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Why is this a “thing”??

Hard to believe Nate Silver has to point this out but it is the world we live in:

What’s worse is that there are people out there that think Kobach is on to something. 

Jeezus Kreist on a cracker. 


Afternoon stroll: I’m in one of those moods. 


Very funny tweet for the alpha male wannabes:

All the truth we can eat

The reason why repealing and replacing Obamacare was a disaster in the Republicans’ hands is this (from a comment at the NYTimes):

PEWashington DC

The Republicants got nothin’. Morally bankrupt, they have now demonstrated that they are intellectually bankrupt as well. 

The Fiction: Republicans implied that they had a plan to make the individual mandate easier and cheaper to swallow, giving every voter the freedom to pick their doctors at a lower premium than they are currently paying, all while not imposing cost controls on the providers, hospitals, etc. 

The Truth: The Republicans never had a plan to replace Obamacare. They just used anger over the individual mandate, Medicaid gap and lack of cost controls to make a case for a “change” election.  That’s how they got votes. You need to attract real voters and what better way to do it than to target people who don’t have the time or inclination to think things through. That’s right, get them all angry with resentment and sic them on groups without power. Viola!  

The Ultimate Truth: The very wealthy donors to Republican coffers see themselves as shareholders in an Ownership society. They didn’t authorize all that money be used for the healthcare of so many Americans who can’t figure out how to make their own god damned wealth. They’re not interested in pitching in to take care of other people. Let other people take care of themselves. What’s it got to do with them??  It’s not even the token tax cuts they want back. They’re just ideologically opposed to a whole nation of individuals banding together in an entity called “government” to negotiate on their behalf for a thing that all other modern western countries take for granted. They’re not interested in participating in that. 

That’s what this is all about. Very wealthy people who want to own our streets, bridges, police force, airports, air traffic control systems, coast guard, CDC, etc, etc, etc, and don’t want to pay for it or let the rest of us who pay for it to use our government to negotiate on our behalf on a group discount. 

In other words, they’re deadbeats. 

The Republicans’ one job was to get Obamacare off the backs of the rich. They didn’t need a plan to replace it. They tried, they failed. Trump will now make it fail through starvation and incompetence. 

Either way, mission accomplished. 

Stroll: Legs


So, if Trump and the Granny Starvers can’t repeal and replace Obamacare, they’ll just make it fail. 

You know, delay payments to the states and insurance companies for Medicaid, driving premiums up for those who can least afford it, reduce the pay of the government employees responsible for administering it so they’ll quit and find other jobs, you know, stuff like that. 

The poor, sick, children, disabled, women, older people (you know the drill) will still suffer from hypoxia while the ultra wealthy Republican donors hold their breath.  They do not want responsibility for anyone. 

When they say freedom, they mean for themselves. 

Just a reminder again for those of you who voted for these people, you voted for these people. That includes the guy you voted for Senator. I’m talking to you, Toomey voters. You brought this down on your family and friends on Medicaid. 

Just sayin’.

Stride: Water Sign

Playing in the PPG Plaza fountain

Strut: Letting down our guard


The Republican “Healthcare” bill looks like it’s tabled for now. Thank you, John McCain’s blood clot for giving other Senators time to hear from their constituents and think it over. 

But don’t count them out, they’ve HATED Medicaid and Medicare since the 60s. No one knows why. So, they’ll be back with something equally mean and stingy in some other form. 


Malcolm Gladwell makes a case for closely examining your politician’s friends before you vote for them. 

Masha Gesson says it’s the incompetence and destruction of America’s systems of governance that worries her. Conspiracy thinking is distracting. 

Stroll: t’pau

Carol Decker – so underrated. 


My bag weighs a ton. Anyone else have this problem?  I have laptop, lunch with freezer compartment, gym clothes, cables, chargers, earbuds, contact lens crap, small purse with cards and stuff, pens, small notebook, nice sandals (I sure hope the hot glue keeps them from breaking again), gum, toothbrush, tooth paste, bobby pins, coconut milk hair conditioner, lube (wait, how did that get in there again?), iPhone, other phone that needs to be mailed to kid who is hard on phones…

I need a shoulder massage. 

Thanks to the people at Fort Pitt Coffee who gave me the clear duck tape to repair my broken sandal after I pulled it apart when my heel fell into a crack in the pavement. 

What do we say to the god of death?

Not today. 
Winter is here:

Game of Thrones season 7 begins tonight with more power hungry, kleptocratic, ambitious, impulsive, narcissists than the current White House. 

More unpleasant ways of dying than even a ruthless Russian autocrat could dream up. 

More T&A than anything you’ll find in the Lord of the Rings. 

And one very special thing:

There Be Dragons

I’m staying up past my bedtime tonight. 

Valar Morghulis.