* * *The Republican Illness and its Cure - Rx
Those of us who recognize the American voters' frequent willingness for a variety of reasons to believe Republican lies should be preparing, at least mentally, and possibly otherwise, for what we will do if the unthinkable happens in November, and meanwhile, working hard to make sure that it does not.
Rx: No thinking American should vote for any Republican at any level whatsoever, from school boards on up to the White House. The fact that they do not abandon the Republican label on their candidacy should remind voters that they still belong to a party where right-wing extremists who live in an alternate reality based on lies call the shots.
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More About Lies
And speaking of lies, Frank Figliuzzi, a former FBI assistant director in charge of counter-intelligence, sets out the facts about Trump’s lies concerning the few ‘documents’ that were found in the possession of President Biden and former vice-president Pence, all of which were quickly returned to where they belonged.
As it stands now, the DOJ’s case regarding the many documents Trump illegally retained, hid at Mar-a-Lago, and for which he obstructed the FBI’s search for many months, is being heard by a Trump-appointed judge in Florida whose intention seems to be to permit delays well into the next decade.
Read the article (that appeared on MSNBC’s site) by copying and pasting this on your browser line:
or by CLICKING HERE.
(And speaking of Frank Figliuzzi, up until about a year or so ago, when he was seen on MSNBC, the location from which he was speaking was obvious. Then, that was changed to a painted mountain scene as the background. I wonder if that was for security purposes. Try to read ‘between the lines.’)
Among the litany of lies that pour from the mouth of Donald Trump, as reported by David Leonhardt in the online New York Times’ ‘Morning’ on December 5 are “promising to use the powers of the federal government to punish people he perceives to be his critics and opponents, including the Biden family, district attorneys, journalists and ‘the deep state.’ He has suggested that Mark Milley, a retired top general, deserves the death penalty. Trump has called President Biden ‘an enemy of the state’ and Nancy Pelosi ‘the Wicked Witch.’ He has accused former President Barack Obama — ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ in Trump’s telling — of directing Biden to admit ‘terrorists and terrorist sympathizers’ into the U.S.”
Could he be any clearer as to his intentions? And even a magician cannot disassociate these warnings from the political party that refuses to deny them and is likely to run this person for president again!
Finally, Former Republican Representative Liz Cheney's new book, ‘Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning,’ just came out. In it, she recounts what happened inside her own party in the weeks before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the capitol following the 2020 presidential election. Recently, speaking to an NPR reporter, Cheney warned that a second Trump presidency threatens democracy and says the Republican party of today does not represent her.
Her words: "If the party goes down the path of nominating Donald Trump, certainly, the party itself will have lost any claim to be a party that is, in fact, supportive of the constitution."
So expelling George Santos from the House of Representatives, a body in which he never should have been seated in the first place, does not rid the Republican Party of its major political tool … Lies!
If something comes out of the mouth of a Republican, take it with the proverbial grain of salt (or even he whole salt shaker) because it is likely to be just another lie. They are truly a legion of liars.
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Assisted Living Not What it Should Be
The shortcomings of expensive privately owned assisted living facilities were highlighted right here in recent postings on Jackspotpourri. The issue will not go away. People grow older with each passing day and today’s medical advances keep them alive and relatively well far longer. Private long-term care insurance has failed because the insurance industry’s actuaries never anticipated so many people living such long lives.
Here’s another scary report from the New York Times in the form of an opinion piece by David Leonhardt. Copy and paste https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/04/briefing/health-care.html
on your browser line, or JUST CLICK HERE. And pass it on to anyone over age 65 (and their children) that you know!
Several possible answers to the questions raised by these articles include:
- making private profit-making assisted living available through Medicare (It is already available via Medicaid, but only available to those once its costs have impoverished them, and only if a facility willing to take lower Medicaid payments can be found),
- federal rather than State regulation and monitoring of these facilities,
- entirely removing ownership of such facilities from the investment marketplace, and
- providing financial incentives to replace such facilities with care in the homes of children or other relatives, where they historically have been.
… or a combination of them.
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The Israeli-Hamas War and Extremism
It is clear that the launching sites for the missiles pictured above are in the middle of an urban area within the Gaza Strip. It is unavoidable that non-combatants will be killed so long as Hamas locates its launch sites, and other military installations, in this manner, an attempt to avoid Israeli attacks on them.
It amounts to their saying that Israel can choose between the risk of not attacking such missile sites or doing so and being blamed for killing non-combatant civilians. If Hamas launched missiles from Gaza’s beaches, for example, the sites would be quickly destroyed by Israel bombing, without civilian casualties. But having Israel kill Palestinian civilians is part of Hamas’ plan.
Regardless of the outcome of the Israel-Hamas war, Hamas must be destroyed. Its pledge to eliminate the State of Israel makes that a necessity. Reported attempts by Hamas to target missiles toward Israel’s nuclear facilities might explain the very aggressive and thorough level of military activity by Israel’s forces within the Gaza Strip in carrying out the necessary destruction of Hamas.
For humanitarian reasons, it is unfortunate that the temporary pause in hostilities and the return of hostages is not continuing, but as desirable as it was, the resumption of Israeli efforts to destroy Hamas must continue in view of Hamas’ stated objective. A more permanent cease-fire, which these 'pauses' are steps toward, would amount to a Hamas victory because they ignore cease-fires anyway. One was in force on October 7.
While places to which non-combatant Gazans can flee within Gaza are shrinking, the neighboring Muslim nations still refuse to welcome them as refugees. This has always been their ‘non-solution,’ first refusing refugees fleeing from the parts of Palestine lost in their unsuccessful war to destroy Israel in 1967, and now from Gaza. These nations are not without blame.
Only with the destruction of Hamas (or at least its complete, total, and permanent military degrading) will Israel and the Palestinians then be able to work toward a peaceable two-state solution. That is the great fear of Palestinian extremists who want to wipe out the State of Israel, and of Israeli extremists who insist that the State of Israel should encompass all of Palestine, including ‘occupied territories’ beyond the existing borders of the State of Israel.
I have made this point repeatedly in postings on Jackspotpourri. It is up to both Israelis and Palestinians to stop the extremists in their midst from determining their future.
We accomplished that in the United States In 1964, when an American presidential candidate (Barry Goldwater) praised ‘extremism’ by saying that ‘extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.’ He was wrong and the voters turned him down in an election rout, (he only received 38.5% of the popular vote), although many Republicans today still believe those words.
Take my word for it, right now, today, ‘extremism’ on either side in the Israel-Palestinian dispute is indeed a vice, and one that can delay or even prevent a solution there.
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