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  • Jorg Aadahl 1:37 pm on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    FEELING FOOLED, – YET? 

    Donald Trump’s support crowd is shrinking, raising the obvious question of how dumb they must feel for having been taken so thoroughly by a lying con artist like him, already flunking as a self-styled “negotiator” without a clue to governmental affairs.
    For the remaining faithful, what would it take for that sorry crowd to understand that they have been taken for fools? Would even more lying help them to see the light? Further exposure of his past business failures, his ungentlemanlike sexual assaults, his tax evasion, cheating of employees and contractors, his shallow religiosity and questionable family values? What will it take to wake up the rest of his supporters? Anything, or nothing? Are they so brain washed that anything and anyone labelled “conservative” or “Republican” automatically will get a stamp of unquestioned approval and nausiating admiration? Are they shielded from all info? Don’t they watch main stream TV or read the more fact-based newspapers? Any constructive thinking or books except a few selected to solidify outdated, asocial views?
    Will it make a difference if he makes himself more of a laughingstock around the world, making the rest of us look like idiots for letting such an incomptetent egomaniac into the highst and most important office of the world? What if he was exposed as the traitor it now looks like he has been, and still is, conspiring with foreign adversaries to undermine our own democracy? Will he need to surround himself with more incompetents set on destroying our most vital social functions before his remaining supporters begin to see the light?

    For a cross-section of articles exposing this unqualified and unfit occupant of the White House, please refer to “Article Links”, ranging from Trumpy the Liar to “Groper-in-Chief, from his insanity and twitter bugging to the Russian scandal.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:35 pm on March 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Trumpy a slow learner? 

    It took Donald Trump 5 years to understand that President Obama was born in the US and thus a citizen, – something both President Obama and most people had understood all along.
    It took Donald Trump until now to realize that health care is a complicated issue, – something both President Obama and most people have understood all along.
    How long will it take Donald Trump to understand that he is totally unfit for the Office of the US presidency, – something both President Obama and most people have understood all along?
    How long will it take for enough Republicans to understand that Donald Trump is a slow learner and totally unfit for the US Presidency, – not to mention being an embarrassment for the nation and someone who has already destroyed much of the good work done by former presidents of the Democratic persuasion? As if the last Republican president wasn’t enough to convince even the slower learners that Republican administrations have no future in a progressive country.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 6:44 pm on June 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    SCOTUS saves ACA 

    It is difficult to tell who may be most relieved by the Supreme Court decision to save the Affordable Care Act, those who would have been left hanging without insurance, or congressional Republicans who would have been left hanging without an alternative to the ACA.

     
    • Al Ward 6:09 pm on June 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Jorg,
      The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves.
      It is clear that the separation of powers that they devised with three separate branches of government was to protect the people from those in power.
      They understood that men in power can not be trusted.

      A purpose of the Supreme Court is to test the constitutionality of laws as written by the Congress.
      We now have the discouraging truth that the SCOTUS favors some laws over others and finds itself free to rewrite laws established by the Congress, or interpret them according to personal political leanings.

      About three years ago Chief Justice Roberts managed to twist the term “penalty” to mean “tax” in order to save the ACA. Brings to mind the question of what the definition of “is” is.

      Now Justice Roberts finds that “established by the State” does not mean what it says.
      He apparently thinks that he understands what the Congress intended better than what Jonathan Gruber wrote for the Congress to turn into law.
      Don’t you think the Founding Fathers would sleep better if laws were corrected by the lawmakers, rather then being modified or misinterpreted by the SCOTUS to suit a political agenda?

      Nancy Pelosi said the ACA with 1600 pages had to be passed in order to find out what was in it.
      Pass it, then read it.
      One of its clever arrangements was to postpone the implementation of the big hammer, the “Employer Mandate” until after the 2016 election.
      Hmm. Wonder why?

      Just sayin’.
      Al Ward

      • Jorg Aadahl 10:56 am on June 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Al, – I’m sure the Founding Fathers would have slept better if this obvious oversight in the ACA law had been corrected by Congress! No question about that, except that the Republican controlled House refused to do so, – in an all too obvious attempt at sabotaging President Obama’s health care law. They expected that the rather conservative SCOTUS would use this opportunity to kill Obama’s signature law. Instead, the Supreme court did their job, interpreting the intent of ACA, namely to improve health care in the US, not go against the law makers, like the three notorious Right-wingers on the court actually did, with Scalia in particular having a fit over the whole issue. No, this silly thing should never have gone to the Supreme Court, and never would have if Congress had done their job instead of yet another attempt at destroying Obama’s presidency. Instead, the events of last week will go down in history as President Obama’s legacy and elevate him to perhaps the most influential president in recent times, – in a positive sense, that is, – and not in a negative manner like George W. Bush managed to do. A good week for the US, and several good steps closer to catching up with the more progressive, enlightened countries.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:12 pm on December 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A HORRIBLE MESSAGE! 

    The article “Circumcision benefits outweigh risks, CDC says” (SF Chronicle, 12/3/2014) sends out a very dangerous message that unprotected sex is safer for those who have been circumcised! My goodness, what an irresponsible message!
    First, the studies the CDC cites for its “prevention” conclusions were conducted among adult men in Africa where HIV rates are high. There is no evidence from the developed world that circumcision is associated in any way with reduced rates of HIV or other STIs.
    Furthermore, the CDC presents NO evidence for its claim that the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks and harm—because THERE IS NO SUCH EVIDENCE! Instead, every year baby boys die, are mutilated or infected by botched circumcisions. Maybe that’s why no medical organization in the world recommends circumcision. Maybe that’s why doctors and ethicists from Scandinavia and other European countries have attacked the “science” behind the promotion of circumcision and accused the American medical establishment of having a cultural bias against the intact penis.
    And, for the religiously inclined: Why not heed Jesus’ words when allegedly he answered his disciples, that if circumcision were good, boys would be born that way (The Gospel of Thomas, #53). Rather logical!
    A bit disturbing, though, since that saying chops the legs off the Abrahamic oath, the foundation for the three so-called great religions! Perhaps that’s the reason why the Gospel of Thomas wasn’t found suitable to be included in the Bible?

     
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    • Jorg Aadahl 5:51 am on October 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you very much for your kind words! You made my day!
      In my e-book “Dear Editor”, you’ll find lots of articles against circumcision.

  • Jorg Aadahl 11:18 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Premonition Republican style 

    The claim now is that Republican leadership knew what the newly elected President Obama was up to, and that’s why they already on day one conspired to obstruct everything he would ever set out to do.
    So, they must have known back then that he would create millions of jobs, cut the deficit, rescue the auto industry and the economy, get the stock market up to record highs and the jobless rate down more and faster than even Romney had “promised”, besides getting bin Laden and improving health care to cover millions more, – not to mention getting us out of, instead of into, wars.
    And, heaven forbid, – outlaw torture, a Republican favorite!

    Of course, that would be really embarrassing on background of George W. Bush’ eight years of tanking the economy, letting preventable 9/11 happen, starting a couple of unnecessary wars that we lost, losing millions of jobs and wasting the surplus left by President Clinton on tax cuts for the already rich.

    Such a glaring and historic contrast would indeed be very embarrassing for the Republicans, so it had to be prevented at all cost, regardless of the consequences. Quite logical, actually.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:34 am on October 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ebola confirmed, – not Surgeon General 

    It is both ironic and embarrassing that new Ebola cases are being confirmed, while a new US Surgeon General to head up Public Health Services has not been confirmed by Congress.
    Even more embarrassing that Congressional Republicans filibustering the SG confirmation, seem to be proud of their unpatriotic accomplishment, and not embarrassed.
    If that doesn’t confirm how misplaced and incompetent they are, I don’t know what would. Any voters out there embarrassed by their vote last time? Perhaps time to rethink your voting habits, and vote for someone who works for the common good, and not with the sole, sick purpose of taking down Obama, – our first duly elected President since 1996!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:03 pm on September 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Terrorists already among us! 

    Republican intellectual leaders Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin have been very outspoken lately, warning that terrorists are already among us, ready to do even more harm from inside the Homeland than ever before.

    It is obvious that the evil-doers they refer to, hate our concept of democracy, with equal rights for all, women’s standing and freedom of choice, health coverage for all, our educational system, voting rights, etc., not to mention freedom of and from religion.

    It is abundantly obvious that those two outstanding politicians are right. But all of a sudden such a devastatingly true exposé of their fellow Republicans, – was a totally unexpected sign of enlightenment!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:33 pm on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VOTE IN NOVEMBER! DEMOCRATIC! 

    This post will be updated regularly with  reasons why it is so important to get out and vote this coming November.

    Voting is important not only for yourself, but for all those who may suffer even more if the Republicans keep control of the House, and, Heaven forbid, gain control of the Senate!

    We have seen what they’ll do if we let them! So, don’t, – for the sake of our country!

    Republican track record a disaster!

    After letting the predictable and preventable terror attacks on 9/11/2001 happen, Republicans lied us into unnecessary wars, with disastrous results.
    Then they tried to lie us out of necessary affordable health care for all, obstructed attempts at job creation and projects aimed at getting the economy going again after the failurs of the Bush administration.

    Now they are suing the president and threatening impeachment, – for going on his own, doing the job they refused to do.
    What a track record! Still any voters out there who don’t understand we’ll get more of the same if Republicans are given the chance? So go out and vote in November to prevent them from doing even greater damage than they have already done!

    Wonder if it would be the end of GOP if Republican voters were better informed, if Republicans stopped lying both about themselves and the Democrats, and if voters were not prevented from voting through restrictions and manipulation.

    Don’t hide – get out and vote

    Will Democrats hibernate this November and complain later? Midterm elections might not be sexy or hold the prestige of presidential elections, but their congressional outcomes have the power to undo years of progress. I can think of millions of people who can’t afford to hibernate this November: those who now have health insurance. Depending on the outcome of this election, many could be at risk of losing their insurance, along with women who want equal pay and want to keep their right to make personal life choices, immigrants who want reform, underserved minorities who are caught on minimum-wage treadmills, young people who want affordable degrees and gender equality, and seniors who depend and count on Social Security. Voting is the new sexy in November. Let it be you who votes, not complains in December.

    Betty Lucas, San Francisco

    (San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2014)

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:40 am on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Right was wrong, – again! 

    It has long been fairly safe to assume that the opposite of what Republicans claim, is true. Now we have even more evidence!
    According to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates released on Friday, since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March 2010, the health care industry has gained 982,000 jobs, while right wing media and congressional Republicans have been claiming all along that Obamacare would be a sure job killer. Not much of a surprise that more people with health care coverage would need additional staffing, or what?

    Then again, – if Republicans really believed that ACA would kill jobs, why fight so hard to repeal it, instead of cheering on yet another program they thought would ultimately hurt President Obama? That would be more in line with their well known and persistent effort to prevent him from doing the job he was elected to do.
    They wouldn’t be lying, would they, – just trying to kill yet another Democratic success story, exposing their own lack of progressive ideas to shame?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:38 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN NOVEMBER! 

    This post will be updated regularly with  reasons why it is so important to get out and vote this coming November.

    Voting is important not only for yourself, but for all those who may suffer even more if the Republicans keep control of the House, and, Heaven forbid, gain control of the Senate!

    We have seen what they’ll do if we let them! So, don’t, – for the sake of our country!

    Republican track record a disaster!

    After letting the predictable and preventable terror attacks on 9/11/2001 happen, Republicans lied us into unnecessary wars, with disastrous results.
    Then they tried to lie us out of necessary affordable health care for all, obstructed attempts at job creation and projects aimed at getting the economy going again after the failurs of the Bush administration.

    Now they are suing the president and threatening impeachment, – for going on his own, doing the job they refused to do.
    What a track record! Still any voters out there who don’t understand we’ll get more of the same if Republicans are given the chance? So go out and vote in November to prevent them from doing even greater damage than they have already done!

    Wonder if it would be the end of GOP if Republican voters were better informed, if Republicans stopped lying both about themselves and the Democrats, and if voters were not prevented from voting through restrictions and manipulation.

    Don’t hide – get out and vote

    Will Democrats hibernate this November and complain later? Midterm elections might not be sexy or hold the prestige of presidential elections, but their congressional outcomes have the power to undo years of progress. I can think of millions of people who can’t afford to hibernate this November: those who now have health insurance. Depending on the outcome of this election, many could be at risk of losing their insurance, along with women who want equal pay and want to keep their right to make personal life choices, immigrants who want reform, underserved minorities who are caught on minimum-wage treadmills, young people who want affordable degrees and gender equality, and seniors who depend and count on Social Security. Voting is the new sexy in November. Let it be you who votes, not complains in December.

    Betty Lucas, San Francisco

    (San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2014)

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:59 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Wrong-wing Obamascare 

    The Congressional Budget Office has just announced that ACA will result in lower premiums than previously projected, more people will be insured, and the savings will exceed estimates and amount to more than $100 billion over the next 10 years, with $5 billion saved this year alone.
     The infamous WND and every other one of the right-wing media on the Internet were quick to come out with their interpretation, – exactly the same language, type face, typos and all, with “BREAKING NEWS: Obamacare is about to collapse!”
    The text carries a desperate appeal to the brainless on the wrong side of history: “You understand the future success of our children and our country depend upon ObamaCare’s utter demise”, referring to a frivolous lawsuit filed. This is our last chance. Our children’s future is at stake. I need you to join my team today if we are going to break America free from Obamacare’s socialist shackles. There’s no time to lose.”  
    The Obamascared on the wrong side of history must be getting desperate. Will they ever realize that they lost the battle against Affordable Health Care for all? And will they ever admit the real reason for their blatant, un-American sabotage?
     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:27 am on April 4, 2014 Permalink  

    Republican track record 

    Republicans lied us into unnecessary wars, with disastrous results.
    Then they tried to lie us out of necessary affordable health care for all, with disastrous results for many if they had succeeded.
    What a track record! Still any voters out there who don’t understand we’ll get more of the same if Republicans are given the chance? For the sake of the nation, don’t let them!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:24 pm on April 1, 2014 Permalink  

    OBAMACARE a fiasco? 

    Yes, – for the Republican Party!  Its success a huge fiasco for all those who fought against the Affordable Care Act for all!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:02 am on March 31, 2014 Permalink  

    Repeal for whom? (1/20/2011) 

    Despite the fact that general support for repeal of the health care bill has dropped to 18%, with more than 60% in favor or even for going further, Republican representatives keep referring to “the will of the people”. Those must be the people who paid off members of Congress to fight against health care for all, namely the insurance industry. It is understandable that insurance employees are concerned about their well paid jobs, while the executives want to keep lucrative deals and obscene bonuses. But, in order to preserve their privileges, they bribe our politicians, and nothing is done to prevent such corruption!

    Is the nation at large served by an added cost burden that does nothing to provide health care, while so many are denied the coverage they need? It not only makes no sense to reward insurance executives for denying or limiting health care, it is the epitome of immorality!

    We are the only industrialized country without universal health care for all, we pay more for less coverage, and we let a self-serving insurance industry lobby to control a Congress that according to the Constitution was meant to serve all, not only the privileged.

    There is no question that a lot of money can be saved by going public, while the nation’s overall health, and the economy, will be improved with universal coverage.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:59 am on March 31, 2014 Permalink  

    Health care required by the Constitution 

    The preamble to the Constitution reads “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    The dictionary defines “welfare” as health, happiness and prosperity! Wouldn’t that mean that lack of universal health care for all is simply unconstitutional, – quite the opposite of what the Republicans claim?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:58 am on March 30, 2014 Permalink  

    Women control thyselves! 

    Former Republican hopeless presidential candidate Mike Huckabee opines that womenfolks shouldn’t be able to obtain insurance covered birth control just because they cannot control their libido, – God-given or not.
    It’s difficult to imagine he speaks from personal experience of uncontrollable libido attacks of the female kind!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:43 am on March 30, 2014 Permalink  

    No “right” to circumcise! 

    (Submitted to the NY Times, 6/05/2011)
    Dear Editor,
    Your article “Efforts to ban circumcision gain traction in California” (June 5, 2011) inspired me to reflect on ancient religious practices and where such infringe on some basic human rights. “Religious freedom” does not, and must not, take precedence over constitutional law. Our secular Constitution is not subject to religious supremacy.
    First of all, the Supreme Court has ruled in the past that many religious practices are illegal, such as the polygamy once practiced by Mormons, or the refusal by Christian Scientists to seek medical care for desperately ill children. It is also illegal to spank, mutilate, disfigure or starve children or have sex with them or sell them into prostitution, regardless how religiously disturbed the parents are.
    Since circumcision is a lucrative business, those performing it can’t be assumed to be totally without monetary interests either!
    The critical question is whether male circumcision is harmful, and we intactivists argue that cutting off part of an infant’s penis, while he screams in agony, is painful, barbaric, and at times deadly. It causes permanent anatomical, and often troublesome psychological, damage. This bizarre ritual is never performed in more enlightened, humane cultures, like the Scandinavian countries, where people are healthier with far lower rates of the illnesses circumcision promoters claim to fix.
    Just as people should be free to choose what religion they follow, within certain legal and humanistic limits, men should be free to choose whether or not they have their foreskins surgically removed.
    If others can permanently alter your own body without your consent, you really have no freedom at all. And the fact that it is all based on an ancient myth, makes it that much more primitive and ridiculous. Some proponents refer to the procedure as “time tested”! So was animal and virgin sacrifices to please imaginary gods. So was the notion that the earth was flat and that everything circulates around the Earth. Although “time tested” by primitive people, most don’t believe that anymore.
    Since the Bible has been proved wrong by science or logic on every single point, why should such a sick obsession with a baby’s genitals be honored?
    For the religiously inclined, why not follow a more recent myth? Whether he was an historic figure or not, at least Jesus made sense when he allegedly told his disciples that if circumcision were good, his father would have made boys that way! Or, has the Gospel of Thomas, especially saying # 53, conveniently been ignored because it casts serious doubt about the myth of the Abrahamic covenant, never mind the absence of supporting evidence for this alleged event? Yes, religious contradictions can be troublesome, so ignore the contradictions and let the baby boys suffer!
    It is particularly bizarre that the religious find it necessary to alter their God’s creation! God made a mistake that must be corrected, against common sense, based on a myth thousands of years old?
    Why not the more recent myth, also factually unsubstantiated, but at least sensible and humane. You prefer the illogical and harmful, not the logical and protective?
    You advocate religious nonsense, not humanistic sense? How cruel!
    And who can better decide what’s “best” for the child than the child himself, when grown and able to make the decision on his own? Among those lucky ones left intact, how common is it that they decide to have themselves circumcised later in life, except for rare cases of medical problems or insanity? What’s healthy about cutting off the shield that protects the most sensitive part of men’s genitals from rubbing against underwear? And to suggest that circumcision protects against HIV and STD is absolutely horrible!
    Not only is it totally wrong, but it sends a very dangerous message of having unprotected sex because a removed foreskin does the job! I shudder at the thought of the backlash we are certain to be faced with in Africa, where males are fooled into believing that circumcision protects, with no regard for their partners.
    Both boys and girls have the right to be left intact, like Mother Nature intended!
    Jorg Aadahl

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:34 am on March 30, 2014 Permalink  

    Obamacare a killer? 

    If the Republicans really believe that Obamacare kills jobs, why don’t they enthusiastically support implementation, – in line with their agenda since Obama took office?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:10 am on March 30, 2014 Permalink  

    Intellectual shut-down 

    Since Obamacare is the law, and funded by law, how ignorant do you have to be to think that you can repeal it by shutting down the Government?
    Ooops, – I forgot the intellectually challenged base Republican congress members must kiss up to!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:21 pm on March 22, 2014 Permalink  

    GOPanic 

    Republicans are so desperately afraid that Obamacare will be the third socio-economic pillar created by Democrats, that they now try to scare the young with misleading Koch-brother backed commercials, – of the most disgusting kind.
    The message is loud and clear: Don’t get health insurance! Wow! And this is from the party that prides itself of being law abiding, patriotic, moral Christians, while preaching personal responsibility?
    Why not encourage the young to drive around without auto insurance as well? What’s the difference?
    Obamacare is a sound step towards a single-payer system, under governmental administration, and with a costly insurance industry that limits health care faced out.
    Socialism? So what? National defense, law enforcement, the judicial system, local and federal administration, and many, many other services that meet common societal needs already are, and should never be privatized and subjected to profiteering that only benefit the few, at the expense of the many.

     
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