A note left by Rep. Patrick Kennedy on his father’s grave (Ted Kennedy). Warning: if you have a bleeding liberal heart, this may make you weep. This picture comes from the White House’s Flickr stream.
[Posted by Kathleen]
President Obama’s health care bill, which will provide millions of uninsured Americans with medical coverage, was passed tonight by Congress after months and months of struggle.
The bill was passed 219-212.
[Posted by Shannon]
Oh, hello. Me again. Since the real job is getting in the way of my bloggy job, I’ve condensed a week’s worth of what I liked into one fabulous Friday post. Does that work for you? I sure hope so!
You all know how much I love stories about sci-fi weirdos (apparently the cool way to spell it now is SyFy. Anybody else notice that the Sci-Fi Channel changed its spelling?). Well, here’s a good one! Computational linguistics expert d’Armond Speers spoke only Klingon to his son for the first three years of the boy’s life. Ummm, WHAT? He claims it was an experiment to see if his son would learn it like any normal human language in the early developmental stages.
He just confirmed what every child already knows– you are an experiment, and your parents are trying to corrupt you and make you as uncool as possible.
Here is the best quote from the article:
As for Speers, who still gets nostalgic when he recalls singing the Klingon lullaby “May the Empire Endure” with his son at bedtime, the experiment was a dud. His son is now in high school and doesn’t speak a word of Klingon.
Stay strong, young Speers!
Like any good yuppie bleeding-heart liberal, I have an iPhone. We all know that there is an app for everything, but this new one is so hilarious and wonderful that I have to share it with you. It’s totally politically nerdy, but it’s a bobble head guide to every single member of Congress. Here is my favorite member of Congress:
Best 99 cents I’ve ever spent. Download Bobble Rep.
Speaking of politics, lots of good stuff going on, eh? Lieberman sucks more than ever and the women’s movement took two steps back no thanks to Rep. Stupak.
I also remain perplexed as to how people can manipulate the messages of Christianity in light of healthcare reform. To me, it seems that giving a little extra so our brothers and sisters will be able to be healthy and able to succeed in life is following that message. Yet even the Christian right wing (like my girrrrrrl, Michele Bachman) has condemned it as communism, fascism, Marxism and any other ism you can imagine that probably doesn’t make sense. Grrr.
Hey, speaking of Christianity– I know people are complaining about how early it’s coming, but sweet Jesus I love Christmastime. And I love the new Gap ads! Add being a Gap backup dancer to my bucketlist, right after being a Fanta Girl and a dancing iPod shadow.
In other news, Oprah is ending her show in 2011. I’m not too upset about this. She’s going to have her own TV station in 2011, and she’ll have 25 years of her show in syndication so I really don’t see the big deal. They’ll still be enough of O’s wisdom to go around.
Oh, and just in time for a junky fastfood lunch:
Okay, I think that’s it for now. Miss me, because I miss you.
[Posted by Kathleen]
Why so harsh? Because the money generated from the tax increase will go towards expanding children’s health care, known as the SCHIP bill and signed into law by President Obama in February. Instead of just seven million uninsured children receiving health care from the government, SCHIP has now been expanded to cover 11 million children.
But, naturally, some people are pissed. By some people I mean the tobacco companies who don’t give a you-know-what about you or your health and some really addicted smokers.
This gem of a quote came from NPR:
Customer Pat Collier of Zephyrhills, Fla., calls it a punitive tax aimed at smokers. “This is really just like the tea tax in the Revolution.”
Well…no. Because when our early American heroes, the colonists, were taxed, the money went back to the evil King George. This time around, Pat, the money will be used to help children. CHILDREN. POOR AND INNOCENT CHILDREN. Think about it. Good. Now let’s move on.
Smokers, you know the deal. The cancer sticks are bad for you, your lungs turn black and all that jazz. Maybe you are too addicted to quit, but for Pete’s sake (and Pete, by the way, is a 4-year-old with no health insurance and a life threatening illness), don’t let your addiction get in the way of helping a kid out. You chose to smoke, these kids did not choose to be uninsured.
It is a sad fact of life that prices go up all the time. The price of milk, the price of a pack of gum, even the price of the wonderful treasures at the 99 cent store. At least this time, when you pay those extra pennies, you’re doing something good.
Or maybe, just maybe, this might encourage you to quit smoking, which, you know, would be AWFUL. (But, of course, you quitting has nothing to do with why the tobacco companies are so upset.) So Joe the Smoker and others quit. Over time, the number of smoking-related illnesses and deaths decrease, which also decreases the amount of state and federal dollars used to care for these people when they are in the hospital. The taxpayer wins! Oh, and if you quit, you run less of a risk of gum disease (eww) and you won’t get that hideous smoker’s mouth with all the lines and wrinkles.
Here’s another scenario to convince you that this might just be a good thing: Raising the tax on cigarettes will give health insurance to 10 million children. Having insurance will enhance their quality of life. Healthy kids go to school. (And like School House Rock tells us, “knowledge is power!”) Healthy kids grow up to be healthy adults. Healthy adults work. The American workforce is the engine of our economy. Voila! The economy thrives!
…And I’d like to thank the Nobel committee for awarding me this most prestigious award in Economics… just kidding because really, it’s not that big of a stretch.
I’m so fortunate that my parents never had to choose between taking me to the doctor or feeding me. But there are so many children that are not as lucky as I was/am and until we have universal health care, we need to take care of the ones that need our help the most– the very old and the very young.
[Posted by Kathleen]