Possibly my favorite lines from “Empire” happen soon before this scene:
Luke: (amazed when Yoda uses the Force to raise the submerged X-wing) “I can’t believe it!”
Yoda: “That is why you failed.”
You wouldn’t believe how often I use this line with my own students! Sadly, few know I’m quoting Yoda!
The GOP tweeted that Rosa Parks had ended racism. That, of course, led to the creation of the hasthag #racismendedwhen and the rest is history.
Well-deserved snark for the GOP.
When the first attempt by the United States to launch a satellite into orbit, in 1957, ended in disaster, did Democrats start to cheer, and unify to stop a space program in its infancy? Or, when Medicare got off to a confusing start, did Republicans of the mid-1960s wrap their entire political future around a campaign to deny government-run health care to the elderly?
Of course not. But for the entirety of the Obama era, Republicans have consistently been cheerleaders for failure. They rooted for the economic recovery to sputter, for gas prices to spike, the job market to crater, the rescue of the American automobile industry to fall apart.
I get it. This organized schadenfreude goes back to the dawn of Obama’s presidency, when Rush Limbaugh, later joined by Senator Mitch McConnell, said their No. 1 goal was for the president to fail. A CNN poll in 2010 found 61 percent of Republicans hoping Obama would fail (versus only 27 percent among all Americans).
Wish granted, mission accomplished. Obama has failed — that is, if you judge by his tanking poll numbers. But does this collapse in approval have to mean that the last best chance for expanding health care for millions of Americans must fail as well?
Does this mean we throw in the towel, and return to a status quo in which insurance companies routinely cancel policies, deny health care to people with pre-existing conditions and have their own death panel treatment for patients who reach a cap in medical benefits?
The Republican plan would do just that, because they have no plan but to crush the nation’s fledgling experiment.
But where were the news conferences, the Fox News alerts, the parading of people who couldn’t get their lifesaving cancer treatments under the old system? Where was the media attention when thousands of people were routinely dumped once they got sick? When did Republicans in Congress hold an oversight hearing on the leading cause of personal bankruptcy — medical debt?
All of that is what we had before. And all of that is what we will return to if some version of the Affordable Care Act is not made workable.
“Sherlock Goes to Dixie,” Chapter Six (“Detour”) now up!
Sherlock and Joan run into a spot of bother on their road trip through the American South…and an unwanted visitor makes an appearance!
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“Sherlock Goes to Dixie,” Chapter Five (Donuts and Jelly) now up!
When Sherlock and Joan hit the road to find a killer, they learn all about Southern cuisine! Join us for some lip-licking fun!
Chapter Five Here
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"Sherlock Goes to Dixie" Chapter Four ("A Pig in a Poke") now up!
Sherlock and Watson go on a road trip through the American South to find a killer. Grits, barbecue, sarcastic Sherlock and sassy Watson…what’s not to love!!
Chapter Four Here
Catch Up From the Beginning Here
Dear Elementary writers:
Bad call, guys. And I do think “guys” is the operative word. Where are the women writers who would have said, “You want Joan to do WHAT? When she just met this guy? When she has an allegiance to Sherlock?” Please!!! I had to scramble and write a fanfic oneshot just to work out my disappointment!
"Elementary" one-shot, "Dalliance," now up! Spoiler Alert: Don’t read if you haven’t seen the seventh episode of season two, "The Marchioness." Mycroft muses on the plot twist introduced in the episode.
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“Sherlock Goes to Dixie” Chapter Three Up Now!
When a prominent restaurant critic is murdered in NYC, Holmes and Watson head to the American South to hunt for his killer. Road Trip!
Chapter 3 here.
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