Sep 012014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 133.  Except for blogging, I’m being as lazy as I can.  Whatever you are doing this holiday weekend, I hope and pray you stay safe.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:00 (average 5:13).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From AlterNet: Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly: If women were more focused on getting married, maybe men wouldn’t sexually assault them so much.

Phyllis Schlafly shared some pearls of wisdom with young women on her radio show this week: Stop focusing on your career so much and get hitched. That’ll stop the menfolk from raping.

Brilliant! Why didn’t we think of that?

Wise old Phyllis asked a question she already had an answer for: “What’s the answer for women who worry about male violence?" (Wait, isn’t that all women? And all people?) "It’s not to fear all men," Schlafly continued. "It’s to reject the lifestyle of frequent ‘hookups,’ which is so much promoted on college campuses today, while the women pursue a career and avoid marriage.”

Hell, what are young ladies even going to college for? To selfishly get educated? What’s next? Are they going to selfishly go out and support themselves? And have boyfriends or girlfriends? That is pretty much asking to be raped.

Had enough crazy? Here’s more.

You read right. The Republican view is that women who opt to support themselves are asking to be raped. This is just one of six unhinged Republican moments from last week alone. Click through for the other five.

From Crooks and Liars: The gasbags from Fox’s Business Channel who make up the Saturday morning lineup on their sister network every weekend were hard at work this Labor Day weekend participating in one of their favorite activities — bashing anyone in the United States who believes that workers here ought to be able to earn a living wage, and attacking minimum wage workers who are out there protesting to have their wages raised.

Barf Bag Alert!

The job market has improved in states that have raised the minimum wage. But the 0.1% wants you to pay their employees’ food bill, so they can suck up more profit.

From Daily Kos: The 2014 campaign is well under way, and the ads have been flying. Most spots are unmemorable, but there are a few that stick out. Some of them offer a compelling and memorable case to voters, either in a primary or general election. Others … don’t.

What follows is a look at 10 spots from up to this point in the 2014 cycle. Five of them are good, and five of them have a serious flaw. There are plenty of great and terrible ads that didn’t get included. These 10 spots were chosen because each offers a lesson in political messaging, and they are worth learning from.

Let’s start with the above commercial, a spot that is almost universally mocked.

Boredom Bag Alert!

 

Every one of the other nine ads are more interesting, good or bad, than that one. Click through.

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Aug 252014
 

Every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, every week they push the envelope on just how Insane InsaniTEA can become.  I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.

Fox host confuses ISIS with Islam—suggests solution is “bullet in the head.”

0825PiratesAmong the distinctions Fox hosts are unable to make is the difference between violent, extremist Muslims and all other Muslims. They are all alike to the Islamophobe. It takes almost no provocation to draw out this confusion, and the beheading of journalist James Foley by the militant group ISIS easily did the trick. On Wednesday’s edition of “Outnumbered,” co-host Andrea Tantaros, a beacon of subtle thinking, really let her ignorance fly.

“If you study the history of Islam,” she said, as if she had actually studied the history of Islam, “our ship captains were getting murdered. The French had to tip us off. I mean these were the days of Thomas Jefferson. They’ve been doing the same thing. This isn’t a surprise. You can’t solve it with a dialogue. You can’t solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It’s the only thing these people understand. And all we’ve heard from this President is a case to heap praise on this religion, as if to appease them.”

Apart from the rather dubious history, and the idea that going all the way back to Thomas Jefferson’s day gives you a complete picture of Islam, we couldn’t help notice the use of the lovely catchphrase “these people.” Always a tip off.

Right Andrea, this whole ISIS thing is nothing a little ethnic cleansing wouldn’t solve…

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I was able to find video.  Barf Bag Alert!!

Now the conflict in which our ship captains were getting murdered in the days of Thomas Jefferson actually was resolved with a dialogue.  The product of that dialogue was the Treaty of Tripoli.  It was ratified unanimously by the founding fathers that comprised the Senate at that time, and it states that the US is not a Christian nation, and the US has no objections to Islam.  This is the exact opposite of Tanteros’ Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian rant.

This was just one of five insane Republican rants from last week alone!  Click through for the other four.

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Aug 242014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 125.  Last night, I made a couple comments on Care2 and did the puzzle.  Then I just crashed.  I stayed awake just long enough to post the Personal Update. This morning I did all the research for tomorrow’s articles and ate two meals.  I napped for a couple hours and just woke up.  I feel quite groggy.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:05 (average 5:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Agony:

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At least, when the starters left the meditation, Denver led 17-7.

Short Takes:

From YouTube: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recorded a video address for the Iowa AFL-CIO’s annual meeting. He talked about the need to address the crisis of income and wealth inequality, create millions of new jobs through the rebuilding of our crumbling infrastructure, raise the minimum wage, overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and end our disastrous trade policies. He also called for a political revolution that will get millions of people involved in the political process.

 

That’s what I call a blueprint for the future from a national treasure.

From Daily Kos: Can’t find any CNN text but here’s a report on the video content from Medialite:

Earlier this week, Fox News reported that Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown, suffered a fractured eye socket following his confrontation with the teenager. The reporter, Hollie McKay, cited a “source close to the [police] department’s top brass” as providing that information to the network.

However, on CNN Thursday, Don Lemon reported that Wilson did not suffer a fractured or broken eye socket and was rather treated at the hospital for swelling around his face and eyes. Noting that that specific injury has not been reported by CNN, “but is making its way around other media organization,” Lemon cited a “source close to the investigation” who told CNN that Wilson’s x-rays came back negative for a fractured eye socket.

“That source says it is not true, at all, he did not have a torn eye socket,” Lemon said. “Unequivocally.”

Minor Barf Bag Alert!

 

I could not help but notice that hearing that the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, was lying from the outset crushed Nancy Grace’s countenance. Note the downturned corners of her mouth differed from her normal attack-sneer.

From AlterNet: To see how corrupt the United States government has become, just follow the money.  According to the most recent Federal Reserve Flow of Funds report, US households currently have an all-time high $82 trillion in overall wealth.  If that wealth were spread out evenly, every US household would now have $712k.  However, as of the end of 2013, the median household only had $56k in wealth.  From 2007 – 2013, overall wealth increased 26%, while the median household lost a shocking 43% of their wealth. If median wealth continues to decline at this rate, over 50% of US households will be bankrupt within the next decade.

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Even worse, the bottom 40% has less that 0.1% (1/10 of 1%) of the wealth.

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Aug 202014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 121.  I’m feeling groggy.  I went out to do some chores early this morning before the heat hit, but was still uncomfortable, because it’s so humid.  I overslept and feel like I need more sleep.  I think that my COPD flaring up is why.  Tomorrow ids a grocery delivery day.  That means lots of house work.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:13 (average 5:12).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Lone Star Q (H/T Daily Kos): Mere months before Jonathan Saenz became president of the anti-gay group Texas Values, his wife left him for another woman, according to Hays County district court records obtained by Lone Star Q.

The revelation could help explain Saenz’s seemingly abrupt transformation from socially conservative lobbyist to homophobic firebrand.

Saenz, a devout Catholic, has been a right-wing operative in Texas for many years — working on abortion and religious liberty cases as a staff attorney for the Plano-based Liberty Legal Institute as far back as 2005. [emphasis added]

FOMCROTFPIMPLMAO!!!! Rolling on the floor laughing

From YouTube: Woodie Guthrie – All You Fascists are Bound to Lose

 

It’s a few years old, but the sentiment remains valid, and the fascists remain Republican.

From Crooks and Liars: I’m surprised it took Fox News this long to find a racist scumbag like Fuhrman to explain to frightened Fox viewers why unarmed African-American kid Michael Brown deserved to take six bullets from a cop who is cowering somewhere out of the state of Missouri.

But they did. Evidently the KKK was booked elsewhere, perhaps on the streets of Ferguson, so Fuhrman showed up to blame the whole mess on Brown. In Fuhrman’s eyes — because he is all-seeing and magically teleported himself back to noon Central time on August 9th — clearly Mike Brown was the aggressor and deserved to be filled with a bunch of lead.

MAJOR Barf Bag Alert!!

 

This is the cop, whose racism was so intense and so obvious, that it made it possible for OJ Simpson to get away with murder.  Is is any wonder that the Republican sheeple who say BA-A-A-A to the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, appear to be even dimmer than just stupid?

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Aug 182014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 119.  My COPD is still acting up, and I’m working to finish, before services of the Holy Ellipsoid Orb, as my Broncos have a preseason meditation with 49ers.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:02 (average 4:59).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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Woooo Hooo!!!!

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Hat’s off to another great example of Robin Williams’s lovable comedic genius. In this 2008 post-presidential election clip, from the British gala, ‘We Are Most Amused,’ people from around the world gather to celebrate the 60th birthday of Prince Charles, and see the best of the best comedians. John ‘Monty Python’ Cleese introduces Robin Williams, who walks out onto the stage and immediately throws a hilariously informal shout out to he Royal Family. “Thank you. Thank you! Chuck, Cam – Great to see you! Yoyo Wales, House of Windsor, keepin’ it real!” Prince Charles busts out laughing, as the crowd roars. You can tell they all love Robin Williams. He starts off gleaming over the future president. Remember that incredible feeling of excitement and relief most of us had after Obama won? You can see that feeling in Robin’s eyes. A few minutes later, Williams starts in on the ‘Dubya.’ (spoiler alert)

 

He may is gone, but thank God he lives through his work.

From NY Times: In a policy change, the Obama administration is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries, amid growing evidence that patients with chronic illnesses suffer from disjointed, fragmented care.

Although doctors have often performed such work between office visits by patients, they have historically not been paid for it.

Starting in January, Medicare will pay monthly fees to doctors who manage care for patients with two or more chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and depression.

“Paying separately for chronic care management services is a significant policy change,” said Marilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Officials said such care coordination could pay for itself by keeping patients healthier and out of hospitals.

This is excellent! Five years ago my doctor told me that doctors could provide better service if care is fee for patient based rather than fee for service based. And I know I will benefit as I have COPD and diabetes.

From AlterNet: Fox News ‘Doc’ Ablow insults First Lady’s fitness, figuring it’s fair because she hates America.

Keith Ablow, that sterling member of Fox’s “Medical A-Team” is rapidly becoming one of the most gag-inducing figures on the network. He went there this week, all the way to the depths of douchebaggery, criticizing Michelle Obama’s figure, not once, but twice, the second time in defense of the first time. “I’m not taking food advice from an American who dislikes America, who in many photographs during her tenure as First Lady is obviously not fit,” he told Politico, just doubling down on being a full-on cretinous troll.

The head case, whoops, we mean "head doctor," had already gone there on the subject of Michelle Obama’s body on the air, commenting that she needs to “drop a few.” Not even his right-wing female colleagues at Fox could stomach that. Not that it is at all pertinent, but the First Lady’s fitness is rather legendary, her arms the envy of many. Ablow’s comments are transparently misogynist, and it is probably only a matter of time before he and his twisted colleagues decide the Obama daughters are fair game, since their father has the audacity to be president while black, and their mother has the gall to try to educate Americans about food, nutrition, health and exercise while black. She obviously hates America if she is trying to do that.

The rant by this talking sphincter is just one of the five worst Republican moments this week. Click through for the other four.

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Aug 162014
 

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Here is the fifty-eighth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Minister Johnathan Gentry. He is so honored for selling out his own race to parrot Republican racism on the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise.

0816GentryHasselbeck and the two stooges find the one minister who disagrees with the entire NAACP and sides with the cops. Why? Because, Samuel 15:23 "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft." Black people need to quit being "so uptight" about officer stops.

The crowd on the couch pulled it off once again. They found a Black Minister, Minister Johnathan Gentry, to blame the conduct and attitude of the Black community for the recent tragedy of Mike Brown being gunned down, unarmed by Officer Darren Wilson. Gentry is fed up with the way all these Black folks aren’t more obedient and naturally, this is what they get.

By saying things like, It’s sickening. Black people are so uptight. Let’s change our ways, Gentry manages to blame police brutality upon the conduct of people when they are disproportionately stopped for no reason by police. Gentry speaks fondly of the times he’s been pulled over, because, let’s face facts, he’s a Black man with a very custom, tricked-out car. He also quotes scripture to back up his opinion…

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The video embedded in the article linked directly to the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise.  I refuse to do that, but I found another source.

Double Equal Opportunity Barf Bag Alert!!

It boggles my mind that a black man would allow himself to be used as a vehicle for the hatred of Republican racism.  If there is such a thing as a Clarence Thomas award, he should get it!

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Aug 092014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 110.  I got a late start today, because I was tired from basking in the glow of the Orb and feasting on Seachicken.  I spent most of the day trying to make sense of the Iraq crisis.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:57 (average 5:40).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Media Matters: Anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins has appeared on Megyn Kelly’s shows more than all other Fox News programs combined over the past two years.

Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council (FRC), an organization that was labeled an anti-gay "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010. He has called pedophilia "a homosexual problem," claimed that gay men "recruit" children into homosexuality, and endorsed a Uganda law that would have imposed the death penalty for homosexuality. His organization regularly produces anti-gay propaganda depicting gay people as abnormal, unnatural, and destined for "eternal damnation."

He’s also one of Megyn Kelly’s most frequent guests on Fox News. Kelly – who was once hailed as a harbinger of a "gay rights revolution" at Fox – has hosted Perkins more than all other Fox News programs combined in the past two years, according to an Equality Matters analysis. Hailed by Kelly as "a captain of the Religious Right," Perkins has become a familiar face to viewers of Kelly’s shows:

Barf Bag Alert!

 

This is so typical of the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise. To answer the question, she will not stop as long as the Republican Party wants to keep the support of homophobic pseudo-Christians.

From Daily Kos: Charles Koch’s August 5th op-ed in USA Today [Koch Suckee delinked] is laughable. He spills out his vision of a country that works for the biggest corporations and richest 1% (like himself & Koch Industries), all while claiming that his agenda will help struggling American families.

Here are the five major problems I see with Charles Koch’s op-ed:

(1) He quotes Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m actually usually a fan when conservatives quote Dr. King, because King’s message transcends partisan politics. Unfortunately, though, Charles Koch shouldn’t be allowed to do this. New research from the Center for Media and Democracy shows that Charles Koch was a member of the far-right John Birch Society, which strongly opposed racial equality and civil rights. Koch has supported groups that push voter suppression laws that make it harder for people of color to vote. Koch supports busting unions, despite the fact that Dr. King was a strong supporter of unions and was assassinated on a trip to Memphis to support union sanitation workers’ strike. Charles Koch does not get to co-opt Dr. King’s message to fit his own, because Charles Koch stands against everything Dr. King stood for.

That’s just one of the five reasons Koch’s op-ed is long on BS and virtually devoid of facts. Click Through doer the other four.

From Think Progress: Following orders from a federal judge to redraw the state’s voting district maps, since racial gerrymandering rendered the first draft unconstitutional, Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature unveiled revised maps this week.

But the new maps look quite like the old ones, especially the boundaries of the snakelike District 5, one of the most gerrymandered seats in the country. In his ruling earlier this summer, Federal Judge Terry P. Lewis said District 5 “does not follow traditional political boundaries” and “connects two far flung urban populations” without legal justification. His opinion chided lawmakers, saying districts containing “finger-like extensions, narrow and bizarrely shaped tentacles, and hook like shapes…are constitutionally suspect and often indicative of racial and partisan gerrymandering.”

The only way to honest redistricting is to take the process out of Republican hands. The day Republicans draw clean maps is the day the Stanley Cup series will be played in hell.

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May all Republicans follow his example.

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