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Mari Thomas
interested in programming, networks, security, and web design.. I love new toys :D Kinda Liberal and always up for a good debate :D
interested in programming, networks, security, and web design.. I love new toys :D Kinda Liberal and always up for a good debate :D

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Christ on a stick.

Not a single woman was at the White House meeting on women's health

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Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) is being targeted for repeal by the GOP.

Big vote due today March 23. If ever a time to call your House representative, NOW IS IT!

Call 'em and thank them for opposing it (even if it's a mealy mouthed Koch-supported reason) or tell them they must oppose it and hey you'll see 'em at the voting booth in 2018.


As you know, the House is putting together the AHCA abomination aka Trumpcare or even Ryancare. It has sparked a lot of controversy, potentially peeling off some Republicans but also getting some cautious comments from Dems in heavily Trumpian districts. NPR has an ongoing update on who is where on this bill:

Quick rundown of CBO analysis of AHCA:
and explained by Vox in charts and graphs!
Also MediaMatters rounded up a bunch of experts on healthcare analysing this proposed replacement

You can use all this for creating talking points when you call all three of your MoC.

And while you're at it, why not pitch support for Conyer's Medicare For All act, HR 676? Push the narrative.

Last update: 23 Mar 2017


The Senate vote in the early morning hours of January 12th was only procedural. But the vote that matters is coming. Here's how the sequence to repeal ACA works:

☑️ Senate passes budget (Jan 12 2017)
☑️House passes budget (Jan 13 2017)
☑️ House drafts repeal bill
☑️ House committee votes (Mar 16 2017)
🔲 House votes (Mar 23/24 2017)
🔲 Back to Senate (for reconciliation)

We have opportunities to derail wholesale repeal of the ACA in January through the means of budget reconciliation (which requires only a simple majority vote). If we defeat this, then Congress has to go after pieces of the ACA, with supermajority votes, IE picking up at least 8 Democrat votes. So the fight this month is critical.


To contact your House and Senate MoC:

Use the Congressional switchboard. The number is: 202-224-3121. You'll be prompted as follows:
- Press 1 to contact your Senators, 2 to contact your Representative (in the House)
- Enter your 5-digit Zip code (or speak your state name in the case of Senators)
- For your Representative, only 1 choice will be offered - press 1.
- For your Senators, select 1 or 2 to be connected to whichever one you want to contact. (If you're trying to communicate your opinion about a vote, you'll probably want to call back and select the other as well.)

Does it have to be a phone call? YES. Emails are easily ignored; staffers can simply shove thousands of them into an extra inbox in seconds and be done with it. Talking with them on the phone ties up their time, and everyone notices, all the way up to the MoC who employs them.

Physical, written letters are also pretty good, but the ACA repeal process here has a pretty tight timeline, so keep that in mind.

To contact White House:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Phone Numbers
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

Comments: 202-456-6213
Visitors Office: 202-456-2121


We need to call House representatives immediately in regards to the House bill on repealing the ACA.

We need to call Senators to make sure they do not vote for a reconciled bill when it comes back from the House.

In either case, we need to make it clear we want them to vote against repealing the ACA.

Please be POLITE & very clear about what you want; write it down beforehand if it will help you be composed & quick, or if you think you might forget what you want to say while you are on hold :-)


Mar 23 2017 Chart showing % of income going to health premiums under ACA versus AHCA

Mar 23 2017 Why are Republicans moving so fast on health care?

Mar 13 2017 The CBO says as many as 24 million more Americans could be uninsured under 'Trumpcare'

Mar 8 2017 Physicians reject House ACA replacement bill
MAR 08, 2017

Mar 7 2017 ‘Obamacare Lite,’ ‘RINOcare': Conservatives rebel against GOP’s ACA bill

Jan 27 2017 HealthCare Is Hard

Jan 20 2017 Trump executive order:

Jan 15 2017 Healthcare is not a political football: <>

Jan 14 2017 Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) escaped out the back door of his own event before it was over to avoid the angry crowd. <>

Jan 13 2017 Staffers upset at all calls (GOOD!!) <>

Jan 13 2017 House passes budget resolution. <>

Jan 12 2017 Senate passes budget resolution. <>

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get familiar with the EFF if you arent already
Senate Republicans narrowly approve repeal of the FCC's ISP privacy rules 

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For later reading >:(

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This man needs a mental evaluation and i mean that seriously .. i am tired of humoring people who are clearly mentally ill and doing so much harm to others..

Oklahoma State Rep. Cory Williams (D) asked Rep. George Faught — who authored the bill — if rape is the “will of God.”

“Well, you know, if you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened,” Faught began. “The Lord uses all circumstances. I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality unfortunately,” he said.

Williams followed up, asking if incest is the “will of God.”

“Same answer. Doesn’t deal with this bill,” Faught said. Williams argued that the questions matter to the legislation, given that Faught was unwilling to make exceptions in the case of rape or incest. “You are proffering a divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that and so I think it is very important.”

“This body wants to know — and myself personally — whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God,” Williams questioned.

“It’s a great question to ask,” said Faught. “And, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened, but — so you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life and I disagree with that.”

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Giggles :)

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Incredible deniability at the White House
We don't know Paul Manafort...

Remember me freaking out last year when Trump's campaign hired Paul Manafort? Remember how it got me on the whole "OMG the Trump campaign is full of Russian associated flaks?" kick a year ago? Like before it was in style?

Well look at this story in Politico where it talks about his not so secret work for Oleg Deripaska. Not so secret, guys. Politico was writing about this a year ago. Can you use Google? I was writing about how this was freaking me out on G+ a year ago. Politico was blandly writing about this a year ago.

Here's the article on Oleg's Cayman adventure they link to:

Where they do say that Trump apparently didn't know about this when they hired Manafort (which means that, when confronted, he denied knowing about it, which at best means he doesn't vet people which we've confirmed since.)

Except, Manafort and Stone are long time business partners. So you know? I don't buy it.

I do not know why anyone in the press is buying it either.

W T F.

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Feeling broken today.. AS is becoming unbearable while I wait for the enbrel to start working... I lost a huge support person today and I'm certain they won't be the last.. The tears will not stop coming tonight.. but at least it's night.. so the kidlets are still asleep and don't have to see me hurting and sobbing and feeling more miserable than I've felt in over a decade.. It's so hard to have a chronic condition and watch those who love you turn their backs and walk away.. but it happens..its part of the cycle.. it comes in a package along with the exhaustion, the cane, the impatient stares from strangers, and all the people who try everyday to make your life just a little bit harder.. What a sucky heartbreaking night.. I've got 3 bookcases and 6 desks to put together, a hard drive to clone.. a home to clean and many lives to run.. If only the AS would give me a break.. or the weather would stop making 30 to 50 degree jumps.. or if my kids weren't at that horrible rebellious age where they half think they can do everything better than you and are silently studying and judging you for all your mistakes.. sigh.. but we don't get our wishes.. we get our lives... and when the tears stop.. I'll pick up screwdrivers and hammers and nuts and bolts and get back to work because these things will make life better.. easier.. I'll keep fighting because I'm still breathing and life keeps coming no matter how much of your world is falling apart.. I watched " Walk the line" for the first time today.. I think I know what she meant about being that little boy with his finger stuck in the dike.. lol.. life goes on.. holes need patching and food has to be purchased and the windows and bathrooms always need cleaning.. So .. I guess today still counts as fighting.. im definitely not running.. I just have to take the time to mourn yet another lost friendship befor I get up and start the day.. at least there's coffee :D.. How are you doing?? How's your life going?
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