QuadTalk
March 7, 2019
A capriciously disseminated newsletter written by a hemp-inspired quadriplegic jester who, like King Lear, impotently screams ineffective vitriol at the raging antediluvian squalls of societal indifference that violently smash the planet and callously destroy the things I love. I cry, defeated by a redoubtable sea of troubles as my siblings, whose pursuits of happiness do not coincide with the status quo, are mowed down by ignorant privilege while comfortably content indifference ignores the anguished cries of people's suffering simply because they don't look the same.
— SSTJazzVocalist

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Preamble

Welcome to QuadTalk. I am Rusty Taylor, a complete, level C-4 spinal cord injury who, for thirty-two years (and counting), has been unable to perform even the most rudimentary acts of daily living, and, as such, I am a victim of the nefarious for-profit healthcare system we, the citizens of the U.S.A., have callously ignored for too long. This will not be a media blitz of superfluity; I am a vitriolic antagonist against the status quo, so if you are naively looking for a feelgood story about a “poor li’l ol’ cripple boy” who done good against the odds, then I suggest you go find the Hallmark Channel and infuse your brain with enough endorphins to make you forget that separating children from their families is simply morally unconscionable or that a casual rapist majestically sits as Supreme Court judge. Otherwise, welcome...

CAVEAT

This newsletter is inspired by my capricious Muse. Unfortunately, I alone am responsible for its content and dissemination. I have no proof-reader or editor nor do I have corporate sponsors to moderate my tone and style, so...

I alone am responsible for all the typos contained herein, and all I can do is promise to try not to make additional grievous errors. Please excuse an occasional rhetorical mistake. They are unintentional.
—SSTJazzVocalist

Minimum Wage Is Slavery


Before I get into my Trump bashing, I have got to report for posterity that the hospice’s nursing assistant who has been assigned to assist me, an RN, who only comes once a month, just left my house while Stephanie (the hospice CNA who has three jobs) was making my bed. The pulchritudinous nurse walked in the door and immediately started talking to Stephanie. She then walked into the TV room where I was waiting and asked me how I was. After assuring her that I was fine, she asked where my parents were. They were in their bedroom, and I called for my father, but before he came out of the room, the nurse told me to tell my parents that she had stopped by and to give her a call if there was anything she could do. She was out the door before my father came out of his room... she was inside my house for a total of less than five minutes. I wonder how much the nurse gets paid as compared to Stephanie?

Talk about your white privilege.

The thing is that my parents are on hospice as well, my mother for CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) and COPD, and my father as one who has survived cancer and open-heart surgery. According to our Medicare bill, Hospice gets $6,000 a month for each of us (me, ma, and pa), but the company does very little for my parents save take their blood pressures, order some of their prescriptions, and ask about their bowels. We are the reasons that the company qualifies for the money they receive through the government via Medicare, but it is remuneration for their for-profit institution, and the stockholders get a portion of the money; however, they are there for me if I need emergency assistance, so there is that .

Keep in mind that Stephanie has temporarily replaced Dawn, the CNA who is scheduled to assist in getting me up, dressed, and in my chair each day (save weekends and holidays because, you know, those of us on hospice care only need part-time lifesaving attendant care, but I digress...).

Incidentally, Dawn, my regular CNA, has taken a few weeks off for surgery; although, she does not get paid when she doesn’t work, unlike the RNs and LPNs who are salaried employees. It will not surprise me if she returns to work before she effectively heals because that’s exactly what these people do, the same people that the comfortable call lazy, the same people who need three jobs because minimum-waged employees cannot afford to live any other way. The minimum wage assures that paying cheap labor won’t negatively affect the acquisition of wealth accumulation, i.e. hoarding, by men and woman who manage numbers in air-conditioned offices while comfortably seated in ergonomically designed chairs in offices kept pristine by other minimum wage remunerated domestic help of questionable legality... yes, conservatives abhor illegal aliens unless they clean their offices or wipe their asses.

A few days later, Stephanie was not feeling well, but she could not afford to take off, so she pulled up her bootstraps and forged ahead. She drove to my house first, but she was in good spirits; she had been scheduled a relatively light day. Unfortunately, the hospice office called her thrice within the first fifteen minutes of her arriving at my house. She did call the office beforehand to tell them that she was really ill, but they feigned concern, suggesting that she take it as easy as possible while still completing her assigned duties before adding three more patients to her workload. It’s not like the nurse’s assistant couldn’t perform the CNA’s duties; she might perspire. Besides, the CNAs should be grateful that they even have a job... even when she does much more work for less money and nearly zero benefits like paid time off.

Peace Through Music 

Fact Is... Trump Was Elected


Trump is still president; however, the Democratic House has requested 81 people to testify in their oversight investigations. If they don’t show up voluntarily, subpoenas will be issued. After 8 years of zero oversight of the president, the Democratic Party gained a majority in the House of Representatives, and they are seriously investigating the Executive Branch for security clearances (like for Jarod Kushner) and other political anomalies that the House ignored when Republicans held majority influence. The swamp is finally draining:

Jailed
  • Michael CohenGeorge Papadopoulus
  • Alexander van der Zwaan
  • Richard Pinedo

Convicted
  • Paul Manafort

Pleaded Guilty
  • Michael Flynn
  • Rick Gates

Charged
  • Roger Stone
  • 13 Russian nationals and 3 entities
  • 12 Russian military intelligence officers
  • Konstantin Kilimnik

People of Interested
  • Jerome Corsi
  • Donald Trump, Jr.
  • Jarod Kushner
  • Donald J Trump [1]


It still amazes me that Trump not only has avid followers but that his popularity has increased. It is only after intense contemplation (yes, I am currently influenced by botanical thaumaturgy) that I am able to muse about why anybody can still support such an overtly repulsive individual, and the answer seems clear: pride.

For centuries, religion and politics have woven together to influence occidental philosophy. Unfortunately, these influences have embraced a patriarchal model that is currently being challenged, and let’s face it, people, in general, do not like to change even if they are in unpleasant situations, fearing that a worse scenario will replace their current situation, which, when juxtaposed against each other, makes their current unpleasantness seem Sardanapalian... especially when the individual in question had privileges that many others were denied (because of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or nationality) and still wound up barely achieving mediocrity.

Suddenly, a sparkly comically coiffed brachydactylous charlatan offers excuses that, although specious, strongly suggests culpability for uninspired mediocrity by blaming different minority subcultures for stealing opportunities. Woven within this tapestry of disapproval is the threat of religious identity. There are too many people who ignorantly believe that our nation’s founders created a governmental philosophy based on Christian dogma even though they explicitly expressed a separation of church and state in the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... ”

Unfortunately, these Trump supporters have been abducted [not inducted] into a cult that promises an eternity of post-terrestrial Elysium when they publicly announce their irrevocable fealty to their “Lord and Savior” regardless of their actions, which seems... convenient. The sad point about this MO is that today’s youth is so not into religion; in fact, they find religious dogma more restrictive than government. They, like I, do not care if they are condemned to a Hell that they, and I, do not believe exists save for as incentive for institutions to restrict the intentions of its congregation.

Trump now tells his flock of plangently bleating followers that Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation is reaching beyond its jurisdiction. In the recent CPAC rally, DJ said,


But they fight so hard on this witch hunt, this phony deal that they put together; this phony thing that now looks like it’s dying. So they don’t have anything with Russia. There’s no collusion. So now they go and morph into, “Let’s inspect every deal he’s ever done. We’re going to go into his finances. We’re going to check his deals. We’re going to check… ” These people are sick. They’re sick.


It’s adduced that Trump does not read and that he is nescient, but he obviously does not have a knack for History because his complaining about the Robert Mueller’s “inspect[ing] every deal [Trump’s] every done” totally ignores the fact that President Clinton’s investigation into the Whitewater financial scandal, even after three fastidious inquiries, found insignificant evidence linking the Clintons to any malfeasance related to the failed land deal. Ultimately, Bill Clinton was impeached for receiving felatio from an intern who was much younger then he... as if he were the only man in Washington DC to get ahead in getting head from young ingenues.

This frightens DJ into impotence.

Not very long ago, one couldn’t be a successful national politician unless one were a white male. Finally, and unapologetically, politicians are not only racially diverse and polychromatic, they are also much younger... and energetic... and enthusiastic. The ERA Amendment is showing renewed signs of life and is growing stronger by the day. Trump and his followers are waning into total impotence... and possible incarceration.

Peace Through Music

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[1] I garnered this list from The Guardian.



Shameless Solicitation

It’s time. I need money to pay for someone to help me because I’m wearing out my family. I’m hoping to solicit enough money to overpay someone to help me throughout the day and night for a weekend... or longer; my septuagenarian parents need a break. Please read my story, and if you can, donate a few bucks. If a bunch of folks give just a little, I can stay home; otherwise, I will consider going into a nursing home. I am tired of being a burden on my family. If you are unable to donate, your support will be just as appreciated. Thank you very much.

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