53 Esquire

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    Abuja, Nigeria
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  • Springsteen fan since?
    1985
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
    Sways
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    Springsteen - my wife - my dogs
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  1. I guess I have trouble understanding what people mean by this. Several nations in Europe have Holocaust denial laws that, in some instances provide for criminal penalties, including jail time for denying the Holocaust happened. Besides being antithetical to freedom generally, it also denies people a tool by which they can identify people who have racist attitudes. But where does the writer think change starts? It first starts with pointing our that what the person is saying is wrong. They may in fact hold that opinion, but saying that is the first step in fixing the problem. The display of the Confederate flag is a good example of that. That problem by and large was fixed by "policing people's language" and thoughts. When I was representing the Army as a lawyer, one of my jobs was to assist the Equal Employment Opportunity counselor at EEO training. This happened to be when civil rights for the LGBTQI community were at the forefront of the news. Some employees wanted to be sure we knew how they felt about the community and that they were not going to be "politically correct" and stifle their opinions. I told them they were more entitled to their opinion, but they could not create a hostile environment at work; that if they could not keep their opinions to themselves they were welcome to leave. We policed their language - maybe not their thoughts - but that did in fact solve the problem.
  2. Right - I concur - but I think it should be part of a larger reform of our governmental systems. The public by and large does not want the firewall, they believe in their own smarts. Turning the Senate into a second house of representatives made the whole thing superfluous. The States are no longer represented in DC.
  3. I think Tom-Joad misses Salazar and Estado Novo.
  4. It's depressing because it represents the failure of education in the United States. Our Federalism was designed In a specific way, for a specific purpose. States are sovereign and the state and city, should be, the government people are most concerned about, but they are the ones people are least interested in. Frankly the President should be, at least by design, the least important politician in the average American's life. Americans want a change, but they are not willing to change the system we have - don't complain your car doesn't go fast enough when you aren't willing to trade your Ford for a BMW.
  5. ALeppo, Syrian air strike
  6. But you can't really talk about solving paying for health care without talking about how we got to this point. Tying health care insurance to your job makes no sense. Do we tie auto insurance to your job? Right now a person who has managed to save a great deal of money, who might want to quit their job and can afford everything else will generally be hard pressed to find a reasonably priced insurance. All of the criticisms of "socialism" and "socialized healthcare" fail to recognize that our current system, or pre-Obamacare if you prefer, is not free market either - it comes from the wage and price controls of WWII and has become so highly regulated effectively creating huge monopolies for the third party payer. Additionally, we are dealing with the expectation by most Americans that health insurance cover everything from basic wellness check ups all the way to heart transplants. Americans have an expectation that no expense will be spared by other people to make them healthy. The third party payer system has thrown prices compeltely out of whack though creating another problem. As P13 notes there are two solutions - (1) less insurance,i.e. people have insurance for catastrophic events but paying for most routine care. The problem with that is the costs have gotten so out of control most people can't afford it; or (2) a National Health Service. What is not sustainable is our current system.
  7. Private or public - cheap, good, fast - pick two
  8. . Pre - Olympic article My new favorite Olympian - HT to JB
  9. An awkwardly long hug type of win Historically, it’s the second-largest margin of victory in the 800-meter freestyle: Debbie Meyer won by 11.7 seconds in 1968. Ledecky nearly matched that margin, but she did it at a much faster speed – her time was about 80 seconds faster than Meyer’s was in Mexico City.
  10. LA Skyline - awesome buildings set against a mountain backdrop. Chi-town and NYC got nothing!
  11. That's a pretty intense beer for someone who does not drink beer regularly.
  12. US Swimminmg rocks. Love seeing the Russians come in fourth. . . worst place to come in the Olympics.
  13. That was horrible too watch.
  14. It's sort of like people deciding to boycott Bruce for whatever reason - more for the rest of us!
  15. Badger Beer Company just released an excellent (Say Goodbye It's) Independence Day Red (White, and Blue) Ale. Very nice if you can get some.