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The GOP Civil War

September 30, 2013 2 comments

As you likely know, if you follow the news, the GOP and Dems are at each other over Obamacare again.

On the face of it, this whole thing is silly. The GOP might not like it, but the Dems control the White House and the Senate. Trying to hold a gun to their head to change their minds, is very unlikely to work. In the end, this will go on for a bit, until Wall Street gets fed up and then the GOP will be forced to give in.

But really, this is about the tea party vs the rest of the GOP. The rest of the GOP wants to move on. They may not like Obamacare, but this is not the time to fight this battle (nor is it the right time when they get to the debt ceiling). This is a losing battle for the GOP until they control more of the govt.

Look here is my $.02 on Obamacare:

  • I’ve seen first hand how companies don’t hire full time employees because they don’t want to pay the overhead of health insurance.  Instead, they hire contractors so they don’t have to pay for benefits.
  • Because of the above point, I think it makes sense to decouple your job and health insurance.
  • Because of the high cost, some sort of govt. help is needed to get people health insurance.
  • While I’ll agree that Obamacare is likely to have problems (with anything new, you need to shake out the bugs), it’s a step in the direction of decoupling your health insurance to your job.  Therefore I support it.  It can be adjusted later as needed.
  • The GOP plan is: keep everything the same.  This I don’t agree with, so until I see something more serious, I’m stuck with supporting Obamacare.
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Creationist School Closing

September 23, 2013 1 comment

A bit of old news but Blue Ridge Christian Academy is closing.

These are the folks that gave us this test:

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God didn’t provide this time as the school closed due to financial trouble.

Look, it’s fine if you want to believe in God, Santa Clause, Unicorns, etc. I might weigh these equally, but that doesn’t mean you have to. The issue is when this believe gets in the way of, in this case, your child’s education. It’s the classic case of what happens when faith clashes against our observations.

Death of Tequatl!

September 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Not the first to do it, but grats to Yak’s Bend! I’ve been looking for a vid on how to do this!

Tim Minchin’s Storm

September 17, 2013 Leave a comment

I like this video, not just because of the message, but because I can see my wife giving me ‘the eye’ just like what happened to the person in the vid.

Conditionmancer

September 16, 2013 Leave a comment

I want to take a second and give some props to Iamoneandiamlegion

If you have a Necromancer and you are not watching his videos, you are missing something. The amount of detail he gives about his Necro builds are over the top. This is the build I current have and it really does well in PvE. I was playing it last night and our group was hitting the 25 stack limit for bleeding consistently. The character has a very good survivability rate as well.

One thing I’m trying to learn about is how to put a good group together for PvE. In general, I like to have two fighter types (Guardian\Warrior) and the other 3 split between support (Necro\Engineer\Mesmer) and DPS (Elementalist\Ranger). I’m not sure where to put the Thief in a group yet.

I’ve learned a number of ways to glitch the game in PvE, but would like to learn better how to take things down as a group. What does each Profession has to offer? I’ll post things as I find them or feel free to point me to good links.

Guild Wars 2

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Yes I’m back 🙂

Sorry I was gone so long. Part of the reason is summer vacation with the kids. The other reason is Guild Wars 2 rocks and I’ve finally came up for air…

This review sums up my feelings very well:

The game feels like Elder Scrolls to me (which also has an online game coming out). I’ve always had two issues with games like that and World of Warcraft:

  • I want to play the game with other people
  • I don’t want to pay a monthly fee. Just don’t always have the time to get my money out of it.

Guild Wars 2 has set a high bar and solves both issues where these other games only could solve one. It will be interesting to see how Elder Scrolls goes, but I’m not leaving GW2 anytime soon.

I will post regularly again. Honest. 🙂