Feb 152018
 

Yesterday was yet another lonely Valentine’s day. Desperate for company, I even tried to attract Republicans.  I put out rat traps, but none came.  Smile with tongue out

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 4:57).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (RWW Channel): Dave Daubenmire Is Sick Of "Phony Black Christians" Who Voted For "That Quasi-Muslim Freak"

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Real Authentic Christians just don’t have the hate required to become racist Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Don’t look now, but Democrats just flipped their 36th state legislative seat this cycle.

Tuesday’s win in Florida House District 72 was not only yet another Democratic win in a seat Trump carried in 2016 (by a 51-46 margin), but it was also a stark reminder for Republicans of how much trouble they may be in at the ballot box in November.

Democrat Margaret Good, an attorney and community activist, defeated Republican James Buchanan 52-45 percent, improving on the 2016 Democratic presidential performance in this Sarasota County-area district by 12 points. This historically Republican seat, which has a GOP voter registration advantage of around 13,000, became vacant upon the abrupt resignation of a freshman lawmaker in August 2017.

Woooo Hoooo! RESIST!!

From Common Dreams: Under fire for taking expensive first class flights and staying in luxury hotels on the taxpayer’s dime, EPA chief Scott Pruitt informed the public of the real reason he stays away from coach: to avoid uncomfortable interactions with people who are mad at him for trying to destroy the planet.

"We live in a very toxic environment politically," Pruitt explained in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader this week—an interesting choice of words, given that the EPA chief’s policy moves have greatly contributed to the toxicity of the actual geophysical environment.

He wouldn’t have to worry about a toxic political environment, if he were not creating a toxic physical environment. Also, what Republicans do not live high on the hog at our expense, whenever they can? RESIST!!

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After two years, is he cooked yet?

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Feb 132018
 

Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten and his Republican Reich have released their budget.  The GOP Nazi word for Vaseline is Vienerschleider, and if you don’t know hat that has to do with a Republican budget, it’s time for you to bend over and grab your ankles.  You’re about to find out in the worst possible way.

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The Trump administration wants to slash food aid to low-income families and make up the difference with a box of canned goods — a change that Office of Management and budget director Mick Mulvaney described in a Monday briefing as a “Blue Apron-type program.”

“What we do is propose that for folks who are on food stamps, part — not all, part — of their benefits come in the actual sort of, and I don’t want to steal somebody’s copyright, but a Blue Apron-type program where you actually receive the food instead of receive the cash,” Mulvaney said. “It lowers the cost to us because we can buy [at wholesale prices] whereas they have to buy it at retail. It also makes sure they’re getting nutritious food. So we’re pretty excited about that.”

Mulvaney’s remarks drew raised eyebrows from some critics, who accuse the Trump administration official of drawing an unfair comparison between the food stamp program, which delivers an average of $1.37 per meal to America’s poorest, and a high-end meal kit that runs $10 per serving.

On Monday, the Trump administration proposed cutting food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, by $17 billion in 2019 and more than $213 billion over the next decade. The dramatic reductions came as part of a budget proposal that made sweeping, across-the-board cuts to popular safety net programs, including federal housing subsidies and Medicaid.

But the administration’s SNAP proposal was particularly striking, advocates and experts said, because it advocates a fundamental change to the program’s administration. For the past 40 years, the Agriculture Department has distributed benefits as either paper coupons or virtual disbursements on Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, allowing recipients to use them as cash on foods of their choice and at their own grocery store… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Washington Post>
Photo Credit: Samuel Warde

When you get your GOP food package, say "Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!"  But don’t expect a cat to come.  Republicans will be feeding you the portions that the cats rejected.

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Feb 132018
 

My vision is still a bit blurry from yesterday’s ordeal, but I’m pleased to report that my vision is perfect in both eyes with my glasses, except for the double vision.  The non-malignant remnants of my choroidal cancer are even smaller than they were six months ago.  I could not have received a better report.  I’m running late because of chores, and am hurrying because WWWendy is coming this evening to destink the TomCat.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:49 (average 4:53).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Inequality Media Channel): Rise Up Vs. Trickle Down Economics

 

In short, the way to build up the economy is to tear down the Republican Reich. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): America’s Crumbling Infrastructure Under Donald Trump

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

There’s the problem. Because the Fuhrer finds America’s infrastructure sexy, he can only be referring to all the pussies he wants to grab. When it comes to actually building America’s infrastructure, Republicans are too preoccupied with tearing it down. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: According to Politico, Susan Collins is shocked to discover that the White House has broken a promise to her.

President Donald Trump’s legislative affairs director, Marc Short, stood just off the Senate floor as Republicans cast a party-line vote on Trump’s tax package late last year, but his moment of triumph was brief.

As she walked off the floor, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins spotted Short — and she exploded.

The White House had promised Collins, a moderate, that it would seek a vote before recess on guaranteeing payments to health insurers in order to stabilize Obamacare markets, a key issue for her. But under intense opposition from pro-life groups and from House conservatives, no such vote materialized.

I don’t buy it. When Senate Republicans passed their Tax SCAM, I said that Collins had to know that "promise" would never be kept. I stand by that. What we see from her now is Kabuki theater to fool her constituents and make her appear innocent. She’s guilty. She’s a Republican! RESIST!!

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Busy day!

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Republicans Will Destroy ANWR

 Posted by at 11:44 am  Politics
Feb 052018
 

Pictured below is part of one of the last truly pristine tracts of land on the face of this earth.  The Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is home to hundreds of species that have nowhere left to go.  ANWR is on the verge of being opened for drilling, and all it took was for a criminal corporate oil baron to put in a private call to the Pumpkin Pollution Pig!

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As if we needed another example of Trump putting his business and personal relationships over those of the American people and the environment, the president has now admitted that he didn’t think about drilling on in the Arctic national Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) until an oil industry executive prompted him to.

According to Trump, who recalled the call during a speech at the Republican Member Conference this week:

A friend of mine called up in that world, in that business and said ‘is it true you’re thinking about ANWR?’ I said, ‘yeah, I think we’re going to get it but you know,.”

He said, “are you kidding? You know that’s the biggest thing by itself. Ronald Reagan and every president has wanted to get ANWR approved.”

And after that, I said, “oh, make sure that’s in the [$1.5 trillion tax] bill.”

 

Trump added, “I really didn’t care about it,” he said. “Then when I heard that everybody wanted it, for 40 years, everybody tried to get it approved, ‘Make sure you don’t lose ANWR.’”

As Trump’s friend mentioned, the oil and gas industry have been pressing for ANWR to be open for drilling for many, many years. Congress only lifted the 40-year ban as part of the Republican tax reform bill approved in December. The tax plan included a “backdoor drilling provision” that was added to secure the vote of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has long supported arctic drilling.

According to both scientists and conservationists, opening the ANWR for oil and gas drilling would cause irreparable harm to “the most beautiful, pristine wildlife refuge that we have in the United States.”…

Submitted from <Nation of Change>

Here’s the video (only 41 sec.)

Barf Bag Alert!!

I don’t know what we can do to stop it, except protest and support those groups that try to block the polluters as the deploy their destructive equipment.

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Jan 172018
 

It’s another sweaty muggy day, and I am very busy.  Store to Door delivered groceries, and I just finished putting them away and having lunch.  WWWendy is coming this evening to destink the VERY smelly TomCat.  I plan to get us a pizza.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:48 (average 4:49).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube: Republican Tax Cut Song

Bush Barf Bag Alert!!

 

This six year old song illustrates that the only way Republicans have changed is in degree.  RESIST!!

From NPR: Three-quarters of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, citing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s unwillingness to meet with them.

Nine of the panel’s 12 members, led by former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, handed in their resignations. The bipartisan panel was appointed by President Barack Obama and the terms of all members who quit were set to expire in May.

When they can’t even get a meeting with Republican park destroyer Stinky Zinke, mass resignation is a valid protest. RESIST!!

From Common Dreams: The win by a Democrat for a state senate seat in Wisconsin’s special election on Tuesday is being seen as the latest sign that traditional Republican strongholds, including districts where Donald Trump beat rival Hillary Clinton handily in 2016, could be up for grabs as the nation eyes this year’s mid-term elections.

The victory by Patty Schachtner, the chief medical examiner at a local hospital, over Republican Adam Jarchow, who currently serves in the State House, in Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District—where Trump triumphed over Clinton by 17 points—was an indication to many Democrats, as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports, that they are "taking hold of the energy that benefited their party in special elections last year in Alabama, Virginia and Oklahoma." According to reported tallies, Schachtner beat Jarchow by approximately nine points.

Woooo Hoooo!! May Fartfuhrer Walker and Lyin Ryan be next to fall in Fitzwalkerstan, formerly Wisconsin! RESIST!!

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Would that we had listened then!

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The Way Forward on Tax Scam

 Posted by at 12:39 pm  Politics
Dec 202017
 

It’s a done deal.  Less than five minutes ago, the House passed the Republican Tax Scam, and it’s on the way to their Fuhrer’s desk.  For the way forward, we have a good head start, because the Republican Tax Scam is more unpopular than any tax increase has been.  Moving along, we need to hang this albatross on the neck of every Republican lawmaker at every level of government, as well as every Republican donor and corporate criminal, whose greedy threats drove passage of this disaster.

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Foremost on many activists’ minds is how to make politicians rue the day they voted for this scam. The folks who organized the big Tax March last April are about to launchrepealthetrumptax.org [sic] to coordinate 100 days of “accountability” events around the country, beginning in early January. Their aim: Make a “yea” vote on this stinker a mark of shame for candidates trying to get reelected in 2018 and 2020.

We should also be working to hold corporations that supported the tax bill accountable. Lobby groups representing nearly every large firm in the country, from the Chamber of Commerce to the Business Roundtable, fought full-throttle for this monstrosity, spewing one absurd claim after another.

Meanwhile, according to Marketwatch, corporations have been preparing to spend their tax savings not on job-creating investments or wage hikes but on stock buybacks, which will inflate the value of their CEOs’ stock-based pay…

Inserted from <The Nation>

Rachel Maddow gives us some excellent background on this mess.

Rachel explained that only 7% of Americans think the Republican Tax Scam is a middle class tax cut.  That’s a great start, and in the end, 60 percent of Americans get a tax INCREASE!  Are you ready?  Campaign 2018 just started in earnest.

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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