Archive for October 15th, 2009

The Hill on Rep. Mike Ross, “Bluedog” Democrat

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

First he was for it. Then he was against it. Now Rep. Mike Ross is back on board with a government-run healthcare plan. Sort of.

Ross (D-Ark.), who had emerged as a leader among centrist Blue Dog Democrats opposing the public health insurance option, has suggested something his colleagues consider even more drastic – opening Medicare to those under 65 without insurance.

Video — Harry Reid Suggests Health Care to Cost $2 Trillion

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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Nepali teen bids for crown of world’s smallest man ever

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

A 22 inch-tall Nepali teenager who laid claim to the title of world’s smallest man when he came of age this week says he is looking forward to global fame, international travel – and an arranged marriage with a bride of similar stature.

Obama calls for $250 payments to seniors

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama called on Congress Wednesday to approve $250 payments to more than 50 million seniors to make up for no increase in Social Security next year. The Social Security Administration is scheduled to announce Thursday that there will be no cost of living increase next year. By law, increases are pegged to inflation, which has been negative this year.

UK Telegraph — Japanese hidden-camera TV show Panic Face King fakes sniper attack for laughs

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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New York Times scraps plan to sell Boston Globe

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Times Co said it has given up its plan to sell The Boston Globe and related businesses after drastic cuts it imposed on the daily newspaper earlier this year improved its financial position.

LA Times — California appears poised to be first to ban power-guzzling big-screen TVs

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Reporting from Sacramento - The influential lobby group Consumer Electronics Assn. is fighting what appears to be a losing battle to dissuade California regulators from passing the nation’s first ban on energy-hungry big-screen televisions.

France — No extra troops in Afghanistan, says Sarkozy

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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UK Telegraph — The Rush Limbaugh media lynch mob

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Which public figure can be quoted as having said something bigoted and disgusting and it doesn’t matter whether he did or not because he might have? Who can Big Media brand a racist without checking the facts? Who has to prove he did not say something racist, rather than the accuser proving he did?

A pat on the back for anyone who guessed the answer: Rush Limbaugh (OK, the blog headline was a clue). From CNN to MSNBC to ABC, it’s been put about that Limbaugh said this:

Limbaugh: Checketts approached me

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is blaming others for being dropped from the group trying to buy the St. Louis Rams.

Big Hollywood — Part II: Obama Controls Your Televison Set — Search and Ye Shall Find…Left-Wing Advocacy

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Next week the networks will coordinate their shows’ story-lines to promote volunteerism. At the September 10 press conference in New York announcing this unprecedented message coordination, Ashton Kutcher got his famous Twitter feed displayed on the Times Square jumbo screen. It said: “2Day, I activate my citizenship by participating. I Participate! Do u? www.iparticipate.org.” (Damn he’s good at this whole “Under 14o characters” thing.)

Poll: Only 43% of Americans would vote today to re-elect President Obama

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

A new Fox News poll:

In what may be the ultimate job rating, 43 percent of voters say that they would vote to re-elect President Obama if the 2012 election were held today, down from 52 percent six months ago, from April 22-23, 2009.

Obama’s job approval rating comes in at 49 percent this week. That’s down just one percentage point from late September, but it marks a new low approval for the president — and the first time the Fox News poll has measured his approval below 50 percent.

Hodge on “reconciliation”: Democrats Are Ready To Force ObamaCare Through Congress

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Benjamin Hodge writes at Race42012.com.

3rd District Republican Patricia Lightner on KMBZ’s Darla Jaye show at 6 pm tonight

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Listen live at KMBZ.com (free registration required by KMBZ).