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Patriotism as a Weapon
Author: BobR    Date: 07/06/2017 13:03:40

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson, 1775

Dear readers of this blog are likely already aware of a story that occurred Tuesday, the Fourth of July. In celebration of the day, NPR tweeted out the Declaration of Independence, in Tweeteriffic 140 character chunks. Low-information tRump voters (is that redundant?) were outraged. Why because they thought it was an attack on tRump.

Yes, that's correct - they didn't recognize the Declaration of Independence on the day we celebrate its release. These self-described patriots don't even know one of the most important founding documents of our country.

It shouldn't be that surprising, though. If you made a Venn diagram of tRump supporters, rednecks, and Tea Partiers, it would very nearly be a perfect circle. These are people who use patriotism as a bludgeon, who drape themselves in the affectations of America, without really understanding the history behind them.
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38 comments (Latest Comment: 07/07/2017 00:43:16 by TriSec)

This is real, so don't be a pawn in their game.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/05/2017 13:12:57

Today the Guardian published what at first looks like just another run of the mill Russia planted fake news story. It wasn't.
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19 comments (Latest Comment: 07/05/2017 19:16:33 by Mondobubba)

Not today.
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/04/2017 09:42:49

Good Morning.

Let us peer over the shoulder of Founding Father John Adams, and read part of a letter he wrote to his wife, Abigail.

But on the other Hand, the Delay of this Declaration to this Time, has many great Advantages attending it. -- The Hopes of Reconciliation, which were fondly entertained by Multitudes of honest and well meaning tho weak and mistaken People, have been gradually and at last totally extinguished. -- Time has been given for the whole People, maturely to consider the great Question of Independence and to ripen their judgments, dissipate their Fears, and allure their Hopes, by discussing it in News Papers and Pamphletts, by debating it, in Assemblies, Conventions, Committees of Safety and Inspection, in Town and County Meetings, as well as in private Conversations, so that the whole People in every Colony of the 13, have now adopted it, as their own Act. -- This will cement the Union, and avoid those Heats and perhaps Convulsions which might have been occasioned, by such a Declaration Six Months ago.

But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

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2 comments (Latest Comment: 07/04/2017 14:55:55 by Will in Chicago)

Author: Raine    Date: 07/03/2017 13:04:52

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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22 comments (Latest Comment: 07/04/2017 01:19:33 by Raine)

Author: TriSec    Date: 07/01/2017 10:38:01

Good morning.

Idly skimming the news, I've come up with a couple of things this morning.

As you may well remember, this column has shone the spotlight on an important insect known as the common honeybee. It's been a while since they've been in the news, as the devastating Colony Collapse Disorder has actually started to recede.
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 07/01/2017 14:00:57 by Will in Chicago)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 06/30/2017 13:01:21

Ya know it's pretty bad when you go to Facebook looking for something cute and fluffy but all you find is a giant angry orange. So I had to use my other standby - The Google.

Did you ever realize that if you type fluffy into Google that you either get.....

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28 comments (Latest Comment: 06/30/2017 17:38:45 by livingonli)

Author: BobR    Date: 06/29/2017 13:14:23

7 years ago, Raine and I stood with several hundred strangers outside the U.S. House of Representatives waiting for an end to the debate and a vote on the ACA. We even got to go inside and sit in the gallery for 10 minutes while the debate was occurring. Ultimately, as the evening wore on, the bill passed, and the ACA became law. The Democratic representatives walked back to their offices to cheers from most of the crowd (there were a few dissenters, grousing about "the nanny state").

The ACA was called "ObamaCare", meant as a pejorative. In reality, it was healthcare insurance reform, providing relief to citizens being brutalized by their insurance companies, whose ever-increasing ravenous need to grow profits resulted in dropped coverage, increasing rates, and denial of payment - among other abuses.

The most hated part of the ACA is the "personal mandate". This is a tax break that people don't get if they don't have insurance. The rationale behind it was to ensure the insurance companies didn't bail out of the state exchanges. A certain segment of society considers that as the Federal government forcing everyone to have insurance (it really must be confusing to them to choose between helping corporations, and adhering to their small-government tenets).
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42 comments (Latest Comment: 06/29/2017 20:36:02 by livingonli)

I have a friend in town...
Author: Raine    Date: 06/28/2017 12:51:52

... so for now, this is a stub.
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14 comments (Latest Comment: 06/28/2017 21:57:54 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/27/2017 11:30:48

Good Morning.

Since we're ignoring the past, let's repeat it, shall we?
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23 comments (Latest Comment: 06/27/2017 20:39:58 by Raine)

Buckle up!
Author: Raine    Date: 06/26/2017 13:09:58

IT appears that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak will be asked to return to Russia. This all comes within hours of learning about Jared Kushner's loan from Deutsche bank a month before last year's election. Why is this interesting?
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21 comments (Latest Comment: 06/26/2017 20:46:14 by Will in Chicago)

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