Thursday, January 19, 2017

Now Republicans don't care about Presidential Executive Orders? Heads are spinning.....

Spicer: Trump still deciding on his executive orders.

Sheriff Clarke continues to harass guy he met on airplane, willing to commit Assault in show of "Toxic Masculinity!"

Sheriff David Clarke is at it again, but to completely understand his recent fit of "toxic masculinity," we have to go back to another story.

You might remember this recent bout of Republican outrage directed at the UW over liberalism, just in time to cut more of their funding. I've highlighted in red the important point about Sheriff Clarke that explains the story below.
The Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it.” 
The enemy of education State Sen. Steve Nass (R) had a "toxic masculinity" fit:
Nass: "UW-Madison has become part of a national liberal effort to rid male students of their 'toxic masculinity … believe that Wisconsin mothers and fathers have done a poor job of raising their boys by trying to instill in them the values and characteristics necessary in becoming a Man.”
Funny thing, Republicans (and fake Democrats like Clarke) need this course more than any student. Check out Sheriff Clarke's weak kneed recent confrontation with a citizen:

Yup, Clarke needed six cops to protect himself over what would normally be considered an exchange of words, hardly even that really.

Dan Black registered a complaint with the county. Uh oh, you know what that means!

Once in the safe confines of his office, this cowardly "toxic masculine" cowboy...
...had a message to anyone who wants to hassle him while he's jetting about the country: "Next time he or anyone else pulls this stunt on a plane they may get knocked out. The sheriff said he does not have to wait for some goof to assault him. He reserves the reasonable right to pre-empt a possible assault."
Unless I've missed my guess, that would be considered an assault, right?

See what I mean by this simplified problem of toxic masculinity?
The Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it.” 
When Sheriff Clarke is finally voted out of office after admitting and cheering on the Cowboys, hoping to knock the Packers out of the playoffs, he can teach this suggested course by former State Rep. Michelle Litjens (R):
Litjens: "I think our students need to be offered both sides...they're offering a class about how not to be strong men anymore...but they also should be offering a class on, "If You Want to be a Strong Man, Here's How to Do It." You know we need to be offering both sides to our students..."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CBO warns: 18 Million will Lose Insurance, Premiums Skyrocket...for Medicare too.

It's incredibly frustrating watching Rep. Tom Price not "answer" questions at his Senate hearings for his possible position as head of HHS. From adding $10 trillion to the US debt, to gambling with the health of the every American, he's a pure ideologue that will "take a look at" some of the massive problems:
Price said, “I think, as policymakers, it is incumbent upon us to say, ‘What can we do to increase that coverage?’ The goal is to make sure that every single American has that access to coverage that they want for themselves and for their families.” 

Murphy had to point out that Price was conflating two distinct policy outcomes: “I’ll just note that those are two different things, having coverage and having access to coverage, and I think we’ve gone around on that a number of times.”
But just in time, a new CBO report came out that looked specifically at Paul Ryan/Tom Price's repeal/reform health care plan. It's devastating:

1. Republican legislation that guts the Affordable Care Act would cause 18 million people to lose their insurance and would increase premiums of individual plans by about 20 to 25 percent, all within a year of being enacted, a report released today by the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

2. The legislation would destabilize the individual health insurance market, the report cautions, so the effects will “worsen over time.” After roughly two years, the number of uninsured would jump by 27 million and premiums would increase by about 50 percent. If nothing else changes, in ten years, the uninsured would increase by 32 million and premiums would be about double.

3. The CBO estimates that in the first full insurance plan year after (repeal), 10 million people will lose the insurance they got in the individual market, 5 million fewer people will be covered by Medicaid, and 3 million will lose employer-based coverage.

4. Insurance companies would leave the individual insurance market and about 10 percent of Americans will have no options for individual insurance plans.

5. In the second phase, roughly two years after enactment, the plan will eliminate the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and subsidies. This will increase the number of uninsured by 27 million and premiums would be around 50 percent higher. About half of the country will not have access to an individual insurance plan.

6. If no replacement plans are enacted, things will continue to erode by 2026, and about half of the country’s population wouldn’t have access to an individual plan.
You'll hear Republicans say the CBO didn't consider the after effects of reform...but they did.

Another interesting warning is also included in the CBO report: 
CBO Says GOP Medicare Plan Would Double The Cost Of Health Care For Seniors. But because commercial insurers cost more to run than government plans, to privatize Medicare starting in 2022 would actually spark a dramatic increase in how much the nation spends on healthcare for the elderly.

Mostly healthy and young people will exit the insurance pool at this point, leaving a higher proportion of the less healthy and older, who tend to use healthcare more and are thus more expensive to insure. Thus, premiums will increase by about 20 to 25 percent.
Here's an example:
The GOP proposal, which would begin in 2022, involves providing a ‘voucher’ – or as Ryan likes to call it, ‘premium support’ – to seniors to help pay for their health insurance. The average American would receive a check for $8,000, representing roughly what the CBO estimates Medicare would have to fork out for the average beneficiary in 2022. In addition to the government’s costs, the CBO estimates that seniors, in 2022, would lay out about $6,150.00 in out-of-pocket costs in the Medicare system. That totals an average cost of health care for participating seniors, in 2022, to be $14,770.

Under the GOP privatization plan, the cost to purchase the health insurance policy would cost about $20,520 per year – leaving the seniors out of pocket in the amount of $12,510 or more than twice what they would pay in 2022 should the Medicare system we currently have continue.
HEALTH CARE IS NOT A "FREE MARKET" CONSUMER PRODUCT YOU BUY!!!! Insurance is. Here's a really nice way to describe it:
Their traditional response is that by allowing the free-market to work in medicine, everything will take care of itself.

As discussed on this page many times – and by most leading health care economists in the country- the free market does not work in health care because health care is not your typical commodity.

When a patient needs heart surgery, he or she is not going shopping for a bargain price as they might do when purchasing a television set. That patient doesn’t have the luxury of putting off the purchase until later in the year when the prices come down and getting a deal pales in comparison to getting the best surgeon you can find to turn off your heart while it is being fixed.

As anyone who has ever been in this position knows all too well, you don’t pick the surgeon you are entrusting to save your life based on price – you pick that person based on quality and history of success.

Fiona Apple's Trump chant "Tiny hands!"

Another musical salute to Trump's inauguration:
Fiona Apple unveiled a pointed and infectious anti-Trump chant, "Tiny Hands," for the upcoming Women's March on Washington. While the recording does feature some musical accompaniment – a piano loop, marching drums and a sample of Trump bragging about groping women without their permission from the infamous Access Hollywood tape – it's primarily a vessel for Apple's rallying cry, which is readymade for the post-inauguration protest: "We don't want your tiny hands, anywhere near our underpants."

And who could forget Apple's Christmas classic..

Scott Walker imagines Tuition Cuts!

We're smarter than this, right Democrats?

Ask yourself why is Scott Walker doing a 180 on UW funding, knowing there's no way to pay for it?  "'Cut — that's right, cut' tuition." I can see the campaign ad material now, "See, I love the UW." Which sets up: Scott Walker good cop, legislature bad cop. Cap Times:
Speaker Robin Vos said he is "open-minded" to the idea, but he is not yet convinced a tuition cut will be a priority for lawmakers as they consider the 2017-19 budget.
 Along with...
Rep. John Nygren said Republicans are ... reluctant to signal support for Walker's proposed cut. "It’s not that I’m against it, it’s just that as a budget chair I need to look at the budget in totality against other priorities such as K-12 funding, Medicaid, other big ticket items."
But if Walker cared so much, he would have let Wisconsin refinance student loans with a state refinancing authority, but...:
Rep. Dianne Hesselbein, argued Walker's answer to student loan debt amounted to telling borrowers to "call a bank."
Scott Walker, big talk, campaign material talking points. Hey, he tried and loves the UW.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trump to expand and open Press Room up to Fake News Outlets!!!

Wasting no time in "shaking things up," Trump wants to throw everyone off balance, especially the press. The Guardian:
coming soon....
Talk radio hosts and bloggers could be given greater access to official White House press briefings once the Trump administration takes office, under a highly irregular proposal being floated that may also remove briefings from the West Wing.

White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said the proposal would mean “you can involve more people, be more transparent, have more accessibility. There’s a lot of talk radio and bloggers and people that can’t fit in right now and maybe don’t have a permanency because they’re not part of the Washington elite media, but to allow them an opportunity to ask the press secretary or the president a question is a positive thing. It’s more democratic.”
But how many liberal bloggers and radio hosts will be there? But oh wait...
"They are the opposition party. I want 'em out of the building, we're taking back the press room." 
Here's the story. Check out the Colbert clip that looks at the how a Trump press briefing might look pretty damn soon:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Where were these headlines Before the Election???

So this is what it takes to wake people up to the health care crisis, a sole creation of the politically motivated Republican Party's 8 year push to hate all things Obama. 

The headlines below seemed to have struck a nerve:

Walker's Wisconsin, dumping ground for cut rate companies?

Wages in Wisconsin have headed downward. Scott Walker's policies have taken it's toll on labor.

And yet, Walker would have you dream of better days ahead..."careers that pay more than the minimum wage:"
Scott Walker: "The left claims that they're for American workers and they've just got really lame ideas — things like the minimum wage. Instead of focusing on that, we need to talk about how we get people ... the careers that pay far more than the minimum wage."
Minimum wage? Don't be ridiculous.

And yet the state he's created and is selling to employers in other states is just the opposite of careers that pay more, or may someday offer more. Twin Cities:
Diversified Manufacturing Corp. will be leaving Newport for Wisconsin in June, taking about 120 jobs with it.

But why leave its Minnesota roots for Wisconsin?
The reason why may haunt Wisconsin for some time. We may become a magnet for cheap cut rate companies that aren't labor friendly:
Company owner Rishikesh “Ram” Motilall said he was drawn to Wisconsin because he finds the cost of business to be lower there. And he worries about the business impact should efforts in the Twin Cities to raise the minimum wage and increase sick time expand statewide.
We would hate to see higher minimum wages and expanded sick time. But Scott Walker believes in a dynamic "free market" wonderland businesses keeps demanding:
Diversified Manufacturing received about 15 acres of free land, tax increment financing, and assistance with setting up the site from the city, Prescott’s Mayor David Hovel said,
By the way, I ran across this minimum wage tidbit that sounded very very familiar. Republicans are using this Frank Luntz ploy to death:
The survey of 1,000 business executives across the country was conducted by LuntzGlobal, the firm run by Republican pollster Frank Luntz, and obtained by a liberal watchdog group called the Center for Media and Democracy. (The slide deck is here, and the full questionnaire is here.) Among the most interesting findings: 80 percent of respondents said they supported raising their state's minimum wage, while only eight percent opposed it. "That’s where it’s undeniable that they support the increase,” Luntz told state chamber executives in a webinar describing the results,
Walker used Frank Luntz's messaging scheme to its fullest, more familiar BS:
Luntz then provided some tips on how to defuse that support, such as suggesting other poverty-reduction methods like the Earned Income Tax Credit. “Where you might find some comfort if you are opposing it in your state is, 'how big of a priority is it against other priorities?'” he said. "Most folks think there are bigger priorities ... So when you put it up against other issues, you can find other alternatives and other things to focus on. But in isolation, and you ask about the minimum wage, it's definitely a winner.

Ryan's ACA Replacement Plan isn't about Health Care, it's about the Health of the Insurance Industry: Part 2

A few thoughts on repealing ObamaCare, otherwise known as the ACA (so many people thought they were two totally different plans).

When I saw actual side-by-side "competition" between insurers force some off the exchanges, it was my epiphanic moment. Insurers not only don't like competition, it would actually kill them.

So the ridiculous idea that insurers would lower their premiums once they had to compete across state lines didn't make sense anymore:

1. They'd take a huge hit on Wall Street.

2. We already saw what would happen if insurer premiums simply grew too slowly, like they did on the exchanges; insurers gave up and left the exchanges.

3. If prices do decline or rise too slowly, small insurers won't survive, and only the strongest and largest insurers will be left. Again, this creates large closed noncompetitive monopolistic networks, the ones Paul Ryan claimed destroyed ObamaCare and raised premiums.

4. Insurer "competition" doesn't have anything to do with the actual prices charged by doctors and hospitals. The repeal/replace plan is all about the insurance industry. What part of this reigns in the rising cost of health care?

Then I saw this analysis. It confirmed what I was already thinking:

Republicans have sucked so much of the air out of the room, just debating repeal and replace, that what I've listed above is not getting any attention. It's even more difficult to deal with 2 or 3 years from now.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Can't Believe a thing Trump says...part 2,001....

Fake news artist Trump wants you to believe what he believes....
The president-elect said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called him to denounce the reports about the unverified dossier on Trump which recently leaked. But that is at odds with Clapper's own words in an earlier statement about their call.

Republican alternative to the UW's class "The Men's Project!"

Rep. Robin Vos' main squeeze Michelle Litjens said something amazing this morning on WPR's Joy Cardin Show, about "The Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it,” according to a UW Health Service news release.
Litjens: "I think our students need to be offered both sides...they're offering a class about how not to be strong men anymore...but they also should be offering a class on, "If You Want to be a Strong Man, Here's How to Do It." You know we need to be offering both sides to our students..."
Priceless and fair.

Ryan's ACA Replacement Plan isn't about Health Care, it's about the Health of the Insurance Industry.

Paul Ryan's entire health care reform plan is all about shopping for insurance and insurance company healthy profits subsidized by the American taxpayer.

Paul Ryan's CNN town hall meeting with one conservative voter did not go well. The lesson here is that unless Republicans are personally affected, they don't give a rats ass.

Not only did Ryan meet up with a former ObamaCare hating small business owner who now praises the ACA, he had no specific comeback that his plan would have been any better. Ryan instead wants to bring back those failed and expensive taxpayer supported state run high risk pools, so insurers have only healthy people sending them a check every month. Real free market like...?

Remember: Below, Trump promised "far less expensive and far better" coverage than the ACA exchanges. NOTE: Trump bashed the ObamaCare deductibles for being "so high, that after people go care can't even be used by them because their deductibles are so high." The right wing talking point is "deductibles are so high it's like not having insurance." And yet, the Republican plan is centered on HSA's, health savings accounts, which are high deductible insurance plans.

It's driving me crazy Democrats aren't pointing this out every minute of every day:

...more of Trump's promise.....remember, "better" can't include less coverage:

What the Public Wants vs What the Republicans don't Want: Democrats forced Republicans go on record during the vote to repeal the ACA opposing the most popular publically supported elements of ObamaCare:

It's odd how we're just now having the discussion about what it would be like repealing the ACA for 22 million insured Americans who could lose their coverage.

You'll notice that 77% of those who want to repeal ObamaCare (who whined loudly about not being able to keep their old insurance or doctors), are okay with 20 million people losing their insurance and doctors. The power of resentment is mind blowing.

But the recent large increases in premiums on the exchanges might have been a one time marketplace correction for the initial lower premiums when ObamaCare began. Also, the Urban Institute Report predicted that 82% of the 30 million people losing their coverage would be from working families. Sorry "real Americans." And repealing the taxes that support the ACA now would make paying for their own plan impossible, since they've taken a no tax pledge:

After watching Ryan scramble to defend his massively flawed plan, by a clueless media, I have a few observations:
1. My very well off brother complained he didn't get any help paying for his health insurance, like the ACA subsidy, and thought that was unfair. Under Ryan's plan, the well off who can already deduct their expensive Cadillac health care plans, will get Ryan's tax break as well with an across the board "refundable tax credit." The rich and poor will get the same amount no matter what income level. Oddly, they want to means test Medicare patients.

2. How can out-of-state insurers offer less expensive plans from when they have to set up networks in those other states?

3. Before ObamaCare, doctors and hospitals complained about the maze of insurer paperwork and contractual guidelines. With the influx of outside insurers setting up shop, doesn't that make keeping track of each individual insurer a nightmare?

4. Some of the people asking questions at Ryan's town hall didn't really have a grasp of what really happens in health care, blindly accepting Ryan's bizarre concept of health care. 
Watch the whole thing here:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"We Won" Trump supporter thinks ObamaCare and the ACA aren't the same!!! Part 2

It's an amazing revelation: Republicans thought "ObamaCare" had nothing to do with the ACA - the Affordable Care Act.  I posted a similar story the other day. 

Here's the latest string of Tweets from another Trump voter cluelessly hoping ObamaCare gets repealed (click image for clarity):

Always remember this promise from Traitor Trump as health care in the country as the cost goes through the roof with worthless high deductible junk policies:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Trump's Golden Shower Bombshell...or is this Nazi German? Neither? This is Trump!

The question should be, did anyone worry about leaked "fake news," or even irrelevant news about Hillary Clinton or John Podesta? Why is this different, especially when you consider Trump's penchant for flagrant lying?

Press Conference Circus: Trump's version of Goebbels, double speak press secretary and media mangler Sean Spicer came out first to diffuse the unsubstantiated Buzzfeed story about Trump's "golden shower" Russian hotel romp, but his push back appeared desperate and preemptive.

This may or may not be fake news, but still, why did Trump trolls try to cover Trump's ass right away? Just in case?:
Trump supporters started a misinformation campaign about the dossier, circulating images on 4chan and Reddit that include passages not contained in the original document. They claim the entire dossier is made up and that it was sent to a Republican strategist, Rick Wilson, last year. Wilson denied being the source of the leak. He has been involved in a long-running battle with Internet trolls after he called Trump supporters “childless single men who masturbate to anime” last January.
Trump again took it out on a CNN reporter, calling the network fake news:

But Trump loves fake news, as explained here:

MSNBC's correspondent in Moscow gives us their reaction:

Of course Trump calling out those in the intelligence community Nazi's was a first by an American president, as Andrea Mitchell pointed out:

Trump's attorney came out with their reinterpretation of the Constitution and ridiculous and tortured workaround's so Trump would continue to make money:

For those unfamiliar with the  story, as I was until I decided to post this....
CNN reported only that a two-page summary of the report “was presented last week to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump [and] included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.” The story began making the rounds at Washington dinner parties late last summer: Donald Trump had been caught in a compromising sexual position by Russian intelligence agents during a business trip to Moscow.

According to one version, told by a high-ranking Obama administration diplomat, Russian intelligence services, acting on Trump’s well-known obsession with sex, had arranged an evening for him with a bevy of hookers, with hidden cameras and microphones recording all the action. The jaw-dropping detail that topped the story? Trump had somehow engaged in “golden showers,” sex acts involving urine. Russian security agents watched Trump engaging in “perverted sexual acts” that were “arranged/monitored by the FSB,” the Kremlin’s leading spy agency. The FSB, it said, “employed a number of prostitutes to perform a golden showers (urination) show in front of him.” The veracity of the report and its sourcing have not been verified.

The report also detailed Moscow’s interest in the Clintons. Reports on Hillary Clinton were “collated” by Directorate K of the FSB spy agency “for many years,” it said, “dating back to her husband Bill's presidency.” But not much was found by bugging Clinton’s hotel rooms, the sources said: The spies recorded no “golden showers” or “unorthodox or embarrassing behavior” from countless hours of eavesdropping on Clinton and her retinue. The best they could come up with was ”things she had said which contradicted her current position on various issues.”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Republicans attack "Empathy" again ripping into Streep.

Meryl Streep talked about "empathy," and got trashed by the Trumpian "we won" bullies.

As Streep summed up at the end, it's all about empathy. Which is why Meghan McCain's comments were so bizarre:
Conservative commentator Meghan McCain on Sunday criticized actress Meryl Streep's Golden Globes dig at Donald Trump, saying it shows that Hollywood doesn't understand the forces behind Trump's victory.

Having empathy will get Trump elected again? Republicans have turned empathy an epithet.

For the always scrambling Kellyanne Conway, Streep is inciting Trump voters worst instincts, like having a little empathy:

Remember the vilification of "empathy?" Republicans hated the word and made that clear a while back. Oddly, on the same day Sen. Jeff Session had his hearing on becoming the nations attorney general, I found this story from June 2009 when he attacked the idea of "empathy:"
USA Today: The top Republican on the Senate committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., reviewing Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court said Monday that he is concerned President Obama is driving federal courts "far to the left" by choosing "activist" judges for the bench.

(Sessions) raised questions about what role a judge's background should play in deciding cases. “When he talks about wanting a judge to show empathy, that's very troubling to me."
Empathy attacked again:
(President) Obama set forth his criteria for a (Supreme Court Justice) replacement by declaring that he viewed “that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient.” But now that conservatives have hijacked empathy and turned it into an epithet — “a code word for an activist judge,” as Senator Orrin Hatch said recently on ABC. 

Trump and Paul Ryan slap together 3 week repeal and TrumpCare replacement plan...what could go wrong?

Remember when Republicans complained the Democrats hastily put together the Affordable Care Act in  just one year? 

Well, they’re about to pass their own plan in a few weeks.
AP: President-elect Donald Trump pushed Congress Tuesday for speed and coordination, to act swiftly to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, and follow up quickly with a replacement. House Speaker Paul Ryan, after talking with Trump, announced that the House would aim to take both steps "concurrently. We're going to use every tool at our disposal, through legislation, through regulation, to bring replace concurrent along with repeal, so that we can save people from this mess."
Actually the Affordable Care Act was a Democratic plan that was a century in the making. 

Guess you can't say that about the TrumpCare plan:
Trum (told) the Times that the repeal should be "probably sometime next week," and "the replace will be very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter."
Always remember what Paul Ryan promised:

I can't wait to see this crumble. Here's Huffington Post's Jeffrey Young on what repeal will mean.

"We Won" Trump supporter thinks ObamaCare and the ACA aren't the same!!! They're in control now....

Since health care is one of the most important issues facing our country and the budget, I did more than my share of homework trying to understand what was at stake.

For Trumpian followers, the mind numbing chant "repeal ObamaCare" was all they ever really needed to know, which is turning out to be very very embarrassing.

All it took was the following couple of Tweets to get things started:

You read that right, ObamaCare is not the ACA? These are the people in charge now, salivating over its repeal, and looking forward to lower cost insurance and better coverage.

It then got interesting with a flood of tweets trashing American Patriot:

American Patriot, who's cluelessness will result in 20 million people losing their doctors and insurance, doubled down. You'll love this...:

What a hero.

Fringe "Reporter" pushed DNR to magically eliminate looming Climate Change!

My head is hurting after reading what appeared to be a fairly boring story about the DNR scrubbing their website of climate change information. It was crazy enough to disappear climate change, but even crazier to pretend climate change doesn't exist. Now we're finding out the DNR made the change at the request of a reporter at the Lakeland Times. That's all it took. You won't believe this...

It turned out the relevant and outrageous details of this national news story were oddly buried at the end of a JS story reported yesterday. So let’s start there:
Richard Moore: Climate Denier
In an interview on Dec. 19, Richard Moore, investigative reporter for the Lakeland Times, asked Stepp and Deputy Secretary Kurt Thiede that since “DNR officials have been publicly stating for at least three years that the causes of climate change are debatable … why the climate page was never changed,” the newspaper reported.

"Stepp said she did not know what we were referring to but said what we were telling her was concerning and she would check out the climate-change page to make sure she was getting the right information," the Minocqua-based newspaper reported.

"If there is something on our website that I'm not familiar was on our website, I thank you for bringing that to my attention," Stepp said.
Oh, and by the way, the “investigative reporter” is a right wing paranoid denier, a fact that again, was buried at the end of the JS story:
Moore is the author of "The New Bossism of the American Left," and "How the DNR Stole Wisconsin."
I want to make this perfectly clear, fake news instigators, authors and now right wing propagandist “reporters” are giving policy guidance our state government. And the Walker administration took the bait.

Cleverly Duping the DNR Again?: Hand it to the JS for craftily setting up what might be the next major deletion on the DNR’s website:
The Journal Sentinel asked the DNR whether the agency planned to scrub other language related to human factors in climate change on the website, such as a web page devoted waste management. The page says, "We now have a clearer understanding of the role waste and materials management plays in global climate change and, most importantly, the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the waste and materials management sphere."

Dick, the DNR spokesman, responded in an email: "Thank you for bringing that landfill page to our attention. Now that you have, we’ll take a look at it and see if it needs updating."
If you take a quick look at Richard Moore's "How the DNR stole Wisconsin, Part 2," you'll see why Cathy Stepp made those DNR changes so quickly:
How the DNR Stole Wisconsin: These bureaucracies are filled with partisan, protected activists who care not about the will of the people. They peddle leftist and globalist agendas, and they have the authority through administrative rules to enact them. They lust after power and absolute power, and no lawmaker has the guts to take them on. in 2008. Here’s what I said about the agency then (2008): “The DNR runs roughshod over anyone who dares to question it. It uses intimidation, often hangs its hat on questionable science, makes up its own laws on the spot, enforces arbitrary, one-size-fits-all rules with often-absurd consequences, and lies and covers up when it has to.” 

The Times asked the DNR specific questions about its climate-change activities because we wondered whether the agency might rethink its policy assumptions given new information. We wondered why the agency presented only one point of view on its web pages, and why it distributed one-sided propaganda to school teachers. DNR spokesperson Mr. Cosh’s assurance in 2011 that a climate-change handbook for teachers had been discontinued, when in fact it is still distributed. The agency needs to perform a mea culpa and apologize for its dishonesty. 

The goal of those the DNR partners with is to work globally and locally to destroy the American economy and to shift power and wealth to nondemocratic Third World countries.
I checked out Richard Moore's other book, to get his perspective on the "American Left." I especially liked the bizarre assumption that anyone on the left "seeks to control every aspect of our lives." Not one progressive, liberal or Democrat I've ever met has made that claim, but it beautifully stokes and manipulates the paranoid rights fears perfectly:
The New Bossism of the American Left … Richard Moore exposes the inner workings of this increasingly all-powerful political machine: a collectivist bureaucracy … and a liberal state-run media. Together, they seek to control every aspect of our lives: what we eat, where we live, what we read, how long we will be in the shower. They want to control all the waters of the United States, and the dust on the nation’s farms … and continue to talk as if we are a free people. To restore the constitutional integrity that allows a free people to freely decide their fate demands that the true inner workings of the New Bosses be revealed, so its machinery can be dismantled.
"Liberal state run media?" It should be noted Moore is the former editor of the Lakeland Times...part of the liberal state-run media? I'd be curious to see how many other newspaper editors have similar books that are so politically radical on their resumes.

A one star reviewer pretty much summed up my feelings...
Propaganda – by MilwaukeeMax, January 9, 2017: This guy calls himself a journalist but is a disgrace to the profession and a complete hack. He ignores facts and spins his agenda into all his "investigative" writing, which only spews out his vitriolic rhetoric that is intended to confuse and create fear.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Trump's Tweet Tantrum on Streep, and juvenile "We Won" tour can't wipe out illegitimate win and serial lying.

Trump's tweet-tantrum about Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes should cement in peoples minds that this guy is a stark raving megalomaniac (a delusional mental disorder that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur), with a narcissistic personality disorder (extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration).

Oddly, you won't see the press writing about Trump's serious personality disorders. Left untreated, he could plunge the country into utter chaos.

So far, Trump has spent all his time defending the legitimacy of the election...his legitimacy, because the evidence against him is overwhelming. 1) Russian hacking to elect Trump, 2) Trump lost popular vote by 3 million, 3) The House and Senate lost Republicans, 4) Trump's record breaking lies fooled some of the people most of the time.

Blames DNC for Russian hacking, that he claims didn't affect election...: Technically speaking, Trump will always have the cloud of illegitimacy hovering over his presidency, no matter what he says based on the evidence:
A Russian covert operation designed to undermine American democracy evolved into an attempt to help Donald Trump win ... Office of National Intelligence: "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump."

I think Trump's New Year's greeting says it all, as captured by Mark Hamill's "Joker:"

Trump, the Media TV Star: Try as he may, trashing Hollywood and the media rings a bit hollow now, since his runaway hit TV show. But Trump's narcissism won't allow criticism. Meryl Streep, over-rated, really? She is now pay the Trump price via name calling...real presidential like:

It wasn't just Streep who commented. 
Night Manager star Hugh Laurie began his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series (by saying)..
“I can say I won this at the last-ever Golden Globes. I mean, it has the words ‘Hollywood,’ ‘Foreign,’ and ‘Press’ in it,” the “I also think to some Republicans, even the word ‘Association’ is sketchy. I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere.”
A few of my wife's fellow authors had their Facebook pages filled with Trumpian lunacy. Just to be clear, I don't know one liberal, progressive or Democrat that is in the tank this much for any politician...including Bernie Sanders. It would scare me. 

But Trump dupes are so personally invested in Trump, basically living vicariously through his massive unforgiving ego, that they trashed their favorite authors for agreeing with Streep. The following is a random sample of comments:
Randy: How beautiful it is not to care at all what the liberals in Hollywood say. We won, get over it!!

S Hortman: Amen Randy. They big spoiled brats who want sidewalks so the illegals and terrorist can freely come over. They need psychiatric care. They didnt hd hillary or obama accountable. Nothing but babies liars and spoiled bullies. My attitude about demos have changed. What creepy haters of God men and country. Doubleminded.

S Angel: STreep is a DISGUSTING FEMALE who say things at random without fact- checking it first. I hope she will get her karma when it strikes back at her. Her speech was classless and pointless and a total lie that had been ORIGINATED by the CNN!! This is going to be her LAST award. She will be going downhill from here on.

S Hortman: Well You get hateful call people racist and bigots then we respond and you start bawling. We arent pretenders and after recount shut up. You lost your asses lost move on.

S Angel: STreep is a DISGUSTING FEMALE who say things at random without fact- checking it first. I hope she will get her karma when it strikes back at her. Her speech was classless and pointless and a total lie that had been ORIGINATED by the CNN!! This is going to be her LAST award. She will be going downhill from here on.

S Hortman: We have been loosing for eight years. Trump won. Ha. Now say the Pledge of Allegiance so you understand you arent the only one that matters. Ugh.
On a lighter note: Catholics 4 Trump, I kid you not, claim he didn't really mock the reporter, since the reporter does not flail his arms around. And yet Trump did say, "you ought-a see this guy." Now if Trump wasn't famous for over hyping everything...maybe:

One CNN reporter explained, while displaying a still photo of him, that Kovaleski, “suffers from a chronic condition that impairs movement of his arms.” Again, the implication is that Kovaleski can’t control his arms from moving. To the contrary, Kovaleski appears perfectly calm when giving interviews. Thus, if Trump truly wanted to mock Kovaleski’s disability, he would have had to stand perfectly still with a flexed right hand and not flail his arms.

Trump increases Pentagon spending despite hidden waste of $125 billion, and past unaccounted for $2.3 Trillion.

Republicans are dead set on increasing defense spending, while cutting every social safety net program we have. Peace through strength they say. But if Republicans were serious about weeding out fraud and government waste, well, they could start and end with defense spending.

Defense spending just went up to $619 billion, while programs benefiting Americans are being targeted for major reductions. The chart here is from 2015. Note: Self funded programs are included:

Mind Blowing Pentagon Waste Ignored: I've found two reports that Republicans don't want you to remember. First, the most recent report of Pentagon waste from December 2016, acknowledged by Trump in this "official" pre-presidential Tweet:

Here's the Fox News report:

Business Insider: Barely one week after a blockbuster Washington Post investigation revealed that the Pentagon had suppressed a report identifying $125 billion in wasteful spending, Congress has passed the new National Defense Authorization Act, directing a fresh $619 billion to the Department of Defense. 

Last summer, an examination of the finances of the U.S. Army alone found misstatements and errors than ran into the trillions of dollars. A push by Congress to force the Pentagon into “audit readiness” by the end of fiscal year 2017 is widely regarded as doomed to failure.

The bill (had) several controversial measures removed … a proposal to allow defense contractors to exercise their “religious freedom” by discriminating against employees on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation … would have required women to register for the draft.
Pentagon Couldn't Find $2.3 Trillion...Lost: The above report pales in comparison to the archival CBS footage I saved from way back around 2001, when we were talking about the pentagon losing track of $2.3 trillion...not kidding. The Pentagon wrote off the losses like they always do, according to Dept. of Defense Analyst Franklin Spinney:

So, still want to spend more on the military, while trying to squeeze out that negligible amount of fraud in the food stamp program? It was never about saving money or small government, it was always about taking power.