GUNS: “Red Flag” — no due process AND no penalty for malicious use

2019-Mar-31

https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2019/03/29/colorado-senate-passes-red-flag-bill/

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Look, the problem with red flag laws is simple to understand. One is that there’s no real due process involved. Someone says, “Bill is a threat to himself or others” and a judge simply says, “Alrighty, then,” signs a piece of paper, and now Bill loses his guns. He had no opportunity to respond. Bill didn’t get to tell the judge that Sally just said that because she thinks all gun owners are dangerous. He doesn’t get to reply that she misunderstood something he said. He doesn’t get to explain that she’s just angry at him because of political disagreements between the two.

Bill doesn’t get to say anything until after the fact.

Imagine someone proposing something similar that would prevent someone from accessing the internet or voting without due process? The howls would be everywhere and for good reason.

But as has been noted before, the Second Amendment is a second-class right in far too many people’s minds. They believe it shouldn’t be afforded the same level of protection that other rights enjoy.

Another issue is that there’s absolutely no real punishment for those who use red flag laws maliciously. At best, it’s a slap on the wrist, but let’s understand that what we’re talking about here is a measure that will provide legalized swatting. The police will show up to take people’s guns. Those who use these laws to punish others are depriving folks of their civil liberties. That calls for stiff penalties.

Unfortunately, no one seems willing to put that in a bill.

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A good summary what is wrong with this latest “great idea”!

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Bill Maher: George Clooney Calling for Boycott of Sultan of Brunei’s Hotels Is ‘Chickensh*t Tokenism’

This week George Clooney called for a boycott of several hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei over the law being implemented that will punish anyone engaging in gay sex with death by stoning.

Source: Bill Maher: George Clooney Calling for Boycott of Sultan of Brunei’s Hotels Is ‘Chickensh*t Tokenism’

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Interesting that “the Left” is calling themselves out.

By extension, does this apply to “global warming / global kooling / climate change” too?

And all the other Left Wing “causes of outrage” de jour — gun “control”, sexism, racism, etc. etc.

I wonder?

“What do you call it when someone steals someone else’s money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social justice.” — Thomas Sowell

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GUNS: Spartacus should stick to something he knows

2019-Mar-30

https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2019/03/29/cory-booker-displays-profound-ignorance-gun-laws-town-hall/

Cory Booker Displays Profound Ignorance On Gun Laws In Town Hall
Posted at 8:30 am on March 29, 2019 by Tom Knighton

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Convicted criminals aren’t buying them even from face-to-face transfers from law-abiding citizens, either. Why? Because they don’t want a citizen to ID them. After all, what if the police find out that the gun was sold to Joe Smith, but Joe says he sold it to someone else? Joe is a law-abiding citizen, so the idea of the gun he sold being used in a crime is upsetting. Why yes, Officer, I can give you a description of the guy. In fact, I still have his cell phone number.

That’s bad news in Criminal Land.

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Three strikes and you’re out.

No one even pretended that “gun control” is anything but disarming the sheep so the wolves can run wild.

In https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130127/discuss/701279952/, the editors didn’t dispute the statement: “Background checks, no problem. Gun registration is a big problem. Every genocide in modern history has started with a gun registration, followed by confiscation, followed by genocide.” All they did was gripe that it was “plagiarized”.  Argh!  Guess every idea they print is unique?

Remember: “Registration, confiscation, genocide”.  

With the new “red flag” laws popping up all over, we now into step #2.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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DonorsChoose fundraising: Some school districts banning crowdfunding – Vox

DonorsChoose and other crowdfunding sites are coming under scrutiny.

Source: DonorsChoose fundraising: Some school districts banning crowdfunding – Vox

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Doesn’t anyone see this as a problem with Gooferment Skrules?

Argh!

Separate Gooferment from “Education”!

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You’re A Sucker If You Don’t Believe The System Is Rigged | Zero Hedge

Our elite is not elite. Instead, it’s a bunch of bums who somehow got a little money and took the reins of power and are now shaking-down our great nation for every penny they can wring out of it. We owe them nothing – not respect, not gratitude and certainly not obedience.If you still wonder how we got Trump, just look around you. He’s a cry for help, a scream against the injustice we’re surrounded by. This injustice is poison to our country. This injustice is what makes republics fall apart, when the worthless ruling class pushes its contempt in the people’s collective face so hard and for so long that the population finally screams “The hell with this!”

Source: You’re A Sucker If You Don’t Believe The System Is Rigged | Zero Hedge

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“We, The Sheeple” are just sheep to be shorn.

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VETERANS: Where is a national apology to all the in-country Viet Nam vets?

2019-Mar-29

FROM Karen O’Connell Bednarski

Today is a day put aside for the service personnel of the Viet Nam Veterans Era, especially those who were in Viet Nam. .. to all “welcome home?…think of good memories and thank you for your service!

MY RESPONSE:

I was only in “the Era”; not out in the boonies. Those guys — mostly men — deserve a national apology to them and their families for what they brought home (i.e., the multi-generational harm of Agent Orange). Those are the real heroes.

And, let’s not forget those who never got to come home and those who went underground and to Canada to avoid being sent to the “meat grinder” for no good reason other than the hubris of politicians and bureaucrats. Thanks, Ike, JFK, Nixon, McNamara, and their ilk.

Makes me sad to think of my lost best friend and all those who came back “changed”.

And, my amazement is that “We, The Sheeple” have learned nothing from it. We have decades of constant war. Sending now young women, and men, into various “meat grinders” around the world for no good reason that I can determine.

Argh! If only we’d have elected Ron Paul, then we’d have a sane foreign policy. Instead of new KIAs, MIAs, WIAs, and broken Vets to regret creating.

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How to Control Your Luck

  • These included that they create opportunities for themselves by having a strong social network
  • They listen to their gut and act on intuition rather than overthinking a situation.
  • Lucky people also tended to be confident of a bright future
  • as well as resilient and able to learn from past mistakes.

Source: How to Control Your Luck

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Tech whiz-turned-criminal stole $500K in 10 days: officials

A fresh-faced tech whiz used a sophisticated “SIM swapping” scheme to steal half a million dollars in 10 days from more than 50 people across the US — without ever leaving the comfort of his

Source: Tech whiz-turned-criminal stole $500K in 10 days: officials

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Here’s why your two factor authentication should NOT rely on your phone!

I use AUTHY instead.

 

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We should all be celebrating the collapse of Hillary’s big lie

Yet as I wrote Sunday, the end of Mueller must not mean the end of investigating what happened in 2016. It was, after all, the Clinton-financed Russian dossier that formed the basis of the FBI investigation launched by the disgraced James Comey that summer.How did that happen? How did a partisan dirty trick result in an FBI probe of the other party’s presidential candidate?And how did so much classified information leak, including the names of Trump associates picked up incidentally on wiretaps? Who in the Obama White House broke the law?These and other questions deserve at least as much scrutiny as Clinton’s false claims. As Trump said Sunday, “This was an illegal takedown that failed. And hopefully, somebody’s going to be looking at the other side.”

Source: We should all be celebrating the collapse of Hillary’s big lie

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There certainly should be as much scrutiny of the HRC campaign.  And those in the BHO44 who helped her.

Argh!

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18 Statistics That Prove That America Has Become An “Idiocracy” | Zero Hedge

#1 One recent survey found that 74 percent of Americans don’t even know how many amendments are in the Bill of Rights.

Source: 18 Statistics That Prove That America Has Become An “Idiocracy” | Zero Hedge

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So sad.

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HISTORICAL: Not a big fan of John McCain

2019-Mar-23

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/03/no_author/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/

McCain and the POW Cover-Up
By Sydney Schanberg 
The American Conservative
March 22, 2019

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Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.

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John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

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For many reasons, including the absence of a political constituency for the missing men other than their families and some veterans’ groups, very few Americans are aware of the POW story and of McCain’s role in keeping it out of public view and denying the existence of abandoned POWs. That is because McCain has hardly been alone in his campaign to hide the scandal.

The Arizona senator, now the Republican candidate for president, has actually been following the lead of every White House since Richard Nixon’s, and thus of every CIA director, Pentagon chief, and national security adviser, not to mention Dick Cheney, who was George H.W. Bush’s Defense secretary. Their biggest accomplice has been an indolent press, particularly in Washington.

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While “one should never speak ill of the dead”, in this case, we must recognize historical facts.

Aside from his role in the Keating Five of S&L scandal fame, who will ever forget him casting the vote to spite DJT45 on Obamacare.

These are the reason that the families of POWs and veteran’s organizations are not big fans of John McCain. Every month, in every American Legion hall across the globe, “our POWs a remembered”.

In DJT45’s style of “bull in the china shop”, he’s not exactly wrong.  He just doesn’t lay out the factual case that once again the “American Gooferment” is not “veteran’s friend” like all the politicians claim to be.

Lest we forget!

Argh!

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Bokhari: On Immigration, Guns, and Speech, Banks Act as a Shadow Government | Breitbart

Whether it’s gun policy, immigration, energy or censorship, the left has found a method of imposing its will that’s far more efficient than dealing with the American system of government, designed as it was to contain the worst impulses of political radicals. Sick of these constitutional inconveniences, the far-left now intend to enact tyranny through the politically-motivated harassment of the private sector — and the private sector is seeming only too happy to oblige. Can conservatives be awakened from their laissez-faire, free market stupor in time to stop it?

Source: Bokhari: On Immigration, Guns, and Speech, Banks Act as a Shadow Government | Breitbart

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When will “We, The Sheeple” wake up that they are being herded?

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PIERS MORGAN: Take ‘hunter’ Guy Gorney’s gun away and see how brave he is | Daily Mail Online

The definition of cowardice is a ‘lack of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, pain.’ It’s excatly what American trophy-hunter Guy Gorney displayed when he killed a sleeping lion.

Source: PIERS MORGAN: Take ‘hunter’ Guy Gorney’s gun away and see how brave he is | Daily Mail Online

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I agree.

(Astonishing that we agree on anything?)

Make him be like the Zulu youth, who takes a short spear and a small reed shield to kill a lion.

Seems fairer.

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The Final Level of Censorship is Here: The Banning of URLs

So while the telcos have defended their decision to censor a wide swath of material in order to shield people from dangerous information – and have encouraged social media platforms to commit to European-style information control, Kiwis and Australians will only get to know what the technocracy approves in order to ‘protect consumers.’

Source: The Final Level of Censorship is Here: The Banning of URLs

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Who “anointed” these corporations to “protect” us?

Argh!

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Tyler Durden: “Sorry citizen, some facts are just too dangerous for your own good” |

Twitter has admitted to shadowbanning a tweet by The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis in order to “keep people safe.”

Source: Tyler Durden: “Sorry citizen, some facts are just too dangerous for your own good”

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​Need to “punch” Big Tech in the nose.  Either they want to have the “common carrier protection” or not.  If not, fine, let them be honest about what they are doing.  Then, they are “responsible” for the content.  Can’t have it both ways, imho.
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College Cheating Scandal, by Walter E.Williams | Creators Syndicate

I’m not sure about what can be done about education. But the first step toward any solution is for the American people to be aware of academic fraud that occurs at every level of education.

Source: College Cheating Scandal, by Walter E.Williams | Creators Syndicate

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How about getting the Gooferment out of Gooferment Skrules?

Separation of Government and Education at all levels!

That’s the way to start.

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Mom Shares Story About How Her 9-Year-Old Got Sweet Revenge On Her Bully

Bullying is a serious problem that can cause tragic results if measures are not taken to fight against it. According to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, more than 1 out of 5 students report being bullied in the US, which is more than 20% of all students.

Source: Mom Shares Story About How Her 9-Year-Old Got Sweet Revenge On Her Bully

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When I was bullied in First Grade, my Mom said: “You stand up for yourself and take care of this.  However is up to you, but it’s YOUR PROBLEM, no one else’s.”

Hmmm, be careful what you tell a human being to do.  They just might surprise you.

Now everyone in Catholic School in that day and age had a “book bag”.  And, being a Catholic School, we always had heavy books to lug back and forth.  I think that the good Nuns and Brothers had, as an article of faith, that carrying a big heavy book would impart knowledge by osmosis.

Any way, I was friends with the only black child in my class.  Maybe that’s why I was singled out for all sorts of harassment. So the morning after my Mom’s “advice”, first thing, before we assembled in lines by class, I walked up to the biggest of my bullies and, without a word, swung my extra heavy book bag with all the oomph I could muster right “up the chute” to his crotch.  Naturally, he went down like a rag doll and started to puke.  One of the Brothers ran over and “arrested me” sending me to Brother Principal’s office. It was next to Sister Principal’s office. The Nuns coming by scowled, but more than one of the Brothers gave me a disapproving but wry grin.

My Mom was summoned.  She, obviously was expecting something, because she didn’t go to work early like she usually did.  So she arrives on scene and goes into the office with a bunch of Nuns and Brothers.  After, what seemed to be a long time, I was summoned in.  I thought I’d get expelled.

Brother Principal asked my if I was sorry for what I’d done.  My mouth, leading its own life, said: “Respectfully, Brother Principal, No.”  My Mom half smiled; the Brother who was my home room teacher, definitely grinned.  Brother Principal continued: “Well, this is very serious. Will you do it again?”  My mouth seized the opportunity: “Again, Brother Principal, with all do respect to you, my school, and my religious training, I can’t lie. Yes, I’ll do it as many times as I need to.  But, between us chickens (my maternal grandmother’s favorite phrase), I doubt that I’ll ever need to prove that I’m no push over for any size bully.”  Brother Principal was slightly taken back and said: “Well, with that reassurance, I’m inclined to let the matter drop..  Go to class and stay out of trouble.”

I felt ten feet tall.

Evidently, the bully was on “double secret probation” already, and after trip to the ER, a few days rest and home, he returned to school a week later.  By the next week, he’d been withdrawn from the school and transferred to another parish school miles away.

And, I never had anyone “mess” with me after that.

I guess my “heroic aura” — or people thought I was bat shit crazy — encompassed the school because my friends, including the black one, were also hassle-free.  In fact, the whole school was “bully free” for the three years I was at that school before we moved to the Bronx.

The lesson to me was like when first I heard that Rodney Dangerfield movie line from “Back to School” about the Dylan Thomas poem … “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”:

“Thornton, what does that poem mean to you?”

“It means… I don’t take shit from no one. I’m gonna pass this test. I’m stayin’ in school! Who’s next?”

I might be crazy but, I felt that way that day back in Catholic Grammar School.  In the zone.  (Whatever that is!)  Whenever I’m in that “zone”, I think back to my first time in it and know I can do anything I want to, anytime, as long as Im willing to accept the consequences.

I later found a quote that sums it up.

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

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Dutch Reach Project – A site to promote the Dutch far-hand habit to avoid dooring cyclists, or drivers or passengers from stepping into on-coming traffic.

A site to promote the safer far-hand Dutch Reach habit to get out of your car. It prevents dooring ‘accidents’ / crashes that injure & kill bicyclists. You too are safer because you naturally turn & see on-coming traffic before and as you exit.

Source: Dutch Reach Project – A site to promote the Dutch far-hand habit to avoid dooring cyclists, or drivers or passengers from stepping into on-coming traffic.

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Seems like an easy enough change to make in our every day behavior?

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LIBERTY: State of Tennessee tests of 10th amendment guarantees against federal overreach

2019-Mar-17

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/14/legal-heavyweight-will-represent-tennessee-in-appeal-of-refugee-resettlement-lawsuit/

Legal Heavyweight Will Represent Tennessee in Appeal of Refugee Resettlement Lawsuit
By Michael Patrick Leahy
14 Mar 2019

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The Tennessee case is the only refugee resettlement lawsuit based on the 10th amendment and is the only state resettlement lawsuit still active today,” Barnett added.

Substantial program costs of this federal program have been purposely shifted to state taxpayers over the years. In effect, the federal government is commandeering state taxpayer money for its own purposes, clearly a power that was not delegated to the federal government by the constitution. In fact, the Tennessee lawsuit argues that such dragooning of state resources by the federal government is forbidden by the 10th amendment.

“Objections to intrusive federal power have been around since the beginning of the republic. Federal assertion of authority over how a state spends state taxes is an abuse of the powers delegated to the federal government vis-a-vis state governments. Let’s hope the appeals court thoroughly airs this test of 10th amendment guarantees against federal overreach,” Barnett concluded.

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“We, The Sheeple” really need to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment — “direct” election of Senators.

The Dead Old White Guys put this there to allow the Senate to represent the wishes of the States they represented.  A senator who permitted unfunded mandates on their state would not be there every long.

Of course, the “federalists”, from the Hamilton school of political theater, would like the States to just dry up and blow away.  Much like the ado about the Electoral College, the “federalists” seek to change the Constitution without the bother of following the amendment process.

For extra credit, it’s left to the reader to figure out, why banning alcohol required and Constitutional Amendment and yet banning “drugs” did not?  After that, you can think about the Sixteenth Amendment aka the “income tax” one.

Argh!

Perhaps, “We, The Sheeple” will come tot eh realization that “amendments” are just “amending” away the power of “We, The People”.

Argh! Argh!

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MONEY: The Government’s Greatest Con Job – The Daily Reckoning

The 1928 note bears this inscription:“Redeemable in gold on demand at the United States Treasury or in gold or lawful money at any Federal Reserve Bank.”But reads the 1950 version:“This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private, and is redeemable in lawful money at the United States Treasury, or at any Federal Reserve Bank.”The fine print disguises a vast swindle: The gold provision was stricken from the record.

Source: The Government’s Greatest Con Job – The Daily Reckoning

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“We, The Sheeple” was robbed and they don’t even know it.  What’s worse is they probably don’t even care.

Argh!

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The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is Google Docs – The Atlantic

How a writing tool became the new default way to pass notes in class

Source: The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is Google Docs – The Atlantic

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​Can’t keep drugs out of “prison” aka Gooferment Skrules and where there’s a (human) will, there’s a way.  
Pretty smart to figure ​out a work around, but isn’t that why humans are at the top of the food chain?
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Will children at center of college admissions scandal pay a price along with their parents? – Los Angeles Times

A USC spokesman said Wednesday that students who applied for admission in the current cycle — which is underway for fall admits — and are tied to the scheme will be denied admission. That includes about half a dozen applicants.The school will also conduct a case-by-case review for current students and graduates who may have taken part in the scheme.

Source: Will children at center of college admissions scandal pay a price along with their parents? – Los Angeles Times

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“Children”?

While one or more individuals maybe be “innocent bystanders” in their parents’ actions, others were involved.  I don’t think that “innocent bystanders” should be penalized until them demonstrate that they can’t or won’t meet the standards. Those involved deserve anything they get.  Graduates are probably “untouchable”.

What a mess.

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Commentary: Ask your health care provider for the cash price | Nvdaily | nvdaily.com

A friend shared a story he heard recently, over eggs and toast at a local eatery. A citizen needed an MRI. He asked the price, and the regional hospital quoted him $1,500. He looked concerned, mentioned that was expensive, and the provider offered that the cash price was $500. Curiously, that $500 is exactly what his insurance plan would have him pay. For a lot of people, this looks like a wash.

Source: Commentary: Ask your health care provider for the cash price | Nvdaily | nvdaily.com

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A peek behind the curtain?

I’ve often thought that there’s a “big club” that I ain’t in to fleece the medical consumer.  Gooferment, Big Medicine, and Big Insurance are the conspiring club members.

Argh!

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How America’s Most Hated Home Loan Is Staging A Comeback

Reverse mortgages are creeping into the conversation for retirement income options.

Source: How America’s Most Hated Home Loan Is Staging A Comeback

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Hmmm, “most hated”?

I’d reserve that for the sub-prime “no doc” mortgage that caused everyone much more pain!

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