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Running away will not magically prevent the NRA from facing legal consequences.

On January 15, 2021, the Associated Press reported that the National Rifle Association announced that it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will seek to incorporate in Texas.

The Associated Press also reported that that the NRA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court in Dallas and said it planned to incorporate in Texas, where records show it formed a limited liability corporation, Sea Girt LLC, in November of 2020. …


What happens when a delivery of ice cream is left at the wrong home during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Last night, my husband ordered Thai food from a family-owned restaurant that is located within walking distance. We try to support it whenever we can. Very nice people. Fantastic food. It even has one thing I can safely eat because it doesn’t include any of the foods that I am allergic to.

I was only vaguely aware that my husband was going out to get Thai food because I was taking a nap when he asked if I wanted food from that…


How can we retrieve it without having to move the stove?

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photo by Jen Thorpe

Few things are more mundane than grocery shopping. Eventually though, you have to do it. Putting the groceries away after you return home can be a tedious chore. Over all, its a boring task. This time, however, things went differently than planned.

My husband Shawn was putting the groceries away when something completely unexpected happened. He accidentally dropped one of the cans of tuna fish that we bought, and it rolled behind the stove. It was a random thing that has never happened before.

It seems the can landed…


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My dentist insisted that I needed “sedation medication” for a root canal. I was told that it would make me feel very relaxed. Instead, it functioned as a mind eraser.

My husband and I got into a car so I could get to my dentist appointment. This was not my regular dentist (who is in town, and easily accessible by bus or rideshare). This new dentist was in another town. It was made very clear to me that I wouldn’t be able to drive myself home after the procedure.

The rideshare driver was one we had hired before, when I…


Why is my subconscious mind trying to feed me?

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My husband and I are at a pizza place that we used to frequent before we moved halfway across the country. It has a small buffet in the corner that includes slices of pizza with a variety of toppings. There is a salad bar, baked chicken, and a small selection of desserts.

I’m standing there, plate in hand, trying to decide what to eat. The delicious smell of pizza fills the air, and I reach out to pick up a few slices.

And then I wake up.

I’ve been having very…


Some thoughts about this traumatic year we are struggling through

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The year 2020 has weighed heavily upon us all — and there are still two months to go before it ends. I’m writing this blog post a few days before the U.S. Presidential Election. My concern is that things are going to get dangerously ugly, no matter who wins.

Like many of you, I’m tired. There are plenty of reasons to feel this way. We are bombarded with hourly news on social media about the COVID-19 pandemic. We worry about the health of our friends and loved ones. …


It improves the Affordable Care Act and offers a public option.

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Joe Biden’s health care plan is built upon the Affordable Care Act (also called ACA or “Obamacare”). It is not a direct copy, however. Joe Biden’s health plan starts with the ACA, and builds up from there. The purpose is to make sure everyone can afford good health insurance coverage.

Building on the Affordable Care Act

Making it More Affordable

Right now, families and individuals that make between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty index may receive a tax credit to help them pay for premiums on ACA insurance purchased through the Marketplace. …


Now is not the time to give up hope. It is time to fight back!

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Things are pretty scary right now in the United States. Many of us are still mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who consistently fought for equality and women’s rights.

Days before her death, she dictated a statement to her granddaughter, Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

President Trump (who was impeached on December 18, 2019, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress) has rushed to nominate Judge…


Much needed changes to AB5 took effect the moment California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB2257 into law.

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AB5 went into effect in California on January 1, 2020. The purpose was to require employers to provide “gig workers” the same benefits that they offer to their employees. At first glance, it sounded like it had the potential to provide protections to freelance writers. Unfortunately, there were some problems with this law.

On September 4, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB2257 to fix some of the problems with AB5. The changes made by AB2257 took effect immediately.

I am a freelance…


All of this could have been avoided if Donald Trump chose not to have an affair with Stormy Daniels. He brought this on himself.

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Judge Robert Broadbelt III, of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in California, has ordered Donald Trump to pay Stormy Daniels $44,100 to cover legal fees in the battle over her nondisclosure (NDA) agreement. This was reported by The Guardian, as well as several other news outlets.

Former Governor of California, Jerry Brown, appointed Judge Robert Broadbelt III to the Superior Court of Los Angeles in 2012. Judge Broadbelt III ran for re-election for judge…

Jen Thorpe

Freelance writer with invisible illnesses and chronic pain. Poet, podcaster, video game player, creator of strange artwork, they/them

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