Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday Stuff


So Mike Pompeo thinks it’s a “Washington piece of silliness” for a sitting U.S. president to solicit campaign dirt from foreign entities; uh, no – actually, it’s a felony...but I guess what else can we expect from a Koch Industries-engineered fraud like Pompeo – Brian Tyler Cohen tells us more…



…and Farron Cousins tells us that the Gropenfuhrer’s latest hissy fit has to do with firing his pollsters since, as of now, his re-election prospects look bad, but after 2016, I assume absolutely NOTHING – still, though, this is typical egomaniacal behavior…



…and move along, nothing to see here – just purple tap water; just shut up and keep watching Fox News…U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! (NSFW…by the way, there’s a reason why I haven’t featured much from Kyle lately, and that’s because I’m tired of hearing his completely “in the tank” commentary for Bernie and Tulsi Gabbard, of all people – he’s definitely right about infrastructure, but trying to find a way to drag Elizabeth Warren into this somehow is REALLY a stretch)...



…and Pete Williams of MSNBC reports on the Supremes upholding VA’s fight against gerrymandering (color me shocked…sounds like the ruling, though, had to do with the fact that one-half of the VA “lege” by itself couldn’t sue – not sure the High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR and “Schlitz” Kavanaugh would have ruled this way if the whole legislature had sued in response to the common-sense redraw of the districts)…



…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 6/19/09, about the Obama Administration triggering all of the white crazies out there who ended up being completely and utterly played by “Adolf Twitler” – I originally put this up as somewhat of a commemoration of the murder of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg, which is coming up on its 35th anniversary, believe it or not…Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! speaks with journalist Jim Ridgeway…



…and speaking of race, I can’t believe it’s actually been 25 years since this fiasco (and I’m a little uncomfortable with the reporter and anchor here treating the slow-motion chase as simply some kind of a media curiosity and smiling over it…yeah, I guess it was to a degree, but it sprung from a CAPITAL MURDER case in which Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were SLAUGHTERED...and what could go wrong here, I wonder?)…



…and John I., Cenk and Ashlee Marie Preston bring us the story of a gun getting pulled on a family whose 4-year-old little girl apparently made off with a Barbie, believe it or not; yes, this is thoroughly unacceptable behavior, but the answer isn’t to go back to our respective corners…having a hard-ass conversation between the cops and folks like this is hard to imagine, but that’s what we need at a bare minimum, but good luck with that happening with Our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator (if charges can be brought against these cops, then that needs to happen)…



…and apparently he’s going to be at The Locks at Sona in these parts on Wednesday; I’m sure it will be a good show.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Stuff


It looks like Sarah Huckabilly Sanders will now be able to lie with impunity in her spare time (here); I’m sure a gig at Fix Noise awaits…



…and yeah, it looks like the Gropenfuhrer just made about 2 years’ worth of investigating utterly unnecessary by admitting straight-up that he’d collude with a foreign hostile power to try and win an election (and I stand by what I said here, but maybe we still need to move things along a little faster…time to “cut the crap” indeed)…



…and Rachel Maddow tells us about the latest insanity involving the U.S. and Iran; I don’t trust Mike Pompeo as far as I can pee (and this is definitely important to keep in mind also)…



…and we know what kind of vermin the “alt-right” truly are, but I agree with Cenk – how brainless was it for Detroit to allow these creatures to come anywhere near a pride parade (and good point by Cenk about Skokie, IL – he and Ana of TYT explain)…



…and good job by AOC to bring the proverbial heat on what the regime of Generalissimo Trump is trying to do with the 2020 census and that stupid (and quite probably illegal) “citizenship” question…



…and congratulations to now Sir Michael Palin, and he may be right – he may end up as the only knighted member of Monty Python (here)…



…and for personal reasons, I failed to include a tune a few weeks ago for Mother’s Day, so I’ll try to make amends here (this is LOUD)…



…and happy Father’s Day (this tune has been on my mind lately...we're constantly reminded how precious the gift of time truly is...hope we're all able to make the most of it).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


Not one word of this should need to be said by Jon Stewart, but it does, and he did, and kudos to him for saying it (here); for starters, in response, we should repeal that scam Repug tax bill from December ’17 to pay for health care once and for all for the true heroes of that terrible day (and in a related story, I give you this totally unsurprising item)…



(I just heard the bill was passed out of committee unanimously - I'll update with a link later...here)

…and Robert Reich appers in a “Now This” clip on who REALLY pays taxes in this country (for some reason, though, I can no longer embed his great Inequality Media videos, which is definitely not cool)…



…and despite the fact that “the old gray lady” is still capable of garbage like this, they are also capable of great reporting such as that presented in the following video…this man’s wife and children in Afghanistan were likely killed by a U.S. air strike, though that has not been confirmed of course…this video has some unsettling scenes in it of dead kids, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse not to present it…our involvement in Afghanistan has gone on for EIGHTEEN FREAKING YEARS, PEOPLE!!!, and it constitutes a bipartisan political offense…



…and by the way (and returning to domestic politics), nice job here by Katie Porter…I honestly don’t think she meant that as a cut on Bill Maher, but even if she did, that’s OK…once again, I realize that Maher and other comedians need to be held to a different standard since they need to appeal to audiences across the board, but I thought his reaction to the crowd in particular after Porter’s remark was pretty petulant, even if he probably was joking also – by the way, his final bit with his supposed speech to the graduating class of 2019 was cringingly unfunny; I actually turned him off part of the way through…he just came off as a cranky old man who apparently doesn’t have a clue as to what teenagers and 20-somethings have to deal with in this day and age – I’m sure Maher will have his equally non-humorous pal P.J. O’Rourke back on before long to cry on O’Rourke’s shoulder…



…and as long as I’m featuring late night comedians, I should really get back to putting up “Closer Look” clips from Seth Meyers again, this time with a wrap up of Generalissimo Trump’s European faux pas tour (“Dick Tracy minus the Tracy” – good one…and as others have noted, it was typically tasteless for Fix Noise to allow our Tiny Handed, Treasonous Orange Dictator to rant at Normandy in an area of hallowed ground)…



…and I don’t know anything about this guy/band or this tune, but I like the harmonies and jangly sounding guitars and it actually came from this century, so here it is.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday Stuff


I guess I’m supposed to feel sorry for these truck drivers who apparently now have buyer’s remorse now that the Gropenfuhrer has found a way for them to pay more in taxes, but naaah…as somebody else online said, the tiny violin factory is closed – these guys were apparently fine with all of the “lock her up” garbage, threats of violence at Trump’s little Bund rallies, making fun of not just a Gold Star family but John McCain, another patriotic American who had more courage in his hangnail than Our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator has in his entire flabby corpus, to say nothing of caging children, tearing families apart, the Muslim ban, the "fine people on both sides" tiki-torch crowd insanity, and the never-ending lies that stream out of Number 45’s mouth…all of that was apparently OK with these “Trump’s America” numbskulls, but in the end, all they cared about was how much they got to keep in their wallets (more here)…



…and keeping with money matters, yeah, this economic “analysis” is about what you can expect from our low-IQ flatulent biped of a chief executive (Ana Kasparian discusses with Brooke Thomas and Steve Bramucci)…



…and I knew longtime Repug fixer William Barr was a POS already, but he sure drove that point home with this comment…



…and speaking of political demagoguery, yesterday marked the 65th anniversary of Joseph Welch’s brave commentary in defense of the U.S. Army against “Tail Gunner Joe” McCarthy (more here…and let’s not forget Roy Cohn’s link to Generalissimo Trump also)…



…and as far as I’m concerned, Welch’s timeless, courageous words could also apply to Claire McCaskill based on this clip, with the gender adjusted of course – I couldn’t figure out how she could actually lose last year to an unctuous, lying fraud like Josh Hawley, but it’s becoming clearer every day (I think Michael Brooks absolutely nails it here, though the whole panel is good also)…



Update 6/14/19: Gee, ya' think McCaskill could have done a better job of warning us just how full-tilt, Gonzo nuts Hawley really was? (here).

...and now, time for a whopping great intermission - and yeah, you guessed that that's an obscure Monty Python reference, didn't you?

Friday, June 07, 2019

Friday Stuff


Farron Cousins tells us what an embarrassment Generalissimo Trump was on his recent overseas visit; anyone who had anything whatsoever to do with getting thus lummox elected in 2016 should be forced to wear ashes and sack cloth as far as I’m concerned (and God, are those water statistics scary)…



…and speaking of the prior clip, Jeff Waldorf of TYT Nation tells us that, according to a recent study – yeah, it’s long past time for us to do something about THE FREAKING CLIMATE!!! (and maybe Waldorf isn't the most exciting speaker, but his message, I think, is critically important)...



…and I have to admit that, even for Sean Inanity, the double standard on display here is particularly hilarious, as Brian Tyler Cohen points out…



…and tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of “1984” by George Orwell (here); here is a clip from the movie with John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton depicting this (and no, this isn’t a Trump rally, but I’ll grant you that it’s pretty close) – the film also featured the final screen role of Richard Burton as O’Brien; he could have easily won an Oscar for a few performances as far as I’m concerned, including this one…



…and gee, about 19,000 immigrants in detention, huh? What could go wrong?

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!...



…and with the prior clip in mind, I give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 6/4/13, with MoveOn.org in support of immigration reform – kind of sad to watch this I know when we had an occupant of An Oval Office who actually supported it versus the Treasonous, Tiny Handed Dictator Wannabe now in charge…



...and in a related story as they say, I give you Dem U.S. House Rep Joe Neguse (with no more sh*ts to give, to his credit) speaking out in defense of the recently-passed House bill (more here, and roll call is here – Bri-Fi will be tough to beat in PA-01 with commendable, common-sense votes like this, I have to admit; hopefully he'll cast a bunch of stoo-pid ones soon to shore up his base – but why is this not surprising in any way...once again, heckuva job, all you clowns in Indiana, Missouri, Florida and North Dakota who actually added to the Republican Senate majority last year)...



...and RIP Dr. John (here).

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


Brian Tyler Cohen presents more typical lies and nonsensical behavior from the Gropenfuhrer (to say nothing of his media apparatus, as noted here) in response to the London protests that greeted him (whether he’ll admit it or not of course) upon his U.K. state visit…



…and GREAT job by the Brits here to tell Our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator exactly what they think of him…



…and speaking of petulant behavior from Generalissimo Trump, Brooke Thomas and Brett Erlich of The Damage Report give us more insight into that idiocy of covering up the name of/moving the U.S.S. John McCain…



…and here is a report on the recent 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China and what led up to it (including “tank man”…typically for a repressive regime like China to try and remove all mention of it and punish anyone who dares to commemorate it)…



…and God bless not just the U.S. military, but those of all of the Allied nations that participated in D-Day and liberated Europe; 75th anniversary commemorations are currently in progress (sorry if this fine report isn’t more U.S.-oriented, but I don’t want that orange turd to be highlighted in any way whatsoever)…



…and I think the prior clip is a nice segue into a tune that has something to do with travel, so here it is.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Monday Stuff


(I also posted here.)

Well, here we go again…there’s probably more we need to find out about this latest gun carnage in our country, but apparently this lone lunatic actually DIDN’T use an assault rifle, but did somehow get ahold of a silencer for at least one of his two .45-caliber handguns (here – and how the hell is THAT legal also?)…also, it seems that in January, the GOP legislature in Virginia killed a bill to ban large-capacity clips such as the one used by the shooter (here)…figures…



…and speaking of murderous violence, I neglected to mention that last Friday was the 10th anniversary of the killing of Dr. George Tiller; here is Cenk Uygur with a TYT commentary from that time (more here)…



…and as long as we’re on the subject of abortion, the NowThis clip tells us about the battle being fought over it in Alabama; yeah, I have to admit that there are times when I have to check my own sense of entitlement also…easy to feel like “oh, look at this nonsense going on in the south – what is wrong with these people?” when in reality, we have no bragging rights whatsoever above the Mason-Dixon Line…and besides, that’s just more of the “divide and conquer” strategy that the other side wants so we keep yelling at each other while they keep giving tax cuts to the one percent (or even a fraction of that), starting wars without end, wrecking our public schools, stealing our health care, trying to rob us of Social Security, etc. - and I think this is some telling stuff also…



…and Sam Seder and the TMR crew tell us about Bernie Sanders pushing back on someone in Nevada who said he didn't campaign enough for HRC...I personally did not blame Bernie for that because I could see that he was campaigning as he said, but I DO blame the "Bernie or Bust" crowd who kept screaming about the super-delegates, which I admit was idiotic on the part of the DNC, but it seemed like some of Bernie’s supporters would not brook the idea of HRC as their candidate and were looking for ANY excuse...to be honest, I think there were a lot of dirty tricks going on to rev up the animosity between the Clinton and Sanders camps, launched by Bannon and co. probably with Russian help, and Bernie couldn't be expected to both campaign and clean up that garbage at the same time...I think his staff should have been more wise to that stuff, and this may be a bit of a tipoff...



…and I think it’s pretty safe to say that Jeff Daniels in on a bit of roll here for the reasons that Brian Tyler Cohen describes…



…and given the first clip – well, I wish it wasn’t time for another one of my “gun” songs, but apparently it is.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday Stuff


Brian Tyler Cohen gives us his analysis on the recent press conference by Robert Mueller (as I and many others have pointed out I’m sure, if the Gropenfuhrer had a “D” after his name instead of an “R,” he’d be impeached, convicted, sentenced, and laboring probably in a Club Fed somewhere wondering if Putin was going to try and give him a shiv when he wasn’t looking)…



…and keeping with that, John I. tells us that Our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Dictator was dumb enough to admit that Russia helped him to get elected (and then of course he backtracked later)…



…and speaking of tricks from our ruling cabal of fools and criminals, Chris Hayes and Ari Berman talk about their attempt to rig the census with that ridiculous citizenship question (and yeah, I hope this Thomas Hofeller bastard is slowly roasting on a spit in hell – more here)…



…and I don’t know about you, but I’m more than a little fed up with the wingnuts crowing about how supposedly great our economy is (talk to our soybean farmers, the tourism industry, students looking to enroll in college in this country, etc. - and yeah, check this out too); actually, it was inherited from Obama, and as Farron Cousins notes, Generalissimo Trump is bound and determined to wreck things because, as usual, he’s too dumb to know the consequences of his actions (and oh yeah, by the way, as Cousins tells us)…



…and RIP Leon Redbone (apparently he was living nearby in New Hope, PA as noted here)…



…and with the weather FINALLY nice around here after days of rain (and given that we’re done with Memorial Day, even though June 21st is still weeks away), I thought it was a good time to hear this tune.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday Stuff


I realize that it’s hard to find one reason in particular to despise Generalissimo Trump because he provides so many outrages every day (and I guess this is the latest one), but for me, the fact that he managed to bring back Elaine Chao to a position of prominence is one that stands out in a truly infamous way (recalling this post); Farron Cousins tells us about Chao’s latest bit of malfeasance…



Update 6/2/19: More odious garbage from Chao and her family is here.

Update 6/10/19: Of course she did (here).

Update 6/11/19: Drip, drip, drip...

…and Sam Seder and The Majority Report tell us about the DCCC protecting Dan Lipinski (yes, it is “Dan”…and unfortunately, I think Sam’s “Pebble Mine” comparison is apt…and Sam is referring to John Heinz in PA, by the way, who had more integrity in his cuticle than “No Corporate Tax” Pat Toomey has in his entire wretched body…and by the way, to help Marie Newman, please click here)…



…and speaking of Republicans with integrity (again, a John Heinz reference), Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Justin Amash of Michigan; yes, he votes with the Gropenfuhrer 92 percent of the time as the clip tells us, but Amash is standing tall where it counts for now…glad to see his constituents appreciate that, even the MAGA-hat-wearing clown in the video, apparently…



…and he’s coming to this area tomorrow – to the Metropolitan Opera House on N. Broad Street in Philly I believe.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


Carlos Maza of Vox does a commendable job here I think of explaining how Fix Noise infiltrates our supposedly “respectable” media with their idiocy (I believe Atrios once described this oh-so-indelicately as the “puke funnel,” which was spot-on)…



…and speaking of the devil spawn of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, the TMR crew tells us of Stuart Varney losing it when defending capitalism…yeah, I’d like to know what Varney’s reaction would be if he needed a bathroom break and was told to pee into a trash can instead to keep his job…and in case you think that’s an exaggeration, I give you this



…and Mike Malloy tells us about the students from a Christian college (Taylor University I believe) walking out on Mike Pence (very NSFW – and that slimy POS also said this to the West Point graduates...of course, Pence never served himself, though his son does)…



…and when it comes to climate matters, I give Dem U.S. House Rep Jared Huffman of California props for this



…and I know I’m a bit behind on this; Joy Reid weighs in on the proposed redesign of the $20 with Harriet Tubman (sooo, it takes NINE YEARS to prevent some of our paper currency from counterfeiting? Yeah – there was NO FREAKING WAY that Generalissimo Trump was going to replace Andrew Jackson or else the tiki torch crowd would have lost what’s left of their minds)…

…and if I’m going to include this tune for May, I know I’d better hurry up.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Monday Stuff


I honestly don’t understand what the issue is here with Bernie Sanders – yeah, when it comes to foreign policy (certainly when it comes to these damn wars), I don’t think Sanders has to apologize for a damn thing…



…and Thom Hartmann tells us about Generalissimo Trump trying to go to war with Iran (I almost can’t believe I’m typing these words…I’m hard pressed to give Rand Paul credit for anything whatsoever, but to be fair, I must do so here)…




…and as Farron Cousins reminds us, I think the phrase “double standard” is now officially synonymous with Not Your Father’s Republican Party…



…and since it is Memorial Day after all, I present the following (including this)…



...and happy 74th birthday to Bruce Cockburn, with a tune for the holiday...



…and I’m old enough to remember when Former President Highest Disapproval Rating In Gallup Poll History once banned any filming or photos of our fallen service members returning to Dover AFB from his Not So Excellent Adventure in Iraq; I know President Hopey Changey reversed that policy to his credit, but God only knows if the Gropenfuhrer has changed it back to the way we had it under Dubya or not…my guess is that he has because he reflexively hates anything having to do with Number 44…if nothing else, this song is a cautionary reminder.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday Stuff


I know one minute of this demented lying lunatic is way too much, but I think this needs to be presented for the very reason stated by Brian Tyler Cohen, namely, that – yeah – the Gropenfuhrer wants to see his political enemies put in jail at a minimum or, at a maximum, put to death…



…and I think the irony of this is almost too precious for words, as Stephen Colbert points out (re, the federal judge who will hear the appeal of the subpoena for the tax records…oh, and remind me to never visit Montoursville, PA – I’d sooner take a trip to Guatemala first…and I know we went over the Katie Porter/Ben Carson thing once before, but I think it’s worth a replay)…



…and this is the time of year for a lot of yard work I realize, especially with a bit of nice weather, so I think this story is even more important about Mike Papantonio talking with fellow attorney Kim Adams about the CA verdict in the Roundup case (and yeah, I know this is from The Putin Network, but the reporting looks solid…I think Pap’s outrage here is totally justified)…



…and as we approach summer, I’m kind of in the mood for a newer, outdoorsy tune with some nice harmonies, so here it is.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


I’m not sure Will McAvoy could have put it any better (and I don’t think that Jeff Daniels is giving the Dems a pass here either, nor should he but for notable exceptions like AOC and Elizabeth Warren…if the shoe were on the other foot, as it were, Fix Noise would have so many screaming “IMPEACHEMENT!!!” banners moving across the screen leading into their shows that watching them would probably cause motion sickness)…



…actually, though (and speaking of the “I” word), the previously named culprits tossed it around for a hell of a lot less when Number 44 presided at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as this 5/22/17 clip shows (my, how the weak-minded forget, or choose to be idiots...and yep, you guessed it – time once more for the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History”)…


…and Kyle K. tells us about Navy SEALs allegedly committing “shocking acts” in Iraq and the pressure that members of our military faced not to report them, and the embrace those accused ended up receiving from our aforementioned wingnut media and our Tiny Handed, Treasonous Orange Lying Dictator (NSFW – this is truly one of the most depressing stories I’ve heard in a looong time)…



…and Lawrence O’Donnell gives us the latest on Dem U.S. House Rep Katie Porter of CA, who continues to do great work, and Ben “Oreo” Carson…what a truly arrogant SOB this clown is (and believe me when I tell you that, growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, I had to listen to more than my share of horror stories about Section 8 housing, though NOTHING prevented B’nai B’rith from importing Russian Jews into similar accommodations…not saying one arrangement was preferable to another, but just stating a fact…Lawrence has been slurring his words lately – hope he’s OK)…



…and it looks like this milkshake thing is a trend all of a sudden; yeah, violence is pointless and I don’t approve of this, but damn, it sure is funny sometimes – waste of a good dairy product, though (NSFW at the very end)…



…and yesterday marked the 138th anniversary of the founding of the Red Cross…I’ve found out some questionable stuff concerning this once-esteemed organization which has been under CEO Gail McGovern for a little while now (here), but nothing current…I don’t understand why someone in her position running a nonprofit should be making a mid-six figure salary at a minimum, like this cretin also, but I guess that’s why I’m just a filthy, unkempt liberal blogger…this tune comes to mind (never an excuse not to donate, though, if you have the opportunity).

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday Stuff


God only knows if the heartland, as it were, has truly turned on the Gropenfuhrer as the folks have as shown in the clip, but we’ll see; got a perverse kind of kick out of that news mannequin asking the farmer if he was “unpatriotic”…just cash your check, have a laugh at the “rabble” and pass the sweet and sour shrimp, dear…



…and Farron Cousins tells about the U.S. House Dems crafting legislation to make sure Trump is indicted for obstruction of justice when he leaves office, though, as Cousins pointed out, yeah, you CAN indict a sitting president; Repugs would have had NO ISSUE WHATSOEVER with trying to indict Bill Clinton…and good point by Cousins about going after Dubya…



…and Missouri House lawmaker Barry Hovis needs to say “oops” and get out – out of public life, anyway (what the hell is it with these bleeping Republicans on this stuff??!!...yeah, I guess I should know what they're all about by now...and to me, the last minute or so of this from Ana was particularly good)…



…and with the prior clip in mind, I give you this from Think Progress about the “party of Lincoln” and ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION ABORTION!!!!...



…and gee, maybe we ought to do something about this climate change thing, huh, as Kyle reminds us (NSFW)…



...and we recently observed the 70th birthdays of Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman of Yes; with that in mind, I give you the following.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Stuff


Seth Meyers gives us a “Closer Look” on the Repugs and their recent spate of anti-abortion bills across this country (I’m definitely not a “legal eagle,” but here’s what’s going on – they KNOW most of these will be overturned on appeal, but one may get through, and that will be the vehicle to ride, as it were, to the High Court to try and overturn Roe…the wingnuts will also look at the legal wording used to shoot down the bills and try to find some kind of an opening based on that also – and I think Meyers’ comment at the very end was based on this)…



…and I know there was a reference to Elizabeth Warren in the prior clip, but Lawrence O’Donnell tells us more here about Warren’s decision not to have a town hall on the Fix Noise Propaganda Network…



…and “The Damage Report” crew tell us about Florida Republicans blocking felons who have served their time from voting again by having to pay an indeterminate amount of fines/legal fees first (which, inconveniently for the wingnuts, is actually in opposition to how people in that state already voted…not that THAT has ever stopped them before, of course)…



…and I feel like getting the weekend off to a bit of a rockin’ start – hope you like this number also.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thursday Stuff


I’m back to try and start things up again here – to begin, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota talks with rape survivor Sam Blakely about the horrible new anti-abortion law recently signed in her state of Alabama by Republican governor Kay Ivey (what I would call a pathetic update from "The Old Gray Lady" is here)…



Update: Uh, yep...

…and speaking of southern A-holes, TYT tells us about Repug U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas advocating war with Iran (and despite his wormy bullshit, yeah, that’s exactly what he’s advocating…and Bernie Sanders is right as usual, and so is the rest of the panel, Jayar Jackson in particular – and sorry, Ana, but Tulsi Gabbard is a joke)…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about AOC’s recent speech to rev up “the faithful” on behalf of the Green New Deal…



…and I guess this is a bit too easy of a musical selection considering the first video, but here it is anyway (and sorry, no Lynyrd Skynyrd today).



Update 5/21/19: Still fighting "the homosexual agenda," I see - what a joke (here).

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Stuff


Probably won’t be posting for about a week for personal reasons – there are times when I just can’t work up the rage I feel like I need to comment on this stuff properly…why on earth anyone would be so cowed into voting for a politician that allows this evil status quo with guns to go on for another minute is something I will never, ever understand (and let us never forget this young man)…



…and I’m sticking with Now This for the following from Dem U.S. House Rep Jamie Raskin…



…and as if to illustrate further what Raskin said, I give you this from The Damage Report…



...and after watching these clips, I have to admit that I'm in the mood for a tune to properly communicate my disgust, so on behalf of Trump supporters everywhere, I'll offer this.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Tuesday Stuff



Yep, it’s “Nail. Hammer. Head.” time from Elizabeth Warren, as noted here



…and Pap and Farron Cousins tell us that the FEC, on a party line vote, decided not to try and keep dark money out of our political campaigns – I definitely think they’re going too easy on Russia and dismissing all of the garbage from our former ol’ buddy Vlad Putin – why the hell should Russia spend a dime trying to influence our elections when they can just hack our infrastructure and do what they want (I’m including this primarily because of their criticism of Saudi Arabia, among other nation/state miscreants)…



…and speaking of Middle East matters, I’m afraid the Gropenfuhrer and his minions are about to enter a new, horrifying stage of this utter pestilence of a *presidency,* and believe me when I tell you that I want to be wrong – I think more than a little bit of a hint is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apparently ratcheting up messes all over the world (with the all-too-willing help of “Blow ‘Em Up” Bolton), including with Iran as noted here, probably because it helps to keep their lizard-brained supporters perpetually scared and wanting to vote for team “R”…I believe the quote from the “Batman” movie was “some men just want to watch the world burn” (potentially starting a war for oil, and the kicker is that the damn oil wouldn’t even be coming here but to Asia instead…not trying to justify any of this lunacy in any way, I hasten to add)…



…and in somewhat of a related story (when it comes to oil anyway), I give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 5/6/09…this is a musical selection, and I can’t recall the last time I did that, but I think it’s timely given this (with maybe a tour next year, apparently).

Monday, May 06, 2019

Monday Stuff


I don’t think Dem U.S. House Rep Tim Ryan has any business running for president, but I applaud him for raising hell in this video on behalf of the Lordstown, Ohio GM workers who will, in all likelihood unfortunately, lose their jobs, as Brian Tyler Cohen tells us (as always, the issue is wages, and as always, the answer for that is strong unions)…



…and I respect Alyssa Milano, but I think she’s wrong to buy into this stupid framing about choosing between Trump and choosing policy alternatives – we need to choose both (Kyle is absolutely right, but I’m not sure that Bernie is the answer; Kyle is dumping on Elizabeth Warren for her defense funding vote – that’s fair, though I think you need to make a judgment based on the totality of someone’s representation versus one single instance, and on that count I think Warren comes out ahead of Bernie)…



…and I think this is a profile in courage, you might say; Andy McKean, the longest serving Republican in the Iowa state legislature, is changing parties from Republican to Democratic because he’s fed up with the Gropenfuhrer – he’ll probably be “rewarded” for this by getting turned out of office in the next election since his district went so heavy for Adolf Twitler last election…he retired once before and my guess is that he’s just fed up with everything, and I can’t blame him, but he’s trying to do a good deed on his way out, so kudos to him…



…and hey, U.S. Senate Dems - how the hell are we supposed to take over “the world’s greatest deliberative body” next year when, apparently, NOBODY WANTS TO RUN??!!, as Farron Cousins tells us (maybe it would be helpful if we didn't have about 6 million party members, as well as Bernie, running for president)…



…and Robert Reich is back for a reminder that Medicare for All is the way to go to insure more people, provide better health care outcomes and save money – not sure what else there is to think about here, people




...and speaking of health care, this is National Nurse Appreciation Week - here is a tune for the occasion.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Saturday Stuff


As noted here, the U.S. Senate recently failed to pass a 2/3rds vote to overturn Generalissimo Trump’s veto of a bill to end our support of Saudi Arabia’s slaughter in Yemen.

The 2/3rds margin was needed to prevent a filibuster. And if that isn’t an argument for destroying the filibuster once and for all, I don’t know what is.


As noted from here:
Seven Republicans broke with the White House and joined all Senate Democrats to override the veto, which ultimately failed on a 53-45 vote. The measure needed 67 votes to override the veto. Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla) did not vote.



The resolution passed the Senate in March and the House in April. The Senate also passed the measure in the previous Congress after it gained momentum in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Some lawmakers viewed the resolution as a way to punish the Saudi government for Khashoggi’s murder.

"The United States should not be supporting a catastrophic war led by a despotic regime," (Independent Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie) Sanders said on the Senate floor. "This war is clearly unconstitutional. I hear many of my Republican friends claim that they are strict constitutionalists. Well, if you are a strict constitutionalist, voting to override Trump's veto should be a no-brainer because this war has not been authorized by Congress."


Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) emphasized prior to the vote that Congress had "the opportunity to override the veto in pursuit of justice, prudence and upholding the constitutionally mandated separation of powers," while (Dem U.S. CT Senator Chris) Murphy blasted the government of Saudi Arabia.

"The Saudis' behavior has gotten more outrageous, has crossed more human rights lines, has compromised the safety of more American citizens, and yet no response from the United States Congress," Murphy said.

And as noted from here
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged his colleagues to reject the override vote. Republican critics of the resolution have argued that it fails to address threats posed by Iran.

"Abandoning our Saudi partners and Yemini partners is hardly the way to give them the confidence to take the hard diplomatice (sic) steps that are necessary," McConnell said on the Senate floor prior to the vote. "An abrupt withdrawal would be good news for Iran, the Houthi rebels they support and for al-Qaida as well."

I know it’s not exactly headline news to point out that Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao is a liar. However, it’s a little dicey to try and explain an admittedly complicated situation like this (even for your humble narrator, admittedly not the sharpest knife in the proverbial drawer) and explain HOW and WHY he is lying, but I’ll endeavor to do so.

To begin, influence peddling, along with ample amounts of money and patronage positions, be they elected or appointed (and I’ll admit that it gets harder to tell the difference every day), is what makes Washington, D.C. (and the Beltway corporate/political/media establishment) run. And yes, I know that isn’t exactly “man bites dog” stuff.


Here is what is going on: Ro Khanna (who continues to stand tall as far as I’m concerned) introduced a U.S. House resolution to end our involvement in this slaughter. So the Saudis sent their lobbyists to work, saying that we had to support them in their incursion against the Houthi rebels in Yemen (and that includes working on team “D” as well as team “R,” I hasten to add).

Oh, and why are the rebels rebelling, as it were? Well, because they opposed the Saudi-installed ruler in that country. So the Saudis of course attacked, trying to bomb the country into the Stone Age to bend them to their will. And the “boogeyman” that the lobbyists used to keep the pols in line was to say that the Saudis were trying to keep Iran out of Yemen.


Well, there are a couple of problems with that explanation (as noted here)…
While political and military leaders in Iran have vocally supported the Houthi rebellion against Yemen’s government, critics challenge the extent to which the rebels rely on financial or military support from Iranian operatives as alleged by Saudi Arabia.

The Atlantic Council, which typically takes a relatively hawkish line on foreign policy, noted in a 2017 report that more “recent evidence from interviews with Houthis suggests that Iran does not enjoy command and control over them,” citing several instances in which Houthi leaders ignored demands from Iran. The think tank added that while Houthis “generally admitted to some limited Iranian backing,” alleged flights connecting the two countries to bring weapons and advisers to the region “never materialized as the war broke out in earnest, putting the airport out of action.”

Also (as noted here)…
Hodeidah, Yemen (CNN) – Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have transferred American-made weapons to al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias, and other factions waging war in Yemen, in violation of their agreements with the United States, a CNN investigation has found.

The weapons have also made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels battling the coalition for control of the country, exposing some of America's sensitive military technology to Tehran and potentially endangering the lives of US troops in other conflict zones.


Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, its main partner in the war, have used the US-manufactured weapons as a form of currency to buy the loyalties of militias or tribes, bolster chosen armed actors, and influence the complex political landscape, according to local commanders on the ground and analysts who spoke to CNN.

By handing off this military equipment to third parties, the Saudi-led coalition is breaking the terms of its arms sales with the US, according to the Department of Defense. After CNN presented its findings, a US defense official confirmed there was an ongoing investigation into the issue.

The revelations raise fresh questions about whether the US has lost control over a key ally presiding over one of the most horrific wars of the past decade, and whether Saudi Arabia is responsible enough to be allowed to continue buying the sophisticated arms and fighting hardware. Previous CNN investigations established that US-made weapons were used in a series of deadly Saudi coalition attacks that killed dozens of civilians, many of them children.

Isn’t that just the limit? Our “dear friends” the Saudis, who we’re supposed to support in lockstep, are violating arms agreements with us by giving our weapons to terrorists who apparently have for-real links to Iran. So if anyone is doing their best to involve Iran in these horrors, it’s the Saudis themselves! Oh, and by the way, as the story tells us, this also endangers our military!

This whole story makes me angry. Angry at representatives of our government for totally abdicating anything approximating diplomacy or an attempt to act like adults and use whatever “soft power” we still have to get the primary combatants in all of this to the table and try to end this insanity (and once again, the reason Trump gutted the State Department almost as soon as he parked his ample butt in the executive chair in An Oval Office, on Putin’s orders of course, is because THAT is the way we can genuinely make a difference in these ordeals, and Putin knew that of course). Angry at our media (with notable exceptions at times) for utterly failing to try and explain this admittedly difficult story and not letting themselves be spoon fed by politicians about it as per usual. Angry at the faith community overall for not making more noise about this. Angry at other world leaders for not showing us up to be utterly clueless on this matter, though, to be fair, the world still looks to us for leadership on this stuff, though we have ceded a lot of that I realize by sloth and stupidity…this is a chance to reclaim a bit of that, though were failing of course because of the aforementioned graft and influence peddling from amenable (or so we think) foreign actors to keep our politicians in line. Angry at voters who elect politicians who are so easily compromised. And angry at myself for not saying more about this using my admittedly small online soapbox.

I agree with Mike Lee on virtually nothing, but he (and Bernie Sanders of course, along with Chris Murphy and the other Senate Dems) are to be applauded for trying to end our involvement in this almost Biblical degree of carnage (and I grudgingly have to give credit to the seven Republican senators who have tried to end our involvement also, though I’m sure all of them as well as Lee will gladly stab us in the back some other way tomorrow and from that time going forward).

This bill to end our participation in this utter disaster must be brought to a vote once more. And we must all do more to make our voices heard to end our involvement once and for all (all of which puts me in the mood to hear this tune)…

Friday, May 03, 2019

Friday Stuff


Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now” tells us about Jamie Davis Smith, who is only trying to obtain health coverage for her daughter to continue living but has to go to truly heroic measures to accomplish that task in a country with generally poor health care outcomes (the clip is about a month old, and a completely unsurprising update IMHO is here...and by the way, don’t think that, because I’m linking here, that I’m on board with Tulsi Gabbard in any way, shape or form, because I’m not…too many questions about her and the Assad regime in Syria and the Modi family in India, and this “Dem maverick” act of hers went out with grunge as far as I’m concerned) – more to the point, why anyone would trust a liar like Trump and a Republican Party that has tried over 60 times in Congress to repeal “Obamacare” without a replacement is something I’ll never understand – and to imagine getting a divorce to keep health care…what country am I living in again?



…and speaking of health care, Cenk and John I. tell us about this Repug idiot Debbie Lasko saying that illegals should just die instead of getting medical treatment, even though they’re allowed to do so because The Sainted Ronnie R actually did something right, which the doctor tries to tell Lasko, but all she does in response is keep reading the script – people actually elect numbskulls like her (the hearing had to do with Medicare for All as noted here, and I guess we just need to keep saying over and over and over and over and over and over and over that, yes, it will be expensive, but it will be at least 2 trillion cheaper over the next decade than our unsustainable system of private coverage and M4A will ensure more people (here) – God almighty!)…



…and Ro Khanna continues to stand tall on this subject among others (more good work from Brian Tyler Cohen also)…



…and apparently, Americans are some of the most stressed-out people in the planet – proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free (by the way, I’m genuinely not trying to inflict stress on anyone by doing this; in my way, I’m endeavoring to inform…I hope I’m succeeding and not causing negativity, or at least not too much anyway)…



…and once more, Seth Meyers finds a way to weave comedy gold from still more dross from the Gropenfuhrer; I know this clip is a couple of days old (and with all due respect to dogs, I think the “greatest equipment” is a subpoena)…



…and I don’t know what’s up with all of these dudes standing in the shadows, but for an indie tune, I think this is pretty good.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Thursday Stuff


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

In a related story, Brian Tyler Cohen shows how Dem U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of CA basically cornered Trump legal fixer Bill Barr into confirming that he didn’t go through the evidence presented in the Mueller Report, even though Barr said that he did (we need to keep fighting of course, but I’m beginning to wonder if the full report will ever see the light of day, unlike the results of the Ken Starr inquisition during the Clinton years, which was completely unredacted when it hit the bookstores – Republicans will keep abusing power until the day comes when they actually lose it, which, outside of a courtroom judgment, is the only penalty they will ever understand)…



…and TYT tells us about that numbskull Brian Kilmeade attacking the firefighters union head over its endorsement of Joe Biden (with Brett Erlich, Cenk and Hasan Piker…unfortunately, as nearly as I can determine, Erlich is right about HRC from ’16…and good points here by Piker about Biden, the Teamsters and Cozen O’Connor)…



…and Farron Cousins tells us of the increase of the price of consumer goods related to the Gropenfuhrer’s tariffs (such as washing machines and dryers just for kicks also apparently, among a lot of other stuff – and yeah, you would think this would make the price of these goods cheaper…you would think)…



…and happy belated 80th birthday (!) to Judy Collins.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tuesday Stuff


I thought this was some pretty clear-eyed commentary from David Pakman about what we’re dealing with concerning our Lunatic-In-Chief at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (and yeah, on the matter of stonewalling and the impeachment question, I think he’s right to forget about waiting for the “constitutional conservatives”)…



…and there’s almost too much that is wrong about Stephen Moore to properly catalog here – it’s an understatement to say that this Koch-backed shill has no business in public life whatsoever, to say nothing of being grossly unqualified for a positon at the Federal Reserve Board, but this video pretty much puts the proverbial exclamation point of all of this awfulness (more Moore stuff is here)…



Update 5/2/19: Yeah, it's never a good sign when what you've said and written is being "reviewed" after your nomination has already been put forward, even for the Trumpsters - Moore can now go back to Fix Noise and bloviate with impunity again (here).

…and speaking of Trump sycophants, Repug Sen. Charles Grasshole of Iowa recently talked down to a constituent when she confronted him over his awful health care votes; I think this is the “Aggressive Progressives” crew – I’ll pay more attention to them now that Jimmy Dore is gone…



…and, apparently, even though the Dems managed to retake the U.S. House last fall, somehow this Repug fathead from Minnesota named Jim Hagedorn ended up getting elected – Hagedorn recently gave us this jewel of wingnuttery, which made me recall the following clip; let’s see what we can do about erasing this mistake next year…



…and RIP director John Singleton (of “Boyz N The Hood” of course)…



…and somehow I neglected to note that yesterday was the birthday of the one and only Willie Nelson – hope it was a great one.