Sunday, June 18, 2017

Broken Arm Blogging And Prosing

I broke my upper arm yesterday so I'm tediously using the on-screen keyboard. Don't expect much from me. Too much pain.

Leave Clinton Alone!

Everybody Needs To Stop Telling Hillary Clinton To Shut Up | HuffPost:

...So let’s be clear about this. If you don’t like Hillary Clinton, that’s fine. If you want to disagree with the substance of something she says in her occasional public appearances, that’s fine, too. But if seeing an article about her giving a relatively anodyne commencement speech makes you seethe with rage and demand that she go away forevermore, you’re the one with the problem...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Smoke, Mirrors, and Destroying Healthcare

Vice President Pence Lawyers Up – Mother Jones:

This is just astonishing. The FBI is actively investigating ties between the president’s campaign and a hostile foreign power. Ditto for his former national security adviser. The FBI director has been fired for refusing to kill the investigation. The attorney general has recused himself. The deputy attorney general has appointed a special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is busily hiring experts in money laundering. A few days ago Mueller widened the scope of his inquiry to include a criminal investigation of the president. Bipartisan congressional committees are holding hearings. The president himself has lawyered up, and now the vice president has lawyered up too.

This would not be completely unprecedented if it happened in 2022, six years into Trump’s presidency. But it’s happened in Trump’s first five months. And while we’re all busy gaping at the spectacle of the whole thing, Republicans are trying to take health coverage away from millions of people so they can use the money to fund tax cuts for the rich...

Chelsea Handler Advise Ivanka Trump

Chelsea Handler’s Father’s Day Message to Ivanka Trump: ‘Put Him in a Nursing Home’:

Comedian Chelsea Handler has made it clear in the past that if she had been in Ivanka Trump’s shoes, she would have done whatever it took to prevent her own father from running for president. “As a woman, I would never let my father run for president, knowing what I know about my father,” she told Conan O’Brien earlier this year. “But my father’s not even half as bad as Donald Trump...”

Coultergeist Harpyly Encourages Pence To Mutiny

Ann Coulter is sick of Trump ‘melodrama’ — and would dump him for Pence if he vowed to build the wall:

...Coulter finished off her rant by suggesting that she’d be open to dumping Trump as president in exchange for Mike Pence — but only if the vice president pledged to actually build the border wall that Trump has so far neglected.

“If Pence were smart, starting making noises about how he’d LOVE to build a wall,” she wrote. “He’d be sworn in as president about 2 weeks.”
Please continue, Madam Harpy.


Being Patriotic In Modern America

You Will Never Get Your Country Back | HuffPost:

...It’s easy to wave a flag in the air and call yourself a patriot. It’s easy to put a bumper sticker on your truck. It’s easy to put your hand over your heart and pledge allegiance, but that no more makes you an American than putting on a football helmet makes me Tom Brady. You have to earn it. You have to put in the work.

America is more than just a catchphrase or a collection of colors on a piece of cloth. America means liberty. America means freedom. Being American isn’t just a political term, it’s a way of life. It would serve many enablers and supporters of our President to stop going through the motions of calling themselves an American and ask themselves what it means to actually be an American. I think the term for that is personal responsibility. The time for party politics is over. Your nation, my nation, our nation is under attack. Not just from a foreign entity, but a domestic one as well...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Roasting The Bern


...As most of you know, I offered Sanders positive coverage when he began his campaign. (I was also quite disenchanted with Hillary.) Although I still support many of the things that the "Feel the Bern" crowd claims to stand for, I turned against the Sanders movement when I saw that it had degenerated into the worst kind of political cult. The followers of that cult became the mirror image of the Trumpers: Intolerant, intemperate, rabid, unthinking, rage-filled, ill-informed, deceptive, mendacious and simply vile...

Pierce On Mueller

Robert Mueller Follows the Money in Trump-Russia Investigation:

...It is now painfully clear that Mueller has opened the ballgame on the Trump organization's entire business model, which always has been aromatic but which now has become entangled with the intelligence community, the institutions of government, and the national interest, as interpreted by Robert Mueller. He isn't some roofing specialist that you can stiff and then drag through the courts until he can't afford the trip any more. He isn't someone you can scare off with your usual gang of billable-hour button men. He isn't some dingy Russian banker who can float you a loan to tide you over. He is honest and respected and relentless, and the only way you're going to get rid of him is to fire him. In a way, the country is daring you to do that, just to see if you have the stones for what comes next, and (possibly) as the last excuse it needs to insist on a new president. Go ahead. Make our day...

Battlin' Baptists

Southern Baptists voted overwhelmingly to condemn ‘alt-right white supremacy’ - The Washington Post:

... Members of the Southern Baptist Convention voted Wednesday to condemn a white nationalist movement, but only after fierce backlash following their decision a day earlier not to move forward with a similar resolution...

tRump On Comey And FBI--- Flashback

Trump Warned of Endless Clinton Investigations. Instead, the Focus Is on Him - NBC News:

...November 5 in Reno, NV

“There's virtually no doubt that FBI Director Comey and the great, great special agents of the FBI will be able to collect more than enough evidence to garner indictments against Hillary Clinton and her inner circle, despite her efforts to disparage them and to discredit them. If she were to win this election, it would create an unprecedented constitutional crisis. In that situation, we could very well have a sitting president under felony indictment and ultimately a criminal trial.” ...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Will The Hammer Finally Fall In Flint?

Top Michigan health official, four others charged with manslaughter in Flint water crisis - The Washington Post:

The Michigan attorney general’s office on Wednesday charged the director of the state’s health department and four other public officials with involuntary manslaughter for their roles in the Flint water crisis, which has stretched into its third year.

Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, also faces a felony count of misconduct in office...

GOP Immediately Starts Making Political Hay Out Of Shooting

Lawmaker Steve Scalise injured in GOP baseball shooting. Suspect James T. Hodgkinson dies after shootout - The Washington Post:

...Anger about his own colleagues being attacked was evident in the words of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who, suit in tie, stopped by the crime scene to pray, was viscerally angry about his own colleagues being attacked.

“America has bene divided,” he said, “and the center of America is disappearing, and the violence is appearing in the streets, and it’s coming from the left.” Kng did indicate it was impossible to separate the hyperpartisan climate in Washington — especially people protesting President Trump — with Republican members of Congress being gunned down at a baseball scrimmage...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Russian Attacks Worse Than Reported

Obama red-phoned Russia but apparently felt like the public didn't need to know. Another blunder. If not for Reality, would we even know today? 

Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known - Bloomberg:

Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported...

Killing O v. Killing tRump

'Julius Caesar' has sparked controversy. But where was corporate outrage when a movie killed President Obama? - LA Times:

...As my former Daily Beast colleague Asawin Suebsaeng reminded me this morning, nary a corporate suit batted an eye in 2015 when a Hollywood blockbuster blew the head off of an Obama-esque POTUS in even more spectacular fashion.

I wrote then of the historic cinematic killing of President Obama in 20th Century Fox's "Kingsman: The Secret Service," the first film to depict the then-POTUS's death onscreen. In it, an Obama lookalike, one of several world leaders in cahoots with Samuel L. Jackson's bad guy Valentine, gets his head blown up in the film's bombastic denouement...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Consequences, NBC, Consequences

J.P. Morgan Chase Reportedly Pulls NBC Ads Over Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones Interview | HuffPost:

NBC News is reportedly under pressure from at least one major advertiser over the upcoming Megyn Kelly interview with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

The Wall Street Journal reports that J.P. Morgan Chase has pulled its local TV ads and digital ads from all NBC News programming, including Kelly’s show, until after the interview airs Sunday night...

Crazy In NC: Gerrymandering Edition

US judges correcting NC racial gerrymanders plan to act quickly | News & Observer:

...The three federal judges who could decide whether North Carolina will have special elections this year in state legislative races issued notice Friday that they plan to act quickly.

The memorandum comes four days after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling unanimously affirming that 28 of North Carolina’s districts used to elect members to the state Senate and state House of Representatives are illegal racial gerrymanders that diluted the overall power of black voters...

tRump And A Fictional Murder Plot

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community:

... I think we’re all familiar with the plot device in which a spouse comes under suspicion in the death of their loved one because they aren’t showing a normal or appropriate level of emotion. If we used that analogy in this case, Trump would be the husband who didn’t call 911 when he found his lifeless wife lying on the floor. He’d be the one who tried to stop others from calling the cops. He’d be the one who denied that she’d been murdered at all, hired one of the prime suspects to work for him, and tried to use his influence with the mayor to shut down the investigation. He’d say strangely positive things about the prime suspects and have some exculpatory story about a 400 lb. intruder that no one has ever seen. His lawyer would have extensive ties to people who had a motive to kill his wife. His son-in-law would have met privately with them and tried to conceal that fact. And when interviewed by investigators, he never once would express the slightest concern that his wife was dead or any interest in seeing her killers brought to justice.
A crime has been committed against our country, but Trump was the beneficiary of that crime and is pleased with the outcome. He has no remorse about it. He doesn’t want it investigated.

So, what are the chances that this can all be explained as normal? Is it really different from how any candidate would feel if their election was called into question?...

Will Dems Learn Lesson?

DownWithTyranny!: What Do The Results Of The U.K. Election Tell Us About Our Own Politics?:

...How did the Conservatives projected landslide turn into a rout? On May 10 the media leaked Labour's manifesto-- Corbyn’s entire program to crank up spending and raise taxes-- and the "press tore it to pieces." Unfortunately for the Conservatives, Corbyn's "plans for pumping money into schools and nationalizing rail transport captured the public imagination after years of grinding austerity." [I want to just note here that the DCCC still insists that congressional candidates avoid contentious issues, not put up issues pages on their websites, and, worst of all, try to run as Republican-lite candidates. It's why they have seen a decade of catastrophic failure and they are determined to do it again-- and, worse yet, teach it to their poxy candidates and campaign staffers at the new DCCC U, an operation that will bake even more endemic failure into the Democratic cake for another generation. Back to the U.K.]...

tRump's Really Bad Week

‘This was the week that things got weird’: MSNBC panel says ‘Constitutionally illiterate’ Trump is doomed:

...New York University’s Cristina Beltran said, “I agree with Joan. This is the week that we saw just how deeply dangerous Trump’s enemies are. In the past he’s been fighting with real estate moguls and beauty pageant contestants and he’s been dominating people with a lot less power than he has, but right now the fact of the matter is that Trump is a president who is constitutionally illiterate and he’s battling with people who actually understand the rule of law...”

tRump Taping Threats Hot Air

Biographer: Trump Admitted Trying To 'Intimidate' Me By Lying About Taping Conversations | Crooks and Liars:

In 2005, Trump sued O'Brien over his book TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald, which suggested that the real estate mogul was worth only $250 million. But the author turned the tables on Trump and cornered him in a deposition for making at least 30 false statements...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

tRump Didn't Get His Reach Around

Ex-Prosecutor Refused Trump's Call, Got Fired The Next Day | HuffPost:

...Bharara said he viewed direct contact from the president to himself, as a law-enforcement official, to be an inappropriate breach of protocol and reported it to the office of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on March 9. “Twenty-two hours later, I was fired,” Bharara said...

Good News For The UK!

Trump's Visit To London Put On Hold | Crooks and Liars:

...So perhaps the idea of being confronted with British asses that could never be as large as our presidential ass-in-chief made a trip to the UK to congratulate Teresa May on her narrow win less than appealing. This Saturday, the Trump administration announced that the trip was put on hold:..