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Essential Programs

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Okay. So we’re currently on a countdown to a “government shutdown.” If the democrats and republicans don’t reach a compromise by midnight tonight, the government will “shut down.”

So what’s that mean?

It means many of the nationally funded programs in this country will close. For example, national parks will be closed. I’ve seen estimates that a government shutdown will send over 700,000 federal workers home without pay.

However, several “essential” programs will stay open. For example, folks will still get their Medicare checks. Things like that.

And you know what else is considered “essential”? Read the rest of this entry

Some Simple and Easy-to-Understand Answers to Questions about Obamacare

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Let’s be honest here. One of the biggest reasons people are still fighting about the Affordable Care Act (also called “Obamacare” and the “ACA”) is because most of us still don’t understand it. The damn bill is big. I’ve read that the condensed version is over 2000 pages long. I’ve seen other reports giving other estimates on its length, but I think everybody in both parties can agree with this statement: The Affordable Care Act is big and complicated.

In many ways I think it’s unnecessarily complicated, but there are also aspects that should be complicated. This is a complicated subject.

The downside, of course, is the fact that politicians (on both sides) use the complexity and size of the bill to distort the facts.

It’s time to stop listening to the politicians on this issue. Please. To them, the actual value of the Affordable Care Act is irrelevant.

The ACA could be the best thing for this country and republicans would still oppose it.

The ACA could be the worst thing for this country and democrats would still support it.

So let’s forget the politicians. House Speaker John Boehner is just pushing an agenda. Senate majority leader Harry Reid is just pushing an agenda.

So let’s just ignore them and think for ourselves, shall we? Read the rest of this entry

Stop Pretending You Have the Answers

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After the Newtown killings, Joe Biden talked about the need to get rid of assault weapons. At one point, he said, “You don’t need an AR-15. Buy a shotgun!”

Well, Mr. Biden, Aaron Alexis killed 12 people with a shotgun and a handgun.


NRA Spokeman Wayne LaPierre said that if armed security officers had been used at the Newtown school, “26 innocent lives might have been spared that day.”

LaPierre also said, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

That’s right. According to LaPierre, that’s the only way. Read the rest of this entry

The Boy Who Cried Terrorist

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The Department of Homeland Security started a campaign a while back that will let people report suspicious activity to the authorities. The catchy slogan they came up with is “See Something, Say Something”. Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.

Your worst enemy, he reflected, was your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom.

This program has its time and place. There are times when you see something going on that you definitely should say something to someone. Say, if your neighbor is buying fertilizer by the pallet. And he doesn’t have a garden because he lives in an apartment. And he drives a box-type truck. You might say something about that.

But what if your neighbor is a doctor, who just happens to be a darker shade of tan than you and isn’t a very friendly person? Is that someone worth reporting?

The answer is apparently yes, if you’re a police sergeant.

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Have At It, You Idiot

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I swear to Christ, I’m going to delete my Facebook thing. Every day I see more stuff that just drives me up the wall.

This morning, I got up, made a cup of coffee like I usually do (Thank you, Keurig!) and sat down at the computer. I had a while before I have to go meet Jerry for breakfast, so I thought I’d jump on the old Facebook and see what’s going on with my “friends”.

Well, the first thing I see is this:

If you shared this, I want to punch you right in your stupid face

If you shared this, I want to punch you right in your stupid face

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Regulating Common Sense

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France has just outlawed children’s beauty pageants. They’ve made it illegal to organize one, with a two-year jail sentence being the penalty for doing so. And a hell of a lot of people here in the US are saying that’s a good thing. They’re saying that maybe we should adopt this idea and do the same thing here in the States.

To these people, I say: Have you lost your damn mind? Nevermind that our prisons are already overcrowded (thanks, marijuana laws/for-profit prison system!). Sure, there are some children’s beauty pageants that hyper-sexualize kids, which is what the Frenchies were doing when they made the new law. But we don’t need that here in America. You know what we need?

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A Short Video About Healthcare

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I don’t know who this guy is. Apparently, he’s a YouTube video star, or whatever they’re called. He’s internet famous.

And he makes some damn good points.

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