Another all too predictable Paul Ryan beat down, cue the fact checkers, ‘we got a bleeder’ screed? Well, only a little. After his GOP convention acceptance speech, putative VP Ryan triggered a torrent of criticism centered on his (ahem) fast and furious approach to the facts used to smite the godless, graceless Democratic horde. We that sling stones from the Great White Plexiglas fortress have another idea about the self-promoted MarathonMan.… [Read more]
Last week, I had the great privilege of traveling to Las Vegas to network in the world of stand-up comedy, and also do a little myself. Given that the business of being funny isn’t always so, I began the trip expecting to take a highly observant role. From the beginning of my trip, this, thankfully, was the case.… [Read more]
Today the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favour of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare”. Surprisingly, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the more liberal justices when he provided the fifth vote in this 5-4 decision that argues the federal government can require citizens to buy health insurance or face a fine. Chief Justice Roberts said in the decision:
“Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A (the individual mandate) under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax.… [Read more]
I ate popcorn today for the first time in over two years. About a month ago, I sat in my kitchen while a dentist who didn’t speak my language injected copious doses of a numbing agent (meant to be given to women in labor) into my gums, all so that two of my teeth could literally be pulled out with a pair of pliers.… [Read more]
Since 2009, Senator Chuck Grassley has offered this advice as a solution for those who cannot afford medical care:… [Read more]
This is the last installment in what has turned out to be a series of articles detailing my experiences as an employee in a right-to-work state. I didn’t write these stories to complain or to get sympathy – although at this point, I wouldn’t turn down any kind of sympathy. This has been a tough time in my life, and I hope that my story will serve as an illustration of the extreme imbalance in employer-employee relationships.… [Read more]
Former Vice President Dick Cheney received a new heart this past weekend. After several heart attacks — the first of which occurred in his 30s — it appears that the
underused? overstressed heart he had was in need of a replacement. I wish him well; failing health is no joke.
Being ever hopeful I’m wondering if, with this change of heart, perhaps he will have a change of heart in various other matters?… [Read more]
Not long ago, a few brash and gutsy Democratic legislators stood up to Republican lawmakers who were trying to add insult to injury by forcing UAs on U.A.s- That would be “urinary analysis (also known as drug tests) on “Unemployed Americans.” They went so far as to want those being screened for drug use to pay for the testing too!… [Read more]
Ladies, how great was your most recent visit to the gyno? How relaxing was it? How lovely was the awkward small talk you might have engaged in with your doctor as he strapped you in the stirrups and went to town? That good, huh.
Here’s the thing about your annual gynecological visit… it’s a necessary evil.… [Read more]
Open mouth, insert foot. The thing about primary season is that those of us who are interested and affected observers will be presented with several sides of the same face. There is the side the candidates want us to see; the side the media chooses to reveal; the version presented by the comedians who, thankfully, make us laugh at the folly of it all; and, of course, the real side that the candidates want to keep hidden.… [Read more]
Last year, I was involved in a car accident in which I’m lucky to have survived. Both me and another car tried to merge into the same lane at the same time; our cars kissed on the side and then after bouncing off his car, I over corrected and went off the road and into an embankment, totaling the Ford Explorer I was driving, breaking two vertebrae and tearing my right rotator cuff.… [Read more]