Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday Stuff

MUST it take something utterly disastrous to happen before Keith Olbermann’s entirely correct words here are validated in the most hideous way possible?...



…and John Iadarola of TYT tells us about the recent press freeze-out by the administration of Fergus Laing (and how SAD! is it to ban Politico, which is basically the vanity press of the Beltway)…



…and John returns to tell us about the smackdown former Dem Congresswoman Gabby Giffords laid on Louie Gohmert, who we knew was the stupidest life form in the universe, but now he apparently is the most cowardly one too…



…and this tells us that Massachusetts could be the first state to use 100 percent renewable energy…


…and Seth Meyers tells us about “the Gropenfuhrer” playing golf WAAAY more times already than Number 44 and Repugs in Congress facing town-hall protests (and gee, “moderate” Dems, try remembering why the hell you were elected in the FIRST PLACE before you ask Bernie Sanders for help)…



…and yeah, this is a nice new tune, and a bit of a tongue-in-cheek selection, to be honest ("the leader is you," indeed).

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Stuff

(I also posted here.)

Yeah, it’s safe to say that I missed John Oliver, though I could do without the techno dance music – heh (here - NSFW I think)…



…and Robert Reich tells us here about the proposed infrastructure scam from President Tiny Handed Egomaniac and his pals (here)…



…which, if I may say so, is a pretty good lead-in to the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 2/24/10, where Repug politicians (Sam Brownback, Tim Pawlenty and Mike Castle) decried “big gumint” spending on such projects in Washington, D.C., but took credit for it back home (more here, echoing the prior link)…



…and I definitely would call this a sign o’ the times, you might say (re, rise of the "Democratic socialists")…


…and with the impact of the Democratic Socialists in mind, as well as other influences I’m sure, I think it’s safe to say that another ridiculous GOP talking point about “Obamacare” has been destroyed (more here - and there are rallies for health care tomorrow, let's not forget...more here and here)…


…and speaking of the above, this tells us about someone from our beloved commonwealth who would be sold down the proverbial river if “No Corporate Tax” Pat Toomey helps to abolish the Affordable Care Law (and no word if Toomey did anything with his constituents this week except run away from them, and looking for an elevator no doubt)…


…and K.O. tells us about what you could call “the revenge of the spooks” versus “The Gropenfuhrer” (NSFW)…



…and I’m a little late on this, but RIP Alan Aldridge, an artist who designed the album covers (you can Google the term) for The Who and Elton John, in particular “Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy,” a recording which yielded this fine tune (yep, funk with strings – has to be from the ‘70s).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Stuff

Rachel Maddow tells us about what likely will be the upcoming special election in Montana to replace Repug U.S. House Rep Ryan Zinke, likely to sign up with President Tiny-Handed Egomaniac (if Montana is turning purple, as it were – and kudos to them if so – then I would definitely call that a bellwether for “red” places elsewhere – and OF COURSE the Repugs don’t want people to vote, even if members of THEIR OWN PARTY had the foresight to call for statewide balloting by mail)…



...and I thought this was a typically sound analysis by K.O. of Generalissimo Trump's attack on the press (and hey, "Bri-Fi" and "No Corporate Tax" Pat Toomey, do YOU agree also?)...



…and I thought this was an appropriate comparison between the first 30 days of Number 45 vs. Number 44 – almost too painful to watch; heckuva job, all of you numbskulls who helped to create this misery…


...and as I said last year, the Brits aren't shy at all when it comes to their disdain for President Big Orange Cheetoh (interesting theory by Ben Mankiewicz about TV making us stupider, ultimately leading to President Fergus Laing - could be right)...



…and RIP Alan Colmes (here) – there were times when he was sporadically on the money as nearly as I could tell (such as in this clip), which is better than a lot of other commentators out there…we need all the informed voices on our side that we can get…condolences to family and friends…



…and I feel like changing things up a bit here, and I think the recent 80th birthday of jazz singer Nancy Wilson on Monday gives me a chance to do that (as opposed to Nancy Wilson of Heart, also great)…except for “Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” possibly the greatest “YOU’RE BUSTED!” song of all time.



Update: Apparently, “Bri-Fi,” the brother of our previous wet noodle U.S. House rep, decided to have a “tele” town hall tonight on the “opioid epidemic,” courageously taking the “anti-opioid epidemic” stand (and yes, I know this is serious stuff…my point is that trying to wrap himself up in a “safe” issue like this and brooking absolutely no dissent or opinion on another topic is typical of the garbage pulled by his brother).

Well, tomorrow at 2PM, there will be a rally at Fitzpatrick’s Langhorne, PA office on behalf of the Affordable Care Law, trying to communicate peacefully yet forcefully to our PA-08 rep that health care is a human right (and please bring any and all signs you may have to try and get this message across). This will also be a rally to oppose any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (and who knows if “Bri-Fi” will actually show up).

The address of the Langhorne office is as follows:

Brian Fitzpatrick’s Office
1717 Langhorne-Newtown Rd.
Suite 400
Langhorne, PA 19047

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday Stuff

(By the way, you can consider this pic my response to this story.)

Robert Reich tells us about the latest tax scam by the “party of Lincoln” (here)…


…and this clip from Rachel Maddow aired last week and is a little late I’ll admit, but I still think it should be shown anyway – a lady from South Carolina protesting Tim Scott and Huckleberry (Long Overdue) Graham’s failure to hold a town hall (and dick move by Scott to piggy-back off "Appalachian Trail" Sanford's town hall with not enough notice for her to get there in time)...



…and gosh, it looks like Generalissimo Trump finally made some utterances about anti-Semitism that any human being with a pulse should know to do by instinct (and good for Ben Jealous to go right after Steve Bannon, where all of this garbage starts as far as I’m concerned, not just against Jews but any other group based on race, ethnicity or gender preference)…



…and here is another attempt to keep my musical selections reasonably new and relevant (kind of a nice, poppy little tune).

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday Stuff

Once more, Rachel Maddow connects the dots on stuff concerning Russia and President Fergus Laing (drip, drip, drip – “this is a test” indeed…don't forget Felix Sater either, by the way)…



…and Ari Melber speaks with a panel about Generalissimo Trump’s ongoing battles with, really, everything that isn’t Number 45 or his beloved base at this point (And comparisons to Nixon already? SAD! And another ridiculously stupid video cut by MSNBC…do they have toddlers doing this stuff?)…



…continuing, this tells us about the “Not My President” protests yesterday…


…and this tells us about the recent immigrant protests in These United States and those who were fired for doing so (including the “I Don’t Care Bar and Grill” in Oklahoma somewhere)…


…and by the way, did you hear about the two guys in Texas who shot each other and blamed it on illegal immigrants (along with that idiot pol on Facebook who apparently needs a Comp 50 class)? John and Ana explain…



…and Kurt Cobain would have been 50 yesterday.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Stuff

Speaking of presidents (though I know this day is mainly for Numbers 1 and 16), Rachel Maddow brings us a clip of JFK talking about what should be the role of the press in our country, and often it is, though there are always exceptions (kind of a clumsy cut to the video at the end)…



…and you can agree or disagree with whether or not Jeremy Scahill should have bailed on “Real Time” over the presence of Milo Yiannopoulos, but I think Maher made up for that a bit with this great “New Rule" (NSFW)...



By the way, I basically side with Scahill. Yes, there is a principled argument to be made about Scahill appearing and confronting all of the garbage from this latest wingnut, made by Kyle Kulunski among others…and apparently, in response to Scahill not appearing, Maher said something about liberals continuing to lose elections unless they face up to radical Islam, or something, which to me is horseshit…but here’s the thing: it won’t matter one damn bit to Yiannopoulos or anyone of that ilk. Sorry to go “meta” on this, but speaking only for myself, I spent YEARS going to The Weakly Standard, Irrational Spew, clonwhall.com, AEI, and of course Fix Noise and the WSJ to find garbage from their sites that I refuted as best I could, and it didn’t matter ONE DAMN BIT how much I tried to blow up their idiotic and frequently insane talking points with the actual facts…they just came back a few weeks later with another wingnut spouting the same wingnut garbage over and over.

So good for Scahill (and by the way, with the focus on Yiannopoulos, it’s easy to overlook how Maher keeps bringing back people like former GA U.S. House Rep Jack Kingston, a pal of Number 45 and someone who has spouted garbage on that show for years but keeps getting booked anyway)…

Update 2/22/17: And after reading this, I'm even MORE convinced that Scahill was right.

…and continuing, Chris Hayes tells us about Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt, the new head of the EPA who is definitely NOT OK, as the song goes (and this is typical)…



…and speaking of that senatorial waste of space from Kentucky, here’s wishing the worst possible 75th birthday to Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao…



Update 2/21/17: He does KY proud once again here...

…and it’s safe to say that our elected representatives in our beloved commonwealth are definitely acting like towers of Jello during this week when they’re supposed to be meeting with constituents, and that goes for Repug U.S. House Rep Brian “No, I’m Not My Brother Mike, Honest” Fitzpatrick and “No Corporate Tax” Pat Toomey of the same party, which makes me recall this less-than-courageous Fitzpatrick moment last year (to find out about a Resistance event in your area, click here)…



(Oh, I’m sorry…”Bri-Fi” no doubt will hold a “tele” town hall where he and his campaign people can screen out people they don’t want to talk to on the phone. You know, the same ruse his brother used, and the same thing “Mikey the Beloved” criticized former rep Patrick Murphy for when Murphy held the position.)

…and I know I put up a Supertramp song last week, but here’s another one for the occasion for Toomey and “Bri-Fi” (and with the McConnell turtle metaphor in mind too).

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Stuff

K.O. is out with #35 (kind of chilling a bit the way he links drug abuse at the end to votes for you-know-who, but the evidence doesn't lie)...



…and Samantha Bee gives Repug U.S. House Rep (and NOT Senator, Sam!) Mr.-Puppy-Dog-Eyes-With-The-Shiv the treatment he deserves here (NSFW)…



…and Rachel Maddow gives us an update on Dems allegedly competing in state and congressional races, with David Nir of Daily Kos also talking about the contest to fill the GA U.S. House seat of sleazeball Tom Price (more here - the “cliff hanger” had to do with the owner of the Miami Marlins baseball team being named ambassador to France if he sold his team to Jared Kushner, who of course is Generalissimo Trump’s son-in-law – the whole thing was put on hold, apparently…nah, no “conflict of interest” here…move along)…



Update 2/20/17: And speaking of important state races...

…and it looks like both chambers of Congress have now rolled back that pesky Obama-era regulation of not letting mentally ill people buy guns, as noted here (and yes, I’m definitely being tongue-in-cheek – and the ACLU doesn't usually put its foot in it as far as I'm concerned, but they sure did this time)...



...and I thought this was a great ad by Moveon.org given everything that's going on...


…and happy 70th birthday to Dennis DeYoung of Styx (with a tune possibly apropos for "Fortress America" envisioned by the Gropenfuhrer?).