Daily Gnuz

Wednezday, Humpf Day, and Here’z the Gnuz!

Senate GOP Hold-Outs Moving To ‘Yes’ On Tax Bill After Promises From Trump, Leadership
H/T TPM
Here we go, down the primrose lane…with thorns for the 99% and gilded lillies for the 1%

And,
North Korea’s latest missile test went more than 10 times higher than the space station
H/T Vox
Looks like they are almost nuclear capable…Scary sheiss considering the two leades are 40 years apart chronologically, but are mirror images of themselves egotistically and emotionally.
Trump retorts… “I will only tell you, we will take care of it”. Hopefully he will do something more productive than shatting himself.
Finally,

Trump Says He’ll Blame Democrats If The Government Shuts Down
H/T C&L
It doesn’t matter what the Prezidunce calls it, or who he blames for it. The Republicans control the government, and they will own it. All the way to November 2018.

Open Thread, Glad hand it, then put it back on the shelf!

RUCerious @TPZoo

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Daily Gnuz

It be Tuesday, and herein be the gnuzes


A conservative group tried to plant a fake Roy Moore allegation in the Washington Post. It failed.
A woman said Moore got her pregnant at 15. Her story unraveled under scrutiny.

H/T Vox
James O’Keefe faceplants with another malicious attempt to undermine the free press

And


We Are Living in Perilous Times—And Yet There Is a Promising Movement Afoot
Citizens are not sitting idly watching our democracy go under.

H/T Alternet
A glimmer of hope yet shines…Resist!

Finally,

The Memo: GOP Fears Trump Turmoil During Tax Push
H/T The Hill
And well they should fear Turmoil. Isn’t that Donald’s middle name? All the insults, slanders, slights and arrogance come home to roost, as McCain, Flake, and others sink this effort.

Open Thread, if you must kick ass, please be nice to the donkeys.
RUCerious @ TPZoo

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Mundane Munday, and herein be the Gnuz…

States preparing for children’s health insurance program to run out of funding: report
H/T The Hill
Salient quote: Nearly a dozen states are readying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides insurance to low-income children, to run out of funding, according to a report from The Washington Post.
Five states are at risk of running out of funding for their individual programs by late December, according to the report. Other states reportedly have enough money to keep their programs afloat for a few more months at least.

Tax cuts for the rich, lumps of effing coal for the children. Republican’ts

And,

Congress stares down shutdown amid December deluge
H/T Politico
Lessee, Tax reform, gummint shutdown over budget, CHIP, DACA, Hurricanes, all in a septic stew of sexual abuse and groping allegations, a special pervert election in Alabama, Corker, Flake, Johnson, McCain, Collins not happy, what could possibly go awry>?

Finally,
‘Some actions can’t be forgiven’: Strategist says GOP will pay dearly for supporting Roy Moore
H/T Raw Story
Salient quote: Republican strategist Rick Wilson published a blistering essay at The Daily Beast on Sunday in which he said the GOP is committing an unforgivable sin by supporting “child-molesting, law-breaking, edge-case whackjob” Roy Moore.
Moore, he said, “will stain the Senate and the Republican party with his creepy sexual predilections, his contempt for the rule of law, his thinly-veiled racial animus, and his role in the firmament of Bannonite political arsonists.”

Just another day in wingnuttia, as the sexual predator prezidunce gives the sexual predator candidate a lift. How low will the Alabama electorate go, that is the question.

Open Thread, chew thoroughly then take a cleansing breathe.

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

For Sunday, from the Pacific Northwest, where the liquid sunshine will pour from the skies today. Stay warm and dry folks!

How to future-proof the West’s economies
H/T The Politico Cabinet
An interesting take, worth reading. I disagree with some of the positions taken, but in general it is food for thought. Ergo, Trumpistas need not apply their meager intellects.

And,
CNN fires back at Trump: It’s your job to represent the US to the world
H/T The Hill
Once again, the prezidunce flunks the basic exam question, ‘whose job is it to represent this country to the world’. A great big effing “F”.

Finally,
Time On Trump’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Claim: ‘The President Is Incorrect’
H/T TPM
Prezidunce Tweeters:
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
The Preziduncial Ego runneth AMOK.

Open Thread, chew on it then spit it out!

RUCerious @TPZoo

The Sechny-Schneider Thanksgiving, 2017

Some scenes from our Thanksgiving, courtesy of friend and prolific photographer Lisa Nagy Isaacson:

Some of the food:
While we mostly drank champagne/mimosas, we also test-tasted this not-at-all-bad “Covfefe” wine Our niece Emily with Wayne’s sister Judy.My brother Bobby with one of his oldest friends from the neighborhood, Saul Isaacson.Mike and Emily, slaving away in the kitchen.

Mike and his mother, Mary.

Saul and Judy perusing, as far as I recall, DIckens.

Saul and his wife (and now our family photo archivist, as I told her) Lisa.

Wayne and I melting into the couch.  Those plush ‘drumsticks’ you see in the foreground were actually Thanksgiving-themed ‘party’ headgear, which we were forced to wear for a photograph later, and which I will NOT post here (or anywhere else!)

Several (many many) Mimosas later, after some wonderful NY cheesecake over which some of us drizzled a maple/cream/pecan sauce, Wayne and I headed home to our hungry kitties.  It was an enjoyable visit that, now that we’ve gotten more used to the newer ‘family and friends’ dynamics, we’re looking forward to more and more each holiday.

I hope that all of our Zoo family and friends enjoyed just as comfortable – and tasty! – Thanksgiving.

Daily Gnuz

It’s Friday, and there’z nothing Black about it… Here’z the Gnuz!

Why a leading political theorist thinks civilization is overrated
H/T Vox
An interesting take on the origins of civilization and our assumptions about it.

And,
‘Bread and circuses’ could strike down America like it did in Rome
H/T The Hill
Parallels about how poorly served constituents can be placated by reality tv, empty promises and slogans…quite a few examples of the symptoms

Finally,
Flynn Lawyers Break Off Contact with Trump Team In Possible Sign of Plea Deal
H/T TPM
As the wheel turns, the noose closes tighter and tighter…

Open Thread, enjoy it with your morning coffee/tea/beverage!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Thurzday, Thangzgizzing Day 2017 and here’z the gnuz

Daily Gnuz for

Trump Organization Reaches Deal To Walk Away From SoHo Property
H/T TPM
Salient Paragraph(s)
The project was troubled from the beginning. The SoHo development was also the subject of complaints from private investors who accused the Bayrock Group, a frequent Trump partner, of failing to disclose fraud convictions of two Bayrock partners.
The New York Times reported that the development also took “financing from questionable sources in Russia and Kazakhstan.”
Buyers in the development were angry that the Trumps allegedly inflated claims of the project’s success, and the Trump Organization ultimately settled a civil suit in 2011, admitting no wrongdoing and agreeing to refund much of buyers’ deposits.

ProPublica, WNYC and The New Yorker reported in October that the Manhattan district attorney’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau had opened an investigation into Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., the President’s eldest children, in 2010.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr’s team reportedly acquired emails in which the Trump siblings discussed how to coordinate misleading information to give to people interested in condo units.
Marc Kasowitz, one of Trump’s longtime personal attorneys, donated $25,000 to Vance Jr.’s reelection campaign in 2012. According to the report, Vance Jr. returned the donation. He dropped the case against the elder Trump children several months later, and Kasowitz reportedly helped raise an additional $50,000 for his campaign.

If Rotten fruit falls to the pavement in Manhatten, is there fraud in the mess?

And


The theory behind Trump’s tax cuts is exactly what gave us the failed Bush economy
An influx of foreign hot money isn’t what we need.

H/T Vox
This isn’t about what we need. This is about unbridled greed and avarice. It’s the gold, stupid!

Finally,

37 of 38 economists said the GOP tax plans would grow the debt. The 38th misread the question.
H/T WaPo
Whatever happened to “Mortgaging our children’s Future”? Oh, right, that was when Democrats were asking for a safety net…

Open Thread, stuff your TurDuckEn with it..
RUCerious @ TPZoo