Friday, March 27, 2015

Spot the difference.

Trick question, there isn't one.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Picture of the day.

Courtesy of an IM regular.
This is what the Palin gals call a successful hunt.

Republican Congresswoman takes to Facebook to ask for Obamacare horror stories. Does not get the response she anticipated.

So Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers went on Facebook and posted this message: 

This week marks the 5th anniversary of #Obamacare being signed into law. Whether it's turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer has reduced your work hours, I want to hear about it. 

Please share your story with me so that I can better understand the challenges you're facing.

Along with this image.

 I am sure that she was gleefully rubbing her hands together in anticipation of all of the great anecdotes she was going to hear that she could then share on the floor of Congress. However that is not exactly what she got.

Here are a few of the responses. (And trust me these are right at the top so I did not have to cherry pick in any way.):

Erika Dennis My whole family now has coverage. The ACA is the cause for this, I work in health care, I have seen the increase in covered patients first hand. The next step is universal coverage, this will truly lower costs and provide the best care. Cathy, you barely work, spend most of your time catering to special interests so you can be re-elected.. All while receiving a large wage and the best health insurance and care. Stop telling us how it doesn't work while enjoying your tax payer funded care and life. 

Allan Massie Thanks to the ACA, my cousin was able to get affordable insurance despite her preexisting condition. So grateful. 

Mike Ruiz I'm very happy. We still have great coverage and our premiums are much lower than before 

Dean Vercruysse I love people like you Cathy who HAVE Gov't Health Care who want to cancel it for others! it's the Christian thing to do! 

Seth Miller I think we should repeal Obamacare, and replace it … with universal socialized medicine - like the rest of the industrialized nations of the world. 

Lisa Barber Instead of trying to repeal it why don't you improve it? Our local rural clinics are packed daily with people who have needed healthcare for years!! it is a godsend. It is pitiful this nation does not have healthcare for all and that doesn't mean the EMERGENCY room!! 

Bink Olney It's working fine - you and your Republican cohorts aren't. 

William Francis Condon My story is that I once knew 7 people who couldn't get health insurance. Now they all have it, thanks to the ACA and President Obama, and their plans are as good as the one my employer provides--and they pay less for them. Now, that's not the kind of story you want to hear. You want to hear made-up horror stories. I don't know anyone with one of those stories. 

Believe me there are many, many more to read on her Facebook page and if you don't trust me just click the link at the top and take a look for yourself. 

The conservatives try and try to make us believe that the Affordable Care Act is a monumental failure, but unfortunately for them facts keep tripping them up.

Of course as we know facts do have a liberal bias.

(H/T to the Daily Kos)

Ted Cruz calls those who accept that climate change is real "flat earthers," while also demonstrating a complete misunderstanding of science and history.

Courtesy of Think Progress:  

A few days after accusing “global warming alarmists” like California Governor Jerry Brown (D) of ridiculing and insulting “anyone who actually looks at the real data” around climate change, newly-declared presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) upped his rhetoric against those who care about the issue. 

Speaking to the Texas Tribune on Tuesday, Cruz said that contemporary “global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers.” 

“You know it used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier,” he said. 

In Cruz’s opinion, when it comes to climate change, his denier position places him alongside 17th Century scientist Galileo Galilei, who was also considered to be denying the mainstream knowledge of his day. 

What Cruz fails to recognize is that Gailileo was not taking the minority scientific position against "Accepted scientific wisdom," he was taking a scientific position against a religious position.

That is why the Catholic church threw his ass into prison.

And what Cruz is doing today is to take the religious position, which is that only God can control the climate, against the scientific one, which is essentially "What are you high? Of course pollutants sent into the atmosphere by human beings are negatively impacting climate."

You know it takes some set of Cuban/Canadian balls to compare yourself to Galileo Galilei while arguing on the side of the religiously superstitious. 

Levi Johnston reaches out to Radar Online to correct the lies.

Well it looks like Levi contacted Radar Online and told them his side fo the story.

Here is what he said about the marriage.:  

“We hit rock bottom. Every goes through bad times,” Johnston admitted. “Everyone fights or has arguments, there is nothing out of the ordinary about that.”

Now anybody who is Facebook friends with Sunny already knew this as Sunny wears her heart on her sleeve, and alluded to this fact several months ago before the birth of her last child. Apparently it lasted a couple of days and he spent one night on a friend's couch.

And to be honest who could blame either Levi or Sunny for becoming overwhelmed by circumstances, remember  what they are going through, and considering an escape plan?

However by the time of Indy's birth they were back in love, and committed to each other again.

On being broke: 

“I’ve been doing really well financially and this is the best job I’ve ever had,” he said. “I am not broke. But we moved in with my mom because we plan to buy or build a house in three or four months and I didn’t want to sign a year lease. We are trying to figure out what we are going to do.”

As I understand it Levi has an even better job coming up so fairly soon he should be doing quite well financially.

As for custody of Tripp:

Insisting he is “happy” for Palin, he said “things are better with us than they ever have been before. It is good for Tripp to have his mom be happy. Even though she is going to move [to Kentucky with her fiancĂ©], I will see my son just like any other dad who lives in a different state. And Bristol is from here [Wasilla] and she will always come back.”

This part of course makes me sad, as I well know the kind of heartache a parent goes through when their child spends months away from them at a time. However if  Levi sticks to his guns he will get a fair custody arrangement, and Bristol will no longer be able to use time with Tripp to manipulate or punish him.

And finally as for his future with Sunny: 

“I am going to be with her forever,” he said. We are good and happy and better than we’ve ever been. I don’t have a Bentley or a Lamborghini but I love Sunny.”

And there you have it. 

If you know anything about Levi he hates to talk about his problems with anybody, so for him to do this meant that he was very upset and wanted to make sure that the lies were put to rest.

And now they are.

President Obama touts the successes of Obamacare, and undermines the Republican attacks with a simple joke.

Courtesy of Occupy Democrats:  

“We’re saving money for families and businesses. And we’re saving lives” he opens, then goes on to extoll the economic and public benefits. He focused on the twelve million jobs created in the last sixteen months, the reduction of our deficit by two-thirds due to the slowing rate of healthcare cost increases, and the unprecedented fact that over 25 million Americans have gained access to affordable healthcare since the law was enacted. 

He continued, using history, facts, and reality to take apart every Republican talking point over the last six years, and ended it by roasting his detractors with a sharp quip, drawing a chorus of laughs from the crowd: “We’ve been promised a lot of things over the past five years that didn’t turn out to be the case- death panels, doom, and a serious alternative from the Republicans in Congress.”

Nicely done.

Hey the President deserves to take a victory lap. 

But the sad part is that despite its obvious success, many Americans still have a negative view of the law, and there is a case pending before the Supreme Court that may further complicate its ability to provide on its promise.

However if history is any indication, the Affordable Care Act will survive, and ultimately President Obama will be able to run many, many victory laps to celebrate his accomplishment.

Neil deGrasse Tyson schools Florida voters on the importance of electing scientifically literate politicians.

Courtesy of Think Progress:

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had choice words for the state of Florida Monday, saying he was “astonished” by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration’s alleged ban on using the words “climate change.” 

Speaking as part of a lecture series in Sarasota, Florida and at a press conference before it, the renowned scientist and science communicator said that he thought that the U.S., as a country, was above using science as a political debate. Tyson also said voters held responsibility for electing lawmakers like Scott, which points to the need to better educate voters about issues like climate change. 

“I don’t blame the politicians for a damn thing because we vote for the politicians,” he said. “I blame the electorate.” 

Tyson has a point: a poll last year found that Americans are, in general, less concerned about climate change than people in many other parts of the world. And though most Americans believe climate change is happening, many don’t fully understand why. 

Tyson also said that Florida officials should be worrying about what to do to prepare the state for the imminent threat of sea level rise, rather than restricting state workers from talking about climate change. 

“Now we have a time where people are cherry picking science,” he said. “The science is not political. That’s like repealing gravity because you gained 10 pounds last week.”

Professor Tyson's point about Florida's voters being accountable is exactly right. And if they don't start to educate themselves, and allow their children to be educated, then the future of their state is in terrible jeopardy.

Personally I think that politicians should have to pass a basic science test before running for election in this country. At this point things are simply becoming too dire to allow any more idiots like Rick Scott, or Ted Cruz, to hold office.

And while we're at it they should probably also be tested on the Constitution, basic math, and women's reproductive systems. Because many of them seem to have trouble with those subjects as well.

Mormon sidewalk band turns Arizona Wal-Mart parking lot into the OK Corral.

Courtesy of Facebook
From Raw Story:  

The suspects in a fatal brawl with police outside an Arizona Wal-Mart have been identified as a family from Idaho who had apparently been living in a vehicle in the store’s parking lot for days before the melee, authorities said on Tuesday. 

Five adults and one juvenile were booked on multiple charges stemming from the fight that erupted late on Saturday in Cottonwood after police responded to a report that a female Wal-Mart employee was assaulted by multiple suspects. 

Police said the officers were immediately attacked by the suspects in the parking lot and that during the fracas, 21-year-old Enoch Gaver was shot and killed, while his brother David Gaver, 28, was shot in the abdomen.

One police officer, 31-year-old Sergeant Jeremy Daniels, was also shot and remains in a hospital in Flagstaff, about 45 miles away. Daniels, a 10-year veteran of the Cottonwood Police Department, is expected to make a full recovery.

Several of the family members were arrested for Aggravated Assault and Attempted Homicide, including the parents, three of their children (All in their late twenties.), and an unidentified juvenile.

Here is the part that I found particularly interesting:

Several of the Gavers were sidewalk musicians who perform in a Mormon band called Matthew 24 Now.

Mormon street musicians who engage in shootouts with the police? Whatever happened to riding their bikes in a suit and tie and going overseas to proselytize to the French?

But what am I saying? This is Arizona.

Apparently in Arizona even the Mormon street musicians are packing heat.

I'm not sure, but I don't think this is how you become a god and get your own planet.