Monday, September 16, 2019

Monday Stuff


I would say that it’s pretty damn obvious by now why the “party of Lincoln” wanted no parts of Deborah Ramirez during the Schlitz Kavanaugh confirmation hearing based on this – the clip below with Katy Tur and Heidi Przybyla reminds us how the allegations were treated the first time around (and once more, the expression on the face of Kavanaugh's wife speaks volumes as far as I'm concerned)…



…and the TMR crew, including Heather "Digby" Parton, tell us about Beto O’Rourke’s reaction to AR-15's from the last Democratic debate (I definitely agree with him in principle, but I don't know of a practical way to get all AR-15's out of commission...as much as I hate to admit it, they're people's property and I don't think you should just arbitrarily take them...don't have a better answer unfortunately...and yeah, I'll keep my eye on Chris Coons also)...



Update: Wow, THAT didn’t take long (here) – not sure how much combat Coons could have seen at Yale Divinity School; as soon as I find out who will primary Coons (who’s up for re-election in 2020), that person can count on a contribution from yours truly.

…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about the Gropenfuhrer actually entertaining the possibility of bringing the Taliban to Camp David for peace talks around the 9/11 anniversary (once more, if a certain 44th President of the United States had entertained such an idea, all the Fix Noise talking heads would have stroked out in an apoplectic fit – I think Chris Wallace took it easy on Pompeo here because I’m sure Wallace got spanked over his last Pompeo interview, where I think Wallace did a good job...Pompeo is of course a pompous ass, which makes him perfect for this administration)…



…and Robert Reich tells us about the GOP’s plan to hold onto power in next year’s election – we all need to make sure we vote for Democrats like our lives depend on it, because that may very well be the stakes…



…and man, all of a sudden, it’s a bad time for “classic rock” performers – RIP to Eddie Money…



...and Ric Ocasek of The Cars (here).

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Stuff


Farron Cousins tells us about something called the Foundation for Government Accountability, which demonizes poor people as you might expect, and yeah, if you guessed that this links back to Charles Koch, you win a free copy of the speech “A Shining City On A Hill” by The Sainted Ronnie R, which you could easily shred and use to line your cat’s litter box, if you’re so inclined (and if you have a cat of course, or maybe shred it even if you don’t)…



…and speaking of Chucky Koch, he apparently is using consumer data to target voters the way the wingnuts want (using something called i360, which benefited Marsha Blackburn in 2018; basically, in this “Citizens United” era, reality has pretty much been chucked right out the window in attack ads - better be careful, John...too much truth-telling might get you demonetized...Ana's commentary in the last two minutes is pretty good)...



…and Kyle K. tells us that the Repugs are trying to “dump the dregs” of their party in anticipation of the 2020 election (yeah, good luck with that – focus seems to be on Steve King and Liz Cheney, who are bad for different reasons as Kyle points out)…



…and speaking of dregs, this woman Elizabeth Heng has been trying to get this vile campaign ad out in online media for a little while apparently – Facebook temporarily blocked her, but of course there was enough $$ to eventually make it worthwhile, as John I. alluded to previously, so now it’s out there…truly no bottom for these life forms, in this case comparing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to “the killing fields” in Cambodia under Pol Pot – I realize it’s pointless to try and tell people like Heng that “socialism” also includes tax breaks for oil companies, tax breaks for sports franchise owners trying to buy stadiums, “social” security, health care to our veterans through the VA, labor unions, bank deposit insurance, farm price supports, and on and on (more here...and as far as the Green New Deal being “ridiculous” goes, I give you this)…



…and like a lot of other people out there, I’ve gotten annoyed at the Democratic Party leadership at times for maybe being over cautious (though I’ve also reconsidered and realized they were right), so I should also give them props when they stand up and do the right thing as Nancy Pelosi does here on guns (Brian Tyler Cohen explains)…



…and I think this is an appropriate tune befitting this calendar date and day.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


“Everyone’s days in the Trump Administration are numbered” – that’s probably correct, as long as it never applies to the rest of us as well (in the matter of “Blow ‘Em Up” Bolton supposedly getting canned by the Gropenfuhrer, though I’m also inclined to believe that Bolton quit…”working for a four-year-old in a really old body”…uh huh…and “Team of Rivals” vs. “Team of Rodents” – heh)…



…and no, I don’t think he’s joking either about trying to stay in office, as Stephen Colbert points out (those evangelicals continue to allow themselves to be played like cheap fiddles; I could say a lot worse about them, but I’ll hold off for now)…



…oh, and did you hear about the Gropenfuhrer shoring up his failing golf resort with tax $$ and making millions, as Kyle K. tells us (NSFW…Kyle needs to give it a rest on the Clinton Foundation, though…more here)…



…and before Lawrence put his metaphorical foot in it on Trump and the Deutsche Bank stuff, he had this clip a little while ago about Mango Mussolini “stealing grief,” which I think is timely for this day even though part of me truly hates to mention him as part of our remembrance (and notice that he’s holding a Sharpie in his hand of course – here...more is here)…



Update: "Never forget" indeed - bastards (here).

…and these next two clips are timely for this day also of course (related items are here, here, and here).



Monday, September 09, 2019

Monday Stuff


Thom Hartmann looks at “Trump-istan” of the US of A versus the rest of the world, and it’s a pretty sorry comparison as things stand at the moment, including torture of children and telling sick kids trying to get treatment to go die somewhere else (he gets to the gory details at about 4:25 or so…I vaguely recall the Kitty Genovese story)…



…and yeah, don’t look now, but our Treasonous Orange Pestilence compromised a Russian intelligence asset who we had to get out of the picture quickly – and yeah, good luck trying to get someone on the inside like that again anytime soon (here – Reason #4,687,212 why a certain Gropenfuhrer needs to get his ass impeached, and then convicted and sentenced to prison)…



…and Kyle tells us about Ro Khanna speaking with someone named Steve Hilton on Fix Noise about a public/private partnership to try and keep tech jobs in THIS country, for a change (what a concept – Khanna continues to impress, FWIW)…



…and Sam and the crew from “The Majority Report” tell us about the latest apparent craze in the “ed-biz,” and that is to design school buildings in such a way that it’s harder for mass shooters to fire and easier for kids to hide out I suppose…of course, we could PASS COMMON SENSE GUN LEGISLATION INSTEAD…BUT THAT’S SOMETHING A GODLESS LIB WOULD SAY…U-S-A! U-S-A!...



...and speaking of godless libs, it looks like we have another wingnut movie coming out - OMG! IT'S ANTIFA! AND THEY ALL HAVE M4s AND AR-15s HIDDEN IN THE BACK OF THEIR PICKUP TRUCKS! AND SOMEHOW, THEY'RE ALL EXPERT SHOTS! AND THE COPS HAVE FAILED US! GRAB A GUN AND RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!

(And I'm sorry - well, actually I'm not - but firing a gun into the sky like that is laugh-out-loud hilarious)...



...and this song has some words to live by - these guys don't make a big presentation I'll admit, but they rock!

Friday, September 06, 2019

Friday Stuff (updates)


I think this video from Rachel Maddow last night should be required viewing for anybody who thinks that the Gropenfuhrer’s involvement with Russia is a “nothing-burger” of a story (more on the disappearance of funds heading straight for that stupid wall is here, here, and here)…




Update: Gee, I guess this settles it, huh - smh...

…and according to Farron Cousins, it looks like Mango Mussolini is going after former staffers for allegedly violating their NDAs, though he may end up losing on that also (one can only hope...and I may order my copy of the "Impeach" board game soon - heh)…



…and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about the Swanson TV dinner heir basically advocating violence against cops if they come to take anyone’s guns, which will NEVER HAPPEN anyway, people (there has been some talk about “red flag” laws I know – not the biggest fan, but literally better than nothing…great point by Ana about law enforcement getting shot in Odessa, TX, tragically…wonder how many advertisers Tucker will lose for this?)…



…and Amanda Litman tells us about the importance of down-ballot races in elections (cannot stress this enough, people – we were massacred in the 2010 midterms, something which became obvious as the decade unfolded – more here)…



…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 9/7/13; I know we just recognized Labor Day, and with that in mind, I don’t think this clip needs any further explanation…



…and I might as well ring down the proverbial curtain on my summer selections with this tune.



Update 1: Speaking of "ringing down the curtain," this indeed is bad news – I enjoyed reading Joe Romm, E.A. Crunden, Casey Michel, Alan Pyke and Ian Millhiser. I hope everyone lands on their feet and continues to do great work.

Update 2: Not sure how I could have forgot about Judd Legum, who founded the site in the first place; all the best to him also.

Update 3: I saw somebody comment on Twitter that if Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg had pooled their resources, they might have been able to save the site. I'd throw Tom Steyer in with the two of them also.

Update 4: I wish I could argue with this, but I don't see how I can.

Update 5: OK, I'll be honest - I could definitely have lived without Jessica Goldstein, who I think was doing her part to turn the site into The Huffington Post, but just because I didn't care for her content doesn't mean that someone else couldn't have found it worthwhile.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Thursday Stuff


Hold on a minute – I’ll just get my Sharpie and make myself look about 10 years younger and give myself about a million page views a day...yes, I’ve definitely asked the question Ana poses at the end (more context on the latest Gropenfuhrer insanity is here, here, here, here and here)…



Update 9/9/19: Typical for this pathetic bunch of criminals, frauds and pissants (here)...

…and Seth Meyers gives us a “Closer Look” from a day or so ago with more on Dorian, as well as Pence joining in the grift in Ireland (and yes, here is more related idiocy from our Treasonous Orange Meat Sack)…



…and Farron Cousins tells us about Repugs freaking out over the disclosure of their donors which, as Cousins points out, is readily available public information (and I checked out on Whoopi Goldberg awhile back also, to tell you the truth)…



…and David Doel tells us about the British MP who gave it back to Boris Johnson over Johnson’s ridiculous racial attacks (I was waited on by a cashier wearing a burqa in the Boots chemist a few years ago, and yeah, I lived to tell the tale, shockingly enough – in a related story as they say, I don’t have a clue as to whether or not Johnson will be able to force a “snap” election which, I believe, may enable him to get a “hard” Brexit passed with or without the Queen’s support; Chris Hayes had a good video about the UK thing last night, but of course it’s not available from MSNBC’s awful web site…the more I watch the news reports on this, the more confused I am, which may be part of Johnson’s scheme also I realize…also, apparently YouTube demonetized this video for some reason – to support David Doel, please click here)…



…and believe it or not, the “Button-Down Mind” himself is 90 – happy birthday to Bob Newhart



…and speaking of milestones, I don’t know how Al Stewart can be 74, but somehow he is – here’s to an appreciation of someone who has made a lot of great, literate music, not just including “Year Of The Cat.”

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Tuesday Stuff


I thought this was some good work by CNN to remind us how much #DonaldTheDuffer has lied about golf in particular, as opposed to his other lies on everything else (and yeah, this is about what you would expect from a pathetic little baby like him)…



…and Kyle K. tells us about the answer from Bernie Sanders in response a question about the rise of right-wing populism (Kyle is so right about the Dems, and I think he’s basically correct about HRC, but God, I wish he would give up on Tulsi Gabbard, who to me is an utter fraud…the last minute or so of this in particular is thoroughly spot-on IMHO)…



…and Robert Reich, with the just-passed holiday still in mind, tells us the 5 biggest corporate lies about unions…



…and gee, don’t look now, but it looks like corrupted electronic voting machines were discovered in Mississippi, but don’t look for #MoscowMitch #MassMurderMItch to do anything about it (but to do something about Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao, click here)…



…and we just passed on Friday what would have been the 75th birthday of The Eternal Molly Ivins, who definitely would have run with the just-highlighted story about Mississippi’s voting machines – can’t wait for this doc to be available and streaming somewhere…



...and here's a neat new tune featuring another woman who kicks ass in her chosen profession.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Monday Stuff


It looks like it’s yet another time in this country not to politicize gun control (here); more info on the latest mass murdering lunatic in this country is here (and yeah, definitely not a Muslim or immigrant), and here is a link to more ridiculous gun-related bills due to be enacted in Texas as noted in the report…



Update: Normally I wouldn't bother to highlight Republican simpatico idiocy on the issue of guns like this, but this response from Tony Perkins unofficially breaks the stoo-pid meter as far as I'm concerned.

Update 9/6/19: As noted from here, Not Your Father's Republican Party has learned absolutely nothing on this issue.

…and speaking of the Gropenfuhrer, don’t worry, I’m sure Neil Cavuto will be back towing the line for him soon enough, but for now, credit where it’s due for this…



…and Farron Cousins tells us that Republican senators are worried that Adolf Twitler will sabotage their careers – boo-freaking-hoo! (unfortunately, Cousins is wrong about Pat Toomey; he's up for re-election in 2022, but he's right that the same Republican policies are consistently wrong no matter which Republican is in charge)…



…and Thom Hartmann speaks with Larry Cohen, the board chair of Our Revolution, regarding the current state of labor (not TOTALLY bad news, but we have a lot of work to do in this country – there are many reasons why I despise The Sainted Ronnie R, and this may be the biggest)…




…and here’s a reminder of the importance of the holiday, as well as the labor movement overall (more here and here)…



Update: Talk about a relic (h/t to Thom Hartmann on Twitter)...

...and here's a work-related tune that I don't think I've ever included before at this site.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday Stuff


Farron Cousins tells us about one North Dakota farmer in particular who has had enough of Mango Mussolini and his tariffs (I think Cousins misspoke on the “voted on by a court” phrase, but the rest of his commentary is spot-on IMHO)…



...and Cenk and Ana of TYT connect the dots, as it were, between the rapacious, capitalist corporate greed head scam going on in the Amazon and the regime of the Gropenfuhrer, including Blackstone and Stephen Schwarzman (I don't condone violence, but if I were a U.S. soybean farmer watching this, I might be inclined to go get a gun and arrange transportation to Washington, D.C.)...



..and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now talks to Lee Gelernt of the ACLU about the atrocities going on at our southern border; how anyone can claim to belong to any kind of organized religion at all and still support this is something I will never, ever understand



…and David Pakman tells us that Generalissimo Trump may be turning on Fix Noise at long last (good point at the end about George Lakoff)...



…also, Rachel Maddow interviews Ellen Weintraub of the FEC about that regulating body being short changed by Moscow Mitch and the Repugs, including *President* Orange Cheetoh of course (more here)…



…and David Doel gives David Koch one more shot, which I think is apropos even though the latter has shed his mortal coil, if you will (stuff is included in this clip which should be part of Koch's legacy for sure as far as I'm concerned)…



…and turning to the world of sports, I thought this was yet another good commentary from Dale Hansen on the occasion of the retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck (ironically named given his injury history) from the NFL (here) – I don’t think Luck has to prove a damn thing to anybody, and any elite athlete who sacrifices his health at this age for fame and fortune is playing with fire – not the most original of “takes” I realize (some in the Philly sports media have been speculating that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz might do the same thing one day, which Wentz is entitled to do as far as I’m concerned – speaking of the Birds, they just completed yet another ho-hum preseason…I realize those games don’t count, but losing 6-0 to the New York Jets? Really??!!)…



Update 9/2/19: Classy...

…and it seems we have indeed come to the official end of the summer season with the Labor Day weekend upon us (sniff) – I may work in a couple of more seasonal tunes anyway despite that over the next few days, but for now, here’s a little “Friday with Frank.”

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


(Oh, and in case we'd somehow forgotten with all of the other Trump lunacy out there, the pic has to do with this.)

Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about conservatives targeting journalists – and their families apparently – who report negatively on the Gropenfuhrer… good point by Cenk about Roger Ailes with his binder against non-Fox hosts, and an even better point by Cenk about courage...



...and let's not forget about this either...


Update 1: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

Update 2: #RussianCosigners

Update 3: Ugh - in the end, just some sloppy journalism (here)...sometimes I wonder if the networks screw this stuff up on purpose; you either have the proverbial smoking gun or you don't...reminds me of Dubya's pals complaining about broken typewriter keys on the memos about 43's time in the Air National Guard (and don't think for a minute that this lets President Fergus Laing off the hook).

…and Sam Seder and the “Majority Report” crew tell us about Trump AG Secretary Sonny Perdue referring to farmers as whiners, pretty much…and gee, to me, this sounds like the dreaded “S” word that the Repugs like to throw around when it suits them, particularly against Bernie Sanders…



…and speaking of Bernie, David Doel of The Rational National takes Zerlina Maxwell to task for claiming that Sanders doesn’t have any policies, or something – try doing the admittedly hard work of reviewing everything Sanders has written to see if you have an actual disagreement before opening your pie hole next time, OK?...



…and Farron Cousins tells us why it’s a bad idea to cut payroll taxes as a way to try and get out of a recession (oh, but Our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Lunatic In Charge tells us that we’re not heading towards that, of course – uh huh)…



…and I have to admit that I got a kick out of this concerning NYT columnist Bret Stephens and his recent “snowflake” moment (more here and here)…



…and here is a somewhat more conventional musical number for this time of year (James gets a little rude part of the way through, so please listen on your headphones).

Monday, August 26, 2019

Monday Stuff


Ali Velshi sits in here for Lawrence O’Donnell on “The Last Word” and interviews reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell, who tells us that voters may be a little further ahead of the media/political/industrial complex when it comes to the “I” word and the Gropenfuhrer (and I guess I shouldn't be surprised by Conor Lamb sitting on the fence here, though it is disappointing)...



…and in another bit of Dem squeamishness, this clip tells us that the DNC voted down a climate debate (and the resolution definitely failed with the full committeeugh...and I know it's way too early to take this stuff seriously, but the polling data I'm seeing tells me that Biden is sinking like a stone)...



…and this clip gives us a little insight into what it’s like to try and live off food stamps (sounds like, for at least one week a month, you’re on your own; I give you "the ownership society," something right out of Dickens and “Les Miserables”)…



…and Sam Seder and the crew of “The Majority Report” quite rightly take Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News to task over Generalissimo Trump and immigration (slightly NSFW, and sorry I’m a little behind the curve on this)…



…and Kyle K. tells us how “Goodhair” Perry got scammed recently (if The Eternal Molly Ivins were still with us, she definitely would have fun with this, though, given that Perry is in charge of our nukes, I suppose it isn’t that particularly hilarious)...



…and my musical selection from last Friday was stuck in the ‘70s for sure, and this one is too…last Saturday marked the 45th anniversary of the release of “Verities and Balderdash” by Harry Chapin; we know “Cat’s In The Cradle” was the signature song from that recording, and “Shooting Star” was also a memorable tune, but I’m going to take a bit of a deeper dive with this one (this tune is preachy as hell, but as you know, that’s never stopped me before :-).

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday Stuff


I realize that, under normal circumstances, the correct and proper thing to do when someone dies is to either say something good or, absent that, say nothing at all. But I’m going to make an exception for David Koch, for all of the reasons Farron Cousins points out in the video (and for this).

He deserves to be slow-roasting on a spit in hell at this very moment, right alongside Roger Ailes and The Sainted Ronnie R, who should both be experiencing the same fate (and I likewise will feel no remorse whatsoever when he is joined by his brother Charles one day)…




Update: Uh, yep.

…and of all of the ruinous impacts of voting right-wing strongmen into power, their harm to the environment may be the very worst, as Michael Brooks of The Majority Report points out (to help the Amazon rainforest, click here - more predictable Bolsonaro BS is here)…



…and Cenk and Ana tell us that Generalissimo Trump is prepared to detain migrants indefinitely, doing away with something from 1997 called the Flores Settlement (so many reasons why we’re in 25th Amendment territory right now, and this is but one)…



…and John I. and Jayar Jackson tell us about the Gropenfuhrer’s recent remarks about Jews and loyalty (although apparently, this is Adolf Twitler’s latest craziness – hard to keep up with this utter dumpster fire of a “presidency”...will trying to tell corporate America what to do FINALLY, AT LONG LAST be "a bridge too far," as it were?)…



…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 8/23/10…for anyone who remembers the so-called “ground zero mosque” (which wasn’t planned to be built at ground zero and wasn’t a mosque – more here and here), the protest scene in this clip will appear to be familiar (and yes, the Kochs were connected to the “Astroturf” protest of the mosque through something called the American Future Fund in attacks against Dem Congressman Bruce Braley, as noted here)…



…and I know we had some 1969 nostalgia recently with Woodstock, but I thought I’d change things up a bit here with this tune, which was No. 1 on the Top 40 chart for the week ending 8/25/79 (and a NSFW message appears onscreen halfway through, just to warn you).

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


Yeah, you can pretty much expect the Gropenfuhrer and his minions (including Fix Noise of course) to plummet to new depths every day as they attack and demonize anyone who they claim to be “the opposition” – Cenk and Ana give us just the latest example as the minions of the Roger Ailes BS Factory gang up once more on Dem U.S. House Reps Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar…”Holocaust envy,” huh? Stomach turning, truly – an item related to the pic is here



(and by the way, for anyone who thinks Trump/Hitler comparisons are only hyperbole, I give you this.)...

…and I think we entered 25th Amendment territory long ago, but this stuff about buying Greenland from Denmark definitely qualifies as far as I’m concerned – I find nothing funny at all when it comes to mental illness, which I think is completely on display here…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us that Shep Smith pretty much busted Generalissimo Trump on letting the air out of the proverbial ball once again on common sense gun laws, opting for the “mental health” dodge after paying lip service to universal background checks…



…and here’s a rockin’ little number with a bit of a Muscle Shoals sound – works for me and hopefully you too.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday Stuff


Robert Reich tells us about the increase in CEO pay in 2018; don’t mean to get anyone’s blood up seeing as how it’s already hot outside, but the data doesn’t lie, people…



…and isn’t THIS interesting - Stephanie Ruhle interviews two reporters who broke a story about the Epoch Times, a Pro-Trump news outlet, funded by the Falun Gong Chinese spiritual group (maybe “Adolf Twitler” really is the Manchurian Candidate after all…and yeah, I think we ALL are curious about exactly what these characters have in mind for 2020 also, though I don’t think it’s too difficult to guess)...



…and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us that Joni Ernst and her typical Repug fallback position on “mental health” in the wake of our most recent gun tragedies didn’t play too well with the Iowa folks back home – like to think this might lead to Ernst’s removal from public office, but given the history of that state, I’m not getting my hopes up…



…and Kyle K. gives it back to Bill Maher on the latter’s attack of the BDS movement – for all the reasons Kyle points out, Maher is completely and utterly wrong (to say nothing of utterly un-funny anymore also...mildly NSFW)…



…and I normally stay out of lefty “food fights,” as it were, because it’s really just an excuse for our corporate media and their wingnut counterparts to jump in and have good sport while beating the “divided Democrats” narrative completely and utterly to death, but I’m going to make an exception over what I consider to be the recent antics of Susan Sarandon (here, and some noteworthy context is here).

It apparently started when Sarandon, while endorsing Bernie Sanders, made a remark that Sanders was never a Republican, which apparently was intended as a swipe at Elizabeth Warren. Well, people change political parties all the time for various reasons, some having to do with seeking the best deal you can get, which is just human nature after all. To me, what matters is what you do (if anything) to take advantage of someone and promote yourself by doing that. And I have no indication that Warren has ever walked on anyone to get herself where she is (if it turns out later that that has happened, then I think we should look at it on a case-by-case basis, but again, this is only “if”).

Well, in response, Neera Tanden complained that Sarandon did her part to drive down Dem turnout and elect The Gropenfuhrer, which is completely accurate. So of course, the Sanders camp (led by David Sirota) got all unglued because apparently YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO CRITICIZE SUSAN SARANDON BECAUSE THAT’S A DE FACTO CRITICISM OF BERNIE!!!

Well, @ReignofApril on Twitter brought back this clip from shortly before the 2016 election, and I submit it once more for your approval – YOU tell ME how well this has aged after almost three years (God help us) of Mango Mussolini and his utter misery of a “presidency” ("I don't vote with my vagina" - just too precious for words)…



Update 8/21/19: Too funny (here)...

And by the way, NEVER forget this...


…and happy belated 80th birthday to Ginger Baker of Cream.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Monday Stuff


Gee, it looks like Steven Arnold King of Iowa’s Fourth District wants an actual apology from US for his utterly twisted, bigoted, misogynist remarks – once more, to do something about this monster, click here - and get a load of this



…and in somewhat of a King-esque vein, Rachel Maddow tells us about another wingnut circuit court judge who Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao and Generalissimo Trump just railroaded into a lifetime approintment, and that would be Steve Menashi…yeah, when you get rid of the flowery language, we’re talking about white nationalism here, folks (and yeah, the BS “Blackjack” Pershing and the pigs blood story is back again – God almighty, I wish Senate Democrats could find a way to make this a campaign issue since it’s really damn important)…



…and I think this is a really good “Rational National” clip with some harsh medicine for the Democrats, and as usual, AOC is in the middle of things speaking truth (and I think people should vote regardless, but the reality is that, to motivate the Dem base, they need a reason…and if you want to get an idea of how truly insular and out-of-touch the Dem “leadership” truly is, I give you this tweet, in particular the part about the 75 Democrats who allowed themselves to be interviewed by that pig Mark Halperin – it’s a shame that money is the measure of political clout, but it is what it is)…




…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us that it looks like Larry Kudlow is whistling in the dark on the economy once more – wonder if he’s visiting the snowman again?



…and John, Cenk and Maz Jobrani tells us about someone who may not be the new Dem poll leader yet, but she’s getting awfully close (and given the prior clip, it probably isn’t surprising – and I wouldn’t exact call this a ringing endorsement of Biden)…



…and here’s another summer tune – hope you’re staying cool wherever you are.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Stuff


Seth Meyers tells us about the Gropenfuhrer holding another hate fest, this time in our beloved commonwealth (gotta love the “fib bit” thing; totally fits for him - I personally think we should start a tourism boycott of places where Our Treasonous Orange Meat Sack spews his bile, and if that includes PA, so be it)…



Update 8/18/19: And yeah, this sure figures, doesn't it?

…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Minnesota farmers unhappy with Trump (I wonder how many of those MAGA, Trump-cheering idiots in PA and New Hampshire know about this, or care)…



…and Farron Cousins of Ring of Fire tells us about “Adolf Twitler” musing about trying to purchase Greenland – video basically ends at about 3:20 (and I think this is way too damn funny in response)…



…and Willie Geist of “Morning Joe” talks with Jonathan Swan about companies pushing back against Generalissimo Trump on immigration – about freaking time (“the benefits of tax reform have worked themselves through the economy,” huh? Not for me, they haven’t – and about China and agriculture, see the first video…Joe Scar takes a while to ask his question, but I think Swan is right about people overcompensating on the whole “wobbles” thing…and my 401(k) is breaking even at this point, but that’s about it, so to hell with that talking point)…



…and here are a couple of more memorable tunes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.



Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday Stuff


Rachel Maddow tells us about a recent Pentagon white paper on how Russians move in and take over in countries that they consider “targets,” and it looks like the US of A qualifies for that, sadly…pretty damn amazing “A” block on Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao (sorry she hurt her leg on vacation, but I would definitely say that took lemons and made lemonade, you might say)…



To me, it will be absolutely beyond belief if congressional Democrats (to say nothing of Democrats in McConnell's home state) can’t make the case that maybe investment in a Kentucky aluminum plant by a Russian targeted for sanctions might not have been necessary if “Moscow Mitch” hadn’t blocked all of the infrastructure bills that could have helped stimulate actual U.S. investment, instead of having to go “hat in hand” to a foreign hostile power (and I don’t think it would take too much imagination to tie the actions of the “Grim Reaper” to blocking election security bills either).

  • This tells us about McConnell blocking infrastructure spending in December 2016.


  • This tells us about McConnell doing the same thing earlier this year because he was apparently PO’ed that “Adolf Twitler” vetoed a short-term funding bill that passed the Senate by unanimous consent (particularly pathetic that we’re talking about the same political party for both of these cretins).


  • This tells us that, in spite of that, McConnell does indeed take his lead from the Orange Pustule on the issue of pretending to care about infrastructure.


  • And oh yeah, trying to wreck the climate vis-à-vis infrastructure is definitely a feature, not a bug (here).


  • Also, blocking infrastructure spending goes back at least to the Obama Administration, as noted here (and probably much further than that).

  • So, McConnell, in addition to blocking smart investment in his state (which would be economically stimulative also, let’s not forget), is also responsible for the treason of allowing a foreign hostile power to embed itself in his state so it can wield economic influence and subvert any and all sanction in the event that it decides to interfere in our elections again.

    Didn’t we used to shoot or hang people in the past who did stuff like this? Just asking...

    …and I thought this was a pretty good summation of the news that Dem U.S. House Reps Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will now be barred from entering Israel (I think this video pretty much says it)…



    …and oh yeah, the Dow lot 3 percent of its value on 8/14 (Cousins kind of bungles the start but regroups and does a good job IMHO – I’d never heard his “three little pigs” analogy before, but yeah, it fits)…



    …and here’s another great Woodstock tune to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Wednesday Stuff


    It looks that that mistake from Iowa’s Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives showed his true color again today (I would say “colors” but apparently only white registers as far as Steve King is concerned; I really hope the voters in King’s district finally wake the hell up and dispatch King to wingnut talk radio and Fix Noise, where he would have nothing whatsoever to do with public life ever again– to do something about this, click here)…



    …and Seth Meyers gives us the latest on Generalissimo Trump’s conspiracy theory BS, as well as that nut Jeanine Pirro…I’m getting the message that Meyers is probably more than fed up over having to provide a voice of reason in opposition to this insanity, and I don’t blame him at all, but he’s holding up pretty well to his credit…



    …and Sam Seder and The Majority Report let us know about the truly awful Ken Cuccinelli telling us that, well, that stuff on the Statue of Liberty from Emma Lazarus really didn’t apply to that brown-skinned horde on the southern border – JFC (and great point about what tax breaks really are - “cultivating a more favorable electorate” indeed)…



    …and John I. of “The Damage Report” tells us about Chris Cuomo giving it back to a wingnut heckler…and GREAT point about the Gropenfuhrer trying, stupidly as you might expect, to try and attach the issue of gun control to this somehow – I don’t think anyone else in the universe besides Mango Mussolini imagines any kind of equivalency here…



    …and according to Lex Luthor Scott, we need to cut taxes to find our way to prosperity– again…please – as actor Bradley Whitford said forever ago about the Repugs, “Tax cuts are their Jesus” (Farron Cousins explains)…



    …and as most of us know, tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (from 8/15 – 8/18/69) – here is one legendary tune, and I’ll plan to have at least one more soon.

    Monday, August 12, 2019

    Monday Stuff


    Farron Cousins tells us about the U.S. Army veteran in Montana who fractured a boy’s skull when the 13-year-old did not remove his hat for the national anthem – and no, I never in my life thought I would ever be typing these words either (I’m glad Cousins looked beyond the headlines a bit here…because one life was severely traumatized, another will be also…a Stars and Stripes story on this is here)…



    …and speaking of out-of-control behavior from the MAGA crowd, I give you this video of an incident that took place uncomfortably close to Le Manse Doomsy…



    …and the prior two clips make this moment featuring “the paper of record” even more absurd as far as I’m concerned (Sam Seder continues his discussion with Heather Digby Parton; I’d be perfectly happy just posting clips of the two of them discussing news stories of the day – hope you would too – more on the headline in question is here)…



    …and hey, who knew that Tucson, AZ city council meetings could be such a bangin’ good time; apparently “green shirt guy” was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it came to making a public statement…



    …and believe it or not, yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the passing of Robin Williams (the clip is definitely NSFW but funny as hell of course)…



    …and this post started out pretty dark for a good reason given the initial clip, but I’m going to try and end it on a high note with this summer tune.

    Friday, August 09, 2019

    Saturday Stuff


    I think this is a Nail. Hammer. Head. commentary from Chris Hayes, a superb example of connecting the dots, something our corporate media in general steadfastly refuses to do (here)…



    …and I have to admit that it never occurred to me that the Mississippi ICE raid could be payback for losing a lawsuit, but knowing the regime of Generalissimo Trump, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least (to get workers to stop complaining…and yeah, so what if the little girl is crying her eyes out…as long as the usual suspects get their freaking tax cuts – I’d honestly like to know which Democrats Ashlee Marie Preston is accusing when it comes to benefiting from this horror show, though Cenk makes a great point right after Preston’s inanity about the Dems not pushing back the way they’re supposed to)…



    …and Kyle tells us about “Operation Clean Sweep” in Boston, and that’s a pretty benign name for the awfulness that they’re doing with the homeless population – “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” indeed (and yes, we should have a national program for sheltering the homeless, but all you have to do is yell “Section 8 Housing” and people totally lose what’s left of their minds…NSFW)…



    …and the whole Jeffrey Epstein thing really isn’t my “beat,” as it were (here), and I’m not sold on the veracity of this clip, but this is interesting if nothing else; the only thing I have to say about this is the highly unoriginal observation that anyone who had sex with minors, otherwise known as rape, that was facilitated by Epstein should go to prison, and I don’t care what their political party is/was…



    …and Sam Seder and the Majority Report crew talk with Heather Digby Parton about Our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator Wannabe (interesting to draw a line here back to the ‘60s protests, which I think is completely correct)…



    …and here comes another summer tune – hope the weather is fine where you are too.

    Friday Stuff


    Chris Hayes tells us about corporate America’s sucking up to the Gropenfuhrer in the way of high-priced fundraisers (and Josh Marshall makes a GREAT point about Citizens United saying that speech is really public – can’t try to put that metaphorical genie back in the bottle by making speech private again when it’s con-vee-nient – also, Elie Mystal just kills it here)…



    …and Brian Tyler Cohen brings us Shep Smith responding to our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Wannabe Dictator (not surprised to see Smith handle “Adolf Twitler” like a boss – nicely done)…



    …and I thought this was an informative NowThis clip about automatically blaming mental illness as a cause of gun violence – yes, look at the data, but DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE FREAKING GUNS TOO!!!...and I realize “red flag” laws are literally better than nothing, but I don’t see how they could be of much use unless accompanied by supporting data that truly indicates that the subject whose gun is being apprehended is truly a threat…



    …and with the dominant theme of the week in mind, I now bring you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 8/7/12 – Tucson survivors “demand a plan” from Obama and Willard Mitt Romney on gun violence; should have intended this message for Congress also, but it was definitely spot-on (and yeah, speaking of weapons of death, it seems like we have a story nearly every day anymore as noted here, and in a related vein, this is typically deplorable also...I blame the hospital administrator too)...



    Update 1: Uh, yep - they sure did (here).

    Update 2: This absolutely should be disqualifying.

    ...and given all of this gun-related insanity, is this really surprising?…


    …also, Thom Hartmann speaks with Yosef Getachew of Common Cause Media and Democracy about Gatehouse merging with Gannett, the two biggest newspaper chains in this country apparently (Gatehouse, based in NY, bought the Bucks County Courier Times a couple of years ago and other papers in the Calkins newspaper chain, and anecdotally I hear that that’s a bad thing…and while, on the one hand, it’s a good thing to have diverse points of view, I would argue that it’s a bad thing if we don’t have the savvy to be discerning about who is trying to inform us and who is trying to con us)…



    ...and Cenk, John and Mark Thompson discuss the guy who we deported to Iraq who died without his insulin (Jimmy Aldaoud from Detroit – TYT with Cenk, John and Mark Thompson…and boy, am I glad that John made that point about Chicago, as well as his great “one of us” commentary at around 7:00)…



    ...and David Pakman tells us about Texas Republicans trying to suppress an apparent “hit list” of primary political candidates (and good point about Al Franken as far as I’m concerned – more here)…



    …and yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the iconic cover photo for the Beatles Abbey Road recording (here, and I know there’s yet another anniversary release of material – not sure if I’ll pony up some bucks for that or not) – here is a tune for the occasion.

    Thursday, August 08, 2019

    Thursday Stuff


    Seth Meyers tells us about our Orange Pestilence visiting El Paso and Dayton in response to the recent gun-related tragedies (and yeah, “No Corporate Tax” Pat Toomey is full of crap, but we already knew that)…



    …and Cenk and Francis Maxwell tell us about yesterday’s ICE raids in Mississippi – more here…good point about the Gropenfuhrer having to go to the Big House for hiring undocumented immigrants, among his myriad other abuses (and here is a comparable take from someone I respect in line with what Cenk said about the business owners being forced to do a “perp walk” also)…



    …and Richard Nixon resigned 45 years ago today (here) – despite it all, I thought there was a lot of truth in his parting words, from someone who admittedly did wrong but I think realized it at least a little in the end (the ones from the White House podium before he took the helicopter…and I still think that, if Fix Noise had existed back then, he might have gotten away with the Watergate break-in and the cover-up that followed)…



    …and apparently Kacey Musgraves is the latest target of the “shut up and sing” crowd, as noted here …sadly and stupidly typical.

    Wednesday, August 07, 2019

    Wednesday Stuff


    Hey, Toledo, Dayton – what’s the diff to Mango Mussolini (and the outrage particularly from Brooke Thomas is palpable and absolutely called for)…



    ...and gee, it looks like that “Fancy Farm” gathering for Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao sure included a basket of deplorables, you might say, though they did apologize (and what snowflakes also, and I’m referring to McConnell’s campaign including the spokesman, as Cenk and Ana tell us)…



    …and I’m not going to say straight up that Fix Noise is the source of all of this garbage, but they’re absolutely not doing one damn thing about it either except making it worse (here)…



    Update: Elizabeth Warren does it again.


    …and here’s some more summer escapism while we try to run between the rain drops (at least in this location).