Aug 172017
 

By now Wendy is on her way to Southern Oregon for a country music festival.  So yesterday I serenaded her that I will never rope my goat again, until I have her love.  Unfortunately, that means I don’t get my Sunday morning shower until Monday evening.  All Sasquatches, who are downwind, be warned!  Tonight is a Holy Night in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, but the worship service between my Broncos and the 49ers will not be televised here.  Tomorrow, I have a routine biannual checkup with my Pulmonologist, so please expect no more than a Personal Update tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:52 (average 5:43).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Trump’s Unstaffed Administration

 

As we are shocked more and more each day by the hatred and corruption of Trump’s Republican Reich, let’s not get too sidetracked to remember their utter and unprecedented incompetence. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: A growing chorus of Americans is demanding that an offensive symbol of racism be removed from public property.

Creating outrage since it was first installed at a historic landmark in January, the symbol, a figure of a man standing six feet two and weighing approximately two hundred and fifty pounds, has emerged as one of the most despised objects in the country.

Now, less than seven months after the figure’s installation, calls for its removal have spread from home to abroad, with many of the nation’s allies wondering what possessed Americans to put such an odious figure in such a visible position.

Large protests broke out this week in New York City, where the offensive symbol was briefly on display.

And, we should ship that vile symbol to where it belongs and can be displayed by its owner . RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: …No matter how many times someone talks about “economic uncertainty,” anyone who voted for Donald Trump had to be comfortable with someone who was perfectly willing to attack someone based on race, religion, or gender—with disabilities tossed in for a side dish. While pundit and politicians of all stripes are still quick to say that not all Trump voters were racists, that doesn’t matter.

Trump voters were willing to accept racism to get what they wanted. That’s all it takes.

Where Trump is taking Republicans, and the nation, now is only a further step down the road they were already walking. He already told them that Mexicans were worse than they were, and deserving of contempt. They agreed to that. He already told them that Muslims were evil, and deserving of death. They agreed to that. He already told them that African Americans were lazy, and violent, and disrespectful to the police, and unable to think for themselves. Trump voters may contend that they voted for him because he promising more jobs in Ohio, or to burn more coal in West Virginia, or bring more auto factories back to Michigan, or make more steel in Pennsylvania—even though he didn’t say how he would do any of those things. But to get what they wanted, they were willing to accept it.

What Trump is asking of Republicans now is that they only take the next logical step and agree that Nazis, the KKK, and white nationalists of all stripes are okay. Or, if not okay, at least no worse than the people fighting against racism, hatred, and bigotry…

Very well said. Republicans from Putrid Pence, Bought Bitch Mitch and Lyin’ Ryan down have two choices. They can publicly reject Trump and everything he represents, or through their silence, they can embrace the sheet, hood and swastika. There is no middle ground. RESIST!!

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Aug 152017
 

Well finally we have some tolerable weather here in Metro Vancouver.  It is currently 22 C (72 F) with 53% humidity, bright sunshine and winds at 9 km/hour.  This is good and the furbabes are loving it too!  This is a busy week for me with lots of paperwork and appointments.  At the end of next week, my little girl will have her 9th birthday.  I plan for a fresh roasted chick breast for the 3 of them to share.  I will be more popular than ever!

CBC — U.S. President Donald Trump is lashing out at the growing number of corporate executives who are distancing themselves from his administration after his response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that led to the death of one counter-protester last weekend.

A day after a number of high-profile CEOs started to resign from his business advisory council, the U.S. president lashed out.

“For every CEO that drops out of the manufacturing council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!”

 

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Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO,  Kenneth Frazier, Merck CEO, Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and Kevin Plank, CEO Under Armour

Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from the manufacturing council in June, and two other advisory groups to the president, after the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. And in February, Uber’s then-CEO Travis Kalanick left the president’s side over his executive order curtailing immigration. Kalanick said the order was “hurting people in communities all across America.”

Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger resigned for the same reason from the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which Trump established to advise him on how government policy impacts economic growth and job creation.

Click through and listen to the video with Ed Rensi, the former CEO of McDonald’s USA.  He has some direct and sound advice for Trump and it is well worth the eight minutes.  We may not all agree with everything these executives do in their businesses, but they all are taking principled stands and no doubt there will be more.  As for Trump, Rensi said “It was childish, unprofessional and below the dignity of the guy holding that office. … shame on him …”  And on politics, he went on to say “In my opinion today, there is a ruling, imperial elite.  They make rules to keep themselves entrenched in government and now they’re going to pay the price because they have a president who is a wild card now.”  

AlterNet — Go home; leave the state; you’re not welcome.

That was Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s message to white supremacists who came to Charlottesville to show America that white rage is real and is coming out of the shadows.

But wait a second. Where are these domestic terrorists supposed to go back to? One of the first four people arrested was from Virginia. The others were from Ohio, Florida and Tennessee. Each of these states has been dominated by white Republicans this decade, who have methodically implemented racist election laws that gave them majority rule in state legislatures and their U.S. House delegations.

Election data geeks have looked at the results of 2016 and found it was one of the most anti-democratic elections in a century. As David Wasserman, U.S. House editor for the Cook Political Report, recently wrote, “In 2016, Trump lost the national popular vote by 2.1 percentage points, but Republicans won the median House seat by 3.4 points and median Senate seat by 3.6 points—that’s the widest Senate gap in at least a century.”  …

The white mobs rampaging in Charlottesville may want more privilege, segregation and wealth, but whether they know it or not—most probably they don’t—their Republican allies have been rewriting the rules of politics and elections to favor them for years.

Really, I don’t think that this will surprise anyone here.  Progressives need to get in at the ground floor and sweep it clean.  That means progressives from dog catcher on up; repealing discriminatory voting regulations, and redrawing voting districts so that they are fair.  No gerrymandered districts that slant the vote.  If the US wants to continue to be “the land of the free” then it must ensure that all its citizens can vote without undue restrictions like onerous voter ID.

YouTube — Stephen Colbert’s Monologue — Trump denounces white supremacists

I don’t think I have ever seen Colbert quite so serious.  Although there are a few lighter moments, clearly Trump has angered many, many people.  It is always a clear sign of anger when even comedians and political comics can’t make light.  Please do not misunderstand me, Trump’s behaviour over the past week is deplorable and well beneath the dignity of the office he inhabits.

 John Oliver — Charlottesville

I won’t repeat myself.  What I said about Colbert’s monologue applies to John Oliver’s piece.

Maclean’s — The escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea over the past two weeks have left many quite anxious, including those of us in Canada. President Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” warning to Pyongyang, in particular, epitomized how quickly tensions could escalate in a matter of hours. It had an eerie doomsday-like tone commonly found in the propaganda materials of Pyongyang, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary James Mattis rushed to downplay the severity of Trump’s message. Some began to wonder: Will Canada be within the target range of the ICBMs? If the United States was attacked, would Canada be called upon to help as a NATO member?

And of course, there has been an exchange of hostile rhetoric between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, sparked by North Korea’s second test launch of Hwasong-14 on Jul. 28, its most potent Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) developed to date. In a rare moment of unity, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Aug. 5 to impose toughest-ever sanctions on North Korea. In return, Pyongyang promised to retaliate by a “thousand fold.” Trump and Kim then traded threats over nuclear warheads, a potential attack in Guam, and even a pre-emptive strike by the United States. Just earlier on Monday, South Korea’s recently installed president Moon Jae-In told Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, that “our top priority is the national interest … and our national interest lies in peace.”

As a Pacific nation, Canada also has an interest in peace on the Korean peninsula. Canada’s free trade agreement with South Korea, which came into force in 2015, is our first in the Asia-Pacific region. South Korea is Canada’s seventh-largest trading partner, and the two-way trade is valued at more than $12 billion. More than a million people travel between Canada and South Korea every year. We have an active and thriving community of Korean-Canadians across Canada. What happens on the Korean peninsula matters to Canadians, and there is a role that Canada can play to alleviate tensions: Canadian diplomatic work in Seoul, Pyongyang, Washington, Moscow, and Tokyo would give genuine substance to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s proclamation in 2015 that “Canada is back.”

It’s clear that other voices beyond America are needed. Part of what has made the latest crisis so confusing was the lack of any coherent American policy on North Korea, aside from Trump’s tweets. Those mixed signals from Washington, however, reflect a broader underlying problem which began long before the Trump era: the United States has failed in devising a consistent policy for dealing with North Korea, a failure that only gave the Kim regime more time to improve its military capabilities.  …

Having a constructive and independent Canadian foreign policy means standing up for our values and using our resources to fight for what’s right. Louis St. Laurent did it with NATO and Canada in Europe; Lester B. Pearson did it on Suez; John Diefenbaker did it on South Africa; Brian Mulroney did it on free trade and the “Open Skies” initiative; Paul Martin did it on the establishment of the G20.

Click through for the rest of the article.  One of the things that I am very proud of as a Canadian is Canada’s oft repeated role of peacekeeper.  We would rather use diplomatic channels first.  When the US invaded Iraq, PM Jean Chrétien declined to join the fight because the evidence of WMD just wasn’t there.  The UK joined the fight however.  In Afghanistan, Canada sent troops in but certainly towards the end of our involvement, Canadians were building roads, schools and helping with local housing.  Having spoken with Afghani acquaintances that now live in Canada, they confirmed that they very much appreciated what the Canadians did for and in partnership with them.  But while that is our preferred method of contribution, we can fight as well.  During WWI, Canadian troops proved their mettle at the second Battle of Ypres and then again at Passchendaele (third Battle of Ypres) but at a high cost.  During WWII, we were at Dunkirk among other places.  We served in Korea 1950-53, but we refused to go to war in Vietnam.  We were in Cyprus as peacekeepers and again in Rwanda as part of the UN peacekeeping mission.  While Australian PM Turnbull has said that Australia will go to war against North Korea if the US declares war,  I hope Canada will take up her traditional diplomatic role before that happens.  However, with a loose cannon like Trump in the US and Kim Jong-un in the Hermit Kingdom, who knows.

My Universe — Every time I sneeze or blow my nose, my three furbabes run away fast and furiously!  Seems the sound is distressing to them but it usually helps me!

 

 

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Hire American?

 Posted by at 1:20 pm  Politics
Aug 082017
 

Other than kissing Putin’s ass, a prominent part of the campaign of Donald "Peach Pinocchio" Trump was "Buy American – Hire American".  That always struck me as strange, because all the third rate products he sells to sheeple, stupid enough to buy them, are of third world or Chinese manufacture.  Now we learn that he’s just as big a hypocrite about hiring Americans.

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President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club needs to hire 35 waiters for this winter’s social season in Palm Beach, Fla.

Late last month, the club placed an ad on page C8 of the Palm Beach Post, crammed full of tiny print laying out the job experience requirements in classified ad shorthand. “3 mos recent & verifiable exp in fine dining/country club,” the ad said. “No tips.”

The ad gave no email address or phone number. “Apply by fax,” it said. The ad also provided a mailing address. It ran twice, then never again.

This was an underwhelming way to attract local job-seekers. But that wasn’t the point. The ads were actually part of Mar-a-Lago’s efforts to hire foreign workers for those 35 jobs…

From <Washington Post>

Joy-Ann Reid also covered the story.

I’d like to thank Joy-Ann for the wonderful job she did, filling in for Rachel Maddow, during her absence.  That said, welcome back Rachel, who returns this evening.

Considering the draconian anti-immigrant regulations that Trump and the Republican Rectum Reich are currently pushing, this is beyond excuse.  It’s just one more of the innumerable examples of IOKIYAR.

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Aug 082017
 

This morning I ordered my week’s groceries from Store to Door.  Yesterday’s 91° high just missed setting a new all time record for the first time in a week, and today’s 95° forecast is one degree short of a new record.  We’re still under an air quality warning, due to smoke from wildfires.  But we actually have a forecast high of 74° on Sunday.  I can’t wait!  I’m heat exhausted, because it has interfered with my sleep on and off for about two weeks.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:53 (average 7:12).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): We Cannot Have A President Under Investigation | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

LMAO!! Pirro is a Faux Noise Ammosexual, who has said her audience should be "primed to use" their guns. I’d love to see her confronted with that quote. Republicans are such hypocrites! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Vice-President Mike Pence is seriously considering running for President in 1820, various sources confirmed over the weekend.

According to several prominent Republican donors, Pence is already laying the groundwork for such a campaign, outlining what he believes are the most serious challenges facing 1820 America.

In a conference call with donors last week, Pence reportedly said that, as President, his No. 1 priority would be to repeal and replace the Bill of Rights.

He offered a sneak preview of a potential 1820 stump speech, in which he unleashed a brutal attack on the Bill of Rights’ author, James Madison, and called for the development of the telegraph key.

According to Harland Dorrinson, a donor who was on the conference call, “Mike believes he’s the right man to bring America into the nineteenth century, just like he did for Indiana.”

Dang Andy!! Considering his policies, was that year a completely understandable typo? Otherwise, it’s accurate straight news! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos:

Let’s hope that eight years of President Barack Obama was enough to not only recover the United State’s reputation internationally after George W. Bush, but to inoculate us for however long Donald Trump remains in office. Because after those horrifyingly hysterical transcripts of his calls with world leaders were released, damn.

WASHINGTON When Jorge Guajardo, one of Mexico’s most senior and seasoned foreign policy hands, got out of bed Thursday morning, a couple of interesting messages were waiting on his cell phone.

One was a link shared by a U.S. diplomat to the leaked transcript of a phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. In the second, a former Mexican official offered the quick analysis.

"He’s the opposite of Teddy Roosevelt," that official quipped to Guajardo about Trump. "He speaks loudly and carries a small stick."

Seven months into the Trump administration, the world’s diplomatic community has gone from throwing its hands in the air to now leaning back in their chairs and laughing, albeit morosely, at Trump’s cringe-worthy display of diplomacy during the infancy of his presidency. […]

"Everyone I’ve spoken to around the world is laughing," Guajardo said.

There’s nothing new here. Russian hookers have laughed at Trump’s small stick for years. RESIST!!

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Good Riddance Rancid Reince

 Posted by at 2:43 pm  Politics
Jul 292017
 

Largely due to his fascist tendencies in the Totalitarian Plutocracy of Fitzwalkerstan, formerly Wisconsin, I gave Priebus the label Rancid Reince, when he assumed control of the RNC in January, 2011.  I have never had any respect for him, because of the vile tactics he and his party have employed.  I became less critical, when he became a never-Trumper, but that only lasted until the Peach Pervert got the nomination.  Afterwards Priebus wore a continuous orange-brown smudge on the tip of his nose and was rewarded with the position of Chief of Staff in the Rectum Reich… until yesterday.  Good riddance Rancid Reince!

0729ReinceReince Priebus will be replaced as White House Chief of Staff, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter [Traitor Tweet delinked] late Friday.

The former Republican National Committee chairman, widely seen as a moderating influence on an erratic chief executive, is out just over six months after the administration took their seats.

Trump’s senior staff have been at each other’s throats almost since Inauguration Day, according to waves of insider reports. Priebus and senior advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner have found themselves at odds repeatedly as they sought to sway the president on messaging, policy priorities, and legislative tactics during a half-year in which Republicans have repeatedly failed to repeal Obamacare, break ground on a U.S.-Mexico border wall, and fulfill other signature Trump promises.

His firing comes barely a day after Trump’s other newest hire, communications director Anthony Scaramucci, openly accused Priebus of leaking documents to the press to embarrass his own boss and colleagues. (The document Scaramucci cited was publicly available and obtained by a reporter who called and asked for it.)

Priebus will give way to Gen. John Kelly, currently Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security. White House reporters say Priebus had resigned privately on Thursday but hoped to stay on another day or two, and that Trump’s decision to dismiss him on Twitter came after staff urged him to move faster…

From <Think Progress>

Admittedly, I can thing of few harder jobs than being Trump’s Chief of staff.

But Kelly is no great gift to America, either.  He’s the fascist who has been terrorizing Latino’s at the border for the Fuhrer.  Furthermore, he could not be more unqualified.  Chief of Staff is the3 most politically involved job in the White House, and Kelly has no political experience.  He’s all military.  The only way for him to survive is to become the Fuhrer’s sycophant.  I consider that likely, but only until he becomes the scapegoat for another Trump failure.

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Jul 272017
 

Today’s forecast high in 85°.  The humidity is 68%.  It’s the coolest day in the next two weeks.  This afternoon a Social Worker from Providence Elder at Home is stopping by to scan my Advance Directive into my records.  In summary, if it appears that survival is either likely or unlikely, resuscitate me by scratching my back and giving me coffee.  Tomorrow I have my annual wellness exam for Medicare done by Ellie, my PCP’s PA.  I’ll be leaving early in the morning and be gone half the day.  I will probably publish only a Personal Update, or at most an Open Thread.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:24 (average 4:56).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): Donald Trump’s Temporary Bone Spurs

 

Cleary TBS is too great a handicap for the Fuhrer to remain in office. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Saying that the problem “is far worse than I imagined,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday urged First Lady Melania Trump to intensify her campaign against cyberbullying.

Speaking to reporters from his office at the Justice Department, Sessions said that, whatever Mrs. Trump had done to eliminate the scourge of cyberbullying, “It clearly has not been enough.”

“From my perspective, cyberbullying is very much a growing problem,” he said. “And with every passing day it gets worse and worse.”

Dang Andy! Isn’t it just like KKK Beauregard to hide behind the only skirt, the contents of which Putin’s Pervert doesn’t want to grab? RESIST!!

From NY Times: The Senate on Wednesday soundly rejected a measure that would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement, leaving Republicans still searching for a path forward to fulfill their promise of dismantling President Barack Obama’s signature health law.

Seven Republican senators joined Democrats to vote against the measure, which had been embraced by conservatives but could have left millions of people without health coverage.

The rejection of “clean repeal” laid bare the deep divisions within the Republican caucus about how best to proceed. The night before, nine Republicans, including both conservatives and moderates, voted against comprehensive legislation to repeal the health law and provide a replacement.

Without the votes to replace the health law or to simply repeal major parts of it, Senate Republicans appeared increasingly likely to try to pass a modest measure that would repeal only a few provisions of the law, such as the tax on medical devices and the requirements that most individuals have insurance and that large employers offer coverage to workers.

But even that narrow bill could have a significant impact on the nation’s health care system. Democrats on Wednesday night released a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the effects of repealing several provisions that could be part of a “skinny” repeal measure. The analysis found that the number of uninsured people would increase by 15 million next year compared with current law, and Democrats said they were told that premiums would be roughly 20 percent higher… [emphasis added]

Call your Senators! RESIST!!

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