Friday, July 29, 2016

Um, happy Friday...?

Greetings, fellow Dot Calm Readers, Freedom Fighters, and Truth Crusaders!

I'm still dealing with my 'puter issue...

...soon, I will be back up and running in all my snarky-but-loving (and hopefully lovable) glory.


Todaze thots center on Hillary's historic nomination and Donald Trump's rather chummy relationship with Vladimir Putin.

Dot Calm would be so proud of Hillary making history as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party in this country. Dot really identified with Hillary. Both were hard-working, determined, compassionate, strong women who were under constant attack for breaking out of traditional expectations for women's roles. Both constantly took constant flak for being ahead of their time. All of the recent shootings and violence would have made Dot sick to her stomach, but Hillary's nomination would have had her weeping tears of joy--as would the finer moments of the Democratic Convention.

Re #benedictdonald...srsly, what gives?

Doesn't the tiny-appendaged orange fucksicle know that, at the very least, it's bad form to invite another country to commit espionage against one's own countrymen?

Yeah--he really said that.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Trump doesn't REALLY think he's fooling anyone by pretending it was a joke to ask Russian hackers to dig up Hillary's State Department e-mails, does he?!

He's lucky that the hackers don't turn up his tax returns and spill them on WikiLeaks!

(Have I mentioned recently that I lurve WikiLeaks? I know I did because I know I do. It seems to be the last bastion of accountability in this otherwise great country of ours.)

I'm not going to discuss the Trump-Russia issue in detail because there's plenty in this post that covers it, and I don't need to rehash it. Happy reading (er...!).

What I will say is that the responsibility for whatever relationship Trump has with Russia is Trump's and Trump's alone. Trump doesn't seem to realize it, but HE ALONE is responsible for his actions. I say that because, like all psychopathic narcissists, Trump leaves a trail of wrongdoing and blames everyone else for his own actions while denying he ever had anything to do with any of it. So, I just thot I'd say that up front because you just know he's going to blame whomever he thinks his shit will stick to...starting with Hillary, of course. (R-i-i-i-i-i-i-ight...Hillary is the one who asked the Russian hackers to spy on her, just like Hillary was the one who wrote Melania's convention speech! What was I thinking?!) I wouldn't put it past him to temporarily pretend-jettison his bromance with his man-crush Putin, either.

Speaking of plagiarism...

Image for the news result paraphrase New York Daily News, Rep. Joyce Beatty totes slays that dress. Now, that is what I call a beautiful lady in a beautiful dress! Maybe it's her lovely dark complexion...or her wonderful silver hair--her emblem of her life experiences...or her radiant smile.... Maybe it's just the whole package. All I know is that that dress never looked better. No offense, Melania! I'm sorry that you just don't have it. Sure, your hair is pretty, and your figure is striking, but your eyes...! Srsly, dear, what is wrong with your eyes? For some reason, I always find looking at you to be...disturbing. Hugz!!!!!

Well, dear ones, I hates ta blog 'n' run AGAIN again, but stick a fork in me...I'm done AGAIN. It's been a long, tough week today [sic], and even though this is truly a labor of love, I'm still outta gas, and even the fumes have given up the ghost. And, this time, even the ghost of the fumes has given up the ghost.


My kingdom for a few extra hours of sleep...glorious sleep...this weekend.

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Peas, friends. Hug yourselves and each other for me--please and thank you! Oh, and treat yourselves to a shot of Fireball whiskey and a hunk of dark chocolate for me--I lurves each and every one of you!

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Consider the preemptive Blogger phuqued-up phormatting to be in effect. I am in no mood to deal today...AGAIN.
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The real logo of the real RNC...
forgive me for being repetitive,
but I just needed to see it again.
Speaking of REAL logos, try this on for size...
Trump vs Obama on how to get money out of politics--read the rest of the article on Vox, which breaks down the's short 'n' sweet...but I couldn't resist popping in a YUUUUGE spoiler (the first answer is Obama's--the white on blue "PresidentObama" is hard to read):
...can you say, "slight difference of approach"? Eye gnu yew cud! Re O'Bama's thoughtful answer, I couldn't have said it better myself. Re the twit's tweet, how does he propose to keep himself from being corrupted by the corporate money he takes, huh huh huh?
A few words from Vox News (i.e., the truth, as opposed to FUX Noise)

Disability rights took the spotlight at the Democratic convention this year

Trump once said Obama wasn't authentically American. Last night, Obama returned the favor.

Democrats have stolen the GOP's best rhetoric — and Republicans have noticed

The Democratic convention's most surprising argument: Christianity is a liberal religion

Hillary Clinton is using conservative rhetoric to lay out a remarkably liberal agenda

As the article says, "The Obama of 2004 thought our divisions were mere spin"...
Comparing Obama's 2004 convention speech and his 2016 convention speech is depressing

Lengthy but well worth it:
3 winners and 4 losers from the third night of the Democratic National Convention

Joe Biden just turned Donald Trump's most famous catchphrase against him
...need a hint? "YOU'RE FIRED!"

The most radical speech at the DNC was NARAL leader Ilyse Hogue telling her abortion story

Unholy shit--There are now more guns than people in America
OK...FiveThirtyEight says that the Democratic primary was no-contest in favor of Hillary over Bernie. In light of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's bad behavior, I take comfort in what seems to be the fact that she did not steal the primary from Bernie. But I still do wonder why so many rank-and-file Dems preferred Hillary to honest Bernie. Brand recognition, perhaps?
Here's some happy news from BuzzFeed:
Since Bernie didn’t win the nomination, I’m gonna vote for Trump.
Also, since the store didn’t have my favorite beer, I’m gonna drink bleach
Trump just asked Russia flat-out to commit espionage against the United States, so...
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From RootsAction--Whistleblower Appreciation Day
This month the U.S. Senate approved the Whistleblower Appreciation Day Resolution. But if the government had put you in prison for telling the truth about torture, you probably wouldn’t feel appreciated.

As CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou says, that Senate resolution is “no joke.” When whistleblowers reveal grim secrets that the public needs to know for the sake of democracy, the government’s goal is not only to punish -- “it's to ruin, professionally, personally, and financially.”

John served two years in prison for shedding light on the CIA’s torture program -- a steep price for telling the truth about some awful consequences of undemocratic power. NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake has also paid a steep price. They need your help!

With vindictive prosecutions, the government wrecked their personal finances. Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation now. Half of every dollar will go directly to John and Tom, while the other half will go to the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign that they co-chair.

Below are some comments from John and Tom.

John Kiriakou:

“The United States Senate in July passed the Whistleblower Appreciation Day Resolution. No joke. Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus chairman Senator Chuck Grassley said that the resolution would designate July 30, 2016 as a day to recognize ‘the role whistleblowers play in shining a light on fraud, waste, and abuse... Workers who come forward to report fraud or misconduct in their agencies are frequently punished by their superiors for simply telling the truth. These brave citizens should not be penalized, they should be praised.’

Somebody should tell the Justice Department. The War on Whistleblowers has been a hallmark of the Obama Administration’s judicial policy. Legitimate whistleblowers are charged under the Espionage Act, a draconian law meant to punish traitors and spies, not truth tellers. Leakers with political connections or who are friends of the President get a pass. The goal is not just to punish. It’s to ruin, professionally, personally, and financially.

“Still we went into this with our eyes open. It might sound crazy, but we would blow the whistle again. We don't need the Senate's ‘appreciation.’ What we need is for the Justice Department to respect the laws already on the books, to support whistleblowers exposing waste, fraud, abuse, and illegality.

“Over to you, Tom.”

Tom Drake:

“Congress has yet to invite John or myself in front of Congress to testify before any committee regarding our whistleblowing on torture and mass surveillance, respectively. We both came forward at great risk and to this day are the only two people who have paid a very high price for exposing government wrongdoing and criminal conduct regarding these two state-sponsored programs.

“Prosecuting whistleblowers under the Espionage Act sends a most chilling message to anybody who dares to expose critical information on government conduct vital to the public interest done in the name (and under the cover) of National Security.

“Our whistleblowing turned our lives upside down. It will take years for us to recover from the ordeal of the government criminally prosecuting both of us as vindictive and malicious punishment for exposing their criminal conduct involving torture and mass surveillance.

“We would not break faith with the Constitution. We upheld our oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic (including our own government), faithfully serving our country in the line of duty at the CIA and the NSA -- even when our agencies didn’t and wouldn’t.

“We are eyewitnesses to the dark side of history. It is the truth tellers and the whistleblowers who are key to sounding the alarm and holding our own government to account. Please support our education campaign to get the word out that informs the public and holds up a mirror to those in power who abuse power.

“Thank you for your continuing support.

“Please donate generously to the RootsAction Education Fund to support this important work of getting the word out to people, so they can know the truth and choose wisely. The choice is further erosions of our rights and slide into dystopia -- or a fundamental renewal and rebirth of our birthright freedoms and liberties. Our future is at stake."


PS from the RootsAction Education Fund Team:

We hope you can take a minute now to make a tax-deductible contribution in solidarity with Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou and the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign.

Thank you!

Jesselyn Radack, The New York Times: "Whistleblowers Deserve Protection Not Prison"
The Huffington Post: "The One Man Jailed for CIA Torture Tried to Expose It"
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker: Thomas Drake -- "The Secret Sharer"

From World  Beyond War--get the U.S. military out of Ireland! 

The World Must Support Ireland Against U.S. Wars

A Letter to Ireland from World Beyond War

Add your name here.
Those of us outside Ireland, and in particular those of us in the United States, have a pressing and urgent responsibility to lend all the support we can to our brothers and sisters in Ireland who are resisting U.S. wars.
Despite Ireland’s officially neutral status and its claim to have not gone to war since its founding in 1922, Ireland allowed the United States to use Shannon Airport during the Gulf War and, as part of the so-called coalition of the willing, during the wars that began in 2001. Between 2002 and the present date, over 2.5 million U.S. troops have passed through Shannon Airport, along with many weapons, and CIA airplanes used to transfer prisoners to places of torture. Casement Aerodrome has also been used. And, despite not being a member of NATO, Ireland has sent troops to participate in the illegal war on Afghanistan.
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From Demand Progress--stop TPP 

Terry McAuliffe, a top ally of Hillary Clinton's, just let slip that he expects her to change her position and support the TPP if she wins the election.1

McAuliffe tried to walk back the comment after it sparked a backlash from Bernie Sanders supporters—but this week the Clinton campaign has also refused to assert that it would fight a vote on TPP during the "lame duck" session after the November election.

The TPP is an awful trade deal that threatens Net Neutrality, ends protections against Wall Street recklessness, and allows corporations to sue the U.S. government in secret tribunals to overturn laws passed by Congress.

We can't afford to have politicians playing games, saying they're for it one day and against it the next. That's why we're redoubling our efforts to stop any TPP vote during the lame duck. Will you chip in $5?

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From Blue Lives Matter laws 

A week ago, I was chained to the door of the Fraternal Order of Police for 13 hours with Movement for Black Lives activist in unison with protesters across the country to expose the FOP for who they are: the most dangerous fraternities in America.1 The Fraternal Order of Police is one of the driving forces behind the cynical and divisive legislation known as "Blue Lives Matter" -a bill threatening the movement to hold police accountable.

From its name to the legislative details, Blue Lives Matter laws are intended to antagonize and discredit efforts for racial justice and police accountability by dividing the American people with a fallacious choice between protecting Black lives or police officers.

"We have to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around." - President Obama. Give now to end gerrymandering.
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Datapoints: How Hyde Medicaid abortion coverage restrictions affect abortion care in the United States; hundreds of abortion restrictions proposed in recent years

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CDC on Monday issued new guidance for health care providers caring for pregnant women who may have been exposed to the Zika virus, the Washington Post's "To Your Health" reports. More »

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Study: Hyde amendment makes U.S. an 'outlier' regarding abortion coverage

The United States is among a minority of countries where abortion is legal yet public funding for abortion is restricted, according to a study published Friday in the journal Contraception, The Atlantic reports. More »

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LA Times: House panel targeting abortion providers could have chilling effect on research

"When a congressional panel investigating the procurement of fetal tissue from abortion clinics was formed last fall, its [conservative] leader and members made no secret of their mission to expose business" that allegedly "'sell'" fetal tissue, according to a Los Angeles Times editorial. More »

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Texas judge dismisses charges against individuals behind CMP videos

A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed charges filed against two antiabortion-rights activists who were involved in producing a series of misleading videos targeting Planned Parenthood, the New York Times reports. More »

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Blogs comment on combating 'reproductive oppression,' a new study spotlighting political slant to news coverage of contraception

Read the week's best commentary from bloggers at Slate's "XX Factor," the American Civil Liberties Union's "Speak Freely" and more. More »

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Ind. appeals court overturns feticide conviction

The Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 3-0 to overturn the 2015 feticide conviction of an Indiana woman, the AP/Indianapolis Star reports. More »

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La. agrees to postpone enforcement of abortion restrictions pending court ruling

Louisiana officials on Friday said they would not enforce multiple state abortion restrictions pending a federal court decision on a lawsuit challenging the antiabortion-rights laws, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports. More »

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Texas adds additional medical inaccuracies in packet providers must distribute to women seeking abortion care

Texas' proposed revisions to a packet that abortion providers must give to a woman seeking abortion care fail to address medical experts' concerns about medically inaccurate information and add misinformation, the Texas Tribune reports. More »

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Alaska Supreme Court strikes down parental notification law

The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled 4-1 to strike down a state law that required abortion providers to notify the parents of a minor seeking abortion care, Reuters reports. More »

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Blogs comment on Purvi Patel's vacated feticide conviction, Alaska's overturned parental involvement law and more

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O'Really is such a sick phuque
 that he thinks that slavery
was a lovely, idyllic time for Blacks...
like they were all smiling
while carrying cotton bales
and singing happy songs
while working
because, gosh darn it,
they had it oh-so-good
what with all the gourmet food they could eat
and lavish employer-provided mansions
and all the other daily luxuries they enjoyed...!
I'm sure O'MORON haz a sad that those
uppity, evil Blacks
ever won their freedom
from the best thing they ever had
in his stupid opinion...
being owned as chattel property
by Bible-believing whites.
If ignorance were a smell Bill O'Reilly would reek of mustard gas.
Isn't it funny
that O'Really thinks that slavery is
only bad for whites
but it's the best thing that ever happened
to Blacks?
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    Poor Pence...
    forever the butt of Trumpy-pumpy...
    Whether it's Trump-Pence
    or Trump-Putin,
    it's all still TP for my bunghole! Heh!