Friday Morning News and Views

Good Morning Conflucians!

I’ve been somewhat out of the loop, so I got up early this morning to surf the ‘net a little bit. I’ve really missed my time at TC and on the internet generally. I’ll share a few stories with you and you can post yours in the comments. I’ve missed quite a bit, and I need to catch up on what’s happening.

Things are going pretty well here in Indiana. We went through lots of photos of dad, and my sister-in-law made up boards with pictures of him with lots different people and in lots of places–beginning with his high school picture, which I came across. We had a lovely ceremony, without a religious person in charge. All five of us siblings spoke and then several others got up and spoke about dad also.

It was really a wonderful remembrance, and lots of people came. It was wonderful to see family members and friends whom I hadn’t seen or talked to in many years. I know I’ll have to go through a long grieving process, but I know the memory of this time of being close to so many other people who loved dad will help so much.

Now for the news. I got a few interesting messages in my e-mail this morning. This came from TomDispatch: William Astore, You Have No Say About Your Military, by Lt. Col. William Astore, ret.

Since 2001, when an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was expected to cost an already hefty $50 million, the plane’s cost has soared into the stratosphere (despite the fact that the aircraft itself has barely left the ground). The estimated cost today is $113 million per plane. Yes, that’s per plane. This supposed future workhorse of the U.S. military is now priced like the planet’s most precious gem. It’s also 2 ½ years behind schedule. Keep in mind that the Marines, the Air Force, and the Navy are planning to buy a combined 2,450 of them for what’s now an eye-popping $323 billion. And if you think the costs are likely to stay in the $113 million range, given the history of Pentagon cost overruns, then I have a nice little national security bridge to Brooklyn I think the U.S. public might love.

In other words, if all goes well from here (an unlikely possibility), a single future weapons system is now estimated to cost the American taxpayer almost one-third of what the Obama administration’s health-care plan is expected to cost over a decade. You could even think of the Pentagon’s weapons procurement process as the health-care system of the national security state. Its costs just never stop rising.

That’s where the real money is going, folks–our money is going to endless war. As William Astore says,

the Pentagon is our true welfare state, the weapons makers our real “welfare queens,” and we never stop shoveling money their way.

Meanwhile we are financing a bailout of the insurance companies with serious cuts in Medicare and Medicaid and the likely destruction of the American middle class.

I got this “bitter” message from Health Justice, a one-man campaign for single-payer health care run by a guy in Salt Lake City, UT:

This is a requiem for the idea that all Health Care in America is a Human Right. The likely passage of Obama’s health reform joke will mean that health care and money are powerfully bound together. From now on, having money means being healthy and having less money means being less healthy and having no means — well, you get the idea.

You can also say goodbye to America as the world’s greatest power. We won’t have the money to pay off our debts to the Chinese and we won’t be able to make the money because no one will be brave enough to go it alone — no job will equal no health care.

You can also say goodbye to the power of the vote. From this point on, it will be received wisdom that money can buy anything, including the White House and the entire Congress.

So folks, say Goodbye. Don’t look for a brighter future for your American-born kids. It won’t happen.

That’s really discouraging, but I have to admit it mirrors my feelings. I hope I’m overreacting. I hope this bill will do some good. But I don’t have a lot of confidence based on what this President and this Congress have done so far.

In another e-mail, I got this story from The Atlantic, by Andrew Cohen:

Tyranny, From Tim McVeigh To Ginny Thomas

Among other items of evidence seized from Timothy McVeigh’s car when he was arrested 15 years ago next month outside of Oklahoma City was a papered quote from Samuel Adams. “When the government fears the people, there is liberty,” the quote read. “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Lest anyone remain unsure about McVeigh’s motivations for the cold-blooded murder of 168 innocents at the Alfred P. Murrah federal building on April 19, 1995, the self-styled “patriot” wore to the attack a t-shirt with the Latin inscription: “Sic Semper Tyrannis” and the Thomas Jefferson line: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Look, I’m not in any way defending what Tim McVeigh did (I don’t for one minute believe it did it alone either, but I digress). But those “sentiments” that Cohen denigrates in his article do, after all, come from two of our greatest founding fathers, as even he admits. More from the Cohen piece:

The most disturbing recent example of the use of the “tyranny” saw was offered up by Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She told a conservative blogger last month that she wanted to get more involved in conservative politics because “we’re headed for tyranny” in government. One month later we are still waiting to hear what she precisely meant by that remark, what specific sort of government “tyranny” currently in use or on the horizon worries the spouse of one of the most powerful people in government, whose salary and perks we all pay for.

Indeed, who exactly are the government tyrants against us? What is the bill of particulars against them? Do local bureaucrats morph into “tyrants” just because they want to change the contents of textbooks? Are officials in Washington leading us toward tyranny because of bank bailouts or health care? Really? But how can the federal government be at once tyrannical and inept? Aren’t the two mutually exclusive? If Barack Obama were as malevolent as the Tyrannists claim he is, then why hasn’t he been more successful? And where were these emergent tribunes of tyranny when Bush-era officials were grabbing for all the executive branch power of which they could conceive?

Again, I’m sure that I disagree with Virginia Thomas on almost everything, but I agree with her that we are headed for tyranny (maybe I see a different kind of tyranny coming than she does). But yes, I think when textbooks are permitted to distort our history so that what our children learn in school is full of lies and propaganda (not that this is really new), that is more “dangerous” than quoting Samuel Adams or Thomas Jefferson. Yes, I think handing over taxpayer money to huge corporations–whether to bail out banks and insurance companies or to fund the Pentagon welfare state is a very bad thing for democracy.

Furthermore, the “patriot movement” people were screaming about Bush too. I occasionally read Alex Jones’ websites to see what these people are saying, and they hated Bush every bit as much if not more than Obama or Clinton. People like Andrew Cohen are busy distorting history in their own way. We need an independent media so every voice can be heard. But we don’t have an independent media. We need independent politicians too. But all we have is bought-out politicians and bought-out media.

I wonder if Andrew Cohen has read the latest from our old pal, former Obot David Sirota: What’s the Matter With Democrats?

Ever since Thomas Frank published his book “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” Democrats have sought a political strategy to match the GOP’s. The health care bill proves they’ve found one.

Whereas Frank highlighted Republicans’ sleight-of-hand success portraying millionaire tax cuts as gifts to the working class, Democrats are now preposterously selling giveaways to insurance and pharmaceutical executives as a middle-class agenda. Same formula, same fat-cat beneficiaries, same bleating sheeple herded to the slaughterhouse. The only difference is the Rube Goldberg contraption that Democrats are using to tend the flock.

First, their leaders campaign on pledges to create a government insurer (a “public option”) that will compete with private health corporations. Once elected, though, Democrats propose simply subsidizing those corporations, which are (not coincidentally) filling Democratic coffers. Justifying the reversal, Democrats claim the subsidies will at least help some citizens try to afford the private insurance they’ll be forced to buy—all while insisting Congress suddenly lacks the votes for a public option.

I wonder if Cohen has read this piece by Robert Scheer Lame Bill From a Lame Duck?

If you think health care reform has been an unsatisfying test of the government’s ability to deal with our pressing problems, brace yourself for bigger disappointment in its attempt to bridle Wall Street. This is when the true heavies go to work, and, as opposed to the medical industry lobby, the moneychangers fear not the wrath of their clients or, as Scripture tells, any higher power.

Certainly not that of the Congress or the president whose powers they have so confidently purchased…The bankers wrote the rules of the road that allowed them to exceed all reasonable limits when Democrat Bill Clinton was in the White House. And when the crash came, it was the Republican George W. Bush who made their problems go away. Having survived that disaster of their own creation, they are not about to let anyone make them change their ways.

It will definitely take more than the likes of Connecticut’s lame-duck Sen. Christopher Dodd, a likely candidate for more lucrative employment in the financial sector that he has served so faithfully.

Because, as Scheer points out,

Dodd, along with New York Democrat Charles Schumer, helped kill a decade ago. As The New York Times reported on Oct. 23, 1999: “Dodd, whose state is home to the nation’s largest insurance companies, and Schumer, with strong ties to Wall Street, have long sought legislation to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act.”

We are in big trouble, folks–right here in the good old USA. Corporate control of our government is just about complete. Now what?

So far, we haven’t lost our freedom to speak out about what’s happening. That’s something to be optimistic about anyway. So what are you reading this morning?

Have a great Friday!

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113 Responses

  1. Good morning everyone! Sorry to have posted only bad news. If you have anything positive to report, please let me know.

    • Hi BB! Good to read you!!! Hope things are going well!!! We miss you!!!

      • Hi Dakinikat! We’re just about to say goodbye to the last of the little kids, so I can have my computer to myself and have a little quiet time.

  2. Morning boomer. I wanted to say “Hi” and I’m thinking about you before I head out the door! {{X0X0}}

  3. Good morning bb! That’s how it is in the news business – you post what you get! My tabloids are no different, although there is a funny one
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/tabloids-its-hcr-and-very-little-else/

  4. Hi, BB – I’ve been out of the loop for more than a week moving. I just wanted to express my condolences for your loss. The ceremony you described sounds lovely and peaceful – may the memories of your dad bring you deep peace.

  5. Except for the part about America as a world power, Health Justice’s letter sounds pretty much like how it’s always been here.

    Great to see you back, BB.

    • Thanks, Branjor. I’m still at my mom’s house, but I wanted to do my weekend posts.

  6. Hi BB!

  7. great round up BB! might I add something?

    Appropriations committees in the Florida Legislature decided late last week to cut the entire $21.25 million proposed for state aid to libraries

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/yfra6ks

    One of many places where libraries are fighting for their lives. Of course the reasons why libraries are needed now more than ever by the public , are just some of the very reasons they are being targeted…part of the movement to shut down public schools as well…. when it says” public” in the title and even worse to them, the word , ” free”…as in” free library” there is a large bulls-eye on these bastions of civilization ….but one rarely hears about it of course. Tiger Wood’s and John Edward’s meltdowns are too important to allow the space. Budgets are tight…but there’s no will to keep these places funded , or even open. How’s the public library in your area doing? They are indeed the canary in the coal mine. Here in Philly they have been under constant attack since Mayor Nutter took office, …so far the public push back has been there.

    • That’s terrible. Unfortunately, libraries and schools are often the first budget items to be cut.

    • The library in my community is one of the treasures of our village. It’s a newer building, has comfortable, squashy chairs for reading, a superb collection of periodicals, a dozen computers in constant use, and an excellent video collection. I think people here would be up in arms before they’d let anything happen to the library.

    • That is so disturbing and wrong, *particularly* in light of the coming shift to electronic books that cannot easily be shared/resold/donated. (Yes, I love my Kindle and I am a hypocrite.) Our local library is doing “OK,” if by OK one means that it was pretty crappy in the first place (it’s run by little tinpot dictators and even though it is a beautiful and wonderful building, I never go there because it is just as unfriendly as the rest of this town), at least it does not seem to be getting worse.

      • Enjoy Kindle guilty free! The shift to electronic books just means a reinvention called for …but this and the rough times are being used as the excuse to kill off public libraries all together .

        The thing about public libraries is they give the public access to computers. Hard to believe in our blog world, but here in Philly, 50 % of the homes have no computer and for most of those with out, their only access is the under fire local library.

        Increasingly it’s impossible to interface modern life without one …for employment( well in trying to get a job! ) , dealing with the government and just about any institution .

  8. Hi bb! Good to have you back, and I’m so glad that your trip has been meaningful and comforting.

  9. Do I need to say it again: his “obfuscation,” lack of knowledge and commitment, and “testy” responses to any challenge were BLATANTLY OBVIOUS in any debate during all of 2008. Where the HELL have these people been?! Two years later, and the press only now considers the possibility of asking a probing question or two.

    Now for the Slaughter

    The reporters didn’t even provoke or needle in their questions. They seemed hushed. They looked like people who were absorbing the information that we all seem to be absorbing, which is that the wheels seem to be coming off this thing, the administration is wobbling—so early, so painfully and dangerously soon.

    Thursday’s decision followed the most revealing and important broadcast interview of Barack Obama ever. It revealed his primary weakness in speaking of health care, which is a tendency to dodge, obfuscate and mislead. He grows testy when challenged. It revealed what the president doesn’t want revealed, which is that he doesn’t want to reveal much about his plan. This furtiveness is not helpful in a time of high public anxiety. At any rate, the interview was what such interviews rarely are, a public service. That it occurred at a high-stakes time, with so much on the line, only made it more electric.

    Presidents have a right to certain prerogatives, including the expectation of a certain deference. He’s the president, this is history. But we seem to have come a long way since Ronald Reagan was regularly barked at by Sam Donaldson, almost literally, and the president shrugged it off. The president—every president—works for us. We don’t work for him. We sometimes lose track of this, or rather get the balance wrong. Respect is due and must be palpable, but now and then you have to press, to either force them to be forthcoming or force them to reveal that they won’t be. Either way it’s revealing.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704207504575130081383279888.html

  10. Hey BB, hope you and the family are doing well in these difficult times.

    And wow, such news. Not unexpected of course. Sigh. We’re all going to hell and they’re not even giving us a nice hand basket to climb in. And what’s amazing as usual are the obot types that are cheering as we all go down. That’s how liberty dies, to thunderous applause.

    I’ll try to find some good news. Science is a good place to look for that. At least progress is being made somewhere.

  11. Hi, BB – I miss you but, I’m glad the time with your family has been so peaceful.

    xxoo

  12. Futurama is back and new episodes will air on comedy central this summer. So there’s that.

    http://www.hitfix.com/articles/2010-3-4-new-futurama-episodes-premiere-on-comedy-central-in-june

  13. More and more high tech research is moving to China. Yep, just like RD has reported about drug related research, it’s happening in many other areas of technology and science. So why should kids learn science and math in school again?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/business/global/18research.html

    Wait, I was supposed to find good news. Well, good news for our new owners and overlords, China, I guess is good news. /snark

    • Isn’t China where all those toxic toys produced. And how about the pet food and infant formula with melamine? Wonder what they’ll put into the drugs?

      • My best friend’s son has been doing quite a bit of business travel to China. Recently he had the opportunity to meet with some Chinese at a location far away from the large coastal cities. He says that once you get outside of the major cities the level of poverty is devastating. Explains a lot, IMO.

        • There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to get flush toilets to more of the population in our economic rivals. Best for us to focus on educating our own
          students to be the knowledge workers and precision manufacturers. It is so pleasant to run across Made in America goods, that designation really meant quality. I noted some long-lasting towels (20- plus years old and labeled MIA) that absorb better than the ones I
          bought of the same brand that were Not Made in America.

  14. This is fun, while Viacom has been complaining and launching law suits against Google for videos uploaded to YouTube, Google has noticed that Viacom is uploading videos themselves. Oops.

    http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/03/broadcast-yourself.html

  15. This is a nice collection of news items showing Obama is the new Bush:

    http://obamaisthenewbush.tumblr.com/

  16. Welcome back to TC, BB.

    Here in northern NJ the news has not been so good all week. After the storm last Saturday it’s been very difficult getting around this little State. It took me 2 1/2 hours to get back from the Princeton area the other day because of all the flooding and we had two house guests from Monday until yesterday when their home was flooded.

    They will still be coming here to shower since their hotwater heater was knocked out and they just got electricity back on.
    Now for the good news: in an email this morning my friend said, “We can see our grass in front, some patches in back, we have almost a 100% dry street, and we have electricity. All my meetings were cancelled for the week….Now the wait for insurance adjusters, mail (yes, even the mailman couldn’t get here until yesterday”

  17. Hi there BB!

    Sorry to read about the passing of your dad. I hope you and your family are in good spirits.

  18. Good morning, bb. Glad to hear you’re doing okay. The service for your dad sounds like it was just right. I’ve only been to one service that was held without a religious figure. A small group of us sat in a circle at the funeral home and just spoke our remembrances of a dear friend. It was the only service I remember where I didn’t feel sad at some point. Very life affirming.

    If you couldn’t find any good news to report it’s probably because there isn’t any. Nice that you had a few days away, even if the reason was a sad one.

  19. Hi BB. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Sounds like you and your family are in a good space.

  20. BB — thanks for sharing the update about the ceremony… it sounds lovely and positively empowering to hear you all sharing your dad’s memory.

    Can we use a little chuckle today? I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking of The Simpsons “Monorail” song –

  21. OK, this local headline from my town might not be “good” news except for the defendant in question, but it did put a smile on my face because the whole thing was so ridiculous to begin with:

    http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/24577880-41/bond-parking-acquitted-eugene-meter.csp

  22. You need to do a live blog on

    Historic vote…in a hundred years…we are going to make history.

    Somebody tell me, does this bill have

    a) Medicare Buy In

    b) Public Option HR 676

    c) No pre-existing exclusion

    d) Affordable Coverage

    e) Coverage for the 46 million without insurance who lost it and can’t afford it.

    So, let’s look under the hood, and see what is in this bill and why it is going to be ‘historic’ and why it is worthy of being compared to the Civil Rights Bill. Does anyone have the clip of POTUS speaking today?

    • Live blog? That sounds more like the basis for a drinking game.

      I believe that the outcome of the HCR vote has already been determined and everything you’re seeing right now is just Obamadrama – it’s a bunch of events and announcements staged to make it look like Obama personally snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

      It has all the authenticity of professional wrestling.

      • exactly, the postponed trip clinched that assesstment for me he is just here for the victory lap.

      • Here’s some more Obamadrama from my local fishwrapper:

        Democratic leaders need 216 votes to pass the bill, because there are several House vacancies. No Republican is expected to support it. Depending upon who is counting, Democrats as of Thursday afternoon had momentum but still were roughly eight votes short of victory.

        In this tense environment, many conversations occur at once.

        Cardoza, for instance, said he expects to be talking again to President Barack Obama before he votes. Costa on Thursday convened several conference calls to discuss the bill a final time with health care professionals and others in his congressional district.

        “I’m going to listen to them,” Costa said.

        You can bet your bippy that Costa and Cardoza know exactly how they’re gonna vote but they’re keeping it a secret.

        Cardoza originally endorsed Hillary but just before the end of the primaries he announced he was switching to Obama, He was one of the superdelegate endorsements the Obama campaign used to dole out whenever Hillary won another primary.

        • I read where Cardoza and Costa are Yes votes because of some water rights deal that has been given to them by Ken Salazar.

          Wonder if Tom Coburn will try and block it. I think he’ll give it a shot.

    • I’m no historian but mandatory capitalism seems to be kinda “historic.” America will now officially become the “company town.”

      • You should have seen his speech, he compared this bill to the passage of the Civil Rights Bill and said it was historic in 100 or so years.

        Is there a brief recap of what is in his bill, because even Kucinich (sp) didn’t seem to be jumping up and down nor saying it was on par with the Civil RIghts Bill.

        Also, the cadence was very noticeable on Obama while he was speaking.

        • Thankfully, I missed it. So the Big Zero likened this terrible POS to the Civil Rights Bill? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

          • Being forced to buy overpriced insurance is the same as being able to vote? The logic escapes me somehow.

            Ah! Got it! Votes don’t mean anything anymore either, since 5/31/08..

  23. This is an accurate and comprehensive list from Jane Hamsher. Fact Sheet: The Truth About the Health Care Bill

    • Tnx. Posted that link on my lj.

      I am so disgusted.
      I need to learn to practice detachment.

    • That footnoted fact sheet is magnificent. What a POS!

    • Real health care reform is the thing we’ve fought for from the start. It is desperately needed. But this bill falls short on many levels, and hurts many people more than it helps.-FDL

      Well, based on the grid, I would say it isn’t historic at all and not on par with comparing this Bill to the Civil Rights Bill at all.

    • I have been reading FDL’s comparison of HRC Bill
      http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2010/03/19/fact-sheet-the-truth-about-the-health-care-bill/

      and Jane Hamsher and her team have done a good job. I hope someone interviews them and allows them to point out the weaknesses of this bill.

      • Good analysis and discussion. I had already forgotten about the plan B mentioned there. If the Dems really wanted to be heros, they’d figure out a way to some how replace the crap their doing for the simpler and better plan B. But then, this was never about them being heros or doing what was right. They are falling on swords for the insurance companies to be picked up on K street next. And the Repubs, also working for the insurance companies, will continue the fight, all the while pretending they don’t like this bill.

        What a show.

  24. They don’t have the votes yet, although they will probably get them as the sweetheart deals will be put in en masse. Nancy and the President are warming up for their “victory” lap but at what cost? Victory over the over 50% of those polled who do not want this bill passed? Victory over their own party members? This should have been a cinch to get through when you own the WH, Senate and House.

    Will the public remember in November? Yes, which is why republicans see this as a win/win regardless of whether it passes or not.

  25. Dear gods–

    Somebody please spot Andrew Cohen whatever he needs to enroll in a basic Western History course. Incompetent tyrants are a dime (or a sou or shilling or peseta) a damn dozen.

    England:

    Henry III
    Edward II
    Richard II
    Margaret of Anjou
    Charles I
    James II
    George III

    France:

    Too many to list but let’s single out Louis XIII and Louis XVI for special mention

    Spain: Also too many to list, but let’s single out:

    Pedro the Cruel
    Juana of Castile
    Philip IV

    Russia:

    Paul III
    Nicholas II

    Mexico:

    Standouts are Maximilian and most Presidents following Porfirio Diaz

    Competent tyrants, like Henry VIII, Cromwell, Stalin and their ilk, die in their beds. Incompetent tyrants–well, there’s a larger range of possibilities.

  26. Wow, I guess Tavis Smiley, should just sit down and clap and not have any opinion while President Obama is in office:

    Your unwarranted assault against President Obama’s creation of policies that aim to lift up all Americans is particularly disturbing. Equally troubling is your upcoming travel to the president’s hometown to press your case for a new “black agenda” in the Obama administration. -Anthony Coley

    Anthony Coley has gone over the top to equate a discussion / having an opinion with ‘ASSAULT’ and it is most troubling to me. Tavis Smiley has a long history of bringing attention to concerns that that otherwise been over looked or ignored. I admire Tavis for his concern/insight and hope that he continues to speak up about his concerns and the concerns of others on issues that continue to fester and continue to go on unaddressed for far too long.

  27. pathetic

  28. http://www.twincities.com/ci_14705488?nclick_check=1

    They will never have to say they are sorry, pay child support, and they can watch the game. How good is that??????

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  29. so I am not so sure exactly what this means but according to POLITICO:

    “Democrats are planning to introduce legislation later this spring that would permanently repeal annual Medicare cuts to doctors, but are warning lawmakers not to talk about it for fear that it will complicate their push to pass comprehensive health reform. The plans undercut the party’s message that reform lowers the deficit, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.”

    http://www.politico.com/livepulse/0310/EXCLUSIVE__Democrats_plan_doc_fix_after_reform.html?showall

    • I wonder if this is real, because if it is it looks like it was sent by Steny Hoyer.

  30. http://biggovernment.com/capitolconfidential/2010/03/19/the-heat-is-on-congressmans-office-says-constituent-calls-are-harassment/

    Now this makes me angry. Do the dumbshits remember why they are supposed to be there?
    If a corporation called they would be jumping and asking how high should they jump. But an American citizen not so much.
    Remember in November

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE, MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  31. http://www.novemberiscoming.com/

    a petition saying if you vote yes on heath care we will vote no on you in November.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  32. I for one welcome our new insurance company overlords.

    (h/t to the cartoon announcer on the Simpson’s)

  33. I think the space aliens kidnapped Kucinich…and replaced him with a podcongressperson with talking points. The old one, supported HR 676.

  34. ANTHONY WEINER & HOWARD DEAN on Morning Joe 03/19/2010 (PART 1 of 2)

    Largest transfer of wealth

    h/t TGW

  35. Just wrote my congressman on the HCRA, he’s considered a No leaner but voted yes on the last vote. I got a robocall from some group saying the HCRA was adequately prolife and please call him to vote yes, so figured that was my cue to tell him to vote no.

      • Politics sure makes strange bedfellows. Pre-2008 I never believed I’d ever be pinning my hopes on GOP pols and pro-lifers on an issue.

        • Just goes to show the old saw is right that we have no permanent allies only temporary ones on particular issues.

          Ally today, enemy tomorrow and it ever shall be.

        • no kidding. A few years ago I refused to vote for any one that was pro life let alone as pro life as this guy is, but I voted for him over my indicted congressman and he’s actually not bad in terms of being a representative. He calls me every month and puts me in his teleconference call. I may not agree with him on stuff but at least he appears to be concerned with doing things and finding out things. I haven’t even had this much attention from the congressman that was my divorce lawyer, or the congressman whose son I dated, or for that matter the congressman I used to work for, so go figure.

  36. Another suberb piece by Chris Floyd.

    Brave Sir Dennis Ran Away

    If the bad bill is defeated, you can bring up a good bill in every Congressional session — yes, for the next 20 years, if need be. Hell, you can bring it up every week. And if you beat the drums for genuine health care reform with even one-tenth of the strength and fervor that the Obama team lavishes on demonizing Iran, protecting torturers and enriching the criminal rich, then you wouldn’t need 20 years — or 20 weeks — or 20 days — to get it passed.

    That’s what a real leader could do. But of course, there is not even the shadow of a semblance of a real leader within 500 miles of the festering core of the Potomac Empire.

    • I like this line.

      Or as Kucinich himself put it (somewhat inelegantly): “This is a defining moment for if we will have any opportunity to move off square one on health care.”

  37. NEW THREAD UP

  38. Thanks for the roundup, bb. We miss you. Best wishes to you and your family.

  39. How the heck did my cat Tiger get to your doorstep??!!

    Carolyn Kay
    MakeThemAccountable.com

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