There is a nice website established by the federal government to help citizens understand the Affordable Care Act.  There is a nifty timeline that explains how the Act will be implemented in its various phases, a listing of affordable insurance options, a tool to help you evaluate your current plan, and a whole lot of other resources at your disposal.  Only time will tell if this act will help to lower the $4.5 trillion that Americans spend on health care each year, but one thing is for certain; around 17% of America will have an opportunity at affordable health care now.  Check out the link below.

The Affordable Care Act is explained here.

And in typical New Left Media fashion, awesomeness ensues.

Ricky Gervais: “Wow. No God. If Mum had lied to me about God, had she also lied to me about Santa? Yes, but who cares? The gifts kept coming. And so did the gifts of my newfound atheism. The gifts of truth, science, nature. The real beauty of this world. Not a world by design, but one by chance. I learned of evolution – a theory so simple and obvious that only England’s greatest genius could have come up with it. Evolution of plants, animals, and us – with imagination, free will, love and humor. I no longer needed a reason for my existence, just a reason to live. And imagination, free will, love, humor, fun, music, sports, beer, and pizza are all good enough reasons for living.”

Bill Gates: “Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.”

Isaac Asimov: “If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.”

David Cross: “Oh, so I was watching that show – uh, the fuck – the show where the, uh, there’s the guy on stage and then everybody in the audience believes that he, uh, has contact with the dead and spirits talk to him… Crossing…? No, no, no, no – it was church.”

Jodie Foster: “There is no direct evidence, so how could you ask me to believe in God when there’s absolutely no evidence that I can see? I do believe in the beauty and the awe-inspiring mystery of the science that’s out there that we haven’t discovered yet, that there are scientific explanations for phenomena that we call mystical because we don’t know any better.”

Ingmar Bergman: “When you die, you are extinguished. From beingyou will be transformed to non-being. A god does notnecessarily dwell among our capricious atoms.”

Douglas Adams: “If you describe yourself as ‘atheist,’ some people will say, ‘Don’t you mean ‘agnostic?’ I have to reply that I really do mean atheist. I really do not believe that there is a god – in fact, I am convinced that there is not a god, a subtle difference. I see not a shred of evidence to suggest that there is one. It’s easier to say that I am a radical atheist, just to signal that I really mean it, have thought about it a great deal, and that it’s an opinion I hold seriously. It’s funny how many people are genuinely surprised to hear a view expressed so strongly.”

Janeane Garofalo: “Organized religions and their dogmas only serve to indoctrinate the participants into sheeplike common behaviors. This type of blind assimilation promotes the popularity of top-forty count down radio stations and movie sequels. Skepticism towards groups, holy or otherwise, is enriching and makes you a far more entertaning person.”

Roger Ebert: “I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.”

Katherine Hepburn: “I’m an atheist, and that’s it. I believe there’s nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other.”

Brad Pitt: “I’m probably 20 per cent atheist and 80 per cent agnostic. I don’t think anyone really knows. You’ll either find out or not when you get there, until then there’s no point thinking about it.”

Joaquin Phoenix: “I don’t believe in god. I don’t believe in an afterlife. I don’t believe in soul. I don’t believe in anything. I think it’s totally right for people to have their own beliefs if it makes them happy, but to me it’s a pretty preposterous idea.”

Daniel Radcliffe: “I’m an atheist, but I’m very relaxed about it. I don’t preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins who do. Anything he does on television, I will watch.”

Frank Zappa: “The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil. Remember the apple on the tree? Okay, it was the Tree of Knowledge. “You eat this apple, you’re going to be as smart as God. We can’t have that.”

Sarah Polley: “I don’t have faith in anything but my fellow human beings and the world around me. I have strong faith in people, but not beyond people. The world is a beautiful place, it’s a beautiful enough place for me to worship and have faith in and – it’s enough for me.”

Lately everyone has been getting their panties in a bunch about a mosque or community center or whatever it’s called being built by one of the targets of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  Let’s keep in mind that building a place to worship or a “community center” (whatever that means) is an awful lot different than flying a plane into a building.

Hitler was a formal member of the Catholic Church.  Based on the crazy logic people are using these days, there would be a lot of places in Europe that it would be insensitive to have Catholic churches.  Especially if you are Jewish.

Here’s something else for you to get all radical about.  The Pentagon, which was another target of the September 11th attacks, actually has a mosque in it.  It’s not two blocks away from the site.  It’s actually on the site.

Representative Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said the federal government shouldn’t put any pressure on local officials regarding the mosque. There is a mosque in the Pentagon, also a target of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which hasn’t drawn any criticism, Nadler said.

You can check out the whole article here.

I, for one, would be all for working out a compromise.  Like getting rid of all of the churches near Ground Zero regardless of what people worship there.


“Judge Walker’s ruling overturning Prop 8 is an outrageous disrespect for our Constitution and for the majority of people of the United States who believe marriage is the union of husband and wife. In every state of the union from California to Maine to Georgia, where the people have had a chance to vote they’ve affirmed that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Congress now has the responsibility to act immediately to reaffirm marriage as a union of one man and one woman as our national policy.  Today’s notorious decision also underscores the importance of the Senate vote tomorrow on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court because judges who oppose the American people are a growing threat to our society.”

Those are the words of former Speaker of the House and total douche Newt Gingrich.  First off, Gingrich is going on marriage number three.  His infidelity is well documented.  When discussing the union of two people and the sanctity of marriage… what’s that they say about people in glass houses?

The bigoted Gingrich would like to take the basic human right of marriage and deprive homosexuals of that right.

Federal district judge Hon. Vaughn R. Walker recently rejected Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, which more than likely means a trip through the appeals process before leading to a final decision in the Supreme Court.  Walker had a very eloquent rationale for his decision:

Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.  Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

Detractors will continue to chirp that California has voted not once, but twice, to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  People of logic will continue to counter that it doesn’t matter what the majority wants if it denies the civil liberties of but just one American citizen.

Sources: 1, 2, 3

Finally! Stoners are about to have nothing left to talk about.

A transpartisan initiative, ‘Just Say Now’ is a campaign supported by several politicians, litigators, law enforcement officials, and physicians.  The cast of ‘Half Baked’ was not included on the advisory board, however, Nancy Reagan has prematurely rolled over in her grave.

Apparently the cast from ‘Half Baked’ was too busy with their careers to participate.

The goals of Just Say Now include:

  • Organize transpartisan support for ending marijuana prohibition across the country by combining the online organizing efforts of Firedoglake, which has 100,000 readers a day, with the grassroots organizing abilities of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, with chapters at 150 campuses across the country.
  • Turn out voters to support marijuana initiatives on the 2010 ballot in Arizona, Oregon, California, Colorado and South Dakota.
  • Work to get marijuana initiatives on the ballot in multiple states in 2012, with an emphasis on presidential battleground states, to encourage a national conversation about marijuana policy during the next election.
  • Inform the conversation around ending prohibition and educate the public about the true state of our antiquated drug policy
  • Encourage government at all levels to adopt more sane, pragmatic and reasonable policy regarding marijuana.

This legislation should also help to stimulate the snack food industry, which would be great for Pennsylvania business, Troyer Farms. If you’re sitting in your dorm room now, thinking about how great it’d be to splash some water in that bong, turn on your black light, smoke some endo, and then pop in Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, go join the movement at justsaynow.com (Apparently the website is being hosted at firedoglake.com).

Will the United States cave into the decade long desires of people like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty? We’ll find out in the upcoming years.

Sources: 1, 2

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was defeated late on the evening of Thursday, July 29th.  The bill would have provided $7.4 billion in aide to those who were made sick by the toxic debris of the September 11th attacks.

Worried about potential GOP amendments to the bill, Democrats decided to suspend the rules before the consideration of the bill, which also changed the required number of votes from a simple majority to a two-thirds majority in order for the bill to pass.  This led to Republicans voting ‘No’ at an overwhelming clip to a bill that would have provided health care to those affected by the 9/11 attacks.  And collectively America sighs.

This procedural faux pas has Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) pissed off.

And he will not yield.

Sources: 1, 2

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