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.
"Left’s Pre-emptive Hits on Walker, Christie, & Perry"
Have youalsonoticed the left's resuscitation and rewriting of Hillary's history. The first two shows in the new series "Madam Secretary" have raised a number of excuses and explanations of Hillary's failures as Secretary of State. I would be willing to bet that if you asked voters between the age of 18-35 why Hillary didn't do more to protect the ambassador in Benghazi they would reply that it was the White House that prevented her from reinforcing the facility. The show even goes out of it's way to make it clear that the "Madam Secretary" is fighting against an all boy's club and constantly has to beg them to sign off on her brilliant decisions; clearly an effort to secure the female vote. I strongly suspect in the next few shows she will be fluent in Spanish and helping poor hispanic illegal immigrants/voters to put a lock on that vote as well. I told my wife last night after the show was over that I might have to vote for Hillary too after watching her (I mean Tea Leoni). Notice the Secretary is too busy and too concerned about her job to do her hair. Again clearly an atempt to make Hillary look good because as Secretary she always seemed to have "ratty" hair. I never did understand that until Hillary came out and admitted that she and Bill were "poor" when they left the White house and maybe it was her poverty that prevented her from simple hygiene. It must be great to have an entire alphabet network running your election campaign for you. With that kind of effort we could elect the devil himself, oops, we did do that in 2008.
I'm pretty sure it can be rebuilt, but some basics need defined -
1 - need a purpose to fight, not just tribal\religious ones (I doubt this region will ever break this barrier...) - Think the WW2 Capra films 'why we fight'
2 - need a sense of being - traditions, bonds, and cohesiveness - modern 'work units' know this, not just the army
But, in its current state, Iraq is doomed. It would work better partitioned into three states, but a unified command. But, the three partitions only segment the force, not unify. They seemed competent with Advisers attached, but turned to dust at the first bullet crack...
Dental care. None is covered under Medicare (or Medicaid) in my (RI) State. Come to that, I just had a colonoscopy - which is only covered as an exploratory procedure, if growths (including ones deemed benign while seen in situ) are removed the whole thing becomes uncovered!
I am currently considering having all upper teeth pulled and a denture fitted: I still have a few teeth, but only one actually meets a bottom tooth for cutting or chewing. I admit to not doing research, but I hope my credit card will cover it up to about $1200 but worry it will be more. Dental insurance? LOL!
Oh, the article mentions insulin in passing. It is sort-of covered by my Part D Medicaid. Sort of? Well, yes. My insurer will cover the cost per injection: a vial holds enough for some 200+ injections: that is about 200 days: the insurer, then, will cover the cost of a vial (circa $150) every 200+ days: BUT as soon as the vial is opened (a needle inserted) the entire vial is only recommended for 28 days use - oops, I am on the hook for a lot of money.