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Reposted from Daily Kos by David in Burbank Editor's Note: This is the worst kind of generalization and based on the myths republicans themselves invented about us. -- David in Burbank

Noted Republican hack Joe Scarborough sinks to a new low with this feeble attempt minimize the decision President Obama made to take out Osama Bin Laden, while at the same time smearing the Democratic base:

Here, you know, I think Republicans should stand up and certainly salute Barack Obama for making some — again, for making some very tough choices that his own base did not want him to make. That takes courage, that takes leadership, and we saw the results of that courage and leadership saying no to his own base yesterday.[...]

[These are] decisions that he probably did not believe as a candidate he didn’t think he’d have to make…Going against his own ideological leanings to do what he believes he has to do.

Really? Does Scarborough mean candidate Obama who said:

Mission accomplished, Joe.

As for what his base wanted? Please note that Democrats voted for candidate Obama in overwhelming numbers after he said that, and rejected candidate McCain who said he wouldn't go into Pakistan to get Bin Laden. Republicans on the other hand ...  

Reposted from Windtalker by David in Burbank Editor's Note: Real People standing up and being heard. -- David in Burbank

I just returned from Paul Ryan's townhall meeting in Waterford and am dutifully reporting back, Kossacks.

First of all, there were over 400 people there, probably a majority being pro-Ryan.  It was hard to tell because, as usual, we Democrats were polite, and the Republicans just kept trying to shout down anyone they disagreed with, in spite of Ryan's efforts to quiet them down.

Secondly, the local media were there, along with reporters from the AP and USA Today.  The AP and USA Today guys asked me for my name and town afterwards, so maybe our side will get some print.

Third, as I suspected, when I asked how many people had actually read Ryan's plan, about 5 people raised their hands, all of whom seemed to be on our side.  So essentially, all of the impolite, booing people hadn't even read the proposal.

Fourth, I did get a chance to speak!  Yippee!!  A summary below the fold...

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Thu Apr 07, 2011 at 10:56 AM PDT

The Republican Agenda

by David in Burbank

The list of riders attached to the budget bill H.R. 1 is pretty ugly.  

However, one thing I started to realize as I went through the list of prohibitions against funding, is that none of this changes the actual law.  For instance, one rider:

Prohibits funds to carry out the medical loss ratio restrictions in the health care reform law. These provisions require insurers to spend at least a certain percent of their premium revenues on medical care.
But they haven't repealed the Health Care bill at all.  And if this goes through and then the medical loss ratio restrictions are phased in - a court will have to do the work on a case by case basis. Because it's still the law, right?  Am I crazy?
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Finally, good news about all the traffic in LA!

"Assemblyman Mike Gatto Introduces Landmark Legislation to Capture Roadside Energy"

The technology, called “piezoelectric generation,” can produce as much as 44 megawatts of electricity per year from one single-lane, one-kilometer stretch of roadway — enough to power 30,800 homes for a year. The science works as follows: when a car or truck passes over pavement, the pavement vibrates ever so slightly. By placing relatively inexpensive piezoelectric sensors underneath a road, the vibrations produced by vehicles can be converted into electricity, which can be used to power roadside lights, call boxes and neighboring communities.
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