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Good Day Widdershins!

MB is busy with her move out of San Francisco so I’m taking her post for today.

So the Republican National Convention was scheduled to start Monday.  You can find some information about the convention and schedule here.

The actual nomination will happen in Charlotte on Monday, Aug. 24, with events scheduled for the following three days and ending in Trump giving his speech on Thursday, Aug. 27 — although from the White House, not with his party in Charlotte.

The roll call vote to formally renominate Trump will happen Monday night. First lady Melania Trump will speak Tuesday, Vice President Pence on Wednesday and Trump on Thursday.

I sincerely doubt I will watch any of it and I’m also not sure if I will even  bother with the nightly “analysis” by the MSNBC crew.  That’s partly due to lack of interest and partly not sure when we’ll lose power from the tropical storm twins of Marco and Laura.  Notice I said “when” and not if.  From past experience it’s a given.

So instead, let’s take a look at some of the speeches from the “good convention”.

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And here’s an oldie but goodie courtesy of The Onion

As Linda Richman says tawk amongst yourselves.

 

Good Sunday/Monday, and maybe even Tuesday
Widdershins!

“Oh those kids!”.  Or as the vulgar yam, the rest of the Republicans, and the NRA are probably saying, “Oh those *&!@$# kids!”.  Yes indeed, the survivors of the slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not just sitting quietly and listening to their elders.  Hell no, these kids are creating a ruckus that has their elders squirming and feeling quite uncomfortable.  And that’s putting it mildly.

These young folks have been attacked by the right, being called among other things not

Cliff Notes on being empathetic

“real” students and being paid actors.  Paid by George Soros and other members of the left of course.  And when they aren’t attacking these young ones, the Right and NRA  people are just outright lying about things.  (Yeah Dana your lie about “burn her” has already been been disproved).  Nope, these kids aren’t just sitting idly by or being content to let the Parkland tragedy move out of the news cycle for the next big thing.  What these kids are doing is standing up and saying this has to be stopped.  They are being brave, courageous, and not being quiet.

For our musical stylings in this post, let’s take a look at some songs about courage, bravery and maybe even protest.  Protests over the NRA and corporate affiliations are taking a toll. And corporations offering discounts for NRA members are dropping those deals as fast as rats scurrying off a sinking ship.

(1) The Tragically Hip~Courage

(2) The Rising~Bruce Springsteen

(3) Brave and Strong~Sly And The Family Stone

(4) Stand Up And Be Strong~Soul Asylum

(5) Brave~Sara Bareilles

(6) Uprising~Muse

And just to show the kids that we older folks knew a thing or two about protests, courge and bravery “back in the day”:

Open thread and hope you’ll share some songs in the comments.

 

 

Haven’t we been here before?

Good day to you Widdershins

I’m sort of repaying DYB for taking the weekend post for me and I have just a few things to share today.

Let’s rehash old news

The Rude Pundit tells us that we are going again into the Clinton Circle of Hell which I take to mean that whenever the Republicans find themselves in hot water of any sort, it’s always a good idea to bring out the Clintons to either rehash old shit or find a new twist on something that’s already been resolved – think Uranium One on that.

Mr Pundit is of course referring to the newly-hatched idea of “let’s investigate when Bill Clinton was a horn dog”, and specifically the case of Juanita Broaddrick.  And it’s not just the Republicans who are doing this.  No, it’s some progressives like Michelle Goldberg of the NYT and on the tube, Chris Hayes.

Hayes’s tweet inspired stories on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, Breitbart and The Daily Caller, all apparently eager to use the Clinton scandals to derail discussions about Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in Alabama who is accused of sexually assaulting minors.  (See Divert and deflect) < By me

These fine members of the progressive left either don’t know or fail to remember that as Rude says:

In the Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan brings up Gloria Steinem’s 1998 New York Times editorial defending Clinton and excoriating the women, declaring it “shameful.” Of course, Flanagan doesn’t mention the 1999 Times editorial calling on Clinton to publicly answer for Broaddrick’s allegations.

Mr. Pundit has to sit down and s’plain to these younguns that it has been beaten to death and it was the Republicans who, like a dog with a chew toy, wouldn’t let go until everyone got to the point of “Oh puhleeze, not another Clinton investigation”.  He even says “Go read the Starr Report.  Rude actually says “Fer fuck’s sake, read the fucking Starr Report. And let me add that if you go to the twitter machine and look up some of Broaddrick’s old tweets, she’s not a sympathetic person.

He goes on to explain that after Ronnie Raygun and the Iran-Contra flap came Bush 41’s mess with the bank that was involved in the funding for the Contra mess.

As he explains in his post, 41 just one term and Ronnie had his scandal and couldn’t the Repubs have just one President since Nixon without any need for damage control due to things they did themselves?  So once Mr. William Jefferson Clinton came in they were going to fix that smug bastard.  Republicans were on the hunt for anything to take those young asshole Clintons down.

You know the rest:  Whitewater, Travelgate, Hillary’s work at the Rose Law Firm, and then…the women.  It’s a good read so please go check it out.

We’ve all made a mistake about the Trump boys

From Charles Pierce at Esquire and from Julia Ioffe of the Atlantic, we can all now agree that hey, we made some big mistakes about just who was the dumb one between the Trump brothers. Let’s put it this way:  that picture of Junior sitting on a stump may have given away far more than we thought at the time.

This refers of course to the deal with Junior and Wikileaks/Julian Assange.

Assange sized this hungry fish up with a master’s eye. At which point, he pretty much shot the moon.

WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States. (might as well ask for it all – right?)

Pierce goes on to ask:

To get back to Junior, however, how stupid do you have to be to get involved even marginally in something like this? Assange believes in nothing but himself. He’d sell Junior to the Somali pirates if he thought that would advantage him in some way.

Let’s not go into the how stupid part, but as he says, we all should give Eric an apology. Go check out both articles they are worth the read.

That’s all I have today.

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What’s on your minds Widdershins?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You think we’re buying that crap?

 

A good morning to you Widdershins!

Just a little something since DYB’s Wednesday post was so wildly successful.

So Frankencassidy Bill of Louisiana and Lady Lindsey of South Carolina would have you believe that their plan to abolish the A.C.A. is about giving Americans a “better choice” for healthcare.  And they would accomplish this by creating “block grants” to send to the states and the states would take care of healthcare and health insurance for their residents.  I call bullshit on it.

Here’s what NPR had to say about this atrocity.

Here’s what it does:

Graham-Cassidy essentially deconstructs all of the major programs created by the Affordable Care Act, gathers up the money and hands it over to states to run their own health care programs.

It gets rid of both the subsidies that help people buy individual health insurance policies and the reimbursements to insurance companies for offering price breaks on copayments and deductibles to the lowest-income customers.

It rolls back the Obamacare Medicaid expansion that was adopted by 31 states and Washington, D.C., and it eliminates the Basic Health Program that was created under the ACA and implemented in New York and Minnesota.

All the money that currently goes to those initiatives would instead be distributed to the states as block grants that would particularly benefit those states that did not expand Medicaid earlier and those states with lower health care costs.

There’s a huge graphic there that breaks down how the A.C.A./the House plan/First Senate bill/and Graham-Cassidy affect various groups.  Check it out.

Another thing is the fact that yes this sends money to the states and their legislatures to create some type of health care program for individuals and to manage their medicaid programs.  Now…take a look at this graphic of who controls the state legislatures in the country:

Now do you really think those red state legislatures are going to be very concerned about individuals with pre-existing conditions or keeping the guaranteed essential benefits of the A.C.A. plans?  Puhleeze!

And here’s another little sneaky thing the dynamic duds will accomplish: (again from the NPR piece)

Graham and Cassidy say their plan restores fairness to a system where currently more than a third of the money spent on the Affordable Care Act goes to just four states: Massachusetts, Maryland, New York and California.

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Timothy Jost, a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law who wrote a widely used textbook on health law, says the proposed change also has political benefits for Republicans.

“In general, the legislation would over time move money away from states, predominantly Democratic, that have expanded Medicaid and aggressively pursued enrolling their lower income populations in Medicaid and exchange coverage,” he wrote in a Health Affairs blog post. “Money would move toward states, predominantly Republican, that have not expanded Medicaid.”

To quote someone famous:  “Aye, there’s the rub”.

And the biggie of all the biggies in the Repubs wanting so hard to push this deal simply comes down to money that their Lords and Masters say they want and they want it from the A.C.A.

The Kock Brothers (and yes I meant that) and the rest of their ilk have simply said their checkbooks are closed to the Repubs until they accomplish something.  And the something is a big, fat tax break for them courtesy of the money saved by getting rid of the A.C.A.

At a weekend donor retreat attended by at least 18 elected officials, the Koch brothers warned that time is running out to push their agenda, most notably healthcare and tax reform, through Congress.

One Texas-based donor warned Republican lawmakers that his “Dallas piggy bank” was now closed, until he saw legislative progress.

“Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” said Doug Deason. “Get it done and we’ll open it back up.”

Dave Brat, a Repub from Virginia said:
“If we don’t get healthcare, none of us are coming back,” he said in a brief interview. “We said for seven years you’re gonna repeal Obamacare. It’s nowhere near repealed.”

It’s the same for tax reform, Brat said: “We don’t get taxes through, we’re all going home. Pack the bags.”

So there you go:  It’s all about the “dollahs” to the Repubs.

Speaking of dollahs to Repubs, I saw this on nola.com about Frankencassidy Bill and how much he has raked in through contributions:

https://www.opensecrets.org/news/issues/healthcare?type=P

If you look at the top of the heap there’s old Bill from La. raking in the most.

Lastly, here’s Jimmy Kimmel’s round 3 on Frankencassidy and his crappy piece of legislation:

Give ’em hell Jimmy!

And as far as Frankencassidy and Graham, well:

As usual, this is an open thread.

 

 

 

 

 

Good weekend to you Widdershins!

I hope that you are having a good weekend.  Let’s pause for a few moments and send some kind thoughts to those people on the Texas Gulf Coast.  According to some of the latest model runs at the time I’m writing this, they could be dealing with this for several days.

I thought today I would share some political cartoons I came across.  The sad part is that while we probably indeed need to laugh at some of these, it is indeed…well sad because some of these are actual things.  And I still find it hard to believe that while the nation is concerned with Harvey in the Gulf, the orange turd decided it’s a good day to pull his stunts.

(Sigh) We used to be able to look forward to Fridays as the start of the weekend.  Now we’re going to start dreading each and every end of the week – not knowing what the hell the talking yam is going to do to ruin it for us.

I hope you enjoy the cartoons and they are in no particular order.

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