Open Thread: Lest We Forget…

I too hope we can turf Lord Smallgloves and all his minions out of the Oval Office soonest, but somehow I misdoubt his GOP co-conspirators in the Senate will let the new turmoil distract them from their real mission: Funneling every penny from us non-white, non-male, not-rich non-Republicans to their plutocratic masters…



Later Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Speaking of GOP Monsters…


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When you’ve got Jimmy ‘Bright Side’ Kimmel calling you out…



Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: OPTICS!!!



An important thing this evening

Get mad, stay mad and then be effective in doing something. Balloon Juice is adopting at least one district and perhaps more. We will be effectively active and angry.

UPDATE I will set up a CA-49 Nominee fund tonight for Act Blue



Thursday Morning Open Thread: Star Wars Day

And for those of us who are so old we remember the days before Star Wars…

Remembering Leonard Nimoy is an intimate journey into Leonard Nimoy’s personal life. Featuring stories from his childhood growing up in Boston, his early career in Hollywood, his big break out role on the Star Trek series, highlights from his remarkable career- to the remaining years of his life battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The film features interviews with Leonard’s closest family members including his children, Julie and Adam, his wife, Susan, step-son, Aaron and his six grandchildren sharing poignant stories and special memories. This memorable documentary also includes never-seen-before home videos and photos…

What else is on the agenda for the day?

Because on-topic, leftover from the pre-dawn scare…



Tuesday Morning Open Thread: #Resisting

Nice (as in ‘precise, accurate’) post from Josh Marshall, “The Cuck Stops Here“:

For all the talk about Trump shutting down the government to get Wall money, holding Obamacare subsidies hostage or generally bending history or at least Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to his will, Trump got close to nothing in the funding bill meant to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. He ended up crying uncle or “no mas” on virtually all his demands…

The EPA was slated for massive cuts – roughly 31%. It will retain 99% of its funding.

Trump demanded funding for his border wall. He didn’t get any.

Trump wanted to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health. It’s getting $2 billion of additional funding.

Funding is included for the Obamacare subsidies Trump has threatened not to pay.

There’s no provision for “defunding Planned Parenthood.”

There’s no language to defund “sanctuary cities.”

There are obviously many other things included in the bill. And it’s not like Trump got nothing. But at least on most of the hot button issues he’s pushed as part of his agenda he folded like a cheap suit…

…Trump presented himself as the consummate alpha-male ball buster, someone who speaks and embodies the ethos of domination his most ardent supporters instinctively crave and believe in. In practice, he’s repeatedly adopted what might be termed the preemptive fail, not only talking tough but failing to achieve his aims but actually jumping ahead of the process and unilaterally backing down or saying a metaphorical ‘nevermind’ before the supposed confrontation even arrives…Trump is less a threat than a bullshit artist who caves easily and is best either ignored or treated with a stern, disciplined and unafraid response…

Apart from preparing to be part of that “stern, disciplined and unafraid response”, what’s on the agenda for the day?



The Republican Health Care Plan: ER’s For The Poor

In their ongoing effort to make America sicker and to ensure that more Americans die before their time, Trump and his Republican party have decided to spend more money to cover fewer people less well in Florida:

The shift involves funding that the federal government provides to help hospitals defray the cost of caring for low-income people who are uninsured. Under a deal with the State of Florida, the federal government has tentatively agreed to provide additional money for the state’s “low-income pool,” in a reversal of the previous administration’s policy.

The Obama administration balked at providing more money to help hospitals cope with the costs of “uncompensated care” for people who could be covered by Medicaid. If Florida expanded Medicaid eligibility, the Obama administration said, fewer people would be uninsured, and hospitals would have less uncompensated care.

This is, of course, not a health care policy. It’s simply the latest accomplishment in the fundamental goal of Republican politics since 2009:  anything the Black guy did must be undone.

“Florida is just being paid by taxpayers not to expand Medicaid,” said Andrew M. Slavitt, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from March 2015 to January of this year. “The low-income pool is essentially a slush fund,” Mr. Slavitt said, “and it’s a really inefficient way to pay for medical care.”

But hey, maybe it could it work, right?

Come on! This is the Florida Republican establishment we’re talking here.  If it ain’t nailed down, it’s getting stolen:

Two House Democrats from Florida, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Kathy Castor, said that after receiving the commitment of federal funds, the Florida Legislature was now moving to adopt a budget that includes cuts in state Medicaid spending. “It’s outrageously irresponsible,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz said.

Ms. Castor said that “it would be more efficient to expand Medicaid so people would have coverage, rather than running up huge bills at hospitals that need to seek reimbursement from the low-income pool.”

Ladles and Jellyspoons:  your modern Republican party.  It’s better to pay more money to achieve less than it is just to make government work with the tools it has.  There is no compromise with these folks.

Ni shagu nazad!

Image: Sebastian Vrancz, Soldiers plundering a farm during the Thirty Years’ War, 1620

ETA:  Sorry, David, for poaching on your patch!