Dec 082017
 

The sun only hit the wall for an hour today, so it’s a chilly day.  Portland is in an inversion, so the air is overly polluted, and it’s setting off my COPD.  TGIF!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:55 (average 5:40).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?  If I win, some other puddy tat may have that bird.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel):

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Amen Granny! The false god of Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians, the opposite of real authentic Christians, has horns and a pitchfork. RESIST!!

From NY Times: Michael T. Slager, the white police officer whose video-recorded killing of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston, S.C., starkly illustrated the turmoil over racial bias in American policing, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, after the judge in the case said he viewed the shooting as a murder.

The sentence, which was within the range of federal guidelines, was pronounced in Federal District Court in Charleston about seven months after Mr. Slager pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of Walter L. Scott when he shot and killed him in April 2015. The case against Mr. Slager is one of the few instances in which a police officer has been prosecuted for an on-duty shooting.

“We have to get this type of justice, because being a police officer is one of the most powerful jobs in the country, and it should be respected,” L. Chris Stewart, a lawyer for Mr. Scott’s family, said after the hearing, which was punctuated by tears and grief. “But that doesn’t mean you’re above the law. That doesn’t mean you can do as you please.”

This is an all too rare win for justice against deadly abuses of power by the thin blue line. I hope that Slager takes advantage of prison programs to help him correct the criminal thinking that empowers his Republican authoritarianism and Republican Racism. RESIST!!

From Alternet: Steve Curtis, the former chairman of the Colorado GOP, has been found guilty of voter fraud for forging his ex-wife’s signature on a ballot.

As The Denver Post reports, Curtis may face up to three years in prison for forging his ex-wife’s signature on a Colorado ballot in November 2016 after she’d moved to South Carolina in 2015. He was arrested in February after handwriting analysis and DNA testing revealed he’d committed the forgery.

Isn’t it ironic that, contrary to Republican claims, voter fraud virtually never happens, but when it does, the perpetrator are virtually always Republicans? RESIST!!

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Dec 022017
 

I got up early this morning to work on the Monthly Report, so I’m feeling tired.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  Weak as they are, it’s the Dolphins turn to clobber my Broncos.  The game is not televised here.  Tomorrow will be a bit crazy for me as WWW will be a couple hours late.  She’s taking her niece to have breakfast with Santa.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:38 (average 5:08).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Jeff Merkley Channel): Senators Merkley and Klobuchar Highlight Worst Provisions of GOP Tax Scam

 

Republicans are desperate, because their $billionaire donors have put them on notice.  Pass it or the GOP dies of starvation.  Now it goes to conference to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate Bills, unless the House ratifies the Senate bill, as is. I doubt that will happen, because the InsaniTEA wing will object to all the pork Bought Bitch Mitch piled on to bribe the last few holdouts. In conference they are likely to fight. Then they have to approve the final bill in both the House and Senate.  We may win yet. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Kim Jong Un is concerned that his long-standing plan to destroy the United States has been made totally irrelevant by the Republican tax bill moving through the Senate, a source close to the North Korean dictator said on Friday.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Kim fears that his scheme to turn the United States into an uninhabitable hellhole has been to a large extent upstaged by a similar proposal from congressional Republicans.

“You have to understand, destroying America is something that Kim and his family have been plotting for decades,” the source said. “To see the Republicans swoop in at the last second and basically steal that idea—it’s got to hurt.”

Andy, never have you been more accurate. RESIST!!

From Washington Post: Alabama’s closely watched U.S. Senate race is a neck-and-neck contest as voter concerns about personal moral conduct weigh on the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll.

With less than two weeks to go, support for Democrat Doug Jones stands at 50 percent vs. Moore’s 47 percent support among likely voters — a margin of a scant three points that sets up a nail-biter for the oddly timed Dec. 12 special election.

If we take that seat, it could make a difference in the Tax Scam. RESIST!!

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Compared to today’s Republicans, he’s a moderate.

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Nov 252017
 

I’m making this a lazy day.  I don’t know why, but I slept very poorly last night.  Most of the news seems to be rehashing old business.  This is my only article today, and I shall not be sending links messages on Care2.  Between 10 AM and Noon Amazon.com/New Seasons Market is delivering the bird, a cooked 6-10 lb. Free Range Turkey.  Purrrr!!  This morning I prepared the Brussels Sprouts Hollandaise.  The stuffing and gravy are done.  And I look forward to feeding Wonder Woman Wendy (Thanks, Lona!) tomorrow.  Tomorrow is also a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos play Wendy’s Raiders, but we don’t get to watch, as it is not televised here.

Later: The turkey came.  It’s in the fridge, waiting to be put in the TomCat.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:12 (average 5:29).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Washington Post: President Trump and the outgoing head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau both named acting directors to head the watchdog agency on Friday, throwing its leadership into disarray.

Legal analysts were split over whether the White House or the CFPB had authority to name an acting director, with each side citing the fine print of dueling federal rules. Some added that the laws were open to interpretation and that the courts ultimately would have to decide the matter.

Trump proposed his White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as the acting director of the CFPB, which Mulvaney once called a “joke” and said he wished didn’t exist. Several defenders of the agency said they were worried that Mulvaney, if given the helm of the CFPB on a temporary basis, would gut its powers.

The series of events began Friday when the CFPB’s long-time director, Richard Cordray, announced that he would leave at the end of the day — instead of at the end of the month — and promoted his chief of staff, Leandra English, to become deputy director. Cordray said in a letter to CFPB staff that English would serve as the agency’s acting director until a replacement was confirmed by the Senate.

I have no doubt that the CFPB would not survive a week as a functional entity with Mulvaney at the helm. English is the rightful Acting Director, and Trump is trying to duck Senate confirmation. RESIST!!

From NY Times: Despite efforts by Congress, the Obama administration and state attorneys general to stop the predatory practices of for-profit colleges, veterans and service members who rely on funding from the G.I. bill and the Defense Department to attend school are still being targeted by an industry infamous for saddling people with debt and useless degrees.

A Senate committee report sounded a warning on this problem three years ago, when it raised questions about deceptive practices in the industry. State attorneys general and federal agencies at the time were investigating seven for-profit outfits with significant revenue streams from the G.I. bill. Some of these schools have since been forced to shut down.

Nevertheless, a new analysis of federal data by Veterans Education Success, a nonprofit that provides free legal services to student veterans, finds that the for-profit industry is still setting its sights on veterans and service members even as its nonmilitary enrollment has declined.

The Republican Reich views our veterans as prey fit to be ravished by Republican criminals. RESIST!!

From Alternet: As Americans gather for Thanksgiving, we can only hope that the richest among us have the good graces to give thanks for the bounty they expect to receive in a few days thanks to how Donald Trump and the Republican leaders on Capitol Hill conned millions of voters.

The plutocrats should set aside a moment to thank all the voters suckered by the Trumpian promise to drain the swamp. What Trump really meant was to drain the pockets of Americans who make less than $500,000 a year so the richest of the rich can have more.

Amen! Amen!! Amen!!! YOU are the swamp! RESIST!!

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Nov 192017
 

There’s a train coming down the track, a gravy train, and it’s filled with holiday treats for the Trumps, the Kochs, the Mercers, the Adelsons and lots of other GOP billionaires.  For you, me and over 90 percent of Americans it’s like inserting my artificial leg in your southern exposure.  Only Republicans can stop it, so here is a preview of which ones might.

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On Thursday, House Republicans passed their version of tax reform by a 227-205 vote. Now, the Senate is preparing to take up its own version of a bill, but several Republicans — from fiscal conservatives to moderates — are taking issue with several provisions. The bill needs 50 votes to pass the Senate — let’s take a look at what might get in the way.

Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

Corker — who will not seek reelection in 2018 — has said he will oppose any tax legislation if it adds “ one penny to the deficit .”

Don’t forget:

Free from the baggage of running for reelection, Corker — who has been increasingly critical of Trump — has been one to watch.

John McCain (R- Ariz.)

McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 in part because they disproportionately favored the wealthy. “The deficit went up,” McCain said. “Guess what? I was right.” It also doesn’t help that Trump feuded with McCain over the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill this past summer.

Don’t forget:

McCain has also stressed that the tax bill needs to go through the normal procedures for writing and passing bills. He’s signaled that he’s been satisfied with the process — so far.

Jeff Flake (R – Ariz.)

Flake is worried about fiscal responsibility. “I remain concerned over how the current tax reform proposals will grow the already staggering national debt by opting for short-term fixes while ignoring long-term problems for taxpayers and the economy,” Flake said in a statement released last week.

Don’t forget:

Like Corker, Flake is a harsh critic of Trump who isn’t running for reelection… [emphasis original]

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I have three of seven listed by the author.  Please click through to read the other four.  If any of these are yours, call their office and tell them to vote against passage.  We need three.  If not please keep doing everything you can.

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Nov 182017
 

Day by day, I continue to improve, but I had to miss my morning nap, because I have Republicosis and am waiting for the Immodium AD to set in.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos worship in Cincinnati, but the game is not televised here.  May my Broncos eat some Trump-stripped kitties!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:15 (average 4:24).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Jeff Merkley Channel): Senator Merkley Calls for Immediate Action to Restore CHIP Funding

 

Every penny spent on saving children’s lives is a penny Republicans can’t give to a billionaire. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Republican Ohio state legislator Wes Goodman describes himself on his Twitter bio as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican." The self-described “family values” conservative with a history of anti-LGBTQ stances has resigned after admitting he engaged in sex with a man in his Ohio office. From The Columbus Dispatch:

State Rep. Wes Goodman, who consistently touted his faith and conservative values, abruptly resigned late Tuesday after being confronted with evidence of inappropriate conduct with another man inside his Riffe Center office, the second Ohio lawmaker to fall within a month.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, met Tuesday afternoon with the Cardington Republican soon after the speaker became aware of an incident from weeks ago in the lawmaker’s office that, sources said, involved a male in a consensual situation.

Apparently someone witnessed the affair, and Republicans wasted no time demanding his resignation

What hypocrites Republicans are! Roy Moore is OK, but Goodman has to go. Would a some gent please give Roy Moore a BJ?  RESIST!!

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Senators Orrin Hatch & Sherrod Brown Get In Tax Reform Shouting Match

 

Hatch is such a lying sack of shit in this case. If he’s sick of the attacks, he should stop goose-stepping behind billionaires. RESIST!!

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Nov 132017
 

This is my only article today.  I’m feeling slightly better than yesterday, but that isn’t saying much.  Virtually everything I found in my research are just new variations on old themes.  In addition, the Care2 Glitch Monster is so high on my shit list, that I’d just as soon avoid it, and especially the evil CAPTCHA today.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:05 (average 4:25).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Agony:

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Every time I see that Orb, I pray that it’s soaked in Vaseline.

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: The special counsel Robert Mueller announced on Saturday that he was closing the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, “effective immediately,” after hearing that President Vladimir Putin, of Russia, said he was innocent of any election meddling.

Moments after learning about Putin’s assertion, Mueller hastily assembled his staff of investigators to inform them that, now that Putin had fully exonerated himself, there was no point in continuing the probe.

“Vladimir Putin says he did nothing,” Mueller told his staff. “That’s good enough for me.”

Andy, that is absurd, but it appears to be what Putin’s Pee-Pee Puppet thinks Mueller should do. RESIST!!

From Alternet: On Sunday night, The New York Times reported that novice energy firm Whitefish Energy was wildly overcharging the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) for the hourly rate it paid line workers.

Whitefish Energy Holdings only had two employees when it was awarded a $300 million contract to restore electricity to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. To meet the shortfall, Whitefish hired contractors from Florida at rates varying from $42 per hour to $100 per hour with an average hourly rate of $63.

However, the company’s “shocking” contract allowed it to bill PREPA $319 per worker per hour.

The Times spoke to industry experts who said that $319 per hour is far, far above the norm about amounts to about 17 times what a Puerto Rican worker would make performing the same job.

Another day, another Republican rip-off. RESIST!!

From Common Dreams: Following the release of a slew of analyses showing that the GOP tax plan would raise taxes on many middle class families—despite repeated promises to the contrary by the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) conceded in an interview with the New York Times Friday that he "misspoke" when he declared last week that "nobody in the middle class is going to get a tax increase."

"I misspoke on that," McConnell told Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg‏.

Bought Bitch Mitch did NOT misspeak. He LIED!! Republicans are trying to raise YOUR taxes!! RESIST!!

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