Monday, April 20, 2020

iPhone LTTE

I’m writing about Rep. Stefanik’s support of the president’s defunding of World Health Organization. This has been criticized by other world leaders who don’t feel their efforts have been harmed by the organization. The rock-ribbed conservative Chamber of Commerce released a statement, “Cutting the WHO’s funding during the COVID-19 pandemic is not in the U.S. interests.” Why is it the U.S. has over 31% of the cases in the world and the most deaths? South Korea had their first reported case the same day we did and has 234 deaths to our nearly 41,000 as I write this. Is this the fault of the WHO or are they a convenient scapegoat?

Once the crisis subsides a bit there’s much to investigate: WHO, China, the president’s actions and lack there of. Four deaths in Benghazi drew 8 investigations and 33 hearings in Congress. I’d suggest a look at rightwing media as well. How long did Fox News proclaim the virus a hoax? Currently, they’re urging people to ignore and protest the efforts of governors to protect public health. Along those same lines, I wonder if our congresswomen finds the president’s “Liberate” tweets aimed at states with Democratic governors helpful. Inciting insurrection some have called it. At the very least, it doesn’t seem helpful. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Impeachment Impeded Trump

Since the latest bullshit is that Trump was so busy with impeachment he couldn’t take on coronavirus:

Yes. He held rallies on:
—January 9th
—January 14th
—January 28th
—January 30th
—February 10th
—February 19th
—February 20th
—February 21st
—February 28th

He golfed on:
—January 18th
—January 19th
—February 1st
—February 15th
—March 7th
—March 8th

Thanks to Andrew Wortman on Twitter. And since I’m there. Rick Wilson:

Someone pointed out the cognitive dissonance of the current Trump message. "Trump's handling of Corona has been PERFECT from the start and he was johnny-on-the-spot!" while simultaneously saying, "Oh, the MEAN impeachment was SO distracting."

Sunday, March 29, 2020

It’s Safer Than I Thought


Wanted to put this where it’ll be handy when I’m freaking out about bring in the mail, the morning paper or a box from Amazon.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Stay Home, Submit On Your IPhone

I read that Rep. Stefanik says “ President Trump should take action under the Defense Production Act to meet our nation’s needs during this national emergency.” He’s not, though. Reps Katko, Slotkin and Ryan have sponsored the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act. This would force President Trump to use the Defense Production Act to require companies to begin emergency production of medical ventilators, respirators, face shields, exam gloves and surgical gowns. Thirty Democrats and zero Republicans have signed on the last I saw.

This seems like a better focus for her energy right now than the investigation of what China knew when. That can be done once we survive the current crisis. And Democrats can investigate why Trump has done or not done whatever.

A word of praise for all the medical professionals serving us now. Governor Cuomo said, “We are going to fight every way we can to save every life we can.” Stay strong, stay home. Don’t make their jobs harder by following bad advice.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

End the Malarkey

I’d like to respond to Mr. Brooks’ attack on people who are critical of Rep. Stefanik. Fox News seems equally down on anyone criticizing the president. Mr. Brooks and Fox were quite critical of President Obama awhile back. Also, I haven’t forgotten the many letters with nearly identical laundry lists of gripes (i.e. gish gallop) about his presidency. During the Ebola crisis Trump called Obama stupid and incompetent and condemned him for golfing. Imagine that. I realize there are some who have a view of Trump similar to that of North Koreans toward Kim Jong Un. If that works for you. I like to view elected officials of whatever rank as employees. 

I also want to denounce strongly the person who left the nasty note on Rep. Stefanik’s car. Our congresswoman has been rabid about it toward Tedra Cobb which I don’t understand. Pretty sure Cobb didn’t leave the note and has no responsibility for it. Stefanik does have responsibility for the continued use of a childish nickname for Cobb. I realize Trumpism is the order of the day in the GOP, but maybe try to elevate the discourse a bit. It was pointed out two years ago how false some of her comments on Cobb’s legislative record were anyway.

Our rep ran her first two campaigns on “Repeal and Replace Obamacare.” The Trump Administration is in court now attempting that total repeal she ran on. That would end any protections for pre-existing conditions. Trump says you’d be protected after ACA is dead. I’m skeptical, but whatever works for you. When Trump and Stefanik unveil their “terrific” replacement plan I’ll stop carping about them. Make America Normal Again. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Astonishing Fantasticness of Donald Trump

I'd like to respond to Mr. Sharkey's letter about the astonishing era of Trump. "He has made good on a number of campaign promises." I thought that would surely not include The Wall. But, "He's building that wall on the southern border, too." Ironically, that same day's paper reported on Congressmen unhappy about the raiding of the Pentagon budget for just that purpose. Was it not a campaign promise, repeated ad nauseum, Mexico was going to pay for the wall? Rep. Thornberry of Texas must certainly be on the president's naughty Republican list now. It's worth a mention that a newly constructed section blew over due to high winds recently. The price of corruption?

Barack Obama's record is complete. He left an improving economy and more people with health insurance. President Trump's supporters want to give him a final grade after 3 years. He's going in the wrong direction insuring people and I haven't heard any stock market brags lately. So, the jury's out.

If I was praising Donald Trump I might stay away from the Bible quotes. There are a good number on false witness. Proverbs 19:5 is particularly appropriate. "A false witness shall not be unpunished and he that speaketh lies shall not escape." That's especially true when you're false witnessing to Congress or the FBI as George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Cohen and Roger Stone have discovered. Being punished by, God made flesh, Donald Trump are Marie Yovanovitch, Alex Vindman and others who did their duty to the American people and told the truth. The constant lies to all of us requires faith that, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward Justice."