June 28th, 2012 ~ Today, I have a renewed trust in our Supreme Court. In a refreshingly nuanced decision, the Supremes upheld the constitutionality of our Affordable Care Act and even the politically-charged "mandate" survived, if implemented under the administration's tax authority rather than the commerce clause; along with an equivalent tax credit for Americans who act responsibly.
Of course, there's no sour grapes like GOP sour grapes and those grapes have been fermented into a LOT of whine by Mr. Merlot of the House and Senator Rand "Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum" Paul in the Senate. Then, there's Willard. (thank you Wall Street Journal)...
Oh, Willard. How do you spin this? Simple. Just LIE; over and over and hope some human sponges out there soak up your lies without asking any questions about your Romneycare in Massachusetts.
June 26th, 2012 ~ The solution to GOP state-level voter suppression of American citizens is simple, IF U.S. Senators and Representatives have the stones to make it happen. The solution is legislation establishing separate voter qualification rules for FEDERAL offices; Senators, Congresspeople, President.
States would still be free to express their "sovereignty" in State, County, and Municipal elections, but would have NO say in qualifying American citizens for Federal elections. You could conceivably have an American EXCLUDED from voting for a State Senator or Governor by State-level qualification rules, BUT could NOT be excluded from voting for U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, or U.S. President if that American qualified under Federal qualification rules.
What should those Federal qualifications be? How about a recent utility bill or bank statement? How about a Federally-issued Retired Military card? How about any number of REASONABLE documents most Americans can produce without having to make a special trip to a State DMV or spend money they can't afford to declare their citizenship? How about qualifying American Citizens whose birth records were destroyed by storms or floods or wildfires LONG before our modern practice of offsite backups?
The solution to GOP disenfranchisement is simple. The execution of that solution requires courage. THIS issue will determine if anyone in Our U.S. House and Senate has that courage. Simple. But NOT simplistic.
June 18th, 2012 ~ Just so you can appreciate the full scope of what's at stake in the upcoming Supreme Court decision, take a look at the performance of United Healthcare, Humana, and Aetna stocks, relative to the S&P 500 since our Affordable Care Act went into effect.
Should we all be pulling the health insurance companies from our 401K and IRA investments before they go down the drain? Don't you think Mitt Romney and his 1% pals are doing that RIGHT NOW?
June 17th, 2012 ~ Right now, well over 6.5 Million Americans have health insurance coverage and lower prescription drug costs they would not have were it not for the Affordable Care Act of 2010; "Obamacare". Many current and future beneficiaries of the law hold serious trepidations about this month's expected Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the law's individual mandate and perhaps on the entire law itself. We might be inclined to commiserate with the angst felt by our fellow Americans in the abstract way we commiserate with folks whose homes are threatened by fire or flood as we sit snugly in our own living rooms, watching the unfolding tragedy on TV. We could not be more deluded in doing so.
I know you think I'm now going to begin a long-winded defense of the law and its many current and future benefits for ALL Americans which will be lost if the Supremes strike it down. I'm not. That subject is covered elsewhere with greater skill and clarity than I could here. I just want to ask you a simple question.
What do you think will happen to our stock market within hours of the Supreme Court announcing they've ruled against our Affordable Care Act in its entirety? How will that market react when Hundreds of Billions in guaranteed future profits for BIG INSURANCE companies like Cigna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana, and Wellpoint, just vanishes? What effect do you think that will have on our 401K's and IRA's?
Do you think Mitch McConnell, Eric Kantor, Paul Ryan, Tom Coburn, Pete Sessions, Bob Corker, Jim DeMint, John Ensign, and Jon Kyl are unaware of the devastation such a ruling will have on our economic recovery? Do you think they're unaware of the additional financial hardships such a ruling will bring to millions of their fellow Americans? I guarantee you they're NOT unaware. I guarantee you they're banking on it.
June 15th, 2012 ~ If Frederick Harris, who appeared on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" last night is STILL "waiting for the first black president" THIS despicable act of disrespect for OUR President should convince him his wait is over...
Would Tucker Carlson's "citizen reporter", Neil Munro (and I use that term with the greatest irony and derision), have flung his racist feces at Bill Clinton or Lyndon Johnson? I don't seriously need to answer that question, do I?
June 14th, 2012 ~ In tonight's "Hardball" segment on MSNBC with Ed Rendell and Michael Steele, Chris Matthews pointed out the overwhelming difference between our President's common sense agenda for revitalizing America's middle class and Willard's overt plan to bury US forever. In response, a hyenaesque Michael Steele derisively asked "Where is the money coming from?" I think I can answer his question.
The money should come from the HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS Bush 43 and Hank Poulson appropriated for the "Too Big To Fail" Banks with no strings attached. WE THE PEOPLE should DEMAND those "Too Big to Fail" Banks start making loans to small businesses and allow underwater homeowners to refinance their mortgages at historically low rates instead of pumping out robo-forclosures, hoarding OUR money, and handing out perversely enormous bonuses to the CEO's who drove our economy into the ditch in the first place. That answer's Michael Steele's question, doesn't it?
June 11th, 2012 ~ Meet Taylor Wilson! A "Force of Nature" (according to his parents) and America's youngest "Fusioneer" (according to everyone else)!
June 4th, 2012 ~ On Friday last, my Wife and I were watching our favorite "Ed Show" on MSNBC when a segment came up with Dr. James Peterson and Republican Strategist Susan Del Persio on Willard Mitt Romney's "F" grade for our President's foreign policy (among other things).
We ALL know Bush and Rumsfeld had OBL cornered at Tora-Bora TEN YEARS AGO and let him get away. Now that Obama got Bin Laden as well as many of his minions, how can Republican hairdoo, Del Persio, claim Obama's "...most successful policies are a continuation of Bush policies"? If, as Del Persio claims, Obama's foreign policies are little more than a continuation of Bush's policies and Romney gives our President a JOURNALISTICALLY UNCHALLENGED "F" grade, is Del Persio saying that Bush also gets an "F" from Romney? Is that what Mittens is saying about Bush? Have I blown your mind? I hope so.
June 3rd, 2012 ~ Since launching my quixotic campaign to debunk the despicable innuendos that Donald Trump is fucking goats in his Trump Tower penthouse, a LOT of people have contacted me, offering purported "evidence" in support of their wingnut conspiracy theories.
One sad example is the Travel Goat site claiming "We've Been There". Oh, REALLY? Another is the obvious over-reach that someone spotted a goat chowing down at the exact same "Famous Famiglia" pizza parlor where Mr. Trump dined with another patriot, Sarah Palin! And one desperate "theorist" asks "Who taught a goat to say THIS?"
Is it not all TOO sad; TOO tawdry? What's next? Stephen Colbert claiming Ric Ocasek and Belinda Carlisle "hooked up" on a sacrificial alter bathed in GOATS BLOOD at Mr. Trump's upper Westside apartment?
WHEN, Oh WHEN will this madness end? I'll tell you when it ends! When Mr. Trump steps up to the plate and hits a bases-loaded Home Run by signing the "NOT a Goat Fucker" pledge! THEN the Kenyan Colonialist/Socialist/Nazis will be silenced!
June 2nd, 2012 ~ Just came across this video and it is, without question, the MOST compelling argument to-date for banning fracking.