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How to be dumb. And how to be not dumb.


Politician: "I'm for health-care reform"

You: "Hooray, I love you!"

Not dumb...

Politician: "I'm for health-care reform"

You: "What kind of reform, and when?" Read below the fold...
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I guess I'm the last person in America to catch up with the Hillary-in-Congo video


I've seen people talking around some kind of "outburst" and had been too busy with RL to know what it was about.

She didn't like being asked what her husband's opinion was, rather than her own. That's it?

Actually, by checking out the YouTube threads, one sees that there were troubling, substantive issues with her approach.

One thread, among countless similar ones, informs us thusly...
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I think we need a "Department of 'That's not even wrong'"

Tim Kaine sent this out, ironically under the rubric of "reality check":
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No one could have anticipated

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Rep. Boswell: Obama staking his reputation on health / energy "reform"

Obama said to be all-in on reform:

Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) claims that President Obama told him "he's willing to be a one-term president if that's what it takes to get health care and energy reform," reports Radio Iowa.

Naturally, only a cynic would see this as a promise to sign some shitty plans or others into law — for the bragging rights. Read below the fold...

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Wait, you're just figuring this out now?


Finally, some are beginning to see the FAIL in front of their eyes. But I must say, what the hell took you so long? First, the Obama "reform" fiasco should have been obvious since last year when he did everything from repeatedly calling his plan "universal health care" when it obviously wasn't to demonizing universal mandates, including running Harry & Louise ads. Read below the fold...

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Obama Inadvertently Explains Why Any Public Option Health Insurance Is Doomed


Here's how Obama described how the public option will affect private insurers:

He said an audience member raised a "legitimate concern" about how a government-run health-care program might affect private insurers.

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Senator Sanders,

Taking the FDL Challenge: Whip the Blue Dogs! [day 5]


Tweet, tweet! twittertwittertwittertwittertwittertwittertwitter

So my messages to Blue Dogs are now being retweeted by complete strangers [and friends too]. Is the internet cool or what?

Thanks, tweeples! Keep up the good work!

And just because I can, I tweeted the same 7 Blue Dogs with the same message again today. Read below the fold...

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A week without plastic?

Is it possible, in 21st-century America? Katharine Sharpe tried it. World's Fair Summarizes, with links. Read below the fold...

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Many human lives were at stake, which explains why Dowd didn’t care.

As usual Somerby buries the lede:

"What really counts from Congo: Dowd’s column teaches a lesson today in the meaning of “tabloid” journalism. Before pretending to discuss something important, Dowd burns up half her piece with Clinton’s briefly awkward moment. Cable “news” has had a ball with it too. It’s what these imbeciles live for.

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HuffPo gets WH memo on the Big Pharma Backroom Oval Office Deal---

Ryan Grim reports documentation of earlier reports that the Obama WH made a behind the scenes deal with Big Pharma: HuffPo got hold of a WH memo on the outcome of the meeting.

A memo obtained by the Huffington Post confirms that the White House and the pharmaceutical lobby secretly agreed to precisely the sort of wide-ranging deal that both parties have been denying over the past week.

The memo, which according to a knowledgeable health care lobbyist was prepared by a person directly involved in the negotiations, lists exactly what the White House gave up, and what it got in return.

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Rep. Weiner on CBS Evening News--but not for his plan! WNYC does cover his plan

CBS Evening News opened with a moving segment on the free health care day in Los Angeles, then moved on to cover the town hall meetings.

Rep. Anthony Weiner's meeting last was night was covered, but not for his outstanding solution --Medicare for All with a robust private option-- but because initially his staffers wouldn't let local TV cameras into the meeting. Weiner later let CBD local News 2 in, but told them it wasn't about Ch. 2 but "for his constituents."

This sign is from another meeting, but says what needs to be said: Read below the fold...

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Department of half-assed corrections

CJR on what the Hawking-would've-been-killed-by-socialized-medicine snafu correction should've said. (via) Read below the fold...


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