First 90 Troops Returning from Africa Begin ‘Controlled Monitoring Period’
Nov18

First 90 Troops Returning from Africa Begin ‘Controlled Monitoring Period’

As America was sending the first of our troops to West Africa to help combat the Ebola virus, the safety and wellbeing of those troops was foremost on everyone’s mind:The families of those being deployed, the American people in general and the military leaders responsible for such a mission. These were some initial reactions from those who would be most directly affected by those deployments, who would just be doing their jobs. Sgt....

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People Not Directly Affected By Obamacare Are Unhappy With It
Nov18

People Not Directly Affected By Obamacare Are Unhappy With It

With the exchanges opening for its second year, Gallup has found that support for the Affordable Care Act remains low at 37 percent. I have to wonder about how those answering are coming to this opinion. After all, there is tremendous evidence as to the success of the Affordable Care Act, and Gallup also found recently that about 70 percent who are actually obtaining coverage through the exchanges are satisfied. This number is...

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The Big Losers From Grubergate
Nov16

The Big Losers From Grubergate

Conservatives love to repeat quotes which reinforce their biases, even if the facts don’t really support them. We continue to hear conservative opponents of Obamacare quote Jonathan Gruber and search for even more videos of him saying the same thing. I’ve already pointed out how these quoted mean little here and here, but conservatives never let facts get in their way. His comments were over things which are commonly true about...

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Nobody Reads Nietzsche No How
Nov15

Nobody Reads Nietzsche No How

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Here we go again: Benghazi! They spawned the faux scandal in Rightie World and waited for complicit journos like Jake Tapper at CNN to walk it into the mainstream, and now it’s a “real” story. You know, like the Jewish Communist Bolshevik “terrorists” burning down the...

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Fox in Charge of the Hen House?
Nov15

Fox in Charge of the Hen House?

Republican,  Dr Monica Wehby’s campaign for the Senate revolved around opposition to the Affordable Care Act but the day after she lost the election she called the governor to ask about the open position of director of the Oregon Health Authority. A day after losing her bid for U.S. Senate, Monica Wehby picked up the phone and reached Gov. John Kitzhaber on his cell. Wehby, a Republican and fellow doctor, offered her expertise...

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The American Public Gets Smart (Guest Voice)
Nov15

The American Public Gets Smart (Guest Voice)

The American Public Gets Smart by Michael Reagan So Jonathan Gruber thinks the American people are stupid, does he? Gruber is a complete nobody to most Americans, but his face should be on a Most Wanted poster in every Post Office. He was one of the chief architects and cheerleaders for ObamaCare, aka the fraudulent Affordable Care Act that Republicans should be working overtime right now to repeal, not fix or reform. Gruber exploded...

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Obamacare A Huge Success Despite Easily Debunked Conservative Claims
Nov15

Obamacare A Huge Success Despite Easily Debunked Conservative Claims

The exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act have opened. While there were initially problems when the exchanges opened last year, these were quickly fixed, allowing millions to obtain health care coverage, including those who previously could not obtain coverage due to preexisting conditions or cost. A Gallup poll found that most people who obtained coverage through the exchanges last year were satisfied: Over seven in 10...

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Gallup: Obamacare Consumers Like It
Nov14

Gallup: Obamacare Consumers Like It

Kevin Drum reports on a Gallup poll showing high marks from Obamacare enrollees on Mother Jones. Jonathan Cohn points us today to a Gallup poll with yet more good news for Obamacare. In a recent survey, the people who are actually using Obamacare gave it very high marks: 74 percent said the quality of health care they received was good or excellent, and 71 percent said the overall coverage was good or excellent. What’s...

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(Updated) HeartGift  Baja Racing Team Ready for ‘Heartful Mission’
Nov14

(Updated) HeartGift Baja Racing Team Ready for ‘Heartful Mission’

Update: To follow the progress of the Baja1000 race — especially of HeartGift Baja Bug #579 — visit http://tracking.volocore.com/# and search for “579.” It will give you location, ranking within class, miles completed, current and average speed, etc. As of 5:00 PM CST, Baja Bug 579 was in second place in its class and was over half-way to the finish with almost 700 miles behind it. Original Post: The moment of truth for...

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Obamacare vs. Scaliacare
Nov13

Obamacare vs. Scaliacare

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work. They might even stand on their heads and stop breathing if that would do the trick. It’s a shame they are approaching matters this...

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Conservatives Are Excited About Nothing In Jonathan Gruber’s Statement About Obamacare–Updated
Nov12

Conservatives Are Excited About Nothing In Jonathan Gruber’s Statement About Obamacare–Updated

Once again we see that conservatives will quickly latch onto a headline which reinforces their biases, and then get so excited that they don’t bother to see if there is any substance. Some conservatives also seem to spend a lot of time looking for that big “gotcha” moment, again not caring whether it really means anything. For the last couple of days multiple conservative blogs have been been excited about a video of Jonathan Gruber,...

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ObamaCare architect: I regret ‘stupidity’ of voter comment
Nov12

ObamaCare architect: I regret ‘stupidity’ of voter comment

A popular current definition of a gaffe is an assertion someone makes that is honest or correct but has to walk back because it generates too much controversy. And then there is the definition of stupidity which needs no definition (unless you’re stupid). The latest example of both comes from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare who gives us an example of...

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Cartoon: Supreme Court Obamacare Challenge
Nov12

Cartoon: Supreme Court Obamacare Challenge

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Cartoon: Veterans Day
Nov10

Cartoon: Veterans Day

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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An Election Parable: It Used To Be About Kibble & Change, But Now . . .
Nov10

An Election Parable: It Used To Be About Kibble & Change, But Now . . .

Imagine the American public as a big mixed-breed dog. (That was easy, wasn’t it?) This dog had been treated poorly by its master for years, if not outright abused. Other dogs, especially purebreds, were pampered with steak and all kinds of treats. They luxuriated in comfy dog beds from L.L. Bean, never got wet when it rained or snowed or were toweled off if they did, had their own spot in the back of the family SUV when they...

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When being pregnant means the mother’s civil rights are MIA
Nov09

When being pregnant means the mother’s civil rights are MIA

Anti-abortionist rejection of Roe v Wade (22 January 1973) has given way to a flurry of “personhood” legislative proposals at the state level and very public and political attacks on Planned Parenthood at the local, state and national level. But the real action in a woman’s right to agency over her body may be taking place in the shadows, decisions made by (mostly) male judges under the guise of Lady Liberty. Last year, two...

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Preposterous!
Nov09

Preposterous!

Preposterous! Well, not for the first time! The Supremes are outdoing themselves as comedians no one laughs at when it comes to the latest challenge to Obamacare. Wait a minute, “challenge” makes this decision to accept the case almost respectable. Don’t kid yourself. Armed with results of the midterms, they clearly believe anything goes. King v. Burwell is not so much a radical legal doctrine as it is a Monty...

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What’s Healthier: Coffee Or Tea? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Nov06

What’s Healthier: Coffee Or Tea? [INFOGRAPHIC]

To some, coffee is an essential drug of sorts: a jolting liquid that staves away fatigue, headaches, and lack of motivation. Or perhaps you’re a recovering coffee addict who has now turned to the soothing varieties of tea to get a decent caffeine fix, just without the jitters. Of course, coffee sometimes sounds more like...

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U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)
Nov03

U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)

President Obama is facing a ‘thumping’ as President Bush called his public rejoinder after the 2006 midterm elections. Unlike Bush, though, President Obama is judged to be not only weak and ineffective at home, but ineffective and indecisive abroad. For Le Monde, journalist Dominique Simonnet and historian Nicole Bacharan outline the danger to the West and the world when an American leader is as weakened as the current...

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Brittany Maynard Showed Us Death With Dignity Gives Patients A Voice [VIDEO]
Nov03

Brittany Maynard Showed Us Death With Dignity Gives Patients A Voice [VIDEO]

Brittany Maynard, the voice of the right-to-die movement, passed away on Saturday in the manner that she wanted to: “peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones.” Maynard’s choice to take her own life after being diagnosed with brain cancer at the beginning of this year was authorized under the Oregon Death...

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