Sep 302013

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 108. as we come to the end of another month.  It’s a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid orb, and a worship service is on as I write.  Later the Broncos worship with the Philadelphia congregation, and it will be televised here, so I shall be meditating deeply.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:51 (average 4:50).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:


Short Takes:

From Raw Story (Hat-Tip to Lynn): A Rutgers University student who found himself being cited by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a cautionary tale told MSNBC host Ed Schultz on Friday that Cruz distorted his story for the purposes of arguing against the Affordable Care Act…


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Cruz is no different than any other Republican Senator in one respect. They all have to lie, because, if they told the truth, not even the most stupid sheeple would vote for them. This student’s story is a perfect example of that.

From Daily Kos: Could it be that the excoriation received by Chuck Todd by a multitude of reputable online news sources is reframing the actions of some traditional journalists? Is it the fear that as Americans see the truth they will justifiably stop accepting the traditional media as one of their major sources of information?


Lemons had recently been a ‘yes man’ for Bill O’Lielly. I’m glad he decided to come clean and hope more media people do.

From Alternet: NRA Lobbyist: Opposing Elephant Slaughter Is Hitlerian Animal Racism

Here’s the background: There’s this show on NBC Sports called “Under Wild Skies” featuring an NRA lobbyist and all the animals he likes to hunt and kill. Some people think this is fun to do and watch. But, some people also objected this week when the show featured the gun lobbyist in question, Tony Makris, shooting an elephant in the face, and then drinking champagne. About 50,000 people objected and suggested NBC cancel the show.

This upset Tony Makris, who feels, as many gun nuts do, very oppressed by the fact that people want to deprive him of his liberties to shoot and televise his kills, and celebrate afterwards. These dang animal nuts are exactly like Hitler, he said in an interview with NRA talk show host Cam Edwards.

To be clear, Makris explained, he is a hunter, a non-dsicriminatory [sic] hunter. “I hunt all things,” not just elephants. Animal rights people are too soft on elephants. Nobody objected about his shooting ducks, pigeons, rabbits and squirrels, let alone deer. “So I can shoot all of those, but not an elephant?” he asked rhetorically.

This, he said, is animal racism. And to those who would argue that elephants are different, bigger, more special, smarter and more sensitive, he said. “Hitler would have said the same thing.”


This is just one of seven examples of Republican TEAbuggery in just the last week. Click through for the other six. (We need to send this elephant hunter to the US House!! ;-))



Obama must not make the same mistake with Republicans.

Sep 272013


Here is the twenty-ninth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican Radio Host and Propagandist, Sandy Rios.  She is honored for a a conspiracy theory so daft, that it proves she needs Cruz Control almost as desperately as Ted.

27RiosYesterday, American Family Radio morning drive-time host Sandy Rios used the Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi to promote birther lunacy.  In the process, she pushed claims that have been debunked several times over–not that anyone who listens to AFR would know. 

According to Rios, that reports of at least three Americans with ties to al-Qaeda raises staggering implications, given that "this is the country from where our president hails."  She then doubled down, claiming that Obama’s cousin is former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga, "a Muslim Communist."  No, this isn’t snark–People for the American Way got a clip.

Odinga claimed back in December 2007, in the wake of the Kenyan presidential election, that he was Obama’s cousin.  appeared to form the basis of a long-circulating email claiming that Obama and Odinga have long been in cahoots with each other, and that Obama even donated a million dollars to the Odinga campaign. Not so, says Snopes–which points out that Obama and Odinga are not biologically related and that at least one other candidate in the Kenyan election claimed to be related to Obama. 

Nonetheless, the wingnut fringe seized on it to peddle claims that Obama endorsed Odinga and actively campaigned for him.  Moreover, Odinga isn’t a Muslim–he’s a born-again Christian… [emphasis added]

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Is that a major whopper or what?

Ed Schultz has his own exposé on this.

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Of course this liar is a Republican. When she’s not propagandizing for them, she’s raising money for their candidates.

Sep 232013

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 101, and getting my arse kicked un fantasy football, but it’s still early.  It ain’t over ‘till the fat TomCat purrrs!!  Update: Not even Garfield can save me on this one. :-(

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:13 (average 5:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Last Friday MSNBC Ed Schultz had a town hall in Alabama. He wanted to go to the deep South and talk directly to the people. He complained about the right-wing talking heads using a narrative of dependency as well as race bating to create a level of angst within the white community. One wonders if he expected to have two women in the audience with prescient stories that put it all in a microcosm.


Not all Republicans are racist, but most racists are Republican, because the party has opened its doors and put out the welcome mat for hate mongers.

From Alternet: He’s back. Steve “cantaloupe calves” King opines some more on undocumented immigrants.

Saying irresponsible, racist things about immigrants is Iowa Tea Party Rep. Steve King’s brand, and he continues to hone and promote it. At a recent anti-immigration rally in Omaha, he out and out called “illegal immigrants” a murderous mob. King recounted to the already-converted-to-hate audience a conversation he had recently with INS agent Mike Cutler at a congressional hearing. “How many Americans have died at the hands of illegal immigrants? What’s the price Americans are paying for an open door policy?” King asked Cutler.

To which, King claims Cutler helpfully replied: “‘I don’t know the answer to that, but I can tell you it will be in multiples of the victims of September 11th."

Good at math King, randomly multiplied 9/11’s death toll of about 3,000 by four and told the hate rally that 12,000 murders were likely committed by these out-of-control immigrants, who would be crashing planes into our buildings if they could, but sometimes just have to settle for raping and murdering us.

This is just one of seven vile statements made by prominent Republicans in the last week alone. Click through for the other six. I must admit surprise, however, that King was actually able to multiply 3,000 by 4.

From NRDC,org: It’s less costly to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels than coal-fired power plants when climate change costs and other health impacts are factored in, according to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

In fact—using the official U.S. government estimates of health and environmental costs from burning fossil fuels—the study shows it’s cheaper to replace a typical existing coal-fired power plant with a wind turbine than to keep the old plant running. And new electricity generation from wind could be more economically efficient than natural gas.

The study confirms what I recently posted about the effects of allowing the fossil fuel industry to externalize the costs of their harm to people and the environment. This subsidy of suffering must end!



Sep 212013

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 99, and hoping for some rest today as stuck on stupid neighbor and guitar man tag teamed my sleep yesterday.  The honcho from the company that owns the building and the agent from the county are meeting today, so hopefully I should know next week and may be able to move as soon as next month.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:22 (average 4:56).  It reminded me of Congress  :-(  To do it. click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Saying he was “sorry it had to come to this,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said today that he was forming an “independent search committee” to select a new Pope.

The visibly upset jurist appeared at a press conference with the sole other member of the newly formed search committee, Justice Clarence Thomas.

Justice Scalia said he had “no other alternative” but to pick a new Pope himself after reading what he called a “disturbing” interview with Pope Francis today: “The Pope said he doesn’t want to speak out against abortion and gay marriage. Well, sorry, my friend, but that’s the entire job description. You should have thought of that before you let them blow that white smoke in Rome.”

Dang! Has Andy stopped satirizing and started reporting?

From Daily Kos: MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Wednesday that when it comes to misinformation about the new federal health care law, don’t expect members of the media to correct the record.

During a segment on "Morning Joe," former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) speculated that most opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been fed erroneous information about the law. Todd said that Republicans "have successfully messaged against it" but he disagrees with those who argue that the media should educate the public on the law. According to Todd, that’s President Barack Obama’s job.

This is a host on the channel Republicans say is 100% librul. Since when is informing the public, as to what is true and what isn’t, not the job of the fourth estate?  Hat-Tip to Patty for Credo’s petition to NBC about Todd.

From MSNBC: Ed Schultz reveals the Republican heart.

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I’m pleased to report that not one single Democrat goose-stepped with the Republican Party’s War on the Poor. Every penny Democrats spend on hungry children is a penny Republicans can’t give to a billionaire. As for the Republican heart, there is none. In effect they are saying that to take away poor people’s subsistence will lead them to economic success, in the same way they seem to think that taking away their health care will lead them to good health. The bill passed the House.



Sep 192013


Here is the twenty-seventh article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Reince Priebus, Republican mouthpiece and close associate of the infamous Fartfuhrer of Fitzwalkerstan.  He is honored for trying to make it appear that the Navy Yard shooting was timed to help Obama shut down the government.

19HewittReinceRepublican National Chairman Reince Priebus believes that it’s not the GOP that wants to shut down the government, but President Obama. He told Hugh Hewitt on Monday that Obama really wants a government shutdown over Obamacare, a move that he said is even alienating some Democrats.

Hewitt said all the big news over Syria and now the Navy Yard shooting is masking the “domestic paralysis” going on in Congress, saying the media isn’t talking about the nation being “on the brink of a shutdown orchestrated by the president.”

Priebus responded, “I think he wants this thing to happen, a shutdown of the government…

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Ed Schultz debunked Reince’s lies.

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What extreme projection. Priebus is doing nothing less than attempting to blame a potential government shutdown on Obama, as if the timing of the shooting, made possible because a mentally unstable person with a history of gun violence was able to own assault weapons.

Republicans can’t get away with claiming Priebus isn’t one of them Priebus heads the RNC.

Sep 152013

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 93.  Just maybe the extreme heat has ended a day early, but my two weather sources are 13° apart.  I’m still over-tired from the week.  Don’t forget to set your fantasy football lineups, and Patty, YOU NEED A TIGHT END!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:57 (average 5:08).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MSNBC: Ed Shultz talks about un-brainwashing Faux Noise viewers.

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In short, there is more than one kind of viewer of the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise. Regular folks, who watch it, because they don’t know any better can be helped. But neither flavor of core viewer can be helped. The core viewers that say "Kill!", are getting exactly what they want, so they will not accept help. The core viewers that say "Ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a", are just too stuck on stupid!

From Right Wing Watch: Two weeks ago, the Christian Broadcasting Network tried to cover up remarks made by Pat Robertson, the founder of CBN and host of its flagship show the 700 Club, about how he believes gay men wear special rings that cut the hands of people they meet in order to infect them with HIV/AIDS.

CBN not only had the video we posted of Robertson’s comments removed from YouTube by complaining that it violated copyright laws, but also edited the comments out of its own broadcast of the show.

We reposted our video elsewhere, but CBN also had it removed from websites such as Vimeo and Dailymotion.

We filed a counterclaim with YouTube asserting that our video was protected by Fair Use and yesterday we finally received word that our video had been restored…


Kudos, to RWW! As for Robertson, I trust that, in the end, “Blood Diamond Pat” will hear, "I never knew you!"

From Politico: Senate Democrats have had all they can take from David Vitter and his fixation on Obamacare — and they’re dredging up his past prostitution scandal to hit back.

Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has infuriated Democrats this week by commandeering the Senate floor, demanding a vote on his amendment repealing federal contributions to help pay for lawmakers’ health care coverage.

But Democratic senators are preparing a legislative response targeting a sordid Vitter episode. If Vitter continues to insist on a vote on his proposal, Democrats could counter with one of their own: Lawmakers will be denied those government contributions if there is “probable cause” they solicited prostitutes…

LOL!! I love it!! Vitter has demanded that the Senate Ethics Committee investigate Harry Reid over this. Now, I’m no fan of the Nevada Leg Hound, but the very notion of Diaper Dave demanding an ethics review epitomizes GOP Hypocrisy!



Aug 292013

Writing for tomorrow, day 76, the meeting was great, but I’m very tired.  Critter sends greetings to Critter.  There may be no articles on Friday, because of tomorrow’s medical appointment.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:34 (average 4:53).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Lefty Blog Friends Fantasy Football:

Be sure to get your lineup set by Thursday, September 5, a week away, because the regular season begins with Thursday night football.

Short Takes:

From MSNBC: 50 years after I Have a Dream, Republican racism rebounds.


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Ed sure has O’Lielly pegged! These stories from people’s day-to-day lives, make it crystal clear that, although not all Republicans are racist, institutionalized racism is a key element in the Republican plan for America. Ed says he refuses to sit silent about this. So do I, but you already know that.

From TPM: The United States’ borrowing authority will expire in mid-October, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Monday, informing Congress that it must raise the debt limit by then to avert a debt default which would have disastrous implications for the economy.

“Based on our latest estimates, extraordinary measures are projected to be exhausted in the middle of October,” Lew wrote in a letter to congressional leaders. “At that point, the United States will have reached the limit of its borrowing authority, and Treasury would be left to fund the government with only the cash we have on hand on any given day. … Moreover, it is not possible for us to estimate with any precision the date on which Treasury would exhaust its cash in this situation.”

Lew said the statutory debt limit had been reached on May 17 and that extraordinary measures had begun then. “As I stated in that letter, Congress should act as soon as possible to protect America’s good credit by extending normal borrowing authority well before any risk of default becomes imminent.”

This is where head of the Republican bar (& Lounge) association, John Boehner, aka Agent Orange, promises to blackmail the American people, by holding our good faith and credit hostage. We compromised with them on this once before, but instead of keeping their word and negotiating a real solution, Republicans stonewalled, thus giving us the Republican sequester. The key is to not cave-in to ANY of their ludicrous demands. If they inflict pain, because they don’t get their way, it’s part os the sad price Americans must pay for being foolish enough to believe what Republicans said in 2010.

From Crooks and Liars: James Fallows On Bombing Syria: Just Don’t Do It


I hope Cenk is wrong. The problem with Syria is simple. The US ignored it for so long that Assad has become a proxy of Hezbollah, and the rebels are dominated by Al Qaeda.  Whoever wins, both we, and more important, the Syrian people, lose.



Since racists became Republicans, they have forgotten how to talk, except for Gimme and NO.