Sep 142017
 

I’m enjoying another morning without the AC on, but I know that I will have to close the window and turn it back on as soon as the sun hits the wall.  I slept pretty well last night, but feel as though I had been up all night.  I still have a lot of catching up to do.  Fantasy football players, have your lineup set before this evening.  Staff, I have used up my free New Yorker articles for September, so it you want to post Andy, go for it.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:11 (average 4:40).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Media Doesn’t Understand What Trump is Doing

Perhaps we should raid ESPN to get commentators for political news. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): Porn Stars Hate Ted Cruz

Barf Bag Alert!!

Probably TMI, but very true. They also hate the Fuhrer, except as a foul target. RESIST!!

From The Last Word: Did Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi roll Trump on DACA?

After their second big meeting with Pres. Trump, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi say he agreed to enshrine DACA protections into law without a border wall—but the White House scrambled to refute that on Twitter. Ron Klain & Jonathan Capehart join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Schumer and Pelosi are telling the truth. As soon as Trump’s handlers realized he had caved-in to superior intellect, they sent Sarah Upchuckabee Sanders to exercise her PhD in Bullshitology. El Fuhrer no tiene cojones!! RESIST!!

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6 Media Meltdowns Last Week

 Posted by at 1:03 pm  Politics
Sep 102017
 

Media meltdowns are a common enough occurrence in normal times, but the foreign assault on and subsequent occupation of the White House by Resident Donald Trump [R-RU], aka Putin’s Piddle Puppet, ensure that these are not normal times.  Consider this:

Fox_News_Nazi2. Fox News eggs on white vigilantes threatening to ‘shoot looters’ in Houston.

Fox News’ business model is predicated on driving to the one-yard line of white supremacy, then acting shocked when it’s accused of trying to score a touchdown. Fox’s institutional flirtation with white nationalist tropes has gotten more overt with the rise of Trump, a fact that was on full display in one particularly gross segment in which a Fox News anchor laughed at the thought of a few vigilante rednecks going around shooting “looters.” 

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Who are these looters? Presumably the two gun-wielding white guys will drive around making this determination and blowing people away based on their own ad hoc judgments of guilt. All just another good laugh on the set of Fox News.

From <Alternet>

If Republicans follow their GOP SOP, they will make the determination of whether or not to shoot based on skin color.

Thus is just the second of six media meltdowns from last week alone.  Click through for the other five.  Then…

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Sep 042017
 

It’s a pretty miserable day here on the way to 102° and 65% humidity.  Last night was so muggy that I hardly slept.  ARGH!  The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Air Quality Warning for and is considering evacuating Washington, DC in advance of tomorrow’s methane storm

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:09 (average 4:54).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From weather.com: Hurricane Irma now poses potential threat to parts of the US as islands located along the east of the Caribbean Sea prepare for its arrival.

Irma strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on Sunday and additional strengthening is expected as Irma heads west in the days ahead, where it could become a Category 4 hurricane.

Only less than a week after Hurricane Harvey devastated large parts of the US Gulf coast, residents and meteorologists in the East Coast are continuing to monitor its progress very closely.

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If it has to hit the US, may it park over Trump! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos (Classic 8/2013): If you know anyone who still believes in a “liberal media,” here’s 15 things everyone would know if there really were a “liberal media” (inspired by Jeff Bezos’ purchase of The Washington Post):

1. Where the jobs went.

Outsourcing (or offshoring) is a bigger contributor to unemployment in the U.S. than laziness.

Since 2000, U.S. multinationals have cut 2.9 million jobs here while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg as multinational corporations account for only about 20% of the labor force.

When was the last time you saw a front-page headline about outsourcing?

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Too True! All, except the 9th, are still true. I shared the first thing. Click through for the other fourteen. RESIST!!

From Raw Story: Former President Barack Obama is expected to come out swinging against President Donald Trump’s decision to end protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents as children.

According to Politico, Obama plans to post a message opposing Trump’s decision on Facebook, and then promote it on Twitter to his 94 million followers.

The publication notes that, shortly before leaving office, Obama said he would not remain silent if Trump engaged in “efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids, and send them someplace else, when they love this country.”

Kudos to Obama. Trump now says his plan has a six month delay to give Congress time to agree on a solution. That’s just an excuse to deport the DACA kids and blame it on Democrats, after Republicans refuse to negotiate in good faith, as always. 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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RESIST!!

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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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.

RESIST!!

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Jul 212017
 

I’m feeling pretty tired because the humidity here is si high, I feel sticky, even when I’m cool.  I have a very hot weekend coming up.  For those of you, who worked all week, TGIF!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:12 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Media Must Fight Back | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Keith could not be more correct. When the conspirators lie, their lies should not be covered, unless they are covered as lies. There can be no balanced position between truth and lies. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: This overt hostility and flagrant assault on transparency has had an impact on a certain sector of the electorate. Trump voters have evolved into a breed of ill-informed, willfully ignorant yokels whose devotion to their Orange Julius Caesar borders on cult worship. This alarming descent into madness is frightfully illustrated in the results of a new survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP). The depth of the delirium of these lost souls is unimaginable. And yet, the data from the PPP pollsters is clear. Here are some examples from the study:

  • Only 45% of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton…even though Trump Jr. admitted it. 32% say the meeting didn’t happen and 24% say they’re not sure.
  • 72% of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be ‘fake news,’ only 14% disagree.
  • Only 24% of Trump voters even want an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, 64% are opposed to an investigation.
  • Only 26% of Trump voters admit that Russia wanted Trump to win the election, 44% claim Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win, and 31% say they’re not sure one way or the other.
  • Even if there was an investigation, and it found that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia to aid his campaign, 77% of his supporters think he should still stay in office to just 16% who believe he should resign.

What manner of sickness is this? Less than half of the Trump disciples believe that Don, Jr. met with Russians despite his having confirmed it. Do they think he’s lying? More troubling though, is that more than three quarters of the StormTrumpers are comfortable with him serving as president even if he conspired with a foreign hostile enemy to steal the election.

The sad thing is that these morons vote. Sadder still, they reproduce. ARGH!! RESIST!!

From Exposed by CMD: Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures (both chambers), thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to gerrymander the U.S. Senate.

This week in Denver, July 19-21, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will welcome Republican state legislators and its corporate funders, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, K12 Inc., Peabody Energy, and PhRMA, to vote on corporate legislative priorities and create cookie cutter “model” bills in task force meetings that are still closed to the press.

ALEC will welcome U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke [ALEC Koch Suckers delinked], Newt Gingrich and other Trump loyalists to the meeting.

On the agenda for debate and discussion? A model bill to repeal the 17th Amendment, which established the popular election of United States Senators in 1913.

Previously, U.S. Senators were selected by state legislatures and political party bosses beholden to powerful industries. The corruption scandals erupting from the wheeling and dealing fueled some of the great muckraking investigative journalism of the early 20th Century. In 1912, progressive Republican U.S. Senator Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette campaigned for the popular election of U.S. Senators as a means of cracking down on political corruption and corporate control of the democracy. Reformers introduced direct primary elections, ballot initiatives, and recall votes, in the same time period.

Now right-wing extremists want to roll back the clock to enable Republican state houses and Republican governors to hijack at least 10 U.S. Senate Seats held by Democrats in Republican trifecta states, and force an ever more extreme agenda through Congress.

We must protect the 17th Amendment from Republican Koch suckers at all costs! RESIST!!

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