Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tuesday Stuff


Pete Williams of NBC News reports on the Supreme Court hearing a case from our ruling regime to close down the DACA program and the related protests; yes, good point that this is the oral arguments stage and we’re months away from a ruling, but better to make noise about this now than to keep quiet about it…



Update: If the Dems get control of federal government again, pack the Court - enough of this shit (here).

…and Thom Hartmann tells us how the Gropenfuhrer’s corruption is being reported by our friends “across the pond,” in particular on the story of raiding his charity for his 2016 presidential campaign (the report from CREW that Thom sites is pretty damning also)…



…and nice work by Dem U.S. House Rep Jim Himes of CT here pushing back on Chuck Todd and that lying fraud Rand Paul…



…and kudos to Dem U.S. House Rep Elaine Luria for this, given our observance yesterday (and many thanks for her service)…



…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 11/11/15, which is another reminder of the obscene wealth inequality in this country (and I’m sure the numbers have only gotten worse since this video was put together – if you’re a Dem and you don’t support foundational, structural change in our economy to level the playing field, then you shouldn’t be running for anything)…



...and with yesterday's holiday in mind as well as the prior two clips (as well as this), I give you this selection which also would have worked for yesterday, though the Springsteen cover worked out fine as far as I'm concerned.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Monday Stuff


This clip from NowThis features individuals who served in our military who want to see the Gropenfuhrer impeached – gee, I wonder how many people out there still have their “Support Our Troops” ribbons on their vehicles? If you don’t support these brave men and women for real, then your “patriotism” is as worthless as your bumper sticker…



…and it may be sacrilegious to talk about the vacuous spawn of our Russian Operative In Chief on this day of all days, but sometimes his callow stupidity screams out for a response, as I believe it does today…



Update: And yeah, there's this too.

…and Farron Cousins tells us that the Kentucky GOP is trying to get a radio person named Matt Jones disqualified from running for the Dem nomination vs. Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao – interesting look at legal ramifications for the other side too from Cousins who, let’s not forget, is an attorney…



...and Leon Cooperman can cry me a bleeping river, as David Doel explains...



…and in his apparently ongoing quest to afflict the afflicted and comfort the comfortable, it looks like Sen. “No Corporate Tax” Pat Toomey of PA (R-Worthless) is trying to get some kind of a law passed to keep presidents from banning fracking, which of course is aimed right at the Dems (here) – many reasons why this is a stupid gesture, but here’s one; I have not found any indication that any Dem presidential candidate actually wants to do this, but even if they did, it surely would be overturned in court, despite the fact that I and many others would support it of course…Toomey may think presidents can rule arbitrarily after witnessing Generalissimo Trump, the head of his party, but Dems, for all their failings, actually know how government is supposed to work, and apparently Toomey doesn’t…here is a bit of a reminder on this subject which needs to be updated of course (more here)…



…and I know there are all kinds of tunes that fit for this day, but here’s a cautionary tale if ever there was one.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Friday Stuff


David Pakman tells us here about Republicans in Kentucky trying to steal back the governor’s seat that Matt Bevin lost to Andy Beshear a few days ago – as I and others have said, the only thing the Repugs understand is losing power; they will seek any possible way, legal or otherwise, to manipulate whatever they can to achieve their ends, and all the while blaming the other side of doing it in the process (we should play the last 30 second or so of this on a continuous loop for a year)…



…oh, and in other news, here is more proof that the *president is a f*cking crook…



…and gosh, it looks like Trump Ambassador Gordon Sondland had a rather con-vee-nient bit of memory recall here in the matter of the Gropenfuhrer trying to get dirt on Joe Biden from Ukraine (more here), as Sam and the crew from TMR tell us (great political analysis of this by Sam given next year’s elections)…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Lawrence Van Dyke breaking down when confronted with his bigotry upon his confirmation hearing…I’m going to offer a particularly cynical take on this I’ll admit and say that this was some rather interesting theater with Van Dyke and Repug U.S. Senator Josh Hawley that allowed Van Dyke to escape culpability for his awful words against LGBTQ individuals as far as I’m concerned…for my money, Hawley and Van Dyke are both peas from the same disgusting pod of intolerance…and good job by Cohen to put all of this in the context of the “Schlitz” Kavanaugh hearing (more here)….



…and John Iadarola and Emma Vigeland tell us that Mayor Pete thinks the Dem primary is a two-person contest at this point between he and Elizabeth Warren (I think we saw some entitlement issues with Van Dyke in the last clip, and I believe we’re seeing them again here from Buttigieg – other issues with the South Bend mayor are noted here also)…



…and Farron Cousins tells us that Alabama is hosting LSU this weekend in college football, and apparently the Gropenfuhrer is going to be there, and anyone who protests is going to get kicked out and lose their seats for the rest of the year (gee, “freedom of speech”…have to look up that antiquated notion I guess)…



…and I was wondering who was going to use the stupidity defense first to try and clear Our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Russian Asset in An Oval Office, and if you picked Huckleberry Graham, then it looks like you win the last remnants of Trump Vodka, Trump Steaks, etc. (and I guess it would be a euphemism to say that Graham has "evolved" on this issue, as noted here)...



...and happy 70th birthday (!) to Bonnie Raitt...so many great tunes to choose from, but somehow I always keep coming back to this one (saw her live years ago at the Mann Music Center in these parts - great show).

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


Stephen Colbert brings us a bit based on the Gropenfuhrer’s recent visit to Lexington, KY to help gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, which ended up doing not one bit of good because Bevin lost (though Bevin hasn't conceded yet of course); it remains to be seen whether or not this will affect the campaign of Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao next year, but if we put in the work and support, we may find that this is the best chance to knock him off that we’ll ever get (and speaking of elections, the "blue wave" dumped all over Bucks County, PA, as noted here - awesome!)…



Update: More great news (some of it is a little repetitive I know) is here and here.

…and Kyle tells us how Generalissimo Trump is too dumb NOT to say the quiet stuff out loud (e.g., our military in Syria and that country’s oil)…



…and speaking of fossil fuel, Pap and Brigida Santos tell us about Massachusetts and AG Maura Healey going after ExxonMobil over a deceptive study on climate change (“biostitutes”?)…



…and Sam and the crew from “The Majority Report” tell us about Chilean protests possibly marking the end of neoliberalism (and that was an amazing stunt for sure by the Chilean girl to disable the security camera)…



...and Ana, Jayar Jackson and Jason Carter tell us about Amy Klobuchar trying to earmark $$ to an anti-LGBTQ group (Minnesota Teen Challenge) in ’09…yes, I get it that Klobuchar has possibly evolved on this issue, but I just wish that a fraction of the media coverage that she, Biden and “Mayor Pete” have gotten had been steered to Bernie and/or Kamala Harris instead…maybe it wouldn’t have mattered, but I don’t think Klobuchar in particular has any business continuing in this contest…



…and given the result of last night’s gubernatorial contest in “the bluegrass state,” I felt like hearing this tune.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Monday Stuff


(By the way, tomorrow is Election Day in our beloved commonwealth – a wealth of important related information can be accessed from here.)

In something that I'm sure surprises absolutely nobody, it looks like the Trumpsters want another tax break for corporate America – and yeah, Nail. Hammer. Head. stuff by Aida Rodriguez in particular here...



…and Sam and the TMR crew tell us about Fix Noise trying to look into the "millennial mind" – predictably, hilarity ensues (no idea who that guy was who left at the beginning of the clip)…



…and Pap and Farron Cousins tell us how Google is playing both sides of the metaphorical fence on the issue of climate change (yes, I realize this is probably the norm and not the exception for most corporations, but it still needs to be called out)…



…and I thought this was an interesting clip from the New York Times about the evolution of political campaigns (who knew that William Howard Taft loomed so large, both literally and figuratively)…



…and sticking with history, the Iran Hostage Crisis began 40 years ago today – yes, we were wrong to overthrow Mosaddegh in the 1950s and install the Shah to do our bidding, but more than anything else, the seizure of our U.S. embassy personnel was an act of monstrous terrorist cowardice, holding our people for about 444 days – more than that, it was a monumentally stupid gesture by the ruling theocracy of Iran...they would have been much better off if they’d brought their legitimate grievances to the U.N., and on top of that, they ended up with The Sainted Ronnie R. who did nothing except help escalate their horrendous war with Iraq, which weakened both countries (and yeah, once again, Kissinger was wrong and a policy he advocated led to disaster...and let's not forget this too; might have to crank the volume a bit)…



Update: Yeah, the timing is BS, but we kind of asked for it, didn't we (here)?

...and this new tune describes what I try to do every day on this site.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Friday Stuff


(I know I was able to post for all five days this week, but that will probably be the exception rather than the rule going forward, just to let you know.)

To begin, David Doel tells us about the passage of the impeachment resolution against Our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Dictator in the U.S. House (I agree with him on not just the emoluments, but also the 10 instances of obstruction identified by Robert Mueller)…



…and Seth Meyers gives us his take on the runup to the vote and the predictable spin from the “party of Lincoln” and their media pals and other operatives…



…and gosh, it looks like Mango Mussolini’s political party is in a bit of a tizzy about the elections next year – c’est dommage (honestly though, I don’t want to contemplate that at the moment)…



…and I’ll admit that there are times when I’ve gotten a little annoyed at MSNBC, particularly over its periodic Russia fixation (and yes, I know the story is critically important, but I just can’t deal at times), as well as the network’s attempt to disappear Bernie Sanders, but I have to give Rachel Maddow credit for tackling this issue, namely, that the state of Missouri is, in essence, trying to outlaw abortion altogether, with the help of this Randall Williams lunatic and his spreadsheet tracking the menstrual cycles of women seeking services from Planned Parenthood…this is government-inflicted cruelty and misery the likes of which I can’t recall that I’ve ever seen – because of this, Williams should be forced to announce to the entire world every time he has an erection…



…and if you’re looking for someone who’s at least partly responsible for the utterly disgusting behavior noted in the prior video, then I would lay some blame at the feet of this Rick Wiles character, as David Pakman explains…



…and happy upcoming 65th birthday to Adam Ant – when I think of the Gropenfuhrer, I often think of the title of this song.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Thursday Stuff


I’m so glad that Thom Hartmann gives us these periodic reminders about our country’s rich, Democratic/progressive legacy, particularly under FDR chiefly as a response to the Great Depression (Thom quotes FDR's SOTU speech in 1938)…



…and in a related item, this whole clip is good, but the last 45 seconds or so of this, discussing a failure of regulation, are great (here...still going back and forth between Bernie and Warren, to tell you the truth, and people, please, if you're able, how about pitching some coin to Kamala Harris and forget about Mayor Pete, Klobuchar and #JillStein2020?)...



…and Robert Reich tells us about at least 6 ways that Our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Dictator has sold us out (there are probably a whole bunch more, but this list will do for now)…



…and TRMS tells us about the Trumpsters ending the medical deferred action program for legal immigrants, endangering critically ill kids as Maddow tells us (and Ken Cuccinelli, of all people, tells us that it’s Congress’s fault, which is bullshit…the interview Maddow conducted after this with Dem U.S. House Rep Mark Desaulnier of California was excellent, but of course it’s not available from MSNBC’s awful web site)…



…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 10/31/07 (going way back here I’ll admit, and no, you don’t need to remind me what happened with John Edwards, a guy who I plugged on this site who fell from grace big time, and you also don’t need to remind me about the GOP “I Feel Pretty” and “Breck Boy” attack ad garbage…even though the messenger is definitely imperfect, let’s try contemplating the message in this presidential election season, OK? And yes, I'm definitely thinking of the prior TRMS clip as I watch this)…




...and by the way, Happy Halloween everybody (and no, I'm not the least bit surprised by this...a profile in cowardice by Bri-Fi, among his other same party pals).

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


I have to admit that I gave up long ago when it comes to hoping the wingnutosphere, Fix Noise and the like finally say “You know what? We’ve had it with Mango Mussolini. He needs to be removed from office and put in a prison cell.”

It doesn’t matter how impeccable the credentials are of someone pointing out that Number 45 is grossly unfit for the job he currently holds, to say nothing of hopelessly corrupt. And I would say that the attacks on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman put an exclamation point of sorts on that opinion (not the most original of “hot takes,” I’ll admit) – John of “The Damage Report” has more (and kudos to Nicolle Wallace for this)…



…and I don’t know if Wallace was referring to GOP strategist Frank Luntz in her comment or not, but if not, she might as well have done so as noted here in the matter of chastising those at Nationals Park who recently booed Our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Dictator before Game 5 of the World Series (so many possible comebacks in response I’ll admit, but I’ll settle on this one from almost 10 years ago...just our Beltway bought-and-paid-for courtier media doing what it does best, which is to lecture the rabble)…



…and Sam and the TMR crew tell us about Jeremy Corbyn dishing it out directly in front the UK’s version of the Orange Pestilence in parliamentary session (no, I don’t get the whole “Brexit/snap election” thing either, but if nothing else, it’s entertaining to watch our friends “across the pond” go at it on the political stuff…they definitely don’t mess around)…



…and gee, maybe we ought to do something about this climate change thing, huh?...



…and I wouldn’t say the numbers are quite “half and half” on President Fergus Laing, but it looks like the cops (in Phoenix at least) are taking sides somewhat in an indirect way, as Farron Cousins and Scott Hardy explain…



...and here's another seasonal selection.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Tuesday Stuff


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

John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas tell us about the photo of Generalissimo Trump and his minions supposedly monitoring the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and compare it with the pic of Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates et al doing the same thing while we captured and killed Osama bin Laden – yeah, I’ll grant you that there are other stories out there I think we should pay more attention to, but I think it tells you something about Trump’s pathology towards all things Obama that it is being discussed at all



…and when it comes to double standards, I have to admit that it’s more than a little rich for Dem U.S. House Rep Katie Hill to feel that she has to resign over “revenge porn” when clearly the Gropenfuhrer isn’t going to face any penalty whatsoever for his alleged behavior towards women (to say nothing of Repug U.S. House Rep Scott DesJarlais, but I chiefly blame the voters in his district for continuing to return that monster to office in spite of his wretched actions)…



Update 1 10/30/19: Van Laar should go to jail for this.

Update 2 10/30/19: Just no words (here)...

…and in a similar vein, I know this is a little behind the news cycle, but I still thought it was noteworthy; Rachel Maddow called out NBC Universal recently (her parent company) over the NDAs related to Harvey Weinstein – kudos (she sets it up for the real payoff starting at about 11:15, but really, this is just top-notch reporting on her part and some tempered finger-wagging, you might say)…



…and here is a periodic reminder that, yes, I do chastise Dems in this space from time to time when I think it’s deserved, and that goes for U.S. House Rep Richard Neal of Massachusetts for the reasons that Cenk and Ana tell us here (kudos to Lloyd Doggett of Texas, though – to help Neal’s primary challenger, click here)…



…and years ago, I once watched “The Kid Stays In The Picture,” which I think was a great documentary about legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans, who just left us; yes, pay tribute to Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and a whole bunch of other acclaimed directors who rose to prominence in the ‘70s, but I firmly believe that without Evans primarily, fighting for a more personalized type of moviemaking in the hands of largely unproven folks such as those I just mentioned, we wouldn’t have had such legendary films as “Chinatown,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Marathon Man,” “Love Story,” and of course “The Godfather”…



...and I think it's time to bring back this seasonal tune.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday Stuff


As someone who has followed the Phillies through thick and thin (mostly thin), I’m loathe to give the Washington Nationals credit I’ll admit, even though they have had a good year, and kudos to their number of fans who gave our Orange Pestilence the treatment he deserved last night, as Brian Tyler Cohen explains (and how cowardly a move was it for the person in charge of “phanavision,” or whatever they call the scoreboard, to cut back to a pic of our military when the booing got too loud)…



…and this tells us about the recent ruling from Judge Beryl Howell against Generalissimo Trump on docs related to the Mueller investigation (more here)…



Update: And I wonder how much this is costing taxpayers?

…and I think this is EXACTLY how you should report on the Gropenfuhrer (tied to the recent killing of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi; I’m reading that 45’s mishaps with the Kurds in Syria made this harder for our military, as noted here…more here...and yeah. let's not forget this too)…



…and when it comes to not putting up with anybody’s BS, props to AOC for making that worm Mark Zuckerberg come up with some pretty brazen nonsense at a recent hearing, as Sam and the crew from TMR tell us…



...and happy belated 80th birthday to John Cleese...



…and RIP longtime Dem U.S. House Rep John Conyers; he had a complicated legacy for sure, but I still think it is worthy of tribute...



…and speaking of recently departed Democrats, Cenk, Brooke Thomas and Jason Carter talk about the pallbearer who recently snubbed Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao (more here)…



...and here is a seasonal selection in anticipation of the ghouls and goblins who may show up on Thursday, though as already pointed out, they already reside in mass quantities in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saturday Stuff


OK, I’m back to try and get this thing going again – had a wonderful week in Bernie Sanders-land…maybe not quite our “blue state paradise,” but pretty darn close.

It seems like this was the main highlight of the week that was, as somebody once said, and that was the testimony of Bill Taylor about the Gropenfuhrer and the Ukraine quid pro quo garbage, as recounted here by Nicolle Wallace of MSNBC (kind of maddening to hear Andy Levin, but to his credit, he’s being true to the process you might say – I believe him when he says this will all be public knowledge eventually)…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Matt Gaetz leading his band of Repug clowns in the House to disrupt the SCIF hearing with Laura Cooper, which was a direct result of Taylor’s blistering testimony as Cohen correctly notes…



…and Robert Reich gives us more on the Gropenfuhrer’s emoluments mess, which is a perfectly apt description…



…and yeah, I think this is a pretty spot-on song parody given all of this…



…and Michael Brooks and the crew from The Majority Report minus Sam tell us about the Oakland cops attacking protesting teachers, which has fit their fascist profile for some time now on this and other related matters – on a bit of a side note, as mentioned at the end of the video, it seems like since Elizabeth Warren has risen in the polls the way she has, her policies are going to be scrutinized a little more closely, and that’s a good thing, but I just hope we maintain a sense of perspective about it, that’s all…



...and I might as well return with a great new tune, so here it is.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday Stuff


Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Lawrence O’Donnell’s clip on the pic of Nancy Pelosi telling Generalissimo Trump to take his highchair and go sit in the corner – even with all of this that we’ve seen and likely will see, there are times when I still can’t believe that all of this is actually going on…



…and Michael Brooks tells us about the infantile letter that Mango Mussolini wrote to Erdogan of Turkey (mildly NSFW)...



…and I’m not totally sold of the legitimacy of the whole “Republicans for the Rule of Law” thing, but I have to admit that this is a pretty good ad about our Orange Pestilence…



…and Pap and Farron Cousins talk about the Repugs packing the courts with corporate judges (Cousins is absolutely right to lay this at the feet of Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao and The Federalist Society and Leonard Leo, as opposed to President Fergus Laing…and no, I don’t think the Democrats totally understand this issue either, unfortunately)…




…and, in a way, I feel like I have to apologize a bit for starting this off with you-know-who instead of paying tribute to the giant who has recently left our midst, and that would be Dem U.S. House Rep Elijah Cummings of Maryland, but I definitely would like to do so now (nice remembrance here by Cenk, Ana, and David Dayen of TYT...more here)…



…and I thought this was a pretty good clip by Robert Reich and Inequality Media about why the 2020 election represents another “break the glass” moment, and why we need to do that the RIGHT way this time…



…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 10/19/12, in which Chris Matthews, plugging his book of course, talks about JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis, which we were in the middle of 57 years ago, offering a lesson in presidential leadership that is not to be found anywhere at the moment (and let's not ever forget about this guy also)...all the best to Matthews in his recovery from prostate surgery (here) - clip is from Bill Maher back when he still mattered, and kudos to Matthews for telling Andrew Sullivan to shut up, a guy who is utterly beyond useless and does nothing but try to troll Dems and progressives and usually fails miserably…



...and happy upcoming birthday to Karl Wallinger of World Party.



And with that, I'll take my leave for a little while - I'll plan to fire this all up again in about a week.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


(By the way, I’m the wrong person to go to for any kind of a “take” on the Democratic debate last night partly because I didn’t expect that they would have anything to say – or at least not much – about any of the issues that truly mattered to me, so I didn’t watch, though apparently Biden said he had something to do with the CFPB that Elizabeth Warren founded, which to me is hilarious…it’s all about the media “gotcha” BS – should have Bernie, Warren, Harris, and I guess, yeah, you have to include Biden, and everyone else should go get lost.)

It looks like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has been making nice with the wingnuts despite (or maybe because of) their typical work-the-ref caterwauling about media bias, as Farron Cousins explains…kind of figures given that Facebook started as a site to hate on girls at Harvard who shot down Zuck and his friends when they wanted to date them…



…and Sam Seder and The Majority Report tell us about Chris Hayes discussing Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein, as well as the imbroglio with the NBA and the Chinese government – yes, the “path of least resistance” is far more treacherous than you might believe…I give Hayes credit for making a careful and thinly veiled criticism of his employer…



…and John I. tells us more about Ronan Farrow’s “catch and kill” allegations, practiced by The National Enquirer on behalf of the Gropenfuhrer to destroy stories that could, let’s say, pose a problem or two (hmmm – “journalistic integrity”…have to Google it to find out I guess for TNE…at least 10 different stories, huh?)…



…and I know I’m a little behind the curve on this, but Rachel Maddow tells us how Our Orange Nightmare recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to longtime Reagan counselor Ed Meese, as noted here (great synopsis on how wretched Meese truly was, and regarding Iran Contra, she’s referring to the Boland Amendment which the Reagan gang thumbed their collective nose at, as it were – so much wrong with Meese that I’m not sure it can be cataloged here, but in addition to what Maddow cites, Meese was also instrumental in the Pacific Legal Foundation, and he also made some typically pig-headed comments about hunger in America in 1983 as noted here…I guess I should present a Maddow clip if for no other reason than to reply to the snark at the end of the Seder clip)…



…and I’ve had some issues with Jim Wallis in the past, and I realize he can’t come right out and make a political endorsement, but he’s right on the money otherwise as far as I’m concerned (kind of repugnant to me that someone with a turned-around collar was in An Oval Office during the Meese ceremony – my church has much to make amends for as far as I’m concerned)…



…and it looks like Todd was nominated for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame for a second time (here) – should be a slam-dunk, as it were.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday Stuff


I honestly went back and forth on whether or not I should include this video. On the one hand, I thought it would be wrong to indulge in the nihilist wishes of whoever the sick coward(s) is (are) who concocted this monstrosity. On the other hand, though, since, as far as I’m concerned, it was made with (at a minimum) the de factor endorsement of the President of the United States, that makes it something we should take seriously.

So here it is – this is what we are forced to discuss today (and yeah, it’s every bit as disgusting as it was described…and I really hope that anyone having anything to do with Lynyrd Skynyrd decries this also…I don’t think taking legal action is uncalled for either – more here)…



and don’t anyone dare tell that it’s just a coincidence...



…and speaking of the press, Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Chuck Todd’s commendable recent decision not to give air time to our Cowardly Treasonous Liar In Chief…



…and I thought this was some terrific commentary from Cenk Uygur in particular about Fix Noise and Roger Ailes given the recent departure of Shep Smith from that network…



…oh, and let’s also not lose sight of the fact that the Gropenfuhrer has now been accused of (at a minimum, again) inappropriate sexual conduct by 43 different women (and yeah, nothing but roaring silence from this guy in response)…



…and I know I really need to change the subject or else I’m going to vomit in response to all of this, so allow me to point out that today is the 25th anniversary of the debut of Pulp Fiction, which of course cemented Quentin Tarantino as an acclaimed filmmaker and included this tune on its soundtrack.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Friday Stuff


Cenk and Ana tell us about how the “prosperity gospel” charlatans are giving cover for Mango Mussolini, notably Paula White, and of course since we’re talking about religious frauds, we have to include Ralph Reed as well (yep, it’s all about HATING TEH GAY and ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION and, in case you somehow didn’t already get the message, ABORTION)…



…and Seth Meyers gives us the latest on the latest drip, drip, drip stuff over the Gropenfuhrer and his henchmen (including Rudy of course) and Ukraine…



…and I know a lot of this is familiar territory in this clip from Brian Tyler Cohen, but to me, the takeaway is that the regime of Generalissimo Trump feels so confident about its utterly wretched corruption that some lackey representing it can spout off on Lou Dobbs and feel that he’s somehow still above reproach…



…and I have to admit that I didn’t know anything about Rojava in Syria, but Debbie Bookchin and Amy Goodman fill us in here, along with Ertugrul Kurkcu and Elif Sarican (and of course, Turkey is trying to crush this movement also - important I think to note these progressive women and their causes, as well as, tragically, the rise of right-wing responses around the globe to beat down these and other movements to empower people…some of this rambles a bit I know, but as important as this story is, I think these viewpoints are important and need to be heard)…



…and Thom Hartmann tells us about a WaPo report on what may very well have gone on with Our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Nightmare and Erdogan of Turkey that led to the current crisis (part of me wishes that Ben Bradlee were still alive to see how much his former paper is doing laps on “the old gray lady” when it comes to the antics of President* Fergus Laing…the “newspaper of record” has fallen on its metaphorical face in comparison, including here…and yes, there very definitely is “a process that got us here,” as Thom says at the end)…



…and I’m probably overdue for a “relationship” song, so I hope this qualifies.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


Seth Meyers brings us the latest on Our Treasonous Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator (and now with China?) and the second whistleblower too…and the thought of Rick Perry as an alleged criminal mastermind is bust-a-gut hilarious…



…and Rachel Maddow interviews Brett McGurk, former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL under Dubya, speaking out against Generalissimo Trump on Turkey and Syria (the last minute of this is pretty damn terrifying, but again, it’s not like we weren’t warned)…



…and Farron Cousins gives us the latest polling numbers on Mango Mussolini concerning impeachment and removal from office…



…and Kyle K. tells us about Dr. Oz making sense on Medicare for All, so of course Fix Noise has to cut him off…



…and with the prior clip in mind, Cenk and Ana tell us about a great video made by a Bernie Sanders supporter (I agree with the commentary a thousand percent – have to admit that I was shocked by Trevor Noah)…



…and Sam and the crew from “The Majority Report” discuss Ellen DeGeneres with Dubya at the football game recently – yeah, here is my admittedly boring “hot take”…Ellen is allowed to hang out with whoever she wants, but when it’s Dubya don’t be shocked by the backlash…and anybody in the public eye has to have the equivalent of a Ph.D. in self-promotion as far as I’m concerned, and I think that’s on display here from EDG, milking this for every bit of publicity...and GREAT points by Sam at the end about The Dixie Chicks and Janeane Garofalo (and I know this is a little off-topic, but am I the only one who finds it a little weird that Laura Bush was wearing pearls for the occasion?)…



…and happy birthday to Jackson Browne (David Lindley on lap steel guitar)…



…and John Lennon (“faith in the future out of the now”).

Monday, October 07, 2019

Monday Stuff


I thought this was a pretty clear-eyed commentary from Kyle Kulinski on the US deciding to pull our troops from Syria in the support of the Kurds, who helped us fight ISIS, and of course now the Kurds will likely get demolished by Turkey…I think Kyle makes good points about how our military presence(s) abroad should be defined properly by Congress, but of course now world leaders will have less of a reason to actually trust us…so much winning



…and Farron Cousins reminds us that the stuff with Mango Mussolini and Deutsche Bank is by no means settled either…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about that disgusting amoral fraud RoJo getting commendably called out by Chuck Todd the other day on the Ukraine stuff and the Gropenfuhrer…



…and Sam and the crew from “The Majority Report” tells us about that Lyndon LaRouche nut of a supporter (any other kind I wonder?) who wore that “eat the babies” shirt in front of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (yep, I’m sure we’ll have a lot more of that to look forward to in the runup to 2020, unfortunately)…



…and I was remiss in noting that last Friday was the 30th anniversary of the passing of Graham Chapman of Monty Python, of course…



…and damn, it wasn’t that long ago that we also celebrated the 80th birthday of Ginger Baker – RIP.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Friday Stuff


Farron Cousins tells us that “Pastor” Robert Jeffress has said that there would be “a Civil War-like fracture” if our Tiny Handed Treasonous Orange Meat Sack were to be removed from An Oval Office – so many reasons to detest Jeffress, pretending to be a “man of God,” which he clearly isn’t based on this, as well as a coward, egging on others dumb enough to buy his “culture war” rhetoric…



…and Thom Hartmann tells us about U.S. newspapers calling on the Gropenfuhrer to resign…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Shep Smith unpacking the latest lies from Generalissimo Trump on Ukraine (a little past the news cycle I'll admit, but it bears repeating, especially coming from Fix Noise)…



…and Robert Reich gives us some reality on the supposedly great economy from President Fergus Laing…



…and if somehow God willing a Dem can manage to win the White House in 2020, I hope this person at least asks WA Dem Gov. Jay Inslee to be Secretary of Energy (but again, even if that happens, it won’t mean a damn thing without winning Congress too – every single damn election matters, and we should punish every single Republican for this horror show we’ve had to live in since 2016)…



...and happy belated 70th birthday to Lindsey Buckingham, formerly of Fleetwood Mac - best wishes for continued good health.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Thursday Stuff


(I thought I’d take a bit of a break from our typical “Mad King Donald” insanity and remind everyone about this, and also wish the Obamas a very happy anniversary also; nice to see them trending on Twitter for good reasons – here).

In a weird way I guess (about the only way you COULD expect with the Gropenfuhrer), I now have to wonder why we went to the trouble of instigating a probe of Russian interference in our election and potential collusion, since apparently President Fergus Laing invited other heads of state to try and dig up dirt on Joe Biden today, as well as trying to discredit Robert Mueller…I mean, is there even a question at this point whether or not Number 45 has enough of a brain to know where to draw the line on this stuff? And I wish I could disagree with Ana on the Dems and Mueller, but unfortunately I can’t...



...and a trench filled with alligators and snakes on our border, huh? Someday this nightmare will end, I tell myself - more here from Seth Meyers...



…and David Pakman tells us that Trump’s support is polling 6 points lower than impeachment/removal – every Dem running for any elective office anywhere should hang this around the metaphorical neck of anyone who still supports Mango Mussolini, including this guy



…and Farron Cousins tells us about Repugs in the land of the yellow rose getting all freaked out about their beloved base not holding sway in elections like they used to – somebody once said “demographics is destiny”…and yes, Karl Rove is an utter scumbag, but he’s nobody’s fool either…



..and speaking of fools, apparently Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is all in a snit over the possibility of Elizabeth Warren winning this whole thing (here and more Zuckerberg idiocy is here...might be a good reason to delete your account); I tracked down this tune for the occasion (incredibly NSFW)…



...and RIP Kim Shattuck of The Muffs (here).

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


It looks as if the Gropenfuhrer may be losing it yet again right before our eyes, as Cenk and Ana tell us – we ventured into 25th Amendment territory long ago with this cretin, and all of this is just the icing on the proverbial cake (more here)…



…and John of “The Damage Report” tells us about U.S. House Dems grilling Giuliani and Pompeo (the TYT clip gave away a bit on Pompeo I realize – and I thought this was appropriate about the “Mayor of 9/11”)…



…and David Doel tells us about how Bernie Sanders, while not leading in every poll, is in the top 3 at a minimum on most, mainly because he focuses on policy ignored by the news organizations with initials for names, as emphasized by his fine new ad (and he did well with last quarter fundraising also, though I hope he manages to get some rest based on this…and yes, that means he’s definitely qualified for the job of president anyway)…



…and when it comes to blowing off Bernie, here is another ridiculous new example – again, I don’t know who I’ll vote for in the Dem primary since we’re a loooong way off from that, but if I support Bernie, I guarantee you it won’t be because of sexism – apparently, the subject in question here is a child of entitlement who works for the Center for American Progress, which used to be good as far as I’m concerned, but not any more apparently – still don’t understand why they couldn’t have found a way to help Think Progress...kind of a long-winded explanation by Michael Brooks, but he's right…



…and happy belated 95th birthday to President Carter on 10/1/19, speaking about renewable energy…



...and here's a neat new tune with words to live by.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Monday Stuff


Kyle K. tells us about Stuart Varney trying to concoct some kind of a hit piece on Bernie Sanders and his support of striking GM workers – yes, ridiculous for all of the reasons astutely noted by Kyle in the clip (mildly NSFW...and yeah, supposedly, Bernie's support among African Americans is cratering - uh huh)…



…and keeping with the theme of income inequality, I give you this from John, Cenk and Mark Thompson…



…and boy, this is truly the stuff of nightmares – Sam Seder and the TMR crew present a clip of Naomi Klein telling us that the wingnuts could actually be WORSE than they are now if they come around on the issue of climate change…



…and I’m going to dig back in the archives a bit and present this from last December, with Farron Cousins telling us just how bad Jeff Flake really is in light of this; our bought-and-paid-for Beltway corporate media courtiers just LOVE to shine a spotlight on some supposedly middle-of-the-road Republican to lecture the rabble about staying in line, so they don’t do stuff the elite punditocracy doesn’t like, such as GM workers striking for higher wages and getting their health benefits back as shown in the first clip…



Update: I would be inclined to agree with this.

…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 9/29/14, and it would be a “Worst Person” segment from K.O. featuring Baby Newton Leroy Gingrich in which he criticized former President Obama for appearing as Disneyworld; the timing of this follows somewhat that of the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Contract on America a little over 24 years ago on 9/19/95, an utterly craven exercise brought to us largely from the disgraced former U.S. House Speaker (a bit of an NSFW update with Gingrich is here)…



...and happy 55th birthday to Trey Anastasio.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday Stuff


John Iadarola of The Damage Report tells us here about the feud brewing between Shep Smith and Tucker Carlson of Fix Noise over the latest antics from Mango Mussolini, with Smith coming to the defense of Judge Andrew Napolitano (lots of issues with Napolitano, but he’s right to call out the Gropenfuhrer over the Ukraine-related stuff – by the way, the pic has to do with the fact that Carlson inherited his money when his father remarried, as noted here)…



Update 9/29/19: Way too damn funny (here)...

..and with apologies to Cenk, I don’t trust a single word coming out of the mouths of Jeff Flake or Willard Mitt Romney, but to me, the takeaway in this clip is the polling on the question of impeachment, which definitely is moving against Generalissimo Trump…



…and I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of Nicolle Wallace, since she’s just another “Never Trumper” who will likely flip back to Team R when Our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Dictator is finally gone, but kudos to her for cutting away from President Fergus Laing over his incessant lying (and Matt Miller also)…



…and I didn’t want to let the week come to a close without acknowledging this bit of revisionist history from the WaPo on Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; I see much to like and support in both of them, and I definitely haven’t made up my mind yet, but “Democracy Dies In Darkness” when you don’t tell the truth either, as David Doel explains…



…and I think this is an even more ridiculous example of what Doel is referring to…



…and with all of the speculation about the brave whistle blower who started the metaphorical ball rolling against our calamitous, incompetent head of state over Ukraine, it’s perhaps an odd coincidence that another patriotic American has now left us, and I’m referring to Joe Wilson – tributes are here, and this makes me recall this clip when Bill Maher used to be good (NSFW)…



...and as far as I'm concerned, "only a fool" would be unhappy to hear the news that Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has tendered his resignation (more here and here...now he can go on Hugh Hewitt's program and whine about America's moral decay, or something, at his leisure - yep, as I said, only a fool...)...



...and here's a nice, relatively new tune to help us kick-start the weekend - hope it's a good one for everybody.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thursday Stuff


Rachel Maddow speaks with Dem U.S. Rep Jackie Speier of CA about the IG report on Generalissimo Trump and Ukraine that was deemed “credible and urgent” (and it sounds like Trump Acting DNI Joseph Maguire turned the tables, as it were, or tried to anyway for some reason – and maybe I’m a little late to this party, but I’m now wondering why Dan Coats appeared to resign as suddenly as he did...and "boom" indeed)…



…and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us how Rudy 9iu11ani has immersed himself in the Ukraine mess, along with (potentially) Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, among others (and yeah, it's pretty damn hilarious to watch Fix Noise eat itself life this - more here...pass the popcorn)…



…and as Farron Cousins points out (sticking with the scandal), if Matt Gaetz is looking bad yet again, then it’s a good day (and good for Hallie Jackson also)…



and happy 65th birthday to Craig Chaquico of Jefferson Starship.