Oct 162017
 

I just returned from the Optician.  The glasses are excellent, but I’m very tired, and research pickings were slim, so this is today’s only article.  I’ll be back to full time tomorrow, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:10 (average 5:13).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Agony:

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Argh!  The Giants played like Broncos, and the Broncos played like Giants.

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From Alternet: A new report from the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer claims that President Donald Trump regularly keeps Vice President Mike Pence in his place by mocking his Christian faith.

According to Mayer’s sources, Trump enjoys ribbing Pence for his right-wing Christian views by portraying him as a Taliban-style fundamentalist who wants to execute all LGBT people.

During a recent conversation on gay rights, for instance, Trump allegedly pointed at Pence and said, “Don’t ask that guy—he wants to hang them all!”

Dang! For the first time in his life, Trump spoke truthfully. RESIST!!

From Common Dreams: California Senate leader Kevin de Leόn formally announced on Sunday his bid to oust Sen. Dianne Feinstein.His campaign page promises "a bold agenda to increase economic opportunity for all Californians with a focus on maintaining California’s global leadership role in fighting climate change and building a clean-energy economy, rebuilding our state’s infrastructure, public education, work-place and healthcare, equity for women, immigrants, and low-wage workers and public safety."

Taking aim at President Donald Trump, he said, "Every day, his administration wages war on our people and our progress. He disregards our voices. Demonizes our diversity. Attacks our civil rights, our clean air, our health access, and our public safety. We can lead the fight against his administration, but only if we jump into the arena together."

Feinstein announced last week that she was running for a sixth term, prompting calls for more progressive candidates to challenge the 84-year-old. As the LA Times reported last week, "Protesters have dogged Feinstein all year, speaking out about her opposition to single-payer healthcare, her call for ‘patience’ with Trump’s presidency, and her bipartisan efforts."

I clearly prefer de Leon to Feinstein. I prefer Feinstein to ANY Republican! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: The Danger of President Pence

Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.

Click Through. I’ve been saying this and more all year.  RESIST!!

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Republicans want to destroy last one.

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Oct 102017
 

It’s another busy day for me with lots of planning, scheduling and bookkeeping work to do.  I also ordered groceries from Store to Door.  Tuesday is Saguaro suppositories for Republicans day.  Tell them to open wide!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:42 (average 7:09).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here are the latest results from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

Scores:

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Whew!  I almost became a toe jamb!

Standings:

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Congrats to Wendy, Pam, and Seth, who lead the league.  Condolences to Squatch and Jack.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Truth About Pence’s Despicable NFL Stunt

 

Into what they will turn this nation, if we don’t stop them, is a totalitarian, plutocratic, theocratic, white supremacist Republican Reich! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: A poll taken after Vice-President Mike Pence made headlines on Sunday with an abrupt early departure reveals that a broad majority of Americans hope that Donald Trump follows Pence’s example and leaves early, as well.

In a striking result, the poll shows that Trump’s early exit would be approximately a thousand times more popular than the one Pence participated in on Sunday.

While Pence defended his decision to leave early on Sunday by saying that he did it out of patriotism, a substantial majority of Americans agreed that a premature departure by Trump “would be, by far, the most patriotic thing he could ever do for his country.”

And while the price tag of Pence’s departure on Sunday, estimated by some to be approximately a quarter of a million dollars, raised eyebrows across the country, poll respondents overwhelmingly said that they do not care how much Trump’s departure costs, as long as he leaves.

Andy, what can I say? AMEN!! RESIST!!

From NY Times: This past week, reports that Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed women for years came to light, making it crystal clear that not every woman in Hollywood has had the chance to walk our path. Abuse, threats and coercion have been the norm for so many women trying to do business or make art. Mr. Weinstein may be the most powerful man in Hollywood to be revealed as a predator, but he’s certainly not the only one who has been allowed to run wild. His behavior, silently co-signed for decades by employees and collaborators, is a microcosm of what has been happening in Hollywood since always and of what workplace harassment looks like for women everywhere.

In spite of his support for many progressive causes, I hope that he is severely punished for his abuse of women, and is, in the process, given the therapy he needs to learn that women are individuals to be respected, not objects to be used. Republicans have been saying Democrats are hypocrites because we cover-up for Democratic abusers. This is not so. The only difference in my attitude between Weinstein and Resident Pussy Grabber is that there is no need to impeach Weinstein, who deserves to be treated like a Republican, because he is acting just like one. RESIST!!

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Oct 082017
 

Today is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are bye, so may the Orb shine its blessed light on your team, except for the players that start on the Squatch’s fantasy team.  Wendy is due in half an hour to destink the smelly TomCat and help with housework.  When she arrives, I’ll break from writing and finish when she leaves.

I feel much cleaner now!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:34 (average 5:29).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Sacramento Bee: Amid debate among California campaign officials over whether it would hinder their accountability work, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure aimed at providing voters with more information about deep-pocketed groups that pay for political advertisements.

The California Clean Money Campaign sponsored Assembly Bill 249, calling it one of the most important disclosure bills in the nation. The measure, a multiyear effort supported by government transparency advocates throughout the state, will require political advertisements to include a list of the top three financial contributors to the committee paying for the ad.

“No more fine print,” Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, the South San Francisco Democrat who authored the bill, said in a statement. “California voters will now be able to make informed decisions, based on honest information about who the true funders are of campaign ads. This transparency is critical to our democracy and I am proud that California has taken this historic first step to shine the light on ‘dark money.’ Hopefully this will encourage others to follow suit.”

I fully agree with this. Kudos to California Democrats, and thanks to JL A for the tip. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Knowing what we know about Trump and what psychiatrists know about aggression, impulse control, and predictive behavior, we are all in mortal danger. He is the man with his finger on the nuclear button. Contributors to “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” ask whether this creates a “duty to warn.” But the real question is, Should democracy allow a plurality of citizens to place the lives of an entire country in the hands of a madman? Crazy as this idea is, it’s not a question psychiatrists can answer.  [emphasis added]

Click through to see how a group of 27 leading psychiatrists and mental health experts reached this conclusion. RESIST!!

From NY Times: FOR years, Republicans have effectively outsourced their thought leadership to the loudmouths at the end of the bar. But perhaps the most extreme example of that trend has been the issue of guns, where the party has ceded control to a gun lobby that has built its brand on absolutism.

And now, again, we are about to see the consequences of that abdication. Congress did nothing in the wake of the mass murder of children at Sandy Hook, and except for a largely symbolic ban on bump stocks, it’s likely that nothing meaningful will happen in the aftermath of the shootings in Las Vegas. Instead, Republicans will round up all the usual clichés and excuses for inaction.

We’ve seen this before, and it is a script written by the National Rifle Association. The N.R.A.’s blessing of restrictions on bump stocks — devices that make semiautomatic weapons fire faster — is designed to pre-empt anything more serious by giving the illusion of action. It substitutes accessory control for actual gun control.

I agree. Furthermore, most bump stocks are manufactured by a small company in Texas. The gun manufacturers that the NRA represents do not profit from their sale, so they are quick to agree to the ban. When it comes before the Senate, Democrats should propose many amendments. Republicans will defeat them all, but it’s important that they be forced to do so, as America grieves. RESIST!!

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Aug 272017
 

Today’s forecast high is 97°, and tomorrow’s, 101°.  ARGH!  Wendy is due momentarily, so I will break when  she arrives, and finish later.  Political humor aside, please keep all Texas residents in your thoughts, prayers, or however you address the infinite.  Tomorrow is my second cataract surgery.  I will put up Personal Updates tomorrow and Tuesday.  Barring the unforeseen, I’ll back in the saddle on Wednesday.  Later:  I’m a perfumed Puddy, and ready to get this done!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:31 (average 4:19).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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I did not get to see it, but it was 10-10 at halftime, the Packers are a fine team, and even if it is preseason, my Broncos are 3-0.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Haniza, MoveOn Mobilizer

 

Kudos to Haniza. RESIST!!

From NY Times: Hurricane Harvey bombarded a stretch of the Gulf Coast in Texas on Saturday with home-ripping winds and epic rains. As emergency officials scrambled to assess the extent of the damage, hundreds of thousands of people were without power after utility poles were knocked to the ground as if they were twigs.

The storm made landfall here in the coastal city of Rockport, ripping away roofs, leveling palm trees and road signs, and turning ranch land into lakes. Mayor Charles J. Wax said Saturday that conditions were too dangerous to send out emergency officials but that an initial review, as the storm’s eye passed overnight, had found “widespread damage.”

The Fuhrer plans to travel to Texas. Cartoon I hope he does not interfere with the efforts of rescue workers, when he sees Black and Latino faces on some of the storm victims. RESIST!!

From Alternet: One of the more curious trends of the 2016 election campaign was the tendency among many young libertarians to jump onto the Donald Trump bandwagon. As Salon’s Heather Digby Parton recently discussed, some more conscientious libertarians have begun to confront this problem directly.

At first glance, Donald Trump hardly seemed like a candidate that committed libertarians would even consider voting for, let alone support enthusiastically. On paper, the best Republican candidate for libertarian voters was no doubt Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the son of libertarian icon Ron Paul. Like his father, he advocated a free-market fundamentalist worldview that was sharply critical of big government and American interventionism. By contrast, Trump built his campaign on xenophobic rhetoric, authoritarian posturing and anti-free-trade diatribes. If there was one candidate who seemed sure to be rejected by libertarians, it was Donald Trump.

Yet, the opposite happened. While certain libertarians did support Rand Paul’s unsuccessful candidacy, countless others became diehard Trump supporters and went on to shape what is today known as the “alt-right.”

I don’t find this at all hard to understand, because that malignant troll, Ron Paul, was an overt Bircher, a hateful racist. His progeny, Rand Paul, aka Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after idiot, has hidden his Bircher beliefs to get elected  and stay in office.  So most of Ron’s supporters, who are false Libertarians anyway, naturally flocked to the Fuhrer. RESIST!!

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The purpose of this satirical cartoon is solely to point out that Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians frequently call on God to kill liberals with storms, but most killer storms in the US strike places where Republican’s dominate.  I doubt that is God’s judgment, but if it is, she has a sense of humor.

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Aug 032017
 

It only broke the record by 12° yesterday.  Today is worse.  AC helps, but it’s falling behind.  I have collected the data for the Monthly Report, but I’ll put off writing it until tomorrow.  Does anyone have a spare blizzard?

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:38 (average 5:52).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump’s Threats Are Getting Out of Control | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

I’ve noticed that, in the last couple days, Congress has ignored their Fuhrer. Is it the beginning of the end? RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Lt. Col. Amy McGrath (Ret.) has launched a Congressional bid for Kentucky’s 6th district and her introductory ad is phenomenal. McGrath is a former Marine fighter pilot who flew 85 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Aviation Museum in Kentucky in November 2016. She’ll be facing Republican Andy Barr in Kentucky’s 6th District, which Barr narrowly won in 2012.

 

What a great ad! Bought Bitch Mitch supports her opponent. Isn’t that enough reason to support her?  Also, she has brass cojones!  RESIST!!

From NY Times: Two close associates of Pope Francis have accused American Catholic ultraconservatives of making an alliance of “hate” with evangelical Christians to back President Trump, further alienating a group already out of the Vatican’s good graces.

The authors, writing in a Vatican-vetted journal, singled out Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, as a “supporter of an apocalyptic geopolitics” that has stymied action against climate change and exploited fears of migrants and Muslims with calls for “walls and purifying deportations.”

The article warns that conservative American Catholics have strayed dangerously into the deepening political polarization in the United States. The writers even declare that the worldview of American evangelical and hard-line Catholics, which is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, is “not too far apart’’ from jihadists.

It’s a blessing to see authentic Christians calling out Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians within their own denomination. The Fuhrer likes the pseudo-Christians and hopes to grope the nuns.

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Cousin Pole Cat knows what he’s doing!

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An Either/Or Proposition?

 Posted by at 12:59 pm  Politics
Jun 262017
 

There has been a long term conflict within the Democratic Party, about how to win elections, and that has translated into differing strategies about the 2018 campaign.  In the one hand, we have a progressive approach with a strong liberal economic message.  On the other, we have a more moderate approach, that is more traditional and less about identity politics.  My question is this.  Does it have to be an either or proposition?

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The largest number of Democratic congressional candidates in decades is putting into play dozens of House districts across the country, raising the possibility of a bitterly contested midterm election cycle next year as the party and its activists try to take advantage of President Trump’s unpopularity to win a majority in the House.

Yet these candidates and their supporters are also waging a battle among themselves about what the Democratic Party should stand for. After a string of defeats in special elections this year, activists across the country are pitted against Washington-based leaders and strategists about what the message and the tactical plan should be to win the 24 seats needed to take control of the House.

Democrats as well as independent observers believe that figure is attainable given historical trends, Trump’s and the congressional GOP’s sustained unpopularity and the ballooning number of candidates with gold-plated résumés willing to run.

What they don’t agree on is how to do it — by exciting the base with a liberal economic message and fiery candidates in the model of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), or by keeping the party’s doors open to moderates and independents with centrist contenders, ideally with business or military experience… [emphasis added]

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In my opinion, all candidates must be committed to a liberal economic agenda.  However, candidates need to tailor their message to coincide with issues that are important to the voters in their districts.

I can’t stand Joe Manchin (D-WV).  In most things that he does, he acts more like a Republican than a Democrat.  However, I’d rather have him that a Republican in his seat, because he counts toward a Democratic majority, with all the power and control that would bring.  But a better solution might be a candidate that campaigns like Manchin, but works to educate his constituents over time and acts more like a Democrat.

In summary, we need both approaches working together, not a battle between them.

For now…

RESIST!!

In 11/2018…

VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO!!

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