Feb 032015
 

Day 90.  I’m waiting for Store to Door to  call and take my grocery order.  Correction: They just called.  Today I get to configure Mailwasher Pro, the software I use to filter the hundreds of SPAM email I get daily to work with my new Comcast email addresses.  Also, the building managers will be around sometime today for their quarterly sanitation and maintenance inspection, so I’ve been house cleaning to prepare for that.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:13 (average 4:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: President Barack Obama’s increasing popularity is forcing congressional Democrats to consider admitting that they know him, a leading Democratic staffer revealed on Monday.

After months of denying ever having been in the same room as the President, some Democrats are tentatively rethinking that position now that his approval rating has hit fifty per cent, the staffer said.

“We’re watching that number very closely,” the Democratic staffer Robinson Petrack said. “We could be looking at a scenario where it’s safe to acknowledge his existence again.”

Petrack said that while many congressional Democrats have not used the word “Obama” in a sentence since the President’s approval rating dropped to thirty-nine percent last year, they are toying with the idea of resuming that practice now.

But even as Democrats contemplate admitting that they have met Obama or even shaken his hand, some worry that such moves could have perilous consequences if his approval rating drops again.

Andy may be on to something here. People love to whine about Obama. But, while I fully admit Obama has done many things I don’t like, consider the alternative. If McConJob had won six years ago, there is only one thing that would have prevented nuclear global destruction to the tune of Bomb Bomb Iran.  A Teabagger might have Second Amendment Solutioned him, giving us President Drill Baby Dingbat, instead!

From Daily Kos: This has happened to me a few times through my lifetime, but I just can’t stop giggling like a teenager. I can just hear the comedians now. Enjoy-we need it.

 

FOMCROTFPIMPLMAO!

From YouTube: Rachel Maddow 03*02*2015 Vaccine questions trip up Christie, Paul

 

PIGnocchio can probably pull his fat from the fire after his gaffe. However, this could be curtains for Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot. His internal Bircher, that he tries to hide, rose to the surface.

Cartoon:

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Too bad this only happens to the poor and middle classes!

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Jan 292015
 

The Republican Party consistently claims to be moderate compassionate conservatives.  To that, I consistently suggest you pay attention to what they do, not what they say.  One of the things they do is climb into bed with the American Family Association, a notorious Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian hate group, and that is giving the GOP some unwanted publicity.  The AFA offended Israel to such an extent that their chief spokesman since forever has been stripped of his title.

0129Bryan-FischerRachel Maddow tonight broke news that the American Family Association has officially fired notorious evangelist Bryan Fischer after a controversy involving the RNC and Israel. Fischer is notorious for having some––well, let’s not sugarcoat it––crazy views on gays, “homofascists,” more crazy views on gays, and… yeah, basically a lot of gay stuff.

Fischer is so out there, he concocted some insane conspiracy theory last year that the only reason Shepard Smith wasn’t freaking out about Ebola is because he wants to support President Obama‘s big government gay agenda.

At issue this time is an RNC trip to Israel that was apparently being paid for by the American Family Association, of which Fischer is the director of issues analysis.

Or, rather, he was. Until today…

…Update- 11:11 pm EST: For the sake of clarification, Fischer has been fired as a spokesperson and director of issues analysis, but is still a radio show host for the AFA.

Inserted from <Mediaite>

Here’s what Rachel had to say.

For all the years that he has been purveying hatred for the AFA as their spokesman, they never once objected to anything he had to say, so even without his title, he still represents them.  Furthermore, given the RNC’s willingness to partner with him, her also represents the Republican Party.

Fore more information, I gave him a parade.  More recently, he sided with ISIL, saying that the people they were killing were “worthy of extermination”.

Nevertheless, the GOP loves the AFA.  This is what they do.

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Jan 282015
 

I trust that most of you are aware of my participation in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, and that the highest holy day ending the religious year will take place in a meditation this Sunday, between New England and Seattle.  A scandal has been growing over the last few days, so extreme that the Holy Orb may have to hide its light in shame.

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More details have emerged about the alleged role a New England Patriots locker room attendant played in the "deflategate" scandal.

On Monday, Fox Sports reported there is video showing the attendant taking footballs the Patriots provided before the AFC title game against Indianapolis from the game officials’ locker room and into another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them out to the field.

Late Monday night NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk added several additional details, all attributed to an NFL source. According to the report, the locker room attendant took two bags of 12 footballs each — one for the Patriots and the other for the Colts — into a bathroom consisting of a toilet and sink with a door that locks from the inside. He remained in there for approximately 90 seconds, the report said

All of that information was obtained from a surveillance video that the Patriots turned over to the NFL early in the investigation, according to Pro Football Talk…

Inserted from <LA Times>

For me this is particularly devastating, as I may be left with the choice of Chickens or Cheaters.  How does one meditating on having both teams lose?  Rachel Maddow also has the story.

This may be the only time that I have ever found myself in complete disagreement with Rachel.  Given the Patriots track record, I find it highly suspicious.  I understand that Republicans are now coming out in Brady’s defense, and that is even more suspicious, because Republicans have an expert that would just love to play with Brady’s balls in the bathroom.

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Jan 252015
 

It’s already that time again.  As much as Republicans talk about a campaign season that is going to be short and low key, the  establishment candidates are lining up Banksters and vulture capitalists, while the rest are scurrying to capture that attention of the base and the baggers.

0125Cindy_JacobsLouisiana Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal is the keynote speaker for a rally funded and organized by an anti-LGBT group that has blamed gay people for causing the Holocaust and advocated imprisoning homosexuals.  So why isn’t his appearance garnering national media attention?

On January 24, Jindal will keynote a six-hour prayer event at Louisiana State University called "The Response: A Call To Prayer For a Nation In Crisis." The event is sponsored and funded by the American Family Association (AFA), one of the most extreme anti-gay hate groups in the country. It’s also being staffed by a number of notorious anti-LGBT activists.

The event has drawn protests from members of the LSU community. On January 22, the Faculty Senate passed a resolution expressing displeasure with the event, and a university spokesperson has clarified that the rental of an LSU facility "does not imply any endorsement."

Inserted from <Media Matters?

Rachel Maddow has more, including a woman who could be a Joni Ernst clone. Once again, a Republican governor is kicking off his campaign with a demonstration that he loves Republican-Supply-side Jesus (the exact opposite of the real Jesus) and hates all the same people that Republican Supply-side Pseudo Christians hate.

The sad thing is that all the Republican candidates will eventually pay homage to Dominionists.

Now that takes care of prophets, but what about profits?

This week many Republicans traveled to the annual Koch Brothers retreat.  Some candidates are attending in public, perhaps to cover up those Republicans who are attended secretly, as Standartenfuhrer Scalia and TEAbag Thomas have in the past. Those who will be there on the record are “Deport them all” Rubio (R-FL), “Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot” Paul (R-KY), “Uranus Inspector” Cruz (R-TX), and “Fartfuhrer of Fitzwalkerstan” Walker (R-FW)(formerly WI).

So whether it’s for prophets or for profits, the whoring has begun.

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Jan 212015
 

The Republican Party have been yard at work undermining over a century’s progress toward ensuring basic Constitutional rights to all Americans.  They have attacked the rights of racial minorities, women, LGTP people, seniors, students, and more.  Few have been more helpful in this regard than the Fascist Five Injustices of SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional VD).  Here they go again!

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Two days after celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, the Supreme Court will consider weakening a federal housing discrimination law passed in the wake of his death.

The showdown over the Fair Housing Act of 1968 has been anticipated for several years — eagerly by conservatives who say the law has gone too far, anxiously by civil rights groups who fear it will be rolled back.

The facts of the case — involving a decision by Dallas officials to make most federal low-income housing vouchers available in poor, minority neighborhoods — are less important than the potential nationwide impact. If the court rules as expected, housing discrimination cases would be tougher to win from coast to coast.

Two earlier housing discrimination lawsuits from Minnesota and New Jersey were withdrawn or settled just before reaching the high court — in one case at the urging of the Obama administration, which is aligned with the civil rights community. They fear what most court-watchers predict: that five justices are poised to weaken the law, just as they did the Voting Rights Act in 2013…

Inserted from <USA Today>

Rachel Maddow put the story in context.

I fully agree with Rachel’s analysis. The Fascist Five Republican Injustices of SCROTUS went out of their way to hear this case, because they want to gut civil rights protections.  Bye Bye Fair Housing!

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Jan 112015
 

I trust you remember the controversy that erupted when some on the left nicknamed General Davis Petraeus as General Betrayus.  I was one.  I later issued a correction.  I’ll get to why I was wrong to admit I was wrong later, but for now, Petraeus probably did end up betraying us after all.

0111BetrayusThe F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against David H. Petraeus, contending that he provided classified information to a lover while he was director of the C.I.A., officials said, and leaving Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to decide whether to seek an indictment that could send the pre-eminent military officer of his generation to prison.

The Justice Department investigation stems from an affair Mr. Petraeus had with Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserve officer who was writing his biography, and focuses on whether he gave her access to his C.I.A. email account and other highly classified information.

F.B.I. agents discovered classified documents on her computer after Mr. Petraeus resigned from the C.I.A. in 2012 when the affair became public.

Mr. Petraeus, a retired four-star general who served as commander of American forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, has said he never provided classified information to Ms. Broadwell, and has indicated to the Justice Department that he has no interest in a plea deal that would spare him an embarrassing trial. A lawyer for Mr. Petraeus, Robert B. Barnett, said Friday he had no comment…

Inserted from <NY Times>

Rachel Maddow has more detail and interviewed Michael Schmidt, the author of the above article.

The reason I was wrong to retroactively approve Petraeus’ Iraq strategy is that bribing Sunni terrorists to join us, arming them and training them provided only a temporary respite, because he also propped up the Maliki regime, that would not share any power or wealth with the Sunni.  He left behind a highly trained and well armed force of angry Sunni.  These are the basis around which ISIL formed.  He is as responsible for the existence ISIL as ChickenHawk Cheney and his puppet, Crawford Caligula.

Now considering all the effort DOJ spends going after whistle blowers, it’s absurd not to prosecute this man who did more damage to our security than all of them combined.

I disagree with Schmidt in classifying this war criminal as a war hero in the video. Add one more Republican to the list of war criminals that Eric Holder should have prosecuted, but hasn’t.

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Jan 082015
 

RepublicansOnParade

Here is the sixty-sixth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter. He is so honored for a truly Republican level of stupidity.

0108DelauterThe Frederick County, Maryland, council member recently threatened his local paper, the News-Post, with a lawsuit if it printed his name without permission. The dispute was the result of what Mr Delauter says was unfair coverage by Bethany Rodgers, one of the paper’s reporters.

"Shame on Bethany Rodgers for an unauthorised use of my name and my reference in her article today," he wrote on his Facebook page.

"Bethany, please understand, when you do a hit piece, you need to know who you’re dealing with," he continued.

Ms Rodgers responded, in part: "It is not just our right but our responsibility to report on people like you, who occupy positions of trust in our government, and I make no apologies for doing that." At which point, Mr Delauter replied that if her paper used his name again, "you’ll be paying for an attorney. Your rights stop where mine start."…

Inserted from <BBC>

Rachel Maddow had the story.

What an idiot!!

Republicans, you can run, but you can’t hide! Your parade is on the way!

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