Tuesday Twitter roundup

The front lines in the war against democracy:

Here's a prediction, and one which I hope I get wrong: The November 2018 ballot will have painfully long lists of candidates for judicial districts, and after voters have been forced to slog through all those names with which they're not familiar, they will be given the choice to continue electing judges, or allow them to be appointed. Thus creating a new phenomenon, the "push ballot."

I will be working feverishly (for me, anyway, which means an occasional foray into creativity) to turn "Bring Your Own Lunch" into a clever meme to symbolize the John Locke Foundation. Ehh, I'm already bored with it. But it does have potential...

Okay, I need this, so take a quick break:

The scribbles, which the two-year-old drew when his grandfather left a copy of the bill unattended during Thanksgiving, were mistaken by Republican staff members for the work of McConnell himself and were hurriedly incorporated into the bill.

McConnell struck a philosophical note when he disclosed to reporters that the random crayon squiggles were on the verge of becoming the law of the land. “Laws are like sausages—it’s better not to see them being made,” he chuckled.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the toddler’s scrawl would add one trillion dollars to the budget deficit and result in ten million Americans losing their homes, but said that the scribbles were the most coherent passage in the bill.

Tee hee... :)

Blah blah blah. If the rest of the country hadn't also "soared," there might be a morsel of truth in that. But as it is, it's just a masturbatory exercise.

Fan-fricking-tastic. Jen is one of my favorite peeps, and she would be huge asset to the citizens of not just that district, but the whole state. Count me in, kiddo.

I applaud your effort, but Walker is the emptiest of empty suits. Seriously, dude doesn't even speak the same language as the rest of society, and can't even answer the question, "What is your favorite color?" without wandering off on a totally unrelated tangent.

We're going to be seeing more of these closings when cuts to Medciare and Medicaid kick in:

The closure was a big blow for Warren County, an area of the state considered a primary care desert, where doctors are few and patients are often forced to go without healthcare. The county has 0.49 physicians for every 10,000 people – among the lowest in the state, according to the annual 2017 NC Roadmap of Need, a report released by the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Patients traveled from Vance, Franklin and other nearby counties for care at the Warren clinic.

Warren County has experienced decades of hardship and despair. The population sits at about 20,000 residents, and has been shrinking over the past five years. More than half of the population is African American, like Pinder. The Warren County poverty rate is 27.3 percent – more than ten points higher than the overall state rate, according to the U.S. Census data.

Take note of that designation "primary care desert," as it will soon join food deserts on our list of intractable market-driven problems.

Your first mistake was even acknowledging that troll's existence, but I could have told you trying to reason with him is pointless. He lives for that shit. Just ignore him, they hate that. It forces them to talk to themselves:

A couple sandwiches shy of a picnic, right there...

Of course that's part of it. Another part: "Hey! If we take over this school the taxpayers coughed up $45 million for, we won't have to build anything ourselves!"

Par for the course. If that compassion wasn't costing anything, they probably wouldn't care. But squeezing every dollar out of those on the margins of society will save money for the wealthy, so...

I can't think of a happier note to end this week's foray into Twitterdom, so here's your Onion:

"Sometimes you just need to let him chill for a while."