Archive for August, 2009

Wild accusations over what Obama will bring us just shows the embarrassment of what these people believe

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The wilder the story the more they cling to this crap.  Truly, without something to fear they flail and fail therefore they need this to fear and feel grounded.  Therefore we get stories like this.  Story is here

In one, retired FBI agent Ted Gunderson says the government has prepared 1,000 camps for its own citizens. He also says the government has stored 30,000 guillotines to murder its critics, and has stashed 500,000 caskets in Georgia and Montana for the remains.

Why guillotines? “Because,” he wrote in a report obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, “beheading is the most efficient means of harvesting body parts.”

In a second warning, the Web site Worldnetdaily.com says that the government is considering Nazi-like concentration camps for dissidents.

Jerome Corsi, the author of “The Obama Nation,” an anti-Obama book, says that a proposal in Congress “appears designed to create the type of detention center that those concerned about use of the military in domestic affairs fear could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany.”

Another Web site, Americanfreepress.net, says the proposal “would create a Guantanamo-style setting after martial law is declared.”

There’s no evidence of such a plan.

VA demands apology from RNC Chairman Steele for comments on Health Care

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

The VA is demanding RNC Chair Steele apologize and they are demanding FOX News apologize as well.  HA!  Story is here

Canada’s system is better than the Corporate Health Care Supporters claim

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

“We’ve heard talk in the U.S. that you may die here because of long wait times, you can’t choose the doctors or the care you want and that the government makes your health decisions for you, but none of that is really true,” said Dr. Michael M. Rachlis, a leading Canadian health policy analyst who has written three books about Canada’s system. “I think there’s a lot that the U.S. could learn from Canada.”  Story is here

In 7 minutes Anthony Weiner destroys FOX and Friends on Health Care

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Anthony Weiner wins against FOX and Friends on Health Care.  Video is here

Weiner also gave Republicans the chance to fulfill their gretest dream of all which is to kill off Medicare.  Video is here

The GOP actually has a Death Panel running

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

This from Newsweek article is located here

It was Grassley himself who devised the “Throw Mama From the Train” provision of the GOP’s 2001 tax cut. The estate-tax revision he championed will reduce the estate tax to zero next year. But when it expires at year’s end, the tax will jump back up to its previous level of 55 percent. Grassley’s exploding tax break has an entirely foreseeable, if unintended, consequence: it incentivizes ailing, elderly rich people to end their lives—paging Dr. Kevorkian—before midnight on Dec. 31, 2010. It also gives their children an incentive to sign DNR orders and switch off respirators in time for the deadline. This would be a great plot for a P. D. James novel if it weren’t an actual piece of legislation.

This is not merely hypothetical. Serious economists take the possibility seriously. In a 2001 paper entitled “Dying to Save Taxes,” economists from the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia examined 13 changes in U.S. tax law since 1917 and concluded that benefactors die in greater numbers just before tax hikes and just after tax cuts. A 2006 study done in Australia, which abolished its inheritance tax in July 1979, reached the same conclusion. Statistics showed that more than half the people who would ordinarily have died in the last week of June 1979—and whose heirs would have been subject to the tax—managed to avoid it by surviving into July. Republicans in Congress have created a similar inducement for Grandma not to die before January 2010, but to make sure she is gone by January 2011.

James Parris: Estate tax, Paris Hilton Tax, Death Tax, and Grandma’s plug

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

This is a great note written by James Parris from his Facebook account which is located here

As is my pre-basketball habit, I was just reading this Newsweek writeup by Jacob Weisberg, “Death, Republican Style” http://www.newsweek.com/id/214267?from=rss

…And it reminded me about the whole estate-tax deception that many Americans are still falling for. Here are a couple of clips I wandered to in my connect-the-dots meandering…

“…The nation’s founders and populace viewed excessive concentrations of wealth as incompatible with the ideals of the new nation…Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Ben Franklin, were aghast at the wide disparities of wealth and poverty they observed. They surmised that these great European inequalities were the result of an aristocratic system of land transfers, hereditary political power, and monopoly.” http://www.chuckcollinsonline.com/defending-the-commons/

“For more than a decade, a powerful group of special-interest organizations has waged a multimillion-dollar campaign to turn public opinion against a tax that falls on the wealthiest 2 percent of the population. It worked…The people pushing this line include the heirs to the Gallo wine and Mars candy fortunes…these groups have formed a potent “death tax elimination” lobby.” http://www.chuckcollinsonline.com/2002/06/tax_the_wealthy_why_america_ne.html

“Years ago, during the Republican effort to eliminate the estate tax, which is paid primarily by the heirs of the wealthy, the GOP linguistic strategist and pollster Frank Luntz pushed the idea that the Republicans should refer to it as a “death tax.” http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/23507

“…the tax cut would indeed be heavily skewed toward those at the top of the income spectrum. The richest one percent of the population would receive substantially more in tax cuts than the bottom 80 percent of the population combined.” http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=1153

“How the Estate Tax Works: The estate tax is not a death tax and it is not paid by the dead. It is a tax on the transfer of wealth and is paid by the heirs; it comes out of the estate before distribution. Currrently, the tax applies only to taxable estates over $1.5 million, that is, estates over $1.5 million after debts, final expenses, charitable bequests and bequests to a spouse have been subtracted.” http://thenexthurrah.typepad.com/the_next_hurrah/2005/09/why_america_nee.html

“…If you ask people if they support an ‘estate tax’, about 70 to 80% people say, “Yes I support an estate tax”.
If you ask people if they support a (*cue scary music) ‘death tax’, only about 20% of people support it. You know that.

~ Thom Hartmann (to Grover ‘bathtub’ Norquist)
http://www.thomhartmann.com/2006/06/08/transcript-grover-norquist-estate-tax-jun-08-2006/

“…We must make sure we don’t end up an oligarchy like so many Latin American countries, where a handful of super-rich families rule their nations and democracy is more show than substance…”

~ Thom Hartmann, from ‘Screwed: the undeclared war against the middle class–and what we can do’

…back to the Newsweek:
“It was (Sen. Charles) Grassley himself who devised the “Throw Mama From the Train” provision of the GOP’s 2001 tax cut. The estate-tax revision he championed will reduce the estate tax (*or as Thom likes to say, the ‘Paris Hilton tax’) to ZERO next year. But when it expires at year’s end, the tax will jump back up to its previous level of 55 percent. Grassley’s exploding tax break has an entirely foreseeable, if unintended, consequence: it incentivizes ailing, elderly rich people to end their lives—paging Dr. Kevorkian—before midnight on Dec. 31, 2010. It also gives their children an incentive to sign DNR orders and switch off respirators in time for the deadline. This would be a great plot for a P. D. James novel…” http://www.newsweek.com/id/214267?from=rss

Sarah Palin has been in the national spotlight 1 year. Seems like forever

Friday, August 28th, 2009

It was a year ago tomorrow that Sarah Palin burst forth on the national scene. There are many things one might say about this, but the most important is: Really? A year? That’s it? It feels like we’ve been living with this lady forever.  Story is here

If we had the Canadian system we would save a ton of money.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Overhead costs would drop like a rock which would be a savings right off the top.  Story is here

PNHP Co-founders Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein published this definitive study of the administrative costs of the U.S. health system in the August 21, 2003 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. After analyzing the costs of insurers, employers, doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and home-care agencies in both the U.S. and Canada, they found that administration consumes 31.0 percent of U.S. health spending, double the proportion of Canada (16.7 percent). Average overhead among private U.S. insurers was 11.7 percent, compared with 1.3 percent for Canada’s single-payer system and 3.6 percent for Medicare. Streamlined to Canadian levels, enough administrative waste could be saved to provide compressive health insurance to all Americans.

Republicans did not TOUCH Health Care for 8 solid years yet it is the first big thing done by Obama. Very telling!

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The Republicans had all 3 branches of government for 6 solid years and for the last 2 they still had a lot of power but they never tried to push through Health Care change.  The costs were going up. The people were being dropped from policies despite paying on them for years.  The Republicans just didn’t.  Michael Steele does not have an answer.  Yet the American people were hurting.  American Health Care corporations were doing well but the American people were hurting.  Here is your proof as to who the masters of the Republicans are….corporations.  Obama and the Democrats get going on Health Care in the first couple of months he is in office.  The Democrats want to help people.  It is simple as that.  Video is here.

This is called a push-pull survey

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

When a survey hands you slanted questions and answers which send the topic to a certain direction that is called a push-pill survey.  The Republicans sent out one of these recently and the questions are laughable…the answers are often very limiting.  Obviously marketing people wrote this to tilt people’s opinions as opposed to getting real answers to real questions.  Story is here

Mike Cuffe vs. The Republican Spin Machine

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

It is rare for me that a news item actually revolves around people that I know quite well.  It is doubly rare for it to be centered in an area where my interests squarely land.  This story is one of those gems.

I began working at a small social networking job place in early 2007 and it just so happened that Mike Cuffe was a person I was working quite closely with.  As we chit chatted during the day we saw each other holding a similar world view and angle at which national politics can benefit people.  This led to getting together socially and a nice friendship grew between Mike, his girlfriend Lyrica and myself.

Mike eventually moved on and within a short time saw his art interests melding with his political interests as his direction he would go in life.  This interest in art and politics has led to him selling his art as well as it being the centerpiece of his meeting President Obama at the time of the inauguration in Washington D.C.

Initially he saw his blending of art and politics as a personal experiment for him in that he was just trying it out so it was life experimentation for Cuffe, however it just so happened that “experimentation” has become the centerpiece spin of the Republican view of Health Care Reform.

Mike created a website http://theobamaexperiment.com.

Recently the Republican National Committee developed the website http://barackobamaexperiment.com.

The two being diametrically opposed in their view of nearly all things political and in particular the subject of Health Care Reform.

In the world of “the internets” typographical errors are the rule and mis-hearing a website name is common.  Being that this is the norm, Cuffe has seen a huge spike in traffic to his site from people looking for the Republican spin site with their promotion of that site but landing at his site instead.  As of this writing when one looks up Obama and experiment it is Cuffe’s site and the Republican site as the #1 and #2 result.  With pro and anti Health Care Reform people being driven to the very highly publicized Republican site, and the odds being good that a large number of people are finding Cuffe’s site instead, it is quite safe to say that Cuffe has had a number of people contacting him with comments for and against his stance on politics.  Many of them being quite inflammatory.

This is the power that the internet hands individuals.  Cuffe is on equal footing with the highly funded RNC in getting his word out on his art and his views of how things should be.  Please take a look at his site http://theobamaexperiment.com/ and realize that the power of the internet is handed out equally to well funded organizations as well as a person who happens to be your friend down the street.

The next person taking on a highly funded organized political machine or corporation…could be you.

If you would like to read more about Mike Cuffe and his blending of art and politics and the issues he has seen as the Republican National Committee has adopted a website similar to his please click here. He also has a blog which features art and views which is located here.

Why are unions a good thing?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

These  bosses existed prior to the idea of unions or in areas that had no unions.  Story is here

Whoever is opposed to health care reform is really a monster. Bake sales help people with medical care?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Ted Kennedy describes why people have to have Universal Health Care.  He had it and he wanted you to have it.  Video is here

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If you do not have Universal Care you will have more Nolan Smiths.  If you do not see the problem with this then you do not understand.  Get better Nolan!  Story is here

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There will be more Rowan Mauros.  His bake sale info is here and the story of Rowan is located here

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2009
8:00AM -2:00PM
Rain date: Sunday, August 16, 2009
1212 Sky Ridge Drive, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

Housewares, small appliances, clothing for men, women, children and infants, MiMi maternity clothes, tons of baby items, toys, jewelry, seasonal decorations, and much more!!

Bake sale & coffee, hot dogs & lemonade stand!
BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Donations of items to sell at yard sale would be very much appreciated! If you would like to donate items, please contact: benefitrowan@comcast.net

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Brandon needs your help too with a bake sale

Just for Brandon: An enchilada dinner and more fundraiser will run from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Aug. 30 for Brandon Clapper, a 13-year-old Carter Lake teen born with Treachers Collins Syndrome. It affects facial development and caused Brandon to be born without ears. He now has the opportunity to get ears via surgeries in California. The benefit will help with medical expenses. It will be at the Carter Lake Improvement Club, 4328 N. Ninth St., in Carter Lake. Enchilada dinners, $8.50, and hot dogs with chips, $3, will be served until 8 p.m. Also on hand will be karaoke, raffles, a silent auction, bake sale and more. Donations for Brandon can be made at any People’s National Bank.  Site is here

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Justin Needs your help too

Benefit for Orland Park man. The 4 Justin’s Journey committee, a group dedicated to raise money to cover the medical bills of brain tumor victim Justin Broadhurst, is hosting a benefit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 West 115th Street in Merrionette Park.

Broadhurst, of Orland Park, is a 24-year-old DeVry graduate diagnosed with Glioblastoma MultiForme Grade IV, an aggressive brain tumor, in October. He is receiving treatment at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, the cost of which is not covered by his health insurance.

The committee is seeking donations of items for raffles and silent auctions, along with corporate sponsors.

Monetary donations can be mailed to the Justin P. Broadhurst Wellness Fund c/o Chase Bank, 13211 LaGrange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462. Donations can also be made on Broadhurst’s Web site. For more information on the benefit or to make a donation, call (708) 856-6686 or visit www.4justinsjourney.com.

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Noah Cook has an evening of music to raise funds to pay for his medical care

EVENING OF MUSIC, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, Fuel House Coffee Co., 636 Landis Ave., Vineland. Benefits Noah Cook, a Vineland High School senior who recently was injured in a car accident.

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Play poker and pay for Tony Hernandez’s medical care

A Texas Hold em tournament will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds administration building and will benefit Tonganoxie police Lt. Tony Hernandez to help cover medical costs for cancer treatment.

Each of the top four winners will receive a prize. Cost is $25 to play in the poker tournament. There also will be a raffle for various prizes, including four different guns. Raffle tickets are $1 each.

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If we paid to keep people healthy the way we pay to kill people in wars America would be a different nation.  Apparently we are not that nation today but one that would rather kill than help.

Christian group opposed to the word “gay” makes a big boo boo in reporting on sports.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Laughable just laughable!!!!  Then again that is what we expect from them and nothing less…nothing more to be sure!!!  Story is here

How far to the right has “the right” moved in America?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Check out Nixon’s plans for Health Care Reform from 1971.  Nixon was a FLAMING LIBERAL compared to the extrmeists we have seen today with this topic and other topics as well.  Video is here

And in his day Nixon was seen as someone who subverted the Constitution for political and personal gain.

Universal response to those opposed to Health Care Reform

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

This article proves what money can get.  IF you have money in the present system you can get anything.  If you do not have money in this present system you get a lot less.  This is the way Obamacare will continue to work as if you have a plan now you can have that SAME plan under Obamacare.  The people who have nothing now that the people paying private insurance subsidize will be paying less to subsidize those without insurance.

How hard is this for you to grasp???

Obamacare=Congreessional/US Government worker plan

ALSO….
Obamacare=plan for uninsured so their care costs less.  Care done on an ad-hoc basis ALWAYS costs MORE which is why opposing Health Care Reform is playing into the insurance companies hands.  THEY WANT NO REFORM as they see prices double over the past 10 years MEANWHILE they have BILLIONS in profit.

If you have a plan now you will be able to keep it.
If you have no plan the cost to provide you care will be less in that you WILL have a plan.  This is the concept of insurance.

By PRINCIPLE if you disagree with Obamacare you should NOT HAVE ANY INSURANCE because when you do have insurance you are proving that a plan (Socialized loss over a big group) is a cheaper way to pay for insurance.  Otherwise you would pay all costs out of pocket.

Prove Obamacare is wrong…pay ALL of your medical costs out of pocket.  If not you are a hypocrite.

If Death Panels are real

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Then EVERYTHING is real. And here is the video to prove it

Ed Anger really fits in with Republican discussion today

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

SO move over Rush Linbaugh you are no longer the leader of the Republican National Committee.  Ed Anger is about to step to the forefront and take that place of leadership, bold thinking, course charting and direction through these turbulent times.  Ed’s latest Shakespearean quality monologue is located here

Saving BILLIONS per year in health care…slam dunk…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

It is the overhead.  Private insurance companies have a huge amount of overhead that removed results in a far more competitive cost structure for insurance as compared to other nations.  Story is here

How can we NO do this considering the savings we would see??  Story is here

My favorite Ted Kennedy videos and more

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

He was just the best.  Video is here

Another good one is located here

Ted Kennedy was involved in tons of things…just amazing how many GREAT things he was the champion for.  Story is here

His speech at the Democratic Party.  Video is here

A video retrospect of his life is located here

Huffington Post article with videos is located here

Yahoo News report on the story

Nixon was a SCREAMING liberal with his plan ideas for national health care. And check out the cost for Medicaid. Video is here

Heartless

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

When I see bake sales to pay for people’s medical treatment I just get irate.  Here is the same but this time Senator Coburn…a Republican of course…suggests friends help this woman.  Video is here

Senator Coburn….who works for the Government says….the Government is not the answer….but he being in the Government will try to help her.  Story is here

10 videos showing Glenn Beck is just off the deep end

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

10 videos showing the insanity of Glenn Beck.  Videos are here

Sick For Profit. America…where people die for the sake of profit

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Sick for Profit.  Video is here

Religion…sigh…why does it want to keep us in the Bronze Age?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

A girl has a brain tumor that’s going to kill her…bad.

Doctors remove it!!!  YAY!!!  GOOD!!!

Girl’s family then disowns her because she had surgery.  BAD!!!

They are Christian Scientists.  Typical!  Story is here

More about Christian Scientists here

More comment about this here

It took Joe Scarborough about 10 minutes to get it. He now sees the light in Health Care Reform.

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Former US Representative Joe Scarborough could not outline a benefit in having privatized health care corporations other than, “Tradition!”  If you see health care as a commodity like a car or pen then having corporations merely shuffle money and papers and NOT providing care or helping people to get better as an intermediary is ok.  If you see health care as something that those with money can get and those without do without then the Scarborough side is your side.

HOWEVER if you see health care as a thing that people deserve regardless their ability to pay then the Anthony Weiner plan is the way to go.  You see 18,000 people dying annually as a result of no health care as something unacceptable and you see people avoiding medical care as they see costs of going to a doctor as something they cannot pay.  You see the elderly cutting pills in half to make them last the month or they fight over whether to buy food or pills….and this is unacceptable to you.  You realize that even at work benefits can be taken away these days for no reason when you are working for a company or you are retired.  Jobs and benefits can be lost for no reason and the cost of insurance…let alone the insurance cost when you have a few kids and spouse on a plan is something that is crippling for the regular family.  You see 62% of personal bankruptcies listing health care as a main reason for the bankruptcy and you see the 30% overhead taken by privatized insurance corporations compared to 3% as seen by Medicare as something you see as real waste in an industry that is so expensive that it cannot have any waste.

Or you see the Scarborough side and see the millionaires made out of the Health Care industry as something acceptable as those without health care die. I wonder what we could do with all that money those millionaires are paid?  Pay for more care for poor people??  Don’t be silly…there are PROFITS to be made!!!

There are 2 videos here which has Joe Scarborough see the light in the middle of the second video with the first video as the basis of the discussion.  Videos are here

FOX News pulls another lie out of thin air and this one involves Health Care and Veterans

Monday, August 24th, 2009

The pamphlet that is wrongfully called a Death Booklet is located here.

It is a list of questions to make people think about what they would like as they grow older.  To make such decisions in a delusional state would not be fair to someone nor would it be fair for another person or family member to make those decisions.  I find it hugely ironic that those opposed to this “Death Book” are the same that are opposed to abortion as they use the same argument in that they say they do not want the government involved in making decisions about their body at all.  Well the government SHOULD be out of the business of making decisions about your body so therefore those people SHOULD be PRO CHOICE as opposed to imposing the wishes of others on their bodies.  The “Death Book” is a list of questions such as…does someone have Power of Attorney over you…do you wish to be kept alive at all costs or do you wish to have a Do Not Resuscitate order…what do you want to do in this or that circumstance.  What the people saying this is a “Death Book” don’t understand is that this is a precursor for going to a lawyer and putting this all in writing and a guide your family can use to carry out a person’s last wishes.  So the people claiming this is a “Death Book” apparently WANT someone saying what to do with you at the end of your life….because this book lines up YOUR wishes….so OTHER’S wishes are NOT imposed on you as you are possibly in a non-communicative state.

What do you want to happen as you grow old and cannot declare at that time what you want to happen to you in this and that instance?  THERE…I JUST DEATH BOOKED YOU.  Go answer more questions at the book for yourself and decide what you want to happen to you.  Isn’t it good to have lined this up while you are coherent and you can talk to your family members and a lawyer about this as opposed to not having it?  My DOGGGG how stupid those opponents to this are!!!

How does a story like this spread?  It is called the Right Wing Echo Machine with one starting and the rest reporting on the other.  Description of the Right Wing Echo Machine on this story is located here

FOX News lies.  What a shocker!  Story is here

There’s nothing surprising about the Fox propaganda machine peddling outrageous lies, but Chris Wallace’s fabrication is one of the most despicable, reprehensible falsehoods Fox has ever put on air. It’s bad enough that Wallace lied through his teeth, but the fact that he chose to exploit our nation’s veterans for his dirty political game tells us everything we need to know about his integrity — or lack thereof.

By now, people should know that if you hear something on Fox “News” and it doesn’t seem plausible, then it isn’t. Perhaps the funniest example of 2009 was their claim that the stimulus bill included an earmark to build The Red Line Express, a high-speed train taking people directly from Disneyland to Las Vegas, where they would be dropped off at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel. Not only was there no such earmark, the Moonlite Bunny Ranch is located in Carson City, hundreds of miles from Las Vegas. And let’s not forget when they were caught with their pants down, attacking ABC News for doing what they had done less than a year earlier. It’s not just politics: they rushed to blame Billy Mays’ death on a bump on the head suffered during a rough flight. He actually died of heart disease, with cocaine playing a contributing role.

As laughable as much of the reporting is on Fox “News,” the biggest joke of all are the Democrats who take the network seriously and who negotiate with the leadership of network’s political sponsor, the Republican Party.

Here is a second story dealing with the Death Book that never was and just isn’t.  Story is here

% of uninsured by state, % paying high amount of income for insurance, # that lost insurance

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Lots of numbers showing how expensive health care is in the US.  Story is here

Teabaggers, anti-health care people, birthers, deathers, cessesionists, gun nuts, Christian Fundamentalists,

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

The thing they have in common?  Story is here

Ex-Marine Jack Burke went toe-to-toe with his congresswoman at a street fair in San Carlos last week, convinced President Barack Obama’s health care reform would mean politicians, not doctors, would make his medical decisions.

It wasn’t just health care making him angry, Burke said a few moments later. It was Obama’s plan to limit global warming; it was the auto industry and all the other bailouts; AND it was health care. The retiree said it all felt so wrong, so contrary to how he was raised.

“I just feel the government is intruding in our lives,” Burke said.

With the civic dialogue aflame with phrases like “death panels” and “the blood of tyrants,” conversations with voters like Burke suggest more is brewing in the nation’s troubled soul than a debate over the mechanics of health care reform. Many say the tempest over health care has its origin in the new administration’s breathtaking pace of change and in the long-term social and demographic trends that helped put the nation’s first African-American president in the White House.

But there is also a powerful social catalyst: The recession has savaged whites and middle-aged men to a degree unseen in most people’s lifetimes. And that has helped make many in those groups desperately, angrily anxious about change.

After she’d spent three hours Thursday standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a throng with Burke and other constituents, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, said one common

note she heard in people’s voices was fear.”I had one lady stand here tonight and say, ‘I’m just scared,’ ” Speier said. “And people are justifiably scared because so much has happened so fast in this country. I’ve been in office for 16 months, and I haven’t caught my breath yet because it’s been one issue after another; it’s been one failed institution after another.”

Surging emotions

Just nine months after the historic election of the first African-American president set off an apparent glow of racial reconciliation, conservative commentator Patrick J. Buchanan invoked an icon of the 1990s culture wars — the “Angry White Man” — to explain the outcry over health care reform.

Nationwide, there have been other signs of the Angry White Man phenomenon. The numbers of racial hate groups and anti-government citizen militias are surging. Guns sales appear to be climbing. Complaints of racial discrimination in much of the Bay Area and across the country are running higher than they have in at least a decade.

Even the Berkeley-based Sierra Club’s Internet comment boards recently erupted in a debate by members, hardly a conservative group, over whether the club was attacking whites, after it posted a member newsletter about its diversity program with the headline: “Yep, We’re Too White.”

Recent weeks have seen the racial contretemps of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley, and the continued viral spread of rumors by “the Birthers” that Obama is not a legitimate president, alleging he was not born in the United States.

The uncontrolled presence of the Internet and competing philosophies guiding radio and cable news networks have all added fuel to the war of words.

Last week in San Jose, near an appearance by Sen. Barbara Boxer, predominantly white “tea party” protesters chanting, “USA, USA!” held up signs superimposing Obama alongside Adolf Hitler. One sign said Boxer should be bounced from office because she is “condescending to black people.”

“Some of it is not about health care, let’s face it,” said Richard Czik, former vice president of governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, a health care reform advocate who is organizing a moderate Christian association called the New Evangelicals. “Some of it has to be about an obvious rejection of Obama’s legitimacy as president. You wouldn’t get this anger, represented by the hate-mongering you see. Some of it is directed against the president, with some pretty deep-seated attitudes.”

Not about race

Some Bay Area opponents of health care reform acknowledge many of their supporters are over 50 and are white, but they argue that their sole concern is preserving quality health care.

“It’s not a racial issue,” said Bridget Melson, a Pleasanton psychotherapist who helped organize a protest Saturday outside the district office of Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

Some experts say one reason why so many health care protesters have been white is that, at least until now, Latinos, blacks, American Indians and Asian-Americans have had a much higher risk of being uninsured than whites.

“I think the people who are probably most concerned about any changes relating to health care reform are moderately satisfied, willing to keep the status quo in place,” said health economist Stephen Zuckerman, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C. “And it is the case that minority populations tend to be uninsured, so they have more to gain from reform.”

Melson said she knows minorities are proportionately more likely to have voted for Obama, “so maybe they’re just kind of done, they feel he’s in office, it’s going to pass, and they’re taking it for granted.

“But we’re not.”

Still, the economy has given many whites and middle-aged Americans legitimate reason to feel angry, fearful or threatened. This recession has taken a far larger share of jobs from older men, particularly white men, than earlier economic downturns.

During the six decades since World War II, the unemployment rate for men aged 55 and older averaged 3.7 percent, and reached 7 percent in only a single month — February 1950, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Then came 2009.

So far this year, the monthly unemployment rate for men over 55 has been almost double the historical average.

At 6.7 percent and 6.5 percent during the first two quarters of 2009, the unemployment rate for older white men is higher than it’s ever been since the government began tracking that group, in the early 1950s. Unemployment rates for black and Latino men, however, are lower than the peak they hit during the recession of the early 1980s.

Tensions are rising

Aside from the health care debate, there are numerous signs that racial tension may be on the rise.

The federal government has noted a 25 percent uptick in complaints of racial discrimination since 2006. In the Bay Area, Santa Clara County numbers were down, but Alameda and Contra Costa counties recorded 10-year highs for racial complaints in 2008.

Meanwhile, one prominent watchdog organization has documented a surge in the number of racial hate groups, such as Stormfront, a “White Nationalist Organization” that logged into the Sierra Club debate.

The election of an African-American president “has racialized the anti-government debate,” said Heidi Beirich, director of research for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which issued the hate group report.

In a recent column, Buchanan said the recession’s unprecedented impact on older men, particularly whites, is helping to fuel the outcry over health care reform.

“There is an anger out there unseen since Ross Perot was leading Bush I and Bill Clinton in the presidential trial heats in 1992,” the conservative commentator wrote.

Different nation

But America is a very different place demographically than it was at the start of the Clinton administration, when three-quarters of Americans were white. Some say some of the tension in the nation’s civic dialogue has something to do with fear about how immigration and time are remaking the nation’s population.

Today, under two-thirds of Americans are white, while California went from being nearly 60 percent white in 1990 to just over 40 percent white today. Even in Orange County, ground zero for California conservatism, whites are no longer a majority of the population, according to U.S. Census estimates.

“Those whites that you see at the health care meetings, that was really Ronald Reagan’s America,” said John Kenneth White, a presidential scholar at the Catholic University of America and author of the newly published “Barack Obama’s America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family and Religion Ended the Reagan Era.”

“Reagan’s California exists today only on the commemorative license plate. That California that elected him governor twice and president twice is no more,” White said. He believes some of the anger behind the health care debate is from “a sense that power has shifted in the country, and the country they thought they knew doesn’t exist anymore.”

Rachel Maddow looks at Jon Stewart talking to Betsey McCaughey about “Death Panels”

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Jon Stewart does this on his comedy show and real journalists cannot do this on theirs?  Video is here

14 myths about Health Care debunked easily

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

A great list of the issues surrounding Health Care and the myths and misleading lines about those issues.  Story is here

Tom Ridge ADMITS the Homeland Security color codes were manipulated for political gain but the charges in 2004 were dismissed.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

In his forthcoming book, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge reportedly claims that politics may have played a role in the question of whether to raise the terror threat levels on the eve of the November 2004 presidential election — echoing contemporaneous allegations made by several progressives. Media Matters for America presents a sampling — by no means exhaustive — of media personalities who at the time portrayed those progressives as suffering from “cynicism” and “paranoia” and obsessed with a “conspiracy theory,” despite credible evidence that the Bush administration was using the War on Terror for political gain, particularly in the months before the 2004 election.  Story is here

77% of Americans support Public Option

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

It is pretty clear….those opposed to Public Option and ESPECIALLY those opposing reform at any level are the fringe.  Story is here

Even in “Amenable Deaths” we are last in the ranking of industrialized nations.

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Amenabale Deaths- Those prior to 75 which are relatively easy to avoid  or fix.  A screed exists that America is not in last place in amenable deaths but we are #19 out of 19 industrialized nations.  Jon Stewart…America’s best journalist…pulled this debunked talking point out of the woman who invented the term “death panels”  Story is here

How much money is there in bribing our elected officials?

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Tons!  Story is here

Lyndon LaRouche wants to save us all and give direction to a wayward nation!!!

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Hahahah.

I am glad we have Lyndon LaRouche to step up to the plate and provide leadership.  Video is here

Let’s look into the past of Lyndon LaRouche shall we??  Story is here

How close to 100% of personal bankruptcies can we get that will be blamed on health care costs?

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Medical problems caused 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in the U.S. in 2007, according to a study by Harvard researchers. And in a finding that surprised even the researchers, 78% of those filers had medical insurance at the start of their illness, including 60.3% who had private coverage, not Medicare or Medicaid.  Story is here

Technically the # of personal bankruptcies due to Health Care costs can only get to 99% so that is a silver lining!

Michael Moore’s latest movie ‘CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY’ – In Theaters October 2nd

Friday, August 21st, 2009

‘CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY’ – In Theaters October 2nd   Trailer is located here

“It’s a crime story. But it’s also a war story about class warfare. And a vampire movie, with the upper 1 percent feeding off the rest of us. And, of course, it’s also a love story. Only it’s about an abusive relationship.

“It’s not about an individual, like Roger Smith, or a corporation, or even an issue, like health care. This is the big enchilada. This is about the thing that dominates all our lives — the economy. I made this movie as if it was going to be the last movie I was allowed to make.

“It’s a comedy.” — Michael Moore

Ocean temperatures higher than ever before

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Rising ocean temperatures directly affect temperatures on land so this does not bode well.  Story is here

Why do I have to pay to provide health care or anything else for someone else?

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

You live in a society and government can do it far more efficiently and it will cost you LESS if government is a single payer for health care.  Video is here

Here is more of the opinion of someone as to why you SHOULD pay for someone else’s health care.  Video is here

Woman asking Barney Frank questions was a LaRouche cult member

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

More of the details for the vocal opponents to Health Care Reform.  They are NOT just normal people.  Story is here

Fascism in Mussolini’s world was praised in the US in 1934. Same actions as Bush/Reagan carried out recently.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

These are the actions carried out by Mussolini in 1934 that we have seen from the Bush and Reagan Administrations recently. Story is here

As I mentioned a few weeks ago (in “The Corporation Will Eat Your Soul”), Fortune magazine ran a cover story on Mussolini in 1934, praising his fascism for its ability to break worker unions, disempower workers and transfer huge sums of money to those who controlled the money rather than those who earned it.

Mussolini thought it was unnatural for a government to protect individual rights: The essence of fascism, he believed, is that government should be the master, not the servant, of the people.

When it comes to Personhood as seen by Corporations we as individuals now NEED the government to protect us from the corporations that seek profit at any cost.

Are you for Corporations or are you for Individuals?  Where are Corporations mentioned in the Constitution?  What is the lifespan of a person compared to a Corporation?

More than 3/4 of respondees support Public Option

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Those opposing Public Option are the fringe.  Story is here

The MOST outrageous lies about US Health Care

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

There are a ton more than this but here are some.  Story is here

14 points making up a definition of Fascism

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Here is a wonderful description of what Fascism truly is.  Story is here

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism

5. Rampant sexism

6. A controlled mass media

7. Obsession with national security

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together

9. Power of corporations protected

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts

12. Obsession with crime and punishment

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption

14. Fraudulent Elections

If you watch FOX News you are not getting the truth about Health Care Reform

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Just a common sense thing….if you watch FOX News you are not getting facts.  Report is here

The almost-Son In Law for Palin…his mother’s drug abuse blamed on lack of adequate Health Insurance

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

How obvious can this get?  Without adequate insurance these days people self-medicate or NO-medicate.  This story is played out every day but the irony that Palin’s almost-Son In Law….his mother blames lack of adequate Health Care Coverage for her addiction is just priceless.  Story is here

Sherry Johnston has two pain pumps implanted in her body to deliver medication because she suffers a rare condition involving scurvy and chronic pelvic pain from prior medical surgeries, Butler said. She was receiving professional pain relief treatment but the problems arose when her insurer refused to pay for the medication, Butler said.

Why women in particular need Health Care Reform

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Women in particular need Health Care Reform NOW!!!  Story is here

A typical retraction of a lie after the lie by Grassley has done its job

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Grassley says one thing that is just a lie.  It hangs out there in newsland for days.  He then retracts it as the media really isn’t interested and the people that should see it are not shown it.  Way to go lie!!!!  You did your job!!!!!.  Story is here

A good description of the Creation Museum

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Very funny!  Sounds like a good time to have a drinking game!  See something ridiculous take a drink.  Story is here

These are the people that are against Health Care Reform

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

This is the deal with these people against Health Care reform.  They have no empathy.  They do not see how easily the man with a 2 hour stay that now has to pay $8,000 can be them.  An issue from decades ago can negate decades of paying premiums and you are out in the cold as far as coverage and you get to pay cost for the treatment you have received.  You will not know it until you are denied it but you get to pay for coverage that may be removed until the moment they turn you down to fix you.  This video is just so disturbing.  See the people against Health Care reform in action.  I have no idea what the woman’s point is when the man says he owes all this money and the woman rubs her eyes mockingly that he owes this money.    Video is here

What a know nothing this awful woman is. Illegal aliens will not be covered by reform.  Abortions are not paid for by the  government as there are laws against it.  You dont have a right to Health Care…wow! So if you have money you can get anything in her world….the poor can eat cake.  Not caring for people????  That guy this is a response to gets to pay $8000 and her response was a mocking rubbing of her eyes.  This woman is an awful piece of humanity. In her world Cash is king and people are nothing. And she is a Christian. Game set match….  Video is here

Here is the full video.  This woman makes me sick.  She is obscene.  She says defiantly she had to pay $15,000 for a short stay in the hospital.  What planet are these people from?  They do not hear facts they only hear lies.  She basically says she does not want any Martians to receive treatments they did not pay for.  What……planet….is….she….from?  There are a lot of people from that planet.  Video is here

Barney Frank knows how to take care of people like this.  Video is here

I wonder if these people were carrying guns.  A good reason why normal people should avoid these types of gatherings.  Then again America has genocide and slavery as a major part of its history.  So in a way it only makes sense.

Obscene.