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Democrats Seem Set to Go It Alone on a Health Bill
Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks. (yeah, right)

Can you say “Conflict of interest?”

Two firms that received $343.3 million to handle advertising for Barack Obama’s White House run last year have profited from his top priority as president by taking on his push for health-care overhaul.

One is AKPD Message and Media, the Chicago-based firm headed by David Axelrod until he left last Dec. 31 to serve as a senior adviser to the president. Axelrod was Obama’s top campaign strategist and is now helping sell the health-care plan. The other firm is Washington-based GMMB Campaign Group, where partner Jim Margolis was also an Obama strategist.

American Man Jailed in Burma Heads Home
An American man imprisoned in Burma for sneaking into the opposition leader’s compound but released with the help of a visiting U.S. senator headed home on a flight Tuesday after two days of health checks in Thailand.

John Yettaw, 53, of Falcon, Missouri, was detained in Burma for three months after he swam across a lake and made an unauthorized visit to the home of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

Obama aims to fix intraparty fissure

Public option wasn’t intended to become a big focus of health overhaul (neither was single payer)

Marijuana growers sought in Calif. wildfire
30,000 plants found near blaze; Mexican drug cartel suspected

Investigators said Tuesday they believe marijuana growers with possible ties to Mexican drug cartels caused an 88,650-acre wildfire in northern Santa Barbara County, and there are many more pot farms hidden in remote areas around the nation.

“No pun intended, it’s a growing problem,” U.S. Forest Service Special Agent Russ Arthur said.


Lawyer: FBI Trained Hal Turner As An “Agent Provocateur”
Internet blogger Harold “Hal” Turner’s attorney said today that Turner’s background as an FBI informant will be a key part of his defense to charges that he incited violence against two state legislators and a state ethics official.

Senate bid dogged by Fiorina’s failure to vote

Republican Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, took her first formal step Tuesday to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer – but does she pass the Citizenship 1o1 test?
Critics suggest maybe not, considering that Fiorina, 54, who has a spotty voting California voting record, never cast a ballot in two other states where she lived previously, according to public records.

(California has lots of bad politicians, but Barbara Boxer isn’t one of them.)

Telescopes to show universe soon after Big Bang
It may not be possible to travel back in time, but seeing stars and galaxies as they looked millions or even billions of years ago is no problem thanks to telescopes, the closest thing we have to time machines.

Report: Much went wrong before BART shooting
BART police bungled the New Year’s disturbance that ended in an officer shooting an unarmed patron to death, says a scathing report now in the hands of BART brass.

Best Buy Fires Two Employees Who Tackle Thief
(And we want for-profit private companies running health care insurance?)

Did PETA Just Call Fat Women ‘Whales’?
The animal rights group known for its controversial ways of attracting attention has put up a “Save the Whales” billboard in Jacksonville, but instead of the marine mammals, it shows an image of an overweight woman.

Whose birthday is it today?

Hurricane Bill churned in the Atlantic Ocean toward the west-northwest as a major Category 3 hurricane Tuesday evening.

NFL investigating Cable-Hanson altercation
The National Football League is investigating a training-camp incident that landed Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson in a hospital with a jaw injury, a league spokesman said Tuesday.
Hanson told Napa police he was assaulted by a member of the Raiders’ staff Aug. 5 but declined to name his attacker. When the story leaked Monday, multiple team and league sources identified Raiders head coach Tom Cable as the person involved in the altercation with Hanson.


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    (h/t Egalia)

    • Now that was funny!

    • LOL. I wish he would have asked the second part of that question (What planet are you from… and when are you going back?)

    • Even in a supposedly Democratic state they have failed to get their message out and push back against the lunacy.

    • you’ve gotta love Barney Frank.

    • funny. yeah… maybe

      but I’m starting to believe this sh!t is all staged…. the first thing this morning the Obots I’m surrounded by started touting this as proof of what Poor Obama and The Democrats have to put up with…. distraction distraction distraction.

      • The questioner AND Barney’s response gave me the creeps!

        • Yes, he should have answered her question-she obviously wasn’t going to bite him.

          Then he should have asked her WHY she was comparing BO to a Nazi. Then explained why she was wrong.

          If she answered back then he could get witty.

          Yes it does seem to fit in with staging.

    • The lady was loony toons, and Barney probably justified, but I still can’t stand him. Frank has flat-out lied through his teeth too many times over his role in the banking scandals and housing bubble for me to ever trust him again.

      I don’t trust ANY of the congresspersons on the banking and finance committees. They are all guilty of malfeasance in shoving all this crap under the rug until it comes back to bite the taxpayer on the ass, as far as I’m concerned.

  2. If you examine it a little closer, the Axelrod situation looks even nastier. According to a Bloomberg story, Axelrod’s former firm is currently receiving huge fees “from Healthy Economy Now, a coalition that includes the Washington-based Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA,” as well as AARP, the SEIU and other big players in the health care debate.

    I’ll be curious to see if a very UN-curious MSM picks up this story at all.

    • I hope all the people who voted for the Obama campaign because they were convinced he would get the special interests out of Washington are happy.

    • >>>>>Hiring Obama’s campaign advisers makes sense, said Julius Hobson, a senior policy adviser in the Washington office of the St. Louis-based law firm, Bryan Cave LLP.

      “If you’re in support of the president, then you use the people he used,” said Hobson, 61, who teaches a graduate course in lobbying at George Washington University in Washington.

      Yes, it’s the same as Bush using Halliburton – the people Cheney used.
      MSM? chirp, chirp

    • Self-dealing is illegal in procuring government services. Unless there’s some figleaf organization involved as the “employer” of Axelrove’s firm, this is just in-your-face Chicago-style corruption.

  3. Look at this, it’s an Obama-loving/Palin-hating youtuber ranting about the way the healthcare debate is a total disaster and how the left can’t just point to right-wingers as stupid as a defense for ill-defined Obamacare. It is very telling that the WH is so “confused” and “mystified” that the “left of the left” (as the anonymous WH advisor from the WaPo article put it) has made this their “Waterloo.” Total Democratic Policy FAIL. This White House is the aloof of the aloof.

    • PEACE-OUT didnt that die in the 60s

      • Not really. When I was in high school (late 90s) saying peace out was common. And somewhere between the 90s and the age of the internet it turned into psout.

      • This guy gets the ‘POTTY MOUTH’ award! Have any of you heard his rantings on Palin? As a woman, I found him beyond insulting and was amazed that he got so many views (that was disturbing).

        • It’s true. That’s why I thought it was telling to hear this kind of “party unity my ass” reaction coming even from such a Palin-hating/Obama-loving youtuber (when Obama was elected he said he cried because for the first time in his lifetime we had a smart president….and his rants about Palin are nasty and not worth repeating, unfortunately I know a lot of people on the left who talk about her exactly the way he does ). When the White House can’t even count on the support of someone like this anymore, they have problems.

          • When the ‘Potty Mouth’ dude is upset, it is telling… I am still waiting for him to say he is going to check a candidates record next time and not just listen to the ‘PURTY WORDS’.

    • Health Care Overhaul Summarized Via MASSIVE PIG (ME likes this youn’in much better than Potty Mouth Atheist…more logic less pun)

  4. From the MSNBC health care story:

    “I don’t understand why the left of the left has decided that this is their Waterloo,” said a senior White House adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We’ve gotten to this point where health care on the left is determined by the breadth of the public option. I don’t understand how that has become the measure of whether what we achieve is health-care reform.”

    ‘Mystifying thing’
    “It’s a mystifying thing,” he added. “We’re forgetting why we are in this.”

    The left of the left? For Pete’s sake, do they really think it’s only the left of the left who want to expand medicare? If they had just started out with single payer in the first place, they might have ended up enriching the insurance companies and Big Pharma anyway. Now we’ll be better off with nothing. Losers!

    • The Obama-Axelrod-Rahm-Gibbs WH is the aloof of the aloof.

    • Here’s the whole sickening article:


      I feel a little justified in saying he wasn’t serious about the pub. opt.. Well, this bill is worthless. There is zero commitment from the top for serious reform. They seem mystified as to how health policy works. Well, eff them and the pony they rode in on.

      • President Obama said he would not “draw a line in the sand” about having a public plan be part of final health-care reform legislation

        He just doesn’t get it – it should be a single payer plan with private pay as part of the plan

    • We’re nutso…yes we are.

      • Yeah, God forbid they should actually listen to the people who will be affected by their latest corporate giveaways.

    • Ah, the new talking point at the WH to get around and past the public option without a revolt from the left. Define those who want it as something bad, left of the left. Then hope that before anyone is angry they have to think, hey, I’m not left of the left, so maybe I shouldn’t want public option so much. Aren’t they just so special.

      • It’s the Chicago way. Marginalize and demonize the opposition. All opposition is now either crazy violent raycist far righties, or crazy moonbatty far far lafties.

        THIS is why I objected so strongly to, and fought against, caricaturing the town hall folks. Because if they get away with using that tactic on THEM, they will use the same tactic on US. They will find some nutjob lefty spouting garbage, and conclude ALL single payer advocates are the same sort of nutjob.

  5. Yup. Our Axelrod has a wee Halliburton problem and the White House is shocked, I tells ya that anyone would care about a public option

  6. Bill Clinton’s always a “value-added” part of any endeavor.


    Details of Clinton’s visit to North Korea begin to emerge

    Clinton’s visit was valuable, analysts said, largely because North Korea is so opaque.

    It is perhaps the hardest spying target, more difficult even than Iran, according to current and former officials. Its political and military structure is nearly impenetrable, and Western intelligence services have had to rely on information from defectors who cross the border into South Korea.

    “The Clinton trip has got a lot of people rethinking and reassessing,” said Victor Cha, a top North Korea adviser in the Bush administration.

  7. about the barny frank vid . he did not have to be-littel
    her like that .

    • that what part of the prob is alot of these so-called politicians forget they work 4 us .

    • She was calling Obama’s policy Nazi. She got the kind of response she asked for.

    • He had to belittle her. I don’t think he didn’t did it enough.

      Walking for the people doesn’t mean you have to put up with every feces thrower.

      • there ya go insuling the voters . that was the BO mistake of this whloe healt care plan. what he did is just going to make more people angry . i cant rember a so-called politicians on the left or right that has not ben compared to hitler by the people.

        • thats nothing new .

          • & from what i see from that clip her never did awnser her qusetion . but instead he took an easy out & put it back on her

          • She deserves to be insulted. You don’t have to court any imbecile walking down the street because it’s a voter.

        • She insulted herself by asking such a childish question.

        • And, that wasn’t Obama’s main mistake–the main mistake is that he doesn’t want to fight for universal healthcare and persuade people and just wants to point at the other side as stupid instead of explaining his plan or making it clear enough even to the people who want universal healthcare. This woman was asking a horribly inane question, though. It served no purpose other than her getting up in front of a crowd of people and calling healthcare reform and Obama and by extension Barney Frank a Nazi. That kind of hyperbolic crap SHOULD be shot down.

          • Barney wasn’t making fun of “voters” he was making fun of a “voter” who was expressing a silly idea.

            Whatever else he is Obama is not a Nazi.

    • That’s always a tricky thing for anyone in the public. When you get a really off the wall person asking such a thing your first instinct is often, wow, you’re f*cking nuts, and go from there. It might be nice though if you stepped back and saw the sad tragedy of someone being so backwards at best, and dealt with them as someone either wildly misinformed or someone with perhaps a mental deficiency, and were a bit nice and explained how that’s a bit off the wall.

      Of course if they’re yelling and being total @sses, then by all means shovel it right back at them. 🙂

      • When something like this happens (the nazi lady) it makes me agree with some of you who put forth the notion that the Axelrovians and up to no good – just to stir the pot

  8. I’d much rather see fifty-somethings getting high in the privacy of their homes over high school kids getting high. Legalize it, regulate it, and tax it.

  9. New JAMA report raises concerns about Gardasil, the HPV vaccine given to girls to prevent cervical cancer.

    >>>>But there are questions about 12,500 side effects in the 23 million doses distributed. Of those 23 million, there were 32 deaths.


    • My two daughters were immunized and I would immunize my son if I could (it is not authorized for boys, even if I pay for it). I have been watching my sister fight stage 4 HPV mouth cancer. It is horrible. She is finished with the treatments, but has not saliva and has trouble swallowing. But as bad as it is, we are blessed to have her with us. She was lucky enough to have Johns Hopkins as her neighborhood hospital. They are cutting edge on this type of cancer. 30% of mouth cancer is now HPV, it hits men and women . This vaccine will save so many lives.
      I would hate to see this study make people afraid of the vaccine.

      • Oral Cancer Screening & HPV, Dr. Weller Chicago. Oral Cancer linked to HPV. New early detection test, Vizilite available.

      • Saving Lives through the Early Detection of Oral Cancer. Oral cancer is a little known disease that claims some 8,000 American lives each year, making it more common than cervical, liver, and skin cancer. A relatively new and painless diagnostic test can help prevent oral cancer.

      • Honora,

        Thanks for the discussion, I didn’t even know they could test for this at the dentist office and that there are two tests available and of course others say to see an ENT doctor. Learn some thing every day. The good news is that the test are for men and women.

      • I haven’t decided whether or not to get DD immunized because I was worried that there weren’t side effects that had been catalogued. 32 deaths out of millions immunized really isn’t that big a number though. The nueropathy is a bit more concerning. I, myself, am already prone to migraines. I’d hate for my daughter to have to suffer them too.

        I figure I still have a year or two to decide.

    • I had my doubts when they rushed this drug to market – we have not idea what the long-term effects will be either.

      Scary stuff! 😦

      • They probably had the best of intentions. Cervical cancer claims alot of lives each year.

  10. I signed the petition to “stand with Howard Dean” on the Public Option.

    Also – there’s a link to check where your Congress critters’ stand on the Public Option.

  11. MethLand….
    >>>>Nick Reding, the author of a well-received book about methamphetamine’s grip on a small town, believes the drug is “only a symptom of a larger economic and ultimately political problem.”

    “That problem is essentially that people can’t make money anymore to do the jobs that have kept places in the middle of the country going for a century,” he says during a telephone interview from his St. Louis home.

    Meth “just sort of moves into the vacuum” as people struggle to earn a living now that farm and factory jobs have evaporated with the consolidation of the agriculture industry, he says.


  12. I applaud Grassley for his efforts…..

    >>>>A growing body of evidence suggests that doctors at some of the nation’s top medical schools have been attaching their names and lending their reputations to scientific papers that were drafted by ghostwriters working for drug companies — articles that were carefully calibrated to help the manufacturers sell more products.

    …….With a letter last week, a senator who helps oversee public funding for medical research signaled that he was running out of patience with the practice of ghostwriting. Senator Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has led a long-running investigation of conflicts of interest in medicine, is starting to put pressure on the National Institutes of Health to crack down on the practice.
    That is significant because the N.I.H., a federal agency in Bethesda, Md., underwrites much of the country’s medical research.


    • I’m glad to see this – the ghostwriting has been going on for years and should be stopped.

      • Industry lobbyist/lawyers are the ones who write a lot of this country’s legislation as well. Let’s see them crack down on THAT.

        If a bill is too complicated for a representative to either write or read, IT’S A BAD BILL. Period.

  13. Reposted from the last thread:

    • Sweet. Big Dawg just can’t help himself, it’s just who he is. 🙂

    • I won’t link to it, but there was a stupid article in the NY Post (is that redundant?) about Hill & Bill having separate meetings with Obama about the North Korean trip, because of “Hillary’s hissy fit” (ie: Obama needed to fluff Hillary’s ego, because she’s pouting.)
      And yes, one of the reporters is a woman.

      • I really don’t understand why this is allowed to go on!

        Hillary Clinton is the Foreign Minister of the United States of America! Whatever those people’s feeling for her are, don’t they understand, that she represents their country to the rest of the world?

        Even if they (for some odd reason … jealousy?), don’t respect <I<her, shouldn’t they at least have enough common sense to show respect towards the office she is heading?

  14. I am already disgusted by the Poor-Obama-stopped-by-the-rightwing-nutjobs-because-we-liberals-haven’t-stood-up-and-fought-for-him meme. Bullsh1t.

    Isn’t this the same group that spent 343 million in the widely touted most successful ad campaign evah that got this blank sheet of paper elected? Like they don’t know how to suppress dissent and promote their message?

    It’s all cover so that he doesn’t have to do anything. period. He gets his ass covered and we get the legislation the insurance companies wrote….. the bonus class wins. again.

    It’s a simple message idiots. Medicare Opt In ~ for those that want it.

    But we wouldn’t want to win this fight now would we?????

    IMHO ~ he doesn’t want to win a 2nd term. hell, he doesn’t want to work during this one. Skate thru and retire with the best benefits in the world and get rich. He doesn’t care about his legacy the apologists will never concede his awfulness.

    • ITA

    • Last I saw he was the one who ran for public office. It’s his responsibility to fight for his legacy as a public servant, not mine. If he wants my support he can earn it by putting out good polcy. Otherwise, he gets to go it alone.

  15. PETA’s actions are detrimental to the animal rights
    You got that right. Some of the things they do are batsh!it crazy. And that billboard is the best indicator of who they are and what they’re really made of.

    Of course after seeing a bio of their leader who says she was isolated from humans and raised by dogs essentially, which reminded me of Skinners daughter raised in the box (who was one scary psychology teacher let me tell you), it kind of all makes sense.

  16. The Nation’s Ari Melber Discusses the Internet’s Power in Politics (Act Blue a point of discussion and bloggers power…very interesting)

  17. Good grief there are all kinds of theories about why he is rushing to put so much on the table, his end game, his real focus.

    It’s really wierd.

  18. Funny how you never hear big media attention to any of the bad news from Iraq or Afghanistan now that the “anti-war president” is at the helm.

    Scores of people have been killed and hundreds injured by a series of co-ordinated bomb attacks in Baghdad today.

    In the deadliest attack in Iraq this year, and the most audacious one in the capital for several more, truck and car bombs and mortar fire were directed against the main centres of power. The targets included the ministries of finance, foreign affairs, health and housing, as well as the Parliament and Cabinet buildings. Also hit was a checkpoint on the approach roads to the fortified Green Zone.


    • Funny how you never hear big media attention to any of the bad news from Iraq or Afghanistan now that the “anti-war president” is at the helm.

      I guess they bought into the ‘Overseas Contingency Operation’ SPIN. 😯

      • When and if the pullback fails, what will Obama do? Did he just assume it would work, or is there a plan for what to do if it all goes to hell and the Iraqis can’t secure their own cities? What then? Go back in, or leave them to crumble into warring factions?

        These are questions that ought to be asked and debated, if we had a functioning press. They are questions that surely WOULD be front and center , constantly, if Bush were still in office and in charge of pulling out. But…. crickets.

  19. Hmmmm:

    Denmark’s Conservative Party said this week it wants to introduce a ban on Muslim burqa or niqab dress codes which require women to completely cover their faces in public.

    I’m in favor of a unisex burqa for ugly people. (Have you been to Walmart lately?)

    • i thought they used to call those mu mu’s or something to that effect

    • And the proposal was rapidly shot down again. But it did give their new speaker on integration the rounds on all the news hours.

      After the “cucumber season” (the slow news in the summer time, lol), all the parties are now gearing up to hit the news! Very entertaining! Sort of. 😕

    • Who ya calling ugly?

    • Raising the Glass Ceiling – 26min Documentary (suffrage continues today)

      In many countries, todays young women havent had to struggle for equality and on many levels women can do anything a man can. But is it safe to rest on our laurels? We chart the major triumphs of the Women’s Liberation Movement and examine womens rights worldwide.

  20. Injustice Scalia:

    This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is “actually” innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged “actual innocence” is constitutionally cognizable.

    The Senate should have spent more time worrying about this “stupid white man”

    • Is this moron really arguing that they should be able to put people to death even though evidence indicates their innocence?

      The Alberto Gonzales wing of the Supreme Court where innoncence is just some “quaint old fashioned notion”

      • That’s exactly what he’s arguing.

        • I was kinda being rhethoric. 😉 I had to read myiq twice to wrap my mind around the idea that someone who basically has contempt for the premise of our whole justice system (the idea that the innocent will be set free and the guilty punished/rehabilitated)is sitting on the highest court in our country though.

          That’s why I threw the Gonzalez jibe out there. Apparently Gonzalez isn’t the only rightie to find civilized behavior a “quaint, little old fashioned notion” better suited to the old days.

    • Wow, that’s stunningly scary. Is he really that evil?

    • Kind of goes against the grain of Jefferson’s overriding philosophy of our justice system. I’m looking at Monticello now to see if Tommy’s ghost has come out.

  21. “He never had a plan, that’s why he’s incoherent in trying to explain. I go back to the debates where he was always agreeing with “what Hillary said”. Hillary had the DETAILS because it was something she actually worked on and truly believed. Obama has no core believes…it was always about saying what people wanted to hear in order to win.

    It’s amazing that the Dem leadership can’t understand why people of all stripes are upset. Healthcare is an important issue that deserves detailed attention. Obama’s “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” approach is not cutting it. We got a glimpse of what REAL commitment to the healthcare issue involves and Obama with his double talk ain’t it!!!!”

    • theres “understand” and then there’s “don’t give a sh1t”

    • You speak for me! 😆

    • Remember, Obama did not even have a plan at the beginning of his campaign. He hurriedly threw something together when Hillary and Edwards were gaining support because they did.

      “Throw it against the wall and see what sticks” is how he has ALWAYS operated as a campaigner. It should come as no surprise that he governs that way, too. The man is EMPTY. He has no principles, no core, no moral compass.

      I laugh my ass off at the morons who now bemoan the “disappearance” of the Obama who could charm and sell anything. No, you idiots, he NEVER could sell “anything” except HIMSELF. He didn’t win the election by selling policy, he won by selling a hazy soft-focused dream of himself as a “transformational” president. Why in the HELL would you expect him to suddenly develop the ability to sell POLICY? HE NEVER COULD.

    • Actually he went out of his way in the primaries to disagree with plans such as Hillary’s and Edwards’. He wasn’t interested in mandated coverage and insisted that providing subsidies would be forcing the poor to choose between rent and health care. I find it laughable that anyone is surprised that his priority isn’t to provide affordable coverage for EVERYONE. He made it clear during the primaries it wasn’t a priority for him. Considering Goolsbee and the others seemed to have a free market / warped market bent to them I am totally unsurprised at what is going down.

  22. I would like to know why you think Barbara Boxer is a good Democrat? She needs to be replaced. Her numbers are coming down because she forgot that she works for us.

    • Who would you replace her with?

      A pre-corrupted Republican like Fiorina?

      • Yes, that would do nicely thank you. Where’s the corruption anyway ofr Fiorina?

      • I have mixed feelings on this because if you wish to remove an entrenched incumbent who no longer feels they have to act in their constituency’s interests you have to start sometime. I guess the question you have to ask yourself is it it worse to have a batsh!t crzy person who might be easier to remove or an apathetic Congressperson who is so dug in to a diseased system that it takes an act of God to remove them? Barbara Boxer hasn’t been my Senator for some time(she was actually a good Senator when I was there, very receptive and responsive)but if she is indeed ignoring the will of the people she was elected to represent then removing her ought to be on Californians to do list.

      • Pre-corrupted. LOL That’s good.

        I have to say I still like Boxer even with some missteps and such.

        • Anyone coming from a corporate boardroom should be presumed guilty until proven guilty.

          And for our Failbot Blogstalkers, yes, I know Hillary served on the board of Walmart many years ago.

          She’s the exception that makes the rule. Now fuck off.

          • Wait until Carli Fiorina starts running.

            She was a terrible CEO and she almost sunk HP. I have tons and tons of stuff on her, not dirty stuff but her sheer incompetence.

            I actually worked on something for HP. I’ll just see how much I can disclose.

          • You’re not gonna find too many politicians to the left of Boxer. She has become more moderate the past few years but replacing her with a conservative makes no sense at all.

    • November 10-12, 2001: More Congressional Offices Found Infected with Anthrax
      Between November 10 and 12, 2001, trace amounts of anthrax are found in the offices of eleven senators. The offices infected include those of Senator Bob Graham (D), Dianne Feinstein (D), Richard Lugar (R), Barbara Boxer (D), and Jon Corzine (D). But officials say the anthrax does not threaten the health of anyone who worked or visited there. On October 15, an anthrax letter addressed to Sen. Tom Daschle (D) was opened at the Hart Senate office building (see October 15, 2001), and it is assumed the anthrax found came from this letter. [SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL, 12/8/2001]
      Entity Tags: Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Jon Corzine, Bob Graham, Tom Daschle, Richard Lugar Timeline Tags: 2001 Anthrax Attacks http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=tom_daschle

      During the attacks, Dianne Feinstein flew home, little Wawa Boxer, stood firm and did her senate business from and underground bunker. I say the name BOXER is spot on, she is a Liberal, but she serves her country in times of crisis.

  23. Woman who shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ says she’s against reform. Just before Pamela Pilger shouted “Heil Hitler” to a Jewish man in favor of health care reform, she told Eyewitness News why she’s against it.

  24. Looks like the Beck boycott may be a case of the left shooting themselves in the foot (again.)

    Seems that in response to the uproar, several advertisers like WalMart and P&G have not just pulled ads from Beck. They have decided to pull ads from ALL “political commentary” shows, and avoid controversy altogether. That will hurt shows with already sickly ratings like Maddow and Keith O much more than it will ever hurt Beck.

    • good! Now if we could just convince them to quit siphoning money to DC perhaps we could have a government for the people by the people, instead of for the corporations, by the corporations.

  25. Barney Frank’s Town Hall got quite a bit of local news coverage last night.
    He held it in a town as far away from the city as he could possibly get (those rednecks..).

    I saw clips where Frank was rude, loud, and arrogant in response to attendees who were asking some good and legitimate questions. He totally blew them off.

    Many blogs are focused on the clip of the one crazy lady, but
    there were plenty of civil attendees.

    • The gal is a ‘professional’ she has been at other states to speak to ‘HER REPRESENTATIVES’, this one, and this one, and this one… Hemmm, who could it be, let’s see, the flyer might give a clue.

      • The gal is a LaRouche Democrat. Have a nice day.

        • Let’s see…. the guy with the big Obama/Hitler moustache poster was a Larouchie, and the guy who made the “Joker” poster was a Kucinich supporter, and this woman is a Larouchie as well. Many of the more aggressive town-hallers have been revealed to be extreme libertarians or even anarchists.

          So whence the meme that it’s all a bunch of crazy right-wing Republicans who are the worst offenders? The media is playing EVERY ONE of these nutballs as a “far right extremist”, when in fact a lot of them are not right-leaning in the slightest. It’s a bald-faced lie.

          • Anyone who has been to a city council meeting knows that this country has more than its share of nutballs and kooks.

            They don’t really belong on the left-right axis, they come from an entirely different dimension.

            Neither party wants to claim them.

          • Hire the politically insane, they’re fun to watch.

        • Yes, she is, Ralph. All the Obama-as-Hitler were printed by the far-left LaRouche camp.

          But it hasn’t stopped Gibbs et al from suggesting these nuts are from the right.

          They’re not. They’re the Democrats’ OWN nuts.

        • LaRouche Democrat: Who coined that? Rush Limbaugh?

          Have a nice day.

    • If you have other clips please post them.

      • http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/18/frank.heath.care/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

        This clip contains the exchange with the “nazi” woman, but in the second half a man asks if Congress will be signing on to Obama’s plan.
        Frank sort of loses it, even though the guys wasn’t rude to him,
        and says he’d sign on if it were single payer, but it isn’t.
        Now the Single Payer advocates start booing him.

        The short clip of the crazy woman does not accurately represent
        the entire meeting.

        The TV coverage I saw last night was on NECN and Foxnews Boston.
        Both programs showed Frank entering the Town Hall amid some mild heckling, to which he reacted angrily.
        He looked pissed off before the Town Hall began.

        No video link-sorry.

    • Barney Frank addresses health care in Dartmouth

      • Interesting that the business man cites Australia as cutting business taxes by 50% and I wonder if he knows that Australia has Universal Health Care?!? See what can be done if you rain in uncontrolled Health Care costs. Frank missed an opportunity there.

        • Yep. But Barney Frank doesn’t listen; he already knows everything.

          Many a video clip of Barney Frank dramatically denying there was anything wrong at Fannie & Freddie, and claiming so was racist, right before they both cratered.

          Stupid, arrogant man.

    • at least they were not Daisy Dukes.

      One reason tv networks are failing.



    • OK, I think you will look marvelous in them…but I would go with khaki colored ones myself.

  26. http://hotair.com/archives/2009/08/18/good-news-obama-backs-off-shore-drilling/

    By the time backtrack is done giving our money to other people and countries we will all be selling pencils on street corners



  27. Daily Howler:

    Total spending on health care, per person, 2007:

    United States: $7290
    France: $3601
    United Kingdom: $2992
    Italy: $2686

    • So then how about just open up improved, enhanced Medicare to anyone who wants it?

      Obviously, that is all Democrats give two figs about.

      • define Democrats- because you certainly don’t seem to be speaking for the ones in DC that have fattened their coffers at the trough of insurance agencies and Pharma.

        • The ones who answered the poll.

          • DC is ignoring them and considering they are the ones who vote on the bill …….

            Public option is back on the table though. Why not push for a public option that is open to everyone froa percentage of their income? Push the window back left. A REAL public option could lead to a single payer system. It has to be open to everyone though and it has to have enough regulation in effect to ensure the insurance companies don’t pawn the really sick off on the government plan and just capitalize on the new market of healthy folk that need mandated care.

    • Ya know, elections are supposed to have consequences. Democrats control both houses of Congress by large margins. Obviously if 57% of Dems strongly support with a gov. option and only 12 % w/out, then Democrats do support government financed health care and really little else. Voters are also self-interested. So, presumably these people do not strongly support gov. financed health care for someone else, but for themselves. The Dem establishment are fools if they thought they could win elections by huge margins and then continue to govern center right. If repubs head these kinds of margins they would govern as though they had, you know, won.

      • When your choices are limited to bad and worse is it any wonder that the consequences seem to be limited to those of us who aren’t pulling our salary out of the taxpayers pockets.

        We need a third party. That way we aren’t stuck in the cycle of bad and worse.

  28. http://www.holytaco.com/25-awsome-homeless-guy-signs

    Since the one of the sites that I go to each morning is down, I found this and linked it here.

    miq2xu should enjoy and add comments



    • ty, myiq

      That Barney is sure a feisty one.

      My Rep had 400 people inside her Town Hall, another 600 outside.
      Her answers to the public were uselessly vague, but she didn’t talk down to anyone or raise her voice.

  29. http://www.businessinsider.com/internet-addiction-center-2009-8

    I guess anything can become addictive

    Newscred.com has been down for two days. I found these other sites with news and tidbits newsvine and regator.



  30. Ruling could let model find, sue online hecklerhttp://edition.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/18/new.york.model.blog.lawsuit/index.html

  31. http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/item/20090818_its_the_end_of_network_tv_as_we_know_it/

    If they had been creditable maybe they would not be hurting now. They along with congress forgot their jobs for the last 9 years.

    The people like Walter Cronkite and now Don Hewitt are dying off and there is no left who can fill their shoes.



    • Yeah but WE have puppet theater and worst person in the world. What a trade off! /snark

  32. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/magazine/23Women-t.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

    this is a good article.
    I had never heard this saying before . I think it is wonderful

    “Women hold up half the sky”



  33. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090818_you_cant_blame_obama_for_american_stubbornness/

    There is no way in hell to fix this stupid…..
    Supply your own barf bag before reading



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