Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team
Nov30

Triumph in the Baja 1000 for the HeartGift Racing Team

This is the classic story of how not finishing first — or second, or third — or not even technically completing a racing event can still represent a triumph and be a touching story of true grit, determination and, above all, of selfless devotion to a cause. That is exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago in the “badlands” of Baja California. In the afternoon of November 13, Houston couple Kay and Greg...

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Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing
Nov29

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing

Individual Texans are doing for pregnant women what the rest of America should be doing: And maybe we are, state by state. It’s a ground level, individual woman’s solution to government’s (illegal?) discrimination against women. An organization in Austin is using phones and contributions to arrange for women who are under 20 weeks pregnant — and far from any abortion clinic to — get where they need to go....

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Schumer: Dems taking up ObamaCare early was strategical error
Nov26

Schumer: Dems taking up ObamaCare early was strategical error

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) has come out and said in the open what I’ve been privately been told by Democrats for several years and have heard repeatedly if the topic turned to politics during my current special one year national and Canadian tour in my non-writing incarnation: when President Barack Obama opted to use his (and his party’s) political chits to first tackle healthcare reform, it cost them greatly in terms of...

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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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Another Unforced Error On Selling Obamacare
Nov21

Another Unforced Error On Selling Obamacare

The Obama administration has done an excellent job policy-wise with the Affordable Care Act, but politically has made a few major mistakes along the way. The most recent was discovered today when Bloomberg reported that the administration had made mistakes in reporting the number of people who obtained health coverage through the exchanges in its first year. The error came from adding sales of dental plans available under the...

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What’s Worse For Kids’ Health: Soda Or Energy Drinks?
Nov21

What’s Worse For Kids’ Health: Soda Or Energy Drinks?

Between the bright colors, cartoons, commercials, and accessibility, energy drinks and sodas are a health hazard for children. Energy drinks are popular among teenagers and college kids, and if they have a little sibling watching them guzzle down these sugary, caffeinated drinks, they may want one, too. Consuming too much caffeine can cause adverse health effects,… What’s Worse For Kids’ Health: Soda Or Energy...

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My Health Care Premiums, Part 2
Nov19

My Health Care Premiums, Part 2

Recently, I kept my months old promise to report on my 2015 health care premiums at Kaiser California in a post that generated considerable comments. Most were attempting to be helpful or empathetic. Some suggesting “I shop around” or “turn 65″ (we do have a mature readership that is openly very progressive). That’s all good. But a key point missed by some readers was that I am not part of an exchange in...

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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

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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