For those on waking up after the hopium binge:
... as a posture toward the president of the most powerful nation on earth, [hope] is dangerously deferential. The task as we move forward (as Obama likes to say) is not to abandon hope but to find more appropriate homes for it--in the factories, neighborhoods and schools where tactics like sit-ins, squats and occupations are seeing a resurgence.
The Daily Howler claims that Keith Olbermann crudely implied that a man who spoke unclearly, possibly due to a speech or mental impairment, was in fact doing so because his mouth was full of semen.
Given the context and the reference to "marbles," I'm inclined to believe that Mr. Olbermann merely meant to suggest that the amusingly challenged gentleman had testicles in his mouth. Read more about Somerby owes KeithO an apology
Excellent editorial, “Health-reform plans examined,” April 12. As a retired health administrator and student of managed care, I have long supported a single payer Medicare-like system for all Americans. It is not socialized medicine, as you correctly say.
Garamendi considering a bid for Tauscher's seat:
[Welcome, Glenn Greenwald readers! --lambert]
Yesterday, Barack Obama faced a deadline on releasing certain memos that document Bush-administration abuses of "enemy combatants."
He did release the memos, and with an apparent minimum of redactions, which is — if I may quote a certain convict / decorating expert — a good thing.
But it's not the only thing. Read more about Which is more effective: lie back and hope or "make me do it"?
On April 14, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to support both SB810 and HR676, endorsing universal single-payer healthcare at the state and national levels.
Bay Area single payer health reform activists go to state capitol on 4/15/09 for the first hearing on SB 810, the California Universal Healthcare Act; to lobby legislators; and the hearing crowd is overwhelmingly supportive of SB 810; passes the Senate Health Committee by a 7 to 4 vote.
Don't know about your city, but here in mine there were two tea parties, one downtown [so they could toss their teabags into the bay] and one further north [the one I accidentally ran into]. Read more about With progressives like these, who needs enemies?
Speaking Wednesday at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she will act next week to begin setting up an investigatory committee to examine and document what went wrong with economic policy and practices.
Pelosi stated that her decision was the result of persistent complaints from citizens about the collapse and bailout. Read more about Pelosi vows new “Pecora-style” commission to investigate economic collapse
and all three states' legislatures passed resolutions to that effect THIS YEAR in response to "a threat" to the "right to keep and bear arms." At least here in Texas it's just the (usual idiocy from our) Governor mouthing off.
Here's a snippet from the Georgia legislation: Read more about Secesh: Georgia, Oklahoma and South Dakota Ready
WOW. Congratulations Alaska -- 35 of your legislators stood up to Governor Sarah Palin and voted down her nominee for state Attorney General, Wayne Anthony Ross. Read more about Another One Bites The Dust : Palin AG Nomination Fails
An Associated Press roundup concerning the Taxed Enough Already parties nationwide estimated turnout in the tens of thousands. Nationally.
Read more about Promoters admit TEA parties' turnout in "tens of thousands"
National Nurses Movement has a wonderful diary at MyDD about all the single payer bills in the states (but leaves out the legislation in Maryland). Please read about all the good news in California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Washington.
Clearly single payer is a political winner, witness the increasing momentum in an atmosphere where the national media has airbrushed out all discussion of single payer.
The most important thing is to make sure that whatever Obama does, no federal legislation prohibit the states from creating their own single payer systems. Read more about Single payer is moving forward in the states