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Monday, August 19. 2013
Don Surber is back
Russell Moore: From Moral Majority to 'Prophetic Minority' - The new leader of the Southern Baptist political arm says Christians have lost the culture and need to act accordingly.
It turns out that Democrats destroyed the entire health care system to insure, like, 3 extra people
New York Bans in Schools Words Like: Gun, Dinosaur, War, Disease
Steyn: Idiot Big Brother
Got a Great Health Plan? Get Ready to Kiss It Goodbye
Can the GOP Fix Its Woman Problem in Time to Fight Clinton?
Deputies Bust Gays with Unconstitutional Sodomy Law: Don’t Cops Have Better Things to Do?!
Overburdened - New York’s tax regime costs the city jobs in a hypercompetitive age.
Egypt’s One Chance for Democracy -Only capable armed forces can check the violent proclivities of Islamic supremacism.
Are Democrats About to Fracture Over Fracking?
China’s Xi “Lurches” to the Left, Promotes Maoist Revival
Rochester man installs solar panels on his home to help educate taxpayers about the wastefulness of subsidies
In Defense of Football - It's a rough, sometimes dangerous sport, but critics exaggerate football's risks
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"The truth Johnny Depp wants to hide about the real-life Tontos"
Who was the happiest person after seeing the above headline?
Answer: Jay Silverheels, grateful for not being alive in the year 2013 when actors are now responsible for confessing all the past sins of the people they're portraying.
And did you notice anything massively hypocritical about the headline? When an actor suddenly decides they know something about politics or the environment and starts mouthing off, we respond with "Shut up and stick to what you're good at!"
By the same token, however, actors are now supposed to be history majors.
Yep, just another informative day in the blogosphere.
By the same token, those actors would feel qualified to comment on the bigotry and ruthlessness of Ethan Edwards as depicted by John Wayne. And we should note, the Searchers did candy coat the reality of Comanche captives to the point that modern audiences see Edwards as the bad guy to be redeemed.
re In Defense of Football
The article focuses on fatalities and head injuries, but what about 'minor' injuries that persist for a lifetime after the game?
I know a lot of men that just played HS football that have chronic bad knees, shoulders, ankles and backs incurred from injuries suffered on the HS grid iron.
Are the cheering crowds worth a lifetime of pain from an arthritic knee or bad back? I guess it all depends on how one assesses risk.
Re-writing history to favor certain groups is what hollywood does best. The Indians weren't just ruthless and cruel to immigrant enemies they pretty much slaughtered, tortured and cruelly murdered other native Americans as well. The latest hollywood version of this special interest re-writing is The Butler. It will be interesting to see if anyone substantially challeneges the historical and racist inaccuracies in The Butler.
re: to insure, like 3 extra people.
I appear to be one of the three extra people who can now buy affordable health insurance because of the new health policy.
I have diabetes mellitus, a pre-existing illness and am in solo private practice. i can't get a group policy (to cover myself and my wife and son -- so make it three extras). Most insurance complanies simply refuse to cover me. One, Aetna, offered a terribly expensive policy that covers basically catastrophic care. I have been self-insuring for a while, but a hospitalization would be a financial catastrophe. For a short time, I could get catastrophic coverage for very high fee.
I am grateful to be able to insure my family under the new health care plan.
There seems to be a misconception that insurance companies go out of their way to crap on people they don't like. The simple fact is some people with certain illnesses are very expensive to insure. The Insurance companies gave you the real deal. That is if you wanted insurance that could cover your expected health care costs plus a little for administration it was going to be "a terribly expensive policy". What Obama care did was to give you that "a terribly expensive policy" and charge the rest of us with paying for it. So don't thank Obama or the Democrats thank your nieghbors and fellow citizens who will lose considerable buying power because they are forced to subsidize your health care, the health care for 12 million illegals and the health care for everyone who chooses not to work and take care of their own needs. Don't be angry at those of us who oppose this unconstitional enslavement for your benefit just understand it for what it is. I would like to say to you and the 30 million who supposedly benefit from Obama care at the expense of the 300 million who do not benefit from it but have to pay for it but I won't. It was/is an illegal "taking" and I resent it. I and many others won't rest until Obama care is reversed. It will be little satisfaction that Obamacare must and will collapse of it's own weight since when it does it will take the best healthcare system the world has ever seen with it.
ns--I would be curious what you were quoted on your old Aetna plan and what you will be paying for your new plan under Obamacare.
Since Obamacare passed, my family plan coverage premiums have gone from $19,000 to $27,400 (premiums already raised twice this calendar year). I am part of a firm, but have to pay my own premiums because I am a partner, plus I have to pay my partnership share of half of the premiums of all our employees as required by state law. I am now on the verge of hitting the Cadillac tax limit (and I am sure I will be over it when it kicks in), which will mean another 40% penalty excise tax will be imposed on me by Obamacare. This is for what used to be considered standard family coverage. Because of the explosion in premium costs, we are looking at the necessity of laying off employees which will make things worse for those left in terms of workload. We always covered all of our employees prior to Obamacare, we would like to continue to be able to do that but it is quickly apparent that we can no longer do that. It is becoming cost-prohibitive.
I have been told that the reason that policy premiums are going through the roof is having to meet all of the Obamacare requirements, such as insuring the uninsurable, extending dependent care until age 26, etc.
So in a sense, I am now paying for you. And I can't afford it, and neither can my firm.
I am glad you are now able to get coverage. However, was it really necessary to upend the whole system in order to do this? There were other ways to deal with situations like yours...allowing small businesses to create 'pools' just like larger businesses can do. Or perhaps creating a state-supported pool for pre-existing conditions that would have you pay a reasonable amount for insurance, with the state or federal government paying the balance. Or allowing you to buy coverage which excludes your medical condition so that you could have affordable coverage for the rest of your medical issues and cover your family, but leave the diabetes-connected hospitalizations on your own dime.
I just think there were much better ways of dealing with people who were uninsured, rather than destroy the entire system that was working for the majority of Americans.
Exactly...just because some may benefit from a policy doesn't make it a good and prudent policy.
Surber Is BACK! Yowza! My day was made yesterday when I found out.
NY banned "slavery", too. Man , will THAT give Jessuh Jacksonnnnn and and Al Dullton heartburn. Can't blame slavery if you can't say it.
Johnny Depp reminds me of my local rag's editor/publisher--don't believe what he tells me, either.