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 012017
 

In 1917, an extreme-right fascist minority staged a military coup and overthrew the majority democratic socialist government.  Lenin [R-RU] called his minority Bolsheviks, which means majority.  He called the majority Mensheviks, which means minority.  This Republican Reich dominated Russia for almost a century, and now that nation has fallen prey to another Republican Reich under Vladimir Putin [R-RU].  A similar minority holds the US hostage under Resident Donald "Putin’s Pervert" Trump.  Here’s how they do it.

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There is an old saw that politics is about numbers, and in a true democracy that would be the case. But ours is not a true democracy. Even after addressing the fact that nearly 90 million eligible voters do not vote, our system weights some votes more than others, and these weighted votes almost always work to the Republicans’ advantage, giving some 35 percent to 40 percent of the electorate a disproportionate share of power.

Here’s how it works:

1. Rural votes are worth more than urban votes.

For the first few months of his presidency, Donald Trump delighted in showing guests an electoral map of the country in which huge splotches from the South through the Midwest and into the far West were red, indicating Trump’s support. He was right, of course. Those were areas that voted for Trump. Except that those splotches were sparsely populated. The dark blue dots in urban America were the densely populated Democratic areas — areas with more votes.

In most nations, geographical advantages don’t mean much. In our system, however, geography plays an outsized role. It’s not how many votes; it’s where they are cast

2. White votes are worth more than minority votes.

White voters are deeply advantaged not only because they still constitute a majority of the electorate, but also because (a) they can be gerrymandered into white-controlled districts while diluting minorities; and (b) because white majorities often work to increase their power at minorities’ expense. We see the latter most dramatically in voter suppression laws. A Washington Post study showed that these laws, designed expressly to reduce minority participation, have a tremendous impact:… [emphasis added]

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It is imperative that we correct these injustices, and I have shared only the beginnings of parts 1 and 2.  Click through to read the rest of those parts and for parts 3 through 7.

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Sep 282017
 

I’m running late today.  I overslept, and have more to share than I can fit in my normal two articles.  Wendy thanks you for your support for her proud but empty nest syndrome.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:44 (average 4:35).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): How the Pittsburgh Penguins Became Trump’s Political Pawns

 

Before I can say whether or not I agree with Keith, I need to know what the players’ position is here. If any wish to attend, given the clear statement that it implies no support of the Fuhrer and his deplorable ways, that must be their choice, even though I disagree.  If any wish not to attend in protest against the Fuhrer and his deplorable ways, that must also be their choice. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Liberal Redneck Channel): Take a Knee, Y’all

 

Amen Y’all! RESIST!!

From Exposed by CMD: A new study of registered voters in Dane and Milwaukee Counties who did not vote in the 2016 presidential election found that approximately 17,000-23,000 eligible voters in those counties were prevented or deterred from voting by Wisconsin’s voter ID law. Due to financial constraints, the social scientists were only able to do a study of two of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, but the authors say that extrapolating statewide as many as 45,000 people stayed home because of the law.

Donald Trump won the state of Wisconsin by only 22,000 votes, the first GOP presidential victory in the state since Ronald Regan in 1984. The shocking upset garnered national attention and helped deliver the electoral college to Trump as the popular vote went to Clinton.

Republicans plan to establish a permanent, fascist Republican Reich in which elections exist for show only, because Republicans would control who may vote, and who may not! RESIST!!

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Sep 272017
 

With 85° forecast, I expect a high near 90°, but after tomorrow, several cool days will follow.  Store to Door delivered my groceries, and I just finished lunch, after putting them away.  Fantasy football players, set your lineup by tomorrow evening.  Wendy is now returning from Seattle, where she took her son to the airport.  He is spending a year in Spain, as an ESL teacher.  I am very sticky and ready for my shower.  I figure she’ll need a hug, because, as proud as she is that her chick is leaving the nest, she’s still a mother hen.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:37 (average 5:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump is Destroying Puerto Rico

 

Monday’s national outcry against the Fuhrer’s criminal inaction prompted his handlers to send a hospital ship and other tokens of relief, but way short of the need.  We need to deploy thousands of US troops to establish communications, rescue and evacuate those who need it, allocate and direct resources to where they are most needed, and keep order. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Voting Rights Restrictions and White Supremacy

 

The racist Republican War on Voting Rights must be opposed. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Saddened and more than a little wistful, Senate Republicans acknowledged on Tuesday that their long-standing dream of keeping poor people from living longer was at its end.

Choking back tears, Senator Lindsey Graham admitted that his crusade to halt the longevity of the poor had turned out to be a quixotic one at best.

“We made a solemn promise to the American people that we would do everything in our power to keep the poor from living so darn long,” he said, his voice quavering. “We didn’t get it done.”

Andy is reporting straight news again.  That bill was a death panel on steroids.  RESIST!!

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It’s the only way his tiny hands are useful!

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Sep 032017
 

I slept poorly last night, because it was so sticky.  Portland reached 98° yesterday with 97° forecast today, and 101° forecast both tomorrow and Tuesday.  Then we finally get some relief with temperatures in the 80°s for a few days.  I’m taking off my shirt when I go to the restroom down the hall, so I don’t have to change it when I return.  Thank goodness today is a Wendy day!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:53 (average 4:41).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Reminder:

It was a pleasure seeing Seth at the live online draft of our fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends, last night, but sad that he and I were the only two there.  Players, please don’t forget that Opening night of the season is this Thursday.  Please have your starting lineups set by then.  May the Holy Ellipsoid Orb bless your team. whenever it isn’t playing mine. Hot smile

Short Takes:

From Motherboard: Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog, struck back against a self-published children’s book that depicted Pepe as an Islamophobic, alt-right champion on a mission to make his farm great again.

Thanks to Louis Tompros and Don Steinberg—intellectual property lawyers at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP—Furie has reached a settlement with The Adventures of Pepe and Pede author Eric Hauser. That settlement prevents further sale of the book and forces Hauser to donate all profits to a Muslim-American advocacy group.

FOMCROTFPIMPLMAO!! RESIST!!

From Upworthy: The list of groups lining up to protest the Trump administration’s policy agenda just keeps growing. Women. Immigrants and their advocates. LGBTQ Americans and their allies. Yemeni deli owners. Disabled Medicaid recipients.

And now … dinosaurs.

On Wednesday, a large group of T. rexes — seriously, not making this up — marched on Washington to demand Congress overrule the president and continue funding national service programs.

A press release described the protest as featuring a "record number of dinosaurs," a probably technically correct statement that, nonetheless, doesn’t really do the actual event justice.

 

There it is! It proves that, even if you’ve been extinct for millions of years and have a brain just over the size of a walnut, you’re still smarter than a Republican!  RESIST!!

From The New Observer: New maps for electing members of the North Carolina House and Senate are ready for review by the judges who struck down the current maps.

The General Assembly approved the maps Wednesday.

Politicians from all corners of the state took advantage of their last chance to weigh in on the maps before final House and Senate votes, with Democrats taking up most of the speaking time to lodge a few final complaints to no avail.

Rep. Deb Butler, a Democrat from Wilmington, acknowledged the Little League World Series team from Greenville who had spent the morning being applauded by legislators in between redistricting debates. She said the new maps are so unfair to Democrats that it would be as if the baseball team had to start every game down 6-0 and forced to bat with their non-dominant hands. She asked her Republican colleagues, who mostly supported the new maps, to reconsider their support.

It’s likely that the courts will reject Republican racism again. If that is the case, the courts may redraw the districts. RESIST!!

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Aug 272017
 

Few things in life give the Republican Party more grief than having anyone who is Black, Brown, Yellow, Red, disabled, elderly, poor, LGBT,liberal, a student or female and shod to exercise their Constitutional right to vote for candidates of their own choice.  If any of that describes you, Republicans want to take your right to vote away.  Fortunately, a US District Judge has ruled that Texas’ Voter ID law is illegal.

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A FEDERAL judge ruled Wednesday that Texas’s voter identification law is illegal. Again. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos had previously repudiated the state legislature’s toughest-in-the-nation ballot ID law, and the appeals court above her largely agreed. Now she has found that the state’s second try at imposing voter ID rules is not good enough, either. She is right.

GOPvotingMs. Ramos found previously that the forms of ID the state would accept made things disproportionately more difficult for minority voters. Polling workers would accept gun licenses, which white people are more likely to carry. But they would not accept other forms of state-issued ID that minority voters might have in greater proportion. In fact, the list of acceptable ID was exceptionally narrow, especially compared with other states. After negative court rulings, the state expanded the list slightly — but not “meaningfully,” Ms. Ramos found. The discriminatory effect still existed.

In the state’s second try, the still-short list of acceptable ID was supposed to be offset by looser rules on casting a ballot in the absence of required documents, allowing people to vote if they explain why they do not have them. Ms. Ramos pointed out that people’s reasons for lacking ID are irrelevant to the question of whether those people are qualified to vote. The state insists that people without sufficient ID not only certify that they are eligible to vote, but also select a qualifying reason for lacking proper documents. The state attached stiff penalties for perjury on either question. In this way, the state would have discouraged people from voting when they did not know or understand whether they were qualified to claim an exemption

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Kudos to Judge Ramos!

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

VOTE!!

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