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Friday, August 21, 2009
Friday August 21 -- Got news or an update?
If you have news or an update, leave it in comments. . . .
Obama won the election on the 'Stupid' strategy, why wouldn't he think it will work again?
The 'Stupid' Strategy
New York Post, by Rich Lowry
THE Obama team is saddled with a foundering health- care strategy. But it has a fallback plan -- relying on the sheer dimwitted gullibility of the American public. How stupid do they think we are? Stupid enough to think that a new $1 trillion health-care entitlement is just the thing to restore the country to fiscal health.
Obama's Approval "All Wee-Weed" Up... Down to 45% Via Drudge
Barack Obama insisted today to an audience of supporters and union thugs that the euphoria of Hopenchange was here to stay.
US President Barack Obama launched a mocking counter-attack Thursday at pundits who believe the euphoric early promise of his presidency is evaporating amid bitter political warfare.
Obama, who has watched his poll ratings dip sharply over recent months, drew comparisons to his 2008 presidential campaign, which was several times all but written off by media experts who set prevailing political wisdom.
Then Obama drew parallels to the media frenzy that greeted the nomination of firebrand Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008.
"The media was obsessed with it, cable was 24 hours a day," Obama told a friendly audience of grass-roots Democratic activists at a Washington forum broadcast live over the web.
"'Obama's lost his mojo,' you remember all that?
"There is something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee weed up!"
Fortunately for Obama the democrat-media complex was there to destroy Sarah Palin for him last year.
Unfortunately for Obama he gave this speech right before Zogby released their latest numbers which show that Dear Leader has dropped to a 45% approval rating-- a new alltime low for the young president 6 months into office.
More bad news... President Barack Obama gets a 47 - 48 percent approval rating from Florida voters, down from 58 - 35 percent June 10, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
He's a joker, he's a smoker, he's a midnight toker...
Judging by Zogby's numbers, it appears obie clownshoes is going to be "wee weed" ON in the next couple months.
DeathCare: Expect Rationed Care-- Long Waiting Lists-- Skyrocketing Costs
This was devastating...
Dr. Brian Day, the former President of the Canadian Medical Association, shed some light on what we can expect from Obamacare. It doesn't look good.
The former Canadian top doctor told Bill O'Reilly to expect rationed care, long waiting lists and skyrocketing costs.
Don’t expect tort reform while a Democrat is in office. There are way too many failed lawyers that have made becoming an elected official their fall-back position.
-Trial lawyers are the fourth
branch of government-
San Francisco Examiner
by Daniel J. Popeo
Ten years ago, notorious trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs, apparently frustrated with elected officials’ inaction on health care, decided to take matters into his own hands, filing class-action lawsuits against HMOs. Reporting on the suits, Time magazine asked Scruggs whether the plaintiffs’ bar was trying to run America. His response, accompanied by laughter, was, “Somebody’s got to do it.” Today, even though Scruggs is in jail,...
Obama Healh Care Exposed on FactCheck.org
Keep Your Insurance? Not Everyone.
Obama's claim depends on what employers would likely do under several legislative scenarios.
President Obama has repeatedly said that under the health care overhaul efforts in Congress, "if you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan." But he can’t make that promise to everyone.
In fact, under the House bill, some employers might have to modify plans after a five-year grace period if they don’t meet minimum benefits standards.
“woefully ill-informed newspaper columnists.” Call the “sneaky bastards” out and give em hell, right on!
The Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson is wrong on trade.
National Review, by Daniel Ikenson
During the past few years, America has grown increasingly averse to trade. This trend is the product of myths perpetuated by campaigning politicians, captured policymakers, TV charlatans, and woefully ill-informed newspaper columnists. Harold Meyerson always comes to mind as emblematic of this last category, so his fallacy-laden diatribe about the decline of U.S. manufacturing in Wednesday’s Washington Post is par for the course. Meyerson makes a few claims that cannot be allowed to stand.
Obama says Sebelius didn’t misspeak about the Public Option. Many people in Kansas say if her lips are moving, Sebelius is lying. They are just glad she is out of Kansas.
Obama: Republican Conspiracy Out to Kill Health Reform (Washington Times)
President Obama took to the conservative airwaves Thursday to charge that Republican leaders are engaged in a vast right-wing conspiracy to kill health care reform in order to repeat the 1994 mid-term takeover of Congress, which followed the defeat of President Clinton's reform plan.
"I think early on, a decision was made by the Republican leadership that said, 'Look, let's not give him a victory, maybe we can have a replay of 1993, '94, when Clinton came in, he failed on health care and then we won in the mid-term elections and we got the majority.
And I think there are some folks who are taking a page out that playbook," the president said.
Appearing on the Michael Smerconish radio show, Mr. Obama said he would "love to have more Republicans engaged and involved in this process," but he vowed to win the battle, with or without support from the minority party in Congress.
Um, you’re the ‘Leader of the Free World’, and you claim a mandate for absolute control over the most powerful nation on Earth (”I won..”), have majorities in both Houses of Congress, and you still play the ‘Victim’ card?
Does he never realizes how snivelling and slimy this makes him look?
Poll: Americans losing confidence in Obama (AP/YahooNews)
WASHINGTON – A new poll says that Americans, concerned over the future of health care reform and anxious about the growing federal budget deficit, are losing faith in President Barack Obama.
The Washington Post-ABC News survey found that less that half of Americans — 49 percent — say they believe the president will make the right decisions for the country. That's down from 60 percent at the 100-day mark of the Obama presidency.
Just goes to show what happens when you promise unicorns for all and then you don't deliver.
Who are these 49% idiots. Is there really that many Marxist in this country?
Marxists, Marxists, Did someone say Marxist?
NY Times: Karl Marx Is Back in Vogue
New York Times book critic Dwight Garner wrote recently that Karl Marx is back in vogue, adding that the founding communist comes across as a "jovial man of outsize appetites" in Tristram Hunt’s new biography "Marx’s General."
Garner opened the review by insisting that decrying capitalism is now hip again:
"Thanks to globalism’s discontents and the financial crisis that has spread across the planet, Karl Marx and his analysis of capitalism’s dark, wormy side are back in vogue."
Flustered Obama a 'wee' bit touchy during dog days (Washington Times)
Mired in the summer of his discontent, President Obama on Thursday coined a new phrase for the absurdity of a Washington August, when lawmakers and lobbyists vacation outside the Beltway but pollsters and chatterers go right on polling and chattering.
"There's something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee-wee'd up," the world's most powerful man observed. "I don't know what it is, but that's what happens."
So, it made perfect sense that, during wee wee'd Washington's "silly season," the president took to the conservative radio airwaves to declare that he wants a bipartisan fix for America's health care system and that a federal takeover is just "an option."
Just seven months in office, the legendarily cool Mr. Obama is in the throes of a summer meltdown.
THE 'STUPID' STRATEGY: HEALTH-REFORMERS' LAST HOPE (NY Post)
THE Obama team is saddled with a foundering health- care strategy. But it has a fallback plan -- relying on the sheer dimwitted gullibility of the American public. How stupid do they think we are?
Stupid enough to think that a new $1 trillion health-care entitlement is just the thing to restore the country to fiscal health.
Stupid enough not to realize that it is through budget trickery -- the taxes begin immediately, the spending is put off for a few years -- that the program in the House shows "only" a $239 billion deficit over the first 10 years.
Stupid enough to think increased preventive care will save the government money, just because President Obama constantly repeats it despite all the studies to the contrary.
Stupid enough not to worry that Obama's proposed superteam of technocrats operating outside normal political controls -- the so-called Independent Medicare Advisory Council -- will resort to rationing when costs spiral upward.
Stupid enough to consider it wise to use several billion dollars in cuts from Medicare to create an entitlement rather than to forestall Medicare's own looming insolvency, now projected for 2017
Stupid enough to believe that we'll be able to keep our current health-care arrangements if we like them, even though the public option could throw tens of millions of people out of private insurance.
Stupid enough to credit Obama's assurances that the Democrats' reform isn't about government intervention in the health-care system when -- even without the public option -- it all-but-nationalizes health insurance.
Stupid enough not to see through Obama's sudden insistence on calling his plan "health-insurance reform" as empty, poll-tested phrase-making.
Stupid enough to consider Obama's reform a good deal when its insurance regulations would increase premiums for most healthy people.
A-List Stars Flailing at the Box Office (The New York Times)
The spring and summer box office has murdered megawatt stars like Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Eddie Murphy, John Travolta, Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell.
Can Brad Pitt escape?
A-list movie stars have long been measured by their ability to fill theaters on opening weekend. But never have so many failed to deliver, resulting in some rare soul-searching by motion picture studios about why the old formula isn’t working — and a great deal of anxiety among stars (and agents) about the potential vaporization of their $20 million paychecks.
“The cratering of films with big stars is astounding,” said Peter Guber, the former chairman of Sony Pictures who is now a producer and industry elder statesman. “These supertalented people are failing to aggregate a large audience, and everybody is looking for answers.”
Mr. Guber added, “Even Johnny Depp” — starring in the drama “Public Enemies” — “didn’t exactly deliver a phenomenal result.” (The A-list results may be damped partly because Will Smith, a regular summer powerhouse, had no movie open this season.)
Mr. Ferrell bombed in “Land of the Lost,” a $100 million comedy that sold only $49 million in tickets in North America. Ms. Roberts missed with “Duplicity,” a $60 million thriller that attracted $40.6 million. “Angels & Demons” (Mr. Hanks) was soft. The same for “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” (Mr. Washington and Mr. Travolta).
Just like the newspapers, if the "big stars" kept their political ignorance to themselves, instead of thinking that their opinions matter more than the rest of ours, they wouldn't have this problem.
They’ve destroyed the illusion. I can’t watch any of those “big stars” without replaying their political comments telling ME that my beliefs are stupid and archaic.
Tribune Expects Changes (WSJ)
Tribune Co. said its ownership is likely to change as the newspaper-and-television company emerges from bankruptcy-court protection, a shift that people familiar with the matter say would likely put the company in the hands of its lenders and shrink primary debt by more than 90%.
In a note Thursday to employees, Tribune Chief Operating Officer Randy Michaels said "the ownership structure of the company is likely to change." He added that "current operating management is committed, and intends to remain in place during and after the restructuring."
TOTUS is plain tuckered out and needs a vacation, he ‘wee-wee’d’ on NØbama.
IT'S THE ECONOMY HUH MELANIE? HOW'S McCLACTHY'S NETWORKING WITH 50% OF ITS READERS? ALL WEE WEED UP
Twitter Effect rattles Hollywood
Avalanche of raves or pans can be set off before credits stop rolling
While word of mouth could always make or break a movie, it usually took days to affect the box office.
But the rise of social networking tools like Twitter may be narrowing that time frame to mere hours. And that has Hollywood on edge.
(JUST LIKE McCCLACTHY) MSNBC Crops Out The Truth (Weekly Standard)
Last week, there were several instances of protesters showing up outside of town hall meetings openly carrying firearms.
MSNBC, not content to simply say, “Golly, guns are scary!” decided that there must be something racist going on. After showing close-cropped video footage of a protester with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle slung over his shoulder, MSNBC host Contessa Brewer went on to say:
“Yes, there are Second Amendment rights, for sure, but also there are questions of whether this has a racial overtone. I mean, here you have a man of color in the presidency, and you have white people showing up with guns strapped to their waist.”
The only problem with MSNBC’s narrative of simmering racial tension and extremism is that the man with the rifle was, in fact, black.
After getting slammed this morning by just about every conservative blog in existence, an MSNBC spokesman, responding to Politico, issued this weak-kneed, watery response:
"Contessa was speaking generally and not about that specific person with the automatic weapon."
So, if I understand correctly, Brewer was claiming the town hall protesters carrying guns were generally racist.
That seems like a perfectly reasonable and well-founded assertion. No need, then, to show any evidence to the contrary, except to deliberately crop it out and use the footage to support Brewer’s claim
Re: Poll: Americans losing confidence in Obama (AP/YahooNews)
If the lying media simply told the truth in their reporting, Zero’s poll numbers would be vastly lower. The corrupt ‘proper-upper’ media, still has a corrupt hold on the brain-dead. That will change, as we pull the plug on the old and useless news organs. 'The death panel stocks the media.' That sound like a title for a good book.
McClatchy and MSNBC is to news, what Gilligans Island was to the cruise line industry.
MSNBC overplayed their hand. Now the story is all about media deception and bias.
Some congressman should submit a bill that removes Journalism as a major that is funded by federal student loans and grants since it no longer is a valid major.
Clearly all the universities are turning out are propagandists, not journalists.
MSNBC makes the William Hurt character in Broadcast News look like a saint.
AARP Takes Heat Over Health Stand
WASHINGTON -- AARP thinks U.S. health care needs a sweeping overhaul. Problem is, a lot of its members don't agree.
That is putting the 40-million-strong organization of older Americans in a tight spot. It is fielding a flood of calls from worried seniors and battling rumors about President Barack Obama's health push, which it supports....
...AARP concedes that 60,000 members have resigned since July 1 over the health-care push.
Daily Gut: Does MSNBC Want a Race War? (Big Hollywood)
But this leads me to MSNBC, where on Tuesday Contessa Brewer – someone I’d like to see in a shower - filed a report about health care protesters showing up armed. In it, she used tape of that same black man carrying an assault rifle and said “there are questions about whether this has racial overtones….white people showing up with guns.” Of course, like I said – the guy was black.
But you never would have known. Because MSNBC has strategically edited the tape, so the race of the armed dude wasn’t revealed. You just assumed he was white, thanks to Contessa. Take a look at the tape from the MSNBC segment:
Climate summit flop feared (CPHPOST)Paging algore
Hotel reservation cancellations spark failure fears for the upcoming climate conference in Copenhagen
The Foreign Ministry has cancelled 20,000 overnight hotel reservations meant for people attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December.
The move is expected to cost the hotel industry about 40 million kroner in lost revenue, calculated by each night in a hotel room costing about 2,000 kroner, reports Business.dk.
Reservations in a number of hotels across Zealand and parts of Skåne in southern Sweden have been cut from 120,000 to 100,000 overnight stays. The two-week conference in December is expected to attract between 12,000 and 15,000 participants. The ministry described the cancellations as a natural ‘adjustment’.
'Barack Obama And The Democrats Did Not Inherit The Bad Economy...' (Full page ad)
US Citizens Association
Barack Obama And The Democrats Did Not Inherit The Bad Economy; They Caused It And Made It Worse.
Would McClatchy or the NY Times have accepted an ad like this? NEVER
David Letterman calls health care protesters the Taliban. How sleazy can you get? Letterman has become the poster boy for a leftist celebrity gone from bad to insane.
Muslim man sentenced to life in jail after killing his German-born wife ...'too independent' Dailymail UK
(The religion of pieces "stikes" again)
A Muslim asylum seeker has been sentenced to life in prison after killing his German-born wife because she was 'too independent', a court in Germany heard today.
The 27-year-old Kurdish man, identified only as Onder B, was found guilty today of stabbing his wife in the eyes, beating her with a billiard cue and then running over her in his car.
His mother-in-law had once told him to be 'strict' with her strong-willed daughter, Mujde - who was also Onder's cousin.
Holder's Black Panther Stonewall
Why did the Justice Department dismiss such a clear case of voter intimidation?
President Obama's Justice Department continues to stonewall inquiries about why it dropped a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.
The episode—which Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice, calls "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I've ever seen"—began on Election Day 2008. Mr. Bull and others witnessed two Black Panthers in paramilitary garb at a polling place near downtown Philadelphia.
One of them, they say, brandished a nightstick at the entrance and pointed it at voters and both made racial threats. Mr. Bull says he heard one yell
"You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!"
If AARP concedes they lost 60,000 members, then they probably lost twice that number. And, who knows how many seniors just gave up trying to jump through the hoops AARP used to stop them from removing their names from their roster. It appears to me, AARP used thier senior membership list to back a seemedly pro-death agenda. Shame on the "sneaky bastards"
0’s a racist, so he appoints other racists: Holder and Sotomayor.
Racists take care of their own SEIU, ACORN, along with their agenda of sticking it to the White Cracker Devils.
Ambulance To Hosp. For Heart Attack In Canada NOT Covered By Gubmint Ins: "Not Medically Necessary!"
On the O'Reilly Factor tonight, the former President of the Canadian Medical Association, Brian Day, M.D. all but begged America to reject Obamacare.
Dr. Day, a practicing surgeon in Vancouver, said than tens of thousands of Canadians are waiting months for surgery because there is no money to pay for it and Canada has way too few physicians because no one wants to practice there.
In addition, tens of thousands of other patients are waiting months to see the specialist, so they can then be approved to get in line to wait months for the surgery! Of course, in cancer patients, these delays are a death sentence, because the delays allow the tumors time to grow and metastasize.
No Maine Miracle Cure (Another state 'public option' that failed)
Want a preview of ObamaCare in action? Sneak a look at what has happened in Maine.
In 2003, the state to great fanfare enacted its own version of universal health care. Democratic Governor John Baldacci signed the plan into law with a bevy of familiar promises. By 2009, it would cover all of Maine's approximately 128,000 uninsured citizens. System-wide controls on hospital and physician costs would hold down insurance premiums. There would be no tax increases. The program was going to provide insurance for everyone and save businesses and patients money at the same time.
After five years, fiscal realities as brutal as the waves that crash along Maine's famous coastline have hit the insurance plan.
The system that was supposed to save money has cost taxpayers $155 million and is still rising.
Here's how the program was supposed to work. Two government programs would cover the uninsured. First the legislature greatly expanded MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program.
Today Maine families with incomes of up to $44,000 a year are eligible; 22% of the population is now in Medicaid, roughly twice the national average.
David Letterman is beyond sleazy. I can’t even think of a word bad enough to describe him. Calling our patriots the Taliban, he has gone ‘round the bend.
Dirigo incorporates essentailly ALL the major points of Obamacare... which is precisely why it is such a complete failure.
Additionally, it was rammed through the state legislature by a democrat majority and signed by a democrat governor, at a time when every third-party analysis showed that it could never work.
One issue the article left out is the claims of the few remaining Dirigo supporters that the program has “saved millions of dollars”.
Sure it has... because the state is delinquent up to two years in claims payment, to the tune of over $20,000,000.00 owed to doctors and hospitals.
The end result is that many offices no longer accept the coverage.
Dirigo was concieved by idiots and implemented by idiots, at the expense of the very people its supporters so loudly proclaimed they were helping. It is a microcosmic example of why socialized medicine will never work, and why Obamacare must be utterly crushed.
I quit my last job because they changed from Blue Cross to Dirigo Health. There are so many problems with Dirigo, I could go on forever.
To qualify for any discount you have to be real poor. I think discounts start at $22,000 and only after the State Government takes control of your assets.
My coverage alone cost $600 a month with a $5000 a year out of pocket, renewed the first of each year. The 80/20 primary copay, you pay the 80%. In other words, you pay the first $12,000 every year. Income redistribution at its finest, only enables the lazy hacks and hurts the people that truly need help.
This power grab stuff makes me so mad I better shut up now.
John Edwards and Rielle Hunter - Maury Povich Paternity Test (SPOOF)
O’ Blue Lips is looking a bit ragged around the edges. Maybe a vacation is in order. A multimillion dollar beach mansion is just the place for the porker. After all, the ‘Porkulus’ bills were written and backed by elitists that made their money the old fashioned way, by elected officials’ fringe benefits.
Obama 1995: In hard economic times, politicians tend to look for racial scapegoatsposted + Rev Wright truthful comment. (HotAir)
Isn’t it depressing when politicians try to demagogue what’s essentially an economic issue?
I can just picture the heads nodding at MSNBC. I’ll say this for you, champ: You’ve got a lot of nerve.
Watch to the end for some sweet, sweet bonus material on Rev. Wright, whose more radical tendencies The One naturally never ever had an inkling of.
Barry shuts-down Capes's airports
Vacationing President's TFR Rankles Vineyard Pilots
Give them stimulus money Barry, it would be less objectionable than the money you gave a pornographic film maker.
Obama says he thinks Rev Wright will be the ‘pillar’ that communities will be built on in the future.
Obama's Brick Wall: The American People (davidlimbaugh.com)
President Barack Obama has run into a brick wall: the American people, who cherish their liberty and revere their nation and do not want it remade in Obama's socialist image.
Obama's free-falling poll numbers are not the result of a misinformation campaign from a small sliver of unruly conservative opponents, as the administration wants you to believe.
They are a reflection of the public's reaction to Obama's policies and his own comprehensive misinformation campaign to dupe the people into believing America is unsalvageable without fundamental change.
It’s not so bad in Britain
The reality is that the NHS costs half as much per person as the American system costs. Yet it delivers results which are on some plausible measures (see article) actually superior, for instance in terms of health in middle-age or life expectancy at birth (America’s record at treating cancers is much better, though). And it does this while avoiding the disgrace that so shames America, of leaving around 46m people, some 15% of its population, without any form of health insurance and therefore reliant on emergency-room care, which is costly and inefficient. Many millions more are covered by only bare-bones policies, which can leave them destitute in the event of prolonged illness. But if American politicians peddle falsehoods about what goes on in other countries, Americans are correspondingly less likely to appreciate the extent to which they are being let down.
No Social Security $$ increase until 2012; Obama double crosses his base, media smothers the story
(The Collins Report) DEAR LEADER FINDS ANOTHER WAY TO KILL GRANNY
This is another important story being smothered by the Democrat controlled media.
The Obama administration has quietly announced there will be no raise in social security payments next year and maybe not until 2012, a presidential election year.
Citing a 2008 third quarter cost of living decline, Congress has voted no cost of living increase in next year’s Social Security checks for the first time since 1973.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 Members of Congress have awarded themselves a 17 percent higher Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) than the nation’s 48 million elderly beneficiaries will receive in 2008.
Can’t wait to see AARP’s position on this. They can explain to their members why its good the Dems are screwing them out of their COLA
Family told by NHS: Alzheimer's is not a 'health condition'
(Telegraph.co.uk) ENGLAND'S DEATHCARE
NHS Worcestershire ruled that Judith Roe, 74, did not qualify for NHS funding because her condition was a "social" rather than "health" problem, even though she was so ill she could not make a cup of tea and regularly left the stove on.
She was forced to sell her £200,000home to pay her £600-a-week nursing home fees, which would have been funded if she had been categorised correctly.
Her son, Richard, 40, urged other families in a similar situation to fight for the care they are entitled to.
He said: "The way the health trust behaved was scandalous. It has been very stressful.
People in Oregon know about the goodness of assisted suicide, or do they? The media reporting about assisted suicide was so slanted that the voters thought it was a good way to end a life. There was little mention that the driving force for it was to cut costs in the state run health care plan. Many people say beside terminal patients, seniors in Oregon are being brainwashed into believing that offing themselves is the only way not to indebt their grandchildren. Ya think Oregon liberals were pro the Obama’s death squads?
You bet your sweet bippy they were. MOO
John Edwards said there are two Americas. Well, he knew what he was talkin’ ‘bout. One America, rewards ambulance chasing lawyers, and the other America pays the price for awarding the ambulance chasing lawyers, through higher heath care costs. Is that what the former Democratic candidate for president meant? Did anyone see a “D” after Edwards’ name in the sorry leftist media stories?
The Enquirer tops the MSM again.
Daschle brought in by White House to help cram Obamacare through Congress (Fox News Channel)
Per Fox, Obama is huddling with former senator Daschle, who was dropped as HHS secretary when it was discovered that Daschle is a tax cheat.
According to Fox, Obamacare is hung-up on a House that insists upon the "public option" (i.e. destroying all private insurance companies) and the Senate's failure to have enough Dems supporting the "public option."
Reportedly, Obama and Daschle have been in daily contact on passing Obamacare.
This means one thing....Obama and the democrats are going to try and split the bill and hide the worse parts of the deathcare bill in other pieces of legislation.
This is what Daschle advised in his book in order to sneak government run healthcare in piecemeal....before the American people realized what they were doing.
A Deck Stacked With Race Cards
What if America transcended race, and Barack Obama wasn't invited?
The question comes to mind as cries of racism grow ever louder from Obama's supporters.
No one should be surprised. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, liberal Democrats have to accuse their opponents of racism. Indeed, somewhat to their credit, fighting racism -- alas, even where it doesn't exist -- is one of the reasons they became liberal Democrats in the first place.
And that's the great irony of the Obama presidency. It was Obama's supporters who hinted, teased, promised or prophesied that Obama would help America "transcend race." But now, it is they who shrink from their own promised land.
After all, it was not Obama's detractors who immediately fell into the comfortable groove of racial grievance and familiar "narratives" when Henry Louis Gates insisted that a police instructor in racial sensitivity had to be a racist. That was Obama and his choir of heralds.
Another Even Vaster
Right Wing Conspiracy
by Larrey Anderson
Just when we thought no one could top Hillary Clinton’s vast right wing conspiracy concoction, along comes President Obama with an even bigger whopper. Guess what? The vast right wing conspiracy of 2009 has exactly the same purpose it had in 1993 and 1994: to destroy the Democrat’s plan to socialize America’s health care system.
Health Care Reform Bills Would Not Verify Citizenship Status Of Beneficiaries (CNSNews)
The health care reform bills Congress is considering would not require people who sign up for government health care programs to verify their eligibility.
That opens the door for millions of illegal aliens and other non-citizens to receive medical services paid for by taxpayers, a panel of experts from the conservative Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Heritage Foundation said Wednesday.
Title II, Substitle C, Section 246 of the House health care bill (H.R. 3200) stipulates "no federal payment for undocumented aliens." The Senate Bill states that beneficiaries of federal health care programs must be a citizen or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States.
But neither bill has a provision for verifying citizenship status, according to these experts.
Gibbs, Obama and other Democrats are lying through their teeth.
They are putting up a smoke-screen by saying that both the Senate and House bill (H.R. 3200) would not give illegals tax-payer funded health care, and that illegals are specifically excluded.
BUT, the Dems purposefully left out the enforcement mechanism.
ACLU and Gitmo Lawyers Accused of Passing Personal Info About CIA Agents to Al-Qaeda (Gateway Pundit)
A New Low For the ACLU--
Outrage! The ACLU and Gitmo lawyers are being accused of passing personal information of CIA agents to Al-Qaeda terrorists.
The Washington Post reported:
The Justice Department recently questioned military defense attorneys at Guantanamo Bay about whether photographs of CIA personnel, including covert officers, were unlawfully provided to detainees charged with organizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
Investigators are looking into allegations that laws protecting classified information were breached when three lawyers showed their clients the photographs, the sources said.
The lawyers were apparently attempting to identify CIA officers and contractors involved in the agency’s interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects in facilities outside the United States, where the agency employed harsh techniques.
If detainees at the U.S. military prison in Cuba are tried, either in federal court or by a military commission, defense lawyers are expected to attempt to call CIA personnel to testify.
The photos were taken by researchers hired by the John Adams Project, a joint effort of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers...
It's weird isn't it? Liberals will bend over backwards to help killer terrorists, but call anti-tax protesters "teabaggers" and "mobsters."
A good question for Zero would be to tell us how much illegals cost
us today. No jiving, just the bottom line. It is unbelievable, while we struggle through a recession, to keep spending money on law breakers that should not be in the USA in the first place. The media carefully does not bring us the news of the frustrations over the fact that illegals are breaking even more of our laws everyday, and jam our legal system. Democrats will also not tell you the money we would give illegals for health care could be spent on deporting them, and we could stop throwing good money, after bad. The old line we cannot deport 14 million law breakers is a lie.
We can deport them,
“Yes we can”
On Death Care: “The ‘Ruling Class’ have not even read the bill, or understand it, and yet they have the cojones to berate questioners, who have read the bill, for asking questions.”
I clipped this from another thread because it said exactly how I feel, and bears repeating.
Vote the bums out!
Obama was for the public option before he wasn't but is for it again now. For now.
In the beginning this was about healthcare reform but now it's about insurance reform unless we are talking to the unions in which case it's healthcare again.
There wasn't a deathcare option and to prove it we took it out of the bill.
Democrat congressmen can't be bothered to read the bill but attack taxpayers who actually do as crazies.
Democrats crafted all of their bills without allowing minority input but then were for a bipartisan approach before they decided to go it alone without any Republican help except that they want to SEEM to be bipartisan. Sometimes.
Liberals are all for dissent unless they disagree with it in which the dissenting taxpayers are Unamerican, Nazi's, crazy, racist or deceived depending on what day it is.
We can go on and on.
And you are surprised that healthcare is in trouble.
Tom Daschle is the perfect scandal ridden politician for our ‘Chicago Thug’ to call upon for help. If the media had done their job on reporting the true Daschle, he would be hiding in disgrace. At least Daschle had the good sense to duck out of any cabinet appointment. It would have cost him too much of his murky lobbyist income. Good grief, is there no end to corrupt and tax-cheating Democrats? One can only hope the ‘Light Bulb Moment’ for seeing who he Democraps really are, is contagious.
A poster clips and pastes an article declaring the health care in the UK is just so great. It isn’t, and why don’t we hear what percentage the UK taxes their citizens? I saw a population estimation on another blog, and it is another good reason to stop comparing the socialist systems with ours. The sheer numbers of Americans vs tiny populations, are not comparable. The US government can’t run AMTRAK well, who wants them taking over our health care?
The "Obama Misery Index" - It’s on the rise, watch for it.
Barry is turning it off while he frolics on the beaches of Martha's Vineyard with the swells.
Not all of the 49 percent who still think Obama will make the right choices for America are Marxists. Most of them are illiterate, drug-addled, welfare drones who couldn't understand the question.
8:50: That's hilarious!
Thought for the day: Whatever happened to all those anti-war demonstrators and all that media coverage when Bush was president? How come the big spike in US casualties in Afghanistan isn't bringing out the Cindy Sheehan whacks? How come they're not setting up tents and vigils outside the White House?
...A poster clips and pastes an article declaring the health care in the UK is just so great. It isn’t, and why don’t we hear what percentage the UK taxes their citizens? ...
Just check Britain's (and other countries') health outcomes and their per-capita health spending compared to ours. Google "international health statistics". It may pull your blinders off. No, you'll probably just call it another conspiracy.
Ambulance To Hosp. For Heart Attack In Canada NOT Covered By Gubmint Ins: "Not Medically Necessary!"
It is worse than that. Cancer surgeries are classified as elective but they have the perfect system. Those that love it get treatments for their coughs and colds but those that hate it are allowed to die so how can they complain?
Top that off with your television and news agencies being government owned institutions and everything looks just peachy, because even if they were to report the truth, they can be censored entirely on the order of a single judge.
No sir, no freedom of speech or press in Utopia.
The Democrats couldn’t look worse to the normal citizens of the US. Trying to paint the leftist loons as the average citizen, and the angry town hall attendees as nutcases, is not going to work. Like Pogo sez: "We have met the ememy and he is us." Not much longer Pogo, we know who the ememy is, and they are not us! They are not!
8:50 Very funny
You can’t really know what the per-capita health spending in the UK is. They withhold treatment, and people have to wait months for care. If they actually treated each patient promptly and thoroughly, their stats would change drastically. My neighbors that immigrated from England, are the harshest critics of government run health care. That tells me something. About those taxes, he said when he added up all his taxes he paid more than 50% of his yearly income. There was no reason to try to better your income to the level ‘government’ considered wealthy, they simply taxed it away from you. That is socialism, and they became US citizens to get away from it. I believe them, not the lying media, or the statistics from a government trying to take us over.
NBC Online Store Offers 29 Pro-Obama Items. BIAS, WHAT BIAS? I'M SURE THEY HAD 39 ITMES FOR PRESIDENT BUSH, JUST LIKE McCLATCHY. I'M SURE OF IT
Maxim Lott at Foxnews.com reported Monday that NBC Universal isn’t just showing its love for Obama on the news airwaves:
If you’re a fan of all things Obama, NBC Universal’s online store has no fewer than 29 options for your buying pleasure -- from a shirt with the president’s picture proclaiming “YES WE DID"...to both of his books...to a special inauguration DVD...to a refrigerator magnet of the first couple.
And don’t forget the Barack Obama Action Figure -- yours for $15, plus tax.
You can buy them online -- or at NBC Universal’s retail store in New York.
The items are promoted with pro-Obama lingo:
“Bring reform to your refrigerator. Or at least keep company with the President while you’re at work, with the Barack Obama Magnet,” one item description reads.
“From Yes We Can to Yes We Did! Celebrate Barack Obama’s historic victory with the new ‘Yes We Did’ Unisex T-Shirt,” reads another.
9:04, Right, where are the war protesters? Didn’t the media demand the right to photograph the caskets of our fallen warriors? Where are the photos, where is the daily death count? Where are the unwashed students with their peace tee shirts? Where are Code Pink whackjobs?
The Democrats are trying to peddle the sick lie, that the GOP is hijacking the health care debate for political reasons? Just like they hijacked the Iraq war for political reasons, the Katrina disaster, and on and on. Just because they are skanks, they think everyone is. The jig is up!
All through that damn election, they told us Obama was the greatest speaker since Martin Luther King. But yesterday he sounded more like Mr. Rogers!
Yesterday, the Teleprompter Kid was trying to explain why his whole Death Panel Medicine Plan was going down the toilet. He said:
“There is something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee weed up!”
I guess that’s how they teach you to talk at those fancy colleges up north!
Here’s some other stuff Obama said yesterday that didn’t get reported:
“I’ve got a boo-boo!”
“My poll numbers went plop plop!”
“I go sleepy-bye-bye now!”
I don’t even know what Obama...
(Ed Anger Weekly World News)
There is a rumor the Debt President has called upon the Black Panthers to canvas each politician on their health care vote. They can carry a Billy club like they did during the last election, but they cannot intimidate the legislators. Dingbat Holder has degreed that the stick meant nothing, the boyz were raised in a culture where you go to dog fights and carry sticks. You just can’t hold that against them.
Gibbs Says "Wee Weed Up" Means "Bed Wetting" (Real Clear Politics)
Robert Gibbs says "wee weed up" means when "people get overly nervous over something that still has a long way to go." He added "bed wetting" would be the more "consumer friendly term."
Liberal bloggers admit conservatives have upper hand on Twitter (CNN Political Ticker)
"While it is obvious the progressive blogosphere is superior, we are being out-organized on Twitter," said Gina Cooper, a blogger who helped organize Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of online liberal activists that met last week in Pittsburgh. "There is some catching up to do on the progressive side."
Tracy Viselli, who attended Netroots Nation, agreed with Cooper and admitted that liberal bloogers are ceding this valuable territory to conservatives.
"Twitter is a news funnel," she said. "Conservatives are very tightly knit and getting their message out very well."
There is a lot of scuttlebutt about Mizhell Obama being photographed wearing shorts. For openers she has piano legs just like Hillary. Maybe those "burquinis" aren’t such a bad idea.
...If they actually treated each patient promptly and thoroughly, their stats would change drastically...
Then why are their statistics on most health outcomes so much better than ours?
WTH?... Obama Ignores National Day of Prayer But Sends Out 5 Minute Ramadan Blessing (Gateway Pundit)
HotAirPundit posted Obama's Ramadan wishes today...
It's five minutes long:It's even translated into several languages.
From the White House blog:
President Obama extends his best wishes to Muslims around the world during Ramadan.
Sous-titrage disponible en français.
Имеются русские субтитры
Özürlüler için altyazılı
Teks tersedia dalam bahasa Indonesia
Kapsyen tertutup terdapat di dalam Bahasa Melayu
Now, do you remember how Obama observed the National Day of Prayer?
He distanced himself from it.
The Washington Times reported:
President Obama is distancing himself from the National Day of Prayer by nixing a formal early morning service and not attending a large Catholic prayer breakfast the next morning.
All Mr. Obama will do for the National Day of Prayer, which is Thursday, is sign a proclamation honoring the day, which originated in 1952 when Congress set aside the first Thursday in May for the observance.
For the past eight years, President George W. Bush invited selected Christian and Jewish leaders to the White House East Room, where he typically would give a short speech and several leaders offered prayers...
This fits with 0's earlier declaration that America was NOT a Christian nation followed weeks later by his absurd claim that America was one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.
In his dreams.
I really am beginning to think that he is a secret Muslim.
Remember that his pal and mentor, the odious Rev. Wright was a Black Muslim before becoming a white-hating 'Christian'.
The liberal press has decided too many photos of the Obamas’ loafing outside their elite island mansion, might not be the thing right now. Just wait, they cannot control their total in-the-tankism, they will be like drunken sailors panting out their love songs.
I saw a photo of Michelle Obooba in shorts, my eyes, my eyes!
Just noticed an item on the "A.P."
It stated that the publisher of the St. Petersburg Times resigned so that the management team could be streamlined.
Wonder how much of a package was received for throwing himself on his sword?
The UK has high unemployment and a stagnant economy. They are trying to get out their socialistic form of government, as is Germany. They are cutting business taxes now, but it is late, they have driven businesses out with their high taxes and environmental regulations. Under the radar there is another inconvenient truth. The UK government covers health care to recent immigrants that do not work, they are on welfare, and they have never, nor likely will ever pay taxes. There are second generation welfare recipients now, and they do not try to find jobs. Their numbers rise each year, as they have large families. They don’t speak English, and they demand to keep their own customs. The ruling class doesn’t know what the hell to do with them.
Anything sound familiar here?
Michelle is just big boned.
Then why are their statistics on most health outcomes so much better than ours?
A) Because their news is state owned, socialist propaganda.
B) They're not. Of all the talking points you spout, you have one or two categories that you hang on too, while ignoring true indicators, the vast disparity in mortality rates for countless numbers of diseases where people are just simply allowed to die.
C) Maybe you're not aware, in most EU countries now it is not only legal but mandated that if it is, "for the public good", secondary suspected causes of should be listed as the primary reason on death certificates.
I.E. In EU countries if a person smokes and dies of a heart attack, the cause of death is listed as smoking.
Socialist medicine is rigged. Those who would complain are allowed to die.
If you're over 65 and need dialysis, so sorry, not cost effective. Go home and die.
You can have it if you want it. Move to utopia, but leave me and mine alone, parasite.
...A) Because their news is state owned, socialist propaganda...
Statistics, not news. Check them yourself. Google "international health statistics"
I know, I know: It's all a big conspiracy to kill Grandma. (Just like Medicare already does, right?).
Headline: “Porn makers challenged for not mandating condoms.”
Oh, oh, the “Sucker Package” gave a porn film maker stimulus money, and what will happen if he didn’t use part of it to buy condoms? Let’s demand to see his expenditures, all his bookkeeping for that matter! We just can’t be giving out taxpayers money without some checking that it was used properly. We need an Anchorage Daily News journalist to go through the garbage, experience really counts for this job. Maybe McClatchy could spare an ace former Knight Ridder reporter, well versed in sleaze, to follow this story along. There might even be an award for a juicy Porngate story.
Man, I can’t wait to take my own teeth out.
"Better" Health Care?
By John Stossel
In England, health care is "free" -- as long as you don't mind waiting. People wait so long for dentist appointments that some pull their own teeth. At any one time, half a million people are waiting to get into a British hospital. A British paper reports that one hospital tried to save money by not changing bedsheets. Instead of washing sheets, the staff was encouraged to just turn them over...
12:28: Sounds like Britain needs to invest more so it can bring its standards up to France and Germany. That's what happened in Canada. The national government decided that waiting lists were too long, so it invested the money necessary to reduce the backlog. (And they all manage to spend less per-capita than we do, yet have better health outcomes than we do.)
Former Top Canadian Dr. Brian Day: Obamacare Will Bring Rationed Care & Skyrocketing Costs (video)
Fox News ^ | August 20, 2009
This is why the liberal tries to demean Fox News, but they are the only network that will bring us the truth.
This was devastating... Dr. Brian Day, the former President of the Canadian Medical Association, shed some light on what we can expect from Obamacare. It doesn't look good. This former Canadian top doctor told Bill O'Reilly to expect rationed care, long waiting lists and skyrocketing costs.
Statistics, not news. Check them yourself. Google "international health statistics"
They cook the books you dipshit, and if you check those "international health statistics" the one thing that will stand out if you have any working brain cells is that you will see that the famous wonderful Utopian health care States submit strings of "Record not Avaliable"
Idiots like you deserve socialized medicine. I'd be just the thing for you. Just stay the F(*k out of my pocket you leech.
Jobless Rate Hits Double Digits in 14 States, D.C.
WSJ - LAURA MANDARO
Let me make it very clear, the recession is nearly over. I will continue my policy of Hope and Change from Martha’s Vineyard. A promise is a promise, I will not allow a photo of Shell’s big ass again.
Headline>>>>.......Charlotte Observer loan people...if you got one of those crazy letters from HR don't sign it. I checked with a tax attrny and he said they can't force us to pay back double than what we actually received. if you got $400 is cash why pay back $800..the FIN VP made a mistake and the company is trying to make us pay for it..WE don't owe the IRS THEY do!
We only have to pay back what we orginally received since that is all the documentation they have.
Some people I asked did pay it back and some didn't so why should we have to pay for the poor management. HR and that crazy lady in payroll don't have records. Call the IRS or see a tax attrny they will tell you.
...Idiots like you deserve socialized medicine. I'd be just the thing for you. Just stay the F(*k out of my pocket you leech...
Thanks for your reasoned, thoughtful response in a discussion of an important issue.
When you reach age 65, no doubt, you'll opt out of Medicare, an example of "socialized medicine," and try to find a private insurance company to cover your chronic diseases, such as distemper.
Holder's Black Panther Stonewall
Wall Street Journal
President Obama's Justice Department continues to stonewall inquiries about why it dropped a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.
The episode—which Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice, calls "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I've ever seen"—began on Election Day 2008. Mr. Bull and others witnessed two Black Panthers in paramilitary garb at a polling place near downtown Philadelphia. (Some of this behavior is on YouTube.)
2:06 PM You got the response you deserved.
Hopefully you'll get everything you deserve... Parasite.
...You got the response you deserved. Hopefully you'll get everything you deserve... Parasite...
2:21 (same person as 1:16): Thanks again for your reasoned, thoughtful response. I'm sure you are convincing a lot of people with your logical, fact-based arguments.
I don't know or care about a pissing match, but my reasoned, thoughtful response is, I want the 'Parasite' out of my pocket also. I know socialism when I see, and Obama is a liar.
1:05 PM, If Canada has such a great health care system, what are they doing in the USA clogging up our doctors’ time? Don’t try to tell me it is not true, my brother lives in Marine City, Michigan. Of course, only Canadians with money can use our health care, the other poor slobs wait, and wait. When people from Canada tell me these things while waiting to see a US doctor, I tend to believe them.
If Canada has such a great health care system, what are they doing in the USA clogging up our doctors’ time?
Oh there you go. Asking questions like that. It isn't happening. I am now plugging my ears. I can't hear you. na na na nah na.
HEALTH CARE NOW! PAY FOR ME!
“Without Detroit, Canadians have no health care”
That’s written on the Don Surber post above this thread. Check it out.
...I don't know or care about a pissing match, but my reasoned, thoughtful response is, I want the 'Parasite' out of my pocket also...
Sorry, pal. In a democracy, you have to put up with opinions different than yours.
Sorry, pal. In a democracy, you have to put up with opinions different than yours.
So move your parasitic ass to one. This is a Republic and will be again. Hopefully the hard way.
...So move your parasitic ass to one. This is a Republic and will be again. Hopefully the hard way...
Hope you don't catch cold tomorrow when you're out playing soldier with your militia buddies. Have a nice day, and watch out for black helicopters.
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