Sunday, September 18, 2016

"Yes, Professor Krugman, It Is Too Late." Is it?

A Lie Too Far?

Paul Krugman's article in the New York Times yesterday (Saturday, September 17, 2016), entitled "A Lie Too Far", is about all of the free press that Donald Trump has received, including his scam last Friday, September 16.  He thinks we may be seeing the end of it; some of his readers aren't as optimistic.

For those who were vacationing in outer space on Friday, Trump got millions worth of free publicity from the media, both for his new hotel (the one loaded with furnishings and other supplies made in China) and for his campaign, as he had a parade of retired generals, some of repute, some who retired under a cloud, lauding him. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Racist, Misogynists, Xenophobes ARE deplorable.

Some comments and thoughts about this whole "racists are deplorable" controversy:

No, Hillary didn't quite say "racists are deplorable" (though they are); she
actually said:

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables, right?  The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it.
Basket of Deplorables cartoon by Clay Jones at

Well, racists, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes, Islamaphobes.. They are deplorable, aren't they?  Now, do half of Trump supporters fall into this category?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Hillary's Health: I've Had it! Turning on the juice...

OK, friends and followers! I've had it! I was ready to go to bed after a busy day and I just had to take ONE more look at Facebook.. Just ONE more look... I should have known better.
I found an absolutely stupid article "TRENDING" about a poll from some physician's group about Hillary's health.

The headline screams:

"Hillary's Health concerns serious, Say MOST Doctors Polled by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons."

Sounds awful, doesn't it? As though some edict has come down from on high that Hillary Clinton is too ill to be the President? Well, as one would expect, this is absolute and total rubbish, but several people who seemed reasonable appeared to buy into the whole stupid poll. So.. I had to do some research; I had to write it all down; I even had to create a cute little graph to put this insanity into perspective. It's more right-wing crap! Here's my summary.. and my cute little graph.. I don't have all of the links yet; I'll insert them in the morning:
You can barely see the sliver of doctors who participated in this right-wing poll.
That's how few there are.

1. First of all, this group is a CONSERVATIVE GROUP of physicians with a POLITICAL AGENDA (even if they claim they don't have a political agenda.) 

"The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is a politically conservative non-profit association founded in 1943 to "fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine." So if you (or a loved one) are on Medicare, at least some of these doctors think you should just die in the street." 

2. It's an online INTERNET poll. Those kinds of polls are totally useless. 

3. There are over 850,000 doctors in this country. There are only about 5,000 members of this conservative group... and only a tiny fraction of those 5,000 (250) actually participated in this poll... and we really don't know for sure how they affirmed that only doctors who are members participated in this poll. So, out of 850,000, doctors in this country, less than one out of 3,000 participated in this shitty poll. That's about 0.029%... Less than a tenth of a percent.  (See the graph above.) 

4. These are NOT America's top surgeons. That's ridiculous. 

5. Ethical doctors KNOW they are not supposed to diagnose anybody without actually examining them. These 250 CONSERVATIVE doctors are NOT ethical. 

6. Anybody out there who thinks that Trump would make a good President... and anybody that thinks his mental or physical health is any better than that of Clinton.... is seriously brainwashed AND needs to go back and take high school American history or civics.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Trump Likes Leaders with "Strong Control of a Country"

A leader exerts "strong control"? Is this really what we want here in the United States of America? 

I'm disgusted with Trump; disgusted with the people supporting him. This man is a serious threat to us, to all of us, and I don't want a President who believes that leadership means "strong control".

Time to DUMP TRUMP! 

Also found at Molly Middle's America on Facebook


From the NBC/MSNBC military town hall on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, this quote from the ABC website:
"The man (Putin) has very strong control over a country," (Trump) said during the town hall was hosted by MSNBC/NBC on the Intrepid aircraft carrier. "Now It's a very different system and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system, he's been a leader. Far more than our president has been a leader."
Someone please tell me why this man has poll numbers greater than 20%?

What's wrong with the people of this country?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Donald Trump Talks Terror...and Misses the Boat

... and makes it clear why he has no business being the President.

Donald Trump said:  

We need to protect all Americans, of all backgrounds and beliefs, from Radical Islam Terrorism--  which has no place in an open and tolerant society.  Radical Islam advocates hate for women, gays, Jews, Christians, and all Americans. I am going to be a President for all Americans, and I am going to protect and defend all Americans. We are going to make America safe again and great again for everyone. 
Sounds good to some.. Well, it's really not that good.

You see, 
Donald Trump, you can't be a President for ALL Americans and you have no business running for that office.

Why??  Trump is missing a big part of the picture: 
  • 1. Terrorism of any kind has no place in an open and tolerant society. Bigotry of any kind has no place in an open and tolerant society. 
  • 2. Many extremists of all kinds advocate hate for women, gays, Jews, Christians, black people, Hispanics, you name it; extremists of all kind hate. 
  • 3. Any person who exhibits any kind of bigotry towards women, gays, Jews, Christians, black people, Hispanics, disabled people, you name it, CANNOT be a President for "all Americans" and has no business running for that office. 
  • 4. It is easy to say you are going to "defend all Americans" but how? Give more people guns? Invade our privacy more than it is already being invaded? Door to door searches? 
  • 5. How, Donald, are you going to make this great country.. which certainly has flaws and problems... great again.. and what does that even mean to you?"
Donald Trump is one of the world's great Flim Flam Men.  He really cares nothing about "ALL" Americans.  Don't buy whatever crap he is selling.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Who Are the CongressCritters Who Follow the Koch Brothers 100% of the Time?

The 100% Club

Americans for Prosperity:  You've heard of them, right?

Americans for Prosperity and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation were both founded by and largely funded by the conservative libertarian Koch Brothers, David and Charles.  It is unclear how much input the Kochs have on the day-to-day work of AFP, which is now headed by a conservative named Tim Phillips, but HERE's a good overview from Factcheck org.  Americans for Prosperity is considered to be a major vehicle for the Kochs and their lobbying efforts on behalf of conservative libertarian causes and government policies.

100% Koch Congress People
This photo taken from the homepage of the Americans for Prosperity scorecard found HERE

But this article is about how members of Congress fare according to the ranking and rating systems of Americans for Prosperity.  AFP puts out a rating and ranking system for members of the US Congress, both the House and the Senate.  In these ratings, if you favor more liberal and progressive postions, LOW scores are good and HIGH scores are bad.  Members of Congress get ratings by the session and over their lifetimes.  The AFP ratings go back to 2007-2008 Congressional session.     

In summary:

To summarize these ratings, there is very little cross over between the Democrats and the Republicans in the Americans For Prosperity ratings.  Almost all Democrats get very low scores (Remember, low is good!).. .and almost all Republicans get very high scores (High scores = bad!)

Bernie Sanders?  Hillary Clinton?

In terms of lifetime averages from the Americans for Prosperity people, Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has a measly 5% lifetime score.  (Remember, low = good.)  Nope, he is certainly not a Koch puppet.  

Hillary Clinton?  Her lifetime score from her years in the Senate was even lower than Senator Sanders:  She had a 4% lifetime score....  which makes Charles Koch's tepid statement about Hillary Clinton perhaps being "better" than a Republican Presidential candidate very, very strange indeed.

So.. Who does well according to Americans for Prosperity?

Which CongressPeople are busy doing the bidding of the Koch Brothers and Americans for Prosperity?  Thirty-one (31) Senators, including current and former Presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul have voted the AFP/Koch way 100% of the time.  Seventy-eight (78) Representatives have voted with the Kochs 100% of the time.   

Below, in order by "current score", meaning the current legislative session, are the current Senators and Representatives who have received 100% ratings from Americans for Prosperity in the current Congressional (2015-2016) session.  (We'll be looking at the CongressPeople who have very low scores later today.)

Notice that these 100% Koch CongressCritters are all Republicans?

No, Both Parties are NOT the Same!   

Rep. Marsha BlackburnTN7R100%88%
Rep. Michael BurgessTX26R100%90%
Rep. Rob BishopUT1R100%90%
Rep. David BratVA7R100%50%
Rep. Brian BabinTX36R100%100%
Rep. Rod BlumIA1R100%100%
Rep. Ken BuckCO4R100%100%
Rep. Steven ChabotOH1R100%94%
Rep. John CulbersonTX7R100%88%
Rep. John CarterTX31R100%85%
Rep. K. ConawayTX11R100%90%
Rep. Jason ChaffetzUT3R100%89%
Rep. Mike CoffmanCO6R100%96%
Rep. Doug CollinsGA9R100%87%
Rep. Jeffrey DuncanSC3R100%97%
Rep. Scott DesJarlaisTN4R100%89%
Rep. Ron DeSantisFL6R100%96%
Rep. Trent FranksAZ8R100%97%
Rep. John FlemingLA4R100%95%
Rep. Blake FarentholdTX27R100%79%
Rep. Bill FloresTX17R100%78%
Rep. Scott GarrettNJ5R100%97%
Rep. Louie GohmertTX1R100%93%
Rep. Tom GravesGA14R100%94%
Rep. Paul GosarAZ4R100%92%
Rep. Trey GowdySC4R100%96%
Rep. Jeb HensarlingTX5R100%93%
Rep. Andy HarrisMD1R100%93%
Rep. Tim HuelskampKS1R100%98%
Rep. Bill HuizengaMI2R100%87%
Rep. Robert HurtVA5R100%85%
Rep. Richard HudsonNC8R100%81%
Rep. Jody HiceGA10R100%100%
Rep. Sam JohnsonTX3R100%86%
Rep. Jim JordanOH4R100%99%
Rep. Steve KingIA4R100%89%
Rep. Doug LambornCO5R100%97%
Rep. Robert LattaOH5R100%86%
Rep. Raul LabradorID1R100%97%
Rep. Barry LoudermilkGA11R100%100%
Rep. Mia LoveUT4R100%100%
Rep. Jeff MillerFL1R100%89%
Rep. Kenny MarchantTX24R100%91%
Rep. Kevin McCarthyCA23R100%86%
Rep. Tom McClintockCA4R100%100%
Rep. Mick MulvaneySC5R100%97%
Rep. Alex MooneyWV2R100%100%
Rep. Randy NeugebauerTX19R100%94%
Rep. Richard NugentFL11R100%88%
Rep. Pete OlsonTX22R100%88%
Rep. Tom PriceGA6R100%93%
Rep. Bill PoseyFL8R100%97%
Rep. Mike PompeoKS4R100%98%
Rep. Scott PerryPA4R100%85%
Rep. Robert PittengerNC9R100%85%
Rep. Gary PalmerAL6R100%100%
Rep. Dana RohrabacherCA48R100%89%
Rep. Ed RoyceCA39R100%89%
Rep. Paul RyanWI1R100%84%
Rep. Todd RokitaIN4R100%83%
Rep. Dennis RossFL15R100%87%
Rep. Keith RothfusPA12R100%89%
Rep. John RatcliffeTX4R100%100%
Rep. F. SensenbrennerWI5R100%93%
Rep. Lamar SmithTX21R100%83%
Rep. Adrian SmithNE3R100%88%
Rep. Steve ScaliseLA1R100%96%
Rep. Aaron SchockIL18R100%82%
Rep. David SchweikertAZ6R100%97%
Rep. Marlin StutzmanIN3R100%93%
Rep. Austin ScottGA8R100%87%
Rep. Chris StewartUT2R100%77%
Rep. Scott TiptonCO3R100%84%
Rep. Tim WalbergMI7R100%87%
Rep. Brad WenstrupOH2R100%96%
Rep. Roger WilliamsTX25R100%89%
Rep. Mark WalkerNC6R100%100%
Rep. Ted YohoFL3R100%77%
Sen. Roy BluntMOR100%86%
Sen. John BoozmanARR100%88%
Sen. John BarrassoWYR100%93%
Sen. Michael CrapoIDR100%91%
Sen. Shelley CapitoWVR100%67%
Sen. John CornynTXR100%95%
Sen. Bob CorkerTNR100%87%
Sen. Bill CassidyLAR100%80%
Sen. Tom CottonARR100%100%
Sen. Ted CruzTXR100%98%
Sen. Steve DainesMTR100%89%
Sen. Jeff FlakeAZR100%98%
Sen. Deb FischerNER100%88%
Sen. Cory GardnerCOR100%88%
Sen. Orrin HatchUTR100%85%
Sen. James InhofeOKR100%96%
Sen. James LankfordOKR100%90%
Sen. Mike LeeUTR100%99%
Sen. Mitch McConnellKYR100%92%
Sen. Rand PaulKYR100%93%
Sen. David PerdueGAR100%100%
Sen. Jim RischIDR100%92%
Sen. Marco RubioFLR100%98%
Sen. Richard ShelbyALR100%84%
Sen. Jeff SessionsALR100%90%
Sen. Ben SasseNER100%100%
Sen. Dan SullivanAKR100%100%
Sen. John ThuneSDR100%87%
Sen. Patrick ToomeyPAR100%96%
Sen. Thom TillisNCR100%100%
Sen. David VitterLAR100%100%
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