Sunday, August 30, 2009

RNC suggested that Democrats might use an overhaul to deny medical treatment to Republicans.

Link to questionaire:

"It has been suggested that the government could use voter registration to determine a person's political affiliation, prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system. Does this possibility concern you?"

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ten more companies reportedly say they won’t advertise on Beck, bringing total to 46

Adding to an increasing list of companies distancing themselves from Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck, ten new companies whose ads were recently seen during Beck's program-Applebee's, Bank of America, Bell & Howell, DirecTv, General Mills, Kraft, Regions Financial Corporation, SAM (Store and Move), Travelers Insurance and Vonage-have pledged to take steps to ensure that their ads don't run on Beck's show. Forty-six companies have now committed not to support Beck's show since launched its campaign three weeks ago after the Fox News Channel host called President Obama a "racist" who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people" during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

Previous companies who have corrected advertising errors and/or pulled their ads entirely include Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids), Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services),, AT&T, Best Buy, Blaine Labs Inc., Broadview Security, Campbell Soup Company, ConAgra, Clorox, CVS, Ditech, The Elations Company, Experian (creator of, Farmers Insurance Group, GEICO, Johnson & Johnson (makers of Tylenol),, Lowe’s, Men’s Wearhouse, NutriSystem, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Re-Bath, Roche, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Sargento, Sprint, State Farm Insurance, Travelocity, The UPS Store, Verizon Wireless and Wal-Mart.

Present Arms! video 5:01

N. Ireland Remembers Ted Kennedy, the Peacemaker

N. Ireland Remembers Ted Kennedy, the Peacemaker

Honor Guard for the soldier, and Senator

Boston mourns for Ted Kennedy

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

McCain Booed By Arizonans For Saying Obama Respects Constitution: video 1:24

Senator McCain has to put down other crazy and misinformed old lady for President Obama.

He's a, he's a Arab!

VA glitch leads vets to false Lou Gehrig's diagnosis - Modern Healthcare

VA glitch leads vets to false Lou Gehrig's diagnosis - Modern Healthcare
A computer glitch mistakenly led more than 1,200 veterans to believe they had a fatal illness. According to the National Gulf War Resource Center, the Veterans Affairs Department erroneously sent out letters to veterans telling them they had “a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,” or ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

As a result, the Gulf War veterans group was barraged by phone calls from veterans concerned that they had a terminal illness. “Many of these veterans went to private clinicians to get a second opinion. This second opinion outside of the VA is very expensive and can range from $1,000 to $3,000 or more,” the center said in a written statement on its Web site.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Obama to reappoint Fed Chairman Bernanke


Markets should react well to the news.

President Barack Obama plans to announce the reappointment of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday, reports said late Monday. The annoucement of a second term for Bernanke will be made from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., The Wall Street Journal reported, citing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Obama is expected to praise the Fed chairman for his "bold action" in dealing with the financial crisis, according to Reuters. Bernanke's four-year term expires in January, and his reappointment will require Senate confirmation.

36 companies have now dropped ads from Beck: Verizon, Lowe's, Johnson

James Rucker: Verizon, Lowe's, Johnson & Johnson, 13 more drop Glenn Beck

A total of 33 Fox advertisers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., CVS Caremark, Clorox and Sprint, directed that their commercials not air on Beck's show.

The new companies distancing themselves from Beck include Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids),, AT&T, Blaine Labs Inc., Campbell Soup Company, Clorox, Ditech, The Elations Company, Experian (creator of, Farmers Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson (makers of Tylenol), Lowe's, NutriSystem, Sprint, The UPS Store and Verizon Wireless. They join twenty other companies who previously pledged not to run additional ads on Glenn Beck. The moves come after the Fox News Channel host called President Obama a "racist" who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people" during an appearance on Fox & Friends.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

FOX News Interviews VA's Tammy Duckworth About "Death Book For Veterans" - video 9:48

Major Duckworth - Asst Security of the Veteran's Administration

Central World Bankers: Let's not make this a 1937 moment

Central bankers stress not rushing for exits

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (Reuters) - If there was one message from central bankers gathered at this mountain retreat this weekend it was this: Don't expect us to raise interest rates any time soon.

A series of speakers at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's annual conference, which drew the monetary policy elite from around the world, heralded the global economy's apparent push out of its deep recession.

But they noted that economies were recovering only with extraordinary stimulus from governments and central banks, and said it was too soon to talk of a self-sustaining recovery.

"I am a little a bit uneasy when I see that, because we have some green shoots here and there, we are already saying, 'Well, after all, we are close to back to normal,'" European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said on Friday.

"We have an enormous amount of work to do."

American should pay their taxes!: USB Chariman says.

ZURICH (Reuters) - Clients of UBS facing disclosure of their accounts to U.S. tax authorities were not harmless victims and legal cases against former UBS bankers did not affect the bank, its chairman told Swiss Sunday newspapers.

"The clients are not just harmless victims. They knew what they wanted to evade," Kaspar Villiger, chairman of the world's second-largest wealth manager, said in an interview with SonntagsBlick.

"But they trusted the bank that it would work. Now we have to correct that," said Villiger, adding it was still not the responsibility of UBS to make sure clients paid their taxes.

Villiger did not believe systematic tax evasion had been a problem in countries other than the United States, he said in a separate interview with NZZ am Sonntag, adding that legal action against former U.S. bankers did not affect the bank.

Under Swiss law, tax fraud is a criminal offence, while tax evasion is punishable only with a fine.

Betsy McCaughey resigns from medical company board over "conflict of interest" concerns

Betsy McCaughey resigns from medical company board over "conflict of interest" concerns

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Friday, August 21, 2009

"What's wrong the with president taking vacation?' notes extensive vacations of Reagan, Bush: video

Mitchell asks, "What's wrong the with president taking vacation?" notes extensive vacations of Reagan, Bush

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Seventeen states saw their unemployment rates decline in July

But the report also showed that 21 states added jobs last month, compared with only 10 in June. Some states, like Texas, added jobs but still saw their unemployment rates increase. That tends to happen as more jobless people enter the work force.

-- WHAT HAPPENED: Seventeen states saw their unemployment rates decline in July, while 26 reported increases. Though joblessness is still widespread, that's an improvement from June, when only five saw a drop.

WHAT'S BEHIND THE IMPROVEMENT?: The rebound in the auto industry has helped lower unemployment rates in Indiana, South Carolina, Minnesota and Michigan, which is still wrestling with 15 percent unemployment. State officials in New York credited the Obama administration's stimulus package with helping create jobs.

80th bank failure of 2009

The toll of failed banks is mounting, with 80 institutions closed by regulators so far this year -- the most since 1992, at the height of the savings-and-loan crisis.

The latest came Friday with the seizures of two small banks in Georgia and one in Alabama: ebank, located in Atlanta, with $143 million in assets and $130 million in deposits; First Coweta, based in Newnan, Ga., with $167 million in assets and $155 million in deposits; and CapitalSouth Bank, based in Birmingham, Ala., with $617 million in assets and $546 million in deposits.

Betsy McCaughey's Ideas Called "Hyperbolic... Dangerous" By Jon Stewart (VIDEO)

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Monday, August 17, 2009

God don't like ugly - Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy ditch Glenn Beck (plus 5 more companies)

I am proud to write that I signed the petition to boycott Glenn Beck by Color of Change.

Big news today. We've confirmed that eight more major advertisers have pulled their support from Glenn Beck's show -- Wal-Mart, Best Buy, CVS, Travelocity, Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank, Broadview Security, and Re-Bath.

Overall, twenty advertisers have now ended their support of Beck. We're going to keep the pressure on Beck's remaining advertisers this week, and we'll let you know how you can help.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The plan - how the opposition killed healthcare

If, this fall, proponents of health-care reform conduct a postmortem on how President Obama's signature issue went down to defeat—I'm not saying it will, but stick with me here—they will not be far off if they trace it to this summer's "great phrase face-off."

Prediction and Analysis: President Obama and Health care

Healthcare will pass this year, for a number of different reasons. First, Dems can't afford to lose this one. If this president loses this one, like Pres Clinton lost his battle in '93, he and the Dems will lose a lot more then a bill. They will lose control of the congress - which they might lose anyway because conservatives are geeked up now.

The discipline of the new Dems is that they learned from history. Their history of division and infighting is well known, but in case no one was watching they've passed everything that they wanted. Right? They've won the youth vote for three elections and the general populous for two. They've won the Latino vote - for a generation with the appointment of Sotomayor. Latinos are very, very loyal. By contrast, the opposition has blown up: governors quitting, having affairs, and being the leaders of the resistance.

Second, with the harsh polarized nature in the US any lean towards one side will tilt the balance of power with the help of Independents.

Third, power doesn't come often. The dems have had power since 2006, which is long enough, but not long enough to seal change. So the dems need to extend their leadership for a few more elections with wins and calculated losses. The dems will buck up to the pres and the dems will try to hole the repubs into blockers of change. People are still irritated with the 2000-2006 control structure. – CMP

Recession is ending in France and Germany - International

at a foundry in Schmiedeberg, in eastern Germany.

Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Germany and France are hauling Europe out of its worst recession since World War II, aiding a global economic recovery.

The euro region’s two largest economies, among the nations labeled “Old Europe” by former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2003, unexpectedly returned to growth in the second quarter. That cut the drop in the 16-nation bloc’s gross domestic product to just 0.1 percent, helping it outperform the U.S. and the U.K.

“It’s France and Germany that are pushing things up,” said Erik Nielsen, London-based chief European economist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which now predicts euro-region growth of 0.5 percent in the third quarter instead of stagnation. “But the recovery is still fragile, and it will be at least a year before the European Central Bank raises interest rates.”

Global stimulus measures to battle the deepest slump since the Great Depression have boosted demand for European exports, and government packages are supporting spending at home. The danger is that the rebound will run out of steam as those policies expire.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces national elections next month, has committed 85 billion euros ($121 billion) to revive the economy. French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s stimulus package is worth about 30 billion euros.

Both countries have turned to vehicle-scrapping subsidies as one way of encouraging consumers to spend.

Prediction: The Recession is over.

The numbers prove out the threoy that the recession is over. I see GDP for the next quarter will be up over 0.0 going into the holiday buying season. Instead of people in the US fearing that they'll lose their job, like last year, people will buy and be more confident in their situation.

Percent of scientists who are republicans

What? Only 6% percent of scientists are republicans. The question to extract from this survey is 'does this question transfer to the larger nation.' Do the majority of republicans not believe in science?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Five more US bank closures brings total to 77

WASHINGTON — US regulators have shut down five more regional banks, bringing the total number of US bank failures to 77 this year, the US government announced.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) said Colonial Bank of Montgomery became the largest US bank to fail this year after it was declared bankrupt and had the bulk of its assets taken over by rival BB&T.

All of Alabama-based Colonial's 346 branches will reopen Saturday.

Community Bank of Arizona in Phoenix.

Union Bank of Gilbert, another Arizona institution shut down by regulators.

Dwelling House Savings and Loan Association of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Bank failed: Colonial BancGroup

Colonial's failure could make mortgages more scarce
Colonial BancGroup controls 25% of all warehouse-lending funds. If that money disappears, mortgage loans will be even harder to get.

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Colonial BancGroup Inc. became the largest bank failure this year after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation seized the struggling Alabama-based lender Friday and sold it to BB&T Corp.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Even more gilded age

Income inequality in the United States is at an all-time high, surpassing even levels seen during the Great Depression, according to a recently updated paper by University of California, Berkeley Professor Emmanuel Saez. The paper, which covers data through 2007, points to a staggering, unprecedented disparity in American incomes.

Throw Granma under the bus: Video 8:51

Start @ 1:30.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Health care debate turns vile with Nazi analogy

By Arthur Caplan, Ph.D contributor
updated 11:05 a.m. ET, Tues., Aug 11, 2009

Rush Limbaugh and those invoking the Nazi analogy to attack President Barack Obama’s effort to reform health care in America are not “insane” as David Brooks pronounced on last Sunday's “Meet the Press.” Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the rest of the loud-mouthed right wing are, when they even hint at an analogy to the Nazis in talking about Obama’s health reform effort, engaged in something far worse than insanity. They are engaged in the vile evil of Holocaust denial.

For some time now, Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has held the title of the world’s most dangerous anti-Semite due to his denial that the Holocaust occurred. Limbaugh and his ilk who have been throwing around references to Adolf Hitler, National socialism and Nazi medicine without hesitation have surpassed the danger posed by the Iranian president. They are offering a false view of why the Holocaust happened. Their flagrant, deliberate and invidious distortion of what happened to medicine in Nazi Germany must not be allowed to stand. Not just because health reform is too important an issue but also because the truth is too important to let ignoramuses destroy it.

"Sleeping Giant" Woman From Specter Town Hall On "Hannity": video 8:13

Katy Abram on Fox News 08 11 09: video 3:28

Specter protestor Katy Abram advocates the repeal of Medicare and Social Security: video

Lawrance is a little mean but the content of his questions yield an incrediable result.

Palin Endorsed End Of Life Counseling As Governor - 16 Apr 08

However, on April 16th 2008, then Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed some of the same end of life counseling she now decries as a form of euthanasia. In a proclamation announcing “Healthcare Decisions Day,” Palin urged public facilities to provide better information about advance directives, and made it clear that it is critical for seniors to be informed of such options:

WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions, related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions. [...]

WHEREAS, one of the principal goals of Healthcare Decisions Day is to encourage hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and hospices to participate in a statewide effort to provide clear and consistent information to the public about advance directives, as well as to encourage medical professionals and lawyers to volunteer their time and efforts to improve public knowledge and increase the number of Alaska’s citizens with advance directives.

WHEREAS, the Foundation for End of Life Care in Juneau, Alaska, and other organizations throughout the United States have endorsed this event and are committed to educating the public about the importance of discussing healthcare choices and executing advance directives.

Obama Gives Medal of Freedom to 16 Luminaries

WASHINGTON — President Obama took a break from the vitriol of the health care debate on Wednesday to bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 16 luminaries in theater, sports, science, the humanities and politics, including Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the tennis great Billie Jean King, the actor Sidney Poitier and the physicist Stephen Hawking.

“This is a chance for me — and for the United States of America — to say thank you to some of the finest citizens of this country and of all countries,” Mr. Obama said at the ceremony in the East Room of the White House, praising the recipients for reminding Americans that excellence is still possible “in a moment when cynicism and doubt too often prevail.”

Rep David Scott Displays Racist Hate Mail He Has Received (VIDEO)

Long - Later in the day, Scott was also interviewed on MSNBC's Hardball. Here's that video:

Rosa Parks Poster Torn Up At McCaskill Town Hall (VIDEO)

Rosa Parks Poster Torn Up At McCaskill Town Hall (VIDEO)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The economy shed 247,000 jobs in July, less than expected and lowest total of losses since last August. Unemployment rate inches down to 9.4%.

Note the steady decline in the jobless rate. Although some might scoff at the fact that jobs are still being lost those people aren't looking at the history pre Stimulus push. If we were losing 700,000 jobs a month and now it is 250,000 that shows progress. I believe as a last grasp naysayers will thurst 'Will this is the natural business cycle.' I hear that but I think it is a sorry excuse to not recognize that it is ironic that the business cycle came into focus only after the intro of the new Administration. Right?

Place this on your e-boards that the oppostion will turn position from the 'Stiulus isn't working' to a new three word phase.

Gov. Charlie Crist touts Cover Florida healthcare plan as `national model' despite its failings

Miami Hearld:
Cover Florida healthcare plan

Florida's healthcare:

During the 2008 legislative session, my administration worked with legislators of both parties to secure unanimous approval of the Cover Florida Health Care Access Program. This legislation makes affordable health coverage available to 3.8 million uninsured Floridians through a comprehensive market-based strategy.

GOP “Deathers” Use Scare-Tactics to Deceive on Health Care Reform

You may not have heard, but our very own government is hell bent on the mass euthanasia of senior citizens. You heard it right. According to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Rep. Eric Cantor, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and many other Republicans, the health care reform bill includes a provision that would require the killing of our elderly.
This insane claim is patently false of course, not based on anything resembling fact and has been debunked numerous times, but that has not stopped Rep. Boehner and others from shamelessly repeating it to scare and deceive the American public about health care reform.

3 GA banks get cease and desist orders

Federal regulators have served three small Georgia banks with “cease and desist” orders, the most serious type of enforcement action short of a failure, another sign that the state’s banking crisis is far from over.
Regulators said they believed the banks — The Bank of Georgia in Peachtree City, Mountain Heritage Bank of Clayton and Satilla Community Bank of St. Marys — were engaging in “unsafe and unsound” banking practices and ordered a host of reforms.

Do Americans agree with town hall protesters on healthcare? |

Do Americans agree with town hall protesters on healthcare? |

1. Do this people look like the McCain/Palin audiences?

The biggest obstacle to passage of the healthcare reform plans now moving through Congress may not be the placard-waving protesters who are disrupting some lawmakers’ town hall meetings. Instead, it could be public opinion writ large – which appears to be soft on health reform efforts, and getting softer.

Americans do support critical elements of the plans, according to national polls. In that sense, they differ with most involved in the town hall protests.

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Health care protesters ready for Obama

When President Barack Obama visits Bozeman next week, the local arm of a national group opposing health care reforms before Congress will be there as well, organizing a protest rally.

The rally and tour, complete with a bus featuring a red hand and big lettering that says “Hands off my health care,” is part of a national effort organized by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group with ties to the Republican Party.

In Montana, the effort is being coordinated by Jake Eaton, former executive director of the Montana Republican Party.

Friday, August 7, 2009


1. He flew
2. He met
3. He came back with the Americans


Second round - Cash for Rides

25% off on a new vehicle if you turn in your piece of poop! Car dealers are running out of cars. How can manufactors forward this monentum? US auto makers should give huge rebates and motivate buyers to continue to buy. The Admministration should get what they can out of this boost and pulll back $500 million for later.

Jobless rate dips to 9.4% as 247,000 nonfarm payrolls lost

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, unexpectedly fell to 9.4% as nearly a half a million people dropped out of the labor market, the Labor Department reported.

U.S. nonfarm payrolls declined by 247,000 to 131.5 million in July, the 19th consecutive month of job losses, about in line with economists' estimates of a 275,000 decline. See Economic Calendar.

Pelosi Is Not ‘Deranged’ — Swastikas And Comparisons To Hitler Are On Display At Town Hall Protests - video

Truth or not?

Nanci Pelosi Says Townhall Protesters Carry Swastika:

Limbaugh on Pelosi: "This woman is deranged" for stating that some protesters are carrying swastikas:

"Turn Glenn Beck Off" - Bob Inglis (R-SC) - video

The funny thing with this video is that everyone got irrated with his suggestion of getting educated.

Mel Martinez, OUTA HERE!

Former RNC leader in 2006 who ended up resigning because of the vehement anti-latino actors in the republican base. In a last move he voted for Latina Judge Sotomayor and quit the party the next day.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Are Republicans inciting anti-health care riouts? - video

Checkout min 2:50.

AstroTurf "Pulling the strings" - video: 10:10

Excellent piece!

AstroTurf "Pulling the strings" - video: 10:10

Excellent piece!

Rick Sanchez Grills CPR's Rick Scott: video 9:03

President Bush's partner and medical fruad criminal who is noe the Astroturf leader.

Limbaugh discusses "the similarities between the Democrat Party of today and the Nazi Party in Germany": audio

Limbaugh claims Obama "sending out his brownshirts": audio

Limbaugh: "Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate": audio

Labor weighs in on healthcare - National Politics Blog - Political Intelligence -

Labor weighs in on healthcare - National Politics Blog - Political Intelligence -

One of President Obama's biggest allies -- Big Labor -- is coming to his aid on healthcare.

The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest union federation, announced today that it will mount an intensive 30-day grassroots effort to back a sweeping healthcare overhaul, timed during the recess when members of Congress will be home listening to their constituents.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, in a call-to-arms memo to union leaders, put the choice starkly: "The question for us is: will we let them make health care 'Obama's Waterloo' or will we make it the next big step in our march to Turn Around America?"

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Democrats deride 'astroturf' efforts by healthcare foes - National Politics Blog - Political Intelligence -

Democrats deride 'astroturf' efforts by healthcare foes - National Politics Blog - Political Intelligence -

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Seven Banks Fail, Making It 64 for '09

JULY 25, 2009

Regulators seized seven banks on Friday, including six in Georgia owned by the same parent, increasing the number of U.S. bank failures to 64 in 2009.

The six Georgia banks were part of Security Bank Corp., of Macon, Ga., and had assets of about $2.8 billion and deposits of $2.4 billion. The banks were doomed by their real-estate loan exposure in metropolitan Atlanta, an area plagued by foreclosures and declining home values.

5 more banks fail

July 31, 2009: 8:37 PM ET
Regulators shut down five regional banks Friday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said, bringing the total number of banks to fail in the United States to 69 this year.

Friday's bank closures will cost the FDIC fund $911.7 million, bringing the total cost for failed banks to $15.13 billion this year. That compares with $17.6 billion in all of 2008.