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Your Breakfast Read, Wednesday Edition

Heath Care Nightmare

One of the most maligned persons in the whole debate takes the stand. It was all started by Betsy McCaughey (who else as soon as it’s about reforming health-care?)
Ezekiel Emanuel, Obama’s ‘Deadly Doctor,’ Strikes Back

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the medical ethicist and oncologist who advises President Obama, does not own a television, and if you catch him in a typically energized moment, when his mind speeds even faster than his mouth, he is likely to blurt out something like, “I hate the Internet.” So it took him several days in late July to discover he had been singled out by opponents of health-care reform as a “deadly doctor,” who, according to an opinion column in the New York Post, wanted to limit medical care for “a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy.”

“I couldn’t believe this was happening to me,” says Emanuel, who in addition to spending his career opposing euthanasia and working to increase the quality of care for dying patients, is the brother of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. “It is incredible how much one’s reputation can be besmirched and taken out of context.”

It would only get worse. Within days, the Post article, with selective and misleading quotes from Emanuel’s 200 or so published academic papers, went viral.

Another bogeyman
‘Evil and Orwellian’ – America’s right turns its fire on NHS

The National Health Service has become the butt of increasingly outlandish political attacks in the US as Republicans and conservative campaigners rail against Britain’s “socialist” system as part of a tussle to defeat Barack Obama’s proposals for broader government involvement in healthcare.

Top-ranking Republicans have joined bloggers and well-funded free market organisations in scorning the NHS for its waiting lists and for “rationing” the availability of expensive treatments.

As myths and half-truths circulate, British diplomats in the US are treading a delicate line in correcting falsehoods while trying to stay out of a vicious domestic dogfight over the future of American health policy.

Is life just an endless loop? Why do we keep seeing the same things over and over again?
Health Care Protest Deja Vu: Welcome to 1994

Across the country, the Reform Riders encountered demonstrators bearing signs like IT’S SOCIALISM STUPID and pro-life campaigners worried that their tax dollars would be funneled toward abortions. The protestors were “vocal, virulent, menacing, and well organized,” shouting about guns, gays, and socialized medicine. Is any of this sounding familiar? So why weren’t the Democrats ready this time?

What is it with us and national health-care for everybody?
Health care debate a long-running story

President Barack Obama’s campaign for a health care overhaul is an intense installment in a long-running story, dating to Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

How Democrats And Republicans Exploit Emotion

Around The Nation

2 U.S. Architects of Harsh Tactics in 9/11’s Wake

Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were military retirees and psychologists, on the lookout for business opportunities. They found an excellent customer in the Central Intelligence Agency, where in 2002 they became the architects of the most important interrogation program in the history of American counterterrorism.

A Vindication for Iglesias?

Newly revealed e-mails may show that Karl Rove and the Bush White House had a more active role in the 2006 U.S. attorney firings than previously disclosed.

A President as Micromanager: How Much Detail Is Enough?

In briefing President Barack Obama one day this spring, White House economist Jared Bernstein delved into such arcana as the yields on different forms of credit relative to the risk. Later, Paul Volcker pulled Mr. Bernstein aside. “Why would the president want to know that level of detail?” asked the former Federal Reserve chairman.

“That’s what he wants,” Mr. Bernstein replied.

Economy Watch

Economy may be improving, but jobs slow to come

Because labor is the biggest expense for most companies, that kind of caution is typical at the end of recessions. After the last one, in 2001, unemployment kept rising and didn’t peak until June 2003 — 19 months into the economic recovery.
This time around, some economists say unemployment may not return to healthy levels until 2013. Companies have been slashing workers’ hours, squeezing more work out of the employees who are left and relying on cheaper temporary staffers to fill the gaps.

‘A Recovery Only a Statistician Can Love’

The pile of economic data indicating that the worst of the recession is over just keeps growing. In the past few weeks, the government has reported that businesses last month shed the smallest number of jobs in nearly a year. The savings rate, after rising rapidly, held steady at levels not seen in at least five years. And from April to June, productivity surged to a six-year high.

But the same data also explain why any recovery isn’t going to feel like one anytime soon for millions of Americans. Its existence will be confirmed by statistics, but, over at least the next year, the benefits are unlikely to materialize in the form of higher wages or tax receipts or more jobs

The Final Days of Merrill Lynch

Last September, as Wall Street turned to rubble and panic threatened to come unleashed, Ken Lewis, the CEO of Bank of America, agreed to swallow one of the country’s most toxic investment houses. The deal was not altogether voluntary; as details have slowly emerged, the coercive role of the Fed and Treasury has loomed larger. What exactly happened in the weeks leading up to the merger? Did the deal save us all from economic apocalypse? And what does the government’s unprecedented role in it portend for the future of our economy?

Debate in Germany: Research or Manufacturing?

As more investment goes to research, Germans are confronting the idea that manufacturing may not be their economy’s indispensable foundation.

Op-ed Columns

Eunice Kennedy Shriver: A Gladiator For The Voiceless

Eunice Shriver devoted her life to full-effort people. On the Bermuda grass at Timberlawn, where she hosted a camp for children with mental disabilities, and later at the Special Olympics, she could be found gamboling among the participants — encouraging, prodding, congratulating. She truly believed, and she instilled in those events, the idea that it’s not what you achieve in life, it’s what you overcome. A morally driven and politically astute woman, she sprung open doors globally for the mentally disabled and opened minds that had too long been closed to accepting people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.

Who was that gun-toting anti-Obama protester?

One of Tuesday’s big mysteries was the motivation behind anti-Obama protester William Kostric, the man who brought a loaded gun to the town hall meeting and carried a sign referencing Thomas Jefferson’s famous credo, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots.”

Change We Can’t Believe In?

Candidate Barack Obama offered a lofty vision of how his White House would operate. When the details of health reform were being hammered out, he vowed, “We’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”

Soaring deficit may defy forecasts

Stagnant unemployment, shrinking tax revenue and a struggling economy threaten to quadruple the size of last year’s federal budget deficit, raising more questions about the timing of costly proposals to overhaul health care.

As the White House and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) prepare to release new deficit estimates this month, several economists say the news is likely to be as bad as or worse than forecasts.

Fun, Berlusconi and Putin’s Bed

Part of the reason for Berlusconi’s longevity despite his many stumbles is cultural. As in other Latin or Mediterranean countries with a strong Catholic tradition, Italian society long ago learned to accept serenely a life of duplicity: on the one hand, a strong attachment to church and family values, and on the other a second life – often lived in plain sight – composed of mistresses and other “dubious” connections.

Around The World

The race for TV ratings sometimes brings the worst out of hosts but this is taking it to another level.
Murder for ratings? Brazil cops suspect TV host

In one murder after another, the “Canal Livre” crime TV show had an uncanny knack for being first on the scene, gathering graphic footage of the victim.

Too uncanny, say police, who are investigating the show’s host, state legislator Wallace Souza, on suspicion of commissioning at least five of the murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil’s Amazon region is awash in violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking.

“The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get to the scene before the police,” state police intelligence chief Thomaz Vasconcelos charged in an interview with The Associated Press.

I wonder if the results here would look any different.
Sex and China’s credibility gap

The majority of Chinese people believe that prostitutes are more trustworthy than Communist Party and government officials.”

If this were a viewpoint made by a report or commentary in overseas media, it would definitely have been furiously refuted by Beijing as “venomous slander” of the Chinese government with some “ulterior motives”.

But this is not a sensational bluff by some tabloid newspaper. It is the result of a recent survey on the respective credibility of various social groups by the Research Center of the Xiaokang monthly, a sister publication of the bi-monthly Qi Shi (Seeking Truth) – the mouthpiece of the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As such it must be taken seriously.

Afghan woman defies threats to run for re-election

Conditions for women in Afghanistan have improved since a U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban in 2001, but that’s true mostly in urban centers. The fundamentalist Islamic militia banned women from working or going to school and flogged them for appearing in public unaccompanied by male family members.

Yet even the country’s educated elite prohibits female contact with men outside of immediate families. A woman must have her father’s or husband’s permission to go out, and must wear a burqa when she does. Doing otherwise risks punishment for “un-Islamic” behavior.

Taiwan mudslide survivors found

About 700 people missing in southern Taiwan after Typhoon Morakot have been found alive, army officials say.

Hillary Clinton demands arrests over Congo sexual violence

Hillary Clinton today called for the arrest and punishment of those responsible for the widespread sexual violence that has blighted eastern Congo for more than a decade.

The US secretary of state, who is in Goma to draw world attention to what she has described as “one of mankind’s greatest atrocities”, toured the Magunga camp

From The World of Astronomy

Traces of planet collision found

The collision involved one object that was at least as big as our Moon and another that was at least as big as Mercury.

The impact destroyed the smaller body, vaporising huge amounts of rock and flinging plumes of hot lava into space.

Strong meteor shower expected tonight

The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a good show this week for those willing to get up in the wee hours of the morning and wait patiently for the shooting stars.

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  1. “I couldn’t believe this was happening to me,” says Emanuel, who in addition to spending his career opposing euthanasia and working to increase the quality of care for dying patients, is the brother of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. “It is incredible how much one’s reputation can be besmirched and taken out of context.

    Has he ever met his brother?

    • LOL.

      Good one.

    • Managed-Care Plans and Cost Savings from Physician-Assisted Suicide

      By Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, written for NEJM, 1998.


      • Why who could ever have imagined?

        That’s not the Ezekial Emmanuel Barack Obama “knows”.

      • WOW-so Time was LYING???????

        Or should i say -stretching the truth the teeniest little bit?

        Or simply whitewashing Rahm’s brother?

        ( Time smeared Hillary relentlessly during the Primaries)

        • Wasn’t his conclusion

          Physician-assisted suicide is not likely to save substantial amounts of money in absolute or relative terms, either for particular institutions or for the nation as a whole

          What is he being accused of?

          • Me wrong! (didn’t read the article :oops:)

            However I did look up his conclusions in another article on ” Cost Savings at the End of Life: What Do the Data Show?
            Ezekiel J. Emanuel” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and this is it:

            But careful review
            of all the studies on cost savings at the
            end of life suggests that this savings is
            likely to be small, 10% or less during the
            last 12 months of life.
            This does not mean that we cannot
            achieve huge medical savings near the
            end of life. Such savings would require
            Americans to drastically reduce their use
            of medical tests and technology over many
            months before death. And this, in turn,
            necessitates a radical transformation in
            American culture and values about the
            importance of youth and health toward
            the acceptance of death as a natural and
            inevitable part of life. The difficulty of
            getting more Americans to enroll in hos¬
            pice and use advance directives, which by
            comparison are relatively modest changes
            in values, should make us skeptical that
            Americans will rush to embrace these
            changes to realize tremendous medical cost
            savings. We can achieve savings only with
            more systematic changes in our health
            care system rather than by tinkering with
            care of the dying.


  2. When the 0bots destroy someone — “out of context” — they get a pass.

    I don’t feel sorry for this creep — perhaps karma got the wrong brother — so what?

    Interesting news round up — so the Chinese find that prostitutes are more trustworthy than politicians etc? Sounds about right — politicians are the same all over the world.

    • Come on! Ezekiel Emanuel is not a creep.

      He may be a bogeyman in a heated battle where distortion rules but this guy is a very thoughtful scholar.

      • I figure he’s probably similar to his brother. I really don’t care about another 0bot — to me they are all the same pigs.

      • I can’t speak to whether or not he’s a thoughtful scholar, but I personally feel uncomfortable with someone who advocates against euthanasia being the major medical adviser to the President.

        Also, I don’t understand all of this shock over how really sick people might not get care. Do these people not understand how triage works? Do they have no idea how transplant recipients are chosen?

      • The euthanasia stuff actually doesn’t bother me. What does bother me as his suggestion we all have vouchers to bu private insurance. I’m sorry, but that doesn’t strike as consistent with democratic philosophy.

        • The euthanasia in the article I just read would be limited to those who chose it. The part that bothers me is that he talks about how there should be a second doctor to confirm the diagnosis and to counsel the patient on their decision as well as a psychiatric evaluation and yet he doesn’t place that in his analysis when deciding if there is cost savings.

  3. I checked the tabloids today and the cover of one gave me the clue as to why these townhalls are staged

    • I’ll check it out…but I assumed they were staged from the get go. …because that’s how they are reported in the MSM…the feeling it being canned news is overwhelming. I feel the Dems went out there to create the controversy to rile up the obot base….and make it appear there is a differance between the two parties .
      But both want more money and less sick people for the insurance companies .

  4. There were plenty of villains on Wall Street in many different types of organizations. But as far as the erstwhile traditional investment banks go, there was possibly no one more reckless (through the end of 2007) than Stanley O’Neal and his regime at Merrill Lynch .. before Thain, Lewis, Paulson, Bernanke and the merger mess with BofA. O’Neal and Merrill were practicing with more moral hazard than even Countrywide, Bear, Lehman, AIG, Citi, Goldman and the hedge funds. Execs from the latter companies have been called out in the media, yet no one mentions O’Neal. Short memories.

    • Why did the SEC fine BofA $33M?
      Was it because BofA Lewis didn’t inform stockholders BofA would be paying bonuses to Merrill Lynch?

      Supposedly, Paulsen forced BofA Lewis to “buy” Merrill Lynch – and the BILLIONS we gave BofA helped pay the $33M fine….

  5. Just a brief note before I’m off to spend my day behind the firewall: I spoke to my mom yesterday. She lives in Central PA. She had a couple of interesting things to say and this is significant because it shows how experience can trump Fox News.
    1.) She loves her health insurance and doesn’t want to change. She wishes everyone had it as good as she does. Who is this magnificent health care insurer? The US government. She has Tricare through the Veteren’s administration. My dad was retired military.
    2.) She was shocked by the Spector Town Hall meeting. She thinks Spector was way out of line and that everybody has a right to say whatever they want. It’s a constitutional issue. Free speech and all that. If Spector doesn’t like it, tough. She thinks it’s outrageous that congresspeople want to force a system on everyone else that they wouldn’t accept themselves. I guess that means that if Congress is going to pass health care insurance reform, they should be willing to sign onto it before they expect everyone else to.
    3.) She says people are scared of change. If you promised them Tricare, they might actually like it but the problem is that no one knows what is in the Health Care bill. The plan sounds too obscure and byzantine and people are not getting a straight answer. Of course, the actual bill is nothing like Tricare so they have a right to be concerned.
    4.) Obama’s on TV waaaaaay too much. He should be presidentin’ in the Oval Office. All her friends and neighbors are sick to death of seeing him on TV all the fricking time. Seriously, if his constant airtime presence is not convincing people that he has their best interests at heart he should stop doing it and actually, um, have their best interests at heart.
    Tricare for all!
    (As a Navy brat, I grew up on military health insurance. Navy doctors saved my asthmatic sister’s life on more than one occasion. I think they’re great and agree with mom. Everyone should have access to a Tricare type system. Will you get everything you want and choices galore? No, probably not. But you will get very good care, when you need it, from high quality professionals. Er, the dental sucked though. Maybe it’s better since I was a kid. Something to keep in mind. But really, if you have to buy supplemental insurance for braces, it’s still so much better than what we already have)

    • Dental insurance? Most of us never had that at all. I don’t know if it will be in the new bill. Another big concern if we want to live in a civilized society is mental health coverage.

      Thanks for sharing the feedback from you mom, RD.

    • Ha! That’s so funny. For weeks, someone at alegre’s told me that same thing. “I love my insurance.” Finally, they said they paid less than 500 a YEAR fr the entire family. I said are you on some sort of military plan? Yes, sure enough, Tri-Care. Tri-Care is our finest single payer. Well, now they see what the rest of us are so upset about.

    • Mom knows best.

    • You don’t get much free dental assistance in Italy either-just fillings and extractions-braces you have to pay for.

    • I could give you the flip side of military medicine both froma patient perspective when you don’t have the option of changing your network doctor(I would definitely feel better if Tricare Prime were the model vice Tricare) and from a person who worked in one of the Navy’s largest pharmacys(we were almost always out of money by early September and had to give out IOUs until the new budget came in on the first of October).

      Military doctors, in particular, could be difficult because they were part of a rank structure. It meant they weren’t beyond the influence of the upper ranks who could help them navigate the rungs up(My husband had a particularly ugly experience with the system right before he left that was very enlightening and might have turned out different had I not actually known some of my own higher ups and how to navigate the system from the outside looking in. Thankfully, I found an Admiral afraid of litigation to run interference until we could run out the clock.

    • and no the dental still is non existent unless you are active duty and need it to retain your readiness status.

      • I beg to differ. I’m retired Army Reserve and most of my benefits will start when I turn 60 (the last day of this month! Yay!) Tricare Dental Insurance through Delta Dental of California is available to Reserve and National Guard retirees before they hit 60. My wife and I are covered, quite nicely, for a cost of $81 per month.

        However, since we live in a small town (Pullman Washington) we get a shrunk down version of Tricare medical insurance. It’s still a bunch better than the Washington state Health Insurance Pool I was forced into. Under Tricare we pay 20% of billed amounts with an annual maximum out of pocket of $3,000. Under WSHIP I was paying a little over $1,000 each month just to cover me. My wife is in much better health and has a Blue Cross plan for only(!) $956 a month.

  6. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/08/12/big_business_goes_big_for_health-care_reform_97859.html

    “Observe: Although President Obama and big-government activists demonize health-insurance companies, the companies “are still mostly on board with the president’s effort to overhaul the U.S. health-care system,”
    the Wall Street Journal reports; and …

    Although the activists criticize Big Pharma, “The drug industry has already contributed millions of dollars to advertising campaigns for the health care overhaul through the advocacy groups like Healthy Economies Now and Families USA. It has spent about $1 million on similar advertisements under its own name,” the Times reports.”

    • Somehow the insurance companies and big Pharma spending millions promoting this bill, doesn’t cause the authors to wonder if they like and WANT it . The authors seem to think these corporate companies support it , even though Obama and activists are being mean to them , out of the kindness of their hearts. Unbelieveable.

  7. Who was that gun-toting anti-Obama protester?

    For my money, it’s very likely this guy and the young girl who asked the pregraged question are being briefed by the same people. ….

    The US secretary of state, who is in Goma to draw world attention to what she has described as “one of mankind’s greatest atrocities”, toured the Magunga camp

    I predict this Hillary story won’t be covered 24/7.
    God bless her for giving a damn

    • Not sure about that guy with a gun, he sounded like he was a libertarian.

      I like the way the media tries to paint an entire group based on the actions of a single individual.

      • He was outside, on private property, and licensed to carry. The cops watched him the whole time, and he never made any effort to go for the meeting entrance at all.

        Maybe he thought the SEIU thugs were going to show up, and the gun on his leg would keep him from getting beat up.

        • That’s no excuse.

          • Depends on the laws of the state you’re in.

            The Secret Service knows that.

          • Besides, aren’t you the one who thought he might be undercover FBI?

          • Well, the Justice Department let those Black Panthers get away with standing in front of the polling place with clubs in PA. Bad move for many reasons, not the least of which may be precedence! If not in a legal sense, at least in the sense that ordinary people may start doing what this other guy did. Apparently this guy behaved, but what if both sides show up at the same place, armed. Might not be pretty!

    • paper doll, glad to prove your prediction wrong. 🙂


      Lots of headlines here mentioning Hillary Clinton’s view on sexual violence in Congo.

  8. http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/08/12/town_halls/

    “Except for that wily fox, David Axelrod, who could charm gold threads out of moonbeams, Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys.

    Case in point: the administration’s grotesque mishandling of healthcare reform, one of the most vital issues facing the nation.”

    She still loves Obama though and is glad she voted for him.

    • Except for that wily fox, David Axelrod, who could charm gold threads out of moonbeams….. huh? Right there, you know David is paying for this article in some manner…lol! Has this person SEEN David Axelrod??

      • Well, some people are fond of weasels, lol!

        • As the owner of two ferrets, I can categorically say that my little fuzzbutt, carpet-shark, playful, affectionate woozles are MUCH more appealing than Axelrove.


          • Carpet shark? Is that like … dust balls or something, lol? But whatever you’re talking about wmcb it sounds absolutely adorable! 😉

  9. http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2009/08/12/nj-poll-obama-losing-the-middle/

    “As you might expect, Republican and Democratic attitudes about Obama are already fixed, so Obama’s job rating decline in New Jersey this month is driven entirely by defections among Independent voters.”

    • All those Democratic attitudes aren’t necessarily fixed. I see some changing, just slower than the Independents cause they’ve got a little crow to eat.

      • Me took, Ralph. Seeing lots of movement.

        Rasmussen now showing 53% against Obamacare, and only 42% in favor.

    • I think Corzine is in real trouble.

      • Dems could easily lose both NJ and Virginia governorships.

      • ….and has been for a long while. Corzine charges the other guy with corruption, but instead of being the Goldman Sachs global kind, it is more the home grown type people are use to…comfy almost . Also as an US attorney, I believe, Christie set into motion the string that took down those 40 Dems the other week. Pretty clever. But Corzine ‘s biggest problem I think is he’s not done much for the average voter….not even a bone, that I can see. Whether you are helping people or not, you have to be seen to be doing so.

        • For whatever else (I’m an Independent now, and don’t even live in that state), Christie’s pretty impressive, given the alternative.

          And Corzine is crappy campaigner. It’s why he had to bring Obambi in to help, not that it will.

          NJ is in big-time financial trouble.

  10. http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/1711747,CST-EDT-edit12.article

    “Real debate might fix what ails health care”

  11. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125003045380123953.html#mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy

    Is anyone else surprised by the charge of micromanaging in this WSJ article? (this is the article that was linked and quoted in the post) He doesn’t strike me as one who gets bogged down in details, perhaps because that concentration on details doesn’t seem to be reflected in his speeches.

    • I call it astro-farce.

      I don’t believe for one minute this guys is a micromanager consumed with the details – then he goes on TV every 15 minutes and cannot lay out a simple 5-point presentation about WHAT HIS PLAN IS.

      … and I’m supposed to believe that he’s so detail oriented but couldn’t figure out how to make C-Span cover his Health Care Forums…

      yeah, I think not…. and you called it Sam.

      • He’s just trying to create this new ‘meme’ (I hate that word) that he’s just mired in the details… what a farce indeed.

  12. http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/08/12/2009-08-12_billionaire_feds_give_out_175m_to_aid_neediest_students_around_the_state_its_fre.html

    “”It’s free money!” said Alecia Rumph, 26, who waited in a Morris Park, Bronx, line 300 people deep for the cash to buy uniforms and book bags for her two kids.

    “Thank God for Obama. He’s looking out for us.””

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/08/12/2009-08-12_billionaire_feds_give_out_175m_to_aid_neediest_students_around_the_state_its_fre.html#ixzz0NyThMaCn

  13. On the flip side, as long as Mr. Photo Op stays busy campaigning there’s little chance of him muddling anything else up.

  14. http://www.cardealerreviews.org/?p=115569

    • Higher car prices contributing to a decreased interest in clunkers program
    • Smaller inventories means demand is outpacing supply
    • Little room for negotiations or dealer incentives

    ‘Clunker’ Interest Waning

    An industry forecast released on Tuesday showed a steady decline in ‘clunker’ related business ‘even though the Obama administration and Congress added $2 billion to the program in recent days with hopes of matching the success of its first weeks.’”


    I wonder why they timed this clunker program for when the factories were shut down for the summer . . . was it just to help dealers clear their lots of existing inventory?

  15. On another topic, Obambi claimed that the part of the bill establishing the “end-of-life counseling” was proposed by a Republican: Isaakson of Georgia.

    Turns out Isaakson is returning fire , saying he was never consulted by the Dems, and had nothing to do with it.

    Should we count the lies Obambi told everybody yesterday?

    • I’d read that 2 Repubs proposed the “end of life counseling” – but don’t remember who they are.

      • I have a VERY difficult time believing that this crop of Dems, esp Pelosi, allowed a republican to write a crucial portion of that bill. Doesn’t pass the smell test.

        • Agree. Besides, Isakson is a Senator.

          Obama was discussing the HOUSE bill.

          Isakson wouldn’t have had anything to do with the Pelosi bill.

          Obambi’s so full of shit.

    • “Should we count the lies Obambi told everybody yesterday?”

      I honestly don’t know why anyone even listens to him anymore. When I hear people (not just bots, just people in general) say “Obama said he would do X”, I just look at them unbelievably. I mean, the guy lies about the tiniest things, it’s apparently very natural for him. As far as I’m concerned, the only thing that matters is watching what he does. I personally feel there is something very pathologial about him.

  16. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-tc-biz-upfronts-0807-0812-aug12,0,4198870.story?track=rss

    this makes my day. If the bas—ds had told the truth we would not be in this mess.



  17. http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBD-TIPPPresidentialIndex.aspx#pollb

    How do you find out how many people left the democratic party and became independents during the last elections?

    This poll shows backtrack slipping due to independents and I think a lot of them are former democrats.



  18. mablue,

    Excellent round-up.



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