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Happy Weekend Widdershins!

Suspicion and paranoia (?) seem to be ruling the W.H. these days.

Trump, according to Comey, was fixated on the “pee-pee tape” thing to the point of asking Comey to investigate it so that Melania would be reassured it didn’t happen.  Personally I could see it happening despite tRump’s protestations that he’s a “germophobe”.  His  hatred of Obama  is so strong that I could see him wanting to watch two hookers urinate on the bed that Obama and Michelle slept on in that room.

There’s his fixation on the 2016 election and the electoral college.  It’s been more than a year since he

Trust no one

became (ahem) President yet he keeps babbling on and on about it.  And then of course there is “Russia, Russia, Russia” and “no collusion”.  Add in his fixations with Sessions, Rosenstein and Mueller, plus the possibility that Michael Cohen might flip and the guy truly trusts no one.

So…let’s take a look at some songs about suspicions and add in a dash or two of paranoia.  Of course your contributions are welcomed.

(1) Suspicious Look In Your Eyes~The Hollies

(2) Gonna Be More Suspicious~Robin Trower

(3) Different Finger~Elvis Costello

(4) P2 Vatican Blues (Last Saturday Night)~George Harrison

(5) Another Town~Keith Whitley
“Somehow I’m a little bit suspicious in my mind”

(6) Paranoid~Black Sabbath

There ya go Widdershins – six songs of  suspicion and paranoia.

Open thread and your contributions are welcomed and appreciated.

 

 


 

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GOOD SUNDAY TO YOU WIDDERSHINS!

As I said in the comments to DYB’s post, I’ll be busy this weekend doing my taxes and getting ready to send the forms and money to the I.R.S.

Nevertheless, I have a couple of funny or amusing, or sad stories for y’all.

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This first one comes from…Floriduh and concerns a new high-speed rail line that runs between Miami through Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach.  This is a private rail line that provides the service.   It seems however that people there can’t seem to be able to…well…stay away from the tracks.  (It appears that one of these cases may have been a suicide)

Sunday’s victim was the fourth person to be struck and killed by a high-speed train since service began in January. Among the other deaths: a 51-year-old man on a bicycle, and a 32-year-old woman, both of whom tried and failed to beat oncoming trains after the gates had lowered, police told the Palm Beach Post.

Honestly, I have never understood this “trying to beat the gates” thing that folks do around trains.

Patrick Goddard, Brightline’s COO and president, said in January that the company was working with transportation officials to raise awareness about the train/

“We implore the public to be patient and not circumvent the safety devices in place to keep you safe,” Goddard said. “Your life is worth more than waiting a few extra seconds for a train to pass.”

As I said, I don’t get it with the awareness thing.  It’s a train.  Those are tracks.  In this case the train goes real fast.  Don’t argue with the train.

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Okay this next one is truly amusing.

So you think you’re being a whole lot safer and “cleaner” by using those hand air dryers in the restrooms?  Well, think again.

A study done by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine found that nope, that’s not true.

It turns out that those dryers in the bathrooms will help to spread around bacteria in those bathrooms.

Scientists comparing normal bathroom air to that blasted from hand dryer nozzles have found far more bacterial colonies develop in samples exposed to the latter. The results were published this month in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

And what type of bacteria do we find in bathrooms?  (Need you really ask?)

“Bacteria in bathrooms will come from feces, which can be aerosolized a bit when toilets, especially lidless toilets, are flushed,” study author Peter Setlow told Newsweek. The simple movement of lots of people in and out of the bathroom, shedding microbes from their skin, he said, adds to the messy picture.

Hand dryers suck up bathroom air and spew it out at speed. So, in the brief moments your hands rest below the nozzle, they’ll be exposed to far more air than usual—and far more bacteria.

So what’s the solution?

For now, Setlow (the study’s author) is sticking to paper towels—as is the University of Connecticut, which has added them to all 36 bathrooms surveyed in the study.

Lastly, since I’m working on taxes, here’s a very old Top Ten List from David Letterman on Top Ten Ways To Annoy An IRS Agent.

Open thread for this, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good Wednesday Widdershins!

 

 

(NOTE:  It’s difficult as hell to write a post a few days ahead and attempt to have the topic be timely.  Ya just can’t keep up with this stuff)

Our madamab is once again traveling and as they say on the teevee “on assignment” so I’m stepping here to lend a hand.

In some of my online readings a few days ago I stumbled upon this piece in Politico which, as the saying goes, left me gobsmacked.  In essence the piece says that according to a poll conducted by Monmouth University, more than three fourths of the respondents contacted said they believe that the “major news outlets” report “fake news”.  Heavens-to-Betsy!  I am so sick of hearing that phrase fake news.

From the Politico piece concerning the poll respondents said:

they believe that major traditional television and newspaper media outlets report “fake news,” according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday, marking a sharp increase in distrust of those news organizations from a year ago, when 63 percent registered concerns about the spread of misinformation.

And further, of those folks:

31 percent said they believe those media outlets spread “fake news” regularly, and 46 percent said it happens occasionally.

And guess what?  It’s not just the Trumpsters and Repubs who believe this about fake news.  From Monmouth:

The belief that major media outlets disseminate fake news at least occasionally has increased among every partisan group over the past year, including Republicans (89% up from 79% in

2017), independents (82% up from 66%), and Democrats (61% up from 43%). In addition to the fact that a clear majority of Democrats now believe that traditional media outlets report fake news at least occasionally, the poll also finds that a majority of Republicans (53%) feel this happens on a regular basis (up from 37% in 2017).

I also found this information from Monmouth interesting:

Attention has also focused on the role of social media platforms in the propagation of fake news. Nearly 9-in-10 Americans (87%) believe that outside groups are trying to plant fake news stories on social media sites like Facebook and YouTube. More than two-thirds (71%) say this is a serious problem – including 81% of Republicans, 69% of independents, and 67% of Democrats.

I found that number of Repubs interesting since we all know now that a good bit of that fake news was generated to benefit the Repubs and the talking yam in particular.  So I wonder if those Repubs who were polled know that yes there’s fake news because their supporters, backers and dark money sources were responsible for it?  Perhaps not and it’s just typical Republican paranoia because the Monmouth piece also said:

[Note: the interviews for this poll were conducted prior to recent stories about Cambridge Analytica’s data mining of Facebook user profiles, which, while not directly a “fake news” issue, is related to the topic.]

So there’s that, I guess.

But further, what the hell even is “fake news”?  Margaret Sullivan from Wapo attempts to answer that.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master — that’s all.”

Sullivan contends (and I agree with her) that the original idea of “fake news” has been twisted and turned around from its original meaning.

I’ve been arguing for more than a year that the term should be shunned because its original meaning — that is, fabricated stories intended to fool you — has been so purposely blurred and tainted.

Sullivan explains the difference (and btw, I think that some of the “fake news” stories can also fall into the category of clickbait ).

Are we talking about factual journalism that a politician doesn’t like (for example, The Washington Post’s reporting on the sexual misconduct of former Alabama judge Roy Moore, which his wife labeled “fake news”)? Or about flat-out lies such as “the pope has endorsed Donald Trump” that circulated on social media during the presidential campaign?

Altogether, this poll is not good news for the Fourth Estate.  Let’s face it, the number of folks out there who fall into the category of Republican and paranoid is large.  As the image at the top says, ignorance can be educated and crazy (paranoid) medicated, but that damned stupid…nope ya can’t fix that.

Open thread of course and also what’s on your minds today?

About the video below:  Just because there’s a sign that reads “live music” doesn’t necessarily mean live music = good music. 

 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

Once again, this is going to be a short post.  But, I’ll be doing the Tuesday post for m.b. as she is covered up with work issues.

Still sore where I believe the oral surgeon gave me the injections and also still having pain in my forehead and around eyes (at the time I’m writing this post).  The oral surgeon told me that the roots to the tooth were awfully close to my sinuses so I’ll attribute that pain to the forehead/eyes thing.

So here’s a quick youtube video to laugh at. I’ve set this to start right when Fields gets back to his dental office.  I know some of the comedy and terms are rather dated but this was from the 1930s. Hope you enjoy!

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Edited to add:

Open Thread of course.

It’s a wild and horrifying time in our country’s history. The Russian, GOP, Comey and media-installed traitor in the White House has been in the job about 13 and a half months, and he has truly realized that he owns the Republican Party. They have only drawn one red line: Do not, in any way, get Robert Mueller fired. Other than that, they appear to be all right with absolutely anything he wants to do.

This is not normal.

When he attacks private citizens on Twitter, it’s not normal. The GOP should have already impeached him.

When he fires people via Tweet, it’s not normal. The GOP should have already impeached him.

When he attacks the media for telling the truth about him and his corruption, and his incompetency, and his treason, it’s not normal. The GOP should have already impeached him.

When he attacks the FBI, it’s not normal. The GOP should have already impeached him.

When he attacks NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem, it’s not normal. The GOP should have already impeached him.

When he nominates crooked, unqualified, idiotic crackpots to be Cabinet members, it’s not normal. The GOP shouldn’t have confirmed a single one of them.

When he causes the market to fluctuate wildly by starting ridiculous trade wars, or making up crazy lies about the Post Office and Amazon, it’s not normal. The GOP should have already impeached him.

When he goes golfing for about 1/3 of his Presidency, it’s not normal. The GOP should have already impeached him.

When he has Jared and Ivanka go to foreign countries without anyone from the State Department, to set up corrupt deals with heads of countries so he can further monetize the Presidency, it’s not normal. The GOP should have already impeached him.

Most of all, when he unilaterally decides to ignore every rule and norm of how to govern this country, and starts consolidating all the power into his own hands, it’s not normal.

What could be the reason for the GOP’s supine nature? Is it fear of their own base, now wholly owned by the Orange Blob oozing all over the lamé curtains in the Oval office?

No, I don’t think so. I think it’s fear of Russia.

Remember when I asked the question, a while back, “How long has Russia been in control of the Republican Party’s agenda?” I connected many dots, fully acknowledging that the proof was not yet quite there.

Now, it is. The missing piece is: The NRA.

You know all that money the NRA gives to only Republican candidates, starting in 2014? It comes from Russia.

However, the NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump – triple what the group devoted to backing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors.

Two people with close connections to the powerful gun lobby said its total election spending actually approached or exceeded $70 million. The reporting gap could be explained by the fact that independent groups are not required to reveal how much they spend on Internet ads or field operations, including get-out-the-vote efforts.

And/or, it could be explained by the fact that they also gave money to Republican candidates and leaders to ensure their compliance when the election was stolen for their puppet.

Honestly, what other reason is there for their behavior? Trump isn’t doing anything for them. He certainly isn’t getting them re-elected. Yes, they barely passed the tax cuts, but gee, how will they spend their newfound riches when nuclear war annihilates us? John F*cking Bolton as SOS?! How in the world is this okay?

Are you seriously telling me none of these people care at all? You know some of them have to…and yet, they do nothing, they say nothing. Why, if not kompromat and terror of being Putin’s latest poisoning victim?

At the end of the post I linked to, I wrote,

“Let’s hope Mueller has a really, really big shovel. I think the dirt is a lot deeper than anyone suspected.”

Well, I’m seeing now that it’s both deep, and wide. I think we have not even begun to realize what has happened to our country while giant swaths of America elected Republican governors and legislators, who then gerrymandered their way into an almost permanent majority. Not only are Republicans profoundly lacking in any kind of moral character, and in the pockets of the wealthy; they’re also agents of a foreign power.

If Trump had never been “elected,” would we ever have found this out?

This. Is. Not. Normal. Always remember, and never stop asking why.

This is an open thread.

Since I may have not given this enough time last week
I’ll repost today so DYB can add some Madonna vids

 

HAPPY SPRING WIDDERSHINS (I THINK)

The calendar told us that Tuesday was the Spring Equinox but for some of us it still seems as if winter hasn’t gone away.  Our dear northeast Widdershins had Winter Storm Xanadu or something like that this week and I think I heard that there may be another one headed that way.  Nevertheless let’s take a look at some songs about spring.  Perhaps we will at least get in a springlike mood.  And let’s face it: it’s a break from the vulgar talking yam and the insane crap he’s been pulling lately.

There are tons and tons of songs out there but I’ll include a few that I knew of and others that I found.

(1) Mendelssohn~Spring Song

(2) The Beach Boys~Spring Vacation

(3) Bill Evans Trio~Spring Is Here

(4) Billie Holiday~Some Other Spring

(5) Frédéric Chopin~Spring Waltz (although supposedly not Chopin)

(6) Ella Fitzgerald~I Got The Spring Fever Blues

So there you go Widdershins; a nice half dozen spring or springish songs.  Please add your choices in the comments below.

Open thread of course.

 

 

Good Tuesday, all! I hope those who can do so are joining the #MarchforOurLives this weekend. The kids need our support, and they really are making a difference. Just one example: did you see that the Rethug who slammed Emma Gonzales has now been shamed into dropping out of his 2018 race? Yeah baby, she’s too big for him to take down…and she’s a 17-year-old girl!

I’m afraid this is a bit of a rant today, Widdershins. I am so, so, SO TIRED of the utter lack of common sense that informs our political discourse! What is it about these (mostly white men) pundits that causes them to twist themselves into pretzels to avoid the clear and simple truth? Is it that hard to say one thing is right, and another is wrong?

Let’s take the big “mystery” about the Mango (F*cking) Moron’s motivations. The bloviators on my Teevee have adopted the frame that there are two possible explanations for our pResident’s outrageously anti-democratic behavior:

1) He’s innocent of collusion with Russia, and is melting down all over Twitter because he doesn’t like people looking into his money laundering, I mean, challenging his legitimacy as President; I mean, proving his cheating on Melania, I mean, delving into his “business;” or

2) He’s guilty as sh*t.

Let’s examine these options, shall we?

From a common sense perspective, option 1) is a complete non-starter. Yes, 45 is dirtier than a frat house after a hazing; in addition, all of his nefarious deeds are done so incompetently, it only takes a tiny scratch to uncover a mountain of doo-doo. (Stormy Daniels, anyone?) A stellar investigator like Robert Mueller can find enough to send him and his entire disgusting crime family to jail, without a single bead of sweat crossing his forehead.

But let’s use our common sense: just because Drumpf may not want Mueller to look into all those things, doesn’t mean he’s innocent of collusion. (And please, let’s not forget that he admitted to obstruction of justice on national Teevee. Come ON!)

More to the point, DOZENS of Trump’s staffers and appointees have deep ties to Russia. During the campaign, of course, there were even more, like Manafort, Flynn, Page and Papadopolous – now indicted and/or cooperating with Mueller.

What is the innocent explanation for all of these Russian connections? Has there ever been a single Presidential candidate, of any Party, in the last several decades, who had a single Russian-connected staffer or adviser? Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Did you remember to phrase the answer in the form of a question? I was looking for, “What is OH HELL NO?”

Given that there is no chance #1 is viable, and that, in fact, we’ve known it ever since Flynn and Manafort joined the campaign in 2016…why is the media still pushing that flawed narrative? Why is anyone allowed on TeeVee to propagate the myth of victimized 45, the horribly maligned innocent who is “just” a lying, cheating, grifting, tantrum-throwing man-child being mercilessly targeted by the Deep State, ELEVEN?

I see this narrative taking shape. It’s been built over the past year, brick by brick, outrageous lie by outrageous lie; and it has weight and mass now. There are documents to support it, there are mountains of tweets, and there are repeated assertions by (formerly) respected Goopers like Chuck Grassley, that the real collusion was with Russia and Hillary Clinton. Drumpf spends all day on Twitter screaming “WITCH HUNT!” and yelling that the FBI is corrupt and full of mean Democrats who hate him. Most of the media is being led around by the nose, or is bought off, or is complicit. People like Kellyanne ConJob and other malevolent purveyors of “alternate facts” are repeatedly allowed to spew their corrosive fake news without ever being held to account. Why? What is so hard about saying “That’s a lie?”

Back over here in reality, there simply isn’t an innocent explanation for the feces-throwing baboon’s behavior. Therefore, Trump is guilty of conspiracy. He is a traitor who stole the election with the help of Russia and its puppet, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

I’m going to go a bit farther, and say that I fully believe the election of 2016 was illegitimate. The Russians were in the voting machines, but we’re supposed to believe they just squatted for months, then left? They were in our country hiring actresses to play Hillary in prison. We’re supposed to believe these spies did nothing else in America?

Nope, I don’t believe the Russians had access to our votes, but because they’re so trustworthy, they didn’t change any. I don’t believe Drumpf “won” by a suspiciously small amount of votes that “happened” to swing in just the right states. I don’t believe it’s okay for a campaign to steal personal data from a social media platform and weaponize it to mind-f*ck unsuspecting people into voting for a corrupt sexual predator, against all reason and logic. Why? Because I have common sense, and I don’t believe in ridiculous lies. Why won’t the media stop pretending that lies are an acceptable alternative to truth?

The kids from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas have common sense. They have standing, and they have nothing to lose, and they tell it like it is. That is why they are so powerful that nasty, lying politicians break against their strength, like porcelain shatters against granite.

The truth is unbreakable. And it’s coming for Drumpf and his Kremlin Kabal. May the media and Facebook also reap what they’ve sown.

This is an open thread.


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Kellyanne Conway’s new job

So similar

Take the kids to work? NO!

That moment when *your* pussy gets grabbed

You go gurl! h/t Adam Joseph

“The” Book

Nice picture of our gal

Time till the Grifter in Chief is Gone

Hopefully soonerJanuary 21st, 2021
2.7 years to go.

Mueller Time!

Wise Words from Paul Ryan

Heroine of the Resistance

B-I-N-G-O!

Only the *best* politicans bought by the NRA

Marching for their lives

Perfect Picture

Perfect Name For Him h/t Daily News

Scary a.f.

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