Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tuesday Stuff


If you’re like me, you probably had no idea what the “public charge rule” is, though, if it has anything whatsoever to do with immigration, you can rely on Mango Mussolini to try and wreck it, as Farron Cousins tells us, aided and abetted by the High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR (yeah, it’s all about keeping out the darker-skinned “other” again)…



…and Brett Erlich and John I. discuss Ayanna Pressley taking on Betsy DeVos over the latter’s particularly stupid and fatuous remark about a pro-choice woman supporting slavery…



…and this is something a bit welcoming and uplifting with all of the insanity currently engulfing us (yeah, maybe a bit of mythology going on here, but I think it’s substantively true)…



…and apparently this guy is not due to come to a venue in these parts this year, which is kind of a drag because I thought this was a neat little tune.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday Stuff


Wouldn’t it be a kick if “Blow ‘Em Up” Bolton ended up sinking the Gropenfuhrer and his minions in pursuit of a lucrative book deal? Apropos for all of these bottom feeders to eat each other like this, as John I. tells us…



Update: Hey, Ari Ari Bobari, The House DID call John Bolton to testify (here - h/t @Atrios), but Our Treasonous, Tiny Handed Orange Dictator wouldn’t let him (here).

STOP LYING!!!

…and Brian Tyler Cohen reminds us that, if you ever find yourself needing legal representation, Alan Dershowitz is probably the LAST person you should seek out…



…and sometimes stuff happens that kind of stops you in your tracks, and I would say that the tragic news about Kobe Bryant definitely qualifies – he grew up in Lower Merion, PA, and he was the son of La Salle's legendary player and former Sixer Joe Bryant, though with all due respect, Kobe far outpaced his father on the court…so many life lessons to recall and celebrate…definitely the kind of once-in-a-generation talent who you rooted against when he didn’t play for your team, though you respected him as an elite player, and based on this clip, an elite person also…



…and happy belated 65th birthday to Eddie Van Halen.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday Stuff


Leave it the Roger Ailes BS Factory to do what it does best, and that's to try and de-legitimize the impeachment of Generalissimo Trump every way possible, as John I. and Jayar Jackson tell us…



…and I realize some of this “Now This” clip on Adam Schiff’s remarks at the impeachment trial is repetitive from the recent Brian Tyler Cohen clip (going up against Mango Mussolini’s lawyers) but I think it needs to be pointed out again…



…and I’m sure Susan Collins will be very disappointed to hear about this attack ad on her kow-towing to #MidnightMitch and the Gropenfuhrer (with Mika, Joe Scar and Rick Wilson…oh, and by the way, let’s cut it out with some of the Repug hagiography especially concerning Olympia Snowe…I’m a little uncomfortable with a Never Trumper like Rick Wilson who once invoked bin Laden in an attack campaign ad against former Dem GA Senator and disabled Vietnam vet Max Cleland, but Wilson is trying to move the ball the right way, you might say, to be fair…for now)…



…and I’ve absolutely had it with Tulsi Gabbard – I don’t care if she’s a veteran or not…yeah, HRC is acting like she’s some kind of Dem elder stateswoman or something and as far as I’m concerned, she definitely doesn’t have that kind of clout, but Gabbard’s lawsuit against her is beyond a joke (here)…here is a repeat of a TYT clip about Gabbard voting “Present” in the House on the impeachment of Our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Orange Dictator (and as far as Gabbard sucking up to Fix Noise is concerned, take a look at all of the YouTube videos of her being interviewed by the previously mentioned Roger Ailes’ propaganda network…if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and quacks like a duck)…



…and Robert Reich and Inequality Media have made a lot of fine videos, but this may be the best of them all (about rebuilding our democracy by voting)…



…and to me, the title of this song is an apt explanation for all of the self-inflicted misery the Trump gang is wallowing in at the moment.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Wednesday Stuff


Brian Tyler Cohen tells us all about the idiotic, disprovable lies from Mango Mussolini’s legal defense team during the impeachment trial…



…and it seems like #MidnightMitch was in favor of impeachment trial witnesses before he was against them, you might say, as noted here



…and Thom Hartmann tells us of one of two outcomes that may come from this (I think Thom means Trump losing control of Repugs in the Senate, not the House…and I think what Thom says at the very end is exactly why the Senate Repugs will continue to toe the line…given the Gropenfuhrer’s still rabid base and their fawning, idiotic idolatry of Our Orange Pestillence, I don’t see any Repug senators doing ANYTHING in response)…



…and oh yeah, it looks like the “ammo-sexuals” were at it again recently in VA, as Chris Hayes tells us…



…and I’m genuinely saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Jones, but he suffered for a long time and he doesn’t have to deal with that any more…in addition to being an hilariously funny member of the Pythons of course (along with the rest of the usual lot), he was also a thoroughly accomplished historian and spoke out eloquently against Dubya’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure in Iraq…RIP (here)…



…and I realize this tune was written in another context, but given the Chris Hayes clip, I think it fits (two Beatle-related tunes on consecutive days…can I stand it?? :-).

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday Stuff


To mark the 10th anniversary of the truly terrible Citizens United ruling, I bring you once more this Special Comment from Keith Olbermann that aired after this calamitous decision was announced (more here and here)…



…and here is a clip from 2014 of former Dem Sen. Al Franken talking with Lawrence O’Donnell about the ruling, along with a report at the very end on the fight against ISIS (kind of painful to see how a real president acts versus the clown we’re stuck with now)…



…and with Mango Mussolini in mind, Robert Reich (in another encore video) tells us how Citizens United led us to Our Treasonous, Tiny-Handed Russian Operative (one way to fight back is to click here)…



…and if you’re looking for the lowest common denominator in all of this, I think this tune sums it all up.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday Stuff


More revelations continue to come out about the Gropenfuhrer from the new book by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig of the WaPo, and this time it has to do with our Russian operative in An Oval Office showing that he’s incapable of reading the Constitution, as Farron Cousins tell us…



…and as far as Florida Repugs are concerned, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, voting is a privilege, not a right (I must have been asleep for that lesson in civics class…and yeah, it’s all about making sure only the “R”s are able to cast their ballots of course)…



…and Ana and John I. of TYT tell us how the big banks are funding the climate crisis…



…and I thought this was an appropriate tune in recognition of the holiday.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday Stuff


Farron Cousins tells us about Kellyanne Conjob typically ducking a straight Yes or No question on whether or not Lev Parnas was lying when he said he knew Mango Mussolini…



…and the Morning Joe gang opine on Parnas’s recent interview on Rachel Maddow (implicating Nunes and Pence also of course…and don’t say “bedbug” to Bret Stephens…I know Rev. Al is just loving to dump on Rudy 9iu11ani like this, and it’s all deserved)…



…and it’s time once more for another installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” (more or less), with a really neat clip IMO on the rise of ultra-right-wing nationalism from 1/18/16 (still timely, unfortunately...may have to crank the volume)…



…ant this is a continuation of another typically great segment from Thom Hartmann about how millennials, and younger Americans actually, are being held back by debt and poverty, which leads to the stuff noted in the prior video (oh, but now it’s time for more wingnut hagiography about The Sainted Ronnie R – and I typically ignore BoBo in the New York Times on the subject of inequality and pretty much everything else, but apparently he vomited another ridiculous column on the subject today as noted here)…



…and speaking of The Old Gray Lady, I thought this was a great clip from filmmaker Ken Burns about the history of the 19th Amendment, which is 100 years old this year – yeah, the Equal Rights Amendment is WAY overdue, and I would argue that the 28th is too…more here



…and I thought this was a nice mellow tune that may be a bit topical to help us slide into the weekend.