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February 27, 2013


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Apparently Rand Paul thinks that if health care is a right, doctors will be enslaved.

With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care you have to realize what that implies. I am a physician. You have a right to come to my house and conscript me.

Um…no. And to prove my point, let me draw your attention to something. It’s called the Constitution. Have you heard of it? The Sixth Amendment says, in relevant part:

If you have been arrested, you have the right to an attorney. Just like if you sneeze, people are arguing that you have the right to healthcare. If you’re where I practice, your attorney might be me. This does not mean I am a slave!…

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Book Review: “Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con that is Breaking America” by Matt Taibbi (Nov, 2010)
February 17, 2013

I realize I’m late getting to this book, but better late than never.

The subject matter of this book ranges from the depressing to the terrifying. Greed and corruption at the top levels of the financial and political powers of the world conspire to rob us blind and leave our country at the brink of disaster. And no one is doing anything about it. Luckily, you have guide Matt Taibbi to ferret out the wrongdoers and expose them to the light of day, all the while relentlessly illustrating how screwed you are in the deal.

Taibbi has a great gift for taking complex and mind-numbing subjects like housing markets, commodities trading, and credit default swaps and boiling them down to easy to understand, bite size chunks. And his biting humor helps you to be able to stomach the horrifying, rapacious greed and lack of ethics at the heart of the power structure.

There may be no hope, but information is power, and Taibbi brings you the information. Once armed, it’s up to you what to do with it.

Rating: 4/5

Recommendation: If you care about politics or finance at all, this is a must read.

Quote: Matt Taibbi
February 17, 2013

The powers that be don’t want people thinking about any of these things. If the people must politick, then let them do it in the proper arena, in elections between Wall Street– sponsored Democrats and Wall Street– sponsored Republicans.

Taibbi, Matt (2010-11-02). Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

Quote: Madeleine Albright
February 16, 2013

There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.

Leader of Child Molestation Ring Joseph Ratzinger to Resign
February 11, 2013

No doubt you’ve heard by now: Ratzinger, also known as Pope Benedict XVI, has announced his resignation, the first Pope to do so since 1415.

It would probably be too much to hope for that this means he’ll finally face charges for crimes against humanity, for organizing the most massive cover up of child rape in the history of the world.  Thousands of priests who abused hundreds of thousands of kids were shuffled around to treatment centers around the world, and put in new diocese where they would not be known, all on the bill of Catholics worldwide, whose tithes paid millions of dollars to cover up the molestation of their own children.

What shocks me is why any of them continue to go there at all.  Ask a Catholic why they continue to attend the Church and you get a host of answers from the weak to the entirely delusional.

“Because of my beliefs.” But…your belief in the church is based on the fact that the Pope is divinely chosen and is the instrument of God on Earth.  After everything he did, you can’t possibly still believe that?  God wanted child rapists to go free? God wanted those children to be molested in the first place? I refuse to accept that you believe those things.  You have to realize you have been lied to by that organization your entire life.

“That was just a minority, the majority haven’t done anything.” True enough, but we’re still talking about a massive massive problem, considering the size of the church worldwide. Thousands of priests, hundreds of thousands of children.  And your money paid for it.  Soak that in for a minute.  You personally helped pay for the abuse of children around the world.  And if you still go there, you continue to support it happening every day.

Look, you got lied to and used by people you trusted.  That sucks, and I’m really sorry it happened, believe me.  But if you continue to go there on Sunday even after becoming fully aware of the enormity of what was done, to my mind you stop being a victim and start being part of the problem.  You don’t have to keep going there and supporting it.  Get up and leave, go find a Church that’s not a completely monstrous entity. There are lots of them out there.  Do it before your kids wind up on that list of victims, please.

It’s great that Ratzinger is leaving.  But I don’t hold any illusions that it will change anything.  Not as long as people continue to support the Catholic Church and everything evil that it has done with their money.  Not as long as the next Pope can wear gold fabric and live in a castle and travel in an armored car that protects him from facing any justice.

The hope that the next Pope will change things so the cycle will end is a fool’s hope.  This has been going on for hundreds of years, we’re just now cracking it wide open because of television and the internet.  It won’t stop now.  Priests are still required to be celibate, a change in Church doctrine which has led to disastrous results.   So I fully expect that the new Pope will continue to sweep child rape under the rug and protect pedophile priests just as much as the last one did.  And believers’ money will continue to fund the whole thing.

It won’t end with the resignation of one man.  It will only finally end when people stop going there, and stop paying to keep it going.  It will end when the last Catholic Church finally shuts its doors, and the last Priest takes off his collar.

I only hope I live to see that.

Sci-Fi/SuperHero Fans: Buy “Missing Time” in eBook or Print!
February 8, 2013

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“Eight Students.  A school bus.  A lonely bridge in the dark of night.

When the school bus careens off the bridge and crashes into the river, they are lucky just to have survived.  But soon, they discover they have gained special abilities, like the power to read minds, to fly, or to resurrect the dead.  And that’s just the beginning…

Now they are being hunted down one by one, and to survive they must piece together their memories and solve the mystery of the missing time.”

“Missing Time” is a science fiction / super hero novella.  It is the beginning of the 3 part series called “313”.  If you like superhero action, suspense, sci-fi, with a touch of mystery, you will definitely enjoy it.  The story flashes back and forth in time as we piece together the threads of what actually happened that night, and how it changed the lives of the characters.

If you are a comics fan, this series is a very different look at superheroes, something akin to TV’s “Heroes” or “The 4400”, sometimes dark and tragic, but with action and twists, and an apocalyptic overtone as the action moves into Volume 2.

Additionally, if you are looking for books with strong women, look no further.  Becca reads and controls minds.  Heather can transform into anything she touches.  And Mia, well…Mia can throw a car with her bare hands.

Follow the links below and get in on the ground floor of this strange and exciting series!

The eBook edition is available for just $3.13, print edition $9.99 at the following sites:

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Quote: Jessica Valenti
February 1, 2013

What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.
You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.