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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    The ‘follow-up appointment’






    What good is Medicare for All if Hospitals keep going bankrupt?
    This one hits me closer to home, when my Grandparents were still alive they lived in Corning, Arkansas. Poplar Bluff was the closest city of ANY size to them(Corning had a population of under 5000 and I think I was related to a couple hundred of them - My Grandfather was one of eight and he and many of his siblings had similar family sizes. The youngest and last of his generation died earlier this week).

    But I would imagine Medicare for All would be a godsend for rural hospitals - Medicare has much deeper pockets than just about any private citizen and doesn't try to find loopholes to avoid paying truly large bills like private insurers sometimes do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    This one hits me closer to home, when my Grandparents were still alive they lived in Corning, Arkansas. Poplar Bluff was the closest city of ANY size to them(Corning had a population of under 5000 and I think I was related to a couple hundred of them - My Grandfather was one of eight and he and many of his siblings had similar family sizes. The youngest and last of his generation died earlier this week).

    But I would imagine Medicare for All would be a godsend for rural hospitals - Medicare has much deeper pockets than just about any private citizen and doesn't try to find loopholes to avoid paying truly large bills like private insurers sometimes do.
    This is an example of why capitalism destroys health care, and why health care is bigger than any individual 'market'. It's an essential public good. Capitalism is closing these hospitals when and where they are needed most.

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    Starting to sound like he has all the journalistic integrity of James O'Keefe.
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    Shiyam Galyon in Al Jazeera on Gabbard as a 'peace' candidate.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/op...092315523.html

    While the US does indeed have a history of engaging in regime-change wars, like during the illegal invasion and occupation in Iraq, she is wrong about the fundamental dynamics of the Syrian conflict. In Syria, the original call for "regime change" came from a popular unarmed grassroots civilian movement within the country. It is telling how Tulsi Gabbard does not speak of or mention the Syrian revolution as the precipitating event of the Syrian conflict, and it is in this way that she obscures the actual dynamics of the crisis.
    It is important to understand that Gabbard's framing of Syria as a "US regime-change war" where the choice is between the Syrian regime and "terrorists" is also the same messaging used by the Assad regime, which has been able to survive this long in part by denying the Syrian revolution, asserting its state sovereignty, and claiming that it is waging a war against terrorists. "We practice a sovereign right of self-defence, and we will continue to fight terrorism wherever it is found on Syrian soil," Bashar Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to the UN, has said. This narrative flies in the face of overwhelming evidence from human rights organisations within Syria and around the world. It also detracts from the reality of American military involvement in Syria.
    For example, Physicians for Human Rights has documented that 90 percent of attacks on hospitals in Syria were perpetrated by the Syrian regime and Russia, Amnesty International and Families for Freedom have done extensive work highlighting the plight of the 100,000-plus persons detained by the Syrian government, and the Syrian Network for Human Rights sends regular, daily updates recording attacks from all parties. While there are multiple parties committing violence in Syria, the overwhelming majority of attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure is perpetrated by the Syrian regime.
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    Another example of a conservative stumbling onto the truth without even knowing it.


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    No matter how bad the Syrian regime is though, there is virtually no chance that ousting them militarily and replacing them with a new US-backed government, no matter how committed to democracy and civil liberties, will improve the situation there. No faction right now has a broad enough base of support to ensure the stability you need to work out conflicts peacefully and start rebuilding the country, and so the fighting will continue for the time being. So the fundamental divide is not between warmongers on the one side and dictator enablers like Gabbard on the other, but between those who are naive enough to believe that either intervention or nonintervention can be a pathway to "fixing" certain countries, and those that realize that conflicts in places like Syria are just as complex as those we face at home and it's just not possible for anyone to miraculously solve their problems. I'm sure that there are plenty of Syrians who look at the current state of the US with a mixture of shock and disdain and would have plenty to say about how they would fix our country, would we accept their input?

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    Another example of a conservative stumbling onto the truth without even knowing it.
    They've known this since the beginning, this is why they go to such cruel extremes to protect the status quo, because they know if people finally realize the fundamental fraud behind our society there will be a long overdue reckoning.
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    Don't make a mistake about one thing: while Gabbard is obviously an authoritarian flunky, much of her politics seems driven by anti-Islam bigotry.

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    The headline is misleading since he had the option to remove the reference and didn't want to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    The headline is misleading since he had the option to remove the reference and didn't want to do it.
    Which means exactly what the headline says happened.
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    Self-described white nationalist with large arsenal arrested for threatening a Jewish center, police say

    But please, continue to give Jewish people the option to stay on a project as long as they do not warn of the rise of fascism in the US.
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    Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley Sought Extra Security After Trump Called Her ‘Dishonest’

    Whaley said she was just doing her job when the president insulted her. I'm guessing no one told Mayor Whaley that Trump doesn't take any degree of criticism well.

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    Rep. Steve King Says He Deserves Apology Over Coverage Of His Rape, Incest Comments

    The congressman from Iowa defended his bizarre remarks and suggested he was the victim of a “vibrant left-wing media.” My response? WAHH, WAHH!

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    Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump EPA ‘Screwed’ Farmers With Biofuels Exemptions

    Trump told EPA head Andrew Wheeler to grant 31 waivers exempting refineries from using corn-based ethanol, Reuters reports. Well, that's whaat Trump does, screw people, and NOT in a sexual sense.

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    Top Trump Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Sees ‘No Recession In Sight’

    The head of the National Economic Council says the economy is “in pretty good shape” despite growing fears of a coming downturn. See no recession, hear no recession, and damn sure SPEAK no recession.

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    Pete Buttigieg: Voting For Trump Means ‘Looking The Other Way On Racism’

    The Democratic presidential hopeful said Trump is asking voters to “tolerate the negativity” in exchange for job growth. Well, the economy is the only thing keeping Trump afloat, if it ever flatlines, he's done.
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    It was on this date in 2014 that "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" published a profile of Joe Wurlzebacher, aka "Joe the Plumber", who after getting fifteen minutes of fame from his sudden appearance late in the 2008 presidential race where he pretended to be an unaffiliated voter whose business would supposedly be greatly harmed by Barack Obama's tax plan, was actually revealed to have been working without a license, and to have grossly exaggerated what his earnings were (so he would not have been in the tax bracket that would have been inconvenienced anyway). While the McCain campaign lost all use for Wurzelbacher, Fox News and the Tea Party movement kept dragging Joe the Plumber in front of microphones for several years that followed, where he would say offensive or idiotic things like talking about lynching Senator Chris Dodd, or how "Our Founding Fathers knew communism and socialism didn't work", which would have been quite the revelation for them, as it would be over a century before those systems of government would even be conceived. Wurzelbacher was finally prodded into attempting a run for office in 2012 against Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, and kept embarrassing himself by being quoted linking gun control to the Holocaust and to stop illegal immigration by "put a damned fence on the the border, going to Mexico, and start shooting". The minute of Wurzelbacher's 15 minutes came in 2014, when after the Isla Vista killings, he got on social media to write an open letter to the grieving families only four days after the shooting that said, in part, "Your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional rights. We still have a right to bear arms." He has now become a forgotten footnote in American politics, at best.
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    It was on this date in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, that “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" shared our profiles of Ohio Governor John Kasich, who we said at the time was the moderate* candidate in the GOP Presidential primary field, with the asterisk denoting how whenever Kasich supposedly had a moderate position, you could find either a quote to contradict that supposed moderate stance, or the fact that it only meant he wasn't as extreme as the other 16 nuts in the field, but was still pretty far to the right. I mean, during the Clinton administration, John Kasich twice voted for government shutdowns. He still defends the lie that he told to justify that action to this day, and never delivered on his promise to “change parties an become a Democrat if the Clinton economic plan didn’t steer the economy into a ditch” that he had said at the time. Instead, he respected the Clinton ecoomy by voting to impeach President Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Kasich spent six long years Ffrom 2001 to 2007 as a forgettable FOX News anchor, hosting the show Heartland, spending a lot of that time working a second job for the Lehman Brothers, earning somewhere between $140-500K a year (depending on bonuses) until the banking giant declared bankruptcy. Perhaps John Kasich’s views on censorship are not the best to look to, as he once tried having his local Blockbuster video ban the movie Fargo because he was so offended by the “wood chipper scene”, as he admitted in a 2006 book.

    Since becoming the Governor of Ohio, Kasich signed a sweeping anti-union law to limit the collective bargaining rights of public workers. It ended up being repealed when Ohio citizens signed a petition to put it on the public ballot, to sidestep what Kasich and his allies in the legislature had done. In his February 2012, Kasich gives his “state of the state” speech in Ohio, and discusses going to a research facility where Parkinson’s patients are receiving experimental treatments. In a less-than-sensitive moment, he begins physically shaking to demonstrate what those afflicted with the disease look like and in the same speech, he also offered this energy policy, that included the thought, "We’re the Saudi Arabia of coal. Clean it and burn it. Clean it, Gordon, and burn it. Clean it, Battelle, and burn it. Use it.”

    Gov. Kasich’s record on voting rights has been abysmal, spurring a slew of lawsuits from advocacy groups, including his attempts at voter suppression in Ohio in May 2012 that would have limited absentee ballots. Kasich’s efforts to curtail statistically non-existent “voter fraud” through stricter ID laws, and cutting back the number of early voting days would seem to only rig the system to prevent participation in our democracy. John Kasich signed one of the most aggressive anti-choice laws in our country’s modern history in July 2013, (It was actually overturned by the courts in October of 2015), and under Gov. Kasich’s leadership, police departments in Ohio have been at the forefront of several news stories about brutality against citizens, including various incidents resulting in the death of citizens. Among those killed include Samuel Debose, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Kasich has done little in response, only laying out an executive order that said that lethal force should not be an option to be used against a fleeing suspect*. (*WOW. What a concession. That’s sort of already the law, John.) Kasich has otherwise dragged his feet on efforts by Ohio Democrats to require Ohio law enforcement to all have body cameras, in spite of the spate of high-profile police killings that have occurred under his watch. (The kind that Officer Tensing, the killer of Samuel Debose was wearing. The same body camera that showed his claims of fearing for his life were false, and that he straight up murdered a man sitting behind the wheel.)

    In June 2015, Kasich expressed his “disappointment” at the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. When LGBTQ advocates still began asking if Ohio would do something to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, since you can be fired for being gay in Ohio, Kasich was quoted as saying, “Let’s not create problems where there frankly is none- or very little.”

    Once he was in the presidential race, Kasich did not want to be left behind by some of the more xenophobic rhetoric coming from people like Ted Cruz or Donald Trump about immigrants, so he decided to publicly state his opposition to birthright citizenship for the children of immigrants born in the United States, and the repeal of the 14th Amendment. Through the 2016 GOP Primary, Kasich managed to piss off any variety of women or other supporters with careles gaffes. Like how he missed out on any potential endorsement from teachers’ groups when he was recorded confessing that if it were up to him, he would abolish teacher's lounges, altogether. Or how about when Kasich tried some voter outreach towards Hispanics, by talking about how nice the Hispanic maid that cleaned his hotel the previous night was. So nice... he actually tipped her.

    And the misogyny. Oh, so much incidental misogyny. John Kasich was speaking at the University of Richmond, and a girl in the audience asked him about what his immigration policy will be like. He seemed to try and blow the young woman off, making a joke at her expense and belittling her inquiry by telling her, "I'm sorry, I don't have any tickets to Taylor Swift." Or while campaigning in Dubuque, Iowa, a prospective female voter asked Gov. Kasich about how he had managed to do reasonably well in balancing Ohio's state budget, and he responded by asking her, "Have you ever been on a diet?" At a town hall in Fairfax, Virginia, Kasich harkens back to the good old days, boasting about how women used to "leave their kitchens" to campaign for him. And at a CNN town hall, Kasich inexplicably started flirting with a questioner in response to her question of who he might pick as a vice-presidential running mate, asking her, “Are you available? You look great tonight." At yet another town hall in Waterton, Pennsylvania, Kasich was asked by a female audience member what policies he might enact to curtail the growing number of sexual assaults on college campuses to make her feel safer on campus, and he advisied her to "not drink at parties" (This revealed that in Kasich's mind, the onus of preventing assault is entirely on the victim).

    When the mathematical chance that Kasich might win the nomination was long gone, he was still campaigning, and on April Fool’s Day 2016, Kasich celebrated the holiday at a town hall and bragged aboutjpw the infant mortality rate not being as high as he would like (we hope he meant low), and laid the blame squarely on... minorities. Critics responded by pointing out that Kasich had cut funding to Planned Parenthood and several other health programs that helped young mothers and their children.

    It wasn’t until May 4th, 2016 that John Kasich finally... FINALLY announced he was dropping out of the 2016 presidential race and was the last Trump opponent to concede defeat. He then reneged on his pledge to support the Republican Party's nominee from months earlier, and stubbornly refused to attend the Republican National Convention to endorse Donald Trump, or speak in any way… which was the only admirable thing we can say about him. Kasich was busy sucking lemons to further embitter him during the 2016 RNC and his aides revealed that Mike Pence was not Donald Trump’s first choice for Vice-President, and Donald Trump, Jr. had called one of his aides to offer to make him “the most powerful vice-president in history”.

    Here’s how it works… when Donald Trump is at his weakest, his absolute lowest, like say when the Comey memos drop? That’s when John Kasich pops up on cable news to give an “I told you so.” When the day-to-day things like extremists and lunatics being placed in the Cabinet or on the Supreme Court? Silence. The most he’s stuck his neck out is to criticize the lengths of violating normal procedure Sen. Mitch McConnell went through to try to get a repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed. Even after Charlottesville, as Donald Trump went out of his way to not criticize Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists and even in some places defend them, sure, John Kasich went on cable news to call his Trump Tower press conference “terrible”, but he balked at the thought of going to Republican leaders and ask them to denounce Trump saying, “Look, he’s our president, okay?” Kasich’s going to create dissent within the GOP without looking like he’s doing it.

    Kasich said he saw a “moral imperative” to challenge Trump in 2020. And yet, in spite of belieiving he has a moral imperative to do so… as we approach the point where any GOP Primary challenger to Trump should have announced a run from the race… John Kasich has not caved to his own morality and signed on to put a stop to the insanity. As such, he’s now politically irrelevant to us, and we’ll set aside his profile at this time and go ahead and take a look at a different wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 773-40, since this was established in July 2014.)
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    Amanda Chase

    Welcome to the 773rd original “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profile, where today we’ll be discussing Virginia Senator Amanda Chase, who represents District 11, and is pictured above using open carry firearms laws to ensure her protection as she submits bills on the floor of the Virginia State Senate, on which she has served since 2015. Chase began brandishing her firearm as a “deterrent” to anti-immigration protesters who she imagined were out to kill her in January of 2019. It’s not that she’s fanatical about guns that we’re concerned about, either. She’s also decidedly against anti-LGBTQ rights, having voted for marriage officiants to deny people same sex marriages, against bills that would prevent racial discrimination in housing, and also voted against bans on gay conversion therapy on minors.

    As far back as 2017, people were concerned she was drifting farther and farther to the right, buddying up to former Congressman Dave Brat prior to him getting the boot from Virginia voters in 2018, and how she was openly talking about banning books from the state’s libraries that she took personal objection to. And ejecting anyone from a town hall who had the nerve to disagree with her or Brat.

    As far as bad behavior goes, Amanda Chase also has shown herself capable of screaming at capitol police for not getting to park wherever she pleases whenever she wants, and screaming about the Equal Righs Amendment not being applied to her (even though she’s opposed to it?) because of being denied drive-up access to the capitol. Oh, and calling a colleague who she felt was given access “Miss Piggy”. When the incident made the news with the official police report back in April of 2019, she referred to the capitol police as “partisan liars.

    If being a gun fetishist and getting into fights with the capitol police there to protect her aren’t enough of a red flag folks, we would also like to point out that she decided to get on Facebook to boast about her pistol-packing, and used it to point out that she hadn’t been raped, in a way that blamed rape victims for their own assaults:

    Ah, guess it’s time to reset the calendar for “days since a Republican made ignorant comments about rape” back to zero. But maybe you would expect someone to has referred to her gun as “my own ERA”, and the actual Equal Rigths Amendment as “a ploy by the left to eliminate gender altogether.

    Amanda Chase faces off against Democrat Amanda Pohl this November, perhaps the most fitting candidate to take on Amanda Chase after her comments on rape because Pohl is an advocate for victims of sexual assault. This race could be the deciding one for Democrats to take control of the Virginia state legislature, entirely, with the GOP having a 2 seat advantage going into the election, but with another state senator having forgotten to file and run, Democrats only need to flip one other seat. Amanda Chase has been bats*** crazy for the past several years, and with the state trending bluer all the time, she might not be around in 2020. At least… we hope not.
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    I actually am not mad at them for asking Art to remove the reference. As much as I dislike Trump, it just seems like a partisan jab that's not going to age well.

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