Wednesday, March 21, 2018

As Sen. John McCain Fades His Wisdom Trumps His Partisan Past

The Senator Continues to Show What He Could Have Been

John McCain is an American hero. As a politician he has had great moments, none greater than when he defended Obama against an attack by a bigoted person at one of his campaign rallies. He has also had moments that did not serve him well. But he still has what it takes, as witnessed by this quote on Trumpie siding with Putin.

"An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections," John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement and on his Twitter account.

We could not have said it as well, which is why we repeat what Mr. McCain has said.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Florida's Pro Discrimination, Anti-African American, Pro Republican Voting Restoration Process for Felons is Struck Down

About Time

It is a generally accepted idea that once a criminal has completed their sentence he or she returns to society with full voting rights. Many states do this automatically. But not Florida. And now its process has been condemned by a federal judge.

Why, here's how the process works.

In Florida, a clemency board including the governor ultimately decides whether to restore voting rights to people with felony records. To get there, applicants must wait five to seven years after completing all terms of their sentences before applying for rights restoration. Then it takes another nine years on average for their petitions to be heard, according to the state office that oversees the process.

And Florida, controlled by Republicans wants to keep it that way. Why? Because some felons are African Americans and Republicans don't really consider them real Americans and besides they tend to vote for Democrats. And the process is corrupt.

The judge referenced one case where a man told Mr. Scott during a 2013 clemency board meeting that he had voted illegally for the governor. Mr. Scott restored the man’s rights. Meantime, plaintiffs identified five other cases where the clemency board denied voting rights to people questioned about illegal ballots.
It is not lost on this Court that four of the five rejected applicants are African-American,” the judge said.
We will see how this plays, and if it goes to an appeals court with Donnie appointees the prospects for ending Florida's anti-American program will not be good. But this is just another episode showing how conservatives hate the concept of democracy.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Unfair Criticism of Actor Jim Carrey's Portrait of Sarah Huckabee Sanders

But There is Some Criticism Justified

Actor Jim Carrey has painted this picture and

said this about it.

"This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!"

No, that is not her only purpose in life. Part of her purpose is to drive the rest of us nuts.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Congressman to Stick It to Trump and Sessions on McCabe Firing

A One Day Hire Would Undo Petty Actions of Donnie and Beau

The White House orchestrated the firing of the number two person at the FBI a day before he was to retire. Why. To punish him for adding legitimacy to the Mueller probe. Mr. McCabe may (or may not) have had a minor violation, but from all reports it was not serious enough to fire him in order to deny him his pension. It was simply a mean, vindictive act by a mean and vindictive administration wanting to punish someone who thought potential crimes should be investigated even if they involved the President and to scare others.

Now a neat solution has arrived that would allow McCabe to keep his full pension.

At least one Democratic congressman has offered McCabe a temporary job so he can get full retirement benefits — and McCabe appears to be considering.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) announced Saturday afternoon that he has offered McCabe a job to work on election security in his office, “so that he can reach the needed length of service” to retire.

And it may work!

McCabe's team is confident that he had at least 20 years of law enforcement work under his belt — defined as carrying a weapon or supervising people who do — which made him eligible to retire on his 50th birthday on Sunday, with full retirement benefits.
With those 20 years, he would need to just go to work with the federal government for another day or so in any job he pleases, whether that's as a election security analyst for a Wisconsin congressman or a typist for a day, to get full benefits, said the former official who spoke to The Fix. The job doesn't matter so much as the fact that he's working within the federal government with the same retirement benefits until or after his 50th birthday.

Let's hope this pans out, if for no other reason than to see the look on Trumpie face when he hears about it. This assume everyone's TV will show that shade of bright red.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


As great a report you will ever find, from Taegan Goddard,  Bless Him

Political Wire

From the New York Times on November 21, 2006:
“I’m at this fashion show,” Vanessa Trump said, recalling their meeting in 2003. “Donald Trump comes up to me with his son: ‘Hi, I’m Donald Trump. I wanted to introduce you to my son Donald Trump Jr.’”
The three engaged in a brief, awkward conversation.
At intermission, the elder Trump again noticed a gorgeous girl nearby.
“Donald comes back up to me again, ‘I don’t think you’ve met my son Donald Trump Jr.,’” Vanessa Trump recalled. She remembers responding, “Yeah, we just met, five minutes ago.”
Six weeks later, at a birthday party at a New York restaurant, they were introduced a third time, this time by a mutual friend. Neither remembered the other. “We talked for an hour,” she recalled.
Then suddenly, something clicked: Wait, you were at that fashion show. Wait, you’re “the one with the retarded dad!” Vanessa blurted out.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Trumpie Cheated on Wife with Porn Star - Maybe, But

How is that News?

60 Minutes is going to have an interview with a porn star who says she had a long affair with Donnie right after his wife gave birth. 60 Minutes is a news program. A story about Donnie cheating is not news, it is business as usual.


And despite the hype it may be that this is another Geraldo Rivera story on opening Al Capone's vault. Don't expect to learn to much.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Betsy DeVos is a Billionaire and an Idiot

Two Reasons Why She is in the Trump Cabinet

Appearing on 60 Minutes the current Secretary of Mis-Education showed the nation why should not even be a part time crossing guard.

These are just some of the things that DeVos said — or couldn’t answer — during the interview:
  • She couldn’t say whether the number of false accusations of sexual assault on school campuses is lower than the number of actual rapes or assaults.
  • Arming teachers “should be an option” for states and communities, she said, even though she couldn’t “ever imagine” her first-grade teacher, Mrs. Zorhoff, having had a gun.
  • We have invested billions and billions and billions of dollars from the federal level, and we have seen zero results,” DeVos said — a statement Stahl challenged.
  • I hesitate to talk about all schools in general because schools are made up of individual students attending them.”
Ms. DeVos does not go to poor performing schools because she has no interest in solving their problems, just taking away their funding. At the end of her term in government it will be realized that she made the problems in education worse, not better. See, you go to poorly performing schools to learn what is causing the problem. But if you don't care, then you don't go.

Question From the Washington Post

Because it ain't news..News means smething new

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

French National Front Party Reaches Back to Connect with Nazi Past

They Just Want Everyone to Know Where They Are Coming From

Don't Worry French Nazi Lovers, We Do

The far right party in France known as the National Front is changing its name. The party has been losing favor recently despite the fact that it has tried to rid itself of its anti-Semitic pro Nazi past policies and pronouncements. Since that did not work, it is now changing its name to remind voters what it really is.

The new name, “Rassemblement National,” which translates roughly to National Gathering or National Rally, immediately prompted critics to draw parallels to a World War II-era faction that collaborated with France's pro-Nazi Vichy government. . . .

In 1941, the “Rassemblement National Populaire,” or Popular National Rally, became a major collaborationist party in support of the Vichy government, a regime that controlled France’s “unoccupied zone” but was allied with Nazi Germany, which occupied northern France. . .
Like other Nazi-allied parties during World War II, the “Rassemblement National Populaire” saw the war — and the experience of occupation — as a chance to cleanse and purify France from within. It was no stranger to overt anti-Semitism and open admiration for Nazi Germany.
The party used a logo featuring elements of the Nazi swastika, displayed on a similar red backdrop. One of the earliest members of the “Populaire,” Roland Gaucher, went on to co-found the National Front with Jean-Marie Le Pen.

And further proof of the evil this represents,

Le Pen's announcement Sunday came a day after a visit to a National Front conference in Lille by former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who encouraged the party to stick to its nationalistic roots.
Let them call you racists. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists,” he told an audience Saturday as Le Pen stood alongside. “Wear it as a badge of honor. Because every day, we get stronger and they get weaker.”
Heil Bannon!

Democrats, Not Republicans Need to Be Warned by Pa. Election

Will They Learn?  Probably Not

The special election in western Pennsylvania may (or may not, but probably) will go to the Democrat.  Everybody says this is a message to the Republicans, because the district was heavily Republican.  Everybody is wrong.  The message here is for Democrats.

First of all, switch a couple of hundred votes and the story is how the Dems still could not win even with a great candidate and a Repubican hack on the other side.  But most importantly, if the polls were even close to being correct the Dem was ahead by four or five points until Trumpie came into the district and made it a tie.  The point, Trump can motivate his base and the House is not going to be Democratic after the fall elections unless Dems get out and vote.

Are you listening Nancy Pelosi?  If so, are you packing your bags?  You should be.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Greedy Drug Company Illustrates All That is Wrong with America

Pricing a Critical Drug So High That People Suffer

Capitalism, private enterprise is a great system, but sometimes it doesn't work. A company that has a monopoly on a life saving drug can exploit the market to make huge profits while allowing those who cannot afford the medicine to suffer and die. Such is the case in this nation today.

Since 2013, the price of a 40-year-old, off-patent cancer drug in the U.S. has risen 1,400%, putting the life-extending medicine out of reach for some patients.
Introduced in 1976 to treat brain tumors and Hodgkin lymphoma, lomustine has no generic competition, giving seller NextSource Biotechnology LLC significant pricing power.

Health care workers, you know, the kind of people that actually try and help ailing patients recover are horrified.

Some cancer doctors are taking notice of the price hike. “This is simply price gouging, period,” said Henry S. Friedman, a neuro-oncologist and professor of neurosurgery at Duke University School of Medicine. “People are not going to be able to afford it, or they’re going to pay a lot of money and have financial liability.” He co-wrote an editorial criticizing lomustine’s pricing in The Cancer Letter newsletter in September.
Mallika Weant, a clinical pharmacist in Duke’s brain-tumor clinic, said some of the clinic’s patients have opted for less-costly medications because they can’t afford lomustine. The doses are based on body weight, and some patients must take multiple capsules, adding to the cost. Even insured patients often have to pay for a portion of their medicines out of pocket.

What basically has happened here, as is happening elsewhere, is a greedy uncaring bastard buys the rights to the drug, then raises the price to astronomical levels. If people can't afford, well they should not have gotten a cancer they could not afford to treat.

A nation that allows this is not one that lives up to American ideals. But it is America in 2018.

Fantastic Quote from Dana Milbank

It doesn't get any better than this

"Whenever DeVos speaks, it feels as though the sum total of human knowledge is somehow diminished."

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dear Kim

A Memo to the Great and Powerful Oz Leader of the North

You may be meeting with our President in May (or may not, the man's word is about as good as a Confederate War Bond), so here is some unasked for but valuable advice.

  1. Do not run your fingers through his hair, as much as you might want to. We cannot guarantee the safety of any fingers that touch that hair and come into contact with whatever substance is in it.

  1. If your wife or daughters if you have them are at all attractive do not let them alone with him. He is prone to grabbing their female parts, and we would be more specific if we knew what the terms for vagina and breasts were in your culture. Be forewarned, if he starts talking about pussy he is not talking about your cats.

  1. Don't bother to get any agreements you might make in writing. He does not live up to agreements and putting them in writing does not make a difference to him.

  1. If he invites you to his Mar-a-Lago hotel prepare to have the guests think you are a waiter. If so, do not serve alcohol to anyone under 21.

  1. That person groveling behind him is our Vice President. Pay no attention to him, he is not important and does not ever do anything.

  1. If a person named Jared is with him try not to laugh and do not ask him if this is 'Take your youngster to work day'. Jared may ask you for a loan to bail out his real estate deals, if you do be sure and get pretty good collateral.

  1. Time is of the essence here. No one thinks Donnie will be in jail by summer, but you never know.

  1. That double hamburger he is offering you is made from beef and beef like products. No, he does not know the recipe for the secret sauce. No one would give it to him because no one would trust him to keep it secret.

  1. He will need to get Vladamir Putin's agreement on any arrangement he makes with you.

  1. Don't worry about any nickname he may have for you. You would be amazed at what we call him here in the U. S. of A.

Illinois Gov. Drinks Chocolate Milk . . .

Weird Story of the Day

From Taegan Goddard, and we have no comment because we are speechless

Political Wire

Rauner Drinks Chocolate Milk for Diversity

“In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity,” the Chicago Tribune reports.
Said Rauner: “It’s really, really good. Diversity!”

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Trumpie to Make Things Worse

Today in Contrdictions - A Plan That Makes Schools More Risky to Death by Gun

From the WSJ

Trump’s Gun Plan to Include Encouraging States to Allow Armed School Staff

The White House is preparing to release a plan on guns on Sunday that would incorporate several proposals aimed at school safety. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Religious Fanatic in the WSJ Wants to Force Her Beliefs Onto Others

And Be the Arbiter of What is Moral

The problem that some, not all but some religious people have with freedom of religion is that it lets people who do not share their religion the freedom to follow their own religion. Case in point, an opinion piece in the WSJ by a devout Catholic who bemoans the decision of the University of Notre Dame to allow is health insurance program to cover contraception.

The University of Notre Dame caved in. It will partly obey the Obama Care mandate requiring employer health-care plans to cover the cost of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs. Rejecting the Trump administration’s religious exemption, Notre Dame announced last month that it will provide “simple contraceptives” to students and employees through its insurance program.

So what's the problem. No one has to use contraception. See, that is what freedom is about. But for this author that is not enough. Because she is unable to persuade fellow Catholics to follow her personal beliefs, she wants to force them to do so by denying them access to contraception.

See using contraception makes one immoral.

Notre Dame’s leadership has embarked on a campaign to put the university on ​the same footing as the nation’s other elite schools. In so doing, it often has renounced its obligation to shape the moral landscape of the society it inhabits, and, more importantly, to form its own community properly.
The Catholic Church is never more effective than when it when it acts as a countercultural force. It offers the modern world a radically different vision of human sexuality from the one most young people are taught. With the decision to provide birth control, Notre Dame has forfeited its chance to stand in moral opposition to a utilitarian sexual culture. It has chosen to stop speaking to the kind of life that makes people whole.
Now we are not sure what any of this has to do with “moral opposition to a utilitarian sexual culture” as in almost everyone's view using contraception is not some moral failing. Well it is to the author who apparently does not understand the some couples wish to engage in sexual relations but do not wish to bring a child into the world. That such a view is morally offensive to the author says more about her character than it does about people engage in family planning.

There is a place for people who believe like the writer. No, it's not hell, it's Iran.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Trumpie and Korea - Much Ado About Nothing

Trump's Contribution?  - Keeping His Mouth Shut and His Twitter Account Silent on the Subject

So Donnie is going to meet the leader of North Korea.  No big deal.  Donnie couldn't negotiate his way out of a K-Mart at closing.  But he did make things better by staying away and letting other people, that is competent people, do the hard work of setting up a meeting.  And maybe he could learn that if he would just stay in Florida and play golf the nation might be better off.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Why Didn't Economic Adviser Gary Cohn Quit Over Charlottesville and Now Quits Over Tariffs?

Millions and millions of reasons.

Presidential adviser Gary Cohn reportedly was so upset over the administration getting close with American Nazi's and White Supremecists that he thought seriously about resigning.  But he didn't.

But now that the Taxer in Chief will raise taxes on imports, the guy quits.  See, he stayed on to get a massive tax cut for the wealthy enacted, and Gary ole buddy is wealthy.  So once he got his millions he could now leave a satisfied person.  Some people will say he left his integrity at the White House, but that is not true.  He had no integrity to leave.

West Virginia Teachers Win - Big Time

Bout Time

In West Virginia the teacher salaries for beginning teachers is close to minimum wage levels in other places, and the salaries of experienced teachers is pretty low.  So it is with great pleasure we report that teachers who went out on strike have won big raises.

A teachers’ strike that ground public schools to a halt across West Virginia is set to end on Thursday, a week after it began, Gov. James C. Justice and teachers’ union representatives said Tuesday night.
Mr. Justice, a Republican, said that he had promised the state’s teachers a 5 percent raise, and that he would create a task force to address the problem of rising insurance costs for public employees, a key issue in the strike.
“We need our kids back in school, and we need our teachers back in school,” said Mr. Justice, who said he was “hopeful” that state lawmakers would go along with his proposals, which would also give all state employees a 3 percent raise.

So what changed? Well here was the earlier situation.

Teachers crying “We’ll get louder,” and carrying signs with slogans like “WV teachers deserve better” flooded the State Capitol, their voices echoing through the halls. The teachers frequently cited data showing that they are among the lowest-paid public educators in the United States.

Ok, they are still going to be among the lowest paid. But at least they are getting some of the pay progress they deserve.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ted Cruz on Morning Joe

The junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, oozed his way onto the 8 o'clock hour of Morning Joe.  He was treated respectfully and allow to present his views.

Imagine if, say Bernie Sanders were invited onto Fox News and was treated the same way.  Nope, can't imagine that can you.