Affordable Care Act

There is a lot not to like about the Affordable Care Act. As an advocate of single-payer there is no reason for me to rehash them all here. But I would like to share a personal success story of the bill.

A few months ago my wife began having severe issues. I don't know what her exact diagnosis was called (mainly because it was made throughout multiple ER visits), but it was certain that she needed some form of uterine surgery.

My wife did not have insurance. This is not because she did not want to carry insurance. It was because, while her employer provided insurance, they did not offer it to part time employees. Which she was. Even though she worked 30+ and many times forty hours per week. and of course no private insurer would touch her because now she had the dreaded preexisting condition.

Charlotte Mayoral Candidate Scott Stone Fails Competency Test

A charity fund run by Scott Stone, Republican candidate for mayor in Charlotte, is receiving some unwanted attention for the low percentage of fundraising dollars passing through to the supported cause. According to available tax returns, North Carolina Heroes Fund (NCHF) has raised $168,807.73 and distributed $39,210.37 to veterans in need. This means only 23% of funds raised has passed through to help veterans, not the 30% stated by the Charlotte Observer. In contrast, $41,542.48 has gone to one professional fundraiser in 2009 and well over $40,000 in unitemized expenses have been incurred. This leaves Scott Stone's financial competence wide open for criticism.

NCCN voter's alert: Today's the day

Via e-mail from the North Carolina Conservation Network:

There’ll be direct votes on environmental issues on the ballot in these elections. For instance, on Oct. 11th Raleigh residents will vote on a transportation bond (i.e greenway and bus stop improvements). Durham County will vote on an important public transit referendum on Nov. 8, which will be the cornerstone to an upgraded public transit system for the entire Triangle. Go vote and support these important issues!

In case you don't already know, this link will help you find your polling place, and this link will help you understand what's on your ballot.

Like the Patriot Act, There is Nothing Patriotic About the Raytheon Patriot Missile

Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 24: Communication 1
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The prime contractor for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System is Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, a component of the Raytheon Company that in 2010 banked some $14.8+ billion in U.S. military and other government contracts that we are allowed to know about:

And Raytheon's Patriot missiles are not sold exclusively to defend the good ole Red, White and Blue. Any country with a wad of cash and a wink from the State Department can stockpile them, including Arab nations like Kuwait and the UAE. Osama Bin Laden's Saudi Arabia homeland, for example, just ponied up $1.7 billion for a Patriot "upgrade":

Is Pat McCrory gaming the election law system?

Myers Park Pat wants to have his cake and eat it, too:

“We have every intention of running, we just don’t plan to make our formal announcement until the beginning of next year,” he said of the elephant in the room. “The election period is far too long and expensive. This allows me to have the flexibility to travel the state without spending a lot of money and continue to make a living, like most people have to do.”

Translated: "After watching what happened to Easley and others about misreported campaign travel spending, by not announcing until later, I can get people to pay for my travel and pocket money under the guise of speaker's fees, and not have to worry about those pesky campaign finance laws!"

NC Gov. Beverly Perdue opposes marriage amendment - and affirms she believes LGBTs are second-class citizens

You'd think the Democratic Governor of North Carolina would have been well ahead of a Tea Party-affirming Republican member of Congress from our state (Renee Ellmers) in declaring opposition to the marriage amendment, but we had to wait until Friday for this tepid statement from Bev Perdue:


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