Jul 172017
 

Except for a grocery delivery from Safeway.com in the next seventy minutes, I finally have everything ready for tomorrow’s cataract surgery.  I have to report at 7:15 AM for 8:30 surgery.  I should be able to leave by 10:30.  When I return, either I will post a Personal Update, or Wendy, who is taking me both ways, will do so on my behalf.  On Wednesday, I plan to post a Personal Update in the morning.  I have to go to Christine’s office for a day one follow-up appointment in the afternoon, and Wendy will pick me up from there on the way to my normal shower evening.  Then I’m done with medical mayhem for eight days, god willing.  The groceries came and I have put them away.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:33 (average 4:37).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Tree Crowder Channel): Liberal Redneck – (Internet) Freedom Isn’t Free

 

If I wanted crying dwarf porn, I’d watch Republicans in Congress. Demand Net Neutrality! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Donald Trump announced his candidacy back in June of 2015, and though he got some mention in other articles, I went all the way to November before I did my first piece entirely donated to Donald.

Sixty million people died in World War II, but fascism won. It didn’t win on the battlefield. It didn’t win right away. It won because the same fears, the same greed, the same hatred that fueled its growth in the first part of the twentieth century never went away.

The symbols of fascism became anathema, but the causes … went deep. And gradually, slowly, one step at a time, all those vices became first tolerated, then treated as virtues, and then as the only acceptable view.

That was my view of Trump then — the manifestation of how America had grown not just to accept, but celebrate, all the hatred, prejudice, fear, and repression that marks the worst authoritarian dystopias. And the most horrible thing about what’s probably the most horrible article I ever wrote, is that all of it fell utterly short of being horrible enough.

Like too many people, I thought “no, we’re past that, Americans will never accept this level of racism.” I was wrong. I thought “Americans will never tolerate such blatant sexism.” Wrong again. I thought “Christians will never hand their banner to a man who openly, proudly, daily shapes his life around vengeance, a man who thinks forgiveness itself is contemptable.” I was very, very, wrong.

The author, Mark Sumner, and I seem to have an awful lot of thought in common here. Click through for the rest. RESIST!!

From NY Times: Sometime in the next few days the Congressional Budget Office will release its analysis of the latest version of the Republican health care plan. Senator Mitch McConnell is doing all he can to prevent a full assessment, for example by trying to keep the C.B.O. from scoring the Cruz provision, which would let insurers discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. Nonetheless, everyone expects a grim prognosis.

As a result, White House aides are already attacking the C.B.O.’s credibility, announcing in advance that whatever it says will be “fake news.” So why should we believe the budget office, not the Trump administration? Let me count the ways.

First, this White House already has a record of constant, blatant lying about health care that is, as far as I can tell, without precedent in modern history. Just a few days ago, for example, Vice President Mike Pence made the completely false assertion that Ohio’s expansion of Medicaid led to a cutback in aid for the disabled — a lie that the state’s government had already refuted. On Sunday, Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services, claimed that the Senate bill would cover more people than current law — another blatant lie. (You can’t cut hundreds of billions from Medicaid and insurance subsidies and expect coverage to grow!)

The point is that on this issue (and others, of course), the Trump administration and its allies have negative credibility: If they say something, the default assumption should be that they’re lying.

Click through for the rest of this fine Paul Krugman editorial. The only time Republicans stop lying is after someone nails the lid on. Our choice is simple. RepubliCare dies, or we do. RESIST!!

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Even though I made this cartoon in 2011, InsaniTEA still comes in the same flavors.

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Jul 152017
 

The last couple days have been extremely hectic.  On Thursday I went to my Prosthetist, Amanda and got new shoes.  They were a little loose, but I figured they were workable, as I broke them in.  I lay down to rest for a couple hours after I returned home and published.  I found out that, when my foot is up and not in a shoe, it gets smaller.  When I put the shoe on to get up for supper, and transferred from my bed to my wheelchair, hopping with my walker, my foot came out of my shoe, and I almost fell.  The new shoes have to go back.  ARGH!  My appointment with Megan was interrupted by a fire drill at Providence Professional Plaza, and they evacuated a large six floor medical building, myself included.  Megan cleared me for surgery, and I returned home at around 4:30.  I’m very, very tired, but surviving medical mahem.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:00 (average 4:59).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Trump Wants To Repeal Johnson Amendment So RR Pastors Can Praise Him

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Any pastor has always been able to speak out and say that he or she supports a particular candidate. The Johnson Amendment never prevented that, nor was it intended to. What it did prevent is a pastor ordering his church to support a candidate or using the church’s tax exempt facilities for the benefit of a candidate. That should remain a violation of 501(c)(3).  I don’t mind paying a little more in taxes so churches’ tax exemption helps pay for the charitable work some churches do.  I do mind helping them fund political activities, especially ones I oppose.  RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: The House Republicans tried to exempt themselves from Trumpcare and the reaction was so angry and so bad that they had to abandon the effort. But that example wasn’t enough to deter Mitch McConnell.

Senate Republicans included a provision that exempts members of Congress and their staff from part of their latest health care plan.

This exemption could have the effect of ensuring that members of Congress have coverage for a wider array of benefits than other Americans who purchase their own coverage.

If RepubliCare becomes law, which I doubt, the Republicans that pass it should be the first to experience the RepubliCare Death Benefit: if you can’t pay, you get to die! RESIST!!

From Washington Post: The White House on Thursday made public a trove of emails it received from voters offering comment on its Election Integrity Commission. The commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social security numbers and party affiliation, on every voter in the country.

It further outraged voters by planning to post that information publicly.

Voters directed that outrage toward the Trump White House and the voter commission, often using profanity-laced language in the 112 pages of emails released this week.

Just as Trump and his Republican Rectum Reich released these emails from voters, you can be sure that the Republican so-called Election Integrity Commission will either publish voters’ personal information, or forward it to Putin’s FSB (formerly KGB). RESIST!!

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Jul 132017
 

I slept poorly last night because of the high humidity, and I missed my morning nap, because of my Prosthetist appointment, from which I just returned, so I feel very tired.  Amanda put new shoes on both George and I.  After wearing nothing else on my foot for a year and a half, it feels strange.  She adjusted George, and I will be going back next month for new liners and shrinkers.  Tomorrow afternoon I have an appointment with Megan for surgical clearance.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:16 (average 4:07).  To do it, click here. How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): The Yelling Man Takes On Net Neutrality

 

Defend Net Neutrality! RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): I’m one of the lucky ones

 

Tell ALL Senators! RESIST!!

From NPR: In defiance of a court order, the Justice Department is refusing to release part of a security form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts with the Russian government.

On June 12, a judge had ordered the agency to provide the information within 30 days, a deadline that passed on Wednesday.

What is he hiding? Could the next smoking gun come from KKK Beauregard? RESIST!!

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Jul 122017
 

It’s a very busy day.  I’m still trying to get appointments squared away, I’m waiting for a big grocery delivery from Store to Door, and this evening Wendy will be here to make the TomCat fit to be upwind of people.  Please expect no more than a Personal Update, or perhaps an Open Thread, tomorrow and Friday.  Tomorrow, I visit my Prosthetist, Amanda to pick up new prosthetic shoes and evaluate what we will need for George for the coming year.  On Friday, I see Megan for a release for surgery.  It’s a very wasteful hoop through which I must jump.  Happy hump day, but don’t hump Trump.  The only people who do are Putin and Russian hookers.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:01 (average 4:26).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?  (I won’t eat cousin Meer).

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Two Trumps Confess to Conspiracy | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Incarcerate the Republican bastards! RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Wisconsinites Fight to Protect Health Care

 

Tell ALL Senators! RESIST!!

From Washington Post: Joe Scarborough, the conservative co-host of MSNBC’s political commentary show “Morning Joe,” is leaving the Republican Party.

He made the announcement Tuesday night during an appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” alongside his co-host Mika Brzezinski. A two-minute clip of the segment was teased on the program’s Twitter account earlier Tuesday.

Scarborough tore into what he characterized as a complacent Republican Party unwilling to stand up to President Trump.

“You have to ask yourself, what exactly is the Republican Party willing to do?” Scarborough said to Colbert. “How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?”

“Aren’t you a Republican?” Colbert asked.

“I am a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore,” Scarborough said to loud applause from the audience. “I’ve got to become an independent.”

You all know that I am NOT a fan of Joe Scarborough or his show. However I would be a hypocrite if I did not applaud his decision to leave the Republican Reich.

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Jul 112017
 

I’m still trying to get appointments squared away.  I’m about to receive a visit from Melissa from Neighborhood House, the agency that manages the portion of Wendy’s services that the State pays.  It’s routine.  She is replacing my previous social worker and wants to get aquatinted, so I’ll be breaking to visit with her, before I publish today.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:24 (average 5:30).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Guess What Else Happened on 6/19/16 | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

I told you that this one would be a doozy. It was. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Medicaid Allowed Him to Die at Home

 

Tell ALL Senators! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: It seems like the alt-right has an identity problem. It can’t figure out what it wants to be or what it wants to be called. This confusion is driving a wedge between those deplorables who identify with the label “alt-right” and white supremacist Richard Spencer who has become the face of the movement, and those who identify with the almost the exact same things he stands for but are uncomfortable publicly aligning themselves with his brand of racism and anti-Semitism. That must be deeply difficult for them, poor little things.

And before you ask, yes, they are serious. They actually see a distinction in their ideologies which is splintering the movement in two.

During the Presidential campaign, the term came to denote several intersecting phenomena: anti-feminism, opposition to political correctness, online abuse, belligerent nihilism, conspiracy theories, inflammatory Internet memes. Some pro-Trump activists adopted this big-tent definition, allowing any youthful, “edgy” critique of establishment conservatism to be considered alt-right.

But a core within the movement always insisted on a narrower conception of the alt-right, one that was inextricably linked with white separatism, and with Spencer specifically. […]

If the alt-right wants a label, I have two from which they can choose. Nazis and Republicans are equally applicable terms.  RESIST!!

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Jul 082017
 

After a two day absence, I’m back in the saddle again, and the heat returned with me.  I have a busy week next week, so I’d like to rest as much as I can during the weekend.  Please pardon my brevity.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:42 (average 5:01).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Newsweek: The first total solar eclipse to pass from the West Coast to the East Coast in almost a century will see parts of the U.S. plunged into darkness over the course of the day on August 21. With only a month to go, Newsweek spoke to Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, about what the eclipse is, what happens on the day—and what we can learn from the cross-coastal event.

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Click through for more information and a video. Portland is in the path of totality. When Republicans deny that the eclipse is happening, RESIST!!

From NY Times: For years the United States was the dominant force and set the agenda at the annual gathering of the leaders of the world’s largest economies.

But on Friday, when President Trump met with other leaders at the Group of 20 conference, he found the United States isolated on everything from trade to climate change, and faced with the prospect of the group’s issuing a statement on Saturday that lays bare how the United States stands alone.

We can only hope that this is a temporary condition, and that we resolve it by removing the Fuhrer And his Republican Rectum Reich from power. RESIST!!

From The Last Word: GOP, White House plot ‘urgent blitz’ for repeal votes

The Trump White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are planning a "final, urgent blitz" to persuade GOP senators to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Washington Post reports. Ari Melber discusses with Indira Lakshmanan and Joan Walsh.

 

I wonder what the TRUS pervert is getting for his part in this. I told you RepubliCare would be back. RESIST!!

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