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Rubio, Trump, and Fathers’ Day – Tom’s Mass and Catholic Youth

[…]Miami Herald didn’t pick it up but it is at BuzzFeed.” “What did you advise him?” Jay continued. “Look at the BuzzFeed link. Advices number 1 – 5 are still very valid and relevant; only Advice #6  (Run, Marco, run) is now outdated – he’s running.” “But Trump may take him down,” Bill said. “Yes, hopefully. Patrick Murphy, currently in the House  representing Florida 18, is coming on strong.” “If Rubio takes your advice, he might win,” Jay said. “I hope not,” Bill added. “For all the reasons in State Change.” “He’s unlikely to take my advice,” I said. “He’s too young, naive, arrogant – unless one of his kids sees the letter and really gets to him.” “Or Jeanette,” Bill said. “Yes, or Jeanette.” We sipped our coffees and tea (Jay) silently for a few minutes. “Did you get to Tom’s memorial Mass?” Bill asked. “I didn’t.” “Yes, it was at St. Ambrose’s – a beautiful church with an incredible organ and sound system.” “I thought you didn’t like organ music,” Jay said. “Normally not, but this sound was really incredible, majestic, spiritual. The priests mentioned Tom towards the end – they recognized several people, as well as Tom. Carrie told […]
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Reading Between the Lines – Creatively

[…]Independent run, so Trump-averse Utah Republicans don’t have to vote for Hillary.” “Another Rubio. I say 10,000 times I won’t run. ..Oops, maybe I better – for the good of the state, the country, the party.” “They’re all hypocrites. Or is it the revelation syndrome? Anyway, your turn,” Jay said, looking at me.   “I’ll do local. The U carbon divestment campaign.” “Yea – the President said no divestment, so they can get continuing support from … the fossil fuel industry,” Bill read from the Salt Lake Tribune. “At least they’re honest about their motives,” Jay added. “Nothing about leadership, education, morals, values.” “Bingo,” I said. “But he did say climate change is one of the most pressing and difficult issues of our time.” “And implied that his leaderless U can’t do anything about it?” Bill said. “Where have all the cojones gone?” Jay smiled. “They’re not in the U Administration,” I said. “They squandered a unique opportunity – the Faculty Senate handed them two very reasonable, serious, well researched recommendations – which they largely ignored. What a cop out.” “Welcome to Utah,” Jay […]

Chapter 8: Presidential Candidates

[…]TV group Univision may start playing a stronger political awareness role.”       Homework: Marco Rubio for President   Marco Rubio, born 1971 in Miami, is the third of four children of Cuban immigrants; his parents, Mario and Oriales, migrated in 1956, three years before Castro assumed power. Batista was dictator at the time. Rubio’s dad was a bartender, his mom a maid. He has two sisters, Barbara and Veronica, who live in Miami. His older brother was a city official in Jacksonville. Marco attended South Miami Senior High, graduating in 1989. He earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida in 1993, and his law degree from the University of Miami in 1996. Rubio has said that his education required $100,000 in student loans, which he paid off in 2012. Rubio’s parents were Mormon converts for three years while residing in Las Vegas; Rubio at age 12 asked them to convert to Catholicism; they did. Marco and Jeanette were married in 1998; they have four children: Amanda, Anthony, Daniella and Dominic. They live in West Miami. The Rubios attend Christ Fellowship, a Southern Baptist Church, as well as Catholic services. Rubio served in Florida’s House […]

Chapter 6: Patient Priorities

[…]according to the AP: Chris Christie, 54; John Kasich, 47; Rand Paul, 38; Carly Fiorina, 28; Marco Rubio, 21; Donald Trump, 15; and Ben Carson, 13. Cruz was last – even worse than Trump and Carson. Bush, the highest scoring GOP candidate, has now exited the race. “That’s enough for now,” I said “Sixteen or so to study. Congress-people will take some time and homework. My goal is to keep the final list down to 29.”   “Why 29?” Jay asked.   “You’ll see,” I smiled.   “Cause it’s a prime number?” Bill asked.   “Nope. You’ll see.”       We agreed that the selection of the dozen or so additional Congressional patients needs to be very strategic. Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy – the Congressional Leadership – of course deserve our attention and treatment.   We looked at the House Freedom Caucus and at the ideological ‘spectrum’ data available at . We discussed the possibility of treating the far right end of the spectrum, where most of the Freedom Caucus and ‘Tea Party’ members are located. We looked at a Rolling Stones magazine recent analysis of the Freedom Caucus, by Dickinson. Apparently the members are […]

Chapter 11: Delivery and Treatment

[…]each of them.”     Florida’s therapist will also be me; the primary patients are Jeb! Bush, Marco Rubio, and perhaps  Bill Koch.   Rubio and Bush are in the Miami area; Bill Koch is up in West Palm Beach.  Miami and Palm Beach are about 70 miles apart. Florida has one Republican Senator – Rubio, of course. Govtrack places Rubio roughly in the GOP middle with a slightly above average leadership score.   There are 27 Congressional Districts – 17 of which are filled by Republicans, and only two of those are in our Miami – Palm Beach target area:   Carlos Curbello represents District 26. His ideology score is to the left of the GOP center, with a low leadership score. He was elected in 2014. He also has an office in Miami.   Ileana Ros-Lehtinen represents District 27. Elected 1988, her ideology score is the left of the GOP distribution – she’s almost a conservative Democrat. She has a very high leadership score. Her main office is also in Miami.   One trip to Miami gets me to Rubio and Jeanette, Corbello, and Ros-Lehtinen, and possibly to Jeb Bush – and Columba. One short road trip gets […]

Chapter 12: Outcomes and Tomorrow

[…]one – her name is Amanda,’ she said’. ‘Here, take three, one for Amanda, one for Mrs. Rubio, and one for Mr. Rubio.’ She took them, saying ‘OK, I should see Mrs. Rubio in a few weeks. We are having a holiday party for the office then.’ Then I added, ‘maybe you should have a summary of Pope Francis’ Laudato si encyclical on the table’. She smiled. ‘That’s a good idea’, she said.”   “I wonder what the response was to her encyclical summary suggestion,” Jay said.   “Maybe not entirely negative,” Bill added. “Rubio’s been getting input – and even some heat – from South Florida mayors on the region’s rising water issues – on climate change. Maybe he’s actually looking for a revelation excuse.”   “I just learned, via a Times article, of course, that ‘…climate change is included in Florida’s education standards’ and that some teachers include it in their teaching even though they often get some pushback,” I reported.   “Maybe Marco needs to go back to high school,” Jay suggested.   “Now who’s the optimist?” I smiled.   “I understand Rubio’s not running for his Senate seat?” Jay asked.   “Yes. I actually asked for […]

Chapter 9: Congress

[…]– or those who vote on bills,” Bill said.   “Or don’t vote, like the mighty Marco Rubio,” Jay noted. “But he’s covered under Presidential candidate.”   “We’ll also include other needy members of their delegation, in case they are convenient to treat.”   “And if the book about harmless and its actions is published, we can Tweet to each of them: ‘You made the cut. Congratulations’,” I smiled.   harmless selected the additional 12 Congressional ‘soldiers’ on the basis of their far right, anti-environment, and anti-bipartisanship records and statements. We also considered their membership on Congressional committees.   Barrasso, John – Wyoming Senator, denier, anti EPA. He’s a graduate of Georgetown University. He’s an MD and did a residency at Yale University. He practiced orthopedics and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year. Barrasso is married (his second) to Bobbi Brown. They married in 2008. She is a breast cancer survivor. He has three children: Peter, Emma, and Hadley. Although Barrasso went to Catholic schools, he is now a Presbyterian.   He’s quoted as saying, ‘I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control and a strong national defense’; he has ‘voted for prayer […]

Chapter 3: Harmless – The Team

[…]His district is easy for me to get to.”   “I’m partial to Florida,” said Jay. “Perhaps Marco Rubio?”   “And I’ll do my ‘friend’ Chris Stewart here in Utah,” I said.   “We need to be sure our first ‘cases’ are evil enough to merit our initial attention. Looks like we all have more homework.”   “I’ll coordinate with Lucien to get them on his master spreadsheet,” Jay noted.       Bill was right on it: Darrell Issa, California House District 49 – is his official site. District 49 spans the Southern California coast centered on Oceanside, between LA and San Diego. UC San Diego and La Jolla are just outside the District. Issa was negatively profiled in the New Yorker in 2011 and has been recently compared to the infamous Joe McCarthy. He’s a prolific tweeter @darrellissa . He posts regularly on YouTube. He has local district offices in Vista and Dana Point. He does local events, although no immediate upcoming ones on his Facebook page. His Facebook profile lists Atlas Shrugged as his favorite book.   “Another guy still trying to escape puberty!” Peter said.   “That’s just the beginning. Ethics issues, possible fraud, dogmatic, […]

Chapter 10: Plutocrats – and Others

[…]such measure was passed in 2005 in Florida – championed by an ambitious state legislator named Marco Rubio and signed by Governor Jeb Bush.   The National Rifle Association partners with ALEC to steer similar laws through other state legislatures. Since 2005, the NRA, through ALEC, has taken stand-your-ground nationwide, helping to pass laws in 24 other states. At least 10 of those laws are all but identical to the language of the Florida legislation.   In Florida, Trayvon Martin’s home state, ‘justifiable homicides’ tripled between 2005 and 2011. A new study from Texas A&M found that by ‘lowering the expected costs associated with using lethal force,’ these stand-your-ground laws have driven an eight percent increase in murders and manslaughters.     “Did you hear about the new studies using plagiarism-detection software to analyze legislative bills?” I asked.   “Not really – but we’ve heard of situations where candidates and even elected officials have been induced to resign due to charges of plagiarism,” Bill said.   “New Scientist just reported studies looking specifically at legislation, to determine the origin of the bills – often coming from activist and special interest groups.”   “Like ALEC,” Jay smiled.   “Especially ALEC. And […]

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