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American presidents have it easy. Read below the fold...

Look! Over there! Joe Wilson!

Glenn Greenwald, with a welcome dash of realism.

You know, when I hear "Joe Wilson," I can't help thinking of Valerie Plame. I guess I'm showing my age. Read below the fold...

Stick this in your bailout pipe and smoke it

Those who don't learn from history...

... are condemned to repeat it; shorter Simon Johnson. But who are "those who"?

Not the banksters; things have worked out very well for them. They've emerged from the financial crisis "too bigger to fail," and they know they can't lose when they gamble with our money and our lives: When they win, they get to keep the profits, and when they lose, Barry, Larry, and Timmy will just hand the bill to us. Indeed, they've learned. Read below the fold...

Obama to make an even greater speech Monday?

This time on the banksters -- Discours "majeur" d'Obama sur la crise financière lundi via Jesse's Cafe Americaine, who translated from Agence France Presse. Health care wasn't the heavy lift. At all. Read below the fold...


Gavin Newsome:

ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: Nancy Pelosi has been adamant in saying that the House cannot pass health legislation that does not include a public insurance option.
But one of her guests in the Speaker's box tonight sees her ultimately getting behind a public option with a trigger as a compromise.

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Goodnight, moon

"Indeed, his Jeremiad, his threnody, call it what you will, can only be accepted for what it is: an atribilious amphigory." Read below the fold...

From the Department of How Not To Get Anybody's Attention


Martha Burk:

Dammit President Obama -- we support you. Women put you in office, and stuck with you when the crazies were beating you up with "death panels" and "socialized medicine."

We still support you, but like millions of women who were watching, we wonder why you have to always use our most intimate health issues as a bargaining chip to give away, when you're not going to get anything back. You did it at Notre Dame, and now you've done it again.

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Obama to liberals: "Honey, I've changed!"

Obama's reach-around to liberals brought a tear to at least one eye:

Update III: The Kennedy passage was beautiful. He even used the dreaded "L" word, which I haven't heard in that setting without a sneer for ... well, ever. I don't know how many people can hear that plea for empathy and community, but I hope some did.

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If Joe Wilson did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him...

... given how he's been able to distract "progressives" from the actual content of Obama's speech.

A classic example of how the two parties -- though not "the same" -- reinforce each other and the larger system of Versailles.

As a single payer advocate, I'm on the side that the other two sides are trying to suppress. Read below the fold...


Just got the post O-gasmic bulk email from FDL. It ends:

P.S. If you don't think it's imperative to pass a public option, consider this: without a public option, individuals without health insurance will be fined $3800 for not paying up to the insurance companies. If that won't be an issue in 2010, nothing will.

Huh? Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

Actually, I probably should have posted this tomorrow. Because...

... then it would be "The One After 09/09/09!"

And in reaction to Obama's speech: Read below the fold...

Thread for Obama health care speech (8:00PM EST)

CNN has some pre-speech excerpts. Oddly, or not, there's no mention of the "public option" (or "plan"). The suspense builds!

NOTE The reviews are in at FDL. The consensus? Ponies!!!!!

UPDATE GOS has the full text. Read below the fold...

Sure, I'd name an international student center after Cheney

And so what about the torture?

Students also will be able to hang out there, said university spokeswoman Jessica Lowell.

"This is a place where international students can come and watch soccer if they want to. There's a lounge for them," Lowell said.

Hang out by their thumbs? Read below the fold...


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