Aug 092017
 

Store to Door has delivered my groceries, and I put them away.  It’s another scorcher that will probably break another record.  It’s down ti 67% now, but when I got up this morning the humidity was 96%.  ARGH!!!  I so glad Wendy is coming this evening.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:58 (average 5:46).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (PBS Channel): Why some scientists are concerned a government climate change report won’t be released

 

While not all leakers are performing a service, and some, like Putin’s other pervert, Julian Assange, are threat to our nation, these leakers are patriots.  They brought to light information that should be in the public domain, because it has nothing to do with national security, but Republicans want to hide it for dishonest political motives. RESIST!!

From Upworthy: With the exception of an infamous trip to see Hamilton last November and a controversy about whether it’s OK to dine with women other than his wife, we’ve heard relatively little about Vice President Mike Pence since the election. In May, CNN even ran a story with the headline, "Mike Pence’s Disappearing Act."

He’s a heartbeat away from the presidency and seems interested in following his own political ambitions beyond this administration, so what exactly has Mike Pence been up to lately? A lot, actually.

Here’s 20 things Mike Pence has done since taking office:

1. In January, Pence and others lobbied Trump to take hard-line positions on abortion, making good on some of his anti-choice campaign pledges…

2. Pence has led the charge to advance Trump’s policy agenda…

3. He’s been very vocal about supporting the use of tax dollars to fund religious schools…

4. In January, Pence met with anti-abortion activists at the White House and delivered a speech at the annual March for Life…

5. Pence spent much of February selling the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court as "mainstream."…

I’ve shared just headers from the first five things done by the man who wants to be Fuhrer of the Republican Rectum Reich. Click through for the descriptions and the other fifteen. RESIST!!

From Washington Post: FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort’s home without advance warning in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records. Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, confirmed that agents executed a warrant at one of the political consultant’s homes and that Manafort cooperated with the search.

The raid came as Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.

I bet a dollar against a donut that the FBI found things Manafart was hiding from the Congressional committees. RESIST!!

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Jul 252017
 

It’s another sweltering hot day with 91° forecast and 54% humidity.  I just made a run to the rest room at the end of the hall and had to change my shirt when I returned.  Tomorrow I expect to post fully, but may not.  It’s a grocery delivery day, and I may have a visit from my computer tech to clean up some networking issues that the Comcast tech screwed up.  Jason called me last night to tell me his car is in the shop.  He expects to get it back today, but if he doesn’t we’ll have to reschedule to Thursday.  It de3pends on what happens when for how long.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:31 (average 5:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Case Closed. Collusion Has Been Proven | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Given the facts that Keith has presented there is a prima facie case against Trump, and the Republican leaders in both houses of Congress for Obstruction of Justice. There is a prima facie case against Kushner, Sessions, Flynn, Donnie Dingbat, Manafart and more for conspiracy to commit sedition, if not treason. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Health Care Red Alert

 

Call your Senators! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos:

Once again, Donald Trump is taking to Twitter to call the investigation into Russian election hacks a "Witch Hunt". This time, however, it comes with a twist.

 

 

What else Republican leaders could do to "protect" him that they’re not already doing is, short of passing legislation to bar outright any investigation into himself or members of his campaign or administration, unclear.

Republicans have been working so hard to defend their Fuhrer, some could be charged with Obstruction of Justice. RESIST!!

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Jul 232017
 

Greetings from the heat wave.  Wendy should arrive momentarily, and it’s a good thing too.  I can’t stand my own company.  The downside is that the building is so super-heated that it’s 90°+ in the shower room, even at 8:00 AM.  To try to keep me cool, when my shower is done, we’ll turn a fine spray of cold water on me, not completely dry me, and hope that I make it back to my room, where the AV is already blasting, before I’m sweat soaked.  Later:  Wendy was here, and as always, I enjoyed myself thoroughly.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:41 (average 4:29).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: The House Speaker, in his inimitable snotty-ass frat boy way, called the latest estimate from the Congressional Budget Office that Trumpcare would cost 22 million people their insurance "bogus." Because when it comes to bogus numbers, Ryan knows what he’s talking about.

Usually, though, his bogus numbers are dusted with unicorn poop and pixie dust and say that destroying the safety net and cutting taxes for the very rich will save the economy. When the numbers are real, that’s when Ryan gets it all wrong, as every former director that the CBO has ever had is happy to tell him—along with the rest of congressional leadership.

The undersigned represent every former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). We write to express our strong objection to recent attacks on the integrity and professionalism of the agency and on the agency’s role in the legislative process.

CBO began serving the Congress in 1975. Over the past 42 years CBO has been firmly committed to providing nonpartisan and high-quality analysis — and that commitment remains as strong and effective today as it has been in the past. Because CBO works for the Congress, and only the Congress, the agency’s analysis addresses the unique needs of legislators.

To meet the standard of nonpartisan objectivity, CBO makes no recommendations about policy, regularly consults with researchers and practitioners with a wide range of views (as can be seen in the agency’s panels of advisers and reviewers for major studies), and enhances its transparency by releasing extensive descriptions of its analytic techniques and forecast record.

In other words, Mr. Ryan, they don’t follow your practice of pulling numbers out of their asses.

Kudos to the CBO directors. Lyin’ Ryan never stops trying to shit bucks for billionaires! RESIST!!

From Think Progress: According to a new determination by the Senate parliamentarian, some of the most controversial parts of Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare violate Senate rules and will thus require 60 votes to pass instead of 51.

The parliamentarian found that key provisions violate the Byrd rule, which prohibits the Senate from including irrelevant matters as part of a reconciliation deal. Republican leadership is pushing the health care bill through as part of the budget reconciliation process in the hopes of passing the bill with a simple majority, thus avoiding filibuster by Democratic legislators.

Parts of the bill that will require 60 votes include defunding Planned Parenthood, a six-month waiting period for purchasing insurance after a lapse in coverage, and restrictions on tax credits for insurance plans that cover abortion. If the bill is not changed before a vote, the 60-vote threshold means it’s unlikely that these parts of the bill will pass, as they would require significant bipartisan support.

Another iteration of RepubliCare just bit the dust. Is it dead yet?

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From NY Times: A newfound memo from Kenneth W. Starr’s independent counsel investigation into President Bill Clinton sheds fresh light on a constitutional puzzle that is taking on mounting significance amid the Trump-Russia inquiry: Can a sitting president be indicted?

The 56-page memo, locked in the National Archives for nearly two decades and obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, amounts to the most thorough government-commissioned analysis rejecting a generally held view that presidents are immune from prosecution while in office.

“It is proper, constitutional, and legal for a federal grand jury to indict a sitting president for serious criminal acts that are not part of, and are contrary to, the president’s official duties,” the Starr office memo concludes. “In this country, no one, even President Clinton, is above the law.”

Mr. Starr assigned Ronald Rotunda, a prominent conservative professor of constitutional law and ethics whom Mr. Starr hired as a consultant on his legal team, to write the memo in spring 1998 after deputies advised him that they had gathered enough evidence to ask a grand jury to indict Mr. Clinton, the memo shows.

Other prosecutors working for Mr. Starr developed a draft indictment of Mr. Clinton, which The Times has also requested be made public. The National Archives has not processed that file to determine whether it is exempt from disclosure under grand-jury secrecy rules.

Well, if Slick Willie could be indicted for a BJ, Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten can certainly be indicted for conspiring with a hostile foreign power.  RESIST!!

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Who Outed Sessions?

 Posted by at 2:00 pm  Politics
Jul 222017
 

For last few days, Jefferson "KKK Beauregard" Sessions has been the low man on the totem pole in the Trump’s Republican Rectum Reich.  Most AGs would have resigned after being publically shamed, but Beauregard gave up Senate seniority to take that post, and like any Republican, he’s desperate to cling to power.    Now a communication from Kislyak that Sessions had discussed Trump’s Russia policy with him prior to the election has leaked.  I believe it.  But I find the timing of the leak to be highly suspicious.

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Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.

One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of an April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.

Sessions has said repeatedly that he never discussed campaign-related issues with Russian officials and that it was only in his capacity as a U.S. senator that he met with Kislyak… [emphasis added]

From <Washington Post>

Rachel Maddow covered the story after updating us on recent developments into the investigation into Republican crimes.

It could be conscientious intelligence pros.  However, Ari Melbur suggested that the Trump Reich might be behind the leak to give Trump an excuse to fire KKK Beauregard and replace him with an AG that can fire Mueller.

Personally, I doubt that.  While it could give Trump that excuse, it also is hard evidence of quid pro quo, strongly indicating a criminal conspiracy.  I think the Fuhrer might prefer to avoid that.

Nobody wants the Mueller investigation to end more than Putin.  He’s invested a lot of quid into installing Trump as puppet Resident.  Because the investigation has tied Trump’s hands Putin has received very little quo in return.  He will receive no more as long as the investigation continues.  Therefore Russia may have outed Sessions to give Trump an excuse to force him and to turn up the heat on Trump to fire Mueller and end the Russia investigation.  That way Trump and Putin can go to work on running America for Russia’s benefit.

I may or may not be correct in this speculation.  I don’t claim to be.  However, we should check it out.

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Jul 192017
 

I was awake most of Monday night, because I had cotton mouth, as I was allowed no liquids.  The Surgery Center was efficient.  During the surgery, Christine told me that the cancer surgery had made the cataract more difficult to extract and the pain drops were wearing off.  When she applied more drops, I had a brief moment of intense burning, but otherwise there was no pain during the procedure.  I got to look through the eye this morning, and the effect is phenomenal. The vision is clear and colors are brilliant.  The computer screen is still blurry, because I have to wear my glasses, which are intended for distance, to protect the eye.  I can’t wait to get the other eye done.  This is today’s only article, because I have a follow-up appointment this afternoon.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:35 (average 4:19).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): A Timeline of Treason | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

It is what Keith says it is: a timeline of treason. RESIST!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Trump, Putin had second, undisclosed, hour-long encounter at G20

Ian Bremmer, political scientist and president of The Eurasia Group, talks with Rachel Maddow about the revelation of an undisclosed second encounter between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin that left US allies concerned and no official record.

 

Consider this in the context that Jared Kushner tried to establish a backchannel of communications with the Russian government, so that nobody in the US government would be aware of what is said. Why does the Trump Reich want to hide dealings with Russia from America? It seems clear that the second meeting between Trump and Putin included only a Russian translator was also a safe way to discuss quid pro quo in secret. That’s conspiracy. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was rushed to the hospital late Monday night with what doctors diagnosed as a low white-vote count.

Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center said that when McConnell arrived at the facility his white-vote count had fallen below fifty and he had gone into shock.

Dr. Harland Dorrinson, a physician at Walter Reed who is monitoring McConnell’s condition, called his low white-vote count “very serious.”

“Mitch McConnell needs a white-vote count of at least fifty in order to function,” he said. “If it falls below fifty and stays there for an extended period of time, he cannot survive.”

Dang Andy! So that explains it. This might give Bought Bitch Mitch a chance to socialize with his pal, Antonin Scalia. Winking smile RESIST!!

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See the Republican Lie!

 Posted by at 1:17 pm  Politics
Jul 172017
 

When confronted with facts about their own crimes, Republicans like to call it fake news, but when the truth is already widespread, they deflect and project.  They change the subject and lie to make it seem like their opponents are guilty of similar or worse crimes.  When Breitfart contributor, and Faux Noise conspiracy theorist, Herb London, used this tactic, Joy-Ann Reid tore him a new one.  See the Republican Lie!

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Conservative activist Herb London appeared on AM Joy and attempted to defend Donald Trump by deflecting towards conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton. Joy-Ann Reid continued her journalistic duties as she forcefully fact checked him in real time. It was an epic performance.

The AM Joy Host was not pulling any punches as she immediately corrected the record from the lies spewed by her Conservative guest. London started off by giving a long soliloquy in an attempt to minimize the severity of the Trump Scandal. He included some easily debunked statements about the Trump administration.

"I don’t believe for a moment there’s a criminal case here," London said. "I do believe that there’s an awful lot of razzle-dazzle as you pointed out. And I’m not happy about the fact that the Russians are involved in any way with what happens in an American election. But I do think that the high dudgeon that you’ve now expressed to make a major case is a distraction from the policy agenda of the Trump administration. And I’m not necessarily a defender of the Trump team. My feeling is that what you’ve overlooked is the fact that we’ve made significant strides since Donald Trump has been president, and that has been overlooked largely because this is a distraction notwithstanding your claims to the contrary. It is a distraction from the kind of policy agenda that I think we should be following."

London went into lying conspiracy land…

From <Egberto Willies>

Unfortunately, once you turn on Egberto’s videos, they don’t turn off, as long as you are at the site, wasting resources, but I did find the same clip elsewhere to embed.

Click through for the rest of the story.

Kudos to Joy-Ann.  Rarely do we see a fascist so egregiously exposed.

RESIST!!

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