News That Will Drive You To Drink

Alex Jones laments that Globalists putting flouride in the water has made the frogs go gay, as proven by Science, but you know, don’t trust the climate scientists.

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If Obamacare is repealed, will you die, too?

[Ed. – Katie is one tough broad, and she means it when she tells us not to utter those two words. That said, make those calls, M-f’ers, and get this abomination defeated or Katie will haunt your ass and you know that she will!  Do you want to risk that? No, you do not!– TG]

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This needs to be couched by a sectional the size of Cleveland, because I will rip this post down faster than Trump’s tiny fingers rancorously spews hate on Twitter if I read, “Sorry, Katie,” or anything in the realm of sympathy, or empathy. Think of it this way, do you really want my forthcoming projectile vomiting on your hands? Do you want to see me walking the streets trying to score more Zofran than my insurance will cover?

Thank you.

I am one of millions of Americans who will be profoundly fucked if the Graham-Cassidy repeal happens. Though reluctant and against my better judgment, I feel it’s important for those of us with stories to spin our yarns.

Anyway, let’s do this.

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I have genetic Graves’ autoimmune disease (GD) and Graves’ Eye Disease (GED. I came within 3-weeks of losing my life to GD, due to repeated misdiagnoses and mistreatment. By the time I was treated, I had developed Thyroid Psychoses and Autoimmune Encephalitis. Post-diagnoses, the mistreatment continued. Endocrinologists are the corrupt accountants of medicine. Isn’t that fabulous?! A few years into proper treatment, I was diagnosed with genetic Malignant Melanoma (Stage-0). My mind, body and soul is a festoon of scars.

Adding to my shame buffet of issues now includes medical PTSD and anxiety. Preparing for a doctor’s appointment is the equivalent of watching a blue whale trapped in a fishing net, two quolls fucking, and mood swing Mary hanging herself from the closest noose she can fashion.

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I have a psychiatrist (talk therapist) with a sub-specialty in autoimmune, an internist, also with a sub-specialty in autoimmune, three Graves’ ophthalmologists, an oncologist, dermatologist, a dentist whose practice includes several patients with Graves’, and a few other gist’s I’ve picked up along the way. There are also only two hospitals in my area that I can go to with doctors who have depth of understanding about GD and GED. My insurance must cover them.

Currently, my private insurance costs $601.65 a month, excluding my monthly out of pocket expenses which range from $1,500 to $2,500+ a month. Prior to Obamacare, I was paying twice the aforementioned amounts. The draconian Nazi and Nazi bill doesn’t cover pre-existing. Women will also pay more than men. Read the bill here.

I am drowning in medical expenses as it is. If I lose my health insurance or if it goes back up to $1,200 a month, I will die (clap, clap, clap—I know). Without thyroid medications, I’ll be dead in 8-12 weeks. Sans quarterly blood work and twice annual biopsies, and a host of other things that keep me healthy, I’ll be a memory (hopefully not a shitty one). Still. I want to peel out on my terms, not because of a handful of psychopaths in government.

As for my story, it’s nothing compared to what countless other Americans will lose. To me, Graham Cassidy is another form of genocide. The only thing that keeps my anxiety at bay is calling senators to beg them not to repeal the ACA.

On that note… Time to make more calls.

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Midday Palate Cleanser

We asked for moar goats, and Scissorhead Karla responded! Anyway, there is a book of faces entry for something called The Goats of Anarchy, which seems to be a non-profit goat rescue and rehab organization.

Oh, they also have loads of pixels of goats wearing hats, PJs, and what not. It’s pretty fun and kinda inspiring. If you have a few unused shekels, you could help a goat get back on its hooves, or contribute to another swinging box to make a once-active goat have a little fun again.

Thanks Karla!

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Activism: Saving The ACA: Graham-Cassidy is Worse Than We Could Have Imagined

1000% increase in health insurance premiums for 60 year olds?

1000%?

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It’s for you!

From AARP (PDF)

Graham-Cassidy Legislation Threatens Affordable Coverage for Older Americans Lina Walker, Jane Sung, Claire Noel-Miller, and Olivia Dean The Graham-Cassidy (GC) bill, as proposed on September 13, 2017, threatens to make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of older Americans. The bill eliminates two sources of financial assistance – premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions – critical to ensuring that low- to moderate-income older adults are able to afford the coverage they need. For a 60-year-old earning $25,000 a year, premiums and out-of-pocket costs could increase by as much as $16,174 a year if they wanted to keep their current coverage. i The bill may also allow states to charge older adults age 50-64 significantly higher premiums than under current law on the basis of their age by waiving federal protections that limit the practice known as age rating.

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A call to action:

Hammer your R’s Senators and Representatives with phone calls.

Phone Calls Work!

  • Keyword: Oppose Graham-Cassidy
  • Keyword: Protect my Obamacare
  • Keyword: Pay the CSR’s
  • Keyword: See you at townhall.

Please, make two calls to each of your R senators and one to your R representative today, tomorrow and every day including Sunday until the 30th.

Fight back.

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The Morning Quote

Would You Buy A Used Lawnmower From This Man?

In an ever expanding universe, anything is possible: Chuck Grassley may have accidentally said something honest.

“You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” Grassley said. “But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.”

–Sen. Chuck ‘I am NOT a nail!’ Grassley (R-IA)

You know, Chuck, if you had listened to your momma, you would know that what you are saying is the inevitable result from telling a lie: you have to then defend the lie for the rest of your life.

So what if the lie started 8 years ago and it culminates with 30+ million Americans losing their health insurance? Better that then admitting you (and your party) pretty much have lied. Diogenes laughs and walks past GOP HQ.

My mom told us that lying is exhausting because it takes so much work to remember the lie (and the truth) and to not trip on it. She said that it was much easier to tell the truth. Strange advice from a lawyer, but good advice from a parent.

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Old Dog Learns New Trick, Comrades

“Run, little Trumpling, run!”

The Russians are not the only ones buying dark-post ads on Facebook:

“There’s been a lot of noise and a lot of rumors,” reads the text of a Facebook ad from Trump’s personal Facebook page that was targeted to specific users in recent days. “….WE WILL BUILD A WALL (NOT A FENCE) ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF THE UNITED STATES…” The ad concludes with a pitch for donations.

…The personal Facebook page of Vice President Mike Pence is also running a version of the ad. One difference between the Pence and Trump ads is the VP’s refers to “Fake News media,” while Trump’s calls out the “mainstream media.” Both ads include a dig against “liberals in congress.”

…The ads are not visible on the timelines of the Trump or Pence Facebook pages. They are, therefore, so-called “dark post ads” because they can only be seen by people the campaign chose to target with the message. This is the same type of ad Facebook recently acknowledged was purchased by a Russian troll factory in order to target Americans during the election. That revelation has caused lawmakers such as Sen. Mark Warner to discuss the need to regulate online political ads.

Gee, I wonder where Comrade Preznint Stupid learned how to place dark post ads?

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Spicy, Chapter 2

The Angry Inch, Dumb Spice

Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the Axios morning email thingie has something of a scoop:

Now we can tell you about another potential honey pot for Mueller. Former colleagues of Sean Spicer tell Axios that he filled “notebook after notebook” during meetings at the Republican National Committee, later at the Trump campaign, and then at the White House.

When Spicer worked at the RNC, he was said to have filled black books emblazoned with the party’s seal. Spicer was so well-known for his copious notes that underlings joked about him writing a tell-all.

One source familiar with the matter said that the records were just to help him do his job.

“Sean documented everything,” the source said.

That surprised some officials of previous White Houses, who said that because of past investigations, they intentionally took as few notes as possible when they worked in the West Wing.

When we texted Spicer for comment on his note-taking practices, he replied: “Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore.”

When I replied with a “?” (I have known Spicer and his wife for more than a dozen years), he answered: “Not sure what that means. From a legal standpoint I want to be clear: Do not email or text me again. Should you do again I will report to the appropriate authorities.”

The WashPost reported Sept. 8 that Mueller “has alerted the White House that his team will probably seek to interview” Spicer and five other top current and former Trump advisers.

One White House official told me: “People are going to wish they’d been nicer to Sean. … He was in a lot of meetings.”

About an hour after Spicer’s texts, he replied to a polite email I had sent earlier, seeking comment:

Per my text:

Please refrain from sending me unsolicited texts and emails

Should you not do so I will contact the appropriate legal authorities to address your harassment

Thanks

Sean M Spicer

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THIS:

UPDATE 1: Kimmel struck a nerve:

Curtis Houck is the NewsBusters Managing Editor, a website “dedicated to exposing & combating liberal media bias.”

UPDATE 2: Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) says, “Kimmel, not Cassidy, is right on health care, analysts say.”

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Bad Design, Cont.

(Hat tip: Our long-time buddy @monkeyfister on the electrical tweeter device)

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Teh Stupid is strong in this fetus-fondling, Gawd-botherer, Pastor Garlow:

Teh Stupid

Jim Garlow has at best a weak grasp of civics especially the First Amendment. You may recall, Garlow once suggested that the government should impose a tax on citizens that could be given to churches so that they could provide healthcare to the poor. Could it be because he runs Skyline Church in San Diego? Grifters Gotta Grift.

But here’s my favorite Jim ‘Prop h8’ Garlow moment declaring that he’ll fight to the death against Marriage Equality, and yet… he’s still with us.

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