Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Not April Fools, just evil

The Trump administration decided against reopening the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare.gov marketplaces to new customers, which would have made it easier for people who had recently lost jobs to obtain health insurance.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 2020

DUH. "Now we know: The conservative devotion to life ends at birth"

In the Washington Post by far-right hat model Max Boot (whose book is actually pretty interesting). Excerpts:

I thought I was hardened to the depravity of the Trumpified right, but even I am astonished by the callous willingness to risk large numbers of innocent casualties — as if the economy can function while the medical system is overwhelmed and people are (rightly) terrified of being infected.

Many on the right sound like characters from “Dr. Strangelove.” (“Mr. President, I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.”) R.R. Reno, the editor of the “theocon” publication First Things, writes that “there are many things more precious than life”


But for a truly “sick” response it’s hard to top the Federalist. This right-wing website published a piece urging a “somewhat unconventional approach to COVID-19,” namely infecting volunteers to boost their immunity. In a similar vein, the Wall Street Journal editorial page ran an article urging the “deliberate infection” of first responders. I wonder what Christell Cadet would think of that. At last report, this 34-year-old paramedic in New York City was hooked up to a ventilator, fighting for her life, after contracting covid-19.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Asymmetry

The only person who could unite the country to get through a crisis like this would be a moderately sane Republican.

There is nothing - nothing at all - that a President Hillary Clinton could do such that Fox News wouldn't be screaming at her 24/7. As we saw in the economic collapse in 2008, Republicans will do nothing to help the country if it might benefit a Democratic president.

But as we saw after 9/11, the media and Democrats will get behind a Republican president. [Update: Every D & R senator voted for the >$2 trillion package today; not a single R senator voted for Obama's <$1 trillion one.]


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I wasn't joking.

I have long said that many people in a certain party would kill their own grandmother just to be a little bit richer. This isn't hyperbole.

Texas' lieutenant governor suggests grandparents are willing to die for US economy

One of the ironic things is that just about every rich person would be much richer if the Supreme Court had ruled for Gore or if the Electoral College hadn't undermined the popular vote for Hillary. But yes, I understand that many people are more concerned with relative wealth - they would rather be personally worse off than see someone "undeserving" [sic] do better.

More:
I regret that I have but one grandparent to give for my country

A pro-lifer shrugs in the face of mass death

A good list of what was done to make this worse


Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dear Jesus I Hope I'm Wrong

I hope I'm wrong and there is a god and that god is vengeful. Because Mitch McConnell and crew deserve to go to hell.

Republicans Found a Way to Mail Checks and Still Screw People Over

"Americans with little to no tax liability (aka, poor folks) will only receive a minimum payment of $600, unless they earned less than $2,500, in which case they get zilch. Low-wage workers who don’t have a federal tax return for 2018 or 2019—adults generally aren’t required to file one they if earn less than the standard deduction—also won’t qualify for the early rebate."

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Cat Up! (From Anne)



I've started a new motto for these COVID-19 times: cat up!
In other words, be more like a cat.
Stay inside.
Sleep a lot.
Keep yourself clean.
Hide when someone comes to the door.
Come out to eat
Only hang around a few people.
Don't let anyone touch you. (well, only a few people.)