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Oh my goodness. They couldn’t. They wouldn’t.

Well, maybe they would. Those Republican f*ckers Graham and Cassidy are setting their sights on the ACA, and this time they’re really trying to remove it completely. Who actually wants this to happen – the 200 people who came to the “Less is M.O.A.R” rally?

“This bill is far more radical [than previous repeal bills] in that it envisions going back to the pre-ACA world, where the federal government wasn’t in the business of helping low-income adults or moderate-income people without employer coverage get health insurance at all,” Aviva Aron-Dine, senior fellow at the center, told HuffPost. “Compared to pre-ACA, there would be some extra state grant money floating around ― but it would have virtually no requirements attached to it at all and, since the funding wouldn’t adjust based on enrollment or costs, it would be hard for even well-intentioned states to use it to create an individual entitlement to coverage or help.”

Oh, and the bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, and do so right away ― destabilizing insurance markets and causing premiums to rise right away, according to official projections [bolding mine].

Even though the actual defunding doesn’t start till 2020, the negative impacts will start immediately. Because, GOOPers are in charge and neener neener, they like screwing over poor people just for sh*ts and giggles.

Does this craptastic mess really have a chance to pass? No one is sure. After all, I don’t see why Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins would budge from their previous positions, and Rand Paul, who won’t be satisfied until the only entities collecting government aid are corporations, has also said he feels it’s Obamacare Lite. Um, sure, Rand. Maybe there’s a brain somewhere underneath that Brillo pad you call a hairstyle, although so far I’ve seen no evidence thereof. But you just go on with your crayzee self and help us prevent a massive humanitarian disaster for all the wrong reasons, mmmmkay?

I think we still need to call, write, tweet, and go to town halls. We must make absolutely sure the GOP knows we will NOT accept the removal of health care from tens of millions of people.  If you need to find a town hall near you, here’s a nifty site that will help.

Oh – and if you haven’t seen this, it’s reason #1,875,643 to institute the 25th Amendment. Is this hideous creature really our President? Good f*cking Christ.

This is an open thread.

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Good Monday, all. I seem to be posting on all the important occasions lately! Today, of course, is the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, which changed our country forever…and not in a good way.

Since that awful day, a massive rightwing ratf*cking has been perpetrated against the American people. The first illegitimate Republican Presnit, George W. Bush, used the fear and rage universally felt on 9/11 to run rampant over the Constitution, lie us into two unwinnable wars in the Middle East, and tilt the balance of the Supreme Court to the hard right for the foreseeable future. This opened the door to everything Drumpf has taken advantage of; from Citizens United (which, lest we forget, originated as a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton), which sent a flood of dark money into the political process. Focused and malevolent billionaires, like the Mercers and the Koch Brothers, set about facilitating the buying of Congresscritters, the growth of the conservative media, and the rigging of elections through gerrymandering, dodgy touch-screen voting machines and removal of Democratic voters from rolls. All through this long dark time, we also saw Bush massively screw up foreign policy, and tank the economy and the federal budget by cutting taxes during war, which no POTUS had ever done. Under Bush, the gap between rich and poor, steadily growing since the 1980s, began to increase exponentially.

Along with many other Americans, I often find myself tempted to think that Bush was better than Drumpf…but is that really the case? In hindsight, wasn’t Dubya more of a template, a trial run, for the carnival barker we didn’t elect – an entitled billionaire who was sold by the media as more of a “man of the people” than the very qualified and intelligent, non-billionaire Democrat running against him? And didn’t the media crucify Gore for idiotic transgressions, like sighing during a debate and “wearing earth tones” – just as they crucified Hillary for her femaleness, her “cackle” and her g*ddamn private email server?

If we look a little deeper, there is a real through line between Bush and our current pResident  For example, isn’t it interesting that David Bossie, the former President of Citizens United, now works for the Mango Meerkat? And that the Kochs and Mercers stand solidly behind him? I remember that so very much of what Dubya did was “unprecedented” as well…like, for example, “winning” the election even though the popular vote went against him, and basically being appointed by fiat of the Supreme Court, in a decision that could NOT be used as a basis for legal action in any other situation!

Hell, Dubya even legitimized the Republican love affair with dearest Pooty-Poot. As the Cowboy from Connecticut said in 2001:

“I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”

Ewwwwww!

While many of these issues were boiling under the surface before September The Eleventh, Two Thousand and One, George W. Bush knew he “hit the trifecta” on that horrible day. He was free to ratf*ck as he saw fit, and he began to loosen the norms of Presidential behavior and economic good practice immediately.

The United States has never recovered from his tenure in office. Our peace, prosperity and safety evaporated with Bill Clinton’s departure, and despite the past 8 years of Obama, have never returned.

Let’s hope we’ve learned our lessons from 2001. We thought Bush was the Worst President Ever, but in just a few months, we’ve seen that in Der Drumpfenfuhrer, the Republicans had an even worse ratf*cker up their sleeves. Let’s keep our eyes open, our feet on the streets, and our Congresscritters on speed-dial. And hey, should the Tangerine Turd make it to 2020, we’ve got lots of options, as the guy in the video below notes.

This is an open thread.

Hillary at Code Conference May 2017

 

Good Morning Widdershins!

 

I’m writing this quick post because DYB’s post was soooo successful that it was taking time to load, at least for me.

I have a couple of links to share with just a taste of the articles.  I suggest you read the entire pieces to get the full story.

 

The People’s View had an article several days ago that goes into a discussion of the Unity Commission or whatever you want to call it that thing the DNC had.  Personally I call it a bunch of bullshit but that’s just me.  The gist of the meeting was about caucuses and “open” primaries.

This past weekend, the commission was scheduled to meet in Chicago and discuss the idea of creating a system that would move away from closed primaries and towards more open primaries and caucuses. This idea seems to have emanated from supporters of Bernie Sanders in the wake of his failed 2016 bid to become the 2016 Democratic nominee for president.

However, the article discusses how that’s not a good idea for the base.

And, most importantly, they vote. Every. Single. Time.

In order to have a reliable base, you need to know they are dependable. The Democratic Party is the party of historically underrepresented populations and because of that, they have to work harder to earn the vote of those populations through vigorous voter outreach that includes phone calls, voter registration, and canvassing efforts.

Read the rest of the article at the link.  It’s a good read.

Charles Pierce has a good article here on the DACA decision.  He says Undocumented Workers Will Help Rebuild Texas After Harvey and I’m sure he is totally correct in that statement.

Even though I was not there during the rebuilding after Katrina (I’ve explained the situation with the momster before) I know that Mexicans (no pun here) flooded into the nola area for the rebuild.  My neighbor from down there was the one who gutted our house but he told me that he hired two Mexican workers to help him with that and then the subsequent bleaching that had to be done with several treatments involved.  I had several friends who hired undocumented Mexican labor who did their tile floors, sheetrock and painting.  So yes, undocumenteds will be involved in the rebuilding.

And lastly, all of us Widdershins know how much tRump lies and has lied.  We can spot the lies just as easily as we can tell when there’s a used-car salesman desperate for that sale on the last sales day of the month.  However, WaPo has been cataloguing and counting them and tRump has crossed the 1k number back in August.  Of course the WaPo doesn’t say “lies”.  They say false or misleading claims.  Uh-huh, okay, whatever.

Says the WaPo:

At the president’s current pace, he averages nearly five claims a day. Many are repeats of claims that have been previously debunked. We also include statements that are unacknowledged flip-flops from previously held positions, such as touting new highs in a stock market that he previously derided as being a “big, fat bubble.”

More than 30 of the president’s misleading statements have been repeated three or more times.

And his biggest whopper is on, naturally, the ACA.

Trump’s most repeated claim, uttered 50 times, was some variation of the statement that the Affordable Care Act is dying and “essentially dead.” The Congressional Budget Office has said that the Obamacare exchanges, despite well-documented issues, are not imploding and are expected to remain stable for the foreseeable future.

Again, an interesting piece so go check it out.

That’s all I have for today.  Check out the links if you wish.  Naturally it’s an open thread.

Keep good thoughts going for the people in Florida as they deal with Irma.  Yeah I kid about them a lot but no kidding or joking for now.

 

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Bessie Smith can sing it like it is sometimes…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Monday, all. It’s Labor Day today, and you know what? We’ve all been working very hard, and we deserve a day off from the endless parade of bad news on the teevee and Twitter machine. The floodwaters are receding in Houston; the Resistance is huge, strong and shows no signs of losing steam; and as Annie mentioned yesterday, the DNC is hearing loudly and strongly that Bernie Sanders and his He-Man Woman-Hater’s Club are on the wrongest of the wrong tracks with the real base of the Party. Even more exciting, Our Girl’s book is out soon! I can’t wait to read it.

So today’s action? Relax. For those of us in regular-type jobs, we’re benefiting from this holiday, established in 1894 by President Grover Cleveland after the Pullman strike in Chicago. It’s really nice weather in Noo Yawk, so we’ll be grilling and chilling.

With our Prolix taking some time off (miss you Prolix!), and Fredster heroically standing in (GO FREDSTER!), we haven’t had a musical thread in a bit. So here are some picks that should put you in a more mellow mood. I want to especially shout out to the magnificent Walter Becker of Steely Dan, who passed away yesterday. RIP, Walter. Let’s hope they have guitars, basses and irony in Heaven.

This is an open thread.

Heh, my reaction to so many things lately

Good Weekend Widdershins!

I wrote that *some* of the dark times are over.  Of course I’m referring to my and dear chatblu’s favorite thing – football and especially college football.  For some of the other dark things, eh, not so much on the over part.

This will be a different weekend post because frankly the last few days have seen my fuse get shorter and shorter.  Right now I would put myself right up there next to the Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby Texas.

I have just a few things that I had bookmarked for reference so this will be a good time to use them and then I can delete the bookmarks.

White Nationalist Richard Spencer and “the money”

Have you ever wondered how it is that White Nationalist, David Duke wannabe Richard Spencer can afford to traipse around the country stirring shit up wherever he goes?  Hard work?  Made a killing in the stock market?  Won the lottery perhaps?  Actually no, none of the above.

Richard Spencer gets his money partly from, ahem, the government and an old standby commodity-cotton.

Spencer likes to say that “murica” was built by white people.  In fact he was on (all of all shows) NewsOneNow with Roland Martin when he said “White people ultimately don’t need other races in order to succeed,”  I’m sure it was after he picked himself off the floor that Martin asked him “Didn’t slaves help build America? Wasn’t the nation’s 19th-century economic boom propelled by the slave labor that produced the world’s cotton on Southern plantations?”  Spencer was ready with a reply:

America’s rise was “not through black people” and “has nothing to do with slavery,” Spencer retorted. “White people could have figured out another way to pick cotton,” he said. “We do it now.”

And Spencer should really know because “Spencer, along with his mother and sister, are absentee landlords of 5,200 acres of cotton and corn fields in an impoverished, largely African American region of Louisiana”.  (it’s in north Louisiana)  Further: The farms, controlled by multiple family-owned businesses, are worth millions: A 1,600-acre parcel sold for $4.3 million in 2012.

Even better is this little tidbit:

The Spencer family’s farms are also subsidized by the federal government. From 2008 through 2015, the Spencers received $2 million in US farm subsidy payments, according to federal data.  (bolding/italics mine)

He has received lots of attention as a leader of the so-called alt-right movement—particularly after he drew Nazi salutes at an event celebrating Donald Trump’s election.  But he never did say how he was able to do all of this flitting about.  The finances of his nonprofit think tank, the National Policy Institute, are a mystery; the organization hasn’t filed a public report since 2013. The Los Angeles Times reported that the IRS revoked the institute’s tax-exempt status.

Spencer dropped out of the PhD history program at Duke University.  While in the program he said he ” was compelled by critiques of multiculturalism and political correctness and by demographic data indicating that whites are en route to minority status in the United States.”

As the MJ article says, ” the Spencer family’s business interests and geographic history suggest a different possible lineage for Richard Spencer’s racist politics. The family’s farm holdings are a legacy of its ties to the Jim Crow South, passed down by Spencer’s grandfather, who built the business during the turbulent civil rights era.”

“Spencer declined in an interview this week to discuss how much money he personally receives from cotton farming and government subsidies, and whether that income funds his political activities.”  Yeah because revealing that his money that lets him travel the country comes from the sweat and work of field hands in Louisiana might not be the image he wants known.  But he’s also been quoted as saying:

“I’m going to navigate the world as it is, and I’m not going to be a pauper.”

Well!  That sums it up pretty well.  “Yes I’ll take the money we get from cotton farms but no I’m not involved in such icky labor and stuff.”

There’s much more in the article such as this little morsel:
One Spencer family farming company, which holds title to 400 acres of land, is called the Poor Richard Partnership.

Ah I tell ya, sometimes these people, they just crack me up.  Just too clever by half.

This went longer than I meant but I have two other pieces for you to check out that will be eye-openers.

From Vox:

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling

And from WaPo:

The road to hate: For six young men, Charlottesville is only the beginning

Oh and one last note:

 

Okay, after all of that vile crap we need a palate cleanser as chat would say.  So here is some lovely Ralph Vaughn Williams.  I’ve used this before but it is a calming and restorative piece to listen to. (I have no idea what that World Rose stuff is about, I just wanted a good version of the piece.)

Of course it’s an open thread so what’s on your minds today?

 

 

Good Monday, all. I want to send warm Widdershin hugs, thoughts and prayers to everyone who is living through the effects of Hurricane Harvey. I am not sure I can really add much in the way of coverage or links, or even original thoughts…but I did see this on Google and thought you might be interested.

Check out the Disaster Philanthropy Organization, a non-profit that directs donations to the greatest effect. It’s in partnership with Google – you can donate there too. http://disasterphilanthropy.org/who-we-are/google/

And now, to the man-made disaster we now face every day. I am referring, of course, to The Orange Crusher himself, Der Drumpfenfuhrer.

The fallout continues from his disastrous reaction to the Charlottesville terrorist attack by American Nazis. And he keeps compounding and doubling down on his obvious racism, misogyny and irrational hatred of LGBT. His latest horrific decision was to pardon a creature of extraordinary, retrograde evil, “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio. When you read even a fraction of what this inbred animal got away with for decades in Arizona, it’s hard to even comprehend what must be in his heart and mind…the blackness and self-loathing that infects him must be all-consuming.

And the Republicans are starting to run away faster and faster; trial balloons are starting to float about the 25th Amendment.

I will say this: I believe very strongly that Drumpf will exit by the end of the year. He has started to prepare for his resignation. Do you really think that Steve Bannon and Seb Gorka left because of General Kelly? Come on now. They should have left months ago. They left to prepare Trump TV. If you read Gorka’s resignation letter, he made exactly the argument our terribly unpopular Preznit will soon make.

“It is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are—for now—ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

In other words:

“I tried to MAGA, but Congress/The Fake Media/Hillary/Librulz wouldn’t let me! I can do much better as an advocate for your voice. Come watch me on Trump TV, and it’s only $49.99 a year!”

With this option, he’s completely covered no matter what, you see.  He’s been setting it up for a very long time, even before the election when he complained it was rigged. (It was rigged – in his favor.) If he gets impeached or removed via the 25th Amendment, there are still going to be freaks who want to see Trump be Trump, and will pay through the nose to do so.

So there’s not much we can do about this for now except show up and try to help Democrats re-take Congress in 2018, because Pence, although he sounds much more sane than Drumpf, is both dirty AND insanely conservative. With a Democratic Congress, we have the ability to stop the insanity and turn it around.

I know a lot of us are already doing quite a bit of activism to help hurry this outcome along. Today, I have one thing in particular to highlight. Our friend Janicen, who has largely left blogging for live action (GO Janicen!!), reached out to me to ask if I wanted to attend an upcoming event in Brooklyn, and whether I would publicize it. It’s to raise money to support Virginian Democratic candidates. I figured some Widdershins might want to join, so if you want to learn more, please click here for more information.

In the meantime, hang in there, everyone. It’s always darkest before the dawn.

This is an open thread.

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Hello Widdershins,

We have survived another week without a nuclear apocalypse. Yay? Doesn’t mean another one won’t come tomorrow. The 45h Dump is escalating the war in Afghanistan (hey, remember when Rita Skeeter Maureen Dowd wrote a whole column arguing that Dump was a “dove” and Hillary was the “hawk?” LOL yeah.) John McCain and Lady Graham couldn’t be happier about more war. And a twitter war broke out between the NYTimes Twins (Thrush and Haberman) and people with a brain, many of whom happened to be Clinton supporters, but not exclusively, after Thrush went on a sexist tirade listing all the things Hillary did wrong during the election. This is after a Harvard study showed that “her emails” was the single most covered story in the media, which perhaps was unwise of the media. But Times Twins found other reasons for the 2016 disaster, among them that Hillary flew home for dinner every night of the campaign (some have disputed that), that she spoke too much (he actually said that) during the campaign, waged a silly war on the media, and should have listened to people more, and that Huma Abedin should have fired. These are things Glenn Thrush tweeted and Haberman backed up, and then Jonathan Martin jumped in too. I’ll just leave the topic right there because I’m getting palpitations right now.

We are also learning that the DNC is having a hard time raising money. Liberal organizations are not having difficulties. Individual political campaigns, like Jon Ossoff’s for example, and organizations like ACLU. So liberals are giving away a lot of money – they’re just steering clear of the DNC. Perhaps, possibly, just maybe the reason is Bernie Sanders? The disastrous “Unity Tour” and endless screaming by Sanders proxies like Nina Turner, as well as DNC’s attempts to reach white people, at the expense of its actual base (women and people of color)  is not going to bring out the donations. And Sanders supporters are not going to start sending their $27 to the DNC. So Tom Perez has some decisions to make. Stick with Bernie and his Bros, and starve DNC of its base money, or throw Bernie into the trash where he belongs.

New Republic also notes that

“Obama and Clinton are both high-profile Democrats and neither have been helping the DNC raise much money,” Beckel said. There is a finite amount of resources, and it’s possible that Obama and Clinton are pulling the deep donor networks that they have cultivated away from the party itself. (Obama, however, has reportedly been privately advising Tom Perez.)

And in really fun news: there’s a state of war between Dump and McTurtle.

It seems that the President personally berated McConnell the last time they did talk, on August 9, repeating his complaints about the Senate and about the mild criticism its leader aimed at him. And the two pols have been carrying out a proxy war via Trump’s attacks on, and McConnell’s vigorous support for, Republican senators who have disrespected POTUS, notably Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who recently published a book that rejected Trump’s claim to be a legitimate conservative.

Per the failing NY Times, the Dump/McTurtle conversation on August 9th turned into a cursing shouting match. Lordy I hope there are tapes!

What’s on your mind Widdershins?


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