Obama’s Health Care Struggle – Waterloo or Water Down? (Guest Voice)
Jul25

Obama’s Health Care Struggle – Waterloo or Water Down? (Guest Voice)

Obama’s Health Care Struggle – Waterloo or Water Down? by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship Push finally came to shove in Washington this week as the battle for health care escalated from scattered sniper fire into all-out combat. If it all seems to be getting more and more confusing, join the club. It’s hard to see what’s happening through all the gun smoke. The Republicans have more than health care reform in...

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Huffington Post: Scare Mongering Or Taking The Lid Off?
Jul25

Huffington Post: Scare Mongering Or Taking The Lid Off?

America has attracted adventurers in droves in the past two centuries. It’s a country that has challenged human limitations of thoughts and actions. At a time when the mainstream media (MSM), by and large, prostrated itself in front of the altar of profit and greed, several alternatives to provide “real” news to the public appeared on the scene. One fascinating example is The Huffington Post , often referred to as...

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North Korea Ratcheting Up Persecution of Christians
Jul25

North Korea Ratcheting Up Persecution of Christians

See here, from the BBC. It’s all part of a pervasive hardening of North Korean policies on a broad range of subjects, the article says. Desperation will do...

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Are The Mainstream and New Media Missing The Point On Iran?
Jul24

Are The Mainstream and New Media Missing The Point On Iran?

Has a kind of pack journalism and pack analysis set in regarding new and old media coverage of events in Iran? Has this been a case of the two segments of the media in effect becoming one, big, fat echo chamber — where voices may not be as knowing as they seem? Read Kevin Sullivan...

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Three Stupid Acts
Jul24

Three Stupid Acts

Screw health care. The national discussion is our racial divide. So let’s discuss the match which ignited the latest fire. Keep in mind not all the facts are in. I’m extremely curious to hear the 911 and police recordings of the Cambridge, Mass., incident. The scene is a quiet residential neighborhood in which renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. returned from a trip and found himself locked out of his house....

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Onion Bought By Chinese, For Sale Again. Cheap!
Jul24

Onion Bought By Chinese, For Sale Again. Cheap!

I almost missed the shocking news that The Onion, “America’s Finest News Source,” has sold itself to a Chinese company, Yu Wan Mei, that also sells fish by-products. Onion publisher T. Herman Zweibel accepted a heathen bargain without the slightest twinge of regret: After subjecting me to a good 20 minutes of infernal bowing and other assorted chinky-dinkery, he offered to pay me what I’ve been assured is an...

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This Is A Leader
Jul24

This Is A Leader

Understand, now? playerIndex?id=8167271 Clearly, many Americans do — thank God....

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What’s The Perfect Beer For Racial Reconciliation At The White House? (UPDATED)
Jul24

What’s The Perfect Beer For Racial Reconciliation At The White House? (UPDATED)

President Obama said he invited Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley to the White House for a beer, presumably to have a laugh about this racial and/or class flare-up about wrongful arrest and hissyfittedness in Cambridge. The more important question than whether this will result in some racial breakthrough, for beer connoisseurs at least, is: What Kind of Beer Will They Drink? (UPDATE: Gates has said yes —...

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Obama Regrets The Stupid Comment
Jul24

Obama Regrets The Stupid Comment

I sure do give him credit. That guy sees just about everything as a teachable moment! He just is not willing to let this stupid (er, did I say “stupid”?) issue get in the way of things: President Obama said Friday that he “could have calibrated” his words more carefully in the controversy over the arrest of a black Harvard professor by a white police officer, but added that there had been an “overreaction” by both sides in...

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A Sequel — Happy Times Are Here Again
Jul24

A Sequel — Happy Times Are Here Again

It pays not to always believe health care providers when they say “no” to paying for services. On Tuesday I lamented my case in which California’s MediCal system because of budget cutbacks no longer paid for my test strips used to monitor my blood glucose which for a diabetic is essential as breathing. Today I struck gold. After 45 minutes plowing through the automated phone tree of Health Net and being placed on...

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Was Gates Incident A More A Class Issue Than Race ?
Jul24

Was Gates Incident A More A Class Issue Than Race ?

I’ve been  thinking about this whole thing and wondering, is it really a race issue or is it a class issue ? I don’t know the background of the officer involved, but if he’s a Boston area police officer the odds are he grew up in a middle or working class home, probably a blue collar neighborhood. He probably did not grow up in an upper class family. This is not to look down on him in any way, simply it’s a...

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PIGS, WONDERFUL PIGS
Jul24

PIGS, WONDERFUL PIGS

I do not eat kosher but I learned to cook kosher for friends and family when I was younger. I personally enjoy cooking and eating roast pork, barbequed baby-back ribs, pork sausages, pork chops and even bacon or prosciutto. (I’m not going to prepare a luncheon anytime soon for Temple Beth Israel.) About once a week I’ll eat some form of pig meat. I also eat a variety of other meats during the week but I prefer fresh seafood over any...

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Is Obama Snubbing the King of Morocco?: Le Quotidien d’Oran of Algeria
Jul24

Is Obama Snubbing the King of Morocco?: Le Quotidien d’Oran of Algeria

King Mohammed VI of Morocco One of the things we try to do at WORLDMEETS.US is bring to the attention of the American people stories and news sources rarely touched on by U.S. media – but that involve our nation. The situation in the Western Sahara is one such story, demonstrating once again that in all kinds of situations, what an American president says and does results in major repercussions. This article from Algeria’s...

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Harbingers Of The Next Market Bust
Jul24

Harbingers Of The Next Market Bust

I’m not a professional historian. Neither are you probably. But there isn’t anyone reading this who does not remember the bubble in the stock market during 2005, 2006, and early 2007. And since virtually everyone has these first-hand memories, it should be abundantly clear what we should have learned from them. In those earlier years, market movers on Wall Street were making huge salaries and bonuses puffing up a bubble...

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California Budget Update
Jul24

California Budget Update

The California budget package has passed through the State Senate and is currently heading has passed through the State Assembly, with passage expected later today. But as Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters points out, this is only a short term solution as California is now on a 5 or 6 month budget cycle. Some parts of the deal that took money from local governments was taken out of the final package so that could prevent threatened...

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The Franking Commission Digs Own Grave
Jul24

The Franking Commission Digs Own Grave

When exactly did the Franking Commission become part of the Democratic Party? Somehow, though the tradition of “franking” dates back to the English House of Commons, I don’t think very many people saw this coming. First they shut down the mailing of a graphic with a flow chart about health care on it, and now Rep. John Carter of Texas has been informed that he can’t record a telephone town hall introduction...

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Compassion Is the Key to Lowering Health Care Costs
Jul24

Compassion Is the Key to Lowering Health Care Costs

This is the theme of Paul Krugman’s column today: To see what I mean, compare what Mr. Obama has said and done about health care with the statements and actions of his predecessor. President Bush, you may remember, was notably unconcerned with the plight of the uninsured. “I mean, people have access to health care in America,” he once remarked. “After all, you just go to an emergency room.” Meanwhile, Mr. Bush claimed to be...

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Racial Politics, Hot and Cool
Jul24

Racial Politics, Hot and Cool

In saying a policeman acted “stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates Jr., President Obama has uncharacteristically inflamed a minor incident and revived last year’s idiotic debate about whether or not he is “black enough” to suit African-Americans or, on the other hand, too black for those who see the world primarily in racial terms. Until Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. became a campaign issue, Obama seemed...

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Hispanics Keep Out
Jul24

Hispanics Keep Out

Azle,Texas is a small town, about 10 miles northwest of Fort Worth, with a population of about 12,000—about 93 percent white and 4 percent Hispanic. It is suddenly in the national news. The reason: one of its residents has posted a “Hispanics Keep Out” sign on the front of his or her home. Reportedly the sign has been up for months. According to khou.com, “Many residents said they would like to see the sign,...

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A Breather on Health Care Reform Might Be Good
Jul24

A Breather on Health Care Reform Might Be Good

That is Nate Silver’s assessment right now — for two main reasons: One, the press’s tendency to focus on short-term, insignificant but flashy issues, combined with its famously short attention span, might mean that when Congress comes back after the August recess, the media will be bored of the “Obama’s-poll-numbers-are-down,” “the public is cooling on health care reform,” and...

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