tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:/posts Passing Through 2017-12-08T21:27:26Z Arie Korporaal tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1213425 2017-12-08T21:27:25Z 2017-12-08T21:27:26Z From newyorker.com: Daily Cartoon

Congress does something—nation shocked! https://www.newyorker.com/cartoons/daily-cartoon/friday-december-8th-congress-shocks-nation

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1212959 2017-12-08T00:57:35Z 2017-12-08T00:57:35Z Broad Majority of Americans Support Moving Trump to Jerusalem

Another gem from Andy Borowitz at the New Yorker: Broad Majority of Americans Support Moving Trump to Jerusalem.


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1201194 2017-10-26T19:21:59Z 2017-10-26T20:22:57Z Listen to this

ER Doctor On Why We Need Universal Health Care

This doctor explains why Americans aren't getting the health care they need – even if they're insured

Posted by NowThis Politics on Monday, October 16, 2017


Thanks to Jeanette Kelly for sharing this. One of the best arguments for universal health care comes from an emergency room doctor. Pay attention.

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1200020 2017-10-22T05:43:08Z 2017-10-22T05:43:08Z White House Says It Is Unpatriotic to Offer Irrefutable Video Evidence That a General Lied

Another gem from Andy Borowitz published in The New Yorker.


White House Says It Is Unpatriotic to Offer Irrefutable Video Evidence That a General Lied


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1194902 2017-09-29T22:59:43Z 2017-09-29T22:59:43Z Secretary of Education pushes fake news about charter schools

Betsy DeVos spoke recently at Harvard and asserted that charter schools in her home state of Michigan generally get better test scores than traditional schools. 

A 2016 report by Politico, however, said:

Despite two decades of charter-school growth, the state’s overall academic progress has failed to keep pace with other states: Michigan ranks near the bottom for fourth- and eighth-grade math and fourth-grade reading on a nationally representative test, nicknamed the “Nation’s Report Card.” Notably, the state’s charter schools scored worse on that test than their traditional public-school counterparts, according to an analysis of federal data (emphasis added).

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1191042 2017-09-13T20:04:43Z 2017-09-14T02:41:47Z You Are Invited ...

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1191041 2017-09-13T20:02:09Z 2017-09-13T20:02:10Z Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All

Senator Bernie Sanders lays out a compelling case for "Medicare for All." This is what I argued for–a single-payer system–during the debates over the Affordable Care Act. We've changed the name, because some lunkheads complained about "socialized medicine" as if they even knew what that means. Oh heavens. Your freakin' police and fire departments are socialized. The military has socialized medicine now. Get over it. 

How can we afford medical care for everyone? Don't build one aircraft carrier. Don't build stuff the military doesn't want but is put in the budget because some member of congress wants to send a contract to a manufacturer in their district. How about closing a military base or two that we've maintained in Europe an Asia since the end of World War II. All a good start. How about not invading countries and staying for years? Savings? Trillions of dollars.

It is worth your time to read this important article.

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1186805 2017-08-27T04:49:22Z 2017-08-27T04:49:22Z :Patagonia Rips Interior Secretary Zinke a New Pair of Shorts

You go Patagonia! Speaking out for Public Lands, Patagonia spends $700,000 on an ad in support of public lands.

More: http://bit.ly/2wcHKcp 

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1186571 2017-08-26T01:33:05Z 2017-08-26T02:14:36Z So-Called-President Values Lawlessness

So-called-President Trump just pardoned a lawless oaf who was convicted contempt of court. Former-Sheriff Joe Arpaio was twice found guilty of contempt of court–once civil and once federal. Now that's a record any lawman should be proud.

Why twice convicted?  Federal authorities are responsible for enforcing immigration laws. However, Joe "Toughest-Sheriff-in-America" (as he called himself) Arpaio ordered his deputies to check the legal status of people they encountered. Joe instructed deputies to arrest undocumented individuals and turn them over to immigration authorities for deportation, even if they had committed no crime other than lacking documentation. A federal district judge ordered the sheriff in 2011 to halt the practice of stopping suspected undocumented immigrants. When Arpaio publicly refused to do so, the judge found him to be in civil contempt of court and recommended the criminal charge. In July, another federal judge convicted him of contempt of court, finding Arpaio had shown a "flagrant disregard" for the law and had "willfully violated the [2011] order."

Is this all they could get in a President when they bought and paid for one? Is it appropriate for even a so-called president to pardon clowns who flagrantly disregard and willfully violate the law. So much for a "law and order" president.

More: http://bzfd.it/2wcIgHA


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1174802 2017-07-18T17:30:36Z 2017-07-18T17:32:35Z You are going to have such great health care and at a lower cost.

"We failed. Boy am I pissed. And really embarrassed."

So the Republican attempt to deliver on their seven-year promise to reform health care tanks ingloriously. And the So-Called President blames Democrats. He needs to be reminded that Republican Senators sank their own health care bill. That bozo needs to be reminded also that the Democrats were not asked to help. Not to mention that not one hearing was held on the proposed bill. In McConnell's failed legislative strategy to right the bill in secret (not even the rest of Republican senate

Trump's new, yet faulty logic is to let "Obamacare" fail and then begin again. How cynical. Take the health insurance away from 30,000,000 Americans? Throw the insurance markets into turmoil? What is wrong with this loser-of-the-popular vote? Why not fix it? Make it a bipartisan attempt to fix what is wrong with the insurance market for individuals. Don't take health care away from those who already have health care.

As candidate Trump said during his campaign, "You are going to have such great health care and at a lower cost." Still waiting.

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1164352 2017-06-15T21:17:23Z 2017-06-15T21:17:23Z How undemocratic can Mitch "The Turtle" McConnell be?

As if the daily barrage of Trumpisms wasn't enough to piss you off, read this: The GOP's fantastically anti-democratic attempt to kill health care in the dark

... and remember this. I've said before, "Elections matter."


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1153156 2017-05-11T05:10:17Z 2017-05-11T05:10:17Z Is Stephen King on to something about Donald Trump? On Wednesday, after So-called President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director Comey; the writer tweeted, “Donald Trump: A remarkable combination of unhinged and dumb as dirt. Time to start talking impeachment. Really. Enough is enough.”]]> Arie Korporaal tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1152857 2017-05-10T03:28:38Z 2017-05-10T03:49:22Z The beginning of the end ...

The cover up is on. Trump fired the FBI chief who is conducting an investigation to get at the possible collusion between Trump's campaign and ties to Russia.

But Trump didn't care for Comey long before today's action. Three things:

  1. Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton in the FBI investigation of her email practices (remember Trump was in full "Lock her up" mode at the time);
  2. After Trump became president Comey never backed up Trump's accusation that President Obama had spied on him; and
  3. Comey told Congress, during sworn testimony, that the bureau was investigating ties between Trump's campaign and Russia.

That's enough to make a very, very small man very, very pissed. 

I predicted before the So-Called President's inauguration that Trump would not last his full term. Remember Trump saying the job was harder than it looks? Time to bail. 

But this development means the White House in full cover up mode. Firing Comey will have the opposite effect from the one desired. I suspect that agents in the FBI will double down on the investigation on Trump and Russia ties.


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1151675 2017-05-04T18:45:03Z 2017-05-04T18:45:03Z So who actually likes this health care bill?

This deeply flawed bill is opposed by the March of Dimes, American Medical Association, Red Cross, American Association of Retired Persons ... and the list grows ...

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1151671 2017-05-04T18:40:28Z 2017-05-04T18:40:28Z It took 64 tries ...

it took 64 tries for Repubs to finally get the ball over the goal line. They voted to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act this morning. They are sooo happy. Their coach, Toady Paul Ryan, gave a disgustingly obsequious speech on the floor of the house. Of course he didn't mention that this version of the bill is worse than their first try a month ago. They can't be proud that this was done on the backs of the poor and the sick. 

They voted for the bill without knowing its cost and how many people will lose their health insurance  Shame. 

As I said before, elections matter. This Republican Clown Posse should pay for the worst vote these current members have ever cast. Can't wait for the 2018 House elections. 

Get the iprofit making insurance companies out of health entirely. Join me in advocating for single payer health care ... like every other industrialized country. 


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1144022 2017-04-05T01:28:37Z 2017-04-05T01:28:37Z Trump signs away your broadband privacy rights

If you still think elections don't matter remember this: your Internet privacy rules were signed away today by so-called president Trump. The FCC instituted privacy rules that gave you the right to determine what internet providers could do with your information. Both houses of Congress passed the bill ... and it is Republicans that control both houses ... and forwarded it to Trump. 

Remember all those showy photo ops of Trump sitting on his brain surrounded by adoring peeps? Not today. He signed this behind closed doors. Coward. 

Don't ever say "elections don't matter." You just lost your right to privacy on the Internet. Your defense? Don't use the Internet.

More details here: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/327107-trump-signs-internet-privacy-repeal



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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1142450 2017-03-29T23:28:09Z 2017-03-29T23:28:14Z Nunes says he held Russia hearings alone in his apartment ...


http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/nunes-says-he-held-russia-hearings-alone-in-his-apartment-and-they-went-great?mbid=nl_032917%20Borowitz%20Newsletter%20(1)&CNDID=380951&spMailingID=10718918&spUserID=MTMzMTg0NDQwNzk3S0&spJobID=1122353335&spReportId=MTEyMjM1MzMzNQS2

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1138520 2017-03-14T05:31:00Z 2017-03-14T05:33:35Z House Speaker Paul Ryan Is So Excited

Why is Paul Ryan so excited? He says the proposed Trumpcare health care legislation is "de-federalizing an entitlement, block granting it back to the states, and capping its growth rate." True enough.

But ... and it is a big but ... this bill cuts benefits to poor people through Medicaid more dramatically than those benefits have ever been cut before. The Congressional Budget Office (a non-partisan group) estimates that 26,000,000 people (kids, seniors, poor single mothers, people with disabilities) will lose their insurance under this ill-conceived plan. 

Remember that the So-called President Trump promised that no one would lose their coverage. Turns out that was a lie.

And why is this House Twit Ryan so excited about throwing poor people under the bus so he can crow about it? I say let's buy 20 cruise missiles each year going forward. That will save enough money to pay for the Draconian cuts to benefits to poor people Ryan proposes. 

This clown isn't a budget genius, he is instead, as my father used to say, a dunderhead. Look it up; Google can be your friend.

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1128302 2017-02-02T21:07:21Z 2017-02-02T21:07:53Z Donald Trump bungled his first operation as Commander-in-Chief.

Donald Trump bungled his first operation as Commander-in-Chief. Trump ordered the raid without “sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations,” according to a Reuters report.

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/02/02/donald-trump-orders-raid.html

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1116862 2016-12-20T05:59:21Z 2016-12-20T05:59:21Z Symphony of Science


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1115308 2016-12-14T04:50:45Z 2016-12-14T04:50:45Z Putin Agrees to Receive Intelligence Briefings in Trump’s Place

The latest hilarious post by Andy Horowitz. Hey "right wing." This is fake news. Andy even tells you "Not the News." But hilarious nonetheless. Read this and others at The New Yorker.

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1115271 2016-12-14T00:40:11Z 2016-12-14T00:40:11Z Bill Gates is a toady and a doofus

Bill Gates met with Donald Trump and was impressed. Bill seemed impressed because he said Trump was interested in innovation. Then he compared him to JFK. 

JFK? Seriously? JFK was well-read, well-educated, and could write more than one sentence at a time. I tell ya. It's true. Very, very true.

Gates is one of the largest funders of privatization of education. He must be head-over-heels over Trump's pick for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Neither he nor Betsy have any experience in education. Except to spend millions to privatize education across the nation.

Makes want to tear my hair, no, my copy of Microsoft Word out of my computer. 


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1114473 2016-12-11T00:52:26Z 2016-12-11T00:52:26Z When this is over, you will have nothing that you want

Garrison Keillor has written a number of columns about and to Donald Trump. Here is a particularly sharp one published last August in the Chicago Tribune.


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1112400 2016-12-02T04:27:12Z 2016-12-02T04:27:12Z Robert Reich's Plain Talk About Trumps Political Theater

The Daily Trumpet

Posted by Robert Reich on Thursday, December 1, 2016


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1109446 2016-11-20T09:04:14Z 2016-11-20T09:04:14Z Andre Rieu - Scotland The Brave - Amazing Grace

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1109445 2016-11-20T09:00:01Z 2016-11-20T09:00:01Z New Ad for New MacBook Pro

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1109103 2016-11-18T16:53:53Z 2016-11-18T16:53:56Z First Lady, thy name is class ...

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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1102087 2016-10-25T18:22:57Z 2016-10-25T18:25:00Z Tom Hayden dies at 76

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-tom-hayden-snap-story.html


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tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1097289 2016-10-09T05:36:44Z 2016-10-09T05:36:44Z It's Been A Hard Days Night ]]> Arie Korporaal tag:ariekorporaal.com,2013:Post/1097272 2016-10-09T03:31:40Z 2016-10-09T03:38:10Z Keep On Rockin' In the Free World

Desert Trip, Indio, CA

2 hours nonstop Neil Young. Awesome. 

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