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.