Jul 262017
 

It’s been a very hectic day.  It began at 4:30 AM, when a resident on my floor fell asleep while cooking and started a minor cooking fire.  It wasn’t bad enough to evacuate me, but when I heard the alarm, I got up, opened my door, and smelled smoke.  I had to get dressed, pop on George, and prepare for evacuation, just in case.  Jason, my tech, can’t come until Saturday.  His car has a blown transmission, and the shop is looking for parts.  It’s a ’98 Volvo.  I’m waiting for a grocery delivery from Store to Door.  They told me they had reduced my driver’s route, and that I can expect delivery between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon, instead of between 1:00 and 3:00 PM.  It’s 11:45, and they haven’t come yet.  Needless to say, I’m pooped.  They arrived just before Noon, and groceries are put away!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:50 (average 5:20).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (GQ channel): The Republicans Are Bailing on Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

This a rare occasion in which I disagree with Keith. While some Republicans are whining and bitching to cover their butts, but that’s a long way from bailing on the Fuhrer. That won’t happen until it’s so bas that they see themselves about to be tarred, feathered and driven from office.  Republicans in Nixon’s day were a far better breed of criminal. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): President Donald Trump Blocks Transgender People From Serving in Military

 

I don’t see why transgender people can’t join the service, when transspecies monsters have joined Trump’s administration. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In an extraordinary rebuke of the President of the United States, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. have obtained a restraining order against Donald J. Trump.

The order, which the Girls Scouts were granted on Monday night, prevents Trump from coming within three hundred feet of any gathering of the Scouts’ organization.

Carol Foyler, a Girl Scouts spokesperson, said that while the G.S.U.S.A. sought the restraining order “out of an abundance of caution,” the girls themselves were “in no way, shape or form” afraid of President Trump.

“They’re prepared to deal with bobcats and bears,” she said. “They can handle a malignant narcissist.”

It’s a good thing they did, Andy. Otherwise, Putin’s Pervert would probably grope them. RESIST!!

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Why Mueller May Be Toast

 Posted by at 1:32 pm  Politics
Jul 252017
 

How would you like to entrust America’s future to Senate Majority Leader, Bought Bitch Mitch McConnell (R-KY)?  Frankly, I’d feel more secure putting my kitty dingles in a vice!  However, we may not have any choice in the matter.  There are strong indications that Putin’s Puppet intends to wait for the Senate to go on vacation, fire Sessions, and replace him using a recess appointment.  The only way to prevent it is for McConnell to keep the Senate nominally in session.

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As soon as Congress goes into recess, Donald Trump will have the opportunity to remove special prosecutor Robert Mueller—unless Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stops him.

What will McConnell do?

Our Constitution provides Trump with a simple two-step process to rid himself of the meddlesome prosecutor he so fears.

First, when Congress starts its August recess, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns, which Trump has been signaling him to do. Trump could fire Sessions, but for reasons explained below would rather not. Sessions cannot fire Mueller because he recused himself from the Russia investigation, in which he is entangled.

Second, while Congress is in recess, Trump appoints a new attorney general. A Trump toady can immediately take the oath of office and a minute later fire Mueller.

The instant attorney general replacement is possible because our Senate cannot give its advise and consent when it is in recess. The framers of our Constitution, in an era before jets or even trains, provided for that circumstance in the third clause in Article II, Section 2 of our Constitution:

“The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.”

Given Trump’s ease in finding unqualified people to fill high positions in our government, finding someone so craven that they would fire Mueller just so they can serve 18 months as our 85th Attorney General would be easy…

From <DC Report>

Lawrence O’Donnell discussed this possibility with a panel of "experts".

First, it is true that Bought Bitch Mitch nominally kept the Senate in session to prevent recess appointments by Obama.  However, before Bought Bitch Mitch does the same to stop Trump, I’ll be able to enjoy an ice cream cone in the cool breeze in Antonin Scalia’s place of residence.

Even though several Republican pundits are saying that would be enough to prompt Congressional Republicans to take action, it won’t happen.  Republicans might make a few noises, but they will just roll their eyes and go back to pillaging the country.

If this happens, Democrats must become the Party of No, doing everything possible to block and delay everything Republicans try to do.

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 242017
 

It has now been six months since Donald "The Tweeting Twit" Trump ascended from the flames of the nether regions to impose his Republican Rectum Reich on the people of America.  How have they done?  The Republican Reich is virtually always wrong.  Fortunately, we have another Reich that is virtually always right, and Robert Reich has prepared a report card, designed for the fools that voted for Trump.

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So after six months, has he delivered what he promised you?

1. He told you he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “beautiful.” You bought it. But he didn’t repeal and he didn’t replace. (Just as well: His plan would have knocked at least 22 million off health insurance, including many of you.)

2. He told you he’d cut your taxes. You bought it. But tax “reform” is stalled. And if it ever moves, the only ones whose taxes will be cut are the wealthy.

3. He told you he’d invest $1 billion in our nation’ crumbling infrastructure. You bought it. But his infrastructure plan, which was really a giveaway to rich investors, is also stalled.

4. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. But he’s brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses, along with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are crafting new policies for the same industries they recently worked for.

5. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. But he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, in which no one is in charge.

6. He said he’d close “special interest loopholes that have been so good for Wall Street investors but unfair to American workers.“ You bought it. But he picked a Wall Street financier Stephen Schwarzman to run his strategic and policy forum, who compares closing those loopholes to Hitler’s invasion of Poland… [emphasis added]

From <Robert Reich>

I shared six of twelve. Click through for other six.  Then…

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Jul 242017
 

It’s another 90° day with 50% humidity.  I never thought I’d say that I’m ready for winter, and I’m really not sure.  Before global Republication caused the climate to change, Oregon had blissfully moderate weather year round.  Now summer is too hot, winter is too cold, and spring and fall last less time than a fart smells.  OGIM!  (Oh God It’s Monday!)

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:05 (average 5:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From Daily Kos: All is not well in Republicanville. No matter how slavish the Fox News segments become, it ain’t working; it is slowly dawning on powerful Republicans that the president they are so dutifully protecting and sucking up to may, in fact, be an idiot.

Trump’s struggles go beyond health care. More than six months into Trump’s presidency, Republicans have no legislative accomplishments other than the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, a confusing foreign policy, and a White House that is perpetually in damage-control mode. From lawmakers and governors to donors and foreign policy experts, a certain realization is sinking in within the party, based on more than a dozen interviews in recent days: Donald Trump has been a historically weak and ineffective president.

That it took six months to start wondering whether the man who talked about grabbing women, who discussed his penis size during a presidential debate, who sent his press secretary to baldly lie about the size of the crowds on his inauguration day, and who is currently engaged in a public defense of his campaign team openly seeking the assistance of the Russian government during a period of unprecedented assault on our election systems by that government, is perhaps not the brilliant world-shaping genius he made himself out to be.

This is the problem with the Republican Party. They don’t catch on too quick.

I disagree with this author. I think they knew he was an idiot from square one. They just don’t care, or even welcome the distraction his idiocy brings to voters, as long as they get to gut the safety net and steal billions from the poor and middle classes to fund welfare for billionaires. RESIST!!

From CNN: Democrats will unveil an economic agenda Monday that leaders hope will bring together the progressive wing of their party and Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump, creating a united front and platform ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

The plan — under the slogan "A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future" — is a three-pronged approach that focuses on improving wages, lowering costs of everyday expenses and boosting job-training opportunities.

Top Democrats will release the agenda Monday at an event in Berryville, Virginia, located in the congressional district represented by Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock — a target seat that Democrats hope to flip in their favor next year.

Following their party’s disastrous presidential loss in November, Democrats have been in a period of soul-searching as they seek a new message and cohesive identity in the Trump era.

"The number one thing that we did wrong is we didn’t have — we didn’t tell people what we stood for," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday in an interview on ABC’s "This Week."

In this rare instance, Schumer is right. Democratic leaders were too busy railing against what we stand against to present what we stand for effectively. I think it’s a good idea, but I’ll reserve judgment, until I actually see what’s in the plan. Regardless, it will be better than the Republican plan: right to life that ends at birth, hate for all but Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians, and welfare for billionaires. RESIST!!

From Media Matters: Pro-Trump internet trolls claimed that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was a "terrorist organization" and compared the group to Nazis after ADL identified some of the biggest online personalities of the “alt-right” and “alt-lite” movements and called them out for spreading hateful rhetoric.

The ADL recently published a list of “alt-right” and “alt-lite” figures, identifying key players in both the white supremacist “alt-right” and the fringe right-wing media landscape of media trolls and smear merchants it inspired, which the ADL called the “alt-lite.” It included internet troll and Infowars contributor Mike Cernovich; smear merchant Jack Posobiec, who once received a temporary White House press pass; disgraced Breitbart provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos; The Gateway Pundit’s Lucian Wintrich; and Rebel Media’s Gavin McInnes, using the “alt-lite” banner to describe their prior affiliation and promotion of “alt-right” figures and ideologies. In a Periscope live stream, Cernovich responded to the list’s publication by urging his followers to spread the hashtag “#ADLTerror” [Republican terrorism delinked] on Twitter. Cernovich also called ADL “a terrorist organization” that had “targeted” him and his family for “murder and assassination” by including his name in the list.

While I’m not always a big fan of ADL, because they tend to turn a blind eye, when Israeli Republicans persecute innocent Palestinians in retribution for acts of guilty ones, they did a super service to humanity by helping expose these Republican Nazis. 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?

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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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July 24, 1904 – Republicans started stealing them from children.

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