Civilian Marksmanship Program to Get 100,000 Guns with 2018 NDAA

In September the House and Senate passed different version of a $700 plus billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018 and are now preparing to head to conference to hammer out the specifics before sending it to the White House for signature.

Conference committees are designed to reach a bicameral compromise on a piece of legislation. A few steps need to be taken before going to conference, such as nominating the members who will sit on the committee. Continue reading “Civilian Marksmanship Program to Get 100,000 Guns with 2018 NDAA”

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Every Time the House Meets a Post Office Gets Its Name

With more than 80% of Puerto Rico still without power and the Children’s Health Insurance Program still left unrenewed, leaving close to 9 million American children without access to health insurance, the House of Representatives met today to rename a handful of post offices. Continue reading “Every Time the House Meets a Post Office Gets Its Name”

That Old Facebookian Rag

There is that old Facebook anxiety. My account has only be reactivated for a few minutes but already I’m slightly sick thinking of how much of my personal life should I give away, who I should friend request, is my picture kind of basic. That old Facebook anxiety feels like eating too much junk food. It turns a stomach. But I’m back to try and form a healthier relationship with the service and use it as a tool to specifically share my writing with the world. Nothing more than that. Continue reading “That Old Facebookian Rag”

Senate Confirms Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman

Ajit Pai will serve five years as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission after the Senate confirmed his nomination today on a 52-41 vote.

While FCC chairman is not a position that usually garners much public attention, Pai has become one of the more controversial Chairman’s in decades, in part because of late night television host John Oliver’s public burning of the Kansas native on the HBO show Last Week Tonight.

Oliver’s concerns revolved around Pai’s position on net neutrality, and in the two days of debate on the Senate floor, that opinion was echoed by some Democratic Senators. Continue reading “Senate Confirms Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman”

7 Things the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About Graham-Cassidy, Says Breitbart

KICK BACK is a series of posts attempting to interact with the news and the internet in a more empowered way. To literally kick back and fight media with media. This one reads a piece by John Nolte, published in Breitbart on September 22, 2017. Italics are mine.

Should Graham-Cassidy, the latest manifestation of the seven-year Republican promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, manage to pass the Senate next week, ironically enough, conservatives will owe a debt of thanks to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the man single-handedly responsible for saving Obamacare in the last vote-around.

This is an incredibly accurate statement here to start this article, at its heart. Yet Breitbart still manages to obfuscate the truth by omission. John McCain was the single man responsible for “saving Obamacare”, as they say, saving Republicans from themselves, other conservatives may say, or even making a big sacrifice for what may sadly be a futile act to preserve the solidity and honor of the United States Senate, as I say.  But his were not the only hands that cast a no vote that early morning in July. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also voted no. And they did so for reasons of their own, particular to their state. Reasons, it should be said, that do not seem the least bit resolved by Republicans in this Graham-Cassidy bill. Continue reading “7 Things the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About Graham-Cassidy, Says Breitbart”

The Economist

Up until that day Arthur had spent his life on one branch of a family tree ripe with independent wealth. When they met, his parents joined their respective fortunes—his father’s from a string of agricultural technology patents and his mother’s from a high profile corporate law practice—to bring him, their only child, into a very comfortable nest. He had a cousin that made a fortune with an app that alerts users that their laundry is dry. One aunt made a fortune ghostwriting bestsellers for entrepreneurial men that, like her son, make apps. His uncle was publisher and editor-in-chief of an iconoclastic political magazine called The Ambiguous Review . Then, of course, there were his grandfathers, on both sides, whom he only ever learned to describe as “businessmen.” Call it a blessing or call it a delusion, but Arthur never thought about money. When he finally attempted to fly the nest he only fluttered softly to the ground like a maple seed, where he sank into reverential daydreams about his own lineage. He wasn’t mesmerized by the fortunes, no, but by all the ability, the talent. He was sure that equal, or greater, talent was waiting in him for its moment to flower. It was only a matter of finding the right habitat. After four years of college in San Francisco, and three more years there waiting to blossom, Arthur had relocated to Washington DC, to more fertile ground in which to take root.

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The Homes They’ve Haunted

I remember raspberry jelly and dead fish all over the kitchen floor. I remember feeling the earth shake like a wet dog and watching the air around it vibrate into particles like water lifting off its coarse surface. A month later we carried what was left in bags from Los Angeles, the city of riots and earthquakes, of fungus and fever chewing the smog bitten air, to Cornwall, on the south west tip of the English island, where the air looked like a wool sweater.

Days there at Goonwinnow Farm started for me when our mother released us children into the lush, moist landscape. Above us the the sky was drooping gray everywhere down to the horizon and illuminated within by a strange tone of sunlight trying to break through it. The hills were green, rolling and dipping one after another as far as I could see in one direction, and as far as the edge of a deep forest in the other direction. Continue reading “The Homes They’ve Haunted”