Tuesday, October 17, 2017

It's that time again

I got my flu shot last week.

Go get yours!

Ha ha ha ha ha!

When that meeting shifted to discuss gay rights, according to the article, Trump pointed to Pence and joked, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”  Link
See what Trump did there? It's funny, because Pence wants gays to be dead. Like totally not living, see?

What a card! Hilarious. I'm still laughing so hard I'm crying.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Now we'll just sit back and wait for the endless Congressional hearings

Did you know that 4 American servicemen were killed in Niger last week? Of course you remember when 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi, right? Because Republicans will never let any of us forget.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

And to the kakistocracy, for which it stands . . .

A kakistocracy is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. The word was coined as early as the 17th century.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Big Difference

Studio founder Harvey Weinstein is a monster. He used his position of power and privilege in Hollywood and harassed, abused and raped women. He deserves everything bad that's happening to him and more. Hopefully he'll do some jail time.

When this news came to light last week, conservatives were giddy with the idea that a Democrat and liberal was caught in a sex and power scandal. They saw it as payback for all the grief they've received for supporting their guy, Donald Trump. They claimed that Democrats were hypocrites because one of their own was also a monster.

But here's the difference.

When a Democrat is caught abusing or harassing women, he's usually shunned by Democrats and pushed out of power. It's not always true, powerful men often escape the responsibility for their actions, but generally Democrats throw the bum out. See Anthony Weiner, John Edwards and Gary Hart. In the Weinstein case, he's already been condemned by Hillary Clinton, the Obamas, and most of the Democratic establishment.

When a Republican is caught abusing or harassing women, they elect him President.

Any questions?

Confederate Memorials

Watch this. Brilliant.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Monster must be named

Greg Sargent:
Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue on guns was very powerful. It’s not enough, Jimmy.
No question, Kimmel said many of the things that needed to be said.He demolished the dumb talking point that now is not the time to debate solutions: “We have 59 innocent people dead, it wasn’t their time, either.” He excoriated the fact that gun violence has now become accepted as routine. He rightly contrasted inaction on guns with our willingness to use government to combat other public safety threats. He even named names, tearing into Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan for offering empty “thoughts and prayers” while doing nothing, because “the NRA has their balls in a money clip.”
But Kimmel nowhere fingered the Republican Party as the obstacle to action on this issue, instead aiming the blame at “congresspeople.” If you are Jimmy Kimmel, and you want more regulation of guns, the Republican Party is your problem. The Democratic Party has long supported and pushed for the very same solutions Kimmel called for last night. The GOP has blocked them.
This is exactly right. We'll make no progress until people stop blaming "Congress" and start blaming REPUBLICANS.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

A Serious Question

Why does the right of one person to bear arms OUTWEIGH the right to life (liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) of many, many others?


Doesn't believing that an individual has the right to own an arsenal contradict the central tenet of a party that calls themselves the Right to Life party?


Disaster relief in Puerto Rico

You get some paper towels! You get some paper towels!

Problem solved! Presidentin' is really pretty easy. Although maybe if he had distributed the paper towels before the Hurricane they could have used them to soak up all the flood water that devastated their island.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Today in Stupid

It was a busy day at the White House. For stupid.

First up, VP Mike Pence on the "taking a knee" protest at the National Football League and Trump's attempt to stifle free speech.
According to Pence, the use of “national” in the name of the National Football League means players must stand during the national anthem. [...]
“We’ve all got a right to our opinions,” Pence told the crowd, “but I don’t think it’s too much to ask that players in the National Football League to stand for our national anthem.”
He's right. That's why I salute the UN flag and praise Agenda 21 whenever I eat at the IHOP.

And here's El Presidente on the Administration's slow, pathetic reaction to helping the devastated UNITED STATES territory of Puerto Rico and its THREE MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS.
“We did a great job in Texas, a great job in Florida, a great job in Lousiana. We hit little piece of Georgia. And Alabama. And frankly we’re doing … And it’s the most difficult job because we’re on the island, it’s on an island, in the middle of the ocean. It’s out in the ocean. You can’t just drive your trucks there from other states. And the governor said we are doing a great job. In fact, he thanked me specifically for FEMA and all of the first responders in Puerto Rico. And we’re also mentioning with that the US Virigin Islands. It was totally devastated. So we are totally focused on that.
See? Puerto Rico is on an island. In the middle of an ocean. Of course! Why didn't I see that? No wonder we can't drive those trucks up to it. We'll have to figure out some way to get trucks to, I don't know, move over the water without sinking, to deliver stuff. It'll be the most awesome invention ever!
“We’re going to do far more than anyone else would ever be able to do. And it’s being recognized as such.”
Ah, I feel so much better. Trump is being recognized now for going to do far more than anyone else ever could, once he does it.

That makes perfect sense. 

Thank God for Trump getting praised! I thought we were in real trouble for a minute.

A lovely student composition puts things into perspective

Yes, this about sums it up.

Lock them up!

In case you didn't hear, at least six major players in the Trump White House have been using private email to conduct government business.

From The Atlantic.  The Brazenness of Trump's White House Staff Using Private Email.
[I]t takes a special sort of hypocrisy, or dark sense of humor, or lack of self-awareness for Trump’s daughter and son-in-law to do this after watching a race in which Donald Trump campaigned for, and arguably won, the presidency because of Clinton’s imprudent decision to use the private email server. She was cleared by the FBI and the Justice Department of any crimes, though then-FBI Director James Comey called her “extremely careless” with classified information. It was the political sin of looking like she had something to hide, and was trying hard to hide it, that stuck to Clinton. Somehow, Kushner and Trump still decided to set up their own family server, and no one convinced them it was a bad idea.
This is only the latest example of the Trump administration committing the very sins for which it crucified its political opponents. Trump assailed Barack Obama for taking vacations and playing golf too frequently; Trump vacations, and he plays golf more often than Obama. Trump assailed Obama for laying down red lines and not enforcing them; Trump keeps doing the same. Trump accused Obama of dividing the nation and of distancing America from its closest allies; Trump is a virtuosic divider, and frequently at odds with allied leaders. Trump vigorously attacked Clinton for having a private email account; a handful of his top advisers did the same.


Wake up America.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Tick

If you're looking for a fun show to binge-watch, I strongly recommend Amazon's The Tick. I watched the 2001 FOX television incarnation of the comic book, with Patrick Warburton as the blue superhero known as The Tick, and loved it. This version, starring , has a different vibe, but it's also smart, funny and great. Warburton is one of the producers.

Plus, they've only released six half-hour episodes so far, so you can binge it in a single day. The rest of the season will be available in January.

Party of "Life" to vote for death

The first chart below shows how many more uninsured people there will be if Graham-Cassidy passes into law. The second shows how many more DEATHS due to loss of insurance.

Bu, hey, it's not like there are any other issues that Congress needs to be addressing right now. They may as well try to take healthcare from millions of Americans. Again.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

LeBron and Stephen Curry make a great team

Yep, there's no honor in a house filled with dishonorable people.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Bully Pulpit


"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea."

This was the "President" of the United States today, addressing the United Nations, threatening to nuke a country of 26 million people.

This is not strength.

This is not wisdom.

This is not Presidential.

This is not something we should accept.

This is stupid and monstrous.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Not paying for fences make us a terrible neighbor

Absolutely shameful. Once again, Christians take note.
Southern Mexico is still suffering the after-effects of a deadly earthquake, which struck on Thursday, killing at least 96 people. More than 2.5 million are currently in need of aid, something that has been worsened by a second crisis also taxing state resources — Hurricane Katia, which hit the state’s eastern coast on Saturday, killing two people. Those dueling crises are taxing the government, seemingly leaving no room for international aid efforts.
No, that's not the shameful part. This is:
Mexico has retracted its offer to send aid to Texas after two natural disasters pummeled the country. Media members in both countries noted that the withdrawal came after U.S. President Donald Trump failed to send his condolences for either one.  Link
Our neighbor, Mexico, despite being a far poorer country, offered the United States condolences and aid after Hurricane Harvey.

The United States President didn't even offer condolences to Mexico, the absolute least he could do, after a devastating earthquake and hurricane.

This man has no humanity. Shame on him and shame on you if you support him.

I'd rather the Daily Show guys be in the White House

Here's Goldman Sachs Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven "Butt" Mnuchin at the White House last week.

It looks like an alt-ugly-universe reunion of Daily Show correspondents Rob Corddry and John Oliver.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Friday, September 08, 2017

See if you can figure out *my* message

Those with a religion to sell often like to say that natural disasters, hurricanes, for example, are God sending a message to us lowly humans (who are apparently too stupid to understand something less fatal, like, you know sky-writing). And usually, to hear them tell it, God's message is a condemnation against something that the religious guy doesn't like, for example, same sex marriage, "sin" or abortion.

To demonstrate this, religious doofuses Ken Ham and Kirk Cameron have both said this week that the tragic and terrible Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are some sort of message from Jesus.

Let's assume these two "geniuses" are correct. So here's my question.

If God sent two hurricanes and they hit (1) Texas, and (2) Florida, both states that have Republican governments, deny climate change, and voted for Trump, isn't the message pretty clear that God hates Republicans, denial of climate change, and Trump?

I mean, there really is no way to interpret this message as being directed at the usual suspects, gays, trans people, or liberals.

So which is it Ken and Kirk?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Is this a country to be proud of?

Every week of the Trump Administration is an exhausting exercise in discovering what horrible and inhumane thing he's doing now. He's encouraging war with North Korea -- he's defending Nazis -- he's banning transgender people from the military -- he's dismantling the government.

Today, he may have outdone himself with his, I mean, Jeff Sessions', announcement that Trump has "decided" to end the DACA, i.e. throw children and young adults out of the U.S.

If Congress doesn't act, this means that up to 800,000 young Americans (Dreamers) will be deported to countries they may not remember and where they don't even speak the language. Now, I call them Americans because in pretty much every way, they ARE Americans. They were brought here as children by their parents and grew up here. They love America and uphold its values and its promise every single day. If they're now adults, they have jobs, they pay taxes, they go to college and they serve in the military. They are among our very best. And THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG.

Throwing these people out of the country is not just repugnant, morally unjustifiable and a crime against humanity, but, for all you selfish pricks out there, it will also seriously hurt our economy. You can't throw that many people out without having a large economic impact. We'll lose not only these kids' taxes, but their spending, their contributions to productivity, and their entrepreneurship. (But, of course, that's just a reason for selfish assholes to want them to stay.)


Let's take a look at what Trump has said previously about the Dreamers.

From December, 2016:
President-elect Donald Trump says he is "going to work something out" for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Trump said in a Time "Person of the Year" interview published Wednesday that he will do something that will "make people happy and proud."
"They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”  Link

Ah, yes, I'm brimming with happiness and pride at the awesome thing he has "worked out." I guess now they know what's going to happen.

From February, 2017:
“We are gonna deal with DACA with heart,” Trump pledged at a news conference Thursday, referring to former President Barack Obama’s deferred action program for so-called Dreamers. “I have to deal with a lot of politicians — don’t forget — and I have to convince them that what I’m saying is right. And I appreciate your understanding on that.”
Trump stressed that DACA is “very, very difficult” but maintained that, as a father and grandfather, he loves children.
“To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids — in many cases, not in all cases,” he said. “In some of the cases, they’re having DACA and they’re gang members and they’re drug members, too. But you have some absolutely incredible kids — I would say mostly — they were brought in here in such a way. It’s a very, very tough subject.”  Link
I guess he was wrong. They're apparently ALL drug dealers and gang members. You know, "bad hombres". But at least he loves children! Oh, he probably just meant his own children and grandchildren. Oh, wait. I doubt he loves them a whole lot either.

So Trump's actions today completely contradict what he said before. In other words, Trump is lying. Of course he is, it's Tuesday.

Here's what a real, compassionate, smart, literate, human being thinks about this. (Hint: It's President Obama).
Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.
But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.
Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.
That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.
But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?
Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.
It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.
Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.
What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I like Americans who don't lose their homes to a hurricane

Warning: Sketchy quotes below

Over the past couple of days, Houston megachurch and prosperity gospel pastor Joel Osteen has been under criticism for not opening his, uh, mega-sized church (16,800 seats) for refugees from the hurricane flooding. At first, Osteen claimed that the church couldn't be reached because of the flooding. This was quickly shown to be a lie and eventually they started letting in desperate people. (Please note that a whole bunch of mosques IMMEDIATELY opened their doors to the needy.)

After the lie was exposed, Osteen then tried a new excuse.
“We were just being precautious, but the main thing is the city didn’t ask us to become a shelter then.”

Uh huh.

Let's recap.

A CHRISTIAN pastor, in charge of a building that could shelter THOUSANDS of people, believes he needs to be ASKED to open his doors to take in people who are in danger, wet, hungry, and likely lost their homes and most of their possessions to a hurricane.

Now, I'm not a Christian, but that would seem to be inconsistent with a few quotes I've heard related to Christianity.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Matthew 25:35
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.1 John 3:17-18
You know, on second thought, that sounds pretty gay. No wonder Osteen ignored it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The moral of our times

For all those people who expected a pivot to the center, or a growing maturity under the weight of the office, for all those who just couldn't get over Hillary's "emails" and who now regret voting for the current President -- the tale of the Scorpion and the Turtle has been on my mind a lot over the past few months.

A scorpion, being a very poor swimmer, asked a turtle to carry him on his back across a river. “Are you mad?” exclaimed the turtle. “You’ll sting me while I’m swimming and I’ll drown.”
“My dear turtle,” laughed the scorpion, “if I were to sting you, you would drown and I would go down with you. Now where is the logic in that?”
“You’re right!” cried the turtle. “Hop on!” The scorpion climbed aboard and halfway across the river gave the turtle a mighty sting. As they both sank to the bottom, the turtle resignedly said:
“Do you mind if I ask you something? You said there’d be no logic in your stinging me. Why did you do it?”
“It has nothing to do with logic,” the drowning scorpion sadly replied. “It’s just my character.”

In case you didn't get it - Trump is the scorpion and Americans are the turtle.

The End

Friday, August 25, 2017

Coward attacks patriots

"President" Trump signed a memo today, following up on his Tweet, banning transgender persons from serving in the military.

These are the actions of a corrupt, immoral coward, who didn't serve his country, attacking American patriots who have pledged their lives to protecting all of us. This is an ill-conceived, hateful, ignorant policy that won't save one penny (one of the false justifications); in fact this will cost the United States hundreds of millions of dollars.

Trump has done many contemptible things while President. This is one of the absolute worst.