Aug 312014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 132.  I don’t feel well, and I just can’t seem to wake up today, so I need to stay down.  This is tomorrow’s only article.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:34 (average 5:43).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: I can’t wait until we’re ready to push the national conversation around bullying beyond "stop being mean" and into the realm of "actually proactively be nice." Wouldn’t that be great? "Do no harm" is a good, bare-minimum message for the cool kids to hear, but "go out of your way to make others smile" is an even better one. It’s so great to see a bunch of football players who already get it.

 

Color those kids too cool for school!! Major Kudos!

From NY Times: Six years after being struck by economic crisis, Europe is facing a fresh downturn, with few new ideas on the table for reigniting growth and deepening political divisions over the austerity policies that many blame for worsening the malaise.

If I had a nickel for every time I said that austerity would screw Europe, I’d almost be a Bankster!

From TPM: Herman Cain took the conservative rhetoric of "impeachment bait" to the next level on Thursday by theorizing that President Obama is actually trying to get impeached in order to "laugh at the Republicans."

Herman "9-9-9" Cain is crazy. Does he actually think we need an excuse to laugh at the Republicans?!!?

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Aug 272014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 128.  I’ve been behind the curve all day, and news subjects that I have covered fairly thoroughly continue to dominate the news.  Safeway delivered groceries, and I unpacked and stowed them all.  It’s now evening and this is tomorrow’s only article.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:03 (average 4:14).  To do it. click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube: POLICE BODY-CAMS Reduce Force Complaints Enormously – Chris Hayes

 

In my opinion, all police should be required to wear body cams and use pistols that can not be fired by anyone other than the owner. If we have the money to provide police with military hardware, we have the money for this instead.

From Think Progress: Last January, a Washington attorney named David Rivkin co-authored an article in Politico Magazine that laid out a legal theory that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) now plans to use to sue President Obama because the president is not implementing Obamacare fast enough. Yet, as ThinkProgress laid out shortly after Boehner announced that he would file the lawsuit, Rivkin’s legal theory rests upon “a glaring misrepresentation of a recent Supreme Court decision that undermines much of the basis for this lawsuit.

Nevertheless, Boehner decided to hire Rivkin to represent the GOP-led House in its suit against the president. Rivkin’s price? $500 an hour, all charged to the American taxpayer.

If taxpayers have to fund this travesty, we should have the privilege of countersuing Agent Orange personally for reimbursement of those costs and the costs of defending against his frivolous suit.

From YouTube: Rachel Maddow – Immigration fears prominent in GOP primary

 

If I were to put a title on this Republican primary, I’d call it Sphincterama in Brewerstan.

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Will Drill Baby Dingbat, aka Bloody Bullseye Barbie, crawl out of the woodwork?

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Aug 222014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 123.  My COPD is still severe.  Tomorrow I have to be up early for my quarterly visit to my Podiatrist for minor surgery to cut the recurring growth from my foot.  I will be gone the entire time I normally do research and writing, so I’ll be surprised if I have more than a Personal Update for Saturday, which is also a Holy Day in Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos’ Meditation with the Oilers will not be televised here. Crying face

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:13 (average 6:24).  To do it, l click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: t seems that some citizens of Ferguson want to increase the extremely low voter participation rate in Ferguson, and the Missouri GOP (or, at least the leadership) is not happy about that effort at all.

From The New Civil Rights Movement:

In an interview with Breitbart News, Missouri RNC executive director Matt Wills expressed outrage about the reports of voter registration booths popping up in Ferguson, Breitbart reports.

“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is,” Wills said, “I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”

Wills explained that the shooting death of Michael Brown was a tragedy for everyone.

“This is not just a tragedy for the African American community this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America,” he said. “Injecting race into this conversation and into this tragedy, not only is not helpful, but it doesn’t help a continued conversation of justice and peace.”

RepubliSpeak Dictionary
Justice: Just us!
Peace: Dominion!

From YouTube: Unbelievably Ignorant & Flat-Out Stupid Moron in DC Rant About "Obamahitler" and Media
Uploaded on Sep 16, 2009

(By David Neiwert, http://crooksandliars.com ) A camera crew from Free Speech Radio showed up in D.C. on Saturday for the big GlennBeckFest. It was frightening and disturbing and even got ugly

Bagger Barf Bag Alert!!

Five years later, Republican hate marches on.

From Right Wing Watch: In response to a video released yesterday showing Islamist extremists killing and beheading American journalist James Foley, Bryan Fischer used his radio program today to renew his call to ban all Muslim immigration to America by likening the faith to the Ebola virus.

Pseudo-Christian Barf Bag Alert!!

If his rationale is correct, then no nation on earth should allow American Christians to visit to allay the possibility of admitting a Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian Ammosexual terrorists. Neither is in any way related to authentic Islam or Christianity.  They are, however, closely related to each other.

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Aug 182014
 

RepublicansOnParade

Here is the fifty-ninth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican nominee for for the US Senate from Iowa Joni "Pig Nuts" Ernst. She is so honored for extreme TEAbuggery.

0818ErnstIt’s well past time that Democrats stop playing around and start tearing Joni Ernst apart for all the truly crazy shit she’s been spewing, like the recently revealed fact that she’s been running with the black helicopter crowd:

"The United Nations has imposed this upon us, and as a U.S. senator, I would say, ‘No more. No more Agenda 21.’ Community planning—to the effect that it is implementing eminent domain and taking away property rights away from individuals—I don’t agree with that. And especially in a place such as Iowa, where we rely heavily upon our agricultural community, our rural communities. We don’t want to see things like eminent domain come into play," Ernst said in response to a question about Agenda 21 at the forum.

"We don’t want to see a further push with Agenda 21, where the Agenda 21 and the government telling us that these are the urban centers that you will live in; these are the ways that you will travel to other urban centers," Ernst continued. "Agenda 21 encompasses so many different aspects of our lives that it’s taking away our individual liberties, our freedoms as United States citizens. So I would adamantly oppose Agenda 21. I don’t believe it is responsible, not for United States citizens."

Agenda 21, if you’ve never heard of it, is an innocuous U.N. document that has, over the years, become a lodestone of the wingnut fever swamps. This is Michele Bachman-esque, out-of-your-freaking-gourd territory… [emphasis original]

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Click through for more.  If that isn’t enough to prove that Pig Nuts deserves her parade, she also had endorsements from both Glen “Gold Digger” Beck and Sarah “Bloody Bullseye Barbie” Palin, BEFORE she won the Republican primary.

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Aug 152014
 

RepublicansOnParade

Here is the fifty-seventh article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Fitzwalkerstan Republican nominee for the US House, Glen Grothman. He is so honored for excessive display of a PhD in Bullshitology.

0815grothmanWisconsin Republicans may not have gotten the message the RNC has been pushing about how to avoid offending women and minorities.

On Tuesday, State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R) narrowly prevailed in Wisconsin’s sixth congressional district Republican primary, winning by just 215 votes. Grothman will face Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris (D) in the November general election to succeed retiring-Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI).

From offending women to minorities to LGBT people, here is a sampling of Grothman’s extreme positions that have endeared him to Tea Party types but earned condemnation elsewhere:

Women Are Paid Less Because They Don’t Care About Money: For years, women have decried the injustice of being paid less than men for equal work, but Grothman knows women don’t actually need as much money. “You could argue that money is more important for men,” he told the Daily Beast. He also blamed the wage gap on “women’s decision to prioritize childrearing over their careers.” Grothman and Republicans in Wisconsin successfully repealed the state’s equal pay law in 2012… [emphasis original]

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I have included only one of his insane (typically Republican) positions.  Click through for the other six, which are six more reasons this Republican deserves this parade.

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Aug 132014
 

2014 has far fewer Tea Party Republican candidates for the House and especially the Senate than they have recent elections.  I miss running against the likes of Sharon “Second Amendment Solution” Angle, Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell and Rick “Google my name” Santorum.  TEAbuggery can be damn useful at election time.  It gives voters Republicans to laugh at! Some journalist say that the Tea Party is on the way out, but is the Tea Party really losing?

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The emerging  conventional wisdom that the Tea Party is being vanquished by the GOP establishment, based solely on the fact it is beating primary challengers, is exceedingly myopic. If you believe that, you have a very superficial view of what constitutes “winning.”  These primaries are forcing the allegedly mainstream candidates to move far to the right and the performance of the past few years proves that when this happens the Party  stays far right as a result of this threatPrimaries can be very effective tools if used properly, and if they are backed up by money and influence, which the far right certainly is, they are formidable instruments of discipline.

Ed Kilgore did an excellent survey of these so-called victories for the voices of reason at Talking Points Memo earlier this week:

Yesterday’s winner Pat Roberts, who already sported lifetime ratings of 86 percent from both the American Conservative Union and Americans for Prosperity, went far out of his way to propitiate the ideological gods of movement conservatism as he fought for reelection. He voted against an appropriations measure that included a project he had long sought for his alma mater, Kansas State University, and opposed a UN Treaty banning discrimination against people with disabilities over the objections of his revered Kansas Senate predecessors Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum.

We’ve seen the same dynamic with “establishment” winners Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, and “moderate outsider” David Perdue of Georgia — and above all Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, whose voting record tilted hard right in anticipation of his primary fight with Matt Bevin. There’s been a virtual cavalcade in the primaries of entire fields tilting against debt limit increases, comprehensive immigration reform (or even limited legalization of undocumented workers), any positive government role in economic policy, and of course, any accommodations for legalized abortion or same-sex marriage.

As Kilgore has pointed out endlessly on his blog at Washington Monthly, there really is very little daylight between them in the first place… 

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This year, the so-called establishment Republicans are winning the primaries, but only because they have adopted the same extremist policies as the Tea Baggers.  Incumbents can take home a record of obstruction, sabotage and sedition that serves to insulate them from threats of TEAbuggery.  The 0.1% billionaires that tell the Tea Party what to think, what to say and who to hate are getting the same job performance from the so-called establishment candidates.  So the Tea Party isn’t losing at all.  If this keeps up, Bought Bitch Mitch will have to change his name to Bought Bubba Bagger!

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Aug 122014
 

RepublicansOnParade4

Here is the fifty-sixth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican nominee for Maryland’s Anne Arundel County Council, Michael Peroutka. He is so honored for criminal sedition and TEAbuggery.

0812PeroutkaA miasma of anti-science, anti-evolution, racist, homophobic, secessionist thinking has clearly fogged the brains of Republican voters in Anne Arundel, which is the home county of Maryland’s capital, Annapolis, and also home to the U.S. Naval Academy, National Security Agency, and Fort George G. Meade.

Michael Peroutka, described by Frederick Clarkson as "a party-switching theocrat" (he was the presidential candidate for the Constitution Party in 2004), has won his primary election.

Republicans in Anne Arundel—ostensibly with the capacity to read, write, and think—voted for a man who has openly declared war on science, on the U.S. Constitution, on marriage equality, and who doesn’t just whistle Dixiehe thinks it’s the national anthem.

He has declared that the laws of the state of Maryland are invalid:…

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Here he is in action.  Bart Bag Alert!

If this cretin were not truly representative of the Republican Party, the Republican Party would not have nominated him.

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