Friday, May 4, 2012

Peace to my man Adam Yauch

Beastie Boys hit when I was a freshman in high school.  They’ve been a very big part of my life and have been at the top of my favorite bands list from day one.  I was fortunate enough to see them live five times.  Needless to say, the news of Adam Yauch’s passing is very upsetting to me.
So I say peace to Adam Yauch.  Peace to his family.  Peace to his fellow band mates.  You have been part of so many joyous moments in my life and will continue be part of many more to come.  I look forward to sharing your work with my children and their children.  Your legacy is what makes life wonderful and I will remember you, always.
Thank you.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Have a Pre-existing Condition? Know Somebody With One? Then the AHCA is for You!

Chances are you know somebody with some sort of pre-existing medical condition.  My father has a ton of them.  He lost a foot of colon to cancer in his 40s.  Had a massive stroke in his late 50s.  He’s lucky to have had the crappy insurance he had.  I share this because I know somebody with a pre-existing condition.  You might too.  They may have had trouble getting insurance and it was perfectly legal for insurance companies to deny them coverage.

With the Affordable Health Care Act, folks with pre-existing conditions are covered.  Best of all, if you don’t have a current condition, you may in the future.  Should something happen in said future, then insurance companies cannot deny you coverage!  It’s insurance on your insurance!!!

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the AHCA and they can decide the law is unconstitutional.  That would be unfortunate.  If you have a couple of minutes, check out this short clip from Doctor’s for America explaining one of the more important aspects of this law.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ladies, Take a Look at Who’s Discussing Your Health With Congress

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) had a hearing today.  As he put it, “…the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience…”  The ultimate goal here is to nullify the White House’s birth control mandate that was announced last week, so it most certainly is about reproductive rights.

The photo above is the panel that was allowed to testify to the committee.  Elijah Cummings (D-MD) asked that a female witness be included.  Issa responded by denying the request saying that the woman was “…not an appropriate witness.”  Actually:
The proposed witness in question, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, is a friend of a fellow-student who lost an ovary after being denied contraceptives prescribed as a medical treatment. She is also obviously connected to one of the “religiously-affiliated institutions” that are at the center of the controversy, even according to the opponents of the mandate.
This whole thing is a crock-o-shit if there ever was one.  Here it is in very simple terms…Forced ”Religious Freedoms” infringe on my “Personal Freedoms.”  Meaning, if a church can dictate what happens to non-believers, then I’m not very free, now am I.  And, if I was a woman, I’d be furious that a bunch of no-sex-having men would have the nerve to dictate to me how I should manage my body.  If people don’t want to use birth control because of their religious beliefs, fine.  That’s their right.  Let them Duggar themselves to heavenly bliss.  Just leave the rest of us alone to figure our own thing out.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Need Help Preparing Your Taxes? Try The Real Deal Tax Lady!

Some of us have a bad time preparing your taxes.  Some of us don’t even want to do them.  If this is you, then perhaps you should try the Real Deal Tax Lady!  She uses all the modern techniques to prepare your taxes and can be found on Facebook and email!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Night! Outta Sight! AC Freakin' DC!!!!

Seeing as how we're resurrecting ye olde site, we might as well roll out the old standards, right?  Check out a short haired Angus Young doing what he does with the rest of the boys on a flatbed!

The Real Food Stamp President

In the previous post, I mentioned Newt Gingrich's fondness of tagging Obama with the "Food Stamp President" crown.  Take a guess at who the real Food Stamp President is.  Congressman Luis Gutierrez has the answer and it’s not Obama:

If American is Truly a Christian Nation, then Perhaps We Should Start Acting Like Christians

I’m not a religious man, but I like to believe that I have a basic grasp of what Jesus was getting at while he was doing his thing.  Jesus never had an affiliation, other than to God and his fellow human beings.  Jesus never said, “Today’s kids don’t have any work ethic, so perhaps they should start cleaning school toilets.”  Or, as Gary Kamiya put it in his Salon article “Jesus versus the GOP:”
…we still have the evidence of the Bible itself. And one does not need to believe in the infallibility of that document to see that the Jesus who is depicted in it was implacably opposed to authoritarianism, warmongering, contempt for the poor, exaltation of wealth, conformity, and sanctimoniousness – in short, everything the contemporary Republican Party stands for.
Kamiya goes on to quote Matthew 19:21, in which Jesus says, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven.”

Kind of blows up Romney’s claim to any moral high ground, doesn’t it? 

Don’t forget Catholic Newt Gingrich and his too clever by half phrase, “The Food Stamp President”  Gingrich claims that “…more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.”  As a practicing Catholic, would you think Gingrich would want to, you know, help feed the poor, you know, as Jesus taught?

My father-in-law, who is a religious man, and I discuss this point quite frequently.  He, as am I, is completely dumfounded when Republicans claim the high moral ground when all of their policies only improve the lives of those who need the least.  If this country is truly a Christian nation, it’s time we stop looking out for ourselves, and start helping the little guy, just like Jesus taught.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Progressive Bumper Stickers

These are for the guy who sports an "Obama as the Joker" or "WorldNetDaily" bumper sticker on the back of his car.  Shared these yesterday on Google+ and thought they'd be a good addition here too.

Look What I Found Buried in My Internet Attic!

atticIt’s been a long time, hasn’t it?  Before today, the last time you heard from me, I was complaining about Olympic coverage.  That’s a long time ago.  Nine days short of two years to be exact.  During that time, I pretty much gave up on the whole blogging thing.  I was burned out.  I was disillusioned.  I was done. 

I let the original domain go* figuring I’d never return, or if I did, I’d always have the free BlogSpot domain name to satisfy any urges to spill my guts all over the intertubes.  Truth is, I really let my social internet presence go to hell.  My Twitter account has been overrun by the standard Twitter weeds of “Social Media Gurus” and girls looking for dates.  I started whoring Twitter feed to advertisers selling electronic cigarettes and cheap glasses, thinking I could make a fast buck.  So very sad.  While I still have connections via Google+ and Facebook, I’ve pretty much lost touch with just about everybody I met during 2009 and am sure that my slutty Twitter feed ruined any good will I had built up.  It was incredibly flaky and for that, I am truly sorry.

The good news, for at least me, is, I kept checking into the site.  Sure there was nothing going on, but I was enjoying reading what I had wrote and remembered the fun I did have.  So, I secured a new domain name and updated the look of the site. I think I’ll have another go at this thing.  I don’t think I’ll match the 600+ posts of 2009 or will promote the site as aggressively as before.  This is for me and I hope you have as much enjoyment reading it as I do writing it.

Now, since the site has been dead for so long, I lost pretty much all of my followers, which weren’t that many to begin with.  I probably has as many people reading as Christian Slater had listening when he ran his pirate radio station in “Pump Up the Volume.”  Right now, I kind of feel like he did when he stared his station and nobody listened.  That’s cool.  I don’t mind.

*Speaking of the old domain name, it now belongs to a Japanese teeth whitening company and is owned by an individual named Yamaguchi.  How you get teeth whitening out of andrewtisonthecut is beyond me.  Surely somebody can enlighten me. 

Happy Birthday ATiotC!

Today is On The Cut's third birthday.  Seeing as how I haven't posted in almost two years, I'm sure you're surprised that I still care.  More on that in a bit....