Democratic National Convention Livestream

Report so far: Some people are being dicks; others aren’t. Open thread!



Bernie Heckled by His Own Delegates

Well, as you’ve probably heard, this happened earlier today:

My first thought was something along the lines of sowing and reaping — if you sit back and bask in your supporters’ adulation for you and antipathy toward your opponent for long enough, if you indulge fantasies that can’t come true, it’s not possible to flip the crowd’s sentiments like a switch, and they may not believe you when you tell them that we don’t, in fact, live in that fantasy world.

So far, at least, hate is trumping the ever-loving fuck outta love at the convention. But Sanders gets some sympathy from an unexpected source:

I don’t take much comfort from the fact that the 1992 convention featured Jerry Brown boo-birds and that Bill Clinton went on to win anyway. Am I wrong in thinking today’s media is an order of magnitude worse than it was back then? That they’ll use the discord to mainstream the Republican freak show in a way they wouldn’t have attempted 25 years ago?

But Giordano knows a lot more about that topic than I do, so maybe he’s right. I hope so. Anyhoo, should be interesting!



Gone, Baby, Gone

The DWS shit-show was getting pretty pathetic:

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was repeatedly interrupted and booed Monday as she sought to speak to Florida’s convention delegation.

The Florida lawmaker, who will resign after the Democratic National Convention this week after leaked emails showed top members of the DNC working to boost Hillary Clinton‘s presidential primary bid, had to strain her voice to yell over the flurry of protestors who showed up to interrupt her speech.

“We need to make sure we move together in a unified way,” she said over shouts from the crowd.

As she spoke, people stood on chairs holding up signs that said “emails,” “No!” and “Thanks for the ‘help,’ Debbie.”

Others repeatedly shouted: “Shame.”

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The Florida congresswoman was defiant, insisting delegates would see more of her.

“You will see me every day between now and Nov. 8 on the campaign trail, and we will lock arms and we will not stand down,” she said.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton named U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge as the Permanent Chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not be speaking or presiding over this week’s convention at all…
Jesus, what does it take for this tone-deaf fool to take a hint?  Anyone with an ounce of political skill would have seen the writing on the wall and stepped down, but not DWS.


Fuck Everyone and Everything

I am so sick and tired of dealing with everyone’s fucking feelings and this bullshit about being cheated. Not only was Bernie not cheated out of the nomination, it’s all so besides the fucking point. Despite the sporadic few states in which Russia’s favorite fauxgressive Jill Stein and the glibertarian shitshow are on the ballot, this election is a binary construct if you intend to vote.

You vote for Trump or you vote for Clinton. That’s it. Those are the choices. And if you choose not to vote for either or vote for Trump, you are responsible if Trump wins. It’s not on Hillary- she’s making her pitch. The voters decide, and to quote some lyrics, “if you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.”

I don’t understand why people don’t get that elections aren’t about your feels. You look at which candidate is more likely to do things you like and which one is more likely to create World War III, and depending on your level of psychoticism, you choose accordingly. Your feels may impact how involved you get or if you donate or if you are enthusiastic about voting or if you go out and work to elect a candidate, but your feels shouldn’t be shaping your decision.

I was super excited about Obama in 2008. In 2016, I looked at both of the Dems, and said I would support either. I later leaned Clinton because I decided that while I liked what Bernie was shouting about, shouting about shit doesn’t get things done. But either way, I was going to support the Democrat, because the Republican ticket was, no matter who they nominated, would be a Death Star of Suck and we are all Alderaanians now.

TL;DR: Vote for the Democrat or you are to blame for the disaster. Also, FUCK YOU.



Monday Mid-Day Open Thread

Did you see the movie “Boyhood,” starring Ethan Hawke and one of the lesser Arquettes, among others? I thought it was just okay. But there was one piece of dialogue in it that I really loved and haven’t forgotten — it was centered around the boy (Mason) asking his dad about magic:

Mason: Dad, there’s no real magic in the world, right?

Dad: What do you mean?

Mason: You know, like elves and stuff. People just made that up.

Dad: Oh, I don’t know. I mean, what makes you think that elves are any more magical than something like a whale? You know what I mean? What if I told you a story about how underneath the ocean, there was this giant sea mammal that used sonar and sang songs and it was so big that its heart was the size of a car and you could crawl through the arteries? I mean, you’d think that was pretty magical, right?

Well, here’s another real thing that’s magical — Honduran white bats:

honduran white bats

They have white fur, pointy lemon-colored ears and noses, and they live in tents they fashion out of living plants. How cool is that?

Open thread!








Market Segmentation for providers

As part of a very interesting discussion on the underlying ethics of the American health insurance direction, there was an interesting set of tweets that I want to explore some more here:

From a provider point of view, the fragmented payer market is an excellent opportunity for providers to segment the market. I was speaking with a friend of mine whose a neurologist and she said that her office manager routinely juggles a dozen different insurers. She did not pay attention to what the individual insurers paid per product, she just saw the patients who her scheduler put on her schedule.

Below is a hypothetical pricing chart by insurer and product line that a typical doctor could see in the course of day. The numbers are hypothetical but close enough.

Provider Pricing matrix

Yes, this is confusing as hell for the patient as they have no idea what they are getting. It is confusing as hell for the doctor’s back office. It is confusing as hell for the insurance company.

It is also an attempt to segment the market. We talked about provider account receivable preferences before where docs want to fill their schedule first with high paying, no questions asked commercially covered people, then Medicare as they pay fast, then Exchange plans, then CHIP and then finally Medicaid. That was a general statement. Providers or their schedulers will often give the marginal appointment slot to one or two particular commercial payers instead of any and all commercial payers.

The more segmented the market the theoretically ‘efficient’ it is but all of these pricing decisions are amazingly non-transparent so I have no idea how to math out an efficiency argument here.








Monday Morning Open Thread

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Samwise, via commentor Major Major Major Major, expresses how we all feel right now…

Gail Collins, who’s been covering Clinton for some time, in the NYTimes:

When Clinton is nominated for president later this week in Philadelphia, we’ll be talking about her as the first woman to get a crack at running the country. But she’d also be one of the most famous people ever to get the honor. In America, she’s been part of the backdrop of our lives for nearly a quarter of a century. We’re watching a very familiar face making a brand-new mark on history.

In 2000, when she first ran for the Senate, the fact that New York had never sent a woman to the Senate was an afterthought, given all the other stuff there was to consider. “It was the first time I’d been a candidate and the first time I’d lived in New York,” she recalled in a phone interview. The very idea of that race was incredible — maybe outrageous. And it didn’t begin well. She had trouble with the carpetbagging issue…

Then she turned everything around. Went on an endless “listening tour” of such anti-glamorous, earnest wonkiness that reporters who trailed after her from town to town began to develop nervous tics and drinking issues. But it was the perfect strategy. By the end, she had worn down her aura of outsiderdom. And she seemed to be enjoying herself. While all politicians at her level have stupendously sturdy egos, Clinton does appear to get a certain relief being in venues where the focus is on somebody else.

The thing I remember most about those trips from Oneonta to Cooperstown to Horseheads — besides the tedium — was the intense reaction she got from middle-aged women, who yelled and waved and begged for autographs. They were the ones who remembered what it was like when the newspapers had separate “help wanted” columns for men and women, who needed a male co-signer when they got their first car loans. I suspected that a lot of them, like me, still had credit cards in their husbands’ names because that was just the way things worked when they first began to charge stuff at Macy’s or use American Express.

And there was something else. Hillary Clinton represented the possibility of a second act. The country was full of women who had come of age with the women’s revolution, who had tried to have it all, raising children while having good — but maybe not spectacular — careers. Now there was the about-to-retire first lady, in her new persona, suggesting they might be able to start a whole new episode in life. Driving around through upstate New York, Clinton was in the home territory of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who had broken the old rules about staying home, rearing the kids and then retiring to a rocking chair…

… Young women are not universally crazy about the first-woman thing. Some just see her as an imperfect candidate. For others, it’s because the whole gender thing seems like yesterday’s news. “There aren’t as many overt questions about ‘Can a woman do it? Is it something the country is ready for?’ ” Clinton acknowledged.

That’s probably true, and if it is, she deserves a lot of the credit. You can argue the pros and cons of Hillary Clinton’s character, or her potential to change the nation, or her position on trade policy. But you can never take away the fact that she was the one who made the idea of a woman becoming president so normal that many young women are bored by it…

Whatever her defects, she is a candidate with a very long and event-filled history of toughing things out, who finds solace in stupendously hard work and in doing her homework. She’s one of the best-known people on the planet, but she can happily spend a day listening to complaints about watershed pollution or flying halfway around the world to sit through a conference on sustainable development.

When she was still secretary of state, I asked Clinton about another presidential campaign and she waved the idea aside. Her future plans, she said, involved sleeping and exercising and traveling for fun. “It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years. I would like to see whether I can get untired,” she said.

She may never find out.



Late Night Creepsters Open Thread: Watch Out for the ‘Alt-Right’

Just for the record: Yes, the white supremacists have found a home in Trump’s Republican party. Dave Weigel, in the Washington Post, last Thursday:

Geert Wilders strolled toward Quicken Loans Arena, drawing the usual amount of double takes. Clad in a trim blue suit, wearing sunglasses under his silver-blond coif, he stopped to talk to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and a small crowd of foreign journalists began to gather.

“He heads the Freedom Party in the Netherlands,” King explained to a delegate who was wondering about the fuss. “A little bit of controversy here and there, but who among us hasn’t created some?”…

Whenver two or more racists and bigots are gathered together, surely there you shall find Steve “Pig Muck” King.

… In another year, the far-right Wilders would not have made it past the Republican National Convention’s perimeter. He has proposed moratoriums on new Muslim immigration to his country and a similar halt on mosque construction. “I don’t hate Muslims,” he has said. “I hate Islam.”

But the rise and nomination of Donald Trump had inspired Wilders — and expanded his American fan base. He was just one of many people who might have been labeled extremists, and whose views are rejected by the old elite of the Republican Party, but who attended the convention and related events with a sense that their politics were finally winning…

Many members of the “alt right,” racially conscious and opposed to new immigration, came to Cleveland with the same praise of Trump’s revolution. They held meetings, co-hosted parties and happily met the news media. Richard Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute, held a cheeky sign encouraging journalists to “interview a ‘racist.’ ” Peter Brimelow, founder of the anti-immigration and race news site VDare, stopped by a Tuesday night party headlined by Wilders…

For a week, those people had their run of Cleveland. The Tuesday night party, billed as a “fab” gay rights celebration, took over a dark rec center and paused for 30 minutes of speeches. Wilders was just one speaker; the event’s poster portrayed the anti-Islamist activist Pamela Geller and the provocative Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos as superheroes, charging into a fight behind Trump.

All of them congratulated the hundreds of conservatives in the room for seeing that liberal Western democracy in general, and gay rights in particular, were under siege from Islam…

Steve Peoples, for the AP, on Sunday — “Energized white supremacists cheer Trump convention message“:

They don’t like to be called white supremacists. The well-dressed men who gathered in Cleveland’s Ritz-Carlton bar after Donald Trump’s speech accepting the Republican nomination for president prefer the term “Europeanists,” ”alt-right,” or even “white nationalists.” They are also die-hard Trump supporters.

And far from hiding in chat rooms or under white sheets, they cheered the GOP presidential nominee from inside the Republican National Convention over the last week. While not official delegates, they nevertheless obtained credentials to attend the party’s highest-profile quadrennial gathering.

Several gathered in the luxury hotel well after midnight following Trump’s Thursday address, a fiery appeal they said helped push the Republican Party closer to their principles.

“I don’t think people have fully recognized the degree to which he’s transformed the party,” said Richard Spencer, a clean-cut 38-year-old from Arlington, Virginia, who sipped Manhattans as he matter-of-factly called for removing African-Americans, Hispanics and Jews from the United States…
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Late Night Pie Fight (Open Thread)

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Attracted by the agonized squeals emanating from “Even the Liberal” thread below, I began reading the comments and learned that Hillary Clinton had turned around and hired the ousted Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

“OMFG,” I thought. “You are so goddamned gangsta with an ‘A,’ Hillary Clinton, to deflate the dingy cargo pants of so many bros who were positively tumescent with glee at having slain History’s Greatest Monster on the eve of the Democratic Party convention!”

So what position was DWS hired for, I wondered — from what lofty perch will she continue her evil machinations? Senior Stamper-Outer of People-Powered Revolutions? Earnest Moppet Dream-Crushing Consultant? Patchouli-Repellent Developer? Chief Unicorn Slayer?

I looked for tidings of DWS’s next act at the usual political news outlets but found nothing except a statement from the Clinton camp saying DWS is now Clinton’s “honorary chair” for a 50-state GOTV program and will continue to act as a surrogate in Florida. Seriously, that’s it?

Congrats, Berniacs who are bellowing like ruptured cows over this face-saving sop to a long-time party hack: You are now officially dumber than the PUMAs of aught-eight.



Denver Meetup Tomorrow and Golden Pic

Sorry to bigfoot Adam but wanted to give the Denverites as much notice as possible. Hedgehog and I will be meeting for lunch at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Monday) at Modern Market at 900 16th Street. All area Juicers invited. (Email me if you’re coming so we can save a seat.)

And here are Scamp Dog, Starfish, and me after dinner and a bit of Pokemon Go tonight in beautiful Golden:

golden juicer meetup

Table Rock in the background.








A Late Night Snack

With TaMara’s move it seems like forever since we’ve had a recipe post. So I’ve broken out the emergency tiara, frilly apron, and matching oven mitts and we’re under way!

We’re keeping it light tonight because of the summer heat. First up is a broccoli quiche.

Quiche

And here’s the recipe:

1 9 inch pie crust

5 eggs

1 ½ cups 1 % milk

2 cups of shredded cheese (officially the recipe calls for Swiss, but I like to use the six cheese Mexican blend)

¾ tsp salt

¼ tsp cayenne red pepper

¼ tsp sugar

Broccoli cut into tiny florets

1/3 cup minced scallions

(This is a vegetarian quiche, but if you want to add ham or bacon or crab or shrimp just toss it on in)

Heat oven to 425 degrees, Prepare a nine inch pie crust. Grease a deep pie pan/quiche pan, place the pie crust in it, and crimp the crust.

Sprinkle cheese and broccoli and onion in pastry lined pan. First cover the bottom of the crust with a layer of cheese. Then cover that with the minced scallions. Then cover those with another layer of the shredded cheese. Cover this with the broccoli florets and then a final layer of the shredded cheese. If adding a meat or seafood product, put 1/2 of it with the scallions and 1/2 with the broccoli.

In a separate bowl beat the remaining ingredients together and pour over the quiche filling in the pie pan.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Reduce oven temp to 300 degrees. Bake for 30 min longer or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean. Let stand 10 min before cutting.

Next up a cool, refreshing, and simple mixed melon and pineapple salad.

Fruit-Salad

This really doesn’t require much of a recipe. I balled out 1/4 of a watermelon and 1 cantaloupe. I then chunked up one fresh pineapple and mixed it all together. Then into the fridge to chill before serving. I wasn’t going for anything fancy here, but use whatever fruit combinations you like the most.

And for the dessert, something light(er) and summery: Lemon layer cake with lemon buttercream frosting.

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The first picture is of the cake crumb coated with lemon curd. An important note: I did not candy the lemon wedges; they are purely for decoration unless you’re channeling Stonewall Jackson and like sucking on lemon wedges. In which case, knock yourself out, enjoy your forced march up the Shenandoah Valley, and DUCK!!!!

This isn’t my recipe, nor one that I’ve been using for years and don’t remember where I got it. So I’m just going to link to where I got it from rather than post it. It is very, very easy to make. I did not, however, make the cream cheese lemon frosting that is at the link. Instead I just made a basic buttercream and added the zest and juice of one lemon and 1 teaspoon of lemon extract to make a lemon buttercream.

Enjoy and open thread!



Open Thread: #EvenTheLiberal Politifacts*

* (/snark)

Meanwhile, I still {heart} Barney Frank…



Sunday Evening Open Thread: Elsewhere in the Galaxy

Was never a true Marvel nerd (DC had the best feminist heroes back in the early 1970s), but I gotta admit this news thrilled my inner teenager:

… The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) announced Friday that Groot and Rocket the Raccoon will be featured on a mission patch that will represent all payloads that will head to the national laboratory on the International Space Station…

More details at the link. The movie sequel is due next May. We may even attend during the opening weekend, which almost never happens.
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Apart from the early start to the Sandernista’s “fart-in”, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the weekend?
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via io9



And She’s Gone

She didn’t even have time to get the “Et tu” out:

The controversial chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, announced she would resign at the end of her party’s convention this week, a victim of her toxic relationship with peers and a trove of embarrassing internal emails.

“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals [of winning the presidency for Hillary Clinton] is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention,” Wasserman Schultz said in a written statement. “As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans.”

Donna Brazile, a Democratic Party stalwart, will serve as interim chair. Brazile, who briefly served as chair in 2011, is a CNN contributor, and must forgo that contract to take the reins of the DNC. And she’s still subject to a party vote this week in Philadelphia.

President Barack Obama paid tribute to her in a statement: For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back. This afternoon, I called her to let her know that I am grateful.”

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also issued a statement: “I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie.”

The Berners got their scalp, so we can hopefully expect less madness this week.

LOLOLOLOL who the fuck am I kidding. They’re probably already bitching she didn’t resign effective today. I see you all felt very strongly about Nina Turner. So Castro is who you all like?








Moving on Out

Don’t have any problems with this:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, faced rising pressure to resign her position on Sunday after a hack into the party’s internal emails revealed she and top aides had actively attempted to undermine Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential bid.

Ms. Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, was meeting with advisers behind closed doors at a hotel here, a day before the party’s convention was set to begin.

Asked if Ms. Wasserman Schultz intended to resign, the D.N.C. communications director, Luis Miranda, said he would not comment on the record and swiftly got on an escalator.

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request about whether her team was seeking the chairwoman’s resignation.
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But on the eve of Mrs. Clinton’s nominating convention, some prominent Democrats, including friends of the Clintons, have begun to openly call on Ms. Wasserman Schultz to step down and spare the party of a distraction this week.

“In politics, you need to not only to know when to draw your sword, but also when to fall on it,” said James Carville, a longtime friend and adviser to the Clintons.

Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan was even more blunt: “She needs to resign before it gets worse.”

Ms. Wasserman Schultz has already been stripped of her speaking role at the convention, according to a senior Democratic official, and the daily job of gaveling the sessions in and out has been turned over to Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio. The moves were taken by many in the party as a barely veiled signal that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign wanted Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s resignation.

I saw another story in which people were suggesting that Julian Castro could take over the position. What about Nina Turner?