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  1. Comrade X
    Comrade X February 19, 2018 8:53 am

    I’ll be a Redneck Hillbilly till death, use to be a Deadhead hippie too but I’s now listen to Eilen Jewell much more than the Dead.

    Just ordered Hillbilly Elegy, thanks Claire.

  2. Myself
    Myself February 19, 2018 9:19 am

    @Comrade X:

    Though Jim Goad is clearly a troubled individual, you may also like The Redneck Manifesto.
    (assuming of course you haven’t already read i)

  3. Shel
    Shel February 19, 2018 10:59 am

    Had to smile. I’ve already read it, too.

  4. Claire
    Claire February 19, 2018 11:40 am

    Thanks for the Amazon order, Comrade X. Let us know how you like it. I read the essay/excerpt (or maybe it was and interview with the author) that was posted online late last year & it was very good. I think I linked to it; will try to dig that up again.

    Myself, I agree that The Redneck Manifesto is worth a read (and also agree with your assessment of Jim Goad). Hillbilly Elegy is likely to have a lot more mainstream influence, for sure.

  5. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook February 19, 2018 12:40 pm

    This comment applies to Friday Links, the story about Idaho hopefully offering Obamacare-defiant policies. I am a few days late, so I am reposting it here.

    I hope Idaho actually does go ahead and allow actual health insurance again. Health insurance has been outlawed by Obamacare. Literally, by the dictionary definition. insurance – “the act, system, or business of insuring property, life, one’s person, etc., against loss or harm arising in specified contingencies, as fire, accident, death, disablement, or the like, in consideration of a payment proportionate to the risk involved.”

    U.S. Code Title 42, Chapter 6A, Subchapter XXV, Section 300gg-4: “A group health plan, and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage, may not require any individual (as a condition of enrollment or continued enrollment under the plan) to pay a premium or contribution which is greater than such premium or contribution for a similarly situated individual enrolled in the plan on the basis of any health status-related factor in relation to the individual or to an individual enrolled under the plan as a dependent of the individual.”

    So the definition of insurance includes paying a premium proportionate to risk. The Code of Babylon (a.k.a. the U.S. Code) says an insurance company may not charge premiums that are different from others based on any health-related factor. I hope Idaho manages to make health insurance legal again.

  6. larryarnold
    larryarnold February 20, 2018 12:21 am

    Jogger shoots attacker in “the groin.” It’s amusing enough that authorities won’t say exactly what that implies.
    I remember, back in the day before they wore so much armor, football players would get hit, and end up in the middle of the field in the fetal position. The guy on the PA would announce, “He had his breath knocked out.”

    Musicians have always taken hits, particularly if their work was appreciated by younguns. Jazz took big hits, and when the Beatles sang on Ed Sullivan fathers across the U.S. made sons get haircuts.
    The aforementioned Regency novel cites the prevailing “scandalous” nature of the Waltz.

    Ref: Personal responsibility, here’s something interesting:
    ‘Gun Politics Is Where the Easy Caricature of America’s Radicalized Youth Marching Toward Socialism Ends’

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