Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thursday Stuff (updates)


Oh, and yeah, we know about the Gropenfuhrer’s recent antics while Emmanuel Macron visits our country, but the French president also gave a speech that I think we should all pay attention to – oh, for us to be governed by responsible adults again one day



…and it looks like Generalissimo Trump’s mouthpiece is going to take the fifth in the civil lawsuit from Stormy Daniels (yeah, karma sure is a bitch, isn’t it, Number 45? And by the way, I recently noticed a YUUUGE billboard on 95 here near So. Philly advertising Daniels coming to Club Risqué…way too damn funny)……



…and I personally think legalizing pot isn’t a panacea, but if 64 percent of this country approves, then maybe that’s the direction we should go (DEFINITELY in favor of decriminalizing, though I want to emphasize that I have NO COMMON GROUND WHATSOEVER with these Fix Noise idiots…and it’s really telling how much the utter chauvinism of that network comes through even when they accidentally make some common sense - NSFW)…



…and o-ho the Wells Fargo wagon is a-comin’ down the street – to rip us off once again!...


…and Farron Cousins tells us here that Lex Luthor Scott is being sued by kids in FLA over climate change – nice work…



…and happy 80th birthday to guitar legend Duane Eddy.



Update 1: The verdict is in.



You know, in the back of my mind, I thought he might actually beat the rap, but I believe justice needed to be served, and this it seems was the only way to do that (and as a Temple grad, I’m definitely not going to dance all over anyone’s misfortune here).

He’ll die in prison. And he knows it. And he’ll have a lot of time to think about Andrea Constand. And only he and God know if he preyed upon other women and did similar things, but if he did, he’ll have time to think about that too.

And of course, the Greek chorus of frauds and fools has to be represented by someone (here – and I don’t mean Markos or Mueller).

Update 2: I would be remiss if I didn't include this.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


Trevor Noah tells us about Number 45’s potential “bromance” with French President Emmanuel Macron; yes, we can focus on the “dandruff” thing and all of its absurdity, but trying to save the Iran nuke deal is a deadly serious endeavor, and one which, had we an executive branch that was actually sane and rational, we wouldn’t need to engage in of course…



...and Farron Cousins tells us about the doctor of the Gropenfuhrer accused of drinking on the job and over-medicating patients (nice – what else can we expect from an acolyte of Generalissimo Trump? And I thought this was the appropriate "take")...



…and who could actually STILL be supporting our current occupant of An Oval Office at this point (something to keep in mind considering this and this)? Well, probably too many elderly conservative life forms such as the character depicted in this video from 4/25/10…yeah, you guessed it – time for the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (and before he became part of the “Fix The Debt” scam, former Philly mayor and PA guv Ed Rendell was on the proverbial beam here)…



…and Kyle tells us about actress Natalie Portman declining to accept an award for recent events in Israel – good job by Kyle to remind everyone of Netanyahu’s conduct in 2014 which, as far as I’m concerned, constitutes war crimes (more BDS info is here) – NSFW of course…



…and speaking of strong women, I know I’m a little behind the curve on the video about this brave little girl standing up to bullying, but I couldn’t forget to include it (and kudos to the New York Yankees who replied in support, as well as actor Hugh Jackman)…


...and I was tempted to put up that great song by The Grateful Dead as a bit of a reply, but I did that earlier, so I'm opting for this instead, which I also think is highly appropriate.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


Gosh, it looks like Sarah Huckabilly Sanders is getting the vapors over the U.S. Senate Dems and their opposition to Mike Pompeo, who, as it turns out, was confirmed as Secretary of State to replace Rex Tillerson anyway (Farron Cousins provides what I would call the needed context)…



…and Pompeo was confirmed in no small part because of Rand (Fake Ophthalmologist and allegedly “principled glibertarian”) Paul, caving YET AGAIN here as noted by Rachel Maddow, with all of the requisite and thoroughly appropriate snark (at the end of the day, Paul is just another Repug)…



…and in case anyone out there thought that other Repugs weren’t going to try and imitate the Gropenfuhrer when running for office, you can think again…



…and The Blues Brothers first appeared on Saturday Night Live 40 years ago last April 22nd; I know this is from the movie, but this is a better quality video than anything I could get from the TV show.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Stuff


Rachel Maddow tells us about the precedent for the Dems suing over the Russia entanglements with the regime of Generalissimo Trump; namely, that this was also done for Watergate and that was originally laughed off back then also (and I thought the bit about the presiding judge at the end was particularly interesting)...



…and it looks like voters in TN are finally waking up to the fact that they got utterly played by the Gropenfuhrer and his pals… c’est dommage, wingnuts!



…and Chris Hayes speaks with climate reporter Jacob Soboroff about the precarious state of the ice shelf in Greenland, something to remember considering that this clown was confirmed to head NASA (more here)…



…also, Kyle K. tells us that 78 U.S. House Dems voted to allow financial deregulation, seeing as how it worked so beautifully before when our economy crashed; one of them is Beto O’Rourke running against Ted Cruz in Texas – sheesh (NSFW)…



…and if you want to seize political power by legitimate means and you don’t have all the money in the world, you have to organize better than anyone else, which, to me, is one of the messages of this video…


…and congrats to Wills and Kate across the pond for their latest arrival, on St. George’s Day no less – this song came to mind just about immediately.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Stuff


I thought this was a helpful video for students who are contemplating walking out of class today to protest the epidemic of gun violence in this country (more here)…


…and it’s taken me a few days to get around to this great video from The Guardian about the fight to keep energy interests from fouling the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil in which we grow our crops (I thought the Paul Douglas stuff was particularly noteworthy - I also agree with Dr. Charlotte Keys who believes climate change is caused by sin and greed…uh, yep...and I probably don’t have much common intellectual ground with Debbie Dooley, but she’s spot-on when it comes to the environment)…



…and in keeping with the environment, I think this is the most damning list of allegations I’ve seen yet against Scott Pruitt; as far as I’m concerned, he shouldn’t just be fired – he should be incarcerated also…


…and Farron Cousins tells us that the Repug party is going broke during this election cycle, and they're blaming the Gropenfuhrer – heh (I’d love to think this will be the case in the fall, but I’m sure the typical flood of dark money will arise at the last minute, sadly – very happy to be wrong on that)…



…and timed for 4/20 day, Dem U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is trying to make pot legal on the federal level (I think Cenk in particular is being a little cynical here, though it's hard for me to argue with him I’ll admit – hopefully the Dems will stick with this because it’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s politically popular)…



…and again, given the date, I could opt for a pretty easy musical choice here, but instead I’m going to pass and note that today is the 70th birthday of keyboardist Craig Frost of Grand Funk Railroad – here is a selection for the occasion.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Stuff


Farron Cousins of Ring of Fire tells us that Michael Cohen, mouthpiece/fixer for Generalissimo Trump, might just flip on his boss, and there is some speculation out there that Cohen may have been wearing a wire, as it were, for Special Counsel Robert Mueller (oh, but HILLZ EMAILS!!! BENGHAZI!!!!)…



…and yeah, this is low-hanging fruit to be sure, you might say, but when it comes to Sean Inanity, I’d say this is at least part of the payback he deserves, courtesy of Sam Bee (NSFW)…



…and Chris Hayes tells us about the West Virginia Senate race and the Repugs running in their primary – one is a convicted criminal (Don Blankenship) and the other is a typical Trumpster who wants to “blow up Washington” (some idiot named Patrick Morrisey…yeah, time for more eliminationist rhetoric when all else fails, which it usually does with these life forms)…



…and I know I already posted on the Philadelphia Starbucks story, but I thought this was a good segment by Trevor Noah (liked the comedy bit at the end – an update is here; kudos to the retail chain for trying to do the right thing)…



…and the last time I saw Dem U.S. House Rep Sean Maloney of NY, he was going up against Mrs. Mitch McConnell (Puffy Chao just LOVES to be called that!), but this time, he’s going up against someone authoring a bill to make it harder for the poors to get food stamps...


…and I know I pushed the envelope, you might say, in my musical selection last night, but I think I’ll return to something a little more true to form here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


Rachel Maddow speaks with WaPo reporter Carol Leonnig about Generalissimo Trump’s decision to roll back the Russia sanctions – as I’ve said before, if it walks like a duckski, talks like a duckski and quacks like a duckski…



…and once again, when you’re trying to get to the no-BS heart of a story, then forget our corporate media, because you need a comedian (re, Trevor Noah and a $250 mil “message” to Syria)…



…and Kyle K. tells us about a lawmaker who cited a satirical site when criticizing pot – I think this has happened at least one other time recently, inadvertently citing a satirical site I mean (NSFW)…



…and I think that’s actually a pretty good segue into the latest chapter of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 4/17/08, in which America’s Finest News Source tells us the importance of bullshit in our elections (NSFW yet again – I’ll chastise myself later)…



…and God bless the brave people of Puerto Rico – if I were them, I’d say the hell with the United States and accept an offer from any other country willing to help; of all of the atrocities of the Gropenfuhrer’s ruinous reign, it’s not hard to lose sight of this, but we never should, to our shame – hey, you 62 million idiots and “Bernie or Bust” fools directly responsible for the rule of our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Dictator, how does it feel to know that you’re largely responsible for this?...


…and congratulations to rapper Kendrick Lamar for this; yeah, I’m trying to break through another musical wall here, you might say – very definitely NSFW also.