Just Two Snarky Snippets …

Wouldn’t you think we could have just one day where I am not stomping my feet and growling like an angry leopard?  Noooooo … that’s too much to ask, isn’t it?  Sigh.  Hold onto your hats, folks, for I’m on a tear tonight!


Still more evidence that …

The only people who matter in the current administration are those who love Trump … a distinct minority, yet a loud, obnoxious one.  The evidence of this lies in the debate in the Oval Office on Monday whereby Trump’s staff convinced him to support a decision to eliminate healthcare for no less than 20 million people in this nation. health-care-1As most of you know, a lawsuit filed by 18 state’s attorney-generals and 2 governors came before Texas District Court Judge Reed O’Connor last year.  The judge was tasked with determining whether the ACA individual mandate that requires everyone to have health insurance was lawful.  However, Judge O’Connor took it a step further and declared the entire Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional.  Appeals, of course were immediately filed.  At that time, the Department of Justice, while supporting overturning the individual mandate, did not support overturning ACA in its entirety.  Then came Monday.

On Monday, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Domestic Chief of Policy (whatever the heck that is) Joe Grogan convinced Trump that if he, via the Department of Justice, supported the complete repeal of the act through the courts, his base (a minority) would “love it”.  They told him that the move would be seen as ‘fulfilling a campaign promise’ and that it would help secure his re-election next year.  Thus, even though Attorney General William Barr expressed concerns about the move, it was announced later that day that the U.S. Department of Justice will support the move to have ACA declared unconstitutional and thereby sign death warrants for some 20 million people or more.Trump-health-careAlthough Trump has claimed he would make republicans “the party of health care”, there is no plan on the republican side of the aisle with which to replace ACA.  Just … do away with it … let poor people die … who needs ‘em anyway?

Even Mike Pence argued against the move, not because he cares a whit about we common people, but because he felt it might have political ramifications down the line.  You think?  Under ordinary circumstances, I would say that in making this move, Trump just signed away his re-election, but we have not had normal circumstances in this nation since 20 January 2017.  This is just one more in the growing pile of signs that We the People really do not matter.  The only ones who count are the bloomin’ fools who wear red caps and chant “Lock ‘er up!”


A step too far … way too far!

Last night, a friend posted this to my Facebook page …Jerry post

Now, this particular friend sometimes gets a kick out of ruffling my feathers, in a good-natured way, so I thought this might be a … joke?  But no, I looked into it, and steam began coming from my ears, my teeth gnashing, and lightning bolts emitted from my eyes.

The so-called constitutional carry bill would permit anyone age 21 or over, who is not disqualified by federal law due to a felony conviction or other offense from obtaining a weapon, to carry a hidden gun — without obtaining a concealed-carry permit.  Currently, Ohioans can only carry a concealed weapon after obtaining a $67 permit from a county sheriff upon passing a criminal background check and completing eight hours of training by a certified instructor, including two hours of range time and live-fire training.  The legislation would not be restricted to handguns — it also would allow Ohioans to conceal and carry long guns, such as rifles and shotguns (though I’m not sure how one conceals a long gun … seems it would be a might noticeable sticking out of their waistband). Ohioans already are allowed to openly carry firearms without a permit.  The bill also would repeal a current requirement that concealed-carry owners notify police officers they are carrying a gun when stopped.  The police are going to love this one, yes?

Do any of these fools remember Parkland in February 2018?  Do they remember Las Vegas?  Do they remember their own damn names?  Fools.  Idiots.  Then, while I was still frothing at the mouth, the same friend informs me that Kentucky just passed a similar law.  Back to searching … yep …

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Bright looking bunch, eh?

From the March 28th Cincinnati Enquirer …

“Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin just signed a law allowing residents to carry a concealed gun without a permit and the prerequisite training.”

And then … I find out that this is not a new thing, not an anomaly, but that there are sixteen … yes, SIXTEEN states where residents can carry guns with no permit, no training, and in some cases, no background checks.

Those states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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More ‘Einsteins’

The law is called “Constitutional Carry” because it reflects the view that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not abide restrictions on gun rights, including the right to carry or “bear” arms.  This is utterly ludicrous.  This is the absolute stupidest thing I have heard of!

But back to the proposed Ohio law …

At least one Ohio legislator, David Leland, had a bit of sense (hint:  he’s a democrat)

“It’s going the exact opposite direction of what most people want. If more guns make more people safer, we would be the safest country in the world. Yet, our gun violence exceeds most every other country on this planet.”

Correction, Mr. Leland … not ‘most’ every other country on the planet … EVERY other country on the planet!

Chris Dorr, director of Ohio Gun Owners, sent an email to supporters …

“We already know there will be efforts by anti-gun Democrats and Rino-Republicans to block, stop and KILL Constitutional Carry. And as we saw last General Assembly, there’s always a lily-white coward willing to cut a deal and water down these pro-gun bills.”

Scumbucket.

2nd amendmentIt appears that the only thing that is going to wake these people up is if next time it’s their own child who is killed in a school shooting, or a drive-by.


nightmareAnd that’s it for tonight, folks … I must stop the steam coming from my ears, brush what I haven’t gnashed away of my teeth and go to bed for another fun night of night terrors.  Gee, I can’t imagine what’s causing them, can you?

 

41 thoughts on “Just Two Snarky Snippets …

  1. Dear Jill,

    These are 2 hot button issues for 2020 elections. Even President Trump can’t get away with trumpeting another one of his whoppers. the GOP is the party for healthcare. He omitted a word, the GOP is the party for killing Obamacare.

    Heaven knows, they’ve tried to kill Obamacare in every way possible but for some reason, it just won’t die.

    Here’s the latest. The NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre has been crying crocodile tears about how Democrats are financially ruining it. Happy Dance, anyone?

    Here’s the tweet by Raw Story:‏
    Verified account

    @RawStory
    Following @RawStory

    NRA’s Wayne LaPierre warns his organization may be ‘shut down forever’ thanks to Democrats

    4:33 AM – 30 Mar 2019

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Very interesting news about Wayne LaPierre and the NRA!!! We can only hope! Yes, I will don my dancing shoes and do one heck of a Happy Dance if that happens! But … didn’t they claim they were almost broke a year or so ago? Time will tell, but I will keep my fingers crossed.

      Hugs!!!

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  2. The UK has a big problem with knife crime BUT how can people walk around with guns. Openly. In our country you have to pass a test to drive a car as it’s a dangerous object, Yet in the US it sounds like you can walk into Walmart, select one in your favourite colour and walk off with a loaded weapon. Madness, not a constitutional right, madness.

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    • Believe me, the process for getting a driver’s license is much more laborious, requires much more skill, than the process for obtaining a gun permit. Yep, pretty much … if you buy a gun at a gun show, they aren’t even required to do a background check. You could have busted out of prison after being convicted of murder, walk into a gun show and buy an AR-15 assault rifle and as much ammo as you like. This was definitely NOT what the founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the 2nd amendment into the Constitution!

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  3. Meanwhile, the topsy-turvy effects of Trump’s tax cuts hit little old me this year. For the first time in decades, I had to repay hundreds of dollars to the IRS even though my Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) was 188% of the federal poverty line.

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    • As a CPA, I warned all my clients in 2017 that those tax cuts would not, in the long run, benefit them. A few dollars more on the paycheck, yes, but at the end of the year there will be a reckoning, for a number of deductions and credits that benefit us average people were cut. I stopped doing taxes except for a very few close friends this year … didn’t feel like listening to all the grumbling, I guess.

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  4. Jill, good snarks. A true story might help add context. Donald J. Trump cut funding from a contractual commitment to insurers. The commitment was to repay insurers for their paying for deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance for people making less than 2 1/2 times the poverty level. Then, he lied about it. He said the change only impacted insurer profits.

    Insurers honored their commitment to the people in need. Yet, the had to raise premiums. Since the premium subsidy went up to match it, the CBO said it would cost taxpayers $10 billion. The people impacted are those who do not get a subsidy. As an example, BCBS of NC said pemiums would have gone up 0%, but went up with the change. Please look this up to verify. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith … I was a bit more ranty than I wanted to be, but … I was highly pissed off. Yes, I do remember when he cut the CSR funding in 2017 and also that the insurers had no choice but to raise premiums to make up for the loss of funding. And of course he lied about it … has he told the truth about anything? Look at the Great Lakes restoration project. He goes to Michigan and promises them it will be a priority, he will allocate $300 million for the project, when in fact his proposed budget called for an almost total elimination of it! But the people of Michigan cheered.

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  5. See I told ya Trump is in league with Big Pharma! Just being his nutty self is enough to drive blood pressure thru the roof, we’ll require stronger opioids for pain relief, more Valium Xanax for anxiety, explosion in diabetic prescriptions for excessive comfort eating… Trump’s secretly a Manchurian drug pusher! 😀

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  6. We are about one inch away from total anarchy. We have a whole culture of people and not necessarily the older generation, as some people think, that are itching for a civil war, love their guns and assault weapons, don’t give two sh—s about the poor or homeless or any minorities. These pictures of these gun nuts and the lack of laws or any desire in our government for any sane gun control, speaks volumes.

    Every single day somewhere in the US, a gun nut goes and randomly shoots people.

    If the republicans could actualize their dream, they would do away with any funding for poor, homeless, healthcare, public education, or environmental controls. They care only for money and what corporate America can do for them.

    Look at a trump rally. It looks very similar to a Nazi rally. These people are stupid but very dangerous. It’s like idol worship and they would do ANYTHING trump asks of them. And let’s not even get into the evangelical support for trump. That is insanity on a whole new scale.

    And as far as the Mueller report and Barr’s report on it….his cult does not care what it says or doesn’t say. If he had been totally indicted, arrested and impeached along with his family, the CULT would not care one iota. They support him blindly and fully.

    We can talk all we want, vent, write letters, call our congressmen, march and other endless things. It does little good. Voting perhaps is the best bet, but then think about all the voter suppression problems, especially in the South.

    And then you have people like Mike Lee saying the way to solve climate change is to have more babies. And the nutcase from Iowa, Steve King….and so many more. Everyday some republican in Congress says something bizarre. Not to mention the truly evil like Betsy Devos.

    Sorry Jill, I just see the writing on the wall. I needed to vent and this is why I have to disengage from it all at times. But it lures me back. It’s so important but I so often feel the game is rigged and over.

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    • Never a need to apologize, my friend. I’m rather in a dark place myself at the moment, and I would agree that the turns our government is taking are more in keeping with an autocratic, fascist government than a democratic republic. But … I think it is salvageable if … IF … the democrats get their sh*t together before the end of this year. The Democratic Party must ignore the detritus and rhetoric coming from the other side and take the high road, focus on issues, focus on the things that need to be done to restore some semblance of order in this nation. Focus on the things that help people … everyday, average people, not the wealthy. It’s a dark time right now, but I still believe that if we are savvy, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hugs!

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  7. How can health care coverage be unconstitutional? And carrying guns, open or concealed, constitutional? Where is the sense in that? Up Trump’s ass, apparently.
    American government is running amok! By the end of the year it will be legal to shoot anyone you don’t like–AS LONG AS YOU ARE WHITE, CHRISTIAN, AND CONSERVATIVE! Those not fulfilling all three requirements will not be able to defend themselves BY LAW! unless they can prove they voted for Trump…
    Meanwhile, hospital beds while cost 1 million for the first day, cash. Insurance coverage will only start on the second day, for those who have paid their first day deductible. ALL OTHERS NEED NOT EVEN ENTER HOSPITAL DOORS. You will be thrown right back out on the street without receiving help, even in emergencies.

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    • There is no sense in any of it. There is, apparently, a portion of this nation that is incapable of thinking past their own pleasure, their own convenience, and to heck with everyone else. The care not a whit for future generations who may not have food to eat, water to drink, or even air to breathe, as long as they themselves can drive their cars wherever they want, throw their trash wherever it suits them, burn every light in the house, and keep their jobs in the coal & oil industry. They care not a whit whether others live or die, whether others can take their children to the doctor when they are sick, or not. It’s all about them. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. And they now have an advocate sitting in the Oval Office who, as long as they keep saying nice things about him, will give them whatever they want. Sigh.

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  8. The pendulum usually swings one way then the other. It’s swung just about as far as it can with Trump and his bunch. It’s past the time for it to swing the other way. It’s no longer just the Wild West. It’s becoming the Wild U.S. The guys in those photos seem to be looking for someone to shoot at the moment the pictures were taken. One guy has his fists clenched. If he can’t shoot ‘um he can always beat ‘um up. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • At the risk of sounding like a complete pessimist, I fear the pendulum could conceivably swing further … think Germany in the 1930s … there were numerous points where people believed Hitler couldn’t possibly go any further … but then he did. Yes, they look like they are just looking for trouble. Granted, not all gun owners are like that, but those are an example of the most radical ones, the ones who aren’t even willing to consider sensible limitations.

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      • My dad had a gun collection. He was a hunter of rabbits mostly which we ate during WWII., but didn’t own any mass killing machines which should be outlawed. Dad had rifles which he displayed on the wall of an inner room. I never shot any of them. —- Suzanne

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        • Although I despise guns … all guns … I don’t advocate taking rifles away from hunters. But handguns concealed under one’s jacket, or worse yet, assault weapons that were designed for military use and can kill hundreds within a minute or two have no place in a civilized society.

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  9. Try to keep some hair on and not gnash your teeth to much.Apart from he Democrats there may well be others who have had enough of the Trump antics to last a lifetime, it’s obvious he’s not capable of leading the country (unless he finds a way to do it through twitter). He will lose next year and there will be a Democrat majority in Congress..Heads will roll. Prepare to learn soccer.
    Cwtch.

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    • Make that, learn to wear a kevlar vest EVERYWHERE YOU GO, ESP WHEN YOUR KIDS GO TO SCHOOL! David.
      In the craziness of today, you best protect those you love, including yourself, or move somewhere that the government is sane. How many people can live on North and South Islands in New Zealand? This Canadian would move there if he and his spouse could afford it. Maybe we should start a Go”Send Me To New Zealand”FundMe page. If we get more than we need we will take anyone we can with us!

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    • I’m trying … my hair is thin enough without me pulling it out. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to matter anymore if he’s capable of leading the country or not, just whether he’s capable of “pleasing his base”. I wish I shared your confidence that he will lose next year, but even if he does … he is on a course to do as much damage as he can between now and then. Sigh. I’ve never played soccer, but I do think I could kick certain heads at least a few miles into space!
      Cwtch

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