May 102017
 

For those who did not see it until today, the Care2 Glitch Monster ate my Personal Update yesterday, and I had to upload it again this morning.  I’m working late because I expect a grocery delivery after 3:00 and Wendy comes this evening to de-stink the TomCat.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:00 (average 5:26).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): On Russia, Let’s Follow the Money | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

No matter what you follow, you find corruption and treason all along the Republican path to power. RESIST!!

From Think Progress: A reporter has been arrested for pressing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to say whether or not the Trump health care bill would make it harder for domestic violence survivors to obtain insurance.

West Virginia police arrested Dan Heyman at the state capitol Tuesday as he walked with Price and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, holding a recorder out and asking Price repeatedly about claims that insurers could refuse to serve survivors of familial abuse. That claim is based on inference from the bill’s provision allowing states to abandon consumer protections from Obamacare with federal permission.

Heyman had sought out Price on his way into the capitol.

“At some point, I think [they] decided I was too persistent in asking this question and trying to do my job, so they arrested me,” Heyman told West Virginia Metro News. Heyman was later charged with “willful disruption of a governmental process,” according to the news service.

Republicans hate the First Amendment. RESIST!!

From Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House on Wednesday to discuss Syria and a wide range of international issues, a senior U.S. official said.

It will be the highest-level contact between Trump and the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin since Trump took office on Jan. 20.

Putin’s Pervert has to check in with his boss’ representative. RESIST!!

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Mar 072017
 

As we have seen in  recent articles here part of Trump’s standard modus operandi has been to engage in deals in which he profits from helping corrupt Russian billionaires launder money.  In this crime du jour, Trump appears to be helping to launder money for the Corleones of the Caspian, and helping them launder money for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

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President Donald Trump and his eldest daughter developed a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation run by a family known as “the Corleones of the Caspian” with links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku — conceived in 2008 as a luxury apartment building but converted in 2014 into a hotel — has never opened, and both local observers and international experts are baffled by the building’s existence, reported The New Yorker.

The project was intended as an “ultra-luxury property” with both hotel and residential space, but both its location and timing are odd, according to the report.

Trump Tower Baku is located in an underdeveloped part of the city’s downtown, across the street from a discount shopping center and miles away from the main business district.

“Why would someone put a luxury hotel there?” said former top official in Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Tourism. “Nobody who can afford to stay there would want to be in that neighborhood.”…

From <Raw Story>

I encourage you to click through and read both this article and the New Yorker story it references.

Raxhel Maddow covered the story in two segments.  In the first. she clarifies the issue after setting it up with one of her magnificent wandering A blocks.

In the second, she interviews Adam Davidson, author of the New Yorker article.

There is just too much smoke here for there not to be a fire, and not just a fire.  This is a conflagration of corruption of epic proportions.

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Feb 222017
 

I’m feeling a bit better today.  I’m waiting for Store to Door to arrive.  Depending on which driver comes, they  will either get here soon or in about 2 1/2 hours.  Wendy is coming this evening to fleece and degrease the sweaty TomCat and to dine on chili dogs… That was sooner than I thought.  Store to Door has come and gone, and I have my groceries stowed.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:49 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel):  The Mistake Trump Can’t Ever Walk Back | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Trump is already attacking all the other freedoms listed in the First Amendment. Keith’s questions must be thrown in Republican politicians’ and pundits’ faces at least hourly. RESIST!

From Daily Kos: All those everyday working stiffs who think they have a friend in Trump need to spend a minute listening to him talk to the $200k a seat members of his club.

“So, this is my real group,” Trump said at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, on November 18, according to the audiotape. “These are the people that came here in the beginning, when nobody knew what this monster was gonna turn out to be, right?”

And for his “real group” Trump makes some special invitations that he wasn’t handing out to the small crowd he gathered at a Florida airport.

"We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump told the crowd, according to an audiotape of his closed-to-the-press remarks, obtained by POLITICO from a source in the room. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government."

Come on down! Watch us play National Security Advisor Apprentice! It’ll be fun!

These billionaires and Alt-Right Nazis are who the Fuhrer represents. RESIST!!

From AL.com: The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee will begin preparing for a possible impeachment trial of Gov. Robert Bentley in the Senate, Chairman Cam Ward said today.

Ward said he planned to appoint two Democrats and two Republicans to a subcommittee on Wednesday to write a draft set of rules for how the Senate would conduct an impeachment trial.

Ward said he does not expect the House to impeach Bentley.

"We need to make sure we’re organized and prepared to deal with whatever happens," he said.

The subcommittee’s draft would be subject to approval by the Judiciary Committee, and then would go to the full Senate for approval.

If they impeach the corrupt Love Gov., Luther Strange, the criminal AG that traded favoritism to Bentley for his Senate seat, will probably lose his post too. RESIST!!

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Jan 292017
 

Wendy is due in about twenty minutes to sanitize and deodorize the mangy old TomCat, help with housework and cooking, and tighten some nuts and bolts on my chair, si I want to write as much of this as I can, before she arrives.  I’ll finish after she leaves.

Fluffed, buffed and stuffed!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:11 (average 4:41).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (TYT Channel): Federal Court Stops Trump’s Muslim Ban! Gigantic Airport Protests Against Trump!

 

Amen Cenk! Kudos to all who are doing the right thing! RESIST!!

From USA Today: The leaders of the powerful network aligned with billionaires Charles and David Koch aim to raise and spend between $300 million and $400 million over the next two years to advance their free-market policy and political agenda, officials said Saturday.

The target, announced at the opening of the network’s annual winter gathering for donors, marks a substantial increase from the $250 million the network spent to influence political battles in the 2016 election and help Republicans retain their grip on the Senate.

Although Charles Koch refused to throw his political might behind President Trump’s candidacy, his top political operatives on Saturday signaled support for some of Trump’s actions during the first week of his presidency and a willingness to collaborate with his administration on other top Koch priorities, such as repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

How many Koch suckers can they buy for $400 million? RESIST!!

From TPM:

The White House announced today that the decision not to mention Jews or anti-Semitism in its announcement commemorating Holocaust remembrance day was intentional. According to White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks, the statement made no mentions of Jews out of respect for the non-Jews who died in Nazi labor camps and death camps during World War II. Hicks told CNN: "Despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered."

I think it far more likely that the failure to mention Jews is that the author of the Fuhrer’s statement, Unterfartenfuhrer Bannon, is a Nazi. RESIST!!

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This cartoon is four years old today.  There are universal constants.

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Jan 272017
 

I slept better last night, but I still feel quite tires from my exertions earlier this week.  I have a few slow days, before medical mayhem returns next month, and I’m going to take advantage of them.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:51 (average 7:00);.  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Donald J. Trump’s personal war with Mexico escalated further on Friday after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled his meeting with Trump and scheduled one with Meryl Streep instead.

“The American people are a great people, and no one personifies that greatness better than Meryl Streep,” Peña Nieto said in an official statement.

The summit with Streep was widely seen as a prelude to Mexico establishing full diplomatic relations with the Academy Award-winning actress.

At the White House, Trump’s advisers were reportedly considering a host of retaliatory measures, including Steve Bannon’s proposal that the President of Mexico be told to “shut up.”

Dang, Andy!! Will Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten declare war?  RESIST!!

From Exposed by CMD: Public education advocates are demanding another hearing on Trump nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, after her dismal performance in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP) January 17th and after the late release of her ethics report on January 20th.

The report, available here, details some 102 companies that might pose a conflict of interest for DeVos and sheds new light on the nominee’s investments and ethics.

While most Secretaries of Education have an extensive resume as school administrators or as educators, DeVos has neither. DeVos is married to the billionaire heir to the Amway fortune, Dick DeVos. Together they have spent millions advancing a radical school privatization agenda, including taxpayer vouchers for private and religious schools, and electing politicians across the nation willing to advance that agenda. DeVos was asked about her experience for the job by Democratic senators who were only allowed 5 minutes each.

What a horrible choice! Remember, Democrats cannot block her nomination without three Republican votes. The most they can do is delay it for one week.  RESIST!!

From Daily Kos:

According to the New York Times, at least six journalists were charged with rioting after they were detained while covering some of the more “violent protests”* taking place near Trump’s inauguration parade.

The journalists were among 230 people detained in the anti-Trump demonstrations, during which protesters smashed the glass of commercial buildings and lit a limousine on fire.

The charges against the journalists — Evan Engel, Alexander Rubinstein, Jack Keller, Matthew Hopard, Shay Horse and Aaron Cantu — have been denounced by organizations dedicated to press freedom. All of those arrested have denied participating in the violence.

“These felony charges are bizarre and essentially unheard of when it comes to journalists here in America who were simply doing their job,” said Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of Pen America. “They weren’t even in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were in the right place.”

The journalists in question are being arrested for being around the violent parts of the protests—a guilt by proximity.

While all but one of the journalists is a lefty, only one (Horse) is an self-avowed anarchist, who may have been as much a participant as a journalist. Expect charges to be dropped for Rubenstein. He’s as right-wing propagandist for Trump’s owner, Putin. Perhaps Cantu is the best accredited. He writes for The Nation. Guilt by proximity is criminal. If they committed the acts themselves, charge them. If not, apologize!  RESIST!!

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Crude Decisions

 Posted by at 2:07 pm  Politics
Jan 252017
 

Every day I express my gratitude in  prayer to God that the earth has survived another day in which very small hands have access to the nuclear football.  Unfortunately the Potomac Polluter has been making some crude decisions, so crude, in fact, that they make it clear that the Fuhrer has more than one way to destroy the world.

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It took President Obama most of two terms to decide to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline. His administration wrestled openly for months before concluding that it would look for alternative routes for the Dakota Access pipeline.

President Trump needed just five days in office to begin trying to reverse both decisions.

When Obama announced in November 2015 that he was rejecting Keystone XL, which would have transported oil from Canada’s tar sands to an existing pipeline in the United States, international meetings that would lead to the historic Paris climate accord were just weeks away. The former president made clear that he was concerned about his environmental legacy and the world’s future.

"America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change," Obama said at the time. "And, frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership."

When Trump announced his executive actions on Tuesday to try to revive the Keystone XL pipeline, which would extend from northern Alberta to Nebraska, as well as the Dakota Access pipeline, which would run through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, there was no talk of climate change or global environmental leadership.

Among his motives, he told reporters: “a lot of jobs.”… [emphasis added]

From <LA Times>

By "a lot" Pumpkin Pinocchio means 35 permanent jobs for Keystone XL and a lesser number for DAPL.  In addition, Trump is invested in both pipelines, and since Transamerica is a Canadian company, his action criminally violated the emoluments clause in the Constitution.

If that isn’t bad enough, the Republican War on  Mother Earth is far, far worse, as Rachel Maddow explains.

Soon it will be law that Federal employees, who disagree on any point with the Republican Reich will be required to click their heels, extend their arms, and shout Sieg Heil!

RESIST!!

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