I’m growing …concern… over the ObamaCare Replacement debate and it is all coming from the GOP.
…Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said there was “growing momentum” for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the same day of its repeal.
This has troubled me the last few days. It was until just a few minutes ago that I finally put my finger on why: An Omnibus Bill, they are going to replace ObamaCare with TrumpCare. I could feel the warmth drain from my body as I had this thought.
I am not going to sit here and go over all the ideas that the GOP want to replace ObamaCare with. Some ideas I like and others, I just don’t like. However my main objection right now is an omnibus bill. I have several points on why I object to such a bill.
Riders. If an omnibus was put together, there would surly be riders that have nothing to do with the subject at hand. Spending pet projects is the kind of corruption I not going to tolerate. They are tuck deep in legislation so that no one can find them, which brings me to my next point.
Fixing Smaller Bills Is Easier. If we pass smaller bills or acts, then we can keep them all separate in passage. Every reform should be able to stand on its own. Then fixing and/or repealing each reform will be easier.
TrumpCare. I don’t want TrumpCare. No one wants TrumpCare. I also don’t want to defend reforms I don’t like, just to defend things I do like.
You know, I can understand wanting to Repeal and Replace done at the same time. I get that, but we have got to do this right. Each reform in its own bill. You can still do this on the same day and have them take effect all at the same time.
If the GOP already plan to do this, great! Nothing to worry about. We can debate the individual reforms that come up. All I am saying, is no omnibus bill!
There was no other possible ending to this battle:
At least, as the battle presented to us here. So many mistakes made it’s not even funny.
Right off the bat the Penguins had a 2.75 to 1 advantage over the Santa Claus (SC) army. You can tell by the end of the video that the Penguin army’s leaping of the ledges did nothing for them, but they died in such small numbers that it did not help the SC army.
Second, the Penguins had the high ground. Honestly, even Sun Tzu knew the high ground was important:
With regard to precipitous heights, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny spots, and there wait for him to come up. If the enemy has occupied them before you, do not follow him, but retreat and try to entice him away.
The SC army had taken the narrow pass of a box canyon, but did not install a garrison:
With regard to narrow passes, if you can occupy them first, let them be strongly garrisoned and await the advent of the enemy. Should the army forestall you in occupying a pass, do not go after him if the pass is fully garrisoned, but only if it is weakly garrisoned.
The Penguins was able to surround the SC army at the entrance of the narrow pass of the box canyon and push them back with their superior numbers. If the SC army had installed a garrison or had been a heavy infantry (the killing of the very last Santa Claus showed how weak a class of infantry the SC army was), then it might have been a different story altogether.
Up and down, the Santa Claus army made one bad mistake after another. Nothing else gets you in the spirit of Christmas than seeing an army of 11,000 Penguins gut the weaker 4,000 Santa Claus army.
*sigh* This is going to be terrible, isn’t it? I mean, remakes are always awful because they-
*in a state of shock for several long minutes with his mouth agape*
Okay then, this might not suck after all. I have goose-bumps, goose-fucking-bumps people! This doesn’t look like an exact rip-off, yet not insulting to the characters.
Elizabeth Banks appears briefly as Rita Repulsa to give us a sweet, sweet taste of things to come. Bryan Cranston as Zordon (do I need to say more?) is not in the trailer, but I am expecting a great performance from him. Bill Hader is going to voice Alpha 5 (looking forward to that).
I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. However this trailer has raised the bar. Next up, Beetleborgs!
I was asked to review a novel by one of my Twitter followers. I told him, sure why not.
Now, full disclosure, Jeff Faria did give me a copy and told me not to review it if I didn’t like it. I have also only read the first two prologues. Here is a summary of the book:
In 2231, twenty-five billion people walk the Earth. Few lack basic food and shelter. Energy is cheap and abundant. A vast army of ‘bots serves our every need, and those who can afford to do so might live forever. To some, it is a golden age.
But Earth is devoid of resources, now harvested on or around Mars. Nations are ruled from above by governments owned by enormous transnats, and from below by powerful street gangs who have largely usurped the police.
This world is not for everyone. A fifth of the world’s population has withdrawn into the drug Nirvana, while millions more have chosen Martian exile. And a phantom group called ‘The Patriots of Mars’ has committed an act of rebellion that shocks the world.
Josh Reynolds, a Martian-born teen with a secret, is trying to change his life when he gets caught up in the wake of the Patriots’ insurrection. As he struggles to both find and save himself, Josh begins to realize that the change he had hoped for could become something more far-reaching than anyone had imagined.
Again, I have only read the first two prologues (31 chapters total, including the prologues), but what I have read is very interesting. I can honestly say that I will finish the novel and highly recommend getting yourself a copy to read yourself.
It is a “high sci-fi” novel with all the neat gadgets you would want. It has great characters who operate this stuff. With all the talk about going to Mars, why don’t you o yourself a favor and take a trip Jeff Faria is offering to you right now!
Suddenly, about three hundred miles off the coast of Daytona Beach, an island appeared. No one knew when or how it appeared, it was just there. From satellite images, the United States government estimated the island to be around 1,157 square miles in total area. The island had trees and natural landmarks like it had been there for decades or more. An United States Navy ship was dispatched with civilian scientists five months after the island was discovered to study how and why it just appeared.
Upon arriving at the island however, the US Navy ship was shockingly greeted by 100,000 settlers who had already taken up residence. The appointed leader of the settlers, a Jacob M. Richardson, explained that they had all received a vision of the island a month before it was discovered and fully intend to become an independent nation-state.
Well of course the federal government wasn’t going to let this spat of independence stand, so the President Of The United States ordered the captain of the destroyer, a Commander Jake Wade, to arrest the settlers and remove them from the island. Commander Wade countered that the arrest order was ultimately illegal, because technically the island was not claimed by the United States before the settlers arrived. A bureaucratic oversight that cost someone a job (or would be, if getting someone fired from the United States government was a next to impossible task). The settlers were also armed to the teeth and was not too keen to be forcibly removed.
So a compromised was reached that the United Nations would decide the fate of the island. The US Navy ship with the civilian scientists were invited to stay as guests of the island. News spread and another 200,000 settlers came to the island. The new arrivals spread out into five different areas of the island. The population swelled to just north of 400,000 before the migration started to abate.
As more and more people came to the island, they realized that they needed some form of government. Jacob M. Richardson was tasked to name the island, come up with a government, and the flag when they made their case to the United Nations. Being a somewhat learned man and using Latin, Richardson gave “Aratrum Republic” as the name for island’s new nation-state. He named the territories: Borealis to the north, Septentrionalis to the northeast, Orientalis to the east, Australis to the south, and Occidentalis to the west. He named the legislative branch the Legatus and the executive branch council the Rector.
The United Nations didn’t need much prodding to side with the Aratrum Republic, since both Russia and China wanted to stick it to the United States. Three years after appearing out of nowhere, Aratrum Republic gained its independence. The fallout for Aratrum Republic was almost immediate: The island quickly ratified the flag and constitution written by Richardson. Two Russian destroyers appeared and escorted the US Navy destroyer away from the island. Not wanting to be invaded by Russia or anyone else, island leaders suddenly revealed they had five nuclear bombs and were prepare to use them on THEMSELVES if invaded (rendering the island uninhabitable). Commander Wade and most of his crew resigned from the US Navy to start the Aratrum Republic’s own navy. Jacob Richardson was elected to the Rector and re-elected until he died. The Aratrum Republic’s racial demographic percentage mirrored that of the United States with one small difference, they all (well, 99.99% of them) considered themselves Christian Conservative.
The fallout for the rest of the world, was mostly catastrophic: Support for the United Nations in the United States and Europe took a sharp nose dive, as well as US/Russia relations. The European Union soon collapsed after a very angry Hungry decided they had just about enough of Germany’s nonsense. Russia was about ready to invade Eastern Europe and China the rest of Asia, when suddenly the micro-nation movement sprang up all over the world (except Aratrum Republic, Japan, New Zealand, and already establish city-states). The world’s economy came to a stand still as the micro-nation movement was being dealt with. Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East saw the biggest scrambling of boundaries. Weaken Russia, China, and the United States were able to hold it together. Canada got it worse when Quebec broke away. Mexico has become a failed state and all of South America is still on fire.
Hey Cody and those that stumble on this entry, I hope you enjoy. (more…)
And oh, look who showed up in this article: Senator Harry Reid. I wonder why…
On July 15, two days after the $1 million check landed in the Senate Majority PAC account, the super-PAC announced to the Washington Post its plans to launch a $1 million ad buy in Florida.
The reported aim was to help Murphy win his primary on Aug. 30 against liberal challenger Rep. Alan Grayson, who is openly opposed by Democratic leadership.
Oh yeah right, Rep. Alan Grayson. What we have here is Thomas Murphy giving a knife to Harry Reid, who then stabs Grayson with said knife. The Alan Grayson/Harry Reid fight is just plain awesome and well documented on this site. You can read about it in their tags below.
There is a very small part of me that wishes that Alan Grayson win the Democratic Primary, because the Senator Marco Rubio* and Alan Grayson fight would totally be awesome. Sadly, the Marco Rubio/Patrick Murphy fight might be slightly one-sided**.
(gets on his knees)
Please God, please give the primary win to Alan Grayson. I don’t ask for much. Please enrich my life and give me some more Grayson. It will be a very boring general election here in Florida without Alan Grayson. Amen.
“The Kingfisher Shot is what I like to call a 600 meter shot. There is an old WWII legend I read where a sniper, after waiting three hours for his target, attracted the attention of two Common Kingfisher who perched on his scope.”
“Fascinating. How does that help us?”
“It gives us the name of this killer. Two US Representatives kill by a sniper who can shoot 600 meters. He’s just crying out for a name.”
“The Kingfisher Shooter. We can call him that for now.”
I know that’s supposed to be a camera scope in today’s inspiration, but I couldn’t help but see a sniper’s scope instead. Also, I see my friend Jimmie Bise posted his short story today. So nice to see him. I hope he does more. Enjoy! (more…)
Of course they were going to be a problem. I mean, did no one not see what was coming? Really?
It seemed like a cute idea to everyone, making cats float. Even Dr. Klemens Harrendorf, from the few random notes we recovered from his burned down lab, didn’t think much harm would come from cats floating a few feet off the ground.
It was novel at first. The new breed was well loved. They became the must own pet of the year.
That was until they started floating higher. Then the horror hit humanity as they soon started to explode.
I hated Bing’s image today. I looked at that flower for hours before giving up. Then I search the internet for a weird picture and found this gem. Enjoy! (more…)