Nov 122017
 

This is today’s only article.  Between the flu, more Republicosis, and the Care2 Glitch Monster running amok, I’m shot.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:18 (average 4:46).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (SNL Channel): Roy Moore & Jeff Sessions Cold Open

 

The real Pence would not want Moore to Withdraw. RESIST!!

From NY Times: After cutting funds for nonprofit groups that help people obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is encouraging the use of insurance agents and brokers who are often paid by insurers when they help people sign up.

The administration said in a recent bulletin that it was “increasing partnerships” with insurance agents and viewed them as “important stakeholders” in the federal marketplace, where consumers are now shopping for insurance. But some health policy experts warned that a shift from nonprofit groups, which are supposed to provide impartial information, to brokers and agents, who may receive commissions for the plans they recommend, carries risks for consumers.

Do not entrust your henhouse to Republican foxes. RESIST!!

From Think Progress: The retailer [Wal-Fart] is offering 15 posters of the forced relocation of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans, which occurred during World War II, including ones of children waiting to be transported and a group of Japanese women within the grounds of an internment camp. The pictures are described as “the perfect Wall Art for any home, bedroom, playroom, classroom, dorm room or office workspace.”

Leave it to Wal-Fart Republicans to glorify that.  RESIST!!

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Jun 302017
 

As June comes to an end, it’s heat wave time in Portland with 88° forecast and high humidity, currently 62%.  I need to install a new poll tomorrow morning.  Does anyone have a good idea for a poll question? 

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:40 (average 5:34).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Fox News shames Medicaid recipients

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

The only way the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, can defend RepubliCare is to viciously attack RepubliCare’s intended victims. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Donald Trump’s Achilles’ Heel and/or the soft, dark, underbelly of his weakness is clearly his ego. So, it would make sense that one way for the frustrated and angry American people to get back at him would be to mock his fragile, legend-in-his-own-mind, immature self-importance. Donald Trump has been called the man-child/boy-president and been spoofed all over the Internet with images of him as a grown toddler. You can see some of those images here. This video falls right in line.

 

I shared the long version, because I could embed it. The character in the video is far too ethical, mature, and well-behaved to be Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten. RESIST!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Trump allies work to smear FBI, discredit Russia investigation

Matthew Miller, former chief spokesman for the Justice Department, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump allies going on offense to discredit the FBI officials and the Trump Russia investigation.

 

Both Snake in the Grassley and Lindsey Poo will stop at nothing to protect their Fuhrer and their Reich from the truth. RESIST!!

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 Posted by at 5:09 pm  Politics
Jan 312017
 

In 2016, the People's Email Network completed the movie they had worked on for several years – "Citizens United – The Movie."  It's a small, low-budget, Indie flick with one star – Ed Asner – a well known activist who, if he didn't do it for free, must have worked for minimum union scale.  It runs 86 minutes.  The plot summary, from IMDb, reads:

When activist Sun Lee leads a protest against civilian killings by drones manufactured by the defense contracting company her grandfather founded, it leads to a dramatic falling out with her family. Now, the activist group she leads becomes the target of an unscrupulous government informant, who infiltrates the group and frames two members for a fabricated terrorist plot. Grappling with betrayal at every turn, Sun continues to strive for a shareholders' resolution condemning the drone killings, while leading her organization in the fight against the systematic shredding of U.S. democracy.

Note that this summary includes "an unscrupulous government informant, who infiltrates the group and frames two members for a fabricated terrorist plot." 

When I read the script, I kind of felt that might just be over the top.  But that was before the election of the Pumpkin Pinocchio.  Now, I wonder whether it goes far ehough.

A couple of weeks ago this was published.  James O'Keefe, an unscrupulous provocateur, who runs a group called "Project Veritas," (Republicans probably would not know Vertias if it came to the door and showed ID, but they do know how to project) personally and through operatives (including Allison Maass, who attempted to infiltrate first Russ Feingold's campaign, and then Hillary CLinton's campaign, but was caught both times) spent a great deal of time and money doing his best to destroy Democratic campaigns at every level.  It is of course normal to want one's own side to win and the other side to lose.  But decent people do not attempt to accomplish that goal through infiltration.

So a couple of people who had some prior knowledge of this con-man and his entourage, Ryan Clayton, an activist with Americans Take Action, and Lauren Windsor, the Executive Director of The Undercurrent (which got extensive footage in 2014 of a secret Koch Brothers meeting), teamed to hoist O'Keefe with his own petard. 

They obtained and have releaseed video footage of O'Keefe's network offering huge sums of money – unlimited resources – to progressive activists if they would majorly disrupt the inauguration, up to and including shutting down bridges into D.C.  You can see it at the Huffington Post article linked above.  Pretty damning.

Ryan Clayton is now – or was Friday – in the hospital, having been choked, kicked in the head, and thrown down a flight of stairs by associates of O'Keefe.  Another activist, Jason Charter, was also hospitalized after being beaten and kicked.  His phone and camera were also stolen.  Update: they were both released from the hospital Monday.

Neither fought back or otherwise engaged in violence, according to Peter James Callahan, a third activist at the event who captured some of it on video, screenshots of which are below….

Clayton, who blogs for The Huffington Post, was handed the microphone and began singing. When attendees realized what was happening, Clayton said a man grabbed him from behind.

Clayton told HuffPost the assailant put his larynx in the nook of his elbow and began twisting his head sideways. “I felt a pop-pop-pop-pop-pop, and then there was nothing left to pop,” Clayton said. “There was a moment I thought, ‘Oh God, this is how I die.’ Last night was the most terrifying night of my life.”

When Clayton shouted they were being filmed, they left him, allowing him to get away, but turned on Charter, who they decided must be the cameraman.

“Somebody looked at my neck tie and I was thrown to the ground,” Charter said. “I had a foot placed on my neck and held down. My lower right abdomen is very sore from the kicks.”

The foot eventually became a knee on his neck, he said, as his camera, his phone, his glasses, his tie and his wallet were taken. Charter said a man he couldn’t identify got the crowd off of him and helped him leave.

Now, I expect you are wondering what Clayton did to call forth such reprisals.  It was this:  "Attendees were invited to ask questions. Clayton, who blogs for The Huffington Post, was handed the microphone and began singing."  OK, that's annoying.  But I think it's a stretch to even call it disruption.

The guy in the hospital bed photo is Charter; the other two photos show Clayton.

If we want to have a shot at keeping our country, we are all going to be activists.  Please, everyone, let's all be careful out there. 

Cross posted to Care2 at http://www.care2.com/news/member/101612212/4033986

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Jan 062017
 

I fired the mail order pharmacy I’ve been using for over five years today.  I had put them on notice after I went without insulin for four days because of one of their several major screw ups, that they were on notice.  Ten days ago, I ordered 100 insulin syringes.  This morning they gave me a "courtesy call" to inform me that they no longer fill prescriptions  for syringes.  If they wanted to be courteous, they could have informed me a LOT sooner. I have a less that week’s supply left, so I have to pay $12.95 for overnight shipping from another online pharmacy.  Portland is under another winter storm warning.  ARGH!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:23 (average 5:35).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Stop Jeff Sessions

 

If Sessions is confirmed, rename DOJ to Department of Injustice. In addition, Alabama’s Fuhrer Bentley would fill Sessions’ Senate seat, and Bentley likes Judge Roy Moore! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: The will of the American people is not represented by the people taking power. Donald Trump lost the election, by nearly THREE million, and yet there he is ready to infest the Oval Office with his odious presence. In the Senate, Republicans may hold a Senate majority, but add up the votes of every senator, and the 48 senators in the Democratic caucus received 78.4 million votes, while the 52 GOP senators received just 54.9 million votes. Americans have picked Democrats to run the government, yet it’s Republicans in charge. What we have here isn’t a democracy, it’s a mockery of one.

So Democrats in Congress must act to represent that nullified American majority, and the best way it can do that is by halting all work. Just bring it in to a standstill. Pass continuing budget resolutions to keep the government running, but otherwise make sure that not a shred of Trump’s agenda, or that of the undemocratic GOP majority makes it through.

Filibuster everything, as long as the GOP majority allow it. Deny the use of unanimous consent to waive the rules for things like the post-cloture 30-hour period. And deny it for EVERYTHING, even the most routine of Senate business. Grind that f-er to a halt.

This is exactly what I’ve been saying since Putin, Comey, and Stein joined forces to hand the White House to Resident Rectum. RESIST!!

From NY Times: For a band at a tiny, little-known, historically black college, it seems in some ways to be the gig of a lifetime: a chance to march and perform at the Jan. 20 presidential inaugural parade in Washington. Some of the musicians at Talladega College have been excited to see the capital for the first time.

But because the president-elect is Donald J. Trump, the school has become the subject of an impassioned national outcry, with online petitions, threats to end donations and a flurry of how-could-yous from alumni who feel that performing in the parade would betray the values of an institution founded by newly freed slaves 150 years ago.

On Thursday, after days of speculation that the college administration might bow to the pressure and remove the band from the parade roster, the president of Talladega College, Billy Hawkins, issued a statement confirming the participation of the band, the Marching Tornadoes, and argued, in essence, that the 58th presidential inauguration is about something bigger than Mr. Trump.

SHAME! They are betraying Black Americans everywhere, by allowing that rabid racist to use them as tokens! RESIST!!

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Dec 042016
 

Wendy just left.  After she scoured the stinky TomCat, we did the dreaded task, cleaned floors and counters, and had French Toast for brunch.  Today is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are meditating with the Jaguars as I write, but the game is not televised here.  I’m following it online.  May the Orb shine it’s blessed light on your team, unless they are spotted puddy tats.  Portland is under a Winter Weather Advisory.  It may snow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:18 (average 5:17).  To do it,. click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: President-elect Donald J. Trump drew a line in the sand on Friday as he warned that U.S. companies planning to ship jobs overseas will be slapped with enormous bribes.

“If you think you’re going to get away with sending jobs out of the U.S., think again,” Trump said. “You are about to be bribed, big league.”

He raised the cautionary example of Carrier Corporation, which this week decided to keep a few hundred jobs in the U.S. in exchange for a seven-million-dollar government incentive. “I warned those boys at Carrier: we can do this the easy way, or the hard way, where you get seven million dollars,” he said. “They backed down so fast—it was terrific.”

Andy, Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten was not even sufficiently competent to bribe Carrier. Vice Puke elect Pence had to do it for him.

From YouTube (SNL Channel): The Hunt for Hil

 

It’s OK with me, if she stays lost.

From NY Times: Senate Democrats concede they have little leverage to stop Donald J. Trump’s cabinet nominees. But that will not discourage them from trying to make life as uncomfortable as possible for many of his choices, with the hope of forcing their Republican colleagues and Mr. Trump to squirm along the way.

With nominees like Representative Tom Price, a proponent of fundamental changes to Medicare, to be health secretary, and Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs trader turned hedge fund manager, as Treasury secretary, Democrats hope to use the confirmation hearings to highlight the wide river of incongruities between Mr. Trump’s campaign promises and much of the team he is assembling. The goal: to fuel a narrative that the incoming president, and the Republicans who support him, cannot be trusted.

“President-elect Trump promised that he was going to clean up the swamp,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the incoming Democratic leader, “and a whole lot of his nominees have had their career in the swamp.”

Making them squirm is not enough! A smaller Republican minority blocked virtually all of Obama’s appointees for years. Democrats should only obstruct the evil ones… ALL of them!! RESIST!!

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Oct 312016
 

Today I will spend most of the day in hiding, because Republican ghouls are grabbing pussies, and I am a wondrous one.  Tomorrow, I have to do all the research for October’s Report in addition to meeting with a social worker, who will help me navigate the complexities of an advanced care directive.  I may be able to publish no more than a Personal Update.  We’ll see how the day develops.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:20 (average 9:21).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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I have to say that the intentional hit on Denver Defensive Coordinator, Wade Phillips, by a San Diego player is the most despicable sportsmanship I have ever seen.

Short Takes:

From NY Times: THE F.B.I. is currently investigating the hacking of Americans’ computers by foreign governments. Russia is a prime suspect.

Imagine a possible connection between a candidate for president in the United States and the Russian computer hacking. Imagine the candidate has business dealings in Russia, and has publicly encouraged the Russians to hack the email of his opponent. It would not be surprising for the F.B.I. to include this candidate and his campaign staff in its confidential investigation of Russian computer hacking.

But it would be highly improper, and an abuse of power, for the F.B.I. to conduct such an investigation in the public eye, particularly on the eve of the election. It would be an abuse of power for the director of the F.B.I., absent compelling circumstances, to notify members of Congress that the candidate was under investigation. It would be an abuse of power if F.B.I. agents went so far as to obtain a search warrant and raid the candidate’s office tower, hauling out boxes of documents and computers in front of television cameras.

The F.B.I.’s job is to investigate, not to influence the outcome of an election.

Such acts could also be prohibited under the Hatch Act, which bars the use of an official position to influence an election. That is why the F.B.I. presumably would keep those aspects of an investigation confidential until after the election. The usual penalty for a violation is termination of federal employment.

Click through for more. The more I learn,the angrier I become at Comey’s criminal Republican behavior.

From Washington Post: The politically charged hate-speech trial of Dutch firebrand anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders got underway Monday with Wilders boycotting the opening.

Instead, his lawyer, Geert-Jan Knoops, read out a statement that the lawmaker published last Friday in which he called his case a “political trial” targeting freedom of speech.

It is not the first time Wilders, whose party is riding high in opinion polls ahead of parliamentary elections due next March, has been prosecuted. He was acquitted on hate-speech charges in 2011 after complaints about his fierce criticism of Islam.

This sounds scary enough that I hope Lona can give us more info on this Dutch Republican fascist.

From NY Magazine: Republicans are at each others’ [sic] throats in a way they haven’t been since at least 1964. Republicans disagree about Trump, and they disagree about what they need to do in order to regain power. But those disagreements have very little to do with the decisions the party will face between now and the next presidential campaign. Its position toward a prospective Hillary Clinton administration is so predetermined it is hardly a decision at all. The party will oppose her completely and totally.

Some Republicans blanched at Donald Trump’s outright promise to imprison his opponent if elected. But almost none of them objected to his underlying premise that Clinton is a criminal figure who should be in prison but for the politically motivated decision of the FBI’s Republican director to inexplicably spare her prosecution. That consensus will quickly return to the fore.

Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, boasts to Dave Weigel that he plans to begin multiple years’ worth of investigations into the incoming Clinton presidency. “Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up.” Chaffetz makes clear in his interview that two years truly is a low-ball figure.

The sedition Republicans will commit against the first woman President will be even worse than the sedition they committed against the first black President. Republican political extinction is the only solution in sight.

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