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.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
We cats used to live in Florida, so we know what our friends down there are going through to batten down for Hurricane Irma. (Let's hope that it's a case of getting battened down and not battered down.) Thinking of them and crossing our paws! In the meantime, a few storm-related observations:
If Hurricane Irma "isn't the time to talk climate change," when is? Would it be okay with the Republicans if we talked, say, gun control now, and saved climate change discussions for the next big school shooting?
Two positive results from Hurricane Andrew in 1992: stronger building codes and more pet-friendly shelters. The second, we assume, came about through popular demand, but we know that the first didn't happen without a lot of anti-government Republicans kicking and screaming about it. Sorry, GOP, but regulation is a good thing. We hope that if Florida weathers Irma better as a result, Democrats nationwide are readying their talking points.
After screaming for days that Irma was a figment of liberals' imaginations, Rush Limbaugh is turning tail and running. Pretty funny, especially considering that no jackbooted thugs from local, county or state government would have come hammering on his door and threatening his freedoms. Is he a, shall we say, pussy, or a liar, or both?
Finally, to all our friends in the Sunshine State who are dreading losing their power to the storm, look on the bright side: At least you won't be able to watch the "60 Minutes" interview with Steve Bannon on Sunday. Ugh. He's not only a Nazi, he's so physically repulsive that had he been all over the airwaves before November 8, he would have cost the Republicans millions of votes. We cats HISS.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
On the prowl for good news, we cats have found some: The Washington National Cathedral has decided that the days of glorifying Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in stained glass have come to an end.
Yep, two more Southern-themed cathedral windows are coming down. (Windows featuring the Confederate flag are already, shall we say, history.) "We recognize that these windows are more than benign historical markers," cathedral pooh-bahs said. "For many of God’s children, they are an obstacle to worship in a sacred space; for some, these and other Confederate memorials serve as lampposts along a path that leads back to racial subjugation and oppression."
We applaud the Washington Cathedral for doing the right thing, but let's not get too carried away. After all, it's a self-styled national house of worship, so it's good that its decor no longer celebrates the enslavement of Americans of color. As for white supremacists who may be miffed about this, we simply refer them to this brilliant letter in The Salt Lake Tribune that has taken the Internet by storm. We cats PURR.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
One of our favorite islands in the Caribbean is about to get slammed by Hurricane Irma. This is the Museum of Nevis History, built on the site of the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton. (You know him: Broadway star and strong-jawed face of the 10-dollar bill.)
The site wasn't nearly this adorable in Hamilton's day, and we're worried that it won't be much longer, either. Here's hoping that with all their hurricane experience, they've battened the hatches down tight.
Meanwhile, the cast of "Hamilton" might want to fundraise for some Irma relief soon. We cats switch our tails and hope for the best.
Monday, September 4, 2017
We cats are glad to hear that prosecutors looking into former Congressman Aaron Schock's improper use of campaign funds are declining to, um, "probe" his sexuality.
Because gosh, there's really nothing to, um, "probe," is there? It's pretty clear to us. A guy who wears this shirt and who decorated his House office like Downton Abbey surely can't pass muster with the likes of Tony Perkins and the guys who wrote the Nashville Statement.
To be clear: We don't care who Aaron Schock sleeps with. We do care if he misuses public money. And we definitely care that for whatever reason, he decided he had a home in his bigoted, homophobic Republican Party and proceeded to vote accordingly.
So let's all celebrate the fact that Aaron Schock is no longer haunting the halls of Congress — and let's hope that while his past will forever remain checkered, his closet no longer is. We cats PURR.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Wondering if Donald Trump is still obsessed with destroying anything linked to his predecessor? Here's your answer.
Unable to kill the Affordable Care Act outright via his toadies in Congress, Trump is trying other methods. His latest: Cut money for Obamacare's marketing, just as we're entering the fall enrollment season. He apparently thinks that if people don't know about healthcare coverage, they won't sign up.
And it's not a run-of-the mill budget reduction, mind you. Trump slashed the ad funds by 90 percent, and took $23 million from Obamacare's in-person outreach program. This isn't cutting, it's gutting.
So here's your chance. If you have a blog or are active on other social media — and you hate Donald Trump — it's time to get even by promoting the hell out of Obamacare. (Open enrollment for coverage in 2018 starts on November 1 and ends December 15.)
We cats will do a boatload of blog posts to remind everyone when to enroll and how. We hope you'll join us. And if you're on Twitter — oh, especially Twitter — that would be a great way to spread the word, too. If we had thumbs, we'd never put down our phones. We cats PURR.