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Fighting Back: “The Republican president chose to raise people’s health premiums for no reason other than spite and cruelty”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Yesterday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference on the latest health care sabotage from the Republicans. (Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference today following President Trump’s decision on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and his shameful decision to cut off the Cost-Sharing Reduction payments required under the Affordable Care Act, a spiteful decision that will cause health premiums to spike by at least 20 percent for hard-working Americans.) Nancy Pelosi Last night, the President single-handedly decided to raise America’s health premiums for no reason other than spite and cruelty. Cost-sharing reduction payments are essential to lowering health insurance costs. Because of President Trump’s decision to cut them off, these cost-sharing payments premiums will soar, according to the nonpartisan CBO headed by a Republican appointee, appointed by the Republicans in Congress. The…

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It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Puerto Rico Is Us 10/10/17

Today’s post is prompted by this tweet and the accompanying article: How colonialism and racism explain the inept US response to Hurricane Maria https://t.co/EioxarIQ5j — Vox (@voxdotcom) October 9, 2017 Too many of us were educated in a system that shies away from words like colonialism, imperialism, or racism when talking about our country. And…

Fighting Back: John Lewis on Gun Violence – “What will it take for the Republican Congress to wake up?”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. (Congressman John Lewis has been leading the charge for change for decades. Now, he wants Congress to do the same by taking action to end gun violence.) Rep. Lewis: “What will…

Fighting Back: Sen. Cortez Masto: “Democrats are standing with the people of Puerto Rico.”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada. (In the weekly Democratic address, Senator Catherine Cortez Mastro (D-NV) talked about federal response to recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.) Senator Cortez Masto I share in the…

Motley Megaphone

Call the Whaaambulance!

Call the Whaaambulance! Harvard Republicans refuse to endorse Trump.

Here, I will save you having to click on that link:

“What happened to our beautiful party … the one built on the Southern Strategy, whistled to in Philadelphia MS, powered by the hateful racist rhetoric of Lee Atwater, and dedicated to crushing the poor, women, people of color, and the elderly??? We must reclaim it from the racist misogynist so that we can get back to the noble task of granny-killing, poor-starving, and sick-kicking Ryanism!”

Our World in Images

Fall Colors and Mountain Goats in the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area

North Cascades Mountain Goat (Oreamnos america) grazing on huckleberries and grasses on a warm October afternoon. What a beautiful specimen, well muscled with thick lustrous white fur and appearing very well fed. Mount Baker Wilderness Area, North Cascades Range, NW Washington State October 5, 2017   ×CloseYou need to login in order to like this post:…

August Wildflowers on the Mountain

    Yellow and Pink Monkey Flower, Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National forest   Wild Flowers are usually aflame in mid August around the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest, and so they were to the extent to which we could reach them. After a snowy winter and a near record snow pack, the snow…

Just Grazin'

“Give Thanks for the Blessings”

Happy Lammas!! Hey, wait just a minute! Those are happy llamas … which is not the same thing at all! Today is August 1st, the pagan holiday of Lammas or First Harvest. It is the first of three harvest celebrations on the Wheel of the Year. But because this is a pagan holiday that does…

Summer Sunning!

Today marks the Summer Solstice. Astronomically, it looks like this: The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. The seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. That will…

Fiction

Breathing Deeply at Beltane

Celibate since Yule, red-haired Passionata breaks out on May Eve!     Oh, do not tell the priests of our art For they would call it sin But we shall be in the woods all night A-conjuring summer in. Gerald Gardner’s version of a Rudyard Kipling poem. Emerging from the shower with the towel wrapped…

Jolyon–Part II

Flung back in time to the Minoan Crete of 1450 BC, can Fiona adjust to such a different world? “Put your arms around me and hold on as tightly as you can,” Jolyon said. He stepped closer until just a breath separated us. I did as he instructed. A vast shudder rippled through us, after…

Jolyon

After graduation a visit to Knossos beckoned Fiona—but little did she guess where it would lead!   I noticed him because he was always alone. And in a country where most people are dark-haired and dark-eyed, he stood out because of his blond ponytail and gray eyes. Only the shape of his eyes belonged to…

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VNV Tuesday: Another OverVIew

Maybe because of its smaller size in area and population (106,450 per the 2010 census) or maybe because its population is 76% Black, the USVI has received even less media coverage than Puerto Rico after Irma and Maria.  Today’s post is an attempt to rectify some of that and bring a spotlight to the ongoing…

Fighting Back: “The Republican president chose to raise people’s health premiums for no reason other than spite and cruelty”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. Yesterday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference on the latest health care sabotage from the Republicans. (Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held a press conference today following President Trump’s decision on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and his shameful…

Fall Colors and Mountain Goats in the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area

North Cascades Mountain Goat (Oreamnos america) grazing on huckleberries and grasses on a warm October afternoon. What a beautiful specimen, well muscled with thick lustrous white fur and appearing very well fed. Mount Baker Wilderness Area, North Cascades Range, NW Washington State October 5, 2017   ×CloseYou need to login in order to like this post:…

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday – Grave Matters

The Village News & Views October 11, 2017 Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All Greetings, Village Meese. It’s Day 264 of the Resistance and time for another Get Over the Hump post and discussion thread. On Sunday Republican Senator Bob Corker went on the record questioning the current WH occupant’s competency. While most…

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Puerto Rico Is Us 10/10/17

Today’s post is prompted by this tweet and the accompanying article: How colonialism and racism explain the inept US response to Hurricane Maria https://t.co/EioxarIQ5j — Vox (@voxdotcom) October 9, 2017 Too many of us were educated in a system that shies away from words like colonialism, imperialism, or racism when talking about our country. And…

Fighting Back: John Lewis on Gun Violence – “What will it take for the Republican Congress to wake up?”

The weekly Fighting Back post is also an Open News Thread. The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. (Congressman John Lewis has been leading the charge for change for decades. Now, he wants Congress to do the same by taking action to end gun violence.) Rep. Lewis: “What will…

TGIF!

Morning my antlerded friends… The Pig is in the WH and the worms are in Congress. Need Mueller soon. My music for the day will be a tribute to Tom Petty.   Tweets this morning are going to be aimed at what will eventually get us out of this nightmare…Russia and Trump. Unless I find…