Nov 232014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 18.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos will be worshiping at home with the Dolphins, and It will be televised here, so I’ll be in deep religious meditation tomorrow afternoon.  While writing I’m watching the Oregon vs. Colorado game.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:50 (average 4:38).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Mother Jones (Hat-Tip Joanne Dixon): …But when the economy stagnates and life gets harder, people get meaner. That’s just human nature. And the economy has been stagnating for the working class for well over a decade—and then practically collapsing ever since 2008.

So who does the WWC take out its anger on? Largely, the answer is the poor. In particular, the undeserving poor. Liberals may hate this distinction, but it doesn’t matter if we hate it. Lots of ordinary people make this distinction as a matter of simple common sense, and the WWC makes it more than any. That’s because they’re closer to it. For them, the poor aren’t merely a set of statistics or a cause to be championed. They’re the folks next door who don’t do a lick of work but somehow keep getting government checks paid for by their tax dollars. For a lot of members of the WWC, this is personal in a way it just isn’t for the kind of people who read this blog.

And who is it that’s responsible for this infuriating flow of government money to the shiftless? Democrats. We fight to save food stamps. We fight for WIC. We fight for Medicaid expansion. We fight for Obamacare. We fight to move poor families into nearby housing…

This guy makes a lot of sense, but to really get where he’s coming from, you’ll need to read the while thing. Click through please.  We need a way to convince working class whites that the poor are not the ones keeping them from thriving.  It’s the super rich.

From Daily Kos:

Stories like this make you look at the calendar to check the year. Yep, still 2014. And it is utterly embarrassing and shocking that anyone who holds these racist views are operating in any leadership role. Meet Kentucky’s Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield. After stopping to help accident victims, one white family and one black family, he was caught on video having a friendly good ol’ boy chat:

Video from a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy’s body camera shows Hatfield’s department responding to a car accident on I-65, south of the Clermont exit in September.

"Well, I’ve got a family of four from Cincinnati, I got to do something with," the Bullitt County deputy said in the video. 

Hatfield replied, "We ain’t taking no n—— here." Then he laughs.

This Republican is a true representative of the "love" of Republican Supply-side Jesus (the polar opposite of the real Jesus).

From NY Times: House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president’s executive authority.

The lawsuit — filed against the secretaries of Health and Human Services and the Treasury — focuses on two crucial aspects of the way the administration has put the Affordable Care Act into effect.

The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay penalties. (Larger companies are defined as those with 50 or more employees.)

And just a couple days ago, I said they wouldn’t file this. Color me OOPS! :-( This is truly an act of desperation, as this pure theatre to pacify the rabid racists to whom the Republican Party have sold out. They are doing it, because there is nothing they can do about Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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Nov 172014
 

I’m  writing for tomorrow, day 12.  It’s been a terrible day.  I feel like I’ve been ravaged by a bunch of horny sheep.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:39 (average 4:51).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Agony:

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Three key players were injured early in the game.  It was their worst outing this season.

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos (Hat-Tip JL A): The U.S. Supreme Court’s unprecedented, highly politicized and extremely activist decision to take on a challenge to the structure of subsidies for people enrolling in Obamacare threatens to fatally undermine the law. But, there is a work around the White House could employ that could maintain subsidies for people who’ve purchased insurance on both the state exchanges and the federal exchange. At issue in the King case, which the court is hearing, is whether subsidies can be provided to the people in the three dozen states which are using the federal exchange.

The specifics would need to be worked out, but the crux is this: States could continue to use HealthCare.gov as their technical backdrop, but they would be considered state-based exchanges. That would allow the law’s tax subsidies to keep flowing, even if the Supreme Court were to invalidate them on the federal exchange, as the lawsuit’s plaintiffs argue it should…

…Politically, though, putting the onus on Republican governors and legislatures to maintain insurance for well over four million people is a pretty good idea. All of those people with their new insurance—and all of the insurance companies with their new customers—certainly have a stake in this, and could exert a great deal of pressure. This effort by Republicans—and the conservative justices—could end up biting them in the ass.

I like this. There would be Republican governors who will refuse to do this is the Republican Injustices of SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional VD) kick them of their ACA subsidized plans. Don’t get me wrong, I want them to have health care, but they would need to understand that to keep it, they would have to dump their state level Republican Reich.  Then they would avoid the RepubliCare Death Benefit.

From Crooks and Liars: Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday asserted that President Barack Obama had refused to restrict immigration from countries that were being invaded by ISIS Islamic radicals because giving social welfare benefits to terrorists was "exactly the policy" of the United States.

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

The country is overrun with terrorists. Most are employed by the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise or are elected Republicans.

From Blue Oregon: …Nonetheless, as Democrats back in DC are trying to figure out the lessons learned, some are pointing to Senator Jeff Merkley’s success as a model for how a progressive and populist campaign can actually connect with voters. From the NY Times:

There were a handful of bright spots in an otherwise dismal year for Democrats, and progressives are holding up as models the success of three Senate candidates who ran as populists: Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Senator-elect Gary Peters of Michigan.

Mr. Merkley won by 19 percentage points with a campaign centered on the loss of well-paying jobs, the spiraling cost of college tuition and his opposition to trade deals that he said send jobs overseas. While Democrats nationally were losing whites without a college degree by 30 percentage points, Mr. Merkley narrowly carried that bloc of voters.

“We didn’t lose them here in Oregon because we talked about what they care about,” Mr. Merkley said.

What do you think? Is Oregon an anomaly? Or should the rest of the country learn a lesson from what happened here?

If Democrats everywhere follow Oregon’s example, we can send the Republican Party the way of the Whigs.

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He’ll never find his way.  He would have to turn left.

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Nov 162014
 

In spite of his occasional intolerance while proselytizing for evangelical atheism, Bill Maher remains one of the finest comedic wits in political satire, so I bring him to you, whenever I get the Opportunity.  On Friday’s show, he nailed the stupidest Americans.

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Real Time's Bill Maher took aim at everyone who couldn't be bothered to make it to the polls and the various excuses we heard for not voting during his New Rules segment this Friday…

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I’d say that makes up for his anti Muslim rant.  There is no more self-defeating act than choosing not to vote.

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Nov 142014
 

In more than one spot of late, I have made the comment that I consider the DSCC pulling finding from Mary Landrieu’s runoff campaign an act of cowardice.  I disagree with her in a big bunch of ways, but I still support her candidacy.  However, she has come up with a desperation ploy so costly, that, even if it would work, her job isn’t worth the price.

1114Keystone…This week, though, Keystone XL has become a symbol for moderate Democrats like Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) — a demonstration that they can serve as the bridge between the new Democratic minority and the Republican majority in the next Congress.

"Si se puede!" Landrieu said Wednesday while pushing for the pipeline on the Senate floor, re-purposing another bit of progressive politics (this time from the United Farmworkers) in service of a project that’s not very popular with the left. That’s intentional. Landrieu faces a run-off against Republican Bill Cassidy next month — and is in deep trouble. Seizing upon the pipeline as a way to shift the politics in that race, though, is almost certainly not going to work.

Landrieu was joined Wednesday by other red-state Democrats to advocate for passage of a measure that would side-step the president on granting approval to the pipeline. (Since it crosses the Canadian border, the State Department has the ability to grant or reject a permit for the project — giving the administration an effective veto over it.) The subtext of the election was central to the floor speeches from Landrieu, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.); Manchin specifically noted how valuable Landrieu’s leadership on the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources had been, reinforcing the leadership that has been one of the central arguments to her campaign…

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This Hail Mary desperation strategy could not possibly save Landrieu’s seat, and I knew why as soon as I heard it, but Rachel Maddow explains it far better than I could.

If you can’t watch it here, try the direct link to the video.  If that doesn’t work, I found a partial clip on YouTube.

What really irks me is that they have time for this vote, but claim there is no time to confirm Loretta Lynch.  I think Harry Reid is returning to his returning to his Nevada Leg Hound ways in which he humps a few Republican legs, begs, whines, rolls over and plays dead.,  His willingness to waste the lame duck session makes me suspect that he made a “gentlemen’s agreement with Bought Bitch Mitch, under which Harry promised to do nothing and Mitch promised to be nice, just like he has falsely promised so many times before.

There is only one way to achieve even tiny successes, when these Republicans are in power.  Fight tooth and nail for every scrap.  Every time in the last 15 years they have promised quid pro quo, they lied.

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Nov 112014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 6.  I have a lot of housework to do today.  I’ve been procrastinating.  Tomorrow would normally be a prison volunteer day, but the Activities section is closed for the holiday, so I can’t go.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:48 (average 4:23).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos (Hat-Tip JL A): How Native Americans Beat the Kochs in ‘America’s Most Competitive’ Congressional District

Click through for an interesting grassroots success story.

From Upworthy: I hope we can all agree that it’s what’s on the inside, not the outside, that counts, right? So why are some people so determined to define someone’s sexual habits by their clothing — or at all, for that matter?!? In this video, vlogger Hannah Witton asks, "Do I look like a slut?" to show just how silly this question is.

 

I agree with her on every point but one. There is such a thing as a slut.  Here’s proof:

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From The New Yorker: Saying that he wanted the remainder of his second term to be as active as possible, President Obama announced on Friday that he had ordered a two-year supply of crossword puzzles.

In signing an executive order for the puzzles, which range in difficulty from medium to advanced, the President laid out an ambitious plan to complete as many as thirty of them a day, for a total of ten thousand by the time he leaves the White House, in January, 2017.

The President said that he hoped that Republicans in Congress would support his plan for the puzzles, but added, “I don’t need their support. All I need is a pen.”

What Andy forgot to tell is that the Republican response will try to impeach him for such tyrannical behavior.

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Nov 092014
 

As election day approached, I felt a growing sense of unease.  I caught my self thinking about race after race that the Democratic candidates was running their campaigns all wrong.  It became clear that they were apologizing for being Democrats.   The could not have adopted a more self-defeating strategy.

1109DemsShootFootWe don’t have all the data in yet to know exactly why the Dems were demolished well beyond even the GOP’s best hopes. But we can make some preliminary judgments. IMO, the biggest reason overall is that Democratic candidates played not to lose, went fetal, following their usual pattern, helped by Obama’s own example. The GOP played to win, went for the jugular, and the American people like candidates who go for the jugular. The Dems ran from their reeling president, ran from their own party history, and tried their best to sound like Republicans with a smiley face. The American people don’t like weak imitations. They chose the real thing.

Three key moments or decisions stick out of me. The first, seeing Joe Manchin on TV early in the day calling out Obama’s supposed anti-coal policies (which don’t exist. Natural gas is killing coal. Not the EPA) — and he’s a Democrat. First of all, Obama has governed as a conservative on all but a few social issues — which is itself another cause of this tsumani. His EPA is handcuffed by trade secrets laws and an administration afraid to upset business interests. There is no war on coal, no war on fossil fuels, no war on business. Obama, in reality, ranks as one of the most business-friendly presidents we’ve ever had. But the Republicans have quite successfully painted our weak-willed, very conservative president as a wild-eyed, dictatorial leftist, and many Dems in office echo this frame. Manchin did on election day and prior to it.

Second: Grimes in Kentucky. When are the Dems ever going to learn? It doesn’t work to run from your own party. It never works. Refusing to say you even voted for the president of your own party just tells voters you can’t be trusted and that you’re embarrassed to be in the party you’ve chosen. And they rightfully say, if you’re embarrassed about it, why run as a Dem? And why should I vote for you? Americans are going to choose even lunatics who stand by their parties over thoughtful, nice people who cower in the corner when confronted about their choices.

Third: Obama chose not to ruffle any feathers before the election and held back on his executive decisions regarding immigration. A fatal/fetal decision. Obama, time and time again, has chosen the path of attempted reconciliation with his enemies, even though there is no hope for this, ever, and it keeps kicking the Dems in the teeth. When are the Dems going to learn that in our political climate, the party that obsesses about "looking reasonable" is going to lose out to the one that goes for the jugular. People are pissed off. They don’t want Miss Manners in charge. They want Patton… [emphasis added]

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I not just a progressive.  I’m damn proud to be one!  You won’t catch me apologizing for what I think.  If I thought there were better political views for America that mine, I would have those views, not these.  Admittedly, the Democrats came into the election at a bad time with a bad map, but because of the frequency and heartlessness, with which Republicans abuse the power they do have, Democrats have never had a better opportunity to unseat them.  What they had to do is offer a clear alternative from a position of moral strength.  Instead it was Ready!  Aim!!  Fire!!!

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Nov 062014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 1.  Don’t ask.  I need to take a day or two off to recover from the devastation I feel.  The only bright spot was Oregon  We kept our Democratic Senator, our Democratic Governor and our four Congressional Representatives.  Eastern Oregon still has a Republican Rep, but nobody expected that to change.  We INCREASED our lead in both the Oregon House and Oregon Senate.  All the major ballot measures were acceptable, except for GMO labeling, which failed due to a pants-load of deceptive corporate advertising.  However I am as ashamed of my nation, as I am proud of my state.  When foreigners make derogatory statements that US voters are fools, I have nothing I can say in their defense.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:47 (average 5:31).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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