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Health cost versus outcome.

All of these facilities seem willing to accept the consequences of him not having this much needed surgery than to be responsible for any of the cost of treating him. It breaks my heart looking at him to realize that if money is more important than saving a life than our healthcare system is broken and needs to be fixed.

Must see: Herod’s Temple in miniature – 30 years in the making.

The early bird gets murdered – an interesting suggestion about something that always puzzled me, too.

Jesus Christ Mosque.

NC plans to ban importation of mountain-top removal coal. Good on them.

“This is a horrific and destructive practice,” Harrison said at a press conference held today at the N.C. legislature. “We want to remind North Carolina citizens that when they turn on that light switch, they’re blowing up mountains.”

Funny in a creepy way

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These people are not just “predicting” this kind of future. They actually are hoping it comes about. That’s both creepy and scary.

Good points:

Politically Democrats have been gaining ground in such unlikely places as Ohio and Indiana, which would be inexplicable if the GOP obviously and reliably represented working- and middle-class Americans. Of course, lately these voters don’t see it that way, but instead see the right’s pseudo-populists denounce workers for being overpaid, reject measures that would direct some spending to American industries that their free trade zeal has helped gut and even talk about a spending freeze in the middle of a severe recession.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss… strike 5:

The Obama administration, like the Bush administration before it, claimed national security would be compromised if a lawsuit brought by the Oregon chapter of the charity, Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, was allowed to proceed.

”All we wanted was our day in court and it looks like we’re finally going to get our day in court,” said Al-Haramain’s lawyer, Steven Goldberg. ”This case is all about challenging an assertion of power by the executive branch which is extraordinary.”

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

Hours after the appeals court made its decision, government lawyers filed new papers insisting they still did not have to turn over any sensitive information.

”The government respectfully requests that the court refrain from further actions to provide plaintiffs with access to classified information,” said the filing, suggesting the Obama administration may appeal the matter again to keep the information secret and block the case from going forward.

This dude is smart. Theists are sometimes better at talking about compatabilism than atheists.

Another one for the creepy and funny category. I had a visitor arrive here this morning, using the search terms “nobel peace prize robert nash” on Google.

Speaking of Google, a lot of people on it seem to want to know if Paul Harvey was a Christian (or attended a Christian church… that type of thing). As far as I know, he was.

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