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Senate Passes Insurance Industry Aid Bill

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The CEO of Whole Food, John Mackey, has gotten a lot of the left blogosphere up in arms after stating in an interview earlier this week that “Obamacare is a form of fascism”. Want to unpack that statement and examine it?

First, let’s set some ground rules. Fascism is not identical to Nazism, and it is not necessary to be a proponent of Nazi ideology to be fascist. There were various fascist dictatorships in the 20th century, and not all were Nazi. So let’s get Godwin’s Rule out of the way. However, to give credit where credit is due, I suspect John Mackey was misusing the term ‘fascism’ to mean ‘corporatism’ and not ‘Nazism’.

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You’ve seen the graphic passed around Facebook and Twitter and Digg and Reddit, and every even vaguely NRA affiliated website on the web. Obama's Daughters Under Guard at School

That hypocrite! He’s trying to take our guns, and his own daughters go to school with armed guards. You outraged yet?

Don’t be.  First, President Obama does not want your guns. He does want better regulation for more responsible gun ownership, but that’s a whole different kettle of fish.  Gun control did not even hit his agenda until after the Sandy Hook incident, despite many progressives urging him to act since the day he took office.

So if you’re a responsible gun owner who uses your guns lawfully, stop fretting. He’s not pointing any fingers at you.

Second, Obama’s daughters going to school with armed guards is a whole different kettle of fish than your daughters (or my sons) going to school with armed guards. 

  • Do your kids get 24 hour Secret Service protection details for life?
  • Are there several dozen threats against yours and your family’s lives on a daily basis, some of which are credible?
  • If someone were to kidnap or kill your children at their school, would it conceivably create a significant international incident or endanger national security?

Apples and oranges

Apples and oranges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No? Then your situation is not the same as the President’s, you are comparing apples to oranges, and you’re making a mountain out of a molehill.

(And if the answer is yes, then you are in a pretty rarefied group that can’t be generalized to the average US citizen, so again, apples and oranges)

By the way (and this is just my curiosity speaking) why do the same people who have repeatedly and loudly protested for some decades now that we are becoming a police state where individuals have no freedoms suddenly want police in every public school in America?

Isn’t that the same police state you keep saying you’re against? And if not, why is it different?

Given the choice, would you rather that there be completely unregulated private ownership of guns and with it, mandated armed police officers in schools, churches, theaters, hospitals, community health centers, and other areas where mass shootings could occur, or would you rather have sensible limits on who can own guns and what guns can be owned? Why?

Are you completely comfortable with the idea that a state who has an armed officer keeping your children under guard at school could and would not use that power for illegitimate purposes? Why or why not?

Also, would you agree with the statement ‘with every right comes an equal and opposite responsibility’? Why or why not?

 

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meme sauce takes pictorial memes from around the internet and digs a bit deeper

You’ve seen the graphic passed around Facebook and Twitter and Digg and Reddit, and every even vaguely NRA affiliated website on the web. Obama's Daughters Under Guard at School

That hypocrite! He’s trying to take our guns, and his own daughters go to school with armed guards. You outraged yet?

Don’t be.  First, President Obama does not want your guns. He does want better regulation for more responsible gun ownership, but that’s a whole different kettle of fish.  Gun control did not even hit his agenda until after the Sandy Hook incident, despite many progressives urging him to act since the day he took office.

So if you’re a responsible gun owner who uses your guns lawfully, stop fretting. He’s not pointing any fingers at you.

Second, Obama’s daughters going to school with armed guards is a whole different kettle of fish than your daughters (or my sons) going to school with armed guards. 

  • Do your kids get 24 hour Secret Service protection details for life?
  • Are there several dozen threats against yours and your family’s lives on a daily basis, some of which are credible?
  • If someone were to kidnap or kill your children at their school, would it conceivably create a significant international incident or endanger national security?

Apples and oranges

Apples and oranges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No? Then your situation is not the same as the President’s, you are comparing apples to oranges, and you’re making a mountain out of a molehill.

(And if the answer is yes, then you are in a pretty rarefied group that can’t be generalized to the average US citizen, so again, apples and oranges)

By the way (and this is just my curiosity speaking) why do the same people who have repeatedly and loudly protested for some decades now that we are becoming a police state where individuals have no freedoms suddenly want police in every public school in America?

Isn’t that the same police state you keep saying you’re against? And if not, why is it different?

Given the choice, would you rather that there be completely unregulated private ownership of guns and with it, mandated armed police officers in schools, churches, theaters, hospitals, community health centers, and other areas where mass shootings could occur, or would you rather have sensible limits on who can own guns and what guns can be owned? Why?

Are you completely comfortable with the idea that a state who has an armed officer keeping your children under guard at school could and would not use that power for illegitimate purposes? Why or why not?

Also, would you agree with the statement ‘with every right comes an equal and opposite responsibility’? Why or why not?

 

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You’ve seen the graphic passed around Facebook and Twitter and Digg and Reddit, and every even vaguely NRA affiliated website on the web. Obama's Daughters Under Guard at School

That hypocrite! He’s trying to take our guns, and his own daughters go to school with armed guards. You outraged yet?

Don’t be.  First, President Obama does not want your guns. He does want better regulation for more responsible gun ownership, but that’s a whole different kettle of fish.  Gun control did not even hit his agenda until after the Sandy Hook incident, despite many progressives urging him to act since the day he took office.

So if you’re a responsible gun owner who uses your guns lawfully, stop fretting. He’s not pointing any fingers at you.

Second, Obama’s daughters going to school with armed guards is a whole different kettle of fish than your daughters (or my sons) going to school with armed guards. 

  • Do your kids get 24 hour Secret Service protection details for life?
  • Are there several dozen threats against yours and your family’s lives on a daily basis, some of which are credible?
  • If someone were to kidnap or kill your children at their school, would it conceivably create a significant international incident or endanger national security?

Apples and oranges

Apples and oranges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No? Then your situation is not the same as the President’s, you are comparing apples to oranges, and you’re making a mountain out of a molehill.

(And if the answer is yes, then you are in a pretty rarefied group that can’t be generalized to the average US citizen, so again, apples and oranges)

By the way (and this is just my curiosity speaking) why do the same people who have repeatedly and loudly protested for some decades now that we are becoming a police state where individuals have no freedoms suddenly want police in every public school in America?

Isn’t that the same police state you keep saying you’re against? And if not, why is it different?

Given the choice, would you rather that there be completely unregulated private ownership of guns and with it, mandated armed police officers in schools, churches, theaters, hospitals, community health centers, and other areas where mass shootings could occur, or would you rather have sensible limits on who can own guns and what guns can be owned? Why?

Are you completely comfortable with the idea that a state who has an armed officer keeping your children under guard at school could and would not use that power for illegitimate purposes? Why or why not?

Also, would you agree with the statement ‘with every right comes an equal and opposite responsibility’? Why or why not?

 

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In my opinion, it’s pretty disgusting that we’re still having to have this conversation about equal pay. It’s a crime and a travesty. Do I have to mention that it bugs the crap out of me that I have six years of college and make less money per year than my husband does with a trade school certification?

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Deadly Sin Wrath

Aw, hell. I was in the middle of this post about wrath when Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown,  Connecticut became the victim of  a mass killing of (among others) kindergarten students. I have completed my original thoughts, but have added, in the context of today’s events, a comment about what happened. It’s at the end of this post.

I started this series with wrath because it is perhaps the most deadly of the deadly sins — and not just because people who live in anger have a greater tendency to commit murders.  Anger creates a condition of continual stress in your body, which, over time, causes heart disease, high blood pressure, and other physical ailments.

Anger vs. Wrath

When people come to a therapist, they usually have one of three emotions that they are trying to ‘get rid of’: anger, fear, or sadness. Leaving aside for a second that “getting rid of”

deadly sin wrath

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: The Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Vices – Anger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

an emotion is not the answer, the key here is that anger is one of the top three most miserable emotions to live with… and it’s even more complicated than that.

Anger is almost always tied up very tightly with anxiety. Sometimes the anger attempts to hide the fear, and sometimes the fear is desperately covering up deep rage, but they appear to be paired in many, many people.

On top of its marriage to anxiety, anger also sometimes serves an important function, by giving energy to people who are paralyzed by fear or depression, to function at a more or less ‘normal level’.

Anger is a useful emotion.

That bears repeating: Anger is a useful emotion. Which is why I tell people I will not help them get rid of it, only to use it better.

It can help you identify wrongs in your life. Is someone consistently treating you with disrespect? Anger will let you know, if you let it. Are you being asked to do more than your fair share at home or work? Anger will give you a heads up. Are someone’s lies hurting you? Anger will tell you (if you let it).

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I was exhausted last night and didn’t get my post ready for today. Here is something interesting and useful about the empathic nature of society to tide you over until I get home from work tonight and finish my post on Wrath, the first of the (Christian) Deadly Sins.

I’m interested in your thoughts on his reasoning (RSA Animate has tons of thoughtful videos out there… I invite you to ‘waste’ a day wandering through them.)

Also, this:

Empathy and Civilization

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Combating the Death of American Education

Combating the Death of American Education

I recently read an article (linked below the fold) about the deliberate destruction of the US post secondary education system. I would go farther and say that the same people who are deliberately destroying public post secondary education are deliberately manufacturing the death of American education in general (with the exception of private schools).

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Smart Phones

Smart Phones as Swiss Army Knife

Smart phones are an amazing investment, and even if you’re down and out and broke, if you can find a phone and plan you can afford, buy one.  They are a lifeline, an entertainment center, and a business office in one.

Every now and then someone starts that old rant about the ‘Obamaphones’ again. Part of me wants to ask whether that is kind of like a homophone, except that it sounds like the President. The other part of me wants to start a pedantic rant about how, no, that particular entitlement far predates the 45th President of the United States. But that’s neither here nor there. 

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 Getting Rid of Welfare

Lots of people talk about how poor people ‘rip off’ the system and how money is ‘wasted’ on programs for the poor. There is a lot of emotional energy invested in these arguments, and people get loud, and start shouting over each other, and friendships end over discussions of why poor people don’t ‘deserve’ help.

So let’s not go that route. I want to ask you a question, instead. How will you benefit from getting rid of welfare? Lets imagine a world in which ‘entitlements’ for the poor in America have been eliminated, and give it about twenty years for the results to show.*

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