Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tuesday Stuff


I would agree that the issue with U.S. Senate “Democrat” Joe Manchin is rooted in race and raw numbers, as Don Winslow points out in another well-done video...



...and John and Ana tell us about cops in Baton Rouge, LA who petitioned to have an associate professor named Thomas Frampton jailed for sharing bodycam footage (which was already public) of police strip searching a minor to the point where his genitals were exposed...yeah, watch us lecture other countries about bad behavior while we pull this garbage (more here)...



...and Chris Hayes makes a pretty good case here when it comes to holding those responsible for corruption and insurrection to account (featuring this story)...I have a feeling in the back of my mind that that won’t happen and we’ll continue down this perilous slide to fascism for real, but believe me when I tell you that I want to be wrong on that...



...and speaking of holding powerful people to account, last Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the New York Times publishing The Pentagon Papers (and FWIW, Neil Sheehan passed last January...may need to crank the volume a bit)...



...and Rick Strom of TYT Sports reminds us of ongoing political BS in “the land of the yellow rose”...



...and it looks like another sunny day in the venue of Le Manse Doomsy, so how's about a nice, upbeat seasonal tune?

Monday, June 14, 2021

Monday Stuff


Chris Hayes speaks with Dem U.S. House Rep Eric Swalwell about alleged spying that took place from the DOJ of Former Generalissimo Trump on Swalwell and Adam Schiff (with that ridiculous comment from here about “classified leaks” from Repug U.S. Sen Charles Grasshole – yeah, just go visit the Windsor Heights Dairy Queen again, why dontcha)...



...and Farron Cousins tells us that almost-completely-useless Dem U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin took some of that sweet dark $$ before he said he’d oppose the “For The People” Act (I’m sure the COC considers that to be some nice ROI, earning the WVA senator an FU)...



...and David Doel tells us about Democratic defections on the watered-down Biden infrastructure bill...God, I’ve seen this goddamn movie so many freaking times! The Repugs are like Lucy holding the proverbial football, a Dem president goes to kick it a la Charlie Brown, and then it gets yanked...



...and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Dem PA State Rep Brian Sims getting his mic cut for bringing a “truth bomb” to the PA “lege”...name for me one thing Sims said that was factually incorrect...



...and RIP acclaimed character actor Ned Beatty, here portraying executive Arthur Jensen from the film “Network,” a flick with enough smarts for about five other movies also...



...and I offer this tune for the holiday, which will always be important for me personally (not much else to say about that).

Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday Stuff


I know some of this stuff gets more than a little repetitive at times, but I think it needs to be pointed out again and again; Thom Hartmann wonder If The Greedy Rich Will Ever Pay Their Fair Share (when it comes to taxes in particular...another important history lesson having to do with The Sainted Ronnie R)...



...and speaking of money matters, Ana of TYT tells us about the Senate blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act (and apparently Kirsten Gillibrand was a no-show – what’s that Dem Senate majority for again? And try not to gag while listening to Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao – typical lies once more...the U.S. Senate remains an utterly broken institution, Part The Infinity as Charlie Pierce might say)...



...and Emma V. tells us the latest concerning Dem U.S. House Rep Ilhan Omar, who once more spoke the truth but because she’s a brown Muslim woman the usual cretins started caterwauling in response...truly pitiable to share the same political allegiance with Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz who do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to defend a member of their caucus, and actually pile on in response (more of what Omar was talking about can be read about from here)...



...and this Now This clip tells us that the SCOTUS ruled this week that some TPS holders (stands for Temporary Protected Status) can’t apply for a green card; I need to learn more about this and it’s a little disturbing that the vote was unanimous – I believe it’s because they thought there should be a legislative remedy instead, but it’s still a depressing development (I think the phrase, “The bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate” should be etched in granite and put in front of the entrance to that chamber, once again, so lawmakers have to face their failure on this bill and so many others every damn day)...



...and speaking of people who are really up against it, you might say, David Doel tells us that the “poor people’s march” with the Rev. William Barber is coming to West Virginia to pay a call on Dem U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (kudos to them...mildly NSFW/H)...



Update: And apparently, the act of "Curtsy Kyrsten" is wearing thin in AZ too (here).

...and as a bit of comic relief, Kyle K. tells us that that big-headed white fool Matt Gaetz can’t even get hired by Newsmax and OANN... I wish I could disagree with Kyle's “there are no real rules” comment, but I can’t...very NSFW/H...



...and there’s no commentary to this Rebel HQ clip...just a lot of really STOO-PID life forms in this country who allegedly are human beings deciding to burn masks all over the place – so many reactions to this idiocy, such as wondering how much these masks would actually help people in the third world who need anything they can get in the way of PPE to try and prevent COVID transmission, to say nothing of vaccines...also, I know it’s WAAAY too much to expect these numbskulls to think logically and in any kind of a constructive manner, but those masks would also help in THIS COUNTRY if we have another COVID variant wave now or later this year...and yeah, that could affect “Senator Aqua Buddha” too – it would almost serve him right if it did...



Update 6/12/21: Uh, yep.

...and I hope you’re in the mood for some totally dumb musical summer escapism (I definitely am), because here it comes.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thursday Stuff


Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about “Goober” Gohmert trying to get the earth to stop revolving around the sun, or something, when it comes to the issue of global climate (hard to get my head around the stoo-pid with this guy, as usual - mildly NSFW/H)...



...and Farron Cousins tells us that Repug U.S. House Rep Mo Brooks was finally served in a lawsuit by Dem Rep Eric Swalwell over the 1/6 insurrection (womp womp)...



...and this is an important question posed by The Lincoln Project (featuring that traitor Michael Flynn), but we should keep fighting and assume the answer is No (and yeah, I realize that they’re trying to get people to sign up, and I’m personally not encouraging you to give them your $$$, but that’s up to you if you do so)...



...and John and Jayar present Art Laffer (he of the “Laffer Curve” fantasy) “kicking the poors” again on Fix Noise (and yeah, Simone Biles is definitely an amazing athlete – good for her for whatever she gets)...



...and I know the first clip featured a ridiculous take on the climate crisis from The Stupidest Man In The Universe (though I'll admit that Tommy Tuberville is giving Gohmert a run for his money), but this is actually a good story in a similar vein; Rachel Maddow speaks with climate activist Bill McKibben on the death of the Keystone XL pipeline (or "near death"? And more on "Line 3" is here)...



...and Ray Charles left us 17 years ago today.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Wednesday Stuff


This CNN clip tells us about CA federal judge Roger Benitez, who overturned that state’s assault weapons ban, equating an AR-15 with a Swiss army knife; yes, I know I’m a little behind on this, but this one is too awful to ignore...and yeah, it’s a real shock that this guy is a gun-humper nominated and confirmed under Dubya, isn’t it (oh, but we like #43 now because he ate Michelle Obama’s jelly beans at John McCain’s funeral, or something – more here and here)...



...and speaking of legal bidness, Rachel Maddow tells us all the ways that Merrick Garland ISN’T cutting it as AG under President Biden...of all the appalling stuff, I think upholding the typical garbage from Bill Barr in the Jean Carroll suit is the worst, but there’s a lot to go around...



Update 6/11/21: OK, so this is progress.

...and as sort of a companion clip to the prior one, Robert Reich reminds us of the GOP’s threat to democracy (25 percent, huh? Actually, it’s always the effing 30 or so percent)...



...and Ana K. of TYT tells us about AOC going after Manchin, with a discussion of Manchin’s garbage alternative of a “voting bill”...and Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao is actually right about the SCOTUS gutting the preclearance provision of the VRA, but he subsequently lies and deliberately reaches the wrong conclusion in his remarks after that of course...



...and John and Francesca of TYT tell us that Jeff Bezos wants to go into space, but unfortunately, he also wants to come back...this reminds me of the antics of that guy Steve Fossett who just wanted to attract attention with his aviation exploits until he died while in a light aircraft...and no, I definitely don’t wish that on Bezos...



...and here's a bit of a light, upbeat seasonal selection to hopefully get us over the hump day on our way to the weekend.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Tuesday Stuff


Rachel Maddow tells us that Joe Manchin is the only U.S. Senate Dem opposing the For The People Act – typical...might be time to go pay for billboards in West Virginia listing all of Manchin’s donors since he so obviously is acting against the will of his constituents (failing that, I guess it will be up to The Lincoln Project to run ads attacking Manchin and "Curtsy Kyrsten" since the Dems seem to be so bad when it comes to playing this game...more completely unsurprising information is here)...



...and Mehdi Hasan adds more fuel to the fire on Manchin and Sinema; the lives of these two should be made absolutely miserable by their awful actions...



...and John and Dr. Richey pile it on with AZ’s U.S. Senate mistake...



...and this More Perfect union video features Jason Kander discussing the importance of the For The People Act (and yes, this leads back to Chucky Koch once more)...



...and David Doel tells us about Jamaal Bowman being interviewed by CNN’s Erin Burnett, with Bowman piling on with Manchin once again over the infrastructure bill (sorry all of this stuff is repetitive, but we need to keep beating this drum until we can’t beat it any more – or hopefully won’t have to...mildly NSFW/H)...



...and somehow I missed the 80th birthday of Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones last week; hope it was a good one.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Monday Stuff


This Lincoln Project video tells us about “the real Antifa,” with yesterday’s commemoration of D-Day in mind...



...and as long as we’re mentioning our military, I should point out that Retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter had his mic cut recently when he committed the apparently unpardonable sin at a Memorial Day ceremony of acknowledging freed black slaves honoring deceased soldiers shortly after the end of the Civil War (an update is here)...



...and Farron Cousins tells us that 100 scholars recently warned us that the GQP is actively trying to destroy democracy (and how screwed up is it that just the For The People Act isn’t enough, and that’s assuming even THAT passes, which is doubtful as of now because of two people, including this bought-and-paid-for cretin)...



...and this Don Winslow video tells us about the other one...



...and I would call this a lesson in karma indeed; Ana, Francesca and Dr. Rashad Richey tell us about wingnuts harassing an LGBTQ pride boat, and then the harassers’ boat blows up, and the harassers get rescued by the LGBTQ folks (apropos for Pride Month I would say)...



...and I was looking for a new video that was kind of summery with a bit of a ‘70s feel, and I stumbled across this one (kind of an overload of primary colors, but yeah, I’m good with that).