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Going to Jail for Health Care

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

Going to Jail for Health Care
Dissent is alive and well in Los Angeles, with actions like sit-ins against health insurance companies showing a growing disapproval of the sorry state of the health care debate. Some activists are choosing to stay in jail in protest of insurers’ denial-of-coverage policies and in support of universal health care. —JCL. Mobilization for Health Care for All is a Los Angeles-based group that organizes protests in support of universal health care. MobilizeforHealthcare.org: Last Thursday, Sam Pullen joined dozens of courageous citizens who risked arrest in 9 cities across the country to challenge the insurance companies that are killing us and killing reform. Sam participated in the action to honor his mother’s own struggle to force Blue Cross to cover the bone marrow transplant that they originally denied and that ultimately extended her life for two years. He was arrested demanding that Blue Cross immediately approve all doctor-requested treatment for members with life-threatening conditions, and he committed to remain in police custody until they at least agreed to meet with him. In the last 5 days, Sam’s sacrifice has inspired an outpouring of messages of support on Facebook and via email, attracted journalists to interview him in jail and spread his story, and moved supporters all over America to step up and help lead our campaign. Each day he stayed in jail, our movement grew stronger. Finally, on Monday evening, without even being taken before a judge, a sheriff released Sam from the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles with no bail and no charges. Though Sam was forced to leave jail without his consent, it is a victory that the charges against him were dropped and the $5000 bail was removed. And even though Blue Cross never agreed to meet with Sam, his compelling story and courageous action helped expose their criminal practices and inspire many more Americans to join our fight to end them. And it confirmed again the great power of even just one person’s deep personal sacrifice for a just cause. Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

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Dissent is alive and well in Los Angeles, with actions like sit-ins against health insurance companies showing a growing disapproval of the sorry state of the health care debate. Some activists are choosing to stay in jail in protest of insurers’ denial-of-coverage policies and in support of universal health care. —JCL.

Mobilization for Health Care for All is a Los Angeles-based group that organizes protests in support of universal health care.

MobilizeforHealthcare.org:

Last Thursday, Sam Pullen joined dozens of courageous citizens who risked arrest in 9 cities across the country to challenge the insurance companies that are killing us and killing reform. Sam participated in the action to honor his mother’s own struggle to force Blue Cross to cover the bone marrow transplant that they originally denied and that ultimately extended her life for two years. He was arrested demanding that Blue Cross immediately approve all doctor-requested treatment for members with life-threatening conditions, and he committed to remain in police custody until they at least agreed to meet with him.

In the last 5 days, Sam’s sacrifice has inspired an outpouring of messages of support on Facebook and via email, attracted journalists to interview him in jail and spread his story, and moved supporters all over America to step up and help lead our campaign. Each day he stayed in jail, our movement grew stronger. Finally, on Monday evening, without even being taken before a judge, a sheriff released Sam from the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles with no bail and no charges.

Though Sam was forced to leave jail without his consent, it is a victory that the charges against him were dropped and the $5000 bail was removed. And even though Blue Cross never agreed to meet with Sam, his compelling story and courageous action helped expose their criminal practices and inspire many more Americans to join our fight to end them. And it confirmed again the great power of even just one person’s deep personal sacrifice for a just cause.

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Rich Germans Want More Taxes
While America’s super rich are coping with bailouts and bonus envy, a group of well-to-do Germans, led by a brewery heir, has delivered a petition demanding a 5 percent wealth tax—on themselves. Imagine if Pete Coors demanded that the government spend more of his money on “ecology, education and social justice.”  Of course, America is not bereft of benevolent richies. Dieter Lehmkuhl would get a run for his money from the likes of George Soros and Warren Buffet, the billionaire who has famously said he doesn’t pay enough taxes. —PZS BBC: The group say they have more money than they need, and the extra revenue could fund economic and social programmes to aid Germany’s economic recovery. Germany could raise 100bn euros (£91bn) if the richest people paid a 5% wealth tax for two years, they say. Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

While America’s super rich are coping with bailouts and bonus envy, a group of well-to-do Germans, led by a brewery heir, has delivered a petition demanding a 5 percent wealth tax—on themselves. Imagine if Pete Coors demanded that the government spend more of his money on “ecology, education and social justice.”?

Of course, America is not bereft of benevolent richies. Dieter Lehmkuhl would get a run for his money from the likes of George Soros and Warren Buffet, the billionaire who has famously said he doesn’t pay enough taxes. —PZS

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The group say they have more money than they need, and the extra revenue could fund economic and social programmes to aid Germany’s economic recovery.

Germany could raise 100bn euros (£91bn) if the richest people paid a 5% wealth tax for two years, they say.

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Independent Voters Shifting Away From Obama, Democrats

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2009 4:44 am by HL

Independent Voters Shifting Away From Obama, Democrats
A poll of opinion polls shows Americans’ attitudes are changing rapidly. They are less and less thrilled about the country’s direction and Congress, according to…

Nancy Snow: Information War on Fox: No Upside for Obama Administration
Last week, one of my former students wrote me about the Whitehouse/Fox News Channel hullabaloo.  Jennie was enrolled in the first class I ever taught…

Obama: Iraq Attacks Attempt To Derail Progress
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Sunday’s “outrageous attacks” outside government offices in the Iraqi capital “reveal the hateful and destructive agenda of those who…

Gary Hart: Politicians and a Dark Horse
Politicians almost always dwell near the bottom of polls reflecting public respect. Yet, almost always, Americans who vote do so for one politician or another. That’s because they are almost never given a choice.


Fore! Was Iffy Foundation A Vehicle To Support GOP Rep’s Golf Habit?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2009 4:43 am by HL

Fore! Was Iffy Foundation A Vehicle To Support GOP Rep’s Golf Habit?
It looks like the financial dealings of a questionable foundation affiliated with Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) were even more golf-driven than previously known.


Ex-Commissioner Kerik’s Mug Shot Released; NYC Tabloids Revel
Former New York Police commissioner, Homeland Security secretary nominee, and beefsteak dinner honoree Bernie Kerik is now inmate 210717 at the Westchester County jail, after a judge revoked Kerik’s bail yesterday. The New York Post declares, “Bernie Kerik in the…


The Christopublican Science Agenda: Ignorance is Bliss

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

The Christopublican Science Agenda: Ignorance is Bliss


How Sanford Lost Focus

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

How Sanford Lost Focus
The State combs through South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s (R) official schedules of his second term and notes “the portrait that emerges from Sanford’s calendar — his office’s official record of his activities — is one of a clear second-term focus elsewhere, not on South Carolina.”

Cuomo Tells Giuliani He’s Running
“Andrew Cuomo has secretly notified Rudy Giuliani that he will run for governor next year,” according to the New York Post.

“The confidential message, conveyed through intermediaries, was delivered to Giuliani recently and is expected to play a central role in the former mayor’s impending decision on whether to run as the Republican candidate for governor in 2010, sources with knowledge of the situation said.”

“It was sent as a courtesy — Giuliani says he’s “friends” with Cuomo — and as a warning that the former presidential candidate would face a brutal and, according to a dozen recent polls, losing battle against the highly popular attorney general.”


Right-Wing Extremist Group on Active Military Duty?

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

Right-Wing Extremist Group on Active Military Duty?
Extremists continue to get free military training in the U.S. armed forces.

4 Prisoners Facing Executions or Serving Extreme Jail Sentences Who Very Well May Be Innocent
Recent evidence shows that an executed Texas man was innocent. There are others who still might avoid that fate.

Holy Cow, Is Congress Getting Serious About Real Health Care Reform?
There is still no guarantee that a progressive bill will end up on Obama’s desk. But the chorus in favor of the public option is getting louder.

Is the End Near for the Right-Wing’s Vice Grip on U.S. Israeli Policy?
Obama’s national security adviser will keynote the inaugural conference of the moderate advocacy group J-Street, an alternative to Washington’s hawkish Israel lobby.


More on Lenny Ben David (a/k/a Lenny Davis) — Plus Rightwing Zionist Organization of America Joins J Street Smear Campaign

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

More on Lenny Ben David (a/k/a Lenny Davis) — Plus Rightwing Zionist Organization of America Joins J Street Smear Campaign
MEDIA MATTERS TAKES DOWN LENNY BEN DAVID HERE. Read all about the former American, now Israeli settler, who has made destroying J Street his life’s work. Now Lenny has joined forces with the ZOA. The Zionist Organization of America is…


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Goldberg: The Last Word (At Least From Me)
A couple of days ago, Jeffrey Goldberg explained why he was disinclined to associate with J Street, in spite of his sympathy for a two-state solution: So I’m comfortable in many ways with J Street’s basic worldview. On the other…


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Hatch bucks Cheney: ?I would never want to call my president dithering.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Hatch bucks Cheney: ?I would never want to call my president dithering.?
Despite his own failures in Afghanistan (namely turning valuable resources away from the war and invading Iraq), former Vice President Dick Cheney attacked President Obama this week, saying he is “afraid to make a decision” on the war in Afghanistan and that he’s “dithering.” Today on CNN, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) disagreed with Cheney’s assessment. […]

Despite his own failures in Afghanistan (namely turning valuable resources away from the war and invading Iraq), former Vice President Dick Cheney attacked President Obama this week, saying he is “afraid to make a decision” on the war in Afghanistan and that he’s “dithering.” Today on CNN, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) disagreed with Cheney’s assessment. “Well, I would never want to call my president ‘dithering,’” Hatch said, adding, “And I know it’s a tough position that he’s in.” Later, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was far more blunt in criticizing Cheney’s remarks:

BROWN: Look, to listen to Dick Cheney who was the mastermind of the most failed decade of foreign policy that this country has had, at least in my political lifetime, perhaps my whole lifetime, perhaps my parents’ lifetime too. I mean to listen to him when he talked about dithering when their mistake was to attack Iraq and lose sight of Afghanistan as President Abdullah, sorry as Dr. Abdullah, presidential candidate Abdullah said that eight years of failure of Karzai implicitly is also eight years of failure of dithering by that administration, so just take Dick Cheney’s advice off the table.

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Next phase in health-care debate: The art of the deal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2009 4:34 am by HL

Next phase in health-care debate: The art of the deal
In Washington, there are two ways to wage legislative war: fight to kill and fight to tweak.

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U.S. tested 2 Afghan scenarios in war game
The Pentagon’s top military officer oversaw a secret war game this month to evaluate the two primary military options that have been put forward by the Pentagon and are being weighed by the Obama administration as part of a broad-based review of the faltering Afghanistan war, senior military…

Attorney general prepares to fill advisory panel
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is preparing to announce as early as Monday the administration’s appointees to a prestigious panel that advises Justice Department leaders on approaches to combat gang violence, civil rights violations and financial crimes, according to officials familiar with…

The Monday Fix: Palin joins conservatives opposing Republican candidate
Sarah Palin’s decision late last week to endorse the Conservative Party candidate over the Republican nominee in a special U.S. House election in Upstate New York is the latest example that the former Alaska governor’s allegiance is to her conservative principles rather than the party’s edicts.



Uphold Equal Rights in Maine

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2009 4:31 am by HL

Uphold Equal Rights in Maine

White House’s War on FOX Reveals Flaw
Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune
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Feinberg’s Cuts Mean Nothing
Terry Keenan, New York Post
Last Updated: 4:10 AM, October 25, 2009 Posted: 12:56 AM, October 25, 2009 PRESIDENT Obama is masterful when it comes to making sweeping declarations but, as we're all learning, it's the nagging details that often get in the way. And so it was this week as the President took to the East Room to praise his pay czar, Kenneth…

The Real Climate Change Catastrophe
Christopher Booker, The Telegraph