Reproductive Rights and The Golden Rule (Guest Voice)
Jan26

Reproductive Rights and The Golden Rule (Guest Voice)

Reproductive Rights and The Golden Rule By Tina Dupuy When our government was framed, religion was granted freedom in hopes it would return the favor. Call it the Great American Gamble. Give something authoritative in nature free reign and have faith it won’t take over. Here’s the primary debate of a free country: When does my freedom trample on your civil liberties? And when do your rights impede my independence? When...

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Republicans cave, slowly but surely
Jan25

Republicans cave, slowly but surely

Greg Sargent chronicles recent changes in red states and among Republicans in Congress. Obamacare is more acceptable. Whether you’re a Republican like the Utah governor who has turned around and expanded Medicaid or whether you’re a Republican candidate in West Virginia who now calls it “great” and “excellent,” they’re just not singing their old, off-key tunes. There are increasing signs that...

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Study: People can smell when you’re sick
Jan25

Study: People can smell when you’re sick

P.U. You smell sick. Believe it or not, that’s what part of people’s brains do as they almost automatically can tell you’re not well. Yes, the human nose can apparently detect disease, according to research published in Psychological Science. And the nose knows the person is fighting off an infection, even if the eyes can’t see it. Wray Herbert’s piece notes that it has long been known that smell can...

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A Tale of Two Governors – Both Republican
Jan24

A Tale of Two Governors – Both Republican

But what a difference… Utah’s Republican Governor, Gary Herbert, says that Utah will expand Medicaid to cover more of the state’s uninsured. “Doing nothing…I’ve taken off the table. Doing nothing is not an option,” the Republican governor said at his monthly news conference, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. While Herbert has not indicated which of two Medicaid expansion strategies endorsed by a legislative Health...

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Rat-Infested Ghost Ship on the Way to Britain?
Jan23

Rat-Infested Ghost Ship on the Way to Britain?

Talk about a gloomy, ghastly, gnawing, ghostly story — this is one. Here is the gist of the story. “A ghost ship carrying nothing but disease-ridden rats could be about to make land on Britain’s shore, experts have warned.” (The Independent) The Lyubov Orlova cruise liner has been drifting across the north Atlantic for the better part of a year, and salvage hunters say there is a strong chance it is heading Britain’s...

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Huckabee on Libido 101
Jan23

Huckabee on Libido 101

Webster’s: li-bi-do (li-bi’do) n. [L.libido, lubido, pleasure, wantonness...] 1. the sexual urge or instinct… Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R), on “libido” according to the Washington Post: If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot...

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(Updated) More Obamacare Converts – in West Virginia
Jan21

(Updated) More Obamacare Converts – in West Virginia

Update: Greg Sargent, referring to Sabrina Tavernise’s piece “Law’s Expanded Medicaid Coverage Brings a Surge in Sign-Ups” in West Virginia” (see below), asks “how would the GOP Senate candidate in West Virginia, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, respond if asked directly if she would take insurance away from all these people?” Capito, a gung-ho supporter of Obamacare repeal, of course has not answered the question. But read here how West...

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Help Wayne Daniels, the children’s pied piper
Jan20

Help Wayne Daniels, the children’s pied piper

NOTE: This post will remain in this spot through the end of February. Yes, this is about someone who needs some help but who’s too modest to ask for it. We all know people who’ve battled serious health problems, but once in a while you hear about someone who has spent his life spreading good, kindness and joy. It’s even more wonderful if it’s someone who has spent his life spreading good, kindness and joy to...

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How an Ohio Family Came to Love Obamacare
Jan18

How an Ohio Family Came to Love Obamacare

I have read so many horror stories about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that when I read the story of how a skeptical Ohio family found plenty to like in the ACA, I had to assume that TIME Magazine was lying, that Steven Brill — the author — was lying, that health-insurance agent Barry Cohen was lying and, especially, that Sean and Stephanie Recchi — the couple who now loves Obamacare — was lying. I say,...

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On My Writing…
Jan17

On My Writing…

This is a sort-of, kind-of, what-the-hell follow-up to my anguished post earlier this week on the realization that there are “just too many words” that have lost all meaning and value. I ask forgiveness from the editors and readers of TMV for more of my (Omphaloskepsis)navel contemplations. I decided to review some of my prior posts from TMV (a mistake). I started blogging on TMV in early 2009 and was rather prolific for the first...

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Conscripted Into Obamacare, I Conscientiously Object
Jan13

Conscripted Into Obamacare, I Conscientiously Object

I have been trying to work out why I am so upset about Obamacare. We already live in a social democratic state that forcibly takes my money through taxes for things that I don’t think anyone’s money should be taken for. I may feel there is a better way to build the roads than have the government pay for them through massively redistributive taxation, collected essentially by force, but I don’t get angry about using...

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Polar Vortex: To Warm Up – Move to Alaska! (News, Switzerland)
Jan12

Polar Vortex: To Warm Up – Move to Alaska! (News, Switzerland)

Should the human race be concerned when the Behring Strait is warmer than Nashville, Tennessee? While climate change deniers talk themselves blue in the face about how global warming is a hoax given how cold it is in America, columnist Patrik Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News writes that global warming isn’t the issue at hand, but increasingly dangerous and unpredictable weather patterns that bring both cold and heat, and...

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Drunken 9 year old  in New Zealand who smokes weed at skatepark (Video)
Jan08

Drunken 9 year old in New Zealand who smokes weed at skatepark (Video)

The old saying is you need a license to drive, you need a license to get married — but no one needs a license to have kids. And some should. There’s an uproar in New Zealand, with dismay spreading throughout the world due to the Internet, over a 9 year old shown in a video who’s drunk and also smokes weed. No, it isn’t funny. No it isn’t cute. It’s a kid at risk and posing a risk to other kids who...

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Nothing, Not Even Cancer, Would Deter This Trooper.
Jan07

Nothing, Not Even Cancer, Would Deter This Trooper.

After experiencing surgery similar to the one this Army Sergeant endured, I never even entertained the idea of traveling to or living somewhere where living conditions and medical care were not at least close to those in the U.S., let alone deploy to a combat zone. But that is exactly what this courageous and determined trooper did after going through life-threatening surgery from which only four out of six had survived. Army Sgt....

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How does Colorado’s marijuana market work? (Guest Voice)
Jan07

How does Colorado’s marijuana market work? (Guest Voice)

How does Colorado’s marijuana market work? (via The Economist) ON JANUARY 1st, 420 days after the citizens of Colorado voted to legalise marijuana, around 37 pot shops across the state opened their doors to all-comers. Stoners in Denver and other cities braved freezing temperatures and two-hour queues to be part…...

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Denver marijuana bakery could make big dough
Jan04

Denver marijuana bakery could make big dough

Here’s a baker that’ll make a lot of dough. Love’s Oven bakery in Denver will be selling baked goods with a special ingredient: marijuana, which is now legal in...

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Sort of in defence of David Brooks on marijuana *(Guest Voice)
Jan03

Sort of in defence of David Brooks on marijuana *(Guest Voice)

Sort of in defence of David Brooks (via The Economist) I FIND today’s collective meltdown over David Brooks’s bland column on marijuana slightly baffling. My colleague (along with most of the rest of the internet today) is absolutely right to note that Mr Brooks fails to account for the great harms of…...

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The Most Creepy Ronald McDonald Commercial Ever!
Jan03

The Most Creepy Ronald McDonald Commercial Ever!

Here is an early commercial of Ronald McDonald, played by Willard Scott. There is not one single thing about this commercial that isn’t...

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Putin’s Punished Orphans in the Global Spotlight (Gazeta, Russia)
Jan02

Putin’s Punished Orphans in the Global Spotlight (Gazeta, Russia)

Since last year when U.S. Congress passed the Magnitsky Act aimed at official Russian corruption, the Kremlin has sought to gain political leverage by inflicting harm on its most vulnerable citizens. Russian lawmakers, at the instigation of the Kremlin, passed a law that prohibits Americans from adopting Russian orphans. For Russia’s Gazeta, President of Volunteers and Aid for Orphans Elena Alshanskaya describes the...

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Obamacare and the “dirty little secret”
Jan02

Obamacare and the “dirty little secret”

Maybe some on the left will need medicalcare after reading through Michael Moore’s ghastly truth about the Affordable Care Act. But he’s got a point. Obamacare is awful. That is the dirty little secret many liberals have avoided saying out loud for fear of aiding the president’s enemies, at a time when the ideal of universal health care needed all the support it could get. Unfortunately, this meant that instead of blaming...

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