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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.

http://www.irishsetterclub.org/images/St_Pats/Blarney_Stone.jpg


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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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DOA
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 They claim that it has been a disaster, that it needs to be repealed and replaced with a better program.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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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/14/2017 12:55:51

Good Morning.

Since it seems that's going to be our next war, we'll take a closer look at Syria today. Some weeks ago now, I noted that Russia had called for peace talks, as it seems that the power vacuum in Washington has made such a thing possible.
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Crazy as a KAC
Author: Raine    Date: 03/13/2017 13:07:15

For now, I am just going to leave this here:
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 03/14/2017 00:03:49 by Scoopster)

Open
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/12/2017 16:08:04

While I watch SNL. My Dish and NBC are in a fight and we are not able to see programming.
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What we teach
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/11/2017 11:46:41

Good Morning.

Last week, we had perhaps the most amazing Pack Meeting ever with my scouts.

I'll start with a little background information - you may be familiar with the Scout Oath, and buried somewhere in there is a promise to "Do my best to do my duty to God..."

As a Den Leader, I have long shied away from any organized work in this area. I always hold up the book, point at the relevant section, and tell the parents that I will never work on this with their scouts - that's all up to them. Sign it off, and I won't question anything that you did.
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Fuck Winter Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 03/10/2017 14:01:06

Really?! Snow, now? I don't know about the rest of you but the flowers in my garden have already started popping and the flowering trees in the neighborhood have already bloomed, but now..........NOW we are supposed to get snow.....

Well F that! I know its probably not good for the environment, hello global climate change, but Spring decided it wanted to arrive early, the official start is March 20th. Being in, what is technically, the south, I'm ok with that. (I don't handle snow or winter well any longer.)

So enjoy a few lovely Springtime pictures while we freeze for the next few days.
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