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Archive for the ‘Money’ Category

Strike Nine. No lawyer will take Mom’s case because of Texas tort law. Help.

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 Over the past few months, I’ve kept you apprised of the situation regarding my mother, first ending up in a Houston hospital after receiving chemo over my objections, reporting on how Obamacare has already helped her, and my update this past week on how the Shutdown created still more problems for her. Well, as the saying […]

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October 28, 2013
Posted in: Crime, General, Healthcare, Money, Politics, Rants, Right-Wing Insanity

Time to Liberate the Debt Ceiling Hostage

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 Why do we even HAVE a “debt ceiling”? Plenty of people have asked this question in the past and no one seems to have a good answer. It doesn’t limit spending. Spending is decided in The House, and clearly Congress doesn’t keep the Debt Ceiling in mind when passing a Budget or appropriations. It’s a self-imposed limitation passed in 1917 […]

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October 14, 2013
Posted in: Economy, Money, Partisanship, Politics, Predictions, Right-Wing Insanity, Unconstitutional

What the Debt Ceiling Fight is REALLY About: Impeachment

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 By the time you read this, you’ll already know whether or not the GOP has once again Shutdown the Federal Government for the first time since they last did it 17 years ago. But let me make a last minute prediction that in the wee hours of the morning, both sides will agree to a one-month extension, at […]

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October 1, 2013
Posted in: Economy, fake scandals, General, Healthcare, Money, Partisanship, Politics, Predictions, rewriting history, Right-Wing Insanity, Unconstitutional

When Republicans Start to Agree with Me on Egypt, I Get Nervous

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 We’ve all seen the famous photo of the Egyptian Sphinx with its missing nose. I learned as a child that the nose of the Sphinx was shot off by Napoleon’s Army using it for target practice when they invaded Egypt in the early 1800’s. It’s an historical fact. A bit of trivia I’ve carried around in my mental Rolodex […]

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August 19, 2013
Posted in: Middle East, Money, Partisanship

Thinking Outside the GOP Box: Creating New Jobs Without Resorting to Tax Cuts

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 Last Tuesday, President Obama began his “Better Bargain” jobs tour promising to “overhaul business taxes” in exchange for jobs created here at home. Every time I hear a Democrat using the language of Republicans, suggesting “tax cuts” as a way to create jobs, I cringe. There are PLENTY of ways to encourage job growth here at home without destroying the tax […]

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August 5, 2013
Posted in: Economy, General, Infrastructure, Jobs, Money, Seems Obvious to Me, Taxes

Guest Post: The Public And The Strings That Bind Us

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 This week’s guest post is by Ebon (formerly of “Ebon’s Bear Cave”) in the UK. Ebon worked for Beliefnet.com for many years (until Fox fired everyone on the Community team), and openly writes about his own struggles with mental illness to mitigate the stigma associated with it. – Mugsy   Rewriting history. Scene from 1992 […]

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July 22, 2013
Posted in: Economy, General, Guest Blogger, Money, Politics

You’re DAMN Right I Like ObamaCare. Will critcs change tune as more experience benefits for themselves?

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 I know. I know. I’m not supposed to call it “ObamaCare”. It’s “The Affordable Care Act”, passed in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court one year ago this month. But to me, “ObamaCare” isn’t a pejorative. I have no problem linking President Obama to the first major health care reform bill in 50 years. And I hope 50 years from now, we […]

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June 25, 2013
Posted in: Economy, General, Healthcare, Money, myth busting

Attention GOP: You can’t dismantle gun reform then go around calling the bill “ineffective”

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 This Thursday will be the 20th Anniversary of the end of the raid on the “Branch Davidian” compound in Waco, Texas where religious gun nuts holed up with a messianic cult-leader decided that a BATF raid (following the murder of a BATF Agent that tried to investigate them for illegally transporting and selling guns across state lines) was a fulfillment of End-Times prophecy […]

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April 15, 2013
Posted in: Crime, Guns & Violence, Money, Partisanship, Politics, Right-Wing Insanity, Unconstitutional

10th Anniversary of the Iraq War, the Price of Gas, and the Mess We’re In Today

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 Tuesday marks the tenth anniversary of the saddest chapter of the George W. Bush presidency. Every disaster to follow… to this day… can be traced back to that decision to invade a relatively unarmed nation that had not attacked us, under the false pretense of “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. Our exploding National Debt, our decimated economy (from gas prices […]

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March 18, 2013
Posted in: Economy, Energy Independence, Middle East, Money, Politics, Right-wing Facism, Terrorism, War

A Death in the Family Reminds of ObamaCare (plus, Time to Vote!)

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 Last week was a tough week for me. My poor cat “Lefty” died on the operating table Thursday after suffering from the fastest occurrence of cancer I’ve ever seen in my life, going from perfectly healthy on Halloween to violent convulsions two weeks later to his death just two months after that. What made it […]

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January 28, 2013
Posted in: General, Healthcare, Money

Mugsy’s Predictions for 2013. Fight, fight, fight.

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 Well, as the cliche’ goes: “It’s that time of year again” for my annual “Predictions” edition of Mugsy’s Rap Sheet, when we look back at how well I did last year, a little schadenfreude examining just how badly the so-called “psychics” did, and ending with my own predictions for the coming year. My own record (with all […]

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December 31, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Environment, General, Guns & Violence, Healthcare, Jobs, Middle East, Money, Partisanship, Politics, Predictions, Taxes, Unconstitutional, War

Fiscal Cliff Divers (or, We’re being held hostage by a bunch of childish morons)

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 It’s not that I hate being broke. In fact, I kind of enjoy many of the freedoms that come with not being a wage-slave. My needs are few, and I don’t live on Credit beyond my means. If I can’t afford something, I don’t buy it. Period. Not that I’m not smart enough to be rich. Because in […]

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December 10, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Healthcare, Jobs, Money, Politics, Taxes