Monday, August 31, 2009
That doesn't mean there are no bad guys in the Democratic camp. There are plenty.
What it does mean, though is this: The Democrats are never going to win the support of the Congressional Republicans on any issue, no matter how successful or necessary to the public good it might be. Officially, the Party has sold itself out to the evil and to the bitter; and they won't cooperate with any devils except their own.
Derrick Jackson has recently said:
"WHEN THE Republicans can not even support Cash for Clunkers, bipartisanship has no horsepower.
But the Republicans? The Senate voted 60 to 37 to extend the program, with 33 Republicans voting against it. This was worse than the 31 Republicans who voted against Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. And, of course, the Republicans have declared war against meaningful healthcare reform, despite the fact that the nation has 46 million uninsured people, one of the greatest travesties in the developed world.
The mentality is best summed up by South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who recently said about healthcare, “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.’’ In a talk-show interview, DeMint rationalized his transparent motives and the obvious agenda of the Republicans by saying, “I’ve never seen Americans more angry and more concerned about the direction of our country.’"’
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I was looking at some right-wing blogsites this evening, during the course of which I discovered that Obama is: 1. a brown-shirted fascist; 2. A communist; 3. A nazi; 4. A socialist.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
He did not need equal rights, but he fought for them. He did not need educational equality, or a scholarship, or a protected right to vote, or equal employment rights, or fair tax laws, or a dozen other of the perks of American citizenship that wealthy white men daily enjoy. But he fought for them.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
While we have had little in the way of hot weather this summer (It was only about 50 degrees here this morning)some parts of the country have been cooking under the hot temperatures. Texas, which some people think of as hell anyhow, has had record numbers of above 100 degree days. Global warming theory predicts such discrepancies, so while some folks think it can't be climate change when it's chilly, others say that this is proof of it.
BRENDA and STEVE - A large group of friends and relatives assembled at their home in the woods last Saturday for an open house. There was more than enough to eat and drink as well as plenty of good cheer. They are blessed (as are we to have them!)
FELIX - his wedding to PILOT is five weeks away. We have gone shopping and bought him the very best wedding gift we could. He's a landscaper and has a yard and garden befitting. So, we got them a nice yard present. Don't anyone tell him, we want it to be a surprise.
DOUG - He and his wife Kay are back from their summer in Maine. He was talking about the many failures of the government, in the context of the health care reform efforts. He believes that Medicare and the Postal Service are examples of the failure of government and we probably could expect the same from nationalized health care. I see these same programs as successes. No one should expect government services to be free, or even cheap, and they certainly are not businesses to make a healthy profit at the bottom line. We agree to disagree about these things, but cheerfully.
GIGI - forwarded this little known fact about Russia. They gave a gift to the United States, a memorial to the people killed in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. This gesture has not been widely publicized. Here is a picture of the monument which is called "The Teardrop."
Monday, August 24, 2009
One point that no one has made is that when Massachusetts had health care reform it was a horrible flop. There was not enough primary healthcare givers to cover the over flow of uninsured people that entered the system (somewhere around 500,000.) And now with many college students opting to go into a specialized service in the health care field (more money) then become your common family doctor, imagine the impact on a national scale. It would flood our system, with many people with insurance getting pushed aside due to overcrowding in doctors offices as it is...
Comment from ALICE
How fortunate you are that you have the intelligence, strength, good health and ability to work hard for others who depend on you. I hope it will always be thus for you and you never find yourself in the humiliating position where you need to depend on someone else. I espescially hope that your insurance company respects your hard work and provides for you if and when you need it.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A Muslim model on Friday brushed aside an appeal by human rights group Amnesty International to Malaysian authorities not to cane her, saying she is ready to face the penalty for drinking beer.Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, a 32-year-old mother of two, insisted she is ready to be lashed six times with a rattan cane next week for breaching the Muslim-majority country's Shariah law, which forbids Muslims to consume alcohol.
"I want to respect the law," Kartika said in a telephone interview from her northern home state of Perak. "Who am I to question the Islamic authorities' laws? That is beyond me."
Every time that Singapore or Malaysia wishes to beat someone with a cane for drinking beer, I hope they will do it openly and flagrantly.
I hope every woman in a burqa gets paraded and degraded on world-wide television.
I hope every time Iran wants to hang a gay teenager, they have television cameras rolling from news services all around the globe, so everyone can watch them swing and kick in the air as they choke to death.
I want Saudi Arabia, every time they wish to public stone a woman for driving a car, to do in with lots of pre-planning hoopla and dramatic fanfare.
I hope they have brass bands on all these occasions, to draw a big crowd, and the population is given a religious holiday to attend. I hope they have claques chanting "Allah ahkbar." I hope be-robed clerics are there to harangue the crowds and whip up the blood lust.
Let the world see what you're all about.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I was with a group of friends, at one of our favorite coffee shops, talking about things such as weekend activities, children, grandchildren, friends, and politics. One thing led to another and the subject of Health Care/ Insurance Reform came up. The discussion then turned to the irrational response and behavior that has been occurring at the town hall meetings and how so many of them have gotten so out of hand. We all agreed and wondered how these individuals got so misinformed. I stated to my friends, Bud and Mike, that there is one thing that Democrats have not learned to do and I believe will never be as good as Republicans in doing. This is the ability of instilling fear in the minds of individuals. In fact they have it down as an art. They hone in on one's beliefs, lifestyle, race, event and target them. This targeting is done by taking things out of context, giving erroneous information and the trump card of all trump cards, saying that this, or they, are un-American and such behavior or action will erode the fundamental core values which our founding fathers established when they wrote the Constitution. This manipulation starts producing fear which turns into anger and even hatred toward individuals or groups to take the country totally off balance and make people act irrationally because they fear that this targeted group is going to harm the status quo.
Case in point: A majority of these town hall meetings have senior citizens who get up and state that they do not want the government touching, interfering in or changing their health insurance. Fact: Everyone over 65 has Medicare. Hello people! it is a government insurance. And if you don t want it changed and you re threatened by the thought of it, it must be pretty good.Anti public option: Does anyone think that insurance companies will bring down their premiums without one? I reckon this to gas stations, when prices went sky-high last year. Did you see any large diversity in price per gallon? Oh no, they were all in a few cents of each other. Am I the only one that thinks that if there isn t a public option insurance companies will get together and set the bottom of what they think is an acceptable premium price and put those out across the board? This is not competition, it is price fixing.
Lastly these Nazi comparisons in regards to the President and health care reform. Please people look up what the Nazi professed, pronounced, and communicated. They were racist. They targeted certain groups and individuals and due to their beliefs, life style, or race, and under the guise of patriotism promoted fear and hatred for them to the point of physical harm and murder. HMMMM
Remember almost a whole country fell for "weapons of mass destruction." Let s not destroy something that will help the underinsured, uninsured and hopefully everyone with more affordable insurance. Anyone just has to look at what happened at Engelwood, CA last week to see something more is needed.
DASHMANN - recommends this story about Castro's comments on American healthcare:
ALICE notes this headline: Democrats Prepare to Push Health Care Without GOP
and makes this comment: THAT'S WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING ALL ALONG!
ANONYMOUS sends this:
Let me get this straight.
We're going to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it,
passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it,
signed by a president that also hasn't read it and who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes,
overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and
financed by a country that's nearly broke.
What could possibly go wrong?
Anon.: How do like your water from your tap? Do you call the police if you have trouble? How about the fire department? If your a veteran, how's your care? Elderly? How's your medicare? Many programs are very successfully administered by the government for our protection and benefit. Morally we should feel obligated to make sure the millions(I'm not going to quibble over 56 million or 28 million) are unable to get the kind of care needed. What ever you theological or not theological background it's a must to provide for the poor and unprotected. You don't HAVE to sign up for the public option. The insurance companies are receiving 35 cents of every dollar spent for their own pockets. Casinos only get 20-25%. If you like that better go for it. A whole lot of us out here need help. We're not as smart, lucky, or what ever to have everything fall in place for us financially.
What makes it worse is that people are being screwed by the "status quo". Why on earth would they want to preserve it?
How can having to provide a profit to the middlemen (insurance companies) possible result in better or cheaper health care for sick people?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We Need the Public Option!
Has anyone heard about any local organization activity on the health care agenda? We need to forget the elephants in the room and do what the people elected this administration to do. I've tried to get in touch with the Dem. here in Saginaw county but I'm not in the main loop and don't know if or what is going on so that I can help.
Bud asks ---
Actually I don't.
"Stick shifts and safety belts, bucket seats have all got to go. When I'm drivin in my car, it makes my baby seem so far." From the album Fashion Nugget by Cake. One of my favourites.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Alice has left a new comment
We sure do need him!!! and I think he will be instrumental in getting this passed. Notice that the reporters, including the one quoted here seem capable of using only one title at a time. It's DNC Chairman DOCTOR Howard Dean who is obviously not getting his pockets lined by the insurance industry. He's sharp and quick-minded enough to call out and stop his interviewer in mid-sentence when she casually slipped in an untruth in her question to him. He's a good messenger for single payer!!
I'm disappointed(but not surprised) in AARP. They lead Obama to think they supported him and when he announced it they turned around and denied him. In the end, AARP is just another insurance company which is why I've never joined.
My son is 40 years old, drove forklift in a warehouse for 2 years and had insurance before being layed off last Chrismas, losing his health insurance.
I went to the NASCAR race Sunday with a friend who is 56 years old
and has been layed off from an engineering job for almost 2 years,and has lost his health insurance.
What will the Democrats' bill do for these people??
The final bill is not drafted yet. My understanding is that those who have no insurance and can not afford to get it or medical attention will receive free services. A public option(not co-ops) will provide low cost, not for profit health care to anyone who needs it and wants it. It will require that all providers to give coverage and services to everyone without considering pre-existing conditions which is extremely important especially to those who are in the second half of their life. The proposals put forth would allow workers to take their insurance with them when they leave for whatever reason.
I have a question? How is private insurance working for the millions of out of work and under-employed Americans. It sure was a rotten deal for me! AND an insurance doctor in Nebraska was able to decide, sight un-seen, that my 3 doctors here in Michigan were wrong and denied me benefits. I was fired a month later for health reasons.
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I love Annie Lennox. My favorite is her cover of Neil Young's "Don't let it bring you down" that was used in the movie American Beauty.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
A general consensus at the last meeting was that a single-payer health plan would be best for the U.S., that a "public option" which allows folks to get health coverage without using an insurance company is next best, and that any reform is better than none at this point. Comment?
Public option for everyone who wants or needs it.
Friday, August 14, 2009
MARSHA - at the University of South Carolina:
"Renovating a building on the Horseshoe - (that is, the old original campus) - last week construction workers found human bones and bone fragments. Possibly these are the result of amputations performed when the Union used our campus buildings as a hospital during the Civil War. I love this stuff!"
DASHMANN - Writes about what's wrong with Congress.
"I believe the town hall meetings are exposing a basic distrust of our Congresspeople and Senators by the general populace. These people vote where the money is and where their party stands instead of [where]their consciences take them. Why should every vote by one party be 95% for and the other party be 95% against? The two party system does more damage to voter trust than any other thing. A good example is sending our young people to their deaths in Iraq. The Republicans voted 95% for it and the Democrats voted 95% against it. This was a conscience decision as are many others. 60- 40, 40 - 60 in each party should have been the maximum split if these people were doing their jobs properly. This is why the general public has NO trust in Congress."
SCOT : on the airlines:
"The airlines are, collectively, the worst customer-oriented businesses in the United States. There are good people working at some, but excellent service, timely arrivals, and hassle-free flights are the exception rather than the rule. And this nonsense about paying for your checked bag is absolutely unbelievable. The first checked bag should be included in the ticket price, and the law should require that."
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Recently, IRENE asked whether I thought American-run airlines are unsafe. This followed my statement that I don't like to fly on American-run airlines.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
The rest of the world cannot understand how, after bitter election campaigns, American politicians can kiss and make up.
For instance, Gov. Palin has invited, to her great state of Alaska , the men who defeated her, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, along with their wives. She has set up a moose hunting trip for their enjoyment and hired three prominent experts in their field to assist them.
Dick Cheney will carry the gun, Ted Kennedy will drive them back to their cabins each evening, and Bill Clinton will entertain their wives.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
1. So I was sitting in one of my favorite coffee joints, whiling away a sweet summer mornin' of good java and good talk with my buddy Irish Mike (who like me, made the decision not to work himself to death and retired at a respectably young age) when in walked a gentleman, not necessarily a friend of either of us, who broached the subject of bestiality.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Don't you think it's time to start doing something to help slow the pace at which the rich get richer and the poor do without? For instance, in the Buick Open today...there were holes that a golfer could win a car if he hit a hole in one. Wouldn't it be better for everyone if, instead of giving a car to a person who already has far more cars than he needs (come on, a pro golfer needing a new car??), why doesn't Buick donate $18,000 to a homeless shelter? Or,food bank?Instead of players who are making millions and millions of dollars receiving 'incentive bonuses' (the millions of dollars aren't incentive enough), of millions and millions of more dollars, why not give that money to a charity of the player's choice in his name? (Does he really need another heart- shaped swimming pool to drive a Rolls-Royce into?)And, corporate CEOs, CFOs, COOs, etc....The ones who deserve more money less than anybody...how about taking their big bonuses and building housing for low- income families? Or, SOMEthing good?Or, am I just talking out of my ass?
Sunday, August 2, 2009
SANDY - has become a grandmother. The beautiful baby is Brayden -- and the mother is Sandy's daughter, Leigh; the father is her son-in-law Bret. California is the fortunate state.
Says she: "He is the most beautiful little guy, and the feeling I get when holding him is indescribable, but you guys know that already! We are waiting for them to come home from the hospital right now..."
WEINER: Well, for some reason, I guess Republicans don’t like publicly funded, publicly administered health plans except for Medicare, and, I guess, except for the Veterans Administration and except for the health care that our military gets from the Department of Defense. The fact of the matter is, what we’ve learned is that government administered health care works pretty darn well. It’s got lower overhead and people like it.
So, when my Republican colleagues pound the drum and pound the podium about how they hate government-run health care, I guess they haven’t looked at what they get.
Trase and Liam
Home of Sparty and Gigi
Tim and his kid
Home of Skuzza and Dashmann
New picture from the Saginaw Rowing Club, Irish Mike included