Here is the eighty-seventh article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican Fascist Radio Host, Howie Carr. He so honored for his Republican racism toward Native Americans.
At a rally on Wednesday in Bangor, Maine, the right-wing radio personality Howie Carr took the microphone before a screaming crowd to introduce Donald Trump. In his meandering speech, he called out Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has recently joined forces with Hillary Clinton and given several speeches excoriating Trump. To the delight of the crowd, Carr did an Indian war whoop into the microphone, mocking Warren’s claim of 1/32 Native American heritage.
Carr is simultaneously implying Native Americans are war whooping savages and trying to gin up an old controversy surrounding Warren’s racial background.
After staying here nine nights, Julie and Killer Dawg moved out yesterday. I’m feeling lonely. After a while I‘ll get used to my routine again. She will be back for about four hours on Saturday and will help train her replacement for a couple hours on Tuesday. I felt too tired to sleep well last night, so I took a Lona Nap this morning and I am running late.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:44 (average 5:34). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Daily Kos: Because that is what Jesus would do, right? No, wrong. Assault weapons are meant for one thing — to kill. Jesus was against killing.
The Globe reports on a church in Joplin, Missouri, that held a raffle and gave away two Black Rain AR-15 assault rifles on Father’s Day. Fathers were given one free ticket and another for each child they brought in. (I wonder if you could bring in someone else’s child for extra tickets…) Ignite says it was part of a marketing strategy to “lure” young men between 18-35 to follow Jesus. Because that’s what Jesus would do right? No, wrong. No where [sic] does it say Jesus “lured.”
It would appear that church exists to worship Republican Supply-side Jesus, who Republicans invented to justify their false gospel of violence, lies, hate and greed. Republican Supply-side Jesus is the polar opposite of the real Jesus.
Republican Benghazi BS had one purpose only, to propagandize against Hillary Clinton. And Nameless was right. It STILL isn’t over.
From Alternet: Donald Trump has been showered with accusations of financial impropriety, from fraud suits levied against his now-defunct Trump University, to charges that the presidential candidate drastically inflates his charitable donations. To add fuel to the monetary fire, Trump is now facing repercussions for poor fundraising acumen; on Wednesday, the Federal Elections Committee filed a complaint against Donald J. Trump for President for “soliciting contributions from foreign nationals” in a series of emails the campaign sent to “foreign nationals in Iceland, Scotland, Britain and Australia.”
Following reports earlier this month that Trump’s fundraising numbers are severely lagging, the presumptive Republican nominee sent emails to members of the British parliament, Talking Points Memo reports.
Sir Roger Gale, British Member of Parliament (MP) complained about the correspondence to the Speaker of the House Commons, Politics Home notes. "Members of Parliament are being bombarded by electronic communications from Team Trump on behalf of somebody called Donald Trump,” Gale said Tuesday. ”Mr Speaker, I’m all in favour of free speech but I don’t see why colleagues on either side of the House should be subjected to intemperate spam."
Click through for more details. Trump has not even tried to hide his criminal foreign fundraising behind bogus nonprofits, the way Republicans normally do.
I don't know about you, but I BEE ready for a good laugh, Without further ado…
Samantha Bee — in a segment titled "Oh Shit, Brexit" — dedicated a fair amount of her brilliant show to Brexit last night, what with all the incredibly obvious parallels between the terribly misguided vote to “Make Britain great again” (she shows a clip of a Leave voter actually saying that) and our Trump problem.
“While the Brits were waking up in the ruins of their nation saying, ‘Oh God, what have we done?’ a lot of Americans were looking over and saying, ‘Oh God, what are we about to do?’”…
Liz Warren (D-MA) went on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton. She invested most of her speech introducing Hillary to tearing Rump Dump Trump a third rectum. Why third? The first is in the normal place. The second is the one he uses to speak, and the one she tore is right between his eyes.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) just torched presumptive Republican presidential nominee in a blistering speech where she pulled zero punches.
Among other things, Warren called Trump “a nasty man who will never become president” and “a small, insecure money-grubber who fights for only himself.” She also made a sly reference to Trump’s nickname of her as “Goofy Elizabeth Warren” by throwing it right back in his face.
“You want to see goofy, look at him in that hat,” she said…
For the first time since my second surgery, I could take a shower this morning, and I can’t tell you how good it felt. The heat wave continues, and Otis hasn’t come to fix the elevator yet, so I remain stuck here. If they fix it today, I can get out to the bank tomorrow. The pain in my eye is improving, but otherwise, the best thing about it is that with both eyes open, I see two Killer Dawgs.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:03 (average 4:31). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From NY Times: The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee [Republican Reich delinked] are moving quickly and aggressively to head off the fledgling effort to stage a revolt at their convention next month in Cleveland, hoping to spare the party an embarrassing spectacle that could deeply wound the presumptive nominee.
They are employing hard-nosed tactics, warning delegates that attempting to undermine Donald J. Trump’s [Rectum delinked] claim to the nomination violates party rules, and threatening to deny speaking slots to Republicans they deem disloyal for not backing him.
“If there’s no endorsement, then I would not invite them to speak,” Mr. Trump said in an interview, adding that former rivals like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio should not expect to address the convention if they continue to withhold their support.
The R.N.C. and the Trump campaign are also installing loyal party stalwarts in key party positions to help ensure that they maintain control of the convention if rogue delegates attempt a disruption. And they are trying to discredit Republicans who are advocating an interpretation of party rules that would allow delegates to vote for anyone they want on the first ballot.
If there ever was any question, the RNC has made it crystal clear. Rump Dump Trump is the embodiment of what the Republican Party believes and how the Republican Party behaves.
From CNN: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, two new polls of registered voters show — but they differ on the size of her advantage.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll [Murdoch delinked], meanwhile, pegs Clinton’s lead at 5 points, 46% to 41%.
There is one other key difference between the polls. Murdoch owns the WSJ
From Think Progress: Actor Jesse Williams, best known for his role on the TV series Grey’s Anatomy, accepted the Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET awards on Sunday for his work raising awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. After receiving the award, Williams gave a profound speech on black lives and human rights that brought the audience to its feet.
I agree with almost everything he said, except that he seemed to imply that only Black people have a stake in Black equality. I have to say that my stake in Black equality is my blood on the streets of several American cities, shed fighting for Black equality hand in hand with Black Americans, so I will not shut up, and I will advise. Had the Black Lives Matter movement, not torpedoed Bernie Sanders and had Black Americans not overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presumptive Nominee would do more to promote Black equality than the one we now have. That said, if Rump Dump Trump defeats Hillary in November, police who don ‘t want to murder unarmed Blacks will face termination because of it. Vote Blue!
It could not be more tragic that Clarence TEABAG Thomas replaced this American hero!
Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how jarringly idiotic InsaniTEA can become. I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.
Idiot Fox Newsians celebrate gunman in German movie theater.
Monica Crowley and Stuart Varney made themselves comfy in the fact-free zone as the incident in Germany where a gunman stormed a movie theater was unfolding. But the lack of any information whatsoever did not keep them from speculating and celebrating a little bit.
First, British ex-pat, arch-conservative business commentator Stuart Varney admitted he knew nothing, and said he was “not going to speculate,” but, “Is this another, somewhat similar, terror-related case? I don’t know that. I don’t know who the shooter is, his name, nationality, or wherever he came from. I don’t know that, but the incident is very similar. Therefore, there could be political repercussions to the shooting…”
Ooh, Monica Crowley jumped in too, also not to speculate, but, “I don’t want, I’m not going to stretch this, but a terror, if it’s a terror incident or an incident of this kind, that’s for Trump. That is a plus for Donald Trump, isn’t it?”
Yes! Varney didn’t speculate, because every bad thing that happens, including Trump himself, is good for Trump, because he projects all this leadership and decisiveness and strength and never troubles himself by actually knowing about things.
Meanwhile, Trump rode around his golf course in Scotland, wondering what the Brexit is, speculating on whether it could benefit him, and protecting his perimeter from knowledge.
Maybe we can we arrange a Vexit? (Varney exit.) And a Crexit? (Take Crowley with you too.)
Or maaayyybe, and this is just a thought, a full-scale Foxit.
We’re having a heat wave here in Portland, and I’m writing with my right eye shut. The vision is still quite blurry and I’m seeing double, which are things the doctor told me to expect. At the rate Killer Dawg is getting fed, we may start calling him Killer Donut.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:19 (average 4:44). To do it, click here. How did you do?
Michael Price, counsel in the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, has a disturbing article up at Salon.com.
Turns out, he bought a new "smart" TV, but is now afraid to turn it on.
The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.
It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face. On the upside, the images are saved on the TV instead of uploaded to a corporate server. On the downside, the Internet connection makes the whole TV vulnerable to hackers who have demonstrated the ability to take complete control of the machine.
More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.
The technocracy, in the employ of Wall Street corporations, has fully jumped the shark. Sharing the audio from the microphone with third parties?
Are liberals really going to allow this steady march into dystopia to continue? And if liberals and Democrats aren’t willing to fight it, who will?
This issuer needs to move to front burner.
From NY Times: With British politics in turmoil, there were already clear indications on Saturday of a tense and bickering divorce from the European Union.
Britons woke up to a diminished currency and much confusion about the consequences of their vote on Thursday to quit the European Union, including who would be their next prime minister. The leaders of the campaign to exit the bloc, or “Brexit,” continued to disagree over what kind of relationship they wanted with Europe, and thousands of Britons started signing a petition asking for a second referendum.
Meeting in Berlin, European leaders told Britain to hurry up and begin the formal process of exiting the union, while Prime Minister David Cameron said that process could wait until his replacement was chosen in October and leaders of the “Leave” campaign suggested it could come even later, after a new round of talks with Brussels.
I can’t say that I blame other EU leaders, but it sounds like many in the UK have buyers’ remorse.
I have not been able to follow the Brexit news as closely as I wanted to, but felt dismayed to learn that the Brits have surrendered their prerogative to call Americans stupid, as Andy put it so well. However there are a couple silver linings. First, the UK Tory government is toast. More important the secessionist seditious Republicans in Texas want to follow suit. That’s the one really good thing for the US!
They’re at it again. Sarah Palin was encouraged by the Brexit vote to call for the US to divorce the UN. But in Texas, they aim for something bigger.
Never mind that the United States Constitution forbids it: Inspired by Brexit, the Texas Nationalist Movement [Republican seditionists delinked] wants to #Texit. Just as Donald Trump failed to realize Scotland did not vote to leave the EU, Daniel Miller, president of the TNM, doesn’t seem to realize that not only do most Texans not want to leave the Union, but they couldn’t if they wanted to…
I had a relatively quiet day doing a few loads of laundry. Lucia called early this morning to cancel our session so time opened up. The babes spent the day sleeping and trying to follow me to the laundry in the basement. They are not allowed down there because they won't help folding and they leave fur all over the clean laundry. The weekend looks quiet too.
The New Yorker — Across the United Kingdom on Friday, Britons mourned their long-cherished right to claim that Americans were significantly dumber than they are.
Luxuriating in the superiority of their intellect over Americans’ has long been a favorite pastime in Britain, surpassing in popularity such games as cricket, darts, and snooker.
But, according to Alistair Dorrinson, a pub owner in North London, British voters have done irreparable damage to the “most enjoyable sport this nation has ever known: namely, treating Americans like idiots.”
“When our countrymen cast their votes yesterday, they didn’t realize they were destroying the most precious leisure activity this nation has ever known,” he said. “Wankers.”
In the face of this startling display of national idiocy, Dorrinson still mustered some of the resilience for which the British people are known. “This is a dark day,” he said. “But I hold out hope that, come November, Americans could become dumber than us once more.”
Oh Andy! And here I thought that English football (soccer) was the most precious leisure activity. Although now that I think about it, football is a calling . . . almost a religion! Let's hope that the final British wish does not come true.
Alternet — In a stunning and historic move, citizens of the United Kingdom voted Thursday to leave the European Union—a decision colloquially dubbed the "Brexit"—making the U.K. the first country to voluntarily withdraw from the 28-member political and economic bloc.
The vote is seen as a referendum on globalization, combining the economic impact of EU trade regulations with the fearful refrain about immigration, which, for many pro-Brexiters, is bolstered by the Schengen visa agreement that allows those who have gained entry to an EU member state to move freely among other EU countries. Supporters of the Brexit cited the EU's onerous regulations, dissatisfaction with Britain's recovery after the 2008 recession and concerns over immigrant access to Britain's strained resources as their top reasons for leaving. …
For Britons, those perhaps most impacted by the Brexit vote are the people who wanted it the least (a trend paralleled in the United States as young voters overwhelmingly declare their hatred of Trump's nationalistic bloviating). An incredible majority of younger voters opted to stay in the EU. Among 18- to 24-year-olds, 75 percent voted to remain, according to a YouGov poll, as did a majority of voters aged 25 to 49.
I have seen a number of petitions asking the British government to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the referendum. The younger groups of voters are the ones that will have to deal with the results of leaving the EU. In a Think Progressarticle which I read earlier, those most affected by the Brexit decision will be the working class. Yet it is to those same people that the leave side sold the idea of increasing fortunes after leaving the EU.
"Ultimately, the British economy has suffered alongside much of the E.U. over the course of the past few years, and those most affected have been blue collar workers. The 2008 financial crisis dealt a hard blow to working families, who still earn £40 less per week than they did before the crash. They have also faced growing obstacles to higher education and increasing challenges when eyeing upward mobility. Questions about the impact of globalization, single markets, and inequality are all fair and long overdue — but so far, it’s clear that Brexit was marketed to voters as something it is not."
Another point it made was that the leaders of the leave side, like Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, are wealthy individuals, not working class. The article is well worth reading.
Think Progress — As House Democrats fed up with Congress’ lack of response to America’s gun violence epidemic continued their #NoBillNoBreak sit-in into the wee hours of Wednesday night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) came down to the House floor to confront them about what he perceives to be the real problem.
“We are talking about radical Islam! Radical Islam killed these people!” Gohmert shouted …
Thursday morning, Gohmert went on Fox News to talk about the House floor confrontation. Instead of discussing the role he believes radical Islam plays in American gun violence, he decried gun free zones and immigration, saying, "If this administration would protect us from people coming in, then we wouldn't have to worry" as much about terrorism. (None of the nearly 800,000 refugees settled in the United States since September 11, 2001 has been involved in plotting a credible terrorist attack.)
Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert! Barf Bag Alert!
I had originally thought to include this video in a dedicated story about gun control but given the fast moving events this week, I'll forego that article and put it here. Sam Bee is always good to watch. If you want to read the base article see Politico.
Why is it that Americans are so obsessed with guns? After all the shootings such as Colorado, Orlando and Sandy Hook, just to name three of the many, there have been calls for action. But lawmakers seem to be paralysed by fear of the NRA or their vision is clouded by other special interests and their money. I watch with dismay as common sense gun control laws are tossed aside in favour of anyone having a gun at any time . . . or at least that's how it seems to this Canuck. According to Mass Shooting Tracker, there have been 295 deaths and 707 wounded in US mass shootings thus far in 2016. Do you think there is a problem here? In Canada, where gun laws are stricter, a Conservative MP wants to see AR-15s removed from the restricted class of weapons. Total lunacy!
My Universe — This was a gift from the Napster (Lona) today. These guys are just so cute! . . . and they remind me of how my 3 often sleep, although without the plant. Thanks Lona!
From the New York Times I learned this week that Garrison Keillor hosted his last “A Prairie Home Companion” on May 21 and retired from the homespun Americana musical variety program he created in 1975; this time for real. If you’re not from the US, like me, you may well ask: “Garrison who?”, unless you’re familiar with his book “Lake Wobegon Days” he published in 1985. The book, and the ones that followed, is a collection of stories about the everyday life in a fictitious little town somewhere in Minnesota, resembling many small farm towns in the upper Midwest, and loosely based on his relatives, friends and neighbors of Scandinavian and German descent in the area he grew up in. To this foreigner these endearing and often humorous stories were a diorama of American country life.
It wasn’t until I traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway some 15 years ago and heard the radio broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion,in which he rendered another story of “News from Lake Wobegon” with his unique and very recognizable voice, that I first realized Garrison Keillor was not only an author of books, but also a humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and radio personality. Only much later I learned that the program was very popular, was broadcasted by nearly 600 radio stations across America and that Lake Wobegon had become a concept familiar to many Americans. It had even led “Professor David G Myers to coin ‘the Lake Wobegon effect’, a natural human tendency to overestimate one's capabilities. The characterization of the fictional location, where ‘all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average,’ has been used to describe a real and pervasive human tendency to overestimate one's achievements and capabilities in relation to others. The Lake Wobegon effect, where all or nearly all of a group claim to be above average, has been observed in high school students' appraisal of their leadership, drivers' assessments of their driving skill, and cancer patients' expectations of survival.” (Wikipedia)
“But why are you posting an article about Garrison Keillor on Politics Plus?” I hear you ask. Because in his mild satire on anything American he’s also written some columns and items for his program on the current political landscape and the candidates in the primary election. Let’s start with Bernie Sanders. In No fogies in the Oval Office, please (Pittsburg Post-Gazette, April 17, 2016) Keillor notes that all remaining candidates (Sanders, Clinton and Trump) are of his own age: “Young people are flocking to Bernie Sanders who, given two terms in office, would be Leader of the Free World until age 83, setting a new record — Ronald Reagan was just shy of 78. Where is that new generation of leadership we keep hearing about at college commencements?” Keillor is very tongue-in-cheek about the age of the candidates and more so of Sanders who just as old as he is himself. But he does hint at Ronald Reagan’s dementia, which may have set in before he left the Oval Office, and which is worrying to Keillor. Although it’s clear he’s not a Sanders supporter, he builds up to tearing into his true and greatest dislike: Donald Trump and Republicans. In his last line it becomes apparent whom he supports: “Good luck to the candidates and may the best woman win. She’s 68, but women age more gracefully. Just ask your mother.”
Garrison Keillor isn’t one to question the political ideas of the Democratic candidates to be divisive. Instead he satirizes those thing that have little or nothing to do with political content but nevertheless play such a large role in the debates, such as age or gender. In “What will Bill Clinton be wearing?” (Chicago Tribune, May 17, 2016) he gently mocks Hillary Clinton turning the tables on her husband and Bill’s ability to accept his new position as first gentleman: “It's good to hear that Bill Clinton will be put in charge of revitalizing the economy in a Hillary administration and be sent to troubled areas such as Appalachian coal country and inner-city Detroit, and not just promote literacy or physical fitness, the usual first lady things. But I hope that at state dinners and other major White House events, we'll be able to read about what he's wearing.” But he can’t keep himself from pointing out what it would be like if her Republican opponent were to become president: “(If the Big Snapper is elected in November, [getting no credit for how he looks from the press] will change: He’ll be wearing his own labels and product placement will be very important in his administration, even huge.)”
Which brings me to the candidate which brings out real sarcasm in the normally cool and subdued Keillor: Donald Trump. In “Think moving abroad will save you from Trump? Think again.” (The Washington Post, March 16, 2016) all niceties are dropped: “If you want to escape from the Great White Turtle, you could move to New York. New Yorkers saw through this guy 20 years ago, a living, breathing cartoon of a tycoon, vulgarity on wheels, a man who was very lucky that his father was born before he was, and they have closed the book. So he takes his show on the road [ ], and so the intelligentsia is working ever harder, trying to figure him out. It’s like psychoanalyzing a toasted bagel. The guy paid $29 million for a 282-foot yacht, sailed on it once, got seasick, and never sailed again. He likes tall models with foreign accents. He dyes his hair. He likes to read about himself. What else do you want to know?”
But perhaps Keillor says it best when in his role as host of “A Prairie Home Companion” he skewers Trump in Poe’s classic poem “The Raven”:
Garrison Keillor retires from hosting his program, but I think he’s not done commenting on politics yet and will have more to say about the election, and especially about Donald Trump, in the coming months. At least I hope he does.