It’s that time of week again, and I’m happy to share two excellent video clips from Bill’s show last night. Enjoy!! But first, I’d like to explain why I continue to share Bill’s work, when some reject him completely over his N-Word comment. Bill and I are both satirists, so I shoot from the hip, based on stream of thought. Sometimes, things don’t come out the with the meaning I intended. Because I’m writing, I catch myself most of the time, feel appalled at myself, and correct the mistake, before it’s ever published. Even then, JD still finds cause to reign me in from time to time, so I can explain how a statement was intended. A live comedian does not have that luxury. I know what Bill was trying to say. He was telling the Republican that they treat Americans like slaves, and that he (Bill) was the wrong kind of slave. He has followed up with three separate apologies, and I think forgiveness is in order, even though I have been a civil rights activist for over 50 years. Bill is too valuable an asset for and too strong a supporter of civil rights to throw him away over a mistake.
This is today’s only article from me. The good news is that I seem to have recovered from Republicosis. The bad news is that the blog caught it. I went to update the poll this morning, and went to the administrators’ page that I always use to edit the sidebar widgets. It is blank. That means we have a conflict, between one of our plugins and WordPress, between two of our plugins, or between our theme and WordPress. I’m going to have to deactivate all our plugins and add them back one at a time until I find the culprit. During the process, the blog will be changing rapidly in appearance and function, so please be patient, and know that you are not the cause of this. At worst I may need to rebuild from scratch with far fewer bells and whistles. I needed this like America needs Trump! ARGH!!
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:23 (average 5:46). To do it, click here. How did you do?
I have nothing against men. I am one. I would not want 13 women to make decisions on my absolute need to scratch certain itches, and 13 well-intended progressive men, let alone 13 Republican misogynists, must not be allowed to make decisions on women’s health needs. RESIST!!
The Red Queen should sue over her comparison to the Fuhrer. RESIST!!
From Exposed by CMD: This year’s legislative season saw a strong push in the states from right-wing groups, bankrolled by the Koch brothers and other ultra-conservative billionaires, hoping to convene a national constitutional convention in order to inject rigid fiscal constraints into our country’s founding document. Advocates of a federal “balanced budget amendment” (BBA) picked up two more states, Wyoming and Arizona, in their drive to win the 34 resolutions needed to bypass Congress and convene a convention to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution.
That momentum, however, was blunted by surprisingly successful campaigns to rescind convention calls in three states, New Mexico, Maryland, and Nevada. As a result, BBA proponents now claim 27 states in their column, down from 28 at the beginning of the year.
Two steps forward and three steps back…from the brink of a political experiment untried since 1787.
Click Through. A Constitutional Convention of, by, and for Republican Koch Suckers would be an unmitigated disaster. RESIST!!
I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, and today is my first full day since before I was hospitalized. It feels good to be back in the saddle, but I bet a buck that I’ll be pooped before my work is done.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s dawg (tomorrow’s lunch?) took me 3:27 (average 4:51). To do it, click here. How did you do?
Dang!! I’m taking my bag of kitty litter and going into hiding. RESIST!!
From DCReport: Donald Trump told voters he would double economic growth from about 2% annually under Obama to more than 4%.
But Trump’s own planners at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) don’t think that will happen. Using current tax rates, they project that federal tax revenues will grow at a slower pace than under President Obama through 2022, just the opposite of what you’d expect to see if the overall economy was suddenly growing at double the pace of the Obama years. The OMB numbers are presented in a new federal document, not mentioned in other major news organizations’ reporting, and analyzed by DCReport.
A doubling of economic growth to 4% annually would produce a much bigger increase in individual income tax revenues. That’s because as incomes rise so do the rates at which they are taxed. At 4% annual increases in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) incomes would soar, pushing many people into higher tax brackets on their increased incomes.
Click through for more. As a result, the Trump/Ryan tax cuts to provide welfare for billionaires will cause huge deficits, and Republicans will demand cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. RESIST!!
The number of advertisers on the alt-right site Breitbart.com has dropped 90 percent in recent months, from 242 in March to 26 in May, according to data from MediaRadar, a New York firm that tracks online advertising. Among those that continue to advertise on the site include a gentleman’s club in Northern Virginia, a golf resort near the coast of Spain and the conservative foundation Judicial Watch.
This means that Breitbart has lost over 2,200 advertisers total.
It couldn’t happen to nastier Nazis. Another Alt-Right Nazi site says that Jew advertisers are strangling Breitfart of revenues, I tried to find a list of the last 26, but could not. RESIST!!
I have a major load of tasks to complete today, so today’s update has one short take and little info. I have quite s bit of pain, and am doing my best to keep off the Oxycodone. Head for the hills. I just Reduplicated!!
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:28 (average 4:58). To do it, click here. How did you do?
I have a meeting to go to shortly. I am a member of the Family Council and a liaison to the Board of the care centre where my mum lived and the board is meeting tonight. The Family Council meets next week. Tomorrow is physio and teaching so there will likely be no Open Thread for tomorrow. We have had no additional word from TC yet, but when we know, we will pass it on. In the mean time, please keep TC in your thoughts and prayers.
Jig Zone Puzzle
Today’s took me 3:39 (average 5:52). To do it, click here. How did you do? Try not to get all wet with this one!
YouTube — If He Were Doing Any Other Job, Donald Trump Would Have Been Fired by Now | The Resistance | GQ
I should think that Trump would understand this phrase: "You're fired!" Or perhaps this one: "Go straight to jail. Do not pass Go."
Resist and Persist!!!
The New Yorker — In a dramatic announcement from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Donald J. Trump pronounced the planet Earth a “loser” and vowed to make a better deal with a new planet.
“Earth is a terrible, very bad planet,” he told the White House press corps. “It’s maybe the worst planet in the solar system, and it’s far from the biggest.” …
When asked which planet he would make a new deal with, Trump offered few specifics, saying only, “The solar system has millions of terrific planets, and they’re all better than Earth, which is a sick, failing loser.”
Trump’s remarks drew a strong response from one of the United States’ NATO allies, Germany’s Angela Merkel. “I strongly support Donald Trump leaving the planet Earth,” she said.
I'm with Angela Merkel!
Resist and Persist!!!
Think Progress — …Sen. John Wiles (R) knew that if he could lift Georgia’s law that banned outside groups from purchasing anonymous mailers, he could transform the way his party conducts campaigns. He declared at the time that he would “not support any effort to regulate anonymous political speech.”
Wiles was able to get his colleagues on board, and they quietly passed legislation removing the ban. But the move earned him critics, including the top Republican in the state tasked with running elections.
Karen Handel, then Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, said she was “adamantly” opposed to Wiles’ political maneuver—she had recently launched a “transparency in government” program. …
…Handel is relying heavily on the same kind of spending she so recently fought against.
Outside groups have spent roughly $9 million supporting Handel’s campaign during the primary and leading up to the June 20 runoff. More than $250,000 of that total has been spent on anonymous direct mail. …
“Karen Handel was for a ban on secret political spending, but now that it’s clear she can’t compete with Jon Ossoff and his small-dollar, grassroots donors, her campaign is almost completely reliant on special interest money from groups that refuse to disclose their donors.”
So much for being "adamantly opposed" to dark money. I did not like Karen Handel and her shenanigans when she was with Susan G Komen and I am disappointed to see her back in the limelight with her Republican talking points and lack of ethics. The special election in Georgia's 6th district is set for 20 June 2017. May it turn blue with Jon Ossoff who garnered 48.1% of the vote in the jungle primary.