Open Thread | The BFD Passed By the Senate…Now, Let’s Get it on 46’s Desk to Sign

The Senate, after some clowning, finally passed the huge COVID relief bill.
It is going to help MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.

And never forget.


What’s in it?
Let’s see.


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Weekend Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend virtually with family and friends.



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Open Thread | The House Passes H. R. 1. This MUST Be Signed Into Law

The House just passed H.R. 1.


Both parties ARE NOT THE SAME!

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Open Thread | More on Vaccinations

Update on Vaccinations. It makes such a difference to have a Federal Administration that actually wants to help you and not kill you.

But, I am tired of folks trying to gaslight people about the J and J vaccine.

Is it better than AZ?

But, just admit that it’s not as effective as Pfizer AND Moderna.
Just admit it.
But, I believe that it has a place.

Give it to 18-27 year olds with NO UNDERLYING CONDITIONS.
This would help relieve pressure on the system and free up Pfizer AND Moderna for those of us with underlying conditions.

You all gung ho about J and J- then you and yours can take it

But, for me and mine, who are walking underlying conditions…
Pfizer and Moderna.
Don’t come in the comments sneering to me that I just ‘ don’t understand about J&J.’

Been reading stories about these phucking GOP Governors and how they are setting up the Vaccination sites in the areas with their voters.


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Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader and Power Broker, Dead at 85

I loved his deep booming voice. His sharp wit.

Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Leader and D.C. Power Broker, Dies at 85

Mr. Jordan, who was selected to head the National Urban League while still in his 30s, counseled presidents and business leaders.

By Neil A. Lewis
March 2, 2021Updated 2:34 p.m. ET

Vernon E. Jordan Jr., the civil rights leader and Washington power broker whose private counsel was sought by the powerful at the top levels of government and the corporate world, died on Monday at his home in Washington. He was 85.
His death was confirmed in a statement by Vickee Jordan, his daughter.

Mr. Jordan, who was raised in segregation-era Atlanta, got his first inkling of the world of power and influence that had largely been denied Black Americans while waiting tables at dinners held at one of the city’s private clubs, which his mother catered, and as a driver for a wealthy white banker, who was startled to discover that the tall Black youth at the wheel could read.

Mr. Jordan went on to a dazzlingly successful career as a civil-rights leader and then a high-powered Washington lawyer in the mold of past capital insiders like Clark M. Clifford, Robert S. Strauss and Lloyd M. Cutler.
Along the way he cultivated a who’s who of younger Black leaders, inviting them to monthly one-on-one lunches, dispensing advice on everything from what to read to what to wear and using his unmatched influence to promote their careers in business, politics and the nonprofit world.


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Open Thread | As They Push to Re-Open Schools…..

Let’s take a look at a study about COVID and transmission in schools.


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Weekend Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend virtually with family and friends.

Gorgeous 😍💕

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Open Thread | What A Waste Of Resources😠

I didn’t even know this was a situation.
All the underserved communities out there, and they have the nerve to not have these doctors in the pipeline?
This is absolutely ridiculous.

‘I Am Worth It’: Why Thousands of Doctors in America Can’t Get a Job
Medical schools are producing more graduates, but residency programs haven’t kept up, leaving thousands of young doctors “chronically unmatched” and deep in debt.

By Emma Goldberg
Feb. 19, 2021

Dr. Kristy Cromblin knew that as the descendant of Alabama sharecroppers and the first person in her family to go to college, making it to medical school might seem like an improbable dream. Her parents watched in proud disbelief as she inched closer to that goal, enrolling in a medical school in Barbados and enlisting in the military with plans to serve one day as a flight surgeon.

Then came an unexpected hurdle: A contentious divorce led Dr. Cromblin to take seven years away from medical school to care for her two sons. In 2012, she returned for her final year, excited to complete her exams and apply for residency, the final step in her training.

But no one had told Dr. Cromblin that hospital residency programs, which have been flooded with a rising number of applications in recent years, sometimes use the Electronic Residency Application Service software program to filter out various applications, whether they’re from students with low test scores or from international medical students. Dr. Cromblin had passed all her exams and earned her M.D., but was rejected from 75 programs. In the following years, as she kept applying, she learned that some programs filter out applicants who graduated from medical school more than three years earlier. Her rejection pile kept growing. She is now on unemployment, with $250,000 in student loans.

“There are times you question your worth,” Dr. Cromblin, 43, said. “You wonder if you’re useless. I’ve had to encourage myself over and over: I am worth it. I am useful. I am damn good.”


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Open Thread | Got My First Shot

Well, I took my first shot last Thursday.

I admit that I was part of the folks that said ‘ wait and see’.
I was willing to do that. I had been living with masking and all the precautions for about a year.
What was a few more months?

And, then, we got word of the first mutant strain – which was even more contagious than what we’ve been experiencing, and I was like..


I have been under no illusions, like those idiot anti-mask, SuperSpreading muthaphuckas that proliferate on the other side of the aisle.

I am a walking underlying condition.
If I catch COVID, death is all but certain.

To me, getting the vaccine meant a fighting chance.


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Open Thread | Some Thoughts on Texas

So, I was waiting to see the whole picture of this Texas energy thing to see if I was missing something.

Out fellow citizens in the great state of Texas have been going through an ordeal.

An ordeal of the making of the Republican Party.
It’s been a perfect storm and epitome of an example of Republican Governance.

So, what happened in Texas?

The power infrastructure grid in Texas completely collapsed.

It collapsed because it was unregulated. It was designed to be separate from the rest of the United States,because they didn’t want to be subjected to Federal Regulations.

So, there are three power grids in this country, West, East and Texas.
Texas failed.

It failed because this was the design on Republicans trying to avoid Federal Regulations.

It failed because of the lack of federal regulations, the state of Texas was able to make its own rules.

It failed because of the lack of federal regulations, the state of Texas did not winterize any of its grid after a similar but smaller scale fiasco in 2011…because…nobody is going to tell Texas to spend money on infrastructure and cut down on their all-mighty profits.

It failed because of no winterization, because they don’t believe climate change is real.


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