Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Trump, who repeatedly touted his high energy level during the 2016 campaign, tweeted that, despite his grueling presidential schedule, he still had enormous reserves of stamina, which called "stamgygygyggy."
In the same tweet storm, he lashed out at news reports questioning his fitness for office, denouncing them as "fakequez%(^."
The White House said that, despite pleas from his legal team to delete his Twitter feed, Trump planned to continue tweeting, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would continue to spell-check his tweets.
Weren't we warned about disruptive online activity from "a guy sitting on his bed who weighs 400 pounds"?
President Adolph Twitler was at it again last night, his dainty digits tweeting out this inscrutable gem:
Irresistable grist for the Twitter humor mill! (From the Huffington Post)
On a dark desert highway
Cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of covfefe
Rising up through the air
-- Patton Oswalt
Body language -- both his and that of the pitiable people around him -- is telling the story of Donald Trump's foreign adventure better than anything else.
But not for long! Trump batted him out of the way, perhaps mistaking him for a political reporter or picturing James Comey. Then, triumphal, Trump straightened his suit jacket, stiffened his posture, and raised his fleshy chin. He was ready for his close-up.
With Trump, his struts, scowls and pouts reveal every bit as much as what tumbles from his lips, which is a lot less trustworthy. His words can be counterfeit. His gestures are genuine, and in the post-truth presidency, worth a thousand words.
Excerpt from Frank Bruni's op-ed, 5/28/17 in the NY Times
Among the many insane bills proposed by gun-nut Ohio lawmakers, House Bill 228 takes the cake. Under current law, if I kill someone with my gun and claim it was in self-defense, the burden of proof is on me to show that I did indeed act in self-defense. HB 228 would turn that upside down -- I would no longer need to prove I killed in self-defense, prosecutors would have to prove that I did not!
It's a borderline license to murder. If I choose my spot "wisely" -- i.e. no witnesses -- I can gun you down in cold blood, claim self-defense, and who's to say it wasn't? HB 228 also would eliminate my duty under current law to retreat before using lethal force. I could be the aggressor and provoke the conflict, end it by killing you in "self-defense," and be legally in the clear.
It's Stand Your Ground on steroids, and it's stupid, dangerous and horrible. Naturally, HB 228 was introduced by Republicans. Who else?
Monday, May 29, 2017
Crass commercialization (is there any other kind?) has overtaken virtually everything, even Memorial Day.
What was once a fairly low-key holiday -- a day off, a parade, maybe a cookout -- has morphed into a faux-patriotic branding orgy.
Special baseball uniforms and camo beer bottles are not commemorations, they're graceless marketing opportunities.
The dead are spinning.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Despite a complete lack of supporting evidence, there remains a sizable contingent of Republicans who are convinced that most poor people are mooches who choose to be poor just so they can live the luxury life on food stamps. (Average national SNAP/EBT benefit is $133 a month. Party time!) This is the sad legacy of Reagan's zombie lie about the Welfare Queen with a Cadillac.
It's a paranoid and punitive mindset, and it's crystal clear in the recent White House budget request, which, among other insults, slashes SNAP benefits by $193 billion over ten years, a cut of over 25%.
|Noted nutrition expert|
Smith replied, "I think we know that given the necessity of nutrition, there could be a number of ways that we could address that."
What happy horseshit!
"For example, for purposes of federal benefits, we could address it by redefining 'nutrition' and expressing it in its most basic form. In such a reclassification, air would be defined the core element of nutrition -- if you don't have air, all the rest doesn't matter much. Therefore, anyone breathing the air would be deemed to have sufficient, basic nutrition and would not be entitled to any federal nutrition assistance. It's brilliant! We'd save tons on the SNAP program!"
By Tony Swartz, in the RedSchtick.com
This is how most drugs are sold in Haiti, by unlicensed street vendors. They might have what you need, and they might cut you a deal. Or not.
So many factors enter in to our inefficent and ridiculously expensive health care system. Drug costs are a major part of it. We need to (1.) Overhaul the patent law monopoly, and (2.) Allow Medicare to negotiate prices on prescription drugs. (3.) Legalize purchasing prescription drugs from other countries.
Those are the biggies. If we can't summon the will and get our act together, I may soon find myself in Canada or Mexico, or even in Haiti, looking for a better deal on my prescriptions.
My prescription for Gilotrif, my once-a-day cancer-fighting targeted therapy medication, retails for $8,000 a month. (Thanks to insurance and the OSU James Cancer Hospital, I don't pay that, but holy shit!)
For an excellent report on this issue, click the link. aarp.org/lowerdrugcosts