Archive for July 2013

Ballsy IRS employees don't want Obamacare

It’s ballsy because Internal Revenue Service workers are assigned the job of making sure the rest of us fully “participate” in the “Affordable Care Act.” Newsmax reports: The federal employees who will be responsible for administering Obamacare for the American people don’t want it for themselves. The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents workers at... Read more »

GOP first must tell Americans what will replace Obamacare

Sometimes Republicans can be so stupid, you wonder if they’ll ever win another election. The plan by some conservative stalwarts in the party to force the defunding of Obamacare by threatening a government shutdown is more than stupid: It surely will fail and it probably will cost the GOP in the 2014 elections, possibly including... Read more »

Organized labor joining critics of Obamacare

Obviously for different reasons than conservatives. Nonetheless, growing union opposition to Obamacare reflects the failure of the health care scheme to be all that it has promised. Reports the Wall Street Journal: The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning... Read more »
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This dish is called Odori-Don It has a dead squid on top that “dances” when Soy Sauce is poured on it, activating it’s neurons (Odori don – The new dish where a squid comes “back to life” and dances on your plate … Diners in Japan looking for a moving experience over dinner can now... Read more »

Is there anything more fatuous than the debate over the "N-word"

Is there no end to the debate over who can or can’t use the N-word? It has flared up again with Tim Allen’s recent argument that white comedians should use the word “nigger” as opposed to “n-word,” arguing that the euphemism has become more offensive than the word itself. I guess the argument will continue for... Read more »

How to green your sex life

The Sierra Club, whose enthusiasm for eco protection knows no bounds, has come up with recommendations, called the “Eco-Sex Guide,” for how to “green your sex life.” Saith the club: Going green should be something you and your partner can do together. For the truly dedicated eco-couple, there’s now a way to ward off global... Read more »
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Public support for Obamacare is falling

This is from the National Journal: The share of Americans who believe that President Obama’s health care plan will “make things better” for the middle class, their own families, and the country overall has tumbled sharply since last September, underscoring the administration’s formidable public-relations challenge as it prepares to roll out the sweeping legislation’s key... Read more »

Is a "little ice age" in our future?

Environmental alarmists insist that changes in solar activity has little or nothing to do with climate change, that the current global warming is mainly the result of man-made activity. But simple common sense informs us that activity on the face of the sun–the furnace that ultimately gives Earth all of its energy–has much to do... Read more »

16 'in' words that aren't so new

Arika Okrent, editor-at-large at TheWeek.com came up with the list of words that are in current and popular use, but aren’t really new. We think our generation created them, but some have been around for centuries. They include: unfriend, dude, hang out, babe, funky, outasight and frigging.  Here’s the full list and their etymology. Order my new historical... Read more »
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