Kentucky Maps That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Drink Moonshine Until He’s Blind

I’m still trying to figure out how poor people in bad health in Kentucky decided they wanted a Republican governor who promised to take away their health insurance.

The Rude Pundit explained it to me:

So people who have less than nothing would rather have their cancer go untreated than take Medicaid from a Negro or allow two people of the same sex to get married. That is about as delusional and pathetic as it gets and, frankly, so gut-level, depressingly dumb that, on his crueler days, the Rude Pundit thinks it’d be just fine for them all to get sick and die and raise the intelligence of the species just a bit. Hell, they pretty much just admitted that they’re cool with that.

But here’s the thing: The country will not move forward without an appeal to the gut-level stupid. Forget the fucked-in-the-brain-by-religion crowd. They’re out of reach. But there is a contingent of the rural poor that can be reached and can be brought into the fold. It’s just been too long without any real effort to do so, not during the Reagan or Bush or Clinton or Bush II years and not as much as needed during the Obama administration.

Sure, it’d be easy to say, “Well, let ’em freeze to death in a ditch with their single tooth.” Except for shit like this very election, shit that keeps happening, that happened in 2014, too, shit that has an effect on the House of Representatives, for instance. That has to do with the lives of you and, more importantly, the Rude Pundit.

The stupid people aren’t going away. We just haven’t figured out how to make them less stupid.

Here’s a map of the election results. Typical blue and red designations:

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And here’s a map of where Medicaid is used the most in the state. The more brown, the more Medicaid:

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So most of the places that rely on Medicaid thought it was a good idea to vote for the guy who said he would get rid of the healthcare they rely on. That means they are more likely to die. That’s what getting rid of the state exchange means.

And they knew that’s what he was going to do. I voted in the Kentucky election and I saw the ads. It wasn’t something Matt Blevin, the Republican governor-elect, was trying to sneak through.

So what’s drove them to vote for that? The Washington Post took a look at that today:

Dennis Blackburn has this splintered self-interest. The 56-year-old mechanic hasn’t worked in 18 months, since he lost his job at a tire company that supplies a diminishing number of local coal mines. “The old guy had to go home,” Blackburn says of his layoff.

He has a hereditary liver disorder, numbness in his hands and legs, back pain from folding his 6-foot-1-inch frame into 29-inch mine shafts as a young man, plus an abnormal heart rhythm — the likely vestige of having been struck by lightning 15 years ago in his tin-roofed farmhouse.

Blackburn was making small payments on an MRI he’d gotten at Pikeville Medical Center, the only hospital in a 150-mile radius, when he heard about Big Sandy’s Shelby Valley Clinic. There he met Fleming, who helped him sign up for one of the managed-care Medicaid plans available in Kentucky.

On Election Day, Blackburn voted for Bevin because he is tired of career politicians and thought a businessman would be more apt to create the jobs that Pike County so needs. Yet when it comes to the state’s expansion of health insurance, “it doesn’t look to me as if he understands,” Blackburn said. “Without this little bit of help these people are giving me, I could probably die. . . . It’s not right to not understand something but want to stamp it out.”

I don’t know what to say. The guy just signed his own death warrant. He doesn’t realize that Blevin fully understands what he’s doing. This isn’t a case of a politician being misguided, because he absolutely believes the poor are moochers and are better off dead.

Maybe it’s for the best. Sometimes, you’ve got to thin out the herd.

Matt Blevin Source: Kentucky Maps That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Drink Moonshine Until He’s Blind

A slice of life

Ever wonder what it would look like if a psychotic giant had a slicer and chopped up a human from head to toe in less than 15 seconds?

Me neither.

But someone out there has thought about it (a medical researcher, of course), and put together this video:

From KnowMore:

This video, which was recently shared by I F—ing Love Science on Facebook, shows a snapshot of the human body from top to bottom in just 14 seconds. The images come from The Visible Human project, in which a cadaver was frozen, and then cut into 1,800 plus slices for imaging. The methodology is a little gruesome, but the result is the most complete top-to-bottom view of a human body that scientists and the public have seen.

An extra passenger, mid-flight

I don’t know how you can be this pregnant and think a 19-hour flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles is a good idea.

The focus of the story, though is about the doctor:

A Los Angeles doctor on an overseas flight was coming home from her honeymoon when she delivered a baby on the plane.

While 30,000 feet in the air, the mother went into labor six hours into a China Air flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles.

Flight attendants asked if there was a doctor on board when UCLA resident physician Dr. Angelica Zen and her husband were on their way back from their honeymoon in Bali.

“My training is in internal medicine pediatrics so we do adults and kids but really no pregnant woman at all, so since my training we haven’t done much OBGYN,” said Zen. “I was a little bit nervous.”

Zen had never delivered a baby by herself, but she didn’t hesitate to help.

Good thing the doctor was on board, but again, how do you decide to fly 19 hours when you’re that pregnant.

The story says the flight diverted to Alaska and hints that the baby would be an American citizen (the parents are Chinese) since the plane was in U.S. airspace. Are Donald Trump and Jeb Bush watching. Sounds like one of their anchor baby scenarios?

But I saw an episode of “Bones” (the TV series about the hot forensic pathologist with a personality disorder) that involved an oven murder on a U.S. carrier’s flight to China. The resolution was that since the plane was American territory, Booth, an FBI agent, could arrest the murderer and take him back to the U.S. instead of handing the guy over to Chinese authorities.

So by “Bones” logic, the baby is Chinese since the plane is Chinese territory.

I mean, TV crime shows wouldn’t lie to me about jurisdictions, would they?

Free market pharmacy


In case you don’t know the name, Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, is the douchebag who raised the price of a life-saving drug from $13.50 to $750.

Seeing the wrong of his ways, he did what any capitalist with a conscience would do:

The former hedge funder who garnered widespread criticism for raising a 62-year-old drug’s price by more than 5,000% has hired a lobbying firm.

Turing Pharmaceuticals recently hired four lobbyists from Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney, according to disclosure forms filed with the US House of Representatives and US Senate Tuesday.

The lobbying giant filed the disclosure, writing that the purpose was “strategy development and implementation of the company’s federal government relations initiatives.”

Thus cementing his status as a scumbag you most definitely want to punch in the face.

Donald Trump isn’t the only Republican alienating women voters

Any reason why this is an issue for the GOP?



Anyway the Republican presidential candidates can stick their foot in their mouths even more on this issue?

Marco Rubio has defended his record as an opponent of abortion, against criticism arising from his statement during the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday that he had never advocated for exceptions of any kind, even if a woman’s life was in danger or when she had been raped.

Anyone else?

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker said he is prepared to sign into law a 20-week abortion ban without any exceptions for victims of rape or incest, arguing that women are concerned with those issues “in the initial months” of pregnancy.

Walker, a Republican who is expected to run for president in 2016, made the comments ahead of a public hearing in the Wisconsin legislature on proposed legislation that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Local television station WKOW aired Walker’s claim that an exception for rape or incest is not necessarily needed in the bill.

“I mean, I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months where they’re most concerned about it,” Walker said. “In this case, again, it’s an unborn life, it’s an unborn child, and that’s why we feel strongly about it. I’m prepared to sign it either way that they send it to us.”

Are we done yet?

“Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape,” [Mike] Huckabee said of the late American gospel singer. One-time presidential candidate Huckabee added: “I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. He, himself, was the result of a forcible rape. And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things.”

That’s all, right?

With Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the mix, it’ll be a race to the bottom on women’s rights. But to a degree, Cruz’s campaign is a continuation of what Todd Akin started in 2012. (Akin was the Missouri Senate candidate who infamously remarked that victims of “legitimate rape” have ways to “shut that whole thing down” so they don’t get pregnant.) What was once an outlier on women’s right to choose an abortion – that even victims of rape and incest don’t have the right to terminate a pregnancy resulting from it – has now become a cornerstone of the Republican platform. And Republicans are now conflating abortion and birth control in an attempt to prevent women from accessing both.

Cruz, like Akin, opposes abortion for victims of rape and incest. He also labels forms of contraception such as Plan B “abortifacients”, which isn’t scientifically or medically correct. At the Value Voters Summitlast fall, Cruz repeatedly referred to contraception as “abortion-inducing drugs.”

So why are Republicans worried about Donald Trump alienating women voters? It hasn’t hurt him with the party’s voters. Just look at this poll taken after last week’s debate: