A Flash in the Pan

 Posted by at 10:38 am  Politics
Aug 182019

The picture (see below) is of Republican Nazis demonstrating at the Willamette River Waterfront in downtown Portland.  They were just a few blocks south from directly across the river from me.  I indicated the location of the shiny new CatBox with a blue arrow.  I could not see the, as trees blocked my view.  That’s OK.  Trees look better than Republicans do anyway.  The demonstrators moved South and West, away from the river.  After all the hype, it was a flash in the pan.


Portland saw its largest far-right demonstration of the Trump era on Saturday, as 500 rightwingers traveled from around the country to march back and forth across the city’s bridges, and briefly occupy a patch of its waterfront.

By making extensive accommodations for the unpermitted rightwing protest, including close police escorts, concrete barriers, and reopening a bridge to allow them to leave the downtown area, Portland authorities succeeded in preventing head-on confrontations between it and a much larger counter-protest.

The far right “end domestic terrorism” protest, organized by leaders in the “western chauvinst” Proud Boys fraternity, saw Trump supporters rub shoulders with more radical groups, including Three Percenters, a “patriot movement” militia group, and American Guard, who the Anti-Defamation League described as “hardcore white supremacists”…  [emphasis added]

Inserted from <The Guardian>

Here’s a video clip: Right-Wing Groups, Anti-Fascist Protesters Swarm Downtown Portland


It was the most peaceful protest Trump’s Nazi-Republican Proud Boys and Antifa, many of whom are Anarchist Nut-jobs, have ever had, thanks to good crowd management by the police.


Aug 082019

I had a great time yesterday, but I must have overexerted myself, because I overslept and am running quite late.  Because I moved to the East side of the river, I get a new Store to Door delivery driver and grocery delivery day is now Thursday.  So I have a grocery delivery coming, but I have no idea what time.  I expect to be back in the saddle until Sunday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:49 (average 7:12).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): El Paso Residents, Officials Protest President Donald Trump Visit


When Lawrence called the Trump infestation to Dayton and El Paso campaign stops, he could not be more spot on. Kudos for not repeating the oral sewer output. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Jesse Dollemore Channel): Takedown of Tucker Carlson & His Lie About the Threat of Violent White Supremacists Being a Hoax!


A white supremacist at Faux Noise? Oh my! What a shock! Seriously, hate and racism have been the stock and trade of the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda for years. Kudos to Jesse! RESIST!!

From Alternet: According to a report from the Wall Street Journal [Murdoch delinked], major Wall Street financial institutions have handed a wealth of information on Russians linked to Donald Trump and members of his family to congressional committees.

The report states, there are “thousands of pages of documents related to Russians who may have had dealings with Mr. Trump, his family or his business,” according to sources.

“Some banks are also giving documents related to Mr. Trump’s business, the Trump Organization, to New York state investigators,” the report continues.

Among the institutions turning over documents, are Bank of America Corp. , Citigroup Inc.,Deutsche Bank AG , JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo & Co.

Drip… drip… drip… RESIST!!


Jul 202019

I’m moving into a heat wave, here in the crappy old CatBox for the next several days, but nowhere nearly as bad as what you guys in the East and Midwest will get.  Please take care!  For the next two days, please expect no more than a Personal Update with no links messages on Care2.  Tomorrow is a WWWendy day to destink the rancid TomCat, and we’re going to the shiny new CatBox.  Monday, I have to go to TriMet for lift bus recertification.  I need to prove that I have not grown a new leg and that my power chair has not mutated.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:07 (average 5:23).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (a blast from the past): Watch Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon

The only thing they could have done better is to give the honor to be first on the moon to a cat. Ah… the memories. RESIST!!


From YouTube (Oregonian Channel):Portland protestors throw fake blood on street in front of ICE headquarters

Kudos to the protestors! Oregon leads the way! Put ICE on ice! RESIST!

From NY Times: Gabriel Weinberg is taking aim at Google from a small building 20 miles west of Philadelphia that looks like a fake castle. An optometrist has an office downstairs.

Mr. Weinberg’s company, DuckDuckGo, has become one of the feistiest adversaries of Google. Started over a decade ago, DuckDuckGo offers a privacy-focused alternative to Google’s search engine.

The company’s share of the search engine market is still tiny — about 1 percent compared with Google’s 85 percent, according to StatCounter. But it has tripled over the past two years and is now handling around 40 million searches a day. It has also made a profit in each of the last five years, Mr. Weinberg said.

Mr. Weinberg, 40, is among the most outspoken critics of the internet giants. DuckDuckGo’s chief executive has repeatedly called for new privacy-focused legislation and has warned at hearings and in newspaper opinion pieces about the problems that big companies can cause by tracking our every move online.

I often use DuckDuckGo for research and recommend it. RESIST!!


Jul 132019

Last night was so muggy that I had very little sleep. so I’ll be brief.  Tomorrow is a WWWendy day, and I may not have time for more than a Personal Update with no links messages on Care2.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:07 (average 4:07).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Is The New Labor Secretary…Even Worse?


One of my co-administrators commented that she did not see how Acosta’s replacement could be worse. I remember thinking, “bite your tongue” when I saw it. Chris and his guests did not mention that sweatshop workers were forced to act as sex slaves for Japanese tourists (and probably, Republican politicians). RESIST!!

From YouTube (a blast from the past): People Got To Be Free – The Rascals


Amen! Ah… The Memories! RESIST!!

From NY Times: The House gave final approval Friday to a defense bill that would put a liberal stamp on military policy by shackling President Trump’s ability to wage war in Iran and Yemen, restricting the use of military funds at the southwestern border and returning transgender troops to the armed forces.

The $733 billion National Defense Authorization Act was passed along stark party lines — 220 to 197 — with Republicans uniting to oppose the legislation. The defense policy bill has traditionally been a bipartisan exercise, but House Republicans have come out strongly against this year’s version.

The bill still must be reconciled with a Senate version that is considerably less confrontational with the Trump administration. And it is likely Senate negotiators will try to strip out many of the House’s provisions.

I like what I see, but I strongly dislike how Pelosi caved and passed the Senate version of the border funding bill without even taking it to conference committee. Tell me she won’t cave again! RESIST!!