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 Thursday  March  18, 2010  Vol 2492 - Fall Pope 


Quote of the Day

"We're three days away from America 
  being over as we've all known it." 
     -- Pigboy, fearmongering


In Today's Tequila Treehouse...
Arrow "Deem and pass" revealed HOT
Arrow Obama killed Public Option? HOT
Arrow Catholics - at it again 
Arrow Catholics - just can't stop 
Arrow Democrats Unwilling To Fight HOT
Arrow CBO: O-Care Lowers Deficit HOT
Arrow Wall Street and Baseball 
Arrow Mandy Moore in 'Tangled' 



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"Your mom would have still died, because Obamacare doesn't kick in until 2014."
    -- the vulgar Pigboy, mocking a poor orphan for his family's lack of uninsurance,     Link

"Dear Rush, that 11-year-old's mom would not have died if Republicans
  hadn't blocked Clinton's health care proposal in 1993.   So shut the fuck up!"
    -- vengeant,     Link

 Yet people are outraged that Obama wants to fix this mess.

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"Deem and pass" revealed
  by Joe Conason


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 floor?
What will it take for an elected Democrat to list the damn facts?

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"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.

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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.

Marc Perkel

Founder of the Church of Reality
Reality changed my life. It can change your life too

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Obama killed the Public Option?
 by Miles Mogulescu


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.

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MMA Rumors


"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

             "How am I doin?"

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by Bruce Yurgil


"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 it.

 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 him.
 Do we want to go thru that again or would we rather back our president?

< Bart does a shot >

 Damn, I see Firedoglake has raised $21, 341 in their current fund-raiser.

 Is there good money in killing health care?

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Subject: faked Toyota video by ABC

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.

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Click to "vote" for Stupak's pro-choice Demo
primary opponent Connie Saltonstall

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

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Subject: Runaway Toyotas


The Los Angeles Times recently did a story detailing all of the NHTSA reports of Toyota 
“sudden acceleration” fatalities, and the ages of the drivers involved were striking.

In the 24 cases where driver age was reported, the drivers were 60, 61, 63, 66, 68, 71, 72, 72, 77, 79, 83, 85 and 89. 

These “electronic defects” apparently discriminate against the elderly, 
just as the sudden acceleration of Audis and GM autos did before them.
 H Wade

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  This is a real test as to whether President Obama can act, whether the Congress can act."
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Priest Sex Video Played
  Is it ever going to stop?


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.

The Pope: Drowning, not Waving
 Benny the Rat is a terrible gambler


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?

Catholics overloaded with claims
 They need Kelly Girls to handle all the rape claims


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.

Ten people?
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."

"Every level?"
Sounds like he's talking about Benny the Rat.

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Marty always has good stuff.

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CBO: O-Care Lowers Deficit $130B
 That's like a gift from Baby Jesus


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?

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Wall Street and Baseball
 by Gene Lyons


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.

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"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 ago.

 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.

"Scared 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 Hillary agenda."

 Democrats - trying to overcome decades of surrender-monkey-ism.

 In only we had a few who were willing to fight...

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Weirdest thing you'll read all day

Mrs Bart sends me an e-mail that says Conan O'Brien is coming to Tulsa.
He's playing The Brady Theater, which holds 3300, I think.

I thought, "Fat chance - who'll pay to see Conan after he bombed on the Tonight Show
and after watching him for free all these years."

He sold out in one day.
Tickets were $35, $55, and $75 - to see Conan O'Brien live.

Think his guests will be George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Lady Gaga?
Or will he interview "local celebrities?"
Or will he do "funny skits" for 90 minutes?

Thank you, God, for letting me excape this Conan trap.

Survivor  is being pre-empted tonight - for f-ing basketball.

Mrs Bart is not amused.

I keep saying it - put sports on the damn sports channel.
How does it make sense to pull a Top 15 show off the air for f-ing basketball?

Basketball - I'd rather watch golf (not a compliment).

TV guide says they're bouncing TWO people from Survivor next week,
so they piss off their fans AND they lose an hour of Top 15 ad revenue - why?

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Mike Malloy Live


"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 Baghdad in 2005 was a lot like shopping in the malls in Indianapolis    Link

"Yeah, sure."
       -- Pence, when asked if he had used the Slaughter Rule himself on three occasions    Link

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How did Lacy Brown get booted when emo-boy Tim Urban, and Paige Kelly are still on the show?

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Subject: Catholics 

Catholics are some of the best people in the world.  
They deserve better from the church that they give so much of their time and money to.

One thing's for sure - the sex-starved priests will continue to rape children and cover it up
as long as gullible but well-meaning people continue to give them money to payoff their victims.

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I got a donation from God today.
A broken toe - twice.

That's always fun just before a weekend
where you're going to be doing a lot of walking.

Thanks, God.

BTW, God, did you see what Benny the Rat's been covering up?

     "Bart, if you don't ask, I won't tell."

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