Wednesday, September 19, 2018

“I Have No Son!”

Because I can do no better, you should really read this article about how Alexander Hamilton was obsessed with the problem of someone like Trump coming along.

Also, let’s boil trump today into the most pure essence, even better than his tweets: “I Have No Son!”

Cheap shots (found some very well aged tequila):

What do you suppose the odds are that Dr. Ford is one of the 2-6% who is lying? I just don’t buy it.

Besides, we now have some corroboration.

What is it with this nutcase and impossible walls?


“Al least you got a nice boat out of the deal.” You know, because possession is 9/10 of the law, amirite? (read the Update from the pool report)


Just checking up on his golf course.

Come on daddy, you’ve even lost the First Daughter.



And because I love you, Colin Hay.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag

I don’t have much coherent in my head other than TAKE MY MONEY! For this trailer.



Therefore, get out your drinking glasses and get ready for some Cheap Shots:

White Men as a minority. For reals.

You should all keep in mind that Senators who are leaning towards “yes” on Kavanaugh also screamed for the expulsion of Senator Al Franken.

Remember those 65 Women standing by Kavanaugh? Actually, It’s only two.

Oh, and while we’re at it, 200 trumps  65 er… 2.

In case you didn’t think Ted Cruz is a sleazeball, check this out.

I cannot do better than this headline.

Fuckin’ snowflake.

Representative Federal Prisoner #1537195486.

Found himself murdered?” WTF!?!!?!!?

I really hope he wears a deerstalker cap during this.

Take the deep dive – this is actual obstruction of justice.

And because I love you, proof that Justin Timberlake was wrong – or so I hear.



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Willful Ignorance as Political Currency

<tap tap tap> Is this thing on?

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Don’t worry, I’m still the same old crank I always was. I just got too addicted to social media, an addiction I’m trying to break. Here’s hoping it takes with a return to old school blogging.

I got involved in a social media thread yesterday where a person wanted to claim that racism in the south springs from the Democratic Party of today. That the racism switch from Democratic to Republican never happened. I suppose when your political party is headed by such an overt racist you have the desire to deflect and I understand that, but this unbelievable, willful ignorance still makes me furious. It is so easy to disprove with just a few minutes of effort on the internet (which I’ll save you from – the switch happened in 1948 when Truman kicked the Dixiecrats out of the Democratic Party, just after he defeated Dewey).

But it got me thinking. Why has willful ignorance become such a treasured commodity in our social discourse? How did it become such a strong currency in our political discussions? Why is willful ignorance seen as a Political POSITIVE by so many people?

There’s some knowledge I have thanks to being descended from my father that I’m not going to get into, but I think it really starts with the expulsion of the Dixiecrats from the Democratic Party in 1948.

Understand that Harry Truman HATED the Dixiecrats. They nearly cost him the presidential election of 1948. Sure, when you look at the popular vote (Dixiecrats – 2.4%) and the electoral college (Dixiecrats – 39 votes out of a possible 531) it doesn’t seem possible, but the reason many newspapers called the election for Dewey is because of the belief that Strom Thurmond (the Dixiecrat candidate) had successfully split the vote. They were laughably wrong, but polling backed them up right up to election day.

After the election Truman consolidated power and kicked the Dixiecrats out, who were democrats until Truman adopted a civil rights platform, and because the Republican Party had been shifting rightwards for some time they were welcomed in. Most Dixiecrats became Republicans (for example, Strom Thurmond and Herman Talmadge) but a few came back by agreeing to a party loyalty pledge in 1952.

I could go on and on about that, but that’s not my point today. My point is that the Dixies wanted the South to remain Segregated. They wanted enforceable racism to stay. They were willfully wrong and they were welcomed into the Republican Party with open arms – because they were badly beaten in 1948 and needed new blood. The Republican party slowly became the party that would welcome anyone to get votes. I’ll get to that in a moment.

After Truman we got Eisenhower, who was an incredibly popular man. Recruited by both Democrats and Republicans he declined to state his preference for a very long time (including refusing to run in 1948) but finally came down on the Republican side, running for President in 1952 and winning handily. He called himself a Progressive Republican, willing to fight the right wing of his party, but he accommodated them as well, welcoming corporate executives into his cabinet (a first) and eventually issuing Executive Order 10450, which barred members of the LGBTQA community from federal service – resulting in the firing of over 5,000 people (this order wasn’t rescinded until 1995). His administration started veering more and more to the right and Eisenhower actually railed against it. He only grudgingly supported “Operation Wetback” because he wanted to curb illegal immigration, and at the end of his presidency warned against the Military Industrial Complex, that was growing and building with heavy Republican support.

Then came Nixon. Woo boy, then came Nixon. Although he lost against Kennedy he didn’t lose by all that much. Had Pennsylvania gone the other way we’d have never had Kennedy. The gap between the two in the popular vote was only 0.18%. It was close. Kennedy got most of his southern votes thanks to having Lyndon Johnson as his running mate. And there were controversies about ballot-box stuffing in Illinois. Nixon had been a rabid anti-communist, and he very nearly rode the coattails of the Eisenhower Presidency into the White House.

In 1968, with LBJ flailing and the once-promising Camelot years falling into the ruins of Vietnam and the social revolutions going on, Nixon developed a new idea: The Southern Strategy. The idea would be to appeal directly to all of the Dixiecrats and former Dixiecrats who had remained loyal to the Democratic Party by using race as a position point. One of his men, Lee Atwater, came up with buzz words and phrases like “forced busing”, “state’s rights”, “welfare state” and so on that it became possible to be an open racist without using actual racist slurs. And between the Democratic disarray and Nixon pulling everyone he could into the Republican Party it worked.

Twice.

Once 1976 came around the Republicans were hurting, thanks to the fact that Nixon’s law-breaking finally caught up with him. Ford was tainted by his pardon of Nixon so the nation wanted ANYONE else and the Democratic Party gave us Jimmy Carter, who was doing fine until Iran exploded. Believe it or not, Carter actually brought the hostages home before he left office but Reagan gets the credit because it finally happened after he was elected. Never mind the months of negotiations that went before. Reagan was a conservative Republican and he wanted to tap a potential new base: the Religious Right.

Up to this point the Religious Right was treated with widespread scorn. They said crazy shit. Several leaders of this group would tell their followers that they could reroute hurricanes and tornadoes. A couple built theme parks. One built a huge church out of glass and crystal. There were faith healers. One of them actually fund-raised that if he didn’t get enough money God would “call him home”. I’ve lost count of the number of “last days” that we have passed by. Nutcases, but nutcases with followings and many of them were simply non-voters, because God wasn’t in Government. Reagan cultivated their leaders, and their leaders preached the Gospel according to St. Ronnie. When Regan secured the Republican Nomination he force the party to accept them, and to accommodate them.

The Republican Party found themselves in the position of having to accommodate the crazy. And the crazy takes the Bible as gospel – that every word is true. At least, every word that they cherry-picked that supports their own bigotry. Against LGBTQA rights. Against Abortion. Some were even against any evidence that the earth is more than 6,000 years old. If Science or evidence contradicted their beliefs, then their beliefs were right no matter what. Willful Ignorance, for religious purposes. I kind of understand that. Freedom of religion is cool. It’s part of being US.

But then Reagan had a couple of rules changed about television broadcasting: He had the Fairness Doctrine repealed, and he got the FCC to stay mute about the idea of regulating cable. Once cable took off Roger Ailes began to work on the framework for what would become Fox News. He worked with Reagan on media, and then George Bush I after that, and then just prior to the start of Bill Clinton’s second term launched Fox News. Paula Zahn, Bill O’Reilly, Neil Cavuto, and Sean Hannity all had shows from the first week and their agenda was a simple one. Repeat Republican talking points and belittle anything said by a non-Republican, no matter what that was. Follow Reagan’s 11th commandment – say no evil of a fellow Republican. By the time the 2000 election took place, This Republican Propaganda Channel was available in 56 Million homes. As there is no such thing as a Democratic Propaganda channel everything they said went unchallenged. The Religious Right had their own channels too. Yes, that’s a plural – at one time there were several.

And oh boy, some of the crazy shit they said. Do a few Google searches and see what you get.

While this was all happening, the internet basically exploded. Web pages. Blogs. Livejournal. Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat! Universities putting their archives online. The Cloud. So many resources for information became available. Newspapers put their archives online. You can research your ancestry. Look up quotes. Look up pictures. Find people. Research the history of nearly anything.

But at the same time, opinions came online as well and EVERYONE’s got an asshole, er, opinion. Some places encouraged and cultivated some pretty dark and dangerous stuff (everyone, just stay off 4-chan). Some places tried to be friendly. Some act as cultural centers for such a diverse group of interests that it’s impossible to comment on even 1% of them. And The Republican Party invited many of THEM in, and the people who responded are much like the people previously brought in, so swayed by the two decade effort of the Republican Propaganda channel that they tend to believe what they get from there as a source then they got in actual SCHOOL.

And those numbers grew and grew. And now they’re online. And they’ll argue with you. Most of them have never even HEARD of Reagan’s 11th Commandment.

And then John McCain made the biggest mistake of his life and put Sarah Palin on the ticket. She was one of the nutcases. She was a Dominionist. She was loud, vacuous and narcicistic. She never checked anything she said, had any depth to anything she said, and often contradicted something she had said only 10 minutes previously. Her lack of actual knowledge about ANYTHING was staggering, and her Willful Ignorance was world class. She had never heard of Reagan’s 11th commandment either and suddenly a party full of people who respected it had to refer to her in reverence and awe. And a LOT of the country bought it. 45.7% of the people who voted bought it. It wasn’t enough, but this was on the table now.

The Republican party tried to go back to its tax cut and corporate roots but that didn’t work either and more people like Sarah Palin were in office now. So it’s only natural that someone like Sarah Palin, but only more so, would rise to the crop. Many tried to be that person, but most couldn’t pull it off. They needed a natural.

Donald Trump is exactly that natural. He is the King of modern Narcissism. He’s a man who believes whatever comes out of his mouth, even if it contradicts what came out his own mouth previously, or positions he supported previously. A man who may be a Russian Stooge. So now we’ve added the necessity of personal loud narcissism to the equation. Willful Ignorance squared.

So the people who value Willful Ignorance finally elected a leader who embodies their own ability to not see the world as it is.

I’ve simplified this greatly, of course, but I’ve had many an argument online with people taking positions that are easily disprovable if you’re willing to use the internet for what it was built for – a research tool. The internet is a GREAT research tool, but most of the internet (about 75%) is devoted to various social media sites, or pay homage to them in some way. So of course people only use the internet for this one thing, and never bother to actually verify if what they are saying is actually TRUE. They instead use what they already believe, and that outweighs anything anyone else could say. Willful Ignorance – even though the resource to verify or rebut their belief/opinion is right at their fingertips.

It appears that all those cuts in education that started in 1970s have really taken hold.

It used to be that your opinion would NEVER outweigh facts. That calculus has changed and it’s all social media and its satellites. And like many of you, I’m sick of it. But I’m addicted to it too. Same as you.

I cannot stand for Willful Ignorance. Not when reality is in opposition with it. Not when the truth is easily available to people at the exact same keyboards where they spout their ignorance. So maybe Social Media just isn’t for me – but that said, it’s become the best way to get a message out, and as someone who produces and consumes public art that matters to me.

So I’m looking for a solution. No clue what it is but I think we need one. Making Fox News reportable to the FCC? Making any website that generates over $1B in revenue reportable? I have no idea.

But I’m tired of your Willful Ignorance. And I’m tired of it being a political virtue. It has to stop, or we’re all fucked.

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Cheap Shots (hey, I can drink again!):


Congressman AD the Voice.

Hey, I’m all in favor of keeping Kevin McCarthy out of the Speaker’s chair, but this is nuts.

Queueing up my bet Ed Wynn impersonation: “OH, REALLY?

Here is my opinion of the whole “Anonymous Op-Ed” summed up in a single cartoon.

You know, it’s possible to impeach him NOW. And I’m not talking about Trump.

NRA Spokes-creep Dana Loesch is a racist cunt. (ooh, I’m a gonna get hate mail for that one)



It’s worth pointing out that while Ted Cruz is criticizing him for swearing, Beto O’Rourke does actually “show the fuck up”. Keep in mind that Cruz has a voting absenteeism rate in the senate 10 times his colleagues.

Y’all are surprised that the pot-smoking, founding member of Farm Aid who powers his tour bus with biodiesel and lives in a compound powered by solar panels would support the progressive? Really?

Apparently History class shouldn’t teach about a 2-time Presidential Candidate and Secretary of State.



Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.


And because I love you and to prove that I’m back, have some new music from The Pineapple Thief:

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Einstein "faith" story is a LIE.

Please read to the end. That's where the payoff really is.
Over the past few days I have seen a post out there that gives an anecdote about a student using the scientific method to prove that God exists, and that faith is in fact important as scientific methodology. It’s cute, if a bit cloying, and it delivers an attempt at a knockout punch by saying that the student was one of the greatest scientists of all time, Einstein. That’s the last word, and it’s supposed to knock the argument out of the park.
It really pisses me off when people do that – it’s not true and in undermines the entire argument. I was going to bring this up in the facebook post where I first read it (the daughter of a good friend of mine) but I’m trying to be less mean this week (I’m saving it for a special occasion) and have decided to do this here instead.
I’ve already blown the ending for you, but here: read it for yourself and then ask yourself if falsely attributing this to Einstein doesn’t actually undermine the faith of the person who wrote it in the first place. I’ll have more to say at the end of the story that proves it’s a fabrication – an attempt to rewrite history to fit a personal viewpoint – and that’s the part that pisses me off.
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Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good ?
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?
Student : Yes.
Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
(Student was silent.)
Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does satan come from ?
Student : From … GOD …
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them ?
(Student had no answer.)
Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Professor: Yes.
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Professor: Yes.
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in uproar.)
Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
P.S.
I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?
Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.
By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.
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First of all, the Heat/Cold argument. In science actually neither exists. It’s Temperature. Heat/Cold are comparisons and if you’re going to attribute this argument to the genius of Einstein, at least use actual scientific terminology.
Next, Light/Dark. It was Einstein himself that worked out the theories of wavelength as they pertain to light. It simply doesn’t compute that this is an argument he would make.
Life vs. Death – this is actually a good argument. I don’t agree with it but it’s hard if you accept god as infinite then it is hard to argue against this premise.
Evolution – Einstein believed in it. He talked about it. People have seen evolution in progress – that’s the whole point of Darwin’s theories. Darwin’s theories had been around for decades by the time Einstein was a young man – and the whole point of the finches that Darwin observed is that the evolved as he was watching them. Also – the whole Monkeys become Man argument wasn’t a commonly argued thing until the 1920s. Einstein published E=mc squared in 1905. This is the second biggest flaw in attributing all of this to Einstein – using an argument that wasn’t in common usage in schools yet. That sounds like it was written by a Baptist preacher in the American south.
Does the professor’s brain exist? Even in the science of the late 19th century you could easily prove that the man had a brain without actually seeing it. That’s a freshman philosophy mistake and if you are again attributing all of this to the genius of Einstein don’t make him look like a teenaged girl in her first Live Journal post.
Now let’s be clear about something. Einstein believed in god. Most scientists of his time did, same as now. He was born Jewish, and attended Catholic school as a child. He once used the existence of Marilyn Monroe as proof. He used the fact that the sense of humor exists as proof. He did not believe in a personal god and followed Spinoza’s philosophies (you have Wikipedia – look it up).
But finally, even if you can punch holes in everything I’ve just said, let’s use the words of Albert Einstein himself to make the strongest argument that the above is false:
“. . . I came—though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents—to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true. The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression. Mistrust of every kind of authority grew out of this experience, a skeptical attitude toward the convictions that were alive in any specific social environment—an attitude that has never again left me, even though, later on, it has been tempered by a better insight into the causal connections. It is quite clear to me that the religious paradise of youth, which was thus lost, was a first attempt to free myself from the chains of the 'merely personal,' from an existence dominated by wishes, hopes, and primitive feelings. Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking. The contemplation of this world beckoned as a liberation, and I soon noticed that many a man whom I had learned to esteem and to admire had found inner freedom and security in its pursuit. The mental grasp of this extra-personal world within the frame of our capabilities presented itself to my mind, half consciously, half unconsciously, as a supreme goal. Similarly motivated men of the present and of the past, as well as the insights they had achieved, were the friends who could not be lost. The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise; but it has shown itself reliable, and I have never regretted having chosen it. “
Note that he reached these conclusions at the age of TWELVE. Long before he attended University. He regained his faith at a later age.
If you have faith, great. More power to you. But in hijacking another person to support that faith you are demonstrating your own weakness of faith, and perpetuating a lie. The anecdote above is cute. It’s not bad. And it’s a complete fabrication.
Isn’t lying a sin?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cheap Shots



It's my Gran's birthday today (she would have been 106 and already have drunk you under the table) so let's get straight to the Cheap Shots!

So.... Hawkeye Pierce may get sent back to Korea because the Secretary of State isn't getting enough sleep.

So who had money that the first country that we'd have to formally apologize to was Great Britain?

Say goodbye to all of this.

And also say goodbye to the law firm of Boot, Thimble and Wheelbarrow.

If there was such a thing as a National Public Newspaper he'd probably cut that too.

"The budget request also proposes wasting technologies already in space."

Ireland is not Nigeria, Mr. Trump. And ooh, the Irish response. Those are a people who know how to throw an insult. If you only follow one of my links, this is the one.

I hope that "these people" don't wait too long to realize that they are actually "those people".

Don't you kind of miss having a First Lady?

I would love to know what she told him between photo ops.

Because the Irish are great at insults, here is how to properly make and drink a Fianna Pucker Fucker:

Ingredients:
1 oz. Green Apple Pucker (more Green Apple Pucker drinks)
1 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey (more Jameson Irish Whiskey drinks)
Guinness (Or Killian's Irish Red) (more Guinness drinks)

Instructions:
Chill the first two ingredients and strain through ice into a shot glass. Shoot and slam the entire chaser afterwards.

Find a whiff of scandal, get fired, profit.

Did Trump just call Fox fake news

Still more proof that Trump doesn't understand what mocking means.



So "Sending in the Feds" actually amounts to nothing, right?


Again, Justin Trudeau brings on the awesome.

And because I love you, enjoy The Rumjacks!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Have your neighbors reported YOU yet?

These will be heavy thoughts for a Saturday but I had them, so I'm sharing them. That's how this Internet thing works.

We've all been watching the news over the past few weeks about people being rounded up and deported. People who seemingly don't deserve it. A mother of a soldier killed while serving in the U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan. A soldier who served two tours. A local restaurant owner so beloved by the community who raised money for local police and firefighters and even fed them for free on rough days. A grandfather. A girl who gave a speech.

Yeah, them's the bad hombres Trump wants to deport all right.

Don't get me wrong - there are people who should be deported. The number is nowhere as big as some people imagine but Trump really hit a nerve when he talked about rapists, drug dealers and killers. No one wants to live by those people and those people do exist - although it seems to me that most of them are on bad TV shows.

But the people we're actually deporting just aren't those people. We are deporting people who are living the ideal of the American Dream. In many cases, these are people who have been here for over a decade. BEFORE OBAMA.

So there is a question that's been bothering me and no one is asking it. I have yet to see a single reporter ask this question and I started looking. Not one news story.

HOW ARE THESE PEOPLE WINDING UP ON ICE'S RADAR?

I think that this is something we Americans have a right to know. How do people wind up on ICE's list of people to detain and deport? Has ICE been looking for grandfathers and pillars of the community? I have my doubts.

What seems more likely is that these people are winding up on ICE's lists because someone told them about these people. So the question is: Who?

ICE, like any law enforcement agency, accepts tips from the general populace. Sometimes, that's just how the big break comes - someone talks about what they know to the right person. ICE actually has a toll-free number you can call to report suspected illegal immigrants. A top Google search as of late is "How do I get an illegal immigrant deported?"

Here's a fun fact about Google, by the way - if you start searching these kinds of things as research for a blog post they'll actually tell you what the top searches are. That's how I found this out.

The website wikihow gives you step-by-step instructions on how to anonymously report suspected illegal aliens. It is searched often enough to come up on the first page of a Google search on the topic.

Brietbart has published articles on how to report people, and on people telling other people how to report people. (Careful about following that link down the rabbit hole - it may induce vomiting).

The inescapable conclusion is that someone is out there reporting on suspected illegal immigrants. That someone could be anyone. That someone is quite likely anonymous. That someone could be your neighbor.

So is this where we are? Americans turning in the brown people? Is this who we want to be?

Some of us want to be that. Some of us want to be the ones who get rid of them brown people, so some of us are calling it in. Filling out forms with no repercussions. Doing their part to get of the brown-skinned peoples.

Is this list your path? Would this list make sense to you if instead of the word Jew it said Mexican? If so, what the ever lovin' FUCK is wrong with you?

What happened to you that turned you into such a paranoid jackass? What happened to us that turned us into people who squeal on our neighbors because of the color of their skin? What turned us into the bad guys?

And why is no one save for one cranky lefty blogger who swears too much asking?

Be careful out there my friends. Have your neighbors reported YOU yet?

And because I love you, a sweet pop-tune from Los Lonely Boys:


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Republican't Health Care.

So the Republican't version of health care does the following:


  1. Increases the cost of insurance for the elderly by as much as 67% - because the ceiling on coverage is no longer 3 times what the younglings pay but 5 times.
  2. Medicaid expansion goes bye bye, although those states that refused it are going to get small rewards.
  3. Planned Parenthood is defunded.
  4. The Subsidies that presently help people get coverage are gone.
  5. The limit on how much a CEO can deduct for their plan has been removed.
  6. Instead of having an individual mandate, anyone who goes 63 (!?) days or more can be charged an extra premium by their insurer - up to 130% of the original premium.
  7. The essential benefits portion of the ACA also goes bye bye, so now an insurer can pick and choose which thing you're going to go bankrupt over.
  8. There are six (6) pages in the new bill dealing with LOTTERY WINNERS, and keeping them away from Medicaid!
  9. Repeals the tanning tax.

Yep, people are gonna die.


Cheap shots:


Actually, Obama is only 7.38% at fault.


This is going to put us near the top when people discuss countries that abuse human rights.



It's a good question. Why would someone put a luxury hotel there?

They keep creating the same 40,000 jobs but I don't actually see anyone working. Just sayin'. By the way, this is the same 40,000 jobs Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson himself announced back when he was CEO and Obama was President. Just sayin'.

Look out menfolk. It's tomorrow.

Didn't we just pass 400?

Here is how to make an Island Breeze:


4 oz. Pineapple Juice
1.5 oz. Rum
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass with ice, and garnish with a lime wedge. 


Sometimes I can actually hear in the background Daffy Duck saying, "Deficit, Schmeficit, as long as I'm rich."

Meanwhile, over at the Stateless Department...

Yes, the 2020 election has already begun fundraising


And because I love you, They Might Be Giants covering "Tubthumping":






Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tonight's drinking game!

So tonight comes the great speech. The moment where Donald John Trump addresses congress for his first State of the Union address. Here are my drinking rules for tonight:

  1. 1.       Use of the non-word “bigly” means a shot.
  2. 2.       Use of the words “trust me” in that order means finish your drink.
  3. 3.       Any time he says any adjective that implies best, greatest, or superior without actually mentioning the United States, take a gulp.
  4. 4.       Use of the word “vetting” means you finish your drink.
  5. 5.       Any time he uses an exaggerated number means a shot.
  6. 6.       Any time he says any adjective that implies best, greatest, or superior in reference to HIMSELF finish your drink.
  7. 7.       Use of the words “make America great again” is a technical foul. Take two gulps. If accompanied by that red trucker hat (made in China) finish your drink and your neighbor’s too.
  8. 8.       If he mentions his tax returns in any form, drink 15-22% of your drink.
  9. 9.       If me mentions any property he owns take a shot
  10. 10.   If he places blame for any problems on other people, take a drink. If he blames Democrats, ½ a drink. The military, 2 drinks. His own party, finish your drink. If he blames Obama, set your drink on fire, blow it out, then drink it. Mexicans, be sure you’re drinking tequila.
  11. 11.   If he mentions leaks, take a shot. Maybe spill a little of it.
  12. 12.   If he mentions how great a leader of another country is, that’s a shot. If it’s Putin, It’s a shot of vodka.
  13. 13.   If he tweets during the address, that’s a six-pack you need to drink.
  14. 14.   If he tweets during the Democratic Party’s response, that’s a shot.
  15. 15.   If he makes up a word, take a shot
  16. 16.   If he touches his hair, take 5 shots
  17. 17.   If he makes you conscious of the size of his hands, take ½ a shot.
  18. 18.   If he uses the word “unfair” finish your drink.
  19. 19.   If he says “Obamacare” check your pulse while you take a shot.
  20. 20.   If he places some sort of blame on the courts or on any justice of any court close your eyes and take a shot of whatever your friends hand you
  21. 21.   If he mentions his wall, take 1/10 of a shot. I he manages to do it 10 times, take 10 shots.
  22. 22.   If he mentions the popular vote or the electoral college regarding his own election, take a shot and pour ½ of it out into someone else’s drink. Drink that.
  23. 23.   If he talks about Mexicans or Mexico in a derogatory fashion, put salt on the rim of your drink and finish it.
  24. 24.   If he uses the words “Islamic Terrorism” take a drink of water.
  25. 25.   If he manages to say something that contradicts something he said in the previous 60 seconds take a shot
  26. 26.   If he says “Democrat Party” instead of “Democratic Party” at any point, take a punch to the genitals and then a shot.
  27. 27.   If he mentions his familiarity with beautiful women, take a shot. If he mentions his daughter in that context, finish your drink and induce vomiting.
  28. 28.   If you manage to check everything off this list, call 911 because you’re a gonna die otherwise.



As for me, for the first time in a very long time, several administrations now, I won’t be watching.  Because I think he’s going to do them all.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Help wanted, no experience necessary.

Here is a list, as of today, of all of the positions in Government that Donald J. Trump has not nominated ANYONE for. 515 jobs, out of 549 he has to personally fill that require Senate confirmation. This is your Government Inaction, ladies and germs.


DEPARTMENT OF STATE111 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary for management and resources


NO NOMINEE

Legal adviser


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for management


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for arms control and international security affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for legislative affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for intelligence and research


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for civilian security, democracy and human rights


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for economic growth, energy and environment


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for political affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for public diplomacy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for arms control, verification, and compliance


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for international security and nonproliferation affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for political-military affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for crisis and stabilization operations


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for population, refugees and migration


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for economic and business affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for energy resources


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for oceans and international, environmental and scientific affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for consular affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for diplomatic security


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for African affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for international organization affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for South Asian affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for educational and cultural affairs


NO NOMINEE

Chief of protocol


NO NOMINEE

Coordinator for counter-terrorism


NO NOMINEE

Director general, foreign service and director of human resources


NO NOMINEE

Director, Office of Foreign Missions


NO NOMINEE

Coordinator for threat reduction programs


NO NOMINEE

Alternate representative to the United Nations for special political affairs


NO NOMINEE

Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking with the rank of ambassador at large


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador-at-large and coordinator of United States government activities to combat HIV/AIDS globally


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador at-large for war crimes issues


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador-at-large for global women's issues


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Argentina


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Australia


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Belgium


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Belize


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Venezuela


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Canada


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Czech Republic


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Dominican Republic


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Germany


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, France & Monaco


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Luxembourg


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Holy See


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, India


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Ireland


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Afghanistan


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Italy & San Marino


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Japan


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Denmark


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Morocco


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Saudi Arabia


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Netherlands


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, New Zealand & Samoa


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Norway


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Bolivia


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Austria


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Belarus


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Costa Rica


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Finland


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Hungary


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Iceland


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Korea


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Portugal


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Singapore


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, South Africa


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Trinidad and Tobago


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Spain & Andorra


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Eritrea


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Sweden


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Switzerland & Principality of Liechtenstein


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Syria


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Bahamas


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Tanzania


NO NOMINEE

Ambassador, Cuba


NO NOMINEE

Permanent representative of the United States on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations


NO NOMINEE

Permanent representative of the United States to the Organization of American States


NO NOMINEE

Public delegate, alternate U.S. representative to the U.N. General Assembly


NO NOMINEE

Public delegate, alternate U.S. representative to the U.N. General Assembly


NO NOMINEE

Public delegate, U.S. representative to the U.N. General Assembly


NO NOMINEE

Representative of the United States to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations


NO NOMINEE

Representative of the United States to the European Union


NO NOMINEE

Representative of the United States to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development


NO NOMINEE

Representative of the United States to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe


NO NOMINEE

Representative of the United States to the Vienna office of the United Nations and representative of the United States to the International Atomic Energy Agency


NO NOMINEE

Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations


NO NOMINEE

Representative to the United Nations for management and reform


NO NOMINEE

Special envoy for North Korea human rights issues


NO NOMINEE

Special representative of the president for nuclear non-proliferation with the rank of ambassador


NO NOMINEE

U.S. representative to the Office of the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva


NO NOMINEE

United States deputy representative to the United Nations


NO NOMINEE

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy


NO NOMINEE

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy


NO NOMINEE

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy


NO NOMINEE

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy


NO NOMINEE

Special envoy to promote religious freedom of religious minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia with the rank of ambassador


NO NOMINEE

U.S. representative to the Conference on Disarmament, with the rank of ambassador


NO NOMINEE

Representative of the U.S. on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization, with rank of ambassador


NO NOMINEE

U.S. representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, with rank of ambassador


NO NOMINEE

Special representative of the president for nuclear nonproliferation, with the rank of ambassador


DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE12 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for civil rights


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for congressional relations


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for food safety


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for natural resources and environment


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for research, education and economics


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for rural development


DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE19 positions

NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for legislative and intergovernmental affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for intellectual property and director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for industry and security


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for economic affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for oceans and atmosphere and administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for international trade


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for standards and technology


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for economic development


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for export enforcement


NO NOMINEE

Director general for the United States and Foreign Commercial Service and assistant secretary for global markets


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for enforcement and compliance


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for environmental observation and prediction


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for communications and information


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for export administration


NO NOMINEE

Director, Census Bureau


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for oceans and atmosphere


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for industry and analysis


DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE50 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Inspector general


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary/comptroller


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for policy


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for intelligence


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for legislative affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for reserve affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary of the Air Force


NO NOMINEE

General counsel of the Air Force


NO NOMINEE

Secretary of the Army


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary of the Army


NO NOMINEE

General counsel of the Army


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary of the Navy


NO NOMINEE

General counsel of the Navy


NO NOMINEE

Director for operational test and evaluation


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for personnel and readiness


NO NOMINEE

Principal deputy under secretary for policy


NO NOMINEE

Principal deputy under secretary for intelligence


NO NOMINEE

Principal deputy under secretary for personnel and readiness


NO NOMINEE

Principal deputy under secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics


NO NOMINEE

Principal deputy under secretary (comptroller)


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for strategy, plans and capabilities


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for homeland defense and global security affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for international security affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for special operations/low intensity conflict


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for acquisition


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for logistics and materiel readiness


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for nuclear, chemical and biological defense


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for research and engineering


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for health affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs


NO NOMINEE

Deputy chief management officer


NO NOMINEE

Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology, logistics


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for financial management and comptroller, Department of the Air Force


NO NOMINEE

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Logistics


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Army for civil works


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller, Department of the Army


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations, and environment


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller, Department of the Navy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION14 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for civil rights


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for communications and outreach


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for postsecondary education


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration


NO NOMINEE

Director of the Institute of Education Sciences


DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY21 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for management and performance


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for nuclear security/administrator for nuclear security


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs


NO NOMINEE

Inspector general


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for science


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for electricity delivery and energy reliability


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for environmental management


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for fossil energy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for nuclear energy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for international affairs


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration


NO NOMINEE

Director, energy advanced research projects department


NO NOMINEE

Director, Office of Minority Economic Impact


NO NOMINEE

Director, Office of Science


NO NOMINEE

Deputy administrator for defense programs, National Nuclear Security Administration


NO NOMINEE

Deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation


NO NOMINEE

Principal deputy administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES14 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for legislation


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for financial resources


NO NOMINEE

Director, National Institutes of Health


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for aging and administrator, Administration for Community Living


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for children and families


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for health


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for planning and evaluation


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for preparedness and response


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, Administration for Children, Youth and Families


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY14 positions

NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for management


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for intelligence and analysis


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for national protection and programs directorate


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for science and technology


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for policy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant Secretary for Transportation Security Administration


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency


NO NOMINEE

Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


NO NOMINEE

Deputy administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency


NO NOMINEE

Deputy administrator for protection and national preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency


DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT11 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for community planning and development


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for housing and federal housing commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for policy development and research


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for public and indian housing


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for administration/chief human capital officer


NO NOMINEE

President, Government National Mortgage Association


DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE23 positions

NO NOMINEE

Solicitor general


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the antitrust division


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the national security division


NO NOMINEE

Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the civil division


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the civil rights division


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the criminal division


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the environment and natural resources division


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the justice programs division


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant attorney general for the tax division


NO NOMINEE

Deputy administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration


NO NOMINEE

Director, Community Relations Service


NO NOMINEE

Director, Office on Violence Against Women


NO NOMINEE

Director, U.S. Marshals Service


NO NOMINEE

Special counsel for immigration-related unfair employment practices


NO NOMINEE

Chairman, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, U.S. Parole Commission


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, U.S. Parole Commission


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, U.S. Parole Commission


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, U.S. Parole Commission


DEPARTMENT OF LABOR13 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

Solicitor


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for employee benefits security


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for employment and training


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for mine safety and health


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for occupational safety and health


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for disability employment policy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for policy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for veterans employment and training


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, wage and hour division


DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION18 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for budget and programs and chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for governmental affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary of transportation for policy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for transportation policy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Federal Highway Administration


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Federal Transit Administration


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Maritime Administration


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration


NO NOMINEE

Member, Surface Transportation Board


NO NOMINEE

Member, Surface Transportation Board


NO NOMINEE

Member, Surface Transportation Board


DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS10 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for congressional and legislative affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for memorial affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under Secretary for Health


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for benefits


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for information and technology


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for policy and planning


NO NOMINEE

Chairman, board of veterans' appeals


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR16 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

Solicitor


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for policy, management, and budget


NO NOMINEE

Inspector general


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary of Indian affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for insular areas


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for land and minerals management


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for water and science


NO NOMINEE

Director, Bureau of Land Management


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation


NO NOMINEE

Director, National Park Service


NO NOMINEE

Director, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement


NO NOMINEE

Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


NO NOMINEE

Director, U.S. Geological Survey


NO NOMINEE

Special trustee for American Indians


DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY26 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy secretary


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for international affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence


NO NOMINEE

Assistant Secretary (Deputy Under Secretary) for Legislative Affairs


NO NOMINEE

Under secretary for domestic finance


NO NOMINEE

Deputy Under Secretary/Designated Assistant Secretary for International Finance


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for economic policy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for financial institutions


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for financial markets


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for financial stability


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for international markets and development


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for tax policy


NO NOMINEE

Assistant secretary for terrorist financing


NO NOMINEE

Director, U.S. Mint


NO NOMINEE

Chief counsel, Internal Revenue Service


NO NOMINEE

Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board


NO NOMINEE

Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board


NO NOMINEE

Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board


NO NOMINEE

Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board


NO NOMINEE

Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board


NO NOMINEE

Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board


NO NOMINEE

Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board


NO NOMINEE

Member, Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board


EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT20 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy director, Office of Management and Budget


NO NOMINEE

Deputy director for management, Office of Management and Budget


NO NOMINEE

Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management


NO NOMINEE

Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy


NO NOMINEE

Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs


NO NOMINEE

Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy


NO NOMINEE

Director of National Drug Control Policy


NO NOMINEE

Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality


NO NOMINEE

Member, Council on Environmental Quality


NO NOMINEE

Member, Council on Environmental Quality


NO NOMINEE

Deputy U.S. trade representative, (rank of ambassador)


NO NOMINEE

Deputy U.S. trade representative


NO NOMINEE

Deputy U.S. trade representative


NO NOMINEE

Associate director for environment, office of science and technology policy


NO NOMINEE

Associate director for science, office of science and technology policy


NO NOMINEE

Associate director for technology, office of science and technology policy


NO NOMINEE

Associate director for national security and international affairs, Office of Science and Technology Policy


NO NOMINEE

Intellectual property enforcement coordinator


NO NOMINEE

Chief agricultural negotiator


CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY2 positions

NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Statutory inspector general


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY12 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy administrator


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Chief financial officer


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for water


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for administration and resources management


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for air and radiation


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for environmental information


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for international and tribal affairs


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for research and development


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for solid waste and emergency response


OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Principal deputy director


NO NOMINEE

General counsel


NO NOMINEE

Director of the National Counterterrorism Center


SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Deputy administrator


NO NOMINEE

Chief counsel for advocacy


NO NOMINEE

Inspector general


SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION2 positions

NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES1 position

NO NOMINEE

Chairman


APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Federal co-chairman


BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS1 position

NO NOMINEE

Director, International Broadcasting Bureau


CHEMICAL SAFETY AND HAZARD INVESTIGATION BOARD1 position

NO NOMINEE

Board member


COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Chairman


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE1 position

NO NOMINEE

Chief executive officer


DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD1 position

NO NOMINEE

Board member


DELTA REGIONAL AUTHORITY1 position

NO NOMINEE

Federal co-chairman


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Member


EXPORT-IMPORT BANK6 positions

NO NOMINEE

Member, board of directors


NO NOMINEE

Member, board of directors


NO NOMINEE

Member, board of directors


NO NOMINEE

Inspector general


NO NOMINEE

President and chairman


NO NOMINEE

Vice president and vice chairman


FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Member


FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION2 positions

NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Board member


FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION4 positions

NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION2 positions

NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


FEDERAL MEDIATION AND CONCILIATION SERVICE1 position

NO NOMINEE

Director


FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM2 positions

NO NOMINEE

Governor


NO NOMINEE

Governor


FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Administrator


INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD2 positions

NO NOMINEE

Chairman


NO NOMINEE

Member


MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Chief executive officer


NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Administrator


NO NOMINEE

Chief Financial Officer


NO NOMINEE

Deputy administrator


NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Board member


NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD2 positions

NO NOMINEE

Board member


NO NOMINEE

Board member


NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Chairman


NO NOMINEE

Board member


NO NOMINEE

Board member


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Deputy director


NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY1 position

NO NOMINEE

Inspector general


NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Board member


NO NOMINEE

Board member


NO NOMINEE

Board member


NORTHERN BORDER REGIONAL COMMISSION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Federal co-chairperson


NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION2 positions

NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION1 position

NO NOMINEE

Commission member


OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Director


NO NOMINEE

Deputy director


NO NOMINEE

Inspector general


OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL1 position

NO NOMINEE

Special counsel


OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION8 positions

NO NOMINEE

Executive vice president


NO NOMINEE

President and CEO


NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


PEACE CORPS2 positions

NO NOMINEE

Director


NO NOMINEE

Deputy director


POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Chairman


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD1 position

NO NOMINEE

Member of Board


SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION3 positions

NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Deputy commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Inspector general


TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY1 position

NO NOMINEE

Director


UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT11 positions

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Administrator


NO NOMINEE

Deputy administrator


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for Africa


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for Asia


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for democracy, conflict, and humanitarian assistance


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for global health


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Assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for the Middle East


NO NOMINEE

Assistant administrator for legislative and public affairs


NO NOMINEE

Administrator for economic growth, education and environment


UNITED STATES ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION2 positions

NO NOMINEE

Member


NO NOMINEE

Member


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION4 positions

NO NOMINEE

Chairman


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner


NO NOMINEE

Commissioner