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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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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.

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.

He has been Identified!

Posted: September 18, 2017 in Call to Action, Fight Back

Dennis Lloyd Mothersbaugh

In from Shaun King via facebook.

We just positively identified another violent white supremacist who assaulted someone in Charlottesville.

Dear FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation & Charlottesville, Virginia & Charlottesville Police Department & Virginia State Police,
We have identified this violent white supremacist for you.
His name is Dennis Lloyd Mothersbaugh, age 37, of North Vernon, Indiana. He is a violent bigot with dozens of arrests, convictions, hate crimes, and a life of targeting and harassing people of color, Jews, women, and immigrants. He has open court cases and is in violation of his probation.
This is a violent felony. He should’ve been arrested a month ago.
We found him because he did an interview 6 years ago that mentions several of his unique tattoos – including the one of the Kurt Cobain lyric on the back of his head.
Please issue a warrant for his arrest.
CC Indiana State Police – Public Information Office & North Vernon Police Department In from Shaun King

 

Here is another posting by Shaun King about Dennis Lloyd Mothersbaugh.

I have to get something off my chest.

It took me and a scrappy team of volunteers a few days to identify and locate Dennis Lloyd Mothersbaugh as one of the bigoted attackers in Charlottesville.

But here’s what’s crazy – had this man been Black or Brown or a Muslim or an immigrant, he would’ve never made it out of Charlottesville. Never!

These mugshots are a tiny fraction of the mugshots we found for this man. He has been a white supremacist for decades and has terrorized people in at least 3 different states. He served prison time for a hate crime in Portland.

Last night, at 3am, a team and I were literally translating documents from Swedish that identified him and his unique tattoos SIX YEARS AGO.

What do I pay taxes for? Why am I having to teach myself how to track down these men and figure out how to sleuth through foreign documents to find a man?

I know why – BECAUSE OUR COUNTRY DOES NOT CARE. Period.

So, we will have to do this ourselves. And we will.

AND HERE IS MR. MOTHERSBAUGH’S MUG SHOTS. JAIL THIS MAN! HE IS A DANGER TO SOCIETY.

 

We republish this piece written last year on this date. For Victor Jara and all of the victims of the Military Junta in Chile.

Plegaria a un labrador

Public Prayer for a worker.

Public Prayer to a Worker

Stand up, look at the mountains
Source of the wind, the sun, the water
You, who change the course of rivers,
Who, with the seed, sow the flight of your soul,
Stand up, look at your hands,
Give to your hand to your brother so you can grow.
We’ll go together, united by blood,
Today is the day
We can make the future.
Deliver us from the master
who keeps us in misery.
The kingdom of justice and equality come.
Blow, like the wind blows
the wild flowers of the mountain pass.

Clean the barrel of my gun like fire
They will be done at last on earth
Give us your strength and courage to struggle.
Blow, like the wind blows
the wild flowers of the mountain pas

Clean the barrel of my gun like fire
Stand up, look at your hands,
Give to your hand to your brother so you can grow.
We’ll go together, united by blood,
Now and in the hour of our death.
Amen.

The following is a beautiful poem written by Adrian Mitchell and set to music by Arlo Guthrie about the life of Victor Jara.

read up on Victor in the following essay:

The Life of Victor Jara, from Marxism Leninism Today.

Victor Jara was machine-gunned to death. His body, and four other victims, were later found dumped near a railroad track outside a cemetery (one of the victims remains unidentified).

According to the autopsy report, he had been shot 44 times.

The special military unit who massacred Jara and many other political activists became known as the “Caravan of Death” and flew across the country in helicopters executing trade unionists, leftists and members of the Communist Party of Chile, and many other progressives like liberation theology priests.  More than 3,000 people were killed or went missing during the US-supported military dictatorship in Chile, from 1973 to 1990.

“With that same strength our collective fist / Will strike again some day.”..Victor Jara (more…)