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Manufactured Poutrage
Author: Raine    Date: 08/06/2009 12:47:54

So what to do about Claire McCaskil? Look, I generally like her. I do. She isn't super liberal, but for the most part she tries to be fair. I can live with that. I appreciate that she uses the technology out there to touch base with her constituents. That said, last night I saw a few of her tweets that I found at first, sad and misinformed. Putting them in chronological order, let's take a look:
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88 comments (Latest Comment: 08/07/2009 10:19:08 by Scoopster)

Frankenstein's Monster
Author: BobR    Date: 08/05/2009 12:45:08

Whoops.

What happens when you appeal to a crazy person's id? What happens when you rev up the emotions of an angry mob? It seems that certain elements in the political world are beginning to realize that they are the Frankensteins that are losing control of the monster they created.
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68 comments (Latest Comment: 08/06/2009 00:17:55 by livingonli)

Contacting the Media -- Vital info for you to share.
Author: Raine    Date: 08/05/2009 01:46:20

It isn't impossible. Just like we contact our congresscritters, we should contact the media. It is equally important to tell the media as well as congress what you are thinking about and what your opinions are. Otherwise, they will simply answer to their corporate sponsors. (again -- a lot like the congresscritters.) I am supplying to you a list of contacts (both phone #'s and email) in the media. Tell them what you think about a particular story or event. Tell them you want to see the things that are near and dear to you to be covered! Things can only change if Americans are active participants in making things happen.

It doesn't matter what the issue is... we ALL should have the ability to contact the media at our fingertips. Here is a handy list to do so. Let's get started:
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5 comments (Latest Comment: 05/11/2010 21:05:12 by Raine)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/04/2009 11:05:02

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,330th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4330
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4191
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3869
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3471
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 102

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 767
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 519
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,395
Journalists - Iraq: 139
Academics Killed - Iraq: 423
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58 comments (Latest Comment: 08/06/2009 01:09:44 by Random)

It's Monday! Let's get things fired up!
Author: Raine    Date: 08/03/2009 12:39:41

Good morning everyone! I am going to keep it light and sweet this morning. It is going to be a crazy week in DC. We will have the final push before all the congresscritters come back to their home states and districts. Sonya Sotomayor is expected to be confirmed as our next Supreme Court Justice. Yesterday, the Grumpy ol' Man that didn't win the election said he was still on the fence regarding Ms. Sotomayor. There is a push for new "cash for clunkers" money, people will be tinkering with Health Care Reform, and I am sure the President will be quite busy with the new GI Bill until he departs for Martha's Vineyard. I fully expect the press to make that the controversy of the week.
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105 comments (Latest Comment: 08/04/2009 01:52:22 by Raine)

A TriSecian Muse...
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/02/2009 21:27:55

Well, I'm unemployed again.

Friday morning, I was invited up to HR for a brief meeting where my manager told me "it just wasn't working out" and they let me pack up my stuff and go home.

I guess the plus side would be that my now ex-manager went out of his way to state that it wasn't me or my work ethic, and in fact he had me listed with HR as "Rehire-eligible" (I know that's significant) and encouraged me to apply for several other open positions since he felt I could still do some good there.

Just not for the team I was on.
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7 comments (Latest Comment: 08/03/2009 13:02:23 by wickedpam)

The Girl that Keeps on Giving
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 08/02/2009 13:12:17

There once was a girl from Wasilla,
who was plainer than plain ol’ vanilla.
But once up on the stage
fancied herself all the rage,
and created a goddamn Godzilla!


Oh Sarah! How do I love thee; let me count the ways:

I love thee for thine snarkiness. Who, but a woman of your intelligence can be so patriotic and at the same time, so insulting one of our countries most cherished freedoms all in one sentence? “[To the media] So, how 'bout in honor of the American soldier, ya quit makin' things up”?

I love thee for continually being on the wrong side of things. i.e. Hunting wolf from the air. Oh, that’s fair.

I love thee for thine extravagant fashion sense, callously paid for by the American peoples hard-earned tax dollars, a cause célèbre for you. And that you find no irony in that.

I love thee for thine real “reality” show that you provide us with. Your continued commitment to quality entertainment knows no bounds. Kudos!

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13 comments (Latest Comment: 08/02/2009 19:16:50 by Mondobubba)

Libertarian Saturday Returns!
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/01/2009 11:23:01

Good Morning!

Well...it's a bright, sunny morn here in ol' New England. Heading out to the store in a few for another day at the Outdoor Discovery School....hopefully we won't have a schedule meltdown like last weekend. Seems like everyone is heading for Cape Ann (and the beaches) the second the sun comes out.

In any case....have you been getting the usual flurry of nightmarish anti-healthcare emails from your right wing friends? Mrs. TriSec's Cuban relatives have been mercifully quiet, but then my semi-ocassional newsletter from the Libertarian party popped into my inbox the other day.
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14 comments (Latest Comment: 08/02/2009 03:46:57 by Mondobubba)

Furlough These Many Years
Author: clintster    Date: 07/31/2009 11:56:17

Truth be told, I shouldn't have to be writing this today.

As recently as two weeks ago, my plans for today included finishing up the improvements to my room and going to the annual pre-planning meeting of all the teachers in my district. It was going to be a last moment of unity and comradeship before the new school year began.

Instead I am here. At home. Typing this blog and seething with anger over the latest steps that Georgia has taken to alleviate its budget crunch. Today's word, boys and girls, is "furlough."
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33 comments (Latest Comment: 08/01/2009 02:19:38 by Mondobubba)

Short Sweet and Simple
Author: Raine    Date: 07/30/2009 12:39:47

It is really time for people who truly WANT Health Care Reform to get out and start pushing back the lies and the propaganda that the GOP and the insurance industry is selling. They are selling fear, and it is working.

I don't know who was polled in this NYT/CBS poll, but I don't like reading things like this:
President Obama’s ability to shape the debate on health care appears to be eroding as opponents aggressively portray his overhaul plan as a government takeover that could limit Americans’ ability to choose their doctors and course of treatment, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Americans are concerned that revamping the health care system would reduce the quality of their care, increase their out-of-pocket health costs and tax bills, and limit their options in choosing doctors, treatments and tests, the poll found. The percentage who describe health care costs as a serious threat to the American economy — a central argument made by Mr. Obama — has dropped over the past month.

Mr. Obama continues to benefit from strong support for the basic goal of revamping the health care system, and he is seen as far more likely than Congressional Republicans to have the best ideas to accomplish that. But reflecting a problem that has hindered efforts to bring major changes to health care for decades, Americans expressed considerable unease about what the end result would mean for them individually.

“We need to fix health care,” Mary Bevering, a Democrat from Fort Madison, Iowa, said in a follow-up interview, “but if the government creates the system, I’m afraid the quality of care will go down and costs will go up: We will pay more taxes.”

“It’s going to come down to regulation,” Ms. Bevering said. “What also worries me is whether we will be told what physician we can have.”
It's very simple. If people out there are believing the very myths that have been debunked, then our Dems in congress are losing the word battle. Bob and I have been working tirelessly on the debunking website, and I hope that people who know about it are using what we have already debunked. There will be more to come in the next days. It is important to send the information to congresscritters and the like, becuase it is becoming more and more apparent to me that they don't know that these myths and lies are out there scaring the crap out of Americans. They truly don't.

Shame on the NYT themselves (and other newspapers around America) for not reading the bill, or even trying to get to the source of this misinformation. I think the president is doing all he can to get the message opout to people, but when the Commander in Chief is the Debunker is chief, there is a problem. A real problem. This time the bloggers WILL be the ones ahead of the REAL story regarding out Health Care Reform. Just as they were regarding Sen. Baucus and his ties to the insurance industry.

We need Congress to start pushing the good news like this:
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its score of the House health care reform bill and opponents of health care reform are trying to use it to scuttle the bill’s success. The truth, however, is that without the Medicare physician payment fix, the House health reform bill is budget neutral and even produces a $6 billion surplus. We should applaud the House for tackling this long-term problem in Medicare’s fee structure, not punish it by falsely claiming its health care reform initiatives will add to the federal deficit.
Say it quick and simple folks, The House plan is Budget Neutral and will create a SURPLUS! People like it short and sweet.

And there in lies the problem. The Dems still haven't learned the art of simple messaging. When they come back home next week let's try to help them with that.

:peace: and :heart:
Raine
39 comments (Latest Comment: 07/31/2009 07:45:47 by AuntAzalea)

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