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Conservative Freak Out (Update)

It was this itty-bitty little graph that caused conservatives to absolutely lose their minds last week. Basically, a study from the Pew Research Center revealed that there are a lot of women who are the sole breadwinner or the major breadwinner in their households. For those of us who live in the reality-based world, we’ve recognized for some time that the “Leave It to Beaver” or “Father Knows Best” male-dominated models of the household simply don’t exist to the extent that they did back in the 1950s in the United States. This changed for a variety of reasons. Yet, conservatives simply

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Some of the richest counties in the United States surround DC, why? (Updated)

This is an interesting question. I’m glad it was brought up in discussion. Some are pointing to the salaries of federal employees as an indication of how bloated our government truly is. I look at the zip codes around DC, Virginia and Maryland and I see lobbyists. I see $3000 suits. I see expensive sports cars. I see government contractors. I see multimillion dollar houses which government employees cannot afford. Average income in Loudoun County, Virginia is $110,000. The average government employee income is less than $75,000. Please note that the house below is for sale in the Loudoun County area.

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Bill Maher – New Rule

I like this rule. From HuffPo: New Rule: Let’s not fire the teachers when students don’t learn – let’s fire the parents. Last week President Obama defended the firing of every single teacher in a struggling high school in a poor Rhode Island neighborhood. And the kids were outraged. They said, “Why blame our teachers?” and “Who’s President Obama?” I think it was Whitney Houston who said, “I believe that children are our future – teach them well and let them lead the way.” And that’s the last sound piece of educational advice this country has gotten – from a crack

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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