Friday, August 18, 2017

Tidbits And Cat Treats: Maybe There's Hope After All Edition

By Sniffles

Forgive us if we're not impressed with Bob Corker. Up until this week, he was one of the chorus of Republicans who were cutting Donald Trump slack because he was "new at this" or needed time to "grow into the job." These are the same Republicans who vowed to oppose Barack Obama from Day One. And during a national emergency yet!

Okay, hissy fit over. Meanwhile, the way people are talking, the whole Corker thing feels like Floodgate City to us. Kind of like Bishop Alfred Blunt in 1936, who criticized King Edward VIII for not attending church more and ended up unleashing a media frenzy over Mrs. Simpson. We don't know if Corker knows that something is about to happen, or if he's providing cover for someone, or what — but it's interesting to remember that after Blunt, less than two weeks later England had a new king.

We don't want Trump to resign. (Mike Pence, ugh.) But a few other tidbitty thoughts are racing around our furry heads. And they're hopeful:

1) Don't look now, but Canada is quietly renaming buildings and removing statues of guys who wiped out and otherwise abused indigenous people. Gee. Maybe someday we can work our way toward not just acknowledging the US's history of African slavery but our own crimes against Native Americans as well.

2) A statue of Roger Taney came down in Annapolis last night. Good. As the Supreme Court dude (and slavery supporter) who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott opinion, Taney never rated a statue in the first place. "We deserve to celebrate the heroes of Maryland, not the villains of history," said one onlooker.

3) The American Red Cross, The Cleveland Clinic and the American Friends of Magen David Odom have all canceled plans to hold fundraisers at Mar-A-Berchtesgaden. (Our question: What were they doing there in the first place? But, okay.) We're still waiting for Susan B. Komen to do the same. (Not holding our breath.)

4) Heather Heyer's mother, who's been kind of busy this week and didn't see Trump's Tuesday press conference in real time, has caught up on things now and says she won't talk to him. (We can't wait for the inevitable tweet: "I wasn't going to call her anyway!") Good for you, Mom. Speaking to Trump would just serve to legitimize him.

5) Finally, we agree with Micah and Tadrint Washington, two sisters whose car was rammed by that Nazi killer in Charlottesville on Saturday. The women weren't officially attending the counter-protest and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But before the crash they were amazed at the whiteness of the pro-Black-Lives-Matter crowd. "It was something to look at, so many white people, more than our race, out there, trying to protest, fighting for us," Tadrint Washington said.

That's the silver lining: Although it seems like America under Trump is trying like hell to throw itself back to the 1950s, it isn't. Our country is better than it was — and that racist pig in the White House can't change that. We cats PURR.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

"I Am Spartacus"

By Miss Kubelik

True confession here: We cats had no idea how many Confederate statues and monuments there were in these victorious United States. Mind you, the alleged glories of the Old South don't really weigh on our minds much — except when we indulge ourselves in a re-viewing of "Gone With The Wind." (Our favorite line of Scarlett's, when she's told that Lincoln has called for volunteers and it's war: "Oh, fiddle-dee-dee, don't you men think of anything important?")

But yes, they're apparently everywhere. Heck, there was even a Jefferson Davis plaque on the Hudson's Bay store in Montreal! (The store was built on the site of a house Davis lived in after the war.) That plaque is now gone.

What a surprising turn of events: The Confederacy is right in our furry faces, thanks to the Charlottesville haters and their Supporter-in-Chief, Donald Trump. The good news is that Trump and his merry band o' losers — hey, we didn't say it, Steve Bannon did — have inadvertently spurred the quick removal of the very statues they're screaming about, which as we all now know were erected to intimidate black people long after the end of the Civil War.

We're cheering, for a lot of reasons. First because it looks as if — at long last — the North is going to win the peace as well as the war. Second, because even when Confederate statues are torn down illegally, people are eager to take responsibility for it — like these folks in Durham, North Carolina (above). Civil disobedience lives! We cats PURR.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Burning Bright

By Zamboni

We cats are looking forward to seeing the Gallup tracking poll tomorrow. It should have the first Presidential-performance results since Donald Drumpf ripped off his KKK hood at Trump Tower yesterday (with two Jewish guys and a woman of color standing on either side of him, we might add).

Meanwhile, the Republican Party is in crisis. Their cynical Southern Strategy has been outed for good — ruined by a guy from Queens who has just destroyed their ability to wink-wink at haters, extremists and losers in the name of economics and not get thrown up on by the whole world. And Confederate statues are coming down all over the place, too! Gosh, they must be furious.

Oh, how our liberal hearts bleed for these jerks. To every Republican talking head on TV, wringing hands and excoriating Trump, we say this: It's your party, not ours. You allowed him. You nominated him. Sure, the media coverage of Hillary was horrible and the voters are at fault, too. But Trump wouldn't have been on the November ballot if you guys hadn't anointed him in the first place.

Republicans thought they would be able to ride the tiger and not end up inside. A word of warning for them: We know tigers. Tigers are relatives of ours. And tigers always get their meals. We cats PURR.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How We Feel.


Scary Clown

By Baxter

We cats are relieved that the White Supremacist Sympathizer-in-Chief gave his trainwreck of a news conference today in the vulgar confines of the Trump Dump in New York City and not at the White House. His comments would have seemed so much worse in front of the dignified backdrop of, say, the Diplomatic Reception Room. So, whew.

But otherwise — ugh, are we hacking up multiple hairballs, or what? We don't mean to sound flip about the hideousness and horribleness of this man, but we are so appalled that it's hard to think of any other way to describe how we feel.

By Trump's reasoning (if he is even capable of such a thing), the French Resistance, the Dutch Underground, the Jewish uprising in the Warsaw ghetto and anyone else who took up arms against the Nazis were as much to blame for World War II's carnage in Europe as the Nazis themselves.

(And Trump's winery comment? Incredible. A young woman was just murdered ISIS-style in Charlottesville, Virginia — but, his winery.)

We can only do three things in response to this nightmarish clown show:

1) Wonder if John Kelly will continue to stick around. (After his Colbert performance last night, Anthony Scaramucci is clearly auditioning for the Chief of Staff job he wanted all along.)

2) Wonder how many more CEOs will resign from Trump's silly business advisory council.

3) Run to YouTube and watch the No Man's Land scene from "Wonder Woman" again. We need a hero, even if she's only make-believe. We cats HISS.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Unwelcome

The people of Gotham let the White Supremacist Sympathizer-in-Chief know exactly how they felt about his return home this evening. We cats 💓 New York. And we PURR.

We Don't Know If This Is Real, But We Sure Like It


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Her Name Was Heather

"We are all indebted to Heather Heyer, who gave her life resisting white supremacy. The President won't say it or her name. So we all must."

—Atul Gawande, August 13, 2017

Identification, Please

By Sniffles

We cats are sure that the FBI and the US Attorney's office investigating the killing in Charlottesville on Saturday will lay it all at the feet of the Nazis. (It certainly wasn't a police riot. The cops pretty much just stood by.) Meanwhile, we're waiting for Donald Trump to tell Mayor Michael Signer that yesterday will be a terrific boost to Charlottesville tourism.

Here's something to cheer us up, though. Folks on our side are figuring out who the white supremacist demonstrators are, and are outing them on the Interwebs. They're being identified by name, by home town, and in one case, by school. We've even seen them beaming in old photos as they pose with Trump or their Congressman or their Senator. (Hello, Dean Heller! You've got another problem on your hands.)

No one should feel ambivalent about fingering these assholes. As we said yesterday on the Twitter thing, free speech is a responsibility as well as a right. It has consequences. The Tiki Torch Brigade needs to own their racist views — or wear their hoods next time. We cats HISS.

(PHOTO: Yep, that's the Charlottesville killer on the near left. And who are the other guys?)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Here's What A Real President Says


So, When Is Corey Stewart Going To Show Up?

By Miss Kubelik

"The cornerstone of what makes our commonwealth a wonderful place to live is all that we share in common, not the things that set us apart. The community of Charlottesville has been asked twice now in recent months to defend our values of openness, diversity and inclusion against an ideology of hatred and bigotry — no community should have to bear that burden in 2017.

"White supremacists have descended upon Charlottesville again to evoke a reaction as ugly and violent as their beliefs — just as they did before, I am urging Virginians to deny them that satisfaction."

—Statement by Ralph Northam, MD, 
Democratic Candidate for Virginia Governor, August 12, 2017

(PHOTO: Tiki torches, guys? Really?)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Shiny Object

By Zamboni

Is there any object shinier than an exploding nuclear bomb? Well, maybe Trey Gowdy's face. Anyhoo, we cats are sure now that our state attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is bringing indictments in his Trump RICO case — if not today, then soon — and the raving lunatic in the White House knows it. Why else would he be tweeting like that other swaggering draft dodger of note, John Wayne? Distraction, distraction! (Hurry, Eric.) We cats HISS.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waaahhhhh!

By Baxter

Did we cats mention "irony" in our last post? Jeez, we had no idea. Get a load of what a white supremacist in Virginia said when he was harrumphing about his upcoming we-are-so-aggrieved "free speech" rally encountering resistance in Charlottesville.

(Context: Airbnb has cancelled a number of accounts that booked stays for Saturday's hatefest, and the city, citing safety concerns, is reluctant to issue permits for the bigots' park of choice. So this guy, the event organizer, is feeling even more aggrieved than usual.)

"There is just an incredible amount of discrimination from the city government and other elements of the community to keep people from eating at the restaurants they want to eat at, to keep people from renting," he whined.

LOL!! Has this dope ever heard of redlining? Whites-only lunch counters? Driving trips that African-Americans couldn't take because there were no hotels that would have them and no restrooms they could use along the way?

We don't know what bothers us more: the hate or the ignorance. We cats HISS.

Ironically, Today Is National Peacekeepers' Day

Sick of the psychopath in the White House fomenting nuclear war? Here's a little sanity from north of the 49th Parallel:
 
"Today, we recognize the women and men in Canada’s military and police forces who work to create peace and stability around the world.

"Over the years, Canadian peacekeepers have helped monitor ceasefires, protect the most vulnerable from the ravages of war and build the foundations of peace. Peacekeepers often endanger their own lives to help those most affected by violent conflict, in particular women and girls. They work tirelessly to protect human rights, and to ensure the voices of the most vulnerable are represented in peace processes.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank all of our country’s peacekeepers — past and present — for their courageous efforts to build lasting peace around the world. They represent the best of Canada. We will continue to work with the UN and other organizations to create a safer, more secure world for all."

—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Another One Of The Gazillion Things Donald Trump Doesn't Understand

By Sniffles

Donald Trump convened a commission a few weeks ago to study the opioid crisis in America and make recommendations about what he should do. Their advice: Declare a state of emergency and get addicts help before they all OD in their cars with their children in the back seat.

Today, Trump interrupted the 17-day vacation he swore he'd never take and basically said, nah, not doing that emergency declaration thing.

"The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place," he opined. "If they don’t start, they won’t have a problem."

Ummm... He does know that the cat is out of the bag — the horse has left the barn — or whatever animal-related metaphor you want to come up with... right?

Well, maybe not. Maybe he didn't understand what his commission meant when it reported that the opioid scourge — which has its seeds in pharmaceutical companies' greed and doctors overprescribing the drugs back in the '90s — was now logging a death toll of "a September 11 every three weeks." Maybe Trump doesn't actually know how many people died on September 11. Or anything about anything.

Well, look on the bright side: If we have a nuclear war with North Korea, none of us will have to worry about opioid addiction any more. We cats HISS.

Monday, August 7, 2017

And Now, A Little Education For People Not Of Color



This online spot by Procter & Gamble is terrific. It does everything a good commercial should: Grab your attention, make the people in it real and relatable, and cause you to think. We cats are sorry that lowlifes like Stephen Miller keep making ads like this necessary. But in the meantime, we applaud P&G, and we PURR.

Purity Is For Milk, Not For Politics

By Miss Kubelik

In addition to Sinclair Media, "Trump TV" and voter suppression — all vile, anti-American efforts to freeze Republicans' hold on power — the right wing is trying to gin up fights within the Democratic Party.

These are dangerous times, and we cats urge our fellow Democrats not to fall for it.

Example: The Daily Caller and other righties are stirring the pot about Senator Kamala Harris. Sure, she was a prosecutor, and yes, some folks on the left are hesitant about her. A very, very small group of folks on the left. Our party has had more serious disputes before, about things a lot more important than one Senator's CV. Like, oh, the Vietnam War.

So let's keep our perspective and not fall prey to, in the words of one of our favorite pundits, whining. Because you know what? That's what Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVos, Kris Kobach and all the other clowns in this hideous administration want us to do.

We're reminded of the day in 2009 when then-Governor David Paterson of New York announced that he would appoint US Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. Hey! — hadn't upstater Gillibrand been endorsed by the NRA? Rumblings and grousing ensued.

We cats loathe and despise the NRA. But you know what? Nobody has cast more "NO" votes against Trump's House of Horrors nominees than Kirsten Gillibrand. That makes her aces in our book.

So let's all take note of where most of this is coming from. And remember what we Democrats have always believed: Political fights should always be about what's good for the country, not us. We cats HISS and PURR at the same time.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Not Impressed.

By Zamboni

So Jeff Flake made the rounds of the Sunday shows today to hawk the silly book that he wrote as his Hail Mary pass to try to get re-elected Senator from Arizona next year.

It appears he's in a spot of polling trouble and he's trying to grab some of the mavericky pixie dust that his colleague the senior Arizona Senator is famous for. Flake seems to be thinking that he'll look all buck-the-party brave if he swats at things like birtherism and makes unflattering comments about the short-fingered vulgarian his party so cynically enables and coddles, future of the country be damned.

Sorry, Senator. This is August, 2017 — not 2016. Your timing's way off.

Not only that, but complaining about birtherism looks a whole lot less courageous and a whole lot more opportunistic when someone votes to confirm a birther-y blogger from Kentucky to the US Court of Appeals — as Flake just has.

So, like all Republicans who try to pass for reasonable, acceptable people but who are in reality heartless, soulless, Ayn-Rand-loving hypocrites who have nothing but contempt for most of their fellow Americans, Jeff Flake is a fake. And his protestations today are falling on deaf kitty-cat ears. We cats HISS.

Friday, August 4, 2017

#ObamaDay

By Baxter

So this will drive the short-fingered vulgarian crazy: Somebody on Twitter decided that today should be national #ObamaDay, and the tweets are steadily mounting. Not just to wish 44 a happy 56th birthday, but to throw major shade at Donald Trump.

We cats are taking the day as an opportunity to laugh every time Trump claims he inherited a mess. Mess, what mess? You want mess — check out what was facing Obama when he took office in 2009. Thanks to the Bush 2 crowd, we were facing another Great Depression. Obama knew that he needed a superstar to handle foreign policy so he could focus on stuff at home. And he knew whom to ask.

Can you picture Donald Trump, with his narcissism and fragile ego and insatiable neediness, to be confident enough to do that? Nope, we can't either. We cats HISS and PURR at the same time.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bad Timing.



Robert Mueller convenes a grand jury and issues subpoenas — The Washington Post publishes transcripts of phone calls that show Donald Trump for the idiot he is — the Republican Congress is going home with no legislation to brag about — four Senators are introducing legislation to keep Trump from firing Mueller — and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice picks today to switch to the GOP? We cats GRIN.

UPDATE: By the way, since Justice insists on using the noun "Democrat" as an adjective — a grammatically incorrect, Republican pejorative — we cats say, good riddance.

We Love Leaks

By Sniffles

We cats disagree with the folks who are clutching their pearls over the leak of Trump-Turnbull-Peña-Nieto transcripts. Au contraire: Thank God for leaks like this — it's the only way any of us would ever know how bad things really are.

And while we're at it, a few other reasons:

1. Donald Trump lies. Constantly and without remorse or hesitation. Any time he's caught in a lie, he screams that it's "fake news." So leakers have a patriotic responsibility to put the truth on the record.

2. No matter how we voted for President, we all need to be reminded how utterly unprepared and colossally unsuited Trump is for the job.

3. Anything that forces elected Republicans to answer for Trump's failings is good for America.

4. Any news that makes it even a little bit harder for talking heads and pundits to treat both parties with a false sense of equivalence is good and appropriate news.

5. It's not the leaks that are unpatriotic. It's the Republican Party knuckling under and nominating this Trump clown in the first place. Everything else just pales in comparison. We cats HISS.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stephen Miller Versus The Statue Of Liberty (Spoiler: Liberty Will Win)

By Miss Kubelik

We cats just want to state here and now that we will never post a picture of Stephen Miller on this blog. So many of the Trumpsters are physically repulsive — but Miller, ICK. That guy makes us hack up a hairball and scurry under the bed.

So you'll just have to imagine (or find elsewhere online) the exchange that Miller had with CNN's Jim Acosta today about the Statue of Liberty and Emma Lazarus. You know Emma: the poet who wrote about "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"? Miller said the poem was "meaningless" and that Lady Liberty stood for other things. We assume French President Macron will call him up and rip him a new one.

But what's really foolish about the Trumpsters dissing Emma's sentiments is that keeping people out of the United States is terrible for the economy. So say nearly 90 percent of economists surveyed by The Washington Post. Slicing immigration in half, they predict, would result in a long (and we presume painful) recession.

And the English-ability requirement is dumb, dumb, dumb. Like their clueless colleagues on the alt-right, the Trumpsters constantly portray English as under siege — when in reality, with a billion-plus people speaking it around the world, English rules. It's the language of international business and culture, and — Donald Trump being the exception — anyone wanting to be successful has to learn it. (Just ask all those ambitious kids in China.) Heck, when humans shot Voyager into space, seeking new life and new civilizations, the probe contained 55 languages, but its primary message of greeting was in English. 'Nuff said.

So we advise the knaves and fools in the White House not to pick a fight with Lady Liberty. She has fierce claws and sharp little teeth, and will come back to bite them in the end. We cats PURR.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Another Huckabee Sanders "Fashion Don't"

Ruffles on the shoulders? Pearls? Hey, Sarah — big girls like you can't pull that poofy stuff off. Plus, Mooch is gone, so you can stop trying now. We cats MEOW.

Unholy Policy

By Zamboni

No state legislature has fought the Affordable Care Act more fiercely than Texas's. No two US Senators have kicked and screamed harder to save their constituents from the evils of Obamacare. And now, it looks like Texas is about to lose a passel of rural hospitals.

It's due to a combination of factors — like, there are huge stretches of the Lone Star State in which nobody lives — but one reason is the rate of the uninsured. Oh, and the fact that the Republicans running the state refused to accept the ACA's Medicaid expansion, despite the fact that Washington would be footing the bill. So with all the other pressures bearing down on rural healthcare providers, shouldering uncompensated care can simply push them past the breaking point.

Like the hospital in tiny Trinity, north of Houston. It's closing this month, wiping out dozens of jobs and forcing residents to go 20 extra miles for emergency and other care. You know, if you're having a heart attack or a stroke, a lot of bad things can happen during those 20 miles.

And when a report by Texas A&M suggests that telemedicine might be one answer to rural residents' plight, it bears remembering that one of the projects that President Obama's 2009 stimulus package proposed was to fund broadband expansion into rural areas. Of course, the Republicans fought that tooth and nail as Communistic and un-American. So, never mind.

Oh, well! At least the Republican Governor and the GOP state legislators are protecting the right of Texans to be free from the tyranny of Obamacare, right? Losing a Trinity cardiac patient who could have been saved at a closer hospital is just one small result of their political courage. How inspiring (NOT). We cats HISS.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pieface Gets A Pie In The Face

By Baxter

You didn't think we cats were going to allow the sacking of Rancid Pieface go unnoticed, did you? Fear not. It's hard to get our furry heads to stop spinning, what with all the tumult raging at the White House, but we do have a few thoughts.

First, that as much as loathe Rancid Pieface and as little concern as we feel for him, we still think the ignominious way he was given the heave-ho on Friday is deserved by very few. Abandoned on the tarmac at Andrews? Ouch.

On the other hand, from the pandering he's been doing ever since, Rancid must have spent those final minutes on Air Force One hammering out a heckuva separation agreement — with a huge non-disparagement clause attached. Could he slobber adoringly over Trump any more than he already has? Ick.

Next: If Rancid thought he'd hear a chorus of howls and protests from his friends — say, from the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, whom he led for years as Chairman, or from Paul Ryan or Scott Walker — well, let's just say the silence has been deafening.

Finally — and are we really saying this? — Jeb Bush was right. It's chaos. We cats HISS.

UPDATE: WHOOPS! Looks like the pie's in Scaramucci's face now. Escorted off the White House grounds? How humiliating (how delightful). After just 10 or 11 days, we cats think he should try reclaiming his time.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Crossing The Floor

By Sniffles

Are we cats pleased with the three Senate votes we witnessed at 2 AM today? As the Famous Quitter from Alaska would say, you betcha.

And speaking of the Famous Quitter, we wonder how she feels about the fact that the Trump mobsters threatened her state's two Senators on the skinny Obamacare repeal. Will anyone ask her? Not that she matters — but after her 2008 running mate's thumb's down last night, it's instructive to remember that it was he who elevated Sarah Palin to national prominence, and helped pave the way for the hideous monster who inhabits the Oval Office today.

But okay, feline hissy fit over.

We'd like to turn toward more constructive matters, and reiterate our invitation to Senators Murkowski and Collins to give up on their soulless shell of a party and join us Democrats. In fact, let's extend the invite to John McCain, too. Why the hell not?

Or, if that's too much, after all the verbal threats by guy Republicans, and the abuse of the process by the loathsome Mitch McConnell, and the impassioned pleas to return to regular order and forswear governing in the dark — would Murkowski, Collins and McCain consider staying with the GOP or going Independent, but caucusing with the Ds?

Watching the Senate video from early this morning, and listening anew to Chuck Schumer's emotional remarks after the vote, we think it's not impossible. In fact, Schumer — who could be way more wily than the oft-fawned-over amphibian from Kentucky — might be trying to make it happen right now. Such a deal could, for example, require Democrats to agree that Murkowski, Collins and McCain retain their committee chairmanships. But since we believe in government and the GOP extremists don't, we can see it happening.

Well, that's probably a pipe dream. But in the meantime, we cats have Chuck Cadman on our minds. Who's that, you ask? He was an Independent (formerly Conservative) Canadian Member of Parliament from British Columbia who, having just had chemotherapy for malignant melanoma, flew to Ottawa in May of 2005 to cast a deciding vote on the national budget. And in the process, he saved the teetering Liberal government of Paul Martin to fight another day.

Sadly, Cadman died a couple of months later. We don't know what's going to happen to John McCain, but we can tell you this: Somewhere today, Ted Kennedy is smiling. We cats PURR.

(P.S. It's worth noting that McCain was not the only cancer-stricken member in the upper chamber last night. Senator Mazie Horono (D-Hawaii), with Stage 4 kidney cancer, also voted a lifesaving no. We cats PURR again.)

UPDATE: POLITICO has caught up with us, which makes us grin.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

An Open Letter to Senators Murkowski And Collins

Dear Female Republican Senators Who Have Opposed Trumpcare:

Are you tired of being threatened with physical violence by your male GOP colleagues? We don't blame you. We would be, too — faster than we could open a can of tuna if we had thumbs.

So we have a suggestion. Why not join us Democrats?

We're not claiming that our party is completely bereft of grownup men who behave like nine-year-olds. But we'd be really surprised if, say, our Texan Joaquin Castro called you out for a duel. Never in a million years would Barack Obama threaten to withhold federal funding from your states because you didn't vote his way. And while we're at it, let us just say here and now that we've never once heard Jimmy Carter use the allegedly Georgian phrase "snatch a knot in your ass."

(By the way, Senators, your party has been this way for awhile. Remember George H.W. Bush bragging about how he "kicked a little ass" in his 1984 debate with Geraldine Ferraro? Ugh.)

What, then, are you waiting for? We Democrats will welcome you with open arms. Because we believe in government, we're easy to work with. You'd have a swell bunch of Democratic women colleagues, like Amy Klobuchar and Tammy Duckworth and our own Kirsten Gillibrand. Heck, we even have Al Franken! You'd have a lot more fun over here with us.

Besides, it would make Mitch McConnell's life so, so miserable. That would make us PURR.

Sincerely,
The Democratic Cats

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

True North Envy

Owning property in Canada means that we can claim this guy as our Prime Minister, right? He sure makes us PURR.

Still With Her

A year ago, Democrats formally nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton for President. Thinking of you, Madam Secretary. Especially these days!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Yes, Senator Collins, We're All Worried

By Miss Kubelik

As if today's vote to open debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act doesn't make you sick enough, think about the debt ceiling.

Senators are. In fact, Republican Susan Collins of Maine (who had the balls to vote "no" today on healthcare) and Democrat Jack Reed of Rhode Island were caught sotto voce on a hot mic, discussing the looming threat of the federal budget fight and the utter fecklessness of the nutcases and ideologues now in charge.

"If we don’t get a budget deal, we’re going to be paralyzed," Reed says to Collins, who agrees. "DOD is going to be paralyzed, everybody is going to be paralyzed."

"I swear, the OMB just went through and whenever there was 'grant,' they just X it out," Collins says. "With no measurement, no thinking about it, no metrics, no nothing. It’s just incredibly irresponsible."

Says Reed: "I think he's crazy." Responds Collins, "I'm worried."

We all know who Reed and Collins are talking about, don't we? Especially after yesterday.

We've been worried since November 9, but even before today's events, the Trump speech to the Boy Scouts sent us over the edge. And for some reason we can't get a song out of our heads. It's called "Tomorrow Belongs To Me." We cats HISS and hide under the bed.

Monday, July 24, 2017

That Dorian Kushner Portrait Is Looking Gnarlier And Gnarlier...

That's what happens when you hang your brother-in-law out to dry. We cats PURR.

From The "Elections Have Consequences" Department...

By Zamboni

It's hard for us cats to read stories like the one about free medical care in southwest Virginia and not be furious.

Not because we don't believe people deserve healthcare. Au contraire: We believe that it's a human right, and the fact that the United States doesn't provide it — unlike every other leading democratic government in the world — is, in our view, a shame and a scandal.

But it's maddening to read about 2,000 people lining up for care at the Remote Area Medical Exposition in Appalachia when you know that if they voted last year, they all went for Trump.

Said a physician volunteering at the site: "The people of this area have been told by the politicians and President Trump that coal is coming back. They believe that. They’ve been told that Obamacare is no good. They believe that. They believe that Trump’s going to bring them Trumpcare."

Well, Trump very well might. The awful Senate healthcare bill, as we know from the headlines, is far from dead. Which means the Republicans may still be successful in decimating the one thing under Obamacare that could help the people of southwest Virginia, if the GOP-run legislature in Richmond would only allow it: an expansion of Medicaid.

All this drives us absolutely crazy.

Not every patient at the Exposition was buying the Trumpcare lies. As one belatedly told the visiting Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe: "I really think the only thing that could help the country is single payer."

Sorry, guy — you're not going to get that with the crowd of traitors and haters that you sent to Washington. No, it's Democrats who agree with you on that, and you should have voted for us. So, too bad. And good luck trying to pick up your kids with a nerve-damaged shoulder, inject yourself with a broken insulin pen, and eat with no teeth.

(PHOTO: Mike Belleme for The New York Times)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chinless Ed Gillespie, In Norfolk, Still Manages to Miss The Boat

 
By Baxter

After we all dutifully take note that today Donald Drumpf was present at the commissioning of a battleship named after the President who pardoned Richard Nixon, let us then take a moment to laugh at Chinless Ed Gillespie.

Gee, Chinless Ed must be really worried that he's going to lose the Virginia Governor's race to Ralph Northam if he bragged in a speech in Norfolk about his ability to "work with" that disastrous Drumpf crowd in Washington. If he's doing that, he clearly feels a pressing need to pander to the GOP's knuckle-dragging base.

Problem is, that's not going to get him any support in vote-rich Northern Virginia, where nervous Republicans like Barbara Comstock are already eyeing dicey Congressional races next year.

But the thing that really makes us break into Cheshire cat grins is Chinless Ed's dumb timing.

The nation's governors, sensing that Washington is off the rails, have already started doing end runs around the Trumpsters and are making stuff happen without them. Creating the United States Climate Alliance and their National Governors Association retreat in Rhode Island this month are just two of the most prominent examples. (Who was that speaking to the govs in Providence? Why, it was Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and the Mayor of Mexico City! Who needs Trump?)

But there goes Chinless Ed, following what he must think is the lesser-evil path in his Republican-imposed Hobson's Choice. Good luck with that, fella. We cats PURR.

(PHOTO: Terry, meet Justin.)

Friday, July 21, 2017

...Or THIS

via GIPHY

Oh, How Sad, That We're Not Going To Have Any More Of THIS...

Melissa/Sean, we hardly knew ye. We cats PURR.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Photo Du Jour

By Sniffles

What can we cats say about Donald Drumpf's deranged New York Times interview that hasn't already been said? Let's focus on something positive instead — like this very creative man, who kinda looks like the way people envision Jesus (although we're not sure about the watch).

Let him serve as a reminder that the real Jesus said nothing, absolutely nothing, about homosexuality keeping anybody out of the Pearly Gates. We cats PURR.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Digs

By Miss Kubelik

This isn't a very dramatic photo, but we cats took it this afternoon after we were startled to see that an archeological dig had been revealed just a few blocks from our Montreal condo. Voilà — amid the ever-present John Deere equipment that dominates a city under constant construction, here are the apparent foundations of the Parliament building that was burned by rioters in 1849.

Prior to this excavation, the dig had been covered by a parking lot. (Not unlike the remains of Richard III, we couldn't help thinking.) Now, who knows what's going to happen to the site — which happens to sit on some very prime real estate in tourist-rich Old Montreal.

It was an interesting reality check in a time when we feel that in the US, all our values and principles are being regularly besieged by the Trumpsters and their colluding, complicit Republicans. In other words: Things might seem really explosive in the short term, but they tend to resolve themselves over the long term. And then later, they get dug up by geeky guys with archeological and history degrees — while the modern world bustles heedlessly around them.

Does it mean that Donald Trump and his merry band of traitors will someday be covered in asphalt, their deeds forgotten? We cats can only hope, and we PURR.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Taking Shots

By Zamboni

Our own US Senator aside, we cats are not really used to hearing the F-word in daily political discourse. So when we saw reports that a GOP committeewoman from Nevada had retweeted a message urging John McCain to "just effing die already" — adding, "Amen" — we were a little shocked.

Until we saw that she was a fervent Trump supporter. Then we thought, of course! How lovely these Trump people are.

You know, if there were ever a Republican heresy that Hillary Clinton needed to comment on, this would be it.

She and McCain have worked together. Traveled together. Heck, they've even done shots together. (Yes, it was vodka, and yes, she beat him.) Hillary should publicly embrace McCain now, not just because it would be the humane thing to do but because it would make his life with the GOP crazies even more difficult.

Meanwhile, we're sure that this vile woman from Nevada is poised to run against Dean Heller if he helps kill Trumpcare. We cats HISS and PURR at the same time.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Crimes And Collusion

By Baxter

This is not an entertainment blog, but we cats are inspired by the passing of Martin Landau to opine on the Woody Allen film "Crimes and Misdemeanors."

For some reason, around 1989 Woody Allen decided to make a movie that explored the consequences of human choices, and whether one is punished or rewarded by a higher power for them. Say what you want about Allen and his personal life — as a filmmaker he is among the giants, and "Crimes and Misdemeanors" is, we think, his masterpiece.

The movie's most compelling characterization? Alan Alda's repulsive TV producer, who is a despicable, self-aggrandizing human being, but who nonetheless gets the girl and wins in the end. Which leads Allen's character to try to rationalize fairness and equality with Landau's character, who has neatly gotten away with the murder of his mistress.

Twenty-eight years later, we can only think that Alda's character is Donald Trump — behaving badly and yet rewarded with the highest office in the land. And we cats are Woody Allen, bereft and trying to figure out, in a happenstance conversation with Trump's collaborators, how the country has come to this sorry point.

Is there a hopeful outcome to all this? Allen wondered that in "Crimes and Misdemeanors," and we cats wonder it now. We don't know the answer yet, but we're pretty fearful. So we probably HISS. And worry.

Terrific Tweets

By Sniffles

Make no mistake, we cats avoid flying these days whenever we can. The experience is generally so negative, so Greyhound-bus-in-the-sky, that we're sure that we're better off driving. And the recent spate of airline abuses of passengers has just reconfirmed our view.

But now, we're rooting for the airline. Specifically, Delta Airlines, which has been on the receiving end of a barrage of tweets from a disgruntled customer, hideous right-wing scumbucket Ann Coulter.

Coulter was upset at a seat reassignment, so she tweeted photos of her fellow passengers (who didn't give permission, mind you) and ranted about her relocation in the unhinged manner which we've come to expect from her. Delta Airlines, meanwhile, responded on Twitter thusly:

"We're sorry you did not receive the preferred seat you paid for and will refund your $30."

"Additionally, your insults about our other customers and employees are unacceptable and unnecessary."

YAY, Delta! Who in your corporate communications department decided it would be okay if you guys said that? We'd like to shake their hands and give them a Daniel Webster cigar. We cats PURR.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Household Name

By Miss Kubelik

So if the True North was riven by its Prime Minister forgetting to mention Alberta among the provinces in a Canada Day speech two weeks ago, apparently all is forgotten now.

Because Justin Trudeau just went to the Calgary Stampede and met this baby. The kid's name? Justin-Trudeau Adam Bilal. He is the son of Syrian refugees who were welcomed to Canada last year. The parents named their son, born in Canada in May, after the Prime Minister — because it is Arabic tradition to name a child after an individual who possesses good character.

Which means that we're not going to see a lot of babies named "Donald Trump" — for multiple, obvious reasons. We cats PURR.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thank You, Canada, For Taking Such Good Care Of Jimmy Carter

By Zamboni

There's been a lot of talk lately about how the Republicans are going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Meanwhile, a former President they don't much care about was hospitalized after succumbing to dehydration on a Habitat for Humanity building site in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Turns out that Jimmy Carter is okay and back at work. So we guess the Canadian universal healthcare system is working pretty well. It must be, because as Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted: "I spoke with Jimmy Carter today to see how he’s doing. Glad you're OK, Mr. President, and thanks for choosing Canada for 2017’s #HabitatCWP."

We cats are glad that our adopted country came through with such flying colors here. We feel particularly protective about Jimmy Carter — not just because we were part of his Administration, but because we recognize that his approach to life, and his service to our fellow human beings, is an example to us all.

It's an approach that, we're sad to say, may be becoming obsolete in the age of Trump. Meanwhile, we cats thank Canada for taking care of our 39th President, and we PURR.

Statuesque

By Baxter

We cats think that yesterday's appearance by Bill Clinton and The Worst Person Who's Ever Lived at the Bush Presidential Library was interesting on a lot of levels.

First, there's this hilarious photo of Bill with these stupid Bush sculptures. (Gosh — now we know there's something worse than the Reagan statue at Washington's National Airport, right?) Bill Clinton may be good buds with the Bushes now, but as this puckish pose implies, there's always a lot more to 42 than appears on the surface.

And then there's that question-and-answer session that everyone is clucking about. Yes, 42 and 43 appeared to diss 45, without ever mentioning his name. It kind of makes us wonder if, compelling as that former Presidents' club is, Donald Trump will ever be welcome in it when his time comes. We'll see.

But let's go back to that Q&A. The Worst Person, whose manufactured war in Iraq killed nearly 5,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, complimented his predecessor for "being gracious in victory," and urged all Presidents to act accordingly.

There is no doubt to that statement, even when it comes from somebody we think of as a war criminal: Bill Clinton was, indeed, humble in victory. But what did his graciousness get him from the GOP? Years of harassment, investigations and, ultimately, impeachment for something that did not remotely rise to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor — all from Republicans who, by Clinton's own admission, couldn't handle the fact that he'd won the 1992 election.

What we're saying is that long before the atrocity that is Trump, the Republican Party was dealing in intransigence, demonization, distortion, bigotry, vilification, racism, self-entitlement, obstructionism and lies. If you don't believe us, ask conservative Republican pundit Jennifer Rubin.

So forgive us cats if we find The Worst Person's statement about Bill Clinton's graciousness a little hollow. His party has behaved abominably these last 25-plus years — so badly, in fact, that in 2016 they nominated, and elected (with Russian help), somebody who has probably knocked the previous Worst Person Who's Ever Lived off his perch for all eternity. We cats HISS.

Drips And Drops

By Sniffles

Shiny Trey Gowdy was very unhappy the other day. He said he wanted the Trump-Russia revelations to stop.

"From the time you saw 'Dr. Zhivago' until the moment you drank vodka with a guy named Boris, you list every single one of those and we're going to turn them over to the Special Counsel, because this drip, drip, drip is undermining the credibility of this Administration," he whined.

Well! We're wondering how Shiny Trey is feeling now. Because he's gotten his wish: The drip, drip, drip has stopped. On the other hand, it's more of a gushing fire hose — or maybe even Niagara Falls. But definitely not a drip, drip, drip. We cats PURR.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Corner On Mendacity

By Miss Kubelik

One of our favorite bloggers has pointed out that while the current crowd in the White House does indeed lie its butt off, lying is nothing new for Republicans. Democrats, on the other hand, "rarely have been the originators of a big lie in the last 50 years."

We cats gave some thought to that in between naps. We could only come up with one really big Democratic lie, and it pretty much started with the Gulf of Tonkin. And of course the lie that was Vietnam became a Republican one, too. Remember Richard Nixon saying he had a secret plan to win the war? He ended up expanding it.

In the end, we decided that Democratic lies just don't hold a candle to GOP ones. Here is a list of some of their whoppers. Read 'em and weep.

Tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs.

Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Presidents can't nominate Supreme Court justices in their final year in office.

Read my lips: No new taxes.

Obamacare is failing. We have a plan to replace it.

If you make it, demand will follow.

If the President does it, it's not illegal.

If you want to avoid an Administration dogged by never-ending scandals and investigations, vote for Trump.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mercredi Soir Pick-Me-Up

By Zamboni

Wow! Need some feel-good news? Okay — do you know what the Governor General of Canada does?

Easy-peasy. The Governor General is the Queen's official representative to the former dominion known as the True North. He or she presides over a bunch of stuff, like swearing-in of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, bill signings and what-not. Sure, it's ceremonial, but since in the bad old days it was always a white guy from Britain, Canada today is uniquely able to make an interesting statement with whomever the Prime Minister selects.

And it looks like tomorrow, Justin Trudeau will announce that the former astronaut Julie Payette will succeed the Canadian white guy Stephen Harper put in as G-G seven years ago.

Gosh, Julie Payette sure seems qualified. She speaks six languages. She's an electrical and computer engineer who served on the space shuttle Discovery in 1999 and docked with the International Space Station. And since she's from Montreal, you won't be surprised to learn that she took a signed Maurice Richard hockey sweater into space (he was "The Rocket," you know).

So — a strong, accomplished Canadian woman stepping into a position of prominence (and some power)? We'll take it, even though our favorite strong, accomplished American woman was cheated out of her own position of prominence (and great power) last year. Felicitations, Governor General Julie. We cats PURR.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Emails!

By Baxter

Back when we cats were kittens, there was a powerful anti-smoking ad on TV that showed a montage of happy people merrily puffing away. The voice-over said, "You lose one minute of life for every minute you smoke. So why are these people laughing?"

We thought about that when we saw some of the talking heads on TV today, chuckling over the Donald Trump, Jr. emails and all they portend. Sure, we appreciate the irony of the chinless Junior being sunk by an email. But WTF is so funny?

An election is stolen by a gang of Russia-sympathizing American mobsters colluding with a hostile foreign power — for which there is no clear Constitutional remedy — and we're chuckling? (Yes, you, Eugene Robinson. Stop trying to look over your shoulder like there's somebody else there.)

When we talk about remedies, we don't mean impeachment. That would just land us with Pence, who is awful, awful, and whose hands aren't clean, either. The only impeachment solution would be to win the House and Senate next year and then go after both Trump and Pence and have a Democratic Speaker succeed them instead of the loathsome Paul Ryan. But can the country wait that long? With the damage that the Trumps are doing, maybe not. What we really need to do is un-inaugurate this crowd of gangsters and quislings and swear Hillary in tomorrow. (After all, she won the popular vote.)

Can't find that anywhere in the Constitution, though. In the meantime, it's well past time for Republicans to speak up — particularly Republican Senators, whose oath of office obligates them to defend America from "all enemies, foreign and domestic." We cats despise their cowardice, and we HISS.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Waiting For The Wave?

By Sniffles

In the "We'll Take It" category, Roll Call has changed its ranking of a deeply downstate House district in Illinois from Solid Republican to Likely Republican.

Yes, the GOP incumbent there has had brushes with political death before, and he's survived. But he's only got a few bucks in the bank right now, and a good Democratic challenger has just stepped up to the plate. This news comes on the heels of a breaking story from New Mexico: The only Republican House member in that state's delegation is giving up his seat to run for Governor.

So... Paul Ryan is being hit with retirements while eager Democrats file to run in suddenly-swing CDs across the country. Not bad! Especially when these Republicans' current President is so great, and such a winner. We cats PURR.