Wednesday, August 31, 2016


We CANNOT let this lowdown shit-speckled pile of moldy skunk weed become our president.

Can't wait to hear the post-game.

Today's Tweet

Yo, conservatives - horses know enough to share their stuff.  Why don't you?  When're you guys gonna stop being dumber 'n a horse?

And This Is Your Brain

...on a podcast

via You Are Not So Smart

Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist who lectures at Cardiff University and writes about brain stuff over at his blog, Brain Flapping hosted by The Guardian.
  • What's new with motion sickness?
  • Why does it feel so bad to break up?
  • What about Dunning-Kruger?
  • Is it paranoia that drives Anti-Intellectualism?

Ms Conway

From Policy Mic:
On Tuesday, the Democratic Coalition Against Trump unearthed remarks Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's new campaign manager, made in January 2013 suggesting that rape is women's fault. If they weren't so weak, Conway suggested, they'd be able to fight off their attackers.
"If we were physiologically — not mentally, emotionally, professionally — equal to men, if we were physiologically as strong as men, rape would not exist," Conway said on the PBS show To the Contrary at the time.
"You would be able to defend yourself and fight him off."
I wonder if all the men who've been raped know it wasn't possible for them to have been raped.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

On The Wall

For the 1,255 miles of the US-Mexico border that's made up of the Rio Grande, where exactly will Mr Trump's wall stand?

The border more or less runs right down the middle of the river - and you literally can't build the thing in the water.

So do you build it on the Mexico side?  Since Mexico doesn't want anything to do with our silly wall, it seems kinda doubtful they'll allow that.

But if we build it on the US side, then don't we kinda lose access to the river itself?

There's an awful lot of that riverfront that's private land.  Do you plan to condemn 100 or 500 or 1000 miles of private property thru Eminent Domain and then forcibly take possession of the land if necessary?

Maybe that's why the Trumpkinites have restarted the talk about a "Virtual Wall" or "Technological Wall" or a "Digital Wall".  Except that every time surrogates try to ameliorate anything, Trump comes back and either re-doubles down or flipflops and denies he ever said anything like that you must be crazy or you're dishonest and disgusting and I'd really like one of my guys to punch you right in the head no not really but maybe yeah kinda.

And in the meantime, we all just get to wait for whatever Trump has to say so this rolling clusterfuck can keep its death-grip on the news cycle.

He's got us all trained to sit here panting and wagging our furry tails like good little Press Poodles.

To the surprise of no one outside of those who voted for Trump in the Republican primary, the border wall was a lie. In fact, Republican members of Congress have been suggesting since Trump announced his plan to “build the wall” that they didn’t support it, and would not pass the appropriations needed to construct a wall.
Like cousin Trae said - here's hoping he dies in a tragic hairspray accident. And soon.


Run that burn under a cold tap, Rodney.  Then delete your account, quit your TV job, and go back to school.


From Vox:
In 1997, after a distinguished career in military service that culminated with stints as national security adviser under Ronald Reagan and chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Colin Powell launched a charity. Named America’s Promise, it’s built around the theme of Five Promises to America’s children. And while I’ve never heard it praised as a particularly cost-effective way to help humanity by effective altruists, it was surely a reasonably good cause for a famous and politically popular man to dedicate himself to.
Needless to say, however, Powell continued to be involved in American political life. His sky-high poll numbers ensured he’d be buzzed about as a possible presidential or vice presidential nominee, either as a moderate Republican or as an independent. Realistically, that wasn’t in the cards, and Powell was smart enough to know it. But his support for George W. Bush during the 2000 campaign lent him valuable credibility, and his recruitment to serve as Bush’s first secretary of state was considered an important political and substantive coup by Bush.
So what about the charity? Well, Powell’s wife, Alma Powell, took it over. And it kept raking in donations from corporate America. Ken Lay, the chair of Enron, was a big donor. He also backed a literacy-related charity that was founded by the then-president’s mother. The US Department of State, at the time Powell was secretary, went to bat for Enron in a dispute the company was having with the Indian government.
Did Lay or any other Enron official attempt to use their connections with Alma Powell (or Barbara Bush, for that matter) to help secure access to State Department personnel in order to voice these concerns? Did any other donors to America’s Promise? I have no idea, because to the best of my knowledge nobody in the media ever launched an extensive investigation into these matters. That’s the value of the presumption of innocence, something Hillary Clinton has never been able to enjoy during her time in the national spotlight.
I think this is a pretty fair viewpoint, even though the guy is straining pretty hard to take it right up to the edge of Tu Quoque without tipping over into it completely. 

I think this shit happens too much, and I think it's harder and harder to rationalize away disturbing thoughts of how corrupt it seems to be.

Like the author says, the tendency to believe the worst about most politicians, and Hillary in particular, has been in place for a long time.  But that just makes me wonder if The Clinton Foundation thing is a good example of the famous Too-Cute-By-Half that seems to characterize the Clinton gang.

Some Brain Puking:

People want something from Hillary's State Dept.
They call and ask.
They either get what they want or they don't (it looks sketchy, but nobody's made any direct Quid Pro Quo connections).
Anyway, the call goes thru to somebody on Hillary's staff, and after an appropriate length of time, the caller is contacted by The Foundation, there's a low-key soft-sell pitch, and before they know it, they're writing out a nice fat check.
So the Lithuanian Labor Minister gets a little help from the US Dept of State for his niece's visa problem, and 7 or 8 months later, Uganda gets some water filters with the money the grateful Minister donated to The Clinton Foundation.
Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more.

So instead of Pay To Play (which is illegal), they've reversed it to Play Then Pay (which isn't; not really anyway) - and if anybody makes a big squawk, well, "just look at all the great things we've done with the money" - which they have, and which makes it harder to flat-out reject the "How Things Work In The Real World" narrative.

Today's Tweet

There is practically no way any "politician" could ever be more aptly named than Anthony Weiner.

Monday, August 29, 2016

On Paul Le Page

I'm not saying I know for sure, but I don't think I'm willing to take Google Translate's word for it.

I typed in this: "LePage"
And got this: "unashamed and hateful asshole."

Today's Tweet

Today's GIF

Sunday, August 28, 2016

And He Was Doing So Well

So I'm always on the lookout for stuff that reinforces my thinking about Obama, but also I wanna make sure I'm not drowning in fandom.

So, here's a buncha good stuff...

..but then I see this...

...and my Dad self kicks in and I'm like - aagh, he's throwin' a ball in the house!?! 

So yeah - fuck him.


Where are the ghostbusters when ya really need 'em?

The Trump campaign is like the Comments Section of an Alt-Right website came to life and decided to run for president.

hat tip = some random Twitter dude

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Today's Today

(Tomorrow, actually - I just wanted to give y'all the heads up so you don't miss something important)

Happy Go Topless Day, everybody.

Not that I'm obsessed or anything.

99 Words For Boobs
Jugs and orbs and darts and gourds 
Elmer Fudds and bouncing Buddhas 
Sweater stretchers, lung protectors 
Beach umbrellas, frost detectors 
Scooby Snacks and snake-eyes dice 
Jell-o molds and high-beam lights 
Every day I probably use 
99 words for boobs 

Humpty Dumplings, Hardy Boys 
Double lattes, Ode to Joys 
Hooters, shooters, physics tutors 
Bobbsey Twins and bald commuters 
MRE's and PFD's 
Snow-white dwarfs, Picasso cubes 
99 words for boobs 

Gerber servers, holy grails 
Whoopee cushions, humpback whales 
Flying saucers, traffic stoppers 
Super Big Gulps, Double Whoppers 
Pillows, billows, Don DeLillos 
Soft-serve cones and armadillos 
Pimped-out hubcaps, inner tubes 
99 words for boobs 

Midget earmuffs, warming globes 
Strobes and probes and frontal lobes 
Knockers, honkers, knicker bonkers 
Smurfs and Screaming Yellow Zonkers 
Tannin' cannons, Mister Bigs 
Big bad wolves and Porky Pigs 
Jogging partners, saline noobs 
99 words for boobs 

Two-point jumpers, Bambi's Thumpers 
Rubber baby buggy bumpers 
Rutabagas, Chi Omegas 
Schwag the showgirls show in Vegas 
Congo bongos, bowling pins 
Fast-pitch softballs, siamese twins

And More
1. Abbott and Costello
2. airbags
3. B1 and B2
4. babaloos
5. baby feeders
6. badoinkies
7. balloons
8. baloobas
9. baps
10. bazookas
11. bazoomas
12. bazoombas
13. bee-stings
14. Ben and Jerry
15. Bert and Ernie
16. Berthas
17. bijongas
18. billibongs
19. blinkers
20. Bob and Ray
21. bombs
22. Bonnie and Clyde
23. boobs
24. boobies
25. boobsters
26. boops
27. bosoms
28. bottles
29. boulders
30. Brad Pitts
31. bristols
32. bumpers
33. cans
34. cantaloupes
35. cha-chas
36. chesticles
37. chumbawumbas
38. coconuts
39. cupcakes
40. dairy pillows
41. Danny DeVitos
42. David and Goliath
43. devil's dumplings
44. dinglebobbers
45. dugs
46. dumplings
47. Durantes
48. Eartha Kitts
49. Eisenhowers
50. flapdoodles
51. Fred and Ethel
52. funbags
53. gazongas
54. George and Gracie
55. gobstoppers
56. God’s milk bottles
57. Godzillas
58. Goodyears
59. goombas
60. grillwork
61. headlamps
62. headlights
63. high beams
64. Holmes and Watson
65. honkers
66. hood ornaments
67. hooters
68. hubcaps
69. hummers
70. Isaac Newtons
71. jahoobies
72. John and Paul
73. jugs
74. kagemushas
75. kawangas
76. knockers
77. Lewinskis
78. Lilo and Stitch
79. magambos
80. Mahatmas
81. mammaries
82. mau maus
83. melons
84. Mickey and Minnie
85. Mike and Ike
86. milk bombs
87. milk jugs
88. milk wagons
89. milkmakers
90. milkshakes
91. Mobutus
92. mounds
93. muffins
94. Mulligans
95. Murphys
96. nay-nays
97. neeners
98. ninnies
99. norks
100. num-nums
101. pair
102. palookas
103. Pia Zadoras
104. pillows
105. puppies
106. pushmatahas
107. rack
108. rib bumpers
109. rivets
110. rotors
111. shabba-dos
112. shlobes
113. shmozobs
114. snow tires
115. soombas
116. speed bumps
117. splazoingas
118. squachies
119. tatas
120. teetees
121. Thelma and Louise
122. tishomingos
123. tits
124. titties
125. torpedoes
126. Tweedledee and Tweedledum
127. tweeters
128. twekkers
129. Volvos
130. wahwahs
131. whimwhams
132. Wilsons
133. windshield wipers
134. Winnebagos
135. wopbopaloobops
136. yahoos
137. yazoos
138. ying-yangs  

Friday, August 26, 2016

Today's Podcast

On Stitcher:

Another good one.

Especially the bits about how some of the big "conservative" writers have begun saying that maybe the GOP oughta get on board with the whole ObamaCare thing; and it might not be such a bad idea to stop just pimping the Tax Cuts For Rich People thing cuz gee, it's starting to make us look like a buncha dopes. Very interesting.

And here's the original website, where you can make a donation or click on the Amazon link and help 'em out just by spending a few bucks for stuff you were gonna buy anyway (costs you nothing extra):  The Professional Left Podcast 


For a good long time, some very clever "conservatives" have been wondering (very loudly and very smugly) why it is that Da Gubmint insists Americans are so stoopid, we need silly stuff like:


Who doesn't know this shit, right?  Who could possibly be so stupid - maybe we should just get rid of those labels and let the whole problem with stoopid people sort itself out.

And we laughed and laughed - but then it got really really not funny, because...



Any more questions on that one?

OK good - so, on to the next point - stop thinking this shit happens by accident. 

Cause and Effect, bitches.

I'm not saying there's a giant conspiracy afoot and there's some super-genius pulling all the strings and blah blah blah.  I'm just trying to stay aware that there are some very smart people who have no scruples, and who will take every opportunity to pimp anything they think might work in their favor and further their ambitions.

It's pretty easy to see when it's a Donald Trump doing it.  Trump is the latest version in a pretty long line of The Empty Vessel Politician, and he's being filled to overflowing with exactly what we don't want in a world leader.

It's harder to see it clearly when it's a Hillary Clinton because at least she does most of her own thinking (tho' I also have to say it's a lot easier to push Clinton in the right direction). That said, she may look like Gandhi compared with Trump, but she is not.

Hillary is at least partly an old school power politics kinda politico.  She knows the game and she works the angles and she gets what she wants more often than not. Vote Blue and send people to DC to keep her honest - but stay awake and keep the pressure on.

Cuz BTW - there's a buncha folks who like it when we refuse to watch the sausage being made. Sometimes it seems like they go outa their way to make the process as ugly as possible so we'll get sick of it and blew it off.  So I gotta figure if they wanted us to participate, they wouldn't go on doing everything they can do to push us away. And if they're trying to freeze me out, then I take that as my cue to kick down the door and elbow my way into the middle of the room to see just what the fuck they're up to.

Drop-Kick Me, Jesus

The whole banana from Andy Borowitz at The New Yorker:
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—The billionaire Donald J. Trump’s bid to become a born-again Christian failed over the weekend after Jesus Christ turned down his friend request, campaign officials have acknowledged.
Jesus, who has not generally been active on Facebook, made a rare appearance on the social network on Monday to announce His decision to ignore the presumptive Republican nominee’s request for a personal relationship with Him.
In a brief post, Jesus offered the following explanation: “Just everything.”
The turndown from Jesus Christ, the inspiration behind one of the world’s most prominent religions, caps what has been a tough month for the Trump campaign.
Privately, campaign staffers fretted that the candidate would pen a disparaging tweet about Jesus, which might alienate evangelical voters in key battleground states.
But, at a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump made no reference to Jesus, and instead touted endorsements he had received from Gary Busey, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Joe (the Plumber) Wurzelbacher.
hat tip = FB friend VW-E

Seriously Now, Kids

...just what the fuck is going on here?

Live By Social Media

...die by social media

And then twitter kinda blew up with it - a few samples:

Trump seems to be doing with his "campaign" what he's always done with his "businesses" - he's running into the ground.

So yeah - let's hire that guy and turn it all over to the slugs and leeches he'll subcontract it out to.


hat tip = Bipartisan Report

Today's Tweet

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Trae Crowder

Today's Wile E GOP

From Raw Story:

This is currently what the POTUS section of the Minnesota 2016 ballot looks like:

You may have noticed that the name of one Donald Trump is missing.  This seems to be due to the Trump folk not having a firm grip on the rules in Minnesota, and so they've neglected to fulfill a small technicality ie: nominating Alternate Electors.  Which, apparently isn't really odd or different since almost every state has pretty much the same rules.

On the first pass, I'm like - this bunch could fuck up a 2-car parade.  Are these really the people we want running the joint?

But then again, given all the weird shit that's been going on, I can't be sure this isn't a deal where the Minnesota GOP is looking to fuck Trump over.  Or maybe it's Trump doing a very Trump-ey thing by trying to make sure his claims of "rigged election" have some plausibility.

But then again (again), it could be more strong evidence that the GOP is just hopelessly fucked up altogether - Trump tho't Minnesota GOP had it covered, who tho't Reince Priebus had it covered, who tho't, "Fuck this - I'm just gonna stay drunk for a coupla months".

Today's Tweet

I dunno - "Orwellian" just doesn't seem adequate for this shit anymore.

And you can hear the news lady (Brianna Keilar) start to laugh at the very end.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Today's Pix

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Today's GIF

Trump's latest "pivot"

Today's Hillary

Just in the last several years:

Hillary's emails:
Looks bad, and while there's a few bits and pieces, nothing to get your panties in a bunch over.

DNC emails:
Democrats "conspiring" to nominate a Democrat. Color me unsurprised. Moving on.

Get fucking serious.

"Scandal" after "scandal" for 25 years; and 25 years of "oooh, this time for sure; those indictments are coming any minute now" - and there's just never ever anything that amounts to more than a little nose-wrinkle?

Now, we can add The Clinton Foundation thing to the pile.
Tuesday afternoon, Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan of the Associated Press released the results of a review of State Department appointment data that they used to make some striking claims about Hillary Clinton’s schedule as secretary of state.
According to their reporting, Clinton spent a remarkably large share of her time as America’s chief diplomat talking to people who had donated money to the Clinton Foundation. She went out of her way to help these Clinton Foundation donors, and her decision to do so raises important concerns about the ethics of her conduct as secretary and potentially as president. It’s a striking piece of reporting that made immediate waves in my social media feed, as political journalists of all stripes retweeted the story’s headline conclusions.

Except it turns out not to be true. The nut fact that the AP uses to lead its coverage is wrong, and Braun and Sullivan’s reporting reveals absolutely no unethical conduct. In fact, they found so little unethical conduct that an enormous amount of space is taken up by a detailed recounting of the time Clinton tried to help a former Nobel Peace Prize winner who’s also the recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Here’s the bottom line: Serving as secretary of state while your husband raises millions of dollars for a charitable foundation that is also a vehicle for your family’s political ambitions really does create a lot of space for potential conflicts of interest. Journalists have, rightly, scrutinized the situation closely. And however many times they take a run at it, they don’t come up with anything more scandalous than the revelation that maybe billionaire philanthropists have an easier time getting the State Department to look into their visa problems than an ordinary person would.
If there's really anything there, and she always just gets away with it, then the fact that 25 years of hard snooping, GOP Congressional Investigations and many many millions of dollars spent - to find practically nothing - all of that would have to mean Hillary Clinton is the most amazing of all evil genius super-criminal masterminds ever - and she's not.

I'm not a fan.  I try to trust politicians no farther that I could spit one of 'em.  But at a certain point, since this particular politician is the one we've got, maybe we could figure out how to take 'yes' for an answer, admit that we agree with her on some things, help her do the things she says she agrees with us on, and always keep the pressure on her to do those other things.  You know - kinda do that thing we like to call, uhmm, what is again? Oh yeah - Politics.

And all the rest of that shit?  You're not getting any of that - wish for something else.


Today's Press Poodling

(all of this was front page at HuffPo as of about 11:40am today)

Because of this:

We get all this:

Don't get me wrong, I want to know about the negative side of Hillary's ledger.  But does it really have to be part of an obvious attempt at artificially pimping the horse race narrative?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today's Tweet

The Other Day's Today

I managed to be woefully mis-informed, and missed it, but on August 18, 1920 - The 19th Amendment was ratified by Tennessee, making it part of the US Constitution.

A weird political irony is that with the exception of a few states, only the men could vote to make the government stop denying the women's right to vote. (and I promise I'm not trying to steal the thunder and pat myself on the back for being so magnanimously man-errific)  

And it just seems like a good example of Progressives being right again (which happens a lot), and the Conservatives being wrong again (which, funnily enough, happens just as often).  

And you don't have to look very far to find what I think is pretty good evidence to back that up.

When you think about which states you'd consider to be "typically conservative" (and if you're more or less normal), you're prob'ly thinking those states are in the South.

Now consider this list of when certain states finally got around to ratifying the 19th Amendment.
Virginia 1952
Alabama 1953
Florida 1969
South Carolina 1969 (not certified until 1973)
Georgia 1970
Louisiana 1970
North Carolina 1971
Mississippi 1984

Just as a little reminder - there's a better than even chance that one or more of the women in that picture went home to places that weren't just indifferent to their service and accomplishments, but downright hostile to their having a reasonable expectation of simply being treated as equals.  

Their fight continues, and we all continue to benefit from their victories.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Larry Sabato

Home town hero (as long as he agrees with me of course) Larry Sabato runs a little joint called The Center For Politics at UVa, and he's gotten pretty good at what he does.

Here's a little snapshot of where Professor Sabato thinks we stand right now:

What about the overall picture? As our regular readers know, we’ve been the Rock of Gibraltar when it comes to a Clinton victory. Our first electoral map, issued at the end of March, showed Clinton at 347 EVs to 191 EVs for Trump, and all subsequent maps have maintained those totals — until now. After looking carefully at Nebraska’s 2nd District — Nebraska being, along with Maine, a state that awards one electoral vote to the winner of each congressional district — we’ve decided that NE-2 is leaning toward Clinton. It isn’t much of a lean, and it’s possible that if Trump can tighten up the contest, this one will wobble back to the Republicans. But for the moment, adding NE-2 to the Democrats makes Clinton’s total 348 EVs and Trump’s total 190 EVs. As you’ll recall, Obama carried this district in 2008 but lost it in 2012, so it’s on the margins — yet it also ranks 49th out of 435 congressional districts for percentage of non-Hispanic whites with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Moreover, not only is Clinton investing ad money in Omaha, which also bleeds into the western parts of swing state Iowa, she is also spending actual campaign time in the city, a sign that her campaign believes it can win this extra electoral vote. And did we mention Warren Buffett, a huge Hillary fan, dominates the economic landscape there?
But wait just a durn minute - Tim Kaine made visits to both Idaho and Wyoming, while Trump popped up in a coupla places in Virginia.

Kinda weird, but this is politics, man.  And this time around, it ain't nuthin' like nuthin' that's gone before - even more than usual.

And so, more than ever - don't get happy, Democrats - get busy.  

Some people believe hard that Trump is in the process of using his "campaign" to build a new media empire that he intends to aim at taking over for DumFux News - that's number one.  And number two is that there's not likely gonna be anything close to resembling any kind of movement on a Progressive Agenda unless lotsa Democrats go to DC along with Hillary Clinton.

Yeah yeah, I've said all that before. Tired of it?  Tough shit - I'll be saying it plenty more from here on in. Get used to it.

And this too:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ms Conway

In her own words:

As far as she's concerned, it's nothing but a can of beans on the shelf, or a bag of chips in the machine in the break room - waiting for somebody to wander by with a coupla bucks to spend.

Kellyanne Conway says what she says because she gets paid to say it.  She'll say whatever it is you want her to say if you pay her enough.  There's a word for that, but I won't use that word for Ms Conway because I have too much respect for honest, hard-working whores.

No soul and no honor.