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Democratic Socialists and #MAGA Candidates Both See Wins In Tuesday Elections: Reason Roundup

Plus: Blabbering Bolton threatens North Korea talk and sending Wikipedia to the moon.

ARCHIE CARPENTER/UPI/NewscomARCHIE CARPENTER/UPI/NewscomNo simple narratives from Tuesday primaries. Voters in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Nebraska, and Oregon held primaries yesterday. "The realities of a complex array of races with their own local dynamics defy the construction of pat narratives," writes Matthew Yglesias. But while no easy and overarching narratives emerged, there were a few notable results from Tuesday's votes:

Socialist women win in Pennsylvania. Two candidates running as part of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) won challenges against more traditional Democrats for seats on the state legislature. The "pair of first-time candidates...knocked off two incumbent state legislators from a well-established Pittsburgh political family," notes Yglesias. "Both Dom and Paul Costa, the incumbent losers, were on the conservative side of modern Democratic Party politics but also seemingly well-entrenched." Taking their place in the general election will be Sarah Innamorato and Summer Lee.

Berniecrat with biker vibe beats out incumbent. John Fetterman, mayor of the small Pennsylvania town of Braddock, won over incumbent lieutenant governor Mike Stack. Fetterman—whom NBC Philadelphia's Brian X. McCrone describes as "a progressive Democrat who received Bernie Sanders' endorsement but looks like he just walked out of a biker bar"—will now serve as incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's running mate in November's general election, with Republicans Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos as their opponents.

The office of lieutenant governor "itself is not particularly powerful or significant," writes Yglesias, "but it does provide a statewide platform from which to run for higher office—either governor or senator—and consequently we are going to end up hearing more about John Fetterman in years to come."

In any event, his wife seems cool:

Two Senate candidates backed by President Trump won yesterday. The #MAGA-endorsed winners were Pennsylvania's Lou Barletta and Nebraska's Deb Fischer. "Barletta, currently a congressman, was heavily favored over state Rep. Jim Christiana to become the Republican challenger for Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November," reports the Associated Press. "Fischer, the incumbent, defeated four GOP challengers and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska."

FREE MINDS

Wikipedia will be out of this world. A nonprofit plans to print all of Wikipedia and shipping it to the moon. The group, Nova Spivak's Arch Mission Foundation, intends to print all 25 million existing Wikipedia pages on small metal disks. "The project was inspired by Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy, which tells the story of a group of academics and artists tasked with preserving humanity's collective knowledge to mitigate an impending galactic dark age predicted to last for thousands of years," reports Motherboard.

FREE MARKETS

Budget balancers stand alone. Rand Paul is back with another plan to balance the budget, but as usual it has little chance of gaining enough colleagues' approval. The bill "would severely curtail federal spending, according to two people familiar with the matter," and balance the budget within five years, reports Politico. "But its spending cuts in future years are so steep that the plan is highly unlikely to pass. The budget needs 50 votes to move forward, but Republicans control only 51 seats, and several center-right members are unlikely to support such strict spending cuts."

QUICK HITS

  • Chicago cop William Whitley pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl.
  • "Our healthcare systems are designed for the workforce of 1950."
  • "We Millennials have been accused in think pieces of ruining a litany of good things—including democracy, marriage, beer, and napkins—but I'd like to posit that American foreign policy is notably not among them," writes Matt Purple at The American Conservative.
  • The ACLU is suing over Iowa's ban on almost all abortion procedures.

NORTH KOREA WATCH

Bolton threatens North Korea talks. "We shed light on the quality of [National Security Advisor John] Bolton already in the past, and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him," wrote North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan in a Tuesday statement.

Prior to the scheduled summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump, "unbridled remarks provoking the other side of dialogue are recklessly made in the US and I am totally disappointed as these constitute extremely unjust behaviour," wrote Kim Kye-gwan. "It is absolutely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development."

"If the Trump administration fails to recall the lessons learned from the past when the DPRK-US talks had to undergo twists and setbacks owing to the likes of Bolton," he continued, "and turns its ear to the advice of quasi-"patriots" who insist on a Libya mode and the like, the prospects of the forthcoming DPRK-US summit and overall DPRK-US relations will be crystal clear."

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Voters in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Nebraska, and Oregon held primaries yesterday.

    And voted for real primates. Am I right, people?

  • ||

    Hello.

    New DNC motto: To the Gulags!

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Oh, so now you're just going to phone it in? D+

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You get what you pay for.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Says that cop William Whitley.

  • Bee Tagger||

    We Millennials have been accused in think pieces of ruining a litany of good things

    how about think pieces ruining the written word... and thought?

  • Don't look at me.||

    This kind of thing is no better than racism.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Rand Paul is back with another plan to balance the budget, but as usual it has little chance of gaining enough colleagues' approval.

    Why not? You'd think that, just once-

    The bill "would severely curtail federal spending

    Oh.

  • Don't look at me.||

    Cutting spending wood be tekin ur jerbz!

  • Bee Tagger||

    Bolton threatens North Korea talks

    Assuming there's a missing period after "threatens" this is a strangely pro-North Korea bumper sticker idea. Also, it doesn't rhyme.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    If the threat don't rhyme, you must... do time? I dunno.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    if the threat doth have cadence, you must give credence

  • Rich||

    To be fair, it rhymes in Korean.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    We Millennials have been accused in think pieces of ruining a litany of good things—including democracy, marriage, beer, and napkins—but I'd like to posit that American foreign policy is notably not among them...

    Because foreign policy requires one to think of something other than oneself?

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Give it time. In about 20 years, after they've taken over most of the positions in government from retiring Gen-Xers, they'll have their chance to fuck things up, too.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Our healthcare systems are designed for the workforce of 1950."

    Thanks a lot, Hitler.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    "Our healthcare systems are designed for the workforce of 1950."

    And yet are designed to be paid for by the workforce of 2050.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Which, with inflation, is gonna look a lot like lira.

  • Bee Tagger||

    A nonprofit plans to print all of Wikipedia and shipping it to the moon.

    the ralph kramden approach to solving all of our problems.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    #1, what a fucking stupid and pointless waste of time and money.
    #2, it will be just as full of biased left-wing bullcrap up there on the moon as it is down here on earth.

  • Don't look at me.||

    It will be in a outdated format by the time it's found.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    quick, someone make a wikipedia entry for Mikey

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Eww, no.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    #1. Yep.

    Hey let's make a hard copy record of all human knowledge to preserve it in the event of the collapse of civilization.

    Great idea, where should we store it?

    Somewhere it will be completely inaccessible in the event of the collapse of civilization.

    How about the moon?

    Great idea.

    Morons.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Now, if they were to inscribe it on the moon with a giant laser...

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    +1 CHA

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Can you imagine the flurry of edits that would happen right before the pressing of the "print" button.

    I am emperor of Earth. It's documented for all eternity on the moon!

  • Bee Tagger||

    How will we update the launch date in the entry for the wikipedia moon launch?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    We shed light on the quality of Bolton already in the past, and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him...

    Why should Kim change? Bolton's the one who sucks.

  • Don't look at me.||

    Never did care for his music.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    Needs more cowbells.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    You better keep that to yourself when the efficiency experts come to evaluate your company.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    +2 Bobs

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Say what you want about his creative output, Michael Bolton is self-aware enough to embrace the prevailing perception of him in pop culture, and that counts for a lot. I credit the Lonely Island.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    His Big Sexy Valentine's Day Special taught me to fuck again.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    I'm sure your left hand has never been softer.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Socialist women win in Pennsylvania.

    Which, of course, means everyone loses. The only upside is that includes Filthadelphia.

  • Harvard||

    About all one can take from the results is that the left moves ever closer to bat shit crazy and the path to Republican victory goes through Trump.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    There still aren't enough poorly educated, intolerant, superstitious, old-timey cranks to keep the current Republican-conservative electoral coalition afloat much longer, even with our system's structural amplification of yahoo votes.

  • Mr Smeeth||

    Aww, you're still salty about losing.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Losing, you hick?

    My preferences have been winning in America throughout my lifetime and are destined to continue to win, while disaffected goobers like you mutter bitterly at the sidelines about all of this damned progress, reason, science, education, and tolerance.

    Other than that, though, great comment!

  • Bee Tagger||

    Congratulations to Deb Fischer. The people of Nebraska have seen what a great job she is doing - and it showed up at the ballot box! #MAGA

    Not unlike when It showed up at the office, box.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    The Communist Manifesto Gets a Comic Adaptation That's Both Nightmarish and Timely
    Rather than allowing his personal thoughts about the evils of capitalism commingle with Marx's prose in text form, Rowson lets the political philosopher's ideas stand on their own—giving them horrifying physical forms in his adaptation, published by Self Made Hero.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    But in summoning an unholy power to achieve their goals, both Marx and Rowson make the argument that staunch proponents of pure capitalism have inadvertently laid the groundwork for their destruction.

    In bearing the ever-growing burden of meeting the demands of the marketplace, the proletariat—a grotesque mass of inky, mutilated bodies that are chewed up and spit out across the landscapes of each page—are disproportionately harmed. The experience leaves millions of them maimed and murdered in a variety of horrific ways, but those who survive and endure come to see the necessity of dismantling the system if they ever want any hope of living as free people.

  • LynchPin1477||

    I seriously don't understand how capitalism became the system that has trouble taking the moral high ground in popular culture.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Communism tells people like Gawker writers that they are the intellectuals that should be in charge. Pop culture likes having its ego stroked.

  • LynchPin1477||

    Maybe, but I don't think us pro-capitalist types are always very good at emphasizing the moral superiority of capitalism. Most of the defenses of capitalism I hear focus on it's ability to improve people's material lives. But there is a whole dimension of spontaneous cooperation and the trust that takes which we rarely talk about.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    What's interesting is the illustrator inadvertently reveals how dated and reactionary Marxism as an economic philosophy actually is. The industrial revolution and the conditions of the factory towns in which mass production took place undergird everything Marx wrote about. His is a text for people making a couple dollars a day in relatively dangerous and filthy factories, not a society where information technology and mass media have become the supreme industries.

  • LynchPin1477||

    But if not for government regulation we'd all be working in those conditions again!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Capitalism works well so people take it for granted.

    When normal people get lazy and complacent, that opens the door for socialists to jump in and cause trouble. Socialists thrive on ignorance of history and turmoil. They are are like cockroaches that way.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Good thing for lefties that right-wingers are addicted to bigotry and stale thinking. That they are often socially awkward, half-educated, disaffected goobers doesn't hurt, either.

  • Knutsack||

    Are you a bot?

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    You apparently misheard someone.

    I'm your better, not a bot.

  • Mickey Rat||

    A publishing house calling itself "Self Made Hero" publishing the Communist Manifesto seems too on point ironic.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    I can't wait to receive my free copy

  • Eidde||

    Just as soon as the tax rates are made "fairer."

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    "The project was inspired by Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy, which tells the story of a group of academics and artists tasked with preserving humanity's collective knowledge to mitigate an impending galactic dark age predicted to last for thousands of years,"

    So they chose Wikipedia? Ooookay.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    Also, no love for A Canticle for Leibowitz?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    What, and send a bunch of Catholics to the moon?

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    I'm sure the cousinfuckers would rather have New Rome in Alabama, but the moon is definitely better.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    What about a plan to send all Reason comments to the moon?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    That would constitute a declaration of war on the rest of the universe.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    But the day when they finally "get" all of the woodchipper references would be worth it.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    The universe! Oh no! That's where Good lives!. Don't let him know what I do...

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    My phone keeps making a damn theological statement by autocorrecting "God" to "Good"

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    You know who else wanted to send things to the Moon?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    you leave John Stewart out of this

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    I would have selected a VHS copy of History of the World, Part 1

  • Citizen X - #6||

    +15... uh, 10 commandments

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    So they chose to store in on the moon, where it will be completely inaccessible in the event that we actually need it? Morons.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    I told you all Drumpf has no idea what he's doing with respect to North Korea. We need serious foreign policy people like Ben Rhodes back in charge.

  • Fancylad||

    Because things were just great with the Norks when Benny was at the wheel. No problems at all... oh wait.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    "Our healthcare systems are designed for the workforce of 1950."

    So is our immigration system, but you guys still love that.

  • Don't look at me.||

    Some cities in the US still have water mains made from hollow logs.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    This State Supreme Court Justice Is In A Brutal Reelection Race. Then A Friendly Judge Gagged Her Opponents
    The ad in question criticized Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson for accepting some $50,000 in gifts, including a trip to Italy and a stint on a private yacht, from an attorney named W.H. Taylor. Though Taylor is not named in the ad, he was the source of each gift cited in the package. Goodson is running for reelection to the state Supreme Court and faces two opponents in the May 22 election. Though judicial elections in Arkansas are nonpartisan, Goodson is generally regarded as a liberal jurist.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Legal controversies aside, Martin's order is all the more awkward given his connections to the conduct the ad raises. Campaign finance reports reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation show that Taylor donated $1,000 to Martin's 2014 campaign for the circuit court. In total, the Martin campaign raised $58,000 and spent $33,000....

    The judge's wife, Amy Martin, also appears to be a business partner of Goodson's husband, John Goodson. Judge Martin's 2017 statement of financial interest indicates Mrs. Martin owns an equity state in a consultancy called Capitol Square Strategy, which is owned by John Goodson. Her name also appears alongside Mr. Goodson's on the masthead of a D.C. lobby shop called the Washington Advocacy Group.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Restrictions on campaign advertising protects corrupt incumbents. If that is not a dog bites man story, nothing is.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    I know how much you leftards in the JournoList love polls, so here's one: even heavily liberal Seattle doesn't support the stupid-ass communistic "head tax".

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    And by Seattle you mean the majority of 400 people in Seattle. The problem with polls is overreliance on their outcomes.

  • Don't look at me.||

    Doesn't matter what the subjects think, the deciders know what's best.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    I predict the residents of Seattle will continue to elect Communists.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Oxymoron of the day: Democratic Socialist.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Orwell is calling on line 1, Subcomander Marcos is on line 2, and Chomsky is on line 3.

  • Shirley Knott||

    If you think of democracy as two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner, it makes more sense.

  • ||

    Exactly. Like communist-libertarian. Or even left-libertarian.

    How an ideology that relies on coercion associates with libertarian is beyond me.

  • Fancylad||

    Kinda like a homosexual-heterosexual, or a pro-life abortionist.

  • sarcasmic||

    Oxymoron or redundancy? Seems more like ATM machine or PIN number than jumbo shrimp or military intelligence.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    I think you're thinking of Democrat Socialist. That would be redundant.

    Democratic Socialist is less of an oxymoron than a Free Democracy, unless of course the will of the majority has limits. True (populist) democracy and true socialism aren't really that far apart if you think of a situation where the proletariat is the majority and there are no constitutional protections of liberty.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    I guess it depends on whose definition you use. Certainly in the real world I would have to consider it a redundancy. But the people who use the term (non-ironically) have a different meaning for "democratic", and are either unaware of how incompatible it is with socialism or hope that everybody else is unaware.

  • albo||

    Democratic socialist means that they at least vote before they take your stuff

  • Rat on a train||

    The majority votes to enslave the minority.

  • Eidde||

    Democratic socialists are the ones who say they're willing to subject socialist politicians to periodic fair elections.

    Thus, in theory, they let a majority veto their ideas.

    We've seen in practice how much they really believe in majority rule if the majority is against them.

  • Conchfritters||

    Eh, it's like in Sweden, where they democratically elect politicians every year to tax the living shit out of them. And then a country the size of the eastern seaboard with abundant natural resources and a population less than that of Chicago pretends it's some miracle for the world to emulate.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "No simple narratives from Tuesday primaries."

    Does that portend well for the Republicans? If there were a simple story, the vote would have been overwhelmingly anti-Trump. Doesn't that suggest that the vote wasn't overwhelmingly anti-Trump?

    I remain convinced that the Republicans will lose the House, at the very least, this November.

    I expected to see more measurable anti-Trump sentiment than this.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I think this is more evidence that the Democratic Party is now the party of elites and socialists.

    Clearly Trump is gaining popularity or at least anti-RINO candidates are gaining popularity.

    This was only a primary though.

  • Shirley Knott||

    "Now"
    That's pretty funny, right there.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Yeah. You're probably right. Its been that way for some time.

    The blue collar workers are just now fleeing the Democratic party in droves.

  • Eric L||

    This is also happening to a lesser extent in England with the Labour Party. Labour has evolved to a point where it no longer needs the proletariat anymore. Outside of a few long-standing industrial areas, like Newcastle, it exists as a playground for many elites, SJW uni students and a few select ethnic minorities.

  • creech||

    Well, the GOP is positioned to lose five House seats in Penna. to Democrats in the fall. Thanks to unconstitutional redistricting by Pa. Supreme Court. In any case, the five new Dems have all pledged to "stand up to Trump."
    Which won't be quite the same as five Libertarians "standing up to Trump."

  • Ken Shultz||

    Yeah, Democrats often seem to run against Republicans as if they were rabid libertarian capitalists or something, which might help explain why so many of us are sympathetic to the right.

    It's a head fake. They try to make us think the Republicans are capitalists by denouncing them as such. It makes us capitalists think the Republicans can't be all bad.

  • sarcasmic||

    Republicans give lip-service to economic liberty while Democrats give lip-service to personal liberty.

    In practice they are both hostile to any liberty.

  • Ken Shultz||

    I don't think the Democrats even give lip-service to personal liberty anymore.

    I think progressivism is fundamentally hostile to personal liberty. If Republicans become more libertarian, that'll probably be a big part of the reason why. The rank and file in the two parties strive to become the caricatures the opposite party makes them out to be. Denounce the Republicans as champions of that sick personal liberty stuff for long enough, and it'll become a self-fulfilling prophecy--even if average Republicans start aping libertarians without really understanding why.

  • LynchPin1477||

    I'm not sure how relevant partisan primaries are for the general election, anyway. If anything these results just seem to indicate a a continuing shift to the extremes in both parties.

  • Ken Shultz||

    How much of these were open primaries?

    Trump won the primaries because of registered Democrats who could vote in the Republican primaries.

    Trump did much worse in states with closed primaries.

    If Trump did badly in states with open primaries, that would auger badly for the Republicans in the House.

    If Trump did well, that would suggest those Trump Democrats are still on board the MAGA express.

    And when we're talking Trump Democrats, we're talking about white, blue collar, workers in the rust belt who thought taking on China, renegotiating NAFTA, imposing tariffs, etc. was supposed to be what the Democrats were about. They're not likely to be dissuaded by what Trump has actually done.

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Pennsylvania is still 100% closed primaries.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    What's most astonishing to me about the 2016 results is that Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, yet somehow the Republicans maintained a pretty large margin in the House. The House of course would be expected to follow the popular vote more closely because of the apportionment. When Bush won in 2000 and lost the popular vote by ~500k, the Republicans only held a 3 seat majority coming out of that election. Somehow Trump managed to lose by a much larger margin, but maintain a much larger majority.

    I think that the only reason that explains the disparity is the amount of anti-Trump candidates who were able to win in districts that voted overwhelmingly for Clinton. I don't see nearly as many Republicans who are openly running as anti-Trump this time around.

    All in all, I would agree that it will be difficult at best for the Republicans to hold on to the House in 2018.

  • creech||

    Most of that 3 million margin was in Cal. How did the GOP House contingent from Cal. change from 2000 ti 2016?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Its about congressional districts.

    Democrats are only massively populated in a minority of districts. Some districts they win are fairly even. The remaining USA is covered by districts that go Republican.

    NY and CA have millions of extra Democrat voters that simply add more votes to the already blue congressional districts.

    The name of the game is Constitutional Democratic Republic and that means the most votes distributed among different states and inside congressional districts within those states.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    The people who like our system's structural amplification of yahoo voices tend to be ignorance-drenched yahoos.

  • Fancylad||

    Kirkland always writes like some sort of seventeenth-century Landgraff complaining about the uppity peasants.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Actually, the district with the most people in it is Montana, a Republican district. The district with the fewest people in it is Rhode Island's 1st (a Democrat district). Source

    I think the apportionment takes care of the issue that you describe. The average district has 710k voters, and the extremes aren't an order of magnitude different. So, yes CA and NY have a lot of popular votes, but they also have a lot of house seats.

    Unless you're saying that Democrats tend to win by much larger margins in their districts than Republicans do. I guess that could explain the difference. It seems unlikely to me that they are that far off, but I could be wrong (can't find the data easily).

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Yes, Democrats win by larger margins in certain blue districts which is where all their extra popular votes go. This is why Democrats have a higher popular vote but don't control Congress.

    Republicans win more districts in more states, which is why they control the House.

  • John||

    Good for you for putting a mark on the wall. I think you are wrong. They won't lose either

  • loveconstitution1789||

    "Our healthcare systems are designed for the workforce of 1950."

    More lefty nonsense from Reuters.

    Back in the 1950s, people paid cash for their healthcare. People only saw doctors when actually sick and could not handle it at home. Doctors also made house calls.

    If people paid cash for all minor medical needs and had catastrophic health insurance for major stuff like heart attacks, healthcare costs would be far lower.

  • Don't look at me.||

    Your are correct.

  • sarcasmic||

    That's basically what happened to me after the Unaffordable Health Care Act. I've got the best plan my employer offers, which has a six thousand dollar deductible. And it costs the same as the previous plans that paid for stuff. I then put a couple hundred dollars a month into an Health Savings Account to pay for what the insurance doesn't cover. Basically everything.

    Costs have not gone down.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    At least you got to keep your doctor!

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    My in-laws found an old hospital bill from an early 1970s emergency room visit to treat a sprained wrist when my MIL was a teenager. The cost was $20 bucks, paid in cash. Nowadays, you'd be waiting for two hours to get treated and the bill would be $750, talked down by the insurance company from $2500 to $1250, of which they paid $500.

    Yeah, implementing Medicare and Medicaid TOTALLY resulted in lower healthcare costs!

  • creech||

    when I went to work in the early 70's, all major employers offered something called "Hospitalization." You got the flu or needed a tetanus shot or kid broke her arm, well that was expected to be on you.

  • Ken Shultz||

    I guess the Westworld androids that were playing for the Caps in Tampa got lost in the mail and they had to use the real Caps yesterday instead?

    I'm sure it'll all be sorted out by Thursday.

    Still, like I said yesterday morning, Caps in 6.

  • LynchPin1477||

    I was hoping for TB in four, just for the gut punch, but I'll settle for losing to Marc Andre Fleury in the final.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Your realize we still have two home games before game 7, right?

    You realize we play better on the road than at home?

  • LynchPin1477||

    Hey, you're the one predicting Caps in 6. I'm just trying to think of the most heartbreaking ways for you guys to lose.

  • Rhywun||

    they had to use the real Caps yesterday instead

    I thought I was watching the Sabres or Rangers. Even the real Caps aren't that bad.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Let's not go overboard.

    Tampa's goalie suddenly got hot again.

    That's pretty much all that happened.

  • Ken Shultz||

    For those of you who don't remember, here's Fetterman and Gillespie on Real Time with Bill Maher:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKtX8g1_TQQ

  • loveconstitution1789||

    "Take it outside Jeaves" is that socialist's quip.

  • Jerryskids||

    Your morning funny: Seattle Head Tax Blasted By Plutocrats.

    "A new tax approved by the Seattle City Council has triggered a fierce war of words between the liberal city and its behemoth corporations usually known for their progressive outlook."

    "The Seattle City Council on Monday passed a plan to tax businesses making at least $20 million in gross revenues about $275 per full-time worker each year. That "head tax" is estimated to raise about $48 million -- which authorities are marking for housing and homeless services.

    "We have community members who are dying," Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda said before the vote, according to The Seattle Times. "They are dying on our streets today because there is not enough shelter" and housing.

    But the two corporate behemoths reacted angrily to the news."

    Odd, this doesn't sound like the usual anti-progressive, pro-business FOX News, does it?

    Oh, wait.... Amazon is headed by Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. The Internet giant also has drawn criticism from President Trump, who has complained Amazon does not pay enough taxes.

    And now it all makes sense. Thou shalt not criticize Dear Leader.

  • LynchPin1477||

    Literally dying in the streets!

  • Get To Da Chippah||

    I fervently hope Trump tosses Bolton out right on his mustache in order to move forward with achieving a quiet Korean peninsula.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Better yet, toss Bolton and keep the mustache.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    Could you imagine Trump sporting that mustache? It would be epic... yuge even.

  • Juice||

    That would be like tossing Blaster and keeping Master.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    "It is absolutely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development."

    Let the strong wind of mustache wax blow across the country!

  • Rhywun||

    "In reality there is only room enough in this world for one Mojo Jojo DPRK!"

  • Don't look at me.||

    It's always a dick measuring contest with these guys.

  • albo||

    The project was inspired by Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy,

    Psychohistory,
    Qu'est-ce que c'est
    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better
    Run run run run run run run away oh oh

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Oh, shit, how did I miss this. You know who else was inspired by Asimov's Foundation trilogy?

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Krug-Man is also a big fan (and friend) of Charles Stross, who is a great writer but whose economics are dumb as hell.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    I try not to let writers' economics detract from my enjoyment of their work. One of my favorite writers is China Mieville, and he is a total Marxist. Though, if you read his novels, this mostly manifests as anti-authoritarianism, which I am cool with.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Kim Stanley Robinson is a great writer whose economic and social dumbasseries actually DO detract from his later works.

  • Mock-star||

    I know. I was reading King Rat and got to the part about how the main character's father was a Marxist agitator and suddenly stopped caring that he was dead.

  • Tony||

    How are millennials ruining napkins?

  • Juice||

    "The realities of a complex array of races with their own local dynamics defy the construction of pat narratives," writes Matthew Yglesias.

    I...what? How the hell does he still have a job as a writer?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    He's legit brain-damaged and cannot be fired under the ADA.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    I'm pretty sure i'm not kidding.

  • John||

    No you are not kidding. He is just not right. And not in the friendly neighborhood slow kid everyone looks out for and loves way. He is not right in the neighborhood slow kid who sets fires and tortures animals way.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Democrats are leaning toward unrealistic, likely counterproductive zealots who appear to be the Tea Partiers of this generation.

    Republicans are intensifying their support for bigots and half-educated yahoos.

    Good times.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The group, Nova Spivak's Arch Mission Foundation, intends to print all 25 million existing Wikipedia pages on small metal disks.

    Preserving stilted, error-riddled accounts of history, pop culture and science for all eternity as it existed last Thursday.

  • BYODB||


    •The ACLU is suing over Iowa's ban on almost all abortion procedures.


    No offense The Artist Formally Known as ACLU, but if California can backdoor effectively ban guns than Iowa can do the same to abortion.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Yup. These lefties just do not get it.

    The Constitution specifically protects the right of the People to keep and bear Arms.

    If government ignores that, then all the other protections the lefties want can be ignored too.

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