Jan 212017
 

I successfully avoided all contact with the Russian Infestation yesterday by spending the day resting, listening to Pandora, and watching Netflix.  I heard demonstrations that were close, but not close enough to make out the chants.  At around 9:00 PM there was a flurry of tear gas  canisters popping and flash bangs going off.  However sleep was impossible, because of frequent police sirens until well after midnight.  Then a few deplorable fascists in a Humvee drove up and down the street with his speakers blasting a speech from Putin’s Pervert, turning it off occasionally to scream "Nigger Libs!".  I gave up at 4:00 AM and got up to discover both my cable and Internet were down.  So the first full day of the Republican Reich has not started well, and I’m going to nap before I publish.  Nameless… Sioux City.

Jig Zone Puzzles:

Yesterday’s took me 2:42 (average 4:44).  To do it, click here.  Today’s took me 5:00 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (GQ Channel): Boycott Donald Trump’s Inauguration | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Kudos to Keith. Kudos to John Lewis. This is why I boycotted the infestation.  RESIST!!

From OPB: After an evening of protests Friday, Portland police used crowd-control devices to disperse lingering demonstrators near Pioneer Courthouse Square and six people were arrested.

The use of flash-bangs and tear gas came after police told protesters that the march, which began at 5 p.m., was unlawful. Police also warned the group that those who did not leave the area would be arrested.

By the end of the night, five people were charged with second-degree disorderly conduct.

Kudos to the nonviolent demonstrators.  RESIST!!

From NY Times: Affordable birth control. Equal pay for equal work. Full access to health care for transgender Americans.

As recently as last summer, these seemed like achievable goals, backed by President Barack Obama and championed by Hillary Clinton. Now, of course, Donald Trump is president, and what might have been items on Mrs. Clinton’s agenda are tenets of the Women’s March on Washington, a protest to mark Mr. Trump’s second day in office.

More than 200,000 people have signed up on Facebook to attend the Washington march, and over 1.5 million plan to attend one of hundreds of satellite marches around the country.

Kudos to the women.  RESIST!!

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We had a President then.

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DeVos at a Loss

 Posted by at 10:17 am  Politics
Jan 192017
 

In case you are not aware of this, Betsy DeVos Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian billionaire, is the Theocon Fascist that Putin’s Perverted Puppet has appointed to destroy public education in the US.  When she showed up for her hearings, she was quite ill prepared.

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Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing to become President-elect Donald Trump’s education secretary was originally scheduled for last Wednesday but ultimately postponed until late Tuesday afternoon. With an extra week to get ready, Senate Democrats came prepared—and DeVos, oddly enough, did not.

While Republicans on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions lauded the billionaire philanthropist—and prominent GOP donor—for her commitment to expanding charter schools and voucher programs, committee Democrats barraged DeVos with specific, pointed questions about her attempts to privatize public education, even pleading with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the HELP chairman, for the opportunity to ask more questions as the three-and-a-half-hour hearing boiled over.

DeVos reaffirmed her support for an education system beyond a "one size fits all" approach that opened up choices—"whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, religious, or any combination thereof." But when pushed beyond her talking points, she was stiff and often thrown off her game:

"If you were not a multibillionaire…"

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) didn’t shy away from challenging DeVos on her family’s large contributions to the Republican Party. "Do you think that if you were not a multibillionaire, if your family had not made hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions, that you would be sitting here today?" Sanders followed up by grilling DeVos on free college education and tax cuts on the richest Americans…

From <Mother Jones>

To summarize, she ducked every one of Bernie’s questions in a way that made it clear that more welfare for billionaires should take precedence over any benefits for America’s students.

In addition to Bernie, the article includes five more Senators who grilled DeVos, and it has a video for each.  I recommend that you click through for the rest of this fine piece.  Then…

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Jan 192017
 

This is the last day of comparative national sanity in the US, and it is my prayer that we all will have survived to celebrate together on the day it returns.  As I see it, the earliest possibility is four years from now, because even if the Perverted Puppet is impeached on Monday, the Pensive pseudo-Christian Psycho is no better.  Tomorrow, Politics Plus will have a day of mourning.  I will post a graphic  announcing it and will spend the rest of the day isolated from political affairs.  It’s bad enough that I have to suffer through another Republican Reich.  I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit and watch that vile pile of excrement rub our noses in it.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:42 (average 4:12).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump’s Devious Plan to Destroy the White House Press Corps | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Isn’t it interesting that Keith and Robert Reich are mirroring each other.  RESIST!!

From YouTube (Full Frontal Channel): Swamp Dwellers

 

That’s not just Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten. It’s how all Republicans "drain" swamps.  RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Moving vans arrived at the White House on Wednesday to remove all traces of competence and dignity.

Working around the clock, movers started clearing out the optimism and progress that had accumulated during the past eight years.

“Once we’ve packed up that stuff, we’ll start moving out the wisdom and maturity,” one of the movers said. “The guy who’s moving in wants all of that gone.”

After the movers complete their work, a cleaning crew will come in and scrub the White House of every last speck of compassion.

That’s more straight news from Andy.  RESIST!!

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Jan 182017
 

Portland is now a sweltering 43°, and the street below my windows has transformed to slush after over a week od snow and ice.  I’m finally getting a grocery delivery this afternoon, and I’m writing late to be sure to be up when it gets here.  Putting it away will be lots od extra work, because it’s two weeks worth.  Later, Wendy is coming to give the stinky TomCat a fresh fragrance.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:06 (average 4:37).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The One Crucial Question Trump Refuses to Answer

 

No traitor would answer that question. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Former President George W. Bush is eagerly counting down the days until he is no longer the worst President in U.S. history, Bush confirmed on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at his home, Bush said that he “could hardly wait” until Friday, when he will be officially bounced from the worst-President slot.

“I have to admit, I never thought I’d see this day in my lifetime,” the former President said. “When you leave office with the nation in smoldering ruins, you sort of come to accept that you’re gonna be worst for a long, long time.”

“I guess you could say I set the bar kind of high, worst-wise,” he chuckled.

Dang Andy! I never thought I would miss Crawford Caligula!!  RESIST!!

From Daily Kos:

Heinz-Christian Strache is the head of Austria’s Freedom Party. A few weeks ago it was reported that Trump’s scary national security advisor, Mike Flynn, had met with Strache to discuss whatever it is people discuss inside of volcano underground lairs.  …

…Flynn seems to have a penchant for finding neo-Nazi types all throughout Europe to have conversations with. Now, according to Strache’s Facebook page [Republican delinked] and an English language Austrian news source, it looks like Mr. Strache got himself an invite to the Reich’s Trump’s big day.

The invitation allegedly came from the US-Congressman from Iowa, Steve King, who is known for his ultraconservative views and strong support for Trump. King made a trip to Vienna in October 2016 to visit with party members during the height of the election campaign. Following an inquiry by the APA, a speaker for the former presidential candidate and FPÖ vice president, Norbert Hofer has said he will "neither confirm nor deny" if Hofer is part of the delegation.

While Americans boycott, Republicans invite foreign Nazis and they attend!  RESIST!!

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RepubliCare Cowards

 Posted by at 10:55 am  Politics
Jan 172017
 

I remember 2008 when Barack, Obama made the mistake of trying to negotiate with Republicans over ObamaCare, how they stalled while pretending to negotiate in goods faith.  Then all expenses paid Republican operatives toured the  country attacking Democrats, who courageously stood up to the abuse,  in their town hall meetings.  Eight years later, the tables are turned, with a few changes.  The Democrats (and some Republicans) trying to keep Republicans from destroying their health care are not paid operatives.  And the Republicans trying to destroy ObamaCare are cowards.

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President-elect Donald J. Trump and congressional Republicans appear to have accomplished a feat that President Obama, with all the power at his disposal, could not in the past seven years: They have galvanized outspoken support for the Affordable Care Act.

People who benefit from the law are flooding Congress with testimonials. Angry consumers are confronting Republican lawmakers. And Democrats who saw the law as a political liability in recent elections have suddenly found their voice, proudly defending the law now that it is in trouble.

Thousands of people across the country held rallies over the weekend to save the health care law, which Republicans moved last week to repeal with a first but crucial legislative step. A widely circulated video showed Representative Mike Coffman, Republican of Colorado, eluding constituents who had wanted to meet with him to express their concerns on Saturday at a community event in Aurora, Colo. Rallies on Sunday to save the health law drew robust crowds around the country… [emphasis added]

From <NY Times>

Lawrence O’Donnell covered both Cowardly Coffman and other protests against the Republican War on Health Care.

You can be sure that The Fuhrer’s response is rat shit.  His transition team is alrerady walking it back.

There’s a reason Republicans are so cowardly.  They know that all they have to offer is RepubliCare, whose only notable featured is the RepubliCare Death Benefit.  If you’re rich enough to pay for health care, you get health care.  If not, you get to die free, and the Republican Party won’t charge you a penny more.

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Jan 172017
 

The temperature in Portland is forecast to climb to the mid 30°s today, topping the freezing mark for the first time in a week.  Tomorrow the high is forecast near 50° and that should melt the street in front of my building.  I could not have gone anywhere anyway, as the TriMet Lift Busses have been on emergency service only for a week.  This is the worst freeze we’ve had here in many years, and since it sets off both my COPD and my arthritis, I’m damn ready to be rid of it.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:24 (average 4:49).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Donald Trump Has Some Colorful Friends | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

With any other politician, this might be a big deal. This is only thing that makes it news is that with Putin’s Perverted Puppet, it’s small change.

From KP Daily Funnies: Paul Ryan’s Diary- Dabbing at the Repeal of Obamacare

 

It seems more factual than funny.

From ABC:

Below is the full running list of Congress members who are planning not to attend the inauguration:

  • Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-AZ
  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-CA
  • Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA
  • Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA
  • Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA
  • Rep. Mark Takano, D-CA
  • Rep. Jared Huffman, D-CA
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA
  • Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-CA
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-CA
  • Rep. Karen Bass, D-CA
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-FL
  • Rep. Darren Soto, D-FL
  • Rep. John Lewis, D-GA
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-IL
  • Rep. John Yarmuth, D-KY
  • Rep. Katherine Clark, D-MA
  • Rep. Anthony Brown, D-MD
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-ME
  • Rep. John Conyers, D-MI
  • Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN
  • Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-MO
  • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-NJ
  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-NY
  • Rep. Jose Serrano, D-NY
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-NY
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-OH
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR
  • Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-OR
  • Rep. Dwight Evans, D-PA
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-PA
  • Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN
  • Rep. Al Green, D-TX
  • Rep. Don Beyer, D-VA
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-WA
  • Rep. Adam Smith, D-WA
  • Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI

Kudos to all of them.  I tried to find a list of Senators boycotting the Fuhrer’s insertion, and several said there are none, but I know that isn’t true.  Neither of Oregon’s senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, plan to attend.

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