New Dance Craze Sweeps Nation

As summer ends, that fashion maverick, icon to the clueless, Michelle Obama has done it again.

Michelle is now a music trendsetter too!

Michelle Obama has started a new dance craze which is sure to sweep the young ‘uns and the befuddled.

The new dance craze – it’s called “The Scowl”.

Women can do “The Scowl” best when sleeveless or near sleeveless. Wear a huge bow which twirls for takeoffs – attach lights to the bow for extra attention.

Throw yourself on the floor; do a push-up. Keep those biceps threatening. Do “The Scowl”.

Put your hands above your eyes to scan what everyone else is wearing. When you spot someone who is classy, like Hillary Clinton, do “The Scowl”.

Men can do “The Scowl” too. Men – just jut your jaw and brush your shoulders. You’re doing “The Scowl”.

Be as arrogant and selfish and cold and ungrateful and careerist and self-centered as can be. You’re doing “The Scowl”.

The bow-tie, the music, the glamour! Just like Soupy!

(chorus) Hey, do “The Scowl”, yeah.
Hey, you can do it in your house, yeah.

(break) Jut your jaw like Mussolini,
Here comes Barack in a Lamborghini.

(chorus)Hey, do “The Scowl”, yeah.
Hey, you can “Scowl” in a funeral house, yeah.



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127 thoughts on “New Dance Craze Sweeps Nation

  1. confloyd Says:
    August 29th, 2009 at 10:23 pm
    I know the hospital will ask us to take it, so I am not sure what to do. All my kids work in healthcare too so I am worried about it.
    —————————————–
    What you can do is say that you are allergic to eggs. You can’t have the shot if you are allergic to eggs. Found that out from my doctor.

  2. You too, admin? How could you?

    Did you catch my post Second Acts and Redemption today? It got mentioned in the memeorandum.

  3. And this video:

    w w w.youtube.com/watch?v=WwCWP0FCwBo

    Watch how awkward it is as MO stands around twiddling her thumb..around 1:40, would it kill her to extend her arm to the grieving widow?

  4. Things have been so serious this entire year (and 2008, 2007, 2006) we thought we would lighten things up a bit with end of summer stuff like dance crazes.

    Here’s another end of summer song:

  5. pm317, being a Catholic I can expand on that part of the Mass, if you are not a touchy feely person, that part of the Mass can be difficult to get thru. I also can say she did not offer Hillary her hand in peace and thats what you are doing when you are hugging or shaking someone hands.

    EeeGads, I just saw that ridiculous bow on her dress, its awful, me thinks Meanchelle needs a new designer. LOL!

    admin: another great post!

  6. Biggest laugh we’ve had in a long time Pm317: “I haven’t gone to bed yet.”

    We’ll all laugh all day thinking of that one. 🙂 8)

    For some reason, it reminds us of a remark Christopher Hitchens made during the Clinton impeachment days. Twisted Hillary hater Hitchens was on a panel discussing Bill and Hillary and another panelist accused Hitchens of being “obsessed with Hillary Clinton”. Hitchens, twisted his face further and snarled “I’m not obsessed with Hillary, I just think about her all the time.” Everyone got it except for Hitchens. We still laugh when we think of that panel.

  7. pm317, I read your post over at no quarter and it was great. I wanted to ask you if you’d seen Joan Kennedy at the funeral?? She looked very bad, looked like a bautched face lift. Some of the pics I saw today was one of Teddy in that neck brace and Joan beside him at Mary Jo funeral. It was a pic that told it all and that marriage went to hell and they apparently both started drinking after that.

    Joan is yet another casuality of Ted’s. At the funeral she looked like she’d been thru hell and cast off and there was Teddy with his brand new soul mate. Teddy used, abused and murdered women his whole life, the last was Hillary Clinton.

  8. Does anyone have the video on youtube, where Mrs.Kennedy [the widow] hugs Hillary [the lengthy hug] it’s quite telling I guess. Our girl looked stunning & Michelle looked a sight!!

  9. video by pm317 at 1:55 AM
    ====================
    methinks my self-acclaimed Christian president is not familiar with The Lord’s Prayer. The lips did not match the words, and the CNN camera left rather quickly.
    As an actively participating Christian myself, I pray that many of the values as preached in Christian churches outside of Chicago somehow rub off on him.
    And rub off sooner rather than later.

  10. Wow Vicky gives Hillary a real and touching hug and when she comes to Micheal she seems not to want to touch her. I love the snub she gave her.

    I wonder if Teddy knew his wife was possibly a Hillary supporter?

  11. hadn’t seen the “snub” till this morning. *snickers* ME-schelle looks like a fish out of water. The back of that dress looked as bad as teh front to.

  12. I guess I find it hard to understand why the women (many married to powerful men, but strong women in their own right), did not stand up for HRC. In fact, some even joined in, such as Mrs. Edwards.

    There are so many powerful business women who could have split from their husbands, but did not. I guess position in society was more important to them, than standing up for women. The women who so long ago, refused to eat, and were tortured, by being forced fed, I think are ashamed of them. If Mrs. Ted Kennedy truely was an HRC supporter, she should have called a press conference and declared it.

    When will women understand, you do not support women by playing the Men’s game. YOU SUPPORT WOMEN BY STANDING UP FOR ALL WOMEN REGARDLESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES.

    I really cannot compare being forced fed, with social osterization.

  13. NMF,

    Two words: Bitterness; Jealousy

    I would also hazard a guess that they were enamored/drugged by the “pretty boy” promising everything but the kitchen sink.

  14. JanH 11:00a.m.

    Yes, men will support any SOB, if they think it is for their common good (even if they killed their sister). Unfortunately, many women are Jealousy, etc.

  15. PM: I read your post over at No Quarter last night and it was great. I also enjoyed the comments.

    Confloyd: I read an article yesterday that Joan and Ted remained friends over the years and she had a civil relationship with Vickie. Actually, she didn’t look too bad, considering everything that she has been through.

  16. Really I think the green eyes monster rears it head in both sexes, but M and F might handle it differently. Everytime I think I might be jealous, I usually just really look at what I have and how happy I am with it.

    Money, and position usually come with some sort of compromise that I am not willing to make.

    If I were Mrs. Edwards, and knew what she knew, as soon as my disloyal Husband had declared his intent, I would have been calling my press conference, shouting my support for HRC, and uncovering his secret life. With what ever life I had left, I would been showing my grown daughter a strong independent women.

    In the end here, it is the examples they are portraying to the younger women in this country, that really stinks.

  17. With her hairdresser in tow, the First Lady boarding Air-Force One en route to the Kennedy funeral
    goes OOOps!

    youtube.com/watch?v=QTZNc2imBgU&feature=player_embedded

  18. Here is good one:

    57% Would Like to Replace Entire Congress

    If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote.

    Overall, these numbers are little changed since last October. When Congress was passing the unpopular $700-billion bailout plan in the heat of a presidential campaign and a seeming financial industry meltdown, 59% wanted to throw them all out. At that time, just 17% wanted to keep them

    There has been a bit of a partisan shift since last fall. With Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress, it’s not surprising to find that the number of Democrats who would vote to keep the entire Congress has grown from 25% last fall to 43% today. In fact, a modest plurality of Democrats would now vote to keep the legislators. Last fall, a plurality of Democrats were ready to throw them all out.

    While Democrats have become more supportive of the legislators, voters not affiliated with either major party have moved in the opposite direction. Today, 70% of those not affiliated with either major party would vote to replace all of the elected politicians in the House and Senate. That’s up from 62% last year.

    rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/august_2009/57_would_like_to_replace_entire_congress

  19. NMF, I agree, I would have shouted it from the rooftops, but these women are always so loyal to these scoundrels. They are these scoundrels biggest fans.

    birdgal, yes she did look better than she had,apparently shes quit drinking, but what I was getting at she was as much as a victim as Mary Jo, her life was pretty much destroyed by Ted. I don’t think Joan has remarried. She no doubt was one of TK’s biggest fans also. She was such a beautiful woman before that all happened to Mary Jo. I think that was a turning point in their marriage. I did notice Patrick seemed to be the dutiful son taking care of mom, seems like he the one that has done that even at his own peril.
    TKjr. although has gone thru some life changing events on his own looks pretty normal, Patrick has problems.

  20. One other thing that I noticed about the Kennedy women, they all looked like they are anorexic, especially Tk’s.

  21. Confloyd: Part of the reason why the Kennedy women (Eunice, Jean, Ethel, and perhaps Joan) haven’t remarried is due to their Catholic faith, which may prohibit or discourage second marriages. I don’t know that much about the Catholic faith, so perhaps someone else can enlighten us on this topic. Definitely, Mary Jo’s death took a toll on all of their lives and marriage.

  22. birdgal

    The Catholic Faith does promote the marriage for life and one partner. However, that rule did not seem to apply to some of the men. I come from that era, but would not marry again just because I have been there done that, have financial security, and don’t need to do that again. I had a great guy who had a strong Mother, but I just don’t need that experience again, and I feel very comfortable on my own. I can travel, eat, and enter a room on my own, without a man.

    Someone said to me one time that once you Marry, you are like connected at the hip, and expected to do everything together (which I felt was code words that you had to support the same opinions, and political candidates as your husband). What they did not say is many times women lose their identity. Although many today are sending signals that they are seperate people (mostly in Hollywood), I still see women displaying signs of servitude, and not speaking our for HRC I think was one instance where it was displayed. You did not have to be of her party, or support her politically to have said shut up about her hair, keep her daughter out of this, etc. As we all noted, sadly, that the Reps did a better job of speaking up for Palin, then the Dims did for HRC.

  23. NMF: I like your explanation. Many, many women do get so involved in their husband’s careers, that they do lose their identity. It is very common throughout our society. I once had a friend who said that if something happened to her husband, she didn’t think that she would marry again. Interesting. Many political wives may feel suffocated by their husband’s political careers, especially if they don’t have their own strong identities. Look at Maria Shriver, who is a very strong and independent woman in her own right, had her own career subliminated by her husband’s entrance into politics. Maybe, when he is not longer governor, she can go back to doing what she truly wants to do.

  24. HighlyEducatedHillarySupporter Says:

    August 30th, 2009 at 1:42 pm
    A Republican who cares more about our country than Obama.

    ——————————————————————————

    Another great example of why we need campaign finance reform and term limits. It is going to be next to impossible to get any meaningful reform when the lobbyists are writing the legislation and paying to get their person elected.

  25. birdgal

    I had a friend who was on am airplane once with Maria, before her Gov Husband was re-elected. She was having a private phone conversation, and said she could not wait until he was out of office, so I agree.

  26. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove. That’s the highest level of Strong Disapproval yet recorded for this President and it gives Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10 (see trends).

    If Americans could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, 57% would throw out all the legislators and start over again. Just 25% would vote to keep the Congress. [snip]

    Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That matches the lowest total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-two percent (52%) now disapprove.

  27. I wait with bated breath for what Admin has in store for tomorrow’s one year anniversary of August 31, 2008 – the day that the lights went out in America.

  28. Birdgal, If the couple was married in the Catholic church, then they cannot remarry and continue taking holy communion (eucharist). Now evidently Teddy was able to attain a divorce thru the church and sometimes they are granted for extreme violence, alcoholism and etc. It takes time to get one thru the church. I am sure with the Kennedy money you could get one as Ted did. However, if he did get one he could of very well married Vicki in the church and retained his right to the holy eucharist.

    I think the Kennedy women did not marry again, because if you have one bad husband you merely don’t want to try again and especially if you are financially self-suffiencient.

  29. the only married Kennedy who went against the KENNEDY HOUSE RULES was Jackie!!!! and she they shunned her after marrying Onassis!!!!!

    Jackie knew quite a few things about those chauvinistic Kennedy and their subserviant women!!!!

  30. So now we have all these people who would like to get rid of the cabinet, change their votes, and move merrily along. I would be interested in knowing a breakdown of race, religion, age, etc…

    When being interviewed during the elections, most youth had no idea why they were voting for the idiot except that he represented “change”, now the most hated word in the English language. They couldn’t define what this change would be, how he would achieve it/finance it.

    A majority AA’s were so enamored by the fact that they could get one of their own in, that they didn’t read the fine print. They harped on slavery, they painted the race card on anyone who opposed their great one.

    Seniors believed his empty promises and lies, much to their regret. I mean who would lie to a senior?

    And then there were the “Democrits” who when they couldn’t have their first choice, Hillary, they went for the empty party label. They didn’t fight for Hillary. They didn’t rebel against the crimes committed against her by bambi and his thugs.

    So all in all, the only ones that get my sympathy here are the seniors. They rest made their beds…etc…etc… and the rest have to suffer because of their stupidity. Nice going.

  31. JanH, the dimocrats that went along and voted for the “ONE”, like my dad. He told me that he did not like him, but he would be better than the republican. I said, BS, the guy is crook, communist and not a natural born citizen. So, now everytime there is some crap Obama is pulling, I tell my dad, there’s your freaking Dimocrat, daddy. I guess I shouldn’t me so hard on him, but we are losing our country because of the kids and the “yellow dogs”.

  32. mp, Jackie could get married again according to the Catholic religion, “til dealth do us part”. She did not abandon her religion, she abandoned the Kennedy’s. Once a Kennedy, always a Kennedy, I guess.

    I bet she knew alot about all of them. I don’t know if it is the sun or what but most of them look just worn out. As we say here in Texas “rode hard and put up wet”. That’s a saying about your horse. Its mostly used now for describing a person that looks old beyond their years.

  33. Just found this tidbit from the Obamafile blog.

    The Heritage Foundation reports, that according to the Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, sources in the United States have confirmed that the Obama administration has made the decision to abandon our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Unfortunately this news is not surprising at all. In March of this year it was revealed that Obama “secretly” offered Moscow a grand bargain whereby it would sacrifice missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic in exchange for Moscow’s help discouraging Iran’s nuclear program. Then in his July summit with Moscow, Obama reinforced his message that missile defense remains a bargaining chip that can exchanged for his college dream of a nuclear free world.

    This is a grave mistake for several reasons:

    • The decision to abandon the “third site” deployment of 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic violates President Obama’s pledge to support missile defense that is “pragmatic and cost-effective.” Ground based missile defense is effective, affordable, and available now.

    • According to the Congressional Budget Office, alternatives to the third site do not provide a comparable level of defense. The CBO concluded that the estimated $9-14 billion 20-year cost of the third site was half of the estimated costs of a sea-based alternative.

    • Reneging on our promise to Poland and the Czech Republic sends a terrible signal to our allies in the region.

    Abandoning our best missile defense option in Europe only encourages Iran to speed up their ballistic missile program so that they can get their threat in place before a European missile defense system is available. We are in a depserate race to beat the clock on Iran’s nuclear program. Why on earth are we stopping now to let the Iranians catch up?

    Abandoning our best missile defense option in Europe only encourages Iran to speed up their ballistic missile program so that they can get their threat in place before a European missile defense system is available. We are in a desperate race to beat the clock on Iran’s nuclear program. Why on earth are we stopping now to let the Iranians catch up?

    Obama is just doing what he said he’d do (video). Military
    8/30/09 Barack

  34. Publisher Accuses Reid of ‘Bullying’ Nevada Newspaper

    The publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told his advertising director he wants the newspaper “out of business.”

    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    The publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sunday accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, of “bullying” his newspaper by telling an employee he wants the Review-Journal shut down.

    Sherman Frederick alleged in a column in his newspaper that the “full-on threat” was made during a brief exchange between Reid and the newspaper’s advertising director Wednesday at a luncheon for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

    Frederick said that as Reid shook the employee’s hand, he said, “I hope you go out of business.”

    While acknowledging that his newspaper does not always see “eye to eye with him on matters of politics,” Frederick noted that ad director Bob Brown has “nothing to do with news coverage” or opinion pages.

    It’s unclear whether Reid’s comment was meant in jest. A representative for Reid could not be reached for a response.

    But Frederick apparently did not take it lightly.

    “Such behavior cannot go unchallenged. You could call Reid’s remark ugly and be right. It certainly was boorish. Asinine? That goes without saying,” he wrote. “But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down.”

    In excoriating him, Frederick referenced Reid’s upcoming 2010 election — which a recent poll published by the Review-Journal shows is a tough race for the powerful incumbent senator.
    “No citizen should expect this kind of behavior from a U.S. senator. It is certainly not becoming of a man who is the majority leader in the U.S. Senate. And it absolutely is not what anyone would expect from a man who now asks Nevadans to send him back to the Senate for a fifth term,” he wrote. “So today, we serve notice on Sen. Reid that this creepy tactic will not be tolerated.”

    foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/30/publisher-accuses-reid-bullying-nevada-newspaper/

  35. There is an article over at Politico that says Gore and BC were in Tennesee seeking support for the HC bill. Looks like they are teaming the big kahoona’s to get this past! I just hope it looks better than the first one.

    I just remember Donna Brazoid saying the “Bill Clinton will go and do what we tell him to do”. I guess he is.

  36. Admin…..that video…too cool!

    confloyd….my dad. He told me that he did not like him, but he would be better than the republican.

    Verbatim what my dad told me. We have this discussion every day. He’s not happy but still thinks he’s right.

  37. Surprised anyone?
    *************************8

    Memo casts Atlanta mayor’s race in black and white
    In frank language, a memo published online urges black voters to unite behind one black candidate to defeat a white contender. It has raised hackles among residents who take pride in the city’s divers
    By Richard Fausset

    August 29, 2009
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    Reporting from Atlanta – The memo emerged early this week on an African American news website, then spread via e-mail, finally landing on the front page of the local paper.

    Its message: Atlanta is a majority-black city whose 35-year string of black mayors “has represented the breakthrough for black political empowerment in the South.” And therefore, the white candidate running for mayor this year must be defeated.

    Reportedly disseminated by a local group called the Black Leadership Forum, it was the kind of idea guaranteed to raise hackles in Atlanta, a city that has worked hard to live up to native son Martin Luther King Jr.’s dictum about judging by character rather than skin color.

    In the current mayor’s race, a number of candidates are running to replace second-term Mayor Shirley Franklin. They include a handful of African American candidates, and one high-profile white hopeful, City Councilwoman Mary Norwood.

    Observers of local politics believe that Norwood could emerge triumphant if black votes are spread among the various black candidates in November. In language that is remarkably frank, the memo urges black voters to rally around candidate Lisa Borders, the City Council president: “Time is of the essence because in order to defeat a Norwood (white) mayoral candidacy we have to get out now and work in a manner to defeat her without a runoff.”

    Seemingly overnight, a rather low-key election centered on everyday municipal concerns — crime, jobs, taxes — has prompted grander questions, from the definition of reverse racism to the legacy of the civil rights movement. Is it wrong, in the age of Obama, for black Atlantans to wish for a black mayor? And how comfortable should they feel ceding some of their famously hard-won political gains?

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which published a front-page story Friday, had received hundreds of commentson its website by Friday afternoon.

    “As a black man, I’m disgusted by such a memo,” one reader wrote.

    “That is truly sickening stuff,” another stated. “I am so sick of race.”

    Public officials and candidates have also been quick to denounce the memo. But James H. Welcome, publisher of the Newsmakers Journal (at newsmakerslive.com) — which first published the piece — said he’s received a flood of responses from black voters who agreed with the memo.

    “Politicians across the board say that’s a bad idea,” he said. “But for every politician I get 10 citizens, African American citizens, who say it’s a good idea.”

    The issue is unfolding in a city that has earned a reputation as a mecca of black politics, culture and economic power. The city is about 57% African American, home to movie stars, hip-hop moguls, and a vast and economically powerful black professional class.

    At the same time, Atlanta’s share of white residents grew faster than that of any U.S. city between 2000 and 2006, according to the Brookings Institution. The influx is part of a gentrification of the urban core that has been spurred in part by Franklin and preceding mayors who moved aggressively to tear down public housing projects dominated by poor blacks.

    The memo makes note of these trends, including the “displacement of close to 100,000 black residents” who were reliable voters for the “Jackson Machine.” (The first African American mayor, Maynard Jackson, won after years of white flight flipped the city demographics in favor of blacks in the early 1970s.) If a white candidate were to win in 2009, the memo said, “it would be just as significant in political terms as Maynard Jackson’s victory in 1973.”

    The memo’s author, and the makeup of the Leadership Forum, remain somewhat murky. (It is unclear if the local group is connected to the Black Leadership Forum, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C.)

    Public outcry over the memo was led by one of the black candidates, Kasim Reed, 40, a Democratic state senator who has been endorsed by both civil rights icon Andrew Young and Big Boi of the rap group Outkast. An Aug. 17 poll of likely voters by the group Insider Advantage gave Reed 8% of the vote, lagging far behind Borders, with 28%, and Norwood, who had 30%.

    On Thursday, Reed called the memo “racially charged and vitriolic,” and called on Borders to denounce it.

    Borders, a 51-year-old who was one of the first blacks to integrate Westminster, a prestigious Atlanta prep school, did so before the end of the day.

    “We have had two Atlantas for far too long,” she said.

    Norwood issued a statement as well, but it did not mention race. She focused on crime and city finances.

    But like the others, Norwood’s campaign strikes themes of a unified Atlanta — an acknowledgment, perhaps, that black-white coalitions have been the key to winning the mayor’s seat here since at least the 1960s. One video on Norwood’s website is titled “A Mayor for Everyone.”

    On the heavily black west side of Atlanta on Friday, it was difficult to find anyone who was adamant about keeping the mayor’s office in black hands.

    Ramese Muhammad, 70, a retired construction worker, said that after watching her for eight years on the City Council, he liked Norwood’s style. “Color,” he said, “ain’t got nothing to do with qualifications.”

    Dylan Winston, 38, was still making up his mind on the candidates, but said he wouldn’t feel a setback for blacks if the new mayor were white. “Not after we’ve gained so much,” he said. “That stuff is old, man. I mean, good Lord, it’s 2009.”

  38. I’m not too worried about Bill Clinton going to bat on the HC bill. He did point out recently that the dems might have to compromise in order to get it passed. I think he still feels that way.

  39. PLEASE EMBED ADMIN….found link @ BP
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    “An’t America No More”

    youtube.com/watch?v=hIKPKjl0-pg&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcamille424%2Ewordpress%2Ecom%2F2009%2F08%2F29%2F6448%2F&feature=player_embedded#t=96

  40. gonzotx Says:

    August 30th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Surprised anyone?

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    Well obama opened up a Pandora race box and look what happened. American race relations are plummeting.

  41. my brother has his days of regret about Bambi but he’s too proud to admit it. I can’t wait till the big explosion that causes him to have to call me up and say “you told me so didn’t you”. It is coming, just a matter of time.

    My brother has a big union pension with good medical benefits and he is convinced that NOTHING in this medical bill is going to affect him .. therefore he doesn’t give a shit. He doesn’t care that it’s going to affect my hubby whose major insurance is medicare and that it will affect me in a big time way – I don’t have insurance due to a health issue. We don’t have a big income but we do draw enough and have enough assets that it disqualifies me from Medicaid. I cannot afford to buy a policy – it would be either eat or buy insurance. If I could afford the coverage I would already have it. That is what the elected offiicials dont’ understand and while they say that they want to make any coverage they offer afforadable I do not think that taking away Medicare to cover it is a fair exchange.

  42. # JanH Says:
    August 30th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I’m not too worried about Bill Clinton going to bat on the HC bill. He did point out recently that the dems might have to compromise in order to get it passed. I think he still feels that way.

    God help us if bill Clinton would have ever promotes such a corporate welfare laden bill. Who on earth do you think there is to compromise with? Have you not figured out yet that the Dems used the false excuse of compromise to write the most corporate friendly legislation? You need to turn off the Fox News and start listening to Bill Moyers.

  43. As I recall, didn’t Teddy ask Joan to have their marriage annulled before he married his current wife? I don’t remember if Joan agreed to that. I thought, at the time, that his request was over the top, since he and Joan had produced children from that marriage and since Joan had stood by his side for so many years. Wouldn’t an annulment of their marriage make their children illegitimate?

  44. and on a note of disgust, i hope they hang these bastards because you dont want to know what i’d do to them if left alone for 30 minutes and why is this not all over the networks.

    Victim Cried, Begged ‘Don’t Kill Me’ in Brutal Mother-Son Gang Rape

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A woman cried and repeatedly begged “don’t kill me” as she was raped by a group of masked teenagers in a public housing complex two years ago, a teen defendant testified Wednesday.

    The account from Avion Lawson, 16, came during the trial of co-defendants Nathan Walker, 18, and Tommy Lee Poindexter, 20. Lawson, who was 14 at the time, has admitted to taking part in the attacks and pleaded guilty. The victims were expected to testify later in the day.

    Police say the defendants lured the woman, then 35, out of her apartment just a few miles from downtown West Palm Beach by claiming her truck had a flat tire. Three masked gunmen then forced her and her son, then 12, back inside. Others soon joined in the attack.

    Lawson continued testifying Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene inside the woman’s home, with attackers coming and going, raping the woman over and over, sodomizing her, beating the boy and forcing the mother to perform oral sex on her son.

    Police say Lawson and the other defendants were among as many as 10 teenagers who attacked the woman and boy, and later doused the victims with cleaning solutions, nail polish remover and vinegar to clean the crime scene.

    Walker and Poindexter are facing 14 counts, including sexual battery, burglary, kidnapping, grand theft and promoting sexual performance of a child. A fourth defendant, 17-year-old Jakaris Taylor, is set for trial next month.

    All the defendants were teens at the time, but are charged as adults.

  45. Welcome to crime ridden America.

    The victims had fled poverty in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, years earlier. With no money, they landed in the Dunbar Village housing project, where they almost instantly became targets for crime, standing out among the mostly American-born black residents.

    Talk about lives ruined.

  46. mj Says:

    August 30th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    ——————————–

    For one thing, I rarely watch Fox news. For another, I was simply quoting what BC said. For another, please ignore my posts from now on. I am tired of the personal comments that get interspersed.

    I’m fine when someone disagrees with me, but I don’t see the need for comments like: “Who on earth do you think there is to compromise with? Have you not figured out yet that the Dems used the false excuse of compromise to write the most corporate friendly legislation? You need to turn off the Fox News and start listening to Bill Moyers.”

  47. trixta, I am not sure how Ted got his divorce, but in some instances the Catholic Church grants them. They have to be extreme.

  48. Ignorance is absolutely bliss. No one in their right mind would think Bill Clinton would have asked Congress to give him a corporate welfare bill like this in the face of super majorities in Congress.

  49. mj,

    Enough already. Arguments for or against that include personal insults are simply insulting and somewhat juvenile.

    I agree to disagree. And again, please hear me out. Bill Clinton said those words, not me.

  50. Monday, August 31, 2009

    Obama inaction angers his base

    By Matthew Mosk

    By the time this year’s tally for gay service members discharged under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy had hit 250, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings said he could wait no longer.

    The Florida Democrat decided in June to send a letter to President Obama demanding that the policy be repealed. Mr. Hastings said he was surprised when 76 other members – most of them fellow Democrats – agreed to add their signatures, and even more surprised when the letter went unanswered for the next two months.

    “We’re being ignored,” he said.

    The president won’t be able to ignore the simmering discontent within his own party much longer, the congressman said, not on this military policy or on a range of other issues on which the president appears to be charting a course that veers away from his political base.

    Evidence of this has been abundant in the health care debate, where a core group of Democrats reacted swiftly to signs that the White House was getting ready to abandon altogether a public insurance plan as part of its health care bill. But anxiety is growing in other areas, too.

    When the president told veterans gathered in Phoenix to help him brace the country for a military escalation in Afghanistan, Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin responded with a statement of his own, becoming the first congressional Democrat to call on Mr. Obama to set a timetable for an Afghanistan withdrawal.

    “While I am pleased the president recognizes the importance of denying Al Qaeda a safe haven in Pakistan, I remain concerned that the continued expansion of our military operations in Afghanistan will push militants into Pakistan, further aggravating the extremism that has spread to more and more parts of that country,” Mr. Feingold said.

    As Mr. Obama has pursued efforts to advance environmental legislation that would use “cap-and-trade” incentives to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a muscular coalition of groups from the left has begun pushing for the bill to go further, rather than see it scaled back in the Senate. The coalition, which includes the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, wrote senators on Aug. 26 to say the House bill “falls far short.”

    “We are writing on behalf of the millions of members our organizations represent to urge you to draft a companion bill that provides the transformational change and greenhouse emissions reductions required to avert catastrophic climate impacts,” the letter said.
    Mr. Obama’s approval rating remains above 50 percent in most major polls, but the trends have been pointing downward.

    One of the constituencies in which Mr. Obama needs firm support is the gay community. The president was elected with enormous financial and organizational support from gay voters, in part because of a campaign platform that included promises to push through legislation broadening the definition of those covered by hate crimes laws, outlawing workplace discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation, and repealing the 16-year-old Pentagon policy known as “don’t ask don’t tell.”

    Days before Mr. Obama was sworn in, the president and his top aides reiterated their commitment to allowing gays to serve openly in the military. On Jan. 9, incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs appeared in a video on the Change.gov Web site to answer an e-mail to Mr. Gibbs that had asked, “Is the administration going to get rid of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy?” Mr. Gibbs, on the video, replied, “You don’t hear a politician give a one-word answer much, but it’s ‘Yes.’ ”

    The latest estimates suggest that more than 375 service members have been discharged under the policy this year, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which supports repealing the military’s ban on open homosexuality.

    Official Pentagon statistics have not been updated since 2007, when 627 service members were discharged.

    “There’s a lot of frustration with the pace of change,” said Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal, a gay advocacy group that has been urging the president to at least halt enforcement of the policy. “We disappeared from the radar screen after the election.”

    The Obama administration has made a number of high-profile symbolic gestures in recent weeks aimed at signaling the president’s commitment to equal rights for gays. In June, he became the first president to honor the gay pride movement with a White House ceremony. Last month, he awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to the late gay rights icon Harvey Milk.

    In recent days, the White House has been involved in discussions about a possible presidential role in a gay-rights march on Washington scheduled for October. Those gestures, though, have not quieted a demand for action. “I don’t want four years to pass and find that cocktail parties in the White House is all we have to show for it,” said Michael Petrelis, a longtime activist from California.

    On the substance of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the president’s position has been that the White House simply cannot act alone.

    The White House didn’t return a message requesting comment about its stance on “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist for the gay-advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign, said the White House thinks it would require congressional action to revoke the policy, a stance that is the subject of dispute. Mr. Elmendorf said he suspects the president has calculated that a legislative battle is not worth waging at this point, especially if it cannot be won.

    “Obama clearly wants to repeal it,” Mr. Elmendorf said. “But there is a sense there aren’t the votes in the Congress to do it right now.”

    On this point, Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness agrees. Ms. Donnelly, a supporter of the policy, said military advisers are likely explaining to Mr. Obama, as they did to President Clinton, that campaigning is one thing and governing another. Ending the policy, she said, would raise objections from within the armed forces. “He knows it would be harmful to the military,” Ms. Donnelly said.

    Not everyone thinks, however, that the president is hamstrung. Last month, Mr. Hastings attempted to insert language into a defense appropriations measure that would prohibit spending federal funds to investigate or discharge service members on the grounds of them “telling” their sexual orientation. In an interview, the congressman said he received pressure from the White House to withdraw his amendment.

    In September, as the debates over health care, environmental legislation and the war in Afghanistan take on a higher profile, the subject of “don’t ask, don’t tell” could put another divisive matter on the president’s desk. Committees in both chambers are planning hearings on legislative proposals to rescind the policy. The president will pay a political price if he continues to stall, Mr. Hastings said, particularly if coupled with other moves by the White House that further distance Mr. Obama from his political base. Mr. Hastings has been one of the Democrats most critical of Mr. Obama on these issues in recent weeks. At this point, the congressman told Bloomberg News Service, “The bloom is off the rose as far as Obama-mania is concerned.”

    washtimes.com/news/2009/aug/31/obama-inaction-angers-his-base/print/

  51. How could i have missed this bit of lovliness today….

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove. That’s the highest level of Strong Disapproval yet recorded for this President and it gives Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10

    Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That matches the lowest total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-two percent (52%) now disapprove.

  52. Janh…seems certain communities finally waking up and realising they have been lied too and shafted. Obama aint gonna do a damn thing for them, its all window dressing.

    CAN’T SAY WE DIDNT BLOODY TELL THEM.

  53. Rep Hastings need to be reminded that one in the hand is worth two in the bush. There was never much experience that he would take any concrete action for the Gay’s other than lip service.

    Unfortnately, other than Gay parades and cocktail parties, there is nothing to show for the change that he promise. Don’t worry, the women have not faired much better.

  54. They’re back…koolaid for all…

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    Health-Care Reform, One Stop at a Time
    Obama Supporters Organize Bus Tour, Campaign-Style Events Across U.S.

    By Dan Eggen
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, August 31, 2009

    President Obama’s supporters hope to recapture the energy of last year’s triumphant election campaign in a bid to regain control of the health-care debate, planning more than 2,000 house parties, rallies and town hall meetings across the country over the next two weeks. The initiative began Wednesday with a rally at a labor hall in Phoenix that featured the Obama sunrise logo and placards that became fixtures of the 2008 presidential campaign.

    Organizing for America, a nationwide group of Obama supporters run by the Democratic National Committee, also brought along a colorful bus featuring the slogan, “Health Insurance Reform Now: Let’s Get it Done.” The vehicle is on an 11-city tour advocating for health-care reform. “We think that change happens with neighbors talking to neighbors, and these rallies reflect that,” said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan. “That’s how we won the campaign in the fall, with grass-roots organizing, and that’s what we will see in these events going forward.”

    But the effort also underscores the unexpected difficulties faced by Obama and his allies in trying to push a health reform plan through Congress in the face of concerted Republican opposition and growing voter unease. Conservative activists have dominated the public debate in recent weeks with dire warnings and noisy disruptions at town hall meetings, while national polls show declining support for Obama’s ambitious plan to widen health insurance coverage.

    The DNC kickoff rally in Phoenix attracted about 1,200 reform supporters, but a raucous meeting on the other side of town hosted by Obama’s former presidential campaign rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) attracted hundreds more — most of whom were loudly opposed to Democratic reform proposals. “The grass-roots anger over the spending and the size of the health-care grab by Obama is real, and all these staged rallies are not going to change that,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, a conservative Washington-based group that is rallying opposition to Obama’s reform plans. “I think it’s an acknowledgment that they’re in trouble.”

    Katie Wright, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said that “no amount of rallies can hide the fact that the Democrats’ government-run plan will raise costs, increase the deficit and put bureaucrats in charge of making personal health-care decisions.”

    Democrats and health reform advocates say the GOP contentions are false, and they hope to catch lawmakers’ attention before they return to Washington after Labor Day. The House and Senate will resume wrangling over five competing health reform bills under consideration in Congress, all but one of which include a proposed public insurance option to compete with private insurers. The estimated cost of overall reform has hovered around $1 trillion over 10 years, though Obama has pledged to make the plan “budget neutral” through a combination of cuts and new revenue.

    In many districts, the August recess has been defined by crowds of conservative opponents who have mounted protests and flocked to town hall meetings to confront Democratic lawmakers. The debate has been further clouded by allegations that Obama aims to bar Republicans from having health insurance or wants to form “death panels” to determine who receives medical treatment. No such policies are proposed. “There were a lot of successful town halls and meetings over the recess, but the ones that got the most attention were those where angry people got up and yelled,” said Jacki Schechner, spokeswoman for Health Care for America Now, a liberal coalition helping to organize many of the events. “We want to make sure the message that they take back to Washington is that the majority of the public stands behind the need for reform and that they need to get it done now.”

    The events range from modest gatherings that the Obama team refers to as house parties to rallies featuring the health reform bus, which as of Sunday had stopped in Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, Des Moines and St. Louis. Still to come are Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; and Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.

    The DNC is not the first group to use an eye-catching bus in the health-care debate, however. Patients First, an arm of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity, ended a six-week tour on Friday that featured a bus wrapped in a giant red hand and the proclamation: “Hands Off Our Health Care!” Group spokeswoman Amy Menefee said that although “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” she doubts the DNC-backed efforts will have much impact on the debate. She and other reform opponents also say the push seems phony. “It’s hard to calculate what the response will be when you’re asking people to rally for bigger government,” Menefee said of the Obama group’s efforts. “That’s essentially what they’re asking of people, and I think on a personal, motivational level it’s very different than the people on our side.”

    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/30/AR2009083002654.html?hpid=moreheadlines

  55. For answers to questions about Ted and Joan and the annulment of a 23 year old marriage we searched google. The best we could find is the link below. At the link, which is several years old, there is information that Joan intends to write a book. Joan is quoted about when she will write the book:

    “With a note of facetiousness, Joan says she will write her memoires when “I’m about ninety years old, because only then will I feel safe about writing everything truthfully. I don’t want to speak about a lot of what took place. I have to think about my children.” [snip]

    In what some observers felt was a cruel twist of fate, considering all that Joan Kennedy had endured as a Kennedy wife, Ted had their twenty-three-year marriage annulled so that he could marry Reggie in the Catholic Church. In effect, he invalidated his very union to Joan Kennedy in the eyes of the Church, so that he would move forward with his life.

    According to one priest in the Boston diocese, Ted’s annulment was granted for “lack of due discretion,” a term which covers cases in which a person had wed in the Caholic Church but did not fully understand the nature and responsibilities of the sacred commitment.”

    http://books.google.com/books?id=hs-cRaEA2xkC&pg=PA455&lpg=PA455&dq=annulment+of+ted+joan+kennedy&source=bl&ots=3DTapG9g5j&sig=FD6a0R3tpYSUzR9cIdZMLgg5KHA&hl=en&ei=IjabStrjJJSJ8Qbv_vWiBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6#v=onepage&q=annulment%20of%20ted%20joan%20kennedy&f=false

  56. What? Let me see if I’m understanding this “lack of due discretion”.

    So Ted was granted a divorce by the Catholic CHurch because he did not fully understand the nature and responsibilities of the sacret commitment of marriage.

    Is that correct?

  57. I thought someone mentioned that Joan had asked for the annulment? Regardless, for two life-long Catholics not to fully understand the nature and responsibilities of the sacred commitment of marrige, sounds very far-fetched. I wonder how many palms were greased or donations made?

  58. Birdgal 11:22 I wonder how many palms were greased and donations made?
    Jan 11:26 He (Ted) got a pass on everything.

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    Hum. Maybe those who said that Obama is the fourth Kennedy brother may not be so out there after all.

  59. The more articles I read about the state of the USA, I realize that Obama was brought in to drag this nation so far in debt that our dollar will collapse and a new monetary system can be put in. This is his sole purpose. The buyouts, excalation of the war in Afganistan, healthcare is it get us so far in we will collapse as Europe did on Black Wednesday. They thank Soros for that and that is what the Soros cartel wants for America. Folks, its not going to be much longer before this happens either.

    I just love the irony of Teddy getting a pass on all his misdeads in life, and now he gets another, he will not be here to see what his backing this puppet will do to his beloved country. He is getting another pass. He won’t be here to see the proud American people standing in line for the govt. sponsored food. He won’t be to see people suddenly with worthless money, without food and without jobs. Many already are in this predicament.

  60. Animal Lovers
    caution….caution…..caution
    Don’t go to Drudge, they have a beautiful Arabian Horse surrounded by burning landscape. Its horrible! I hope someone is saving this horse!

  61. Thank you, Admin for the info on TK’s annulment. Wow! I wonder how his (grown) children felt/feel about it? Unless he’s formally adopted each one, they are illegitimate. // On another distasteful note, my husband reminded me that after Mary Jo’s death, TK stated publicly that no one should hold Mary Jo’s reputation in question. Actually, by saying this he was suggesting that she was indeed a “slut,” etc. What a jerk!

  62. After his vacation, Obama will plunge deeply, with total dedication and with full vigor into – another vacation:

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.3c4f86ce84d6de5a63599166b04e1920.901&show_article=1

    The president spent the last half-day of his holiday with his family, taking his daughters to buy candy and ice cream at a general store close to the Blue Heron farm compound where he was staying.

    Obama returns to Washington to renew his effort to pass a sweeping health care reform plan through Congress, and with his personal approval ratings eroding due to the punishing economic crisis.

    On Wednesday, the president will head off to his official Camp David retreat in Maryland for a four-day break — seeking the quiet that evaded him in the millionaires playground on the US east coast.

    “He is looking to get a break from his vacation,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said.

    “I don’t think you can replicate such a terrific place as Martha’s Vineyard, but I do think that he’s looking to get some more rest and relaxation when he goes up there,” Burton said.

  63. dot48 Says:
    August 30th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

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    Dot, can you give us a cite on what the effects on Medicare might be?

  64. MediCare Advantage program will be drastically changed, if not cut.
    That will affect 11 million seniors.

  65. “He is looking to get a break from his vacation,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said…………guess he had to spend it with MO, so he NEEDS a break. roflmao.

  66. The Medicare Advantage plans vary in how they save. We chose Humana because it bundles all of his medicare into one plan along with prescription. They give a break for the $ you have to pay when you go in the hospital, it’s a reduced rate for the next 3 days, they give a break on the xrays, cts, etc even covering all of them if you choose certain providers. The deductibles and copay vary. I like this plan because you don’t pay the entire 20% that Medicare doesn’t pay.

    Here is the breakdown for my hubby for all those who continue to think that Medicare gives them anything. He pays $134.00 monthly for A&B and 69.00 monthly for his Part D. That is close to $200 per month and if you have to get a brand name drug for which no generic is available you pay $65.00 per drug.

    It has good parts and bad but I don’t want to see these coverages shredded to bits

  67. Did BO know and approve the oil for prisoner deal with Libya??
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    There is no way in the world that Brown did this without first speaking to Mr. Obama. The relationship between the US and Britain, their common interests around the world, the protocol of never blindsiding an ally guarantee that Bambi was told, approved the deal, and insisted on plausible deniability. I suspect the White House is now working on the proper question to feed to Obama, so they can feed it to Tapper to ask the affable, articulate and brilliant Gibbs, who can give his typical non answer, so that the next time the Administation is asked they can say we have already addressed that question, lets move on.

  68. I meant rambling, inarticulate, stream of consciousness, where is this train going I forgot the answer but when I remember it I will get back to you non-answer by the illustrious Mr. Gibbs.

  69. The president will pay a political price if he continues to stall, Mr. Hastings said, particularly if coupled with other moves by the White House that further distance Mr. Obama from his political base
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    Gays were never Mr. Obama’s base. If they were there would be no Rick Warren appearances on the campaign trail. That is a closed door, since it would alienate the black preachers he relies upon for support. It is another fault line in the new coalition they brag about.

  70. I do not believe they would be able to wriggle out of it that easily. BO would have a lot of explaining to do. People would see what a two faced hypocrite he is.

  71. wbboei, We got cut off last night, I will call you when I get up. I just got off and I worked 60 hrs straight so I am TIRED.

    Is it now being said that Obama knew about the oil deal, OMG, if so this is big. Lets hope the idiot did, so we can impeach him.

    Lamecherry is saying they knocked off ole Teddy to get the HC bill to pass. I wouldn’t put it past the Chicago NOI. We must bankrupt the country so Soros can have his new money.

    I heard this am, olmert is under investigation and they know he excepted money in an envelope from a New York businessman, my guess its our favorite commie, Soros.

  72. Wbboei, Did you forget BO’s southern state tour during primaries with notorious homophobe Donnie McClurkin??

  73. Senate Bill Would Give President Emergency Control of Internet: Details of a revamped version of the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 show the Senate bill could give the president a “kill switch” on the Internet and allow him to shut out private networks from online access.

    FOXNews.com

    August 28, 2009

    A Senate bill would offer President Obama emergency control of the Internet and may give him a “kill switch” to shut down online traffic by seizing private networks — a move cybersecurity experts worry will choke off industry and civil liberties.

    Details of a revamped version of the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 emerged late Thursday, months after an initial version authored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., was blasted in Silicon Valley as dangerous government intrusion.

    “In the original bill they empowered the president to essentially turn off the Internet in the case of a ‘cyber-emergency,’ which they didn’t define,” said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which represents the telecommunications industry. “We think it’s a very bad idea … to put in legislation,” he told FOXNews.com.

    Clinton said the new version of the bill that surfaced this week is improved from its first draft, but troubling language that was removed was replaced by vague language that could still offer the same powers to the president in case of an emergency. “The current language is so unclear that we can’t be confident that the changes have actually been made,” he said.

    The new legislation allows the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and make a plan to respond to the danger, according to an excerpt published online — a broad license that rights experts worry would give the president “amorphous powers” over private users.

    “As soon as you’re saying that the federal government is going to be exercising this kind of power over private networks, it’s going to be a really big issue,” Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told CNET News.

    A Senate source familiar with the bill likened the new power to take control of portions of the Internet to what President Bush did when he grounded all aircraft on Sept. 11, 2001, CNET News reported. Spokesmen for Senator Rockefeller and the Commerce Committee did not return calls seeking comment before this article was published. But Rockefeller, who introduced the bill in April with bipartisan support, said the legislation was critical to protecting everything from water and electricity to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records.

    “I know the threats we face,” Rockefeller said in a prepared statement when the legislation was introduced. “Our enemies are real. They are sophisticated, they are determined and they will not rest.”

    The bill would also let the government create a detailed set of standards for licensing “cybersecurity professionals” who would oversee a single standard for security measures.
    But many in the technology sector believe it’s a job the government is ill-equipped to handle, said Franck Journoud, a policy analyst with the Business Software Alliance. “Simply put, who has the expertise?” he told FOXNews.com in April. “It’s the industry, not the government. We have a responsibility to increase and improve security. That responsibility cannot be captured in a government standard.”

    Clinton, of the Internet Security Alliance, praised President Obama’s May science policy review, which he said would take cybersecurity in the right direction by promoting incentives to get the private industry to improve its own security measures. But he faulted the Senate bill, which he said would centralize regulations for an industry that is too varied to fall under the control of a single set of rules without endangering the economy and security.

    “We think a lot of things need to be done to enhance cybersecurity,” he told FOXNews.com, but this bill is “not something that we could support.”

    foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/28/senate-president-emergency-control-internet/

  74. Obama in free fall. Highest disapproval rating so far at 53% disapproval, 46% approval, thats a total -7 split.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11

    Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That’s the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats approve while 83% of Republicans disapprove. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 66% disapprove.

  75. Does anyone know the approval Rating Clinton started with? They always say that his approval rating fell to this level, but I don’t remember what level he started at.

    In my mind, OOs approval rating has fallen farther than Clinton’s. Not that I think that important, but they always use the Clinton shxt as a way of justifiying OOs.

  76. Clinton started out low because he won in a 3 way battle, his was not that high to start with, Obama has fallen much much further.

    Clinton started with 58% approval and 20% disapproval. Obama with 68% approval and 12% disapproval. So Obama has fared worse over the initial period.

  77. Wbboei, Did you forget BO’s southern state tour during primaries with notorious homophobe Donnie McClurkin??
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    Yes, I was thinking of him too, but the name escaped me. Thanks.

  78. Moononpluto

    Funny how they never mention that. That could be a record for sharp drops, and we would never know.

  79. Now Bob Dole has advice for O:

    August 31, 2009, 8:11 am
    Dole Advises Obama to be More Than ‘Cheerleader’ on Health Care
    Bob Dole, the former Republican Senate majority leader, advises President Obama to propose a health care bill to Congress, rather than waiting to see what is “drafted in Congressional committees by liberal Democrats.”

    prescriptions dot blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/31/dole-advises-obama-to-be-more-than-cheerleader-on-health-care

    I’m certain Bob’s advice is good and well-intended.
    Funny thing though, to my way of thinking, is this: GWB WAS a cheerleader. In college. And maybe later on, as well.

  80. Dole Advises Obama to be More Than ‘Cheerleader’ on Health Care
    Bob Dole, the former Republican Senate majority leader, advises President Obama to propose a health care bill to Congress, rather than waiting to see what is “drafted in Congressional committees by liberal Democrats.”
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    This is clever really. What he is saying in effect is this: stop campaigning and start governing. Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, it is not in his nature to get down in the fray, wrestle with the details and knock heads together. He would rather be atop Mt. Darien with Cortez staring at the vast Pacific Ocean, muttering profound thoughts about the universe like is it true what they say about Dixie. MO is the mudwrestler in the family–what an awful thought.

  81. admin Says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 4:44 am

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    Is O completely clueless about our nation’s crisis or does he not care? Most Americans would be grateful for even a weekend of vacation let alone a chance to spend a week at Martha’s Vineyard. He wanted the press to follow him. He loves feeling like a celebrity. So was the vacay at Martha’s Vineyard just a photo op to help his free falling poll numbers and to boost his ego? And now this is his “real” vacay?

  82. I hope they buried that black bow MeMe was wearing at the same time Teddy was laid to rest. The tackiest thing I have seen since her last outfit.

  83. Great campaigning does not a Great Leader make. They faulted HRC because her campaign did not equal his, but she sure knows how to lead as SOS from day one.

  84. We all predicted this…the only thing saving him is the market is rebounding and in 5-8 months the economy will follow…..the key is the 2010 elections…

  85. I think the next bust will be the commercial real estate, or so I have read on the internet. How that affects the market we need to wait and see.

  86. I believe this is a false market rebound though. I agree with those that believe that we are going into another recession right after this one.

  87. “What he is saying in effect is this: stop campaigning and start governing.”

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    Yes but there is a few humongous problems with this normally reasonalble suggestion. INEXPERIENCE, PLAGIARIZED/stolen policy ideas, LAZINESS, LAZINESS, ADDICTIONS–to the spotlight, POWER-GREEDY Chicago crime lords, political masters and mistresses, and terrorist network allies who will not let go of their tenacious grip on him.

    I could go on and on, but even if obama takes Dole’s advice and miraculously produces “his” own healthcare bill, we all know that it will not have been written by him, but instead by his handlers.

    The dims are so damn stupid. They should never have admitted in the first place that he isn’t in charge of any new bills. He is a “doesn’t give a damn about the problem just tell me where to smile and sign” potus. Whether they be for the stimulus or healthcare, he is just a spokesperson/reality t.v. personality.

  88. Of course he is not responsible for any new bills. However, I learned early in my career that if I brought forward an idea, I better have the paper prepared to bring it forward, so It would be ready for signature while the iron was still hot. It does not take long to learn that. But then I guess community organizers did not have to do much of that.

  89. …all the ‘fake’ (staged???) rebounding of the stock market in the world is not going to do O any good if people continue to lose their jobs and more homes are foreclosed with no end in sight…

    the stock market is going to mean very little to people who have already lost a lot of their savings in the stock market and are living on what they have left…

    “It’s the jobs, stupid!” (and add homes to that) down to the basics…

    btw…caught some of washingtonjournal on c-span this morning…that is the overriding issue people are talking about…even O supporters and even people who support his health care reform…whatever the hell that is…it’s a no brainer…no job, no anything…no buy new things, no christmas gifts, no consumer money to jolt the economy…it’s a no brainer…

    maybe the big muckety mucks think the lack of jobs is a “lagging indicator” but tell that to the voters…especially if we do not see some ‘hope and change’ results by the times the 2010 elections come around…people are hurting, they are really scared, and they are not seeing any light at the end of the tunnel…and that is in spite of O and tarp funds, stimulus funds, omibus funds, takeover of the car industry and cash for clunkers gimmick…whatever…

    heads of households have to provide for their families…single people are on their own…

    …and O offers no plan…not a word…

    George Will in Newsweek hits a few nails on the head:

    In August our ubiquitous president became the nation’s elevator music, always out and about, heard but not really listened to, like audible wallpaper. And now, as Congress returns to resume wrestling with health care reform, we shall see if he continues his August project of proving that the idea of an Ivy League Huey Long is not oxymoronic.

    Barack Obama in August became a Huey for today, a rabble rouser with a better tailor, an unrumpled and modulated tribune of downtrodden Americans, telling them that opponents of his reform plan—which actually does not yet exist—are fearmongers employing scare tactics. He also told Americans to be afraid, very afraid of health-insurance providers because they are dishonest (and will remain so until there is a “public option” to make them “honest”). And to be afraid, very afraid of pediatricians who unnecessarily extract children’s tonsils for monetary rather than medical reasons. And to be afraid, very afraid of doctors generally because so many of them are so rapacious that they prefer lopping off limbs of diabetes patients rather than engaging in lifestyle counseling that for “a pittance” could prevent diabetes.

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    and NMF…I think you are correct…commercial real estate is the next big shoe to drop…just look around your neighborhoods…all the stip malls are empty, anchor stores are gone or just about hanging on…office buildings are empty, or worse, all those big, beautiful buildings that were built not long ago are already bankrupt…they did not even get a chance to get on the market and they are bankrupt…

    ….it is all a domino effect…starts with jobs…no jobs, no one goes to the malls, the stores at the malls start to go under, the owner of the mall cannot sustain his buildings if everyone else starts to default on rents, etc, etc, etc…

    by the time 2010 gets here, people are going to be demanding results…not more talk…

  90. dot48 and others:
    Stocks Decline, Trimming S&P 500’s Sixth Straight Monthly Gain – Bloomberg.com

    Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) — Stocks slid worldwide, trimming a sixth straight monthly gain for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as lower metal and oil prices dragged down commodity shares and banks fell on concern their rally outpaced their profit outlook.

    China led the global slump as the Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 6.7 percent, the most since June 2008, and entered a bear market. Alcoa Inc., Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp. dropped as copper plunged the most in two months and crude fell below $70 a barrel. Morgan Stanley retreated 2.6 percent after Bank of America Corp. said the shares are expensive.

    3w dot bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aogq07VmEChk

  91. JanH says:

    The dims are so damn stupid. They should never have admitted in the first place that he isn’t in charge of any new bills. He is a “doesn’t give a damn about the problem just tell me where to smile and sign” potus. Whether they be for the stimulus or healthcare, he is just a spokesperson/reality t.v. personality.

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    Jan, how can anyone, whether they are on the left or the right, have ANY TRUST in O and his admin…when we know he has already forged secret deals with the drug companies that take negotiations off the table before we even got started with the negotiations??

    …and he is constructing ‘health refrom’ that enables the insurance companies to increase their profits…no matter what happens…

    O has already sold us all out on all sides…he has acted in bad faith from the get go…

    Why should the left or the right trust him?

  92. O has already sold us all out on all sides…he has acted in bad faith from the get go…

    Why should the left or the right trust him?

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    Exactly!

  93. White House drug deal won’t save money: The plan that shrinks Medicare’s ‘donut hole’ for drugs will wind up expanding your tax load.
    White House drug deal won’t save money

    NEW YORK (Fortune) — This is the fifth installment in a series of health-care columns by Fortune’s Shawn Tully.

    The Obama Administration is touting its pact with the pharmaceutical industry as “an historic agreement to lower drug costs.” Both sides claim the deal will save consumers — and especially — the federal government, a total of $80 billion over the next decade.

    A close look at the details of the agreement, however, shows that the new rules could have precisely the opposite effect by substantially raising spending on pharmaceuticals. Seniors will wind up paying less in the short term, but taxpayers are going to get soaked down the road.

    Why? Because the deal would weaken incentives for seniors to purchase cheap, generic drugs ­­ incentives that are strong today. It’s brilliantly designed by the manufacturers so that the elderly pay no more from their own pockets to consume costly, brand-name medications, with the government covering most of the extra bill.

    Covering the ‘donut hole’

    The advertised “savings” come from the industry’s pledge to cover part of what’s known as the “donut hole” in Medicare drug coverage. Today, the program pays 75% of seniors’ prescription drug bills up to $2,700 (after a $295 deductible). Then, they must spend as much as $3,500 of their own cash for 100% of their purchases until total spending reaches around $6,200. That coverage gap between $2,700 and $6,200 is the famous donut hole, and the $6,200 is the “catastrophic care” threshold. After that, it’s essentially a free zone where the government pays 95% of a senior’s drug costs.

    The donut hole actually has its virtues: By forcing millions of seniors to pay a large portion of their medication costs, it encourages them to buy much cheaper generic drugs. The new agreement between Obama and the drugmakers, however, would make generics far less attractive by effectively “shrinking” the donut hole.

    Here’s how it works: The industry is promising to provide a 50% discount for all brand-name drugs that seniors purchase in the “donut” zone between $2,700 and $6,200 — a discount that does not apply to generics. The consumer pays half, but the amount that’s billed is still full price as it applies to the donut hole.

    That still sounds like a great solution, but the perils appear when you do the math. Put simply, The plan changes the game by enabling seniors to buy branded drugs for no more than they now pay out-of-pocket for generics. Worse, it will push far more seniors into the “free zone”, where they can consume virtually any drugs they want, no matter what the price, at a tiny extra cost.

    Let’s take an example. Under the current plan, Harry, age 70, uses one brand-name medication that doesn’t have a generic equivalent, for $250 a month, and three generic medications at $40 each, for a total of $370. Remember, the limit of the donut hole is determined not by what Harry spends, but the total bill for the drugs. Harry’s drug purchases come to just over $4,400 a year. With 75% of the first $2,700 covered, minus the $295 deductible, $2,640 comes out of his pocket, most of it from covering the full price once he reaches the donut. He doesn’t come anywhere near the $6,200 that would lift him into the catastrophic category. Any more money he spends on drugs would come out of his own pocket, since he’s smack in the middle of the coverage gap. But now, let’s zoom forward to the new deal that shrinks that coverage gap. With the 50% discount, Harry can now pay for $6,200 worth of drugs for the same $2,640 out-of-pocket, instead of $4,350 under the old rules.
    Now that he’s over the threshold, he decides to buy three brand-name drugs at $250 a month, each in place of the generics, at quadruple the cost. The enormous extra expense adds a piddling amount to the $2,640 he was paying out of pocket, since it’s 95% covered by the government. The result is that Harry now buys $12,000 in drugs versus $4,400 before. Indeed, the drug companies are paying part of the difference, but the government is paying far more ­­ hence the brilliance of the plan for Big Pharma. Harry can also get all the antibiotics and temporary therapies he wants for 5 cents on the dollar, now that he’s in the free zone.

    One caveat: “It won’t be easy to switch from branded to generic drugs because of rules at the insurance companies, and state laws that favor generics,” says Dr. Max Ferm, a distinguished consultant to the drug industry.

    But the incentives will shift enormously, not where the White House promised but where the drug industry aimed them: Toward billions upon billions in new spending.

    money.cnn.com/2009/08/31/news/economy/drug_donut_medicare.fortune/?postversion=2009083114

  94. Obama, still on vacation, hits the links

    By BEN FELLER (AP)

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, still in vacation mode, hit the links Monday for a round of golf. Wearing a navy polo shirt and khaki trousers, Obama arrived shortly after 1 p.m. at the Army Navy Country Club, about a mile south of the Pentagon and a 10-minute drive from the White House.

    The small group of reporters and photographers accompanying Obama were kept outside the gates of the private club and were unable to glimpse the president on the course. The White House said Obama’s foursome included U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

    The Obama family returned from a week at Martha’s Vineyard Sunday night — a holiday much interrupted by business and the death and remembrance of Sen. Edward Kennedy. The first family plans to get out of town again Wednesday for long weekend at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5huSNmNuOM7efqSOexr5FlnMZFZWgD9AE10B00

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    He’s too busy improving his golf game to work on healthcare.

  95. JanH Says:

    August 31st, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    White House drug deal won’t save money: The plan that shrinks Medicare’s ‘donut hole’ for drugs will wind up expanding your tax load.
    White House drug deal won’t save money

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    When I read about this a few weeks ago, I was floored. This is going to INCREASE the cost of pharmaceuticals, which increases the overall cost of health care. BO has made a pact with the devil. What a corporate shill. All this talk about this bill or that bill, is one big smokescreen for what is really happening. The insurers and pharmaceutical companies are getting exactly what they want, which is never good for the common man. We are so screwed. BO will not back down from the back room deals that he has made with the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. If he does, he loses their funding for the next election. The same applies to the congress critters. They are beholden to the special interests.

  96. “The insurers and pharmaceutical companies are getting exactly what they want, which is never good for the common man.” Correct. The so-called concessions were never about bi-partisanship. Both sides work for wall street now. Obama used bipartisanship to give Dems the worst bill possible(best for big business). Repubs haven’t acted in good faith either. They are also shilling for industry. The difference is they have a political goal of having Obama lose. That is all. Both sides against us, which is why I say BC would NEVER have proposed these and more concessions. He wouldn’t deliberately screw us. He wouldn’t think this is all some kind of game.

  97. mj Says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    “The insurers and pharmaceutical companies are getting exactly what they want, which is never good for the common man.” Correct. The so-called concessions were never about bi-partisanship. Both sides work for wall street now. Obama used bipartisanship to give Dems the worst bill possible(best for big business). Repubs haven’t acted in good faith either. They are also shilling for industry.

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    I haven’t read the earlier posts, but this describes my opinion. I expect the extreme Rightwing opposition is also partly funded by insurance companies to get the sort of backlash that’s actually happening. People are supporting the bill because they think if the Wingnuts are against it, it must be a good liberal bill. The Wingnuts are calling it ‘socialized medicine’ and the socialists believe them.

  98. “People are supporting the bill because they think if the Wingnuts are against it, it must be a good liberal bill. The Wingnuts are calling it ’socialized medicine’ and the socialists believe them.”

    Exactly. It is nutz. It’s like a big flippin act. Nobody cares about the little guy.

  99. Exactly. It is nutz. It’s like a big flippin act. Nobody cares about the little guy.

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    So, what are we being distracted from? Dakinikat, the economic guru, over at The Confluence has her theory and it isn’t very pretty.

    An excerpt:

    “We just handed over 40% of the domestic deposit market over to the top 4 banks. Under similar circumstances,historically, the justice department has either gone after the merger to stop it or we call it a natural monopoly and heavily regulate their pricing schemes and behaviors or we nationalize their assets. That’s because these kinds of markets are murder on the consumer and they’re not really free market capitalism. Not at all! I’ve detailed some of the already noticeable actions above.

    It’s only going to get worse. If these mergers are allowed to stand and continue with no major change in regulation, the next financial crisis will bring us down. The next financial crisis may not be that far away because we still have yet to solve the systemic problems that caused our recent disaster and we continue to ignore those badly priced and accounted for Toxic Assets. This entire situation transfers public welfare to a small bonus class and is not only positively immoral, it is illegal under our current law. They’ll create and up fees, decrease access to services and facilities, and transfer the resultant extraordinary profits right into bonuses and stock dividends.”

    riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/and_now_game_of_concentration/#comment-389882

  100. Will race baiting be used to threaten blacks if they vote a white woman as mayor of Atlanta, GA?

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090831/ap_on_re_us/us_atlanta_white_mayor;_ylt=Avn_xr5_tu6108P1QEtKvQJH2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTJwYTVyZGVyBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwODMxL3VzX2F0bGFudGFfd2hpdGVfbWF5b3IEY3BvcwM3BHBvcwM3BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDYWZ0ZXIzNXllYXJz

  101. A long but worthwhile read…

    ObamaCare versus the old ClintonCare: a major step backwards
    August 31, 2:34 PMDC Health Care ExaminerHoward Smith

    On September 22, 1993, President Clinton, in an impassioned address to a joint session of Congress, unveiled his Health Security Act to the American people. He laid out six principles: security, simplicity, savings, choice, quality and responsibility, and explained in unambiguous language how each of these principles were embodied in the Health Security Act.
    Clinton, despite his failings, which were only human failings, had something that Obama didn’t have although he thought he did and many in the media gave him credit for having. Clinton truly had a transformational vision for health care and that vision was masterfully expressed in this address to Congress that evening. It was probably one of the best speeches, if not the best speech he ever gave. Obama could have used these same six principles if he wanted to. They are worthy principles that all Americans want to achieve in any health care reform. One in particular needs to be examined very carefully, Clinton’s fifth principle, quality. Although the other five are as worthy of mention when comparing Clinton’s vision to Obama’s, quality is the most important and most valuable attribute whenever one encounters the health care system and it is over quality that Obama’s vision makes it most drastic departure from Clinton’s.

    Of quality, Clinton said, “If we reformed everything else in health care but failed to preserve and enhance the high quality of our medical care, we would have taken a step backward, not forward. Quality is something that cannot be left to chance. When you board an airplane, you feel better knowing that the plane meets standards designed to protect your safety. We must ask no less of our health care system…” In his own words, high quality care will be the safest care possible, as safe as flying in an airplane. He went on to say, “…More efficient delivery of health care does not decrease quality, and may even enhance it.” Again, his own words describe quality as the most effective care necessary to produce the best medical outcomes. Cost is only secondary; hence high quality care would be the most cost effective care possible.. He went even further by saying, “…Our plan will guarantee that the highest quality health care is available in even the remotest areas of our nation… Our plan will ensure quality by effective prevention and treatment measures for cancer, for AIDS, for Alzheimer’s, for heart disease and for other chronic diseases. Our plan safeguards the finest medical care in the world, and makes it even better.” Therefore, for Bill Clinton, high quality care will be universal, ensuring every American treatment for cancer, for AIDS, for Alzheimer’s, for heart disease and for other chronic diseases without raising the specter of how those suffering from these disease would contribute to society after treatment is rendered. These attributes of quality are an awesome vision, one that every American, every doctor, every politician regardless of party could embrace.

    Obama, who some say possesses rhetorical skills eclipsed only by Abraham Lincoln and, maybe, not even by him, and whose genius is unsurpassed by anyone who ever held the office, never said anything remotely similar. The reason why is he does not believe it. On July 15, 2009, he spelled out exactly what he thought of quality and he did so right in the face of the AMA. “Today, we are spending over $2 trillion a year on health care… And yet, for all this spending, …the quality of our care is often lower; and we aren’t any healthier.” It is rare for a president to address the AMA and rarer still to tell it that the quality of American health care is second rate. Yet, since Obama’s health care juggernaut began just 8 weeks ago, life expectancy was raised and data showed that survival rates for Americans with cancer, were superior to any European counterpart. However, Obama truly believes what he told the AMA and nothing will change his mind nor his agenda to bring us into his brave new world even if we don’t want to go.

    Nothing, though, speaks to the differences between the visions of these two men more than the two bills, themselves. It starts in the preambles of both. The preamble of Clinton’s Health Security Act promises to protect the health security of every American and provide them the highest quality care while at the same time controls the growth of health care spending. The preamble of ObamaCare, in the guise of HR 3200, says only “to provide affordable quality care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending and for other purposes.”

    We know that Clinton’s vision of high quality care is the safest, most cost effective care possible available to all Americans regardless of the conditions from which they suffer. On the other hand, what is affordable quality care? The crafters of HR 3200 could have used words like high quality care or most cost effective care but, instead, chose to use affordable quality care. Clearly, they do not mean the same things because, if they do, there would be no need to be so ambiguous. The only conclusion that could be reached is that Obama and the crafters of this bill or any other bill with which they may later be associated, do not hold quality in the same regard as does Bill Clinton. The answer, though, is found in the contents of HR 3200. Affordable quality care is whatever the Comparative Effectiveness Research Commission created by this bill says it is, and is whatever physicians, who are now agents of Accountable Care Organizations also created by this bill, are told it is, and is whatever the criteria for quality adjusted life years for those with cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and other chronic diseases determines it is. It is no more and no less. If safety and cost effectiveness are factors, it is only by accident. Cheap and mediocre, though, are by design. Universality remains to be seen and will be determined by how members of Congress behave whenever they or their family members need medical care.

    But, there are those, like Ezekiel Emanuel, a medical ethicist and chief health care advisor to President Obama, who would tell us we are wrong, This is not contained in the bill at all. With the conviction of a holy warrior, they will correct our misinterpretations. After all, these steps are not rationing; what is happening now is rationing. Rather, these steps are rational – absolutely necessary when medical resources are scarce. We have to be utilitarian in our approach to health care reform because ultimately the end does justify the means – sacrifice few to save many. Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously and, by so doing, they spread precious resources too thin. You know what? He’s right – in a post apocalyptic world – but we are not facing an apocalypse and a health care system worth $2.3 trillion has plenty of reserves. We do not have to sacrifice people to save money and this is precisely what ObamaCare will accomplish. This is affordable quality care.

    Clinton’s Health Security Act had its share of problems. However, after he first unveiled it that evening on September 22, 1993, it was enthusiastically received by 80% of all Americans. We trusted that while his reforms will make sweeping changes in the insurance industry through managed competition, no one will interfere in medical decisions. While this might have been an illusion, there was no threat of it in the language of the bill itself. The bill also offered malpractice reform in terms of what it called enterprise liability. It took 11 months of scrutiny and debate before it lost the support of the American people. When its approval was down to 47%, Senator George Mitchell announced that this bill is “dead on arrival” but it took 11 months.

    In the beginning of July when HR 3200 was unveiled by the House Education and Labor, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees, it was with little fanfare even from network TV, CNN and MSNBC, who were on board by reflex. But, as soon as Obama said he wanted this bill on his desk before the August recess, others took notice and support began to plummet. More and more Americans downloaded HR 3200 from the internet, read it for themselves, contacted their representatives, went to town hall meetings and, instead of getting answers to their concerns, there were attempts to convince them to believe that what they read with their own eyes didn’t really exist. The more vocal opponents became, the quicker Pelosi, Reed, Frank and others were to show utter contempt. While their behavior was becoming more and more Orwellian, the White House established an email address for real Americans to report dissenters who made fishy claims about health reform.

    In America, voices of opposition cannot be silenced and, in less than 8 weeks since ObamaCare’s unveiling, support was 47%, this despite very favorable media attention if not overt endorsements of it and shrill condemnations of anyone with the audacity to question what HR 3200 contained. Still, Obama and others remained undeterred and anyone who took the initiative to read the bill themselves were told, “Who are you going to trust, us or your lying eyes? We know what is best for America.” Nevertheless, they also knew that they needed us because even they didn’t have the courage to force this thing down our throats. So, to ingratiate our support they intend to attach Senator Kennedy’s name to their agenda.

    Damaged goods are still damaged goods no matter what is done to sell it. The only difference this tactiic would make would be to damage Kennedy’s legacy. Let ObamaCare stay ObamaCare. Despite tough economic times, we are still a prosperous nation not a third world country like the ones for which Obama has such admiration. We must bring them up to our medical standards not us down to theirs. Despite the economic challenge of entitlements, things are not so severe that we need the ethics of Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel and God forbid if doctors stop taking their Hippocratic Oaths seriously enough. ObamaCare will ultimately be scrapped and, when Congress comes to their senses if they want to be re-elected, they will craft enduring health reform which will be the envy of the world rather than just another copy of a national health care system. This is what Senator Kennedy would want.

  102. Well, this is not a happy day for me. The first year anniversary of when the lights officially went out in Washington DC, and a funeral for a friend.

    I am so looking forward to Admin’s article today about the anniversary.

    I sincerely do not believe that ‘votes’ and ‘elections’ matter anymore, not after the primary of 2008. If he can ‘steal’ the election with so many accomplices, then he can do it again and again and so can his friends, and others. And, btw, it was not the first election to be rigged.

    This theory is further enhanced by the fact that NONE of the Dims are even pretending to listen to the American citizens knowing that they can ram whatever through and there is nothing we can do about it.
    Sad day in my neighborhood……..

  103. CRTC seeks apology for Obama jokes
    Comedy sketch included remarks about race, assassination

    By Etan Vlessing

    Aug 31, 2009, 03:09 PM ET

    TORONTO — Canada’s TV watchdog on Monday called on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. to publicly apologize for mocking U.S. President Barack Obama as a possible thief and target of assassination during a New Year’s Eve satirical show.

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission fingered the public broadcaster for a comedy sketch during the Dec. 31 airing of “Bye Bye 2008” that included references to Obama’s skin color, the phrase “all blacks look alike” and the idea that the U.S. president might be inclined to steal purses from the audience.

    “We expect the CBC to apologize to its viewers and implement mechanisms to prevent such an unfortunate situation from occurring again in the future,” CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein said in a ruling Monday.

    Obama’s interviewer in the French-language New Year’s Eve special told another actor in the role of Obama that having a black president in the White House was helpful because a black man is more visible and easier to assassinate.

    “Broadcasters must maintain high standards at all times and are responsible for the content they broadcast, including during live programs,” von Finckenstein said.

    The Montreal-based producers of “Bye Bye,” a popular end-of-year ritual on Canada’s French-language public broadcaster, publicly apologized after the broadcast earlier this year, and denied any racist intent.

    The CBC in January conceded the race-based satire contained elements “that might not be to everyone’s taste,” but also defended its right to uphold creative expression.

    The CRTC, in urging a full apology from the CBC, said the “Bye Bye 2008” broadcast breached domestic TV regulations that aim against abusive comments and negative portrayals of visible minorities on Canadian TV.

    Executives at the CBC could not be reached for reaction.
    CRTC seeks apology for Obama jokes
    Comedy sketch included remarks about race, assassination

    By Etan Vlessing

    Aug 31, 2009, 03:09 PM ET
    TORONTO — Canada’s TV watchdog on Monday called on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. to publicly apologize for mocking U.S. President Barack Obama as a possible thief and target of assassination during a New Year’s Eve satirical show.

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission fingered the public broadcaster for a comedy sketch during the Dec. 31 airing of “Bye Bye 2008” that included references to Obama’s skin color, the phrase “all blacks look alike” and the idea that the U.S. president might be inclined to steal purses from the audience.

    “We expect the CBC to apologize to its viewers and implement mechanisms to prevent such an unfortunate situation from occurring again in the future,” CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein said in a ruling Monday.

    Obama’s interviewer in the French-language New Year’s Eve special told another actor in the role of Obama that having a black president in the White House was helpful because a black man is more visible and easier to assassinate.

    “Broadcasters must maintain high standards at all times and are responsible for the content they broadcast, including during live programs,” von Finckenstein said.

    The Montreal-based producers of “Bye Bye,” a popular end-of-year ritual on Canada’s French-language public broadcaster, publicly apologized after the broadcast earlier this year, and denied any racist intent.

    The CBC in January conceded the race-based satire contained elements “that might not be to everyone’s taste,” but also defended its right to uphold creative expression.

    The CRTC, in urging a full apology from the CBC, said the “Bye Bye 2008” broadcast breached domestic TV regulations that aim against abusive comments and negative portrayals of visible minorities on Canadian TV.

    Executives at the CBC could not be reached for reaction

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