Oct 032017
 

I’m back in the saddle after my appointment, and if you missed it yesterday, both my eyes are in fine shape.  I think I made the right choice when I chose lens replacements, whose best focal distance is the distance from my screen, since that’s where I spend most of my time.  I have reading glasses for close in and distance glasses for out and about.  My new glasses will be progressive.  (I wouldn’t dream of wearing Republican glasses!!)

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:45 (average 5:00).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here are last week’s results from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

Scores:

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Every week, I need more Vaseline.

Standings:

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Congrats To Pam, who still leads the league.  I play the Squatch this week.  Players, have your lineup set by Thursday.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump’s “Condolences and Sympathies” Won’t Cut It

I could not agree with Keith more. RESIST!!

In sharp contrast, here is part of the Republican view.

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Dave Daubenmire Says Vegas Shooting Was ‘The Wrath Of God’ On A Wicked Nation

Barf Bag Alert!!

Republicans love to use Republican Supply-side Jesus (the polar opposite of the real Jesus) to justify their terrorism. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Ari Berman on Egregious Gerrymandering

I’m hopeful, but given the current makeup of SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional VD), I’m not making any bets. RESIST!!

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Oct 022017
 

Please keep the surviving victims, their families, the families of the dead, and all who were traumatized by the Las Vegas massacre in your thoughts, prayers, or however you address the infinite.  I’ll be leaving in a bit to go for my one month follow up for my cataract surgery, and to order glasses.  Although they won’t be perfect, Medicare won’t pay for them, if I wait.  I’ll finish this when I return.

I’m back.  The eye couldn’t be better.  I got to take the tour on the way home, and I am big time pooped.  Nap time!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:59 (average 4:24).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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Jul 032017
 

Sometime during the next hour and a half, Safeway.com will be delivering groceries.  Unlike Store to Door, closed for the 4th, Safeway does not unpack my groceries for me or help me put them away, so I’ll have to break to do that myself.  I hope you are having a better holiday weekend than the US.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:02 (average 5:39).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: …As pr*sident, Donald Trump’s narcissistic tendencies first expressed themselves from the White House briefing podium when Press Secretary Sean Spicer argued against all evidence that the attendance at Trump’s inauguration exceeded that at President Obama’s. It seems almost quaint now—partly because the clear pictorial evidence made it so laughable—but that was an inaugural glimpse of where we were headed, pardon the pun.

It’s no secret by now that Trump is out of his depth, unable to comprehend the vast federal bureaucracy he’s supposed to command, incapable of absorbing the knowledge necessary to inform critical decisions about commanding it, and frankly, uninterested in anything that isn’t directly related to whichever immediate concern has hijacked his limited attention span at any given hour of the day.

But now we are seeing how that psyche is choking off the entire White House from the world, not just so Trump can maintain control over the government, but so no inconvenient truths can infiltrate his fortress and encroach on his reality…

Click through for the entire article. It’s worth it. I agree with the author, that it’s only a matter of time before the Fuhrer screws the pooch. RESIST!!

From NY Times: …Some policy subjects, on the other hand, really are complicated. One of these subjects is international trade. And the great danger here isn’t simply that Trump doesn’t understand the issues. Worse, he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.

According to the news site Axios, Trump, supported by his inner circle of America Firsters, is “hell-bent” on imposing punitive tariffs on imports of steel and possibly other products, despite opposition from most of his cabinet. After all, claims that other countries are taking advantage of America were a central theme of his campaign.

And Axios reports that the White House believes that Trump’s base “likes the idea” of a trade war, and “will love the fight.”…

Click through for the rest of Paul Krugman’s fine editorial. For one thing a tariff on imported steel, will price all the goods made by US workers with that more costly steel out of competition with foreign products. Bye Bye jobs!  How do you spell stupid? R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N! RESIST!!

From Raw Story: A man has been charged with plotting to assassinate President Emmanuel Macron at France’s Bastille Day military parade which the French leader is set to attend with US President Donald Trump, a judicial source said Monday.

The 23-year-old is a suspected far-right extremist who told investigators he wanted to kill Macron at the July 14 national day parade in Paris, a source close to the investigation said.

He said he also wanted to attack “Muslims, Jews, blacks, homosexuals,” the source added.

Police arrested the man at his home on Wednesday in the northwest Paris suburb of Argenteuil after being alerted by users of an internet chatroom where the suspect allegedly said he wanted to buy a firearm.

No doubt Trump is in mourning over the capture of a French Republican terrorist, who was plotting to give Trump a reason to cheer at the parade. RESIST!!

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Jun 142017
 

What a day!  When I was in the hospital I had to buy one thing online with my credit card, and it was hacked from the hospital guest network.  US Bank caught the first bogus attempt to use it immediately, froze the card, and will have a replacement in my hands by Monday.  Their service is great, but I charge so many things, that I shall have to update a bunch of vendors, and it’s a huge pain in the ass.  Having to reschedule my surgery was a brain fart.  I thought my preliminary appointment was next Thursday.  I was wrong.  It was tomorrow, and I’m not that far healed yet.  So it’s on for Tuesday, 7/18.  My bowels have still not settled down.  I had three days or Republicitis, attacked per doctor’s orders with ever increasing doses of Dulcolax and stool softener.  The breakthrough came this morning.  Instant Republicosis!  Who would have ever believed that so much shit could fit into one person!!!  ARGH!!  My friend Sandi, with whom I do volunteer work, will be here to visit in about fifteen minutes.  Store to Door is coming with my grocery order.  And Wendy comes this evening to de-stink the very stinky TomCat.  This will be my only article today.  What a day!!  (Later: I had a good visit with my friend.)

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:42 (average 4:50).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube: Jeff Sessions DOES NOT RECALL!!!

 

Sorry about the Morning Joe pollution at the end. The rest of KKK Beauregard’s testimony can be summarized in three words: "I won’t say." RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: As a team composed of Republican Congressman and staffers were practicing baseball at a field near Alexandria, VA, a shooter fired into the field, wounding Congressman Steve Scalise, along with a Congressional staffer and two Capitol Police officers.

The shooter was apparently a white male. According to Congressman Jeff Flake, the shooter was “in his 40s, maybe 50,” white, with dark hair. Several observers noted that he was wearing a blue shirt.

At least two Congressman have reported that they spoke with the man they believed to be the shooter before the incident, with Congressman Jeff Duncan reporting that the man asked if the team practicing was Democrats or Republicans. However, Democrats practice at another field. Multiple Republicans had this morning’s practice, which is preparation for a charity game, noted on their calendars. So it’s likely the shooter would not have arrived on the field, armed, without knowing which team was present.

This is not the way to resist, so I trust this was not a Democrat.  However, it was only a matter of time before disgruntled Republican Ammosexuals opened the season on their Congress critters. RESIST!!

From NY Times: In 2016, the Democratic Party lost the presidency to possibly the least popular candidate in American history. In recent years, Democrats have also lost the Senate and House to right-wing Republicans whose extremist agenda is far removed from where most Americans are politically. Republicans now control almost two-thirds of governor’s offices and have gained about 1,000 seats in state legislatures in the past nine years. In 24 states, Democrats have almost no political influence at all.

If these results are not a clear manifestation of a failed political strategy, I don’t know what is. For the sake of our country and the world, the Democratic Party, in a very fundamental way, must change direction. It has got to open its doors wide to working people and young people. It must become less dependent on wealthy contributors, and it must make clear to the working families of this country that, in these difficult times, it is prepared to stand up and fight for their rights. Without hesitation, it must take on the powerful corporate interests that dominate the economic and political life of the country.

There are lessons to be learned from the recent campaign in Britain. The Conservatives there called the snap election with the full expectation that they would win a landslide. They didn’t. Against all predictions they lost 13 seats in Parliament while Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party won 32. There is never one reason elections are won or lost, but there is widespread agreement that momentum shifted to Labour after it released a very progressive manifesto that generated much enthusiasm among young people and workers. One of the most interesting aspects of the election was the soaring turnout among voters 34 or younger.

The British elections should be a lesson for the Democratic Party. We already have among the lowest voter turnout of any major country on earth. Democrats will not win if the 2018 midterm election turnout resembles the unbelievably low 36.7 percent of eligible voters who cast ballots in 2014. The Democrats must develop an agenda that speaks to the pain of tens of millions of families who are working longer hours for lower wages and to the young people who, unless we turn the economy around, will have a lower standard of living than their parents.

Bernie Sanders makes several valid points here. RESIST!!

From Memes Happen: One that I made.

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That Trump was not aborted is the most valid support for abortion that has ever existed.  RESIST!!

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May 282017
 

I told you it was hot.  Yesterday, Portland reached 92°, tying the record high for the date.  Today will be a a few degrees cooler, but not much.  Wendy will arrive in a few minutes to remove several layers of stink from the TomCat and help with cooking.  If I start typing ‘Seig Heil’ as I write, please bear with me until the Dulcolax kicks in.  I have Republicitis.

Wendy just left.  Never has a cat needed so much scrubbing!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:15 (average 4:33).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (TYT Channel): Kids Will Now Take "Anti-Science" Classes

 

Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians invented Supply-side Jesus, who, unlike the real Jesus, believes in hate, greed, and lies, but not in science. Cenk is wrong in part. Authentic Christians do not force beliefs on others. We honor their beliefs, as long as those who hold them also respect others’ beliefs. RESIST!!

From Washington Post: President Trump failed to commit to remaining within the Paris climate agreement during a two-day meeting with world leaders that ended here Saturday, but he tweeted that he was still considering it and would announce a final decision “next week.”

In a final communique, the Group of Seven industrialized countries said that the United States “is not in a position to join the consensus.” The other six members reaffirmed their commitment to swiftly implement the 2015 accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The G-7 summit marked the last stop of Trump’s first overseas trip as president.

That is tragic, and his failure to support the climate agreement is almost as bad as the tragedy. Isn’t there a way we could have stopped him at the border? RESIST!!

From LA Times:

A 35-year-old white supremacist with a criminal record has been arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths Friday of two men on a light-rail train in Portland, Ore., who intervened when he began to hurl anti-Muslim epithets at two women, one who was wearing a head scarf, police said.

Jeremy Joseph Christian of North Portland was jailed early Saturday on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree and felony possession of a restricted weapon. He is being held without bail, and could face additional charges, police said.

The incident occurred on the Metropolitan Area Express light-rail line — known as MAX —during rush hour Friday. The two men who were killed appear to have stepped in to protect the women from racial slurs. One of the men was identified in a Facebook post by his mother as Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, a recent graduate of Reed College.

Condolences to the families.  Sadly, there are Republicans even in Portland, OR. Al Orange is a greater terrorist threat than the Daesh. RESIST!!

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It has been Fitzwalkerstan, in thrall to Fartfuhrer Walker, far too long!

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May 012017
 

It’s been a very long day and I’m very tired from setting up a new poll and from doing the research and preparing the graphics for tomorrow’s Monthly Report.  Please pardon my brevity.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:29 (average 5:01).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Commenting on Donald Trump’s first hundred days in office, Vice-President Mike Pence told Fox News on Sunday, “To tell you the truth, I really thought I’d be President by now.”

“When I agreed to run on the ticket with him, I said to myself, ‘Mike, after he’s been in the White House for a few weeks, he’ll be a total train wreck and you’ll be able to slide into the big-boy chair,’ ” Pence said. “I never in a million years thought he’d last a hundred days. My best guess was thirty.”

The former Indiana governor said that, with such seemingly fatal missteps as Trump’s failed health-care plan and travel bans, as well as any number of unhinged outbursts, “It feels like I’ve come close to getting in there maybe ten or twelve times. But close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

Calling the past hundred days “the longest hundred days of my life,” Pence said that he has no choice now but to “sit and wait for my moment.”

Andy has made it clear that impeaching Trump is not enough. We also need to dump dozens of Republicans in the Presidential succession queue simultaneously. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: A man armed with a machete and a bag full of knives seriously injured a Kentucky student Friday morning in a politically motivated attack at a campus coffee shop….

“The day of reckoning is here,” the man said, according to witnesses.

He then approached two women at the café.

“He asked the first girl if she was a Democrat or a Republican, she said Republican, (and) he said okay, then asked some other girl,” said witness Michael Soder. “By that time, some of my friends were running out and yelling for us to leave, and I tried to stay behind to see if — I mean I didn’t know what to do, I wanted to help, but I knew I should get out of there.”

Another witness shared a similar account.

“He asked somebody what their political affiliation was, they said ‘Republican,’ and the guy said, ‘You are safe,’ and then I realized what was going on and started getting people out,” said witness Tristan Reynolds.

The assailant, who police said was a former student, then pulled out a machete and attacked a woman in the café. [emphasis original]

I guess I need to retire the term Al Dubya after all these years. Al Drumpfenfarten is a greater terrorist threat to America and the World than al Qaeda or the Daesh ever were.  RESIST!!

From NY Times: Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan agreement on Sunday to fund the government through September, effectively ending any suspense about the possibility of a government shutdown next weekend.

The agreement, which still must be voted on by lawmakers, includes increased funding for the military and for border security. But it does not include funding for the wall that President Trump wants to build along the border with Mexico, one of his major campaign promises.

The deal increases funding for the National Institutes of Health, despite the Trump administration’s request that its budget be reduced for the rest of the fiscal year. And it provides millions of dollars to reimburse costs incurred by local law enforcement agencies to protect Mr. Trump and his family — a boon to New York City, which has had the costly task of helping to protect Trump Tower.

The spending package would be the first significant bipartisan measure approved by Congress during the Trump presidency. Republicans, despite having control of both houses of Congress and the White House, were unable to pass any marquee legislation in the president’s first 100 days.

I’ll reserve judgment until I have more info, but it appears we got as much as we gave up or more, and the compromise appears better than a government shutdown.  RESIST!!

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