Republican SCoTUS Debacle

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                Welcome back, My Dear Shoevians, to The Other Shoe. Today I am going to take the opportunity to point out one of the failings of America’s Democracy. Hang on, let me be clear America’s CURRENT Democracy’ because, as you will learn from this article the level of intransigence, by Senate Republicans, is a new and disturbing wrinkle in our democratic process. If you are on of my American readers, you are completely aware of the publicized intransigence of our Republican Senators. Violating the Constitution, Senate Republicans abdicated there right/responsibility of “advice and consent” of a Presidential nomination of a replacement for a open seat on the highest court of our land, the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Now, for those Shoevians that did not take civics in high school, here is the salient paragraph of the U.S Constitution:

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He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.”[1]

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A simple read, even for all my readers that are not U.S. citizens, yes? According to Article 2 Section 2 Paragraph 2 the sitting U.S. President has the right/responsibility/honor/DUTY to nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court…” Now, AmericanRepublicans are always harping on; “follow the Constitution…”, “honor the Constitution…” “STICK TO the Constitution…” Unless/Until doing so puts their interests are jeopardy. Right?

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MORE for my International Shoevians – America is embroiled in an era of hyper partisanship that we have not see since the Civil War[2]. I am not proud of this fact, in fact I have often written about this symptom of a social disease, and will continue to point out that it is (primarily) one party that had brought the division and intransigence to our government and our nation’s governance. This maladystarted with the (artificial) creation of the ‘Tea Party’. (A misnomer and disingenuous on its face because there never was a political party by that name) Now, the intransigence that has earned the House of Representatives the moniker “The Least Productive Congress in History”. Now, this social disease has infected the Republican leaders of our elder body (of our Congress) the Senate.

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According to the U.S. Constitution clearly states that a sitting President shall (for every day of his term) shall appoint nominees for vacancies on the highest court of our land, the Supreme Court of the United States. Nowhere in our defining document of our democracy does it; state, hint, imply or define that a President, in his last year of elected office shall not exercise his Constitutional responsibility and neither shall the Senate do exercise their Constitutional responsibilities. This is an unusual, but not ever rare, occurrence. So, My Dear Shoevians, there is history for us to look at. I have barrowed the research, below, to minimize my level of pain… writing and publishing this article, today.

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History of Final Year Nominations of Supreme Court Vacancies:

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• 1968: President Lyndon Johnson — who announced he would not run for re-election — nominated Associate Justice Abe Fortas as Chief Justice and Homer Thornberry to fill Fortas’ vacancy. Fortas’ nomination failed, Thornberry withdrew his nomination and Chief Justice Earl Warren remained on the bench, delaying his retirement.

• 1932, President Herbert Hoover nominated Benjamin Cardozo. Hoover lost to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

• 1912: President William Taft successfully nominated Mahlon Pitney to the Supreme Court. Taft lost to Woodrow Wilson.

Three other presidents made successful Supreme Court nominations while running for re-election, but unlike Taft and Hoover, they won another term:  

• 1956: Dwight Eisenhower made a recess appointment of William Brennan.

• 1940: Franklin Delano Roosevelt nominated Frank Murphy.

• 1916: Woodrow Wilson nominated John Clarke and Louis Brandeis [3]

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There we have it, My Dear Shoevians. Whereas this does not happen often (a sitting Supreme Court Justice passing/retiring) it doeshappen enough for us to have a recorded history to review. One cannot dictate when any given person will pass away (die), and I am sure that if someone could have asked Justice Antonin Scalia, prior to his death, he would have not wanted to pass away while there was a sitting President that was/is a Democrat. However, the fact remains that Justice Antonin Scalia did pass away while there was a Democrat in office.

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Finally, for my international Shoevians, there is a hard reason for the intransigence of our Senate Republicans. The current make-up of our Supreme Court is 5/4. There are five conservative/conservative leaning Justices sitting on that bench and there are fourLiberal/Liberal Leaning justices. This appointment can/will change that mix… and change it in favor of a ‘Liberal Bench’. These things happen, Americans. Maybe it is some Galactic Intervention because of rulings like; ‘Citizen’s United’[4] FYI that was a ruling, here in America, that gave corporations the same rights (as far as political contributions and influence) as a PERSON! Yes, that is completely absurd… bordering on insanity… and the why I think that reality is doing this shuffle on the bench.

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Now, as all political followers know, there is brinkmanship in all types of self-governance. Be it a Republic or other type of Representative Government there is… discord and brinksmanship, but this is different, for America. I looked and looked and found one quote that helps me define how this is different.   

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Senator James Inhofe, R-OK

Senator James Inhofe, R-OK

Sen. Jim Inhofe (Ok.) “…we will not accept any nomination from President Obama.”

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Does that sound like it is not personal? Be sure, this is personal and it is against our TWICE elected sitting President of the United States – President Barrack Obama. Yes, Republicans are fearful that if ‘Citizens United’ is brought before a new Supreme Court of the United States that has a more left-leaning court? It will be overturned. That is there fear and that is there motivation of not ever giving a hearing to the man President Obama just nominated for the open seat on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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My Dear Shoevians, this is March of the final year of his Presidency. It is not like it is November and the American people have gone to the polls and elected the Republican nominee. This is much different. Historically, Presidents get hearing for nominations for thewhole time they are elected to office!

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America’s Republicans are making the American democracy appear broken! This is very very bad, and reflects poorly on our entire nation. Not just on Senate Republicans. Not just on Republicans. It reflects poorly on our entire nation… our Republic… our Democracy!America has the longest surviving democracy in the history of mankind. That is not just an honor. That is a responsibility! A responsibility to execute the responsibilities of your elected office every/all days your have been elected to serve. A handful of Senators, belonging to one party, cannot be allowed to besmirch the (long earned) reputation of this democracy. This is historically bad!

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My Dear Shoevians, I am experiencing a lot of pain… at this point. So, I am going to cut this article short… here. I will be back to publish about this debacle… soon. I appreciate everyone that has come by to read and learn. Have a great Hump-Day and I will be back here, soon!

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe

  Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe

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A Week in Review – February 15th, 2014

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Daniel Hanning of The Other Shoe

Daniel Hanning of The Other Shoe

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            Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. With the coming of the weekend, and Saturday, comes ‘A Week in Review’ at The Other Shoe. For everyone that is just too darn busy to get around and read my blog, during the week. Every single weekend I publish this article, to help you get caught up. You will find here, all in one place, links and excerpts from all my published work over the past seven days.

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This, the second full week of the month of February, has found me quite busy. I have, working through pain in my neck and arms as well as the pain and light headedness that accompanies the lack of food, managed to publish another seven articles in seven days. If I am not very much mistaken this makes the forth week, in a row, that I have managed to publish seven or more articles in seven days.

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If my pain were used as a measure, then yes this is the forth week in a row at this pace. Think of it, in just under a month I have published another twenty-eight articles here at The Other Shoe. A sustained pace, like that, through out a year could nearly double my measure of articles in just one year! However, it is not the number of articles that should be the measure of a good author. No, rather, it should be the quality of those works. If ‘Like’s be the measure of the quality of my works, then I am not only prolific I am proficient, too.

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In just one week I have; written a scientific work about an insanely persistent ridge of high pressure, concluded a week long celebration of my 350th publication, revisited an article about a collection I own, delved into the impermanent nature of Republican politics, and shared images from our sister planet Mars. I topped off that litany of varying works with a very personal piece, sharing more of my childhood via a memory of a Valentine’s Day of great importance. I do not often share memories, or occurrences, from my past. In that regard I am quite tight-lipped and hold my cards close to my chest.

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It is not out of shame, nor do I have anything to hide. I am just not the kind of guy that goes around sharing family remembrances or tales from my childhood. Ask anyone that I grew up with, or went to high school. I am quite gregarious and love telling a good tale, I am just quite guarded when it comes to family. Recently, when I was writing and publishing ‘The Story of Daniel’ I found out, much to my surprise, that I had never really talked about my father with any of my friends. I am certainly not ashamed of my father. Quite the contrary, my father is a great source of pride for me. He was a man from humble beginnings, short on education early in life. That made good in his adult years and accomplished more than most men of his time. Like his son, Danny, he was an autodidact, and could teach himself with out the aid of others, just be reading and researching material on a subject.

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That is how I learned; HTML, DOS, computer repair, software coding, and computer hardware repair and upgrades just to name a few. I am very proud that I share this ability with my father. However, it was not my father that I wrote about this week here at The Other Shoe. No, it was his father that took the stage in one article published this week.

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That makes for a very nice segway into the meat of the matter. So, now without further adieu I bring you ‘A Week in Review’!

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  • ·        Sunday Funnies – February 9th, 2014 : “Just like a dog or a cat, Alexander is playing ‘Tug-of-War’ with me. He is a set of ‘Dog Tags’ that came with some PC FPS game, ‘War Rocks’. That somehow I have managed to keep these fake dog tags over the years. Alexander wants to play with these dog tags. Now, in all the years I have owned rats, and ‘Fancy Rats’ I have never encountered one that actually plays.” Now, this is not a “Stop the presses” moment, and then again it is out of the ordinary. This week’s ‘Sunday Funnies’ showcased Alexander R Hanning PLAYING ‘Tug-of-War’ with his father, Danny. I had a little pseudo-dog tag necklace, and I was dragging one end on the bed. Alex came running after it, grabbed it in his teeth and started pulling. Like a puppy with a sock, suddenly Alexander and I were engaged in a tug-of-war! All of my rats have played to one extent or another. They play ‘Hide-and-Seek’ with my hands, ‘Peak-a-Boo’, and other games that small human children would play. However, this was the very first time that any rat I owned played with an object, and the first time a rat played for an extended period. This shows two things; an extended ability to concentrate on a single task and the ability to ‘see’ an object as a ‘play toy’. These are the signs of a developing higher consciousness, being self-aware. Seeing himself as a living entity and that he and I can have, and cause, effect on our environments and the objects therein. Surprise, surprise, ‘Fancy Rats’ are evolving. Just like humans, before, they are eating what we do and the brains are evolving. It is like ‘Planet of the Apes’ only with rats!
  • ·        The Great Californian Exodus : “California was a desert. Let me say that again, the area we now call California was a desert. In just the past millennium (actually dating back to 850 AD) California has experienced; one drought that lasted two-hundred-forty years (240) followed, just fifty-years (50) later by another drought lasting one-hundred eighty years! A little quick math will tell you that in a single period of four-hundred-seventy (470) years the area known as California spent four-hundred-twenty (420) in drought! “ Looking back on this article, I have only one regret. That I did not put the word ‘Drought’ in the title. If I had, searching on Google would have brought a LOT of traffic (much needed traffic) to my blog this week. Otherwise, I am pretty darn happy with this article, all in all. Not many people are/were talking about this insanely persistent ridge of high pressure when I published this article. Now, more and more people and media outlets are getting in on the action. FYI Since the publication of this article the ridge of high pressure has not moved. The drought conditions, here in California, are worsening. With every wildfire we are forced to use much needed water to put out fires. If the forecast models are correct, for later this year, we could be looking at a record number of wildfires. California does not have the water to fight these wildfires. If left unchecked, this year’s wildfires could scorch substantial swaths of land and do billions of dollars worth of property damage. As I indicated in the article, I am keeping tabs on this situation and I will keep you, My Dear Readers, up to date. I will do my best to share pictures of any wildfires and keep a running total of land damaged by fires and property values, too.
  • ·        Disneyland 50th Anniversary Annual Passholders Plates and Pins : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today I am making a departure from my usual faire, and format. Necessity dictates that I push the limits of my creativity, and what I am willing to part with… in order to pay rent, and perhaps to keep my cellular phone. I am posting this article, again, and the items for sale at eBay in hopes of doing just that, pay my rent and keep my cell phone. I am not greedy, nor is my heart filled with avarice. To merely desire three meals in a given day, instead of the one. That is not greed. To desire to keep one’s only means of communication, with which to find solace of the soul by talking with long lost friends. Surely this is not greed?” This article was originally written and published during, and as a part of, my Indiegogo campaign to raise money for my power chair. Thankfully, I was able to raise the much needed funds without selling these highly valued personal items. Since the day these plates and pins were brought into my home, I have dreamed of the day I would be able to showcase them in a China cabinet or the like. The desert plates are a sight to behold. Gold trim along the edges and made of fine China. Each design was taken from attributes of the park or from movies. There is a “Blue Fairy’ plate, a tribute to the Blue Fairy in ‘Pinocchio’. As well, there is a ‘Tinker Bell’ plate as a tribute to Tinker Bell from ‘Peter Pan’. My Dear Readers, I cannot tell you the sadness and personal pain I feel having to relinquish these items without ever having fully enjoyed. I never had a chance to see them in a China cabinet… proudly displayed for all to see and enjoy. I am sorry… but this time period… in my life… is the saddest and most difficult… ever.
  • ·        350th Article at The Other Shoe – Conclusion : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today I am here to culminate my celebration of the publication of Three Hundred-Fifty articles published at The Other Shoe. I am deeply moved by the huge number of ‘Likes’ the five parts of this series received. Not since my publication of ‘The Story of Daniel’ and my first publications of ‘The Mars Report’ have I seen traffic this brisk, and enjoyment this marked. I work tirelessly, each and every week, on the publications here at The Other Shoe. Most times I work having eaten little, for weeks at a time. Every day I write in spite of terrific pain. Regardless of my hunger and regardless of my pain I work because I value you, My Dear Readers, and I value your time and your consideration.” This article was a review of the five works that I wrote, and published, as homage to my first 350 articles published here at The Other Shoe. I have embedded links to the five articles and included an excerpt from each, too. At the end, of each of the five, I added some personal thoughts about that part. This whole 350th celebration gave me a chance to look back over my body of work, so far. My Dear Readers, I have come a long way. In the past four years I have improved my writing style, managed to greatly extend the length of my works and still keep my readers engaged, and I am most happy to announce that my readership is at an all time high. My work is read in fifty nations world wide. In jus the past year my traffic has exceed the previous year in number of visits, time spent reading, and expanded demographics. This is not only improved my self-esteem, it gives me evidence of the viability of my blog. Much needed information when I go to raise the needed funds, later this year… IF I manage to keep a roof over my head till then… when I register my own URL and take The Other Shoe out on its own. I have the readership, I have the material, I have the ability to create engaging content on a regular basis… I just need to stay alive.
  • ·        Will Republicans Overthrow the Speaker? : “That is why, now in the cloak rooms and hallways of the offices of the House of Representatives and the Senate, radical members of the Republican party are cloistered evaluating their chances of a coup d’etat of Speaker Boehner. From what I am reading, and hearing through the grape vine. The Club for Growth was the first of these Tea Party linked groups to put their feet in the water of a coup.” This was my only political work, this week. I might have managed to keep completely free of political works, this week. If not for the grumbling, of the fringe, of a coup d’etat by Republicans of their Speaker. Yes, I have some readers… that are greatly upset at my political writings. They tell me “You are not fair… because you do not point out all of President Obama’s failings…”… “You make fun of Republicans…” The later, is only half-truth. I need not “make fun” of Republicans, in that they are messing up so much so often that just reporting the facts… upsets the party loyal. I refuse to write about Benghazi for the simple fact that writing about it is ‘Beating a Dead Dog’. ALL of the investigations are OVER, and there is NO ‘smoking gun’. I refuse to give voice to the, many, failed ‘Witch Hunts’ of Rep. Issa. He has wasted more than enough money to feed all the starving children in all 50 states for three months. Out of all the investigations? Not once did he find corruption that lead to the President. That did not stop him from saying, at the beginning of each failed invertiagtion, “This is another Watergate” and “This will go right to the White House”. Am I the only person that actually read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”?
  • The Mars Report – February 13, 2014 : “Well, we made it through the gap, and there was something different on the other side. However, before we get to the surprise for this edition, I want to share another discovery that Curiosity made since last we met. We all know that Curiosity is a rock hound, among other roles. Well, Curiosity has scored a great rock find, by the name of Harrison.” Well, I am happy to announce, “I did it!’ I  managed to string two editions back to back and continue where I left off, the week before. Like the cowboy serials of my childhood, when you came back to The Mars Report this week, we took up where we left off last week. Last week Curiosity was at the entrance to the ‘Dingo Gap’ and this week we catch up with Curiosity having passed through the ‘Dingo Gap’! Along the way Curiosity traversed its very first sand dune! That was a major teat and trial of the design and construction of the rover Curiosity, and it passed with flying colors. Not to give too much of the article away, IF you go and take a look you will se the first ‘movie’ from Mars! You have to see it to believe it, and your eyes. This was a great edition of The Mars Report. I am very happy that I rejoined the mission and started publishing the much loved series. .
  • A Valentine’s Day Tale : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today, Friday February 14th, 2014 is Valentine’s Day for most people here in America. However, today holds a different provenance, for yours truly. When I was a very young boy, I would guess I was six or seven. My paternal Grandfather was visiting our home, Cecil Hanning.” This article is not what you might expect, from a Valentine’s Day article. This is not a love story, nor is it a love letter. Honestly, this is a real departure for me, My Dear Readers. You all know that I do not write about… myself… much. I mentioned that fact in the introduction to this article. People had classes with me every year, all through high school, and still to this day do not understand me and treat me poorly because of that fact. This week I lost a friendship, which meant a lot to me. Obviously, it meant little of nothing at all to this person. Least they would not, TWICE, end the friendship without discussion of any kind and without warning. Looking at that from a distance… that is sophomoric, yes? In middle school and maybe up till the tenth grade, people would befriend and then de-friend as casual as changing one’s underwear. It is not until we get older and gain judgment and maturity that we end the practice of ‘Fair-Weather Friendships’, and the emotional harm they do. However, it was this sophomoric act that helped trigger a memory. Trigger a memory of my paternal grandfather’s telling of a tale of social consequence. If you want to know more, you will simply have to read the article.

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That brings us to the end of the review part of this edition of ‘A Week in Review’. I have to tell you, each time I publish this article I feel a great deal of pride. One more week I have managed to publish enough work to merit the creation and publication of this article. That is a real accomplishment, and I find a sense of pride. I would like to thank all of those that have stood by me yet another week. In spite of, of due to, my foibles and shortcomings you keep coming. I have never, and will never, claim to be perfect. I am a man with the strength of his convictions, and the convictions of my beliefs. In modern day America, that is an ever increasing rare breed.

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Another week of loss, and another week of gain. I lost a difficult friendship with a person that found solace in continuing to judge and correct me. However, earlier in this week I was reunited with one of my very best friends from high school. Bobby Duncan and I have managed to reconnect with the help of James Coate (take a bow, James). I am happy to know that Bobby is still a good friend, and that he and I have a chance at renewing and rebuilding a great friendship. I will make the efforts to reach out to him, and to help rekindle that friendship.

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In closing, I am going to cut this short. My pain… it is getting worse, again. Yes, the new pain medication is/was helping a lot. That is until I took the relief and used it to push my writing and publishing… too far. Saturday and Sunday I will be resting. This article will automatically publish on Saturday. Sunday I will post links to this week’s best, and rest. I dislike belaboring a point. However, my lack of proper diet, due to a genuine lack of financial resources, is taking more of a toll on me. Physically and mentally, so much so that I fear I might not be able to write of publish… much next week.

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I want to, and I have the ideas and the material and have already made outlines for several articles. I just cannot muster the strength and concentration. If I may? Please, consider purchasing one of my prized personal possessions at eBay. The link is below. Barring that… I am not above asking you, My Dear Readers, to please contribute to my PayPal account so that I might purchase food… I sincerely apologize for ending this terrific article with a plea for assistance. However, I cannot allow pride to stand between my needs… and your potential generosity.

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Thank you. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your support. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for coming here and reading my work. Thank you!

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As always I am deeply honored that you come here and read my work.

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P.S. I am still without much food in my home. I do my best, honest I really do. I am not lying about how much money I make… I do not lie about the lack of food I suffer. I sincerely apologize for even mentioning this problem. However, it was a good friend that told me… “Danny, if you don’t tell people your needs… there is no way those that want to help, know when they CAN help.” I am asking for help. I have written in many articles how to help. One way is to click the link below to my eBay Store for The Other Shoe. Please… if you can… Please do help.
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350th Article at The Other Shoe – Conclusion

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Daniel Hanning of The Other Shoe

Daniel Hanning of The Other Shoe

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                         Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today I am here to culminate my celebration of the publication of Three Hundred-Fifty articles published at The Other Shoe.  I am deeply moved by the huge number of ‘Likes’ the five parts of this series received. Not since my publication of ‘The Story of Daniel’ and my first publications of ‘The Mars Report’ have I seen traffic this brisk, and enjoyment this marked. I work tirelessly, each and every week, on the publications here at The Other Shoe. Most times I work having eaten little, for weeks at a time. Every day I write in spite of terrific pain. Regardless of my hunger and regardless of my pain I work because I value you, My Dear Readers, and I value your time and your consideration.

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It is not often that one person can find a creative outlet that brings happiness and enjoyment to so many other people, at no cost to them. I work, every day I am able, to find new and different subjects to write. I want to try and meet the reading needs of as many people as is humanly possible. People love to read. I have always loved to read and the more differing subjects the better. I do my best to write without judgment, and for the most part I succeed at that goal.

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Today I come here to present the conclusion of the celebration of my achievement, 350 articles published here at The Other Shoe. Through sickness and through pain. Through hardship and through mounting hunger, I have pressed myself to goals most see as unobtainable. I do it all for you, My Dear Readers, and I do it out of love. For, over the past four years, you have stood beside me and given me the strength to continue. Strength even to excel at writing for the future, and holding a bight light against the past.

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This series, ‘350th Article at The Other Shoe’ was presented in five parts. Honestly, I could have presented six, or seven… as many as ten. However, my work was gravely cut short. I was not cut short by a lack of; desire, creativity, nor material with which to present. Rather Indeed, I was cut short by dire and upsetting news of my health. I, thankfully, have been prescribed a better and stronger pain medication. After ten years of taking my current medication, without ever abusing the medication once, my doctor saw the severity of my pain due to a degeneration of my health. I am very thankful that he trusted me so much as to give me a very powerful pain medication. It is bringing me much needed sleep, and more time spent with less severe pain.

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Now that my pain is better managed, I am ready to write and publish this conclusion to the celebratory series of articles. I will present this conclusion as a review of the five articles that made up this series. Much like my ‘A Week in Review’ I will present each of the five articles, in order, with links to the article and a synopsis of their content. At the end of this review I plan on sharing a little about the future of The Other Shoe.

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Now, without further adieu I bring you ‘350th Article at The Other Shoe – Conclusion’:

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  • ·        350th Article at The Other Shoe – Part One: “I welcome this milestone in my publishing/writing career at this time. Lately, I have been writing articles… strong articles back in the political vein. Unfortunately, I know that there are some of you, My Dear Readers, that do not like my political works. I understand that this group of readers are, sometimes, even offended by what I write. That you feel my political work is not fairly balanced and that I lack objectivity. Whereas I respect your opinion? I fear that the case may be made that this may not be entirely true… Early on I was setting a tone and raising the bar of journalistic integrity. I refused to merely kowtow to Democrats and lambaste Republicans. I had a deep desire to treat, My Dear Readers, with honesty and integrity from the onset.” In this first edition of this series, I take you back to my very first article. I share with you, My Dear Readers, the reason I started writing this blog, hyperbolic rhetoric to sew the seeds of hyper-partisanship. I explain that I desire to be a quite and credible counterpoint to the radical fervor of the ‘Far Right’ (soon to be known as the ‘Tea Party’). I want to write political works that truly are fair and balanced, but not only that I want to shine a bright light on the hypocrisy of this ilk and the overt greed. I feel that I could be a genuine alternative source, for some, from this hypocritical and bigoted machine of hyperbolic rhetoric. I knew then, as I know now, that taking a stand against avarice will make me a target. Some will stoop to use friendship, like a hammer. Reasonable support and assistance, merely a reward for parroting like-minded rhetoric. My Dear Readers, I do without food to stand my moral ground. I refuse the accusations that any words, not offered as kowtowing, are harsh judgments and my thoughts but insults. I am eternally thankful that all of you, My Dear Readers, know better.
  • ·        350th Article at The Other Shoe – Part Two : “Yesterday I did my very BEST to convey my innermost feelings about the political work that I publish. I did my level best to communicate that the political articles I do publish I do not want to offend or upset Americans of either stripe. I conveyed that I am a ‘Reagan-Democrat’ and that I am proud of my political beliefs. I shared with you that my beliefs are complex and that I do not merely parrot another person’s rhetoric and call it my won thoughts. I genuinely endeavored to explain why I write about the political topics that I do. I tried to explain that it is never my intent to; offend, upset, persecute, demean or insult people with whom I do not share the same political bent.” My Dear Readers I HAVE managed to write numerous political articles without ever demeaning or insulting those with whom I have differing beliefs. On more than one occasion I have been, publicly, reproached for “putting down Republicans or the Republican party”. Each and every time this has happened? I have invited the party accusing me of open prejudice and insult to go over my body of work and QUOTE a SINGLE time I have insulted or demeaned someone for being Republican!” Each and every time I am met with silence. Reason? I am not a ‘saint’ but I do take care to not insult the person, just lay bare the offending policy or action. A PRIME example of this is the question I wrote for Bob Shieffer to use on ‘Face the Nation’. A call went out, over the ‘Face the Nation’ Facebook page for a followers to submit questions for Bob To ask Senator Mitch McConnell. Many people submitted questions, as did I. I am very happy to announce that Bob Schieffer  used MY question in the interview with Senator Mitch McConnell! I asked ‘Why are Republicans allowing Freshmen Congressmen to control the (debt) debate. It is like allowing the teenager in the house to control the family budget!’ He was stumped, My Dear Readers. So very stumped that he did not EVEN answer the question. So timely and accurate was my question, that the dynamic behind the question was not resolved until THIS YEAR! For three years Republicans (in the House) allowed the Freshmen ‘Tea Party’ members to hi-jack our government and damage our nation’s credit rating all over a ‘Debt-Debacle’. The result of the Speaker “Allowing Freshmen (Congressmen) to control the debate”? TWO terms of the “Least Productive Congress in HISTORY” and Congressional Republicans with SINGLE digit Approval and ROACHES being more popular than Congressional Congressmen. IF only Senator McConnel and Speaker Beohner HAD listened to my question, earlier!
  • ·        350th Article at The Other Shoe – Part Three: “It is these series articles, here at The Other Shoe, that I would like to focus in today’s installment, Part Three. In just the past two years I have embarked on three different series articles. Two, of the three, I managed to bring to completion. The third, which was the first, I have yet to complete. It is this series of articles that I begin with, today. ‘The Story of Daniel’ ended up being an nine part (incomplete) series. Today, I bring you my favorite article of ‘The Story of Daniel’! In this, the THRID, edition of my 350th celebration I focus of my beginning SERIES of articles. To this point I had only written and produced single issue, and single edition articles. I had yet to expand my writing abilities into multi-edition articles. This is when that trend changed, and my blog saw New Life! At this point I already imagined and considered a ‘multi-issue’ article on the Mars rover Curiosity and its mission on Mars. I had yet to start said series, but it was on my mind. ‘The Story of Daniel’ was my very first extended series of article at @ The Other Shoe. It was the result of a suggestion by a friend, during the campaign. Honestly, I did not think that it would help at all, and would represent much more work than it would garner funds. In the end, that proved to be the case. The contributions never went up, as a result of ‘The Story of Daniel’ and my brother Darrell ended up making a huge contribution that sent me over the top. However, now the ‘Series’ bug had bitten me, and I managed to turn a bad idea into a good one with MANY following series of topics that people WANTED to read! ‘The Whittling of America’ was definitely one of the series that many people, of several nations, genuinely enjoyed. The series focused on the growing disparity between those ‘Haves’ (that prospered during the recovery), and the 98% of America the ‘Have-Nots’. Through NO fault of their own, the 98% of Americans were getting less and paying more for it. Be ‘it’; food, rent, clothing, health care, cars, gas, transport and even as simple as a movie. The gap was growing, and it was growing rapidly.

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Allen and Daniel on Bear Mounts in WOW

Allen and Daniel on Bear Mounts in WOW

  • ·        350th Article at The Other Shoe – Part Four: “Now, the world of MMORPGs I was a little late to the party. I had played Guild Wars, right before I entered the world of Azeroth in World of Warcraft. I know it’s crazy but just writing the name of that game… takes me to that place. Since I started playing I have spend nearly an entire year ingame in WoW. I know that sounds like a lot, but spread over seven years, it is only like one day out of each week spent playing. That is a lot easier than one might think. The game is highly addictive, especially if you are good.” Now, My Dear Readers, Part Four focused on MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Games), specifically the MMORPGs that I had played! Let me be brutally honest, My Dear Readers. IF I could JUST write about PC Gaming and MMORPGs and STILL have the traffic, support and respect I currently enjoy? I would do that in a heartbeat. However, I know that my political works are very important to you, My Dear Readers, as is “The Mars Report’, excerpts from ‘The Adventures of Princess Nadia’ and everything else that I share with you. I simply must present a rounded approach to my blog. I will always present information, screen shots, and videos from PC Games… as long as I have a blog and a computer to play games on, this I will do. I do love MMORPGs. They combine my love of computers, with my love of gaming, and add in a large amount of social interaction. Unfortunately, of late I have little time to spend in games. I am SO SORRY Jason Kleppinger… that I have been unable to join you in Rift. I PROMISE that I am making every effort to get in game with you and play. Please forgive me, and I look forward to seeing you IN Rift, soon. In the series MMORPGs And YOU! I reviewed and showed screenshots and videos of NINE MMORPGs! It was quite an accomplishment and marked the pinnacle of achievement for me. Each of the NINE articles included screen shots of my character and mounts (the horses and like that we ride in game to go faster), videos of game play (most of the time I tried to get video of battle and sometimes with a ‘Boss’), and with each I tried to tell you about a different game mechanic. By the end of the series, everyone should have possessed a rudimentary knowledge of how an MMORPG is played, and hopefully enticed you enough to try playing a game of this genre. Writing and publishing this series was the single most pain I ever suffered writing, preparing and publishing any series. However, at the same time it was the most fun, too.

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Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater

Erosion by Scarp Retreat in Gale Crater

  • ·        350th Article at The Other Shoe – Part Five : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. This is Part Five of the series of article celebrating my 350th article here at The Other Shoe. Now, My Dear Readers, I have taken you back to the very beginnings of this love of mine, The Other Shoe. I have shared retrospect of several of the successful series I have published over the years. Today, I am devoting this Part Five to a look back over the series The Mars Report.” What CAN I say? ‘The Mars Report’ is an ongoing series of articles here at The Other Shoe. As much as I love PC Gaming, I love Space and space travel. The odds are greatly stacked against me ever getting into space. Even IF my novel does extremely well, and I make lots of money. I seriously doubt that any antion would put me into a spacecraft and into orbit. Just oo much of a liability, and too much of a chance ot death in space. However, I just couldn’t think of a BETTER way to die, than in space! At this point, I am not sure just how many ‘The Mars Report’ I published. I think that it is somewhere between twelve and fourteen. That beats out ‘MMORPGs And YOU!’, and all other series. I can see that this series will continue just as long as this blog continues. This Fifth part takes us all the way back to the very first edition of ‘The Mars Report’ and ends with excerpts from that week’s edition of the series. This week, I am going to add a little something different to ‘The Mars Report’. Nope, I am not going to tell you (here) what that is, you are just going to have to come here and see for yourself. It will be worth your time and effort, trust me.I love seeing Mars. I love sharing the images and the science of Mars. Most of all? I love that mankind still has a chance of pioneering SPACE and making SPACE our future, and leaving earth as our crib. It is my belief, that is how mankind’s existence was intended, and if we fail and pioneering SPACE? Our species will most assuredly become extinct.

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Well, My Dear Readers, that brings us to the very end, of the end of the 350th celebration. I cannot put into words just how much I have enjoyed your company, over the past week and six articles. I am very proud that I have written, edited and published 350 articles here at The Other Shoe. I genuinely hope that my health allows me the opportunity to publish another 350 articles. I have it in me; I very much want to share.

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It is my hope that I will continue to write, and hopefully sell some of my possessions at eBay, so that I might keep my cell phone… and just maybe retire the ‘Pay-Day advance’ I have been forced to keep since October of last year. IF I could do those things… I have a feeling I would be happy, again.

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I do make mistakes. When I do I apologize immediately. I do not let things fester in the background for; weeks, months, years. Judge not, least yea be judged. I write as often and as much as I am physically able. I do so out of love, I do so as a way to ask for support… but not without giving my work as payment for support. Last week I found out that I have a “Subdermal Tumor” that must be removed and biopsied to find out if it is benign or not. That has me… concerned… and upset that I must face this… and a fever that never goes away… a result of “either the hardware or the bone grafts” becoming infected.

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Hence, a visit to an oncologist and an Infectious Disease Specialist I must make in the next two months. Not the end of the world, but boy say “Howdy!’ would I rather not face this alone (without the ability to talk to friends I grew up with over the phone) and hungry. I mean, really, facing possible cancerous tumor AND infected hardware or bone graft ON TOP OF being hungry all the time… That is asking… a lot… from a man already depressed, and all. OK, I am so sorry that I just did that… wrote all that. I am sorry.

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I am not going to remove it… I will just stop here and ask your forgiveness for my ‘opening up’ and sharing my fear(s) and problems.

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I will write again soon. Next should be a ‘The Mars Report’. I hope to see you then.

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As always I am deeply honored that you come here and read my work.

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Thank YOU!

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P.S. I am still without much food in my home. I do my best, honest I really do. I am not lying about how much money I make… I do not lie about the lack of food I suffer. I sincerely apologize for even mentioning this problem. However, it was a good friend  that told me… “Danny, if you don’t tell people your needs… there is no way those that want to help, know when they CAN help.” I am asking for help. I have written in many articles how to help. One way is to click the link below to my eBay Store for The Other Shoe. Please… if you can… Please do help.

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The Other Shoe eBay Store

The Other Shoe eBay Store

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The Other Shoe's Daniel Hanning

The Other Shoe’s Daniel Hanning

 

A Week in Review – February 8th, 2014

               Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. This week was an adventurous week, as it is every three months. I have a quarterly appointment with my primary care physician. He is located in Los Angeles County, Rolling Hills Estates. You can read all about it in the article linked below ‘Danny Update – Medical February 4th, 2014’. I have made this journey, now, four times. It is getting easier, each time.

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This article is not about this journey. This article is my weekend review of all the work I did manage to get accomplished. Actually, I am pretty darn impressed that I managed to publish as much as I did, this week. Usually, the week of my twelve-hour journey, I only get one or two articles published. Part of the reason, I feel, is that my doctor finally upgraded my pain medications. This has allowed me relief from pain, more often. As well, I am desperate to keep writing… as I am hoping that if I write… someone… will… help.

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 Either way, and without further adieu, here it ‘A Week in Review’:

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  • ·        Sunday Funnies – February 2, 2014 : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. As I always say; “If it is Sunday, then it is time for ‘Sunday Funnies’ at The Other Shoe! Of late, I am doing my best to catch Alexander R Hanning while he is doing some of things that endear him to me. He; Hops, Skips, Jumps and other kinds of festive moving, that express his happiness with being my son. He does these most when he has woken up, in bed with me and after he has eaten some human food he enjoys.” Alexander talks more and more often than any other rat I have ever owned. He talks longer, and I swear… he listens and then replies. Sometimes he gets so into what he is saying, that his whole head bobs in an exaggerated fashion. Alexander wants to talk to me. Even though he does not say words (he has no lips), I can tell what he wants to communicate… most of the time. Rats understand our language, by listening to inflection and recognizing patterns. Just like dogs and cats. I am working to get more and longer videos of Alexander talking. Look forward to seeing them here, soon. Tomorrow (Sunday) you will get to see Alexander PLAY!
  • ·        Danny Update-Medical February 5th 2014 : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. First, I would like to “Thank you!” to everyone that came by last week, and the week before. I am not sure if you all noticed, but? I now have several articles with 45 ‘Likes’ and that hasn’t happen in a month of Sundays! Thank you for all of the ‘Likes’ and Shares and mentions to friends and family. You have no idea just how Good I feel when I see all the traffic and all of the ‘Likes’. It makes my day, or week.” I really do hope that I can repeat the level, quantity and quality of work I produced last week. Not often have I seen that many articles with that many ‘Likes’ in one week. I am gratified and deeply moved by that large a show of appreciation by you, My Dear Readers. Now, I understood that this week was going to be slower. There is just no way humanly paossible for me to prepare for my visit, spend a day away, and recover and still get that much work done, of that quality. I am proud of the work I have accomplished this week, don’t get me wrong. It is just… well, when I see, like, 45 likes on SEVERAL articles in one week? I am very happy… and I think that I actually might (some day, soon) be able to make some money with my writing. Thank you for putting that smile on my face, My Dear Readers.
  • ·        The TRUTH About CBO Report and the ACA: “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Just yesterday headlines of many web based ‘news’ and media outlets blasted the ‘Affordable Care Act’ (aka Obamacare) as a job killer. These creative writers posted that “Obamacare will cost 3 million jobs…”. However, if anyone would have taken the time to read the CBO report, they would have found out the truth was something else indeed. Below is a quote from the Los Angeles Times February 4th, 2014:…” This is the kind of disingenuous and manipulative hyperbolic rhetoric that motivated me to create this very blog. It is still my strong desire to be a counterpoint, to anyone willing to read and listen, to the hyper-partisan rhetoric and disingenuous reporting done by certain cable media outlets. I am no ‘saint’, I will make mistakes and I am in no way shape or form perfect. Having said? My Dear Readers I will never lie to you! I will never publish something I know to be false, and I will do my level best to be honest and forthright in all I write and all I publish so long as I have the privilege of life. This week several media outlets sought to drum up support and increase their base by misquoting sections of a Congressional Budget Office report on the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the economy. They took sections out of whole sentences, and they presented these bits and bites in such a way as to misrepresent the report. They engaged in gravely disingenuous reporting and they defied your trust in their organizations. I respect you, My Dear Readers. Any media outlet that chooses to act in that fashion, does not respect you, My Dear Readers. If you are still laboring under the opinion that the ACA (a.k.a. Obamacare) is going to cost the economy 3 million jobs? You owe it to yourself to read this article and find out the truth. Thank you.
  • ·        A Little Family History : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Every three months I am required to make a long an arduous journey. That journey happen this Tuesday, and I am still feeling the pain. Gratefully my doctor improved my pain medications, and I have actually managed to sleep a night or two, in the past four. However, I am quite bereft of the physical ability it takes to produce. Produce the writing, at the quality and quantity, you My Dear Readers have become accustom.” This material was first published nearly three years ago. The subject of my mother’s place of birth, and how/where my Father and Mother met, came up in my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. It is not often enough, that I have the opportunity to write and publish work… like this, this uplifting and enjoyable. I am working on a whole story, based on the chance meeting of my parents, and their background. I had not told my doctor that my mother was a Native American born on a reservation in New Mexico. Nor had I told Dr. Gorlick that my father met my mother, very near that reservation, while he was working on the Manhattan Project. If you have never read this, take some time and give it a read today. You really won’t regret it. As well, it will give you an idea of the other kind of writing I can accomplish… and a glimpse at another novel I hope to publish. Enjoy!
  • ·        The Death of Our President : “Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today, My Dear Readers, I was confronted with the very reason that I started this blog back on March 22nd, 2010. Since the campaign that catapulted Senator Obama to become President Obama I have been troubled by voices. Voices coming from the extreme fringe of the Republican party. Elements of this radical fringe have engaged in hyperbolic rhetoric. They have created doubt about; the citizenship of President Obama, the legitimacy of his election, elements of his past, and even his (self-described) Christian religion.” I wrote this article today, and it was today that I saw the video of a woman demanding the execution of President Obama”. That she did so right in front of a sitting Republican Congressman, and he did nothing to discourage here bloodlust. As a matter of fact he actually encouraged her bloodlust and built on her hyperbolic rhetoric. THIS IS the reason that I started this blog back on March 22, 2010. EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW that it is Republicans that are sewing these seeds of hyper-partisanship, make no mistake. Further, the better President Obama does his job the more they feed this hyperbolic sickness. I have no problem with partisanship. It was designed into our system of governance for good reasons. However, hyper-partisanship is a disease that must be identified and rooted out where ever it is allowed to take hold. I simply cannot believe that a sitting Congressman encouraged an American citizen to demand that a President be executed” merely because they do not agree with his policies. That is not what it is to be an American. That is, very much, what it is to be a deeply disturbed American… I will write and stand against this kind of radical politics so long as I have life in my body and breath in my lungs. America deserves better than this disingenuous hyperbolic rhetoric being sewn into the very fabric of our nation merely for the propose of growing a hyper-partisan divide in our country.

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That, My Dear Readers, brings us to the end of this edition of ‘A Week in Review’ and to the end of another week here at The Other Shoe. I hope that you have enjoyed reading, as much as I have enjoyed writing. I wish that I could bring you more, today. However, my hand is in terrific pain… as is my neck and all down my back and into my face. As well, I am without energy… I apologize, My Dear Readers…

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I am still without much food in my home. I do my best, honest I really do. I am not lying about how much money I make… I do not lie about the lack of food I suffer. I sincerely apologize for even mentioning this problem. However, it was a good friend  that told me… “Danny, if you don’t tell people your needs… there is no way those that want to help, know when they CAN help.” I am asking for help. I have written in many articles how to help. One way is to click the link below to my eBay Store for The Other Shoe. Please… if you can… Please do help. [PayPal account is Daniel Hanning enzomatrix@earthlink.net all contributions are private and greatly appreciated Thank you]

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As always I am deeply honored that you come here and rad my work.

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Thank YOU!

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The Other Shoe eBay Store

The Other Shoe eBay Store

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The Other Shoe's Daniel Hanning

The Other Shoe’s Daniel Hanning

 

The Death of Our President

            Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today, My Dear Readers, I was confronted with the very reason that I started this blog back on March 22nd, 2010. Since the campaign that catapulted Senator Obama to become President Obama I have been troubled by voices. Voices coming from the extreme fringe of the Republican party. Elements of this radical fringe have engaged in hyperbolic rhetoric. They have created doubt about; the citizenship of President Obama, the legitimacy of his election, elements of his past, and even his (self-described) Christian religion.

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Never before, in the history of our nation, have there been so many hyper-partisan voices. Never before has there been disingenuous claims of such a personal and insulting nature leveled at a President of the United States. In my lifetime there has never been a more determined and uninformed group of Americans, literally, Hell-Bent on public ridicule of a Presidential candidate nor sitting President. It is this terrible shrill of hate-filled and hyperbolic rhetoric that motivated me to start this blog.

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Today, I saw the ugly culmination of nearly a decade drumbeat of angry rhetoric, in the demand for blood of our sitting President! It is this of which I speak:

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        ““Obama is not president as far as I’m concerned,” the woman can be heard saying in the clip. “He should be executed as an enemy combatant.”[1]

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Uninterrupted, the woman went on to say:

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        “He is shipping Muslims into our country…”

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And:

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        “he (President Obama) has no authority, NONE!”

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Now, this is happening at a ‘Town Hall’ held by Rep. Jim Bridenstine ® Oklahoma. (See video of this Town Hall here: http://youtu.be/Wxr4cEC9IXw or just below, here)

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(Woman Demands Execution of President Obama)

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At no point did Rep. Bridenstine attempt to stop this woman’s call for blood. Actually he sought to build on this woman’s delusional rant by proffering (as a Congressman of The United States of America):

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        “Everybody knows of the lawlessness of this President… he picks and chooses which laws he’s going to enforce or not enforce…”

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Hang on… can we get some clarification here for everyone. The President is the head of the Executive Branch of our government. There are three branches to our Federal Government;

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  1. 1.    The Legislative BranchCharged with passing legislation and ‘holding the purse strings’ of our Federal Government. This branch works as a legislative body to pass pieces of legislation that are made into our nation’s laws.
  2. 2.    Executive Branch – As the Head of the Executive Branch our nationally elected President takes Legislation passed by Both Houses of Congress and signs them into Law. The Chief Executive, President, oversees a Cabinet. The Cabinet is made up of the 14 Secretaries from the executive departments and the Attorney General.
  3. 3.    The Judicial Branch –  Made up of the Courts System and in charge of ENFORCING THE LAWS.

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Now, anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of our Three Branches of government understands (as you do now) that it is the Judicial Branch that is charged with “enforce or not enforce…” laws, and not the President of the United States.

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I am flabbergasted that this elected and duly sworn Congressional Representative made no effort, whatsoever, to correct this woman or attempt to stop this woman from demanding the blood of our President. I have actively watched Presidential politics for as long as I can remember. I have distinct memories of watching speeches from President Eisenhower, and clearly remember a televised debate between Senator Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

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Never in my life have I ever witnessed such bloodlust. For the past three years, I have used this blog to warn. Warn against this type of hyperbolic and hyper-partisan rhetoric. Rhetoric  and the potential damage it does to our political dialogue and our government. Let me give you a little comparison in contrast. .

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During the Presidential campaign between Senator Obama and Senator McCain I distinctly remember a ‘Town Hall’ that Senator McCain held, in I believe Arizona. Senaotr McCain was taking questions from many of the people in attendance. He walks up to a woman, a woman clearly of an age we would refer to as a senior. The woman starts out saying:

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    “President Obama is an Muslim… and I do not think… “

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To his credit, and to make my point, Senator McCain STOPS the woman in mid-sentence and corrects her!

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    “President Obama is not an Arab, he is a decent family man that I happen to have disagreements with…”[2]

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That happened in October 10th 2008. I am deeply disturbed at how far we, as a nation, have fallen in just five years and four months. My Dear Readers, I apologize… but it is only one political party… one party that seeks to garner and hold political office… this way. It is just elements of the Republican Party that resort to these low-handed tactics to endear voters. It is just the Republican party that allows such hyperbolic rhetoric to have become the bread and butter of their party.

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When I started this blog, this was the concern that motivated by actions. I genuinely feared the day when this kind of hyperbolic and antisocial behavior be seen as the ‘politically correct’ way to register one’s discontent for a Presidency. I appeal to you, MY Dear Readers, to see this woman’s action (and the inaction of Rep. Bridenstine) as reprehensible and unacceptable. When you; speak in your community, post on Facebook, write in any social media and even in conversations with friends and family never allow hyperbolic rhetoric (like this call for bloodlust by this woman) to gain purchase. To strongly resist the infection of your; community, political circles, and/or your home by this disease. We the People must stand United against this kind of social disease, this bloodlust.

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We must, together, stand against the spread of this kind of socially reprehensible behavior in our homes and in our communities. You see, My Dear Readers, that if you remain silent… your silence will be seen as acceptance. We cannot allow our nation’s political dialogue to be so poisoned. There is no intrinsic value to this woman’s words. There can be no acceptance for these bitter and  deeply disturbing demands.

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As Senator McCain said, “we disagree on a great many policies” but we cannot allow disagreement to be so deeply warped into some kind of ignorant hatred. As Americans we owe it to our posterity to keep our national political dialogue free from such bloodlust and angry ignorance. Our nation is strong. Our nation is proud. That strength can be tapped by allowing angry bloodlust to flourish. Our pride can quickly turn to shame, if we ignore or even support such hyperbolic and hyper-partisan hate filled rhetoric.

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I am in terrible pain, My Dear Readers, and I am in real need of rest. I could not rest until I made an effort to publish… and speak strongly about this injustice to our nation, and our political dialogue. I so much love my country, that I could not find rest before I addressed this terrible injustice. You may well think “this is jus the words of one woman….” What is the big deal? Where is the real need?

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That is now it starts, My Dear Readers. It starts with us just looking away. Then while our backs are turned.. it grows… and in the darkness it grains power. Then it becomes larger than any of us ever imagined, and then it is too late to stop. I have made my stand, I have written as much as I possibly can…  I have made every effort I am capable… and I have appealed to every American’s better nature. Do not let thoughts and words like these gain a foothold in your community. Do not allow this kind of bloodlust for a President take root in your community, your family, your life and your heart.

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As always I am deeply honored that you come here and read my work.

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Thank YOU!

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P.S. I am still without much food in my home. I do my best, honest I really do. I am not lying about how much money I make… I do not lie about the lack of food I suffer. I sincerely apologize for even mentioning this problem. However, it was a good friend that told me… “Danny, if you don’t tell people your needs… there is no way those that want to help, know when they CAN help.” I am asking for help. I have written in many articles how to help. One way is to click the link below to my eBay Store for The Other Shoe. Please… if you can… Please do help.

. [PayPal account is Daniel Hanning enzomatrix@earthlink.net all contributions are private and greatly appreciated Thank you]

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The Other Shoe eBay Store

The Other Shoe eBay Store

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The Other Shoe's Daniel Hanning

The Other Shoe’s Daniel Hanning

 

Avarice in America

                      Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. Today President Obama is to make a Presidential address about inequality in America. I heard about this from the Facebook feed to Professor Robert Reich (once Labor Secretary under President Clinton). In the statement the Professor says this:

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Today the President will be giving a major address on inequality. He can be expected to say it’s the central domestic challenge of our time, that equal opportunity is the keystone of our social compact, that widening inequality threatens our economy and corrodes our democracy, and that he’ll be devoting the rest of his presidency to this fundamental challenge.”[1]

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Another voice, in a growing chorus, seeking to make everyone (yet, mostly Americans) of the severe damage an era of greed has wrought upon our great nation. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, then you will know that America’s Avarice is often a topic of my writing. I have, also, made everyone aware that our newest Pontiff, Pope Francis, has frequently made avarice and inequality topics of his dictums, speeches and press releases. Seriously, one would have to be burying their head in the sand most days, and deaf the rest, not to hear the growing cries against avarice and for equality.

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“The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.”[2] (Also found here: ‘Pope Francis Strikes, Again’ http://theothershoe.blog.com/2013/11/pope-francis-strikes-again/)

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Fact of the matter is that for the handful of Americans get that did get reap the financial benefit of our recent economic upturn, life is quite good and I am sure this is the last thing in the world they want anyone talking about. However, for the rest of the 310 million Americans that saw no benefit, this is a topic that is not getting enough ink. My Dear Readers this is a topic there will always be space for here at The Other Shoe. I am not against my fellow man making a good living or, if they are fortunate enough, amassing a fortune.

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My problem lies with my fellow man’s avarice. Avarice. Now there is a very old word, a very old word indeed. King Midas had dreams of avarice. King Solomon is what most would see is the epitome of avarice. What follows is the dictionary definition of avarice;

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“extreme greed for wealth or material gain”

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“Extreme greedis the textbook definition for avarice. Aye, there’s the rub! For it is in that one word… That one adjective that I see the frailty and disease of mankind. Extreme, as if there isn’t enough of that already today. Extreme poverty. Extreme religion. Extreme governance. You see it is in fact, where mankind so often falls, that goes before the fall. As a young boy my father, God rest his soul, warned me of extremism… Of steel and zealotry. You still me it was a good thing to be diligent, it was a good thing to persevere, and it was great to Excel . however, he warned that extremism field and zealotry always came before the fall . So I say to you today it is with America. So I say it is today with the extreme right wing of our Republican Party; the tea party. Today’s tea party is the group most responsible for the intransigence of the last two sessions of Congress. Most tea party members will freely admit that they are extreme and that they are selling. You see, that’s when they lost me. And, My Dear Readers, that is where they should have lost you, too. Extremism demands so much from its followers, takes from everyone else and leaves the world behind it in shambles. All too often, in this life, I and I know you to as well have seen the evidence. The zealotry and religion of the Spanish Inquisition that fell a tree of the third Reich needing to the second world war. In the extreme bigotry and racism of the Ku Klux Klan and the John Birch society’s.

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One simply cannot trust seal… Extremism… Zealotry… Or fanaticism. For when you give up all that is you to become your believe? One news is one’s self. Today America is gripped in the throes of extreme capitalism. We hear the cries of the devout

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“too much regulation will strangle growth…”

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Yet, when asked to provide proof that what they’re saying is true? None is forthcoming. As a matter of fact time magazine, just last year, ran a very short article about the regulatory practices of all the industrialized nations in the world. I found it most enlightening to see that the greatest growth in commerce was in India, at the time of this article. However, most ironic India was also the nation with the largest growth and regulations. Looking back just on the history of our nation. One can quite easily see a very recent parallel. The 60s saw this single largest expansion of the middle class, and our national economy, and the history of our nation. Not surprisingly, the 60s were also the time of the greatest growth of regulations and regulatory agencies in the history of our nation. It was the 60s when”tree huggers”started their campaign to save our national ecology. It was the beginning of the environmental protection agency. I apologize that I don’t have the time nor in my of the strength to fully document the expansion of regulation we saw in the 60s and the 70s in America. I know that most of you, My Dear Readers know that what I say is true and I ask for your understanding. So I see it is no coincidence that one time magazine, and 2013, looks to find the single largest growing economy on the face of the earth they find it that very nation is also the single largest growth and regulations. I dare any of you to go and find me proof that the opposite is true.

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I have not written in the past three days. Not only is my body wracked with an unusual level of pain I just keep getting these fevers. Thankfully Allen is working nearly every day. When his paychecks catch up with the hours might actually be able to eat better, again. However, I am afraid that I have to bring this article to a premature close. I am getting quite dizzy and have a growing extreme headache. I apologize I was just beginning to gain some wind in my argument. You all know this won’t be the last time I come here to speak to you of the disease like state of avarice in our nation. I use the word disease most accurately. For avarice has infected our nation. Greed has infected the minds the hearts and souls of too many good people that I knew and grew up with I pray every night for the strength and the lack of pain so that I might complete my novel. One day soon regardless of my condition I will finish this novel. And it is my prayers that my novel is quite popular. And that that popularity I through the the strength of my will and the sharpness of my wit translate into a good deal of wealth of my own. And then I can stop talking about avarice and I can show you… I can show you all what should the done with any wealth. More children go to bed every day right now today in America than any time in our nation’s history. Children, not adults… Not crack whores are welfare moms but children! What ever did children do to deserve to live in poverty and sleep in the hunger?

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Avarice

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As always I am very flattered that you come here and read my work. I hope and pray that in the coming days I will feel better so you get back to writing on more daily basis. I apologize for my absence and I just hope and pray that I feel better soon because I have so very much to say to you all.

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Thank you!

P.S. Please excuse any typos or errors. In my current… condition… I apologize, I jst didn’t have the strenthto prof prior to publication. I will check, tomorrow… when I feel ‘better’… o less, depending on the malidy.

My Problem With President Obama

            Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. First I’d like to extend my apologies to all of you, My Dear Readers in that my primary blog is still having severe technical problems. I have written the technical support team at blog.com four times expressing my concern that I am unable to post or edit articles at my primary blog. Yet they have neither contacted me nor addressed the problem. Having said, and until further notice this blog, at word press.com, will be the only location for current and updated articles forThe Other Shoe.

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Next, I would like to express my my deep and unequivocal concern for the hour-long press conference, I just witnessed, with Pres. Obama. Now, I know that his popularity numbers are the lowest they’ve ever been… But what I witnessed today, I don’t feel, is going to improve his numbers. First, the way I was raised your actions are either right or wrong, there is no place for back-peddling in leadership positions. Two things; the plans… The health insurance plans that were outlawed, under the Affordable Care Act, were bad plans. I’ve read the articles by Consumer Reports[1] about these ‘MiniMed’[2] health insurance plans. It was my understanding that these plans, that were outlawed, took advantage of unknowing, uninformed and uneducated consumers.

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Second, I personally know of a handful of people that have had their poor health care plans canceled, because of the Affordable Care Act. Some of these individuals have even been forced to put down large deposits for new health plans that were approved by the Affordable Care Act. So, what happens to these Americans? What happens to the Americans that have already received a cancellation notices, gone to their insurance providers, found new health insurance plans and then asked to put down large deposits prior to enrollment into ‘ approved’ healthcare plans.

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As I said above, I view these mini med health plans as either; bad for consumers (and therefore should be outlawed) or they’re ’okay’. Americans are putting their paychecks into these health plans, as well as their health and the health of their children and other relatives. This is not a game, Americans. And we certainly don’t deserve to be played according to some politicians poll numbers. Nothing raises my ire or more than a politician pandering to improve poll numbers.

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I have been a supporter of Pres. Obama since he gave the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic national convention. However, his actions of late, and especially today, are not the actions of a man I can believe in. Frankly, I don’t give a hoot and a holler about poll numbers. You see, My Dear Readers, I already put my two cents into the pot on the subject. Right here atThe Other Shoe I have made my position clear, I have documented my position with facts, and I know that my position is correct. These mini med health plans are nothing more than bad medicine.

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To allow these trash health plans to continue to be sold to the American people is nothing short of a betrayal of leadership. How can the American people place their confidence and a leader that undermines himself? That reverses course  because  of political pressure? These are not the attributes of a leader that most Americans respect. In my humble opinion, to allow these mini med plans to continue is to allow the American people to continue to be lied to, deceived, and stolen from. If any president is going to take action via Executive Order, that action should only be to preserve and protect the American people. To take action against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them.

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This is not the actions of a president that I will respect. Now My Dear Readers I am not saying that I no longer respect Pres. Obama. As a patriotic American I will always do my best to treat what ever man or woman who occupies the office of President of the United States with of the up most respect so long as they occupied the office. For me, to show disrespect to a sitting president is to show disrespect for the Office of President of the United States. However, this action does much to my opinion of Pres. Obama.

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My Dear Readers I meant to be completely upfront and honest with you, as I always try to do, in telling you that I anticipated the pressure Pres. Obama would get over outlawing these mini med health plans. I am one of the few Americans that has read a majority of the 3,000 page Affordable Care Act of 2010. In reading, I realized there were many pitfalls in the legislation and that these pitfalls, as time passed, would have to be addressed legislatively. Honestly I think I may have given this president more credit than he’s due.

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You see, My Dear Readers, I honestly thought (in reading the Affordable Care Act) that Pres. Obama (and Democratic legislators to a lesser degree) were working to force America’s private insurance industry and to direct competition with Medicare. I honestly believed that was in their intention, their desire, and that these foibles in the Affordable Care Act were intentionally placed their to undermine the stranglehold privately owned for-profit health insurance corporations have on the health of America and Americans.

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My Dear Readers I honestly believe that the time has come for the end of profiteering off the pain and suffering of our fellow citizens. I do not believe that, in good conscience, any nation can seek to make a profit from the pain, suffering, and death of its citizenry. I equate that action to be on the level of the tobacco companies making profit off of cancer deaths of literally hundreds of millions of Americans for more than 100 years. How can a great nation like America hold its head high in an international community when our fellow nations know that we are making bank off of death?

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My Dear Readers I am saddened to say that I do not believe my nation is actually headed, with regards to its nation’s health care system, in the correct direction for the betterment of its citizens. It is my firm belief that if  Democratic legislators and our Democratic president had properly use this opportunity they could’ve put our health insurance companies in direct competition with Medicare. That by placing these health insurance companies in direct competition with Medicare they would’ve brought about the crippling the end of privately held (for-profit) health insurance corporations. I honestly thought that was their intention. I honestly thought they had that much foresight… That much ambition… That much concern for the American people that they used the political clout of a Democrat held Senate, a Democrat held House of Representatives and a Democrat Presidency to foster the type of health care system America has needed for the past 100 years.

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My Dear Readers America is the very last big boy and industrialized nation without a single payer health care system. America is the last big boy nation that seeks to make a profit from the pain, suffering, and death of its citizens. Having said, it is the only logical and sane course of action for our nation is to join our brethren nations in freeing the American citizen from this sick stranglehold that is profit-making off of health. It is long past time that America stood up for Americans. It is long past time that the American people be given the birthright that good health is for every other industrialized nation on our planet. My Dear Readers it is my humble opinion that, with every passing session of Congress, we bring shame to our nation and ourselves by not empowering our citizens with nationalized healthcare.

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Not only, My Dear Readers, is it sick to think you should make a profit off your neighbors cancer, and it is sick. Did you know that American car manufacturers cannot play on a level intermational playing field with car manufacturers from; Germany, England, France, Italy and Japan merely because 20% of the cost of a car made in America is associated with health care costs. What that means is that we cannot sell American-made cars for competitive competitively based prices, in international markets, just because of the associated healthcare cost of our privately held for-profit health care system. And it’s not just cars, My Dear Readers, it’s every single item we make in America and export to international markets. America can not be competitive in international markets when all the other nations have given their citizens the birthright of healthcare.

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Today America took a step backwards. Today Pres. Obama made America take a step backwards. Today is a shameful day for Pres. Obama and for the American people.

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As always I am deeply honored that you come here to read my work.

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Thank you!

 

Weekday Wisdom – The Lie About Your ‘Cheap’ Health Plan

Welcome back My Dear Readers, to The Other Shoe. I know this is supposed to be “WeekEND Wisdom’ but my hand was being pushed. I have been reading… some posts on Facebook… and comments from others on posts on Facebook. The complaint that I am hearing, and the retort for many still supporting the Affordable Care Act (law) is a simple (minded) one.

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“I wasn’t allowed to keep my old health plan… and now I have to pay more…

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On the face of it, this seems to be a genuine complaint, often aired by (what appears to be) intelligent and ‘informed’ people. Nothing could be further from the truth, unfortunately. The proof is coming out, all over the place, that these claims are ‘junk’. Just as the plans these unfortunate (and often grossly uninformed) Americans had been paying for, often for many years.

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See, what happened was that unscrupulous insurance agents had found a way of taking advantage of Americans in good health, and unfortunately poor legal & reading skills. If one can read outside of one network, and one radio station, they will soon be forced to hear or read and articles, like this one;

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“An example from CR: A plan costing $65 a month held by Judith Goss, 48, a Michigan department store employee. When Goss was diagnosed with breast cancer, she discovered the drawbacks of the policy’s coverage limits of $1,000 a year for outpatient treatment and $2,000 for hospitalization — barely enough to cover a day and half a Tylenol in the hospital. She delayed treatment, so her cancer got much worse before she finally opted for surgery. Those sorts of coverage limits are illegal come Jan. 1.”[1]

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Many Americans (without understanding… knowing) had unwittingly been hornswaggeled (by crafty/devious and cunning… if not ill reputable)insurance agents into purchasing very low premium health insurance plans. These plans (as outlined in the report by Consumer Reports[2] ) were crafted for low-information consumers in good-to-great­ health. Only to have, these poor unfortunate consumers, faced with huge medical bills if they were misfortunate enough to get sick, or have an accident.

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“Many people who believe they have adequate health insurance actually have coverage so riddled with loopholes, limits, exclusions, and gotchas that it won’t come close to covering their expenses if they fall seriously ill, a Consumer Reports investigation has found.

At issue are so-called individual plans that consumers get on their own when, say, they’ve been laid off from a job but are too young for Medicare or too “affluent” for Medicaid. An estimated 14,000 Americans a day lose their job-based coverage, and many might be considering individual insurance for the first time in their lives.”[3]

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Further, many thousands of Americans had no idea that they possessed one of these ‘Junk Health Plans’ until this year when they went to their agent and were told “we are no longer offering your health plan… because of Obamacare…”. When the real truth of the matter is that the plans were no longer being sold… BECAUSE? These junk plans were now illegal under Federal Laws to protect consumers!

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“We talked to insurance experts and regulators to learn more. Here is what we found:

  • Heath insurance policies with gaping holes are offered by insurers ranging from small companies to brand-name carriers such as Aetna and United Healthcare. And in most states, regulators are not tasked with evaluating overall coverage.
  • Disclosure requirements about coverage gaps are weak or nonexistent. So it’s difficult for consumers to figure out in advance what a policy does or doesn’t cover, compare plans, or estimate their out-of-pocket liability for a medical catastrophe. It doesn’t help that many people who have never been seriously ill might have no idea how expensive medical care can be.
  • People of modest means in many states might have no good options for individual coverage. Plans with affordable premiums can leave them with crushing medical debt if they fall seriously ill, and plans with adequate coverage may have huge premiums.
  • There are some clues to a bad policy that consumers can spot. We tell you what they are, and how to avoid them if possible.
  • Even as policymakers debate a major overhaul of the health-care system, government officials can take steps now to improve the current market.”[4]

Many Americans, often low information consumers, were being used and defrauded by, what they often thought were, honest and reputable insurance agents. Either due to financial constraints, continuing to use the same agent my father used, or living under the misnomer (based on low information) that “if you just look hard enough…”.

“There is this persistent dream of consumers that, if they only look hard enough, they’ll find really good insurance that costs a lot less,” said Metcalf. “It’s not going to happen. There’s no such thing as a bargain on health insurance. If it’s cheap, it’s cheap for a reason.”[5]

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Now, do not get me wrong, I am not placing the entire blame on these consumers. The industry certainly shares much of the burden of blame.

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Major insurance companies, including Cigna and Aetna, offer mini-med plans that allow for minimum and capped benefits. Robert Zirkelbach, press secretary for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association representing the health insurance industry, said many states use these types of plans to expand coverage for uninsured Americans.”[6]

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Whereas I do not ‘blame’ these consumers for the years and (often) decades of paying for a plan that did an injustice to them and their families. I do, however, blame them for their actions to spin their ignorance into a slam on the Affordable Care Act. In all reality these individuals, and families, should be thanking President Obama, and the Democratic Congressmen and Senators that made this bill law, and set about protecting consumers from themselves.

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These mini-med plans are no illegal to sell, as they should be, and now Americans will not be faced with crippling debt due to their lack of due diligence (when it came to becoming informed about the health care coverage). Here is the real rub for me, as an American and as a writer. These mini-med health plans? They were costing the average tax payer hundreds of millions a year!

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They cost the taxpayer by shifting the cost of care from the ‘insured’ American consumer to the public sector once these consumers fell through the cracks. Once their plans paid out, the cost of their care (Americans making $50,000 – $500,000 a year) was shifted to the public sector plans. Having their savings gutted by irreputable agents and a chronic or catastrophic health concern, high wage hard working Americans ended up on the public services. Whereas, if they had done their due diligence and not looked for something for nothing they would have manageable bills and not ended a burden to society.

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So, here in the ‘No Spin Zone’ of my “Weekday & Weekend Wisdom’ articles I am shifting the paradigm and blame back to these Americans that honestly thought “I had a find with my pervious health plan… now Obamacare has ruined…”. When the reality is that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a law they hold in public disdain has protected these very Americans. Can we say IRONY?

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As always I am honored that you come here and read my work.

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Thank you!

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The ‘Dud’ Cruz Missile…

           Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. As well, welcome to the very first article of a political nature… I have written (and published) in ‘a month of Sundays’. I must admit that I have willingly silenced my political voice… for potential personal gain. My Dear Readers, you all know that I am suffering under immense financial distress. I do my best, with the tools I have… with the education that I have… and greatly limited by my physical and neurological…. deficits.

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I cannot walk… without a cane… without a limp… and for greatly limited distance. I cannot stand… nor can I lift or carry… without dropping. I do my best to sit behind a keyboard and write. Out of a deep love for you, My Dear Readers. I know that in the coming years, once I have my works published… and my writing is helping to put a roof over my head. I will look back on this time with a certain amount of shame. Shame that I had yet to figure out how to turn my words into cash… without Indiegogo.

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I am getting closer, every day, to that turn of the worm. I know that you, My Dear readers, will still be with me. Still reading this blog, and my words. That fact is about the only thing that gets me out of bed, each and every morning. Honestly, with the pain that I endure, each and every day, that I am working with/through this very moment? I am very much surprised that I still number among the living.

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Proof that no matter 'where' Dan 'is'? Dan is Always a PROUD TEXAN!

Proof that no matter ‘where’ Dan ‘is’? Dan is Always a PROUD TEXAN!

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Now, for the ‘Good Stuff’. Be yea FAIR Warned. For those of a weak constitution… for those of a weak mind… for those SO enamored by the anger and hatred of the ‘Far right’? Be fair warned, the following is T R U T H. Unequivocal… Unabashed… Undeniable, TRUTH. I will take no hostages. I will not ‘bandy ’my words. What you read, here today, from this point forward is the reality of our political world… here.. in America.. today.  I have no time for the weak minded. I have no tolerance for the un/ill informed. I have held my tongue (against my better judgment… and with harm to my very soul) for far too long. That ends… T O D A Y! If, because of what I write, you decide to; ‘Unfriend’ me on Facebook… withhold kindness and/or support. So be it. Honestly, if you choose that course of action? You are only doing yourself harm.

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[The following is written out of a sense of responsibility… loyalty… sincerity and not to gloat. I gain no pleasure sharing what I am about to share… writing what you are about to read. Please… bear this in mind… and in your heart, as you read my words. This is/was a labor of love.]

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I voted for Ronald Reagan for President. I was proud as I watched President Reagan work with the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tip O’Neal. I was proud to be an American. Today, not so much… not so much at all. Right now, as I write these words sitting on my bed, the United States Senate is voting to end (what I call) ‘The Cruz Debacle’.

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It is an unfortunate fact, and now a historical fact that Republican leaders have been lying to their supporters. They have been lying about the core of their run(s) for office since 2010.

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            “Senate Republicans were being disingenuous in their claim to support defunding (Obamacare)… “ [1]

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They lied about the very vote(s) they took, on legislation to “defund Obamacare”.

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            “The heat has been turned on for Lindsey Graham, and he is feeling it. The embattled republican senator from South Carolina is relying on misleading semantics to deceive voters into reelecting him over his two serious challengers, state senator Lee Bright (R) and businesswoman Nancy Mace… Graham voted in favor of cloture… for cloture allowed debate to end and the final vote to take place.”[2] .

They have lied about a simple reality. The reality that the United States Senate would never vote to pass a bill to “defund Obamacare” and that the President Of the United States, President Barack Obama would never sign legislation to “defund Obamacare”. For the past three years Republican Congressmen and Senators have been flat-out lying just to get elected/reelected.  What to know what is worse than all those lies? That all too many Republican voters… believed those lies.

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Like sheep to the slaughter, Republicans all over our great nation have been lead by lies and liars. Every single Representative, from both Houses of Congress, knew full well that they had zero chance of “defunding Obamacare”. Yet they sold this false bill of goods, time and again. Election after election, much to the dismay of people like you.

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The people of “The Great State of Texas’ should feel the most betrayed of all the Republican voters in all of the fifty states. Here is the reason, why:

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            “In January of 2011, Houston attorney Ted Cruz announced he would seek the United States Senate seat being vacated by Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

When asked why he wanted to become a member of the Senate and represent the people of his state in that role, Cruz said, “The reason I’m running for Senate: That’s where the real battle is.”

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            “Because if Ted Cruz really meant what he said, he must go down as possibly the greatest failure in the annals of United States Senate history, taking his home state of Texas down with him.” [3]

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“The greatest failure in the annals of the United States history, taking his home state of TEXAS down with him.”

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I am a proud TEXAN. No, right now I do not live in the great state of my birth… I awake each and every day knowing two things; I am in pain… and I am not HOME. Just because I am not there with you all… and that pains me more than I can put into words. Just because I am not there in Texas… does not mean I do not feel you pain. This man… this Senator Cruz has brought great shame to the state of my birth.

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You see, as I said earlier, all Congressmen and Senators (Republican) knew  they would not be able to “Defund Obamacare…” from 2010. They knew, when they lost seats; in the House of Representatives and the Senate, that they could not keep their word… with you the voter.  However, they also knew… or at least were told… and lead to believe, that if they did not run on “Defunding Obamacare…” they would likely be primaried. This fear left them weakened and easily used and led.

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[Just now, this minute the Senate has passed legislation (81-18) to END the shutdown and avoid default on our national debt. I am proud of the elder body of Congress.].

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It is with great joy that I report that the government shutdown has ended and that the debt ceiling is raised.

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Not today, but soon, I will write an article outlining my thoughts, many that I sahre with Warren Buffet, on the ‘Debt Ceiling’and how it is nothing more than a political device and nothing less than a fuse for an economic bomb equal to the atomic device dropped on Hiroshima. Not today, but soon.

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Again, My Dear Readers, I do not write this article as a means of gloating. Nor do I write it as an insult to my fellow Texans, or any Republicans. I write this article as words of warning. Warning that, if Republicans do not move more to the center. If that if Republicans do not give up this govern by gun… this Govern by Disaster’? That soon, and for the rest of time, the Republican party will delegate itself to being (merely) a regional political party.

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Republicans need to take heed of the fate of the Whig party of the late nineteenth century. If you have never heard, or read, about the Whig party and you are a Republican? You simply must take the time to Google the Whig party and objectively read of the fate of said party. The Democratic party was founded in 1792 and is the single oldest political party in America. For me, there is a good reason that the Democratic party has outlived the Whig party, and several others.

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Again, I will not write about the end of the Whig party, today. Soon, My Dear Readers, but not today. Today I want to focus on the warning I have shared. You see, Senator Cruz’s actions have greatly weakened the Republican party. Right now, the Republican party’s poll numbers are upside down. That means that your negatives are higher than your positives. Worse still, recent CNN, Reuters’s, Gallup and PPP polling indicates that the Republican party has the single lowest Congressional approval rating in our nation’s history. That, if the election was today, Democrats would take control of the House Of Representatives by a historic margin.

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Honestly, this does our nation… neither party… and the American people a grave disservice. The single fact that; a freshman Senator had more political pull, within his party, than the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives is so very backwards that it has destabilized the balance of powers within on Congress. This is not just my opinion, this opinion is shared by; Senator John McCain and ex-Senator Bob Dole. This is not the way things work in a Republic. We are witness to a gravely destabilized Republic and it is reeking havoc on our economy and standing in the world. This cannot stand, this should not stand.

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I appeal to my fellow Texas, and to all republicans reading these words. ‘Take back your party from the fringe.’ Take your vote seriously, and stop allowing the loudest and most angry voice to occupy space between your ears. We simply must become a nation of logic, knowledge and compromise again. The fate of our very Republic hangs in the balance. If, right now, you limit your news to just one network. Stop. Even I do not just listen to one network. Start listening to; P.B.S., B.B.C. and even ABC or CBS. I am not asking for Republicans to swtich over to MSNBC or NBC. That, I know, is a bridge too far.

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However, I ask that you temper your input. Broaden your width of your news sources and the depth of their content. Lessen the rhetoric and increase the information. Challenge yourself by opening and broadening the avenues of information. Make yourself… force yourself to become an more informed… better informed citizen and voter. This will not be easy for many Americans. But, let me share a little knowledge tid-bit.

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NBC has been broadcasting news for the past Seventy-Five years. ABC and CBS for the past Sixty-Five years. Fox news has only been reporting since 1996, only seventeen years. Why limit yourself to the single most junior news reporting agency in existence? Shouldn’t your source of news at least be as old as you are?   

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Americans must exercise greater/netter discretion (discretion is the better part of valor) when voting. Take more time to develop your own opinions, and less time merely parroting rhetoric from the; loudest, angriest and most simplistic source of news. Again, I am not writing this to insult anyone. I am not writing this out of any desire to gloat.. or harm. I do write these words out of a sense of journalistic responsibility. As well, I write it out of a sense of friendship. Please, take me at face value. Trust that I am writing this with love in my heart… and a deep desire to help and guide.

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As always, I am deeply honored that you come here and read my work.

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Thank YOU!

 

 

The ‘Hollowing-Out’ of the United States Government

What do you (a Republican) do if the majority of Americans are against your policies to harm governance? You gain a majority in the Lower House and ‘Hollow-Out’ government from the inside, like termites.
It is time to get the termites out of governance. Time to make America ‘Exceptional’ again.
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