Saturday, June 03, 2017

Saturday Stuff

Sorry I forgot that yesterday was National Gun Violence Awareness Day; that being said, as far as I’m concerned, EVERY DAY should be National Gun Violence Awareness Day (and I’m actually glad that the video includes the BS from Generalissimo Trump at the very end on guns, just like his BS about everything else; those poor, cheering saps who got utterly played by a Republican…again)…




...and kudos to French President Emmanuel Macron for giving it back to the “Gropenfuhrer” on the climate issue (I can recall when we used to have leadership like this - sigh)...


...and with that in mind, I should note that this is also Pride Month - our previous president who was actually an adult had this to say about it...


…and I hope you’re in the mood for an encore tune featuring Gregg Allman, because here it comes.



Update: And here is yet another hot take that I’m sure nobody will care about, and it is this; I don’t care what happens to Bill Maher.

Yes, he said the “N” word on TV. No, he very definitely should not have done that.

And yes, I get that using that word is highly offensive. No, I’m not going to pretend that that hits me where I live, because, as a white male, it clearly doesn’t (this is noteworthy though, I'll admit).

Has Maher said things that have royally pissed me off? Uh, yep. Has he also said plenty of things that I applaud? Same answer.

Here’s where I come down on this, though – if the overwhelming force of public opinion somehow says that Maher should be off the air, then he should be off the air (How exactly would that be measured? Number of tweets? Number of signees to a likely petition to boycott HBO if he remains? I have no idea). However, if the dustup eventually blows over, then he should remain.

But know this – Maher will win out on this either way. If he stays, he will continue to stick his metaphorical finger in the metaphorical liberal eye and crow “Oh, I give it out equally to both sides,” which may actually be true. However, if he goes, you can bet a book will come out of this and he’ll make the rounds on “Fox and Friends,” etc., spouting more nonsense about how political correctness is the reasons why Democrats lose elections, and so on.

Speaking for myself, I’ve authored somewhere over 8,000 posts (please hold the applause – heh) and I honestly don’t believe I’ve ever used that word in the context Maher used it. If I did, I genuinely apologize – I haven’t been able to find such an instance. And context matters – there’s no mistaking what Maher was talking about. However, if I were to quote the line from the song “Oliver’s Army” by Elvis Costello that goes “one more widow, one less white n*gger,” I would be alluding to young boys in battle dress in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1978, as Costello was (e.g., poor whites who Costello saw as cannon fodder for more imperial war). There may have been an economic meaning to that line, but not a racial one.

Another point that I think has been lost a bit in this dustup is the fact that Maher, trying to burnish some “glibertarian” bona fides or something, gave an audience to Repug U.S. Senator Ben Sasse to help Sasse promote his book (which – big surprise – is another conservative screed telling younger Americans they need to appreciate the value of work, or something). That to me is pretty repellent also; I guess Sasse is looked upon as some sort of Rand Paul knockoff because they make noises to indicate they think for themselves, even though, when you look at votes and actual policy they support, they’re nothing but the same old movement conservative Republicans who are grinding this country into the dust (full disclosure: I haven’t seen the full segment yet because I can’t find it on YouTube and I’ll make a note to watch the whole thing when it comes on demand).

The generation that came before me handed us the keys to the kingdom. As far as the generation after us is concerned, we’re handing them a bag of shit. And writing a book to make it sound like that’s somehow THEIR fault is, as far as I’m concerned, compounding the insult.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Friday Stuff

Lawrence O’Donnell tells us more about Michael Cohen, lawyer for the “Gropenfuhrer,” than we’d ever like to know I’m sure (so true about how he likes to surround himself with sycophants of course, meaning our tiny-handed chief executive - and congrats to Lawrence on re-upping with MSNBC by the way; also, let’s not forget about tomorrow’s marches; to find one near you, click here)…



…and K.O. entertains the possibility that former national security adviser (and registered foreign agent also, let’s not forget) Michael Flynn has already “rolled over” on President Impulse Control Issue Child…



…and Ari Melber sitting in for Rachel Maddow interviews former State Department chief coordinator Dan Fried on Generalissimo Trump’s decision to unilaterally lift sanctions against you-know-who imposed by President Obama last December…



…and Sam Sacks sits in for Thom Hartmann and interviews MN state rep Melissa Hortman over the Dem governor trying to shut down the government over the Republican “lege” and their typically ridiculous tax cut scheme…kind of a clumsy cut at the end of the video – more here



…and Kyle K. talks about 230 veterans deported from this country, a story recalling last Monday (yeah, you read that right – NSFW…totally disagree with Kyle’s disparaging attitude towards the Russia stuff, but he’s right about everything else)…



…and I think this is the best way to wrap up this week’s tribute to Gregg Allman, with the legendary original band that he co-led with his brother Duane at the top of their form, live at Fillmore East many years ago.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Thursday Stuff

Generalissimo Trump said he would do it, and he did (here); I think Cenk Uygur brings all of the disgust and outrage that is called for, though it’s aimed mainly at Tom Coburn and the Foxies (yep, 97 percent of scientists say we need to get our shit together on this...from 6:50 to 7:00 is Nail. Hammer. Head.)...



…and I’m going out of order again with K.O.’s “Resistance” commentaries, I know – Olbermann is absolutely right, but good luck getting the “party of Lincoln” to owe up to this nightmare…



…and Sam Bee is back to give us the latest on “Covfefe” and “An Idiot Abroad” (NSFW)…



…though anything concerning the “Gropenfuhrer” is fine with our corporate media puppet masters, among others…


…and there’s so much garbage going on with this pestilence of an administration that it’s hard to figure out which disaster to fight first (once again, thanks to all of you clueless meatheads, regardless of your political stripe, who had anything to do with this even though you were THOROUGHLY WARNED), but Farron Cousins tells us that 40 U.S. House Repugs who supported Trump-Scam-Care have made just oodles of dough off their medical investments (yeah, I know “conflict of interest” is something only Democrats have to worry about – removing my tongue from my cheek)…



..and I guess this great Gregg Allman tune could be the theme for the "Trumpsters" trying to pillage our country.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday Stuff

Before I begin, here is another “hot take” that I’m sure nobody else cares about (though I might be wrong).

Don’t make excuses for Kathy Griffin (we know what she did recently – I’m not posting a picture…you know what I’m talking about).

Yes, we know what the “Gropenfuhrer” is. Yes, I know there’s no equivalency whatsoever between Griffin holding up that stupid photo and the serial sexual garbage that Number 45 is responsible for (as I’ve seen some people on Twitter who I otherwise respect remind us about).

But Griffin should have known better. And it’s not as if she’s a stranger to this sort of thing - this certainly isn't a "one off." Our side is supposed to be better than that (and I agree with John Amato’s assessment here, but I STILL say that we should be better than that - I also agree with John Fugelsang here).

That being said, you really have to wonder about what is ostensibly a cable TV news station that terminates Griffin (I understand they had the right to do that) but allows a life form like Jeffrey Lord to say despicable garbage like this.

Update 6/2/17: In a VERY weird way, I supposed I have to give Huckabee a bit of credit actually here for making me more sympathetic to Griffin - count on wingnuts to shoot themselves in the foot, as it were, even when they're right, as they are so rarely.

Now to the videos...I think K.O.’s measured tone here about Jared Kushner’s nefarious exploits makes the revelations even more cringe-worthy…



…and speaking of cringe-worthy, Thom Hartmann speaks with Greg Palast about Karen Handel’s nonsense (including voter disenfranchisement when she was secretary of state for GA) in the upcoming GA-06 election (isn't it hilarious in a way to see the redneck yelling at Palast calling him a "liberal"? And to help Jon Ossoff, click here)…



…and with an eye towards the almost unspeakable forces that Generalissimo Trump has helped to unleash (with the awful attack in Portland, OR being the latest episode), I give you this (hard to get my head around the unbelievably inappropriate name of this mongrel...nothing "Christian" whatsoever - and speaking of Number 45, let's not forget this) …


…and I thought this was a nice remembrance of the two victims of this gutless act by Chris Hayes (oh, but “allegedly,” let’s not forget – don’t want to do anything to prejudice the trial and verdict that this scumwaffle deserves – and I thought this was a desperately needed act of kindness in the midst of this horror)…



…and yeah, here’s the latest “do as I say, not as I do” nonsense from President Impulse Control Issue Child…


…and while we’re on the subject of telephones, I thought this was another nice tune by Gregg Allman.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday Stuff

Do you want to know how to handle our one-time buddy Vlad Putin? Well, I think French President Emmanuel Macron shows us how to do it here…


…and speaking of Russia, last May 28th marked the 30th anniversary of German Mathias Rust landing a plane in Red Square – he’d probably be shot or poisoned if he tried that today (as a YouTube commented noted, the then-Soviet Union had shot down a Korean passenger plane shortly before that and rightly earned world outrage for it, which might be another reason why Rust wasn’t blown out of the sky)…



…and speaking of “in your face” (a la Macron), Dem U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro gives it to Trumpster Betsy DeVos, with the typical apologia from Repug U.S. House Rep Tom Cole (great point by Sue Ann Robinson about messaging, by the way)…



…also, Ari Melber talks with Dem U.S. House Rep Jim Himes about the Senate investigation into Trump and Russia supposedly expanding to last year's presidential campaign (not sure who the reporter was who Melber spoke to later)...



…and The Majority Report gives us the latest on Ken Langone of Home Depot, with his typical “one percent” point of view – another good reason to go to Lowe’s instead…



…and here’s another great Allman Brothers tune from later in the ‘70s.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday Stuff

Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy – Caroline Kennedy provided a remembrance here, concerning JFK’s legacy for his generation and beyond…



…and I think the best way to recall our 35th president is through one of his speeches, and I consider this to be one of his very best, and that was his “Peace” speech at American University in June 1963 (may have to slide back to the beginning)…



…and since it’s also Memorial Day of course, I give you the following (more here and here)…



...and I guess you could say this is "This Day In Doomsy History" once more, Memorial Day version, with this report from three years ago timed for the holiday - I guess this makes this the 10th anniversary of his wonderful tribute in Rockland, MA, though we all wish it hadn't been necessary of course (and this is a timely remembrance also - will forego name-calling about the life form responsible for the attack for now)...



…and I know I just put up a song by Bruce Cockburn a couple of days ago, but I just remembered this one, which he composed while witnessing what’s called a Ramp Ceremony at Camp Mirage near Kandahar Airfield for two fallen members of the Canadian forces some years ago…



…and I think it’s appropriate also to feature music by The Allman Brothers this week with the recent passing of Gregg Allman, beginning with this selection.