Oct 222017
 

I have a very busy day.  Wendy will be here shortly, and we have lots to do, while meditating upon the holy Ellipsoid Orb!  When she arrives, I’ll break and finish when she leaves.

Wendy just left. We finished everything and I fed her pizza for lunch.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:52 (average 6:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From AM Joy: FBI, law enforcement: Overlooking violent white supremacists?

The FBI says that ‘black identity extremists’ threaten police, but many believe authorities are ignoring the documented violence of white supremacists. Joy Reid and her panel discuss.

 

I think police have little interest in white supremacist gang violence for two reasons. Police depend on the Republican Reich, who white supremacists represent, for military toys with which to kill Blacks.  Second, police arresting such gang members would stand a high chance of arresting brother officers. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: When eleven-year-old Cub Scout Ames Mayfield learned that his den was holding an event where cub scouts would be encouraged to ask questions of Colorado state senator Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, he spent days doing research on her views and the issues.  He came prepared with two questions, one on gun control and one on comments she’d made at 2013 legislative hearing on poverty and mortality rates among African-Americans.

A few days after the event, where he did, indeed, ask his questions, he got the news that a den leader felt the questions were too pointed and had kicked him out of the troop.

His mother says that the only thing she told him to do was to be respectful and preface any question with “with all due respect.”

This perfectly illustrates the Republican position on the First Amendment. RESIST!!

From NY Times: In signing a recent executive order, President Trump promised that millions of Americans could soon obtain “great, great health care” through inexpensive plans that offer consumers options they had been denied under the Affordable Care Act.

But these health plans, created for small businesses, have a darker side: They have a long history of fraud and abuse that have left employers and employees with hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid medical bills.

The problems are described in dozens of court cases and enforcement actions taken over more than a decade by federal and state officials who regulate the type of plans Mr. Trump is encouraging, known as association health plans.

In many cases, the Labor Department said, it has targeted “unscrupulous promoters who sell the promise of inexpensive health benefit insurance, but default on their obligations.” In several cases, it has found that people managing these health plans diverted premiums to their personal use.

To anyone stupid enough to buy such a plan: Welcome to RepubliCare. RESIST!!

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Oct 112017
 

I have a busy day today.  I’m writing earlier than normal, because I’m waiting for a grocery delivery from Store to Door.  When it arrives, I’ll put the groceries away, have lunch and finish writing.  Wendy is coming this evening to destink the putrid TomCat.  Even though today’s high is forecast at 57°, 100% humidity makes me sticky.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:40 (average 4:23).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Offer:

We need a player to take over Pam’s league leading team in out fantasy football league.  If you’d like to do it, please email me (see contact me under Links in left column) with the email address you use (or want to use) for nfl.com fantasy.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): What Mike Pence’s Cynical Anthem Stunt Cost

 

Keith has a point. When it comes to wasting YOUR money on their own luxuries, nobody excels like the $1,232,943,000.00, and still counting, Republican Reich! RESIST!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Rick Wiles Says ‘You Don’t Have The Right To Worship Lucifer In This Country’

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

As a Christian, I have no wish to worship Lucifer, his teased hair, his orange face, his tiny hands, his pee-soaked body, or his Putin-ravished butt. However, if I was sick enough to want to do that, it is my right, no matter what that Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian liar says. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: There are primarily two types of poor people in this country:

1. Those who are struggling because they have an entire power structure rigged against them

2. Those who have no money because they are, frankly, morons

We fight for those in the first category. The second category might as well be referred to as Trump supporters, and I simply don’t have any empathy for proudly ignorant, dirt poor, uneducated racists who are currently getting swindled right now by a supposed “billionaire.” 

President Cheeto just tweeted that “The RNC is taking in far more $’s than the Dems, and much of it by my wonderful small donors.”  He was referring to this article in theWashington Post [sic]—which I suppose he forgot that he called FAKE NEWS just a few days ago.

U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

If you believe Trump, he is uber-wealthy and doesn’t need anybody’s help to pay his bills. So either he is lying, or gets some kind of kick out of poor dupes donating to help pay his legal fees. Either way, he mocks them and proves our point that they do indeed deserve our scorn. At least when we mock them, we don’t swindle them.

At different times the Fuhrer has denied doing this and bragged about doing it. Republicans, Trump is an expert at sheeple-fleecing, so bend over and say BAA-A-A-A-A-A! RESIST!!

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Everyday Erinyes #93

 Posted by at 12:10 am  Politics
Sep 232017
 

Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage.  These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that.  Even though there are many more which I can’t include.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”

 

Before I start on this first story, I want to rant a bit.  In our judicial systems, which mostly are hand-me-downs from British common law (Louisiana, I think has some Napoleonic influence), we generally do not consider fully acceptable witnesses, because “children lie.”  Well, yes, children do lie; some more than others; but why do they lie?  Well, we don’t let them handle guns on their own (mostly), we don’t let them have sharp objects (mostly), we may let them have boxing or self defense or martial arts lessons, but they are pretty well vastly outweighed by and less strong than adults.  We don’t let them handle large sums of money (such as one might need to hire an attorney).  What defensive weapon do they have, except lying?

However, by and large, and particularly if they are under the age of seven or eight, they tell some kinds of lies, and they don’t tell other kinds of lies.  They may tell fantasy lies (“There’s a fairy in the garden.”)  They may tell very simple lies (“I didn’t do it.” “I don’t know.” “Not me.”)  They do NOT make up possible but elaborate stories, in which cause and effect and adult motives hold together.  They may be sharp as tacks, but they do not have the experience to do that.

And that is why, in this case in Tacoma, WA, I absolutely believe the child who was burned by a firework gun in the hands of his father.  Dad says he was trying to teach the child a gun safety lesson, and there was an accident.  Son says Dad was grilling him about the whereabouts of his mother, he (son) was refusing to answer, and “He (Dad) shooted me.”

Though the story says nothing about the parents being separated or divorced and Mom having a restraining order or being in a DV shelter, why else would Dad be demanding to know where she was?  And, if not that, how could a six-year-old come up with such a circumstantial lie?  Well, at least someone on the spot believed the child.  Dad has been charged with third degree child assault.  Megaera, I hope you can keep track of this case and make sure justice is done.

 

On another news item, we probably could all rant.  In fact, we frequently do when we comment that someone, usually a Republican, seems not to grasp the Constitution.  Actually, that is throwing roses at it.  Here’s the title:

New survey shows a disturbing trend: Most Americans have no clue what is in the Constitution

The survey in question is from the Annenberg Public Policy Center.  It was conducted between August 9th to the 13th of this year.  The sample size was 1,013 adults.in the U.S.  Probably the most frightening single result was that

53 percent think that people who are here illegally do not have any rights under the Constitution. That incorrect belief is especially strong among self-identified political conservatives – 67 percent think it is accurate, compared with 48 percent of moderates and 46 percent of liberals.

Forty-six per cent of liberals?  Good heavens!

The three branches of government?  Only 26% could name all three (in 2011, 38% could).  But 33% could not identify ANY branch of government.

Well, it’s no wonder so many Americans don’t seem to grasp the Constitution.  They don’t know anything about what is in it.  It’s not really reasonable to expect people to grasp something they know nothing about.

There’s been some discussion about making voting in the U.S. compulsory, and some nations do have compulsory voting.  How do those nations handle the issue of civics education?  I think maybe we had better find out.  But we don’t need to find out every detail to realize we need to do better.  Annenberg has joined with 30 other groups to form the Civics Renewal Network to offer free, high-quaity educational materials on line.  Which is great.  But all the materials in the world cannot help if they don’t get used.

Alecto, here’s a project for you.  Come up with a coordinated, national civics education program (that’s the easy part), and then get every Federal and State legislator behind it so it can get passed and put into effect.  Oh, and don’t forget the territories.

 

In this final incident for today, the mills of justice sseem to be grinding.  At least, the perpetrators have pled no contest and been sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Probably not enough, but closer than many sentences we have been hearing about lately, especially when the victim was a child.

Rachel Jean Stevens, 29, and Kayla Ann Jones, 26, were each sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for beating the boy so severely that he suffered two strokes….

Investigators found the boy had been locked in a room and bound with duct tape over his eyes, and he told police that Stevens, his mother, and her girlfriend, Jones, had beaten him with a belt.

Police also said Stevens hit her son’s hand with a hammer and that Jones kicked him in the genitals until he bled.

As so often happens, though it beggars the imagination of normal people, there were two other children in the home who were completely physically unharmed. All three chidren are in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.  Tisiphone, maybe you could put on your Eumenides hat and give them some love and strength.

 

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 here.

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Sep 132017
 

This article is bogus.  Daily Kos is usually an impeccable source, but not this time.  The author depended on a report from Alliance for Justice, which I have now read.  It contains only unattributed claims.  Barrett clerked for and sings the praises of Antonin “Sizzling” Scalia, so she should not be confirmed, but if she made the statements below, I can’t find evidence. I apologize to you all  for posting fake news.  When I’m wrong, I say so.

Here is the ninety-fourth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Coney Barrett. She is so honored for saying that the US Constitution must be ignored to mandate the antichristian dogma demanded, but never obeyed, by Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians.

0913BarrettAnyone serving in the U.S. Government has to abide by the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land, but that is not the ardent belief of Trump’s nominee to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

The idea that the Constitution is secondary to a judge’s religious belief has been a growing threat for a decade or so, but now that threat is becoming reality as America lurches toward an evangelical theocracy. For far too long politicians have looked the other way as theocracy-minded evangelicals have infected the government hoping to spread their bastardized version of Christianity like a virulent plague.

At least now some members of the Senate realize the danger of a religious fanatic serving as an appeals court judge, but it is likely far too late to stop a serious threat to the rule of law by a Trump nominee who said judges have a duty to put their faith above the Constitution.

Amy Coney Barrett is a practicing conservative Catholic, and is an extraordinarily enthusiastic opponent of a woman’s right to choose. She has written extensively on the Catholic Church’s need to dismantle an American long-standing legal medical procedure adjudicated as constitutional in Roe v. Wade.

Barrett also does not subscribe to the idea of adhering to long-established legal precedents if they conflict with her religious belief that laws, or High Court rulings “were gross mistakes” because they are not founded on her Christian religion

Inserted from <Daily Kos>

Barrett claims, falsely, to be a Christian.  A Catholic, she opposes Pope Francis, like her more liberal judicial example, Sizzling Antonin Scalia.  She is a Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian, and that makes her an antichristian.  But none of these things disqualify her for a seat on the 5th Circuit.  What does is her belief in Theocracy, because she is directly and openly opposed to the establishment clause in the First Amendment to our Constitution.  That is also what qualifies her for a parade.

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Aug 102017
 

It’s another hot sticky day, and I’m so sick of needing a shower ten minutes after the water is off, I could scream.  On the plus side, if the forecasts are correct, today is the last day in the 90°s for at least two weeks.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:44 (average 3:38).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Message:

After months of languishing in misery, deprived of the holy light from the Ellipsoid Orb, the blessed Orb is returning, so for me, today is a holy day.  My Broncos are traveling to worship this evening with a team so indecent that they go around Bear.  I shall be meditating this evening.  May the holy Orb shine its light on my Broncos.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (RWW Channel): Rick Joyner Is Not Worried About North Korea Because Trump ‘Is Really Open To Words From The Lord’

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

The problem with Joyner’s notion that Trump is "really open to words from the Lord" is that Trump’s lord has cloven hooves and carries a pitchfork. RESIST!!

From DC Report: Donald Trump went to war Tuesday with his former campaign manager, the global influence peddler and Kremlin-friendly Paul Manafort. We know this because of the top article in today’s National Enquirer, which often acts as an attack dog for Trump and hushes up stories he wants to be kept quiet.

“Trump Advisor Sex Scandal—Paul Manafort’s Sick Affair,” the tawdry tabloid’s headline screamed. “Target in FBI-Russia probe also cheated with a woman half his age!”

Not only is Manafart under the bus, but also, for the first time in history, the National Enquirer is reporting straight news. RESIST!!

From Raw Story: Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is itching to play himself on Saturday Night Live after quitting his Trump administration job.

During his first months as press secretary, Spicer became a favorite target of the NBC live sketch show when Melissa McCarthy repeatedly lampooned the embattled White House staffer.

This week, sources told Us Weekly that Spicer is now “angling” to take a crack at showing off his own comedic skills.

“He is asking people about getting on — it was his idea!” one source told the publication.

Melissa McCarthy is a far better Shitty Spice than Shitty himself. Here’s proof.

RESIST!!

From Newsweek: A former Republican senator has suggested that Donald Trump is “sick of mind” and should be removed from office.

Gordon Humphrey told New Hampshire lawmakers in a letter that has been widely shared that they should back his bid to dump Trump.

In a letter sent to Representative Annie Kuster, Humphrey urges her to back a bill that would set up an Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity to decide whether Trump is fit for office.

"Donald Trump is seriously sick. He is dangerous," read Humphrey’s letter, which he shared with news station WMUR on Wednesday.

Dang! It’s not very often that I find myself in complete agreement with a Republican!  Unfortunately, the commission would be meaningless.  Congress’ only remedy is impeachment.  To declare Trump unfit, getting Pence and the majority of Federal Department Heads to agree that he is unfit, as the 25th Amendment requires, is very improbable, and only removes him temporarily.   RESIST!!

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Jul 212017
 

I’m feeling pretty tired because the humidity here is si high, I feel sticky, even when I’m cool.  I have a very hot weekend coming up.  For those of you, who worked all week, TGIF!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:12 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Media Must Fight Back | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Keith could not be more correct. When the conspirators lie, their lies should not be covered, unless they are covered as lies. There can be no balanced position between truth and lies. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: This overt hostility and flagrant assault on transparency has had an impact on a certain sector of the electorate. Trump voters have evolved into a breed of ill-informed, willfully ignorant yokels whose devotion to their Orange Julius Caesar borders on cult worship. This alarming descent into madness is frightfully illustrated in the results of a new survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP). The depth of the delirium of these lost souls is unimaginable. And yet, the data from the PPP pollsters is clear. Here are some examples from the study:

  • Only 45% of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton…even though Trump Jr. admitted it. 32% say the meeting didn’t happen and 24% say they’re not sure.
  • 72% of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be ‘fake news,’ only 14% disagree.
  • Only 24% of Trump voters even want an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, 64% are opposed to an investigation.
  • Only 26% of Trump voters admit that Russia wanted Trump to win the election, 44% claim Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win, and 31% say they’re not sure one way or the other.
  • Even if there was an investigation, and it found that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia to aid his campaign, 77% of his supporters think he should still stay in office to just 16% who believe he should resign.

What manner of sickness is this? Less than half of the Trump disciples believe that Don, Jr. met with Russians despite his having confirmed it. Do they think he’s lying? More troubling though, is that more than three quarters of the StormTrumpers are comfortable with him serving as president even if he conspired with a foreign hostile enemy to steal the election.

The sad thing is that these morons vote. Sadder still, they reproduce. ARGH!! RESIST!!

From Exposed by CMD: Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures (both chambers), thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to gerrymander the U.S. Senate.

This week in Denver, July 19-21, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will welcome Republican state legislators and its corporate funders, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, K12 Inc., Peabody Energy, and PhRMA, to vote on corporate legislative priorities and create cookie cutter “model” bills in task force meetings that are still closed to the press.

ALEC will welcome U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke [ALEC Koch Suckers delinked], Newt Gingrich and other Trump loyalists to the meeting.

On the agenda for debate and discussion? A model bill to repeal the 17th Amendment, which established the popular election of United States Senators in 1913.

Previously, U.S. Senators were selected by state legislatures and political party bosses beholden to powerful industries. The corruption scandals erupting from the wheeling and dealing fueled some of the great muckraking investigative journalism of the early 20th Century. In 1912, progressive Republican U.S. Senator Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette campaigned for the popular election of U.S. Senators as a means of cracking down on political corruption and corporate control of the democracy. Reformers introduced direct primary elections, ballot initiatives, and recall votes, in the same time period.

Now right-wing extremists want to roll back the clock to enable Republican state houses and Republican governors to hijack at least 10 U.S. Senate Seats held by Democrats in Republican trifecta states, and force an ever more extreme agenda through Congress.

We must protect the 17th Amendment from Republican Koch suckers at all costs! RESIST!!

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