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Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have remarked, in light of Mitt Romney’s recent failed bid for the presidency, that they have “lost the country.”

Yes, they have.

They’ve lost it to my generation and yours – Generation X and Y, to the Millenials.

We believe in moving the country further forward into the 21st century and not backward to the 19th. We are well-positioned to move the United States in that direction, because . . .

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Wed May 05, 2010 at 09:37 AM PDT

David Obey (D-WI) to retire

by JJEagleHawk

From the AP:

"WASHINGTON — Rep. David Obey, the powerful House Appropriations chairman, will not seek re-election, according to Democratic sources.

The Wisconsin Democrat, 71, was first elected to his seat in 1969 and easily won his 20th full term in 2008 with 61 percent of the vote.

Obey faced a potentially difficult re-election bid this fall, but his decision came as a surprise nevertheless. Obey scheduled an official announcement for Wednesday afternoon.

He is the chamber's third-longest serving Democrat and the highest-ranking House Democrat to announce his retirement.

The Democratic sources spoke on condition of anonymity to speak frankly about Obey's decision before the announcement."

UPDATE -- and this has now been frontpaged, so I doubt there'll be much conversation in this diary.

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Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 06:49 AM PST

Koch Industries Propaganda

by JJEagleHawk

My brother is an independent with conservative leanings. I think he tends to think that both parties are worthy of distrust. However, he works at Koch Industries -- an organization ran by (and in a state full of) right-wing zealots. I was always taught that politics and work don't mix, and assumed most companies ran that way. Well, at least, until I got this email from my brother today:

"Federal Spending in perspective:

I saw this video while attending a two day personal development business class for Koch Industries called MBM (Market-Based Management). There were a lot of examples shown on a wide range of topics, but this video really put in perspective, at least for me, on how much money our federal government has spent in the last couple of years.

I am sharing this video not because I want to point a finger at any one political party, but to show how much we will ALL be affected by this massive federal takeover and spending.

Hope you enjoy, and pass on to others. It's only about a 3 min video.
http://www.youtube.com/... "

My response to him below the fold . . .

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http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com...

Sources: White House drafting health care bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) – CNN has learned that the White House is quietly talking about drafting formal health care legislation after allowing Congress to work on its own for months.

Multiple sources close to the process told CNN Friday that while the plan is uncertain, they are preparing for the possibility they could deliver their own legislation to Capitol Hill sometime after the President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, with one source calling the possibility of new legislation a "contingency" approach if efforts by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to craft a deal fall through.

The White House emphasized Friday that no formal bill has yet been written. "The President has been reviewing all of the various legislative proposals, but no decision has been made about whether formal legislation will be presented," said Deputy Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.

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Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 01:32 PM PDT

The USPS must go!

by JJEagleHawk

Not everything in America needs to make a profit.

Bill Maher is one of my favorite comedians working today. Like most of the greats, he can make a very serious topic both informative and entertaining. He can break down the ironies and the hyperbole, and make a concept easy to understand, while at the same time forcing you to explore your own biases and conclusions and look at things in a different way.

It's a shame more Republicans don't have a sense of humor.

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From an article on "The Hill" (www.thehill.com)

Reid: Sotomayor to get fewer votes than Roberts

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blasted Senate Republicans for being out of step with the country and conceded Wednesday that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor would win fewer votes than Chief Justice John Roberts.

"It appears today we’re going to get a handful of Republicans," Reid told reporters during a press conference with the leaders of civil rights groups. "I hope that my prediction is wrong. I hope we get half the Republicans. It would be great to get 20 Republicans. With very rare exception, Republicans in the United States Senate do not represent mainstream Republicans in this country," Reid added. (Emphasis mine)

Psst....HARRY.....If they're out of step with the rest of the country, why bend over backwards to work with them?

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Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 03:19 PM PDT

MN AG takes on NAF, Arbitration

by JJEagleHawk

Some of you who have followed my diaries know that binding arbitration is one of my hot buttons. It is an insidious practice, and very common across many consumer-facing industries today.

Though he has not addressed it very directly, I am hopeful that this would be one area that Obama's proposed Consumer Protection agency would regulate, or investigate at the very least.

I know that with many of the things going on today (health care, Sotomayor, GOPFAIL/Palin) that this may not be considered a major story. People that feel that way are wrong.

***Cross-posted from "The Consumerist" (MN AG punches National Arbitration Forum in the face)

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Dr. Werner Ernst: If he's going to die, why should we proceed?
Dr. Butz: Where have you been all your life? It's called revenue!

For those of you that haven't seen it, Critical Care is a dark-comedy that came out in 1997, and centers around Werner Ernst (played by James Spader), a hospital resident in the Intensive Care unit at Memorial Hospital. Due to his questionable ethics, he becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters (Kyra Sedgwick and Margo Martindale) who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. One of the half-sisters (Sedgwick) wants him to be put out of his misery immediately, the other (Martindale) wants him to be kept alive as long as possible. However, they aren't really fighting over his care -- as it turns out, that father has an estate worth over $10M, and depending on when he dies, one of the sisters will inherit everything. There's also an interesting side-story -- Werner must contend with his alcoholic and nutty supervisor, Dr. Butz (Albert Brooks), who insists that he only care for patients with full insurance. My favorite line by him is the one above.

Follow me after the fold for a partial transcript of my favorite dialog from the movie:

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As many of you know, the identity of the anonymous author of the Mudflats Alaska blog was recently outed by a representative in her state, Rep. Mike Doogan (D.).

Here is a copy of the email** I just sent him (and other members of the democratic legislative caucus) in her defense:

**Note -- some things I wish I had said or might otherwise wish to clarify have been altered from my original message since I first posted it, including full case numbers and references for the SCOTUS cases. Thanks to all the commenters on this and other subject-related diaries for giving me additional information not contained in my original research on the topic.

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Mr. President:

To paraphrase Kenny The Dee's recent Diary Entry, I couldn't be more pleased that you were elected President. You can communicate effectively, have a sustainable vision for our country, and are willing to listen to and cultivate both progessive and conservative initiatives alike as long as they meet the litmus test of "functional". And, as though I don't agree with every action you've taken, I'm very pleased overall with the direction our country seems to be headed in.

Except in one, major functional area: Health Care.

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According to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), it is up in the air currently as to whether or not government employees will receive a paycheck this Friday. Due to budgetary shortfalls and unexpected expenditures, there isn't enough money this week to make payroll.

In order to address this shortfall, legislators proposed an inter-governmental loan, a proposal blocked by the Republican majority. Sebelius called them "petty political games", but any reader here knows that it's just indicative of the systemic wingnuttery exhibited by Republicans across the country -- locally and nationally.

They just don't get it. This is a serious time we're facing. This is exactly why the stimulus President Obama signed today is needed.

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In addition to www.google.com and www.dailykos.com, the other website I have set as my "homepage" in Internet Explorer 9 is www.consumerist.com. I read The Daily Kos for the same reason that I read the Consumerist -- I believe that consumers (or constituents) have a duty to remain informed, ask questions, and hold businesses accountable when they make mistakes, so that everyone is better off once changes are made.

One of their largest issues is the Arbitration Fairness Act (H. 3010)&(S. 1782), which was reintroduced into the House yesterday. I have been following the Arbitration Fairness Act fairly closely on the Consumerist but not much has been said about it here, what with the stimulus and election and Lily Ledbetter and whatnot.

More below the fold:

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