Read The Report!

You have now heard what FOX has to say about Mueller’s Report. Same with CBS, NBC, MSNBC, NY Times, WaPo, etc etc etc…..

I really do not care what the pundits have to say …their opinion matters not……I want to make up my own mind (I may be alone here)……

We even heard from the AG Barr in a news conference before anyone in the public even saw much less read this report.  This is an odd move…..but to what end?

Do your self a favor about READ THE DAMN THING!

I had a helluva time getting to a place where I could read this report…..the government sites were NO help at all (go figure)…….I give several sites in case one does not work for you.

 
 
This is where I went to read the report (of which I am not completely finished)
 
 
 
Do not be a bobble-head…..read the report for yourself…..though if you have made up your mind before read then reading would be a waste of time….if that is the case please move on and read you comic book or drink the kool-aid of stupid.
 
Be a partisan HACK or an informed citizen….after all this is your country….time to act like you truly care!
 
Did I just waste my time?
 
I hope not!
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Report Of The Day!

All day long!

TV pundits have been waiting for this chance….they will have an entire day to pass on their opinions on what is the report and what it means…..the rest of us will have had enough by lunch.

Today is the big day……..the Mueller Report will be released to the public sans the sensitive stuff that Barr does not want the public to see….

America is on the edge of their seats awaiting this report…..we want to see what is what for ourselves…..without the editorializing by AG Barr….

So here is everything you need to know when the report is finally released……

Almost two years in the making, a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 election is expected to be made public Thursday morning.

Mueller’s team of 19 lawyers and 40 investigators interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, issued 2,800 subpoenas, reached out to 13 foreign governments and executed almost 500 search warrants in the probe, which began in May 2017.

Many of those interviewed included those who’ve been at the highest levels of the White House, including former chiefs of staff John Kelly and Reince Preibus, and ex-White House counsel Don McGahn. The probe led to 35 people and three companies being criminally charged, including former nationa for I want to see who is going to experience that ire and the retaliation of a weak ego-centric president.l security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and the president’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/your-guide-mueller-s-report-trump-what-s-it-what-n995251

I cannot wait! I shall read all 400 pages for I want to see who will experience the ire and the retaliation of this weak ego-centric president.

Who will be the first to get their own Tweet from Herr trump lounging in his silk PJs while eating a Big Mac?

Who will it be?

The next question we should be asking……why is the AG acting as the PR person for the president?

For instance…..Barr will have a Presser to answer questions before the report is seen….

President Trump may not be too surprised by what’s in the soon-to-be-released Mueller report. Turns out the Justice Department has discussed it several times with White House lawyers, in effect helping them plan a counter-attack against Robert Mueller’s findings, insiders tell the New York Times. Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr has announced a 9:30am Thursday press conference before the redacted report comes out; Congress is expected to get a version with fewer redactions by around noon, per the AP. President Trump says he might hold his own presser about the Mueller report on Thursday, ABC News reports.

And finally……how can the president and his toadies prepare a rebuttal to a report they supposedly have not read?

So many questions for so many aspects of this situation.

Another Veto Issued

Oh goody our Dear Beloved Supreme Leader has issued is next veto……he has chosen to play favorites on the world stage and to let the Saudis and their minions, UAE, continue their assault on humanity.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, the AP reports. In a break with the president, Congress voted for the first time earlier this month to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try to stop US involvement in a foreign conflict. The veto—the second in Trump’s presidency—was expected. Congress lacks the votes to override him. “This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump wrote in explaining his veto. Congress has grown uneasy with Trump’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia as he tries to further isolate Iran, a regional rival.

Many lawmakers also criticized the president for not condemning Saudi Arabia for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States and had written critically about the kingdom. Khashoggi went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October and never came out. Intelligence agencies said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing. The US provides billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen. Members of Congress have expressed concern about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began in 2014. The fighting in the Arab world’s poorest country also has left millions suffering from food and medical care shortages and has pushed the country to the brink of famine.

I just cannot understand the lack of sympathy for children being killed, maimed and starved by out “good friend” the Saudis.

My question is how much does Trumpy owe the Saudis that he can turn his back on starving people?

What a disrespectful toad we elected…well you did for I did not vote for the ego-centric d/bag……are you proud?

Accept No Substitutes

The 2020 election is a mere short months away from its kick-off….and the Dems are fighting amongst themselves….as usual…..healthcare will be a hard sell this time around.

There is a debate on health care…..not between parties for the GOP has already lost that debate many years ago……instead the debate is between progressives and others…….Medicare For All is the answer and the attacks have begun……

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019. A companion bill of the same name has already been introduced in the House by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). That’s good news for the country. Unfortunately, these bills are facing opposition from what, for some people, will be an unexpected direction.

I don’t mean Republicans. They’ve already lost the health care debate, in one sense, now that large majorities of voters support Medicare for All. The real threat may well come from its Democratic friends. They’re the people who say they support Medicare for All’s “goals,” but claim to have found a better way to achieve them.

Intentionally or not, Medicare for All’s “frenemies” are sowing confusion about it. Among them is Ezekiel Emmanuel, who argues, “At least four different approaches to health reform could truthfully carry the Medicare for all label.”

 
Those in opposition are those from the Obama admin that let the industry write the law that created the ACA, Obamacare if you are dense……that same industry that is pulling no punches to defeat the idea of Medicare For All……
 
In an effort to inform the public about the corporate forces working to crush Medicare for All, an employee at the insurance giant UnitedHealthcare leaked a video of his boss bragging about the company’s campaign to preserve America’s for-profit healthcare system.

“I felt Americans needed to know exactly who it is that’s fighting against the idea that healthcare is a right, not a privilege,” the anonymous whistleblower told the Washington Post‘s Jeff Stein.

During an employee town hall in February, Stein reported on Friday, UnitedHealthcare CEO Steve Nelson boasted about how much his company is doing to undermine Medicare for All, which is rapidly gaining support in Congress.

“One of the things you said: ‘We’re really quiet’ or ‘It seems like we’re quiet.’ Um, we’ve done a lot more than you would think,” Nelson said. “We are advocating heavily and very involved in the conversation. Part of it is trying to be thoughtful about how we enter in the conversation, because there’s a risk of seeming like it’s self-serving.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/i-felt-americans-needed-know-insurance-industry-whistleblower-gives-glimpse-effort

My personal opinion is the Medicare For All would be the best and the easiest to put into action……we will hear all the tired old excuses…like it will stifle innovation…..BS…..or that the quality of care will go down….another BS…..

We all agree that adequate health care is needed then why not take the easiest road to that end?

What About 9/11?

Closing Thought–15Apr19

I am sick of these “people”(I use the term reluctantly) that are all over the Omar thing are the ones that use 9/11 as a political weapon……like the newest toad from Texas, and they have many……Rep. Crenshaw…

This from Shareblue Media…..*****I post most of the article because I have some readers that read the title and maybe the first couple of sentences and think they have a grip on what I may post about……my apologies to the American Independent******

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) reportedly told a New York City firefighter who survived the 9/11 attacks that he was too busy to listen to concerns about helping victims of the worst terrorist attack in American history.

“He really didn’t want to talk to us,” Rob Serra, told the NY Daily News about his encounter with the recently elected Republican. The firefighter told the paper Crenshaw said he was “too busy” to speak.

When Serra approached Crenshaw about renewing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund during a visit to Capitol Hill in March, “He said he didn’t have any information and that his staff would take care of it.”

The compensation fund has recently had to cut its payouts to first responders and others who were hurt in the attacks, and needs Congress to authorize more money for its ongoing operation.

A total of 81,404 Americans rely on the fund, including 375 Texas residents.

Despite his callous stance, Crenshaw recently tried to use 9/11 as a political weapon.

Echoing right-wing media outlets like Fox News, Crenshaw falsely alleged that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) had insulted the memory of 9/11. Omar was pointing out that Muslims had unfairly come under fire after the attack, thanks to religious bigotry. But conservatives twisted her words — as they repeatedly have.

“First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’ Unbelievable,” Crenshaw wrote, smearing the congresswoman.

Noting his disingenuous attack and the manner in which he dismissed 9/11 survivors, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called out Crenshaw.

“You refuse to cosponsor the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, yet have the audacity to drum resentment towards Ilhan w/completely out-of-context quotes,” she wrote. “In 2018, right-wing extremists were behind almost ALL US domestic terrorist killings. Why don’t you go do something about that?”

The compensation fund has recently had to cut its payouts to first responders and others who were hurt in the attacks, and needs Congress to authorize more money for its ongoing operation.

https://shareblue.com/gop-congressman-dan-crenshaw-too-busy-9-11-firefighter/

I dislike hypocrites but our government is made of these cowards…..

The GOP has tried to use the attacks on 9/11 as political props……and their actions show they could care less….all talk and no action….the credo of the American politician.

As despicable as I find this “person”….there is someone who is more despicable…..a person that promises support then renigs…..

In the wake of the controversy involving President Donald Trump sharing an edited video disparaging a Muslim lawmaker’s remarks about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it’s important to note that there’s still no indication that Trump himself fulfilled promises to donate to charities aimed at helping rescue workers who responded to those attacks

Less than a month after the attacks occurred, Trump appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” and made a promise to donate $10,000 to the Twin Towers Fund. Yet if Trump did give, there’s no record to indicate that he has done so, leading many to conclude that the promise has yet to be fulfilled nearly 18 years after the attacks.

https://hillreporter.com/trump-failed-to-make-pledged-9-11-donation-to-the-twin-towers-fund-in-year-after-the-attacks-30979

Yet another Repub that is in a class of cowards that the country can do without….and hopefully we will.

One Day BAM To The Moon!

50 years ago this year we went to the Moon and walked around….and after a few more visits the US decided not to spend any more energy and money on visits to the Moon.

And then just days ago……our VP, Mike Pence, said that he wanted the US to return to the Moon in 5 years……

Pence, who serves as chairman of the National Space Council, delivered the remarks during the body’s fifth meeting in Alabama on Tuesday. He said the country is once again in a space race against “adversaries” like Russia and China.

“The first woman and the next man on the moon will both be American astronauts launched by American rockets from American soil,” Pence said at the meeting.

He said that President Donald Trump agrees with the goal. In 2017, Trump issued Space Policy Directive 1, which called on NASA to put American astronauts on the moon for the first time since 1972.

Pence added that the astronauts will walk on the moon’s south pole, which might host reservoirs of ice.

NASA needs new urgency and focus to meet the challenge, Pence said. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency will do everything in its power to meet that deadline.

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2019-03-26/pence-tells-nasa-to-put-americans-on-the-moon-in-5-years

Apparently Pence was echoing the words of JFK….but there is a slight problem with the VP’s chest thumping about the Moon…..

The rocket that will be used to go back to the Moon is the problem……

NASA has been toiling away on a monster rocket for the past eight years — but how much action the skyscraper-size Space Launch System will see once it’s completed is now anybody’s guess.

Designed to send humans and almost 60,000 pounds of cargo to the moon and perhaps beyond, the SLS will be bigger and more powerful than any rocket since the Saturn V behemoth that took the Apollo astronauts to the moon 50 years ago. NASA has said the rocket will send Americans back to the lunar surface as early as 2024, with an uncrewed test flight tentatively scheduled for 2020.

But the orange-and-white rocket has fallen three years behind schedule — and is way over budget. Almost $17 billion has been spent so far on the space vehicle, which was projected to cost $10.6 billion when its construction was approved in 2011. Experts say each SLS flight will cost at least $1 billion, or about 11 times more than SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, which made its debut last year.

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/nasa-s-17-billion-moon-rocket-may-be-doomed-it-ncna991061

Pence is learning the same lesson that “What-his-name” has had to learn……saying does not make it so.

One day these “people” will learn to put brain in gear before driving off at the mouth.

And under the media radar was the expansion of the bureaucracy……and the spending of more taxpayer money…..the Space Development Agency….

The newly established Space Development Agency promises to chart the first steps of a “comprehensive architecture” to address eight critical defense priorities by the end of September, the organization’s director said here Tuesday.

Fred Kennedy, who comes to the fledgling SDA from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, aims to present a fuller picture of what that architecture should look like to Pentagon leadership by the end of the fiscal year. If all goes well, the SDA would develop, buy, and deploy its first assets on orbit, along with ground segments, no later than 2022.

http://airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2019/April%202019/SDA-Director-Embarks-on-Space-Architecture-Overhaul.aspx

Idle promises can be expensive…..and the taxpayer will shoulder the price.

Closing Thought–12Apr19

Medicare For All!

There has been a raging debate on just how all Americans can get the health coverage they need and want…..most from the Dems….the Repubs have NOTHING to offer but opposition to anything at all.

I spend a lot of time research stuff…..and so far I see only one way for people to get their health coverage……Medicare For All.

I’ve spent decades studying US health care. Time to get real: Medicare for All is the only reasonable path to controlling costs and covering everyone.

There is an instinct among political pundits to confuse caution for practicality — an assumption that those who advocate for incremental change are being reasonable, while those pushing for bold reforms aren’t. This is seen most starkly in the debate around health care reform, despite the fact that the “practical” pushers of limited reform fail to address the real problems in our health care system.

We all recognize that the status quo isn’t working. We spend more per person than any other country on health care, but we aren’t getting any bang for our buck. We have lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality rates and more preventable deaths, and too many personal bankruptcies are due at least in part to medical bills.

Where we disagree is the solution. The favorite new “reasonable” plan is “Medicare for America,” a bill from Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Rosa DeLauro that has won the support of big names like Texas presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke and the Center for American Progress, the left-of-center think tank where the plan originated as “Medicare Extra for All.” It has been extolled in opinion pieces for some of America’s largest newspapers as a “realistic” plan to fix what’s broken in our health care system.

 
We will hear all sorts of lies about this plan…..the biggest will be the “S” word bullshit that Repubs still use and unbelievably is still effective……but regardless it is a LIE……
 
If Americans want health care for themselves and their families then Medicare For All is the only answer….it will control costs and cover everyone…..it is that simple.
 
Speaking of costs…..how will we pay for this program?
 
Sen. Bernie Sanders is not ducking the key question constantly posed to Medicare for All supporters by journalists, fellow members of Congress, and critics: “How will you pay for it?”
In a white paper (pdf) released Wednesday alongside the 2020 contender’s updated and improved Medicare for All legislation, Sanders’ office outlined a number of possible funding mechanisms for the comprehensive bill and detailed the enormous savings the U.S. would reap by transitioning to single-payer.
 
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