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shoulder surgery In a few hours I'll be accompanying Beloved Girlfriend to a local hospital for shoulder surgery. She has a rotator cuff so badly damaged that it would probably pop out of joint at the drop of a hat, especially if she tried to reach over and pick up that hat.

The last time the shoulder came out of joint was while she was washing her hair. She had to be rushed to the hospital and it cost $3000 just to be put it back in place. She paid for that trip with her own money, not insurance, and she's been living with this painful condition for about 17 years.

Why? She's self-employed, plus she has (minor) asthma and fibromyalgia so she's uninsurable in the great state of Texas. Luckily she was able to find a program that offered an endurable discount so she's going for the surgery. It's still shockingly expensive.

You might think she should have waited for Obamacare to take effect in 2014 but Governor Perry won't allow it in this state, so Texans much like BG are going to continue to suffer just so this dick of a governor can prove he's a HUGE RACIST PRICK. Fuck that guy.

The surgery employs some miraculous techniques and should take only about an hour. It will then require about 6-8 weeks of recuperation but no real physical therapy. After the pain meds run out she's planning on a steady diet of gin martinis until she ready to start bench-pressing VWs again. Sounds like a plan.


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Oh, That Mitt.

silly poor people worldDid Mitt Romney get a bad spray tan, darkening his complexion before speaking before a crowd of latinos?

Yes. Yes he did.


Mitt Romney, 2007: "I don't think you change Washington from the inside. I think you change it from the outside."

Barack Obama, 9-20-2012: "The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside."

Mitt Romney, 9-20-2012, later in the day: "I can change Washington, I will change Washington. We'll get the job from the inside."

Mike Stanfill, 9-21-2012: "Mitt Romney is a dick."


Tim Pawlenty, co-chairman of the Romney campaign, stepped down to take a cushy lobbyist job. This is a big, hairy deal.


At the famous May 2012 fundraiser Mitt Romney actually said "I have inherited nothing."

Yeah, all that expensive schooling and hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock as a college student didn't help a bit.


Bernie Sanders disembowels Romney's 47% speech. Bernie is da man!


Quote For The Day

"The GOP: Our case against this president is so strong that we're going to take him out of context for nine months and hope that works." - a tweet by LOLGOP


Today's video: Composer Randy Newman is dreaming of a white president.


President Obama's Top 50 Accomplishments

Number 48: Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers

barack obama's top 50 accomplishmentsIn 2009, signed Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who the government cheated out of loans and natural resource royalties in years past.


And now our Chart of the Day: Tax Breaks Versus Income

tax breaks versus income chart

Larger, considerably more legible, version of chart here.


Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation9-19-12: The House approved: funding for Colordo fish recovery, Mescalero Apache's right to lease water rights, passage of an Iranian boogey-man rule, meaningless lip music to Georgia (Asia), a pancreatic cancer initiative, astronauts right to retain personal artififacts, improved fiduciaries of veterans, donations by tax-payers to the IRS, freeing dead veterasn from educational debt, change in interest rates for the Small Business Act, the tracking of cross-border violence, aid to Burma, banned Chinese drywall, provisions for a National Pediatric Research Network, and the easing of rules to allow veterans to become EMTs. No jobs were created.

The House approved:
limiting the Secretary of the Interiors authority to issue regulations untils December of 2012, plus several incomprehensible child welfare bills. No jobs were created.

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! F
ox News has a HUGE conflict of interest with the Chicago teacher's strike, but never mentions it. Nice.

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Man to Republican about to jumo off ledge of a building:
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