Posted in 2017 Presidential, Politics, Uncategorized

Keeping Score

112644-glowing-purple-neon-icon-alphanumeric-letter-ooccasionally, something pops up on Facebook that is worth passing on …

  • Remember when the President said he wasn’t going to take a salary?
    🔴He just accepted his second paycheck.
  • Remember when he said Mexico was going to pay for the wall?
    🔴He has asked Congress to appropriate the $25 billion of taxpayer money to cover costs.
  • Remember when he said he wasn’t going to go on vacation or play golf?
    🔴5 of the last 7 weekends he went on vacation and played golf, costing taxpayers $11.1 million.
  • Remember when he said he was going to use American steel to build these dangerous pipelines?
    🔴Russian steel arrived last week for the Keystone Pipeline XL.
  • Remember when he said he wasn’t going to cut social security and Medicare?
    🔴The Republican bill does just this.
  • Remember when he said that nobody on his campaign had any communications with the Russian government?
  • 🔴7 of his people have now admitted they spoke and/or met with Russian officials, after they lied and got caught.
  • Remember when he said he was going to divest from his businesses?
    🔴Changed his mind.
  • Remember when he said he was going to release his tax returns?
    🔴Changed his mind. (May I add…unless you want to count the 2 pages of his 2005 tax return)
  • Remember when he said he was going to drain the swamp of Washington insiders?
    🔴His cabinet is filled with lobbyists, oil and Wall Street executives.
  • Remember when he said would defeat ISIS in 30 days?
    🔴He doesn’t have any plan.
  • Remember when he said that the Obamacare replacement would cover more people at lower cost?
    🔴The AHCA that the GOP and 45 are now pushing; they now admit will cover fewer people at a higher cost.

NOTE: If YOU voted for him, please hold him accountable to what he promised YOU – for all of OUR sakes.
Feel free to copy and paste, as I have.

Posted in 2017 Congressional, Uncategorized

Northfork and others

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want to give a shout out to Nurse Practitioner (NP) Keisha Saunders, who works in her hometown. Click her name to read the article in the Washington Post. It is not really about her, but about the poor people of Northfork, WV, where she grew up, left and came back to help. It is about the Medicare that they may all lose in the overwrought demands to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Obamacare. Unfortunately, most of these people do not realize that they would not qualify for Medicare without ACA. The town voted overwhelmingly for Trump, thinking he would bring coal mining back to them, and the boom times would return to their town.

Nothing can be further from the truth.

Read the article for tales that range from the banal to the severe. Many have abandoned the town, as Keisha did before her brother died of kidney cancer at 25. It is possible that he could have been saved, but he did not have health insurance at the time, and the medical care in their area was dismal. The first place was apparently unable to catch it because they were simply inadequate. It is also possible that his age and/or race was held against him at the second hospital, which did not catch the disease in the emergency room because they assumed he was trying to get drugs illicitly.

That, however, is the surface story of this article; how desperate the population is medically. What is more important is how desperate they are mentally. These are people who voted for Trump because they are in dire need. There are no jobs in their area, or even nearby, where there is a coal mine. There is no understanding that the need for coal has dropped considerably in this country and worldwide. People seem to refuse to believe that those jobs are not coming back.

The Department of Energy did a report in 2016 that points out a reason for the decline:

“Coal production has declined because of increasingly challenging market conditions for coal producers,” the report said. “In addition to complying with environmental regulations and adapting to slower growth in electricity demand, coal-fired generators also are competing with renewables and with natural gas-fired electricity generation during a time of historically low natural gas prices.”1

Natural gas and renewables have increased the decline in worldwide coal consumption. Additionally, other countries are mining and producing their own coal and switching to renewables as well, leading to a decline in the price for coal exports. Overall, coal is not a growth industry, and companies have failed over the years, shutting down mines and ending careers. The noose is tightening on the neck of the coal giant.

Coal Consumption Custom Chart - 2006 to 2016According to a data dump that I did at https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/query/, has been static for at least 10 years, if not longer. Coal to electricity generation from 2006 to 2016 across all sectorsCoal consumption overall is down considerably in the United States, approximately 2065 megawatt hours per day (annually) in the ten year period of 2006 to 2016. Solar, Wind, GeoThermal power, Natural Gas and other alternate energy sources are eroding the use of fossil fuels and will continue to do so. In addition, there is only so much coal in the ground. It will eventually be gone.

Adding delusion to reality, the people that remain in towns like Northfork are generally old, ill or old and ill. Even if the mines came back, they could not work in them. They are not dedicating themselves to learning new skills. They need the provisions of the ACA program – desperately. But no one quoted in the article seems to realize that. One woman blames President Obama for prescription costs that are below what they would have been, and under the current program, will continue to fall. This is not a cheap provision, and it will probably be scuttled in the next version of health care. But she does not know the particulars of the program. She just knows that the cost of drugs has risen, which is not the fault of the Medicare program, but a number of factors, including pharmaceutical rate hikes.2

What will happen to these people if changing provisions of the ACA go against them? What will happen if insurance is more expensive for those who have existing conditions? What about those who are working, but poor, and not eligible for Medicare? What happens to those who refuse to get health care and then find out that they need it (one such person is in the article)? How will they afford it? The ACA program is a complicated one, as the next iteration will be. People do not understand what they have now. Will they understand what they are getting in the future if the safety net is removed?

On November 8, 2016, a group of people who felt they had been abandoned by the nation voted for a firebrand who claimed, in spite of never having lived a life even remotely related to theirs, that he understood their pain and had the cure to all of their problems. They voted for Republicans who hitched a ride on #45’s sordid coattails. The ‘rewards’ of that vote are going to be realized soon. Very soon. It will be interesting to see how it affects Northfork. Be in prayer for them and NP Saunders and for our nation. We will need it.


1 Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/11/business/energy-environment/coal-production-decline.html?_r=0 on 12MAR2017
2 Source: http://time.com/money/4462919/prescription-drug-prices-too-high/

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

No Longer Able to Sit by &Watch…

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would like to organize a group of people that is neither far left or right, that represents the average American who has, in two weeks, become very frightened. People who know something about history, or are willing to learn it. People who believe that the Founders were flawed, but they were on to something. People who believe that this country is young enough to grow up and understand that growing up requires stretching and falling and getting back up and sometimes going through pain and a bit of agony. People who WANT to make sure that EVERYONE in our country has the opportunity to live their best life. People who spurn confusion and chaos, but also understand the rules are evil if they serve no purpose.

We need people who are empathetic, sympathetic and well aware that “there but for the grace of God go I“. We need to rise up and recover this country before the Puppet allows Bannon to declare martial war using the Puppet’s pen, as they want to do. The threats to go into Chicago with the Feds when they are already there, is part of a plan to act like a dictator, rather than a president.

I will not waste any time repeating the insanity that has happened this week, though every word in the first clause of this sentence is a separate link to another story of the Puppet flailing out of control. I will eventually address it all.

Without the concerted effort of the good people in America, mysogonistic, race-baiting,war mongering pugnaciousness will cause us to be at war, either with North Korea or Australia.

Find your Senator’s email and telephone numbers online. Find your Congressional Representative’s email and telephone numbers online. Make your voice heard. Be sure that you know what is going on in your local politics as well as the sensationalized tweets and burps of the puppet and his henchmen. WAKE UP!!! Pray up!!! All decent people must fight this fight together. Fast. Pray. Act.

Posted in 2016 Congressional, 2016 Local, 2016 Presidential, Politics

REGISTER TO VOTE! https://turbovote.org

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Are you reading this post and have not registered to vote yet? WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?!?!

Here is the website that you need: https://turbovote.org

Once you have accessed the site, chose your state, and register to vote. It is so not difficult!

Remember that you are voting not only for POTUS, but also for Mayor, or Congressional Representatives, for Senators and judges, for dog-catchers and Clerk of the Court. You must educate yourself. You must look at every candidate’s website, REGARDLESS OF THEIR PARTY, and make a decision for School Board that will affect your children or grandchildren or godchildren or nieces and nephews. You must make a decision concerning the position of prosecutors, who wield so much power in this country that they can decide whether you live or die based on what they charge you with and how they bias a grand jury. You are voting for judges who may be predisposed to dislike you because of what you wear or how your hair is done. You are voting for Countyh Council, where they decide whether the contractor who greases the right palm will be able to build dozens of garden apartment conmplexes in the four acres behind YOUR house. You are voting for the Animal Control officer who needs to send staff out to deal with the rabid neighborhood cats.

It is so important that you vote that I cannotoveremphasize it! VOTE!!! But first, if you arenot registered, make that happen before the deadline is over for your state. I know there are many that cannot because they are not citizhttps://turbovote.orgens, or because they are former felons or a number of other reasons. This country, unlike many in the West, finds ways to stop people from voting. if you are not precluded from voting, it is your obligation to stop for fifteen minutes and get registered.

https://turbovote.org. Real easy.

Make it happen!

Trump: What Have You Got to Lose


et it not be said that Donald Trump has not been in every blog in the universe. He is now in mine.

Trump is now pretending to talk to “African Americans”, asking them “what have you got to lose?” in voting for him. He talks to us by using every stereotype that racist and/or ignorant whites believe black life is like. We are supposed to be happy to vote for him because he will make sure that we can leave our homes in safety daily instead of being shot. We are supposed to be happy to vote for him because all of our schools are horrible. He will create good jobs so that we can get out of poverty.

Listen carefully: 27.4% of black people in this country live below the poverty level1. That means

72.6% of black people ARE NOT POOR!

Let’s look at the truths that he stretched:

  1.  Many schools in many parts of country that are primarily attended by poor black children are horrible schools. That is by design to keep those children from joining the rest of the nation in prosperity and success. BTW, that is a fact in all poor regions of the country. Politicians do not care about poor children whose parents cannot line the pols pockets. These schools must be improved. I will not address possible changes here because that is another post.
  2. Some poor black neighborhoods are dangerous. All of them are not. The press focuses on Chicago, DC, Baltimore and other areas where the violent crime rate is high. The rate of violent crime has risen ACROSS THE COUNTRY in 20152. So yes, it is higher in areas that may have already been dangerous, as it is in other areas.
  3. Jobs are scarce in poor black neighborhoods. YES!! But part of the problem is that jobs that can be held by people who were forced to attend substandard schools were shipped overseas by people like Trump whose shirts and ties and handkerchiefs are manufactured in China and other places.

Basically, Trump is not speaking to me and mine. He is reinforcing the stereotypes that his supporters believe to be true about every black person in the country. He was telling his supporters that he would make life better for those poor, pitiful black people that they all either feel sorry for or resent, take your pick.

What do we have to lose by voting for him? Our dignity, our pride, and our ability to look ourselves in the mirror, that’s all.

Illustration credit – DonkeyHotey