Monday, July 31, 2017
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., argued Monday that President Trump should follow through on his weekend threat and cancel all subsidies that federal lawmakers get to buy insurance under Obamacare.
He also said killing lawmakers' subsidies might be the best way to kill Obamacare.
"I think if he moves swiftly on it, I think you'd see a lot of these members and senators, they would want to work to repeal Obamacare very quickly," DeSantis said on Fox News.
That would be indeed curious. And hilarious, of course.
President Trump on Monday blasted ObamaCare, saying the healthcare legislation is "hurting people" and questioning why Congress shouldn't be paying the same as the public.
"If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?" Trump tweeted Monday.
He has a point about Congress.
There is a tendency today to forget that Heaven is an acquired taste; not everyone wants what God offers. While everyone wants to be happy, often happiness is conceived of in an egocentric way. Heaven is thought of as a personally designed paradise where we will be happy on our own terms.
I have wondered about this. I once read an essay by John Henry Newman along much these lines that really made me doubt the alleged greatness of that man. He essentially said -- I hope you like all this churchy stuff, the singing, the vestments, the liturgy, because that's what heaven's going to be! It made me think, Good God, that would be like being trapped at church on a beautiful spring day. But all this talk is rubbish of course. No one has a clue what it will be like. There's no point worrying about any of that. Just get through your day and let the rest take care of the rest.
BroadwayWorld has just learned that playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director Sam Shepard has passed away. Shepard, who had been ill with ALS for some time, died peacefully on July 30 at home in Kentucky, surrounded by his children and sisters. He was 73 years old.
That's too bad. I liked him.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
That new football brain injury study sounds an alarm, but it's not the whole story - Hot Air Hot Air
But if you follow the news surrounding the NFL you probably know that yet another new study was just released which is being widely touted as proof that football is flat-out dangerous and should probably be shunned by decent people. The Washington Post has some of the often repeated details of a medical study looking at the brains of many deceased football players, indicating that a much higher than normal percentage are suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The headline writes itself.
An unconvincing defense of football. Sadly, we aren't going to let our 13 year old play football. He'd love to, and he'd be good at it too. But he doesn't have any brains to spare. None of us do these days. In addition to brain injuries, there are many other injuries to worry about. In the last two years I think, three graduates of Catholic School Academy (not its real name) have been badly injured playing for Catholic Boys High School (also not its real name). Two of them got injured backs playing Freshman football. You just never hear about the blown out knees, injured backs, shoulders and on and on that emerge from the high school grid iron. My son is begging me but the answer stays no. Football seems quite a bit rougher than when I was a kid. And I broke my ankle and had to stop playing, come to think of it.
“When people call it being between a rock and a hard place I call it choosing between a firing squad and burning at the stake,” Joe says. If he doesn’t take the drugs, he’ll end up in the emergency room because of the pain. If he does take them, he’s useless as a functioning member of society. “I don’t want to pick either.”
“It’s not something they’re evolved to deal with,” says John Calambokidis, a research biologist at Cascadia Research Collective in Washington State. “It’s also something there’s very little opportunity to learn from. It’s not like you can get struck two or three times and then you know you should avoid them.”
Probably the same reason 800 lbs. gorillas aren't afraid of little white guys with guns.
Last weekend, I traveled from San Francisco to Los Angeles roundtrip on Cabin. When I arrived to the bus pickup location in San Francisco, a smiley attendant greeted me. She then proceeded to check me in and stow away my bag. Upon entering the bus, I saw the social lounge, where people can chit chat and hang out if they don’t want to go to sleep right away.
It might be OK if you brought a pee bottle.