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Opinion Editorial

Whether it be Miley Cyrus' “twerking” or Duck Dynasty's Patriarch Phil Robertson giving tips on sex, it makes one wonder about what passes for news nowadays. Meanwhile, back at the radioactive ranch, Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant continues to emit dangerous radiation and is only another earthquake away from taking it to the next level.

I like to check Google to get a rough idea of trends and interests. Currently, Google search results are 15 million for Fukushima and 364 million for Duck Dynasty. It's a nobrainier what is more important in our collective psyche. Plus, how many T-shirts are you going to sell with an image of spent nuclear fuel rods?

However, in all fairness to Duck Dynasty fans, it is hard to get riled up about something you really don't understand, such as the end of the world as we know it. The following excerpt is from a Reuters news story.

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Author reveals the secret to achieving realistic goals.

Everybody loves a new year. It’s a bright, shiny, fresh, clean slate. A vista unblemished by mistakes or regrets. A brand-new chance to make Those Changes and accomplish Those Things we’ve been meaning to do forever. Yet, undermining all this glorious potential is the hidden truth we’re aware of even as we proclaim that this time we’ll really lose 20 pounds or get out of debt or finally launch that long-dreamed-of business: New Year’s resolutions are nothing more than fairy tales we grown-ups tell ourselves.

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Currently, my wife and I are wrapped up with our “Adventures in Obamacare” as we plod our way through the sign-up process on healthcare.gov. Bronze, silver, gold and platinum plans make one feel almost Olympian. Since the “marketplace” of insurance providers for North Carolina consists solely of Blue Cross Blue Shield, it should have been named the “monopoly place” instead. If the number of typos in their literature are any indication, the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) has a way to go before it gets its act together.

At best, Obamacare is a flawed plan trying to fix a flawed system. Regulation and litigation are nowhere more evident than in the medical field. Some speak of preserving a free market in healthcare. The healthcare industry is hardly the product of a free market. What I see is a government controlled and corporate manipulated industry that has existed that way for some time now.

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“No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.” - John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States

If the government can tell you what you can and cannot do within the privacy of your home, whether it relates to what you eat, what you smoke or whom you love, you no longer have any rights whatsoever within your home.

If government officials can fine and arrest you for growing vegetables in your front yard, praying with friends in your living room, installing solar panels on your roof, and raising chickens in your backyard, you’re no longer the owner of your property. If school officials can punish your children for what they do or say while at home or in your care, your children are not your own—they are the property of the state.

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published: 10/18/2013
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