KamalaCare

That time of the election cycle…..we have health care issues and promises from all sides…..with the exception of Republicans…..we have Madicare For All, Medicare USA, and now KamalaCare.

This is Kamala Harris proposal for solving our health care dilemma…..but what is it….no really what?

There’s no question that the American health care system is a crazy quilt that leaves health “insurance companies in charge,” as Senator Kamala Harris appreciates. Unfortunately, her health reform proposal, “KamalaCare” does not match her rhetoric. It leaves health insurers running the show.

Harris’ proposal relies extensively on for-profit health insurers to provide coverage. But, they are the reason health care is unaffordable and the reason people are often faced with denials of care and coverage. She claims her plan will hold the health insurers to account if they game the system. That sounds great in theory, but how exactly would it work in practice?

Like Senator Bernie Sanders’ and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All legislation, Harris’ proposal makes an improved traditional Medicare public plan available to all Americans. Unlike Sanders and Jayapal, after a ten-year transition, she keeps the for-profit health insurance industry in business, offering Medicare Advantage plan options to people who want a private plan.

KamalaCare leaves health insurers running the show

As usual from the “corporatist” candidates….the health industry stays in control of your health care….so basically it is the status quo with some minor adjustments…..

If you get health insurance at work or buy your own plan, will you be able to keep it? No. Harris says insurance companies will be allowed “to offer a plan” in the government-run system but only if they follow the government’s strict rules to skimp on what’s spent on your care. “If they want to play by our rules, they can be in the system. If not, they have to get out,” she says.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/07/31/the_truth_about_kamalacare_140894.html

This one has holes all through it to allow the industry to keep control of your health care.  Is that what you want?

Leran Stuff!

VOTE!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

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Call It “Domestic Terrorism”!

The last round of mass shootings and the media has once again gone to great lengths to try and label them as “Domestic Terrorist” acts.  (Another in the news as I ready this for post)

The media is all over this terminology…..pundits are spending countless hours making the case for it.

The problem is there is NO unified definition of what a domestic terrorist act details.

A good place to start is here…..

The number of bereaved families and friends of those massacred by white terrorists in the United States tragically continues to expand. Within the last year alone bodies riddled with the bullets of military-style weapons lay strewn on the streets of large cities like Pittsburgh and El Paso to small towns like Poway and Gilroy. Fueled by anti-Semitic and anti-Hispanic rhetoric, the paranoid projections and racist rhetoric of white nationalism and white supremacy have been weaponized into white terrorism.

Yet white terrorism also stalks those seeking refuge at our southern border. Imagine a distraught mother, reeling from the murder of her child. With other young children at risk, she decides to begin a perilous journey to escape any further violence. Because she hopes to prevent being attacked on the long trek, she joins with others, equally at risk. Having only a vague hope of joining distant relatives once she arrives at her destination, she and her children withstand the many deprivations over the long haul. Finally, arriving at what she has been told is a land of refuge, her children are ripped from her care. She, in turn, is taken to an overcrowded caged facility where she finds hundreds of others languishing in deplorable conditions.

White Terrorism

That said….why is this act of terrorism so difficult?

The best is from the Patriot Act…..remember that?

Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”” as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

Section 802 does not create a new crime of domestic terrorism. However, it does expand the type of conduct that the government can investigate when it is investigating “terrorism.” The USA PATRIOT Act expanded governmental powers to investigate terrorism, and some of these powers are applicable to domestic terrorism.

The definition of domestic terrorism is broad enough to encompass the activities of several prominent activist campaigns and organizations. Greenpeace, Operation Rescue, Vieques Island and WTO protesters and the Environmental Liberation Front have all recently engaged in activities that could subject them to being investigated as engaging in domestic terrorism.

Do not mistake my words for some sort of opposition….I want these low life slugs punished but there is the chance that unless we are careful then we could allow the government to go too far….as they have done on so many other issues.

Let me give my readers a couple of things to think about in the dealing with “Domestic Terrorism”…..

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/there-no-law-covers-domestic-terrorism-what-would-one-look-n1040386

Beware Calls in US for Domestic ‘Terrorism’ Laws

As usual the debate and discussion will go on and on…..and the shooting deaths will go on and on……

At least one GOPer has some courage…..Sen. McSally of Arizona….

“For too long we have allowed those who commit heinous acts of domestic terrorism to be charged with related crimes that don’t portray the full scope of their hateful actions,” says GOP Sen. Martha McSally. And so on Wednesday she revealed she plans to do something about it. The Arizona senator released a discussion draft of a new bill that would make domestic terrorism a distinct federal crime—and CBS News explains why that would be necessary: “Domestic terrorism is defined in the US legal code but it is not codified as a law that can be prosecuted.” As such, federal authorities end up charging those suspected of domestic terrorism with other offenses, like hate crimes or weapons possession.

McSally explained the ramifications of that to CBS: It “makes it more difficult to track acts of domestic terror and reduces uniformity in charging and sentencing.” The Arizona Republic reports she’ll introduce the bill once the Senate’s summer recess ends. Politico sees her move as a sign that Republicans are “getting serious” about responding to the recent wave of mass shootings with legislation. It offers context for McSally, too: She’s going head to head with Mark Kelly in the state’s 2020 special election for John McCain’s seat, “a contest in which firearms and fighting crime will loom large.”

How far will this go in a do nothing Senate controlled by cowards and spineless toads?

This is a problem in search of a solution and all concerned are looking in the wrong direction.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Closing Thought–14Aug19 #2

Your lucky day….something for nothing…..more closing thoughts than time…..

Yes Irene the nation is having that discussion a gain…..that gun discussion.

There is always a wealth of answers to the problem of gun violence…..from all out gun control to background checks…..and everything in between with proponents for each type of solution.

Now I have seen one that show some thought and imagination…..and it comes out of San Jose…..

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is today proposing a city ordinance that would require firearm owners to either carry liability insurance or pay a fee to cover public costs of gun violence to the city.

Why it matters: San Jose is reeling from the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting last month that killed 2 children and 1 adult and injured a dozen more. The city, the 10th-largest in the U.S., is the first to propose this kind of “harm reduction” measure to curb gun violence.

How it works: If approved by the city council, the measure would require San Jose gun owners to have private liability insurance.

  • If such insurance is not available, or if an individual is not able to purchase coverage, firearm owners could pay a fee intended to help cover the costs to city police and emergency services related to gun violence.
  • That payment would need to be protected with strict privacy standards, possibly using blockchain technology, to comply with California’s state law that precludes local governments from establishing gun registries.

https://www.axios.com/san-jose-mayor-gun-owners-liability-insurance-0af1883a-a801-41c5-a4e9-0433c48f835f.html

This will not prevent anyone from getting a gun or guns…..it will not hurt the NRA as a matter of fact they might make a comeback financially by selling this insurance….

I have no problem with this….I must have insurance to drive my car…..so why not my guns?

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

DNC–Not A Fan

I will not lie…there are a few Dem candidates that I like or would support by as far as the DNC goes I dislike it on so many levels…I decades I have been saying the Dems for the most part are cowards and spineless and the election for 2020 is bringing this to the forefront…..

How do I hate thee? Counting the ways would be a fool’s errand; there are too many ways.

They have to do with your hypocrisy, cowardice, and servility. Circumstances change, but these traits have been constant themes in Democratic Party politics seemingly from time immemorial.

They have become particularly salient since the late seventies, when the party began to make neoliberal ideology its watchword, effectively shedding its left flank. Although Bill and Hillary were late on the scene, I call the phenomenon the party’s Clintonite turn. They were the ones who consummated the deal.

Since deeply entrenched institutional arrangements militate against third parties, the “love it or leave it” option” is basically a non-starter for anyone aspiring to create an authentic, non-marginalized Left opposition, much less actually to empower one. For now and the foreseeable future, it is the Democratic Party or zilch.

Democrats, How Do I Hate Thee?

Sadly in the Age of Trump the saga is elect a Dem NO matter who…..no matter how cowardly they are or spineless…..

Elementary logic seems to demonstrate that self deception should be impossible. Deceiving others is not comparably paradoxical. When A deceives B, A causes B to believe what A believes to be false. Happens all the time. But how can anyone deceive herself, i.e. make herself believe (to be true) what she in fact believes to be false? She’d have to be both deceived and not deceived at the same time. Yet this too happens all the time. How is it possible?

Blue No Matter Who? Lesser Evilism in the Age of Trump

I do not agree….yes I want Trump in the rear view mirror but at what cost?

The whole “electability” is a con job that is spread by the MSM….it is there way to help control the candidates and the message offered to the voter…..https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/

The issues are not so important but how the candidates stack up in a poll is….that is the main message that the networks gives the voter

The voter should not have to hold their nose and vote as they did in 2016….and we see how that worked out for the nation, huh?

Be Smart!

Learn Stuff!

Then VOTE!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Foreign Policy Inexperience

I have been studying foreign policy, conflict resolution, history, etc so I keep a keen eye on the foreign policy of my country, the USA.

It is my belief that for way too long we have had the Neocons running our foreign policy.

Then Trump came to the throne……and the situation got much worse.

I admit that there were times that I agreed with Trump some of his promises pertaining to foreign policy……sadly most were just farts in the wind…..

I thought he would be smoking dope when he put a CEO of an oil company in at State…..but it only got more questionable.

When his DNI resigned and he nominated some guy named Ratcliffe I was concerned…the DNI is too important to give away to some “buddy” with zero experience.

Rep. John Ratcliffe got perhaps the biggest national exposure of his political career when he grilled Robert Mueller last week with a line of questioning that displayed his staunch support of President Trump. After the Mueller hearings, Ratcliffe got even more exposure when Trump announced that the Texas Republican was his pick to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence. The gist of coverage since then strongly suggests that Ratcliffe, 53, should not expect an easy confirmation. Details:

  • The criticism: In a story sussing this out, the Washington Post has this as its second paragraph: “Current and former intelligence officials also said Ratcliffe is the least-qualified person ever nominated to oversee the country’s intelligence agencies and questioned whether he would use the position to serve Trump’s political interests.” The story cites an op-ed by former defense officials Mike Vickers and Michael Morrell to that effect. They say he “would come to the job with by far the least experience in foreign policy and intelligence of any DNI in two decades.”
  • About that experience: ABC News is reporting that Ratcliffe has “misrepresented” his role in one big terrorism case involving Hamas. He claimed that he was appointed “special prosecutor” in 2008 and secured convictions in a money-funneling operation. But he actually had no direct role in that prosecution, according to all involved; instead he investigated issues related to a mistrial. “Because the investigation did not result in any charges, it would not be in accordance with Department of Justice policies to make further details public,” says a spokesperson.

Ratcliffe has since withdrawn his name as the DNI…..it was for the better but his next choice for DNI could be even less qualified.  He is looking for “yes” men and not qualified leaders.

Now Trump has nominated to replace Haley at the UN another unqualified ditz….the wife of a coal magnate…..

President Donald Trump’s recent choice of the relatively unknown Congressman John Ratcliffe for Director of National Intelligence and his elevation of Kelly Craft as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations—despite concerns about her inexperience—illustrates the power vacuum within Trump’s cabinet, and the opportunities this opens up for interventionists like National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The rash of remarkably unqualified and inexperienced candidates for top slots points to a presidency that values personal loyalty to Donald Trump above the ability to govern effectively. This atmosphere favors those with Washington insider status and the policy goals to bring it to fruition, say defense analysts who spoke to TAC. 

Trump is nominating people that are weak and unqualified and this will in turn give the Neocon war mongers a free hand with no push back on their war chest thumping.

We can expect more war drums and more macho rhetoric trying to get the president to authorize the use of military force against a wide range of countries…..Iran, Venezuela for a start.

Then there is the withering of our national security because the leaders are so damn inexperienced that we are becoming less safe by the day….

This essay examines two situational cases regarding how influence is used at the national level. The first case will focus on unified influence efforts. The United States employed unified influence from the end of World War II up through the Church-Pike Committee Hearings in 1975. After the Church Hearings, strategic influence was federated with Psychological Operations remaining with DoD and Covert Influence remaining with the Central Intelligence Agency.  Other aspects of influence, particularly psychological warfare and political warfare left the lexicon as the social and cultural environment latched on to the negative connotations associated with these terms, despite their utility. We remain in a federated system now. Our threat environment remains persistent, unified, and adaptive with emerging platforms and methods of power delivery.

https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/withering-influence-national-security

Our national security is at stake….maybe we need professionals to lead us through the minefield the president is laying.

Nothing this president is doing is making Americans safer.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

These Tactics Not Acceptable

Closing Thought–08Aug19

So much ink, so many words, and so much emotions have been spilled over the so-called “illegal aliens” in this country.

We all have heard the horror stories about children in cages….or the myth of the freebie seekers…..or the criminals …….so much and in it all is ICE who are starting to act like a Gestapo-esque group under this president.

The newest “round-up” was in Mississippi……

US immigration officials raided numerous Mississippi food processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in what marked the largest workplace sting in at least a decade, the AP reports. The raids, planned months ago, happened just hours before President Trump was scheduled to visit El Paso, Texas, the majority-Latino city where a man linked to an online screed about a “Hispanic invasion” was charged in a shooting that left 22 people dead in the border city. Workers filled three buses—two for men and one for women—at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in tiny Morton, 40 miles east of Jackson. They were taken to a military hangar to be processed for immigration violations. About 70 family, friends and residents waved goodbye and shouted, “Let them go! Let them go!” Later, two more buses arrived.

A tearful 13-year-old boy whose parents are from Guatemala waved goodbye to his mother, a Koch worker, as he stood beside his father. About 600 agents fanned out across the plants involving several companies, surrounding the perimeters to prevent workers from fleeing. The raids occurred in small towns near Jackson with a workforce made up largely of Latino immigrants, including Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol. Some employees tried to flee on foot but were caught in the parking lot. Workers who were confirmed to have legal status were allowed to leave the plant after having their trunks searched. “It was a sad situation inside,” said Domingo Candelaria, a legal resident and Koch worker who said authorities checked employees’ identification documents.

The companies involved are the same companies that were getting slave labor from local state prisons…..so now what penalties do these companies face or are they considered guiltless?

This situation with ICE should be unacceptable to all Americans….to turn a blind eye is a vote of approval ofm thism heavy handed BS of the Trump policies.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Trump On Gun Control

After a weekend of mass shootings and all the coverage it has gotten from the MSM our Dear president has made a statement that may surprise many……but not before spending time Tweeting about a UFC fight…..

As the nation reeled from two mass shootings in less than a day, President Donald Trump spent the first hours after the tragedies out of sight at his New Jersey golf course, sending out tweets of support awkwardly mixed in with those promoting a celebrity fight and attacking his political foes, the AP reports. Trump was to travel back to Washington later Sunday and aides said he would likely address reporters, but the nation did not glimpse the president in the immediate aftermath of a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed at least 20 people and, hours later, one in Dayton, Ohio, that claimed at least nine lives. Never seemingly comfortable consoling a nation in grief, Trump will be carefully watched for his response to the attacks, again inviting comparison to his predecessors who have tried to heal the country in moments of national trauma.

“The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. “God bless the people of El Paso Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.” His first tweet after the El Paso shooting on Saturday hit similar notes, with Trump calling it “terrible” and promising the full support of the federal government. But just 14 minutes later, he tweeted again, a discordant post wishing UFC fighter Colby Covington, a Trump supporter, good luck in his fight that evening. That was soon followed up with a pair of retweets of African American supporters offering testimonials to Trump’s policies helping black voters, though the president polls very poorly with blacks. Trump’s two elder sons attended the UFC fight, while social media photos show that Trump stopped by a wedding at his Bedminster club on Saturday night.

But not to worry he finally found the words for a nation reeling from the violence…..

President Trump emerged from his New Jersey golf club Sunday and said “perhaps” the government could do more to control guns, CNN reports. “We’ve actually done a lot,” he said on a tarmac before boarding Air Force One for Washington. “But perhaps more has to be done.” The president, who has used explosive rhetoric and posted tweets that many consider racist, added that “hate has no place in our country and we’re gonna take care of it.” He also said the weekend’s two major mass shootings, which left 29 dead and 53 wounded, would have been worse without good law enforcement.

“It would have been unbelievable,” he said. “It [was] horrible but it would have been so much worse.” Still, USA Today quotes him as saying “we have to get it stopped. This has been going on for years.” CNN notes that Trump did manage a bump-stock ban, but hasn’t gone after gun control on a larger scale, unlike President Obama, whose executive actions on the issue included mental health and background checks. Trump said he had spoken to Attorney General William Barr and others about guns and would make a statement Monday at 10am, per Bloomberg.

How long will it take for his “people” to “clarify” what the president has said?

Will the NRA stand by for such talk?

Better yet will those enablers of Trump within the GOP stand by this type of rhetoric?

Wait!  Even better yet will Trump walk back and waffle as he seems to do on most issues?

Or will he use his Executive Power to do something substantial?

How long will it take for yet another unstable individual to go on a shooting rampage?

Will the Democrats get some much needed traction on this issue?

Finally, does anyone really care…other than the media?

So many questions….and so few answers.

In case you are interested…this is what a 100 round drum that a shooter had looks like…..

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A disgusting piece of weaponry.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”