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The Democrats and their evil, dead hand

Lies are not healthy, not even those found on page A1 of Izvestia

The only reason the Howler repeats himself is that our famously free press does. As for example:

This morning, the gods rocked with laughter: On Olympus, that is. Reason? On the front page of the New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg penned a report about the way current health reform bills would deal with American health care spending. On Olympus, her opening paragraph produced some muffled laughter:

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Veterans Day


El buitre carnivoro.

NOTE From Goya's Disasters of War. Read below the fold...

Paper towel, Marc?

Marc Ambinder on Obama's Fort Hood speech. "I guarantee: They'll be teaching this one in rhetoric classes."

Truer words. What is it with these blogger boiz?

And how's that decision on Af-Pak coming?

NOTE Via Reclusive Leftist. Read below the fold...

First Draft fundraiser

Here. Although it's officially over, I doubt they'd turn down a contribution. Read below the fold...

How the mandate tax penalties in HR3962 would work

[no-glossary]From the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, this letter (PDF). This seems to be the authority of everything else on this topic.

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[I thought I'd update and re-post this, since with HR3962 our GENIUS Dems have really outdone themselves their indefatigable efforts to preserve the two-party system by giving the Republicans ever better odds in 2010 and 2012. Not that it matters to them; they're all made in Versailles by now anyhow. --lambert] Read below the fold...

Baby steps

And late baby steps at that.

Not that I can imagine anybody who's -- haw -- serious on DADT and DOMA still being an OFA subscriber anyhow, so it's unclear what effect this latest campaign will have. Maybe it's all aimed at staffers. Who knows? We can only hope it's not "some victory, any victory" kabuki. Of course, having no access, we can't be sure of that. Time, and actions, will tell. Read below the fold...

Kucinich: Health insurance "reform" increases privatization, redistributes wealth upwards, and isn't better than what we've got

Who knew? But it's nice to see it all put together:

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Because it’s not the best we can do. It mandates people purchase private insurance. It is a $70 billion giveaway to private insurance companies and locks in this system that’s the problem, not the solution.

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What next? The labor theory of value?

Via Baseline Scenario, where James Kwok comments that Brad DeLong is never afraid to admit error, this from DeLong:

“Back in the 1930s there was a Polish Marxist economist, Michel Kalecki, who argued that recessions were functional for the ruling class and for capitalism because they created excess supply of labor, forced workers to work harder to keep their jobs, and so produced a rise in the rate of relative surplus-value.

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Obama turns to the racist Bill Clinton to drag health insurance "reform" over the finish line in time for the midterms


The headline was ironic, for those who haven't been following along at home. Read below the fold...

Anybody know if Tor is faster, yet?

It's been a long time since I read Ana Marie Cox...

... but here she seems to have gotten one right:

Ana Marie Cox tweets:

Things now looking even grimmer in Maine... 76% in, @nomtweets asshats up 52/47.8 (Thanks, Obama, for all the help!)

A short while ago, she re/tweeted:

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Conyers: As with impeachment, so with single payer

Arthur urges us to go read David Swanson on...

... how and why John Conyers, once an admirable politician in many ways, slowly and inevitably surrendered certain key principles that Conyers himself had repeatedly declared to be of supreme importance to him.

History doesn't repeat, but it rhymes. And as for surrender of key principles...

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