Sep 302017

I got to bed late again last night.  As I plugged my iPhone in to recharge, it notified me that it needed to update to sync.  I learned long ago that, if I don’t babysit it to input pins and password on prompt, it tends to upfuckticate instead of update.  It took an hour.  I overslept this morning, so I’m skipping my nap and will probably publish a little early.  My Quicken substitute, CountAbout, is starting to come together, although the documentation is poor and the learning curve is steep.  However, their tech support, unlike Quicken, is quick and efficient, and after my free trial expires, it will cost only $40 a year.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos will be hosting the Raiders, and it may be televised here.  Teams are still TBA.  It is also a Wendy day.  Fantasy Players, make changes in your lineup before 6:30 AM Pacific, as there is another London game.  Monday is my four week cataract follow up, so the Monthly Report for September will be several days late.  In international terms, I’m putting 2 kilos of kitty shit in a one kilo bag.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:48 (average 5:51).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From CNN: President Donald Trump launched an attack on San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Saturday for criticizing the White House’s hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, accusing her of “poor leadership” and suggesting that the island’s residents are not doing enough to help themselves.

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” the President tweeted from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend. “… Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” [emphasis added]

Here is what Mayor Cruz had said and why.

You’re doing a heck of a job, Trumpie! NOT!! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In an experience that he called “traumatic” and “horrifying,” the departing Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, was seated between two screaming babies Friday night on his first-ever commercial flight.

Price, who was flying from Washington, D.C., to his home in Georgia just hours after resigning from his Cabinet position, reacted with alarm after discovering that the airline had assigned him a middle seat between two passengers holding inconsolably shrieking babies on their laps.

Moments after making his terrible discovery, Price urgently called for a flight attendant and reportedly told her, “There are babies on this aircraft. That can’t possibly be allowed.”

After informing Price that babies were, in fact, permitted on commercial flights, the attendant instructed the former Cabinet secretary to fasten his seatbelt and ignored his request to be served a free glass of Dom Perignon champagne and beluga caviar with toast points.

Dang Andy! I actually have to agree that seating Price between two screaming babies was “traumatic” and “horrifying”. Those poor babies will need psychotherapy to get over being seated next to Price! RESIST!!

From Robert Reich: Trump and Republicans are trying to sell you the idea that American corporations need a tax cut in order to be competitive. That’s rubbish. Here are 6 reasons why:

The Reich on the left is right! As I have long said, Republican supply-side lies are not the solution to the demand-side problems Republicans have created. RESIST!!



Sep 272017

With 85° forecast, I expect a high near 90°, but after tomorrow, several cool days will follow.  Store to Door delivered my groceries, and I just finished lunch, after putting them away.  Fantasy football players, set your lineup by tomorrow evening.  Wendy is now returning from Seattle, where she took her son to the airport.  He is spending a year in Spain, as an ESL teacher.  I am very sticky and ready for my shower.  I figure she’ll need a hug, because, as proud as she is that her chick is leaving the nest, she’s still a mother hen.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:37 (average 5:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump is Destroying Puerto Rico


Monday’s national outcry against the Fuhrer’s criminal inaction prompted his handlers to send a hospital ship and other tokens of relief, but way short of the need.  We need to deploy thousands of US troops to establish communications, rescue and evacuate those who need it, allocate and direct resources to where they are most needed, and keep order. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Voting Rights Restrictions and White Supremacy


The racist Republican War on Voting Rights must be opposed. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Saddened and more than a little wistful, Senate Republicans acknowledged on Tuesday that their long-standing dream of keeping poor people from living longer was at its end.

Choking back tears, Senator Lindsey Graham admitted that his crusade to halt the longevity of the poor had turned out to be a quixotic one at best.

“We made a solemn promise to the American people that we would do everything in our power to keep the poor from living so darn long,” he said, his voice quavering. “We didn’t get it done.”

Andy is reporting straight news again.  That bill was a death panel on steroids.  RESIST!!



It’s the only way his tiny hands are useful!

Sep 152017

I had a unique experience this morning.  I was doing my research and had the AC off, the window open, and the door cracked for cross ventilation.  I actually felt cold, and by the time I finished, I was shivering.  I LOVED it.  So I took a morning nap and worked on remembering how to snuggle down under the covers.  Of course, the sun hit the wall a half an hour ago, so I had to button up and torn on the AC, but starting Sunday, we have four days of rain forecast, and that brings another dilemma.  Does anyone remember what rain is?

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:44 (average 5:33).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): It’s Now Dawned on Trump: People Hate Him

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. You’re a sphincter. Worse, you are an exact personification of the Republican Party. Number of other reasons: . RESIST!!

From NY Times: President Trump thrust himself back into the racial storms of Charlottesville on Thursday, repeating his charge that those who resisted the neo-Nazis and white supremacists were as much to blame as the alt-right crowds who marched on the Virginia college town.

Despite his desperate attempts to seek attention by feigning bipartisanship, Putin’s Puppet retains his entropy with his Republican base: fanatical white supremacists. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos (checked this one): Republicans House leaders are facing a grim reality: They have produced basically nothing to please their base and now some of the saner members among their ranks are announcing retirements at a frightening clip. TPM’s Cameron Joseph writes:

It’s not much fun to be a House Republican these days. President Trump has repeatedly taken potshots at their conference. Primary challenges burble on the right. Congress has been unable to pass much meaningful legislation in spite of unified control of Washington. Every trip home means an earful both from liberals furious at their support of the president and conservatives irate they’re not doing enough to support his agenda. And members who haven’t seen real competition for years face tough races due to Trump’s deep unpopularity. […]

“There are a number of people, plenty of whom we don’t even know about yet, who are torn” about running again, said one national GOP strategist involved in House races. “Whether there’s measurable progress on tax reform the next 30 days will be determinative. If we get to November 1st and it looks like tax reform isn’t happening, I think there’ll be a mass exodus.”

“It’s a disaster if it doesn’t happen,” conservative Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) warned, referring to a failure to make meaningful progress on tax reform. “That has an effect. People like me who are here for the cause, if we see no hope for the cause, which in my case will never happen, that would have a terribly damning effect on our stamina here.”

As I see it, they are not at all likely to get the victory for their rabid base that they seek. They are too fractured and incompetent to agree among themselves. If they do make a deal with Democrats, they will have to give up so much that their base will consider it a betrayal. This couldn’t happen to a more evil bunch of assholes! RESIST!!



Aug 302017

I’m back in the saddle.  The eye sees great.  I am still very tired because of the heat, the humidity and the smoke.  Today and tomorrow will be moderate, but before the building cools down, the next heat wave will begin on Friday: six straight days over 90°.  ARGH! delivered groceries, and I just finished unpacking and putting them away.  Wendy is coming this evening to de-stink the filthy TomCat.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:00 (average 5:45).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Reminder:

The live online draft for our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends, is one week from today on Saturday, September 2, at 10 AM PDT (11 AM MDT, 12 Noon CDT, 1 PM EDT).  I strongly recommend that players log into the league and participate in a couple mock drafts between now and then.  If you cannot attend, the league will draft for you.  See you then and good luck!

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): What Trump’s Trip to Texas Revealed | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann


Thank God that funding cuts by Trump and the Republican Reich have not destroyed the disaster relief capabilities that Obama built… yet! Pat and the people of Texas remain in my thoughts and prayers. RESIST!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): Kellyanne Conway Says That Trump’s Most Notable Characteristic Is His ‘Humility’

Barf Bag Alert!!


Whatever Smellyanne has been smoking, I want some!  Smile with tongue out RESIST!!

From Act Blue and Daily Kos: Contribute now to support victims of Hurricane Harvey

I’m not telling anyone to do this. If you can and want to give this is a good way to target your giving and avoid all the Republicans with charity scams. Click through. RESIST!!



Vintage 2011 and still valid.

Aug 242017

I’m having another busy day.  I just spent over an hour on the phone with a health plan pharmacist doing my annual prescription review.  I had a bunch of paperwork to catch-up.  Wendy is coming this evening, and as muggy as it has been, I’m shower-ready.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:06 (average 4:37).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Who’s Backing Away From Trump? Everyone. | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann


This was good overall, but Keith is out of date on Icahn and including Komen in a list of "not villains" is absurd. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Clapper on Trump’s Disturbing Speech


I have thoroughly disagreed with Clapper at times, but this time, he could not be more spot-on.  RESIST!!

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): HOW TO TELL IF SOMETHING IS A PROTEST with David Alan Grier


Sadly, that’s too damn true about this Republican Reich, and Republicans have murdered too many Black people for this to be funny.  RESIST!!



Aug 212017

I’m hurrying to get this posted to give God time to respond to the prayer in today’s cartoon.  I’ll publish the lead article this afternoon.  I’m so ready for my shower!

Later:  God has made his intentions clear.  RESIST!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:31 (average 6:24).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Resistance Summer Cookout


Kudos! Not all of us can do the same things, but we must all do what we can to RESIST!!

From Washington Post: A frantic search continued Monday for 10 sailors missing after a collision between a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker three times its size off Singapore.

Meanwhile, The U.S. Navy pushed ahead with investigations into the “the facts and circumstances” of the collision involving the USS John S. McCain — the second such incident between a U.S. warship and commercial vessel in the Pacific region this summer.

The John S. McCain arrived at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore, and photos showed a large hole in its side at the waterline. More than 14 hours after the collision, there had been no word of any progress with the hunt for the missing sailors.

Thoughts and prayers for the injured and families of the dead sailors. Could Republican incompetence be trickling down to Captains so fast? RESIST!!

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Trump defends neo-Nazis, as seen previously On Fox News


Since all the hate Trump spewed Tuesday came directly from Religious Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, it is clear that hate, Nazism, racism, and white supremacy are not just Trump problems. They are Republican problems. RESIST!!