Mar 272017
 

I’m still way south of healthy, but I want to try to post normally for a day.  I know I won’t be able to do so tomorrow, because Wendy is coming a day and a half early to de-stink the TomCat, before she goes to Colorado.  Wednesday is up in the air, as it’s a grocery delivery day.  The pain is still quite severe, but it hurts as much or more in bed, as it does here.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:35 (average 6:15).  To do it, click here.  How did they do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Full Frontal Channel): Trump’s Hard Power Budget | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

 

I’m four days late with this one, but late Sam is better than no Sam. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Donald Trump’s Great Health Care Negotiating

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

The art of the deal? I think he’s about the art of the steal!! RESIST!!

From Washington Post: REP. PETER DEFAZIO (D-Ore.) has a long record of clever legislative proposals for financing infrastructure. His latest, announced Wednesday, is to increase the federal gas tax by up to 1.5 cents per year, with proceeds going to pay interest on an annual surface transportation bond issue of $17 billion through 2030. It would be the first hike in the gas tax, currently 18.4 cents per gallon, since 1993. The resulting dollars would pay for a 30 percent increase in spending from the Highway Trust Fund, above what’s currently planned.

Oregon leads the way. Of course it’s too rational for Republicans to pass. RESIST!!

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Mar 042017
 

I’m running a bit behind schedule as I had several tasks this morning, and everything takes so long to do.  For example, restocking my pill caddy with all my meds for one week, except Advair, just took me 45 minutes.  But now I can orient myself to desphincterizing the White House and unreichifying everywhere else.

Please remember Lynn Squance in prayer or however you connect to the infinite.  Today is her mother’s memorial service.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:08 (average 5:10). To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Why Trump is Refusing to Confront Reality | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Our voices must continue to dissent as long as we have breath. RESIST!!

From Sen. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]: Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement regarding U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ failure to disclose his 2016 contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as reported by the Washington Post last night:

“The Attorney General concealed from Congress during his testimony under oath the contacts he had with the Russian government during the campaign. An ‘I don’t recall’ defense is wholly inadequate, especially for the nation’s top law enforcement officer. The only way for him to restore the American people’s faith in our Justice Department is to resign.

“This latest unraveling of the cover-up only reinforces the fact that there are many more questions than answers about the Trump campaign’s knowledge of and possible coordination with Russian activities during the 2016 campaign. To get to the truth, we need a fully empowered, totally independent special prosecutor to thoroughly investigate this matter — as soon as possible.”

Amen Jeff! I worked to help him get that seat and have been proud of him ever since. Oregon Leads the way. RESIST!!

From Reuters: A photo of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton glancing at a newspaper headline about U.S. Vice President Mike Pence using private email has gone viral on social media, with thousands of people commenting on it.

Pence and others involved in the Republican presidential campaign last year criticized Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as U.S. Secretary of State.

Clinton was on an airplane traveling from Boston to New York on Friday when a fellow passenger snapped a photo of her glancing down at Friday’s USA Today newspaper front page headline "Pence used personal email in office".

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On a hypocrisy scale of 1 – 10, Pence gets a 537. RESIST!!

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Feb 012017
 

I’m waiting for Store to Door to deliver my groceries.  Wendy is coming this evening.  I’m swamped with tasks, so please pardon my brevity.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:26 (average 5:50).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Alex Jones Thinks Quebec City Attack Was A False Flag

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

This is how Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians try to project their own terrorism onto others. RESIST!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Democrats vow to block Trump SCOTUS pick Gorsuch

Senator Jeff Merkley talks with Rachel Maddow about his intention to filibuster Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, after Republicans refused to give former President Obama’s nominee a hearing.

 

Kudos to Jeff! Oregon leads the way! Just say NO to Neil Whoresuch! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Donald Trump fired the acting Attorney General, Sally Q. Yates, after learning that she had downloaded a copy of the United States Constitution to her computer, Trump told reporters on Monday night.

According to the Trump Administration’s code of ethics, established by Steve Bannon, a counsellor to the President, “possessing, reading, or referring to the United States Constitution” is a violation that is punishable by termination.

Suspecting that Yates was in breach of that rule, Bannon seized Yates’s computer at the Justice Department and discovered that she had secretly downloaded a complete copy of the 1789 document.

OK, Andy! It’s time to get back to satire. RESIST!!

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The Women Rocked!

 Posted by at 12:32 pm  Politics
Jan 222017
 

Forty four years ago we had a Supreme Court that actually paid attention to the US Constitution, and they correctly decided that women’s reproductive health care decisions were hers to make and hers alone, and they proclaimed it in Roe v. Wade.  The electoral-college infestation of the Whitehouse by Donald Trump has put this right and all women’s rights in jeopardy like to an unprecedented degree.  So for women to march everywhere was most appropriate.  Washington DC was the highest profile.

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The day after what many had assumed would be the inauguration of the first female president, hundreds of thousands of women flooded the streets of Washington, and many more marched in cities across the country, in defiant, jubilant rallies against the man who defeated her.

Protesters jammed the streets near the Capitol for the main demonstration, packed so tightly at times that they could barely move. In Chicago, the size of a rally so quickly outgrew early estimates that the official march that was scheduled to follow was canceled for safety, though many paraded through downtown, anyway.

In Manhattan, Fifth Avenue became a tide of signs and symbolic pink hats, while in downtown Los Angeles, shouts of “love trumps hate” echoed along a one-mile route leading to City Hall, with many demonstrators spilling over into adjacent streets in a huge, festival-like atmosphere.

The marches were the kickoff for what their leaders hope will be a sustained campaign of protest in a polarized nation, riven by an election that raised unsettling questions about American values, out-of-touch elites and barriers to women’s ambitions… [emphasis added]

From <NY Times>

I was unaware of plans for Portland’s Women’s march, let alone that it would be happening right under my window, keeping me from sleep all day.  I was overjoyed to be kept awake, even though I’m bleary eyed now.  The marchers started going by at around 10:00 AM.  They just kept coming and coming, nonstop until around four PM.

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They came from near and far. They came and they stood and they sang and they strode through the soggy streets of downtown Portland on Saturday.

And they came in unexpected numbers.

The gathering, billed as the Women’s March and attended by crowds estimated as high as 70,000 to 100,000 — well beyond the 30,000 that organizers expected as of Thursday — was not just for women, and it wasn’t just for marching. The massive throng that congregated at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Saturday was no monolith and the causes represented were as diverse as the rally’s participants.

The rally in Portland was just one of the dozens of offshoots of the Women’s March on Washington. Just one day after Donald Trump took the oath of office on the National Mall, that same space was filled with hundreds of thousands of people opposed to his presidency. Similar marches took place across the country and around the globe on Saturday, from Atlanta to Albuquerque to Asia and even Antarctica… [emphasis added]

From <Oregon Live>

Yes, that picture really is Portland, and the beauty of it was that for all those hours, I never heard flash bang grenades, tear gas canisters, sound cannons, police loudspeakers or even a police siren.  The whole thing was entirely nonviolent.  They rocked!

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Jan 212017
 

I successfully avoided all contact with the Russian Infestation yesterday by spending the day resting, listening to Pandora, and watching Netflix.  I heard demonstrations that were close, but not close enough to make out the chants.  At around 9:00 PM there was a flurry of tear gas  canisters popping and flash bangs going off.  However sleep was impossible, because of frequent police sirens until well after midnight.  Then a few deplorable fascists in a Humvee drove up and down the street with his speakers blasting a speech from Putin’s Pervert, turning it off occasionally to scream "Nigger Libs!".  I gave up at 4:00 AM and got up to discover both my cable and Internet were down.  So the first full day of the Republican Reich has not started well, and I’m going to nap before I publish.  Nameless… Sioux City.

Jig Zone Puzzles:

Yesterday’s took me 2:42 (average 4:44).  To do it, click here.  Today’s took me 5:00 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Boycott Donald Trump’s Inauguration | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Kudos to Keith. Kudos to John Lewis. This is why I boycotted the infestation.  RESIST!!

From OPB: After an evening of protests Friday, Portland police used crowd-control devices to disperse lingering demonstrators near Pioneer Courthouse Square and six people were arrested.

The use of flash-bangs and tear gas came after police told protesters that the march, which began at 5 p.m., was unlawful. Police also warned the group that those who did not leave the area would be arrested.

By the end of the night, five people were charged with second-degree disorderly conduct.

Kudos to the nonviolent demonstrators.  RESIST!!

From NY Times: Affordable birth control. Equal pay for equal work. Full access to health care for transgender Americans.

As recently as last summer, these seemed like achievable goals, backed by President Barack Obama and championed by Hillary Clinton. Now, of course, Donald Trump is president, and what might have been items on Mrs. Clinton’s agenda are tenets of the Women’s March on Washington, a protest to mark Mr. Trump’s second day in office.

More than 200,000 people have signed up on Facebook to attend the Washington march, and over 1.5 million plan to attend one of hundreds of satellite marches around the country.

Kudos to the women.  RESIST!!

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Jan 172017
 

The temperature in Portland is forecast to climb to the mid 30°s today, topping the freezing mark for the first time in a week.  Tomorrow the high is forecast near 50° and that should melt the street in front of my building.  I could not have gone anywhere anyway, as the TriMet Lift Busses have been on emergency service only for a week.  This is the worst freeze we’ve had here in many years, and since it sets off both my COPD and my arthritis, I’m damn ready to be rid of it.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:24 (average 4:49).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Donald Trump Has Some Colorful Friends | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

With any other politician, this might be a big deal. This is only thing that makes it news is that with Putin’s Perverted Puppet, it’s small change.

From KP Daily Funnies: Paul Ryan’s Diary- Dabbing at the Repeal of Obamacare

 

It seems more factual than funny.

From ABC:

Below is the full running list of Congress members who are planning not to attend the inauguration:

  • Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ
  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-CA
  • Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA
  • Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA
  • Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA
  • Rep. Mark Takano, D-CA
  • Rep. Jared Huffman, D-CA
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-CA
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-CA
  • Rep. Karen Bass, D-CA
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-FL
  • Rep. Darren Soto, D-FL
  • Rep. John Lewis, D-GA
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-IL
  • Rep. John Yarmuth, D-KY
  • Rep. Katherine Clark, D-MA
  • Rep. Anthony Brown, D-MD
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-ME
  • Rep. John Conyers, D-MI
  • Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN
  • Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-MO
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-NJ
  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-NY
  • Rep. Jose Serrano, D-NY
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-NY
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-OH
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-OR
  • Rep. Dwight Evans, D-PA
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-PA
  • Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN
  • Rep. Al Green, D-TX
  • Rep. Don Beyer, D-VA
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA
  • Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA
  • Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI

Kudos to all of them.  I tried to find a list of Senators boycotting the Fuhrer’s insertion, and several said there are none, but I know that isn’t true.  Neither of Oregon’s senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, plan to attend.

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