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Video via Bloomberg.

UPDATEJoke's on L.A.: Comedy Central behind Dumb Starbucks faux shop

Apparently there is such a thing as a parody coffee shop, and they're serving up plenty of snark about-- who else?-- Starbucks, right here in the Los Angeles area. The enterprise looks like a Starbucks, has a similar name (Dumb Starbucks), acts like a Starbucks, serves coffee like a Starbucks, but with a twist or two. One of the twists: check out the prices. Keep reading.

There's no affiliation with the original, by the way. This is an independent cup o' jo(k)e. (Bygones.)

Nobody exactly knows who's behind the mockitude, but it's getting a lot of attention. But some of that attention is negative. It took the real Starbucks a little while, but now they're staking a claim on their name and don't want Dumb Starbucks to use it any more, even in fun. Yes, there's trouble brewing (bygones). In fact, real Starbucks is starting to foam (bygones) at the mouth a little.

Spoil sports. Now Dumb Starbucks will have a latte more on their plate (bygones).

Via the Los Angeles Times:

A list of frequently asked questions pegs the legality of the mock store to "parody art" — an art gallery where the coffee is considered the art.

The store looks nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location -- though it lacks the free Wi-Fi -- with tumblers and CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," on display.

Drinks are served in cups that mock the company's logo, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight from their Vons packaging. The menu features such offerings as Dumb Iced Coffee, Dumb Frappuccinos and Wuppy Duppy Latte.

Part of the twist is, they're not charging for the lattes and iced coffees they serve. Yes, you heard that right:

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What better way to poke fun at the most prolific and pricey coffee sellers ever than to hand out free products?

Customers are trying to figure out if this is a spoof by a comedian, a performance artist, a Banksy prank, or a marketing gimmick by some unknown entrepreneur. Whatever it is, it's entertaining, attention-getting, and getting under the legal skin of corporate Starbucks in Seattle while mystifying everyone else trying to figure out who's behind it.

Figuring that out may be a tall order (bygones).

Video here.

dumb starbucks statement by real starbucks


NY Times: Under #Obamacare, millions eligible for free policies


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The New York Times is reporting that there are a lot of Affordable Health Care Act freebies available, but they also say that there's a catch:

Millions of people could qualify for federal subsidies that will pay the entire monthly cost of some health care plans being offered in the online marketplaces set up under President Obama’s health care law, a surprising figure that has not garnered much attention, in part because the zero-premium plans come with serious trade-offs.

Three independent estimates by Wall Street analysts and a consulting firm say up to seven million people could qualify for the plans, but federal officials and insurers are reluctant to push them too hard because they are concerned about encouraging people to sign up for something that might ultimately not fit their needs.

They're referring here to the most affordable of the plans, the "bronze" plan. Those require that the insured must pay more out-of-pocket costs for doctor visits, hospital stays, and other benefits.

Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia has four plans that are free to some customers. But the company, along with other insurers, has been careful not to publicize its free coverage for fear of alienating customers who will need to pay more.

Note to healthy, young potential insurance customers:

The analysis found that five million to six million people who are uninsured will qualify for subsidies that will be greater than the cost of the cheapest bronze or silver plan.

None of those millions of people would qualify for Medicaid.

And to those trolls who keep tweeting me about what a commie dictator monster President Obama is, because he wants people to be forced to, you know, be healthy and live and stuff:

Not everyone selects the cheapest option. Dante Olivia Smith, a lighting designer from Manhattan, learned that federal subsidies would allow her to buy a bronze plan for $24 a month.

“It was astounding,” she said. “I almost started crying, and called my mom.

In the end, however, she went with a silver plan for $91 a month that included dental and vision coverage.

The NY Times has more details here. These were just a few excerpts, but overall, more people will have more options. More Americans will be covered, and only about 3% will need to make a change. Well, about 3.75%.

Daily Kos:

About 5% of America's population get individual medical insurance policies that cost more and cover less, but neither CBS nor NBC covered that aspect of the story. About 15.8 million people out of about 317 million people had nearly no protection before the ACA and a much higher chance of being screwed over by their insurance company. Does either CBS or NBC cover the atrocity of taking money for insurance coverage that leaves you all but bare? Oh, no they go for the sensational bullcrap story line. ... If you need numbers, anywhere from 6.3 million to 11.9 million people will need to make a change, because what they have now no longer qualifies as insurance. Yes, the ACA forces people to change from junk insurance to something that offers real security....

75% of 5% is is 3.75%...

More at the link.

Oh, and there's this from my plainspoken pal, Rude Pundit:

After all, who was it who told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to shove her repeated requests for more funding to implement the Affordable Care Act up her coochie? It was congressional Republicans. Even as late as April of this year, with the ACA a Supreme Court-approved law, Republicans were laughing at the idea that they would give more money to make sure that Obamacare was a success.


Video- Serial Loser Romney: We Lost Because Minorities Love ObamaCare


Yeah, and they love their Obama phones too, don't they Mittens? Via.


Guest Rant: "Here’s the 'free stuff' minority groups... want: their Constitutional rights."


Andy Marquis – Reporter for– is our guest blogger of the day. He used to consider himself a Republican but not any more.  He changed his voter registration to Independent in 2011 and says that’s how it will remain. Enjoy (bolding mine):

The "Party of Personal Reponsibility"

Copper Hill, VA (November 15, 2012) –  Now, the Republican Party can’t accept that they lost the election.  The “Party of Personal Responsibility” spent all of election night claiming that the results were wrong and that Governor Romney had, in fact, won the election.  Then, the “Party of Personal Responsibility” claimed that one African-American in Philadelphia scared everyone in to voting for President Obama.  Then, the “Party of Personal Responsibility” claimed there was widespread voter fraud.  Now, the candidate of the “Party of Personal Responsibility”  says he lost the election because President Obama gave young people, women, Hispanics and African-Americans “gifts”.

Okay, what the hell?

Too many Republicans still believe this is a nation of angry white men who tout pistols on them.  As such, they’ve found themselves completely incapable of trying to connect with younger voters and minority voters.

The notion that minorities want “free stuff”  and young people think they’re entitled to a college education on the taxpayers’ dime is extremely ludicrous – although putting students through college for free isn’t a terrible idea.  After all, it was the day after Governor Romney’s loss that Rush Limbaugh, who really needs to exiled to his own private island away from all of mankind, snarked that the only way the Republican Party could win an election is to allow illegal immigrants to cross the border and to give free stuff to African-Americans.


But, you see, this is how the Republicans will try to deflect from the need for comprehensive immigration reform.  This is how they will try to deflect from the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, which passed in three states.  You know, that DREAM Act thing, that was a Republican idea.  Just like that “Obama Care” thing and the “individual mandate” was also a Republican idea.  And the Republican Party nominated the grand architect of “Obama Care”, because he did such a good job of saying that Obama appeases and apologizes to terrorists.

Don’t expect Republicans to come to the table to discuss these issues anytime soon either.  Now that they’ve lost, they’ll turn to the vile, spiteful, vindictive Congressman Darrell Issa in hopes that he’ll launch 843 investigations in to the Benghazi attack in hopes that they might actually be able to impeach the president. 

Republicans don’t actually care about the four Americans killed.  They care about bringing down the president. 

I mean, if they really cared about the truth, they’d want more investigation in to the Iraq war instead of passively accepting President Bush’s “Weapons of Mass Destruction” malarkey.  But if it’s impeachment proceedings they truly want, good luck.

But let’s talk about “free stuff”.

Perhaps the biggest example of the government handing out “free stuff” is the billions a year in subsidies that’s handed to the oil companies, which continue to record the highest profits in the history of mankind.  And how is saying you’ll slash entitlement programs so you can give tax cuts to wealthy people not labeled as “free stuff”?

Here’s the “free stuff” these minority groups singled out by Governor Romney in his post-election sour grapes conference call want: their Constitutional rights.

For example, marriage is a government entity.  Republicans can say it’s a religious ceremony, but that’s about all that’s religious.  The government sanctions and regulates marriage and, for that reason, the Ninth and 14th Amendments apply.  But, Republicans think religious law should trump that.

Sometimes I wonder if the only amendment they care about is the Second Amendment.

As for Latinos, if there is one demographic that would turn their noses away from government handouts, this would be that demographic.  But don’t tell that to Republicans.  Their warped reality involves throwing all immigrants out of the country, checking the immigration status of all Latinos and building a fence.

It’s a time for soul searching in the Republican Party.  They will have to find a way to appeal to younger and minority demographics.  This would involve kicking the Tea Party elements out of the party and disassociating themselves from the ilk of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

Or you can go the route the Republicans tried to go down – restrict certain people from being able to vote, demand IDs, cut early voting in Democratic areas and purge legal residents from the voter rolls.  That also did not work.

The Republican Party will have to enter reality, or they will cease to exist as a party on the national level.  Their fossilized way of thinking was repudiated last Tuesday by a voting populace that isn’t as white and as male as it has always been in the past.

It’s time for the “party of personal responsibility”  to step up and accept responsibility for their loss on November 6, 2012.