What??? The Republicans have already said no, no and no....

What??? The Republicans have already said no, no and no....

healthcare for all imagesSen. Al Franken (D-MN) reportedly ripped into White House senior adviser David Axelrod earlier this week during a closed-door session with Senate Democrats. Franken went after Axelrod for the White House’s lack of leadership on health care reform and other major pieces of legislation. One Democratic senator said, “There was a lot of frustration in there." Meanwhile President Obama called yesterday for Democratic leaders in Congress to finish working out differences on health care and then “call on our Republican friends to present their ideas. The American people can see and compare." What??? The Republicans have already said no, no and no....

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DRichards (not verified) 4 years 32 weeks ago
#1

The government has your baby's DNA
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/04/baby.dna.government/?hpt=C1
When Annie Brown's daughter, Isabel, was a month old, her pediatrician asked Brown and her husband to sit down because he had some bad news to tell them: Isabel carried a gene that put her at risk for cystic fibrosis.
While grateful to have the information -- Isabel received further testing and she doesn't have the disease -- the Mankato, Minnesota, couple wondered how the doctor knew about Isabel's genes in the first place. After all, they'd never consented to genetic testing.
It's simple, the pediatrician answered: Newborn babies in the United States are routinely screened for a panel of genetic diseases. Since the testing is mandated by the government, it's often done without the parents' consent, according to Brad Therrell, director of the National Newborn Screening & Genetics Resource Center...

DRichards (not verified) 4 years 32 weeks ago
#2

US says it may kill Americans abroad
http://rawstory.com/2010/02/kill-americans/

In a striking admission from the Obama Administration's top intelligence officer, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair announced Wednesday that the United States may target its own citizens abroad for death if it believes they are associated with terrorist groups...

DRichards (not verified) 4 years 32 weeks ago
#3

Thom,

Now that the corporations own our government, what do you think the chances are of amending the Constitution to read "natural" citizens?

I'd say next to nil.

DRichards (not verified) 4 years 32 weeks ago
#4

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/
In a shocking move, Arlen Specter calls his largest campaign contributors "brilliant"

It's a pretty safe bet that Sen. Arlen Specter (D-This week) isn't going to go all Anita Hill on the pending Comcast merger with NBC-Universal. Check this out:

The Comcast contingent received a warm welcome in the Senate hearing room from Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.), a member of the Senate Antitrust subcommittee. Specter shook hands with Brian and Ralph Roberts. "I know Comcast and I know Brian and I know his father, Ralph Roberts," Specter said in his statements at the hearing. "They are really very good corporate citizens and their management is brilliant."

You know what I'll bet Specter thinks is the most brilliant thing Comcast's executives have done? They've donated a whopping $108,580 to his 2010 re-election campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org. That only makes Comcast the second largest source of campaign cash for Specter, however. The biggest is the Philadelphia-based legal and lobbying powerhouse Blank Rome. You know who one of Blank Rome's lobbying clients is? Comcast Corp.

Brilliant!

DRichards (not verified) 4 years 32 weeks ago
#5

Turkish girl, 16, buried alive for talking to boys
Death reopens debate over 'honour' killings in Turkey, which account for half of all the country's murders

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/04/girl-buried-alive-turkey

J.Moats (not verified) 4 years 32 weeks ago
#6

If the Filibuster can be something where the Representatives and Senators can sit around and do nothing, then why can't we have a rule that voting on bills and proposals be based solely on the percentage of yays or nays of those actively participating and present within the chambers? Forget the super majority and the need for 51 votes. Base it on those Senators who actually are present to vote one these issues.

Kathy B (not verified) 4 years 32 weeks ago
#7

Corporations already had way too much influence on our government officials, but now with the Supreme Court ruling on no limit on campaign funding, we will no longer have any say on anything.

First Columbia took on their drug lords, now they're taking on their billionaires...why can't we?

America’s billionaires are driving this nation’s poverty epidemic. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

As we speak, working-class Americans are getting screwed over by policies that favor the wealthy elite, and leave everyone else in the dust. As a result, more and more Americans are living in poverty.

From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"With the ever-growing influence of corporate CEOs and their right-wing allies in all aspects of American life, Hartmann’s work is more relevant than ever. Throughout his career, Hartmann has spoken compellingly about the value of people-centered democracy and the challenges that millions of ordinary Americans face today as a result of a dogma dedicated to putting profit above all else. This collection is a rousing call for Americans to work together and put people first again."
Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine
From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Never one to shy away from the truth, Thom Hartmann’s collected works are inspiring, wise, and compelling. His work lights the way to a better America."
Van Jones, cofounder of RebuildTheDream.com and author of The Green Collar Economy