Feb 282015
 

My helper friend called yesterday and said she could not make it until 10 AM today.  It’s Noon and I’m still waiting.  I slept most of yesterday, needed it, and could probably use another few hours.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:02 (average 5:02).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: By a huge majority, Americans support laws legalizing marijuana and criminalizing Congress, according to a poll released on Thursday.

While the poll reflects a relaxation of attitudes about recreational pot use, it also suggests that many Americans now view membership in Congress as a problem ravaging the nation.

Harland Dorrinson, an activist who has spent years mobilizing support for the criminalization of Congress, said that “this poll reinforces what many of us have been saying for a long time: Congress destroys lives.”

Never has Andy’s satire been more true.

From Media Matters: Fox News Host Sean Hannity is criticizing singer John Legend’s Oscars speech, which invoked the civil rights movement and the ongoing fight for racial and social justice. In response to Legend’s completely accurate statement that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is under attack today, Hannity disagreed and appeared to argue that the seminal civil rights law was irrelevant to strict voter ID laws.

On February 22, Legend and co-writer Common won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Glory," from the film Selma, a historical drama about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight for equal voting rights. In his acceptance speech, Legend noted that the civil rights struggle represented in the movie continues "right now": "We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago, but we say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now, in this country, today."

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Everything Legend said was true. Fowler was completely accurate when Hannity wasn’t overwhelming him with the loudest mic. Innis is just a token paid to betray his people, and said nothing of import. Hannity opened his mouth, with no food going in. You know what that means.

From Daily Kos: Earlier today, when asked about ISIS, presidential hopeful and current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that his response to the peaceful labor protests in Madison in 2011 prepared him to stamp out international terrorism. Apparently that means that in case of a terrorist attack he would sneak in and out of the White House via a not-so-secret rat tunnel and consult on the phone with bloggers pretending to be billionaire David Koch.

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Here’s just one image the foolish Fartfuhrer of Fitzwalkerstan inspired. Click through for a bunch more.

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Feb 252015
 

Who on earth is so very vile by ]nature that they could trigger the use of 21 barf bags?  Considering the state of the Republican party, I’m sure there must be several, but one very obvious choice is Idiot, Son of Idiot, Named after Idiot, aka Rand Paul.  I promise to be merciful.

0225rand-paulSenator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, seems to have no problem contradicting himself. The self-proclaimed "constitutional conservative" is typically lost in libertarian thought leading him to make inflammatory sexist, racist and overbearingly hypocritical comments on nearly every issue he faces. Whether he’s attempting to police women’s bodies, ignoring police brutality for stingy tobacco taxes, or speaking out against vaccines and posting himself receiving booster shots only days later, Ron Paul’s son is one politician you can unabashedly hate or enjoy laughing at.

1. When Paul spoke out against vaccines:

"I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.Rand Paul / Twitter

2. When he backed voter ID laws:

"I don’t think there’s a problem with showing your ID, but I do think there’s a problem with Republicans saying, ‘Hey, our big issue for the campaign is going to be voter ID,’ because what it creates is — a lot of African-Americans understandably remember the ’40s and ’50s in the South, and they remember suppression of the vote."

3. When he spoke out against government assistance:

“As humans, yeah, we do have an obligation to give people water, to give people food, to give people health care."

“But it’s not a right because once you conscript people and say, ‘Oh, it’s a right,’ then really you’re in charge, it’s servitude, you’re in charge of me and I’m supposed to do whatever you tell me to do… It really shouldn’t be seen that way."…

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I promised mercy, and I delivered.  So far you should have used up only three barf bags.  Chick through to use the other 19.

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Feb 222015
 

Can you tell me how many times I’ve said, “Thou shalt not commit TEAbuggery!”?  I can’t either, but it’s way more than a pants load.  However, I came across a list of the things from which Baggers must abstain if they actually practice what they preach.  They should take the pledge.

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I, ________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall strictly adhere to the following:

I will complain about the destruction of 1st Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 1st Amendment Rights.

I will complain about the destruction of my 2nd Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights by legally but brazenly brandishing unconcealed firearms in public.

I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and respect by screaming unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny, Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls.  Also.

I pledge to eliminate all government intervention in my life.  I will abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods and services including but not limited to the following:

  • Social Security
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)
  • Police, Fire, and Emergency Services
  • US Postal Service
  • Roads and Highways
  • Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)
  • The US Railway System
  • Public Subways and Metro Systems…

Upon reaching eligible retirement age, I will tear up my socialist Social Security checks. 

Upon reaching age 65, I will forego Medicare and pay for my own private health insurance until I die…

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I’ve shared just a small part of the list.  Click through for the rest of what Baggers must do to be real.  Do you think they’ll take the pledge and abide by it?  I don’t.  The few who are bright enough to actually understand its implications are just Republican hypocrites.

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Feb 082015
 

Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how nuts InsaniTEA can become.  I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.

0208TillisNew GOP Senator: Food workers must be free not to wash their hands!

Amongst the outstanding freshman class of Senators is one Thom Tillis, a Republican who bills himself as a "free market conservative" from the great state of North Carolina. He thinks health and hygiene laws are a little overblown and are a good example of government over-reach. He told a story this week during a speech at the Bipartisan Policy Center about how he was having latte with a friend at Starbucks recently when inspiration struck. Why should people who serve food be required to wash their hands after using the bathroom? It’s just this sort of onerous regulation that is killing American business.

So, perfect timing and soiled finger right on the pulse of the whole public health zeitgeist right now, what with the measles outbreak and the flu busting out. How ‘bout a little fecal dusting with your latte? As Jon Stewart suggested, maybe we could get a cholera epidemic going here. Boy, that’d be good for business!

Tillis has a solution at the ready, though. Restaurants would just have to put up a sign saying they do not require employees to wash their hands, and then the free market would just work its magic.

So amused was he at his own cleverness that he showed not one glimmer of recognition that this would also be a kind of regulation…

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Dang!  Watch out for Republicooties!!

This is just the first of six nutjob Republican moments from last week alone.  Click through for the other five.

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Feb 042015
 

Day 91.  This is today’s only article, because I was unable to sleep last night night and have to stay up for a grocery delivery.  Tomorrow may be a light day too, because I have to go out for a haircut.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:18 (average 4:44).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: They Asked 100,000 Men What Makes The ‘Perfect’ Woman. Ellen Chimes In.

 

I fully agree with her, but it is improving. When I was a young man, we considered the perfect woman a blonde nymphomaniac with big boobs, whose father owned a liquor store.

From The New Yorker: Media advisers to former Governor Jeb Bush are hoping to exploit nostalgia for what is widely seen as the greatest era in American history, the years 2001 to 2009.

Tracy Klugian, who heads the newly assembled Bush media team, said that he and his staff are poised to tap into the nation’s longing for a time “when everything in this country seemed to be going right.”

A centerpiece of the marketing strategy will be evoking memories of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. “It’s been a long time since the United States has invaded another country for no reason,” he said. “People are sentimental about those simpler times.”

Additionally, Klugian and his fellow Bush marketers hope to remind Americans of “a chapter in our history that showed what this nation was made of: Hurricane Katrina.”

“A lot of people are nostalgic about the way the government didn’t panic about Katrina and instead took its time to come up with a response,” he said. “I think when we look back on those days, we all say, ‘Heck of a job.’”

Finally, Klugian said, the Bush team hopes to rekindle Americans’ memories of “one of those most exciting times in recent history,” the financial meltdown of 2008.

Andy just gave us a perfect summary of what we could expect from Strike Three.

From Daily Kos: Here’s a post about the story from a Vermont blog: No good deed goes unpunished. Apparently a local TV station did a story about it and got a huge number of incredibly ignorant comments on their Facebook page, here: WCAX: One state senator thinks Vermont should have a Latin motto. What do you think?.

The crazies came out of the woodwork: "If you live in the United States, you need to learn English!" "Vermont ain’t no Latino area." "This is America, not Mexico or some other Latin-American country." And so on.

The stupid… it burns.

Apparently these people don’t know that "E Pluribus Unum" is a Latin phrase. Or that Latin was the language of educated people until well into the Medieval Period. Or that prior to Martin Luther (Germany) or Wycliffe or Tyndale or King James (England) you pretty much had to read the Bible in Latin. It helped if you knew Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, too.

Latin Motto for the Republican Party: E Elephantus Merda.

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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)

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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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