Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday Stuff


(By the way, a good friend of mine passed away about five years ago today – you can read about him here at the last bullet.)

Nice to see the FBI’s Peter Strzok open up a can of whoop-ass on those frauds Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte (here); I never imagined I’d a see a Republican, let alone a politician of ANY party, conduct a public flogging of someone in our intelligence and/or law enforcement services (no doubt this is all hilarious to Putin, of course)…



…and Goober Gohmert plunged to new subterranean depths of idiocy even for him, to say nothing of Gowdy…gosh, Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours on BENGHAZI!!!! and you could only absolve her, you knucklehead…you know, because that hearing was a joke also – in a way, I don’t want to know how much this ridiculous circus is costing the U.S. taxpayer…remember in November, people, and VOTE!!!...



…and Joe Scar and Mika B. & co. do what I think is good work here analyzing what really went on with “Celebrity Presidential Apprentice – NATO,” recently, but let’s not forget that the Gropenfuhrer represented a clear and present danger, you might say, during the 2016 election, but this bunch rode the proverbial tire swing as much as most of the rest of our corporate media did because – all together nowTrump Was Great For Ratings! (including David Ignatius, as pretentious an SOB as I think you'll ever find...and “I just want everyone to be happy” – please allow me to retch)…



…and Kyle K. tells us about the Israelis arming neo-Nazis (yeah, I think the four horsemen are saddling up, all right – NSFW)…



…and Farron Cousins tells us that a U.S. judge has ruled that kids don’t have a right to learn, ignoring most of the history of this country beyond the Industrial Revolution…



…and this from Judy Woodruff of The News Hour tells us about our Treasonous Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator pardoning the nuts in Oregon (more here)…



…and I give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 7/13/12, in which Stuart Zechman tells us why it’s important to regard Medicare and Social Security as insurance and not an entitlement; this is more than a matter of semantics, as Zechman explains (I think it’s important to keep this in mind considering this…and Repugs will NEVER stop trying to “block grant” Medicaid to death)…



...and here is a summer favorite that I don't put up here nearly as often as I should.



…and with that, I take my leave of you for now; we’ll be heading up to our blue state paradise for maybe the last time for a while – I can’t think of a time in my life when I’ve needed a vacation more than now…best wishes to you for a nice break also. I’ll look to rev this up again roughly around the 24th.

If we see “Dersh,” I’ll make sure to extend greetings and felicitations :-).

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


Farron Cousins of Ring of Fire tells us about the Gropenfuhrer typically embarrassing us once again, this time with NATO and Angela Merkel, who has more guts in her cuticle than our Tiny Handed Treasonous Egomaniac has in his entire wretched person…



…and Rachel Maddow talks with Sherrilyn Ifill, head of the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, about the thoroughly awful Brett Kavanaugh, who is of course Generalissimo Trump’s Supreme Court nominee (and I have to admit that Schumer’s “Zelig” reference was apropos)…



…and related to Kavanaugh, Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about departing Justice Kennedy’s price tag request to #45 about his successor – I don’t think this story is being reported anywhere near as much as it should be (and Kennedy’s reputation was never that great anyway as far as I’m concerned)…



...and here's a nice summer tune, which is 55 years old (damn).

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


Rachel Maddow talks with Dahlia Lithwick of Slate about Brett Kavanaugh – under the McConnell Rule as shown, we shouldn’t be considering ANY Supreme Court nominee from Generalissimo Trump, so yeah, he’s an automatic No as far as I’m concerned, to say nothing of the fact that he’s a movement conservative or else he wouldn’t even be considered anyway…



…and I guess I could make a joke here about one boob trying to affect feeding off another, though that wouldn’t be appropriate since this is definitely a serious issue (more here – “The Russians ultimately stepped in to reintroduce the measure” – I want to vomit)…



…and I’m not totally sold on UBI either; I think we should approach it cautiously, and giving the same money to Bill Gates as to, say, a single-parent head of a household at 23rd and Diamond street in Philadelphia, is absurd – besides, Republicans would only use this as a reason to try to shred the safety net even more, particularly with Medicare, which would be a disaster…



...and Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins tell us about kids supposedly representing themselves in court on deportation - what country am I living in again? And by the way, this judge Jack Weil character has said this previously about 3-year-olds representing themselves (here), and while I grudgingly cede the point that the Obama Administration kept kids improperly also, Pap and Cousins shouldn’t foist this nonsense at the end about Democrats never calling out other Democrats who do wrong…if Jim Jordan were a Democrat, he’d already be gone by now…



…and speaking of the foul, fetid U.S. House Rep from Ohio, yeah, he really is that vile of a life form (more here – and I’d laugh at their remarks about Schumer if they weren’t completely true…pathetic)…



…and I thought this was a nice, rockin’ little number to listen to as the Gropenfuhrer leads us all straight to hell.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Monday Stuff


I realize that, if I started to catalog every bit of dictatorial madness from Generalissimo Trump, I wouldn’t be able to put up videos about anything else and I’d be as guilty of “shiny object syndrome” as our corporate media is, but I liked this zinger from Nicolle Wallace, which I felt deserved attention (and I agree with Evan McMullin’s assessment that the Gropenfuhrer is trying rebrand the party, but I think he’s wrong to act like Trumpism is somehow different from what his party basically consists of anyway – they’ve been on this downward trajectory for at least 30 years, and Wallace was once part of that too...it's all about the branding for these frauds)…



…and Joy Reid interviews attorney and former Lt. Col. Margaret Stock on the Trumpsters getting rid of immigrants serving in the military – yep, this regime is plunging to new depths as usual…



…and #MAGA, #SoMuchWinning…



…and best wishes to Elvis Costello – still getting through the book, but it’s a good read.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Friday Stuff


(The pic has to do with this story, by the way.)

Joy Reid tells us more stories on the cruelty of kid separations from our ruling cabal of treasonous frauds (with Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General…I’ve already said what I think of the people behind this and how vile they truly are, to say nothing of anyone who supports it)…



…and Farron Cousins of Ring of Fire tells us about the judge who laughed when the “team treason” legal team asked to push back a trial having to do with using their foundation as a personal piggy bank for our crime-infested first family (gosh, wasn’t this the same bunch that screamed about alleged illegality from the Clinton Foundation? Color me shocked!)…



…and I actually agree with Hasan Piker in this video; yeah, go after public people, confront them and call them out through the legitimate political process and using freedom of speech, but don’t harass some highly misinformed clod wearing a MAGA hat, which is his right after all…



…and John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson tell us that the Trumpsters are seriously considering war with Venezuela – um, at some point, is ANYONE going to come for Number 45 with a straight jacket and/or a butterfly net?...



…and I know I’m a little late with this commentary from Robert Reich about patriotism, but I still think it bears repeating…



…and happy belated 75 (!) birthday to Robbie Robertson – actually, this song has been on my mind lately.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Thursday Stuff


Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins tell us about yet another putrid Scott Pruitt scandal over our environment; yeah, it’s great that Pruitt is finally gone, but good luck hoping for a capable (or, at least, a non-utterly-compromised) replacement from the Generalissimo Trump gang…



…and yeah, before we get too pumped, we should know that Andrew Wheeler, Pruitt’s replacement, is terrible also of course, as John I. and Jayar Jackson of TYT tell us…



…and RIP Ed Schultz, who spoke here with Dem U.S. House Rep Dan Kildee on the Flint water crisis created by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder – this interview was conducted in February 2016 under the Obama Administration; God only knows what’s going on, if anything, with the Trumpsters (we know RT is The Putin Network, but sometimes they actually come up with legitimate stories IMHO – I think Ed ended up being a bit of an RT pawn at the end, but I don’t think that should diminish what for the most part was his great reporting and editorializing…his voice will be missed)…



Update 7/6/18: Actually, I was looking for this clip earlier and couldn't find it - to me, this may be one of Schultz's finest moments...



…and I don’t think we should let this slip under the radar much either – yep, for the Repugs, it’s all about the messaging; of course, for the most part, Dems fall down on that to our great folly (and as noted here, if you see more garbage going on such as the firing of Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, don’t be surprised if it turns out that it was somehow instigated by Bill Shine…yes, he’s a typical Fix Noise cretin who, at a minimum, turned a blind eye to the predatory garbage from Ailes and Billo, but I’m just saying that that’s not the end of the story)…



…and I didn’t think much at first about what Mark Sumner correctly points out here, mainly, that it looks bad for anybody to be having a junket outside of the U.S. on July 4th (unless it’s related to the military of course), but all the same, I thought the Repug politicians taking up space with our former ol’ buddy Vlad Putin deserve this tune in their honor (and yes, I’m being sarcastic...and I once had a reel-to-reel...good times).

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


Rachel Maddow talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul about the entirely Republican delegation in Russia utterly sucking up to meeting with Russian officials, and apparently not being impolite enough as to broach a single difficult topic in any way…gosh, didn’t their hero once give a speech about Russia and call it “the evil empire”?...



…and I thought this was utterly hilarious – we plan to be heading there soon, and I promise that, if I somehow run into “Dersh,” I’ll tell him just what I think of him and he can continue to lament about “the new McCarthyism”…yeah, way to make your bones sucking up to Claus Von Bulow, you toad (better not tell Dersh about the story of Robert McNamara and the ferry, or else he’ll never come out if his hidey hole and miss all the trendy parties)…



…and in case there’s anyone out there who somehow doesn’t get this whole “fourth of July” thing…well, allow me to assist with that…



...and I thought this was an appropriate tune.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


I saw the clip below on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, and it has me absolutely enraged.

As noted here, the ACLU brought suit against Generalissimo Trump’s utterly vile policy of separating immigrant kids from their parents, and the judge found for the ACLU and told our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Dictator Wannabe that he has to keep the kids with their families together and reunite those that he’s torn apart.

Do you want to know how our criminal regime responded?

Well, if someone trying to enter the country passes what’s called a “credible fear interview,” they are allowed to post a $1500 bond to free themselves from detention. After they’re freed, then the parents can search for their kids (a GoFundMe page has apparently been set up to raise money to help the detained parents post bond and search for their kids).

As it turns out, the Trumpsters have apparently raised the price of the bond, even though they’re not saying anything about that of course, as immigration lawyer Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch tells Maddow.

And as far I’m concerned, if you go along with this by supporting Generalissimo Trump (or if you condone it by your silence and/or inaction), to say nothing of acting in accordance with his wretched political party to try and legitimize this, then you’re every bit as much of the same vile scum as our treasonous ruling cabal of crooks and frauds



Update 7/5/18: Even though I’m sure it won’t be, this should be the VERY LAST word on supporters of Number 45.


…and as Farron Cousins notes, it looks like the Gropenfuhrer’s immigrant crime hot line has failed as completely as a sane person would think that it would…



…and gee, whaddaya know? It looks like Freedom Caucus wingnut grand poobah Jim Jordan of Ohio may have known about sex abuse when Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach and of course did nothing in response (gee, maybe I should Google Larry Nasser, Jerry Sandusky, Dennis Hastert, etc. - more here)…



…and I had this tune in mind after reading this – looks like Number 45 is going to do the right thing with the flags on behalf of the Annapolis victims, after some shaming apparently (and the more things change...).

Monday, July 02, 2018

Monday Stuff


(I know this pic doesn’t directly complement the first video in the manner that I usually go for, but I thought the quote from Joe Kennedy III was too good not to include here.)

To begin, Farron Cousins tells us that the Trumpsters are actually right to scream about fake news, but not in the way they would ever imagine - NSFW…



…and gosh, Fix Noise has a new lady CEO who is suddenly concerned about “inappropriate remarks” – must…stifle…uproarious…LAUGHTER!!! (and I’m sorry, I know Cenk has an axe to grind about MSNBC, and I can’t say I totally blame him, but to immediately pivot to that network instead of the US Pravda network at about 2:34 here is really silly, though Cenk is absolutely right of course about the role that profit plays in this for everybody)…



…and yeah, when all else fails, it’s just a matter of stoking the fears and prejudices of their beloved “base” when it comes to the Party of Lincoln, as Kyle K. points out (NSFW again)…



…and here’s a newer tune with some summer-looking stuff going on, even though the video is a bit edgy I guess.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Sunday Stuff


(Note: I’ll be featuring signs from yesterday's immigration protests for a few days, and this was one of my favorites.)

And with the pic in mind, what follows is a clip of some of yesterday’s marches (and while marching is great, registering to vote and ACTUALLY VOTING is what matters, people)…



Also, I have a message for the Scott Wallace campaign:

I’ve been visiting a family member in the hospital for the last few days, and I have seen this idiotic commercial in a steady rotation claiming that Wallace supports the BDS movement to divest from Israel (he doesn’t), as well as something about a home in Maryland and flying back and forth from South Africa, or some such nonsense, claiming that Wallace is supposedly “too extreme” for Bucks and Montco.

Yes, this is horseshit. However, this is forcing the media narrative and making Wallace play defense (and I’ve checked and I’ve seen nary a trace of a response from the Wallace campaign).

For the benefit of the alleged political/media geniuses running the Wallace campaign, I’d like to point out at least two things. 1) You need to bleeping respond to this because you’re getting hammered, and 2) You want a REAL issue? How about the fact that, according to Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight (here), Brian Fitzpatrick has voted with Trump 83 percent of the time?

No wonder our side gets creamed so often, particularly in the mid-terms – now, to change the subject somewhat, I give you this from Farron Cousins (slightly NSFW, but how true!)…



...and RIP acclaimed sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison (I once read a collection of stories called "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream" - yeah, trippy, but good stuff...remembered mostly for this...and Ellison hated the TV adaptation, by the way...pretty sure the gum-chewing guy is Richard Harris)...



…and there was a time when I featured this song at this site a lot, especially around elections, but even though yesterday’s show of force against the Gropenfuhrer’s horrible immigration policy was great, I think I need to feature it again.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Stuff


(And yes, that is indeed a picture of "Top Step Shill", who is just fine with the T-shirt of course.)

Cenk and Ana of TYT give us an update on the latest mass shooting in this country, this time in Annapolis at the Capitol Gazette newspaper (here) – yep, totally a surprise that the Gropenfuhrer screams about fake news and attacks the media with impunity, and then something like this happens…yes, I realize this apparently was kind of a “lone wolf” thing with a guy who thought he was done dirty by the paper (Update 7/2...though I think we need to remember this also), though that definitely does not appear to be the case, but adding to this toxic stew of right-wing domestic violence the way our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Wannabe Dictator does by egging on his lizard-brained minions doesn’t help in any way…



…and yeah, speaking of “lizard-brained minions,” Generalissimo Trump presided over another gathering of the brown shirts in North Dakota recently, as noted by Stephen Colbert (yep, let me kick in $15 for the “Pancho 2020” PAC)…



…and switching gears a bit, Mike Lux is here to tell us what we need to do to help Dems win in November…



…and returning to our stumbling, demented child-king, Farron Cousins tells us more about the temper tantrum he threw at the G7 Summit, this time over NATO (yep, if it walks like a duckski, talks like a duckski and quacks like a duckski…)



…and as noted here by Bill Maher, there isn’t anything he could say or do about our present state that could be worse than something that our pretender taking up space in An Oval Office is likely to actually do himself (NSFW)…



…and it definitely isn’t summer as far as I’m concerned without this song.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thursday Stuff


Rachel Maddow talks with Cecile Richards, formerly of Planned Parenthood, about the most recent developments with The Supremes – uh huh, I would say it’s time to “break the glass” too…



…and Lawrence O’Donnell reminds us how Trump and the Repugs are exploding the debt with that horrible tax bill, which Bri-Fi voted for, let’s not forget (to say nothing of what the Gropenfuhrer’s wretched tariffs are doing also – I feel like I want to throw up…once more, heckuva job, Trump voters, Jill Stein/Gary Johnson supporters and the “Bernie or bust” crowd, as well as everyone who didn’t bother to vote at all – to hold our PA-01 rep to account for bad behavior, click here)…



…and this is just too precious - David Bossie sez that Joel Payne, a Dem strategist, is out of his “cotton picking” mind (I’ll let you, dear reader, determine the problem…yeah, Bossie sure knows what is “disgusting,” all right – try looking in the mirror…more on Bossie is here, and apparently Bossie was suspended by Fix Noise)…



…and Hasan Piker tells us about yet another Trump supporter yelling at a Mexican – typically pathetic…lather, rinse, repeat…



…and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about the Dem primary victory of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez in NYC (all you have to do to be considered an elite pundit in polite corporate media Beltway society is utter two words – “both sides”…and the last I heard from Steve Schmidt, he said he was now a “Democrat” – tee hee…Schmidt has actually made some sense in the past, but definitely not now…I know I criticized what I considered to be the “piling on” against Joe Crowley – yeah, he f’d up in voting for Dubya’s war in Mesopotamia, but so did a lot of others – but I didn’t intend to diminish Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in any way)…



…and at long last, I now give you a tune from this century (like the fuzzy background too).

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


Yeah, there goes the Supreme Court of Hangin’ Judge JR just “calling balls and strikes” again (what a load of bullpuckey, as Rachel Maddow might say, THAT was from Roberts’s confirmation hearing)…the story has to do with the decision to try and deal a death blow to union organizing (here)…yeah, it looks pretty bad, but again, this shouldn’t be a surprise for the reasons noted by NBC legal reporter Pete Williams...take a bow, all you fools who have ever voted for Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao..



…and some hairdo at CNN interviews Keith Ellison (apparently upset by Ellison’s “uncivility”) on the Muslim ban ruling (more on Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent is here)…



…and speaking of Maddow, she interviews Anthony Romero of the ACLU on the Muslim ban (by the way, I would’ve included her “A” block on the Korematsu ruling along with Sotomayor’s dissent, but the whole clip wouldn’t play on MSNBC’s still-utterly-wretched web site)…



…and Pete Williams is back with more Supreme Court news, this one on the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy (here) – I don’t think Kennedy was nearly as benign as the reporting here indicates, but yeah, this is still good news for the Gropenfuhrer unfortunately and rotten news for everyone else – yeah, the Repugs just can’t wait to cement the court the way they want, otherwise Kennedy would’ve waited until a new justice is confirmed…once again, rules apply only to Democrats but never to Repugs (and I definitely agree with this)…



Update: Uh, yep.

…and while the wingnuts further consolidate their power, leaving what damn well better be a blue congressional tidal wave in November as the only recourse we have left, what is our side doing? Why, we’re engaging in circular firing squads of course…yes, the primary process worked on behalf of progressives and that process needs to work without anyone’s thumbs on the figurative scales, I know, and when it works that’s a good thing (here), but I’m just saying that I heard a lot of braying and carping about how Joe Crowley was nothing but a CORPORATE DEM CORPORATE DEM CORPORATE DEM CORPORATE DEM CORPORATE DEM CORPORATE DEM CORPORATE DEM BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD!!!! so he HAD TO BE DEFEATED…well, when I think of Crowley, I think of this video from a few years ago in particular (and let’s not forget this too)…



…and I know I’m way overdue for a more recent tune here, but that will have to wait given that today is also the 50th anniversary of Elvis’s comeback TV special (here) – I know I put up this tune an awful lot, but if there was ever a day to hear it again, I think this is it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


Lawrence O’Donnell gives us some history on the Harley Davidson motorcycle company, and why the trade war started by the Gropenfuhrer is so ruinous so far for its U.S. employees (more here)…



…and David Pakman tells us that Sinclair is trying to push the child torture propaganda from Generalissimo Trump and his minions (more here – our Sinclair station in this area is WPHL, sadly…to find the Sinclair station in your area, click here)…



…and with the prior clip in mind, I give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 6/24/12 – see, before all of this hand-wringing about “civility” was going on (long before Sarah Huckabilly Sanders was denied her chicken-fried steak or whatever…and by the way, Dean Baquet can eat shit), there used to be a commentator on MSNBC named Martin Bashir, who gave us news/editorial segments like the one that follows…of course, he was impertinent enough to make somewhat of an off-color remark about a certain former half-term governor of Alaska for which he apologized, but was forced off the air for anyway - yep, more than anything, this clip is my response to this



Update 6/29/18: Actually, as long as I’m talking about Willard Mitt, I should note Bain Capital’s greasy fingerprints all over the demise of Toys 'R’ Us, as noted here.


…and speaking of The Old Gray Lady, Farron Cousins reports on a Trump supporter mentioned in the Times (George Skarich, pictured above) who now wants the Democrats to help him after seeing what the ruinous tariffs from our Tiny-Handed, Treasonous Orange Egomaniac have done to his business, and I’d like to provide the following well-reasoned response…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! YOU MORON!!!...



…and part of what I try to do here, in my admittedly imperfect way, is provide what I think is an important history lesson from time to time, and today represents one of those occasions since it marks the 70th anniversary of The Berlin Airlift, which we performed with Great Britain (here)…and nobody went on TV to yell about whether or not it should be left up to the states or if it was “big gumint” overreach or some dastardly liberal plot…everybody pretty much shut up and did the right thing, the way we used to in this country before the utterly ruinous conservative ascendancy…



…and since I led off this post with an item about motorcycles (and just featured a video with our brave Brit buds), I think this tune is definitely appropriate.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday Stuff


Ari Melber discusses Rep. Ted Lieu’s playing of the tape of the kids crying at the detention centers (with Michael Beschloss – oh, and you just keep talking about your “red wave,” Generalissimo Trump – just keep talking about it)…



…and gosh, what’s a young Trumpster to do when it comes to the D.C. social scene? Well, maybe NOT be a young Trumpster, for starters…



…and Michael Brooks tells us more about disgusting Trump supporters, in Arizona in particular (very NSFW…and I don’t think this is too harsh, given what they definitely would do and have done to people of the political persuasion shared by yours truly, among others)…



…and John and Cenk of TYT talk about falling wages (and concerning Cenk’s promo before the video, Jimmy Dore can kiss my big white butt)…



…and what a shame – Sarah Huckabilly Sanders was refused service at the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia…cue the wingnut umbrage (overheard someone at a Wendy’s in Langhorne complaining about “liberals” on this – yep, elderly white conservative, and I’ll bet you $10 that he voted for our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator Wannabe…of course, they’re fine with Teh Gays not getting their wedding cakes, and I’m sure they were cool with this too)…



…and speaking of elderly white conservatives, it looks like the Bucks County Courier Times put its editorial foot in its utterly right-wing mouth again (here), which, in this case, was particularly stupid given the firing of Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for penning anti-Trump cartoons...of course, either one of the utterly odious McCoy brothers will never have to worry about missing a paycheck – oh, and let’s never forget that, as far as conservatives are concerned, Democrats invented abortion in 1973 with the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision – of course, this admittedly not-desirable-in-any-way practice has been going on since bipeds first walked upright on this earth, but why should facts actually get in the way of ideology as far as the wingnuts are concerned?

And I thought Guy Petroziello’s comment about trying to find conservative balance on the Op-Ed page was particularly hilarious. Yeah, this is the same newspaper that once published a Letter to the Editor called “Dogs and Democrats,” and the letter was as stupid as you could guess from the title.

Well, since we’re talking about Bucks County’s conservative scandal sheet, I’m duly obligated to put up this video.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Stuff


David Pakman tells us aboot our trade problems with Canada in particular (good points about the “Trump slump” in travel)…



…and I do not in any way share Mike Malloy’s “deep respect” for New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, who as far as I’m concerned had more to do with pushing the “regular guy you want to have a beer with” narrative about Dubya in 2000 than anyone else, but I have to grudgingly admit that Bruni is absolutely right in the column Malloy discusses for the reasons Malloy notes (though I have a kinder view of Bill Clinton than Malloy does)…



…and Kyle of Secular Talk gives us his take on Steve Schmidt leaving the Republican Party (NSFW…and by the way, let’s not forget that Schmidt helped bring us “Caribou Barbie,” as Kyle reminds us…also, a recent comment by Kyle stating that Rachel Maddow is the left wing version of Glenn Beck was one of the stupidest comments I’ve ever heard – it was related to Maddow’s recent crying episode on air, which shows commendable humanity on Maddow’s part as far as I’m concerned)…



…and kudos to Stephanie Ruhle for this (Nail. Hammer. Head.)…



…and Farron Cousins has more to say on Melania Trump and that ridiculous jacket of hers (and news flash, people – she was a fashion model; she knew EXACTLY what she was doing, as Cousins reminds us)…



…and happy 70th (!) birthday to Upper Darby’s own Todd Rundgren (wonder if he gets tired of being reminded about that?) – I went back and forth on a few selections, but settled on this one.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday Stuff


(OK, three responses right off the bat: 1) The billboard was eventually taken down, 2) With the possible exception of Austin and/or Corpus Christi, I wouldn’t want to get caught dead in your ass backward state anyway, and 3) I try to keep the language on this site as clean as I can except when I believe an exception is warranted, so I’m not going to tell you what to do with your stinking yellow rose.)

To begin, I think Seth Meyers is getting a little fatigued from trying to lampoon Generalissimo Trump – can’t say I blame him (and “Vanilla Spock” – awesome!...and GREAT point at the very end about voting, people!)…



…and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us that the U.S. is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council because of perceived bias against Israel; yeah, I would say that we’re through the looking glass at this point (and I would also say that our enemies are ecstatic as well)…



…and I was wondering what our Wet Noodle 2.0 U.S. House rep for PA-01 had to say about the crisis of separating kids on our border, and while he criticized what was going on, he pretty much echoed the RNC and Fix Noise talking points, blaming failed immigration policy instead of our Tiny Handed Orange Dictator Wannabe (here) – kind of what you would expect from the individual who did this about two years ago (and to do something about it, click here)…



…and here’s a tune for the official beginning of summer (probably showing my age a bit with this one, but as far as I'm concerned, you can never go wrong with Nat "King" Cole).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


This CBC report is following the news cycle I know given that the Gropenfuhrer has apparently bowed to pressure on the whole “incarcerating children” thing (and I think we should keep this and this in mind on this also), but let’s not forget this as well…don’t give Number 45 and his disgusting minions credit for a damn thing - we were warned about ALL OF THIS during the 2016 campaign



…but of course, Laura Ingraham said that Trump’s detention centers are “summer camps” – good; I’m sure she’ll have no trouble living in one of them, then…



…and as far as I’m concerned, this vintage film (from what was once the War Department I believe) is a fitting response to Ingraham and her ilk (here)…



…and I know I’m just a pointy-headed liberal, but given all of this, I felt like hearing this song.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich reminds us once more about the awful ripple effects of our gluttonous defense spending in this country (definitely a periodic cautionary reminder)…



…and it looks like Domino’s Pizza is finally good for something – I realize they’re not talking about actually filling the potholes with their product, but they might as well be as far as I’m concerned…



…and Kyle reminds us once more how easy it is for Repugs to use the Bible to justify their hateful behavior, though they remain utterly unable to do that for anything favored by Democrats of course (how con-vee-nient - NSFW)…



…and wow, color me shocked…I knew absolutely nothing about “June-teenth” (more here) – here is a tune for the occasion.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Stuff


I get it that this commentary from Lawrence O’Donnell on the Gropenfuhrer was timed more for the recent North Korean episode of “Celebrity Apprentice President,” but I think it’s important to keep in mind not only now, but every moment that this treasonous fraud continues to take up space in An Oval Office…



…and speaking of Generalissimo Trump, I give you this profile in cowardice from Lou Barletta, running against Bob Casey for the U.S. Senate…



Update: Care to respond to Annabel, Lou? (here)

…and I’m sure Barletta and the other troglodytes in his party are perfectly happy with this (and probably don’t care much about this either – the last 3:00 of this should be committed to memory by every voter in this country)…



…and here is today’s regional weather forecast (a little late, I know).

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Stuff


Yeah, I give you more lies from the Gropenfuhrer – imagine the crowing on Fix Noise if a Democratic president somehow had to have a freaking JOB FAIR to fill White House vacancies (maybe they could host a cruise – heh)…



…and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about a detention center for kids – GREAT point by Ana about the $$ this bunch of miscreants called Southwest Key is supposedly making (screw anything approximating human rights - it's all about the almighty buck, of course)…



…and it looks like Joseph DeVito of Staten Island is unhappy with one of his heroes – Michael Brooks of The Majority Report explains (NSFW) – I think he means Jimmy Conway from “Goodfellas”…



…and here’s kind of a trippy video to begin your weekend.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday Stuff (update)


Kyle Kulinski tells us about cartoonist Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, whose work has recently been censored by the paper’s new wingnut conservative publisher (NSFW – GREAT point about Breitbart and The Daily Tucker)…



Update 6/15/18: What a bunch of shit - I hope Rogers sues their asses off (here).

…and Rachel Maddow report on papers getting torn up by the Gropenfuhrer, with Annie Karni of Politico (destroying evidence, huh? Please try to explain to me one more time how this ISN’T how a mobster acts, or, at any rate, somebody trying to hide something)…



…and Francis Maxwell of TYT tells us how Betsy DeVos won’t look into gun violence as part of her supposed commission or whatever on trying to keep kids safe in schools…



…and Farron Cousins tells us about the ongoing big grift of Jared and Ivanka (the day that the entire Trump regime ends up in the gray bar hotel should be declared a national holiday)…



…and David Pakman provides what I would call some clear-headed analysis on the Trump-North Korea scam (yeah, wouldn’t surprise me if Generalissimo Trump lifted sanctions for nothing either)…



…and this song has never been more true for the teenaged one than it is today - congrats to him and the rest of his graduating class.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


(A program note – posting may drop off towards week's end…don't know yet…)

Here is some analysis on today’s episode of “Celebrity Apprentice President” in North Korea, with Wendy Sherman and other panelists on MSNBC (Chris Hill puts the kibosh on this, as it were, right away, just one of the panel who I all consider to be SMEs on this – all atmospherics between President Fergus Laing and “Rocket Man”…an utter joke to think our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator will see this through…good points also by Richard Haass in particular…Joe Scar sounds like he could use a shot of caffeine…more here...don't feel confident about this either)…



…and Seth Meyers tells us about Trump vs. Canada (yeah, he’s a “traitor” all right – there are all kinds of repellent video out there with the Gropenfuhrer, and kudos to Meyers for reminding us, as sickening as it is…wasn’t laughing at the end because, unfortunately, the scenario isn’t as far-fetched as it used to be)…



…and in other world news, this tells us about Arkady Babchenko on staging his own "death" from NowThis (great point at about 5:02 about trying to destroy what you could call established norms in a country, which parallels Trump as far as I'm concerned – really sucks that I can’t embed their videos any more from Twitter, by the way)...



…and Kyle K. opines on the “anti-Semitism awareness act” (NSFW)…



…and yes, ICE is still horrible, as Hasan Piker reminds us…



…and Kendrick Lamar was in the area recently, which gives me an excuse to push the musical envelope again (very NSFW)...sure it was a good show – haven’t heard anything yet.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Stuff


Farron Cousins gives us the gory details of the farce orchestrated by Generalissimo Trump and his minions at the recent G7 summit (I predict more memes from the pic above than Governor Bully and the beach chair, by the way)…



…and in a related story, TYT reports on Canada's tariffs against us (love Josh Fox's comment aboot the "South Park" movie - I think they're beating the "Corporate Democrats" thing to death...not saying they don't have a bit of a point, though...one more thing - when it comes to this country and trade, let's keep this in mind, OK?)...



…and last Friday night on “Real Time,” Bill Maher, in his closing “New Rule,” pointed out that Dems, as far as he’s concerned, are more interested in winning the “culture war” than trying to come up with a responsible approach to governance (should they ever get the opportunity to run Congress, at a minimum, ever again, to say nothing of other branches of government). And today, as if to put an exclamation point on that a bit, we have the story of Robert DeNiro saying “f*ck you” to Trump at the Tony Awards, alongside the story of the Supreme Court ruling, by a 5-4 margin as you might have guessed, that it’s OK for the state of Ohio to continue conducting its voter purges (I know Breyer and Sotomayor dissented, and I’m guessing Ginsburg and Kagan were the other two, but I don’t have a confirmation on that yet).

My point is this – the DeNiro story will probably get more traction, but the voter purge story is one of infinitely greater importance and much more of a threat to the institution of voting in this country. And this suits the Repugs just fine; they can continue pulling this garbage while we continue to distract ourselves as far as they’re concerned (and yes, I know the right-wing outrage machine would have cranked up no matter what DeNiro had said, but something more articulate would have been better all around).

The Repugs know, of course, how to connive themselves into power by playing the voters of this country like the proverbial fiddle with their typical “red meat,” dog whistle BS, and they sure as hell know what to do with that power when they have it (the stolen Merrick Garland Supreme Court seat now occupied by movement right-wing ideologue Neil Gorsuch will be a haunting legacy probably for decades). Oh, but DeNiro sure burned Trump at the Tony Awards, didn’t he?

I think too many on our side assume that, if we keep beating up Trump for voters without articulating as clearly as we can how we are substantially better than the “party of Lincoln,” voters will say, “Oh, I now know how much Trump stinks (in case they hadn’t figured that out already), so I’ll vote Democratic now.” Well, in reality, what happens when we don’t campaign the way we should (and if you’re a Dem and you’re NOT running on the economy, why are you running at all?) is that voters will say instead, “Oh, I now know how much Trump stinks…so I won’t bother to show up on Election Day.” As a case study, all you need to do is look to the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016 (notwithstanding the other garbage from Comey, Russia and the “Bernie or bust” crowd, among other culprits).

I know our side is mobilizing for the fall, and we need to keep doing that and redouble our efforts. All I’m saying is that we should all be on the same page when it comes to policy and articulating why we’re infinitely better than the Tiny-Handed, Treasonous Orange Egomaniac currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And though I respect the hell out of DeNiro, I’m not sure that an F-blast on world-wide TV helps our cause all that much.

So OK, with that admittedly long-winded preamble out of the way, here is what Maher said (NSFW)…



…and Kyle gives us his take on the aforementioned SCOTUS ruling about Ohio (more here – slightly NSFW)…



…and Sam Seder tells us about Mariah Parker, sworn into office as a Athens – Clarke County, Georgia commissioner on a copy of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” which of course caused the heads of wingnuts to automatically explode…



...and RIP Danny Kirwan of Fleetwood Mac (the original version of the band, that is).

Friday, June 08, 2018

Friday Stuff


What follows is our corporate media glossing over the thoroughly indefensible (but totally typical) act of the Trumpsters to not defend the ACA in a court suit against the individual mandate (I mean, the ACA has been upheld by 2 Supreme Court rulings, but screw the rule of law as far as Generalissimo Trump is concerned) – more of a real-world perspective on this is here (And remember how Alan Grayson was once ridiculed over his “die quickly” remark? I would say that looks eerily prescient now)…



…and RIP Anthony Bourdain; I give him credit for exposing not just different types of food but other cultures also, to say nothing of sustainability and smart food choices (and people, if you feel like you need help, please find a way to get it – we all need to do that from time to time)…



...also, Lawrence O'Donnell tells us that the UN is condemning this country for putting kids in cages - as Atrios would say, we do so love our children (with Maria Teresa Kumar - GREAT point about having to pass comprehensive immigration reform - uh, Democrats? You DNC centrist Beltway LOSERS! Are you paying attention? Maybe you could actually BITCH OUT LOUD ABOUT THIS! Rock-a-bye baby...)...



…and as a bit of a follow-up item, Sam Seder and Michael Brooks present a security border patrol officer fronting for the Gropenfuhrer on Fix and Fiends - sure, like everything else, blame Obama for actually being a decent human being...



...also, Farron Cousins tells us about the woman who apparently said that talking to Trump was like talking to a toddler; I think that’s pretty insulting to toddlers, actually (the stuff on the teacher lockdown drill at the end was particularly powerful, by the way)...



…and I realize that there’s a lot of heavy stuff in this post, and here’s another similar item – Prince would have been 60 yesterday.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


I’m taking a break from the usual back-and-forth in the news to observe the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert F. Kennedy – here is a Pathe report on his funeral…



…and here is the report from ABC News, including a portion of Ted Kennedy’s eulogy, repeating the quote from Shaw noted in the clip above (which, I think, DESERVES repeating)…



…and on the PBS Newshour, Judy Woodruff speaks with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and filmmaker Dawn Porter about Robert Kennedy’s legacy…



…and I know she wrote this song for Dylan, but whenever I hear it, I think of RFK also.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


CNN and Anderson Cooper tell us about the Gropenfuhrer deciding to uninvite your Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, with Jim Acosta, David Gergen and Marc Lamont Hill (I thought Gergen was shockingly sensible in this segment)…



…and with the prior clip in mind, I give you Jason Kelce’s very NSFW response from the parade…



…also, Farron Cousins tells us Trumpian lackey Paul Manafort now faces accusations of witness tampering – typical for this bunch of crooks…



…and kudos to Dem U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley for trying to figure out what’s going on with this “resettlement center” for kids in Brownsville, TX (and keeping kids in cages, huh? God almighty, what kind of a nightmare are we living in?)…



…and Kyle K. brings us the story of the murdered Palestinian medical aid worker…more here (NSFW of course)…



…and with the lead story in mind, I give you this tune which I didn’t get to when I did my “green” selections earlier this year (and in a bit of a related item, I'll eventually finish this good book).

Monday, June 04, 2018

Monday Stuff


Kyle K. discusses our treasonous, tiny-handed orange dictator saying he can pardon himself – NSFW (I’m not sure what constitutional crisis we suffered under Obama, but I’m willing to listen to intelligent arguments on that)…



…and Rachel Maddow introduces us to North Korean Gen. Kim Yong-Chol, who, for my money, is one of the scariest people on earth based on this report, which tells us why (not surprising that the Gropenfuhrer tends to gravitate towards tyrants given his behavior…and for what it’s worth, I thought “The Interview” was hilarious)…



…and Chris Hayes reminds us that Generalissimo Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits cost more than the Mueller probe – just sayin’…



…and I can’t really explain it, but I just felt like hearing this song (maybe based on the news).

Friday, June 01, 2018

Friday Stuff


Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about the typically disgusting legal machinations of the Trumpsters against the Election Day protesters in D.C. (more here, and that bastard James O’Keefe is affiliated with these maggots at Project Veritas, let’s not forget…more on Jennifer Kerkhoff is here)…



…and Michael Brooks of The Majority Report talks with Eric Levitz and reminds us that Puerto Rico is still suffering in what you could argue are Biblical proportions at the hands of Generalissimo Trump and his gang (to be fair, though, extracting from Puerto Rico is a politically bipartisan offense – all totally unnecessary; this is what happens when you put people in charge of government who REALLY SUCK AT government)…



…and Rachel Maddow speaks with Dem Danica Roem, who supported Medicaid expansion in VA, which just passed (elections indeed have consequences…I would ask that you pay particular attention to this clip from about 4:45 to the end)…



Update 6/4/18: And when it comes to activism, let's not forget this too.

…and for the completely wrong-headed and diametrically opposed point of view, I give you this report from Kyle K. (NSFW of course…and to tell Repug Rep Bill Carrico what you think of his “you’re gonna die” comment, click here)…



…and Trevor Noah tells us how the Gropenfuhrer recently met with “reality TV” star Kim Kardashian and, perhaps, took away the completely wrong lesson as you might expect (namely, his pardoning of Dinesh D’Felon)…



…and I’m definitely overdue with this, but here it is anyway, namely, the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 5/30/08, in which I present the tune that swept the nation at the time – heh…(yeah, the “stim” from Dubya ended up being worth about as much as our Tiny-Handed Treasonous Orange Dictator’s tax scam will likely turn out to be, happily signed off on by Bri-Fi in PA-01…to do something about it, click here)…



…oh, and while everyone is mad at Sam Bee for what she said about Ivanka Trump, I thought I’d bring you this bit from the show which has been overshadowed I’m sure (based on this – and by the way, in the context of this brouhaha, let’s not forget this too)…



…and I can’t say if I’m “electrified” or not, but since it’s the weekend, give me a few hours and I might end up a little “baked” (hey now!).