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A partial list of good and worthwhile things the GOP is out to destroy. February 24, 2017

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A federal civilian hiring freeze ordered by President Donald Trump has forced at least two Army bases to indefinitely suspend some child care programs. Okay, louder for the folks in the back: Republicans do not support our troops. They pay lip service when it’s convenient and screw them over once it’s not. The party that gives a damn about the military is the Democrats.

“[The Obamacare removal of health-insurance lifetime limits] took effect September 23, 2010. Timmy was born September 29. On December 17, he surpassed $1 million worth of bills in the neonatal intensive care unit. He didn’t leave the NICU until he was 6 months old.” One of the many American children that Republicans don’t care about.

In El Paso, 11-year-old Rudy Smith lost most of the therapy services that helped him cope with cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy, which plagues him with 50 to 100 seizures a day. His mother says she’s having trouble getting prescriptions filled, and the insurance company keeps sending her incorrect or faulty medical supplies.” A subset of the many children in Texas that Republicans don’t care about.

I thought I should try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration, in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens. I lasted eight days.”

One more way the Trump administration is killing jobs: he’s on track to devastate our tourism industry. “A drop of that magnitude, if continued, would reduce the value of foreign travel within the U.S. by billions of dollars. And the number of jobs supported by foreign tourists and their expenditures in the United States—and thus lost—would easily exceed hundreds of thousands of workers in hotels, restaurants, transportation, stores, tour operations, travel agencies, and the like.”

A case from 2011, with lessons for today: “Cash gets angry when people tell him that his Hispanic workforce was taking jobs away from Americans. Since the new law began two weeks ago only two American citizens have come by his farm asking for work.”

Thousands of photographs showing what America looked like before the EPA. (Hint: there’s a whole lot of smog.)

Happy Evolution Day! (Yes, really.) November 24, 2008

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Online socializing is good for us. Includes some charming examples of netspeak, with helpful translations.

Economic crisis hits our vets hard; nation cringes.

Speaking of that economy – SixApart (used to own LJ, sold it last year) is giving out free accounts to laid-off journalists. Not a bad move.

Also, if you’re tired of holding up your hands to the TV to block out the Christmas ads (…am I the only one who does that?), that goes back to money too. Low sales numbers are pushing retailers to plug their holiday deals early. I’ll be covering my eyes until after Thanksgiving.

I did, however, make an exception to my ’tis-not-the-season-YET,-folks! policy for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All. It did not disappoint. Without getting too spoilery: sure, they could have made slightly better use of that mistletoe . . . but that scene at the windowpane? Yeah, my heart grew a few sizes that day.