August 8th, 2009


GOP: These Real Americans dont seem to know that they all have access to Real Health Care...

Even Sweeping Health Care Reform Would Leave Some Without Coverage (VIDEO)

WISE, Va. -- On a sunny Saturday at the county fairgrounds in this Appalachian community, the gaps in the American health care system were on vivid display.

Lured by the promise of a weekend of free checkups, surgeries and dental care, thousands of people turned up two weeks ago in the far southwest corner of Virginia, as shown in the video documentary that accompanies this article.

Many of those families would have much better access to medical help under the reform plans being debated in Congress. But a close look at the most recent data indicates even the most sweeping proposals are likely to leave some of them outside the safety net.

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"Health care debate degenerates into brawls, death threats"

Health care debate degenerates into brawls, death threats

By David Goldstein, McClatchy Newspapers
Fri Aug 7, 7:03 pm ET

WASHINGTON — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver will hold his monthly "Coffee with Cleaver" Saturday morning, and the Missouri Democrat, a Methodist minister, is praying for the best.

He's expecting the worst, however, based on what's been happening around the country as the debate over overhauling the nation's health care system grows increasingly bitter and more divisive.

"President Obama underestimated the free-fall the nation had already taken in partisan hostility when he talked about bringing change to Washington ," said Cleaver, who supports reform. "It has gotten worse. There is something at play here that is indescribable."

>From Connecticut to California, angry demonstrators opposed to health care reform have disrupted recent town hall meetings held by congressional Democrats. They attack lawmakers for backing a "socialist agenda," shout questions without waiting for answers and repeat misinformation as fact, in some cases even accusing Democrats of favoring mandatory euthanasia for senior citizens.

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Mr. F!

A doctor in Atlanta gives his experiences with government health care

ObamaCare and me
By Zane F Pollard, MD

I have been sitting quietly on the sidelines watching all of this national debate on healthcare. It is time for me to bring some clarity to the table by explaining many of the problems from the perspective of a doctor.

First off, the government has involved very few of us physicians in the healthcare debate. While the American Medical Association has come out in favor of the plan, it is vital to remember that the AMA only represents 17% of the American physician workforce.

I have taken care of Medicaid patients for 35 years while representing the only pediatric ophthalmology group left in Atlanta, Georgia that accepts Medicaid. For example, in the past 6 months I have cared for three young children on Medicaid who had corneal ulcers. This is a potentially blinding situation because if the cornea perforates from the infection, almost surely blindness will occur. In all three cases the antibiotic needed for the eradication of the infection was not on the approved Medicaid list.

Each time I was told to fax Medicaid for the approval forms, which I did. Within 48 hours the form came back to me which was sent in immediately via fax, and I was told that I would have my answer in 10 days. Of course by then each child would have been blind in the eye.

Each time the request came back denied. All three times I personally provided the antibiotic for each patient which was not on the Medicaid approved list. Get the point -- rationing of care.

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Atheist ads will go back on buses, DART decides

By CYNTHIA REYNAUD • • August 8, 2009

An advertisement promoting a Des Moines atheist group will be put back on buses, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority officials said Friday night.

"By honoring the freedoms protected through our shared civil liberties, DART, like other businesses that accept advertising, will be in the position of displaying messages and images that may be controversial or uncomfortable to some, but legal and protected by civil rights," DART General Manager Brad Miller said in an e-mail.

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Culver was a douchebag...I don't think he's gonna get a second term. :-/
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Glenn Beck losing some advertisers over incendiary comments

Media Matters also called on FOX News to fire Glenn beck for doing a sketch where he LOL'd about poisoning Nancy Pelosi's wine to kill her.

UPDATED: Advertisers dump Glenn Beck

August 07, 2009 3:35 pm ET by Eric Boehlert

Beck's recently claim that the president is a "racist" with "a deep-seated hatred for white people," was enough to cause three major advertisers to flee. Will his comment about poisoning Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi push more out the door?

Urged on by and many of its 600,000 members, who highlighted Beck's "racist" attack, this week NexisLexis-owned, Proctor & Gamble and Progressive Insurance announced they would no longer advertise on Beck's program.

Still, Beck still enjoys the support of scores of blue-chip advertisers, and we can't help wondering why brand managers would want to be associated with Beck's hateful and unhinged rants about Nazis and racists. Why would companies like Bowlfex, Nutrisystem, Gerber, UPS, Orbitz, Geico, Vontage, Ameritrade, and Verizon wireless want their products associated with a Beck's race-baiting?

Question: Will more of them be hearing from and their activist viewers?


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Attack on Twitter, Facebook and Livejournal politically motivated, targeted pro-Georgian blogger

Pro-Georgia blogger 'George' target of Twitter attack

updated 2:54 p.m. EDT, Fri August 7, 2009

By Hilary Whiteman

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A blogger believed to be the target of the attack that brought down Twitter Thursday has told CNN the cyber assault was politically motivated and timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Russia-Georgia conflict.

"Cyxymu" has identified himself to CNN as "George," and the owner of the Twitter, Facebook and LiveJournal accounts named by Facebook's security officer as being the target of a coordinated online attack.

George told CNN in an e-mail his username is "the name of my home town, the capital of Abkhazia (Sokhum) written in Russian and typed in Latin letters."

He confirmed he is 34 years old and based in Tbilisi, Georgia, but declined to give further information which may reveal his identity.

George told CNN his blogposts may have "irritated" someone enough to incite a cyber attack.

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Arianna Appears On "Real Time with Bill Maher," Spars With Jack Kingston And Darrell Issa

Arianna appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday night alongside Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). During the show's 'Overtime' segment the group had a particularly spirited discussion on such topics as Rush Limbaugh comparing Obama to Hitler as well as the fact that Rep. Kingston had placed a photo of himself posing with a "R.I.P The U.S. Constitution" t-shirt on his Flickr account.

Both of the GOP representatives, after being pressed by Arianna, denounced the use of Hitler comparisons by figures such as Rush Limbaugh, with Rep. Issa saying that invoking Nazi Germany was "off limits" and that "Nobody has a right to use Hitler if it doesn't live up to the atrocities he did."

Kingston, however, played down the idea that there was an outpouring of anger at the recent health care town halls, saying that he had hosted 11 of them and that he didn't see any "hate-mongering." Kingston instead suggested that the whole story was being driven by "Rahm Emanuel and the White House and the spin machine trying to make anyone who opposes 'Obama care' an extremist."

Arianna then asked Kingston to explain why he had posted a photo on Flickr of him holding a t-shirt that read "R.I.P The U.S. Constitution," which was taken at a health care town hall last week. Kingston defended the photo, saying that he was simply trying to help inspire a young activist who had approached him.

Watch the whole segment here. [To see video, click on the "Click Here To Watch Overtime" window on top left of homepage.]


FreedomWorks VP Refuses To Try To ‘Calm Down’ Angry Protesters At Health Care Town Hall Meetings

FreedomWorks VP Refuses To Try To ‘Calm Down’ Angry Protesters At Health Care Town Hall Meetings

FreedomWorks, an industry-backed right-wing group led by former GOP congressman Dick Armey, has been heavily engaged in organizing conservatives to ambush Democratic members of Congress supporting health care reform at town halls across the country during the August recess. Its “astroturf” campaign is designed to present the appearance of wide-spread public discontent with health care reform, but the reality is that the town halls have become forums for disruption, extremism and even violence.

Last night on MSNBC, FreedomWorks Vice President Max Pappas boasted about flooding congresspeople’s town hall meetings and “blowing them apart.” “We have about 400,000 on-line members who we can contact with an e-mail database that we have, send them information about when the town halls are, give them briefings on the health care reform plans,” he said.

Pappas was on C-SPAN this morning, and a Republican veteran called in and asked Pappas to “to tell these people to wrap it down.” “We Republicans already have the image of being owned by corporate America. Now we’re getting the image of being owned by wild red-neck America,” the caller complained. But Pappas refused his request, claiming he doesn’t “have the power” to calm down his troops:
PAPPAS: We don’t have the power to control how many people turn out or how they behave there. All we really do is facilitate their participation by letting people know when these town halls are and giving them information about the issues that are going to be discussed The passions are so deep about this issue that we can’t send out an email that says “calm down.”
Another caller who claimed to be from the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) — a group that claims the U.S. is a European country and was founded by a “longtime white-power activist” — praised Pappas. “I want to salute you, you’re a true patriot,” he told Pappas, who later urged the CCC member to join FreedomWorks. “[I]f the caller wants to join FreedomWorks, it’s free. You can sign up on our website and we’ll keep you up to dated on what’s going on on Capitol Hill,” he said. Watch it:

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Glenn Beck's Week of Madness: Because its your Patriotic Duty to be Dick

GOP congressman jeered for telling people to stop watching Glenn Beck.

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) faced a “rowdy” crowd at a town hall forum on health care yesterday. Inglis said that he was against the health care policies being advocated by the Obama administration and “won applause for advocating medical liability reform.” However, the crowd revolted when Inglis told people to “turn the TV off” and stop listening to Glenn Beck. Watch it:

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Inspired By Glenn Beck, Protesters Overwhelm Town Hall Meeting With ‘Cat Calls’ And ‘Banging On Windows’

An angry mob of protesters disrupted a health care forum today in Tampa, FL, which was attended by state Rep. Betty Reed (D) and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D). More than 1,000 people showed up for the event, which was being held in a venue meant for just 250 people. As a result, “a large crowd gathered outside, and tensions were high among people who couldn’t get in.” From a report by the Tampa CBS affiliate:

As the building filled to capacity, angry protesters stuck outside began to scream, yell, and chant. At one point, those trying to get inside began banging on windows as Tampa Police officers quickly spread out guarding all entrances.

10 Connects photojournalist Kevin Carlson, currently inside the meeting reports at least one fist fight breaking out inside.

Castor reportedly “left the meeting early, saying she couldn’t be heard above all the shouting inside the meeting.” When police “on bullhorns” tried to send the crowd home, many refused to leave. Additionally, some protesters’ signs “bore an image of Obama with his face painted as the Joker, an image that drew protests of racism locally when it appeared on a Web site thought to be associated with the Pinellas Republican party.”

So how did all these protesters find out about the town hall meeting? According to the St. Petersburg Times, many of them heard about it from Fox News host Glenn Beck’s 912 project and the local Republican party:
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Beck Jokes About ‘Military Tribunals For All Those Currently Serving In Washington’

On his radio show today, Fox News host Glenn Beck interviewed Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), gauging how he fit his “checklist of things” that he wants in a politician. After asking Paul about abortion and health care, Beck asked with a laugh, “What do you think about military tribunals for all those currently serving in Washington?”:
BECK: What do you think about — I’m just going down the checklist of things that I want in a politician. What do you think about military tribunals for all those currently serving in Washington [laughing].

PAUL: You got me there. You know, the other thing we could do for healthcare is I think instead of having their great health care plan they all should have to go to the VA.

BECK: I think so, too. Seriously, about the military tribunals. Look, the reason why I asked that question — I’m not asking it seriously yet — what I would like to know is how do you propose to stay uncorrupted?
Continuing his penchant for doomsday fearmongering, Beck posited that the Obama administration might be “building an exoskeleton around our republic.” “They are feasting on it,” said Beck. “And when it can’t handle it anymore, they overwhelm that system, the exoskeleton will kick in and we’ll have a new transformative moment here in America.” Paul then took Beck’s paranoia up a notch by comparing the present moment to the rise of Hitler:
PAUL: I don’t need the job. I want to do it for a period of time because I’m worried about our country. I’m worried about the deficit and what it will do. I’m also, ultimately I’m not a doomsday sayer, but I worry about in Germany, in 1923 when they destroyed their currency out of that arose a Hitler. And I think when you have chaos, if you have economic chaos, you end up getting things that you don’t want sometimes, you know? And we have to be very careful that we don’t rewrite our Constitution or throw it out completely and we don’t get some kind of strong leader that’s going to help us or keep us from ourselves. And I think that happens in times of chaos. And I think we’re in danger of that with the level of deficit we have now.
Beck agreed, but thought that he didn’t go far enough. “I think we are in more than just danger of that. I think that is the road we’re on, if we’re not careful,” said Beck. “We’re headed towards — we’re repeating the Weimar republic almost to a T.” Listen here:


Obama and Democrats: It's ON Biatches!

Obama Slams Health Care Critics For Spreading "Outlandish Rumors" (VIDEO)

Using better-than-expected jobs numbers to press his top domestic priority, President Barack Obama is arguing that overhauling the health care system is essential to the country's economic well-being.

Republicans said the high unemployment rate – 9.4 percent in July – shows how families and businesses are struggling and that Obama's reliance on a large government role in expanding health coverage is the wrong approach.

A net total of 247,000 jobs were lost last month, the fewest in a year and a drastic improvement from the 443,000 that vanished in June as the U.S. tries to pull out from the worst recession since World War II.

"We've begun to put the brakes on this recession and ... the worst may be behind us," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. He cited Friday's Labor Department report that showed a dip in unemployment, but said, "We must do more than rescue our economy from this immediate crisis. We must rebuild it stronger than before."

He added: "We must lay a new foundation for future growth and prosperity, and a key pillar of a new foundation is health insurance reform."

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Castor: Tumult at town hall ‘has strengthened my resolve’ to push for health care reform.

Last night, a town hall hosted by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) was disrupted by an angry mob of protesters, which led to at least one fist fight. But the fracas isn’t deterring Castor’s desire for health care reform:
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, the focus of tumultuous reaction at a town hall meeting Thursday night, said in an interview this morning that the event has strengthened her conviction to support health care reform.

“It has strengthened my resolve to stand up for families and seniors,” Castor said. “Floridians are bearing a great burden in health care costs, more than almost any other state.”

“A healthy debate is good, but the rude behavior is not helpful,” she said. “I think it backfires. The response we’re receiving today is pretty overwhelming to speak up for families and bring down the cost of health care.”
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) had a similar reaction after he was targeted at a town hall by the right.I am more committed than ever to win approval of legislation to offer more individual choice to access affordable health care,” said Doggett in a statement. “An effective public plan is essential to achieve that goal.”
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Alleged Honour Killings in Ontario

A Montreal couple and their son did not enter pleas or seek bail when they made separate video appearances in a Kingston court yesterday on first-degree murder charges. Mohammed Shafi, his wife Touba Yahya Shafi and his 18-year-old son Hamed Shafi are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

They were charged last month after the bodies of three sisters, 19, 17, and 13, and a 50-year-old relative were found in a car in the Rideau Canal on June 30.

The three accused have hired new lawyers, who say they have received no disclosure of evidence from police. The accused are due back in court for another video appearance on Aug. 14.

More information about one of the accused being assaulted in jail and details of the alleged honour killings under the cut
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Update on "Liar" fiasco

As you’ve probably heard by now Liar is getting a new cover for its publication in October. First Bloomsbury considered going with the Australian jacket of Liar and specifically with the black and red version you can see here because that would be the easiest thing to do. The design already exists after all and the window to make the change was very narrow.

However, given the paucity of black faces on YA covers, and the intensity of the debate around the original Liar cover, Bloomsbury felt really strongly that a more representative approach was needed. Rather than using a stock photo, Bloomsbury went the whole hog and did a photo shoot. The gorgeous design is by Danielle Delaney (who’s also responsible for the fabulous paperback How To Ditch Your Fairy cover).

Here’s the result:

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I am extremely happy to have a North American cover that is true to the book I wrote. I hope you like it as much as I do. I also hope we can prove (again) that it’s simply not true that a YA cover with a black face on the cover won’t sell. But let’s also put it to the test with books written by people of color. You don’t have to wait to grab your copy of Coe Booth’s Kendra or any of the many fabulous books recommended by Color Online etc.


For the original US cover, click here.
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Men, Population Control & Misandry

In today's New York Times, Bob Herbert argues that "we would become much more sane, much healthier, as a society if we could bring ourselves to acknowledge that misogyny is a serious and pervasive problem." Some of his commenters disagree.

In an editorial titled "Women At Risk," Herbert touches upon the the recent gym shooting in Pennsylvania, as well as various shootings that have taken place across the country over the past few years, and notes that the media tends to brush past the obvious misogyny behind many of these crimes, noting that "we have become so accustomed to living in a society saturated with misogyny that the barbaric treatment of women and girls has come to be more or less expected." Acknowledging the culture of misogyny that spawns such horrific acts, Herbert argues, is the first step towards stopping them.



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Drug Industry Supports Obama's Plan. One Step at a Time...

Drug Industry to Run Ads Favoring White House Plan

The drug industry has authorized its lobbyists to spend as much as $150 million on television commercials supporting President Obama’s health care overhaul, beginning over the August Congressional recess, people briefed on the plans said Saturday.

The unusually large scale of the industry’s commitment to the cause helps explain some of a contentious back-and-forth playing out in recent days between the odd-couple allies over a deal that the White House struck with the industry in June to secure its support. The terms of the deal were not fully disclosed. Both sides had announced that the drug industry would contribute $80 billion over 10 years to the cost of the health care overhaul without spelling out the details.
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