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screencap of Lieutenant Steve - brainwashed police officer
Lieutenant Steve - brainwashed police officer
Ohio Governor John Kasich has been batting a thousand for ridiculous campaign ads so far this election season. My current favorite is titled 'He Listened' where a police officer brushes aside Kasich's support of the anti-union Senate Bill 5 in 2011 to flog tax cuts that don't even benefit the officer. Talk about brainwashing. Kasich is tough!
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Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM PDT

My Free School Lunch Horror Story

by cadfile

image of a typical school lunch
After reading the story about Rep. Paul Ryan's false 'no free school lunch' story he told at CPAC and the general feeling among conservatives that kids need to work for their free lunches, I wanted to tell my free school lunch horror story. Yes, when I was a kid I had free school lunches and it made me feel so ashamed, but not for the reason you might think.
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Good Oral Health Is Important
One of the old tropes used by the GOP and their complaint corporate media drones is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will 'destroy' a health care system that we were told wasn't that bad. Opponents to the ACA want us to forget why the ACA was proposed and passed in 2010. Even with the ACA taking full effect there are still examples where the health care system needs further reform for the poor due to lack of funding, red tape, and yes even high costs. Bob's story shows why this particular conservative argument against the ACA is full of crap.
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WBNS 10TV Columbus Ohio
The problems with the national Healthcare.gov website have been reported quite a bit by a national media that loves to parrot Republican talking points. I really hoped that the bias in the reporting would stay with the national media and my local media would do a better job. I was wrong. The one station I watch most often, WBNS 10TV, in Columbus, breathlessly reported the problems signing up for the insurance exchange but has failed to offer any context or any success stories.
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Friends of mine who are somewhat liberal ask me, Why can't we drug test welfare recipients? I got tested for my job. It's true, many people are tested for drug use before being employed. Even the government tests their employees. That still doesn't make testing welfare recipients constitutional. If the Fourth Amendment means anything it means the government has to have probable cause to test you for drugs. Having a bias toward poor people, thinking they must all be dirty and on drugs isn't probable cause and it also doesn't match with the actual evidence of drug use by people on public assistance.
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If you aren't doing anything wrong then this should not be a problem, right?
The media coverage over what National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden did, by publicly revealing the large surveillance program conducted by the NSA, included ridiculously breathless stories about his whereabouts, if the guy is a traitor (he's not), and if Glenn Greenwald should be jailed for doing his job of reporting the story. What still isn't being discussed is the reasons and methods behind the program Snowden exposed and why there isn't much discussion about the accountability of the program. We have been given a false choice between privacy or security.
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August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance
I have known August Brunsman, Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), for at least 13 years through my Humanist group in Columbus Ohio. I got to watch from the front row as SSA hatched and grew into the premium secular student group in the United States it is today. SSA, as a group, has little drama and they seem to do things right. I conducted an e-mail interview with August asking a range of questions from when his first act of religious dissent was, what is a major issue facing secular students today, and his feelings on the current and sometimes fiery debate over sexism in secular groups.
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The Steubenville, Ohio rape trial is over and both boys were found guilty. News reports of some of the testimony on Saturday really ticked me off. It is real simple guys, if the girl is shitfaced drunk she can't give consent for sex - period. Taking advantage of a woman who is drunk is rape. It also makes you a coward since you have to have her intoxicated to get your jollies.
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Speaker John Boehner: I got 98% of what I wanted... HA! HA!
Earlier on Thursday, Republicans in the Senate filibustered a bill meant to replace the "dreaded" sequester due to take effect today (March 1st). I mentioned to my friends on Facebook that I guess the The GOP didn't want to stop the sequester. My Republican friends complained that President Obama didn't want to end the sequester cuts either and offered an out of context video clip from 2011. The actual facts show that Republicans have no incentive to change the sequester because they got exactly what they wanted back in 2011.
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Hancock County Ohio Sheriff Michael Heldman
Think law nullification is a quaint old timey southern strategy that was used to defend slavery in the 1860's and segregation in the 1960's? An Ohio Sheriff actually wrote a letter to President Obama not only implying the President is an enemy of the people but that the Sheriff would refuse to enforce any law which he personally didn't agree. That's right, he thinks the oath he took to uphold the laws and constitution of Ohio and the United States allows him to nullify laws in which he personally objects.
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The Romney-Ryan campaign like most cheap labor conservatives think that poor people are just lazy and would have a job if we didn't coddle them with things like food stamps and welfare but they also like to complain the "real" unemployment rate is 14% or more. I'm still waiting for them to explain where all these jobs are that lazy poor people are refusing to do? If there were plenty of jobs needing to be filled then the unemployment rate, real or otherwise wouldn't even be close to 14%. That is a simple logical reason Republicans and their inhuman policy ideas are wrong for this country.
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President Obama visits a wind turbine factory
A couple of my conservative friends post on Facebook with glee every time a green energy company that received government loans fails or if the Chevy Volt has problems. They are against spending any tax payer money on research or production of technology that will free us from a dying petroleum based energy system. They are missing the point. The failure of specific companies doesn't mean the technology is faulty. Government support for innovation of technology is actually a common practice and is one reason we enjoy some of the things we have in our lives like computers. It would also strengthen our country against the evildoers.
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