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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Jimmy Margulies)

In other news, the Justice Department has decided to stop defending the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in court and now believes protections for pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional.

Why? Because Republicans voted to repeal the individual mandate. And because Republicans want you dead.

Texas says that without the fine in place the requirement to have health insurance is unconstitutional and that the entire law should be struck down as a result.

The administration said it agrees with Texas that the so-called individual mandate will be unconstitutional without the fine. It also said that provisions shielding people with medical conditions from being denied coverage or charged higher premiums and limiting how much insurers can charge older Americans should fall as well.

Meanwhile, Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Again. Manafort's longtime Russian contact and consultant Konstantin Kilimnik has also been indicted. Both have been charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Finally, I hadn't planned on signing off early today, but then I woke up and saw the news that chef, writer, and television host Anthony Bourdain committed suicide at the age of 61. And just using those titles to describe him is selling him short. The writing born from his deep life experience was an inspiration and it's hard to comprehend how anyone can manage to survive our daily hell if he could not.

I've been spacing in and out all day thinking about his travels and the episodes of his show that stuck with me the most, from his trip to Laos where bombs dropped 50 years ago are still killing people today, to his trip to the desert of Southern California that was equal parts Mad Max and Fear and Lothing.

There were other important stories in the news that I planned to cover today, but I have nothing left to say. I'll see you on Monday.

  • Gretchen Wingert

    I’ve not had anyone death affect me as much as Anthony’s. It’s been such a blow today and sucked the wind out of my sails as soon as I woke up and saw the news. Rest in peace Mr. Bordain. You will be missed.

  • I woke up tired and depressed today, which I do most days of my life but I always muscle through. Then I heard that Trumpov said he wants Russia back in the G7 and I almost drove off the road in a rage. Then I heard that Bourdain was gone and so I felt really, really sad because I always felt that he was a very authentic person in a very inauthentic world. Basically, like Ashby, I’ve spent the entire day in a fog. Take care of yourself Ashby. We need you back here on Monday. And yes that’s selfish of me but I”m tired of being unselfish so thpppppt. I also get tired of being mature. I’d drink if I thought it would help. It won’t this time. What does help is hugging the people you love and telling them how you feel. Even if it’s just a furry companion. They will return it tenfold.

  • Victor the Crab

    Republicans will not stop, will not surrender, until the ACA (aka, the accursed Obamacare) is crushed into a bazillion itsy bitsy pieces. Thanks BernieBums for trying to stick up to your convictions that gave us Drumpf and the GOP holding both the House and Senate, you retarded fuckfaces.

    If Chez were still with us, he’d be saying something about why it’s such a cruel, unfair world where Anthony Bourdain is dead and Guy Fieri is still very much alive.

  • Aynwrong

    “Stop voting for people who want you dead.”

    ~JM Ashby; too many times to remember

    Paul Manafort is not worth thinking about today.

    Anthony Bourdain’s suicide was/is shocking. There’s not much left in the news that can shock these days. It goes to show that people who “have it all” are as human as the rest of us. There’s something about suicide (even of a stranger) that rattles me in a way other forms of death simply don’t. The pain and privation a person must have been going through.

    All I can say is if you’re having these thoughts, please reach out to someone, even a stranger. I understand it’s hard not to be cynical but people really do care and want you here, living. To quote simpfan: “The world is a better place with you in it.”

  • simpfan

    If anyone out there is having suicidal thoughts, please tell somebody. There are people out there who will listen and who will help. The world is a better place with you in it.

    • Aynwrong

      Hear, hear…