Did brain tumor cause McCain to vote NO on Trumpcare

Letter to the Editor

Senator Ron Johnson said that he thinks McCain’s brain tumor might have “factored in” as to why McCain might have voted NO on the “skinny Obamacare repeal”, and oddly enough – I agree with him.

McCain has a very serious brain cancer and this vote might have been McCain’s last significant vote in the Senate and this will be the vote he’s remembered for. So maybe he wanted his last vote to be something good rather than something evil. Sometimes when a person is facing their mortality and wanting to give their life meaning they decide to do the right thing rather than waste their remaining existence on petty political points.

Congress passes Russia Sanctions

Letter to the Editor

After 6 months where the Republicans have had control of the House, Senate, and Presidency, the finally passed their first major piece of legislation. They passed a bill to sanction Russia for helping get Trump elected. It will be interesting to see if Trump signs it. What a bizarre world we live in.

McCain should get the health care he votes for

Letter to the Editor

As a member of the Senate John McCain gets special treatment when it comes to health care. I wonder how McCain would vote, now that he has brain cancer, if he had no special treatment and had to get the health care package that he votes for. You would think someone facing death would have a little compassion for the American People.

McCain recovering in hospital with health care vote looming

Letter to the Editor

The US Senate has delayed a vote on passing Trumpcare because Senator John McCain is in the hospital. They need to wait for McCain to recover so that he can vote to take away health care protections for the rest of us. How pathetic is that?

McCain’s procedure is something that Obamacare protects, but under Trumpcare if McCain were just a citizen the procedure he is getting to remove a blood clot might be denied. I’m hoping that McCain’s medical experience will help him feel compassion before he votes to take health care protections away from the rest of us.

Did I just find the Cure for Cancer?

Dear Friends and Family,

As you all know from my previous announcements that I have been working on designing a custom immunotherapy treatment that has never been tried before, and the hard part as usual, getting the doctors to do it. Well – I finally got the treatment and – it appears as if it worked. And I stress the word “appears” because it’s looks like it’s going to take about 2 months before imaging is going to show what’s happening. But my cancer symptoms are gone.

I am in a state of stunned disbelief. Too early to believe it – too late not to believe it.

On Monday June 19 I got an infusion of ipilimumab which is an immunotherapy drug. 2 days later I got a series of 3 radiation treatments (21st thru 23rd). Dosage, 3 fractions of 9gy xrays from Varian Trilogy set at 9MV. These treatment we unusual in that instead of irradiating the whole tumor, I asked that they just burn a disk in the center of the main tumor leaving the rest of the tumor undamaged. This request was very counter intuitive in radiology because they are trained to kill every cancer cell they can possibly hit and it took a lot of work to get them to deliberately leave tumor undamaged.

But that was important because I was turning the tumor into a school, not a battlefield, where I was teaching my immune system what the cancer looked like (antigens) and classify it as an enemy. By using partial radiation I created an environment where white blood cells in my immune system could interact with dead cancer and learn it.

4 days after treatment I started getting a reaction. I was queasy, low energy, aches and pains, chills. Wgen I got home I had a fever of 101, and it occurred to me, is this the fever I was hoping for?

Fever indicates that I’m having an immune response. My immune system is fighting something. Was it attacking the cancer?

So I took a hot bath and used a heating pad to increase the fever and got it up to 103. I wanted to create heat shock proteins and signal the battle was on. Wednesday still had fever and was rather out of it. Thursday morning fever broke and all my cancer symptoms were gone.

I have aednocarsonoma and the aedno part of the name means “mucus secreting”. On Thursday the mucus went to almost none. I had been coughing up a lot even before I was diagnosed last August. I went out and sawed limbs off a tree, hard work, and didn’t cough up anything. At night when I lay down and in the morning when I get up, almost nothing. Energy is good. On Saturday I did a 4 mile hike. 2 miles up hill and 2 down. It was like walking up the stairs of a 60 story building, but without the stairs. Yes I was out of breath and I coughed, but didn’t cough anything up.

If I have a mucus secreting cancer and have no mucus, is the cancer dead? Why do I no longer have symptoms?

However …

I have no hard information and I don’t actually know what happened but something extraordinary occurred and it is so easy to want to declare victory, but the easiest person to fool is myself and I would like to see a doctor with a before and after image showing the cancer gone. I don’t have that and I’m not going to get it soon. So – stunned disbelief is as good as it gets, for now.

I have to say that although I knew this should work, I didn’t expect it to actually work. I thought the most likely outcome was failure. And I definitely didn’t expect that I might have gone from having cancer to possibly cancer free in just 10 days. I had planned to repeat this process at least 2 more times changing the radiation and drugs around. But now I don’t know if I have any live tumor to attack anymore and no point in hitting dead tumor with xrays. At this point there are no plans for any future treatment.

Often when the abscopal effect occurs it is a “complete response” which means cured. My immune system might kill every last cancer cell. And I may have created a vaccine against my own cancer which will prevent recurrence. Note the word “may”.

The implications are stunning. If this did work it could work for any cancer for anyone. It’s all low tech off the shelf stuff where the secret sauce is timing and partial radiation of the tumor. Did I find the cure for cancer? Might be a Nobel Prize in it for me and a movie about my life. I’m thinking Hugh Jackman can play my part, but this is the optimistic thinking I’m trying to avoid.

Anyhow, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I might not die soon. And also wondering if I missed something and I just kicked the can down the road. But I’m 11 months into a cancer where median survival is 8 months and I’m still climbing mountains 3 months past my sell by date. So that in itself is victory.

I will write more when I find out more.

Marc Perkel
Random Genius

America – A celebration of Stupidity and Corruption

Letter to the Editor

As we untangle the mess that’s called the 2016 election we see that both parties are a celebration of stupidity and corruption. While we investigate Russian “meddling” in our election we are ignoring that we know from Wikileaks that Hillary cheated in her election with Bernie Sanders and that the core players who cheated are still in power in the Democrat Party. And saying vote for us because we are a little less corrupt than the Republicans is no longer good enough.

Meanwhile the Republicans are too incompetent to govern and the justice department has to wonder if they can prosecute a president who is too stupid to even understand the laws that he breaks with impunity. And as stupid as Trump is, the 16 other Republicans he ran against were actually even worse. We now have the Republicans, who are in the pockets of big money, fighting the Democrats, who are also in the pockets of big money, and they only thing that always seems to happen is that the top 1% always gets the tax break while the rest of us get stripped of medical protections.

I’m so disgusted that it makes me want to burn a flag. But I no longer think the flag is worthy of burning because America no longer has an meaning. So this 4th of July I’m going to hang the flag upside down because I think we can all agree, America is in distress.

Democrats should offer Paul Ryan the Presidency

Letter to the Editor

As we all know, if we impeach President Trump then Vice President Mike Pence becomes president, and a lot of people (including me) think that he is even worse than Trump. But – Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is third in line for the presidency. And Ryan is the lesser of 3 evils.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should go to Paul Ryan and say, “Tell you what we’ll do. If you impeach Trump and Pence at the same time then you become president and we Democrats will support that.” Since they are offering Ryan to become president I would think Ryan would be interested. But would the Democrats be smart enough to do this? Not a chance!

Russian Hackers breached voting systems in 39 states

Letter to the Editor

Apparently in the 2016 election Bloomberg News reports that “Russian hackers managed to breach voter databases and software systems in 39 states”. 39 STATES!!! None of these reports talk about what the Russians did when they broke in other than to use the words “efforts to meddle or tamper” with our election.

If the Russians got into these systems one has to assume that they did something even if we don’t know what they did. Many of these news reports seem do downplay the impact as if they didn’t actually change any results. I have a hard time believing that they didn’t flip the election and that in reality America didn’t choose our leaders, the Communists did. Whatever happened in 2016 can hardly be called an election.

Republicans – watch your backs

Letter to the Editor

If Trump and the Republicans manage to repeal Obamacare and ruin health coverage by remove caps and preexisting conditions, a lot of people are going to end up dead. And the friends and families of those dead people are going to come looking for the members of Congress who caused their death and they are not going to be happy.

Trump – put your science money where your mouth is

Letter to the Editor

On Earth Day, in response to the March for Science, Trump said, “My administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks, As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.”

That’s is a welcome response, but the real test is if you actually fund science or not. I say, put your money where your mouth is. Funding science can indeed help America become great and create jobs and a better life for everyone. Science can settle the climate change debate and prove if it’s real or just some liberal fraud. Many of our greatest scientific advancements that cure cancer come from funding research.

So I’m hoping this isn’t just an attempt to just say the right thing and that you actually realize funding science is objectively a good idea. Science is the study of Reality and we want to make Reality our friend.

Science and Faith are not compatible

Letter to the Editor

This Saturday is the March for Science and there is a good reason to put science first. Science is the study of Reality the way it really is. Faith is a decision to believe whatever you want regardless of if it’s real.

Although it is true that people of faith also believe in a lot of things that are real, faith allows one to ignore Reality and choose to believe regardless of the evidence. In the world of science when what you believe is determined to be wrong then you are expected to change your mind and go with what the evidence supports.

In the world of science it is assumed that Reality is something that exists and we learn from the universe through discovery. In the faith based world they choose to believe something with the expectation that Reality will magically transform to match what they believe. But, as they say, you can’t serve two masters, and if you choose to put your personal beliefs ahead of Reality then your understanding of the universe stops. It also causes brain damage because you lose the ability to distinguish what is real from what isn’t. The concept of Truth goes away because proof relies on evidence which are concepts from the science based world.

Ultimately we have to learn how to live in harmony with Reality or else Reality will kick us out of existence. People who have turned their backs to Reality put all of humanity at risk. Although believing in invisible friends is protected by the Constitution, it’s a sin against the universe. And we could all be punished with extinction.

Democrats right to oppose Goresuch

Letter to the Editor

Democrats are right to filibuster Goresuch for the Supreme Court because Merrick Garland, appointed by President Obama is the next nominee. Goresuch is only up if Garland is voted down. If Garland doesn’t get a vote, neither should Goresuch.

There is also a bigger issue. Goresuch is being appointed by Trump who lost the popular vote and only became president because he and his staff colluded with the Communists in Russia to rig the election. It’s bad enough that we have a Communist appointed president, but do we want Russian influence on the Supreme Court as well when Trump could soon be impeached for treason? I don’t think so. Obama appointed Garland and Garland is next in line for a vote. Democrats need to say NO to Republican cheating and force a vote on Garland first.

Dems lost because they opposed sex with miners

Letter to the Editor

The Democratic party has been losing ground in rural white America because of the their opposition to having sex with miners. “Just because I work in a coal mine doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be allowed to have sex!”, a coal miner might have said if he were asked. “These liberals want to control what I do in bed!”

I reporter might have said in response, “It’s not sex with miners, it’s sex with minors. That means you can’t have sex with your daughters.” “Oh – I get it now,”, the miner might have responded. “But that’s even worse!”

Looks like getting the rural white vote is going to be a challenge for Dems as Hillary plans her next run for president in 2020.

Do Republicans like dirty air and polluted water?

Letter to the Editor

I’m trying to understand of there’s some physiological difference between Republicans and Democrats where Republicans like breathing dirty air and and drinking polluted water. Trump is now trying to undo everything Obama do to protect the environment as if clean air and clean water are a bad thing. It just seems to me that Republicans would want to drink clean water and breathe clean air too. I suppose that making Obama look bad is more important than the health of The People?

Trump threatens House to pass Trumpcare

Letter to the Editor

Trump is so obsessed with repealing Obamacare that he’s threatening members of the House that they will lose their seats. Trump is destroying America and when people no longer can afford health care they are not going to be happy. Makes me wonder what will happen when America loses health coverage and they kick grandma to the curb and let people die on the streets. When their friend and family start dying there’s going to be a backlash against those who took health care away.

Republicans better take into consideration what they are doing to Americans and make it about what is good for us and not about what Trump wants.

Donna Brazile confesses to cheating for Hillary

Letter to the Editor

DNC chief Donna Brazile’s confession that she fed Hillary debate information is troubling on so many levels. First she lied about it saying “As a Christian woman I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted,” Ms. Brazile told Fox News. “Your information is false.” It’s not just that she lied, but that she invoked Christ as part of the lie, which makes her claim to be a “Christian woman” a lie too. Even as an Atheist I know that if you’re willing to lie in the name of Christ – you’re not really a believer. Thankfully CNN fired her for her ethical malfunction.

Then she goes on to justify the cheating by saying that she was an advocate for women and minorities. But what this really means is that she thinks women and blacks are inferior and that cheating is justified to make up the difference. That’s just so racist!

Now she’s blaming it all on the Russians hacking the DNC email server. But when the FBI showed up to investigate she denied them access to the evidence, concealing the possibility that the supposed hack might be an inside job. Ultimately Brazile, through helping Hillary cheat helped Trump win the presidency. So we are all stuck with the consequences of her dishonesty.

Trump to cancel insurance coverage for fetuses

Letter to the Editor

Under the newly proposed Trumpcare the Republicans are dropping the mandate that health insurers cover pregnancy. This leaves millions of fetuses without medical insurance.

Republicans have argued that life begins at conception and therefore fetuses are people. So under Republican rules fetuses should be counted as people who will lose insurance coverage under Trumpcare. I suppose under Republican philosophy, “If these fetuses want health coverage, maybe they should get a job!” Under Trumpcare Republicans will kill more unborn babies than from abortion. Republicans don’t care about the unborn. It’s just a political scam to con weak minded people into voting for them.

Who is spying on whom?

Letter to the Editor

Trump has accused Obama of spying on him. Although the accusation is personal, technically when Obama was president he was spying on everyone. So there is a little bit of truth there if you really stretch it.

But now – using the same reasoning – Trump is president and Obama is a private citizen. So now it’s Trump who is spying on Obama! Trump – bad (or Sick) guy! Terrible!

Lowering the bar for Trump

Letter to the Editor

When Trump was running for president he said a lot of really stupid things, and the news media let him get away with it because Trump is a clown, and no one seriously thought he was going to become president. But not he has.

What I see is the news media giving him a pass instead of expecting him to actually be the leader of the free world. Are we going to lower the bar for Trump? Is incompetence the new competence? Is stupid the new smart? Is failure the new success?

The future of America is on the line and watching Trump play president is like watching a 5 year old drive a car off a cliff, And we’re supposed to just sit here and pretend everything’s gonna be all right. Really?! Very sad!

Obama actually did wiretap Trump

Letter to the Editor

There is some truth to Trump’s story that Obama wiretapped him in that Obama wiretapped everyone, as Edward Snowden revealed. He also wiretapped Hillary, and you and me. He wiretapped our friends and he wiretapped our enemies. So even though Trump is making this story up, it happens to also be true.

Although now that Trump is president Trump wiretapping himself. Maybe Trump should put a stop to illegal warrantless wiretapping? That would be a big step to making America great again.

Time for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian connections

Letter to the Editor

There seems to be at going on between the Trump administration and the Russians. Today it was revealed the Attorney General Sessions lied to Congress under oath claiming he had no contact with the Russians during the campaign when he had. Back in 1998 the Republicans tried to impeach President Clinton for lying under oath about sex. Lying about meeting with Russian spies is a far more serious situation.

During the campaign Trump made public statements encouraging the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails to affect the outcome of the elections. Although many people ignored it at the time thinking Trump was too stupid to realize what he was saying, that doesn’t absolve him from encouraging people to break the law and collude with Communist spies. Now that he’s President we can no longer write off these statement as the rantings of a mad man. Trump has to take responsibility for his actions. It’s time that we appointed a special prosecutor who is independent to investigate White House officials who are lying under oath about their contacts and involvement with the Russians.

Trumps Speech

Letter to the Editor

For the first time Trump was able to look presidential and sound presidential. But looks and talk is cheap. So far Trump hasn’t acted presidential. His speech was inspirational just as those of presidents before him who promised things and never delivered. One thing he did get specific on was stopping the outrageous prices charged for medicines as the pharmaceutical companies rape people who are ill. Competitive drug pricing is the holy grail of health care reform. If Trump can keep that promise I will be impressed.

Trump Deserves Fake News

Letter to the Editor

There’s a lot of “news” out there and some of it is fake, but Trump deserves fake news. During the Obama Administration Trump was the source of fake news stating Obama was born in Kenya. We have yet to see Trump’s birth certificate showing he wasn’t born in the Soviet Union like his wife was. And we know that Trumps election was rigged because before the election he said it was rigged. And unless that was fake news we have to believe him.

Reality vs. Belief

Letter to the Editor

There are people, like President Trump, who seem to not believe in an absolute Reality that we all live in. Instead he is the type who thinks that if he says something and people believe it that makes it true. For example, Trump claims he got the biggest electoral college win since Reagan. And he thinks by just saying that and having people believe it that it somehow makes it true. Similarly he thinks his white house is “running like a well oiled machine”, which clearly isn’t the case.

Similarly the Bush administration was at war with the “Reality Based Community”, stating “”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” But in the end Reality smacked the Bush administration down and we ended up with the great recession of 2008 and Bush is considered as the worse president ever.

Trump is just delusional in that he lacks the temperament and experience to be president. And he isn’t trying to learn anything, he thinks he can just proclaim and the universe will bend to his will. After just a month it’s clear that he’s a failure. In reality he’s like a 5 year old brat and he’s just so clueless that he’s a danger to the civilized world. We as a nation have turned our backs on Reality and we need to learn to live in harmony with Reality or the angry hand of Darwin shall surely strike us down.

America is out of control

Letter to the Editor

Right now America is in the worst shape it’s ever been in since the Civil War. We have a president who is clueless and out of control. America is like being in a car driven by a 7 year old brat who has never driven before while the parents are passed out drunk on the back seat. Trump has no clue how to run a country and isn’t showing any interest in learning. Trump is just plain crazy!

It’s bad enough to have a president who lies, but one that believes his own lies is even more dangerous. He really thinks that an election where he lost the popular vote is a landslide. He talks about invading Mexico. He tells the courts “I’ll see you in court”. Trump is at war with Reality – and when you go up against Reality – Reality always wins.

Snowden “Gift” story is fake news!

Letter to the Editor

Stories in the press say that Putin is going to give Snowden to Trump as a “gift”. It comes from “intelligence sources”, and it’s all fake news. Our intelligence community are not only liars, but they aren’t even good liars. And when you think things through it’s rather obvious.

Snowden was Obama’s obsession, not Trump. Why would Putin even think that Trump was interested in Snowden? I would think that Trump would rather have a bottle of Vodka or sexy Russian spy to sleep with than someone who exposed America’s illegal activities. It doesn’t make sense.

Our intelligence community is out of control. Instead of learning what’s going on in the world they just make stuff up. They are expressing their personal hatred of Snowden for exposing their illegal activities. Heads should roll in the intelligence community. Their behavior borders on treason.

Gorsuch is bad choice for Supreme Court

Letter to the Editor

Trump’s choice of Neil Gorsuch is a really bad decision and would be a terrible justice for those of us who believe in personal liberty and freedom. In my case I have terminal stage 4 lung cancer and because I live in California I have the ability to choose how and when I will die. My religion is the Church of Reality which supports my religious right to choose. “My life, my choice.”

The Reality is that everyone dies. Having a terminal diagnosis is like being at a bar at 2:00 am and the bar tender announces the bar is closing and it’s time to leave. “Natural death” is like not leaving the bar and waiting till the bouncer violently throws you out on the street. My choice will be to leave on my own terms at a time and method of my own choosing.

Neil Gorsuch would take that away. He would impose his own personal philosophy and is own Protestant values on my life and my choice forcing me to slowly die of suffocation as a gasp for air over days. He believes that the Government, not the individual, gets to make my final life choices. And that his personal religion should be enshrined into law and imposed on the rest of us, even though, quite frankly my Reality based religion is a better religion than his stupid religion.

Gorsuch view that his personal religious values should become the law of the land is not constitutional and is not consistent with the intent of the Founding Fathers. It is not conservative in that the government should not be imposing itself into the lives of private people making decisions about their own lives. So I would urge Congress to reject Gorsuch and replace him with someone who will keep Uncle Sam off my death bed.

Republicans break it, Republicans Own It

Letter to the Editor

For the last 8 years Republicans did everything they could to make sure Obama failed, even when they agreed with what he wanted. Now the Republicans control the government and they are in charge of making America great rather than making America miserable. And in the last 8 year we went from total economic collapse to doing reasonably well.

Now that Trump is tinkering with Obamacare it is now Trumpcare. If they screw it up it’s on them. And if the Dems won’t help them, that’s on them too. There is an opportunity for Trump to really improve Trumpcare if they remove the law that prohibits the government from negotiating lower drug prices with the big drug companies. But I down Trump is man enough to go after Big Pharma the way he goes after women and poor Mexicans. In my mind that will be the real test to see if he’s serious or just some big blowhard clown. But now if Republicans break it, Republicans own it.

How does Nancy Pelosi feel about NSA spying now?

Letter to the Editor

When Bush was president then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was against NSA spying on Americans without a warrant. Then when Edward Snowden revealed that President Obama expanded NSA wiretapping of Americans she was for it, even though she was booed by Democrats at Netroots Nation.

Right before Obama left office he issues Executive Order 12333 greatly expanding NSA surveillance even more. But now that Trump is president I’d like someone to ask Pelosi how she feel about Trump having those expanded spying powers to tap our phones and emails? Is it sill OK or is she just for it when Democrats are in the White House?

Time for Dems to own their failure

Letter to the Editor

It’s one thing to lie, but it’s much worse if you start believing your own lies. That’s the problem of the Democratic Party these days. Trump didn’t get elected by the Russians and the whole Russian hacking story is 100% fiction. Democrats have to own it that they were so incompetent that they lost to a clown like Donald Trump.

Even as Trump is about to become president, the Democratic National Committee is lead by Donna Brazile who was fired from CNN for sneaking debate questions to Hillary so she could cheat against Sanders. Donna Brazille was also responsible for Al Gore losing to Bush in 2000. But Democrats don’t learn anything and keep doing the wrong thing over and over again.

We have real issues to be focusing on rather than the fake “Russian Hackers did it”. Obama just expanded the power of the government to spy on Americans just in time for Trump to use it against us and no one is paying attention to that. People are tired of Democrats being weak, stupid, and  incompetent to the point that just can’t stand it anymore. So it’s out of the pot and into the fire. Let the Apocalypse begin!