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Happy Star Wars Day!

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I have two memberships to Chicon 7 for sale. I purchased them a while ago thinking I would be able to go. Things have changed and I won't be able to go.

If you are interested please send me an email/private message rather than commenting here.

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“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.”
― Charles Dickens

Today is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth.

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In 1920, in Germany, the phrase "Life Unworthy of Life" was coined. The book "drove home the economic argument by calculating the total cost expended in caring for" people with disabilities. It "concluded that this cost was 'a massive capital in the form of foodstuffs, clothing and heating, which is being subtracted from the national product for entire unproductive purposes.'" The disabled were labeled "useless eaters." This was an early pseudo-philosophical justification for the Holocaust.

In 1965, in the U.S., liberals created Medicaid, a federal program to care for those who cannot get health care for themselves. Fully 42% of Medicaid payments go to the care of people with disabilities.

This is a point of brightness, a source of pride for our nation. Our Great Society tries to provide everyone with a basic standard of health care. We reject the cruelty of the World War Two fascists.

Or at least some of us do. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) proposes cutting Medicaid's funding in half, ensuring many of the 60 million Americans it benefits would have to "forego needed care." Most Republican politicians back this plan.

Normally I don't compare modern politics to the horrors of the Nazi era. Today I will. Why? Because Rick Santorum (R) went there first. Last night he said that "Medicaid and food stamps and all sorts of social welfare programs" are "exactly" like the fascist regimes of Europe in 1925.

No. This is very simple. The Republicans are the ones who yell "let him die" when they hear about someone with no health insurance. The Republicans are the ones who want to yank away the health-care guarantees for millions of poor children, seniors -- and the 9 million disabled Americans covered by Medicaid.

The Democrats are the ones who reject the Nazi-era ideology of "useless eaters," and they did something about it -- they created Medicaid, and fight to this day to keep it working.

Sorry, Mr. Santorum. If one of these parties' approaches to health care has to be compared to Nazi-era fascism, I don't think it's the Democrats'.

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Is one of your New Year's resolutions to be more creative? Get that novel finished? Or you want someone to give their honest, professional opinion of something you've already written? Well then, you should take one of these classes!
Please reshare - info about the first round of 2012 online writing classes I'm offering:

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Whether you like the Twilight series or not, this is a funny, ongoing post.

P.S. No, I don't like Twilight at all.

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Happy Festivus!

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