Thursday, September 21, 2017

Somewhere, There Must Be Little Lindseys

By Sniffles

We cats will never get Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon confused again.

Are you surprised that we once did? It's true. Although we are nocturnal creatures, we run around the house stalking imaginary mice, dumping over litter boxes and riding the ceiling fans — not watching late-night TV. When we need to catch up on something, we do it on the Interwebs.

And with Jimmy Kimmel's brilliant rants against Graham-Cassidy, there's a lot to catch up on. Last night's monologue was another true gem, and we hope he keeps at it again tonight.

Trumpsters and Republicans are grumpily complaining that comedians like Kimmel should stick to being funny and leave politics alone. That's not only ridiculous — comics and talk-show hosts have been political for more than half a century, now — but Kimmel is uniquely qualified to be on this particular soap box. Armed with the riveting story of his baby boy's congenital heart condition, Kimmel's late-night platform helps him reach people who normally wouldn't give a second thought to healthcare reform. Kimmel can get their attention, make them think — and maybe even inspire them to reach for the phone.

(What's that Capitol Hill number again? Oh, yes: 202-224-3121.)

If Graham-Cassidy dies a well-deserved death, Jimmy Kimmel will be one of the heroes of the day. In the meantime, we're trying to figure out where G-C co-sponsor Lady Lindsey has squirreled away those kids he allegedly has, since he blasted Kimmel and said, "I understand the emotional nature of having a sick child." Really? He does? Guess the rumors aren't true, then. We cats HISS and PURR at the same time.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Act Of "Moderation" Is The Oldest Trick In The Book

By Miss Kubelik

News bulletin: The Republican speaker of the Texas House has called for a Confederate plaque on the state capitol grounds to come down.

To which we cats say, big woo.

Really! Before you get all squishy about Joe Straus and his sudden attack of alleged reasonableness, remember that this is just one plaque on one building. The damage that the Republicans have done and are doing to the teaching of history is unbelievable — and it continues unabated.

That's because Texas is the largest state that buys school textbooks, and what goes into books used by students in Houston and Dallas and Austin and Abilene influences every other school tome in the nation. Here are a few of the howlers they've produced:

The Texas Board of Education has backed textbooks that tout the merits of capitalism and GOP policy positions, and question the Founders' commitment to secular government.

Republicans support textbooks that teach that McCarthyism was good, climate change is a hoax and the Bible is true. They also have supported books that portray Muslims in a negative light.

A Texas mom complained after her son's geography textbook called Africans brought to the Americas in bondage "workers" instead of slaves.

Joe Straus and his GOP friends in the Texas legislature have no problem with any of this stuff. So let's all hold off on anointing him as the new voice of reason because he wants to take down one Confederate plaque, okay? We cats HISS.

Graham-Cassidy: Not The Only Weapon The GOP's Using To Destroy Your Healthcare

By Baxter

The Republicans never give up trying to ruin Americans' lives, do they? Graham-Cassidy may be marching along — mostly in the dark and behind closed doors — but thank goodness there are people like Jimmy Kimmel around to reach people who might otherwise tune us dedicated Democratic Party activists out.

Meanwhile, the Trumpsters and the GOP are slashing Obamacare's marketing budget to the bone, hoping people won't notice that, either. The cuts are impeding the government's ability to remind people that they need to sign up for healthcare coverage for 2018 this November (see above). So those of us who care if our fellow Americans get sick or die from lack of coverage are helping to spread the word.

But you know what else Republicans are cutting? Funds for healthcare navigators. And that goes beyond Open Enrollment.

"In addition to helping people sign up," NPR reports, "navigators often assist them throughout the year as their income or job status changes....Navigators can also be instrumental in helping clients save money on out-of-pocket costs, because the federal health law offers cost-sharing reduction subsidies for people earning up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level."

As Jimmy Kimmel said, healthcare is complicated. The services of navigators were built into Obamacare for a reason. But does the GOP care? Absolutely not. Which means it's literally a matter of life and death for the Democrats to get the House and Senate back next year. In the meantime, we cats HISS.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UN-Precedented

By Zamboni

We cats agree with Hillary Clinton that the 2016 election was seriously compromised and possibly invalid. Vladimir Putin, Paul Manafort, the Mercers, Steve Bannon, Cambridge Analytica — the puzzle pieces are known, we just need somebody to put them all together.

Meanwhile, we want Secretary Clinton to keep speaking out, and we hope that Americans will soon learn all the details they'll need to understand that Donald Drumpf is an illegitimate President. In our hearts, we know he is — especially on a day like today, when he embarrasses all of us at the United Nations. (Drumpf's threat to destroy another country is an, um, interesting use of the UN platform. It must have had Eleanor Roosevelt and Harry Truman spinning in their graves.)

But even knowing that the US is saddled with a fraudulent fool, we still think it's funny that the country Secretary Clinton cited with a recently overturned election was Kenya! Would America's most famous birther gets the irony? Probably not. We cats enjoy a few Cheshire grins about that, and we PURR.

(IMAGE: UN delegates today? Or "Springtime for Hitler"?)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Repealing Obamacare Is A Recurring Nightmare

By Sniffles

In case you thought the Republicans had given up on ripping healthcare coverage from millions and millions of Americans, think again. Graham-Cassidy, here we come.

Which means that alarmed Americans should be hopping on the phones, sending emails, holding rallies and showing up at legislators' offices. Because the Senate GOP is shopping the bill around to members this week to determine if they have enough support to bring it to the floor.

We cats are represented by Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, so we don't have to worry about them voting for this. But if you're unlucky enough to have a Republican Senator, or someone whose stand you're not sure of, let 'er rip. (The phone number is 202-224-3121.)

It would be great to see not just a repeat of Mitch McConnell's humiliating loss back in July, but a Graham-Cassidy version of yesterday's pathetic "Mother of All Rallies" for Trump — which drew all of about 10 people. We cats PURR.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fake, And Un-Fake

By Miss Kubelik

We cats refuse to republish the obviously phony photo of Donald Drumpf fishing felines out of the Houston floodwaters. Talk about fake news!

However, when it comes to right-of-center politicians, we have to admit that former Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada had at least one thing going for him: He loved us. In fact, he and his wife practically turned the PM's residence, 24 Sussex, over to homeless cats. (Perhaps that explains why it needs such a complete overhaul before the Trudeaus can even think about moving in.) Anyway, while we fault Stephen Harper for many things, not liking cats is not among them.

What a pity that he couldn't inspire our affection in return. But here's a belated PURR in his direction. (And a HISS, always, to Donald Drumpf.)

Not-Great Expectations

By Baxter

Ivanka Trump is having a hissy fit. "You expect too much of me!" she's screaming at liberals who allegedly hoped she'd have a moderating influence on the malignant-narcissistic sociopath she calls her father.

Ahem — no. It's the credulous media who whipped up those silly stories about Ivanka and her wimpy husband Dorian Kushner keeping Drumpf on an even keel. Not us liberals. We expected nothing of her. She has no right to be anywhere near our government. She is a nonentity.

But since the marker has been laid, we cats will run with it. Because we've just seen the news that Senator John McCain supports the Reed-Gillibrand-Collins bill, which block Drumpf's hateful order banning transgender people in the US Armed Forces. Said McCain: "Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve — including those who are transgender."

You know what this means? That Megan McCain could have more influence on her dad than Ivanka has on the pussy grabber. Take that, idiotic members of the Fourth Estate. We cats PURR.