One of the most open and honest discussion about progressive values concerning Single Payer Universal healthcare.
A real majority of the “Two Party System” (may be 60 now with Spector) has the numbers to do what is right for this country, but as Ed lays it out, the Dems are in the pocket of Big Insurance.
BTW: Bernie Sanders is a Patriot.
There is a chance to make this happen, but you must get loud in your own back yard. It isn’t enough to just post this shit on a blog. Get out in your community and start talking to people and asking them specific questions about their healthcare and it is easy to show them where their brainwashed ideas of “socialized medicine” are wrong headed and that there is a far better solution.
There is no reason why this country spends twice as much for health care as any industrialized country in the world, yet we have poorer health and health care as a result.
It is the Insurance Companies, idiot. Wake Up! Get them out of your health care and watch it improve for less money.
Will you get it from Barack Obama? No, because he is NOT a progressive and never has been. Also look at where he got his campaign finances from and your answer is obvious as to “why” he won’t push for it, even though he has the political clout to do so.
You Obama Maniacs are gullible fools. Just as gullible and foolish as any Bushie alive.
Obama’s 100 Days
The Mad Men Did Well
By John Pilger
April 29, 2009 “Information Clearing House” — The BBC’s American television soap Mad Men offers a rare glimpse of the power of corporate advertising. The promotion of smoking half a century ago by the “smart” people of Madison Avenue, who knew the truth, led to countless deaths. Advertising and its twin, public relations, became a way of deceiving dreamt up by those who had read Freud and applied mass psychology to anything from cigarettes to politics. Just as Marlboro Man was virility itself, so politicians could be branded, packaged and sold.
It is more than 100 days since Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. The “Obama brand” has been named “Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008″, easily beating Apple computers. David Fenton of MoveOn.org describes Obama’s election campaign as “an institutionalised mass-level automated technological community organising that has never existed before and is a very, very powerful force”. Deploying the internet and a slogan plagiarised from the Latino union organiser César Chávez – “Sí, se puede!” or “Yes, we can” – the mass-level automated technological community marketed its brand to victory in a country desperate to be rid of George W Bush.
No one knew what the new brand actually stood for. So accomplished was the advertising (a record $75m was spent on television commercials alone) that many Americans actually believed Obama shared their opposition to Bush’s wars. In fact, he had repeatedly backed Bush’s warmongering and its congressional funding. Many Americans also believed he was the heir to Martin Luther King’s legacy of anti-colonialism. Yet if Obama had a theme at all, apart from the vacuous “Change you can believe in”, it was the renewal of America as a dominant, avaricious bully. “We will be the most powerful,” he often declared.
Perhaps the Obama brand’s most effective advertising was supplied free of charge by those journalists who, as courtiers of a rapacious system, promote shining knights. They depoliticised him, spinning his platitudinous speeches as “adroit literary creations, rich, like those Doric columns, with allusion…” (Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian). The San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford wrote: “Many spiritually advanced people I know… identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who… can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet.”
In his first 100 days, Obama has excused torture, opposed habeas corpus and demanded more secret government. He has kept Bush’s gulag intact and at least 17,000 prisoners beyond the reach of justice. On 24 April, his lawyers won an appeal that ruled Guantanamo Bay prisoners were not “persons”, and therefore had no right not to be tortured. His national intelligence director, Admiral Dennis Blair, says he believes torture works. One of his senior US intelligence officials in Latin America is accused of covering up the torture of an American nun in Guatemala in 1989; another is a Pinochet apologist. As Daniel Ellsberg has pointed out, the US experienced a military coup under Bush, whose secretary of “defence”, Robert Gates, along with the same warmaking officials, has been retained by Obama.
All over the world, America’s violent assault on innocent people, directly or by agents, has been stepped up. During the recent massacre in Gaza, reports Seymour Hersh, “the Obama team let it be known that it would not object to the planned resupply of ‘smart bombs’ and other hi-tech ordnance that was already flowing to Israel” and being used to slaughter mostly women and children. In Pakistan, the number of civilians killed by US missiles called drones has more than doubled since Obama took office.
In Afghanistan, the US “strategy” of killing Pashtun tribespeople (the “Taliban”) has been extended by Obama to give the Pentagon time to build a series of permanent bases right across the devastated country where, says Secretary Gates, the US military will remain indefinitely. Obama’s policy, one unchanged since the Cold War, is to intimidate Russia and China, now an imperial rival. He is proceeding with Bush’s provocation of placing missiles on Russia’s western border, justifying it as a counter to Iran, which he accuses, absurdly, of posing “a real threat” to Europe and the US. On 5 April in Prague, he made a speech reported as “anti-nuclear”. It was nothing of the kind. Under the Pentagon’s Reliable Replacement Warhead programme, the US is building new “tactical” nuclear weapons designed to blur the distinction between nuclear and conventional war.
Perhaps the biggest lie – the equivalent of smoking is good for you – is Obama’s announcement that the US is leaving Iraq, the country it has reduced to a river of blood. According to unabashed US army planners, as many as 70,000 troops will remain “for the next 15 to 20 years”. On 25 April, his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, alluded to this. It is not surprising that the polls are showing that a growing number of Americans believe they have been suckered – especially as the nation’s economy has been entrusted to the same fraudsters who destroyed it. Lawrence Summers, Obama’s principal economic adviser, is throwing $3trn at the same banks that paid him more than $8m last year, including $135,000 for one speech. Change you can believe in.
Much of the American establishment loathed Bush and Cheney for exposing, and threatening, the onward march of America’s “grand design”, as Henry Kissinger, war criminal and now Obama adviser, calls it. In advertising terms, Bush was a “brand collapse” whereas Obama, with his toothpaste advertisement smile and righteous clichés, is a godsend. At a stroke, he has seen off serious domestic dissent to war, and he brings tears to the eyes, from Washington to Whitehall. He is the BBC’s man, and CNN’s man, and Murdoch’s man, and Wall Street’s man, and the CIA’s man. The Madmen did well.
h/t Dandelion Salad
Here’s how we overcome around here:
j/k (h/t My Specialist)
Thanks Pat. All we need is another bogus “911 Commission” type coverup of torture and all the wrong-doings by the previous administration and the complicit reThugs and democRATS.
We know how bogus these “commissions” are and personally I believe that a Special Investigator is needed. Maybe Patrick Fitzgerald is looking for some more work.
You’ll know how serious it is by who is “selected” to be on the commission and who selects them.
And on a note of somewhat good news, it appears that major Progressive Caucus groups have joined together to fight for the Public Health Insurance Plan (h/t AfterDowningStreet)
(Traveling today… wish me luck on a big sale potential)
This country is run by the most audacious hypocrites the world has known.
And the Sheople may say, “Amen.”
Back then, Bush gave a standard that showed that he and his Administration knew that there is no “good faith defense” in committing war crimes. He insisted “War crimes will be prosecuted, war criminals will be punished and it will be no defense to say, “I was just following orders.“
Apparently I scored a 15 which means I am only 14% freakier than you are. My results:
you have a fairly low freak score
you have a pretty good amount of freak. you occasionally do something pretty freaky, but generally have the capacity to be normal. you probably have an amount of freak within and don’t get stared at very often, which is nice.
Take the test yourself and get your freak on.
One of the truly great Rock and Roll voices and performers is a guy named David Coverdale. He started in the Big Time trading lead in Deep Purple. He later formed Whitesnake (where most rock and rollers know him from) after turning down the lead position for Black Sabbath. Great move, David.
I always felt his baritone voice (with an amazing range) is one of the best for Rock and Roll music (a personal preference), but what many people don’t realize is his song writing abilities.
As I was working in the wicked garden, this song came on and I couldn’t help but think about Iraqi children and innocents that have been killed and maimed by our illegal and immoral invasion and occupation. Listen and read the words.
If nothing else, this is my whispered prayer for them:
I hear the sound of distant thunder, echo all around,
I see the tragedy of young ones lying on the ground,
I see the fathers sons and daughters, I hear the mothers crying,
Nothing left for me to do, but, whisper a prayer for the dying.
Oh, a prayer for the dying.
The suffocating heat of jungles, and burning desert sands,
Where everything reminds you, youre a stranger in a strange land.
The soothing words of politicians, those bodyguards of lies,
While guardian angels waste their time and every mother cries.
Oh, a prayer for the dying, dying, dying.
Machine gun, battle cry, you pray to God when the bullets fly,
The bombs fall like black rain, an all your dreams take you home again,
Nothing but bad dreams.
You cant read, you cant write,
Youre so scared, you cant sleep at night
You try to carry the heavy load,
Walking down armageddon road.
Oh, armageddon road.
I hear the sound of distant thunder, echo all around,
I see the tragedy of young ones lying on the ground,
I see the fathers sons and daughters, I hear the mothers crying,
Nothing left for me to do, but, whisper a prayer for the dying.
Oh, a prayer for the dying, dying.
Oh, a prayer for the dying, baby, baby.
Oh, a prayer for the dying, dying,
Whisper a prayer for the dying.
You cant run, you cant hide,
You cant show what you feel inside.
Youre going crazy, going insane,
You know youll never be the same again, no, no.
Whisper a prayer for the dying, dying, dying, dying, dying, no, no.
Armageddon road, armageddon road, Im walking down armageddon road.
So far I have planted one row of corn (another next weekend to stagger the crop and a third in about three weeks). 1 row of red onions, 2/3 of 1 in cabbage and the rest of that row in green peppers. Squash, Giant speckled Butter beans, Brown beans, black-eyed peas and potatoes.
I am leaving about 4 rows open for late planting, which leaves me with about 3 or 4 to plant some more this week.
Now to my ulterior motive. My “fighting weight” is about 200 to 205. When I began this garden my other motive was exercise and to lose weight. I began at 255 (yes, at least 50# over weight). I haven’t weighed again, but I can feel it coming off in how my clothes fit.
For those of you who have never planted a garden, it is hard assed work. But after planting it truly is just maintenance.
Also keep in mind that this lot was grass covered, so I had to till it 4 times and I have raked so much grass and roots that my arms hurt thinking about it.
But at 47, I intend to get back down to 200 (I would love to break the 200, for my ideal weight is closer to 185, or, at least, it WAS.)
Saw this at Neatorama and it is truly amazing. Winner of multiple awards.
Noteboek is a short film and part of my graduation project.
If you want to see more work please visit: evelienlohbeck.com
Music: The White Stripes-Seven Nation Army.
Given that in Mexico City the streets are empty… and given the fact that we still have countless illegals crossing over into the states… much less travelers that basically don’t care about anyone but themselves… well… I am not sure how the CDC thinks it’s going to battle this one??
Swine flu confirmed in NYC high school students
By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press Writer Karen Matthews, Associated Press Writer – 43 mins ago
NEW YORK – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that students at a city high school were infected with swine flu.
New York officials previously had said they were eight “probable” cases, but tests later confirmed that it was indeed swine flu. Bloomberg stressed that the cases were mild and many are recovering.
The city is awaiting the tests of additional samples to see if more St. Francis Preparatory School students were infected.
About 100 students complained of flu-like symptoms at the school. Some students went to Cancun on a spring break trip two weeks ago.
Who, you ask?
This is the guy that came out to give assurances to Canadians after Barack Obama’s campaign promises to limit or regulate NAFTA. He fell on his sword to tell the press and everyone listening that this was not true. Mr Goolsbee explained that Mr Obama was using rhetoric and that the Canadians had nothing to worry about.
Now back to “Who, you ask?”
I wonder if you have heard a word about him since that time. Is he still a part of Mr Obama’s “team”? Does it matter?
I say, “Yes, it matters.” Because we have been lied to AGAIN by The Left’s Savior, Mr Barack Obama. This man is the height of political expediency and will lie with abandon, not giving a shit about you or your support any more than what he needs to get elected or his policies passed. He lied to you to get elected and now his actions show him to be the bald faced liar he is (and I have seen from day one).
How can it be that this ignorant old redneck can see him for the damned liar he is and you others can’t? (I must have asked myself that question a million times during the Bush Admin)
This country is chock full of Sheople and it is bringing us down. You fools that are still immersed and emotionally invested in the two party system are literally bringing this country to its knees.
From the WSJ:
Perhaps we should call this Austan Goolsbee’s revenge. Recall that last year the Obama economic adviser had told a Canadian diplomat to ignore Mr. Obama’s Nafta campaign rhetoric; the candidate was merely pandering to Big Labor. When that disclosure became news, Mr. Goolsbee was banished to the campaign’s isolation ward for imperfect spinners. Now we know Mr. Goolsbee — not the candidate — was the one telling the truth.
How many of you Sheople are going to defend your Savior from this lie? Are you now going to agree with the man when you know NAFTA has taken a huge toll on the American worker? Will you join in and attack those that see the lie, call him on it and become the same idiotic sycophants that were ball licking W?
This young man is standing up for what is right and noble from a soldier’s perspective. It takes balls to fight against illegal orders. It takes balls to tell anyone, including the POTUS that what they are doing is illegal and immoral. Mathis has been fighting this for quite some time and an earlier interview can be seen here with Amy Goodman.
But, in this case, he is hit by the complicit MSM talking points and he shuts down the rhetoric as easy as A, B, C.
Hell No, I Won’t Go
Apr 23, 2009 22:08 JPOST
By DAVID HOROVITZ
Iran wants to see Israel destroyed, but it also wants to take the free world back to the dark ages. So even if they don’t care about Israel, why do the world’s democracies continually furnish Ahmadinejad with the platform to undermine them?
Poor old Ban Ki-moon.I mean, it’s not as though he hadn’t told that dreadful Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to steer clear of the provocative anti-Israel material.
At their tete-a-tete earlier in the day, wailed the valiant secretary-general when it was all over, “I stressed the importance of the conference to galvanize the will of the international community toward the common cause of the fight against racism” and “reminded the president that the UN General Assembly had adopted the resolutions to revoke the equation of Zionism with racism and to reaffirm the historical facts of the Holocaust.”
But, goodness gracious, shock, horror, would you believe it? The Iranian president simply ignored Ban’s stresses and reminders, and launched another of his insidious assaults on the despicable post-WWII world order in general, and the racist, genocidal Zionist regime in particular.
So clearly flummoxed was Ban by this astounding betrayal of his earnest advice, this misuse of his UN platform, indeed, that he had been rooted to his seat, evidently horrified into paralysis, as Ahmadinejad’s interminable toxic peroration continued – a scheduled seven-minute conference opener extending into an hourlong horror show.
“I deplore the use of this platform by the Iranian president to accuse, divide and even incite,” the appalled secretary-general now solemnly declared. “We must all turn away from such a message in both form and substance.”
What Ban didn’t say, though, was: I won’t allow my organization to be a party to this any longer. What he didn’t say, though, was that so long as he had blood in his veins and air in his lungs, he would do everything in his power to prevent repeat performances of the grimly familiar Ahmadinejad-abuses-the-UN’s-global-platform show. What he didn’t say was that he was launching the procedures, as mandated by the United Nations’ own 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, to prosecute the Iranian president for inciting and conspiring to commit genocide against the Jewish state.
What the head of the body that is designed to safeguard the international community didn’t say in the aftermath of his guest’s crystal-clear exhortation to bring down Israel – an assault which had occurred, with such bitter, un-ignorable coincidence, just as we prepared to begin our annual day of Holocaust commemoration – was: Never again.
THIS LATE into Ahmadinejad’s ignominious career, the faux naivety of the UN secretary-general and his oh-so deplorably misused platform simply doesn’t wash.
The Iranian president’s Geneva assault on Israel, on ostensible Zionist manipulation of international affairs and on the wider illegitimacy of the post-War World II order, was a patent inevitability from the moment he announced his intention to appear and his hosts chose not to prevent him from doing so.
It represented the completely predictable maintenance of a strategy he has pursued at his appearances before the supine UN General Assembly in past years in New York.
In 2007, at the GA, he castigated the selfish, domineering “big powers” as the cause of global injustice and inequality, denounced an alleged over-ready resort to violence, critiqued promiscuous Western society, sketched a vision of a world without democracy in the image of his Iran, and warned the international leadership to end its “obedience to Satan” or face calamity.
Last September, at the same forum, he gloated at the ostensible imminent demises of the Zionist regime (“on a definite slope to collapse”) and the American empire (“reaching the end of its road”), and blamed the former for the latter: “The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of people called Zionists.”
On Monday, he merely made the assault more brazen, condemning the “totally racist government in the occupied Palestine,” branding Israel a “perpetrator of genocide,” blaming Zionists and their allies for all manner of world ills, and demanding the remaking of the world order to eliminate the Zionists’ purported control of its affairs.
Of course Ahmadinejad trampled all over Ban’s pleas. Of course the leader of a brutal regime, which perverts Islam, kills its opponents and encourages the indiscriminate murder of those who don’t subscribe to its benighted religious outlook, abused the forum to mislead and manipulate a global audience about the virtues of his ideology and the ostensible ills of democracy and its freedoms.
The question is why the international community persists in letting him do so.
THIS COLUMN has repeatedly highlighted the skilled employment by Iran of the tools to seek Israel’s delegitimization and ultimate destruction. There is the relentless progress toward a nuclear capability. There is the arming, funding and inspiring of Hamas and Hizbullah at either end of our territorial sliver. And there is the drip-drip indoctrination about Israel’s perceived fundamental illegitimacy – the potent false depiction, repeated in Geneva on Monday, of modern Israel as a rootless European colonial implant, imposed upon the blameless Palestinians, rather than the tragically belated revival of historic Jewish sovereignty in the only place on earth where the Jews have ever sought to determine their collective national fate.
Year by year, this combined practical and rhetorical assault on Israel takes a greater toll, posing more acute security challenges (with which Israel strategically seeks to grapple) and more acute intellectual challenges (where Israel continually fails to adequately explain and advocate).
But the Iranian regime’s ambitions, as emblemized by the range of its missiles, manifestly extend far beyond Israel. So even as one acknowledges the dismal minority of steadfast international defenders of Israel, it is bizarrely self-defeating for the other nations whose freedoms the mullahs are bent on reversing to continually provide Iran with the military and propaganda means to pursue its mission.
Call him every name under the sun, but don’t accuse Ahmadinejad of concealing his goals. At every opportunity, he makes plain his regime’s intent to remake the world order in its image – to reform “the inequitable and unjust management of the world,” as he put it on Monday.
A handful of nations did the right thing, or at least some of it, in staying away from Geneva. More walked out of his speech.
But neither the boycotts nor the walkouts will have troubled Ahmadinejad in the slightest. Indeed, they only reinforce his case, bolstering the argument he makes over the diplomats’ heads that the traditional centers of global influence don’t care about the underprivileged, that they don’t want to hear his “truth.”
His victory, yet again, was in the very fact of getting to speak – to speak to a global audience, his words carried live on network after network worldwide, his calculated oratory preying on profound, widespread, genuine grievances in less-developed countries. He was reaching out, again, to the poor and the ill-educated and the repressed, and offering his Islamist worldview as a panacea.
That it was Ahmadinejad calling attention to international injustice does not make such injustice any less acute. That it was Ahmadinejad, the public face of a repressive, misogynistic, homophobic regime, whose “solution” would lead the world back into the dark ages, is a continuing case of canny manipulation by him, and shameful, appallingly counterproductive indulgence by his hosts.
Iran’s principal targets are a “great Satan” that strives to protect and encourage freedoms and democracy, and a ‘little Satan” that struggles to preserve the enlightened values its faith brought to the world. Again, in Geneva on Monday, the United Nations gave him the platform to pursue an expansionist agenda that places a brutal, narrow-minded and intolerant interpretation of religion above free world values, and applauded as he won over further converts toward achieving it.
Keith Olbermann is assuredly becoming a Democratic mouthpiece with every new show. But let us give credit where credit is due:
There simply is NO debate that waterboarding is torture. Anyone who thinks it is or feels like they have a debatable argument for its usage is ignorant to history and the rule of law.
Maybe this little video may show you how WRONG you are (Am I the only one who thinks Peggy Noonan is a smarmy asshole without clue?)