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How United Airlines Should Have Handled the Situation

United Airlines is under fire for a viral video that shows them removing a passenger forcibly from an airplane bound for Louisville Kentucky.
Here are the bullets:

The plane was already loaded and full.The airline needed to fly four employees to Louisville Kentucky on the plane. The employees needed to go to prevent another plane from departing late.The airline offered $800 in compensation to the first four people who would volunteer to give up their seats. No one took the offer.The airline went to a lottery, drawing for people at random. These four people were asked to leave the plane, and they would receive the compensation.One of the passengers refused to leave. It's unclear how things escalated, however he was removed by security officers. Reports are conflicting about whether the officers were police officers, TSA workers, or airline staff.The gentleman was literally physically dragged down the aisle receiving while screaming in protest and physically abused in the process.Ap…
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Tax Return 2016 Public Disclosure for Donald Trump

April 15 is tax day!  This is my actual tax return. I figured that if our President isn't obligated to share his information with his employer's, as a constituent of the federal government, I've decided that I'm going to withhold some information from my tax return, while enhancing it with other vital information.

I will, however, publicly disclose the non-redacted version as soon as Donald Trump does the same.

Enjoy!

(Click to enlarge, it's YUGE!)



Only Two Ways to Fix Healthcare and You'll HATE Them Both!

There are only two ways to fix US health care, and you're going to hate them both! Seven years ago today the ACA, also known as Obamacare, was signed into law. Today is the first vote on the AHCA, a heavily debated replacement.

Here's the problem. Neither of them works. Here's the other problem, there is no perfect plan or compromise. Only two methods can fix the US healthcare system, and you're going to hate both of them!
100% CAPITALIST HEALTHCARE 
Health care began as a service where doctors, medical professionals, and snake oil salesman offered services to those who could afford them. Pricing is based on what you could afford, the quality of the service, and the ability of the marketing person to convince you to part with your money.

It was a horrible system, however, it was also very fair. Pricing for services was low, lower than ever. Organize groups of capitalists got together and advanced medicine, albeit, extremely slowly. The first surgeries and drugs were d…

Donald Trump Hates Freedom of the Press, But Why?

Donald J Trump is challenging the concept of free press. He has publicly ridiculed ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, and many other news organizations. Some have called out his twitter rants as being distinctly fascist.
This past week on Meet the Press, John McCain, a Republican member of the U.S. Senate, while not mentioning Donald Trump specifically, called suppression of the press "how dictators get started". Freedom of the Press in the Constitution
Freedom of the Press isn't a new concept. Our founding fathers put it into the original Bill of Rights. Even in the 1789 they realized that a free press was essential for maintaining checks and balances to the power of government.

The Press in Colonial America
Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison understood the power and value of the press. But what, exactly, was the press in pre-Constitution America? In colonial America around 1760 there were only 24 new…

Friday Funnies: Car Repairs

Everyone wonders what all those dashboard symbols mean. Well, some dude named Dave has created this handy guide. I recommend you print it and glue it to your windshield.



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Morris the loudmouth mechanic was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted the famous heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, who was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his Mercedes. 

Morris shouted across the garage, "Hey DeBakey! Is dat you? Come on ova' here a minute." The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where Morris the mechanic was working on the car. 

Morris straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked argumentatively, "So Mr. Fancy Doctor, look at dis here work. I also open hearts, take valves out, grind 'em, put in new parts, and when I finish dis baby will purr like a kitten. 

So how come you …

Can smiling increase your happiness?

Yes, three separate studies dating back as far as 1987 indicate that the physical act of smiling can have a psychological impact on how you feel.

Studies at the University of Michigan, University of Kansas, and an independent clinical study arrived at similar conclusions using three different methodologies.

In the most comprehensive study at the University of Kansas in 2012, 169 people were assigned one of three different facial expressions; a neutral expression, a typical mild smile, or an extreme smile lifting the cheeks known as a Duchenne smile. Then researchers used chopsticks to physically hold the expression in place. Participants were then asked to do a series of multitasking tasks, some of them quite stressful.

When asked about their mood and emotional state, the participants forced to smile were dramatically less stressed and happier.

It's quite possible that the physical act of smiling, as well as the extremes to which you smile, can have a psychological effect on your…

What is Brain Freeze or Ice Cream Headache?

“Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia” sounds like a terrible disease, and, certainly, it can be painful. But for most of us, sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is a punishment worthy of the crime— the crime of eating ice cream. 
Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the affliction better known as “brain freeze” or “ice cream headache,” the stinging sensation one feels at the top/front of the head after eating too much ice cream too quickly.

Many of us have experienced it— one study in the British Medical Journal (yes, there’s a study on ice cream headaches) suggests as many as one-third of the population has been so afflicted.

Why does it happen? The most common explanation suggests that, in a sense, brain freezes are caused by our brains malfunctioning. Your face has a nerve called the trigeminal nerve that contains three parts. One of the three parts carries sensory information from your forehead to your brain while another one does the same for the roof of your mouth. (The third one focuses o…

Predictions on President-elect Trump (Video)

Okay, this isn't a Trump versus Hillary issue, nor is it meant to bash anyone for their point of view. This is simply a prediction. It's written to be funny, a bit, particularly if it comes true.

A federal judge has ruled that Trump University will be heard on charges of fraud. At that point a Democrat will push for impeachment, and a Republican will request a closed door session.

The Republicans, who like being in charge, but don't like Trump will be able to impeach without voting publicly. One will seal the record citing "national security" issues. They will make a deal with the Democrats, let the inauguration go forward, and we will kick him to the curb. They will appease the Democrats who could sue for a special election if it happened prior to inauguration.

Trump will resign citing a witchhunt, elevating Mike Pence to POTUS, and he will quickly appoint Paul Ryan to VP. Trump will go quietly, and in exchange Pence will pardon him for crimes he "may or ma…

Tom Marino, Pennsylvania 10th District Incumbent

The 10th District Congressman Tom Marino received $524,205 in PAC money this election cycle, but less than 12% of that was from Pennsylvania organizations. Does this mean he's 12% loyal to Pennsylvanians?

In case you're wondering, neither of his challengers accepted any money from PACs. (Democrat Mike Molesevich and Independent Jerry Kairnes)

He tried to eliminate net neutrality. He tried to eliminate the clean water act and the Delaware watershed protection. He lobbied against healthcare reform. More than 75% of his PAC money came from energy companies, media conglomerates, health insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

Of his Pennsylvania money, only $5000 (0.9%) came from Pennsylvania PACs outside those four industries.

He took $4000 from Scalise for Congress; Steve Scalise that was outed for fundraising at a white supremacy hate group. (Which may explain Marino's early affinity for Trump.)

Frankly, the GOP doesn't even support Marino financially. His own party…

Where have the Republicans Gone?

"I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump's statement," John McCain said in a statement regarding the Trump Campaign attacks on Khzir Khan, the father of a decorated Muslim American soldier killed in action in the Middle East. Trump and spokespeople implied the father was a propagandist with ties to the Islamic State. Mr. Khan had addressed the DNC national convention on the previous day.

The last Republican I voted for was John McCain. He was a bit of a maverick to some party loyalists because he spoke his mind when he disagreed with the party line. McCain, Arlen Specter, and Bernie Sanders had a bad habit of speaking the truth when it was contrary to their own party's talking points.
Free thinkers in politics are becoming an endangered species. 
Notice I said "free thinkers" not "free talkers", of which we have an abundance.

I voted for McCain in the primary. When Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president I realized that …