Our Authoritarian President Doesn’t Know How Our Health Insurance System Works

Il Trumpe (boldface mine):

Speaking aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, Trump extolled the virtues of the “wonderful, beautiful but very, very powerful” nuclear-powered warship — “We will win, win, win,” he said, “we will never lose” — but also decried the budget compromise known as sequestration, which requires mandatory and corresponding military and domestic cuts.

Trump promised to try to restore higher levels of military funding but also urged the crowd of about 6,500 — many in uniform — to help him push this year’s budget, in which he said he will seek an additional $54 billion in defense spending, through Congress.

“I don’t mind getting a little hand, so call that congressman and call that senator and make sure you get it,” he said, to applause. “And by the way, you can also call those senators to make sure you get health care.”

But Trump’s brief appeal created a potentially awkward tableau at a commissioning event intended to be ceremonial — a commander in chief offering political remarks, and what could even be construed as an order, to the naval officers he commands.

You say “potentially awkward tableau”, I say “breach of civilian-military norms”, but no big deal, amirite?

What’s even more ridiculous about this is that military personnel and their families have health insurance–Tricare. It’s not only socialized insurance, but it’s socialized medicine, lock, stock, and barrel: the staff are government employees (either civilian or military). Then again, Il Trumpe appears to confuse healthcare insurance with the Gerber life insurance advertised on Fox News (boldface mine):

But what it does, Maggie, it means it gets tougher and tougher. As they get something, it gets tougher. Because politically, you can’t give it away. So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan. Here’s something where you walk up and say, “I want my insurance.” It’s a very tough deal, but it is something that we’re doing a good job of.

Our country is run by a typical Fox News watching elderly man, who isn’t that bright, and who also suffers from narcissistic personality disorder–who like most narcissists, is a delusional liar.

I will never forgive (most) Republicans for this. Ever.

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Links 7/22/17

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Links for you. Science:

If kids are responsible for climate change …
What City Ants Can Teach Us About Species Evolution And Climate Change
Why wasn’t Mark Zuckerberg allowed to meet with Glacier’s climate expert?
Senate budgetmakers move to keep ARPA-E, bump up DOE science spending
How a wildlife biologist became a plague-chaser in the American Southwest

Other:

“Neoliberalism” isn’t an empty epithet. It’s a real, powerful set of ideas. (this is fine, but Sawicky’s definition of neo-liberal is arguably the best I’ve seen)
With Trump and Russia, it’s all about the money
People driving onto trails is a more common problem than it should be
‘SNL’ Writer Replies To Donald Trump’s Tweets As If They Were Personal Texts
Trump’s Allies Are Taking Over the Media and Creating Their Own Reality (a failure to communicate)
Afghan soldiers are using boys as sex slaves, and the U.S. is looking the other way
Justice Democrat Ro Khanna Wants to Reform Campaign Finance
What’s Up With All The Hand Statues Around Town?
Republicans never really cared about health care
Metro fights back against allegations of racism: Firings were ‘legitimate’
Teacher Tests Test Teachers
Alexandria has lost 90% of its affordable homes since 2000
Jane Kleeb, Nebraska Democratic Party Chair, on How to Overcome the Rural-Urban Divide
Massachusetts: How to Kill a Successful School
At a Luxury Complex in India, the Maids and the Madams Go to War

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Democrats Devise Dumb Slogan

More brilliance from the Stupidest Political Party in Recorded History™ (boldface mine):

“A member of Congress told me Democrats big 2018 slogan, which is set to be released Monday. It’s: ‘Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages'” tweeted Vox congressional reporter Jeff Stein on Thursday. He later deleted that tweet and corrected it by noting the full slogan was actually “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.”

First of all: better? That’s as tepid as it gets. Second, you lead off with (and for that matter, include at all) skills? You’ve just called everyone who has lost a demanding job stupid. Workers need jobs and wages. Skills is a call out to employers.

But maybe this is something they thought of quickly?

Stein said that a member of Congress “noted that this is the result of months of polling and internal deliberations among the House Democratic caucus.”

Rank and file Democrats deserve far better than the professional Democratic class. What fucking morons.

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist links:

Sort Of Good News For NIH

Republicans Want You To Pay More State Taxes

A Book Question

There Are Two Kinds Of Anti-Trump Conservatives

The Heart Of All Evil In American Politics

Stereotyping NIMBYs

Red By Fence

The Rent Is Too Damn High: ‘Reinventing’ And Gentrifying Food

They’re Putting Chemicals In The Water That Are Turning Rep. Rohrabacher (Even More) Stupid

Most Republicans Nominated This Judge

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Links 7/21/17

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Links for you. Science:

Gonorrhea — AKA The Clap — Is Excellent At Resisting Antibiotics
Tyrannosaurus Rex Would Break Its Own Legs if It Chased Jeff Goldblum IRL
Major German Universities Cancel Elsevier Contracts
There’s a right way and a wrong way to oppose cruelty to animals
Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment

Other:

LIBERALS DON’T WANT TO PRY YOUR DAMN BURGER FROM YOUR COLD, DEAD HANDS
Pro cricket in D.C.? JLL on board to find team a home field
Given Trump’s Golf Habits, The Coast Guard Plans To Cut Off Potomac River Access
As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away
Donald Trump Jr. Met Russian Accused of Laundering $1.4 Billion
Fed Report Says Tuition Increases Hurt Later Homeownership
Why are neoliberals such big babies? (because they’re no longer the new, young thing?)
Paul Ryan Wants to Cut the Domestic Budget Nearly in Half
Back to Work: How Democrats can win over Americans left behind in the new economy
During White House conference call on Iran, someone said: ‘My inflatable doll is a lesbian’
The Profit Unarmed
Pelosi’s DCCC Is Now Openly Admitting They Are Recruiting Blue Dogs Masquerading As Democrats
The Elephant in the Boom: Global, U.S., and District income inequality in an era of general economic expansion and globalization
Is the presidency good for Trump’s business? Not necessarily at this golf course.
I Know What’s In The Crazy Drawer
Operation Bury Bernie: The Political Motive of the Jane Sanders Investigation
Sail Trimmers
The Rest Is Advertising

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Most Republicans Nominated This Judge

Meet the personal embodiment of bigotry and campaign donations (boldface mine):

Republicans of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday pushed through the nomination of John K. Bush, an attorney and a former pseudonymous right wing blogger who once delivered a speech in which he joked about not wanting to appear like a “faggot.” Bush, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump to the the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, has made his very anti-gay views known. He also supported Trump’s fanatical birtherism. Thursday’s vote was 11-9.

Bush is married to a woman has helped raise a reported $14 million for the re-election campaign of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Both men are from Kentucky.

“For nearly a decade,” Quartz reported last month, Bush “contributed regularly to Elephants in the Bluegrass, a political blog run by his wife, under the pen name G. Morris. In posts, he drew a tenuous parallel between Barack Obama and Monica Lewinsky and equated slavery to abortion as two of America’s greatest tragedies.”

“While blogging,” Quartz’s Lola Fadulu reported, “he consistently cited WorldNetDaily, a group the Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed an extremist group for peddling conspiracy theories and white nationalism, including the lie that Obama was not born in the United States.”

Quoting a passage from Hunter S. Thompson’s The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, the Alliance for Justice notes, Bush thought it appropriate to say in a speech, “I come here every year, and let me tell you one thing I’ve learned—this is no town to be giving people the impression you’re some kind of faggot.”

The AFJ also notes that “in a 2011 blog post, Bush criticized the State Department for modifying passport application forms to account for the possibility of same-sex parents…

They are who we said they were: bigoted and corrupt (and not fighting for rural areas is looking really stupid right now)

Update: Of course, the Democrats, being gormless, did not attempt to stop him via the cloture rule in the Senate. This is another reason why we can’t have nice things.

Update: 51 of 52 Republicans voted to confirm this asshole to a lifetime appointment.

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Links 7/20/17

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Links for you. Science:

Trump’s Incoming CDC Chief Brings a Mixed Record on Public Health
Why a flat 2018 budget could tie NSF’s hands
Scrap dealer finds Apollo-era NASA computers in dead engineer’s basement
Border wall to be built first through Santa Ana refuge
Sen. Ron Johnson threatens to obstruct passage of the bill funding the FDA if “right-to-try” language isn’t added

Other:

The Incredible Lost History of How “Civil Rights Plus Full Employment Equals Freedom” (excellent)
How bosses are (literally) like dictators (must-read)
Inside the Radical, Self-Destructive, and Probably Impossible Plan to Move the Government Out of Washington (not a good idea for governing)
How I lost my 25-year battle against corporate claptrap
How the Cleveland Clinic grows healthier while its neighbors stay sick
His campaign to discredit the press is a permanent feature of Trump’s political style
How tech giants like Elon Musk can actually fix LA’s transportation problems
An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean
R. Kelly Is Holding Women Against Their Will In A “Cult,” Parents Told Police
The real reason New York City can’t make the trains run on time
Chris Christie’s era of misrule in Jersey: The empty swamp mall and the canceled tunnel
Rooftop Solar Is No Match for Crony Capitalism
Just-Released Report Confirms that Expanding Social Security is Fully Affordable
Dashed Expectations Power White Anger
Inside the campaign to subvert the world’s anti-smoking treaty
Why Does Donald Trump Keep Dissing Jews?
Five myths about hippies
I Guess You Don’t Value Your Own Time Very Much?

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