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Gerrymandering

I just received information that Manchin of West Virginia intends to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Does this act include abolishing gerrymandering? I don’t know unless I delve into this issue more.

The reason I ask is that I have observed and experienced how gerrymandering has done more than just shut down voting rights, but has carved congressional and state districts in Florida according to those with a majority white population. Thus, in the city where I built a home and lived in integrated communities and not far from a black community, gerrymandering meant the government districts consisted of majorities of people who were white, due to the bastard redneck whites who lived in central Florida. Congressional and state legislative districts, both state House and Senate, ended up being controlled by a white Republican Party power base. The Florida legislature has become a one-party control of Republicans. I have not checked it out, but I would wager that the congressional delegation of Florida is majority Republican. There is only one statewide elected Democrat in the state. Yet, Democrats outnumber Republicans in that lainbrained redneck controlled state.

Then we hear politicians in Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania glorify what Florida has done., due to the RPOF.

Gerrymandering needs to be abolished and go to a system of representation based on geographic jurisdictions, letting the chips fall where they may. That would mean the county where I was living, with more Democrats than Republicans, but with ONLY Republicans representing them in the state legislature (and Republican Brian Mast in the Congress), would actually have representation by and for the people.

Gerrymandering must go. HR1 eliminates gerrymandering. Not sure if it is the same as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, so I speak out what I believe to be correct.

As I said about the filibuster rule in the U.S. Senate, moderation is not about reforming within rules such as gerrymandering (and filibustering), but moderation is important regarding solutions and actions which make life better for peace, justice, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. Gerrymandering might be considered by some to be a “conservative” issue, but I balk at such designation. In this case, “conservative” becomes the “code word” for white supremacy values. I know. I have observed and experienced this in Florida.

New York Times Ross Douthat: Moderation and Filibuster Rule

According to Ross Douthat of the New York Times, moderation means moderating in the decisions of U.S. Senate rules. I wish to disagree. I propose that moderation means moderating on the actions taken by the U.S. Congress, particularly the U.S. Senate for legislation beneficial for the American people. It’s not the damn rules for running the U.S. Senate, stupid.

Moderation would be to abolish the damn filibuster rule completely and the U.S. Senate stop spending taxpayer dollars to make McConnell and others happy when they are in the minority at this time. The way to do that is to simply take votes and not be concerned with the time-consuming resource-grabbing details of a rule. The idea is that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It’s broke already and it is breaking the backs of the American taxpayers who are loyal to the American government and what it CAN achieve. Thus, if it’s broke, then abolish it completely.

Yes, we need to acknowledge that all voices are being heard. But when a minority controls the U.S. Senate and is given the freedom to block legislation with a refusal to negotiate which is girded by a stupid rule like the filibuster, then it is time to rid the nation of the stalemate. In the process, don’t be stupid and claim the issue is moderation about the rule.

A man now sitting in the U.S. Senate, from Florida, is a jackass. When the people of Florida voted in favor of a rail line from Orlando to Miami, passing through an area where I had built a home and would be enabled to ride that train to work each day, the same as those living 60 miles from New York City can ride a train to work in Manhattan each day, this senator who now occupies a seat in the U.S. Senate, as governor, blocked the wishes of the people of Florida and stopped the building of that train. Even within the Republican Party, there were those opposed to Rick Scott doing this, but Rick Scott did not give one damn.

I feel like filing a lawsuit against Rick Scott because he caused me to lose money on a beautiful house I had built. Rick Scott and others don’t moderate, they dictate their desires, including Trumpicans doing the same thing. Many great Americans lose money, due to what they do. Thank God that I received a bit of help from President Obama’s HARP program. Even then, it was not enough to truly help me as much as I needed. But those are the lumps one has to take in life. But going forward, I intend to speak out against the stupidity of Douthat and Senate Republicans in blocking the progress of America while people like Mitch McConnell get rich from the American taxpayer. I wish I had his money because I could do better for America than SOBs like McConnell, Scott, and others to work to destroy democracy by not listening to the people. For instance, the SOB from Wisconsin who likes to hold the Republicans of Florida up on a pedestal for the way they have turned it into a one-party Republican state, while falsely claiming it is democracy. It’s a dictatorship, stupid. We need moderation in actions of a democracy, not rules of the U.S. Senate.

Former Governor and Senator Bob Graham, while governor of Florida, heard a great deal of complaints about the car inspection program in Florida. As has been told, there was one day, as governor, Graham took his own car into an inspection station and watched the inspection. He decided that it was not worth keeping the program. He moved to abolish it. He did abolish it. When Jeb Bush took power, he reinstalled the stupid inspection system which did no good. Within a few years, it was once again, cancelled. So the taxpayers paid for a program which was disliked and had been removed by Democrat Graham, who later sat in the U.S. Senate as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Tells me that Graham had intelligence for democracy by and for the people, while Jeb Bush was a dumb ass who had no intelligence.

Former U.S. Senator and Governor of Florida, Lawton Chiles decided he did not want to have to spend taxpayer dollars on the health costs required due to lung cancer from cigarette smoking. Did he choose to block Medicaid, as Rick Scott has tried to do? No. He got together with several other states and did not file a lawsuit against government, but filed a lawsuit against big tobacco, business people like Rick Scott. Florida and several other states won the lawsuit. According to a report by a journalist suffering from lung cancer due to cigarette smoking, Peter Jennings, Gov. Chiles took that money awarded to Florida and invested it in public education training of young people to help such people learn the ramifications of smoking. According to Jennings’s report, the program demonstrated good results in reducing smoking among the younger people of Florida. Then Jeb Bush came to power and he nixed the entire public education program, plus more in public education because he and a brother (Neil Bush), the destroyer of the FS&Ls of America (because they were implemented by FDR), wanted vouchers and privatized education, paid by Florida taxpayers.

So we hear from Douthat that we need to moderate the rules in the U.S. Senate for filibuster? I don’t think so. Moderation is about the actions necessary to support the American people and the use of our tax dollars. Moderation would be the abolishing of the crap done by lawyers to clog our court systems for personal injury and workman’s comp lawsuits (and other examples) and benefit only the lawyers and a few good people in America, while overall, we overspend on a court system which should be used to challenge a former governor of Florida who caused people like me to lose money when a train system, approved by a majority of Floridians, is decimated from taking shape. Meanwhile, we spend the money to expand I-95 in South Florida from six lanes to 10 lanes and implement the anti-train fantasies of Ayn Rand and her “virtue of selfishness” theories, as written in the book and movie, Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand approved of abortions and the ideas that anything goes, according to what individualism wants and community, society, self-sacrifice, and “what can I do for my country,” can be damned. Ayn Rand came here from Russia so she had no idea what capitalism is about, but got quite a listening ear in America, destroying the gains made by people like “trust buster,” Republican Teddy Roosevelt (and others) in the process.

To the U.S. Senate, Manchin and other stupid ones there, abolish the filibuster rule and get America going again by compromising and working for moderation regarding actions necessary to make things happen for the American people. Douthat of the New York Times, think again about what you are saying because you seem to be speaking with a bias that favors the minority side of U.S. Senate which is now the Republicans, yet you claim it is “moderation.”

I would say that anyone against abolishing the filibuster is lazy and does not want to do the job they are paid to do. Lazy human beings in the U.S. Senate, where they are paid huge salaries, health benefits, and retirement benefits which are far better than what the average American citizen receives. All of this paid by U.S. taxpayers to lazy people who do not know what it means for democracy and peace and justice in America. Dictator McConnell, ripping off the American taxpayer and then denying the average American citizen opportunities to earn more, in the name of “don’t spend,” but a big lying hypocrite who takes and takes for himself.

In the words of a SNL comedy routine in days gone by: Douthat, “you ignorant slut.” Douthat, not only ignorant, but his bias towards McConnell and Republicans in the U.S. Senate is showing.

The Stupid of Big Texas

Interestingly enough, Texans defeated many Democrats (according to article in May 9, 2021, New York Times Magazine) and then turned on black voters by putting voting restrictions in place. This was done with a false sense of voter fraud and insistence that Trump won the election. If there is fraud, then why do the Republicans still control the state of Texas? Could it be due to fraud in the election as the reason for such power by the Republicans of Texas? Stupid people of idiocracy in big Texas.

Someone I knew in my younger years lives in Houston and badgered me in 2003-2004 to vote for Bush. People were also so impressed because he works for the Saudi Arabians. The Saudi Arabians, like Hitler, executes the nation’s own citizens. What vicious and stupid people in the idiocracy of big Texas.

Fraud in elections helped elect the power base of Republicans, just as in Florida.

THE MISTER DOUG REPORT PART 2

“Liar, liar, pants on fire!”

As kids, we would repeat this little chant when we knew one of our “playmates” was lying.

Rick Scott lies.  Where is the evidence?  Obamacare has NOT caused costs of medical care to go up.  That is a bunch of baloney.  For the insurance I pay, the cost has gone down, not up.  For the insurance costs of some friends who were unable to purchase insurance prior to Obamacare – because it was too costly – the cost is now affordable enough to purchase.

Rick Scott, you lie.

“Liar, liar, pants on fire!”  Go back to elementary school playgrounds where the kids could repeat this chant and millions of people would not get hurt.

Rick Scott is also a bully and a coward.  Rather than challenge Karl Rove or the Koch brothers – people on his level, he bullies people who have less power and money.  Bullying coward Rick Scott.  Take your lying advertisements and go home, Rick Scott – all the way to Kansas.

Mister Doug

THE MISTER DOUG REPORT

Paranoia?

Were those who investigated Rick Scott’s improprieties which led to a pleading of the fifth “paranoid?” If so, perhaps someone should read the book by the late central NY psychiatrist, Thomas Szaz, The Manufacture of Madness.

Look.  Here is the situation.  I donate several small monthly amounts to various campaigns.  It just happens the credit card I use for these automatic withdrawals was breached when someone apparently made a duplicate copy and went on a spending spree in what I believe to be Rick Scott’s home county.  How did someone obtain my credit card number and then was able to duplicate the card?  Was it hacking on my computer?  I lack evidence for anything, except for one thing.  The perps went on a spending spree in Lee County, spending almost $2000 before being stopped.

This act alone has disrupted what little bit of money I am able to give each month to Democrats.  Is this just coincidence?  I don’t think so. But then, call me paranoid because I lack any evidence while I run my mouth.  What does one think the right wing is doing?  Have evidence which backs them up when they use advertisements to lie, deceive, libel, provide half-baked truths, and innuendo?

Furthermore, my sources tell me that Rick Scott has yet to appoint an African-American to any of the educational boards of trustees in Florida.  Is this true?  Rick Scott, the coward from Lee County who bullies those who have much less power and money than he does, but gladly works with those who are wealthy. Subtle bullying in which he and others can live in denial is still the same thing – bullying by cowards.

The arena of “sweat and blood,” which Teddy Roosevelt describes, is one in which a wealthy man challenges big pigs like JP Morgan.  You know.  The guy whose name is affixed to Chase Bank, the ones who hold my mortgage and other accounts.    Another account which was attacked by thieves within two weeks of the event described above.

So, with lack of evidence, I am paranoid.  OK.  So be it.  Amen.    Bullies and cowards like Rick Scott and the Koch brothers make accusations such as that.

While on this subject, let’s perhaps speculate why Charlie departed from the Republicans – something which should be of interest to both DEMOCRATS and REPUBLICANS alike.  Perhaps it was because there are several occasions when Charlie got into that arena described by TR and fought those who were on his same level.  Those people are in the Republican Party and perhaps did not like this.  But then, my wisdom is just an abstract term, is it not?

Fact is, TR fought the “bosses” and wealthy “captains of industry” who had just as much money as he did.  He got on the wrong side of the Republican pigs who led the party.  Unfortunately, TR began to avoid the “arena” and made “friends” with those he fought.  He caved in.  So when his 5th cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat who picked up on the programs TR had originally proposed, TR’s Republican children turned against FDR. Turns out, it appears it was Eleanor who had the “balls” in the family.  Thank you Eleanor – TR’s niece.

Had TR still been alive during this period, would he, too, have turned on FDR?  I doubt it, but cannot say for certain, only answer the question, “what if?”  Nevertheless, cowards always stick together, like two feathers on a bird and that is what the TR clan of Oyster Bay, Long Island, did.

Mister Doug

THE MISTER DOUG REPORT

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, culture used the word, “I dig such and such.” There was a song, “I dig rock ‘n roll music…” In the spring of 1970, I ran for a position as an officer in the high school student council. My best friend was the campaign manager and chose the slogan, “I DIG DOUG.” He made campaign buttons, flyers, and posters with that slogan. The election was between four people. The guy who won advertised as a “radical” – openly and with no reservations at all.

Recently, I began reading a book by Charlie Crist entitled, The Party’s Over. If anyone ever wonders whether they had a “twin” somewhere else on this earth, as I had often wondered. I have now been wondering about the parallels between Charlie and I, in two different areas of the USA, but at almost the same time. Is this an indicator of figurative “twins?”

One parallel involved our 1970s student council races in our respective schools. In St. Petersburg, FL, Charlie won. I lost in an upstate New York high school.

“I DIG DOUG” was a statement of respect, but ended with the conclusion of a political race.  A little over a decade ago, at Palm Beach Community College, a student worker decided it was not appropriate to call me by my first name.  So, the student decided “Mister Doug” would be the best way to address me.  This has caught on, to some extent.

Now it is time to begin a new “report” on this blog.  It seems appropriate to call this “column,” THE MISTER DOUG REPORT.

THE MISTER DOUG REPORT is to be a column which diverts from the unspoken approach to this blog, in the past.  That approach was a moderate-progressive version of the tirades of hate-monger, Rush Limbaugh.  This blog column will be a more tempered approach.  After all, moderates, progressives and liberals are much more intelligent.

Do you Think She is Pissed? Read this!

Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared “Social Security ” to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. (Note: Simpson has not been in office since 1997 but I think there are a number of politicians that have the same thoughts.)
Here’s a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana … I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!
 Oh sooo true!

 Hey Alan, let’s get a few things straight!!!!!

1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit)  for FIFTY YEARS.

2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other  Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

 4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and “your ilk” pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67. NOW, you and your “shill commission” are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.

 5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into 
 Medicare from Day One, and now “you morons” propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because “you idiots” mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.
 6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you“incompetent bastards” spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.
 
To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit”  to your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU: 
 
 1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?
 
 2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?

3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?
  It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the “greedy” ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.
 
 And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed, leech.

That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

 
 And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch. NO, I did not stutter.
P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits “entitlements”. WHAT AN INSULT!!!! 

I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years It’s my money-give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks.

I could not have said it better myself!!!

Words of Wisdom, as Seen on Facebook

Seen on Facebook…

Jimmy Carter:   “If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor — then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values, because you don’t.”

“Basically what Republicans are telling working Americans, the Middle Class, is that you will work for lower wages without healthcare and retirement. Or else we wreck the U.S.  economy.”

“Why are Republicans fighting so hard to stop Obamacare?  Consider this, in 2009, Orrin Hatch announced ‘that health reform must be stopped or else it will be so popular that no one will vote republican again.’  They fight because they know they are losing.”

Jon Stewart:  “If it turns out that President Barack Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hardline, unreasonable, totalitarian mullahs in the world, but not with Republicans, maybe he’s not the problem!”

Republicans:  “If we don’t get what we want, we won’t do anything, and it will be all your fault!”

Tea Party:  “Obamacare will destroy our economy and if you don’t repeal it, we’ll destroy the economy!”

“Republicans say we have more government than we need.  I say we have more Republicans than we need.”

President John F. Kennedy:  “You can’t negotiate with people who say what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.”

Rep. Devin Nunes [R-Calif.] on fellow House Republicans willing to see government shut down over Obamacare:  “”They’re lemmings with suicide vests.”

Carpet Baggers

President Abraham Lincoln said, “you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time.”  As with the strategists in today’s tea party, the rebels in Abraham Lincoln’s days were “states’ rights” people.  Lincoln was pro-Federal government.  The people are being fooled by the Koch brothers, Karl Rove, and the Bush family today.  They are vengeful people who are opposed to Lincoln’s stand for a strong central Federal government.

Think about it.  Romney implemented legistlation similar the Affordable Care Act, but in Massachusetts.  Yet Romney and the Republicans stood opposed to President Obama implementing a similar plan on a national level?  Kentucky has a similar plan, but Mitch McConnell opposes Obamacare.  On and on are examples of hypocrites.  Why?  Because they support states’ rights, wish to debunk the Federal government and make it impotent, and place a wealthy politburo run by the Koch brothers in charge of our economy.  An impotent government, unlike the one implemented by the wealthy Roosevelt cousins which made this nation the greatest on earth – until Reagan and Bush – would be able to destroy the common man and woman.  This would destroy us in many ways.  Force us into slavery.  Force us to pay colluded high prices for EVERYTHING – and be able to afford very little.  Force us to accept a polluted atmosphere and soil – killing animals at will.  Force us to live in an over-populated world with few who could afford health care.

Think about it.  A “politburo” like that of the former Soviet Union.  Rumors abounded in the 1980s that George H.W. Bush was a “double agent, CIA and KGB.”  In the 1970s, Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller was appointed by Gerald Ford to convene a committee to investigate the CIA.  Perhaps this got too close to the truth about Bush, so he staged the death of Nelson Rockefeller?  The Bush family of Connecticut was once exposed as Nazi lovers during World War II.  FDR froze their assets.  To these unpatriotic and treasonous fools, they can justify vengeance and get many to agree.  Why?

The Bush family was Carpetbaggers – scallywags, scoundrels – moving from Connecticut to Texas.  That is due to their hatred of a liberal Republican governor in New York, Nelson Rockefeller, and a liberal Republican senator, Jacob Javitz, let alone those in Connecticut.  They wish to use subtle and deliberate strategies to turn this nation into a fascist one.

Jebbie Bush and Rick Scott both come to Florida from out of state.  They are both the worse governors in this state.  Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles, native Floridians, were great governors.  Bob Martinez, Democrat turned Republican, was also native Floridian and was far better than Jebbie and Rick.  Too bad Madison Avenue stuck it’s unwelcome nose in Florida business – like scallywags.  Then there is Charlie Crist, an apparent party jumper like Bob Martinez (except in the opposite direction).  Charlie is also a native Floridian.  His governorship was better than Jebbie and Rick.

Let us toss out the Carpetbaggers who with their snake oil and unregulated banks.

When will “all the people, all the time, come forward?”   Why not all of us challenge these wealthy pigs who intend to destroy our lives.  Take our stand against the wealthy pigs who wish to destroy our government.  We are blessed to have had such a successful government which gave us successful lives.  All the people show some respect and recognize the blessings and benefits.

I Repeat: Barack Obama and his campaign for ACA Defeated Romney and his anti-ACA: Give it up, you Koch brother jerks

I REPEAT.

Barack Obama and his campaign for ACA defeated Mitt Romney and his negative anti-ACA platform.  Leave the American people alone, you wealthy pigs.  Where are the sensible wealthy people to counter the stubbornly ignorant who forget the “little people” who helped them get where they are?

Reagan said facts are stupid, and Boehner, Cantor, and company are utilizing this false principle.  In fact, many states which have implemented the ACA “exchanges,” have found health insurance prices to reduce some 20% to 35%.  Go to hell – those who refuse to look at the facts.  Actually, hell is too good for fat cat pigs.

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