Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Meanwhile, Halfway Around the World

While the American people, and certainly the American press, are engrossed in the world-shaking issue of whether a black man has a right to kneel down in public, here is a bit of news that is essentially absent here, concerning a place that virtually no Americans have ever heard of, Mount Agung, in Indonesia.

Mount Agung is a volcano, one of ninety or so active volcanoes in Indonesia.  It hasn't erupted since the sixties, when it killed about 1500 people.

Well, it looks like another major eruption there is imminent.  Here's a chart of seismic activity at Mount Agung over the last few weeks:

Not a comforting trend.

There were about 800 earthquakes yesterday, and so far today the rate is continuing, with the strongest one to date, at 4.2, occurring this morning.  What is equally worrying is that the quakes are coming at shallower and shallower depths.  These quakes are caused by magma moving up in the earth's crust, so it is pretty obvious what that means.  They are only a couple of miles deep at this point.

This morning, steam started erupting from the top of the volcano, something else that can hardly be taken to be a positive trend.

The Indonesian experts say that at this point a massive eruption is just about inevitable, and about 75,000 or so people have been evacuated.  While we have no ability to exactly predict a volcanic eruption, many scientists expect that it will likely be within hours, or a couple of days.  Stay tuned.

Monday, September 25, 2017

No Level of Degradation Too Low

For our President.  While the three and a half million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are without hope of electricity, water, food or any other necessity to survive, this is how Trump spent the weekend:  He made ten tweets attacking black football players, and not a single one showing a shred of concern for these people.

Well, he sure made up for that today.  Here are a few tweets from our leader:

"Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.. 

...It's old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars.... 

...owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with"

Yes, you read that right.  For the first time in the history of the United States, the President responded to a natural disaster which is causing massive suffering, by attacking the victims, and showing more concern for the rich guys that might stand to lose money from the disaster than for the victims.  There just are not words in any language to express how evil and degraded this is.  And yet, his party is giving him a total pass on this bestial behavior, because to them, as to him, some rich guys losing money is a far more horrible thing than masses losing their lives.

Oh, and being Trump, he could not leave things there, but had to add a disgusting lie:

"Food, water and medical are top priorities - and doing well."

Of course, these "priorities" are not doing well, they are doing horribly; the Washington Post reports that tens of thousands may die, but I guess if Trump just denies that reality, he and his party have zero responsibility to do a thing about it.  These people can suffer and die, because they are not part of his hate filled base, and they are not about to cough up millions to keep Republicans in office; and most of them are not white.  So, screw them.  Just claim that everything is just fine, and blame them for their suffering as you walk away.

And don't worry, Republicans, because our mainstream press is sure to treat this unbelievable atrocity as though it is just standard behavior for a President of the United States.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Breaking the Law

As far as I know, you have not broken any law when you kneel during the National Anthem, but this is indeed breaking the law:

"18 U.S. code section 227 

(a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity— 
(1) takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or(2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another, 
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.(b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means— 
(1) a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress; 
(2) an employee of either House of Congress; or 
(3) the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code)."

Of course the guy is a traitor, and has committed dozens of other impeachable offenses, but just in case you wondered, or got into an argument about Trump's behavior, his statements this weekend about the National Football league constitute the commission of a major felony carrying a possible 15 year prison sentence, and no, as you can see, the President is not exempted from that.

Fat chance the Republicans in Congress, who impeached Bill Clinton for a blow job, and tried to impeach Barack Obama for a hundred different lies, will care.  Not when there are tax cuts for the rich to be worried about.

Indifference to the Point of Perversion

Donald Trump, of course, and by extension the monstrous cadre- monstrous in both its numbers and its attitudes- that supports him.

Most of us know the deep problem the National Football League is in, due to the discovery that a majority of its players are emerging from the sport with severe brain damage, leading to violence, loss of self control and early death.  Even fans of football who have a shred of decency are deeply disturbed by this situation, leading to a steep decline in interest in the sport.

Well, not Donald Trump.  Here's a statement he made in a speech delivered during the campaign:

"At a rally in Lakeville, Florida, during the Presidential campaign, Trump aroused the crowd by insisting that the N.F.L., which has hardly gone to great lengths to protect its players, was “ruining the game” by inflicting penalties on players who, say, hit the quarterback too late. “See, we don’t go by these new and very much softer N.F.L. rules. Concussion? Oh! Oh! ‘Got a little ding in the head—no, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season.’ Our people are tough.”

"Ruining the game" by allowing these players to turn into shambling wrecks, and die far before their time.

He just doesn't give a damn about this repeated personal tragedy, inflicted on men who are supposed to be our heroes.  And just to be clear about this, very largely black men.  But he will endorse endless suffering rather than give up one second of the violence that he lusts to see on TV.

And let us not forget that this is not a problem of just highly paid NFL stars- significant evidence of this brain damage is turning up in former college and high school players; a price that Donald Trump is willing to pay for his own privilege to watch people damage each other beyond repair on live television.

My wife and I were saying the other day that there is not one single issue on which Trump (and most every other Republican too) cannot be expected to take the most savage, inhumane position, even when it seems to have no benefit to anyone except to slake right wingers' hatred and lust for violence.

Sad to say, this is just one example, and it will turn out to be a pretty small one too, if Trump manages to find a way to start a nuclear war.  This is a truly bestial human being, and at this point, anyone who thinks differently is a fool.

This quote found via No More Mister Nice Blog, one of my favorite internet sites.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ha Ha, Here We Go Again

The absolutely inevitable news, featuring a right wing mass gathering that has now received months of publicity in both the wingnut and mainstream media:

"Organizers of a week-long far-right festival planned for the University of California, Berkeley called off the event on Saturday, less than 24 hours before it was due to start and amid suggestions the event may have been little more than a student stunt.  

Lucian Wintrich, of the rightwing site Gateway Pundit and a scheduled speaker, told the Guardian organizers knew as long as a week ago the event could not proceed. 

“The entire thing is a complete disaster and unfortunately makes us all look very unprofessional,” he said."

Although no more "unprofessional" than every one of the literally dozens of these purported events that I have tracked here.  It's not without a cost, however, to somebody:

"The cancellation of Free Speech Week, which had been due to feature rightwing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and other speakers, was announced by campus spokesman Dan Mogulof.  Mogulof told the Guardian he estimated UC Berkeley had spent more than $100,000 on security for Free Speech Week that could not now be recouped."

UC Berkeley, i.e. the taxpayers of the State of California.

So, as usual, they get to fundraise, i.e. con people out of their money, for months, we pick up the tab, and as the rules go, we all just forget their grotesque failure, and the whole thing starts again.  That is the real Conservative world- grifters and their marks, working together to make this a worse country. And Republicans get another free ride to promote their hatred to the nation, with hardly a voice to complain.

The Press Covers for Republican Criminals, L.A. Times version

Well, here is an account from the mainstream press, from a pathetic tool named Lisa Mascaro in the Los Angeles Times yesterday, which is nothing but an attempt to cover up the hateful criminality and corruption of the Republicans' "tax reform" proposals, which are perfectly well known to Lisa and everyone else who pay attention to the situation.

I'll intersperse Lisa's comments with my own, and as is my habit in Wingnut Wrapup, I will not dignify this pack of deliberate distortions with a link.  You can find it easily enough if you want to.

"They have a blueprint and principles. They’ve held countless strategy sessions for what could be the biggest tax overhaul in decades..."

Principles?  Lisa and every other damned person in the mainstream press knows that the only principle involved here is the Republicans selling themselves to their rich backers with massive amounts of money stolen from the rest of us, in return for their backers continuing to cough up enough money to enable Republicans to run smear campaigns to destroy the reputations of anybody that tries to run against them.  That is the only principle that the Republican party has had for at least half a century.

"All Republicans need now is an actual plan."

Screw you, Lisa; they have a plan.  It involves not giving a damn what the American people want, or what is good for them, and instead make sure that every single person on their side of the aisle has been bribed sufficiently to make sure they go along with the most massive theft in human history.

"Despite months of promises and what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” the GOP-led Congress and White House have yet to agree on how to revamp the tax code, including how much to reduce corporate and individual tax rates, how tax cuts would be paid for or whether they will be offset at all."

Once in a lifetime?  The only God damned thing the Republican party has cared about for decades is "revamping" the tax code and doing away with regulations, so the entire wealth of the country flows into the pockets of the few hundred rich guys it takes to finance their permanent control of power in this country.  That's only "once in a lifetime," if that once lasts our whole lives.

“There is no movement on tax reform,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus...“I’m sure they’re working, paddling like a bunch of ducks,” he said. “They just need to make some decisions.”

The only decisions are how to do this while attracting the least attention, and how much they can steal this time around, and how much they need to leave for another go at "tax reform, when people forget what a disaster this one turned out to be, as Republican "tax reforms" always do.

"Next week, Republicans are set to unveil a “consensus document,” which they say will be a much more detailed overview than previous policy papers. But despite some earlier hopes, it is not expected to be an actual plan or bill."

They don't dare state their intentions out in the open, or a few deaf, dumb and blind reporters like Lisa will be backed into a corner, and might just have to admit the truth.

"Key Senate Republicans, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), announced this week a deal to proceed with a package that would add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the deficit, an extraordinary pivot for a party that has prided itself on fiscal conservatism."

A party that has prided itself on fiscal conservatism?  Sure, they claim to be that, but do you think that a person like Lisa rises to her position at a major newspaper without noticing that when they are in power, they do not give a damn about the deficit, and that the subject only comes up as a lying excuse to oppose anything the Democrats want to do, or anything that benefits anyone but the rich? Come on, who could believe that?  Do you really think that Lisa does not know this?  She is openly lying in our faces to hide the reality of the theft of our national wealth; that is what mainstream press reporting has consisted of for decades.

“This is really the heart and soul of who the Republican Party is,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan fiscal watchdog group."

Giving the rich a free ride, on the backs of all the rest of us.  That sure as hell is the heart and soul of what being a Republican is.

“Republicans have been fighting to have control of the House, the Senate and the White House to make some improvements to the fiscal situation, and they are on track to do absolutely the opposite,” she said."

Improvements to the fiscal situation?  After saying something true, Maya sure backtracks fast.  They are not trying to "improve" the fiscal situation, they are trying to engineer a multi trillion dollar theft.

“The wealthiest Americans are not my priority,” Trump said recently. “My priority are people in the middle class, and that’s where we’re giving the big tax reduction to.”

Believe that one, do you?  If so, you sure are easy to lie to.  Check this out:

"Trump has made clear his preference for a massive corporate tax cut — dropping the rate from 35% to 15% — which is even too low for some of the most conservative Republicans who worry it would pile on to the nation’s debt. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has aimed closer to a 20% rate.

But that idea was abandoned by the White House after fierce opposition from groups aligned with the powerful Koch brothers and other businesses groups. 

That left Republicans scrambling to agree on an assortment of deductions to offset some of the costs, aiming particularly at Democratic-leaning states with proposals to cap mortgage interest deductions for loans above $500,000, for example, which would particularly hit expensive real estate markets in California and New York. 

They also have discussed limiting the ability to write off state income taxes, which also would hit hardest in high-cost, liberal-leaning states."

Openly screwing the middle classes in order to deliver trillions to the rich.  And all at the behest of the worst monsters in the country, who have promised the Republicans $400 million, or more than a million dollars per Republican in congress, if they deliver on their promise to thieve the rest of us blind and give all of the proceeds to the Kochs and their friends. Still believe Trump's priorities are intended to help the middle class?

"But such steps would not be enough to pay for everything, piling onto deficits. Roughly speaking, every percentage-point reduction in the corporate tax rate costs about $100 billion over a decade, putting the price tag for Trump’s 15% corporate rate at about $2 trillion."

In optimistic estimates, let us remember.  The real cost? Probably far greater.

"Republicans are under great pressure from their allies in the business community to make progress on their plan, which is being crafted under special budget rules that allow for simple majority passage, bypassing a Senate filibuster that would otherwise require 60 votes."

I.e. cheating on the legislative rules of this country to allow rich people to steal the wealth of the country.  That has been the program of the Republican party for decades, and anyone, like Lisa here, who does not state that clearly is both a liar and a party to the Republican dismemberment of the United States.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thank Heaven It's September 20th

We can wait practically a whole year before we have to hear about the War on Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Wingnut Wrapup

Yeah, an occasional exception to my having abandoned Wingnut Wrapup, just to remind people of how these losers are all still out there, making a living out of lying to the rubes and then charging them money for the pleasure.

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall:  "Only One of Two New Health Care Proposals Qualifies as 'Extreme'

And guess what, people?  It isn't the plan that cuts tens of millions of people off from health care in order to fund a multi trillion dollar giveaway to a few rich sociopaths, it's the one that gives health care to everyone, just like every other modern industrial nation on earth. Bet that surprised you.

"And yet, to listen to Democrats and many of the journalists who love them, you'd think it was the Republican proposal that's extreme. "In reality, Graham-Cassidy is the opposite of moderate," New York Times columnist Paul Krugman pronounced. "It contains, in exaggerated and almost caricature form, all the elements that made previous Republican proposals so cruel and destructive."

Why, how could you ever believe that?  Jonah versus Paul Krugman.  Who to trust?

"Graham-Cassidy is very close to the kind of legislation we would have ended up with if Republicans had an idea of what they wanted from the get-go and the Democrats were interested in compromise..."

Compromise; or in English, selling the American people down the river to bribe rich guys to keep funding Republican re-election campaigns.

Lauretta Brown, Town Hall:  "Nikki Haley: International Community Now Refers to Kim Jong Un as 'Rocket Man'...“Every other international community is now referring to him as ‘Rocket man,’” she added."

Nilli's evidence being an unnamed alleged African leader who called Kim "rocket man."  That's it. By the way, can I say that I don't really get this whole thing.  I think "rocket man" is kind of a cool nickname.  I mean, it isn't like they are calling him "sucking Vladimir Putin's dick man" or anything.

Bethany Bowra, Red State:  "VIDEO: Students Justify Violence from Antifa"

Violence against Nazis...nah, there couldn't be any precedent for that

Listen, when someone identifies themselves in public as a Nazi, as far as I am concerned, they have made themselves a clear and present danger which justifies almost any reaction in return.  Got a problem with that?

Andrea Ruth, Red State:  "Not The Onion: Story Claims The Electoral College Is A National Security Threat"

Andrea apparently does not think it is a security threat to put a losing candidate in the White House whose mental incapacity is threatening the world with a mindless nuclear war.

Susan Wright, Red State:  Paul Manafort’s Troubles Didn’t Start When He Became Trump’s Campaign Manager"

What "troubles?"  Oh, you mean he was a Russian operative even before he went to work for Trump? Boy, that makes things a lot better for Trump doesn't it- Trump hired him when he was already a Russian tool.

Stridentconservative, Red State:  "College Snowflakes OK With Using Violence To Silence “Hate Speech”"

OK with violence...I guess they aren't such snowflakes after all.  And by the way, you've got one of the more stupid web names I have ever seen, buddy.  Just sayin'

Tom Knighton, PJ Media:  "Activist in Seminar: All White People Are Racist and Always Will Be"

This would be one Ashley Shackleford, whom none of us has ever heard of, addressing an absolutely unnamed "seminar" which allegedly took place somewhere, and illustrated with an unattributed picture of a fat black lady with a couple of handwritten signs.

No photo of anyone else supposedly in attendance, and as I mentioned, no identification of where this lone person was supposedly speaking.  How does that compare to the President of the United States openly siding with Nazis?

And a little response to Trump's shocking, disgusting speech at the UN this week:

Claudia Rosett, PJ Media:  "Trump Hits Home Run for America in UN Speech"

Hell, let's just be clear about this.  The kind of person who claims that mindless threats about unleashing nuclear war amounted to a "home run" is the same kind of person that mindlessly cheered Hitler on in Nazi Germany.  That is not an exaggeration; it is literally true.  Anyone who attempts to normalize this bestiality is a subhuman themselves.

And a little more?

James Arlandson, American Thinker:  "Conservative Christians who know their Bible found a lot to like in Trump's U.N. speech Tuesday."

What, nuclear war?  A lot to like there, I guess.

Nathan Lichtman, PJ Media:  "Keith Ellison Compares DACA Immigrants to Jewish Victims of the Holocaust...He's diving back into anti-Semitism..."

And there's today's award winner for the most nauseating right wing misuse of the notion of anti-Semitism to try to shout down anyone who might like to talk about a clear injustice.  See- helping immigrants is an attack on Jews.  Somehow.

John Ellis, PJ Media:  "The Satanic Temple Wants More Babies to Die; Sues State of Missouri Over Abortion Law"

Satanists want people to die.  That's news?  I mean they are Satanists, John.  By the way, no comment in this article about the 25,000,000 people in North Korea that our President wants to kill with nuclear weapons.  That's okay, because, although they are 99% totally innocent victims, they are not unborn, and are therefore fair game to be exterminated.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Melania Gives Speech at UN About Protecting Children – Liberals Trash 11-Year-Old Barron...Nothing is too low for liberals."

Not one word in the actual article about liberals or Barron Trump.  Surprised?  I didn't think so.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "6.1 Earthquake Off New Zealand Follows 7.1 Quake near Mexico City — 119 Dead"

I'm including this because we are already seeing right wing loons jabbering about how God is Angry! Just for your information, I did a little bit of math, and it turns out that for the latest ten year period for which I could find data, earthquakes of 6 and above worldwide averaged 165 a year, or almost one every two days.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Sebastian Gorka Warns of Imminent Shake-Up to Senior White House Staff"

This week's shakeup, I guess.  This White House has had more shakes than a James Bond martini.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "TGP’s Jim Hoft to Speak at Eagle Council on Fake News"

And who would know more about that subject than Jim Hoft?  Way to speak of yourself in the third person, Jim...who do you think you are, the Queen?

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "O’Reilly Speaks Out in First T.V Interview Since Firing: It Was a Hit Job “Manufactured by Media Matters”

If so, Cristina, it's the best thing Media Matters ever did.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Does the Constitution mean what the Supreme Court says it means?"

The short answer?  No.  It means what Bryan Fischer says it means. Because, Jesus.  Bryan knows what Jesus means too, even when, to the uninformed reader like you and me, Jesus seems to be saying the exact opposite. You don't need to read the rest of this thousand word piece of crap.  You knew that was going to be Bryan's answer the minute you read the title of the article.

And how about a little more from Bryan, professional god man and spokesman for the American Family Association?

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "What do we do with the DREAMERS?"

What do you think Jesus would do, at least according to deeply Christian Bryan?

"It is true that they are here through no fault of their own. But neither is their presence here the fault of American citizens who are forced to pay for their education, their food stamps, their subsidized housing, their tax credits from the IRS, and watch as they take jobs which would otherwise go to underemployed Americans. If we are to bring compassion into the mix, how about a little for the Americans who are forced, through no fault of their own, to subsidize and reward the presence of almost a million individuals whose presence here is an affront to the rule of law? How about some compassion for them, hmmm?"...If they do come to the attention of immigration authorities, then we can offer to keep their families together by returning the entire intact family to their native land."

So much for "I was a stranger and you invited me in."

Alicia Powe, Renew America:  "Alabama Senate race 'a flashpoint' in fight for soul of GOP"

A fight over nothing, then, since if there is a sure sign that someone has no soul, it is that he belongs to the GOP.

Cathy Burke, Newsmax:  "New Film Lays Out 'Negligent Actions' of Ted Kennedy in Kopechne Death"

In 1969. One death. Half a century ago.  Much better to be obsessed about that than the fact that our current Republican President is trying to deliberately kill millions in a nuclear war.

Alicia Powe, World Net Daily:  "Mike Huckabee: What happened to Manafort could happen to you"

If you happen to be a Russian spy working in the White House.  Mike continues:

"'I'm sorry, that scares the bejeebies out of me'

Well, maybe you have a reason to be scared, Mike.  You act like you might be a Russian agent too. So, catching Russian spies scares you, if they are on your side.  As long as it works for you, treason is just fine, I guess.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Bill Clinton as Ahab, Hillary as Jezebel"

Given this guy's penchant for being an asshole, I'm surprised he didn't write  "Bill Clinton as Ahab, Hillary as The Whale"


Boy, that's news.

World Net Daily:  "Prepare to be SHOCKED by the Bible"

The guys at World Net Daily have attached a couple of wires to it and stuck them into a light socket? Oh wait, you will only get to be shocked if you cough up $18.99 for a book from World Net Daily. My suggestion?  If it's a shock you are after, just stick your tongue in the socket.  Then you can get the shock without being bored into a stupor by World Net Daily's book.

And you know that every single right wing lie factory is going to be pumping out stories like this today:

Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker:  "Trump Vindicated on Wiretaps...Obama's DOJ and James Comey were both liars in denying the wiretapping for which Trump was widely mocked."

Well, except that Trump claimed Obama was doing the wiretapping, not the FBI, and that Obama was wiretapping Trump, not his criminal campaign manager.  So, other than the fact that everything Daniel says is a lie, this is a great piece of journalism, I guess.  Right wing journalism, anyway.

H. Sterling Burnett, American Thinker:  "Hooray for Carbon Dioxide! It's Helping to Feed the World's Hungry"

Today's winner in the category of Deliberately Not Getting It.

I can't take it.  How about a little musical interlude from another Burnett, this one named after an American President- talk about patriotism:

There.  And a free classic guitar part by Hubert Sumlin as an extra.  Well, back to the idiocy:

Elise Cooper, American Thinker:  "Citizen Newt Is Needed Today"

Oh God, for what?  Are we running short on garbage to use as landfill?

Clarice Feldman, American Thinker:  "Hillary, America's Miss Havisham"

A pearl of wisdom, I guess, from the one Dickens novel every American student was forced to read. Here's a much more appropriate statement, from Green Eagle, someone who has actually read more than one Dickens novel in his life, many of them a number of times:  "Hillary, America's Lizzie Hexam."  Or how about this one?  "Donald Trump, America's Seth Pecksniff."  Sorry if you didn't get it. Try reading a little more.

Cindy Simpson, American Thinker:  "If I Were the Devil, I'd Enact Hate Speech Laws"

Man, do you have a pathetic idea of what fun is, Cindy.  If I were the Devil, I'd be out riding around in a Lamborghini, picking up chicks.

Monica Showalter, American Thinker:  "Muted response in Venezuelan press after Trump's blast at Chavista socialist failures"

I guess they don't really give a damn about what this blustering moron has to say, huh?  I wonder why that might be.

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "Nationalist party in Germany set to make big gains in election"

Hey, that's the greatest news out of Germany since 1933!

Grace Carr, Daily Caller:  "School Board Upset Over New Standards That Teach Man-Made Global Warming"

A Republican school board- afraid of the truth as usual.  By the way, not that this is surprising, it is not the "school board," but one member of it that is upset.  The rest seem to be just fine with the new standard.  Just to be clear.

And the last wingnut site I checked today just led me to a page screaming about a nonexistent "internet security threat" that would not close and demanded that I send money for it to go away. Green Eagle gets these fairly frequently- just one more right wing internet grifter who is a little more pushy than the rest- so I was able to outwit it pretty quickly, but I'll take it as a sign that this is enough for today.  Bye.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trump Speaks at UN

His chief of staff reacts:

Well, there you go.

In a way, you have to admire Melania for sitting there stone faced, and not running from the room shreiking.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Meanwhile, in The World's Greatest Democracy

While the American people are captivated by the spectacle of the President of the United States displaying to the world a fantasy in which he violently assaults a candidate that he cheated out of her position, the following is happening in the Republican controlled Congress, which I will allow to be described by a piece at Daily Kos, as I am just too sick about all of this to rewrite it in my own words:

"In order to get the bill through, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to cut off all debate, prevent any amendments, and refuse any discussion. It’s a combination that has never been used before. It’s a genuinely unprecedented shutdown of the Senate.

In addition to a process that’s ripping up the Senate rules ...

There have been no public hearings.

There is no CBO score.

The total amount of discussion will be limited to two minutes, with no amendments, no other votes.

But you can’t say there will be no hearings, because there is going to be a hearing. A single hearing. The way that hearing is going to be structured shows the fundamentally bizarre lengths Republicans are reaching to force this bill to the floor. That one hearing won’t be in front of any committee that has control over health care. It will be in front of the Homeland Security Committee. This committee has never before had a hearing on healthcare.

Why this apparently nonsensical choice? Because Republican Committee Chair Ron Johnson has agreed to limit witnesses on the Graham–Cassidy healthcare bill to just two: Graham and Cassidy, the authors of the bill. No health care experts will testify about health care. Republicans will make sure there is no one to tell a personal story of what this bill would do to them. No one to give any statistics or evidence about how it would gut healthcare and destroy provisions that protect patients."

This is not democracy.  It is the deliberate forcing on the American people of legislation that benefits no one but the rich bastards that fund the Republican party, which as I have said so many times, has not been a legitimate political party for decades, but is now a corrupt conspiracy on a level with the most criminal governments anywhere in the world today.

What is the point of trying to spread the word about what is going on in our country, when we all know it by now, and that is not slowing the Republicans from trying over and over again to pass the worst possible medical care bill they can think of, along with any other legislation that will rob the American people to pay off their masters?  And if you think this is bad, just wait a couple of weeks until we get Republican "Tax reform," which I guarantee you is going to be an even bigger crime. We have had one party governments many times in the history of this country, most notably in the hands of Democrats for many years after the Republican depression, but never (until the time of Reagan) has any party cast aside any shred of responsibility to the people, and sold itself lock stock and barrel to a few hundred rich sociopaths, who have decided that the best thing for them personally is an oligarchic dictatorship that considers the interests of no one but themselves.

And this, from the party of "government of the people, for the people, by the people."

Well, that's what we've got.  What are a few bloggers supposed to do about that?  If you figure out an answer, please let me know.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

MOAR- Mob of Asshole Republicans

Or this:
The Mother of All Rallies!!!  Promoted by Republicans for at least two months, this event took place in Washington D.C. today.  Didn't hear about it?  Well, here's some of the advance material:

"MOAR Mother Of All Rallies Patriot Unification Gathering-The Woodstock of American Rallies

America First patriot rally in support of American values, American culture, American traditions, and of course President Donald Trump. Our goal is to rally 1 million patriots to Washington DC to send a shock-wave message to the world that they have to go through us to take this country or change its culture."

ONE MILLION PATRIOTS!  Well, as is the inevitable outcome of right wing marches, they fell a little short of their predictions.

Here is a photo used in their promotional material:
Actually, I think this is from the inauguration of Barack Obama, where there were actually a million plus attendees.  Here is a photo of the actual crowd at today's event:
Maybe six or eight hundred, and who knows how many of them were casual tourists.  Well I guess that was their stand- it was just a small stand.

What kind of fool do you have to be to believe the Republicans' claims to speak for a massive, worked up political force in American life, when this happens over and over again?  The Republican party is good at one thing only: managing to assemble electoral victories on one day every couple of years, through a combination of billions spent on lying propaganda and character assassination, intense, criminal gerrymandering all over the country, and as we now know, treasonous collaboration with a hostile dictator that wants nothing but to destroy the power of the US government.  But that is all it takes to ruin our country, despite the fact that, as I have been documenting for years, their alleged massive base is essentially nonexistent, at least if it is measured by how many people are willing to get off their asses and do a damned thing to help bring about the fascist oligarchy that has been the Republicans' only real goal since at least the time of Reagan.

And yet here we go, straight down the road to hell, while the Republicans' rich backers strip every penny of value from the country.  So far, no hope of a good ending.

Friday, September 15, 2017


While most of us have been preoccupied with lesser things, let me note that the Cleveland Indians won their 22nd game in a row yesterday, setting a new American League record.  They are now only four games behind the all time record of the New York Giants, set in 1916, of 26 games without a loss, although that streak was interrupted by a tie game resulting from a rainout.
Yay, Tribe.  Go for five more, and break a hundred year old record.

I can remember not that long ago when the Indians were the laughingstock of professional baseball.  Not any more, I guess.