Wednesday, June 21, 2017
15 years in NO and it's starting to show
Lynn Drury performs "Frenchmen Street" at the 2011 Ladyfest New Orleans
If you control the voting....
Can't have real fear with permits
So the NRA in its quest to guarantee every American is totally living in fear 24/7 is seeking nationwide repeal of concealed handgun permits so that anyone, anytime and in any condition can carry lethal hardware any place they please. Schools, banks, hospitals, jails and courtrooms, anywhere.
After swiftly expanding gun-rights laws during the first few years that Republicans took control of the state legislature, the charge to loosen firearms restrictions has slowed – until now.The NRA says that the 2nd Amendment guarantees your right to buy unlimited lethal hardware, carry it anywhere and if your locale has a "Stand Your Ground" law, shoot anybody anywhere. What the NRA position really guarantees is a constant state of fear which insures steady sales of lethal hardware to far too many people who can't handle what they buy. This insures the profits of the gun manufacturers and dealers who kick back to the NRA executive committee and insures they profit from their vicious misbegotten ideas.b
The state House passed a bill this month that pits gun owners against each other. It would nearly eliminate concealed handgun permits and the training that goes with them, and would set the minimum age at 18 to carry a concealed gun. Under current law, people 21 and older can apply for a permit to carry a concealed gun, and anyone 18 or older can carry a handgun openly.
The bill’s sudden movement was surprising, considering three similar bills had been dormant since they were filed in February, and the legislators pushing the bills are the most conservative Republicans in the legislature, who are not always in step with the rest of the House GOP caucus or its leaders.
[Concealed handgun permits would no longer be required]
What has given this gun bill momentum — besides the persistent backing of the statewide gun-rights Grass Roots N.C. — is advocacy by the National Rifle Association. Promoting permitless carry — also referred to as constitutional carry — laws has become a top priority of the NRA across the country.
Twelve states now have permitless carry laws. Eight of those states enacted the laws in the past two years. At least three more are considering it.
A rapidly increasing number of North Carolinians have gone through the training and background checks required to qualify for permits: currently more than 600,000.
The argument for permitless carry is the same in North Carolina as it has been in other states: that it protects law-abiding citizens who don’t want to break the law simply by putting a coat or sweater over a legal, openly holstered handgun, carried for self-defense.
“Law-abiding citizens in North Carolina can already open carry a handgun without a permit,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said in an emailed statement. “This legislation simply recognizes that it is often more convenient to carry discretely. More Americans than ever are choosing to exercise their Second Amendment right to self-protection and the NRA wants to ensure they can do so in a manner that is most convenient to them.”
Gun-control advocates are chasing the NRA around the country to counter gains the formidable organization might make with state legislatures.
“We watch them very closely, that’s what we do,” Peter Ambler, executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, said in a recent interview.
“What’s most important is that permitless carry does not become law,” Ambler said. “... You don’t want folks carrying around an incredibly dangerous consumer product like a firearm without knowing how to use it. That’s not only common sense but a part of the ethos of responsibility in this country that’s accompanied the traditions of gun ownership, that unfortunately the gun lobby is getting away from.”
The proper way to stop Trumpcare
Trevor Noah suggests a little more drama.
Just so you know
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
John Sebastian by way of Joe Cocker
And elegantly redone by the Tedeschi Trucks Band. "Darling, Be Home Soon"
1 lifts you up, 1 let's you down
R.I.P. William Szathmary
Under the name Bill Dana, you told us your name was Jose Jimenez. You were not Latino and you were never mean spirited.
With no more political restraint
Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump's ignorance and unwillingness to work, the Pentagon may be on its way to attacking every one of the distractions blamed for its inability to win the war in Shitholeistan in 16 years. It appears the military will get carte blanche from The Tangerine Shitgibbon for whatever they want to do. And the latest irritation is Pakistan.
President Donald Trump's administration is exploring hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, two U.S. officials tell Reuters.What a dreadful situation. Having blown up all the mud huts available as targets, the military sets its eyes on greener pastures in neighboring Pakistan. In the same way they took out Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam Debacle, the military is ready to take out Pakistan's safe haven's. So what if they are our allies and have nukes. We can drop the alliance and we got more nukes than they do. Normally the political side would hold those crazy Brassholes in check, but now our political side is too busy tweeting shit. WASF!
Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding U.S. drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan's status as a major non-NATO ally, the two officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Other U.S. officials are skeptical of the prospects for success, arguing that years of previous U.S. efforts to curb Pakistan's support for militant groups have failed, and that already strengthening U.S. ties to India, Pakistan's arch-enemy, undermine chances of a breakthrough with Islamabad.
U.S. officials say generally they seek greater cooperation with Pakistan, not a rupture in ties, once the administration finishes a regional review, due by mid-July, of the strategy guiding the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.
Experts on America's longest war argue that militant safe havens in Pakistan have allowed Taliban-linked insurgents a place to plot deadly strikes in Afghanistan and regroup after ground offensives.
Although long mindful of Pakistan, the Trump administration in recent weeks has put more emphasis on the relationship with Islamabad in discussions as it hammers out a regional strategy to be presented to Trump, who took office in late January, one official said.
"We've never really fully articulated what our strategy towards Pakistan is. The strategy will more clearly say what we want from Pakistan specifically," the U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Other U.S. officials question whether any mix of carrots and sticks can get Islamabad to change its behavior. At the end of the day, Washington needs a partner, even if an imperfect one, in nuclear-armed Pakistan, they say.
The United States is again poised to deploy thousands more troops in Afghanistan, an acknowledgment that U.S.-backed forces are not winning and Taliban militants are resurgent.
Unless you're black
Trevor Noah wraps up some under covered news items including an example of NRA Total Silence.
Not possible until Republicans are eliminated
Monday, June 19, 2017
What if they had spoken Truth to Trump?
Our intrepid reporter Tom Tomorrow presents us with a view of the Trump cabinet meeting as if it had occurred in reality.
Not meant to be seen
Will Trump fight his BFF?
Or is this just some more smoke and mirrors to distract from Trump's Treason Troubles? Yesterday the US Air Force which no longer has to check in with the president before shooting down a jet flying in its own airspace, did just that to a Syrian Air Force jet that allegedly attacked the people on the ground that we like. The reaction?
Russia on Monday condemned the American military’s downing of a Syrian warplane, suspending the use of a military hotline that Washington and Moscow have used to avoid collisions in Syrian airspace and threatening to target aircraft flown by the United States and its allies over Syria.The most likely scenario is that Russia will shoot down a plane of two belonging to our allies so as not to upset enough people to forcr Donny to attack his BFF Putin's planes. And if Donny does nothing as expected, Putin will continue to do so until....?
The moves were the most recent example of an intensifying clash of words and interests between the two powers, which support different sides in the yearslong war in Syria.
The Russian military has threatened to halt its use of the hotline in the past — notably after President Trump ordered the launch of missiles against a Syrian air base in April — only to continue and even expand its contacts with the United States military. It was not clear whether the latest suspension would be lasting.
Its announcement came in response to an American F/A-18 jet’s shooting down a Syrian government warplane south of the town of Tabqah on Sunday, after the Syrian aircraft dropped bombs near local ground forces supported by the United States. It was the first time the American military had downed a Syrian plane since the civil war began in the country in 2011.
The Russian Defense Ministry called American attacks against the Syrian forces “military aggression” and announced that it would suspend cooperation with the United States intended to prevent airborne accidents over Syria.
“All flying objects, including planes and drones of the international coalition, detected west of the Euphrates, will be followed by Russian air defense systems as targets,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The United States will continue to conduct air operations over Syria, a spokesman for the American-led task force that is fighting the Islamic State said on Monday.
“We are going to continue to conduct operations throughout Syria, providing air support for coalition and partnered forces on the ground,” the spokesman, Col. Ryan Dillon, said in a telephone interview from Baghdad.
But Pentagon officials emphasized that the situation was still unfolding.
The Hideous Republican Health Plan
John Oliver touches on some of the reasons why this abomination stays hidden.
You thought you got rid of them
Sunday, June 18, 2017
When the singer and the song are classics
Bonnie Raitt performing John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery"
Mitch working in the secret Batshit Cave
The Profits of Privatization
The Two Faced Turtle
Trevor Noah looks at Mitch and his Son of a Mitch Health Care bill which may or may not exist.
The Forgotten Man in Today's Christianity
Saturday, June 17, 2017
A player from Down Under
Anne McCue has been playing, singing, writing, producing and more since 1988. "Ballad of An Outlaw Woman" was from her first live album.
Jefferson Beauregard....I Don't Recall The Rest
Any country that wants a favorable US policy
Nowadays just needs to call up one of Donald Trump's spawn and make a deal. Once the papers have been signed, a country's leadership can commit any atrocity that pleases it and the United States of Trump will staunchly stand at their side.
President Trump has done business with royals from Saudi Arabia for at least 20 years, since he sold the Plaza Hotel to a partnership formed by a Saudi prince. Mr. Trump has earned millions of dollars from the United Arab Emirates for putting his name on a golf course, with a second soon to open.Commercial interests have often been a part of international relationships, but seldom have they been so completely focused on the financial benefit of one person at the expense of the country.
He has never entered the booming market in neighboring Qatar, however, despite years of trying.
Now a feud has broken out among these three crucial American allies, and Mr. Trump has thrown his weight firmly behind the two countries where he has business ties, raising new concerns about the appearance of a conflict between his public role and his financial incentives.
Mr. Trump has said he is backing Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates because Qatar is “a funder of terror at a very high level.” But his stance toward Qatar, which is host to the largest American air base in the region, has differed sharply from the positions of the Pentagon and State Department. The secretaries of defense and state have stayed neutral, urging unity against the common enemy of the Islamic State.
Mr. Trump is the first president in 40 years to retain his personal business interests after entering the White House. Other senior officials in the executive branch are required to divest their assets. Critics say his singular decision to hold on to his global business empire inevitably casts a doubt on his motives, especially when his public actions dovetail with his business interests.
“Other countries in the Middle East see what is happening and may think, ‘We should be opening golf courses’ or ‘We should be buying rooms at the Trump International,’” said Brian Egan, a State Department legal adviser under the Obama administration. “Even if there is no nefarious intent on behalf of the president or the Trumps, for a president to be making money from business holdings in sensitive places around the world is likely to have an impact.”
A spokesman for the White House declined to address questions about the appearance of a conflict of interest. The spokesman, Michael Short, said in an email only that Mr. Trump had “formally extracted himself” from management of his business, the Trump Organization.
Stepping away from management without giving up ownership does not diminish Mr. Trump’s financial incentives or conflicts, as the director of the Office of Government Ethics warned before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.
Wingnut welfare lets you fail upward
Just look at the case of the Yugest Republican failure in the last few years, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas. After being elected Republican governor with a solid Republican legislature, he proceeded to enact all the worst financial ideas Conservatives have been embracing over the years. And very effectively drove the Kansas economy into the ground with all the accompanying disaster that follows. And now, as he reaches his term limit as governor, he is being considered for a post in the Trump administration.
Federal officials are in the process of vetting Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for a position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.I guess he wasn't eligible for any new post until his failure in Kansas was complete.
Two close associates of Brownback confirmed to The Star that they were interviewed by federal officials about the governor’s character and qualifications last month. And a congressional source said people close to the governor and senior officials at the White House have said that it’s a matter of when, not if, he gets a post.
“It’s the worst kept secret that he’s going to be nominated for something,” said a former Trump adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But the timeline for the appointment, which will most likely be with the U.S. State Department, is uncertain, the adviser said.
The speculation about Brownback’s return to Washington comes at a time when his stature in Kansas has diminished greatly. Brownback, who was first elected governor in 2010 by a more than 30-point margin, has seen his popularity and influence wane in recent years as the state has repeatedly faced budget shortfalls many blame on his tax cuts.
Republican officials in Kansas said that an announcement of Brownback’s departure could come in the near future. His exit would elevate Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a Johnson County plastic surgeon, into the state’s top office.
“I’m aware that they’ve already done background checks and all that good stuff,” said Kelly Arnold, the chairman of the Kansas Republican Party. “But I’ve not been informed about the specific position or when an announcement will happen.”
Arnold said an announcement could happen as early as next week or could take another three months. He said officials in Topeka are already readying themselves for the transition from Brownback to Colyer.
“People are preparing for a change,” he said.
The White House and State Department declined to comment on the vetting process.
Brownback’s name has been floated for multiple jobs since Trump won the presidency in November, but speculation of Brownback’s imminent departure has intensified in recent weeks after one of the longest legislative sessions in the state’s history climaxed with the repeal of his signature policy, his 2012 tax cuts.
Shop before all the shops disappear
Bill Maher examines the current great shift in employment
Down, Down, Down
Friday, June 16, 2017
Sweet Memories of Youthness
Ruby and The Romantics
The Real NRA 2nd Amendment Freedom
If they didn't shred them before now
It is officially too late to shred files related to the Trump Transition Team, they have officially been requested to preserve any that still exist.
Members of President Trump’s transition team were ordered on Thursday to preserve documents and other materials related to the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.And which investigative body will win 'Flip A Trump Associate' first?
The memo, from the transition team’s general counsel’s office, is the latest indication that the investigation’s special counsel, the former F.B.I. director Robert S. Mueller III, is casting a wide net in his inquiry into possible collusion between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
The memo says former transition team members “have a duty to preserve any physical and electronic records that may be related in any way to the subject matter of the pending investigations.”
The so-called preservation order covers any transition team information involving Russia or Ukraine. It also seeks any background investigation records involving the former manager of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort, and his business partner, Rick Gates; the former foreign policy adviser Carter Page; and the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Flynn was fired for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of a call with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
The memorandum also names Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to Mr. Trump.
With the order, the transition team lawyers are indicating that they have reason to believe that the five men’s actions are part of investigations by the Justice Department or the House or Senate Intelligence Committees, or will be.
All five of the men named in the memo, except for Mr. Gates, had been previously linked to investigations by the F.B.I. or Congress.
Mr. Gates said late Thursday that he was not aware of the memo. He added, “At this time, I have not been contacted by any law enforcement organization in connection with the Russia investigations.”
The order came on the same day that it was revealed that Mr. Pence had retained a criminal defense lawyer to represent him in the various investigations encircling the White House.
The king of spiking the ball at the six yard line
Seth Meyers takes a Closer Look
Only then will it end
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Before Nancy Wilson had Heart
Another Nancy Wilson had Soul. I can't take my ears off her as she sings "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Making Salem Great Again
One climate isn't changing. Thanks NRA
Let the Fox guard the henhouse
And the first thing you know, he will be hiring some wolves to help him provide complete 'coverage'. Scott Pruitt, notorious hireling of the worst polluters on the planet, has just hired one of their bad ass lawyers to be a top enforcement lawyer in the EPA.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt may have skipped the G7 climate meeting more than a day early, but he has certainly kept busy staffing his agency.No doubt, Big Pollution will be well defended in any upcoming court cases.
POLITICO reported that Pruitt has named energy industry attorney Patrick Traylor as a deputy in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
The office, which the Trump administration reportedly tried to cut, enforces key anti-pollution laws such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act to protect the environment and vulnerable communities.
Traylor, whose LinkedIn profile indicates he started the job in June, was a longtime partner of the international law firm Hogan Lovells and has represented companies owned by the Koch brothers and other energy industry giants.
Per POLITICO, "clients include utility Southern California Edison; Venture Global LNG, a natural gas exporter; Flint Hills Resources, a Koch subsidiary refiner; Koch Nitrogen, maker of synthetic fertilizer; and several wind companies seeking Endangered Species Act permits."
Traylor has also defended Dominion Energy and TransCanada, as New York Times reporter Eric Lipton tweeted. Dominion is behind the highly contested Atlantic Coast Pipeline and TransCanada's is responsible for the Keystone XL.
The Sessions Session
Stephen Colbert on what the evil little shitweasel didn't say, plus a Happy Birthday to the First Fart in the White House.
The Sessions Sessions
Samantha Bee looks at the cute little AG in despair.
Not your father's patriotism
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Minneapolis does Beatles
By way of Joe Cocker. Tina Schlieske does "With A Little Help From My Friends" from the Sweet Relief III album.
Donald assembles the perfect cabinet
R.I.P. Rosalie Ann Stringfellow Sorrels
You never got rich from your singing but the world would be a poorer place without the music you gave us.
After 16 years, a new winning strategy
Same as the old winning strategy, send in more troops. It is not often that a war provides its own history for strategists to study, but in addition to British and Russian histories, our own time in Shitholeistan should provide grist for the military minds in charge of the war. For some strange reason they keep grinding out the same crappy meal which does no one any good.
President Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to determine troop levels in Afghanistan, three administration officials said Tuesday, opening the door for sending more American forces to a war that the Pentagon chief acknowledged the United States was “not winning.”Spiffy uniforms with lots of ribbons and brass do not seem to correspond with military genius. If anything they denote a career cementhead and more Americans will die for no fucking reason at all.
Mr. Mattis is believed to favor sending several thousand more American troops to strengthen the effort to advise Afghan forces as they push back against gains made by the Taliban, the Islamic State and other militant groups. But officials said he had not yet decided how many more forces to send to Afghanistan, or when to deploy them.
One United States official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was discussing internal deliberations, said that Mr. Trump decided on Tuesday morning to grant Mr. Mattis the authority. It was the latest in a series of moves by the White House to give the Pentagon and its military commanders more latitude to deploy forces and carry out operations.
Mr. Mattis alluded somewhat cryptically to the decision when he testified on Tuesday morning to the Senate Armed Services Committee. During his appearance, the defense secretary promised Congress that the Trump administration would develop a new strategy for Afghanistan by mid-July to turn around the war.
That timetable led to a feisty exchange with Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona and the committee’s chairman, who complained that the Pentagon had yet to present a plan to regain momentum in a conflict that has been going on for more than 15 years.
“We’re now six months into this administration,” Mr. McCain said. “We still haven’t got a strategy for Afghanistan. It makes it hard for us to support you when we don’t have a strategy.”
Mr. Mattis sought to ease his concerns by hinting that some troops might be sent as an interim step before the administration’s new strategy is finalized. “There are actions being taken to make certain that we don’t pay a price for the delay,” Mr. Mattis said.
Mr. Trump has already given his Pentagon chief similar authority for Iraq and Syria.
They have what they want
But The Tangerine Shitgibbon's advisors and handlers are afraid of the mercurial nature of Trump's madness. What he is for today can change before his next meal. His soon to be announced policy for Cuba isone example.
President Donald Trump has a draft plan that would at least partially reverse the Obama administration’s decision to ease Cuba restrictions. But even some of his trusted advisers are wondering whether they can bank on it, given the president’s history of changing his mind on the fly.And between now and Friday, Raul Castro could call up Eric Trump and offer a deal for a Trump Tower and golf resort in Cuba's finest tourist area and that would change the whole deal. Or Tangerine could just wake up Friday having forgotten what he was going to do and make something up on the spot to the horror of his handlers. With a fool for a president, all things are possible.
According to people familiar with White House deliberations on Cuba policy, Trump is expected to prohibit companies from doing business with the small country’s military, tighten travel to the island and possibly set conditions on the communist government if Havana wants to maintain diplomatic relations.
That kind of plan, if it sees the light of day, could be welcome news for South Florida Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who have been lobbying the White House to impose more restrictions. But it could hurt the American agriculture and tourism industries, whose executives tell McClatchy they have been pushing the Trump administration to keep newly opened, and potentially lucrative, business lanes open.
Advisers, having seen how the fight for influence among factions within the administration has played out on other controversial issues, such as support for NATO, say they won’t truly know until the words come out of the president’s mouth. Certainly, the group seeking a return to tighter restrictions knows there is a rival contingent inside the White House that opposes Trump’s campaign promise to roll back parts of former President Barack Obama’s opening to the island.
“I believe in nothing until the president says it because of what we’ve seen, especially with what happened with the Article 5 and NATO,” said a source familiar with the administration’s discussions about Cuba. “The president was going to come out with a statement that he supported Article 5 and collective defense and then at the last second, certain elements at the White House got to him and he didn't say that.”
The announcement is expected to be made by Trump on Friday in Miami.
Is it real or shade
Trevor Noah gives a quick lesson on the difference
But they let the mentally ill keep their guns
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Avalon Jazz Band perfom a song by Charles Trenet
Better driven through his heart
Torture R Us?
Take a man who protested against his government, one that our own government was openly opposed to because it nationalized its oil business, was arrested and tortured and upon his release, fled to the US for asylum. Once upon a time he would have accepted here while his case was being examined. Now, under the reign of the Tangerine Shitgibbon, he is arrested and thrown into detention in anticipation of his deportation.
Marco Coello, then a skinny 18-year-old high school student, was grabbed by plainclothes agents of the Venezuelan security services as he joined a 2014 demonstration against the government in Caracas.Two different agencies that do not seem to talk to each other and one, the ICE Thugs seemingly working on a biggest number biggest bonus system regardless of any possible extenuating circumstances. If only they had such a system in place when Tangerine's pimp grandfather came to these shores.
They put a gun to his head. They attacked him with their feet, a golf club, a fire extinguisher. They tortured him with electric shocks. Then Mr. Coello was jailed for several months, and shortly after his release, he fled to the United States.
Human Rights Watch extensively documented his case in a report that year. The State Department included him in its own human rights report on Venezuela in 2015. With such an extensive paper trail of mistreatment in his home country, his lawyer, Elizabeth Blandon, expected a straightforward asylum interview when Mr. Coello appeared at an immigration office this April in Miami.
Instead, he was arrested and taken to a detention facility on the edge of the Everglades. He was now a candidate for deportation. “Every time they would move me around, I would fear that they were going to take me to deport me,” said Mr. Coello, now 22.
Mr. Coello’s case drew extensive media coverage in both Miami and Caracas and, eventually, the intervention of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. The senator helped secure Mr. Coello’s release, though he could still be deported.
The case may have been a sign of just how far the government is willing to go to carry out President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
“It’s very unusual — almost unprecedented — that ICE would arrest an asylum applicant who is at a U.S.C.I.S. office waiting for their asylum interview,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell Law School.
He was referring to two agencies that are part of the Department of Homeland Security but, as Mr. Coello discovered, have very different missions: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, which handles citizenship and asylum cases, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which arrests people believed to be in the country without permission.
In the first three months of the Trump administration, ICE agents arrested some 41,000 people, an increase of nearly 40 percent over the same period last year. At the same time, the administration has expressed a desire to be stricter about allowing people into the country with asylum claims, as most such claims are ultimately rejected.
When Mr. Coello was taken to the Krome detention center, another asylum seeker was already there.
Who would do that?
Seth Meyers takes a Closer Look at Donald Trump
The Shillboard Top 5
Trevor Noah does Trump excuses
Where are the forces of good?
Monday, June 12, 2017
Trouble Over Me
Where the past is prelude
That intrepid reporter Tom Tomorrow shows us that we already know what will happen when the proof of Der Trumpenfuhrer's crimes comes out.
Hinky Zinke makes his pitch
Gonna be some major twisting needed
And after the second appeals court threw The Tangerine Shitgibbon's illegal Muslim ban on the shitheap again, the current body of law will have to be distorted and twisted into an unrecognizable shape for SCOTUS to uphold it.
A second federal appeals court on Monday ruled against President Trump’s revised travel ban. The decision, from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, was the latest in a string of court rulings rejecting the administration’s efforts to limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries.Maybe someday Tangerine will realize that Executive Orders are not Imperial Decrees with which he can impose whatever he pleases on the peasants. That day may very well be long after that useless lump of shit is dead and buried.
The administration has already sought a Supreme Court review of a similar decision issued last month by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va.
The new ruling affirmed a March decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson, of the Federal District Court in Hawaii. Judge Watson blocked major parts of the revised order, saying they violated the Constitution’s ban on a government establishment of religion. Judge Watson wrote that the statements of Mr. Trump and his advisers made clear that his executive order amounted to an attempt to disfavor Muslims.
The Many Ways To Say Yes In DC
John Oliver on the Comey Hearing
GOP Congress never takes the easy way
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Cartoons from the '30s & Music from the Present
A Triumph of Trumpian Transport
Drugs to cure drug addiction
What better way to the necessary feeding of the bottom lines of Big Pharma than selling mass quantities of opioid pain killers to create a problem, and then cleverly marketing a drug to treat opioid addiction.
The ads have been popping up on billboards, buses, subways and in glossy magazines, with portraits of attractive men and women and a simple question in bold letters: What is Vivitrol?With Tom Price's unstinting praise of the drug should also come an examination to see how many shares are owned or beneficially owned by him. After the fiasco with his insider trading efforts with Innate Immunotherapeutics, Tom seems reticent to share this hot tip. Al least not with people who can't keep their mouths shut.
Five years ago, Vivitrol was a treatment for opioid addiction that was struggling to find a market. Now, its sales and profile are rising fast, thanks to its manufacturers’ shrewd use of political connections, and despite scant science to prove the drug’s efficacy.
Last month, the health and human services secretary, Tom Price, praised it as the future of opioid addiction treatment after visiting the company’s plant in Ohio, setting off a furor among substance abuse specialists by criticizing its less expensive and more widely used and rigorously studied competitors, buprenorphine and methadone, as medications that “simply substitute” for illicit drugs.
It was the kind of plug that Vivitrol’s maker, Alkermes, has spent years coaxing, with a deft lobbying strategy that has targeted lawmakers and law enforcement officials. The company has spent millions of dollars on contributions to officials struggling to stem the epidemic of opioid abuse. It has also provided thousands of free doses to encourage the use of Vivitrol in jails and prisons, which have by default become major detox centers.
With the Trump administration sending $1 billion in new addiction prevention and treatment funds to states over the next two years through the 21st Century Cures Act, Alkermes’s marketing has shifted into even higher gear.
The company’s strategy highlights the profit opportunities that drug companies and investors see in an opioid epidemic that killed 91 Americans every day in 2015 and is growing worse. But some of its marketing tactics, and Mr. Price’s comments, ignore widely accepted science, as nearly 700 experts in the field wrote the health secretary in a letter.
Not a single study has been completed comparing Vivitrol to its less expensive competitors. Some studies have shown high dropout rates, or found that many participants return to opioid use while taking Vivitrol or after going off it. In one study that the company used to secure the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Vivitrol for opioid addiction treatment, conducted with 250 patients in Russia, nearly half of those who got Vivitrol failed to stay abstinent over a six-month period, although they stayed abstinent and in treatment longer than those who got a placebo.
More like Extreme Bullshit
As part of his campaign to isolate the United States behind a yuge barrier of bigly safety, The Tangerine Shitgibbon was touting his "Extreme Vetting" of immigrants to the country. At no point in his gassing the public did he ever make the slightest attempt to explain what he meant. It turns out there was always nothing behind those words.
When a federal judge blocked President Trump’s first attempt to impose a travel ban on seven majority-Muslim nations, Mr. Trump warned of “death & destruction” from dangerous people who “may be pouring into our country.”Another one of The Tangerine Shitgibbons Potemkin Promises. They look good on the face of it, but like a Hollywood set, there is nothing behind them.
“Courts must act fast!” he implored on Twitter.
But in the 128 days since, the president’s administration has exhibited little urgency of its own.
Mr. Trump’s lawyers have moved slowly in responding to legal challenges to the White House’s initial and revised travel bans. And immigration experts say the administration has not taken steps it could have — even while the latest ban is tied up in the courts — to achieve the restriction’s stated goal: to tighten the vetting of people trying to get into the United States.
The result has been that almost halfway through his first year in office, Mr. Trump has made few changes to the way people enter the United States from the countries he has deemed the most dangerous, despite his frequent campaign promises to institute “extreme vetting.”
“President Trump is more interested in trying to win a rhetorical victory,” said Gregory Z. Chen, the director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “The question is really, what steps have they taken to make sure that vetting can happen effectively, rather than clinging to a ban that has suffered terrible losses in the courts?”
Administration officials say they are handcuffed because of vetting restrictions imposed by one of the federal judges who put a hold on the revised travel ban. The officials say they have done what they can to tighten the borders, including by announcing this month that some visa applicants will be required to provide more biographical information and reveal their social media postings.
But critics say the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies have always had — and continue to have — plenty of authority to evaluate threats from any country and impose tougher vetting on visa applicants.
The Black & White Truth about Drug Test Kits
From Samantha Bee
A limited edition
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Booth of Glass
In which Patty Larkin references a pay phone which might confuse the younger set.
Mitch prefers working in the darkness
R.I.P. Adam West
Would you have taken the role of Batman if you knew it would be for the rest of your life?
Left hand and right hand each going its own way
In a normal administration, the various members meet prior to any announcement, major or minor, to make sure they are in agreement on whatever policies might be involved. This is a part og government that is beyond the scope of The Tangerine Shitgibbons intelligence.
President Trump scrambled American diplomacy on two fronts on Friday, delivering a stinging rebuke of Qatar at the very moment his secretary of state was trying to mend fences in the Persian Gulf, while at the same time reaffirming support for NATO two weeks after he had declined to do so.It is a serious problem when Tangerine has no idea what he is talking about.Other countries look to the top members of the administration for understanding of US policies. If the alleged president immediately and without forethought contradicts the Secretary of State and the Pentagon on major policy in the Middle East, that could easily bring about a needless and unwanted war. Unwanted by everyone except the Saudi Wahabis and ISIS, that is.
Unpredictable as always, Mr. Trump’s comments cut in two directions: He appeared to undermine Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, who has thrown himself into an effort to mediate a resolution to the bitter dispute between Qatar and several of its neighbors, chiefly Saudi Arabia.
But he also soothed NATO allies by explicitly reaffirming Article 5, the clause that commits members to defend any ally under attack. Mr. Trump conspicuously avoided making that pledge at a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels two weeks ago, opening a rift with allies that widened after he pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord.
Yet the pattern of sudden reversals in the Trump administration’s diplomacy was most pronounced in the Middle East.
On Friday afternoon, Mr. Tillerson called for a “calm and thoughtful dialogue” to resolve the deepening dispute among Sunni Muslim states in the Persian Gulf. Barely an hour later, Mr. Trump’s comments were anything but that. He accused Qatar of being a “funder of terror at a very high level” and demanded that the tiny, energy-rich nation cut off that money flow to rejoin the circle of responsible nations.
“We had a decision to make,” Mr. Trump declared at a Rose Garden news conference with the president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. “Do we take the easy road or do we take a hard but necessary action?” he said. “We have to stop the funding of terrorism.”
A senior administration official insisted that Mr. Trump was “on the same page” as his secretary of state, even distributing a page to reporters on Air Force One that showed their statements on Qatar side by side. He also disputed that Mr. Trump’s comments about Article 5 represented a reversal, arguing, as the White House has before, that the president had already effectively endorsed it.
But on Qatar, a senior adviser to Mr. Tillerson, R.C. Hammond, suggested a difference in emphasis — if not ultimate goal — between the two men.
“The president is focused on ending terrorism; the secretary is focused on diplomacy that will return G.C.C. focus to fighting terrorism,” he said, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council, a loose association of mostly Sunni Arab states.
The mixed messages extended to the Pentagon, which issued a statement reaffirming Qatar’s critical role as a military partner to the United States and expressing concern that the deepening instability would hurt the American-led campaign against the Islamic State.
Qatar is home to two major American command posts, including a center from which the United States and its allies conduct their air war on Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
Can't get out of his own way
Having made so many promises to everyone while campaigning, The Tangerine Shitgibbon can not help but keep some of them if he does anything at all. Yet, in spite of this built in advantage from all his lies, Tangerine is having trouble getting anything done. And his biggest obstacle is himself.
Trump said he would be willing to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller under oath to discuss the conversations with Comey. The president declined again to say whether he is recording conversations in the White House, something he said previously he may have done.Donald Trump is not a president by any stretch of the imagination. He is a 70 year old, ignorant narcissistic golfing roadblock to a pile of bad legislation. He needs to be encouraged until he can be impeached.
The afternoon news conference capped a day that began when Trump aides who were downright giddy that the president did not respond to Comey’s testimony directly Thursday – at their own urging — became clearly disappointed that he reverted back to Twitter to criticize Comey early Friday.
And while Trump insisted he wanted to “get back to running our great country” his actions particularly frustrated Republicans eager to pass legislation now that they control both the White House and Congress for the first time in 10 years.
“Republicans on the Hill are desperate for the president’s self made distractions to cease and for him to focus on policy achievements,” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican political strategist based in Sacramento, California. “They would prefer a world where the RNC isn't spending it’s resources to slime Jim Comey, but rather promoting health care reform, a tax overhaul and the virtue of deregulation.”
Before Trump’s forceful responses Friday, his staff and supporters had become increasingly confident that the White House could return to a fierce focus on its stalled agenda, a 2016 litany of pledges to overhaul the nation’s health care system and its tax code, toughen its immigration laws, dramatically pare the size of government and more.
Presidents traditionally get heavily involved in pushing their agendas, particularly in their first months in office. While some Republican lawmakers dismiss the notion the Comey matter was a distraction, the controversy has made it tougher for the White House to lobby for its initiatives.
Save The Rich Fucks
Bill Maher pleads for us to be nice to poor Jared Kushner
But he was black.....
Friday, June 09, 2017
Norah with Jools on the Hammond
Playing "Flipside" from her album Day Breaks
Big influence in London
Separated At Birth
Republican governors not as Dumb As Trump
And they and their Democratic counterparts show it when they make efforts to repair the damage done by The Tangerine Shitgibbon in his efforts to obliterate any trace of President Obama. The fight to sustain the availability of birth control is just one example.
Nevada is not the only state where birth control is suddenly on the legislative agenda. With the future of the Affordable Care Act — former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation — in doubt and the Trump administration planning to roll back the act’s mandate that employers cover contraceptives, the battle over birth control is shifting to the states.The Republicans have often stated that the states know better about governing and Tangerine and his minions are discovering that more and more the states are telling them to Fuck Off!
Currently, 28 states have some type of “contraceptive equity” law, aimed at making birth control cheaper and more accessible. Many of those measures — including one in Nevada — were adopted in the late 1990s. The issue has gained urgency with Mr. Trump’s election.
“We are on the cusp of seeing another push, a more aggressive push at the state level to protect affordable access to contraception, just like we saw in the late ’90s when women realized Viagra was getting coverage and birth control wasn’t,” said Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, a New York nonprofit that advocates for reproductive rights.
“The feds can set a floor,” Ms. Miller said. “States can decide to do better.”
Several states are expanding access by requiring insurers to cover a year’s supply of contraceptives at a time, as opposed to the customary three months. In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, last month signed a bill that would do just that, and Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, signed a similar bill this week.
Lawmakers in Massachusetts and New York are also considering “contraceptive equity bills.” In New York, Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general, has proposed far-reaching legislation that would cover all forms of birth control, including vasectomies, without co-pays and at no cost to the patient. (Obamacare does not require insurers to cover vasectomies.) The bill has passed the New York Assembly, but awaits action in the state senate.
If money really talks
Then come June 21, Karen Handel can take her bullshit and walk. In the special election for Georgia 6th district, Jon Ossoff is running away with the money race.
Jon Ossoff, the Democrat running in a closely watched special House election in Georgia, raised over $15 million in the last two months, vastly exceeding his Republican rival and shattering fund-raising records, according to federal campaign finance documents filed on Thursday.Regardless of how much money is spent or who the voters actually prefer, it must never be forgotten that the Republicans control the voting machines and software that will actually produce the winning numbers. In the end, their ability to turn a total disaster into an old time Soviet 99% win is what counts.
Karen Handel, the Republican candidate for the suburban Atlanta district seat, raised approximately $4 million in the same period. But she began the final stretch before the June 20 runoff election with slightly more cash available than Mr. Ossoff, who had already spent much of his money to reserve television advertising time.
The contest to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, was already the most expensive House race in history. Mr. Ossoff has now raised over $23 million and Ms. Handel, who only became the Republican nominee after the initial balloting in April, has brought in over $4.2 million. In a sign of the intense national interest in the race, much of the money came from outside Georgia.
In addition to the candidates’ own fund-raising, the national parties and allied groups have swooped in with millions more. The largest Republican groups have spent about $12 million on behalf of Ms. Handel, while Democrats have just spent over $6.7 million on behalf of Mr. Ossoff in the same period.
The biggest spender among the third-party groups has been the Congressional Leadership Fund, a so-called super political action committee aligned with the House Republican leadership, which has poured in more than $6.2 million to attack Mr. Ossoff.
The astonishing fund-raising totals illustrate the stakes of a campaign that both parties fear losing.
The Predisent of the Untied Stats
Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Comey's testimony and Trump.
Donny's new mantra
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Maybe if Donny had said it this way
He wouldn't be in such deep shit for obstructing justice. Tracy Nelson with Mother Earth and Boz Scaggs on guitar singing "I Need Your Love"
Everybody is watching
Gianforte pays his weregild
Weregild is the money you pay to the owner of persons or property that you have damaged or destroyed. It is an ancient custom and thoroughly appropriate for Republicans whose ideas are rooted in ancient times.
Gianforte said the $50,000 donation to the CPJ, an independent not-for-profit organization that promotes press freedom and that protects the rights of journalists worldwide, was made “in the hope that perhaps some good can come of these events”. He added: “I made a mistake and humbly ask for your forgiveness.”Both sides seem to be happy with the price paid by the Congresswrestler-elect.
Gianforte still faces criminal charges over the altercation. If found guilty, he could be fined up to $500 or face a jail sentence of up to six months. He was expected to appear in Gallatin County justice court this week but was granted an extension to 20 June, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
The assault occurred on 24 May, the night before a special election to fill the House seat vacated by secretary of the interior Ryan Zinke.
The trouble with tweets
Samantha Bee examines the havoc of Cheeto Mussolini's 144 character brain farts.
Probably beyond his ability
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Rorey Carroll from her Love Is An Outlaw album
In case you forgot that movies are fantasy
It took 6 years to figure it out
But the Kansas legislature has finally realized that Gov. Sam Brownback's classic Conservative tax policies are total bullshit and do not work. And working to correct that disaster, they have passed a $1.2 Billion tax bill and overridden Brownback's veto.
For six years, Gov. Sam Brownback carried out a signature philosophy of cutting taxes and shrinking government across Kansas, a state dominated by his fellow Republicans.Brownback didn't see it because he didn't want to see it. And longer term, the reactionaries who only support tax cuts will insist that the policy didn't fail, it was the people who executed it that failed. And the bastards will try again.
But on Tuesday night, the state’s Republican-held Legislature overrode Mr. Brownback’s veto of a bill that would undo some of the tax cuts he pushed. The state Senate and House moved swiftly, narrowly voting only hours apart to turn back Mr. Brownback’s rejection of a tax increase aimed at raising about $1.2 billion over two years.
It was a remarkable rejection of the state’s tax-cutting approach after years of mounting uncertainty and unhappiness in Kansas over whether the tax cuts were working. That led to all-out revolt by Republican lawmakers who had grown increasingly frustrated over limits on the state’s spending on education and over state budget shortfalls.
For Mr. Brownback, a onetime presidential candidate who has grown increasingly isolated in Kansas, it was a devastating blow — a final rejection by some of his allies for his centerpiece doctrine.
The governor’s supporters in the Legislature were “very sad and defeated,” she said, and the legislators who voted to override Mr. Brownback felt they had no choice but to raise taxes. Ms. Sykes was among those voting to override.
“The governor is a true believer,” she said. “Being governor was all about his tax plan. And he really believed it was the right step. But as many of us have seen, it was not. We had to take a vote to say no and say, ‘This is not the right direction.’ I don’t know how the governor doesn’t see that.”
When she reads messages from constituents in her suburban Kansas City district, she said, they sound a similar, pleading note. ”Email after email after email I get from constituents,” she said, “say, ‘Please, let’s stop this experiment.’”
Jim Ward, the Democratic leader in the Kansas House of Representatives, said there was “great relief and excitement” among lawmakers.
Fox News - All Kinds Of Shit, All The Time
And sometimes the shit they spread is not of their own creation. While they still remain the manufacturer of most of the shit they spread, it has been revealed that some of their shit comes from Russia by way of Murdoch's Sun.
Like much fake news, the story was based on a kernel of truth. The brief, tense confrontation happened on April 12, 2014, and the Pentagon issued a statement. Then in April, three years later, the story resurfaced, completely twisted, on one of Russia’s main state-run TV news programs.And from there it went on to Russian TV and, bolstered by a fake quote from a US general, Rupeert Murdoch's Sun picked it up. From there it was a hop, skip and a jump to Fux Nooz who only took down the story when quizzed about it by the NY Times. While not quite as direct a having Donald Trump tweet it, it is an effective way to spread bullshit.
The new version gloated that the warplane had deployed an electronic weapon to disable all operating systems aboard the Cook. That was false, but it soon spread, showing that even with all the global attention on combating fake news, it could still circulate with alarming speed and ease.
In the days after the incident in the Black Sea, a Russian writer named Dmitri Sedov wrote an opinion piece, apparently meant to be satirical, that imagined the incident as an electronic warfare attack and described the panicked reaction of one crew member.
The piece was framed as a letter from an American sailor onboard named Johnny to his beloved Mary. It betrays its dubious origins through strangely stilted language and the rather Soviet-style sentiments it contains.
In an apparent attempt to drive traffic to the satirical piece, a series of posts meant to look like a letter from the crew member went up on Facebook in English and Russian, with a link to the original. The researchers found them by using a string of uncommon words that crop up in the article, including “Aegis,” “mysticism” and “shame.”
He likes to be President, not to do President
Trevor Noah calls out Trump on his shit
Defending us from evil
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
She rose up and faded
And now she has a new album hoping to be discovered again. "Rise Up" by Diane Birch
Where the stink comes from
R.I.P. Peter Sallis
After a long and distinguished acting career, you gave us Wallace and "Cheese, Gromit! Thank you for both.
Tangerine Shitgibbon pissed off at Racist Shitweasel
Cheeto Mussolini made the extra effort to install people in his cabinet who would disable and dismantle their departments. A prime example was Jeff Sessions, the racist shitweasel appointed to the Department of Justice. Sadly for Cheeto, he found out that the shitweasel's incompetence would affect him as well.
But more than four months into his presidency, Mr. Trump has grown sour on Mr. Sessions, now his attorney general, blaming him for various troubles that have plagued the White House.Tangerine's failure in his appointments will all come back to bite him if he lasts long enough but the blow up at Justice shows that his days may well be numbered.
The discontent was on display on Monday in a series of stark early-morning postings on Twitter in which the president faulted his own Justice Department for its defense of his travel ban on visitors from certain predominantly Muslim countries. Mr. Trump accused Mr. Sessions’s department of devising a “politically correct” version of the ban — as if the president had nothing to do with it.
In private, the president’s exasperation has been even sharper. He has intermittently fumed for months over Mr. Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people close to Mr. Trump who insisted on anonymity to describe internal conversations. In Mr. Trump’s view, they said, it was that recusal that eventually led to the appointment of a special counsel who took over the investigation.
Behind-the-scenes frustration would not be unprecedented in the Oval Office. Other presidents have become estranged from the Justice Department over time, notably President Bill Clinton, who bristled at Attorney General Janet Reno’s decisions to authorize investigations into him and his administration, among other things. But Mr. Trump’s tweets on Monday made his feelings evident for all to see and raised questions about how he is managing his own administration.
“They wholly undercut the idea that there is some rational process behind the president’s decisions,” said Walter E. Dellinger, who served as acting solicitor general under Mr. Clinton. “I believe it is unprecedented for a president to publicly chastise his own Justice Department.”
In his Twitter posts, Mr. Trump complained that his original executive order barring visitors from select Muslim-majority nations and refugees from around the world was revised in hopes of passing legal muster after it was struck down by multiple federal courts. The second version, however, has also been blocked, and last week the Justice Department appealed to the Supreme Court.
“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.,” Mr. Trump wrote.
Then he added, “The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court — & seek much tougher version!”
But the messages caused considerable head scratching around Washington since it was Mr. Trump who signed the revised executive order and, presumably, agreed to the legal strategy in the first place. His posts made it sound like the Justice Department was not part of his administration.
A closer look at President Slackjaw Knownothing
From Seth Meyers
You know it's true
Monday, June 05, 2017
Diana DeMuth and Her Band.
Reality in Trumpoonia
Tom Tomorrow outlines the vision of Fake News among the Trumpoons.
Just one of many
From the New Yorker
In defense of his illegal Muslim ban
The Tangerine Shitgibbon is screeching and flinging poo everywhere to assign blame to someone else for his dismal failure in ruling by executive order. He would have us forget he is the executive who signed the orders.
President Trump rebelled on Monday against his own advisers who “watered down” his original executive order barring visitors from select Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States and who insisted on calling it something other than a travel ban.For a man who does as little work as he does, it is hard to blame others for what he was supposed to read before he signed. True, his comprehension is only slightly above an actual gibbon, but he can hire all the qualified people he wants to undertand for him and explain it in simple words. But the simple fact is Tangerine has never accepted responsibility for any of his failures and is far too old to start now.
Returning to one of the issues that animated the early days of his presidency and generated a court battle that has now gone to the Supreme Court, Mr. Trump argued that it was a mistake to revise the first order he signed and suggested that his administration should return to a “much tougher version.”
In a series of Twitter posts just two days after a terrorist attack killed at least seven people in London, Mr. Trump seemed to reject everything his own administration has done to win court approval for restrictions on entry from countries that he designated, both in terms of vocabulary and in terms of its provisions. He also renewed his attack on London’s mayor.
“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” he wrote.
Mr. Trump seemed to be reacting to a segment on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC on Monday that, just a few minutes before the president’s tweets, highlighted the administration’s past statements on whether the order was a travel ban. The issue was renewed on Saturday night when Mr. Trump responded to the London attack by arguing again for the order, which he called a travel ban. “We need the courts to give us back our rights,” he wrote that night.
On Monday, Mr. Trump expressed frustration that his administration rewrote his original order, which was thrown out by the courts, in an effort to pass judicial muster. The second version was also rejected, and the administration last week appealed to the Supreme Court.
“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.,” he wrote.
He added: “The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court — & seek much tougher version!”
With Trump as president
Drug overdoses are increasing and pharmaceutical drugs are increasing their percentage of that number.
Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.When various pharmaceutical opioids are not the cause of overdose, they are time and again shown to be the "gateway" drug to the heroin that kills. If they weren't so profitable they would have long ago been removed from the market but thanks to the money Big Pharma happily ships millions of pills to hotbeds of addiction, 9 million to one rural pharmacy alone. Profits before people.
The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. Our estimate of 62,500 deaths would be a 19 percent increase over the 52,404 recorded in 2015.
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, and all evidence suggests the problem has continued to worsen in 2017.
The initial data points to large increases in drug overdose deaths in states along the East Coast, particularly Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania and Maine. In Ohio, which filed a lawsuit last week accusing five drug companies of abetting the opioid epidemic, we estimate overdose deaths increased by more than 25 percent in 2016.
“Heroin is the devil’s drug, man. It is,” Cliff Parker said, sitting on a bench in Grace Park in Akron. Mr. Parker, 24, graduated from high school not too far from here, in nearby Copley, where he was a multisport athlete. In his senior year, he was a varsity wrestler and earned a scholarship to the University of Akron. Like his friends and teammates, he started using prescription painkillers at parties. It was fun, he said. By the time it stopped being fun, it was too late. Pills soon turned to heroin, and his life began slipping away from him.
Paris and That Don-Old Trump
John Oliver explains in words a Trumpoon could understand, if they wanted to.
And then he sent a 'Fuck You' to London
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Life has been hard on her
And the songs on Lucinda Williams' latest album reflect that, including the title cut "The Ghosts of Highway 20"
Healthcare on a sliding scale
R.I.P. James Anthony Piersall
Baseball drove you nuts and sold lots of tickets because of it.
The generals don't know how to win it
So much like in Vietnam, the United States has no clue about what to do in Shitholeistan. George W. Bush made a mess and walked away from it. Barack Obama had too much on his plate to let him take it from the ineffective generals and make an intelligent political decision on what was a low priority item for him. And Donald Trump is just too damn dumb to be allowed to make any decision.
A new president confronts an old war, one that bedeviled his predecessor. He is caught between seasoned military commanders, who tell him that the road to victory is to pour in more American troops, and skeptical political advisers, who argue that a major deployment is a futile exercise that will leave him politically vulnerable.A smart man would do as Gorbachev did and just leave but we have Donald Trump in the White House. Cheeto Mussolini's record is clear, regardless of what the best solution may be, he will pick the worst.
Barack Obama in 2009. But also Donald J. Trump in 2017.
As Mr. Trump faces his most consequential decision yet as commander in chief — whether to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan, where a truck bombing on Wednesday offered a brutal reminder that the 16-year-old war is far from over — his administration is divided along familiar fault lines.
The dispute pits two generals who had formative experiences in Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster — against political aides, led by the chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who fear that sending in more troops would be a slippery slope toward nation-building.
“They are going to be faced with the same questions we were,” said David Axelrod, a former senior Obama adviser, who worried, during the 2009 debate, that the generals were boxing his boss in. “How and when does this end? Or is it an open-ended commitment of American lives and resources? What will the investment produce in the long run?”
The White House shelved the deliberations over Afghanistan three weeks ago, after an initial Pentagon proposal to deploy up to 5,000 additional American troops ran into fierce resistance from Mr. Bannon, an ardent nationalist, and other political advisers. In the West Wing, some aides have taken to calling Afghanistan “McMaster’s war.”
Undeterred, General McMaster plans to bring the debate back to the front burner this coming week, a senior administration official said. But as he does so, the Pentagon appears to be moving toward a smaller recommendation, in which America’s allies would supply half the new troops. Historically, the United States has supplied about two-thirds of the soldiers in Afghanistan.
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