Sep 222016
 

Although I tired myself out yesterday, I still could not sleep last night or this morning, so I need to rest today.  This is today’s only article from me, and I won’t be sending link messages on Care2.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:51 (average 4:21).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From KP Daily Funnies: That Darn Trump! Episode 2: What Do You Have To Lose?

Animated Barf Bag Alert!!

 

I’m not sure about its value as humor, but it sure is accurate.

From YouTube: Warren Presses FBI On Financial Crisis Case | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

 

Lizzie raises some great points. I also want to know why the Banksters that caused the crisis were not prosecuted.

From Daily Kos: …Bondi’s first political opponent in 2010, former state senator and federal prosecutor Dan Gelber, recently said she should at least have returned the check to Trump while the New York case was pending.

But Bondi on Tuesday said she didn’t return the check because it would have looked as if it were a bribe…

LOL!! If you believe that, then I blew the fart, because holding it in would have looked like I ate Chile.

Cartoon:

0922Cartoon

Republican Supply-side Jesus and Jesus are exact opposites.

Share

Other People’s Money

 Posted by at 1:50 pm  Politics
Sep 212016
 

If I had a nickel for every time media has covered duplicitous Republican assertions about the Clinton foundation, I could invest the money and we could all join the 1% and commit TEAbuggery.  Trump, on the other hand, not only brags about using other people’s money to enrich himself, but uses his Trump Foundation illegally to do do.  Thanks to the Squatch for pointing me to the following article.

Donald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.

Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.

In one case, from 2007, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club faced $120,000 in unpaid fines from the town of Palm Beach, Fla., resulting from a dispute over the size of a flagpole.

In a settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive those fines — if Trump’s club made a $100,000 donation to a specific charity for veterans. Instead, Trump sent a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a charity funded almost entirely by other people’s money, according to tax records.

In another case, court papers say one of Trump’s golf courses in New York agreed to settle a lawsuit by making a donation to the plaintiff’s chosen charity. A $158,000 donation was made by the Trump Foundation, according to tax records… [emphasis added]

From <MSN.com>

Both Tim Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell covered this story on MSNBC.  First Tim:

Then Lawrence:

You know, this is such a prima facie case, that the only way Rump Dump Trump can save himself from jail, is to win the Presidency and appoint all the people with power to punish him.

Share
Sep 202016
 

My sleeping schedule is way out of whack.  The mornings have been very chilly here, so I’ve been warming under the covers and sleeping.  Then when night comes, it’s super sticky with very high humidity, and I can’t sleep.  I could live with a swing shift schedule, but medical mayhem cannot.  The nerve pain is greatly improved, but side effects remain.  Of course, it’s too soon to tell.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:37 (average 4:59).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here are the results from our Fantasy Football league.

Scores:

2Scores

Standings:

2Standings

I actually won one last week.  Patty Monster, Vivian, and Rob are tied for the lead.  Don’t forget to be ready in time for Thursday Night Football, like I did last week.

Short Takes:

From KP Daily Funnies: Mary Poppins Quits Over Non-Living Wage

 

Pretty accurate, IMHO!

From Daily Kos: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, fresh off his weekend of being called out for lying about Donald Trump’s birtherism, is seeing one of his own scandals blow up again. Two of Christie’s former underlings are on trial for the George Washington Bridge lane closures, and prosecutors opened the trial by saying Christie knew what his aides were doing at the time:

Prosecutors from the United States attorney’s office said that two of the alleged co-conspirators in the case, David Wildstein and Bill Baroni, had bragged to the governor about the lane closings, and that they had been done to “mess” with the mayor of Fort Lee because he had declined entreaties to endorse the governor’s re-election.

The prosecutor, Vikas Khanna, instantly advised the jury that they should not consider the actions of “others” or wonder why they were not charged.

Rachael has more:

PIGnocchio knew!!

From Alternet: D]ell Rapids, South Dakota firefighter was relieved of his duties after a social media post where he encouraged reinstituting slavery.

John Nygaard reportedly posted several racist posts on Facebook that sparked outrage from Dell Rapids residents, according to KSFY.

Fire him! There’s too much risk that this deplorable Republican won’t do his job, depending on race.

Cartoon:

0920Cartoon

Share
Sep 142016
 

I’m getting a late start intentionally.  Today is a grocery delivery day, and I have to be up when they arrive so that I can inventory and put them away.  Later, Wendy is coming to dunk the TomCat.  Her weekend job is bartending for a Chinese Restaurant, and she’s stopping there to get us supper, which I will pay for, of course.  I’m still struggling with nerve pain, but last night was not quite as bad.  I bit back the pain and donned George for a few hours yesterday.  Even though I had to take a Hydrocodone to do it, it did help.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:44 (average 4:40).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?  Did I save the nice Cat face from that raging, stomping Sasquatch? Winking smile

Short Takes:

From Raw Story: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin may be calling for a violent uprising if Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is elected in November.

Kentucky Fried Barf Bag Alert!!

 

The list of Republican elected officials calling for the violent overthrow of the US government is becoming endless.

From Daily Kos: The man [Trump Supporter] accosted a group of protesters who began shouting in the middle of Trump’s rally and exchanged words with one man before grabbing him by the neck while brandishing his closed fist. The Trump supporter then swung at the protester, but it’s unclear if the protester dodged the punch.

The incident came as Trump lambasted Hillary Clinton for calling half of his supporters a "basket of deplorables."

What a deplorable Trump supporter!!

From YouTube: We’re Back and Everything is Scary Now | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS

 

BEEutiful!!

Cartoon:

0914Cartoon

Share
Sep 102016
 

I’m running way late today.  After a sleepless night, I had to take a nap this morning.  Then I needed to scan some documents, and my scanner won’t work.  I’ve been trying to solve the problem for the last three hours without success.  Tomorrow I’ll be late too because it’s a Wendy day and a Holy Day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:26 (average 5:07).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MSNBC: Rachel and I disagree.

I don’t believe him.  She does.  If I’m right, Trump is a criminal seditionist, and is not fit to be President. If she’s right, Trump is an idiot, and is not fit to be President.

From Daily Kos: David Farenthold has done a brilliant job of exposing Trump’s grandiose lies about his charitable giving. Now it appears that multiple charities are telling him they never received donations the Trump Foundation claimed on IRS submissions.

Claiming deductions for funds not donated is criminal tax fraud.

From The New Yorker: In an appearance Friday on CNN, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Presidential nominee, promised that as President he would get tough on East Korea.

“This behavior is unacceptable,” he said. “The East Koreans are making us look like idiots.”

While stressing that he remained, for the most part, an isolationist, he said, “I will do everything in my power as President to support our allies in West Korea.”

FOMCROTFPIMPLMAO!!!!

Cartoon:

0910Cartoon

Share

Everyday Erinyes #42

 Posted by at 12:28 pm  Politics
Sep 102016
 
furies

I have two items today which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as "unceasing," "grudging," and "vengeful destruction."

Let me first make it clear that I am NOT trying to pick on Oregon.  There are jerks and felons in every state, and Oregon has come, since its founding, probably further than any other state.  But even a state that is such a leader is not immune.

When "the duckbill," an iconic sandstone foundation at Cape Kiwanda State Park, came down, park officials thought it was natural erosion which took it, and issued a statemen including "The rubble serves as a sobering reminder of the ever present dangers of our fragile coastal rocks and cliffs."

Then a video turned up.  I will not embed it but you can click through to it.  Be aware the language is as crude as the vandals.

David Kalas, who took the video, asked them why they had done it.  The ringleader babbled something about a friend having broken his leg, and it was a safety hazard, and they were doing everyone a favor, yada yada yada.  Yeah, right.  Kalas himself has I think a better perspective:

(W)hat’s disappointing is how significant that one rock is to so many people. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have taken their picture on it over the years. “People got married on top of the rock, got their engagement photos on top of the rock,” Kalas said. "They can’t share that moment any more with their future children or their grandchildren or anyone like that, it will always just now be a memory," he added.

Let me make my own feeling clear.  I see NO moral difference whatsoever between these jerks and the jerks with more money than brains who want to mine for uranium on the edge of the Grand Canyon.  Both are treating public property as their own, with complete disregard for the rest of us.  The polite term for that is misappropriation.  When they steal from or willfilly damage public property, they steal from me.  And you.  And you.  And you.

Oregon State Police, and the rescreation department are now on the case, and say they "take… vandalism of a state park's natural features seriously."  But of course, they can only take is as seriously as the law does.  The maximum fine is $435.00.

It will take some intensive education to wring any regret from these – people.  Alecto and Megaera, prehaps you would team up and turn up the heat.  I have another case for Tisiphone today.

Shortly before midnight on August 10, in Gresham, OR, 19-year-old Larnell Malik Bruce, with some friends, was charging his cell phone outside a convenience store, when a red Jeep Wrangler pulled up and a man and a woman got out of it.

The man was 38 year old Russell Courtier, the woman, his girlfriend, 35 year old Colleen Hunt.  A fight quickly broke out. 

As Courtier smashed Bruce's head into the store's front window, cracking a pane of glass, his girlfriend encouraged the beating.

"Get him, baby," Hunt urged her byfriend, according to police.  "Get him, baby."

Eventually, Bruce pulled out a machete and the couple retreated back to their Jeep.

What happened next would be hard to believe if we had not seen so many outrages in just the last year.  Bruce started to run, headed towards his home and away from the couple.  They began to chase hi down in the Jeep.  He attempted to zig zag to avoid them, but they nearly missed him as they gunned the car toward him on the sidewalk.  As he tried to cross the street, security footage shows them moving directly toward him and incidentally into oncoming traffic.

Police arrived on the scene moments later, having been called when the fight began, to find Bruce lying in the street with blood gushing from his head and ears.

He died from his injuries days later.

You may, if you look at Courtier's history, wonder why he was actually on the street at the time.  He is a long time criminal, has a notorious history as a member of a white supremacist gang called European Kindred (EK), and was on parole at the time of the murder.  Yes, that's EK tattooed on his calf in the picture.  Not that that is his only tattoo.  For example, while in prison, he also tattooed "party bone" on his penis.  That and having the "make-shift tattoo gun" in his cell are only two of the almost 40 major prison violations he racked up between 2001 and 2013  How does someone with so many major violations get parole?  I don't know.

Courtier and Hunt have both been indicted for murder and are being held on $500,000 bail.  Their trial is scheduled to begin October third.

Incidentally Bruce's family has set up a GoFundMe page for help with funeral and medical expenses.  It includes this statement – "Though this tragedy has devastated our family, Larnell has the opportunity to save many lives through the Organ Donor program."  Well, SOMEONE in this story has class.

Tisiphone – whatever you can do.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 at http://www.care2.com/news/member/101612212/4009830

Share