A Lion May Roar Again

Via Countdown

Grayson blasts GOP and the bipartisan fetish in brilliant floor speech

Lawrence O’Donnell does the set up for Rep. Alan Grayson’s (D-FL) amazing floor speech taking Republicans to task for being against everything, and taking Democrats to tesk for letting Republicans get in the way:

Let's all hope Rep. Alan Grayson keeps the balls of a "Lion"

More great analysis on our new Democratic Party maverick with a spine:
Rep. Alan Grayson May Just Fuck Your Shit Up

Weekly Address: New Momentum for Health Reform


"Let's go finish the job."

The President goes through the leading conservative and Republican figures who have come out one after another urging passage of health insurance reform. After a summer of intense debate, cooler heads begin to prevail to make progress for the American people.

Defend This Atlanta Man’s Right To Free Racist Joke Speech!

Via Wonkette

Might as well just quote it wholesale: “TEMPLE, Ga. — When you walk into the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar in Paulding County, you feel like you’ve walked into a different era. Behind the pool tables stands a mannequin in a Klu Klux Klan costume, but it’s what’s outside of the Patrick Lanzo’s restaurant that has some people angry. Lanzo put up a sign that reads ‘Obama’s plan for health-care: N*&%*r rig it.’”

CBS2 ATLANTA sent a black reporter to make this super awesome awkward, too. Watch the video! She is so pissed about having to talk to this guy:

CBS Atlanta’s Michelle Marsh asked Lanzo why he put up the sign.

“I’ve been putting up signs for 22 years and I’ve put up all kinds of political signs,” said Lanzo.

“Why did you use the N word?” Marsh asked.

“Well, I’ve used it most of my life. There are different ways to put your opinion up, but that’s just the words I choose,” Lanzo answered.

He was somehow a member of the NAACP in 2005. Do people even know who they are anymore?

Restaurant Sign Attacking Obama Sparks Race Debate [CBS Atlanta]

Obama Brings Another Honor to America

Via Maddow

Rachel Maddow explains why Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize and marvels at the inability for some Americans not to feel pride with the honor.

Senator Barbara Boxer joins Rachel Maddow to discuss the inability of the right to support America as long as Barack Obama is President and whether that attitude will come to characterize Republican party politics

Saturday - Tune of the Day

Sheryl Crow - Steve McQueen

I ain't takin' shit off no one
Baby, that was yesterday
I'm an all American rebel
Makin' my big getaway
Yeah, you know it's time
I gotta fly

We got rock stars in the White House
And all our pop stars look like porn
All my heroes hit the highway
'Cause they don't hang out here no more

Nobel Peace Prize: Historical Precedent

Via Cesca


The Nobel Committee gave South African Bishop Desmond Tutu the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his leadership of efforts to abolish apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid wasn't fully abolished in South Africa until 1994. The committee could have waited until after apartheid was abolished to say, "Well done!" But the point of the award was to help bring down apartheid by strengthening Bishop Tutu's efforts. In particular, everyone knew that it was going to be much harder for the apartheid regime to crack down on Tutu after the Nobel Committee wrapped him in its protective cloak of world praise.

That's what the Nobel Committee is trying to do for Obama now. It's giving an award to encourage the change in world relations that Obama has promised, and to try to help shield Obama against his domestic adversaries.


But the kneejerk rush to indict the president -- on the left and the right -- for receiving this honor failed to take into consideration both history and the stated content of this year's award. It was an award granted to motivate and inspire both the president and the nation to push for nuclear disarmament and solutions for the climate crisis.

And by the way, David Sirota with his fantastical "Inner Space" shrinking machine somehow managed to pilot his tiny space ship into the brains of the Nobel committee and ascertain that, instead of following historic precedent for the award, the committee is motivated by American-style celebrity worship. Even though they're, you know, Norwegian.

Obama's fame - not his actual policy or record - is what is being honored here. And that's not surprising: As I said, we are a society that is increasingly organized not around issue, cause or movement, but around celebrity - and this reflects it.

We are a society that's organized around celebrity. Yes, America loves celebrities. America. I'm unaware of Norwegian culture, but is the committee composed of Perez Hilton types whose lives revolve around TMZ?

President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

Via AP

Committee praises ‘extraordinary efforts’ to strengthen diplomacy

OSLO, Norway - President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama's name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said. "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."

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The committee said it attached special importance to Obama's vision of, and work for, a world without nuclear weapons.

"Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play," the committee said.

Record number of nominations
Theodore Roosevelt won the award in 1906 and Woodrow Wilson won in 1919. Former President Jimmy Carter won the award in 2002, while former Vice President Al Gore shared the 2007 prize with the U.N. panel on climate change.

The Nobel committee received a record 205 nominations for this year's prize.

In his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses."

Unlike the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded by Swedish institutions, he said the peace prize should be given out by a five-member committee elected by the Norwegian Parliament. Sweden and Norway were united under the same crown at the time of Nobel's death.

The committee has taken a wide interpretation of Nobel's guidelines, expanding the prize beyond peace mediation to include efforts to combat poverty, disease and climate change.

You Baby Killin Whores In Oklahoma Beware!!

Via BarbInMD

Move over, Hester Prynne:

On Nov. 1, a law in Oklahoma will go into effect that will collect personal details about every single abortion performed in the state and post them on a public website. Implementing the measure will “cost $281,285 the first year and $256,285 each subsequent year.” Here are the first eight questions that women will have to reveal:

  1. Date of abortion
  1. County in which abortion performed
  1. Age of mother
  1. Marital status of mother
  1. Race of mother
  1. Years of education of mother
  1. State or foreign country of residence of mother
  1. Total number of previous pregnancies of the mother

Oklahoma's Department of Health argues that there is "no cause for concern or protest in regards to privacy issues" because the whore woman isn't required to give her name, but quite obviously it wouldn't be too hard to crack the code for those living in small communities.

The Department of Health will also need to know:

... the method of payment; the cost of the abortion; the type of medical health insurance; whether an ultrasound was given; and the nature of the mother's relationship with the father.

... all to "prevent abortions based on the gender of the fetus," the alleged reason for the law. No explanation on how this information, publicly posted after the fact, will prevent an abortion -- but of course the threat of having ones private life publicly exposed might do the trick.

More from Rachel Maddow (at 02:14)

Friday - Tune of the Day

Beastie Boys feat.Cypress Hill - So What'cha Want

Y'all suckers write me checks and then they bounce
So I reach into my pocket for the fresh amount
See I'm the long leaner Vincent the Cleaner
I'm the illest motherfucker from here to Gardena

Well I'm as cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce
You've got the rhyme and reason but got no cause
But if you're hot to trot you think you're slicker than grease
I've got news for you crews you'll be sucking like a leech

Original Studio Version

Surge? They Don't Even Want Us There

Via HardBall

Chris Matthews talks with NBC's Richard Engel and Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations to access the real enemy of US Troops in Afghanistan.

Via Zathras at ForeignPolicy
Other Differences
(Between Iraq and Afghanistan when considering a "surge" strategy)

Three and a half years before the surge in Afghanistan, fully eight years before the one being discussed in Afghanistan.

An enemy under consistent pressure in Iraq, an enemy left to regroup and reorganize unmolested in its Pakistani sanctuary.

An Iraqi government improving its ability to deploy armed force (if not to deliver services), an Afghan government that is not.

An Iraqi government with the passionate support of key factions within the country's largest sect, an Afghan government confronting an insurgency dominated by the country's largest tribe.

A surge in Iraq that was made the undisputed top priority by the Bush admininstration as it made claims on the military's resources, an Afghan campaign that is hampered, still, by the greater resource demand of the prolonged commitment in Iraq.

Finally, a Bush administration committed to finding a way to hand off the Iraq problem to its successor, and an Obama administration that came into office believing it could "solve" Afghanistan.

There are more differences than similarities, it seems to me.

O’Reilly To Bachmann: Do People Hate You Just Because They Want To Bone You?

Via Wonkette

O’Reilly’s figured it out!

This starts about two minutes in, and is TERRIFYINGLY awkward — even Michele Bachmann is disturbed:

O’REILLY: Do you think — and this is an off-the-wall question. And I’m telling the audience that it’s just something that’s occurred to me. Both you and Sarah Palin are good-looking women. I mean, you’re attractive, young — relatively young — women who other women can identify with. You’re a mom, a wife. You had a private-sector job.

I think that’s it. I think that the success of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann drive the far left crazy because you don’t fit — they don’t like what you believe in, but you can attract others to listen to you. I think that’s what’s going on.

Note that this incorporates both the Kathleen Parker Thesis and its opposite: Michele Bachmann can “attract others to listen” to her, like Bill O’Reilly, who wants 15 minutes in a motel with her for a Cleveland Steamer, but also Keith Olbermann, who wants to schtup her so badly that he talks about her on his television program, with OUTRAGE. (Rachel Maddow, as a lesbian, would also want to Scissor with Bachmann under this theory.)

Maybe it has something to do with the things she says, though, which are ten times as frequent and insane as your run-of-the-mill congressional jackass. She’s not even hot, is the other thing.

O’Reilly to Bachmann: You ‘drive the far-left crazy’ because you’re ‘good looking.’ [Think Progress]

Thursday - Tune of the Day

Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On

You said when we broke up
You just wanted to be friends
Tell me, how can we still be friends
When seeing you just breaks my heart again
And there ain't nothing I can do about it

My Favorite Version:
Artist: Rod Stewart
Song: You Keep Me Hangin On
Album: Foot Loose Fancy Free

And another version for my friend Suzanna.
For when adequate descriptive verbalization isn't even required:

Anca - You Keep Me Hanging On
(Dancing Boobs Edition)

Top 50 Conservative Websites Reveal Alarming Patterns

Via NewsJunkie Post


Fox News of course tops the list. Others in the top 10 include the WorldNet Daily, Newsmax, and the Free Republic. Conservapedia is down at #37.

The top 50 conservative websites are a fascinating compilation that seems to be dominated by disinformation. That is, false information promoted in order to influence public opinion or the government. They demonstrate a high degree of alarmism coupled with a serious lack of journalistic integrity, which can be a noxious mix that helps ignorance grow.

1. Fox ‘news’
Let us examine some of these to demonstrate, starting with the mother of all propaganda outlets: Fox ‘News’. The website is ranked 236th in world traffic by updated figures (37th in the US), and has millions of nightly viewers. The fact that Fox is biased in undeniable, despite taking a page from the neocon book of ironic slogans with the phrase: “Fair and Balanced.” Fox has even taken talking points directly from Bush, sometimes via Murdoch.

Their assault on real journalism has been well established on the documentary Outfoxed [watch it here]. There are numerous photo collages revealing their tactics of labeling anyone in trouble as a Democrat. One can also check out watchdog site Media Matters for 6000+ pieces of evidence that prove Fox ‘News’ spreads disinformation. The point however, is that they are deliberately spreading ignorance to a very large audience, and that is dangerous and contagious. A recent Pew poll found Fox ‘News’ viewers came in last regarding their comprehension of national and international affairs.

This is perhaps most evident recently during the debate about health care reform. 72% of self-identified FOX News viewers believe the health-care plan will give coverage to illegal immigrants, 79% of them say it will lead to a government takeover, 69% think that it will use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, and 75% believe that it will allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing care for the elderly.”

5. WorldNet Daily
The WND has to be the king of all right wing conspiracy sites on the internet. Their dissemination of ignorance runs from suggesting the 911 attacks were due to America turning its back on god, to their involvement in the treasonous Valerie Plame scandal, to FEMA concentration camps, to theories about the North American Union. However, their greatest achievement in terms of conspiracy theories is undoubtedly their persistent attention to the birthplace of Obama. Much of their traffic comes from Drudge, Fox, and Breitbart (no surprise there).

6. Newsmax
This website is one of the most right leaning on the web according to Skewz.com. In addition to this, “Criticism of NewsMax has focused on its distribution of false information. NewsMax has been accused of being a hub for conspiracy theories about Democrats, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Newsmax recently made headlines by suggesting that a Honduran style military coup to “resolve the Obama problem” was not unrealistic. This post was scrubbed from their website within 2 days, but a good screenshot was captured by ProgressiveNation first.

7. The Free Republic
This website consists of a messaging board with painfully ignorant, intolerant, and incendiary commentary. The users, called Freepers have pushed for violence, rigged online polls, been sued by major newspapers for copyright infringement, and been openly racist. Their crown jewel was having an article written by the right wing terrorist James von Brunn posted on the site, the racist who went on the murderous rampage at the Holocaust Memorial recently.

37. Conservapedia
This one is rich. Since reality has a well know liberal bias, many on the right needed something else to get their ‘information’ from, so they created that place. Conservapedia is an encyclopedia project written from an Americentric, conservative Christian, and predominantly young earth creationist point of view.” They have been in the headlines recently for rewriting the Bible to cut out passages that are deemed too ‘liberal’. There are some real gems of ignorance found in Conservapedia, including the following:

“An apparent Muslim, Obama could use the Koran when he is sworn into office.”

“Liberals support the legalisation of marijuana and other drugs, which are major causes of psychiatric illnesses”

“studies have long indicated that homosexuals have a substantially greater risk of suffering from psychiatric problems”

“…pairs of each dinosaur kind were taken onto Noah’s Ark during the Great Flood and were preserved from drowning”

“All the prevailing, atheistic theories of the origin of the Moon were completely disproved by the lunar landings and studies of the lunar rocks afterwards.”

Although there are a far too many on the list to go into detail about each one, a clear pattern has already been established. Other websites include conservative commentators like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Michelle Malkin, think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and Cato, and a random assortment. StormFront curiously didn’t make the list. It should be noted that the list below was actually compiled by a website called Right Wing News and the rankings were determined by using Alexa.

The next time you run into someone on a forum board or social media website that starts going off about how Obama has a fake birth certificate, the health care plan is to euthanize the elderly, or other nut-flavored conspiracy theories, you can bet they just came from one of the following places.

1) Fox News: 260
2) Wall Street Journal: 383
3) The Drudge Report: 748
4) New York Post: 888
5) WorldNetDaily: 2,692
6) Newsmax: 3,264
7) Free Republic: 3,988
8) The Washington Times: 4,717
9) TownHall: 5,986
10) The Rush Limbaugh Show: 7,624

11) Real Clear Politics: 7,957
12) National Review: 10,346
13) Hot Air: 11,517
14) Michelle Malkin: 12,871
15) Glenn Beck: 13,153
16) Human Events Online: 17,538
17) The Heritage Foundation: 20,746
18) Newsbusters: 21,452
19) Lew Rockwell: 24,677
20) The Weekly Standard: 25,565

21) News With Views: 27,352
22) Sean Hannity: 28,086
23) Pajamas Media 28,969
24) The Ludwig von Mises Institute: 29,116
25) Atlas Shrugs: 29,548
26) The American Thinker: 29,980
27) Cybercast News Service: 32,348
28) Neal Boortz: 32,857
29) Reason: 33,254
30) Lucianne: 34,135

31) Ann Coulter 36,864
32) The Cato Journal: 39,187
33) Daily Paul: 41,465
34) The Volokh Conspiracy: 42,021
35) Bill O’Reilly: 42,533
36) Redstate: 42,655
37) Conservapedia: 43,866
38) Power Line: 44,542
39) Jewish World Review: 44,765
40) Front Page Magazine: 48,645

41) Daniel Pipes: 49,692
42) Little Green Footballs: 49,844
43) Campaign for Liberty: 50,638
44) The American Spectator: 52,377
45) Commentary: 55,447
46) GOPUSA: 58,771
47) James Lileks’: 60,536
48) Right Wing News: 63,097
49) Wizbang: 63,427
50) Day by Day: 63,455

Republicans: New And Improved With More Gang Rape Than Ever Before

Via Think Progress

In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and “warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.” (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies like KBR “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Franken said:

The constitution gives everybody the right to due process of law … And today, defense contractors are using fine print in their contracts do deny women like Jamie Leigh Jones their day in court. … The victims of rape and discrimination deserve their day in court [and] Congress plainly has the constitutional power to make that happen.

Watch Franken’s speech:

On the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) spoke against the amendment, calling it “a political attack directed at Halliburton.” Franken responded, “This amendment does not single out a single contractor. This amendment would defund any contractor that refuses to give a victim of rape their day in court.”

In the end, Franken won the debate. His amendment passed by a 68-30 vote, earning the support of 10 Republican senators including that of newly-minted Florida Sen. George LeMieux. “He did what a senator should do, which was he was working it,” LeMieux said in praise of Franken. “He was working for his amendment.”

Appearing with Franken after the vote, an elated Jones expressed her deep appreciation. “It means the world to me,” she said of the amendment’s passage. “It means that every tear shed to go public and repeat my story over and over again to make a difference for other women was worth it.”

Here's the Pro-Gang Rape Republican Senators in your United States 111th Congress

NAYs ---30

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

CountDown: 1-Hour Special Comment "Health Care Reform"

Via CountDown






Wednesday - Tune of the Day

Rolling Stones - Saint of Me

Augustin knew temptation
He loved women, wine and song
And all the special pleasures
Of doing something wrong
I said yeah
I said yeah

‘Real American’ Records Actual Historical Event In Beautiful Painting

Via Wonkette

A bunch of you have sent us a link to this painting by a fellow named Jon McNaughton, depicting the divine event that took place during the hot Philadelphia summer of 1787, when Jeebus flew to America from his ice cave on Pluto to deliver the U.S. Constitution to some brat before an in-studio audience consisting of George Washington, Mister Hollywood, Liberal News Reporter, Satan, and others. “Jon McNaughton would like to set the record straight,” we read.

What’s so essential about this Internet painting is that McNaughton has included, for each character, that thing you commenters love so much: Alt-Text. Descriptive Alt-Text.

The bottom-right corner is where you’ll find the good stuff:

Satan kinda resembles Ann Coulter. Jussayin.

One Nation Under God [Jon McNaughton]

ONE NATION UNDER … WTF?!?! [More fun on this from Elvis Hussein Dingeldein.]

Hell Version [Wonkette]

Another Great Parody [Short Packed]

Shep Smith Destroys GOP Senator on Public Option

Via Jed Lewison

File this under things you never thought you'd see -- Fox anchor Shep Smith destroying Republican Senator John Barasso on the public option.

One of the many money quotes:

SMITH: What more than 60 percent of Americans say they support is a public option. This has been an enormous win for the health care industry. That is an unquestioned fact, but I wonder, what happens to the American people when we come out with legislation now which requires everyone to have health care insurance -- or many more people -- but does not give a public option? Therefore millions more people will have to buy insurance from the very corporations that are overcharging us, and whose profits have gone up 350 percent in the last ten years. It seems like we the people are the ones getting the shaft here.

Shep Smith might be Fox's most reasonable host, but that doesn't make him a liberal. He's still a Republican-leaning type of guy, and the fact that he sees the value of a public option illustrates just how sensible and mainstream an idea it is.

Tuesday - Tune of the Day

Steely Dan - FM

Give her some funked up music, she treats you nice
Feed her some hungry reggae, she'll love you twice
The girls don't seem to care tonight
As long as the mood is right

$6M Crib With Outdoor Cinema For Sale

If It's Hip, It's Here: $6M Crib With Outdoor Cinema For Sale
(Maybe They'll Throw In The Windex).

One Day, No Hate

Tuesday, October 6:

One Day, No Hate

By Jane Devin on September 30th, 2009

Great idea... great blogger... excellent blog.
Please read and reflect. Give her a lil feedback.

I promised to be good today.

I'm 3 hours into it... and still doing fine. I think maybe I can accomplish this. But just to be sure, I'm going to step away from my most frequented access to wingn... to conservatives, Twitter.

I think I'm going to go shopping for some supplies that I'm low on anyway.

HC Reform: Support Up, Opposition Down

Via Gallup

Support Holds Steady at 51%, While Percentage Unsure Rises

Americans' views on healthcare legislation have shifted modestly over the past three weeks, with a slight plurality (40%) now supporting the passage of a new healthcare bill, and with fewer (36%) saying they oppose a new bill. When the leanings of those without an opinion are taken into account, 51% of Americans favor or lean toward favoring a bill, while 41% oppose it or lean toward opposition -- a more sizeable gap in favor than three weeks ago.

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"The greater tilt in favor of a healthcare bill today is not because of increased support for it in recent weeks; rather, opposition has lessened, while a higher percentage of Americans express no opinion or leaning on healthcare reform."

In terms of Americans' initial preference for passing healthcare legislation (that is prior to those without an opinion being asked which way they lean), their views since August have changed very little from one poll to the next. However, the cumulative effect has been a slight increase in support for the bill over the past two months (from 35% to 40%) and a corresponding decline in those holding no opinion.


That a quarter of Americans remain unsure may reflect the confusion created by the number of healthcare reform bills the House and Senate are still debating -- with different provisions in each and still no clarity about whether the final bill will include a "public option."

The greater tilt in favor of a healthcare bill today is not because of increased support for it in recent weeks; rather, opposition has lessened, while a higher percentage of Americans express no opinion or leaning on healthcare reform.

Demographic Differences

Attitudes toward a new healthcare bill remain largely divided along partisan lines. Democrats solidly favor healthcare legislation, with 66% saying they would advise their member of Congress to vote for it, with just 5% favoring a "no" vote. However, a rather substantial 29% of Democrats do not have an opinion at this point. Republicans are solidly opposed by 65% to 16%, with fewer undecided (19%). Independents are more likely to oppose (43%) than to favor (34%) healthcare legislation at this point.


When partisans' leanings on healthcare legislation are taken into account, the results show solid Democratic support, solid Republican opposition, with independents evenly divided.


Previous Gallup polling has found senior citizens to be the most widely opposed to healthcare reform legislation of all age groups, and that continues to be the case. The new poll finds 36% of seniors (aged 65 and older) in favor, 41% opposed, and 23% not having an opinion. Young adults -- those 18 to 29 years old -- are most supportive, with 43% in favor, 23% opposed, and 34% undecided. Americans between the ages of 30 and 64 are evenly divided, with 40% in favor, 38% opposed, and 22% undecided.

Bottom Line

The gap between supporters and opponents of new healthcare reform legislation has increased modestly over the past three weeks. Still, Americans remain largely divided, with a significant proportion undecided, although the current poll marks the first time more Americans favor than oppose healthcare legislation this year. The 51% of Americans favoring or leaning in favor of a bill gives President Obama and his congressional allies a bare majority of support, but perhaps not the solid public backing needed to advance the bill in Congress.

Survey Methods

Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,013 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Oct 1-4, 2009. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.

Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones (for respondents with a landline telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell phone only).

In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

Mad as Hell Doctors

Via CountDown

Keith speaks with Dr. Paul Hochfeld an emergency medical physician from Corvallis, Oregon affiliated with the group "Mad as Hell Doctors" to explain why doctors support President Obama's healthcare goals.

'01-'08: "America, Fuck Yeah!" - 2009: "Fuck America! Yeah!"

Via Maddow

Rachel looks at the wealthy and powerful family behind American's for Prosperity and is joined by Washington Independent's David Weigel to review his reporting on the group's recent conference at which conservatives cheered America's loss in the chance to host the Olympic games in Chicago.

Via HardBall

HardBall panel discusses Republicans and conservatives despicable cheering of America's failure in their attempts to oppose every effort made by President Obama.

Levi Johnston Stars In Pistachio Ad About Gettin A Nut (Safely)


Here's how the Get Crackin folks are pegging this YouTube video, which is definitely the hottest thing on the Internet today:

Levi Johnston, father of Sarah Palin's grandchild, shows us how he Gets Crackin'. Show us how you do it. www.getcrackin.com. Show us how you Get Crackin' and you could win $25,000 and see your spot on TV!

Watch and, um, learn(?):

The brand of nuts is indeed sold in the greater D.C. area, and are harvested by the same group who does Everybody's Nuts.

Monday - Tune of the Day

Love & Rockets - No New Tale To Tell

Our little lives get complicated
It's a simple thing
Simple as a flower
And that's a complicated thing

Dirt In The Ground

Dirt In The Ground

(Tom Waits / K. Brennan)

What does it matter, a dream of love
Or a dream of lies
We’re all gonna be in the same place
When we die
Your spirit don’t leave knowing
Your face or your name
And the wind through your bones
Is all that remains
And we’re all gonna be
We’re all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

The quill from a buzzard
The blood writes the word
I want to know am I the sky
Or a bird
‘Cause hell is boiling over
And heaven is full
We’re chained to the world
And we all gotta pull
And we’re all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

Now the killer was smiling
With nerves made of stone
He climbed the stairs
And the gallows groaned
And the people’s hearts were pounding
They were throbbing, they were red
As he swung out ofver the crowd
I heard the hangman said
We’re all gonna be
Just dirt in the ground

Now Cain slew Abel
He killed him with a stone
The sky cracked open
And the thunder groaned
Along a river of flesh
Can these dry bones live?
Ask a king or a beggar
And the answer they’ll give
Is we’re all gonna be
Yea yeah
We’re all gonna be just
Dirt in the ground

Sunday - Tune of the Day

Via Sony Pictures
And FaceBook

Not an actual tune today. But a recommendation for what looks to be an awesome tune movie that's already making the rounds in the US.

If you're a fan of great guitarists... here's three prime examples... learning from each other and relating their experience... all for you.

International Association of Imbeciles

Via Redmond

Based on the amount of unadulterated dumb that flies out of Glenn Beck's face, you'd think the guy would have a fair amount of respect for the First Amendment. Then you realize it's Glenn Beck and things such as logic and irony bounce off his moron skull like so many rubber bullets. Which brings us to the current legal battle over the parody site DidGlennBeckRapeAndMurderAYoungGirlIn1990.com that lampoons the talk show host's style of asking asinine rhetorical questions that might as well be accusations. Beck obviously wants it taken down and could give a flying fuck about the very amendment that allows him to get paid millions to slather wingnut ears with tales of the Negro boogeyman.

So, realizing the very Constitution that protects his blabbering might actually protect somebody else's right to say ridiculous shit (Oh noes!), Glenn Beck's legal team is circumventing the U.S. courts and going straight to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva in a plea to pull the site down. That's right, Glenn Beck essentially went to the U.N. of the Internet. PING! There goes another irony bullet.

In the meantime, the Beck parody site's lawyer Marc Randazza has responded to the WIPO with probably the greatest legal response in the history of attorneying stuff:

We are not here because the domain name could cause confusion. We do not have a declaration from the president of the international association of imbeciles that his members are blankly staring at the Respondent’s website wondering “where did all the race baiting content go?” We are here because Mr. Beck wants Respondent’s website shut down. He wants it shut down because Respondent’s website makes a poignant and accurate satirical critique of Mr. Beck by parodying Beck’s very rhetorical style. Beck’s skin is too thin to take the criticism, so he wants the site down. Beck is represented by a learned and respected legal team. Accordingly, it is beyond doubt that his counsel advised him that under the First Amendment to the United States’ Constitution, no action in a U.S. Court would be successful.

The response has to be the first legal document to contain the words "Mr. Spock ate my balls," so if you're looking for a humorous read on this fine Saturday, give it a once over.

Adding... Why does Glenn Beck hate freedom of speech so much?