Archive for the 'Politics' Category

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
KICKING 32 MILLION TO THE HEALTHCARE CURB…

January 18th, 2017

So, what does the Congressional Budget Office think of Republicans—like the 10th wealthiest* member of our House of Representatives and my own representative James B. Renacci (R-OH-16)—who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act? According to the report (How Repealing Portions of the Affordable Care Act Would Affect Health Insurance Coverage and Premiums published yesterday, […]

TRUMP CAN’T EVEN SIGN A FECKIN’ COVER BAND…

January 18th, 2017

Friday’s inauguration may turn out to be lamest, most boring in the history of such events. Not the formal swearing in on the Capital steps, that promises to be contentious and vocal far surpassing that of President George Walker Bush in 2001 (though not the riot that James O’Keefe hoped to pay for), but rather […]

CHELSEA MANNING TO WALK FREE IN 120 DAYS…

January 18th, 2017

On 17 May will walk free from the United States military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Ed Pilkington, writing in Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama for The Guardian ledes: Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of […]

[NEW] ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

January 18th, 2017

In the past I’ve asked if the DAPL protest could become this century’s Wounded Knee. I’m now thinking that Tienanmen Square might be the better comparison. [Update @ 0614 on 18 January: OK, just what the fuck do they think they’re going to shoot down—National Guard Deploys Missile Launchers to Dakota Access Pipeline to ‘Observe’ […]

RENACCI RUSHES TO FURTHER GUT PROTECTIONS…

January 17th, 2017

House Resolution 5, The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017—obfuscately described by sponsor Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6) as a bill: To reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, to clarify the nature of judicial review of agency interpretations, to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of […]

HOW POOR CAN YOU BE AND BE ON THE LIST…?

January 16th, 2017

Over the last few days I found myself wondering just how much money you need to be on the list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. The number comes from Forbes which annually publishes the Forbes 400. The most recent list, 2016, puts Bill Gates at the top with $81 billion, $14 billion ahead of No. […]

OBAMA’S MISSED CHANCE THAT CREATED TRUMP…

January 16th, 2017

I voted for Barack Hussein Obama in 2008, but not in 2012. While I fully understand the emotional and symbolic importance of President Obama, he won election and re-election because he was the best in a really horrible field of candidates, and in the years following the historic 2008 election of President Obama, the disastrously […]

WHAT THE OBAMA CARE FIGHT IS REALLY ABOUT…

January 15th, 2017

New grandfather Mano Singham, writing in The winners and losers of Obamacare repeal, has the story—ACA Repeal Would Lavish Medicare Tax Cuts on 400 Highest-Income Households, Each Would Get Average Tax Cut of About $7 Million a Year: . The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has released a report that shows why the Republicans […]

LIVING IN OHIO’S 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT…

January 14th, 2017

Back in November of 2012 I moved from Cleveland Heights, Ohio—one of the most progressive communities in Cuyahoga County represented by Democratic 11th District Congresswoman Marcia Fudge—to North Royalton, Ohio, represented by Republican 16th District Congressman Jim Renacci. When I talk to my progressive friends I joke that I moved from Cleveland Heights to the […]

CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS ACTS…

January 14th, 2017

I was one of more than 100 people who attended the monthly regional membership meetings last week. The CCPC now has more than 1,400 members in Cuyahoga County and the number—encouraged by the pending inauguration of Donald John Trump as our 45th President—continues to grow. If you think that President Trump, and his billionaire agenda, […]

$2 BILLION IS A SLAP ON THE CORPORATE WRIST…

January 13th, 2017

Ralph Nader, writing in an Open Letter to Attorney General Lynch: Prosecution or Guilty Pleas for Corporate Crime, makes the case against clemency: Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch: News outlets are reporting that you are about to settle the criminal case with Takata airbag defect case for nearly $1 billion and the Volkswagen emissions cheating […]

[UPDATED] TRUMP AND THE RUSSIAN DOSSIER…

January 13th, 2017

The story about president-elect Donald John Trump and the Russian Dossier, now attributed to ex-MI-6 officer Christopher Steele—at one point head of MI6’s Russia desk—isn’t going away. Ed Pilkington, continuing the saga in Russia dossier: what happens next—and could Donald Trump be impeached? for The Guardian, writes: With days to go before Donald Trump is […]

SAN DIEGO CALLS BULLSHIT ON THE CHARGERS…

January 13th, 2017

I typically avoid the sports pages (one recent exception was following the news on Colin Kaepernick and Rodney Axson) but the news out of San Diego, California, where I lived for two years in the late ’70s, grabbed my attention with this headline from The Guardian: San Diego refused to be bullied by the NFL […]

DON’T MISTAKE THE DEEP STATE FOR A FRIEND…

January 12th, 2017

[Update @ 0610: The Guardian identifies the anonymous behind the story in Trump dossier: Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer, named as author ] [Update @ 0532: I would also like to add a note on the perverted sex acts alleged in the Trump Dossier. The use of the word perverted is a dangerous word because once […]

WHAT OUR PRESIDENT SAID…

January 11th, 2017

FAIR AND BALANCED?, WE THE PEOPLE DECIDE…

January 11th, 2017

[Update @ 0853: I’m taking a break—I have to get to work—but I’m noticing clues that this was written by someone for whom English is not a first language. What I’m noticing is that quite a few articles (a, an, the) are missing. Russian, for one example, does not have articles and this caused some […]

DEATH BY POLITICIANS

January 10th, 2017

Photo used courtesy of Scene. He’s a nice guy. He’s earnest. He’s honest for a politician. He’s likely a good family man. He’s competent. He’s reliable. Don’t think he’d purposely do anyone a wrong. A stand-up guy. But he’s going to KILL someone. He’s a Republican Senator. Rob Portman. Of Ohio. He’ll vote with the […]

TAKE YOUR BROKEN HEART & MAKE IT INTO ART…

January 9th, 2017

[Updated @ 0537 on 10 January: Ouch—Meryl Streep has hit on star-struck Trump’s big weakness and The fightback against Trump starts with Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech.] [Updated @ 0513 on 10 January: President-elect Donald John Trump pushes and Hollywood pushes back harder. If you come at the [Queen] you best not miss.]

ONE NATION, INDIVISIBLE, WITH JUSTICE…

January 8th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: Indivisible Guide: Click here to see a very comprehensive guide that over 400 organizations are using around the country to provide Resistance to Trump. CCPC intends to use many of these principles in our local resistance effort. The key is to flood Congress with calls from angry constituents as […]

PRESIDENT OBAMA: FREE OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA…

January 7th, 2017

From Our Revolution: Our Revolution on Thursday released a video calling for the release of Oscar López Rivera, the longest-held Puerto Rican political prisoner in history. Lopez Rivera, a Vietnam War veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star, has been in prison for over 35 years. “The first question that often people say is, ‘What […]

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