I had a surprise waiting for me at my front door today. He’s beautiful, isn’t he? Sadly though, he’s dead. He deserves to be memorialized in this photo, so here it is.
I can’t believe I actually found a picture that perfectly illustrates Rachel Maddow’s analogy — that was used in a completely different context. (Picture credit: Drivetribe.com)
Not only is Rachel Maddow, anchor on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (now the MOST popular primetime cable news show, overtaking everyone else because of her courageous in-depth research on the Trump-Russia investigation), scarily smart, she’s also wickedly funny.
She was interviewed in Rolling Stone magazine for the June 27, 2017 issue by Janet Reitman, and here’s what she had to say about the Republican and Democratic Parties:
I’m not a huge fan of the Democratic Party. I’m also less interested in the Democratic Party as a topic — the Republican Party is much more fascinating to me…I’m like a sociological student of the Republican Party — even absent Trump. There is a robust, well-funded, decades-old, superorganized, focused, competent conservative movement that exists outside the Republican Party that yanks the party’s chain whenever they want to. The Republican Party is like an old burned-out husk of a Ford Pinto that blew up ’cause its gas tank was in the wrong place, but it’s attached to a giant jet engine. The Democratic Party is like a Honda Civic. It putters through the world in a predictable way, and you like it or not depending on if you find small, unpowerful things cute. But the Republican Party has this incredible propulsion and no way to steer it.
I can’t think of a more accurate description of both parties. Maddow is referring, of course, to the unlimited corporate funding that funnels into the GOP, with the Koch Brothers at its helm. Seriously, Maddow is one of the few things keeping me sane these days. She’s a beacon of truth in a sea of misinformation and Trump-enablement in the mainstream media. She’s not afraid to actually go where few others dare to tread and is still able to make me laugh.
I have so many political articles now, especially about Trump and Trumpism, that I spent this evening putting all the links into one section, which now appears in the header. It includes both opinion pieces and more factual ones. Many of these posts explore Trump’s narcissism and the negative, traumatizing effects that has on an entire country, for those of you interested in that sort of thing. Other posts are not so much about Trump per se, but about our sickness as a nation.
It was especially interesting re-reading my early posts from back in January, right after Trump’s inauguration, and the ways I processed that.
I really had no idea until I started going through all my posts that I had this many!
A few of the posts are reblogs and I have indicated whenever that was the case.
It’s gorgeous outside today (though unseasonably hot) but for some reason I have no energy at all. It’s not lack of sleep, since I slept for about 11 hours and woke up late. I’m too tired to even go for a drive. Maybe it’s my SAD kicking in. Sometimes I get more fatigued than depressed when that happens.
So I’m just going to read for a while and then maybe take a nap. After that, I’ll spend some time on this blog. Maybe I’ll write a post or maybe I won’t, but it’s time for some organization. I made a new category last night (Politics and Trumpism) since I have so many related posts now and they need to be in their own section!
Hope everyone is having a great day!
Whether or not 32 million Americans lose healthcare through the ACA (Obamacare) or get to keep it now depends on one vote : Lisa Murkowski’s. Senator John McCain has stated he “cannot in good conscience vote for this bill,” in spite of the fact he is friends with Lindsey Graham, one of the authors of the Graham-Cassidy bill. He has proved to me he is a man of integrity by his refusal to cave to politics over people.
But, as you probably know, Murkowski is being bribed by the GOP and Mitch McConnell. They told her if she voted yes on the bill, that HER state of Alaska would get to keep Obamacare (which means they know it works better than their plan).
While I think Murkowski has a conscience and won’t fall prey to their bribery and will do the right thing, I’m not sure of this. She hasn’t stated how she will vote.
So we all need to CALL HER OFFICE AND TELL HER TO VOTE NO ON GRAHAM CASSIDY! Make sure you thank her for voting no the last time and remind her that she did the right thing by doing that.
You can call her at 202-224-6665. WE NEED HER NO VOTE!
Not exactly my favorite season, but not dead last either (that would be winter!)
Can’t argue with Snoopy. Enjoy!
The GOP is at it again. Like Michael Myers, it just keeps rising from the dead.
Yes, they’re trying to ram through a new version of Trumpcare — and this one’s even crueler than the previous two — an estimated 32 million people would lose healthcare. Insurers would be allowed to refuse to insure you for pre-existing conditions (a previous pregnancy would be considered a pre-existing condition, meaning most women would be affected). Like the first bill, premiums would go up exponentially for older people. It also eliminates the Medicaid expansion. And Planned Parenthood. It discriminates against women, especially older women like myself who are not old enough for Medicare. It punishes the poor and middle class. If you’re not wealthy and develop a serious illness like cancer, it will be your death sentence.
This is the worst bill yet, and they are very close to passing it. All so Trump can have his WIN and they can get their tax breaks. At our expense. They are relentless. They must be stopped.
They have until September 30th to pass it, but if it passes, the ACA (Obamacare) will be gone forever. If they lose, the ACA stays indefinitely (until something better, like single payer, comes along).
I HATE that we have to beg our own government not to kill us, but unfortunately this is what we must do. Jam the phone lines! Please! It’s literally a matter of life and death for millions of people.
We need all hands on deck over the next few days. Call your reps & tell them to vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy bill: (202) 224–3121.
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