Dumb White People, Death Panels, And The Red Headed League

Bill Maher, Frank Rich, Ezra Klein, and others join our Dumb White People reprise. Our original Dumb White People featured a discussion of David Hampton the African-American scam artist, as well as Andrew Sullivan and John Kerry.

For a fun understanding of people who are white, and dumb, we recall the Sherlock Holmes detective story The Red Headed League. In that tale of foolishness, an advertisement in a London newspaper appears with a proposal which is too good to be true. Red headed men will be provided a goodly sum of money for copying, by hand, the Encyclopaedia Britannica. A foolish red headed pawnbroker is enticed to answer the ad and is rewarded with the lucrative Red Headed League position. Of course the entire scheme is a scam

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Before delving into the world of the dumb and the white let’s consider a smart African-American Congressman we used to admire. This African-American Congressman helped steal duly elected delegates from Hillary Clinton in order to give Barack Obama the Democratic nomination. We recall vividly said Congressman grinning broadly at the success in stealing the nomination at the Rules and By-laws Committee of the Democratic National Committee.

Now Congressman John Conyers regrets:

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 care because 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.”

BlackAgendaReport chimes in:

The truth is, Obama killed the prospects for real health care reform when, no sooner than he had taken the oath of office, he began threatening to cut Medicare and attempting to marginalize single payer advocates like John Conyers. What begins badly, usually ends badly.

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African-American Congressman John Conyers is taking off his blinders and speaking some, a very little, of the truth about flim-flam scam artist Barack Obama.

Dumb White Person Frank Rich however cannot admit his greasy attacks on Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton were false. Dumb White Person Frank Rich is only now wondering if Obama is “punking” America. Frank Rich only now asks Is Obama Punking Us? when the answer has long been obvious:

In this maze of powerful moneyed interests, it’s not clear who any American in either party should or could root for. The bipartisan nature of the beast can be encapsulated by the remarkable progress of Billy Tauzin, the former Louisiana congressman. Tauzin was a founding member of the Blue Dog Democrats in 1994. A year later, he bolted to the Republicans. Now he is chief of PhRMA, the biggest pharmaceutical trade group. In the 2008 campaign, Obama ran a television ad pillorying Tauzin for his role in preventing Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices. Last week The Los Angeles Times reported — and The New York Times confirmed — that Tauzin, an active player in White House health care negotiations, had secured a behind-closed-doors flip-flop, enlisting the administration to push for continued protection of drug prices. Now we know why the president has ducked his campaign pledge to broadcast such negotiations on C-Span.

The making of legislative sausage is never pretty. The White House has to give to get. But the cynicism being whipped up among voters is justified. Unlike Hillary Clinton, whose chief presidential campaign strategist unapologetically did double duty as a high-powered corporate flack, Obama promised change we could actually believe in.

His first questionable post-victory step was to assemble an old boys’ club of Robert Rubin protégés and Goldman-Citi alumni as the White House economic team, including a Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, who failed in his watchdog role at the New York Fed as Wall Street’s latest bubble first inflated and then burst. The questions about Geithner’s role in adjudicating the subsequent bailouts aren’t going away, and neither is the angry public sense that the fix is still in. We just learned that nine of those bailed-out banks — which in total received $175 billion of taxpayers’ money, but as yet have repaid only $50 billion — are awarding a total of $32.6 billion in bonuses for 2009.

It’s in this context that Obama can’t afford a defeat on health care. A bill will pass in a Democrat-controlled Congress. What matters is what’s in it. The final result will be a CAT scan of those powerful Washington interests he campaigned against, revealing which have been removed from the body politic (or at least reduced) and which continue to metastasize. The Wall Street regulatory reform package Obama pushes through, or doesn’t, may render even more of a verdict on his success in changing the system he sought the White House to reform.

The best political news for the president remains the Republicans. It’s a measure of how out of touch G.O.P. leaders like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are that they keep trying to scare voters by calling Obama a socialist. They have it backward. The larger fear is that Obama might be just another corporatist, punking voters much as the Republicans do when they claim to be all for the common guy. If anything, the most unexpected — and challenging — event that could rock the White House this August would be if the opposition actually woke up.

Dumb, White, Frank Rich continues to beat up on Hillary when Hillary is the one corporate interests feared the most. Dumb, White, Frank Rich sees the chalk outline of what Obama represents but still looks for others to blame. Dumb, White, Frank Rich continues to protect Barack Obama even as the evidence mounts that Obama is not a socialist, nor a corporatist, nor a capitalist, nor a communist, nor a statist, nor a revolutionary – Barack Obama is an opportunist – that is the ideology which propels the flim-flam scam artist Joker from Chicago.

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Dumb, White, Bill Maher is also busy protecting Barack Obama. Bill Maher is busy calling Americans “stupid”. Bill Maher considers the country “stupid” but he is not consistent. If the country is stupid isn’t it logical to say that the election of Barack Obama was a “stupid” decision too? Not for Bill Maher. Bill Maher thinks the country is “stupid” but that the “stupid” can make a smart decision when it comes to Barack Obama:

New Rule: Just because a country elects a smart president doesn’t make it a smart country. A few weeks ago I was asked by Wolf Blitzer if I thought Sarah Palin could get elected president, and I said I hope not, but I wouldn’t put anything past this stupid country.

Americans are not “stupid” as Maher states. Misinformed, manipulated, and scammed, by people like Bill Maher, and his friends at Big Media Americans surely are.

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Dumb, White, Person Ezra Klein is busy dealing out the “racist” card and the “fear” card. Klein quotes Paul Krugman’s embarrassing column attacking participatory democracy and the right to self-determination as somehow “racist”.

Klein also confuses the distrust in government and Barack Obama as fear of change. Klein refuses to understand that there is no Obama health care reform bill and that after witnessing passage of the “stimulus” scam and the trillions donated to corrupt corporate forces Americans are now demanding accountability.

Yes, some of the protests are inarticulate. Yes, some of the concerns are inchoate expressions of distrust. But Americans are not afraid of “change” if it is the right change and change they believe in. The problem is Americans wisely are growing in their distrust of Barack Obama, and the masters he serves, and the deals he has worked out.

Klein drags in Hillary’s health care efforts in order to give credence to Obama’s corrupt schemes:

This level of fury is not, in other words, unique to Obama’s effort. In fact, it’s stayed relatively constant even though Obama’s bill is far more modest than Clinton’s bill. This is something broader then a reaction to particular provisions in particular pieces of legislation. This is about how the conservative movement reacts to progressive change. My colleague Steve Pearlstein got it right this morning. “Health reform is a test of whether this country can function once again as a civil society,” he wrote. “Whether we can trust ourselves to embrace the big, important changes that require everyone to give up something in order to make everyone better off.”

That doesn’t mean Obama’s bill. It could mean a compromise like Wyden-Bennett, or something else. But what’s going on out there isn’t about a specific bill. It’s about the fear of change. It doesn’t really allow for negotiations and counter-offers. And it is very, very ugly.

If there is fear, it is the fear of being suckered again. It is the fear of rush-rush legislation that rewards Obama and the insurance industry. It is the fear of passing legislation which does not yet even exist and whose contents we yet do not know. That is not really fear, that is wisdom.

Americans are wise in wanting to know why it is that certain forces are spending so much money to do so much without explanation and with a used car salesman’s rush-rush ploy:

The nation’s drugmakers stand ready to spend $150 million to help President Barack Obama overhaul health care this fall, according to numerous officials, a staggering sum that could dwarf attempts to derail his chief domestic priority.

The White House and allies in Congress are well aware of the effort by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a somewhat surprising political alliance, given the industry’s recent history of siding with Republicans and the Democrats’ disdain for special interests.

We’ll discuss these entanglements later this week. But surely any unDumb, White or non-White, Person has to wonder what is going on here.

What has caused the drug companies to go from being evil forces (as acknowledged by Obama and his Dimocrats) to suddenly decide to spend so many millions on “reform”?

An not-Dumb person (we don’t know what color this not-dumb person is, we do know that he is a member of the Washington Post editorial page staff) on Sunday raised questions about an oft-mocked criticism by Americans protesting at town hall events. Sarah Palin raised some questions about the “death panels” and she was duly mocked by Dumb people of all races. The oft-mocked questions are apparently not so easily mocked:

Enter Section 1233 of the health-care bill drafted in the Democratic-led House, which would pay doctors to give Medicare patients end-of-life counseling every five years — or sooner if the patient gets a terminal diagnosis.

On the far right, this is being portrayed as a plan to force everyone over 65 to sign his or her own death warrant. That’s rubbish. Federal law already bars Medicare from paying for services “the purpose of which is to cause, or assist in causing,” suicide, euthanasia or mercy killing. Nothing in Section 1233 would change that.

Still, I was not reassured to read in an Aug. 1 Post article that “Democratic strategists” are “hesitant to give extra attention to the issue by refuting the inaccuracies, but they worry that it will further agitate already-skeptical seniors.”

If Section 1233 is innocuous, why would “strategists” want to tip-toe around the subject?

Perhaps because, at least as I read it, Section 1233 is not totally innocuous.[snip]

Section 1233, however, addresses compassionate goals in disconcerting proximity to fiscal ones. Supporters protest that they’re just trying to facilitate choice — even if patients opt for expensive life-prolonging care. I think they protest too much: If it’s all about obviating suffering, emotional or physical, what’s it doing in a measure to “bend the curve” on health-care costs?

Though not mandatory, as some on the right have claimed, the consultations envisioned in Section 1233 aren’t quite “purely voluntary,” as Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.) asserts. To me, “purely voluntary” means “not unless the patient requests one.” Section 1233, however, lets doctors initiate the chat and gives them an incentive — money — to do so. Indeed, that’s an incentive to insist.

Patients may refuse without penalty, but many will bow to white-coated authority. Once they’re in the meeting, the bill does permit “formulation” of a plug-pulling order right then and there. So when Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) denies that Section 1233 would “place senior citizens in situations where they feel pressured to sign end-of-life directives that they would not otherwise sign,” I don’t think he’s being realistic.

Is it dumb to ask questions? Is it dumb to continue to ask questions even when you are mocked for asking those questions?

What’s more, Section 1233 dictates, at some length, the content of the consultation. The doctor “shall” discuss “advanced care planning, including key questions and considerations, important steps, and suggested people to talk to”; “an explanation of . . . living wills and durable powers of attorney, and their uses” (even though these are legal, not medical, instruments); and “a list of national and State-specific resources to assist consumers and their families.” The doctor “shall” explain that Medicare pays for hospice care (hint, hint).

Admittedly, this script is vague and possibly unenforceable. What are “key questions”? Who belongs on “a list” of helpful “resources”? The Roman Catholic Church? Jack Kevorkian?

Ideally, the delicate decisions about how to manage life’s end would be made in a setting that is neutral in both appearance and fact. Yes, it’s good to have a doctor’s perspective. But Section 1233 goes beyond facilitating doctor input to preferring it. Indeed, the measure would have an interested party — the government — recruit doctors to sell the elderly on living wills, hospice care and their associated providers, professions and organizations. You don’t have to be a right-wing wacko to question that approach.

You don’t have to be a right-wing wacko to ask questions and demand answers. Demanding answers to questions used to be a progressive trait, a progressive value.

No longer is it allowed to ask questions and not be bamboozled however. The Chicago branch of the Red Headed League is in charge.


103 thoughts on “Dumb White People, Death Panels, And The Red Headed League

  1. What begins badly, usually ends badly.
    Wrong. The rule of probability says what begins badly usually ends up worse.

  2. Fodder for argument – Krauthammer, according to the summary of comments at another website, makes the argument for Obama as Socialist, while saying Obama is not a Socialist:


    2. Obama has political skills comparable to Reagan and Clinton. He has a way of making you think he’s on your side, agreeing with your position, while doing the opposite. Pay no attention to what he SAYS; rather, watch what he DOES!

    3. Obama has a ruthless quest for power. He did not come to Washington to make something out of himself, but rather to change everything, including dismantling capitalism. He cannot be straightforward on his ambitions as the public would not go along. He has a heavy hand, and wants to level the playing field with income redistribution and punishment to the achievers in our society. He would like to model the USA to Great Britain or Canada .

    4. His three main goals are to control ENERGY, PUBLIC EDUCATION, & NATIONAL HEALTHCARE by the Federal government.

    He doesn’t care about the auto or financial services industries, but he got them as an early bonus. The cap and trade will add costs to EVERYTHING and stifle growth. Paying for FREE college education is his goal. Most scary is his healthcare program, because if you make it FREE and add 46,000,000 people to a Medicare-type single-payer system, the costs will go through the roof. The only way to control costs is with massive RATIONING of services, like in Canada God forbid.

    5. He’s surrounded himself with mostly far-left academic types. No one around him has ever even run a candy store. But they are going to try and run the auto, financial, banking and other industries. This obviously can’t work in the long run. Obama’s not a socialist; rather he’s a far-left secular progressive bent on nothing short of revolution. He ran as a moderate, but is governing from the hard left. WATCH WHAT HE DOES, NOT WHAT HE SAYS.

  3. Americans are not “stupid” as Maher states. Misinformed, manipulated, and scammed, by people like Bill Maher, and his friends at Big Media Americans surely are.
    Mahr is mentally unbalanced.

  4. BTW, in the comments section of the Frank Rich article, Rich starts the discussion by writing:


    While it’s unlikely that the chorus of President Obama’s most strident doomsayers will be proven right, there is growing cause for concern that the president is not the reformer he promised to be.

    We like this comment from n.whittier


    Frank , you are not being honest, even with yourself. Barack Obama’s biggest single-entity campaign contributor was Goldman Sachs . Eight of the other nine in the top ten were finacial institutions to which he has given trillions of dollars in tax payer money.

    It is not as you say “that one man can’t change” that system Obama is part of that system — he doesn’t want to changeit, it benefits him and his friends . Obama acts as though he is a full-time employee of the NYC banking establishment — not a public servant.

    I think , with your predictions, that you are underestimating the intelligence and the anger of the regualr hard-working, tax-paying citizen.

    One year from now, if the nYT is still publishing, you will be writing a column asking ” what happened ? ” . That is my prediction

  5. One of your best pieces ever, admin. I especially loved this part, because it explains a lot of the madness I see:
    the evidence mounts that Obama is not a socialist, nor a corporatist, nor a capitalist, nor a communist, nor a statist, nor a revolutionary – Barack Obama is an opportunist – that is the ideology which propels the flim-flam scam artist Joker from Chicago.

    You have the Left screaming that he’s a corporatist, and the right screaming that he’s a socialist, and everyone seems very confused. Because he can, at any given moment, support either of those arguments. And people are driving themselves nuts trying to figure out and arguing over what his ideology is.

    But it all makes sense when you step back from the usual ideology arguments, and realize that HE DOESN’T HAVE ONE. His core is utterly empty of anything other than himself. He wears any mask at all, with ease.

  6. HillaryforTexas, to us it has been clear for a long while that Obama can’t be trusted. He only cares about himself.

    We know there are a lot of people who want a good health care reform plan (like us). Some want single-payer, some expanded Medicare, some variations on these or other plans. But to us it is like someone who has been rooked by a used car salesman going to the same used car salesman in order to get a “good deal”. The only deal they will get is one that benefits the used car salesman and they will be rooked again.

    Health care reform died in Denver in August 2008. The arguments for this or that plan are almost silly. Ain’t gonna happen. The only question now is how much more Obama’s pals in the insurance industry will get (unless the “reforms” are stopped outright).

    At best, this is a rehearsal for the next real attempt at health care reform (not insurance profiteering) from a future president.

  7. Well, the Dims just keep getting stupider and stupider.

    Steny and Nancy have just posted a joint Op-Ed in USA Today entitled:

    Un-American attacks can’t derail healthcare debate

    So we were racist, now we are also Un-American. Can these people GET any stupider? Since when is insulting the voters the way to garner support for your legislation?

  8. HillaryforTexas, stupider and stupider is right. This was posted a few days ago but is appropriate to your comment:

  9. The doctor was not alone at the David Scott meeting. BTW, the video is bad because video taping was banned by the Congressman. Stupid and stupid.

  10. If there is one consistent pattern in Mr Obamas political career then it is surely this: the betrayal of constituents and the enrichment of monied interests. The latest example of this is health care. During the campaign, he promised the American People that he would reduce the spiraling cost of health care by permitting the importation of cheap foreign drugs and negotiating a $300 billion reduction from the pharmaceutical industry. But when he became president, he made a secret deal to do the very opposite if what he promised. He agreed to veto any bill which allowed for the importation of cheap drugs or forced the industry to pay more than $80 billion over 10 years. When citizens vehemently objected to his phony health care plan, he demonized them as racists, mobsters, and Republicans. He solicited their web addresses. And then, he dispatched SEIU and ACORN thugs to confront and intimidate them at town hall meetings. His deputy Chief of Staff gave them explicit instructions to hit those citizens back twice as hard. As a result a black conservative was brutally beaten by Obama thugs without provocation. Thus, Obama’s governing formula is simple:


  11. Wbboei, thanks for your “fishy” post yesterday.

    As many here will remember we were the first to have fun (years ago) in calling Obama “flipper”. We often played the “Flipper” theme song from the TV show. Now someone has put it all together:

    Thanks to Womenstate for the video


    The’re worth a visit.

  12. It is strange that he keeps telling us he is president. Its almost like he isnt sure we believe him. Well, we dont. He would be far more credible if he said something like–I lied, I cheated, I kissed ass–and here I am, vini vini viche.

  13. Well, the Dims just keep getting stupider and stupider.

    Steny and Nancy have just posted a joint Op-Ed in USA Today entitled:

    Un-American attacks can’t derail healthcare debate

    So we were racist, now we are also Un-American. Can these people GET any stupider? Since when is insulting the voters the way to garner support for your legislation?

    I have the same reaction:

    First it was Nazi. Now it is . . . .


    Shades of good ol’ tail gunner Joe McCarthy.

    He and Pelosi could polish a gallon of Old Crow corn whiskey in one evening.

  14. wbboei Says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    ayers is radical left. sharpton is radical left. gates is radical left. power is radical left. some of the people promoted to second and third tier positions are radical left. ACORN is radical left. SEIU is radical left.


    I must be something else, then.

  15. Good Morning all, I will be gone all day, but what an upper to wake up and read the new article. I am going to call O, OO from now on (Opportunity Obama), which admin pointed out was so appropriate.

    LOVE the HRC as a figher video.

    I think the use of Stupid is an inflamitory word, and used against people I think really gets you into trouble. You can say I did something stupid or that looks stupid, but when you call the Police deparment stupid, it is taken very personaly, and I am not sure if you recover from that. I use that work very carefully.

    Oh yes what starts badly ends worse, brillant.

    Have a great day all.

  16. ummm…when all is said by the likes of Conyers and company, they however will not oppose their “black brother” for ANY REASON in 2012……

    90+% of blacks will support their fraudalant “black brother”1

  17. This is EXACTLY how I feel! Thanks for posting it, Admin. I was beginning to think I was stupid!

    ‘If there is fear, it is the fear of being suckered again. It is the fear of rush-rush legislation that rewards Obama and the insurance industry. It is the fear of passing legislation which does not yet even exist and whose contents we yet do not know. That is not really fear, that is wisdom.’

    But about Conyers, I am no fan of him or his felon-wife.

  18. mp Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 9:27 am
    ummm…when all is said by the likes of Conyers and company, they however will not oppose their “black brother” for ANY REASON in 2012……

    90+% of blacks will support their fraudalant “black brother”1


    Some are beginning to wake up.

    Most heard they will not be getting a raise from medicare next year.

    When something hits their pocketbook they start opening theire eyes.
    They are talking about everything is going up, but no raises.

  19. Neetabug, we know the economic situation in Ohio is not very good with high unemployment. Do you see the unemployment numbers in the AA community impacting Obama’s popularity or creating a sense that he is flailing or failing to function? If there is a sense he is flailing, is the support still firm or are individual economic hardship forcing some (especially those without or soon to be without unemployment benefits) to turn against Obama?

  20. Maher, Olberman, Brazille, et al… are the worst kind of hatemongers out there.

    An interesting offshoot from the CNN “unrealistic” report card the other night. The media question really raised some shock when the stats came in as an “F”. One of the media “personalities,” I think Wolf Blitzer, jokingly suggested that maybe they should change their name to the “worst trusted news team in television.” Definitely a defining moment.

  21. More and more bambi’s foreign relations idea to talk to terrorist regimes without preconditions is starting to look as stupid as he is.


    Iran to US: We won’t agree to negotiations deadline

    US administration sends message to Iran expressing interest in direct talks on nuclear issue, but qualifies that response from Tehran must be received by end of September. Iranian foreign ministry rejects demand while emphasizing: ‘We are prepared to work with rest of countries in order to solve world’s problems’

    The Iranian government announced Monday afternoon that it will gladly engage in direct talks with Western states on its nuclear program, but refused to bend to the strict, preset timeline put forth by the United States. This comes in response to US demands that a deadline by put on nuclear talks.

    Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said in his weekly newspaper debriefing in Tehran that Ahmadinejad’s government is interested in dialogue. Iranian news agency Fars quoted Qashqavi as saying that his country “will not agree to any limitation” on the timeline of negotiations.

    Qashqavi reiterated that the Islamic Republic is not seeking weapons of mass destruction and that “there is no place for nuclear weapons” in Iran’s defense strategy. Therefore, said Qashqavi, “Iran is prepared to work with the rest of the countries in order to solve the world’s problems.”

    US President Barack Obama declared even during his elections campaign last year that he is interested in opening the dialogue track with Iran. Senior officials in the Obama administration recently warned that Obama’s diplomacy offer has an expiration date that will lapse if it goes unanswered by Tehran.

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said in his meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the US expects to receive a response from Tehran prior to the UN General Assembly session next month.

    Secretary of State Hilary Clinton also reiterated America’s commitment to a non-nuclear Iran in her interview Sunday with CNN, saying that the Obama administration’s policy has not changed and still would not accept a nuclear Iran.


  22. Clinton lands in DR Congo with eye on human rights

    By Shaun Tandon (AFP) – 7 hours ago

    LUANDA — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turns her attention to human rights on Monday as she arrived in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo on the fourth leg of her seven-nation African tour. Clinton, who arrived in Kinshasa from Angola, will stay a little over 24 hours in the vast central African country, where she is due to visit a hospital in the capital Kinshasa, meet university students and dine with Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito.

    During the visit, she will press for action to end mass rapes.

    The United Nations says that nearly 3,500 women have been raped since the beginning of the year in the east of the country as troops mount an offensive against Hutu militants, some of them implicated in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

    On Tuesday, Clinton will head to eastern city of Goma, which is teeming with refugees from the Rwandan genocide, where she will meet survivors of sexual violence and urge action to end the abuse. She will also visit the private hospital Heal Africa, which treats victims of sexual violence.

    Violence against women is an issue particularly close to Clinton’s heart, and she is expected to speak out on the issue of rape, which has been blamed by the UN and non-governmental organisations on rebel forces, local militias and the DR Congo’s regular army.

    Meeting students last week in Kenya, the first stop of her seven-nation tour, Clinton spoke out passionately against the sexual violence in the DR Congo, calling it “unspeakable.” “It is the worst example of man’s inhumanity to women,” Clinton said. She regretted that the vast natural resources in the DR Congo and other African nations had not brought more prosperity. “What are the conflicts about? Well, yes, there are tribal and other reasons why the conflicts are going on, but get below the surface,” she said. “It’s because there are mines in eastern Congo that produce the minerals that go into our cell phones and our other electronics. There is a lot of money being made by a lot of people, but it sure isn’t helping the people of the DRC,” she said.

    Clinton will hold another open forum with students on Monday in Kinshasa and meet senior officials. On Tuesday, she will hold talks in Goma with President Laurent Kabila, aides said.

    Authorities say that both sides are to blame for the soaring sexual abuse in the DR Congo.

    Congolese and Rwandan forces have been fighting to flush out the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), who include Hutu extremists and have operated out of the DR Congo since the aftermath of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. The fighting is the latest bloody chapter in the history of the former Zaire, where some 2.5 million people died between 1998 and 2001 in a conflict sometimes dubbed Africa’s first world war.

    Clinton, however, has tried also to highlight positive developments in Africa throughout her tour, her first of the continent as secretary of state. In Angola, she pressed Dos Santos — who has ruled virtually since independence in 1975 — to hold presidential elections but also said she believed the country was gradually moving in the right direction.

    Earlier, she criss-crossed South Africa where she sought a broader relationship with the continent’s largest economy on a range of regional and international issues.


  23. How the White House’s Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy

    By Robert Reich|Aug 9, 2009

    I’m a strong supporter of universal health insurance, and a fan of the Obama administration. But I’m appalled by the deal the White House has made with the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying arm to buy their support.

    Last week, after being reported in the Los Angeles Times, the White House confirmed it has promised Big Pharma that any healthcare legislation will bar the government from using its huge purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices. That’s basically the same deal George W. Bush struck in getting the Medicare drug benefit, and it’s proven a bonanza for the drug industry. A continuation will be an even larger bonanza, given all the Boomers who will be enrolling in Medicare over the next decade. And it will be a gold mine if the deal extends to Medicaid, which will be expanded under most versions of the healthcare bills now emerging from Congress, and to any public option that might be included. (We don’t know how far the deal extends beyond Medicare because its details haven’t been made public.)

    Let me remind you: Any bonanza for the drug industry means higher health-care costs for the rest of us, which is one reason why critics of the emerging healthcare plans, including the Congressional Budget Office, are so worried about their failure to adequately stem future healthcare costs. To be sure, as part of its deal with the White House, Big Pharma apparently has promised to cut future drug costs by $80 billion. But neither the industry nor the White House nor any congressional committee has announced exactly where the $80 billion in savings will show up nor how this portion of the deal will be enforced. In any event, you can bet that the bonanza Big Pharma will reap far exceeds $80 billion. Otherwise, why would it have agreed?

    In return, Big Pharma isn’t just supporting universal health care. It’s also spending a lots of money on TV and radio advertising in support. Sunday’s New York Times reports that Big Pharma has budgeted $150 million for TV ads promoting universal health insurance, starting this August (that’s more money than John McCain spent on TV advertising in last year’s presidential campaign), after having already spent a bundle through advocacy groups like Healthy Economies Now and Families USA.

    I want universal health insurance. And having had a front-row seat in 1994 when Big Pharma and the rest of the health-industry complex went to battle against it, I can tell you first hand how big and effective the onslaught can be. So I appreciate Big Pharma’s support this time around, and I like it that the industry is doing the reverse of what it did last time, and airing ads to persuade the public of the rightness of the White House’s effort.

    But I also care about democracy, and the deal between Big Pharma and the White House frankly worries me. It’s bad enough when industry lobbyists extract concessions from members of Congress, which happens all the time. But when an industry gets secret concessions out of the White House in return for a promise to lend the industry’s support to a key piece of legislation, we’re in big trouble. That’s called extortion: An industry is using its capacity to threaten or prevent legislation as a means of altering that legislation for its own benefit. And it’s doing so at the highest reaches of our government, in the office of the President.

    When the industry support comes with an industry-sponsored ad campaign in favor of that legislation, the threat to democracy is even greater. Citizens end up paying for advertisements designed to persuade them that the legislation is in their interest. In this case, those payments come in the form of drug prices that will be higher than otherwise, stretching years into the future.

    I don’t want to be puritanical about all this. Politics is a rough game in which means and ends often get mixed and melded. Perhaps the White House deal with Big Pharma is a necessary step to get anything resembling universal health insurance. But if that’s the case, our democracy is in terrible shape. How soon until big industries and their Washington lobbyists have become so politically powerful that secret WhiteHouse-industry deals like this are prerequisites to any important legislation? When will it become standard practice that such deals come with hundreds of millions of dollars of industry-sponsored TV advertising designed to persuade the public that the legislation is in the public’s interest? (Any Democrats and progressives who might be reading this should ask themselves how they’ll feel when a Republican White House cuts such deals to advance its own legislative priorities.)

    We’re on a precarious road — and wherever it leads, it’s not toward democracy.


  24. Hillary for Texas siad:

    You have the Left screaming that he’s a corporatist, and the right screaming that he’s a socialist, and everyone seems very confused. Because he can, at any given moment, support either of those arguments. And people are driving themselves nuts trying to figure out and arguing over what his ideology is.

    But it all makes sense when you step back from the usual ideology arguments, and realize that HE DOESN’T HAVE ONE. His core is utterly empty of anything other than himself. He wears any mask at all, with ease.


    And he admitted that in his books: an empty shirt where people project their own ideas. Early in the campaign his side tried ot make a virtue of this, that he would just pragmatically look for solutions without ideological slant.

  25. wbboei Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 4:17 am
    It is strange that he keeps telling us he is president. Its almost like he isnt sure we believe him.

    Yes, indeed it is strange. Annoying even. Like we aren’t reminded every time we turn on our radio or walk past a newsstand.

    He has a massive insecurity complex. He’s like Pinocchio, pinching himself, “I can’t believe I’m a real (boy) President” now.

    And I really get tired of hearing NPR start most of their stories with his title and full name (sans middle name): “President Barack Obama today said…”

    Did we get this with Bush: “President George W. Bush said today ….”

    Or Clinton? “President William Clinton is visiting….”

    No, just “President Bush”, or “Mr. Bush” when referring to them in the same story.

    It’s like they simple just love saying, “President … Barack…Obama”.

  26. He keeps telling us he is president because he is a bully, plain and simple. He is president so he can impose martial law, take away freedoms, and shove bankruptcy and faulty legislation down America’s throat.

  27. I don’t see bambi losing this one….he got the stimulus through and this has even greater implications for his presidency. His goal is to make Bill/Hillary look like a failure and he has the votes.

  28. Big Pharma is doing the same thing that the banks and mortgage brokers did. Screw serving an actual, sane, productive purpose in society, and yes. making MONEY from it. That’s fine. I have never had a problem with banks or drug companies making as handsome a profit as they wished, so long as they were providing a service to society – whether raising capital for productive business ventures, or developing life-saving drugs.

    But just as the banks threw any concern for fiscal soundness or real investing out the window to go chasing after huge bonuses and “grab as much as you can before they get wise to the Ponzi scheme”, so too Big Pharma is gutting research, forgetting their productive purpose, and doing whatever it takes to drive the stocks and paper profits up. It is no longer about making helpful drugs and profiting from those discoveries (which I am all for). It is something altogether different now.

    When industries become monopolistic, corrupt, tied to govt, and unconcerned with PRODUCING anything of value, then that’s not capitalism and that’s not competition. It is a cannibalizing of the markets and of the treasury. If someone wants to get STINKING RICH providing something of value to society, then I say go for it – and more power to ya. But this is not what is happening.

  29. jbstonesfan Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    I don’t see bambi losing this one….he got the stimulus through and this has even greater implications for his presidency. His goal is to make Bill/Hillary look like a failure and he has the votes.


    But that only works if his healthcare fiasco actually succeeds in making things better. Given the opposition, fudging of details, hidden handshakes, it could be one more nail in his coffin. Which could also mean that Bill and Hillary end up on top.

  30. As Sinatra would have said:

    Obama’s much too much, and just too “very, very”
    To ever be in Webster’s Dictionary.
    And so I’m borrowing a love song from the birds
    To tell you that he’s marvelous – too marvelous for words.
    9. Racism: to paraphrase H.L. Menken, false claims of racism are “the last bastion of scoundrels”. As Pamela Geller of American Thinker points out Obama’s speech at the NAACP was racial demagoguery. His antagonist in the speech was the big white bogeyman stealing the very lives of and future of black children, Muslims, Latinos etc. (snip). Does Obama expect us to believe that the achievement gap is due to white racism? Most of us know the real reason is because the left seized control of public education and destroyed it. It is worth noting that some of the staunchest critics of Obama are black. For example, when he falsely blamed a white cop who specialized in non discrimination of racially profiling an Obama amigo— Professor “Skip” Gates, it was a black cop who called the game on Obama. And, black intellectual Shelby Steele identified the real culprit in that incident as Obama himself, for soliciting the question from reporter Lynne Sweet and making it into yet another “teaching moment”. He compared Obama to the figure portrayed by Peter Sellers who was forever trying to restrain his right arm from doing a mechanical salute to Hitler, or in this case Reverend Wright.

  31. Arrrgh. I could stay and rail about this all day, but the 2 1/2 year old grandbaby has been dancing around me for 30 minutes:

    Neena, I wanna go swimmin’! Neeeeenaaaa! I wan’ go pooool, Neena!

    It’s 101 here today. I guess it’s off to the neighborhood pool with the antsy grumpy little girl. Catch you guys later.

  32. jbstonesfan Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    I don’t see bambi losing this one….he got the stimulus through and this has even greater implications for his presidency. His goal is to make Bill/Hillary look like a failure and he has the votes.
    A failure? If that is what hes thinking he is delusional. Politically speaking, if this bill has no public option, and it is shown for what it is namely a sweetheart deal for insurance companies and health costs continue to rise and nobody is happy, then he is screwed. In time, the heaDLINE HE WANTTS NOWWILL BE TORN TO SHREDS.

  33. sorry for the capitals my firefox program is not scrolling down and I cannot see what I am writing below the bottom of the box.

  34. wbboei Says:

    August 9th, 2009 at 7:04 pm
    What I see in Hillary is not a leftist but someone who will protect the American People against the predations of big business. We saw this in her speech about re-examining treaties to make sure they were good for american workers, her skeptisim about hedge fund investment in the united states, her determination to protect social security, her commitment to universal health care, her misgivings about nuclear power. I do not think there is anything left or right about any of that. I just think it is in the interests of the people of this country.
    That is exactly where I’m coming from. Thank you

  35. admin Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    What a fool this congressman is. He came there ready to fight and just assumed this ‘guy’ was a plant. He ends up being a Doctor and congressman Scott the village idiot.

  36. One can only imagine the horror of what went on in that apartment. The Jewish victim survived the holocaust only to fall victim to this century’s nazis.

    Two brothers arrested in murder of Holocaust survivor Felix Brinkmann NY Daily News Hat tip Ken

    Headline should read “Two Muslim brothers arrested in murder of Holocaust survivor Felix Brinkmann”

    Two brothers were busted Friday in the brutal slaying and robbery of a 90-year-old Auschwitz survivor in his East Side apartment.

    Aljulah Cutts, 27, accompanied the accused killer into the home of Felix Brinkmann before the victim was strangled on July 29, law enforcement sources said.

    His brother, Hasib Cutts, 30, waited downstairs in the getaway car, the sources said. The elder brother has a rap sheet with 40 prior arrests, with a mix of charges for criminal possession of stolen property, petty theft and assault.

    Brinkmann’s doorman identified Aljulah Cutts as the man who went upstairs into Brinkmann’s apartment with Angela Murray, the sources said.

    Murray, 30, was charged with murder and robbery for killing Brinkmann in his fourth-floor apartment. She and a man were later captured on videotape using one of the victim’s credit cards, police said.

    Police said Brinkmann was bound, beaten and choked after he refused to surrender the combinations to a pair of safes in his apartment.

    The killers lugged one of the safes downstairs. Brinkmann’s car was also stolen and recovered later in the Bronx.

  37. gonzotx Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 1:40 pm


    Oh my god! This just brought tears to my eyes. I think the death penalty is too good for these monsters. I am so angry right now I could scream.

    My heart, thoughts and prayers, go out to Mr. Brinkmann’s family and friends.

  38. From Bitterpolitiz…Thugs for obamacare


    is an oblahgroup supporting oblahscare

    from their *lips*:

    What is Health Care for America Now (HCAN)?

    Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care we all can count on in 2009. Our organization and principles are supported by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and more than 190 Members of Congress.

    We are building a national movement to win comprehensive health care reform by helping mobilize people in their communities to lobby their U.S. Senators and Representatives in Congress to stand up to the insurance companies and other special interest groups to achieve quality, affordable health care in 2009.

  39. Also found this @ Bitterpolitiz

    this is what is going on here in MA, Reps relying on Barack admin to make arrangements for folks to meet with their congressionals:

    Want to attend a personal meeting with North Shore Rep John Tierney or a staffer? You have to get past the Obama Administration!

    Here:s the link to apply – my.barackobama.com/page/content/officevisit?office=2776&source=20090809

    But folks here in my liberal, so-called progressive region are fighting back with:
    Call Tierney’s office to complain at 202-225-8020.

    there’s going to be a demonstration in front of his office on the north shore this thursday.

  40. jbstonesfan Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    I don’t see bambi losing this one….he got the stimulus through and this has even greater implications for his presidency. His goal is to make Bill/Hillary look like a failure and he has the votes.

    Obama has a record of pyrrhic victories.

    The stimulus turned out to not stimulate (the larger populace), but was a vote-purchasing attempt (and even that may not work out).

    Efforts to take control of the GM and Chysler bankruptcies, to shore up the American auto industry, have resulted in new complexities and putting the government in the car business…and yet what good has come of it?

    Now it’s health care, and the president doesn’t even care what’s in the bill, just as long as it’s “soon”. The White House punted to Congress, where lobbyists will write some bad mish-mash bill.

    If you want to call this a victory, then maybe you are right; the media is almost certainly going to try to paint it as “yet another victory for this historical president”. But after the celebrating ends, and the real impacts are felt of a poorly conceived plan that won’t fix things and may make certain aspects worse, Big Media will eventually be writing, “What Went Wrong: How Obamacare Made Things Worse”.

  41. Now this is fishy
    Check this out

    This guy is truly a street organizer and he never stops is this is true. Are they really recruiting Obamacare employees for the street just like Acorn.

    Log in Sign Up Let’s Talk Astroturf

    Posted by Caleb Howe (Profile)

    Sunday, August 9th at 4:45PM EDT

    So I received an email/comment this morning about a craigslist ad soliciting health care activism for money. “Activism for money,” I thought!! Was this it at last? The missing link Democrats have been searching for? Obamacare opponents turning up at town halls really are a mob?

    We really are nothing but a slew of paid hacks drummed up by the promise of easy cash by cynical Obamacare opponents to create an artificial appearance of opposition?!?

    Ummmm, no. (click for full size)


  42. ‘If only it was so rosey of a HCP, I doubt American’s would be revolting. Notice nothing about insuring the illegals, restricting options, and everyones fav, your 5 year conversation about “end of life experience”. Or sooner, if you are Dx with a terminal disease. Better to end it all “gracefully”, then to bother with those expensive treatments, especially if your over 50. Now the devil is in the details, and just because Dr.’s will have financial incentive to discuss this with you, don’t let that bother you. Less choices, Gov able to access your personal health files (HIPPA, well it was a pain in the as* anyway!), the older you get, the less treatment will be available. Then there may be a fat tax. Love that one. Maybe they then can force the food industry to take all those chemicals ceasing our satiation centers, growth hormones and estrogen imitators out of our products which have added to this weight problem, CHOICE (a dirty word ). And it’s all FREE! Free health care paid for by the millionaires!

    UN-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate

    By Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer
    Posted at 12:15 AM/ET, August 10, 2009

    Americans have been waiting for nearly a century for quality, affordable health care.

    Health coverage for all was on the national agenda as early as 1912, thanks to Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose presidential run. Months after World War II came to an end in 1945, President Harry Truman called on Congress to guarantee all Americans the “right to adequate medical care and protection from the economic fears of sickness.” From President Lyndon Johnson to President Bill Clinton, to President Obama’s winning campaign on the promise of reform, there hasn’t been a more debated domestic issue than the promise of affordable health care for all.

    We believe it is healthy for such a historic effort to be subject to so much scrutiny and debate. The failure of past attempts is a reminder that health insurance reform is a defining moment in our nation’s history — it is well worth the time it takes to get it right. We are confident that we will get this right.

    Already, three House committees have passed this critical legislation and over August, the two of us will work closely with those three committees to produce one strong piece of legislation that the House will approve in September.

    In the meantime, as members of Congress spend time at home during August, they are talking with their constituents about reform. The dialogue between elected representatives and constituents is at the heart of our democracy and plays an integral role in assuring that the legislation we write reflects the genuine needs and concerns of the people we represent.

    However, it is now evident that an ugly campaign is underway not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue. These tactics have included hanging in effigy one Democratic member of Congress in Maryland and protesters holding a sign displaying a tombstone with the name of another congressman in Texas, where protesters also shouted “Just say no!” drowning out those who wanted to hold a substantive discussion.

    Let the facts be heard let me be clear

    These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.

    Health care is complex. It touches every American life. It drives our economy. People must be allowed to learn the facts.

    The first fact is that health insurance reform will mean more patient choice. It will allow every American who likes his or her current plan to keep it. And it will free doctors and patients to make the health decisions that make the most sense, not the most profits for insurance companies.

    Reform will mean stability and peace of mind for the middle class. Never again will medical bills drive Americans into bankruptcy; never again will Americans be in danger of losing coverage if they lose their jobs or if they become sick; never again will insurance companies be allowed to deny patients coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

    Lower costs, better care

    Reform will mean affordable coverage for all Americans. Our plan’s cost-lowering measures include a public health insurance option to bring competitive pressure to bear on rapidly consolidating private insurers, research on health outcomes to better inform the decisions of patients and doctors, and electronic medical records to help doctors save money by working together. For seniors, the plan closes the notorious Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” that denies drug coverage to those with between $2,700 and $6,100 per year in prescriptions.

    Reform will also mean higher-quality care by promoting preventive care so health problems can be addressed before they become crises. This, too, will save money. We’ll be a much healthier country if all patients can receive regular checkups and tests, such as mammograms and diabetes exams, without paying a dime out-of-pocket.

    This month, despite the disruptions, members of Congress will listen to their constituents back home and explain reform legislation. We are confident that our principles of affordable, quality health care will stand up to any and all critics.

    Now — with Americans strongly supporting health insurance reform, with Congress reaching consensus on a plan, and with a president who ran and won on this specific promise of change — America is closer than ever to this century-deferred goal.

    This fall, at long last, we must reach it.

    Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is speaker of the House and Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is House majority leader.

  43. Just horrible Gontox and JanH!!!! This man made a successful life for himself after surviving the Nazis nd these bastards killed him..I am sure MSM will never report their nationalities…horrible .

  44. Men behaving badly aren’t funny anymore: The quick demise of the Washington Post’s silly “Mouthpiece Theater” shows there’s less tolerance for media sexism

    By Frances Kissling

    Aug. 10, 2009 |

    The curtain went down this past week on “Mouthpiece Theater,” a tacky experiment in political parody that made its video debut on the Washington Post Web site early this summer. The immediate lesson was perhaps, as one colleague put it, that it is not easy to turn grey ladies into colorful and funny young men.

    In an attempt to out trope the “Saturday Night Live” send-up of Masterpiece Theatre, the Post turned loose two popular political reporters, Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza. The two sat side by side in sleazy smoking jackets and had at us. As you might expect, about half the material focused on schoolboy preoccupations with sex. A White House luau provided the opportunity to put Nancy Pelosi in a coconut shell bikini top; it was suggested that Harry Reid needs to have an affair; Arlen Specter’s sex appeal was dissected and Mark Sanford and John Ensign were pilloried. It was all too stupid for words.

    The fact that neither man nor the Washington Post were embarrassed by such silliness is a sign of the desperation newspapers feel as they fail to compete with or understand new media and the “Hardball” or “Morning Joe” mentality of cable TV.

    Things came to an end for the two Posties when they decided to ride the “beer summit” wagon with far less grace than the chubby Clydesdales in the old Anheuser Busch commercials. Playing on the beer brands chosen by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Sgt. James Crowley and the president when they met July 30, they suggested beers for other political figures. “Bitter Woman From Hell” is assigned to former GOP Rep. Chip Pickering, whose wife Leisha is suing him for divorce and has filed an alienation of affection suit against a woman with whom the representative had an affair. The Pickerings have five children. Louisiana Republican David Vitter gets a mug of “Happy Ending”; his name was found in the D.C. madam’s phone book. Sarah Palin chug-a-lugs “Arctic Devil.”

    Hillary Clinton, of course, gets the worst treatment. While not mentioning her by name, her photo flashes on the screen as Milbank says, “And we’re not going to tell you who gets a bottle of ”Mad Bitch.”

    Milbank and Cillizza were criticized almost immediately after the video went up on July 31 by Brian Beutler of Talking Points Memo, and the Post took the video down the same day, providing no information about the reason on the Web site. Post Communications director Kris Coratti e-mailed the following explanation: “The video was a satiric piece that lampooned people of all stripes. There was a section of the video that went too far, so we have removed the piece from our website.”

    Blogging ensued. The Columbia Journalism Review raised the appropriate ethical concerns: Who was minding the store at the Post, how did the piece get vetted in the first place, and are the Post’s standards the same for Web stories and print stories. The Post stonewalled and made no response. The unrepentant duo then videoed a faux apology with Milbank appearing swathed in gauze symbolizing how badly he had been beaten up by the censors. He proceeded to answer questions from Cillizza with nonsense nursery rhymes. Poor boys … not allowed to speak their minds.

    Feminist bloggers then got organized, with Alternet’s Adele Stan taking the lead, bringing together women in media through various listservs, e-mail and Twitter. Woman, Action and the Media (WAM) circulated a letter to Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli, asking for an explanation and disciplinary action against the reporters, citing the video’s “misogyny” and a “general spirit of meanness that is outrageous to find on the Web site of the paper of record for our nation’s capital.” (Disclosure: I am one of the 32 signers of the letter.) Was the letter warranted, or was it a knee-jerk whiny feminist p.c. reaction to nothing more than the usual silly boy humor falling flat? Even some women disagreed: Clara Jeffrey, co-editor of Mother Jones, thought the problem was that the skit wasn’t funny. “Had Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart unleashed a Mad Bitch/Hillary joke it would have come and gone without backlash.” Salon’s King Kaufman agreed that the idiocy of the skit was its real crime.

    Slate’s Jack Shafer came to the defense of the two Post journalists and waved the flag for risk-taking journalism. Canceling the video program tells reporters, “Don’t take chances, don’t push the envelope.” One would think we were talking about publishing classified government documents like the Pentagon Papers rather than taking a toy away from children too immature to use it correctly. A few days earlier Shafer whined — when was the last time you heard the verb whine used for a man? — “Will nobody stand up for Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza’s asinine horseplay?” He added, “Has it come to the point that you can’t call the secretary of state of the most powerful nation on earth a mad bitch in a comedy segment without people becoming unhinged?”

    Nobody came “unhinged,” Jack, but the answer is: Many woman, and men, have moved beyond a gentle, tut-tutting reaction to Men Behaving Badly in real life. After all the mean-spirited and sexist slurs directed at Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin during the 2008 elections, women and gentlemen are no longer going to silently allow pot shots at women to go unchallenged. When Chris Matthews claimed Hillary would never have gotten to the Senate had her husband not “messed around,” and his fellow MSNBC commentator David Shuster characterized Chelsea Clinton’s poised and intelligent campaign appearances as being “pimped out” by her parents, both had to apologize.

    Of course, both men and women in the media can be unnecessarily nasty. Perhaps my Catholic school experiences influence me, but men seem to find taunting powerful women particularly enjoyable. Male journalists are starting to realize they need to develop a sense of the distinction between legitimate criticism of a woman’s work, and sexually charged schoolyard tantrums. Many are beginning to realize they must forgo the fun of calling the secretary of state, arguably the most powerful woman in the world, a “Mad Bitch” if they want positions of influence in the world of ideas.

    At the week’s end, Milbank and Cillizza took off for much needed vacations. A seemingly kinder, chastened Cillizza conveyed his apologies in an Aug. 6 Fix column. He admitted that “name calling is never the stuff of good comedy.” He noted that to err is human and to forgive divine. It was a very nice piece, and I for one am going to take him at his word. While on vacation, however, a daily spoonful of castor oil might be an appropriate cleanser, chased down of course by a good beer.



    To-do lists for everyone, except himself. Obama has:
    a) Congress writing and debating bills
    b) congressman going to town halls to explain “the health care bill” when it isn’t even written or proposed
    c) citizens running around trying to “bring change”, and support “the health care bill when it isn’t even written or proposed.

    They try keep the bots in line with these “fire drills”. Under the guise of “getting people involved”, these emails are obviously meant to keep in touch with the bots, many who got involved in retail politics for the first time in 2008.

    So here’s the BOT-mail, from Dear Leader himself (even the web site name is a tip off to the narcissistic nature of this “movement”, this cult of personality):


    Today, President Obama sent out a message to supporters asking them to get involved in the fight for health insurance reform this month:

    This is the moment our movement was built for.

    For one month, the fight for health insurance reform leaves the backrooms of Washington, D.C., and returns to communities across America. Throughout August, members of Congress are back home, where the hands they shake and the voices they hear will not belong to lobbyists, but to people like you.

    Home is where we’re strongest. We didn’t win last year’s election together at a committee hearing in D.C. We won it on the doorsteps and the phone lines, at the softball games and the town meetings, and in every part of this great country where people gather to talk about what matters most. And if you’re willing to step up once again, that’s exactly where we’re going to win this historic campaign for the guaranteed, affordable health insurance that every American deserves.

    There are those who profit from the status quo, or see this debate as a political game, and they will stop at nothing to block reform. They are filling the airwaves and the internet with outrageous falsehoods to scare people into opposing change. And some people, not surprisingly, are getting pretty nervous. So we’ve got to get out there, fight lies with truth, and set the record straight.

    That’s why Organizing for America is putting together thousands of events this month where you can reach out to neighbors, show your support, and make certain your members of Congress know that you’re counting on them to act.

    But these canvasses, town halls, and gatherings only make a difference if you turn up to knock on doors, share your views, and show your support. So here’s what I need from you:

    Can you commit to join at least one event in your community this month?

    In politics, there’s a rule that says when you ask people to get involved, always tell them it’ll be easy. Well, let’s be honest here: Passing comprehensive health insurance reform will not be easy. Every President since Harry Truman has talked about it, and the most powerful and experienced lobbyists in Washington stand in the way.

    But every day we don’t act, Americans watch their premiums rise three times faster than wages, small businesses and families are pushed towards bankruptcy, and 14,000 people lose their coverage entirely. The cost of inaction is simply too much for the people of this nation to bear.

    So yes, fixing this crisis will not be easy. Our opponents will attack us every day for daring to try. It will require time, and hard work, and there will be days when we don’t know if we have anything more to give. But there comes a moment when we all have to choose between doing what’s easy, and doing what’s right.

    This is one of those times. And moments like this are what this movement was built for. So, are you ready?

    Please commit now to taking at least one action in your community this month to build support for health insurance reform:

    h t t p : / / my.barackobama.com/CommitAugust

    Let’s seize this moment and win this historic victory for our economy, our health and our families.

    Thank you,

    President Barack Obama

    To the bots that want to do all the lifting for the laziest president since George W.: Good luck. And do you even understand what “health reform bill” you are supporting?

  46. I wonder if the bots knew that when they signed up for bambi’s crime spree that they would be indentured servants for life?

  47. Poll: Americans Fear Govt-Run Health Care More Than Insurance Companies

    by Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews.com Editor
    August 10, 2009

    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The problems with the Congressional health care bills have become so pervasive that Americans have gotten to the point that they don’t believe the federal government can be trusted on the issue. A new Rasmussen poll released today shows 51 percent of Americans now fear the federal government more than private insurance companies.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% hold the opposite view and fear the insurance companies more.

    Seven percent are unsure which they fear the most.

    Among those who have health insurance, 53% fear the government more than insurance companies while 39% take the opposite view. Those without insurance fear the insurance companies more.

    Adults under 30 fear the insurance companies more while those in their 40s are evenly divided. However, a solid majority of those over 40 fear the government more.

    That result trends with other polls and surveys showing older Americans becoming increasingly more skeptical of the federal government as fears mount that the current health care “reform” plans will result in rationing or encouraging euthanasia.

    “These findings help explain fears by some of a government ‘takeover’ of health care under the reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats,” pollster Scott Rasmussen wrote in his analysis.

    Not surprisingly, there is a huge partisan divide on this question.

    Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Democrats fear private insurance companies more than government while 82% of Republicans hold the opposite view. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 53% fear government more.
    Most of those who attend church at least once a month fear the government more. Those who rarely or never attend church or religious services fear private insurance companies more.

    As Congress has debated potential reforms, confidence in U.S. health care system has increased. Just 19% of Americans now rate the overall system as poor while 48% say it’s good or excellent.

    Voters are fairly evenly divided in their views of the protesters at town hall meetings, but 49% believe they are genuinely expressing the views of their neighbors. Thirty-seven percent (37%) believe the protests are phony.


  48. Obama’s first two hundred days:

    O receives second half of tarp bill $350 BILLION

    O gets pork filled $410 BILLION Omnibus bill loaded with earmarks

    O gets pork filled $787 BILLION Stimulus bill

    O is now asking for over TRILLION $$ Health Reform legislation (while cutting $500 Billion from medicare)

    O not one new job created and over two MILLION jobs lost since he took office

    O and his Treasury have asked the Congress to raise the country’s debt limit AGAIN (dem congress raised it a number of times already under Bush) The amout O and his treasury will ask the Congress to raise the debt limit is estimated to be somewhere between another ONE to TWO TRILLION MORE DOLLARS


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner formally requested that Congress raise the $12.1 trillion statutory debt limit on Friday, saying that it could be breached as early as mid-October.

    “It is critically important that Congress act before the limit is reached so that citizens and investors here and around the world can remain confident that the United States will always meet its obligations,” Geithner said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that was obtained by Reuters.

    Treasury officials earlier this week said that the debt limit, last raised in February when the $787 billion economic stimulus legislation was passed, would be hit sometime in the October-December quarter. Geithner’s letter said the breach could be two weeks into that period, just as the 2010 fiscal year is getting underway.

    The latest request comes as the Treasury is ramping up borrowing to unprecedented levels to fund stimulus and financial bailout programs and cope with a deep recession that has devastated tax revenues.

    It is expected to issue net new debt of as much as $2 trillion in the 2009 fiscal year ended September 30 and up to $1.6 trillion in the 2010 fiscal year, according to bond dealer forecasts


    all in a few months…

    …really makes you wonder ‘just where is all this money going?’

    and what are we getting for it? jobs, no, two million more lost jobs

    no wonder people are in the streets screaming…

  49. Taleneted leaders needed to work for healthcare reform 11-16.00 per hour

    Our government thugs are at it again

    Ummmm, no. (click for full size)


  50. Lost in translation, question ‘struck a nerve’ with Clinton
    Posted: August 10th, 2009 07:11 PM ET

    From CNN’s Steve Brusk and Paul Courson

    (CNN) – The question may have been lost in translation, but a visibly angry Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bluntly told a town hall meeting in Congo on Monday: “I will you tell you my opinion, I’m not going to channel my husband.”

    The tense moment happened as Clinton spoke to students at a Congolese university in Kinshasa. A male student rose to ask a question about Chinese financial contracts in his country. The student asked Clinton what President Obama would think of the deal, but pool reporters in the room said the translator made a mistake and asked what Bill Clinton would think.

    Clinton looked surprised when she first heard the translation in her headset, and then sharply replied, “You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not the Secretary of State, I am. You ask my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I’m not going to channel my husband.”

    At the State Department, Assistant Secretary P.J. Crowley said the question she heard “struck a nerve” — that her opinion on the matter was apparently of less interest than that of her husband, the former president.

    Crowley told CNN her answer must be considered in the context of her African trip.

    “The Secretary of State is going to Goma Tuesday, to draw attention to the plight of women who are victims of rape as a weapon of war” in Congo, he said. “She did react to what she heard,” Crowley explained. Even if the interpreter mixed up the translation, he said, “you can’t separate the question from the setting.”

    “If Africa, if Congo is going to advance, women have to play a more significant role,” Crowley said. “She was in the setting of a town hall, and the questioner was interested in what two men thought, not the Secretary of State.”

    Crowley, who has just returned to Washington after traveling with Secretary Clinton during the first part of her trip to Africa, said the State Department has not yet reviewed recordings of the original question in French to learn whether the student clearly intended the question to refer to President Obama, not former President Clinton.

    “She did talk with the student afterward, and they seemed to have reached an understanding,” Crowley said.

    Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • President Obama

  51. jbstonesfan, At least the CNN article on this is better than the AP one by our unfavorite “journalist,” Matthew Lee.

  52. Another diversion for Obama imo…Hillary looked tired and usually I think she would have made a joke of it…..

  53. FYI, about that tacky joke in the article about Bill’s trip (on the last thread): Not to defend the White House here, but it’s usually good to be wary of anonymous quotes from “insiders.” I seriously doubt the source of that quote works in the administration. Besides, the writer of the piece refers to Clinton as Slick Willie (talk about an outdated, hackneyed phrase), so there’s no surprise the effort is made to toss a quote like that in.

  54. The latest from “Are You My Daddy?” Edwards (and the sex tape):


    In an interview on Entertainment Tonight, the sister of John Edwards’ former mistress says the former presidential candidate is the father of her niece.

    Said Roxanne Druck: “I personally have not seen any results for the DNA test, but I can tell you 100 percent John Edwards is the father of my sister’s child.”

    As for whether or not the two are in contact, Druck said, “They definitely communicate. They have a daughter. They definitely communicate.”

  55. Either the student, the translator, or the hosts need to offer a huge, honest, and sincere apology to Hillary Clinton.

  56. Look, I don’t care about the details at this point. I am one of the selfish ones. I have a pre-existing condition – HIV – and my COBRA runs out in Sep 2010. If I can’t buy a health insurance policy at that time from someone somewhere, I will begin a slow decline because I alone cannot afford the $1600/month drug bill.

    I served my country for four years in the Air Force, have always paid taxes, worked hard, and have not broken laws. I vote and contribute. Now I have started a small, successful business, and nobody with sell me insurance. As a consequence of living in and contributing to the richest country in the history of the planet, I should expect basic healthcare and compassion as a right of citizenship. Instead, the fat cats are getting fatter wile the rest of us swing in the wind. It is TIME FOR A REVOLUTION.

  57. JanH, And if you listen to how the translation was presented to her, you can see why she felt insulted. It seems clear to me the translator screwed up royally.


    This is a really great video contrasting Obama’s campaign “transparency” rhetoric with his secret deal-cutting:


  59. Re: admin’s link to the Frank Rich article:

    In this maze of powerful moneyed interests, it’s not clear who any American in either party should or could root for.

    LMAO! Well, darlin’, we could have told you that 2 years ago. Hmmm….. so that whole PUMA (party unity my ass) thing is not looking so crazy after all, now is it, Frankie-boy?

    Lord have mercy, these uber-educated Beltway snots are the most ignorant and uninformed people on the planet. They’d buy a lame horse with worn-down teeth from traveling midnight auction, then go write a 3 page editorial about how it was f*cking Secretariat.

    And they call US stupid?

  60. HillaryForTexas, we’ll feature that video in our upcoming article on Obama’s deals. As to Frank Rich, there is no doubt that he knows Obama is who we have said all along he is. Frank Rich is looking for a way to soften the blow to his readers that we have been and are right and he has been utterly wrong.

  61. rickroberts Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Are you eligible for VA benefits?

  62. admin, I am literally laughing as I watch that video (HFT linked). I am tempted to steal it but this time, I will wait for your article first.

  63. rickroberts Says:

    August 10th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    If you are near Austin Tv just go to the David Powell Clinic and tell them you are unemployed and you will get treated free

  64. Don’t know what happened to the comment but Rick- if you are near Austin Tx go to the David Powell clinic and tell them you are unemployed and you will be treated.

  65. That is the BEST video hands down that i have seen. Please tell me this is going to be on TV. Please send it VIRAL

  66. infowars.com/oba… This video, entitled Obama JOKER $1000 Video Contest was copied off of TheAlexJonesChannel shortly before it was censored on claims of racism. Get this version



    infowars.com/oba… This video, entitled Obama JOKER $1000 Video Contest was copied off of TheAlexJonesChannel shortly before it was censored on claims of racism. Get this version


  68. As to Frank Rich, there is no doubt that he knows Obama is who we have said all along he is. Frank Rich is looking for a way to soften the blow to his readers that we have been and are right and he has been utterly wrong.
    Question: did rich know from the beginning that the guy was a fraud or did he discover it some where along the way and if so how. Put differently, what did he know and when did he know it. If he knew it at that point, then you can safely assume the rest of nyt did. My guess is it is a fairly recent development, and it occurred right about th etime Briijs shiwed sugns fi hiouyim withdrwaal

  69. This is terribly sad and evil. These people are being told ” to stand up to the insurance companies and other special interest groups” — which would be a good thing which everyone wants.

    But they are being misdirected to do it by supporting Obama’s bill! This is false, evil deception. Obama knows his bill is just the opposite.

    I hope some of the groups they are targeting will be better informed and debunk some of this.


    gonzotx Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    From Bitterpolitiz…Thugs for obamacare


    is an oblahgroup supporting oblahscare

    from their *lips*:

    What is Health Care for America Now (HCAN)?

    Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care we all can count on in 2009. Our organization and principles are supported by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and more than 190 Members of Congress.

    We are building a national movement to win comprehensive health care reform by helping mobilize people in their communities to lobby their U.S. Senators and Representatives in Congress to stand up to the insurance companies and other special interest groups to achieve quality, affordable health care in 2009.


  70. I think the SEIU attack on Gladney killed the Employee Free Choice Act which the unions were pushing for. That bill is now D.O.A.

  71. jbstonesfan @ 8:42 PM: They are running the above headline on most MSM media outlets trying to make Hillary look bad imo.
    Agreed. However have been amazed to note that CBS did report the translation error of confusing Obama with Bill Clinton (extremely humorous in my opinion) and offered the conclusion that it all ended well. CBS played this coverage at 6:30 last night, and also today on their early morning ‘Up To The Minute’ broadcast.

    My, how the times are a-changing.

  72. I think any media representative trying to make Hillary look bad in this situation is going to have a hard time explaining why he/she/they think this kind of sexism is okay. Especially given what is going on in that country.

    CNN’s Crowley and CBS seem to be playing fair this time.

  73. Clinton to Meet with Victims of Sexual Violence

    By Scott Stearns
    11 August 2009

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Congo’s eastern Kivu region, Tuesday, to meet with victims of sexual violence.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says continuing sexual and gender-based violence in Kivu is “truly one of mankind’s greatest atrocities.” “The entire society needs to be speaking out against this,” Clinton said. “It should be a mark of shame that this happens anywhere in any country.”

    Aid workers estimate that as many as 400 women are raped every month in Eastern Congo – a region that has seen two wars and a variety of militia since the end of the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda.

    That has led to hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displace people in camps across the region who are victimized by both ethnic Hutu and Hunde rebels, as well as members of Congo’s national army.

    “We have to speak out against the impunity of those in positions of authority who either commit these crimes or condone them,” she said.

    The United Nations called on Congolese President Joseph Kabila to prosecute soldiers guilty of rape, by starting with five members of the military who it says there is solid evidence against. Three of those soldiers are being prosecuted. The two others are under arrest.

    Clinton visits with victims of sexual violence at the Mugunga camp, which is home to more than 18,000 displaced Congolese. She says she will announce new programs to help victims of violence, but stresses that it is more important to prevent that violence as cross-border militia often operate with impunity.

    “We have to keep the pressure on the government. And, we have to keep the pressure on the governments of neighboring countries – Uganda, Rwanda – so that altogether we can end this scourge of violence,” added Clinton.

    The United Nations estimates that there have been at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence in Eastern Congo since 1996. The U.N. Refugee Agency says only by raising awareness, sensitizing communities and bringing an end to impunity will the girls and women of Eastern Congo feel safe again.


  74. Having Obama’s Union Thugs thwarted and neutralized by red blooded Americans unafraid to speak Truth to Power. Obama is moving laterally enlisting Faith Based Groups to carry his HC banner. Here we go again.

    Faith Groups to Help Obama on Health Care

    h… w…. cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/08/10/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5230474.shtml

    Having let his push for comprehensive health care refom become bogged down by confusion over the details of his plan, President Obama this month is turning to the religious community to rally support for the fundamental idea of expanding health care accessibility.

    As part of a major new initiative from the faith community, Mr. Obama on Aug. 19 will participate in a call-in and audio Webcast with at least 25 faith leaders — from evangelical Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other religious traditions — to aggressively encourage their congregations to support health care reform.

    “Every so often there is an issue that is so clear and compelling, or so alarming and disconcerting, that it really does galvanize the faith community,” said Reverend Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, one of the groups sponsoring the new initiative. “Inclusive, accessible, affordable health care for all of God’s children is for us a moral issue.”

    As the health care debate turns more hostile, dozens of religious organizations are joining in an effort to emphasize the moral argument for reform. Their 40-day campaign kicks off today with the launch of an advertisement on national cable networks featuring local evangelical, Catholic, and mainline pastors and people of faith with the message that “millions of people of faith are supporting health care reform.”

    On Tuesday, faith leaders will hold 50 prayer vigils and rallies in 45 cities in 18 strategically chosen states to communicate to members of Congress that health care reform is a priority for the religious community. More than 14,000 people are expected to participate, organizers said in a conference call today.

    Additionally, various congregations have committed to generating 55,000 phone calls and e-mails on the issue to their congressmen over the next 45 days, and faith leaders will converge in Washington on Sept. 15 to directly lobby Congress.

    Along with Sojourners, the “40 Days for Health Reform” campaign is being sponsored by the groups PICO National Network, Faith in Public Life, Faithful America and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

    “The concept of universal, accessible health care resonates deeply with our common values,” said Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. “We see the people who’ve lost their jobs and health insurance… the people who are left out of what is one of the most remarkable health care systems in the world. They are included in the people we see every Sabbath.”

    “We cannot sit idly by while we have a system that just doesn’t work for everyone,” he added.

    The sites of Tuesday’s rallies are listed on the campaign’s Web site and include cities in Florida, Colorado, Missouri and Louisiana. The event organizers said they are targeting areas with moderate Democrats and areas where religion is of special significance.

    “One of the reasons Colorado is a key state is Senators Bennet and Udall are both new to the Senate,” said Karen Timmons, a PICO lay leader from the Montview Presbyterian Church in Denver. “They are supportive of health care reform in general but still have expressed some hesitation, and we want to drive the message home that people here, in Colorado particularly, in the faith community are strongly supportive of health care reform.”

    The campaign, however, is not intended to be partisan.

    “The people who are falling through the cracks are as likely to be Republican as they are Democrat,” Saperstein said. “We come to this precisely because it is a human rights issue that supercedes any ideology.”

    Wallis railed against the distortions and hostility that have come to dominate much of the health care debate.

    Health care, he said, is “not something we can allow to be demagogued in the street. There are people who want to shut down democracy, and we can’t let that happen.”

    Wallis said it was “really irresponsible to be stoking those kinds of fears” that are prompted by lies about euthanasia in the health reform bill.

    With respect to the explosive issue of abortion, he said both sides of the debate should agree to an “abortion-neutral” health care bill.

    “Abortion shouldn’t be paid for by public funds,” he said, adding that, “It can’t be prohibited by private insurance because it’s legal.”

    “We can help shape a bill where abortion doesn’t become an issue that scuttles health reform,” Wallis said.

    The details of any reform effort will be left up to policymakers, Wallis said, but the bottom line for the religious community is that coverage must be expanded.

    “What’s not acceptable is to end this process and still have 47 million of God’s children uncovered,” he said.

  75. I think any media representative trying to make Hillary look bad in this situation is going to have a hard time explaining why he/she/they think this kind of sexism is okay. Especially given what is going on in that country.

    CNN’s Crowley and CBS seem to be playing fair this time.
    Jan- I have not watched it but one think is clear to me. Crowley is in the same league as modo and is incapable of playing fair. She is a paragidmatic sexist. She is really bad.

  76. I hope they get organized for that New Hampshire meeting, and have some smart doctors or lawyers loaded for bear with questions. Also, they need to be ready to label the town hall meeting a Potemkin Village if he tries to suppress honest dissent or avoids serious questions. The questions should be crisp, and there should be placards outside with those questions on them flashed at the camera. The real tough questions should be rope a dope. It is important that tempers be kept in check, and the questions should expose the fraud for what it is. The audience should cheer when tough questions are asked. If his thugs get out of line, video cameras. We are wise to his methods now.

  77. wbboei,

    I admit to know having watched the CNN segment either. I was just going by what I read in jbstonesfan’s article. I agree that Crowley is more often than not in the same league as modo.

  78. Mrs. Smith Says:

    August 11th, 2009 at 9:38 am


    I besiege my American Jewish friends to not further perpetrate their bad judgement in electing this idiot by continuing to support his policies.

  79. Sorry, computer problems. I do not see cnn changing where Hillary is concerned. Remember, they are the ones who brought in media marketing experts the beginning of the primary to come up with a marketing scheme to undermine her candidacy, to stack panels with Hillary haters and to attach negative terms like polarizing etc to every news story on her. Crowley being a good little nazi was in it up to her eyeballs, and nothing they say or do now can remove the stench of who they are and what they did. They are bad people at CNN, and you can bet your life they will become recidivists when they opportunity presents itself. They lie to the American People. And there is nothing worse thatn that.

  80. Obama to Push Health Care Reform in Town Hall Meetings

    By Anne E. Kornblut
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, August 10, 2009 5:53 PM

    President Barack Obama, moving to counter noisy opposition to his health care overhaul proposal, will hold three public town hall meetings this week as his advisers push back against what they describe as false “scare tactics.”

    Obama is scheduled to appear on Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H. at 1 p.m., at an event expected to draw roughly 1,800 participants. His goal this week, advisers said, is to address the concerns of people who already have health care and to illustrate how those people would benefit from adjustments to the current system.

    Along the way, Obama will address specific health care topics — none of them new, but each important, advisers said. On Tuesday, he will talk about people who are denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. On Friday, he will hold a town hall meeting in Bozeman, Mont., to discuss the plight of people dropped from their health insurance plans because of an illness. And at a third session on Saturday, in Grand Junction, Colo., Obama will raise the subject of high out-of-pocket costs, such as co-payments and deductibles.

    The stepped-up effort by the president comes as the Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America, the latter-day version of his campaign apparatus, are encouraging volunteers to fan out across the country to sway reluctant lawmakers to support the proposals now moving through Congress. Supporters are also being enlisted to show up at public events with members of Congress to counterbalance the sometimes angry outbursts from opponents.

    White House aides hope that by giving voters specific guarantees about how their health insurance coverage will improve they will both shift the debate and beat back some misconceptions — ranging from the idea that Medicare benefits might drop to the allegation, made by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, that the president intended create kind of “death panel” of government bureaucrats who would make life-ending decisions for patients.

    On Monday, the White House launched a new online “Reality Check” featuring administration officials rebutting critics’ claims. “There is a concerted viral whisper campaign from the opponents of health reform,” White House deputy communications director Dan Pfeiffer said. “The PR playbook used to say that you ignored rumors like this, but we learned during the campaign that in this hyperactive media environment that the only solution is to address the rumors head on.” The goal of the week, he said, is to “return the focus to how health insurance reform will benefit American families.”


  81. I had a dream last night that he suspended the elections and we were forced to decide whether to decide whether to launch a revolution. The elites were on his side and turned our country into a police state. I had the needed a flu shot, and had to appear before a death panel to obtain permission. The head of the death panel was bambi desguised at the joke with human blood on his lips, and he told me will weigh your request against the seditious things you have said against my administration on behalf of the American People and give you our decision in four years. But if you slip a thousand dollars into my campaign coffers you can have it in four minutes. Then I woke up.

  82. By Anne E. Kornblut
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, August 10, 2009 5:53 PM
    I look at this idiot and I say to myself despite my pre existing prejudice against euthenasia, I must be broad minded about it and recognize that as with everything else there are exceptions. But before we bring Dr. Kevorkian in may we at least know who in the bambi campaign wrote the above tripe, because we know Kornbutt is too lazy and intellectually dishonest to do her own work, as they say.

  83. Since they are now big on “reality checks” they may want to put some of his campaign promises through the bullshit detector, like the one in which he promised open transparent negotiations on health care, broadcast over C-Span and then cut a secret deal with drug companies which screwed the American People. These people remind me of old Bosheviks or Orwellians who take a good world like reality and twist it into a nightmare of lies, distortions, cooridors that go nowhere, doors to the ceiling, and other Kafkaseque double speak.

  84. I can just imagine how many “plants” and “planted questions” bambi will have in his townhall meetings this week. I’m sure the audience will either be a plant/invitation only. I’m sure his thugs/body guards will be in full force.

    I’m equally sure the media will omit to give the full story.

  85. Clinton demands an end to rampant sexual violence in the Congo.


  86. JanH Says:
    August 11th, 2009

    I besiege my American Jewish friends to not further perpetrate their bad judgement in electing this idiot by continuing to support his policies.


    I know. When I saw BO had enlisted a Rabbi for his 2nd attempt at crushing the oppo.. I said to myself… Wha? The Rabbi should know better by now. Theres good and bad in all.

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