Mar 252014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, and unlike yesterday, I’m making this the FIRST thing I do.  That was horrid.  I hate it when I run out of day, before I run out of jobs to do.  I’m still busier than a Republican stealing groceries from food banks.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:56 (average 5:46).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The Guardian: Jimmy Carter: ‘my communications are probably being monitored’ – video

Former US president Jimmy Carter says he suspected that his emails are being monitored by intelligence agencies. Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, President Carter says that if he wants to correspond with world leaders he now sends a handwritten letter in the post.

 

Hat-Tip to Pat A at Care2, for sending me a link to this. I consider Jimmy Carter the most honest President in my lifetime. That must be why our rogue agencies would monitor him.

From TPM: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) on Sunday said the U.S. should send small arms and radio equipment to the Ukrainian army in case Russian forces invade the eastern portion of the country.

“There are things that we can do that I think we’re not doing. I don’t think the rhetoric (from Obama administration officials) matches the reality on the ground,” he said on NBC’s "Meet The Press."

This Republican, and several of his fellow goose-steppers, are inviting nuclear war, as such a move dares Vladimir Putin (R-RU) to invade the eastern portion of Ukraine.

From Crooks and Liars: Say what you want about Diaper Dave but he’s just not shy about prostituting himself.  BARF BAG ALERT!!

I have only one question. Does this whore (apologies to prostitutes) wet his diaper when he’s sucking Koch?

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Mar 122014
 

I could have entitled this the Republican War on the Constitution, because that is the tactic Republicans in several states are using do deny workers their freedom of speech and their freedom of assembly.  Republicans want to make certain that, when workers have grievances, there is no inconvenience to the companies, and that YOU don’t get to see it.

0312GOPWarIn moves that pro-labor legal scholars warn may violate the U.S. Constitution, Mississippi, Michigan and Tennessee Republicans have introduced bills that would strengthen the hands of bosses faced with protesting employees.

“The language is so broad, the potential is so destructive, that what they’re basically doing is outlawing strikes …” University of Texas labor law professor Julius Getman told Salon. “Or they’re doing their best to limit strikes or picketing to situations where you have two or three people standing still. The idea of the union manifesting concerted power of workers is something that they’re seeking to prohibit.”

“People have a right to free speech, but they don’t have a right to keep someone from going to work,” countered state Rep. Jeremy Durham, who introduced that state’s anti-picketing bill.

All three state bills would lower the bar for businesses to seek and secure judicial injunctions against labor picketing – a form of protest long used by workers seeking to dissuade customers or strikebreakers, attract reporters or supporters, and spotlight alleged abuses. In addition to changing injunction rules, the proposal in Mississippi’s House would ban picketing that “has or intends the effect of violence or intimidation, near or contiguous to the business’ customers”; Tennessee’s would ban picketing that is “preventing the pursuit of any lawful work or employment by means of disturbance or nuisance.”

At a private home (say, a CEO’s mansion), Mississippi’s and Tennessee’s bills would make disrupting “the resident’s right to quiet enjoyment” grounds for convicting picketers of a crime. The bill in Michigan’s House would remove current language making certain picketing a misdemeanor, but add language imposing a $1,000 a day fine for a person (including an individual protesting worker, not just an organization or a union official) repeatedly found to have picketed illegally. And the bill passed by Mississippi’s Senate would allow an individual picketer to be thrown in jail for six months… [emphasis added]

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These are the very same Republicans, who insisted that it was their Constitutional right to physically accost women seeking abortion services and threaten bodily harm to abortion providers at their homes.

I remember how Republicans in Congress used to wave little paper Constitutions, while falsely claiming that they are supporting it.  In reality, they would trash the Constitution for the 0.1%

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Mar 092014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and am feeling a bit spacey having napped after finishing my research.  I have a lot of housework on tap for today and tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:35 (average 4:59).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Every six months to a year, the Fox "News" crew gets around to attacking the poor, those on food stamps, and others not like them because, you know, hate and stuff. And the results, after Jon Stewart slices them up and serves them raw with his own special verbal jiujitsu sauce, are deliciously hilarious.

 

Jon sure has a handle on the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise!

From Daily Kos: The GOP’s problem with non-white voters, in one awesome picture

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This is the audience for the Minority Outreach Panel at CPUKE.

From TPM: On November 27, 1770, John Adams began the most important trial of his legal career. His clients were eight British soldiers who, when confronted by an angry gathering of Boston patriots, fired into the crowd, killing five. The soldiers were accused of murder and threatened with the death penalty. Adams was a patriot, openly and adamantly opposed to British occupation of the colonies, with no love of the British army. He took the case, which he called “one of the best pieces of service I ever rendered my country,” because in this nation, even before its founding, every accused criminal is entitled to zealous legal defense.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate blocked the confirmation of Debo Adegbile President Obama’s nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Every Senate Republican voted against Adegbile’s nomination. They were joined by eight Democrats: Senators Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, Pryor, and Walsh. The main charge against Adegbile is that, during the ten years he worked with the NAACP, he worked on a brief that successfully commuted the death sentence given to Mumia Abu-Jamal, a man convicted of murdering a police officer thirty years ago.

Sen. Casey said in a statement explaining his vote: “I respect that our system of law ensures the right of all citizens to legal representation no matter how heinous the crime.” It is difficult if not impossible to reconcile this statement with his vote against Mr. Adegbile. The right of every citizen to competent legal representation simply cannot survive in a climate where politicians punish lawyers for the acts of their worst, most despised clients.

If one of the DINOs is yours, give them an earful!  I could not have said this better. Click through for more.

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Mar 062014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, and I had hoped to have an additional article, but my new vacuum arrived.  Assembling it was most interesting, because I do not have a doctorate in Engineering, and I am not psychic.  It works.  Then I had to try it out.  Then I had to clean the refrigerator for my store to Door delivery.  Tomorrow is my annual physical, and my doctor is way on the other side of town.  I’m taking the lift bus, and I’ll be gone most of the day.   I Have to fast after Midnight.  I’ll be doing good to get out even an Open Thread for Friday, if I can.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:29 (average 5:27).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: If you haven’t met Rev. William Barber, then you are in for a treat. This is not your grandma’s Sunday service, that’s for sure. (Or, if it is … then you totally have one cool grandma.)

Pay close attention to the words of "The Great Dissenter" at 2:01 and see if you agree.

 

Amen!

From Daily Kos: The fact that Florida’s Republican governor and legislature refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare was bad enough. Florida has the second highest number of uninsured people among all the states. About one quarter of Florida’s population was uninsured before the health exchange opened in January. That’s 3.8 million people. If the state were to expand Medicaid, one million of them would get Medicaid coverage. But it gets worse. Florida isn’t just turning away Medicaid expansion money, they’ve jeopardized existing funding by refusing to comply with federal Medicaid law. The state has decided to impose a limit of six emergency room visits per year to Medicaid patients. The feds say Florida can’t do that, Florida says, sure we can. And now they’re losing funding.

The only thing that will save Florida is a giant dose of Dulcolax to cure their case of Republipation.

From YouTube: RACHEL MADDOW: Why We Did It Preview

 

It will be most interesting to see if the reasons Rachel has uncovered are the same as I have projected. First, seize the oil. Second, establish permanent bases for military operations in the Persian Gulf that is not under the control of Saudi Arabia. This special will air at 6:00 PM pacific Time on MSNBC.

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Mar 012014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and an feeling quite groggy, having just awakened.  Last night’s volunteer meeting went spectacularly well.  Two Oregon State University professors brought their sociology students to meet with my guys.  There were more than ever before.  In the groups I was in, I played a subdued role, facilitating communication, whenever I realized someone did not understand the jargon used by students and prisoners.  The students’ professors have taught them that the stereotypes, with which our society labels prisoners, are not accurate, but knowing it intellectually is no substitute for experiencing it in person.  My guys left them with a vastly improved outlook, and I could not be more proud of them.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:49 (average 5:44).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Unmistakable Proof That Something’s Wrong With Our Justice System

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With what I do, you don’t have to convince me.

From The New Yorker: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial anti-gay bill last night, telling reporters, “Let’s focus on discriminating against Mexicans.”

Governor Brewer said that while “the intentions behind this bill were obviously excellent,” she was worried that the bill “would distract us from our main mission of harassing, tormenting, and otherwise making life miserable for Mexicans.”

Although Governor Brewer said that she could foresee a time when Arizona might “branch out into discriminating against gays,” the decision to veto the anti-gay bill in the name of anti-immigrant pride was not difficult: “Arizona needs to stick to what it does best.”

Dang!! Is Andy on a roll with the Brewerstan Death Angel or what?

From Think Progress: Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that sought to provide veterans with greater access to health care and education over an amendment aimed at increasing sanctions on Iran.

Democrats failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to overcome the GOP obstruction.

Republicans have been trying to get a vote on an Iran sanctions measure, which has stalled after experts and Obama administration officials convinced most members of the Democratic caucus that it would derail talks with Iran over its nuclear program and could lead to war.

Did I not tell you that, despite their protestations to the contrary, Republicans would find an excuse to obstruct Democratic legislation to help our veterans?

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Feb 222014
 

You already know that the Republican Party has established a strong presence in the former Soviet Union through the anti-democratic policies of Vladimir Putin (R-RU), aka GOP Pootie.  Sadly, Putin has a Republican ally in the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, who is killing hos people to maintain dominance.  Putin supports him.  Consider the years of sacrifice athletes undertake to earn an opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games.  That Bogdana Matsotska has sacrificed that opportunity to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian protestors makes her a true Olympic Hero.

0222BogdanaMatsotskaTwo members of Ukraine’s Olympic team withdrew from the Sochi Games on Thursday in a show of solidarity with protesters who are locked in a violent conflict with their government in the capital city of Kiev.

Bogdana Matsotska, an Alpine skier, and her father and coach, Oleg Matsotskyy, announced on Matsotskyy’s Facebook page that they would be leaving Sochi before Matsotska had finished competing. Matsotska, 24, will not take part in the women’s slalom, which is scheduled for Friday…

…In explaining the decision to leave early, Matsotskyy wrote in his Facebook post that “as a protest against lawless actions made towards protesters, the lack of responsibility from the side of the president and his lackey government, we refuse further performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.” It is believed that at least 25 people have died and hundreds more were injured in a confrontation in Kiev this week.

Along with his message, Matsotskyy posted a picture that appeared to be of him and Matsotska, standing in front of the Olympic rings and holding a Ukrainian flag. He wrote that he and his daughter had come to Sochi hoping that President Viktor F. Yanukovych and his government would negotiate peacefully with the opposition during the Olympics. They added that they believed the violence that erupted against protesters was a “violation of the old principle of the Games — the Olympic Truce.”… [emphasis added]

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Here’s video of Bogdana.

 

Lawrence O’Donnell also covered this story. I’m sorry that international readers cannot watch this, but I could not find it from another source.

Kudos to Bogdana and her father.

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Feb 152014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and feeling quite tired after going out to run errands and doing a bunch of volunteer paperwork, so I’m going to limit myself to just this article today.  I hope you are all staying warm and safe.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:07 (average 4:55).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: In a 2004 ceremony in Orange County, N.Y., Robina Asti, a World War II veteran and pilot, married her longtime sweetheart, Norwood Patton. After Norwood passed away in 2012, Robina applied for survivor’s benefits, and a terrible thing happened. Listen to her story.

 

In my opinion, she should have been accorded the same treatment that any other widow would have received.

From YouTube: Plans to beat Boehner on Minimum Wage & Immigration – Rachel Maddow

 

I see this as a lose-lose scenario for Republicans. If Democrats get the required number of signatures, we the people win. However, I think that getting twenty eight Republicans to sign it, without being able to use Agent Orange (Boehner) as cover, is not likely. Nevertheless, we get to put all Republicans who refuse to sign it on front street. When we make Republicans demonstrate who they really are to voters, they lose.

From The New Yorker: Dear subscribers,

Today, it was announced that Comcast is joining forces with Time Warner Cable in a friendly acquisition worth $45 billion. As we could have expected, many people are wondering what this transaction will mean to the service that you, our subscribers, will enjoy.

We know that all of your comments, however mean-spirited some of them may have been, have come from a good place: genuine concern about what this merger will mean for your future cable service. At Comcast/Time Warner, we care deeply about those concerns, and, to help allay them, here are some answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s) we have received since the merger was announced.

Q: How will the merger affect the price of my cable service?

A: There is no clear answer to that. But we will be introducing financing options, roughly similar to those that enabled you to attend college.

Once again Andy’s satire is virtually true. Click through for the rest. The deal should not be allowed to go through because of antitrust laws.

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