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TGIF

 

Good morning meese!

Going to give my notice 2 weeks in advance…I’ll be able to do two more TGIF threads before I leave on a jet plane bound for Colorado…I might attempt a thread or two while there but not guaranteeing anything becasue at this point not sure what my daughter and grand children are going to do to keep me occupied. Fishing, hiking and marijuana related shenanigans are sure to be on the menu so I don’t know how much free time I’m going to have. I suspect not much as it’s been over 5 years since I’ve seen them and I want to get as much time with them as I can. I’m leaving on July 21st and coming back on August 23rd. I’ll be checking in from time to time and since I’ll be taking my Canon I should be able to get some good pics to post.

Seems if we bide our time a little bit the Repukes will self explode like Jim Jordan. The Dems need to keep on this pedophile so he gets canned. One of the worst ones in Congress and I think if any other of them have skeletons in the closet they might keep a low profile moving forward. Hope for the best!

 

 

 

Important thread!!!!

 

Holy shit…This is just so wrong!

 

 

 

 

Excellent article!!!!

Up yours Raphael!!!

 

Whoa..Now if could get the lightning to hit Republicans.

 

She’s so what we need in the WH to fix the mess Republicans have made.

 

 

Fire away!!!

 

 

VNV Tuesday – 1000 Words 7/3/18

WWI Political Cartoon

I’m taking the easy way out this week and letting political cartoons do the talking for me again. I have plenty of topics I want to write about, but they’re all research- and writing-heavy, and with this week being incredibly busy at work, I just don’t have the time I need to complete everything. I will be around today, but sporadically and as my work allows.

TGIF!

Good morning meese!

.Let’s all hope today is better than the last two days. In fact what we want to see and I think is going to happen sooner than later will be some one getting wind of indictments coming down and we will see the Repukes performing the Chinese fire drill.This will happen, and while it will whittle some of the deplorables out of Congress it won’t get them all. So no matter what happens we need to GOTV and vote in November.

 

I want him back!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent thread!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Fire away!

VNV Tuesday – …Doomed to Repeat It (Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930) 6/26/18

Willis C. Hawley (left) and Reed Smoot meeting shortly after the signing of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act.

If you’re like me, the Smoot-Hawley (sometimes called Hawley-Smoot) Tariff Act is a vague memory from high school history class and a less-vague memory from this scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:

Since tariffs have been in the news lately, I thought this would be a good time to review the most infamous tariff act in United States history, the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930.

TGIF!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning meese!

What a completely demoralizing week…but we persist. DD(DumDonnie) thinks he can shock us into giving up…He’s got another thing coming..The dipshit works for us even though he seems to think he’s boss and we work for him. Not the way it works in our democracy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is awesome!

 

 

I’m not going to be here this morning as I have a doctor appointment at 8 AM so you’re on your own.

 

Fire away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VNV Tuesday – …Doomed to Repeat It (Chinese Restriction Act of 1882 ) 6/19/18


As usual, I present this post with the caveat that I am neither a scholar nor a specialist in this field; I’m merely providing an overview for those who wish to have a cursory explanation and enough information to enable continued research on one’s own. For the parenthetical part of the title of this post, I chose the less-common, but contemporaneously-accurate, reference to the Chinese Restriction Act, although today it is most often called the Chinese Exclusion Act. This was a conscious choice, guided by my desire to show the fluidity and evolution of the immigration restrictions directed at the Chinese, and later other Asian immigrants.

TGIF!

 

 

Good morning meese!

The IG report was what we expected it to be, conformation that James Comey used his position indiscriminately to cover his own ass. I’m hoping the report goes the way of the dinosaurs and disappears now that we got confirmation. The longer it sticks around the more we’ll hear the Trump sycophants use it for their own false narrative.

As SBG points out…

 

My reasoning for wanting the IG report to go away…Cohen and Manafort’s day in court today is more important to take center stage.

Until the additional report that we’ve read about concerning NY FBI and Ghouliani and what was leaked, which is more important by leaps and bounds than the one released Thursday becasue it could very well bring down charges by DOJ against all involved.

I’m inclined to believe that Rod Rosenstein’s appearance at the WH that coincided with the release of the IG Report might have something to do with the additional report that I mentioned above. Reasoning being that I believe the report by the IG in reference to the criminality of Rudy and the NY FBI agents has already been written up and Rod has it in his possession already.

 

Excellent breakdown of the IG Report…

 

The morons have finally started to use their hypocritical Christianity in an attempt to legitimize their bullshit policies and try and use it to make way for their idea of theocracy.

Pence tried and got shot down very quickly…

Then lying sack of shit Sarah and the Elf tried and sounded as dumb as hell…

 

 

What I was talking about above…The crucial part of the IG Report not yet released.

 

Thread…

 

Panic on social media…Trumpers grasping at straws!

 

Nice birthday present you got there Dotard… LOL

 

 

 

That’s it for this weeks TGIF…

Have a great weekend…

Fire away!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VNV Tuesday – 147 Days Until Midterms; Time to Set Our Hope On Fire (A Call to Action) 6/12/18

Father Time Overcome by Love, Hope, and Beauty (1627, oil on canvas)

Today’s inspiration came from this song by Vienna Teng about a nascent activist, as well as Rebecca Solnit’s book Hope in the Darkness: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.

So what is this “hope” of which I speak? Solnit says it best:

It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It’s also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings. “Critical thinking without hope is cynicism, but hope without critical thinking is naivete,” the Bulgarian writer Maria Popova recently remarked. And Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, early on described the movement’s mission as to “Provide hope and inspiration for collective action to build collective power to achieve collective transformation, rooted in grief and rage but pointed towards vision and dreams.” It’s a statement that acknowledges that grief and hope can coexist. Source: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit, pp. xiii-xiv

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
Call your senators, particularly if you have D senators, and encourage them to vote against cloture on all of 45*s judges; Senate comity has been abused (blue slips, anyone?) by the Republicans, and it’s long past time to fight back with all the tools we have.

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
Call your House member and senators, and let them know that this is a deal breaker; demand that they make a public statement, so that voters will know their position. Supporting a D candidate for the House or Senate? Contact them, and demand that they address this issue loudly and proudly.

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
See that tweet above? Those are your beginning talking points. Now get on the phone, and let your righteous anger loose.

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
“I’m also pressing for a simple one-sentence law that says it is the policy of the United States not to separate children from their parents,” Merkley said. (Southwest Key Programs regrets denying Sen. Merkley entry ) Your action item in one sentence.

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
Need some help in crafting your talking points? Read this: Evidence That New Tariffs, Not Immigrants, Are Costing Jobs Or maybe this will help: Car bosses round on Trump over threat of tariffs

Grief and rage when I see this:

Visions and dreams lead me to support this:

Set your hope on fire/action item
Given the botched and frankly, inhumane, response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, a foreclosure moratorium should be the minimal response. #CanceltheDebt is another ask, as is a repeal of the provisions of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (the “Jones Act”) which place such a burden on Puerto Rico.

With the rampaging destruction being carried on by the Republicans, this diary could be never-ending. But while we’re all helping in some form or another to make the Blue Wave happen in November, I wanted to illustrate that hope isn’t a state of being; it’s a series of actions that we take today. Preparing for November is, sadly, not enough. We must be working the phones, educating our friends and neighbors, and committing to act now. While no one person can do all of the work, together we create the ripples which will lead to the wave.

TGIF!!!

 

Good morning meese!

Everyone is going to start to realize something we came to realize even before the election. That Putin/Russia helped get Dotard elected to cause turmoil everywhere. It will give Putin lots of shits and giggles at what is happening becasue of the fucking mess Dotard is creating. Starting to look like the G7 is going to become the G6. Everything is playing right into Putin’s hands.

Going to be that line in the sand coming soon that Trump is going to cross that I don’t think even the Republican party, or at least the ones not already traitorous, is going to start going against Trump. At least I hope some of them get their heads out of the sand before the economy takes a nosedive. If not it will be the end of the Republican party.

I’m firmly starting to believe that Bobby is taking as long as he has becasue there are 100’s within the Republican party and others like the Mercers that are going down. Everything is so convoluted that Bobby will want to get them all at once and not let any stragglers miss their time in the poop walks.

Gonna be the shit storm to make all other shit storms look like a fart.

 

 

 

Bobby already has a jail cell ready with Hannity’s name on it.

 

 

Go away Tulsi!

 

Hallelujah…NYT is going down…

 

 

 

 

 

Fire away!!!

VNV Thursday – A Theatrical Interlude 6/7/18

45th Street Theatres

I’ve loved theatre for most of my life. When I was in high school, I attended all the school plays, and with my humanities class was able to see William Devane in a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (he originated the role of McMurphy off-Broadway) that was done at a local theatre-in-the-round. After college, I treated myself one birthday to a production of The Elephant Man at the Blackstone in Chicago, which starred David Bowie; it was an amazing and memorable performance. Although opera has become my theatre-going choice of late, plays and musical theatre still hold a special place for me. The Tony’s are the only award show I ever watch, and since they’re airing this Sunday, June 10th (CBS, 8 EST), I thought I’d give a little preview of what to expect.  (As much as I appreciate and enjoy the technical side of theatre, I’m only going to highlight the Best Play and Best Musical categories.) And the nominees are…