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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Supreme Court blocks Obamacare birth control requirement
Jan01

Supreme Court blocks Obamacare birth control requirement

Supreme Court blocks Obamacare birth control requirement (via AFP) US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has temporarily blocked a requirement of the new healthcare reform law that requires health insurance companies to cover birth control. Sotomayor acted late New Year’s Eve, just hours before major provisions…...

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America’s first retail marijuana stores open in Colorado
Jan01

America’s first retail marijuana stores open in Colorado

America’s first marijuana stores open in Colorado (via AFP) America’s first retail stores selling marijuana open for business in Colorado on Wednesday, putting the western state in the vanguard of the country’s evolving attitudes on legalizing the drug. Officials in the state famous for its ski resorts and breathtaking…...

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Baby’s Penis Severed During Jewish Bris Circumcision Ceremony
Dec29

Baby’s Penis Severed During Jewish Bris Circumcision Ceremony

In the Jewish religion, the person who performs the rite of circumcision is a mohel. And there’s an old joke: “I know a mohel who works for tips.” This cringe-worthy story could cause a revision in that joke: A local [Pennsylvania] rabbi is being sued after allegedly botching a bris, the traditional Jewish circumcision ritual, and severing a newborn boy’s penis. The incident detailed in the lawsuit happened at the...

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Behind Obamacare: A Tale of Two Shoulders
Dec27

Behind Obamacare: A Tale of Two Shoulders

During this season of aches and pains, the Obamacare battle resumes in full fury with little direct relevance to millions who are hurting and want relief. Lost in the political clamor is any sense of how American health care really works in a cockpit of special interests and free-lance greed that permeates a “system” of patient choice but no protection. As a metaphor and cautionary tale, I offer two ancient shoulders. My story may...

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The Need to Consistently Complain (Guest Voice)
Dec26

The Need to Consistently Complain (Guest Voice)

The Need to Consistently Complain by Peter W. Johnson During a late night bout with insomnia I turned on my television and, happened to witness part of a PBS program concerning the attempts of a speaker to advocate for the legal rights of Native American who had apparently been mistreated by the financial institutions that managed the money they received—presumably concerning Casino income. The abuses they suffered included being...

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