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NEW SONGS FOR BOOMERS

Johnny Marr - New Town Velocity (performed live at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions - another brilliant song from 2013 album The Messenger)

Johnny Marr performing “New Town Velocity” Live at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions (by KCRW)

NEW SONGS FOR BOOMERS

Johnny Marr - The Right Thing Right (from 2013 album The Messenger)

Amazon: The Messenger


Johnny Marr - The Right Thing Right (by Johnny Marr)

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NEW SONGS FOR BOOMERS

David Bowie - The Next Day (from 2013 album The Next Day - a great album, one of the best of 2013!)

Amazon: The Next Day (Deluxe Edition)


David Bowie- The Next Day (by awake352)

NEW SONGS FOR BOOMERS

Steve Gunn - Water Wheel (from 2013 album Time Off)

Amazon: Time Off


Steve Gunn: “Water Wheel” from Time Off (PoB-08, 2013) (by Brendan Greaves)

Did you know the Rolling Stones did a Rice Krispies commercial in 1963? It’s the only RS song that was ever credited to Brian Jones.

Rolling Stones - Rice Krispies (by burtonm1962)

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) turned to Twitter on Friday in the hopes of generating some support for his far-right budget plan. In the process, he pushed a very familiar line: “Every family must balance its budget. Washington should too. Sign the petition to support a balanced budget.”

I can appreciate the folksy appeal of the message – the “every family must balance its budget” argument has a certain down-home, common-sense sort of quality to it. If American families and American businesses can’t run massive deficits and borrow billions, the argument goes, why does the American government?

The point that generally gets lost is the detail that matters: families and businesses borrow money and run deficits all the time. Ryan may struggle with this, but it’s a positive, not a negative, development.

When a family goes to buy a home, for example, its members don’t simply write a check; they take out a mortgage. Almost no one can afford to literally buy a home outright, so Americans routinely take out very large loans, and make payments, with interest.

The same is true when a family wants a car, tackles college tuition, or thinks about starting a small business. American families, in other words, take on debts, some of them huge relative to their incomes, all the time. There’s nothing wrong with any of this – these are just routine examples of people investing in themselves, as they should.

Businesses to do this, too, borrowing money to make capital improvements, expand locations, buy smaller companies, etc. Companies generally create jobs this way, and do so with the blessing of investors.

The government’s debts aren’t identical, but policymakers take on debts to invest in things they consider worthwhile, too. A family that relies on student loans to pay for college should be able to relate to a government that relies on loans to pay for public services. The family thinks it’ll be worth living in the red for a while, so long as it can make the payments and afford the interest, because they’ll be better off in the long run – and the government believes the exact same thing.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) turned to Twitter on Friday in the hopes of generating some support for his far-right budget plan. In the process, he pushed a very familiar line: “Every family must balance its budget. Washington should too. Sign the petition to support a balanced budget.”

I can appreciate the folksy appeal of the message – the “every family must balance its budget” argument has a certain down-home, common-sense sort of quality to it. If American families and American businesses can’t run massive deficits and borrow billions, the argument goes, why does the American government?

The point that generally gets lost is the detail that matters: families and businesses borrow money and run deficits all the time. Ryan may struggle with this, but it’s a positive, not a negative, development.

When a family goes to buy a home, for example, its members don’t simply write a check; they take out a mortgage. Almost no one can afford to literally buy a home outright, so Americans routinely take out very large loans, and make payments, with interest.

The same is true when a family wants a car, tackles college tuition, or thinks about starting a small business. American families, in other words, take on debts, some of them huge relative to their incomes, all the time. There’s nothing wrong with any of this – these are just routine examples of people investing in themselves, as they should.

Businesses to do this, too, borrowing money to make capital improvements, expand locations, buy smaller companies, etc. Companies generally create jobs this way, and do so with the blessing of investors.

The government’s debts aren’t identical, but policymakers take on debts to invest in things they consider worthwhile, too. A family that relies on student loans to pay for college should be able to relate to a government that relies on loans to pay for public services. The family thinks it’ll be worth living in the red for a while, so long as it can make the payments and afford the interest, because they’ll be better off in the long run – and the government believes the exact same thing.

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So, taken together, what have we learned of late?

* ACA enrollment through exchanges reached 7.1 million, ahead of early estimates.

* The ACA is quickly reducing the uninsured rate.

* Thanks in part to the ACA, health care spending has slowed dramatically and health care inflation is at its lowest point in 50 years.

* According to the Department of Commerce, the ACA is also having a positive effect on personal incomes.

* And according to the CBO, the system is even more affordable than previously projected.

(Links in the original for data supporting each point.)

CBO: Affordable Care Act getting even more affordable | MSNBC

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Missouri Pastor’s Fiery Speech Against Equal Rights for Homosexuals Has Stunning Twist Ending

Pardon my French, but this Pastor is a badass mothafucka.

The entire speech is further enhanced by the insight provided in this YouTube comment:

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Watch till the end.  Trust me.

Someone give this man an award. 

He literally just slayed their assholes open wow

Watch how uncomfortable the people in the background get when the speech turns around. They were probably agreeing with everything he had said up until then.

Give this man a gold medal to go along with those cast-iron balls.

Can I get a slow-clap for the good preacher here?

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