From The Swash Zone:
Last night (ironically, the first Friday the 13th of the new year), the mayor of Biloxi put out a tweet that rather specifically did not call Monday’s holiday “Martin Luther King Day.”
From The Big Empty:
I see the ACA repeal through the prism of identity politics. Most GOP voters believe ACA is welfare. Most GOP voters believe most welfare recipients are black and brown. Most GOP voters do not want black and brown people to have ACA “welfare.” So…when GOP politicians express delight at eliminating ACA, they are merely reflecting their voters’ delight. Don’t believe me? Ask your Republicans friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers.
From Yellow Dog at Blue in the Bluegrass:
Public money filling the pockets of for-profit scammers.
“Schools” that accept only the wealthiest, whitest and most high-achieving students, leaving the children of color and poverty who most need help out in the cold.
“Schools” that do not teach, but indoctrinate children into freakazoid religion, corporate obedience or other mindless conformity.
From PZ Myers:
I talked with “hackers” online, and was unimpressed. They could talk a good game, but they didn’t understand much. Their primary skill was in bragging.
Then I got a job as a systems manager for an academic unit, working with VAXen for a lot of scientists who just saw them as tools to get a job done, and they needed someone to take care of keeping everything running smoothly. I worked at that for a couple of years. General impression: “This is hard.”
From Jon Perr at PERRspectives:
House and Senate Republicans this week took the first step this week towards the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. But without a replacement program in place, the GOP is nevertheless prepared to withdraw health insurance from up to 30 million Americans and jeopardize coverage for over 20 million more. While millions will face the prospect of financial ruin, Republicans will condemn tens of thousands of the newly uninsured to needless deaths–every year. Meanwhile, many hospitals, physicians and insurers will be trapped in a market “death spiral” Republicans alone will be responsible for creating. If President Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan succeed, theirs will be the greatest act of political spite in American history.
The question is why.
From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:
The Republicans in Congress are quickly acting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), or at least defund it (which would effectively kill it). They have been lying about the program since it was passed, but what they still fail to realize is that most Americans don’t want the program repealed. People understand that the program is not perfect, and most just want it fixed — not repealed.
One aspect of Obamacare that Republican officials dislike the most is the providing of subsidies to help Americans buy health insurance. Once Obamacare is defunded, or repealed, this aspect would disappear — and over 20 million Americans would lose the health insurance they have been able to get under Obamacare.
But the public does not want the subsidies to disappear.
From T. Paine, at Saving Common Sense:
“Chicago was a perfectly symbolic setting for Obama to give his last official speech; the city is a petri dish of the failed radical policies Obama attempted to impose on the country as a whole.
“Of course, Chicago was an appropriate locale for the goodbye address. It’s a violent, one-party city that is collapsing under the weight of its own corruption.
“Ruled by his White House chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in 2016 there were 762 murders in Chicago, more than all the murders recorded that year in New York City and Los Angeles combined…”
From A Wayfarer’s Notes:
Let highest literacy prevail! For in reading we gain personal knowledge of the past, with its wisdom and folly, bypassing hearsay; and thus build a bulwark of wisdom against any barbarian present and future. Not that everyone need be summoned to this vocation, nor needs to be. It is but a leaven in the entire recipe & my duty to add it while I can.
The world as a whole has nothing to fear from illiteracy, though in today’s frenetic world it may—alas!—be a handicap to those for whom simple living, close to the soil, is not an option. Illiteracy carries its own blessings—for example to be spared most of the lies and clichés that corrode honest dealings and even private thought.
From Frances Langum:
Paul Ryan is a liar, but you knew that.
The big lie in this clip is he said Medicaid didn’t reach coverage goal WITHOUT MENTIONING Republican states refused to expand Medicaid. That refusal is almost entirely responsible for Medicaid not reaching its coverage goals under the Affordable Care Act.