Why I Loath ABC Network

So my taste for TV has dwindled a lot lately.  I watch a select grouping of shows.  Most of them have completed their series runs and that has left voids in what I watch.  If I watch TV now I fill in Netflix, Food Network, HGTV and Law and Order re-runs.  This is sad because I used to love watching a list of shows.  Now I’m like Blah.

Downward Dog – CANCELLED

I loved Downward Dog.  It was cute, funny and lovable.  Who couldn’t like Martin and Nan?  They were a sweet team.  The storyline was evolving with each heartwarming episode.

Who could forget Martin’s observations on life.   Like when he’s banished to the Prison Yard.  Martin has an arch nemesis, Pepper the neighbors cat.  This is hysterical.  How about being the Garbage Dog?  The time he tore apart Nan’s house when left alone.  What dog owner couldn’t relate?  The fact that Martin has a voice is amazingly fun.

There are rumors that this Show is being shopped around to other networks.  I sure hope someone picks it up because I was so excited to watch Season 2.

I’m tired of violent TV Shows.  I’m tired of remakes of remakes.  I’m  tired of humorless “comedies”.  ABC Network, you have nothing to offer me.  I’ve given up on Once Upon A Time and I’m pretty sure that was the only other show I was watching on your crappy network.  You broke my heart when you dumped All My Children and One Life To Live…this just makes me loath you even more!

The Mish and the Mash

The political climate in America right now is playing havoc with my stomach so I’ve decided to post about other stuff today.

Like this picture of my neighbor’s cat.  I didn’t have my glasses on so from across the street I thought this was a racoon sitting on the front step…

I also see a beaver in this picture.  It’s not…it’s still a gray cat, lol.

Our Rose of Sharon are starting to bloom.  I’m thankful for this because our backyard was looking like a green wilderness.

We recently went out for Linner (Lunch/Dinner) at the Texas Roadhouse.  The food was super delicious.  I got the steak kabobs but the Mrs. got the Prime Rib which was incredible.

I also learned it was normal to put marshmallow on Sweet Potatoes.  I love learning new things, lol.

So, even if Fredo (Donald Trump, Jr.) is being stupid again I will move on to non-political stuff…I hope, lol.

Healthcare In America

My Senator responded to my email to him.  It doesn’t happen often.  Senator Pat Toomey is in the forefront of this debacle in our country concerning healthcare.  Although we agree that ACA or as it is commonly referred to as Obamacare isn’t perfect it was needed.  The Republican leadership spent the last 2-1/2 years trying to dismantle ACA because they didn’t like it.  They couldn’t exactly say at the time why they didn’t like it but they were sure if President Obama and the democrats were involved it was bad for Americans.  It turned out not to be as bad as they made it out to be.

I’ve never agreed with the aspect of ACA that everyone was forced to buy insurance.  But let’s take a look back at how this all stood.  Supreme Court Justice John Roberts (Conservative) saved ACA many times.  Proving he is more pro-business conservative than people conservative.  The mandate that is backed by a financial penalization is what makes ACA not “socialized medicine”.  It’s a business, insurance.  Everyone gets paid.

The exchanges are going bankrupt in some states.  Let’s take a look at that.  Those states where ACA is bankrupting the system are states that refused to partake in the government subsidies to help offset costs to the state and the exchanges.  Thus their failures.

So the Republicans jumped on the band wagon that people were forced to spend their money on health insurance against their will.  Then Donald Trump became President.  We then discovered in the 2-1/2 years that Mr. Ryan and Mr. McConnell were whining about ACA that was all they were doing.  There was no discussion on what or how they would handle the dismantling of ACA.  Then Trump gave them a chant “Repeal and Replace”.  Oddly enough those who voted for Trump actually didn’t know what it meant “Repeal and Replace”.  They also (my opinion only) believed that the replacement wouldn’t cost a dime and their Medicaid would remain intact.

Here we are now in 2017 with a Republican plan to mostly Repeal and not so much Replace ACA.  AHCA or colloquially known as Trumpcare is more of the same problems but with a tax cut for the wealthy 2%, who by the way, can afford to pay for their own healthcare.

Obamacare was destined to have issues based solely on the fact it relied heavily on healthy young people to buy the insurance (this is why the mandate was forced).  If they didn’t buy insurance they couldn’t fund the other side of Healhcare in America.  Our aging (hi baby boomers) population and the fact Americans are becoming sicker and the cost of treatments is larger than ever.  The young and healthy Americans said “I’ll just pay the fine…it’s cheaper” and didn’t want to pay for the mandated insurance premiums.  They are young and healthy and do not need medical care…right now.  Thus flipping their noses at the idea of “Forced Healthcare Premiums”.  This created a giant void in the dollars needed to sustain ACA.

Here is the biggest problem with the AHCA/Trumpcare.  It hasn’t the support needed from Healthcare professionals, insurance companies, etc.  A handful of Republicans who want to force it through under the cloak of secrecy are all for it though.  Because we all know what we don’t know won’t hurt us…unless we do find out and then the poo hits the fan.  Senator Toomey explained in his letter to me that this was all done for the good of the legislation and once it was revealed and sent to Congress that Amendments could be made, etc.  We’ll see, sir.

The whole reason for Healthcare legislation was because it was becoming so expensive that a person would face potential bankruptcy or death.  Those were the choices.  Nice choices, right?  Hospitals were going bankrupt because they have to treat anyone who comes to the ER…even if it’s for a cold.  Some Senators supporting decommissioning Obamacare stiffly exclaimed that if people need medical care they should just go to the ER.  Clearly these men missed that you can’t receive chemotherapy or radiation from the ER.

Oh, then there is our President, Mr. Trump who decried that “who knew healthcare was so complicated”.  I did sir, and I’m not a person of consequence.

The Republicans/Lobbyists came up with great ideas like, removing protection of pre-existing conditions.  Well not exactly, that would only come into play if you’ve been uninsured for more than 60 days.  If you don’t lose your insurance it’s all good.  Um…okay but what if the company I work for decides not to offer insurance anymore?

Here’s the short of it.  This isn’t socialized medicine.  There can be no comparisons between British and Canadian healthcare because they received coverage regardless of paying for it.  That my friends is socialized medicine.  What we are being offered is a Legislated Business Model.

My disdain is this…we have spent $4-$6 TRILLION dollars on wars we didn’t win and aren’t winning.  They’ve done nothing but destabilize the once and always exploding Middle East region of the world.  But we could find these Trillions of Dollars because it supposedly kept America Safe (not really).  Almost sixteen years later we are still paying for these wars.  The President and the Republicans want to beef up Defense spending.  Again in the pretext it will keep America Safer (it won’t).  They can find the funds for this as well.  They can find the funds to support Tax Breaks for major Corporations in America.  The reasoning is they will take their jobs elsewhere if they don’t get them (also not true).  Companies have historically purged their people for automation.  They still get the tax breaks that hundreds of millions of American’s don’t get.

I’m not saying this is solely a Republican issue.  They just happen to be in charge at the moment.  What I’m saying is America is not longer great again.  President Trump’s slogans were just that slogans.  America puts the welfare of Corporations before it’s people.  Playing to the darkest regions of the People’s fears.  The Wealthy get wealthier.  The poor give up hope and everyone suffers.

It’s not just Affordable Healthcare we need in our country right now.  It’s affordable everything.  But since Healthcare is the forefront issue its my hope that Congress will stop acting like children who don’t want girls in the clubhouse and who want to take us back to the days of McCarthyism and degradation.

It’s time for Congress to remember that they maybe be part of the 2% but the actually have a job.  We are their collective bosses and they work for everyone not just themselves and those like them.

Goodbye Adam West

This weekend Adam West passed on and with his passing he took the best part of television with him…The Caped Crusader!

It was West’s rendition of Batman that made me want to be Batman when I was a child.  Alas, I only got to be Batman on Halloween but it was a start to a life love of the 1966 version of Batman that I held all other incarnations too.

Who could forget Shark Repellent?

Or the Bat-tusi?

He was 100% West!  The best Batman ever has died 😦

PRIDE

Pride is even more important this year than any other year.  It is important because the leaders of the USA are anti-LGBTQ.  President Donald J. Trump would do anything the Freedom Caucus wanted because he lacks conviction on any matter and is easily manipulated because he is weak.  He is weak because he is led by his own insecurities.  Vice-President Mike Pence would have us living in 1950’s America.  Where McCarthyism ran wild and women had very little respect from men.  He in his own words says he refuses to be in a room with other women whom are not his wife.  Apparently he doesn’t trust his manly urges to cheat or assault women.  Thus telling the world…he too is a weak man.

These men are afraid that associating themselves with the LGBTQ community will make them seem less manly.  So how do they handle it?  Well they ignore our right to exist and fight to destroy all the protections that we as the LGBTQ community need from people like…well like them.

This year PRIDE is so much more to our community.  We will not go back.  We are proud of the people we’ve become.  No more closets, abuse, verbal assaults, physical assaults or having our rights removed because the fact is we are Americans too.

Remember Martin Niemöller Words

Martin Niemoller gave us a poem that has been modernized and used a lot since the rise of Reality TV Star turned POTUS Donald Trump.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

This is important because it was true for him and many others during Nazi rule.  America is a far divide from the Fascist state of WWII Nazis, however, it could easily be guided there by the white supremacists advising the President right now.  Steven Bannon and Steve Miller are by their own admissions pro-white and anti-anything not white.  They’ve spoken and written about their predilections so this isn’t something one can just deny.  Although, there are those who believe the Holocaust was just made up.  These people are also believe the Bible is the word of God.  They deny any and all empirical proof and data to the contrary to their belief system.

That brings me to Caitlyn Jenner.  She is the self appointed voice of the Transgender community.  Ms. Jenner supported Mr. Trump during his election.  Touting his attributes of fiscal conservancy.  This week Mr. Trump along with white power man, Jeff Sessions, AG of USA, turned the tied of equality in America with the reversal of Transgender rights.  She offered this little gem for all of the Transgendered children in our country affected by this new wave of hate.

“I have a message for the trans kids of America. You are winning. I know it doesn’t feel that way today or every day, but you _ are _ winning. You are going to keep on winning so much you’re going to get sick of winning. Very soon, we’ll win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to happen with bipartisan support.”

They are winning with no help from you Ms. Jenner.  You’ve faced very little struggle with your Transition.  People who have faced the odds like Jazz Jennings and faced the mean spirited, backwards minded, pretending-to-be-Christian people.  She has fought many difficult battles and continues to fight for Transgendered Youth in not only our country but the world.

Now that there is a potential of being affected by Mr. Trump and his Cabinet’s Transphobia and Misogyny you have something inspirational to say.  I wish you luck Ms. Jenner on your journey but beware of Mr. Niemoller’s words…they are coming back again.  HATE can’t be disguised.