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There Are More Slaves Today Than at Any Time in History

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:49 am by HL

There Are More Slaves Today Than at Any Time in History
By Terrence McNally, AlterNet One writer spent four years inside the world of modern-day slavery, an industry that produces huge profits and countless wasted lives. READ THE WHOLE ITEM By Terrence McNally, AlterNet

One writer spent four years inside the world of modern-day slavery, an industry that produces huge profits and countless wasted lives.

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Lies Of Mass Destruction: Same Skewed Thinking Behind Saddam-9/11 Link Explains Power Of Health-Care Myths

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:47 am by HL

Lies Of Mass Destruction: Same Skewed Thinking Behind Saddam-9/11 Link Explains Power Of Health-Care Myths
Not being a complete idiot (contrary to the assertion of many readers I’ve been hearing from), I was not exactly surprised at the e-mails I…

Jayne Lyn Stahl: No Time for Mourning — In Memoriam: Ted Kennedy
There are giants who walk among ordinary men. Ted Kennedy was one such giant and would be the first to remind us of something his brother Jack once said: “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

Robert Reich: Ted Kennedy’s Passing: An Inestimable Loss
Most Americans will never know how many things Ted Kennedy did to make their lives better, how many things he prevented that would have hurt them, and how tenaciously he fought on their behalf.

Tom Vander Ark: Other People’s Children: The Uninsured and Underserved
Even if you don’t accept a moral obligation to serve the less fortunate, you can make a strong pro-growth business case for providing infrastructure including quality education and at least basic health care.


Rove falsely claimed Obama admin. pushing vets toward “assisted suicide”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:47 am by HL

Rove falsely claimed Obama admin. pushing vets toward “assisted suicide”

Continuing Fox News’ pattern of falsely suggesting that the Obama administration is pressuring veterans to end their lives prematurely, Karl Rove claimed that the Veterans Health Administration is directing veterans to an end-of-life educational booklet, “Your Life, Your Choices,” that includes contact information for “a group that believes in assisted suicide,” and thus “the kind of guidance we’re giving returning veterans” is “you ought to go to an assisted suicide group.” In fact, that group is not referenced in the current version of the document, a fact that Jim Towey — who originated the smear of the booklet as a “death book” — acknowledged in interview on Fox News Sunday.

From the August 24 edition of Fox News’ Hannity:

ROVE: There’s an interesting page in here. Page 99 lists a series of disease groups that people could reach out to as resources. But when it comes to advanced directives — what to do at your end of your life to give guidance to your physician and your family — it lists one group, Compassionate — Compassionate Choices. And it gives their phone number and their log site. What they don’t tell you, however, is that that really is the name of […] the Hemlock Society that is referenced there. This is a group that believes in assisted suicide.

[…]

But, you know, look, it’s amazing that the government would have an ideologue like Dr. Pearlman, who wrote these books, who is a witness in assisted suicide cases, who writes in the resources that you have to — that he has in this book — that you ought to go to an assisted suicide group. That’s the kind of guidance we’re giving returning veterans?

Rove claimed booklet says vets “ought to go to an assisted suicide group”

Rove claimed “Compassionate Choices” a.k.a. “the Hemlock Society” referenced on “Page 99.” Rove asserted that, concerning guidance on advanced directives, “Your Life, Your Choices” “lists one group … Compassionate Choices [James Rosen.  

Transcript

From the August 24 edition of Fox News’ Hannity:

HANNITY: Now a controversy is brewing over a so-called planning tool that is issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Now some, including Senator Arlen Specter, say that it promotes pulling the plug on our brave veterans.

Now Ainsley Earhardt is here with much more — Ainsley.

EARHARDT: Sean, it’s a document called, “Your Life, Your Choices.” It’s used by the Veterans Administration to help people make choices about their living wills and end-of-life care. This booklet was first published back in 1997, then later promoted as the VA’s preferred living will guide.

Jim Towey, the former director of faith-based initiatives during the Bush administration, says after the Bush White House looked at how this book was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA decided to suspend its use. He says the document has now been revived under the current Obama administration.

[…]

HANNITY: And joining me now with more on this story is Fox News contributor, former Bush adviser, Karl Rove.

Mr. Architect, good to see you, sir. Thank you for being here. Now —

ROVE: Hi, Sean.

HANNITY: — this — this book came out in 1997 — “Your Life, Your Choices.” It’s 52 pages. They use it at VA hospitals and nursing homes. Bush administration got wind of it; they got rid of it.

ROVE: Yeah —

HANNITY: Obama brought it back. Tell me —

ROVE: Right. Deputy chief — deputy chief of staff Joel Kaplan and domestic policy adviser Karl Zinsmeister, when alerted to this thing, worked tirelessly to get this quickly removed and killed and deep-sixed. And it’s been brought back by the Obama administration, and we’ve been delivered here in the last couple of days. A lot of gobbledygook about them. You just heard from Ainsley about it, where they say, oh, it’s not an official document. But it’s on their website, and they give it to returning veterans.

Tammy Duckworth on Sunday on Fox News Sunday said, well, it’s — we’ve withdrawn the document. But it’s still on their website. I mean, this is a lousy piece of material. It was jerked down by the Bush administration. It should not have been revived by the Obama administration.

HANNITY: You know, it’s funny, what Governor Palin and the power that she had, you know, with one Facebook blog about death panels. She really defined the debate, because this is the type of thing that we do see with countries that have socialized medicine. For example, they put a price on the years of productivity and how much they’ll spend on health care in Europe.

So this should be a real concern for people as we debate this, shouldn’t it?

ROVE: Absolutely. And look, the book is designed to encourage people towards a certain direction, which is to give up and accept pain.

In fact, you know what? There’s an interesting page in here. Page 99 lists a series of disease groups that people could reach out to as resources. But when it comes to advanced directives — what to do at your end of your life to give guidance to your physician and your family — it lists one group, Compassionate — Compassionate Choices. And it gives their phone number and their log site.

What they don’t tell you, however, is that that really is the name of — and I’ve got a high-tech graphic here from the Fox graphics department. That is the Hemlock Society that is referenced there. This is a group that believes in assisted suicide. The Veterans Administration —

HANNITY: Wait, could you put that back up?

ROVE: Yeah, look at that. Isn’t that special?

HANNITY: Did you draw that —

ROVE: A lot of time and energy went into that.

HANNITY: Did you draw that —

ROVE: See it’s got a little glass of poison over there for you.

HANNITY: I was going to ask you, did you draw that little glass of poison?

ROVE: Well, look, the Fox high-tech graphics department did that. The Austin branch — down here in Austin tonight.

But, you know, look, it’s amazing that the government would have an ideologue like Dr. Pearlman, who wrote these books, who is a witness in assisted suicide cases, who writes in the resources that you have to — that he has in this book — that you ought to go to an assisted suicide group. That’s the kind of guidance we’re giving returning veterans?

And I’ve got to tell you, people ought to read this document. It is a scary — if you’re not worried about government health care, you read this book, and you will be.


Who Will Torture Probe Look At? Justice Dept. Won’t Say

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:45 am by HL

Who Will Torture Probe Look At? Justice Dept. Won’t Say
There’s a critical unanswered question about the torture investigation — or “preliminary review” announced yesterday by Attorney General Eric Holder. And the Justice Department doesn’t seem eager to clear it up. Who, exactly, is to be investigated?…





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The Unintentional Darwinist

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:41 am by HL

The Unintentional Darwinist


Kennedy is Dead

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Kennedy is Dead
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, “who carried aloft the torch of a Massachusetts dynasty and a liberal ideology to the citadel of Senate power, but whose personal and political failings may have prevented him from realizing the ultimate prize of the presidency, died at his home in Hyannis Port last night after a battle with brain cancer,” the Boston Globe reports. He was 77.

A statement from the family: “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness, and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

A statement from President Obama: “Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy. For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts. I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I’ve profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.”


Inflammatory New Book Attacking Local Food Movement Has One Grain of Truth Buried Under Heaps of Manure

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:39 am by HL

Inflammatory New Book Attacking Local Food Movement Has One Grain of Truth Buried Under Heaps of Manure

"Just Food" is framed as the lament of a lapsed locavore who has been driven into the arms of Agribiz by food-mile militants who, according to him, number in the millions.

You. At a Town Hall Meeting. 5 Questions You Should Ask

Those raucous health-care town halls aren't over yet. That's where you come in.

You. At a Town Hall Meeting. 5 Questions You Should Ask

Those raucous health-care town halls aren't over yet. That's where you come in.


Don’t Succumb to Deficit Hysteria

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:38 am by HL

Don’t Succumb to Deficit Hysteria
Today, as expected, the White House announced that the deficit projections are worse than it had thought. And as expected, the same old group of deficit hystrics went ballistic. “A 10-year deficit of $9 trillion is $30,000 for each man,…


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McCain attacks White House solicitation of PhRMA chief Billy Tauzin?s support ? which he solicited in ?07.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:37 am by HL

McCain attacks White House solicitation of PhRMA chief Billy Tauzin?s support ? which he solicited in ?07.
At a town hall today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attacked the controversial deal supposedly struck between the White House and the pharmaceutical industry on health care reform. According to McCain, the deal was an example of the “special interests” getting “a seat at the table.” “The lobbyist for the drug companies, a guy named Tauzin […]

At a town hall today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attacked the controversial deal supposedly struck between the White House and the pharmaceutical industry on health care reform. According to McCain, the deal was an example of the “special interests” getting “a seat at the table.” “The lobbyist for the drug companies, a guy named Tauzin who makes over a million dollars a year went to the White House and he was quoted, he was quoted across this country when he says, and I quote: ‘We assured, we need somebody to come in first, if you come in first, you will have a rock solid deal.’” Watch it:

The deal with PhRMA, which has been heavily criticized by the left, does raise questions, but it is odd to hear McCain criticize someone for soliciting the support of Billy Tauzin. In 2007, Tauzin contributed to McCain’s presidential campaign. When The Hill reported on the contribution in April 2008, Tauzin’s spokesman said, “Sen. McCain put out a call for help and Billy…answered it.”

Fox News? Shep Smith debunks McCain?s charge that reconciliation would be a ?drastic change.?
This afternoon in his town hall, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he is “unalterably opposed” to using the budget reconciliation process to pass health care reform. “It would be a drastic change in the way that the United States Senate does business.” Fox News’ Shep Smith fact-checked McCain’s claim immediately upon the conclusion of the […]

This afternoon in his town hall, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he is “unalterably opposed” to using the budget reconciliation process to pass health care reform. “It would be a drastic change in the way that the United States Senate does business.” Fox News’ Shep Smith fact-checked McCain’s claim immediately upon the conclusion of the town hall. “The truth is Republicans used this in 2001, 2003, and 2005 to pass then-President George Bush’s tax cuts,” Smith said. Armed with some research, he then reported this quote from Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH):

“Reconciliation is a rule of the Senate (that) has been used before for purposes exactly like this on numerous occasions.” … “Is there something wrong with majority rules? I don’t think so. … The point, of course, is this: If you have 51 votes for your position, you win.”

Smith concluded that if Democrats “were to take health care and put it in under reconciliation, they could do that.” Watch it:


Martha’s Vineyard Plays Proud Host to Obamas

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 26th, 2009 4:36 am by HL

Martha’s Vineyard Plays Proud Host to Obamas
OAK BLUFFS, Mass., Aug. 25 — The sign in the window of the Carousel Ice Cream shop here perfectly captures the mood of this island.

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