Rick Santorum: ‘Millions of Americans’ With Preexisting Conditions Are Stealing Health Care

Santorum by Gage SkidmoreAccording to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 52 million Americans have preexisting conditionsthat would likely leave them uninsurable if they applied for individual market coverage under pre-ACA underwriting practices.” That’s 27% of the adult population under 65 years old.

According to Rick Santorum, millions of those people are thieving scammers!

As part of a panel discussion about health care reform on today’s (2/26/17)  CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Santorum stated,

The reality is today that thousands, maybe approaching millions of Americans, are paying nine months for insurance. Why? Because you pay for your insurance for nine months, there’s a provision in Obamacare that says you can’t be thrown off your plan for three months. So, you stop paying in September until the end of the year. You have a right to guaranteed [coverage for] preexisting conditions. You can buy a new plan in January. So people are paying nine months for 12 months of care. And it’s happening more and more and more as people get the gig.

Of course, Santorum offered up absolutely no evidence to back up this preposterous claim!

He then went on to claim that because of all this scamming, it would be impossible to repeal and replace the ACA at the same time.

Obamacare is a failure! But you’re going to need 60 votes to change preexisting conditions and other things to make the system work. And that’s the problem of repeal and replacing is you can’t do it because it’s a broken system.

Featured Image: Gage Skidmore

Gohmert: No Town Hall Because Some Loony Lefty Might “2nd Amendment Solution” Him

Louie GohmertMy favo-right Texass Tea Potty filbert is back in the news. The one, the only, (thank goodness) “Screwy” Louie Gohmert! (I have a huge weakness for silly and in that category, “Screwy” Louie leads the league!)

As you may have noticed, this has NOT been a good week for Republican regressives, town hall wise. Those that have held them, faced angry crowds obsessed with the probable upcoming loss of their health insurance.

One explanation for this is that a lot of their constituents found out that the “Obamacare” that they hated was actually the “Affordable Care Act,” that they loved.

Another explanation, one much favored by these self-same regressive Republicans, is that it was all organized and paid for by elite lefties like George Soros and his ilk. (If so, why wasn’t I informed of this cushy gig?)

Other “representatives of the people” took the Yellow Road to Chickenville and refused to hold town halls or even meet with their constituents. Care to guess which group, Screwy Louie  joined?

Tuesday, (2/21/17) a group in Screwy’s district, called “Indivisible of Smith County” called for a town hall meeting. Sadly, their man(?) in congress declined. However, you do have to give him half a point for coming up with the sorriest excuse so far.

Unfortunately, at this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety. Threats are nothing new to me and I have gotten my share as a felony judge. However, the House Sergeant at Arms advised us after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, that civilian attendees at Congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed—just as happened there.

Point of clarification: Jared Lee Loughner, the Gabby Giffords shooter, was NOT an adherent of “leftist ideology!” He was a right-wing filbert with severe mental problems. (Btw, Screwy Louie just voted to give the mentally questionable greater access to firearms.)

As a back-up reason for avoiding the possible unpleasantry, he stated,

In the same amount of time it takes to have a town hall meeting, which usually has between 30 and 100 attendees in east Texas, I can communicate with thousands of my constituent bosses through a telephone town hall meeting.

The nice thing about telephone town halls is that they are easier to control and there’s none of those unpleasant “YouTube Moments.”

He finished his declaration of avoidance by saying,

Though I am saddened if you are upset with my positions, they do appear to reflect a majority of east Texans’ views.

Since he is desperately trying to avoid dialogue with his constituents, I’m not quite sure how he would know that.

Former Disney Sculptor Creates an Anatomically Correct(?) Trump Troll Doll (NSFW)

Everybody’s least favorite web troll, Donald Trump, (aka “Herr Rump,” aka “Duh Fuhrer”) now has a doll in his image. And, fittingly, it’s a troll doll.

Careful thought was put into the details, from it’s blond mop, swept to the side to cover the tinfoil, to it’s miniature middle extremity. It even has a tiny little cell phone clutched in its tiny little hands.The only thing it doesn’t have is a “lie track,” since it doesn’t speak. But somehow, I don’t think that’s going to be missed very much.

The five inch doll is the brain child of ex-Disney sculptor, Chuck Williams.

Earlier this month, Mr. Williams started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $38,000 to start mass producing the dolls. As he stated on the site,

I want to make this figure widely available to everyone around the world that has taken a liking to my caricature sculpture and to do that I need your help to cover the costs of making the production molds and castings as well as the freight costs from the toy factory,

As of this writing, (2/22/17) over 3667 people had invested $162,481.

As to when the dolls will hit the market? According to Mr. Williams’ statement on Kickstarter,

The vinyl figures will be turned around as soon as I can get the factory on board and fulfilling the orders. I allowed a year for this under the Kickstarter protocol but I will do everything I can to make them available in a few months.

Stay tuned!

Featured Image Credit: Chuck Williams – Twitter.

Poor Trump! Picked On Because He’s A White Dude

Trump -DonkeyHoteyRush (Has anybody seen my meds?) Limbaugh has figured out the problem with Donald Trump’s (aka “Herr Rump,” aka “Duh Fuhrer”) presidency.

It isn’t that he’s a bigoted, narcissistic, autocrat wannabe, who has the mental maturity of a five-year-old and totally out of his depth. Nah, nothing like that. The problem is, that he’s WHITE! (Gasp! Who knew? All this time I thought he was orange!)

You see, according to Limbough’s  thinking, (I can’t believe I’m using “Limbaugh” and “thinking” in the same sentence.) Herr Rump wouldn’t have any problems if only he were Black like Obama. (Technical point: Obama’s only half Black, but according to the right-wing mental midgets, if you have more than two drops of blood originating in Africa, you’re Black, baby!)

You all remember how congress and the press bent over backwards to give the “Big O” everything he wanted. Well, Pepperidge Farm, I mean Rush Limbaugh remembers.

[Obama was] the first African-American president. You have everybody falling all over themselves to acknowledge that, to reward that. Obama was going to get everything he wanted in the first year because if anybody opposed it, they were going to be accused of being a racist or bigot or who knows what.

Oh, and all this nonsense about the Trump-Putin connection? According to the “missing meds man,”

It’s absurd. There is no evidence. Zilch. Zero. Nada…Who is driving this business that the Russians hacked the elections? It’s the Democrat [SIC] Party, it’s Hillary, it’s Obama, it’s all those people who just can’t accept they lost.

Featured Image: DonkeyHotey

Texas Attorney General Faces Two Felony Trials (Video)

The Texas Attorney General has been under indictment on three felony counts for almost two years and he’s still AG.

Well, what did you expect? This is Texas we’re talking about!

After a brief flurry of attention, this story has been more that a bit neglected. However, that’s about to change. In case your attention was otherwise occupied back then, a bit of background is in order.

The bigoted, anti-gay, Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, is TexASS-deep in a hot, steaming pile of his own doo-doo! And, it’s got nothing to do with Mexicans, Muslims or marriage equality. It seems Texas’ top lawyer (and tea party fave) may have committed securities fraud to the tune of $100,000+.

In May of 2015 he was disciplined by the Texas State Securities Board and paid a $1,000 dollar fine for acting as an investment advisor when he solicited clients for a friend’s investment firm, Mowery Capital Management (MCM).  Problem is, he wasn’t registered as an investment advisor. That’s a “no-no” under Texas law.

Paxton called this “an administrative error.”

This went down in 2004, 2005 and 2012, at which time he was also gainfully employed as a Republican state representative for District 70 in Collin County.

According to the disciplinary order,

Respondent was compensated by MCM for each solicitation resulting in a client relationship with MCM. Specifically, MCM agreed to pay Respondent 30 percent of asset management fees collected by MCM from each client that Respondent solicited successfully.

Somehow, Representative Paxton forgot to include this on his personal financial statements, filed with the Texas  Ethics Commission. (Probably just another three “administrative errors,” don’tcha know.)

After the disciplinary proceedings, a watchdog group, Texans for Public Justice, requested an investigation into whether Paxton committed any crimes in his dealings. This got tossed around like a hot potato until Colin County’s district attorney handed off the spud to the Texas Rangers. (And no, Chuck Norris wasn’t involved.)

The spud may have morphed into the proverbial can of worms. As Special Prosecutor Kent Schaffer put it,

The Rangers went out to investigate one thing, and they came back with information on something else. It’s turned into something different than when they started.

While not giving specifics, Schaffer said there are fraud allegations exceeding $100,000. Under Texas law, that’s a first degree felony with a potential reward of a 99 year vacation at the Iron Bar Resort. Also, acting as an investment advisor, without being registered, is a third degree felony.

In July of 2015 Paxton was indicted on three felony counts. One third degree and two first degree.

Ok, the back has been ordered and grounded. Flash forward to the present.

Last Thursday (2/16/17) Paxton found out he’ll be facing two separate trials on the three counts.

The first trial will be for the third-degree felony count: failure to register as an investment advisor indictment. Following that trial, he’ll find himself back in court on the twin first-degree securities fraud cases.

As the special prosecutor, Kent Schaffer, explained,

There’s nothing in common except the defendant. So for people who are sitting on a jury it’s a much more confusing situation.

Paxton’s lawyers were not pleased. They tried to object on monetary grounds.

That either double or triples the expense to Collin County. I think from a judicial resources standpoint given the fee structure that’s in place in this case that’s absurd. We are not opposed and indeed we request that they be tried together.

Sadly, for the AG, their argument did no win out.

The prosecutors also asked the judge for a change of venue. Schaffer explained that there has been an attempt to taint the county’s jury pool.

There were extraordinary and unusual things that were done in order to persuade people to form an opinion based on things outside of the courtroom.

The judge didn’t rule on the change of venue, but did say that he planned to move forward with picking a jury in Collin County.

They’ll start picking the jury in April with the first trial beginning on May, the first.

Stay tuned!

Pat Robertson: If You Find Trump Revolting, You’re Revolting Against God! (Video)

Crazy Uncle Pat is at it again! Never one to let a controversy go by unscathed, the poster child(?) for senility weighed in on “The Russian Connection” scandal.

Ignoring the fact that Flynn’s phone calls to the Russian Ambassador boarded on, or over, the treason line, Robertson, claimed the intelligence community was out to get Flynn. According to Uncle Pat, they were specifically monitoring Flynn’s phone calls.

Actually, U.S. intelligence agencies routinely monitor the communications of Russian diplomats. The problem for Flynn is that the then future National Security Advisor didn’t know enough about national security to know that.

Robertson doesn’t believe the intelligence agencies were going rogue to pick on Flynn. Not by the hair on your chinny, chin chin! The instigators of the plot were the usual suspects (of the tinfoil turban crowd). It was Democrats, liberal government officials and (of course) the media.

Let me tell you! Uncle Pat had more than a few things to say about that and the “grand conspiracy” to bring down Trump and his crew. For starters, he pulled out the “good(?) book.”

The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed,” Robertson said that those challenging Trump are really fighting against God. – Psalm 2:2

Then, of course, he added his own twisted take on the situation.

I think, somehow, the Lord’s plan is being put in place for America and these people are not only revolting against Trump, they’re revolting against what God’s plan is for America. These other people have been trying to destroy America. These left-wingers and so-called progressives are trying to destroy the country that we love and take away the freedoms they love. They want collectivism. They want socialism. What we’re looking at is free markets and freedom from this terrible, overarching bureaucracy. They want to fight as much as they can but I think the good news is the Bible says, “He that sits in the heavens will laugh them to scorn,” and I think that Trump’s someone on his side that is a lot more powerful than the media.

Well, if it was Big Daddy’s plan to inflict Trump upon this country, he must be mighty pissed at us about something.

In parting, for your listening and dancing delight, I present a minute and 23 seconds of this insanity. Enjoy!

Was Flynn Forced Out By ‘Devil-Worshiping, Luciferian, Demon-Possessed Maniacs?’

Heronimus BoschWelcome to the weird, warped, wacky world of Rick Wiles. This is a world straight out of the fever dream of John of Patmos or maybe Hieronymus Bosch. The Rickster runs a nut-job radio program called “Trunews.” (“Tru”, it ain’t and as for “news,” it would only be that if he ever got anything right.) 

In the past, he has regaled us with such knee-slappers as,

Yesterday (2/14/17) on his show, the Rickster had another brain fart. (Either that or his tinfoil toupee slipped off again.)

Rick Wiles shares the disturbing mechanics behind the spiritual melee currently in full swing for control of President Trump’s cabinet and the fate of Christianity worldwide. Rick also discusses the mad ramblings echoing through the Democratic party, and reminds the audience of the communist origins behind the revolt for America’s soul.

I’m running low on Emetrol, so I’m just going to cover a portion of the program. If you’ve stocked up, click on the “show” link above. (RDT not responsible for any mental or medical malfunctions resulting from listening to his ravings.)

Here’s a short run-down of some of the bovine meadow muffins from the show:

  • Flynn was dumped because he knew about Hillary’s child molestation ring. (Can you say “Pizzagate.”) Of course, that only existed in the fevered brows of the Tinfoil Turban set, but hey, why let a thoroughly debunked conspiracy go to waste?
  • Devil-worshiping, Luciferian, demon-possessed maniacs” have formed a “criminal cabal [that is] running this nation and much of the world” that allows them to engage in “child trafficking, child molestation, child rape, [and] child murder.
  • Many of the key officials, elected and appointed, and in corporate board rooms and in Hollywood and in New York City, they are part of a global child molestation ring,”
  • Hillary is now “relishing in the fact that they brought down General Flynn because he knows what they are and what they’re doing.”

Here’s a short clip from the program. Hopefully, a small dose won’t be too lethal.

I’d say “stay tuned,” but I’m not that much of a sadist.

Featured Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Trump’s New Rule: Only Islamic Extremists Are a Threat

Right_wing_extremists-_2013-08-14_21-56The “man” in the Oval Office seems to have a deathly fear of terrorists. At least those with slightly darker skin, that worship a slightly different version of Big Daddy. According to him, only Islamic Extremists are a Threat!

White Supremacist, Khristian (As opposed to “Christian,” which they are not!) filberts can’t be terrorists. They supported his candidacy. In fact, he made one of them, Stephen K. Bannon, Assistant to the President and Chief Strategist.

His mantra seems to be “If they’re white, they’re all right. If they’re a bit brown, put ’em down!”

Unless you’ve been taking a two-week vacation on one of Jupiter’s outer moons, you’re probably aware that Trump (aka “Herr Rump”, aka “Duh Fuhrer”) has issued an executive order “temporarily” blocking Muslims from entering the U.S. That is, of course, unless they’re from a country that he does business with.

For instance, the vast majority of the 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, but S.A. gets a pass. After all, terrorism is terrorism, but business is business.

Then yesterday, (2/2/17) Reuters reported that Duh Fuhrer “wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism.”

Cosmetically, he wants the program’s name changed from “Countering Violent Extremism” to “Countering Islamic Extremism.” He wants them to quit targeting white supremacist groups entirely.

This, despite the fact that for the last several years, DHS and law enforcement agencies around the country have stated that right-wing groups are a far bigger threat than Islamic militants.

As for why they would think that, the following is a very partial list of right-wing extremist incidents over the last 15 years;

  • July 19, 2002
    Federal and local law enforcement agents arrest North Carolina Klan leader Charles Robert Barefoot Jr. for his role in a plot to blow up the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff himself and the county jail. He was sentenced in February 2013 to 15 years in prison and three years’ probation after his term.
  • January 8, 2003
    Federal agents arrest Matt Hale, the national leader of the neo-Nazi World Church of the Creator (WCOTC). Hale was charged with soliciting the murder of federal judge, Joan Humphrey Lefkow. He was found guilty and sentenced to serve 40 years in federal prison.
  • February 13, 2003
    Federal agents in Pennsylvania arrest David Wayne Hull, imperial wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and an adherent of the anti-Semitic Christian Identity theology, alleging that Hull arranged to buy hand grenades to blow up abortion clinics. He was found guilty of weapons violations and sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.
  • April 1, 2004
    Neo-Nazi Skinhead Sean Gillespie videotaped himself as he firebombed Temple B’nai Israel, an Oklahoma City synagogue, as part of a film he is preparing to inspire other racists to violent revolution. He was found guilty of the attack and later sentenced to 39 years in federal prison.
  • June 10, 2005
    Daniel J. Schertz, a former member of the North Georgia White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was indicted in Chattanooga, Tenn., on federal weapons charges for allegedly making seven pipe bombs and selling them to an undercover informant with the idea that they would be used to murder Mexican and Haitian immigrant workers. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
  • October 24, 2008
    Two white supremacists, Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman, are arrested in Tennessee for allegedly plotting to assassinate Barack Obama and murder more than 100 black people. In 2010, Cowart was sentenced to 14 years and Schlesselman was sentenced to 10.
  • May 31, 2009
    Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion extremist who was involved with the antigovernment “freemen” movement in the 1990s, shoots to death Kansas late-term abortion provider George Tiller as the doctor is serving as an usher in his Wichita church. Roeder was convicted of first-degree murder in January 2010 and was sentenced to life in prison.
  • June 12, 2009
    Shawna Forde — the executive director of Minutemen American Defense (MAD), an anti-immigrant vigilante group that conducts “citizen patrols” on the Arizona-Mexico border — is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for her role in the slayings of a Latino man and his 9-year-old daughter in Arivaca, Ariz. She was sentenced to life in prison.

The list goes on and on and on, but this post is starting to get very long. You can check out the entire list here.

But, according to Duh Fuhrer, the only real terrorists are Islamic.

Right-Wing Preacher Proclaims Trump Is ‘God’s New Samson’ (AUDIO)

Sansone_distrugge_il_tempio_dei_Filistei_-_GrechettoIn the latest news from the Theocracy of Tinfoil Turbans comes word that Donald Trump, aka “Herr Rump,” aka “Duh Fuhrer,” may indeed be the second coming of Samson.

No, not the circus strongman, this one’s the real deal. The one from the “good book,” Judges 13-15.

Now, the last word I heard was that Herr Rump was the 2nd coming of John the Baptist, or maybe even J.C., himself! At least that’s what ex Assembly of God bible thumper, Tom Horn, told Jim Bakker last month.

Maybe Horn was wrong or maybe Duh Fuhrer has a case of multiple personality disorder, amidst his many other mental maladies.

Anyway, Rick Wyles thinks he’s Samson. No word on who Rick thinks Delilah is this time around.

For those of you who have not had the displeasure of knowing Rick, he’s another troglodyte “Khristian,” as opposed to “Christian.” He’s also the host of the “end times” and survivalist themed radio program, “Trunews.” Despite its name, Trunews is not news and is definitely not true.

I’ve written about Rick a couple times in the past. In May of 2015, Rick predicted death and destruction if SCOTUS legalized gay marriage.

Claiming the Holy Ghost was speaking through him, he said there was fire in the future. The Sacred Spook wasn’t sure if it was rioting, war or a fireball from space, but it was something.

America will be brought to its knees, there will be pain and suffering at a level we’ve never seen in this country. The word that I hear in my spirit is ‘fire.’ I do not know if it refers to riots or looting or war on American soil or a fireball from space. I simply know that a sweeping, consuming fire will come across the United States of America and this country will be charred and burned.

Herr Rump was elected, so maybe he was right on that one.

Then last February, after Justice Scalia bit the big one, Rick claimed he was the victim of a pagan sacrifice.

He broke the news to the world that Obama murdered Scalia as part of Lupercalia. Lupercalia, for those of you not hip to pagan holidays is supposed to avert evil spirits, releasing health and fertility. More than that, this ritual sacrifice also marked the beginning of the country being ruled by our pagan fascist overlords.

Hmm, once again, was he predicting Duh Fuhrer?

This Wednesday (1/25/17) Rick was as happy as a tick gorging on an elephant’s butt.

Friends, listen to me,” he said. “God’s favor is on us. Please, please, please comprehend what is happening. It’s more than a political revolution. This is a spiritual revolution. God’s favor is shining on us. I can’t get out of my mind what Mario Murillo said Monday, ‘Grace is oozing out of Heaven.’ It’s just oozing towards us right now. I’m basking in it. I’m rolling around in it. I’m enjoying it

He went on to explain the cause of his euphoria,

I keep getting this picture that Donald Trump is like this Samson, who has been raised up by God to fight the Philistines and all the Philistines have now turned their attention away from the church, turned their attention away from attacking Christianity, and all of the Philistines are running to Washington to attack Samson. But Samson is strong enough for them. He’s been called. He’s been equipped for this battle. That is his job. That is his assignment. He’s going to beat them down. They will not be able to overtake him. He’s Samson. He was designed by God. He was created for this hour to fight these Philistines.

By “Philistines,” I’m not sure if he was talking about the Women’s March on Washington, the fact-checking press, the LGBT community, some descendants of the original Philistines, or just the majority of Americans in general. He  was a bit vague on the matter.

But, in his “Us Against Them War,” the “Philistines,” whoever they are, are the enemy!

South Dakota Legislature Guts Corruption Law Passed by Voters

SD LegislatureRegressives seem to have a thing about ethics, and it’s not a good thing! My theory is that they hate getting called out, let alone penalized, for their corruption!

First thing the congressional Republicans tried to do this session was to kill the Office of Congressional Ethics. When that failed, due to public uproar, they were forced to backtrack. However, I’m sure that they are brainstorming a work-around to be used as stealthily as possible.

Since they couldn’t get away with it yet on a national level, it looks like they’re trying it on a state level. Case in point: South Dakota.

First, a quick disclaimer: The Regressives control the South Dakota house 60-10 and the senate 29-6. So, when I write “legislators,” I’m talking about Regressives.

Last election, the voters of South Dakota passed Measure 22, also known as “The Anti-Corruption Act.” The measure was an attempt to curb the influence of moneyed interests in elections and lobbying and hopefully eliminate some of the rampant corruption.

What corruption? Without going into details, which would result in a very long post, let me just say that The Center for Public Integrity gave the state an “F” in their State Integrity Investigation and ranked them 47th out of the 50 states.

The very idea of unbought elections and the elimination of being pampered by lobbyists, let alone be fined up to $1000 and sent to prison for a year for violations, must have scared the hell out of the legislators, because they immediately declared an “emergency.”

The reason for the “emergency” was so that they could immediately subvert the will of the people instead of waiting the normal 90 days before their subversion goes into effect.

The process began yesterday (1/23/17) with a committee hearing. It took 2 hours for the committee to approve a repeal of the measure by a 10-3 vote. The committee’s two Democrats were joined by one Republican to vote against the repeal.

After the vote, Rep. Larry Rhoden had this to say,

Judge us on the outcome of this legislative session. Give us a chance to honor the will of the voters, because IM 22 didn’t.

It seems to me that if the voters passed the measure, that WAS the will of the voters. And, I’m sure I mentioned, as far as integrity goes, South Dakota is number 47. Somehow, “We’re number 47, we’re number 47” doesn’t make for a good cheerleading yell.

Oh, but they did promise a replacement with their repeal. One of the problems with the so-called replacement is that it can’t be referred back to the voters for their judgement. As Doug Kronaizl, spokesman for Represent South Dakota, put it,

The problem with repeal and replace is, what we’ve said from the beginning, that it repeals what the voters asked for and replaces it with something we didn’t have a direct say in.

The bill now goes to the house and if approved, goes on to the senate. If they pass it, it lands on the governor’s desk. This same governor campaigned against the measure.

I used the word “if” when writing about passage. However, with Regressive super-majorities in both houses and and anti-measure 22 Governor, is there really any doubt?

Stay tuned!