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Happy Halloween, You Damn Racist

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Today is Halloween. The day that kids people dress up as their favorite characters. A guy in a wheelchair can be Superman, flying high over Metropolis and fighting crime. A 98-lb. weakling can become Conan the Barbarian. Earth-bound people can be aliens from another planet, another galaxy, another universe.

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Houghloween? (Sometimes I make myself laugh)

So why is it that when Miss Julianne Hough, actress, singer and two-time winner of that bastion of great television programming “Dancing with the Stars” decided that she wanted to dress up as her favorite character from a show people got all bent out of shape?

Here’s a hint: It’s because the character is black.

Now, I’ll go so far as to say this: I’m not a racist. I don’t care what color you or anybody else is. I don’t care if you’re white, black, yellow, red, green… If you’re an asshole, you’re an asshole, and I don’t care to say it. The color of your skin has no bearing on how you interact with the rest of the world.

I mean, let’s look at the Paula Deen thing that happened recently…

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A Rock And A Hard Place

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The race for Governor in Virginia is heating up!

No, wait. That’s not quite right. It’s not really heating up. It’s not cooling off, either. It’s kind of congealing, the way slime tends to do.

When Virginians go to the ballot on November 5th, they’ll have the chance to vote for Governor. The ballot is set to include:

Have you ever walked up to a buffet, hungry as all get-out, your mouth watering at the thought of some real good roast beef, and then there’s only shit in the warmers? Well, that’s what’s going on in Virginia. Sure, some of the shit isn’t as stinky as the others, but it’s still shit.

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A 60% Discount and the Fundamental Problems It Represents

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My wife had to get some blood work done last week. It was just a standard part of her visit to the doctor. Normal stuff.

Before she went to the hospital to get the blood work done, she asked what kind of discount she could get if she paid the bill in cash, all up front.

Well, we were delighted to discover that paying in cash got us a 60% discount on the bill.

That’s great, right? 60% savings! That’s over half off!

Or is it?  Read the rest of this entry

We’re Part Of The Problem

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Congress’ approval rating is, as we all pretty much know, at record lows. Real Clear Politics shows the average among polls (major news sources and other regular polling institutions) to be at 84.2% on the disapproval side. Almost 85% of Americans believe that Congress as a whole is doing a shitty job of taking care of the country and doing what they’re supposed to do: represent their constituents.

However, when those same people are polled about their individual representatives, around 60% of the people polled felt that they were doing a good job.

Do you see the problem here?

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The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Oppose Obamacare

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Before I get into the varying approaches, let me point out an important fact that many people seem to be overlooking:

The Marketplace Website is not Obamacare.

It’s a website built for people to access insurance. The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is a massive overhaul of our medical insurance system. We won’t know if it’s a success or a failure for a long while.

The launch of the Marketplace website has been pretty terrible, but it does not mean Obamacare is terrible. Obamacare hasn’t even been fully implemented, so any speculation on its success or failure is purely speculation. At best, an opponent of Obamacare could point to this website launch and say, “See? This is evidence of how badly our government handles big projects!”

That stance, though, isn’t really valid either (in my humble opinion), for two reasons:

1. The government already handles projects far bigger than Obamacare. The military, for example.
2. The people currently running our medical system (private industry) have already proven that they can’t run it either. Otherwise, Obamacare wouldn’t exist.

Now, I could (and probably will) write dozens of blogs on the pros and cons of Obamacare, but this blog is specifically about the different ways various republicans have expressed their opposition to Obamacare… Read the rest of this entry

Uh… Really, Guys? I mean… Really?

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Now that the shutdown crisis has been resolved (not really) and the looming debt ceiling crisis has been averted (not really), several republican members of Congress have come out demanding that Kathleen Sebelius resign… and if she doesn’t resign, they’re demanding that Obama fire her.

So who is Kathleen Sebelius? Read the rest of this entry

They Did It!

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Hey, everybody! Congress got together long enough to get everything going again for few months! Let’s run around and celebrate, patting each other on the back like we just pulled the astronauts back from the dark side of the moon into a trajectory that’ll get them home!

Bunch of idiots. Nobody should be congratulating you on doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway. If I work in a grocery store and manage to stock all the cereal boxes where they’re supposed to be I don’t get a pat on the back. You know why? Because it’s my job. That’s what I was hired to do.

I sincerely hope everyone remembers this come election time.

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