“When Bernie Sanders gave his all day filibuster against giving tax breaks to the wealthiest 2% of our country… where were they? I saw a blip that mentioned it in passing. Here a man gave an entire day of his life fighting nonstop for the less fortunate and CNN breezed over it. Then along comes Michele Bachmann who is an advocate and mouthpiece for millionaires and billionaires and could care less about the average people suffering in this country, and they give her free air time as though she were Joan of Arc.”—CNN made fools of themselves by airing Bachmann’s response to the State of the Union
@micwazoo @Tortured_Verse More on the value of Paul Ryan's Medicare vouchers under his plan (which wld not fit in a tweet!)
Sorry. I started tweeting and didn’t realize how many distinctions had to be made on these vouchers so I bounced over to tumblr.
CBO: Rep. Ryan’s “Roadmap” Would Privatize Medicare. According to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Roadmap for America’s Future” budget proposal: “Starting in 2021, new enrollees would no longer receive coverage through the current program but, instead, would be given a voucher with which to purchase private health insurance.
In 2021, when enrollees would first receive the voucher, the average voucher for 65-year-olds would be worth $5,900 (in 2010 dollars), as specified by your staff.
The voucher would be adjusted to reflect the age and health status of enrollees. If all Medicare beneficiaries (including older people with higher average expenditures) were to receive a voucher in 2021, the average voucher amount would be $11,000 (in 2010 dollars).” [Congressional Budget Office, 1/27/10]
“..every committed, lifelong activist I know started out as someone who took some small casual step and went on to greater and deeper involvement, and I conclude that the net is helping millions of people wake up to the fact that they can do something about the causes they care about and that some fraction of those people will go on to do more, and more, and more.”—Cory Doctorow of The Guardian
Erick Erickson suggests "mass bloodshed" if Roe vs. Wade isn't overturned. He's Editor-in-Chief of Red State & now pundit offering "insight and analysis" for CNN's State of the Union coverage
Erick Erickson: “Here at RedState, we too have drawn a line. We will not endorse any candidate who will not reject the judicial usurpation of Roe v. Wade and affirm that the unborn are no less entitled to a right to live simply because of their size or their physical location. Those who wish to write on the front page of RedState must make the same pledge. The reason for this is simple:once before, our nation was forced to repudiate the Supreme Court with mass bloodshed. We remain steadfast in our belief that this will not be necessary again, but only if those committed to justice do not waiver or compromise, and send a clear and unmistakable signal to their elected officials of what must be necessary to earn our support.”
“Wisconsin: I think it’s the Democrats’ nightmare, a state that Obama won quite handily has suddenly switched at all levels,” said Charles Franklin, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “This really puts the fear of God in Democrats that Wisconsin might stay in Republican mode, in which case for the 2012 Obama reelection campaign is particularly frightening.”—
“He felt that there were still a lot of people out there who weren’t getting fair trials,” she said. “He’s always been for the underdog; he’s always been for helping those people that nobody else cared about.” - on Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Diaz, who was court-martialed and convicted on some charges that involved making public the names of detainees at Guantánamo Bay.”—New York Times Magazine
George Wagner hates the label mentally ill.
The Fond du Lac man has managed to carve out a balanced life for himself despite his struggles with bipolar disorder….“I used to go to the day treatment center at the Health Care Center five days a week until they stopped offering it on Fridays,” Wagner said. “The staff makes a person feel welcome and useful, and that’s important to a lot of people.”…
At a time when the need is growing for mental health services, many states are cutting back on spending. According to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, last year spending on mental health services decreased nearly 5 percent compared to 2009. Early indications are that mental health budgets may decrease by 8 percent or more this year.
(On repeal of healthcare reform) …troubling for the GOP, the AP poll found that just 26 percent of respondents wanted Congress to repeal the reform law completely. A recent Washington Post poll found support for outright repeal at 18 percent; a Marist poll pegged it at 30 percent.
In other words, what House Republicans just voted to do may be the will of the Tea Party, but it’s not “the will of the people.”
“It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere…. Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”—
ALBERT EINSTEIN - scientist, Nobel Prizewinner in physics, originator of the theory of relativity.
“I now wish that we had lost that election. In fact, I would make her opponent president if it would unfire that bullet into her brain and save six other people from dying. I want her to be able to ride her motorcycle through the hills east of town that she loved, to pop in to the TTT Truck stop for some pie à la mode, to talk to the person on the stool next to her about whatever they wanted to say, to take hummingbird sips of Negra Modela and pretend she was actually drinking, and go on brightly in the E-key of her voice about the ideas that were constantly occurring to her and the ways she would carry them out.”—Gabrielle Giffords’ friend Tom Zoellner in tucsonsentinel.com
“We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us. I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.”—President Obama, Speech at Tucson Memorial (12/01/2011)
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Sarah Palin and other evangelical women increasingly like to compare themselves to Queen Esther, the Jewish beauty from the Book of Esther who saves her people from destruction.
At the same time, Jews have also watched as Christian conservatives, such as Texas pastor John Hagee, have become Israel’s greatest supporters. That backing — financial as well as spiritual — is often born out of a belief that Israel’s refounding is a sign of the imminent Second Coming of Jesus in an apocalypse that will center on Jerusalem and will convert some Jews to Christianity while eliminating the rest.
“Doctors say U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, targeted in the Arizona shooting rampage, is able to ‘generate her own breaths,’ and her ability to move her right arm — controlled by the side of her brain penetrated by the bullet — is a very good sign”—
“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’"— Isaac Asimov”—
“If you took the originalists at their word,” said David Strauss, a liberal University of Chicago law professor, “you could punish people for criticizing the government, the federal government could discriminate against anyone it wanted to, and there’s a real argument that the interstate highway system is unconstitutional.
The federal prison system and criminal law would be in serious question, and forget the Federal Reserve. It would be gone.”— If Scalia Had His Way New York Times