IMPEACHMENT: The Los Angeles Times is America’s third-largest newspaper and it just dropped a bomb on Trump by endorsing his impeachment and removal from office. Kaboom Bone Spurs!
GOP HEROES: The LA Times is predicting that pro-impeachment Republican members of Congress will enter the history books as heroes.
HEALTH CARE: The WAPO reports, “A new study from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found a small one percent decrease in American retail drug prices in 2018 — the first decline in more than 40 years — but a significant jump in the cost per person for private health insurance. The study, which was published in the journal Health Affairs, says that last year health care spending overall grew by 4.6 percent to a total of $3.6 trillion, or an average of $11,172 per person. If you felt like you were spending more on out-of-pocket fees such as insurance deductibles and co-payments in 2018 , those also increased last year by 2.8 percent.”
GOP RETIREMENTS: When things don’t look great for your political team, sometimes you decline to go another round. As of Thursday, 17 House Republicans have announced they are not seeking reelection in 2020. FiveThirtyEight’s Geoffrey Skelley pointed out many of these names have been members of the House for at least two decades, are from safely Republican districts and in their early-to-mid 60s, making them relatively young for retirement. Overall, it’s not a positive sign for the GOP
TWEET of GOD: God just tweeted, “THERE are people who think THEIR awful misspellings don’t mean THEY’RE coming across as morons.” Is there an English teacher who didn’t just say, “thank you, Jesus?”
CORNROWS: Just in time for the harvest, a little agriculture trivia. A typical ear of field corn has 16 rows. However, whatever the number it’s always even.
MARGARET PHILPOT: “I pledge to never stay at a Trump property or buy a Trump product. Never. And I will not do business with companies who support his candidacy or his policies. That is what I can do and I can do that right now. And next year I pledge to vote #BlueNoMatterWho.”
JESUS RESCUES: The former Trump mouthpiece, Sean Spicer, is appearing on Dancing With the Stars and issued a statement that the judges were against him but Jesus would come to his rescue. Yeah, like Jesus has time to save dudes in frilly sleeved dayglo lime-green shirts!
OLD BULBS: Trump is relaxing restrictions on the sale of old-fashioned, energy inefficient, incandescent light bulbs. If Americans still only used these bulbs it would waste enough energy to power every home in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
WORDS MATTER: World War II began when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. That was 80 years ago and it was followed with the Soviet occupation of Poland that lasted until 1989. Our unthinking and uncaring leader just sent Poland a note of congratulations. Hey Donnie, Poland didn’t just have a baby!
CIGAR BOX GUITARS: Last Saturday 268 cigar box guitar players got together in York, PA and played “Bad to the Bone,” setting a Guinness World Record. That mark has been set CGG players.
NYC’s BROGUE: Five linguists at the City University of New York are nearing the end of a three-year project to document the “New Yawk” accent and “to catalog just what makes the dialect so distinctively New York.” The researchers employed undergrads across the five boroughs to record interviews. They found dropped R’s, nasally A’s, and “a trademark spin on the first vowel in words like coffee, making it cawfee.” Hey, undergrad, I’m walking heeah
GOAT FARMER: According to Huffington Post Trump keeps a herd of 8 goats on his NJ golf course so he can claim part of it a farm. On that land, he pays $6 and acre tax instead of $462. He’s the Commander in Cheap!
PILL MILLS? Nearly half of the opioid pills sold in the U.S. from 2006 to 2012 were purchased by just 15 percent of the pharmacies, according to the Washington Post’s ongoing analysis of a large federal pain pill database. That 15 percent includes pharmacies such as Shearer Drug in Clinton County, Kentucky, which had the equivalent of 96 pills per person, based on that county’s population.
VIEW OF COURT: “In 2015, after the Supreme Court had upheld same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, only 33 percent of Republicans viewed the court favorably. Now, after the confirmation of two justices nominated by President Trump, 75 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of the court. Its favorability among Democrats has fallen from a high of 72 percent in 2016 to 49 percent today.”