Nov 212014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 16.  I’m waiting for the President’s speech to begin.  It’s been a busy day.  I planned Thanksgiving dinner and put in my Thanksgiving grocery order at Safeway, as Store to Door is closed next week.  The cat is having bird.  I went to Care2 and uploaded the articles that wouldn’t upload last night.  I check my fantasy football lineup.  What a mess!  I did some housework.  I still have to squeeze in a cat nap.  I’m past due.

Jig Zone Puzzles

Yesterday’s took me 3:47 (average 6:42).  To do it click here.  Today’s took me 3:14 (average 4:58).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: How the sausage is made.

[New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie], who traditionally backs off from declaring how he’ll act on pending legislation when asked by reporters, made his intentions clear on a pig gestation crate bill when asked last month about it during a visit to Northwest Iowa, according to a pork producer.

“He indicated to us that he was going to veto the bill,” said Bill Tentinger, an Iowa pork producer and former president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. […]

The bill would direct the state Department of Agriculture to prohibit “the confinement, in an enclosure, of any sow during gestation in a manner that prevents the sow from turning around freely, lying down, standing up, or fully extending the limbs of the animal.”

Christie is now in trouble with many in New Jersey, the state he currently governs, for two reasons. First, the bill is popular in the state, which is why it’s currently sitting on his desk waiting for a signature. Second, advocates of that bill are furious that Christie hasn’t been telling them squat about whether he was going to veto the bill but can travel to Iowa as a maybe-possibly presidential contender and tell the folks there what he was going to do. Especially since it looks like pre-presidential pork producer pandering of the penultimate persuasion.

Frankly, I don’t think this blatant cruelty will help PIGnocchio in his obvious Iowa Caucus pandering. Furthermore, it t wont make him safe in Washington DC. As soon as Iowa’s new Senator, Joni Pig Nuts, gets a look at him, she’ll … snip snip … make PIGnocchio squeal!

From Upworthy: I support the end of corruption in government and pay-to-play politics. Mayday.US is a nonpartisan group using the people’s money to challenge big donors — perhaps the last chance we have to stop the madness. Actor Jason Alexander makes a strong point in this 30-second video: All citizens should keep this in mind every time they hear a political ad paid for by a special interest PAC.

 

I honestly don’t know if mayday.us can help, but we have to do something to counter all those billionaire bucks!

From The New Yorker: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his party’s long-awaited plan on immigration on Wednesday, telling reporters, “We must make America somewhere no one wants to live.”

Appearing with House Speaker John Boehner, McConnell said that, in contrast to President Obama’s “Band-Aid fixes,” the Republican plan would address “the root cause of immigration, which is that the United States is, for the most part, habitable.”

“For years, immigrants have looked to America as a place where their standard of living was bound to improve,” McConnell said. “We’re going to change that.”

Boehner said that the Republicans’ plan would reduce or eliminate “immigration magnets,” such as the social safety net, public education, clean air, and drinkable water.

The Speaker added that the plan would also include the repeal of Obamacare, calling healthcare “catnip for immigrants.”

Andy is back to straight news again, but I have to admit, Republicans have been quite successful at crafting policies to implement this plan.

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Nov 122014
 

I often find myself dumbfounded that the Republican Reich inspires such extreme belief in their sheeple, of whom Bubba Bagger is a hypothetical example.  Now Bubba isn’t the brightest bulb in the pack.   If he were, he might have gotten the idea that something was fishy, when the top item on his Koch Brothers list, which told him what to say, is to say nobody told him what to say.  To fix ideas in Bubba’s small brain, the Reich employs wide disinformation network that keeps lies alive long after the sane have dismissed them and moved on,  Here is a recent example.

1112bubbabagger…Members of the conservative media are attempting to scandalize President Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch by suggesting she was involved in the Whitewater investigations of the 1990s. However, the Loretta Lynch that played a bit role in Whitewater — an investigation into fraudulent real estate deals that did not include any wrongdoing by the Clintons — is a different person than Obama’s attorney general nominee.

According to a November 8 Breitbart.com article by Warner Todd Huston, "few are talking about" the fact nominee Lynch "was part of Bill Clinton’s Whitewater probe defense team in 1992." Huston pointed to a March 1992 New York Times article that "reported that Lynch was one of the Clintons’ Whitewater defense attorneys as well as a ‘campaign aide.’" And in a November 9 article [Breitfart delinked] Huston’s colleague, Breitbart.com Senior Editor-at Large Joel Pollak wrote, "The connection to Whitewater ought to provide additional fodder for Republicans during Lynch’s confirmation hearings":…

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Admittedly Breitfart took the article down, but not before it had been picked up by the disinformation network, where it is still being proclaimed as truth, and will be in perpetuity.  Since Bubba reads, listens to and watches only what the Koch Brothers approve, Bubba is buffaloed.  Everywhere he goes, the same lie is repeated, and if he should hear the truth, the Koch Brothers have thought him that, if he listens to libruls, he might catch Ebola, be beheaded by Muslims, or even worse, a black family might move in next door.

Rachel Maddow devoted an extensive segment to exposing several examples of how the Republican Reich creates and perpetuates such lies.

If you cannot watch this here, try the direct MSNBC link.  While I could not find this elsewhere in its entirety, YouTube does have a part of it.

A political party that dedicates so much effort to buffaloing Bubba with whatever they make up, ought not to exist, but to make that happen we need to become as effective at disseminating the truth as they are at disseminating lies.

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Nov 052014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 198.  I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but I suspect that the wait will not be over.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:52 (average 6:02).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here’s the latest news from our own fantasy football league.

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Tied with the Bigfoot!!

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: I beamed in to "The Colbert Report" to deliver a message to citizens of the galaxy. I’ve always wanted Stephen Colbert to take me out, and he did. It was transportive, literally. Hope you enjoy this piece, which ties "Star Trek: TOS" to the upcoming midterm elections.

 

LMAO! Also… Amen!

From The New Yorker: The reëlection [sic]campaign of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) went into a tailspin on Monday with the emergence of a leaked photograph showing the Senator reading what appears to be an advanced science text.

The picture, which appeared on the gossip site TMZ, shows a visibly absorbed McConnell reading a scholarly volume entitled, “The Man-Made Causes of Global Warming.”

For McConnell, who has repeatedly punctuated his public statements on climate change with the claim that he is “not a scientist,” the scandalous photo threatens to torpedo his reëlection bid.

In the hours since the image was leaked, McConnell has plummeted between five and seven points in statewide polls as voters demanded to know what he was doing with the type of book only a scientist would read.

Swinging into damage-control mode, McConnell appeared at a hastily called press conference in Lexington and offered a terse denial. “It is true that I was holding the book, and that the book was open. But I was not reading the book,” he said.

What Andy isn’t telling us is whether or not he had the book upside down. Of course he wasn’t reading it. Bought Bitch Mitch is as capable of understanding science as Crawford Caligula was of understanding My Pet Goat.

From Daily Kos: Sarah Palin took to Facebook again to declare how terrible Barack Obama is and how opposed he is to moms and apple pies and the flag but mostly moms. Apparently she’s of the opinion that Obama saying this:

“Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”

… was an attack on motherhood, because Obama wanting better pay for mothers that return to the workforce is, um …

You know what? I have no clue. That’s the thing about Actual Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, she has the Gohmertian quality of being able to spout a thirty foot high geyser of words without ever once getting to a recognizable point.

Bloody Bullseye Barbie, aka Drill Baby Dingbat,  is at it again. Would it be too much to hope that she tops the Republican ticket in 2016?

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Oct 202014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 182.  It’s a thoroughly hectic day, so much so that the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb is staying in the background, until my Broncos come on this evening.  Tomorrow I have to leave home before 8:00 AM to go to a routine Urologist appointment.  God only knows when I’ll be back.  I just know I’ll be short on research and long on exhaustion. I hope they give me a cup with a Republican in it, so I can pretend I’m a dawg!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:01 (average 4:33).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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I fell asleep vertical and missed most of it. :-(

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Rep. Louie Gohmert (of course), speaking to Glenn Beck (of course), is angry that the CDC said the Texas nurses who contracted Ebola had violated protocols:

"It’s a shame that the CDC head, Frieden, is apparently the new commander of the Democrats’ war on women nurses," Gohmert told Beck. "Because, goodnight, they set them up, and then they throw them under the bus."

We could talk about how, in reality, Frieden called the nurses "good, dedicated people" who violated protocol in part by wearing too much protective gear, something one obviously does with the best of intentions. And how, in reality, Republicans are always looking for ways to make nurses’ jobs harder and less safe. But coming from Gohmert, this isn’t about nurses. It’s about finding a way to connect Ebola and Democrats.

Our own Inspector Goosestep is a cross between the Inspector Gadget cartoon and Louie Go-Go Goosestep Gomanic!

From Democrats Unite: Not sure if you are going to vote this year? Here are 10 reminders taken from the Republican and Tea Party’s “Least-Greatest Hits” from the 2012 campaign cycle:

1) “Our nation needs to stop doing for people what they can and should do for themselves. Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.” – Michele Bachmann November 2011

2) “He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.” Sarah Palin June 2011

3) “I believe there is about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.” – Allen West April 2012

There are three reasons to vote. Click Through for the other seven. Then GET OUT The VOTE!!!

From YouTube: Elizabeth Warren`s Assault on Wall Street

 

I figured you could use a dose of Liz! GET OUT THE VOTE!!!

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Oct 062014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 168.  I planned to slee3p late, but did not realize that the Portland marathon started at 7 AM two block from my home.  The runners didn’t make much noise, as they passed under my window, but the hour of accompanying drums was a deal breaker for sleep.  I’m waiting for services in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb to begin.  Tomorrow I have a routine CT scan that will take most of the day so there will probably be only a Personal Update on Tuesday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:26 (average 5:50).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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Short Takes:

From Upworthy: 35,000 walrus just came ashore in northwest Alaska. Yes, 35,000. With three zeros. That’s an unprecedented number, and it’s all due to a lack of sea ice. The images are almost too unreal to believe.

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They call this the "brink of catastrophe". I’d say catastrophe is here. Click through for more pics.

From Daily Kos:

Eclectablog first brought us the story of the lows to which Republicans will go to this election season: sending out a mailer telling voters to call a Democratic candidate’s dying mother to complain about Obamacare. Michigan’s traditional media has picked up the story.

The mailers, which were paid for by the Michigan Republican Party, urge voters to call John Fisher, a candidate for the 61st state House District, and "Tell him hard-working Michiganders are being hurt by Obamacare and the health care policies (Democrats) support."

Fisher’s campaign acknowledged it had no issue with past Republican mailers that told voters to call him at his personal number, but the candidate said Republicans took it too far by directing citizens to call Fisher at his mother’s number. The number is registered under Fisher’s name, but is a direct line to his mother’s room at Tendercare Portage, where Isabel Kramb is currently receiving hospice care for congestive heart failure, said Fisher’s campaign manager David Topping. […]

"To direct people to call a suffering woman who deserves peace and comfort is beyond the pale," Fisher said in a prepared statement. "Their lack of ethics and contempt for personal privacy is just another reason for people to question what–or better, who–the Republican Party stands for, so that they can make a wise decision at the ballot box on Nov. 4."

Of the sliding scale of negativity, we have distasteful, sleazy, outrageous, evil, and lowest of all, Republican.

From Buzzfeed: When the light turns green and the person in front of you doesn’t go.

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This is just one of 26 Hillary Clinton reactions to everyday situations. Click through for the other 25.

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Oct 022014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 164.  I spent most of the day collecting and formatting data for the Monthly Report.  I also spent some time at Care2 deleting a bunch of “friends” that do not seem to be there anymore.  It has gotten so bad that I have to delete over two hundred notices a day in my email that my eCard (used to forwards links) from a couple days earlier had not been picked up.  If you’re reading this, and I deleted you by accident, appease add me again.  Store to Door will be delivering groceries this afternoon.  I have an extra large order to put away, because I had no delivery last week.  I was doing prison-volunteer work.  Tomorrow is my physical with fasting blood work with my primary care physician.  I will be leaving early in the morning.  God only knows when the Lift bus will get me back.  So in all probability, I will have only a Personal Update for Friday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:05 (average 5:33).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Wendell Pierce, who played one of my favorite cops on HBO’s "The Wire," decided to share this personal story of the day he was dressed in a suit, had two toddlers in the backseat of his car, and was heading to a funeral. It was 100 degrees outside, he had the air-conditioner on and a police officer pulled him over. At 0:47, he starts sharing his story. At 2:28, he gets to the heart of the matter.

 

Ludicrous as that story is, it’s actually mild compared to other’s we’ve heard of late. Perhaps out police have been getting their information from Faux Noise. That would explain why they are so afraid.

From the New Yorker: President Barack Obama has decided to move his family into a full-service doorman building in Washington, D.C., saying that “it just makes more sense right now.”

“It really will work better for us,” Obama said in a press conference Tuesday morning. “In addition to the doorman, there’s a guy at the front desk, and, if anyone comes to see you, the desk guy will call up to your apartment first to make sure it’s O.K.”

The senior doorman at the Obamas’ new building, Alex Kornash, seemed unfazed about providing security for the President. “I’ve been a doorman for twenty-three years,” Kornash said. “Someone doesn’t belong here, you tell them to go away. What’s so hard about that?”

Sure, Andy’s being funny, but in light of recent events, it might actually be a pretty good idea!

From Daily Kos: Within minutes of the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to leave Democrat Chad Taylor off the Kansas ballot for U.S. Senate (dealing a blow to Kris Kobach–worst secretary of state in the nation) a Kansas City-area Democrat named David Orel filed a challenge trying to force Democrats to name a new candidate. David Orel also happens to be the father of a Alexander Orel, regional director for ultra-conservative Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign.

Kris Kobach once again tried to intervene by joining the lawsuit, but the district court ruled against him and refused to let him join the suit.

Kris Kobach’s week was about to get worse. Yesterday, David Orel was set to have his day in court, but his case took a serious hit after he failed to appear before the Shawnee County District Court:

Poor Kobitch! Could it be that this so-called Democrat, who I have no doubt just registers that way, misses the court date, because someone forgot to remove his fur lined handcuffs, after rewarding him for his intended perjury with Gov. Brownback’s toy collection.

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Sep 292014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 161.  I’m also waiting tor the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, although today’s will be lesser meditations, since my Broncos have their bi week.  I also have a busy week upcoming.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:57 (average 4:33).  To do it, click here.  How did you do.

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos (Hat-Tip JL A from Care2):

Mother Jones offers up a short bio of likely new House Republican Glenn Grothman, the notorious Wisconsin state senator who won the Republican primary and now looks to be a shoe-in in the hard-right 6th district. Think Michele Bachmann without the charm, or Steve King without Steve King’s kind and gentle demeanor. Anyway, he is a terrible person and that a bunch of people in one Wisconsin district are actually willing to vote to send this specimen of underripe humanity off to govern us all makes a good case for quarantine.

In January, Grothman proposed rolling back a Wisconsin law requiring employers to give workers at least one day of rest per week. He told the Huffington Post the existing state law was "a little goofy" and his proposal was about "freedom." "Right now in Wisconsin, you’re not supposed to work seven days in a row, which is a little ridiculous because all sorts of people want to work seven days a week," he said.

You’ll find even more TEAbuggery if you click through. Poor Fitzwalkerstan!!

From The New Yorker: A Republican Super PAC defended the broadcast, on Saturday morning, of an attack ad highly critical of Hillary Clinton’s newborn granddaughter, Charlotte, who was born on Friday.

The ad raises several serious questions about the newborn, at one point accusing her of being “related to Benghazi.”

In criticizing a one-day-old infant, the ad is believed to be the earliest political attack ad on record…

Andy may have detected a northward trend. A Kenyan baby scandal for the 2008 election to a Benghazi baby scandal for the 2016 election. Hopefully the Republican will no longer exist by 2024, but if they do they may scam voters with an Italian baby scandal.

From NY Times: Enrollment in Medicaid is surging as a result of the Affordable Care Act, but the Obama administration and state officials have done little to ensure that new beneficiaries have access to doctors after they get their Medicaid cards, federal investigators say in a new report.

The report, to be issued this week by the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services, says state standards for access to care vary widely and are rarely enforced. As a result, it says, Medicaid patients often find that they must wait for months or travel long distances to see a doctor…

…Twenty-seven states have expanded Medicaid eligibility since the passage of the health care law in 2010, and President Obama is urging other states to do so.

Most states hire insurance companies to manage care for Medicaid patients. In return for monthly fees, the insurers provide comprehensive services through networks of selected doctors and hospitals. Federal rules say managed-care organizations must “provide adequate access to all services covered,” but states can define what “adequate” means.

The Times is wrong to blame the Obama Administration for an entirely state demesne. I’m sure they would love to fix the problem, but the Republican House will go along the day after hell freezes over. Some red states have figured out that they can get the Medicaid money from the feds, while defining adequate services as preserving the RepubliCare death benefit.

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I consider this one too good not to resurrect it from last year.

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