Jun 232019

It’s a busy day here in the CatBox.  WWWendy will be here in an hour.  We have lots of chores, so this is my only article today, with no links messages on Care2.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:40 (average 5:06).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (A blast from the past): George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)


Ah… the memories! RESIST!!

From Crooks and Liars: Brave New World creates films intended to drive home a point in a short period of time. “Families Torn Apart: America’s Deadly Immigration Policy” does just that about our Abuser-In-Chief’s masochistic policy targeting migrant children, toddlers, and babies.


Every American should see this.  Click through.  RESIST!!

From TPM: Oregon’s state Senate has cancelled its session scheduled for Saturday, citing a “credible threat” from militia groups over the showdown between the state’s Democratic legislators and GOP senators.

The Oregon Capital Bureau obtained an email from the Senate’s Democratic caucus telling its members on Friday to stay away from the Capitol on Saturday.

“The State Police superintendent just informed the Senate president of a credible threat from militia groups coming to the Capitol tomorrow,” the email read. “The superintendent strongly recommends that no one come to the Capitol and President Courtney heeded that advice minutes ago by adjourning until 10 a.m. Sunday. Please make sure your staffs know not to come in tomorrow.”

This latest development is a dramatic escalation of the ongoing conflict roiling in Oregon’s state government.

Oregon Republican Senators have called in Nazi storm troopers to help them evade the just consequences of breaking the law to help polluters pollute. RESIST!!


Jun 212019

Here is the one hundred sixty-first article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s winner is Republican Oregon State Senator and Ammosexual, Brian Boquist. He is so honored for his love of polluters and his threat to murder state police officers for enforcing the law.

0621boquistTensions were already smoldering in the Oregon Senate Wednesday, when Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, poured gasoline on the situation, suggesting he would shoot and potentially kill any state trooper sent to haul him unwillingly back to the Capitol.

After Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. said Tuesday that his caucus was “prepared to take actions” to prevent passage of a major climate change bill, Gov. Brown announced on Wednesday that she was ready to answer Republican stonewalling by calling lawmakers back for a special session.

Brown hinted that she would be willing to send state troopers to round up Republicans if they walk out in the final days of the regular legislative session, saying in a statement that she is “in close communication with Oregon State Police.” That’s an option Democratic senators and the governor did not use earlier this year, when Senate Republicans first brought the Senate to a standstill by walking out and preventing the necessary quorum.

The governor’s hint that she would consider sending troopers in the event of a second walkout triggered an aggressive response from Boquist, which was captured by a KGW news team at the Capitol.

“This is what I told the superintendent,” Boquist said, referring to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”…

Inserted from <The Oregonian>

Oregon is a strange place.  Most of the population is progressively left, but Eastern Oregon, with a lot of space, but little population is jam packed with RWNJ Sheeple.  This KGW video shows how Boquist’s constituents reacted to him and his criminal threats.

Barf Bag Alert!


Sadly, there remains a part of Oregon that earns parades and does not lead the way.



Environmental Projection

 Posted by at 10:27 am  Politics
May 282019

One of the favorite tactics that the Republican Party employs to deceive the American people is projection. They take what they are doing or plan to do and accuse innocent Democrats of doing it.  That way, when Democrats unearth Republican crimes, it appears retaliatory.  Now Republicans have a unique twist.  Republicans employ Nazi-like tactics against religious, ethnic, and LGBTQ minorities.  They are accusing Democrats of a holocaust against carbon.

Over the weekend, the head of Donald Trump’s planned climate review panel had this to say about the climate crisis: “The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.” It’s the sort of remark that would instantly result in dismissal in more reasonable times. Under Trump … it’s exactly where policy is going.

William Happer and his comparison of Jews to a polluting gas are just one aspect of a policy that’s focused not only on denying the climate crisis, but also on attacking science and scientific reasoning. As a physicist, Happer might be expected to have some deference toward his scientific colleagues, and some knowledge about the rigor and review that shape their work. But there are more important factors that shape Happer’s reasoning. Millions of them. As in the millions that have come from the fossil-fuel billionaires Robert and Rebekah Mercer to fund Happer and his anti-science pogrom.

According to The New York Times, the Mercers funded both Happer’s one-man “advocacy group” and a super PAC controlled by John Bolton. Then, when Trump brought Bolton into the Cabinet, it was Bolton who pulled in Happer to head up efforts to destroy the planet’s future. The Mercers have to be genuinely happy with their investments.

As a first step in destroying the nation’s faith in science and tamping down concerns about the already unfolding disasters brought on by global warming, the Trump regime has a simple answer: Don’t look. To that end, the new head of the United States Geological Survey has forbidden any analysis that looks beyond 2040. And the EPA, which produces a new climate assessment every four years, will simply drop the best, most accurate models from the next assessment in favor of only looking at the most favorable possible outcomes.

But closing their eyes and whistling a happy tune aren’t enough to make the climate crisis go away… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Daily Kos>

Unless we defeat the Republican Reich thoroughly, you can kiss your earth goodbye.



Everyday Erinyes #161

 Posted by at 10:48 am  Politics
Apr 062019

Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage. These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that. As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II is my kind of Christian (not that I am anywhere close to his moral stature – I mean he is the kind of Christian I can trust.) As the saying goes, he walks the talk. One of his favorite sayings is “Preaching is more than words,” meaning that the way we live our lives is the best kind of demonstration of what we believe; and he shows that in his own life by, just as Jesus did, spending it with the poor and the disenfranchised, and working to lift them up. So, when Dr. Barber speaks, I do my best to listen.

One thing which differentiates Dr. Barber from too many others claiming to be Christians is his deep respect for people’s faith, including the faith of those who worship differently from the way he does, and his ability to discuss that in terms which speak to those who don’t quite grasp it. At times it shames me that so many Americans care so little about Native Americans, and their faith, and in particular their religious attachment to their land. Not Dr. Barber. He “gets it.”

If a mining company wanted to tear down the Vatican to harvest the minerals underneath its soil, there would be a public outcry around the world. If an oil company wanted to build a drilling rig in the middle of Jerusalem, there would be protests far and wide. So why are these sacred tribal lands any different? 

That quote is from an article about a battle which the San Carlos Apache tribe in Arizona has been fighting for three years, and in which time is running out. The land in question, in the Oak Flat area, includes places like Apache Leap and Devil’s Canyon. Time and time again, we – the United States – having made treaties with native Americans granting them land have tried to renege on the treaty, offering them land instead of “equal economic value.” The land we are offering is never of equal economic value to the land we are stealing in the first place, and, if it were, how would that justify destroying sacred places? But, here we go again:

In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated Oak Flat as an area off-limits to mining. However, the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act authorized Resolution [Copper Co.] to use the land in Oak Flat in exchange for other lands in Arizona. This was supported by former Arizona senators, Jeff Flake and the late John McCain. The land Resolution wants to trade is scattered across the state and wouldn’t offer half the environmental and touristic value that Oak Flat currently holds. In addition to being sacred tribal land, Oak Flat is also a prime destination for climbers, hikers, and campers.

Resolution (a project of Rio Tinto) has been salivating over this project, as has Wilbur Ross, who has killing the regulations slowing down the project at the top of his “hit list.”

“A company shouldn’t have to be hundreds of millions of dollars into risk money without knowing whether there is a real chance it is going to get approved,” Ross told Reuters in a May 9[, 2017] interview, referring to [this] mine. 

The project itself:

“There are mines this deep; there are mines this hot; and there are mines this big; but there are no other mines this deep, this hot and this big all together,” said Carl Hehnke, a geologist for Resolution.

At the time the article including those quotes (along with additional, terrifying statistics) was published, 130,000 comments from concerned citizens had been received by the government. But the comment period closed, and since then, as Dr. Barber points out, no one is talking about it. There’s just the San Carlos Apache tribe, the Arizona Mine Reform Coalition, and the Poor People’s Project of Repairers of the Breach – that’s all. There’s no petition (the comment period was supposed to take care of that), and who would be the petitionee? Wilbur Ross? Pffft.

There is the US Forest Service, of course –

If Resolution’s copper deposit had been discovered under private land – and not a national forest – Rio Tinto might have been spared the federal review and faced only state regulators. Instead, the U.S. Forest Service is leading the study, which will consider jobs, recreation, public health and wildlife. 

It used to take seven to ten years for a mine to be approved. However, in January 2017, Republicans introduced a bill which would limit regulators to two and a half years to approve of reject a mine proposal. I’m guessing, since Dr. Barber says time is running out, that it passed.

Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone, it looks like it will take a miracle to get this stopped. I hope you are well rested from your two weeks off, because you’ll need all the energy you can get.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 HERE.