Open letter re voting to Rubio and Scott

Dear Sen. ___—

I write to urge that you support the voting rights bills about to be brought before the Senate–or, at the very least, that you support allowing them to be openly and honestly debated, and then decided by roll call vote.

Informed persons both here and around the globe are aware that what’s at stake is the survival of American democracy. Some are praying desperately that it will survive. Others (not just in places like Russia or China, but here in the U.S. as well) are hoping that it will wither and die. Paul Weyrich spoke for the latter when he said, “I don’t want everybody to vote…. [O]ur leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

This is not the time to be coy or ambiguous like George Orwell’s Napoleon the pig, who asserted that “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Weyrich had the courage to make his oligarchic convictions both clear and a matter of public record. We Americans have the right to expect the same courage from our sitting U.S. senators.

Senators often boast that theirs is “the greatest deliberative body in the world.” It’s time now to back that boast. It’s time for US senators to show their fellow Americans and the world whether they agree with Thomas Jefferson that all men are created equal… or with Paul Weyrich and Napoleon the pig that some men are created “more equal” than others.

Misery postponed because of different misery

I was scheduled to be double-scoped (starting north and heading south, and starting south and heading north) at 10:30 tomorrow morning.

Colonoscopy

I ingested nothing but clear liquids all day. I direct her first of two “prep” liquids at 5:30 this afternoon. At 5:33 I vomited back out everything that was in my stomach.

So I feel miserable, and we’‘ll have to reschedule the scoping. In the meantime I think I’d better schedule an appointment with my allergy specialist to see what all this nauseous about.

Getting old isn’t all bad, but a lot of it is.

Happy New Year.

Candace Owens finds a new way to turn America blue!

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From Alternet:

 

The notoriously ignorant right-winger and anti-vaxxer Candance Owens went from denying the validity of vaccines to encouraging her 4.1 million followers on Instagram to follow her regimen of using colloidal silver as a daily supplement.

“Yes, colloidal silver!” Owens says enthusiastically in her latest Instagram video. “I take colloidal silver every single day, I love colloidal silver. That is a great one. That is another one that people probably know nothing about.

And just in case you’re interested in staving off illness with colloidal silver, the Mayo Clinic clearly says the stuff isn’t safe or effective for anything basically. “Silver has no known purpose in the body. It’s not an essential mineral.”

The most infamous side effect from using colloidal silver is argyria, a condition that can permanently turn the skin of the user a bluish-gray.