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April 04, 2012 - I found it interesting to listen in on some of the discourse between United States Supreme Court Justices and solicitors for the government and the 20-odd states against what is now a "good" term, Obamacare.

While the justices already know the outcome of the court's decision -- partially or totally, Constitutional or not -- we won't know for a few months. They are writing their stances.

Whatever the outcome, is the outcome, that's not the point of what I'm typing today. What is, is how the process worked.

I found myself pulling my nose out of whatever book I was reading to listen to the justices turn arguments around and ask questions. Electronic media isn't allowed in the chambers much, so hearing the exchanges was to me fascinating.

And, I can wait to hear the fallout after their decision is released. It's gonna' be a whine-fest.

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A few weeks ago I opined on the merits of robo calls for and against presidential candidates.

Okay. I didn't opine. To use the phrase from the previous paragraph, my column was a "whine-fest" with me as The Commander-in-Chief of Whine.

Most folks who wrote me were of similar opinion: they hate the amount of robo calls that come during election season.

I included some of those letters in a subsequent column . . . but nothing for the other side. I didn't think anybody would actually smile at the prospect of those stupid calls, but as is the case 97.8 percent of the time, I was wrong.

Read the following.

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Don, I guess I'm one of the few people who look forward to robo calls. Nobody wants to talk to me anymore, so I enjoy talking to someone new.

I do however find it a little disappointing when the call is a recorded message. I'm still anxious to talk to them, but I have trouble trying to get a word in edgewise. I was excited to hear that you can also get robo calls on your cell phone!

I'm looking forward to the fall campaign and I'm hoping to have my cell phone charged up and ready. My cell phone battery has been dead for the last 3 years. Maybe it's time for a new bag phone?

I'm also hoping that the candidates accelerate their campaign ads on TV. I don't understand why people object to the so-called negative ads? How else will we learn the truth about the candidates?

I enjoy most of your weekly columns, but find that some of your readers are selfish with their time and unwilling to support the robo caller. They've got to earn a living, too. Right?

I also will be mailing my political leaders concerning robo calls and I will encourage them to keep up the good work.

Joe G

Formally of Leonard (but still an avid subscriber)

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Okay, maybe Joe was being sarcastic. But, I am not sure as I ain't good with sarcasm unless I am dishing.

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I will end on an "uplifting" note. Just found a website, www.DoomsdayApp.com

You can go there, sign up and have all the end-of-the-world news crap sent to your "smart" phone 24/7.

Complete with newsfeeds from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) you can be up-to-date, and prepared when it all "ends." I think there may be even a link to folks who build bomb shelters.

Don is Assistant Publisher for Sherman Publications, Inc. He has worked for the company since 1985. He has won numerous awards for column, editorial and feature writing as well as for photography. He has two, sons Shamus and Sean and resides in the area. To read archived copies of his columns, click on his name, just under his picture up top . . . He can be e-mailed at: don@dontrushmedon.com
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