In these economically challenging times, finding family entertainment at reasonable prices can be tough.
One of our readers points out that the Cinemark Movies 8 Theater in Lewisville shows movies on Tuesday nights for only 50 cents.
These movies are reasonably recent, but generally not blockbuster new releases. For those movies where you said that maybe you would wait to buy it on DVD or even rent it via On-Demand, you might do better to see the movie at the Cinemark.
During the rest of the week, General Admission is $1.50 ($1.75 on Friday/Saturday) Seniors get 75 cent admission on Mondays.
Well, it's Sunday night and time for a download of all the little thoughts I've been saving up to share.
Vacation We got back from Corpus Christi on Thursday. Actually we stopped in Georgetown on the way back to visit with my mother and my stepfather. Ever go on vacation, then come back and feel like you need some time off to recover? Well...
I've got some cool pictures to upload and share with you.
So, we had this rented Corolla that we got to drive down there in. We had been thinking of buying one, so I rented one to try it by fire. Honestly, I didn't fall in love with it. Rather, the damn seats killed my back. It felt under-powered.
Breaking In So when we finally got home in this rented car, we left a bunch of the stuff in the trunk for the night, with the idea of cleaning it out in the morning. The next day, my oldest son stole the one set of keys that we had for it, and went out to get some cereal out of the trunk. In the process of doing that, he set the keys down in the trunk and shut it, cereal in hand. I was in the middle of a good nap when he came in to tell us what he had done.
So, I had to call a locksmith. That was $95 pissed away. My son's punishment was having to eat that cereal for supper while we had a restaurant meal. I also told him that he would be solving his own problems for the next 5 problems he created. I'm kinda sick of following him around fixing things.
Bought a New Car As I had mentioned in an earlier post, our 1999 Nissan Quest bit the dust, even though it was drivable. It had a cylender misfiring, so it would not pass inspection. The fix was going to cost about $3000 for a van that *might* be worth that much in good shape.
After some online research, we narrowed down our choices between the Civic, Corolla, and the Ford Focus. Since we were going to use the $4500 "cash for clunkers" bonus, we wanted to give the American car company a good shot at it. Honestly I never would have thought about buying a ford, but the Focus seemed to be in our price range and have the features we were looking for.
After filling out an online contact form, we were quickly contacted by the local Ford dealer with a quote on what we were looking for. We were shocked at the low price. It was a 2009 model, so Ford was offering $2000 in incentives.
So we have a nice little metallic blue Focus, and we're impressed with it so far. Today, we discovered two cool features: It will connect via Bluetooth with our phones. Since our phones have MP3 players built in, we can play them wirelessly over the car's sound system. Very sweet. Also, I've never had this feature before: auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Some guy came behind me with really bright fog lamps, and the mirror just sort of automatically darkened to a pleasant blue shade.
Not ready for work I am so not-ready to go back to the daily grind of work. I'm going to spend some time meditating later and hopefully get myself all psyched up to go back and earn my money.
Reading the Health Care Bill I've been reading portions of the Health Care Bill, as I can get to them. Some of it is a real cure for insomnia, but it's been enlightening to see how this is going to work. It seems to me like a pretty solid plan, based on what I've seen. A lot of care has been put into the bill, especially with regard to the transitionary aspects. Hopefully that will prevent some of the worst of the unintended consequences that are likely to accompany any bill of this size, giving the government time to work out the bugs.
If you're interested to know how the Health Care Exchange and Public Option will work, read my summary here.
Twitter I'm not a huge fan of Twitter, but apparently enough people are that most of the blogs are putting updates out there. So, if you're a Twitterer, CONNECT with WhosPlayin
Karaoke I must admit that I enjoy Karoke and pretty much don't care whether I'm any good. I joined some friends on Friday night at Prince Bistro in Flower Mound. They have Blue Moon beer on tap, and I just LOVE that stuff. Anyhow, the sound system was pretty awful, compared to Tiny Tunes, who does the Karaoke at Tierneys and some other places. But, I'm not going to be a karaoke snob. In truth, I had a good time with my friends and good beer, great waitress, and good singers. I'll probably be there again.
Racism Alive and Well in North Texas Watch this video:
In my opinion, the difference between this woman and most of the anti-immigrant activists nowadays is that this woman is at least being honest about her hate. Too many others hide behind thin arguments about just wanting to "enforce the law".
Advertising Some of you may have seen the ads that Google was serving at the top of our pages that linked to a right-wing smear site attacking Health Care Reform. I blocked those not only because they don't fit with our editorial views, but because they were dishonest. I don't mind an honest debate, but fear tactics based on lies are simply reprehensible. Our Advertising Policy is Here.
SoDeCo Democrats Meeting Date: Monday July 27, 2009 Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Repeats: Every month on the last Monday. Location: Landmark Grill Street: FM 407 and McGee Lane City: Lewisville Notes: 6:30 dinner / social hour 7:00 meeting
If you want to know what's in the health care bill currently being considered by Congress, the best thing to do is to read the bill.
Now, the bill (H.R.3200, otherwise known as "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009") as introduced in the house is very large, but since the most controversial part of this is a provision for a "public option" for health care coverage, that is the part we examine here.
A friend of a friend received an email purportedly passed along from Congressman Michael Burgess, MD. (R - Lewisville) alleging things that are demonstrably untrue:
- That anyone over 59 cannot get heart surgery in England's single-payer health care system - That President Obama wants to have a healthcare system like Canada or England. - That the stimulus bill included health care rationing.
The full text of the forwarded part that was ostensibly from Michael Burgess is below:
This is from Congressman and Doctor, Michael Burgess, Denton TX.
SENIOR DEATH WARRANTS:
In England anyone over 59 cannot receive heart repairs or stents or bypass because it is not covered, being too expensive and not needed.
Obama wants to have a healthcare system just like Canada 's and England 's.
I got this today and am sending it on. If Obama's plans in other areas don't scare you, this should. Please do not let Obama sign senior death warrants. Everybody that is on this mailing list is either a senior citizen, is getting close or knows somebody that is.
Most of you know by now that the Senate version (at least) of the "stimulus" Bill includes provisions for extensive rationing of health care for senior citizens. The author of this part of the bill, former senator and tax evader, Tom Daschle was credited today by Bloomberg with the following statement:
Bloomberg: Daschle says "health-care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them."
If this does not sufficiently raise your ire, just remember that our esteemed Senators and Congressmen have their own healthcare plan that is first dollar or very low co-pay which they are guaranteed the remainder of their lives and are not subject to this new law if it passes.
Please use the power of the Internet to get this message out. Talk it up at the grassroots level. We have an election coming up in one year and nine months. And we have the ability to address and reverse the dangerous direction the Obama administration and its allies have begun and in the interim, we can make their lives miserable. Let's do this!
The person who received this passed it along with this message:
Some of my old work buddies are Republicans and anti-Obama. I get a lot of unwanted and unsolicited e-mail and normally just shrug it off. This one though is supposedly in the name of Congressman Burgess. I was incensed by it and immediately sent Congressman Burgess an e-mail wanting to know if he indeed was the originator of this e-mail I described as a scare tactic that went downhill from there. Anyway I thought some of the Denton County Democrats would want to see what's going around the Internet in the name of our Congressman. Others might wish to write him also. Anyway here it is. Do what you see fit with it.
Well, I don't believe much of what I read in email, and these claims sounded familiar.
On a strictly party-line vote, H.R. 2920 passed the House yesterday by 265 to 166, with all but 24 Republicans voting against it.
The "Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2009" as the bill is titled, is intended to enforce budget neutrality of any new tax or spending provisions so that the budget must balance. The act provides that amounts that do not balance would be automatically sequestered. Further, the act clarifies some of the methodologies that the Congressional Budget Office should use in order to accurately reflect the true impact of a given thing on the budget.
Under PAYGO, bills that propose new spending must either raise new money via taxes or find a matching amount to cut from elsewhere.
Local Republican representatives voting against fiscal responsibility in the form of PAYGO were:
So, when you're at those town hall meetings with your representatives this Summer, and they're going on about how irresponsible Washington is, and how it's the other guy and not them - remember this vote.
Know that the current Republican party is all about doing whatever they can to oppose the Democrats and piss off liberals.
House minority leader John Boehner's website had no mention of the rationale for this vote. I suppose they're too busy trying to scare the Fox-news watching crowd with hysteria about the pending health care reform, that they just couldn't be bothered.
I've tried to avoid listening to it or writing about it this week, because the level of rhetoric being spewed by those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo is disgusting.
I'm on vacation and trying to relax. I've had enough of politics in the last year to last a lifetime.
But honestly, how does it feel to be so devoid of constructive ideas that you have to lie about the other side's health care bill as a scare tactic? How do some of these people sleep at night?
While I think it's valid to question and express concerns about a number of things with this bill, there is no excuse for lies and intellectual dishonesty.
Folks, this is really simple. You are ALREADY paying for universal healthcare. It's time to get this done and start getting what you're paying for. We need everyone to get health insurance, and we need a backup option for those who cannot afford it or can't buy it at any price due to a pre-existing condition.
The point of all of this is to collectively save money on health care, reducing its drain on our GDP while improving outcomes. There's nothing sinister here; nobody is trying to ration anything or nationalize anything. If we need to pay a few more bucks in taxes to get it done, it's going to save money overall and in the long run.
Quit listening to the fearmongers who want Americans to lose their nerve and passively surrender to the medical-industrial complex's dire warnings that the sky will fall.