Sunday, March 31, 2019
Overlooking the problem
Jeanine Pirro returns
On SNL thanks to Cecily Strong
Maher with Buttigieg
SNL plays Telephone with the Mueller report
The cold open
NRA Tots & Prayers
He is lots of people
The way of Trump
Saturday, March 30, 2019
I'm On My Way
Studying his daily script
From the pen of Monte Wolverton
Including all redactions
She still can't win
Works For Him
Running reality based on fantasy
So you have an imaginary friend who talks to you when you want to justify your next move. Now picture using that imaginary friend 'helping' you make life or death decisions that affect millions of people. You too could be Mike Pompeo. Our Secretary of State, who works for a man who has no clue about foreign policy, makes no bones about being guided by the imaginary invisible sky demon of an ancient, small and disgruntled tribe of shepherds in the Middle East.
An evangelical Christian, Mr. Pompeo had just returned from tours of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built on the ground where Jesus is said to have been crucified and buried, and of tunnels beneath the Western Wall, by the holiest site in Judaism. The interviewer posed a question around a biblical tale about a queen who saved Jews from slaughter by a Persian official: Did Mr. Pompeo think President Trump had been “raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace?”All these rapture-ready evangelicals cherish the Jews because they are a necessary sacrifice for The Rapture. The Rapture is the end of the world base don The Book of Revelations, a series of hallucinogenic trips probably induced by low level ergot poisoning or perhaps brain damage in the writer. Regardless, someone heard voices in their head, wrote them down and in one of the great catastrophes of the world, got it included in the books of the New Testament. And the result is a president who iss't smart enough to stop a Secretary of State who believes if he kills of the Jews the world will end and the voice in his head will lift him up to Heaven. If anything goes anywhere after death, Mike ain't going up.
“As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,” Mr. Pompeo said. “It was remarkable — so we were down in the tunnels where we could see 3,000 years ago, and 2,000 years ago, if I have the history just right — to see the remarkable history of the faith in this place, and the work that our administration’s done, to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains. I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”
White evangelical Christians are a powerful force in the Republican Party. Vice President Mike Pence is a staunch believer and former President George W. Bush is an adherent, too.
But no secretary of state in recent decades has been as open and fervent as Mr. Pompeo about discussing Christianity and foreign policy in the same breath. That has increasingly raised questions about the extent to which evangelical beliefs are influencing American diplomacy.
On Monday, in a speech at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel group, Mr. Pompeo told an anecdote about Tibor Baranski, a Christian who saved 3,000 Jews in Hungary during World War II. Then he said, “As secretary of state and as a Christian, I’m proud to lead American diplomacy to support Israel’s right to defend itself.”
The next day, Mr. Pompeo announced an expansion of Trump administration anti-abortion policies, saying the United States would stop funding foreign organizations that support other groups that perform abortions. It is a policy popular with conservatives, Catholics and evangelical Christians.
Though Mr. Trump is secular, white evangelicals are a big part of his voter base, and some of his major foreign policy moves, planned or supported by Mr. Pompeo, are intended to shore up political support.
Studies show that white evangelicals are much more likely than other Americans to believe that Israel fulfills a biblical prophecy. Known as Christian Zionists, they believe God promised the land to the Jews, and that the gathering of Jews in Israel is foretold in the prophecy of the rapture — the ascent of Christians into the kingdom of God.
Mr. Pompeo talks about the rapture. “We will continue to fight these battles,” he said at a “God and Country Rally” in 2015, because there is a “never-ending struggle” until “the rapture.”
“Be part of it,” he said at the meeting, at the Summit church in Wichita, Kan. “Be in the fight.”
Peace of Mind
Bill Maher rebrands socialism
Deathy the Friendly Tombstone
Better role models than Dad
Then and Now
Lest We Forget
Friday, March 29, 2019
Not the Only Fool in Town
Donny points out his people
Because he is that stupid
And while he spouts nonsense his minions have gnawed away at the vitals of American government so there is no longer any sort of coherent and competent immigration system in this country. Mango Mussolini's latest policy fart is to close the Mexican border if Mexico doesn't do what he wants.
President Trump on Friday called on Mexico to stop all illegal immigration, escalating a repeated threat by adding a timeline: Mr. Trump said he would close large swaths or all of the southern border as early as “next week” if the Mexican government did not "immediately” stop all undocumented migrants.Total incompetents running a functioning system into the ground and, as usual, there is nothing to take its place if Mango's stupid posturing gets him his way.
The threat to close the border is one Mr. Trump has made and not followed through on before — he suggested closing it during the December government shutdown, and also earlier this week in accusing Central American governments of squandering American aid. But he has not yet attached a short time frame to taking such a drastic measure.
“This would be so easy for Mexico to do,” Mr. Trump said in a string of Twitter posts. “Besides, we lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking etc.), that the Border closing would be a good thing!”
The president has also attached this round of threats to increasingly harsher language about the thousands of people who have tried to flee violence and poverty on their way to the United States.
The evening before Mr. Trump threatened to close the border, he appeared at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he went on an extensive and angry screed about immigration, calling the problem an “invasion” and referring to the plight of asylum seekers as a “big fat con job.”
Mr. Trump’s comments about the border come just as the White House is shifting its efforts squarely over to winning 2020 voters. The administration has only a nascent plan for health care, a deciding issue for voters, but the issue of undocumented immigration has always been red meat for his base.
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It was not clear which parts of the border the president would close if Mr. Trump is not satisfied with the actions Mexico would take to tamp down on illegal border crossings.
Administration officials this week said the situation has become untenable. In a news conference in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of the federal Customs and Border Protection, said that an influx of migrants had reached a “breaking point.”
Thumbnail Bio of Slick Mick Mulvaney
Jar Jar Binks of the Senate
Stephen Colbert takes it to Mike Lee
An American Statement
They said they would, now what will you do?
You know he would
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Ain't Gonna Bother
Rosie & the Riveters
Because I care so much
All over but the crowning ?
Friendly Officer Bill saves the day
Every day he gets worse
We have long known that about Mango Mussolini but it is holding true about his latest pick for the Fed, Stephen Moore. In addition to knowing nothing of value about economics and not paying his taxes, he had a big hand on Sam Brownback's tax disaster in Kansas.
President Trump’s likely nominee for the Federal Reserve’s board of governors helped shape the deep tax cuts that were blamed for years of budget shortfalls under former Gov. Sam Brownback.And there is another lie because there is no one capable of tying a shoelace who has any respect for Stephen Moore as an economist. And his efforts on behalf of the worst tax idea to ever come down the pike merely reinforces that well earned contempt.
Trump announced on Twitter last week that he plans to nominate Stephen Moore, his 2016 campaign’s economic adviser, to the seven-member board of governors for the Federal Reserve, the independent agency which oversees monetary policy and regulates the banking industry.
The prospect of a seat on the Fed for Moore, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation who has called for board chairman Jerome Powell to be fired, rankles Democrats. They see the former Wall Street Journal editorial board member as unqualified for the position.
“I think Moore was selected because Trump read an article or he saw him on TV and he liked him and that was as far as it went. I don’t see him as a qualified person to be on the Fed,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, which handles nominations to the board.
“This is essentially a lifetime… a years and years long appointment lasting through presidents. You don’t give these away lightly like Trump already has.”
Members of the board serve staggered 14-year terms. The most recent appointee, former Kansas Bank Commissioner Michelle Bowman, was confirmed by the Senate on a 64-34 vote last year.
Democrats will likely use Moore’s role in Brownback’s “real live experiment” against him even though the Fed does not directly deal with tax policy.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, pointed Tuesday to Moore’s role in shaping Trump’s 2017 tax cuts when he panned the likely nomination.
“Mr. Moore doesn’t have the background. He’s a politician. He’s political. He’s always wanted cut taxes, cut taxes, cut taxes. He’s one of the reasons we have such a big deficit now because of his advocacy,” Schumer said.
The White House declined to comment on Democratic criticism of Moore or say anything about the prospective nominee beyond the president’s initial tweet, which described Moore as a “very respected Economist.”
No one is coming to save us but us
Don't you want to meet Jesus?
Stephen Colbert on GOP plans and more
Without redeeming social value
Socialism - Nothing more than what people want
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Love You Most
Laura Jean Anderson
Here we go again
From the pen of Kevin Siers
Worked good the first time
For my next trick
Bar None, Almost
Skilled at the Art of No
Republicans have once again proved themselves masters at saying No to anything that might improve life for the majority of Americans if it means even the smallest cost to the richest.
While most Senate Republicans are saying climate change is real, they’re struggling to come up with a comprehensive strategy for dealing with an issue that looms as a potential flashpoint in 2020 congressional election campaigns.In their efforts to deny reality, the Republicans have stood foursquare in the way of new and potentially hugely profitable industries, which may seem strange to a so-called pro-business party, but Republicans have always preferred the smell of old money.
Most GOP senators agreed with Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, who said “climate change is real. Humans contribute to climate change.”
But Republicans were wary of supporting any plan that sounds likely to expand the reach of government.
“We’re not going to recommend an alternative takeover by the government of the economy,” Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said, “but we should encourage innovation which will help clean the environment by providing incentives for that sort of research. It’s the same things we’ve always done.”
Another complication is that Republicans don’t agree on the scope of the climate change crisis.
“There are those that think the Green New Deal is a moral imperative and it may well be,” Roberts said. “But farmers feeding the world is also a moral imperative.”
Even if the GOP came up with a big plan, it would require an OK from President Donald Trump, who’s not sure what’s causing the problem.
“I think something’s happening. Something’s changing and it’ll change back again. I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference. But I don’t know that it’s man-made,” Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in October.
Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, had similar thoughts.
“Most people on the alarmist side of this haven’t even thought this through at all,” he said. “I do know that all the people who blame everything on man have completely ignored the fact of what nature did before man.”
How to fight climate change is emerging as an important issue in 2020 congressional elections.
A December Quinnipiac University poll found 61 percent thought extreme weather events of the past few years are related to climate change. Two-thirds of those polled by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal that month said immediate or some action should be taken to curb climate change.
The issue is of particular concern to younger voters. About two-thirds of those 18 to 34 years old say climate change stands to have “a significant negative effect on the world” during their lives, well above the numbers registered for other age groups.
The issue could be particularly crucial in Democratic primaries. Quinnipiac found 92 percent of Democrats were very or somewhat concerned about climate change, compared to 36 percent of Republicans.
Republicans are defending vulnerable Senate seats in states hard-hit by those trends in recent years, notably Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa. Democrats need a net gain of four seats next year to win control of the Senate, three if a Democratic presidential candidate wins.
In the House, where Republicans are likely to need a net gain of 18 seats to win control, they face tough races to regain four Democratic-held districts in New York, four more in New Jersey, three in Iowa and two in Virginia, all areas where climate change is an important topic.
The Democrats’ Green New Deal, spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, is a series of broad goals meant to stem the impact of climate change. It has turned into a fierce political weapon for both parties.
Lucky he speaks like a toddler
Trevor Noah of the liars
Fox News would be a test pattern
Stephen Colbert on liars on TV
Another broken Trump promise
How to Murder The Truth
The kids didn't get the memo
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Please Don't Give Up On Me
Letting the big one go
Untrained pilot and no working sensors
40 seconds to save your life
And the lives of everybody else flying with you. That is the amount of time pilots in a 737 Max8 simulator to correct an MCAS error similar to the one believed to have caused the crash of two planes so far. And these pilots had been trained on how to deal with the problem if it occured.
During flight simulations recreating the problems with the doomed Lion Air plane, pilots discovered that they had less than 40 seconds to override an automated system on Boeing’s new jets and avert disaster.40 seconds of Hell with the possibility of extending it to several minutes, all the time asking WHY? That's no way to fly a plane. I fear that HAL 9000 may have arrived sooner than we thought it would.
The pilots tested a crisis situation similar to what investigators suspect went wrong in the Lion Air crash in Indonesia last fall. In the tests, a single sensor failed, triggering software designed to help prevent a stall.
Once that happened, the pilots had just moments to disengage the system and avoid an unrecoverable nose dive of the Boeing 737 Max, according to two people involved in the testing in recent days. Although the investigations are continuing, the automated system, known as MCAS, is a focus of authorities trying to determine what went wrong in the Lion Air disaster in October and the Ethiopian Airlines crash of the same Boeing model this month.
The software, as originally designed and explained, left little room for error. Those involved in the testing hadn’t fully understood just how powerful the system was until they flew the plane on a 737 Max simulator, according to the two people.
Compounding the flaws, pilots received limited training about the system before the first crash. During the final minutes, the captain of the Lion Air flight flipped through a technical manual trying to figure out what was happening.
In a tacit acknowledgment of the system’s problems, Boeing is expected to propose a software update that would give pilots more control over the system and make it less likely to trigger erroneously, according to three people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private meetings.
There are common procedures in place to counteract MCAS, as currently designed. If the system starts pushing the plane’s nose down, pilots can reverse the movement via a switch at their thumb, a typical reaction in that situation. In doing so, they can potentially extend the 40-second window, giving them more time to avoid a crash.
To fully neutralize the system, pilots would need to flip two more switches. That would shut off the electricity to a motor that allows the system to push the plane toward the ground. Then the pilots would need to crank a wheel to correct whatever problems had emerged.
The pilots, in the simulations, followed such procedures to successfully shut off the system and land safely. But they did so with a far better understanding of how it worked and prior knowledge that it would be triggered — benefits that the pilots of the fatal 737 Max crashes did not have.
If pilots don’t act hastily enough, attempts to disable the system can be too late. In the Lion Air crash, pilots used the thumb switch more than two dozen times to try to override the system. The system kept engaging nonetheless, most likely because of bad readings from a sensor, until the plane crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.
John Cox, an aviation safety consultant and a former 737 pilot, said pilots are highly likely to use the thumb switch to extend the 40-second window to several minutes. But that may still not be enough time to diagnose and solve the problem, especially if the pilots, like the Lion Air crew, were not informed of the system.
Mueller's Last Chapter
I'm sorry that you are a terrible president
Stephen Colbert apologizes
Identify the problem
Poisonous Australian Toad
Monday, March 25, 2019
That's not spin, that's a lie
Tom Tomorrow has looked at the current GOP 'spin' on the Barr letter crudely summarizing the Mueller report.
And then a miracle happened
From the pen of Kevin Siers
It's a good actl
You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave!
They both agree
How it's done
Who you gonna believe ?
Sunday, March 24, 2019
The Incredible Shrinking Bone Spur
From the pen of Steve Sack
A MAGAt's Hopes & Dreams
When everybody piles on
A flood of problems on the farm
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