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March 17, 2014
theweekmagazine:

The week’s best editorial cartoons

Finally, we know who’s wearing the pants in this surveillance scheme.

theweekmagazine:

The week’s best editorial cartoons

Finally, we know who’s wearing the pants in this surveillance scheme.

18:51 // 6 months ago
July 10, 2013

It’s about 9:30 ET, and you’re bored with everything else online. We get it. We’re here to help; in case you need a feast for the eyeballs, check out this 20-plus-minute clip of Dan Deacon’s USA Suite, courtesy of Adult Swim. It features bright colors and jumping animals, two things you can’t get anywhere else on Tumblr. (via Spin)

21:30 // 1 year ago
November 19, 2012

Secession petitioners vs. Deportation petitioners

115k signatories petitioned the White House to ask that Texas be allowed to secede from the United States 

24k signatories petitioned the White House to demand deportation for Americans who sign secession petitions

(Source: forbes.com)

15:26 // 1 year ago
September 9, 2012

Ugh! Mitt Romney already going squishy on Obamacare

joestanley:

poorrichardsnews:

Dear Paul Ryan,

Would you please explain to Mitt Romney why he’s wrong about mandating coverage for pre-existing conditions.  Please insist to him that he stay strong for a full repeal of Obamacare.  

growing weary,

The American People

from TPM:

itt Romney said Sunday that he likes parts of ‘Obamacare’ and will keep key provisions involving pre-existing conditions and young people.

“I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” he said on NBC’s “Meet The Press. “One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like.”

The remarks could have huge implications as they signal a marked shift from Romney’s strong, unequivocal support for full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which he has consistently held since the Republican primaries.

Politically, the pivot risks drawing the ire of conservatives, who have been adamant that Republicans repeal the law in its entirety if elected. It’s a major gamble that could reflect Romney’s need to win over more independent voters, who support those provisions.

From a policy standpoint, however, the coverage guarantee for pre-existing conditions is economically untenable without other provisions of ‘Obamacare’ — most notably the individual mandate that requires Americans purchase insurance, which experts say is necessary to broaden the risk pool and prevent an upward spiral in costs.

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The author here is right.  The individual mandate is the only mechanism that makes guaranteed coverage work.  The two are inseparable.  You cannot mandate coverage for pre-existing conditions without also mandating that all Americans buy health insurance.  To do so would with 100% certainly bankrupt the American healthcare system.  

And why in the world would he continue the mandated freeloading of 26 year olds on their parents health insurance?    

These things have already raised the cost of healthcare premiums.  Premiums will not go down until they are repealed. 

Hopefully Romney will come out and clarify his remarks by saying that health insurance companies are allowed to do so if they can negotiate it but not that they’re mandated.  

Fellow conservatives, I would encourage you to contact Mitt Romney and make your voice heard. 

I hate to break it to everyone against Obamacare, but these provisions are here to stay. Every year they stay in place public support for them grows, and Republicans are already having to adjust their positions as a reflection of this. The only possible stumbling year will be 2014, but after that the window of opportunity even for staggered dismantlement of the system closes. This was our Social Security fight, for better or worse (I say better), and it will become equally as entrenched.

The American People: Made up of people who agree and disagree with the ideals behind the Affordable Care Act. When painting in broad strokes, keep in mind that what makes the U.S. great is that there isn’t across-the-board agreement on everything.

Tumblr: The home of millions of people under the age of 26 that might benefit from having health care as they’re searching for a promotion at their retail job or first job out of college. Of all of the things you’re going to go after in this act, why that one? That’s the least controversial part of the whole thing.

14:47 // 2 years ago
April 5, 2012
hman:


“The company hopes the topping and dip, called Hidden Valley for Everything, will be “as ubiquitous as ketchup on restaurant tables and in consumers’ kitchens,” says Mr. Balousek…
About 15% of ranch dressing is used on foods other than salad and vegetables, says Hidden Valley. The most popular are chicken, potatoes (including french fries), sandwiches, chips, and pizza, according to NPD…”

“The New Ketchup”

Everyone knows that “the new ketchup” is actually Sriracha and hummus mixed together.

hman:

“The company hopes the topping and dip, called Hidden Valley for Everything, will be “as ubiquitous as ketchup on restaurant tables and in consumers’ kitchens,” says Mr. Balousek…

About 15% of ranch dressing is used on foods other than salad and vegetables, says Hidden Valley. The most popular are chicken, potatoes (including french fries), sandwiches, chips, and pizza, according to NPD…”

“The New Ketchup”

Everyone knows that “the new ketchup” is actually Sriracha and hummus mixed together.

10:32 // 2 years ago
December 22, 2011
thedailyfeed:

Immigration arrests skyrocketed between 2005 and 2009, increasing at an average rate of 23% a year.

 In 2009, 84,749 people were arrested and charged with immigration offenses, up from 38,041 in 2005, the [the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics] announced yesterday.
 With 46 percent of all arrests, illegal immigration was the most common offense for an arrest in 2009, followed by drug violations, accounting for 17 percent, and supervision violations, with 13 percent.


The big question here: Does this increase in arrests correlate with the recent news that immigration-related arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border have reached the lowest level since the 1970s?

thedailyfeed:

Immigration arrests skyrocketed between 2005 and 2009, increasing at an average rate of 23% a year.

 In 2009, 84,749 people were arrested and charged with immigration offenses, up from 38,041 in 2005, the [the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics] announced yesterday.

 With 46 percent of all arrests, illegal immigration was the most common offense for an arrest in 2009, followed by drug violations, accounting for 17 percent, and supervision violations, with 13 percent.

The big question here: Does this increase in arrests correlate with the recent news that immigration-related arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border have reached the lowest level since the 1970s?

(via thedailyfeed)

10:28 // 2 years ago
November 3, 2011
Wait, is Chicago some kind of holy city and nobody bothered to tell us?: On April 26, the Dalai Lama is planning a second trip to Chicago in a year, because let’s face it, the Windy City is a happening place for spiritual leaders. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Wait, is Chicago some kind of holy city and nobody bothered to tell us?: On April 26, the Dalai Lama is planning a second trip to Chicago in a year, because let’s face it, the Windy City is a happening place for spiritual leaders. source

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23:27 // 2 years ago
October 13, 2011

Daily Swipe: The Huffington Post Shows Support for Terrorists 

dailyswipe:

In a recent newsletter called HuffPost Hill, The Huffington Post attacked U.S. government officials for their killing of radical Islamic terrorists Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, despite the fact that these to so-called Americans have tried and in some cases succeeded in killing countless… [more]

We’ve covered this story before and have made clear that there’s a balance here. But the problem that we see here is one of due process. HuffPo’s report is slanted in a way that sharply pins the story on an angle that frustrates many among the left. But it’s another thing entirely to paint HuffPo as anti-American because they disagree with something the U.S. government did. Here’s the issue, as many on the left see it: There’s this thing called due process for U.S. citizens, and they feel that Obama basically ignored it in hopes of stopping someone who was seen as greatly influential in al-Qaeda, a man who despite that had American parents who didn’t want the U.S. government to simply drop a bunch of bombs on him. "The question then is, why The Huffington Post is so eager to support a terrorist and murderer?" That’s just as slanted as HuffPo’s take. They’re not “eager to support a terrorist and murderer,” but they think that due process has a place in the war on terror, even for perceived enemies of the state. And they’re not alone. Glenn Greenwald’s been heavily against this, too.

22:17 // 2 years ago
August 18, 2011
thedailyfeed:

Nearly 1 in 5 children lived in poverty in the U.S. in 2009. That’s 15 million kids. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked lowest on the study’s 10 indicators of child well-being. New Hampshire, Minnesota and Massachusetts ranked highest.

A sad number, even sadder in graphical form.

thedailyfeed:

Nearly 1 in 5 children lived in poverty in the U.S. in 2009. That’s 15 million kids. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked lowest on the study’s 10 indicators of child well-being. New Hampshire, Minnesota and Massachusetts ranked highest.

A sad number, even sadder in graphical form.

(via thedailyfeed)

10:54 // 3 years ago
May 2, 2011

The view from Citizens Bank Ballpark: In the 9th inning of a tied game between the Mets and Phillies tonight, the crowd collectively got word of the death of Osama bin Laden. source

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0:19 // 3 years ago