It’s time to say goodbye


Four years ago on 1/1/10, American Moxie started with Dr Underhill and Peccable posting here. Both of us are Vietnam Vets with the affliction that Agent Orange and age foist upon one.

In January, Doc Underhill, because of health, stopped posting. Last year, in July, I underwent surgery for cancer. I’ve been carrying on this blog and three others. I’m going to have surgery again because they didn’t get all the cancer last time.

The renewal for the server space is due for Moxie; I’m not going to renew. The domain name is available.

I post as Ed G. Mann at where all the items you see here can be found there plus more.
The Vermont Woodchuck has a photo blog at Vermont Woodchuck Photo Blog of photos taken from Vermont to Florida.

Noman’s Blog:Time and Tide Wait for Me is more of an ethical/philosophical blog which one might enjoy. Of course Noman was the name Jason took when escaping from the Cyclop and the saying  “Time and tide wait for No man” gets one into thinking about the whys and wherefores.

I started Noman’s blog knowing Moxie would be ending. since Moxie is on a server, I have to do all the CSS and site work which takes up too much of my time. the other sites don’t require that.

Anyway, it’s been fun, I hope to see you at the other sites.

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Hope n’ Change

Forgive Me (Founding) Fathers, For I Have Signed


Although the road to Hell is sometimes paved with good intentions, it’s even more frequently paved with unavoidable government regulations. And that’s the road the Jarlsberg family just reluctantly traveled down (and down and down) to get our shiny new Obamacare policy.

As a point of principle, I didn’t want to change my existing health insurance policy – but the Obamacare demons didn’t give me much of a choice. Not only was the price raised another $4000 for next year (raising my premiums to around $21k), but to “provide affordable services for everyone” per ACA requirements, my insurer declared that my policy would no longer cover my rectal regions owing to some benign polyps found a decade ago.

In other words, if I ever got ass cancer (which, incidentally, Obama spreads like Typhoid Mary) my family would be wiped out (so to speak) by the totally uncovered medical bills. So I had no choice but to get a new Obamacare policy. Gulp…

Fortunately, I have a friend who is an insurance broker who could help walk me through the process, rather than throwing myself on the tender mercies of the alleged “navigators” (and Acorn alumni) who give correct information even less frequently than the mouth-breathers manning the help lines at the IRS.

He suggested that I go through the eHealthInsurance website; no additional charge, access to Obamacare policies, and genuine tech support and advocacy if I needed it. So I filled out my application online – a very quick operation since the only questions are things like age, sex, race, citizenship (although the site emphasizes that you don’t have to be a citizen to apply), whether you smoke, and if you’re currently incarcerated. And of course, they ask you to take a wild guess at your income in 2015 so they can see if you’ll get a magic subsidy from the government.

And that’s where the (entirely legal) game playing began. According to, I have so little actual income (as opposed to assets) that my family’s only option for coverage was on Medicaid. Which isn’t even coverage at all; you get execrable healthcare (if you can even find it) and when you die the government forces your estate to return all of the money Medicaid spent on you. That’s not insurance – it’s a bad loan.

However, Obamacare also considers it “income” when I take taxable funds out of my retirement account (which I’m old enough to do). So by withdrawing a fixed amount of money, I could “create” the income of my choice to qualify for a plan better than the care given “free” to the homeless and indigents.

I then had access to a baffling range of policies, labeled Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum (there is also a “Platinum with Diamonds” tier, but it’s only available to federal staffers).  The information about the policies was minimal, largely inaccessible, and sometimes flat out wrong – so my friend helped walk me through making a choice.

I finally settled on a Blue Cross Bronze plan with high deductibles. The cost for the policy was almost exactly the same as my current policy (at least, before Obamacare tacked on the extra $4k). But my personal cost would only be about $500 a month with American taxpayers kicking in another $11,000 on my behalf. So the “costs” didn’t really come down – but someone else’s wealth was redistributed to a fare-thee-well. [snip]

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Ethics & Morality

Illegal Immigration climbs to record highs;
Finally the border to be closed.

From the Manitoba Herald:
The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past weeks, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration. The Republicans winning the Senate is prompting an exodus among left-leaning citizens who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, and live according to the Constitution.

Canadian border farmers say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, global warming activists, and “green” energy proponents crossing their fields at night.” I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn,” said Southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota. “The producer was cold, exhausted and hungry. He asked me if I could spare a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn’t have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?”

In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just keep coming. Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals near the Canadian border, pack them into electric cars and drive them across the border where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies.” A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions,” an Ontario border patrolman said. “I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier drinking water. They did have a nice little Napa Valley cabernet, though, and some kale chips.”

When liberals are caught, they’re sent back across the border, often wailing loudly that they fear retribution from conservatives. Rumors have been circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer and study the Constitution.

In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half- dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior Citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the ’50s. “If they can’t identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age,” an official said.

Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, buying up all the Barbara Streisand CD’s, and renting all the Michael Moore movies. “I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can’t support them,” an Ottawa resident said. “How many art-history majors does one country need?”

Trying to reassure his liberal base and get them to return to the U.S., President Obama reiterated what he said in his press conference following the beating the democrats took in the last election: “I heard from the 1/3 of the electorate that voted, but I also heard from the 2/3 that did not vote.” Who knew the president was clairvoyant? He also said the reason the democrats got their asses whipped wasn’t because of HIS policies, but rather because the Dems did not get his message out to the people.

You have to love a guy that takes responsibility when something goes wrong.

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If the government really wants to help they should put useful warning labels on products. For instance alcohol should come with labels warning consumers of these unintended side effects:

  1. The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra.
  2.  The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
  3. The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard.
  4. The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
  5. The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
  6. The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
  7. The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with other members of the opposite sex without spitting.
  8. The consumption of alcohol may make you think you have mystical Kung Fu powers, resulting in you getting your ass kicked.
  9. The consumption of alcohol may cause you to roll over in the morning and see something really scary.
  10. The consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of inexplicable rug burns on the forehead.
  11.  The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
  12. The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe you are invisible.
  13. The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
  14. The consumption of alcohol may cause a disturbance in the time-space continuum, whereby gaps of time may seem to literally disappear.
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