Distractions for Election Day, November 6th, 2018

Georgia voter suppression hasn’t changed much since the last midterm election.  At least this piece from an older Daily Show has humor mixed in with the overt racism.

Republican Activist Resigns After Racially-Charged ‘Daily Show’ Comments

Some satire from The PEN, a progressive activist group:

“Despite the fact that the Statue of Liberty was extensively restored
and rebuilt from 1984 to 1986, today Trump ordered the National Park
Service to further modify it to be in sync with the political climate
he wants to create.

Said Trump, “Unarmed asylum seekers are such a national threat we are
no longer interested in a torch lighting the golden door of the
application office.” Instead, Trump has invited the NRA to submit
models of a new statue in a flak jacket, toting various models of
military assault rifles, rocket propelled grenade launchers, fire
throwers, etc.

Though critics, a lot of people actually, are calling this proposal a
“Statue of Bigotry,” Trump is also directing that the statue to be
moved to our southern border. “That ought to scare these people off,”
added Trump, as if the military deploying 15,000 heavily armed troops
was not enough. Though the problem remains of whose property to seize
by eminent domain for the purpose of a new statue site.

And given the increasingly short attention span of our current
culture, the statue’s famous inscription is to be replaced by a more
blunt and direct, “Get Off My Lawn.””

And here’s some cats, kittens, etc. to help counteract the tension.

UPDATED 1:30pm – now with MORE photos!

“Blaze”

Luna

Squiggy

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“Squiggy”

Belz and Lissa play while Splatter watches.

Nog (N.O.G. = Not Orange Guy)

Becca prepares to leap.

Mouse and Butterball (“Balls”)

Amelia

“Face” with spotted belly

“Splatter” and “Preston”

“Pip” and “Valerie”, “Fitzgerald” and “Cecilia”

Wayne holding “Tippy”

Dulcinea and Tippy napping

 

Tippy with Velveteen Rabbit

“Tippy” and “Dulcie”

Stubby in a Planter

“Troi”, aka “Little One”

“Troi” cuddles with “Jack”

“Troi” with “Dulcie”, “Tippy” and “Face”

Sophie’s litter, “The Sophists”

“Missy”

“Valerie” and “Cecilia”

“Gregg”

“Gregg” relaxing

“Missy” and “Gregg”

Eight is enough

How about some nature photos, too?

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Skyfire Sunset

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Fading Sunset Reflection

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Honeybee

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Great Egret Visiting Pond

Before

Before First Winter Storm

After

~ After first winter storm

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Lone Pine Reflected

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Fall Season Tree

Jane’s Maples

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Garden Gate

I hope that this might help us get through Election Day.  Enjoy!

~ and DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Pre-Election Gnuz

It’s a week away from one of the biggest turning points in our history and here’s what’s at stake:

Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn
H/T CNN
We have from now until a newborn goes to middle school to turn this around.
We need leadership that vows to put solar shingles on every roof in America, ban fossil fuel burning cars within five years, put wind powered turbines every place the wind blows.
For starters.
Consumption needs to come down to sustainable levels. Capitalism isn’t going to get that done.
Your thoughts?

And,
Trump isn’t to blame. His entire party is.
H/T WaPo
Sheep to the slaughter. Lemmings first class.

Finally,
WATCH: Russia expert explains how Trump’s anti-Semitic rhetoric is ‘straight out of Putin’s playbook’
H/T Raw story
It’s a damn shame this president’s tax reuturns are available to show he’s in Putin’s pocket.

Open Thread, pick it up and run with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Occasional Gnuz

Here’s the Gnuz of the occasion, where I found a few minutes to post.

US National Guard chief: “The climate is changing. I don’t know why.”
H/T Vox

We’ve got less than a decade to fix this or we are totally FUKKED>
And here’s what we’re up against.

And,
4 Days After Storm, Large Swath Of Panhandle Suffering
H/T TPM
Michael Lewis’ book The Fifth Risk is a must read.
All these idiots who want to deconstruct the gummint are gonna find out the hard way the error of their ways.

Finally,
‘The the biggest con job on the face of the Earth’: Tennessee Democrat drops the mic on Trump’s entire time in office
H/T Raw Story
True, it is.

Open Thread, pick it up and run with it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Occasional Gnuz

Well, we’re back with some gnuz.
As dreary as most of it seems, there’s still some hope out there somewhere.
That an upcoming election might still make a difference.

With that thought, here’s whatZ happening.

We were Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking buddies. We don’t think he should be confirmed.
H/T WaPo
Probably too late for these former associates to tell their side of the story.
Time will tell whether this is a flawed appointment. Like the overturning of Roe v Wade with Kavenaugh being the swing vote.

And,
The New York Times has destroyed the most important myth about Trump — and exposed the breadth of his lies and corruption
H/T Raw Story

Finally,
Trump mocks Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser
H/T Politico
If I were a Senator, regardless of party or gender, I’d vote no on Kavenaugh just because the person who nominated him is the biggest a$$hole on the planet.

Open Thread, please try to read or enjoy or tickle it!

RUCerious @TPZoo

More Gnu and Improvised Dailyish Gnuz

Happy Friday, and may All your paydays be wallet-stuffed.

here’s the Gnuz.

Trump wallowing in negative approvalville
H/T Reuters Polling
Disapproval reaches 54.2, approval slinks to 43.3 over all, gap of nearly 11 percentage points.
Among Women
Disapproval up to 57.1, approval at 37.2 nearly 20 points
Among Independent Voters disapproval at 63.5, approval at 30.8, delta of 32.7 wowsuh.

And,
Report: Mueller Team Has Questioned Cohen About Russia, Pardon Talks
H/T TPM
I think I see a pattern.
Mueller holds his cards close to the vest while Trump brags about his awesome 4 of clubs and magnificent six of diamonds. He’s sure he’ll draw the 5 of hearts to complete his straight jacket flush.

Finally,
Walmart warns Trump tariffs may force price hikes: letter
H/T Raw Story
The last damned thing Mal-Wart wants to do is raise prices, but those margins aren’t going to get damaged, oh no..not today, not tomorrow. The customer will pay the tax that the tariffs represnt. Regressing taxes, no less. Congrats, elections have consequences. Vote in November.

Open Thread, read it up and yell a friend!

RUCerious @TPZoo

Daily Gnuz

For Wednezday, here’s the Gnuz!

Trump’s China strategy is the most radical in decades — and it’s failing
H/T Vox
Raising prices is like the most regressive tax you can burden the American worker’s wallet with. (Say that five times fastly)

And,
With Two Sentences, Supreme Court Lifts Veil On 2018’s Secret Megadonors
H/T TPM
We all need some good news once and a while…

Finally,
Trump’s Lies About Russia Dossier Debunked Once Again
H/T Alternet
So sick of the reich wingers trying to claim the FBI and the Derp State are attempting a ‘soft coup’
What a load of garbage.

Open Thread, sneeze on it then set it on fire!

RUCerious @TPZoo

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