Weekly Randoms 7/17 - 7/23

- Ever been on hold so long that you forgot what the point of the phone call even was?! 

- This past week alone now, our healthcare system went from pulling the latest Trumpcare plan off the table, to trying to pass a straight repeal and figure it out later screw everyone (32 million estimated to be kicked off the healthcare rolls) idea only to be scrapped literally the same day to having a meeting where Trump threatens his Republicans to revive another disastrous healthcare plan. This brings the Senate to another bs Republican healthcare plan vote next Tuesday. All while personal bankruptcies as a result of medical bills have dropped by 50%, while just under half of all insurance plans now have to cover for addiction treatment and more than a 1/3 more plans have mental health coverage, closing those insurance loopholes. But nope, definitely failing.

- All of this while Trump behind the scenes is shutting down Affordable Healthcare Act call centers and replacing ACA links with anti-ACA propaganda to actively try and make it fail. Egregious and morally disgusting. 

 - Speaking on this new version of the Republicans latest shitshow of a healthcare plan bill: Second ranking Senate Republican, in regards to the newest healthcare bill disaster to be introduced in the coming days: Cornyn responded that saying hearings or ratings of the plan wasn't "a luxury" Republicans could afford. So there will be no public hearings, and no public knowledge of what's contained in the next version of the Republican bill. Wonderful.

- Since Trump has taken office and up until July 13, an estimated 2,200 civilians have been killed during overseas. That's double Obama's pace and on average 12 innocent people a day being killed by American bombs and artillery. Part of this is an uptick in the aggression and closeness to overtake Mosul and, more importantly, about the Trump administration being much more recklessness and having much less oversight on his military about non-American lives being put in danger. Let us not forget that Trump infamously said at his rallies that you needed to not only go after the suspected terrorist, but the terrorists' families, so this is no coincidence, it's a reckless policy.

 - A reckless policy that toolbag and professional-bitch-of-Trump Paul Ryan all but ensured will continue as he just stripped an amendment that would have had to get Congress approval for any military responses "against groups of extremism related to 9/11" in the middle of the night when there'd be less opposition to such a dangerous decision. Basically, allowing Trump to continue doing whatever he wants militarily in many foreign nations.

- Trump claims to have created 45,000 new coal jobs, when there's only 50,000 coal jobs in all of the country. Because who needs facts anymore?! 

- Speaking of not needing facts anymore, Trump has now told a lie or a misleading statement 836 times since January. Unfuckingbelievable. 

- Who didn't see this load of bullshit coming? Of course Kobach from the "voter fraud" panel is peddling lies to try and suppress votes. A new email reveals his real agenda: to gut the Voting Rights Act. 

- Trump randomly declared this week "Made in America" week, while most of his and his family's garbage is made overseas in China, India and Bangladesh..meanwhile his Mar-a-Lago Club has looked to hire 70 foreign workers this fall, attesting — in the middle of the White House's “Made in America Week” — that it cannot find qualified Americans to serve as cooks, waiters and housekeepers. The same dude that went around screaming foreigners were taking all our jobs. Just let that sink in for a minute.

- First Ukraine, now Georgia. Russia have moved into the country of Georgia's borders, looking to invade and illegally annex more international land.

- To have 3 bum body parts at the same time isn't ideal. To have an ankle you broke a couple years ago sore isn't unexpected, but to have a bum ankle, shoulder and back on the same day, it seems less like a "just one of those days" and more the universe saying "you should probably just stay home and wrap yourself in bubble wrap before something breaks" kinda day.

- Trump, with the power of appointing many federal judges, has successfully appointed Judge Bush to a lifetime appointment to our federal appeals circuit; a right wing extremist blogger and Birther that once implied that he'll shoot the next person that takes his Vote McCain 2008 sign from his lawn. 👌🏼.

- Another fun fact from the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower emerged this week when we learned that American-based employee of a Russian real estate Irakly "Ike" Kaveladze was the 8th member of the meeting. He was accused of money laundering more than a billion dollars in the past. We learned Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort owed $17 million in pro-Russia interests tracked to shell companies that acted as conduits for shady Russian dealings, as well. Equally intriguing, Deutsche Bank execs, the only bank willing to loan to Trump (around $300 million), have agreed to hand over some of their financial dealings related to Trump. This came hours after Trump publicly stated in a NYT interview that he considers the investigation expanding to look into his finances would be considered to him "crossing a red line".

- Keep on pushing for that Cuomo 2020 bid Andrew, as long as it finally means some progress for us New Yorkers, as a bill was passed to expand parental leave to New Yorkers.

- R.I.P. Chest Bennington 1976-2017. He is survived by his wife and six children. It's terrible that your art couldn't save you the way it did so many of your fans.

- Poland looks to be having a democracy crisis of their own as their President seeks to remove all supreme court members not agreeing with the parties views.

- I wish I could start talking about this dumpster fire of an administration but alas, here we are: Team Trump has cut more than $213 million in teen preventive pregnancy programs and research for more than 80 institutions in the U.S. while Press Secretary Sean Spicer, legal spokesman Mark Corallo and Trump's longtime personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz all resigned. Also resigning: former Director of U.S. Office Government Ethics, Walter Schaub. He went on CNN Wednesday, a day after resigning from his post. Among the patheticness he uncovered, he stated that he was approached by Trump's own lawyer to be asked if Trump could file his financial disclosure form without signing it. These are the standards these days, folks.

 - Note to self: bend and lift. With each passing day lil' man is more and more not so lil' anymore and my back is not havin' it.

- An estimated 273 gun deaths this week, as per gunviolencearchive.org. Sigh 😔 

- It's a step, Washington state passing a law that alerts citizens when a domestic abuser tries to buy a gun is a step 1 to keep guns out of the hands of those that are statistically more likely to create gun violence. Any progress is progress at this point.

 - A vote in Venezuela by 7 million, just under 1/3 of all registered Venezuelans, soundly stating that they did not want their President Madura to rewrite their constitution to consolidate power and "fix distress and struggles" and to "bring peace." Opponents say it'll be accomplished by bringing in all pro-Maduro assembly's and panels and further deteriorate their democracy.

- Also under the umbrella of Trump's people are shady as ****: the Obama administration last year sanctioned the FSB, a Russian state security organization, for what it said was its role in the hacking of the 2016 election. Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, present during the infamous June 2016, had them listed as contacts. Kushner failed to disclose 77 assets on his security clearance form that needed revision and Sessions' conversations with Russian ambassador Kislyak were "substantive" conversations about Trump's positions on Russia, including his views on sanctions imposed on Russia.

 - Trump, after golfing again, lashed out at Republican's for not "protecting their President". Go cry about it. 😭.

- As many as 10 dead and 20 more in serious condition after being found in a tractor trailer in a San Antonio Wal-Mart parking lot. 39 were found at the scene in total. The driver has been arrested and charged with human trafficking.

- Poor-excuse-for-professionals Fox and Friends is at it again: when you have a lack of integrity and desire to get the facts right, you no longer get the privilege of calling yourself a journalistic program. You're nothing more than a sad excuse for entertainment. When the very ignorant and proudly uninformed president bases his opinions on your dialogue, you have a moral obligation to get it right. Unless you're Fox News, where it gets exploited to spout more hate. Shameful.