◆ Republican House bill on healthcare would allow states to tailor some requirements, including whether to require able-bodied adults to work or engage in some substitute, such as volunteer work or education.
Here is how the Washington Post headlines that news. You be the judge if this is a fair headline:
Many forms of public assistance, including food stamps, require recipients to work, look for work, volunteer or participate in vocational training. The work requirements vary from one program to the next and have varying requirements vary by the program and traits of the recipients, such as their ages and whether they have children.
Yet when it comes to health insurance, such requirements would be nearly impossible to enforce, conservative and independent experts on the Medicaid program said Friday. –Washington Post
Comment: If you wondered what Harry Reid is doing after retirement, he’s writing headlines for the Washington Post
Here is Chuck playing Johnny B. Goode live in 1958, the year he released it–and doing the dances he loved!
LAGNIAPPE: SPECIAL BONUS
Here is Chuck jammin’ with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Chuck Leavell (of the Rolling Stone and Allman Brothers Band), and Chuck’s longtime pianist, Johnnie Johnson, who is fabulous. You’ll recognize the songs and you’ll love seeing the joy of these greats playing together.
Late in the song, you’ll hear Chuck singing with a blues rhythm that underlay his work. And what a lyric: he’s glad his baby’s back, “it’s been a long, long time since I’ve heard my backbone crack.”
“The film presents an image of the revolution that reduces it to an expression of intolerance and violence against culture and makes irresponsible use of our patriotic symbols and unacceptable references toward comrade Fidel,” said [Roberto] Smith — director of the all-powerful Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC).
Traditionally stigmatized in Cuba, homosexuality was fiercely repressed for many years under the communist regime, which interned gays in work camps in the 1960s and ostracized them in the 1970s. –AFP in Yahoo News
Personal note:One of my friends wrote me that his “cousin was expelled in the Mariel boat lift of 1980 for homosexuality.” Expelled from the country for his sexual orientation.
An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life spent almost from the cradle with Annie, his beloved wife of 73 years, who survives.
He, along with fellow aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and moon-walker Neil Armstrong, truly made Ohio first in flight. –Columbus Dispatch
The picture here not as the distinguished Senator, not as the man who flew 149 combat missions in World War II and Korea (where his wingman was the greatest hitter in baseball, Ted Williams), but as the young man who, in February 1962, sat atop the Mercury launcher at Cape Canaveral, packed with one-quarter million pounds of rocket fuel, and became the first American to orbit earth. Rest in Peace.
Comment: Reid was a noxious political figure, symbolized by his baseless attack on Mitt Romney, whom he tarred by saying “there were rumors” that Romney had not paid his taxes for a decade. That was untrue and, when Reid was asked later if he was sorry about it, said, “He lost, didn’t he?” His moral scruples summarized in four words.
◆ New York Times runs characteristic article in news section, headlined “Trump Is Still Not Very Popular, and His Problem With Women Could Return.” The first subheader is perfect Times-think: “Hillary Clinton, out of the woods.” The article is here.
Comment: At the Times, the paper’s editorial opinions too often suffuse their presentation of “hard news.” Too often, too bad.
◆ Gregg Allman celebrates his 69th birthday. (JamBase) Just shows the lasting benefits of living a good, clean life. Here’s Gregg, his late brother, Duane, and their eponymous band, in “Tied to the Whipping Post.” This early version shows how they merged acid rock and blues (as Jimi Hendrix did in another way) to create something real, true, and original. The sequence of still photographs in this video capture the era.
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◆ Trump’s new Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is a strong advocate of school choice. (Well, school choice for the poor. Parents wealthy enough to afford private schools already have choice.)
Ms. DeVos is a billionaire philanthropist and major GOP donor, an heir to her own family’s fortune (self-made, in automobile parts) and her husband’s (Amway, founded by his father). The former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, she has long been one of the country’s leading advocates for vouchers and charter schools.
will either be a strong fighter for the education of kids or destroy public education.
That about sums up the strong opinions about president-elect Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to appoint DeVos to the highest education role in the nation. School choice and charter advocates praised her appointment. Union officials, Democratic activists and public school advocates slammed it. –Detroit Free Press
◆ Every Republican I’ve read or spoken with says, “Please elect Keith Ellison to head the Democratic National Committee.” His election would signal the rump party is moving hard left. Not a national party.
◆ For anyone who followed baseball in the 1950s, one home run stood out above all others. It was “the shot heard ’round the world,” a walk-off homer by the NY Giants’ Bobby Thomson that defeated their city rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, to win a one-game playoff and a trip to the World Series. The ill-fated pitcher for the Dodgers was Ralph Branca, who just died, aged 90. Here’s the ESPN obituary. And here’s the electrifying call of that pitch and that hit by Giants’ announcer, Russ Hodges.
♥ Happy Thanksgiving, with marshmallows on top, to one and all.