ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now (Guest Voice)
Jun27

ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now (Guest Voice)

ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now By Rick Lindquist, Co-Author of The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of ObamaCare in King v Burwell. The ruling confirms Health Insurance Marketplaces in all states can provide premium tax credits to individual policyholders. This decision is a huge win for...

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Why Does Racism Persist?
Apr05

Why Does Racism Persist?

If anyone took the demise of Jim Crow and the election of a black president to mean that racism was dead, reports of the Justice Department on Ferguson and Philadelphia are sobering reminders that racism lives. Racism is proving as stubbornly hard to eradicate as the mythical Hydra which sprouted two new heads for every one that was cut off. Until, that is, Hercules found and severed the beast’s immortal head. What is...

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Boehner, Netanyahu Helping Iran (Guest Voice)
Feb17

Boehner, Netanyahu Helping Iran (Guest Voice)

Boehner, Netanyahu Helping Iran By Jason Stanford What would it look like if politics stopped at the water’s edge? It wouldn’t look like the mess that John Boehner created by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a session of Congress on March 3. By allowing Netanyahu to stage what is effectively a campaign event in the U.S. Capitol, congressional Republicans have not only damaged our relations with...

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A New Default Self
Feb02

A New Default Self

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself – And there isn’t one. – Wei Wu Wei Wei Wu Wei is the pen name of Terence Gray, a 20th-century, Anglo-Irish author of pithy provocations aimed, like the one in the epigraph, at the prevailing notion of selfhood. By flatly denying the existence of self, he means to shock us into realizing that the self we take...

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Whatever Happened to Pragmatism?
Jan29

Whatever Happened to Pragmatism?

Whatever Happened to Pragmatism? By Jason Stanford We complain about a two-party system that’s stuck in ideological ditches, but somehow it never occurs to us to embrace pragmatism, the uniquely American philosophy that was created as a reaction to ideological stagnation. Unless Republicans and Democrats getting madder at each other suddenly starts working, maybe it’s time to give pragmatism a chance. When I was a child, I...

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6 Reasons You Can’t Win (And 3 Reasons You Can Anyway)
Jan22

6 Reasons You Can’t Win (And 3 Reasons You Can Anyway)

6 Reasons You Can’t Win Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself – And there isn’t one. - Wei Wu Wei 1. An interior witness acts as an impartial judge of our shifting fortunes, tracking our wins and losses. No matter what we have to show for ourselves, regardless of the evidence in our defense, questions remain, doubts persist, our Kafkaesque trial...

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Community Colleges Offer a Smooth Transition (Guest Voice)
Jan21

Community Colleges Offer a Smooth Transition (Guest Voice)

Community Colleges Offer a Smooth Transition By Dale Schlundt, M.A. The question of “where do I go from here” can be a daunting challenge for many high school seniors getting ready to advance to the next stage of their lives. The thought of “being on your own”, even if that means living at home while attending college, can be a scary and uncertain time in a young adult’s life. When an individual asks my advice about the next step...

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Time for a convention of the states?
Dec21

Time for a convention of the states?

I see some Conservatives are echoing some Liberals who’ve been saying it’s time to hold a Constitutional Convention. Since I have for some time now believed our Constitution is functionally broken, with just about every exploitable part of the thing exploited, I think it’s a fine idea. On the other hand, this group appears to only be using their call to appeal to conservatives and conservative issues (and by...

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The impact of digital violence (Guest Voice)
Dec08

The impact of digital violence (Guest Voice)

I consider myself a digital evangelist, but in the last weekend I began to question myself on how far this evangelism can go. My reflection started when I decided to play with my nineyearold nephew. He’d been playing his Sony PlayStation. What I saw sent chills down my spine. “See this, uncle, I have killed all… graphic via...

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Immigration Action  is Opportunity to ‘Get Right with the Law’  (Guest Voice)
Dec02

Immigration Action is Opportunity to ‘Get Right with the Law’ (Guest Voice)

Immigration Action an Opportunity to ‘Get Right with the Law’ By Everard Meade After months of speculation, President Obama finally announced a sweeping executive action on immigration, which could potentially protect nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. In order to qualify, undocumented immigrants must have been here for more than five years, have children who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, register,...

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Note for Steven Moffat on How to Improve ‘Doctor Who’
Dec01

Note for Steven Moffat on How to Improve ‘Doctor Who’

To Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat As arrogant as it might be for me (who’s never created anything as amazing as the work you’ve done with Doctor Who) to say, most fans I’ve talked to have agreed wholeheartedly that although Peter Capaldi has been brilliant as the Doctor since his debut in series eight, the episodes this series have been terribly uneven. No single episode stands out as particularly awful, but...

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Arrogant? Here’s how to become humble (Guest Voice)
Nov28

Arrogant? Here’s how to become humble (Guest Voice)

Arrogant? Here’s how to become humble By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO– Of course, those who really need this article probably won’t read it. That’s the way arrogance works. It makes you feel that you are better than the next person, that you certainly don’t need to change, and besides, no one is really smart enough to teach you anything. In fact, among the “superstars of haughtiness”, this character trait leaves you feeling...

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Think About It
Nov26

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Think About It

The unstated rules for male victims of female-perpetrated sexual abuse and assault I have a friend, an autistic man, who was ordered to have sex with a woman and was informed by her that he had no choice and so, even though he didn’t want to he, went along because he was doing as he was told. That was how he lost his virginity: by being told he had to, that he had no choice–and he was laughed at by friends afterward when...

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Will Global Warming skeptics ever get the apologies they deserve?
Nov26

Will Global Warming skeptics ever get the apologies they deserve?

It’s all over the news; we’ve gone about 17 years without any meaningful increase in global temperatures, and the experts are now declaring we’re in the middle of a “pause” based on factors they think maybe they can explain and maybe they can’t; the consensus seems to be to try to explain it away by the oceans, but this is as sloppy as anything they ever accused the skeptics of. They’re now suggesting that it may be 10 years before...

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Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)
Oct29

Nowadays we need sane asylums (Guest Voice)

Nowadays we need sane asylums By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — It used to be that psychiatrists put insane people into insane asylums. However, today, everyone is seemingly insane. Sort of. Just look at the pathology of our youth, the dysfunction of our families, the violence in our day to day lives, the poisonous popular culture to which we expose our children in their computer games, television, movies and music, and there...

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The Politics of Efficiency
Oct25

The Politics of Efficiency

The Politics of Efficacy by Slamfu There seem to be a lot of names out there for everyone’s political position. Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, libertarian and oh so many more. It would seem these days that most people lump me into the Liberal category, some even name me a Democrat. It’s true that I have views that tend to line up with those groups more often than not, and maybe that’s all it takes. But when people go out...

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Profile or Die (Guest Voice)
Oct24

Profile or Die (Guest Voice)

Profile, or Die by Michael Reagan We all know what an act of Islamic terrorism is — except for our lame duck-in-chief, that is. Now the Canadians know it, too. On Wednesday one of their fellow citizens who had just converted to Islam and wanted to go overseas and join ISIS donned a dark jacket and an “Arabic scarf” and attacked their Parliament. He — the suicidal terrorist — shot one unarmed ceremonial guard to...

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Fun With Electoral College Math
Oct21

Fun With Electoral College Math

Fun with Electoral College Math by Fig So I think the Electoral College is a bad system for a number of reasons, but I want to focus on one major reason in this article. For starters, it really seems to give the wrong impression about how divided this nation is, and how Presidents score a “mandate” because of electoral college numbers that look like a landslide when the popular vote is anything but, essentially it can totally...

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Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)
Oct21

Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)

Please Politicize Ebola By Tina Dupuy “Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush...

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Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)
Oct14

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? by Fig Letters on car mirrors sometimes says “Objects may be closer than they appear.” Some emails circulated on the Internet should have the advisory “Some emails circulated on the Internet may not be as accurate as they appear.” For instance, this one: Current European Tax Rates United Kingdom Income Tax: 50% VAT: 17.5% TOTAL: 67.5% France Income Tax: 40% VAT: 19.6%...

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