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It's Irma coverage they were letting people read for free, Lis. Are you blocked from that?
9/11/2017, 3:25 pm Link to this post PM Bellelettres
 
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Yes. I just tried to follow the link you left in your last post, and after initially showing up on the correct page, it entirely whited out in favor of an ad saying I have to pay if I want to read it.

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(]CNN)On Monday, the 16th anniversary of 9/11, a Fox News commentator wondered if a memorial for victims of the terrorist attack might eventually meet the same fate as statues depicting Confederate generals.

In an interview with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade alluded to a memorial for passengers of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Zinke was slated to speak.

"Do you worry that 100 years from now someone is going to take that memorial down like they are trying remake our memorials today?" Kilmeade asked, referring to the recent controversies that have led to the removal of statues for Confederate military leaders like Robert E. Lee.

"I'm one that believes we should learn from history and I think our monuments are part of our country's history," Zinke replied. "We can learn from it. Since we don't put up statues of Jesus, everyone is going to fall morally short. And I think reflecting on our history, both good and bad, is a powerful statement and part of our DNA. So I'm an advocate of, again, learning from our monuments, understanding the period they were made. But also, we live in a great country and monuments are not Republican, Democrat, independent. The monuments are a tribute to all of us."


Filth. We do NOT build a monument to every moment in history. We build monuments to CELEBRATE people and events. When Martin Luther King was assassinated, did we erect a monument to James Earl Ray? After 9/11, did we erect a monument to the terrorists? No. And gee, most of us remember that history just fine without a monument.

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Since we don't put up statues of Jesus, everyone is going to fall morally short.

What?
9/11/2017, 4:50 pm Link to this post PM Bellelettres
 
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Has single-payer's time come?


The dam is breaking on Democrats’ embrace of single-payer

By Aaron Blake September 11 at 3:50 PM

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) became the fourth co-sponsor of Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) “Medicare for all” health-care bill Monday. In doing so, he joined Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.).

What do those four senators have in common? Well, they just happen to constitute four of the eight most likely 2020 Democratic presidential nominees, according to the handy list I put out Friday. And another senator in my top 8, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), last month came out in favor of the idea of “Medicare for all” — though not this specific bill (yet).

This is about as far from a coincidence as you can get. And it suggests the dam is breaking when it comes to the Democratic Party embracing government-run health care, also known as single-payer.

There are 48 members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate. That four of the first five to come out in support of Sanders's bill all came from a relatively small universe of top presidential hopefuls suggests that this will be a litmus test issue in 2020. And any hopeful that doesn't support it is going to stand out like a sore thumb. (The fifth was Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Oregon's Jeff Merkley joined the growing group shortly after Booker on Monday afternoon. Merkley and Whitehouse have also been mentioned as dark-horse 2020 hopefuls.)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said last week that Congress should take a “solid look” at single-payer. Activists hailed even those cautious words given Tester represents a red state and has previously been dismissive of the idea that single-payer's time has come.

And polls certainly suggest its time has come — at least on the left. I argued back in July that the biggest winner of the Obamacare repeal debate was single-payer. And polls have repeatedly shown an increase in support for both single-payer and the idea that government should guarantee health care, even among Republicans.

A Pew poll in January showed 60 percent of Americans said the government had a responsibility to provide health-care coverage for all, up from 51 percent the year before. The poll showed just 33 percent overall favored single-payer specifically — versus a “mix of government and private programs” — but among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, 52 percent wanted single-payer. And among self-described liberals, it was 64 percent.

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Even "Medicare for all" isn't a pure single-payer plan. Medicare covers about 80% of doctors and hospitals, and doesn't cover drugs at all. One must buy a Medicare Advantage Plan (or something similar) from one of the insurance companies to get better doctor and hospital coverage, and to get any drug coverage at all.

But this would certainly be a vast improvement over what we have now.

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I wish I had saved the link to a funny photo I saw.

You know how people often spray paint humorous messages on the plywood that they cover their windows with before a hurricane?

Well, someone with a warped sense of humor spray painted a message with an arrow and something like, "Irma, North Korea's that way!"
9/11/2017, 11:05 pm Link to this post PM Birdz
 
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Here you go, Birdz:

'Hey Irma, North Korea is that way': Defiant Floridians write hilarious messages on the boarded windows of their evacuated homes and businesses

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The one I liked was "Lotters will be shot on site". LMAO!!
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Here you go, Birdz:

'Hey Irma, North Korea is that way': Defiant Floridians write hilarious messages on the boarded windows of their evacuated homes and businesses

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Internet stuff gets hyped as "hilarious" or "side splitting" or "the funniest thing ever" when they're usually just mildly amusing. These were mildly amusing.

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