Obama The Joker

The mask is slipping off.

Increasingly revealed to Americans is the “not very bright, Joker-smile, back-slapping, flim flam world” of Barack Obama.

The “Joker-smile” (our words from March of this year) inspired us to write from 2007 onward about the Obama Chicago Circus of Corruption/Crime. We wrote repeatedly about Obama The Clown, but we never thought he was funny. We knew Obama is a Chicago clown.

We warned in December of 2008 that:

The multi-headed Hydra which is the Obama Chicago Culture Of Corruption is growing another head in Washington, D.C. and a special prosecutor is needed in Washington while Patrick Fitzgerald stabs at the Hydra in Chicago.

The Chicago Circus of Corruption has indeed moved-on to Washington, D.C. with Obama The Joker.
This town deserves a better class of criminal. And I’m gonna give it to ’em.”

It was no surprise to us then that the 2008 film, The Dark Knight, was filmed in Chicago. Chicago, the cinematic stand-in for the mythical Gotham City, with a “mob bank” to open the film and a Joker “nurse” to propel the plot.

In The Dark Knight only one hospital is threatened and destroyed. Obama The Joker has a far bigger health care joke.


Chicago Clown

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George W. Bush was portrayed as The Joker in the pages of a prominent national magazine. But when The Third Bush Term – Barack Obama – is portrayed as The Joker Big Media declares it a “controversy” and the Hopium addled dig into their bag of tricks for “racism” tags.

We won’t be deterred by smear and fear merchants and Hopium pushers. We’ll discuss hospital personnel, mob banks, suicides, and Chicago Jokers and Thugs.

Let’s begin with with IMAC the Independent Medicare Advisory Council. David Broder, no fan of Medicare or Social Security, discusses IMAC:

Americans are familiar with — if not altogether comfortable about — unelected officials exercising great authority over our lives. [snip]

If President Obama has his way, another such unelected authority will be createda manager and monitor for the vast and expensive American health care system. As part of his health reform effort, he is seeking to launch the Independent Medicare Advisory Council, or IMAC, a bland title for a body that could become as much an arbiter of medicine as the Fed is of the economy or the Supreme Court of the law.

Many liberals/progressives are worried that with so much power a future American President (they presume a Republican president) could gut or destroy health care programs with IMAC appointments. Why do liberals/progressives presume so much power from a president? Here’s the answer:

Obama is recommending that the successor agency, IMAC, be smaller and potentially more decisive. Under his plan, the president would name five physician or health care-savvy members to serve for five-year terms on its board, picking one of them as chairman. Like the nominees to the Fed and the Supreme Court, they would have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Each year, IMAC would have two responsibilities. First, it would recommend to the president the updated fees Medicare would pay doctors, hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes, labs, home care and ambulance services, equipment manufacturers and all other providers. That is now done by Congress itself, and the lobbying by potent home-town individuals and institutions is one reason Medicare costs keep growing. In order to control costs, IMAC’s recommendations could not exceed the “aggregate level of net expenditures” under Medicare.

Second, IMAC would annually recommend a set of broader reforms to improve the quality or reduce the cost of medical care. On each report, the president would have 30 days to approve or reject the recommendations, but he would have to act on the whole package, not pick it apart.

If he approved, it would go to Congress, and the package could be overruled only by joint action of the Senate and House within 30 days. Absent that, the secretary of health and human services would order the changes into effect.

The proposed “legislative veto”, which seems to be part of this scheme, appears unconstitutional. But it is no stretch of the imagination to suggest that for Obama that is part of the attraction. The Obama IMAC board would exert a great deal of power.

Because Medicare looms so large in the overall health system, the changes mandated by IMAC would undoubtedly transform all private delivery systems as well. [snip]

But Congress will have to decide if it is willing to yield that degree of control to five unelected IMAC commissioners. And Americans will have to decide if they are comfortable having those commissioners determine how they will be treated when they are ill.

IMAC legislation is already drafted and circulating. As we wrote, some liberals/progressives do not like the idea at all. We agree that this is all part of the “kill/rob the old, rob the young” Obama policy.

The policy issue aside, Barack Obama’s and Michelle Obama’s entanglements with mob banks, doctors, and hospitals in Chicago means Obama should not be allowed an IMAC or even a cookie jar.

Consider some of Barack Obama’s Chicago ties.

We’re not talking about Rahm Emanuel’s attempts to intimidate members of Congress and the admonition by Darrell Issa that “While this type of scare tactic may work In Chicago, it will not work to intimidate me or other Members of the United States Congress.” Issa also wrote. “You’ve unfortunately reacted by once again resorting to the playbook of the Chicago political machine.”

We’re not talking about Emanuel’s mau-mau (“plain old Chicago arm-twisting“) of the networks and cable news outlets to get air time for Barack Obama by talking not to the networks but rather to their corporate masters and owners like General Electric (NBC/MSNBC) and Disney (ABC).

No, we’re talking old fashioned Dark Knight, Joker-type mob banks. We’re talking a potential next Senator from Illinois – Giannoulias. Remember him? We discussed Giannoulias on September 10, 2007 in Barack Obama’s Mob (quoting the New York Post):

Alexi Giannoulias, who became Illinois state treasurer last year after Obama vouched for him, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the senator’s Oval Office bid.

Before he promised to raise funds for Obama, Giannoulias bankrolled Michael “Jaws” Giorango, a Chicagoan twice convicted of bookmaking and promoting prostitution.

Giannoulias is so tainted by reputed mob links that several top Illinois Dems, including the state’s speaker of the House and party chairman, refused to endorse him even after he won the Democratic nomination with Obama’s help.

Giannoulias was the bank’s vice president and chief loan officer for most of the more than $15 million in loans.

What we wrote about in 2007, is only now making broadcast news.



Does anyone want Chicago Obama to appoint doctors to a Board of Medical Czars called IMAC? Obama who bought his Rezko house from a doctor?

And of course there were all those doctors investing in Rezko schemes. Ali Ata who testified against Obama Godfather Antoin “Tony” Rezko, was also indicted after writing letters with false information in “order to secure more than $10 million in loans for Rezko-related business ventures”. In these “ventures” doctors were all over the place:

“Federal prosecutors describe both men — without identifying them by name — in court papers outlining charges against Rezko. The Tribune confirmed their identities through sources familiar with the ongoing federal corruption probe. Civil suits over the same transactions also identify them by name. Both are well-known business leaders.”

“One is Glenview entrepreneur Joseph Aramanda, who gave at least $10,000 to Obama’s 2004 campaign and has overseen Rezko pizza franchises.”

“The other is Dr. Paul Ray, chairman of the urology division of Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, who gave $6,500 to Obama. Ray has invested in a Rezko real estate development firm and also engaged in 2004 deals to purchase pizza parlors in Wisconsin that were formerly owned by a Rezko firm.”

Does anyone want Obama’s doctor friends in charge of American healthcare?

“Aramanda has been publicly identified as “Individual D” in the pension fraud case against Rezko. He allegedly worked with Rezko to fraudulently obtain $250,000 in consulting fees on a state pension deal, but has not been charged with any crime.”

“Ray, who earns nearly $347,000 as chairman of Stroger Hospital’s urology division, also has partnered with Rezko in several ventures.”

“One civil lawsuit over Rezko’s companies contains corporate documents that say Ray personally invested about $1 million in Rezko Enterprises LLC, giving Ray a 2.6 percent stake in that property development firm.”

“And Ray heads a tax-exempt nonprofit called Urology Education and Research Foundation Inc. that has invested $600,000 in Rezko real estate and business enterprises, according to the charity’s 2004 public tax filings. The foundation took donations from pharmaceutical companies to study the efficacy and safety of drugs.

Does anyone want Obama’s doctor friends in charge of American healthcare? Friends like father and son Cook County Hospital board serial presidents John and Todd Stroger:

The relevant history here reaches back farther, to March 2006. That’s when Todd Stroger helped weave the web of lies by which the Democratic machine deceived voters. The pols hid the fact that a stroke had devastated his father, John Stroger. That greased the skids for Todd to take his dad’s job. It was shabby exploitation of John Stroger by a party he helped build.

That serial dishonesty invited still more public distrust after Todd Stroger took office. Many citizens watched him cut health workers — but not enough of the patronage hacks in his administration — while larding the county payroll with even more of his friends and family members.

The Stroger deceptions by Dimocrats in Chicago came straight from the heart of Barack Obama.

Obama’s first dubious endorsement of a lightweight came during the primary season when he cut TV ads plumping for Alexi Giannoulias, then 29, the vice president of his family’s bank who decided he’d like to be state treasurer. The endorsement was widely seen as key to Giannoulias’ primary victory.

Obama was upfront about why he got involved: Members of the Giannoulias family were early and strong backers of his U.S. Senate campaign and “I think it’s important to reciprocate,” he told a reporter.

But Obama did not reciprocate for Forrest Claypool.

Claypool was the overwhelming favorite of reform-minded Democrats in his race against incumbent John Stroger (Todd’s father) and had headed Obama’s transition team after Obama was elected to the Senate in 2004.

Old-guard candidate John Stroger, meanwhile, had endorsed Comptroller Dan Hynes instead of Obama in the Democratic Senate primary.

When Obama decided not to endorse either candidate, his spokesman intoned, “The senator believes that the voters should make up their own minds in this race.”

As you know, then, John Stroger suffered a stroke, won the primary and retired for health reasons. The Democratic Central Committee thumbed its nose at critics and selected Todd Stroger to take his place on the ballot, rejecting more senior, qualified candidates such as U.S. Rep. Danny Davis of Chicago and veteran county Commissioner Bobbie Steele.

The stench of same-old-same-old from John Stroger’s years of cronyism and bloat hung over the process, and Obama had every excuse to distance himself from it.

Instead came this letter–a body blow to Claypool Democrats and the idealists whose fantasy about Obama is that he will transcend the grubby machinations and tawdry favor-swapping of party politics–followed by word from Obama’s office that he will appear on stage at a pro-Stroger rally Monday night.

What about the forgotten (except by us) Chicago suicide?

Orlando Jones, the godson of former Cook County Board President John Stroger and an insider in county politics, has been found dead on a Michigan beach from what authorities say is a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Cook County political insider was found Wednesday night, just as a corruption inquiry targeting him was heating up.

Police found the body of Orlando Jones on a beach in Union Pier, Mich. As CBS 2’s Rafael Romo reports, Jones had close ties to the Stroger family. [snip]

Jones rose to the level of chief of staff for former president John Stroger, who was his godfather. [snip]

Jones left his position in county government to create a lobbying firm in association with Tony Rezko, who has been indicted on fraud charges.

In Barack Obama And The Chicago Suicide we listed (via the Chicago Sun-Times) investors in Obama pal Rezko’s deal – does anyone want any of these people in charge of American healthcare?:

The list of investors in Obama pal Rezko’s deal included Anthony Licata, the project’s attorney, Tony Rezko Fighting federal corruption charges, Daniel Mahru Rezko’s former partner, Orlando Jones and Chicago Police Board member Art Smith, trucking mogul Michael A. Tadin, Dr. Paul Ray, chief urologist at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, Joseph Scoby Executive at UBS O’Connor, an investment company, Victor J. Cacciatore, once extorted for $5 million by Chicago mob, Joseph P. Cacciatore, one of Victor Cacciatore’s sons, and Michael Seibold, a former insurance executive; as well as Dr. Mamdouh Bakhos Suburban cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Michel Malek a Chicago neurosurgeon appointed to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board at Rezko’s request, and George LoCasto a Manager with UBS O’Connor

Does anyone want Obama’s doctor friends running American healthcare? Or Michelle (no belle) Obama’s doctor crooks friends? From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Rep. Bobby Rush has called for a congressional hearing into allegations that the University of Chicago Medical Center refused treatment to low-income, uninsured patients.

The issue has been a widespread problem in hospitals throughout the country, Rush said in the May 25 letter to Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Rush said “the pervasive impact of patient dumping are felt especially in more recent times, when so many Americans suffer under extreme economic hardship and diminishing access to health care.”

At issue is the hospital’s Urban Health Initiative, which steers patients who lack private insurance — primarily poor blacks — to other facilities.

The move puts Rush at odds with several people in President Obama’s inner circle. First lady Michelle Obama, as an executive at the U. of C. Hospitals, helped create the program. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett signed off on the program when she was the hospital board’s chairwoman. White House senior adviser David Axelrod was hired to promote the program. And Obama’s buddy Dr. Eric Whitaker currently runs the program.

In February, the American College of Emergency Physicians said it was concerned that the policy was “dangerously close to patient dumping” and “reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick’ wealthy patients over poor.”

Michelle Obama, Susan Sher, and Jackie Norris:

First lady Michelle Obama has replaced her chief of staff with a longtime Chicago friend in a major shakeup of the East Wing Staff.

Jackie Norris, who bonded with Obama during the 2008 primary campaign, has been replaced by Susan Sher, who worked with Obama at the University of Chicago. Sher had been providing legal advice to the administration as well as working on health care reform.

In Michelle Obama Shakeup Shakedown, Barack Obama Shakedown Shakeup we quoted Obama enabler David Brooks:

All smart analyses of the Obama administration begin with Chicago. That’s where the top members of the administration were tested and formed. The Chicago mentality is the one they take with them wherever they go.

Does anyone want Obama’s doctor friends and medical stooges anywhere near, let alone in control, of American healthcare?

In Blind Hope Hits a Wall – The Mulligan Man On Day 1 we wrote:

Big Media will not investigate their tool – Barack Obama. The economy will be looted. Obama will be the Mulligan Man forever.

The voters will eventually fight back.

But for the next few months, the rats will loot and feed.

The Obama Crimelords are in still in charge – but the people are revolting and finally fighting back.

Obama The Joker and his henchmen Dimocrats will soon find the joke is no longer funny.

Soon Obama The Joker and his henchmen Dimocrats will find out that the joke is on them.

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  1. Admin,

    It’s certainly become an oppressed culture thanks to bambi and the Chicago thugs. Almost like a Kafke novel. Before bambi wants to start pointing fingers at other oppressed countries, he should look at what he is doing.

    My one question is this. Who is really benefiting from the medical system “he thinks” he wants to install and from the stimulus package? Who’s pockets are being lined with filthy gold. Which groups are being targeted as needing to be squashed once and for all?

    This is definitely pre-hitler moves and very scary.

    “The senator believes that the voters should make up their own minds in this race.” What a joke. He is definitely twinned with his Iranian counterpart.

    Great article.

  2. Clinton says great regret U.S. not ICC member

    Thu Aug 6, 2009

    NAIROBI, Aug 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday it was a “great regret” the United States was not yet a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

    The United States signed the ICC treaty when Hillary’s husband, Bill Clinton, was president, but it was never ratified by Congress. Clinton’s successor George W. Bush later rejected the idea of joining the court.

    “This is a great regret that we are not a signatory,” she said at a town hall meeting in Nairobi.

    “I think we could have worked out some of the challenges that are raised concerning our membership,” Clinton said. “But that has not yet come to pass.”

    The ICC is the world’s first permanent war crimes court. It has opened investigations into conflicts in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Darfur.

    It has issued indictments against Uganda’s rebel leader Joseph Kony and Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

    reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL6147160

  3. Clinton honours victims of Nairobi US embassy bombing

    NAIROBI — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday laid flowers on the site of the bombings against the US embassy in Nairobi that killed 213 people in 1998.

    Clinton, who kicked off a seven-nation, 11-day tour of Africa in Nairobi two days earlier, took part in a wreath-laying ceremony where she renewed her administration’s commitment to combat extremism in the region and elsewhere.

    “This is an opportunity to renew our resolve and to ensure that we do all that we can so that these attacks don’t take more innoncent lives in the future,” she said.

    On August 7, 1998, suicide bombers targeted the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in one of the most devastating attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda elements prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

    A total of 213 people, including 12 Americans and 34 local embassy staff, died in the Nairobi bombing. The United States has since moved its embassy out of the city centre.

    “We also renew our commitment to peace and reconciliation to all who (renounce) the path of violence,” Clinton said.

    Later Thursday, Clinton is due to meet Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, an Islamist cleric who once fought Washington’s Ethiopian allies before joining a UN-sponsored reconciliation process last year.

    He is now struggling to fend off a devastating military offensive by hardline insurgents groups, including the Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab movement, which experts fear could turn Somalia into a global haven for extremists.

    “Kenya will not be cowed, Kenya will remain committed, Kenya will remain on the front line, Kenya will remain unwavering and steadfast in the war on terror anywhere,” Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said.

    Besides Clinton and Wetangula, the Memorial Park ceremony was also attended by three members of the US Congress as well as surivors.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5joJ1UdG5Wqu_2qednbI0e1J6yDnw

  4. China, others shove U.S. in scramble for Africa

    Thu Aug 6, 2009
    By Ed Cropley, African Investment Correspondent – Analysis

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A presidential visit followed by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s African tour cannot conceal a stark reality: China has overtaken the United States as Africa’s top trading partner.

    That is one of the main problems facing Clinton on a seven-nation jaunt meant variously to spread Washington’s good governance message and shore up relationships with its key oil suppliers on the continent.

    U.S. officials are keen to trumpet a 28 percent jump in 2008 in trade with sub-Saharan Africa to $104 billion, even if the increase is attributable mainly to the high price of oil, which accounts for more than 80 percent of U.S. imports from Africa.
    However, there is another statistic that says more about the direction of development on the poorest continent: this decade’s tenfold increase in trade with China to $107 billion last year, narrowly eclipsing the United States.

    The financial and then economic crisis that has pushed U.S. and European economies into recession and forced their companies to crimp overseas expansion is only likely to accelerate the trend, analysts say, despite the regional goodwill toward U.S. President Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan.

    “Obama has had some sort of effect, but that’s waning pretty quickly,” said Martyn Davies of Johannesburg-based regional investment consultancy Frontier Advisory. “Reality is heading back in and the reality is that the crisis is accelerating the geo-economic shift of Africa toward Asia, centered largely around China,” he said.

    ANOTHER SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA

    In contrast to Obama’s one day, one country (Ghana) trip to Africa last month, in February Chinese president Hu Jintao was in Mali, Senegal, Tanzania and Mauritius — none of them rich in oil or minerals — offering a shoulder to lean on as world recession started to wash up on African shores.

    Elsewhere, Chinese companies have shown little let up in their push for African minerals, with Zonghui Mining Group signing a $3.6 billion copper agreement with Zambia in July. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is also working on up to 60 deals with Africa’s biggest bank by assets, Standard Bank, in which it bought a 20 percent stake for $5.6 billion in 2008.

    Nor is China the only emerging economy seeking a slice of a continent estimated to hold a third of the world’s mineral resources, and a billion people slowly finding they want — and can afford — things like life insurance and iPhones.

    The $23 billion bid by mobile phone firm Bharti Airtel to tie up with South Africa’s MTN Group, Africa’s biggest operator by subscribers, is the latest and biggest example of an Indian company on the prowl in the region.

    Brazil is also making its presence felt, with offers of technology and know-how to boost food and biofuels production in Africa, where only a fraction of potential arable land is under cultivation.

    In June, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev flew in to Egypt, Namibia, Angola and Nigeria — the last two being Africa’s biggest oil producers — to underscore Moscow’s intentions not to be left out in the cold.

    For sure, the increased competition does not mean the world’s biggest economy is throwing in the African towel, especially given that Angola, for instance, accounts for 7 percent of its oil imports. It is more likely that U.S. companies will have to fight harder to get what they want, to the benefit of African countries now offered a wider range of potential sources of investment, said Razia Khan, head of Africa research at Standard Chartered in London. “There is some sense of the U.S. having to do more to underscore its relevance in the continent,” Khan said. “But it is difficult to argue that the influence of one power is rising at the expense of the other. Africa’s policymakers prefer a more multilateral approach, with a number of development partners and a number of options open to them.”

    Clinton’s trip takes in Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde.

    reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=USTRE5751F620090806

  5. JanH, “the early bird catches the worm” so you will get this juicy one to share with us:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=akA7XABFTuSs

    President Barack Obama’s approval rating is falling amid concerns about the U.S. economy and his push to revamp the U.S. health-care system, a Quinnipiac University poll shows.

    Exactly half of the registered voters surveyed from July 27 to Aug. 3 by Quinnipiac said they approve of the job Obama is doing, compared with 42 percent who disapprove. That’s down from 57 percent approval and 33 percent disapproval in a poll taken in late June, according to results released today.

    More of the juicy worm:

    A “willingness to give him the benefit of the doubt is, among some voters, evaporating,” Brown told reporters in Washington yesterday.

    The poll found that voters disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy by 49 percent to 45 percent. On his effort to overhaul of the health-care system, 52 percent disapprove of his handling of the issue while 39 percent approve.

  6. LOL…Admin, I was just reading that article by Bloomberg. It certainly underscores what we’ve all been saying. This guy is sinking and fast.

  7. Fox reported this am that the truth squad Czar wants all good citizens to report anyone on the web that is critical of the Obaba admin.includin al of the names and e-mail addresses.America we are at war within our own borders and the enemy lines start in the now hostile white house.Soon we wil no longer the inspiring words of our national anthem
    but we will hear the all too scary chant
    “Seig Heil Seig Hiel” an evil sound to many of we old and useless medicare money pits that should be left to die.We are too expensive.

    By ABM90 This is what Obama calls
    change.

  8. So in that poll it says they disapprove of the Stupid remark, but 55% approve how he is handling racial issues. Interesting.

  9. ABM90, I send in a snitch email to that flag@whitehouse.gov site. I told them I’d found very “fishy” and dissent-inciting propaganda being circulated on many websites.

    Then I attached a link to the Declaration of Independence. 🙂

    Lots of people are doing this – sending in links to founding father quotes, the bill of rights, the 1st amendment, etc, saying they are “informing on” their fellow citizens. I hope the inbox gets swamped.

  10. Admin, Bravo, a great article. What I see is that the mob has decided they can make a mint in healthcare and wants to it over with Obama at the helm it will be easy pickings for them. No Way, No How, NoObama!

    I found your article down right scarey, especially since we all know the mob really cares about human rights!

  11. Admin: excellent article. Right on target.

    The whole thing is reminiscent of the Hollywood western where the townspeople are distraught with a gang of cowboys who are shooting up their town, so they hire a professional gunslinger to come in and rid themselves of the problem, and for a brief period they are glad to be rid of the lawless cowboys, but in the fulsomeness of time they discover the gunslinger is a megalomaniac and the cure is worse than the disease. Then they must find a way to remove him from office and he turns his threats to them. It never ends well. For the best exposition of this theme, see The Lawman, with Burt Lancaster, Lee J Cobb, Robert Ryan, etc which is a classic depiction of the genre.

  12. Raham (you get more with a gun and a kind word than just a kind word) Emanuel. Al Capone could have used him.

  13. wbboei, what you say upthread is right. The cure is worse than the disease.
    1) I think the same people who put in GWB also put in OBama
    2) We know those people in the GWB era wanted to get rid of Medicare/Social Security.
    3) What better way to do it is to get the masses believing in the king and slip in a system that will evently bankrupt.
    4) While they get that done they also make sure the federal govt. is too broke to bale it.

    So bingo, they win, the last albatrose connected to Roosevelt and the new deal. The one they haven’t been able to break in 60 years or so. The ones the corporate loons hate the most.
    The blinded masses are handed a stuffed lamb as they heard us in for the sacrifrice. People need to quit listening to the media lie.

    Did you know just as Jackie O got off the plane for her final trip with her husband she was handed a stuffed toy “Lambchop”? No one has ever been able to remember who it was that gave it to her or why?

  14. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0809/Rielle_Hunter_appears_at_Edwards_grand_jury.html?showall

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The former mistress of John Edwards has arrived at a federal courthouse in Raleigh where a grand jury is meeting – an appearance that comes as federal investigators examine the two-time presidential candidate’s finances.

    Rielle Hunter walked into the building Thursday morning. Edwards said last year that he and Hunter had an affair in 2006 while he plotted his second bid for the White House. The former North Carolina senator’s political action committee paid Hunter’s video production firm $100,000 for work that year.

    Edwards has acknowledged a federal investigation into how he handled campaign funds. Grand jury proceedings are secret, and the U.S. attorney’s office in Raleigh has declined to confirm or deny an investigation.

  15. I’m reporting these people to the White House, anyone have their current email addresses?

    New Hampshire:
    Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

    Massachusetts:
    John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

    Rhode Island:
    Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

    Connecticut:
    Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

    New York:
    William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

    New Jersey:
    Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

    Pennsylvania:
    Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

    Delaware:
    Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

    Maryland:
    Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

    Virginia:
    George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

    North Carolina:
    William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

    South Carolina:
    Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

  16. wwoebi,

    I haven’t forgotten you…lol… Here are a few of the links I’ve accumulated regarding your question, way back when, about Chinese immigration, crime, and Canada. I’m still looking.

    loc.gov/rr/frd/pdf-files/AsianOrgCrime_Canada.pdf

    loc.gov/rr/frd/pdf-files/ChineseOrgCrime.pdf

    asianpacificpost.com/portal2/402881910674ebab010674f49c7611df.do.html

    primetimecrime.com/contributing/2005/20050907McAdam.htm

    publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/le/_fl/2006_Canada-US_OC-TA_en.pdf

  17. A posting by Lisa B at No Quarter

    I was hoping that Shelby Steele, a “self-described black conservative,” would eventually weigh in on Gates-gate. The WSJ published an op-ed, “From Emmitt Till to Skip Gates,” by the “author, columnist, documentary film maker, and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, specialising in the study of race relations, multiculturalism and affirmative action.”

    Through the story of Emmitt Till, Steele reminds readers of black Americans’ inescapable, unforgettable memories of America’s history of racism, and describes the lingering effects on Professor Gates of the murder of the 14-year-old Till because he supposedly whistled at a white woman. Steele says Gates acted according to a “cultural narrative” that is both well understood in society and difficult to escape under certain circumstances.

    On July 16, 2009, after a tiring and long trip home from China, Professor Gates found himself in a stressful situation with a white police officer and, rather than thinking things through, fell back on a cultural narrative he both knows well and understands thoroughly: Black victim, white oppressor:

    And didn’t Mr. Gates—jet-lagged and vulnerable—know exactly where to find power when he was confronted in his home by Sgt. James Crowley? Didn’t he—a lifelong student of African-American culture—know precisely the cultural narrative that would serve him best? Moreover, don’t we all know this narrative? Black victim, white oppressor. Here he was, no longer young, slight of build, professorial in look, and still he was under suspicion of being a common burglar in his own home. Add to this the fact that he knew himself to be utterly innocent. Out of these simple facts a sense of racial victimization could have easily developed within him. Few blacks would not at least wonder at this point if they were not being racially profiled.

    ———-

    The great drama at the core of American race relations is always the same: Can black Americans ever be truly equal—are they capable of achieving it and are others capable of accepting it? Mr. Gates put himself inside a cultural narrative that said blacks could achieve it but whites could never accept it. (His 50 honorary degrees did not save him from having to produce ID in his own house.) This narrative sees whites as incorrigible bigots and supremacists. It was once true and it gave blacks great moral power. But it doesn’t work so well in modern America, as the Gates affair makes clear. Handcuffs were Sgt. Crowley’s answer to Mr. Gates’s moral muscling.

    Steele obviously feels that Gates made an all-too-easy, fatigue induced error when confronted with police at his home and I think he’s got a point. Had the incident not gone further, perhaps everyone could have taken a breath and smoothed things over.

    THE REAL TROUBLE BEGAN WHEN BO WADED IN AND MADE A HASH OF THINGS . . . . . .

    But then Skip Gates was tired. What was President Barack Obama’s excuse? Why did he step into the same cultural narrative that Mr. Gates had tried and failed with?

    Steele then makes an absolutely on-the-nose observation about Obama. It is absolutely brilliant, IMO.

    Where race is concerned, I sometimes think of the president as the Peter Sellers character in “Dr. Strangelove.” Sellers plays a closet Nazi whose left arm—quite involuntarily—keeps springing up into the Heil Hitler salute. We see him in his wheelchair, his right arm—the good and decent arm—struggling to keep the Nazi arm down so that no one will know the truth of his inner life. These wrestling matches between the good and bad arms were hysterically funny.

    When I saw Mr. Obama—with every escape route available to him—wade right into the Gates affair at the end of his health-care news conference, I knew that his demon arm had momentarily won out over his good arm. It broke completely free—into full salute—in the “acted stupidly” comment that he made in reference to the Cambridge police’s handling of the matter. Here was the implication that whites were such clumsy and incorrigible racists that even the most highly achieved blacks lived in constant peril of racial humiliation. This was a cultural narrative, a politics, and in the end it was a bigotry. It let white Americans see a president who doubted them.

    Using Steele’s labels, I’ve often thought Obama is really a “challenger” wearing the mask of “bargainer.” A “challenger” is someone who says to whites, “you’re a racist until you prove you are not.” Some, like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, personify this type of AA approach to whites. Whites are forever on the hook.

    A “bargainer” is someone who says, “I’ll assume you’re not a racist if you don’t hold my race against me.” Steele says people like Bill Cosby, OJ Simpson (presumably BEFORE the trial) and Obama himself are bargainers. Whites love bargainers because they feel they are not automatically on the hook.

    But it has always seemed to me that Obama’s background, church and associations over the years, rather than being “post-racial” are more in the style of challengers. Whatever the case, and Mr. Steele no doubt has a more nuanced argument to make, he finishes his article with an admonition for the president and those who would assume he makes all the right steps.

    Mr. Obama’s “post-racialism” was a promise to operate outside of tired cultural narratives. But he has a demon arm of reflexive racialism—identity politics, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and now Skip Gates. You can only put a demon like this to death by finding out what you really believe. We should hold Mr. Obama to his post-racialism, and he should get to know himself well enough to tell us what he really means by it. As for the odd triad of Messrs. Gates, Crowley and Obama, only Mr. Crowley seems to have functioned outside his cultural narrative.

    All things considered, I think Steele’s thoughtful commentary on the Gates affair is the best I’ve read. Do go and read the entire article, it’s worth your time.

  18. wbboei: Thank you for the information on Shelby Steele. I saw him on Bill Moyers during the primary season and was very impressed by him. He described the “bargainer” and “challenger’ roles and gave examples of various celebrities and the roles that they play in society. I’ll have go read his most recent article. He is a very interesting person.

  19. Notice the mention of Hillary Democrats:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/08/the_dnc_will_be_disppointed_to.asp

    Attacking its critics as “extremist,” “right-wing” “mobs,” “pawns” of the insurance agencies and “lobbyists,” and otherwise smearing them shamelessly might work if the crowd really were a vocal minority not reflective of public opinion, and if the descriptions were accurate of something approaching most of them.

    But neither is true. Given that, one would think the DNC would tread more lightly than this. [snip]

    But surely there will be some price to pay for equating nearly 60 percent of the voting public with “mobs of extremists.” According to a new Qunippiac poll:

    In the Quinnipiac survey, 55% (including 54% of the key independent voter bloc) said they were more concerned that the overhaul would increase the deficit than that Congress would not pass some kind of overhaul. That same 57% (and 59% of independents) disagreed with the following statement: “Overhauling the nation’s health care system is so important that it should be enacted even if it means substantially increasing the federal budget deficit.”

    The poll also contains another piece of the public opinion puzzle that Mr. Obama and the Democratic congressional leadership may find problematic: Voters by a large margin don’t want a health care overhaul if it can only garner Democratic votes. In other words, even though Democrats control both houses of Congress, voters are suspicious of a bill that only has Democratic support.

    The poll found 59% of the public disagreed (and only 36% agreed) with the following statement: Congress should approve a health care overhaul even if only Democrats support it.”

    It’s utterly probable that some—even many— of the concerned folks showing up at health-care town halls are the kind of older, white, Middle America Democrats Obama went to great pains to woo. The rows of VFW ballcaps and suspiciously well-dressed protesters bespeak a contingent of Hillary Democrats and even the ballyhooed Obamacans, convinced by Obama’s moderate shtick and now left wondering what they got themselves into. And, if such folks are not in those crowds, they are in the 60 percent of voters who identify with them, as are the all-important Independents.

    This is what they think of you. Or as the Democrats call you, “the mob:”

  20. Admin,

    The dims are running scared. They were caught completely unprepared for anyone, let alone 57% of the population to dare to question any legislation they are trying to force feed through.

  21. Oh, screw this. I am a Hillary Democrat. My entire family is Hillary democrats. We all oppose Obama Care, and NOT because it’s “liberal”. My God, when did agreeing not to negotiate drug prices through Medicare, subsidizing private insurers profits, forcing people to buy private, for-profit insurers become the liberal position! This debate is a sick joke. There is no liberal bill in Congress on health care. Obama has done nothing liberal on health care at all. This is just stoopid.

  22. It’s at times like this that I am so glad that Hillary is out of the senate limelight…

    ——————————–

    Clinton Travels to South Africa Thursday

    By Delia Robertson
    Johannesburg
    06 August 2009

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in South Africa on a visit South Africa hopes will lead to closer ties and cooperation in a number of areas. Some non-governmental organizations are hoping the visit will lead to the United States providing developmental assistance to Zimbabwe.

    Secretary Clinton will meet Friday with International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. South African authorities are hoping that the meeting will lead to the formation of a mechanism to replace the defunct binational commission, which operated during the administration of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

    They believe this will foster increased trade and even stronger cooperation under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA. South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation says this country’s trade with the U.S. under AGOA is more diversified than that of any other country in sub-Saharan Africa, and they want to see that grow.

    Total trade between the two countries in 2008 was close to $10 billion, with South Africa enjoying a surplus of around $2 billion.

    South Africa is seeking greater collaboration with the United States in combating communicable diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS. The secretary will visit a U.S. project that offers treatment to AIDS patients with Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

    Nelson Mandela, celebrating 89th birthday, gives the thumb up, 18 Jul 2007
    Mrs. Clinton will also pay a courtesy call on former President Nelson Mandela.

    Earlier, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson said that Secretary Clinton will be encouraging South Africa to press Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to fully implement the global political agreement he signed with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. “And we will also seek to work with South Africa and the regional states to ensure that the GPA is fully implemented, and that that country is able to return to democratic rule, and its people allowed to have some opportunity for economic progress,” said Carson.

    South African President Jacob Zuma met earlier this week with Mr. Tsvangirai and promised he would contact Mr. Mugabe to discuss what he said were Zimbabwe’s weighty problems.

    The United States currently provides widespread humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe, but wants to see full implementation of the global political agreement and an end to political violence and harassment of Mr. Mugabe’s opponents before offering developmental or economic assistance. But some non-governmental organizations, which in the past have argued against economic cooperation with Zimbabwe, are now saying that economic assistance should be offered by the U.S. and other Western countries.

    Brian Raftopoulos of Zimbabwe’s Solidarity Peace Trust tells VOA developmental assistance is key to the long-term success of the unity government. “Obviously, the issues around GPA have to be addressed and pressure has to be brought by the region, by the international community for that matter. But, at the same time, there has got to be a new engagement around the economy, because this agreement will not move forward without that,” he said.

    Zimbabwe’s finance minister, Tendai Biti, says the country needs $10 billion to get the economy on track and $45 billion over the coming decade to fully develop it.

    voanews.com/english/2009-08-06-voa20.cfm

  23. Thursday, 6 August, 2009

    President Obama’s senior envoy is not stuck on formality, after all

    She vied for the most powerful seat in the world.

    She is the United States Secretary of State and wife of former President Bill Clinton.

    But Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama’s top diplomat, is as down-to-earth as they get as many noticed at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi yesterday.

    Having arrived in style, and despite the tight security in and around the hotel, where she is staying, Mrs Clinton mingled freely with guests and hotel staff, easing tension usually associated with such dignitaries.

    “I was pleasantly surprised to see Clinton shaking hands with hotel staff and attempting to speak to them in Kiswahili,” said the hotel’s Public Relations Manager Kavi Mwendwa.

    She added: “Going by her profile and rank in the US Government, her easy-going attitude was simply amazing.”

    Access room

    She said Clinton also spent time talking to other guests at the hotel lobby, greeting them by hand before proceeding to her room.

    It was not clear if any of the hotel staff were allowed into Clinton’s room, but sources suggested the US Secretary of State is more accessible than some dignitaries.

    “Often it is not easy to access rooms of such dignitaries but with Clinton it was different as I suspect a few colleagues got in to serve her in one way or the other,” a source who cannot be named because he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the hotel, told The Standard.

    The source said there was a rush by clients, especially business people to book a table at the hotel, perhaps in anticipation of catching a glimpse of Clinton and probably exchange business cards.

    The relaxed atmosphere at the hotel was a stark contrast to the rigid, albeit fairly reasonable security measures, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) when she arrived on Tuesday evening.

    Journalists were kept at a ‘safe distance’ as Clinton landed at the airport to attend eighth African Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) and other regional meetings.

    Condolleexa Rice

    However, Clinton’s warm attitude started to show earlier in the day, as she defied the tight security and attempted to move closer to the journalists at the airport.

    But was prevented by the quick action of the security detail around her.

    Hers contrasted the visit by former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright in Kisumu in 1998, when journalists were kept some 800 metres from her plane.

    They could also not take pictures, even during a recent visit by former Secretary of State Condolleexa Rice, following the post-election violence.

    Details were scanty as to why Clinton settled for the Intercontinental Hotel. But business pundits pointed to the dexterity of the hotel management.

    “This is big business not only because there was a huge entourage, but it was the US Secretary of State visiting,” a source said.

    eastandard.net/InsidePage.php?id=1144020858&cid=159

  24. Washington Post apologizes for Clinton joke

    The Associated Press
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON — Two Washington Post journalists are apologizing and their satirical online video series has been canceled following criticism of a joke they told about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli killed the “Mouthpiece Theater” series Wednesday after pulling the latest episode from the paper’s Web site Friday.

    In the video, columnist Dana Milbank and White House correspondent and blogger Chris Cillizza appeared in smoking jackets to discuss the kinds of beer politicians might drink. Milbank said he couldn’t reveal to whom President Barack Obama would serve a drink called “Mad B—- Beer.” That line was followed by a brief picture of Clinton.

    The group Women, Action and the Media complained to the Post in a letter signed by 32 women. They called the video “sexist” and “tasteless.”

    “I regret that we put up that image,” Milbank said, “and while I highly doubt the secretary of state has seen ‘Mouthpiece Theater,’ I would be honored to have the opportunity to apologize to her over a beer.”

    Cillizza said the joke was over the line and that the show was not funny.

    Brauchli called the joke “a serious lapse.”

    The episode follows an apology from Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth last month after a flier surfaced announcing plans to charge business leaders and lobbyists for intimate dinner chats at her home with government officials and the newspaper’s journalists.
    © 2009 The Associated Press
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  25. The above is about as disgraceful a thign we have seen since the primaries…to think these so called reported actually covered the primaries/election and Hillary still won, it amazing.

  26. John Conyers who enabled Barack Obama and helped rob Michigan from Hillary is upset. (Audio at link)

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/conyers-%E2%80%9Cthere-no-one-more-disappointed-i-am-barack-obama%E2%80%9D

    The nation’s senior Black congressman fears Barack Obama is in danger of becoming a one-term president. Obama’s health care proposal is “crap,” says Detroit’s John Conyers, and Obama loses whether it passes or fails.

    Congressman John Conyers says Barack Obama’s stance on health care has been wrong, and it’s going to cost the president “big time.” It might even cost Obama his second term in the White House.

    Conyers gave that assessment at Washington’s Busboys and Poets restaurant, bookstore and bar, where the Progressive Democrats of America were celebrating their fifth anniversary. Conyers is the Congressional Black Caucus’s longest serving member, having represented Detroit since 1964, when Obama was a three-year-old. He’s also one of the most consistently progressive members of the House, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and author of single payer health care bill H.R. 676 – legislation the White House has done its best to smother. Obama once gave lip service to single payer health care, but as president has staked his reputation on a mishmash of corporate schemes and deals-with-the-devil masquerading as health care reform – a thoroughly confused and conflicted legislative concoction that Conyers describes, simply, as “crap.”

    Conyers suggests that, at the end of the legislative process, progressive congresspersons may wind up voting against Obama on health carebecause the bill will be simply too bad for advocates of real reform to support.

    Busboys and Poets is a favored gathering place for progressives of all races. On the January night last year when Obama won the South Carolina primary, the place was noisier and more boisterous than anybody’s sports bar – so many deliriously hopeful faces, such soaring expectations. Now, John Conyers was telling many of the same people: “There is no one more disappointed than I am in Barack Obama.”

  27. The Washington Post should know better. Given their supposed stature, this idea shouldn’t have made it out of the lobotomy stage. An apology is not good enough.

  28. Now, see, I agree with Conyers, it’s “crap” and it ain’t liberal crap. Though I’m not disappointed. I had no expectations.

  29. Pelosi talks swastikas…

    youtube.com/watch?v=CGzAi4vZqYI&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ewashingtontimes%2Ecom%2Fweblogs%2Fwatercooler%2F2009%2Faug%2F06%2Fpelosis%2Dvisions%2Dswastikas%2F&feature=player_embedded

  30. mj, I think they never wanted real reform anyway. They certainly set it up to fail from the get-go. The insurance companies are not really restrained. And as for the “socialism” cries that the Left loves to sneer at?

    Well, there is a bunch of crap in that bill, from mandatory end-of-life counseling to executive-branch-controlled health czars with fuzzy powers, and other details, that alarmed the public. And those things did not need to be in there. Maybe the public overreacts, and maybe the Repubs take that and run with it, but WHO could not have seen that coming if you put murky “big brother-ish” provisions in the bill in that manner? And to bury that in a 1000 page bill that no one ever bothered to explain before they tried to shove it through? On the heels of TARP, with a public who already felt distrustful and lied to? DAMN STRAIGHT people got paranoid, and it wasn’t just wingers.

    The Dims went all cocky and peremptory on the public, and you do not DO that to the public in this environment. They not only incited the wingers, they incited great fear even in middle-of-the-roaders who WANT reform and universal coverage.

    And yes, I am saying the DEMOCRATS incited that fear in non-winger folks, with their secrecy, buried provisions, and haste. All the GOP is doing is stoking it to their advantage.

    For future reference for UHC or even public option advocates: Want healthcare reform passed in this country? Do a simple, straightforward, transparent bill. And make damn sure that you can get up and explain it thoroughly, simply, and adequately – and I mean the actual BILL not the general sentiment and vague goals.

    Because despite the fact that a majority want UHC in theory, they may not necessarily support just any version of it. You have to take into account the American psyche, and we are not, in very deep and culturally-rooted ways, inclined to be collectivists. We just aren’t. We will do it – with trepidation and caution, if given VERY clear govt limits, and solid enough “public good” reasons, but it is not the fundamental nature of our culture. And you cannot get large-scale things done without taking that into account. You are dreaming if you think you can ignore that dynamic.

  31. Any bill that forces Americans to buy crappy for-profit private insurance, enriches pharma, and subsidizes corporate profits isn’t liberal and isn’t worth passing even if completely transparent.

  32. mj Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    Any bill that forces Americans to buy crappy for-profit private insurance, enriches pharma, and subsidizes corporate profits isn’t liberal and isn’t worth passing even if completely transparent.

    —————————————————————————————-

    AMEN! I think many people will be worse off, if this debacle passes.

  33. When I use to work for the government, the contractors could not be in on any long range planning, as they would have had priviledge information,and an unfair advantage.

    Now what does the health care industry, preparing the legislation for the Health Care Reform, sound like to you.

    I had noticed that the government was getting lazy, although at one time you could ruin your career if they caught you with having contractors in strategy meetings.

    Let us face it, there is no difference here, and when you allow this to happen, you have screwed the American people. You cannot tell me you cannot find people who are disinterested that you can put together to prepare this legislation. If you cannot, you better quit, as I assure you I could put together a group.

  34. Admin 12:33

    Will someone get John Conyers email to the White House. I hear they are collecting those email addresses. By the way, I hope all of ours are safe.

  35. ALL THE WHATEVER THAT’S FIT TO PRINT

    Times Public Editor (ombudsman) reveals how badly a “serious newspaper” (and they’d prefer to be known as “the most pre-eminent newspaper in the World”) can screw up a simple obit.

    The delicious irony is the obit was for Mr. Cronkite, a reporter whose dedication to “getting it right” was paramount. From Sunday’s edition.

    nytimes.com/2009/08/02/opinion/02pubed.html

    How Did This Happen?
    ================

    By CLARK HOYT
    Published: August 1, 2009

    THE TIMES published an especially embarrassing correction on July 22, fixing seven errors in a single article — an appraisal of Walter Cronkite, the CBS anchorman famed for his meticulous reporting. The newspaper had wrong dates for historic events; gave incorrect information about Cronkite’s work, his colleagues and his program’s ratings; misstated the name of a news agency, and misspelled the name of a satellite.

    “Wow,” said Arthur Cooper, a reader from Manhattan. “How did this happen?”

    The short answer is that a television critic with a history of errors wrote hastily and failed to double-check her work, and editors who should have been vigilant were not.

    But a more nuanced answer is that even a newspaper like The Times, with layers of editing to ensure accuracy, can go off the rails when communication is poor, individuals do not bear down hard enough, and they make assumptions about what others have done. Five editors read the article at different times, but none subjected it to rigorous fact-checking, even after catching two other errors in it. And three editors combined to cause one of the errors themselves.

    Seemingly little mistakes, when they come in such big clusters, undermine the authority of a newspaper, and senior editors say they are determined to find fixes. The Times seems to have particular difficulty in writing about people after their deaths. In addition to the appraisal in the Arts section, a front-page Cronkite obituary had two errors of its own, and the paper has suffered through a recent string of obits with multiple errors. Craig Whitney, the standards editor, said late last week that an editor is being added to the obituary department to fact-check and work with the staff to reduce “unacceptably high error rates.”

    The Cronkite episode suggests that a newsroom geared toward deadlines needs to find a much better way to deal with articles written with no certain publication date. Reporters and editors think they have the luxury of time to handle them later — and suddenly, it is too late.

    What Sam Sifton, the culture editor, ruefully called “a disaster, the equivalent of a car crash,” started nearly a month before Cronkite died, when news began circulating that he was gravely ill. On June 19, Alessandra Stanley, a prolific writer much admired by editors for the intellectual heft of her coverage of television, wrote a sum-up of the Cronkite career, to be published after his death.

    Stanley said she was writing another article on deadline at the same time and hurriedly produced the appraisal, sending it to her editor with the intention of fact-checking it later. She never did.

    “This is my fault,” she said. “There are no excuses.”

    In her haste, she said, she looked up the dates for two big stories that Cronkite covered — the assassination of Martin Luther King and the moment Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon — and copied them incorrectly. She wrote that Cronkite stormed the beaches on D-Day when he actually covered the invasion from a B-17 bomber. She never meant that literally, she said. “I didn’t reread it carefully enough to see people would think he was on the sands of Omaha Beach.”

    June 19 was a Friday, a heavy time for the culture department, which was processing copy for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Lorne Manly, Stanley’s editor, read the article but did not catch the mistakes; worse, he made a change that led to another error. Where Stanley had said correctly that Cronkite once worked for United Press, Manly changed it to United Press International, with a note to copy editors to check the name. In the end, it came out United Press and United Press International in the same sentence.

    Though the correct date of the moon landing was fresh in his mind, Manly said, he read right over that mistake. Catching it might have flagged the need for more careful vetting. For all her skills as a critic, Stanley was the cause of so many corrections in 2005 that she was assigned a single copy editor responsible for checking her facts. Her error rate dropped precipitously and stayed down after the editor was promoted and the arrangement was discontinued. Until the Cronkite errors, she was not even in the top 20 among reporters and editors most responsible for corrections this year. Now, she has jumped to No. 4 and will again get special editing attention.

    Janet Higbie, a copy editor, said she started reading the article that Friday and caught the misspelling of the Telstar satellite and the two incorrect dates, but fixes she thought she made didn’t make it into the paper. “I don’t know what happened,” she said. Higbie said she had to drop the story and jump to deadline work, and she assumed that someone else would pick up the editing later. No one did — for four weeks, until Cronkite died late on another busy Friday. “It fell through the cracks,” Higbie said.

    Two days before his father died, Chip Cronkite sent me an e-mail message labeled, “pre-emptive correction.” He said that CBS, in reviewing its obituary material, had found inaccuracies. “As a life-long admirer of your newspaper,” he said, “may I suggest that you have someone double-check ahead of time?”

    Douglas Martin, who had written an advance obit of Cronkite several years earlier, phoned Chip Cronkite. They went over spellings, discussed the cause of death and the like. No one thought to forward Chip Cronkite’s message to the culture department, where Stanley’s appraisal sat.

    When his father died on July 17, Chip Cronkite said he called CBS and then The Times, at 8:01 p.m. Laurel Graeber, who was running the culture copy desk, said she didn’t get the word for half an hour. Work had just finished on the Saturday Arts section, and most of the editors had gone home. Past deadline, Amy Virshup, a deputy culture editor, decided to put Stanley’s appraisal across the top of the Arts front. Graeber said she was worried about a headline, photos and captions. “I was not focusing on details” within the story, she said, thinking those had been handled. Graeber did make one fix, changing the first name of ABC’s anchor to Charles Gibson from Charlie in the title of his program. But the title still had another error, which was just corrected on Saturday — mistake No. 8.

    And, it could have been worse. Nicole Herrington, a late-shift editor reading the appraisal casually, decided to check a fact near the top — Cronkite’s age when he retired. It was wrong. He was 64, not 65. Virshup then headed off the same mistake in the Page 1 obituary.

    Looking back at it all — a critic making mistakes in haste, editors failing to vet her work enough, a story sitting for weeks without attention and then being rushed through — one sees how small missteps lead to big trouble, leaving readers to wonder what they can trust.

    Chip Cronkite seemed philosophical about all the errors. He said his parents had a joke ashtray with the inscription, “Just give me the facts: I’ll mix ’em up when I quote you.”

    To The Times, this isn’t a laughing matter. Whitney said: “We cannot tolerate this, and have tightened procedures to rule out a recurrence. I have spoken with those involved, and other senior newsroom editors and I will monitor the implementation of these measures.”

  36. Mr. Gates put himself inside a cultural narrative that said blacks could achieve it but whites could never accept it. (His 50 honorary degrees did not save him from having to produce ID in his own house.)

    ===============

    Having to produce ID? Isn’t that terrible!!!!!!!!

    In fact he did not own the house, he was just renting from Harvard, and apparently not for long. Jet lagged and confused, he might have been breaking into the WRONG house, honorary degrees or not.

    I’ve produced ID for police in a similar situation and not minded. Asking for ID is routine. It’s not a problem. It’s not an insult. As a returning traveler, he should have had his passport and everything handy from going through customs.

  37. Any bill that forces Americans to buy crappy for-profit private insurance, enriches pharma, and subsidizes corporate profits isn’t liberal and isn’t worth passing even if completely transparent.
    **************
    He is a nice summary of how Obama-care sells out to the corporations….No wonder that they want to keep the names of the lobbyists secret. You know it’s a fraud when Big Pharma is spending $100 million for Obama-care ads.

    “Top Ten Ways To Tell Your President & His Party Aren’t Fighting For Health Care For Everybody”

    ww.pnhp.org/news/2009/august/top_ten_ways_to_tell.php

  38. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Obamas-dissident-database-could-be-secret—-and-permanent-52571822.html

    Obama’s dissident database could be secret — and permanent
    By: Byron York
    Chief Political Correspondent
    08/06/09 4:47 AM EDT
    The White House request that members of the public report anyone who is spreading “disinformation” about the proposed national health care makeover could lead to a White House database of political opponents that will be both secret and permanent, according to Republican lawyers on the Senate Judiciary Committee who are examining the plan’s possible implementation.

    “So the White House, whether by design or accident, has requested information from the public that will become ‘records’ under the Presidential Records Act, yet would be impermissible for any government to otherwise collect under the Privacy Act,” writes one Judiciary Committee source. “Where were the lawyers in all of this? What is their legal basis for authorizing the collection of these records?”

    Linda Douglass, head of communications for the White House Office of Health Reform, says the White House is “not compiling lists or sources of information” on opponents of health care reform. But if “fishy” information is indeed collected, as Phillips’ request suggested, the laws involved mean that the information obtained by the White House could not only be secret but permanent. A dissident database, in whatever precise form it ultimately takes, could be around for a long time to come.

    -Byron York

    This sounds like an Nixon hitlist

    And they called BUSH a Nazi

  39. Here are some suggestions of what is being sent to

    flag@whitehouse.gov

    Time to send in some names like Pelosi, Kennedy, Gore . Fill the database with enough garbage that it would sink under its own weight.

    have someone send you the entire health care bill then send the email to the white house saying that the contents(the health care bill) are not only fishy but dangeous and un american.

    We should all forward all of HR 3200(obamacare) to flag@whitehouse.gov that entire bill is fishy to me.

    I forwarded a fishing report to flag@whitehouse.gov. With the subject “fishy article”.

    I turned myself in, stating that I said bad things about Obamacare while touching myself in an unclean way

    think I will forward all of my junk email….
    everyone start forwarding all their “phishy” e-mails and all their dating e-mails and basically all the junk e-mail they can find.

    The Cabela’s Spring 2009 Hard Copy catalogue (1461 pages!) has A LOT of fishy things in it…should I download and send that….????

    Besides Harry Rein, Nancy Pelosi, and Barbara Boxer, I also reported Shamu, and Flipper. In addition I think Charlie Tuna belongs on the list.

    send the entire constitution text to him. I’m certain he;ll find it quite fishy.

    the same person who, when campaigning, told his supporters, “I want you to get loud, get in their faces, get involved, make your voices heard.” Rut ro Obama needs to be reported.

  40. WILLFUL IGNORANCE:

    No wonder Gail Collins was kicked down from Editorial Page Editor position. She thinks Obama’s “doin’ fine”. What an idiot. It’s too poor of a piece to waste putting up the whole thing.

    My $$$ comments inserted:

    Barack’s Progress Report
    ==================

    Obama is hitting another milestone this week. When Congress goes into recess it’ll be a rough half-year marker for his presidency. And things have been looking pretty good. American influence is rising abroad, and at home nobody in the White House appears to be plotting to undermine our civil rights on a daily basis.

    $$$ Not plotting to undermine our civil rights??? Why then have the ACLU types and various hopium smokers raising their fists repeatedly, that “it looks more and more that he’s continuing Bush’s policies”. Even MSM is stating that it is surprising how many human rights and civil rights policies that were deemed so
    terrible under Bush are being continued.

  41. http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/
    I Think We Might Be Breaking the Gestapo
    I would feel bad about how fast we knocked them off their pedestal if not for the rapid pace at which they’ve tried to pass every piece of legislation and do everything else they could get away with under the table to destroy my country.

    I don’t know whether the Barbara Senator Boxer part or the Ariana Huffington is funnier. You decide.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRvtWEG_vhQ&eurl

    Boy it sure is getting ugly for the ONE

  42. news.yahoo.com/nphotos/political-advocacy-group-Americans-for-Prosperity/photo//090806/480/9ea1c6caea5e4aa1b07879006a4f78a1//s:/cq/politics3187760#photoViewer=/090806/480/aa6c1fbd9d004f2ab0010aea28c63c7f

    Check out the first picture. The lady is holding a sign that I agree with which reads ” If Congress Likes Obamacare So Much Why Don’t They Test Drive It 1st?”.

  43. The fact that this “Joker” poster thing is even getting play is an indicartion of how sucked in the media is into this guy. He is the Prez of the USA and along with that comes the good , the bad, and the ugly. If Bill or even Bush 2 took offense to every characterization of them it would have taken a team 24/7 to monitor, How in the hell is the poster racists? We have elected an AA prez in less than 50 yrs since Dr. Kings famous speech. We are a flawed, but basically good nation. We have done more to advance the plight of AA more than any other minority group (most of whom did it on their own). AA ‘s should be grateful of the tremendous progress this country has made on race and stop using the race card every friggin time something does not go their way….eniough already.

  44. Aug 6 2009, 11:34 am by Chris Good

    Labor Gets Involved In Town-Halls

    In the past few days, liberal activists have started to plan their counterattack on the conservative opponents of health care reform; now, the AFL-CIO says it will get involved, too. In a memo to presidents of national and international unions, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney called on affiliate unions to launch a 30-day campaign of activism in support of health care reform–and, perhaps most significantly, to turn out union members to town-hall meetings. Part of the plan is to “organize major union participation in Congressional Town Hall meetings, both live and virtual ‘Tele-Town Hall Meetings. A list of these meetings will be sent to you as soon as we receive it along with the list of approximately 50 high priority districts,” the memo states.

    Labor unions have traditionally provided the foot soldiers in Democratic politics, waving signs, phone banking and turning out votes…now they’ll play in town-halls, where conservatives have been outperforming liberals in attendance, shouting down reform and generally dominating both the meetings and the national news coverage of the White House’s reform effort.

    Liberal activists have one significant advantage over conservatives in the race to turn out more supporters to these town-halls: they can coordinate attendance with Democratic representatives, and they’ve worked with these lawmakers before. Earlier this week, Health Care for America Now!, a liberal coalition of which the AFL-CIO is a part, issued its guidelines for the new town-hall fight; the AFL-CIO’s campaign, however, signifies a targeted effort to win these battles in the swing-vote districts conservatives have gone after.

    politics.theatlantic.com/2009/08/labor_gets_involved_in_town-halls.php

  45. Obama and his thugs tar and feather anyone whom disagrees with their radical agenda as “extremists, conservatives, anarchists, ” etc…I have never seen , outside of totalitarian countries, a leader who can so quickly have his forces bear all their weight and pressure down on anyone who challenges their views. Very scary imo.

  46. VIDEO! SENIORS GONE WILD! TOOK OVER THEIR OWN AARP MEETING!

    Okay, let me preface this video by saying that while some people did interrupt, you still do NOT approach seniors with the completely snotty, condescending attitude that this young AARP “spokeswoman” does from the get-go. She pissed them off from the start, and it just went downhill from there.

    When I worked in a nursing home, if I had approached even the ill and infirm elderly in that sort of “Now, now, grandpa, you are not in charge here” lecturing tone, they would have handed me my ass on a platter, tout suite. Note to the younger AARP volunteers: These people are old, not slightly slow schoolchildren.

    youtube.com/watch?v=AoMNDdQ1_h0

  47. Why then have the ACLU types ….
    ********
    What is an ACLU type??? I am a proud card carrying member of the ACLU and I carry my blue ACLU card next to my concealed weapons permit in my wallet. Here is the latest ACLU e-mail

    (snip)
    Right now, Attorney General Eric Holder is deciding if he will appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate the Bush torture program. Make sure Attorney General Holder hears the call for a thorough criminal investigation by sending him this powerful video.
    (snip)

    My reply:

    “Why would an Atty. Gen., who used his DOJ connections to cover up >4000 killings by Colombian death squads, care about torture memos. Eric Holder is just following the “move forward” orders from the President. The ACLU needs to direct it’s ire against the responsible party in the cover up and continuation of war crimes, President Obama. The ACLU needs to stop making or implying excuses for President Obama’s behavior. As as alleged Democrat, President Obama is worse than George Bush.”

  48. what is the “alleged” purpose of flag@whitehouse.gov? I mean, what is the bullshitty reason put forth. And what is the real reason, spying on “dissidents”?

    &&&&
    HillaryforTexas Says:
    August 6th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    ABM90, I send in a snitch email to that flag@whitehouse.gov site. I told them I’d found very “fishy” and dissent-inciting propaganda being circulated on many websites.

  49. SHV Says:
    August 6th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Why then have the ACLU types ….
    ********
    What is an ACLU type??? I am a proud card carrying member of the ACLU and I carry my blue ACLU card next to my concealed weapons permit in my wallet
    &&&&&

    I did not mean to denigrate “ACLU types”, I am “that type” too. I did seem to lump them together with “hopium smokers”, of which I definitely am NOT. So I guess I meant that a wide cross-section of people, including MSM, are starting to acknowledge Obama = Bush III.

  50. Obama and his thugs tar and feather anyone whom disagrees with their radical agenda as “extremists, conservatives, anarchists, ” etc…I have never seen , outside of totalitarian countries, a leader who can so quickly have his forces bear all their weight and pressure down on anyone who challenges their views. Very scary imo.
    —————————————
    The citizen groups need to get organized. They need off duty policemen in their ranks, trained spokespeople, cameras, signs, and talking points. They need people who have read the legislation to ask tough questions of the dimocatic representatives. If union thugs show up get them on camera. If it were me I would bait the hook. Any violence committed by Obamites should go viral. The 2000 complaints of voter intimidation should be resurrected. Paulie should get Lynette Long on to talk about that. She is the expert. If there is violence by Obamites lets hold Eric Holders feet to the fire to prosecute them to the full extent of the law, no pardons, not beer summits, no bullshit, just enforce the law straight up.

  51. I do not know where the ACLU is at today as an organization. I have not seen Nadine on television for a long time. I suspect there is a split in the organization between those who are true to the traditions and those who want to give Obama a pass because he is black. The same fault line as thirty years ago when the organization endorsed affirmative action and loyalists like Professor Van Alstein (Duke) and others took a powder.

  52. rgb, this is a direct quote from the Whitehouse’s own website:

    There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

  53. HillaryforTexas Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    ADMIN:

    Lots and lots of examples of politicians portrayed as The Joker here. It was not just the Vanity Fair cover:
    ***************************

    Except the article STILL say’s it’s OK to portray the other politician’s as the Joker, just not the Fraud, because he’s black and of course, it’s all together now “RACIST”!

  54. Did those AARP representatives, especially that ignorant woman take stupid pills or something? I can’t remember being so angry in a long time. Seniors built America. They deserve the outmost respect and the best healthcare there is, whether rich or poor. They are not dumb and they are not children and for that woman to treat them so insultingly is a crime.

  55. It would be a good thing for the head of the citizens group to notify the local chapter of the ACLU that they are planning to exercise rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, specifically the right of the people peaceably to assemble to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and to report any threats which may have been made against them for doing so–black panthers, union thugs whoever. This concern arises out of the intimidation incident in Philadelphia which Holder refused to prosecute.

  56. HillaryforTexas Says:
    August 6th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    ABM90, I send in a snitch email to that flag@whitehouse.gov site. I told them I’d found very “fishy” and dissent-inciting propaganda being circulated on many websites.
    *******************

    But then they have your email

  57. I suspect there is a split in the organization between those who are true to the traditions and those who want to give Obama a pass
    **************
    The tide seems to be turning…for the first three months of the Obama disaster, the ACLU was making excuses for his behavior. The turning point seems to have occured after ACLU Atty. Amrit Singh called Obama a liar. The biggest split in the ACLU probable occurred with the “Skokie March”.

  58. Why would an Atty. Gen., who used his DOJ connections to cover up >4000 killings by Colombian death squads, care about torture memos. Eric Holder is just following the “move forward” orders from the President. The ACLU needs to direct it’s ire against the responsible party in the cover up and continuation of war crimes, President Obama. The ACLU needs to stop making or implying excuses for President Obama’s behavior. As as alleged Democrat, President Obama is worse than George Bush.”
    ———————————–
    Superb response.

  59. HillaryforTexas Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    ******************************

    What an arrogant woman and entitled woman! Now where have we seen this before, hmmmm

  60. I would not mind holding a candlelight vigil with Nadine. I think we could find something to agree on.

  61. JanH Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    So what will bambi employ next? Acorn?
    ******************

    Yes

  62. White House Affirms Deal on Drug Cost

    In response, the industry successfully demanded that the White House explicitly acknowledge for the first time that it had committed to protect drug makers from bearing further costs in the overhaul. The Obama administration had never spelled out the details of the agreement.

    nytimes.com/2009/08/06/health/policy/06insure.html?_r=1&hp

    ***
    From Bitterpolitiz

  63. Jan and gonzo, it burned me up, too. That woman was just dripping disrespect for the elderly. She thought she was going to march in there with her little talking points card and TELL them what they were supposed to be supporting. She had a rude awakening.

    Did you hear the one guy saying that the AARP had not polled its members, had not discussed anything at all BEFORE they got behind this plan? The “leadership” just did it, and expected to walk in there and tell its members to GET IN LINE with an already-made decision that they were excluded from.

    If the AARP leaders wanted a “discussion”, maybe they should have thought about consulting their membership BEFORE they threw their weight behind Obamacare. Because the members were having none of it after the fact, and I don’t blame them.

  64. I think I am going to write a letter to the head of WashPo asking why those two howler monkies Milbank and Cilezza have not been fired. The problem in that shop is cultural. Ron Kessler claims that the new editior is chief is fair, but this is the second occurence to the contrary since she took over.

  65. I do not understand people who still support Obama. What do they want–a dictator? Because that is what he is, sure as god made little green apples.

  66. JanH Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 12:39 pm
    I wonder if they will start calling Conyers a liberal warmonger/RNC plant now.
    ************************************************

    Jan, they will probably start labeling him a ‘racist’ like everyone else that dares to criticize this WH – that was an interesting article

  67. Wow, the writer of this article really takes on the response to the Obama Joker poster and the way the white house is responding to criticisms of Obama these days…calls the Joker poster a “sign of American’s rude awakening”

    “Racism Cries a Tired Obama Double Standard” by Pamela Geller

    w w w.newsmax.com/pamela_geller/obama_joker_racism/2009/08/06/244804.html

  68. If the AARP leaders wanted a “discussion”, maybe they should have thought about consulting their membership BEFORE they threw their weight behind Obamacare.
    *********
    It is quite odd. In the past if politicians talked about cutting $600 billion for Medicare/Medicade, AARP wwould have been raising hell. Now the leadership is all for it and the only literature that I get from AARP is another piece of junk mail to get me to buy another Insurance policy. The leadership has sold out…This is similar to NARAL national leadership endorsing Obama without consulting the local chapters.

  69. bambi’s sure united the country isn’t he? If he shoves this non-bill through congress without Republican support or that of the people, he definitely will have a rebellion on his hands.

  70. American Gal: the article you mentioned is terrific. I had trouble getting to it through the link, but I found it through google. I think it is well worth posting:
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    Pamela Geller RSS ARCHIVE

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    ‘Racism’ Cries a Tired Obama Double Standard

    Thursday, August 6, 2009 2:19 PM

    By: Pamela Geller Article Font Size

    A real brouhaha has ensued since the appearance of the “socialism” poster of Barack Obama made up as The Joker. Once again, great Americans are being branded as “racists.” Steven Mikulan said in the LA Weekly that the poster “has a bit of everything to appeal to the drunk tank of California conservatism: Obama is in white face, his mouth (like Ledger’s Joker’s) has been grotesquely slit wide open and the word ‘Socialism’ appears below his face. The only thing missing is a noose.” And Bedlam Magazine charged: “The Joker white-face imposed on Obama’s visage has a sort of malicious, racist, Jim Crow quality to it.”

    Patriots, be on notice. This is the favorite tactic of the left. Any criticism of Obama, no matter what or how legit, will be labeled racism. Tea party? Racist! Opposition to socialism? Racist! Opposition to nationalized healthcare? Racist! Opposition to cap and tax? Racist! Opposition to the ethnic cleansing of Jewish people in Israel? Racist!

    This tactic used to be effective. One case study is the 2006 Virginia Senate race, and the destruction of George Allen’s re-election campaign by the “macaca” incident. A presidential contender was destroyed by a leftopathic lie, despite the fact that the charge of racism was utter nonsense. Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s insult to Indian people went unremarked and unnoticed in the mainstream media.

    The media has also ignored the real significance of the Obama Joker poster. It isn’t racism; it’s a sign of America’s rude awakening. The editor of the American Thinker, Thomas Lifson, observed that the poster showed that the inevitable backlash against Obama’s far-left policies has begun: “It is starting. Open mockery of Barack Obama, as disillusionment sets in with the man, his policies, and the phony image of a race-healing, brilliant, scholarly middle-of-the-roader.” But Lifson noted that “the President’s supporters have condemned the image, calling it ‘mean-spirited and dangerous.’ ”

    Mean-spirited? Dangerous? Racist?

    For years I covered the left’s spiteful and malicious attacks on President George W. Bush. He was likened to Hitler. “Bushitler” was so commonly used, it became a cliché. Leftists compared the jihadi attack on the twin towers to the Reichstag fire. And other motifs came into play as well: Vanity Fair even published an image of Bush as . . . The Joker. No one said a peep. Not a word. Instead, we were told that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”

    And indeed it can be, at least unless you cross our Dear Leader Barack Obama. After eight years of relentless Bush bashing and America hating, The New York Times’s opinion makers are warning about the dangers of dissent. Bob Herbert recently warned about “right-wing hate-mongers” and “gun crazies.” Frank Rich sounded the alarm about “far-right rage.” Paul Krugman worried over “the rise of right-wing extremism.” Charles M. Blow came out more or less openly for a police state: “Society needs to do a much better job of creating an environment where hateful beliefs are never ignored and suspicious behavior never goes unreported.” What kind of “hateful beliefs”?

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear who these people have in mind when she lied outright about anti-Obama protesters, claiming that they’re “carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare.”

    LIE! This has never happened at any of our rallies and protests. The left employed the swastika for years against Bush; the right has never engaged in this. Pelosi is spreading more lies and smears of good, decent folks. At the leftist rallies, the hatred against Bush was pushed and promoted relentlessly. The rallies that were organized by the far left infrastructure for years never hesitated to orchestrate the most vicious attacks on Bush. But when one poster mocking Obama appears in Los Angeles — a poster that was not orchestrated, not part of any moveon.org strategy — and it’s the shot heard round the world.

    What happened to “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”?

    The left should be warned: The libelous smear of racism has lost its sting. If everything is racism, then nothing is. The charge has lost its power. The more that leftists pull this evil trick, the more folks will shrug. The sad and terrible thing is that by using this tactic, the left has obscured the true evil of genuine racism. The fact is, when the left makes everything about race, and sees everything through a prism of “racism,” it shows us who the real racists are.

    Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs Web site and former associate publisher of the New York Observer. Her Op-Eds have appeared in the Washington Times, Newsmax, Human Events, WorldNetDaily, the American Thinker, Israel National News, and other publications.

    © 2009 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  71. I agree with wwoebi. Excellent article.
    Patriots, be on notice. This is the favorite tactic of the left. Any criticism of Obama, no matter what or how legit, will be labeled racism. Tea party? Racist! Opposition to socialism? Racist! Opposition to nationalized healthcare? Racist! Opposition to cap and tax? Racist! Opposition to the ethnic cleansing of Jewish people in Israel? Racist!”

    ————————–

    Well said!

  72. Remember that sever reduction in membership that NOW has experienced this year.

    I think I see AARP taking a hit here shortly.

  73. Obama=Mugabe? Think about it. It is only a matter of degree. I know a guy who was from there–david ledbetter the golf instructor. He told me about it. He left there well before the shit hit the fan.
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    Mugabe had always intended to convert Zimbabwe from a parliamentary democracy into a one-party socialist state. In 1984 his party, now called the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, or ZANU-PF, held a congress, made Mugabe its unchallenged leader, and set up a new party structure with a Central Committee and a Politburo that were designed to rule both the party and Zimbabwe. In 1987 Mugabe’s and Nkomo’s parties merged into one under the name of ZANU-PF, and as first secretary of the new party, Mugabe retained absolute control over it. On December 31, 1987, he became Zimbabwe’s first executive president, effectively establishing one-party rule. In 1990 he was reelected president in a multiparty election that was marked by intimidation and violence.Mugabe faced growing unrest in the late 1990s. A failing economy and his decision to send troops to assist President Laurent Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in his fight against rebels led to strikes, and in November 1998 riots occurred following Mugabe’s announcement that he and members of his cabinet would receive pay increases. Factions within ZANU-PF continued to press for a true multiparty system. The first real opposition to Mugabe’s government came from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), formed in September 1999 and led by trade unionist Morgan Tsvangirai. In the parliamentary elections of 2000, the MDC won about half of the contested seats, but ZANU-PF won or controlled most of the remaining seats and thus maintained firm control of Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, war veterans, demanding immediate land reforms, threatened to occupy some of the country’s white-owned farms. Mugabe showed sympathy for their cause, doing nothing to dissuade them. In the months leading to the 2000 parliamentary elections, the veterans acted on their threats, which led to heightened tensions in the country.Although Mugabe was reelected in 2002, the elections were tainted by violence and criticized by observers. A law passed later that year allowed Mugabe to pursue an aggressive program of confiscating white-owned farms; more than half of the country’s white farmers were forced to relinquish their property. Unfortunately, property was often claimed by politically connected individuals with little or no farming experience. The government’s lack of forethought in forcing out the white farmers and failing to replace them with experienced farmworkers contributed to a significant decline in agricultural productivity; this, as well as a drought, led to severe food shortages in Zimbabwe.As Mugabe’s popularity further declined, his regime became increasingly brutal and repressive. Media freedom was curtailed, the opposition was harassed and beaten, and a controversial program that caused the demolition of illegal housing structures was implemented, rendering hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans homeless. The economy continued to decline, and in 2007 the country had the highest rate of inflation in the world, as well as one of the highest rates of unemployment. Most Zimbabweans did not have adequate access to basic commodities, such as food or fuel, and Mugabe’s administration continued to be the subject of much international criticism. Despite this, Mugabe remained popular within ZANU-PF, and in December 2007 the party endorsed Mugabe as their presidential candidate in the 2008 elections.

  74. Warning! Warning!

    CNN has their report card show on now. The decks are stacked. It’s pretty sickening.

  75. bambi got a C- and they are trying to spin it in his favor. Paul Begala, who I used to respect, says the votes came from people who hate bambi no matter what? Is this the race card again?

  76. LOL…he gets a “D” on healthcare. I bet CNN is wishing they’d never started this.

    I’m watching because I want to see what Hillary gets.

  77. Well, Jan, I’m sure that all the 200 people who still watch CNN will be thrilled. Doesn’t concern me.

  78. Yeah, let us know about Hill. But I’ll trust Rasmussen before I trust a CNN online poll, and she is doing great there.

  79. JanH Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 12:39 pm
    I wonder if they will start calling Conyers a liberal warmonger/RNC plant now.
    ************************************************

    Jan, they will probably start labeling him a ‘racist’ like everyone else that dares to criticize this WH – that was an interesting article

    **************************************

    Jan, I gave this some thought and I want to revise it and say that Conyers will probably become an ‘Uncle Tom’

  80. A relative called all excited about the CNN vote. They said HRC was getting a lot of As and O was looking bad. So much for READY TO GO FROM DAY ONE.

  81. hill ended up with a C+

    she was doing much better before those last five minutes of voting…all the bots must have called in those last few minutes, especially since O is just about flunking anything

    “she is the bright light light” she is the star of the whole report card…

  82. news.aol.com/article/obama-photo-marijuana-poster/606689

    h no ws

    O has an other poster argument going. Evidently it is showing him smoking pot, and the artist that created the original is pissed. The people using the photo say they can adjust it to their needs.

  83. meant O flunking just about everything…

    sorry writing fast, switching between ‘so you think you can dance’ finale…

  84. neetabug,

    It’s the same poll but they are giving 6 more minutes tonight to the public to keep voting and then coming up with the results.

    I voted “A” for Hillary.

  85. For the most part the panel was very complimentary about Hillary. Bennet gave her an incomplete but the others gave her A and B.

  86. Yes, I agree, HRC really has the experience of how to handle international situation, serious and fun.

  87. This poll is garbage in and garbage out. Just who the fuck are these people who gave Hillary anything less than an A. Do they have any clue what she is doing? Do they know where Kabul is? On the odds they are just a bunch of ignorant bots who have a Pavlovian reaction. Remember CNN was second only to the GE networks in terms of Hillary hate, and prior to the campaign they brought in their own trained adverting experts to attach negative labels to her such as polarizing, untrustworthy etc. That is the kind of scumbags they are and they attract an audience of scumbags. Thus the vote is worthless.

  88. Who is on that panel besides the obsessive godfearing gambler Benett? He needs to take the cure. Is that pasty faced gerghen on there? Or fatass Tubin? Or the vacuous Campbell Brown? Or that goofball Bill Schneider? Question: can you have a brain trust without a single brain?

  89. wbboei, Online votes on any topic are meaningless, so I just ignore them.
    ————————–
    God bless you Paula. Thanks to your comment, my temperature is back to 98.6. I think the people like cnn who solicit those polls are rather meaningless too.

  90. I’m tired of CNN and their bullshit grading every friggin 100 days…this is embarrassing and simply done to create fake controversy….By any objective standard, Obama has been an abject failure as an agent of change. As far as Biden, I( like him, but he has looked and played the court jester and comes off as a uncontrollable buffoon. As for Hillary, the bots feared she would not be a team pl;ayer, yet, she has, for better or worse, stood by this fraud and carried out her duties extremely well. How anyone could give her a C+ is a joke. She has re-established our credibility in most foreign capitals, has raised as always awareness of the horrendous plight of woman in some of the more barbaric counties, has called out Iran, unlike Bambi, and has used her biggest resource, Bill. to open up dialogue with N. Koreas and free two young ladies .
    My only gripe with ZHillary is the ocassional Obama orders to castigate Israel(something she never did as a NY senator) and her having to play secbe part of an administration that is so corrupt and arrogsant.

  91. If they gave Hillary and Biden the same thing then the Koolaid drinkers just went nuts and fixed it. No way with Biden’s mouth going all the time is going to get a real c+.

  92. This really sounds like a slap in the face to Hillary, to me any ways.
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    Statement of Senator Feinstein on Judge Sotomayor’s Confirmation as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
    08.06.09
    “It’s truly a great day for the United States of America. A great day for justice and the law. And a great day for every young woman out there who says, ‘Yes I can, I can do it if I work hard.’ That is the message of Justice Sonia Sotomayor

  93. That video of Hillary dancing is just too cute. All seem to have fun when going to Africa, even George W was dancing over there. I do however think Hillary looked a whole lot better than George did dancing.

  94. I am so sick of polls. You really can’t trust any of them. I don’t remember the constant talk of polls even 10 years ago. Who the hell are they polling? I have never been called and people on the internet polling are really a select population.

  95. ALL THE WHATEVER THAT’S FIT TO PRINT

    Times Public Editor (ombudsman) reveals how badly a “serious newspaper” (and they’d prefer to be known as “the most pre-eminent newspaper in the World”) can screw up a simple obit.

    The delicious irony is the obit was for Mr. Cronkite, a reporter whose dedication to “getting it right” was paramount. From Sunday’s edition.

    nytimes.com/2009/08/02/opinion/02pubed.html

    How Did This Happen?
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    Who are they kidding. Getting it right? The New York Times? Right as in correct, accurate, truthful? They left port on that one prior to the primary and have been adrift in a tossing sea of propaganda ever since. Why sweat little things like the facts. As Bestial Bob Herman, Madhatter Modo, Guberpeas Collins, Barfbag Frank Rich, Dimwitted Davis Brooks and the whole sorry lot of them would concede in an unguarded moment it aint about the truth its about power and conforming to the narrative. Hell, theres even room on that ship for laid off by the Globe and rehired by NYT Boston Charlie Savage. If ever there was a crew that deserved a pink slip well there you have them.

  96. This really sounds like a slap in the face to Hillary, to me any ways.
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    Gonzo, I think we are okay on that one. DF was a Hillary supporter, she knows this is just bullshit, and she also knows that that a Republican appointed the first woman to the Supreme Court. She had to say something. The one thing I do not understand was her failure to show up at the convention. I know about the broken ankle but do we have any g-2 on that? One thing we know about so many of them now is they do not represent their constituents that is a MYTH. They represent the special interests. Hillary was different. She stood for the people and she was smarter than the rest of them.

  97. Clinton Deflects Questions on Mission to N. Korea

    By Robin Shulman
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, August 6, 2009

    NEW YORK, Aug. 6 — Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday that, while negotiating the release this week of two American journalists detained in North Korea, he went no further than previous Obama administration statements in expressing regret for the journalists having entered the country illegally.

    North Korea pardoned and released the two journalists after Clinton met in Pyongyang on Tuesday with the country’s ailing dictator, Kim Jong-Il. North Korea said later that Clinton had apologized; the White House denied that any apology was offered.

    On Thursday, Clinton spoke publicly for the first time about the trip the White House has described as a “private humanitarian mission.”

    While not specifically addressing whether his remarks constituted an apology, Clinton said the secretary of state — his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton — had already expressed regret for the journalists’ breach of the North Korean border. “I was not asked for any more, nor did I offer any more,” he said.

    Clinton, appearing at a news conference about his foundation’s efforts to combat AIDS, deflected questions about his impressions of Kim and about whether he had made concessions to the North Koreans to free the journalists.

    “My job was to do one thing, which I was honored to do, as an American and as a father,” he said. “I wanted those young women to be able to come home.”

    “Anything I say beyond that could inadvertently affect the decisions and moves either here or in North Korea, and the attitudes of our allies,” Clinton continued.

    The two journalists, Euna Lee, 36, and Laura Ling, 32, were detained by North Korean soldiers on March 17, and then sentenced to 12 years in a North Korean prison camp for illegal entry.

    The former president answered questions at his Harlem-based William J. Clinton Foundation, in a room packed with about 150 reporters, at a news conference intended to announce the foundation’s new agreements for low-cost AIDS and tuberculosis drugs for the developing world.

    Clinton did not directly respond to a question about whether the trip has helped to restore him to the role of elder statesman, an image that suffered because of controversial comments he made during his wife’s presidential campaign.

    “As soon as the election was over, I went back to work here,” he said. “I just let my work speak for itself.”

    “There can only be one president at a time,” said Clinton, adding that he does not want his statements to restrict the administration’s ability to chart a way forward. “It’s not helpful and it’s not necessary.”

    Clinton described a “deeply emotional” first encounter with Lee and Ling. He said they were “delightful” on the trip home to Los Angeles by private plane, so happy and excited they couldn’t sleep. Lee talked frequently about being reunited with her young daughter, he said.

    The two journalists ate huevos rancheros for breakfast when the private plane stopped at an American base in Japan, Clinton said, and were careful to measure their food intake because they had been on a radically different diet for almost five months.

    “It was basically a lovely thing,” he said.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/06/AR2009080602891.html?hpid=topnews

  98. I’m tired of CNN and their bullshit grading every friggin 100 days…this is embarrassing and simply done to create fake controversy….By any objective standard, Obama has been an abject failure as an agent of change. As far as Biden, I( like him, but he has looked and played the court jester and comes off as a uncontrollable buffoon. As for Hillary, the bots feared she would not be a team pl;ayer, yet, she has, for better or worse, stood by this fraud and carried out her duties extremely well. How anyone could give her a C+ is a joke. She has re-established our credibility in most foreign capitals, has raised as always awareness of the horrendous plight of woman in some of the more barbaric counties, has called out Iran, unlike Bambi, and has used her biggest resource, Bill. to open up dialogue with N. Koreas and free two young ladies .
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    100% correct. We need to get you on that cnn panel.

  99. You know if CNN had polled HRC as an A, the public would begin to believe they are telling the truth. I would rather everyone continue to discount everything they say.

  100. I think a lot of people in the media are looking for jobs.
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    NMF: God is great! Now where is my scimitar?

  101. You know if CNN had polled HRC as an A, the public would begin to believe they are telling the truth. I would rather everyone continue to discount everything they say.
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    You have a point alright.

  102. The video of Hillary was delightful! She always exhibits class, in all situations. glad to see her having fun.

  103. I believe CNN did the report card polling for the prime purpose of boosting bambi and the dims up. The fact that it did the opposite is quite a slap in the face for them.

    I will now go back to watching the one daily show on CNN that I can tolerate: Lou Dobbs

  104. I gave Hillary an A+. I gave Bambi an F. If there was an F- I would have given it to him. He is a revolving disaster with bootlicking media eunechs like Todd, Fineman and Matthews running around him throwing rice.

  105. O has never courted the vote of the older people, and we all remember Donna B’s remarks that the older people were no longer needed and am important force in the Dim Party.

    Older people watched as the Dims took the caucuses, which discriminate against the older people, and how they bussed in etc (Iowa, TX). Older people watched as the Sham of a convention stole the primary nomination. No one in the new liberated Dim party extended a hand to this group or the women.

    Now the older people are speaking out the only way they know how, at Town halls. The gentlemen was right on, with the AARP women, do you work for me or I work for you?

  106. People of any age do not like to feel as if their ideas are being minimized. They do not like to feel duped. Some of these seniors voted for bambi not expecting that it would come back to haunt them.

    He has no respect for anyone. He cannot be trusted.

  107. The Health Industry has a big problem. Very early on when a health reform plan that might actually help people was being discussed, they fired up the bat-shit crazies and paid wing-nut radio to trash it. Now Obama is cutting side deals with the American Hospital Association, The Medical Insurance Industry and the Drug companies that will screw the American people people and now the big corps. have to sell Obama-care. Big Pharma has committed >$100 million for ads to pass Obama-care. The politics are now totally insane.

  108. That AARP video started with the lady stating that the objective was to listen to the people who had come to the meeting.

    So what part of listen did she not understand.

  109. SHV Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 10:44 pm
    The Health Industry has a big problem. Very early on when a health reform plan that might actually help people was being discussed, they fired up the bat-shit crazies and paid wing-nut radio to trash it. Now Obama is cutting side deals with the American Hospital Association, The Medical Insurance Industry and the Drug companies that will screw the American people people and now the big corps. have to sell Obama-care. Big Pharma has committed >$100 million for ads to pass Obama-care. The politics are now totally insane.

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    We are so screwed. This hot mess is going to be more expensive and unwieldy; just like Medicare part D. With Medicare cuts coming, lower reimbursements for hospitals, we will be paying more of our income for healthcare. The HMO that I work for sent out an e-mail about some of the economic effects of the recession upon the organization, and one of the things they are preparing for, are cuts in Medicare payments. This means that co-pays for visits, lab tests and procedures, medications, etc., will also be increasing and will offer less coverage. This going to be a disaster for people are fixed incomes, as well as the middle class.

  110. We are so screwed.
    ***********
    Unless this POS is killed..The people who are protesting, have been sold pure BS by the wing-nuts and are against the things that would help them with health care. The Corporations have taken over and along with Obama are driving the agenda. Big Pharma got on board when Obama promised them that the re-importation of drugs from Canada would be stopped and the gov wouldn’t negotiate drug prices. The American hospital Association got with the program when Obama promised a ten year “grace period” for cutting payments to hospitals and the Insurance Industry has 10 to 20 million people that the government will mandate that they buy “junk” health insurance.

  111. SHV Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 10:44 pm
    The Health Industry has a big problem. Very early on when a health reform plan that might actually help people was being discussed, they fired up the bat-shit crazies and paid wing-nut radio to trash it.
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    I don’t know what plan you are talking about “early on”. This bogus Fraud has NEVER intended to cut out the money guys. He has ALWAYS been in their pockets. Please step away from the “liberal” blogs, I think your computer was infected!

  112. Birdgal, All I can say is how much longer til we get the bufoons out of the WH?
    There doesn’t seem like there is much we can do as most people just aren’t paying enough attention to do anything about the horrible chain of screw ups the O administration is thrusting on the American people.

    Its starting to really depress me, I just feel so helpless. I not only worry about myself approaching retirement,but my children, I wonder if they will ever be able to buy a house or really get ahead in life. The crooks in Washington are just sucking the life’s blood out of us and seem to never be satisfied with what they have.

    There are the same little crooks that have been around for years and now their children have come into their spot in Washington and they are even more corrupt than the parent that served before them.

  113. # gonzotx Says:
    August 6th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    SHV Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 10:44 pm
    The Health Industry has a big problem. Very early on when a health reform plan that might actually help people was being discussed, they fired up the bat-shit crazies and paid wing-nut radio to trash it.
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    I don’t know what plan you are talking about “early on”. This bogus Fraud has NEVER intended to cut out the money guys. He has ALWAYS been in their pockets. Please step away from the “liberal” blogs, I think your computer was infected!

    Um, maybe you ought to step away from you winger sites. Just sayin.

    SHV, the problem is there was never any leadership from the top.

  114. Unless this POS is killed..The people who are protesting, have been sold pure BS by the wing-nuts and are against the things that would help them with health care. The Corporations have taken over and along with Obama are driving the agenda. Big Pharma got on board when Obama promised them that the re-importation of drugs from Canada would be stopped and the gov wouldn’t negotiate drug prices. The American hospital Association got with the program when Obama promised a ten year “grace period” for cutting payments to hospitals and the Insurance Industry has 10 to 20 million people that the government will mandate that they buy “junk” health insurance.
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    SHV: what kind of political fall out would ensue from that kind of a deal? Say it passes without Republican support. How vulnerable would it leave the dims who voted for it in 2010?

  115. From BP

    Flying Miss Nancy

    ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=334363404866691

    Washington: The Democrat-controlled House wants to buy nearly $200 million worth of private jets so lawmakers and a few high-level bureaucrats can travel in style. We truly have an imperial Congress.

    More @ link

  116. mj Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    ******************************

    I am willing to listen to truth from ANY site thank you very much!

  117. SHV, the problem is there was never any leadership from the top.
    **********
    Sure there was. Obama was bought by the Insurance Industry when he was in the IL Senate. He provided leadership with two policy positions 1) No single-payer 2) “you can keep the insurance that you have”. With that he killed any workable and affordable UHC. Other than that he could care less about Health policy.

  118. I didn’t watch because I was @ work, and really, I can’t stomach to watch the “news” programs anymore, but another blogger watched and had the following to say. I think they are right. The tea party people were a mixture of below with a few others in for spice. Nice to hear a few people on TV are calling us Nazi’s…

    Morning Joe and Pat Buchanan say the protesters are swing voters: Reagan Democrats, Perot and Buchanan supporters, and Hillary Democrats.
    They contend that Obama is now losing Hillary Democrats that went over to “the dark side”

  119. Well, yes, SHV. I meant no leadership for us little people.

    wbboei: SHV: what kind of political fall out would ensue from that kind of a deal? Say it passes without Republican support. How vulnerable would it leave the dims who voted for it in 2010?

    wbboei, I expect perhaps little fall out. here’s why. the plan doesn’t even begin to go into effect until 2013, after the next presidential. By the time people see what a failure this is, we’ll be ten years out. So, unless people see this thing pass and the economy remains cobbled and their premiums rise, and they get angry that the reforms “didn’t work”(even though they are not supposed to even begin until 2013, most Americans won’t realize that), unless that happens, for most Americans who don’t follow policy closely, they’ll just think, oh, health reform passed, and Obama will be long gone before they realize it didn’t work.

  120. Read this and weep:

    businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_33/b4143034820260.htm?chan=rss_topStories_ssi_5

    The Health Insurers Have Already Won
    How UnitedHealth and rival carriers, maneuvering behind the scenes in Washington, shaped health-care reform for their own benefit

    As the health reform fight shifts this month from a vacationing Washington to congressional districts and local airwaves around the country, much more of the battle than most people realize is already over. The likely victors are insurance giants such as UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Aetna (AET), and WellPoint (WLP). The carriers have succeeded in redefining the terms of the reform debate to such a degree that no matter what specifics emerge in the voluminous bill Congress may send to President Obama this fall, the insurance industry will emerge more profitable. Health reform could come with a $1 trillion price tag over the next decade, and it may complicate matters for some large employers. But insurance CEOs ought to be smiling.

    snip

    The industry has already accomplished its main goal of at least curbing, and maybe blocking altogether, any new publicly administered insurance program that could grab market share from the corporations that dominate the business. UnitedHealth has distinguished itself by more deftly and aggressively feeding sophisticated pricing and actuarial data to information-starved congressional staff members. With its rivals, the carrier has also achieved a secondary aim of constraining the new benefits that will become available to tens of millions of people who are currently uninsured. That will make the new customers more lucrative to the industry.

    snip

    Obama launched his Administration vowing to extend coverage to all Americans and help pay for it by reining in insurance costs. Seven months later, insurers and pharmaceutical manufacturers that appeared vulnerable to a regulatory crackdown have been welcomed to the negotiating table by the President’s own party.

    The several competing bills pending in Congress would guarantee all Americans access to health coverage, addressing the plight of the 47 million who are now uninsured. Congress plans to achieve that by expanding Medicaid, the government program for the poor and disabled; requiring insurers to accept all applicants regardless of their health; and mandating that everyone purchase coverage. Government subsidies would make the obligatory coverage more affordable. The legislation would do little, however, to slow spending by Medicare, the public program for senior citizens, or cut overall medical costs. Congress is considering taxes on the wealthy and on benefits now provided to many white-collar workers.

    During the UnitedHealth road show in July, Democrat after Democrat clambered into the company’s promotional vehicle beneath a sign declaring: “Connecting You to a World of Care.” Judah C. Sommer, who heads the company’s Washington office, looked on with satisfaction. “This puts a halo on us,” he explained. “It humanizes us.”

    And that Democratic proposal to tax insurance companies? It seems to be fading after the industry said it would raise rates for workers and their families.

    snip

    Warner acknowledges in an interview that he worked on the hospice-care legislation with UnitedHealth executives. But he stresses that he has long experience with health issues and has formed his own views. The senator echoes UnitedHealth’s contention that a so-called public option could be a “Trojan horse for a single-payer system,” meaning government-run medical care. Warner has heard from some of UnitedHealth’s largest employer clients, such as Delta Air Lines (SWY). Delta CEO Richard H. Anderson, a former UnitedHealth executive, has told Warner and other lawmakers that big companies don’t want government to limit their flexibility in crafting employee health benefits.

    snip

    In August 2007, the company hired Sommer, who previously headed global lobbying for Goldman Sachs (GS). He quickly built a new Washington team of former congressional aides and other K Street operatives. One key acquisition: Cory Alexander, former chief of staff for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), an influential moderate Democrat. Alexander had been lobbying for the huge mortgage financier Fannie Mae (FNM). Today, Sommer directs a team of nearly 50 people from UnitedHealth’s spacious Washington office on Pennsylvania Avenue, equidistant between the Capitol and White House. The company spent more than $3.4 million on in-house and outside lobbying in the first half of 2009.

    Sommer has retained such influential outsiders as Tom Daschle, the former Democratic Senate Leader who now works for the large law and lobbying firm Alston & Bird. Daschle, a liberal from South Dakota, dropped out of the running to be Obama’s Secretary of Health & Human Services after disclosures that he failed to pay taxes on perks given to him by a private client. He advised UnitedHealth in 2007 and 2008 and resumed that role this year. Daschle personally advocates a government-run competitor to private insurers. But he sells his expertise to UnitedHealth, which opposes any such public insurance plan. Among the services Daschle offers are tips on the personalities and policy proclivities of members of Congress he has known for decades.

    snip

    What people in Washington tend not to discuss, at least on the record, is the open secret that insurers are minimizing their forecasts of the eventual windfall they will enjoy from expanded coverage for Americans. UnitedHealth has given certain key members of Congress details about its finances and tax liability—both historical numbers and figures projected under various cost-sharing scenarios. But some on Capitol Hill are skeptical. “The bottom line,” says an aide to the Senate Finance Committee, “is that health reform would lead to increased revenues and profits [for the insurance industry]. … There will be [added] costs [to the companies], but we’re not sure the revenues and profits will be as low as they say.”

    snip

    Senators stung by the projected $1 trillion price tag are winnowing down the required coverage levels to cut costs.

    This is good news for UnitedHealth, which benefits when patients pick up more of the tab. In late spring, the Finance Committee was assuming a 76% reimbursement rate on average, meaning consumers would be responsible for paying the remaining 24% of their medical bills, in addition to their insurance premiums. Stevens and his UnitedHealth colleagues urged a more industry-friendly ratio. Subsequently the committee reduced the reimbursement figure to 65%, suggesting a 35% contribution by consumers—more in line with what the big insurer wants. The final figures are still being debated.

    Read the entire article and weep.

  121. I think the Repubs will pick up a sizable amt in congress, not enough, but maybe enough to scare the Dem’s and take some of that swagger and bullying away. Slow down the process.

  122. read this article and weep”

    businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_33/b4143038822447.htm

    businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_33/b4143034820260.htm

    The Health Insurers Have Already Won
    How UnitedHealth and rival carriers, maneuvering behind the scenes in Washington, shaped health-care reform for their own benefit

  123. As the health reform fight shifts this month from a vacationing Washington to congressional districts and local airwaves around the country, much more of the battle than most people realize is already over. The likely victors are insurance giants such as UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Aetna (AET), and WellPoint (WLP). The carriers have succeeded in redefining the terms of the reform debate to such a degree that no matter what specifics emerge in the voluminous bill Congress may send to President Obama this fall, the insurance industry will emerge more profitable. Health reform could come with a $1 trillion price tag over the next decade, and it may complicate matters for some large employers. But insurance CEOs ought to be smiling.

    Executives from UnitedHealth certainly showed no signs of worry on the mid-July day that Senate Democrats proposed to help pay for reform with a new tax on the insurance industry. Instead, UnitedHealth parked a shiny 18-wheeler outfitted with high-tech medical gear near the Capitol and invited members of Congress aboard. Inside the mobile diagnostic center, which enables doctors to examine distant patients via satellite television, Representative Jim Matheson didn’t disguise his wonderment. “Fascinating, fascinating,” said the Democrat from Utah. “Amazing.”

    snip

    The industry has already accomplished its main goal of at least curbing, and maybe blocking altogether, any new publicly administered insurance program that could grab market share from the corporations that dominate the business. UnitedHealth has distinguished itself by more deftly and aggressively feeding sophisticated pricing and actuarial data to information-starved congressional staff members. With its rivals, the carrier has also achieved a secondary aim of constraining the new benefits that will become available to tens of millions of people who are currently uninsured. That will make the new customers more lucrative to the industry.

    snip

  124. more excerpts from the Business Week article:

    And that Democratic proposal to tax insurance companies? It seems to be fading after the industry said it would raise rates for workers and their families.

    snip

    UnitedHealth brings a mixed record to its role helping to guide health reform. The company has repeatedly hit smaller employers and consumers with double-digit rate hikes in recent years, far greater than the overall rate of inflation. An investigation last year by New York’s Attorney General will force the company to stop running two huge databases used widely within the insurance industry. By allegedly setting medical reimbursements too low—that is, skewing statistics in favor of insurers by understating “usual and customary” physician fees—the databases had resulted in the overcharging of consumers by billions of dollars nationwide. In January, UnitedHealth agreed to resolve the situation by paying $400 million in a pair of agreements with the New York Attorney General and the American Medical Assn., although it didn’t admit any wrongdoing.

    In a separate case last year, UnitedHealth was forced to stop selling “limited benefit” plans with capped payouts under the imprimatur of the senior citizen group AARP. It turned out that the policies provided very modest coverage, catching many customers off guard, according to Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who helped bring the practice to light. Grassley pointed out that UnitedHealth paid as little as $5,000 toward surgery costing several times as much.

  125. snip

    Despite such episodes, UnitedHealth is generally well received in legislative circles in Washington. In late May its in-house point man on reform, Simon Stevens, hand-delivered a report to key senators detailing ways to save an estimated $540 billion in federal spending over 10 years. A week later, on June 4, Stevens accompanied UnitedHealth’s chief executive, Stephen J. Hemsley, to a meeting with Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), an influential moderate member of the Senate Finance Committee. Conrad has since led an effort to create nonprofit medical cooperatives that would operate much like utility co-ops as a substitute for a federally run plan. With less heft than a proposed national plan, the state medical cooperatives would pose a far weaker competitive threat to private insurers.

    Conrad says in an interview that the co-op idea evolved independently of any industry input. Skirmishing over the public plan could jeopardize efforts at reform, he warns. Co-ops, he argues, are “the only alternative that’s got much of a shot” to gain sufficient votes in the Senate.

    snip

    In August 2007, the company hired Sommer, who previously headed global lobbying for Goldman Sachs (GS). He quickly built a new Washington team of former congressional aides and other K Street operatives. One key acquisition: Cory Alexander, former chief of staff for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), an influential moderate Democrat. Alexander had been lobbying for the huge mortgage financier Fannie Mae (FNM). Today, Sommer directs a team of nearly 50 people from UnitedHealth’s spacious Washington office on Pennsylvania Avenue, equidistant between the Capitol and White House. The company spent more than $3.4 million on in-house and outside lobbying in the first half of 2009.

    Sommer has retained such influential outsiders as Tom Daschle, the former Democratic Senate Leader who now works for the large law and lobbying firm Alston & Bird. Daschle, a liberal from South Dakota, dropped out of the running to be Obama’s Secretary of Health & Human Services after disclosures that he failed to pay taxes on perks given to him by a private client. He advised UnitedHealth in 2007 and 2008 and resumed that role this year. Daschle personally advocates a government-run competitor to private insurers. But he sells his expertise to UnitedHealth, which opposes any such public insurance plan. Among the services Daschle offers are tips on the personalities and policy proclivities of members of Congress he has known for decades.

    snip

    What people in Washington tend not to discuss, at least on the record, is the open secret that insurers are minimizing their forecasts of the eventual windfall they will enjoy from expanded coverage for Americans. UnitedHealth has given certain key members of Congress details about its finances and tax liability—both historical numbers and figures projected under various cost-sharing scenarios. But some on Capitol Hill are skeptical. “The bottom line,” says an aide to the Senate Finance Committee, “is that health reform would lead to increased revenues and profits [for the insurance industry]. … There will be [added] costs [to the companies], but we’re not sure the revenues and profits will be as low as they say.”

    snip

    In late spring, the Finance Committee was assuming a 76% reimbursement rate on average, meaning consumers would be responsible for paying the remaining 24% of their medical bills, in addition to their insurance premiums. Stevens and his UnitedHealth colleagues urged a more industry-friendly ratio. Subsequently the committee reduced the reimbursement figure to 65%, suggesting a 35% contribution by consumers—more in line with what the big insurer wants. The final figures are still being debated.

  126. Paula…thanks for that video of Hillary…beauty, brains and personality…she’s got it all…

    *******************************************
    wbboei Says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    you are on a roll…you’ve got me laughing

  127. I tried to post more excerpts but they didn’t go through.

    Please read this article.

    In August 2007, the company hired Sommer, who previously headed global lobbying for Goldman Sachs (GS). He quickly built a new Washington team of former congressional aides and other K Street operatives. One key acquisition: Cory Alexander, former chief of staff for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), an influential moderate Democrat. Alexander had been lobbying for the huge mortgage financier Fannie Mae (FNM). Today, Sommer directs a team of nearly 50 people from UnitedHealth’s spacious Washington office on Pennsylvania Avenue, equidistant between the Capitol and White House. The company spent more than $3.4 million on in-house and outside lobbying in the first half of 2009.

    Sommer has retained such influential outsiders as Tom Daschle, the former Democratic Senate Leader who now works for the large law and lobbying firm Alston & Bird. Daschle, a liberal from South Dakota, dropped out of the running to be Obama’s Secretary of Health & Human Services after disclosures that he failed to pay taxes on perks given to him by a private client. He advised UnitedHealth in 2007 and 2008 and resumed that role this year. Daschle personally advocates a government-run competitor to private insurers. But he sells his expertise to UnitedHealth, which opposes any such public insurance plan. Among the services Daschle offers are tips on the personalities and policy proclivities of members of Congress he has known for decades.

    snip

    What people in Washington tend not to discuss, at least on the record, is the open secret that insurers are minimizing their forecasts of the eventual windfall they will enjoy from expanded coverage for Americans. UnitedHealth has given certain key members of Congress details about its finances and tax liability—both historical numbers and figures projected under various cost-sharing scenarios. But some on Capitol Hill are skeptical. “The bottom line,” says an aide to the Senate Finance Committee, “is that health reform would lead to increased revenues and profits [for the insurance industry]. … There will be [added] costs [to the companies], but we’re not sure the revenues and profits will be as low as they say.”

    snip

    In late spring, the Finance Committee was assuming a 76% reimbursement rate on average, meaning consumers would be responsible for paying the remaining 24% of their medical bills, in addition to their insurance premiums. Stevens and his UnitedHealth colleagues urged a more industry-friendly ratio. Subsequently the committee reduced the reimbursement figure to 65%, suggesting a 35% contribution by consumers—more in line with what the big insurer wants. The final figures are still being debated.

    Stevens says UnitedHealth and its corporate clients want to steer Congress toward benefit levels and cost sharing that can help control overall health spending: “We are providing another resource of actual modeling and advice on how proposals in the committees are structured and some potential unintended consequences of going down certain routes.”

  128. mj: I was just watching a video analysis by Dick Morris on this very issue. His sense is the political fallout here is huge. He has read the bill and says it will result in health care rationing and will be the end of medicare. He says there is some kind of committee which Obama has set up which is already poised to do that. He says the White House is scared to death over this. Its not the falling numbers that scares them they are confident they can make that up. It is the potential loss of one of the key building blocks of the democratic party, namely the seniors. He says if they lose them over this issue, which is a life and death issue for them, then they will lose them FOREVER. That is a megapolitical problem because the democratic party is comprised of blocks of voters–blacks, women, elderly, youth, hispanics etc. and it could all come unravelled over this issue. He says Obama is hoping that we all go to sleep in August and when they come back in September pass it easily. He therefore encourages everyone to write their senator. If we keep the heat on these congressional members we may save our medical system, and hand big business tool Obama the defeat he deserves. The video is worth watching. I could not get the link to drag over or I would have done it.

  129. The more I think about this the more I think the stupid S.O.B. has pulled the pin off a live grenade without knowing it. He thought it was a dud. Man oh manoschevetts was he wrong.

    Rage rage against the dying of the light
    Do not go gently into that good night.

  130. excuse the multiple postings. I didn’t think they were going through.

    Wbboei: Seniors and everyone else are not going to benefit by this bill; only the insurance and drug companies will benefit.

    I don’t think the New Dimocratic party cares about seniors. Remember Brazile: The new dimocratic party is younger, more urban, diverse, and educated. Morris is wrong about this. If the administration care about this group, they would not be dismantling Medicare.

  131. Wbboei, regarding your “the stupid S.O.B. has pulled the pin off a live grenade”. Your comment reminded us of the following (we have Obama as The Joker, now we have Obama as Batman) Batman video.

    “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb.”:

  132. And then you get that stupid Lynda Douglass. Since she is looking for fishy things, I may send he a dead mackrel. When I was in Kitani PA opening up an office for the Hillary campaign she and her fat cat washington dc attorney were holding a fundraiser for bamb–beeee. I figured at the time that she was angling for the press secretary job never realizing that Obama had a much prettier person in mind namely the Pillsbury Dougboy Gibbs—he and Tapper are such a hot number they should find a room someplace. When Tapper is not hyperventillating over Gibbs, he is hyperventillating over the teabaggers. What an elitist jackass he is. He is one of those guys who can get all wound up on a minor issue and miss the big things that are happening. Ask him what time it is and he will tell you how to build a watch.

  133. Obama thugs are now attending town halls and violence is breaking out. Big Media is blaming the opponents.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/08/06/violence_erupts_at_rep_castors_town_hall_in_tampa.html

    From the YouTube description: As Rep. Kathy Castor was introduced, the reaction was overwhelmingly against her, with boos and chants of “You work for us.” And in the lobby, the counter of Planned Parenthood representatives shouting, “Healthcare Now.”

    Shortly thereafter, violence erupted, where there were 2-3 big goons came out and started pushing those in line, and roughing up one in the corner (see top left screen) as well as another being put in a choke hold. Directly in front of the gentleman in the plaid type shirt, is one of them in a flower print. (eleven o’clock from the camera phone in the scene.) To right of the phone, another in a white shirt. Keep your eye on him, as he then goes for the choke hold on one of the people.

    Deep in the corner of your upper left screen, there’s a gentleman in a green shirt, whose is getting roughed up, as these two are pushing others. A police officer enters the seen, (Dark blue uniform, short, and a black officer.) You still see the gentleman getting roughed up. The cop not doing anything. They then let the guy go, as they slam the door shut. Later in the video, you see the officer conversing with the gentleman who got roughed. After a brief description from myself, the cop walks away.

    Big Media Tampa Tribune tries to blame the opponents, and support the Obama thugs:

    http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/aug/06/protests-passions-roiling-town-hall-meeting-health/news-metro/

    What was intended to be a town hall discussion on President Barack Obama’s health care reform proposal dissolved into a shouting match with shoving and scuffles in Ybor City tonight.

    The event brought home to Tampa the recent phenomenon of angry opponents of Obama’s proposal disrupting town hall meetings by Democratic members of Congress during the August recess.

    This meeting was organized by Democratic state Rep. Betty Reed but was to include comments on the proposal by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a strong supporter.

    Castor tried to speak for nearly 15 minutes but the crowd drowned her out, chanting, “You work for us,” “Tyranny, tyranny,” and “Read the bill.” She ultimately left the meeting early, further angering some attendees.

    The problems began when a crowd of around 500, many of them recruited to attend by interest groups both for and against the proposal, sought to enter the meeting room. The room, in the offices of the Hillsborough County Children’s Board on East Palm Avenue, has a capacity of only about 250.

    Several hundred people, mostly opponents, wound up outside or packing a hallway leading into the meeting room. Some scuffled with members of the sponsoring groups who manned the doorway.

    One man who said he was injured and intended to file a police complaint, Randy Arthur of Oldsmar, was outside the meeting room with his wife, Kathy Arthur, when organizers tried to close the doors.

    She said he was slammed against a wall. He later talked to police officers, his knit shirt ripped and a few scratches visible on his chest.

    Among the crowd outside, opponents and a smaller number of proponents got into occasional shouting matches.

    After trying to speak, Castor left at about 6:40 p.m., taking jeers as she left.

    They’re hiding from their constituents. She works for us and needs to listen,” said Karen Jaroch, a Tampa homemaker and organizer for the 9-12 Project, set up by TV commentator Glenn Beck, which had recruited its members to attend.

    Castor spokeswoman Ellen Gedalius said Castor left because her part of the event was finished.

    “We said all along our role was to come and give an update on the bill in Congress,” Gedalius said, noting that Reed, not Castor, organized and sponsored the meeting. “That’s what Betty Reed asked us to do … and that’s what we did.”

    But Reed said afterward that she encouraged Castor to leave because, “She couldn’t get a word through.”

    Gedalius noted that Castor will have a town hall meeting by telephone on Aug. 13 and that her office has been receiving hundreds of comments on the health care issue.

    The meeting was organized by Reed plus the Service Employees International Union, other unions and Organizing for America, a liberal group that grew out of the Obama presidential campaign.

    Some opponents accused the organizers of trying to stack the crowd by allowing early admission to those on their side. Reed denied that, saying those admitted early were organizers setting up the room.

    In any case, opponents appeared to outnumber proponents both inside and outside.

    After doors to the meeting room closed, some of those outside crowded around the windows of the meeting room, where they held up signs and chanted.

    In the last week or so, similar disruptive protests have erupted at town hall meetings in several states.

    Democrats, including White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, have said the disruptions were organized attacks aimed at Democrats by conservative, anti-health care reform interest groups. Several protestors at Thursday’s meeting in Tampa angrily rejected that contention.

    [more at link]

  134. I don’t think the New Dimocratic party cares about seniors. Remember Brazile: The new dimocratic party is younger, more urban, diverse, and educated. Morris is wrong about this. If the administration care about this group, they would not be dismantling Medicare.
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    Yes. I know Gogzilla said that. But it was a pretty stupid thing to say, even for someone as stupid as she is. That may be the way a dumb bunny like her thinks, but I guarandamntee you that is not the way these congressmen look at it. And then there is the youth vote who wil be forced to pay for insurance coverage they dont want and the bloom will be gone from that rose too. One coalition after another bites the dust, and what is left may not be enough to win elections. Also, when it comes to the elderly is medicare is destroyed and health care is rationed the yuppies will be on the hook to pay for their aging parents. Everything Hillary warned us about in the debates is coming true. Too many people were not listening.

  135. businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_33/b4143034820260.htm

    The Health Insurers have already won…five pages revealing some relationships between the democrats and health lobbyists…
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    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/07/22/obama-admin-releases-list-of-health-care-execs-to-visit-wh/

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Just hours before President Obama is set to promote his health care plan in a primetime address, the White House released a list of 13 health care industry CEOs and lobbyists who have visited the White House since the president took office.

    The Obama administration had previously refused to release the names citing “presidential communications privilege.”

    The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had announced Wednesday that it would file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the administration seeking the names of the visitors.

    The full list of health care industry visitors is after the jump:

  136. birdgal…I think you are posting from the businessweek article mentioned above

    businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_33/b4143034820260.htm

    entitled: ‘The Health insurers have already won’

    worth the read…

  137. A police officer enters the seen, (Dark blue uniform, short, and a black officer.) You still see the gentleman getting roughed up. The cop not doing anything.
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    He should be charged with dereliction of duty.

  138. S Says:

    August 7th, 2009 at 1:18 am
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    Yes, that is the article.

  139. WASHINGTON (CNN) — Just hours before President Obama is set to promote his health care plan in a primetime address, the White House released a list of 13 health care industry CEOs and lobbyists who have visited the White House since the president took office.

    The Obama administration had previously refused to release the names citing “presidential communications privilege.”

    The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had announced Wednesday that it would file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the administration seeking the names of the visitors.

    The full list of health care industry visitors is after the jump:
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    Every progressive who trashed Hillary and voted for Obama should get down on their knees and apologize. With stars in their eyes and natures perfect vaccuum between their ears, they walked right into the mantrap set for them by the Chicago Machine. Are they still determined to support him? Have they no self respect? They have been HAD and are guinness book of world records chumps.

  140. admin Says:

    August 7th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    *******************************************

    what tragic irony…for ‘the one’ who claimed to be such a uniter and would work with both sides of the aisle and ‘bring us all together’ and all that transcendence BS –

    O is succeeding in severely and dangerously dividing this country…the polarization is really getting hot…

    with tempers and anger fueling the way they are…there is bound to be some kind of violence…and the dems and the WH are hell bent on provoking with the insults

    …something is bound to explode…

  141. Video of the Tampa town hall from outside the event. It is notable that this town hall was organized by SEIU and Obama’s thug organization but they were still outnumbered by protestors.

  142. ADMIN

    Here’s another from Missouri. They locked out about 1000 protesters, but were letting SIEU and ACORN people in through the handicapped entrance.

    youtube.com/watch?v=–ZJhR3T4aw

    More pics of the huge crowd and explanations here: gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/08/shock-video-dems-sneak-union-thugs-into.html

  143. wwboei: by the time this pos takes effect, it may be too late. the time frame is 10 years away
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    I think that is immaterial. What we are talking about here is the loss of medicare and the introduction of rationing. The mere idea of it is repugnant to most people. And whether it hits them now–or ten years from now when they are older and poorer the reaction now is the same. I really think this issue is megapolitical.

  144. May I note that SIEU is exempt from Obamacare – their precious “gold plated” insurance plans will remain untouchable by the new regulations. It will only be the rest of us that get sucked dry.

  145. SEIU and Obama’s thug organization
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    They need to take pictures of every one of them. It is more probable than not that some of them have criminal records, and if they commit an assault, we need to be able to identiy them and press criminal charges. If they can be tied to Obama Administration then I think we have the makings of a civil rights violation, since the protestors are exercising first amendment rights guaranteed by the constitution and goverment is prohibited from abriging those rights. When you have the seiu, you have the bottom feeders of the American Labor Movement. Generally, I am pro labor but I make an exception for some of them.

  146. The problem with the seiu is their leadership. Andy Stern is just like Obama. He talks a good game, i.e. good American jobs, the right to union representation, keeping the employer competitive, resisting offshoring and outsourcing–it makes for a nice speech. But if you look at his contracts, many of them are minimum wage, plus they have to pay union dues. Other unions tend to look down on them for that reason.

  147. wbboei, there are many rank and file SIEU members who don’t like that their union has been taken over by political thugs any more than we do.

  148. According to Peggy Noonan, the blame for the health care Obama disaster goes to: Hillary.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204908604574334623330098540.html

    We have entered uncharted territory in the fight over national health care. There’s a new tone in the debate, and it’s ugly. At the moment the Democrats are looking like something they haven’t looked like in years, and that is: desperate.

    They must know at this point they should not have pushed a national health-care plan. A Democratic operative the other day called it “Hillary’s revenge.” When Mrs. Clinton started losing to Barack Obama in the primaries 18 months ago, she began to give new and sharper emphasis to her health-care plan. Mr. Obama responded by talking about his health-care vision. He won. Now he would push what he had been forced to highlight: Health care would be a priority initiative. The net result is falling support for his leadership on the issue, falling personal polls, and the angry town-hall meetings that have electrified YouTube.

  149. The protestors need to sneak in along with the seiu and acorn thugs. Force their way in and take lots of pictures. If someone tries to stop them unless they are legitimate law enforcement they should force their way into the meeting. They should tell whoever is blocking their ingress that this is a public meeting, they have a right to enter, and unless they can produce a badge step aside. We need to know whether these ACORN people are being brought in from out of state–that may be a violation.

  150. admin, when all the old people get cost-controlled off to the iceberg, I vote for that slimeball Noonan to be first shoved out onto the ice. She and Dowd can maybe club some seals together to survive or something.

  151. Noonan reminds me of MODO. Her judgmnet is warped. If Hillary were president now she would not be pushing for heath care and when she did it would not be some give away to insurance companies but real universal care when we could afford it. Obama has the same right to hold back based on the economy but he did not. Obama is putting forth a sweetheart deal for the insurance companies, and a screw job for the American People, for the reasons SHV described. To claim. as Noonan does, that this is Hillarys fault shows how warped Noonan is.

  152. wbboei, there are many rank and file SIEU members who don’t like that their union has been taken over by political thugs any more than we do
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    You are right of course. And there are some good locals in that union.

  153. wbboei, great minds think alike. I just shoved Dowd and Noonan out on the iceberg together.

  154. HillaryforTexas Says:

    August 7th, 2009 at 1:45 am
    May I note that SIEU is exempt from Obamacare – their precious “gold plated” insurance plans will remain untouchable by the new regulations. It will only be the rest of us that get sucked dry.

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    HFT – that sounds like a very important point that should me brought out…it goes in line with the idea of the Congress also not be subjected to Obamacare bec they also have ‘gold plated’ plans

    the distinction you are making should be made known to the protestors and media bec in underscores that the unions are there to start trouble – and for people like the seniors and others that are genuinely concerned they should be armed with that info so they can use it to respond at these events, etc

  155. wbboei, great minds think alike. I just shoved Dowd and Noonan out on the iceberg together.
    ————————-
    with a 1100 pound polar bear making it a meage a tois. I feel very sorry for the polar bear. If he listens to them he will go stark raving mad. If he decides to eat them he will puke. Not alot of good choices for the polar bear. His best choice may be to jump into the freezing artic ocean and find another ice cap. Or turning himself in to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

  156. I don’t think the New Dimocratic party cares about seniors. Remember Brazile: The new dimocratic party is younger, more urban, diverse, and educated. Morris is wrong about this. If the administration care about this group, they would not be dismantling Medicare.
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    Birdgal, of course I am just a guess’n but if I was a republican operative I just might make a campaign commercial capturing those improvident remarks by Gogzilla that they no longer care about seniors and then showing how badly the seniors were treated by Obama thugs at health care town hall meetings across the country.

  157. Just read where Glen Beck has made another joke,this time saying he just put some poison in Pooplosi’s wine. This is such a wreckless statement. This is just stupid, how can a commentator say such things and keep his job?? Does he not realize there are alot of crazy folks out there just waiting for the OK to do something like that? I don’t like her either, but they just need to vote her out, but this kind of BS really needs to stop. There is violence coming this month from these meetings, we certainly don’t need to add fuel to an already burning fire. It was just plain stupid, I think the man is crazy. He cries on command, maybe he should just get a stint on SNL, he fits in there better. The republicans will never get ahead with these mouths at the table.

  158. Could someone pls explain how the cash for clunkers is suppose to help the economy?? The way I see the people that really need this program are probably not working and can’t get a loan. The others that need couldn’t get one because of bad credit. So the way I see most of the people that are taking advantage of this giveaway are the ones who don’t need any help! They are selling cars that aren’t even made over here and most that are bought aren’t Chevy’s or Chryslers, so forgive I just don’t get this giveaway. Its like the idiots might as well get in an airplane and throw money right out of the window. Its stupid!

  159. confloyd 5:38 – yes. And then this, which I just heard via early morning news. Due to CFC plus industry programs which have been lowering production of new cars, there is now a shortage of them and new car prices are rising.

  160. Looking at those videos, my husband remarked that it is the primaries all over again. But now the indies and repubs are getting the taste of what happened to us, the Hillary Dems.

    Looks like he/they will get screwed either way, passing the bill or not passing. ACORN will have to work doubly hard to revive and resuscitate all those dead voters.

  161. pm317, Your husband is right, its the primaries all over again and they will feel our pain somewhat. THey can’t totally because MSM is still up Obama’s behind. They still blame Hillary for everything, so that much has not changed.
    When is Hillary getting back stateside? I think BO is on vacation soon, right? His 20,000. a week vacation utopia befitting the King he is. He is sounding a whole lot the kings in other countries. The King lives lavishly while his peasants starve to death! King Obama knows how is spend money, and use other peoples to do it.

  162. OMG! Scraborough is talking about BO’s failures and played a clip of a FURIOUS POTUS last night practically screaming this line!”

    “I want people who created the mess to get out of the way.

    I don’t mind cleaning up after them but they should stop talking.”

    It was the ‘go-out-and-get-in-their-face” tone of voice.

  163. Joke blows up in reporter’s face

    Sapa Published:Aug 07, 2009

    An explosive notebook joke led to a UK-based journalist being escorted away from the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria ahead of US secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s visit today.

    Going through the numerous security checks in place, the journalist was asked to put his bag down for a sniffer dog and when asked if he had anything in his bag he quipped, “No, just an explosive notebook”.

    Police then went into talks with presidency officials and US embassy officials and it was decided the man should be taken away.

    As he walked away from the reporter, the embassy official said “bad joke”.

    Clinton is due to arrive mid-morning for a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and it is rumoured that Zimbabwe will be high on the agenda.

    Later she is to meet business leaders and former president Nelson Mandela.

    thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=1046522

  164. basil, their strategy is to brand this as a GOP mob. Now he will be the one to really “manufacture” outrage on the Dem side. We will have to wait and see if it works.

  165. Aug 6, 2009, 7:26 p.m. EST

    Fannie Mae posts bigger loss, requests $10.7B more in aid

    By John Letzing, MarketWatch

    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Fannie Mae, the ailing mortgage giant under federal conservatorship, said Thursday its net loss increased sharply in the second quarter due to declining housing-market conditions.

    The mortgage-finance firm also said a request has been submitted to the Treasury Department for an additional $10.7 billion in aid.

    Fannie Mae posted a loss for the second quarter of $14.8 billion, or $2.67 a share, compared with a loss of $2.3 billion, or $2.54 a share in the same period last year. Net revenues were $5.6 billion and fair value gains were $823 million, Fannie Mae said in a regulatory filing.

    The mortgage entity said the $12.5 billion increase in net loss in the period was driven by a $13.4 billion increase in credit-related expenses, which “more than offset a $1.7 billion increase in net interest income.”

    The results were “adversely affected by the ongoing deterioration in the housing and mortgage markets, the economic recession and rising unemployment,” Fannie Mae said. Fannie Mae said its request submitted Thursday for an additional $10.7 billion in aid follows a $19 billion infusion from Treasury in June, and a $15.2 billion infusion in March.

    It has requested receipt of the additional funds on or before Sept. 30.

    “Due to current trends in the housing and financial markets, we expect to have a net-worth deficit in future periods, and therefore will be required to obtain additional funding from Treasury pursuant to the senior preferred stock purchase agreement,” Fannie Mae said. “As a result, we are dependent on the continued support of Treasury in order to continue operating our business.”

    Reports surfaced earlier this week that the White House is considering folding the troubled assets of both Fannie Mae and its counterpart Freddie Mac into a new, federally backed corporation while letting the more viable portions of each mortgage company revive as publicly held entities

    marketwatch.com/story/fannie-mae-posts-15b-loss-requests-more-aid-2009-08-06

  166. Hillary is now getting started with Iran. In a statement today she said, ” these are show trials, and it proves the leadership of Iran is afraid of its own people”.
    Our girl nails those jackasses hard this time! THis is the Hillary we know! She calls it the way she see it.

  167. If bambi is saying that those health care protestors are republican plants, can we now call those health care boosters dim/bot plants?

  168. I guess O is not holding a TownHall any time soon. If he does it will be strickly by invitation, and there will be someone else there to field the questions.

    Remember what the unions did in Nevada, when they were ordered to vote for O.

    Good morning. There has been some lively chatting overnight.

  169. NMF,

    He’s too busy helping his fellow dims get re-elected. Supposedly he’s off to a political rally or two for a few of his toads.

  170. The crowds are interesting. The disrespect of the elderly at the AARP meeting spoke volumes. We usually see the young people being arrested and carried away. I wonder how long before we see the elderly thrown in jail. Could that possible happen?

  171. NMF, if they start arresting the elderly that will be the last of Obama, this nation will rise up and turn against even faster than it is now.
    Personally, the idiot King needs to release the final bill with full disclosure and if the people want a public option, give it to them. He will have to make sure the people asking for it are the ones he really wants to pls and find out who is causing the disruption over the public option.
    His administration needs to be transparent, as they promised and I think most of this would go away as long as the people were not getting screwed. Most people want some form of healthcare.

  172. “I want people who created the mess to get out of the way.

    I don’t mind cleaning up after them but they should stop talking.”
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    Ohhhhhhhhh. So thats what hes doing . . . . cleaning up. Cleaning up alright. By destroying mediacare? By rationing health care?? By demonizing people who are concerned about a health care system which is the difference between life and death??? By sending thugs in to rough up people who are exercising their rights under the first amnedment????? By cutting a no canadian drugs and no negotiaion of drugs deal with big pharma???? A no cutting of hospital costs for 10 years????? Mandatory coverage for young people who do not want coverage???????? Putting a gang of five in charge of health care decisions for the nation???????????? All in exchange for campaign contributions persuant to the only rules he has ever known–Chicago Rules????????? Is that what he means by “cleaning up”??????????????????????????????????????????????

  173. The cleaning up hes talking about is the cleaning up of our tax dollars to his favorite special interests.

  174. pm, wbboei,

    I was truly stunned by his tone of voice (not to mention the message). It was so nasty and menacing. We all knew he was capable of that but he sounded unhinged, like a raving madman. I don’t know where the clip was from. Scarborough played it.

    OTOH – unemployment drops to 9.4 from 9.6. You know the WH is going to crow about that but i don’t believe the numbers. How convenient to have a positive report the last day the Senate’s in session and Bo’s going off to MV.

  175. I doubt it will work because at the end of the day the health care issue is not politics as usual. For seniors it is life and death. The program he is promoting is a take away. The winners are big business, the losers are americans on fixed income. He is missing the boat if he thinks he can bamboozle people on this one. There is a reason he did not want to meet with white working class people in the primary and disparaged those who lived in small towns. They know he is out to get them, and their reaction has nothing to do with racism on their part. I do think it is racist on his part however. That little seig heil salute that his left arm is always doing when the camera is not panning him. Shelby nails him on that.

  176. Admin,

    I forgot to congratulate you on your recent brilliant articles.

    I especially loved this phrase about BO’s BD. “It’s a high holy day for hopium eaters.”

    HAHAHAHA!

  177. ‘That little seig heil salute that his left arm is always doing when the camera is not panning him. Shelby nails him on that.’

    What do you mean? I missed that.

  178. I was truly stunned by his tone of voice (not to mention the message). It was so nasty and menacing. We all knew he was capable of that but he sounded unhinged, like a raving madman. I don’t know where the clip was from. Scarborough played it.
    ——————————————–
    That video is worth its weight in gold. If he did that with premeditation and deliberation he fucked up. People will pay far less attention to the words–which they know by now somebody else wrote in his potemkin village style. They will be frightened by the tone, and all the other things he is doing that threaten their lives. An angry megalomaniac is not the picture he wants to present but it sounds like he did.

  179. wbboei,

    I will try to find the clip later. It must be on the Scarborough site – that’s where I heard it – from Joe’s morning TV show.

  180. Remember how we use to discuss how HRC could reach across the Aisle and neogitiate and compormise even with the people who had tried to impeach her husband. How important we felt working with the opposition was.

    He never reached out to HRC supporters, he has not reached across the Aisle to the Reps, and he does not even seem to be able to deal with the Blue dog Dims. WHY? Because he really does not think he should have to do this (he has been told they will fold in), and he does not like to compromise or admit he needs to deal with people. He was never a people person.

    Oh Hillary, they like you well enough, with such spewing of spit. Those incidences were truly revealing of his personality. The right anwers should have Been Senator Clinton, I am sure many hold you in high respect for your work, or over the Gates incident. I happen to know Gates personnel and respect him, but I have respect for the people in unform also, and I will wait to see the details in this incident.

    But the IKoolaid people acted like sick lovers that cannot tell there singificant other smell to high heaven, or better still, he will change after he is in office. People rarely change.

    What we had was a Person that ran for officer, HRC, who acted like a President who know how to put together legislation, work internationally, and what we got was a Person who did not act Presidential (It takes smore than a seal on his podium), in fact who really does not have a clue how to build a consensious, and want to continue to attend rallies where he can bask in the adulation, and praise.

    When you have townhall meeting resulting in brawls (lets face it his solution was to send in his goons), one would think you need to look at the legislation you are shoving down their throats. Oh that is right, you don’t write or read legislation, and you need an executive summary 5 minutes before.

    I must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

  181. great article, wbboei.

    BTW, the quote I heard on the Scarborough Show is now up on Drudge. I’m trying to link to the original source but keep getting an ERROR message.

    You’re right about that remark being pure gold for the opposition and I guess the bots and the WH know that too and are trying to jam the server.

  182. Here’s the quote Drudge has – slightly different from what I heard.

    “I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking.

    I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.”

  183. Humor break.

    I live with parrots and have seen them figure out far more complex issues, such as breaking into locked cabinets, but this crow is pretty darned smart!

    Short and cute.

    www dot timesonline dot co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6753086.ece

  184. WOW!

    the protests continue.

    A Michigan man wheels his son, who has cerebral palsy, up to Dingle’s podium and demands to know what treatment he would get under the proposed HC bill.

    www dot freep dot com/article/20090807/NEWS06/908070387/Tempers-flare-over-health-care

  185. Some interesting and spot-on observations from the WSJ.

    They (the Dims) overinterpreted the meaning of the 2008 election, and didn’t fully take into account how the great recession changed the national mood and atmosphere.
    And so the shock on the faces of Congressmen who’ve faced the grillings back home. And really, their shock is the first thing you see in the videos. They had no idea how people were feeling. Their 2008 win left them thinking an election that had been shaped by anti-Bush, anti-Republican, and pro-change feeling was really a mandate without context; they thought that in the middle of a historic recession featuring horrific deficits, they could assume support for the invention of a huge new entitlement carrying huge new costs.
    *****************************************************************
    What has been most unsettling is not the congressmen’s surprise but a hard new tone that emerged this week. The leftosphere and the liberal commentariat charged that the town hall meetings weren’t authentic, the crowds were ginned up by insurance companies, lobbyists and the Republican National Committee. But you can’t get people to leave their homes and go to a meeting with a congressman (of all people) unless they are engaged to the point of passion. And what tends to agitate people most is the idea of loss—loss of money hard earned, loss of autonomy, loss of the few things that work in a great sweeping away of those that don’t.
    People are not automatons. They show up only if they care.
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    And the Democratic response has been stunningly crude and aggressive. It has been to attack.

    The Democratic National Committee chimed in with an incendiary Web video whose script reads, “The right wing extremist Republican base is back.”
    ********************************************************

    . They are mocking and menacing concerned citizens. This only makes a hot situation hotter. Is this what the president wants? It couldn’t be. But then in an odd way he sometimes seems not to have fully absorbed the awesome stature of his office.
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    You really, if you’re president, can’t call an individual American stupid, if for no other reason than that you’re too big. You cannot allow your allies to call people protesting a health-care plan “extremists” and “right wing,” or bought, or Nazi-like, either. They’re citizens. They’re concerned. They deserve respect.

  186. msnbc.msn.com/id/3036789/#32314843

    H stuff and ws

    I went to Joe Scarboroghs web site looking for the video. I think they just posted is, something about a joke that went flat.e However this one is most interesting as it is starting to look like the media might actually be reporting some reality. They say August is a make or break month for O.

    I will go back and pull the other link.

  187. ADMIN!!!!!!!

    Please embed.

    Here’s the BO video clip saying what I posted above.

    www dot realclearpolitics dot com/video/2009/08/07/obama_i_dont_want_the_folks_who_created_the_mess_to_do_a_lot_of_talking.html

  188. Admin: This may be the Bill you are referring to in your original post:

    June 14, 2009

    Rockefeller patterns a healthcare ‘reform’ bill on the Federal Reserve

    (ht/ Jerry Mazza)

    Online Journal Associate Editor

    Jun 1, 2009

    Things are getting stranger and stranger in D.C. and the promise of change now definitely looks like the same old game with Medicare: invite the HMOs in to brainstorm cuts in services to people who need them most.

    Behind this is a new bill submitted on May 20 by Senator John D. “Jay” Rockefeller IV (D, W.VA.), chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. It authorizes the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC, created in 1997) to go even further and set lists of approved treatment standards and actually have enforcement powers over methods of healthcare delivery and reimbursement. You just think about that for a minute.

    This time “The MedPAC Reform Act” is calling for MedPAC to be made up of “independent experts” as an “executive agency modeled after the Federal Reserve.” Is that because the Fed has done such an incredibly super job of throwing our money after banks and other dinosauric corporations like AIG?

    Do we need still another shark tank of “experts” with vested interests and little transparency over their actions, spending your money as they will, and as fast as they print it. Yes, just as the Federal Reserve serves private financial interests, so too the new health care reimbursement agency will serve the HMOs, demanding their (your) blood money. This is the opposite of what Obama promised in his “Change” campaign.

    But then, politicians as we all know will and do say anything to get elected. Reality is another thing. And Rockefeller claims that an enhanced, empowered MedPAC would not be, and get this, subject to the “whims of Congress.” Excuse me? Jay said this and more about his bill in a recent interview with Washington Post healthcare writer, Ceci Connolly. He added, “To truly achieve transformative health care reform, we need to separate the special interests from the decision makers.” Think about that for a while.

    He added “We must take Congress out of its current role [representing the people?] . . . It is inefficient and ineffective; we are not health-care experts, and being a deliberative body means that we cannot keep pace with the rapidly transforming health-care marketplace.” Congress is not made up of all arms experts yet they appropriate billions every year to the Department of Defense. When we leave it to the generals to do on their own buying pell-mell, we end up with them in bed with big defense corporations, creating multi-billion dollar white elephants that don’t fly, i.e, incredible waste.

    In fact, in the true tradition of the Rockefeller family and their treasonous involvement and leadership in the Bilderberg Group, Jay Rockefeller is trying to circumvent the duly elected legislative body of the people to make side deals with private corporations, utilizing MedPAC’s “experts,” and hence have more money to pour down the corporations’ ever dollar-hungry gullets, not to mention the bankrupt banks’ maws.

    The very idea of setting up an “independent” national commission to declare what doctors and hospitals can and cannot do is odious — a step totally in the wrong direction for both the right and left sides of the Obama/Baucus health-care “reform” discussion. It is made to order to keep the money flowing right down the drain of the financial cadre behind the HMOs.

    Until now, the very idea of this flagrantly “special interest” bill has not been permitted in the United States. Unfortunately, the model for it comes express-direct from Britain and is called the “National Institute for Clinical Excellence,” or NICE, more appropriately “Nazi-Inspired Citizen Eradication”. NICE was set up 11 years ago and passes on what medications, treatments, and services cannot be allowed to be given in the health-care system. It can easily become the “euthanasia express,” with its “Kevorkians,” excuse me, “experts” deciding who lives and who dies and when.

    There is a distinctly inhuman, illegal feeling about this bill. But then Rockefeller’s latest bill is one of dozens that have been filed recently in Congress, each with various slants, but all consistent with the un-American, Nazi-medicine edge.

    They will all be detailed soon in Obama/Baucus/Grassley’s “comprehensive health care reform” act in June. For instance, a version that was filed last week in the Senate called the “Advance Planning and Compassionate Care Act,” was to help citizens decide when to reduce expensive treatments in their “end-of-life” experiences. Can you believe it? It is again sponsored by Jay Rockefeller, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and others. This is not science fiction, folks. These geeks (vultures/saboteurs- my emphassis) are for real. They just sound like they’re from another planet.

    In fact, Rockefeller personally desires backing the principle of providing health care for all, especially kids, so they can practice these little tricks on everyone. He would also like to have Medicare open to enrolling people 55 years old and up, to get the “experts” hands on them earlier. But the caveat, my dears, is that he wants his NICE agency patterned on Britain’s model to “service them.”

    NICE will decide when and how to cut care for the enrollees so that the HMO systems get their pound of flesh, yours or mine, and more. My advice, beloved fellow citizens, old, middle-aged and young, is to be careful of this Rockefeller, this elitist playing Democratic senator and his bunch. And be careful of all who offer your healthcare up as a honey-pot for the healthcare and Big Pharma bears — just like the Federal Reserve does with taxpayer money for the banks.

    As to Obama, he couldn’t care less. He just wants to cut a couple of trillion from his first term expenditures, the monies he’s already given away to the banks, so that he has more to spend next time around. Stay tuned. More to come!

    h…. onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_4752.shtml

  189. This is what I thought the whole thing was about, getting rid of medicare and giving less care to the elderly, disabled and the terminally ill. This is what the freaking insurance company want, it call a windfall profit. THis SOS, needs to be impeached, he is not eligible to be POTUS anyway. The only reason he was able to get thru is because they want Africa and they think he can deliver away from China and Russia. The Repubs haven’t said anything because they want the governor of New Orleans to be the next rethug POTUS! I am sick of all of them. They all need to go!

  190. Saw the clip, and you can see him laughing at the American voter from the Opposite Party. Now that is really uniting, NOT, it is dividing.

    In that clip I provided they said O was going to have a TOWNHALL MEETING NEXT WEEK IN NH. I suppose that will be staged.

    The joke thing, for me was not interesting. The jist of it seemed to be that his satiric humor lent it self more toward the younger generation, and the older generation just did not get it. I think the older generation recognized a cocky young wipper snapper when they see one. They got a clue when he was whispering to the nove rich guy in SF that small town people are gun toting, church going sour people.

    By the way, all of them still want to see your BC.

  191. Thanks, Admin, for the videos of our Congressman Russ Carnahan. They certainly get the ol’ nostrils flaring like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

    Carnahan’s seat is the one held by Dick Gephardt for years and years.

    We need a house cleanin and sweep out in MO of Carnahan and McCaskill among others.

  192. According to FOX Obama is now saying he will hit back twice as hard. Who does he propose to hit? Seniors? People who seek to exercise their first amendment rights? The American People? That is just about the stupidest thing he could say at this point. It will incite his minions to step over the line and it will brandish his credentials as the dictator he is. We do not want a dictator cramming a business friendly health care bill down our throats, period. The harder he tries, the more we are inclined to dig in.

  193. To be clear, it is the White House that is saying this. It is emanuel I am sure, but emanuel is his masters voice, so there is no doubt it is coming from the great pretender,

  194. We need a house cleanin and sweep out in MO of Carnahan and McCaskill
    ——————–
    Pressed Rat and Wart Hog. Lets close down their shop.

  195. If we know for sure he is going to New Hampshire, then the citizens groups need to get prepared. Heres a thought. Years ago, one of the major steel companies made a big presentation to a union audience in preparation for a takeaway proposal. It went fine until the very end when a shop steward stood up and asked the killer question. If they can figure out that question and get it in the record Obama is screwed. If he will not entertain questions or suppresses them then that becomes the story. That question needs to go to the press. It would be best if a doctor asked it.

  196. They are NOT going to get rid of Medicare. That’s ridiculous. Look, the republicans who are against this bill haven’t made one valid point, IMO. They keep saying it’s “socialist”. That’s the farthest thing from the truth there could be. This bill enriches pharma, and private, for-profit insurers at the expense of millions of americans. That’s what is wrong with this bill. Not the republican attacks on government financed, privately delivered medicine. And, certainly not this crock that Medicare will be ended.

  197. NMF 10:48

    wbboei it is at the end of the clip from the WH correspondent. If you are going to get someone into the townhall, it will have to be a loyal kookaid drinker they don’t know is going to ask a question that they have not been fed ahead of time.

    This strategy of going into campaign mod, is going to be interesting. During the campaign we saw them rallying, and being in a room of people that all drank the kool aid.

    This time it is going to be a confrontational encounters, and they are going to be hitting older people, in some cases their parents or people that look like their parents. I wonder how that will broadcast internationally.

  198. Noonan just another jealous woman who gets off trying to tear down Hillary(see Dowd, Huffington, etc.,). She has done nothing ever to advance the cause of woman and simply wrote a few crappy sppeches for another lame President…..It is a shame someone with such little talent gets to voice her meaningless crap nationwide.

  199. My note to a congressional staffer this morning:

    Dear ______

    Attached is the document I wrote entitled “Deconstructing Obama”. The following comments appear at page 7. It is why the Congressman must adhere to the party line on health care, even though he failed to do so on cap and trade.

    ———————————————————————

    Here is the latest example of how Obama sells out the American People. In the current health care bill, he got Big Pharma on board by promising them that the re-importation of cheap drugs from Canada would be stopped and the government would not negotiate drug prices. He got the American Hospital Association on board by promising them a ten year grace period for cutting payments to hospitals. He got the insurance industry on board by promising to require 10 to 20 million people to buy junk health insurance which they do not want. To seniors, heath care is life and death. This is a takeaway. It will lead to rationing and cutbacks in Medicare for people on fixed income –according to Dick Morris who has read the entire bill. And yet, when the people who were adversely affected went to town meetings to protest he sent in his ACORN and SEIU thugs to accost them. The recent video on Tampa depicts this. He labels opponents racists, mobs, etc. and solicits email addresses. His people say he will hit back twice as hard. Does he intend to hit protestors, seniors, the American People or all the above? With Obama it is always the same: Chicago Rules, big business wins, constituents lose.

    Best Regards,

  200. Check this clip of the St.Louis SEIU MOB attacking anti-HRC people. This is getting nuts.
    One of the people attacked, a 37 year old black conservative, is the hospital with serious injuries.

    hotair dot com/greenroom/archives/2009/08/07/photos-and-video-carnahan-event-in-st-louis/

  201. This one is really bad. This is the AA conservative man in Florida who ended up at the ER. He was accosted on the street by SEIU thugs, who yelled racial epithets at him. Those there say the thugs admitted they were from CHICAGO.

    Listen carefully. At about the one minute point, a bystander who ran to help yelled at the thugs: “You attacked that guy!”

    SEIU thug replies: “He attacked America!” WTF??? Guy is handing out flyers, and that is attacking America??

    F*ck this. This needs to go viral. This is f*cking brownshirt stuff.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTXBOgPCh9w

  202. I don’t usually post long articles but I couldn’t figure out what to leave out of this one from NRO.

    The Democratic party is panicking, lashing out like a cornered animal, all because its effort to take over the health-care industry is coming apart like so much wet toilet paper.

    Nancy Pelosi, who will get her own bound volume in the annals of asininity, has outdone herself. When asked by a reporter whether the protests at various town-hall meetings represented legitimate grassroots opposition or were manufactured “AstroTurf” stunts, she replied, “I think they’re AstroTurf. You be the judge. They’re carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care.”

    Now this is a pas de trois of dishonesty, slander, and idiocy. Not only is Pelosi lying when she says protesters are bringing swastikas to these town halls, not only is she suggesting that American citizens are Nazis for having the effrontery to get in the way of Obamacare, but she’s also saying that the alleged swastikas are obvious proof that these protests are manufactured by slick P.R. gurus.

    How does that work? What public-relations genius says: “Okay, we need these protests to seem like an authentic backlash of real Americans. Make sure everyone has enough Nazi paraphernalia!”
    Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer insists the protests have to be fake because the protesters are too “well-dressed.” Likewise, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says this is all “manufactured anger” because the protesters — he calls them the “Brooks Brothers Brigade” — are too tastefully appointed to be authentic protesters. Apparently only filthy hippies can petition government.

    This, of course, doesn’t preclude the possibility that the protesters are also Nazis; they were snappy dressers (Hugo Boss made SS uniforms, after all). But we’ll leave that there.

    The White House is asking supporters to submit the names of anyone who forwards e-mail with “fishy” information. “Fishy information” herewith defined as anything that serves as a speed bump for the White House steamroller.

    The DNC has put out an ad claiming that the “right-wing extremist base” is out to “destroy” Barack Obama, so it has unleashed “angry mobs . . . mob activity straight from the playbook of high-level Republican political operatives. They have no plan for moving our country forward, so they’ve called out the mob.”

    The DNC ad points to a memo written by an activist named Bob MacGuffie as proof that Republican political ops are pulling the strings. It turns out that MacGuffie, a decent-seeming fellow, is a rank amateur whose Right Principles PAC has collected a mere $5,017 and disbursed the staggering sum of $1,777, and has 23 members on Facebook and five followers on Twitter, according to The Weekly Standard’s Mary Katharine Ham.

    It’s difficult for mere mortals like us to fully grasp the enormousness of the Democrats’ hypocrisy. Put aside all that talk of dissent being the highest form of patriotism. Overlook that Democrats would have upended jerry cans of gasoline and immolated themselves in protest if the Bush administration had asked people to inform on their neighbors. You can even forget that the DNC’s claims are untrue.

    But how can we ignore the fact that the world’s most famous community organizer is whining about community organizing?

    But wait: It gets better. As of this writing, the entire BarackObama.com site was dedicated to “Organizing for America,” with a special page dedicated to “Organizing for Health Care,” where supporters are asked to flood town halls and “make certain your members of Congress know that you’re counting on them to act.”

    They only thing they left out is the instruction to leave the Brooks Brothers jackets and swastikas at home.

    The reason for the panic is simple. Obama and the Democrats feel entitled to have their way on health care . This sense of entitlement is understandable. They won the election and control everything.

    The problem is that Americans don’t like what they’ve heard about the plan, and Obama is incapable of selling, or unwilling to sell, it on the merits (perhaps because he knows the plan will lead to the single-payer system he has long sought but now denies wanting). That’s why Obama spends most of his time either attacking critics or denouncing the status quo.

    Simply put: This administration believes it knows best. It feels it is the only legitimate beneficiary of “people power.” It thinks it has a monopoly on democratic organizing. And it is terrified that it will be hobbled if it loses this fight.

    So, it just stands to reason that anyone who stands in the way must be a fraud, a puppet, a goon — or even a Nazi.

  203. admin:

    The video in your 1:28 am post is set to auto-play with people loudly screaming. It’s killing us every time we load the page!

  204. Regarding the clip of Obama, has anyone but me noticed that he NEVER misses an opportunity to say “I am the President!” He says it constantly. He inserts it everywhere. It’s like he can’t get over himself.

    I don’t recall Clinton or even Bush saying “I am teh PRESIDENT!” in every other speech.

  205. Yes, I noticed.

    And he often says “I won!”

    POS – POTUS.

    And the Dim response to the protesters is just so shocking. Can you imagine if the protesters were AA, or anti-war? WTF is happening. Their strategy, straight from pooplosi, Reid, BO and the DNC conspires against the citizens. I can’t believe this is happening.

  206. That video is worth its weight in gold. If he did that with premeditation and deliberation he fucked up. People will pay far less attention to the words–which they know by now somebody else wrote in his potemkin village style. They will be frightened by the tone, and all the other things he is doing that threaten their lives. An angry megalomaniac is not the picture he wants to present but it sounds like he did.
    ************
    The “socialization” is wearing thin on the Socialized Sociopath.

  207. mj Says: They are NOT going to get rid of Medicare. That’s ridiculous. [….] And, certainly not this crock that Medicare will be ended.

    =======================

    I seem to recall some reliable source here saying it included some noticeable cuts in Medicare benefits, higher co-pays etc??? Hope that’s not correct. But earlier Obama was talking about Medicare being too expensive, needing to curtail it.

  208. basil9 Says:
    August 7th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    ‘That little seig heil salute that his left arm is always doing when the camera is not panning him. Shelby nails him on that.’

    What do you mean? I missed that.

    ===================

    Really cool article! Worth looking back for. Search for “Strangelove”.

  209. blackagendareport.com/?q=print/content/top-ten-ways-tell-your-president-his-party-arent-fighting-health-care-everybody

    interesting article over at blackagendareport – ten points – easy to read

  210. alternet.org/workplace/141827/obama%27s_plan_to_help_homeowners_is_a_bust/?page=1

    Obama’s Plan to help homeowners is a Bust

    5 page article on alternet illustrating that Obama is Bush III and more people continue to lose their homes under O, even with all the bailout $$ we, the taxpayers, have given to these very companies that continue to steal from and screw us…

  211. LMAO! This is a GREAT video. Tell me again who has the “Brooks Brothers” demographic? Love the car shots.

    youtube.com/watch?v=dfdZMrHOldI

    ADMIN, PLEASE EMBED

  212. Very good article by a Canadian comparing US/CA health systems. Well written, factual, readable.

    h…/..w

    latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-rachlis3-2009aug03,0,538126.story

  213. Good Article, the way the job market is i would be afraid to buy anything with such a large ticket price.

    MIXX IT
    See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close) By Steve Hargreaves, CNNMoney.com staff writer
    Last Updated: August 6, 2009: 11:36 AM ET

    Cash for Clunkers: Is it for you?

    Even if you think your old car qualifies for a Cash for Clunkers rebate, you may be surprised at your options.
    View photosDETROIT’S DOWNFALL
    Cash for Clunkers: Real stimulus
    Hunger hits Detroit’s middle class
    Toyota struggles to get back on track
    The hidden costs of Cash for Clunkers
    Cash for Clunkers lifts auto sales

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — While the Cash for Clunkers trade-in program is a resounding success, it comes with borrowed money — and we’ll have to pay for it eventually.

    “They are thinking cash for clunkers is free money right now,” said Diane Lim Rogers, chief economist at the Concord Coalition, a group advocating fiscal responsibility. “They don’t really think of what the real cost of that is.”

    There’s little doubt the program is popular. Give Americans $4,500 for their old car that gets lousy gas mileage, and guess what — they’ll buy a new car. Cash for Clunkers has burned through its initial $1 billion in funding in less than a week, and the Senate is now considering pumping in another $2 billion.

    Auto dealers and car companies are happy that sales are flowing again, even if some warn that sales are simply being bumped up from the future.

    Environmentalists also don’t seem to mind. Although the program only requires that the new car get 22 miles a gallon for a $3,500 rebate — just four more than the “clunker” — most people are stepping up fuel efficiency in a big way. One report said the average new car bought under the program gets 10 to 12 miles more per gallon, about what is needed to qualify for the full $4,500.

    The new Clunkers money would come from the $787 billion allocated under the stimulus bill passed in February. Clunkers represents just a tiny portion of the total pie.

    Even so, the U.S. government is running a deficit, and as debt mounts, the result could ultimately be higher interest rates as investors in U.S. Treasurys get worried about the country’s financial state.

    According to Rogers, a $4,500 credit right now may ultimately cost the government $10,000 by the time it’s paid back with interest.

    The impact of higher rates would be far reaching. “We borrow money for homes, education, to put braces on our children’s teeth,” said Rogers. “If it gets really expensive to borrow it will be hard to live life as normal.”

    The government may also respond to its problem finding lenders by simply printing more money. That erodes the value of the dollar and makes things more expensive for everyone.

    0:00 /3:43Cash for clunkers’ sugar rush
    It’s unlikely a mere $2 billion more for clunkers will trigger this economic doomsday-type scenario. Plenty of people support the program as effective stimulus as it sticks to a mantra heard often during the debate over stimulus this past winter — it’s temporary, targeted and timely.

    “It was smashing success in terms of stimulating auto sales,” said John Lonski, chief economists at Moody’s Analytics. “I think it will do its part in returning the economy to sustainable growth.”

    But even Lonski acknowledged the dangers in expanding the program too far beyond its current scope, or to other industries.

    “You’re leaning on the federal government to provide the lift,” he said, “and that can be a bad precedent.”

    First Published: August 4, 2009: 10:47 AM ET

  214. HillaryforTexas Says:

    August 7th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    Regarding the clip of Obama, has anyone but me noticed that he NEVER misses an opportunity to say “I am the President!” He says it constantly. He inserts it everywhere. It’s like he can’t get over himself.

    —————————-

    Reasons:

    1/ Insecurity.

    2/ Is not the legitimate president. Cheated his way to the top. Afraid because the Clintons have been running circles around him this week.

  215. turndownobama Says:

    August 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    Very good article by a Canadian comparing US/CA health systems. Well written, factual, readable.

    ———————–

    Being a Canadian, I think the author was very accurate in his evaluation of our health care system, pros and cons.

  216. White House Move to Collect ‘Fishy’ Info May Be Illegal, Critics Say

    The White House has been under fire since posting a blog on Tuesday that asks supporters to e-mail any “fishy” information seen on the Web or received electronically.

    FOXNews.com
    Friday, August 07, 2009

    “The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it,” Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX News analyst, said Friday.

    “There’s also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives. It can’t try to rewrite history by pretending it didn’t receive anything,” he said.

    “If the White House deletes anything, it violates one statute. If the White House collects data on the free speech, it violates another statute.”

    Napolitano was referring to the Privacy Act of 1974, which was passed after the Nixon administration used federal agencies to illegally investigate individuals for political purposes. Enacted after Richard Nixon’s resignation in the Watergate scandal, the statute generally prohibits any federal agency from maintaining records on individuals exercising their right to free speech.

    The White House has been under fire since it posted a blog on Tuesday that asked supporters to e-mail any “fishy” information seen on the Web or received electronically to flag@whitehouse.gov. “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there,” the blog said, adding that “since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help.” The blog was posted partly in response to a video posted on the Web that claimed to show Obama explaining how his health care reform plans eventually will eliminate private insurance.

    The video, featured on the Drudge Report, strung together selected Obama statements that the White House said were taken out of context.

    The White House said it wanted to be made aware of “fishy” comments about its health care plan because it wants to set the record straight. But critics called White House move an Orwellian tactic designed to control the health care debate.

    “This is a very troubling attempt to stifle the free speech of Americans who have the constitutional right to express their opinion and concerns about health care,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice. He called on Obama to repudiate his blog. “This move is an attempt to intimidate those who have legitimate concerns about the health care plan,” Sekulow said. “And, worse, it turns the White House into some sort of self-appointed ‘speech police.’ This new White House reporting program strikes at the heart of the First Amendment and has no place in this important debate about health care.” Sekulow said he imagines that opponents of mandatory abortion coverage are engaging in what the White House considers “fishy” speech and should be reported. “What the White House is touting is absurd,” he said.

    But Napolitano said the White House probably cannot be sued because of sovereign immunity, unless someone was harmed by what the government did with the records. But that’s unlikely, he said, because the person would probably be unaware of the harm. “That’s a silent violation of your right to privacy,” he said.

    The ACLU said in a statement to FOXNews.com that the White House blog is a “bad idea that could send a troublesome message.” But the organization added, “While it is unclear at this point what the government is doing with the information it is collecting, critics of the administration’s health care proposal should not fear that their names will end up in some government database that could be used to chill their right to free speech.”

    The White House Thursday denied that it was playing “Big Brother.” “Nobody is collecting names,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. “We have seen, and as I’ve discussed from this podium, a lot of misinformation around health care reform, a lot of it spread, I think, purposefully.”

    Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who has called on Obama to end the program, rejected the White House explanation. “Of course the White House is collecting names,” he said, arguing that anyone with access to the e-mail account has access to private information. “The question is not what the White House is doing, but how and why,” he said. “How are they purging names and e-mail addresses from this account to protect privacy? Why do they need the forwarded e-mails, names, and ‘casual conversations’ sent to them instead of just the arguments that they want to rebut?

    Asked by FOX News whether the White House was using the blog post as a way to expand the e-mail list for the administration and Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America, Gibbs said the two are “not in any way connected” and repeated that the White House is not collecting names. Pressed about the program’s goal, Gibbs said it was to clarify for everybody what the misinformation is, adding that’s not a new tactic.
    “When you make a mistake in your report, sometimes I e-mail you,” Gibbs said to FOX News’ Major Garrett. “Occasionally, I call. Sometimes I just throw something against the wall. Occasionally, it’s all three.”

    Garrett asked why it’s necessary to ask so many people to e-mail the White House.

    “All we’re asking people to do is, if they’re confused about what health care reform is going to mean to them, we’re happy to help clear that up for them. Nobody’s keeping anybody’s names. I do have your e-mail. …Maybe that’s because I assume future mistakes. But I’m not going to say that,” Gibbs said, drawing laughter. “But nobody’s collecting information,” he added. “Everybody is trying to give people only the facts around what we all understand is a very complicated issue.”

    foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/07/white-house-collect-fishy-info-health-reform-illegal-critics-say/

  217. This guy is really brilliant about the economy and is considering running against Dodd. This is the kind of Representation we all need. He was predicting this collapse 3-4 years ago and they were literally laughing @ him. Now here’s change you can believe in. I think after watching this video Dodd would not have a chance in a debate against him and very likely would refuse.

    Apologize to Peter Schiff

    youtube.com/watch?v=zz_yw0kq3MM&NR=1

  218. gonzotx

    That guy is an obvious geek of finance, and knows what he is doing. He obviously is not spewing the party line. He is telling it like he sees it and he is right.

  219. This is a video on Glen Beck where he is interviewing Daniel Hannan, the member of the House of Commons in GB that gave that dress down to the Prime Minister a short while back. Anyway, he is talking about the Health care system in Britain. He speaks to the fact that it is the THIRD LARGEST EMPLOYER in the WORLD…IN THE WORLD. that really blew my mind and he goes on to say that it has 1.4 million employees and the vast majority are ADMINISTRATORS.The ADMINISTRATORS outnumber the Dr.’s and Nurses! He said that is why it is so hard to make any changes in the system because of it’s size and the top heavy employees. Needless to say, it accounts for the number one cost in the UK.
    Worth a watch.

    youtube.com/watch?v=rLyj1cVSaP0&feature=player_embedded

  220. NMF

    Yes, I like this guy. When they were laughing at him or ganging up on him he more than held his ground. That turd Ben Stern, ya right , buy Merrill. Merrill who?

    I had no idea Goldman S has been around sense 1869. No wonder…

  221. NMF

    I have another clip in moderation, don’t know why, took all the usual stuff out. It is not with Schiff, but is a good one about Great Britians health care

  222. turndownobama Says:
    August 7th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Very good article by a Canadian comparing US/CA health systems. Well written, factual, readable.

    h…/..w

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-rachlis3-2009aug03,0,538126.story
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    PS. Comments have closed there but I’d like to point out that one comment got something wrong. The article said that it might take a week to evaluate whether some elderly person’s hip was worn out enough to replace. Some commenter seemed to think that this applied to a broken hip, which is ridiculous!

  223. Krauthammer has not drunk the koolaide. Not one drop of it. This article suggests an independent line of inquiry for those dimocrats who are out there shilling for the grinning racist, and trying to turn his brand of chicken shit into chicken salad.
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    WASHINGTON — In 1986, Ronald Reagan and Bill Bradley created a legislative miracle. They fashioned a tax reform that stripped loopholes, political favors, payoffs, patronage and other corruptions out of the tax system. With the resulting savings, they lowered tax rates across the board. Those reductions, combined with the elimination of the enormous inefficiencies and perverse incentives that go into tax sheltering, helped propel a 20-year economic boom.

    In overhauling any segment of our economy, the 1986 tax reform should be the model. Yet today’s ruling Democrats propose to fix our extremely high quality (but inefficient and therefore expensive) health care system with 1,000 pages of additional curlicued complexity — employer mandates, individual mandates, insurance company mandates, allocation formulas, political payoffs and myriad other conjured regulations and interventions — with the promise that this massive concoction will lower costs.

    This is all quite mad. It creates a Rube Goldberg system that simply multiplies the current inefficiencies and arbitrariness, thus producing staggering deficits with less choice and lower-quality care. That’s why the administration can’t sell Obamacare.

    The administration’s defense is to accuse critics of being for the status quo. Nonsense. Candidate John McCain and a host of other Republicans since have offered alternatives. Let me offer mine: Strip away current inefficiencies before remaking one-sixth of the U.S. economy. The plan is so simple it doesn’t even have the requisite three parts. Just two: radical tort reform and radically severing the link between health insurance and employment.

    (1) Tort reform: As I wrote recently, our crazy system of casino malpractice suits results in massive and random settlements that raise everyone’s insurance premiums and creates an epidemic of defensive medicine that does no medical good, yet costs a fortune.
    An authoritative Massachusetts Medical Society study found that five out of six doctors admitted they order tests, procedures and referrals — amounting to about 25 percent of the total — solely as protection from lawsuits. Defensive medicine, estimates the libertarian/conservative Pacific Research Institute, wastes more than $200 billion a year. Just half that sum could provide a $5,000 health insurance grant — $20,000 for a family of four — to the uninsured poor (U.S. citizens ineligible for other government health assistance).
    What to do? Abolish the entire medical-malpractice system. Create a new social pool from which people injured in medical errors or accidents can draw. The adjudication would be done by medical experts, not lay juries giving away lottery prizes at the behest of the liquid-tongued John Edwardses who pocket a third of the proceeds

    The pool would be funded by a relatively small tax on all health-insurance premiums. Socialize the risk; cut out the trial lawyers. Would that immunize doctors from carelessness or negligence? No. The penalty would be losing your medical license. There is no more serious deterrent than forfeiting a decade of intensive medical training and the livelihood that comes with it.

    (2) Real health-insurance reform: Tax employer-provided health care benefits and return the money to the employee with a government check to buy his own medical insurance, just as he buys his own car or home insurance.

    There is no logical reason to get health insurance through your employer. This entire system is an accident of World War II wage and price controls. It’s economically senseless. It makes people stay in jobs they hate, decreasing labor mobility and therefore overall productivity. And it needlessly increases the anxiety of losing your job by raising the additional specter of going bankrupt through illness.

    The health care benefit exemption is the largest tax break in the entire U.S. budget, costing the government a quarter-trillion dollars annually. It hinders health-insurance security and portability as well as personal independence. If we additionally eliminated the prohibition on buying personal health insurance across state lines, that would inject new and powerful competition that would lower costs for everyone.

    Repealing the exemption has one fatal flaw, however. It was advocated by candidate John McCain. Obama so demagogued it last year that he cannot bring it up now without being accused of the most extreme hypocrisy and without being mercilessly attacked with his own 2008 ads.

    But that’s a political problem of Obama’s own making. As is the Democratic Party’s indebtedness to the trial lawyers, which has taken malpractice reform totally off the table. But that doesn’t change the logic of my proposal. Go the Reagan-Bradley route. Offer sensible, simple, yet radical reform that strips away inefficiencies from the existing system before adding Obamacare’s new ones — arbitrary, politically driven, structural inventions whose consequence is certain financial ruin

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