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Name: Mister Rea
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Hometown: Houston
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Member since: 2002
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I was praying for God to send me a sign of who to vote for

And then the Lord baptized my boat...

An American Living Abroad Visits a UK hospital for an emergency. Doesn't go well

Some of the care he gets is bureaucratic. Of course you can get that here too. But his conclusions will surprise you. (or won't)

As I get older I find myself growing impatient with this cinematic journalism style

I'm old and my time on Earth is limited. Give me those hard facts and the thesis of your editorial upfront. If the story is interesting, I'll read your flummery about what this ex Trump voter was doing on a Thursday afternoon in 2017. Don't think you're seducing me with your vague that changing political views changed his dating life, yet never telling me how it totally changed his life until the 20th paragraph. No, at this stage in life I like my journalism like I like my barbecues: give me the meat up front, and if I enjoy the conversation, I'll stick around for your grandmother's potato salad.

Someone needs to stop me

... from telling my libertarian friends that their complaints about a "duopoly" in politics is just them griping about their ideas not being competitive in the free marketplace of ideas.

I like libertarians, I really do. They tend to be artistic & original thinkers, if not completely informed about how economics work in a post-industrial society, and a lot of them have that entrepreneurial hustle needed to make a small business thrive.

They believe that big government should mostly leave people alone -- and I largely agree with that. But damn, if they don't drive me up a wall with their "taxation is theft" malarkey and complete denial of the social costs (to all of us) in letting social problems and economic inequality go unaddressed.

So when they kvetch about the Republican/Democrat duopoly in politics, the snarky little ideologue in my head wants to point out that their political views are based on complaining about problems and never doing anything to solve them.

But that wouldn't be very nice. And I'm a Democrat because I'm nice.

The mom of the "affluenza" killer is broke


Tonya Couch filed an affidavit of indigency this week in Tarrant County claiming she is broke "due to notoriety."

Couch, 52, was jailed in April after she failed a drug test, which is a condition of her bond while she awaits trial on money laundering and hindering apprehension charges.

She is accused of helping her son, Ethan Couch, escape to Mexico while he was on probation for killing four people in a drunken driving crash when he was 16.

Addiction is a family disease.

Does anybody know, do the British say orange peel, orange skin, or orange rind?

It just seems like something they'd get idiosyncratic about, like when the call apartments "flats" even if they're split-level, or elevators "lifts" even when they're on the top floor

Fun video review of the Lincoln Project's contribution to America

Feel like your conservative friends are getting less right wing? They're lying to you


Poll: 62% of Americans Say They Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share

50% of strong liberals support firing Trump donors, 36% of strong conservatives support firing Biden donors; 32% are worried about missing out on job opportunities because of their political opinions

A new Cato national survey finds that self‐​censorship is on the rise in the United States. Nearly two-thirds—62%—of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive. The share of Americans who self‐​censor has risen several points since 2017 when 58% of Americans agreed with this statement.

These fears cross partisan lines. Majorities of Democrats (52%), independents (59%) and Republicans (77%) all agree they have political opinions they are afraid to share.

Do you feel like that you can't express your political opinions at work?

The Stilt Engineer: my argument against private school vouchers

I know vouchers are popular with white middle-class people. But the idea comes from a misapprehension of what public education is for.

Let me offer this analogy. Imagine we all lived on a floodplain and it was necessary for the community to build a canal and some overflow reservoirs to protect our homes from annual flooding. It costs a lot of money to hire those workers and machinery, so we levy a tax to pay for it.

Then one person comes along and says, "I know how to build my house up on stilts so that the flooding won't hurt my family home"

That's a great solution for that one family. But then that person says, "So I want a voucher to reduce the amount of taxes I pay for building the canal and flood reservoirs."

Well that's not fair at all. This stilt engineer is imagining he can void the social contract because the next flood won't directly endanger him. The stilt engineer is ignoring the social costs of having an inadequately funded flooding reservoir system.

See, if the reservoir isn't fully paid for, then there'll still be flooded homes, or the social costs of flooded farms and businesses and road systems. Or, if somehow the reservoir is fully built, this stilt engineer is going to enjoy the benefits of living in a community that doesn't have flooded farms, flooded roads, and flooded neighbors. And if he does enjoy the benefits of living in that society, as a citizen he has an obligation (social contract) to pay his fair share for the engineering projects that make his life better.

Besides, if his stilt project fails, he'll still have the reservoir system around to protect his home.

The news about Herman Cain is upsetting. Goshdarn it, why didn't somebody warn him?

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