Friday, July 28, 2017

Health Care "reform" Goes "BOOM!"

The GOP's scheme to impoverish millions and destroy the social safety net once and for all failed last night in the US Senate when John McCain the "GOP Moderates" and impressive democratic unity all beat back Mitch McConnell's best shot for a nice hot place in Healthcare Hell.
Meanwhile North Korea just tested another ICBM so if I was the Secretary of Defense I'd be on the alert for any tantrum driven orders to the Pentagon emanating from the Oval Office....and no that is not snark.  Hopefully Trump will steer clear of the red button and just fire some people....

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kid Rock...

Wants to run for the US Senate in Michigan in 2018, currently he is polling well, but that is likely by high name recognition at this point. From what I can gather he is running as a sort of "MiniTrump" blusterly about the ACA and the Second Amendment in other words.
Get used to more of this by the way, Trump has fatally "made it look easy" with respect to twitchy weirdo celebrities taking a flyer in politics, that seems Kid Rock's real motivation here.
I'm gonna take the counterintuitive view that simply tarring Rock with the brush of "Trumpism" may not be enough to keep the seat in democratic hands.
I think, Trump has already polarized the electorate as much as it can be polarized, but with no diminuation of his appeal to the GOP Base.  So slagging Kid Rock as a Trump acolyte is likely to be counterproductive....no I would take three issues in hand come the general election in 2018;
1.) "Health Care", The GOP promised to make you pay more for less coverage, and by ghod they've delivered.   They've managed to keep an entire nation sleepless and anxiety ridden on this issue in just six short months, I'd hammer away on this whether ACA is reformed or abolished....they promised chaos and misery and they delivered.
2.) The Second Amendment, Kid Rock is gonna Claghorn his ass off on this issue, his rallies will be de facto gun shows...fine let him get as crazy as he wants about firearms. But don't forget to point your finger at him and remind the electorate that every gangster and cop killer in Detroit is armed to the teeth thanks to Kid Rock and the NRA. And if Detroit is a war zone, its a war zone because a bunch of lobbyists & zealots like Kid Rock in DC decided "an armed society is a peaceful society".
3.) "Chaos in Government", don't hammer Trump hammer the anxiety, uncertainty, fear & ineptitude his governance has created, vote for a congress that will do it's damn job.

Start with these three sez I....

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Congrats to Cindy Friedman

on her election to the state senate yesterday, we expect great & good things from her in the months and years to come.

In other news, President Trump is defagging the military, tossing out all trangender soldiers (much to the amazement of the far more tolerant Pentagon), he's making loud belligerent (and impotent noises) about Hillary Clinton's "crimes" and fitfully attacking his own Attorney General trying to jawbone Sessions into resigning.
Oh and that meltdown in front of the Boy Scouts....epic yo.

Y'know I think given the peak decibelage dementia currently issuing from the White House I think all that would be necessary to provoke a complete Presidential Fugue State is for Former Secretary Clinton to quietly suggest that the President is "off his meds".
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

There is a Special Election Today in

In the Fourth Middlesex State Senate District to fill the seat of the Late Senator Ken Donnelly, I urge all my readers in Lexington, Arlington, Burlington, Billerica and the requisite wards in Woburn to get out and vote for Cindy Friedman, an eminently qualified democrat and someone who will "have the district's back" in every way. I had some cause to experience her zeal and ability with respect to a personal matter and they are qualities that will serve this district well...Vote for Cindy!

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BTW on an unrelated note, that robocall Sunday, had no "paid for" outro as required by law, making it a sort of vile political prank perpetrated by exactly who no one seems to know...but disgruntled democrats might be in the mix....might. All the more reason to vote freely and boldly today sez I.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Per the Lowell Sun

Ian Jackson the Rainbow-Green Party Candidate for State Senate in Tuesday's Special Election has raised about $2,500.00 mostly thru a alleged self loan. Now he has chosen apparently to spend that cashola on a robocall to the district slagging democrat Cindy Friedman via an alleged elderly Billerica Resident who carps about a Friedman for State Senate Sign being placed on her lawn sans consent.
Its not quite "If Elected, I Shall Go to Korea" by any means, but it is a kind of a low desperate act....

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Sun Shines Down Like a Blessing on

Charlie Baker's seventy percent approval rating, little stands in his progress towards a "Big Sure Win" in 2018 per Joanie Vennochi in Today's Globe.
I mean we are knee deep in cheap smack despite an election night promise to get a handle on the "Opioid Crisis" from Citizen Baker....no matter, "seventy percent".
An Oxcart is generally more reliable than the MBTA's Red Line or the Green Line or the Orange Line etc etc etc, despite the Governor's assumption of complete financial authority over Mass Transit....a trifle, "seventy percent".
A kid seeking to start over in Boston can find nothing safe or reasonably private to rent anywhere in Greater Boston for less that $1,500.00 a month push utilities and first born. Ho Hum..."Seventy Percent".
Nobody seems to know where to start when it comes to solving a murder case....just chant to yourslf "Seventy Percent!"

And then there is the Governor's utter abdication of any leadership role in the National GOP, either as a gadfly, loyal opposition or whatever in the face of a semi mad chronic adolescent in the White House....just groan aloud "Seventy Percent"....

Enjoy that Seventy Percent while it lasts sooner or later it'll become seventy percent of misery & chaos....

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BTW kudos to Chuck Schumer

for holding his senatorial caucus together during the entire repeal ACA mishaugas, not one defector so far, forcing that old impotent golem Mitch McConnell to continually canvass his own factured majority for the votes necessary to F*ck Over the American People.
NORMALLY there are at least two twitchy specimens among the senate democrats, pouting out their lower lips and oozing fake regrets as they bow down to the GOP in abject worship "I Luv You Doctor Zaius" they groan...but so far here, nada.  Like I said, this speaks well of Schumer's skillset....its also something of an underreported story, but then I suppose the other shoe could drop at any time.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I love How Senator McCain's All Expense Paid Blood Clot

is delaying Mitch McConnell's master plan to gut ObamaCare...good thing McCain is on "the public option"  huh?  At least he won't be worrying about what vital treatments are or are not covered by his plan..."Deductible, What Deductible, I am a US Senator!"
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Not for Nothing, but Mitch McConnell looks all the world like a busted Sunday School Principal who flagrantly torments his students then belligerently lies about it....

All this is akin to the high noon of the Emperor Commodus in Rome, the senatorial order and the overclass in general became completely disengaged from the polity, ne'er to return. Ah but the USA is a democracy, and a true function democracy can always regenerate itself...and right now we need to start regenerating on the quick....


Monday, July 17, 2017

Last Week The President

Idly mused (indeed ALL the President's thinking at this point is idle unaccountable whimsy) that his notional "border wall" with Mexico should be "transparent" so that law enforcement can spot Mexican Drug Dealers "heaving bags of contraband" over the barrier.
Never mind the mirthful image of the Cartels all busily engaged building medieval catapults....I am unalternably opposed to a transparent border wall.  Such a wall would give the Mexicans a front row seat on the decline of the Estados Unidos into mental spiritual & physical barbarism. This loutish spectacle will no doubt lead to a decline in church attendance all over Mexico...in sum "Bad Form" as the English Say.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

On the other hand...

IF the Kremlin wants to reduce this proud country to abject vassalage, then they are going to have to recruit better more effective stooges than Donald Trump Jr.  In a family of entitled dumbasses he stands out as utterly incapable of tying his own shoes without a team of lawyers and forensic accountants to walk him thru the process.
But...he took the Russian Bait Last Summer and seems proud of his actions and baffled by the outcry, entitled dumbass indeed.  In a larger sense if we conceptualize Russia as having returned to its ages old role as "Europe's reserve army of reaction" (to quote Karl Marx), then it follows that the reactionary class (ergo "the rich") are being targeted for recruitment by Putin's Regime. But they have a long way to go in creating a subversive cohort within the overclass if they are starting with the useless likes of Donald Trump who is useless as an asset and just stupid enough to get his father thrown out of office....

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This is the face of a Russian Asset

He isn't some twitchy grad student, some scruffy would be revolutionary...nope he is an heir to a great fortune and as privileged and entitled as a man can be in the USA circa 2017. Likely his whole family including his Father are Russian Assets, they went hat in hand to Moscow for help in taking over the USA and clearly got it. The fact that the Russians helped the Trump's out is almost but not quite secondary to the disgraceful spectacle of soliciting help from a foreign power in a US Presidential Election.  We are on a collision course with Destiny in this Country, and We Must be Equal to Our Times.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Yesterday in the pages of the Boston Sunday Globe

Columnist Jeff Jacoby threw his hands up in the air and blamed ALL of Donald Trump's morbid excesses on the bad example set by..."Bill Clinton".
Normally this is where I jump ugly on Jeff, the Globe's resident conservative and the Local Punditariat's own laughing Young Senescence but today I'm gonna try and break it all down factually.
This column succinctly illustrates the hopeless inability of movement conservatism to organize itself as any sort of opposition to Donald Trump. Let me be clear they hate and fear his feckless pseudo populism, they justly fear his connections to Vladimir Putin and they all have first hand experience with his ineptitude and untrustworthiness....they know but won't admit sooner or later all this will bring down some terrifying crisis on the USA from within or without or likely both.
BUT as long as Trump holds the pen that'll potentially sign into law the privatization of social security, toxic tax cuts and a repeal of ObamaCare, they'll go on making a bad bargain with a bad and unreliable US President. To oppose him, means sacrificing either control of congress or the White House, their unwillingness to put either asset in play is a simple and eloquent confession of intellectual corruption i.e. "Placing ideology ahead and above The Nation".
Now, Jeff Jacoby knows this, insofar as Donald Trump is concerned he is not particularly intellectually corrupt, but he cannot confront these forces in any meaningful way, so in and the Orwellian sense of the term he retreats into complete stupidity there to sit until the storm passes or else sweeps him and his away.
Therefore given all this, waiting the GOP to "do something" is fruitless, if the issue is to be forced it must be done by others, no help can be expected  from "principled conservatives" like Jeff Jacoby.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Bipartisanship on Beacon Hill...

Consists of de facto collusion between the legislature and the governor to stiff the private sector lawyers who contract with the Commonwealth to advocate for the poor & indigent. THAT particular line item's budget ran out last month and with no new budget passed & signed, the program goeth unfunded.  This is a smoke and mirrors attempt to ease the pain of balancing the budget before years end, and it stinks as it amounts to a plethora of well heeled well connected attorney's in the legislature  decline payment for services rendered to the lawyers who still actually practice law on behalf of the vulnerable.
Like I said, it stinks.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Federal Parliament in Germany has concluded a

"review" that indicates that there is no "legal" barrier to prevent Berlin from negociating for "alternate nuclear umbrella" under. Dual Key Control System.
This is per today's New York Times, I'd provide a link but we all know that can't be breached unless $$ is in play.
The whispers about an independent nuclear deterrent for the EU started in Poland last year concurrent with the still mysterious deployment of brand new cruise missiles in Eastern Russia by our old friend, Vladimir Putin.
The proposal is still mightily controversial, likely at the moment a majority would oppose it in Germany...but elections are looming therein and the debate and consquent agenda can change with the speed of a Donald Trump Tweet.
And there is something Teutonically thorough, about checking to see if it's "legal" to subcontract with Paris for a new independent nuclear deterrent for the EU.
I take this as a general indication that institutional confidence in Donald Trump in Europe is already quite low and likely to go lower, and if it starts rubbing up against the sanctity of our strategic guarantees to NATO then heaven help us all.
Meanwhile the President is meeting Vladimir Putin tomorrow solo, Trump's aides are likely in a lather about what he'll say to the Russian Leader or what obligations he'll undertake. Thats a worry and real one, but I'm more concerned with what Putin is looking to get out of that meeting, does he want his consulates & diplomatic retreats reopened in the USA or is he looking to leverage Trump to further destabilize NATO?
I'll bet Macron & Merkel would like to know that themselves....

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Monday, July 03, 2017

The President's Latest Tweet is plainly nauseating...

(he is depicting wresting "CNN" to the ground this derived from ye Olde WWE Footage) copped as it was from anonymous racist on line tirader.  The truth of the matter is, the President has been threatening CNN in the most diresome terms for a good two years no with entirely ineffectual results and there is something plainly ridiculous about a grown ass man using footage of Vince McMahon jobbing himself out to Trump to illustrate his "triumph" over cable news.
In a fair fight, Vince McMahon would wipe the floor with Trump....and that is my only take away here that the President is belligerent, ineffectual and mentally twelve years old.