Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

More Good News for Democrats and the 2018 Elections






In the era of Donald Trump, New England’s biggest GOP donor is funding Democrats



Boston-area billionaire hedge fund manager Seth Klarman will now start funding mostly Democrats after a history of giving large donations to Republicans. 

 “The Republicans in Congress have failed to hold the president accountable and have abandoned their historic beliefs and values,” Klarman said in a statement to The Boston Globe. 

“For the good of the country, the Democrats must take back one or both houses of Congress.” Klarman told the paper that he wanted to use the money he was saving from the Republican tax overhaul to “invest” in Democrats.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

R.I.P. Barbara Bush 1925 - 2018









BOSTON MARATHON WINNERS.





JUST AWESOME!! Desiree Linden becomes first American woman to win #BostonMarathon in 33 years! Lost last year by 2 seconds! Talk about preserverance and heart! 



Boston Marathon







Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi won the men's race.

Yuki Kawauchi wins the 2018 Boston Marathon in 2hr 15min 58sec.









BOSTON -- Desiree Linden, aptly named, broke a 33-year drought in a deluge. She won Monday's Boston Marathon on desire -- years and years of it layered over talent and discipline and resilience. It was a race that required putting mind over monsoon and finding a second wind stronger than the icy gusts that rattled runners' jackets like spinnakers ballooning on the open ocean. 

It was a day for an athlete who knew how to bail water from the boat and keep rowing, which is what Linden did when she thought she was about to sink. Rain-slicked asphalt turned the finishing stretch of Boylston Street into a mirror in which Linden could have seen all her unfulfilled ambitions staring back at her, had she chosen to look down. She kept her gaze forward, the hollows around her expressive eyes deepening with every step. She was outkicked in the last hundred meters of the 2011 race, a result that has both propelled and shadowed her career since.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Patriots Day, April 16, 2018, and The Boston Marathon



It's a cold rainy Marathon Monday. 

Good luck to all the runners.

We'll see you at the finish line.



Friday, April 13, 2018

OFF TO THE GREAT STATE OF MAINE FOR THE WEEKEND.


Be excellent to each other:






James Comey's new book must really be burning the Liar-in-Chief a/k/a "Pee Brain's" large orange arse.

He went on a Tweet storm this morning and showed America and the world once again what a low-class WATB he is.

Comey's book will sell in the millions, and America and the world will learn more about the slime bucket currently soiling the White House.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

#45 Tells the Russians and Syria Exactly What the U.S. Will Do!



President Spanky made fun of President Obama countless times for giving away to the enemy plans for what the U.S. was going to do in the Middle East.

Here is the feckless CiC telling Russia, Syria, and the world what the U.S. is going to do in the Middle East:




Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!



So now we have a CiC who uses Twitter to announce a military strike.

Remember this?:






And this:

Chris Cillizza on CNN:



"Was this tweet a purposeful kick-off of a missile launch? Did the top brass in the military know about it?Had they OK'd the language and timing of the tweet? Or was this just Trump popping off? Watching early morning cable TV, seeing a report about Russia's pledge to shoot down missiles aimed at Syria and thinking "I'll show them"? 

A tweet he sent less than an hour after his "get ready Russia" tweet seems to suggest the latter. "Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War," wrote Trump. 

"There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race? 

But, didn't he just tweet about Russia and Syria needing to get ready for some missiles headed their way?









My friend G.G. nails it with this comment:


"Trump says missiles ‘will be coming’ to Syria, taunts Russia for vowing to block them." says the headline. Yeah, right - we certainly don't remember Trump mocking Obama for stating his objectives against ISIS and 'warning the enemy.' 

This pathetic, failing, hysterical and afraid fool just takes things from minute to minute, impulse to impulse, reaction to reaction, lie to lie without a consistent thought or plan or even with enough knowledge to create one. What will he do when he realizes there's no way out for him? Everything he says and does screams GUILTY!"

SENATOR SCHUMER SCHOOLS THE CORRUPT GOP PRESIDENT ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

President Spanky Throws Another Tantrum



President Spanky blubbered and whined again about the investigation that he calls a "witch hunt" authorized by a Republican assistant attorney general who appointed a special counsel, also a Republican, and which is legal and ongoing.

#45 claimed that the FBI "raided" Trump's personal lawyer's office, seizing business records, emails, and documents, including information on Cohen's payment to Trump's porn-star mistress, Stormy Daniels. And then he went on to threaten firing Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein.

As usual, Trump doesn't know what the hell he's talking about, and he shows his appalling ignorance of the law and innate stupidity on how our government works.

Here's what others have to say about the torrent of gibberish and imbecility let loose by the supperating disgrace currently defiling the White House:





Richard H. Bernstein says it perfectly: "Mr. President, you are a lying sack of used food, a barrel of human toxic waste, a mendacious idiot. Nobody broke into anything -- the raids in question were pursuant to lawful warrants, and the entire procedure had to be vetted and approved at many different levels in the Justice Department and the court system. That you are throwing a tantrum about this matter shows only how guilty and inept you are."




Attorney Geoffrey Berman was appointed by Trump:


"Geoffrey Berman, currently serving as Interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York had to sign off on the warrants. He's a Trump appointee. How's that a witch hunt exactly? Mueller found evidence outside of his purview. He turned it over to the appropriate authorities. MANY hoops had to be jumped through to get these warrants approved. This isn't an attack on our country. It's an attack on the corrupt bastards that are abusing their power trying to undermine our country for their own gain. Trump is quite simply outsmarted and outgunned legally. There are no facts backing up his bullshit finger pointing."







Senator Chuck Schumer:

"Special Counsel Mueller, a Republican, has uncovered a deep and detailed pattern of Russian inteference in our elections that has led to indictments and guilty pleas. It has also led to the Trump administration itself leveling sanctions against Russian individuals for meddling in our elections, proof that it's not a so-called "witch hunt."



And let's not forget the law suit against America's Con Artist-in-Chief:  His fake Trump University:


Judge finalizes $25 million settlement for 'victims of Donald Trump's fraudulent university'



A federal judge in the Southern District of California on Monday finalized a $25 million settlement to be paid to attendees of the now-defunct real estate seminar called Trump University. Judge Gonzalo Curiel's decision came after an appeals court rejected arguments from a Florida woman who attended Trump University and said she wanted to pursue a separate lawsuit. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman called the settlement a victory for Trump U. "victims."

Monday, April 9, 2018

Those tariffs #45 wants imposed on Chinese-produced goods...




Ivanka's goods produced in China are exempt.

It's good to be the king's daughter!


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Ivanka Trump’s Chinese-Produced Clothing Exempt From New Tariffs:




"...Trump announced the first round of tariffs against Chinese steel and aluminum industries on March 1. In response, China announced its first round of tariffs against 120 American products–including many consumer products–at the beginning of April. 

Each round of tariffs was worth an estimated $50 billion. Trump eventually responded in turn–by announcing widespread tariffs against various Chinese industries. One Chinese industry that is notably not subject to those new U.S. tariffs, however, is the clothing manufacturing industry. 

According to a... report in the Washington Post: Many of the products branded by Ivanka Trump’s fashion and clothing line are manufactured in China. And China recently approved three new trademarks for Ivanka Trump’s brand there–on the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping in her official capacity as White House advisor. 

 Exempting clothing from the new round of U.S. tariffs therefore stands to immensely benefit the value of Ivanka Trump’s personal brand. Meanwhile, domestic clothing manufacturers have cried foul.


The nepotism and using the office of the POTUS by Ivanka to receive special favors for her businesses in China stinks like a cesspool.

#45 didn't drain the Swamp, he added more creatures to it. 


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On a humorous note, this poll was shown on FAUX NOOZ before Howard Kurtz yelled "Take it down!" 


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

#45 DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL HE'S TWEETING ABOUT








FIFTY YEARS AGO -- April 4, 1968


We will never forget.












"When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." -- MLK, August 1967

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The rot in the far right Evangelical mind


The text below explains why we are stunned by the far right "So What?" Christian Evangelicals and their situational morality. 

Adultery and lying is acceptable to them.  As long as the lying isn't under oath and as long as the adultery is only between Trump and his non-Russian mistresses, --  it's no big deal and no one else's business. 

"Why should Trump lose the presidency over such trivial matters," is their thinking.  Since there's nothing illegal about adultery or lying, the "So What?" Xtian Evangelicals are just peachy with Trump's behaviors.

They've chosen to ignore the fact that a Playboy bunny/Playmate was also having a 10-month affair with President Horn Dog just after his 3rd wife gave birth to his 5th child during his spanky-sexy time with Stormy Daniels.

Because none of those adulteries are illegal, the "So What?" Xtian Evangelicals are fine with Trump's alley-cat antics. However, when Bill Clinton was president and his bimbo eruptions and infidelities became public knowledge, those same people were apoplectic over Clinton's sordid and salacious life, and they denounced his promiscuous actions as a horrid example for America's youth. "What will we tell the children!?" they lamented.

Today, those same horrified Xtians dismiss President Spanky's priapic frolics by claiming he was a Democrat during the time of his adulteries. Their thinking  -- or rather situational justification -- is that when he became a member (!) of the GOP, he stopped his chronic surrender to satyriasis, and how he behaved and the payoffs to his mistresses are of no consequence, because now he's a Republican, and Jesus doesn't mind that he broke his marital vows, lied, and cheated on his wives time and time and time again. Amen.

Here's the thing. It's not just the fact that President Tightie Whities was being spanked and shagged by Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, and who knows who else. What the Situational Morality Xtians ignore is the possibly illegal contribution of $130,000 to Stormy during the 2016 campaign that may put President Hot Rod in legal jeopardy. 

I wonder how these hypocrites will dismiss that.

Here they are convincing themselves that President Spanky's a good man because none of his adulteries and lying about them (unless under oath) are illegal. 

Here's the rot in the far right Evangelical mind and what they're telling their children:  

"It's okay to cheat on your spouses and to lie about anything AS LONG AS IT'S NOT ILLEGAL and as long as you're a card-carrying member of the GOP! Got that, kiddies? Now go back and read your Bibles!"

Regular readers of P.E. will figure out where this tortuous excuse-making post came from. I refuse to link to it.





If the Stormy Daniels is true, then….


…..SO WHAT?

Is it illegal to mess around while you’re married?  Nope
Is it illegal to pay somebody off to keep quiet?   Nope
Can DJT be impeached for any of the above?  Nope
Is it illegal to lie about an affair unless you’re sworn to tell the truth?  Nope
Is she Russian?    (!)   Nope
What happens if it’s proven DJT slept with Daniels….
I got to thinking yesterday…What’s the BIG WOOP?

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The question they ask then is:  WHAT'S THE BIG WOOP?  
The answer is that people with even the smallest amount of morality and decency would find a man as devoid of probity and character as President Hanky-Spanky thoroughly repulsive and rotten to his debauched core.

And that, Dear Readers, is the POTUS that they support and admire.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Continuing Corruption in President Spanky's Administration



As a candidate, President Spanky bragged that he'd hire only "the best people" to serve in his administration. It's become apparent that, in reality, he's hired the best corrupt and/or inept people. 

Here's an up-to-date list of the "best people" he's had to fire or who've resigned from President Spanky's Swamp on the Potomac.



Who's next?  

The smell coming from The Swamp suggests that it may be Scott Pruitt:


Christie:  "I don't know how you survive this one."



EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt likely faces trouble over reports of his living in a condo co-owned by the wife of a top lobbyist for energy firms, said Chris Christie, an ABC News contributor and former governor of New Jersey.

“I don’t know how you survive this one, and if he has to go, it’s because he never should have been there in the first place,” Christie told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week” Sunday. 

 Christie, who initially headed President Donald Trump's transition team until he was replaced in that lead role, was critical of how the transition played out. 

 “This was a brutally unprofessional transition," Christie said. "This was a transition that didn’t vet people for this type of judgment issues."

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Anti-Muslim Bigots

Thank you Infidel753 and Mike's Blog Roundup at Crooks and Liars.




Read the report below and it will sound sadly familiar. Why? Because what the  murderous militiamen say in the report is exactly the tone and language used on certain far right blogs (you know which ones I mean) when they speak about Muslims. The only word in this report that the militiamen don't use is "vermin," but "cockroaches" has the same meaning.

This is exactly the kind of tone and language used in 1930s Germany referring to the Jews, and it's being used by Americans -- or rather people who claim to be Americans but in fact betray every ideal this country stands for.

When Americans start referring to fellow Americans -- American Muislims -- as "vermin" and "cockroaches," that dehumanizes an entire religion and culture so that exterminating them is not seen as evil, but a necessary cleansing, even if that cleansing means slaughtering one-year old babies -- just read the history of what the Nazis did to the Jews to understand how that works. 

The people who run the blogs that tolerate this dehumanization of Americans are worse than the Germans who participated in the Holocaust because those bloggers know the history of what happens when ignorant hateful people demonize whole cultures and religions and accept the idea that killing them all is a solution to a problem that exists only in their warped and evil minds.

BTW, the contributors to and owners of those certain blogs will see the militiamen reported below as heroes and not as a cancerous blight on America and all she stands for.

Yes. It can happen here. Militiamen and right wing bloggers are proving it.




Accused Terrorists Were So Extreme They Scared Other Anti-Muslim Bigots 



WICHITA, Kan. — Jurors in a federal courthouse Thursday were played recording after recording of three militia members spewing genocidal hatred of Muslims. The three men — Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen — are accused of being involved in a 2016 terrorism plot to bomb an apartment complex that housed Somali Muslim refugees and a mosque in Garden City, Kansas. 

In one recording played for the court Thursday, they can all be heard mapping out Muslim targets on Google Earth, dropping “pins” on a map of Garden City, each pin labeled “cockroaches.” “The fucking cockroaches in this country have to go, period,” Stein said in one recording. “They are the fucking problem in this country right now. They are the threat in this country right now.” “When we go on operations, there’s no leaving anyone behind, even if it’s a 1-year-old. I’m serious,” 

Stein said in another. “I guarantee if I go on a mission, those little fuckers are going bye-bye.” In another recording, the men discussed killing a Garden City landlord who owned a building occupied by Muslims and then raping the landlord’s wife and daughter. All to scare off other landlords from renting to Muslims.




The people who support Trump are quite comfortable with the labels "vermin" and with dehumanizing certain groups.


David Gerson, WaPo:


"...Trump’s policy proposals — the details of which Trump himself seems unconcerned and uninformed about — are symbolic expressions of a certain approach to politics. The stated purpose of Trump’s border wall is to keep out a contagion of Mexican rapists and murderers. His argument is not taken from Heritage Foundation policy papers. He makes it by quoting the racist poem “The Snake,” which compares migrants to dangerous vermin. 

Trump proposes to ban migration from some Muslim-majority countries because Muslim refugees, as he sees it, are a Trojan-horse threat of terrorism. Trump’s policy ideas are incidental to his message of dehumanization. 

 This is what we mean when we say to the media and to conservatives: don’t normalize. These are white supremacists and awful people. It may be a 60-40 losing fight within the Republican party but it’s a fight worth fighting. I mean, what could go wrong with accommodating Nazis?"