Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Donald J. Trump has a replacement for Obamacare: “Insurance for Everybody.”

Happy Tuesday night from the Howdygram to you and yours! Sam is in bed and I’m at my desk in the study, noshing on seriously tasteless Wal-Mart store-brand potato chips and an ice cold Diet Sunkist. Life is good. Also I’ve got a lot of exciting news, regular features and general tidbits to share with y’all. Oh boy, right? Let’s get started!

Today’s herd of FREE FONTS is a diverse bunch, and they’re all so interesting I really can’t pick a favorite ... although I’m definitely leaning towards “Joella” (voluptuous letter shapes) and “HMS Gilbert.” “Ridewell” is a weird-looking thing with all kinds of fancy-ass stacked ligatures, “Guess Duo” is a collection of 14 fonts providing multiple weights of the two styles shown below, and “Hermanoalto Unicase” is a fun whatnot where all the uppercase and lowercase letters are the same height. Download links will appear after the graphic.

I’ll illustrate for you now why I’m so damn fond of “HMS Gilbert.” There are 13 fonts included with this family and they’re almost all unique, not just different weights of the same typeface. For instance, you get a fancy serif font, a nice sans serif in a couple of styles, two different shadowed fonts, a slab serif font, a pleasant monoline script and a hand-drawn brush script with lots of alternate characters and swooshy things. AND ALL OF THEM ARE FREE!

I’d like to share a few of my Monday freebies from Creative Market, an Etsy-ish website for graphic designers and creatives that sells high-end digital artwork, background patterns, textures, high-resolution photos, fonts and so on. Every Monday Creative Market sends out a mailing with download links for six free packages from various designers. This week I snagged a set of interesting mint green brushstrokes and some terrific antique wood backgrounds, pictured below. Yesterday I used one of these wood backgrounds to update the Howdygram’s banner and the matching copyright graphic in the right sidebar. I love free shit!
I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention or not, but when I updated the Howdygram’s banner I also changed the text color in my posts. It’s a taupe color now instead of gold ... AND I DEFINITELY LOVE IT. Thank you.

There’s some exciting news from the delusional world of Donald J. Trump ... HE HAS A REPLACEMENT FOR OBAMACARE. Trump, who is very smart, self-taught and knows a lot of good words, has figured out a way to solve all of America’s health problems by repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it immediately with Insurance for Everybody. In an interview last weekend with the Washington Post, Trump explained that Congress would definitely pass Insurance for Everybody because he’s the President of the United States, which is exactly the same as being a CEO, and they have to do whatever he says. The Post tried to keep a straight face while questioning Trump’s “plan” because he offered no details whatsoever except for yelling at pharmaceutical companies, which he says have been “politically protected.”

Maybe details about Insurance for Everybody will be forthcoming after the Senate confirms Tom Price as Trump’s nominee for the head of HHS. Right now all we know is that Price is deeply committed to privatizing Medicare, turning Medicaid into block grants and helping healthcare providers bankrupt seniors.

Or maybe Trump means Insurance for Everybody the way Paul Ryan means it ... that everybody can get insurance as long as they have enough money to buy it, which Ryan frequently refers to as “universal access.”

But Trump apparently wants to really, really cover everybody — for less money and much lower deductibles — because he’s the CEO of America now and his doctor can help him understand all the intricacies of our entire healthcare system. Seriously, wouldn’t you trust the judgment of a physician with a 15-year-old Windows computer, a 20th century telephone and a dot matrix printer?
Trump told the Post that his plan for replacing most aspects of Obama’s healthcare law is finished but remained coy about the details — “lower numbers, much lower deductibles” — and plans to unveil it alongside Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“It’s very much formulated down to the final strokes. We haven’t put it in quite yet but we’re going to be doing it soon,” Trump said. Don’t hold your breath, people.

Looks like the Trump team finally found an A-list celebrity — if “A” stands for “asshole” — to show up for the inauguration on Friday. Last week, according to court filings in Brooklyn, New York, a judge approved pharma bro Martin Shkreli’s travel to Washington, D.C., between January 17 and 21 to attend a “social event.” Shkreli is currently free on bail following his arrest by the FBI in December 2015 for securities fraud. It makes perfect sense that he’d be a pal of The Donald.
In case you don’t remember Martin Shkreli, he’s the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and is widely viewed as “the most hated man in America” (even more than George Zimmerman!) for jacking up the price of a life-saving HIV drug by 5600%. When Shkreli testified before Congress to explain gouging AIDS patients he refused to answer questions, smirked at the camera and displayed an amoral, sociopathic defense. As a result he became the new “darling” of the Republican Party.

And now it’s time to haul myself into the family room for a movie and a quick session with Rootin’-Tootin’ Sam’s Wild West Toenail Clinic. Check for details in my next post, okay?

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