Activism: Saving The ACA: Fight Back

stack-dirty-dishes

Those dishes aren’t going to wash themselves.

Now, you’ve heard the call.

From dKos…

Senate Democrats to Trumpcare protesters: ‘Fill the streets outside every Republican office’

A call to action:

We are the backbone of the Democratic Party. Our representatives are asking us to stand up and be counted, to speak out and be heard.

It’s time. No one can do it for us.

Go out into the streets and protest.

Fight back.

O-

Posted in activism, Affordable Care Act, snark | 3 Comments

The Evening Quote, Leakers Gotta Leak Edition

(Wired)

Our new BFF Smoochie made a phone call to Ryan Lizza at the New Yorker and ironically forgot to go on background when he leaked all over the place:

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” (Bannon declined to comment.)

There’s so much more at the New Yorker link. Leakers Gotta Leak.

Posted in Anthony 'Smoochi' Scaramucci, snark | 3 Comments

Bad Ads, Cont.

Pizza

You can get anything on their pizza!

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)

Posted in Badvertising | Leave a comment

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Jeebus weeps

The Xristian Xrazies are spiking the ball in the end zone now that Comrade Preznint Stupid has declared that Your Kind Cannot Serve Here. Here’s a sample:

  • Peter LaBarbera, founder and president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality: “This news is so good I can’t remember feeling this good about public policy in so long because the Republicans are usually such wimps – and here we have a bold action by a Republican leader. What a concept!” he exclaims.
  • Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader says military brass, including the generals Trump consulted with before making the decision, say having people with gender dysphoria serving openly with healthy troops has been bad on morale.”There is research to point to that the transgender movement, transgenders in the military, definitely disrupt unit cohesion.”
  • Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness argues that the Obama transgender policy was very demoralizing to service members, particularly females.”Women in the military have said that they don’t want their private areas to be exposed to persons of the opposite sex – and [have been told] if they don’t like it [that] it’s their problem, not the transgender person’s problem.”
  • NOM: “Please sign our petition to thank President Trump for his courageous act, putting our national interests ahead of a narrow transgender political agenda being advanced by the left. LGBT extremists are orchestrating a campaign of vilification against President Trump and we must rally to defend his actions. It is wrong to use the military for a dangerous social experiment, and it is outrageous that the transgender community would think they can join the military and then stick taxpayers with the costs of sex-change surgeries and the other “treatments” that President Obama was giving them at our expense.”
  • Lance Wallnau: “BAM and then BAM again! This guy is a walking political nightmare for the devil!”Today he didn’t just roll back the sexual social engineering agenda of Obama in the military – He STOPPED IT! Check his twitter post. He said the Transgender agenda does not serve either military readiness or cost effectiveness, as sexual reassignment surgery will run 1.5 Billion dollars over the next 10 years.”THEN he caps off his Ohio rally with a new theme he’s developing in his mind about America. He sees family and faith as the great foundation. BRAVO! And then says “In America, we worship God – not government!”

    “Oh boy, that has them burning up in the media and academia elite!”

  • Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute: “Finally, a president who listens to the voices of reason, wisdom, and military expertise rather than to the cacophonous, incoherent voices of fools, Leftists, and military-antagonists.This momentous decision comes at a critical juncture. The military was poised to allow men and women with serious psychological disorders to serve openly in the military.”
  • Liberty Council: “I applaud President Trump for making America safe again,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The military is a lethal weapon designed to protect America and our allies. It is not a social club, a social experimentation petri dish, or ClubMed. The focus should be military readiness and unit cohesion. The President has kept his promise to return to military priorities by not continuing the ‘transgender’ policy that undermines unit cohesion, preparedness, and morale. The duty of military officers is to appropriately lead and prepare their personnel to serve and protect, and they cannot do that when there is confusion, dysfunction, and safety issues within the barracks,” said Staver.
  • The American Family Association applauds Hair Führer’s “courageous decision to end the usage of our military for social engineering and political correctness.”
  • Charisma’s Bob Eschliman: [Trump has] “shattered his predecessor’s grand social experiment in the U.S. military.”
  • Theodore Shoebat: “While this is great news, what really needs to be done is the death penalty for sodomites.”
  • Matt Barber: “Prohibit all open sexual deviancy in the ranks of the armed forces.”
Posted in snark | 4 Comments

In Which Zinke Gets Pwned

What Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke thought would happen


Hey guys, remember this morning when we learned about the bad Godfather script that Comrade Preznint Stupid and his minions were acting out to cajole reluctant senators to vote to strip healthcare from their constituents? You know, the virtual horse head that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ham-handedly tried to put into Lisa Murkowski’s bed (as it were), threatening to take away some of Alaska’s infrastructure projects like bridges and whatnot?

Well, Murkowski fights like a girl! *

Boom. Check and mate, Zinke!

*By which I mean she uses her brain to win and stoopid boys lose every time!

Posted in snark | 4 Comments

Midday Palate Cleanser

“Hey, baby…”

Swimming pool

“…You wanna skinny-dip with me?”

Posted in dogs, Palate Cleansers | 2 Comments

‘Your Kind Cannot Serve Here’, Cont.

What a wuss. Dude totally looks not ready for combat…

Some of the fall-out after Hair Führer tweetered that transpeople cannot serve in our all-volunteer military:

Axios:

White House and Pentagon officials are providing virtually no details about President Trump’s decision to ban transgender troops from the military for a simple enough reason: There aren’t any.

In the history of presidential decisions, this may have one of the biggest gaps ever between the amount of consequence, symbolism and resonance, and the quantity of internal deliberation or consideration:

  • Trump jumped the gun with his tweets yesterday morning, surprising the Pentagon and leaving thousands of troops in limbo because there has been no guidance on whether the decision is retroactive.
  • The tweets: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow … .Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
  • That was it: No press release, no white paper, no FAQ. The rule-making and guidance process is just beginning.
  • And this is a policy that administration officials feel is virtually certain to be challenged in court on constitutional grounds.

Something this big just isn’t done this way. It’s a victory for Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, no doubt. But there wasn’t a huge fight, or clear factions like on the Paris climate decision. Vice President Pence had little to no involvement. It wasn’t on the radar of most of the West Wing’s New York crowd.

  • Administration officials are like: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. They’re not mad. They’re not defensive. They’re just going: Yup.
  • Conservative leaders, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, had been talking to the White House about the issue. But as described by administration officials, the decision occurred almost by spontaneous combustion after Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, demanded it as part of an appropriations deal.
  • The White House appreciated his help on health care, and will need what the president calls “the Freedom people” again.
  • So it’s part of the current West Wing instinct to go with the base. But Trump apparently gave no great thought that this was his first real foray into the culture wars.
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis wanted to be deliberative for internal reasons, but his process was short-circuited by the tweets.

Stand by for answers to such questions as whether the military will continue to cover counseling and drugs, but not hormonal treatment or surgery. There’s a widespread assumption that the announcement will be moderated so that current troops are grandfathered in. But who knows?

All TBD!

Elmira Gantry, Possum Princess is really bad at her job:

Our good pal MonkeyFister has sent us an important DRAFT update from the Navy:

Background

Today, the President Tweeted about the Department of Defense’s Transgender Policy, which caused several questions from press outlets, and will likely raise questions among some Sailors and/or their families.

OSD Statement: “We refer all questions about the President’s statements to the White House. We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military. We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future.”

Talking Points

We will continue to work closely with the Defense Department and White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military.

We will provide any revised guidance from the Department of Defense to our Sailors. Until the Navy receives further guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), no personnel action should be taken regarding transgender service members. Furthermore, previously approved and in-progress medical care should continue to be given for transgender Sailors.

The Navy is actively participating in the Department of Defense’s Transgender Working Group, whose work continues.

Treating everyone with dignity and respect is something we expect from our Sailors at all times.

And of all things I would never expect, Ernst breaks with Trump on transgender military ban.

And let’s conclude with a little laugh:

Posted in Comrade Preznint Stupid, The Russian Usurper, DADT, Transphobia | 5 Comments

This Is Not Normal, Part Infinity

Seething Rage.
(image courtesy Scissorhead MonkeyFister)

Sweet Jeebus:

Trump administration threatens retribution against Alaska over Murkowski health votes

This story reads like a really bad first draft of the Godfather screenplay:

Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski’s vote. By that afternoon, each of Alaska’s two Republican senators had received a phone call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke letting them know the vote had put Alaska’s future with the administration in jeopardy.

Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said the call from Zinke heralded a “troubling message.”

“I’m not going to go into the details, but I fear that the strong economic growth, pro-energy, pro-mining, pro-jobs and personnel from Alaska who are part of those policies are going to stop,” Sullivan said.

“I tried to push back on behalf of all Alaskans. … We’re facing some difficult times and there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the policies that Secretary Zinke and the president have been talking about with regard to our economy. But the message was pretty clear,” Sullivan said. The Interior secretary also contacted Murkowski, he said.

Posted in snark | 7 Comments

This is NOT Normal

Tiger Beat on the Potomac published Anthony Scaramucci’s financial disclosure information as part of an article showing that he still stands to profit from his hedge fund while working in the White House.

Shit Storm ensues:

— @Scaramucci: “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45”. This tweet was later deleted

Um, does that sound like he was threatening Obvious Anagram Reince Priebus to you, too?

…why, yes, it does sound like a threat. For the record, noted ass-kisser Smoochi’s financial disclosure is a public document that is released through official channels upon request. But we digress.

Once Smoochi figured out that he had threatened the Chief of Staff and that his disclosure forms are public records, he deleted his tweet and then replied:

Posted in snark | 5 Comments

Log Cabin Republicans Punk’ed Again!

Log Cabin Republicans thought he’d make America Gay Again (Image: LGBTQ Nation)

Hey guys, remember that time that when the Uncle Tom’s Log Cabin Club said that Trump was the most gay-friendly candidate ever?

Good time, good times.

Yesterday was a big day for Y’all Qaeda: first Comrade Preznint Stupid kicked transpeople out of the military, the Justice Department said that LGBTQ people are not covered by the 1964 Civil Rights act, and Kansas is saved as Sam Brownback is nominated to be an ambassador-at-large for religious freedom.

Mike Pence is popping wood today, which will make the termites salivate again.

Posted in DADT, Homophobia, Transphobia, Uncle Tom's Log Cabin Club | 5 Comments