Aug 102019
 

Here in the shiny new CatBox, I’m running late because I slept poorly, overslept, and still feel groggy.  I read the results of the Cat Scan.  I have a hiatal hernia.  I also have two tiny nodes in my left lung (5 mm and 1 mm).  I have a routine appt. with my Oncologist to interpret the Cat Scan in 10 days, so I won’t panic until I know I have cause.  Tomorrow is a busy WWWendy day, but I’ll try to stay in the saddle, because it’s the last full day of Care2 News.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:44 (average 4:38).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Victims Of White Nationalist Terror Fight Back (And Win) In Court

 

That’s good! Also, Resident Donald Trump, the Tangerine Terrorist, Bought Bitch Moscow Mitch, and many other Republicans should have to pay millions in punitive damages. RESIST!!

From Common Dreams: Disgraced American billionaire and political insider Jeffrey Epstein was reported dead on Saturday morning from an apparent suicide in a New York City jail.

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Epstein hanged himself and his body was found this morning at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan at roughly 7:30.

Manhattan federal prosecutors last month charged Mr. Epstein, 66, with sex trafficking of girls as young as 14, and details of his behavior have been emerging for years.

Mr. Epstein, a financier with opulent homes, a private jet and access to elite circles, had been dogged for decades by accusations that he had paid dozens of girls for sexual acts in Florida.

It makes no sense that Epstein had been removed from suicide watch.  I suspect that Epstein’s death may have been a Republicide, not a suicide. He had lots of  detailed dirt on a pants-load of super-rich Republican perverts, and he had an incentive to give it up. RESIST!!

From Think Progress: The signature promise of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was that he would build a massive wall along the nation’s southern border and that not a penny of it would be charged to the American taxpayer. He repeatedly boasted that he would get Mexico to pay for it.

But now that this lie has been all but abandoned, Senate Republicans reportedly plan to divert billions of dollars from health and education to make up the difference.

Roll Call reported on Thursday that Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) has written a Fiscal Year 2020 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill allocation “that is about $5 billion lower than it would have been to provide funding for the wall.” If this proposal gets the 60 votes required for passage in the Senate, it would still need to be negotiated with the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Shelby has to know this will be shit-canned in conference committee. He’s just grandstanding to make the deplorable Republican Sheeple say BAAA-A-A-A-A!! RESIST!!

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Jul 312019
 

It’s my last full day here in the crappy old CatBox.  I’d hoped that the move would go smoothly, but CCC could ruin a wet dream.  The movers were supposed to be here first thing in the morning.  That has now changed to “sometime in the afternoon”.  ARGH!  I will be SO glad when this mess is over.  Tomorrow I will post a brief personal update early and go back to bed to rest until late morning.  I hope to post another brief personal update, on Friday afternoon, assuming that my cable install is smooth.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:28 (average 4:32).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Jesse Dollemore Channel): Moscow Mitch is Hard at Work Making Sure Russia is Able to Interfere in the 2020 Elections!

 

Spot-on Jesse! The worst thing I can find to say about Bought Bitch Moscow Mitch is this. He is a Republican. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Robert Reich Channel): Robert Reich: Where Your Tax Dollars Really Go

 

The Reich on the left, Robert Reich, is right. Every penny we spend on meeting Americans’ needs is a penny that the greedy Reich on the right, the Republican Reich, can’t give to a billionaire. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Pushing back against charges that Senator Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday that McConnell “has never been an asset to any country.”

“You can scour the four corners of the globe, and you will not find a nation that would ever in a million years consider Mitch McConnell an asset,” Putin said.

The Russian President urged pundits who have called McConnell a Russian asset “to look up the word ‘asset’ in the dictionary.”

“You will find that ‘asset’ means a useful or valuable thing,” Putin said. “The only part of that definition that fits McConnell is ‘thing.’ ”

Dang, Andy! Putin [R-RU] does have a point, but McConnell sure is trying hard to help Russia. Do you think Putin has a pee-pee tape starring Bought Bitch Moscow Mitch? RESIST!!

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Jul 232019
 

It’s a busy week here in the crappy old CatBox.  Yesterday TriMet recertified my chair and I for another three years.  Unless I go back to the shiny new CatBox  with WWWendy, my next trip out is Monday.  I have a Cat Scan.  The IV contrast is bad enough, but I HATE having to drink the oral contrast, which I call Cat Pee.  Today and tomorrow are the coolest days of the heat wave (low to mid 80°s).  Enjoy your day.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:53 (average 4:29).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

A Pic from the Shiny New CatBox:

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What gorgeous scenery!

Short Takes:

From YouTube (CNN Channel): Boris Johnson wins vote, expected to be UK prime minister

 

Poor UK! Boris Brexit is a Bridiot! RESIST!!

From Politico: President Donald Trump may have to hand out some new nicknames — for himself — after endorsing a bipartisan budget deal with Congress: “Trillion Dollar Trump?” “Deficit Don?”

With a new bipartisan budget deal that does nothing to cut federal spending, Trump is on track for another $1 trillion deficit this year. And there’s no reason to believe the following fiscal year will be any different, with ballooning deficits from higher spending, the 2017 tax cuts — Trump’s signature legislative achievement, which slashed revenue — and none of the entitlement reforms long preached by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.

There is only one reasonable solution. It is undoing a decade of Republican welfare for the super-rich, combined with a steep wealth tax. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: The billionaire Donald J. Trump’s bid to become a born-again Christian failed over the weekend after Jesus Christ turned down his friend request, campaign officials have acknowledged.

Jesus, who has not generally been active on Facebook, made a rare appearance on the social network on Monday to announce His decision to ignore the presumptive Republican nominee’s request for a personal relationship with Him.

In a brief post, Jesus offered the following explanation: “Just everything.”

The turndown from Jesus Christ, the inspiration behind one of the world’s most prominent religions, caps what has been a tough month for the Trump campaign.

Look Andy, that is just not credible. Trump would never try to befriend the real Jesus. Trump’s Jesus is a GOP invention, Republican Supply-side Jesus, whose gospel of greed, hate, racism, violence and death matches his own beliefs and those of the pseudo-Christians in the Republican Reich. RESIST!!

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Medicare or Wall?

 Posted by at 10:06 am  Politics
Mar 122019
 

If ever there was an absolutely ridiculous question, here it is.  Do you want Medicare to help pay for health care for people, who paid into the system all their working lives, or do you want Trump’s Wall that he promised Mexico would pay for?  In his new budget, the Tangerine Terrorist plans record deficits.  He intends to cut $845 billion from Medicare.  He wants over $8 billion for his wall.

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The budget released by the White House on Monday also calls for a sizable reduction for Medicare, the federal insurance for older Americans that President Trump has consistently promised to protect. Most of the trims relate to changing payments to doctors and hospitals and renewing efforts to ferret out fraud and wasteful billing — oft-cited targets by presidents of both parties….

…The spending plan calls for a cut of nearly $1.5 trillion in Medicaid over 10 years and for $1.2 trillion to be added for the block grants or per-person caps that would start in 2021. Under the new arrangement, states would gain far more freedom to set their own rules about how to cover the poor….

…The Trump budget also proposes to slow spending on Medicare, the federal program that gives health insurance to older Americans, by $845 billion over the next 10 years, in part by limiting fraud and abuse and payments to hospitals. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would not cut Medicare or Social Security, the retirement program for the elderly, but his budget last year also included a proposed cut of more than $550 billion to the program.

This year’s proposed budget would reduce the growth of various Medicare provider payments, including for care after hospitalizations, graduate medical education and hospital-owned physician clinics, according to Marc Goldwein, budget expert at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He said that with some of the Medicare “reductions” simply being moved to other parts of the budget, the cuts could be construed as between $500 billion and $600 billion.

The increasingly ambitious cuts to Medicare come at a time when many Democrats have embraced plans for expansions of Medicare, including a Medicare-for-all system that would increase federal spending on the program by as much as $30 trillion but that backers say would insure more people and reduce overall health costs….

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The major news sources are just starting to cover this, so no video from my usual sources is available yet, but I found an individual YouTube broadcaster that made a video worth watching.

 

Here is the Republican Party plan for senior citizens.

RESIST!!

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