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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

I Ain't One To Gossip But ...


Well, the looooooooong legal battle between Olivia de Havilland and Ryan Murphy that started last year when OdH went nuts over Catherine Zeta-Jones’ portrayal of her in Feud: Bette and Joan is finally over.

It all began when OdH thought that Murphy painted her to be some kind of gossipy, catty bitch—which she is/was when it came to her sister Joan Fontaine—and OdH didn’t like the look, so she sued. That case was thrown out of Los Angeles Superior Court and they sent it to the California Case of Appeals and they threw it out, and OdH then took it to the California Supreme Court and they threw it out and so OdH took it to the Supreme Court of the United States.

And … big surprise … SCOTUS has refused to review the case and gave no reason.

Um, because it was dumb, and a waste of time and they could think of a million other ways for 102-year-old OdH to spend her time?
Speaking of feuds … while we all know that lifestyle mavens Martha Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow loathe each other, are they really that much different? Both blond; both wound far too tightly; both think their way is the best way. Both like to use steam …

We all know Paltrow is a proponent of using Vaginal Steaming to clean out your nether regions, fallopian tubes and eggs, if you got ‘em, while Martha likes to steam actual eggs using a cappuccino machine.

See, not so different at all.

Recently, Martha appeared in Food Network promo for a guest stint as a judge on Chopped and shared her method for making scrambled eggs using the steamer attachment on a cappuccino machine.

Cue Paltrow, who’s set to find a way to use a cappuccino machine to Steam the Hoo-Haw.
Just don’t hurt yourself when you fall off the counter.
Uh oh, maybe you should dump your Amazon stock since Amazon Gazillionaire Jeff Bezos is divorcing his wife of 25 years and she may end up with half of his $145 billion fortune and half his Amazon stock.

Jeff married MacKenzie in the 90s and she was right by his side as Amazon grew to the behemoth it is today and she was happy as a clam …until Jeff took a shine to one Lauren Sanchez, the couple’s neighbor.

I sure hope Lauren gets a prenup if she marries Bezos since after the divorce he might only be worth $70 billion.

PS Bezos clearly has a type because MacKenzie and Lauren could be sisters.
Apparently, on the heels of a couple of Golden Globes, someone, some people, in Hollywood don’t want to see Green Book take any Oscars. I mean, how else to explain the dragging those associated with the film are being taken on.

First up, apparently Green Book‘s producer-screenwriter Nick Vallelonga Tweeted his agreement with _____ about ______’s lie that he saw Muslims in New Jersey cheering the downing of the World Trade Center buildings.

Vallelonga deleted his Twitter account.

But now, someone has unearthed an old story about Green Book director Peter Farrelly which claimed he liked to expose himself. He ALLEGEDLY sexually harassed Cameron Diaz this way, and ALLEGEDLY did the same with other women and men. And I probably didn’t need the ALLEGEDLY because Farrelly is now apologizing for flashing his penis in an attempt to be “funny”:
“True. I was an idiot. I did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is I’m embarrassed and it makes me cringe now. I’m deeply sorry.”
Lemme think on that because, if Farrelly was just some Joe on the street who flashed his goods, he’d have been arrested so, yeah, not a joke.

Still, I will give him props for not gifting us with a faux-pology, where he says, “Sorry, if you were offended.”

At least he isn’t Lady Gaga …
One would have thought, that as a survivor of sexual assault, Lady Gaga would distance herself from those people with an ALLEGED history of being a perv, but I guess Gaga only does it now because she’s thirsty for an Oscar nomination.

It all goes back to the song Gaga wrote and recorded with ALLEGED child-pornographer R. Kelly back in 2014 years after ALLEGATIONS surfaced about Kelly’s predatory predilections. I mean, even I’d heard the tales about Kelly, but Gaga never  said a word until now, as she turned down a request to be interviewed for that R. Kelly documentary, and now she’s all aghast.

And I call bull shiz. That R. Kelly story, and others, were around long before Gaga slipped into some meat and called herself a star, and now that more and more and sicker R. Kelly stories are coming to light, she’s jumping on the bandwagon to show her disgust.

And all because she wants a little gold statue. I guess losing the Globe to Glenn Close really shook Gaga and she scoured her past for some way to score points.

I ain’t buying it, Lady.

Friday, January 11, 2019

I Didn't Say It ...

Michael Elisabeth Pence, trying to talk around _____’s lies after ABC’s Jon Karl asked how the American people can trust ____ when he says things over and over again that aren’t true:

“The American people aren’t as concerned about the political debate as they are concerned about what’s really happening.”

Um, Michael Elisabeth Pence? Could you answer the question? It’s about _____ lying non-stop and you say it’s politics?
Even you cannot be that much of an idiot. Can you?
Chris Evans, actor and activist, on Michael Elisabeth Pence’s to deny ____ lies:

“Wow. [Pence] is an obsequious little worm desperately trying to sanitize Trump’s lies. He has no shame. Keep tap dancing you fool. We all see you.[But] this line of questioning was way too soft. The volume of misinformation coming out of the White House is staggering. Without hard questioning when given the chance, the lying becomes normalized. American journalists need to find their courage.”

Find their courage and use the word ‘lie’.
Call a lie a lie, no matter who utters it.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, saying _____ will never be impeached:

“You’re not going to impeach this president when he’s had two of the most successful years that any president has had in modern history. The only reason they want to come after this president is because they know they can’t beat him. They can’t beat him when it comes to a policy debate and they’re not going to beat him when it comes to 2020. They have no solutions for America. People are sick and tired of playing politics. They want them to come to Washington to actually work with the president to get something done. They want our borders closed and protected and they want these individuals to actually come to help the president not to fight him. That is not what America is looking for.”

Um, Sarah? You lying hypocritical tool? What, exactly has he done?
The economy is still feeling the effects of the Obama years; he’s decimated healthcare; he’s given a lifetime tax break to the wealthy while giving the middle and lower classes a tax break that ends in a few years; his vanity wall is going nowhere; California’s burned, Texas flooded, Puerto was nearly destroyed, and he shows no empathy and tried to cut relief funding.
He may not be impeached, but he will be run out of office, and he’ll take along your cowering whimpering whining lying little ass.
Bye bitch.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on why people question her ideas and who’s going to pay for them:

"No one asks how we're going to pay for the Space Force. No one asked how we paid for a $2 trillion tax cut. We only ask how we pay for it on issues of housing, healthcare and education."

She speaks truth to power. We’re always being told by politicians that this costs too much or that costs too much, except when it comes to lunacy like a Space Force and a Wall.
I’d rather have healthcare than a Space Force.
Jonathan Lines, Chairman of the Arizona GOP, that newly-elected Republican officials must “stand with” _____:

“One of the things I’ve always loved about our party is that we are a big tent. We have room for everyone. That’s why, as your Chairman, I’ve done my best to welcome as many different viewpoints and coalitions as possible into our party. However, while we are accepting of different viewpoints, it is essential that we stay true to our conservative values. And it is non-negotiable that we stand with our President.”

One big tent? Room for everybody?
WTF? They denigrate brown- and black- skinned people, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and women.
Fuck this idiot.
_____, saying he can “relate” to federal workers who are not getting paid during the shutdown:

“I can relate, and I’m sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments, they always do, and they’ll make adjustments. People understand exactly what’s going on. But many of those people that won’t be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree 100 percent with what I’m doing.”

Yes, you stop paying people and making them work everyday and they’ll stand with you.
You stop paying people and tell them there is no retroactive pay and they’ll stand with you.
You, who has no idea what living paycheck to paycheck means because you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth and a giant head up your ass.
Fuck off.
Mick Mulvaney, "acting" White House chief of staff, saying _____, with his foul mouth, is not to blame for “coarsening” public discourse:

“[Sure] the president does use coarse language in private with us [but] I don’t think anybody in the country blames the president. I think there’s more important things than who is coarsening the language.”

Then he was shown a montage of _____’s use of colorful language … “the country’s going to hell” … “knock the hell out of them” … “I don’t give a damn” … “Well beat the shit out of him” … “We’re gonna knock the shit out of ISIS” … “You’re not gonna raise that fucking price” … “It’s political bull shit” … “He’s a pussy”… “Grab ‘em by the pussy” … “We can’t get a fucking school built in Brooklyn” … “Listen you motherfuckers, we’re gonna tax you 25%” … “You shouldn’t pay the bastard” …
All things _____ has actually said.
Jeanine Pirro, Fox wingnut, on Rashida Tlaib calling _____ a mother f**ker:

“Rashida, so our country allows your family to come here, start a new life in America with all its advantages, protections and privileges—unlike anything they experienced in Palestine—and your first act after being allowed the privilege of running for the U.S. Congress and then winning a seat in that hallowed chamber, the people’s House is to curse out the president of the United States? Promising his impeachment with absolutely no facts to support the charge, violating the very Constitution you just swore to uphold. And by the way, show me where in the Constitution, Rashida, it says you can impeach a president because you hate him? The greatest nation on Earth, through its largesse opens its doors and lays out the welcome mat for your mother and father, whom I’m sure thanked God when they got here, and you get to the national stage and call the commander-in-Chief a ‘mother-effer’ in a public forum? Demanding impeachment? Who are you? Palestinians from your homeland may be waving flags for you, you’re an American in the U.S. Congress representing Americans, madam, not Palestinians.”

Oh, Jeanine, how nice of America to “allow” her family, and then you come along and tell her she can’t speak out in America? Um, Jeanine, you were a judge, and clearly incapable of understanding the law, but in America we allow our citizens the right to Free Speech, even if it’s profane. Hell, we even allow your coverts racism, and that of your network, to air every night.
Also, Jeanine, many of the Americans she represents also want _____impeached, so she’s just listening to her constituency and not simply blathering about what _____ wants to hear. That’s your job.
Rashida Tlaib is an American and she is entitled to have an opinion, a voice, and a foul mouth.
Look at your president asshat.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bobservations

A quick Carlos story …while we laugh and joke and have fun, we do have our arguments, and about once a year or so, we have a huge blow-up.

As in the fight we had a couple of weeks ago, over Carlos’ refusal to listen, and how, while at Walmart—where we shopped for ingredients for a cheesecake he was making for a party, and only because someone gave him a Walmart gift card—every time I found something he needed, and said:
Do you need this?
He’d say:
Huh?
Do.You.Need.This?
Every time; and so we got into an argument about that and it turned loud and foot-stomping, especially when he said to me:
I think because you don’t like Walmart [Sidenote: I hate Walmart] you deliberately lowered your voice.
And that’s when the top of my head blew off.

On the upside, after getting it all out, we’re done with the fight; the good thing is neither one of us carries the anger longer than a few minutes.

On a more fun side, I was telling that story to my Dad over the phone last week, and as we finished up, he said:
Give my best to your husband … when you can get his attention.
And that, my friends. Is where I get it from. Thanks Dad!
I first posted about Cyntoia Brown a few weeks back, but here’s a brief recap: Brown was convicted … as a teenager … of killing a man while she was a sex trafficking victim and sentenced to 51 years before being eligible for parole.

A lotta folks found this odd, since the same thing happens to white people and they get minimal, or no jail time … like Keeva Delaney, who murdered her husband during an argument and was given one year in jail, and nine years of probation. And Delaney will serve her sentence one month at a time for ten years so as not to ruin her life. Uh huh.

Well, there’s good news for Brown. Tennessee governor Bill Haslam has granted her a full commutation to parole and she will be eligible for release on August 7 after serving 15 years; she will remain on parole for 10 years.

It should be noted that Haslam is a Republican. Just sayin’.
The Fat Bastard, and his band of racist evangelicals, are all fired up about building a wall, but have absolutely no desire to fix our dangerously crumbling infrastructure.

Think on that.
A new bill, the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act ,cleared the US Senate last month in a rare unanimous vote. Under this new bill, lynchings will be charged as a federal hate crime.

Good news, though not for The Gays, if the Hate Group, the Liberty Counsel, gets its way. See, they are angry because a portion of the bill includes protections for the LGBT community, and Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver is lobbying Congressional lawmakers Representatives to have the LGBT language removed from the law:
“The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can’t stop them from coming the rest of the way in. And this would be the first time that you would have in federal law mentioning gender identity and sexual orientation, as part of this anti-lynching bill.”
Staver has his homophobia all twisted because he sees this new law as a kind of “slippery slope” that could :::gasp:::: further LGBT anti-discrimination laws, which have long been blocked by the GOP in Congress.
So, he’d like to make it clear, that if
 a mob were to attack and murder anyone in the LGBTQ community simply because they are an LGBTQ person, that should not be included as a Hate Crime.

Mat Staver can fuck off.
I also posted about Sara Cunningham last month; she’s the mother of a gay son who announced on Facebook that she would stand in for any mother who refused to attend their sons’ or daughters’ weddings because of their sexual orientation.

Well, Cunningham’s story will be made into a film starring LGBTQ ally Jamie Lee Curtis who posted this photo and statement after meeting Cunningham:
“Spent the day with my doppelgänger, inspirational mama bear, leader, author and social activist, Sara Cunningham, whose program @freemomhugs offers support to LGBTQ members whose families don’t.  As we say…. stay tuned #hero #freemomhugs.”
Good; Cunningham’s story is one that needs to be told.
Good news out of Texas recently; seriously good news.

In Harris County 17 women were sworn in as new judges; even better, they were 17 black women.

The times are a’changing, even in Texas.
Neal McDonough, actor, and blue-eyed hottie,  says his Catholicism, and his love for his wife Ruve, are the reason he won’t kiss a woman onscreen, even if it costs him jobs:
“I won’t kiss any other woman because these lips are meant for one woman.”
McDonough admitted his stance has lost him work in the past , including a role on ABC’s “Scoundrels’’ after he chose not to perform a sex scene with actress Virginia Madsen:
“I was [surprised], and it was a horrible situation for me. After that, I couldn’t get a job because everybody thought I was this religious zealot. I am very religious. I put God and family first, and me second. That’s what I live by. It was hard for a few years. “But I was not going to lose the fight. And it worked. My career has been phenomenal.”
Not all show’s have had an issue with McDonough’s unusual stance. When he was offered the role of Nicollette Sheridan’s husband on “Desperate Housewives’’ he told creator Marc Cherry he wouldn’t kiss her, and Cherry simply said he’d have to write better scenes for him then.

I have a couple of questions, though. Um, Neal, would you kiss a guy? And if you need to practice would you travel to Smallville? And, on a more serious note, if you won’t kiss another woman because it goes against your religious views, how come you have no problem being a drug dealer or murderer on screen? Just asking.
I love RuPaul’s Drag Race, I love the creativity and the art and the jokes and the rudeness and the tea and the shade of it all. But I guess there are times when even Ru thinks the show may go too far.

Case in point: during a recent episode of All-Stars. The runway challenge was a “Curves and Swerves” challenge. Manila Luzon chose to rock a quilted pink Louis XIV inspired ensemble, but it was not her first choice. Nope, her first option was a Tampon-inspired number, until it was vetoed by Ru Paul for being in “bad taste.


You say bad taste, I say high-larious. Manila posted a photo of her in the outfit to Instagram, saying:
“Ru said my ORIGINAL Curves & Swerves Runway look was in “bad taste” and production told me to wear my back up. I was really looking forward to wearing this gown that I think celebrates a perfectly normal human experience! Many of my fans are young women who may feel pressured by society to be embarrassed by periods. It’s empowering to teach young women about their bodies, encourage them to celebrate them AND to question people who tell them not to! My goal with this look was to normalize menstruation by looking sick’ning even if I was on my period! Instead, I decided to wear the beautiful quilted dress you saw in the episode because it is not my show, it’s Ru’s. But because of Ru, I have my very own platform to speak for myself and show you all my interpretation! my Period Gown is by @theladyhyde”
When did Drag Race get so precious? That gown would have killed on the runway, in humor and styling and shock value.

Just sayin’, Ru,
Okay, so going back to the Golden Globes, I keep thinking about Timothee Chalamet and his glittering harness he wore. He was a little avantgarde hottie and, since I found out he was not a child, he can join my list of Hot Men, er, maybe Hot Much Younger Than Me Men.

And I will not hold it against him that he got to kiss My-Husband-In-My-Head, Armie Hammer, in Call Me By Your Name.


Carry on …

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Architecture Wednesday: Island Residence

I need a beach house, and this one, sitting on a narrow strip of land on the island of Chappaquiddick near Edgartown, Massachusetts, ir perfect.

It’s relaxing.

Of course, sad to say, it’s also a wee bit large—though maybe I could get the Reader’s Digest version—and comprised of four different structures: a 6,300 square-foot main house, a 630 square foot garage, a storage shed, and a boat house. I could probably do without the shed … because it’s so relaxing, with the ocean on one side and a bay on the other.

The home was built on the site of an older house, that was razed to make room for this home and some changes to the site. The site strategy involved moving the road from the middle of an existing meadow to a new location, winding through an oak and pine forest and ending in a hidden courtyard near the garage. Then you walk along the boardwalk, through the trees, to the house, sited far enough away, that the driveway and garage simply disappear.

The main house has been strategically located to optimize the experience of living in the home, and outside, while minimizing the impact on the environmental. For instance, the boathouse—and I never thought I’d need one, but now I want one—sits on four concrete columns among pine trees, but was constructed without ever touching a branch.
The house offers remarkable views of Nantucket , the sunrise over Cape Pogue Bay , the ocean and Edgartown, and the sunset over the water. The house was built low to the ground and clad in sealed, unpainted wood to naturally weather over time to recede into the landscape.

Naturally, it’s not just pretty, it’s also environmentally friendly; behind that natural wood cladding is a system of rigid insulation to withstand the hardiest of nor’easters. And where the façade lacks wood, it contains fully operable windows, created by a local craftsman who uses a technique that allows corner windows to open completely, and large panels of glass to slide open along the exterior façade of the building, leaving nothing but the view and the breezes. These window openings work with the home’s radiant heating and cooling, vastly reducing the cost of HVAC equipment. The home’s southern exposure fills the interior with natural light, maximizing solar heat gain and minimizing electrical consumption, while green roofs—covered in sea grasses—provide roof insulation, improve air quality and biodiversity, manage rainwater, and reduce noise.

As I said, it’s quiet and peaceful and seems almost a part of the land. If only there was a smaller version ….


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