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  • Welcome to Who's Who: Fundamentalist Family and Organization Summaries! This is a bit of a work in progress section of the forum. Some of our members have graciously volunteered to share their expansive knowledge on the various families and organizations that we talk about here on Free Jinger.

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    • GreyhoundFan

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      The Capital Weather Gang published this article with lots of excellent and sobering images: "Category 5 hurricanes have hit 6 land areas dead-on in 2017, more than ever before"

      Because of the large number of images, it's too difficult to quote here.

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    • Corntree

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      Jordan was born in March 1982 and Melissa was born in March 1986. But I thought Melissa was older than Melanie. Where have you guys seen that they're twins? And I've never seen Melanie dress that scantily, even in recent times. Weird. Micaiah is the one who got married last year. Matthew isn't living at home anymore I think. (Micaiah and Matthew are Thing 1 and Thing 2.) But Melanie and probably Marscel are stll at home.

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      Added something.
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    • GreyhoundFan

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      Excellent op-ed from the NYT: "Cruelty, Incompetence and Lies"

      Spoiler

      Graham-Cassidy, the health bill the Senate may vote on next week, is stunningly cruel. It’s also incompetently drafted: The bill’s sponsors clearly had no idea what they were doing when they put it together. Furthermore, their efforts to sell the bill involve obvious, blatant lies.

      Nonetheless, the bill could pass. And that says a lot about today’s Republican Party, none of it good.

      The Affordable Care Act, which has reduced the percentage of Americans without health insurance to a record low, created a three-legged stool: regulations that prevent insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, a requirement that individuals have adequate insurance (and thus pay into the system while healthy) and subsidies to make that insurance affordable. For the lowest-income families, insurance is provided directly by Medicaid.

      Graham-Cassidy saws off all three legs of that stool. Like other Republican plans, it eliminates the individual mandate. It replaces direct aid to individuals with block grants to states, under a formula that sharply reduces funding relative to current law, and especially penalizes states that have done a good job of reducing the number of uninsured. And it effectively eliminates protection for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

      Did Graham-Cassidy’s sponsors know what they were doing when putting this bill together? Almost surely not, or they wouldn’t have produced something that everyone, and I mean everyone, who knows anything about health care warns would cause chaos.

      It’s not just progressives: The American Medical Association, the insurance industry and Blue Cross/Blue Shield have all warned that markets would be destabilized and millions would lose coverage.

      How many people would lose insurance? Republicans are trying to ram the bill through before the Congressional Budget Office has time to analyze it — an attempt that is in itself a violation of all previous norms, and amounts to an admission that the bill can’t bear scrutiny. But C.B.O. has analyzed other bills containing some of Graham-Cassidy’s provisions, and these previous analyses suggest that it would add more than 30 million people to the ranks of the uninsured.

      Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, and the bill’s other sponsors have responded to these critiques the old-fashioned way — with lies.

      Both Cassidy and Graham insist that their bill would continue to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions — a claim that will come as news to the A.M.A., Blue Cross and everyone else who has read the bill’s text.

      Cassidy has also circulated a spreadsheet that purports to show most states actually getting increased funding under his bill. But the spreadsheet doesn’t compare funding with current law, which is the relevant question. Instead, it shows changes over time in dollar amounts.

      That’s actually a well-known dodge, one that Republicans have been using since Newt Gingrich tried to gut Medicare in the 1990s. As everyone in Congress — even Cassidy — surely knows, such comparisons drastically understate the real size of cuts, since under current law spending is expected to rise with inflation and population growth.

      Independent analyses find that most states would, in fact, experience serious cuts in federal aid — and everyone would face huge cuts after 2027.

      So we’re looking at an incompetently drafted bill that would hurt millions of people, whose sponsors are trying to sell it with transparently false claims. How is it that this bill might nonetheless pass the Senate?

      One answer is that Republicans are desperate to destroy President Barack Obama’s legacy in any way possible, no matter how many American lives they ruin in the process.

      Another answer is that most Republican legislators neither know nor care about policy substance. This is especially true on health care, where they never tried to understand why Obamacare looks the way it does, or how to devise a nonvicious alternative. Vox asked a number of G.O.P. senators to explain what Graham-Cassidy does; the answers ranged from incoherence to belligerence to belligerent incoherence.

      I’d add that the evasions and lies we’re seeing on this bill have been standard G.O.P. operating procedure for years. The trick of converting federal programs into block grants, then pretending that this wouldn’t mean savage cuts, was central to every one of Paul Ryan’s much-hyped budgets. The trick of comparing dollar numbers over time to conceal huge benefit cuts has, as I already noted, been around since the 1990s.

      In other words, Graham-Cassidy isn’t an aberration; it’s more like the distilled essence of everything wrong with modern Republicans.

      Will this awful bill become law? I have no idea. But even if the handful of Republican senators who retain some conscience block it — we’re looking at you, John McCain — the underlying sickness of the G.O.P. will remain.

      It’s sort of a pre-existing condition, and it’s poisoning America.

      Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with the author. Evasions, lies, and incompetence are the three legs of the Repug stool.

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    • Beermeet

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      5 hours ago, quiversR4hunting said:

      YES! I loved Doug and Carol love story on ER. I think George Clooney is sexy but I actually think Noah Wyle is sexy too. I think Julianna Margulies is an attractive woman. I loved her portrayal of Carol, such a strong woman character. I loved ER. I actually cried when Dr. Greene died. Goose always seems to die!

      I cried too and everytime I hear IZ's "somewhere over the rainbow" I think of Dr. Greene's death episode.  I've been catching re-runs lately.  Still a great show!

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    • DomWackTroll

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      32 minutes ago, MamaJunebug said:

      The Thomases - skinny Pa, always-beaming Ma, whichever Thing isn't married (Micaiah?) 

      Marscel. 

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