Thursday, September 21, 2017

Somewhere, There Must Be Little Lindseys

By Sniffles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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

By Miss Kubelik

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

To which we cats say, big woo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Baxter

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UN-Precedented

By Zamboni

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Repealing Obamacare Is A Recurring Nightmare

By Sniffles

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fake, And Un-Fake

By Miss Kubelik

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

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

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

Not-Great Expectations

By Baxter

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

"Our Work Is Far From Finished"



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

Boys Behaving Badly

By Zamboni

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

"Pro-Life" GOP Isn't Very, Um, Pro-Life

By Sniffles

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, 1929-2017

"'Married' is a magic word. And it is magic throughout the world. It has to do with our dignity as human beings, to be who we are openly."
 —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

Quotes From Hillary's Book You Won't See Repeated In The Media

"Nothing in my experience in American politics suggested that a socialist from Vermont could mount a credible campaign for the White House. But Bernie proved to be a disciplined and effective politician."

"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

More Pictures That Trump's Social Media Director Tweeted Of Hurricane Irma

And they accuse the media of "fake news." We cats HISS.

Hemingway Cats, The Bell Did Not Toll For Thee

By Baxter

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

Tidbits And Cat Treats: Gone With The Winds Edition

By Miss Kubelik

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

Seeing The Light

By Zamboni

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

"What Comes Next"? Irma.

By Sniffles

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

And About That Belt...

By Baxter

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

Call To Arms

By Miss Kubelik

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.