Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wednesday Stuff


Ana K. of TYT takes a pretty deep dive here into the manifesto, if you will, of the (alleged) Buffalo mass murderer...I guess I shouldn’t be too shocked by how matter of fact and detailed about his insanity this guy is, but it’s still a bit startling to say the least (and Cenk gives us more on the lunacy connecting this most recent gun carnage with similar related attacks, and how all of this is tied to the “great replacement theory”...and to me, the inclusion of George Soros is the slam dunk, if you will, linking the propaganda that influenced this nut right back to The Roger Ailes BS Factory)...



...and Jim Acosta of CNN opines against The Swanson TV Dinner Heir in light of the Buffalo tragedy and interviews Derrick Johnson of the NAACP (I respect Letitia James, and I think her comments are well said at the end, but even thought she’s right to criticize the wingnut opposition to “critical race theory,” or what they think that means, I’m not sure this is the right occasion to bring that up – how CRT is supposedly awful is an issue all right, but as far as I know, that never killed anybody and hopefully never will)...



...and Lawrence O’Donnell connects the recent slaughter in Buffalo right back to Rupert The Pirate (God knows I get mad at Chuck Schumer, but good on him for his remarks drawing a line from our most recent gun carnage to similar attacks...and by the way, just because he’s dead, that’s no reason to forget to include Roger Ailes also, since the hateful garbage from that network bears his imprimatur also...nice job by O’Donnell to pay tribute to the victims, including this lady)...



...and John Berman of CNN speaks with Adam Kinzinger on Madison Cawthorn losing and Doug Mastriano winning the Repug gubernatorial primary contest in PA (disgusting, but not surprising), along with the Buffalo massacre (though Kinzinger’s line about not talking about The Sainted Ronnie R and “peddling in dark fear” is unintentionally hilarious since that was a big part of Reagan’s appeal (here)...also, the Repugs turned on Cawthorn because he gave away the game with this)...



...and this Now This clip tells us about wingnut U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis and her commencement address at the University of Wyoming (here); what I find at least as objectionable as her bone-headed reference to only two sexes is more ridiculous wingnut “red meat” about government deciding people’s rights instead of the Constitution, or whatever that idiocy was...oh, and did I mention that Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was beaten, tortured and died of his injuries six days later, also attended the University of Wyoming, which probably had more than a little bit to do with the reaction of those in attendance?...



...and I haven't completely left behind my reactions to the most recent mass shootings in this country (as emphasized in the prior clips), and I don't think anybody else should either, so I guess that means that I'm in the mood for this tune once more.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Tuesday Stuff


Farron Cousins brings us the story of a new study drawling a link between wealth inequality and poor health outcomes for the vast majority of this country – kind of obvious when the facts are presented this way, but of course there’s far too little corporate media reporting on this stuff, if indeed there is any reporting at all (another good video on wealth inequality appears later in this post)...



...and today is primary election day in our beloved commonwealth of PA, and with that in mind, I give you this ad introducing Ashley Ehasz, running for the PA-01 seat held by Brian Fitzpatrick.

But first, I should point out something. Given that today marks the end of PA primary season and we’ll see the volleys from the “R” party, if you will, getting particularly lowdown against the “D” party (with the primary season being different from the general election season of course in these parts), it should be pointed out that, so far, Bri-Fi has run what I would call a “Seinfeld” campaign...that is to say, about nothing. He hides from his constituents when it comes to live town halls of course, and there are signs all over the place near Le Manse Doomsy saying “Brian Fitzpatrick – One Community”...to which I say, what the bloody stinking hell does THAT mean?

And of course, there’s also an ad out there showing Bucks County DA Matt Weintraub and other police officers saying Fitzpatrick “had their backs,” or words to that effect. Maybe, but there’s no evidence whatsoever provided to back that up. Did Fitzpatrick secure some kind of funding/appropriation for law enforcement? If so, when? What’s the number of the bill that passed the U.S. House? Did the Bucks County Commissioners petition Fitzpatrick for police funding? Some actual, y’know, details about that would be nice.

Oh, and did I mention that Fitzpatrick opposed COVID relief, which in part included funding for law enforcement (here, and page 2 from here)?...

Anyway, here is the Ehasz ad...



...and speaking of exercising the universal franchise on this day, this Lincoln Project clip should have just said “Vote Democratic” at the end, but I guess that’s because these people are yesterday’s Republicans, even though they’re completely spot-on here otherwise...



...and in the latest great Second Thought video, we learn about how the NYC budget crisis of the ‘70s (and the response, or lack thereof, from President Gerald Ford) precipitated the rise of neoliberalism and privatization, particularly when it comes to maintaining Central Park (which is a great place, truly) – incredible to learn about the vicious circle of individuals trapped in the welfare-to-work cycle being forced to keep up the park for free, thus raising property values of real estate in the area and making housing even more unaffordable for the people maintaining the park...and I was a bit gobsmacked, if you will, by the water stuff in Great Britain too...



...and I’ll bet you didn’t know that there’s a cell phone provider catering specifically to treasonous insurrectionists; well, there is (courtesy of The Daily Show :-)...



...and given that it’s a beautiful spring day in these parts (and in consideration of the Second Thought clip), I feel like hearing this tune, so here it is.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Monday Stuff


Brian Tyler Cohen brings us this clip of Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appearing on the show once called “Faze The Nation” about a federal criminal statute for incidents of domestic terrorism (in light of the carnage in Buffalo...The Swanson TV Dinner Heir is also featured prominently, since he infamously deserves that treatment); "Mayor Pete" also talks about the need to do SOMETHING AT LONG GODDAMN LAST about the incredibly easy availability of these weapons of death such as the one used by the (alleged) Buffalo shooter (and as noted previously, there were also recent gun-related attacks in Milwaukee and Laguna Woods, CA)...



...and the utterly horrible Elise Stefanik was featured in the prior clip, and here she is quite rightly getting called out for her recent disgusting tweet about “pedo grifters”...



...and Chris Hayes and Stephanie Ruhle, to their great credit, took a pretty deep dive recently, if you will, into the story of the baby formula shortage (more is here - and sure, who cares if a bunch of dark-skinned babies starve to death as far as the wingnuts are concerned...utter monsters)...



...and David Doel tells us about Israeli security forces attacking the funeral/casket of slain Palestinian al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh...despicable for the reasons noted in the clip – I know some Israelis have recently been killed, and I definitely don’t condone the loss of life from any side, but somehow I have a feeling that there’s more anti-Palestinian stuff going on too...but I admit that I need to investigate recent developments some more (NSFW/H but for a good reason...I actually understand the argument that funerals can be used to incite attacks, though I wish to emphasize that there is NOTHING that justifies the apartheid regime of Israel either...I think that description is correct)...



..and Sam and Emma of The Majority Report tells us about winguts Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing recently telling us that they think the leaker of the draft Roe opinion is a liberal SCOTUS clerk, and of course, there is no proof whatsoever to support that claim...I agree with Sam – not only was it a conservative clerk and/or activist (paging Ginni Thomas), but upon discovery of same, that person will indeed seem to disappear for a little while, then re-emerge somehow in conservative circles and be treated as a hero in the same manner as Kyle Rittenhouse...



...and on this day in 1966, the late, great Tony Joe White recorded his signature hit.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sunday Stuff


And what would Life In These United States be like without another mass shooting, tragically – sorry that this keeps taking place, but the solution isn’t something you can fit on a bumper sticker, so, as we know, it’s beyond the attention span (to say nothing of the political will) of at least 30 percent of this country (and God knows that I want to be wrong about that, but I know I’m not – more here, here, and here)...



Update 1: Our thoroughly useless corporate media strikes again (here).

Update 2: And apparently there was a mass shooting in California (and Milwaukee) also....dear God.

...and this NBC News report tells us about yesterday’s nationwide protests in support of Roe v. Wade (here), which the SCOTUS is poised to gut shortly (and one response to Almost Silent Clarence Thomas is here - and please take note of the fact that protestors did not storm the Capitol, act in a manner that led to the deaths and injuries of individuals including Capitol police, and parade inside the Capitol building with a Confederate flag)...



...and I thought it appropriate to include this clip from The Lincoln Project as a bit of a tribute to outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki...



...and given the first video about the latest horredous incident of mass gun slaughter in this country, I suppose it's time for this tune again.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Friday Stuff


Rachel Maddow brings us this story on how two incredibly brave Russian journalists have found a way to communicate to people in that country about what is truly going on with Vlad The Butcher’s horrible war of choice in Ukraine (and timed for that country's May 9th celebrations, which is even gutsier still)...



...and yep, we finally hit that unbelievable milestone when it comes to COVID deaths; we have indeed lost 1 million people, which is absolutely inconceivable, but that’s what happens when you have people who don’t get vaxxed and ignore/ridicule mask mandates; as far as I’m concerned, this is also a consequence of this country not finding a way to get vaccines to the third world in the necessary quantities to prevent more variants...



...and I thought this was a great report from Ana of TYT about U.S. Senate Repug idiot Steve Daines of Montana giving a speech about “pre-born babies of sea turtles” or something, basically comparing these animals to women...nice (I’d forgotten about Daines interrupting Elizabeth Warren – good job by Ana to link Daines’ idiocy to gun deaths, which, as Ana says, was made worse by the pandemic...Ana’s analysis of Daines’ votes is terrific – this should be the rule for our media instead of the exception – if guys ended up giving birth, there would be so many morning-after bills you wouldn’t be able to keep track of them all, and it would be easy to get an abortion – Home Depot might even wall off a section where to get it right next to the heating and air conditioning equipment and the aisle for power tools)...



...and sticking with the subject that the wingnuts love above everything else (with the possible exception of tax cuts), Jayar and Francesca tell us about this idiot Oklahoma state senator named Warren Hamilton who opposes abortion for ectopic pregnancy, even though such a condition poses a threat to the life of the mother, and of course any form of life birthed in this way wouldn’t be viable anyway (and Adrienne Lawrence also tells us at the end that Louisiana has introduced a bill stipulating that any abortion provider is guilty of murder...yep, this is the direction all of this has been going for decades, and we’re finally here unfortunately)...



...and David Doel tells us that dirty energy criminal Joe Manchin joined every U.S. Senate Republican in voting No on codifying Roe v. Wade (NSFW - and it shouldn’t be a big surprise that Manchin’s support is now coming from Republicans – and yeah, I’m sure Biden/Harris can be doing more against Manchin, but THEY ALSO DON’T HAVE THE FREAKING NUMBERS IN THE SENATE! If Bernie Sanders and/or Angus King decided for some godawful reason to start caucusing with Repugs, the Dems would be in the minority again) – and I also get a little fed up with the whining over the failure of Build Back Better...yes, it should have passed, but Biden also helped to deliver COVID relief and the infrastructure bill, and does anybody seriously think that would have happened with a Repug congress?? That being said, Doel does have a point about executive orders to make cannabis no longer a Schedule 1 drug and student debt relief (which Biden campaigned on, let’s not forget), as well as Jessica Cisneros vs. that guttersnipe Henry Cuellar...



...and Thom Hartmann tells us here that protestors in front of “Strip Search Sammy” Alito’s house who showed up recently in protest of the upcoming ruling to gut Roe v. Wade were served wine and cheese by Alito’s neighbors...gotta love it (and good for Thom for discussing McCullen v. Coakley, which has made it even more problematic for women trying to exercise their rights of bodily autonomy - more on tomorrow's march in support of abortion rights is here)...



...and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History,” and today, we’re “setting the way back” for 5/13/10...do you want to know how IMO we got to the point in this country where some people (and as usual, I believe this means about 30 percent of the population) think that Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn are the sort of individuals who should be elected to the U.S. Congress, with the expectation that these life forms would actually act in the interests of their constituents? Well, in addition to a lack of education in civics and social studies, as well as a steady diet of nonsense from Fix Noise and their T.V. clones as well as conservative AM talk radio, I would argue that another culprit are garbage political ads just like this one, in which Bradley Byrne, who once served Alabama’s first congressional district, was attacked for being “too liberal”...apparently, this ad helped to sink Byrne in the GOP primary that year (which, down there, is basically the election), though Byrne did end up getting elected to Congress from 2014 through 2021...



...and here’s a tune for all of you triskaidekaphobics out there – don’t walk under any ladders or step on sidewalk cracks, OK?


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Thursday Stuff


Sam and Emma of The Majority Report tell us that Alabama just passed a law making it a crime to perform gender affirming surgery on trans youth under 19 (very rare), as well as applying hormonal treatments, and apparently targeting medical providers too with that idiot gov Kay Ivey – terrific (more on Ivey is here)...



...and I know I alluded to this previously, but it looks like Repug Sen. Susan “Disappointed” Collins did indeed call the cops for a chalk sidewalk message written in front of her home in Maine (David Doel tells us more)...



Update: And it looks like “the Christian handmaiden” is getting her turn in the barrel here...

...and this local news report with NBC’s Ukee Washington and Siafa Lewis tell us about the team bus full of Delaware women’s lacrosse players getting pulled over in Georgia (and did I mention that the women came from a historically black college?)...even if the state troopers thought the bus driver was erratic for driving in the left lane (For how long, I wonder? Was the driver trying to pass on a two-lane road?), they should have confined their search to the driver and his/her belongings. There is NOTHING that condones the degree of invasiveness of the search carried out by the troopers with their dogs! (more here).

And don’t give me this, “Well, we would have done the same thing if the players on the bus were white.” Just don’t even imagine that you’re going to lie to me like that...



...and Jayar and Rayy Vana of Rebel HQ tell us about the rumor that “Strip Search Sammy” Alito moved to an “undisclosed location,” which, as it turns out, is totally baseless, though Fix Noise ran wild with it all over the place anyway of course (I’m sure the women who will be victimized by overturning Roe won’t have that luxury)...



...and kudos to the Second Thought guy for stepping in front of the camera to give us an intro to socialism, and it’s not what you think (re, Stalinist apparatchiks...as usual, lots of important history in these clips, including Salvador Allende in Chile...kind of lost a bit IMO is more of the reason why Nixon/Kissinger intervened in that country on behalf of Augusto Pinochet...yes, there was a foreign policy component, but more than anything, it was to defeat the socialist improvements under Allende – this is discussed in this great book, and another example of this country screwing over a people-powered government is here)...



...and I know JT is coming to Allentown on 6/27; not sure if tickets are still available, but hopefully they are.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tuesday Stuff


David Doel tells us about the protests at the homes of SCOTUS justices “I Like Beer” Kavanaugh and Hangin’ Judge JR (and it looks like "Strip Search Sammy" is getting his "time in the barrel" also as noted here...and Biden is wrong on criticizing the protests, as is Begala and Harwood of course...what the hell do you expect when the SCOTUS puts up fencing to keep out protestors? Gee, ya’ think they expect people to be pissed about this? And of course, the lightning speed with which our elected representatives moved on this shouldn’t be surprising, and for the record, I’m saying that through clenched teeth – it sure would be nice if the same metaphorical fire were lit under these U.S. Senate cretins to ensure the safety and privacy of women’s health care...and gee, now the cops are policing people making chalk drawings in front of the home of "disappointed" Collins? Gee, what chronological age is the Maine senator? 12?).

And speaking of protests on this subject, let's not forget this...



Update: Jamelle Bouie gets it (here).

Update 5/11/22: And three guesses how #MaseratiManchin voted here, and the first two don't count.

And by the way, this is being reported as “Senate fails to vote” or “Senate fails to pass” or “U.S. Senate Democrats Fail...” This is typically disingenuous corporate media framing, but I realize that shouldn’t be a surprise.

The goddamn bill was blocked by U.S. Senate Republicans and that Democratic dirty energy criminal from West Virginia. Try reporting it straight for a change!

...and as indicated in the prior clip, the wingnuts want corporatism to run amok while any notion of government providing any service for anyone but the uber rich is thoroughly destroyed, but above and beyond that, they also want anything having to do with the right to privacy to be gutted as well, and that means they’re also coming for contraception, gay marriage, mixed marriages...you name it (with Tate Reeves of Mississippi being too dumb and/or callous enough to do anything but go along with the program like the empty-headed sycophant he truly is – John and Francesca bring us more)...



...and I thought Mehdi Hasan did a real service here drawing a line from the present thoroughly disgusting moment of screeching corporate activism all the way back to Brown v. Board and the rise of the wingnuts under The Sainted Ronnie R (Hasan covers a lot of important stuff here, but I would have also liked to see the clip of Paul Weyrich saying that he doesn’t want everyone to vote, making a snide “goo goo” remark as he did so... and yeah, good point at the end by author Randall Balmer that LBJ, rightly or wrongly, knew how to wield power, and that skill has largely escaped current Dems on Capitol Hill – Hasan also speaks with author Anthea Butler)...



...and Brian Tyler Cohen does a deep dive into Lex Luthor Scott’s 11-point plan to basically turn this country into a corpocracy and make sure government provides absolutely nothing for anybody or anyone who needs it...yes, I know this is a recording, but it bears repeating (and you'd have to be a stone cold moron to trust one word coming out of the mouth of Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao)...



...and Sam and Emma tell us about Steve Schmidt, former Repug political operative and advisor to the 2008 John McCain for President campaign, going off on McCain’s daughter Meghan recently because she liked a tweet alleging that Schmidt was a pedo, and that would be enough to make me go off too (and I have to admit that I blamed Schmidt for Sarah Palin, and apparently I was wrong...sorry about that, though I guess that also depends on who you talk to – I pretty much agree with Sam’s analysis that Schmidt has his own issues too...and yeah, it figures that Meghan McCain would pose in front of her dad’s headstone with a copy of her book, which was crass in the extreme as they discuss...apparently the book sales tanked – c’est dommage)...



...and it’s too nice of a day in these parts to have a brooding, melancholy tune – how about something a little upbeat to help us keep carrying on with the good fight, as it were?