Jan 252015
 

5It’s still day 81.  I’m changing my schedule.  I plan to upload articles whenever I finish writing them for the day.  It will keep me more current, and I won’t have to wait until midnight to upload.  I’ll be a little less regular, but I think I’ll get more rest this way.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s is on the first Open Thread.

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: That he can say such vile things with a smile on his face speaks volumes of his character. (Warning:NSFW or around children, or decent folk)

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Behold the love of Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians! These are NOT authentic Christians. Authentic Christians honor the beliefs of others. Republicans prove the existence of DEVOLUTION.

From Washington Post: The Obama administration will propose setting aside the 1.4 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness, the White House announced Sunday, a move that will spark a fierce battle with the new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman, Lisa Murkowski, and other Alaska Republicans.

I fully support this move and wish he would do more.

From Desmoines Register: Donald Trump is aggressively pushing himself back onto the Iowa stage as presidential material.

In a sit-down interview with The Des Moines Register, he said the two presumed GOP frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, are doomed to lose — and he expressed regret that he hadn’t run himself in 2012.

Trump said he should be in the White House right now.

When Trump joins the clown car, every day is a bad hair day.

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Jan 222015
 

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address may be summed up by comparing the expressions on two faces, above: Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker John “Agent Orange” Boehner (R-OH).  Here is the complete video, a link to the transcript, the video of the official Republican Response, and my own editorial commentary.

You can get the transcript here.

I can’t say that I agreed with him across the board.  I’m not convinced that he has sufficient protections for US workers built into the free trade agreement.  I’m also not sure he has as good a handle on terrorism as he implied, and I think he still looking for a solution to stopping ISIL, the organization created through Republican incompetence.  He didn’t even mention domestic terrorism from the Republican base.

However, all things considered, the content was superb, and the delivery, even better.  He drew a line in the sand for himself and the entire Democratic party going forward.

The official Republican Response, by Joni “Pig Nuts” Ernst (R-IA) was as bad as Obama’s presentation was good.

Extreme Barf Bag Alert!!  30 Gal. Capacity (or more) Recommended!!

She had nothing to offer, but the same old, tired, debunked, trickle down, promises that were lies thirty years ago, delivered with a glassy-eyed stare and an irritating, nasal whine.

I am not including the “Tea Party” Republican Response or the “Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot” Republican Response.  A guy can only take so much punishment and survive.

In the aftermath, Republicans are claiming that Obama offered nothing with which they are willing to agree.  That is probably true, because he did not offer unconditional surrender.  They are also claiming that Obama is proposing to raise YOUR taxes.  If that’s is true, would YOU give me a few spare million, please?

In closing, I hope that Republicans are willing to negotiate in good faith on matters that will benefit the American people without exacerbating the inequality they have caused.  I am all for it, but to be honest, I just don’t think they have it in them to challenge either their greedy billionaires or their rabid base.

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Jan 192015
 

For many years the title of Craziest Federal Legislator was crystal clear.  It was Michele “Batshit” Bachmann.  It was not even close.  Now that she is no longer in the House, there are several contenders, such as “Pig Nuts” Ernst (R-IA), “Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot” Paul (R-KY), and “Uranus Inspector” Cruz (R-TX).  However, the leading contender may well be “Go-Go Goosestep” Gohmert (R-TX).

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I see America’s Dumbest Congressman has returned to the House in fine form.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) called on American leaders to emulate Egypt’s military dictator, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi–a man who orchestrated a coup d’etat and has presided over the killing of more than a thousand dissidents.

Gohmert made the remarks on Wednesday in a speech from the House floor denouncing radical Islam, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I hope one day that our top leaders in this country will have the courage of president el-Sisi in Egypt and they will reflect, as general el-Sisi has, the will of the people of their country,” Gohmert stated.

You don’t see congressmen praising dissident-killing military dictators quite as often as you used to, but for Louie that was just the side dish. The main course was supposing the current president was a Sekrit Muslim working with the Muslim Brotherhood to make America Muslimy, and you know it must be true because:

Gohmert once again suggested that President Obama is secretly a Muslim, citing an incident in the 2008 primary season when then-candidate Obama mistakenly said he had visited 57 states, which Gohmert contends was an accidental reference to the 57 members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

We’re through the looking glass, people. Oh, and also? Louie Gohmert says he is not a crackpot…

Inserted from <Daily Kos>

Go-Go loves Egypt’s Fascist dictator, because he engineered a Second Amendment solution, the path to political power that Go-Go favors here.  There’s a reason that he claims he isn’t a crackpot.  He is afraid that the SPCC (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Crackpots) will sue him for defamation of character.

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Jan 172015
 

The Republican Party must be very anxious to make an impression on American voters, considering that their candidates have already opened the campaign season.  Therefore they chose the person who most truly represents who they are to gibe the Republican Response to Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.

ErnstHatSen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) will deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced at the House and Senate GOP retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

"Sen. Ernst brings a unique perspective to the Senate. She is a mother, a soldier and an independent leader who serves in Washington because Americans voted for change in the last election, and Joni understands that middle-class Americans want Congress to get back to work and that they want Washington to get refocused on their concerns, instead of those of the political class,” McConnell said in a statement Thursday.

Ernst was elected to the Senate in November, becoming the first woman elected to federal office from Iowa. She said she’s "truly honored" to deliver the GOP address.

House Speaker John Boehner praised Ernst after the announcement Thursday…

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Here’s Ed Schultz’ take on the story.

Wooo Hoooo!!  If you’d like more information on Joni Pig Nuts, I already gave her a parade.  If we’re lucky, she may castrate the Republican Party.

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Jan 172015
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 73.  I have a friend coming over to help me with laundry and heavy cleaning today.  (Later: she called and rescheduled for Saturday, screwing up both days).

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:02 (average 4:26).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Joanne’s Humor:

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Short Takes:

From The Nation (Hat-Tip Joanne Dixon): …The true measure of Democrats’ sincerity will determine how hard they push for these policies in the near term, and also to what extent these ideas will become part of the Democratic agenda in 2016. Should the party retain the White House and maybe even win back Congress in two years, this might decide whether Washington can actually act to slow down dangerous Wall Street trading and exorbitant CEO pay while funneling the benefits back to the middle class.

Really, it goes beyond those particular policies—are Democrats ready to take on the wealthy and corporate classes at full steam, Citizen’s United be damned?

It’s a question where progressives should resist easy answers. Loyal partisans will dutifully tell you Democrats mean business. Cynical progressives trained to thoroughly distrust the motives of any elected Democrat will tell you otherwise…

This is a tiny snippet from an extensive article.  Click through.  I can only hope that democrats are learning from and not just trolling the left, because the only other alternative, for now, is the Republicans.

From CREW: More than four years after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging former Republican Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell had converted more than $20,000 of campaign funds to her personal use, the FEC finally sued O’Donnell and her campaign treasurer, Matt Moran, for exactly that. Most astonishingly, we’ve learned that in November, the current slate of commissioners voted 6-0 – a nearly unprecedented display of unanimity – to find probable cause to believe O’Donnell and Moran had violated the law. Then last week – again in a 6-0 vote – the Commission authorized the filing of a lawsuit to recover the money.

CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan stated, “Contrary to all of Christine O’Donnell’s whining, she is not and never was an innocent victim of partisan attacks. Rather, she was an otherwise jobless scam artist who fleeced donors to support herself.”

CREW’s September 2010 complaint, which formed the basis of the FEC’s lawsuit, alleged O’Donnell violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by illegally using campaign funds to pay rent and utility bills for a townhouse, where she lived and out of which her campaign operated.

In case you’ve forgotten Christine O’Dingbat… Barf Bag Alert!!

Kudos to CREW. Click through for details and documents. This goes to show that even the most insane Republicans consider themselves above the law. I liked Elvira’s version better.

From Daily Kos: One of the first things the new Republican-led Senate has done is moved a bill forward to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Ten Democratic senators and independent Angus King of Maine voted Yea, as seen above.

Five of the eleven are from states won by Mitt Romney in 2012. Angus King, Tom Udall, and Tom Carper, however, are from states President Obama won by more than 10 points.

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If you own one, tear them a new asshole. Obama intends to veto the bill.

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Jan 132015
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 69.  Tonight Oregon Plays Ohio State in the inaugural BCS championship game.  Then tomorrow is a prison volunteer day, so please expect me to be scarce for the next two to three days.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:07 (average 5:00).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Fox News just reported that Obama is going to ban doughnuts!

And not just doughnuts.  Watch the report.  Obama's jack-booted FDA is coming after (and they list these) popcorn, Christmas cookies (ohhh he hates Christmas!), crackers, frozen pizza, and canned frosting.  Fox News host Clayton Morris actually said they would be prohibited!

 

Cenk is quite hilarious with this Republican lie. I wonder if Republican cops turned their back on de Blasio, because he's a Democrat, and they think he will help Obama take away their donuts. ;-)

From YouTube: Elizabeth Warren: Break Up the Banks to Restore Economy for All

She is a glimmer of light in the dark ages.

From UPI: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been made the chair for the Senate subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, which oversees NASA.

OMG! Bend over! Republicans want to explore Uranus!! :twisted:

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Jan 062015
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 62.  I’m quite busy year-change record keeping for both myself and my volunteer organization.  The Dulcolax finally worked, so I feel 20 lbs. lighter are far more like a Democrat.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:15 (average 4:55).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Sixty-four unskilled workers will report to new jobs in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday as part of a federal jobs program that provides employment for people unable to find productive work elsewhere.

The new hires, who have no talents or abilities that would make them employable in most workplaces, will be earning a first-year salary of $174,000.

For that sum, the new employees will be expected to work a hundred and thirty-seven days a year, leaving them with two hundred and twenty-eight days of vacation.

Some critics have blasted the federal jobs program as too expensive, noting that the workers were chosen last November in a bloated and wasteful selection process that cost the nation nearly four billion dollars.

But Davis Logsdon, a University of Minnesota economics professor who specializes in labor issues, said that the program is necessary to provide work “for people who honestly cannot find employment anywhere else.”

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Andy has never been more accurate!!

From Yahoo News: Police officers turned their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday during the funeral for Wenjian Liu, one of two NYPD officers killed in a Dec. 20 ambush, exposing the ongoing rift between the department and City Hall.

The officers were seen turning away from an outdoor screen showing de Blasio’s eulogy at the service in Brooklyn, defying a request by New York Police Commissioner William Bratton not to protest at the funeral.

“A hero’s funeral is about grieving, not grievance,” Bratton wrote in a memo to officers on Friday, less than a week after officers turned their backs on de Blasio at the funeral of Rafael Ramos, the other NYPD slain officer. “I remind you that when you don the uniform of this department, you are bound by the tradition, honor, and decency that go with it.”

The memory of Wenjian Liu is certainly worthy of honor and respect. Officers who dishonor that memory, while in uniform, by mimicking Westboro Baptist Republicans have forgotten their calling to serve and protect. They should be fired.

From Reuters: U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, a conservative Tea Party Republican from Texas, said on Sunday he would challenge John Boehner for speaker of the House of Representatives.

Gohmert’s announcement came a day after fellow Republican Representative Ted Yoho of Florida said he might be willing to put his name up against Boehner, the Ohio Republican who is widely expected to retain the top job in the chamber when the full House votes on Tuesday.

"Ted is a good man for whom I could vote, but I have heard from many supporters and also friends in Congress who have urged me to put forward my name for Speaker as well to increase our chances of change," Gohmert said in a statement. "That is why I am also offering my name as a candidate for Speaker."

While I doubt that Go Go Goosestep has even the slightest chance to become Speaker, his actions will sow dissention in the ranks of the Republican Reich and embarrass Agent Orange.

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