Aug 152014

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 116.  It’ s humid sticky day, but one on which I can catch up on a little rest.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:16 (average 5:27).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: According to these two singers, Maddie and Tae, they were sitting around in their studio one day, listening to country by their favorite male artists, and they realized a few issues with how women were being treated in them. So they wrote a song about it. Take a look at the great video below.


OMG!! Bubba in a Bagger Butt Bikini!! Disappointed smile

From Daily Kos: It is open season on President Obama. He is a weak president. He is too cautious, they say. Even Hillary Clinton has jumped on the bandwagon.


As always, the Republican Reich is trying to blame Obama for what they did.

From BBC: The US says it is unlikely to launch a mission to save Iraqis fleeing Islamist fighters on Mt Sinjar as there are fewer people there than expected.

On Wednesday, the UN said tens of thousands from the Yazidi religious minority were on the run from fighters from the militant group, Islamic State, who have threatened to exterminate them.

But US Special Forces who carried out a reconnaissance mission to the mountain say the number is not as high as previously thought.

It’s nice to learn good news from the region for a change.



Aug 102014

I was expecting some rather strange behavior from Republicans, as they look for ways to undermine Obama’s foreign policy in Iraq.  After all, they do sedition so well.  However, it came as a complete shock to me that a prominent Republican evangelist would so so far as to agree with ISIS that people Obama is trying to protect are worthy of extermination!


I’m not sure if there are enough ways to call Bryan Fischer insane, but his own words might suffice.

My thesaurus is wearing thin on adjectives to describe hate-filled pseudo-Christians like Bryan Fischer, but my aggravation is going full-tilt over the fact that he makes these statements on the taxpayers’ dime.

Isn’t there a time where we start to say that free speech is fine, but taxpayers are under no obligation to forego American Family Association’s tax payments in the name of Jesus? [not the real Jesus]… [emphasis original]

Inserted from <Crooks and Liars>

Major Barf Bag Alert!!


When you come down to it, the only difference between Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians like Fischer and Republican Supply-side pseudo-Muslims like ISIS is the religion they are abusing.

Furthermore, Fischer is flat-out lying.  Just like ISIS is persecuting Yazidis, they are also persecuting Chaldean Christians.  The Yazidi refugees fled to Mount Sinjar.  Thousands of Christian refugees fled to Erbil, where Kurdish Muslims are harboring and protecting them.  They are one of the refugee groups in that city that Obama is protecting with airstrikes.  Despite Fischer’s fraudulent claim, Obama is lifting far more than just a finger to protect Christians.

In case your wondering why this lying Republican didn’t get a Parade for this, it’s because he has already had one.

Aug 092014

Would one of you lovely ladies please come sit in my lap?  No, sadly, the old TomCat has not remembered how to prowl.  I just need help holding my leg steady.  I have a strong urge to jerk the knee, because the US is conducting airstrikes in Iraq.  The target is ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), although Obama and others call it ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).  This group would not exist were it not for GW Bush and the Republican Party.  Prior to the Republican War for Oil in Iraq, there were no Sunni extremists.  They came to fight in Iraq because Bush was supporting the Shia there.  During the surge, Bush and the Republican party armed, financed and trained Sunni extremists to bribe them into not attacking us.  The took the money, learned, grew stringer and waited.  We bare some responsibility for this mess, because it’s a Republican mess.  Now it has become a murderous crisis.


The catastrophe of Iraq has been growing steadily worse for weeks, but by Thursday, it became impossible for the United States and other civilized nations to ignore it. Iraq’s bloodthirsty Sunni extremists were threatening the extermination of tens of thousands of members of religious minorities who have refused to join the fundamentalist Islamic state the terrorist forces want to create.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, drove Christians, Yazidis and other minorities from their homes by giving them a choice between religious conversion or slaughter. There have been reports of scores of civilians being killed. Many of these frightened and desperate people have surged toward the Turkish border and some 40,000 are estimated to be suffering from heat and thirst on Mount Sinjar in northeast Iraq.

So it was not surprising to hear President Obama announce Thursday night that the United States was dropping food and water supplies in northeast Iraq and that he had authorized targeted airstrikes against ISIS, if needed. Mr. Obama made a wise policy call, and showed proper caution, by keeping his commitment not to reintroduce American ground troops in Iraq, but humanitarian assistance for the imperiled civilians was necessary…

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Here is Obama’s complete statement:

For a complete transcript, click here:

I can’t really fault him, as much as I cringe at any involvement in Iraq.  ISIS is one scary group of pseudo-Muslims, and I can’t see standing by and letting them slaughter people they oppose, like US Republican pseudo-Christian Senators and Representatives tried to slaughter gays in Uganda and want to return latino Children for slaughter in Central America.  I think what Obama has done of far to help refugees and protect US citizens in Erbil is a legitimate use of military force, but the way forward worries me to the max.

As for the Republicans, there are three groups.  Some threaten impeaching Obama for not doing enough in Iraq.  Some threaten impeaching Obama for doing too much in Iraq.  And some threaten impeaching Obama for both.

Jul 142014

Given the bogus media environment, in which we normally see so-called professionals allowing observable Republican lies to pass without challenge, or worse, it is indeed refreshing to see one of the networks inviting a guest to debunk those lies with factual data.  Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) did just that.

0714BorderHateRep. Luis Gutierrez patiently explained to Bob Schieffer how Rick Perry and the GOP are lying about the issues at the border.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez has been a consistent champion for immigration reform. He’s passionate and he’s great at cutting through all the nonsensical talking points Republicans have crafted about this crisis.

He appeared on Face the Nation right after Governor Rick Perry this morning to counter the ridiculous claims Republicans are making. By now, you know the talking points, but just for clarity, here they are along with Gutierrez’ response [click through]…

Inserted from <Crooks and Liars>

Gutierrez did an excellent job, but along with this article’s author, I disagree that Obama should have visited the border. His appearance there helping children would be used by coyotes to convince even more families to turn over their children for the perilous trek north.

Also note that when GW Bush, aka Neocon Nero, finally did visit New Orleans, he was not helping, as Obama is now.  He actually made the Army Corps of Engineers stop shoring up the levees and lose most of a day’s work, because they were in the way of GW’s photo-op.

Jun 292014

Speaking in Minneapolis Friday, Barack Obama answered Congressional Republicans’ threats of a lawsuit by telling the truth,  He did so calmly, humorously and without rancor.  In the process he demonstrated just how foolishly Republicans are behaving with crystal clarity.  Watch the video, and judge for yourselves.

0629ObamaSpeechPresident Barack Obama used a campaign-style speech in the American heartland Friday to blast his Republican opponents as feckless obstructionists in Congress, saying Washington’s current gridlock “drives me nuts.”

Republicans have become so obsessed with blocking the Democratic president’s every move that he has been forced to use his executive authority to advance priorities like pay fairness, Obama said, dismissing as a stunt a threatened Republican lawsuit against him.

The White House and Republican congressional leaders, notably House Speaker John Boehner, have sparred repeatedly over Obama’s use of executive orders, with Boehner warning this week that Americans “didn’t elect a monarch or king.

The top Republican in Congress announced Wednesday he would file a lawsuit against Obama because “the president has not faithfully executed the laws” of the nation.

An unapologetic Obama ridiculed the approach, calling it a “stunt” in an interview with ABC News…

Inserted from <NY Times>

Here’s that complete video.

And here’s a link to the transcript.

It’s too bad that it took Obama several years to adapt to Republicans’ unprecedented criminal sedition, through obstruction.  We would be better off had he learned earlier, but I think he is improving, at long last.

Jun 192014

Ever since it became crystal clear that ObamaCare is working so well that Republicans can no longer use it is their scandal du jour, Benghazi has been the be all and end all of Republican attempts to manufacture a scandal to keep Americans from focusing on how Republicans in government are behaving.  Why is the terrorist responsible still at large?  Why did you decrease embassy security?  Why didn’t you protect the American Ambassador?  Why did Susan Rice lie to us with that ridiculous tale about a movie setting it off?  On and on they go, whine after whine!  But while Republicans whined, Obama acted.

0619AbuKhatalaAmerican commandos operating under the cover of night seized the man suspected of leading the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, the government announced on Tuesday, ending a manhunt that had dragged on for nearly two years and inflamed domestic and international politics.

With drones hovering overhead, about two dozen Delta Force commandos and two or three F.B.I. agents descended on the outskirts of Benghazi just after midnight local time on Monday; grabbed the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala; stuffed him into a vehicle and raced away, according to officials briefed on the operation. No shots were fired, and the suspect was spirited out of Libya to a United States Navy warship in the Mediterranean.

The capture was a breakthrough in finding the perpetrators of an episode that has been politically divisive from the start. President Obama and the State Department have been buffeted by multiple investigations and charges of misleading the public about the circumstances of the attack, which cost the lives of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012. The president and administration officials have strongly rebutted the allegations and accused Republicans of politicizing a national tragedy… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <NY Times>

So the terrorist responsible is no longer at large.  Neither is Osama.  Obama brought them to justice.  Bush looked for Osama under the furniture.  Embassy security was reduced, because House Republicans cut the funding for it. The Ambassador chose to go beyond the area where he could be protected, and Susan Rice told the truth, as you’re about to see.

Chris Hayes provided excellent coverage of this story, debunking Republican lies along the way.

There’s little I can add to that, except that Joe Wilson had better take care. Republicans might commit sedition by illegally outing his wife, Valerie Plame from, the CIA. OOPS! To late! They already did that.

Jun 092014

I’m writing for tomorrow and resting up for what is sure to be a boring, frustrating day.  Because of being away from home almost the entire day tomorrow getting a useless test, it is probable that I shall have an Open Thread at most to post on Tuesday.  They say that confession is good for the soul, and especially since Lynn is blackmailing me with a pic from the motel’s hidden spy cam (She wants all my catnip for her cats!), I suppose I’d better share that pic of how I got in trouble on my trip.  Day 49.


What can I say?  That was some excellent catnip!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:52 (average 4:39).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: It’s easy to assume that when you’re super successful, it’s because you earned it. There have been many times in my life when I thought that, too. But here’s one successful man who knows otherwise. He wrote a book that got turned into a Brad Pitt movie, guys — he KNOWS about success.


I agree with him, as far as he goes. Fortune does indeed play a role in success, and the fortunate are morally obligated to help those who are not. What he does not cover so well is the degree to which we all contribute to the success of those who are fortunate by providing the environment in which success is possible.

From TPM: President Barack Obama is prepping new executive steps to help Americans struggling to pay off their student debt, and throwing his support behind Senate Democratic legislation with a similar goal but potentially a much more profound impact.

Obama on Monday will announce he’s expanding his "Pay As You Earn" program that lets borrowers pay no more than 10 percent of their monthly income in loan payments, the White House said. Currently, the program is only available to those who started borrowing after October 2007 and kept borrowing after October 2011. Obama plans to start allowing those who borrowed earlier to participate, potentially extending the benefit to millions more borrowers.

This is clearly a good step, but what we really need is education-for-service plans. Graduates spend X years after graduation teaching, nursing, doctoring, etc. in an underserved poor community, and the feds (we all) pay off their student debt.

From Raw Story: Thousands of bicyclists, many of them stark naked, poured into the streets of Portland, Oregon on Saturday night for the 11th annual World Naked Bike Ride, a protest that promotes bike riding as an alternative to driving cars.

Nude cyclists with lights flashing in their tire spokes rang bells as they barreled down avenues lined with cheering spectators, while a naked, apparently pregnant woman rode in a bike trailer.

“This is a party, but it’s also a protest,” said Carl Larson, a ride spokesman. “It is about oil dependence, cycling vulnerability and body” image.

Cyclists showed up in Normandale Park an hour before the ride, shedding garments according to the ride theme “as bare as you dare”.

The rides are held in more than 75 U.S. cities and in more than 20 other countries, but Portland’s is believed to be the largest, with more than 8,000 participants last year.

But unlike events in other cities, the Portland ride works with local police, being considered as a protest. Officers direct traffic during what is generally a trouble-free event.

This is one parade that did not pass under my window.