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“This is the mother of all wars we’ve got in the next 18 months,” he says, “for the life or death of this country.” He called out the names of 31 people at the Vail meeting who each contributed more than $1m over the past 12 months to defeat President Obama’s reelection bid.

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I’ve long said the Federal government forcing people to buy health insurance is the same as forcing them to purchase ketchup. I still think I’m right. The Interstate Commerce Clause doesn’t allow the federal government to do this. That’s why state government’s force buyers of vehicles to purchase car insurance. The states can, the feds can’t. FDR knew this and that’s why he made Social Security a tax.

However, there is a clever argument as to why the feds can compel people to buy health insurance and it’s not the same as forcing them to purchase ketchup. I disagree, but click on the link below for a convincing argument on the subject.

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The public workers of Germany will receive a 6.3% pay increase over the next year. In the United States, we’re cutting public sector pay and laying off workers. Why the difference? The Germans are more heavily unionized, half of all corporate boards are filled with union members, and the German government doesn’t offshore jobs, at least to the extent the US government does.

But there’s something more important here. The Germans know what an economy is for. It’s for the German people, all of them. In the United States, the economy is ruled by Wall Street and the rich at the expense of the 99 percent.

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These senators received $23,582,500 From Big Oil. Who were they?

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Did Ernest Hemingway Commit Suicide Because of a Dead Cat?

Why did Ernest Hemingway commit suicide? How many cats did he shoot? For that matter, how many people did he shoot? Apparently, several people and one cat. “We have come at a most interesting time,” Hemingway wrote. “Just in time to see the great Hemingway cry because he has to kill a cat.”

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What is the most important lesson you have learned in your life?

I know what I have learned about the most important things in life. There’s one person I know that has it right. Click on the link to see her answer to “What is the most important lesson you have learned in life?”

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Review of the Hunger Games, volume 2, Catching Fire

I thought this was better than the first book, but at times it was a bit formulaic. Collins follows the typical pattern of 1. building toward a conflict, 2. conflict, 3. Katniss reflecting on the conflict and other things, 4. building toward a new conflict, 5. new conflict, 6. Katniss reflecting, ya da ya da. You get the picture.

Collins, however, kept the suspense high, the mystery of people’s motives well hidden until the end, and the conflict riveting at the same time. She is a master story teller and his created a wonderfully bleak world. The only thing stopping this book from becoming a five star in my mind is the lead character, Katniss, is not as sympathetic as other characters in other books. On the other hand, maybe this is a five star because it’s a plot driven rather than character driven book, and Katniss is as bleak of a character as the world Collins has created. On the other hand, Cormac McCarthy created an even bleaker world in “The Road” and I found myself rooting and feeling sorry and hoping for the best for the kid in that book. So I’ll keep Catching Fire at four stars.

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