This is a diary about the big picture. About things we should not forget as we fend off the daily outrages of the Trump administration. First, let’s hear from a very large sample of voters who were interviewed on election day 2016, by Reuters/Ipsos: The poll of more than 10,000 people who have already cast their ballots in the presidential election showed a majority of voters are worried about their ability to get ahead and have little confidence in political parties or the media to improve their situation. A majority also feel that the economy is rigged to mostly help … Continue reading →
Yesterday the NYT reported Herr Drumpf doubled down on “both sides” for causing violence in Charlottesville. … Continue reading →
Her name is Heather Heyer. She was one of the peaceful who was letting people know that the American taliban was terribly wrong about protecting the legacy of the Confederacy and a statue that was sorely disapproved by the community. According to her mother, Susan Bro (yes, that’s her real last name), she was a warrior for justice. She was a DSA member. And she was a Bernie Sanders sister. I’m cobbling some news for this post so that we get some sense of our fallen justice warrior.
A Brief History of Flight, Part 1 The Wright Brothers I am in the process of developing a new physics course for students interesting in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones. It occurred to me to put together a brief history of human flight. Most of us are familiar with the immense and courageous achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright, brothers who owned a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, and who shared an inextinguishable passion for manned flight. While there were many pioneers in manned flight, no one now doubts that the Wright brothers achieved … Continue reading →
I’m doing a bit of site maintenance in the background but also watching videos on the youtubes and reading various articles as I go along as well. I’ll post anything interesting I find in the comments and of course encourage you to do to the same. No need for it to be politics related. Im a big gamer and a lot of my saturday content is video game related :), well that and a love for new music of all kinds. Random fact but Im kind of obsessed with Rhiannon Giddens at the moment so if you want to go … Continue reading →
From Westin’s official website:
I believe that healthcare is a human right and the best way to fulfill this duty is a single-payer system. In my first year of medical school, I learned countless lessons, but perhaps the most important was that healthcare is a human right. Working in the student run Equal Access clinic, a place where I provided care for people without insurance, was one of the most formative experiences of my career. Unfortunately, my ability to provide the best care for my patients is not entirely up to me. Many times, my plans are blocked by a for-profit insurance company denying payment for my patient’s treatment plan. The Center for Economic and Policy Research estimates America wastes over $100 Billion each year on private insurance overhead costs, more than 12 times of what Medicare spends on operating costs. The bottom line is this: insurance companies are motivated to maximize profits and bonuses for their executives, not improve our health. “Medicare for all” should do more than just insure all Americans, it should tackle the unsustainable rising costs of prescription medications and healthcare, and even more importantly, make us healthier and more secure.
Since I’m having all the technical difficulties at the moment and am not able to work on it from the office at this time Im going to skip having an intro story and just put everything in the comments.
Hopefully things improve in the near future! If you manage to get in and then get locked back out… keep trying. I’ve had some success going through the googles via a search for our site name, but not going to guarantee that works for everyone.
In the meantime.. news/video/etc are in the comments.
If you are even able to get here.. you are a lucky one. Technical problems abound. I’ll spend all morning on things and see if I cant figure it out. Anyone with some knowhow who may want to help…. please contact me!
Bear with me. I can’t figure out how to add links so I will do so in the comment section. … Continue reading →
Blackburn challenger Justin Kanew meets with Williamson Democrats
Justin Kanew, who’s running in 2018 for the seat in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, spoke to Williamson County Democrats at his first public engagement since announcing his candidacy earlier this summer.
The 38-year-old College Grove resident, who moved to Tennessee with his wife and daughter a year ago from southern California, said he was mobilized by the outcome of the November election and was dissatisfied by the voting record of longtime incumbent Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
“This all started after the election, when the enthusiasm and resistance picked up. I had the same question you did: ‘Who’s going to run against Marsha?'” Kanew said.
Kanew criticized Blackburn’s support of the recently halted effort to replace Obamacare.
“She was out there championing the (health care bill) as though it was going to help people, when it would really hurt all the most vulnerable people, to give a tax cut to those who need it the least,” he said.
Kanew said he’s not ashamed to say he stands for health care as a right, not a privilege, and supports paid maternity leave and raising the minimum wage.
From Kanew’s Website:
Health care is a right, not a privilege. It’s also an issue that will affect every last one of us, and it’s one of the main reasons I’m running.
I can’t sit by and watch Marsha Blackburn run unopposed as she has too many times before, especially as she champions this effort to rip health care and support away from the people who need it most, sending the number of uninsured Tennesseans skyrocketing. The CBO says the bill in its current form would take health care from 22 Million Americans, raising premiums and gutting essential health benefits, leaving sick people and the elderly unprotected. Only 12% approve of it, Tennessee opposes it, as do countless patient-centered foundations, yet Marsha says the senate passing it would’ve been a nice “Independence Day present”.
For who, exactly? That’s merciless. This is a campaign of many things, but above all it’s a campaign of mercy. It isn’t about left vs. right, it’s about right vs. wrong.
It’s time to stop putting corporate America first, and start putting Tennesseans first.
Hello all. Bad news for the UAW from Mississippi. but then again this was a tough nut for any union to crack. Lets face it The UAW has some of their own problems to clean up before their trusted again. Read on at the like below. https://www.yahoo.com/news/workers-mississippi-nissan-plant-casting-072418749.html A new sign on the entrance of the White House And a meme of course … Continue reading →
“First woman Marine to fly in an F-18 in combat” is running for a Kentucky congressional seat
Democratic congressional candidate and retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath unveiled a new advertisement today, in which she discussed her historic achievement of being the “first woman Marine to fly in an F-18 in combat,” and her aspirations to run for Congress to protect health care access for Kentuckians.
McGrath is running for Kentucky’s sixth congressional district against incumbent Andy Barr, who the ad characterizes as “Mitch McConnell’s hand-picked congressman who said he would vote enthusiastically to take health care away from over a quarter million Kentuckians.” In McGrath’s new ad, after a discussion of her military record, her combat missions, and her achievement as a woman in combat, the ad pivots to a discussion of health care.
“Mr. Barr,” McGrath says, addressing her opponent, “My mom is a polio survivor who became one of the first women to graduate from UK Medical School. A lot of people told her she couldn’t achieve her dreams either, but she persevered and ended up treating many of the same kind of people whose health care you and Mr. McConnell would take away.”
Visit Amy’ McGrath’s Official Website
Rumble is a documentary (in theaters now) which explores how American-Indian music and musicians influenced many genres, particularly Rock. As a kid, session musician Stevie Salas would savor the classic concert movie Bangladesh, which chronicled George Harrison’s all-star benefit show from 1971. “How did I watch that movie over and over and never notice that, standing right next to George, was this giant Native American guitar player named Jesse Ed Davis?” Salas asked. “I just thought ‘Wow, he’s a cool-looking guy.’ It’s amazing to me that I never made the connection.” That’s especially amazing considering Salas himself is Native American. Yet … Continue reading →
I am beginning to have concerns about the mental well being of Nancy Pelosi. Unless this interview was taken completely out of context she does not deserve to anywhere near the leadership of the Democrats. I will fill this in the comment section. I would feel better if she admitted that she was tripping out on acid.
I am posting this separately since it deserves attention. Don’t forget LD’s open thread which I am not trying to undercut. The link will be in the comment section.