Activism: Saving The ACA: It Ain’t Over ‘Till The Fat Lady Sings

To paraphrase Admiral John Paul Jones when asked to surrender his ship and his crew to the British We have not yet begun to fight.”

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!

Henry V, Act III, Scene I
William Shakespeare1564 – 1616

From dKos

Ok folks, Bernie Sanders is on this and he’s applying the pressure on Republicans.

Sanders has been a Senator for a long time, so he knows all the Senate rules. It’s great we have Sanders experience on our side, so we can tear apart Trumpcare with every Senate procedure available.

Senate Parliamentarian just ruled the “Age Tax” is subject to the Byrd Rule.

Big blow here for the Republicans Trumpcare wealth care plan for America.

The “Age Tax” basically charges older Americans 5 times more under Trumpcare, than what it charges younger individuals. This was a feature in their plan that the AARP was strongly against.

We can, we must continue to fight and we cannot for a moment afford to believe we cannot win.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. –

Margaret Mead

This battle is lost, but the war goes on. Please have no doubt that your children and grandchildren will be fighting this same war, just as we continue to fight for Social Security.

We are not defeated. As long as we work together we are strong, and we are dangerous.

O-

 

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Hey guys, remember that time a week or so ago when a bunch of fetus-fondling gawd-botherers laid their hands on Comrade Preznint Stupid, you know to pray for him?

Well one of them, pastor Rodney Howard-Browne has an update, and that’s that there is a plot on Capitol Hill to “take him out” (not Capitol Hill in Seattle, the other one).

Let’s listen in as he tells us all about it

…and today, he has an update:

So, he won’t spill the beans on who spilled the beans to him, what the plot is, or when it will happen, but keeps using this phrase “take him out.” So has he contacted the Secret Service or the FBI to let them know? It seems not.

But you know, you can pray over your wallet and send a few Ameros to ol’ Rodney to keep that prayer warrior up to his eyebrows in hookers and blow, uh, holy pizza or whatevs, while standing guard around that picture of Hair Führer’s toupé’s seam, for Jeebus.

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The Afternoon Quote: ‘You’re Fired!’

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) has the goods:

“This is the problem with the leaking,” [The Mooch] said. “This is actually a terrible thing. Let’s say I’m firing Michael Short today. The fact that you guys know about it before he does really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic.”

And then the Mooch goes on:

“I’m committed to taking the comms shop down to Sarah [Huckabee Sanders] and me, if I can’t get the leaks to stop,” Scaramucci told POLITICO.

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Don’t Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Dylan Thomas:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

I wish I had a platitude to help us all get through this evil fuckery, but I don’t. I know technically this battle is not over, and there is always the possibility that things could turn around.

Keep phoning, keep using your voice, it is your best weapon. Don’t let them silence you. Don’t go gentle into that good night.

I will say this: be kind to your Facebook Rage Uncles in Possum Hollar: they are about to get the screwing of a lifetime. And remember, we wanted universal healthcare and that includes them, too. Also.

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Midday Palate Cleanser

cat

“You’re really going to wear that?”

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Vote for The Mooch’s MPS Nickname!


Friends, Romans, Scissorheads, lend me your snark!

Yes, it is time to vote on a nickname for the new White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, a man so objectionable that our pal Spicy (the Angry Inch) would rather quit than work for.

As with all US elections this one is rigged as I get the final say if I don’t like the outcome. Bribes, as always, are accepted, too/also. Just like the real US elections! (Hi Charles! Hi David!)

So here’s the rules: one vote per consumer (enjoy the cookies, which is also a HINT if you want to tamper with the results in the best Republican tradition, and I hope you do), the sequence of the presentation of names is randomized (so each time you come to commit VOTER FRAUD!!1! you will see the names in a different sequence), the duration of the vote is 24 hours. No government-issued voter ID required.

Do your civic duty and give The Mooch his MPS sobriquet.

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Good News For John McCain!

“Did you say ‘Bomb Iran’?”

Grandpa Walnuts is leaving his all-expense paid high-end cancer hospital in Arizona and going to Washington DC to take healthcare away from 32 million Americans (probably) in that mavericky way of his.

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(UPDATED) The New Grifting Merit Badge Will Be Awesome

“I’m going to tie you up in knots, bigly!”

Confession: I didn’t watch this speech (I just couldn’t), but it is extremely NOT NORMAL to give a campaign rally to kids and the summary I read has left me slack-jawed. Please read it.

So I guess with the new Merit Badge, we will learn to say Merry Christmas to Jewish kids and Mooselimbs when grabbing pussy at NY Cocktail Parties held on yachts that won’t be covered by the NYTimes. Fake News!

Anyway, keep an eye out for press releases from the BSA: methinks that they have to either apologize to the parents or disavow that Comrade Preznint Stupid’s remarks do not reflect the BSA.

What a weird world.

UPDATE 1: pretty freakin’ weak, Scouts:

UPDATE 2: I should have posted the full remarks, just in case anyone wanted to hear them:

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Bitched, Bothered, and Beleaguered (The Summary)

We begin our summary with the usual stuff of reality teevee programming: Comrade Preznint Stupid is once again creating a lot of drama. Today’s drama is that he is floating firing Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions for, well, what exactly? As always, it’s hard to follow The Russian Usurper’s thinking. Maybe if I look at his twatter feed…

Yesterday, Comrade Preznint Stupid said:

…and this morning, Stupid says:

…and then follows-up by adding:

…and concludes (for now) with:

Get a room boys, and have make-up sex. Jeeze…

This is NOT normal — this is his own appointment. Also/too: if he’s gonna fling the country into (another?) political crisis on a whim, wouldn’t you think he’d just fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Sure, he’d have to fire several people until he could find someone as craven as Robert Bork (from Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre), but certainly one exists.

Sad Trump phone banker

And as we yesterday, Axios reported that he was considering hiring notorious cousin-marrying former mayor Rudy Giuliani to replace sessions (Rudy has since popped that trial balloon), today the rumor is that Comrade Preznint Stupid would appoint Ayatollah Ted Cruz, the Zodiac Killer.

“Replacing Sessions is seen by some Trump associates as potentially being part of a strategy to fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and end his investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election … Trump could order Rosenstein — and then Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand — to fire Mueller. If they quit instead of doing so, he could appoint an acting attorney general who would. Trump could also appoint an acting attorney general with them in place — effectively passing over Rosenstein and Brand — and order that person to remove the special counsel. … Another scenario is that Trump could make a recess appointment, said University of Texas School of Law professor Steve Vladeck.

“Under that plan, Trump could choose an attorney general during the August recess who would serve until the end of the next Senate session, which could be early January. That person would have the same authority as someone who is confirmed by the Senate … Among the names being floated as possible Sessions replacements are Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, according to people familiar with the conversations. … Trump, though, continues to let Sessions twist in the wind. One person close to Trump said the president asked him about how firing Sessions ‘would play in the conservative media.’ Trump also asked him whether it would help to replace Sessions ‘with a major conservative,’ the person said.”

Of course, the Senate would be glad to be rid of (the son of Kennedy assassin) Ted Cruz (wouldn’t we all?) and certainly Hair Führer would fire him eventually. So we would be rid of Sessions and Cruz? Win-Win! (except for the interim, of course).

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UPDATED x4: Activism: Saving the ACA: It’s Show Time! – We lost this battle. The war goes on.

batgirltobatphone_zps24956fc4I’m sure by now everyone has heard about Senator John McCain (R-Cruel Bastard). The man for whom – just the other day – everyone on the intertubes was showing compassion is risking his health to fly back to DC to vote to take your health care away.

He’s not doing that to make symbolic show. McConnell thinks he has the votes with McCain there to seal the deal.

A call to action:

We need to get on the phones to the R’s and hammer them with the clear messages:

  • Keyword: “Hands Off My Obamacare!”
  • Keyword: “Oppose repeal of the ACA.”
  • Keyword: “See you at Town Hall.”

You must tell your R Senators, in no uncertain terms, that they are to oppose repeal of the ACA.

Don’t wait until after work. Call them now.

Call at lunch, call during your drive home and call after dinner. Send emails and walk into their offices.

Please call your D Senators and offer them support. We are the backbone of the Democratic Party, they cannot stand for anything without us there supporting them every single minute.

Fight back. We must be as relentless in our resistance as the R’s are in their efforts to undermine the country we have inherited.

Have no doubt we are engaged in a fight for our “lives”.

Phone Calls Work!

O-

From dKos… make the calls not. Hell make two, make twenty. We need your voice because these R’s won’t listen to me. I’m not their constituent or a lobbyist.

RED ALERT: McConnell might not have the votes, it is critical to call these senators this morning

If you are represented by one these undecided senators, it is imperative you pick up the phone and call every single one of their offices.

Senator Dean Heller (NV)

Heller DC: 202-224-6244

Heller Las Vegas: 702-388-6605

Heller Reno: 775-686-5770

Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (West Virginia)

Capito DC: 202-224-6472

Capito Charleston: 304-347-5372

Capito Martinsburg: 304-262-9285

Capito Morgantown: 304-292-2310

Capito Beckely: 304-347-5372

Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)

Portman DC: 202-224-3353

Portman Columbus:  614-469-6774

Portman Cincinnati: 513-684-3265

Portman Cleveland: 216-522-7095

Portman Toledo: 419-259-3895

Sen. Mike Lee (Utah)

Lee D.C.: 202-224-5444

Lee Salt Lake City: 801-524-5933

Lee St. George: 435-628-5514

Lee Ogden: 801-392-9633

Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky)

Paul D.C.: 202-224-4343

Paul Bowling Green: 270-782-8303

Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Murkowski DC: (202)-224-6665

Murkowski Anchorage: (907) 271-3735

Murkowski Fairbanks: (907) 456-0233

Murkowski Juneau: (907) 586-7277

Murkowski Mat-Su Valley: (907) 376-7665

Murkowski Kenai:  (907) 262-4220

Murkowsi Ketchikan: (907) 225-6880

Update x2: Can you say “Kabuki“?

From sKos…

Whiny Republicans whine about McConnell forcing them to vote yes to end health care

I can hear it now. “Yeah you’re going to die a slow painful, unnecessary death, but I had to do it. Don’t you see? Or else they’d go for me.”
O-
Update x3:
From The Hill…

Senate voting on motion to proceed

2:42 p.m.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkoswki (Alaska) voted against the motion to proceed. If all other Republicans vote yes, Vice President Mike Pence will cast the deciding vote to break the tie.

So far, no Democrats have cast a vote.

Phone calls, please.

Phone Calls Work!

O-

 

Update x4: We lost this battle. The war goes on.

From C&L…

Senate Votes To Advance Obamacare Repeal, With Pence Breaking The Tie.

Thanks for trying.

O-
 

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