Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Stuff

I could do without Jack Black’s homage to Sting at the very end, but otherwise, I think this is a good ad about the Iran nuke deal (seeing as how the deal is being universally panned in our corporate media, of course, they being the "pay no price, bear no burden" bunch that they are)...



...and Chris Hayes had a really good report with a reporter from Vice News about this horrific story today, but of course the video is unavailable from that "liberal" network MSNBC - give me a break...



...but speaking of the "All In" host, I’ve been avoiding this story because I’m been so utterly repulsed by it - looks like this self-entitled idiot may stand trial in Zimbabwe for it, though, as noted here...good)



...and once more, Jimmy Dore makes this "Young Turks" clip with the theme of "your parents had it better than you" NSFW, but he does make good points (but watch it on the nurses comment)...



...and oh yeah, about those "secret" meetings between Obama and Jon Stewart here (once more, give me a break - loved the "Seventh Seal" stuff)...


...and actually, it looks more yellow in these parts also (here), but here's a tune for the occasion anyway (here).

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Stuff

Happy 50th birthday to Medicare (here) - Thom Hartmann wants it to include the public option, which to me is a great idea; he also had an interesting commentary on former Repug U.S. House Rep Billy Tauzin, whose history, to me, personifies the phrase “dance with the devil”...



…and as long as I’m on the subject of milestones, I should note that, while we were away, many of us observed the 30th anniversary of the death of actor Rock Hudson, which brought an identifiable face to the AIDS crisis…



...and in one of her reports dwindling in number that has nothing to do with those idiots running for the Republican nomination for President, Rachel Maddow tells us how VP Joe Biden put the whole marriage equality issue front and center, up to the point of trying to amend the Civil Rights Act to include LGBT folk (I think she ended up talking to Dem U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley - here)…



...and I think this is kind of a nice summer tune.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Stuff

Kudos to John Oliver for this great report on mandatory minimum sentences and the ruin they have wrought (here...NSFW I think)…



…and changing the mood big time, I give you another item from “This Day in Doomsy History” from five years ago – I still think this is hilarious…



…and this was a clever clip IMHO by the Hillary Clinton campaign over the most important issue we face (here)…



…and with that in mind, I give you our regional weather forecast.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Stuff

It looks like the “Empire State” may lead the way on the “fight for $15,” as Ed Schultz and Michael Eric Dyson tell us…



(And by the way, speaking of MSNBC, Rachel Maddow had a really good clip and commentary last night for about the first 10 minutes on Bernie Sanders. The problem is that, as part of the same report, she followed it with a thoroughly ridiculous segment on The Donald for the next 10 minutes. I know she is too smart to NOT know that this is Toxic TV, and I also think it’s a testimony to how much MSNBC, in their utter cowardice, is trying to turn into something like CNN and hasten their eventual extinction. Either way, I’m not going to dignify it by linking to the video.)

…and we recently observed the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act under Poppy Bush, something to keep in mind when you read this (and this)…



...in addition, Rev. Al tells us that American kids are eating fewer calories these days (gee, I wonder if Michelle Obama will actually get any credit from our corporate media on this? Next question...)...



...and here's a nice little tune that graced the airwaves while we were on vacation last week.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Stuff

OK, I'm going to try and fire this up again – and of course, we have to lead with teh stoo-pid I guess, with one road taking us directly to Repug U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (who also gave us this recent vile moment, alluded to by Chris Hayes in the clip)...



...and I know the “Old Gray Lady” has tripped all over itself lately with this Hillary Clinton Email nonsense, but they absolutely got it right on debunking the latest garbage against Planned Parenthood...



...and I think it's appropriate to transition from this stuff to an item about a cartoon – happy 75th birthday to Bugs Bunny (Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow I guess - heh)...



Update 7/28/15: I think CBS is playing games with the video - sorry about that.

…and speaking of milestones, we recently observed the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, which recalls this tune for yours truly.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Stuff

Note: I know there was yet another awful shooting in Chattanooga, TN, recently where four Marines (Update: And one U.S. Navy petty officer) were killed and three others were injured due to some lunatic who was killed also in the standoff - will it be different this time because the guy may have been a "terrist"? I'm not holding my breath. Aside from extending my sympathies yet again over this stuff, I pretty much don't know what else to say anymore beyond this and this.

(And there's another badly-edited attack video by some conservative front group to try and smear Planned Parenthood again - give me a break. I refuse to give any oxygen to that garbage...but if you want to view Cecile Richards's response, click here.)

Back to the regular stuff...Chris Hayes interviews Sen. Al Franken about LGBT discrimination of kids and pending U.S. Senate legislation – good luck with that because he’ll need it (and with that in mind, I should say that I really don’t care one way or the other about Caitlyn Jenner)…



…and I give you get another installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from about two years ago, in which former MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir (remember him? And why he was forced out of a job? I’ll give you a hint – it didn’t have anything to do with Iraqi helicopters) interviews Dem U.S. House Rep Mark Pocan about the importance of restoring the Voting Rights Act (and in a related item, as they say, I give you this)…

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…and silly Cenk – don’t you know that this whole Jade Helm stuff is just an Obama conspiracy to use his secret army of ACORN volunteers living in their FEMA prison camps to register illegal aliens to vote for Democrats? And yes, I’m removing my tongue from my cheek now…



…and happy upcoming 70th birthday to John Lodge of The Moody Blues.



And with that, I take my leave of you for a little while - heading up to our blue-state paradise for some much-needed R&R. I hope to fire this thing back up again in about a week.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday Stuff

Thom Hartmann brings us the latest domestic political and economic news, including an attempt by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and "Straight Talk" McCain (!) to bring back Glass-Steagall, as well as the latest on Hosni Mubarak Walker...



...and the Rev. Al Sharpton tells us what we should do about poverty among black children in particular (yeah I know, more li-bu-ruul crazy talk - probably tying back to Hartmann a bit)...



…and not that I encourage violence of course, but kudos to the Greeks (and their sympathizers) for standing up to austerity – like to see more protest about that in this country…



...and kudos also to Tom Petty for this - made me recall this tune.