Friday Open Thread

"Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness."

–Henry David Thoreau

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    • BlueCat says:

      It's working for me. Less than half the cost and deductible is the same. I got through the entire process, including the obligatory medicaid application and rejection before moving on to tax credits, in about an hour and half including hold time on the phone when I ran into a confusing spot on the site. After I got a human it was a breeze.

      I still think it's too much for too little and would prefer a 21st century universal single payer system like the rest of the civilized world has but paying half is a huge improvement. 

      Funny how your side tried to put all the focus on people who liked their insurance and lost it only every story you put out their turned out to be crap with most of those people actually getting a better deal. That left you with resorting to whining about the big lie which was pretty much a technicality since in all of your examples  the insurance could be easily replaced, usually at a lower cost.  

      You completely forgot about all of us in the private insurance market who did not like our insurance because it cost too much and are happy to be able to lower our costs for the same kind of coverage. You completely forgot about those who couldn't afford insurance at all but now can or who had preexisting conditions and couldn't get insurance at all. I'd say 6 million strong and counting is going to  cut into the credulous audience for your bull shit.

      • Davie says:

        Good points, BC, to which AC would simply say "I could [sic] care less", which for once in his life would be the truth.

      • Andrew Carnegie says:

        BC,  Is the reason it is working for you is that someone else is paying it for you?

        Yes, more people are getting welfare insurance, in whole or in part.

        Like anything else free to you, it is better than paying for it.

        Personally I am more concerned about the people that pay for insurance and are subsidizing you, but to each their own.

        By the way the 6 million strong number is about as honest as the source of it.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Makes me consider moving to Uruguay. I have heard other complimentary things about the country. The people must be pretty cool to elect such a man as their leader.

  1. DavidThi808 says:

    Say goodbye to the remaining reporting jobs:

    Indeed, Kristian Hammond, cofounder and CTO of Narrative Science, thinks some 90% of the news could be written by computers by 2030.

    Pretty soon all the diaries, and the comments, here on Pols will be computer generated.

    • Andrew Carnegie says:

      I don't think a computer could generate Daft Punk's comments.  Some things are safe.

      • DaftPunk says:

        Whatever, bitch.

          • mamajama55 says:

            Classic trolling technique: divide and conquer.  Set certain personalities against each other. I've noticed that AC tends to mock women (at least those Polsters who are "out" as women, i.e. myself, daftpunk, bluecat,dwyer), and ct, because ct engages with him the most.

            • dwyer says:


              For the record, I never respond to questions or statements as to my gender, race, or sexual orientation.  I have given my age because I want to claim my history.  I have also identified as someone who was a catholic and left the roman catholic church, as a matter of conscience over the horror of sexual exploitation of children and the ensuring coverup in the name of religion.  As a former catholic, I am well versed in the details of contraception, catholic doctrine, abortion and mechanics of fertilization, etc……those Jesuits again.

              To speak further to that later point; I am sickened at the moral 
              "outrage" over the contraception mandate and the number of 

              friends of the court briefs that have been filed on behalf of the

              people opposing the contraception mandate on religious grounds.  And yet, no picketing, no outrage from the silent sisters of the poor, no widespread legal challenges to the coverup of the bishops.  One priest was convicted and jailed because he was in charge of moving the pedophile priests around from parish to parish.  That conviction has been overturned on appeal because the Philadelphia Archdiocese spent millions, while closing schools, on legal defense.

              And the Jesuits? Silent, for perhaps the only time in their long history.


            • Andrew Carnegie says:

              Actually MJ, your name suggests you are a woman, but I had no idea, and still have no idea whether daft punk or CT are men or women and could care less.  To each their own prejudice.

              The thought that not all Polsters have a visceral hatred of those with opposing views may be troubling to you, but some are able to engage in a civil manner, and some even enjoy the dialogue.


        • I'm pretty sure I could get a computer program to emulate that – at least when it comes to responding to AC. 🙂

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    Now here's a hard-ass politician

    Grossman’s pain-level was a 10 on a scale of 1-to-10, Allard said, and yet he fervently answered questions on everything from transgender rights and mandatory sex education to issues facing youth and aging members of the LGBTQ community.

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Under the heading of 'you couldn't make this up'… our resident Colorado Springs genius:

    Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., called the 30-year permits “licenses to kill” and suggested that the Obama administration favored wind power over traditional energy sources such as oil. Ashe disputed that, saying the agency treats the wind industry the same way it deals with all energy producers.

    If he's really concerned about 'the birds', I'd suggest the Congressman introduce a bill outlawing 'glass'and 'cats'

    By all means, let's go 'all in' on oil.  You know, to save lives: 


    • DavidThi808 says:

      Apparently wave energy kills no one as it's invisible on the list!

    • dwyer says:

      I would not make light of this problem.  Isn't it possible that the windmills interrup migratory flight patterns or birds flying in flock formation?  I have no


      However, having said that…..I would certainly support windmills around Sloan's Lake, City Park Lake and anywhere and everywhere those flocks of geese have taken over.

      • Generally, windmills don't affect birds flying at migration heights. Geese, ducks, hawks – they all fly at much higher altitudes when migrating. They generally strike birds coming in to roost or feed, or birds on the wing from one local spot to another, or resident birds who misjudge the blades – something that's a bit less common with the larger turbines. As to disruption… Some birds that might have nested in an area near a wind farm might be driven off that land, but I don't know the studies on that. It certainly doesn't seem like the installation out at Pawnee Buttes has affected the Prairie Falcons or small songbirds.

        As MB notes, the effect is minimal compared to glass strikes and cats.

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