Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday Stuff

As concerning as the political chaos created by Putin, Trump & co. is, and it is that, the fact that those responsible have apparently done so with impunity – again, so far – may be the most repulsive development of all (was never quite scared of that episode of Star Trek, though, I have to say...and this is curious also)…



…and yeah, nothing to see here as far as the “party of Lincoln” is concerned – just collusion with a foreign hostile power trying to hack into our political infrastructure to help install their Russian operative who lost the popular vote by about 3 million, and are as of now are primed to do it all over again and hack into God knows what else…move along


…and I thought this was a pretty good response to this garbage from Dana Loesch…



…and I give you now the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 7/13/12 – Social Security and Medicare are INSURANCE and NOT A SAFETY NET, as Stuart Zechman explains – important to keep in mind while politicians, mainly but not totally on the other side, try to come for something that we’ve paid into and deserve and they should keep their grubby mitts off of – bad sentence, but you know what I mean; a little wonky I’ll admit, but important stuff…



...and yep, activism ALWAYS matters, people (here)...



…and here’s another summer tune that I hope you enjoy.



And with that, I now take my leave of you for a little while – as long as I’ve been doing this, I don’t know if I’ve ever needed a vacation as much as I need this one. All things being equal and God willing, I’ll look to start this up again some time around the 24th or 25th…all the best.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday Stuff

I’m very aware that, while posting about Generalissimo Trump and his collusion with a foreign hostile power in pursuit of electoral victory, I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like about stuff like the environment, economy, Net Neutrality, what you could call the “last stand” for public education in this country at the hands of the thoroughly execrable Betsy DeVos, Net Neutrality, common-sense gun laws, protecting women’s health and health insurance for the majority of this country overall, etc. etc. etc. And I feel bad about that, but the Trump/Russia stuff is so monumentally awful that I believe it deserves exactly this kind of treatment (and those who did anything whatsoever to aid in the victory of President Impulse Control Issue Tiny-Handed Egomaniac deserve to be pilloried as much as the law and conscience allows).

And with that preface in mind completely, I’d like to turn to this video (a reminder that, as I said, the non-Trump stuff matters greatly also of course)…


…and I apologize a bit for making you endure the human stain that is Steven Arnold King once more, but I would ask that you watch this if for no other reason that for the very end…


…oh, and by the way, Scott Pruitt and the “Gropenfuhrer” are trying to overturn a rule protecting our clean water, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains…



…also, lawmakers in AK have apparently passed a law requiring a woman to get permission from someone who impregnated them to dispose of the fetal remains, which is yet another slide down the slippery legal slope to fetal personhood (yeah, I’m definitely not an expert in the Old Testament, but I have to admit that I think that’s a pretty creepy passage from Numbers also)…



…and a Pew poll indicates that most Republicans are opposed to college, as Kyle tells us – almost no words at this point (NSFW…a little too dismissive of religion as far as I’m concerned, however)…



…and it’s been a little while since I brought you a song from 1967, so here’s another one (yes, this cover was from ’68, but the original was written the year before) – I always thought “The Big Lebowski” was one of the most overrated movies I ever saw…the Coens are great filmmakers, though I personally think they get a bit excessive now and then…maybe just me I know.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday Stuff

Yeah, it sure looks like Uday (or is it Qusay?) is in deep doo-doo (and I agree with Tim Kaine, though, given his role in the election last year, couldn't these observations have come from another Senate Dem?)…


…and as Rachel Maddow among others points out, this really is the stuff of tragedy with all of the long knives out all over the place (though, given the idiocy of the principals involved, I guess it has elements of a low farce also)…



…and of course K.O. is up on this also (“Resist” – “Remove”…kind of catchy)…



…and as Chris Hayes reminds us here, having to flak for Generalissimo Trump is a pretty sucky way to try to make a living (utterly pathetic at this point)…



…and in non-treasonous news, Kyle tells us here about the KKK protesting in VA to keep the statue of Robert E. Lee (NSFW)…



...and given the stuff with Jr. in particular, I've had this song on my mind a bit.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday Stuff

(I also posted here.)

I know this clip has “made the rounds” by now, but I think these observations from Aussie journo Chris Uhlmann need to be seen and heard far and wide, and it doesn’t make me happy one bit to do it (here...and anyone who is still dumb enough to think that this ISN'T playing out exactly how Putin wants should pay attention to the Russian's smirk at about 2:02)…


...sentiments echoed, sadly but accurately, by Carrie Cordero, legal expert on national and homeland security...



...and I would say that "it's hard to ignore the pattern" also...


…and oh yeah, we’re the only country of the G20 that refuses to acknowledge that WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, GODDAMMIT!!! (more here - and as always, Generalissimo Trump continues to behave as if this were all nothing more than a damn “reality” TV show)...



...and speaking of climate, don't look now, but a damn iceberg as big as Delaware has broken loose from Antarctica...



…and a happy belated 90th birthday to Doc Severinsen, legendary trumpeter and years-long bandleader of the NBC Orchestra for “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson”; on the last show, Severinsen was gushing in his praise for Carson, which is understandable I know, mainly because, as Severinsen put it basically, this would be the last TV show featuring what was in effect a jazz band orchestra, marking an era passing into antiquity, and sadly, he was right.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Friday Stuff

I was going to put up another snarky pic with our Problem Child In Chief, but since this is the week in which we observe July 4th, I thought this was more appropriate (and I know Number 45 groveled on cue to our former ol’ buddy Vlad Putin today, here and herehow pathetic).

For more background, Rachel Maddow told us about the last time the “Gropenfuhrer” met with his Russian operatives here (this was a nice “B” block, and her “A” block was pretty good also)…



(Kudos, BTW, to TRMS for being on their guard against the likely-faked docs...personally, I smell Roger Stone...but there’s a big legal dif between the Dubya Air National Guard stuff and the Trumpian crap which is being investigated by grand juries and congressional committees…and again, since we were talking about the Bushes, 43 could have just said “Yeah, I was wrong to skip out on my Guard service for 18 months – my bad,” pay a fine and that would have been it…but again, we’re talking about the Bushies who once outed an undercover operative tracking loose nukes named Valerie Plame, so OF COURSE they had to do everything they could to UTTERLY DESTROY their accusers with relatively inconsequential nonsense such as the age of typewriter keys, letter signatures, letterhead, and other irrelevant crap...as opposed to the FACTS and EVIDENCE in the documentation...and install BFF Dick Thornburgh to seal the “investigation” of the CBS reporting exactly how they wanted it).

...and Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich tells us all of the ways that our Twitter-inflicted chief executive has delivered for what was once called the “evil empire” (remember that one? And from The Sainted Ronnie R? My, how Repugs have changed)…


…and David Pakman tells us that more people polled want President Fergus Laing impeached than approve – wow, I don’t even think Dubya managed to pull that off…



…and according to this NowThis video, it looks like our outlaw regime in charge is getting push-back on its requests for voter information (though cautionary notes are here and here)…


…and with that in mind, Thom Hartmann talks with Greg Palast about the latest in voter suppression from Generalissimo Trump and Kris Kobach, this time in Georgia, though they plan to roll out these ridiculous (and likely illegal) voter mailing cards across the country – yep, a variant on “voter caging” all right (and yeah, I’m not a bit surprised that the statewide Repugs are really LYING on the issue of sending the voter lists to Trump/Kobach…and I can’t think of a word for the fact that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, allegedly a Dem, has caved on this – I don’t care that it started under his predecessor’s watch or not)…



…also, I couldn’t let the week end with this GREAT report from John Oliver on the efforts of Sinclair Broadcast Group to take over local TV stations (timed for what would be its merger with Tribune Media - here...NSFW)…



…and yeah, I know this is a real shocker (removing my tongue from my cheek), but it turns out that Hobby Lobby is now resorting to the "stupidity defense" in the case of the Iraqi artifacts it illegally smuggled into this country - great, first they deny health care to their women employees, and now they fund terrorists. Heckuva job! (more here)...



…and I don’t know how many people besides me know this, but today is World Chocolate Day; in response, I know this is a bit tangential of a tune, but I like it anyway.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Thursday Stuff

I thought that this was really hilarious, in response to the latest from our President Impulse Control Tiny-Handed Egomaniac in his ongoing battle with CNN (cringing at the thought of how Number 45 would handle an ACTUAL threat against this country as opposed to a made-up one to keep ginning up his beloved “base”)…



…though I admit that this isn’t amusing at all – I still thought this was an interesting segment that you could call When Trump Trolls Attack, with Chris Hayes, Lynn Sweet and Ben Howe of the Red State blog over the CNN video nonsense (oh, and I’m supposed to feel sorry for Dana Loesch? GMAFB) – Sweet also comes perilously close to Both Sidesism in her remarks in my opinion, something to keep in mind while you read about this - once again, MSNBC's videos aren't playing nice with Chrome, but are OK everywhere else…



…and I also thought this was a pretty good synopsis recently by Rachel Maddow of how we’ve come to our present (president?) predicament with Generalissimo Trump…



…and I always respected Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, but I REALLY respect him now (and speaking of great "burns")…



…oh, and it looks like CA has so much solar energy, it needs to get rid of some of it or it will be "high on its own supply," as it were…


…and I first thought this was a pretty “goth” video with a message of doom, but it’s really life affirming in a way as far as I’m concerned.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Wednesday Stuff

Yeah, that “Carrier” deal really ended up helping those workers in Indiana and South Carolina, didn’t it?...



…and it looks like Kentucky is teaching the Bible as part of Social Studies (yeah, they could have elected a Dem, but nooooo – they voted in “glibertarian” Matt Bevin instead, who, as it turns out, is just another Repug…NSFW)…



…and Lee Camp tells us about the Net Neutrality Day of Action here (yeah, with a bit of a sense of humor also, arguably…NSFW also) on 7/12…



…and fortunately for us, Neil isn’t shy about his politics (more here).