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Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 08:29 AM PST

Health Care Summit Liveblog #3

by Tchrldy

Representative Anthony Weiner started a liveblog today and will be watching this with us and offer his own commentary.

This is liveblog diary number 3

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It is important to understand the breathtaking hypocrisy of Robertson’s comment attributing Haiti’s current suffering as a result of a pact with Satan.  As is so often the case with evil people, they accuse others of things which they, themselves are guilty. During the 1990’s, Pat Robertson was involved in business ventures with both the late Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) for over 30 years and Charles Taylor of Liberia and Sierra Leone infamy, currently being tried for war crimes in The Hague.  Robertson is said to be worth between 400 million and a billion dollars. Follow me below for details.

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Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 03:00 PM PST

Senator Webb’s CYA Letter

by Tchrldy

Today I opened my e-mail to find a letter from one of my Senators, Jim Webb.  I voted for him.  I contributed to his campaign.  I phone banked for him.  What a waste of my time and resources!  If you would like to see why health care reform is failing and what Democrats are doing to run for cover in the face of their massive moral and political failure, follow me below the fold.

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       I will never forget watching you give that speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.  I turned to my husband and said, "Why isn’t this guy running for President?"  Your candidacy and your campaign roused me from cynical political fatalism to positive activism.  For the first time since 1971, I participated in a political campaign and I dared to hope that my vote really could make a difference. I have not lost that hope, even though my son’s story is one of the thousands and thousands of stories which detail the injustices and hardships that have been perpetrated upon us by greedy corporate insurance companies.  

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On the front page of the Huffington Post today, there is an ominous headline that caught my eye,"Federal Agency Overseeing Banks Suddenly Hiding Key Information" The headline links to an article, "Questions Arise as FDIC Fails to Disclose Key Details on Bidders for Failed Banks". Alleging that the identities of losing bids for failed banks have not been publicly disclosed for the first time in years, the story links to a report in American Banker.  I generally follow the links in stories such as these because I like to consider the source before I decide whether the information provided is credible or merely propaganda.  The results of my search today were quite surprising. Follow me over the fold to see why.

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On any given day one can point to many incidents of craziness on the right.  I agree that the rhetoric on the right is crazy.  But I also believe that we must find themes to frame our own ideology to effectively combat the rhetoric of the right.  Time and again, the left has won elections with effective messages only to discard our own message in favor of mocking the rhetoric of the right as crazy and their leadership as discredited.  Having discounted the right as ineffective, we on the left fail to continue to frame our message to combat the beliefs which support the rhetoric of the right only to find that it has become reconstituted and gained new strength.  Each time the right is reconstituted, its message is more racist and more violent than the last.

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Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 04:51 PM PDT

My Letter to Senators Webb & Warner

by Tchrldy

I know that some think it is wrong to call out our own Senators over health care.  The argument is that it makes them mad and thus they are less likely to support health care reform.  Well, if they are so petty as to decide against health care reform because a few constituents who are progressive bloggers call them out publicly, they do not deserve their office.  I am angered by the level of vitriol and blame directed at the President when the problem is not President Obama it is the Democrats in Congress who cannot get their act together. Some of them, as you will see below the fold, have even joined the blame game.  So here is my letter to the two Senators from Virginia.  I voted for both of them, I worked for them and gave them money.  I have as much a right to tell them off publicly as others have to tell President Obama off publicly.  Congress is the branch of government with the constitutional authority to make laws.  Somehow, the fact that they can’t get together to do what we elected them to do is now President Obama’s fault.  I disagree.  I don’t see many Democratic Senators coming out to frame the message or support a realistic health care reform agenda.  It is high time they did so.

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       We began trying to have children in the early 1980’s.  Like many couples at the time, we had postponed having children until we were both in stable and rising careers.  After a miscarriage and several years of failed infertility treatments, we decided to adopt.  Our twins were born in California.  I’ll never forget the phone call in which the adoption agency director informed us that a birthmother had chosen us to be the parents of her twin boys.  "There’s just one problem", the agency director said, "Adam, the oldest twin, has a heart condition.  We have consulted with a pediatric cardiologist here and he says that it is very correctable by surgery when he is four or five.  We have arranged for you to meet with him and discuss it before you accept custody."  

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Sat Jun 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM PDT

Shine A Light for Freedom

by Tchrldy

Like most people I have been watching events unfold in Iran.  It is difficult to watch brave people being beaten and killed for freedom.  It is especially difficult knowing that there is little we can do to help them in their struggle.  I want to show the people of Iran that we are watching and support their brave stand against tyranny.  Tonight, I am going to leave a light on in front of my house all night to show that I support their struggle for freedom and democracy.  It seems a very small thing.

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Will you shine a light tonight?

92%12 votes
7%1 votes

| 13 votes | Vote | Results

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According to Save the Children’s, State of the World’s Mothers Report 2009, the US risk for maternal mortality is 1 in 4,800—"one of the highest in the developed world".  Save the Children is a fairly conservative U.S. based NGO.  Every year it publishes a report on the state of the world’s mothers and children which includes country rankings in categories of "More Developed", "Developing", and "Less Developed" countries.  This year’s report, Sate of the World’s Mothers in 2009 was issued in May.  The report contains important information about the state of mothers and children in the United States.  It demonstrates the extent of misinformation propounded by conservatives in current debates about healthcare and contradicts the claim that US Healthcare is the "best in the world".  You can read the full report here  

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John McCain conveniently left out a few details last night when he discussed his association with convicted Watergate conspirator and NAZI sympathizer G. Gordon Liddy on David Letterman.  According to a report by Steve Chapman at the Chicago Tribune earlier this year, hereMcCain was the honoree at a fundraiser at Liddy’s home in 1998 and over the years, Liddy has made at least four political contributions of $1,000 or more to McCain. As late as last year, according to Chapman, McCain appeared on Liddy’s radio show.  According to Chapman:

Liddy greeted him as "an old friend," and McCain sounded like one. "I'm proud of you, I'm proud of your family," he gushed. "It's always a pleasure for me to come on your program, Gordon, and congratulations on your continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great."

Follow me over the jump to see some of Liddy's "principles and philosohpies"

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       I am pissed off.  And I am most angry with those who voted "Nay" today.  Most of what I would like to say to you, I would not print.  So I’ll just say this, if you don’t like the current bailout bill, then write one you do like.  Don’t sit there and play "find my vote" with those who are trying to figure out how to rescue us from this credit and market meltdown.  I don’t want to hear about the things that you think need to be included.  I don’t want to hear about the things that shouldn’t be included.  I want you to do your JOB.  Don’t pass the buck.

       Stop worrying about whether your version of the bill will hurt your chances for re-election.  STFU about why you voted against the bill and WRITE YOUR OWN DAMN BILL.  I will decide whether or not I like it.  If you think your bill is good.  If you think it has the safeguards you say you want for us, then you can work to get other members of Congress to support it.  If you can’t do this, then you don’t deserve to represent your constituents and you should be voted out of office.  

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