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Pushing Back on the Executive Branch

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"Like a hospital johnny, it *looks* a lot like coverage ..."

Remember that Congressional hearing on the Massachusetts experiment in "universal health care" that you were supposed to invite your Congresscritter to [and did you?]?

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$11.6 trillion

In stim pack and bailout money. With most of it going, naturellement, to the banksters.

Pretty soon we're going to be talking real money.

Or unreal money.

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Could it be...

That [the worthy successors of] Anal Marie Cox don't know what teabagging means?

Because whatever those guys are doing, it's not teabagging -- which is a particularly intimate way of sucking up to those in power. These guys are just a bunch of sad fucks holding a stupid demo; there's nobody they're sucking up to at all.

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BAGnews is at it again:

The one above would be a completely different photo if Obama's eyes were closed. In almost a psychological study, the fact they aren't appears to illustrate Obama's capacity to bodily absorb the pressure and still locate and collect himself.

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No, I don't really I have problems with winter, up here in Zone 5b

In fact, I hardly have a winter at all. Mudflats: Read below the fold...

You know, if conservatives could just get laid, we'd have a better world

New Scientist:

Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.

A new nationwide study (pdf) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states.

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Wellpoint: all your electronic health records belong to us


Wellpoint's Dr. Charles Kennedy, senior vice president for health IT speaking to ComputerWorld:

ComputerWorld: How will the billions of dollars help spur adoption, particularly when you consider many small hospitals and physician practices have not even started an EHR rollout?

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The financial crisis is more important than the budget

Because if "there is no bottom," then the budget figures -- and, for all we know, the systems that deliver what is budgeted for -- are meaningless. So a "very, very good" budget with a very, very bad performance on the financial crisis is like handing in a really good paper in college and then going out and totaling the family car. Heck, running the family car into the side of the house and causing a couple of floors to collapse. Let's not compartmentalize, eh? Krugman once more: Read below the fold...

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No Connection to Reality


So, this morning I was blog-surfing and came across Jim Hightower's takedown of the poor widdle mistreated banksters, which links to this NYT piece on how tough these Wall Street moguls have it now that they're facing life limited to 125% of the annual income of the President of the United States, and ... damn. I mean, seriously. $125 an hour for a tutor so a child doesn't flunk out of a $32K-yearly private school? Read below the fold...

Krugman blesses Obama budget


The budget will, among other things, come as a huge relief to Democrats who were starting to feel a bit of postpartisan depression. The stimulus bill that Congress passed may have been too weak and too focused on tax cuts. The administration’s refusal to get tough on the banks may be deeply disappointing. But fears that Mr. Obama would sacrifice progressive priorities in his budget plans, and satisfy himself with fiddling around the edges of the tax system, have now been banished.

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Iraq timetable

Probably would have happened about this way no matter which Democrat became President:

Declaring "I have come to speak to you about how the war in Iraq will end," President Barack Obama on Friday moved to fulfill the defining promise of his campaign, saying all U.S. combat troops will be withdrawn by the end of August 2010.

But in the same speech before Marines and military leadership here, he announced that the vast majority of those involved in the pullout will not leave this year. Obama also said that tens of thousands of U.S. personnel will remain behind afterward.

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The math

For once, not poverty porn or the woes of the "creative class":

Stay Well, or Lose It All

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Des Moines County looks at single payer, will Grassley listen?

County looks at voluntary furlough

As an incentive for employees to choose early retirement, Cahill said the county is debating offering an extension of the single payer health care premium until the retiree qualifies for federal health benefits.

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