Ever sit there and think "I really need to work more hours?" Well good news. You don't have to think that because Jeb Bush is thinking it for you. Yes, the brother of the President that took more vacation time than any other President actually said Americans need to work more hours. Of course this is no shock. We've heard this from Republicans for years. For example, Jack Kingston, a Republican from Georgia made the very same complaint on the House floor in 2005, saying if families can't survive then they need 2 or 3 jobs. Of course a couple of months later, when Democrats regained control of the House and announced 5 day work weeks, Jack Kingston whined and complained that Democrats didn't care about families and were "keeping us up here eats away at families".

That's your Republican Party. Go ahead and vote for them if you like, but don't you dare bitch about working so many hours to barely survive. It's what you voted for!

The Mad GOP's Creation Is On The Loose. Run From Trumpenstein!

After spending the past several years embracing his crazy birther rants and media whoring, the Republican Party has realized they've created a monster in Donald Trump. Now how to stop it?

Following the huge passage of a bill to remove the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina State Capitol by the State Senate on Tuesday, the South Carolina House has approved the measure, sending it to their governor, Nikki Haley, who has been advocating the removal. So 42 years after raising the flag in opposition to the civil rights act, the flag will be coming down in the Palmetto State. Kudos South Carolina for finally joining the right side of history. 

Disney is removing a bronze bust of Bill Cosby from it's Orlando park after the latest news of Cosby's admission that he gave women drugs to have sex with them were discovered in court records from 2005. It's pretty much to the point that there are no supporters of Cosby left, save the few that believe women deserve whatever happen to them. 

Time Warner decided to keep calling a Texas woman saying she was late on her bill. The problem? Their robocall system had the wrong person, and even after she called and even after she filed lawsuit, their system kept calling. Now a judge has had enough and ruled that the cable giant must pay that plaintiff $229,500 in damages. The award was triple the amount specified in US Code, but the judge also said "Defendant harassed plaintiff with robo-calls until she had to resort to a lawsuit to make the calls stop, and even then TWC could not be bothered to update the information in its IVR system". This is a win for the good side and hopefully one that starts making changes on the harassing policy of so many companies. 

First she quit her job as Governor of Alaska. Then she quit Fox News. Now the former VP candidate, Sarah Palin, has quit something else. This time it's her own web network. Yes, the online channel, launched just last year for $10/month, has announced it's going bye bye. Hard to imagine why it bombed so quick, especially with such riveting custom content as this. Hard to imagine, indeed. 

Last week the NYTimes reported the health insurers are seeking some huge premium increases in 2016. When I read it the only one really mentioned was the typical culprit, Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Needless to say that came as no shock. We heard the same story last year, and why they did go up here in Ohio, other plans stayed the same or even dropped. I saw a 20% decrease in my premiums and I got much better coverage than BC/BS offers and for a much better price with lower deductibles and co-pays. So it should come to no shock that we need to look into the insurance giant, and that's exactly what California has done. The non-profit BC/BS was found to be hoarding in excess of $4 billion, and that has now caused them to lose their non-profit status in California. Perhaps it's time HHS and the DOJ also do the same and initiate a nation-wide investigation into the insurance giant?

The Hill has released their top 10 list of likely Republican nominees. At the top of the list is Jeb Bush, with Scott Walker coming in second. Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson also make the top 5, with John Kasich rounding it off at #10. See the complete list here and start praying that the Democrats win in 2016. 

I enjoy celebrating our independence every year, as well as enjoy the fireworks displays. Here in Ohio, we aren't allowed to let off fireworks, but we do have some great displays in our local towns. Of course the law banning fireworks doesn't stop people from setting them off. At 1:00 this morning I still had people around me letting off super loud mortars. That got me to thinking. We hear about towns being so financially hurt in Ohio, so why don't they do a revenue increase by enforcing the laws on fireworks? Sure, you might be thinking I'm a scrooge, and hey I love letting them off too. But if law enforcement would just go after those firing off their poppers at all hours of the night then the towns will get a little more money and the law-abiding, or at least courteous citizens will get some decent sleep. 

If We Treated Marijuana Like Guns

An interesting story in our local news got me thinking this on this Independence Day, the serious disconnect people have with severity.

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