Jan 112017
 

Portland is now under a full Winter Storm Warning, and it has been snowing all night and all day.  Subfreezing temperatures are forecast until Sunday.  As I feared it might, the weather has screwed up my day.  On Wednesdays I take a morning nap, to be sure to be up when Store to Door arrives with my groceries.  I was about to get up when the call came from Store to Door.  All grocery deliveries are cancelled.  Then Wendy called.  Her school is closed for a snow day, and she was at the store.  She’s picking up a few staples for me and wants to come in the next hour or so, instead of this evening.  Dang!  If I were ten years younger and hadn’t forgotten how, I’d marry her.  So I’m not sure when this will be published or uploaded to Care2.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 4:13).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From The Rachel Maddow Show: Unverified Trump, Russia blackmail allegations roil US politics

Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about a report that Donald Trump and President Obama were briefed on unverified claims that Russia has compromised Trump with a cache of incriminating or scandalous material.

 

You can read the document here.  I believe it, but I do so on the basis of instinct, not verifiable evidence. I’m waiting for that, and if proven, Trumps minority election must be invalidated.  RESIST!!

From Washington Post: The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. urged Congress to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would “irreparably damage the work of my husband,” according to the letter written by King that was previously publicly unavailable and obtained on Tuesday by The Post.

Senator Strom Thurmond (R-KKK) protected Beauregard in 1986 by burying the letter and not including it in the record. Please click through and read it in its entirety. Then call your Senator to demand that it be read into the record for this hearing.  RESIST!!

From PoliticusUSA:

America is not giving Donald Trump a warm welcome to the White House as a new poll found that Trump’s job approval rating has dropped seven points to 37% over the past month.

According to Quinnipiac University, Trump has an unfavorable rating of 51% and unfavorable rating of 37%. The president-elect’s favorability ratings are down seven points over the last 30 days.

Respondents also had highly unfavorable views of Trump’s personal traits:

53 – 39 percent that he is not honest, compared to 52 – 42 percent November 22;
49 – 44 percent that he has good leadership skills, compared to 56 – 38 percent;
52 – 44 percent that he does not care about average Americans, compared to 51 – 45
percent who said he did care;
62 – 33 percent that he is not level-headed, compared to 57 – 38 percent;
71 – 25 percent that he is a strong person, compared to 74 – 23 percent;
68 – 27 percent that he is intelligent, compared to 74 – 21 percent.

Most losers of Presidential elections compare favorably to the Bullshit Banana.  RESIST!!

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Jan 072017
 

We’ve been waiting for some time for the report on Vladimir Putin’s (R-RU) interference in the US election to harm Hillary Clinton and assist Trump.  We may never find out "how" the intelligence community knows what it does, largely because Putin would kill our HUMINT assets, if he knew who they were.  The "why" is actually fascinating, but I think they missed an angle.  And the lies coming from the Tangerine Traitor are deplorable.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin interfered in the US presidential election to aid Donald Trump, according to a declassified assessment by the NSA, CIA and FBI.

“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump,” the agencies found in a long-awaited report that stands to hang over the head of the incoming Trump administration.

The report (pdf), for weeks the subject of leaks that have incensed and vexed Trump, contradicts the contention from his transition team that Russia did not prefer him in the 2016 election, as well as Trump’s insistence that the culprits behind the hacks of Democratic political figures are fundamentally unknowable.

The report keeps classified any crucial technical data demonstrating Russian culpability, which means its release is unlikely to persuade skeptics that the intelligence agencies have definitively proven their case. Nor does the intelligence assessment claim that Russian interference was decisive in the election.

Though the report lacks detail, never before has the US intelligence apparatus publicly assessed a foreign power to have interfered in an election for the benefit of an incoming president… [emphasis added]

From <The Guardian>

Photo Credit: Daily Kos:

I have read the report.  You can too.

The best explanation as to why Putin did what he did. comes from Rachel Maddow.

I agree with everything she said, but here’s the other angle.  Had Clinton been elected, she would have opposed Putin’s international abuses of power and war crimes to expand Russia’s sphere of influence.  As long as Putin strokes his pet’s ego, Trump will roll over and give him free reign.

Rachel also covered Trump’s lies.

For those of you who cannot watch the video, let me reiterate.  The Fuhrer said that Report said that Russia had absolutely no effect on the election.  The report actually said that the report does not cover whether or not Russia had an effect on the election.  The Fuhrer said that the Report said Russia had tried to hack Republican Party computers but had failed, because Republican cyber security was so supereior.  The Report actually said that Russia successfully hacked Republican computers, but had opted not to make that information public.  I don’t think Trump would go so far out of his way to try to cover that up, if Putin wasn’t blackmailing Republicans with the information he obtained, and that explains why I chose the graphic I did.

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Plugging the Pipes

 Posted by at 10:53 am  Politics
Jan 062017
 

Have you ever had your sewerage back up?  Now, I’m not talking about a minor problem but a major, BIG TIME back up that has erupted all over everything.  Now think about your bathroom full of crud and your toilet full of crud.  Now tell me the characteristics of the turd that is three from the back and two deep in the toilet bowl.  You can’t, and you are probably questioning my sanity, because, when the world is full of crap, nobody pays attention to one single turd.  That is exactly the strategy the Republican Party will be employing next week.

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Senate Democrats are frustrated that Republican leaders have scheduled six confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees next Wednesday, the same day the president-elect will hold his first press conference in many months.

Democrats oppose several of the appointees and hope to drag out the vetting process, thus maximizing the public exposure of their complaints. They are concerned that with multiple hearings occurring simultaneously, it will be more difficult to fully question and evaluate the nominees in public settings. They’re also concerned that the schedule coincides with Trump’s press conference – and will take place the day after President Obama’s final speech in office – further taking attention away from the confirmation process.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Thursday he had shared his concerns about the schedule with his Republican counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and hoped for a solution to “alleviate the crunch.”

“That is mostly unprecedented in the modern era of Cabinet considerations, happening only once in history,” Schumer said of the six hearings in one day. “That’s not the standard."

Schumer said “mostly unprecedented” because six confirmation hearings for President George W. Bush’s nominees were held two days before his 2001 inauguration.

They’re jamming them together so that they receive less scrutiny and attention individually,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “I regret that there are so many hearings bunched together."

Republicans, for the most part, dismissed these concerns…

From <Real Clear Politics>

The press will pay little if any attention to the hearings, because Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten is holding his first press conference since last July, when he asked Russia to hack the Democratic candidate.

Rachel Maddow thinks Trump’s intent is to stifle coverage.

I think she has a point.

There can be only one way to proceed.  Use every dirty trick the Republicans used against Obama to block every nominee.  They can’t block a good one.  Hell, if there were a Department of Animal Husbandry, Trump would appoint Michael Vick to head it up.

RESIST!!

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Jan 032017
 

After getting yesterday’s articles published, I set up a new spreadsheet for tracking my 2017b blood sugar readings, and two new One Note Notebooks for 2017 PP articles and 2017 household records.  I reordered prescription meds.  I planned my grocery order for this week.  Then I made all the graphics and collected all the data for today’s Monthly Report. Winter has returned to Portland with sub-freezing highs at least until Sunday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:31 (average 4:36).  To do it, click here.  Hoe did you do?

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From The Rachel Maddow Show: Trump business entanglements survive Indonesian mining scandal

Rachel Maddow follows the intertwined threads of an Indonesian corruption scandal, an American mining company, and the business conflicts of Donald Trump and a new member of his administration, Carl Icahn.

 

Welcome to Fascist Republican Rectum Reich of Ameristan, a country where one Indonesian criminal is about to have more influence with the government than all the combined fools that voted for Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten.

From The Last Word: Did Donald Trump commit treason?

Lawrence addresses questions of whether Trump’s praise of Putin is treasonous with a look at history – specifically, an accusation of treason against presidential candidate Richard Nixon in 1968. Author John A. Farrell joins.

 

It’s a very complex issue. I have repeatedly said war must be declared for treason to take place, but when I said it, I was not considering that a foreign cyber-attack on our election is an act of war, even if we do not choose to retaliate militarily. On that basis, I would consider Trump a traitor.  Furthermore, treason, as a way to obtain the Oval Office, seems to be an ongoing Republican tactic.

From NY Times: House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.

The move to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics was not made public until late Monday, when Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the House Republican Conference had approved the change. There was no advance notice or debate on the measure.

The surprising vote came on the eve of the start of a new session of Congress, where emboldened Republicans are ready to push an ambitious agenda on everything from health care to infrastructure, issues that will be the subject of intense lobbying from corporate interests. The House Republicans’ move would take away both power and independence from an investigative body, and give lawmakers more control over internal inquiries.

The "top leaders," now joined by the Fuhrer, are merely posturing to effect a pretense of ethical concern. Corruption is the only modus operandi of the Republican Rectum Reich.

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A flashback to the happier days of 2013, when the worst we had to worry about was Drill Baby Dingbat.

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Surrounding the Rat

 Posted by at 12:36 pm  Politics
Dec 212016
 

I have written about Rick Snyder, Crimefuhrer of the Republican Totalitarian Managed Plutocracy of Snyderstan on at least forty two occasions from 2009 through today, so I’ve had more that ample opportunity to whet my appetite for surrounding him,  criminal charges, indictments, trials and a nice prison cell.  At long last, it looks like we’re surrounding the rat.

SnyderA criminal investigation into this city’s water crisis reached into the top ranks of supervision over Flint on Tuesday as Michigan officials announced felony charges against two former state-appointed emergency managers, accusing them of fixating on saving money rather than on the safety of residents.

The managers, who were appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to lead Flint out of fiscal distress, were charged over their roles in the public health crisis prompted by the city’s switch to a new water source, as well as the delays in responding to residents’ complaints as they suffered the devastating effects.

Announcing the charges at a banquet center not far from the Flint River, Bill Schuette, the state’s attorney general, described “a fixation on finances and balance sheets” as at the root of what happened in Flint, where the water has been tied to the lead poisoning of children and the deaths of 12 people from Legionnaires’ disease.

“All too prevalent in this Flint water investigation was a priority on balance sheets and finances rather than health and safety of the citizens of Flint,” said Mr. Schuette, a Republican who is seen as a possible candidate for governor in 2018…

From <NY Times>

Rachel Maddow covered the story in two segments.  In the first she provides background and talks about the charges.

In the second,Rachel discusses the likelihood that they will charge Snyder.

Unlike King Midas, whatever Snyder touches turns to shit. Indict the SOB.

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Open Thread – 12/17/2016

 Posted by at 11:50 am  Politics
Dec 172016
 

I always know when snow is coming.  I feel it in my hands.  It’s 28° and not expected to reach freezing.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos will be visiting the Patriots, but it won’t be televised here.  It’s also a Wendy day.  It’s her birthday on Monday, and she’s flying to Las Vegas tomorrow afternoon.  I gave her a present a few days early.  I had been telling her that it was a new mop.  When she saw the package, it had just come in and was bulked up with shipping materials.  She commented that it looked a bit small to be a mop.  I quickly explained that it was a robotic mop with a remote control and an anti-gravity device she could use to tell it how much to push down. Angel  She actually bought that!  It was a sampler with four different perfumes.  She liked it, but had really wanted that gigh-tech anti-gravity mop!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:57 {average 5:08).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From MSNBC: Not a Jew? J Street president responds

Jeremy Ben-Ami on Trump’s far right pick for Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who says Ben-Ami is not really Jewish.

 

The Fuhrer could not have picked worse. J Street is the place to go for information on Israel’s legitimate needs, not Butcher Bibi’s one-state terrorism.

From Daily Kos: The resounding winner of the popular vote for president is not pretending outside interference had nothing to do with her Electoral College loss. Speaking to donors on Thursday, she was blunt about the influence of both Russian hacking and FBI Director James Comey on her narrow loss in key swing states:

“Swing-state voters made their decisions in the final days breaking against me because of the F.B.I. letter from Director Comey,” she said.

The Russians, she said, sought to “undermine our democracy” through cyberattacks on Democratic targets.

And by the way, the press was complicit:

“Make no mistake, as the press is finally catching up to the facts, which we desperately tried to present to them during the last months of the campaign,” Mrs. Clinton told the group, which collectively poured roughly $1 billion into her effort. “This is not just an attack on me and my campaign, although that may have added fuel to it. This is an attack against our country. We are well beyond normal political concerns here. This is about the integrity of our democracy and the security of our nation.”

While I agree with her, she should have done far more about it than make excuses to a group of mega-donors. That was a DINO move.

From TPM: In a tweet posted early Saturday morning, President-elect Donald Trump ripped China for its reported seizure of a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater drone in the South China Sea.

Trump called it an "unprecedented act"—spelled "unpresidented" in the initial post saved on Politwoops, which the President-elect later deleted and reposted with the correct spelling.

Not only is the Fuhrer too stupid to spell, but also, he’s wrong, according to Rachel Maddow.

 

What am idiot it (the Fuhrer) is!

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