Aug 182017
 

I’m preparing to leave for my medical appointment and will publish this when I return this afternoon.  I misread the football schedule.  My Broncos play on Saturday evening and will be televised here.  Wooo Hooo!!  Back.  Excellent results!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:01 (average 4:24).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (RWW Channel): Josh Bernstein Says Liberal Group Leaders Should Be Tried For Treason In Wake Of Charlottesville

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Damn that Obama! What criminal audacity he had to govern while black. And he even said that black people should be allowed to vote! Treason!!! … Is this Fascist serious? No wonder the pseudo-Christian sheeple still goose-step with a piddle pervert! RESIST!!

From the New Yorker: After many noticed their silence amid the calamitous events of the past several days, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, confirmed on Wednesday that they have been enjoying a late-summer vacation in a moral vacuum.

In a brief interview with reporters, Trump said that she and Kushner were “just loving” their time in the moral vacuum, calling it “our very favorite place to be.”

“It’s heaven,” she said. “We get up in the morning and never give a thought to our responsibility as Jews, Americans, or moral actors whose decisions have consequences for other people.”

Andy is reporting straight news again. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: \There is still a segment of America out there that believes Trump’s public pronouncements—about African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Jews, really anyone of different color or faith than himself—are some type of political invention,  an opportunistic, contrived pose to please the base of people who put him into office.

No. He’s a real, genuine, dyed-in-the-wool racist. The real deal.

Buried in this New York Times piece about how Trump has emboldened the white supremacist movement is an observation about Trump by his aides that explains when Trump is away from the cameras he’s just as much of a racist as he has sounded during this past week:

No word in the Trump lexicon is as tread-worn as “unprecedented.” But members of the president’s staff, stunned and disheartened, said they never expected to hear such a voluble articulation of opinions that the president had long expressed in private.

In other words, Trump wakes up hating African Americans, Latinos, Jews and Muslims, and goes to bed hating African-Americans, Latinos, Jews and Muslims. When he goes to the bathroom or eats his Froot-Loops he’s thinking—and more than that, he’s talking—about how much he hates African- Americans, Latinos, Jews and Muslims.

He’s spouting so much bigotry at his aides in private that they’re embarrassed it’s all now being spilled out in public.

The Fuhrer has pegged himself again! RESIST!!

From NY Times: [In]Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court appointee, is scheduled to address a conservative group at the Trump International Hotel in Washington next month, less than two weeks before the court is set to hear arguments on Mr. Trump’s travel ban.

Stephen Gillers, an expert on legal ethics at New York University, questioned the justice’s decision to speak at the hotel, which is at issue in lower-court cases challenging the constitutionality of payments to Mr. Trump’s companies.

“At this highly divisive political moment, especially as many Trump decisions are likely soon to reach the court’s docket, one just days later, a healthy respect for public confidence in the court should have led Justice Gorsuch to demur,” he said.

Justice Gorsuch declined to comment, said Kathleen L. Arberg, the Supreme Court’s public information officer.

Whoresuch sees no conflict. He already knows he’ll side with his Fuhrer no matter what evidence is presented. RESIST!!

From LA Times: Exactly one year ago, Donald Trump tapped conservative media insurgent Stephen K. Bannon as chief executive of his campaign, affirming that while Trump was the nominee, his was a hostile takeover of the Republican Party: with Bannon, he would take it in a new direction — nationalist, nativist and economically populist.

Bannon got some credit for Trump’s upset win and then, as chief strategist in the White House, for his early orders against immigrants, refugees, and more. On Friday, suddenly he was out. Perhaps appropriately, his ouster came in a week in which Trump left no doubt his voice is his own. Bannon was no ventriloquist.

Trump is not a Nazi because of his association with Bannon. Trump is a Nazi, because he represents the views of the Republican Party, and they represent his views. Bannon sees the bottom of the bus, only to give Trump a way to hide. Nothing has changed. RESIST!!

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Aug 172017
 

By now Wendy is on her way to Southern Oregon for a country music festival.  So yesterday I serenaded her that I will never rope my goat again, until I have her love.  Unfortunately, that means I don’t get my Sunday morning shower until Monday evening.  All Sasquatches, who are downwind, be warned!  Tonight is a Holy Night in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, but the worship service between my Broncos and the 49ers will not be televised here.  Tomorrow, I have a routine biannual checkup with my Pulmonologist, so please expect no more than a Personal Update tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:52 (average 5:43).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Trump’s Unstaffed Administration

 

As we are shocked more and more each day by the hatred and corruption of Trump’s Republican Reich, let’s not get too sidetracked to remember their utter and unprecedented incompetence. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: A growing chorus of Americans is demanding that an offensive symbol of racism be removed from public property.

Creating outrage since it was first installed at a historic landmark in January, the symbol, a figure of a man standing six feet two and weighing approximately two hundred and fifty pounds, has emerged as one of the most despised objects in the country.

Now, less than seven months after the figure’s installation, calls for its removal have spread from home to abroad, with many of the nation’s allies wondering what possessed Americans to put such an odious figure in such a visible position.

Large protests broke out this week in New York City, where the offensive symbol was briefly on display.

And, we should ship that vile symbol to where it belongs and can be displayed by its owner . RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: …No matter how many times someone talks about “economic uncertainty,” anyone who voted for Donald Trump had to be comfortable with someone who was perfectly willing to attack someone based on race, religion, or gender—with disabilities tossed in for a side dish. While pundit and politicians of all stripes are still quick to say that not all Trump voters were racists, that doesn’t matter.

Trump voters were willing to accept racism to get what they wanted. That’s all it takes.

Where Trump is taking Republicans, and the nation, now is only a further step down the road they were already walking. He already told them that Mexicans were worse than they were, and deserving of contempt. They agreed to that. He already told them that Muslims were evil, and deserving of death. They agreed to that. He already told them that African Americans were lazy, and violent, and disrespectful to the police, and unable to think for themselves. Trump voters may contend that they voted for him because he promising more jobs in Ohio, or to burn more coal in West Virginia, or bring more auto factories back to Michigan, or make more steel in Pennsylvania—even though he didn’t say how he would do any of those things. But to get what they wanted, they were willing to accept it.

What Trump is asking of Republicans now is that they only take the next logical step and agree that Nazis, the KKK, and white nationalists of all stripes are okay. Or, if not okay, at least no worse than the people fighting against racism, hatred, and bigotry…

Very well said. Republicans from Putrid Pence, Bought Bitch Mitch and Lyin’ Ryan down have two choices. They can publicly reject Trump and everything he represents, or through their silence, they can embrace the sheet, hood and swastika. There is no middle ground. RESIST!!

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Aug 152017
 

Yesterday’s eye appointment was completely successful.  My right eye is 20/20, and my left eye is scheduled for cataract surgery on 7/28.  The only bad news is that I’ll need to wait six months before a plastic surgeon can correct the excessive droop in my eyelids, and three months after that before my left eye can be surgically repaired to point straight.  So it will be spring before the long process of seeing right again is finally done.  The temperatures are back in the 80°s, so I’m back on AC, but at least it isn’t murderous!  I hope you’re having a great day!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:43 (average 5:22).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Update:

Lefty Blog Friends has a new team.  Welcome the Country Raiderettes.  It’s Wendy!

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump And Charlottesville: Too Little, Too Late | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Keith says what we have all been saying, buy more of it. However, calling Trump filth insults filth. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: A disturbing hostage video surfaced on Monday showing an American man woodenly reciting words that were not his own.

The video, which was broadcast on all the major news networks, raised concerns for the man, whose robotic performance indicated that he was reading a prepared statement under duress.

While the man appeared well fed and, to a certain extent, healthy, his facial expressions and body language convinced experts that the act of reciting the prepared text was an extraordinary ordeal for him.

Harland Dorrinson, a forensic psychologist, compared the man’s performance with hours of earlier footage of him and said that the man had “never expressed these sentiments before.”

Dang Andy! That’s NOT satire! RESIST!!

From NY Times: The white supremacists and right-wing extremists who came together over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., are now headed home, many of them ready and energized, they said, to set their sights on bigger prizes.

Some were making arrangements to appear at future marches. Some were planning to run for public office. Others, taking a cue from the Charlottesville event — a protest, nominally, of the removal of a Confederate-era statue — were organizing efforts to preserve white heritage symbols in their home regions.

Calling it “an opportune time,” Preston Wiginton, a Texas-based white nationalist, declared on Saturday that he planned to hold a “White Lives Matter” march on Sept. 11 on the campus of Texas A&M — with a keynote speaker, Richard B. Spencer, who was featured at the Charlottesville event.

These Republican Alt-Right Nazis are emboldened because they literally got away with murder with the tacit support of the US Resident. RESIST!!

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Aug 122017
 

Today has been a better day.  It hags been much cooler.  The sun is about to come out, and the temperature will climb to the low 80°s, my outside wall will become a heater, and I’ll have to button up the room and turn on the AC, but until is does, I’m enjoying an open window and fresh air.  I took my first trip without using the lift bus in a long time.  I went to the Ubank in a mall two blocks away.  I found getting around much easier with one eye that can see well than it has been in years.  I hope you are having a great weekend.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:08 (average 4:37).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Update:

I reset the live draft of our fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends, from next Saturday to Saturday, September 2 at 10:00 AM PDT (11 MDT, 12 CDT, 1 EDT).  I did it so we will have a better idea, who the starters will be in the NFL.  However the regular season opener is the evening of Thursday, 9/7, just 5 days after the draft, so set your lineups right away.  I cut the league from ten teams to eight.  Two players stopped playing last year in mid-season.  I think I have confirmation from every player except Rob.  I sent him one last email, and if I don’t hear from him this weekend, I’ll replace him with Wendy.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): Mike Pence on Currency

 

And in a Republican Pence Reich, we would get to be the goats. RESIST!!

From NY Times: The roster of villains in President Trump’s world is legion. The list of people he has been willing, even eager, to publicly attack includes not just Mitch McConnell, his latest target, but Jeff Sessions, Chuck Schumer, Paul D. Ryan, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

And don’t forget James B. Comey, Robert S. Mueller III, Andrew G. McCabe, Rod J. Rosenstein, John D. Podesta, Nancy Pelosi, Lisa Murkowski, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rosie O’Donnell, Meryl Streep, the mayor of London and the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” The countries he has assailed include not just North Korea and Iran but also Germany, Canada, Mexico, China and Sweden.

But for all of that feistiness, for all of those verbal and online fisticuffs, there is one person who is definitely not on Mr. Trump’s target list: President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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From Bloomberg: Some White House and Republican officials are exploring the idea of putting West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in charge of the Energy Department, according to four people familiar with the discussions, a move that could boost President Donald Trump’s stalled legislative agenda.

Manchin is such a DINO, that he would not be a big loss except for one thing, and that thing is huge. It also explains all the hoopla surrounding Gov. Jim Injustice’s conversion from DINO to goose-stepping Republican. If Manchin moves to Energy, Injustice gets to replace him with a Republican Senator. The only thing Manchin did right is voting against RepubliCare. Do you see what the Reich are plotting now? RESIST!!

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Aug 092017
 

Store to Door has delivered my groceries, and I put them away.  It’s another scorcher that will probably break another record.  It’s down ti 67% now, but when I got up this morning the humidity was 96%.  ARGH!!!  I so glad Wendy is coming this evening.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:58 (average 5:46).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (PBS Channel): Why some scientists are concerned a government climate change report won’t be released

 

While not all leakers are performing a service, and some, like Putin’s other pervert, Julian Assange, are threat to our nation, these leakers are patriots.  They brought to light information that should be in the public domain, because it has nothing to do with national security, but Republicans want to hide it for dishonest political motives. RESIST!!

From Upworthy: With the exception of an infamous trip to see Hamilton last November and a controversy about whether it’s OK to dine with women other than his wife, we’ve heard relatively little about Vice President Mike Pence since the election. In May, CNN even ran a story with the headline, "Mike Pence’s Disappearing Act."

He’s a heartbeat away from the presidency and seems interested in following his own political ambitions beyond this administration, so what exactly has Mike Pence been up to lately? A lot, actually.

Here’s 20 things Mike Pence has done since taking office:

1. In January, Pence and others lobbied Trump to take hard-line positions on abortion, making good on some of his anti-choice campaign pledges…

2. Pence has led the charge to advance Trump’s policy agenda…

3. He’s been very vocal about supporting the use of tax dollars to fund religious schools…

4. In January, Pence met with anti-abortion activists at the White House and delivered a speech at the annual March for Life…

5. Pence spent much of February selling the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court as "mainstream."…

I’ve shared just headers from the first five things done by the man who wants to be Fuhrer of the Republican Rectum Reich. Click through for the descriptions and the other fifteen. RESIST!!

From Washington Post: FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort’s home without advance warning in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records. Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, confirmed that agents executed a warrant at one of the political consultant’s homes and that Manafort cooperated with the search.

The raid came as Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.

I bet a dollar against a donut that the FBI found things Manafart was hiding from the Congressional committees. RESIST!!

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Aug 072017
 

I trust you don’t need me to convince you that Republicans are the party of White Supremacy.  The presence of Bannon in the Fuhrer’s Reich, and decades of innumerable dog whistles should have already done that.  However, it’s refreshing to see a journalist expose the bigotry and debunk the bogus claims of Republican racist policy.

GOPImmigrationThis week during a press briefing on the Trump administration’s latest immigration bill, CNN’s Jim Acosta had an interesting exchange with White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller. It was an eye opening look into the mindset of this administration and those pulling the strings. The public reaction to it was another example of how divided we are as a country and exactly how misguided many have become.

When Acosta compared the verbiage in the new bill to “The New Colossus,” the poem written on the base of the Statue of Liberty, Miller attempted to rewrite history by stating the words were added later. In doing so, he was insinuating that the poem and its meaning had no bearing on American history or policy.

I grew up in the ’80s, and I remember “Liberty Weekend.” That was the celebration and rededication of the Statue on its 100th anniversary. I remember that poem being read more times than I could count, I also recall having to memorize it in the 5th grade. Ronald Reagan, during that event, said that America was made up of “a special kind of people from every corner of the world, who had a special love for freedom.” He understood the fabric and DNA of this country.

He understood what made us.

Make no mistake, America is in distress. We are on the verge of forgetting our past and forfeiting our future to the ideology of white nationalism. We live in a nation founded, built, and loved by immigrants, yet today its part of our history many wish to deny. By attacking and demonizing the immigrants of today, we till up the roots of those who came before that made us who we are.

From <Huffington Post>

The video in the article cannot be embedded, but I found a more extensive clip.

Barf Bag Alert!!

Now Republicans will argue that they could not be racist, because they are protecting African Americans’ jobs.  But all they are really doing is pitting brown against black.  By using a divide and conquer strategy, they isolate both groups to exploit them.

Kudos to Jim Acosta.  No matter how nasty Miller got, he kept resisting.  It’s your turn.

RESIST!!

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