Yesterday the heat wave came to an end with another record high temperature: 104° (40°). The next three days are forecast in the high 70°s, but it will take two days, before this building bleeds off enough heat for interior temperatures to reflect the weather outside. My AC is holding it’s own a bit better than yesterday. I’ve had very little sleep in the last two days and am feeling quite tired.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:05 (average 4:44). To do it, click here. How did you do?
Just as trans people are joining the struggles for freedoms not specific to LGBT rights, straight people must join the struggle for LGBT freedom. If you click through to the MoveOn Channel link, you’ll find videos of Bernie’s healthcare rallies in Pittsburgh and Columbus. Both are over an hour long. RESIST!!
From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Mike Pence Boasts Of Trump’s Anti-Choice Accomplishments To Focus On The Family
Barf Bag Alert!!
Once again, Pence is just like Trump with two minor exceptions. He is not a puke shade of orange. Whatever pussy grabbing he does, he keeps it secret. RESIST!!
From Daily Kos: Two groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, CREW, and the National Security Archive, have filed a lawsuit against the president, arguing that he “appears to be violating the Presidential Records Act and the Constitution’s requirement that the president ‘take care’ that the laws be faithfully executed.”
The groups specifically allege that the president has gone on a campaign to destroy tweets and that administration officials regularly use other means of correspondence, such as special apps that automatically delete read emails. The apps also allow for private communications among top staff that effectively cut the public and the press out from learning of the goings on of the president.
Interestingly, President Trump once accused Hilary Clinton of her own deletion problem.
Kudos to CREW. The doings of the Fuhrer and his Republican Reich are too evil to withstand the light of day. RESIST!!
It’s a crazy day. We have 87° and muggy forecast, which would tie the record for this date, so my AC is fighting to keep up with the sun on the wall. I’m afraid it has ruined the lovely shower Wendy gave me yesterday. My replacement credit card came this morning, and I updated my most critical vendors, but there are many more to update. I hope you had a fantastic weekend.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 2:49 (average 4:45). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From NY Times: A member of President Trump’s legal team said on Sunday that the president was not under investigation by the special counsel looking into Russia’s election-year meddling, contradicting Mr. Trump’s assertion in a Friday morning tweet that he is a subject of the widening inquiry.
The denial on Sunday by Jay Sekulow, one of several personal lawyers Mr. Trump has hired to represent him in the Russia case, is the latest of many examples in which the president’s aides and lawyers have scrambled to avert a public-relations mess created by Mr. Trump’s tweets, off-script remarks or leaked private conversations.
How can you tell if a lawyer is lying? Look for any sign of life. Trump is not under investigation, the Pope is not Catholic, and bears never, ever shit in the woods. RESIST!!
Today, this history of activism has largely been overshadowed by prominent voices on the “religious right,” who promote the idea that it is impossible to be both religious and pro-abortion rights.
There is no conflict between authentic Christianity and a progressive agenda. Conversely authentic Christianity and the Republican Reich are mutually exclusive. RESIST!!
From TPM: Authorities say a noose was found hanging from a lamp post outside a museum in the nation’s capital, the third such incident in recent weeks.
U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose said the noose was found Saturday afternoon outside the National Gallery of Art.
She said her agency is currently investigating how it got there.
Tourists found a noose last month on the floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A few days earlier another noose had been found on the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum, which features contemporary art and culture.
Ever since the Dixiecrats became Republicans, the noose has been a Republican calling card. RESIST!!
This is today’s only article from me. The good news is that I seem to have recovered from Republicosis. The bad news is that the blog caught it. I went to update the poll this morning, and went to the administrators’ page that I always use to edit the sidebar widgets. It is blank. That means we have a conflict, between one of our plugins and WordPress, between two of our plugins, or between our theme and WordPress. I’m going to have to deactivate all our plugins and add them back one at a time until I find the culprit. During the process, the blog will be changing rapidly in appearance and function, so please be patient, and know that you are not the cause of this. At worst I may need to rebuild from scratch with far fewer bells and whistles. I needed this like America needs Trump! ARGH!!
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:23 (average 5:46). To do it, click here. How did you do?
I have nothing against men. I am one. I would not want 13 women to make decisions on my absolute need to scratch certain itches, and 13 well-intended progressive men, let alone 13 Republican misogynists, must not be allowed to make decisions on women’s health needs. RESIST!!
The Red Queen should sue over her comparison to the Fuhrer. RESIST!!
From Exposed by CMD: This year’s legislative season saw a strong push in the states from right-wing groups, bankrolled by the Koch brothers and other ultra-conservative billionaires, hoping to convene a national constitutional convention in order to inject rigid fiscal constraints into our country’s founding document. Advocates of a federal “balanced budget amendment” (BBA) picked up two more states, Wyoming and Arizona, in their drive to win the 34 resolutions needed to bypass Congress and convene a convention to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution.
That momentum, however, was blunted by surprisingly successful campaigns to rescind convention calls in three states, New Mexico, Maryland, and Nevada. As a result, BBA proponents now claim 27 states in their column, down from 28 at the beginning of the year.
Two steps forward and three steps back…from the brink of a political experiment untried since 1787.
Click Through. A Constitutional Convention of, by, and for Republican Koch Suckers would be an unmitigated disaster. RESIST!!
I’m feeling slightly better than I did yesterday. The pain when I cough is still excruciating, but I’m coughing less and was able to sleep. Today, I put George on for the first time in two weeks. The stretching hurt liked hell, but leaving Stumpy unconfined for so long was bringing back phantom pain. Wendy and I got everything done yesterday, including the dreaded task. This morning I scheduled my first cataract surgery for June 23. There is light at the end of this tunnel.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:21 (average 4:26). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Daily Kos: Unpopular orange blunt object of a President Donald Trump had a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni recently. It’s hard to screw up a press conference introduction but the wannabe tiny-handed model did just that.
Through the ages your country has been a beacon of artistic and scientific achievement. That continues today. From Venice to Florence, from Verdi to Pavarotti—friend of mine. Great friend of mine.—These bonds…
As an American I want to jump out of a window every time he speaks as president. Not since George W. Bush came on the scene has someone seemed so thoroughly unimpressive. He’s also an insane liar and, as the Independent in England reports, Pavarotti’s widow and his family can’t stand the guy—and they don’t imagine their late great Luciano could either. [emphasis added]
To settle the issue, Peach Pinocchio could create an opportunity to meet with Luciano Pavarotti and discuss it. RESIST!!
From RFI: The deciding round of France’s presidential election will pitch Marine Le Pen, the 48-year-old inheritor of the leadership of the far-right National Front (FN) against Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former merchant banker and former economy minister who has never held elected office. What are the big differences in their programmes?
Sunday’s first round saw the candidates of the ruling Socialists, Benoît Hamon, and the mainstream right Republicans, François Fillon, eliminated, with the hard left’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon close behind Fillon and way ahead of Hamon.
So, although Macron was a minister in the outgoing government and Le Pen’s FN has been on the political scene since 1972, neither represent a party that has held the presidency or run the country before.
On July 6, 2016, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sued Roger Ailes, alleging she was sexually harassed. The suit prompted an investigation of Ailes, his eventual firing, and a $20 million settlement for Carlson.
The investigation of Ailes, and the public standard it set for Fox News, set the precedent for the ouster of Bill O’Reilly last week, following numerous allegations of sexual harassment.
But Carlson’s problems with Ailes began when she complained to him about the conduct of Steve Doocy, her co-host on Fox & Friends.
According to Carlson’s complaint, Doocy “engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment of Carlson.”
Doocy was not named as a defendant. But Carlson claimed Doocy created a “hostile work environment” by treating her in a “sexist and condescending way,” regarding her as a “blond female prop.”
The Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda has always reflected the misogyny of the Republican Party by treating women as props, and many of the ones I used to call Faux Noise Bimbettes, knew they were being hired as eye candy and cashed in on it. Since then, I have learned that even a woman’s active participation in the discrimination against her does not keep her from being a victim. Doocy is just one of the Republican crowd there. Put Faux Noise and the Republican Party out of business. RESIST!!
Well, here I am again. It's TC's birthday and you may have seen the cartoon on his personal update which says "Crappy Birthday!" He is still under the weather and is curled up in his cat bed where he belongs right now. That means you're stuck with me. Today has been very rainy. I'm in the living room with one cat on the ottoman draped over my feet and my little girl curled up in the rocking chair. I think my other boy is upstairs in bed, his favourite snuggling place.
Second Nexus — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau further won the hearts of feminists and liberals by pledging $650 million of the national budget to sexual and reproductive health and rights initiatives. The funding would support contraception, reproductive health, legal abortion, sexuality education, and advocacy work worldwide, and it aims to make up for the loss of U.S. leadership and financial support in the wake of President Donald Trump’s global gag order.
The plan, proposed on March 8, International Women’s Day, could use advocacy funds to fight for abortion rights in the 125 countries where abortion is illegal, according to The Globe and Mail. …
Trudeau was clear in his statement announcing the Canadian plan:
“Like men, women should be able to choose when they want to start a family, how big their family should be, and who they want to start that family with. When women have equal power and equal weight and equal leadership influence, the kinds of decisions are better.”
This came in an e-mail from George Takei. There sure won't be a bromance between Trudeau and Drumpfenfarten! Trudeau is far from perfect, but I am proud of him for standing up to this insanity called Drumpf's global gag order. Kudos Mr Prime Minister!
Distractify — … there's a good chance that some people are being a little too overly sensitive about Donald Trump's St. Patrick's edition, "Make America Great Again" hats. But then again, considering his overly critical and oftentimes hypocritical speech, can you really blame people?
The green MAGA hat features Reagan's campaign quote that Trump appropriated on the front, and a four-leaf clover on the back. There's only one problem.
The three-leafed shamrock is the official symbol of St. Patrick's Day. Four-leaf clovers have nothing to do with Ireland.
This too came in an e-mail from George Takei. So much for Drumpfenfarten making America great again, eh! Not only did he steal Reagan's slogan, but he screwed up the shamrock! I wonder if that is anything like breaking a mirror . . . seven years of bad luck? LMAO!!!
The New Yorker — The middle-school student who wrote the Republican health-care bill that was unveiled earlier in the week complained on Friday that he still has not been paid for his work.
Kevin Tenco, a seventh grader from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s congressional district, in Wisconsin, said that Ryan hired him two weeks ago to write the American Health Care Act with the promise that it “wouldn’t be too much work” and that he would be paid handsomely for his effort.
“He said I would get paid, like, five hundred dollars, and I could buy a Nintendo Switch,” Tenco said.
Taking Ryan at his word, the thirteen-year-old, from Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, “pulled several all-nighters” to complete the health-care bill in time for its Monday unveiling.
“I basically went to the Wikipedia page for Obamacare, cut and pasted a bunch of stuff and then threw in some tax cuts and whatnot,” he said. “It doesn’t sound like a lot of work, but I was super tired by the end of it.”
Given the rancour and rush over the American Health Care Act just within the Republican party alone, it would seem to have been written by a 13 year old.
Daily Kos — House Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) just nailed the Republican Party with another example of their blatant ACA v. Wealthcare hypocrisy.
In 2009 and 2010, when President Obama and Democrats were seeking the passage of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, Republicans including Paul Ryan viciously accused Democrats of trying to ram the healthcare plan through — without any participation from the public. Oh!
Fast forward to the present. The newly elected Maryland Congressman Raskin presents the truth with facts — something America is starving for right now and can’t seem to get from Trump-loving Republicans.
Another Republican lie debunked! Kudos to Jamie Raskin (D-MD)!
Think Progress — During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump said he would turn down any salary as President. Then, in his first big interview as President-elect in November, he again insisted, “No, I’m not gonna take the salary. I’m not taking it.” Instead of accepting the $400,000 presidents get paid each year, Trump would take just $1 a year.
Well, it’s been almost two months and President Trump has received at least one paycheck — and he kept it.
Part of his struggle to keep his promise is that the Constitution gets in his way. It requires the president to receive compensation and prohibits the amount from being changed (in either direction) during the course of a presidential term.
In light of this, the White House tweaked the promise in February, with spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders explaining to Politifact, “He is required to get a paycheck but will be giving it back to (the) treasury or donating.”
But there has been no evidence to support this claim, and this week the White House refused to provide NBC News with any documentation that he’s taken such actions.
Even I, as a Canadian, know that Drumpfenfarten is restrained by the Constitution from doing anything with the presidential salary other than donating it to charity after the fact. But I'm not holding my breath on this "promise"! As my momma would say, he lies like a rug! Mind, in 7 weeks as POTUS, when ever did an insignificant thing like the Constitution ever stop Drumpfenfarten from doing what he wanted?
What Pruitt is doing to the EPA boggles the mind! Democratic politicians DO need to get feistier. Republicans are saying rising ocean temperatures cause global warming. That’s like saying smell causes shit!! Republicans are not conservative, They are fascist!