“From the article:
"HealthCare.gov was originally conceived as a just-in-case alternative that would kick in if a state could not or would not build its own health reform enrollment system. The law didn’t even set aside money to build the federal site, let alone operate it indefinitely. Even when red states shunned a role in running Obamacare and a handful of blue states also turned to Washington, the federal system was still seen as a short-term bridge to a state-based system."
AND - this was an absolutely predictable result when pretty much every Republican in either State Governorships, or in Federal Congress/Senate, and many State Legislatures CHOSE to forgo State-level buy-in to locally managed systems.
Jun 2, 2014 at 14:49:52
“Every classic character in literature (not that I am saying that what Martin writes is 'classic' literature per se) has at least one fatal flaw - and apparently that particular aspect of Oberyn's ego was his fatal flaw.
One of the things I like about Bronn's character relative to that of the (now former) Oberyn is that he wouldn't do that sort of gloating/reveling until after the fight was over. Also - that he was wise enough to avoid that fight.”
Aja Hannuman on Jun 2, 2014 at 15:13:42
“You are entirely right, I'm just sad to see such a cool character die off so quickly (we just met him this season!!!), but this is GOT we're talking about. Death has no boundaries. lol”
Jun 2, 2014 at 12:54:56
“She's been quietly playing the game in her own way solo for a while now,... just quietly. Now her game is on too.”
Phantomhive on Jun 2, 2014 at 20:54:22
“I gently but firmly disagree. Sansa has been carried along by good fate and happenstance in spite of her own stupidity. The only thing she has in her favor now is that she is coveted and in the custody of the best gamesman around and if she's lucky she'll learn something before during or after being violated by the ultimate creepy.”
Aja Hannuman on Jun 2, 2014 at 14:56:35
“What game was she playing in Kingslanding? The I'm a silly stupid girl game?”
Jun 2, 2014 at 10:29:29
“The "Viper" apparently never learned rule one of fighting big, brutish & unstoppable monstors - always 'Double-Tap' when the monster is down.
His character will be missed,.....”
phantasma on Jun 3, 2014 at 17:48:58
“Yes, it's also called a Coup-de Grace. The Prince unfortunately lost his life ignoring this important battle finale due to his unrelenting anger. Cesar once said "he who loses his anger, loses".”
Ray Khooda on Jun 3, 2014 at 13:06:47
“I am sure there are more than a few Bond villains that could have warned the viper about talking too much.”
ronroot on Jun 3, 2014 at 11:31:36
“Did the Mountain also die after killing Viper? If so, that may be a way out of the death sentence for Tywin!”
Michael Dadtka on Jun 2, 2014 at 21:10:55
“AND always carry a small knife on your hip.”
BlackJAC on Jun 2, 2014 at 19:08:21
“Oberyn had impulse control problems, as evidenced by his insistence on drinking booze beforehand. At least he had the foresight to dose his spearheads with a nasty poison that eventually does The Mountain in.”
Aja Hannuman on Jun 2, 2014 at 14:14:40
“I find it hard that they want us to believe that Oberyn would be dumb enough to let his guard down like that when the mountain was clearly not dead yet......”
Ferrante Eric Fotografie on Jun 2, 2014 at 12:41:49
“Dude obviously missed most of the horror movies from the last 20 years LOL”
“Nope - it does not make me better than they are - I was already better than these guys as I have never, and would never do what they did to an innocent child. And it does help solve part of the problem - that part being - that some public justice might go a long way to helping demonstrate that actions like theirs have definitive consequences to the 'next' ones who think they can get away the same sort of crime.”
“Assuming that these 'men' (and I use that term in its loosest sense) are legally convicted,.... give first crack at them (with the blunt object of their choice) to the family members of these two girls.
Then hang them pubically from that same mango tree and let them swing until they rot.”
checknn on Jun 2, 2014 at 09:55:37
“I assume you mean the blunt object of the FAMILIES' choice. Since the victims got no choice, neither do the criminals. Since I think that's what you mean, I AGREE.”
bkcyn on Jun 2, 2014 at 07:03:40
wmarr16600 on Jun 2, 2014 at 04:45:10
“very good idea .”
senor pedro on Jun 1, 2014 at 20:36:44
“and that helps solve the long term problem and makes you better than they are?”
“And with that simple statement Dr. Carson reveals two very telling things about himself:
1) He is a typical politician - in that he is perfectly willing to make sad faces and disparaging statements about his opponent based on something we should all be sad and angry about. In other words - he's a political animal.
2) He is a religious zelot - in that everything that happens to favor his position will be viewed as a 'gift from God', while everything that happens that does not favor his positions will be an evil act of his opponents because they don't worship God the right way.
I wonder if Dr. Carson has actually understood the 'Separation of Church and State' pieces of our Constititon?”
WowJones on May 25, 2014 at 09:57:36
“Simply put, an ideologue is someone who is dedicated to a certain way of thinking, whether it is political, philosophical or religious in nature in a nearly fanatical way. One may be very difficult to deal with.”
“I know that it is kind of petty of me,..... but I have to admit, that as a married straight guy, but with gay friends and relatives I love and like,..... I kind love watching the intolerant among us squirm and babble as incrementally they are reminded how much in the minority their viewpoint is in our current America.
Kind of warms my heart and makes me snicker to see it.”
AAKAlan on May 20, 2014 at 20:27:12
“Yes, I know that feeling. But I can't tell you with what absolute joy I anticipate the explosion of Rick Santorum's head!”
lovingthismoment50 on May 20, 2014 at 15:40:47
“You're not alone my friend. Definitely not alone.
It's called schadenfreude. :)”
bbailey123 on May 20, 2014 at 15:40:04
“You're right it is petty, but isnt it fun watching people turn into pretzels?”
“You chose to miss the point. I wouldn't have been able to go begging for a loan if I were in the shape that they (some of those big banks) were financially.
Any 'bank' or my Government would have laughed me out of the place.
They were only bailed out because they were 'too big' to fail (and too deep into the pockets of our Government). They are moochers. The biggest freeloaders ever. Who should have been bankrupt & destitute if not so big they would have taken us all down with them.”
ef2111 on May 20, 2014 at 14:23:12
“Oh so now you're comparing yourself with a bank? Give me a call when you start comparing yourself to Jesus.
“If I were to be on the verge of bankruptcy,..... and faced with scandal, debt I can't possibly pay off, and (theoretically) jail time due for systemic fraud,.....
Would my Government have bailed me out with essentially make-good loans to keep me solvent when I should have all my assets siezed and sold off to the highest bidder?
These guys/gals systematically bent, folded, or broke the law and got themselves into dutch. The only reason they were around to "pay back" the emergency loans was that they were able to skate by on the Government dole while the FED kept printing money to keep them from going under.
They are absolutely freeloaders.”
ef2111 on May 20, 2014 at 12:50:24
“No Kurtz, because if you go under our economy will be just fine. If all of those institutions (especially AIG) went under then the music would stop and we would be in dire straits. They paid back all of the bailout money with interest; I don't see the issue. If you bought a house with a loan and then paid it back on time, does that make you a freeloader?”
“Make no mistake - I am NOT a big Hillary Clinton supporter,.... although she's definately qualified to be POTUS, and if it comes down to her and some crazy GOPer, she'll have my vote all said and done.
Having another Clinton as POTUS would rub me exactly the raw way that having G.W. Bush as POTUS, or having a Jeb Bush POTUS would. Although the GOPer versions would be far more chafing.
Too much like an inherited royality for my blood.”
PrunellaC on May 16, 2014 at 12:03:19
“Agreed. Surely there are more than 2 families from which we can choose our leaders.”