Sunday, January 29, 2017

FIGHT! I'm returning to this fight!

It is said the dissent is the highest for of patriotism. Sure, but when you have a year's worth of family problems and the like, becoming a protester is the last thing you want to do.

The election (or selection) of Donald Trump and radicalized  Republicans  to the most powerful office in the free world -- and the trouncing of our values of religious freedom, the rule of law and equality -- has now stirred my American Patriotism on the order of our Founding Fathers --- and it has also pricked my values as a Christian woman --- and the to love ones neighbor as oneself -- has no preconditions.

Of course I have to return to slapping and kicking the crap out of Islamophobes !

See this latest post on Yellow Stars...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Did Trump get rid of penalty for not having health insurance?

Well, last week I went on to the "Affordable Care Act" website to find that I would have to pay over $500 a month for health insurance with a $6600 deductible.

Sorry, I can't afford I bought no health insurance. In fact, half of Americans cannot afford no more than $100 a month for health insurance.

Now, my husband (85 years old) not only has his Medicare, buy a full lineup of programs for low income people. Part of the main problem with the ACA is that it calculates a spouses income with yours and fails to allow for debts and other expenses to be calculate into what you pay for your "shared contribution.".

Because I cannot afford health insurance, I now face an IRS penalty?!  This is outrageous and unfair and to penalize people like me for not being able to afford health insurance ...and I hope that Mr. Trump has done something to roll back this outrageous and unfair aspect of the ACA. From the Washington Post:
President Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, which might include enforcement of the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans (emphasis mine).
If this is true - thank you Mr. Trump!  While I did not vote for you, and find most of your rhetoric offensive, I thank you for bringing relief to people caught up in the negative aspects of the "Affordable care Act!"

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Dinner 2014.

Happy Thanksgiving. Most Americans eat turkey, some kind potato, green bean casserole, have pumpkin or apple pie. Well, this is like Thanksgiving dinners we used to go to at relatives houses, and like my mother served down in Florida. My grandparents used to serve roasted duck, as they though turkey was too dry. It is, but turkey makes a good lunch meat for sandwiches...

Here at the LaPorte house, it's just my husband and I (and our two cats). We have cooked for about the past six years a recipe called Cranberry stuffed Cornish Hens, and what we serve with it has varied from sweet potatoes to baked bean casserole. This year we have roasted potatoes with bacon. I always make my cranberry sauce, which is quite easy to make and the recipe can be varied to your tastes. A bunch of recipes are here, but I make mine with brown sugar, orange juice and cinnamon. We have the pumpkin pie, but that I bought at the store :)

Eating a Cornish hen with the cranberry stuffing is quite filling, along with the potatoes and cranberry sauce and roll, but the main meal stands out, the hen and cranberry stuffing. Thanksgiving is not just an affair for eating like a pig, but enjoying what you eat!

Created with flickr slideshow.

 Some of you out there might be annoyed that we do not have turkey with all the "appropriate Thanksgiving dishes." Yes, I understand. Eating turkey on Thanksgiving has become like a religious practice - if you do something else, you are a Thanksgiving Day heretic. If you're not eating turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie - you are wrong! It is heresy to eat anything else on Thanksgiving other than a turkey "with all the timings." In a scene I loved as a youngster, Peppermint Patty of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (watch the whole program, it's really fun) rants at Charlie Brown for his Thanksgiving Day heresy, and questions if he even knows about "Thanksgiving Day dinners" (at 17:00).

Peppermint Patty is reflective of the well-off American who expects turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie as "Thanksgiving Day dinner". Many poor people in America may not be able to afford "Thanksgiving Dinner" like this, and may only have toast, hot dogs and beans, and mac and cheese. In this way, Thanksgiving Day dinner is a holiday for the Haves, not the Have Nots.

The enforced norm is to stuff one's face with food to the point of making the stomach burst. I say enforced norm, because if you say you don't care for eating and eating to the point obscene gluttony, you are looked at as if you are weird or out of touch with the "norms of Thanksgiving." Well, if people want to stuff their faces in obscene gluttony, they can have at it...