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Name: Peg
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Dennis Kucinich Endorsed for Ohio Governor by Our Revolution

Sorry, but anyone in doubt that Nina Turner and the Our Revolution folks have gone off the rails need take a look at their fav Dennis Kucinich and his attitudes about the Trump/Russia investigation:

A Deep State Plot to Undermine the Trump Administration.

Sound familiar? As in Alt-right theory. Listen to Dennis and then think about the horseshoe theory of politics in the wild, in the flesh, in our faces. And in our elections.

This is how our efforts could become divided, once again.

Let's not let it happen! 2018 is the most important election of our lifetimes. This sort of nonsense cannot and will not stand.


Not Healing Fast Enough? Coverage Denied.

Anyone acquainted with traumatic brain injury (TBI) knows how slow the path is to healing. The brain is a remarkable organ and will do its best to self-heal, rerouting neural pathways that have been broken during a head injury. But that repair requires patience, care and outside facilitation/rehab for best results.

Which is why the story of Caleb Freeman from Oklahoma caught my eye. Caleb was brain injured in a car accident on December 19, 2017. Blue Cross/Blue Shield have decided he hasn’t progressed fast enough in his treatment and will be cutting coverage as of 12 February. That’s less than 2 months coverage. For a brain injury!

This is personal for me because my younger son suffered a TBI a number of years ago, He spent 2 weeks in intensive care, 1 week in a step down unit, 3 months in an in-house rehab and nearly 3 months as an outpatient, It took him a good 18 months beyond that to walk without a limp, for the range of motion in his shoulder to fully return and for his vocalization to return to normal.

Two months? My son had barely regained control of his bladder and bowels in that time, let alone regain mobility,

I don’t know what these insurance companies are up to but they should be publicly shamed. We had a recent OP on an ALS patient denied basic services (respirator) and a new medications on the market.

I think we need to start a Wall of Shame for these insurance companies, those reverting back to their old ways, where denial=death=profit.



How Dare You Lecture Us About Treason?

The Honorable Representative Jeffries:

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Treason? <a href="https://twitter.com/RepJeffries?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RepJeffries</a>: "How dare you lecture us about treason. This is not a dictatorship. It's a democracy and we do not have to stand for a reality show host masquerading as President of the United States."<a href="https://t.co/iJhMZdubIi">pic.twitter.com/iJhMZdubIi</a> 🇺🇸</p>— Ed Joyce (@EdJoyce) <a href="https://twitter.com/EdJoyce/status/960904791860723712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

"This is a democracy and . . . we do not have to stand for a Reality Show Host masquerading as President of the United States."

Thank you, Sir.

Representative Jeffries deserved a standing ovation, not a warning from the podium.

The Fiscal Responsibility of Republican Governance. And Other FairyTales

Remember when the US Debt and Deficit were the rallying cry of the GOP? When President Obama was accused of racking up more debt than any other president in the history of mankind? This was, of course, after the Republican Party managed to wreck the US Economy, ushering in the ‘Great Recession” of 2007-2008.

Good Times!

While Paul Ryan touts the sheer delight of a secretary finding $1.50 more in her paycheck, Steve Mnuchin has indicated that the country is running out of revenue earlier than expected. He and his financial wizards have advised that the debt ceiling be raised no later than early March because the accounting sleight-of-hand to keep the lights on will have puttered out by then.

But why? The Trumpster has hailed the economy robust, the massive tax cuts as an engine of growth and prosperity. And, and, and . . . the stock market, which unfortunately fell off a cliff on Friday.

The fact that starting in February, the US government will be bringing in $10-15 billion less in revenue each month just might be, could be, whatta think guys the reason for the need to borrow more money to pay the bills.

How much money?

Last Monday, the Treasury Department said they estimated $441 billion dollars would be needed for this quarter. This would be the largest sum of debt requested since 2010, right about the time President Obama was attempting to drag the country from a financial ditch, the steepest since the Great Depression.

Btw, the Republicans sold this piece of reckless financial voodoo on the basis of a 3% annual growth rate. The CBO is projecting a 2.3% growth rate this quarter. If we’re lucky. Because there are also whispers of a housing collapse in the near future, over-exuberant 401K borrowing and other disturbing credit level spending that eerily sounds like the . . . good ole days.

Did I mention the stock market fell off the cliff Friday? I mention this primarily because the Trumpster has been beating his chest over stock market gains. Strange I haven’t heard a word about the stock dive on Friday, presumably brought on by the fear of inflation and increased interest rates.

For all the whooping and hollering, the tax cuts were in service to corporations and Republican donors. These donors have now turned on the funding spigots for their GOP lackeys. While Paul Ryan headlined the delighted secretary (he has since removed that tweet), he failed to tell his giggly constituent that he received $500,000 in campaign funds from Charles and Elizabeth Koch. Mere days after the the tax bill passed.


Only if you believe Steve Mnuchin’s claim that the country’s lack of revenue has nothing, nada, zip to do with the tax bill giveaway of 2017. If that’s the case, I’ll tell you about Sam Brownback and how he saved the State of Kansas with his fantastical economic policies.

Yup, there’s an entire collection of Grimm Fairytales related to Republican Trickle-Down theory. We’re living inside one of those chapters right now.




Who Is Carter Page?

Now that the GOP has had its way with #ReleasetheMemo nonsense, the name Carter Page, former Trump campaign advisor, has raised more than a few eyebrows, as in:

Who the hell is Carter Page?

Time Magazine takes a stab at it in addition to releasing a curious letter penned by no other than the poor, surveillance subject himself. In said letter, sent to the editor of an academic press, Page describes himself as ‘an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin . . . .’

Impressive credentials! Particularly for someone who has decried any accusation of Kremlin links in the past.

This written claim in 2013 was after Page had a first sit-down with the FBI during which he was warned of possible Russian recruitment. Page ignored the warning.

I suspect there will be more ‘finds’ of this nature in the next few weeks, a series of leaks and information dumps previously withheld from the public.

Taking on the FBI and intelligence community was not a smart move by the Trumpster and his noxious enablers.

Let the Games begin!


This Is What Nightmares Are Made Of

Bad enough that Trump is trying to systematically unravel the US government. But Josh Marshall at TPM has a report from South Korea, a newspaper account presumably indicating that a US official behind closed doors said that the Trump Administration was considering a limited strike on North Korea because . . .

It could help in the midterm elections.

Sweet Jesus.

Link here:


Another Day, Another School Shooting

But, of course, guns don't kill people.

Link here:


A Republican Retreat Not Far Enough

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">HUGE crowd protesting outside the GOP retreat right now. Hell yes ✊ <a href="https://t.co/wEif7KLAsP">https://t.co/wEif7KLAsP</a></p>— Brynna Quillin (@brynnaquillin) <a href="https://twitter.com/brynnaquillin/status/959149710987681794?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 1, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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