November 27, 2013

Positivity: Pre-Thanksgiving Perspective

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 11:45 pm

Note: A slightly different version of this post originally went up in November 2007, and has turned into a BizzyBlog tradition.

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I saw this about halfway through this post at Obi’s Sister. It was written to make a political point, which is fine, but it also makes a universal one (paragraphing added by me):

A neighbor (say her name is Mary) sees her other neighbor (say her name is Nancy) and decides to make her a pie. She bakes a lovely pie the next day and takes it next-door. Nancy is overwhelmed that her neighbor would be so thoughtful and thanks her profusely.

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy thanks her again, but with less enthusiasm.

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy just says “Thanks.”

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says, “Thanks, and you’re a day late this time.”

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “Thanks, but next time, can you make a cherry pie instead of apple? I’m getting tired of apple.”

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “You know, if you put a little less sugar in the crust and didn’t handle it so long, the crust wouldn’t be tough.”

The next week, Mary has lots to do and forgets to make her pie. When she walked by Nancy’s house, she stuck her head out the door and yelled, “Hey! Where’s my pie?”

How quickly gratitude turns into a jaded sense of entitlement.

…. Why don’t we go back to the original idea? Simple people, pioneers really, expressing their pure and heartfelt gratitude …. A humble heartfelt thanksgiving. Not a holiday, but a state of mind.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

As OFA Coaches on How to ‘Have the (Obamacare) Talk’ at Thanksgiving, Ed Schultz Accuses Ted Cruz of ‘Targeting’ It

The Conservative Campaign Committee says on its “About” page that it is “a traditional Political Action Committee that works with grassroots conservatives across the country to make our movement more effective, hold Barack Obama and the liberals in Washington accountable and support important campaigns and outstanding conservative candidates for federal office.” CCC clearly states that its ads and other efforts are “not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.”

Yet MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has taken to Twitter to shriek (HT Twitchy) that “Ted Cruz is targeting Thanksgiving” because CCC is running TV ads during Thanksgiving thanking the Texas senator for “doing everything he could to stop Obamacare before it hurt the American people.” Meanwhile, Organizing for Action, whose only mission is to promote the President’s agenda and whose charter member list came over from Obama’s 2012 campaign, is directly targeting Americans’ Thanksgiving gatherings by coaching its members on how to talk up the wonders of Obamacare. Obama himself spoke directly to members to encourage them “to talk about the ACA at holiday parties.”

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112713)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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At FT.com: “US banks warn Fed interest cut could force them to charge depositors.”

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At the Daily Caller: “Former Secret Service agent Bongino: Holder’s Justice Dept. is a ‘travesty’”

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Globaloney Update:

NOAA: Slow Atlantic hurricane season coming to a close
No major hurricanes formed in the Atlantic basin – first time since 1994

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Cultural decay indicator of the day ABC Begins the Effort to Mainstream Polyamory (“Open Marriages: When Husband and Wife Have Lovers and Date Other People”). Note the “It takes a village to raise a child” quote at the link.

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At Newsmax: “Wife of American Jailed in Iran ‘Devastated’ US Didn’t Demand Release” (related links here and here). Getting a crappy, dangerous, Neville Chamberlain-like deal with Iran out of sheer domestic desperation was obviously so important that the plight of Christian pastor Saeed Abedini wasn’t allowed to get in the way.

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Another reason why Obama’s “you can keep your plan” lie is a lie:

Large employers cite Obamacare ‘Cadillac’ tax in reducing benefits

Aaron Baker, 36, his wife Billie and their two young children are covered under a generous health insurance plan offered by the private Midwestern university where he’s worked for 10 years. When they opened their benefits notice this year, they were pleased to see their $385 premium is only up by four dollars next year. However, they were shocked to discover that instead of covering the first dollar they spend with no deductible, the Baker’s plan now includes a $1,000 deductible and a $2,500 out of pocket maximum. They also will still have small co-pays for services.

According to the enrollment notice, the changes are “to relieve future health plan trend pressure and to put the university in a position to avoid the excise tax that becomes effective in 2018.” The 40 percent excise tax—often called the “Cadillac tax”— is part of Obamacare and is levied on the most generous health plans. It’s designed to bring down overall health costs by making companies and workers more cost-conscious.

Logic dictates that the university’s move will lead to cost consciousness. But trying to claim that going from a first-dollar plan to a high-deductible one means that you still “kept your plan” is hogwash.

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At the Daily Beast (of all places):

Amtrak Is a Tax-Sucking Behemoth That Deserves to Die
The passenger-rail behemoth sucks up more taxpayer dollars than ever, and its ridership gains are merely a blip. Kill it once and for all.

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At the New York Times: “Don’t Dare Call the Health Law ‘Redistribution.’” Even though it is.

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at the Politico Magazine: “The Obamacare ‘Fix’ Is Illegal.” And that matters exactly why? (/sarc)