Jun 112018
 

It’s still pretty chilly at the CatBox and I’m going to work through this morning, breaking for lunch of course, until I finally complete the Monthly Report.  I don’t want to wait on that, as we have a major heat wave coming.  UGH!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:29 (average 4:58).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Politico: First lady Melania Trump attended the Ford’s Theatre annual gala on Sunday evening, paying tribute to President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. It was one of her first public appearances since surgery last month.

"Tonight reminds all of us about the power the arts have in cultivating the American voice," the first lady, who served as the honorary chairman, said in a statement. "Thank you to Ford’s Theatre Society for tonight, and your continued dedication to education and leadership in the arts — the impact they have on society is invaluable and something we will continue to cherish throughout time.”

I can’t help but wonder, if the significance of Ford’s Theatre is wishful thinking on her part. If so, who could blame her. RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From Huffington Post: A future without net neutrality is here. Well, almost.

The Federal Communications Commission will take away the rights of internet users on Monday. Officially, the repeal of the 2015 net neutrality protections ― a repeal that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump pick, had pushed for ― will take effect.

That means that internet providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will be able to block, throttle and otherwise interfere with online content without any real legal consequences.

Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, bucked the law, ignored public opinion and twisted the facts to make his ill-advised case for handing control of the internet to the anti-competitive cabal of giant phone and cable companies that control broadband access in the United States. In a moment of Orwellian arrogance, Pai said he did it to “restore internet freedom.”

The reality is quite the opposite: Pai is attempting to usher in an online regime that would resemble the internet in China. In that country, a powerful alliance between the central government and national telecom companies has created a digital dystopia, where websites and online services that fall out of favor load so slowly as to render them unusable. Others appear in a flash, thanks to cozy ties to the powers that be….

…You can be sure that Pai and his cronies in the phone and cable lobby will declare victory on Monday, but the expiration of the 2015 rules will be only a temporary hiccup. The fight is far from over in Congress, in the courts and across the country.

We must all refuse to give up the fight for Net Neutrality and inform others to do the same. RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From Daily Kos: …we can be extraordinarily confident that no substantive progress will be made towards the theoretical Actual Damn Point of the Trump-Kim summit, the suspension of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for, presumably, an easing of the international sanctions against them. This is because nobody on Trump’s staff has any concept of how to draft such a deal, what the specifics ought to be, and most importantly what measures are sufficient or insufficient for ensuring long-term verification of that deal. Trump nixed the disarmament treaty with Iran because he listened to longtime conservative hawks who simply wanted it gone, regardless of expert conclusions that the deal was working; he cannot hope to draft one on his own, at least one not written in the diplomatic equivalent of crayon, for the same reasons. And this, even without hardline neanderthals like John Bolton looking to sabotage the talks at every opportunity.

This is not to say the Donald Trump team will not be eager to broadcast some supposed “deal” in order to make our nation’s most successful traitor momentarily look good. Trump is under enormous pressure, at the moment, to accomplish even the most minor of diplomatic tasks without falling over his own feet. But don’t be surprised if didn’t fall over his own feet is treated, by his team, as a herculean accomplishment unmatched by any modern president, real or fictional, since Bill Pullman fended off interstellar invasion in his fighty-shooty jet.

The actual disarmament part? That would require an expertise nobody in this White House has—or can even put up with.

You can also be sure that Trump will demand a Nobel Peace prize, if he and Kim just share the golden glow of the same Russian hooker.  RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

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Jun 102018
 

I’m still feeling tired and pretty queasy.  WWWendy is due ten minutes from now to de-stink me, and I’m a VERY stinky TomCat!  I’ll finish this afternoon.  All work done.  WWWendy said Hi.  I’m pooped.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:09 (average 5:26).  To do it click here.  How did you do?  Humming Burp!

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): The Power of Black Women

 

JD has been telling us that for ages! RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

From Politico: Days before President Donald Trump embarked on a North Korea summit meant to solve one nuclear crisis, Iran hinted at another.

The Islamic Republic announced last week that it has expanded its ability to enrich uranium, a key ingredient for nuclear weapons. The move came just weeks after Trump abruptly quit the Barack Obama-era deal that largely dismantled Iran’s nuclear program, and it could be a first step toward an eventual Iranian dash to a nuclear bomb.

Iran probably didn’t time its move to throw a stink bomb into Tuesday’s summit in Singapore between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, experts say. But the news served as a vivid reminder of how the troubled Iran nuclear deal will haunt Trump’s talks with Kim.

The North Koreans are certainly watching.

“In my informal conversations with North Korean officials they have consistently brought up the Iran deal,” said Suzanne DiMaggio of New America, who, like many North Korea analysts, occasionally engages in unofficial discussions with the country’s representatives.

I said it at the time. When Trump violated the Iran deal, he showed Kim he won’t keep a deal with North Korea either.  RESIST!!  VOTE BLUE!!

From Think Progress: \Kris Kobach’s effort to upend the way Americans vote has suffered another setback.

The Kansas Secretary of State has been hard at work trying to expand upon his fatally flawed Crosscheck program, which he cooked up following the 2016 election, after President Trump made totally baseless claims of voter fraud as the reason he lost the popular vote.

Kobach has used Trump’s bogus claim as a rationale to bring voter suppression to the whole country, has been marred with security breaches, risky data management, and embarrassment. But Indiana isn’t joining in — at least, not for now.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt blocked Indiana from trying to enforce a law passed in 2017 that would have allowed state election officials to kick people off the voter rolls if they were flagged by the Interstate Crosscheck Program.

A small win for the good guys and gals! RESIST!! VOTE BLUE!!

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May 162018
 

Finally!  A comfortable day!  I’m waiting for Store to Door to arrive with my grocery order.  They are running late.  When they arrive, I’ll break to unpack and stow.  (Done!)  This evening WWWendy comes to destink the TomCat, who id sufficiently rancid to make well needed.  I also have a couple hours of banking paperwork to complete.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:47 (average 6:32).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Disgraced Former Representative Blake Farenthold Gets Hired As A Lobbyist

 

Where have all the perverts gone? Long time passing. Where have all the perverts gone? Long time ago. Where have all the perverts gone? To the lobbies everyone! When will we ever learn? When will WE ever learn? RESIST!!

From USA Today: A senior North Korean official warned Wednesday that Pyongyang may cancel its summit meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, if it is going to be pushed into giving up its nuclear arsenal.

If the Trump administration pressures Pyongyang to unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons, North Korea would have to reconsider the summit, Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

I deal in that left North Korea with nuclear arms would reflect the standard Republican incompetence level, and leave Trump demanding the Nobel Peace Prize for moving the doomsday clock closer to midnight. RESIST!!

From The Oregonian: Oregon’s liberal Democrats notched key wins Tuesday in [State] legislative primaries that focused on such hot-button issues as housing affordability and the state’s public pension crisis.

With the Legislature likely to consider proposals on tax increases, public pension reform and greenhouse gas emissions next year, the constituencies that support and oppose those plans – businesses, public employee unions and environmentalists – poured money into certain primary contests.

The vote also set the stage in a couple of swing districts that are likely to be intensely contested in November’s general election, as Democrats attempt to win a supermajority and Republicans do their best to block them. Democrats need to pick up just one seat in the House and Senate to achieve the three-fifths supermajority necessary to pass bills raising revenue without Republican support.

Tuesday’s primaries included 16 seats up for grabs in the Senate, with five Democrats running unopposed. All 60 seats were up in the House, with seven Republicans and 24 Democrats running unopposed.

Oregon leads the way! We’re doing our job. How about your state? RESIST!!

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The Doomsday Appointment

 Posted by at 1:59 pm  Politics
Mar 232018
 

When Resident Donald Trump, Fuhrer of the Republican Reich, appointed Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, I called him a warmonger.  Now, the Fuhrer is appointing a Republican to the post of National Security Advisor, John Bolton, that makes Pompeo seem like a flower child in comparison.  Combined, the two of them could give Trump the foreign policy he craves.  That makes Bolton the doomsday appointment.

The good thing about John Bolton, President Trump’s new national security adviser, is that he says what he thinks.

The bad thing is what he thinks.

There are few people more likely than Mr. Bolton is to lead the country into war. His selection is a decision that is as alarming as any Mr. Trump has made so far.

Coupled with his nomination of the hard-line C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, as secretary of state, Mr. Trump is indulging his worst nationalistic instincts. Mr. Bolton, in particular, believes the United States can do what it wants without regard to international law, treaties or the political commitments of previous administrations.

He has argued for attacking North Korea to neutralize the threat of its nuclear weapons, which could set off a horrific war costing thousands of lives. At the same time, he has disparaged diplomatic efforts, including the talks planned in late May between Mr. Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. He not only wants to abrogate the six-party deal that, since 2015, has significantly limited Iran’s nuclear program, he called for bombing Iran instead. He has also maligned the United Nations and other multilateral conventions, as Mr. Trump has done, favoring unilateral solutions… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <NY Times>

In 2010, I covered Bolton’s call for Israel to attack Iran.  In 2011, I covered Bolton’s call for the Us to bomb Libya and Iran simultaneously.  In 2013, I covered Bolton’s call for the US to strike Iran. In 2016, I covered Bolton’s call for the Trump Residency to scrap the Iran Nuclear Treaty.  Bolton is a monster, but the post of National Security Advisor does not require confirmation of any kind.  Not even Republicans can stop him.

Senator Chris Murphy said he could not imagine a more dangerous pick.

And Jonathan Swan said Bolton will give Trump the foreign policy that he wants.

Pray for the world, and…

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Just Who Is Rocket Man?

 Posted by at 11:26 am  Politics
Mar 142018
 

I have no doubt that you all remember how the world’s most bellicose and least competent world leader insulted fellow megalomaniac, Kim Jong Un by calling him Rocket Man.  Trump did so in retaliation for Kim’s tests of an  ICBM, capable of hitting targets anywhere in the US.  In effect, Trump called Kim a warmonger with nuclear weapons, and dared him to use them.  But just who is Rocket Man?

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President Donald Trump has declared he wants a new “Space Force” alongside his army, navy and air forces as the battle for world dominance moves overhead.

Trump has just told a gathering of military personnel at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, California, that he wants one.

Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea,” he said. “We may even have a Space Force, develop another one, Space Force. We have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force.”

He’s proud of the term.

“I said, ‘maybe we need a new force, we’ll call it the Space Force,’ and I was not really serious. Then I said, ‘what a great idea,’ maybe we’ll have to do that,” he told the Marines…

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Subsequently, members of his Reich suggested that he might have been kidding.  Here’s the video (<1 min.):

BARF BAG ALERT!!

That’s NOT kidding!

Trump is also proposing a violation of International law.  The Outer Space Treaty forbids it.

So it’s time for you to put on your lead underwear.  Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten wants to point a nuke right at Uranus!

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Mar 092018
 

I’m off for my fasting labs soon and am rushing to write as much as I can get done before I leave.

Back and pooped.  I was in the Lift Bus for 2 hours.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:06 (average 7:10).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Late Show Channel): Chris Hayes On Trump-Russia Allegations: Why Is Everyone Acting Guilty?

 

Seeing Chris in a reversed role is interesting. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): International Women’s Day Observed Around The Globe

 

Kudos to women everywhere! RESIST!!

From NY Times: North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited President Trump to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program, an audacious diplomatic overture that would bring together two strong-willed, idiosyncratic leaders who have traded threats of war.

The White House said that Mr. Trump had accepted the invitation, and Chung Eui-yong, a South Korean official who conveyed it, told reporters that the president would meet with Mr. Kim within two months.

“He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” Mr. Chung said at the White House on Thursday evening after meeting the president. Mr. Trump, he said, agreed to “meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.”

First, I hope they aren’t left alone together, because Donnie Tiny Hands, etc. would be intellectually outclassed. Also, I think the only reason Trump accepted the meeting is that Kim must have given him grabbing privileges on Kim’s Army of Beauties. RESIST!!

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The Republican Reich would love to include blacks, Latinos, Muslims, LGBT, and Democrats.

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