Friday, November 13, 2009

Yet Another Good Hard Laugh - John Stewart

I can't embed the video, but here is yet another John Stewart classic concerning Sean Hannity's apology for misrepresenting the Bachmann organized tea party.

Voice Your Opinion on the Public Option

Last month Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced a merged Senate health care bill -- a bill that includes a public option. And last weekend, the House of Representatives passed an historic health care reform bill that included a robust public option as well.

The question is no longer if we will have some sort of public option in the final health care reform bill, but instead what form it will take.

There are several interpretations of what a public option should look like, and I just shared my preferences with Senator Dick Durbin through his online public option poll at:

Please click this link to voice your preferences for the public option included in the final health care reform bill:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More Fox News Deception

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Making Health Care Better

A well thought out commentary on health care reform can be found in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. A three-part commentary called "Health care reform is needed" is authored by Drs. Claud Roland Josh Schwartzberg. Part 1 can be found here and part 2 here. I assume part 3 will appear on Thursday.

The commentary fits in very nicely with an article published in the NYT Magazine last Sunday titled: "Making Health Care Better". Here is a taste of the article:
But there is one important way in which medicine never quite adopted the scientific method. The explosion of medical research over the last century has produced a dizzying number of treatments for different ailments. For someone with heart disease, there is bypass surgery, stenting or simply drugs and behavior changes. For a man with early-stage prostate cancer, there is surgery, radiation, proton-beam therapy or so-called watchful waiting. To enter mainstream use, any such treatment typically needs to clear a high bar. It will be subject to randomized trials, statistical-significance tests, the peer-review process of academic journals and the scrutiny of government regulators. Yet once a treatment enters the mainstream — once we know whether it works in certain situations — science is largely left behind. The next questions — when to use it and on which patients — become matters of judgment, not measurement. The decision is, once again, left to a doctor’s informed intuition.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Looks like Doug Hoffman will go down in history. Google "Hoffmanization". Use it in a sentence: How will she stand up against a stiff Hoffmanization? Hoffmanization isn't anywhere near as popular as Palinization yet and the word still doesn't show up in the Urban Dictionary.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Solving Energy Problems - USA vs Japan

United States energy plan.

Japanese energy plan.

Notice any difference?

Murphy Has Thanks of North Country Conservatives

Rep. Murphy is getting thanks from North Country conservatives, check out the comments here. Now Rep. Murphy, do you think can count on those individuals voting for you come re-election time. Those are the same people who wanted Doug Hoffman elected. Good-luck with your re-election strategy.

Brave Vulnerable House Reps

Unlike our congressman, Scott Murphy, four very vulnerable democratic House reps. voted in favor of Health Care Reform. Rep. Thomas Perriello (D-Va.), Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio), Rep. Steve Driehous (D-Ohio) and Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) all had the courage of their convictions to vote in favor of health care reform, even though it is likely that vote will unseat them in 2010. Rep. Murphy could take a lesson in courage from those representatives.

Scott Murphy Gives Bullshit Explanation

Rep. Scott Murphy explains why he voted against the Health Care Reform Bill.

“I remain committed to the goal of providing quality, affordable health care and I will continue to fight to change the broken health care system for America’s families.”

Bullshit! At least you could be honest with those constituents that supported and voted for you. You voted no because it would have been more difficult for you to be re-elected in the 20th district. I understand that would have been the case. But I didn't support you and vote for you only to have you cast votes that can get you re-elected. You've lost my vote and my support. I am seriously thinking of leaving the Democratic party and becoming an independent. I've had enough of gutless Democrats.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

NY-20 Rep. Murphy Votes Against Health Care Bill

Newly elected Congressman Scott Murphy (NY 20) was one of 39 Democratic House representatives that voted against the Health Care Bill. Twenty-four of those democratic house members were 'blue dogs' and you might have expected them to vote against the Bill. I've emailed Rep. Murphy asking for an explaination of why he voted against the Bill. I suspect I will get a wishy washy reply that doesn't really answer the question, but let's wait and see.