Happy Easter!

Even though we’re all homebound for this holiday, I hope that a little ‘spirit of the season’ remains with everyone.

Little things like bunnies and chicks, daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths, can help to brighten things up –

bunny and chicks

easter flowers

Some members of our family celebrate with the “Easter Rat” – this year having special ‘pandemic’ themes –

This one’s from my brother Bobby and Wayne’s sister Judy:

easter rat 2

And this one is from our niece Emily and her husband Michael:

easter rat emily

Whatever way you celebrate, or if you celebrate at all, I hope that everyone has a special day!  And don’t forget how the tradition of the Easter Bunny started –

easter bunny

OPEN THREAD – HOP ON BY AND TALK ABOUT WHATEVER YOU WANT.

ICYMI: Yeah, We’re Fucked

First and foremost, I hope that none of our Critters and Zoosters, especially those of you in California and the Northwest, are in imminent danger of contracting the “novel coronavirus”, aka “COVID-19.”

New York state’s main COVID-19 epicenter of New Rochelle, previously only known for being the home of fictional Rob and Laura Petrie, is maybe 35-40 miles south of us.  The illness is cropping up in other NY counties besides Westchester and NYC’s 5 Boroughs, so I’m going to assume that its spread northward is inevitable.

I checked in on our pregnant(!!!) niece Emily and her husband Michael, who live near Boston, which is having its own outbreak subsequent to a recent Biogen conference.  One of the companies which had had a presence at the conference is Michael’s employer; and, even though no one from his particular office was an attendee, the company instructed all employees who could to work from home through May 31st.  Both of them are fine, which relieved me greatly.

I was going to compile some of the many lies that trump has told since COVID-19 arrived on our shores; however, since starting this post, the progression of both the disease and the lies have made that idea pretty much pointless.

So I’ll just include a couple of items along those lines.

First this, from March 7th at Salon, regarding trump’s awful presser at the CDC.   Here’s the video – sorry it’s posted twice, but it’s from the original on the twitter feed of @ddiamond:

And this: after trump finished his recent “presidential address” about the pandemic, apparently he got caught on C-SPAN showing just how seriously he takes this:

In case you no longer trust the info from the CDC, here’s a site that is keeping track worldwide.  You can refresh it throughout the day for updates.

I won’t inflict any more trumpness on you, so I’ll end on a high note.  Crank the music to 11  🙂

Feel better?

OPEN THREAD – DO WHAT YOU WANT

The Weekly Gnuz, Weakly

Another Grueling Week of Nutzo Scheiss, and here’s what’z Gnuz!

Inside the GOP’s rescue mission for Ted Cruz
H/T Politico
You know you’re in Deep Sheep Dip when you have to go to bat for a sitting Texas Senator.
Yes, he’s boring, and unlikeable, and a genuine schiess of a human being, but it is Texas.

And,
His family helped cause the opioid crisis. Now he might profit from addiction treatment.
H/T Vox
More evidence that the health care industry is in a shambles.
Here, let me make billions off of paid medications that addict millions of people and kill tens of thousands.
Now, I can cure the addiction that my meds cause, pay me all the rest of your effing coin!

Finally,
GOP operatives fear Trump is oblivious to how badly the Republicans will do in the midterms: ‘He’s totally delusional’
H/T Raw Story
Best quote of the article:
“President Trump has been putting out a lot of optimistic tweets about the midterm elections but there is a real concern among Republican operatives and donors he is totally delusional about the chances of taking back the House,” Reston explained.

“She went on to add that Trump may be in the dark because no one close to him is willing to tell him the truth.”

No shit sherlock, after you see umpteen messengers beheaded, you might want to keep your tongue in your mouth, literally.

Open Thread, walk, don’t run with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily-ish Gnuz

Seems more like a weakly at this point, but here’s the GNUZ

Trump Admin Deals New Blow To Obamacare
H/T TPM
Just another hit to the health care consumer’s wallet. Insurers are going to raise rates as they watch the risk pool funding vanish.
And watch the Republicans try to put this on “ObamaCare”. No way. The midterms coming up, hoping voters know what their insurance premiums are going to be for 2019 by November….

And,
MSNBC Panel Erupts in Laughter After ‘TV Lawyer’ Giuliani Claims He Was ‘Probably’ Present During June 2016 Trump Tower Meeting
H/T Alternet
Rudy is Ducking Felusional.

Finally,
GOP senator warns Trump: Putin, Kim ‘very cold-blooded, calculating’
H/T The Hill
Naw, Putin says he didn’t interfere, so that’s that. And Kim is a jolly fat guy with a funny haircut, no problem.
Trump is over his head with both of these criminal mofos. But his ego won’t let him contemplate it, let alone admit it.

Open Thread, gnash the choppers with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

It’z Wednezday, and the Gnuz beith thus:

Cohen: FBI Was ‘Extremely Professional, Courteous And Respectful’ During Raids
White House: Trump ‘Certainly Believes He Has The Power’ To Fire Mueller
H/T TPM
Which one displays a cool demeanor under fire?
Which one is freaking out, barely under control?
Which one is acting like a President, which one like a Prezidunce?

And,
Trump wants to slash welfare with stricter work requirements
Trump calls on his Cabinet to propose stronger work requirements for welfare across the board.

H/T Vox
Reviving the ‘Welfare Queen’ myth, the racism of this Administration is boundless.

Finally,
‘Two-part scam’: Robert Reich explains how Big Pharma ‘gouges the public’ as Trump’s GOP ‘line their pockets’
H/T Raw STory
Ripping you off 24X7X365, Insurers, Pharamcy Benefit Management Companies and the Drug Manufacturers, driving cost into the Health Care system cause there’s profit to be make off us suckers.

Open Thread, pick it up and run with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Wednezdaze, The Januarius Seventeeneth

Freedom Caucus chair: GOP leaders don’t have votes to avoid shutdown
H/T The Hill
And there’s a certain prezidunce who’s going to try to pin the shutdown on the Dems??? Right.

And,
The Health-Care Industry Is Sick
My insurer denied me coverage for a breathing machine and revealed the flaws of the for-profit health-care system.

H/T The Nation
The R’s will take great pains to destroy the ‘ni**er care’ system. From its ashes we need to get Single Effing Payer…

Finally,
Rising GOP star abruptly quits Republican party over Trump’s ‘appalling comments’ about immigrants
H/T Raw Story
Bad case of Trumpmoania

Open Thread, gadzooks, the jig’s up…!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Tis Wednezday, and herein be the Gnuz(es)

Donald Trump is a dangerously weak president
The media is crediting him with a tax overhaul victory. But he still holds remarkably little clout in Washington.

H/T Vox
Neustadt’s book was one of my favorite reads as a poli sci major in college. I remember most clearly the paragraph where Ike was asked about the power of the presidency, and he replied (as I paraphrase from memory), I’m just a glorified clerk, but, the power of the presidency is the ability to use the bully pulpit to convince others that what you are asking them to do is in their own self interest. This article is a great read for those of you who are poli-sci enthusiasts…
Trump has no concept of this. Nil. Nada. Nuttin.

And

Report: Intel Panels Interviewed Figure Who Attended Key Trump Tower Meeting
H/T TPM
Gotta wonder which Drumpf toady this witness’ testimony will show to be untruthy?

Finally,

Trump: Dems, GOP will eventually develop ‘great new HealthCare plan’
H/T The Hill
A broken clock is right twice a day.
And the next ‘great new HealthCare plan will be called Single Payer. And the current prezidunce will have had nothing at all to do with it, except get people ready by screwing them over to the point where the entire Congress and Executive Branch are in the hands of the capable.

Open Thread, enjoy one byte at a thyme
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Wednezday’z Gnuz herewith;

Senate passes tax bill, pushing it closer to Trump’s desk
H/T Passed without a single opposition vote, amendment, input of consultation.
You’ze own it R’s. Time will tell.

And

This Visionary Sci-Fi Author Sees the Destruction of Human Civilization: Predatory Capitalism
H/T Alternet
Good read, food for thought.

Finally,

Time’s up: As CHIP expires unrenewed, Congress blows a chance to save healthcare for 9 million children
H/T LA Times
Maybe, just maybe, as Red States get screwed over, and their children lose medical coverage because the Congress is too busy giving corporations and the rich a tax cut…Maybe they’ll start figuring out they’ve been screwed, blued and tattooed.

Open Thread, let’s get through the holiday season in one peace.
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Welcome to Wednezday the median day in the workweek.
Here’z the Gnuz

Trump’s Trip To Asia Is Great If You Like To See U.S. Weak
H/T C&L
Make Amerika Grate (shred us like a sharp loaf of cheddar)…

And

Trump caught tweeting about the wrong mass shooting
H/T Raw Story
Fumbduck Prezidunce obviously keeping a library of insta-tweets to choose from. Sad!

Finally,

GOP targets health mandate in tax reform
H/T The Hill
They need to carve out more money to get this mess fillibuster proof. Only fifteen million or so will stop buying insurance, so that’s OK by them…Amerika the fumbduckable.

Open Thread, enjoy one byte at a thyme
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

It be Tuezday, and hear’z the gnuz

Darkness: life in Puerto Rico without electricity
H/T Vox
Congrats to the prezidunce for turning this part of Amerikka into a 3.5rd world situation. No power, no clean water…

And

Senate seeking clarity from Trump on Obamacare deal
H/T Politico
Hard to get clarity from the bucket of sludge that is the prezidunce’s brain

Finally,

Eric Trump and Don Jr. Are Planning to Open ‘Plantation-Style’ Luxury Hotels in Poor Black Areas
H/T Alternet
Spoiled fruit doesn’t fall far from the rotten tree

Open Thread, have at it, rip it to shredz…
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Welcome to Wednesday, why the hell is the d before the n?
Anyhoo, here’z the Gnuz

Why Trump Will Regret Passing Tax Reform
What else is keeping the GOP establishment in line behind him?
H/T Politico – Matt Latimer
This is an amazing read. Mr. Latimer hits the nail on the head repeatedly, and repeatedly, and…well, you get the idea…

And

President Trump admits he’s trying to kill Obamacare. That’s illegal.
H/T Vox
Oh, snap. More grounds for impeachment, or just another cup of weak moron cofeve?

Finally,

New health deal falls flat with GOP
H/T The Hill
You mean the Deal made between Senators Murray and Alexander? The BIPARTISAN bill that Trump first liked, then someone told him it had to pass the House.
The House, where it had no chance of passing. The passing of which would THEN render it unto his desk for signature?
Yes. That one. No wonder coward boy doesn’t like it any more. It’s a ‘loser’. Spite, malice, and failure to live up to his sworn oath of office.

Open Thread, rip it to shreds!
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

It’s Tuesday, so here’z the TuesGnuz…

Trump Blames ‘Generals’ For Telling Him Obama Didn’t Call Family Members
H/T C&L
Always has to blame others for his failures and lies. So, is he lying as he blames others for his bullsh***ing?

And

Trump’s Latest Obamacare Attack Triggers Rate Hikes, Lawsuits, Confusion
H/T TPM
Not just raising rates, but forcing insurers out of the market, huge swaths of people to not be able to afford health insurance, and costing the gummint billions…preziduncial.

Finally,

The 4 steps Republicans have to take to pass tax reform
H/T Vox
Phase 1: before cutting taxes, Republicans need to pass a budget
Phase 2: overcome key policy disagreements
Phase 3: actually go through regular order — or so they say
Phase 4: get this bill through the Senate’s obscure budget rules — which is the really hard part

Let’s have a pool on which phase(s) the Republican’ts will fall on their faces. Perhaps giving HeWhoShouldNotBeNamed a __________ fill in the medical condition you prefer…

Open Thread, let’s try to get through the week with our sanity intact.
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

A late start today, but Here’z the Gnuz!

The problem is the prices. Opaque and sky high bills are breaking Americans — and our health care system
H/T Vox
The systematic dismantling of the Health Care system may be the precursor to Single Payer…in my dreams…

And,
White House paper: Corporate tax cut would boost wages
H/T The Hill
Read the fine print…Save the average household $4,000 per year. Just more dumfukkery, there should be no expectation that any tax savings would be used for anything but automation efficiency to drop the cost of goods and stay competitive…and put more workers out of a job.

Finally,
Deficit hawks trampled in GOP tax cut stampede
H/T Politico
“But Republicans are still squabbling over the rising red ink, potentially jeopardizing Trump’s tax plan.”
What ever happened to “Mortgaging our children and grandchildren’s future”???

Open Thread, pick it up and run with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

It’s freaky Friday the XIIIth, so, be careful out there…

And here’s whatz in the Gnuz…

Trump to cut off key ObamaCare payments
H/T The Hill
He Broke It, He Owns It. The impact will be felt by millions who remain on the ACA plans, while the healthier population diverts to the cheap, low coverage ones.
If HWSNBN (He who should not be named) thinks this will force Dems to the negotiation table, he’s wrong. Dems should come to said table with only one demand. Single Payer…

And

Roy Moore Led Charge Against Removing Segregation From Alabama Constitution
H/T TPM
Salient quote: Alabama’s state constitution still contains the following language:
“Separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race.”
Guess what Alabamans, YOU OWN THiS.

Finally,

In a radical departure, Trump health officials want to define life as starting at “conception”
H/T Vox
We saw this coming, with HWSNBN’s cozying up to the evangevilist crowd..

Open Thread, have a good weekend, please.
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Tuesday, or, as I prefer Twozday, az itz the zecond day of the week. Here’s the Gnuz!

Trump Fixates on NFL protests while Ignoring the Disaster in Puerto Rico
H/T AlterNet via Salon
Trump has no clue about presidenting, just has to be the petty jackass
And

‘It’s God’s plan’: North Carolina church helped members commit unemployment fraud so they could keep tithing
H/T Raw Story
Good ole fashioned Xian Hypocrisy, on display at it’s shining finest.

Finally,

Last-ditch repeal bill appears dead
H/T The Hill
Once again, a small handful of ‘principled’ Republican Senators jam up the efforts of the majority party to screw the American people. Now they’ll just have to suffer with health care insurance for the next few years…pity.

Open Thread, enjoy one peace at a time.
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

It’s almost Friday, and herez the gnuz

Democrat on Trump pre-existing condition claims: ‘This is a lie’
H/T The Hill
Y’see, the states are going to do the taking away of the pre-existing condition requirement, so, in the Drumpfmind the bill doesn’t actually do that. Except what Senator Murphy is pointing out, that is exactly what is going to happen.

And

This report tells us why Trump is so afraid of Robert Mueller’s investigation
H/T Vox
Be afraid MrPrezidunce, be very afraid. Let’s see what happens when the micro-targeting of Russian bot election ads gets linked to Mr. Prezidunce.

Finally,

Trump hires campaign workers instead of farm experts at USDA
H/T Politico
Got Banana Republic? Cronyism? Deconstruction of the freaking regular, or even shallow state?

Open Thread, digest with appropriate levels of biotics…
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnudze

Hump day again, and here’s the mid-week Gnudze…

Backlash throws last-ditch Obamacare repeal effort into doubt
H/T Politico
We’ve got to protect our phony-baloney jobs, gentlemen

And

The bait and switch at the heart of the new Obamacare repeal bill
H/T Vox
If this passes, and the House passes it, perhaps the rubes will finally wake up.

Finally,

Tom Price spent $25,000 in tax dollars to fly from Philadelphia to D.C
H/T Salon
Yes, but he’s just entitled because.

Open Thread, enjoy one byte at a thyme
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

It’s Friday, in case no one told you! Welcome to the almost weekend, and here’s what’s in the Gnuz…

Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and why Trump is so afraid of it, explained
H/T Vox
And when they get the complete set of goods on him, Trump will fire him, then be impeached.

And
DOJ warns the media could be targeted in crackdown on leaks
H/T The Hill
‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’

Finally,
Obamacare Rage in Retrospect
H/T NY Times
Mr. Krugman nails it again

RUCerious @The Zoo

Daily Gnuz

Some interesting stuff going on today, hump-day, second day of August 2017…

I asked 12 legal experts if the latest Trump-Russia news showed obstruction of justice
h/t Vox
The thought plickens…

And

GOP Chairman opens door to Democrats on ObamaCare
h/t The Hill
Yes, it takes abject failure for the Repbullykins to dump Trump and go back to legislating with normal order.

Finally,

Mulvaney: We still might dump Obamacare subsidies h/t Politico
Dimwitted Prezidunce and OMB director think this threat is going to give them leverage over who/m????…Idiots

And…, A Bonus Round today! Found at Raw Story, even Norwegians can be hysterical bedwetters!
Right-wingers pitch screaming fit over ‘terrifying’ Burqa women — who turned out to be just bus seats
Taking lessons from the Trumpistas – busloads of women going to New Hampshire to vote illegally, we’re sure…

Open Thread, enjoy one byte at a thyme
RUCerious @ TPZoo

My Message to Republicans Everywhere

I’ll be as brief as possible.

It’s so simple (and no, I’m not referring only to the mind of Donald Trump). I speak here solely of problems and of the (obvious) paths toward solutions. The task is not as impossible as Republicans Everywhere seem to imagine it to be, nor must it be vindictive. There is, really, only one thing (well, OK, two things) needed to proceed rationally: a functioning mind along with a sense of compassion, not greed.

Think about it. Subtract greed, add compassion, and what is the potential result?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt summed it ALL up seventy-three-plus years ago in his January 11, 1944 State of the Union address in which he spoke the following:

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth- is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our Nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

One of the great American industrialists of our day—a man who has rendered yeoman service to his country in this crisis-recently emphasized the grave dangers of “rightist reaction” in this Nation. All clear-thinking businessmen share his concern. Indeed, if such reaction should develop—if history were to repeat itself and we were to return to the so-called “normalcy” of the 1920’s—then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of Fascism here at home.

Those were trying times, way back then. We were still sixteen months away from the defeat/collapse of Nazi Germany, and 20 months distant from the fall of Japan and the official end of the Second World War on September 2, 1945. Sadly, we are now seventy-three years and six months beyond the date that Roosevelt laid out his formula for human civility — his ‘Second Bill of Rights’ — and today’s Republican Party STILL opposes virtually every single aspect of it because, in their noisy opinion, civility in re each and every person is SOCIALISM. Deep and dark, it’s the government-fueled rape of their “free” market, the market that essentially defines their wretched and feudalistic (castles v. huts) concept based solely on money and the power it grants.

The obvious problem with such low level of ‘thought’ is that any given society depends upon not just one type of defined ‘person,’ i.e. the free market ‘success’ (rich, powerful; as in, e.g., Herr Donald Trump). The error in that line of ‘thinking’ is a simple one: it allows society’s scum – thieves and bandits dressed and viewed as successful ‘businessmen’ simply because of their accumulated monetary only “wealth” (e.g. Herr Donald Trump) – to be perceived as “honorable,” as obviously “highly intelligent” “powerful” “leaders” etc. etc. etc. Sadly, when driven solely by greed — by the accumulation of money and the power implicit therein — ‘they’ seldom if ever approach any perceived upper level of human societal accomplishment. Au contraire, their major accomplishment is to simply redefine “dregs” not as the crud at the bottom of the wine barrel but rather as those who, on a human/societal level, are considered to be ‘rich,’ not impoverished. Crud. “Dregs: the least valuable part of anything.”  They care not for anyone else but themselves. They have succumbed to the false god of Power, and in the process have, knowingly or unknowingly, yielded to the spirit of Fascism here at home.

 Apparently about the only thing that’s changed since the FDR era is that the population of the United States has more than doubled, and in the process many new and clever ways to enable accumulation of wealth and power have been devised (by and for the rich and powerful), even as many new and creative ways to diminish the quality (and length) of lives of ordinary people everywhere in the country have also been devised and imposed. And woe be it to ANY movement that intends to reverse that reality in favor of ‘ordinary people’ everywhere. ‘They’re Communists. Liberals. Progressives. They care more about the lives of poor and lazy bums than they care about making America Great. Again!’

Make America Great Again. Oddly, America’s greatest moments ever began on September 2, 1945, the date the Second World War came to its official end. By that point and under the leadership of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Great Depression (thanks, Republicans) was over; the Second World War had been fought and won; Social Security was a reality underway, and the balance of Human Rights, i.e. the right to —

had each and all been announced and delineated by the President of the United States. All that was left was for Congress to act. So today, we have Social Security . . . along with the constant denouncement of human RIGHTS by America’s “right” (fascist) wing, known as, both then and now, the Republican Party — the political organization that cares only for the corporate and the highly biased fragment of the religious worlds, and not a whit for ordinary people.

‘My Message to Republicans Everywhere’ – in response to their recent abject failure in improving Medical Care availability and standards – is a simple one: consult Bernie Sanders, and then do something you’ve long been loathe to do. Care for people, for a change. “Move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.”

It’s so SIMPLE, really, and in that regard, it suits You. Republicans. Everywhere. Totally.

Daily Gnuz – July 18th TwennySeventien

Here’s the Gnuz for twoday

GOP health care bill collapses
h/t Politico
As houseofroberts posted yesterday evening, the GOOPERS can’t get out of their own way. It is painfully obvious that Trump has no glimmer of what this ‘governing’ thing is supposed to look like. He is calling for a clean repeal, apparently not understanding that it would take sixty effing Senate votes to do that…dumbass.

And

The coming Republican civil war over the budget resolution, explained
h/t Vox
The next dismal Republikkin failure on the horizon, Tax Reformation (as in Martin Luther, Heresy, etc…)

Finally,

Perry on key electric grid study: ‘I haven’t seen it yet’
h/t The Hill
This is the logical outcome of appointing unqualified hacks to cabinet positions, when said appointee has only the dismantling of the department as the goal.

Open Thread, enjoy one mnuchin at a thyme
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

It’s Monday Morning (in case you were too hungover to know that), and here’s what’s in the Gnuz!

Trump: Congress wouldn’t ‘dare’ leave without ‘beautiful’ healthcare bill
h/t The Hill
Idiot. The Republican Senators with a wisp of decency, and those who are facing re-election aren’t going to vote for anything that could possibly be approved by the House Conference…Idiot.

And

Trump’s son and top advisers met with a Russian lawyer to try and get dirt on Hillary Clinton
h/t Vox
And here’s the first thread to start unraveling…Motive is everything. And Junior’s big mouth just provided the investigators intent…Congratulations on being as big an idiot as your father.

Finally,

Trump’s cyber tweets cause dismay, confusion
h/t Politico
More evidence that this prezidunce either has onset of Alzheimer’s, or possibly is so compulsive/obsessive that he is unable to function, or has
advisors who are desperately trying to keep him from tweeting conflicting and confusing blobs of crap, or all of the above. Your thoughts?

P.S. fatherbob posted this yesterday, much worth a reposting today. How Trump is passing the baton of world leadership to China and Russia.
BRUTAL: Australian Journalist Sums Up Trump’s G20 Visit In 2 Minutes h/t C&L

Open Thread, enjoy one byte at a thyme
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Almost Daily Gnuz!

Welcome to Thor’s day, and here’s the gnuz!

Four New Polls Show Very Little Support For Republican Trumpcare h/t C&L
Yes, but the One Percenters own the R’s (and some D’s as well), so it’s all good…for the 1%…

And

GOP infighting erupts over healthcare bill h/t The Hill
Ah, the sweet smell of self destruction… or was that Napalm in the Morning…Hard to tell with the Republicking congrust.

Finally, an interesting take from Vox on single payer

This old bill could be the secret to affordable universal health care h/t

Open Thread, all you can mentally eat and/or digest
RUCerious @ TPZoo

Semi-Daily Gnuz

And, in today’s not so top stories…
Trump: ‘I just don’t want a poor person’ in top economic roles h/t The Hill
No Shit Sherlock. What happened to ‘drain the swamp’? Oh…Right… Except for cronies, Wall Street barons and the rest of the One Percenters

And

Three Ideas to Check Trump and Revive the Democratic Party h/t Paul Glastris @ Wa Mo
I personally like #3. Your take?

Finally,

Senate GOP to bring Obamacare repeal bill out of the shadows h/t Politico
My best guess is that it’s close enough to the disaster that the House rolled out to get a conference compromise done.
As much as it’s going to hurt, it may be necessary for the nation to feel the excruciating pain that is coming, in order to kick the R’s out of office in ’18 and/or 2020.

Open Thread, feel free…

RUCerious @ TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

Good Solstice Day Morn to you all.

And, as the seasons turn, here’s the gnuz…

A frantic scramble before possible healthcare vote next week h/t The Hill
Yes, a frantic scramble to CYA before the feces hits the proverbial wall of shame.

And

Corker: ‘I Cannot Possibly Imagine’ Trump Would Fire Special Counsel (VIDEO) h/t TPM
That’s weird, because I can totally imagine it…. Hmmmm…

& Finality wise

Georgia special election: 7 things to watch h/t Politico
Could this be the beginning of the turn around? Or, will we see yet another close call that tries desperately to get spun as a moral victory?

Open Thread for today

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