Daily Gnuz

G’day Maytes! Here’s the Gnuz for Froidaye

San Juan mayor hits back at Elaine Duke: ‘This is not a good news story. This is a people are dying story.’
H/T Politico
Shows you how completely removed from reality Drumpf and his minions find themselves. If they could, actually find anything that is..


Distrust of Senate grows within GOP
H/T The Hill
Yes, those few R-Sen folks who are realizing the damage the proposed legislation would do to their constituents should cause the rest of the R’s to question what they are doing. But not. And the next link from the hill is tangential to this.


GOP, drop the partisanship if you want to fix health care
H/T Again, the Hill
Seems like only McCain is left in the group that recognizes that negotiation and compromise has value in the art of governance.

Open Thread, enjoy one byte at a thyme
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24 thoughts on “Daily Gnuz

  1. A kid walked into a GameStop wearing a Kaepernick jersey. Two NFL players bought him an Xbox.

    Saundra Watts was getting her makeup done in the Dulles 28 Centre in Sterling on Tuesday, killing time while her dog was groomed at Petco, when her 10-year-old grandson, Jaden, came running into the store.

    “He’s jumping up and down, saying, ‘Nana! Nana! Nana! These two guys want to buy me an Xbox. You’ve got to come right now,’ ” Watts recalled in a phone interview on Thursday.


    When they entered GameStop, Jaden introduced Saundra to the two men in shorts and T-shirts who had made the generous offer: Washington Redskins running backs Keith Marshall and Rob Kelley.

    “Is it okay if we buy your son an Xbox?” Marshall asked Saundra, who was flattered Marshall thought she was Jaden’s mom. “I was like, ‘Really?’ Now mind you, I didn’t know they were Redskins, and neither did Jaden.”

  2. Oh, christ, we’re watching the video of Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, PR – how is even this slimy incompetent excuse for an administration NOT GETTING THAT THIS LIFE-AND-DEATH! Does someone have to sit our richie-rich cabinetry down to watch ‘Survivor’, and explain that Puerto Rico is like that, but worse? Does Lassie need to bark at them all to come and help?

    I cannot believe that our country has sunk so low. Fucking PARTY UBER ALLES – when the fuck are even the dumbest of citizens going to recognize that Republicans let a treasonous madman into our White House, and that madman and his rich-but-never-rich-enough madmen buddies are ripping off all of us little taxpayers and laughing all the way to Fort Knox to visit our, oops Yoink! their money.

    Fuck, I thought last week was bad enough, how many levels of hell on earth ARE there?

    • According to Dante’s ‘Inferno’, there are nine circles of hell, in this order:


      The First Circle is reserved, of course, for all those who are virtuous non-Christians (like me) or unbaptized Pagans (e.g. my dad). We get to spend eternity in an inferior sort of heaven. The other eight circles of hell are clearly reserved for Donald Trump, his compatriots and his supporters.

      San Juan’s Mayor, OTOH, will wind up in any one of Dante’s nine circles of heaven, aka the “nine levels of angelic harmony.” And when it happens, Trump will be, of course, really pissed, really ANGRY! and will shout “YOU’RE FIRED!” as she looks down on him and smiles.

  3. I just sent this to Speaker Paul Ryan:

    “When will the GOP “leadership” admit that president trump is an incompetent madman who is risking the lives of American citizens in Puerto Rico because he cannot understand the simple fact that they need food, water and medicine?

    The person occupying our White House is a self-centered idiot who is a danger to national security and MUST be removed from office as quickly as possible. He can only focus on tweeting juvenile insults at people who disagree with him, and, because he cannot admit for a single moment that something he did or didn’t do was WRONG, he turns any criticism into a personal vendetta, no matter how petty.

    We’ve got serious problems and American citizens dying – when are you going to speak out against the overgrown middle-school BULLY you pushed into the White House?


  4. Saw this article in the local online news, and I had to leave a comment after it: https://patch.com/new-york/southeast/odell-changes-location-anthem-rally-sunday

    “Colin Kaepernick, and those who are ‘taking a knee’ with him, has been protesting the unequal and often deadly treatment of people of color by our law enforcement officials. The protest has nothing to do with respect for the military, or for the flag, or for any reason other than for everyone’s civil rights and equal protection under the law as provided by our Constitution.

    Those who are making the Take A Knee protests out to be anti-flag, anti-military, anti-trump, or anti-American in any way, are deliberately turning a peaceful – in fact, silent – Constitutional protest into the equivalent of, say, a tiki-torch-bearing, Confederate-flag/Swastika-waving, armed crowd of Neo-Nazis, KKK, and white nationalists invading a formerly peaceful town shouting anti-Semitic and White-Power slogans. There is no equivalency, despite what some would have us all believe.

    And for all those folks who believe that flag-burning is unAmerican, please read the U.S. Flag Code.”

  5. Dickerson interviewed Paul Ryan in a warehouse that was described as a machine shop, on Face the Nation. I saw no machines. Ryan did his usual whining about how US companies pay higher taxes than foreign competitors, without comparing how much more military our companies must support than those foreign companies.

    The Trump apologists are whining about Puerto Rico didn’t have a good infrastructure before the hurricane, as if that would still be in existence now.
    To start with, I don’t think Trump even knew that Puerto Rico was part of the US, and I still don’t think he cares if they recover, since they didn’t help him get elected.

    • Trump grew up in New York, was raised by a racist father. When I was in college in AZ some fifty-plus years ago (when Trump was still a teeny-bopper) I learned — from a metro NYC classmate who had also escaped to AZ — that at least in those days, all the Puerto Ricans in NY (and there were a LOT) were known as ‘Spics.’ Kinda like Kikes (Jews), Wops (Italians), Ni**ers (all blacks), Chewys (Mexicans) . . . the list of names was endless, and mostly vitriolic. But the bottom line remained: they weren’t “white” like genuine Amurkkkans were. Today, I’m betting that Trump has to really work hard at NOT using those insulting names in general, and now — with Puerto Rico on the front page — in particular.

      Racial and ethnic fear/hatred so often do — sadly — define what this country is all about. And Trump has become the best and loudest messenger of that POV that I’ve seen in my lifetime. And it is, of course, really neat that he can play golf whenever he wants and still be able to tweet out those irrational hates and fears, each and all aimed at Puerto Rico and alladem lazy Spics down there.

      I mean, what more could any one of us really hope for in our President?

  6. This can get you to thinking.

  7. Since Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens if they move to a state can they then vote? Or, if Puerto Ricans had an address in a state to claim as their primary residence they could vote.

    Adopt a Puerto Rican voter.

  8. I had told my brother, Bobby, about the aforementioned local “Anthem Rally” – here’s his commentary:

    “OK. We did a drive by the rally, at the corner of Main and Fair Streets in Carmel. I’d say there were between 200 and 300 people there. Don’t be shocked, but I didn’t see a single black or brown person. All age groups were represented, with more than a few veteran type caps and jackets being worn.

    It is sad and unfortunate, and yes, frightening that so many Americans are so easily baited into thinking that any form of dissent is unpatriotic or even treasonous (unlike, say, colluding with a hostile foreign government to usurp our democratic process and “elect” a would be dictator). And then there’s the fact that the scattered knee taking around the NFL was well below radar until Trump apparently convinced his supporters that THIS is what’s wrong with America.

    I’m surprised that there is little discussion of the 2009 partnering of the NFL with DoD to market the military brand of patriotism with honor guards, fly-overs and giant flags as a prelude to large men battering each others brains to jelly (or, in the words of Kent Brockman, “sweet, sweet goo”).
    I really doubt that any of the people at the Carmel rally ever once questioned why we sing the national anthem before sporting events that have nothing to do with god, country or patriotism. I also doubt that anyone watching at home or in a bar actually stands up and sings along.”

    • To me, the grand irony is that a somber and non-violent action, performed solely to represent the seeking of genuine and universal equality amongst all peoples …

      … is considered to be, by far too many, an act of treason.

  9. 9 million kids get health insurance under CHIP. Congress just let it expire.

    Congress just allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provided low-cost health insurance to 9 million children, to expire.

    If action is not taken soon to restore the funding, the effects will become obvious in schools across the country, with many of the children in the program unable to see a doctor for routine checkups, immunizations, visits when sick and other services.

    The program, created under a 1997 law passed with bipartisan support during the administration of President Bill Clinton, provided coverage for children in families with low and moderate incomes as well as to pregnant women. It was instrumental in lowering the percentage of children who were uninsured from nearly 14 percent when it started to 4.5 percent in 2015. It was last reauthorized in 2015 and was due to be renewed by Sept. 30, 2017.

    Amid unsuccessful efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the Republican-led Congress allowed the CHIP deadline to pass without action.

    This was what they call in tennis, an unforced error. Unless they get this reauthorized quickly, it’s going to be another millstone around their necks in 2018. We may make the wave elections of 2006 and 2010 look mild by comparison.

  10. What we know so far about the Las Vegas shooting that left at least 50 people dead

    The police believe the shooter was a local individual. Authorities said they are not considering the attack an act of terror “at this point.”

    So … if a white Amurkkkan and probable “christian” is the shooter, there’s no terror involved, and the number of dead don’t count. Terror only shows up if the shooter’s a non-white furriner, prolly a muslim who hates us white Amurkkkans, and so sad if even ONE be dead. I think I’m finally catching on.

    “OH SAY CAN YOU SEE …” ???

    Yes, I think I finally can. “See.”

    • Fully automatic weapons with very large capacity feed.
      Female companion warned the crowd in advance.
      A lot of forethought went into this attack.
      He had to plan this. It wasn’t a spur of the moment idea.

        • “More pressing problems” — like what to do with alladem loudmouth and lazy Spics. All they want is our Amurkkkan money to fix the mess they built in the first place.

          We really need that wall, man.

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