We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What's new about a black market in sperm? Human sperm has been cheerfully donated or sold for a few hundred thousand years, hasn't it? Best way to deliver it is in person, but lawsuits are the problem. I expect at least a nice dinner- and maybe a show - in exchange for my sperm donation. My stuff is in high demand because I am tall, dark, handsome, and smart, I like to have fun, and my sperm injector works fairly well most of the time except when I am nervous.
Obamacare is less popular than it was on the day it was born, and it wasn’t popular then, either. Practically the only Democrats who mention the law in campaign ads are those who brag about voting against it. Large numbers of Americans, including a majority of independents, would like to see the law repealed. No wonder the pro-repeal GOP maintains an edge in the congressional generic ballot. As much as the public continues to distrust Republicans, it understands that the first step in undoing this harmful law is giving John Boehner the speaker’s gavel.
I spent an unfortunate weekend in the Gallup, NM KOA waiting for the tow vehicle to be fixed. The KOA sits a couple hundred feet from a major transcontinental rail line. I would say, every 30 minutes the whole weekend another 100+ car string of railcars would go down the track, stacked two high with those intermodal containers. (Speaking of intermodal containers, there are a couple of container yards south of Dallas that are FULL of the empties. You want a steel storage container, they will make you a deal.)
I used to say the way to judge the economy was to go drive on a major interstate (say I5, I55, I80, I95, I70, I40) on a weekday and observe the truck traffic. When the economy is booming, the truck traffic is impressive. If you do it enough times to get a sense of what is 'normal' traffic, you can judge when the economy drops by the apparent drop in truck traffic.
In the comments on that article there is a reference to the American Trucking Associations about a truck traffic dropping. I believe they are speaking of long haul freight... something that another poster speculated may be because the shippers are now going rail via intermodal versus long haul.... something I always wondered why (intermodal) wasn't a normal method of long haul shipping. After all, after the container gets to the other end, it has to go to either an end destination or to a break-bulk facility to be redistributed for shipment to the end destination.
Anyway, all that freight could also be artificial buying... I'm thinking like the government does for the dairy industry, propping up the industry by buying the milk, converting it to cheese, storing it, then giving it away (as commodities) to low income families.
I think we'll know what it is in another year anyway.
Dear News Junkie ... Thank you for the wonderful laugh about sperm black markets. You have a great future as a comedy writer, and I'm sure that your "stuff" is in high demand. Every woman wants to have a baby who comes in to this world giggling instead of whining like Joe Biden. Best of luck in your pursuit of pretty girls who want to meet and greet tall, dark, handsome, smart and lustful donors like yourself.
Greta did for a fact dismantle that muckraking lawyer lady. I happened to catch it live, and like to swallowed my cigar. Never seen anything on TV more adroit and quietly savage. Something about Greta van Susteren is very special --i think it's just raw brainpower and mental quickness. If there's a hole in a story, even a little one that nobody has noticed, she'll grab it out of the air, on her feet, live. You best have your game on if you plan to use her to advance your case.
You gotta hand it to old Rupert --his nose for talent is nonpareil.