Sunday, October 22, 2017
This is the third anniversary of the 2014 terrorist attack in Ottawa. A soldier guarding the Tomb of the Unknown was killed, and the gunman was later shot dead in Parliament. (This is the soldier — Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Gosh, he was gorgeous, wasn't he?)
And how did Canada react? Well, we can tell you that it didn't lose its mind. It didn't fly flags from every doorstep, protest against mosques in neighborhoods, or warn citizens to "watch what they do, watch what they say." Canadians quietly supported one another — as quietly as they observed the anniversary today. These are good things.
So okay, Bill 62 in Quebec is a step back. But we have faith that Canadian reason will prevail. That's the national character you get when your country values and welcomes all people. We cats PURR.
We cats are looking forward to seeing Hillary Clinton tomorrow night as she brings her What Happened book tour to Montreal. Meanwhile, we have some bite-sized thoughts and observations on the news of the day.
It's been a couple of weeks since the Harvey Weinstein nightmare broke. A lot of Republican opportunists have jumped on the blame-the-left bandwagon and demanded that prominent Democrats disavow Weinsten and even return his money. Well! We cats just have one question for the Tucker Carlsons (and other hypocrites) of the world: Why is it taking you so long to condemn Bill O'Reilly and FOX "News"?
Did you know that today is the second anniversary of Secretary Clinton's marathon 11-hour testimony to Congress on Benghazi? History will record that Shiny Trey Gowdy and his merry band of hapless conspiracy-mongers were unable to lay a glove on her. But gee... was it that that made them realize they'd need Vladimir Putin's help to defeat her? Or did the treason start even before then?
Speaking of Benghazi, we'd just like to point out that while Niger casualty and latest American hero La David Johnson was laid to rest in South Florida yesterday, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson was at the services — and Trump was golfing.
Finally, wow — did you see the five former Presidents at the hurricane fundraiser this weekend? We aren't so sure about the condition of Bush Senior, and George W. couldn't seem to refrain from smirking even during the national anthem. (Waiting for Trump to furiously tweet about that.) But gosh — our Democratic former Presidents are looking fantastic! Especially Jimmy Carter, who at 93 seems destined to reach his cherished goal of outliving the last guinea worm. We cats PURR.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
We already know that Republican State Representative Betty Price's inquiries as to whether HIV-positive people can be quarantined is repugnant and hateful. And it reveals that even the wife of the disgraced former HHS Secretary doesn't know the difference between infectious and contagious. As Bugs Bunny would say, what a maroon.
But you know what's funny about it?
It seems that most of those quarantined will be in Trump Country.
Sorry, Republicans! Your voters won't be able to make it to the polls because they're under house arrest. We cats PURR.
Friday, October 20, 2017
As we cats have noted, the right wingers, Trumpsters and Republicans have landed on Congresswoman Frederica Wilson like a duck on a June bug, making fun of her hats.
Even protofascists like Sheriff David Clarke — who is known for wearing flamboyant headwear himself — has jumped on the bandwagon. But we're sorry to report that men obsessed with what women wear are not confined to areas south of the 49th Parallel.
The National Assembly of Quebec just voted to ban women wearing niqabs from receiving public services. Which means they can't even ride a bus without uncovering their faces.
This Bill 62 is inherently wrong. We cats do not approve of niqabs or burkas or any belief systems that dictate that women should wear them. But an open, diverse, liberal democracy should be able to tolerate all forms of silly dress. Or, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put it, "I don't think it's the government's business to tell a woman what she should or shouldn't be wearing."
Take it from us — we've seen outfits on the streets of Outremont in Montreal that are sillier than burkas. But it would never cross our minds in a million years to tell the devout Orthodox Jews running around in them that they have to take them off. And it's pretty lame that a legislative body that meets in a room with a freaking crucifix on the wall should get all umbrage-y about other people's religions.
Meanwhile, a bright spot: Non-Muslim women, offended by the law, demonstrated at Montreal buses today with their faces covered. We love this. And we can't wait until Halloween. We cats PURR.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
In case you were ever in doubt about Republicans' disregard for the concept of public service, wonder no more: Pat Tiberi, a nine-term, white male GOP Congressman from Ohio, is not only not running for re-election in 2018, he says he'll resign by January.
See, he's gotten a real job — or what to him is a real job — at the Ohio Business Roundtable. So his constituents be damned.
We doubt that his seat comes into play — it's a pretty Republican district. But it means that the GOP will have to hold an expensive special-election primary to pick the next white male. So, good.
But we have to ask: Nine terms? Didn't Newt Gingrich used to say there should be no more than six? We cats HISS.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
We cats knew it would just be a matter of nanoseconds before someone on the Republican-right tried to brush off Congresswoman Frederica Wilson because of her hats.
And — yup! Ultra-right harridan hater Laura Ingraham has given it a shot. Called Representative Wilson a "nutbag," too.
We'd like to take this opportunity to remind all you young kittens out there that Congresswomen wearing distinctive hats has precedent. Bella Abzug started doing it because she was tired of people (mostly men) mistaking her for a secretary. So Laura Ingraham, who we hope is daily mistaken for something she's not, can take her comments about Representative Wilson and shove them.
Trump claims he has "proof" he didn't handle the call to Sergeant La David T. Johnson's widow the way Representative Wilson said he did. After which Wilson fired back at Trump: "How about you go get that proof and call me back?" We cats love that, and we PURR.
As Mamie Van Doren — yep, that Mamie Van Doren — so accurately tweeted, "Trump is obsessed with jealousy over the memory and popularity of President Obama." Or maybe he's just an inhuman monster. We cats are almost too disgusted to HISS.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
"This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner — and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers — is as low as it gets.
"We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it."
—Gregg Popovich, Coach, San Antonio Spurs
Monday, October 16, 2017
The malevolent sociopath who's fraudulently occupying the White House tried to lie today and say that President Obama and his predecessors didn't call or write the families of fallen service members. Thankfully, the world is bitch-slapping him for it.
We cats think it's a good time to remember that both the President and the Secretary of State were there to receive the coffins of the fallen from Benghazi. (Oh, and the Vice President, too.) Meanwhile, in the last 10 days since four American Special Forces soldiers were killed in Niger, Trump has been golfing. Five times.
Can we impeach him just for this?
Sunday, October 15, 2017
It appears that two so-called establishment Republicans running for Governor this year have decided to run their campaigns out of the Trumpster playbook.
Chinless Ed Gillespie in Virginia — who is about as establishment as they come, having served in the George W. Smirky Administration and as chair of the Republican National Committee — is running an ad demonizing his Democratic opponent, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, as the kind of guy who wants evil illegals to be able rape and pillage their way across the Old Dominion.
Kim Guadagno, Chris Christie's hapless would-be successor in New Jersey, is on the air with a similar spot. In short, both Gillespie and Guadagno have chosen to try to stoke the Trumpian fires of white fear and resentment in an attempt to ride to victory.
Call us cats mildly surprised. We would have assumed that both Republican candidates would try to run to the center in their blue-slash-purple states. But they've decided otherwise — and in Gillespie's case, he's gone all-out pro-Confederate-statues, too, apparently trying to nail down the support of the Tiki Torch Brigade.
So we're wondering what's going on here. What makes Gillespie and Guadagno think that kowtowing to the narrow, evil Republican base will make them winners on November 7?
We can only think of one answer: Vladimir told them so. We cats HISS.
Friday, October 13, 2017
We cats have had our fill of right wingers who have screamed for the past week about how prominent Democrats should have known that Harvey Weinstein was harassing and abusing women — and how they never should have taken his political contributions. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and countless other Democrats... should have known!
(Why? From what we can tell, Weinstein completely behaved himself around politicos. For example, there's no record that he tried anything with Hillary Clinton, so... We're just sayin'.)
Note to Republicans: WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY ANYTHING ABOUT CONGRESSMAN TIM MURPHY??
As in, Tim Murphy's behavior is a lot worse than "just" fearing that he got a lover pregnant and then encouraged her to have an abortion. Tim Murphy's Congressional office was absolutely, positively hell — and EVERYBODY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE KNEW IT.
The latest reports indicate that Murphy terrorized young staffers into staying in his employ lest he force them to repay their college loans. We cats call this total abuse. And apparently the word around Capitol Hill was that working for Murphy was hell on earth. In other words, as we just said, EVERYBODY KNEW!
When will the righteous Republicans be hoisted on their own petards? — when we Democrats have the balls to do it. So we cats call the GOP on its Weinstein hypocrisy, and we PURR.
P.S. To further demonstrate the moral vacuum in the GOP: Only 16 percent of the island of Puerto Rico has power, and many US citizens in Puerto Rico are dying of easily preventable bacterial infections. Trump should be impeached for this alone. Congress, you must act.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Perhaps you remember it actually happening — or maybe you just saw it in the Helen Mirren movie "The Queen" — but Elizabeth II faced a storm of controversy in 1997 when she did not fly the royal standard over Buckingham Palace after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
That's because the Queen was hewing to tradition, which called for the standard to be raised only when she was in residence. She was at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the time.
Well, much has changed — but the ever-execrable Ryan Zinke, former Congressman and now an Interior Secretary in a bit of hot water himself, has decided to style himself royal anyway. He flies his secretarial flag when he's in DC!
First, who knew that such a rag existed? Second, who does this guy think he is? Wait, we know.
Hey, Trump voters: Don't ever tell us that this crowd you and the Russians elected are for common folk like you. Their pretensions — like their policies — make us hack up a hairball. We cats HISS.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Today we observe the birth of one of America's and the world's great women, First Ladies, leaders, authors and humanitarians. And boy, if she were around today, would Eleanor Roosevelt be pissed. We cats PURR in her direction anyway.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
We cats are not football fans, and one of the reasons is the suffocatingly militaristic faux-patriotism that organizations like the NFL shove down our throats. All sports are guilty of this, although hockey, we believe, is less so. At least hockey doesn't have cheerleaders, either.
So we're completely not surprised that Roger Goodell and his zillionaire bosses are turning coat and demanding now that their players stop taking knees during the national anthem. We'll be interested to see how the players react — especially since, at the same time, ESPN has decided to punish a black sportscaster for suggesting that the sponsors of the Dallas Cowboys and the team's right-right-right-wing owner Jerry Jones should be boycotted.
While this latest kerfuffle was ginned up by the sociopath in the White House, everyone seems to be forgetting that the reason Colin Kaepernik started kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner was because he was disgusted and repelled by video after video of African-American men getting murdered by police. Yep, murdered. And then the killers getting off scot-free.
Well, we cats are sick of it, too. And sick of people like Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones, who have no idea what it's like to be black, stopped by a cop, and wonder if they'll get home alive.
And you know what? We're sick of the freaking national anthem, too. The only reason it's played before games today is because of a tradition that kicked off back in World War II — probably by event organizers hoping to sell more war bonds. It should have been left in the dust after that, but somehow we've ended up stuck with it. And our irritation is exacerbated by the facts that 1) it was originally a ridiculous British drinking song, 2) performers by and large sing it badly, and 3) Francis Scott Key was a terrible racist.
So, NFL players, keep taking those knees. And why not hum a few bars of "O Canada" to yourself at the same time? After all, it's a much better song. We cats HISS.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Any reasonable person could come to the conclusion today that Bob "Harold, Call Me" Corker is running for President. In 2020.
Or at least way seriously thinking about it. Especially since we know the following:
Corker is known to have considered running in 2016, was a possible Vice President for any GOP nominee, and was, despite Donald Trump's lies, a candidate for Secretary of State. So national ambitions have precedent here.
Trump's behavior is also of note. The White House has surely been busy gaming out 2020 challengers on the Republican side, and Trump was the one who picked this ridiculous fight. Once he did, Corker didn't hesitate to punch back, hard. It made us think that he plans to spend the next three years — assuming Trump lasts that long — doing more of the same.
See, it's easier to take swipes at Trump without having to explain a close loss in the 2018 Senate primary to some right-wing, knuckle-dragging Neanderthal (which you know Steve Bannon would have moved heaven and earth to make happen). It's also easier without having to record votes on dozens of litmus-test Senate votes that both the far right and the Democrats will force on GOP Presidential and Congressional candidates. And it's easier to do without being at the mercy of a possible Democratic Senate majority come 2019. (Yes, we know the chances of that are slim, but it could happen.)
Question: Has any political reporter looked at Corker's FEC reports to see how much is in his Senate re-elect fund that he could transfer to a Presidential campaign for a jump-start? Three months ago, he had $6.6 million. We cats switch our tails, and wait.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
We cats had to have Wayne LaPierre's "Christmas tree" comment explained to us today. We just couldn't imagine what in the world a tannenbaum had to do with innocent people getting mowed down by automatic rifle fire at a music concert.
But now we get it: LaPierre was saying that the gun haters of America are going to take advantage of the public outrage over a guy exercising his Second Amendment rights from a Las Vegas hotel tower to load up a bump-stock-banning Congressional bill like a — well, you know the rest.
Okay, Wayney Boy, you wanna talk Christmas? Let's talk Christmas.
We can think of close to 60 families who had somebody at that concert last weekend and who probably won't be having much of a joyous holiday season this year. Not to mention the 500 other families who will experience a rehab-and-recovery Yuletide, with not much more to celebrate than that a bullet missed a vital organ, artery or spine by a fraction of an inch.
As for Christopher Cox, that other NRA jackass, his "We don't believe bans ever worked on anything" statement is laugh-and-throw-up-at-the-same-time funny — considering how much the Republicans have tried to ban abortion and birth control lately. We cats HISS.
We cats are no fans of Bob Corker (and his racist "Harold — call me" campaign ad), so our hearts aren't exactly breaking that the crazy and unhinged occupant of the Oval Office is going after him today.
"Corker 'begged' me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee," Donald Trump claimed on the Twitter Thing this morning. "I said 'NO' and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement)." Really?? Hm! We'd like to hear Luther Strange, Mitch McConnell, the US Chamber of Commerce — and the rest of the Republican establishment that threw tons of money at Big Luther in the Alabama Senate primary — speak to the value of a Trump endorsement.
We are worried, though, about the hollowing out of the State Department. Will anyone in the media mention that all those empty slots at State have to go through a committee that Corker chairs?
Meanwhile, Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, we hope you're taking notes. This Administration is a nightmare from which we fear America will never wake. We cats HISS.
Friday, October 6, 2017
We don't know why the Republicans are so against Americans getting healthcare. But they are. They couldn't kill Obamacare in Congress, so like the vengeful spoiled brats they are, they're continuing to do everything they can to undermine it.
Refusing to publicize Open Enrollment is just one way they're throwing their Obamacare temper tantrum. So if you're on social media, please help spread the word — because your government (or at least, the sorry-ass version of it that we've got now) won't do it. We cats HISS.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Looking for a pick-me-up on an otherwise dismal news day? Here's one: Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania has abruptly decided not to run for re-election next year.
These things happen when a pro-lifer gets caught urging his mistress to have an abortion.
Goodness gracious, but this story is just chock-full of fun. First, Murphy is — like so many of these straying right wingers and Bible bangers — physically repulsive, so you wonder how any woman in her right mind would consent to making whoopee with him. Then of course there's his rank hypocrisy on choice: Gosh, just last night he voted to outlaw abortion after 20 weeks.
And then there's the image of the ever-loathsome Paul Ryan, who is already beset with members who are declining to run, having to deal with another crash-and-burn for 2018. And the 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania is home to 70,000 more Democrats than Republicans these days. We're not saying it's a slam-dunk for us, but we're happy any time Paul Ryan's life is made more difficult. Yay!
Our only regret? That Murphy's mistress wasn't really pregnant and didn't actually exercise her Constitutional right to choose. Witnessing another woman freely determining her reproductive destiny would have been an unexpectedly happy ending to an otherwise vomit-inducing tale. We cats HISS and PURR at the same time.
UPDATE: Murphy is resigning this month. Big surprise (not). We didn't think he would last till next fall. But here's a disgusting piece of news via POLITICO: Democrats didn't even put a candidate up against this hypocritical jackass the last two elections?? Shame on us! If there's one thing that the Murphy saga reminds us, it's that lightning can strike at any time. We cats HISS.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
As if Donald Trump making a fool of himself in Puerto Rico today wasn't enough, we headline-hunters were inflicted with this little gem this afternoon: A Jewish bakery in Boro Park, Brooklyn, has received a lovely piece of mail. (That was sarcasm. See above.)
We cats don't like its language, but we needed to post it so that our faithful readers could see how tightly entwined Trumpism is with hate.
It's all par for the course these days, isn't it? After all, today 13 member countries in the UN voted against a ban on the death penalty for being gay — and the United States was one of them. Oh, sigh. Where can we hide? We cats HISS.
Monday, October 2, 2017
We cats are getting to the point where we think the First Amendment ought to be suspended after an NRA rampage. (Yep, we blame the NRA for last night's mass killing in Las Vegas.) Well, okay, not the entire First Amendment. Just stuff like this:
"Thoughts and prayers" — We are sick, sick, SICK of this phrase. We are sending no thoughts and no prayers. And by the way, no money. We'll send thoughts, prayers and money after Congress enacts sensible gun-control legislation.
"This is not the time to politicize [blank]" — Republicans can go shove this statement up their asses. Not just at all times, but especially after mass shootings.
"Pure evil" — There have been so many killings, and "evil" has been used so much, that it's lost its meaning. Find a different word.
"Warmest condolences" — Whaaa? This Trumpy tweet struck us as mighty odd, and Adam Gopnik at The New Yorker agreed. Somebody needs to put Obama's post-Pulse statement opposite Trump's this morning and analyze them for syntax, reading level, vocabulary, etc.
"Gun show" — Not just the phrase. The shows themselves. Meanwhile, we cats are hacking up multiple hairballs, and we HISS.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
President Carter once said that he'd like to outlive the guinea worm. On this, his 93rd birthday, it looks like he just might. The number of guinea worm disease cases worldwide is down to 10 — all in Chad. (In case you're wondering, it started at 3.5 million in 1986 when The Carter Center began its eradication campaign.)
Way to go, Jimmy! And happy birthday. We cats PURR.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
In fact, many Joseph Welch moments. Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, we are proud of you! Meanwhile, to help the people of Puerto Rico on that island surrounded by water in that great big ocean, click here.
UPDATE: Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz must be doing something right: She's gotten under the very thin skin of the sociopath who calls himself President, who is relaxing at his golf resort while Puerto Ricans are dying. Keep it up, Carmen!
Isn't it amazing how the Trumpsters try to bury news by releasing it on Friday nights? Especially this Friday night, when lots of people are off the grid, atoning.
But it's kind of hard to squelch a major Cabinet resignation, especially when it's the ever-execrable Tom Price. And especially since he's only one of many Trumpsters who is fleecing the taxpayers for luxuries like chartered jets, cruises and meals. What was that line about the "swamp"? What a joke.
Our only question tonight: Now that Price is out, will he make good on that pledge to pay at least part of the money he stole from the American people? We cats think not. But will any reporter follow up on that? Sadly, we cats also think not. But we're willing to be pleasantly surprised. In the meantime, we HISS.
Wow! We cats have never had a lot of affection for the US Air Force Academy, but Lt. General Jay Silveria may be changing our minds. With this one speech, Silveria showed more leadership than all the Trumpsters in Washington. We cats PURR.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is facing a health crisis by thinking of people other than herself. This message is almost perfect — we would just add that Planned Parenthood, where many women get screened for breast cancer, must be preserved and protected at all costs. We cats love you, Julia, and we PURR.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Well! Not a very good day for the Republican Establishment, is it?
Their latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act went down in flames, and the appointed successor to the Alabama Senate seat of Jeff Sessions has just been obliterated by an extra-legal whackjob religious nutcase. AND Bob Corker is retiring. (By the way, we find the timing of Corker's announcement very interesting. Just sayin'.)
In light of this chaos, we cats are thinking back to the times when government worked. When was the last time that Congress actually accomplished a major piece of domestic legislation that not only changed the course of US history but also benefited millions of Americans? Gosh! It was the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010!
Everybody seemed to hate it then — and yes, we cats blame the Democratic Party and President Obama for failing to sell it — but now, it's the law of the land, and people like it. Or at least, they like it enough to be willing to show up in wheelchairs and get dragged out of too-small hearing rooms in opposition to its repeal. Which are mighty bad optics for the Republicans.
We are tempted to chortle too much at the GOP's travails. Our glee is tempered by our knowledge that the country relies on two sane, functioning political parties, and for awhile now the Republican side of that equation has so surrendered itself to the crazies that it makes governing impossible.
Maybe that's what the right-wingers want. But most rational, normal Americans prefer to have a federal government that doesn't nag them too much but which will be around to help them in a pinch. This the Bannons of the world don't understand, and until they do, we cats HISS.
It's Almost Time To Re-Enroll For Obamacare (Since The Republicans Haven't Been Able To Kill It Yet)
Hey, everybody! Partying hard in the wake of Graham-Cassidy's demise? Good! In the meantime, let's remind everybody that Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is coming up soon. Donald Trump won't tell you that, but we cats will! And we PURR.
Posted by The Cat's Meow at 8:20 PM
"The people of Puerto Rico" are not only US citizens — they are REPUBLICANS.
Well, okay, not all of them. But as this photo from the 2008 Republican Convention confirms, the US territory of Puerto Rico is not only home to 3.5 million Americans, it sends enthusiastic delegations to both national conventions every four years. (Maybe we can work on that statehood thing? Just asking.)
Meanwhile, is it possible that the psychopath in the White House doesn't know this? Is that why he spent the weekend screaming about football players instead of worrying about the American humanitarian crisis that's probably already erupting 1,600 miles from the US mainland?
And can we all just make a major note of the fact that on Sunday Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the government to send the USNS Comfort — a Navy hospital ship — to Puerto Rico to help? Apparently, someone in the administration listened. (Probably Secretary of Defense Mattis, but who knows?) Anyway, the ship is going.
Hillary Clinton, who should be President but isn't, is behaving more like the President than the current occupant of the Oval Office.
Meanwhile, we're proud to report that our Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has already kickstarted Puerto Rico relief efforts — not waiting for the racists in Trump World to realize that, in the words of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Hurricane Maria is "going to be Trump's Katrina."
Oh, sigh. Will the nation survive until November 2018? November 2020? Will either or both of those elections be compromised by Russian interference as 2016 was? We cats are on tenterhooks, and we HISS.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Today it feels like the United States of America is coming apart at the seams. Bet you had no idea how much who is President matters, did you? We cats knew. Here are a few things that are freaking us out right now.
Does anyone doubt that the sociopath in the White House started his tweetstorm about the NFL because he knew the Jared Kushner email story was about to break?
Does Donald Trump know that 3.5 million Puerto Ricans — who are at this very moment on the brink of a humanitarian crisis — are American citizens?
Does Trump know that Saudi Arabia, which is not on his list of travel-restricted countries tonight, gave us 15 of the 19 September 11th hijackers?
Should we be worried that Trump and his fellow man-child over in North Korea could start a nuclear war? If not, why not?
Why don't we trust Mark Zuckerberg to fix that democracy-destroying clusterfuck he's in charge of known as Facebook?
Do we really think that the Republican knaves and fools in the White House and Congress will be able to bribe Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins to support Graham-Cassidy?
Finally, Joy Reid interviewed a brilliant, incisive, informed, caring and qualified public servant the other day. It aired on MSNBC this morning, and we cannot understand why, after earning more than 65 million votes, that wonderful person is not our President. We cats HISS.
Did you know that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is the son of a former GOP Senator from New York? It's true, although father and son barely resemble one another in their worldviews. Thanks to his opposition to the Vietnam War and other now-lefty positions, Charles Goodell (who died in 1987) would not be welcome in today's club of hatemongering knaves and fools known as the Republican Party. Roger? We're pretty sure he was in the voting booth last November checking the box for Donald Drumpf.
Pretty amazing when you consider that the younger Goodell has just been squeezed into the awkwardest of positions by America's mentally ill President, to whom many NFL owners have made huge political contributions. And now Drumpf — to distract from the looming debacles in Congress and the Alabama Senate race? — is lecturing them about how they should fire players who take a knee. Poor Roger: He's had to accuse Donald Drumpf of "divisive comments" and "a lack of respect" for the the league. Gosh, it must have just killed him.
On the other hand, maybe Roger really is mad. After all, most of his bosses— we'll leave out the nonprofit Green Bay Packers, who are publicly owned — are fervent capitalists who don't like anyone from government telling them how to run their businesses. They don't tell Drumpf how to run the country, do they? (Well, maybe in the case of Jets owner Woody Johnson, they do. Johnson is, inexplicably, the Ambassador to Great Britain.)
Personally, we cats hope that players sink to their knees en masse at today's games. We dislike football and its unthinking, testosterone-fueled culture, but we may set all that aside and tune in. Drumpf's assumption that "team owner" means people like Johnson and Lurie and Benson and Kraft own the very African-American human beings who play for them is just that offensive. Kneel away, guys! We cats HISS and PURR at the same time.
Friday, September 22, 2017
We cats have never been to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Know why? Because we couldn't get in.
Even though we are Charter Members, there was no way we would have been able to fight the crowds that descended on the museum after its opening last fall. And now that we've moved to Upstate New York, hours of travel would be involved. So we're thinking that maybe we'll visit sometime during the sixth of our nine lives.
But our physical presence apparently doesn't matter, because the museum is going gangbusters. One year into its existence, it's rearranging tourists' schedules and resetting the pace of life on the Mall. Finally, finally, there's official space dedicated to people whose backbreaking work helped build this country, but whose contributions were not only unacknowledged but dismissed, diminished and marginalized. And now it's the "Hamilton" of museum tickets.
We cats love this. Particularly since racists and Nazis are having the time of their lives in the first year of the Trump Administration. How amazing, then, that a Smithsonian museum dedicated to the history of people the haters despise is ascendant at the same time.
"There is an energy along 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW that feels new, and welcome, in the city," said The Washington Post. We cats agree. And we PURR.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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
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.
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
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
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
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.)
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.
Friday, September 15, 2017
One history-making, groundbreaking woman pays tribute to another. We cats would have preferred to see a President giving this moving eulogy, but we'll take it. And we PURR.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Is it just us, or is everyone tired of grown-up people with male genitalia acting like those genitalia? Jeez. It seems like everywhere we look, there's a guy who seems hell-bent on repulsing us.
Thankfully, in some cases, books have been deservedly thrown. Martin Shkreli has just been hauled off to the hoosegow for soliciting assault. (Against whom, you probably know.) Anthony Weiner — you'll note that we don't confine this list to non-Democrats — is not just marked and humiliated for all time but is trying to stay out of the slammer himself. But other idiots are still enjoying unfettered fame and success. Like Floyd Mayweather, who seems to think assault is just fine — but of course, he hurts people for a living, doesn't he?
And then there's Donald Trump, who always wins the prize for being an offensive jerk or a clueless erratic, and who is currently doubling down on the latter just to try and take the spotlight off his 2016 rival's book tour. (Our opinion. But we've gotten a lot of likes for it on Twitter.)
We cats had just started wondering if all was lost when we stumbled across some reassuring news: "Sports Center" co-host Michael Smith refused to appear last night if ESPN made good on its threat to take his colleague Jemele Hill off the air. The network turned to two other male co-hosts to sub for Smith, who also told EPSN to take a hike. So the network backed down, and the show went on. Kind of like the Saturday Night Massacre, except without Archibald Cox getting fired.
Kudos to Michael Smith, and to all solid, smart, liberal guys who help us remember that not all men are pigs — it's just that a lot of the ones who are happen to hold political power right now. We cats HISS and PURR at the same time.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
If you live in Florida and just got your power back, you probably missed the latest Pope-Francis-ripping-the-GOP news.
Ending DACA, Frankie declared, is not pro-life. "Family is the cradle of life and its unity must be protected," he said. Naturally, there's no indication that the pontiff's scolding has had any effect on the soulless hypocrites in the White House.
Meanwhile, there's Texas.
Thanks in part to all the Baby Boomers who are continuing to age into Medicare, the uninsured rate nationwide has dropped to 8.8 percent, a record low. But in Texas — famous for its independent, hey-Washington-don't-tell-us-what-to-do spirit — it's 16.6 percent. That's one in six Texans without health coverage. Paging Greg Abbott! That's pro-life?
In fact, Texas and Alaska are the only two states with uninsured rates that are higher than 14 percent.
Well, let's look on the bright side: When the Texas rate continues to rise due to Trump's sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and the Republicans' gutting of Medicaid, we'll have some real numbers on how the GOP has shortened, and in some cases ended, people's lives.
Maybe in time for 2018, even. Although by then there could be fewer Texans left to vote. We cats HISS.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
—Edith Windsor, 2009
"Sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt."
—President Barack Obama, 2015
"He was right that Democrats needed to strengthen our focus on working families and that there’s always a danger of spending too much time courting donors because of our insane campaign finance system."
"He also engaged a lot of young people in the political process for the first time, which is extremely important."
"Bernie deserves credit for understanding the political power of big, bold ideas. His call for single-payer healthcare, free college, and aggressive Wall Street reform inspired millions of Americans."
"Even though I understood that a lot of Democratic primary voters were looking for a left-wing alternative, I admit I didn’t expect Bernie to catch on as much as he did. Bernie and I had a spirited contest of ideas, which was invigorating."
(And of course then there's all that other negative Bernie stuff, which in our view is pretty tame but which people can't seem to get enough of. Still and all, Hillary Clinton doesn't have to ask anyone's permission to say what she wants. And who's drawing record crowds to a book tour starting today? We cats will stick with HRC. And we PURR.)
Monday, September 11, 2017
We cats are pleased to report that our fellow (and nearly-as-famous-as-we-are) felines at the Hemingway House in Key West have come through Hurricane Irma unharmed. Six toes, nine lives and still counting! We Democratic cats PURR.