Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday Stuff


I’m a little surprised to hear Rachel Maddow apparently unable to explain the shutdown (try this), and when I think of the ruinous reign of the “Gropenfuhrer,” the word “remarkable” definitely doesn’t come to mind - nice report on last year’s women’s marches, though…



Update: Way too damn funny (here)...

…and here is more Maddow, as it were, on trying to figure out just what the hell happened to all of the money from last year’s inauguration…



…and Stephen Colbert reflects on the one-year anniversary of the reign of Generalissimo Trump (he’ll likely remain as long as we have a Republican-led Congress…hint, hint)…



…and I felt like hearing this tune after reading about this nonsense from “the old gray lady” – GMAFB!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Stuff


For more information, click here - and leave it to Philadelphia's conservative newspaper of record to spread a "story" about security concerns, as noted here; in response, I give you this and this.

Yeah, I think Shep Smith is pretty spot-on here about the potential for a government shutdown (see here, here, here and herehow many damn times do we have to go down this road?)…



…and I’m not one bit surprised to hear that the NRA is being investigated for funneling “dark money” into the Trump campaign (and once again, Citizens United remains “the gift that keeps on giving”)…



…and once again, if Generalissimo Trump had a “D” after his name instead of the magic “R,” he’d be wearing an orange jumpsuit by now breaking up slabs on a rock pile (paying hush money to a porn actress, and forming a Delaware LLC to do it apparently as noted here – typical Trumpster move)…



…and yeah, I like the “girther” movement thing – funny (in the scheme of things, not the most important matter I know, but I suppose it’s a bit of comic relief; apparently those doctors serve at the pleasure of the president too – again, not that the physical stuff matters as much, but I don’t believe it either)…



…and David Pakman tells us that U.S. Netherlands Rep Pete Hoekstra was outed for talking more BS about Terra! Terra! Terra! (and yeah, kudos to the Dutch press for following up, unlike our corporate media overall)…



…and I think this is an appropriate tune for the upcoming marches. on Sunday.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday Stuff


Seth Meyers goes over some recent news stuff, including the potential for another government shut down under a Republican congress (and yeah, I know the Nielsen/”shithole” stuff is a bit old by now, but I didn’t know about Patrick Leahy and the placard guy - love the “pong” clip)…



…and yeah, good one by Repug U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa to defend our Tiny Handed Orange Dictator, earning some thoroughly deserved derision…



…and oh yes (as Sam Seder alluded to), we do so love our kids, don’t we…


…and here’s another good argument for moving to a clean energy economy…


…and David Cay Johnston talks about what’s going on with the Gropenfuhrer’s regime “behind the scenes” with government agencies, using the word “termites” – that’s just great, isn’t it (and in a related story, as they say, I thought this was a great column)...



…and I guess you can consider this a “I know we’re still in the middle of winter, but God, I wish it were over and the nice weather was here right now” song.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


Apparently Dem U.S. Senator Cory Booker lit up DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over DACA yesterday, and rightly so, over all of the “shithole” stuff from Generalissimo Trump; this is a small sample…


…and here is more on how you’re supposed to treat a “Trumpster”…


…and apparently, Dark Lord Bannon will continue to testify despite his ridiculous attempt to claim secrecy based on executive privilege, or something (and by the way, props to Michael Schmidt of the NYT for rebounding, if you will, in his reporting after that stoo-pid fluff interview with our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Dictator...and speaking of "the old gray lady," OMFG! - I thought this was a good response)…



…and pride definitely goeth before a fall, certainly in the case of Repug MO governor Eric Greitens (NSFW – more here...more here)…



…and when it comes to Democrats as a whole, this is the stuff that I worry about, truth be told; give the damn keys to the metaphorical car to Bernie and let him call the shots, because the national party as a whole is clueless…as much as the Repugs screw up, it seems like ”team D” on the national level NEVER knows what to do in response (NSFW…oh, and as Atrios sez, love and kisses once more for the bankruptcy bill, Joe)…



…and I was remiss in not noting the passing of music producer Rick Hall a couple of weeks ago, who worked with Aretha Franklin and many other acts, including this guy, and this tune in particular.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


Seth Meyers talks about Generalissimo Trump and racism (and yeah, Rand Paul really is that stoo-pid…I also think the Fix Noise segment with the Barbie doll “news” person feeding that line to Repug senator Bill Cassidy was unintentionally hilarious)…



…and gee, isn’t it just so nice how Big Pharma is giving us the metaphorical middle finger raised on high in light of those grotesque tax cuts? Yep, they really are trying to kill us (makes me recall the story of this brave lady from another era; Google thalidomide kids to find out how the UK and other countries suffered – yep, there are some things that it’s up to government to do and some things that it’s up to the private sector to do…back then, though, more people actually knew the difference)…



…oh, and by the way, what country am I living in again?...


…and I give you another installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 1/16/08 (yep, Irving’s Boy was wrong ten years ago, to say nothing of now also, but as noted here, he continues to be treated with undue deference, including by that “liberal” MSNBC network)…



…and RIP Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries…



…and since today marked the swearing-in of new New Jersey Gov (and Dem) Phil Murphy (here), that means that today also marks the end of the abusive tenure of Governor Bully; I thought we could sing this one to him as he fades (hopefully) into the obscurity he completely deserves.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Stuff


Rev. Al talks to Dem Congressman John Lewis about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how we must fight on to build on Dr. King’s momentous work on behalf of social and racial justice…



…and to give us an idea of just how much work still needs to be done, Kyle K. tells us about the Repug Kansas lawmaker who said that black people can’t handle marijuana because of their genetics – just say “oops” and get out (NSFW)…



…and here is Dr. King’s speech at the Barratt Junior High School in South Philadelphia from October 26, 1967, with the theme of “what is your life’s blueprint?”…



…and I may play this song once or twice a year, but I think it’s definitely appropriate for today.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Stuff


Yeah, I think this sure sez it...


…and I realize that, as much as Number 45’s conduct is foul and disgusting – and it is that – it’s also a bit counterproductive to analyze the garbage from this human stain which is meant more as a distraction from his other utterly abominable behavior (here), but sometimes what he says and does is so terrible that we have no choice but to do so (NSFW)…



…and Lawrence O’Donnell talks to Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.org, Nicholas Kristof and Brian Klaas about this awfulness…



...and speaking of racism...


…and kudos to the Bernie Sanders state for telling our immunity gnome AG Jeff Sessions what he can do with his marijuana purge (NSFW)…



…and given the particularly repugnant garbage from the Gropenfuhrer and his pals, I think I’m in need of more of a “palate cleanser,” if you will, than usual, and I hope this (going from the ridiculous to the sublime) will suffice; the selection commemorates the 90th anniversary of the first U.S. concert appearance by Vladimir Horowitz (here), quite possibly the greatest concert pianist of all time – hope you enjoy this bit of culture.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday Stuff


So presidential, right?

I don’t understand why there are U. S. Senate Democrats out there who may yet sign off on a spending bill without a DACA fix (here), but apparently that is the case; this tells us more about the DACA fight for those trying to stay in this country (with typical Repug and Trumpian garbage thrown in of course)…



…and TMR and Sam Seder quite rightly IMHO go after Dana Bash over whitewashing Trump and DACA (tired of our corporate media trying to legitimize Repug stupidity; stop talking about the f*cking OPTICS and TRY TO DISCUSS ACTUAL SUBSTANCE IF YOU CAN!)…



...and here is more on corporate tax cuts vs. layoffs (repetitive I know, but it NEEDS to be repeated)…


Update 1/12/18: Uh, yep.

Update 1/15/18: And as if we needed more evidence...

…and another plutocrat scumbag from this regime of frauds and unindicted criminals has been named by our Tiny Handed Delusional Profane Orange Dictator as HHS Secretary, and that nominee would be Alex Azar (here)…


…and it should be noted that Bri-Fi has a declared Dem challenger in PA-08, and that would be Rachel Reddick (an intro video follows, and to her credit, she goes right after the Gropenfuhrer and the brother of Mikey the Beloved…damn, I like this ad!...and I guess she's made waves already, since Bucks County's most infamous fourth estate troll is after her, as noted here...see, as far as Mullane is concerned, only REPUBLICANS are allowed to switch parties)…



...and if there were a theme song for the foul, fetid Trump era, I wonder if this might be it?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


I have to say that I got a kick out of this item from PA’s own Dem U.S. Rep Brendan Boyle here, with more here (could have spent some more time on it as opposed to those idiotic clips of our Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator…oh, and when it comes to Generalissimo Trump and Wharton, I give you this)...



…and Darrell Issa gone too? Gee, looks like it’s time once more for this clip from Ari Melber and Martin Bashir…



…and I thought this was a great analysis by Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich of what a typical joke it is for Dear Leader to claim any credit whatsoever for supposedly investing in U.S. workers in the Boeing “deal”; this should be shown in a steady rotation on every basic cable channel in this country - a radio ad wouldn't be a bad idea either...


…and (as if we needed one) here is yet another example of the “do as I say, not as I do” Trumpsters in action (and more Ryan Zinke nonsense is here)…


…and speaking of outdoors stuff, it looks like the EPA under Scott Pruitt is literally trying to kill us…


…and Jim Croce would have been 75 today; with all of the winter stuff getting splattered on our vehicles, I have a feeling that the people employed in the bidness noted in this song are pretty busy these days (with Maury Muehleisen as always, truly an unsung figure).

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Tuesday Stuff


Try imagining the spewing, sputtering wingnut outrage if this video had featured Number 44 instead of Generalissimo Trump; it would be in a steady hourly rotation on “The US Pravda Network” (which also featured this recently)…


…and gee, somehow this doesn’t sound very “Comcastic” to me (typical, though...more evidence that stock market gains, by themselves, don't mean jack as an economic indicator)…



...and I thought this was another great “A” block from Rachel Maddow about what former U.S. Senator and one-time presidential candidate Mike Gravel did to help get the word out about the Pentagon Papers and how that could be a precedent for the Fusion GPS stuff (and here is an update – kudos to Di-Fi; maybe it was to help stave off her primary challenger, but props to her for doing good)…



…and I give you the first 2018 installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 1/9/12; Sam Seder tells us of Hosni Mubarak Walker’s assault in Wisconsin on employee and family benefits in the name of “reform”…get ready to hear this garbage again this year given the Dickensian tax scam the “party of Lincoln” in Congress passed last year, signed into law by our Treasonous, National-Anthem-Forgetting, Tiny-Handed, Delusional Orange Dictator (mildly NSFW)…



…and I hope the lady who was abused in this video sues everyone in this decrepit backwater for lots of money because of this (here - and yeah, the "stop resisting" thing is another cop trick to try and hurt you or, more precisely, beat your brains out)…



…and the prior clip puts me in the mood to hear this song; this version of it is 40 years old now, believe it or not.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Monday Stuff


(Oh, and here’s another “hot take” that I don’t expect anyone to care about; I don’t know what Oprah Winfrey said at the Golden Globes last night, but dear Lord, can we PLEASE dispense with the notion that she should run for president as a result? Haven’t we already screwed ourselves over by electing someone famous because we see them on TV?)

Update 1/9/18: Nail. Hammer. Head. (even though I like "Dave" :-)

I realize it takes a lot for a Repug to actually do the right thing, and it usually involves money, but though I have a lot of issues with Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, he definitely stood up to our “immunity gnome” of an Attorney General here…



...and kudos to this Nevada woman standing up to Sessions also - all the best...


…and if this isn’t a reason to do something about climate change, I don’t know what is…


…and gee, I guess I’d better dust off my VHS copy of “The Atomic Café” and watch it again, huh (for the return of "duck and cover" apparently – so much winning!)…


…and Farron Cousins provides us details on the “puke funnel,” as Atrios might call it, from The Daily Tucker and Fix Noise right to the Gropenfuhrer himself (think HRC and Emails, blah blah blah - more idiocy is here…)…



…and David Bowie would have been 71 today; I think this is an apropos tune for Generalissimo Trump.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Saturday Stuff


Kudos to Jimmy Kimmel for holding Generalissimo Trump up for the ridicule he deserves here; as people smarter than I have already said, if the Trumpsters were looking for ways to avoid publicity for the book, this wasn’t the way to do it (and “Fifty Shades of Orange” - hilarious)…



…and I thought this was a great “A” block from Rachel Maddow about how the Repugs on Capitol Hill have done all they can to blow up any possibility of investigating #StableGenius and his pals for the likely crime of collusion with a hostile foreign power in our election two years ago - leave it Huckleberry Graham and Grassley to go after the only person who did the right thing in this mess…



…and as Kyle K. tells us, the typical political suspects want doctors to force-drug-test you…figures (NSFW)…



…and here is the latest in another country pursuing common sense clean energy initiatives, as opposed to us of course…


…and here are more patriotic millionaires (“beacon of greed” for sure)…


…and I’m sorry it took a while to get around to this great tune from Little Steven (has kind of a “Southside Johnny” feel to it, which is cool).

Friday, January 05, 2018

Friday Stuff


John and Cenk of TYT provide analysis of the new book “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff, about the back-story stuff with Generalissimo Trump; the segment mainly has to do with the stuff about Steve Bannon (NSFW – great analysis by Cenk in particular…and in a related story, I was amused by this)…



…and there’s a little repetition between this segment with Stephen Colbert and the prior clip, though I think the explanation of how Number 45 really didn’t want to be preznit is a choice item in particular…



…and it looks like Trump’s “immunity gnome” had a bit of a show down with these DOJ interns – typical stupid dig at Berkeley and other snarkiness from this utter mistake of an AG; if Tricky Dick were alive, he would be snarling in approval...and concerning that typical Sessions lie about how the Trumpsters supposedly aren’t cozy with the private prison industry (and why the hell is that still a “thing” anyway?), I give you this……


…and kudos to Iceland for getting serious about equal pay for equal work here…


…and as noted here, last Wednesday was the 80th anniversary of the founding of the March of Dimes (and don’t even goddamn think about it NOW OR EVER, wingnuts!...clip is from last June)…



…and last New Year’s Day was the 60th birthday of none other than Grandmaster Flash – belated best wishes; hope it was a bangin’ time, so to speak.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Thursday Stuff


So it looks like “Saint Orrin” Hatch is going to cash out retire after having played a pivotal role in passing the Repugs’ utterly ruinous tax bill gleefully signed into law by Generalissimo Trump (clearing the way for "Mittens," who I believe will be just as big of a total fraud); yes, tell me again what a Godly man Hatch supposedly is for doing his best to steal health care and increase the tax burden for millions in this country - makes me recall this revealing moment where he's held to account by Dem Senator Claire McCaskill…


…my personal Hatch favorite moment (one of them, anyway) was this one when he sponsored an amendment to what became known as “Obamacare” for a state with the letter “U” in the name (umm, want to me MORE obvious that you’re a total fraud? More here.)…



…and the prior clip showed some legislative shenanigans by Repug Sen. Chuck Grassley on health care reform years ago, and this shows that he’s up to the same nonsense, this time on the question of making the so-called “Steele Dossier” public…



…and I thought this was a great clip brought to us from Sen. Bernie Sanders about just how much the stock market is rigged in favor of the “one percent”…


…and I definitely wanted to include this before January 21st…


…and given yesterday’s Carlos Maza clip about the comedians, I’m probably about a day late with this video, but here it is anyway.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Wednesday Stuff


I know we’re a few days into 2018, but I don’t think it’s too late to revisit a couple of clips featuring folks who were prominent last year, including those whose job it is to find humor somehow amidst all of this madness (NSFW)…


…including Jimmy Kimmel, featured in both this clip and the one that precedes it (and when it comes to news trends in 2017 that I personally would like to see disappear, I think Hunter at Daily Kos nails it here)…


…and Michael Brooks of The Majority Report talks about a recent interview with former DEA agent David Schiller, who talks about what he alleges was drug maker McKesson's role in the opioid crisis...



…and I thought this was a nice segment of former VP Joe Biden discussing what this country, despite all of the garbage from the “party of Lincoln,” is SUPPOSED to be all about…


...and with the weather particularly cold in these parts, you may hear something like this from the usual suspects, as it were...



…and I thought I’d update my musical selections to start the year with something more current, and I settled on this neat tune.