Excerpt: The prevailing Beltway wisdom has now ossified
that the problem with the health care debate is that those
hardened Leftist ideologues cling childishly
and petulantly to their little "public option" fetish and their refusal
to give it up is jeopardizing enactment of a
As always, the obedient servitude of Blue Dogs
and "centrists" to the industries that own Congress aren't
obstructionist at all. Somehow, the refusal
of Blue Dogs to vote for a plan with a "public option" isn't impeding
anything; there's no reason they should give
anything up, because they're just being moderate and "centrist."
As always, the way things should be done in Washington
is that the proper scorn should be heaped on
The Left until they're bullied into giving up
what they believe so that Things Can Get Done (i.e., so that
corporate dictates can be fulfilled).
"Yes, we know that you are a nice man, that
you want to work with the opposite side of the aisle. But there comes a time when you need
to drop that and move forward. We're saying to you, 'Be tough. Use everything that you've
got. Do what you have to do. And we have your back.'"
-- Maxine Waters, trying to shake Obama out of his naive fog,
Earlier this year I wrote you and said that I
would give Obama a full year, thatís until Jan 20, 2010
to make substantial progress on health care.
Maybe the guy knows what heís doing. He has advisors.
If he had simply tried to ram something through
without looking willing to compromise then he would
have lied about trying bipartisanship. As it
is, this looks like a rope-a-dope. Foremanís chasing Ali all
over the ring, but he is exhausting himself and
showing everyone his true character: the whole country
is sitting on the edge of their seats, seeing
Chuck Grassley say he was being disingenuous and having
Sarah Palin invent death panels.
Iím still willing to give Obama until January.
If he doesnít come through, Iíll start backing
someone else for 2012.
Subject: Peter Jackson, thy name
is whore - District 9 movie
Maybe, just maybe, someone who went in, thinking
they were going to see a big blockbuster,
mindless CGI-explosion porn, instead saw something
that actually made them think.
How we treat those who are "different" is strong
allegory for every nation, especially at
a time when we are talking about health care
for the poor and unwanted.
Maybe Jackson was hoping to trap some people into
thinking. I agree the trailer promised a bit
more of a thrill ride (and you got to admit the
battle suit was cool), but maybe some of the people
who watch only that should occasionally be made
to see something slightly deeper in meaning.
Still love the page, and if my new book sells
(still on unemployment),
I promise to make due on five or six since I
Josh in Illinois.
Excerpt: The Obama administration is setting strict new
standards for treatment of terror suspects, as the Justice Department
launches a criminal probe of past interrogation
tactics during Der Monkey Fuhrer's fake war on terrorism.
A CIA report says CIA interrogators once threatened
to kill a 9-11 suspect's children and suggested another
would be forced to watch his mother sexually
Top Bush fairies said they were troubled by Attorney
General Eric Holder's decision to begin a new criminal probe,
which they said could hamper U.S. intelligence
And Dick Cheney asserted that the CIA's torture
sqaud "saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks." Cheney said
those torturers "deserve our gratitude" and do
not deserve "to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions."
He said that Holder's decision serve as a reminder
'if any were needed, of why so many Americans
have doubts about this administration's ability
to be responsible for our nation's security.'"
Excerpt: The debate over the "public option" in health
care has been dismaying in many ways. The most depressing aspect
for progressives has been the extent to which
opponents of greater choice in health care have gained traction simply
by repeating that the public option would be,
horrors, a government program.
Washington, it seems, is still ruled by Reaganism
- by an ideology that says government intervention is always bad,
and leaving the private sector to its own devices
is always good.
I hoped that the failure of Reaganism in practice
would kill it. It turns out, however, to be a zombie doctrine:
even though it should be dead, it keeps on coming...
The debate over the public option has been depressing
in its inanity. Opponents of the option - not just Republicans,
but Democrats like Senator Kent Conrad and Senator
Ben Nelson - have offered no coherent arguments against it.
Mr. Nelson has warned ominously that if the option
were available, Americans would choose it over private insurance
- which he treats as a self-evidently bad thing,
rather than as what should happen if the government plan was better
than what private insurers offer.
Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids)
Blaine Labs Inc.
Campbell Soup Company
The Elations Company
Experian,creator of FreeCreditReport.com
Farmers Insurance Group
Johnson & Johnson (makers of Tylenol)
The UPS Store
GMAC Financial Services
Procter & Gamble
"For godís sakeís the GOP is supposed to stand
for something why donít they stand up and lead? Because some of the leadership, with
Boehner and some of these other guys, theyíre a joke. You canít say anything. But theyíre
an absolute freaking joke."
-- Vincent Jericho, Missouri talk radio Rush wannabe,
"Iím with you. Iím 1,000% with you. I agree
with you. I absolutely agree with you."
-- Michael Tom Steele, agreeing that his party is a freaking joke,
"I wish I could say I am shocked, but when
one of the chief architects of the torture memos testifies that the president has the inherent constitutional
right to crush the testicles of a child, none of us should be." -- Chris Bodenner, on CIA torture
"John Yoo publicly argued there is no law that
could prevent the President from ordering the torture of a child of a suspect
in custody Ė including by crushing that childís testicles." -- Philip Watts, Link
Excerpt: Howard Dean has emerged as Obamaís chief antagonist
from the left on healthcare reform, raising questions
over whether Obama made a mistake by snubbing
Dean for a position in his administration.
Deanís strong advocacy for creating a broad government-run
health insurance program, known as the public option,
has become a headache for Obama while at the
same time giving liberals a powerful spokesman with national credibility.
Dean, who once declared himself a representative
of the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party", has been traveling
the nation this summer offering his own views
on Obamaís healthcare proposal. His uncompromising stance is reminiscent
of his 2004 presidential campaign that took many
Democrats by surprise, and has begun to symbolize a rift between the
president and those activists who played a major
role in electing him.
Excerpt: Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday opened
a preliminary investigation into whether some CIA operatives
broke the law in their coercive interrogations
of suspected terrorists after 9/11 presenting Obama with the prospect
of a long, distracting battle over policies and
actions carried out under his predecessor.
Holder said he decided to establish what he called
a "preliminary review" after he conducted a thorough examination
of past reviews of the interrogations, including
an internal CIA investigation completed in 2004 by the CIA's inspector
general and separate reviews by Justice Department
internal affairs watchdogs and prosecutors.
He noted "that neither the opening of a preliminary
review nor, if evidence warrants it,
the commencement of a full investigation, means
that charges will necessarily follow."
That part I believe - the Democrats will
investigate and them say, "We found no
crimes," thereby whitewashing all the crimes and abuses
the sons of bitches put on us for eight years.
But the decision plunged the Obama administration
into the kind of controversy it most wanted to avoid -- a polarizing,
backward-looking fight over issues far removed
from the president's top priorities. And the furor is likely to be all
sharper and more distracting because it pits
the most liberal elements of Obama's base against the most unyielding
elements of the Republican Party.
Why is Holder going out of his way to say "expect
no charges to be filed?" Is Holder another Lee Hamilton?
Republicans start out with the idea, "We're
going to impeach the president" and then they look for crimes.
Democrats start out with the idea, "We'll
probably find no crimes," then let the guilty off the hook.
Love the page. If I had the extra bucks, I'd
send a few your way.
Listen, the reason the democrats lose all the
time came to me a few weeks ago. Don't know if I'm crazy but...
1) We have two parties to give the illusion of
democracy. We get a choice, just not a good one.
2) The democrats lose because that is their role
in our national passion play. The moral lesson is "might makes right"
The repubs use this to win elections and get
people to vote against their own interests. The democrats represent the
that playing fair is what we should do, but they
lose because: "might makes right"
How else can we explain that democrats represent
what should be, but they lose,
but at the same time they also vote nearly the
same way as the repubs.
Looking forward to your response.
I hope I'm wrong!
The biggest problem the Democrats have is they don't care about qwinning.
Republicans will walk thru fire to win, the Democrats will only win
if victory falls in their lap.
The Number One goal of the Democrats is to play fair.
They don't have time for no damn victory.
"You want to know who the biggest hypocrite
in the world is? The biggest hypocrite in the world is the person who believes in the death
penalty for murderers and not for homosexuals. Hypocrite. The same God who instituted the death
penalty for murderers instituted the death penalty for rapists queers! God hasnít changed. God commanded it
and said the queers should be taken out and killed." -- Pastor Steven
L Anderson, Link
Why did God create gays if "His children" are supposed to murder
Doesn't God have anything better to do?
I don't think God is very smart.
Use this Amazon
portal and they'll send bartcop.com pennies from each dollar.
"We're not in the post-racial period.
The next victim on the list -- you can see it coming -- is Obama, who did nothing
more than trying to reform a health care system." -- NY's Governor
Patterson, sounding prophetic and profound, Link
Excerpt: Most people believe that these drugs are illegal
because they are dangerous. This is simply not true. The first
law against opium
was passed in 1875 in San Francisco and only
applied to smoking opium. It was still legal in all other forms.
ďOnly the smoking of
opium was outlawed, because that was a peculiarly
Chinese habit and the laws were specifically directed at the Chinese. The
people in the communities feared that Chinese
men were luring white women to have sex in opium densĒ (Keel, Drug Law
Bart, why is Obama even talking to these repuke
For some reason, our president thinks he can reason
with rabid dogs.
At some point Obama needs to take the gloves off
and go LBJ on these bastards. If he has to start twisting arms
to do it, then good. Americans are dying as insurance
company profits continue to rise, and it has to stop.
If heís got to threaten a few fence-sitting DLC
shitheads, then thatís what he has to do. First, strip them of any
committee power that they might have. Then, ratchet
it up a notch by telling them not only will he vigorously support
their opponents come election time, but that
heíll see to it that their states are at the top of the list of places
warehouse high-level al-Qaeda prisoners and dumping
our nuclear waste, and at the bottom of the list when it
comes to everything from public works projects
to the distribution of Swine Flu vaccine.
And stop talking to the repukes...it's a complete
waste of time.
This is pissing me the fuck off.
- just call the BartPhone at 1-800-530-2979
leave your 2 minute message or question or joke or impression to be played
on BCR. If you screw it up, just say it again and I'll edit the bad part
are welcome to call!
language decent so I can
play it in BCR@
Excerpt: Almost a year after the Great Giddy Swarming
of the Obamians last November, some of the revelers are waking up
with one booger of a hangover. And they are asking
themselves, "What were we thinking when we had that tenth drink
of Democratic Party Kool-Aid?" It was a clear
cut case of seduction and date rape. The spike in the drink was hope.
Poor pathetic American liberals. Forever doomed
to be naive freshmen at the senior beer bash.
We try to take comfort in that we won't have to
listen to or look at John McCain or Sarah Palin for four years,
except in the American Legion Magazine and in
Palin's case, as a centerfold in the next issue of Middle Aged Skin.
OK, but could the pathetic McCain-Palin clown
act possibly have created much more havoc than what we are seeing?
Okay, I'll play. If he goes "down the shore,"
he's from Jersey,
but if he goes "to the beach," he's not.
If he goes "out to the beach," then he's from
I realize the doctors are smart, but the victim's memories haven't been
The fact that he can speak proves he has his memories, he just can't
Of all the questions I asked, the Vegas question was the best.
Turns out his last home was in Vegas and if they'd asked,
"Ever been to Vegas?" I would expect his mind to be flooded with dazzling lights and
Bart - my new wife is one of the many recently
laid-off teachers in California;
money is tight but you've given us countless
hours of enjoyment and camaraderie.
Thanks for the hard work, keep swinging the hammer,
and good luck with your own financial woes.
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