Jun 30, 2012

PRICELESS! Photo of Pelosi/Boehner: Happy, Not so Much

$64 billion dollar question. Look at that man's picture. Ask yourself. Is he willing to destroy the economy to get even with Barack Obama?

Click! This photo speaks louder than words.

The snap of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., seemed to say it all, about the emotions surrounding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care law--even though the photo was taken the day before and had nothing to do with the health care news.

The quirky picture was first surfaced by the Atlantic's Molly Ball, who tweeted it on Thursday afternoon, the day after it was snapped.

The photo quickly caught the attention of the Web. The Washington Post even held a caption contest.

The image, taken on Wednesday by a sharp-eyed Associated Press photographer at an event honoring members of the Montford Point Marines, seemed to express the partisan mood of the country.

Pelosi looks joyful; Boehner looks like a child who has had his toys taken away from him. Or maybe just a man sentenced to eating a lot of broccoli.

Comments like these on the photo were typical. Wrote @comancheblood: "… boehner about to cry." @SovernNation added, "Way more than 1000 words! Sums up #SCOTUS reax perfectly."
Indeed Pelosi was thrilled by the decision, tweeting, "Victory for the American people!" Boehner, for his part, vowed to repeal the law.


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Oh, we're on a ROLL!

Presidents don't set gas prices. However, in case you never heard about it, in April the Obama administration asked Congress TO REGULATE OIL SPECULATION. Looks like President Obama's plan has had a positive impact. Oil speculation is down and so are gas prices.

President Obama’s $52 million plan to increase the margin requirements and otherwise TIGHTEN THE SCREWS ON OIL SPECULATORS (who borrow huge sums to bet on the direction of oil without taking delivery) cut oil prices and the lowered price of gasoline has added $78.4 billion to consumers’ spending power.

Republicans blamed President Obama for the price of gasoline for months. Haven't heard anything from them about the decrease in the price of gas. Have you?

What's the price of a gallon of regular gas in your neighborhood?
Poster via: 'The Political Christian'

Jun 29, 2012

Mo DEM Congress Candidate Kyle Yarber on Health Care

  • by Kyle Yarber

    Sam Graves says he will "vote to repeal, de-fund and dismantle" the Affordable Care Act. Spoken like a person so out of touch, so privileged, that he has never, in all his life, had to pay for his own health care insurance.

    I, on the other hand, do pay for my own insurance, and despite no claims anywhere near my (high) deductible, my monthly premiums are triple the amount I was told they'd be when I applied for the plan two and a half years ago.

    Those who claim we can't afford to extend access to health care to everyone fail to recognized that we already overspend. We get a lousy deal in this country. We spend about 17% of GDP on health care, 1.5 to 2 times what any other industrialized country spends, and despite paying that much more, we don't even cover all our citizens, like all those other countries do. If we're supposed to be angry, why aren't we angry about how ripped off we've been for decades?

    People claim this is an issue of freedom. How free are you if you're afraid to leave a bad job for fear of losing health care coverage for your family? How free do you feel with the rationed care of an HMO? How free do seniors falling into the prescription drug "donut hole" feel when having to choose between medication or food? 62% of personal bankruptcies are because of medical costs, often people who had insurance but whose bills exceeded their coverage limits. If every working person is only a medical catastrophe away from a lifetime of savings wiped out, how free are you really?

    Are there people who seriously claim that healthcare should be treated as a luxury item that only the wealthy should have access to? We're not talking about who gets to wear a Rolex watch or drive a Mercedes Benz. We're talking about something that should be as fundamental as life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

    Sam Graves states that this is something "[o]ur Founding Fathers never intended." Again Graves proves that he slept through his U.S. History classes. It was founding father John Adams who, as our second president, first proposed in 1798 a system of national healthcare.

    And that Graves describes this plan as "government-run programs" demonstrates that he must have also slept through the reading of the Affordable Care Act too. The insurance is from the private company of your choice, many of whom have lately been posting record profits, and whose profits will continue. So much for the accusation of socialized medicine.

    The people who are so opposed to the Affordable Care Act, which parts of it are they against? That there will no longer be any lifetime limits? That people can no longer be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions? That children will be able to remain on their parents' plans until 26? That the prescription drug "donut hole" for seniors will be closed? That there will be an emphasis on preventive care? Or that profits will be capped and excessive premiums returned to consumers? Which of these do they object to? Who can seriously say they'd prefer things return to how they were before?

    I have stated many times that the Affordable Care Act, as it is, was not the plan I wanted. Had I been in Congress at the time, I would have worked toward something very different. But this plan, as compromised as it is, was what we got, and the Supreme Court has ruled it - good, bad, or otherwise - Constitutional, including the individual mandate.

    If elected, I will not lift a finger to help it be repealed. There's too much in it of vital importance to working people, children, students, seniors, and those who have already suffered health issues. Yes, it's a flawed, compromised plan, but it's what we've got. And instead of wasting time pretending that it can be repealed and replaced (replaced with what?), I'd rather spend my time tweeking it to give it a fair chance to work.

Jun 28, 2012

BEST HEALTHCARE LAW UPHELD...amid reporter confusion

The "ObamaCare" mandate was upheld by the Supreme Court, but not for what the Obama administration was arguing.  The court today says it's Constitutional because its' really a TAX and THAT's allowed, but not because of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to regulate citizen behavior, as Obama argued.    That tripped a lot of people UP!

Obama wins anyway, but for a different reason.

The wording of the opinion brought some confusion in front of the courthouse at 10AM....that, in fact, caused CNN and FOX to initially call it wrong....and then they had to back out of their error with a correction.  They didn't read it thoroughly, and jumped to conclusions because of its unclear language at first blush.  THEIR bad!

While hailed initially as a victory for the President, reporters were wrestling with the wording of what it all means for several hours.   Most people thought it would be struck DOWN, but it wasn't.  Chief Justice Roberts surprised everyone by voting FOR IT!  But for a different reason than most people expected.   Now just how 'bad' is it?

Is it socialized medicine?

UPDATE:  Republican leaders, quick to react, promised to repeal the law in Congress.   The usual suspects like Mitch McConnell.    

But Mitt Romney himself was the main GOP spokesman, avoiding to call it what its name is, "The Affordable Care Act".  He called it "ObamaCare" over and over, in his reaction speech shortly after the decision was announced.  Probably 20 times... clearly a wordsmith strategy!

Promised to repeal "OBAMAcare" on his first day as president.  That may cost him the election, all by itself, because this law will please a lot of Americans who can't afford outrageously high hospital costs for ordinary and routine procedures!

These fools will regret their stance against this innovative law.   Obama's centerpiece legislation, his presidential legacy, will be accepted with open arms by Americans who are sick of suffocating health care costs.  It will be welcomed like Social Security was welcomed, though Republicans hated that law too when it was passed.   Maybe hospitals and doctors will now start charging SENSIBLE RATES, not OUTRAGEOUS RATES that bankrupt families!

The law actually makes people responsible for their OWN health care expenses by prohibiting those who CAN AFFORD Insurance from just walking into an ER without it, and expecting service that the rest of us have to pay through OUR insurance in the form of higher hospital fees!   Oh, if the Republicans had pitched it first, and it had been THEIR IDEA!  They actually did, but Obama actually GOT IT PASSED... and they got snookered! 

Plus all kinds of other cool stuff, like keeping young adults on their parents' policies until age 28, banning insurance companies from cutting off chronically sick people, or refusing to insure those of us who have pre-existing conditions.  SERIOUS REFORM! 

Yes.  "ObamaCare" works!

Finally the US joins the 21st Century with most modern nations in reforming health care's financial stranglehold on our people.  More needs to be done to refine the law...to take some of the outlandish corporate PROFIT out of caring for America's sick and dying.  But it's a HUGE start already!

Jun 25, 2012

Mitt Romney caught wanting it both ways

This guy will say anything...he has no respect for the truth.

Mitt Romney, The 'Outsourcer'

Jun 24, 2012

Watch OUT! Health Care is the next industrial bubble to pop!

Washington TIMES: Health care is the next bubble

People generally don't recognize a bubble until it bursts. In order to sharpen awareness of our current dilemma, let's compare the housing market around 2007 with health care now.  READ IT!

Jun 23, 2012

Ten Stumper Questions to Ask your Favorite Conservative

These are really good and you should click on this link...too many graphics for me to repost it all.  Enjoy.

Click here for them.  

Bonus from Alternet:
Republicans Holding Nearly 3 Million Transportation Jobs Hostage for 6,000 Temporary Oil Jobs....

With as many as 2.9 million new and existing jobs on the line, House Republicans are refusing to pass a transportation reauthorization bill, even after the Senate’s version of the billoverwhelmingly passed through the upper chamber in a 74-22 bipartisan vote.

The deadline for new transportation funding is June 30, and if the calendar flips to July without a compromise, as many as 1.9 million workers could lose their jobs, at least temporarily. The Senate version of the bill, if adapted, would create an additional one million new jobs as well, according to Department of Transportation projections.

So why are House Republicans holding nearly three million jobs hostage? Because they want approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be included in the bill. 

The State Department estimates that roughly 6,000 jobs would be created if the Keystone XL is approved, but as few as 20 of them will be permanent.

Bush tax cuts after ten years. Time to REUP!

Jun 19, 2012

Huge Marijuana Confiscation from Mexico near Calif.

GREAT STUFF... We can't afford to let Mexicans infringe on American Agriculture!  Yaaay Navy!

19 tons of pot dumped at sea near US-Mexico border

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The U.S. Navy says an aircraft carrier group recovered about 19 tons of marijuana dumped from small boats in the Pacific Ocean near California's border with Mexico.

The Navy said Tuesday that two single-engine boats - each about 25 feet long - were spotted about 15 hours apart on Saturday. People aboard the boats began dumping plastic bags, and the boats escaped before authorities arrived.

Lt. Aaron Kakiel says no one was captured. The seizures occurred in international waters about 85 miles off the Mexican coast.

Authorities recovered about eight tons of marijuana from the first boat and 11 tons from the second. The carrier USS Nimitz and cruiser USS Princeton were assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican navy.


Too bad they didn't fly over and take the assholes out by sinking them while getting some real-time target practice!!  


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Lily Pad Military Strategy: Move to Kuwait to Stage our Forces

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is planning a significant military presence of 13,500 troops in Kuwait to give it the flexibility to respond to sudden conflicts in the region as Iraq adjusts to the withdrawal of American combat forces and the world nervously eyes Iran, according to a congressional report.

Read the AP report:  Obama's military strategy, out of Iraq, stage in Kuwait to be close by.  

Jun 17, 2012

Research Proven: No Arguing with Conservatives. They CAN'T GET it!

Would conservatives believe this man?  Probably not, because they drink the fantasy Conservative Kool-Aid and don't listen to facts and reason.  True enough.  A Research Study  now confirms it.  

A new study out of Yale University confirms what argumentative liberals have long-known: Offering reality-based rebuttals to conservative lies only makes conservatives cling to those lies even harder. In essence, schooling conservatives makes them more stupid. From the Washington Post article on the study, which came out Friday:

Click for More from the Huffington Post's Dan Sweeney on this phenomenon and why you shouldn't bother trying to convert the right's extremists.  

Just show the INDEPENDENTS the differences between the right's fantasy dogma and the liberals' open-minded facts... and they'll figure out the Truth from progressive facts and the right's Karl Rove talking points.

The fall election will be won by winning the thinking INDEPENDENTS -- assuming they can get past the barrage of propaganda corporate commercials they'll see before the election!

We need more honesty and frank talk like Bernie Sanders gave in this speech.  Obama needs to learn to use plain language.  America isn't a college course on critical thinking. 

 Obama needs to finally say IN SPADES, what the differences are between the Democrats and the Republicans both in the presidential and the Congressional races!   They are such real differences.  He needs to be persuasive to win the Independents!

Map: US as seen by New Yorkers

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Father's day - Star Wars Style

Jun 16, 2012

Early Warning Signs of Fascism

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Is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.  That pretty much sums up the Republican platform.