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…..

Well That Is Just Sick! (In Medical Terms)

Just when I thought that these last 60 days or so was going to be pretty mundane….and then…..BAM!

This election has something for everybody…that is almost everybody….if you are a voter that wants to hear about issues and solutions then this time around you are sorely disappointed.

That aside…..for about a month Mr. Trump and his minions have been passing the story that Clinton is seriously ill and because of that she is not capable of being the president.

It seems that a couple of days ago the lackeys prophecies have been strengthened……why is that?

Over last weekend Clinton had an episode……

Hillary Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 anniversary ceremony Sunday after feeling “overheated,” according to her campaign, and hours later her doctor disclosed that the Democratic presidential nominee had pneumonia, the AP reports. A video showed Clinton slumping and being held up by three people as she was helped into a van after the event, and her doctor said in a statement that Clinton had become overheated and dehydrated. “I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely,” Dr. Lisa R. Bardack said in a statement. The physician said Clinton has had an allergy-related cough, and that during a follow-up examination Friday, the candidate was diagnosed with pneumonia, put on antibiotics, advised to rest and modify her schedule.

Less than two months from Election Day, it was an unwanted visual for Clinton as she tries to project the strength and vigor needed for one of the world’s most demanding jobs. Republican rival Donald Trump has spent months questioning Clinton’s health, saying she doesn’t have the stamina to be president. Trump, who attended the same event marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, was noticeably restrained. Asked by a reporter about Clinton’s health incident, Trump said, “I don’t know anything.” After Clinton’s departure from the event, spokesman Nick Merrill said Clinton had gone to her daughter’s nearby apartment. Clinton exited the apartment on her own shortly before noon. She waved to reporters and said, “I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York.”

Even though she sez she is “feeling great”…..the story is there and the questions remain…….especially from the toads lurking behind the coattails of Trump……

Concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health have gone from conspiracy theory to what analysts are calling a major campaign issue. After she abruptly left a 9/11 memorial event early Sunday, her doctor disclosed that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday and was advised to rest. The campaign now says that Clinton has canceled a Monday and Tuesday trip to California that would have involved several fundraising appearances as well as a major economic speech and an appearance on Ellen, the Washington Post reports. In other coverage:

  • Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, said Clinton was “overheated and dehydrated” at the 9/11 event but is now “rehydrated and recovering nicely,” the New York Times reports. Bardack didn’t say what kind of pneumonia Clinton has or whether she had a fever Sunday.
  • Politico reports that political journalists strongly criticized the campaign’s handling of Clinton’s illness, while Clinton allies downplayed the issue—and even praised her stamina. “‘Powering through’ illness is what women do: Stoically, every. single. day,” tweeted former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
  • CNN spoke to a doctor about Clinton’s stumble and the subsequent news of pneumonia. Ford Vox says neither is at all unusual in somebody Clinton’s age, though there’s certainly a chance of other underlying health issues.
  • The Los Angeles Times reports that the incident has renewed calls for the release of detailed health records from Clinton, who is 68, and her 70-year-old rival. “This is the kind of thing that voters have a right to understand before they cast a vote,” says GOP strategist Katie Packer, who doesn’t support either candidate. “Both Trump and Hillary are elderly. They are obligated to release full medical records and full tax returns to the American people. And the media, party leaders, and American people should settle for nothing less.”
  • The Washington Post looks at the “intense privacy” that has long surrounded Clinton’s health after incidents like a 1998 blood clot in her leg that she later described as her “scariest moment.”
  • The Telegraph looks at what might happen if health issues force Clinton to quit the race.
  • Politico reports that some Trump supporters gleefully celebrated her illness on social media, though Trump himself has declined to comment. A lobbyist who raises money for Trump says he hopes the candidate will be able to remain “very careful and sensitive, and not reinforce the worse things people think about him.”

It will be interesting to see how her support staff tries to spin this….because we know that Trump and the boyz will NOT let this go, right?

Clinton is the nominee for the Dems….but let’s say that something goes horribly wrong and Clinton must drop out of the election race…..what will happen then? (This is a hypothetical thing)……. Will Trump automatically win the election?  (You just know that the Trump people, not being the sharpest pencils in the box will claim the win)……but really what would happen?

First off, please, please, please let us make abundantly clear that this article is not an endorsement of any alt-right conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health, nor are we trying to implicitly state that Hillary Clinton’s recent coughing fit or her apparent stumble outside the 9/11 memorial service were anything more than what her campaign says they were—seasonal allergies and a previously diagnosed case of pneumonia aggravated by dehydration. Seriously, we’re not. We fully expect her health issues to be resolved within a week, at which point none of this will matter.

Source: If Hillary Had to Drop Out, Here’s How a New Democratic Candidate Would be Chosen :: Politics :: News :: Hillary Clinton :: Paste

Could an election get any more screwed up?

Is this a great election or what?

Green is looking better and better………