"So you disagree with Obamacare?"
"Yes, I do."
"Do you think insurance companies should be able to exclude people with preexisting conditions?"
"Do you agree that young people should be able to stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26?"
"They should be able to, yes."
"Do you agree that companies with 50 or more employees should provide healthcare?"
"And so, by that logic, you would be for the Affordable Care Act?"
That exchange is from a segment last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which underscored the recurring idea that if more Americans understood the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, more would be on board.
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George H.W. Bush serves as official witness at same-sex wedding
HRC Blog: Former US President George H.W. Bush served as an official witness at the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen in Maine over the weekend.
The couple posted a photo of President Bush signing a set of documents at the celebration. A rep confirmed that the former president and his wife were there as “private citizens attending a private ceremony for two friends.”
Photo via Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen
Watergate: The Video Game
Journalists: It’s the game you’ve always wanted to play. Forget finding Carmen Sandiego. In Watergate: The Video Game, you’re on the hunt to expose Richard Nixon’s corruption. Here, the real sleuthing happens through interviews, document acquisition and hard-hitting reporting. This is the best way to celebrate the Pulitzer Prize that the Washington Post received 40 years ago today for its coverage of the Watergate scandal.
Even better is that the theme song is an 8-bit California Uber Alles, even if I don’t understand why.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution knows what’s up.
So proud of my hometown paper.
I just signed this WH petition. The White House will have to respond to it if it reaches the 25,000 mark.
Fracking, or drilling for natural gas, is as of 2005 exempt from a major environmental regulation called the Clean Water Act. Drillers pump a water/chemical mixture into the ground under pressure, which fractures certain rocks that hold natural gas. The gas is piped out and the water and chemicals remain in the ground. Here’s an excellent video explainer. And here are some background on how fracking became exempt from pollution controls. Basically, drillers got the exemption by claiming that the chemical mixture they use are proprietary information - an industry secret.
Now, there are about 500,000 fracking wells in the U.S.Tens of thousands are being opened right now. The petition asks that frackers show how their chemicals affect water in rivers, lakes, streams, wells, and aquifers.
I don’t think it’s controversial for the public, farmers, cities, beer and softdrink manufacturers, or anyone to know which chemicals are in their water. I know petitions are a pain. Please give this one your two minutes. Here’s the link:
“After seeing yet another deranged gorilla just burst into a public place and start killing people, I decided I need to make sure something like that never happens to me,” said 34-year-old Atlanta resident Nick Keller, shortly after purchasing a 350-pound mountain gorilla from his local gorilla store. “It just gives me peace of mind knowing that if I’m ever in that situation, I won’t have to just watch helplessly as my torso is ripped in half and my face is chewed off. I’ll be able to use my gorilla to defend myself.”
“Law enforcement and animal control can only get there so quickly,” Keller added. “And you never know when you’ll need to use a gorilla to save your life.”
Joe Biden is the vice president of my heart.
Okay, that’s actually pretty great.
"What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it?"