Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Friday, October 20, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday Night Funnies

Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Painting Soviet Monuments To Look Like American Superheroes

Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted, ITAR-Tass reported. 

 The Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has issued a note demanding that its former Soviet-era ally clean up the monument in Sofia’s Lozenets district, identify and punish those responsible, and take “exhaustive measures” to prevent similar attacks in the future, the news agency reported Monday. 

The monument was sprayed with red paint on the eve of the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s celebration of its 123rd anniversary, the Sofia-based Novinite news agency reported. The vandalism was the latest in a series of similar recent incidents in Bulgaria — each drawing angry criticism from Moscow…

Happy Wednesday!

Here's a Conservative writer, Ross Douthat, with some harsh truths about the people who voted for and still support the bullying Liar-in-Chief :

What's the Matter with Republicans?

A depressing percentage of American conservatives seem perfectly happy with the bargain that [Thomas] Frank claimed defined their party, with a president who ignores their economic interests and public policy more generally and offers instead the perpetual distraction of Twitter feuds and pseudo-patriotic grandstanding. 

 This dispiriting contentment is the sentiment you see from … those who plainly prefer his brutish braggart’s style to … public decency…. What’s the matter with the Republican Party? Many things, but right now above all this: Far too many Trump supporters, far too many conservatives, have … become exactly what their enemies and critics said they were, become a movement of plutocrats and grievance-mongers with an ever-weaker understanding of the common good.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

McCain: "I have faced tougher adversaries."

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot after Republican Sen. John McCain questioned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in America’s foreign policy. Trump said in a radio interview with WMAL in Washington that “people have to be careful because at some point I fight back.” 

The president added “I’m being very, very nice but at some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty.” 

 McCain, a former Navy pilot who spent 5½ years in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp and is battling brain cancer, offered a simple response to Trump: “I have faced tougher adversaries.”

#45 threatens John McCain: "You better be careful; I fight back."

John McCain: "I have faced tougher adversaries."

#45 was heroically avoiding the draft while John McCain was being beaten every day by the enemy while in a POW camp in Vietnam.

#45 bragged to Howard Stern that he was getting laid so often during the Vietnam war that he called it his "own personal Vietnam" because of his fear of catching an STD. 

Trump:  "Vaginas Are ‘Landmines … It Is My Personal Vietnam’ "

#45 is too stupid and too malignantly narcissistic to understand that the American people know all about his craven boasts that make him look like a weak, ridiculous strutting chicken, threatening a real man who faced a real enemy, not some puerile, pussy-grabbing coward. 

Who are the people who still support this repulsive worm?

Monday, October 16, 2017

"I Thought You Were Better Than This."

From a friend on facebook:

If you voted for Trump I am disappointed and mad as hell at you regardless of why you voted for him. When you stepped into that voting booth and pulled that lever you knew exactly what kind of man he was.
You knew that Trump had made fun of a man with a physical disability ..and you didn't care
You knew that Trump said, " John McCain was not a war hero, He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”..and you didn't care
You knew that Trump tweeted “Jeb Bush has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife.”... and you didn't care
You knew Trump said that Meghan Kelly had " blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever" ...and you didn't care
You knew that Trump said, "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” about GOP candidate Carly Fiorina ...and you didn't care
You knew that Trump said, " I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters" ...and you didn't care
You knew that Trump said, Look at my African-American here!” ...and you didn't care
You knew that Trump belittled the parents of a slain Muslim soldier ...and you didn't care
You knew that Trump said , "I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn't get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she's now got the big phony tits and everything" ...and you didn't care
You knew that Trump said, "I'm automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything ... Grab them by the p-say. You can do anything," ...and you didn't care
You knew it all and you overlooked it ,every vile thing he said and did....
And you didn't care
I thought you were better then this
Do you actually believe that a person who speaks this way has the character and integrity to lead this nation?
Would you want you sons or daughters.. grandsons or granddaughters saying or going any of these things?
Would you want any man grabbing your wife, daughter or granddaughter by the genitalia? Would you find it funny if your son or grandson grabbed someone else's daughter?
I do not understand.
Here is what I do know,
You can never again be offended by the word
p-ssy, you own it now
You can not say that our men and women in uniform need to be honored, you negated that right when you accepted Trump's comment about John McCain's time as a POW
If a women you know tells you she was touched by a man in an unacceptable way, you can not be outraged
If you hear someone belittling a person due to their looks, you no longer have the right to be upset
Trump showed us who he was and you embraced him and in doing so you have shown us who you are.
We knew the moral compass Trump held, now you hold it. It is yours.
I thought you were better then this


I thought people who call themselves "Christian Value Voters" would, y'know, actually have "values." Their support of Trump proves they don't. And, no, they are NOT better than this. They own this perversion of a presidency. 

Never let them forget it.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Nationwide, 43 percent of respondents approved of Trump in September, according to Morning Consult, while 52 percent disapproved of him. 

In January, he had 49 percent approval compared to 39 percent disapproval. 

Trump's net approval — which is the percent who approve subtracting the percent who disapprove — has fallen by a total of 19 points within nine months.

Take heart, America! There isn't one state -- NOT ONE -- where his net approval approaches 50%.

The highest net approval rate for Lord Dampnut is in Wyoming with a paltry 40%

The lowest net approval rate is in Hawaii at -14%

My state, Massachusetts, has his net approval at -4%

Go here and enjoy seeing how his support has fallen since he was elected, and see how even the reds in the red, red states don't much like him anymore either.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Can Someone Explain The Difference?

Compare and contrast Trump's pledges to Americans in Texas vs. Americans in Puerto Rico.

What do you suppose is the reason Trump pledged to be there "every single day after to restore, recover, and REBUILD!" Texas, but is telling Puerto Rico not to expect help from their government  "forever?"

Can someone explain the difference?

Eugene Robinson: 

 "The need to solve the island’s debt problem and update its infrastructure is worthy of serious discussion, but not while people are having to collect unpurified water in buckets from mountain springs — and not as some kind of justification for cutting off relief aid. [...] 

This may be the most un-American thing Trump has ever said or done. I am serious that if he actually withdraws emergency assistance while Puerto Rico is still in such condition, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings. Presidents do not get to pick and choose which Americans to help at times of disaster. We are one country, and we do what we must to help fellow citizens in need."

Thursday, October 12, 2017


because it wasn't planned by a Muslim.

After the horrendous Las Vegas shooting, the right wing noise machine twisted itself into pretzels trying to make a Muslim connection to the massacre. Before any facts were known, the right wing blogs and news sites were slobbering to pin the shooting on jihadists.

An attempt at an airport bombing went unnoticed because the suspect is a white American male.

Michael Christopher Estes, attempted bomber/terrorist

From the Ashville Citizen Times 

The man authorities say left an explosive device at Asheville Regional Airport on Friday morning that contained ammonium nitrate and fuel oil said he was preparing to "fight a war on U.S. soil," according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. The suspect, Michael Christopher Estes, had his first appearance in federal court Tuesday morning. He is charged with attempted malicious use of explosive materials and unlawful possession of explosive materials in an airport. 


"Estes claimed that he was getting ready to 'fight a war on U.S. soil,' but also claimed that he did not actually set the alarm clock," the complaint states. 

The complaint also states that, "Estes described how he created the device using ammonium nitrate and the Sterno as a fuel source and then rigged the alarm clock to strike the matches and cause the flame necessary to trigger the device. Estes admitted to putting the nails in the device as well."


by Shaun King

The story didn’t go viral and Trump didn’t tweet about it because the bomb was not placed by an immigrant, or a Muslim, or a Mexican. It was placed there by a good ol’ white man, Michael Christopher Estes. Unlike the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, whose motive is still hard to discern, Estes wanted to be very clear that his ultimate goal was to accelerate a war on American soil. 

Sorry if it sounds like you’ve heard this story before. I’m as tired of writing it as you are reading it, but you know good and well that if Estes was a young Muslim — hell, if he had ever even visited a mosque in the past 25 years — that Trump would be tweeting about him right this very moment to tout how essential a Muslim ban is for American safety. 

 A Muslim attacker’s mugshot would become a meme across the conservative media. Mainstream American outlets would be covering the heroic bravery of those who thwarted the terrorist plot. We’d all be seeing footage of the perpetrator being walked from the police car to the jail and from the jail to the court room. Out loud, people would talk and tweet about the man’s family and friends and networks — wondering where he was radicalized, and if anyone else feels the way he does. 

In this case, though? Crickets. We hear nothing at all — almost exclusively because the man who planted an improvised explosive device, just like ones that have been used to murder and maim people all over the world, was white. His guilt starts and stops with him. His actions aren’t an indictment of his whole faith, political outlook, and race. White people aren’t, thanks to Estes, suddenly labeled terrorists or seen as a threat to American safety in the way that would almost certainly happen had it been anybody other than a white man. 

 This isn’t me calling for all of those things that happen to Muslims and immigrants every single day to now happen to Estes and white people all over the country. It’s me saying that the fundamentally bigoted double standard by which it is done to virtually everyone except for Michael Christopher Estes and other white men has to stop.

A Majority of GOPers disapprove of the GOP

How're the two main political parties doing?

#45's supporters are in a bubble and think half the country supports him and the GOP agenda.

It's not true. Support for the GOP and the 9-month old presidency is at historic lows.

The Democratic Party's approval is low; the Republican Party's approval is even lower.

Where do #45's supporters get the idea that half the country supports him and them? The numbers don't support that fantasy.

Here's the latest from Gallup:


Approval of Parties in Congress Near Record Lows 
 by Jeffrey M. Jones  

20% approve of job Republicans in Congress are doing 

31% approve of job Democrats in Congress are doing 

Minority of Republicans approve of job their party is doing.

A majority of GOPers disapprove of the GOP and the job it's doing. That is obviously because of the Maniac-in-Chief they voted into office. 

#45 represents the GOP, and nothing good can come from that.

From Digby:

Sherman's sources believe that Trump is losing it; there's no other way to put it. And there's reason to think they're right. Even by Trump's standards, he often seems a little bit confused. During Wednesday's press availability with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the president was asked how his lunch on Tuesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went. He replied: 

Very good. You mean last week? John, you're so far behind the times. Do you mean today or last week? Because today I didn't have lunch with him. 

No, I had a lunch last week, and we had a very good lunch. We have a very good relationship. The press really doesn't understand that, but that's OK. We actually have a very good relationship. 

It had been widely reported that Trump had had lunch the previous day with Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, as the reporter in question had said. It was on the president's official schedule and MSNBC's Peter Alexander checked with the White House and was told that the lunch took place. Sherman also reports that the White House doesn't want Trump doing adversarial interviews (such as one with "60 Minutes" that was canceled) because "he's lost a step," which suggests there's something else going on.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Trump White House :


In recent days, I’ve spoken with a half dozen prominent Republican"s and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president that seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods."

This is the end of the Vanity Fair article linked above:

"Even before Corker’s remarks, some West Wing advisers were worried that Trump’s behavior could cause the Cabinet to take extraordinary Constitutional measures to remove him from office. Several months ago, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversation, former chief strategist Steve Bannon told Trump that the risk to his presidency wasn’t impeachment, but the 25th Amendment—the provision by which a majority of the Cabinet can vote to remove the president. When Bannon mentioned the 25th Amendment, Trump said, “What’s that?” According to a source, Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30 percent chance of making it the full term."

We can only hope.


#45's tweet threatening the 1st Amendment:

"With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!"

Also this from #45: 

President Trump on Wednesday said it is "disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write" during remarks from the Oval Office, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sitting by his side.

So the Dictator-in-Chief has threatened to take away NBC's broadcasting license because he doesn't like what it's reporting about him?

That may not be a high crime, but it sure as hell sounds like a presidential misdemeanor. We can get to the "high crimes" after Mr. Mueller finishes his investigation.

Since when does a POTUS threaten our First Amendment rights? And where are the 2nd Amendment champions on this? Or are they champions of only one amendment? Remember when they lied so blatantly and warned their sheeple that President Obama would repeal the 2nd Amendment? As though a president had that power (a president doesn't). But lies and fake rumors got the 2nd Amendment fetishists all riled up. Yet they've nothing to say about #45's real attack on the First Amendment.

Their silence is a loud message to America.

"The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press," said Gordon Smith, the CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters and a former Republican Senator. 

"It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


“The failing @nytimes set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation,” Trump tweeted this morning. “Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!”

A transcript of the conversation, however, shows that the NYTims did NOT set Corker up and that the GOP senator was well aware that he was on the record.

Trump continues to embarrass America with his grade school tweets calling members of his own party names and claiming things that are patently untrue.

The 30 percenters who cling to this mentally deformed man-child still think he’s swell.


The malignant narcissist who brags every chance he gets that he LOVES our troops has said nothing about the four Green Berets who died in Niger. Trump has spent the last few days playing golf, bitching about people exercising their constitutional rights, making fun of the GOP head of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, bragging that he's smarter than Rex Tillerson, and telling America that no one worked harder or did a better job at saving P.R. from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Trump is really, really good at praising and congratulating himself. Those 4 Green Berets? They died . 

There's no glory in talking about them for trump!

Meanwhile, what do you suppose the rabid righties would have said had President Obama ignored the deaths of these 4 young men? Oh, I think we know.

We also know that if hypocrisy were a lethal condition, those rabid righties would have all died the summer of 2015.

Monday, October 9, 2017

"Trump is unstable, dangerous, and unfit for his job." GOP Senator Bob Corker

Republican senators think Trump is nuts!

However, the folks who voted for him and still support him are sticking with the nut because he recently put an "R" after his name. Those same supporters continue to blame the "DemocRATS," Marxists, Hillary, and President Obama for Trump's miserable standing in the polls and his miserable record presidenting.

Whom do Lord Dampnut's supporters blame for the GOP senators' accurate assessment of America's Nut-in-Chief?

I have an idea. Lord Dampnut's supporters should look in the mirror to find out.

New York Times:

Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” 

In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something.” “He concerns me,” Mr. Corker added. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.” 

 Mr. Corker’s comments capped a remarkable day of sulfurous insults between the president and the Tennessee senator — a powerful, if lame-duck, lawmaker, whose support will be critical to the president on tax reform and the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.


Lord Dampnut's supporters will call Senator Corker and any other Republican politician who criticizes him a RINO. The 30 percenters wallow in their victimhood when it is they who, by their reckless voting, made America and the rest of the free world the real victims.

No matter what #45 does to shame himself and our country, his 30 percenters will stand by him proving to sane Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents that it is they who will ultimately bear the shame for continuing to support the Malignant Narcissist-in-Chief.

Please note:  #45 explained the number of Puerto Ricans at his paper towel toss to Hurricane Maria victims:

“And I came in, and there was a crowd of a lot of people."

To #45:  A "crowd" is always composed of "a lot of people." No need to be redundant, even if you've bragged to people that you have the best words and that your IQ is higher than the moon's.

Extraordinary: Bob Corker says nearly every Republican Senate colleague agrees that Trump is unstable, dangerous, and unfit for his job.

#45 is a liar:

Source familiar says claims made in Trump’s tweets about Corker “are false.”

“The president called the senator early last week and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times.”
Corker’s Chief of Staff to me just now: “Last week President Trump called Senator Corker and asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek reelection and said I would have endorsed you.”

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Seen on facebook:

"So president trump says he has been a student of Canadian history his whole life, and Justin Trudeau is Canada's worst president ever. Blissfully unaware for that to be true, Canada would need to HAVE a president. Which they don't.. Justin Trudeau is Canada's Prime Minister. And Donald Trump is America's 
Village Idiot!"

Scott Gilmore, writing in McLeans Magazine: 

History won't be kind to Trump -- it will be cruel.

After nine months in office, he has proven to all but his most loyal partisan followers that he is totally incapable of running the government, defending American interests, passing legislation or even to managing his own cabinet. At this point, there is nothing the President or his supporters can do to escape this verdict. When it is all over, his term will be described with words previously unassociated with any other modern president: ignorant, treasonous, confused, incompetent, petty, crass, ridiculous. History won’t just be unkind to Trump, it will be cruel. That stone is going to fall.

Sunday Music

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday Funnies

 Trump to Hispanic Americans: "You have a wonderful president in Mexico." 

President Trump told a group of Hispanic Americans they "have a wonderful president in Mexico" during a Hispanic Heritage Month event at The White House on Oct. 6. 

What did Rex Tillerson call the BLOTUS?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Night Laugh

View image on Twitter

Rex Tillerson DID NOT DENY @NBCNews report that he called @realDonaldTrump "A MORON", and now he's telling the press that Trump "is SMART".

TRUMP: MALJA! Making America Lose Jobs AGAIN!

"I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created." -- DJT

Trump Destroys Obama’s 7-Year Jobs Streak In 10 Months; Fake News Tantrum Imminent

When Trump took office, the promises he made were grand. He promised the American people jobs, a soaring economy, the repeal of Obamacare, tax reform, and even more. However, according to a new report from the Labor Department, Trump may not have fulfilled some of those promises.
The New York Times reported the Labor Dept. found the economy lost 33,000 jobs in the past month. What’s significant about that? It was expected the economy would GAIN 80,000. Furthermore, this is the first time in seven years the economy LOST jobs.