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

“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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Donald Trump Goes to the United Nations

Vacillating between two topics today, neither of which is pleasant, reminds me of Republican threats to congress regarding healthcare: “Sign this bill or we stop funding”, aka: “Give me your lunch money or I’ll punch you in the face and take your lunch money.” I hate both choices, but Graham-Cassidy trying to sneak another healthcare repeal through congress on September 30th…will simmer for another day. 

Donald Trump’s speech has made us a laughing stock around the world—yet again, and that merits mention.

Trump owes the United States and the United Nations an apology, but he won’t apologize. I have a suggestion for the UN. You would do well to exclude the U.S. from future meetings until this Trump situation is resolved. The vast majority of Americans will understand the snub, and feel secure in it. 

Donald J Trump, America’s ugly, proudly displayed his stupidity on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly. There are some things you can’t un-say:

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself.” Donald J Trump to UN

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly during Trump’s speech to the UN seemed a little distraught. Perhaps he doesn’t think Trump should have access to the nuclear codes either.

Fred Kaplan of Slate Magazine called Trump’s UN speech—

“The most hostile, dangerous, and intellectually confused address by an American president to an international audience.” 

But surely we had some reasonable representation there:

So what Rand Paul tells the UN is that votes should be weighted by wealth. The wealthy should control more than they already do. This is the new American democratic ideology: I’m a billionaire, so I take the loaf, and the rest of you can work hard to scoop up the crumbs. 

Let’s go back to the confusion in chief. We expected something big, did we not? After Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, disclosed his intent to indict Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, after a midnight raid of his home: no knock, locks picked, guns drawn, wife frisked, computer files copied, photos taken of everything including his wardrobe, we expected Trump to react.

Something had to come of the disclosure that Manafort has been under the FBI’s microscope since 2014, (get your calculators out millennials— that’s a long time), and Lordy there are tapes! Tapes between Manafort and Russian operatives discussing the Trump campaign, and Trump is on said tapes. These tapes promise to be far more damaging than the pee pee tapes with Trump and under aged sex workers in Russia. 

So, rest easy, this Trump speech was another attempt at distraction, and we knew it would come. 

— It’s Mueller Time…yes, I know I keep saying that and it hasn’t happened. My bored teenaged son tells me I’ve been saying it for a months, but it only feels like the Iowa part of a cross-country drive in February. 

Mueller has only been on this case since May, (millennials…that’s not a long time.) These things take time. According to insiders, Mueller is “attacking this investigation in the way Feds go after an organized crime syndicate”…at lighting speed. 

Speaking of crime syndicate, like tax evasion took down Al Capone, Mueller’s investigation is, in large part, focusing on financial crimes such as tax evasion and money laundering. 

Mueller’s team is digging as deep as 2011 in their document search. October 15 is the deadline to bring charges against Manafort for his 2011 returns. Maybe that is the reason for Mueller’s lightening pace? Lordy I hope so.
Mueller promised Manafort an indictment. Michael “lock her up” Flynn must be next in line, then Carter Page, and the circle gets smaller— perhaps son in-law Kushner due to his Facebook/Russia manipulations, and Don Jr for the nothing burger— until finally the whole Kleptocracy Klan, all the way up to Pence and Trump, will be wearing stripes.

Incidentally, Trump is using Republican National Committee funds to pay his lawyers, directing more than $230,000 to his attorneys in August alone. Is that that legal?  

Meanwhile, the longer Trump reigns, the more damage he does to the United States standing in the world, and our economy. The New York Times reports a $2.7 billion loss in international tourism revenue in the first few months since Trump took office, and tourism to the U.S. continues to steadily decline. Why would anyone choose to plan a trip to a country as unstable as Trump’s America. “MAGA”

Unprecedent Him Already!!


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Top 5 Reasons Donald Trump Junior Wants Privacy from the Secret Service

Last night Don Jr announced he’s opting out of Secret Service protection. Hmm… finally something fresh, and new, and not suspicious at all.

Junior says he wants “privacy.” This just as Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller advises Paul Manafort, he will be indicted. Manafort you recall is Trump’s former campaign manager, and one of the attendees at Don Junior’s meeting with a Russian lawyer last June “to get dirt on Hillary,” the “nothing burger” meeting. 

But why should Donny forego the Secret Service? Let’s explore a few possible motivating factors: 

  1. He can’t shred and burn documents with the secret service breathing down his neck.
  2. He is planning a private meeting with his money in the Cayman Islands and then will hightail it to Russia.
  3. The Secret Service runs out of money to protect the POTUS and his family on September 30…that’s the same day the GOP votes, yet again, on an ACA healthcare repeal. Does Don suffer a pre-existing condition? — If so, is he considering a move to Canada where the government cares about their citizens? This theory needs work. 
  4. Kellyanne Conway also announced last night she is opting out of Secret Service protection — She and Junior are running off together…to Bowling Green, where they can cohabitate without the prying eyes of their microwave ovens.
  5. Donny has just seen the new film based on Steven King’s “IT”…and now he’s terrified of the clown in the White House.______________________

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Spicer on Emmys 

Sean Spicer’s 30 second appearance on last night’s Emmys was the highlight of the show for me. That is not to say it was particularly hilarious, because I thought the Emmys fell flat. I was bored…

Feel free to skip this paragraph of analysis, this is me time. I almost never turn on my television, so none of the people patting each other on the back on “The Emmys” merited my admiration or interest. By virtue of the political nature my blog has taken on of late, (my family is very happy I’ve turned my focus away from them), I’m burnt out on Trump subtleties. I have been a Colbert fan forever, but he has become redundant, as have I…as has Trump. I’m ready to take on new subjects, or even to go back to discussing my children, (now in high school and college), but until Trump is gone I can’t ignore what I see. 

Sean Spicer has been replaced in the White House by Sarah Huckabee Sanders as Press Secretary. Both she and Spicer have had bursts of anger and indignation directed at the press for asking questions they don’t want to answer. 

Sanders is harder to like than Spicer was… and Spicer was hard to like. 

Neither of them present a polished professional visage. For Spicer we can blame poorly chosen and ill-fitted suits and tendency to stutter. For Sanders, the 1980’s style heavy makeup, slouchy posture, lazy southern drawl, and, although she does have a full complement of front teeth, she gives the impression that she is lacking a proper eduction. Sanders, unlike Sean Spicer, is without humor, and humor to me is as good as an IQ test. She could be a Rhodes Scholar like Bill Clinton for all I know, but her frequent inability to form a coherent sentence lends credibility to my observation. The job as Press Secretary may well have desiccated what was once fun loving happy person, but no one is forcing her to be the voice of a liar.

Sean Spicer is bravely making the rounds on shows that highlighted his absurdities in his job, and he is making a valiant attempt to laugh with us. His insecurities are endearing…but maybe not. Spicer recently gave a post Press Secretary interview on Jimmy Kimmel’s show. 

I want to like him. He survived torture, but here is the thing— he was tortured by choice. He didn’t have to defend and attempt to normalize the inexcusable. One example would be his pushing forward an agenda to strip millions of their healthcare.

“Look, your job as Press Secretary is to represent the presidents voice.” ~ Sean Spicer

I see the difficulty in the position. The job of Press Secretary in a Trump White House can not be an easy one if you have a distaste for falsities and alternative facts. The bottom line is Sean Spicer was paid to lie to the American people and when the press made it difficult, which is their job, he along with Trump, set out to de-legitimize them. 

Sean Spicer did not have to prostitue his integrity, he chose to. It’s good that he got out and can laugh at himself, but I am not sympathetic to the hardships he suffered. 

I would not be surprised to see him, possibly alongside Melissa McCarthy, on SNL next season, but I don’t think he’s going to ever fully redeem himself.  


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Donald Trump is a Misogyistic Bully

‪Good Sunday morning. On this day of worship (more likely he’s golfing) for a man still approved by 73% of white evangelicals, Donald Trump-who believes he is entitled to grab women’s genitalia (aka/sexual assault), thinks this violent gif of him swinging a golf club, hitting Hillary Clinton in the back with the golf ball, in turn knocking her over as she boards an airplane, is appropriate to retweet. Why? Because he is a misogynistic bully, who regularly displays his level of  brain development, which is on par (pun intended) with that of a terrible 2 year old. This is our president— be proud America— our POTUS 45. ‬


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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.”

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

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?