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So, will Pelosi keep her promise to give single payer a floor vote, or not?

I'm guessing No, but perhaps I'll be pleasantly surprised:

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) secured a commitment from Pelosi and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) for a vote on a fully government-run, “single-payer” insurance program in July to get liberal support for moving the bill out of committee. Weiner said Thursday that he'd been told “all systems are go,” but leaders have pointedly declined to confirm that.

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And whispering "I will ne'er consent " — consented.

Lord Byron, Don Juan, canto I, verse CXVII:

And Julia's voice was lost, except in sighs.

Until too late for useful conversation ;
The tears were gushing from her gentle eyes,

I wish, indeed, they had not had occasion ;
But who, alas ! can love, and then be wise?

Not that Remorse did not oppose Temptation ;
A little still she strove, and much repented.
And whispering "I will ne'er consent " — consented.

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Just out of curiosity, is David Brooks wearing lipstick?

Not that there's anything wrong with that. But still.

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Common household remedies request

By popular demand... I have a common household remedies request.

What's the best posture to meditate? Is there one?

I'm really not sure I'd be able to use the lotus posture, because the sound of cracking bones and the pain would really be a distraction.

NOTE And do the meditation sites, when posting pictures, really have to use beautiful women in tank tops for models? Doesn't that work against the whole concept? At least for some people? Read below the fold...

Single payer actions in 11 cities from Mobilization for Health Care For All

[Welcome, OL readers. Since I've been banned from OL, I won't be able to keep posting links to single payer activism like this. Please feel free to stop by here. -- lambert]

Clever media strategy from Mobilization for Health Care For All, going for local coverage. That circumvents the "progressive" media blackout, as well as the blackouts by the administration, the FKDP, and our famously free press. Links:

Nice list of links:

Press Coverage from 10/28:
San Francisco Chronicle:

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Banksters get bailouts, but public option won't

Page 216 of the bill:

1(3) NO BAILOUTS.—In no case shall the public health insurance option receive any Federal funds for purposes of insolvency in any manner similar to the manner in which entities receive Federal funding under the Troubled Assets Relief Program of the Secretary of the Treasury.

Alrighty, then.

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Complexity is the enemy of quality

Page count for the new "health" "reform" bill: 1,990.

Page count for original HR 3200: 1,018.

Page count for HR676 single payer: 30.

But don't worry:

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The Wendell Potter of the British Foreign Service

Craig Murray. His bottom line:

[A]lmost everything you see about Afghanistan is a cover for the fact that the actual motive is the pipeline they wish to build over Afghanistan to bring out Uzbek and Turkmen natural gas which together is valued at up to $10 trillion, which they want to bring over Afghanistan and down to the Arabian Sea to make it available for export.

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As below, so above

Wonderful writing and spectacular photos at Detroit Blog about Helen Turner's White Grove Restaurant. Go read the whole thing. This is what she's seeing out the window and at the tables: Read below the fold...

All the good things in life kill you

Sex, alcohol, fat among world's big killers: WHO.

And by fat, I mean eating fat. Bacon, lard, barbecue and so forth. Cf. Ps 63:5. Read below the fold...

About those polls....

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide say that passing no health care reform bill this year would be better than passing the plan currently working its way through Congress. Sure, Rasmussen. But so what?

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