Same Healthcare Bill, Different Name — Who to Call

This latest Republican offer to gut healthcare has been called a sneak attack. They intend to push it to vote on September 30, with out discussing its potential effects, but what’s the point of discussing it? In essentials, this is the same bill they keep offering, re-named: “Skinny Repeal,” “American Health Care Act,” “Graham/Cassidy,” “Candy/Gram,”…
Land Shark

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/landshark/2832305

“The Graham-Cassidy bill preys on underserved communities … a clear and present danger”~The National Institute for Reproductive Health 

“Graham-Cassidy would devastate the Medicaid program, increase out-of-pocket costs, and weaken or eliminate protections for people living with pre-existing conditions.” ~ American Public Health Association


“It could disrupt access to health care for millions of the more than 70 million Americans” ~Federation of American Hospitals


“This bill harms our must vulnerable patients”~The American Psychiatric Association 

The following institutions are vehemently opposed to the Graham/Cassidy proposal: 

  • American Medical Association
  • The American Psychiatric Association 
  • The American Public Health Association
  • The National Institute for Reproductive Health 
  • Federation of American Hospitals
  • AARP
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 
  • Association of American Medical Colleges, 
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 
  • and so on…

Don’t let this repetition wear you down. Healthcare is too important. CALL YOUR SENATORS (maybe put them on speed dial.)

  • Sen. Susan Collins, ME: (202) 224-2523
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski, AK: (202) 224-6665
  • Sen. John McCain, AZ: (202) 224-2235
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, WV: (202) 224-6472
  • Sen. Rob Portman, OH: (202) 224-3353
  • Sen. Cory Gardner, CO: (202) 224-5941
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander, TN: (202) 224-4944
  • Sen. Jerry Moran, KS: (202) 224-6521
  • Sen. Tom Cotton, AR: (202) 224-2353
  • Sen. Joni Ernst, IA: (202) 224-3254
  • Sen. Thom Tillis, NC: (202) 224-6342
  • Sen. John Hoeven, ND: (202) 224-2551
  • Sen. John Kennedy, LA: (202) 224-4623
  • Sen. Ron Johnson, WI: (202) 224-5323
  • Sen. Mike Rounds, ND: (202) 224-5842
  • Sen. Jeff Flake, AZ: (202) 224-4521
  • Sen. Dean Heller, NV: (202) 224-6244

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Zuckerberg and Russian Money

I’m curious as to whether people are financially successful because of an inflated belief in their abilities, or if the God complex happens after they hit the jackpot.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is contemplating a run for the presidency in 2020….or he was.
Although Zuckerberg admits to having sold possibly $150,000 in ad space to a Kremlin linked troll farm, it looks like Facebook took more Russian money than just that. 

An article published by ‘TechCrunch’, back in May 2009 sites “a Facebook transaction of $200 Million in the form of an Investment from Russians at a $10 Billion Valuation.”

https://techcrunch.com/2009/05/26/facebook-takes-that-200-million-investment-from-the-russians-at-a-10-billion-valuation/amp/

Mark Zuckerberg, you got some splainin to do. 
Add to this the fact that the ad space which was sold to Russians was used not only to spread propaganda, but to target anti-semites and white supremacists in attempts to organize the hate groups, all to further Trump’s presidential run. These trolls may have reached 70 million people thanks to Facebook.

‘Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’’ — ProPublica

https://www.propublica.org/article/facebook-enabled-advertisers-to-reach-jew-haters

Was Zuckerberg aware when he took Russian money how the ads would be used? He’s damned either way. I wonder if these revelations will be enough to tamp down his presidential aspirations.

Donald Trump blazed the trail for every multi- millionaire megalomaniac media moll out there. The short list of unqualified possible contenders for 2020 so far: Howard Shultz – Starbucks CEO,  Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook, Mark Cuban – owner of some sports team and frequent reality tv star, Oprah Winfrey – talk show host magazine publisher, “The Rock” Johnson – former pro-wrestler and super hot actor…

If truley interested in public service, why not start with congress or local government? What makes people think they can skip to the front of the line? They must believe their luck at obtaining a fortune in business is attributed to a special kind of genius that will translate to any field— including politics, regardless that they have no knowledge of the law and no experience in government. I don’t get it. 

Trump has proven in these last 10 months that portraying a successful businessman on a “reality” tv show is not the same as experience at governing a country. Trump is a ridiculous failure, and apparently an inspiration to anyone with money.
Can we stop now?

My Inner Scaramucci / Potty Mouth

Prefix, root, suffix…sigh, the word

I relish them all, I’m a logophile

I partake frequently you may have concurred

I love them in prose of varying styles 

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Perpetually perched to pen my post

Pondering this country today

Four letter adages… beg my ripostes

I fight unremittingly not to say

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The foul lexèmes voiced in my head

Aren’t all words equal? Dare I stoop so low 

If curses were food I’d be over fed

There are decent replacements I know 

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A Russian state TV host recently said

Of Trump (I found funny but odd) —

“So why did we elect such a president?”

Answer: There is no one he won’t defraud.

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Turmoils of expression— my cursed beast 

I neglect what upset me this time 

It was Trump related to say the least

Putin’s bit** the fu**** orange slime

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So it goes, a small slip up here and there

Pr**, co**, mot***, fu****,  blame him

I’m too politically angry to care

For Trump there is no decent synonym

#NewElection

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My Retraction and Apology- 

“Assumptions are dangerous things.” ~ Agatha Christi 

I am not perfect. I am not a reporter. I read news accounts, several different versions of the same story, before I form an opinion. If I feel the need to express that opinion I will write a post.

That said, on occasion mistakes are made often times due to assumptions. I assumed something to be fact this week, and that assumption skewed the meaning of all the news accounts I had read.

These past two days I’ve written about Donald Trump’s visit to Houston. Today I read something that made me question everything.


But I have so many memories, pictures in my head of him consoling victims. I found proof:


There he is, the best Potus ever, consoling victims… oh, that’s not Trump… but he said he was there:


Okay, here he is in Houston—on the cover of the NY Post:

What? That’s the Kennedys at Cape Cod? 

Okay, hold on, I found proof:

Hmm… it’s not raining there. 

This is what Houston looks like:

I back tracked and reviewed all the news paper headlines from the past couple of days and they only say “Trump Visits Texas.” 

I took that to mean he visited Houston. So why would he tweet that he had seen a first hand account?


Here he is, not in Houston, “witnessing firsthand the horror and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.” Apparently Trump went to Corpus Christi. 

I apologize to my readers whom I may have misled unintentionally by my own ignorant assumption of the meaning of a Trump tweet. 

As was mentioned in a comment to Michael Moore’s tweet…


Ours is not to judge. 

In closing I find there is a lesson here:

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” ~Abraham H. Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being

What? That doesn’t apply here? 

How about this: 

“Terror made me cruel” ~ Emily Bronte

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Donald Trump’s Houston Tour

*Warning* This post is satire: making use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice.

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The crowd could not have been bigger, granted those who intermittently floated by were non-responsive. Trump likes a responsive audience, so there will be Hell Toupee if he finds someone, who hasn’t quit, to yell at. 

But as for size, believe me, Obama’s crowd wasn’t half this big during Katrina…what? Katrina was on George W. Bush’s watch? Anyway. They’re calling this the biggest flood in 500 years…I have the biggest storms. Obama never had a flood this big.

Milania was handed the microphone and took the opportunity to lament scientist’s choice of name for the storm. Harvey— (sounds like a six foot Rabbit who hangs around with Jimmy Stewart.) She would prefer a fierce name like: Hercules, Herrod, or even Hamilton as a nod to the electoral college that catapulted them to the position of great power they both enjoy. She would make it her new priority as FLOTUS to re-name the storm. 

Trump closed the show by reminding the “yuge crowd” his next gig is Missouri. He thanked them for coming, saying “What a crowd, what a turnout.” Meanwhile Texans, treading water, held up their babies up for Trump to kiss… or to keep their heads above water. 

Remember Houston USA hats (made in China), like the one Trump wore, are available in red and white, and can be purchased online for $40 —so when ever you get a wifi signal back, you should order one for every bobbing head you see.

Okay Milania, quick, put the stilletto’s back on…let’s get outta here before these assholes realize I reversed Obama’s regulation to protect infrastructure against flooding—just ten days ago.

We’re going to Missouri!

Mueller? Mueller? Mueller?

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Donald Trump’s New Friend

Donald Trump keeps losing friends. Rex Tillerson grew a conscience, after Trump refused to condemn the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, saying essentially Donald Trump doesn’t speak for me. No matter, Donald Trump is making new friends.

Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa county Arizona, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate. Yay us. What is his experience? From 1993 to 2016 he was an elected official whose job it was to enforce the law…he was a public servant, but not a good one.

Arpaio had been repeatedly accused of police misconduct, and has been the subject of several civil rights law suits. His prisons had been compared to concentration camps and alarmingly 160 people hung themselves in Joe Arpaio’s jails, preferring death to the torture they endured on his watch. Lawsuits over the hangings cost Maricopa County $140 million. 
Arpaio was ordered by US District Court Judge G. Murray Snow to stop racial profiling and harassing the hispanic community. He was convicted of criminal contempt of court for ignoring the judge’s order.

While he thought the country would be distracted by storms that raged in Houston on Friday, Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio— and without following the procedures made clear in the constitution, saying Arpaio had been “protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.”

There has been conjecture on Trump’s real reasons for the pardon: 

  • Trump likes Arpaio. These guys are two of a kind— racist old men who abuse power, neither thinking laws or court orders or the Constitution of the United States apply to them, and they were both part of the “Obama wasn’t born here” non-sense. 
  • Trump is a racist, so he doesn’t see anything wrong with what Arpaio did. A quick google search would make any reasonable person with a modicum of compassion think otherwise. A short list of what Arpaio has been accused of in addition to abuse of power; misuse of funds; failure to investigate sex crimes; improper clearance of cases; unlawful enforcement of immigration laws; and election law violations. 
  • It’s also possible Arpaio’s pardon is Trump’s way of sending a message to those under investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, for Russia’s interference in our 2016 presidential election. The message is: be loyal to me and I’ll pardon you, because the laws don’t apply to this president. He has been untouchable so far. 
  • There is one other possible reason for this move on Trump’s part. Perhaps he’s testing how far he can push the limits of the constitution— is the premature pardoning of Arpaio a test run for a blanket pardon of everyone under suspicion in Mueller’s investigation? Will he try to pardon before convictions, or even before anyone testifies, ending the Russian investigation that way?

    Any time Trump loses control of his twitter finger, we can assume he’s feeling the heat for some new Russia related revelation made public, and he needs to distract the public. 

    The scary thing is he seems to be campaigning for a 2020 re-election already. Who knows, between gerrymandering, the electoral college, and Putins help: tampering with electronic voting machines, propaganda, and voter suppression, he might just be re-elected. 

    But, if Trump keeps losing friends it might not get that far… #ImpeachTrump. 

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