Friday, January 18, 2019

I Didn't Say It ....


Mitt Romney, GOP Senator from Utah, has called on Congressman  Steve King, the Republican from Iowa,  to resign after King asked why the term “white supremacist” was considered offensive:

“I think he ought to step aside and I think Congress ought to make it very clear he has no place there.” 

Mittsy’s positioning himself as the anti-_____ for 2020, y’all.
Mitch McConnell, GOP Senate Majority Leader, also slammed King over those remarks:

“There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind. I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. Rep. King’s statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position.”

Who knew McConnell was such a comedian, because he clearly has no problem with a ‘some Nazi’s are fine people’ president.
Kevin Hart, who just a month ago vowed not to take up the issue again,  is once again discussing the backlash to his anti-gay jokes and tweets that cost him his position of host of the Oscars:

"It's like, what state of the world do you want comedy to go to? Because ultimately, if we keep pushing in this direction, you're gonna have comics that don't know what's safe to talk about, and now the conversation has changed to people aren't funny anymore because everybody's afraid to be funny. So what level can they be funny? ... We're taking away the ability for people to be comfortable. Everybody. Workplace, work environments, from professional to any aspect of life, now. Everybody's walking on their toes. Everybody's walking on glass. Everybody is!"

Well, Kevin, let’s talk funny …beating a child? You find funny. Beating a child because you’re afraid he might be gay? You find funny.
But people who have had gay friends, gay sons, gay daughters, beaten to death for being gay, aren’t laughing.
But you don’t get it because you’re a one-note, one-laugh, one mind-frame comedic hack.
Siddown.
Joe Scarborough, blasting Miss Pitty Pat, AKA South Carolina’s GOP Senator Lindsey Graham for morally bankrupting himself to serve _____:

“We’re watching the political, ideological and moral collapse of my old Republican Party. Make no mistake, Donald _____’s amorality is driving this collapse, but his Republican allies on Capitol Hill and in powerful positions across America are too eager and too willing to be his accomplices. I’ve known Lindsey for years, we came in together in Congress in 1994, and Lindsey was always considered to be one of the most genial, reasonable and measured members of Congress. As a presidential candidate in 2016, he routinely warned us of the moral rot that the election of Donald _____ as the party’s nominee would bring to the Republican Party, and he said that unhinged Manhattan developer would destroy the GOP if he were elected. Well, Lindsey was right then, but now he’s one of the administration’s leading henchman in hatching plots to run roughshod over our nation’s traditions and turn the party into a rudderless collection of mini-me Donald _____s. That same Lindsey Graham who actually followed John McCain’s lead for so long is actually the Republican who is using his position as Senate chairman of the Judiciary Committee to encourage Donald Trump to declare a national emergency and illegally seize Article I powers if he doesn’t get his way on the border wall. Think about that for a second, and it is illegal, it will be overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States, and if Lindsey Graham doesn’t know that, then he shouldn’t even be in Congress.”

As I like to tell Miss Pitty Pat on Twitter, I think his sudden ass-smacking loyalty to _____ is because maybe the Russians have something on Miss Lindsey … like she was one of the Russian hookers who peed on _____.
Kevin Hassett, _____’s top economic adviser, says federal workers are “better off” because of the  shutdown:

“A huge share of government workers were going to take vacation days, say between Christmas and New Year’s, and then we have a shutdown, and so they can’t go to work. So then they have the vacation, but they don’t have to use their vacation days[thus] in some sense they’re better off.”

I have an idea, asshat, you get shutdown; you get told you cannot go to work and can’t, or won’t, get paid. Better yet, you be one of those government workers who still has to work but isn’t getting paid and see how you lie it, you self-entitled bastard.
Oh, and fuck off.
Janeane Garofalo, standing up for sexual predator Louis CK:

“Leave Louis C.K. alone. Enough with that. And again, there are so many issues we gotta be motivated on. He’s been my friend―and I stand by that―he’s been my friend since 1985, and I think he has suffered… And when he performs at the Comedy Cellar and people get all irate, if nothing else, care about his daughters. If nothing else―if you can find no compassion for him, which I think you should―think about how his daughters, who hear all of this stuff, feel. Why don’t you leave him alone for them if you’re so women-empowering?”

Well, Janeane …your “friend” spent years jerking off in front of women and then denying it ever happened. Your “friend” denigrates anyone whose sexual orientation he doesn’t like, like trans people and gender fluid people.
That’s not funny, unless you’re Kevin Hart, or Louis CK, or, apparently Janeane Garofalo.
Lindsey Graham, Miss Pitty Pat from South Carolina, worked herself into a tizzy when Fox News  host Chris Wallace asked him about the GOP’s course of action should Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg vacate her seat:

"Well number one, I wish her well and hope she recovers and continues to serve for many years but here's what will happen if there's a vacancy, no matter if from the liberal wing of the court. There will be a lot of pushback from the left. But my Democrat colleagues felt, when they were in charge, we should confirm judges by a majority vote. They changed the rules to accommodate President Obama, they tried to stack the court, they never thought [Hillary Clinton] would lose. I will urge the president to nominate a qualified conservative. Hopefully that person will get through and I expect it to be along party lines. And this is what happens when you change the rules. This has come back to bite them, I predicted it would, and we’ll see. I'm going to be hell-bent to replace [a vacated seat] with a conservative, whoever steps down for whatever reason."

Well, isn’t it funny how she goes from saying the Democrats tried bending the rules to get their way, but then says she’ll do the same exact thing? This from a member of a party who refused, because they’re a bunch of tight-assed old white men who realize that if the country were more liberal, they’d all be out of jobs, to even give a hearing for Merrick Garland?
Oh, Miss Pitty Pat, I am gonna work so hard to see that your flabby, ALLEGEDLY gay ass is removed from office in 2020.
Oh, and fuck off.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Bobservations


The other night, while watching the telly, Tuxedo climbed into my lap, curled up and fell asleep. Ozzo walked over to Carlos, who tried to get Ozzo into his lap, but Ozzo knows who’s the boss, and when he looked at me for permission, I said:
“No.”
Carlos said:
“It’s unfair. The cats can get on all the furniture, but Ozzo can’t.”
I replied:
“The cats have retractable claws. Ozzo doesn’t and he can ruin the furniture.”
Carlos said:
“But Tuxedo is in your lap, why can’t Ozzo sit in mine.”
I replied:
“Because there are different rules for dogs and cats in this house, just like there are different rules for white people and Mexicans.”
Ouch. Lucky for me, he laughed ... and then started building a wall.
Why don’t I like Walmart, you ask …

In Wichita Falls, Texas, local police were called to a Walmart after a woman was reported to be drinking wine from a Pringles can and riding an electric cart in the parking lot. Officers found the woman at a nearby restaurant and told her she was banned from the Walmart. 

Imagine that … banned from Walmart,
One morning I heard Carlos get up to take his shower. I, however, was nowhere near ready to wake up, so I drifted back to sleep where I dreamt that Carlos had gone to some sunny beach spot for a work seminar. And I stayed home; except I didn’t.

I snuck off to surprise him. But when I got to the unnamed, though gorgeous, beach hotel—and let me just say, I dream in vivid color and detail, so it was some swanky spot—and buzzed Carlos’ room, he didn’t answer. I tried several times that first day and he never answered. I thought maybe he was at a seminar class, so I coerced a maid into letting me into the room where, and this is a dream, remember, so there’s no rhyme or reason, I stole his shoes. I guess I was hoping he’d realize it was me, except he didn’t. I still didn’t hear from him.

So, I called his cell phone; it rang and rang and rang, and when it finally picked up, it clearly wasn’t Carlos but some other man. I was pissed. And then I heard Carlos behind me ….
Sweetie pie? Sweetie pie? … It’s time to get up …
And there he was on the bed  waking me up from my dream. And  even after I told him what he’d done in my dream, he never apologized for ditching me and not answering his phone or explaining who that was who picked up when I called!
A traveler carrying a firearm boarded a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration [TSA].

The security breach came two weeks into the government shutdown, during which TSA agents have been required to work but have not received paychecks, however, the TSA dismissed suggestions the government shutdown contributed to the security lapse.

Uh huh.
I have an idea for the next government shutdown, and you know there’ll be one as long as _____ is in office and doesn’t get his way. Howsabout rather than furloughing workers, or forcing people to work without pay, a government shutdown means that the president, his Cabinet, all members of the House and Senate, all state officials from the governor on down, work without pay?

Why punish the workers? Punish those responsible for the shutdown, those who refuse to work together on all sides.

That’s what I’d do.
That was then ….
“I honestly try and walk with Jesus Christ every day … My relationship with Jesus Christ is not lip service. It is of utmost importance to me. It is even more important than my relationship with my wife. I know that my wife considers her relationship with Him more important than her relationship with me. Ultimately, that’s who I’m going to have to face. That’s going to be a great day.”—Born-again Christian and former World Series MVP John Wetteland
This is now … John Wetteland was arrested and charged with child sex abuse. Wetteland allegedly sexually abused a 4-year-old relative beginning in 2004 when he forced the child to perform a sex act on him.

Just sayin’.
Carol Channing has passed away at 97.

Five years ago, when she was asked if there was anything she hadn’t gotten around to doing yet, she replied:
“No, I did everything that I ever thought was marvelous.”
And that’s how you live.

RIP Miss Channing
As someone who is utterly out-of-touch, woefully inept, morally bankrupt, inarticulate as fuck, _____ actually Tweeted praise for himself for serving the National Football Champion Clemson Tigers fast food at their celebratory White House visit.

Alas, because he’s dumb as a stump, he bungled the spelling of the word “hamburgers” and instead called them “hamberders” and, well, Burger King ran with it.


And then there was Barack and Hillary ...


And then this ...

A couple of news shows, with a couple of new hotties …

The Passage is the story of a botched U.S. government experiment that turns a group of death row inmates into highly infectious vampires; I’m a sucker for a vampire tale … see what I did there?

It stars McKinley Belcher III, top … I’m assuming …  and Henry Ian Cusick—a lost hottie on the bottom right—so it might be worth a look-see.

Then there’s Valley of the Boom, a look at the tech boom of the 1990s in Silicon Valley. One of the leads is Dakota Shapiro, bottom left; he has that kind of not-hot-but-hot look about him.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Architecture Wednesday: Home in Perugia

 I’ll keep this simple …I love this home because it’s Italian, and sleek and modern, rustic and luxurious … all the things I strive to be and just and what I need right now. 

Plus, indoor and an outdoor pools don’t hurt.

HomeDSGN

Steve King ... Racist ... White Supremacist ... Congressman


Iowa’s Republican Congressman Steve King is a racist, a homophobe, a transphobe; he’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant; he’s every kind of bigot you’ve ever heard of, and probably a few you haven’t.

In 2002, as an Iowa state representative, King filed a bill requiring schools to teach that the United States “is the unchallenged greatest nation in the world and that it has derived its strength from … Christianity, free enterprise capitalism and Western civilization.” Western Civilization is a King code word for white people. He also sponsored a law to make English the official language of Iowa.

In 2005, in the US Congress, King introduced the English Language Unity Act, a bill to make English the official language of the United States, while suing the Iowa Secretary of State for posting voting information in Spanish, Laotian, Bosnian and Vietnamese.

King has called the deaths of Americans at the hands of undocumented immigrants “a slow-motion Holocaust” and claimed, without fact, that 25 Americans die daily because of undocumented immigrants.  He demonstrated a model of a 12-foot concrete border wall topped with electrified wire; both of these ideas became the rallying cry of _____ in 2016.

He has spoken, on the House floor, of ways police officers can spot undocumented immigrants by their clothing, their shoes, their speech. He opposed the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to cover contraception because he thought it would lead to the death of “civilization,” i.e. white folks.

On a 2012 panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference with Peter Brimelow, a white nationalist,  King said multiculturalism was a “tool for the Left to subdivide a culture and civilization into our own little ethnic enclaves and pit us against each other.”

In 2013, King came out against legal status for Dreamers because, “for everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.” That seemed to set the stage for _____’s “some of them, I’m sure, are good people” remarks.

In 2015, King invited far-right, anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders to DC; Wilders has called Islam “not a religion,” said the Quran was “worse than Mein Kampf,” and called for the closing of mosques. In 2017, King Tweeted his endorsement of Wilders in Dutch elections:
Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
Later, defending that Tweet, King said:“We’re watching as Western civilization is shrinking in the face of the massive, epic migration that is pouring into Europe. That’s the core of that tweet. They’re importing a different culture, a different civilization — and that culture and civilization, the imported one, rejects the host culture. And so they are supplanting Western civilization with Middle Eastern civilization and I say, and Geert Wilders says, Western civilization is a superior civilization — it is the first world.”

In 2016, at the Republican national Convention, where _____won the nomination, King claimed that nonwhite groups haven’t contributed as much as whites to civilization:
“This whole business does get a little tired. I would ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people you are talking about. Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”
On the heels of that lunacy, King told the Washington Post a few days later:
“The idea of multiculturalism, that every culture is equal—that’s not objectively true … We’ve been fed that information for the past 25 years, and we’re not going to become a greater nation if we continue to do that.”
In October, King met Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right party; he was the first elected American official to do so. He also met with leaders of the far-right Freedom Party, founded in 1950 by former Nazis, including Heinz-Christian Strache and Norbert Hofer.
Steve King recommended people read “The Camp of the Saints,” a racist 1973 novel about an invasion of Europe by nonwhite immigrants, and Tweets his agreement with Viktor Orban, Hungary’s authoritarian leader that “mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.”

In 2018, he said he did not want Somali Muslims working in meatpacking plants in Iowa because he didn’t “want people doing my pork that won’t eat it, let alone hope I go to hell for eating pork chops.” He was then asked by a Huffington Post reporter if he is a white nationalist or white supremacist, and he said:
“I don’t answer those questions. I say to people that use those kind of allegations: Use those words a million times, because you’re reducing the value of them every time, and many of the people that use those words and make those allegations and ask those questions can’t even define the words they’re using.”
linked to the far-right Freedom PartyKing also endorsed Toronto mayoral candidate, Faith Goldy, who had recited the Fourteen Words, or 14/88, a Neo-Nazi slogan:
“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
At that time the Anti-Defamation League demanded House Speaker Paul Ryan censure of King for endorsing Goldy, but nothing is done.

And finally, all this leads to 2019, when, in another interview, King says:
“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
And that, and only that spurred Congress, now with a Democratic majority, to censure Steve King; that, and only that, spurred House Republican leaders to strip Steve King of all his committee assignments, including the powerful Judiciary and Agriculture Committees, and keep him from serving on any committee in this Congress.

Still, with all he’s said and done over the last decade, it took  many top GOP leaders several days before denouncing King's comments, although not his political beliefs or policies. But many House Democrats are acting to rebuke and censure white nationalist, white supremacist, racist Steve King.

Congressman Bobby Rush, the Democrat from Illinois, and a top member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said:
"He has become too comfortable with proudly insulting, disrespecting, and denigrating people of color. As with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated.”
And now it appears King is trying to walk back ten years of Hate Speech; he took the floor of the House to say he denounced the "evil ideologies" of white nationalism and white supremacism and called his poor choice of words a "rookie mistake."

Ten years? He’s been saying these things, publicly, for over ten years. But what I find most troubling about the GOP is that, if you go back and listen to some of the things King has said and done over the last decade, you’ll find many of his actions, many of his words, were lifted up and spread anew by _____ as he ran for office, and yet not one Republican denounced him for those words; not one Republican demanded he not be president; they stood by his said and refused to comment when he said Mexicans are drug dealers and rapists and murderers, though some are good people; they stood by and said nothing when he said of the riots in Charlottesville, that there are good people on both sides of that cause.

The GOP can remove King from committee after committee and rebuke him or censure him all they want, but the cancer in that party, that huge seed of racism, is still growing in the White House and they are doing nothing about it. 

Think about this: when asked about King and his racist views the so-called President of the United States said he hadn't heard anything about it. He didn't have an opinion on whether King should be censured, or if he should resign because, as he's often said, "some of them are fine people."

So, it’s up to We The People … get rid of the racist cancer in Congress and then remove it from the White House.
NYT

Monday, January 14, 2019

Seven Republicans Tell Furloughed Workers To F**k Off


Our new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives recently passed a bill to make sure the approximately 800,000 federal employees out of work because the President is a narcissistic infant will get back pay for the shutdown.
In fact, 411 House members voted for the bill, passing it with overwhelming bipartisan support. Well, except for seven House Republicans  disagreed. And heeeeere they are ….
Justin Amash of Michigan
Andy Biggs of Arizona
Paul Gosar, also of Arizona
Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin
Thomas Massie of Kentucky
Chip Roy of Texas
Ted Yoho of Florida.
The only ones to vote No, while they sit back and collect their annual salary of at least $174,000. And Glenn Grothmanexplains it like this:
“We can work out something, for some sort of compensation, but to get paid full pay for maybe three or four months when you’re not working? That’s why we’re $22 trillion in debt. These people around here can’t say no to anything.”
Um, except, asshat, they aren’t asking for time off; they were forced to either leave their jobs, or stay and work their jobs without pay, because of your President; and yet you want to punish them?

Let’s look at the numbers … all  federal employee compensation, including money for pensions and healthcare packages, is around $200 billion. Whoosh, that sounds like a lot, but when you compare it to the GOP Tax Scam, which are racking up costs of about $150 billion a year , or the $21 trillion the Pentagon lost track of between 1998 and 2015, $200 billion in federal employee compensation is just pennies.

But, hey, who cares that those federal air traffic controllers received checks for $0.00 while they are still working; and who cares if there is no back pay guaranteed for the thousands of federal contractors who are not on a W-2 arrangement with the federal government. And who cares that forcing people to work without pay is basically slavery. And who cares that members of Congress members have these perks allotted to them, year-round, government shutdown or not:
Congress members get annual allowances averaging $1.27 to staff and manage their offices almost entirely as they see fit, as well as for travel and other expenses.
Congress members work as average of 138 legislative days each year—roughly four-and-a-half months.
Congress members are required to purchase health insurance via an Affordable Care Act exchange, but they receive a federal subsidy amounting to 72% of their premiums.
Congress members, depending on age and length of service, receive a lifelong pension of 80% of their salary.
Congress members who die in office have seen to it that their families receive a payout equal to a year's salary $174,000[ of note, there is a one-time $100,000 death gratuity for families of military personnel killed in action.
Congress members have access to free, reserved parking spots at DC-area airports, a dedicated congressional call desk with major airlines and the ability to reserve seats on multiple flights but only pay for the flight boarded.
Congress members, upon leaving office, receive lifetime benefits such as use of the taxpayer-funded gym at the Capitol, access to the House and Senate floors, parking in House lots, and the ability to dine in the House and Senate dining rooms.
So why should they care if government employees aren’t getting paid, and will receive no back pay?

The Spy Who ... Is Dumb As A Stump


Oh, this is juicy … the FBI has investigated _____ because they believed he may have been secretly[?] working on behalf of the Kremlin.

_____ is a spy? I thought he was just Putin’s bitch. as the “most insulting article” ever written about him.

And _____, who called the New York Times story on his ALLEGED spy duties the “most insulting thing he’s ever read” …or had read to him, because the Fat Bastard doesn’t actually read, took his indignance over to Fox News and his lapdog, Jeanine Pirro. who pointedly asked him “are you now or have you ever worked for Russia.” And _____ didn’t actually answer.

But then he said this:
“I haven’t actually left the White House for months.”
You know, not counting that trip to the border this week, or the trip to Iraq a couple of weeks ago, or Mar-a-Lago, or his campaign rallies, the G20 summit to visit the California fire scenes.

Maybe they have a dummy they send out to do those kinds of things, but then how could anyone tell one dummy from the real thing?

But then there’s this …

Apparently _____ has gone to extraordinary measures to conceal the details of his conversations with, and possible snuggle time, Vladi­mir Putin, including the time he physically took the notes of his own interpreter and then instructing the man not to discuss what _____ and Putin had spoken about, even with members of his own administration.

That sounds kinda like a spy, though, doesn’t it? I mean, a stupid spy, but a spy nonetheless.