Canadians with cystic fibrosis outlive Americans by a decade

The median age of survival for Canadians with cystic fibrosis was 50, and only 40 for Americans, researchers found after six years of analysis.

I’m, literally, sitting here weeping with joy at the news that there are parents out there with kids with Cystic Fibrosis who are living to 50 years old. And beyond. 50 years of being able to hold your child. 50 years of being able to tell them RIGHT TO THEIR FACE how much you love them. 50 years of hearing their voice and gazing at their beautiful face. 50 years before you have to watch the light go out of their eyes and feel what can’t be described.

50 years.

Of course, that is in Canada. In the US, we take 10 of those years away. We let our children with Cystic Fibrosis die 10 years earlier. We sacrifice 10 years of their lives. 10 more years of waking up each day trying to understand why. 10 more years of suddenly bursting into tears just out of nowhere. 10 more years of a pain in your chest that is so intense you feel like you’re dying…and you don’t care. 10 more years of your wife saying “I don’t think you should watch that” whenever a movie or TV show has a scene where a child dies. 10 more years of disbelief and still trying to make a deal with God to take you but just let him come back.

Please God. Just for one minute.

All of this to maintain the most unethical, inefficient, cruel, evil health care system in the developed world. Because it makes a fortune for the privileged few.

©2015 RiverHouse Photography of Caughdenoy, NY

Brandon Geoffrey Ware would have been 35 this year. But he’s not.

It’s not joy any longer. Damn each and every person that supports this madness.

Source: Canadians with cystic fibrosis outlive Americans by a decade

Russia or “They Who Will Not Be Named

If a country had been identified by every United States intelligence agency as having launched a cyber-attack against the American electoral process
just violated a nuclear arms treaty by testing a mid-range nuclear missile designed to attack our forces in Europe
had deployed a nuclear weapons system into positions to allow their use against our forces and the forces of our allies in Europe
had recently made aggressive fighter jet runs against a United States warship peacefully patrolling international waters
wouldn’t you think they’d deserve, at the very least, a mention in a speech by the President of the United States to a Joint Session of Congress?
Just wondering.
– Eliot

Don’t Blame Trump

I don’t think I’m angry with Donald Trump. At the end of the day, his is a single vote and his opinions are his (no matter how vile). He can’t elect himself President.

It is those of you who support him that are a disgrace to this country and everything it purports to stand for. It is your hate and vitriol that pit us against each other. It is your vile evil that keeps the racist, xenophobic, misogynistic engine going in this country that leads to murders and torture and rape of anyone that isn’t like them.

And you are aided by those who don’t act against Trump. The amoebas of the American body politic. You don’t act until an outside force acts directly upon you. You are the same people that inhabited Germany in the 1920s. You speak of some things the tyrant brings that you agree with and a secret knowledge that he isn’t “as bad as he seems”. You keep saying that over and over and over until the knock is finally on your door. Then you look for help. You demand that those who sacrificed from the beginning rescue you from the hero that you may not have chosen but you didn’t speak against.

Both of you, fans and enablers, are the last gasp of the bad that has infected America since its founding. Don’t get me wrong, we will eventually push you both into that fading light because, in the end, the arc of history does bend toward justice.

Trump is simply you raging. And, eventually, all raging goes silent.

– Eliot

Democrats = Republicans = Democrats

The Radical Right seem to still have the loudest bullhorn in the schoolyard. While they have acolytes shrieking away on television
(I no longer bother saying cable television because what other kind of television is there these days?)
scaring the people who don’t know any better.
Scaring them into going against their own best interests in order to keep some fictional boogeyman away. A boogeyman that can only be kept away if they give their money to the President and his Oligarch Government.
Money that they know best how to spend and for some reason always seems to involve buying things from the Oligarchy
I’ve always wondered what it was that Donald Trump brought to the table. What it was that led the Oligarchy to choose him as their face. He has no true ideology other than money. A condition that those in the Oligarchy aspire to achieve. Trump is unique in his greed. A greed so powerful that it generates an ignorance field around him.
A field that otherwise sane and knowledgeable politicians get sucked into (see Ryan, Paul or McConnell, Mitch or Manchin, Joe) and spit out as ignorant, slathering husks on the other side. Only fit to be props on television being both figuratively and literally jerked to President Trump’s side in the grasp of his stunted, orange, age-spotted digits. There it was. The reason for his appeal. The reason for his existence in the political landscape. His degree of stupid was large enough to reshape a major political party.
The New Republican Party.
A Donald J. Trump Joint
Meanwhile, the Democrats choose to wait for the implosion. A strategy they learned in their winning effort running Hillary Clinton against PRESIDENT Trump in 2016.
Battles versus wars, Dear Democrats. Battles versus wars.
The Democrats show that they still don’t realize the difference by picking Tom Perez (who almost definitely has one of those vile Hillary Clinton nutcrackers at home that he only uses when he eats Brazil nuts) to be DNC Chairman. Keith Ellison gets the Deputy Chair to keep the commies that follow Bernie from burning the place to the ground once they finally understand that the Democrats DON’T WANT THEM HERE.
Go home with your societal benefit and forward thinking solutions. Quit it with your reasoned discourse and mutual understanding.
Big boy politics as practiced by establishment Democrats and Republicans isn’t about country or family or God. It is about power and money. In that order. Millenials and liberals and progressives and conservatives and populists and crony capitalists all need to understand that reality. All those with ideologies that they think are being served OR attacked are about to find out what that means. As is President Trump.
I saw him say today while addressing the National Governors Association, “There’s a Mike Pence, They say he’s from central casting. Like he’s from central casting. It’s true. Right? Huh?”
It is true, Mr. President. It is as if Establishment Republicans wanted to have one of their own ready to take over when your crazy ass was kicked out so they introduced you to this guy you’ve never met in your entire life and got you to choose him for Vice President. 

Dear Democrats

Dear Democrats –

You should put forward a plan to improve the ACA right now. It is the #1 issue on Americans’ minds and the Democrats are ceding it entirely to the Republicans.You can see that people liked your first try (the ACA).

Now that the people know that, why not say here’s how we think the ACA needs to be improved (medical device tax, cross state line competition (but with recipient’s home state regulatory jurisdiction), HSAs to cover deductibles). Dare Trump to come up with something better. Force him to admit that single payer is the only viable solution.

You get improved health insurance no matter what AND you might be able to snatch an issue completely away from the Republicans.

Don’t just sit there doing nothing. Like the Republicans during Obama. Just saying “no” to everything without providing an alternative or a voice or anything.

Not a dime’s worth of difference.




“Everything was going well until…

“Everything was going well until—plot twist—a mad man using “primitive methods” and guided by no more than the “emotions of crowds” defeated the Digital zombie. Just lopped its head off.”

The best description of the 2016 Presidential Election I’ve read. Sheer perfection.

Where Are The Democrats?

More and more people are demanding that some, or all, of Obamacare be saved. Many of those people voted for Donald Trump. Could this be the result of the efforts by Democrats to educate the public on the fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Obamacare are one and the same? Liberals routinely use this fact to show how ignorant the Trump voters were. Could they be inadvertently educating those ignorant Trump voters through this ridicule?
If so, then the racism of the Trump supporters is even further on display. Their sudden fondness for the ACA or its constituent parts once the “Obama” part is removed shows that it was only about the fact that there was an HNIC.
Democrats need to create and promote their own Health Insurance plan. Right Now! Make the improvements that Obamacare needs. Get that into the court of public opinion. Fight it out. Try to find some bipartisan support. Take the Health Insurance issue away from the Republicans.
Stop quitting before the game even starts
Somebody needs to be looking out for the American people. Even those that aren’t looking out for themselves. The Democratic Party needs to fill that void.
Or move aside.
– Eliot

Conspiracy Theory II

I watched the Trump press conference yesterday. Every second. Like everyone else, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I couldn’t figure out what made him do that. Today, I’m watching the media focus on the Mad King Donald act from the press conference today. Jabbering on and on and on about something that is so obvious that there really is no need for the media to report on it. It doesn’t require deeper analysis. It is right there. But they are flogging that dead horse nonetheless.
Then it hit me when someone said that he did this against the advice of everyone. Why would he do that?
A picture of the Viktor Leonov flashed across my screen. I commented on it. And, it hit me. What is the most important thing going on in the world today?
The Russians have just violated a nuclear weapons treaty.
The Russians are deploying new nuclear weapons that threaten NATO nations.
Why does Russia think they can blatantly violate a treaty with the US and deploy new nuclear weapons against NATO? Because we are talking about how crazy Trump is while ignoring the moves Russia is making against NATO. This benefits Russia and no one else. It is as if Putin directed Trump to create a diversion big enough to draw attention away from the fact that THE RUSSIANS ARE DEPLOYING ILLEGAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS AGAINST NATO.
Denying that Donald Trump may very well be actively working to the benefit of Russia is no longer an option for patriotic Americans.
Where do you stand? With America or with Russia? There isn’t a third option.
– Eliot

Trump On Parade

The scariest thing President Trump said in his mad spewing yesterday was his off-handed musing about how popular it would be to blow up the Viktor Leonov.
Whether he thought that up himself OR whether one of the mentally challenged lunatics he surrounds himself with thought that up doesn’t really matter.
The President of the United States, a man obsessed with being popular, believes it would make him popular to start a war with Russia. Don’t get it twisted, while firing on the Viktor Leonov is an Act of War which could be finessed away, blowing it out of the water and killing all hands on board is an act that can’t be ignored AND that will lead to the death of millions.
If that doesn’t scare you, you either have no useful activity above your brain stem or…. nah, there is no second choice.
– Eliot

Conspiracy Theory I

I don’t think it was the Intelligence Community that leaked the information about the existence of Flynn’s phone call to the media. They are taking the blame because people believe they would have been the folks that performed the actual intercept on the call. That is true but the leap from there to blaming them for leaking the existence of the call is just too far.
The intercept of a call between a legitimate target and a US person would have raised all sorts of flags. The level and target of the intercept would not have allowed the operator to simply identify a US person and dump the intercept as would be the case for normal incidental intercept. It would have had to have been reported up the chain.
Regardless of how you feel about the Logan Act, it is law and this was clearly a violation of the Logan Act. The intercepting agency would realize that there was a possible violation of law but the final decision would have been a determination that only the Justice Department could make. So, the intercept would have been turned over to Justice and the Intelligence Community would be out of it.
Unfortunately for Trump, Justice was being run by a woman that had very specifically stated that if asked to do something illegal, unconstitutional or unethical by the President of the United States she would refuse. She was pressed on this by the snide little racist weasel that now occupies the position of Attorney General of the United States but who was then the racist Senator from the Great State of Alabama.
She reported the problem and went on about her business having done her duty. Laterm when she was fired for refusing to support an unconstitutional order by the President, I believe she knew then that Flynn’s Russian problem was never going to be addressed. She knew that these people were not to be trusted. So, either she or a designate passed the information on to the press.
Thus endeth the Conspiracy Theory For The Day
– Eliot