https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Betty Crackerhttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgBetty Cracker2016-07-29 12:08:302016-07-29 12:08:30Dainty Digits Is on an Epic Twitter Tear
Things that are too grotesque to parody, for a bazillion…
… Trump has long refused to release his tax returns, saying that he is currently under audit. But asked Thursday night by Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren if he would release older tax returns that are not under audit, Trump said the beating Romney took in 2012 over his own tax returns should serve as a warning.
“I remember with Mitt Romney four years ago, everybody wanted his, and his is a peanut compared to mine. It’s like a peanut. It’s very small. Not nearly as big a document. I mean, mine, you saw the picture where it’s two or three feet high,” Trump said.
“Now, they finally got it in September. He decided to give it. And they found a couple of little minor things. Little things that didn’t mean anything,” Trump continued. “He did nothing wrong. By the way, Mitt Romney did nothing wrong. But when they gave them, they found a couple of little sentences. If you remember Harry Reid lied about it. He told a dirty lie. And Mitt gave that and after he gave it, they found a little sentence and they made such a big deal. He might have lost the election over that.”…
Maybe a Democratic prankster can start following Trump’s campaign around, carrying a sign saying HARRY REID WILL LAUGH WHEN HILLARY TAKES YOUR PEANUT. But only out of sympathy, for our oppressed billionaire class!
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2016-07-29 08:16:502016-07-29 08:16:50Open Thread: And Take that Cigar Out of Your Mouth, Donald
I wonder how this will work with the consolidation of doctor’s practices. Here in Boise most of the primary care practices have been bought by the hospitals here. I don’t have personal experience, but I think that some of the specialist practices have also been purchased by the hospitals. Seems likely to me that the doctor will send you to the hospital that owns them rather than the one that is rated the best. Will this leave the patient fighting to go to the better rated hospital or bearing a larger burden of cost if they don’t?
This is one of the big problems with system and delivery reform. The business model requires a lot more regional coordination without ownership barriers.
Hospitals buy up provider practices for a few reasons. Before last year’s budget bill, one of the big reasons was to transform outpatient centers into off-campus hospital facilities that could charge a much higher Medicare rate. That revenue hack is gone for new acquisitions. The other two reasons are prestige of the hospital now being able to offer a high profile program and referral patterns. Read more →
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Richard Mayhewhttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgRichard Mayhew2016-07-29 07:06:372016-07-29 07:06:37Filling the bucket in vertically integrated medical practices
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2016-07-29 05:59:112016-07-29 05:59:11Friday Morning Open Thread: This Is My Fight Song...
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2016-07-29 03:56:562016-07-29 03:56:56Late Night Open Thread: Early Reviews
If you missed the sermon by the Reverend William Barber, please watch this theologically conservative, liberal, evangelical, biblicist speak about right and wrong, and the heart of our democracy. You owe it to yourself.
ETA: I found the full speech by Mr Khizr Khan, in which he is accompanied by his lovely wife. Also this.
Special mention of the gentleman delegate with the fab red turban.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Sarah, Proud and Tallhttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgSarah, Proud and Tall2016-07-29 00:04:582016-07-29 00:20:12Amen!
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2016-07-28 23:08:052016-07-28 23:08:05Post-Acceptance DNC Open Thread: Fired Up -- Ready to Go!
Chickens before they hatch and all that…. but the thing I think I am most looking forward to is the photos of Bill walking into the White House as First Gentleman.
I’m a cynical old trout, but Bill’s beaming mug on my ipad has made me giggle like a schoolgirl for the last three days. It seemed like every time someone cracked a joke, or ripped into the Toupéed Apricot Fucktrumpet (but I repeat myself), there was Bill, grinnin’ like a dog with three balls and a bone.
It’s been a barn burner so far, and the leading lady is yet to hit the stage, but my votes for best supporting act go to the Reverend William Barber for:
“We must be the moral defibrillator of our time. We must shock this Nation with the power of love.”
and the equally righteous Mr Khizr Khan for offering his copy of the Constitution to the Hairpiece.
If anyone can link me to a video or a transcript of both, I’d be most grateful.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Sarah, Proud and Tallhttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgSarah, Proud and Tall2016-07-28 21:42:302016-07-28 21:52:29We must be the moral defibrillators of our time (or, "I have a Constitution to lend you").
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2016-07-28 21:34:312016-07-28 21:34:31DNC Pinnacle Night #4 Open Thread
I’ve seen some offhand grousing about the backdrop on the DNC stage, but I can’t agree. Partially because it reminds me of the blue-and-cream grosgrain ribbon handfasting at our wedding (this was 1993! it wasn’t a cliche yet) and yes it is supposed to be a subtle visual reminder that, as with an interwoven fabric, we are stronger together. But more importantly, its very simplicity is a rebuke to the barf-up-a-July-Fourth-party-bag Repub stage set; we don’t need a boatload of ‘patriotic’ flair, because we’ve got enough diversity among the speakers that everyone can tell them apart without a program.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2016-07-28 20:56:172016-07-28 20:56:17Best DNC Night Ever Open Thread
Some media-based arsehattery is too extreme to be overlooked. Everybody’s focused on the Democratic convention this week — including Bill O’Reilly, racist misogynist and hypercompetitive Bile Gland Walking. Michelle Obama’s deservedly lauded DNC speech spurred O’Reilly to stretch his ‘talent’ even to the point of challenging Donald Trump for the Worst Person of the Week award…
That last tweet is a spin on the MRAs ‘Mens Rights Advocates’ and their assaults on female game designers and other women last year: Actually it’s about ethics in gaming journalism… O’Reilley is just a louder, richer, more powerful version of the embittered otaku sending dick pics and SWAT teams to the women they feel have slighted their masculine superiority.
Apart from getting ready for another Big Historical DNC Evening, what’s on the agenda?
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Anne Lauriehttps://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgAnne Laurie2016-07-28 18:35:472016-07-28 18:35:47Thursday Evening Open Thread: Strong Competition for Worst Person of the Week Award
Despite yawns from some corners over a major party nominating the first woman for president in the history of the United States, ever, it’s kind of a big deal to many of us. But I suspect those wormy little Buster fuckwads who shouted down Elijah Cummings and Leon Panetta aren’t going to be able to resist trying to ruin the evening for Hillary Clinton and her supporters.
Anyone think there’s a chance they won’t? I don’t. They’re worse than the goddamned PUMAs, and they are an embarrassment to Senator Sanders. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think so.
That said, aside from a few odd eruptions, some force seemed to keep the screeching Busters mostly silent during both Obamas’ speeches as well as during Biden’s and Kaine’s. Perhaps the many impressive middle-aged women in the convention hall turned steely gazes on the sniveling dipshits and hefted their handbags meaningfully.
I don’t expect that force field to hold tonight, though. These grandstanding pricks really hate Hillary Clinton. They don’t give a shit about the Democratic Party. And they’re certain it’s more important for the media coverage to include their whiny-ass, unintelligible chants than it is for the women and girls who’ve waited for this moment all their lives to enjoy the experience in peace.
May the shades of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony rise up and snatch them bald-headed.
https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpg00Doug!https://www.balloon-juice.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/balloon_juice_header_logo_grey.jpgDoug!2016-07-28 16:29:132016-07-28 16:29:13Doesn't have a point of view