Sunday, June 18, 2017

Trump - I've Seen His Kind Before

Years ago I represented a brave woman who spoke truth to power. She sued a powerful man and his bizarre wife for race discrimination. As the case progressed, the couple kept digging holes for themselves.  They made self-destructive statements to the press, in their depositions and in public. They were their own worst enemies. Ultimately, they were defeated not by me nor by my client, but by themselves and their own imprudent actions.

Donald Trump, with his tweets and his media interviews, is his own worst enemy. Telling Lester Holt that he fired Comey to stop the Russia investigation was foolhardy.  Trump's tweets show who he really is, an insecure man, demanding allegiance. His skin is so thin it's surprising his organs don't just burst out.  Trump is filled with both hubris and doubt.

If Trump's fate goes the way he is heading, he is going to do himself in politically. Ignorance, coupled with insecure hubris, if there can be such a thing, will get him in the end. I hope he doesn't take us with him.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Covfefe Is Everywhere

There is covfefe everywhere, and I have just about had enough of it. Every day, from the White House to state legislatures, we are knee deep in covfefe. It's spring. Usually at this time we are surrounded by petunias, lilies, roses, but due to our governmental dysfunction, the world is covered in nasty covfefe. What vile creature excretes this nasty waste?

If we don't get some good, upstanding, honest covfefe cleaners, I fear we are lost. Covfefe is already filling the landfills, the trash heaps and the capitol.  The stench of covfefe pervades Washington, D.C., Jefferson City, Missouri and many state capitals. We were taught that the U.S.was special.  The land of the free and the home of the covfefe-less brave. Not so.

If we can get rid of this covfefe, we stand a chance. In fact, covfefe is actually manufactured in Russia. That's what I hear. Take your stinking covfefe back to the Russkies.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Easy to Be Hard by Three Dog Night

This song's lyrics keeps going through my head after the Missouri Legislative Session:

Easy to Be Hard from the musical Hair, covered by Three Dog Night

  "How can people be so heartless
   How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold
How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no
Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about being proud
How about I need a friend, I need a friend
How can people be so heartless
You know I'm hung up on you
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no
Especially people who care about strangers
Who care about evil and social injustice
Do you only care about being proud
How about I need a friend, I need a friend
How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be proud, easy to say no
Easy to be gone, easy to say no
Come on, easy to get read
Easy to say no
But too easy to be cold
Easy to say no
But too easy to say no"
Songwriters: Galt Mac Dermot / Gerome Ragni / James Rado
Easy to Be Hard lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Get Affordable, Great Health Insurance With Pre-existing Conditions

Do you need health insurance and you, like many others, have pre-existing conditions?  Screw Trump and Congress. Here is what you should do:

1.  Apply to be a "community" or "visiting" student at a college like the University of Missouri-Kansas City or whatever is local to you. No need for transcripts, etc. just get permission to take a course for credit. (I have taken the History of Rock and Roll, Physics for Non-Majors, and Women's Studies, Ancient Classic Literature, and in the fall, a photography class.)

2.  Enroll in the course. Take the class.  Make sure the college provides health insurance for domestic students.  An added benefit is learning new things. A three credit hour class costs about $1000 a semester at UMKC.  

3.  Sign up for domestic student health insurance. At UMKC it is with Aetna. You can sign up per semester, or on August 15, for a year. The annual cost is approximately $2500. The insurance is great, since most people in the group are 18-22 year olds. $4500 per year (a class for 2 semesters, plus the insurance) averages $375 per month, about half of what comparable insurance costs for me, a 64 year old, under Obamacare, assuming no government subsidy. 

The student health insurance for an older non-smoker ineligible for subsidies, like me, is much better than Obamacare, and cheaper, and not subject to political whimsy.  I paid less than $2500 for great health care coverage for an entire year, as compared to $800 per month with the ACA.  Check out the college of your choice. I bet you can find a good deal. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

SB 43 - Keep Contacting Your Representative

The bill promoting greater discrimination and injustice, Senate Bill 43, has still not been voted on by the Missouri House. Please keep calling for representatives and ask them to vote no. Balance the Scales. SB 43 gives away the hard fought civil rights we obtained in the 1960s for race discrimination, sexual harassment and whistleblowers.  Missouri would be the first state to take protections away. Tell your representatives to vote no. There are two weeks left in the legislative term. We have to be vigilant.

Monday, April 24, 2017

SB43 - A Bad Missouri Bill Promoting Discrimination

The Missouri Legislature is considering making it much harder to bring discrimination and whistleblower cases. The bill's sponsor, Senator Romines, has a business that is being sued because his management committed vile racist conduct against an employee.

Missouri has been a leader among states in fighting racism, sexual harassment, and other forms of discrimination. Missouri will be the first state, if this bill is passed, to reverse progress in civil rights.

Please call or write your representative in Jefferson City and implore him or her to vote against SB 43. We need to move forward, not backward.