Jan 042017
 

I’m writing later than normal today, because Store to Door is coming with my groceries for the week, and I have to be up and awake when they get here.  Then Wendy is coming this evening to ungrungify the TomCat.  Tomorrow, please expect no more than a Personal Update from me.  I’m venturing forth at a time when the temperature will be near 20° for an appointment with Courtney, my Physical Terrorist.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:33 (average 5:11).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (TYT Channel): Megyn Kelly Leaving Fox News

 

What a terrible move by NBC! When she gets her daytime show, protest to and boycott the sponsors. This is what qualified her to get her job at the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise.

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From All In: Protesters arrested in Sen. Sessions’ office

Larry Cohen, Chair of the Democracy Initiative, a coalition opposing Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General, joins Ari Melber to discuss the sit-in and subsequent arrests happening at Sessions’ office today.

 

Kudos to the protestors!!  RESIST!!

From Rev. John Pavlovitz: I’m a Christian and a pastor and I stand fully against Donald Trump.

Here are 25 reasons why, in no particular order:

1. Because peace-loving Muslims should have as much religious freedom in America as peace-loving Christians.
2. Because LGBTQ people are beautiful and they deserve every right and liberty this country has for its citizens.
3. Because I have a wife and a mom and a sister and a daughter, all of whom I love and respect.
4. Because Black Lives Matter.
5. Because character still counts.
6. Because declaring war isn’t something responsible leaders do cavalierly or for cheap applause.
7. Because a person’s right to marriage shouldn’t be the jurisdiction of someone currently on their third.
8. Because to legitimately claim Christianity you need to at least slightly resemble Jesus.
9. Because we’re all immigrants here.
10. Because I teach my son not to be a bully.

Amen!! Click through for the other fifteen!  How different authentic Christians are from, Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians!

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Dec 222016
 

I’m getting a late start today.  Wendy’s plane from Lost Wages was delayed, and when she arrived, traffic was so bad that she waited an extra hour for her son to pick her up, and then it took her 2 1/2 hours to get home with her sons and niece, drop them off, and return here.  As a result, I got to bed quite late.  She also lost my whole $2. Crying face  I slept poorly, so I needed to take a nap after doing my morning research.  After lunch, I started to work on Christmas dinner.  This my first major meal since I lost my leg.  Being half blind doesn’t help.  Today I cooled 2 lb of fresh Brussels sprouts.  They were quite dirty, so I had to wash them.  Then I had to trim the ends and remove the outside leaves of each sprout, before cooking them.  I’ll make the stuffing tomorrow, roast the ham on Saturday, and make the stuffed potatoes and Hollandaise sauce for the sprouts on Christmas day.  Yes, I’m pooped, but what else is new?

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:34 (average 5:25).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): How Our New Corporate Overlords Plan to Thrive

 

Here’s a special note to third party voters and stay-home non-voters who made this tyranny possible. Bend over, grab your ankles, and while you’re screaming ask yourselves why you made the rest of us suffer this with you. Then RESIST!!

From EgbertoWillies.com: Bill O’Reilly became the chief Trump white nationalist mainstream propaganda mouthpiece with this deceiving rant meant to create political dissension.

“Abolishing the electoral college,” O’Reilly said. “That is the subject of this evening’s’ Talking Points Memo.”

Bill O’Reilly then proceeded with his provocative if not downright racist rant.

BIG Barf Bag Alert!

 

What Republican Racist O’Lielly isn’t telling you is that when he says marginalizing white rural voters, he means making their votes count the same as those of black urban voters.

From Daily Kos: While Republicans in North Carolina thwart the democratic process of our Constitution by stripping the elected incoming governor of his powers, the Republican governor of Ohio—John “I love war” Kasich—is abusing his powers.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday signed legislation blocking next year’s special election vote on whether to raise Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, according to his office.

Senate Bill 331 prohibits communities in the state from raising the minimum wage beyond the state’s minimum wage rate, currently set at $8.10 per hour. State lawmakers passed the bill earlier this month at the request of Cleveland city officials and others, who sought to forestall a special election on the wage hike next May.

Despite claims to the contrary, KKKasich is NOT a reasonable Republican. Combined with Republican, reasonable is an oxymoron. With or without reasonable, a Republican is just a moron.

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Nov 152016
 

I had another restless night.  I’m trying, but as I lay in bed, it’s often hours before sleep comes.  I guess I just need more time to wrap my mind around how to oppose the rectum Reich.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:14 (average 5:18).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here’s the latest from our own fantasy football league (Lefty Blog Friends).

Scores:

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This week, it was Rob’s turn to stomp my poor Kitty Dingles.

Standings:

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Congrats to Rob for sole possession of the lead.  I now have sole possession of the cellar.

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: We’re immediately seeing how our nation’s First Amendment will "change" under Trump. Anti-Trump protesters were “hired,” Trumpites say; public opposition to his administration is not just illegitimate, but itself a conspiracy by elites against his movement. His potential Homeland Security chief, David Clark, said the protests had no "legitimate reason" and "should be quelled."

Trump can’t do these things himself. Bill O’Reilly, however, can do these things. Sean Hannity or Fox & Friends can do these things. By spreading the message that dissenters themselves are a conspiracy against Trump fueled by dark forces, they can help Trump not just demonize those opponents but take unprecedented steps against the press and the public.

A Trump administration may declare that they cannot allow the press access that is traditionally allowed because—as Trump has already tweeted—the press is "inciting" protests

I have no doubt that the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, would love to dismantle the First Amendment for their Fuhrer.

From YouTube (Full Frontal Channel): New Cabinet Installation: Part 1

 

ARGH!!

From YouTube: New Cabinet Installation: Part 2

 

As much as I love Sam, I’m just not laughing. I hope you can.

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Oct 202016
 

I’m trying to catch up on a bit of rest today, because tomorrow, I go for my appointment with Courtney, my Physical Terrorist.  As a result, please expect no more than a Personal Update tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:15 (average 6:40).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube: How Democrats Take Back the Senate

 

The Reich on the left, Robert Reich, is right about the absolute need to wrest control of the Senate from the Reich on the right, the Republican Reich. I’m particularly proud that he listed Jeff Merkley third in his list of progressive Senators, behind only Liz and Bernie.

From The New Yorker: After learning that Donald J. Trump was still stinging from having lost an Emmy for “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences offered to give the former reality-show host a belated Emmy if he will drop out of the 2016 race.

“We never imagined that if we had simply given you an Emmy back in the day our current national nightmare might have been avoided,” a Television Academy spokesman said in an online video.

Displaying an Emmy statuette, the spokesman said, “Here’s your Emmy, Mr. Trump, all gold and shiny, just the way you like things to be.”

Andy, what a wonderful idea!

From Think Progress: Chris Wallace, a veteran Fox News journalist, was already a controversial choice to host Wednesday night’s final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Wallace is noted for his close relationship with Roger Ailes, who is currently advising Trump on the debates, prompting media experts to raise ethical questions about his involvement.

Ultimately, Wallace did win praise for holding Trump accountable on several issues and keeping both candidates on task throughout the debate. Yet as much as he tried to play things equally, several of his questions showed a clear bias towards conservative ideals, policy positions, and talking points.

Here are a few.

Abortion
Wallace frames his question using the term “partial-birth.”
“I’m going to give you a chance respond but I want to ask you Secretary Clinton I want to explore how far you believe the right to abortion goes. You have been quoted as saying that the fetus has no constitutional rights. You also voted against a ban on late-term partial-birth abortions. Why?”

“Open borders”
This quote mentioned below, often cited in conservative media, has been taken out of context.
“Mr. Trump you want to build a wall. Secretary Clinton you have offered no specific plan or how you want to secure our southern border. … We’ve learned from the Wikileaks that you said this, and I want to quote ‘My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders,’ so that is the question…Is that your dream, open borders?”

I shared two of five examples of Wallace’s clear Republican bias. Click through for the other three.

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Questions for the Circus

 Posted by at 2:04 pm  Politics
Oct 192016
 

Tonight is the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  I recommend you open at least a dozen giant, industrial strength barf bags in advance.  As the moderator is Chris Wallace from the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, I expect him to join Trump in tag-teaming Hillary.  The New York Times has  composed a dozen prospective questions, two for each segment.  Here are the first three.

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Do you favor increasing or reducing Social Security benefits? If so, how would you do it?

More than 60 million people each month receive Social Security benefits totaling more than $74 billion. Polls show that retirement security is a top concern for Americans. Fewer people can count on traditional pension benefits, and some people do not have retirement savings.

Mr. Trump has said he would not cut Social Security benefits. Mrs. Clinton wants to make Social Security more generous for widows and for those who take time out of the paid work force to care for a child or a sick family member. She has said she would require the wealthiest Americans to pay higher taxes.

But an aging population is a driver of rising government debt and of a budget deficit that climbed last fiscal year after several years of decline.

What three steps would you take to improve Medicare?

The aging of baby boomers and the increase of medical costs will squeeze the health insurance program, which now covers 57 million older Americans. Medicare trustees say the hospital insurance trust fund could be exhausted in 2028 if no changes are made to existing law.

Both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump say Medicare should be able to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies. Mrs. Clinton has proposed allowing people ages 55 to 64 to buy into Medicare, but has not said how the government or the new beneficiaries would pay for the coverage. ROBERT PEAR

Immigration

Since 2012, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children have registered with the government under President Obama’s executive order that gives them work permits and guarantees they will not be deported. Will you honor those guarantees?

Frustrated by Republicans’ refusal to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, Mr. Obama used executive authority to provide opportunities for millions of law-abiding immigrants who are in the country illegally. But the Supreme Court has blocked some of his plan, and the next president will have the power to reverse the rest… [emphasis original]

From <NY Times>

I urge you to click through to read the other nine questions.  While I would not ask them all, I can only hope that the Republican propagandist moderator will be half this responsible.  I doubt it as he has already promised Trump not to challenge his lies.

One question I want to see asked is, "If you lose the election, will you accept the results and bow out gracefully?"

How about you?  What would you like to see asked?

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Oliver Blasts Hannity!

 Posted by at 1:17 pm  Politics
Oct 042016
 

Ever since the Tuesday Night Massacre, Rump Dump Trump has been trying to convince the world that he won, so he sent out his evil legion of Alt-Right Nazi trolls from 4chan and  8chan with instructions on how to cast hundreds of votes each online polls.  No serious media outlets take those polls seriously, but at the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, it's different.

Hannity-tinIn a hilarious deconstruction of last week’s first presidential debate – and its devastating aftermath for Donald Trump – John Oliver got in some excellent comedic shots at Sean Hannity and Fox News.

I’ve previously written about how Hannity has joined his beloved Donald Trump in citing meaningless online reader polls in order to spin Trump’s big loss last week as a win.

But Oliver adds a certain something that is funny and devastating at the same time. Including this line, after he noted that Fox News announced that those polls “do not meet our editorial standards.”

OLIVER: Which is shocking since I was pretty sure Fox News’ only editorial standards were “All ladies must be 8s or above” and “Try not to say the N-word.”

From <Crooks and Liars>

 

Hopefully, you have a better understanding of this Republican lie, and had a good laugh in the process.

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