Aug 092017
 

Store to Door has delivered my groceries, and I put them away.  It’s another scorcher that will probably break another record.  It’s down ti 67% now, but when I got up this morning the humidity was 96%.  ARGH!!!  I so glad Wendy is coming this evening.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:58 (average 5:46).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (PBS Channel): Why some scientists are concerned a government climate change report won’t be released

 

While not all leakers are performing a service, and some, like Putin’s other pervert, Julian Assange, are threat to our nation, these leakers are patriots.  They brought to light information that should be in the public domain, because it has nothing to do with national security, but Republicans want to hide it for dishonest political motives. RESIST!!

From Upworthy: With the exception of an infamous trip to see Hamilton last November and a controversy about whether it’s OK to dine with women other than his wife, we’ve heard relatively little about Vice President Mike Pence since the election. In May, CNN even ran a story with the headline, "Mike Pence’s Disappearing Act."

He’s a heartbeat away from the presidency and seems interested in following his own political ambitions beyond this administration, so what exactly has Mike Pence been up to lately? A lot, actually.

Here’s 20 things Mike Pence has done since taking office:

1. In January, Pence and others lobbied Trump to take hard-line positions on abortion, making good on some of his anti-choice campaign pledges…

2. Pence has led the charge to advance Trump’s policy agenda…

3. He’s been very vocal about supporting the use of tax dollars to fund religious schools…

4. In January, Pence met with anti-abortion activists at the White House and delivered a speech at the annual March for Life…

5. Pence spent much of February selling the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court as "mainstream."…

I’ve shared just headers from the first five things done by the man who wants to be Fuhrer of the Republican Rectum Reich. Click through for the descriptions and the other fifteen. RESIST!!

From Washington Post: FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort’s home without advance warning in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records. Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, confirmed that agents executed a warrant at one of the political consultant’s homes and that Manafort cooperated with the search.

The raid came as Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.

I bet a dollar against a donut that the FBI found things Manafart was hiding from the Congressional committees. RESIST!!

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Aug 072017
 

It has been a hectic day.  I had to put off my bank run.  I kept my debit card pin on the back of an unrelated business card in my wallet, and cleaning out my wallet before cataract surgery, I accidentally discarded the card.  I had to call my bank.  They have reset the pin and are mailing it to me.  I’ll have it by the end of the week.  Then I had to call Amazon to straighten out a delivery problem.  I also had to schedule a Tri-Met Lift ride for Monday’s eye appointment with Christine.  Yesterday’s 92° set another record.  Today’s forecast is only 91°, followed by three days in the high 90°s.  OGIM!! (Oh God It’s Monday!!).

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:28 (average 5:48).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Media Matters: Recent rumors indicate that Megyn Kelly may take over Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. time slot on Fox News. But the factors in play are much bigger than one hour a night. The imminent Fox News primetime shakeup is more about Fox News’ own brand of misinformation being set to surpass the blunter approach of Rush Limbaugh and right-wing radio hosts.

For a brief bit of historical context before we get to the rumor itself, Fox News’ approach in many ways grew out of Rush Limbaugh’s short-lived television show. Roger Ailes famously produced the show and would take lessons from there to Fox News where he is still the CEO. (As well as taking lessons from his time as a Republican operative, which are well-documented.) And the further back you look at Fox, the more it resembles the worst aspects of Limbaugh’s show. But as Fox has grown, it’s adapted, allowing it to more effectively advance a political agenda.

This adaptation was on full display in Roger Ailes’ 2011 admission to Howard Kurtz, who has since moved to Fox, that Fox News needed to make a "course correction." The big picture result of this is Fox still pushing demonstrable misinformation, but doing so in a way other news networks will be more likely to pick up rather than mock. Their audience might not have had a problem with the old Fox News (at least, Roger Ailes gave no indication that they did), but the network’s reputation was in tatters. (As an aside, CNN’s recent pushing of right-wing Benghazi myths only emphasize the risk of Fox’s revised approach.)

Beware the new PR of the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, but Megyn Kelly is still Bagger bait.

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From Daily Kos:

We now continue our ongoing series exploring just how low Trump’s Republican enablers can sink in their attempts to protect him from our nation’s rule of law. Exhibit the whateverth: Newt Effing Gingrich [Fascist delinked].

 

Now, let’s all first take the necessary moment to just take this masterpiece of bizarre post-modernism in. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, not long ago a Republican presidential candidate himself, appears to be arguing that the whole notion of prosecuting allies of Donald Trump, sitting president, for crimes they are suspected of committing is tainted or invalid because the crimes are suspected of taking place in a location in which Donald Trump is not popular.

Mind you, for all we know the Donald Trump campaign and/or White House may have committed crimes in West Virginia as well. If that is the case, Newt Gingrich can look forward to getting his wish.

What can I say, beyond what I’ve said all along? Newter Newt!! RESIST!!

From NY Times: Vice President Mike Pence declared his loyalty to President Trump on Sunday and denounced a New York Times article suggesting that he was positioning himself to run for president in 2020 if Mr. Trump does not seek a second term.

“Today’s article in The New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family and our entire team,” the vice president said in a statement [Fascist Theocon delinked]. “The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration.”

He added: “Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.”

How do you spell B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T? On the off chance that the Rectum Reich of Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten survives to 2020, and Putin’s Piddle Puppet seeks re-installation by Russia, Pence will be campaigning, along with a dozen others. We must remember now that the hateful policies Trump is pursuing now are not his own, but what Republicans have craved for years. But it hurts them that Trump brags about what they lie about. RESIST!!

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Vintage 2011 and spot-on today.

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Aug 042017
 

It’s a few degrees cooler than yesterday, yet the building is so super heated that I can’t tell the difference.  I took a thermometer to the rest room this morning.  At 6:00 AM, in Nameless’ favorite position, it was 101° there.  Tomorrow’s forecast high is the coolest of the nest ten days: 93°.  AAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:44 (average 7:34).  To do it, click here. How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Robert Mueller Takes Next Step In Donald Trump Russia Probe

 

Joy did an excellent job of filling us in on the history and status of the investigation into the crimes of Donald "Putin’s Pervert" Trump (R-RU) and his Republican cronies. RESIST!!

Also from YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Lawrence: Donald Trump Begged Mexico For Help On The Wall

 

What a lying fool! Here is a full transcript of both this phone call and the idiot’s call to Australia’s PM. Enjoy, Ozzies!  RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: The special counsel, Robert Mueller, just called Donald Trump to tell the President that he was “the most innocent person ever,” Trump told reporters on Thursday.

“It was the middle of the afternoon, and he just picked up the phone to say how innocent I was,” Trump said. “He said I was the most innocent person he’d ever come across, and maybe in history.”

“He said he had been over all of the evidence and that he and his staff would spend hours just looking at each other in amazement at about how unbelievably innocent I was,” he said.

Andy, the really sad thing is that it’s something Trump would actually say. RESIST!!

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And today’s Republicans would cheer!

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Jul 292017
 

I’m waiting for Jason, my computer tech to arrive to delve into some network and laptop issues.  He arrived just as I finished that sentence and did an excellent job.  He cleaned up the network issues Comcast left, did a malware check on my laptop.  He founds it clean but buggy, and started a system recovery to return it to factory default.  I have a shitload of work to do to reinstall all the software.  He even reconfigured my TV, so my screen dimensions display properly.  Needless to say, I’m running late and am very tired.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:09 (average 4:29).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Timeline In the Case Against Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Guilty! RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Anna Galland on Trumpcare Defeat, Resistance

 

Thanks McCain, Murkowski, and Collins. Also thanks MoveOn and all the progressive patriots fighting RepubliCare, especially YOU! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: With a fury that could spell political trouble for Republicans in the midterm elections, Trump voters across the country on Friday expressed their outrage and anger that they still have health coverage.

“I went to bed Thursday night and slept like a baby, assuming that when I woke up I would have zero health insurance,” Carol Foyler, a Trump voter, said. “Instead, this nightmare.”

Harland Dorrinson, who voted for Trump “because he promised that he would take my health care away from me on Day 1,” said that he was “very upset” that he will still receive that benefit.

“I woke up this morning, and my family and I could still see a doctor,” he said. “This is a betrayal.”

Many Trump supporters said that congressional Republicans “gave up too soon” in their efforts to deprive ordinary Americans like them of their health care.

Dang Andy! Sadly, that is correct. After deplorable, the next synonym for ‘Trump supporter’ is idiot. RESIST!!

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Why Mueller May Be Toast

 Posted by at 1:32 pm  Politics
Jul 252017
 

How would you like to entrust America’s future to Senate Majority Leader, Bought Bitch Mitch McConnell (R-KY)?  Frankly, I’d feel more secure putting my kitty dingles in a vice!  However, we may not have any choice in the matter.  There are strong indications that Putin’s Puppet intends to wait for the Senate to go on vacation, fire Sessions, and replace him using a recess appointment.  The only way to prevent it is for McConnell to keep the Senate nominally in session.

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As soon as Congress goes into recess, Donald Trump will have the opportunity to remove special prosecutor Robert Mueller—unless Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stops him.

What will McConnell do?

Our Constitution provides Trump with a simple two-step process to rid himself of the meddlesome prosecutor he so fears.

First, when Congress starts its August recess, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns, which Trump has been signaling him to do. Trump could fire Sessions, but for reasons explained below would rather not. Sessions cannot fire Mueller because he recused himself from the Russia investigation, in which he is entangled.

Second, while Congress is in recess, Trump appoints a new attorney general. A Trump toady can immediately take the oath of office and a minute later fire Mueller.

The instant attorney general replacement is possible because our Senate cannot give its advise and consent when it is in recess. The framers of our Constitution, in an era before jets or even trains, provided for that circumstance in the third clause in Article II, Section 2 of our Constitution:

“The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.”

Given Trump’s ease in finding unqualified people to fill high positions in our government, finding someone so craven that they would fire Mueller just so they can serve 18 months as our 85th Attorney General would be easy…

From <DC Report>

Lawrence O’Donnell discussed this possibility with a panel of "experts".

First, it is true that Bought Bitch Mitch nominally kept the Senate in session to prevent recess appointments by Obama.  However, before Bought Bitch Mitch does the same to stop Trump, I’ll be able to enjoy an ice cream cone in the cool breeze in Antonin Scalia’s place of residence.

Even though several Republican pundits are saying that would be enough to prompt Congressional Republicans to take action, it won’t happen.  Republicans might make a few noises, but they will just roll their eyes and go back to pillaging the country.

If this happens, Democrats must become the Party of No, doing everything possible to block and delay everything Republicans try to do.

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Tapping Scaramucci

 Posted by at 1:29 pm  Politics
Jul 232017
 

I don’t have very much to say about this issue, except this.  I really appreciate it on those rare occasions when a media personality challenges the veracity of Trump’s Republican Rectum Reich.  Here Jake Tapper tapped Trump’s new Reichslügenmeister, Anthony "Bankster Barf" Scaramucci!

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CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday called out newly-appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci for continuing to deny Russia’s interference in the U.S. election.

On Sunday’s State of the Union program, Tapper asked Scaramucci if President Donald Trump was prepared to sign a sanctions bill against Russia.

From <Raw Story>

Here’s the videoBarf Bag Alert!!

I only wish all journalists would hold Republicans accountable every time they lie.

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