May 232017
 

It’s another hot humid day, and I did not get much sleep last night.  Tomorrow and Wednesday will be cooler, but it will take a day or too for the excess heat in the interior hallways and bathrooms of the building to moderate.  After my morning Trump making on the throne at 5:45 AM, I had to change my shirt, as the one I had on was wet.  I have a reason for not covering the Manchester Arena attack.  I had MSNBC on for three hours last night through Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell, and none of them covered any other news.  They repeated mostly the same information over and over and over again.  I would never downplay the tragic loss suffered by the dead, the injured, the traumatized and their families.  They have been in my thoughts and prayers.  However the losses from that one incident cannot begin to compare to the tragic losses of both life and human suffering that the policies Republicans have wanted for many years will bring.  Therefore, I’ll cover other things that need covering.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:07 (average 5:15).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): This is How Low the Trump Apologists Will Stoop | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Republicans could not be more desperate to project their Fuhrer’s treason away. One cannot stoop lower than fronting the story with Scumbag Sean and Newtered. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Because he never stops being an entitled jackass:

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits …

… The White House also is expected to propose changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, though precise details couldn’t be learned. SNAP is the modern version of food stamps …

Every penny spent to provide for the needs of sick seniors or hungry children is a penny Republicans can’t give to a billionaire. RESIST!!

From NY Times: The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government’s top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose the names of former lobbyists who have been granted waivers to work in the White House or federal agencies.

The latest conflict came in recent days when the White House, in a highly unusual move, sent a letter to Walter M. Shaub Jr., the head of the Office of Government Ethics, asking him to withdraw a request he had sent to every federal agency for copies of the waivers. In the letter, the administration challenged his legal authority to demand the information.

Mr. Shaub returned a scalding, 10-page response to the White House late Monday, unlike just about any correspondence in the history of the office, created after the Nixon Watergate scandal.

“O.G.E. declines your request to suspend its ethics inquiry and reiterates its expectation that agencies will fully comply with its directive,” Mr. Shaub wrote in a letter he also sent to every federal agency ethics officer, six members of Congress who oversee government operations and the inspector generals from agencies governmentwide. “Public confidence in the integrity of government decision making demands no less.”

Kudos to Schaub and O.G.E. RESIST!!

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May 172017
 

I'm writing late today to be sure that I'm up when Store to Door delivers my grocery order.  Wendy is coming this evening to de-stink the over-humidified TomCat and help with chores.  Tomorrow, please expect no more than a Personal Update tomorrow.  Comcast is coming in the early morning to install an upgraded cable modem and make sure all my wireless devices function properly with it.  Neighborhood House, the Nonprofit that covers around 15% of Wendy's care, is coming in the late morning for me to sign some paperwork.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today's took me 3:50 (average 4:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): What’s Happening in Donald Trump’s Head? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

I have no doubt that Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten suffers from severe, acute Narcissistic Personality Disorder. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Amid concerns about Donald Trump’s fitness to be President, former President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he was willing to serve as “temp President” while Trump undergoes psychiatric evaluation.

“It would just be a temp thing,” Obama told reporters. “As soon as psychiatrists determine that Donald Trump is mentally stable and fit to serve as the most powerful officeholder in the world, I’d step aside.”

Obama said that he was a “logical choice” to serve as temp President because of his eight years in the White House. “For starters, I know how the light switches work,” he said.

Obama said that, once installed as temp President, he would look after the day-to-day running of the White House: “You know—vetoing bills, naming Supreme Court Justices, that kind of thing.”

From Andy's keyboard to God's eyes! RESIST!!

From Washington Post: Since entering office, President Trump has faced accusations that his District hotel is profiting from his presidency.

For a few minutes Monday night, projection artist Robin Bell tried to bring attention to the issue by shining light on it — a big, blue light.

Bell parked his van about 9:15 p.m. on 12th Street NW across the street from the west entrance of the Trump International Hotel. Bell and two friends then turned on a projector in the van and displayed animated anti-Trump messages about the president’s alleged conflicts of interest onto the upscale hotel’s facade.

Hotel security ordered him to shut off the projections after only a few minutes, but it was enough time for the messages to go viral on social media, garnering thousands of posts on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Kudos to Robin Bell. RESIST!!

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Rachel Blasts RepubliCare

 Posted by at 2:02 pm  Politics
May 052017
 

When I reported on the passage of RepubliCare yesterday, I could only guess at the Ramifications.  A day later we’re learning what is actually in there.  The more we learn, the more horrific it becomes, and few people are better at digging out the dirt than Rachel Maddow.

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Rachel Maddow could not hold back about the catastrophe that is Trumpcare; the AHCA just passed by the Republicans House of Representatives. Maddow spent the time to detail the pain that the AHCA will inflict on Americans if it ever became the law of the land.

Maddow explained with numbers the increased in premiums caused by various preexisting conditions… The premiums would be unaffordable and as such tantamount to not having insurance at all.

Rachel Maddow details the AHCA’s carnage

Maddow then went on to enumerate some of the major draconian features of the bill.

  1. States can get waivers which will allow insurance companies to charge more for preexisting conditions.
  2. States can opt out of rules that require insurance companies from providing some basic services.
  3. Mental health coverage and drug coverage and other similar services will wither away.
  4. Insurance companies can charge old people five times more for insurance than they do young people.
  5. Big companies no longer have to provide health insurance to their employees.
  6. Hospitals will suffer as they lose revenue from both less insured customers and at the same time they do not recover the reduced fees agreed upon when Obamacare was passed.
  7. If you are poor and dependent on Medicaid, brace yourself, it will be cut substantially.

Maddow did find one sweet spot in the new bill. If you are rich and you make over $200,000 a year, you will partake of a $300 billion tax cut… [emphasis original]

From <Alternet>

Here are two clips from Rachel’s Show.  In the first, she looks at key consequences.

In the second she examines RepubliCare as a plan to shift wealth.

That’s right.  $900 MILLION from Medicaid.

With the caveat that many Republican legislators are too incompetent to have read the bill, there can be no doubt that the intent of those, who actually know what it contains, is to kill poor seniors and the sickest poor Americans.

RESIST!!

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May 052017
 

The heat wave is over, and it’s 60°, but the humidity is 97%, so it’s still sticky.  I slept poorly last night, due to humidity and AC noise, but I did catch a two hour nap this morning.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:36 (average 4:37).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Shame and Cruelty of the GOP | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

Amen Keith! Be vengeful!  Ruin their careers!  RESIST!!

Also from YouTube (GQ Channel): Is a Grand Jury Now Looking into Trump? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

May the drip… drip… drip… give way to SPLAT! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Moments after House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, millions of Trump supporters celebrated the imminent loss of their health insurance.

From coast to coast, Americans who cast their votes for Donald J. Trump expressed jubilation at finally being relieved of the burden of being insured in the event of catastrophic illness.

“Ever since President Trump was inaugurated, I’ve been counting the days for him to take away my health insurance,” Carol Foyler, a Trump supporter in Houston, said. “Today I just want to say thank you, Mr. President, for keeping your promise.”

Andy, reporting the intellectual level of deplorables is not even news.  After all, they voted for him.  RESIST!!

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May 042017
 

Sometimes called TrumpCare, RepubliCare is infamous for the RepubliCare Death Benefit. If you can pay, you get care.  If you can’t pay, you get to die.  In that respect RepubliCare remains unchanged from Alan Grayson’s classic "Die Quickly".  The latest iteration passed the House this morning.

RepubliCareAfter years of promises and months of delays, House Republicans passed their version of an Obamacare repeal and replacement Thursday, muscling the far-right legislation through their chamber by feverishly pressuring moderates in the closing days.

Republicans passed the bill 217-213, with 20 Republicans voting “no” and not a single Democrat voting in support.

But what seems like a victory for House Republicans may ultimately be their downfall.

Democrats were of two minds about Republicans advancing the bill, which would gut some of Obamacare’s most popular provisions (including protections for people with pre-existing conditions as well as the Medicaid expansion).

On one hand, Democrats desperately wanted to protect President Barack Obama’s signature law. On the other hand, Democrats believe ― perhaps correctly ― that this extremely conservative bill can’t pass the Senate, and that House Republicans may have just hung a profoundly unpopular legislation around the necks of some of their most vulnerable members.

As Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Republicans during her floor speech before the vote, Democrats plan to tattoo every provision of this bill to the foreheads of Republicans. “You will glow in the dark,” Pelosi said… [emphasis added]

From <Huffington Post>

Lawrence O’Donnell covered some of the key features of this hateful horror.

Under no circumstances may Paul Ryan’s death panels be allowed to pass the Senate.

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Apr 262017
 

I’m waiting for Store to Door to deliver my groceries, and Wendy comes this evening to de-stink the TomCat.  Please pardon my pain induced brevity.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:11 (average 5:49).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): It Sure Looks Like a Russian Cover-Up | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

The cover-up could not be more obvious. RESIST!!

From NY Times: A judge in San Francisco on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Trump’s efforts to starve localities of federal funds when they limit their cooperation with immigration enforcement, a stinging rejection of his threats to make so-called sanctuary cities fall in line.

The judge, William H. Orrick of United States District Court, wrote that the president had overstepped his powers with his January executive order on immigration by tying billions of dollars in federal funding to immigration enforcement. Judge Orrick said only Congress could place such conditions on spending.

The ruling, which applies nationwide, was another judicial setback for the Trump administration, which has now seen three immigration orders stopped by federal courts in its first 100 days. And as with the rulings halting his two temporary bans on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries, the president’s own words were used against him.

That’s good news for Portland, one of America’s first sanctuary cities.

From Alternet: What is "dictator style"? For Donald Trump, it’s celebrating winning on a private jet while eating a Big Mac. He’s a "man of the people" with bad hair, oversized suits and a notorious trucker hat.

On the other hand, according to Peter York, author of Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World’s Most Colorful Despots, "Trump’s design aesthetic is fascinatingly out of line with America’s past and present."

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

I can’t tell the difference. Can you? RESIST!!

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