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A soldier arrives home

We picked up our daughter from the airport today, she was on a special flight, for on that flight was a soldier returning home for the final time. The arrival was delayed because there was a ceremony for the soldier on the tarmack upon touchdown, firetrucks, police and military.

She had a window seat to the proceedings, the passengers all remained in their seats until the casket had been unloaded. As we were walking to the parking garage we walked past the processional lined up preparing to take the soldier on his last journey through the city. We left the garage just in time to stand witness as the processional with police escort left the airport. I couldn't help but choke up.

My heart goes out to the family who is bearing this loss at this time of year, it always seems so much harder with the season.

My hat goes off to the City of Cleveland and surrounding jurisdictions who honored this soldier at the airport today.

Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Dec 22, 2013, 09:48 PM (1 replies)

Make it four, Bearcats win National Championship

FLORENCE, Ala. - Northwest Missouri State football program left a wonderful, lasting impression for the folks in the Muscle Shoals area.

In impressive fashion, the Bearcats beat Lenoir-Rhyne 43-28 in the NCAA Division II Football Championship Saturday afternoon at Braly Memorial Stadium.

“This is amazing,” said Northwest senior running back Billy Creason, who finished with 76 yards and one touchdown in 13 carries. “To go out undefeated in my senior year is a great thing to do.

“I’m glad all our young guys got to experience it, and I got to experience it with them.”

The win concluded a perfect 15-0 season for Northwest, a fitting conclusion to the 28 straight years the title game has been played in Florence. The championship game moves to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., in 2015.

“I thought we had a group of guys and coaches who played to win today for 60 minutes,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said. “I think it has a lot to do with our 12 seniors.”

Northwest won its first title in 1998 when it became the first Division II team to go 15-0. Fifteen years later, the Bearcats did it again. In between those titles, they won championships in 1999 and 2009.


Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Dec 22, 2013, 01:27 PM (0 replies)

Food Stamp Fraud, Rare but Troubling

IRWINTON, Ga. — In the back of Shinholster’s Grocery and Meat Market, they simmer pig skin and lard in an old black kettle. Hams from animals raised in the yard hang near an aging cash register.

As Republicans in Congress demand cuts to the $79.8 billion food stamp program, every aspect of it is being examined, including whether people should be allowed to buy candy bars and energy drinks with the aid, and who qualifies for help that averages out to about $133 a month for one person.

Allegations of fraud, including an informal economy in which food stamps are turned into cash or used to buy liquor, gasoline or other items besides food have been used to argue that the program is out of control. In fact, the black market accounts for just over 1 percent of the total food stamp program, which is far less than fraud in other government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Still, some abuse persists, even in unlikely corners. The little country store that Elbert Eugene Shinholster, 77, opened in the 1980s did not start out as a criminal enterprise. But slowly, as poverty in Wilkinson County worsened, Mr. Shinholster began swiping customers’ electronic benefits cards and handing over a mix of groceries and cash to help people get by.


Hey teabaggers, did you hear that just 1% amounts to fraud 1%
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Dec 19, 2013, 07:42 AM (3 replies)

Mapping the Uninsured in America

An interactive map of where the uninsured live.


Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Dec 19, 2013, 07:36 AM (0 replies)

Your pensions are not safe - Detroit Ruling on Bankruptcy Lifts Pension Protections

DETROIT — In a ruling that could reverberate far beyond Detroit, a federal judge held on Tuesday that this battered city could formally enter bankruptcy and asserted that Detroit’s obligation to pay pensions in full was not untouchable.

The judge, Steven W. Rhodes, dealt a major blow to the widely held belief that state laws preserve public pensions, and his ruling is likely to resonate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and many other American cities where the rising cost of pensions has been crowding out spending for public schools, police departments and other services.

The judge made it clear that public employee pensions were not protected in a federal Chapter 9 bankruptcy, even though the Michigan Constitution expressly protects them. “Pension benefits are a contractual right and are not entitled to any heightened protection in a municipal bankruptcy,” he said.

James E. Spiotto, a lawyer with the firm Chapman & Cutler in Chicago who specializes in municipal bankruptcy and was not involved in the case, said: “No bankruptcy court had ruled that before. It will be instructive.”


Setting it up to pull the rug out from under peoples retirement!

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Dec 4, 2013, 09:54 AM (5 replies)

Man who led crusade for Doritos Locos Tacos dies

Todd Mills, the man many knew as the "mastermind" behind Taco Bell's popular Doritos Locos Tacos, has died of cancer.

Mills, the 41-year-old vice president of media and information technology at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, had a brainwave for the chips in 2009, and after three years of lobbying for the new snack, finally saw it become a reality.

He died on Nov. 28 of brain and lung cancer, according to a fundraising site set up to help pay for his medical expenses. "With a heavy heart, we are sad to report that Todd Mills, the creator of this page, and the mastermind behind the Doritos Locos Tacos passed away on the morning of Thanksgiving after a courageous battle with cancer," a statement read on the Facebook page he created to lobby for the creation of the Doritos Loco Taco.


When I read the headline, my first thought was not that of surprise, but of what did you think would happen, but then reading the story, it is actually very sad.

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Dec 4, 2013, 02:01 AM (8 replies)

The end of the needless wars?

Obama Signals a Shift From Military Might to Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — The weekend ended with the first tangible sign of a nuclear deal with Iran, after more than three decades of hostility. Then on Monday came the announcement that a conference will convene in January to try to broker an end to the civil war in Syria.

The success of either negotiation, both long sought by President Obama, is hardly assured — in fact the odds may be against them. But the two nearly simultaneous developments were vivid statements that diplomacy, the venerable but often-unsatisfying art of compromise, has once again become the centerpiece of American foreign policy.

At one level, the flurry of diplomatic activity reflects the definitive end of the post-Sept. 11 world, dominated by two major wars and a battle against Islamic terrorism that drew the United States into Afghanistan and still keeps its Predator drones flying over Pakistan and Yemen.

But it also reflects a broader scaling-back of the use of American muscle, not least in the Middle East, as well as a willingness to deal with foreign governments as they are rather than to push for new leaders that better embody American values. “Regime change,” in Iran or even Syria, is out; cutting deals with former adversaries is in.

For Mr. Obama, the shift to diplomacy fulfills a campaign pledge from 2008 that he would stretch out a hand to America’s enemies and speak to any foreign leader without preconditions. But it will also subject him to considerable political risks, as the protests about the Iran deal from Capitol Hill and allies in the Middle East attest.


We can only hope that this is becomes the way we deal with international crisis and we end the needless bombing others into submission.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Nov 26, 2013, 09:07 AM (4 replies)

Krugman: If Obamacare can work in a state of 38 million people, it can work in America as a whole

California, Here We Come?

At a time like this, you really want a controlled experiment. What would happen if we unveiled a program that looked like Obamacare, in a place that looked like America, but with competent project management that produced a working website?

Well, your wish is granted. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you California.

Now, California isn’t the only place where Obamacare is looking pretty good. A number of states that are running their own online health exchanges instead of relying on HealthCare.gov are doing well. Kentucky’s Kynect is a huge success; so is Access Health CT in Connecticut. New York is doing O.K. And we shouldn’t forget that Massachusetts has had an Obamacare-like program since 2006, put into effect by a guy named Mitt Romney.

California is, however, an especially useful test case. First of all, it’s huge: if a system can work for 38 million people, it can work for America as a whole. Also, it’s hard to argue that California has had any special advantages other than that of having a government that actually wants to help the uninsured. When Massachusetts put Romneycare into effect, it already had a relatively low number of uninsured residents. California, however, came into health reform with 22 percent of its nonelderly population uninsured, compared with a national average of 18 percent.


Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Nov 25, 2013, 07:43 AM (37 replies)

My GOD, the GOP is getting bold in their assault on Obama and Obmacare...

G.O.P. Maps Out Waves of Attacks Over Health Law

WASHINGTON — The memo distributed to House Republicans this week was concise and blunt, listing talking points and marching orders: “Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.” “Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.” “The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk.” “Continue Collecting Constituent Stories.”

The document, the product of a series of closed-door strategy sessions that began in mid-October, is part of an increasingly organized Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Republican strategists say that over the next several months, they intend to keep Democrats on their heels through a multilayered, sequenced assault.

The idea is to gather stories of people affected by the health care law — through social media, letters from constituents, or meetings during visits back home — and use them to open a line of attack, keep it going until it enters the public discourse and forces a response, then quickly pivot to the next topic.


Waves of attacks? They literally are waging war on Obama!

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Nov 21, 2013, 07:34 AM (90 replies)

Solution for those who do not want to purchase health care insurance...

If you do not want insurance, do not expect care.

It is that simple, the ACA is there to help people get insurance against medical costs. For those who think that forcing people to buy insurance here is a simple solution. Not one that is humane or makes sense, but then not having insurance against the inevitable does not make sense either.

So if you are adamant about not being covered, sign and affidavit stating that you are turning down the option to purchase coverage and the either a) you can afford what ever medical bills come your way or; b) you simply do not want to be treated for any medical emergency or otherwise because you do not want to burden other with footing the bill for your medical costs. You should be required to wear a tag or ID that indicates that you turned down coverage.

It is that simple, get covered or don't complain that you can't pay the bill.

We fought for years to get everyone health-care, it is not the single payer we all hoped for but it is a way to keep everyone else from paying for your medical bills through higher bills of their own. Why should responsible people have to pay for those who are not?

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 11:58 AM (102 replies)
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