…..of course you can.
To be fair, the boys – except for the cutie next to Rob in the Yankees jersey – all look terrible. The saddest part, for me, is that I looked worse than any one of these girls. They look great. The Gunny- Sax dresses, the shiny, flippy hair, the Candies. I will have to dig up a photo of me in middle school to show you how awful I looked. Every bit as terrible as Rob Ford, in my own way. I looked like a 9 year old boy. One foot shorter than anyone else, probably 70 lbs, snaggletoothed and metal mouthed. Always looked miserable hence the nickname”Encyclopedia Frown”. So I’m not really judging. At least Rob looks happy.
Democrats really do have a knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, don’t they? As loathsome as the Repub’s parroting of talking points with one voice is, they do manage to sound authoritative when they’re spewing their drivel. Can it be that no one on the Democratic side understands issue-framing? Do the Dems really have no one who can defend issues without devolving in 100 point, 10,000 footnote tomes? I;m not talking the Republican lockstep parade, but the Democrats are a fucking demolition derby.
One of the key goals of the Affordable Care Act was to establish minimum benefit levels for insurance plans. Companies have been cancelling these plans left and right and offering ACA-compliant plans with vastly increased premiums. But the “Landrieu bill”, offered by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), would force insurers to continue offering indefinitely these individual junk policies they’ve been suckering dummies into buying for years, which lets the insurers off the hook for being rapacious who would fleece your grandmother for every last nickel if it meant their stock prices would tick up a couple of points.
Someone in the “Democratic Party leadership” needs to point out that people with cheap, crappy policies are basically uninsured - and letting them carry on is little different from letting the uninsured carry on. Maybe letting the junk plans continue, to calm the immediate shitstorm, will pay off in the long run, after people start noticing who’s getting what and who ain’t, and competition starts to kick in for reals. I dunno, it’s all so hard to wrap my head around with all the talking noise. Could it be that with all the resistance and sabotage having limited competition, there aren’t actually good, reasonably priced plans available yet to nearly enough people…? The death-twitches of zombie insurers? I DON’T KNOW! ARGGHH! I. DON’T. KNOW!
What we have here is another catastrophic symptom of having a political spectrum that mostly just has representatives from the center to the far-right. You’ve got one party that almost entirely just represents the right-wing fringe, and even the theocrats and free-market extremists can agree on dismantling the welfare state completely, and you’ve got another party that ranges from the rare European-style socialist to center-rightists on both social and economic issues to people who’d be conservative Republicans even today if not for the Republicans’ extremism on some issue or another.
Maybe what this country needs is for some transformational fucking president to give us a primetime, golden-tongued, straight-shootin’ fireside in-service. Better than tucking himself away in tense times while Repugs pound away, defining the issue as their own.
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For fucks sake, Canada, what the hell is going on up there? I mean, we looked up to you as the good North American country, a place of refuge for conscientious objectors and socialized medicine, and now, what with the crack-smoking, the attacks on free media, the high school dropout as the Minister of Education, and wholesale selling of the country’s natural resources to oil and mining interests, it’s like you’ve chosen Silvio Berlusconi, or a Palin as your leader.
Toronto is no Wasllia It is the fifth-biggest municipality in North America and Canada’s biggest and most influential city. It seems that the day of reckoning is coming for the mayor of that fair city. Rob Ford, the type of chimeric conservative populist who could wring electoral reward out of gaffes and controversies, has been beloved in that Chris Christie way – of the barbaric, loud, aggressive style. Ford’s run as a politician on the international stage has always been absurdist - his insistence that women who contract HIV must be sleeping with bisexual men, and the infamous 2006 Maple Leafs Game, where Ford launched into a drunken tirade at a young couple. Ford initially denied ever being at the game, but eventually apologized. Then there is his inability to perform a 5-step drop without falling over like a comedy-relief in a slapstick movie, Rob Ford always seemed a little too good (or bad) to be true.
So, Obamacare continues its relentless march across America’s computer screens like jack-booted Nazis marching across Europe’s vulnerable underbelly. Under Obamacare – the worst thing since the Holocaust and 9/11 made love and gave birth to the BENGHAZI and IRS scandal twins - everybody is losing all their insurance and has to buy new insurance that costs a million times more and it is bad. When did Obama know that a lot of Americans have really shitty insurance with enormous deductibles and very little coverage that only pretends to be “insurance,” but is really cheap? Why did he say that we could keep our terrible shitty insurance, when we can’t keep it now, because insurance companies are being forced to stop their bait and switch games??
I did a little a digging and found out the exact criteria for why insurance would not be compliant under the ACA:
“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”
― P.D. James, A Taste for Death
Autumn is on its way out, folks, not for the season but, for good.
I am in Pennsylvania, in pursuit of the ephemeral “peak color,” the brilliant jewel-toned crimsons, vermilion and topaz and flaming reds that provide a scenic backdrop for the fleeting period between suffocating summers and miserable, sloppy winters. I find something particularly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves, the vapor of one’s breath, air so bracing and clear and crisp you could snap it with your fingers, the mellow sun and clarity of the stars, the rustle of crispy leaves blowing down the street by gusty winds, the smell of wood smoke, the whole riot of the senses in those giddy weeks leading up to Halloween.
It’s October 28, and the air is definitely not crispy. It’s warm and soggy, and the leaves are green and sallow. “What the hell? I asked my mom as we drove down a road well known for its Autumnal brilliance. “It’s like freaking April!” We went home and did some research and did. not. like. what. we. found. The New England Climate Coalition predicted back in 2008 that if temperatures continue to climb unabated:
“the fall foliage for which the region is famous will disappear as birch, maple, and spruce species migrate north or die out altogether.”
So, that’s that. We just can’t have nice things.
The chemicals that create yellow, gold, and orange colors lie dormant within tree leaves all year long. In the spring and summer, the green color— chlorophyll ,you will recall from 7th grade biology — overwhelms them. Then in autumn, the greens fade in response to shortening days and the underlying colors become visible to the naked eye. Under most conditions, those yellows and pale oranges will emerge in the autumn no matter what. The chemical that produces red leaves – anthocyanin – is different. That color must be produced each year by a precise combination of sugar, temperature, and light. Maple trees are the ones that turn a brilliant, violent, eye-popping red. The sugar levels in maples is already dropping, a phenomenon that has already taken its toll on the Maples, producing more muted reds. Since cold tends to promote the red color, warmer temperatures during autumn will impact the level of development.