Wednesday Reads: You know that I’m no good.  

img_3342Good Afternoon

Last night Trump took down Nevada.

That makes “tree” in a row for the man who feels it is “Presidential” to show disrespect by swinging his dick around…and busting balls at some other wiseguy’s party.

Trump crashes Glenn Beck’s caucus speech – POLITICO

Donald Trump crashed the Nevada caucus location at which conservative talk show host Glenn Beck was speaking Tuesday night on behalf of Ted Cruz.

MSNBC was broadcasting a live look at the caucus site, Palo Verde High School in Summerlin, when Trump suddenly showed up and made an impromptu speech of his own.

“We are going to have hopefully a historic night,” Trump said. “I appreciate everybody being here. I wanted to be here myself and say a few words.”

Geez, talk about yuuge ballz. It is like some kind of set-up reality show smack-down, right?

Fucking hell!

At what point will this all just stop. It is so embarrassing.

President Camacho’s State of the Union – YouTube

That is all I’ve got to say on that. If you want more info on the Nevada results:

Donald Trump wins Nevada caucuses; Marco Rubio edges Ted Cruz for 2nd – Chicago Tribune

imageNow on with the other stories for today. The images you see are from illustrations during the 60’s and 70’s, with many from Milton Glaser. I found them on Pinterest.

First up, some links on the cooch…well, links that somewhat relate to the cooch.

Remember that report about what has happened to women’s reproductive health in Texas after they defunded Planned Parenthood? Check this out: Texas Official Forced Out After Peer-Reviewed Study Critiques GOP’s Contraceptive Policy

A Texas official is being forced to retire due to pressure from Republican legislators who took exception to a study he co-authored. The study found GOP efforts to exclude Planned Parenthood from the state’s family planning programs had a detrimental effect on access to reproductive health care.

Rick Allgeyer, director of research at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, was one of five co-authors of a study that found widespread negative consequences for contraceptive users after Republicans in 2013 banned Planned Parenthood from the Texas family planning program.

imageThe study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that after Planned Parenthood affiliates were excluded from the Texas Medicaid program beginning in 2013, delivery of the most effective reversible methods of contraception, including IUDs, implants, and injectable contraception, declined.

There was a substantial reduction, for example, in use of injectable contraception among patients reliant on this method of birth control and a 27 percent increase in births covered by Medicaid.

State Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) told ABC News that state employees should not have been co-authors of the study.

“It’s one thing for an agency to provide data upon request. It’s quite another to be listed as a ‘co-author’ on a deeply flawed and highly political report,” Nelson said. “I’ve communicated strong concerns to the agency. This should not have happened, and we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

imageThis reaction has become so expected.

Nelson wrote a letter to Chris Traylor, executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission, requesting that the commission review the study. “While I appreciate efforts to shine light on policy challenges, it is important for that information to paint an accurate picture,” Nelson wrote.

“Critical evaluation is essential to good government,” Nelson continued. “But women should not be misled into thinking the services they need are not available to them. Those services are readily available, and Texas women need to know that.”

Nelson has a long history of supporting policies that choke off access to reproductive health care, and Nelson has defended these policies againstmounting evidence that they have had a detrimental impact on women’s health in the state.

imageBryan Black, spokesperson for the state health commission, told the Texas Tribune that Allgeyer violated the agency’s policy for working part-time outside of the agency, without explicit permission.

“Rick Allgeyer is eligible for retirement and has decided to retire from the Health and Human Services Commission,” Black said in an email. “His retirement is effective March 31.”

And so it goes. The bullies of the GOP in action. Doesn’t this behavior fit in with the squirrel topped coiffure bully we talked about up top?

Continuing the coochie theme:

Period pain can be “almost as bad as a heart attack.” Why aren’t we researching how to treat it? – Quartz

Because, and I will again use a clip from the film Idiocracy…

Idiocracy: Mankind gets stupider by the year – YouTube

…the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections.

Yup. As you can see. It all goes back to the asshole with the swinging dick…oh, I should say the bald asshole with the swinging dick.

imageNow this next link takes this cooch theme to a whole new meaning. Literally. This is some fucked up shit.  More parents want ‘vaginal seeding’ for their newborns. But it might not be safe. – The Washington Post

I can’t bear to quote from this article. Here is a Wonkette version of the trend if you want to read a different take on the subject:

The Snake Oil Bulletin: Please Do Not Smear Your C-Section Baby With Vagina Goo. Really. | Wonkette

Other links with a cooch flavor:

imageFeminist Library facing eviction on first day of Women’s History Month

Juxtapoz Magazine – Women Street Artists of Latin America

This Woman Might Not Get Into The Marines Because Of A Discriminatory Tattoo Policy

Give this op/ed a full read, I love this bit:

There’s a Strong Feminist Case for Hillary Clinton | Al Jazeera America

…there are lots of people, male and female, who simply by virtue of seeing a female name on a resume presume the applicant is less competent and less qualified. Many Americans hear a female voice and read into it shrillness or anger. Many more interpret female anger as frightening or unprofessional and penalize women for it. Male anger, meanwhile, is seen as authoritative and commanding.

imageAll those assumptions work against Clinton, just as they work against every woman in America. The way we change them is by stripping out associations between maleness and power, maleness and competence, maleness and influence. That doesn’t happen in one day of corporate diversity training. It happens by normalizing female power, female competence and female influence — including having women in charge, especially in the highest political office in the country.

Okay, the rest of today’s links…I want to get this posted…

O’Connor undermines GOP talking points on Court vacancy | MSNBC

imageKeep Smiling-Via The Paris Review

For the origins of the selfie, look to the dandy.

This looks interesting: 17th-century horror film ‘The Witch’ creeps you out long after credits roll – The Washington Post

Zundert flower parade: Vincent van Gogh’s birthplace honors the 125th anniversary of his death with a flower parade inspired by his life and work.

Bones found at prison may belong to real-life Tess of the d’Urbervilles | Books | The Guardian

Archaeologists may have unearthed the remains of a woman whose execution had a lasting impact on the writer Thomas Hardy, inspiring the fate of one of his most beloved creations – Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

imageExcavators found the bones at Dorchester prison in Dorset, where a 16-year-old Hardy watched the public hanging of Martha Brown after she was convicted of murdering her violent husband.

Legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie granddaughter’s exile – The Scotsman

THEY called her “the Lady of the Heather”, and she was rumoured to be the illegitimate granddaughter of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

If she was, she could hardly have come further from Scotland. For the place she called home was at the very edge of civilisation, if not over it: the now uninhabited Campbell Island, 450 miles south of New Zealand.


imageUtah man dies in police custody after being jailed for $2,400 unpaid medical bill

What Kind of Person Are You? ‘Two Kinds Of People’ Tumblr Illustrations

Navigating a Mother’s Mental Illness Through Photography | TIME

‘Like talking to a 30-year-old murderer’: Teen charged with killing his little sister – The Washington Post

Pauline Cafferkey: As Ebola nurse returns to hospital, scientists’ fears about virus living on in tissue are confirmed | Science | News | The Independent

And our last link…

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This is a dam in Italy.

This Vertical Dam is Located at Italy's Gran Paradiso Park...


See those little dots?


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Yeah, fucking goats!!!!!


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49 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: You know that I’m no good.  ”

  1. I’m going back to bed, or hide under the covers. Even the cup of coffee can’t keep me awake!

  2. polculture says:

    Your second graf reminded me of this song.

    Consider these lyrics:

    I’m ever upper class high society,
    God’s gift to ballroom notoriety,
    I always fill my ballroom
    (The event is never small)
    The social pages say I’ve got
    The biggest balls of all
    Oh I’ve got big balls
    I’ve got big balls
    And they’re such big balls
    Dirty big balls
    And he’s got big balls
    And she’s got big balls
    But we’ve got the biggest balls of them all
    And my balls are always bouncing
    My ballroom always full
    And everybody comes and comes again
    If your name is on the guest list
    No one can take you higher
    Everybody says I’ve got

    It’s so perfect for Trump it’s scary. It should be his theme song.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Those ’60s illustrations make me nostalgic. Thanks for another enjoyable post JJ.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Post by President Obama on SCOTUS blog today:

    A Responsibility I Take Seriously

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks so much for posting the article about Martha Brown, the likely model for Thomas Hardy’s Tess. Really fascinating.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    The palace of poor taste?


  7. Pat Johnson says:

    My local newspaper endorsed Hillary for president. On the other hand they also endorsed Marco Rubio on the Republican side.


  8. Sweet Sue says:

    Melania is pretty, but her Mittel- European accent completes the picture of Trump as a Bond villain.
    All that’s needed is for the Donald to be petting a long haired cat.

  9. List of X says:

    Remember that story about Bernie supporters chanting “English only!”? Turns out, it’s not true:

      • List of X says:

        No, it doesn’t. I remember seeing that story in several places and I assumed it was true, until I read the Snopes fact check. There’s even a video of the incident on the Snopes page if you care to watch.

        • janicen says:

          I’ve watched it. Nothing is clear but I don’t think anyone is denying that Dolores Huerta volunteered to translate after a request for a translator was made and she was not allowed to translate because she was suspected of bias. What exactly did they think she was “up to”? This woman is a civil rights icon and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom because of her service and sacrifice (her spleen was removed after being beaten by police) for working people. Go ahead and cling to whatever slopes is saying. The bottom line is Dolores Huerta was disrespected and Bernie can no longer hope for strong support from the Latino community. Snopes can’t take back the video of the rich, white, actor shouting in the face of Dolores Huerta. It smacks of desperation and frankly, comes across as the death throes of a campaign.

          • List of X says:

            The story was “Bernie Sanders supporters chanted ‘English only!’. I have watched the video – the part in question, 53:00 to about 57:00, three times now, and “English only” was said by the moderator and the moderator was the one who did not allow Huerta to translate.
            Huerta’s civil rights record and Presidential Medal of Freedom are impressive, but they have nothing to do with this “Bernie Sanders supporters chanted ‘English only!” story, so I’m going to cling to Snopes here.

          • janicen says:

            What I find very frustrating about all of that is that Dolores Huerta was disrespected and I do not doubt that she heard something we did not. She described it in a way that could lead one to believe that all of the Bernie supporters erupted in a chant equivalent to “heil Hitler” at a Nazi rally in 1930’s Berlin, but it was more likely that she heard it repeated a few times by a few people there and it was frightening and confusing because she simply went up to offer her services to help her own people and to make sure that non English speaking people could understand the voting process. Some people raised their voices at her and were very rude and disrespectful because they did not know who she was and they were so conditioned to believe that anyone supporting Hillary must be as dishonest as they have been conditioned to believe that Hillary is so they must react forcefully to keep her out of the process. Then others, rather than look at the entire situation as a truly unfortunate event where a civil rights icon was made to feel afraid and was disrespected and voters were denied their right to a translator because of the boorish behavior of the mob, now want to distract us from all of that by focusing on the parsing of the word “chanting” and using that to call Dolores Huerta a liar and discount the entire encounter as if nothing happened at all. Something happened and it was not good at all. You can cling to the Snopes story because it fits your narrative. It won’t change what happened to Ms. Huerta and no amount of Snopes clinging can erase the video of Susan Sarandon harassing Ms. Huerta because she disagreed with her choice of candidate.

        • bostonboomer says:

          X, Did you watch the full video where a Bernie staffer tells Susan Sarandon to go and troll the Hillary people? She got in Delores Huerta’s face and yelled at her–basically called her stupid. The woman is 85 years old. There’s simply no defense for what happened.

          Bernie is done anyway and he knows it. He has pulled out of TX, SC, Ark., and other states.

          • List of X says:

            I did not watch the part with a staffer and Sarandon, but I watched the part where Sarandon was getting in Huerta’s face. So yes, that actually happened according to the video.
            But I don’t think “Bernie Sanders supporters chanted ‘English only!” did.

          • bostonboomer says:

            So Huerta is a liar. How does that help Bernie?

          • ANonOMouse says:

            I don’t think there’s anyway to look at the video and hear what was being said or chanted by people not standing in ear shot of the microphone, but I have no reason to question Delores Huerta. Her civil rights record, unlike Bernie, on behalf of Latinos is IMPECCABLE and BEYOND REPROACH. If she says there were chants of “english only”, then there were chants of “english only”. As for Susan Sarandon, she was a sad spectacle lecturing Huerta, very sad indeed.

        • bostonboomer says:

          Are you actually calling Delores Huerta a liar????

          • Fannie says:

            You got it right, the Bernie camp even has a petition out calling for her to apologize to them! They want her fire. You know they did the same thing with Gloria Steinem, with Madelyn Albright, and John Lewis. This is how they roll over the women who gave us women’s liberation, and the lady who brought out the UFW, and succeeded with HUMAN RIGHTS concerns, as well as John Lewis, who like the others spent a great deal of time, their very lives. Establishing the US Commissions on Civil Rights, and Equal Employment Opportunities. These are people who opened doors because they had been denied, and still are. To say that Latinos have been almost completely overlooked until Cesar Chavez and his brother, Richard (former husband to Dolores), and together when she too this to the fields, to the schools, involved all her life in programming, in order to bring Latinos to the table to be involved and stay involved. She has improved the lives of millions in migrant camps, and she influenced my life too.

            Susan Sarandon is the face of Loreal Paris, might want to see about those human rights, and child labor violations, and ads that do not speak well of the workers.


          • ANonOMouse says:

            Yes, he is calling Delores Huerta a liar because those who support Bernie don’t want to believe that some of his supporters are behaving poorly.

          • ANonOMouse says:

            From Crooks & Liars:

            Huerta: “The fellow that was running the caucus said that the first person to come up to the stage could translate, so I went up. Nobody else did,” she said. “Then the Bernie people started yelling no, no, no. One of their people came up, and I suggested we both translate. But the moderator decided we would have no translation. So the Bernie people preferred we would have no translation just because I was going to do the translating. It’s ridiculous, because if I had said something that wasn’t accurate, I’m sure somebody would have corrected me.”

            Delia Garcia, the woman who originally posted the video, told ThinkProgress she was with union members who needed a translator.

            “We were with the Culinary Workers, and a good chunk of our supporters wanted a translator,” she said. “Dolores Huerta started going up there and Bernie supporters started booing, saying, ‘Don’t let her get up there.’”

    • NW Luna says:

      From the Snopes article:

      … “Only eligible, registered caucus participants may participate on caucus matters or elections … Campaign staff and campaign volunteers who are observers will not be allowed to communicate, signal, or instruct the eligible caucus participants once the caucus is called to order by the Temporary Chair.”

      We tried several times to contact Huerta on 20 February 2016, but have not yet received a reply.

      On 22 February 2016 we contacted Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and Temporary Precinct Chair (TPC) of the 20 February 2016 Harrah’s Caucus. Presumably, Buckley was the individual referenced as TPC in media reports and made the call to proceed without translation under the circumstances:

      So Huerta isn’t supposed to interpret as she’s not an eligible, registered caucus participant. Yet they allow Buckley, who’s described as Chairman of the New Hampshire Dem Party to be a Temporary Precinct Chair in Nevada? That is contradictory, or a huge double standard, or they got their states wrong. If the last, then I’m thinking….verisimilitude …. are they any good at fact-checking?

      • bostonboomer says:

        Sarandon wasn’t a participant and she wasn’t supposed to be on the floor period. She had to be ordered to stop talking and leave. That part was in the full video that I saw.

      • List of X says:

        I googled him and he is from New Hampshire. I don’t have an explanation what a DNC chairman from New Hampshire is doing moderating a Nevada caucus, but they didn’t get the states wrong.
        I don’t know how good Snopes is at fact-checking, but I tend to take their word over even the stuff my parents forward to me 🙂

        • Fannie says:

          I tend to believe the woman that I know, and worked within her community, and know the cause of the little brown woman. I’ll take her word any day over anyone else, including Snopes.

        • quixote says:

          This video is relatively clear. The Bernie side is doing a lot of yelling, but I doubt that would faze an old campaigner like Huerta. She never gets to try. The moderator obviously is disturbed by the unruliness (call it what you like). Says “English only” in an I-give-up tone of voice, and then there’s much whooping, cheering and clapping from the Sanders corner. They are obviously delighted that someone who represents the opposition to them, who happens to be a civil rights icon, has been shut down.

          Whether the onlookers are saying English Only or not, I can’t make out. But that’s hardly the point. They’re very vocally delighted when the moderator says it. The meaning is the same.

          As for Snopes, they repeated the Sarandon side of it without checking the facts first. Kind of mindboggling for a fact-checking site, but who knows what was going through their minds. Don’t know if they’ve had the good sense to publish a retraction or not.

          • ANonOMouse says:

            I’m beginning to think the Sanders supporters need an explanation concerning what a civil rights “ICON” really is!!!! Huerta has dedicated her life to civil rights activism and she was treated with total disrespect at that caucus. Sanders belonged to a campus Civil rights group in Chicago and got arrested once. His participation in civil rights issues lasted less than 3 years from the information I’ve read. Sanders then exits the civil rights stage and ends up in all white VT, but his brief participation and arrest are touted as iconic? PLEASE!!!!!!!! If I was Bernie I wouldn’t have added that brief episode to my biography, but I guess it makes for a better read.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Yes. Thanks for explaining what happened so well. It’s good to see you Quixote!

      • Fannie says:

        I didn’t know that Luna….about Bunkley. They have a very bad pattern of pissing off democrats, and I am tired of them snipping and harping on us. They are the ones, stealing and lying, and pretty soon someone is going to get hurt.

        We’ve tried to prevent the desperation, but Bernie doesn’t demand it stop. Talk about some corrupted crooks wanting to take over the white house. I’m tired of the sexism and automatic male supremacy, we are never going to see this resolved because he contradicts others who have fought so hard to free women and blacks and latino’s and others.

        When they start disrespecting our fighters in the movement, we need to say NO you don’t get away with it.

  10. OldCoastie says:

    Those must be anti-gravity goats.

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Another black woman died in jail the same week as Sandra Bland. She was arrested for an outstanding fine. She was sick, was taken from the hospital by police and put in jail where she was denied water and died of dehydration.