MONEY: Check change for silver and don’t pay 10%!

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POLITICAL: Ron Paul SHOULD debate sock puppets

It Was a Strange Saturday
by Butler Shaffer

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Hours later, and on another channel, I watched Ron Paul engage in a one-man debate with seven life-sized sock puppets. The seven are auditioning to play the lead in a modernly-defined tragedy: to be the President of the United States. They recite their lines with nary a break in content or meter – except for Rick Perry, who was unable to remember his – hoping that the show’s producers will find their responses suitable to the boobeoisie who fill audience seats. It is just like taking a show on the road to New Haven or Baltimore before letting it open on Broadway! Ron, on the other hand – when allowed to speak at all – addresses not the show’s owners, but those outside the theater.

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I think you may have hit on an excellent idea.

Ron Paul SHOULD debate sock puppets with distribution on You Tube and Facebook. I think it could be a “real page turner”.

I’d take a clip of his opponent from a debate or a speech, and then have Ron give his response. He’d have the benefit of no time limit and he could carefully tighten his response. Shorter would be better.


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I’m a techie but not an AV type. I’d be happy to help.

I’d suggest that quick like a bunny, there needs to be eight quick hitters.

(1) Michele Bachmann — On why “pro-life” isn’t a Federal issue.

(2) Herman Cain — Obviously debate the FED

(3) Newt Gingrich — Global warming and the couch with Nancy

(4) Jon Huntsman —China and the need for trade without “Fair Trade” treaties. And, not to threaten them.

(5) Gary Johnson — The “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and exactly how to do it. I think Ron would say let a regulated marketplace whereas GJ would say wide-open.

(6) Rick Perry — About Gardisol and drug regulation, why should the FDA exist. And a swipe at him being a democrat.

(7) Mitt Romney — Romneycare and Obamacare! With a swipe at Northeaster liberal Rockefeller Republican.

(8) Rick Santorum — Marriage, from gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia to hetro, is not the business of the State. The DOM act is just bad legislation.

I can probably get my niece-in-law to make the sock puppets.


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RANT: $100 million pension for stapling a finger?

$100 million pension for stapling a finger?
Cop seeks sweet disability after accidental shooting
Posted: November 15, 2011

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As he was preparing to shoot, a burst of wind tore a Q-shaped target from its wooden post. Onesti picked up a staple gun and tried to reattach the target — and what happened next could end up costing state taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Onesti, 27 at the time, accidentally fired a staple into the base of his left ring finger, records show. He put a Band Aid on the wound and successfully completed the tests. But after two operations Onesti says he still can’t do his job, and is now one of a record number of public employees across the state seeking an accidental disability pension for life.

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You have to be joking!

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POLITICAL: Obamacare is coming

Stryker to cut 5% of workforce
Nov. 11, 2011
Michigan Business

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Stryker, the Kalamazoo-based maker of artificial hips and knees, will cut 5% of its global workforce by the end of next year to reduce costs in the face of new fees on device makers required by the U.S. health care law.

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And, I’ll bet it’s not just the new fee that’s scaring them into layoffs.

I’ll guess that with Obamacare, employees will get new “rights” and become more expensive.

Add to that, they probably figure Medicare will be paying for fewer artificial anythings as well as paying less.

Seems prudent to me.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Redefining “poverty”


“The U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics lay the groundwork for a new quantitative measure of poverty to replace the current, inadequate official measure – an improvement that will only be possible with proper funding. (Current official measures are described by the Census Bureau and the Department of Health and Human Services.)”

The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2010

Posted to the DocuBase on 7 November, 2011 at

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

From the media tip sheet:

The Census Bureau, with assistance from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and in consultation with other appropriate agencies and outside experts, introduces a new measure of poverty to complement the official measure, which has been in use since the 1960s. The official measure will continue to be produced every year and be used to assess eligibility for government programs and determine funding distribution… »

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Anyone else suspect politics in this mess.

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