Excerpt: When congressional Republicans predict ominously
that Democratic deployment of a self-executing rule
(or "deem-and-pass") will encourage them to engage
in similar behavior someday, they forget to mention
how many times they’ve already done it.
When the Republicans controlled the House, they
set records for the use of such "rarely used" maneuvers.
The utter fraudulence of these latest outbursts
has been held up to deserved ridicule by impeccably
nonpartisan and even conservative sources...
The same Republican leaders now roaring furiously
about the self-executing rule were in the GOP leadership
that used it so vigorously when they held power,
including, of course, John Boehner. Boehner’s team used
the self-executing rule -- which he now denounces
as a "twisted scheme" -- well over 100 times.
So, why don't our dumb and mute Democrats mention that on the House
What will it take for an elected Democrat to list the damn facts?
"This is how it's done. Move On acts at the
behest of its membership, which is millions, and they want the bill passed. Since
it's only Democrats who are in play, threatening primary challenges is one of the legitimate,
institutional ways to do it." -- digby, Link
I'm not sure I like going after democrats in primaries, but what
else do we have?
Why work and volunteer and donate to get someone elected
if his own party is going to stand in the way of progress?
It doesn't matter to me if the GOP kills health care or backstabbing
Democrats do it.
Yeah, let's deep six the progress-stopping backstabbing bastards.
If we can roll a few of them this year, maybe the others will
vote with their party next term.
Subject: Dems will get exclusive
credit for Health Care Reform
When the history books are written about 2010
the Democrats will exclusively get the credit for passing
health care reform and that they did it without
a single Republican vote. Just like when we look back on
Social Security and Medicare we can see that
it was the Democrats that made it happen with extreme
opposition by the Republicans.
If the Democrats pass health care reform on Sunday
they will forever have the bragging rights
for being the ones that made it happen. I suppose
that is why the Republicans are scared to death
that health care reform is going to pass.
Excerpt: For months I've been reporting in HuffPo that
Obama made a backroom deal last summer with the
for-profit hospital lobby that he would make
sure there would be no national public option in the
final health reform legislation. (See here, here
and here). I've been increasingly frustrated that except
for an initial story last August in the New York
Times, no major media outlet has picked up this
important story and investigated further.
On Monday, Ed Shultz interviewed NYWT's David
Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick confirmed the existence
of the deal. Shultz quoted Chip Kahn, chief lobbyist
for the for-profit hospital industry on Kahn's confidence
that the White House would honor the no public
option deal, and Kirkpatrick responded:
"That's a lobbyist for the hospital industry and
he's talking about the hospital industry's specific deal with
the White House and the Senate Finance Committee
and, yeah, I think the hospital industry's got a deal here.
There really were only two deals, meaning quid
pro quo handshake deals on both sides, one with the hospitals
and the other with the drug industry. In the
background of these deals was the presumption, shared by the lobbyists
and the White House, that the public option was
not going to be in the final product."
Kirkpatrick says White House Deputy Chief of Staff
Jim Messina confirmed the deal.
I realize a politician has to say things to get
elected, but all that passion we saw when Obama said
"I'm going to fight for YOU"
and then he agrees to make this deal?
Does our president have any experience in negotiationg?
Wait, there's more from Miles Mogulescu:
My goal is to shine a light on these backroom
deals in order to embarrass Obama and
Congressional Democrats to put the interests
of the voters over the interests of special interests
so that Republicans can't play at being faux
populists and use that to take back Congress in order
to enact even worse corporatist policies.
"This is not the bill I wanted to support,
even as I continued efforts until the last minute to try to modify the bill. However,
after careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth, and close friends,
I’ve decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation..." -- Dennis Kucinish, reminding
us that he's got a hot wife, Link
"A thousand people have donated over $16,000
to Dennis Kucinich since yesterday to thank him for standing up for what
he believes in. We'll be asking him to return it." -- --Jane Hamsher of Firedog Lake,
Wait, why is Firedoglake against HC reform?
Michael Moore hates this bill, but he says we still need to pass
I don't have time for a war with Firedoglake, but if Obama can't
deliver on watered-down health care,
that'll make him the lamest duck I've seen in the 30 years I've
been paying attention to politics.
The GOP will eat him up and spit him out and probably impeach
Do we want to go thru that again or would we rather back our
< Bart does a shot >
Damn, I see Firedoglake has raised
$21, 341 in their current fund-raiser.
Brian Ross is the same guy who reported that the
anthrax sent in envelopes in 2001
could ONLY have come from Saddam Hussein.
He said multiple sources assured him of this.
Those stories by ABC contributed to the fever
for war in Iraq. And after it was found to not be true,
he and ABC chose to protect their lying sources
rather than investigate why those high-placed people
wanted the public to think Iraq was a clear threat.
Brian Ross is a real gem of a reporter.
When I voted, Connie was at 97%.
Let's kick this Bozo out of the party.
"If they force the bill through, Democrats
will have 'made history,' although not the kind they imagine. Obamacare will constitute a ramshackle
monument to partisan willfulness and unscrupulous salesmanship that should forever discredit its architects." -- Rich Lowry, accusing the Democrats
of deliberately trying to win, Link
I went there earlier today and the technology was awesome.
I was in the front row and watched the band play for a long time.
"It is well established, it is a legitimate
way. We've got to fight fire with fire. This is a real test as to whether President
Obama can act, whether the Congress can act." -- Arlen Specter, assuming the
Democrats will sac up (He's new to the party), Link
Excerpt: Brazilian authorities are investigating three
priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys after a video
allegedly showing one case of abuse was broadcast
on television, police and church officials said Tuesday.
The case came to light after the SBT network aired
a video purportedly showing an 82-year-old priest having sex
with a 19-year-old altar boy who worked for him
for four years. Other young men appeared on the report saying
that they, too, had been abused by Monsignor
Luiz Marques Barbosa.
Drowning, not Waving Benny the Rat is a terrible gambler
Excerpt: The recent flurry of stories about sexual abuse
and acting out in the Catholic church is just a flurry.
The hierarchy remains entrenched in the developing
world. Benedict's gamble - to double-down on denial
about the celibate priesthood's sexual problems,
to add more incense to the smoke-screen and more
pageantry to the theater of it all - is working.
But it isn't.
How much more do we have to see, how much more
damage has to be done to human beings, before the hierarchy
comes to terms with its denial about homosexuality,
its warped psyche on sexuality, the brutal consequences of celibacy
and the total iniquity of allowing children and
teens in your care, entrusted to men of God, to be raped and abused and
molested with impunity for years?
When will this Pope step down?
overloaded with claims They need Kelly Girls to handle all the rape claims
Excerpt: As hundreds of new allegations of sexual abuse
surface in the German church alone, a top Vatican official
acknowledged Tuesday that, with only 10 people
handling such cases, his office might not be adequate for the task.
That's like building a Super Walmart with only
three checkout lines.
"We have to get our act together and stop raping
these little boys," Monsignor Scicluna said,
adding that this should happen "on every
level of the church."
Sounds like he's talking about Benny the Rat.
Excerpt: The long awaited CBO scores on the health care
bill are out, though they haven’t showed up at the CBO’s website yet.
The Hill describes them:
The comprehensive health reform legislation will
cost $940 billion over the next decade, the CBO said Thursday.
The nonpartisan budget office told lawmakers
that the health bill set for a vote this weekend would cut the deficit by $130 billion over the next decade,
and $1.2 trillion in the second decade of the plan’s implementation.
That would certainly satisfy the requirements
of reconciliation. Previously the bill cut the deficit by $118 billion
in the first ten years and around $1 trillion
in the next ten.
With this release, the House can then vote on
the bill within 72 hours,
as per their pledge to post the text and the
CBO analysis in that period of time before a vote.
Can the Democrats capitalize on the great news?
Or will they find a way to fuck it up - as always?
Excerpt: If there's a significant American institution
that hasn't failed in its fundamental public responsibility
over the past decade, it'd be hard to identify.
Writing in Time, Christopher Hayes puts it succinctly:
"Nearly every pillar institution in American society
-- whether it's General Motors, Congress, Wall
Street, Major League Baseball, the Catholic Church or the
mainstream media -- has revealed itself to be
corrupt, incompetent or both. And at the root of these failures
are the people who run these institutions, the
bright and industrious minds who occupy the commanding heights
of our meritocratic order."
Me, I blame the combination of runaway baseball
salaries, the "talented and gifted" movement in schools, and the
tyranny of SAT scores. I'm only half-joking.
Once free agency drove even an average third baseman's pay into the
seven-figure range formerly reserved for tycoons
who owned major industries or medium-size Midwestern states,
practically everybody with SAT scores over 1,400
figured they deserved to earn as much as Aramis Ramirez.
The differences being that quality third basemen
are a lot rarer than Ivy League MBAs, and are publicly and
relentlessly evaluated. Steroids or no steroids,
one bad season and they're replaced by a 22-year-old from
the Dominican Republic. That's one of the things
keeping us fans hanging on.
Not so in the corporate world. As recently as
2008, the geniuses running Wall Street investment banks bankrupted
their companies and came perilously close to
collapsing the world financial system. And what happened? A few CEOs
departed via "golden parachute," but most executives
stayed shamelessly in place, profited from multibillion-dollar
TARP bailouts and then began awarding each other
obscene bonuses almost before the smoke cleared.
"That’s the thing the left doesn’t understand
very well. They are always asking, “why isn’t the *media* making a bigger deal of” X, Y or Z.
Well, the media is pretty lazy: they don’t *do* (very often) their own
stories; rather, they cover the reaction of
the parties. If one of the parties (ie. the Dems) doesn’t make a big deal of something (and they rarely do, because
their messaging and discipline is awful), the media won’t either – after all, if the aggrieved party
isn’t making a big deal of it, why should the media?"
-- McKingford with an excellent point Link
Excellent point, a shot of Chinaco for McKingford.
That's why the Democrats lost health care seventeen looooong years
The GOP said, in unison, "This is an
outrage and we won't stand for it," and once the GOP says "Boo,"
we know the Democrats are going to wet their pants
in fear and crawl under a table and cry like Bernard Shaw in
a Baghdad hotel in 1991.
the crap outta me!"
In 1993, the Democrats AGREED that Hillarycare was
"the most evil
thing of all time"
so the voters installed a Rethug congress to stop the "radical
Democrats - trying to overcome decades of surrender-monkey-ism.
"I think the Slaughter Rule is probably unconstitutional.
My background in law and constitutional issues suggests
to me it's unconstitutional." -- Mike Pence, the Indiana handjob
who said shopping in an outdoor bazaar
in 2005 was a lot like shopping in the malls in Indianapolis
"Yeah, sure." -- Pence, when asked if he had
used the Slaughter Rule himself on three occasions
The Stones - inspired choice.
I thought everyone was amazingly better – except
for Aaron Kelly who is unwatchable.
How did Lacy Brown get booted when emo-boy Tim
Urban, and Paige Kelly are still on the show?
BIG GIGANTIC PROPS TO SIOBHAN MAGNUS and her
Edward Gorey Gashleycrumb Tinies tattoo on her
I need to get her tickets to my Huntington Poe/Gorey
show in October!!! AWESOME!
Crystal is still the star.
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