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You know we hadn’t had a Jerk Of All Times Award up until today when we saw this article:

Republican Blurts Out That Sick People Don’t Deserve Affordable Care

Some one should take this man to the woodshed. We are sure that many among us would think of some better things to do with this jerk but this being a nice respectable family blog we shant say it. Here he is folks, one fucking big asshole jerk for all times.

Republican Reprehensible  Mo Brooks of Alabama

and here is what the big jerk said:

Republicans usually defend their health-care position with an array of buzzwords like choice, patient-centric, or competition. In a CNN interview, Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, makes the case for Trumpcare in much starker terms: It will free healthy people from having to pay the cost of the sick. “It will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healt explained Brooks. “And right now, those are the people who have done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”

It is certainly true that the Republican health-care plan will spur insurance companies to charge more money to people with expensive medical needs, and less to healthier people. (It will also transfer hundreds of billions of dollars from the poor, who will get reduced Medicaid and tax credits to buy insurance, to the rich, who will receive a large tax cut.) The idea that morality dictates healthy people pay less, and sick people more, has been floating around the margins of conservative health-care thought. John Mackey, the libertarian owner of Whole Foods, made this case in a 2009 Wall Street Journal op-ed denouncing Obamacare:

Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.

Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.

When Democratic Senator Tom Harkin in 2010 proposed that it was time to stop segregating Americans on the basis of health status, the conservative health-care analyst Jeffrey H. Anderson scoffed, “Having people pay their own way is apparently an injustice akin to segregating them by race or creed.”

Of course, you can’t pay your own way if you’re too poor or sick to afford your own projected medical costs. Indeed, sometimes people who are healthy at the moment find one day they are not, or they have a sick child, or maybe they simply want to have a baby. (The cost of bearing children is another one Republicans want to be borne entirely by those doing it.) The Republican plan expresses one of the core beliefs shared by movement conservatives, and utterly alien to people across the globe, right and left: that people who can’t afford the cost of their own medical care have nobody to blame but themselves.

Article from NY Magazine May 2017.

Notes:

  1. One thing for certain when enough people get sick and tired of folks like Mo Brooks there will be and heaven help them all such a just uprising and the big push them out of the way will happen. Mo Brooks many have your number and many more will we promise you. You know its a sad day when folks can not lend a hand to those who are down and out, to those who are sick and to those who need help. This is greed and if there is a god it is certain that this type of greed is purely wrong and shall be dealt with.
  2. Like other large employers, the government pays a large share of the cost of coverage. On average, the government pays 72 percent of the premiums for its workers, up to a maximum of 75 percent depending on the policy chosen. For example, the popular Blue Cross and Blue Shield standard fee-for-service family plan carries a total premium of $1,327.80 per month, of which the beneficiary pays $430.04. Washington, D.C.-based employees who prefer an HMO option might choose the Kaiser standard family plan. It carries a total premium of $825.15 per month, of which the employee pays only $206.29.
    In addition, members of Congress also qualify for some medical benefits that ordinary federal workers do not. They (but not their families) are eligible to receive limited medical services from the Office of the Attending Physician of the U.S. Capitol, after payment of an annual fee ($491 in 2007). But services don’t include surgery, dental care or eyeglasses, and any prescriptions must be filled at the member’s expense.
    House and Senate members (but not their families) also are eligible to receive care at military hospitals. For outpatient care, there is no charge at the Washington, D.C., area hospitals (Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center). Inpatient care is billed at rates set by the Department of Defense…Fact Check.Org. HERE.
  3. The Average Joe of Congress (there are 529 of them) gets paid $174,000 per year. But not everyone is average; the Speaker of the House gets $223,500 a year, while the majority and minority leaders of both the Senate and the House, along with the President Pro Tempore, get paid $193,400 per year…for more on this see HERE.
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Charter Oak Cultural Center is proud to present an exhibition displaying the works of photographer Arienne Davey, “The Art of Protest.”

Join the artist for a complimentary wine and cheese reception from 6-8pm on September 28!

Arienne Davey has been creating photographs for a little over 25 years. She has shot from below sea level, snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos, to the ruins of Machu Picchu at almost 8,000 feet. She spent many hours photographing the various groups of protestors outside of the gates to the inauguration area during President Trump’s inauguration and then attended the Women’s March the next day as well as a “Not My President’s Day” protest in New York City in February. She believes that documenting these protests will be an important reminder for future generations that “the people united will never be defeated” (César Chávez).

The Art of Protest September 21–October 20, 2017
Artists Reception: Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 00106
Tel: 860-310 2580 | JamesD@charteroakcenter.org |

Information on Facebook HERE.

The Fight Against Racism and Segregation in CT Schools

When: Friday, September 22 @ 7pm
Location: Elmwood Community Center: 1106 New Britain Ave
(Gain Access Via South Quaker Ln to Burgoyne Street)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1949454522009351/

2017 has been a shameful year for Connecticut. In the midst of a 12-month period granted by the courts in the hope that the state may finally come up with a genuine and truly effective solution to the desegregation of education inConnecticut, Governor Malloy proclaimed that the state’s obligation under the landmark Sheff vs. O’Neil State Supreme Court decision had been fulfilled!

Twenty-one years after the landmark court decision in Sheff vs. O’Neil, a decision stating that “Hartford students suffer daily from the devastating effects that racial and ethnic isolation, as well as poverty, have on their education,” far too little has changed. Two decades later, the majority of students in Hartford, to say nothing of Bridgeport, New Haven, and other major cities, remain in segregated and under-resourced schools, with discriminatory cultures of discipline and neglect that constitute a school to prison pipeline. Connecticut is not alone, of course. The retreat from equality is nationwide.

Hear a panel speak the truth about the schools and explore the solutions that they believe are worth fighting for.

Speakers:

Rachel Gary, Sheff Movement; Former Student
and Current Parent of Student in CT Magnet schools

Rose Reyes, Windham Teacher; Member of Bad
Ass Teachers, CT; Working Families Party

Evan Fritz, Socialist Action CT

With nuclear destruction looming over Korea, the people of the United States have to rally behind anti-imperialism and internationalism if we want to change the world.

From Freedom Socialist

August-September 2017 – Volume 38, No. 4
Re: Democratic Socialists of America
Can reform be the route to radical change?
Muffy Sunde
August 2017

In the U.S., positive feelings about socialism are busting out all over, and polls show this was true even before the Bernie Sanders campaign. Left organizations are experiencing a surge of interest, especially the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which reports that its membership has more than doubled since Donald Trump’s election.
DSA is a multi-tendency “big tent” organization. On the Left, it is part of the social democratic current — socialists who view capitalism as capable of meaningful reform. DSA advocates for a society in which “everyone should be able to live a full and dignified life.” But is its orientation toward how change is made at odds with its beautiful vision?
The question is an important one, because real change is exactly what its new members want to create.

Left wing of the Democratic Party. DSA stands for the best of things: reproductive freedom, abolition of poverty, affordable and decent housing for all, universal Medicare, free education through college, a stop to all forms of discrimination, and an end to mass incarceration and military and police brutality. It calls itself socialist feminist.
But DSA believes its goals can be achieved by working through the Democratic Party— even though many new recruits cite disillusionment with the Democrats as their reason for joining the group.
DSA does not consider itself a political party, though it has run candidates in its own name and as Democrats. Its endorsements have gone mainly to Democrats, including presidential contenders Walter Mondale, John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Bernie Sanders.

It’s a pragmatic organization, one willing to endorse candidates who don’t align with its values but have a chance to win. It says upfront that it isn’t interested in running “protest candidates” with good principles but little chance to make a big showing.

But the Democrats represent the opposite of what DSA stands for. They have shown that they are not worthy of the hope that generations of young people, workers, and oppressed people have placed in them. They are funded and controlled by the very institutions that DSA fights, the big banks and top corporations. They are a dead end.

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Tonight is For All of Us: Remembering Scout Schultz RIP

From IT’s Going Down

Remembering Scout Schultz on Georgia Tech Campus

On September 18th, 2017, hundreds gathered outside of the Georgia Tech student center for a vigil commemorating the killing of Scout Schultz. Scout was beloved by many, was a dedicated LGBTQ+ activist, an antifascist, and a revolutionary anticapitalist. Two days ago, they were killed by Georgia Tech police.

Online video has surfaced showing Scout in a distressed state, walking barefoot and surrounded by police who had their guns drawn. Scout held a closed multi-tool in their hand. The police opened fire.

“COPS – PIGS – MURDERERS”

As the sky darkened, student bureaucrats lost control of the vigil as students and friends of Scout began to shout out their feelings, their despair, their rage. A large section of the crowd began assembling and chanting anti-police slogans while adorning masks. The masked contingent was around 100 people.

Masked demonstrators quickly began lighting fireworks, flares, and smoke bombs to the cheers of the crowd. Flares and smoke bombs were thrown at police cruisers on Tech Parkway who sped off. When the crowd arrived at the police headquarters, the confrontation took a decisive turn.

Police began antagonizing the crowd, which then encircled a police cruiser. Scuffles broke out in the crowd with police. In defense of a fellow protester, someone emptied a fire extinguisher on a police officer. Demonstrators smashed the windows of police cruisers and attempted to defend themselves while police beat protesters with the help of at least one white “patriot.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To read this rest of this article go to HERE.

A Georgia Tech student and LGBTQ activist was shot and killed by campus police on Saturday, NBC News reported.

According to NBC News, Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old engineering student, was shot and killed by campus police, who said Schultz was reportedly holding a knife at the time of the shooting. After receiving a 911 call saying that someone was carrying a gun (which turned out to reportedly be a knife), Georgia Tech police arrived to a campus parking lot at 11:17 p.m. on Saturday, NBC News reported. In a video of the incident, it appears that Schultz was yelling, “Shoot me,” though police can be heard telling Schultz, “Nobody wants to hurt you.” When Schultz moved forward with the knife, they were shot. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the knife was a switchblade and photos show the blade was not extended when Schultz was shot.

Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance website indicated Schultz used they/them pronouns and identified as bisexual and nonbinary and was intersex. Schultz was the group’s president. In a statement posted on the website, the group mourned Schultz’s loss.

“As you might have heard, last night we lost our President, Scout Schultz. We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred. They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years,” the statement says. “They pushed us to do more events and a larger variety events, and we would not be the organization we are known as without their constant hard work and dedication. Their leadership allowed us to create change across campus and in the Atlanta community. Scout always reminded us to think critically about the intersection of identities and how a multitude of factors play into one’s experience on Tech’s campus and beyond. We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change.”

In a posting on Facebook, Call Me They had this to say.

TW: murder, police, mental health, misgendering

Not only a “21-Year-Old LGBTQ Activist.” A bisexual, non-binary, intersex person: identities constantly erased and ignored both in cishet communities and LGBTQ+ communities.

The police SHOT them while they were distressed and holding a knife (that I will note, was a switchblade *NOT* extended… not that it MATTERS the amount of knife-ness there was or was not).

MANY PEOPLE are saying Scout DESERVED to be shot because Scout was saying “Shoot me.” The police are TRAINED to DISARM distressed individuals.

You’re telling me if I ask the police to shoot me, they should? That is ABSURD. This death was AVOIDABLE.

I feel passionate about every trans person murdered, but this one — for a non-binary sibling of mine who uses they/them, who had mental illness … — it hurts real bad.

And now in reports, I am seeing Scout repeatedly misgendered. The LEAST anyone can do is use Scout’s pronouns. To every person PURPOSELY calling Scott “he” or even more despicable “it,” you are VILE and blocked.

RIP Scout. I will not forget you.

Furbirdsqueerly says: Please always remember this-

Cops are just one component of the bourgeoisie’s repressive apparatus for subjugating the working class and anyone else that strays from the bourgeoisie norm.

Historically, cops have been perhaps the #1 most dangerous enemy of gay / trans / queer people for decades, and continue to target us today.