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David Frum, the Bush Speechwriter who was fired from the American Enterprise Institute for criticizing the Republican Party, commented on NPR's "Marletplace," on 10/27.

Frum stated:

I know, I know, I know! There's Christine O'Donnell, Rand Paul and Sharron Angle. Never mind Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Fox News. There's the crazy guy in Texas who says that revolution is "on the table." And anyway, what kind of fiscally conservative party campaigns on a pledge to protect Medicare exactly as it is? ... "Yet I will, nevertheless, be voting the straight Republican ticket on Nov. 2 ...

Unlike Frum, I am voting a straight Democratic ticket.

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Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 11:05 AM PDT

Sarah - Self Destruct Watch

by lfurman97

Palin resigned as governor after 2 years; which was ok with her supporters - and better for the State of Alaska.
She flies on private jets, made $13 MILLION and is considered is a woman of the people.
Censured on ethics charges, she announced that she was found innocent.

But Michael Joseph Gross, who calls himself a Christian from a small town wanted to write a sympathetic article about Sarah "Barracuda" Palin. And he did.

Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury
Even as Sarah Palin’s public voice grows louder, she has become increasingly secretive, walling herself off from old friends and associates, and attempting to enforce silence from those around her. Following the former Alaska governor’s road show, the author delves into the surreal new world Palin now inhabits—a place of fear, anger, and illusion, which has swallowed up the engaging, small-town hockey mom and her family—and the sadness she has left in her wake.

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Will Sarah Self-Destruct? And When?

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We are witnessing the Fossil Fuel Trifecta of Disaster.

Dec. 22, 2008, the Kingston Steam Plant fly ash pond broke, releasing 1.2 Billion gallons of toxic sludge from a coal plant and flooding the Clinch and Emery Rivers and 3000 acres near Kingston, Tennessee.

April 5, 2010, an accident killed 29 miners in the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, W. Virginia.

Since April 20, for 56 Days and counting, 50,000 to 84,000 barrels per day, 2.8 Million to 4.7 Million barrels of oil has been gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon.  If it hits the Gulf Stream we can expect tarballs from the Deepwater Horizon to wash up on the beaches of Daytona, the Outer Banks, the Jersey Shore, Coney Island, The Rockaways, Jones Beach, Fire Island, Nantucket, Cape Cod, all the way up the coast to Maine, Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland.

The questions are "When?" not "If?" and "How Much?"

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The Best Energy Future

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I had the honor, privilege and good fortune of seeing then-Senator Obama speak in Hoboken, on November 2, 2006, at a campaign event for Senator Menendez. Afterwards I called my father and said "I think I just saw the next President of the United States." Two years later, November, 4, 2008, he and the American voters proved me right; I attended a victory party for President Obama, Senator Lautenberg, for "Change we can believe in," for the American people, and for, I think, the world.

I felt like that watching the State of the Union; less euphoric, more focused and disciplined.  

Obama reminded us that to Make Policy we have to Win at Politics.

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The most important problem today

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Tannersville, Pennsylvania is a small town of a few hundred people, the heart of "Real" America, and I was in the home of some real Americans. And I met Alice, and her husband Bob, a former Navy "swab," currently a Merchant Marine. Bob loves the sea. He sailed all over the world. He hates President Clinton. So does Alice. I'm not sure who hates him more, but the hate is palpable. I didn't ask how they feel about Obama.

President Clinton has been out of office for close to 9 years, but it looks to me like the nature of the Presidential gig is such that people either love them or hate them, forever. President Reagan left office almost 21 years ago, and people still either love him or hate him. (Personally, I don't regard him as a good President, but no longer regard him as "the worst in my lifetime." It's not that he looks better, but that the bar got lower.) Ditto for Nixon, who was elected in '68, inaugurated in '69, and who resigned in in disgrace in August, '74.

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What Should I Have Done?

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Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 12:42 PM PDT

Boycott Fox News AND The Advertisers

by lfurman97

Here's Fox News:

  • 6/30/09 Glenn Beck agrees with a guest who urged bin Laden to attack U.S. with nuclear weapons.

  • 7/25/09 Neil Cavuto and a guest say health care reform will impose universal euthanasia like "Soylent Green."

  • 7/28/09 Glenn Beck says "The President has exposed himself as a guy ... who has a deep-seated hatred for white people ... or the white culture... This man is a racist."

  • 8/6/09 Glenn Beck "jokes" about giving Speaker Pelosi a glass of wine with poison.


Has FOX News gone too far? Absolutely.  

Boycott FOX News Advertisers HERE

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Former FEMA Director Michael "Heck of a Job, Brownie" Brown joins Cold Creek Solutions, as a Disaster and Contingency Planning Consultant.

Here's a press release I was e-mailed:

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown Joins Cold Creek Solutions, Offers Consulting Practice for Disaster Recovery

CENTENNIAL, CO - While leading federal relief efforts for 160 presidential declared disasters in his roles at FEMA and Homeland Security, Michael Brown heard one cringe-worthy phrase repeated again and again.

"People always say, 'I never thought it would happen to me,'" said Brown. "I would maintain that anyone who has a business, or a family, needs to recognize that disasters happen and disrupt life. Businesses especially need to plan for the worst."

"Michael Brown intimately understands planning and how plans need to be adaptable and changeable," said Paul Schwappach, principal of Cold Creek Solutions, a technology planning firm focusing on data management. "With Michael's experience and his unique view into what possibly could go wrong when looking at a plan, we can truly help clients be prepared for the unexpected."

It goes on (and on and on). It's actually pretty funny.  

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Nu?

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Medicare for All versus Health Insurance for Most - affordable to the healthy and employed, but rationed to five (5) out of six (6) Americans. As Will Rodgers might have said, "Five out of six ain't bad; Unless you're number 6, and excepting that the five get exposed to whatever it is that number 6 has got."

Health Care for all, versus Rationed Private Insurance Care that doesn't cover 47 Million Americans that are over 18 and under 65, who's taxes pay for Medicare for their parents and grandparents, their children covered by SCHIP, and for procedures given to charity care patients in hospitals.

"Health care By the People, Of the People and For the People," versus "Health care run By the Bean Counters Of the Insurance Companies For the Stockholders!"

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Public Option V Private Insurance

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As Senator Al Franken famously observed, "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot." Limbaugh and Karl Rove, like a large percentage of Americans are, well "large." Like a significant percentage, they are, well, "significant." At only 30 pounds above my ideal weight, above the weight I was in college, I'm neither. But it's noble being fat, it's selfless to be obese. Sure the basic reason is people eat more calories than than they burn off, and when you do this over time you gain weight. Over a long time, you gain a lot of weight. One extra pound a year for 50 years is 50 pounds. For an American man of average height that would be 190 to  200 pounds. And to hit 350, 450 pounds, by age 20 or 30, you're talking about a gain of 200, 300 pounds in 20 or 30 years, that's 10 extra pounds a year. But that's the scientific explanation. As any bored high school child will tell you, preferably over a pizza or nachos with soda, science is boring. And if they're home schooled, it's may not be easier to cut class, but it's easier to raid the refrigerator.

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New York, August 12. CNN Commentator Lou "Lulu" Dobbs (click here) edged out Rush "I Hope He Dies" Limbaugh, Bill "Bubbles" O'Reilly and Glenn "Pornman" Beck in the competion for the coveted and prestigous "Father Coughlin" award. The award, sponsored by the KKK, the Aryan Nations, and others is given to the broadcast personality who "embodies the malignant spirit of Father Caughlin, the personality who uses hate speech to incite violence, obfuscate the real issues, hijack the debate, and fire up the base."

In explaining their decision Derrick William "Billy Bob" Roberts and Karl "The Roverer" Rove said, "We like Limbaugh, we like his stuff. It's good. Catchy. While he has a dedicated following, most of his listeners can't read and don't vote. Limbaugh is an overweight drug-addict, not that there's anything wrong with that, but he's tired and a has-been."

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Thu Aug 06, 2009 at 06:44 PM PDT

I Pay But I Don't Get It

by lfurman97

I have a good job. I buy the health insurance my Human Resources Dept tells me to buy. (This is not, by the way, a "free market" as described by Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John Maynard Keynes, Milton Friedman, and the other neo-classical economists.) I pay enough that I could be driving a Mercedes - hell I could be driving a Hummer - and going about 2400 miles per month (at current gas prices).

But my coverage stinks. It's rationed by insurance company beancounters. If I see their doctors - and a complete physical takes about two hours and 30 seconds - two hours waiting and 30 seconds in which the doc says "You're breathing. That's good. You're blood pressure is high, if it gets higher we'll put you on meds."

But that's ok. As long as I don't get sick I'm ok. That's why my blood pressure is high. I'm worried about getting sick. Or losing my job.  In either case I'll lose my house.

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Hunting whales for food violates international law (WSPA). It's illegal. Iceland and Norway ignore the ban. The Japanese claim to adhere to it by claiming to hunt whales for "scientific" reasearch. After the experiments are complete, they eat the subjects. The experiments seem to be in methods of killing and butchering whales. But here's a news flash - scientists don't eat the dogs, cats, chimps, rats, and fruit flies on they which they experiment. Systematic "scientific" study of different recipies is not permitted by the treaties that ban commercial whaling. The Inuit, Pacific Coast Native Americans and aboriginal Icelanders claim it's their culture. This may be true, however, as Captain Paul Watson, of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has observed, their traditional culture includes neither modern factory ships, nor commercial sales of whale meat to the Japanese.

But there is good news, at least from a Marxist - Trotskyite perspective, about the Whale Hunts.

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What do you think?

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