Excerpt: Thursday's health care summit offered a real
chance to learn what GOP politicians really think about healthcare,
insurance companies and working people who don’t
enjoy the same kind of coverage that we provide for them.
And it also emphasized that Obama has allowed
the opposition many chances to seek bipartisan compromise,
only to be spurned in the most cynical way every
Republicans repeated their propaganda points that
seem transparently fraudulent when someone like Obama is
present to correct them...The Republican leaders
were unafraid to sound ignorant, as The Boehner demonstrated
when he claimed that insurance for doctors is
"the biggest cost driver" in American healthcare. He deserved to be
corrected less gently than he was by the president
and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., but perhaps they make allowances
for Boehner, who might be dim enough to believe
whatever he parrots from the script.
John McCain, whose sneering at the president almost
became the headline of the summit, quickly chimed in on
malpractice to say that laws limiting claims
in Texas and California have "worked." But, again, he and Boehner
both had to listen as their propaganda gambit
was shot down.
"I think if we’d abolished the IRS back when
I first advocated it, that Ausyin pilot wouldn’t have a target
for his airplane." -- Rep Steve King, who thinks America can function without
Excerpt: A new analysis by the Center for Public Integrity
shows that corporate interests attempted to exert
an unprecedented amount of influence in the health
care debate over the past year. More than 1,750
companies hired about 4,525 lobbyists - eight
for Congressman - to influence health care in 2009.
These groups included 207 hospitals, 105 insurance
companies, 85 manufacturing companies,
and 745 trade, advocacy, and professional organizations.
Overall, "businesses and organizations
that lobbied on health reform spent more than
$1.2 billion on their overall lobby efforts.
So every congressman is surrounded by eight millionaires
trying to give him cash.
Meanwhile, the poor and middle class are shut
out in the cold and can't be heard.
Excerpt: Nearly half of the Arizona Legislature wants
to force Obama to show his birth certificate to run for re-election.
A state House committee on Tuesday approved the
measure sponsored by 40 of the state’s 90 legislators.
It would require presidential candidates who
want to appear on the ballot in Arizona to submit documents
proving they meet the requirements to be president.
All 40 co-sponsors are Republicans, comprising
75 percent of the GOP caucus.
Two of them have since resigned to run for Congress."
I think Obama learned this trick from Bill Clinton.
He's going to wait until the entire GOP goes
out fifty miles on this limb
and when it's the most embarassing time, hand
them his birth certificate.
Republicans say, "January, according to satellite
(data), was the hottest January we've ever seen.... Last November was the hottest November we've
ever seen, November-January as a whole is the hottest November-January the world has
Recall the many Republicans who conveniently used
the recent spate of cold weather and ample snow
(to think, for this to happen in the winter!)
to scoff at climate change. Once again, they have to eat
The Angry Liberal
While driving a '69 Firebird alone on a country
road on a clear summer day, I saw that the car was starting
to climb the embankment on the side of the road.
I immediately slammed on the brake and to my shock the car
sped up instead of slowing down. When the
car came to a stop with its partially crumpled nose jammed up
against the hillside, I wondered why the
engine was racing at full throttle. Gathering my wits in a second
I looked down to find that my right foot was
firmly planted ON THE ACCELERATOR! Prior to this revelation,
I would have sworn to Koresh that I was standing
on the brake.
My disorientation was induced by two factors:
one, that the car was at a slight angle, having already started to climb
the bank by the time I hit the 'brake;'
and two -- and this is where the industry-wide bad engineering comes in
practically all cars built from the mid-sixties
to the present don't have anywhere near the difference in 'feel' or elevation
between the gas and the brake as compared to
earlier cars. The cars that I learned to drive on that were built
1950s had gas pedals that were hinged at the
bottom and were set several inches farther away than the brake pedal.
In addition to having to bend your knee and pull
your foot up in order to apply the brake, there was a decidely
different design -- and therefore a different
'feel' -- between the gas and the brake. Today, one can practically
just slide across between the two pedals; back
in the day, your heel had to come off the floor to get to the brake.
And back in the day, come to think of it, unintended
acceleration was not an issue. Hmmmm.
You might be onto something there.
Toyota has tens of millions of cars on American
The problem might be that one in every million
drivers gets confused and hits the wrong pedal.
Poor design would be Toyota's fault, but if
that's the problem, it's easily fixed and Toyota
would once again be considered a safe and dependable
car to drive.
Excerpt: Of course, not everything could be reduced to
a simple and obvious rules like poke-yoke. For example, let's
you want to drill a prefect hole in the perfect
place. When the tools are first set up, it's pretty simple to get
you need. However, over time, the drill
bit will get dull and the restraints that hold the part in place will loosen
otherwise move slightly. At some point,
the part will no longer meet specifications. Toyota's answer to this
was to take careful and routine measurements
to determine how long it took for a set-up to go out of spec. If
found that 43,000 holes could be drilled before
a dull bit started making bad parts, the solution was to change the bit
at 42,000 parts (for example). Over time,
experience would teach Toyota how to make a whole car out of statistically
perfect parts while poke-yoke would ensure those
perfect parts would always be assembled correctly.
Using methods like this, Toyota was soon producing
cars with incredible quality designed and built in. Folks began to
notice that their Toyotas seemed to last forever
and almost never broke down. Whatever was wrong with a Toyota,
reliability was NEVER the problem.
After reading about ten books on Toyota's methods,
I became convinced that either you built things the way they did,
or you built an inferior product. Toyota's
methods were pure genius.
So to those grandstanding pols who want us to
believe that Toyota is now making dangerous junk I say,
"How can someone like you who is lucky to get
something right a couple of times a YEAR
criticize folks who get thousands of things absolutely
perfect every DAY?"
Your take-down of porno ice-skating reminded me
of the time when I met a retired ballet dancer at a party.
He told me the majority of male dancers are gay
and the women prefer it that way.
It makes perfect sense.
What other "legal" profession requires a man
to grap a woman by the crotch?
To stay business-like and avoid the harassment
problem, you need gay men.
Subject: ice skating porn
Gotta agree with you on this one.
Even as a kid, I remember thinking, "He's skating
around holding her up by her cooter!"
Haven't noticed the doggie-style & "soixante-neuf"
positions cuz I hate figure-skating &
don't watch unless I'm in someone else's home,
but maybe you've turned me around!
I sure DID see those crotch-shot twirls &
I wonder if the judges deduct points for poor
Subject: ice skating porn
So, about the skating porn. I guess that makes
women gymnastics kiddie porn, right?
And don't get me started on women's beach volleyball,
Have a good one,
You're right - that's another part of the problem.
Some of the girls are underage and they have
them dressing and dancing like that?
No girl under 18 should be told the rules are she must spread her legs
for the old men.
There are 162
radio shows online and many more are coming
That's a lot of BCR
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Subject: Toyota automobiles
I bought into that "Buy American" crap back in
1982 when I did what Ford asked me
to do by buying a Ford truck. I already knew
that the Japanese vehicles were kicking ass,
but having recently been discharged from the
military I still had a strong sense of patriotism in me.
Immediately after making my purchase I took the
thing home for a good inspection, upon which
I noticed that everything under the hood had
some kind of Japanese labeling attached.
It took several phone calls to verify that my
FORD Courier was in fact a Japanese made MAZDA.
It turned out to be the best vehicle I had ever
owned! They didn't want me to buy Japanese, but they
were buying Japanese and relabeling them as Ford!!
I haven't bought another American made car since,
other than American made Japanese brands.
Subject: Toyota automobiles
My husband, an American, sells powder coatings
to American job shops, employing Americans,
that make and coat parts for Toyota. That powder
is made in Georgia by American workers.
It is shipped to warehouses owned by Americans
on trucks that are owned by Americans.
This American wife with her three 13-yr old American
kids is thankful that someone is still
making automobiles that Americans want to buy.
Subject: Toyota automobiles
I have seen several online articles re: a possible
govt. fix in bringing down Toyota and it makes sense to me
except for one simple fact....The Japanese auto
makers (not just Toyota) have factories all over the south.
It does not serve the govt. as a whole or the
Obama admin. at all if the Japanese automakers
and by proxy the many factories employing Americans
flop. Your take on this?
Dan - Albany, NY
If the GOP could break Toyota and get their Southern factories shut
that would be more "proof" that Obama has mishandled the recovery.
An economic recovery is the LAST thing the GOP needs right now. That'd mean it got better under the Black man after Bush made things
Plus the whore media keeps suggesting Obama's peeps are on the take.
Well, either on the take or too stupid to predict the
The GOP makes their money when the country is f-ing miserable.
"The health insurance industry is the shark
that swims just below the water and you don’t see that shark until you feel
the teeth of that shark...This is the way they operate. Nobody has any oversight over them.
They’re not under any anti-trust rules. They can do what they want...This is a rapacious
industry that does what it wants." -- Jay Rockefeller, on-off-on-off friend to the
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I disagree with Cheney a lot, but when he shot that lawyer in the face — you took
my heart, Dick." -- Craig Ferguson
1. Medical Marijuana is legal in Michigan,
and has been in Detroit for a while.
2. Marijuana is de facto legal in Detroit
for the healthy, because there are not enough police to enforce the laws
3. The federal government has made it clear
that except for GM and Chrysler, they really could care less what happens
in or to Detroit and
Michigan, so there's probably not much of a chance that the DEA will intervene.
If all else fails, have it in Ann Arbor.
The penalty for possession of under an ounce of
pot in AA is a $45 civil infraction and confiscation of the drug.
No criminal record, no probation, and no life-long
stigma. The medical marijuana laws still apply, the state police
stay out of it unless you are driving on the
Interstate while toking, and it is a college town.
Excerpt: A veteran New Orleans police officer pleaded
guilty yesterday to orchestrating an elaborate cover-up
of a shooting in the days after Katrina in which
police gunned down six unarmed city residents, killing two
and seriously wounding four.
The development -- which the Times-Picayune calls
a "potentially devastating blow" to other officers linked
to the case -- is the first plea in a wide-ranging
federal probe of several post-Katrina police shootings. The Feds
are reportedly looking at possible crimes in
both the shootings themselves as well as the subsequent investigations.
The Danziger Bridge shootings occurred on Sept.
4, 2005, just six days after Katrina hit. The victims were stranded
on a part of Chef Menteur highway that was surrounded
by flooding; the police involved were working out of a
temporary station at a reception hall nearby.
In federal court Wednesday, former Lt. Michael
Lohman plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice
in the incident. He arrived on the bridge after
a group of officers had opened fire at two groups of unarmed citizens,
leaving Ronald Madison, a mentally disabled 40-year
old man, dead from six gunshot wounds, and James Brissette,
dead from seven gunshot wounds."
These people were trying to get to a livable part
of the city when shots rang out and that drew the cops.
The cops mistook the flood fleers for the shooters
fire on them.
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