Dec 192017
 

It sure has been a crazy day!  Windows Update warned me that it was a big one, but I had to get it done, because I can’t be interrupted when I do my online shopping tonight.  It took well over an hour, but at least it installed clean.  Between that and all the other things I have to do, I worked through my morning nap. But I did get a new cat smiley. ‍

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:35 (average 5:00).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here’s the latest from our own fantasy football league, lefty blog friends.

Playoffs:

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Patty Monster eliminated Wendy and plays Vivian in the Semis this weekend.  I squeaked by the Sasquatch by less than two points and play Seth in the Semis.  Wendy plays Squatch this weekend in the game for 5th place.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Right-wing media call Mueller’s investigation a coup against Trump

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

If this were 1960s, I’d call it Russian Propaganda. OOPS!! That’s what it is! RESIST!!

From Huffington Post: The Senate banking committee rejected President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Export-Import Bank on Tuesday, voting 10-13 against advancing his nomination to the full Senate.

Scott Garrett, who was a tea-party-aligned Republican congressman from New Jersey until he lost his re-election bid in 2016, has faced intense opposition from the business community ― corporations like General Electric Co. and Boeing ― and many traditional GOP allies, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

That’s because Garrett once wanted to shutter the institution that he now is trying to run, and he consistently voted against reauthorizing it.

No doubt this Bagger is drunk on InsaniTEA and should not be confirmed, but why is the only way to stop one of these guys objection by Banksters and corporate criminals? RESIST!!

From Alternet:

Here are the grounds for investigation. [leading to impeachment]

1. Obstructing justice.

Beginning soon after the inauguration, the president engaged in a course of conduct that sought to obstruct justice in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigations of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and of his own campaign’s potential involvement with Russian activity in the 2016 election.

2. Violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause and Domestic Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Through his businesses in the United States and abroad, the president receives payments, regulatory approval, and other forms of direct and indirect financial benefits from foreign governments. These violate the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause, which prohibits federal officials, including the president, from receiving a “present” or “emolument” from any foreign government or official. The president’s businesses also act as a conduit for enrichment from federal and state government coffers. These violate the Domestic Emoluments Clause, which prohibits the president from receiving, beyond his official salary, any emolument from the United States or any state.

3. Conspiring with others to commit crimes against the United States involving the solicitation and intended receipt by his presidential campaign of things of value from a foreign government and other foreign nationals, and to conceal those violations.

In the 2016 election, the senior officials of Trump’s presidential campaign (including his campaign chairman, his son and his son-in-law) met with Russian nationals after an invitation to receive compromising information about his campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton, that they were told would be of great value to the campaign. Federal campaign finance law prohibits a candidate or campaign from soliciting a foreign national (including a foreign government) for a thing of value. In 2017, after this meeting was revealed, President Trump personally dictated a misleading public statement on behalf of his son about the intended purpose of the meeting.

I shared three of eight. Click through for the other five. RESIST!!

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Sep 082017
 

Today’s forecast high is a refreshing 72° and my room is comfortable, even though the hallways and bathrooms in the building are still super-heated.  Having just taken two doses of Immodium for Republicosis, and an Oxycodone shortly after breaking the tooth, I gutted out the rest of the day yesterday with no additional pain meds to minimize Republicitis.  For once, today has been a disaster-free day, so far.  Speaking of disasters, everyone is covering Irma constantly, so I’ll say only one thing.  Any sane person’s responses to Florida and to the Republican Party must be identical.  Get the hell out of there!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:03 (average 4:24).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump Will Soon Be the Ex-POTUS | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

From Keith’s mouth to God’s ear! However, I still cannot see goose-stepping Republican legislators impeaching their Fuhrer, until and unless they are convinced that failure to do so will cost them their jobs. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): They Came From The Alt-Left!

Of course, there is no such things as the Alt-Left. If there was, they would be the both non-violent and well-intentioned folks that were way too fast to believe and parrot Russian propaganda about Clinton, and foolish enough to consider their own intellectual purity more important than saving America from Trump and the Republican Reich. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: This resident in the congressional district which Mike Pence used to represent in Indiana isn’t saying anything here that we don’t already know, but he does say what everybody needs to hear about Mike Pence. He is no savior waiting in the wings, he’s just a different flavor of GOP disaster. New York Times:

To the Editor:

For months I’ve been hearing comments, often from President Trump’s most ardent opponents, that in spite of the turmoil our country is in, fear not because Vice President Mike Pence is merely an impeachment vote or resignation away from the presidency. These folks should visit Indiana, where Mr. Pence served as governor for four years, and in my congressional district we were subjected to 12 years of Mr. Pence as our representative.

During his time as governor, Mr. Pence was the most divisive leader this state had ever seen. If he had not accepted Mr. Trump’s offer to be his running mate, he most likely would have lost a bid for a second term.

Make no mistake: Mike Pence is little different from his boss. He wears a smile on his face and his religion on his sleeve, but a President Pence would be no relief from what this nation is going through right now.

DAN DIERCKS, HAGERSTOWN, IND.

Thank you Dan Dierks for confirming from your personal experience what I’ve been saying all along. All the violence, greed and hate are Republican problems, not just Trump problems. Republicans were just better at hiding them, before Trump. RESIST!!

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Aug 312017
 

Here we go again!  Portland is under an excessive heat warning through Monday night.  I expect it to be extended.  Catch-up is all I have on tap today and tomorrow, but there’s a lot of catching up to do.  YouTube changed their format and it sucks!  We can no longer control video size, or protect your privacy by preventing their cookies.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:58 (average 5:15).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Would Impeaching Trump Truly Lead to Civil War? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

In my opinion, impeaching Trump would lead to widespread violence, but not against the government, per se. Like their Fuhrer, Republican Trump supporters are cowards.  They would maul people not prepared for self-defense: women, seniors, the disabled, and greatly outnumbered progressives, Blacks, Latinos, LGBT, etc. When police arrived, they would scurry away. RESIST!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Robert Maginnis Says Demonic Forces Are Waging A Revolution Against Trump

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Is that pseudo-Christian a master of deceptive projection or what? But he’s right that we should confront lies. Someone tell him to stop lying! RESIST!!

From The Last Word: New evidence about Russia hotel deal raises stakes in probe

Jennifer Rubin and Eugene Robinson talk with Lawrence O’Donnell about Trump’s relationship with Putin and new reports about Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s role in a business deal with Russia in 2015.

 

On a scale of one to ten, how busted is Putin’s Piddle Puppet?! RESIST!!

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If you make less than they do, Republicans plan to raise YOUR taxes!

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How to Impeach the Fuhrer

 Posted by at 1:02 pm  Politics
Jul 152017
 

As I’m sure you know that the Reich on the right, the Republican Reich, is virtually always wrong, and the Reich on the left, Robert Reich, is virtually always right.  The treasonous conspiracy by Putin’s perverted puppet and his minions is unraveling at a prodigious rate.  Robert Reich thinks that we had better understand the impeachment process, since we may need the information sooner than we think.  He’s right!

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The 10 Steps to Impeach a President

It won’t be easy to impeach Donald Trump. No president in American history has ever been convicted on articles of impeachment.

Only two presidents so far have been impeached by the House and had that impeachment go to the Senate for trial. The first was Andrew Johnson, in 1868, when the Senate came one vote short of convicting him. The next was 131 years later, in 1999, when Bill Clinton’s impeachment went to the Senate. 50 Senators voted to convict Clinton, 17 votes short of what was needed.

What about Richard Nixon? He resigned early in this process, before the House had even voted on articles of impeachment. And then his successor, who had been his vice president, Gerald Ford, gave Nixon a full and unconditional pardon for any crimes he might have committed against the United States while president.

This isn’t to say Trump couldn’t or won’t be impeached. Only that it’s a long and drawn-out process.

It all revolves around Article I Sections 2 and 3 of the Constitution, and rules in the House and the Senate implementing those provisions…

From <Robert Reich>

Click through for the list of steps.  Here’s the video.

And while we’re at it, let’s not forget Pence!

RESIST!!

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Obstruction of Justice

 Posted by at 1:28 pm  Politics
Jun 212017
 

We have discussed many times that that the Reich on the Right, the Republican Reich, is virtually always wrong.  On the other hand, the Reich on the Left, Robert Reich, is virtually always right.  In this case, Robert is right that there is already sufficient evidence to impeach the Orange Obstructer for Obstruction of Justice.

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Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon giving instructions to pressure the acting FBI director into halting the Watergate investigation.

Two weeks after Trump told Comey privately “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty,” he had another private meeting with Comey in the Oval Office. After shooing out his advisers – all of whom had top security clearance – Trump said to Comey, according to Comey’s memo written shortly after the meeting, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”

Then on May 9, Trump fired Comey. In a subsequent interview with NBC Trump said he planned to fire Comey “regardless of [the] recommendation” of the Attorney and Deputy Attorney General, partly because of “this Russia thing.” Trump also revealed in the interview that he had had several conversations with Comey about the Russia investigation, and had asked Comey if he was under investigation…

From <Robert Reich>

Here’s the video.

I fully agree, with the caveat that things will have to get much, much worse, before House Republicans will act.  Probably, Democrats will have to flip the House first, hopefully in 2018.  Then they can impeach Pence at the same time.

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May 232017
 

I have not posted in a while as I deal with my mother's passing and preparing her estate.  There is still much to do and it will get done eventually.  This week is very busy with numerous meetings all crammed into 4 days because yesterday was Victoria Day, a statutory holiday in most of Canada (Québec calls it Patriot's Day).  Today's big adventure is taking my 3 furbabes to the vet's for their annual checkup and shots.  They love their vet (he's their godfather) and he loves them.  By the time I get them home, the car and me will be covered in cat fur, literally!

Short Takes

CBC — A jawbone discovered by German troops in Athens during the Second World War could be evidence that apes and humans diverged 200,000 years earlier than the current theory says.

Chimpanzees and bonobos are the nearest known relatives to humans, sharing 99 per cent of our DNA. It's believed that we split between five and seven million years ago. 

However, researchers analyzing two fossils — a jawbone from a German museum and an upper premolar from a collection in Bulgaria — concluded their ages to be roughly 7.2 million years, and belonging to a pre-human.

But there's another significant finding: that human split occurred in the eastern Mediterranean and not Africa, as it is believed.

Well doesn't this just bite if you're an evangelical creationist who believes the earth was created only 6,000 years ago and that God created humans, and humans did not evolve from apes!  While the 7.2-million-year-old pre-human fossils might challenge current evolutionary theory, it certainly slams creationists.  Let's hear it for science!

Business Insider UK — For most in the hospitality industry, the odd bad review is part and parcel of the trade, but one venue appears to be determined to silence its critics.

According to The Mirror, Sarah Gardner, a 44-year-old mother and part-time nurse, has been threatened with legal action after posting a negative review on TripAdvisor of the Tunbridge Wells-based High Rocks restaurant and wedding reception venue.

The review posted on March 22 has since been taken down, but according to a screenshot obtained by the Daily Mail, it said: “Visited here with my family, been coming here for years. I have found the staff more and more rude each time."

“They have an arrogance that should not exist in a service industry, particularly the management. It’s as if they are doing you a favour, I found dealing with them frustrating and perplexing."

Click through for the rest.  Don't let Drumpf see this or he'll try to sue everyone and anyone who speaks negatively about him whether it comes under freedom or speech or not!

Washington Post — President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.

Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.

Trump sought the assistance of Coats and Rogers after FBI Director James B. Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI was investigating “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

How many ways are there to say "obstruction of justice"?  Drumpf keeps digging a bigger and bigger hole with no end in sight until he is actually impeached or he resigns.  I agree with those that say Drumpf thinks he is untouchable.  If he resigns the presidency as Richard Nixon did back in 1974 before he could be impeached, I understand that he could still face criminal charges.  I guess things are going to get worse before they get better.

YouTube —  Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 5/21/17 : Stupid Watergate

John always has something to say and he does it with humour.  With the state of US politics right now, if we don't laugh on occasion, we might cry excessively!

US News and World Report — Like most things in politics, impeachment is not as simple as one might think.

The U.S. Constitution lays out impeachment powers for Congress, allowing the governing body to put certain government officials on trial and remove them from power. When an official is impeached, he or she isn't necessarily removed from office – that's a separate step in the procedure.

The process takes on the form of a trial, but the trial takes place in the House of Representatives and the Senate, not the courts.

The result is a blend of law and partisan politics in an often months-long process.

1. Who can be impeached?

According to the Constitution, at the federal level "the president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States" can be removed from office. There have been 19 formal impeachment proceedings at the federal level in the U.S., which ended in seven acquittals, eight convictions, three dismissals and one resignation.

State legislatures can impeach state officials, including governors.

This is a very simple look at the impeachment process.  It is not as simple as "kick the bumb out!" no matter how we wish it to be.  Some of us remember the Richard Nixon resignation in 1974 when he thought he would be impeached.

YouTube — John Oliver – James Comey              

Need I comment further?  The Drumpf administration is the worst administration I can think of.  Nixon was bad, but Drumpf has him beat.

YouTube — The Young Turks — BREAKING: Eric Trump Is Staggeringly Stupid              

I have always felt that Eric Trump was on the clueless side.  From confirming his like of nepotism to his comments on Russian money in the family real estate business, he might actually be a prosecutor's best friend.  And Drumpf wanted a security clearance for this rube?

My Universe — In the video, which was posted to Youtube by Vancouver’s Michael Fujiwara, the sea lion surfaces near the dock, and swims about looking harmless. No doubt it was drawn by the fish — this is an area, after all, that was once nicknamed Salmonopolis.

But after surveying the area and discovering no fish, the sea lion surprises everyone by approaching a young girl, then suddenly, biting down on her dress and dragging her backwards into the water. …

“The sea lion actually attracted a lot of attention from the visitors there, including the young girl,” he said. “She and her family, I guess, they came, they started feeding the animal bread crumbs or whatever it was, and then I guess the animal got a little too comfortable.”

Fortunately, the young girl was pulled from the water immediately by a family member. The young girl was unharmed, albeit a little soggy, and with a newfound, healthy fear of sea lions.

This happened at the Steveston Wharf which is where many fish boats are docked, so it would be quite normal for seals and sea lions to be around the wharf area.  People need to respect wild creatures for the potential harm they can inflict.  Seals and their bigger cousins, sea lions, can be dangerous.  Nobody should be feeding any wild animal.  Here is an additional CBC article about the incident with a little more detail.  Fortunately, this story has a happy ending.

 

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