Jan 042015

I’m sorry to report that the new Republican controlled Congress begins this week.  Some of our old nemeses will be there.  In addition, we will be getting a crop of new  extremists that promise to move the Republican Reich even further right.  Here’s one of them:

Glenn Grothman

0104GrothmanHatIn Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District, Tom Petri, an establishment Republican who may or may not be seriously ethically challenged [propaganda delinked], opted not to seek a 19th term in the House this year. When voters in Petri’s district replaced him with state legislator Glenn Grothman, it marked a political shift from the right to the far right.

You can’t spell “Grothman” without some of the letters you need to spell “troglodyte,” and his views on issues like race, gender and LGBT rights make him one of the most incendiary incoming House Republicans. Grothman once said that Martin Luther King Jr. Day shouldn’t be a state holiday, and he has opposed equal pay legislation on the grounds that “money is more important for men. [propaganda delinked]” Meanwhile, Grothman charges that gay teachers have an agenda to turn their students gay, and he blasted Secretary of State John Kerry for opposing a Ugandan law that imposes 10 years in prison for homosexuality.

“We send scientists to Africa to say how wonderful the homosexual lifestyle is,” Grothman said in April. “It is just unbelievable what has become of our country.”…

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This is only one of five new terrifying Republican extremists that will be polluting Congress this week.  Click through for the other four.  If you’re you’ll acquire an extra generous supply of barf bags.  You’re going to need them.

Jan 042015

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 60.  Both today and tomorrow are high holy days in the Chur4ch of the Ellipsoid Orb, but my Broncos have Wildcard Week off, due to their superior play.  I’m running late, because I actually slept seven hours in two installments, between 2 AM and Noon.

Jig Zone Player:

Today’s took me 4:08 (average 6:32).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Huffington Post: Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks.

The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler on so-called net neutrality rules, agency spokeswoman Kim Hart said Friday. She was confirming reports in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal on the planned timing of the vote. Details of the draft proposal weren’t disclosed.

President Barack Obama has asked the FCC to put Internet service providers under the same rules as those imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. The aim is to protect net neutrality, the concept that everyone with an Internet connection should have equal access to all legal content online, including video, music, email, photos, social networks and maps.

Obama has this issue exactly right.

From Baltimore Sun: It was a dead rat the detective found on his windshield of his Toyota Corolla on a fall morning, the corpse peeking out from under the windshield wiper — a sign, he thought, that his colleagues in the department saw him as a snitch.

Detective Joseph Crystal had been in contact with prosecutors who eventually filed charges against his sergeant and another officer in connection with the beating of a drug suspect. The rat appeared a few weeks later.

This officer must be praying that he does not need backup in the future. He knows his brother officers will hang him out to die, because he broke the code by failing to help cover up a fellow officer’s crime. This underlines the need for citizen review boards that protect the identity of officers who testify honestly.

From Washington Post: Legislators in the 24 states where Republicans now hold total control plan to push a series of aggressive policy initiatives in the coming year aimed at limiting the power of the federal government and rekindling the culture wars.

The unprecedented breadth of the Republican majority — the party now controls 31 governorships and 68 of 98 partisan legislative chambers — all but guarantees a new tide of conservative laws. Republicans plan to launch a fresh assault on the Common Core education standards, press abortion regulations, cut personal and corporate income taxes and take up dozens of measures challenging the power of labor unions and the Environmental Protection Agency.

No doubt I’ll have lots of issues about which to write in the coming year. I wish that were not so. Because of the thousands of victims they will kill and impoverish in the process.



Jan 032015

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 59.  Please excuse my brevity.  I have a very busy day.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:15: (average 5:35).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From PRWatch: Today, as announced on Amy Goodman’s DemocracyNow!, the Progressive Inc. and the Center for Media and Democracy are publishing new information and analysis documenting that billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was an active member of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its active campaigns against the civil rights movement.

Many commentators have noted that the father of the controversial Koch Brothers, Fred Koch, was a leader of the John Birch Society from its founding in 1958 until his death in 1967. But, in fact, Charles Koch followed his father’s footsteps into the John Birch Society for years in Wichita, Kansas, a hub city for the organization in that decade of tremendous societal unrest as civil rights activists challenged racial segregation.

Charles Koch was not simply a rank and file member of the John Birch Society in name only who paid nominal dues. He purchased and held a "lifetime membership" until he resigned in 1968. He also lent his name and his wealth to the operations of the John Birch Society in Wichita, aiding its "American Opinion" bookstore — which was stocked with attacks on the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, and Earl Warren as elements of the communist conspiracy. He funded the John Birch Society’s promotional campaigns, bought advertising in its magazine, and supported its distribution of right-wing radio shows.

When someone sucks nevermind, they are really chewing Birch.

From The New Yorker: In the strongest sign to date that he intends to seek the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has officially resigned his position as George W. Bush’s brother.

“No longer being related to his brother is a key step to clearing Jeb’s path to the nomination,” an aide said on New Year’s Day. “We expect his poll numbers to soar on this.”

According to the aide, the former Florida governor resigned his post as brother in a ten-minute phone call with George W. Bush, after which he blocked the former President’s phone number and e-mail address.

LOL Andy!! I bet he wishes he could.

From NY Times: The police chief of an Atlanta suburb shot his wife early on New Year’s Day, telling 911 operators that it was an accident, officials said. The victim, Margaret McCollom, 58, was in critical condition, and the chief, William E. McCollom, was placed on administrative leave.

Chief McCollom of Peachtree City called 911 shortly after 4 a.m. to report the shooting, Lt. Mark Brown of the Peachtree City Police Department said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Margaret McCollom was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center. No arrests have been made.

Perhaps his gun handling reflects a standard Republican level of incompetence. On the other hand, perhaps she insisted on wearing shoes.



Jan 022015

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 58.  I spent most of the day collecting the data for our Monthly Report, which I planned to write.  Then I remembered that today The Oregon Ducks were playing the Florida State Seminoles in the BCS semifinals, and I decided to take the rest of the day off.  Therefore, this is tomorrow’s only article, but I’m pleased to announce that the Ducks, who so many experts said are not strong enough to compete with a physical team like the Seminoles, clobbered them 59 – 20. :-)

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:49 (average 5:09).  To do it, click here.  Hoe did you do?

Short Takes:

From NY Times: Nearly 20 months after Maryland abolished capital punishment, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday that he would empty the state’s death row by commuting the sentences of four inmates who were awaiting execution.

What I thought was the sound of the wind, here in Oregon, was the howling of Maryland Republicans mourning their inability to murder the last four.

From Huffington Post: At least six people have been jailed in Texas over the past two years for owing money on payday loans, according to a damning new analysis of public court records.

The economic advocacy group Texas Appleseed found that more than 1,500 debtors have been hit with criminal charges in the state — even though Texas enacted a law in 2012 explicitly prohibiting lenders from using criminal charges to collect debts.

According to Appleseed’s review, 1,576 criminal complaints were issued against debtors in eight Texas counties between 2012 and 2014. These complaints were often filed by courts with minimal review and based solely on the payday lender’s word and frequently flimsy evidence.

Leave it to Texas Republicans to assist 1% predators to illegally deprive victims of freedom.

From Slate: The Supreme Court adds more sectarian religion to our lives.

In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court’s five conservatives ruled that legislative sessions in town council meetings can open with explicitly sectarian prayers. Almost immediately, town boards began inviting Christians to speak at their meetings while excluding speakers of minority faiths (and, naturally, atheists). In short order the Galloway majority’s gauzy vision of pluralistic civic tolerance began to look a lot more like a governmental endorsement of Christianity at the expense of minority religions. Increasingly, to the conservatives of the Roberts court, “religious liberty” means the freedom of religious majorities to push their religious beliefs on the rest of us.

This is just what Slate considers the least horrid of the ten worst Republican civil liberties violations of 2014. Click through for the other nine.



Dec 242014

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 49, and Christmas eve.  I’ve been quite busy preparing for the holiday, but I was able to eke out material for articles.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:06 (average 4:22).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Update:

Here’s the latest from our own fantasy football League, Lefty Blog Friends.


I’m pleasantly surprised to be alive and in the championship game.

Short Takes:

From PFAW: All of us here at People For the American Way wish you happy holidays and a very happy and healthy New Year.

We know there are major challenges to face in the year ahead, but we look forward to meeting those challenges with you by our side.

Take a moment to check out a video about just some of what’s in store with next year’s incoming Congress:


Kudos to PFAW for providing excellent information!

From Daily Kos: Remember the march to protest police brutality in Washington DC?

Remember the outrage on right wing radio and news outlets picked up a chant saying clear as day- " Kill a Cop"? I had my Facebook timeline filled with outrage after the New York shootings linking the double police homicide with the "evil" chants from Washington DC…

…Baltimore Fox Affiliate Fox 45 Took the audio of the chanting and made a cut to make it seem like protesters were chanting "Kill a Cop".

What really happened.

Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda edit

Totally despicable! Typically Republican!!

From Mother Jones (Hat-Tip Lynn Squance): On December 16, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced (via Facebook) that he plans to "actively explore the possibility of running" for president in 2016. It’s the first step toward formally entering the race.

But there are plenty of reasons why Bush should think long and hard before subjecting himself (and his family) to the ruthless scrutiny of a presidential campaign. His history is an opposition researcher’s dream—clouded by embarrassing family episodes, allegations of philandering, offensive comments to black voters, and dubious business dealings.

Many of these past deeds and misdeeds will no doubt be put under the microscope should Bush run in 2016. Here are 23 reasons why he might want to take a pass—and it’s only a partial list:

This an excellent resource for the dirt on Strike Three. Click through.



Nov 232014

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 18.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos will be worshiping at home with the Dolphins, and It will be televised here, so I’ll be in deep religious meditation tomorrow afternoon.  While writing I’m watching the Oregon vs. Colorado game.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:50 (average 4:38).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Mother Jones (Hat-Tip Joanne Dixon): …But when the economy stagnates and life gets harder, people get meaner. That’s just human nature. And the economy has been stagnating for the working class for well over a decade—and then practically collapsing ever since 2008.

So who does the WWC take out its anger on? Largely, the answer is the poor. In particular, the undeserving poor. Liberals may hate this distinction, but it doesn’t matter if we hate it. Lots of ordinary people make this distinction as a matter of simple common sense, and the WWC makes it more than any. That’s because they’re closer to it. For them, the poor aren’t merely a set of statistics or a cause to be championed. They’re the folks next door who don’t do a lick of work but somehow keep getting government checks paid for by their tax dollars. For a lot of members of the WWC, this is personal in a way it just isn’t for the kind of people who read this blog.

And who is it that’s responsible for this infuriating flow of government money to the shiftless? Democrats. We fight to save food stamps. We fight for WIC. We fight for Medicaid expansion. We fight for Obamacare. We fight to move poor families into nearby housing…

This guy makes a lot of sense, but to really get where he’s coming from, you’ll need to read the while thing. Click through please.  We need a way to convince working class whites that the poor are not the ones keeping them from thriving.  It’s the super rich.

From Daily Kos:

Stories like this make you look at the calendar to check the year. Yep, still 2014. And it is utterly embarrassing and shocking that anyone who holds these racist views are operating in any leadership role. Meet Kentucky’s Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield. After stopping to help accident victims, one white family and one black family, he was caught on video having a friendly good ol’ boy chat:

Video from a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy’s body camera shows Hatfield’s department responding to a car accident on I-65, south of the Clermont exit in September.

"Well, I’ve got a family of four from Cincinnati, I got to do something with," the Bullitt County deputy said in the video. 

Hatfield replied, "We ain’t taking no n—— here." Then he laughs.

This Republican is a true representative of the "love" of Republican Supply-side Jesus (the polar opposite of the real Jesus).

From NY Times: House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president’s executive authority.

The lawsuit — filed against the secretaries of Health and Human Services and the Treasury — focuses on two crucial aspects of the way the administration has put the Affordable Care Act into effect.

The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay penalties. (Larger companies are defined as those with 50 or more employees.)

And just a couple days ago, I said they wouldn’t file this. Color me OOPS! :-( This is truly an act of desperation, as this pure theatre to pacify the rabid racists to whom the Republican Party have sold out. They are doing it, because there is nothing they can do about Obama’s executive action on immigration.



Nov 152014

Wooo Hooo!  Today I get to be a feline Clint  Eastwood and call out the minions of evil challenging them to hasten their own demise through an act of aggression.  I knew, without doubt that not a week would pass before the Republican Reich unleashed the “I” word.  Now its springing up like weeds in May.

FoxFandBAnd so it begins, again. “I believe this is an impeachable offense,” Charles Krauthammer told Fox host Megyn Kelly Thursday night [Faux Noise delinked], discussing President Obama’s planned executive action on illegal immigration. “It is very clear that what he’s doing now […] is a flagrant assault on the Constitution, on the separation of powers.”

Impeachment carnival barker Andrew McCarthy jumped on Twitter [wing-nut delinked] with rauthammer’s pronouncement. So did the excitable and feeble-minded folks at Breitbart [Breitfart delinked]. GOP congress members are likely to follow.

Of course you’ll recall that, back in July, it was Krauthammer who claimed talk of the president’s possible impeachment was “a concoction of Democrats,” [Faux Noise delinked] as he denied any serious Republicans were interested in such a move. “They know that in 1998 the party was saved, the sixth year of an administration, it was saved by impeachment, overreaching on impeachment by Republicans, and this is a good issue, it’s a good way to raise money,” he said then.

Now he’s telling Kelly, one of Fox’s most reliable impeachment trolls, that Obama is about to commit “an impeachable offense.”

It was Kelly, back in January, who asked then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell if he would consider impeaching the president (McConnell ducked the question) Late in the summer, though, top Republicans put out the word that impeachment was an overreach likely to rev up the Democratic base and cost the party its coming midterm landslide, so she settled down.

But Kelly brought the charge back election eve, suggesting that any Obama executive action deferring deportation might be designed to “offend” Republicans into impeaching him. Those poor impetuous creatures are slaves to emotion, the Fox host seemed to suggest, and can’t be blamed if they’re baited into political overreach by our amoral, conniving president…

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Rachel Maddow covered the Republican reaction and discussed what she thinks Obama plans to do.

If you can’t see it here, try the direct link to the video.  I could not find it on YouTube.

If Republicans do try to impeach Obama, I can make four predictions:

House Republicans will have no trouble passing a Bill of Impeachment.  Breathing while black is sufficient offense for that.

We will get tons of ridiculous email from a bunch of places, but especially the DCCC, laying on a guilt trip that, unless we give them money, we’ll lose Obama and it will be our fault.  (They copied that tactic from the Republicans, and it really g=has to stop.  I bet it turned off thousands of voters.)

The Senate will not convict.  That requires 67 votes, and although the Republican Reich will goose step in lock step, they won’t be able to peel off enough Democrats.

All the while, the Republicans will behave like bratty two year olds in full tantrum.   They will make such complete asses of themselves, that they will set themselves up for even bigger losses in 2016.

So Republicans, do you feel lucky?  Go ahead!  Make my day!!