Jan 172017

The temperature in Portland is forecast to climb to the mid 30°s today, topping the freezing mark for the first time in a week.  Tomorrow the high is forecast near 50° and that should melt the street in front of my building.  I could not have gone anywhere anyway, as the TriMet Lift Busses have been on emergency service only for a week.  This is the worst freeze we’ve had here in many years, and since it sets off both my COPD and my arthritis, I’m damn ready to be rid of it.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:24 (average 4:49).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Donald Trump Has Some Colorful Friends | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann


With any other politician, this might be a big deal. This is only thing that makes it news is that with Putin’s Perverted Puppet, it’s small change.

From KP Daily Funnies: Paul Ryan’s Diary- Dabbing at the Repeal of Obamacare


It seems more factual than funny.

From ABC:

Below is the full running list of Congress members who are planning not to attend the inauguration:

  • Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ
  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-CA
  • Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA
  • Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA
  • Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA
  • Rep. Mark Takano, D-CA
  • Rep. Jared Huffman, D-CA
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-CA
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-CA
  • Rep. Karen Bass, D-CA
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-FL
  • Rep. Darren Soto, D-FL
  • Rep. John Lewis, D-GA
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-IL
  • Rep. John Yarmuth, D-KY
  • Rep. Katherine Clark, D-MA
  • Rep. Anthony Brown, D-MD
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-ME
  • Rep. John Conyers, D-MI
  • Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN
  • Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-MO
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-NJ
  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-NY
  • Rep. Jose Serrano, D-NY
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-NY
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-OH
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-OR
  • Rep. Dwight Evans, D-PA
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-PA
  • Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN
  • Rep. Al Green, D-TX
  • Rep. Don Beyer, D-VA
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA
  • Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA
  • Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI

Kudos to all of them.  I tried to find a list of Senators boycotting the Fuhrer’s insertion, and several said there are none, but I know that isn’t true.  Neither of Oregon’s senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, plan to attend.



Jan 162017

On Friday, we discussed how the US intelligence community had been in possession of the dossier that indicated Trump had been coopted by the Russian government through blackmail, and that he was a willing participant in hacking the US government.  They say they have made no determination about the accuracy of that material, but there is now evidence that they are lying to the American people.

0116trump-gsThe humor writer Andy Borowitz recently joked that Donald Trump had been named the Kremlin’s “employee of the month.” I giggled at that, and then winced. It’s painful even to joke about.

Some of the most explosive reports about America in the last few days appeared in Israeli newspapers. They suggested that American intelligence officials had warned Israel to “be careful” about sharing classified information with the Trump White House, for fear that it would be given to Russia.

American intelligence officials reportedly cautioned that Vladimir Putin might have “leverages of pressure” to extort Trump. That presumably was a reference to the hanky-panky recounted in the dossier alleging that Moscow compromised Trump by filming him cavorting with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel.

Perhaps more troubling are suggestions of collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign…

From <NY Times>

Photo credit: Democratic Underground

The way I see it, unless the US intelligence community had more evidence than completely unverified claims, they would not be warning their counterparts in other countries.


Jan 162017

Yesterday my day was thrown out of kilter, because a squatter escaped the cold outside and set up camp in the only bathroom with a handicapped shower that is properly set up for my use.  Not realizing it, we waited for half an hour, before knocking on the door and asking the occupant how long they might be.  The guy said soon, but sounded drunk.  Fifteen minutes later Wendy went back and explained through the door that she had a handicapped client that could not use any other shower.  Another fifteen minutes passed, we knocked again, and he wouldn’t answer at all.  I called management, and a manager came and opened the door.  They kicked out the squatter, but hew had trashed the bathroom so badly, that they had to clean the room, before it could be used.  By the time I was done, my half hour shower had consumed 2 1/2 hours of my Wendy time, and that’s why you got only a Personal Update yesterday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 6:06 (average 5:43).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (SNL Channel): Donald Trump Press Conference Cold Open – SNL


Baldwin was …ummm… golden!  RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Trump’s plans for a triumphal Inauguration were upended over the weekend when a karaoke machine that had been engaged to perform at the event abruptly backed out.

In an official statement, the karaoke machine said that it was withdrawing because it “did not want my participation at the Inauguration to in any way be construed as an endorsement of Donald Trump.”

The President-elect wasted no time in lashing out at the karaoke machine, taking to Twitter in the early hours of the morning to call the entertainment device a “loser” and “sad.”

Dang Andy!! That machine is smarter than a bunch of people!  RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. attended a real estate conference, where he stated that

Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

As it turns out, that may have been an understatement. Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, whose work in the region goes back to defending Andrei Sakharov and other Soviet dissidents, has gone through a series of studies by the Financial Times to show how funds from Russian crime lords bailed Trump out after yet anther [sic] bankruptcy. The conclusions are stark.

Among the powerful facts that DNI missed were a series of very deep studies published in the [Financial Times] that examined the structure and history of several major Trump real estate projects from the last decade—the period after his seventh bankruptcy and the cancellation of all his bank lines of credit. …

The money to build these projects flowed almost entirely from Russian sources. In other words, after his business crashed, Trump was floated and made to appear to operate a successful business enterprise through the infusion of hundreds in millions of cash from dark Russian sources.

He was their man.

The article includes a petition to appoint a special prosecutor on Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign. Please click through to sign it.  RESIST!!




Can You Contain Your Outrage?

 Posted by at 1:14 pm  Politics
Jan 142017

Here it is in a nutshell.  The FBI had all the dirt on Trump, including his golden showers and other perversions, bribes, money laundering collusion with the GRU to interfere in our election on his behalf and everything else in the dossier that just surfaced, and the FBI was actively investigating this material way back last summer.  At that time, Comey blasted Hillary Clinton for carelessness, even though the FBI found no criminal violations.  Then in October Comey made an 11th hour announcement of a new criminal investigation into Clinton.  The allegations proved to be bogus immediately, but the damage had been done.  And in all this time he did not whisper a peep about the investigation into far more serious crimes by Trump.  In my view, that double standard prompted the following.


A number of House Democrats left Friday’s confidential briefing on Russian hacking fuming over the actions of FBI Director James Comey and convinced he’s unfit to lead the agency.

"I was nonjudgmental until the last 15 minutes. I no longer have that confidence in him," Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said as he left the meeting in the Capitol.

"Some of the things that were revealed in this classified briefing — my confidence has been shook."

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, delivered a similar condemnation.

"I’m extremely concerned — extremely," he said.

"I’ll just — I’m very angry," echoed Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.).

The intelligence community believes Russia hacked Democratic groups in an effort to help elect President-elect Donald Trump, claims Trump had publicly cast doubt on before this week.

Comey has been under fire since several weeks before the Nov. 8 elections, when he announced a new leg in an FBI investigation into the use of a private email server by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — a probe that, as with the first round, resulted in no criminal charges. In response, many Democrats have accused Comey of altering the course of the presidential race in favor of Trump.

Friday’s briefing, featuring Comey and the heads of the other top intelligence agencies, was classified, restricting the freedom of lawmakers to reveal details… [emphasis added]

From <The Hill>

I suspected the reason behind it, but Rachel Maddow unraveled it.  I speculated that Steele, the former MI6 agent that compiled the dossier, was hiding out of fear of fatal retribution by Putin.  I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Rachel isn’t done. In the next segment she documents what the FBI knew and when they knew it.

Rachel makes an excellent point that if the intelligence community had found these claims against Trump to be baseless, there is nothing to prevent them from saying so and putting the matter to rest.  That they have not done so, is a strong indication that at least some of thge allegations have merit.

Christopher Steele may also be the one who leaked the memo to the press.  He was frustrated and thought there was a cabal in the FBI to harm Clinton and cover-up for Trump.

No wonder House Democrats could not contain their outrage.  Can you contain yours?


Jan 132017

Portland deep freeze continues with clear frigid weather forecast through the weekend.  I’m expecting a grocery delivery from Safeway.com between one and two hours from now.  I put in my order after Store to Door canceled deliveries on Wednesday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 6:21 (average 6:36).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?



Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Can Donald Trump Confront America’s Gun Crisis? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann


Of course Keith is right about the meaning of the Second Amendment, but for Republican Ammosexuals and merchants that traffic in blood, gun violence Trumps public safety. RESIST!!

From The Last Word: ‘Public should be deeply concerned’ about FBI email investigation

The Justice Department inspector general announced he will review how the FBI handled aspects of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation ahead of the election. Lawrence talks to Neera Tanden about why FBI Director Comey’s handling of the case is cause for alarm.


This investigation will not be finished. The Piddle Puddle Pervert will fire and replace the Inspector General.

From KP Daily Funnies: Trailer: The (Next) American President


A name change is in order from the Piddle Puddle Pervert to Putin’s Piddle Puddle Pervert.



Jan 122017

Good news.  My insulin syringes should be arriving today.  Yesterday’s tribulations tired me considerably, so please pardon my brevity.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:15 (average 5:39).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Think Progress: On Thursday morning, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called him “to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated” about Russia being in possession of compromising information about him.

But Trump was actually spreading a falsehood of its own. In a statement about the call, Clapper said, “the IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions.”

What Clapper did claim is that the report was not a product of US intelligence.  RESIST!!

From Metro: A former British intelligence officer has been named as the man behind a controversial but unverified document claiming Russia has leverage over the

Christopher Steele, 52, who runs London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, was named in reports as having compiled the file on Trump.

The 35-page dossier contains unconfirmed allegations that Russian security officials have compromising material on Trump that could be used to blackmail him. Steele’s brother Kevin has denied his sibling’s involvement in the document.

It was claimed that Russia has footage of Trump in a Moscow hotel room accompanied by prostitutes who performed golden showers on a bed previously slept in by President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle…

Clapper has said the document is unverified by US intelligence, not that it is untrue. Steele, the former MI6 agent, who compiled it, has gone into hiding. That’s only understandable, if Putin want’s Steele dead for jeopardizing the fruits Putin’s hard work, spent establishing his ownership of the Piddle Puddle Pervert.  RESIST!!

From NY Times: As he prepared last week to deliver his farewell address, President Obama convened three Democratic leaders in the White House for a strategy session on the future of their party. The quiet huddle included Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the top Democrats in Congress, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia.

One topic of urgent concern, according to people briefed on the meeting: how to break the Republican Party’s iron grip on the congressional map.

Thwarted for much of his term by a confrontational Republican Congress, and criticized by his fellow Democrats for not devoting sufficient attention to their down-ballot candidates, Mr. Obama has decided to make the byzantine process of legislative redistricting a central political priority in his first years after the presidency.

Emerging as Mr. Obama’s chief collaborator and proxy is Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general of the United States and a personal friend of the president. He has signed on to lead the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a newly formed political group aimed at untangling the creatively drawn districts that have helped cement the Republican Party in power in Washington and many state capitals.

We need all the help we can get!  RESIST!!



Republicans may be planning a sequel.  RESIST!!