McCain was a hero. Again

    The Republican attempt to kill Obamacare was instead killed by John McCain last night.

    Shortly before midnight McConnell presented the latest of his many attempts to replace Obamacare. The exact details don't matter because the intention was to pass a bill, any bill, in order to create a vehicle with which to set the stage for a House/Senate conference. With Collins and Murkowski standing firm McConnell needed all the other Republicans.

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    SCARAMOUCHE

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaramouche

     

    I was taken aback (think of the effrontery, ha!) by this new White House Spokesman?

    Of course this guy is another Goldman/Sachs piece of crap. hahahha

    Oh and with nice greasy hair (I guess Charley Sheen sets the mode for this class of idiots?)

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    A Simple Animation to Open One's Eyes

    One must leave their bubble . . .

    To see the world around them through these eyes...

     

     

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    Kaepernick Part II

    A recent discussion on Colin Kaepernick's inability to find employment in the NFL swiftly divided into two camps. One group saw the Kaepernick ban in the tradition of other black athletes who faced punishment for speaking out against injustice. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were punished for raising their fists at the Olympics. Ali was stripped of his heavyweight championship for refusing to serve in Vietnam. For the first group, Kaepernick received similar pushback as Ali, Smith, and Carlos. All were accused of disrespecting the country. 

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    Voting on Trumpcare Today - Speak Out!

    Today Mitch McConnell is calling a vote on 'healthcare', though no one knows what they are going to be voting on. It is critical that we flood Washington with phone calls, emails, tweets, and if you are close enough, your bodies. Call your Senator's local offices, and stop by those home offices if you can. We MUST let them know in no uncertain terms that there are hundreds of millions of us who do NOT want this shredding of the Affordable Care Act, nor the massive transfer of wealth from those receiving Medicaid to the top of the economic structure.

    This site will give you links to both phone and email access to all of our senators:
    https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/senators_cfm

    PLEASE CONTACT THEM!

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    On n'me fait pas foutre!

    You will no doubt have heard that France's top general has rsigned in protest against Macron's cuts to the military budget.

     

    That, of course, is not the big story.  

     

    His exit line "I will not be fucked!" sets the standard for subordinates refusing to cave before what they deem bullying (ed note: I'm with Macron on the substance, but, soit.).

     

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    Is Anyone Keeping a Tail on This Weasel?

    He's back . . .

     

    May 27, 2017 | BlueDot Daily | Patrick Simpson

    Yes, Trump’s Russian Scandal Is Real, Does It All Trace Back to One Guy

     

    June 22, 2017

    Bloomberg | By Bill Allison and Ben Brody

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    COMBINATIONS AND PERMUTATIONS

    Over the week-end, a White Australian Emigrant female was killed by the police.

    This nice lady had called 911 because she was concerned about events happening outside of her home.

    And this lady went outside to converse with someone in a car a few minutes later.

    She evidently was discussing something with the driver of a car.

    A squad car showed up.

    And one of the cops shot her dead at the scene.

    Trumpcare: Killed by Right Wing of GOP

    Senator Moran, (R-Kansas) "Freedom - this could lead to single payer" "keep the government out of health care" "need innovative solutions".

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    MEANDERINGS

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    I had the opportunity to see my son three times in 15 days time?   The first visit had to be at the end of June

    On the second meeting, on July 2nd? he produced his pixies and we all went to the park.

    Do you realize that a five year old and a two year old can feel sorry for you?

    We had a great time.

    Anyway, I called my son a few days ago to discuss nonsense.

    He put me off; he said he would call me back in an hour.

    The first letter in

    the July 9 Times begins, sadly, …..”.Bret Stephens...starts off promisingly…...He cites…... Kenneth Arrow about how insurance discourages people from shopping around”

    Why “Sadly” ?

    Because this  demonstrates that  Stephens - the relatively  new  Times opeder  recruit, presumably intended   to bolster its insufficiently conservative bull pen-  got away with a shoddy journalistic trick.   

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    Trump dogged by dementia charges, ducks any unscripted scrutiny

    Trump's unchallenged superiority during the campaigns, primary and general, was his sensitivity to the visual production values and the optics of his personal presentation. (ed note: odious as we humans found it, his voters thought differently.)

     

    Of late, between a cascade of disorientation episodes cruelly video'ed by a vicious press

     

     

     

     

    24 Hours: Seven Deadly Sins of Republicans

    Over just one news cycle, Republicans, Republican supporters and the Republican base displayed at least 7 whatever you want to call them, sins, blunders, vices, character flaws and defects.....

    Robby Lobby, illegal and unethical purchase of thousands of ancient artifacts from the war torn Middle East.

    Hobby Lobby is the corporation that in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, won the right to deny birth control coverage to women they employ due to their deep religious principles.

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    NRA Calls Racist Radical Right to Arms

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) has released an "advertisement" that is a clear call to white supremacists and the Radical Right to rise up. It removes the veneer that the NRA is focused on protecting gun rights, instead putting forward a narrative that looks more racist radical right. This video is clearly crafted with the far right as the desired audience. The tone, images, and message are all characteristic of media out of this movement. What is chilling is not so much the video itself, but that it is produced by one of the most influential lobbies in Washington. It is the NRA, and its ability to mobilize a highly reactive membership, that holds the ears (and votes) of legislators. Below is Bill Moyers and Michael Winship's response to the NRA call to arms. My discussion resumes following their's.


    The second worst failure in

    Bret Stephens' Saturday Times Oped was his * falsely reporting the supposed  content of this  reference 

    "Kenneth  Arrow crisply described  the biggest insanity (Stephens ' word, not Arrow's) back in December 1963 "Insurance " he wrote "removes the incentive on the part of individuals, patients, and physicians to shop around for better prices for hospitalization and surgical care."  

    Arrow himself would  not have categorized  this as the" biggest insanity" in health care since he went on to state that 

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    THE REAL AND THE IDEAL

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    For the first time in five years, I am streaming The West Wing on Netflix.

    We need some reprieve from reality sometimes.

    Here is one scene from one of my favorite dramas that really caught my eye:

     

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    1776! The First War of Southern Secession (spoiler: The South wins this one...)

    In 1772, in one stroke, in Somersett's Case,  Lord Chief Justice The Great Lord Chief Justice Mansfield abolished slavery on any land comprising the United Kingdom.

     

    The clock began to tick for the full abolition of slavery throughout the Empire in 1833, with the odious slave trade to be abolished in 1808.

     

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    What Nation Are We? This Way Lies Death and Ruin. Killing Medicaid (Patients)

    On Friday June 23, 2017, Ari Melber, sitting in for Lawrence O'Donnell on, facilitated the best and most extensive examination of Medicaid and the potential consequences of the Senate (and House) Affordable Care Act replacement - aka "Trumpcare". Medicaid is the single most important component of American healthcare, directly impacting 70 MILLION people, and indirectly impacting virtually ALL of us. From infants being born, to many of the disables, to the elderly fighting to stay in their homes (or in nursing homes) to the poor (rural and urban), it is the bedrock upon which virtually all of us count. This is critical, and what the Republicans are proposing will drop a bomb on the overall healthcare system, and it will result in the deaths of tens of thousands. I cannot urge you strongly enough to take 23 minutes and watch the video clips from the program. Anything this critical deserves you time - and your voice.

    Marathon on the whole Democratic Party doldrum thingie: 3 recommended pieces

    So I saw Maureen Dowd's piece published Saturday zooming up the "Trending" chart @ NYTimes.com, by evening it was at #1. So I read it, it's good:

    Donald Skunks the Democrats

    Four participation trophies later, the Democrats finally take a look in the mirror. Even they aren’t sure who’s staring back.

    covering the border wall with solar panels

    Trump has been talking up putting solar panels on his border wall. As usual this is a stupid idea used by Trump as propaganda to appeal to democrats. Since democrats accept the science on climate change and support renewable energy Trump supposes they will support his border wall if it's covered in solar panels. This off the cuff bullshit isn't workable due to the science of electric transmission.

    MD has a lot to lose if Obamacare is repealed

    Maryland, particularly Montgomery County, has become a bright spot in the national health-care picture. From 2012 to 2015, subsidies to health insurance purchasers and the expansion of Maryland’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act caused the percentage of uninsured Marylanders to fall from 10.1 percent to 6.7 percent. The national average is 9.4 percent. . .

    Read the rest of my Washington Post op-ed here.

    Bernie Savages the AHCA, is Ignored by MS Press

    Bernie yesterday on Senate floor, The Hill:

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday slammed the plan put forth by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare, saying the legislation "is even worse" than he imagined.

    “The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I have seen in my lifetime,” Sanders said in a statement. 

    “This bill has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with an enormous transfer of wealth from working people to the richest Americans.”

    Google search "Bernie senate health bill". Last 7 days.  You get links to Salon, the Week, the Hill, Politics USA, Bernie's twitter feed.......hmmmm...

    .....no links to New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CBS, ABC...?

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