Oct 082017
 

Today is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are bye, so may the Orb shine its blessed light on your team, except for the players that start on the Squatch’s fantasy team.  Wendy is due in half an hour to destink the smelly TomCat and help with housework.  When she arrives, I’ll break from writing and finish when she leaves.

I feel much cleaner now!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:34 (average 5:29).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From Sacramento Bee: Amid debate among California campaign officials over whether it would hinder their accountability work, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure aimed at providing voters with more information about deep-pocketed groups that pay for political advertisements.

The California Clean Money Campaign sponsored Assembly Bill 249, calling it one of the most important disclosure bills in the nation. The measure, a multiyear effort supported by government transparency advocates throughout the state, will require political advertisements to include a list of the top three financial contributors to the committee paying for the ad.

“No more fine print,” Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, the South San Francisco Democrat who authored the bill, said in a statement. “California voters will now be able to make informed decisions, based on honest information about who the true funders are of campaign ads. This transparency is critical to our democracy and I am proud that California has taken this historic first step to shine the light on ‘dark money.’ Hopefully this will encourage others to follow suit.”

I fully agree with this. Kudos to California Democrats, and thanks to JL A for the tip. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Knowing what we know about Trump and what psychiatrists know about aggression, impulse control, and predictive behavior, we are all in mortal danger. He is the man with his finger on the nuclear button. Contributors to “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” ask whether this creates a “duty to warn.” But the real question is, Should democracy allow a plurality of citizens to place the lives of an entire country in the hands of a madman? Crazy as this idea is, it’s not a question psychiatrists can answer.  [emphasis added]

Click through to see how a group of 27 leading psychiatrists and mental health experts reached this conclusion. RESIST!!

From NY Times: FOR years, Republicans have effectively outsourced their thought leadership to the loudmouths at the end of the bar. But perhaps the most extreme example of that trend has been the issue of guns, where the party has ceded control to a gun lobby that has built its brand on absolutism.

And now, again, we are about to see the consequences of that abdication. Congress did nothing in the wake of the mass murder of children at Sandy Hook, and except for a largely symbolic ban on bump stocks, it’s likely that nothing meaningful will happen in the aftermath of the shootings in Las Vegas. Instead, Republicans will round up all the usual clichés and excuses for inaction.

We’ve seen this before, and it is a script written by the National Rifle Association. The N.R.A.’s blessing of restrictions on bump stocks — devices that make semiautomatic weapons fire faster — is designed to pre-empt anything more serious by giving the illusion of action. It substitutes accessory control for actual gun control.

I agree. Furthermore, most bump stocks are manufactured by a small company in Texas. The gun manufacturers that the NRA represents do not profit from their sale, so they are quick to agree to the ban. When it comes before the Senate, Democrats should propose many amendments. Republicans will defeat them all, but it’s important that they be forced to do so, as America grieves. RESIST!!

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Sep 202017
 

I’m waiting for Store to Door to arrive with my groceries.  They should be here shortly.  Wendy will be here this evening, and shower time cannot come soon enough.  My printer is working again.  It turns out that all it needed was a reboot.  Tomorrow I have an appointment with Amanda, my Prosthetist, to pick up my replacement new shoes make the final determinations on maintaining George and his supplies.  Therefore please expect no more that a Personal Update.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:26 (average 4:59).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: In what some security experts fear could be a high-stakes war of Elton John lyrics, minutes after Donald Trump called Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man,” the North Korean dictator responded by calling Trump “Honky Cat.”

As he issued the Elton John-based attack, Kim warned that he had an extensive collection of the singer-songwriter’s albums and was prepared to weaponize every lyric in them.

Dang Andy! Nuke the SOB! Testing nuclear weapons is bad enough, but comparing Putin’s Pervert to a CAT is an intolerable act of war! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos:

Sweet merciful everything. GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who represents a traditionally Republican seat in Southern California that swung sharply against Donald Trump last year, has always been a nutcase, but now he’s taken his loony toons act to grand new heights:

Rohrabacher isn’t buying that conspiracy theory, but he’s deep into another—that Democrats were behind last month’s white nationalist riots in Charlottesville, Va. Oh, and calling them white nationalist riots is a liberal media deceit, he said.

"It’s all baloney," Rohrabacher said.

Under Rohrabacher’s scenario, a former "Hillary and Bernie supporter" got Civil War re-enactors to gather under the guise of protecting a Robert E. Lee statue there.

"It was a setup for these dumb Civil War re-enactors," Rohrabacher said. "It was left-wingers who were manipulating them in order to have this confrontation" and to "put our president on the spot."

No wonder Unterreichsfuhrer Rohrabacher is Putin’s favorite. RESIST!!

From NY Times: Senate Republicans, abandoning a key fiscal doctrine, agreed on Tuesday to move forward on a budget that would add to the federal deficit in order to pave the way for a $1.5 trillion tax cut over the next 10 years.

The Republican lawmakers, under mounting pressure to score a legislative win on taxes, say a tax cut of this magnitude will stimulate economic growth enough to offset any deficit impact.

How many times have we heard that lie before? They aren’t telling us that the taxes paid by billionaires will plummet, but a Republican tax cut will mean YOU and I pay more in taxes. RESIST!!

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6 Media Meltdowns Last Week

 Posted by at 1:03 pm  Politics
Sep 102017
 

Media meltdowns are a common enough occurrence in normal times, but the foreign assault on and subsequent occupation of the White House by Resident Donald Trump [R-RU], aka Putin’s Piddle Puppet, ensure that these are not normal times.  Consider this:

Fox_News_Nazi2. Fox News eggs on white vigilantes threatening to ‘shoot looters’ in Houston.

Fox News’ business model is predicated on driving to the one-yard line of white supremacy, then acting shocked when it’s accused of trying to score a touchdown. Fox’s institutional flirtation with white nationalist tropes has gotten more overt with the rise of Trump, a fact that was on full display in one particularly gross segment in which a Fox News anchor laughed at the thought of a few vigilante rednecks going around shooting “looters.” 

https://twitter.com/adamjohnsonNYC/status/906320820221464580

Who are these looters? Presumably the two gun-wielding white guys will drive around making this determination and blowing people away based on their own ad hoc judgments of guilt. All just another good laugh on the set of Fox News.

From <Alternet>

If Republicans follow their GOP SOP, they will make the determination of whether or not to shoot based on skin color.

Thus is just the second of six media meltdowns from last week alone.  Click through for the other five.  Then…

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Sep 072017
 

When it rains, it pours. I’m about to leave for an emergency extraction, because I broke a tooth earlier this morning.  I’ll have to finish my writing when I return.  ARGHOW!!

I’m back from the dentist, have three teeth left, am $315 lighter, and am mumbling and sucking gauze.  I really needed this!

On Care2 the Glitch Monster seems to be in charge of news.  Trying to open an individual C2NN article in Firefox, most of the page whites out.  After about a minute, I get a message saying a website is slowing down my browser, and asking me to wait or stop it.  After choosing stop it, I can interact with the page without difficulty.  Chrome does not work at all, and neither does Edge, so Firefox is the only way to get in. 01

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:56 (average 4:54).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Why We Must Talk About Trump’s Mental Health | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

The irony here is that any poll from the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, is based on a sample that is skewed right, so most of the respondents were Republicans or right-leaning Independents. Of course he’s crazy! RESIST!!

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): Trump Prays About DACA On National Prayer Day

Barf Bag Alert!!

I bet they had to clean his real prayer up to arrive at the more politically correct version shown above. RESIST!!

From All in: If there were a category 6 hurricane, Irma would be it

Meteorologist Paul Douglas joins Chris Hayes to help explain why Hurricane Irma is so enormous – and what we can expect.

As this happens, Trump and the Republican Party are cancelling Floridians’ federal flood insurance. I pray for them. The only positive thing about this is that, if it destroys Mar a Lago, my atheist friends will convert instantly. Winking smile RESIST!!

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Aug 062017
 

Wendy is due to arrive in about ten minutes, and am I ever ready for a shower!  I have been since five minutes after I got out of the shower on Wednesday evening.  I have a light week coming up, and I don’t need to go out, except for a trip to the bank, which I’ll probably take tomorrow morning.  Yesterday was only 93°.  Humidity is 88%.  My AC filters the air in my room, but in the hallways and outside, the smoke from wildfires is bad enough to irritate my eyes.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Later: Wendy arrived, before I added the third Short Take.  We got a lot done, and she is still a national treasure, but she just left, and I already need a shower.  ARGH!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:30 (average 5:06).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): The West Wing: Trump Reboot

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Are they right about the Executive Producer or what? RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Over at our favorite website for classy headlines and snarky stories, Wonkette, there’s a fall-flat-on-your-face article about a twitter exchange that begins with a post by White House correspondent Lucian Wintrich, who writes for the right-wing conspiracy blog The Gateway Pundit. Seems Mr. Wintrich was none too pleased with a photo of three Native Americans flipping off Mount Rushmore. Below is the photo with his response…

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…The most braindead responses come from Wintrich’s cronies who believe, as he does, that ‘Native Indians’ snuck into the continent and stole the land and resources. This exchange is classic:

Why make the trip to do that, go back to your country if you don’t like the country or its history.

This is their country. They were here first

Really? They don’t look British at all

Not at all huh

They don’t look native Indian either

[facepalm]

On a scale of one to ten, Republican activists are racist idiots! RESIST!!

From TPM: House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday emphasized that congressional Republicans must pass major legislation or they will risk their majority in the 2018 elections.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said.

The speaker also lamented the distractions from the White House, though he did not mention President Donald Trump by name.

The tip of Lyin’ Ryan’s nose is an orange shade of brown! RESIST!!

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Jul 212017
 

I’m feeling pretty tired because the humidity here is si high, I feel sticky, even when I’m cool.  I have a very hot weekend coming up.  For those of you, who worked all week, TGIF!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:12 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Media Must Fight Back | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Keith could not be more correct. When the conspirators lie, their lies should not be covered, unless they are covered as lies. There can be no balanced position between truth and lies. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: This overt hostility and flagrant assault on transparency has had an impact on a certain sector of the electorate. Trump voters have evolved into a breed of ill-informed, willfully ignorant yokels whose devotion to their Orange Julius Caesar borders on cult worship. This alarming descent into madness is frightfully illustrated in the results of a new survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP). The depth of the delirium of these lost souls is unimaginable. And yet, the data from the PPP pollsters is clear. Here are some examples from the study:

  • Only 45% of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton…even though Trump Jr. admitted it. 32% say the meeting didn’t happen and 24% say they’re not sure.
  • 72% of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be ‘fake news,’ only 14% disagree.
  • Only 24% of Trump voters even want an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, 64% are opposed to an investigation.
  • Only 26% of Trump voters admit that Russia wanted Trump to win the election, 44% claim Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win, and 31% say they’re not sure one way or the other.
  • Even if there was an investigation, and it found that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia to aid his campaign, 77% of his supporters think he should still stay in office to just 16% who believe he should resign.

What manner of sickness is this? Less than half of the Trump disciples believe that Don, Jr. met with Russians despite his having confirmed it. Do they think he’s lying? More troubling though, is that more than three quarters of the StormTrumpers are comfortable with him serving as president even if he conspired with a foreign hostile enemy to steal the election.

The sad thing is that these morons vote. Sadder still, they reproduce. ARGH!! RESIST!!

From Exposed by CMD: Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures (both chambers), thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to gerrymander the U.S. Senate.

This week in Denver, July 19-21, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will welcome Republican state legislators and its corporate funders, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, K12 Inc., Peabody Energy, and PhRMA, to vote on corporate legislative priorities and create cookie cutter “model” bills in task force meetings that are still closed to the press.

ALEC will welcome U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke [ALEC Koch Suckers delinked], Newt Gingrich and other Trump loyalists to the meeting.

On the agenda for debate and discussion? A model bill to repeal the 17th Amendment, which established the popular election of United States Senators in 1913.

Previously, U.S. Senators were selected by state legislatures and political party bosses beholden to powerful industries. The corruption scandals erupting from the wheeling and dealing fueled some of the great muckraking investigative journalism of the early 20th Century. In 1912, progressive Republican U.S. Senator Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette campaigned for the popular election of U.S. Senators as a means of cracking down on political corruption and corporate control of the democracy. Reformers introduced direct primary elections, ballot initiatives, and recall votes, in the same time period.

Now right-wing extremists want to roll back the clock to enable Republican state houses and Republican governors to hijack at least 10 U.S. Senate Seats held by Democrats in Republican trifecta states, and force an ever more extreme agenda through Congress.

We must protect the 17th Amendment from Republican Koch suckers at all costs! RESIST!!

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