Trump proves he’s no Nostradamus.
You gotta love the hard-headed, hard-hearted Republicans who continue to serve up the same gruel to a clientele that has already thrown it up twice before. Most sentient beings have called out the continual and vapid repeal and replace attempts as a shameful charade. Nevertheless, they persisted.
Never expecting they would actually have to deal with repealing Obamacare, the Republicans were forced to dream up some kind of plan in just a few weeks after having pulled their puds for seven years.
Trump on the campaign trail (his favorite venue) boasted of delivering health care that would be better, cheaper, and cover more people. Knowing deep down this was impossible, his Republicans in Congress decided to go with health care that would be shittier, more expensive and cover fewer people. Consistent with his affliction of having zero principles, Trump praised their work even though it violated every promise he boldly made.
After the Trumpcare bill passed the House, Trump threw a party at the White House.
Now for the second time the Senate under leadership of an antiquarian turtle has been unable to summon 50 votes out of their 52-member caucus to pass an even uglier version of Trumpcare cobbled together by Bill Cassidy and lovely Lindsey Graham. A wacky element of the bill involved taking away Medicaid funding from states that were smart enough to accept it, and rewarding it to the states whose cavemen governors rejected free money to the detriment of their constituents.
Perhaps it’s because the Republicans never sincerely cared about the health care problems in the country that they continued to conjure up abortion after abortion. It can be said with certainty that they put almost no effort into creating a viable plan and building support for it.
To get a sense of Republican malpractice, just look at how the making of health care sausage contracts between Obamacare and Trumpcare.
Guggenheim Pulls “Art”
If you have to torture animals to make art, you’re doing it wrong. That’s the consensus here at Major Terata.
Under pressure from animal rights people, the Guggenheim Museum pulled some works from an upcoming exhibition. One such work titled “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other” is a video showing pairs of vicious pit bulls snarling and frothing at each other, prodded into a frenzy but restrained from actually attacking one another. The dogs, you see, were placed face to face but restrained on treadmills. Yes, the pit bulls never engaged in a dog fight, no flesh was torn, no blood was shed. Still, it strikes us as a cruel provocation that no doubt caused the dogs stress – even if they cannot touch each other.
(The original 2003 installment of “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other” by Chinese artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu was an actual live performance of the dogs.)
Artists and others slammed the Gug for folding. The argument was the usual one: that offensive art should not be censored just because it offends. We agree.
But in the case of “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,” it’s not a question of whether the piece is offensive or not, but that the piece was created by abusing animals.
Although the Gug probably wrung its hands waffling about the pros and cons of pulling the piece, they came up with the right decision.
Tom Eccles of Bard College said, “Museums are here to show works that are difficult, uncomfortable, provocative. The chilling effect of this of course is museums will now look to make exhibitions that won’t in any way offend.”
We seriously doubt this is the beginning of the end for museums exhibiting provocative art. We also doubt Eccles would be okay with showing, say, a live re-enactment of Joseph Mengele’s difficult, uncomfortable, provocative experiments on the bucolic Bard campus.
The Feminine Side of Jared Kushner
Soft and fair Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has pulled his share of boners in the past 12 months.
He’s had to refile federal documents more than once because of false entries, omissions and oversights. The kind of stuff that carries stiff penalties (for other people.)
Jared was also outed for using a private email account to conduct official White House business – something that was at one time a mortal sin in Trump-land, but now downgraded to a nothing-burger.
Then it was discovered the other day that Jared registered to vote as a woman.
So, the next time someone mentions the name of Jared Kushner, shout “Lock her up!”