ObamaCare is working. Suck it, haters.

And by haters, I mean Loonie Lefties and Raging Righties; those extremists who are so far our on the wings of partisan politics, they are in danger of falling off. These haters of the ACA have stubbornly insisted that Obamneycare would crash and burn, even though that was and remains a crock of exceptionally fetid dog dung. This article provides more proof that said haters are a bunch of fact-challenged fuckwits:

Even as Obamacare continues to be attacked by foes and challenged in court, hospital chains and insurers are making more money, more patients using ERs are paying for their care, and the country as a whole is enjoying slower growth in its health-care spending.

HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital chain, yesterday raised its forecast and reported a 6.6 percent drop in uninsured patients at its 165 hospitals, a reduction that grows to 48 percent in four states that expanded Medicaid, a top initiative of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. WellPoint Inc. (WLP), which made the biggest commitment of any publicly traded insurer to the Obamacare markets, raised its guidance today after handily beating analyst estimates for the quarter on rising membership linked to the overhaul.

Taxpayers too may be benefiting from the law approved in 2010. Medicare spending rose by just $1 per beneficiary in 2013, the fourth year in a row that saw a slowdown, the government reported yesterday.

Lots more detail at the link, of course. The only places that have not seen huge benefits from ObamaCare are the Red States that have refused to embrace it.

Once again: The only places that have not seen huge benefits from ObamaCare are the Red States that have refused to embrace it.
That proves the ACA works if you work with it.

And that means that anyone and everyone who still opposes health care reform is a hate-blinded jackass. Screw those eedjits. The rest of us will reap the benefits of the law while the haters suffer in their bile-filled alternate universe.

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Rape Culture exists because Law Enforcement Agencies encourage it.

I’ve ranted oftentimes over the years about how sexist prosecutors and lazy/preeve cops fail to protect citizens from sexual predators; and have been duly informed that I was blowing things out of proportion, yadayada. In response to the stupid-fucks who say such idiotic, rape-enabling shit, I hereby submit yet another example: the sleepy little town of Put-In-Bay, Ohio.

There is so much rape happening there, it’s been re-named “Roofie Island” From the article (which you really ought to read):

Since May, there are have been at least a dozen documented incidents of people suspected of being dosed with date-rape drugs at Put-In-Bay bars, with no arrests. In that time, there have been at least three reported rapes of drugged or heavily intoxicated women and only once — when police came upon a 27-year-old Mentor man in the act, with several eye witnesses who spotted him tackling her to the ground — has somebody been arrested so far.
On Saturdays this summer, EMS has had to regularly transport girls from the popular pool bar Mist to the hospital after someone slipped date-rape drugs into their drinks.

In early May, a trauma nurse at a southeast Michigan hospital called Put-In-Bay police to report a woman was raped on the island that weekend. According to the police report (where the victim’s and suspect’s names have been redacted), the nurse relayed the story: a Mr. Ed’s manager asked a female bartender to have drinks with him after work on a Saturday. Once out with him, she lost consciousness, only to come-to at 2:30 a.m. with her boss on top of her, yelling at her to “take her fucking clothes off.” She told him no, the report says, and that she was on her period. But he pulled down her pants, pulled out her tampon, and had his way with her. The police report says the woman declined to pursue charges because she didn’t want to lose her job, but that turned out to not be true.

Just before 4 p.m. on July 7, they were dispatched for a drugged female at the pool, only to have one of her friends pass out at the same time EMS was treating her, stoking EMS’s fears that more women have been and will be drugged: “The EMS worker informed me that it was most likely ruphy (sic) and stated there will probably be a lot more individuals getting ruphied (sic).” The police report notes “nothing further” in terms of an investigation.

The local police chief is not only doing nothing about these crimes; he is under investigation himself for excessive force and other offenses. Sound like Steubenville on an island? Yup. It shows, yet again, that America has a big problem with rape culture that the country refuses to address.

I have been criticized for advocating castration of convicted rapists. If that seems cruel to you, ask yourself if the current state of affairs is any kinder. It is not. By ignoring crimes of sexual violence, our government is giving tacit approval to such behavior, and until severe and visible punishment starts harshly and consistently raining down
upon the perpetrators, rape will continue to terrorize our culture.

Mercy to the guilty is truly, as Adam Smith said, cruelty to the innocent. Time to unleash some cruelty on the rapists and their enablers, and to save the mercy for their victims.

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So the Satanists are on the side of Good? Really? No, seriously, really?

I gotta admit, I never expected something like this: the Satanic Temple is on the warpath against recent Catholic/Fundagelical attempts to take away our individual religious freedom. Yes. Yes. Yes, really, you DID read that correctly:

In a statement, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.

In some states, that information consists of pro-life propaganda that links abortion to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, or discusses “post-abortion syndrome,” a mental condition not recognized by any major medical or psychiatric organization.

Because the Satanic Temple bases its belief “regarding personal health…on the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others,” it claims that state-mandated information with no basis in scientific fact violates its “religious” beliefs.

Holy cow. This is totally wack. Having been raised in the ecumenical era of the 60’s and early 70’s, when tolerance was the order of the day, I have always seen churches as helpful, benevolent, charitable organizations.

But today, “Christians” are all too often shrill, hate-filled, sadistic separatists who want to punish us for not being more like them. They want to impose their religion upon us, violently if need be, via an extra-constitutional theocratic government. Freedom is anathema to the politicized Fundagelicals of this century.

And who is fighting to protect us from these foam-flecked, shrieking, demented, alleged followers of Rebbe Yeshuah Bar Joseph (who actually follow the teachings of Leviticus and Paul, not Jesus)? Who is standing for religious liberty, respect for others and civil rights for Americans?

Yep, it’s the Satanists who are on the side of the angels. And the Christians who are possessed by demons.

The world has gone truly, totally, deeply, barking mad.

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So Many Deserve Blame. (On the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians)

It is a sight that is truly sickening to behold, this most recent eruption of violence between the inhabitants of Palestine. Rockets, bombs, tunnels, ground invasions, and the innocent (as always) are suffering the most, even though they (also as always) are the least culpable. One thing we must all keep in mind: it is neither the average Palestinian nor the ordinary Israeli that is to blame:

First, we should excoriate the Brits and the French for creating a set of arbitrary and idiotic borders after World War One. Just about any reputable historian will tell you that those borders have been responsible for a lot of wars in the near-century since.

Then we should turn a jaundiced eye upon the re-creation of Israel after World War Two. A virtuous notion it was, but done in a manner devoid of forethought and with a lack of concern for consequences. Once again, non- inhabitants of the region tried to do a good thing for the region and fucked up. Oh, and they now blame the locals for something not of the locals’ doing.

Next, let’s look at the extremist nutjobs who are currently running things in Tel Aviv/Jerusalem and Gaza. One the one side we have a loon called “Bibi” who thinks that Arabs are subhuman animals and treats them in a manner that would make a Spanish Inquisition torturer blanch. On the other we have Hamas, who want to wipe Israel off the map. Small wonder that the two sides can’t agree on anything.

Indeed, we have many deserving targets of finger pointing, and in some cases prosecution. Mass murder, theft, child abuse, torture, and other crimes are a common event in the region. The only people we cannot in good conscience cast aspersions upon are the ordinary people of both areas.

And sadly, infuriatingly, painfully, those ordinary men, women and children are the ones who pay the price for the manifold sins of world and regional “leaders”. Let’s all remember that when we discuss the conflict.

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All Respect to Godwin, but Putin and his Repub Fan Club DO Support Nazi-style Atrocities.

Sometimes, you just have to call a Nazi a Nazi. Here is what Putin and his goons have done recently – see if they sound at all like what Hitler did back in the day:

Invaded a sovereign nation on a flimsy pretext? Check.

Death trains? Check.

Looting the bodies of the dead? Check.

Vladdy-Boy Putin, for all his KGB Communist past, is acting just like the German Nazis who viciously attacked the Russian and European people back in the previous century. And his supporters (like Sarah Palin and other Republicans) give him aid and comfort as he commits these crimes against humanity.

Anyone who supports someone who supports Putin is in some way supporting these war crimes. And as kindly as I can put it, Godwin’s Law does not apply: such supporters are likewise Nazis. Fuck Putin, fuck his paid troops in Ukraine, fuck his supporters, and fuck all those scumbags. May they all get what the previous batch of Nazis got.

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America’s Government Used to Do Great Things. We Can Do It Again.

Forty-five years ago as I write this, three astronauts were preparing to return home from the Moon. In just a few short years, the United States government, private industries, citizens and taxpayers went from never having put so much as a bread roll into orbit to sending men to another globe, through outer space. And we did it again and again.

The government did not go bankrupt. Society did  not collapse. Indeed, we saw an unprecedented wave of technological, economic and societal expansion during the time of the space program. Taking big risks resulted in some tragedy, yes, but it also produced enormous rewards for the entire world.

We did this at the same time we fought wars against poverty, disease, and ignorance. All of these likewise enjoyed a large degree of success. None were won, any more than the drive to explore the cosmos; but a helluva lot of progress got made in a brief period of time. A time, you’ll notice, that saw the United States government acting like it had some guts, some vision, and some kind of purpose.

Now we have a government composed to an increasing degree of wimps. Republican-run states are going broke, their infrastructure is collapsing, their hospitals are closing, and indeed the GOP advocates letting immigrant children die in the desert, all because “government can’t do these things any more”. We’ve gone from can to can’t in Red states (and anywhere controlled by Repubs).

Where America once dared, we cower; where we dreamed, we are afflicted with nightmares; where we once sought to gain, we strive now only to avoid loss. It’s considered trite to say this, but it is true: “if we could put a man on the moon, we could save these kids/build these roads/heal these sick/feed those hungry”. It is a truth that the fearful do not wish to hear, and do not wish for you to hear.

Men used to walk on truly desolate shores, lands with no food, water or even air. They survived and returned. Nowadays, we act as if we can’t do so much as offer the necessities of life to a bunch of traumatized children. Please join me in calling “bullshit” on this way of thinking.

Fear is killing our nation. It is killing children, adults, our economy and everything we built back when we weren’t a load of scaredy-cats. We don’t have to live this way. All we have to do to reverse this horrific trend is take a deep breath, and take a risk or two.

Here’s a song that you really ought to listen to: it’s by a great artist named John Entwistle, and it’s about how it feels when “fear is the key to your soul”. Listen and you’ll hear the heart of Republican America. Listen and then resolve to cast aside fear, embrace risk, and make our country great again. Feed the kids, heal the sick, build the bridges, and explore the unknown.

It’s not that hard, friends. We just have to take that first step away from the fear that has been dinned in our ears by those whose purposes are best served by our being terrorized. That first step, and the ones that follow, will take us to a nation renewed. A nation that says (as it once did): “Yes, we can. And we will”.

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