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Archive for January 3rd, 2010

Letting Go

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2010 5:43 am by HL

Letting Go
There is something fitting about writing my last column on the first day of a new year. January, after all, is named for the Roman god of beginnings and endings. [Editor’s note: This is Ellen Goodman’s final column.] By Ellen Goodman

There is something fitting about writing my last column on the first day of a new year. January, after all, is named for the Roman god of beginnings and endings. [Editor’s note: This is Ellen Goodman’s final column.]


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Allen Barra on Winston Churchill
Is there anything left to say about Churchill’s extraordinary life and turbulent times? If so, can it be said in the brief compass of Paul Johnson’s 192-page primer?

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Is there anything left to say about Churchill’s extraordinary life and turbulent times? If so, can it be said in the brief compass of Paul Johnson’s 192-page primer?

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2010 Election Situation Grows More Difficult For Democrats

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2010 5:42 am by HL

2010 Election Situation Grows More Difficult For Democrats
WASHINGTON — An already difficult situation for Democrats in Congress is worsening as the 2010 political season opens. To minimize expected losses in next fall’s…

Tom Vander Ark: Naughts Not So Bad for Education
The papers have been full of editorials expounding on why the past decade was disastrous for America. There is much to forget and regret about…

FOX News Guest: ‘Strip Search All 18-28-Year-Old Muslim Men At Airports’ (VIDEO)
On Fox News Saturday, guest Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (retired) offered a radical solution for improving national security. “We have to use profiling,” he said,…

Joe Scarborough: The Decade Ahead: From Radicalism to Restraint
Washington just turned the page on a decade filled with reckless spending, military adventurism and political fratricide. The costs of that era will be with us for some time.

Newsweek: White House Advisor Briefed in October On Underwear Bomb Technique
White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan was briefed last October on an Al Qaeda assassination attempt that investigators now believe used the same underwear bombing…


Blogger To Fight TSA Subpoena

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2010 5:41 am by HL

Blogger To Fight TSA Subpoena
One of the bloggers who was subpoenaed by the Feds after posting a leaked safety directive from the Transportation Security Administration plans to challenge the subpoena in court.

Hoekstra: Abdulmutallab Should Be Classified As ‘Enemy Combatant’
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) believes the Obama Administration should have ordered that alleged terrorist Umar Abdulmutallab be taken into military custody and held as an enemy combatant, his spokesman tells TPMmuckraker.


REVEALED: See Going Rogue Event ‘Banned List’ Drawn Up By Todd Palin
We’ve just gotten our hands on the so-called “banned list” that was responsible for two journalists getting booted from a Sarah Palin book event in Wasilla last week. And we’ve got new details that shed light on Todd Palin’s role as his wife’s chief enforcer.


Blame it all on Bush?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2010 5:38 am by HL

Blame it all on Bush?
The pro-liberal media that is going into withdrawal pains because they no longer have President George W. Bush to kick around, have gone to warp-speed in their efforts to heap praise on the new movie “Crazy Heart.” It’s gone beyond the level of effusive enthusiasm and is rapidly approaching the level of promobabble. […]


Jimmy Carter’s Ridiculous Apology For Criticizing The Occupation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2010 5:37 am by HL

Jimmy Carter’s Ridiculous Apology For Criticizing The Occupation
Anyone who doubts that criticizing Israeli policies will endanger anyone’s political prospects need only take note of former President Carter’s apology to the pro-Israel community for criticizing the Israeli occupation. No, Carter is not worried about his own prospects but…


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Citing Experience In Hawaii, Limbaugh Says U.S. Health Care System Is ?Just Dandy?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2010 5:36 am by HL

Citing Experience In Hawaii, Limbaugh Says U.S. Health Care System Is ?Just Dandy?
Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a hospital in Hawaii after he complained of chest pains and had reportedly been taken from his hotel “in serious condition.” Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu released Limbaugh yesterday and during a press conference, the conservative radio host said his physicians did not know what caused his […]

amd_rushlimbaughEarlier this week, Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a hospital in Hawaii after he complained of chest pains and had reportedly been taken from his hotel “in serious condition.” Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu released Limbaugh yesterday and during a press conference, the conservative radio host said his physicians did not know what caused his symptoms. “I wish I knew what it was,” he said. Limbaugh also denied that he is again taking painkillers and praised the U.S. health care system based on his experience:

Asked if he was taking painkillers, he flatly said “No,” and added that he was taking Prednisone, a type of steroid used to treat inflammatory diseases. […]

“The treatment I received here was the best that the world has to offer,” Limbaugh said. “Based on what happened here to me, I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system. It is working just fine, just dandy.”

Of course Rush would probably think any health system is “just dandy,” mainly because he is a multi-millionaire and can afford the best health care wherever he might be. But this is not the case for tens of millions of Americans who are unable to afford care or insurance due to the rising costs of health care in the U.S.

But it’s also odd that Limbaugh would cite his experience in Hawaii as evidence that the U.S. health care system is “fine” seeing that Hawaii has already passed reform measures similar to those that Congress is currently considering as part of comprehensive reform — measures that Limbaugh has constantly been attacking.

The state enacted a measure in the 1970s mandating that employers provide “relatively generous health care benefits” to full-time employees (Congress is currently considering a similar provision as part of reform) and Hawaii now has one of the lowest rates of uninsured in the nation, and more access has provided space for innovation and brought down costs:

Hawaii’s health insurance premiums are nearly tied with North Dakota for the lowest in the country, and Medicare costs per beneficiary are the nation’s lowest. […]

With more people given access to care, hospital and insurance executives in Hawaii say they have been able to innovate efficiencies. For instance, the state’s top three medical providers are adopting electronic medical records — years ahead of most mainland counterparts.

The Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state’s largest insurer and a Blue Cross Blue Shield member, recently offered the nation’s only statewide system whereby anyone for a nominal fee can talk by phone or e-mail, day or night, to doctors of their choosing.

Yet just two weeks ago, Limbaugh said those supporting health care reform are “mentally disturbed” and that “people are going to die” if reform ultimately passes.


Some foes of health-care bill hope courts will stop legislation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2010 5:35 am by HL

Some foes of health-care bill hope courts will stop legislation
Opponents of the health-care reform bill are not giving up the fight, and some think their last, best hope to halt the legislation lies not in the U.S. Capitol but in the court across the street.

Detroit residents express little faith in Washington to fix city, auto industry
Few local economies have received as much federal attention and assistance in recent years as that of Detroit. But residents of this economically hard-hit region express little faith in Washington’s ability to solve problems and are divided over the effectiveness of government efforts to reshape the…


Pentagon computer-network defense command delayed by congressional concerns
The Pentagon’s plan to set up a command to defend its global network of computer systems has been slowed by congressional questions about its mission and possible privacy concerns, according to officials familiar with the plan.

Afghan lawmakers reject most of Karzai’s cabinet picks
KABUL — Afghanistan’s parliament dealt a stinging rebuke to President Hamid Karzai on Saturday by rejecting 70 percent of his nominees for a new cabinet, including a regionally powerful warlord and the country’s only female minister.


Healthcare Bills Are Unconstitutional

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 3rd, 2010 5:31 am by HL

Healthcare Bills Are Unconstitutional
Hatch, Blackwell & Klukowski, WSJ
President Obama's health-care bill is now moving toward final passage. The policy issues may be coming to an end, but the legal issues are certain to continue because key provisions of this dangerous legislation are unconstitutional. Legally speaking, this legislation creates a target-rich environment. We will focus on three of its more glaring constitutional defects. First, the Constitution does not give Congress the power to require that Americans purchase health insurance. Congress must be able to point to at least one of its powers listed in the Constitution as the basis of any…

Wall St. Gets $4 Trillion Gift from Barney Frank
David Reilly, Bloomberg
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Look Ahead with Stoicism & Optimism
Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
The accomplished and sophisticated attorney was asked what attitude he was bringing to the new year. “Stoicism and mindless optimism,” he laughed, which sounded just about right. He meant it, he said, about the stoicism. He had immersed himself in that rough old philosophy after 9/11, and had come to adopt it as his own. But he meant it about the optimism, too: You never know, things get better, begin with good cheer, maintain your equilibrium, don't lose your peace. We're at the clean start of a new decade, and it wouldn't be bad if the national watchwords were…