Friday, July 31, 2009
dana milbank, may i suggest
in beer summit "spoof" milbank suggests hillary drink "mad bitch" beer - tpm
editors addendum: over @ the think progress comments thread, mce gives us the washpost contact info:
main phone: 703-469-2500
main fax: 703-469-2995
p.o. box 17370
arlington, va 22216
the brits show some cojones
tony blair and gordon brown will be quizzed live on tv by the man probing the Iraq war.
sir john chilcot also wants to grill "other senior figures involved in decision-taking" before the 2003 invasion.
he has pledged that as much of the inquiry as possible will be held in public - forcing a climbdown by the prime minister. - daily record
house congresscritters pass a food safety bill
some things that this house approved bill provides for...
- increases the frequency of inspections of food facilities, and calls for more frequent inspections to at least annually for high-risk facilities and at least once every three years for facilities deemed a low risk.. (currently a facility is "generally" inspected every 10 years.)
- requires those importing food to the united states to meet the same safety standards as domestic food producers.
- gives the fda the authority to order a mandatory recall of contaminated food (currently, recalls are voluntary and the fda has to ask the facility to initiate).
- requires that food processors-with certain exemptions, such as farms-annually register with the fda and pay a $500 registration fee to help offset the inspection costs.
- requires that facilities report testing results to fda whenever they test food for contamination or adulteration. (this addresses the fiasco of the peanut corporation of america recall. they were ignoring positive salmonella tests until they received a negative result from a different lab.
but call your elected officials and tell them it is time to modernize our food inspection programs. our very mostly uninsured health depends upon it.
betcha he's glad
wouldn't it be nice if other men battling prostate cancer had that option instead of the "pay or die" option given them currently?
rep. anthony weiner (d-ny) you go, dude! you go!
yesterday, rep. anthony weiner (d-ny) decided that it was “put-up or shut-up time for the phonies who deride the so-called ‘public option.’” he offered an amendment that would eliminate government-run medicare - think progressgive the congresscritter a call and tell him, you go, dude! 202.225.6616 or find a toll-free # at callcongress.org
lies about health care that can make you sick
speak truth to stupid
...and once these stories get out there, they're hard to stamp out because our media do such a lousy job of speaking truth to stupid. vietnam, iraq and the spanish-american war were all sold on lies that were unchallenged or even abetted by the media. clinton got impeached and kerry got destroyed in large part because the media didn't have the guts to say, "this is nonsense."
lou dobbs has been saying recently that people are asking a lot of questions about the birth certificate. yes, the same people who want to know where the sun goes at night.
and lou, you're their new king. - latte times
Thursday, July 30, 2009
maybe they were afraid she'd quit half way thru her contract
the main objection to palin as radio talk-show host is that she would have to hold forth for three hours a day. while some of her recent remarks may indicate a talent for improvisation, anyone who’s listened to rush limbaugh or thom hartmann or don imus or howard stern or even ryan seacrest knows it’s the rare personality who can blab extemporaneously for 15 hours a week. and relying on callers to get you through won’t help, because as we’ve all experienced, callers-in are usually more embarrassing than compelling.
it's official: michelle malkin and ann coulter are nutty!
you are both wrong. the obama white house did not have a clue what i would be asking. (and why again would they want to plant a question that would take him off his health-care message, a question that was likely to get him in hot water, and did?)…
got a call from the white house about 6:30 p.m. july 22 confirming that indeed i was going to attend the 8 p.m. press conference. i was told i "may" get a question. that was it. end of conversation.
before leaving for costa rica for a family wedding on friday, i wrote a column about how and why i asked the question because i received many queries from readers and viewers. i wrote what i thought were simple, declarative sentences: "no one asked me -- directly or indirectly -- about what i may be asking. no one from the white house tried to plant any question."
the idea that the obama media machine would try to plant that question -- or any question-- with me is nutty. if they had, my story would have been about their effort to plant a question. and again, why would they have even tried to orchestrate such an off-message query? by the time coulter and malkin spoke with such certainty, i had already said that obama did not have a clue about what i would be asking.
the not so hidden kay bailey hutchison
the statesman reported this morning that texas sen. kay bailey hutchison's new website for her gubernatorial campaign contained a list of more than 2,000 hidden keywords, including "rick perry gay".
campaign spokesman jeff sadosky said later that the "gay" statements would be removed, but indicated the rest would remain. current phrases include "the african american in texas" and "death of frank madla"...
...that might not be enough to get hutchison out of the woods on the web, however. danny sullivan, editor-in-chief of search engine land and one of the leading authorities in the field of search-engine optimization, said that no matter the purpose of the hidden text, the practice went against standard webpage building procedure. - austinist
it is said that i didn't take a bath for months, and i do recall that i developed an impressively strong bladder because i was very suspicious of the toilet…
the great thing is that when you have no plans to go to the beach, you have no pressure to participate in the annual season of dread known as swimsuit shopping. you have no reason to suffer the glare of overhead fluorescent lights that cast a sickly pallor on your skin and expose every dimple on your flesh. there is every reason to ignore your expanding hips and waistline.
what about the pool, you ask? well in addition to my rather convenient phobia, i also have paper-white irish skin, so in general, the sun is not my friend. another reason to avoid the swimsuit. hurray for me!
we were very frightened of glove boxes ever since then.
also, about the same time, we remember seeing a coming attraction for an outer limits where a guy, driving in his car, looks in his rear-view mirror and sees an alien suddenly appear in the back seat.
so from then on, we were terrified of riding in a car. any number of terrible things could happen to us!
luckily a friend of ours put our minds at ease with this simple solution. when we asked, what if an alien suddenly appears in the backseat? he said, just ask him to open the glovebox!
now, if we could only feel good about ourselves in a swimsuit...
matt taibbi's the man...again
the reason a real health-care bill is not going to get passed is simple: because nobody in washington really wants it.we, the american people, been pooched...again. don't let them tell you any differently.
...it won’t get done, because that’s not the way our government works. our government doesn’t exist to protect voters from interests, it exists to protect interests from voters. - taibblog
money losing banks receiving taxpayer financial first aid
citigroup and merrill lynch, which together lost $55bn in 2008, paid bonuses of more than $1m each to a total of 1,400 employees, according to a new york state report on thursday on bonus payments by banks propped up with taxpayer funds. - ft.comthey aren't financial institutions...they're crooks.
shatner goes green
greenpeace activists scaled the company’s headquarters in palo alto and painted the words “hazardous products” in enormous letters on the roof to draw attention to its backpedalling on a pledge it made to remove toxic chemicals from its products by the end of the year.
....“you promised me a toxic-free computer by 2009,” he said in the recording. “now my friends at greenpeace tell me that i’ll have to wait until 2011. what’s up with that?” - ft.com
get a look at this...
goddamn, tori, where did that come from? not that i'm complaining -- you just almost made me wish i was straight for a moment there...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
and don't make fun of the jesus horses
dear dr. paul ("p.z.") myers and the ssa:
as the security manager for the department of public safety at the answers in genesis creation museum, i am writing in regard to your planned visit to the museum, along with those associated with the group called the secular student alliance, scheduled for august 7, 2009.
the purpose of this letter is to advise you of our standard policies and requirements concerning guest behavior.
succinctly stated, and posted on signs at a number of locations at the museum premises, is the following notice:
the creation museum is private property, an outreach of answers in genesis. guests at the museum are expected to conduct themselves in a polite, respectful manner at all times. loud, disrespectful, destructive, obscene, or abusive behavior will not be tolerated, and may result in your removal from the premises. please be courteous to other guests, security personnel, and our staff while you are here. thank you!...
there are a number of things you will not do, however.
do not show up wearing obscenities or particularly abusive articles of clothing. dress casual, but look good — you are setting an example. pro-science t-shirts are excellent, t-shirts with naked lesbians masturbating with bibles will give them an excuse to throw you out, so don't do it. the ssa won't even give you a ticket if you show up looking like you want to brawl.
better beware congresscritter boehner
tanning beds rated as top-tier cancer risk. tanning beds are as deadly as mustard gas, arsenic, plutonium and other known carcinogens, international cancer experts have ruled. - toronto star
the governator hates children
the governator hates ill people
the governator hates state parks
the governator hates democrats
the governator hates education
the governator gives a big "f** you" to californians
gov. arnold schwarzenegger on tuesday ended the months-long saga over california's enormous budget deficit, but not before slashing nearly half a billion dollars more from services to the poor, sick and elderly.
schwarzenegger signed a package of legislation to wipe out a $24 billion deficit, cutting health and human services, k-12 and higher education, prisons and other state services, and making up the rest through borrowing and accounting gimmicks.
but unsatisfied with the final product produced by the legislature, the republican governor used his veto authority to make $489 million in additional cuts - a move that democrats said might be unlawful. -sfgate
good thing the police didn't arrest a japanese cellist
it's a lie
they are murderers not moderates.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
skippy's tuesday nite music club
zee avi - "honey bee"
healthcare reform deathwatch
universal healthcare is in the democratic party platform
they seem to forget this is about providing access to health care....not insurance.
the woman who was denied treatment for breast cancer because she failed to note on her insurance papers that she had acne treatment as a teenager had insurance. she wasn't given health care.
a bipartisan group of the senate finance committee is “closing in on a health care compromise.” the tentative agreement would create “a network of nonprofit cooperatives,” instead of establishing a new public health plan as favored by senior house democrats. also, the Senate “moderates” won’t mandate employer coverage. - think progressthose in congress have sold out to the highest bidder....the lobbyists...not the american people.
and now, some japanese women youtubery...
i've admired shonen knife for a long time. and this video is just plain cool.
quote of the day
“in the winter time it’s the frozen road that is competing with the view of ice fogged frigid beauty, the cold though, doesn’t it split the cheechakos from the sourdoughs?”
it’s like peggy noonan, jack london, and william faulkner wandered into the woods with three buttons of peyote and one typewriter, and only this speech emerged.
cruddy news network...
Monday, July 27, 2009
skippy's monday nite music club
ry cooder & the moula banda rhythm aces - "down in mississippi"
happy 4th blogiversary
the mainstream media may be useless as breasts on a bull, but jimmy still needs the occasional king crimson fix...
born freeway blogger
Sunday, July 26, 2009
skippy's sunday nite music club
another sign of the apocalypse - modo is making sense
as we reflect on the arc of civil rights dramas from jim crow to jim crowley, my friend john timoney, the police chief of miami, observes: “there’s a fine line between disorderly conduct and freedom of speech. it can get tough out there, but i tell my officers, ‘don’t make matters worse by throwing handcuffs on someone. bite your tongue and just leave.’ ”
as the daughter of a police detective, i always prefer to side with the police. but this time, i’m struggling.
no matter how odd or confrontational henry louis gates jr. was that afternoon, he should not have been arrested once sergeant crowley ascertained that the harvard professor was in his own home.
it's one thing for the police to arrest someone that appears to be a threat, or is interferring w/police procedure. that makes sense.
but the police should not be allowed to arrest someone simply for disrespecting the badge. the badge does not give them the last word. it gives them the power to keep peace and protect the citizenry, not to win arguments and score macho points.
however many different versions you read about the incident, all agree that the officer was aware that prof. gates owned the house he was in, and was a member of the harvard faculty, not some indigent burglar.
no matter how offensive the professor's behavior appeared (and that in itself is up for question), he should not have been arrested in his own home for being indignant w/a civil servant, albeit one w/a badge and gun.
as modo says, being obnoxious is not a crime. if it were, we'd be in rikers right now.
(tip o'the kangaroo tail to balloon juice for the link!)
addendum: from the comments section on balloon juice, comrade jake puts it much more succinctly than we:
someone else is on fire this time
stat of the day
according to the latest data, the number of vacant u.s. homes touched 18.7-million in the second quarter. that is a daunting figure, of course, but it is more fun to put it in context. assuming four people per household, the u.s. currently has enough surplus housing to put the entire population of the u.k., with room left over for israel. - infectious greedh/t - treehugger
environmental news story sunday
mine operators not restoring mountains. - coal operators in southern west virginia are not restoring large strip-mining sites to their "approximate original contour," despite a state policy change meant to require such reclamation, according to a previously unpublished federal government report. - charleston gazette mail
private, rural wells not tested for contamination. - despite widespread dependence on private wells, federal and state oversight is scant, leaving those who rely on private wells in wisconsin mostly on their own. but with 10 percent or less testing their wells, most are leaving their health to chance - madison wisconsin state journal
water quality checks aim to allay purity concerns. - the healthiness of local water has been a growing concern in recent years as possible carcinogens have been found in some private wells, forcing homeowners to spend thousands of dollars on systems to clean that water - poughkeepsie journal
quick, quiet genetic corn approval questioned. - the canadian food inspection agency has quietly approved a new genetically engineered corn with eight different insect- and weed-fighting traits, but farmer and environmental groups in canada say the approval was rushed and environmental risks ignored - canwest news service
energy firms help pay for state regulators' far-flung trips. - state officials who lead california's war on global warming often travel abroad on trips supported by the major greenhouse gas polluters they regulate, a bee investigation has found. industry lobbyists and executives routinely join them - sac bee
report says lake drainage is worse. - a u.s. and canadian study exploring recent lower water levels on lakes michigan and huron has dramatically miscalculated the amount of water the lakes have lost due to erosion on the st. clair river, a new report says - milwaukee journal sentinal
aging wells, high demand pushes carson city to rare Stage 2 water alert. - carson city's water operations manager rit ralmer said the stage 2 water alert declared last weekend was a convergence of high temperatures, the breakdown of two of the city's wells and the inability to access water from marlette lake. - carson city nevada appeal
but he don't know nuttin bout birthers no babies!
the truth about the president's birth is not in dispute. it has been verified by factcheck.org, among many other serious news organizations, and his official birth documents have been made public. cnn itself has repeatedly reported on the falsity of the claims of the "birthers," and the network's esteemed legal analyst, jeffrey toobin, recently called those claims "a joke." as you know, even mr. dobbs' frequent fill-in anchor, kitty pilgrim, debunked the birthers on the july 17 edition of mr. dobbs' own cnn show. the fact that mr. dobbs suggests otherwise on cnn — while real cnn reporters tell the truth — is both deplorable and an embarrassment to all serious journalists.
as he has in several other instances, mr. dobbs, in taking up the birthers' claims, is adopting an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that originated on the radical racist right. as gawker.com has reported, this particular conspiracy theory was first developed by an open anti-semite and circulated by right-wing extremists who cannot accept the fact that a black man has been elected president of the united states. among its adherents was neo-nazi james von brunn, the alleged murderer of a security guard at the u.s. holocaust memorial museum in washington, d.c., this june. von brunn had helped spread the birthers' claims on the internet and attacked the "dishonest & conspiratorial media" for not taking them up…
respectable news organizations should not employ reporters willing to peddle racist conspiracy theories and false propaganda. it's time for cnn to remove mr. dobbs from the airwaves.
to this we say: alan keyes is also, among other things, full of sour grapes from having his ass handed to him by obama in the illinois race for senate five years ago.
the fact that birther polemic is racist-based does not mean that it is only and entirely racist-based. there's many, many colors of crazy, and a whole lot of them are in the birther movement.
the nytimes article - is wall street picking our pockets
it's been just over three weeks since the july 3rd arrest of former goldman sachs it executive sergey aleynikov inadvertently blew the lid off the intricacies of exactly how those great vampire squids on wall street manage (no past tense here) to suck main street dry.
(actually, come to think of it, that didn't take long at all.)
the high frequency trading ("hft") scam on wall street is being exposed to the masses as we blog. - bob swern' diary on the great orange satan.
more on the real vampire squids from hell from national geographic
climate change is so dangerous
photos from us spy satellites declassified by the obama white house provide the first graphic images of how the polar ice sheets are retreating in the summer. the effects on the world's weather, environments and wildlife could be devastating. - the guardian
some of us are okies now
in one dreadful year, this dusty city in the heart of the most productive agricultural region in the nation has become a desperate place where mothers wash disposable diapers for reuse, children are sleeping in cars, and the unemployed trudge door to door to beg for food.
the fact that the unemployment rate in mendota, 38.5 percent, is the highest in california doesn't even raise an eyebrow here. the anguish, frustration and hunger are visible in every corner and on every face of this town of 7,800 people 35 miles west of fresno - and nobody sees any relief in sight. - sfgate
meanwhile, one banker's paycheck is looking to be $100 million dollars.
don't tell me we are in a recession...we're in the second republican depression.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
skippy's saturday nite music club
louis jordan and his tympany five - "caledonia" from the three stoogies movie "swing parade of 1946"
why is james carville
the famous democratic strategist who got bill clinton elected to the white house has signed on with another dark horse presidential candidate — this one in afghanistan. - npr
gates opened this week at del mar
Paddock and Pacific Ocean from Del Mar Racetrack Grandstand
Originally uploaded by bgblogger
we understand that our favorite blogger playing the ponies and politicos, left at the gate, is out on the left coast to enjoy warm breezes and the accented stretchdrive calls.
we wish him luck with his picks and thank he and his family for bringing their tourista dollars to the near bankrupt sandy eggo area and our crumbling state.
2,000 show up for free healthcare
nearly 2,000 people crowded onto a southwest virginia fairgrounds friday and waited hours to receive free dental care, eyeglasses and medical procedures.perhaps the next clinic should be held in georgetown outside the houses of the congresscritters who receive "socialist" gov't sponsored healthcare so they can actually see the working slobs who need healthcare.
remote area medical founder stan brock said the daily limit of 1,600 patients for the three-day clinic in wise county was reached by 5:30 a.m. friday. another 200 people were admitted to the treatment area later in the morning, but several hundred more had to be turned away.
"if there's an event that more dramatically displays the need for health care, i don't know what it is," said gov. timothy m. kaine, who spent an hour volunteering at a registration table friday. - wtvr.com
Friday, July 24, 2009
skippy's friday nite music club
the ventures - "tequila"
cnn - conspiracies not news
cnn/us president jonathan klein is rebuffing the mounting criticism of the network over lou dobbs’ continued airing of “birther” theories, saying that lou runs “his own show” that merely hosts “panels” with birther theorists and asserting that cnn respects viewers enough to let them “make up their own minds.” - the plum linei've made up my own mind....never watch cnn again.
why is tom campbell (r) for governor
two reminders of who this guy is...
- during the impeachment debate, campbell suggested that clinton's misleading statements about his relationship with monica lewinsky had incapacitated him from serving as president.
- in september 2004, campbell was named by california governor arnold schwarzenegger to his newly formed council of economic advisors. from 2004 to 2005 campbell took a leave of absence from his berkeley post to serve as director of the california department of finance in the schwarzenegger administration.
robert over at calitics puts it succinctly...
tom campbell isn't some kind of new republican. he's no moderate. instead, he is the same exact kind of republican that the party has offered dating back to herbert hoover. he is a man of the upper class, determined to protect the wealth and privileges of the upper class at the expense of everyone else.
campbell's economic policies are no different than reagan's, or bush's (either one, 41 or 43). campbell offers the vast majority of this state only reduced services and less money in their wallets. his hooverite policies would merely make the recession worse, and ensure that when economic recovery does come, only campbell's rich friends see any of its benefits, while everyone else is left behind. which will apparently be just fine with campbell, since everyone else should just take care of themselves anyway. - calitics
gov't run healthcare good enough for difi
sen. dianne feinstein said thursday she was not persuaded by president obama's news conference wednesday on health care, saying she is leery of expanding access to insurance unless costs are controlled.if you don't want entitlements, give up your gov't run healthcare entitlement and buy your own healthcare.
..."i'm concerned that there not be another entitlement," feinstein said. - sfgate
for once he can opine on something he knows about
everybody doesn't like something, but nobody likes sarah p!
the dip in palin's favorability comes as she gets ready to leave office sunday with about 18 months remaining in her term and plans to turn her attention to national politics. palin, 45, has said she intends to campaign for other like-minded candidates, and speculation has been rampant that she may seek the gop nomination to oppose president obama…
republicans and gop-leaning independents continue to rank palin among the top three contenders in the run-up to 2012, however, with 70 percent of republicans viewing her in a positive light in the new poll. but her support within the gop has deteriorated from its pre-election levels, including a sharp drop in the number holding "strongly favorable" impressions of her…
democrats, meanwhile, continue to express deeply negative opinions of palin, with more than three-quarters expressing unfavorable views, including 56 percent who feel that way intensely. among independents, 40 percent view her favorably and 51 percent unfavorably, the survey shows.
perhaps more vexing for palin's national political aspirations, however, is that 57 percent of americans say she does not understand complex issues, while 37 percent think she does, a nine-percentage-point drop from a poll conducted in september just before her debate with now-vice president biden. the biggest decline on the question came among republicans, nearly four in 10 of whom now say she does not understand complex issues. that figure is 70 percent among democrats and 58 percent among independents.
the governor may be counting down her final days in office, but she isn't letting the accusations go unanswered. she's even threatening to take some legal action of her own against the leakers.
according to the ap, the board will say she improperly used her public image to raise money for the legal defense fund created to fend off complaints made against her as an elected official. no punishment is expected for violating the rules; the board will only recommend that mrs. palin not take direct payments from the fund.
mrs. palin issued a lengthy statement late tuesday saying the fund "was the hallmark of legal compliance and prudent conduct."
a.p. cracking the whip
taking a new hard line that news articles should not turn up on search engines and web sites without permission, the associated press said thursday that it would add software to each article that shows what limits apply to the rights to use it, and that notifies the a.p. about how the article is used. - nytimes
a fundraising beach party is more important to republicans
yesterday, rep. darrell issa (r-ca) took the unusual step of requesting the house clerk to read aloud a 55-page motion to recommit, a process that took over 40 minutes. the obstructionist tactic, the politico’s glenn thrush reports, appears to have been orchestrated by the gop in order to delay house proceedings so republicans could attend the annual “boehner beach party” fundraising event at the cantina marina, a d.c. restaurant near the waterfront - think progressthat's the same darrell issa who funded the enron/ahrnuhld takeover of the state of california.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
skippy's thursday nite music club
the dirty mac - "yer blues"
vocals - john lennon
lead guitar - eric clapton
bass - keith richards
drums - mitch mitchell
americas most trusted newsman
jon stewart. never mind that he's on the comedy channel. but you know...when he wants hard hitting news he turns to cnn...and when they want hard hitting news...they turn to skippy the bush kangaroo.
the late walter cronkite was once dubbed the "most trusted man in america," in his role as anchor for cbs news throughout much his career that spanned decades. after his death last week, time magazine's website ran a poll to see who the most trusted newsman in america is now and after the votes were tallied, the winner was…jon stewart. - cbs4.com
congrats, jon! we've trusted you for years.
h/t - atrios
randi rhodes has been talking about healthcare today
blackstone group lp agreed to buy apria healthcare group inc. for about $920 million after the stock was beaten down by concern that cutbacks in u.s. government health-insurance programs will crimp profit.
...blackstone, run by ('68 yale bonesman - ed.) chairman stephen schwarzman, has bought at least five health-care companies since 2004, - bloomberg
blackstone group, goldman sachs group inc. and credit suisse group ag are backing a new u.s. firm marketing insurance to small businesses and middle-income individuals.it's not about healthcare at all. it's not about keeping american citizens healthy and alive. it's about all about profit at the taxpayer expense. and a d.c. insider investment firm gambling that government health insurance programs won't kill their golden goose.
..insphere insurance aolutions will sell life, retirement and health products through 3,500 agents when the dallas-based firm launches in january, the company said in a statement. - bloomberg
obama isn't rushing public option healthcare
he was the first u.s. president to call for universal health care and national health insurancebut i guess 100 years is rushing it for the inside the beltway crowd
the governator has lost it
so, i guess this is what is happening, in the world. california gov. arnold schwarzenegger made a video for his twitter followers yesterday, and for some reason, he is holding a gigantic g*******n knife at the beginning of it. seriously, look at that thing. - huffponot better government through cutlery? stabbing to death millions of californians with his draconian cuts to "the commons?"
"you sent a governor to sacramento -- not el stiffo, like some in the past were," schwarzennegger said. "[i am] someone a little bit more entertaining, and who has a little bit more fun with the whole thing, not have fun making the cuts -- they sadden me -- but fun with the job itself." - abcnewsno ahrnuhld...some voters with the help of enron sent an actor. and that is all you have been doing...just acting the part. being a governor is not a part, it is an actual job where actual hard work and negotiations need to take occur. an actual job where the selfish interests of the monied few should not take precidence over the future of the entire state and its citizens.
you shouldn't take such glee over destroying the once proud state of california and stickin' it to the working class.
health care update
I read your statement on health care reform with great interest. It is full of statements that need clarification, so I thought I'd write to you and seek clarification of them. I'll be mentioning your web page to my neighbors and they'll probably want more clarity as well.
When you write that "the current [health care] system is full of waste, fraud and abuse", to what, specifically, are you referring? The current system is a private system, so it seems you are saying that private health insurance is full of waste, fraud, and abuse. I agree with that, but I'd like to know the details. Also, thank you for recognizing this, since it argues strongly for a public option.
You wrote "Doctors and patients should always have control over their health decisions – and I have serious concerns with plans that would allow bureaucrats or politicians dictate what treatments doctors and patients can or can’t use." I agree with that as well, but I notice that you don't mention that in all of the single payer systems in the world, government bureaucrats don't have any more control over health decisions than they have here. I notice you don't seem concerned about systems where insurance companies decide what health care one can receive based on how it affects their profits (are you unaware that insurance companies are paying bonuses to employees based on how good they are at denying coverage to sick people?), and I notice that you ignore the fact that medical boards already make those decisions. This issue you raise is a false one, since we already live in a world where those decisions are made outside the one-to-one, doctor-patient relationship. The discussion in health care reform is not about that issue anyway; it is about how we pay for health care coverage. I think you should remove that paragraph from your statement since it is misleading and not germane to the discussion.
You express concern over frivolous lawsuits in medical liability. Do you have some data to show that this is actually a problem? I ask because I have seen data that indicates this is a red herring and that "frivolous lawsuits" are not actually an issue in any way, shape, or form. In fact, there is already a mechanism for dealing with frivolous lawsuits: judges. Judges can dismiss any claims that are deemed frivolous. I really think you should strike this business about frivolous lawsuits as well, unless you can provide data that supports the claim.
that's how i left it. i didn't mention that he seems to be woefully under-informed on the subject of health care reform in spite of my numerous emails to him on this subject already. i guess i'll have to call his office more frequently.
folks, the insurance lobbyists are talking to your representatives every single day. if you want real reform that benefits you and not the insurance industry, you have to talk to your representative every day as well. it doesn't take much for smart people like you to send off an email on the subject, maybe with a link to something informative. go ahead and do it.
there go my weekends...
question of the day...
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
skippy's wednesday nite music club
julie london and the bobby troup trio - "bye bye blackbird"
rip gidget, the taco bell dog
one of mrs. skippy's favorites has passed: gidget, who played the taco bell dog in that company's famous ad campaign ("yo quiero taco bell!") has gone to doggie heaven. examiner.com:
according to a report from people magazine, gidget died of a stroke tuesday night. gidget's trainer, sue chipperton reminds us that during her 15 years of life, gidget made millions of people happy with her memorable commercials.
rest in peace, gidget.
how can you spoil something that's already gone bad?
that being said, we can't help but rubber-neck the upcoming flick the orphan, in a so-bad-it's-got-to-be-good ("no more wire hangers!") sort of way. but apparently, we are even mistaken in our estimation of good camp.
it looks not-scary. it also looks disturbing but not in an interesting, artistic way. just kids killing other kids, not our idea of a good time. even worse, it looks like another screenplay from the "plotpoint telegraph service" school of writing.
so, imagine our delight to find out the supposed "twist" in the film is so ludicrous as to make the entire endeavor pointless.
now, we are warning you here: if you don't want to know the surprise, don't read down:
spoiler alert spoiler alert spoiler alert spoiler alert spoiler alert spoiler alert spoiler alert spoiler alert :
"the orphan" sucks!!!
ok, we're just kidding. the real spoiler alert is this:
the little girl is actually a 33 year old prostitute w/dwarfism!
no lie! that's the actual movie (according to the innertubez)!
apparently she was raped by her father and so hates all pedophiles, and the father in the family that "adopts" her is a pedophile, so she kills everyone.
makes sense to us.
matt taibbi's the man
out of the political blogging frying pan and into the furry fandom fire...
major hollywood prop house is shuttering
hollywood's second-largest prop house is going out of business with its owner saying he has fallen victim to film and tv production leaving california for other u.s. states that lure producers with tax incentives and fewer restrictions.
20th century props is closing its doors for good at the end of july and auctioning off a collection of 93,000 props from such films as "cleopatra" and "titanic", as well as tv's "the x files" and "golden girls" and music videos from michael jackson, britney spears and madonna.
"i ran out of money about three months ago. the hollywood business is leaving town and going to various other states," 20th century's owner, harvey schwartz, told reuters. - thr.com
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
skippy's tuesday nite music club
inxs with michael hutchence - "suicide blonde"
"we've gotta stop him"
the corporate media state
american culture -- or cultures, for we once had distinct regional cultures -- was systematically destroyed in the 20th century by corporations. these corporations used mass communication, as well as an understanding of the human subconscious, to turn consumption into an inner compulsion. old values of thrift, regional identity that had its own iconography, aesthetic expression and history, diverse immigrant traditions, self-sufficiency, a press that was decentralized to provide citizens with a voice in their communities were all destroyed to create mass, corporate culture. new desires and habits were implanted by corporate advertisers to replace the old. individual frustrations and discontents could be solved, corporate culture assured us, through the wonders of consumerism and cultural homogenization. american culture, or cultures, was replaced with junk culture and junk politics. and now, standing on the ash heap, we survey the ruins. the very slogans of advertising and mass culture have become the idiom of common expression, robbing us of the language to make sense of the destruction. we confuse the manufactured commodity culture with american culture. - truthdig and alternetjust heard him interviewed on thom hartmann...apparently he was also on npr. worth the listen. his new book, empire of illusion, i would say is probably worth the read, too, although i have not yet gotten my hands on it.
is it sexism or imagism?
last i recall c. everett koop wasn't bony.
to put it in simple terms
republicans want american to suffer and die.
republicans are putting politics over people.
republicans are putting campaign contributions over country.
a private memo distributed by the republican national committee calls for like-minded advocates to help defeat president barack obama's health care proposals by delaying its consideration.
..in an effort to slow down reform, the rnc advises its advocates to use a whole host of political tools, from organizing town halls, to writing letters to the editor, to booking surrogates on radio and television, to engaging in "street theater" protests outside democratic events. and in a bit of irony, the memo's authors encourage readers to frame the president as the one acting out of political motivations.- huffpo
california in distress
around blogtopia (and yes! we coined that phrase!)
crooks & liars brings us a video of tom arnold out-thinking sean hannity
bad astronomy tells us jupiter got hit by a comet
the grumpy forester remembers walter cronkite
and steven d talks about ghost malls over @ booman tribune
Monday, July 20, 2009
skippy's monday nite music club
thanks to the governator's wrecking crew
anyone bother to tell them
budget accord reached. .....welfare checks would go to fewer residents, state workers would be forced to continue to take unpaid days off and new drilling for oil would be permitted off the santa barbara coast. - latte timesand should there be a spill...we'll be stuck with clean up bill, too, i'll betcha.
oh...and we're the only state not charging an oil extraction tax? wtf!?!?!?
rasmussen you ignorant slut
polls indicate that if the 2012 election were held today, a majority of americans would be really confused
rasmussen sez obama and mitt "don't call me baseball glove" romney would be tied, and obama would only be ahead of sarah "iquitarod" palin by 6%.
let's put aside the ability to travel in time necessary for this poll to actually mean something. rassmussen is known to tilt so far to the right that leon trotsky would look like he's standing up straight with an axe in his head.
we agree w/jazz shaw @ the moderate voice: rasmussen poll shows most americans hate rasmussen
my quick take on the top stories of the day
(sorry, rethuglicans...they are not disapproving of him personally.)
if you are trying to defeat the president of the united states, you are an enemy of the country.
(yes...senator demint...that means you.)
if you want a united states soldier being held captive to be killed by the taliban to save legal fees, you don't support our troops.
(perhaps, lt. col. ralph peters, you should tell pfc. bergdahl's parents that face-to-face instead of to a faux news bimbo in a comfy studio.)
forget the ap for the iphone to find it...dude, just legalize it, tax its sales and have ads in the yellow pages.
while sanford's mistress is enjoying government paid healthcare in argentina, citizens of his state are losing their healthcare.
(why does your god tell you to allow americans to suffer and die prematurely, governor?)
if you are wanking about obama "hiding" budget numbers until august, where the hell were you when the bush crime family didn't even put the cost of the occupation (ok..war) into the budget? (sfx: crickets)
(talk about hot air...rethuglicans...you can't have your cake and eat it too...or force feed the "help" crumbs.)
there really isn't much difference between al quaeda and operation rescue. when the leaders of those organizations threaten violence against americans, why is only one taken "seriously?"
(oh, that's right...the rethuglicans get campaign donations from one of these terrorist groups.)
yeah...i'm mad as hell and i really can't take these lying liars and the sycophantic corporate media anymore.
cnn.com: lying about health care in a big way
except, as it turns out, she didn't have a brain tumor at all.
fact-checking at cnn.com? non-existent.
update: someone actually wrote something factual about this story...bit it wasn't at cnn.
mad about kindle
Sunday, July 19, 2009
skippy's sunday night music club
ingrid lucia & irvin mayfield - "do they play jazz in heaven?" video promoted in conjunction with the putumayo world music new orleans brass compilation
that's good. that's real good...
(almost forgot: credit to gordon of alternate brain for bringing animusic to the attention of brain readers everywhere...)
invasive mussels imperil western water system
but, no...it's quagga mussels.
despite efforts to stop their spread, scientists say it's only a matter of time before quagga mussels appear throughout the west's vast system of reservoirs and aqueducts, raising operation and maintenance costs by untold millions. - apbut since the republicans don't believe in funding anything involving "the commons", i guess this headline could fit.
someone else is on fire this time
*update* well...i spoke too soon. we are on fire...again.
hoppy national ice cream day
environmental news story sunday
new pact to let european public track pollutants. - european citizens will be able to find out what dangerous substances are emitted in their neighbourhoods under an environmental treaty to go into effect in 17 countries in october, the united nations said on friday. - reuters
potential neurotoxin could be in our food.- one of the most comprehensive analyses yet of human exposure to pbdes, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, shows that the chemical — long used in everything from computers to sleeping bags — enters humans through their diets, not just their household - wired
higher tides affecting entire east coast region. - scientists are closely watching unusually high tides along the entire east coast, especially in mid-atlantic states including virginia, where average daily levels are running between 6 inches and 2 feet above predicted norms. - hampton roads virginian-pilot
world's bread basket, iraq now a basket case. - once the cradle of agriculture, the land between two rivers — the tigris and euphrates — has become a basket case for its farmers. iraq was one of the world's premier sources of aromatic rice and nearly 500 kinds of dates, but now imports nearly all the food its people eat. - mcclatchy newspapers
golf courses' environmentally fore-ward thinking. - golf is getting greener. across the united states, but especially in the pacific northwest and particularly in the portland area, golf courses are adopting environmentally sustainable practices. - portland oregonian
this isn't starting to get irritating yet, but...
Saturday, July 18, 2009
skippy's saturday nite music club
men with banjos who know how to use them - "foggy mountain breakdown"
steve writes so we don't have to
now, unless the piece was about how high schoolers simply hate studying higher mathematics (which, from what we remember about sines and co-sines, could be very possible), the premise was about sarah palin's baby, and made no sense whatsoever.
it turns out the piece was written by gary "don't fall off that stage" bauer, head of jesus will kill all liberals or some other church organization, so the lack of reality involved suddenly made more sense. but still, we wondered aloud, what makes anybody on the right think that anybody on the left even thinks about trig, let alone gets divided by the poor little guy?
luckily for us, steve @ no more mister nice blog, was able to express our feelings before we even knew we had them:
a paliban daily article titled "sarah palin’s retarded platform: more trigs!" interpreted palin's outspokenness on disability rights as a political ploy to win votes....
those reactions echoed the hateful response that met palin when she introduced trig on the campaign trail last fall. nicholas provenzo of the libertarian center for the advancement of capitalism discussed being "troubled" by trig’s existence because "it is crucial to reaffirm the morality of aborting a fetus diagnosed with down syndrome." ...
as for the paliban daily piece, i see that it was so representative of the depraved thinking of the left that the editors of the site responded a day after it was published by asking readers whether he should be fired, and a day after that he quit writing for the site. the tpm piece was written not by a regular tpm writer but by a diarist with no "followers" -- in other words, he's just a blogger who decided to create his blog at tpm (a blog with a whopping two posts since late june), and who's elicited very little response.
i know you righties really, really want this to be about trig, just as you'd really like it if we lefties killed kittens for sport or engaged in similar heart-tugging acts of depravity. but listen to me: we don't care about trig. many of us, faced with a pregnancy in which down's syndrome was evident, would make a choice very different from palin's. but our response to palin's choice is "go with god" (or whatever the atheist or flying spaghetti monster-worshipping equivalent of that might be). we don't like palin and her followers using him as a prop, or a bloody shirt -- but her choice to bring trig to term is something we simplty don't think about.
poor little guy.
think about it...
then, centuries later, god reveals himself to his jews in the form of an ordinary carpenter's son, and starts preaching a new religion to them. And the jews kill him.
now, i ask you... what did you expect was going to happen?
qed, folks. qed...
aussies are fighting back against the banks
banks will have to justify the costs of late payment and overdraft fees of $40 a hit which lawyers claim are significantly higher than the real cost to the banks. these are estimated to be less than $1 per transaction.- brisbane times