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Pompous Prick
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/24/2017 23:51:51

Good Morning.

Yes, I'm posting this late Friday night - by the time you read this I should already be at the fabulous Camp Greenough in Yarmoth, MA. Saturday is the last staff development meeting before our massive training course at the end of April.
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Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 03/24/2017 13:15:24

The struggle is real.


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14 comments (Latest Comment: 03/24/2017 20:01:24 by Mondobubba)

No Gorsuch Thing
Author: BobR    Date: 03/23/2017 15:24:39

While the ongoing investigation into the tRump campaigns backroom dealings with Russia takes center stage, there are other goings-on within the marble walls and hallowed halls of the Capitol. The AHCA bill (tRumpCare) is sputtering along, ready to die as Republicans in both the House and the Senate avert their eyes from it's hideous deformity. They are split among those who think it doesn't cut enough and those who know how bad it will be for their constituents (including - gasp - Ted Cruz).

More importantly, though, are the confirmation hearings for potential Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch. While the majority of Americans (those who DIDN'T vote for tRump) are still angry about the Republican-controlled Senate's refusal to even have a hearing for President Obama's pick to replace Antonin Scalia, insult has been added to injury with the choice of Gorsuch, and the Senate moving forward with confirmation hearings. It's almost a shame that the hearings are coinciding with the Russia circus, because there are important points being discussed.
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52 comments (Latest Comment: 03/24/2017 02:08:07 by Raine)

Most of these are not my words, Some are.
Author: Raine    Date: 03/22/2017 16:54:35

The following is a thread from a person I follow on twitter. Here is the thread. Please stay to the end for my words.
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28 comments (Latest Comment: 03/22/2017 22:02:06 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/21/2017 10:10:11

Good Morning.

You may have heard that last week Mr. Trump was planning on having a "Veteran's Summit" of sorts last Friday. He's grandstanded on this at least once previously, although at no time have our friends at IAVA ever been invited to any such gathering.
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37 comments (Latest Comment: 03/21/2017 22:26:00 by Mondobubba)

Monday Morning.
Author: Raine    Date: 03/20/2017 13:15:42

The Furkids let me sleep a little later than usual today. Let me go scour the net and write something up --

How your weekend?
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56 comments (Latest Comment: 03/20/2017 22:03:49 by Mondobubba)

Saturday Stub
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/18/2017 15:17:52

Hi all. I'm at the beautiful Camp Sayre in the Blue Hills with Troop 248.

I had every intention of posting earlier, but we've been pretty busy this morning. Talk amongst yourselves, mmkay?
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Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 03/17/2017 13:03:24

Happy St. Patrick's Day.


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46 comments (Latest Comment: 03/17/2017 19:49:06 by Raine)

The White House is a Death Panel
Author: Raine    Date: 03/16/2017 12:43:03

This morning I looking over the budget proposed by t-Rump and it's making me ill. It's terrible. These are just the headlines on the homepage of The Washington Post:
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53 comments (Latest Comment: 03/17/2017 00:54:54 by Scoopster)

Author: BobR    Date: 03/15/2017 15:24:58

For years, Republicans have been deriding the ACA (AKA: ObamaCare). They claim that it has been a disaster, that it needs to be repealed and replaced with a better program. This has been their campaign issue for years, and tRump picked it up and ran with it. Now that they have a chance to make good on their blather, they seem curiously unprepared.

When the ACA was originally being crafted and debated, there were a lot of compromises that needed to be made, due to the delicate majorities the Dems had in Congress (including Democratic senators from essentially red states), and the powerful insurance company lobbies. The biggest disappointment on the left was the lack of a "public option" (insurance provided by the government, such as the ability to "buy into" Medicare). The biggest aggravation on the right was the mandate. There was a lot of "fake news" being spread back in those days, so we created a site to combat that: http://www.healthcarereformmyths.org/.

Nonetheless, it was successful for the most part. Millions of people were able to get insurance who couldn't before, the chances of having to go bankrupt because of medical problems dropped dramatically, and the overall cost for healthcare dropped. There have been outliers certainly, in particular those who are self-employed or run small businesses who don't get employer-provided insurance, and make too much money for medicaid assistance. They are a minority, and their problem could be addressed with a tweak to the law.
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45 comments (Latest Comment: 03/15/2017 21:28:48 by livingonli)

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