Dec 072016
 

After doing my research this morning, I rested and had a later than normal lunch, because when Wendy comes on Wednesdays to give the stinky TomCat a flea bath, we have supper later than usual.  After I finish my work, I’ll lay down for a couple hours.  It’s a good day to support veterans.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:44 (average 5:07).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump May Have Just Flushed US Economy Down the Toilet

 

I agree with Keith across the board with one exception. Calling the Fuhrer a shitty businessman is an insult to the millions of shitty businesspeople who are far more qualified than it is.

From National Popular Vote: Take Action Now – Tell Your Legislators to Pass National Popular Vote

If you ate a US citizen, please click through to email your own state legislators. I did.

From Think Progress: Why is the Trump team requesting security clearances for conspiracy theorists? Pence won’t answer.

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Although General Flynn was not personally involved in the Pizzagate scam, he, the Fuhrer’s national Security Director, was the conspiracy theorist who originated the fake news that Bill and Hillary Clinton run a sex slavery ring.

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In 2016, the attack came on November 8 and was far more devastating.

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Dec 062016
 

It’s 36° in chilly Portland with a low of 25° forecast tonight.  Fortunately the heat is working properly.  I hope you survived Monday with a minimum of suffering.  Today is grocery order day, but because of a Fred Meyer event, Store to Door can’t shop and deliver until Friday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:31 (average 4:48).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here’s the latest from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

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Once again, there must be a tear in the space-time continuum, because I actually won!

Standings:

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Congrats to Rob for leading the league.  I’m still in the cellar.  This coming week is the last of our regular season.  After that, the top eight teams enter three weeks of playoffs.  I actually have a long-shot chance of sliding into eighth place.

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: In his first public statement since Donald Trump chose him to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson said on Monday that the Bible “makes absolutely no mention of housing or urban development.”

Carson said that, when Trump initially asked him to accept the post, “the first thing I did was check the Bible to see if there was anything about housing or urban development in there, and much to my dismay there was not.”

“As you can well imagine, I did not want to be in charge of something that the Bible does not condone,” he said. “But then I realized that perhaps the Lord wants me to take this job so that I can banish housing and urban development from the earth.”

Andy, that’s not too far from the truth. He has said that forbidding racial discrimination in housing is "Communist" and must be stopped.

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump is Steering Us Toward International Disaster | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Amen Keith! God help us!

From NY Times:

Edgar M. Welch, a 28-year-old father of two from Salisbury, N.C., recently read online that Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant in northwest Washington, was harboring young children as sex slaves as part of a child-abuse ring led by Hillary Clinton.

The articles making those allegations were widespread across the web, appearing on sites including Facebook and Twitter. Apparently concerned, Mr. Welch drove about six hours on Sunday from his home to Comet Ping Pong to see the situation for himself, according to court documents. Not long after arriving at the pizzeria, the police said, he fired from an assault-like AR-15 rifle. The police arrested him. They found a rifle and a handgun in the restaurant. No one was hurt.

In an arraignment on Monday, a heavily tattooed Mr. Welch, wearing a white jumpsuit and shackles, was ordered held. According to the criminal complaint, he told the authorities that he was armed to help rescue children but that he surrendered peacefully after finding no evidence that “children were being harbored in the restaurant.” He was charged with four counts, including felony assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a gun without a license outside a home or business.

Unbeknown to Mr. Welch, what he had been reading online were fake news articles about Comet Ping Pong, which have swollen in number over time. The false articles against the pizzeria began appearing on social networks and websites in late October, not long before the presidential election, with the restaurant identified as being the headquarters for a child-trafficking ring.

The articles were soon exposed as false by publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the fact-checking website Snopes. But the debunking did not squash the conspiracy theories about Comet Ping Pong — instead, it led to the opposite.

For the record, Comet Ping Pong is owned by a gay man and has been used as a venue for Democratic functions. That’s why Trump’s deplorables and Alt-Right Nazis at 4chan targeted it for violence.

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Republicans are working hard for de facto repeal.

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Dec 012016
 

The beginning of the last full month of even partial sanity in the US has been an incredibly busy day.  In addition to my normal first of month record keeping tasks, I have changed the poll and collected all the data for and made all the graphics for tomorrow’s Monthly Report, so I’m getting a late start here.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:58 (average 5:31).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Government-Backed Attackers” May Have Hacked My Account | The Closer with Keith Olbermann

 

Shit!!  What else is there to say?

From Daily Kos: Trying hard not to roll my eyes too much.

People in poverty-stricken Clay County [Kentucky] worry about what will happen to their health care if Gov. Matt Bevin’s and President-elect Trump’s ambitions to overhaul Medicaid proceed.

In Clay County, 60 percent of residents are covered by Medicaid. They voted for Republican Matt Bevin 71-27, and for Donald Trump 86-11. Neither Bevin, nor Trump, made their opposition to Obamacare secret.

As much as I hate to say it, I’m not sympathetic to the plight of people who did not oppose Trump and will suffer because of his evil Republican policies. At least they will be suffering the consequences of their own idiocy, unlike the plurality of Americans, who knew better, voted responsibly, and will still share equally in those sufferings. Responsible deserve relief first.

From The New Yorker: President-elect Donald J. Trump will no longer have day-to-day responsibility for driving his businesses into bankruptcy and will instead focus on bankrupting the country, one of his leading surrogates said on Wednesday.

Appearing on Fox News, Kellyanne Conway said that while Trump no doubt could “plunge both his businesses and the country into bankruptcy at the same time,” he feels that he “owes it to the American people to put them first.”

Acknowledging that Trump has no government experience, Conway said that his years of bankrupting a variety of companies would prove “invaluable” as he does the same to the United States.

Dang Andy! You’ve hit on a skill at which Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten will surely excel.

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Nov 302016
 

I’m waiting for my grocery delivery from Store to Door to arrive.  My shoulder, which is still quite painful, will make putting them away more difficult and unpleasant.  Later Wendy is coming to sanitize the stinky TomCat.  I think I’ll feed her cheese dawgs.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:40 (average 5:13).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From KP Daily Funnies: Donald Trump sings "White Christmas"

 

That has long been the favorite song of the racist Republican Reich.

From Daily Kos: The AP’s standards blog just posted a piece about how to use the term ‘alt-right’ when writing articles. Considering the Associated Press provides the style guidelines for newspapers and magazines nationwide, this clarification is a big deal. Here’s the sweet and succinct “usage” section.

“Alt-right” (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the “self-described” or “so-called alt-right” in stories discussing what the movement says about itself.

Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.

I would edit Nazi or white supremacist to read, Nazi, white supremacist or Republican.

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Can Donald Trump Possibly Believe What He’s Saying? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Everything Keith said was true. I wish I were wrong about that.

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It failed that time, but it can be done.

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Nov 292016
 

Due to taking it as easy as possible, ice packs, Icy Hot, and pain killers (non-narcotic), my shoulder is starting to improve.  However, I want to keep resting as much as possible to avoid exacerbating the problem.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:32 (average 4:26).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy football Report:

Here’s the latest from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

Scores:

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The tear in the space-time continuum must have been repaired, because I lost.  Had I won two in a row, it would have destroyed the universe.

Standings:

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Congrats to Rob for leading the league.  I’m so deep in the cellar, I can’t even see the bottoms of Squatch’s  feet from here.

Short Tales:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Call to Action

 

Spines would be a fantastic addition to the Democrats’ playbook. I hope they grow a few.

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Why Donald Trump is Not Fit to Be President | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

While I see a Pence Reich as little improvement, if any, over Fuhrer Drumphenfarten, Keith does have a point about the Fuhrer’s mental instability. No sane person proclaims Republican positions and policies openly.

From The New Yorker: Just days after picking Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education, President-elect Donald Trump has tapped another wealthy outsider by naming Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán to head the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In an official statement, Trump said that El Chapo’s “tremendous success in the private sector” showed that he has what it takes to “shake things up” at the D.E.A.

Dang Andy!! Do you think the Fuehrer is making a deal for a piece of the action from the Mexican drug cartel?

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Nov 232016
 

I’m hurrying this morning, because I’m hoping for time for a nap, before Wendy and her niece arrive for early Thanksgiving dinner.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 5:01).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Tales:

From Daily Kos: Oh, national "news" media. What the hell are you even for?

On November 19, The New York Times reported that Trump “still maintains the routine that sustained him during the campaign,” which includes “often seek[ing] out” advice from [MSNBC host Joe Scarborough]. CNN media reporter Brian Stelter referenced the Times report on the November 20 edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources, stating that Scarborough has been giving Trump advice.” Scarborough failed to address the allegations during the November 21 edition of Morning Joe.

Scarborough has repeatedly attacked those who claimed he was supporting Trump on-air. In November, Scarborough lashed out at the “really disgusting” people who suggested he favored Trump, adding that he doesn’t want viewers to believe “that anybody [on Morning Joe] is rooting for Donald Trump because we’re not.”

Outstanding. Just outstanding. So Joe Scarborough has been giving Trump regular advice, and the MSNBC appendage has nothing to say about this beyond his past attacks on people who would suggest such things.

As I have said, while MSNBC is the most balanced cable news network, it is anything but liberal. The Fuhrer’s goose-stepping shill, Joe Scarborough and Joe’s ersatz liberal punching bag, Mika Brzezinski, control the three hour breakfast time slot on the network, and get as much air time as Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell combined.

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Surprisingly Easy Way to Get Rid of Donald Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

As much as I love Keith, I disagree. The only difference between Trump and Pence is that Pence dog-whistles what Trump says.. Furthermore, Republicans are too foul for enough of them to take those actions.

From San Francisco Chronicle (Hat Tip JL A): Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch’s company fought for years to hold on to millions of dollars in profit from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. That battle just paid off.

Koch Industries and dozens of other former Madoff customers are expected to keep as much as $2 billion they made from the con man’s bogus securities transactions after U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Stuart Bernstein in Manhattan ruled the cash is out of reach of a trustee recovering money for victims.

The ruling on Monday underscores that even eight years after the collapse of the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, the litigation stemming from the scam is still being defined by which Madoff customers profited at the expense of others. Many are still waiting for their principal.

Koch Industries and defendants in about 100 other suits argued the profit was beyond U.S. jurisdiction because it had been transferred — usually from offshore feeder funds to foreign banks — in the years before Madoff’s December 2008 arrest.

In short, thousands lost their homes, their pensions and their life savings, and they will recover nothing, because the Koch Brothers and other Vulture Capitalists hid their ill-gotten in secret offshore accounts, co the courts cant make them return it, the judge says.

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TC will chow down tonight!!

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