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      The funniest thing about Trump are those who feel he is of a piece, separate from American history, and somehow a break from it.  That this government is significantly qualitatively worse than those that came before, rather than an extension of it. (A good example is immigration policy, in which Trump is somewhat worse than […]
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Tea Juice

Baby, it’s cold outside. It snowed last night. My guest is headed home today. I mean, comrade in arms as we wage yet another battle in the War on Christmas in the Pittsburgh theatre. We’ve sipped latte from our desecrated Starbuck’s cups and said “Happy Solstice” to the Walmart greeter.

On a cold, snowy winter day like today, we comfort ourselves with thoughts of how the folks back home are struggling valiantly against deprivation with Clancy’s milk chocolate popcorn and cups of hot tea. Show your national pride and don’t be careless about your tea making. Fortunately, we have the instructions for making mass quantities for our war canteen. Get out your muslin bags:

Ahhhhhh, that hit the spot in our darkest hour.

Lovely.

Note: Do not under any circumstances pour hot boiling water into your graduated cylinder while you are holding it at eye level. Place the cylinder on the lab bench, wear protective eyewear and gloves. Pour the boiling water into a beaker first. Then carefully pour into the cylinder until the water level touches the bottom of the meniscus on the desired milliliters. Consider a shake flask with a tight fitting stop cock.

Have a little London Fog:

London Fog

Earl Grey tea

Steamed milk

Vanilla honey

Make a strong pot of earl grey tea. Pour 6 oz into a large cup. Add 4 oz of hot steamed milk. Finish with a teaspoon of vanilla honey.

Enjoy with mashed lemony avocado on garlic toast, a roaring fire and a good book.

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My daughter is a NASTY WOMAN

Number One child’s birthday is coming up in a week. What does she want for her birthday? Well, check it out:

You can visit her fundraising page for Planned Parenthood of Saint Louis here. Actually, it’s an invitation so maybe you can’t click on her link. But you can still donate to Planned Parenthood in your area. All the nasty women are doing it these days (yes, that is *my* T-shirt that I got from Sam Bee’s fundraiser for PP of Los Angeles)

By the way, she’s moving to St. Louis for a new job and after 2 years will be immigrating to a small city state in Southeast Asia. I see a lot of long flights in my future.

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I’m off this week (I know, I’m always a little off). Got a lot to do today. Like clean out the fridge. And maybe relax later.

BTW, Lady V is in bed with the flu. I’m sending healthful thoughts her way. And that goes for Sweet Sue as well who got socked in the gut by some weird microbes lately. Get well soon.

Anyone else sick that I missed? I am blissfully healthy with only a slight seasonal cough. Knock wood.

Everybody breathe deeply.

Merry Christmas

All Is Well

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Early morning snark from Susan Simpson:

Best reply so far:

For some reason, the idea that Donald Trump is leading a charge on anything reminds me of the Walker Brigade from an SNL skit.

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Speaking of SNL skits, this one is for BiFF who is cooking dinner today:

Unf#%^ability, the followup

Cenk Uygar of The Young Turks and Don Hazen at Alternet are two of the most recent subjects of the #metoo movement.

Cenk has a long history of foaming at the mouth at everything Hillary has ever done, wants to do, how long she has lingered in the public stage…

I know this will come as a shock to you but Cenk also is a breast man. Yep, he loves tits. Miami tits are especially nice. 14-16 year old tits will be delicious when they’ve had a few years to ripen. And he has a habit of making women who work with him uncomfortable with endless talk about sex and how much he got, etc.

It almost sounds like if you’re not 22 and well endowed, Cenk thinks your a blight on the landscape. I mean, really, what are you good for?? Who wants to hear a 68 year old unfuckable woman talk about policy? Amirite? You know I am.

As for Don Hazen, currently on suspension from Alternet and formerly of Mother Jones, he was one of the biggest mouth pieces egging Bernie Sanders supporters on and pointing out how unlikeable Hillary was. I think we can all agree that unlikeable was code for unfuckable.

The latest interesting thing to happen is Joan Walsh, editor of Salon, has not had her contract renewed by MSNBC. But they’re keeping Chris Matthews after allegations of misconduct against him.

I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure that out.

I’ll end this post with a video from 2008 that sums up everything that went wrong with the Hillary campaigns. Funny we haven’t heard any allegations about Keith Olbermann yet but will it surprise anyone if he’s another one? The thing about unlikeability is that it is on the same gene with perceptions of unfuckability on the Y chromosome.

These are the guys who delivered the White House to Donald Trump. They helped with the tax bill and non-renewal of CHIP and the roll back of reproductive rights for women. They are responsible for us leaving the Paris Climate Change accords and Dreamers having their protections revoked.

It wasn’t the Republicans that did that to our candidate alone. No, it was sexist asshole guys who think the candidate’s worth is dependent on how their dicks respond. They gave us this mess and put our futures at risk.

This video is dedicated to them.

Happy Solstice

Attributed to Albert Camus.

According to Vox:

the winter solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23.5° south latitude. In 2017, this will occur at exactly 11:28 am Eastern time on December 21.

The natural world is full of wonder and delight.

My homemade Solstice card to you:

No Democrats voted for the Tax bill because…

… taxes are going to go up.

The whole idea of a tax cut was stupid. Republicans are always screaming about stuff we can’t afford. They create the scarcity narrative. We can’t afford to buttress the social safety net because we can’t afford it. That’s the reason they haven’t funded CHIP. It’s too expensive to protect the health of 9 million American children.

Ok.

Then why are we getting a tax cut? (Most of us *aren’t* getting a tax cut but that’s besides the point.)

The next time your Fox News loving friend supports the tax bill because of trickle down economics, ask them who is going to pay for the interstate. They’ll roll their eyes and go back to trickle down. But ask them again, who’s going to pay for the roads and bridges? And Amtrak?? Who? Keep asking, if we take $1.5 TRILLION dollars out of the federal budget, WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THE FRICKING ROADS??

They’ll eventually throw up their hands in exasperation.

The answer is, YOU will. Everyone who is not a corporation or very wealthy is going to have to dig deep into their pockets to fix the roads and pay the teachers because we will have no choice. And even if we do manage to cough up more in taxes from our disposable income, we still won’t be able to cover the gap. $1,500,000,000,000.00 is a lot of money.

So then Republicans will want to cut entitlements. They’re actually not entitlements. They are deferred income that we have already earned. Why will they do this? It’s because the federal budget has been borrowing money from the Social Security trust fund. You know, that trust fund that you’ve been paying all your working life and the surplus fund too. And the people who bought the Republicans are acting like any other new owners. They never agreed to this social security crap. Their money belongs to them.

So, to recap: the Republicans are robbing the budget to pay their donors for all of the nice and luscious campaign funds and they have no intention of honoring the IOU’s that are supposed to go back into the social security trust fund.

Pretty soon, the average Trump voter, even the ones who are well off, are going to have to start kicking in more in state and local taxes, that there is now a deduction cap on, in order to fund stuff we used to take for granted.

Then some of them will be “woke” and realize they’ve been treated like suckers and losers by the likes of Donald Trump but it will be too late.

Don’t blame the Democrats. They were intentionally left out of the negotiations for this massive give away. And they want nothing to do with the hardship this bill is going to impose on regular Americans.

This is the Republicans’ baby.

Mueller and Trump about to go Mano a Mano

So says WaPo.

I hope the lawyers have had time to explain to Trump that Mueller has ALL of the emails and he got them with a warrant. And that is different from hacking into a server.

Which is bad.

Very bad.

Bad, Donald. No biscuit for you.

And how is Donald taking it?

Trump himself has expressed frustration with the probe but has shown optimism that it will not touch him. He told associates recently that he harbors no deep concern over the investigation and noted that his lawyers talk with Mueller’s team regularly, according to a person who spoke with Trump last week and spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a private conversation.

When pressed by two advisers to take the matter more seriously and asked why he is so confident in his lawyers, Trump brushed off the concerns. “He is living in his own world,” the person said, predicting that Trump would erupt at some point in 2018 if the probe continued to drag on.

Another associate said that even in private, Trump is “confident, even arrogant” that he has done nothing wrong.

I’m not surprised. This is a guy who has paid off or threatened anyone who dared challenge him. If you have enough money, the rules simply do not apply. One way or another, he’ll be exonerated. It’s just a freaking massive pain in the ass until then.

Thank god he has underlings to lash out at who will absorb all of his infantile tantrums.

I mean, that’s what underlings are for, amirite?

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