August 26th, 2009

Tonight, one of the greats has passed away



Senator Edward Kennedy, better known as "Uncle Teddy" has passed away from brain cancer at the age of 77

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(CNN) — Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died at Tuesday night in his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” a family statement said. “We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice.”
 

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First "Gang of Six" Member Backs Reconciliation For Health Care


A Democratic member of the "Gang of Six" senators charged with finding a bipartisan solution to health care reform said at a town hall Monday that he would support using the budget reconciliation process to push a bill through the Senate if necessary.

Reconciliation is a parliamentary procedure that would allow Democrats to pass health care reform with 51 votes, meaning the party could do it without any Republican support.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico has been one of three Democrats participating in the widely-watched Finance Committee negotiations. His willingness to consider reconciliation is another sign that a a genuine bipartisan deal may be impossible.

"We made a provision in the budget resolution [earlier this year] that it could be used to try to enact health care provisions related to health care reform," Bingaman said. "There are restrictions to what you can include in that...but I would support it if that's the only way."

Non-budget-related items typically can't be passed using reconciliation, but Democrats are eying ways that would allow them to include those provisions, as well. Reconciliation would be a difficult legislative path to walk, but it raises pressure on Republicans who are considering supporting the Democratic effort. If Democrats go it alone, those Republicans, such as Maine's Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins, would be left out of the process.

Bingaman's support of reconciliation was first reported by the New Mexico Independent and can be seen at the one hour mark here.

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You go, Senator Bingaman!
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Florida's ban on gay's adopting is about to get tested

In light of today's news about Teddy I thought some good news (sort of) should be posted.

Florida's ban on gay adoptions headed to appeals court (August 26, 2009 - Miami Herald - CAROL MARBIN MILLER)

Martin Gill's long journey to become the legal father to two foster children will take him Wednesday to Florida International University's law school -- where his attorneys are asking a Miami appeals court to toss out Florida's 31-year-old ban on adoption by gay people.

The Third District Court of Appeal will hear oral arguments from attorneys for both Gill and the Florida Department of Children & Families, which has been fighting the gay North Miami man's efforts to adopt two boys he has raised in foster care since 2004. The two half-brothers were in DCF's care due to their mother's cocaine addiction.
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The Moran town hall was the last stop on a 10-city tour for Randall Terry, the anti-abortion activist known for his extreme tactics.

Terry’s colleagues put on a skit with a man in an Obama mask pretending to whip a bloodied woman, who kept saying, “Massa, don’t hit me no more. I got the money to kill the babies.”

Terry himself dressed in a doctor’s lab coat and pretended to stab a woman in a gray wig.

“There’s no way to pay for this thing without killing granny,” Terry explained.

Randall Terry gets kicked out of a Town Hall Meeting.
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Starting today, hunters can walk into any license vendor in Idaho and buy a tag to kill a gray wolf.

Vendors such as Daniel Stephenson, owner of River of No Return Taxidermy in Salmon, Idaho, expect robust demand.

"In our area, there're lots of [wolves] and they're not a real popular thing for deer and elk hunters," Stephenson said. "So everybody wants a chance to go get one."

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a plan August 17 to allow up to 220 wolves to be killed by the public this coming fall and winter. Licensed hunters will be allowed to kill wolves starting September 1. Most hunting will be finished by December 31.

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A Pollster's Advice: Don't Trust the Polls on Health Reform's Demise


As Congress moves toward the decisive phase on changing America's health system, many analysts claim that declining poll numbers on health reform mean it's unlikely the effort will succeed. While support for reform did slip over the summer, here's some advice from a pollster: don't put all your trust in the polls on this one.

It's striking how many respected voices equate the middling support that health reform now gets in opinion surveys -- little better than during the ill-fated Clinton health reforms in 1994 -- with low probability of congressional success. The New York Times writes that with "polls showing public support on the wane, advance obituaries [for health reform] are starting to be written." Republican pollster Glen Bolger blogs that new polling numbers "illustrate why the Dem health care plan is on life support."

I'm not one to doubt the power of polls. Ever since George Gallup nailed the 1936 election using scientific sampling techniques (while the Literary Digest, using flawed sampling, predicted Alf Landon by 20 points), we've known that soundly-conducted polls are generally good guides to election results. But polls are much less accurate at foretelling legislative momentum and outcomes.

Consider: majorities opposed using taxpayer money to bail out US automakers, but Congress provided it anyway. Majorities favor a ban on assault rifles, but Congress recently allowed such ban to expire. There are scores of other examples.

So if polls about policy proposals don't accurately predict legislative outcomes, why do so many people focus on them?

Here's an inconvenient truth for my profession: many people rely on polls as a guide to how policy debates will come out because it's easy. It's relatively easy to conduct polls. The numerical results are easy to report and track. And numbers convey an easy sense of certainty -- particularly since polling numbers on elections usually prove roughly accurate.

But this is a bit like the drunk looking for his lost keys next to the streetlamp, simply because that's where the light is better. There are lots of reasons why polls don't do well at predicting the legislative process. And in the current health reform fight, here are five reasons why middling polling numbers at this point don't mean this legislation is DOA.



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Mike Enzi, Gang Of Six Republican, Admits He's Simply Blocking Health Care Reform


Mike Enzi, one of three Republicans ostensibly negotiating health care reform as part of the Senate's "Gang of Six," told a Wyoming town hall crowd that he had no plans to compromise with Democrats and was merely trying to extract concessions.

"It's not where I get them to compromise, it's what I get them to leave out," Enzi said Monday, according to the Billings Gazette.

Enzi found himself under attack at the town hall simply for sitting in the same room as the three Finance Committee Democrats. Republicans in the crowd called for him to exit the talks. He assured conservatives that his presence was delaying health care reform.

"If I hadn't been involved in this process as long as I have and to the depth as I have, you would already have national health care," he said.

"Someone has to be at the table asking questions," Enzi said. "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."

Enzi was also hit from the other side, as constituents criticized him for taking significant campaign cash from the health insurance industry while opposing a public insurance option that would compete with private plans and take a bit out of their bottom line.

Enzi's blunt portrayal of his real roll in the negotiations makes bipartisan compromise that much less likely to emerge from the Finance Committee. Democrats around the table have already conceded the public option, yet appear to be no closer to winning any Republican support. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), another of the three Republicans continuing to negotiate -- or at least to meet -- has said that even if he agrees to a deal, he won't vote for it unless he can persuade a good many of his fellow Republicans to go along as well -- a prospect that would only be possible in the face of a dramatic Democratic capitulation.

The Republican negotiators are under intense pressure from GOP leadership to walk away from the discussions.

Earlier this week, one of the three Democrats in the talks, Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, said that he would support passing health care with a simple majority if it became clear the GOP wasn't serious.

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Okay, so now that they've basically admitted that all the GOP is there to do is gum up the works, can we please kick these obstructionists to the curb and get on with it??? 

Asexuals are coming out

(08-24) 16:47 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- When she wasn't drawn to boys as a teenager, Cathy Roberts figured she was just shy. As she steered men away from her college bed, she convinced herself she wasn't ready. Later, when a therapist coaxed her along a path toward enjoying sex, she didn't even want to do the tamest of exercises.

It wasn't until Roberts was in her 40s, and in a relationship with a woman, that she concluded she was asexual - simply not interested in sex.

 

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Boycott calls over bomber release

Calls for a boycott of Scottish goods have been made in the US following the controversial decision to release the man convicted of carrying out the Lockerbie bombing.

A website urging Americans to "Boycott Scotland" has been set up featuring a list of e-mail addresses for prominent Scottish and UK politicians, as well as contact details for Scottish newspapers and a list of Scottish products and companies.

The site accuses the Scottish and UK governments of committing a "flagrant betrayal" by releasing Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.

It said a boycott was the "only way to send a clear and direct message" of American anger over the decision.

An online petition calling for a boycott of Scottish goods which was linked to by the website had attracted 460 signatures by Monday morning.

However, many of those who had signed were Scots who backed the release of Megrahi on compassionate grounds.


A second petition said to have been started by Scots opposed to Megrahi's release had been signed by about 250 people on Monday, many of them anonymous.

Grassroots campaigns were also taking hold on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, while calls have even been made to have Scotch whisky renamed as Freedom Liquor.

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Trans Attorney Runs Against Batshit Crazy Sally Kern



Since Sally Kern blames LGBT folks for the bad economy and thinks we're worse than terrorists, I find it more than a little bit delicious that her just-announced 2010 opponent for her Oklahoma House seat is Brittany Novotny, a young transgender attorney.
Novotny operates a private law practice specializing in employment and civil rights law in downtown OKC. She represents the Young Democrats of Oklahoma and is a National Committewoman for the Young Dems – who do acknowledge her gender as being female. After receiving a sociology degree at the University of Science & Arts in Chickasha, OK, she obtained her law degree from the University of California – Hastings College of Law in 2005. Since returning to Oklahoma, she has been active with the Democratic Party and participated in highly visible roles during civil actions for LGBT rights. In June, she successfully argued on behalf of plaintiff Keith Kimmel in the “I’m Gay” license plate issue, which saw the Oklahoma Tax Commission refusing to issue a car tag with those words. Administrative Judge Jay Harrington found for the plaintiff and made a number of recommendations to the OTC, which have now gone to the state agency’s commissioners for review.
Sally Kern is in her third two-year term and won easily in 2008 over a fellow Republican. Her district is described as strongly conservative, so Novatny has a tough road ahead of her. This here website thingy is going to throw her as much support as we can, right folks?

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For those of you who don't remember Miss Kernie Kern Kern.




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Microsoft apologizes for changing race in photo

LOS ANGELES – Software giant Microsoft Corp. is apologizing for altering a photo on its Web site to change the race of one of the people shown in the picture.

A photo on the Seattle-based company's U.S. Web site shows two men, one Asian and one black, and a white woman seated at a conference room table. But on the Web site of Microsoft's Polish business unit, the black man's head has been replaced with that of a white man. The color of his hand remains unchanged.

The photo editing sparked criticism online. Some bloggers said Poland's ethnic homogeneity may have played a role in changing the photo.

"We are looking into the details of this situation," Microsoft spokesperson Lou Gellos said in a statement Tuesday. "We apologize and are in the process of pulling down the image."

 

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Cockney cash machine initiative draws mixed reaction from Londoners

Not really politics, but it's rather curious news.



The young people laughed when the ATM asked them if they required “some moolah for ya sky rocket”. The machine, in Spitalfields, was one of five Cockney cash dispensers from East London to Barnet that began dispensing “moolah” yesterday morning.

Bank Machine, which runs 2,500 ATMs across the country, was aiming to amuse, but it has grander ambitions too. It hopes to follow the Cockney cash machines with Brummie, Geordie, Scouse and Scots ATMs. It hopes that ATMs will serve to keep these dialects alive in Britain.

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Health care debate not based on logic, sociologists say



Health Care Debate Based on Total Lack of Logic

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Heated partisan debate over President Obama's health care plan, erupting at town hall meetings and in the blogosphere, has more to do with our illogical thought processes than reality, sociologists are finding.

The problem: People on both sides of the political aisle often work backward from a firm conclusion to find supporting facts, rather than letting evidence inform their views.

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IL-Sen: Chicago's Inspector General Will Run for Senate



From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago's corruption-fighting Inspector General David Hoffman has resigned to enter the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, removing a giant thorn from Mayor Daley's side.

A former federal prosecutor who specialized in breaking up street gangs, Hoffman was hired away from the U.S. attorney's office in 2005 at a time when Daley was besieged by the Hired Truck, city hiring and minority contracting scandals.

It wasn't long before an office that had concentrated on low-level corruption and almost never conducted criminal investigations was working hand-in-glove with the federal government.

Operation Crooked Code - targeting corruption in the Departments of Buildings and Zoning - has already netted 23 arrests, including 15 city employees, on charges that cash bribes and lucrative gifts were paid to ignore building code violations or speed up paperwork.

Another joint investigation centers around the hidden interest that the mayor's son Patrick Daley and nephew Robert Vanecko had in a sewer inspection company whose city business rose sharply while they were owners.

Hoffman has had a long history of animosity with Mayor Daley that the Sun-Times piece details at great length. While he should be considered a decidedly second-tier opponent, his candidacy as the corruption-busting public servant does set up a potentially awkward contrast with front-runner Alexi Giannoulias, who is bringing some baggage to the table in the form of his family's bank loans to convicted felons. Hoffman's candidacy will be worth watching closely.

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Is it just me or do Hoffman and Giannoulias look like brothers? I'm weirded out. Anyway I find this veddy interesting. But I don't know which candidate I will root for until I know more about their positions.
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'No foreign link' in Iran unrest

The ayatollah said Iran's enemies had been 'given a slap in the face'


Iran's supreme leader has said he does not believe opposition leaders blamed for the country's post-election unrest were knowing agents of foreign powers.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments contradict accusations which have frequently been made by hardliners.

A number of senior opposition figures are currently on trial in Tehran accused of conspiring with foreign powers to organise unrest.

But the ayatollah appears to be trying to reduce tensions, say correspondents.

"I do not accuse the leaders of the recent incidents to be subordinate to the foreigners, like the United States and Britain, since this issue has not been proven for me," said Ayatollah Khamenei, in a statement read out on Iranian television.

But he said there was "no doubt" the mass demonstrations, in which at least 30 people died, had been planned in advance, "whether its leaders know or not".

"This plot was defeated, since fortunately our enemies still do not understand the issue in Iran," he said.

"Our enemies were given a slap in face by the Iranian nation, but they are still hopeful and they are pursuing the issue."


'Suspicions and rumours'

Opposition leaders say dozens of people were killed and hundreds arrested during the protests after Mahmoud Ahmedinajad was declared the winner of the presidential election.

Trials are taking place of some of those allegedly involved in the unrest, but they have been dismissed by critics as show trials.

Hardliners are also calling for the arrest of the two leading opposition candidates in the election - Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi - and former president Akbar Rafsanjani.

They accuse Mr Rafsanjani of being part of a plan by the US and Britain to destabilise Iran.

But Ayatollah Khamenei said: "One cannot move based on suspicions and rumours in issues with such high importance.

"Everyone can be sure that crimes will not be tolerated but in such important issues, the judiciary should judge based on strong reasons and evidence."

The BBC's Kasra Naji says Ayatollah Khamenei appears to be seeking to restrain his followers.

There are indications that the trials - in which some of the accused have allegedly confessed to being part of a foreign-instigated plot - are pushing Iran into more uncertainty, our correspondent adds.

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This is totally a political discussion. Honest.

Yahoo! News confused on theft of Lego giraffe's todger
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Editors at Yahoo News are either horribly bad at anatomy or have a better sense of humor than they're given credit for. Or maybe both.

How else to explain an article on the UK version of the site reporting the repeated theft of a 30 cm penis from a Lego giraffe at a Berlin tourist attraction?

At time of writing, it read:

Visitors to a tourist attraction in Berlin have been making off with an unusual memento - the 30 cm long penis of a Lego giraffe. The Lego phallus belongs to a six metre tall model that has stood outside the entrance to the Legoland Discovery Centre on Potsdamer Platz since 2007.


A more prosaic version of the article can be found here.

It states:

Visitors to a tourist attraction in Berlin have been making off with an unusual memento -- the 30 cm long tail of a Lego giraffe. The Lego tail belongs to a six metre tall model that has stood outside the entrance to the Legoland Discovery Centre on Potsdamer Platz since 2007.


We've seen a lot of snafus in the world of journalism, but none like this. Interestingly, editors posting a later version of the story didn't take such creative licenses.

The fun was too much for even The Malaysian Insider to pass up. It was also caught running the article, which concludes with this gem:

It takes model workers about one week to restore the long-necked animal's manhood at a cost of 3,000 euros (2,600 pounds), the spokeswoman said. The centre is now erecting a metal construction to protect the giraffe's genitalia.

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I was going to bullshit an editorial comment here about accuracy in journalism and such, but who cares? It involves lego & wangs; any other points would be effectively invisible. :]



Also, why can't I add tags? D:

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Media Blind to GOP Hypocrisy in Health Care Debate

By Angela Bonavoglia

On this Women’s Equality Day, the author suggests that the Republicans should not have a free ride as they deny women reproductive care while sanctifying the doctor-patient relationship and decrying government involvement in the health care system.

August 26, 2009

The confrontations between the GOP, the Democrats and their supporters in this health care debate have reached hysterical proportions. But not once in all the media coverage have I heard a conservative Republican pontificating on the sacredness of the doctor-patient relationship asked how one reconciles that position with the governmental restrictions their party has championed on women’s health care for the better part of three decades.

 

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Rightwingnut to GOP: "I am a Rightwing Terrorist and I am Proud of it!". GOP Congratulates Terrorist

GOP Rep. Smiles, Nods As Man Declares Himself A "Proud Right Wing Terrorist" (VIDEO)

Earlier this week, it was reported that Rep. Wally Herger, (R-Cali.) had hosted a town meeting during which he praised an attendee for declaring himself a "proud right-wing terrorist."

"Amen, God bless you," Herger told the man, named Bert Stead. "There is a great American."

In light of the angry protests sprouting up at townhalls throughout the country -- with several of the protesters toting guns -- the scene was clearly noteworthy. But questions remained as to how just how sincere the man was in registering his anger and Herger in his response.

Pretty sincere, it turns out. A Democratic source passed along video of the event to the Huffington Post and it shows, quite clearly, that Herger offered not just sympathetic laughter and a hearty smile but also a full-throat endorsement of the Stead's position.

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Herger's remarks, when first reported, were criticized by some in the media for fanning the flames of politically-motivated violence.

"This is the dangerous edge, in which these people, including some elected officials are now dancing," said Chris Matthews. "We've been here before. Words lead to actions, words create the national mood, the mood creates a license. People take that license and use it."


The congressman, however, stands by what he said.

"Congressman Herger stands by his statement in support of his constituent," read a statement from his office. "Mr. Bert Stead is a taxpayer and veteran, who, like so many others, is rightfully fed up with being called 'un-American', or 'extremist' or a 'political terrorist' by liberals in Washington, for simply exercising his First Amendment rights. Mr. Stead served his country and therefore he is a great American. The Congressman doesn't at all regret commending him for standing up, exercising his free speech rights, and expressing his strong concerns with the direction liberals in Washington are taking our country."
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I was hoping this might happen....not expecting it, but hoping.

Anti-Health Care Reform Group Pulls Ads, Citing Respect For Kennedy

One of the most vociferous opponents of Democratic health care legislation, led by former hospital executive Rick Scott, has pulled its anti-health care ads, saying that it wanted to respect the death of Edward Kennedy.

The well-funded group, Conservatives for Patients' Rights, has been a polarizing force in the debate. Its most recent ads mocked President Obama for going on vacation.

"With the sad news of Senator Kennedy's passing Conservatives for Patients Rights is immediately suspending our ad campaign for health care reform out of respect to the Kennedy family as well as the Senator's colleagues and supporters, to whom we extend our condolences," said Scott in a statement.

The move may have not just be about class, since it also saves the group a chunk of money it can deploy in the fall.

Kennedy's passing has the potential to lower the temperature of the health care debate, which heated up in August at town halls and has descended into dueling conference calls, with both parties accusing the other of negotiating in bad faith. (One party, however, admits to negotiating in bad faith, so at least one of the charges is fair.)

The reprieve may be brief, but gives the administration a chance to catch its breath. Scott, whose hospital chain was convicted of defrauding the government, won't stay down for long, however.

"We know the debate will continue -- a debate Senator Kennedy embraced with vigor -- and we look forward to engaging in the debate in the months ahead," he said. "But now is a time for respect, reflection and remembrance. Senator Kennedy's lifetime of dedicated public service transcended multiple generations. His devotion to many issues and his relentless passion made him a hero to his supporters and worthy adversary to his opponents. His voice and presence will be missed."

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Mark Sanford: I Will Not Resign


COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he appreciates the lieutenant governor's offer to take over, but he plans to stay in office.

Sanford said Wednesday that Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer's call for him to resign hours earlier was almost like "heaven on earth." Sanford's June admission to an affair with an Argentine woman has led to questions about the legality of his travel on state and commercial planes.


 

 


But he says the people of South Carolina want to move past the scandals. He says he will not be railroaded out of office and thinks he can still do important things for South Carolina in the last 16 months of his term.

Bauer says that if Sanford steps down, he will renew his offer to stay out of the 2010 gubernatorial race. Sanford's term ends in January 2011.

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Limbaugh Congratulates Himself On Kennedy Death Prediction


Rush Limbaugh offered himself some kudos Wednesday for predicting in March that the health care bill wouldn't be passed before Ted Kennedy's death.

"Before it's all over, it'll be called the Ted Kennedy Memorial Health Care Bill," Limbaugh said at the time.

Indeed, with Kennedy's passing, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has called for health care reform legislation to be named in his honor.

Limbaugh, who was criticized for his insensitivity over the Kennedy remarks, is expressing vindication. "I predicted it, and I caught all kinds of grief for it out there," he said.

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What this asscactus doesn't seem to realize is that it wasn't the fact that he might be right or wrong on his observation.....it was the fact that timing of it was MORBID, TASTELESS, AND JUST GENERALLY FUCKED UP.
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Healthcare Reform Named After Ted Kennedy Must Not Suck


If they're going to name the final healthcare reform bill after Senator Kennedy, we ought to be demanding with voices as powerful and booming as the late senator's...

The bill must not suck.

But if it does, perhaps they should name it after Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley. The Blame Baucus and Grassley for This Sucky Act. Or maybe borrow the name of the House bill, the America's Affordable Health Choices Act, which, by the way, reminds me more of a frozen diet meal than a robust healthcare reform bill (the final House bill is actually pretty robust -- it's just a ridiculous name).

On this day of national mourning, we're reminded that Senator Kennedy's political legacy has been inextricably bound to the cause of universal healthcare. Affordable, portable, reliable healthcare.

It's difficult to know for sure, but I can't imagine, had he not been stricken with cancer, that the senator would be lending his unmistakable baritone to the awfulness, equivocation and bipartisan hackery that's on display within the ranks of the Max Baucus 'Gang of Six'. It goes without saying that left to their own spineless and corrupt devices, these six senators will absolutely deliver a terrible healthcare reform bill, one that would only serve to besmirch the Kennedy legacy.

 

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Because what this community needs is another post about obesity...

America’s War on the Overweight

Anti-fat rhetoric is getting nastier than ever. Why our overweight nation hates overweight people.

Practically the minute President Obama announced Regina M. Benjamin, a zaftig doctor who also has an M.B.A. and is the recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant," as a nominee for the post of Surgeon General, the criticism started.

The attacks were vicious—Michael Karolchyk, owner of a Denver "anti-gym," told Fox News' Neil Cavuto, "Obesity is the No. 1 issue facing our country in terms of the health and wellness, and she has shown not that she was born this way, not that she woke up one day and was obese. She has shown through being lazy, and making poor food choices, that she's obese."

"This is totally disgusting to have some one so big to be advocating health," wrote one YouTube commenter.

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I decided to post this after reading some of the comment from the post about obesity and brain tissue degeneration. The actual study is here. In summary, the researchers found that older people who had no real cognitive degeneration showed a difference in brain tissue amounts, and that difference was negatively correlated with BMI (as one goes up, the other goes down). Specifically, they found that the subjects who are considered overweight or obese using BMI have less of certain types of white brain matter than subjects who are considered of normal weight. No subjects who were underweight were studied. They have not determined causality, i.e. that being overweight causes brain degeneration, just that there is some type of link between them.

Multiple people on that post referred to intolerance of fat people and fat hatred, and this article is interesting because (at least I think) that most people don't know that fat hatred goes back quite some time in America.
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Watching My First Abortion

Competing Emotions

When I watched an abortion for the first time, my reaction surprised me.
By Sarah Kliff | Newsweek Web Exclusive
Aug 15, 2009


I've covered abortion for NEWSWEEK for two years. The issue has put me in touch with a young activist in rural Colorado, an embattled clinic just outside St. Louis, and chanting crowds in Washington, D.C. Whether I'm covering abortion's staunchest guardians or its most adamant opponents, there's always the same passion: both sides feel abortion is an issue worth waging war over.

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Tory MEP Dan Hannan praises Enoch Powell

Daniel Hannan MEP has given another interview to a right-wing US group. When asked who was among his greatest political influences, Hannan says it was Enoch Powell:

Yeah, all of those guys…In the British context, Enoch Powell. He was..as somebody who understood the importance of national democracy, who understood why you need to live in an independent country and what that meant, as well as being a free marketeer and a small government Conservative.”


The importance of national democracy and living in an independent country? More like Enoch Powell was someone who wanted a racial war in the UK merely because a few immigrants had come over to settle here.


According to Paul Waugh, this is the response from the Conservatives:

CCHQ is not going to comment formally, but sources say that Dan’s remarks clearly refer (as I pointed out above) to Powell’s views on non-immigration issues. If he had explicitly praised Powell on race or immigration, David Cameron would have had a different response, I’m told.


I suppose praising the BNP, as long as it’s not immigration related, is ok too? After all Nick Griffin must be a lovely chap as long as you ignore his mad, racist conspiracy theories. Why not invite him around for tea Mr Hannan?
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GOP Rep: Republicans Struggling To Find "Great White Hope" To Lead Them Back To Power

Jenkins' remark raises eyebrows

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins offered encouragement to conservatives at a town hall forum that the Republican Party would embrace a "great white hope" capable of thwarting the political agenda endorsed by Democrats who control Congress and President Barack Obama.

Jenkins, a Topeka Republican in her first term in Congress, shared thoughts about the GOP's political future during an Aug. 19 forum at Fisher Community Center in the northeast Kansas community of Hiawatha.
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...wait... I thought Rush Limbaugh was their "Great White Hope"...
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New Data Shows 17% Of British Households On The Dole



The number of jobless households has risen at its fastest rate since Labour came to power with almost five million people now living in homes where no one works.

New figures reveal a massive 4.8million people of working age now live in a home where no one holds down a job.

The data for April to June this year shows an increase of 500,000 on a year ago before the recession took a crippling grip on Britain.

The percentage of households where no adults work is now 16.9 per cent, up 1.1 per cent on 2008, according to the data from the Office for National Statistics.

It is the highest rate since 1999 and the largest year-on-year increase since 1997 when Labour came to power.

The data will fuel fears that the Government has cultivated a 'Shameless' generation dependent on the state and comes after the Daily Mail revealed at least five million people of working age have not done a day's work since Labour came to power.

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Yeah it's the Daily Fail, but I thought this could provoke some serious discussion. Macros/YouTubes/GIF's making fun of chavs would also be appreciated.