Mississippi Proves Itself Again

I live in the great state of Mississippi or as I call it, The Great American Cultural Wasteland….there should be a sign on every highway leading into the state that says “Welcome to Mississippi….Set Your Watch Back 150 years”……

Before I go any further I would like to share breakfast…..hash brown casserole, eggs, bacon and biscuits…..and about a gallon of good Sumatran coffee….now I am ready to face my adoring public….(tee hee)…..

Mississippi seems to always be at the top of every list of bad things like heath, pay, income, et al….and at the bottom of every list of good things…..recently a list was issued of the healthiest states in our great union……and we did it again!

What is the healthiest state in the USA? For the fifth straight year, the winner is … Hawaii, according to America’s Health Rankings. The Aloha State snagged the top spot for its low rates of uninsured people and obesity, though it scores above average for excessive drinking, reports USA Today. In last place was Mississippi, which fell the only place it had to go from No. 49 last year, faulted for problems including widespread childhood poverty, low birthweight, and smoking. (Iowa, at No. 17, was the most improved state.) The annual ranking relies on CDC data on a range of health and well-being measures. Here are the top five:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut
  4. Minnesota
  5. Vermont

Click for the full report.

Now this could explain their propensity to elect idiots both national, state and local…..idiocy begets idiocy……

Okay my friends….it is Sunday and time to do something completely different…..whatever that might be….

See you guys tomorrow for more stuff…..

Obamacare: GOP Has Ideas?

Repeal and Replace!  Over and over and over…..

But does the GOP have any ideas for either of those two promises?

“GOP may stall Obamacare replacement for years” reports Politico: “…GOP leaders on both sides of the Capitol are coalescing around a plan to vote to repeal the law in early 2017 — but delay the effective date for that repeal for as long as three years. They’re crossing their fingers that the delay will help them get their own house in order, as well as pressure a handful of Senate Democrats — who would likely be needed to pass replacement legislation — to come onboard before the clock runs out and 20 million Americans lose their health insurance.”

Few want Obamacare repeal, in Kaiser poll: “… one-fourth of Americans (26 percent) wanting to see President-elect Donald Trump and the next Congress repeal the entire law … many of the law’s major provisions continue to be quite popular, even across party lines…”

Trump pledge on Medicare in doubt. The Hill: “His campaign promoted the article’s headline — ‘Why Donald Trump Won’t Touch Your Entitlements’ — on its website. But [his HHS pick Tom] Price does want to touch entitlements … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), meanwhile, tweeted an image of Trump’s promise last year not to touch entitlements, including Medicare. Sanders asked if Trump ‘has any intention of keeping the promise that he made, or has he played the American people for suckers?’”

Dems poised to fight on Medicare. NYT: “Senate Democrats intend to press Mr. Price on this subject during his confirmation hearings. They see a wide opening for political gain, given the 57 million older Americans who rely on Medicare — including many white Midwesterners with financial worries who voted for Mr. Trump … A Medicare fight is also a potential political lifeline for Democrats in red states who could be in very tough contests in 2018.”

I read some place that the GOP has at least 7 different plans….now I have not seen any of them except a take on Obamacare….which they are suppose to repeal and replace…..

Let’s be honest …Obamacare is a more conservative plan than Romneycare which was a more conservative plan that one purposed by Richard Nixon….so for 40 years their plan is a basic Obamacare…..

But what about those “other” plans, right?

If there’s one thing Republicans have been clear about for the past six years, it is that the top of their agenda includes repealing Obamacare.

But Obamacare repeal would leave an estimated 22 million Americans without coverage and wreak havoc on the individual insurance market. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Republicans can’t just repeal Obamacare — they need to replace it with something.

It turns out Republicans have a lot of choices: There are at least seven different replacement plans that Republican legislators and conservative think tanks have offered in recent years. I’ve spent the past week reading them, and what I’ve learned is this:

Source: I read 7 Republican Obamacare replacement plans. Here’s what I learned. – Vox

But since they have few ideas then maybe I can offer a plan that would work and need little start-up problems…..but I realize that I am not a general or a billionaire so the Prez will not hear a word I say…….

Eliminating private insurance and the high premiums, co-pays and deductibles will save families thousands of dollars, free up millions for businesses, increase wages for workers, and save hundreds of billions for taxpayers

Source: Repealing Obamacare? Here’s a Better Idea – Medicare for All | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Since some of you hate Obamacare with a passion………How about you….any ideas?

Drug War Has Failed

Policy choices have consequences.

Trump made many many promises during his “glorious” campaign but the one failed policy that he seem to overlook was that of the Drug War….after 35+ years of wasted money this war is far from won…..

This whole war thing needs to be reconsidered….we keep wasting billions upon billions of dollars and NO substantial results can be found.

The opiate epidemic has reached an all-time high in the United States, with drug-related deaths now surpassing deaths from vehicle accidents. Statista’s Niall McCarthy wrote, “drug-induced deaths (have) reached 49,714 while road crash deaths fell to 32,675,” in 2014. Opioid- and heroin-related deaths have reached epidemic levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin).”

With over 1 million heroin users in the U.S., heroin-related deaths are skyrocketing, made possible in part, as McCarthy says, by the cheap supply of heroin, governmental regulations, and Fentanyl-infused heroin (50 times more potent than heroin).

Source: Drug War Fail: Drugs Now Kill More People Than Car Crashes | Alternet

If Trump wants to impress more people then he needs to attack this policy and do something that will address the problem and save some taxpayer dollars……

Just a thought.

Hey! Old Farts! Listen Up!

How long have the Repubs been slobbering all over Medicare with their version of a better idea—-privatization?

For me it was with Reagan and his attempt to privatize the entire government as payback for all the support from the different industries.  Bush1 was no better.  We got a break during the Clinton years…..and then came another Bush2 and the same idea.  Obama years were pretty quite and then 2010 happened and the GOPers in Congress started thumping their chests again…..

And now we have a GOP House….a GOP Senate…..a GOP president and a SCOTUS with NO balls…..

How safe is your Medicare?

Maybe not as safe as you think……

Is Paul Ryan’s years-long dream of gutting Medicare about to come true?

With Republicans set to control both houses of Congress and the White House, Ryan (R-Wis.), who will serve another term as House speaker, “senses his moment,” as Salonobserves.

The Donald Trump transition website states that the administration will “modernize Medicare”—a euphemism, according to Jonathan Cohn and Jeffrey Young at the Huffington Post, that corresponds exactly to what Ryan has in mind.

Speaking Thursday on Fox News‘s “Special Report,” Ryan said, “Medicare is going broke, Medicare is going to have price controls because of Obamacare,” adding, “You have to deal with those issues if you are going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Medicare has serious problems [because of] Obamacare.”

Source: Is Paul Ryan’s Dream of Gutting Medicare About to Come True? | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

How will this battle play out?

Check it out for yourself…….

House Speaker Paul Ryan proposed to privatize the current Medicare system, within the earliest days of the impending Trump administration.

As Members of Congress hastily hash out their opinions and post their announcements, TPM will track what they’re saying, charting whether candidates favor, oppose or release a foggy statement on the privatization and dismantling of Medicare.

The list will be updated as members of Congress release their opinions or figure out how they really feel about Ryan’s proposal.

Source: Your Medicare Phase Out Checklist

Your stupidity at the polls has consequences…….are you happy now?

“Repeal And Replace”

Obamacare has been a thorn in the asses of the GOP for years now…..and for all of those years they have been chanting the same lame chant….”repeal and replace”…ad nauseum.

First I agree that it needs to be replaced….but with what….and now I will get the long diatribe on how they will decode….which is good but it still does not explain replaced with WHAT!?

Among those on the street that are all for this issue seems to be those people that Obamacare does not effect for whatever reason….they are on Medicare or VA or Tricare…so why is it important to them?  Maybe they are concerned about the fellow Americans….don’t make me laugh they could care less about their fellow American…..

But Trump has stated that he will “repeal and replace”…it was one of his most taunted promises…..but how will that take place on day one……

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make getting rid of ObamaCare a priority—but he’s not going to be able to simply summon the Affordable Care Act to the boardroom and tell the law it’s fired. Instead, experts say repealing and replacing the ACA is a process that could easily take a year or more, and it’s very likely that parts of it will survive. Scientific American reports that with Republicans in control of the White House and both houses of Congress, but without a supermajority in the Senate, the party will likely use the “budget reconciliation” process to kill off as much of the health care law as it can, using a method that can’t be thwarted by a Democratic filibuster.

“Through budget reconciliation, it is possible for them to repeal and replace the bill entirely” by cutting off funding to parts of the system, analyst Ana Gupte tells NBC News. “They could choke off the blood supply to ObamaCare.” But the process will have to wait until there is a budget, and repeal may not reach Trump’s desk until late next year, with a replacement coming later still, experts say. In other coverage:

  • Analysts tell USA Today that popular parts of the law are likely to survive, including the ability to keep children on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26. But bipartisan agreement will be tough, since Democrats don’t want people to think they’re getting rid of ObamaCare—and Republicans don’t want people to think they’re improving it.
  • The Washington Post notes that earlier Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare included a two-year transition period before the law changed, to give health care companies plenty of time to adjust. If they were “unable to agree in two years on what will take its place, that is the nightmare scenario” that will leave millions without coverage, says Harvard School of Public Health professor John McDonough, who helped craft the law.
  • Politico predicts a long and complicated battle ahead, with ObamaCare advocates promising “total war” to defend the law, and GOP leaders expected to take “big and bold” action.
  • For now, nothing has changed, though confusion about the law’s future is growing. “This administration is going to continue to make a strong case that people should go to HealthCare.gov, consider the options that are available to them, and sign up for health care,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.

What if none of that actually works?

Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise to repeal and replace “the disaster knows as ObamaCare,” has softened his tone. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president-elect suggested the law might be amended instead of repealed. He said he is open to keeping parts of it that he likes “very much,” including allowing young adults to be covered on their parents’ insurance and stopping insurers denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Trump said he had shifted position on the law after talks with Obama this week. New health policies outlined on Trump’s website have dropped mentions of reining in drug prices and now include talk of modernizing Medicare, notes the New York Times.

In a 60 Minutes interview that will air Sunday, Trump said he would never get rid of ObamaCare before a replacement was ready, CNN reports. “It will be just fine. That’s what I do, I do a good job. You know, I know how to do this stuff,” he said. The BBC notes that “keeping ObamaCare’s carrots while abandoning its sticks” could be tricky, since the popular parts are made possible by the unpopular parts, like requiring all Americans to have health insurance. In the Journal interview, Trump declined to say whether he still plans to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton. “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought, because I want to solve health care, jobs, border control, tax reform,” he said.

I will give him his props…..he said what I have been saying……you cannot repeal without a replacement…..

As usual….the voter fell for a con without thinking the process out…..

For those slow witted voters of Trump……repeal and replace means kill the law and find an alternative……tweaking the existing law is NOT repealing or replacing…….guess what people…if true he LIED!

Can you hear that?  HE LIED!

Will the rabble hold Trump accountable?  Or will they just brush it off as Dem obstructionism?

Do I need to ask?

Maybe Choose A Better Name?

I have been reading about this supplement that is making people sick and I would guess there is a recall……Soylent….

It’s apparently not just Soylent bars making people sick. The company is now warning customers about its signature meal replacement powder, which has been removed from shelves after a “handful” of users reported cases of diarrhea, vomiting, and other stomach issues, just like with its Food Bars. Though “our tests all came back negative for food pathogens, toxins or outside contamination,” this has “allowed us to shift our focus to whether any one ingredient might be triggering a food intolerance,” the company says in a blog post, per Gizmodo. Soylent’s products have several ingredients in common, but the company notes its premixed drinks appear to be safe.

Soylent says anyone who has consumed version 1.6 of the meal replacement powder without issue can continue, “but if you have had any sensitivities, we suggest discarding whatever is left and letting us know.” The powder ($54 for the equivalent of 28 meals) has found a following among busy Silicon Valley types, and at least some are still willing to stick by the company, per the Los Angeles Times. In fact, many online are upset that they won’t be able to buy more Soylent products for a while. Soylent, however, is already working on a new powder and bar that it says won’t include suspect ingredients, to be available by early 2017 at the latest.

They do not have to worry about me or anyone in my age range.

Why?

Ever hear of “Soylent Green”?

Let me help…….it was a movie……

First, a quick recap: In the movie, the earth is overpopulated and over-polluted. Global warming is in full swing and even rich people have to eat crummy food. The government hands out rations of Soylent products, which are awful, flavorless cubes and loafs of “soy” (actually plankton but really it’s irrelevant cause it’s people) foodstuff that look like red, blue, or green Play-Doh. When you die, you go to a death-a-torium of sorts where you pay a small fee, then watch a really pretty movie filled with scenes from nature and peaceful music. You die quickly and painlessly from a colorless, odorless gas.

Then your body is shipped off and turned into Soylent Green which everyone loves to eat.

Can you see why I may not be interested in a product named “Soylent”?

And what is the new ingredient that will be added in 2017?

Just saying.

What Is FGM?

Have you had enough gossipy shit yet?

Sunday and I am working in the orchard bringing in the Satsumas…….the tangerines will be ready next month…….yesterday my better half and I had breakfast at that place with the “arches”….2 bacon, egg and cheese biscuits, 1 sausage and egg biscuit, 2 hash browns and 2 small OJs…..price $17.49….later I picked up  my pain meds from a local druggist cost….$17.54….what does that tell you?

I was at a local coffee shop with my granddaughter….she was doing some ‘net surfing and I was enjoying a fine cup of Blue Mountain…..

In the table next to us were 3 older ladies…..60’s maybe 70’s….they were talking and laughing but then one brought up a subject that made me stop and look at the door (as not to let on that I was eavesdropping)……

This one lady said that her daughter asked her if she had heard of “female gentle mutilation”?  Apparently my granddaughter heard the comment also for she gave me her WTF? face……..I was about to smile when I realize that even though she had misspoke…how many people in this country are aware of what this procedure is all about?

FGM, or cutting, as it is also sometimes known, is the removal of the external female genitalia. The procedure has no health benefits, but can cause great harm and serious health complications for those who undergo the procedure. Besides causing severe pain, the practice has immediate and long-term consequences for the health of women and girls, including complications during childbirth, which could endanger the lives of both mother and child.

Source: Senegal: Breaking the cycle of FGM | Al Jazeera English

This is a horrible thing to do to a young woman…..while the older ladies term was a bit humorous….there is NOTHING humorous about this procedure……I hope this well give my reader a little knowledge about this despicable practice.

It is exhausting trying to be informative…..tee hee….

I hope everyone has a good Sunday and I will be back to form tomorrow….that is the internet provider is up to it…..