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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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I once laughed and nay took notice of the boundlessness of the life surrounding my niche, or lair as it were. Suddenly I find mental cataracts constricting my merry little thought processes by forces never heeded until now.
We have been driven and myopically ridden if you please, into tunnels not of the common mans vision.
What use will our children have for memories of a generation that represents a wrecking ball of sovereign usurpation, Enron economics, and Iran Contra testimony?

How will they find worth in cheap foreign products just so their hands won’t get dirty and justify “our” chosen 535 + 1 who sold out Mom & Pops craftsmanship, arts, and determination?

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Americans worry about cost of health care reform

It’s the cost, Mr. President. Americans are worried about hidden costs in the fine print of health care overhaul legislation, an Associated Press poll says. That’s creating new challenges for President Barack Obama as he tries to close the deal with a handful of Democratic doubters in the Senate.

Although Americans share a conviction that major health care changes are needed, Democratic bills that extend coverage to the uninsured and try to hold down medical costs get no better than a lukewarm reception.

The poll found that 43 percent oppose the health care plans being discussed in Congress, while 41 percent are in support. An additional 15 percent remain neutral or undecided.

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Big tobacco exploits tax loopholes

With a simple marketing twist, tobacco companies are avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars a year in taxes by exploiting a loophole in President Barack Obama’s child health law.

Obama and Congress increased taxes on tobacco products earlier this year to pay for expanded children’s health insurance, but tobacco for roll-your-own cigarettes saw a disproportionate leap, from $1.10 to $24.78 per pound. Some predicted the tax would kill the roll-your-own industry, which had offered a cheaper alternative to packaged cigarettes.

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Army set to probe Hasan’s career

The Army will conduct an internal investigation to examine whether it missed warning signs about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the man accused of killing 13 people in the Nov. 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, two newspapers reported Monday.

Citing anonymous officials, The Wall Street Journal said the probe would focus on Hasan’s six years at Washington’s Walter Reed Medical Center, where he worked as a psychiatrist before he was transferred to Fort Hood in July.

The Washington Post reported that Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army’s chief of staff, is forming the investigative panel. It “will look longitudinally across Hasan’s entire career to figure out how did this happen and what can we do to stop it from happening again,” an anonymous Army official told the Post.

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Obama’s bow: Courtesy or groveling?

Some conservative commentators seized on President Barack Obama’s deep bow to Japan’s Emperor Akihito over the weekend, accusing the U.S. commander in chief of groveling before a foreign leader.

So did he?

While it may have been an awkward moment, it wasn’t without precedent. And it appeared to be well within protocol guidelines that the State Department issues for foreign service officers working in other countries.

U.S. presidents from both political parties have often been criticized for their attempts at culturally sensitive greetings to high-ranking foreigners.

Former President George W. Bush, a Republican, was mocked for holding Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah’s hand, a traditional sign of friendship in the Middle East, as they strolled together in 2005.

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Health care reform foes ramp up campaigns

Business foes of health care overhaul legislation are outspending supporters at a rate of 2-to-1 for TV ads as they grow increasingly nervous over a final bill.

Led by the giant U.S. Chamber of Commerce, opponents of the Democratic health care drive have spent $24 million on TV commercials over the past month to $12 million spent by labor unions and other backers. That’s an abrupt reversal from the vast spending advantage supporters enjoyed most of this year, according to Evan Tracey, president of Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ads.

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Smears and dirty politics not extremism is tearing up our country

We hear complaints about the Republican Party turning to extremism and Obama supposedly being on either a leftist extremist or and an in-between bungler. But in Europe some have well thought out extreme positions without smearing each other up.

Lately in this country most politics is pouring perfume on what you like and bad tastes and odors on what you don’t. In NY a pro-choice Republican had to face phony ads that looked like she put out, shrilling overstating her positions. Instead of noting that it made the Democrat win, I wish some would call for the dirty trickster to be punished or at least fined.

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