Fixing Max Payne 3

Alright everyone, I just want to start by saying Rockstar is a bunch of lazy idiots who don’t care about the PC community. Yes they make great games, but they are terrible developers and should feel ashamed about how terrible there support is, especially so when considering the amount of money that their company is worth. So no excuses, you pieces of ♥♥♥♥ who work at Rockstar!
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The Curious Case Of Copyright And The Story Behind ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

What’s your Christmas movie tradition? Do you join Kevin McCallister in once again defending his house from bandits in “Home Alone“? Do you hang with John McClane as he walks across broken glass in “Die Hard“? Or do you cozy up to the heartwarming “It’s A Wonderful Life“? If it’s the latter, you’ll want to check out this great video essay on the story behind the movie.

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The Grinch who stole Healthcare

Most Americans have the same goals in life. Raise their families in safe homes and communities, provide a good education for their children, have a job that will pay for their basic living expense, and make sure their families are protected with healthcare in case of an accident or injury.  If all goes well, they can take a vacation once in a while or travel to see family members who live elsewhere. It does not seem too much to ask for in this prosperous nation we live in.

However, some of our Utah GOP lawmakers feel differently. Yesterday, the Legislature’s Health Reform Task Force chose to turn their backs on Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah.  Although not the full Medicaid expansion that the we Democrats want, Herbert’s plan which would have covered an additional 146,000 citizens who make less than roughly $15,000 a year. The Governor’s plan was a compromise supported by both business and religious communities.

While Democrats feel that Governor Herbert’s plan did not go far enough, these 8 Republicans believe it is too generous. They voted against Healthy Utah.  Email them and tell them what you think.

Rep. Jim Dunnigan
Sen. Allen Christensen
(R – Ogden)
Sen. Stuart Adams
(R- Layton)
Sen. Peter Knudson
(R – Brigham City)
Rep. Rebecca Edwards
(R – North Salt Lake)
Rep. Francis Gibson
(R – Mapleton)
Rep. Michael Kennedy
(R – Alpine)
Rep. Dean Sanpei
(R – Provo)

The task force believes it should provide health care coverage to low income Utahns only if they are mentally ill, addicted, disabled or too sick to work. Their plan would cover no more than 15,900 Utahns and cost far more to Utah taxpayers than the Governor’s plan. It defies common sense. What they forget is that there are still thousands of Utahns who cannot afford any health insurance coverage. This means that they don’t receive regular check-ups and they don’t take care of health issues until they have to go to emergency rooms. They are the working poor. They work minimum wage jobs, sometimes two, which provide just enough to put a roof over their head and food in their refrigerator, nothing more. They do not make enough money to receive health care subsidies and they are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.

This is another short-sighted example our Utah legislature stepping over a dollar to save a dime.They forget that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Our legislature pounds their chest about how our state should not rely on the federal government, even though Utah’s single largest funding source is federal funds. Thanks Healthcare Task Force for being the Grinch that stole Christmas. Meanwhile hundreds of millions of our taxpayer dollars are being sent to other states.  We should put a shiny ribbon on the gift that Utahns are giving to our fellow states at the expense of our own.

Peter Corroon

October Surprise conspiracy theory

The October Surprise conspiracy theory refers to an alleged plot to influence the outcome of the 1980 United States presidential election between incumbent Jimmy Carter (D–GA) and opponent Ronald Reagan (R–CA).

One of the leading national issues during that year was the release of 52 Americans being held hostage in Iran since 4 November 1979.[1] Reagan won the election. On the day of his inauguration, in fact, 20 minutes after he concluded his inaugural address, the Islamic Republic of Iran announced the release of the hostages. The timing gave rise to an allegation that representatives of Reagan’s presidential campaign had conspired with Iran to delay the release until after the election to thwart President Carter from pulling off an “October surprise”.

According to the allegation, the Reagan Administration rewarded Iran for its participation in the plot by supplying Iran with weapons via Israel and by unblocking Iranian government monetary assets in U.S. banks. Several individuals—most notably former Iranian President Abulhassan Banisadr, former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, former Naval intelligence officer and National Security Council member Gary Sick; and former Reagan/Bush campaign and White House staffer Barbara Honegger—have stood by the allegation.

Operation Unthinkable ( Winston Churchill’s plans for attacking the USSR at the end of WWII)

Operation Unthinkable was a code-name of two related plans of a conflict between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union. Both were ordered by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1945 and developed by the British Armed Forces’ Joint Planning Staff at the end of World War II in Europe.
The first of the two assumed a surprise attack on the Soviet forces stationed in Germany in order to “impose the will of the Western Allies” on the Soviets and force Joseph Stalin to honour the agreements in regards to the future of Central Europe. When the odds were judged “fanciful”, the original plan was abandoned. The code-name was used instead for a defensive scenario, in which the British were to defend against a Soviet drive towards the North Sea and the Atlantic following the withdrawal of the American forces from the continent.

For the first reported time, ISIS and U.S. Troops on the ground have clashed in Iraq. U.S. Forces repelled an ISIS attempt to overrun their base.

“He points out that the clashes took place between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday night

Seems like a bad time to be fighting US forces.

US forces have access to night vision equipment had plenty of training in night ops, especially if it was some kind of SpecOps. The night gives them a huge advantage.

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