Lou Dobbs Tours Single-Payer Systems Abroad and Realizes, Holy Crap They're Good

Via AlterNet

Has CNN's government-out-of-my-face bloviator actually had a change of heart when it comes to Obama's health plan?

Lou Dobbs is a strange man. One day he's railing against "Obamacare," stoking the birther and deather paranoia that an illegitimate president's health care plan will mandate euthanasia. Next day he's practically singing the praises of single-payer healthcare systems 'round the world.

It's kind of French of him, but last week, CNN's government-out-of-my-face bloviator began a monthlong, nation-a-night series to "learn from other countries' health care plans." He's already toured the single-payer systems of Denmark, Canada, and England, and the heavily regulated, public/private plans of Germany, France, Holland, and Switzerland. And, as if he were channeling Michael Moore or something, he's been rattling off stats showing that most of these universally covered foreigners are spending less on healthcare but living longer than we do.

Oh, sure, he'll occasionally exaggerate any weakness he can find--Lou's particularly eager to tsk-tsk over England's long lines. But overall, the series (reported mostly by CNN's Kitty Pilgrim), has been straightforward, like this look at Denmark, which could almost inspire a townhall mob to chant "Mandate, baby, mandate!"

And tonight it's off to Japan!

But, really, what gives, Mr. Independent? Have you gone soft on softcore socialism? Do you realize that you're actually making the "government takeover of healthcare" look pretty darn good? Or is this some kind of forced penance for spraying CNN with birther spittle, causing the network a "publicity nightmare," and, worse, sinking your own ratings?

On his Wednesday radio show, Dobbs as much as announced that CNN president Jon Klein (who's been publicly defending Dobbs against calls for his firing) made him do it: "We're pushing opinion aside. We're focusing on a nonpartisan objective reality that it is our job to cover," Dobbs declared, admitting, "I resisted this idea initially."


Did The Last Eight Years Even Happen?

Via Bob Cesca


People lied to take us into war. The media, by and large, believed or ignored those lies. Thousands of US troops have died along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. And just about everyone still has their jobs. Except maybe Ashleigh Banfield.

Right. And most of these very serious people are currently engaged in passing daily judgment on the public option and healthcare reform without any deference to the fact that they were phenomenally wrong about Iraq; they entirely misjudged the Bush administration (he was a media hero until Katrina); and they failed to see the economic consequences of deregulation and Reaganomics (how often did CNBC deny an impending disaster was looming?).

What's worse is that the Republican Party, which has heretofor been wrong about everything while also seriously damaging the nation in almost every way, is still being given more time and more latitude on television and in print.

I only wish regular people could be so successful as a consequence of utter failure.

Myths and Morality in Health Insurance Reform

Via The Briefing Room

President Obama debunks the myths around health insurance reform, and discusses the public option proposal in which many of them are rooted -- but he focuses his address on the stark moral and historical turning point at which we find ourselves: "This is our chance to march forward. I cannot promise you that the reforms we seek will be perfect or make a difference overnight. But I can promise you this: if we pass health insurance reform, we will look back many years from now and say, this was the moment we summoned what’s best in each of us to make life better for all of us. This was the moment we built a health care system worthy of the nation and the people we love. This was the moment we earned our place alongside the greatest generations. And that is what our generation of Americans is called to do right now."

Saturday - Tune of the Day

Elvis Costello - (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding

So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony.

The Nexus of Politics and Terror

Ridge admits Bush played politics with terror

Questionable stories the Bush admin fabricated to raise terror threats since 2002

Constitutionally... did Bush deceptions break the law?

Playing politics with National Security...

Illegal? Guess not. Again. Somehow.

Shameful abuse of power? Time and time again.

Betsy McCaughey Loses Board Seat

Via Ben Smith

Dick Armey was forced out of his lobbying shop, and now opposition to health care reform has taken a professional toll on another critic: A New Jersey medical device company, Cantel, just announced that Betsy McCaughey — the day after sparring with Jon Stewart — is "resigning to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest during the national debate over healthcare reform."

Full release:

LITTLE FALLS, N.J., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — CANTEL MEDICAL CORP. (NYSE: CMN) announced that on August 20, 2009 it received a letter of resignation from Ms. Elizabeth McCaughey as a director of the Company. Ms. McCaughey, who had served as a director since 2005, stated that she was resigning to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest during the national debate over healthcare reform. About Cantel Medical Corp. Cantel Medical Corp.

(NYSE: CMN) is a leading provider of infection prevention and control products in the healthcare market. Our products include specialized medical device reprocessing systems for renal dialysis and endoscopy, dialysate concentrates and other dialysis supplies, disposable infection prevention and control products primarily for the dental industry, water purification equipment, sterilants, disinfectants and cleaners, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation products for medical and non-medical applications, and specialty packaging for infectious and biological specimens. We also provide technical maintenance for our products and offer compliance training services for the transport of infectious and biological specimens.

For more information please visit http://www.cantelmedical.com.

Jon Stewart's Just 'Dancing Down the Liberal Yellow Brick Road'

Via Gawker

Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart and his staff compiled a pretty amazing takedown of Fox News, branding the network as "the new liberals." Bill O'Reilly was not pleased by this, so tonight he offered a rebuttal.

Saying that Stewart "went off the rails" by "deriding Fox News," O'Reilly took issue with the almost 8-minute Daily Show takedown in which old clips of Fox News personalities criticizing the behavior of liberal political activists were juxtaposed with recent clips of Fox News personalities praising the same sort of behaviors they used to take issue with.

So O'Reilly went on his show tonight and blabbered about how Stewart uses his "license to distort" as a satirist to placate his "liberal audience." He mentioned how a recent Pew Research poll found that 45% of Stewart's audience identifies themselves as liberal, and thus anything done on The Daily Show is not to ever be taken seriously because it's just a bunch of horseshit done to make their pansy-ass viewers chuckle (HAHA!) while they do yoga on the floor in their communal living room inside of a flea-ridden loft space near the campus of Berkeley in a pathetic attempt to escape the miserable existence of their Godless lives.

Additionally, O'Reilly did play two clips from the offending Daily Show segment that appear to have been taken mildly out of context, but that doesn't really matter anyway because we all already know that Fox News is the conservative network, the network of Jesus, and there's no way they'd ever shoot anybody a load of bullshit. So just disregard Jon Stewart as he's just a funny liberal put on earth for our amusement and is to be taken no more seriously than a masturbating monkey or something, okay?

Glenn Beck Suspiciously ‘On Vacation’ This Week

Via Wonkette

Hmm, here’s a CRAZY rumor about Glenn Beck and his disappearance this week from Fox News. Nobody ever goes on “actual” vacation in August — except the French, that is — so where the hell is Glenn Beck, really?

Tipsters inside Fox News tell us Glenn Beck’s vacation this week from his Fox News show was not planned. We hear Beck was told to take this week off to let some of the heat surrounding him die down. That heat began July 28 on “Fox & Friends” when Beck said he thought Pres. Obama has “a deep-seated hatred for white people,” adding, “This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

Open and shut case, folks! Except:

Sources close to Beck have contacted TVNewser denying that this was a forced vacation. Beck’s personal publicist Matthew Hiltzik forwarded us an email dated July 14th sent by Christopher Balfe, President & COO of Mercury Radio Arts and General Manager of Beck’s radio show, addressed to Mercury Radio employees reading: “Glenn will be off of radio & TV the week of August 17th, returning to air August 24th.”

Conclusion: Glenn Beck will return to work on Monday issuing butthurt rants regarding the death of his mother, which was planned all the way back in mid-July, and which everybody really should have known about.

Glenn Beck Off This Week: Vacation or Something More? [TVNewser]

Friday - Tune(s) of the Day

Imelda May (Official) - on MySpace - on FaceBook
(0:12) Johnny Got A Boom Boom
(3:09) Falling In Love Again

Imelda May on Later With Jools Holland on BBC2 Friday September 26th 2008.
Manic rockabilly with Johnny Got A Boom Boom and the beautiful Falling In Love Again.

Daily Show: Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview

Via The Daily Show

In this complete, unedited interview, Betsy McCaughey supports health care for uninsured Americans, but opposes a $500 billion Medicare cut to pay for it. McCaughey claims the health care bill forces doctors to choose between patients' interests and government penalties.



The Rude Pundit on Today's Stephanie Miller Show

Via Rude Pundit

For just about an hour today, the Rude Pundit had the deeply erotic pleasure of being in a New York City studio, alone, with Stephanie Miller. What went on under the table, away from the mikes, he'll never tell. But here's an excerpt from the show:

John Ensign Makes It Very Clear That He Is NOT Bill Clinton

Via Wonkette

Here is what we know about John Ensign: he was schtupping his buddy’s wife for six months or so until they got caught, at which point Ensign begged his old parents to give his buddy $96,000 in hush money (that worked out in the end!), which they did, spread across eight $12,000 checks to various family members so the sum wouldn’t have to be declared as taxable income. He shouldn’t be forced to resign.

It’s better this way, to see him roaming around the desert, giving interviews, meekly trying to hedge his failures, shaming himself, and coming across like a dingbat fraud, which he is: “Ensign told The Associated Press that he didn’t lie under oath like Clinton did and that he hasn’t ‘done anything legally wrong.’” Indeed, this would make a fine re-election campaign slogan. [AP, Las Vegas Gleaner]

TSA Introduces New Ways To (Ruin Your Vacation) Prove You’re Not a Terrorist!

Via Wonkette

Shocking news from the Terrorism Security Agency: All airplane terrorists would not have even existed if ONLY the TSA had crucial information from you, the person booking a flight on the Internet. What is that you say, potential terrorist? You already provide your name and your credit card and then your government-issued photo ID at the airport, to 30 or 40 different TSA employees? THAT IS NOT ENOUGH! WHAT ARE YOU SOME KIND OF MUSLIM?

As of Saturday, you may (or may not, who knows!) have to provide your gender (gay) and age (uhh) when buying your little online plane tickets so you can go to New Jersey or whatever, for a funeral. Hooray!

In this way, says the TSA, the TSA will never again let terrorists get on all the planes and kill everybody, like they did that one time, before the TSA existed. Oh yeah and if you aren’t asked for your gender and age when doing the online checkout thing, don’t worry … or do worry, it is not at all clear, but the main thing is to live your life like a nervous fucking dog owned by a family of adult retarded people just yelling nonsense at all hours, and if you don’t do the “right thing” (which changes by the second) they kick the shit out of you and throw you outside, because what are you going to do about it? You’re a dog, and your owners — your GODS, really — are fat retards who can kill you at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all, the end.

New airline passenger rules to start Saturday [CNN]

Gun Rights Lobbyist: It's 'Fine' To Have Guns At Presidential Events


Chris Matthews debates bringing guns to presidential events with Gun Owners of America lobbyist.

Couple reasons I love Chris Matthews and HardBall:

I'm asking you a simple question!

You're perfectly entitled to your opinion, but I think it's insane.

Thursday - Tune of the Day

Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you're the queen of the underground

Rush Limbaugh Makes “Uranus” Joke About Rep. Barney Frank

Via Media-ite

You know that whole Rep. Barney Frank/angry town hall questioner situation from last night?

Rush Limbaugh, of course, weighed in today. And guess what – he thinks the Obama/Hitler comparisons are just “fantastic” and of course, makes an offensive gay joke about Frank.

“It’s fabulous and fantastic and hilarious that a woman shows up at a Barney Frank town hall meeting with an Obama as Hitler poster and the Nazi stuff in his district,” says Limbaugh, chortling to himself.

Then, in reference to Frank’s line, “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” Limbaugh had this to say:

Isn’t it an established fact that Barney Frank himself spends most of his time living around Uranus?

You get it? Oh what a comedian this guy is. “This is all so much fun to watch, and it’s all so much fun to analyze,” said Limbaugh. The ‘former leader’ of the Republican party, ladies and gentlemen! (via NewsPolitics):

• Also, here’s Steve Doocy on Fox & Friends this morning finding Frank “rude” but seemingly having no problem with the whole ‘Obama/Hitler’ thing.

Party of "No" Health Care Plan

Olds Abandon AARP For More Conservative Senior Cabal

Via Wonkette

The most fearsome paramilitary organization in the country, the AARP, has seen a precipitous decline in membership since they declared that maybe our nation’s health care system needed a tweak or two. Blasphemy! Between 50,000 and 60,000 members have quit the AARP in disgust since July 1.

OK, so that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the 40 MILLION olds who still belong to the AARP. But we are not Nate Silver here, so we’ll just call it a “precipitous decline,” because it sounds scarier that way!

So who are the angry codgers who have forever renounced the seductions of AARP: The Magazine (the world’s largest circulation magazine! Remember that, Ifill, for your next game show appearance) and sweet discounts on Reeboks? They are, presumably, the sort of nutters who everybody laughs at for warning Obama to keep his filthy government paws off their Medicare.

Many of the defectors have destroyed their AARP cards and are switching to a relatively new group called American Seniors Association, which bills itself as the conservative alternative to AARP.

[...] The A.S.A. is appealing directly to disaffected AARP members, urging them to cut or tear up their AARP cards and join A.S.A. at a discount. It is also playing on the fears of many in the over-50 crowd who are worried that an overhaul will end up costing them money and lowering their quality of care.

Well, shit. Maybe an overhaul will cost people money or lower their quality of care. Fortunately, the Death Panels should be able to institute some pretty dramatic cost-cutting measures.

A Mini-Mutiny at AARP Over Health Care [NYT: Prescriptions]

Town Hall Wingnuts Are Classy


Just before Pamela Pilger shouted "Heil Hitler" to a Jewish man in favor of health care reform, she told a local news station why she's against it.

Via ThinkProgress

Woman yells ‘Heil Hitler’ to Jewish man praising Israel’s national health care system.

Conservatives have strenuously denied that there is any anti-Semitism on display by anti-health reform protesters at town hall meetings nationwide — despite all the evidence to the contrary. Last week, Las Vegas radio station KDWN AM720 sponsored a “contentious” town hall, emceed by conservative morning show host Heidi Harris. At the event, local news stations were interviewing an Israeli man who was praising the “fantastic” “national health care” in Israel. During his remarks, a woman yelled out, “Heil Hitler!” The man stopped, became visibly upset, and exclaimed, “Did you hear this? She say to a Jew, ‘Heil Hitler’! Hear? I’m a Jew! You’re telling me, ‘Heil Hitler’? Shame of you!” After he angrily confronts her, the woman mocks him by making a crying sound to imply he is a whining baby. Watch it:

Giant Waterslide Jump

Via Today's Big Thing

Wednesday - Tune of the Day

Chrissie Hynde - Stop Your Sobbing

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NYC) Leaves Joe Scarborough "Speechless"

Via AskAnthonyWeiner

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

In Your Face, Mr. Cooper... I Found Out Your Secret

Usually, I'm a Whiskey-Coke kinda girl. Specifically, Jim Beam whenever it's available (NOT Jack Daniels and I can smell the difference whenever bartenders or waitresses get it wrong). But while I was in New Orleans, I saw someone order a whiskey-sour. I LOVE them, and for some reason I always forget about them when I'm ordering, and I never think to mix them at home for myself very often. Usually, I think of it when I'm having a party, and I mix them by the pitcher for quick refills.

When I lived in Austin, TX... one of my girlfriend's father used to mix them by the pitcher at holiday dinner gatherings and I picked up that hosting trick from him. His were always awesome, and since he knew I appreciated mixology, he'd always brag about his secret ingredient. I could never get mine to be quite as "foamy" as his. I always thought the secret was just the right amount of powdered sugar.

Anyway, I was going to stop at the store on the way home and pick up any ingredients I don't already have, so... I took some time to look up a few recipes and videos and maybe some new ideas. And I think I may have discovered his secret.

This is basic. Some use granulated sugar, some use powdered, and some use simple syrup instead. What they miss here is the slice of lemon or orange garnish...

But then I saw this Brit, and somehow, don't we always trust them to stick to "tradition" and lineage when it comes to... everything. Of course he uses those crazy metric measurements (that's not the trick) and he also uses Angostura bitters. I have those already and I'll try it, but I doubt that was the secret ingredient either.

Watch closely, this totally makes sense for foamy frothy whiskey sours...

Congress Cant Pass a Bill That Does NOT Have a Public Option

Via Jane Hamsher

When I wrote that 64 Democrats in the House had pledged to vote against a health care bill with no public plan, I limited the list to those who have made that known, publicly and officially, by putting their names to that commitment (no anonymous whip counts, no "leaked" lists that the members won't acknowledge). It's been a long hard slog to get people to go on the record.

But we've heard many times that the universe of Members who feel this way is probably larger, and this morning, Anthony Weiner confirms it on CNBC:

WEINER: The President does seem like he's moving away from the public plan, and if he does, he's not going to pass a bill. Because there are just too many people in Washington who believe that the public plan was the only way that you effectively bring some downward pressure on prices, and if he says well we're not going to have that, then I'm not really quite sure what we're dong here.

BECKY QUICK: So you would not vote for a bill that made it through, if it got through...

WEINER: Not only I but I think there's probably a hundred members of the House, who believe for various reasons that you need to have something to bring down prices. Otherwise you're basically, what you're doing, you're keeping the cost arc. . . the CBO agrees with that. You know as it was, I think the public plan had been watered down so much. So if the President thinks he's cutting a deal to get Senate votes, he's probably losing House votes.

Weiner makes it clear that later in the segment that he understands that a co-op is not a public plan. He doesn't address triggers. I'm putting him in the "only robust" category.

There was one final amusing moment:

JIM QUINTIANILLA: So you think he will lose the liberal wing of his own party, and you don't think he can make it up by attracting Blue Dogs, Republicans, anyone on the other side of the aisle.

Yes, Blue Dogs are "on the other side of the aisle." And everyone but Rahm seems to know it.

(via The Hill)

Obamabot Blend... Mmmm

Good morning radical socialist nanny state slackers who only want free health care. I'm coming to you LIVE from Scarborough Country... in the "Redneck Riviera"... Pensacola Florida!!

Isn't that the cutest unicorn donkey rendering you've ever seen?

I was looking for wifi spots at mom&pop coffee joints (cause I support small business in America, and besides Starbucks isn't worth $82 a cup) and I found a listing for this place. Now who would NOT want to patronize a place that has "Bad Ass" in it's name, right? Well, not me. So here I am drinking a cup of Obama Blend (for realz) and oddly enough, it tastes just like kool-aid.

I thought I might see a book rack display selling autographed copies of Joe's latest best-seller, but sadly... no.

Crappy weather this morning when I woke up...

What I feel is come and gone before
No need to talk it out
We know what it's all about
Hangin' around, nothing to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
Sing it, Karen!!

Looks like it's gonna be shitty for a lot of the drive home too. Bridgestones, don't fail me now!!

This chair is so cushy comfy... I wonder if they'd let me sleep-loiter here until about noon.

Monday - Tune of the Day

The Bangles - Manic Monday

Sunday Church Services

I found a church this morning that caters to my denomination. I prayed for the salvation of my ungodly soul, and repented for the whole wild wicked weekend of sin and debauchery.

The minister preached fire and brimstone...

And then they had a baptism...

It was all very moving and spiritual. My faith is renewed.

Packin up my shit today and headed back. Probably stay in Pensacola or Tallahassee tonight.
If there's wifi, I'll tweetcha then.

Sunday - Tune of the Day

Guns n Roses - Sympathy For The Devil

So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste