Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday Stuff


I realize that, under normal circumstances, the correct and proper thing to do when someone dies is to either say something good or, absent that, say nothing at all. But I’m going to make an exception for David Koch, for all of the reasons Farron Cousins points out in the video (and for this).

He deserves to be slow-roasting on a spit in hell at this very moment, right alongside Roger Ailes and The Sainted Ronnie R, who should both be experiencing the same fate (and I likewise will feel no remorse whatsoever when he is joined by his brother Charles one day)…




Update: Uh, yep.

…and of all of the ruinous impacts of voting right-wing strongmen into power, their harm to the environment may be the very worst, as Michael Brooks of The Majority Report points out (to help the Amazon rainforest, click here - more predictable Bolsonaro BS is here)…



…and Cenk and Ana tell us that Generalissimo Trump is prepared to detain migrants indefinitely, doing away with something from 1997 called the Flores Settlement (so many reasons why we’re in 25th Amendment territory right now, and this is but one)…



…and John I. and Jayar Jackson tell us about the Gropenfuhrer’s recent remarks about Jews and loyalty (although apparently, this is Adolf Twitler’s latest craziness – hard to keep up with this utter dumpster fire of a “presidency”...will trying to tell corporate America what to do FINALLY, AT LONG LAST be "a bridge too far," as it were?)…



…and I now give you the latest installment of “This Day In Doomsy History” from 8/23/10…for anyone who remembers the so-called “ground zero mosque” (which wasn’t planned to be built at ground zero and wasn’t a mosque – more here and here), the protest scene in this clip will appear to be familiar (and yes, the Kochs were connected to the “Astroturf” protest of the mosque through something called the American Future Fund in attacks against Dem Congressman Bruce Braley, as noted here)…



…and I know we had some 1969 nostalgia recently with Woodstock, but I thought I’d change things up a bit here with this tune, which was No. 1 on the Top 40 chart for the week ending 8/25/79 (and a NSFW message appears onscreen halfway through, just to warn you).

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday Stuff


Yeah, you can pretty much expect the Gropenfuhrer and his minions (including Fix Noise of course) to plummet to new depths every day as they attack and demonize anyone who they claim to be “the opposition” – Cenk and Ana give us just the latest example as the minions of the Roger Ailes BS Factory gang up once more on Dem U.S. House Reps Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar…”Holocaust envy,” huh? Stomach turning, truly – an item related to the pic is here



(and by the way, for anyone who thinks Trump/Hitler comparisons are only hyperbole, I give you this.)...

…and I think we entered 25th Amendment territory long ago, but this stuff about buying Greenland from Denmark definitely qualifies as far as I’m concerned – I find nothing funny at all when it comes to mental illness, which I think is completely on display here…



…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us that Shep Smith pretty much busted Generalissimo Trump on letting the air out of the proverbial ball once again on common sense gun laws, opting for the “mental health” dodge after paying lip service to universal background checks…



…and here’s a rockin’ little number with a bit of a Muscle Shoals sound – works for me and hopefully you too.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday Stuff


Robert Reich tells us about the increase in CEO pay in 2018; don’t mean to get anyone’s blood up seeing as how it’s already hot outside, but the data doesn’t lie, people…



…and isn’t THIS interesting - Stephanie Ruhle interviews two reporters who broke a story about the Epoch Times, a Pro-Trump news outlet, funded by the Falun Gong Chinese spiritual group (maybe “Adolf Twitler” really is the Manchurian Candidate after all…and yeah, I think we ALL are curious about exactly what these characters have in mind for 2020 also, though I don’t think it’s too difficult to guess)...



…and Cenk and Ana of TYT tell us that Joni Ernst and her typical Repug fallback position on “mental health” in the wake of our most recent gun tragedies didn’t play too well with the Iowa folks back home – like to think this might lead to Ernst’s removal from public office, but given the history of that state, I’m not getting my hopes up…



…and Kyle K. gives it back to Bill Maher on the latter’s attack of the BDS movement – for all the reasons Kyle points out, Maher is completely and utterly wrong (to say nothing of utterly un-funny anymore also...mildly NSFW)…



…and I normally stay out of lefty “food fights,” as it were, because it’s really just an excuse for our corporate media and their wingnut counterparts to jump in and have good sport while beating the “divided Democrats” narrative completely and utterly to death, but I’m going to make an exception over what I consider to be the recent antics of Susan Sarandon (here, and some noteworthy context is here).

It apparently started when Sarandon, while endorsing Bernie Sanders, made a remark that Sanders was never a Republican, which apparently was intended as a swipe at Elizabeth Warren. Well, people change political parties all the time for various reasons, some having to do with seeking the best deal you can get, which is just human nature after all. To me, what matters is what you do (if anything) to take advantage of someone and promote yourself by doing that. And I have no indication that Warren has ever walked on anyone to get herself where she is (if it turns out later that that has happened, then I think we should look at it on a case-by-case basis, but again, this is only “if”).

Well, in response, Neera Tanden complained that Sarandon did her part to drive down Dem turnout and elect The Gropenfuhrer, which is completely accurate. So of course, the Sanders camp (led by David Sirota) got all unglued because apparently YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO CRITICIZE SUSAN SARANDON BECAUSE THAT’S A DE FACTO CRITICISM OF BERNIE!!!

Well, @ReignofApril on Twitter brought back this clip from shortly before the 2016 election, and I submit it once more for your approval – YOU tell ME how well this has aged after almost three years (God help us) of Mango Mussolini and his utter misery of a “presidency” ("I don't vote with my vagina" - just too precious for words)…



Update 8/21/19: Too funny (here)...

And by the way, NEVER forget this...


…and happy belated 80th birthday to Ginger Baker of Cream.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Monday Stuff


Gee, it looks like Steven Arnold King of Iowa’s Fourth District wants an actual apology from US for his utterly twisted, bigoted, misogynist remarks – once more, to do something about this monster, click here - and get a load of this



…and in somewhat of a King-esque vein, Rachel Maddow tells us about another wingnut circuit court judge who Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao and Generalissimo Trump just railroaded into a lifetime approintment, and that would be Steve Menashi…yeah, when you get rid of the flowery language, we’re talking about white nationalism here, folks (and yeah, the BS “Blackjack” Pershing and the pigs blood story is back again – God almighty, I wish Senate Democrats could find a way to make this a campaign issue since it’s really damn important)…



…and I think this is a really good “Rational National” clip with some harsh medicine for the Democrats, and as usual, AOC is in the middle of things speaking truth (and I think people should vote regardless, but the reality is that, to motivate the Dem base, they need a reason…and if you want to get an idea of how truly insular and out-of-touch the Dem “leadership” truly is, I give you this tweet, in particular the part about the 75 Democrats who allowed themselves to be interviewed by that pig Mark Halperin – it’s a shame that money is the measure of political clout, but it is what it is)…




…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us that it looks like Larry Kudlow is whistling in the dark on the economy once more – wonder if he’s visiting the snowman again?



…and John, Cenk and Maz Jobrani tells us about someone who may not be the new Dem poll leader yet, but she’s getting awfully close (and given the prior clip, it probably isn’t surprising – and I wouldn’t exact call this a ringing endorsement of Biden)…



…and here’s another summer tune – hope you’re staying cool wherever you are.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Stuff


Seth Meyers tells us about the Gropenfuhrer holding another hate fest, this time in our beloved commonwealth (gotta love the “fib bit” thing; totally fits for him - I personally think we should start a tourism boycott of places where Our Treasonous Orange Meat Sack spews his bile, and if that includes PA, so be it)…



Update 8/18/19: And yeah, this sure figures, doesn't it?

…and Brian Tyler Cohen tells us about Minnesota farmers unhappy with Trump (I wonder how many of those MAGA, Trump-cheering idiots in PA and New Hampshire know about this, or care)…



…and Farron Cousins of Ring of Fire tells us about “Adolf Twitler” musing about trying to purchase Greenland – video basically ends at about 3:20 (and I think this is way too damn funny in response)…



…and Willie Geist of “Morning Joe” talks with Jonathan Swan about companies pushing back against Generalissimo Trump on immigration – about freaking time (“the benefits of tax reform have worked themselves through the economy,” huh? Not for me, they haven’t – and about China and agriculture, see the first video…Joe Scar takes a while to ask his question, but I think Swan is right about people overcompensating on the whole “wobbles” thing…and my 401(k) is breaking even at this point, but that’s about it, so to hell with that talking point)…



…and here are a couple of more memorable tunes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.



Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday Stuff


Rachel Maddow tells us about a recent Pentagon white paper on how Russians move in and take over in countries that they consider “targets,” and it looks like the US of A qualifies for that, sadly…pretty damn amazing “A” block on Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao (sorry she hurt her leg on vacation, but I would definitely say that took lemons and made lemonade, you might say)…



To me, it will be absolutely beyond belief if congressional Democrats (to say nothing of Democrats in McConnell's home state) can’t make the case that maybe investment in a Kentucky aluminum plant by a Russian targeted for sanctions might not have been necessary if “Moscow Mitch” hadn’t blocked all of the infrastructure bills that could have helped stimulate actual U.S. investment, instead of having to go “hat in hand” to a foreign hostile power (and I don’t think it would take too much imagination to tie the actions of the “Grim Reaper” to blocking election security bills either).

  • This tells us about McConnell blocking infrastructure spending in December 2016.


  • This tells us about McConnell doing the same thing earlier this year because he was apparently PO’ed that “Adolf Twitler” vetoed a short-term funding bill that passed the Senate by unanimous consent (particularly pathetic that we’re talking about the same political party for both of these cretins).


  • This tells us that, in spite of that, McConnell does indeed take his lead from the Orange Pustule on the issue of pretending to care about infrastructure.


  • And oh yeah, trying to wreck the climate vis-à-vis infrastructure is definitely a feature, not a bug (here).


  • Also, blocking infrastructure spending goes back at least to the Obama Administration, as noted here (and probably much further than that).

  • So, McConnell, in addition to blocking smart investment in his state (which would be economically stimulative also, let’s not forget), is also responsible for the treason of allowing a foreign hostile power to embed itself in his state so it can wield economic influence and subvert any and all sanction in the event that it decides to interfere in our elections again.

    Didn’t we used to shoot or hang people in the past who did stuff like this? Just asking...

    …and I thought this was a pretty good summation of the news that Dem U.S. House Reps Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib will now be barred from entering Israel (I think this video pretty much says it)…



    …and oh yeah, the Dow lot 3 percent of its value on 8/14 (Cousins kind of bungles the start but regroups and does a good job IMHO – I’d never heard his “three little pigs” analogy before, but yeah, it fits)…



    …and here’s another great Woodstock tune to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Wednesday Stuff


    It looks that that mistake from Iowa’s Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives showed his true color again today (I would say “colors” but apparently only white registers as far as Steve King is concerned; I really hope the voters in King’s district finally wake the hell up and dispatch King to wingnut talk radio and Fix Noise, where he would have nothing whatsoever to do with public life ever again– to do something about this, click here)…



    …and Seth Meyers gives us the latest on Generalissimo Trump’s conspiracy theory BS, as well as that nut Jeanine Pirro…I’m getting the message that Meyers is probably more than fed up over having to provide a voice of reason in opposition to this insanity, and I don’t blame him at all, but he’s holding up pretty well to his credit…



    …and Sam Seder and The Majority Report let us know about the truly awful Ken Cuccinelli telling us that, well, that stuff on the Statue of Liberty from Emma Lazarus really didn’t apply to that brown-skinned horde on the southern border – JFC (and great point about what tax breaks really are - “cultivating a more favorable electorate” indeed)…



    …and John I. of “The Damage Report” tells us about Chris Cuomo giving it back to a wingnut heckler…and GREAT point about the Gropenfuhrer trying, stupidly as you might expect, to try and attach the issue of gun control to this somehow – I don’t think anyone else in the universe besides Mango Mussolini imagines any kind of equivalency here…



    …and according to Lex Luthor Scott, we need to cut taxes to find our way to prosperity– again…please – as actor Bradley Whitford said forever ago about the Repugs, “Tax cuts are their Jesus” (Farron Cousins explains)…



    …and as most of us know, tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (from 8/15 – 8/18/69) – here is one legendary tune, and I’ll plan to have at least one more soon.