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January 25, 2020

Clear confession of obstruction

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:05

Berea (KY) City Council Defends Illegal Invocation Plan Despite Member’s Warning

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 05:59

Berea (KY) City Council Defends Illegal Invocation Plan Despite Member’s Warning

She got right down to work. At the next Invocations Committee meeting, she presented a fully-formed, attorney-vetted proposal for a moment of silence to open meetings instead. That would’ve solved all the problems. Getting the committee to support the proposal also would’ve made it all-but-certain that the full council would approve it too… but the two other committee members rejected the proposal.

LaDouceur pitched the idea to the full council anyway… but they voted it down. Only two of the eight members voted for silence. The rest wanted the Christian-only invocation policy.

That’s not an exaggeration. LaDouceur even said in a Facebook post that her colleague Cora Jane Wilson defended the invocations because she wanted to promote Christianity:

… when I asked why the invocations were started in the first place, Cora Jane Wilson stated, “because 7 of the council members at the time wanted prayer before meetings.” And when I responded, “specifically, Christian prayer,” she stated, “yes.”

LaDouceur, however, said she had about nine additional requests from people who weren’t members of a congregation. How would they be added to the list? Her colleagues didn’t want to include them, so LaDouceur went to the city clerk on her own… only to be handed different invitations that were to be returned to her personally, not the city.

This is a long way of saying that, at every turn, the non-Christians members of the city were receiving this “separate but equal” treatment.

That last line could be ominous, though. LaDouceur is absolutely right that there’s religious discrimination afoot. And if any of those nine wannabe invocation speakers wants to sue the city, there’s enough of a paper trail now that a legal case would be fairly straightforward.

The city can eliminate the invocations or open them up to everybody. They haven’t said yes to either option. Which means they’re saying yes to a lawsuit that they will almost certainly lose. That’s despite the repeated warnings from LaDouceur, the only member of the council who seems to know how the law works.

There is more information and a time line of attempts to force Christian only prayer at the meetings.   It is a short read but worth it to see how deeply ingrained the drive for Christian only special rights is.   Force them to pray as we wish, force them to hear our religion only, force our doctrine on a secular nation.   Hugs

 

 

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: The Republican view of the presidency

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:48

Slide 9 of 50: David Horsey/Seattle Times

Slide 14 of 50: Drew Sheneman/The Star-Ledger

Political Cartoon

 

Lives and lies for country

 

Slide 6 of 50: Joel Pett/Lexington Herald Leader

Slide 8 of 50: Scott Stantis/Chicago Tribune

Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon

January 24, 2020

Flow chart

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:06

Here are 7 embarrassing arguments Republicans have tried to use to defend Trump

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:07

While the Democrats have unleashed a torrent of facts and compelling arguments for the charges that Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress, Republican replies have been all over the map. Many of their arguments are completely beside the point of the case, and the sheer weakness of their defenses is an embarrassment to the party.

Trump team warns GOP senators, ‘Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike’

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:03

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/23/1913688/-Trump-team-warns-senators-Vote-against-the-president-and-your-head-will-be-on-a-pike

In case you can’t read that tweet, it says, “A @POTUS confidant tells CBS News that GOP senators were warned: ‘vote against the president & your head will be on a pike.’”

So how is this different from any scene in The Untouchables? The senators are jurors, FFS. You might as well tell them you know where they live and where their kids go to school.

More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy

Filed under: Economics, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:35

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-costs-administration-idUSKBN1Z5261

U.S. insurers and providers spent more than $800 billion in 2017 on administration, or nearly $2,500 per person – more than four times the per-capita administrative costs in Canada’s single-payer system, a new study finds.

Over one third of all healthcare costs in the U.S. were due to insurance company overhead and provider time spent on billing, versus about 17% spent on administration in Canada, researchers reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Cutting U.S. administrative costs to the $550 per capita (in 2017 U.S. dollars) level in Canada could save more than $600 billion, the researchers say.

“The average American is paying more than $2,000 a year for useless bureaucracy,” said lead author Dr. David Himmelstein, a distinguished professor of public health at the City University of New York at Hunter College in New York City and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

“That money could be spent for care if we had a ‘Medicare for all program’,” Himmelstein said.

When the researchers broke down the 2017 per-capita health administration costs in both countries, they found that insurer overhead accounted for $844 in the U.S. versus $146 in Canada; hospital administration was $933 versus $196; nursing home, home care and hospice administration was $255 versus $123; and physicians’ insurance-related costs were $465 versus $87

More at the link above.   We need Medicare For All.  Hugs

Tyranny doesn’t stop on it’s own

Everyone owes him something he believes

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:20

Profiting from the presidency is a crime

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:17

William Barr Is Going After Trump’s Enemies One by One

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:15

Meanwhile, Barr has appointed John Durham to undertake another even broader investigation into the FBI and the intelligence community’s Russia investigation. The probe appears to be aimed at other Trump antagonists, such as former CIA Director John Brennan. Barr has thrown his weight behind the probe, visiting foreign countries and asking their cooperation.

The Department has also pursued a case against former director Andrew McCabe for misleading the Department about media leaks. McCabe is another Trump target, who stood behind Comey after Trump fired him, has since then been the target of public and private abuse by the president. The potential charges have been hanging over McCabe’s head for so long that last month a court ordered the Department either to bring a case or drop it.

Trump says cutting social insurance programs in his second term would be ‘the easiest of all things’

Filed under: Economics, Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:10

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/22/1913295/-Trump-says-cutting-social-insurance-programs-in-his-second-term-would-be-the-easiest-of-all-things?detail=emaildkre

Hanging out with all the international obscenely rich at Davos this week most have rubbed off on Donald Trump, making him think he’s invincible. Trump told CNBC’s Joe Kernen that cutting social insurance programs (entitlements, in CNBC-speak) is “actually the easiest of all things.” At least, that appears to be the kernel of the thought contained in a torrent of seemingly unconnected words with which he answered the question, “Entitlements ever be on your plate?”

“At some point they will be,” he said. “This next year I—it’ll be toward the end of the year. […] At the right time, we will take a look at that,” Trump said. “You know, that’s actually the easiest of all things, if you look.” Later on he added, “Well, we’re going—we’re going to look. We also have—assets that we’ve never had. I mean, we’ve never had growth like this.” He says that “the growth is going to be incredible” and that “We also have assets that we’ve never had. […] Look, our country is the hottest in the world. We have the hottest economy in the world.” So he’s in Davos, where everyone is talking economics (supposedly), so his needle seems to be stuck in that groove. But since this is the guy who has reportedly yukked it up with Republican senators over how much fun it would be to cut Medicare in his second term, this story can’t be discounted. No matter how incoherent he is.

A second-term Trump, however, would feel absolutely invincible. He absolutely would go after Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. And if Mitch McConnell is still Senate majority leader, Trump will have an absolutely committed partner in that. Since he got the tax scam passed, McConnell has beaten the drum about needing to cut the programs because the tax cuts he rammed through are costing too much. (Half the point of the tax cuts, by the way, was providing an excuse for attacking these programs again.)

Corporate farce

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:04

The problem is that we all to often have socialism for the rich and rugged free enterprise capitalism for the poor

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Economics, Greed, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:02

tRump brags about obstructing congress

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:59

… (T)hen they shouldn’t be allowed to give a verdict.

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:58
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If the Republicans don’t sit for the hearings, instead of running to FOX to promote Trump, then they shouldn’t be allowed to give a verdict.

Oh yes he is

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:56

I am one of them

Filed under: Cartoons, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:55

There is a difference

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:54

tRump sent US military to guard their oil fields for them

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:53
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The report is so mind-blowing on so many levels it’s hard to separate out which part is worse. That the dictatorial ruler of one of the world’s richest countries committed a major cyber-crime that could also have sparked a blackmail campaign against an American billionaire? Or that the underlying crime that triggered this was the violent murder and dismemberment by bone saw of a U.S.-based columnist for the Washington Post? Or that, under the bended-knee pro-Saudi lapdoggery of President Trump, the United States not only isn’t investigating or even responding to an all-out foreign attack on American press freedom, but has rewarded MBS’ blood-drenched regime with a mercenary army of U.S. troops and our nuclear secrets?
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Trump-Saudi-Khashoggi-Post-Bezos-Enquirer nexus is, arguably, the worst-of-the-worst, betraying how an unfit president has sold out U.S. policy — and even our young troops — to murderous dictators while championing the obliteration of the civil liberties like press freedom that might restrain tyranny in America and in our so-called allies.
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