Friday, May 26, 2017

Here is your break from all things Trump related courtesy of a Blind Item solution.

wishing I was in Vegas with this hot stuff!! #MCM missing you already 😘😘

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Courtesy of Crazy Days and Nights: 

This A+ list last name recognition celebrity offspring who has really only done a bunch of reality shows recently moved because she wants to get into the family business and thinks it will be easier in the state where she has moved to.

And the reveal was:

Bristol Palin

I don't want to tell these folks how to do their job, but I think they are barking up the wrong dimwit.

Yes I think the move to Texas was for political reasons, but I don't think that it is so that Bristol "baby maker" Palin can launch her career as a conservative lawmaker.

I instead believe it is all about Dakota and his shiny Medal of Honor that hypnotizes conservative military groupies into believing he has what it takes for a life in Texas politics.

Which in this case I assume is an incoherent speech pattern and the IQ of cow dung.

However in Texas I think that automatically makes him a front runner.

According the CBO score instead of inflicting Trumpcare on the American people it might be more humane to simply line the sick up and shoot them.

The above is a chart from Mother Jones.

 And here is a tweet to drive the point home a little more.
800 percent, well that's enough to give you a preexisting condition right there.

In fact the bill is so bad that it literally brought a Republican Congressman to tears:

Courtesy of IJR:  

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), — who played a pivotal role in including state waiver options in AHCA — hadn't read the full report yet, but initially said he saw it as “good news.” 

When reporters pointed out the portion of the CBO report saying individuals with preexisting conditions in waiver states would be charged higher premiums and could even be priced out of the insurance market — destabilizing markets in those states — under AHCA, Meadows seemed surprised. 

“Well, that’s not what I read,” Meadows said, putting on his reading glasses and peering at the paragraph on the phone of a nearby reporter.

............

After reading the paragraph, Meadows told reporters he would go through the CBO analysis more thoroughly and run the numbers, adding he would work to make sure the high-risk pools are properly funded. 

Meadows, suddenly emotional, choked back tears and said, "Listen, I lost my sister to breast cancer. I lost my dad to lung cancer. If anybody is sensitive to preexisting conditions, it’s me. I’m not going to make a political decision today that affects somebody’s sister or father because I wouldn’t do it to myself.”

I would predict that this bill is dead in the water.

And it might even die a little faster if some of this idiot Republicans would bother to read the damn thing before signing on. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Here is Donald Trump pushing a prime minister out of the way in order to get to the front of the line.

Unbelievable!

Here is the actual video.

This guy is on a daily basis destroying all of the integrity President Obama worked so hard to earn for this country.

I have not been this embarrassed about our leaders since the Bush Administration.

And believe it or not this is even worse!

All eyes are on the Montana special election and their body slamming GOP candidate. Update!

Even before last night's incident this race was pretty close according to Five Thirty Eight: 

Most pollsters gave Gianforte the lead. Gravis Marketing had him up 49 percent to 35 percent. A Change Research poll put Quist closer, with Gianforte ahead 49 percent to 44 percent. Two Google Consumer Surveys put into the field over the last three weeks actually had Quist up by 7 and 14 percentage points, respectively. In other words, there’s a wide spread in the publicly available data.

However since Gianforte went all  roid rage on that Guardian reporter there has been a significant shift in perceptions of the race.

For one thing Gianforte lost a newspaper endorsement: 

We're at a loss for words. 

And as people who wrangle words on a minute-by-minute basis, that doesn't happen often. 

What happens even less — hopefully never again — is a Montana candidate assaulting a reporter. While there are still questions left unanswered about GOP House hopeful Greg Gianforte's altercation with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, eyewitness accounts, law enforcement investigations and records are all shocking, disturbing and without precedent. 

That's why The Billings Gazette editorial board is also doing something without precedent: We're rescinding our editorial endorsement of Greg Gianforte.

And that was only one of three.

Of course as reported yesterday the Gianforte campaign is asserting that THEY were the injured party.

And of course the Right Wing media has been quick to jump to their defense.
Sadly for them however there was a local Fox affiliate who were eyewitnesses to the incident:  

As the time for the interview neared, Gianforte came into the room. We exchanged pleasantries and made small talk about restaurants and Bozeman. 

During that conversation, another man — who we now know is Ben Jacobs of The Guardian — walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte's face and began asking if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.

At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!"

"Then began punching the reporter." Boy there's a bumper sticker for you.

The Fox News team also added this:

To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies. 

In response to these statements Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

Now this being Montana, apparently beating the shit out of someone for asking a question is not necessarily the end of your campaign, so Gainforte could still win this.

But if he does win it could be the worst possible outcome for the GOP.

Courtesy of CNN:

If Gianforte loses, he -- and the story -- disappear. Republicans would immediately blame his last-minute implosion for the defeat, allowing them to avoid the idea that the race should be properly read as a national referendum on Trump and the recently-passed American Health Care Act. (Worth noting: Before Gianforte's choke-slam on Jacobs, the race had been tightening due to the corroding national environment for Republicans.) 

Now, consider what happens if Gianforte wins. Some time between now and June 7, he will have to appear in court to face the assault charge. And based on the audio provided by Jacobs as well as the eyewitness reports from a Fox News crew, it's hard to see how he doesn't get convicted. (Nota bene: I am not a lawyer.) 

What do Republicans do then? Every member of leadership will be asked, daily, whether seating Gianforte represents a willingness to look the other way. And for a party already struggling with branding issues, that's not the sort of story House Republicans need bouncing around Washington. 

If they don't seat Gianforte, then what? Can they force him to resign? And would that mean -- as I suspect it would -- another special election where the Democratic nominee, Rob Quist, would almost certainly run and might well start as the front-runner due to the controversy surrounding Gianforte? 

Gianforte losing is a bad story for national Republicans. Gianforte winning might well be a worse one.

Those are good points.

All I know is that an election in Montana that had once been well off my radar, has now become much too fascinating to ignore.

Update: Gianforte won. Proving that this is indeed Trump's America.

That is until we rise up and take it back from him.

Fox News actually asked Dakota Meyer for his advice in responding to the terrorist bomb attack in Manchester.

Courtesy of the Washington Examiner:  

The 28-year-old veteran said it was only a matter of time until a concert terror attack — like the one that killed 22 in Manchester, England, on Monday — hits American shores. 

“I’ve been saying this is going to happen for a long time,” Sgt. Meyersaid. “When is it coming here? I think the only way you get this point across is when you release the gates of hell on them and we start making war so ugly that […] it’s not cool to join ISIS anymore. […] You can guarantee [Mr. Trump is] going to do whatever it’s going to take, no matter if it’s the most popular thing in the court of public opinion. He’s going to do what’s right to protect America.”

When I first read that Meyer wanted to "release the gates of hell" I thought perhaps he meant to send the Palin family over there and tell them it was a birthday party with free booze.

Because you know THAT can get really ugly. 

But then I realized that he was suggesting the idea of sending more American troops overseas, to murder more Muslims, and give the terrorists even more justification for what they are doing.

Just a reminder that the terrorists are not attacking the West because they are jealous of our freedoms, they are attacking the West because they are angry that we have been killing their people for decades.

And under the Trump Administration the civilian death count has dramatically increased.

So I guess Meyer is right about one thing, yes they are most certainly coming here.

In response to increased pressure over Russian investigations Donald Trump starts to assemble a "war room." and hire outside legal team.

Courtesy of Politico: 

The White House is looking to wall off the scandals threatening to overtake the president’s agenda by building a separate crisis management operation. 

President Donald Trump personally reached out to two of his former campaign aides – his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and his deputy campaign manager, David Bossie – to sound them out about working with the administration as crisis managers, according to two people familiar with the situation. POLITICO previously reported that both men were spotted in the West Wing last week, before Trump departed on his overseas trip.

No formal announcement is expected before Trump returns to the U.S. this weekend. A White House spokesman said there were no immediate plans to hire Lewandowski and Bossie inside the White House, and it is unclear that the rapid response operation would be housed in the West Wing. It is likely, one person familiar with the operation said, that the work would be done outside of the White House.

Really, Corey Lewandowski? The guy who once manhandled a female reporter?

Doesn't Donald Trump know a single person who is not some kind of scumbag?

Actually I think we already know the answer to that question.

Trump is also bringing on longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, to provide legal assistance in responding the Russia investigation.

Also courtesy of Politico: 

President Donald Trump plans to select Marc Kasowitz — his longtime, New York-based lawyer — to lead his outside legal team as an investigation of Russian election interference heats up, an administration official said. 

Kasowitz has represented Trump in legal matters for decades and is considered to have the president’s trust. He has a well-established rapport with Trump and has spoken to him regularly since Trump was sworn into office. 

In selecting Kasowitz, Trump once again is turning to a person with extensive experience working with him — rather than a seasoned, Washington-based operator — to deal with a high-profile challenge.

And Kasowitz also has experience dealing with the Russians: 

Kasowitz has represented Trump for over 15 years, and is known as a litigator, not a criminal defense lawyer. 

He currently also represents OJSC Sberbank of Russia, the nation's largest bank, which is charged in an open U.S. federal court case of conspiring with granite company executives and others to raid the assets of a competitor.

I guess I should edit my earlier question to read " Doesn't Donald Trump know a single person who is not some kind of scumbag, or is not on the Russian's payroll?"

And once again, I think we know the answer. 

Al Franken has en entire chapter in his new book dedicated to Ted Cruz, and it is certainly not to praise him.

Courtesy of Salon: 

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has made it quite clear that he is not a fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. In fact, in Sen. Franken’s upcoming book, the former comedian devoted an entire chapter to his distaste for the Texas senator, according USA Today. 

In Franken’s upcoming book, titled “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” and set to be released May 30, Franken details his experience becoming a comedian-turned-senator, as well as how he feels about his colleagues in Washington. The chapter about Cruz is called “Sophistry,” an SAT word that means to use fallacious arguments, typically with the intention to deceive. In an interview with USA Today, Franken describes Cruz as “singularly dishonest” and “exceptionally smarmy.”

“You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz,” Franken said. “And I hate Ted Cruz.”

God that's a great line!

Now as you may know it is a breach of decorum to insult a fellow senator, however Franken feels justified in making an exception when it comes to Cruz.

Courtesy of EW:

But despite calling out Cruz, Franken said his book did not include as much gossip as one might assume. 

“I have to say, he’s an exception to my rule, which is you basically have a rule that if you have a conversation with somebody and it makes them look bad — it’s a private conversation — you don’t repeat it,” Franken said. “But I made an exception with him because he broke that rule, he broke the protocol of the Senate. It wasn’t quite that rule, but he got up to speak and called Mitch McConnell a liar. And that was completely against protocol. So I make him an exception. So I don’t say bad stuff about my other colleagues.” 

Seems fair.

Well I know which book just made it to the top of my must read list.

By the way for those of you hoping that Franken will run for President in 2020, he has a simple response:  

“Yeah, I’m not going to do that.”

Oh well, perhaps he would be up for a VP slot? 

The Supreme Court has a message for Republican gerrymandering, knock it off!

Courtesy of Reuters:  

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Republicans in North Carolina unlawfully took race into consideration when drawing congressional district boundaries, concentrating black voters in an improper bid to diminish their statewide political clout. 

The justices upheld a lower court's February 2016 ruling that threw out two majority-black U.S. House of Representatives districts because Republican lawmakers improperly used race as a factor when redrawing the legislative map after the 2010 census. 

The decision came in one of a number of lawsuits accusing Republicans of taking steps at the state level to disenfranchise black and other minority voters who tend to back Democratic candidates. 

The justices found that the manner in which the North Carolina voting district boundaries were sketched violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. The ruling may offer a roadmap for challenging similarly drawn districts nationwide.

Apparently this was such blatant racism that even Clarence Thomas voted to uphold the earlier ruling. I know, right?

Neil Gorsuch had not been seated yet so he did not participate.

This ruling is bad news for the Republicans who have determined that they can win local elections by segregating the state and keeping those nasty Democrats from getting folks elected who actually represent their politics.

I know, it gives me a case of the sads too.

The good news, belief in Creationism is at an all time low. The bad news, there are still 38% of Americans who believe in that superstitious nonsense.

Courtesy of Gallup: 

The percentage of U.S. adults who believe that God created humans in their present form at some time within the last 10,000 years or so -- the strict creationist view -- has reached a new low. Thirty-eight percent of U.S. adults now accept creationism, while 57% believe in some form of evolution -- either God-guided or not -- saying man developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life.

This is the first time since 1982 -- when Gallup began asking this question using this wording -- that belief in God's direct creation of man has not been the outright most-common response. Overall, roughly three-quarters of Americans believe God was involved in man's creation -- whether that be the creationist view based on the Bible or the view that God guided the evolutionary process, outlined by scientist Charles Darwin and others. Since 1982, agreement with the "secular" viewpoint, meaning humans evolved from lower life forms without any divine intervention, has doubled.

It is my habit to celebrate every one of these successes, as Americans slowly, almost imperceptibly, move toward enlightenment. 

I just wish they would hurry up.

I am not getting any younger, and my dream of witnessing a world without religion seems to fade further and further from a possible reality every day.

Oh well, everybody needs a dream to cling to, and this is mine.