Monday, November 23, 2015

True Colors

This is what happens when you constantly demonize and vilify other people, especially minorities.
Several people attending a rally for Donald Trump in Birmingham, Alabama, physically assaulted an African-American protester on Saturday, witnesses said.
The protester began chanting "Black Lives Matter" and took off his sweatshirt to display a T-shirt printed with the phrase before people at the rally reportedly attacked him.
At least a half-dozen attendees shoved and tackled the protester, a black man, to the ground as he refused to leave the event," Diamond reported for CNN. "At least one man punched the protester and a woman kicked him while he was on the ground."
After initially ignoring the protesters, Trump acknowledged their presence from the podium, Gatliff said. “Is somebody saying something?” Trump reportedly asked.
"Some [audience members] laughed, some booed, and some yelled, 'All lives matter,'" Gatliff recalled. "That's when Trump said, 'Get him the hell out of here.'"  Link
Trump subsequently defended the incident, calling the protester "a very obnoxious guy who was a troublemaker and he was looking to make trouble."
"Maybe he should have been roughed up," he said on Sunday.  Link
Can you imagine President Obama, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, who have ALL faced hecklers and protesters, turning a blind eye to their supporters attacking someone who interrupted them? Can you imagine them egging on those same supporters and then saying that the guy deserved it? That has not, and will not, happen. But to Trump and his people, this was just another black guy to beat up.

And to make it worse, Trump tweeted this on Sunday.

These statistics are completely fabricated. For example, 
"In 2014, about 82 percent of murders involving white victims were committed by other white people, while only 14 percent were committed by black people, according to the FBI." Link
This chart is a racist lie, intended to support the false idea that blacks commit most of the murders in America. And the Republican Presidential frontrunner sent it out, to support violent actions taken by his supporters against a black protester.

If you vote for this despicable man, then you support this racism.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

More proof that (1) relentless propaganda works and (2) Kentuckians are idiots

BOONEVILLE — The 66 percent of Owsley County that gets health coverage through Medicaid now must reconcile itself with the 70 percent that voted for Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin, who pledged to cut the state's Medicaid program and close the state-run Kynect health insurance exchange.
Lisa Botner, 36, belongs to both camps. A Kynector — a state agent representing Kynect in the field — recently helped Botner sign up for a Wellcare Medicaid card for herself and her 7-year-old son. Without that, Botner said, she couldn't afford the regular doctor's visits and blood tests needed to keep her hyperthyroidism in check.
"If anything changed with our insurance to make it more expensive for us, that would be a big problem," Botner, a community college student, said Friday at the Owsley County Public Library, where she works. "Just with the blood tests, you're talking maybe $1,000 a year without insurance."
Yet two weeks earlier, despite his much-discussed plans to repeal Kynect and toughen eligibility requirements for Medicaid, she voted for Bevin.
"I'm just a die-hard Republican," she said.  Link

Good one!

When Donald Trump started his run for President, he was so instantly outrageous and borderline crazy, there was significant talk about whether or not he was just trolling the Republicans. People were half-waiting for him to say "Gotcha!" and laugh at how crazy people were for making him the front-runner. Sadly, that hasn't come to pass.

But now, we have a new, even more serious contender for Chief Troll, Ben Carson.

This is a map of the United States that his campaign tweeted out. (Click to embiggen).

That's a map of the racist, dumb states (including my own, thanks to our stupid Republican governor) who have said they'll ban Syrian refugees. Notice anything funny?

Here's a blow up of the East Coast. Check out the Northeast.

Carson is such a bad candidate and his team is so incompetent, they can't even create an accurate map of the United States.

Carson is clearly just trolling us. Well done, sir.  Well done.

Now please just go away.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


We had a fantastic time last year when we visited Paris. In memory of those who tragically lost their lives this weekend in a barbarous act of terrorism, here are a few pictures we took of their beautiful city.

Vive le France.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This week in stupid quotes

Here's a quote from a Kentuckian who voted for the Governor-elect, Republican Matt Bevin.
On Election Day, Blackburn voted for Bevin because he is tired of career politicians and thought a businessman would be more apt to create the jobs that Pike County so needs. Yet when it comes to the state’s expansion of health insurance, “it doesn’t look to me as if he understands,” Blackburn said two days later. “Without this little bit of help these people are giving me, I could probably die. . . . It’s not right to not understand something but want to stamp it out.”  Link
Oops, I guess? Nothing like voting for a guy who not only WON'T create jobs but is against raising the minimum wage, wants to eliminate pesky regulations like workplace safety rules, and, oh yeah, WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE. But at least you didn't vote for one of them evil Dumbocrats, amiright?  (I actually feel sorry for the guy, but come on.)

And now from a professional dumbass, Ted Cruz. From last night's Republican handjob debate.
"The biggest lie in all of Washington and in all of politics is that Republicans are the party of the rich," said Cruz, a millionaire whose wife works at Goldman Sachs. "The truth is, the rich do great with big government. They get in bed with big government. Link
Uh-huh. The rich hate the Republicans, what with all their union support, and non-racism, and healthcare for all. Yeah, the rich can't stand the Republicans.

And here's one of the worst CEOs ever, Carly Fiorina.
"We've created something called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a vast bureaucracy with no congressional oversight that's digging through hundreds of millions of your credit records to detect fraud," Fiorina said. "This is how socialism starts, ladies and gentlemen."  Link
Of course, the records under review were sent in by CONSUMERS so that the Bureau could see if those consumers have been defrauded, but that's just a detail. No need to worry about facts when you're trying to scare low information voters about SOCIALISM!!!

 And here's Donald Trump, when asked about raising the minimum wage.
“Wages are too high,”  Link
Yes, wages in America are TOO HIGH. And he's not talking about CEOs or the rich, he's talking about people who make less than $10 an hour. Their wages are too high.

Just let that sink in.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Kentuckians are apparently flagellants

When Obamacare finally came into full effect in 2013, Kentucky was the bright, shining star. A conservative state, it's Democratic Governor, Steve Beshear, chose the option of creating a winning state health insurance exchange, Kynect, and to expand Medicaid to Kentucky's poorest residents, at minimal cost to the state. The results have been a half million Kentuckians getting affordable health insurance and bringing tens of millions of dollars into the state, boosting the economy. Before Obamacare, 20.4% of Kentucky citizens had no health insurance; now that's down to 9%.

By any measure, Kynect and the Medicaid expansion have been a HUGE success.

Tonight, Kentucky voters elected Tea Party Republican Matt Bevin to be Kentucky's next Governor. Bevin has vowed to immediately eliminate both Kynect and the Medicaid expansion, a move that will LITERALLY kill many Kentucky citizens who will lose their access to healthcare. This will also cost the state of Kentucky hundreds of millions of dollars in lost federal funds and in costs to dismantle Kynect. This will be a huge loss in both economic and human terms. And all because it's called Obamacare.

You know what, Kentucky? Screw you. If you're so stupid, uninformed and sociopathic that you would rip healthcare away from hundreds of thousands of your neighbors, then why should I care? If you want to follow Kansas into being a conservative utopian shit-hole through conservative policies specifically designed to screw over your lower and middle classes and shift their wealth to the rich, then go for it. I'm very sorry for those families who will be significantly harmed by these immoral bastards, but I'm pretty sure that a lot of people who are going to lose their healthcare and their economic security voted for Bevin simply because he has an (R) behind his name.


Which party is better for the economy?

Facts should be important. Reality and results should dictate public policy. Unfortunately, in America, they don't.

Before I get to those questions, let’s talk about the facts.
The arithmetic on partisan differences is actually stunning. Last year the economists Alan Blinder and Mark Watson circulated a paper comparing economic performance under Democratic and Republican presidents since 1947. Under Democrats, the economy grew, on average, 4.35 percent per year; under Republicans, only 2.54 percent. Over the whole period, the economy was in recession for 49 quarters; Democrats held the White House during only eight of those quarters.
But isn’t the story different for the Obama years? Not as much as you think. Yes, the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 has been sluggish. Even so, the Obama record compares favorably on a number of indicators with that of George W. Bush. In particular, despite all the talk about job-killing policies, private-sector employment is eight million higher than it was when Barack Obama took office, twice the job gains achieved under his predecessor before the recession struck.  Paul Krugman

When Democrats run the country, the economy flourishes. When Republicans are in charge, it flounders. These are facts. This is reality.

And yet Americans are still under the Republican stranglehold. Decades of propaganda, demonizing and fear-mongering by conservatives have reduced much of the American electorate to idiots voting against their own self-interests. Every time Republicans cause a clusterfudge of pain and sorrow, I hope that Americans will wise up.

And yet they never do.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Don't the plumber, the welder and the carpenter have an interest in an educated populace?

In response to the idea of free public college for all Americans.
“The main thing I would say is that nothing’s free,” Paul said. “If someone offers you something for free, treat it as if they’re offering you heroin and think about the repercussions of what is free and what is a drug, an addicting drug like heroin and the ramifications of that. There’s nothing free. It just means somebody else is gonna pay for it, you don’t see them. So the plumber, the welder, the carpenter, the people who don’t go to college are being asked to pay for your education.”  Link
Because getting a good education is just like taking heroin.

Paul Rand is an idiot. But then, I went to college so I already knew that.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I think I've hit my limit

I watched the previous two Republican debates, but Ben had a band concert tonight so by the time we got home, the third debate was 90 minutes under way. I watched for maybe 15 minutes before I turned it off.

After lying about gun free zones attracting mass killers (they don't), Trump said, despite that many of his properties are gun free zones, that he'd be comfortable if they weren't. Yeah, sure. Then start allowing guns on your property, asshat.

Then Cruz went on and on about his ridiculous tax plan that would lower revenues so much that it would literally kill the government. Bush's plan is equally moronic.

And then the MINISTER of the group, Mike Huckabee, smirkily implied that the Clintons have killed people - to great applause from the wastes of flatulence in the audience.

Mother Fucker. I'm done with these pea-brained assholes. There was a time when making a baseless accusation of murder against another Presidential candidate would end your political career right there. Now Republicans applaud. These are terrible, terrible people.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ben Carson - a leader for our times

Hey, kids! It's time to look at the latest Republican Presidential front-runner, Doctor Ben Carson!

(I've actually been meaning to do this for a while, his new front-runner status is just serendipity.)

Isn't he just dreamy!

So just what kinds of things does this slow-talking, world-renowned brain surgeon believe?

Well, in 2013, he said this:
“Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
Slavery. Yeah, that seems about right. Owning millions of people is just like providing affordable healthcare to millions of people. Not an asinine comparison at all.

Speaking of asinine.
“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed,” Carson said. “There’s a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first.”
Way to go Jews! You could have stopped the Holocaust, and all of WWII probably, if you'd just been a little more manly.

Just the other day, Carson said that, under his administration, the Department of Education would exist solely to police political speech.
“ [DOE would] . . . monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.”
So much for that pesky First Amendment! And do you think they'd be looking for conservative political bias? Nah, that would be crazy!

Since Carson doesn't seem to like the First Amendment, what about the rest?
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” he said. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”
So much for the "no religious test" clause. Oh, and, once again, that pesky First Amendment.

Oy, this is getting exhausting. Go to the link above to see even more crazy statements.

But wait, here's one more that's not only amazing for how crazy it is, but is amazing because Ben Carson, the man who would be President and is the Republican front-runner, believes that it's a good story and puts him in a favorable light.
'I have had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeye's organization,' Carson told Sirius XM radio host Karen Hunter on Wednesday.
'Guy comes in, puts the gun in my ribs. And I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter'.
So a guy draws a gun to rob a Popeye's, and big, brave, bad Doctor Ben Carson throws the minimum wage cashier under the bus? Now THAT is a profile in courage. What a leader! And the fact that he's not humiliated and embarrassed by this story says a lot about Ben Carson.

Well, mostly it confirms that he became a great brain surgeon by practicing . . . on himself.

A recipe for success

Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, wants you to know that he's had a tough life. Despite his upbeat, positive attitude, he has often been told "no" and has had to make due with what little he had. His success is entirely dependent on his persistence, vision and hard work.

Here he is explaining it. Try not to pass out from all the inspiration that's coming your way!
"My whole life really has been a ‘no.’ And I fought through it," he responded.
"It has not been easy for me," he continued. "I started off in Brooklyn. My father gave me a small loan of a million dollars. I came into Manhattan, and I had to pay him back. And I had to pay him back with interest. But I came into Manhattan. I started buying up properties, and I did great."
Trump said that his father doubted him and felt his foray into Manhattan wouldn't work out.
"All my life I was told 'no,'" Trump said.  Link
See? What a tragic, yet heartwarming, Horatio Alger success story. A real rags to riches tale of a young man who was driven to be successful at any cost, with only his moxie, one million dollars, and a dream.

So come on all you poor, loafing takers! Just go out, get one million dollars from your father, and make something of yourself! You can do it!

Sheesh, what are you waiting for you lazy bastards?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Just a reminder - Some facts to ruin reality

Among many other Republicans, the current presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John R. Kasich and Jeb Bush all denounced the “job-killing” consequences of Mr. Obama’s policies.
Yet the economy gained 2.9 million jobs in 2014, more than in any year since 1999, during Mr. Clinton’s term. Net job creation during the 15 years that Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama occupied the White House has topped 30 million. That is 50 percent more than were created in the 20 years of Mr. Reagan and both Mr. Bushes. [...]
Today, the United States has the strongest major economy in the world. Link

Let's just note that again, shall we?

Over the past 35 years (going back to the Reagan Presidency), during the 15 years of Democratic Presidencies, job creation was 30 million. That's an average of 2 million jobs per year. During the 20 years of Republican Presidencies, job creation was 20 million, or an average of 1 million jobs per year.

  Democrats = 2 million jobs per year

  Republicans = 1 million jobs per year

Tell me again which party is the more economically successful party.  Tell me again why we should elect a Republican to the White House. Tell me again how President Obama was a job killer.

Yeah, I thought so.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Happy Back to the Future Day!

I seriously hope someone's watching out for Marty and Doc in Hill Valley. I'd do it, but my flying car is in the shop.

Go Cubs!! All my BTTF hopes now lie with you!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

We're in a sinking lifeboat. Someone wants to poke holes in the bottom to let out the water.

Did you watch the Democratic Presidential debate on Tuesday night? It was long on policy and a thoughtful discussion of the issues, and short on rancor, personal attacks, racism, sexism, ignorance and scientific denial. In short, it was the complete opposite of the Republican debates, seeing how it was conducted by a group of mature adults discussing issues Americans care about.

Then there's the Republican dysfunction in Congress, which is not only keeping the Republicans from being able to name a successor to one of the worst Speakers in history, John Boehner, but moving us quickly towards another government shutdown, which is, unbelievably, THE ACTUAL GOAL of many of them - people who were elected to lead us!

Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann, two political analysts lay it out clearly.
There is no clear path out of our current distemper. The solution, like the diagnosis, must focus on the obvious but seldom acknowledged asymmetry between the parties. The Republican Party must become a conservative governing party once again and accept the assumptions and norms of our Madisonian system. That will likely require more election defeats, more honest reporting by the mainstream press and more recognition by the public that the problem is not "Washington" or "Congress" or "insiders" or politicians in general.
The burden is on the GOP because they are currently the major source of our political dysfunction. No happy talk about bipartisanship can obscure that reality. Unless other voices and movements arise within the Republican Party to change its character and course, our dysfunctional politics will continue.
Emphasis added by me.

The problem isn't Congress and it's certainly not the Democrats. The Republicans are crazy and the sooner we get rid of them, the sooner we'll be able to solve our seemingly intractable problems.

I've said it many times before.  Both sides don't do it.

Rachel News - More theatre!

Last weekend we went to see Rachel in the musical First Lady Suite.  She's a senior at JMU so this will be one of her last shows there. We've had a lot of fun going to see them over the last few years and will miss it once she graduates.

First Lady Suite tells the story of four first ladies and those around them. Rachel played Lady Bird Johnson in a small part, but she got a few solo singing lines and some dialogue. She's not a musical theatre major but was allowed to audition (and got cast) because she impressed the Director of last summer's shows, Go Dog Go, and Broadway Classics: A Musical Theatre Revue. Both shows were great and Rachel had a lot of solo work.

Here's a picture of Rachel (left of center) and the cast in First Lady Suite.

And here she is in last summer's Broadway Classics.

Monday, October 12, 2015

At least someone is doing it right

This is great news. California has EXTENDED access to voting.
After a record low turnout in last year’s election, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed legislation on Saturday designed to increase electoral participation by automatically registering eligible state voters when they obtain a driver’s license.
The law, which allows Californians to opt out of registering at the Department of Motor Vehicles, was the most prominent of more than a dozen bills relating to elections that Mr. Brown signed on Saturday. It puts California at the forefront of efforts across the country to increase electoral participation at a time when many states have added new hurdles, like voter identification laws.
This is a great idea and what every state should be doing; extending voting rights to all eligible Americans. But while Democrats are making it easier to vote, Republicans are enacting voting restrictions, cutting polling places in minority areas, eliminating early voting, gerrymandering districts, and enacting voter ID laws to make it more difficult for people to vote. In short, if they can abuse the process to make Republicans win, they will.

If you're an American and you believe in American ideals, then making voting available to all Americans, regardless of party, is the right thing to do. I'd like to say it's the American thing to do, but I'm no longer sure that's the case.

Way to go California.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Lunchtime Haunts - American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

We've been at our new building on 7th and D streets for a year and a half now, and I had never explored eastward towards the Capitol. Last week I did that.

This is what I found. (Click to embiggen)

This is the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. It's bordered on the east by the Rayburn House Office Building (where I worked for three months in 1986 when I interned in a Congressional Office) and the US Department of Health and Human Services to the West. It's basically a big open area with a pool and some nice seating with a few panels describing the sacrifice of our disabled veterans. It's a nice spot.

I especially liked the tiny little parking lot for the Memorial that's set to the south.  There are spaces for seven vehicles, and five of them are handicapped only, a nice accommodation for those the Memorial is intended to honor.

It was a bit overcast that day with no one about, so I'll have to return on a sunny day to fully appreciate it.

Edited to add: Apparently I visited the Memorial a few days before its one year birthday. It was dedicated on Oct. 5, 2014.

Remember that golden age of five months?

Boy am I sick of this crap.

I have heard, time after time, even from my own family, the conservative excuse for not doing something that obviously needs doing. It's a magic phrase that somehow absolves the Republicans in Congress from doing a goddamn thing. John Boehner used it as an excuse just today for not passing meaningful gun control measures.

If the Democrats really care about [important issue] then why didn't they do something when they controlled both houses of Congress in 2009-2010?

First of all, it's a pathetic excuse. The fact that someone in the past didn't take action doesn't release you from having to take action. What are you, seven years old?

But deeper than that, it's bullshit because of, well, reality.

The 111th Congress was sworn in on January 3, 2009. To accomplish anything against a united, filibustering, obstructionist Republican minority in the Senate, the Democrats had to have 60 votes for everything. But when Congress was seated, the Democrats only had 59 votes. Remember Norm Coleman?

Norm Coleman was the incumbent Republican asshat from Minnesota who contested Al Franken's victory, causing a delay in seating Franken. The Democrats didn't gain their sixtieth seat until June 30. So there's at least six months when the Democrats literally couldn't pass anything they wanted.

Then, two months later, in August, 2009, Senator Teddy Kennedy died and was replaced temporarily, another month later, by Paul Kirk who did not run in the special election for the seat. Inexplicably and to their eternal shame, Massachusetts voters selected Scott Brown (R) to replace Kennedy in early 2010, ending the Democrats super-majority of sixty votes.

So at best, the Democrats had five months of a 60 seat majority. And legislation takes TIME. Much of that time was used to try and compromise with the uncompromising Republicans to pass healthcare reform, the President's second priority after the stimulus was passed. So it's completely understandable that the Democrats didn't have time to solve every single f'ing problem plaguing America. Still, the stimulus did lift us out of the recession and healthcare reform, though it passed after Scott Brown took office, has worked out really well for tens of millions of Americans.

And I'm not even going into the conservative Blue Dog Democrats who made getting 60 votes even more difficult during that entire two year period.

So conservatives, stop trotting out this ridiculous, inaccurate excuse. It's stupid, childish and doesn't reflect what actually happened.

If you really want to see what Democrats can do for the country, throw these idiot Republicans out next year and elect super-majorities of Democrats. We'll all be much better off.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

This is kind of like seeing a unicorn

Of course you remember Benghazi?  The tragic killing of four Americans in Libya that the Republicans have cynically turned into the BIGGEST SCANDAL IN AMERICAN HISTORY? So much so that they've had numerous Congressional investigations and spent literally millions of taxpayer dollars pursuing the "truth"?

Yeah, in a shocking twist, it turns out it's not really about Benghazi.
"What you’re going to see is a conservative speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win.
And let me give you one example. Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?
But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known that any of that had happened had we not fought to make that happen.”
That's Kevin McCarthy, the guy first in line to take over the House Speakership from John Boehner in a few weeks. He's admitting (to Sean Hannity no less) what anyone with a brain already knows, that the Benghazi investigations are all about hurting Hillary Clinton.

The Benghazi BS is a blatant misuse of public funds, a political witch hunt, an unethical, immoral lie, and the guy who will be the next Speaker of the House just admitted it. Out loud. On television.

It's the most honest a Republican congressman has been in some time.

Tell me again why ANYONE votes Republican?

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Oregon Shooting

I was going to make a long post about guns in America. About how mass shootings have become routine. How we feel helpless before a minority of Americans who are more pro-gun that pro-people. About how this minority controls the Republican party who will not let Congress or the state legislatures pass any meaningful, common sense regulations on guns; regulations that a large majority of Americans want. Regulations that would save lives.

But then the President said it all. If you haven't seen this, it's worth your time.

Damn straight.

Thursday, October 01, 2015


Last night I finished switching the last of our house light bulbs to LEDs.  

Years ago I got rid of (most of) our incandescent bulbs and switched over to CFL (compact fluorescents). CFLs are much cheaper to operate and have two or three times the lifespan of incandescents. But LED bulbs, new to the market over the past couple of years, are superior to CFLs in every way except price. So I've just been waiting for the prices to drop.

I've been experimenting with different brands and found that I really like the TCP and Philips 60W equivalent bulbs. (The Utilitech bulbs I bought from Lowes don't seem to be "instant-on". I was disappointed.) A couple of months ago Home Depot had the TCP bulbs on sale for $2.88 but they no longer carry them. However, a two-pack of Philips bulbs are on sale for $5 and I've found that $2.50 per bulb is economical given the electricity savings. So I finally pulled the trigger and picked up a bunch last weekend and then again last night.

I also bought two eight packs of the GE 60W equivalent light stik bulbs for desk lamps and such.

The great thing about LED bulbs is that they come on instantly, are crazy cheap to operate, and give off a bright, soft light indistinguishable from incandescents. I love them. And I'm sure our electricity use is going to drop significantly.

I do still have some incandescents in the basement where there are a bunch of track lights. Those specialty bulbs do come in LED, but they're still really expensive.  As the existing bulbs burn out, I'll slowly replace those with LEDs. Hopefully the prices will start dropping soon.

But considering the 10-20 year lifespan of LED bulbs, they may be the last bulbs I have to change for a long time.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Same Old, Same Old Shutdown

Last week I spent a decent amount of time at my job preparing for a possible government shutdown to occur this Thursday. My division is statutorily required to be open during regular hours, so we don't get furloughed when the government gets closed. We operate with a skeleton crew and I rotate everyone in and out, but during the 2013 shutdown, we were open a full forty two and a half hours every week. With the current shutdown looming in an attempt to defund healthcare for women, last week I had to use time not to do my regular job, but to prepare for Congressional Republicans not doing their jobs.

Fortunately (?), House Speaker John Boehner's surprise resignation last week has removed the threat of an imminent shutdown (his Speakership was worth about two months of reprieve) but we'll revisit the threat in December, a couple of weeks before Christmas. The Teahadist wing of the party will have even fewer reasons to cooperate with anyone, so a shutdown then is probably more likely.

This is what happens when you elect crazy people to run the government, who don't actually believe in the purpose and value of government.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Huckabee demonstrates what a wonderful man he is

Warning: Harsh Language Ahead.

Believe it or not, given the constant Bible quoting, but only one of the Republican candidates for President is an honest to goodness Minister! Bet you can't guess which one of the lying, racist misogynists it is!

Oh, right, Mike Huckabee. You can tell he's a Minister because he says loving, Christian things like this tweet about President Obama's welcome of the Pope.

Oh, snap!

In fact, here is the POTUS, preparing to spit on the Pope as he coldly greets him at the airport.

It's a wonder the Pope survived.

But lest you think Huckabee is getting soft by that lukewarm insult, he pulled out all the stops in criticizing the idea that the United States, the shining beacon on the hill, the "give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses" country would give sanctuary to even a few of the desperate, tired, poor middle eastern refugees fleeing war and death in their home countries.
"Are they really escaping tyranny, are they escaping poverty, or are they really just coming because we've got cable TV?" the former governor of Arkansas asked. "I don't mean to be trite. I'm just saying: We don't know."  Link

Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi trying to get cable TV.

There's only one thing you can say to that. 

Fuck you, you asshole, Huckabee. Fuck. You.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Na na na na #2 -- Don't let the door hit you, Scott Walker

This week we lost the guy who hates American workers, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Seriously, this guy hates American workers so much that he cited his fight against Wisconsin unions as evidence that he could lead America's fight against terror group ISIS. Plus, he tanked Wisconsin's economy, costing thousands of jobs, and he wants to do the same for the U.S.!

Sadly, his terribleness in the first two Presidential debates, his drop-off in fundraising, and his similarity to every other Republican candidate in terms of their horrific policy positions, doomed him. After the second debate, polls showed him at 0%.  That is not a typo. He got zero support.

So the favorite candidate of the Koch brothers leaves his campaign $700,000 in debt. I'm pretty sure he won't pay that off, since he's a member of the Party of "personal responsibility".

Let's all raise a glass and give a big, hearty DERP! to Scott Walker.