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My Early Vote for Quote of the Year ... 2009

No shit Sherlock ... Get in the squad car..."Well, you know, when he puts his hand on that Bible and says he is going to uphold our laws, he can't do that by having one of his first acts be...
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Bomb the Crap Out of Gaza ... To Rebuild It?

Deja Vu ... all over again!The United States hopes to use post-war reconstruction of the Gaza Strip to help the Western-backed Palestinian Authority reassert its presence and influence in Hamas's stronghold.It's the old, Destroy the village to save it crap-o-la...
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The Heritage Think Tank's Battle on Health Care ... Again

History doesn't repeat ???This is one of the first major salvos on the upcoming debate about the Obama health plan from Robert E. Moffit (bio), director of the Heritage Foundation's Center for Health Policy Studies.If folks don't recall, Moffit drafted...
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The Big Dick ... and Torture

 It's Howdy Doody Time...If there are any paternalistic authoritarian enablers lurking here at the Cafe Normal 0 it would be quite interesting to hear what rationale there is for Big Dick's reasoning here.BLITZER: We're out of time, but a quick...
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Common Wealth Fund: National Health Care Plans Overview 2009

An Analysis of Leading Congressional Health Care Bills,2007-2008: Part I, Insurance Coverage January 09, 2009 | Volume 102 Authors: Sara R. Collins, Ph.D, Jennifer L. Nicholson, and Sheila D. Rustgi Overview This report analyzes and compares leading bills of the...
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American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

We've all heard this before . . .. . . so get ready to hear it again.The basic 10-steps to recovery and reinvestment:"...create jobs in the short-term and spur economic growth and competitiveness in the long-term."  "...make strategic investments that...
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The Coming Health Burden and The Alliance for Retired Americans [Updated]

For general information purposes . . .As this new year comes upon us the most pressing issue will undoubtedly be the reform of the current health care provider systems and health insurance plan coverage of all Americans.Please keep in mind...
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Zinn and Chomsky ... "Conversations with History" Series

For general information  . . .A couple of very informative interviews with both Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn from the UC Berkeley's "Conversations with History" series...Howard Zinn See a webcast of this interview: Zinn 42 min.Background ... observing his...
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What's in a Word ... progressive or liberal???

Here you go . . .Who was this?"If by a 'liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions; someone who cares about the welfare of the people - their...
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Incremental Universalism ?? It's Coming . . .

Hey... Hey... Hey...After the inauguration and the hoopla dies down you'll be hearing this quite often:Incremental UniversalismIt's the way the Health Care package will be sold and it's coming as sure as the sun rises . . .Single Payer?...


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Able to fly long long distances when the weather turns sour. Appear as if by magic paddling out of the tall reeds when the bottom-feeders in the pond attempt to raise their ugly heads at the surface.
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