Aug 262016
 

Last night, I stayed up late to optimize our site.  First, I analyzed the load times for plugins and found that we had a huge resource hog.  Our Top Commentators plugin used more than three times the resources of all our other plugins combined and was adding 33% to the time it took to load every page.  I really liked it, but dang!!  I took it out.  Next, I optimized the database.  Most important, I have begun optimizing images.  We have over 25,000.  One I have the old ones done, I’ve set up a service to automatically optimize new ones for about $10 per month.  Now I get to venture into the heat for abuse.  I’ll finish when I return.

PT went very well.  Courtney was merciless, but I managed all her tasks.  I stopped at the bank on the way home, but when I got here the elevator was out of service AGAIN.  I had to wait in the heat for an hour, before the repair tech could run the assembled cripples upstairs.  In the interim, I’ve wilted.  This is my only article today.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:48 (average 4:15).  To do it, click here. How did you do?

Short Takes:

From NY Times: Warren Hinckle, the flamboyant editor who made Ramparts magazine a powerful national voice for the radical left in the 1960s and later by championing the work of Hunter S. Thompson and helping introduce the no-holds-barred reporting style known as gonzo journalism, died on Thursday. He was 77.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, his daughter Pia Hinckle said.

Ramparts was a small-circulation quarterly for liberal Roman Catholics when Mr. Hinckle began writing for and promoting it in the early 1960s. A born provocateur with a keen sense of public relations, he took over as the executive editor in 1964 and immediately set about transforming Ramparts from a sleepy intellectual journal to a slickly produced, crusading political magazine that galvanized the American left.

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RIP Warren. Back in the day, I used to read every issue of Ramparts.

From Alternet:

Here are 12 examples [of Rump Dump Racism] cited by Clinton.

1. Deeply Insulting African Americans: Trump’s remarks show he has no appreciation for black culture or achievement, Clinton said, but instead utters one ugly cliche after another. “In just the past week, under the guise of ‘outreach’ to African Americans, Trump has stood up in front of largely white audiences and described black communities in such insulting and ignorant terms. ‘Poverty. Rejection.  Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen.’ ‘Right now,’ he said, ‘you walk down the street and get shot.’ Those are his words.”

2. Racist then, racist now: Trump has a decades-old history of mistreating and stereotyping blacks, Clinton said, starting with his refusal to rent New York City apartments to them. “When he was getting his start in business, he was sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black and Latino tenants,” she said. “Their applications would be marked with a C—C for ‘colored’—and then rejected. Three years later, the Justice Department took Trump back to court because he hadn’t changed… And the pattern continued through the decades. State regulators fined one of Trump’s casinos for repeatedly removing black dealers from the floor. No wonder the turnover rate for his minority employees was way above average.”

3. His racist lies don’t stop: Before the 2016 presidential election, Trump was at the forefront of the right-wing effort to discredit President Obama’s legitimacy by questioning his national origin. “Let’s not forget that Trump first gained political prominence leading the charge for the so-called birthers,” she said. “He promoted the racist lie that President Obama is not really an American citizen; part of a sustained effort to delegitimize America’s first black president. In 2015, Trump launched his own campaign for president with another racist lie. He described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. And he accused the Mexican government of actively sending them across the border. None of that is true.”

I shared three. Click through for the other nine.

From Crooks and Liars: This is unreal. Kellyanne Conway graced the set of The Rachel Maddow Show last night. Among other things, Rachel asked about the "pivot" away from a total ban on Muslims to an "extreme vetting" of those entering the United States.

As usual, Rachel had clearly done her homework. The "extreme vetting" that the Trump campaign correctly identifies as originating during the Cold War, was vetoed by Harry Truman, passed as an override by Congress anyway, and then found unconstitutional. By all modern legal measures, the similar Trump proposal would also be found unconstitutional.

 

No matter how many times Rachel said it’s unconstitutional, Conway ignored her and circled back to her talking points. Like other Republicans, Trump’s Rectumites don’t care about the Constitution.

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Aug 242016
 

I’ve looked forward to the kickoff to Our Revolution for some time and will watch what I can of it tonight, but I’ll be tied up with home care.  I was very disappointed to learn that several of his aides abandoned him at the last moment and hope he can proceed with it. I’ll reserve judgment until more info comes out, but fear that some Berners are burning Bernie.

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A week before its launch, a liberal advocacy group started by former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign staffers as the next stage in the "political revolution" is facing a liberal civil war.

One-third of the 15-person team Sanders put together to run a nonprofit advocacy group focusing on issues of election reform and economic inequality have quit amid a heated internal debate about how the organization should be structured, who should run it and whether its existence as a nonprofit violated campaign finance laws prohibiting electioneering by such groups.

ABC News reported last week that former Sanders campaign manager and longtime adviser Jeff Weaver was tapped by Sanders’ wife, Jane, to lead the new group "Our Revolution." Weaver’s presence reignited an internal rift between old guard Sanders advisers like Weaver and the younger generation of political operatives who helped make Sanders a political sensation in the age of digital campaigning…

From <UPI>

It seems like a power play, as Rachel Maddow pointed out.

Unless I hear reasons to change my mind, I would tend to support Weaver, because Jane would not have brought in Weaver, if he wasn’t who Bernie wanted.  Also the younger operatives have been unable to raise money the way they could with Bernie in the race.

Also, as I’ve been researching this story, I’ve noticed many comments to the effect that if "Our Revolution" includes Hillary voters, then they need to move ahead without Bernie.  I can guarantee them that "Our Revolution" includes Hillary voters.  Bernie is one.  Bernie Sanders has done more for progressive politics that anyone else in this century.  Abandoning him over hatred for Hillary, if that’s what’s behind this issue, is the most shameful thing they could do.  Time will tell.

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Aug 162016
 

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Here is the eighty-eighth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican Campaign Manager and Seditionist, Paul Manafort. He so honored for his intent to hand US National Security to Vladimir Putin (R-RU).

0816ManafartThe Trump campaign was on the defensive on Monday after a New York Times report revealed that its chairman, Paul Manafort, was designated to receive $12.7 million in undisclosed and potentially illegal cash payments from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

The revelation preceded a high-profile national security speech by Donald J. Trump on Monday afternoon in Ohio, and threatened to derail the Republican presidential nominee’s latest effort to avoid distractions and stick to policy as he tried to stop his poll numbers from sliding.

In a statement, Mr. Manafort denied wrongdoing and said The Times was ignoring the facts to fulfill a political agenda against Mr. Trump. He denied ever receiving an “off-the-books cash payment” or having worked for the Ukrainian or Russian governments.

“The suggestion that I accepted cash payments is unfounded, silly and nonsensical,” Mr. Manafort said. He said that any payments he received were for a broader political campaign team that included local and international staff, polling and research.

The secret ledgers kept by a pro-Russian political group in Ukraine, the Party of Regions, contain 22 separate references of cash disbursements designated for Mr. Manafort between 2007 and 2012. The disbursements amount to $12.7 million, according to anticorruption officials there… [emphasis added]

From <NY Times>

It’s possible that Manafart never actually received the money, considering the level od corruption of his political associates, then and now.  However if you believe that he was not engaged in the practices for which he was to receive that money, you will probably also believe that Rump Dump Trump was just kidding, when he suggested that he would not oppose his buddy Putin’s (R-RU) takeover of the Crimea, the Ukraine, and the Baltic states.

Rachel Maddow covered Trump and Manafart in two segments:

Trump would be a national security disaster. Stinky Manafart is clearly a Republican.

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Cruz Trussed Rump Dump

 Posted by at 11:31 am  Politics
Jul 212016
 

Toward the end of the Clown Car Destruction Derby, I labeled Ted Cruz the TRUS pervert.  He had come out with a campaign meme, TRUSTED.  Well, when you take away the TED part, TRUS is what’s left.  A TRUS is an anal probe used for prostate exams and biopsies.  Last night at the Ku Klux Koronation, Cruz used his TRUS on Rump Dump Trump.

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The Republican convention erupted into tumult on Wednesday night as the bitter primary battle between Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz reignited unexpectedly, crushing hopes that the party could project unity.

In the most electric moment of the convention, boos and jeers broke out as it became clear that Mr. Cruz — in a prime-time address from center stage — was not going to endorse Mr. Trump. It was a pointed snub on the eve of Mr. Trump’s formal acceptance speech.

As hundreds of delegates chanted “Vote for Trump!” and “Say it!” Mr. Cruz tried to dismiss the outburst as “enthusiasm of the New York delegation” — only to have Mr. Trump himself suddenly appear in the back of the convention hall. Virtually every head in the room seemed to turn from Mr. Cruz to Mr. Trump, who was stone-faced and clearly angry as he egged on delegates by pumping his fist…

From <NY Times>

Rachel Maddow covered the story in several video clips.

Multiple Barf Bag Alerts!!!

In the first she discussed the endorsement omission,

In the second she covered the crowd’s rabid reaction.

In the third she covered Trump’s gamble:

And a most incompetent gamble it was.  Knowing that the issues between the two men were so hostile and personal, made this predictable.   "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," Cruz said.  Lacking any other reason, Rump Dump should have known that the TRUS pervert was lying, because Cruz made the promise to endorse on a day of the week ending in Y.  And if a malignant little twit like Cruz can make a total fool of Rump Dump, what will happen on the foreign policy front when he goes nose to nose with a real bad-ass?

Voting BLUE has never been more critical!!

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Thou Shalt Not Steal!!

 Posted by at 1:39 pm  Politics
Jul 192016
 

Yesterday evening, I had the misfortune of turning on the TV to MSNBC, who was spending far too much time covering the Rectumite Rampage in Cleveland.  Fortunately, I made it to the trash can in time.  I heard several speakers. Here is the complete list of everything useful and/or honest that they said:

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One of the low points of the evening was the speech by Melania Trump, who made it clear that intellect was not the reason Rump Dump bought her.

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The centerpiece of the opening night of the Republican Convention was the speech by Melania Trump, the wife of Donald Trump. But her pleasant performance was soon overshadowed by allegations of plagiarism.

Candidate Trump, the ultimate showman, made an unprecedented and dramatic appearance on the first night of the convention to introduce his wife. Mrs. Trump praised her husband, speaking in a Slovenian accent, to an enthusiastic reception from the delegates. But shortly after the convention wrapped up she became the center of a swirling controversy. Two of the passages she read were strikingly similar to the speech Michelle Obama made to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life,” a poised Mrs. Trump said, “that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life.” In her 2008 speech Mrs. Obama said, “And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you’re going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them and even if you don’t agree with them.”

Mrs. Trump then added, “We need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow… Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.” Back in 2008, Mrs. Obama added, “Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values and to pass them onto the next generation, because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”

Earlier in the day Mrs. Trump told NBC News that she had written the speech.

From <Huffington Post>

Rachel Maddow covered this Republican Crime in two segments.

First:

Second:

I agree that  Melania did not know she was plagiarizing.  She isn’t that bright, and when Michelle gave that speech the most intellectual thing Melania had ever done was strut her butt with a gun next to a Trump plane.  Trump’s speechwriters put Michelle’s words in Melania’s mouth, because Melania has no story of her own to tell, other that that of a rich old man’s trophy wife.

Instead of owning up and firing a speechwriter, the Trump campaign has decided that they did nothing wrong.  The incident, they say,  is Hillary’s fault.

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Jun 302016
 

After staying here nine nights, Julie and Killer Dawg moved out yesterday.  I’m feeling lonely.  After a while I‘ll get used to my routine again.  She will be back for about four hours on Saturday and will help train her replacement for a couple hours on Tuesday.  I felt too tired to sleep well last night, so I took a Lona Nap this morning and I am running late.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:44 (average 5:34).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Because that is what Jesus would do, right? No, wrong. Assault weapons are meant for one thing — to kill. Jesus was against killing.

The Globe reports on a church in Joplin, Missouri, that held a raffle and gave away two Black Rain AR-15 assault rifles on Father’s Day. Fathers were given one free ticket and another for each child they brought in. (I wonder if you could bring in someone else’s child for extra tickets…) Ignite says it was part of a marketing strategy to “lure”  young men between 18-35 to follow Jesus. Because that’s what Jesus would do right? No, wrong. No where [sic] does it say Jesus “lured.”

It would appear that church exists to worship Republican Supply-side Jesus, who Republicans invented to justify their false gospel of violence, lies, hate and greed. Republican Supply-side Jesus is the polar opposite of the real Jesus.

From MSNBC: Rachel on Benghazi BS

 

 

Republican Benghazi BS had one purpose only, to propagandize against Hillary Clinton. And Nameless was right. It STILL isn’t over.

From Alternet: Donald Trump has been showered with accusations of financial impropriety, from fraud suits levied against his now-defunct Trump University, to charges that the presidential candidate drastically inflates his charitable donations. To add fuel to the monetary fire, Trump is now facing repercussions for poor fundraising acumen; on Wednesday, the Federal Elections Committee filed a complaint against Donald J. Trump for President for “soliciting contributions from foreign nationals” in a series of emails the campaign sent to “foreign nationals in Iceland, Scotland, Britain and Australia.”

Following reports earlier this month that Trump’s fundraising numbers are severely lagging, the presumptive Republican nominee sent emails to members of the British parliament, Talking Points Memo reports.

Sir Roger Gale, British Member of Parliament (MP) complained about the correspondence to the Speaker of the House Commons, Politics Home notes. "Members of Parliament are being bombarded by electronic communications from Team Trump on behalf of somebody called Donald Trump,” Gale said Tuesday. ”Mr Speaker, I’m all in favour of free speech but I don’t see why colleagues on either side of the House should be subjected to intemperate spam."

Click through for more details. Trump has not even tried to hide his criminal foreign fundraising behind bogus nonprofits, the way Republicans normally do.

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They need to Vote Blue!

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