Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Wednesday Stuff


I don’t often put up a clip from Mrs. Greenspan, but I thought I should call out this particularly brazen and stupid lie from Generalissimo Trump, about 99 percent of COVID cases supposedly being harmless… for God’s sake, what is it going to take for our corporate media to just say flat out that TRUMP IS LYING???!!!…




…and here is “Costco Ken” having a meltdown; NSFW/H – an update is here…serves him right (and spare me this garbage about “oh, I’m asthmatic, and I can’t breathe through the mask”)…



…and Ana and Cenk tell us that the Gropenfuhrer just wants us all to live with the virus…or perhaps, die with the virus, since it makes no difference to him either way…



…and I came across another homemade-looking video on a subject that I hope will get more attention in the news sooner than later (tied to the pandemic)…



…and sticking with #midnightmoscowmitch, Farron Cousins tells us that Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao is trying to tank the economy to own the libs, or something – to respond to this garbage, click here



…and RIP film composer Ennio Morricone, known perhaps for this theme above all others.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Tuesday Stuff


I thought this was a pretty good analysis of the media landscape from Thom Hartmann, including the Swanson TV Dinner heir of course - yeah, "Tucker in '24" huh? Stranger things have happened I guess (interesting history lesson on the Missouri Compromise and how that led to the Civil War and trying to bring slavery throughout the North…I hope Thom is right about the racist a-holes shrinking in numbers)…




Update 7/8/20: Between questioning the patriotism of Dem U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, who lost most of her legs during Iraq War II (here) and this, the Swanson TV Dinner Heir is having quite the week - utterly craven and spineless POS.

…and Kyle K. tells us about the North Carolina city banning a protest against a Confederate monument, leading into a broader free speech discussion…



…and it looks like Generalissimo Trump is PO’ed at NYC and Mayor de Blasio for a BLM mural on Fifth Avenue; of course, Our Orange Pestilence has to do whatever he can to promote symbols of hate…well, not really, but he does anyway as we know (John I. and Ana discuss)…



…and speaking of Our Traitorous Russian Operative in the White House, I don’t know what else needs to be said beyond this…



…and gee, it looks like Mango Mussolini can’t crow about the economy any more, can he (and I thought this was a timely related post)…



…and happy 80th birthday to Mr. Starkey – we’ll be recognizing the 80th of another Beatle later this year.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Monday Stuff


Gee, I hope everyone had a nice Fourth – video loops all over again (based on this)...



…and sticking with the Sunshine State…talk about a Mickey Mouse idea...heh - and yeah, I know it really isn't funny at all (Ana and Cenk explain)...



…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Repug U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa basically saying that Obama bungled Ebola (where only 2 people died), but Mango Mussolini is showing great leadership, or something, on COVID-19 (where we’ve lost about 130,000 so far...to do something about Ernst, please click here)…



…and Sam and the TMR crew weigh in on the statues debate, taking a look at the one where Lincoln is depicted freeing a slave at Lincoln’s feet – aside from any scatological implications you might draw, my own take on it…for as much as my take actually matters, I know…is that the statue, well intentioned as it is, reflects probably a fifth-grade understanding of the issue with a sensibility that’s about 100 years old at least…no issue at all with taking it down…



…and speaking of history, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – why the hell can’t the Democrats show enough of a spine to come up with ads like this??!!...



…and it looks like Our Treasonous Orange Dictator is ripping off another well-known artist (here) – I took a look outside the window and thought immediately of this tune.

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Sunday Stuff (update)


Gee, maybe we ought to do something about this climate change thing, huh? Farron Cousins explains…



…and David Doel discusses the cop in Massachusetts who was fired over supporting BLM (actually, she was supporting a family member and apologized, but that wasn’t good enough, as almost always seems to be the case)…



…and I happened to come across this homemade (looks like) video in my content search about an item recently in the news, so I thought I’d share it here…



Update 7/6/20: Oh, and by the way...

…and here’s a nice little summer tune – hopefully, this will provide a bit of a respite before we face what will likely be more insanity this week (love to be wrong).

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Saturday Stuff


I’m going to try and keep this post as upbeat as I can in the spirit of the holiday and try to provide as much of a respite as possible for the 4th, though I admit that you-know-who is in the following clip for a second…



…and I guess this counts as another “This Day In Doomsy History” entry, since I first put it up a year ago…



…and here are two holiday songs that I don’t believe I’ve ever shown before for some reason (the second features the late, great Danny Federici on accordion).



Friday, July 03, 2020

Friday Stuff


Chris Hayes demonstrates what for yours truly is the plainly obvious fact that this country is a “national laughing stock” before the whole world on COVID-19 of course…



…and to give you an example of how we ended up in this sorry state, Brian Tyler Cohen gives us this clip of Neil Cavuto talking with Repug U.S. House Rep Andy Biggs, basically laughing off all of the COVID-19 devastation in his home state of Arizona, to the point when even Cavuto gets fed up (oh, and ha ha, here is more “hilarity”)…



…and in a related vein (when it comes to the person chiefly responsible for this mess, who actually said this also - typical for him, though), this clip is slightly NSFW/H, but I still think it’s a great ad…



…and no, I’m not happy that Amy McGrath won and Charles Booker lost in the Dem KY U.S. Senate primary, but we are where we are, as Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us (and we need to support McGrath now of course) – one aspect of this that worries me for the fall is that McGrath, despite the ridiculous spending advantage she had as well as media coverage, still lost the two biggest counties in the commonwealth of Kentucky, and that would be Jefferson and Fayette, which of course are predominantly African American and voted for Booker…it’s going to take some imagination and a decided swing to the left to bring the Booker voters onboard, and I just don’t see the Dem “axis of fail” (referring to the Beltway corporate media/political insiders who do a very effective job of LOSING elections for Democrats, favored by Schumer and Pelosi of course) being able to pull that off…I have a feeling that they’re wetting themselves over the prospect of attacks of being “too liberal” coming from Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao, which will happen anyway regardless (and believe me when I tell you that I’d love to be wrong about all this – would be nice to get some GOOD news on this stuff for a change)…



…and RIP Hugh Downs, another longtime icon of TV who recently passed (Downs apparently favored legalizing recreational weed also, which I thought was interesting)…



…and speaking of “grass” of another type, I feel like I need upbeat tunes more and more with all of the raging insanity, and I think the time is right for this one.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Thursday Stuff


Farron Cousins tells us that, apparently, Senator “Aqua Buddha” Paul only wants good news when it comes to COVID-19 from Dr. Anthony Fauci – typical (for a dose of painful reality of how we fell on our metaphorical faces as a country on this, click here...and yeah, if you want to subject yourself to the entire Paul/Fauci exchange, click here)…



…and Sam and Michael Brooks of The Majority Report give us a report on Florida and Ron DeSantis, who is, in part, the inspiration for the pic at the top of this post (interesting take on NYC, and probably dead-on)…



…and turning to Texas, Ana and John I. tell us that, yes, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick truly is that big of a scumbag (yep, let’s let grammy and grandpop “die for the Dow” and blame those dastardly blue states again…and yeah, attacking Dr. Fauci again like that fool Rand Paul – like to see where Patrick got his medical degree)…



Update: Sometimes, there are just no words for "Bedbug Bret" and his idiocy (h/t Atrios).


…meanwhile, for the sane, adult point of view on this, I give you Dr. Peter Hotez speaking with Rachel Maddow on a potential COVID vaccine and the explosion of cases in Texas – “these are vertical curves at this point”…oh, sorry that isn’t more good news for Rand Paul and Dan Patrick in particular…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen shows us this clip of Biden being presidential again, to his credit (didn’t see much “cognitive decline” from Joe here – hopefully he can keep that up for as long as needed)…



…and apparently, some QAnon lunatic won a Republican U.S. congressional primary, this time in Colorado…just what we need in the midst of a global pandemic and a collapsed economy; a Sarah Palin reboot (here)…



…and I thought this was a pretty nice tribute to Carl Reiner from Lawrence O’Donnell, and yes, Reiner ended up in TV and movies after studying acting through the WPA before he was drafted to fight in World War II…yeah, there goes that bad “big gumint” actually doing something constructive to help people’s lives again (referring to the WPA, though I guess the military could help also in the right circumstance)…



…and sticking with entertainment, RIP to composer Johnny Mandel, with perhaps his most famous tune.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Wednesday Stuff


It looks like the EU isn’t allowing U.S. travelers in the wake of COVID-19; gee, who’s living in a “sh*thole” country now, I wonder?…and I don’t know who this news mannequin is (not referring to Richard Engel of course), but if he thinks mentioning Mango Mussolini is going to curry some favor, he is sadly mistaken…



…and speaking of Our Orange Pestilence, here is another blistering ad against the Gropenfuhrer over the bounty stuff, this time from The Lincoln Project (appropriately NSFW/H)…



…and I thought this was a pretty good report on voting by mail, with more untruths on the subject from our Liar-In-Chief (who, of course, votes by mail himself, along with most of his playmates...more here)…



…and I knew the story of what the Philly cops did in response to the June 1st protests that followed the death of George Floyd was bad, but I didn’t know HOW bad until I watched this video – I know people have been demoted and will likely be fired, but I think there should be criminal prosecutions against some of these cops who “penned” people up the hill from I-676 and didn’t give them a way out, and I don’t say that lightly…



…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 7/1/10, in which former Repug U.S. House Speaker John “Man Tan” Boehner once called Wall Street reform in the wake of the ’08 financial crisis “trying to kill an ant with a nuclear weapon,” as noted in the clip…this video makes us recall (as far as I’m concerned) the fact that the “party of Lincoln” doesn’t give a damn about judicious oversight of spending (I wish we could kill the “zombie lie” stating otherwise once and for all), whether or not it’s our tax dollars or any kind of regulation concerning the “haves” at the expense of the “have nots” (more evidence in support of that argument is here)…



…and it looks like the Our Orange Dictator Wannabe is messing with songs without approval again, as noted here – would love to see what happened if these guys sued him, though I’m sure our Grifter-In-Chief would find a way to stiff them as he has with so many others.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesday Stuff


This ad from Vote Vets pulls absolutely no punches, nor should it - punish our *president,* everyone who allowed this ruinous administration to ever exist, and anyone who continues to allow it to act with impunity…



…and speaking of the Gropenfuhrer, doesn’t it make you happy to learn that he thinks COVID-19 is an “artificial” problem (to the extent that he even “thinks” at all – Ana and Cenk of TYT explain)…



…and I give Thom Hartmann credit for reminding us of the history of what led up to this (dealing with Republicans and what I guess you would call “transactional power”…not the biggest fan of “vision statements,” but yeah, for someone in public life, I agree with Thom…and for more on what he is talking about at the end, I definitely recommend this book – clip is from 6/17)…



…and I thought this was a particularly interesting clip from David Doel about what Door Dash, for example, is doing to support BLM on the one hand but fighting California labor law on the other…



…oh, and don’t hold your breath waiting for these two lunatics in St. Louis to be prosecuted for waving their guns at protestors, who, as far as I can determine, were peaceful and not breaking any laws (more here - I think I saw something on Twitter saying that these two are lawyers – if they were any other skin color, how much longer do you think they’d be breathing before the cops finished them off?)…



…and celebrities come and celebrities go I realize, but a giant has truly left our midst, and I’m referring to Mr. Carl Reiner, featured in this Conan O’Brien clip talking about The Dick Van Dyke Show (here is a link to a particularly funny episode IMHO featuring Reiner in his younger days)…



…and sticking with artistic geniuses, I think these are truly important words from Mr. Stevie Wonder – “A movement without action is a movement standing still” indeed, though, to be fair, we have seen plenty of action over the last month or so, and we all need to keep at it…



…and if ever there was a Stevie Wonder song aimed right at Our Orange Pestilence, I think it would be this one.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Monday Stuff


Not one damn thing wrong with this Lincoln Project ad...



…and speaking of outrages, I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less) from 6/28/13 (the late, great Ed Schultz tells the story of the Rand Paul campaign worker, some life form named Tim Profitt, who was brought up on assault charges for stomping on the head of a female MoveOn worker during the 2010 campaign against Dem Jack Conway when “Aqua Buddha” Paul was first elected to the U.S. Senate…and of course, since we’re talking about Republicans and Kentucky, Profitt got off with probation of course; clip originally aired in 10/27/10…disturbing parallel to the event which started the recent protests, I would say – more here and here)…



...and returning to our utter train wreck of a *presidential administration, Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us that the rats are starting to flee the sinking ship of state, as it were (and yes, John Thune truly is that big of a tool…indeed, this is good news, but despite that, we should never “measure the drapes” and instead always campaign like we’re behind)…



…a point echoed in this Farron Cousins clip (it will take a loooong time to fix everything, though, as Cousins points out, in particular the courts...and thanks to Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao for that also)…



...and of course, since it's a day of the week with a "y" in it, Mango Mussolini is trying to kill the ACA again in the middle of a pandemic when a lot of people have lost their employer-pair-for health insurance (and check out those sh*t-eating grins from Roy Blunt and #midnightmoscowmitch...truly sickening)…



...and gee, didn't Dan Patrick basically tell us a little while ago that grammy and grandpa have to be sacrificed for the economy? And didn't he say that about himself too? And yeah, I guess Laura Ingraham is truly that much of a monster to be laughing at a possible (likely) increase in hospitalizations, as Sam and the crew from "The Majority Report" tell us...




…but despite the failing political fortunes of Our Orange Pestilence, I’m sure there are no-underwear-wearing “Karens” out there who will still pull the lever for him on November 3rd, along with the other life forms in this clip (yep, definitely “TMI,” and I agree with this – after watching this video, I may never visit Florida again)…



…and especially after watching that last clip, I think I need a “feel good, summer-ish” kind of a fairly recent video, and I think this works.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday Stuff


I don’t know if this is the darkest day yet of the many, many, MANY dark days under our criminal ruling regime of an alleged “presidential administration,” but I have to say that it’s right up there…



…and never forget that this guttural lowlife of a *president* once uttered these words…



…and kudos to Chris Hayes for this – the only problem is that, as I and others have said before, “Onward Christian Soldiers” Mike Pence is a whole other brand of crazy (here’s an admittedly crazy liberal idea – how about a coalition government at the top instead like other countries do?)…



…and I once put this tune up for George W. Bush, but what was old appears to be new again (four years of this is horrible enough – I cannot get my head around eight years!).

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday Stuff


There’s a new Lincoln Project ad out showing examples of presidential leadership, and the message is that, yes, presidents are supposed to act in a way that brings this country together instead of dividing us. And it clearly presents a contrast between Our Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator and Joe Biden, and the contrast couldn’t be more stark, you might say.

Even though I know these Lincoln Project Republicans, along with the other Never Trumpers, will turn on a dime back to their old, evil ways once a Dem is back in the White House (which, God willing, will be soon, and as always, we need to work to make that happen), they definitely deserve credit for trying to move this country in a positive direction.

However, I’m not including this ad because it’s coming from a Republican-centric point of view, and it just doesn’t sit well with me. Yeah, I realize that probably makes me nothing but a liberal pinhead, but it begins with Reagan talking to the country after the Challenger disaster in 1986. I have a problem right away with that, because the shuttle should never have launched in the first place. Yes, Reagan did what he did very well, and that was to give a nice speech to comfort the nation. But I’ve never heard a good explanation as to why Challenger launched during what was record cold Florida temperatures, to say nothing of the fact that Morton Thiokol did a crappy job in manufacturing the O-rings between the rocket boosters (which cracked upon liftoff, basically causing the disaster), along with the fact that it would have just been dandy for The Sainted Ronnie R to give the State of the Union address while the ship was flying in space. And next, the ad shows Dubya with the bullhorn at the site of the 9/11 attacks at what was once the World Trade Center (yeah, I know Dubya had a 90 percent approval rating after the attacks, which he basically pissed away over his time in office with his epic arrogance and incompetence).

So I’m sorry, but I’m not going to inadvertently help to legitimize bad Republican behavior, even for an ostensibly good cause.

Now, with that admittedly boring lead-in out of the way, I give you this clip from David Pakman about Generalissimo Trump's recent hate fest in Phoenix, AZ - those two idiots who claimed their air filtration system allegedly kills the COVID virus should go to jail, and the people cheering at that rally for “kung flu” are scum…and not to split hairs, but the 1918 Spanish flu actually did impact World War I, but yeah, the issue is that voting by mail is definitely secure and, as far as I’m concerned, should be the law…



…but despite the adulation from the outpatients in AZ, Ana and John I. of TYT tell us that the poll numbers for President Fergus Laing continue to plummet in the wake of the still-raging COVID-19 outbreak...



…though Trump did have time to visit his damn wall, as Chris Hayes tells us (and gee, it looks like the EU is paying us back by not letting people from the US in as they reopen because of the piss poor job we’re doing as a country in response to the pandemic, including 14 new cases in Jamaica, as Hayes tells us, and all from the U.S.)…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us what happened during the recent congressional testimony of former GHWB Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer against AG and longtime Repug fixer Bill Barr – and leave it to Louie Gohmert, the stupidest life form in the entire universe (with the possible exception of the numbskulls who actually vote for him), to do his idiotic best to disrupt the proceedings (oh, and apparently this happened also in that hearing – typical)…



…and before Gohmert’s antics, Thom Hartmann had this great segment on why it’s necessary to impeach Barr, notwithstanding the testimony of the witnesses at the hearing…



…and Seth Meyers gives us a recent news wrap-up, including a truly awful bathroom pun at the very end (and yes, there’s another reference to Trump visiting the wall)…



…and in my quest to keep these posts somewhat topical, I try to touch on recent stories that don’t immediately lend themselves to a particular categorization, and I think this next item qualifies – it has to do with the rebranding of Aunt Jemimah and other commonly recognized labels, apparently (yes, this is important, but the protests need to evolve into a political movement, which I think is happening actually and needs to keep happening – nobody should be satisfied only with these corporate-face-saving gestures, and I honestly don’t think anyone is willing to “call it a day” just over the stuff in this video, again, which is good)…



…and speaking of rebranding, I’m not sure about the wisdom of this, but I’m definitely not an expert in that area, though I wish them good luck with it, of course.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wednesday Stuff


Usually I wouldn’t give Brian Williams the time of day, but I thought this was a good segment with Dr. Mercedes Carnethon discussing why the most recent Mango Mussolini hate fest in Phoenix was a particularly terrible idea…



…and while we're on the subject of supporters of The Gropenfuhrer, it looks like two of these “Boogaloo Bois” lunatics are wanted for the murder of a federal officer, with one in custody…



…and yep, I’m beating the proverbial drum for the third day in a row on the claim from 45 that he wanted to slow down testing, mainly because I think it matters that much…



…and could it be that longtime U.S. House Dem Eliot Engel of NY has lost his primary to AOC-backed challenger Jamaal Bowman? Let’s hope so (here)…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen brings us this recent exchange between Dem U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and Senate Repug John Cornyn over the dueling crime bills in the U.S. Senate; when Obama looked for a VP nom, he looked to the U.S. Senate, and I think Biden would do well to do the same thing (couldn’t go wrong with either Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren as far as I’m concerned)…



…and I thought this was a good “Now This” clip with former Ireland president Mary Robinson talking about the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (with Robinson representing a country that has already elected a woman head of state)…



…and in a related story, David Doel brings us the latest bad climate change news - “There is no time to debate this anymore” indeed…



…and kudos to the estate of Tom Petty for this; what would a Repug campaign rally be if it wasn’t trying to illegally use music in violation of somebody’s copyright?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tuesday Stuff


I’m purposely being repetitive by including this clip from Brian Tyler Cohen on the statement from Our Orange Pestilence about slowing down testing for COVID-19 given that I included that verbatim Trump clip yesterday, but I personally think it’s that big of a deal – Cohen makes all the major points except the obvious one that we need more testing in this country versus others because our population is a hell of a lot bigger (and again, his de facto publicists at Fix Noise give #45 a chance to walk everything back, and he dutifully blows it)…



Update: And as I read this, I got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, probably because it's true.

…and this Morning Joe clip includes Willie Geist talking with presidential historian Jon Meacham (good point by Meacham to bring back the birther garbage, and an even better job by Mika and company to point out all of the lickspittles from this regime of grifters and frauds who vote by mail while all the while condemning it)…



…and Thom Hartmann tells us that Generalissimo Trump is basically soliciting foreign election interference again, this time from China (interesting history lesson, though I would only add that Jimmy Carter formally normalized relations with China – not meant as a criticism, just an observation)…



…and John I. and Francesca Fiorentini of The Damage Report tell us about the K-Pop fans allegedly helping to sink Trump’s Tulsa rally; great little narrative, but I’m inclined to think people just blew it off because of the pandemic and they, y’know, WANTED TO ACTUALLY STAY ALIVE (”Antifa-CON” – hilarious!)…



…and apparently, there’s a “civil war” brewing in Trump World over the Tulsa mess the other night, with Jared and Ivanka in one corner, as it were, and Brad Parscale in the other…pass the popcorn (Farron Cousins tells us more)…



…and I suppose this is a bit of an anthemic tune for our current circumstance; can’t imagine what the verdict will be from whoever ends up chronicling all of this insanity for the purpose of some distant future time we can currently only imagine.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Monday Stuff


I think I’m going to do something a little different this time; usually, when I present a clip of the Gropenfuhrer, I often do it with some commentary from a lefty/progressive pointing out how ridiculous #45 is acting…well, this time, I’m going to present him unfiltered for about a minute.

And I’m not going to investigate his claim of testing 25 million people, which, if it’s even true in the first place (and my money says it isn’t), represents less than 10 percent of the population of this country. No, I’d like for you to focus on what he says about slowing down the testing. I think that’s an unusually true statement from him, which of course can’t help but lead to nothing but more preventable deaths.

And nothing but *crickets* from the “party of Lincoln” in response…



…and boy, did this next story ever fall through the proverbial cracks, and kudos to Rachel Maddow for catching it and giving it the treatment it deserves; I definitely recall Amanda Bennett at the Inquirer soon before we let our subscription lapse…once again, something that was just taken for granted in this country to be nonpartisan almost by definition (in this case, the Voice of America, important for all of the reasons noted in the clip) has been utterly corrupted by our ruinous ruling regime of liars, frauds and criminals…



…and I’m sure Mango Mussolini will take personal umbrage at this next clip in particular – GOOD!

On a related note, there’s currently an HBO documentary airing about Roy Cohn, who definitely took Trump under his wing, along with Paul Manafort and Roger Stone (who, oddly, almost look like teenagers, and we’re talking about the Reagan era, when a lot of these insidious characters first rose to prominence). And, since we’re talking about two of the most notorious grifters this country has ever seen, I’m sure it comes as no surprise to learn that Trump totally ignored Cohn when the latter was afflicted with AIDS…no honor among thieves of course…



…and the following Lincoln Project ad is pretty good about what real leadership is supposed to look, sound, and act like, though I think it’s a little weird for them to play a quote from RFK (and MLK may not have truly been a Dem, but he definitely wasn’t a Repug) since the group that came up with the ad is made up of Republicans and I’m sure that, when the blessed day comes when Dems return to power for real in the executive and legislative branches (the courts will have to come later unfortunately), these people will flip back to their old ways…for now, though, they’re doing good work…



…and Kyle K. brings us this segment telling us what Fix Noise says about the statues coming down, and I’m sure it isn’t hard to figure out their perspective on this (by the admittedly low standards of The Roger Ailes BS Factory, this segment with Laura Ingraham and her designated, echoing-her-talking-points mouthpiece is actually tolerable…I think Kyle is spot-on when he says that the line should be drawn when it comes to tax dollars being involved with these monuments to insurrection against this country, and I also think he’s right about leaving the museums alone…I am also in agreement with Kyle in that there is NO JUSTIFICATION for the Trail of Tears)…



…and I’m in the mood for a summer tune, this one from the hippy, dippy ‘60s.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Saturday Stuff


We know you-know-who is going to have that rally in Tulsa, OK today, which is insane on so many levels. With that in mind, I want to present this video of health care workers fighting the battle against COVID-19 at Stony Brook University, and everything they do to treat their patients and keep them connected with families as best they can.

(Also, there’s currently a post out there of a 20-year-old girl who came down with COVID and underwent a double lung transplant. If you come across the picture of her COVID-inflected lungs and have a chance to see the truly horrific damage she suffered, I guarantee that, were you so inclined to begin with, you would never complain about wearing a mask again.)…



(Also in consideration of that Tulsa mess, I give you this and this – I saw a tweet earlier where a rally attendee was quoted saying, “Well, a friend of mine died and his son was sick for a time with it, but I don’t know who to believe, so I’m not wearing a mask,” and I thought that, somewhere, from some deep, dark pit of hell, Roger Ailes smiles and thinks to himself, “Mission Accomplished.”)...

Update: Yeah, this was it, and Sheila Buck is my latest heroine for this.

…and Thom Hartmann tells us about Repugs attacking – and in some cases apparently, actually killing – African Americans and Black Lives Matter protesters (and yeah, as Thom says, nothing but crickets from the GOP in response…wonder if The Lincoln Project is going to go after these life forms in a video? Maybe they will.)…



…and I thought this was an interesting take by Chris Hayes on 45’s true relationship with China…among other things, Our Orange Nightmare blew off COVID-19 in pursuit of some kind of trade maneuver that he thought would help him get re-elected (the country be damned, referring to us of course)…



…and on the subject of our ruling regime doing the bidding of foreign powers and corporations, I give you this New York Times video where workers at Tyson chicken processing plants are trying to slow down the assembly line – good question posed at the very end: how can they feed America if workers at these plants keep getting sick? I hope the two courageous souls profiled in this clip don't face a reprisal for this...



…and David Pakman tells us that 1.5 million people have been hit by the economic downturn – absolutely staggering job losses overall from this pandemic, about 25% of the overall workforce…and yeah, a few people have found new jobs, and that’s good, but if anybody thinks we’re on our way out of either the pandemic or this recession any time soon, then I have a bridge to one of the five New York boroughs to sell to you (and here is more food for thought on that subject)…



…and Kyle Kulinksi tells us that 63 % of those polled are "proud to be an American," down about 30 points from 2003 – anybody else besides me starting to see a trend here?



…and taking what I think (and hope) is this trend even further, Farron Cousins tells us that Repug strategists are fearing an electoral “wipeout” – GOOD! Let’s all go make it happen, people (interesting "macarena" analogy for independent voters - kind of fits)…



...and in light of this great tweet from Mr. Peter Frampton, I feel duly obligated to include this song.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday Stuff


I would tend to side with Kyle K. here in his takedown of “Blow ‘Em Up” Bolton’s latest screed against Generalissimo Trump; yeah, maybe the talk about invading Venezuela may not be very smart (ridiculous that that needs to be pointed out I know)…good point about how untrustworthy John Bolton really is…if Bolton actually had a spine, he would have testified at the House impeachment inquiry and said some of this stuff (of course, Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao didn’t allow actual testimony at the Senate trial as we know)…



…and Farron Cousins tells us about the latest ad from The Lincoln Project telling us what I’m sure we’ve already surmised, and it is that Mango Mussolini isn’t well (and boy, is Cousins right about the Dems being too timid…Repugs NEVER have a problem playing political hardball, as it were)…



…and I have to admit that I don’t know what’s going on with John Roberts of the Supremes; he’s been acting sane lately, though, as John I. and Aida Rodriguez tell us, his High Court left the Trumpsters some room to come back and try more nonsense on the issue of deporting DACA recipients…



...and RIP Sir Ian Holm - I thought this was a pretty nice tribute centered around his Bilbo Baggins character in “The Lord of the Rings”…



…and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about the faceoff between Dem U.S. House Rep Cedric Richmond and Repug Trump fluffer Matt Gaetz recently on the issue of trying to implement police reform; unfortunately, Gaetz is good at his job, which is to act like a total buffoon, though I’m glad to see him get whacked by Richmond…



...and the issue of Gaetz’s “son” has given birth to a bunch of Twitter memes, including this one…


…and I was trying to think of an appropriate musical selection for Juneteenth; maybe it’s time to bring this one back after an inadvertently long hiatus (more here and here).

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Thursday Stuff (updates)


Yes, it’s time once more for more examples of GOP cowardice in the face of Our Orange Pestilence – I know I touched on this before, but the clip lists those in the U.S. Senate from the “party of Lincoln” who are up for re-election this year (and when it comes to Republicans utterly without spines, let’s not forget about this guy)…



…and Kyle tells us about Jake Tapper talking with Trumpster Larry Kudlow about COVID-19 bailout $$ going to some companies who we don’t know about – I recall Katie Porter on “All In” recently explaining why companies receiving COVID-19 should have no expectation of privacy at all, as noted here (would have included the C. Hayes/Porter clip earlier if it hadn’t been edited so badly)…



…and Farron Cousins tells us that there’s another Trump-related book coming out in August, this time from his niece, with more tell-all stuff (pass the popcorn)…



…and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us about cops whose actions actually prove the point of the protestors (interesting anecdote about Camden – the whole “Defund the Police” language is idiotic as far as I’m concerned...yes, cut their budgets and reallocate funds to programs that will help the affected communities for sure)…



…and speaking of cops, David Doel tells us about the freakout by some of NYC’s “finest” in response to picking up an illness from Shake Shack (yep, another example of shoot first and ask questions later I guess, with Doel using the “defund” language…oh well…mildly NSFW/H)…



Update 6/22/20:


Never trust another word coming out of the mouth of ANYONE associated with the NYPD after this...

Update 6/23/20: As Dick Shawn portraying LSD in "The Producers" famously once said, "They try - Lord how they try!" (here).

…and RIP Dame Vera Lynn, a legendary singer from another era who made it to 103, God bless her (why do I suddenly have a desire to watch “Dr. Strangelove”?).

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tuesday Stuff


This “Now This” video tells us that the Gropenfuhrer may be facing a long-overdue showdown on his tax returns – pretty clear where Justice Sotomayor comes down on this question, to her credit…we’ll see…



…and keeping with High Court matters, I would have to say that I’m also shocked by the ruling to apply protections from Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to same sex couples and LGBTQ individuals, and even more bowled over by the fact that the majority 6-3 opinion was written by Neil Gorsuch and joined by Hangin’ Judge JR, of all people…why do I feel like there’s a “poison pill” in there somewhere that we haven’t found out yet (John I. and Francesca Fiorentini discuss…I think John meant Almost Silent Clarence Thomas and not Anthony Kennedy)…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen brings us more lies from Generalissimo Trump, this time about Oklahoma…why in God’s name is anyone STILL taking one word seriously that oozes out of the mouth of this sociopath? And Pence is just as bad (representing a whole other level of “onward Christian soldiers” crazy)…



…and whoops! – the Trump gang sees workers keep getting sicker, and just add Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia to the list of Trumpian liars, as Farron Cousins tells us…yeah, you FORCED people to go back to work, you scumwads!...



…also, here is Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti of The Hill talking about Jon Stewart’s recent commentary and his biggest regret from “The Daily Show,” and that was his role in perpetuating the whole combat cycle between our side and the forces of darkness on the right; I don’t think Stewart is particularly to blame, but I admire his self-reflection…I should probably engage in a bit of that here and say that it’s always a challenge to strike that balance between informing and perpetuating combat merely for the sake of argument – I still maintain that Fox and the wingnutosphere have pulled everyone towards the middle by virtue of their success so it’s harder to find a truly “left” perspective any more, though I will continue to the best of my ability to make my arguments based on issues as opposed to personalities…yes, despite that, I’m sure I’ll be going after Our Orange Pestilence as much as ever, mainly because he’ll keep giving us ammunition, but the goal of doing that will be to craft policies ultimately that benefit the majority of us as opposed to outright ridicule just for the sake of it – also, I’m not the biggest fan of Joe Rogan, but I give him credit for at least allowing time for people to have a somewhat meaningful discussion of a particular issue…



Update 6/20/20: OK, so much for Joe Rogan (here).


…and how the hell can we somehow be talking about lynching in the year 2020 (more here and here…pretty much have no choice but to include this legendary tune which “Lady Day” sung in the fact of actual and threatened violence – hard to find a word for that type of guts).

Monday, June 15, 2020

Monday Stuff


I would say that “none of this is beautiful” (unless you’re a tin pot dictator wannabe with delusions of godhood) pretty much says it…



…and this Guardian video shows the response of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to the threat from Our Orange Pestilence to invade that city to put down a protest (oh, and speaking of the Seattle protest, let’s not forget this from The Roger Ailes BS Factory)...



…and Ana and John I. tell us about the Dave Chappelle special on YouTube (and going after Candace Owens – works for me)…



…and boy, is this ever great commentary from former U.S. Marine Josh Hicks, running to unset Repug Andy Barr in Kentucky’s 6th U.S. congressional district; the timely topic is the placement (and existence, truth be told) of Confederate statues (Barr, by the way, is notable because he challenged AOC to come to his district to talk about the Green New Deal, and she accepted, but he rescinded the invitation at the last minute...and speaking of Repug politicians, nothing is really going to change unless troglodyte voters change too...an example is here - yes, this may ultimately help Dems, but it's still pretty sad)…



Update 6/16/20: Sorry to hear about this - deepest sympathies to Barr and his family.

...and I still have issues with Bill Maher for sure (still don't know how he thinks he has the right to lecture liberals, or anybody really), but I have to admit that this commentary isn't bad...



…and this was recorded 55 years ago today (rated #1 of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by Rolling Stone…not sure I agree with that, but I can understand that selection – as noted here, Dylan has been a bit non-reclusive lately).

Friday, June 12, 2020

Friday Stuff


Boy, is this ever spot-on commentary from Rachel Maddow about Our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Russian Operative of a "president" last night...



...which led into this...



...and I would ask that you keep the Dean Baker tweet in mind as you watch these idiots in Orange County, CA (I would merely laugh at these people normally, but the disgusting George Floyd comparisons tell us how entitled and out-of-touch these numbskulls truly are…and given this, I’m sure the majority of these states are run by Republicans)…



Update: I thought this was a pretty good state-by-state breakdown of how this country is doing overall, which also emphasizes the utter failure of our ruling regime of frauds and idiots to implement a national testing strategy.

…and it looks like Generalissimo Trump is going to rev up his Bund rallies again, starting with Tulsa, OK on Juneteenth (more here; Nicolle Wallace speaks with Mara Gay and Heidi Przybyla)…



Update: Somewhat face-saving, but still utterly tone deaf (here)...

…and for this upcoming mess in Tulsa, those attending will be forced to absolve Our Pumpkin Pestilence of any liability if they come down with COVID-19, as Chuck Todd and Brian Tyler Cohen tell us…



…and Kyle tells us about statues coming down all over the world related to slavery and oppressing indigenous people apparently (good point about getting hung up on just the symbolism…I didn’t know about the “washing the feet” stuff – I think that’s taking things a little far actually…more on Campaign Zero is here)...



…and I sought out a relatively recent number that’s upbeat and somewhat life-affirming, so here it is; I hope nobody stole their car :-).

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Thursday Stuff


I’m a couple of days behind on this one, but I DEFINITELY didn’t want to let this slip between the cracks, and that would be the profiles in utter cowardice of the U.S. senators from the “party of Lincoln” when they were asked by an MSNBC reporter if they thought the Gropenfuhrer was right to clear Lafayette Square with tear gas before his awkward Bible photo-op…



Update 6/12/20: By the way (and speaking of treating peaceful protestors horribly), I’ve had an occasion to go back through these posts, and somehow I don’t believe I said anything about Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man who was shoved to the ground with his head hitting a concrete pavement in Buffalo, to the point where he bled from his ear (it might have appeared in some kind of a mashup video...hard to keep up with all of the outrages I'll admit) – more appears in the following tweet:


Well, guess what? According to this story, Gugino has brain damage!


So don’t even imagine that you’re going to tell me that the Trump gang and their acolytes (including our fascistic cops) aren’t Nazis for real!

Update 6/18/20: And here is more proof.

…and Sam and Michael Brooks of TMR discuss what happened in Georgia’s elections last Tuesday; yep, the ruinous legacy of Shelby from The High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR lives on (and I think Mr. Charles Pierce is spot-on here)…




…and apparently, the Swanson TV Dinner Heir was recently triggered by Elmo and his dad – huh? (with Ana and John I. once again)…



Update: Let's see how well Tucker can digest this along with his giblets and peach cobbler.

…and I hope you’re in the mood for a summer tune, because I definitely am; I usually put up the Isley Brothers version of this number, and that’s good, but the original is better.