Alan Wallach

The TV Talking Heads Miss the Point.

They say Trump was advised not to begin his term with health care. He didn’t listen. Why, they ask? I listened to an hour of bullshit that totally missed the point. For me, the inference is simple. I suggest that the most important thing to Trump was his hatred of Obama. Everything else was insignificant. He latched onto the racist sixty plus house repeal votes and saw that as his tool to attack OBAMACARE and remove Obama’s legacy. Combine the loonies in the house that voted to repeal it with McConnell’s racist hatred of Obama and all we got was hatred and no substance. Nothing else mattered. Fucking the American people, not important. Destroy Obama’s legacy was the only objective regardless of the cost. Lindsay Graham summarized it best. “It would have been nice to have a bill that the people liked.” That’s why healthcare failed. It offered nothing but racism and hate which has a limited audience – bigger than it should be, but still limited.

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Disgusted with Mets

I love the Met players but Terry Collins has to make up his mind who is playing and who isn’t and where. The pitching coach, Dan Warthen, needs to be tougher with his pitchers. And needs to teach them how to pitch. They can throw but they can’t pitch. You can’t be a relief pitcher and walk the first man you face. You have to be able to throw strikes with secondary pitches. Trouble is the Met relief pitchers can’t even throw fastballs for strikes. If a relief pitcher comes in and the first pitch is a ball, and keeps doing that, I would read him the riot act. And if he walked the first man and keeps doing that, I would send him back to the minors for more seasoning or get rid of him. And if Warthen doesn’t fix that, I would get rid of him.
Finally, this business of managing by pitch count is ludicrous. I remember Don Newcombe pitching a shutout in the first game of a double header and then pitching five innings of the second game. It never hurt him. Many pitchers in the league during my Brooklyn Dodger fan days, didn’t get warmed up until the sixth inning. Spahn, Sain, Roberts, Maglie, Reynolds, Raschi Feller. Newhouser. Batters had to get to them early because they were death in the late innings.

Crooked Pharma

My wife went into a medical clinic for itchy eyes, suspecting she had pink eye caught from our granddaughter. The diagnosis was no. She was prescribed eyedrops for the itch which at CVS was $190. She refused and the CVS pharmacist suggested an over the counter medication which, he suggested, was almost the same and cost $15. The result was it worked fine. Why did we need a $190 prescription?

This is the latest list of drugs advertised on TV. Almost none of them are cures. Most are very expensive, ongoing, treatment of symptoms with side effects that are in many cases worse than the disease being treated.

Breoe Brilinta Cialis Cosentyx Eliquis Enbrei Entresto Entyvio Farxiga
Glucerna Harvoni Humira Ibrance Invokana Januvia Jardiance Jublia
Keyteuda Kybella Latuda Linzess Ln Myrbetriq Namenda xr Namzarec
Neulasta Opdivo Pradaxa Prevagen Qpi Repatha Restasis Rexulti
Seresto Stelara Taltz Tecfidera Toujeo Tresiba Trintellix Trulicity
Trumenba Viberzi Victoza Xarelto Xeljanz Xifaxan

You can’t write this shit.

Talking to fellow author this morning, we agreed that if we wrote the Trump story of the last six months and submitted it to an agent, it would wind up on the scrap heap in seconds. You just can’t write this shit.

Trump is Looney

I realized what the media is doing even if they don’t realize it themselves. Being reluctant to call Trump crazy (after all, it would be improper to diagnose him remotely) by showing his pathological lying, they are demonstrating it without saying it. After seeing and hearing the gatling gun spewing of bullshit which is so easily shown to be bullshit, how can anyone believe he is anything but looney?

Kieran’s Adventure Series for Middle Grade Readers.

My son complained to me that his son wouldn’t read. He was a good reader but refused to read a book. I dug out a chapter of a book another grandson and I had written 12 years earlier and I wrote a few more chapters. He read them and wanted more. The result was the first book in a series of four books that he loved.

Kieran, a teenage boy discovers a window in his father’s workshop, a place he is forbidden to enter. This weird window is a portal to another universe right in the same place he lives. He brazenly enters the portal only to find a completely different world and people where he lives.

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Republican Bullshit (continued)

For seven years, the republicans have quixotically tried to repeal the the Affordable Care Act. Why? Not because it’s bad but because it’s the product and legacy of the black man in the white house. Their repeated attempts, some 60 plus of them with a guaranteed veto for any passage were just to discredit Obama and play to the racist right-wing base of the party. In fact, the name Obamacare was given to the ACA by republicans to make it distasteful to the racist base. Many polls showed that they liked their ACA but wanted to repeal Obamacare. In seven years, it never occurred to them that if they were serious, they should have a replacement ready. Now they hide behind their “promise” to their base to repeal it. Seven years later, the ACA is too important to most people and the new house bill has an approval rating in the teens. The house bill that passed was just a reverse Robin Hood stealing from the poor and middle class medicaid to give a tax cut to the rich. When asked why they did it, the answer was “we promised to repeal it for seven years and we have to keep our promise.” Seven years after they started this bullshit, the people don’t want it repealed. A great part of the ACA’s problem is that many republican governors refused to cooperate which drove insurers out of their markets. Then they complained about insurers leaving their market. People want ACA fixed and it can be fixed. But no, if the republicans do that, it will still be Obamacare II and they cannot allow Obama to get any credit for such a legacy. So their bullshit talking point is that the American people sent them to congress to repeal it. Instead, they lie that the people want a bill that has an approval in the teens. Some logic! McConnell, who blatantly espoused his racism right from fhe beginning vowing to make Obama a one-term president, used every partisan procedural trick to get at least one of several unknown bills passed in the senate to get a “win.” And even more ridiculous, they were making amendments to a bill that no one knew anything about. How do you do that? Nothing the republicans proposed was better than the ACA. They were all destructive to health care but “they promised” was the cry. Fortunately all versions failed to pass and poor Mitch was “disappointed.” The president, may he die a painful death, had the unadulterated gall to call democrats obstructionists after what the republicans did to Obama. No sane person believed the senate bills were any good. They just had to appease their racist base who always vote against their self interest.

The Joke of WSJ Advice to Trump

The Wall Street Journal, making the false assumption that the Trumps have nothing to hide, advise him to release everything, “to get ahead of the leaks.” The problem is that they probably do, indeed, have things to hide. Trump himself has never felt any moral or legal obligations. He cheats his suppliers, lies to everybody about everything, screwed his lenders so that no one will lend him any money, is currently ignoring the tenets of the emoluments clause of the constitution, spends all his weekends at a Trump property so that the secret service has to pay Trump for his own protection, etc. etc. Judging from his behavior, he can’t possibly be mentally sound. He has not released his taxes. Why, if he has nothing to hide? The reason he treats Putin with deference has to be because of something serious. I can speculate: he owes Putin or his cronies a lot or money; he or Jared wants to borrow more money; Putin, knowing first hand that Trump is basically dishonest, may have information that could put him in serious legal jeopardy. Trump is scared out of his mind of Putin and could easily be the victim of potential blackmail. Advice to WSJ – never mind the advice, assume the worst and wait for Mueller to do his job.

Greatest Country in the World

Where else in the civilized world can a disgusting, narcissistic, uninformed moron get elected president without spending any money with the support of likewise uninformed morons.

The Lies of a Lunatic

Calling out dimwit Trump by the press on his lies is not attacking him personally. It is attacking his bullshit. Michael Moore said it would get worse before it gets better. That the republicans let him get away with what he does reflects on republicans. Pruitt’s cancellations, this sham voter suppression panel to investigate voter fraud, McConnell’s folly of a healthcare bill, what else are we in store for? I am not the media. I can call him out for what he is, a mentally unbalanced evil man who should be put in a straitjacket, and removed from the White House.