Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Where Sykes Goes Wrong

Charlie, who like Erickson, can NOT get over Trump's election, tries to nail it all down here:

...A year ago, many conservatives rationalized their support for Trump because the “ends justified means — and that the end was the implementation of conservative policies.”...

He's wrong, on two counts.

1)  Many Conservatives rationalized voting for Trump because HE IS NOT HILLARY.

2)  Many Trump voters ARE NOT CONSERVATIVES, and never have been Conservatives.  A favorite trick of the Upper Crust Journalists--of any persuasion--has been to conflate "Trump voters" and "Conservatives."  That's a serious fallacy.  Lots of Trump voters were voting Democrat only 4 years ago, and still may be doing that on lower levels of Gummint (see Paul Ryan, e.g.)

'K, Charlie?  Try again and try to be a little more...ahhh....accurate.  And stop your whining.

McConnell's "Screw You!!" Fork

Play chess?  Then I don't have to explain "fork."

McConnell is offering the Senate two bad choices, sorta like CN vs. CS chemical weapons.  Note well:  the Senate will choose one of two horrible bills and attempt to shove the CN (or CS)  down YOUR throat.  Nice, eh?

This is what The Donald wants, too.  It's "New York values", ya'know.

...One of the bills being considered, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would offer provisions to immediately replace parts of Obamacare, but it is controversial among centrists because it contains changes to Medicaid that would result in long-term spending cuts and is controversial among conservatives who say it does not go far enough in repealing Obamacare and driving down the cost of premiums...

"Medicaid spending cuts" is bullshit, of course.  The rate of increase diminishes--but there are no "cuts."  The important part:  ".....does not ....repeal Obamacare and drive down....premiums."

So that's Horrible Choice Number One.

...The other bill, the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, would repeal Obamacare's taxes, mandates and spending but leave in place regulations on insurers and give lawmakers two years to come up with a new plan. Conservatives favor this route and point out that senators supported the same bill in 2015 when Barack Obama was president and vetoed it....

Those "regulations" actually prevent reduction of premiums because they force men to cover their own pregnancy and 24-year-olds to pay what Old Farts pay--that is, identical premiums.

That's Horrible Choice Number Two.

RoJo figured out that McConnell is a slimebucket liar and let on to it a week ago.  Trump is a pure buffoon on this topic (he's not too bad on some others.)  Let's hope both Horrible Choices go down in flames.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Traffic Signs

I guess it's no surprise that someone is putting up these signs around the Twin Cities.






A little nostalgia there--back in the late 1960's I visited a friend on the Macalester College campus.  It's one of the two times that my car battery failed.  DAMN it was cold there in January....

HT:  BearingArms

Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite

Let's get this out of the way:  Paul Ryan was, in fact, NOT elected to save The Donald's ass.

Thanks for that info, Paul.

Now--from behind your walled-in-castle grounds, could you explain why the House of Representatives, under your "leadership" has not showed a scintilla of interest in Hillary Clinton's serial, egregious, and deliberate violations of the ESPIONAGE ACT????

There are those who think that you, Paul, are a danger to the country because you, Paul, are a member-first-class of the City Class and have forgotten the country-class from which you came.

Or were you elected to shovel Hillary's crimes under your bed, Paul??


Erick Erickson, Did You Lose Your Mind?

There are a few things which we used to take for granted in this country, among which was the maxim that "NO ONE is above the law."

That's something that Erick Erickson wants to bury in the same memory-hole in which we have buried "regular order" and the 9th and 10th Amendments, not to mention common sense and the laws of nature and nature's God (thank you, SCOTUS.)

Bullshit, Erick.

Here's his mealy-mouthing:

...the Trump Administration has been wise to avoid going after Clinton and others from the Obama Administration...

Oh, really?  So egregious, willful, blatant, and wholesale violations of the Espionage Act are to be forgiven through benign neglect?   

REALLY, Erick?  From you, who postures as "Mr. Military Backer"??

Bullshit, Erick.

Erickson blathers on and on about something like 'comity,' because after all, the Other Guys will eventually get back in charge, and Ohhhh!!!!, it would be Awwwwwwful!! if they actually prosecuted Our Guys for CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

Bullshit, Erick.  It would be absolutely correct for them to do so.  And they (and Trump) would be derelict of duty if such prosecutions did not happen.  Please note that I said "criminal activity," not "political activity," Erick.

Some animals are more equal than other animals, Erick--but not in any country us dirt-people want to live in.

Fire the Entire Dept of Justice

Apparently Jeff Sessions has forgotten to issue the orders for all members of the DoJ to resign.

All of them.  Every damned one.

Sen. Franken Sucking Up to Mother Russia

We note that the Democrats are reverting to form--that is, sucking up to Russia.

That's because Russia has had the form of Government that Democrats prefer:  atheist, violent, authoritarian, but mostly atheist.  And, of course, Russia has a Government which rewards Government apparatchiks like Franken!

I'm sure there's a dacha with your name on it, Al.  Why don't you go there now?


Friday, July 21, 2017

The (D) Constituency

Found at AOSHQ:

"I always wondered why the Democrats were such mollycoddlers of the criminal class, and then the obvious answer dawned on me: crooks, grifters, rapists, thieves, con men, welfare cheats, burglars, wife beaters, flim flam artists, antifa scum, homicidal maniacs, gang bangers, terrorists, and child molesters are all natural Democratic constituencies, so they're just pandering to their voter base."

Unmentioned:  those are the elected Democrats.  How do I know that?  Read the linked piece.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dean Inge Describes Marquette U

While it's safe to say that Dean Inge never trod the campus of Marquette University, and perhaps never even heard of Marquette University, nor its "Warriors," Mr. Inge did emit a sentence which describes that institution.

“Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.”

Marquette, having married the 1960's at Land'O'Lakes, remains in the '60's today.  Not because the '60's are the Permanent Things; but because they are permanently Last Century.  Thus today, instead of championing the sexual revolution, MU champions the Mohammedan revolution.  In between there was the revolution against Nature having to do with homosexuality, and the revolution against Nature having to do with "warming/cooling/change."

Widower, and bereft of direction.

Mke Journal-Sentinel Parent Employs Idiots

The fact that USAToday is the Big Daddy newspaper of Gannett, which also owns the Milwaukee rag, tells you about the future JS:  idiocy in print.

...[T]he fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way....--quoted at MoonBattery

Yes, well.  In the early 1900's, the British Army--and for that matter, the German Army--had zero "of color" enlistees. 

The next time Gannett pubishes a review of the Bible, the reviewer will probably complain that 'there are no prophets of color' mentioned.  Grimm, too, is a failure; neither Hansel nor Gretel, nor their parents, are of color

Abp. Sorondo Goes Off the Edge

It is unfortunate that some occupants of Vatican offices are ...ahhh....dogmatic, but wrong.  That reduces their credibility on the occasions when they are right.

On the other hand, 'Vatican credibility' has been in short supply for the last 2-3 years, anyway.

Trump Should Cut 50% of D.O.E.

Apparently the ninnygirlzzz at Dept. of Education have too much time available, so they spend it harassing States.

That means that a large reduction in their numbers is in order.  50% is only a suggestion; 75-90% is certainly worth consideration.

We know that the House doesn't have any balls; do it by E.O.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Estrogen Central: MSNBC

Being polite, I didn't re-tune the office TV set at noon, and was subjected to about 20 minutes of hysteria on MSNBC. 

TRUMP talked to PUTIN!!  Without his guard-puppies from State!!  Without permission from ANYONE!!  It was ANIMATED!!

There were three guests, all posing as men; one from WaPo, one from Atlantic, and one who was a Foggy Bottom mouthpiece during Sad Sack's administration.

It was so dreadful that it was actually comic.  But it was mainly dreadful.

House Budget: Another Load of BS??

Given what we've seen in the last several months, and what we know with certainty, we're VERY skeptical of the House budget plan.

And we're not alone.

...The proposal would reach a surplus of $9 billion by 2027. Over 10 years, it would reduce total federal spending by $6.8 trillion compared to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest projections. In total, federal debt held by the public would be over 30 percent less than CBO estimates as a share of the economy....

There's more at the link, but let's stop here for this blogpost.

"By 2027."  That means it is guar-an-f*&^%-teed not to reach a surplus.  Ever.  The first biggest lie is always the one which says "by XXXX years out there."

"Over 10 years."  That means that MAYBE the first 4 years' spending reductions will actually happen.  MAYBE.  The rest is bullshit.

"Debt...30% less."  That means nothing at all, because--like the "2027" line of malarkey, it is contingent on a whole lotta good economy (no recessions) and a whole lotta peace on Earth (no wars.)

Believe what you like, folks.  Don't believe the Republicans or Democrats, though.

Fast & Furious Shooter!

She's good at shooting, too.

Bankrupted by Three Old Women

When the US healthcare system goes bankrupt, it will be due to three old women.

Used to be that we could blame it all on 'five old men'.

This is not "progress," people.

Self-Driving Robot Drowns Itself

Just sayin'...

...this week, the robot’s regular patrol went awry when the machine drove directly into a fountain, disabling the security robot entirely....

The robot's airbags did not deploy, either.

*Shock*!! Blue Cross LOVES ObozoCare

Not only Blue Cross/Anthem, of course.  Also United Health Care, and any OTHER health insurance entity.

...Reflecting on his party's newly failed legislative attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said the bill had "K Street's fingerprints on it."

"A lot of the lobbyists knew what was in both the House and Senate bill before members of Congress knew what was in the bill,"...

"In the healthcare bill, it was clear that there was a lot of work with the insurance companies on this bill, and the insurance companies have benefited from Obamacare," DeSantis explained. "They really support a government-centered system where government is keeping competition out of their marketplace."...

That's why Cruz/Lee became Cruz-only, and was likely to get blown out on some pretext having to do with "reconciliation."

While we're at it:  it's about time McConnell gets deposed.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

High Hardball Thrown at B-16's & Muller's Heads

Think Bill and Hill are nasty?  They could take lessons.

At least 547 young members of the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir in Germany were subjected to physical and in some instances sexual abuse over a period of 60 years, a new report says.

The report accuses 49 members of the Catholic Church of carrying out the abuse between 1945 and the early 1990s....

Ummmmnnnnhhhh....

Among those singled out for criticism in the report was former choirmaster Georg Ratzinger, elder brother of retired Pope Benedict XVI. 

Mr Weber said that while Mr [sic] Ratzinger, now 93, had no knowledge of sexual abuse, "one can accuse him of looking the other way and failing to intervene".

He was head of the choir from 1964 to 1994 and denies any knowledge of what went on. It was "never discussed" while he ran the choir, he has said. 

He has in the past admitted to occasionally slapping boys but insisted he never beat them until they were "black and blue"....

It's "FATHER" Ratzinger.

Think timing.  Just a few days ago, B-16 spoke of 'the foundering' Catholic church.  Then this report is issued.  Hmmmmm.  And 'one can accuse' Fr. Ratzinger of a lot of things, but one must PROVE those things, no?

No.  This thing was all in the timing--placing the name "Ratzinger" at front and center in a mud-slinging spree.  No charges will be filed, no one will be convicted, most of the perps (if any) are dead....

And there's another target, almost as prominent, a man who does not toe Pp Francis' line entirely:

...It also cited criticism by victims of the Regensburg diocese’s initial efforts to investigate past abuse. It said that the bishop at the time the allegations surfaced, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, bears “clear responsibility for the strategic, organizational and communicative weaknesses” of those efforts.
Müller, later made a cardinal, became the head of the Vatican’s doctrine office in 2012. Pope Francis recently did not renew his mandate at the beginning of this month...
Get the picture?

HIllary Had a Spy Working on Trump Jr.

Well, doh.

...The translator who attended the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin is a former State Department contractor, CBS News’ Kylie Atwood has learned....quoted at Zippers

Seems that the Russki lawyer speaks and writes English very well, indeed.  So why a State-connected and (D) partisan "translator" at the meeting with Trump, Jr.?


"Net Neutrality"? Nope. It's "Who Spends?"

Nice, brief, explanation of the 'net neutrality' issue.

Right-down to right-down, it's Netflix trying to spend OTHER people's money, just like Da Gummint--which is why they are allies here.

"Not Nearly Enough" Is Goal of GOPe. Surprised?

We are informed that "hundreds" of EPA employees will be pink-slipped.

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent out more than 1,000 buy-out notices to its employees...

EPA has around 14,000 employees.

So there are 13,000 left to cut. 

But "not nearly enough" cuts is the GOP Establishment's goal.  In case you haven't noticed, the Establishment Boyzzzz' Club actually loves bureaucrats on the payroll.  Makes for excellent fund-raising SCARY LETTERS!!

Paul Ryan vs. College Kids

About 10 years ago, one of my children's pals looked into working at the Dells in order to pay at least some of her college tuition. 

Fuggedaboutit.  The pay rates were so low that she could not assemble savings AND pay (minimal) living expenses. 

This is the sort of economy that Paul Ryan wants to preserve:  import thousands of low-wage/non-skilled people so that college kids (or non-college kids) can't earn their way out of a hole.  That way, college kids can borrow umpty-thousands of dollars and pay interest which funds ObozoCare!  (Bet you forgot about that, eh?)

Maybe some of those imported laborers will be tending the vines growing on the walls surrounding his home, eh?

People PAY For In-House Spying?

So you're trashing your sister-in-law, or discussing what to do with a problem-child, or formulating a plan to leave your employer and start a new business--about a year from now.

Why would you PAY for a machine which records all your conversations and then publishes them to complete strangers?

You already run that risk with your car's telemetry system, ya'know.

Lying Liar McConnell Agrees With Liar Trump?

Mitch McConnell, arguably the lyingest liar in all of D.C. (and that's saying something) has suddenly decided to kill his Frankenstein monstrosity and go for 'clean repeal.'

Trump, another notorious liar, agrees that a 'clean repeal' is better.

This follows RoJo's declaration that McConnell is a lying liar, and Mike Lee's pronouncement that McConnell's lying lie about 'choice in plans' is merely another lying lie.

Wonder why Putin laughs himself to sleep at night?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Does I.C.K. Know This?

I get that this is the NYSlimes, and Douthat is kinda shaky when yapping about matters Catholic and  the Vatican. 

But this graf, buried in the middle of an essay on the changing of the guard in Rome,  is sorta interesting:

...And so too in liturgical issues, where there is talk that Francis’s outreach to the Society of Saint Pius X, the semi-schismatic group that celebrates the Latin Mass, could lead first to the S.S.P.X.’s reintegration and then the suppression of the pre-Vatican II liturgy for everyone else — effectively using the S.S.P.X. to quarantine traditionalism....

Well, that might slow the funding river flowing from the US to the HQ of the Institute of Christ the King, ain'a?

RoJo on Right Path: McConnell Is a Liar

We've never failed to criticize Sen. Ron Johnson when he failed to make good on his promise to repeal ObozoCare. 

It now appears that RoJo has had enough of Mitch McConnell's slippery half-truth games.

McConnell still thinks that he and The Establishment are entitled, and destined to rule.  That will not end well.  Happy to note that RoJo finally sees the light.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day Ending in "Y"; Another Clinton-Related "Suicide"

So there was this 80-ish dude who was hot on the trail of some Hillary scandal, who committed "suicide" in Minnesota.  (Rumors that he fired three shots to his own head are not true.)

Lo!  Behold!!  Another Clinton-investigator found dead!  By "suicide," no less!!

The mainstream media’s silence over Klaus Eberwein’s death is deafening.  

Eberwein was a former Haitian government official who was expected to expose the extent of Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice next week.

He has been found dead in Miami at the age of 50.

The circumstances surrounding Eberwein’s death are also nothing less than unpalatable. According to Miami-Dade’s medical examiner records supervisor, the official cause of death is “gunshot to the head.“ Eberwein’s death has been registered as “suicide” by the government.

To know the Clintons is to commit suicide, I guess.

Neocon Idiots on Video!!

In case you need a good shot of schadenfreude, the vid linked at the link below is outstanding.

Some Lt.Col. (it's clear why he never made Bird) and another hapless moron--both Badge-Wearing Neo-Con warmongers-no-matter-what--are disassembled and left on the side of the highway by Tucker Carlson.

The latter sputters with flamboyance at his fate, for extra jollies!

HT:  Vox


Never Mind. Country's Doomed, Anyway

Since there are only about 5 adults in Congress, this won't matter.

The U.S. is facing the largest, most predictable crisis in American history, and almost nobody is talking about it.

That was one takeaway Wednesday during a discussion at the Heritage Foundation on the national debt, which is currently $20 trillion and mounting. Just before the July 4 recess, the Congressional Budget Office altered its projections for this year, estimating that $700 billion will be added to the debt in 2017, which is $130 billion more than the CBO estimated in January....

By the way, none of the adults in Congress is in any sort of 'leadership' position.

The Buy-Offs. Your Money, and Lots Of It. Why?

This time, McConnell is buying off Pubbie piggies.

He'll piss away $230 BILLION in bribes.

Can you articulate one good reason to keep Mordor-on-the-Potomac operating?

Can you articulate one good reason to contribute to the (R) Party?

Health "Insurers" Prefer Massive Free Cash From Taxpayers

The health "insurance" racketeers--who are hoovering megabucks from taxpayers under ObozoCare--prefer to keep it that way.

So they mislead and lie about real insurance choices afforded by Cruz/Lee.

Remember that these were the Big Corporations who backed ObozoCare--who begged for it.  They saw (wrongly) a fortune to be made.  But they were wrong.

So YOU have to pay for it, of course.

F&^% them.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Trumpheart

Lots of fun here.  Watch it for a couple of very good laughs.

Cancelling "Last Man Standing"

Following the announcement that "Last Man Standing" will not be renewed after 6 seasons, I DVR'd as much of the series as possible and have been watching them along with my long-suffering spouse.

Want to know why it's been cancelled?

Mature themes and content.

Yup.  You have to be mature to appreciate the marital banter, child-raising challenges, and workplace realities that the show accurately depicts.

You also have to be mature to appreciate the faith-inspired references to God, the Church, and the Bible.  Nah--it's not Catholic; it's closer to Conservative Methodist.  But it's straight-up Judaeo-Christian stuff.

And don't even bring up "gay", or worse disorders.  The Toolman will slap it down.  Hard.

If you're mature, you will watch the show and laugh, laugh, laugh.  It's heartwarming, too.  Best medicine after a day at work.  Stunted-emotional-growth perverts, God-haters, and self-idolizing twits (see, e.g., Lena Dunham) need not apply.

Catch it before it's gone!

Write a Check, Melinda

Awwwww.....this is cause for The Sadzzzz:

Melinda Gates said it's "very troubling" that President Trump reinstated a policy banning U.S. funding of abortion and abortion-promoting organizations overseas....

Well, Melinda, write a check and cover it yourself.   And please turn in your "Catholic girl" card at the Gates of Hell.

Pandering Prostitutes And Republicans, Too!!

Wanna know why Trump was nominated, then elected?

Because of Congress-Slime like these, who belong in a Hall of Fame for Pandering Prostitutes.  Because of the disordered "thinking" of these individuals, YOU will be paying for tranny-surgeries.  They want you to pay for the disordered nutcases' self-glamorizations.

These people are a Social Disease.

  • California Rep. Paul Cook
  • California Rep. Jeff Denham
  • California Rep. Steve Knight
  • California Rep. Darrell Issa
  • Colorado Rep Mike Coffman
  • Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo
  • Florida Rep. Lena Ros-Lehtinen
  • Florida Rep. Brian Mast
  • Michigan Rep. Justin Amash
  • Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman
  • New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance
  • New Jersey Rep. Frank Lobiondo
  • New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur
  • New York Rep. John Faso
  • New York Rep. Elise Stefanik
  • New York Rep. Tom Reed
  • New York Rep. John Katko
  • New York Rep. Claudia Tenney
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Charles Dent
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster
  • Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock
  • Washington Rep. David Reichert

Pshrink Goes Over the Cuckoo's Nest

At least one ex-Democrat is retroverting--the TV guy, Krauthammer.

He's decided that it's all "collusion." 

Actually, in the case of Junior Trump, it's "gross stupids."  But moving on....

One wonders if anyone ever told him that pshrinkology is witch-doctoring with Greek spelling.

Putin--not a bad prshrink himself--is laughing so loud we can hear him here.  And the Democrat Party reclaims its lost children.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Medicaid Murder Machine

Some high-school graduate at Vox mag-a-rag tells us that the proposed Medicaid cuts (Senate version) will kill about 208,000 Americans.  In the proposal, Medicaid spend will drop from a projected $4.6 TRILLION to a paltry $3.9 TRILLION over the next 8 years or so.

With the $700 billion in savings, the Gummint will purchase backhoes and pine boxes. 

...scaling back ObamaCare spending would mean loss of insurance for some 22 million Americans. Vox also claims that every 830 people covered means one life saved, hence, presto, the GOP plan will mean killing 208,500 people.... 

That's according to a CBO analysis.  Hmmmm.

But like a lot of other things that high-school graduates know, this is simply not true.

...Medicaid is perhaps the civilized world's worst program. It costs just as much as private plans — about $7,000 per patient — but produces worse outcomes, including higher mortality, than private coverage. So given that one of ObamaCare's dirty little secrets is that many of its Medicaid enrollees are folks kicked off their private plans due to the Medicaid expansion, [ObozoCare] may have actually cost — rather than saved — lives in this cohort....

Well, so what?  When have the Democrats actually cared about lives?  Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile was more caring than the current crop of jackasses.

As to covering the UN-insured with Medicaid:

...A 2010 study by the University of Virginia of 893,658 patients in the university hospital found that individuals on Medicaid had the worst post-surgery survival rate of any patients, including the uninsured...

...then there is the famous 2013 Oregon study — the closest thing to a lab experiment in the real world — co-authored by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber. It contrasted uninsured patients who were randomly assigned to Medicaid with those who remained uninsured and found that the Medicaid patients did not have significantly better outcomes for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even mortality....

What did I tell you?  The Democrats (and Vox high-school interns) simply don't give a rat's ass about lives.  From the above studies, it is clear that putting people ONTO Medicaid will kill them faster.

Hmmmmm.

Ryan's Utter Folly

Paul Ryan's House (remember, he's the Big Kahuna there) is about to endorse a $TRILLION budget.

Politico laughably calls this a "conservative" budget.  Maybe so....but a TRILLION dollars?

Can't find $100 BILLION to cut??


Has Scott Walker Gone Off the Rails?

We already knew that Scott Walker's budget will spend lots and lots and lots and lots more money on the public schools.

It's his "buy off the teachers" thing; there's an election coming up.

Aside from the fact that spending increases are not necessary (money does NOT make better schools, nor better students, nor better teachers), that money has to come from someplace.  And if you feel a pain in your.......wallet.......well, yes.

BUT THERE'S MORE!!

...In crafting his election year budget, Walker blew off longtime supporters in the school choice community. Figuring their support is “baked in,” he rejected overtures aimed at increasing the number of high quality choice options and giving more choice to working class families....

He (and Alberta Darling, who clearly should be replaced soon) have decided that the parental income-limits for Choice students will be reduced (except in Milwaukee and Racine).  So Alberta turns into a Progressive-Tax gal, and Walker stiffs his supporters.

See why Trump won the primaries??