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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Dec 022016
 

Once again it’s TGIF day, and I’m ready for a restful weekend.  My shoulder is improving slightly, but I did have to cancel my appointment yesterday with Courtney, my physical terrorist.  There is no way I could have stood up to her loving abuse.  I hope you enjoy one of your last weekends living in a democratic republic.

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From Exposed by CMD: Theocracy: She Has Pushed for Vouchers and More to Get Tax Money to Support Christian Schools

DeVos has approached the issue of education as a religious issue for her personally and as an area which she wants to change the law to reflect her personal views. A long-time partisan activist, she got involved in education “reform” in the early 1990s, around the time that her husband ran for a seat on the Michigan state Board of Education.

After he stepped down from that post, in 1993 she and her husband took on the “Education Freedom Fund,” which, she has said, “I would define as ultimately Christian in its nature because in excess of 90% of the parents who receive these scholarships choose Christian schools to go to.” EFF provides private funding for private school tuition, and is supported with significant donations from the DeVos family.

Why did she and here husband choose to get involved in the political battles over public education even though they did not send their kids to public schools and they financially support private Christian schools?

In a joint interview for “The Gathering,” a group focused on advancing Christian ideology through philanthropy, she and her husband said they decided to focus on reforming public education and funding for private education because the “Lord led us there” and “God led us.”

At that meeting, they were asked if it would not have been simpler to fund Christian schools directly rather than fund political efforts like vouchers to get more tax dollars to fund Christian schools, and she replied: “There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education versus what is spent every year on education in this country… So, our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s Kingdom,” adding that they want “to impact our culture [in ways] that may have great Kingdom gain in the long-run by changing the way we approach things.”

Her husband added: “We are working …. to allow for our Christian worldview, which for us comes from a Calvinist tradition, and to provide for a more expanded opportunity someday for all parents to be able to educate their children in a school that reflects their world view and not each day sending their child to a school that may be reflecting a world view that may be quite antithetical to the worldview they hold in their families.”

When asked if they are “against public education,” they have denied that charge while trying to reframe the conversation.

Betsy DeVos responded: “No, we are for good education and for having every child have an opportunity for a good education. And having grown up in families that are in the business world, we both believe that competition and choices make everyone better, and that ultimately if the system that prevails in the United States today had more competition, if there were other choices for people to make freely that all of the schools would become better as a result and that excellence would be sought in every setting. So we are very strong proponents of fundamentally changing the way we approach education … because there are hundreds of thousands and millions of children that are forced to go every day to a school that is not meeting their needs and it’s not right.”

Her husband added that they are for “public education” but that’s not the same as “public schools.” He said public funding for education of all kinds is a “laudable concept” that should not be forced to operate through “government-run schools.”

He also stated: “In my opinion, the Church has sadly retrenched from its central role in our community, to where now as we look at many communities in our country the church which ought to be in our view far more central to the life in our community has been displaced by the public school as the center for activity the center for what goes on the community….”

He added, “it is certainly our hope that churches would continue no matter what the environment whether there is government funding someday through vouchers or tax credits or some other mechanism…that more and more churches will get more and more active and engaged in education. We just can think of no better way to rebuild our families and our communities than to have that circle of church, school, and family much more tightly focused and being built on a consistent world view.”

Betsy DeVos did not disagree with this statement of their shared goals and responded: “If I can just add to that very quickly, I think for many years the church in general has felt that it is important for the children of the congregation to be in the schools to make a difference but in fact I think what has happened in many cases for the last couple of decades is that the schools have impacted the kids more than the kids have impacted the schools. The young children need to have a pretty solid foundation to be able to combat the kind of influences that they are presented with on a daily basis.”

(All quotes above are transcribed from their hour-long interview for “The Gathering,” available here.)

This is just one of five things listed that you need to know about Barf Bag Betsy DeVos, the fascist sycophant Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten has tasked with destroying Public Education in America. Click through for the other four.

From ABC: President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday night that he will "appoint" retired Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis to be his secretary of defense. The two met in Bedminster, New Jersey, in November for an hour, after which Trump called Mattis the “real deal.”

Under the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, certain federal positions appointed by the president — including secretary of defense -– require confirmation of the U.S. Senate.

Mattis most recently served as the head of U.S. Central Command. A lifelong bachelor, he is known as the “warrior monk” for his knowledge of ancient and military history.

The four-star general is revered by many for his leadership and also known for his blunt words…

"Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people.”

That quote tells us why the Fuhrer, aka the Rectum of Rage, likes Mad Dog. However, he is forbidden by law to serve as Defense Secretary, until he has been separated from military service for seven years.

From TPM: Some Senate Democrats were harshly critical of Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, the latest in a line of financial elites tapped for his cabinet who they say betrays the President-elect’s promise to “drain the swamp” of insiders.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called Steve Mnuchin “the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis” in a statement Tuesday, referencing Munchin’s two-decade-long tenure at Goldman Sachs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“His selection as Treasury secretary should send shivers down the spine of every American who got hit hard by the financial crisis, and is the latest sign that Donald Trump has no intention of draining the swamp and every intention of running Washington to benefit himself and his rich buddies," she said, as quoted by the newspaper.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) also took aim at Mnuchin’s time leading the bank OneWest, known for its aggressive foreclosure practices.

“Given Mr. Mnuchin’s history of profiting off the victims of predatory lending, I look forward to asking him how his Treasury Department would work for Americans who are still waiting for the economic recovery to show up in their communities," he said in a statement.

Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten is just a Republican that reflects all the hate of the Theocons, Alt-Right Nazis and KKK and all the greed of the Billionaires, Banksters, Corporate Criminals and Vulture Capitalists.

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Atop an Anti Trump Rally

 Posted by at 10:38 am  Politics
Nov 122016
 

Yesterday I had heard the sounds of demonstrators throughout the city.  As I was dozing off to sleep, I was awakened by loud demonstration sounds, and they were almost under me.  I could see the demonstrators from my window.  Several chants rang out.  "Hands up! Don’t shoot!"  "Black Lives Matter!"  "My body!  My Choice!"  "I’m Queer!  I’m Here!"  "Pussy grabs back!" "Not My President!"  The leaders shouted into megaphones that violence and vandalism would not be tolerated.  Police loudspeakers ordered the demonstrators to disperse.  Instead, they sat down.  Then things got ugly.

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A third consecutive day of anti-Trump demonstrations turned violent Thursday night, as protesters began with a rush-hour march and chanting but eventually damaged cars at a dealership and rampaged through the Pearl District shattering business windows into Friday morning.

Police declared the demonstration a "riot" more than three hours after its 5 p.m. start, citing "extensive criminal and dangerous behavior." The bureau said it warned the crowd about the designation, then tweeted that rioting is a class C felony. It later tweeted that 26 were arrested in the demonstration, which lasted into early Friday morning.

Officers in riot gear on numerous occasions used flash-bang grenades and fired rubber pepper ball spheres at the crowd after it refused repeated demands to disperse. Police report officers were "taking projectiles;" protesters were seen throwing objects toward officers, and some fired fireworks in their direction.

The officers didn’t move in until after a small fraction of the thousands of protesters became destructive.

Police tweeted that many demonstrators were "trying to get anarchist groups to stop destroying property" and that "anarchists" were refusing to do so. Demonstrators at many points chanted "peaceful protest."

From <The Oregonian>

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Here’s the problem, as I see it.  The people who were vandalizing and assaulting people were not the protestors. I saw Republican onlookers wade into the demonstrators and attacking them.  I read that one Republican got out of a car on the Morrison Bridge and shot a demonstrator.  However, the police attacked the peaceful demonstrators.  I saw CS gas being used.  I’ve never seen flash bangs before, and they are very loud and very bright.  They were going off dangerously close to the demonstrators.  Police used a sonic cannon very close to me.  The sound was so intense, that I had to hold my hands over my ears, and I had a severe headache for hours afterwards.

In spite of the abuse of power against them, the demonstrators are now raising money to help repair the damage they did not do.  I am thoroughly proud of them.

As for the vandals and violent people, they belong with the Republican Party.  There is no place for them among progressives, if they are going to act like Republicans.

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