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The Walking Dead Finale: No More Mr. Nice Guy

By on 4.1.14 | 12:34PM

The fourth season of the wildly popular series, The Walking Dead, wrapped up this past Sunday, and 15.7 million viewers tuned in. Most of this season was spent rebuilding each character after the end of their peaceful stay in a refurbished prison. The fourth season separated each of the main characters into groups and began to build out backstories and develop narratives in a very pleasing way. The finale ended that granular storytelling and brought the larger group back together. It also created a new antagonist to contend with.

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The finale, "A", was comprised of the current storyline juxtaposed with a flashback story of Rick in the peaceful prison. This showed that Rick is done trying to live a life of peace in this brutal new world. However, the show, as it sometimes does, dangled over the edge of being too obvious and cliché with its signaling of character changes. There was also the constant reminder that "We’re all the walking dead!" which is ubiquitous and overdone.

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Obamacare’s Cosmetic Surgery

By on 4.1.14 | 12:18PM

Breitbart columnist John Sexton is reporting that the LA Times claims 9.5 million previously uninsured Americans now have health insurance. But almost half – 4.5 million – are on Medicaid. Countless others signed up through the health care exchanges and are receiving subsidies to make their insurance affordable. Another 3 million simply piggy-backed on their parents’ plans.

Then of the 6 million the government claims have enrolled on Healthcare.gov, even the Times admits that only 2 million were previously uninsured. (And who knows how many will actually pay their premiums?)

Sexton’s main point was that expanding Medicaid and allowing adult children to remain on their parents’ insurance would have been enough to solve 80 percent of the problems that Obamacare’s bureaucratic labyrinth “fixed," while saving billions of dollars, hours of time, and the mental health of the country.

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Don Baylor Catches a Bad Break

By on 4.1.14 | 10:22AM

Now this is a first. Prior to last night's Opening Day game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, Angels hitting coach Don Baylor fractured his leg after catching the ceremonial first pitch from former Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero. He will undergo surgery today. The Angels lost the game 10-3 despite a first inning home run from Mike Trout. 
 
Baylor returned to the Angels in the off-season after having spent the past three seasons as part of the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff. After beginning his playing career with the Baltimore Orioles, Baylor played with the Angels from 1977 to 1982 winning the AL MVP in 1979. Baylor would later play with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins and Oakland A's and has also managed the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. 
 
I have a feeling this might be a bad omen for the Angels. However the Angels do this season I hope Baylor has a speedy recovery and returns to his duties soon.

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Sebelius Possible Subject of Corruption Indictment

By on 4.1.14 | 9:37AM

The Associated Press is reporting, quoting unnamed sources, that Attorney General Eric Holder is preparing a criminal indictment of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius based on a still-secret joint finding by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Justice Department that Sebelius received payments from a secretive conservative organization – thought to be tied to two wealthy drug dealers (known to their customers as the "Coke Brothers") and an associate of theirs in the arms trafficking business – in order to intentionally damage the functionality, credibility, and roll-out of the web site for the federal Obamacare exchange.

According to the sources, Sebelius received cash, a remodeled kitchen, and a red Tibetan Mastiff puppy (sired by a champion) valued at over $100,000, with the total compensation approaching $425,000.

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Good Thing the Obamacare Deadline Was Delayed

By on 3.31.14 | 4:47PM

We made it. Today is the “official” deadline to sign up for Obamacare (ignoring the unofficial deadline that’s still two weeks away).

That is, if the White House can get the website up and running.

When Americans logged onto Healthcare.gov this morning, they were unable to create a new profile. Although anyone already in the system had no trouble completing their application, new enrollees were locked out of the website.

USA Today reported:

Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said the tech team monitoring HealthCare.gov identified an issue with users creating new accounts, a problem agents were reporting earlier in the day and USA TODAY found when reporters tried to create accounts.

At noon Peters said the application and enrollment tools were unavailable to new users. "The tech team is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible," she said.

At shortly after 1 p.m. it appeared the situation had improved somewhat and some newcomers were able to enroll.

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Noah Not Worth Your Time

By on 3.31.14 | 4:41PM

I rarely credit Slate with genius, but their coverage of what was and wasn’t biblical in the new Noah deserves respect.

I’d read multiple blogs about the “extra-biblical” nature of Noah from other devout Christians. Some cursed the movie and some praised it. Being the curious person I am, I had to watch it for myself.

Let’s just say it wasn’t worth the $13 movie ticket price.

Although the movie had some compelling and riveting scenes, the overall premise and many details of the film were simply un-biblical. I have seen plenty of “un-biblical” movies—but if you are going to base a movie off of sacred texts, you should approach it with special caution. This environmentalist apocalypse theme couldn’t be further from the point that the biblical story of Noah is supposed to make.

Spoilers ahead.

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Nate Silver: The Anti-Science Koch Brother

By on 3.31.14 | 2:39PM

The number of villains Democrats can use in fundraising letters just grew by one. Nate Silver, who correctly predicted how each state would vote in the 2012 presidential election, has joined the likes of the sinister Koch brothers after forecasting a 60 percent likelihood that Republicans will take the Senate in November.

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School Choice Reaches CO Supreme Court

By on 3.31.14 | 12:44PM

As education scholars at AEI put it, Douglas County, Colorado is the "most interesting school district in America" as it "tests the limits of education reform." And like any good reforms, Douglas County's revolutionary changes (which are likely important factors in making DougCo one of the fastest growing counties in the country) are being attacked by teachers unions, the ACLU, and other statist and anti-religion interests.

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The Beer Spectator Welcomes Spring With Four Ales

By on 3.30.14 | 7:04PM

Yes, the rain has arrived in D.C., and that means it's springtime. Which, for me and many other beer drinkers, gives us an opportunity to dive into sessions and farmhouses. 

Conventionally, I'm an IPA drinker. However, last night I made the conscious decision to drink fewer of those palette-blasting beers, in favor of sweeter stouts and malty pale ales. You know what that means: more choices and more varieties to explore.

Over the next two weeks, I will explore these types. 

Springs at Villanova University on the Main Line in Pennsylvania were the most beautiful I've ever experienced. San Francisco doesn't have seasons, so it doesn't compare. Washington attempts to compete with its cherry blossoms, but Villanova will always hold a place in my heart for its arboretum-esque atmosphere. When spring came, everybody knew: The blossoms sprang out, the grass grew green, and co-eds returned to the fields to throw frisbees and baseballs. 

At that time, I drank what everybody else drank: the conventional light beers that quenched my thirst. Your Natty Lights and Bud Lights, and Yuengling when I was sick of those. 

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Cabrera’s Contract Fishier Than Trout’s

By on 3.29.14 | 6:10PM

Cabrera’s Contract Fishier Than Trout’s

 

In the space of the past 24 hours both Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera and Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout have signed significant contract extensions were their respective teams.

On Thursday, Cabrera (who had been under contract through 2015) signed an 8-year contract extension worth $248 million. The Tigers have vesting options for both the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The contract is worth $292 million without the vesting options and $352 million with them. He is now the highest paid player in the game. Cabrera has won back to back AL MVP Awards and in 2012 became the first player to win the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski did so for the Boston Red Sox in 1967. Cabrera has also won three consecutive AL batting titles. He has driven in 100 or more runs for 10 seasons in a row.

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