Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday Stuff

I guess this is the post mortem that matters (and yeah, these quotes are clipped a bit - acknowledged at the end of the video - but really, are they that much of a stretch?)...


…oh and, by the way, if Trump drones on that Hillary is wrong about something, chances are that an independent verification will find out that she’s telling the truth (see?)…



(And I guess Lester Holt did a good job by all accounts, mainly because no one is bitching too much about him letting “The Donald” get away with typical Trumpian BS.)

And speaking of the debate, I need to let you in on something that I think is pretty funny (well, maybe not THAT funny since we’re paying for it).

In these parts, the Bucks County Courier Times is the local newspaper that covers our area (for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t picked up on that by now even though I’ve made repeated references to the paper at this site). Despite the ridiculous right-wing tilt of the Op-Ed page, I should add that there are more than a few beat reporters working for the paper who do legitimately good work.

The paper also has a history of late deliveries (issues with printing and such, or so we’re told) that seemed to be timed towards anything related to good news for Democrats. We ended up with next-day delivery of an issue on at least one occasion during the Democratic primary debates, and another time, I said that the paper ignored coverage of a debate entirely (the headline of that issue had to do with how valuable pets are as companions…), when in fact, someone from the paper got back to me and said that there was about a paragraph of coverage on page A-18 of the debate in question.

I’m sure you know where I’m going with this, so I’ll just cut to the proverbial chase and let you know that we didn’t receive an issue of the paper this morning. We’ll see if we got the issue later or will get it tomorrow, or if I’ll have to call the paper and have our bill adjusted again.

As I said, too funny…

...and K.O. tells us here of Trump's lies in this month alone (and I think the number was about 80 million, by the way, which still broke a record, apparently)...



...and former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich helps us keep our eye on the ball, as it were, concerning this election…



…and again, even though Lester Holt was OK (let’s see what happens next with our corporate media frauds), I definitely agree with Sam Seder on his remarks about the LWV moderating the debates (and how big a wackadoodle is Gary Johnson anyway?)…



…and despite how well everything went last night, I think we ought to pay close attention to the title of this song.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Stuff

(Hat tip to Kriston Capps and John Fugelsang on Twitter for the pic, which speaks volumes as far as I'm concerned - here...)

Yeah, keep telling me how successful a businessman “Fergus Laing” really is…

...and I thought he kind of whitewashed, if you will, the Crips and the Bloods (they aren’t “groups,” they’re gangs), but otherwise, I thought this was some pretty worthwhile insight from Harry Belafonte, who speaks with Rev. Al…



...and more good stuff from Stephen Colbert on the recent protests is here...



…and as a lead-in, I want to note that, while I definitely disagreed with him more than a few times, I always thought it was smart on the part of the late Arlen Specter that, when he ran a campaign, he always featured ads with testimonials from others who he’d helped, and I’m glad that HRC is doing the same thing – that’s political capital, and you might as well use it in a campaign…



…and what a shame that another Alex can't run for president – yet (here)...



…and happy 71st birthday to Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music (“throwaway lines often ring true”).

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday Stuff

Tamron Hall speaks to Alex Seitz-Wald about HRC’s reaction to the shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, OK, as well as some other campaign stuff (always good to hear about the Dem nominee getting back to the stuff that matters to the base)…



…and speaking of the campaign, I thought this was a particularly good ad, using “Donald Drumpf” and his garbage against him…



…and all the best to Terry Jones (here) – sorry to hear the news (and let’s not forget this too – great job)…



…and kudos also to Bruce Springsteen for this (and belated happy birthday, by the way).

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Stuff

I thought this was a neat story about a Canadian couple (well, he is anyway) staging their own mock election on their front lawn; I’m sure, after reading this, there’ll be a busload or two of Trump supporters making their way to Burnaby to add a “yuge” number of X’s…



...and K.O. tells us that "The Donald" doesn't have a clue about how to fight terrorism (among the many topics he is clueless about)...



...though he does want a national "stop and frisk" policy, an idea that gets the treatment it deserves from Charles Blow (here - yeah, blow that dog whistle a little louder, why dontcha)...



...and Seth Meyers tells us about how "The Donald" used Trump Foundation money to settle at least one legal case (probably many more), and also how he cheated a golfer out of a payoff for a hole-in-one (typical...and with each of these segments, I detect that Meyers is getting more and more fed up with wading in Trumpian muck like this, but Meyers is definitely performing a service)...



...and Kyle K. brings us up to date on the latest Wells Fargo garbage (NSFW)...



…and Thom Hartmann tells us Americans get tainted food because corporations won't pay to prevent illness, of course (interesting talk on why eggs have to be refrigerated; I have to admit that I don’t know about France, but as I noted previously, we visited the UK over the summer, and the food was demonstrably better, and I’m just talking about everyday stuff)…



...and Cenk brings us up to date on that idiot Glenn Reynolds and his "Run them down" tweet about recent police protests in Charlotte, NC (an update is here).

I think this calls for a bit of a refresher on this guy; I give you the following on "Instapundit" Reynolds:

  • Somehow, Reynolds never heard about the standoff in the ‘90s between the ATF and the Branch Davidian loonies – Reynolds was asking if any other public figure had to face so much (justifiable IMHO) gun-related animus as Caribou Barbie did in the wake of the Tucson shootings of 2011, and the answer is yes; Bill Clinton did after Waco (here).


  • Reynolds also noted how Obama’s approval rating supposedly “shrunk rapidly” from 49 percent in December 2009 all the way to 48 percent in December 2010 (here).


  • And oh yeah, according to Reynolds, President Obama hates Jews (here) – if so, then try explaining this.


  • Reynolds said in 2010 that the alleged grassroots Teahadist movement has led to “millions of Americans (taking) to the streets over the past year,” when, in fact (as Eric Boehlert notes here), the actual number was considerably smaller.


  • Reynolds tried to equate the Obama White House having (once again, IMHO) an entirely correct opinion about what Fix Noise actually is and the case of Chicago prosecutors issuing subpoenas and demanding that students of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism turn over their notes and interview records concerning the wrongful conviction of Anthony McKinney, a Chicago man jailed for 31 years on a false confession (here).

  • And by the way, I’ve been reading people defending Reynolds on freedom of speech grounds as well as the idiot baseball player noted here. For what it’s worth, here is how I see that:

    From a theoretical perspective, that’s a fair point. However, from a reality perspective, I should point out that, if I were to suddenly start ranting in an online forum in a similar manner in such a way that I could face a personal reprisal from my employer, I’d be stupid to not acknowledge at least the possibility that that could happen. Basically, if I were to make it crystal clear who I was and started saying “N-word this, N-word that, run them all down,” or “Obama is a Muslim who wants to cheer while we all get blown up”…well, that comes pretty close to the “yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater” test, to say nothing of being utterly racist, repugnant on a few levels, and demonstrably untrue. So yeah, if I were to do that, I’d expect to get suspended from my job or to be quite probably fired outright. And if Reynolds and this fool Steve Clevenger didn’t at least acknowledge that possibility somehow, then they’re dumb as a bag of rocks.

    Anyway, here is Cenk...



    …and today marks what would have been the 90th birthday of legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Thursday Stuff

    I give you K.O. on the second call from “Fergus Laing” for shooting HRC, with all of the outrage that is completely appropriate (so grateful to GQ for giving K.O. this forum)...



    …and once again, another “sensible” establishment Republican won’t support The Big Orange Cheetoh, as Cenk explains (oh, and this guy won’t either)…



    ...and when it comes to voting, let’s not forget this (a little inappropriate actually, but the list of issues that matter should be the biggest takeaway of all)...




    …and speaking of supposedly centrist Repugs who are a lot crazier than that actually, the League of Conservation Voters reminds us about “No Corporate Tax” Pat Toomey (R-Elevator) here (to help Katie McGinty, click here...more wretched Toomey stuff is here)…



    ...also, Samantha Bee quite rightly ripped "dark lord" Roger Ailes here for building his Fix Noise BS factory based on white fear and resentment (these characters have more responsibility for “Donald Drumpf” than anyone else)...



    …and kudos to Ray LaMontagne for this (a tune inspired somewhat from a recent headline, I would guess).

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Wednesday Stuff

    Five years ago today, the state of Georgia murdered Troy Anthony Davis...



    ...and Kyle K. tells us here that Broward County, FL police won’t escort Miami Dolphin players to and from the stadium for home games, and I agree with Kyle that the cops should just do their damn jobs (NSFW – as I’ve said, Colin Kaepernick and everyone else should stand for the anthem as far as I’m concerned, and if you want to raise your fist or lock arms, do so, but if you DON’T stand, that should be respected also because it’s free speech – free speech I personally don’t agree with, but free speech all the same)…



    …and this might be the longest trip back I’ve ever taken for these “This Day In Doomsy History” segments – I give you the following highly-timely clip from 9/21/07…



    …and singer Brook Benton would have been 85 last Monday, but given the first clip, I think this tune is appropriate.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Tuesday Stuff

    I think that, amidst all of the utterly bubbleheaded commentary out there on the election, this is some very sound advice from Carl Bernstein…



    ...and when it comes to putting Trump and Clinton side-by-side, this is some timely stuff (been meaning to get to this video for awhile – I think it takes a bit of a pass on the people who have made a cottage industry out of maligning every single stinking thing that HRC does or ever has done, in particular this utterly cretinous weasel, but I think it also makes a lot of good points)...



    ...also, apparently, Trump Jr. compared Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles, or something (more here) - at a certain point, there are just no words...



    …and I would say that it’s time once more for Samantha Bee (here); I don’t know what was better – her wrap-up or her comment about The Roots…



    …oh, and by the way, with all of the election insanity going on, does anyone out there remember climate change? Fortunately, His Holiness and Thom Hartmann do (nice to be on the same side concerning the most vital issue of them all – sorry I’m a bit late with this...and there's a well-deserved shot at that glibertarian fool Gary Johnson – yeah, “Aleppo” is a pasta sauce, you nitwit)……



    ...and given this story, which took place pretty close to 10 years ago to this day, I think the following tune is appropriate (well, the title anyway).