Saturday potluck (and Open Thread)

Victorian posy of pansiesYet another dirty little Obamacare secret:  For the most part, Obamacare isn’t providing insurance for the uninsured.  Instead, it’s forcing the previously insured to buy more expensive insurance than they already had, along with painfully higher deductibles than they were previously paying.  Yes, there are definitely people with pre-existing conditions who are benefiting, but they’re such a small part of the overall picture that there had to have been a better, less disruptive, cheaper way to take care of their insurance needs.

Does anyone else hear the deafening silence from Congressional Republicans as IRS puts into place regulation permanently stifling conservative political speech?

I haven’t read it yet myself, but my friend Dave Forsmark’s The Forest of Assassins is getting some good early reviews. Robert Ferrigno, who is the NY Times best-selling novelist of Prayers for the Assassin: A Novel says “a great read, a novel as good as the best journalism, with vivid and accurate details driving a tale of danger and deception and betrayal during the Vietnam War. This book doesn’t just feel researched, it feels lived.”  (Here’s another favorable review at PJ Media.)  Forsmark describes it as “the true still classified account of Navy SEAL operations at the beginning of the Vietnam War.”  I’ve put it on my wish list for my next round of book-buying.

Two posts about Obama’s teflon presidency, one serious and one incredibly funny.  My friend Ron the Cop talks about Obama’s big Benghazi lie; while The Onion takes a light-hearted, but eerily accurate look at the media’s manifest unwilling to do any negative Obama coverage.  (Hat tip to Libby for the Onion post.)

I think we need to end this with a little music, just because:

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  • JKB

    Here’s a great rant by Larry Correia on how the English departments destroy the will to read in students.  As a corollary, they then try to teach writing skills by forcing students to write contentless literary criticism about books they barely got through, if they finished them at all.  
     
    Correia on the Classics | Monster Hunter Nation 
     
    From about 10 years ago, Paul Graham really lays out the disaster known as the English department in this discussion of the The Age of the Essay

    • http://www.celiahayes.com Sgt. Mom

      Thanks for the Larry Correia link – I had the same experience pretty much in English classes all the way through middle and high-school. I read a ton of books on my own, and zipped through the “classics” pretty handily. But I was obliging about assignments, because my parents insisted – and from about freshmen year on I was in the honors and AE classes, where the grinding academic stupidity was held to a bare minimum.
      I have read in various places that the Harry Potter books did more for encouraging kids to read than any school of education program ever invented. I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    More like English indoctrination classes. Good thing I can switch my thinking from English now to a few other options. That way, my resistance to mental conditioning increases if the attack is English based.
     
    Can’t propagandize something if the user doesn’t understand the language the propaganda is in, after all.
     
    Learning to think in a language, not just translate into or out of it, sets up a set of macros for thoughts and habits. My mental and emotional state is different for my 1st language, and it change again for my second. I’ve been microing and macroing certain commands in various language thoughts, in order to see how it goes. That self experimentation has produced some interesting results.