Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thursday Stuff


I had some videos about climate change yesterday, and for the alternative STOO-PID point of view in support of dirty energy (or maybe "dirti-est"), I give you this from The Majority Report (at COP24, which apparently was the forum where the latest Trumpster BS was exposed..."clean fossil fuels" is a ridiculous lie even for them)…



…and Ali Velshi filled in here for Chris Hayes on “All In” about the Google CEO testifying before some of those knuckleheads in the U.S. House, including Goober Gohmert and Steven Arnold King (heckuva job, you numbskull voters who keep returning these clowns to Congress every two years…and yeah, I think Ted Lieu nailed it – not sure exactly why Zoe Lofgren said what she did…I am the LAST PERSON to defend the Gropenfuhrer, but I have MUCH BIGGER issues with Number 45 than what comes back from search results)…



…and “Pap” and Farron Cousins tell us about CEOs using tax cuts to boost their pay, and of course to stick it to their workforce – an example is here, even though the layoffs were reported to be voluntary…GREAT point about the Boards of Directors rubber stamping the CEO pay raises…they’ve talked about McKesson and the opioid epidemic before, and I know they need to keep beating that proverbial drum…



...and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about Chuck Todd and his typical “both sides” BS about the Repug garbage in Michigan and Wisconsin with incoming Dems…



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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


Seth Meyers tells us about the White House dustup yesterday between Generalissimo Trump, incoming U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about that stoo-pid wall (and yeah, it looks like you-know-who said he would own the shut down – figures; this is what happened the last time we had a shut down in January)…



…and just upon some kind of perfunctory reading, I think there is a bit of a back story with Jazmine Headley, the mother in this video (apparently there is an outstanding warrant for credit card fraud that her lawyers are trying to get dismissed), but you know what? As Ana and the other panelists point out here, maybe the go-to move by the people working in this office SHOULD NOT BE TO CALL THE POLICE if you think she is making a disturbance for some reason, and you NEVER, EVER take her child from her unless she is threatening the child, which CLEARLY wasn’t the case as shown (an update is here)…



…and NYC Council Member Rafael L. Espinal Jr. tells us of the importance of fighting climate change…yeah, man



…and with the prior clip in mind, Kyle K. tells us about Repug (!) Mayor Dale Ross of Georgetown, TX who is taking his town to 100 percent sustainable energy (talking with Bernie Sanders…NSFW…don’t know about Thorium; wind turbines are in MA which has Repug Gov. Charlie Baker, just to let you know…I don’t quite see eye-to-eye with Kyle on the comparison to recreational pot since I think there are a bit more sides to that issue…yeah, it should be legal for medical purposes definitely but still restricted also IMHO…probably more I could say about that)…



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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


It seems James Fields will go to the slam for life for running over and killing Heather Heyer during the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, VA (here); not sure why he isn’t getting a date with the needle - I guess he pled guilty to avoid a trial; as far as I know, the death penalty is still in force in that commonwealth…



…and speaking of unruly mobs, Hasan Piker tells us more about the French riots – an update is here (it looks like President Macron, wisely, is listening and watching)…



..and Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins tell us about former DHS under-secretary Suzanne Spaulding, who criticized the two for being dupes of Putin, or whatever (I think the “Hillary-bot holdover” remark was a little stoo-pid, though – SHE ISN’T IN GOVERNMENT ANY MORE!!! And yes, Pap, we know what “Wag The Dog” is all about…I’m automatically leery of anything from “The Putin Network” also, though, to be fair, a lot of their reporting has held up as far as I’m concerned)…



…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 12/11/15…a lot of times, when I present these old clips, I’m trying to update them to some other story or context that is a little more current, but I’m not doing that this time – I’m just giving you the clip once more of the Gropenfuhrer being almost-attacked by the eagle in the photo-op for Time Magazine, and I think the symbolism of that speaks for itself (and I love Cenk’s reaction too...and speaking of "flipping the bird," you might say, to Number 45, it seems that this is noteworthy - huzzah!...oh, but let's cue the "corporate Dem" caterwauling from the usual suspects in response...GMAFB!)…



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Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday Stuff


I thought this was a terrific segment by Ari Melber pointing how just how terrible Mr.-Puppy-Dog-Eyes-With-The-Shiv was at his role as U.S. House Speaker; in keeping with other predecessors from his party, though, they (including “Man Tan” Boehner) were pretty pathetic also…of course, Ryan and the “young guns” sold themselves as allegedly something different, but they’re all part of the same collective “con” to pile tax cuts for the rich upon each other, blow up our ridiculous defense budget even more and, all the while, steal from everyone else including those who can afford it the least…



…and today is the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the U.N. General Assembly…



…and to show just how far we have to go on that score, this tells of the brutal repression by the Chinese of the Uyghurs and their efforts to lobby the world for justice on their behalf…



…and sticking with world stuff, Kyle K. tells us about the back-and-forth between Jeremy Corbyn & Theresa May in “question time” during a session of the British Parliament about the effects of British austerity (NSFW – and I agree with Kyle that we should have “question time” here too – not just for the presidents, but the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader too; definitely not trying to pass myself off as an expert in overseas politics, but as I’ve said before, when we traveled to the U.K. a couple of years ago right after the Brexit vote, it struck us as a little fishy that the black cab drivers all supported Brexit for the same reasons – certainly not saying they were dumb at all, but just that the same propaganda campaign had apparently worked on all of them…an update is here)…



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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Sunday Stuff


In the latest edition of “The Damage Report,” John Iadarola and Michael Shure tell us how some Fix Noise talking heads are finding out now that, gee, the Gropenfuhrer’s tax cuts really suck after all – just a little late on this I would say



…and we have yet another humanoid from the Republican Party Propaganda Network being tapped by Generalissimo Trump for a government job, and this time it’s Heather Nauert named as UN Ambassador (and as noted here, this hairdo once cited D-Day as some kind of a milestone in U.S./German relations – were my father still alive…like many men of his era, he served in the European theater in World War II…I’m sure he would communicate his response to that in no uncertain terms)…



...and I'm not really concerned about the back-and-forth on the other NJ news stories involving Dem Gov. Phil Murphy - not saying they're not important also, just saying I'm not focusing on them - but I wanted to include this clip because of the upcoming 12/15 health care enrollment deadline in the Garden State as well as nationwide (kind of dovetails a bit into this, this and this as far as I'm concerned)...



…and RIP Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks…



…and I alluded to this on Friday, and you can consider my inclusion of this as my response…



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Saturday, December 08, 2018

Saturday Stuff


Cenk and John Iadarola give us the latest “police blotter” info involving the Gropenfuhrer, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the SDNY both coming down with their own sentencing guidelines for Trump fixer Michael Cohen (more here - and yeah, if "Individual 1" thinks he’s in the clearheh)…



…and Farron Cousins dutifully reminds us that the debt/deficit is something Repugs only care about when Dems are in charge; good job by Cousins to draw a line here to CEOs and Dubya – long past time to do something about the demented, tiny-handed orange maniac in An Oval Office who let the debt get out of control again, but good luck doing that with the Repugs having built on their Senate majority…




and once again, heckuva job for letting THAT happen, voters in North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri and Florida!...

…and Kyle K. tells us about Franklin Graham defending Trump (and by the way, Kyle, it’s not as if ABORTION is one of the things that Repugs are “down the line” about when it comes to their interpretation of religion – it’s the ONLY thing…and I think Kyle’ “cultural identity” theory is spot-on…NSFW I think)…



…and Hasan Piker gives us another “Breakdown” segment on the U.S. House NC-09 garbage, despite the Gropenfuhrer’s protestations (which, after all, is code for “whites only” of course…Tweety was on the proverbial ball on this issue, though, of course, since we’re talking about Tweety…and good job by incoming Speaker Pelosi here; funny that I’m not hearing any “corporate Dem” caterwauling about her lately, which, as far as I’m concerned, is a welcome respite)…



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...and since it's December 8th - well, I think you know what comes next.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Friday Stuff


(And of course, not mentioned in the graphic is this.)

I don’t expect anybody to give a damn about my “hot takes” on anything, but since this is my dumb blog, I’m going to inflict them on you anyway :-).

I get incredibly fed up with Bill Maher whining about political correctness given all of the critical issues we face (and yes, I know he is definitely smart enough to know issue priority since he has said the environment is number one, and he couldn’t be more correct). But when I hear him going off on the PC stuff, I’m tempted to stick a butcher’s knife into the middle of my TV screen (after I unplug it, of course).

And then I come across this story…PETA can take the proverbial running jump at a rolling donut as far as I’m concerned for trying to be the “language police” (so I guess “flog the donkey” is RIGHT OUT, huh?).

And I also came across this – and yes, I know it’s the daughter of song composer Frank Loesser saying that now forced to defend “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” shouldn’t be played any more because of Bill Cosby, but I’m sorry; I still think it’s ridiculous to say that.

Update 12/9/18: OK, I messed this up, so I’ll try it again – it’s the radio stations that are using the Bill Cosby stuff as an excuse not to play the song, and Susan Loesser is now in a position where she’s forced to defend the song by her father. And yeah, I think that’s pretty damn ridiculous on the part of these radio stations – I’m not even going to dignify the possibility that Loesser the composer was seriously trying to encourage anything whatsoever to do with what Cosby did.

Yes, I definitely support #MeToo and the issue of treating women with respect shouldn’t be an issue because YOU SHOULD JUST KNOW TO DO THAT WITHOUT HAVING TO BE TOLD. But I just think we’ve gone way too far with trying to view the past through the often shrouded, fog-colored (and way too orange) prism of the present and we need to “turn this bus around,” you might say.

Now, as pertains to the pic above, John I. of TYT tells us about the latest Repug efforts to undercut legitimately elected Democrats, this time in Michigan (nothing against Cenk or John, but how many times does it need to be pointed out? Repugs don’t want to “govern.” They want to RULE! And they’re NOT INTERESTED in any dissent on that from ANYONE!)…



…also, Hasan Piker gives us what you could call a final-for-good postscript on GHWB (some of this was echoed by Jeremy Scahill, among others – I’m glad that we have this video as a counterpoint to the corporate media mythology about our 41st president…wish we had more of this when The Sainted Ronnie R passed, which is one of the reasons why I came up with this...NSFW)…



…and Robert Reich tells us just how much we need undocumented immigrants in this country, to say nothing of a path to citizenship that is actually sane for these folks who are trying, despite ridiculous odds, to do the right thing…



…and Farron Cousins talks with Scott Hardy of Top Class Actions dot com about lax food regulations making people sick (and so the food producers save about $12 mil, but it looks like we’re paying the price)…



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