Feb 242018
 

I have some wonderful news.  Over the years, I’ve written nine letters to the Oregon Parole Board testifying that Steve, one of my guys in prison, should be released.  Here, on more than one occasion, I have expressed frustration that Steve,  the person among my guys, who most deserved a chance at freedom, had been rejected once again.  Yesterday, Steve walked free. I wanted be there, but my volunteer co-workers and I agreed that repeatedly loading and unloading me in my chair in icy conditions was too hazardous and time consuming.  Sandi sent me some pics, one of which I shall share after getting permission from Steve to do so.  Having Steve released is the high point of my volunteer career.  I actually had to open my window again.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:13 (average 4:58).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Oregonian Channel): Oregon lawmakers pass gun control bill aimed at domestic abusers

 

More than one of my guys in prison, for whom I do volunteer work, had fights with their partners, and having domestic violence histories and no impulse control, shot and killed them. Two have told me they wished someone had taken away their guns before they did. Kudos to the Oregon Legislature. Oregon leads the way. RESIST!!

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Center For Security Policy’s CPAC Panel Discusses How To Get Muslims To Leave The U.S.

 

A prime topic at CPUKE is Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian hatred. RESIST!!

From NY Times: Sheldon G. Adelson, one of the most hawkish supporters of Israel among American Jews, has offered to help fund the construction of a new American Embassy in Jerusalem, according to the State Department, which on Friday said it was reviewing whether it could legally accept the donation.

The total price tag to build the new embassy to replace the current one in Tel Aviv is estimated at around $500 million, according to one former State Department official. While private donors have previously paid for renovations to American ambassadors’ overseas residences, Mr. Adelson’s contribution would be likely to far surpass those gifts — and could further strain American diplomacy in the Middle East.

Before the embassy is built, the Trump administration plans to open a temporary one in Jerusalem. On Friday, it said that it was accelerating the projected opening in time to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel on May 14.

Adelson gas already assured Trump’s support for Butcher Bibi with $200 million spent on his campaign. Now he wants to rush a fascist one-state non-solution, before the either the US or the Trump Reich implodes, one of which will happen.  RESIST!!

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Feb 232018
 

Here at the CatBox, the outside temperature got down to 23° this morning, setting another record.  After today, it should start to warm up.  I hope you all have a wonderful, Republican-free weekend!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:12 (average 5:27).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): How conspiracy theories about Parkland shooting survivors spread

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

As usual, the Republican Reich has earned a PhD (pilled higher and deeper) in Bullshitology! RESIST!!

From YouTube (CNN Channel): Trump considers pulling ICE agents to punish California

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

If Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten pulled ICE from CA, wouldn’t most Californians call that a blessing, not a punishment? RESIST!!

From NY Times: The only armed sheriff’s deputy at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed took cover outside rather than charging into the building when the massacre began, the Broward County sheriff said on Thursday. The sheriff also acknowledged that his office received 23 calls related to the suspect going back a decade, including one last year that said he was collecting knives and guns, but may not have adequately followed up.

The deputy, Scot Peterson, resigned on Thursday after being suspended without pay after Sheriff Scott Israel reviewed surveillance video.

“He never went in,” Sheriff Israel said in a news conference. He said the video showed Deputy Peterson doing “nothing.”

“There are no words,” said Sheriff Israel, who described himself as “devastated, sick to my stomach.”

Two other deputies were placed on restricted duty on Thursday because they may have mishandled tips called in to the sheriff’s office over the past two years warning that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, appeared intent on becoming a school shooter, Sheriff Israel said.

The revelations added to a growing list of failures and missed signs by the authorities that might have helped prevent one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.

Peterson should not be allowed to retire. His pension should be stripped, and he should be fired. The GOP/NRA "good guys with guns" mantra is hogwash! On the missed signs and mishandled reports, incompetence just what foolish voters get, when they elect Republicans. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Donald J. Trump was reportedly “furious” on Wednesday morning after a purge of right-wing bots by Twitter left him with a total of fourteen remaining followers, aides have confirmed.

Rising at 3 a.m. to engage in one of his trademark early-morning tweetstorms, Trump was incensed to discover that his Twitter following had plummeted from more than forty-eight million to a little more than a dozen.

At Twitter headquarters, in San Francisco, a company spokesman confirmed that Trump had indeed lost 48,076,920 followers in the bot purge. “It turned out that over forty-six million of the President’s followers came from a single troll farm in Macedonia,” the spokesman said.

As of Wednesday, Trump’s fourteen remaining Twitter followers included his daughter Ivanka; his sons Eric and Donald, Jr.; several White House aides; and someone named Heinrich Himmler III.

Dang Andy! LOL!! I’m sure not surprised. RESIST!!

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Feb 222018
 

WWWendy brought my groceries last night.  She knew I was going to put a few extra dollars in her pay, but that’s now what she’s about.  The store was out of one of my items, boneless fried chicken wings.  A normal person would have called and asked, if I wanted to skip it, or have her get bone-in wings instead, but not Wendy.  During a Winter Storm Alert that has schools and many businesses shut down, Wendy drove several miles to a different store, just to get my wings.  All I can say is that God has made her wings invisible, because I can’t see them, but I know they’re there.  I finally had to turn on the heat.  I awoke to a record low.  Tonight, we should set a new record low, by a full 7° F.  I watched the women’s hockey gold medal game last night.  Woooo Hoooo!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:05 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  Hoe did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Parody Project Channel): THE COUNTRY’S HEART (The Parkland Eulogy) – Based on "Illegal" by Shakira

 

"It should be illegal to deceive a country’s heart." Amen! Silence the Republican bubble machine by sending the Republican Party the way of the Whigs. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Daily Kos Channel): Why is ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ less important than the Second Amendment?

 

The NRA and the Republican Reich want to keep us so paralyzed with fear that we want "good guys with guns" to protect us. That fear drives up both profit for gun manufacturers and power for the Republican Reich. RESIST!!

From NY Magazine: If there remains any doubt that Donald J. Trump is the undisputed master not only of the Republican Party but of the conservative movement that is supposed to be the GOP’s conscience, this week’s annual CPAC conference — the preeminent right-wing political gathering of this and every year —should remove it. As Dave Weigel reports, the event is shaping up as a long celebration of the 45th president and of MAGA in all its dimensions.

Both President Trump and Vice President Pence will deliver speeches at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference, on Friday morning and Thursday morning respectively. A half-dozen members of the administration will give remarks or sit for interviews.

Trump critics will be nowhere in sight. And he and his entourage will not have to share the limelight with mere congressional leaders, either; Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan won’t be there. Indeed, aside from conservative warhorse Senator Ted Cruz (who has conspicuously reconciled with Trump since the unpleasantness in 2016), perhaps the most prominent speaker from the Hill is Representative Devin Nunes, that great Trumpian warrior against Robert Mueller and the FBI, who will give the conference’s closing address.

CPAC has even found space on its agenda for representatives of what its organizers seem to consider international Trumpism:

[There’s] a prominent Thursday morning speaking slot — less than an hour after Pence — for Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the youngest member of France’s far-right political dynasty.

Former leader of UKIP and Trump adviser Nigel Farage will also be in the house.

I would have never believed that CPUKE could be any more vile than it has been, but I sure it will be. RESIST!!

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Feb 212018
 

It’s a rough day here in the CatBox.  I was up early this morning with Republicosis.  On the second trip, I asked myself just how much crap could fit into one Puddy Tat.  A couple hours later, I broke the record I had just set.  I hope the Imodium AD kicks in soon.  At 8:00, I received a Robocall from Store to Door that, due to weather conditions, they have to cancel my grocery delivery this week.  Wendy has chains on her pickup, so she will do my shopping on the way here for my shower this evening.  Of course, I will pay her for the time she spends doing it.   This, for obvious reasons, is my only article today.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:27 (average 5:49).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Inequality Media Channel): Who Should Get Into the USA?

 

Democrats prefer admitting the needy. Republicans prefer admitting the greedy. The only restriction I would place is a criminal background check. RESIST!!

From Reuters UK: U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said.

He was an evangelical televangelism pioneer, who became a pioneer of Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity. RESIST!!

From CNN: Linda Belcher, a Democrat, won the special election for Kentucky’s House District 49 on Tuesday with 3,386 votes. Rebecca Johnson, a Republican, received 1,561 votes, according to official results from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Johnson is the widow of Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson, who narrowly defeated Belcher, then an incumbent, in 2016 and committed suicide late last year. The lawmaker had been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 2013 in a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. He committed suicide a day after he denied the allegations.

Trump won the district with 72% of the vote in 2016.

That is a satisfying result. A Democrat has the seat, and the Republican that used to have it is talking politics with Scalia. RESIST!!

From NY Times: Vice President Mike Pence had planned to secretly meet with a high-level delegation of North Korean leaders while he was at the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month, but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, according to the State Department.

If you believe that, how about buying some Eau de Puddy Tat for $250,000/kitty fart.  It has magical healing properties.  RESIST!!

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Feb 202018
 

Here in tropical Portland, it’s snowing.  Store to Door has not called to take my grocery order yet, so I called them.  They still plan to call, but it’s possible they may be unable to deliver  my groceries tomorrow due to weather.  ARGH!  I still have not had to turn heat on, but I did have to put on a long sleeve shirt.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me  3:39 (average 5:34).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Huffington Post (Hat-Tip JL A): New York Magazine is laying out a case for the possible impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The cover story, penned by former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson, described Thomas’ rise to power and his apparent immunity to scrutiny during the height of the #MeToo movement. Citing conversations with three women who worked with Thomas, Abramson also detailed a history of lies told by the judge, beginning during his confirmation hearing.

His dishonesty, not the allegations of impropriety, “raise the possibility of impeachment.”

“Lying is, for lawyers, a cardinal sin. State disciplinary committees regularly institute proceedings against lawyers for knowingly lying in court, with punishments that can include disbarment. Since 1989, three federal judges have been impeached and forced from office for charges that include lying. The idea of someone so flagrantly telling untruths to ascend to the highest legal position in the U.S. remains shocking, in addition to its being illegal,” Abramson wrote.

Impeaching TEAbag Thomas is a wonderful idea, but we need to wait for the votes to convict the pervert in the Senate to remove him. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Inequality Media Channel): Your 3 Choices When It Comes to Trump

 

I opt for number three, the choice to RESIST!!

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Guess Who Comes In Last In New Ranking Of Presidents?

 

Forget Buchannan. Most Americans used to agree that Crawford Caligula was the worst ever, and he is dancing for joy, because he no longer is. RESIST!!

From NY Times: …So what happened to the character of the G.O.P.? I’m pretty sure that in this case the personal is, ultimately, political. The modern G.O.P. is, to an extent never before seen in American history, a party built around bad faith, around pretending that its concerns and goals are very different from what they really are. Flag-waving claims of patriotism, pious invocations of morality, stern warnings about fiscal probity are all cover stories for an underlying agenda mainly concerned with making plutocrats even richer.

And the character flaws of the party end up being echoed by the character flaws of its most prominent members. Are they bad people who chose their political affiliation because it fits their proclivities, or potentially good people corrupted by the company they keep? Probably some of both.

In any case, let’s be clear: America in 2018 is not a place where we can disagree without being disagreeable, where there are good people and good ideas on both sides, or whatever other bipartisan homily you want to recite. We are, instead, living in a kakistocracy, a nation ruled by the worst, and we need to face up to that unpleasant reality. [emphasis added]

This is Paul Krugman’s conclusion, and I could not agree more. Click through for the rest. RESIST!!

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Feb 192018
 

Outside the temperature has warmed up to a sunny 32°.  I did close the window last night, but had no need to turn on the heat.  Now the sun has been hitting my wall, warming the brickwork, and radiating heat into the room, where it is now 75°.  I may have to open the window.  Now, perhaps you understand how hot things get here in the summer.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:15 (average 6:13).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Washington Post Channel): Meet the business tycoon Trump nominated to be ambassador to The Bahamas

 

Donating big bucks to the Fuhrer, abusing women, and lying during Senate confirmation is the Republican path to an Ambassadorial post. RESIST!!

From Chicago Sun Times: Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.

Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S.

The recipient would then have to enter a code in Facebook to continue buying the ad. The method will first apply to ads that name candidates ahead of the midterm elections in November, said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone.

So what? It would be child’s play for Russian Republicans to maintain US mailboxes to receive the automated Facebook mailings. The Trump Reich would probably provide staff to monitor and reply, without colluding, of course. RESIST!!

From Gizmodo: Asteroid mining is about more than just heading up into space and bringing back a rock full of platinum—you actually need to land something on just the right asteroid.

Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket launched by Elon Musk-led SpaceX two weeks ago, may have changed the game, says one astronomer.

“Instead of a few hundred we may have thousands of ore bearing asteroids available,” Martin Elvis from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics told an audience at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

This is what I meant when I said that transporting billionaires into space for the day will be just the means to pay for the project’s real work, obtaining natural resources. RESIST!!

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