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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Massachusetts Named Healthiest State in America

2017 State RankingsMassachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah, and Connecticut rank as the five healthiest states,while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi rank the least healthy.

(CNN)Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report. Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut rank as the five healthiest states, while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi rank the least healthy in America's Health Rankings, according to the report by the United Health Foundation.

The rankings take into account a variety of health factors, such as rates of infectious diseases, obesity, physical inactivity, smoking and infant mortality, as well as air pollution levels and the availability of health care providers.

This is the first time Massachusetts has been named the healthiest state, ending Hawaii's five-year reign

The Bay State won the honor in part due to having the lowest percentage of uninsured residents at just 2.7% of the population, plus a low prevalence of obesity and a high number of mental health providers.

Mississippi and Louisiana, ranked 49th and 50th, have major health challenges, according to the report, including a high prevalence of smoking, obesity and children in poverty.

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It is sad to look at the maps in the above link and understand that the states with the worst health ratings are states that are governed by Republican governors and where voters continue to vote against their self interest.

Massachusetts is not just the healthiest state, it is also the best educated. I believe that being intelligent voters in making quality of life choices produces a healthy population. We have the lowest uninsured population in America. Perhaps there's a link between giving people access to quality health care and having a healthy population. It's just plain smart.

It's a shame so many Gooper Americans don't understand that basic fact.

BTW, it is also noteworthy that Massachusetts has had more Republican governors than Democratic governors to balance the always heavily Democratic state legislature. Also, our Republican governors are not insane, like the present people who have taken over the GOP.  

Massachusetts is smart, we would NEVER vote for the sort of Republicans that have infected and ruined the Party of Lincoln.

Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish family and friends.

Trump slams Sen. Gillibrand in bizarre, sexually suggestive tweet after she calls for him to resign

The GOP's president, Donald J. Trump, enraged by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's call for him to resign, tweeted out a message today suggesting that she would have sex with the him in order to get what she wants.

That's the GOP's president, attacking a woman, a U.S. Senator, who dared to speak her mind in America.

Trump, who hasn't a decent human bone in his bloated, sexist, racist, wreck of a coca cola drenched body, wrote the following:

Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,”

"begging...(and would do anything for them)"

What is #45 implying with that?

This is the sort of low-class sexual harassment one would find on a trashy far right-wing blog, written by half-wits and sexual degenerates, not by the POTUS.

But #45 has it all wrong. It's the GOP in Alabama that is ready to "do anything for" him --  to elect to the US Senate a credibly accused child molester (9+ women) and a man who broke the law and was kicked off of the Alabama state supreme court twice.

Those are  the current GOP's "family values."

Donald J. Trump has brought the United States into the gutter with him, because that's where malignant narcissists and sexual degenerates thrive.

Senator Gillibrand's tweet back to #45:

You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. 

And there's this Trump MAGA:

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Nothing good will come of it.

We've witnessed in less than a year how damaging Trump's presidency has been to America's reputation at home and abroad.

Now the people of Alabama are ready to send to the US Senate a lawless man who was kicked off of the state supreme court and who has been accused by several credible women of molesting them when they were teenagers. The current GOP is willing to overlook Moore's disgusting behavior so that they can keep a senate seat. 

When Moore wins the senate election in Alabama (and there's no question IMM that he will win), the current GOP will have sealed its reputation, for a least a generation, as being the party of  a self-admitted sexual assaulter (Trump) and an accused child molester (Roy Moore).

We've already seen that young people have abandoned the party and the GOP is losing women's support with each new poll taken.


Jennifer Rubin, WaPo:

"Now that Trump has been shown to be just as ignorant, unhinged, racist, incompetent, authoritarian and unfit as his critics said, the Trump voters (sporting an uncanny willingness to deny reality or just lie) don’t seem so interesting; they just sound wacky. Rather than the repositories of moral truth, they sound mean-spirited and selfish. They can’t see the real victims in society because they are convinced they’re the real victims. "

Amy Davidson Sorkin/New Yorker: 

 "Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and the Degradation of the G.O.P. In less than a year, the President, with help from the Alabama Senate candidate, has so damaged the Party that it may never recover. What would they tolerate in order to secure the fifty-first vote? Put another way, if the Party is willing to give its money and its credibility to protect a candidate accused of molesting teen-agers, what might it talk itself into doing to protect the President? Robert Mueller may be interested in the answer."

 Meanwhile, the GOP's self-admitted sexual assaulter and serial liar continues his pathology of incessant lying each time he speaks to his supporters

 "Donald Trump makes 21 false claims in Missouri speech about tax plan The Star’s running tally of every false thing the president of the United States of America has said since his inauguration — an average of 2.9 false claims per day."

Nothing good will come of it.

"The pre-Trump Republican Party is dead; the Zombie Trump Party now lives in its stead, devoid of principle, feasting on fear and rage, foreign to moral framing." --Charles Blow