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Anthony Weiner on the forthcoming greatest speech ever on health care, er, insurance reform

Quoted in Politico:

“If the president says, ‘Here is what I need in the bill,’ and it doesn’t include the public option, there will be no other way to interpret it than it was a retreat,” added Weiner.

“I speak for a lot of members who are allies of the president. We are prepared to take our lumps to get this important policy done. But I don’t like this sense of us charging up the hill, and not only is the president not leading us, but he is not on the hill with us.”

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OMFG. There's pre-negotiation, there's pre-capitulation, there's capitulation, and then there's outright grovelling

Quote of the day on health care insurance reform:

“It’s so important to get a deal,” a White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid about strategy. “He will do almost anything it takes to get one.”

Is this the "hope" part? Or the "change" part?

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Man, that ice floe meme sure is propagating...

Here's a bizarre variant in Scientific American, of all places:

How to Get Humans on Mars: Make It a One-Way Trip

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Homeless blogger gets $150 a month internship at Elle

"Out of band management"

Somebody tell me I'm too paranoid, please... Read below the fold...

Talking a good game only takes you so far

Whether on financial reform:

The battle lines are being drawn on pay, with EU members increasingly saying that more than enough is too much. But it’s not that hard for most of them to sign up for this program, since few are as finance-centric as the US and UK have become. ...

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Doing the same thing...

... while expecting a different result.

Actually, that's not quite right. For some people, The Big Fail worked out very well indeed; they got away clean with $22 trillion dollars. They're doing the same thing, and expecting the same result. Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

Another lovely day. I had tomatoes, warm from the vine, and mozarella for lunch today. And it's only the first week in September!

I think I may take the site down for a portion of Labor Day weekend; I want to upgrade some stuff, maybe make it possible for people to have advertisements -- I'm thinking of calling it a "Tag Sale." Free, at least to start. Though free gifts will be highly encouraged... Read below the fold...

Oh, good

A speech. I'm breathless with anticipation.

Will it be the Greatest Speech in The Universe Since The Big Bang, or merely The Greatest Speech In Recorded History? Read below the fold...

Obama sells out the only remaining part of his base he hasn't already sold out

Ian Welsh, again on fire:

The truth about healthcare is that Obama and the Dem leadership just want to find a way to close the Medicare “D” loophole, and in exchange for being allowed to, they are offering a mandate. This is taxation by another name (being forced to buy a product you wouldn’t otherwise buy is just a tax), and a regressive tax at that, but Americans don’t want to be taxed directly so they are taxed indirectly.

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Owners steal 15% weekly from the typical low-wage worker

Yay!

Low-wage workers are routinely denied proper overtime pay and are often paid less than the minimum wage, according to a new study based on a survey of workers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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At least one lying weasel from change.org

I was indulging in the luxury of a Reuben at my local sandwich shop, and I overheard a change.org organizer's pitch when he came in to talk to the staff*. This was the key part of the pitch:

[ORGANIZER] ... a government-run public insurance** option.

WORKER: Like Medicare?

ORGANIZER: Exactly like Medicare.

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Plus ça "change," plus c'est la même chose...

Bankster thieves -- sorry for the redundancy -- having gotten new jobs, doing just the same thing, and for just as much money.

Which, I suppose, would meant that from the perspective of the people actually running the country, The Big Fail has been a roaring success.

As, to them, it has been.

They got away clean with $22 trillion dollars of our money, in the largest "wealth transfer" in world history! Read below the fold...

The revolving door doesn't just revolve once

About those TARP "profits"...

Matt Taibbi hurls a few grenades. I especially like "intellectual desperation and magical-thinking"... Read below the fold...

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