Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Just a few statistics and charts to fill your nights

Americans fear the wrong enemy. I wonder why?
According to the latest data from Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, white supremacists were responsible for more than half of the 34 fatalities linked to domestic extremists of all stripes last year, claiming 18 lives in 2017.

That represented a reversion to the long-term trend; right-wing violence had accounted for the largest share of domestic-extremist related killings every year from 1995 until the Pulse nightclub shootings in 2016. Global totals may tell a very different story, but in the United States far-right extremist murders far exceed those carried out by Islamic extremists over the last decade: 71 percent of all murders were carried out by right-wing extremists, and 26 percent can be linked to Islamic extremists.

America is becoming great again!
THE UNINSURED RATE WENT UP IN 2017 — That's according to a new Gallup survey that found the uninsured rate among U.S. adults was 12.2 percent last year, up from a record-low 10.9 percent in the last quarter of 2016.
— It was the biggest one-year jump in a decade. Gallup has been tracking adults' uninsured rate since the start of 2008, and it peaked at 18 percent in late 2013 — right before the ACA coverage expansion began. The uninsured rate then steadily fell between 2014 and 2016, as the Medicaid expansion kicked in, other ACA provisions took effect and the Obama administration heavily promoted the law.  Link

And finally, you know why Trump hasn't mentioned Puerto Rico lately? Because he thinks he solved the crisis by throwing paper towels at people. Heck of a job Trumpie!

You'll note that full power is still not restored. The Hurricane Katrina response devastated W. Bush's inept Presidency. Why is Trump getting a pass, media?


Reality Check

Who controls the House of Representatives?


Who controls the Senate?


Who controls the White House?


If there's a government shutdown, whose fault is it?


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Here's New Jersey Senator Cory Booker today at a Senate Hearing for Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen. Senator Booker is reacting to the Secretary's lack of memory of Shithole Trump's infamous meeting last week where he insulted Haiti and all of Africa in a racist outburst.

Brilliant. We need a LOT more of this. A LOT.

Thanks, Senator Booker.


I think this is an important article. On Aziz Ansari And Sex That Feels Violating Even When It’s Not Criminal.
If the #MeToo movement is going to amount to sustained culture change ― rather than simply a weeding out of the worst actors in a broken system ― we need to renegotiate the sexual narratives we’ve long accepted. And that involves having complicated conversations about sex that is violating but not criminal.
Outside of the obvious scumbags like Weinstein, Trump and Spacey, sex and consent is a pretty complicated subject that we need to discuss a lot more and incorporate into child-rearing. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of this article.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Recent Covers

These are real.

Reminder: Trump has told over 2000, public, verifiable, lies during his first year in office.


If the Pr*sident being a racist doesn't bother you, then you are complicit in his crimes.

And you should be ashamed.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Next week, he'll walk down a staircase and his approval ratings will jump 10 points!

Yesterday, the White House tried to control the damage from Fire and Fury, the inside the White House book which paints Trump as a bloated moron who everyone in the White House hates, by having him sit at a table with Senators and not drool or fall asleep for almost an entire hour.

Of course, when he (mostly) succeeded at not crapping himself, conservatives swelled with pride while many of the "both sides" media praised him for his long-awaited "Presidential" pivot.

Trump himself had this to say this, today.
“It was a tremendous meeting. Actually, it was reported as incredibly good, and my performance — you know, some of them called it a performance, I consider it work — but it got great reviews by everybody, other than two networks who were phenomenal for about two hours,” Trump said. “Then after that they were called by their bosses that say, ‘Oh, wait a minute.’ And unfortunately, a lot of those anchors sent us letters saying that was one of the greatest meetings they’ve ever witnessed. And they were great for about two hours, they were phenomenal and then they went a little south on us, but not that bad, it was fine.”

That's kind of coherent. Not third-grader coherent, but in the ballpark.

But, lest anyone forget, here's something he said during the meeting in question, for which he received (and gave himself) such high marks.
"I think what we are all saying is we'll do DACA and we can certainly start comprehensive immigration reform the following afternoon, OK?" Trump said. "We'll take an hour off and start. I do believe that. Because once we get DACA done if it's done properly with security and everything else, if it's done properly, we have taken a big chunk of comprehensive out of the negotiations. I don't think it's going to be that complicated."
Yes, we'll "do" DACA with security and everything else, and have taken a big chunk of comprehensive out of the negotiations.

Makes perfect sense and expertly expressed. Shows clearly his mastery of the policies in question.

Guy must be some kind of stable genius.


Look, Oprah Winfrey is a very intelligent, talented, driven women who raised herself from poverty to billionaire and didn't inherit her money like some so-called billionaires. She's determined, compassionate, strong and has been very successful in life. And she gave a great speech at the Golden Globes.

But I don't want her to run for President.

America is already a laughing stock around the world for electing a tantrum-throwing, reality-star celebrity, idiot man-child as President and he's doing real damage to America. And while Oprah undoubtedly would be a million times better than Trump, I'd really rather see a serious, knowledgeable, accomplished public servant as President in 2020. Maybe after we've reestablished some sanity in the White House, Oprah could run in '24 or '28.

Plus, I have some real questions about her judgment. She believes in a lot of new-agey nonsense and unleashed the idiot Dr. Oz on the world.

Frankly, that alone should disqualify her.

Friday, January 05, 2018

I feel dirty

My house lies between Washington DC and Camp David and Marine One with its escorts sometimes flies overhead.

Ugh. Just moments ago, the convoy flew by, conveying the Orange Asshole to Camp David (a place he reportedly hates) to meet with Congressional Republican leadership so they can plan more horrors to inflict on the American people while enriching themselves.

I kind of feel like the Hobbits when the Nazgul swept overhead in the Dead Marshes.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Xmas

Just a reminder that the stupid, fictional "War on Christmas" never existed. It was just a lie spouted by Conservatives during the Obama Administration to somehow make people hate President Obama.

Nevertheless, one of current President Numbnuts only accomplishments this year is that he has somehow solved this NON-EXISTENT problem. America First Policies, a nonprofit started by former Trump campaign aides, is even paying money to air a commercial over the holidays to thank the Orange Menace for solving a problem that IS NOT ACTUALLY SOMETHING THAT EXISTS.

(I'm not going to embed the stupid ad, but you can see it here if you like.)

As far as the War on Christmas, I'll just leave this.

Quick Movie reviews - November-December 2017

Here are some short reviews of recent movies I've seen.

Justice League

Up until Wonder Woman, the DC Universe (DCU) was a disaster. DCU movies were dark, depressing, and murdery, with almost no humor. Wonder Woman changed that earlier this year and Justice League was another step in the DCU's redemption. The first act was episodic and didn't hang together very well, but once Batman, Wonder Woman, Aqua Man, the Flash and Cyborg came together as a team, the movie improved and became, dare I say it, kind of fun. Fun is a first for a DCU movie not called Wonder Woman. So a HUGE improvement over every previous DCU movie (not called Wonder Woman). I'm actually looking forward to seeing it again some day.


Another triumph by Pixar. Wonderful, warm and filled with touching moments, Coco focuses on family. Every Pixar movie seems to set a new bar for beautiful, brilliant animation and Coco is no exception. I really appreciated the Mexican setting and artistic style. This is another example (like Moana) that a focus on something other than western culture doesn't mean that audiences won't connect with the story and characters.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I only saw this a couple of days ago and I'm still unsure how I feel about it. I loved the focus on people in the SW universe NOT named Skywalker and really enjoyed all the Rey/Kylo Ren interactions. I'm not sure about the tortured logistics of some of the narrative, and was let down by the abandonment of several mysteries raised by The Force Awakens. But I think right now that it's a good addition to the Star Wars story. Oh, and PORGS RULE.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Are we great yet? Can I just go lie down?

Let's talk about the utterly disastrous last ten days in the United States.

On the good side, Doug Jones beat child molester Roy Moore for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. And that's as far as the good news goes.

On the bad side, net neutrality rules, the backbone of an independent internet, are now gone. Of all the intellectually bankrupt arguments used by douchebro and huge-mug user, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, to eliminate consumer protections and give everything to huge telecomms, the worst was that a light regulatory hand was instrumental in fostering the internet in the 1990s.

Of course, in the 1990s, Amazon was not a thing. Job offers exclusively on-line was not a thing. Banking and loan applications on-line was not a thing. Paying all your bills on-line was not a thing. And of course, the number of streaming services on the internet in the 1990s was ZERO. When we moved from horses to automobiles, the light regulation of horses was not used as an excuse not to regulate cars.

Today, Republicans signed into law one of the most heinous, anti-American pieces of legislation ever conceived. The "tax reform" law will likely crash the economy, add $1.5 TRILLION to the debt, make income inequality even worse than it is now, increase taxes on the poor, won't create jobs, AND cost 13 million people their health insurance NEXT YEAR. And those are just the provisions we know about. I'm sure we'll be discovering new horrors over the next few weeks.

But, hey, many members of Congress will get over $1 million in tax relief and President Wanker will likely see benefits of over $1 billion. This was an out and out scam to take money from the poor and give it to the rich, who, need I remind you, DON'T FUCKING NEED IT.

It should also be noted that the assholes who bitched for the last eight years about the Affordable Care Act being jammed down their throats (a lie), passed this huge piece of social engineering with ZERO public hearings, accepted ZERO Democratic amendments, and got the whole thing done in seven weeks. And, they lied about every single facet of the bill and the process.

Here's a gif of them celebrating after screwing over Americans.

Well, the reality isn't any better.

Oh, and of course, if you're a Republican, no screwing of Americans is complete unless it involves children. Congress let funding lapse on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), two months ago. As funding dries up in state after state over the next few months, about 9 million CHILDREN will lose health insurance.

Senator Orrin Hatch had this to say about why CHIP hasn't been renewed.
“The reason CHIP’s having trouble is because we don’t have money anymore,”
He said this mere days before giving a $1.5 TRILLION TAX BREAK TO RICH PEOPLE.

These people aren't just selfish, and greedy, and cruel, and hypocritical, and terrible.

They are monsters.

There is no other word that captures this kind of depravity, this lack of morality, this lack of decency and human empathy. They are supposed to be public servants, working to improve the lives of Americans. ALL Americans.

Instead, they are lining their own pockets, deliberately hurting those less fortunate than themselves, ignoring the Constitution, destroying good government, ruining America and moving us close and closer to a fascist autocracy.

They must be stopped.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Because of Trump screwing with Obamacare, some plans can be had FOR FREE. I know someone who's getting coverage for $12 per month!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Results in Alabama

             Decency 1
             Pedophilia 0

Mind Blown

I have two superpowers. One, the more useful, is my ability to carry a crapton of grocery bags at one time. I am a one man grocery-carrying guy.

My second superpower is the ability to identify actors in different roles. I am really good at noticing, hey, that guy was in an episode of Next Generation twenty-five years ago!, for example.

But man, did I fail hugely on this one. I found this out yesterday and was flabbergasted that I never knew this.

This is Porkins, aka "the fat x-wing pilot with the unfortunately on-the-nose name" aka Red Six in Star Wars: A New Hope.

And this is Porkins' iconic death.

Another classic movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark. At the end of the movie, after Indy has recovered the Ark, the government has taken it and won't tell him where it is. One of the most memed lines in the movie is the government agent's assurance to Dr. Jones that the Ark is being studied by "top men".

Yes, that's actor William Hootkins who also played Porkins.

And finally, closing out the 1980s was another classic movie, Tim Burton's Batman. One of the corrupt policemen in Gotham City, on the take from the mob, is Max Eckhardt.

Yep, Hootkins again. What a great resume.

How did I not know that?

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Thought for the Day

Hat tip to Daily Kos.

Chauncey DeVega at Salon writes—GOP tax bill: Social Darwinism makes a big comeback:
The Republican "tax reform" bill passed by the United States Senate during the late-night hours last Friday is evil. It has no redeeming social value. It takes money and resources from those who have the least in to further subsidize the rich and corporations. It will worsen those problems its proponents claim it will solve. It is a nightmare. Republicans and others who support this legislation have revealed once again that they lack any human decency or wisdom or sense of civic responsibility.

This evil is facilitated by an extreme rightward turn in American society that has made normal and healthy politics all but impossible.
This evil will kill people and increase human misery so the idle rich and other plutocrats can have even more money. This statement is no exaggeration. It is a plain fact: The Republican tax bill will raise taxes on the poor and working classes in order to give the very richest American hundreds of billions of dollars. This is a clear statement of social and political priorities: The amount of money gifted to the rich by Republicans is so large it could have paid for debt-free college and universal health care.
This evil also reveals a moral and ethical rot. The Republican Party and Donald Trump's desperate desire to win a legislative victory at any cost was more important than being responsible public servants.
This evil is empowered by a party, a president and a right-wing movement that feels nothing but contempt for the very idea of democracy. The United States is in extreme peril. Moreover, the evil of the Republicans' "tax reform" bill is not a result of happenstance, accident or coincidence. It is an outgrowth of a much deeper malevolent ideology.
Republicans from the post-civil rights era to the age of Trump have increasingly been in thrall to "Social Darwinism" and the 19th-century English economist Thomas Malthus. In this paradigm, the real value of individual human beings (and societies) is determined by their economic productivity and financial value as decided by capitalism. This cruel vision treats human beings almost like animal livestock; "social betters" engineer certain outcomes to cull the herd so the most "valuable" and "productive" are nurtured and protected. All others are viewed as parasites who should be removed, exterminated or bred out of existence. [...]

I couldn't agree more.

We are in big trouble unless some sanity comes soon.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

I'm sure this will end well

Our idiot President is about to unleash a huge conflict in the Middle East.
Donald Trump appeared on the verge of formally recognising Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel”, in a move that would upend decades of US presidential diplomacy and could trigger unrest across the Middle East.
King Abdullah issued a statement telling Trump that such a decision would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region” and would obstruct US efforts to resume Arab-Israeli peace talks..
There is absolutely NO reason to do this. NONE. ZERO. No one else recognizes Jerusalem as the capital and we've had our embassy in Tel Aviv for decades where it didn't inflame hundreds of millions of people who have an actual investment in Middle East peace. This will piss off millions of people for absolutely no gain on our part.

Why is Trump doing it? Probably because he's a moron who has no understanding of the situation or the consequences and some dumbass told him it would be a good idea. There is NO serious thought behind this. 

And people will die because of it.

You want to know how I really feel?

Monday, December 04, 2017

Maybe Republicans tell time in dog years?

Let this stand forevermore, a testament to how full of crap the Republicans have been over the last 8 years, claiming that Obamacare was "crammed down out throats." Not shockingly, the Republicans are IMMENSE hypocrites.

Here's a timeline by Michael Linden comparing the newly passed Republican "Tax Reform" scam bill that will give huge tax breaks to the rich while raising taxes on the poor and preparing America to gut the Medicare and Social Security safety nets, to Obamacare.

Click to embiggen.

The timeline for Obamacare is eleven months. The "Tax Reform" bill timeline is five weeks. Only one of these two legislative packages was "crammed down" anyone's throat and it wasn't Obamacare.

Here are a few more facts about the passage of Obamacare (ACA):
The ACA made it out of committee in the House of Representatives in July 2009, after a month-long markup and 160 Republican amendments. The House didn’t vote on it until November 7th.
In 2010, the Senate health committee spent nearly 60 hours over the course of 13 days marking up the legislation that would become the ACA.
The Senate Finance Committee held 53 meetings about the ACA and an eight-day markup of the bill, which was the longest markup for the committee in over 20 years. The committee considered 130 amendments and held 79 roll-call votes.
There were 44 hearings and public events about the plan in the Senate alone.
The Republicans held NO hearings and allowed NO Democratic amendments before passing the "Tax Reform" bill that will raise the debt by $1 trillion. They will undoubtedly use the increased debt as an excuse to gut Social Security and Medicare.

Don't ever vote Republican. They're liars, they're hypocrites and they HATE you.

Grand Old Pedophiles

Today, Presid*nt Trump gave up any pretense of moral fortitude and wholeheartedly endorsed child molester Roy Moore for the open Alabama Senate seat. Apparently getting tax cuts for the rich while gutting the safety net is more important than taking a stand against pedophilia.

In a not surprising development, the entire Republican National Committee has followed suit and re-endorsed Moore.

So let the record show that when it came time to make an easy moral call, against child molestation, the "family values", pro-life, Christianity first, Party chose to side with the molester over his victims.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Oh goody, the Trumps get to decorate the White House for the Holidays!

No, there aren't solid gold Christmas trees everywhere. But getting special attention is one, very white, hallway.

Okay, I guess. Kind of a neat effect, but very, very white and sterile. And, frankly, I'm not sure this particular White House should be emphasizing WHITE.

Now let's see what the hallway looks like with the overhead lights off!


That has got to be one of the creepiest hallways I have ever seen.

I can just feel the Christmas love.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hints on Presidentin'

For our glorious garbage fire of a Chief Executive, here are a couple of hints for hosting an event honoring Native American code talkers from World War II. Please take special note that the code talkers are American heroes who have suffered from American racism pretty much every day of their lives. They were honored today in a ceremony at the White House.

Hint #1

When giving your little speech to the Native Americans, avoid racist statements referring to Native Americans.
"You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas."
See? It's funny because it's a racial slur! It's funny because he's insulting someone who isn't there and has nothing to do with this event! (And note, NOBODY CALLS SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN POCAHONTAS BUT YOU, YOU STUPID GIT.)

Hint #2

When hosting such an event, you should probably be aware of the location where you're honoring NATIVE AMERICANS.

It's a really bad, terrible, insensitive as hell idea to have the event in front of a portrait of F'ING ANDREW "Trail of Tears" JACKSON!

Jesus H. Christ, what an asshole.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

This weekend in Dumb-Stupid

I was going to do a whole post about the "President's" Tweets this weekend, but someone already did at the Daily Kos.  I'll just leave this here.
• On Saturday, the theoretical President of the United States attacked our free press in a way that would have been unheard of in past years.
• He followed up by promoting, to his 43.4 million followers, a transparently malevolent conspiracy theory site. Consider, for a moment, that the man theoretically in charge of our nation's nuclear arsenal and military forces apparently lacks the mental capacity to distinguish between real and hoax news sites. Now consider that House and Senate Republicans continue to protect, defend, and endorse this obviously unfit imbecile.
• He spent Sunday morning calling for the election of a pedophile, declaring that his not-pedophile opponent "WANTS TO RAISE TAXES TO THE SKY." Again, this is an actual supposed president saying this. It might as well become the Republican Party motto, at this point: We'll support actual child molesters if they'll help us cut a rich man's taxes. Go ahead, embroider it onto a pillow. Pedophiles unite.
• He then lied about his own influence in Alabama because of course he did.
The rest of the article is here.

Click any of the links if you want to experience the idiocy first hand.

And if you think the Tweets made sense, he said this on Thursday in a Thanksgiving speech to the Coast Guard.
I'll also take questions. Should we leave the media here to do the questions or should we tell the media? It's Thanksgiving. Let's let the media stay. Anybody have any questions about the country, how we're doing or any of those things? Wow. I love it when you don't. That means you're doing great. I love that. That's the greatest. The press I know doesn't have any questions. If you do, we won't take them but that's alright. The press has plenty of questions.

The Navy, I can tell you, we're ordering ships, with the Air Force I can tell you we're ordering a lot of planes, in particular the F-35 fighter jet, which is like almost like an invisible fighter. I was asking the Air Force guys, I said, "How good is this plane?" They said, "Well, sir, you can't see it." I said, "But in a fight. You know, in a fight, like I watch on the movies. The fight, they're fighting. How good is this?" They say, "Well, it wins every time because the enemy cannot see it. Even if it's right next to them, it can't see it." I said, "That helps. That's a good thing."
The articulateness is just stunning. I'm so proud.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Republicans for pedophiles!

The "President" on pedophile and Senate candidate, Roy Moore:
"He denies it. Look, he denies it," Trump said of Moore. "If you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours. He totally denies it. He says it didn't happen. And look, you have to look at him also. . . We don't need a liberal person in there [the Senate], a Democrat, . . ."
So according to Trump, a PEDOPHILE is better than a Democrat.

The Republicans.
First it was Party over country.
Then it was Party over Christianity.
Now it's Party over human decency.
The "Party" needs to end.