Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Resistance: Victory! Now, Get Back to Work

Repugs are sneaky motherfuckers and they haven't given up, but just for today let's bask in the win.

From the Courier:

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville said the collapse of the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare on Friday "feels like vindication" and said that American citizens deserve a lot of the credit for its defeat.

“They walked out on a plank and somebody sawed it off," Yarmuth said of the Republican leaders who backed the failed plan. "It was really the American people that sawed it off.”

Yarmuth said that this is a big moment for the Americans who have banded together in the wake of Trump's election to oppose the new administration.

"I think this is going to further energize and empower the resistance movement," he said. "They deserve a lot of credit."

Former Gov. Steve Beshear, who led Kentucky's effort to create its own health insurance exchange and expand Medicaid coverage, proclaimed a victory for everyone who benefits from the programs, not only here but across the country.

"The winners today are the millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians who have been able to receive health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, many of them for the first time," Beshear said in a statement. "It's now time to put people over politics and collaborate across party lines to improve the (Affordable Care Act) and further reform our health-care system."

Friday, March 24, 2017

Why We Do It

And this is why it's pointless to try to reach trump voters.  They think it's stupid.  Even when it's their own kids liberals are feeding.

Stop Coddling the Deplorables

For a start, stop listening to earnest "training" on how to talk to trumpies about the Affordable Care Act.  You're wasting your time training and your breath trying to overcome deplorableness with facts and numbers.

They know Obamacare is the worst because that nigger in the white house invented it, even though they themselves have had their lives saved because of it.

No matter what happens to Obamacare in Congress, trumpies will always and forever blame Obama for everything, because that's the only way they can justify their pathetic, racist lives.


But I do know that as a citizen and a woman I remain deeply, deeply offended by Trump's voters and the way they behaved during the campaign. I find it hard to see why their economic anxiety, if they really have it, excuses the despicable, gross way they acted and the way they cheered that twisted piece of work we call a president. It was indecent. 
I'm all for policies that will help those people economically. I always have been. Far more, by the way, than the libertarians and the conservatives have ever been. I would never vote against the economic interests of the working class. But I don't think I have an obligation to give them a pass for their deplorable beliefs at the same time. Everyone has certain lines they cannot cross. Coddling racist, misogynist, xenophobes is my line. They are not children. They are adults who have agency. 
As far as electoral strategy, this is how I feel about that.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Return of Boiling Alive

Every single supposedly progressive white person who says "I don't see color" should be held to account for horrific torture like this.  Because it is exactly the refusal to acknowledge what happens every fucking day to non-white people that makes it not even a crime to murder them by literally boiling them alive.

On June 23, 2012, Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic man serving time for cocaine possession, was thrown into a prison shower at the Dade Correctional Institution. The water was turned up top 180 degrees — hot enough to steep tea or cook Ramen noodles.
As punishment, four corrections officers — John Fan Fan, Cornelius Thompson, Ronald Clarke and Edwina Williams — kept Rainey in that shower for two full hours. Rainey was heard screaming “Please take me out! I can’t take it anymore!” and kicking the shower door. Inmates said prison guards laughed at Rainey and shouted “Is it hot enough?”
Rainey died inside that shower. He was found crumpled on the floor. When his body was pulled out, nurses said there were burns on 90 percent of his body. A nurse said his body temperature was too high to register with a thermometer.
And his skin fell off at the touch.
But in an unconscionable decision, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office announced Friday that the four guards who oversaw what amounted to a medieval-era boiling will not be charged with a crime.
“The shower was itself neither dangerous nor unsafe,’’ the report says. “The evidence does not show that Rainey’s well-being was grossly disregarded by the correctional staff.’’
What is there even to say at this point?
 Only Blue Lives Matter.

Thomas Massie Is Still Not Your Friend

He's voting against the Obamacare repeal today, but not because he wants you to have good health coverage.  He's voting against the Obamacare repeal because he wants only rich people to have health coverage. 

He wants you to die suffering and starving in a ditch. 

One firm NO vote is Thomas Massey, a Libertarian-leaning independent thinker from Kentucky. He says he knows over 35 Republicans against it and he feels they can force Ryan to raise the white flag and repeal ObamaCare without replacing it. "This is worse than Obamacare," he told the media, "and we’re going to own it. We’re going to own it lock, stock and barrel." He tweeted jokingly that he had changed his vote late yesterday, sending out this as a tweet:


Monetized Nation

Yes, we've always been capitalists.  But capitalists who tried to outlaw corporations (the Founding Fathers) and capitalists who abolished the capitalist epitome that was chattel slavery and capitalists who alleviated its worst abominations with a social safety net.

Fuck, even as late as the 1970s, corporations acknowledged a responsibility to their customers and their communities - at least until the "share price uber alles" movement took over the nation.

Not any more. Now it's so bad the Ferengi aren't a satire of greed so much as a glimpse of tomorrow's world.

Slate's Jordan Weissmann writes:
Got that? Mulvaney says the White House is cutting Head Start to make sure it doesn't waste the taxes of single mothers in Detroit, because it's just that compassionate. Honestly, I would have more respect for the man if he'd stood up on stage with a stock pot and said the administration had decided that the poor should be boiled into bone broth. At least then he'd have the courage of his convictions.
"Proper function" is a most curious turn of phrase. In What is America for? a few weeks ago, I noted that caring for money has taken the place of caring for people in American governance. Mulvaney's response confirms that, as does Trump's choice of Goldman Sachs veterans for high positions in his administration (and Obama's before him). Serving money takes precedence over serving people — unless they have lots of money.

At Netroots-Detroit in 2014, Anat Shenker-Osorio spoke to the conceptual shift that makes not feeding hungry children and the elderly "compassionate." With schools, for example:
We've moved from this garden metaphor to the language of the factory, right? So we have inputs, and we have outputs and we ratchet up expectations, and the kid is a product of a good school.

The entailments of that metaphor are that children are like widgets, they're all uniform and why would the widgets need art? And the teachers are factory workers and they do a thing to the kids, and it's all the same and they're on a conveyor belt and they move to the next one after they've been tested and a stamp is put on their ass and they're... none are left behind.

This mechanistic language is so widespread, that we have now monetized children, right? We invest in the future and we invest in our kids, and they're too small to fail. And we can kid ourselves all we want, but the prevailing understanding of the investment frame is financial return. That is how it is used in language. And so we are saying, "The reason to do a thing, the reason it's right, is because it's lucrative"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

As Pothole Season Opens, a Driver's Thoughts Turn to 45's Infrastructure Lies

And, of course, as Paul Krugman noted in November, what was proposed was never very populist:
To understand what’s going on, it may be helpful to start with what we should be doing. The federal government can indeed borrow very cheaply; meanwhile, we really need to spend money on everything from sewage treatment to transit. The indicated course of action, then, is simple: borrow at those low, low rates, and use the funds raised to fix what needs fixing.

But that’s not what the Trump team is proposing. Instead, it’s calling for huge tax credits: billions of dollars in checks written to private companies that invest in approved projects, which they would end up owning. For example, imagine a private consortium building a toll road for $1 billion. Under the Trump plan, the consortium might borrow $800 million while putting up $200 million in equity — but it would get a tax credit of 82 percent of that sum, so that its actual outlays would only be $36 million. And any future revenue from tolls would go to the people who put up that $36 million.

... what reason do we have to believe that this scheme will generate new investment, as opposed to repackaging things that would have happened anyway?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Anti-Abortion is Anti-life.

This is real terrorism.  Denying life-saving procedures to women already grieving because a wanted pregnancy has gone irretrievably bad is viciously cruel.  Justifying it with scare tactics that describe a safe, effective medical procedure as "barbaric" is nothing less than terrorism.

It's amazing their tongues don't flip right off their rollers when they lie like this.

From the press release:

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is joining with 21 other states in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in support of Alabama’s ban on the barbaric procedure of dismemberment abortion. The effort to support Alabama through the amicus brief is being led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
 
The Commonwealth joins Louisiana, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin in filing the supportive document asserting that Alabama’s law is constitutional and that the federal district court applied the wrong legal standard in enjoining the enforcement of the ban.
  Forbes:
“There is no such thing as a ninth month abortion.” Those who seek late-term abortions are seeking them before a pregnancy reaches full term but often and unfortunately after they have discovered in the second or third trimester some problem with the fetus or danger to the mother.
SNIP
As noted, these types of abortions are extremely rare. Although both the rate and number of abortions have steadily fallen in the U.S., an estimated 1 million procedures are performed each year, according to the Guttmacher Institute. These procedures remain very safe, considerably more so than pregnancy and birth, in fact. Of these abortions, 91.4% are performed in the first trimester, less than 14 weeks into pregnancy. Just 1.3% of abortions are performed at or after 21 weeks, and an estimated 0.2% of all abortions involve the dilation and evacuation procedure. And why would women seek them in the first place?

“The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make,” Clinton said at the debate. “I have met with women who toward the end of their pregnancy get the worst news one could get, that their health is in jeopardy if they continue to carry to term or that something terrible has happened or just been discovered about the pregnancy. I do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions.”
This is not about babies, who by definition cannot be aborted.  They breathe air and are therefore alive and human. 
This is about men using freakazoid religion to control women's sexuality.  Every time they hear the word "abortion," they're jacking off in their pants.
In the immortal words of Charlie Pierce, these really are the fucking mole people.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Incentives

As someone once said, repugs claim that giving more money to the rich makes them work harder, but giving money to the poor makes them work less.  Right.