Heathcare For All? Yes! But Beware Medicare For All.

August 20, 2019 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Disinformation, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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An intensive care unit (ICU) within a hospital, photographed by Norbert Kaiser, 2 March 2007.

An intensive care unit (ICU) within a hospital, photographed by Norbert Kaiser, 2 March 2007.

A large fraction of the population is satisfied with their private health insurance
That includes most Federal employees and retirees.

This fraction of the population regularly votes.

No one who is satisfied with their private health insurance can vote for any candidate who wants to eliminate or to significantly change private heath insurance.

HeathCare For All = good, and non-coercive.
Medicare For All = bad, for two important reasons:

– It would be coercive.

– It is guaranteed to degrade the quality and availability of the heathcare available,
both to those who currently have healthcare insurance,
and to those who do not.

Those who have private healthcare insurance currently subsidize the doctors and the hospitals who serve those who do not currently have healthcare insurance,
as well as those who do currently have healthcare insurance.

We are happy to do so, because that subsidizing preserves both the number of doctors and the number of hospitals.

That is an aspect of private heathcare insurance that the advocates of Medicare For All do not want to understand.

Bernie Sanders is not being honest about these consequences of Medicare for All.

If one of the advocates of Medicare for All becomes the Democratic candidate for President, in the election in 2020 I and a very large fraction of other voters will have to leave blank the choice between the candidates for President. We would not vote for President Chump, but we also would not vote for a candidate who would worsen heathcare in the United States.

Tweets by thepoliblog – 1

August 18, 2019 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Climate change, Conceited, Disinformation, Enemies of Freedom, Enemies of Planet Earth, Fairness, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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Singing male blackbird, Bogense havn, Funen, Denmark. Image provided by Malene Thyssen (User:Malene), 13 May 2004, via da:Billede:Solsort.jpg on the Danske Wikipedia.

Singing male blackbird, Bogense havn, Funen, Denmark. Image provided by Malene Thyssen (User:Malene), 13 May 2004, via da:Billede:Solsort.jpg on the Danske Wikipedia.

Here are some tweets by thepoliblog. Some were posted on Trump’s and on McConnell’s government twitter pages, where, as comments by the public about official business, they cannot be removed, so Trump and Trump’s fans, or McConnell and McConnell’s fans, are confronted by them, again and again. Some of the tweets are directed to Devin Nunes and to Rupert Murdoch.
Tweet to counter the twits.
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Contrary to his boasts, #PresidentChump was a failure in business.
After his many bankruptcies, most banks refused to lend to him.
He was reduced to marketing his name instead of real estate, and to strutting around on TV.
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Chump is like the Music Man, but meaner.
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When most banks decided to stop lending to #DonnyTheChump,
his main source of funds became Putin’s henchmen, and DeutscheBank.
That is probably one reason why #PresidentChump hides his tax returns.
It also explains his loyalty to Putin.
#PresidentChump is Putin’s chihuahua.
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#PresidentChump’s inflated claims of wealth are designed to support his false
claim of success in business.
They are like con-man Bernie Madoff’s claims to his actual and potential investors.
This is one of the reasons why Chump wants to hide his tax forms.
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If #PresidentChump’s claims of wealth were true, he could prove his claims by showing his tax forms, as previous Presidential candidates and Presidents have done.
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Recent newspaper articles wonder whether a woman can be elected President.
We already have proof that a woman can be.
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Hillary Clinton would have won if it hadn’t been for the obsolete Electoral College, Putin’s interference, disgruntled Berniecrats, and the malevolent Green Party, which always draws pro-environment votes away from the only pro-environment candidates who could win.
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President John Barron?
John Barron, John Baron, and John Miller are names that #PresidentChump
used in phone calls to the New York Times, while attempting to CREATE fake news.
He pretended to be calling with favorable insider information about Donald Trump.
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#PresidentChump is NOT the leader of the free world.
He doesn’t even LIKE free societies.
He prefers authoritarian societies: societies that are
like the Trump Organization writ large.
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#PresidentChump envies heads of state who command goons.
You can see that at his rallies,
and in his approval of the atrocities by Putin, bin Salman, Kim, Duterte, and on and on, ad nauseum.
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#PresidentChump sneered at John McCain’s academic record.
Them why does #Chump use lawyers to prevent the release of his OWN academic records? You already know the answer.
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Why is #PresidentChump’s self-esteem so fragile?
His father bullied him, and his alcoholic drug-addicted older brother committed suicide.
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There is nothing abnormal about #PresidentChump’s frantic bleats of “No collusion”.
The guilty deny guilt. Chump’s panic and frenzy give him away.
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Make America Great Again, eh?
No, #PresidentChump made America SECOND-RATE again.
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#PresidentChump, how does it feel to be one of the 3 worst Presidents
in American history, and, among those 3, to be one of the most harmful 2 ?
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#PresidentChump, how does it feel to be the most illiterate President in American history?
You boasted that you didn’t read your textbooks in school because you didn’t need to.
That was a lie. You didn’t read them, because you couldn’t.
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His only guiding principle: Trump First!
His only goal: Make Trump Great Again! Lets hear it: MTGA!
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#PresidentChump is an excrementalist: an excremental political thinker, an excremental economist, an excremental human being, and an excremental businessman.
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#PresidentChump cannot read Mueller’s report, because he cannot read.
Chump tries to hide the fact that he is nearly illiterate.
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#PresidentChump, the Creepy Clown in the White House,
deserves to be impeached and convicted.
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But unpatriotic Mitch McConnell would prevent conviction by the Senate, which President Chump would then claim as exoneration.
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Nancy Pelosi is right. Hold hearings instead, to obtain evidence for the 2020 election.
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Trumpist agent Mitch McConnell blocks Constitutionally mandated Congressional oversight.
He has a conflict of interest: his wife is in #PresidentChump’s cabinet.
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#MBS claimed that his team merely wanted to bring Jamal #Khashoggi
back to Saudi Arabia, and that Khashoggi’s death was unintentional.
Why then did MBS’s team bring a bone saw to their encounter with Khashoggi?
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#PresidentChump defends MBS: pretended heel spurs defend a bone saw.
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After January 20, 2021, Canada, Mexico, Britain, Ireland, the EU, Australia and other
non-authoritarian countries can declare #PresidentChump (#Trump) to be persona non grata, and bar him from polluting their countries by his presence.
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#PresidentChump demanded that Obama display his birth certificate.
With far more justification, we demand to see X-rays of
President Chump’s heel spurs. Heel spurs don’t go away by themselves.
If they are no longer there, show us documentation of the operation that removed them.
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If what E. Jean Carroll says is true, #PresidentChump attempted rape.
He should be tried. If convicted, he should go to jail,
and should be required to register as a sex offender.
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#PresidentChump claims the he didn’t rape E. Jean Carroll because
she “is not my type”.
Pause for a moment, to digest what Chump’s statement says about his character.
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#PresidentChump claims that he didn’t rape E. Jean Carroll because
“she’s not my type”. But Lady Liberty is not his type either,
and that hasn’t prevented his repeated attempts the penetrate her.
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@realDonaldTrump, #PresidentChump, are you proud of what you tried to do to Vera Coking?
{Widowed Homeowner Foils Trump in Atlantic City, By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN JULY 21, 1998}
And YOU call OTHER people NASTY!
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@realDonaldTrump, #PresidentChump, you tried to have an elderly widow, Vera Coking, ejected from from the home that held all of her treasured memories.
You LOST!
You claim that you always win, but that is just a bluff. You are a LOSER!
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#PresidentChump = President John Barron = President John Baron = President John Miller.
You pretended to the New York Times to be other people
with insider information about the wealth and victories of Donald Trump.
That was ACTUAL Fake News!
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The United States WAS the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth, but only  before you became #PresidentChump.
You didn’t Make America Great Again, you Made America Second Rate Again.
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The most harmful immigrants so far have been the ancestors of
#PresidentChump, and Rupert Murdoch himself.
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#PresidentChump, in 2002 you said of Jeffrey Epstein “… he likes beautiful women
as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” How young did you know about?
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Leave, #PresidentChump! Emmigrate to Putinia – Putin’s Russia.
You don’t share the values of any free country.
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America receives NO PAYMENTS from the tariffed country.
Importers in the US pay, and ultimately WE pay.
Another lie by #PresidentChump.
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The Pilgrims were refugees, seeking freedom to practice their religion.
Most other immigrants from Europe and elsewhere came to escape persecution
and/or sought opportunity. Examples: your paternal grandparents and your mother.

Today’s immigrants have the same motives.
#PresidentChump, what is your justification for persecuting them?
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Disloyal Devin Nunes,
Dances to Putin’s tunes.
Devin, why do you oppose protecting American elections against Putin?
Devin, why haven’t you registered as lobbyist for a foreign government?
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Mitch McConnell is not Putin’s agent. He just acts like one.
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@realDonaldTrump
You said that “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”
That just proves that the gun shouldn’t have been available, #PresidentChump.
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Other countries have about the same percentage as we do
of mentally ill people and of haters.
But they don’t have as many mass shootings (we are number 1!)
because in other countries guns are not so easy to obtain, #PresidentChump.
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#PresidentChump, your trade wars reflect poorly on Wharton.
You failed to learn at Wharton why trade deficits are not harmful.
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Hey, #MoscowMitch! You obstruct the defense of the integrity of US elections.
That obstructs the defense of the integrity of Kentucky’s elections.
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Did Kentucky’s voters know that they voted for a Senator who would work against their interests?
Putin thanks you for leaving the door open.
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#MoscowMitch is too busy protecting #PresidentChump and Putin.
He doesn’t have time to work on protecting American adults or kids.
Not even kids in Kentucky.
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#PresidentChump, Wharton’s shame.
Mis-understands foreign trade,
Causing farmers’ pain.
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#PresidentChump, Wharton’s shame.
Wharton should withdraw your degree
until you pass a remedial course
in foreign trade.

Tweet a Twit

July 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Conceited, Disinformation, Dysfunctional Politics, Enemies of Freedom, Enemies of Planet Earth, Global warming, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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President Chump (From Dover Pictura, Fantasy Vector Designs, copyright 2010 by Dover Publications, Inc., used with permission.)

President Chump (Drawing from Dover Pictura, Fantasy Vector Designs, copyright 2010 by Dover Publications, Inc., used with permission.)

 

A Federal court recognized that President Chump often uses his tweets for official statements, and therefore ruled that because of the First Amendment to the Constitution, President Chump cannot block comments by the public on his twitter page.

The ruling is described in an article by Larry Neumeister (Associated Press), and in an article by Ann E. Marimow (Washington Post).

This ruling provides a precious channel for the public to:

refute President Chump’s lies and ignorant assertions, almost immediately after the twit has tweeted them, and before they can gain traction;

– do so where Chump’s followers cannot avoid seeing the evidence that Chump is wrong;

provide ammunition that others can use in political and legal actions.


Here are examples of comments to Chump’s tweets that thepoliblog – thanks to the court’s ruling – has been able to post on Chump’s twitter time-line (@realDonaldTrump):

@realDonaldTrump, #PresidentChump, are you proud of what you tried to do to Vera Coking? (See here  and here ) And YOU call OTHER people NASTY!

#PresidentChump = President John Barron = President John Baron = President John Miller.
You pretended to the New York Times to be other people having insider information about the wealth and victories of Donald Trump.  That was ACTUAL Fake News!

Horrible abuses? #PresidentChump, you claim that you didn’t rape E. Jean Carroll because “she’s not my type”. Look at the photo in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._Jean_Carroll.  In the mid-1990s she WAS your type. Lyin’ Donald Trump.

#PresidentChump, you claim that you didn’t rape E. Jean Carroll in the mid-1990s.
Your denial is less convincing now that you are doing the same thing to Lady Liberty.

The United States WAS the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth before
you became #PresidentChump. You didn’t Make America Great Again,
you Made America Second Rate Again.

The most harmful immigrants so far have been the ancestors of
#PresidentChump, and Rupert Murdoch.

#PresidentChump, in 2002 you said of Jeffrey Epstein “… he likes beautiful women
as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” How young did you know about?


thepoliblog is not the only person who uses the term President Chump.
While using twitter, you can find the many tweets that use that term by searching for that term, and also by searching for #PresidentChump.

If you, too, adopt this term, you will help to turn it into a meme that will weaken Chump’s ability to damage the United States and other open, humane societies.

Mitch McConnell is Not a Patriotic American

July 1, 2019 at 8:52 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Disinformation, Dysfunctional Politics, Enemies of Freedom | Leave a comment
Mitch McConnell at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Mitch McConnell at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Any patriotic American would want to expose foreign interference in American elections, and would want to do everything possible to defend against future interference.

Mitch McConnell does the opposite.

It follows, by air-tight logic, that Mitch McConnell is not a patriotic American.

Mitch McConnell is instead like Devin Nunes. Mitch McConnell is like Jim Jordan. Each of them tries to obstruct efforts to characterize and to defend against Putin’s interference in American elections. Hence none of them are patriotic Americans.


It is hypocritical of Mitch McConnell to participate in the celebration of the 4th of July.

If he were honest, Mitch McConnell would renounce his American citizenship, and would become a citizen of Russia.

But Mitch McConnell is not honest.

Do the citizens of Kentucky realize what they have done?

Official portrait of Vladimir Putin (2006). This file comes from the website of the President of the Russian Federation and is copyrighted.

Official portrait of Vladimir Putin (2006). This file comes from the website of the President of the Russian Federation and is copyrighted.

 

Healthcare For All versus Medicare for All

June 29, 2019 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Enemies of Freedom, Fairness, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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U.S. Air Force surgeons Dr. Patrick Miller (left), Dr. Michael Hughes (right), and surgical technician SrA Ray Wilson from the 379th Expeditionary Medical Squadron, repair the ruptured achilles tendon of a servicemember on March 11, 2003. The doctors are performing this surgey at a field hospital in a forward-deployed location.

For people who are currently satisfied with their health insurance, forcing them to replace their insurance by Medicare would be a coercive version of Health Care For All. A non-coercive Health Care For All would include the option of private insurance.

People who are currently satisfied with their health insurance are numerous, and a larger percentage of them vote than do those in the general population.

For this large bloc of people, insisting upon Medicare For All would be a show-stopper, in the sense that these people (myself included) cannot vote for any candidate who insists on Medicare For All, no matter how many other good positions are espoused by that candidate.

By insisting upon Medicare For All, a candidate needlessly loses a very significant number of votes.

President Chump: A Contest

June 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Climate change, Conceited, Crime and punishment, Disinformation, Dysfunctional Politics, Enemies of Freedom, Enemies of Planet Earth, Fairness, Global warming, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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Scary Clown, photographed by Graeme Maclean in 2005.

Scary Clown, photographed by Graeme Maclean in 2005.

The skillfull, aristrocratic hippie poet Lord Byron was described as being “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”

That was astute but exaggerated in Byron’s case. It is an apt and unexaggerated characterization of America’s sleaziest, most dishonest, and stupidest President: President Chump.

There is new evidence evidence that President Chump is indeed the Creepy Clown in the White House: here1, here2, here3, here4, here5:

Here are a few tweets (here) about this episode, followed by a suggestion for a political cartoon based upon this incident, and then the announcement of a contest to draw the best version of that political cartoon:

– If what E. Jean Carroll says is true, #PresidentChump attempted rape.
He should be tried.
If convicted, he should go to jail, and should be required to register as a sex offender.

– #PresidentChump claims the he didn’t rape E. Jean Carroll because
she “is not my type”.
Pause for a moment, to digest what Chump’s statement says about his character.

– #PresidentChump claims that he didn’t rape E. Jean Carroll because
“she’s not my type”. But Lady Liberty (the Statue of Liberty) is not his type either, and that hasn’t prevented Chump’s repeated attempts to penetrate her.

This would be a good two-panel cartoon:
Panel 1: Chump in 1995 or 1996, with his pants down and his back toward us, thrusting at E. Jean Carroll.
Panel 2: Chump in 2019, with his pants down (his rear end fatter and droopier than before) and his back toward us, thrusting at Lady Liberty.

If Chump’s campaign in 2020 wanted an honest emblem, that cartoon would be it.

Thepoliblog hereby announces a contest to produce the best version of that two-panel cartoon.

The winner – or winners – would reap no financial award, but would reap recognition and satisfaction, in having struck a forceful blow for humanity.

To enter, in the comments section of this blog indicate the URL of your entry.

Trump at the Lincoln Memorial on July 4

June 19, 2019 at 4:07 pm | Posted in Conceited, Disinformation, Enemies of Freedom, Enemies of Planet Earth, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Daniel Chester French's statue at the Lincoln Memorial of Abraham Lincoln; photo by Jeff Kubina.

Daniel Chester French’s statue at the Lincoln Memorial of Abraham Lincoln; photo by Jeff Kubina.

President Chump has inserted himself into this year’s July 4 celebration on the Mall.

That is clever, but evil.

Chump will be there to propagandize and mis-inform, not to elevate and inspire.

The Lincoln Memorial is a memorial to freedom, and July 4 is a date that memorializes freedom, unity, and rigorously thought-out principled choices.

Chump – an enemy of American values and of the free world – will pollute that place and that date by his presence, and by his words, and by his whole cast of mind.

If you will be near the Lincoln Memorial when Chump speaks, you might like to:

Bring a sign:

…………President Chump!

…………The Creepy Clown in the White House

…………Don’t Trumpollute the Lincoln Memorial!

…………President Chump, Enemy of the Free World

Chant:

…………..President Chump! President Chump!
…………………….Take him to the dump!

………….President Chump! Lock him up!

Each time he lies or advocates evil:

——–Boo loudly

——–shout “Liar!, Liar!”

If any entrepreneur is clever enough to be selling miniature Trump Baby balloons:

——–Jiggle yours, especially if the balloon is where Chump can’t avoid seeing it.

You might want to arrive early, to be close to the Lincoln Memorial,
so that cameras filming from the Memorial will show your balloon and signs.

Bring water!

Eugene Robinson, in an insightful column in the Washington Post, explains well the irony of Chump’s presence at this event. Here is a quote from Robinson’s column:
On Feb. 24, Trump posted this alarming tweet: “HOLD THE DATE!
We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C.,
on July 4th. It will be called ‘A Salute To America’ and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”

Note the signature pretentiousness of Chump’s tweet: “the biggest“, and “your favorite President, me!” Notice also the other characteristic of Chump’s statements: the self-serving attempt to pre-empt the way you think about the importance of his speech, and how you categorize him.

Scary Clown, photographed by Graeme Maclean in 2005.

Scary Clown, photographed by Graeme Maclean in 2005.

The Microphone Eaters

June 7, 2019 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Humor | Leave a comment

Huey Lewis performing at at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, FL on September 27, 2006; photo by Carl Lender at https://www.flickr.com/photos/clender/ .

If you were the microphone in the picture above, wouldn’t you be terrified?

All of the singer’s belligerence – all of the singer’s vehemence – would be directed at you.

Wouldn’t you be revolted?

All of the singer’s drool would be directed at you. Yuck!


In the past, singers did not appear to be trying to eat the microphone. They maintained a respectful distance. They treated the microphone as a fellow human being, rather than as food.

Chuck Berry on the television program The Midnight Special. Photo by NBC Television.

But that courtesy has vanished, as have so many other courtesies.

Some rock concerts feature more than one singer. If the same microphone is used by all of them, each singer will be trying to eat the same microphone that all of the previous singers had tried to eat.

Is the microphone sterilized between singers? It should be.

If the same microphone is used by all, the probability that each singer catches a communicable disease will equal the number of previous speakers, times the probability that a random singer has a communicable disease.

Medical data on the singers would therefore enable us to measure the probability that rock singers have communicable diseases.

Wouldn’t that be usedul?

Religious or Moral Exemptions for Health Care Workers

May 3, 2019 at 5:34 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Fairness | Leave a comment
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U.S. Air Force surgeons Dr. Patrick Miller (left), Dr. Michael Hughes (right), and surgical technician SrA Ray Wilson from the 379th Expeditionary Medical Squadron, repair the ruptured achilles tendon of a servicemember on March 11, 2003. The doctors are performing this surgey at a field hospital in a forward-deployed location.

President Chump has just delighted religious conservatives by issuing a rule that will shield doctors, hospitals and other health-care providers who do not want to provide abortions, sterilizations, assisted suicide, unspecified provisions in Advance Directives (presumably statements such as “I do not want medical efforts to keep me alive if …”), compulsary vaccination (!), compulsary hearing screening, and compulsary treatment for mental health problems, and who do not want to even be obliged to tell or counsel patients about abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide.

Three informative news articles on this topic are here (by Ariana Eunjung Cha, Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Amy Goldstein), here (by Ariana Eunjung Cha), and here (by Paige Winfield Cunningham).

This is a short-sighted approach.  It should lead to particular types of discrimination in hiring and employment.

In deciding whether to hire, or to re-assign or fire, or to promote a health-care worker, an employer has both the right and the duty to know whether the person is willing to perform all of the duties that are part of a given position, or is willing to perform only some of them. If only some of them, the employer has both the right and the duty to know which activities the employee will not perform.

The employer cannot wait for an emergency to obtain that information. The employer needs to know that information immediately, to ensure that all likely needs are adequately staffed by those who are willing to meet those needs. Any employer of health care workers therefore needs to require signed, witnessed statements by existing employees as well as by potential future employees.

The situation here is very much like that for concientious objectors in military service, except that heath care workers are typically not drafted into their health care roles.

The Weldon Amendment denies federal funds to Federal agencies, state agencies, and local governments if those government entities discriminate “on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions”. But that does not constrain non-govermental hospitals and medical practices.

This issue will inevitably be brought before the Supreme Court.

President Chump at Valley Forge

December 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Conceited, Disinformation, Dysfunctional Politics, Fairness, Presidential election | Leave a comment
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Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge, John Ward Dunsmore, 1906

Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge, John Ward Dunsmore, 1906

Shortly after noon on December 24, President Chump tweeted:
I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security.

(Philip Rucker, in the Washington Post.  The original tweet is here.)

This comes on top of President Chump’s repeated whining deceptive unpatriotic claim that the investigation of Putin’s interference in the US election in 2016 is “a witch hunt”.

All of these statements reek of self pity, and of trying to deflect blame.
Hence they reek of fear.

Can you imagine George Washington whining with self pity like that? Even during the cold, resource-starved, discouraging winter at Valley Forge?

Can you imagine George Washington trying to deflect blame?

President Chump – the weakest President we have ever had.

Because of his bottomless insecurity, President Chump claims superlatives whenever possible. But he did not realize that by his tweets he was inadvertantly claiming to be the ‘weakest President’.

Here are truthful superlatives that apply to President Chump:

– The largest number of whining tweets.

– The Whiner in Chief.

– The Chief Whino.

Eugene Robinson, in the Washington Post, has concisely summarized America’s greatest current problem:

The chaos all around us is what happens when the nation elects an incompetent, narcissistic, impulsive and amoral man as president.

It is difficult, at the moment, to fully assess the damage Trump is wreaking. We have never had a president like him, so history is a poor guide. For his racism, we can perhaps look back to Woodrow Wilson; his general unfitness to hold the nation’s highest office recalls the hapless Andrew Johnson. Maybe Andrew Jackson was as impetuous, maybe Richard M. Nixon as venal.

In connection with Andrew Jackson, “impetuous” should be expanded to “impetuous and cruel”. With that extension, the statement still applies to President Chump.

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