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News Anal. for Mon. 3/20/17

Arkansas Wants to Hurry Up and Kill All Its Death Row Inmates Because Their Supply of Murder Drugs are About to Expire. I’m Thinking About Camping There This Spring

I’m not fucking kidding. Arkansas wants to kill 8 men next month on death row because April is the last month their supply of hard-to-find lethal injection drugs will last before their expiration date.

New York Times:

In a statement on Friday, Mr. Hutchinson said that it was necessary to schedule the executions close together because of doubts about the future availability of one of three drugs the state uses in its lethal-injection procedure. State officials have previously said that the expiration date would pass in April for Arkansas’s supply of midazolam, a drug that has been used in several botched and gruesome lethal injections in other states in recent years.

Why don’t they just put them all in a firing squad? Or, as George Carlin once said in a bit about the death penalty, catapult them right into a brick wall, one after the other. Naked upside down crucifixion at halftime at the Superbowl!

It’s an old tradition of hypocrisy we have here in America, where you preach against murder by murdering quietly.

From a March 9 New York Times Editorial:

The paradox is that it’s not hard to kill people if you’re willing to tolerate some gore. Arkansas could change its law to allow the use of a firing squad, for instance, which is faster and more reliable than lethal injection. Instead, like almost all other states, it has opted for a “medically sterile aura of peace,” as Justice Sotomayor wrote in February, dissenting from the court’s decision not to hear a challenge to Alabama’s use of midazolam. More bluntly, Americans want to indulge their bloodlust without having to think about the blood.

I’m not one way or the other about the death penalty… I mean in a perfect world where most of people put to death by the state weren’t definitely black, probably retarded, and possibly innocent… but the point of both the New York Times and George Carlin is that if we’re going to kill people, we should be proud, as a country, to kill people.

In public schools, kids say the Pledge of Allegiance to Old Glory every day. And while they say the pledge, children starting at kindergarten age all the way up to the 12th grade in every public school in American should also watch a video of a retarded black man being executed in Texas. They should be told that the man is being killed by America, and that sometimes murder is just, and they should erase from their minds any possibility the United States ever does anything wrong.

Text of my Proposed Bill:  “What Public Schoolchildren Should Watch While Saying the Pledge of Allegiance”

Mondays while saying the Pledge: All public school students in every classroom in the United States of America will watch a video of a retarded black man being executed by the state of Texas

Tuesdays while saying the Pledge: All public school students in every classroom in the United States of America will watch video of a wedding in Yemen being bombed by US drones Yemen is where 7 million people are close to famine right now because of the US “war on terror”. (Another brave drone “pilot” just took out a mosque in Syria where brown people were praying to the wrong god)

Wednesdays while saying the Pledge: All public school students in every classroom in the United States of America will watch video of a child being raped at Abu Ghraib

Thursdays while saying the Pledge: All public school students in every classroom in the United States of America will watch a video of an American dying of a preventable disease because they can’t afford health insurance

Fridays while saying the Pledge: All public school students in every classroom in the United States of America will watch a cartoon explaining uncontroversial evidence of climate change

If this is what you’re voting for, you should be proud to teach it to your children.

Hillary Clinton is Planning Some Kind of Comeback

A year or so ago, I made a video called “Why I will Never Vote for Hillary Clinton.” Then in November, I voted for Hillary Clinton. She was the best candidate on my ballot. The other two guys were idiots, and the Green Party didn’t bother to work for ballot access here. Oklahoma is one of those states that goes Republican no matter who you vote for, so it’s a good state to cast a protest vote without having to worry whether your vote will cause the evil of two lessors to win.

On Friday, Hillary gave a speech at Society of Irish Women’s 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner in Scranton, PA.  The speech was 23 minutes. The first 17 minutes she spoke about her ties to Scranton. I’ll paraphrase the rest: “The country is divided and we have to work to unite it.” No specific issues were addressed. She seems to be launching some kind of thing she’ll do. I have no idea what that thing is. Hopefully it has nothing to do with running for president again in 2020.

Meanwhile, Everybody Loves Bernie Sanders Except for the Corporate Whores in the DNC (and the other right wing party, of course)

In news we had known prior to the 2016 election, Bernie Sanders remains the most popular politician in America.

No elected official included in the survey had a larger net favorability — overall favorable views minus unfavorable ones — than Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), continuing Sanders’s strong showing in such polls.

Somewhat surprisingly, the second-highest net favorability was held by Planned Parenthood.

This is a Fox News poll. FOX NEWS. It’s almost like all Democrats have to do is listen to the working class about their problems, and then work to solve those problems. Sure, some of the citizenry might get distracted with GOP bigoted distractions of the very very serious transgender bathroom issue and those menacing brown people lurking everywhere. But most Americans want real issues addressed, and would rather listen to them then listen about how horrible the other candidate is. And tons of working class women, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice, have turned to Planned Parenthood for medical care.

That seems like a logical election strategy for the DNC, doesn’t it? Only large amounts of donations from greedy business interests would prevent a winning strategy like that.

And because of these donations, the DNC is struggling to blame Russia for interfering in our election, of which no evidence has thus far been provided.

And remember what the “leaks” revealed, no matter who was behind them? They revealed the DNC was actively trying to undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Why? Because he’s not a corporate whore. His opinions and his real concern for the working class run counter to what the Clintons have turned the Democratic Party into in the past few decades: Republican Lite.

Here are My Favorite Tributes Written About Chuck Berry This Past Weekend

Little Steven:

Chuck Berry was the King of Rock and Roll. Period. Richard brought the Passion, Elvis the Heartbreak, Bo the Beat, Jerry Lee the Abandon, Buddy let the Everyman in, Chuck brought the Storytelling. The words that Bob Dylan would evolve into an Artform. He led the teenage takeover of Pop Music that the Beatles and Stones would complete. He invented Rock guitar and made it look like fun. He gave the previously ignored age group between adolescence and adulthood an identity, a mythology, a chance to see themselves. He gave them Respect. And those teenagers would return that respect to Rock and Roll for the next 60 years and counting.

Deke Dickerson (click for the photo):

So here’s my Chuck Berry story: In 1999, I was playing at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis. We were eating in the restaurant upstairs, and we saw that Chuck Berry was dining just a few tables away. We waited until he got up to leave, and approached him as he was waiting on the valet for his car. “Chuck, can we take a photo?”
CB: “Take all the photos you want, but I DONT POSE.” We took photos, which look predictably like shots taken with an angry wax figure of Chuck Berry. Bobby Horton @rockabobby might have the photo somewhere, I can’t find it. Then, I frantically looked for a piece of paper. All I could find was a five dollar bill.
“Mr. Berry, would you sign this five dollar bill, to Deke?”
Chuck took my fiver, signed it, then put it in his shirt pocket.
Bobby and I stood there, waiting for the joke.
Chuck looked off in the distance, my fiver in his pocket.
His car came, and his date/girlfriend (a young blonde) got in the car. Bobby laughed, nervously. Was Chuck really going to take my five dollar bill? The anticipation went on for what seemed like an eternity.
CB: “Here you go, man…”
Chuck hands me the bill, gets in his Cadillac, and drives away.
A younger gentleman who was standing on the sidewalk watching said, “I wonder if he pees in her mouth, too?”

AC/DC:

Chuck Berry IS rock and roll! It’s sad day for rock and roll, but his music will live on forever. Hail, hail rock and roll!!!!!

Ben Dumm:

I heard him for the first time when I was 6 years old. I’ve been trying to play a guitar like him ever since.

Jerry Lee via Jimmy Brad:

Carl Sagan, from 1986:

And last but not least, Marty McFly:

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The Ice Caps Are Rapidly Melting. In the Coming Decades We Will Plunge into Global Catastrophe… Here’s a Post About How Hubby Won’t Pick Up After Himself

by Maddy Judgeton

Guest Mommyblogger

Maddy Judgeton, Midwestern Mommyblogger

I was at home the other day just doing my thing, thinking about calling ICE on the cleaning lady because I could have SWORN there were more Q-Tips in that box. The Cable News was on and they had something on about some astronaut, and it got me to thinking.

“Maddy,” I said. “Now just what the heck are all those astronauts at NASA doing with my tax dollars?”

So I did what any Concerned Mom would do and got on the internet to look for things to be upset about. I went to NASA website and they had a page about the global warming, or climate change or whatever the heck they call it.

It turns out the ice caps could be completely melted during the summer by 2050. This will cause a global sea level rise that could mean billions of people displaced from coastal areas.

So we all went out to Fuddrucker’s for dinner on Saturday. When we got home I got Hayden and Aiden’s coats off, made them put their shoes in the closet, then made them go in their rooms and play video games for the rest of the night.

That’s when it began. Hubby carried Jayden, our toddler, into the house. He took off Jayden’s shoes and coat and PUT THEM ON THE KITCHEN TABLE!!!!  THEN HE GOT HIMSELF A BEER!!!! AND SAT DOWN!!!! That’s when I said it. I said. “Can you help me out and put Jayden’s shoes and jacket in the closet at least?”

I AM SO TIRED OF HAVING TO ASK MY HUSBAND TO PUT A THING IN A DIFFERENT PLACE!!! WHY IS HE HAVING A BEER WHEN I WANT HIM TO DO ANOTHER THING AT AN EXACT MOMENT!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!

Besides displacing billions of people, the melting of the polar ice caps and the permafrost therein (caused by our burning of fossil fuels) releases methane currently trapped under the ice. This would very likely cause a feedback loop of even more CO2 into the atmosphere. This increases the risk of catastrophic consequences. Vast areas of fertile farmland may become desert, causing massive food shortages. Acidification of the oceans will result in the destruction of fisheries. And a reduction of fresh water will result from both the sea level rise and the rapid melting of glaciers. Yes, one effect of climate change could be millions of people dying of hunger and thirst.

Hubby never rinses his plate. NEVER RINSES HIS PLATE! He’s SUPPOSED to be an adult. If he wasn’t a child trapped in an adult’s body he’d know to rinse his plate, leave it in the sink, and then wait until Maria the cleaning lady comes by tomorrow to put it in the dishwasher. Instead he just puts it in the sink with streaks of whatever it was Blue Apron sent us this week. Just to sit there and dry, for like a whole 12-14 hours! Next thing you know Hayden, Aiden, and Jayden will get autism from some Mexican disease from cockroaches who illegally immigrated into my house because Hubby left them a plate caked with tomato chutney. Can’t get chutney in Mexico! What a male pig! IF HE WAS AN ADULT I WOULDN’T HAVE TO TELL HIM TO RINSE HIS PLATE! I guess his mother spoiled him. If he doesn’t automatically know what my exact cleanliness habits are, he is a baby and his mother is a failure. I HATE HIS MOTHER!

We are already seeing the effects of global climate change. Many people from the poorest regions are already considered refugees because of increased droughts, floods, and the increased severity of tropical storms. According to the UN Refugee Agency:

Thousands of others flee their homes in the context of slow-onset hazards, such as droughts or coastal erosion linked to sea level rise. There is high agreement among scientists that climate change, in combination with other drivers, is projected to increase displacement of people in the future.

And this could also lead to an increase in violent conflicts around the globe. From Wikipedia:

A variety of experts have warned that climate change may lead to increased conflict. The Military Advisory Board, a panel of retired U.S. generals and admirals, predicted that global warming will serve as a “threat multiplier” in already volatile regions.[51] The Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for a New American Security, two Washington think tanks, have reported that flooding “has the potential to challenge regional and even national identities,” leading to “armed conflict over resources.” They indicate that the greatest threat would come from “large-scale migrations of people — both inside nations and across existing national borders.”[52]

So, essentially in a matter of decades we could very likely be living in a hot, overcrowded planet with barely breathable air, acidified seas, and very limited amounts of food and water that we’ll all have to kill for. As close as a literal Hell on Earth as can be imagined.

Why are his dirty clothes on the floor! Last night after he was done with his BEER, he comes to bed. I was already in bed, with the lamp on, and my arms folded being angry because he hadn’t put everything in the right place at the exact time I wanted him to, hadn’t played with Jayden at the exact moment I thought he should have, or rinsed his plate. AGAIN! So he takes his clothes off and DOESN’T EVEN PUT THEM IN THE HAMPER. Just LEAVES THEM ON THE FLOOR.

He crawled into bed, got under the covers, and closed his eyes. I glared at him, seething with hatred for his contentment, incensed that he didn’t know exactly what I was thinking.

“HAMPER!!!” I screamed at the top of my lungs. The children began to moan softly in their beds.

His eyes shot open and looked confused, even horrified. I drank in his fear and enjoyed it the way he enjoyed that beer earlier. If he would have been raised and not spoiled to death by his mother, he would have known that I, a mature adult, was about to throw a fit because he didn’t put his clothes in the hamper for Maria to wash in the morning.

“What?” he said like an idiot I hate.

“WHY DIDN’T YOU PUT YOUR CLOTHES IN THE HAMPER!!!! HAMPER!!! THEY GO IN THE HAMPER!!!!”

Then he said something that proves he doesn’t love me any more and he’s probably thinking about beating the children: “Don’t worry about it, that’s what we pay Maria for.”

I punched him in the face as hard as I could and turned over and fell fast asleep.

And on top of all that, we didn’t even make love that night! We never make love any more. It’s his fault for not romancing me!

Well that’s it, ladies! Next time, I’m never asking him to read my mind at all times, I’m TELLING him! #empowered

In closing, here’s a tweet from the Director of Coral Reef Studies at the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence:

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News Anal. for Mon. 3/13/17

Scott Pruitt Isn’t Paid to Think, He’s Paid to Remove Environmental Restrictions on the Fossil Fuel Industry

The new anti-science, pro fossil fuel head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, went on fellow climate change denier Joe Kernen’s Squawk Box on CNBC and said he didn’t believe CO2 emissions were warming the planet.

Climate Change Denier Joe Kernen, verbatim:

Do you believe that CO2 is primary control knob for climate? Do you believe that?

Scott Pruitt replies:

I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see

Climate Change Denier Joe Kernen, whose nickname is “The Kahuna”, again verbatim:

It’s it’s it’s it’s ey, I agree uddit when I hear the science is settled it’s like I never heard dit science actually gotten, to a point where what’s a that’s the point of science you keep asking questions, you keep asking questions. But I don’t want to be called a denier. So gah, ya know. Scares me. It’s it’s a terrible thing to be called. Anyway Administrive Pruitt I know you don’t want to be called that either. Um.

Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma AG sued the EPA 14 times, was educated at Georgetown, so he’s obviously intelligent enough to understand the science behind climate change. He’s just being paid by the fossil fuel industry to act like the fucking idiot in the above quote.

Fossil fuel companies gave Pruitt “draft letters to send to federal regulators in an attempt to block federal regulations intended to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas wells, ozone air pollution, and chemicals used in fracking.” Pruitt and fossil fuel executives “held secret meetings to discuss more comprehensive ways to combat the Obama administration’s environmental agenda, and the companies and organizations they funded repeatedly praised Mr. Pruitt and his staff for the assistance he provided in their campaign.”

image from Democratic Underground

 

In case you can read and you still don’t believe in manmade climate change, here are some quotes on the subject, all from the same source. Can you guess the source? A liberal Hollywood celebrity giving an Oscar speech? Some libtarded treehugger group like Greenpeace?

“Scientists have high confidence that global temperatures will continue to rise for decades to come, largely due to greenhouse gases produced by human activities.”

“The magnitude of climate change beyond the next few decades depends primarily on the amount of heat-trapping gases emitted globally”

“The Arctic Ocean is expected to become essentially ice free in summer before mid-century”

These quotes aren’t from some fringe hippie environmental group sent from their commune in smoke signals.

These quotes are from fucking NASA.

FUCKING NASA

They look like this:

NASA, a bunch of really smart military people who aren’t hippies at all

Not like this:

Not NASA, didn’t say above quotes

Climate Change is no longer a controversial topic and hasn’t been for quite some time for people who live in a reality not funded by fossil fuel money.

Wikileaks Reveals the CIA Hacks into Phones, Smart TVs, and Computers

From Democracy Now!

The thousands of documents, dubbed “Vault 7,” describe CIA programs and tools that are capable of hacking into both Apple and Android cellphones….. the spy agency can hack into a Samsung smart television and turn it into a surveillance device that records audio conversations, even when it appears to be off. Other documents describe ways to hack into Skype, Wi-Fi networks, PDFs and commercial antivirus programs. The leak also shows the CIA has reportedly looked for ways to hack into cars and trucks, which WikiLeaks said “would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”

This isn’t really shocking. Anyone whose been following this kind of thing knows its been going on for a long time. The CIA gave a statement telling us how bad Wikileaks is and via AppleInsider “Citing legal prohibitions, the agency also reiterates that it is prohibited from conducting electronic surveillance in the U.S.”

Just a reminder that all these various spying and hacking tools are currently available to Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, the boss of the Director of National Intelligence, who is the boss of the CIA.

Openly Racist Iowa Congressman Steve King (Do I even need to put the “R” here?) is Openly Racist

He tweeted this

I already explained that climate change exists so I’m not going to waste more time explaining to ignorant people why this is racist.

Obviously this prick has to be removed from public office.

Kim Weaver, who hosted Bernie Sanders events in Iowa, wants to kick his ass in 2018. We need to support people like this all over the country to take out every one of these ignorant bigots, anti-science oil whores, and pro-rich looters. Is there someone in your neck of the woods who should be taken out of office? Who would you support? What about YOU running?

We can win, I promise you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News Anal. for Mon 3/6/17

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Guy on Facebook to #NoDAPL: Oil Heats Our Homes, Fuels Our Cars

Since hearing about it via Democracy Now last September, I’ve been a supporter of #NoDAPL, the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota.

Until yesterday, what I didn’t realize is that the oil going through such pipelines… get this… serves a purpose.

When a friend of mine shared the CNN story “Pipeline 150 miles from Dakota Access protests leaks 176,000 gallons” on his Facebook timeline, some guy showed us all by commenting, “The evil pipeline. My goodness there are a million. That’s why you have heat and can drive your cars.. has everyone lost their heads in their asses?

I did the research… and it turns out the guy is right.

The oil actually is converted to gasoline to fuel our cars, and kerosene to heat our trailers, and it makes electricity, and aqua net hairspray to solidify our glam metal hair when we feel like rockin’ to Dokken. It also makes Vaseline petroleum jelly. “Petroleum” is just a fancy British word for oil.

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And here we thought the oil was just a bunch of evil black pollution juice, and the oil companies were destroying the environment for no reason at all, and laughing like Skeletor every time a pipeline ruptured or an oil rig exploded.

Should stop driving cars and trucks and using heat,” the guy continued, “Then we won’t need pipe lines.”

In a related story, those of us who are opposed to war should go over there and live and see how we like it if we hate America so much.

Four Stories Illustrating How the GOP Uses Government as a Weapon in a Class War

The GOP isn’t for “small government”. They’re for removing any remaining parts government that benefit the public and replacing it with a government that works in favor of the rich. Here are four examples from this week’s news of the GOP using government as a weapon in a class war against the American public.

1. Trump Proposes a $54 billion Increase to the Already Bloated Pentagon Budget

When will the Reagan lunacy end? Here we are, decades after B-movie actor Ronald Reagan ushered in a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, massively increased government spending (primarily on the Department of Defense) while slashing social programs under the laughable ruse of “trickle down”, increased the debt 15%, effectively presiding over the largest government in US history. Reagan cut social programs for the poor, and violently increased spending and militancy with the War on Drugs, which has always been literal Class Warfare on the Poor.

The United States is the most powerful empire in world history. Our military budget is almost twice the amount as the next four countries combined. Military contractors get rich and we constantly need an enemy to justify this fear rhetoric and spending. The Bush Jr. and Obama administration policies of civilian mass murder in the Middle East created the conditions for ISIS. Trump uses ISIS to justify his $54 billion increase so military contractors can continue to loot the public, as well as the veterans. The GOP votes down bills that will aid veterans again and again, but vote in favor of military budget increases so their campaign financiers can continue to get rich. And the Hell created by the US empire continues.

From Reuters:

Officials familiar with Trump’s budget blueprint said the plan would call for cuts to agencies including the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

…more money for shipbuilding, military aircraft and establishing “a more robust presence in key international waterways and choke points”…

That could put Washington at odds with Iran and China. The United States already has the world’s most powerful fighting force and it spends far more than any other country on defense.

About one-sixth of the federal budget goes to military spending.

2. Trump Jumps in the Climate Change Limo and Tells the Driver to Floor It

Trump appointed leading Oil Whore, Oklahoma’s former Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to head up the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt sued the EPA 13 times because the fossil fuel industry doesn’t cause enough pollution or earthquakes in his home state.

The EPA exists to regulate industry so that it doesn’t pollute the environment. That’s what a Government of the People would do. To the extent that it fails to protect the environment from the ravages of greed, it’s a result of regulations that weren’t tough enough, usually because legislators are paid by polluting, insanely greedy pig-run industries to leave them alone. And that’s why we have to get money out of politics.

The GOP wants to do away with protections to the environment so the people who fund them, mainly the psychotic fossil fuel industry, can get rich before quite possibly making the planet literally uninhabitable for their own grandchildren. On February 3rd, House Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida introduced a bill to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency on December 31, 2018.  Here’s the full text of the bill:

The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.

This week Trump announced anti-science, pro-idiot initiative that would cut 17% to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, the home of the robot voices who give you the weather on the police radio. They also have extensive research programs studying climate, which of course is bad for the fossil fuel industry. And it’s also a bad agency for people who like to stay stupid, misinformed, and/or ignorant.

The funding slash would hamper NOAA’s research funding and satellite programs while eliminating altogether funding for smaller programs on coastal management and estuary reserve efforts, among others

Among the satellite programs facing the largest cuts is the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, which houses climate and environmental information through the National Centers for Environmental Information. Researchers in that program have studied the continuing rate of global climate change. Another would be the Sea Grant program, which currently supports university research programs at 33 institutions nationwide.

The proposal highlights the Trump White House’s continued effort to undermine environmental research funding and regulations.

In this instance Trump and Pruitt are using government to collude with the fossil fuel industry to profit in the short term from making the environment uninhabitable for the human species in the long term.

I would say that’s bad.

3. The GOP Wants Your Tax Dollars to go to a Far Less Fiscally Conservative Healthcare Plan than Single-Payer/Medicare for All

There is a lot of fucked up shit about the Affordable Care Act. It’s costing small business an arm and a leg. It’s costing people in a certain income bracket an arm and a leg, especially in states like Oklahoma, where the idiot governor refused federal funding to implement ACA (no, I’m not fucking kidding).  It continues to make asshole insurance company CEOs rich off of sick and dying people.

The answer to Obamacare’s problems is a single-payer healthcare system. As Bernie Sanders and I (especially me) have been pointing out for years, every other prosperous nation guarantees healthcare to all its citizens.

And study after study shows a single payer plan would be MORE fiscally conservative than what we have now, and what we had before Obamacare. Specifically the administrative costs that would be eliminated with the massive, complicated insurance industry would be more than enough to pay for the plan. Most businesses would save money because they wouldn’t have to provide insurance to their employees. American citizens wouldn’t potentially be financially ruined over a car accident or a disease or a broken leg.

This article originally appeared in the Rochester Post Bulletin in February 2016, now carried on the website of Physicians for a National Health Program, a bunch of doctors who understand that for-profit healthcare is shit (and they’ve seen some shit):

Studies have shown such a program, if enacted, would reap huge savings — about $400 billion annually — by eliminating all the wasteful paperwork associated with our current (and very complex) multipayer system of paying for care.

The money we’d save by setting up such a streamlined, nonprofit system would be plowed back into covering everyone, improving benefits and retraining insurance company workers into more socially beneficial tasks such as providing actual care.

It’s not difficult to see why surveys have repeatedly found that two-thirds of Americans support this kind of “Medicare for All” approach when it’s been explained to them. It’s simple, efficient and equitable.

Instead of fiscal conservatism, Republicans want to continue to allow the health insurance companies to further loot sick and dying Americans and provide them less and less coverage. Instead of improving ACA, the Republican preliminary plan is to cut back ACA’s Medicaid expansion, eliminate the mandate which again allows lapses in coverage – but only this time allows insurance companies to charge 30% more after a lapse in coverage, and force people to rely on “Health Savings Accounts” which John Oliver described as a “fancy piggy bank” so rich people with massive disposable income can save for bloated American healthcare expenses.

Once again this isn’t an example of the GOP getting government out of our way, it’s the GOP using government as a tool to help health insurance giants to stomp on sick and dying Americans and their families.

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4. Trump and the GOP Exaggerate Domestic Terror Threat from Foreigners: Government Propaganda to Justify Police State, Defense Department Looting, and Steve Bannon’s Wacko Worldview

First of all, violent crime in the United States has plummeted since the 1990s. According to the FBI, the violent crime rate in 2012 was about half of what it was  It’s safer for your child to play unsupervised at a park today than it was when you and I were children. 

The reason you can’t believe this right now is the 24 hour news cycle has manufactured fear to trick viewers into believing the opposite has happened. Our elected officials played upon those fears to justify building prisons to hold nonviolent offenders, increasing police militarization, and spending billions of tax dollars on useless wars that only made the American people less safe.

That’s why it’s not surprising that the new GOP king is lying about violent crimes committed by foreigners on US soil to justify his racist immigration policies.

From Thinkprogress.org:

Trump inaccurately depicted the domestic attacks as committed by people from the countries included in the Muslim ban…

But more importantly, foreigners pose less of a threat to Americans than right-wing extremists on domestic soil. In a 2015 New York Times article, University of North Carolina Professor Charles Kurzman and Duke Professor David Schanzer found that Islam-inspired terror attacks accounted for 50 deaths since 9/11, but that “right-wing extremists averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities.”

What the GOP is doing here is refusing to use government to protect us from actual threats, and instead using government to not only justify massive military spending, but to justify the racist Camp of Saints philosophy of of right wing nutjob hack, Steve Bannon.

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News Anal. for Mon 2/27/17

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The Premise of Everything in US Politics

When you have one side fighting for education, the environment, civil rights, voting rights, freedom of the press, aid to refugees, disaster victims, veterans, and the poor… And the other side a pack of greedy corporate hustlers and people who are fooled by their propaganda – then it’s not “liberal vs. conservative” it’s “people who want to live in a functioning society” vs. “greedy sociopaths who want to turn a functioning society into a wasteland for profit”. It’s intelligence and love vs. ignorance and fear.

Donald Trump, Wuss

It doesn’t happen much any more, but a few years ago, every so often in the media, a comedian had to apologize for an off-color joke. Not only apologize, but go on an “apology tour”. Sometimes, the joke was funny and the offended people were just too stupid to get it. Sometimes, the joke was, in fact, in poor taste. But the idea that the world’s problems could be solved by damaging the career of a comedian because he or she told a joke you didn’t like was absurd to every emotionally-developed adult human being.

Being offended was at its peak as America’s favorite national pass-time around 2010-2013 or so. This is an element of our modern internet-driven popular culture – a culture that rewards narcissists and ultimately elected one President of the United States. A narcissist will pretend to be offended in order to draw attention to themselves.

There were entire websites devoted to people being offended by jokes and everything else famous people said. Bloggers would drive traffic to their sites by pretending to offended at everything, knowing people would either pretend to be offended with them, or fans of the verbal assailant (comedian or other famous person) could not keep from pointing out how ridiculous the blogger was being.

The backlash against the Offended Class was twofold. One, there was a sensible backlash by comedians against the hacky narcissistic gossip bloggers, exemplified by the “Dear People who don’t work here” letter written by the women of the Daily Show in response to Jezebel’s attempt to be all feminist by likening the show to Jon Stewart’s harem of slave laborers.

Then there was the backlash of mostly angry young men who decided to send threats of violence, rape, and death to these bloggers. This group was too dumb to understand the irony of being so offended that you wish harm on someone, for being offended. (Of course some of the most narcissistic bloggers courted and promoted threats and harassment for attention, and even a couple were caught faking their own online harassment – but that is a whole other can of worms).

Years later, the angry young men seeing a New Red Menace emerging would go on to vote for Donald J. Trump for President. A president who is so offended by harmless words he called the press “the enemy of the people” and is refusing to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

What a snowflake. Huge wuss. Mar-a-lago is his safe space. He is 10 times worse than any hacky narcissistic Jezebel blogger ever was.

I’ve thought ill of presidents in my lifetime, but until now I have never thought of a president as being a pussy.

And following in his wake are Republican pussies all over the country dodging town hall meetings.

Tone Deaf Establishment Democrats Vote Down Keith Ellison as DNC Chair, Pissing Off The Left for No Good Reason

The DNC email leaks, blamed on Russia or something, exposed that the DNC Chair during the primaries, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was working to undermine Bernie Sanders campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton. If it wasn’t obvious enough already.

This was one of the main points of anger among Sanders supporters. Keith Ellison was championed early by Bernie Sanders. Then the Obama administration countered by putting Tom Perez up for the nomination, insisting he was just as progressive as Ellison. Writing in the New Republic, Clio Chang asks:

If Perez is like Ellison—in both his politics and ideology—why bother fielding him in the first place?

There is one real difference between the two: Ellison has captured the support of the left wing. Ellison backed Sanders early in his primary race against Hillary Clinton, and was one of the first candidates to announce his bid for DNC chair. His election would generate goodwill from Sanders supporters—or, to put it another way, would avoid the enmity that would surely result from a Perez win.

If an Ellison victory is a modest, symbolic concession, the upside is that Democrats will signal to progressive and younger voters, who Democrats will be desperate to turn out in 2018 and 2020, that they are on their side. It would be a choice of utmost pragmatism.

Instead, Establishment Democrats insisted on maintaining their power through Perez. And it wasn’t pretty. They insisted on countering Ellison in what Zaid Jilani of the Intercept calls “a scorched-earth smear campaign targeting  his religious faith, his affinity for the Nation of Islam in his youth, and his support for Palestinian rights alongside a secure Israel.”

Smart move, DNC. Though Ellison was named “co-chair”, many of Bernie’s supporters are calling for #DemExit.

Today after I’m done writing this, I’m going to change my voter registration from Democrat back to Unaffiliated, which is how I’ve been registered most of my adult life. Twice I switched to Democrat so I could vote for Dennis Kucinich in 2004 and Bernie Sanders in 2016.

However, that doesn’t mean I’m entirely convinced we should create a third party or support the Green Party.

It would be far easier for we Sanders supporters to infiltrate the Democratic Party and reform it at the grassroots. Attend local meetings, attain volunteer positions at the local level, argue and argue about policy, prop up candidates who truly want change and aren’t just Establishment DNC plants, and eventually have a Democratic Party that reflects the economic values of FDR combined with the civil rights values of MLK. This is what Bernie Sanders himself advocates and groups like Justice Democrats are trying to implement.

It is close to impossible for a third party to win an election. Why? Because you would have to get representatives of the two-party system to change laws, voluntarily reducing their own power. And how the system works now is based on Duverger’s Law, as the Washington Post explained in an article last August:

The U.S. picks its elected officials in a way that creates a two-party system

Duverger’s Law says that the way a country’s electoral system is structured usually determines how many competitive parties that country will have.

Here’s how it works. First, when each district gets only one legislative seat (known as a single-member district, which we have in the United States) and, second, when the election’s winner takes that seat, then the system tends to have two dominant parties.

In such a system, all a party needs to win is more votes than the other side. That winner-takes-all nature of single-member districts encourages broad coalitions to form before elections. The odds of a party winning such elections are much higher if only two parties exist, enabling each side to work to bring as many people to its side as possible.

In the United States, that’s writ large in presidential races, because the Electoral College is itself a winner-take-all system: Within each state, the candidate who wins more votes takes all that state’s electoral votes. Even in Nebraska and Maine, where electoral votes are allocated by congressional districts, each individual district is winner-take-all.

Oceti Camp at #NoDAPL evicted by paramilitary police forces, and Valient Himself visits and reports from the front lines of the Worldwide Indigenous Resistance against the Fossil Fuel Industry

I’m not going to analyze this story, but I wanted to include it as something I think that’s more important than any other issue in this country. Please just watch his Facebook live video by Valient Himself. You’ll learn more than you’ve read in any mainstream media account.

Democracy Now! one of the best news programs in the country, has been following #NoDAPL from its inception. Last week they interviewed Ladonna Brave Bull Allard.

North Dakota has lost its mind. I’m just a mom, and I’m a teacher. And yet I can tell you dog breeds that have attacked me. I know the difference between tear gas, CS gas and pepper spray, and the difference in the way that those feel. I know how to spot infiltrators and agent provocateurs. You know, I know these things. I’m just a mom, you know, in the Dakotas. I’m just a mom on Standing Rock, working to protect her children. And I know things that I never in my wildest imagination thought that I would have to know.

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News Anal. for Tues 2/21/17

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Oklahoma Republican Whores Take Forever to Acknowledge Science Behind Fossil Fuel Industry’s Manmade Earthquakes….

Source: Tulsa World, Sunday 2/19/2017

Here’s how Oklahoma Republicans operate:

  • Take money from fossil fuel industry
  • Occupy public office
  • Slash taxes on fossil fuel industry
  • Allow fossil fuel industry to rape the state of Oklahoma
  • Spend millions in public funds to fix rape with band aid

fallinIn this case the fossil fuel industry, which should be destroyed so we can maintain the planet as habitable for species including our own, decided to rape the state of Oklahoma by injecting billions of gallons of fracking wastewater into the earth’s crust, causing earthquakes.

The Queen of the Vacant Stare, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin attempted to deny irrefutable geological science demonstrating wastewater injection is causing a rise in strong earthquakes, up until February 2015. aaaaafallinquoteShe did that because she’s a prostitute for the fossil fuel industry and that’s what they told her to say. Finally in April 2015, when the quakes were at their peak, Fallin’s office was forced to release a statement that she “does not believe the increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma can be explained by natural causes.”

So then, she used $1.4 million in Oklahoma’s emergency fund to increase funding for seismic monitoring and research.

Good to know that all it takes to fund science in a red state is a fossil fuel industry disaster.

Milo Stephanopoulos or whatever his name is Successfully Markets Himself by Trolling Liberals, Now he Can Sell Books to Idiots Just Like Ann Coulter

Source: everyfuckingwhere

The more you hate him, the less he’ll go away.

Narcissists use the power of trolling for evil, selfish purposes. Ignoring them takes away their power. They feed on any type of attention… praise, condemnation, sexual attraction… any type of attention makes them more powerful. Hate them enough and they’ll become a successful, best-selling author, nationally syndicated AM radio host, group that gets on TV picketing veterans’ funerals, or President of the United States.

Donald Trump is the Biggest, Big League, I Mean Really Tremendous, Establishment Insider There Ever Was.. Here’s how he’s Fucking over Us Working People

Source: Democracy Now! 2/20/17 and 2/21/17

If you look at Donald Trump and think “anti-Establishment outsider”, then you don’t know what the Establishment is. A rich kid son of a racist real estate developer, Trump rose to prominence in the 1980s by becoming the godfather of generations of silver-spoonfed media bimbos.

Staging publicity stunt after publicity stunt, King Douche used all the negative tabloid attention to sell his “brand”, and more important to show off meh meh meh how fabulous I am and look at these models I’m banging and look at all my millions of dollars, and how rich and famous and these hotels and casinos, uh boo do boo boo.

Donald Trump is like Clark Griswold if he made a career out of hitting on Christie Brinkley in a hotel bar by telling her he’s the hotel owner.

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Until we hit some kind of weird mind warping black hole some time in 2015, everyone in the world including conservative white Americans knew Donald Trump was the biggest douchebag who ever walked the planet.

If he would have kept his ego in his own tabloid gossip world, that would have been alright.

Instead he’s going to rape the average American up the ass.

The Trump administration wants to overturn Dodd Frank. Elizabeth Warren explains why that’s going to fuck the economy up:

And the facts show that Donald Trump is wrong and his chief economic adviser is wrong about every major reason that they’ve given to tear up Dodd-Frank. Commercial and consumer lending is robust. Bank profits are at record levels. And our banks are blowing away their global competitors.

So, why go after banking regulations? The president and the team of Goldman Sachs bankers that he has put in charge of the economy want to scrap the rules so they can go back to the good old days, when bankers could take huge risks and get huge bonuses if they got lucky, knowing that they could get taxpayer bailouts if their bets didn’t pay off. We did this kind of regulation before, and it resulted in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. We cannot afford to go down this road again.

Also he’s trying to deregulate big business, which sucks for the public – it sucks for natural resources, it sucks for people working for these companies, and it sucks for customers buying products from these motherfuckers. Right wing Republican politicians try to sell this bullshit to people as “that big government isn’t gonna be so hard on your mom and pop small business” but they don’t give one fuck about small business. They want to make it easier for the Wal Marts of the world to take over markets and make sure no small business ever exists anywhere.

Zuckerberg Writes a Manifesto

Source: Zuckerberg’s Manifesto

He has some great ideas about “building community” and all that but dude:

  • Why the fuck do you need to know my real name, where I work, my phone number, my credit card number?
  • Which they have now because I wanted to promote posts. By the way the first fucking “News Anal.” that I promoted cost me $10 and you estimated it would reach 3900 people, and it only reached 800? And you want me to expect you have all the algorithms in place to build a harmonious society through Facebook? Go fuck yourself dork.
  • Why do actors, entertainers, writers, bands… who created a fan base and drove traffic to Facebook have to pay to reach their fans now? Because you’re a greedy cunt, Mark Zuckerberg, that’s why.

Greed does not build community, it builds empire.

 

This Lady’s Name is MADONNA THUNDER HAWK and She’s a  Bad Ass #NoDAPL

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