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18h UTC; MONDAY, 7 OCTOBER 2013: Something that especially the Elmer Gantryite element seeking to recast Thy Dear and Lovely Land as God's Own Country (effectively calling out of abeyance apartheid South Africa's claim to the title) needs to think about:

Meanwhile, the leading image for today's post (q.v.) may want to be considered enough of a call for someone to start opening enquiries into whether the "Tea Party" Congressional faction's stalling tactics relative to the Federal budget and its interconnexion to the Affordable Care Act can be deemed seditious, let alone being subject to the following provision of Article I, section 6(a) of the United States Constitution:
The Senators and Representatives shall***in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either house, they shall not be questioned in any other place.
In case the "Real American" (as opposed to the conservative prolefeed simulation) needed a valid reason to recognise the real cost of persistent GOP/"Tea Party" foolishness to abolish the Affordable Care Act "complete and final," and without offering any suitable replacement therefor of any kind, kindly click on the following:

Scammers, beyond any doubt, are relishing the opportunity to exploit for profit the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act and its reforms in provision of health-care cover for more Americans--in particular those on Medicare, as are getting shady-sounding phone calls claiming to be from the United States Government as claim, in and of themselves, that Medicare is being absorbed into Obamacare and that Medicare clients will need to reapply and get new cards under the law.

Such, in fact, is not the case; to the contrary, Medicare will continue as a separate and distinct entity (under the Social Security Administration's purview) from the Affordable Care Act, "Tea Party" objections to the latter as "endangering" ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe and putting same in Clear and Present Danger of Usurption notwithstanding. What's worse, those getting such calls as aforementioned will likely be asked for sensitive personal and financial information (including bank and credit-card account numbers) as may be employed in furtherance of identity theft taking unscrupulous advantage of the diminished mental and intellectual capacity of most Medicare receipents; hence, if you get such calls, hang up and report such to 1-800-MEDICARE posthaste. (If your phone has the Caller ID function, make note of the phone number as placed the call; such could help speed enquiries, and it may not hurt to mention where it's possible that the number displayed may have been spoofed.)

Come to think of it: How many of these scam operatives have possible "Tea Party" or similar ideological interconnexions, using such scams as a fundraising front (all the while hoping to keep such discreet and above board)?

It used to be that radio and TV broadcasters relied on the Neilsen and/or Arbitron ratings for their programmes to calculate advertising rates as create the illusion of AmeriKKKan radio and TV programming being available on a "free-no-cost" basis, as opposed to many foreign countries assessing licence fees on its listeners and viewers to cover the costs of state-sponsored public-service broadcasters. And especially so during the traditional November, February and May "sweepstakes" periods.

Now, Twitter has come out with a new application metric as will calculate TV ratings based on the "buzz" generated by the official Twitter feeds and hashtags for many popular programmes, rather than actual viewership numbers (as is the case with Neilsen's ratings for both broadcast and cable/satellite programming). Whether such will have any realistic impact on calculating advertising rates is anybody's guess.

You've probably seen those bumper stickers saying something to the effect of "My comedy channel? Fox News ... My news channel? Comedy Central" on cars all over the place of late ... and it's the notion of Fox News being a comedy channel in disguise prompting Your Correspondent to wonder if it's the aphonics (such who, owing to a neurological condition, are bereft of speech) as are proving it all the more with their hysterical laughter calling to mind scenes thereof in Reefer Madness, as if trying to explain to the world that Fox News is a fraud of the highest order. (There are actual studies suggesting where aphonics could be using their laughter as a way to smell out the fraudulent and misleading, the fact of which may want to be noted among especially nurses or home health workers as deal with the aphonics among us.)

And staying with the aphonic for the moment, such calls to mind a story about the aphonic coal miner out West Virginia way who was told by his doctor to consider riding an especially scary specimen of rollercoaster (most often than not, the Coney Island Cyclone figures prominently) as a way to deal with the problem ... and having made his journey on same, coming back from the experience, he was said to have responded "I feel sick."

In the immortal words of the late John Cameron Swayze
as concluded every broadcast
of the Camel News Caravan (NBC-TV, 1949-1956),
"That's the story; glad we could get together ..."


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