BRIBERY: According to Vanity Fair and other sources, Trump seriously wants to make bribery legal in America. “It’s just so unfair that American companies aren’t allowed to pay bribes to get business overseas. We’re going to change that.”
PATRIOTISM: “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President.” Theodore Roosevelt, GOP President
DRINK MORE BEER: Americans are drinking less beer. In 2018 consumption was down 1.6% and the trend continues. Ciders and hard seltzers are now the things.
THINK PLASTICS: Who knew that when The Graduate’s neighbor told him to consider a career in “plastics”, we’d end up with dying oceans filled with islands of floating plastic trash three times the size of France.
RETIRE TO VIETNAM: The LA Times reports that a growing number of Americans are retiring to Vietnam because of the extremely low cost of living, including health care.
MORE SUBSCRIBERS: The editor of Christian Times, a leading evangelical magazine has stated that his editorial to remove Trump from office on moral grounds had cost the magazine readers. But, the number of new subscribers is more than the loses. Maybe truth sells.
EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE: One of my FB friends just made a valid point. If there is evidence disproving what the Democrats say Trump did, why aren’t his friends using it to defend him? Just saying that he did nothing wrong is NOT evidence.
NEW TWEET RECORD: It was reported this morning that in the hours before the House voted on Articles of Impeachment Trump issued 123 tweets, setting a new personal record. Maybe this is what his core refers to when they say he gets so much accomplished.
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.”