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Health care town halls

Great posts at FDL here and from a canvasser, here. Go read and comment.

This comment from lilybelle, the canvasser, was interesting: Read below the fold...

Froomkin's first post at HuffPo: It's on health care -- sorry, insurance -- reform

Let's give a warm welcome to another Cassandra:

Despite an abundance of public remarks, Obama's actual strategy to achieve health-care reform still remains largely cloaked in secrecy. While the media's focus has been on the unseemly public wrangling in Congress, the White House has been doing two things: 1) Trying to influence legislators behind closed doors and 2) Making deals with industry leaders behind closed doors.

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Winger injured in health care protest rally lacks health insurance, will accept donations for care

Irony not dead, though apparently invisible to some:

Supporters cheered. Brown finished by telling the crowd that Gladney is accepting donations toward his medical expenses. Gladney told reporters he was recently laid off and has no health insurance.

Maybe PNHP could take up a collection for him?

On the principle that everybody deserves care, no matter who or what?

Maybe I'm not kidding! Read below the fold...

Hillary in Africa: US should join International Criminal Court

The invaluable McClatchy's excellent Inside Africa blog: Read below the fold...

So, how many other "secret concessions" from Obama are there besides the one to Big Pharma?

I know VL has been here before, but let me add my own twist. Robert Reich: Read below the fold...

Holder to prosecute more bad apples


A senior Justice Department official said that Holder envisioned an inquiry that would be narrow in scope, focusing on "whether people went beyond the techniques that were authorized" in Bush administration memos that liberally interpreted anti-torture laws.

So, that retroactivel legalizes the memos themselves, right?

How long until Gonzales makes his way into a powerhouse DC law firm, do you think? A year? Two? Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

Who knows? Maybe it will be sunny for a fourth day in a row! Read below the fold...

Your bank as payday lender

Via Laura Rowley in Yahoo Finance, of all places:

Last year, overdraft and insufficient-funds charges totaled nearly $35 billion and comprised about 90 percent of banks' consumer-fee income, according to a study by the consulting firm Bretton Woods Inc. Three-quarters of banks automatically enroll consumers in their "overdraft protection" programs without formal permission, and more than half of banks manipulate the order in which checks are cleared to trigger multiple overdraft fees, according to a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation study. ...

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"I hate to say this..."

....said my attorney as we sat down at the Merry-Go-Round Bar on the second balcony, “but this place is getting to me. I think I’m getting the Fear.”

“Nonsense,” I said. “We came out here to find the American Dream, and now that we’re right in the vortex you want to quit.” I grabbed his bicep and squeezed. “You must realize,”I said, “that we’ve found the main nerve.”

“I know,” he said. “That’s what gives me the Fear.”

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Lindsay Graham on health care: "Is There a Deal to be Made on Health Care?"

Do you really have to ask? Of course there is: Embrace the suck! Read below the fold...

All you need to know about the Democrats' health plan

Drug Industry to Run Ads Favoring White House Plan.

There's always been one sure sign* that Obama's health care insurance "reform" plan was "robust" enough: Health industry executives weeping and carrying on and threatening suicide because the plan would destroy their bidness.

Well, that's not exactly happening, is it?

NOTE * Aside from Obama not wanting to run on it, of course -- since the plan only kicks in by 2013.

UPDATE Hooray for our side! Read below the fold...



That's the way to treat a conservative! Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

Well, since TMV transmits by touch, my strategy of simply not touching my tomatoes worked pretty well for the last few days. Though some leaves yellowed, it wasn't any worse than usual at this time of year. Success! Unfortunately, a Nor-easter blew through here on Friday, and left some of the vines flattened, or worse, touching the ground -- which makes them vulnerable to mildew and/or TMV.

So, I ended up having to stake a lot of the vines up again -- which meant I had to touch them, risking TMV transmission. So, I brought a mixing bowl filled with milk out to the garden, and dipped my fingers in it every time I touched a plant. We'll see how that works! It's like working in a hospital... Read below the fold...

About the fascist Republican menace and the need to crush the Republican Party (2)

And on the other hand. Here is the core of Sara's argument (from comments; excellent, serious thread, read them all):

At no point in the recent past (going back to WWII) have we had the core leadership of the Republican party -- including former members of Congress, major K Street lobbying firms, and huge corporations like Koch Industries -- openly funding the formation of party-affiliated anti-democratic intimidation squads around the country, and taking an active role in their promotion and training.

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