Maybe the $8 million dollars that Baucus has received from the health care industry since he entered congress had something
to do with his pro insurance company Bill that Baucus crafted and his two votes yesterday against a public health care option
in the Senate finance committee in which he chairs..
But to be fair to Baucus, four other democrats on the Senate finance committee also voted against the two amendments to
include a public option.
In total five democrats voted against the two amendments that would have added a public option for health care into the
Senate finance committee’s Bill before it eventually goes to the Senate floor for a full vote.
Along with Baucus’s $8 million from the health care industry, Senator’s
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) received $4 million form the health care
industry, Kent Conrad (D-ND) received $3 million from the health care
industry, Bill Nelson (D-FL) received $2.5 million and Tom Carper (D-DE) received $1.5 million from the health
care industry. These figures were compiled by Intershame.com using the figures from the website Opensecrets.org which tracks campaign contributions for all present
and past Senators by industry and company.
So it should be no surprise that they voted in favor of insurance companies and against what is best for all American’s.
It is clear that Senate majority leader
Harry Reid (D-NV) will have to use the reconciliation process
down the road to get a public health care option included. Senator Reid has stated several time in the last few weeks that
he will use reconciliation if that is his only recourse.
The American public in a NY Times/CBS
poll by a margin of 65% overwhelmingly support the
The end game for a public health care option seems to have always been rooted in reconciliation, and in the coming weeks
we shall see if Senator Reid supports the American public with a viable public option or if he supports the Insurance companies
as those who voted yesterday have shown.
Walter Cronkite “and that’s the way it was”, Chet
Huntley in New York City, and David Brinkley in Washington, DC. "Good night, Chet." "Good night, David. And good night for
NBC News.". Who could of believed that up until the 90’s when Americans watched the news, they got there news from just
three nightly evening news shows on TV, ABC, CBS and NBC.
Now you have cable news shows such as CNN, MSNBC, Current TV, Fox and Comedy Central, not to mention everything on the
internet at places like YouTube. For the most part television no longer reports the news ,it infotain’s people.
We now categorize news sources into basically two camps, Main Stream Media (MSM) and right wing fundamentalist news such
as Fox. In fact it was the right wing talking head Rush Limbaugh who propagated the use of the term MSM to differentiate himself
from everyone else. Now all right wing talking heads use the term MSM to pigeonhole themselves into right wing fundamentalism.
People like Sean "Baghdad Bob" Hannity have turned their right wing propaganda filled lies and misdirection into a very
unpleasant and un-American form of communications that plays well with the fundamentalist hardcore base in the GOP. And many
Republican politicians who count on that same hardcore base for votes, play along to lend it credibility when in reality all
they are doing is prostituting themselves for votes. These politicians also know from experience that if they say something
that the Limbaugh’s of our country don’t like, the right wing talking heads will attack them much like a wild
pack of dogs would attack their pray, so republicans find it easier to play along.
Political shock jocks like Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck shock for ratings. Do you honestly think anyone would listen or watch
these shows if the hosts spoke calmly with facts, truth and common sense, vs. the lies misdirection, outrage and yelling they
spew? Of course not. That would not be entertaining for today’s right wing fundamentalist base.
That is why most liberal radio shows either have low ratings or do not air in many US markets. Today's generation wants
to be entertained as opposed to being well informed and if people like Limbaugh can entertain while appearing to inform then
they get good ratings, it's not about information and news, its all about style and delivery.
MSM always seems to be chasing the lies spewed by right wing media and while they do a good job of debunking the lies,
they also lend credibility to the lies and misdirection’s by asking some of the same illogical questions. This has to
do with the right wing theory that if you repeat a lie often enough it will stick and become the truth in some malleable minds
that permeate in the base of the GOP.
In my opinion if CNN, MSNBC, ABC and all the others that are under the so called MSM umbrella, if they were to just ignore
everything from Fox that is misleading and false ( the majority of Fox shows lie and mislead ), and refuse to ask the same
misleading questions, then the lies would not be perpetuated and maybe some real news could be disseminated.
But that won't happen, they all feed off of each other, and for the most part they don't report news, they just chase controversy's
based in utter nonsense.
There are a few voices that still rise above the clatter and deliver news, but everyday their voices are harder to find
and harder to hear.
PITTSBURGH -- The F.B.I. is now investigating a man who was arrested
during the G-20.
Elliot Madison, 41, was discovered in a hotel room near Pittsburgh on September 24 surrounded by what police call a makeshift
According to the complaint, Madison and another man were listening to emergency radio frequencies and aiding illegal protests.
Police said Madison used Twitter to inform his partners of police actions and prevent their apprehension by authorities.
Madison, a self-described anarchist, works with a group in New York City called the People's Law Collective. The organization
offers legal aid to protesters.
The F.B.I. raided his Queens home on Thursday and removed boxes of subversive materials, along with his personal computers.
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Tea Bag Protesters give advice to G-20 Protesters
David Letterman's Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before Spending $63,500 On Dinner With Sarah
10."Is the tip included?" 9."Do my kids really need to go to college?" 8."Is it 'All the Moose You Can Eat'?" 7."Should
I prepare by reading every magazine and newspaper?" 6."Does it have to be at the Denny's where Todd works?" 5."Should
we have dinner in Alaska or Russia?" 4."Will she hunt and shoot the main course?" 3."63 grand? That's nearly half of
her weekly wardrobe budget!" Remember that reference? 2."Is there valet parking for my snowmobile?" 1."Will I be done
in time to get to the 'Fire Dave' rally?"
Earlier we told you about Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-AZ) plan for Iran: sticks
and "regime change."
Well, apparently Kyl's not the only GOP Senator pushing regime change in Iran today. Here's Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) on FOX
We have to have strong sanctions, economic sanctions that can force either a regime change or the Ayatollahs
to change their policy.
To be fair, Bond's suggesting sanctions -- not some all-out attack or covert military operation -- as the way to achieve
regime change. But he is pushing regime change nonetheless. He also needled those suggesting diplomacy.
Today's action in firing the missiles is really a poke in the eye to those who think that diplomatic
efforts and agreements and inspections are going to change the way Iran's going.
For those keeping score at home, that's now no fewer than two Republican Senators who called today for regime change in
Cathy Maples, a
spunky stalker fan of Sarah Palin, paid $63,500 in a charity eBay auction to dine with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
The auction will benefit Ride to Recovery, a charity for service men and women disabled in the Iraqi war. Maples of Huntsville,
Alabama owns a defense contracting business, so I guess what comes around goes around.
It won't be Maples' first time meeting ex-Gov GILF. Oh no, this granny is really a huge fan!
The first time the two met was at a fundraiser in North Carolina during the presidential campaign. The second
time was this July in Alaska when Maples took her grandson, family members and friends to Alaska as a graduation present.
The Hunstville Times reports:
Maples, who said "persistent is something they say about me," made several phone calls trying
to see Palin. Finally, Todd Palin himself called her to coordinate the meeting, which came just after Palin announced she
was resigning as governor.
The couple spent about 15 minutes with Maples' group at the Anchorage airport, and Palin
posed for pictures with everyone.
The eBay auction terms prohibit the winner from reporting on or posting pictures of the Palin dinner, so don't
expect Cathy Maples' Facebook page to be filled with glowing reports. In anticipation of the meal, Maples told the Huntsville
Times his feelings about sassy Sarah:
I like her morals, and I believe she loves America and would like to do what is best for
America. She doesn't compromise her morals for votes. That's very unusual in a politician.
Maples beat out author/Palin critic Joe McGinnis who had bid over $60,000 for the dubious dining privilege.
Since Palin had veto power over the winner, it seems unlikely she would have agreed to break bread with him anyway.
The man who helped oversee President George W. Bush’s warrantless
wiretapping program now has a new job: a membership on the Public Interest Declassification Board.
Former Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who led the National Security Agency under President Bush from 1999 to 2005 and the
Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 until President Barack Obama’s inauguration, was appointed during the Labor Day
recess by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
The news was announced in the Congressional Record Sept. 8 and discovered yesterday by Secrecy News.
Hayden’s appointment may come as a surprise to critics of Bush-era secrecy. The onetime general isn’t known
as an advocate of transparency — in fact, Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program was one of the administration’s
most guarded secrets. Moreover, he’s been a critic of President Obama’s decision to release CIA and Justice Department
memos, particularly those that detailed the agency’s policies on torture.
“If one were searching for an individual to represent the public interest in promoting declassification of government
records, the first name that came to mind would probably not be Michael V. Hayden, the former director of the National Security
Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency,” Secrecy News’ Stephen Aftergood wrote Thursday.
“When the late Senator Daniel P. Moynihan conceived of a Public Interest Declassification Board a decade ago, he
would not have imagined that the national security classification system might be employed by a present-day U.S. Administration
to help circumvent laws against warrantless surveillance or torture,” Aftergood continued. “And yet here we are.”
McConnell, in an email to the Washington Post, said “The country is fortunate that Gen. Michael Hayden has agreed
to serve as a member” and that “his long history of service as an intelligence professional makes him ideally
suited for balancing the interests of secrecy and disclosure in protecting our national security.”
Hayden wasn’t simply the administrator of Bush’s wiretapping program: he was a self-proclaimed “leading
During his confirmation hearing in 2006, Hayden said he was a leading architect of the NSA program monitoring Americans’
phone calls and emails without obtaining court approval, and defended the agency’s collection of communications records
on tens of millions of Americans.
The Classification Board, while having no direct jurisdiction, is developing new classification guidelines for the executive
branch. Obama National Security Adviser James Jones plans a substantial revision of classification directives, which saw significant
dilution under President Bush.
Declassification proponent? Not so much, says the ACLU.
“To this day, the NSA continues to conceal virtually all information about the warrantless wiretapping program,”
Jameel Jaffer, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, has said. “As CIA director,
General Hayden claimed that destruction of waterboarding tapes was ‘in line with the law.’ “
*This really sucks...
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) tell America about the GOP Health Care plan.
A candidate to be South Carolina's next National Guard leader skipped
the fiery speeches for firepower, launching his campaign with what he called a "machine-gun social."
The Greenville News reports some 500 people came out to a shooting range Saturday for Republican Dean Allen's political
rally. He wants to be the next adjutant general, the person who leads the state's National Guard.
Attendees paid $25 for barbecue, a clip of bullets for target practice and the chance to win a semiautomatic AK-47. Whoever
wins the rifle will have to undergo a background check.
Allen says he is an Army veteran who wanted to celebrate Second Amendment rights. South Carolina is the only state that
elects its adjutant general.
Nevada Sen. John Ensign faces the threat of expulsion from the U.S.
Senate and possible criminal penalties, according to several legal and ethics experts interviewed by the Sun.
The New York Times reported Friday that the Republican senator faces a preliminary FBI investigation into his actions after
an affair with a campaign aide who was married to his best friend, who was a top staff aide. Also, the Senate Ethics Committee
is in the midst of a preliminary investigation.
The senator’s latest troubles arise from a story published Friday in the Times that detailed the extraordinary lengths
Ensign, 51, went to mollify Doug Hampton, his then-co-chief of staff and the husband of the Ensign campaign aide, Cynthia
Hampton, with whom the senator had the affair.
As the Sun reported this summer, Ensign enlisted the help of his longtime political aide Mike Slanker, who revived his
then-dormant lobbying and consulting firm November Inc., so Hampton would have a job after leaving Ensign’s office.
Ensign then called on Nevada power brokers and companies, including Allegiant Air and NV Energy, to become November Inc.
Hampton told the Times that Ensign assured him he would instruct chief of staff John Lopez to assist Hampton by helping
the clients Ensign retained for Hampton.
Hampton has acknowledged to the Times failing to register as a lobbyist and ignoring the law banning lobbying for one year
after leaving Capitol Hill, which is intended to prevent influence peddling and a revolving door between government and private
Finally, as Ensign acknowledged this summer, Ensign’s parents gave the Hamptons $96,000.
Ensign’s office did not respond to written questions, though a spokeswoman told the Times that Ensign would cooperate
with official inquiries.
VARIOUS LATE NIGHT QUOTES
"President Obama and Oprah Winfrey are going to Copenhagen together
this week to push for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics. The bad news is while they're gone the country's going to be run
by Joe Biden and Jerry Springer." --Conan O'Brien
"I've got a really strange story in the news about Al Qaeda. According
to intelligence reports - I'm not making this up - the new standard procedure for Al Qaeda hiding explosives inside their
rectum. Either that or they're playing a cruel practical joke on Ahmed. 'Are you sure everyone's doing this?' 'Yeah, go ahead,
go ahead.'" --Conan O'Brien
"Sarah Palin just finished writing her memoirs. And her publisher
says -- this is a quote -- 'It's her words, her life and it's all there in full and fascinating detail.' Yeah, then he said,
'Or so I'm told. I wouldn't read this thing if you put a gun in my mouth.'" --Conan O'Brien
"Well, if you saw '60 Minutes,' you probably saw this. President
Obama coming under fire, because he has only spoken to the U.S. commander in Afghanistan once in the last six months. Well,
whose fault is that? Hey, if the general wants to talk to President Obama, get a talk show. That's how you do it." --Jay Leno
"Well, actually, to be fair, I thought this was nice, President
Obama said he's been very busy lately, but he would be willing to add the general as a Facebook friend." --Jay Leno
"Officials have learned that some Al Qaeda suicide bombers, in
an effort to avoid detection are hiding explosives inside their buttocks. Well, this whole thing started because somebody
tried to assassinate a Saudi prince last month by detonating an explosive device they had hidden in their rectum. This is
real. Luckily, the only person killed was the suicide bomber. But he really had the bomb hidden in his rectum. Here's my question.
At what point in the planning of these attacks do they tell the suicide bomber? I mean you got these guys. 'OK, boss, I'm
ready to be a martyr. I'm ready to die for my cause. Where's my dynamite vest?' 'Listen, Khalid, we've made some changes.'"
"Well, a new book is coming out -- oh, boy, this is unbelievable
-- by John Edwards' campaign official, a guy named Andrew Young. I guess they were quite close friends. Young now says there
is sex tape of John Edwards and his mistress. Well, of course, people are stunned by this. John Edwards letting someone else
get in front of the camera? I don't think so." --Jay Leno
"You know, I think it is true, because at one point on the tape,
at the height of passion, you can hear John Edwards screaming out his own name." --Jay Leno "Senator Chris Dodd, who is
head of the Senate Banking Committee, is pushing for one super-regulator to oversee all the banks. He said his goal to restore
more confidence in the banking system. You know what would restore more confidence in the banking system? If Chris Dodd wasn't
head of the Senate Banking Committee." --Jay Leno
"The big news was the Senate yesterday - the finance committee
- rejected the Democrats' health-care plan, the one with the public option. Meanwhile, the Republicans are offering their
own health-care plan. It's called, 'Stop Crying and Take an Advil.'" --Jimmy Fallon
"If that doesn't pass, they're going to go with, 'Swine Flu Fever,
Catch It.'" --Jimmy Fallon
"Nancy Pelosi attended the U2 concert last night in Washington,
D.C., as Bono's personal guest. She had a great time. The whole night she was on the verge of making an expression." --Jimmy
"U2 even dedicated a song to her face -- 'Stuck in a Moment You
Can't Get Out Of.'" --Jimmy Fallon
"She almost shed a tear. But she doesn't have tear ducts." --Jimmy
In a stunning announcement that surely will raise an outcry from many
mainstream religeous leaders a spokesman for The Birther movement has isuead a statement that maintains that Jesus was not
born in Bethlehem in Jerusalem as has been believed for over two thousand years.
"He was NOT born in THAT Bethlehem says the spokesman for the group. He was born in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, he certainly
was NOT a JEW, and his father was NOT Joseph, the carpenter, but Joseph the Plumber.
We now know that his real name was Jim McCorkle, he was a blue eyed blonde person who walked the hills of Pensylvania and
West Virgina spreading the gospel. He was NOt some dark skinned a-Rab who dressed like a sissy. The Hollywood and New York
JEWS, faggots and commies have sold the myth of this here Jesus for too long. Let them show a REAL birth certificate for this
guy. We don't think they can......and We say to all REAL Americans.....
It is time to put Jim McCorkle back into Christmas!"
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