Time Warner decided to keep calling a Texas woman saying she was late on her bill. The problem? Their robocall system had the wrong person, and even after she called and even after she filed lawsuit, their system kept calling. Now a judge has had enough and ruled that the cable giant must pay that plaintiff $229,500 in damages. The award was triple the amount specified in US Code, but the judge also said "Defendant harassed plaintiff with robo-calls until she had to resort to a lawsuit to make the calls stop, and even then TWC could not be bothered to update the information in its IVR system". This is a win for the good side and hopefully one that starts making changes on the harassing policy of so many companies. 

First she quit her job as Governor of Alaska. Then she quit Fox News. Now the former VP candidate, Sarah Palin, has quit something else. This time it's her own web network. Yes, the online channel, launched just last year for $10/month, has announced it's going bye bye. Hard to imagine why it bombed so quick, especially with such riveting custom content as this. Hard to imagine, indeed. 

Last week the NYTimes reported the health insurers are seeking some huge premium increases in 2016. When I read it the only one really mentioned was the typical culprit, Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Needless to say that came as no shock. We heard the same story last year, and why they did go up here in Ohio, other plans stayed the same or even dropped. I saw a 20% decrease in my premiums and I got much better coverage than BC/BS offers and for a much better price with lower deductibles and co-pays. So it should come to no shock that we need to look into the insurance giant, and that's exactly what California has done. The non-profit BC/BS was found to be hoarding in excess of $4 billion, and that has now caused them to lose their non-profit status in California. Perhaps it's time HHS and the DOJ also do the same and initiate a nation-wide investigation into the insurance giant?

The Hill has released their top 10 list of likely Republican nominees. At the top of the list is Jeb Bush, with Scott Walker coming in second. Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson also make the top 5, with John Kasich rounding it off at #10. See the complete list here and start praying that the Democrats win in 2016. 

I enjoy celebrating our independence every year, as well as enjoy the fireworks displays. Here in Ohio, we aren't allowed to let off fireworks, but we do have some great displays in our local towns. Of course the law banning fireworks doesn't stop people from setting them off. At 1:00 this morning I still had people around me letting off super loud mortars. That got me to thinking. We hear about towns being so financially hurt in Ohio, so why don't they do a revenue increase by enforcing the laws on fireworks? Sure, you might be thinking I'm a scrooge, and hey I love letting them off too. But if law enforcement would just go after those firing off their poppers at all hours of the night then the towns will get a little more money and the law-abiding, or at least courteous citizens will get some decent sleep. 

If We Treated Marijuana Like Guns

An interesting story in our local news got me thinking this on this Independence Day, the serious disconnect people have with severity.

Now that marriage equality is the law of the land, the vitriolic right-wing preachers are calling for punishments we always equate with Islamic law, namely the stoning to death of same sex couples and people who officiate their weddings. Yes, these hate-filled bastards are that much of a cancer on our society. 

Dear Ted Cruz. Stop With The Drama Queen

Since the SCOTUS dealt some major defeats to the rights agenda last week, Ted Cruz has been on the war path.


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