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Open forum, April 14-20

luvithere — April 17, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.

I drink nothing but bottled water, and this reinforces it.

I wonder how many open water reservoirs are across the country? In our state? How many enclosed ones are inspected and maintained as they have their own set of issues?

I wonder how much animal, bird, insect, other crap exists. This seems to channel right into drinking water, and this kid just happened to get caught on cam. I guess they have a filter for the larger stuff like fecal logs?

This is like shutting down a public pool because a kid pooped in the water, except on a much larger scale.

I'll continue to invest in Arrowhead.

April 17, 2014 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

"How's the search for your claim of projected health care costs consuming 40% of GDP in another 4 years (with out the ACA) going?"

kn_dalai — April 17, 2014 at 8:37 a.m. | suggest removal | Ignore User :)

Really? That is all you got? Deflect and obfuscate. I suppose you will harp about the 40% thing for the remainder of your life. :) A part of me is happy that I provided a much needed spark.

To answer, I haven't searched. But until I feel a desire to, and find it, I'll admit to committing a sin if you like. (feel free to cast the first stone..cough cough)

@@@(((To repeat: [[[Why should a business such as Taboo be treated differently from other businesses from a libertarian's point of view? .............. hmmm]]])))

A social conservative posing as a libertarian. Something that's been obvious for some time now.

Interesting and relatable-to-you write from Krugman. I also wonder how many so-called conservatives/libertarians take advantage of government programs while denouncing them for the future of others.

-Conservatives Are (Mostly) Not Libertarians-

Mike Konczal has an interesting and useful essay over at Wonkblog on what conservatives don’t get — namely, their failure to appreciate that some problems are inherently public in nature, and require public solutions. Somewhat unusually, however, I think that Mike has somewhat missed the point, and engaged in a bit of wishful thinking. His essay is an excellent critique of libertarians; but most conservatives are not libertarians, even if they like to use libertarian rhetoric now and then.

Think about it: the modern Republican party may be the party of deregulation and low taxes, but it’s also the party of social illiberalism. Someone like Rick Santorum firmly believes that the government has no right to tell business owners what they can do in the workplace, but has every right to tell ordinary citizens what they can do in the bedroom.

April 17, 2014 at 8:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

Wonderin' aloud..

[[[Why should a business such as Taboo be treated differently from other businesses from a libertarian's point of view? .............. hmmm]]]


Interesting that a kid can pee into a water reservoir in the first place, let alone cause problems like they're having in Portland. Are Washington tanks covered or buried? If not, why not. (I have read about the nature friendly aspects of open reservoirs, but seriously..) If we can't operate an enclosed clean water facility in the 21st century our problems are bigger than I thought.

I would think this would be a security issue as well. Not that anyone would want to contaminate a large city's water supply.....

April 17, 2014 at 8:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

-Facts just killed the Obamacare haters: How the lunatics finally lost all credibility-

Previously, Republican lawmakers' hysteria was taken seriously. But in the face of stunning data, it's a new day

Blackburn spoke on Sunday, so her interviewer didn’t have the opportunity to gauge her reaction to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest report on the Affordable Care Act. The CBO, in collaboration with the Joint Committee on Taxation, “project that 12 million more nonelderly people will have health insurance in 2014 than would have had it in the absence of the ACA. They also project that 19 million more people will be insured in 2015, 25 million more will be insured in 2016, and 26 million more will be insured each year from 2017 through 2024 than would have been the case without the ACA.” These coverage figures are upward revisions from CBO’s last estimate. And it will all come at a cheaper price, too: “The agencies now project a net cost of $36 billion for 2014, $5 billion less than the previous projection for the year; and $1,383 billion for the 2015–2024 period, $104 billion less than the previous projection.” (As CBO clarifies, “Those estimates address only the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA, which do not generate all of the act’s budgetary effects. Many other provisions, on net, are expected to reduce budget deficits.”) And the lower net costs of the ACA stem from the fact that insurance plans being offered are cheaper than what the CBO had originally projected them to be.

On top of what CBO says — that the ACA is providing coverage for 12 million than otherwise would have had it in 2014 alone, for cheaper than expected — a number of early surveys suggest that the numbers don’t lie: between 5 and 10 or so million, on average, have already picked up coverage.

Read much more @

April 16, 2014 at 11:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

goldenoldie — April 16, 2014 at 8:28 a.m.

Good to see you! I almost posted: ATTENTION GOLDENOLDIE! at the time.

Glad you enjoyed it.

April 16, 2014 at 9:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Open forum, April 14-20

Speaking of Hagee and his ilk...

Translation: "Even a man who is pure at heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright."


-Christian Pastors Warn 'Blood Moon' Is An Omen Of Armageddon And Second Coming Of Christ-

A string of books have been published surrounding the event, with authors referring to a Bible passage that refers to the moon turning into blood. “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord,” Joel 2:31 says.

In the New Testament, Acts 2:20 echoes the same doom: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord.”


“When you see these signs, the Bible says, lift up your head and rejoice, your redemption draweth nigh,” Hagee said in a sermon, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “I believe that the Heavens are God’s billboard, that He has been sending signals to Planet Earth but we just have not been picking them up.”

Greg Boyd, a pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn., called the predictions a waste of time, maybe even bordering on astrology.
“You have an entire population buying into this stuff so no congregation is immune to this,” Boyd said. “It can strike fear into people, which is so unnecessary and wrong.”

April 16, 2014 at 6:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )