Vice President-elect of the United States
Good luck y’all!
Yes, I’m sticking with it.
Image above from the Lady Parts Justice League Facebook page.
Before we get to the funnies, a few links to share.
On the title of this post, Grizzlies and Hoes:
VLADIMIR PUTINWE HAVE THE WORLD’S BEST WHORES
Putin held a news conference in the Kremlin, throwing shade at the ex-British intelligence officer’s so-called report. Putin said Trump’s been surrounded by beauty pageant contestants for years, and … “I find it hard to believe that he rushed to some hotel to meet girls of loose morals, although ours are undoubtedly the best in the world.”
Bottom line? If you’re into that sorta thing … come to Russia!
Who needs SNL when the actual Putin is putting out his own comedic skits?
And lets remember, “hoes” are Putin’s go to device, when he needs to grab ’em by the pussy…so to speak: Prostitutes, hidden hotel cameras familiar Putin tools | MSNBC
Rachel Maddow tells viewers about a past example of prostitutes and hidden hotel cameras being used in a case of political hardball in Russia in which Vladimir Putin had a hand.
Then you have the Grizzly Bears…coming after your children!
At Tuesday’s confirmation hearing, longtime gun control proponent Sen. Chris Murphy asked Michigan billionaire and Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary Betsy DeVos outright whether guns had any place around schools.
“That’s best left to locales and states to decide,” DeVos responded. When pressed further by Murphy, who represented the district covering Newtown where the nation’s deadliest school shooting took place more than four years ago, DeVos looped back to a question asked earlier by Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming about an elementary school in his state. “I would imagine that there’s probably a gun at the school to protect from potential grizzlies,” DeVos noted.
If you think this is fake news…the video is at the link, you can watch it with your own two eyes.
Only a few more links and thoughts:
Improvements in Contraceptive Use Are Likely Contributing to the Decline, But Punitive Abortion Restrictions May Also Be a Factor
Contraception and Fewer Unintended Pregnancies Likely Drove 2011–2014 Abortion Decline But the Changing Political Landscape Imperils Access to Essential Reproductive Health Care
There Is No Greater Joy Than Watching Women Forced To Experience The Miracle Of Birth
Oh…fuck you Mike Pence.
And then there is this shit: GOP Rep Chris von Keyserling Arrested for Sexual Assault | The Mary Sue
After Donald Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape was leaked, one of the most prominent (and infuriating) responses was from all the people who brushed the whole thing off as just harmless words. These people refused to see Trump’s bragging of being able to do whatever he wanted to women because of his fame—that he could, as he so disgustingly put it, “grab ’em by the p—y”—as anything but talk, and those of us who dared to call the subject of that “talk” what it actually was (sexual assault) were criticized for not being able to take a joke, not letting boys be boys, and any number of other nonsensical excuses.
The problem many of us had with Trump’s words—you know, beside the fact that he was, yes, boasting about his penchant for violating women—was that when the now-President-elect brags about something like sexual assault, it is powerful, tacit permission for anyone and everyone else to do the same. And if you didn’t believe that was true before, well, here’s a disturbing new example of Trump culture, from another politician flaunting his presumed privilege.
Christopher von Keyserling, a “well-known” Republican representative in Greenwich, Connecticut was arrested last week, nearly a month after he basically recreated that boast of Trump’s, very literally.
Read about the grabfest at the link.
Now the cartoons.
This is an open thread…
That is my new greeting from now forward, because with the fascist tRump leading our country…that is the best salutation you can expect.
So many House Reps and Senate members are not attending the inauguration…I think the best reason was given by John Lewis, John Lewis: ‘I Don’t See Trump as a Legitimate President’ – NBC News
In an exclusive interview for “Meet the Press,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he believes Donald Trump’s election is illegitimate because of Russian interference in last year’s election.
More on the controversy here: Did Donald Trump Just Come for John Lewis During MLK Weekend?
I don’t want to re-hash the shit tRump said. It is too disgusting.
Here is a full list of Dems refusing to show up to Russia’s puppet swearing in party: WHIP LIST: Democrats boycotting Trump’s inauguration | TheHill
A growing number of Democrats are saying they won’t watch President-elect Donald Trump take the oath of office next week.The majority of Democrats plan to attend the inauguration and uphold the tradition of watching the peaceful transfer of power, regardless of party. But after an exceptionally divisive election, some are breaking with the norm.
As Jan. 20 draws near, 17 Democrats have announced they’ll boycott the inauguration.
Check out the names at the link.
And as that link above from The Root points out…all this comes on the weekend before we celebrate the National Holiday of MLK Day. (At least most of us will celebrate it.) YIKES: Biloxi, MS Sends Out Tweet Renaming Martin Luther King Day ‘Great Americans Day’ | Crooks and Liars
You know, this shit is beyond contempt.
I shouldn’t be surprised that a state that has the confederate flag actually IN it’s state flag is racist. I mean, they are literally showing us their “patriotic” American views, right? And yet I was still shocked by this tweet that was sent out by the City of Biloxi’s office twitter account this afternoon:
Yes, they renamed Martin Luther King Day “Great Americans Day.”
Twitter jumped all over this, and rightfully so.
The tweet has been deleted…but thankfully…the internet:
As some in the comment section of the C&L post observed, Mississippi was the last state to ratify the 13th Amendment. (Back in 2013)
The City of Biloxi responded of course: Gilich: Change name to match federal holiday
And get the name of the mayor…
Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, responding to a flurry of comments about a city tweet today referring to Monday as “Great Americans Day,” believes the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday should take steps to update the city’s Code of Ordinances to reflect the official federal name of the holiday, “Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” commonly known as “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”
Added the mayor: “This city’s longstanding support of our annual MLK celebrations speaks volumes about our support for this holiday. In fact, we’ve always celebrated this day as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”
The issue arose this afternoon when the city tweeted a one-line sentence that said non-emergency city offices would be closed on Monday “in observance of Great Americans Day.” The name has since been traced back to a City Council on Dec. 23, 1985 to proclaim the third Monday of every January “to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as other great Americans who have made important contributions to the birth, growth and evolution of this country.”
It’s the great port-a-potty cover-up for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Workers preparing for the inauguration Jan. 20 have taped over the name of the company — ‘‘Don’s Johns’’ — that has long supplied portable restrooms for major outdoor events in the nation’s capital.
Virginia-based Don’s Johns calls itself the Washington area’s top provider of portable toilet rentals. But the name apparently strikes too close to home for inaugural organizers.
Workers have placed blue tape over the company name on dozens of portable restrooms installed near the Capitol for the inauguration.
What a basturd !
Had to give you those in a link dump. I just can’t take this shit anymore. ( I did read the Quartz article, now that was funny.)
I will end this post with some interesting articles, because I have to.
TWO THINGS ARE TRUE about Leo Tolstoy in 1879. First, he had mostly given up on fiction, having published his two titanic novels, War and Peaceand Anna Karenina. The latter book exhausted him physically and morally: not long after its appearance, he termed his saga of adultery “an abomination.” He found novel writing to be a poor substitute for confronting religious issues and his existential lot. Second, because of his early literary acclaim and the immoral lifestyle it had spawned and enabled, he was miserable. He was so ashamed of himself that post-Karenina his ambivalent atheism collapsed and he sought a new relationship to the “truth.” He abdicated the throne of novelist and took up the mantle of religious critic — on the side of Christianity and against it.
…he asserts, in defiance, that “Christian teaching plays no part in life; one never comes across it in one’s relations with others and one never has to deal with it in one’s own life.” He pegs believers as “stupid, cruel, and immoral people who think themselves very important.” He tags unbelievers as the finest people he knows: they have “[i]ntelligence, honesty, uprightness, goodness of heart, and morality.” He renounces religion in favor of “reading and thinking” — in essence, reason — and recalls that five years prior “my only real faith […] was a faith in self-perfection.”
More at the link of course.
Molly Cleator, right, takes part in the “pussyhat” social media campaign to provide pink hats for protesters in the women’s march in Washington, D.C., the day after the presidential inauguration, in Los Angeles, California, January 13.
I want to make one of these hats…if I could just remember how to knit.
The last two links are with a H/T to some Sky Dancers via Facebook:
Modern medical science relies heavily on pharmaceuticals to treat patients. In fact, the use of medicinal plants has become taboo and is often labeled (incorrectly) as pseudo-science.
There was a time in American history when big-Pharma did not have such an influence on doctors, pharmacists, or medicine. During this time, pharmacists actually prepared medicinal plants for people in need to treatment.
From natural plants to elements!
whether you’re looking at something common like calcium, iron, and carbon, or something more obscure like krypton and antimony, how well do you know their functions? Could you name just one practical application for vanadium or ruthenium?
Lucky for us, Keith Enevoldsen from elements.wlonk.com has come up with this awesome periodic table that gives you at least one example for every single element (except for those weird superheavy elements that don’t actually exist in nature).
There’s thulium for laser eye surgery, cerium for lighter flints, and krypton for flashlights. You’ve got strontium for fireworks, and xenon for high-intensity lamps inside lighthouses.
Oh and that very patriotic element, americium? We use that in smoke detectors.
First unveiled in 1945 during the Manhattan Project, americium is produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons in a nuclear reactor.
The resulting americium is radioactive, and while the tiny amounts of americium dioxide (AmO2) used in smoke detector produces alpha radiation to sniff out a fire, it will deliver approximately zero radiation to anyone living nearby.
I kinda want to tell you all about rubidium and how we use it in the world’s most accurate time-keeping devices, and how niobium can help make trains levitate,but you should just check out the periodic table for yourself.
Be sure to go to the link to see the interactive periodic table. It is very cool.
And that is all for this Sunday, this is an open thread….
Tonight we stand together on a precipice and we look once more to our leader to make sense of things. President Obama’s farewell address from Chicago will be broadcasting live on CSPAN and other outlets tonight at 9 pm EST.
President Obama Farewell Address President Obama delivers his farewell address in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He’s expected to talk about the future of the country and American democracy, the role younger generations can play in the years ahead, and his time in office.
Many of my friends have headed there. He had a great run and now we’re about to see things get horrid again.
Obama’s loyalists spent the day grabbing each other for hugs in the airport, catching up, posing for iPhone photos, laughing sarcastically about how funny it is to run into each other here of all places. They’ve made jokes about writing poetry, venting. They ask what people are going to do next.
“I’m fired up,” one said to another on a plane from Washington Tuesday morning, with a twist on the old Obama line. “I don’t want to go. I’m ready to stay.”
These are weird times at the White House, a mix of senioritis and bitterness and throwing themselves into whatever work is left to take their minds off of what’s coming next, reading the emails that come every day with each new wave of departures and deciding which Gmail addresses and cell phones to copy into their personal phones.
Getting a cup of coffee downstairs at the mess can bring on a wave of emotions. Walking through the halls, each day a little more aware of the countdown, they try not to think much about what’s coming but they can’t stop thinking about what’s coming. The photos blown up and hung in the West Wing that were regularly updated as a running picture diary of recent weeks have now become the greatest hits—a shot of the inauguration, one of the president with microphone in hand and singing along with a band at the White House, done up in a tuxedo and First Lady Michelle Obama in a gown on the way to an event, sitting alone at his desk in the Oval Office marking up a piece of paper. Down in the press area, on the wall that every morning was used to print out front pages from around the country to see what was registering with the news of the day, now are print-outs of the best days of the administration—when Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed, when he signed Obamacare, when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.
“People are certainly taking stock of their tenure here, and I know the president is,” Earnest said Monday afternoon, in an interview with MSNBC.
We’ve spent 8 years without a scandal and with a first family that shine like stars. It’s been frustrating on many levels but when the President catches his stride he lands on the right path and he took us in the right direction.
Join us to say good bye to a man with whom we’ve all had a complex and complicated relationship and his always classy and smart First Lady.
Did you get to see the tweets from former Mexican president Vicente Fox?
I know that this is yet another Open Thread, but bear with me a little while longer.
Hellos to all, I’m still with my mama…that means she is still in the hospital. The morphine is working but hopefully today we will finally get some answers as to the direction the oncologist wants to take.
Being still in hospital limbo, my brain is not functioning. To be truthful about it, I don’t have a clue…what the fuck is going on out there in the world?
I’m afraid to face the reality that I’m losing my mother, and I am fucked if I will face the reality of a tRump presidency. Things could not be any shittier.
Someone please post a few interesting links below in the comments to get the day going. I just don’t have the capacity to handle it at the moment.
I’ve really hit a wall today. I’m kind of paralyzed. I don’t think I can stand to read or write another word about Donald Trump. He just plain sickens me. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such disgust for another human being before. The sight of his ugly, bloated, orange-tinted face and his ludicrous hair; the sound of his bellowing voice and vulgar accent literally turn my stomach. I can’t begin to imagine how we will survive his presidency.
So I’ve been sitting in front of the computer for hours trying to figure out what stories to share today; here’s what I’ve come finally come up with.
In the days following the election, president-elect Donald Trump appeared on 60 Minutes with a promise to be “very restrained” on Twitter as president, “if I use it at all.” But it’s hard to see Trump scaling back his use of the platform that turned him into a political phenomenon. Since then, the incoming president has sparked a diplomatic conflict with China; attacked private citizens, including a union leader; praised Russian president Vladimir Putin; and even more recently, decided to follow (and promptly unfollow) a Twitter account dedicated to posting pictures of kittens.
And Trump won’t stop tweeting anytime soon, no matter how much Melania begs. “Absolutely you’re going to see Twitter,” Sean Spicer, who will be Trump’s press secretary, told ABC News. “The fact of the matter is that when he tweets he gets results. So whether it’s Twitter, holding a news conference, picking up the phone, having a meeting, he is going to make sure that he continues to fight for the American people every single day.”
Right. He’s fighting for the American people, if you define “the American people” as billionaires, corporations, and foreign dictators. I used to love Twitter, and it’s still the best place to get breaking news; but now that tRump is dominating Twitter too, it isn’t much fun anymore.
tRump has been busy on Twitter for the past couple of days. He’s still attacking China, which seems like a bad idea. Yesterday he accused China of not helping control North Korea.
A state-run Chinese newspaper accused Donald Trump of “pandering to ‘irresponsible’ attitudes” Tuesday after the president-elect alleged that Beijing had failed to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Sunday that his country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Having conducted three nuclear tests during Kim’s five years in power, he is thought to be pursuing the missile technology it would need to attack South Korea. North Korea also has designs on reaching the U.S. military outpost of Guam and the U.S. mainland itself.
Of course tRump didn’t explain how he proposed to stop North Korea’s nuclear development plans.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry responded Tuesday that China’s hard work in trying to ensure the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is obvious to all, Reuters reported.
However, the state-run Global Times tabloid was more aggressive.
It responded to Trump’s tweets by stating that he was “pandering to ‘irresponsible’ attitudes” and stoking “the anxieties of some Americans” who blame China rather than looking inward, according to The Associated Press.
Also yesterday, tRump continued his insufferable bragging about winning the election.
This man is not only evil; he’s also incredibly boring.
He’s been even busier today–attacking General Motors and Obamacare, and criticizing the House for being so public about getting rid of the independent Congressional ethics office. He has no problems with gutting ethics oversight, mind you; he just wanted them to wait until no one was paying attention. After the public reaction to their brazen action, the House suddenly “reversed course.”
Following a public outcry, and criticism from President-elect Donald Trump, House Republicans reversed course Tuesday on drastic changes to the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.
After a hastily convened conference call, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) offered a motion to restore the current OCE rules that was accepted by the GOP conference via unanimous consent.
“They need to know the gravity of this situation,” said one senior GOP source ahead of the vote to restore the OCE’s full powers, while noting that the office was not without flaws. “The best thing may be to unwind it.”
The abrupt reversal marked a rocky first day for Republicans, one that was supposed to have been jubilant, with the GOP taking control of both chambers of congress and prepping for the takeover of the White House by their party leader, Donald Trump.
Of course tRump will soon take credit for this too.
Quite a few people seem to be dealing with the coming horror by reading books. A number of prominent writers have either weighed in on what’s coming or offered reading lists. Here are a few examples:
On Optimism and Despair, by Zadie Smith at The New York Review of Books.
I find these days that a wistful form of time travel has become a persistent political theme, both on the right and on the left. On November 10 The New York Times reported that nearly seven in ten Republicans prefer America as it was in the 1950s, a nostalgia of course entirely unavailable to a person like me, for in that period I could not vote, marry my husband, have my children, work in the university I work in, or live in my neighborhood. Time travel is a discretionary art: a pleasure trip for some and a horror story for others. Meanwhile some on the left have time travel fancies of their own, imagining that the same rigid ideological principles once applied to the matters of workers’ rights, welfare, and trade can be applied unchanged to a globalized world of fluid capital….
As my dear, soon-departing president well understood, in this world there is only incremental progress. Only the willfully blind can ignore that the history of human existence is simultaneously the history of pain: of brutality, murder, mass extinction, every form of venality and cyclical horror. No land is free of it; no people are without their bloodstain; no tribe entirely innocent. But there is still this redeeming matter of incremental progress. It might look small to those with apocalyptic perspectives, but to she who not so long ago could not vote, or drink from the same water fountain as her fellow citizens, or marry the person she chose, or live in a certain neighborhood, such incremental change feels enormous.
Meanwhile the dream of time travel—for new presidents, literary journalists, and writers alike—is just that: a dream. And one that only makes sense if the rights and privileges you are accorded currently were accorded to you back then, too. If some white men are more sentimental about history than anyone else right now it’s no big surprise: their rights and privileges stretch a long way back. For a black woman the expanse of livable history is so much shorter. What would I have been and what would I have done—or more to the point, what would have been done to me—in 1360, in 1760, in 1860, in 1960? I do not say this to claim some pedestal of perfect victimhood or historical innocence. I know very well how my West African ancestors sold and enslaved their tribal cousins and neighbors. I don’t believe in any political or personal identity of pure innocence and absolute rectitude.
The Audacity of Hopelessness, by Roxane Gay at The New York Times.
Throughout this election cycle I was confident of a Hillary Clinton victory because she is eminently qualified for the presidency and she ran a strong campaign. As I watch the election results come in, I am stunned. I was confident, not only because of who Mrs. Clinton is. I was confident because I thought there were more Americans who believe in progress and equality than there were Americans who were racist, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic. This is a generalization, but it’s hard to feel otherwise.
As I’ve watched the pundits try to contextualize Mr. Trump’s performance Tuesday, they have talked about how a postindustrial reality was a big part of his success. I understand why “economic anxiety” is part of the story — working-class families who have seen jobs disappear are looking for real change in Washington. They are hoping that somehow, a political “outsider” will create the kind of change that will, in turn, bring back well-paying jobs. I understand this hope. I want to see the American economy thrive for everyone, but I do not think Mr. Trump can revitalize the economy.
A bigger part of tonight’s story is that millions and millions of Americans are willing to vote for a candidate who has been endorsed by the Klan. They are willing to vote for a candidate who has displayed open contempt for women. They are willing to vote for a candidate whose base is openly hostile to people of color, immigrants and Muslims. We cannot ignore the hate that Mr. Trump both encourages and allows to flourish. I am terrified that the more virulent of Mr. Trump’s base will see his election as permission to act on hatred.
On Monday night, I was hopeful and excited. I thought Nov. 8 would be an amazing day. I thought we would finally see a woman president after 44 men held the office. To see the highest glass ceiling of all cracked, the idea of that meant so much to me. Now I wonder, will I see a woman president in my lifetime?
I feel hopeless right now. I am incredibly disappointed, but I cannot wallow in these feelings for long. I will not. The world will not end because of a Trump presidency. Tomorrow, the sun will rise and the day will be a lot less joyful than I imagined, but I’ll get through it. We all will.
So many of us felt and still feel the same way.
Division besets us. But the US must live up to its role in the world, by Marilynne Robinson at The Guardian.
Americans are very good at parsing disaster in order to learn from it. Now, with Donald Trump’s victory, it is time to do just that. From the very beginning, this election season has been a stress test. It has revealed weaknesses, actual and potential, in the American political system. Voters have now ensured these can no longer be ignored….
Elections are of unparalleled value as a means of letting the country know how things stand with it. Until the primary results started coming in, the press and the leadership of both parties had no notion that Trump would be a force to be reckoned with. His victory has made it very clear that they need much better means for understanding the public mind, which is, so long as we remain a democracy, the crucial factor in our national life….
The election itself showed us the degree to which Trump’s venting of anger and frustration resonated with Americans across the country, including those from traditional Democratic strongholds….
We have a role in the world we must try to live up to. With Trump victorious, just how we do that is a big question. We like to forget that the people of other countries follow our politics day by day. If the ugliness of Donald Trump’s campaign continues into his presidency, that will do more harm to our standing than any economic or military preeminence can recover. A city on a hill cannot be hid – even with a President Trump in charge.
Two reading lists from well-known authors:
Resistance Lit: Jonathan Lethem and T.J. Stiles via LitHub.
Nine Must-Read Books in the Age of Donald Trump, by Nina Burleigh at Newsweek.
What stories are you following today?
Well, it’s out with the…”Yeah, that was shit.” …and in with the… “Yeah, this is fucked…shit.”
I want to share this text with you…it is from my uncle.
These days, I am not certain of anything.
Nothing makes sense.
I hope he is right. It is all any of us can hope for really. Some sort of peace at the end of it all? Where there is finally love and tenderness….and understanding.
This is an open thread.