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large_healthcare-somersetHere is my fun new game.  It’s called:  Let’s compare healthcare costs!  It’s very simple.  In the comments, write down what you have to pay for healthcare.  Why?  Because we all need to compare what the average person is paying, and the more answers we get, the more we learn (and if you live outside the United States, please do weigh in).  Here’s an example!  I was talking to my parents last night, both of whom are self-employed (this makes it extra fun) and it turns out that their price per month, which has been $2,000 (and that’s just for the two of them!), is being increased to $2,500 a month.  As Wayne and Garth would say, “Whoooaaaaa!”

And as my Mom said, since I caught her and Dad in the midst of reconfiguring their finances, “It would be really nice if we could put that money towards something else like, say, retirement.”  I agree, Mom!  After, all, this is my inheritance we’re talking about (cue laughter).

I’m not linking to anything, because I don’t have to.  I’m just angry.  The UK may take 30-some% of my wages in taxes, and I may bitch about the NHS all the livelong day, but I am absolutely shocked that my parents are being extorted like this.  Also, my dad is a doctor, and do you know how often doctors go in for medical treatment?  If you have one in your family, you’ll know that the correct answer is never.     

I don’t know about you, but my blood is simmering to a nice boil.  Fortunately, I live in the UK, so I can see someone for that.  If you live in the States and your own blood is boiling, let’s hope it’s not a pre-existing condition because, well, you’re shit out of luck, aren’t you?

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Eagerly reading today about Obama’s speech on the healthcare de(bacle)bate in the US got me thinking about the meaning of reform, be it for an individual or for a system, and how reform comes about.  While I haven’t personally read anything comparing the current press for universal healthcare to the civil or women’s rights movements, I do think that there are parallels to draw.

This video is from an interview on popular Australian program Enough Rope with former Imperial Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan, Johnny Lee Clary.  In it, Clary describes the influence of preacher and NAACP state leader Wade Watts on his eventual disillusionment with, and rejection of, the White Knights.

This clip is only a segment of the full interview with host Andrew Denton, and some aspects of it are problematic.  On my initial viewing, I felt like Watts was elevated to Magical Negro status, with his twinkly-eyed cheer winning over the misguided white man.  (more…)

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Do you hear that?  Today the internets are alive with the sound of GOP Rep. Joe Wilson being ripped a new one by anyone with a keyboard.  Click here for the back story.  Now, we could talk about his (bullshit) apology, Obama’s response, the dismal state of bi-partisanship in Congress or, we could let the world know what a douchebag we think Joe is and keep him as a Twitter Trending Topic for all the wrong reasons.  Ready?  Let’s play!

**UPDATE**:  I have to keep adding, you guys are killing me!

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bill_maherLook, I get it, “real America.” After an eight-year run of controlling the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court, this latest election has you feeling like a rejected husband. You’ve come home to find your things out on the front lawn — or at least more things than you usually keep out on the front lawn. You’re not ready to let go, but the country you love is moving on. And now you want to call it a whore and key its car.

That’s what you are, the bitter divorced guy whose country has left him — obsessing over it, haranguing it, blubbering one minute about how much you love it and vowing the next that if you cannot have it, nobody will.  But it’s been almost 100 days, and your country is not coming back to you. She’s found somebody new. And it’s a black guy.”

  – Bill Maher

(The entire essay is here).

Soooo, I reckon I’m about two months late on this one, but this has only just winged into my inbox (thanks, Mom!) and tickled my punny bone immensely.  If you weren’t aware, Ben & Jerry’s created a special Barack Obama flavor for the election in January, known as “Yes Pecan!” to benefit an educational fund. 

Some clever person(s) with unfulfilling job(s) did the logical thing and came up with a list of potential George W. Bush-themed ice cream flavors.  Fellow commie-liberal pun-lovers rejoice below. (more…)

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 Y’ALL. I am a sucker for mad libs, so imagine my OMFG-FREAKED-OUTedness when I  discovered (via Urlesque) this Obama Inauguration Speech  Generator. If you’re  shamefully easily amused (like MEEEEE!), you’ll love this. My spin o’ the wheel of cheese is  transcribed after the jump.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy HumpDay, Buttercups!  What better way to celebrate than by basking in the warm, gentle glow of the Obama victory some more?  If you’re in need of a new desktop background or just some good cheer, check out this link (thanks to my awesome dad).  Take your pick of hundreds of international headlines, see some more of my favorites after the jump, and feel free to shout out to your own local or national paper in the comments.

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Obama, paper from Anniston, Alabama, USA. (more…)

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