitted from the first document dump.  Therefore Republicans claim a Democratic cover-up.  However, that email had no information that was not also included in several other documents that were released.  If effect, Republicans are  accusing the Obama administration of a cover-up for withholding information that the Republicans already have from them.

This is how Republicans in Congress are spending $millions of YOUR tax dollars!

Every Republican in office is one Republican too many!

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