Jan 242017
 

Allison, my Ocular Oncology Surgeon,  told me I’m in remission after several hours of torture.  I really hate it when they do an ultrasound right on the eyeball.  It’s like fingernails on a blackboard in your head.  Now I need only five more surgeries to see right again.  I will also have to submit to two more of Allison’s torture sessions a year and a full contrast pleural and abdominal CAT scan once a year.  I’m still blurry from the dilation, but nearly functional.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:50 (average 5:09).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): A Plea to Trump Fans: This Man is Dangerous | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Although his plea, if heard at all, will fall on deaf ears, everything Keith said about the Fuhrer is true. Every morning, I thank God that the world has survived another day of Putin’s Puppet’s Reich. RESIST!!

From The Last Word: Lawsuit: President Trump is violating the Constitution

The President is being sued for allegedly violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution because his hotels may accept payments from foreign governments. Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit, joins Lawrence.

 

Kudos to CREW. Sue the bastard!!  RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: A man who was described as “visibly deranged” eluded the Secret Service on Saturday and gave a five-minute press conference at the White House.

The man, who somehow obtained White House credentials in order to bypass security, unloaded a delusional and paranoid rant that left a room full of experienced reporters shaken.

“We were all very, very scared,” Tracy Klugian, a reporter who witnessed the incident, said. “The things he was shouting made absolutely no sense, and he seemed to just get angrier and angrier.”

After a stream-of-consciousness tirade in which he accused the reporters of being part of a far-reaching conspiracy to distort reality, the man abruptly walked off “before he could do any real harm,” a Secret Service spokesman said.

Reporters who left the White House called the incident the scariest five minutes of their lives and said that they were grateful it did not escalate further.

Dang Andy! Don’t ya think the Secret Service should have shot Sean Spicer, before he ever got near a microphone?  Winking smile  RESIST!!

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Jan 222017
 

I had virtually no sleep yesterday, because of the women’s march.  I’m not complaining, just pooped.  See today’s lead article.  Wendy just left.  We fumigated the stinky TomCat, did the dreaded task, completed some paperwork that I can’t see,did some light housekeeping, and had brunch.  Tomorrow, please expect no more than a Personal Update.  I have an appointment with my Ocular Oncologist to determine whether or not the surgeries I had six months ago for my eye cancer were successful.  If so, I can start dealing with cataracts.  If not, I’ll lose the eye.  The odds are very favorable.  After being completely dilated  I will not be able to see well enough to type until Tuesday morning at the earliest.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:30 (average 4:16).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (SNL Channel): Kellyanne Conway

The fame would not be worth all the grabbing with tiny hands.  RESIST!!

From Robert Reich: The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party continues to divide Democrats. It’s urgent Democrats stop squabbling and recognize seven basic truths:

The Party is on life support. Democrats are in the minority in both the House and Senate, with no end in sight. Since the start of the Obama Administration they’ve lost 1,034 state and federal seats. They hold only governorships, and face 32 state legislatures fully under GOP control. No one speaks for the party as a whole. The Party’s top leaders are aging, and the back bench is thin.

The future is bleak unless the Party radically reforms itself. If Republicans do well in the 2018 midterms, they’ll control Congress and the Supreme Court for years. If they continue to hold most statehouses, they could entrench themselves for a generation.

Robert Reich is spot on.  I shared one of his points. Click through for the other six.  RESIST!!

From Common Dreams: About an hour after President Donald Trump was sworn in on Friday, his administration suspended indefinitely a scheduled cut in mortgage insurance premiums—effectively raising costs for middle-class borrowers by about $500 a year.

The drop in rate, which was announced January 9 and supposed to go into effect on January 27, had been lauded as an opportunity to make homeownership more accessible to an estimated one million first-time and low-to-middle-income borrowers.

The Fuhrer is wasting no time kicking the poor and middle classes in the balls.  RESIST!!

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Bill is Back!

 Posted by at 12:43 pm  Politics
Jan 212017
 

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Just in time for the Republican Reich, Bill Maher is back from vacation, and God only knows we’re going to need him just to help us stay sane.  If anyone can make is laugh in the face of such blatant hatred, Bill is the guy who can.  Here are four video clips from his show.

Jane Fonda on the ‘Predator-in-Chief’

 

I wish Jane had been so knowledgeable and committed in the 1960s.  Back in those days, she was a camera hound.

Trump vs. Press, Fake News, Dem Priorities

 

They made lots of good points. Two that hit home was Hillary’s corporate entanglements and the need to stand up to the protest-voting fr4inge that gave the White House to Putin’s Predator.

New Rule: Trump Addicts

 

It wouldn’t be Bill Maher without some humor, but in reality Republicans are addicts… InsaniTEA addicts.

Keith Olbermann: ‘We Were Invaded’

 

We certainly were invaded. Sadly, Keith had a lot more to say that was cut from the clip.  I hope Keith becomes a regular on Bill’s show.

If you want more than just clips, you can watch Bill Maher’s entire 1/20 show here.

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Jan 192017
 

This is the last day of comparative national sanity in the US, and it is my prayer that we all will have survived to celebrate together on the day it returns.  As I see it, the earliest possibility is four years from now, because even if the Perverted Puppet is impeached on Monday, the Pensive pseudo-Christian Psycho is no better.  Tomorrow, Politics Plus will have a day of mourning.  I will post a graphic  announcing it and will spend the rest of the day isolated from political affairs.  It’s bad enough that I have to suffer through another Republican Reich.  I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit and watch that vile pile of excrement rub our noses in it.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:42 (average 4:12).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump’s Devious Plan to Destroy the White House Press Corps | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Isn’t it interesting that Keith and Robert Reich are mirroring each other.  RESIST!!

From YouTube (Full Frontal Channel): Swamp Dwellers

 

That’s not just Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten. It’s how all Republicans "drain" swamps.  RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Moving vans arrived at the White House on Wednesday to remove all traces of competence and dignity.

Working around the clock, movers started clearing out the optimism and progress that had accumulated during the past eight years.

“Once we’ve packed up that stuff, we’ll start moving out the wisdom and maturity,” one of the movers said. “The guy who’s moving in wants all of that gone.”

After the movers complete their work, a cleaning crew will come in and scrub the White House of every last speck of compassion.

That’s more straight news from Andy.  RESIST!!

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Jan 182017
 

Portland is now a sweltering 43°, and the street below my windows has transformed to slush after over a week od snow and ice.  I’m finally getting a grocery delivery this afternoon, and I’m writing late to be sure to be up when it gets here.  Putting it away will be lots od extra work, because it’s two weeks worth.  Later, Wendy is coming to give the stinky TomCat a fresh fragrance.

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): The One Crucial Question Trump Refuses to Answer

 

No traitor would answer that question. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Former President George W. Bush is eagerly counting down the days until he is no longer the worst President in U.S. history, Bush confirmed on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at his home, Bush said that he “could hardly wait” until Friday, when he will be officially bounced from the worst-President slot.

“I have to admit, I never thought I’d see this day in my lifetime,” the former President said. “When you leave office with the nation in smoldering ruins, you sort of come to accept that you’re gonna be worst for a long, long time.”

“I guess you could say I set the bar kind of high, worst-wise,” he chuckled.

Dang Andy! I never thought I would miss Crawford Caligula!!  RESIST!!

From Daily Kos:

Heinz-Christian Strache is the head of Austria’s Freedom Party. A few weeks ago it was reported that Trump’s scary national security advisor, Mike Flynn, had met with Strache to discuss whatever it is people discuss inside of volcano underground lairs.  …

…Flynn seems to have a penchant for finding neo-Nazi types all throughout Europe to have conversations with. Now, according to Strache’s Facebook page [Republican delinked] and an English language Austrian news source, it looks like Mr. Strache got himself an invite to the Reich’s Trump’s big day.

The invitation allegedly came from the US-Congressman from Iowa, Steve King, who is known for his ultraconservative views and strong support for Trump. King made a trip to Vienna in October 2016 to visit with party members during the height of the election campaign. Following an inquiry by the APA, a speaker for the former presidential candidate and FPÖ vice president, Norbert Hofer has said he will "neither confirm nor deny" if Hofer is part of the delegation.

While Americans boycott, Republicans invite foreign Nazis and they attend!  RESIST!!

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Jan 172017
 

The temperature in Portland is forecast to climb to the mid 30°s today, topping the freezing mark for the first time in a week.  Tomorrow the high is forecast near 50° and that should melt the street in front of my building.  I could not have gone anywhere anyway, as the TriMet Lift Busses have been on emergency service only for a week.  This is the worst freeze we’ve had here in many years, and since it sets off both my COPD and my arthritis, I’m damn ready to be rid of it.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:24 (average 4:49).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Donald Trump Has Some Colorful Friends | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

With any other politician, this might be a big deal. This is only thing that makes it news is that with Putin’s Perverted Puppet, it’s small change.

From KP Daily Funnies: Paul Ryan’s Diary- Dabbing at the Repeal of Obamacare

 

It seems more factual than funny.

From ABC:

Below is the full running list of Congress members who are planning not to attend the inauguration:

  • Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ
  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-CA
  • Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA
  • Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA
  • Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA
  • Rep. Mark Takano, D-CA
  • Rep. Jared Huffman, D-CA
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-CA
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-CA
  • Rep. Karen Bass, D-CA
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-FL
  • Rep. Darren Soto, D-FL
  • Rep. John Lewis, D-GA
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-IL
  • Rep. John Yarmuth, D-KY
  • Rep. Katherine Clark, D-MA
  • Rep. Anthony Brown, D-MD
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-ME
  • Rep. John Conyers, D-MI
  • Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN
  • Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-MO
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-NJ
  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-NY
  • Rep. Jose Serrano, D-NY
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-NY
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-OH
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-OR
  • Rep. Dwight Evans, D-PA
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-PA
  • Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN
  • Rep. Al Green, D-TX
  • Rep. Don Beyer, D-VA
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA
  • Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA
  • Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI

Kudos to all of them.  I tried to find a list of Senators boycotting the Fuhrer’s insertion, and several said there are none, but I know that isn’t true.  Neither of Oregon’s senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, plan to attend.

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