Aug 152017
 

We have not heard a lot about Robert Mueller’s investigation into “Russia-gate” or whatever one chooses to call Trump and the Trump campaign’s association with Russia in the past few days.  Trump’s response, or better put, a lack of appropriate response, to the Charlottesville tragedy has taken over.  Is his “response” to the Charlottesville tragedy meant as a distraction from Mueller’s investigation?

AlterNet — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow spent the opening of her Friday show doing a deep dive into the “extraordinary flim-flammery” of President Donald Trump’s past financial dealings.

As it turns out, the president once short-changed New York City to the tune of $2.8 million in a deal designed to avoid paying upwards of $150 million in property taxes.

Rachel Maddow presents a very interesting backstory as to a very possible motivation for why Trump did not want to release his tax returns like previous presidential candidates have done.

The second video explores the issue with journalist David Cay Johnston founder of DCReports.org .

I think both Rachel and David Cay Johnston make a very good argument as to why Trump does not want his financial records available for scrutiny by Mueller or anyone else for that matter.  And what about Trump’s ability to pardon himself or anyone else involved in criminal dealings with Russia or Russians?  The US Constitution, Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 states in part (Wikipedia) “…  and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”  So Trump could pardon his kids or anyone else if they are convicted of a crime but he could not pardon himself if he is impeached.  However, were he to be impeached, he would be succeeded by VP Pence who likely would pardon him.  This is what happened with Richard Nixon . . . Gerald Ford, who succeeded Nixon as president, pardoned Nixon on 08 September 1974.  What are your thoughts? 

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Aug 132017
 

Here is the ninety-second article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. It is the first in almost six months. Today’s honoree is Trump supporter and White Supremacist Domestic Terrorist, James Alex Fields Jr. He is so honored for driving his car into counter-protestors against a Republican Alt-Right Nazi rally, murdering a woman for his Fuhrer and injuring several others.

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A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting more than a dozen others and ratcheting up tension in a day full of violent confrontations.

Shortly after, a Virginia State Police helicopter that officials said was assisting with the rally crashed outside Charlottesville, killing the pilot and a trooper.

The chaos boiled over at what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade. The governor declared a state of emergency, and police dressed in riot gear ordered people out. The group had gathered to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and others arrived to protest the racism.

Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said several hundred counter-protesters were marching when "suddenly there was just this tire screeching sound." A silver Dodge Challenger smashed into another car, then backed up, barreling through "a sea of people."

The impact hurled people into the air. Those left standing scattered, screaming and running for safety in different directions.

The driver was later identified by police as James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio. Police say Fields, 20, has been charged with charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count related to leaving the scene. A bond hearing is scheduled for Monday…

From <Chicago Tribune>

I identified Fields, as opposed to the other terrorists,  by labeling him with the symbol of his Reich.

Here are some CNN commentators discussing the hate crime.

Note how the Republicans tried to minimize their associate’s actions and blame the peaceful victims for this Republican Domestic Terrorism.

Fields could not deserve a parade more, so it’s time I dusted off the series.  However, the cost was much too high.

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Jul 302017
 

Lyin’ Ryan (R-WI), Bought Bitch Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Donald Putin’s Puppet Trump (R-RU) tried desperately to kill those too poor and/or ill to afford to pay for health care, so they could spend their care money on welfare for billionaires.  They failed, and because they failed, they are not only desperate for a win, but also, raving to empty the pockets of the poor and middle classes for billionaire subsidies.  So Republicans will be spreading far and wide, promising to lower YOUR taxes.

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Republicans will be vigorously selling tax reform over the August recess, following the release of shared tax-reform principles and the Senate’s failure to pass even a scaled-down ObamaCare repeal bill.

Now that GOP leaders and the White House have announced a consensus on goals for tax reform, they are hoping to get voters excited about forthcoming legislation. And they’ll have business groups and conservative advocacy organizations helping them in the efforts.

The campaigning on tax reform was going to be in full force even if the Senate had a successful healthcare vote. But the failure to repeal ObamaCare makes passing tax-reform legislation even more crucial, as Republicans want a legislative success to tout for the midterm elections.

The healthcare defeat “put pressure on getting a victory” on taxes, said Marc Gerson, chair of Miller & Chevalier and a former tax counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Some GOP lawmakers have continued to express an interest in working on healthcare, but congressional GOP leaders have signaled that they are ready to shift to other priorities…

From <The Hill>

RepubliSpeak Dictionary: Lower YOUR taxes
Massive tax cuts for people in the top 0.1%, modest tax cuts for the next 0.9%, and tax increases for the bottom 99%

Dust off your Ka-shit detector!  You’re going to need it.

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Jul 122017
 

It’s a very busy day.  I’m still trying to get appointments squared away, I’m waiting for a big grocery delivery from Store to Door, and this evening Wendy will be here to make the TomCat fit to be upwind of people.  Please expect no more than a Personal Update, or perhaps an Open Thread, tomorrow and Friday.  Tomorrow, I visit my Prosthetist, Amanda to pick up new prosthetic shoes and evaluate what we will need for George for the coming year.  On Friday, I see Megan for a release for surgery.  It’s a very wasteful hoop through which I must jump.  Happy hump day, but don’t hump Trump.  The only people who do are Putin and Russian hookers.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:01 (average 4:26).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?  (I won’t eat cousin Meer).

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Two Trumps Confess to Conspiracy | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Incarcerate the Republican bastards! RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Wisconsinites Fight to Protect Health Care

 

Tell ALL Senators! RESIST!!

From Washington Post: Joe Scarborough, the conservative co-host of MSNBC’s political commentary show “Morning Joe,” is leaving the Republican Party.

He made the announcement Tuesday night during an appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” alongside his co-host Mika Brzezinski. A two-minute clip of the segment was teased on the program’s Twitter account earlier Tuesday.

Scarborough tore into what he characterized as a complacent Republican Party unwilling to stand up to President Trump.

“You have to ask yourself, what exactly is the Republican Party willing to do?” Scarborough said to Colbert. “How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?”

“Aren’t you a Republican?” Colbert asked.

“I am a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore,” Scarborough said to loud applause from the audience. “I’ve got to become an independent.”

You all know that I am NOT a fan of Joe Scarborough or his show. However I would be a hypocrite if I did not applaud his decision to leave the Republican Reich.

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Jul 112017
 

I’m still trying to get appointments squared away.  I’m about to receive a visit from Melissa from Neighborhood House, the agency that manages the portion of Wendy’s services that the State pays.  It’s routine.  She is replacing my previous social worker and wants to get aquatinted, so I’ll be breaking to visit with her, before I publish today.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:24 (average 5:30).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Guess What Else Happened on 6/19/16 | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

I told you that this one would be a doozy. It was. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Medicaid Allowed Him to Die at Home

 

Tell ALL Senators! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: It seems like the alt-right has an identity problem. It can’t figure out what it wants to be or what it wants to be called. This confusion is driving a wedge between those deplorables who identify with the label “alt-right” and white supremacist Richard Spencer who has become the face of the movement, and those who identify with the almost the exact same things he stands for but are uncomfortable publicly aligning themselves with his brand of racism and anti-Semitism. That must be deeply difficult for them, poor little things.

And before you ask, yes, they are serious. They actually see a distinction in their ideologies which is splintering the movement in two.

During the Presidential campaign, the term came to denote several intersecting phenomena: anti-feminism, opposition to political correctness, online abuse, belligerent nihilism, conspiracy theories, inflammatory Internet memes. Some pro-Trump activists adopted this big-tent definition, allowing any youthful, “edgy” critique of establishment conservatism to be considered alt-right.

But a core within the movement always insisted on a narrower conception of the alt-right, one that was inextricably linked with white separatism, and with Spencer specifically. […]

If the alt-right wants a label, I have two from which they can choose. Nazis and Republicans are equally applicable terms.  RESIST!!

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Jul 022017
 

Last night I collected all the data and made all the graphics I will need to prepare the Monthly Report for June, but I’m waiting until tomorrow to write it, because today, starting in about 40 minutes, is a Wendy day.  After de-stinking the humidity encrusted TomCat, we have the dreaded task, making chicken croquets, and light housework on tap.  I have a busy week.  Monday, I have a grocery delivery from Safeway.com, because Store to Door is closed for the 4th.  Tuesday is the 4th, and that means little sleep Tuesday night.  Thursday I have an annual Board of Directors meeting with my Prison Volunteer group.  Friday I have a follow-up appointment with the surgeon that removed my gall bladder.  So I’ll be scarce at the end of the week.  LATER: We got everything done but the dreaded task.  Wendy arrived late, as she had a headache.  I gave her a backrub.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:14 (average 5:08).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (PBS Channel): In Atlantic City, residents feel injustice of climate change

It saddens me to see the place, where I grew up, facing such oppression. I find it appalling that flood control efforts are all directed toward protecting the rich. Fight climate change! Unemploy a Republican politician! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Republicans have not been shy in recent years about wanting to cut the safety net to ribbons, slashing programs like food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Medicaid and Medicare and heating assistance and unemployment and basically everything else that keeps struggling families afloat. But now even that eagerness to hurt poor people may not be enough. The far-far-right House Freedom Caucus is taking its own party’s budget hostage to demand more and deeper cuts. They have a long list of ways to keep people from getting the help they need, like making work requirements harder to fulfill—currently an able-bodied adult without dependents has to work about 20 hours a week to be eligible for SNAP and the Freedom Caucus would increase that—among other ways of cutting the safety net out from under people. They have a trade-off in mind: less assistance for poor people in the form of food, more assistance for rich people in the form of giant tax breaks.

This has nothing to do with the Fuhrer. It is how the Republican Party is and has been for a long time. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Let America Be America Again

 

How very touching! AMEN!! RESIST!!

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