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  1. Pelosi achieves biggest political victory of her career with health bill

    Nancy Pelosi showed Sunday why she is one of the most powerful Speakers in history.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/88201-pelosi-achieves-biggest-political-victory-of-her-career

  2. nannymm

    This is a wonderful day! It’s not just that we won this battle; it’s that we are finally one step closer to universal single payer healthcare. 🙂

  3. harborwoman

    Agreed, both of you! Let’s hope this is the beginning…the first step toward joining the rest of the developed world in caring for the health of all citizens!

  4. nannymm

    Good heavens! Now some brainless repug has called Stupak a “baby killer” in the House chamber. How vile can they get? I hope Stupak has security. I don’t trust those right wing lunatics.

  5. nannymm

    No, but I don’t think he deserves to be called a baby killer and I certainly don’t want to see any harm come to him.

  6. And btw lets acknowledge Al Franken in all this!

  7. Damn the president looks happy.

  8. Night all, I hope you all sleep as well as I know I will tonight.

  9. dooty

    night all, good work all

  10. tonyb39

    Good morning,
    Terrific coverage here! Lets hope this is the beginning of the healthcare overhaul.We need single payer.Go Dems…

    • dnd

      That David Frum piece was spot on. It should be required reading for Republican congress critters. Democrats too.
      And everybody who listens to the chattering class on radio or watches them on TV should read the last two paragraphs about what the real agenda is for these entertainers.

  11. And lets not forget something else happened yesterday too!

    House approves huge changes to student loan program

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/21/AR2010032103548.html?hpid=topnews

  12. Too funny, gop.com and rnc.org now forward to a page that headlines.

    “Fire Nancy Pelosi”

    check it out!

  13. great graphic on the front page of dnc.or

  14. dooty

    that’s a photoshopped picture of the Speaker.

  15. I think she’s still planning on being speaker in 10 years!

  16. nannymm

    I think there should be, dnd. Pelosi has earned her place in history. And just think, she’s a woman and Italian to boot!

  17. dooty

    Gee I thought she was an American, Nannymm.

  18. nannymm

    The Great Thing About the Health Care Law That Has Passed? It Will Save Republican Lives, Too
    By Michael Moore

    We’re a long way from universal health care. Over 15 million Americans will still be uncovered — and that means about 15,000 will still lose their lives each year because they won’t be able to afford to see a doctor or get an operation. But another 30,000 will live. I hope that’s ok with you.

    If you don’t mind, we’re now going to get busy trying to improve upon this bill so that all Americans are covered and so the grubby health insurance companies will be put out of business — because when it comes to helping the sick, no one should ever be allowed to ask the question, “How much money can we save by making this poor bastard suffer?”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-moore/the-great-thing-about-the_b_507852.html

  19. Obama’s Place In History

    Let me offer a ludicrously premature opinion: Barack Obama has sealed his reputation as a president of great historical import. We don’t know what will follow in his presidency, and it’s quite possible that some future event–a war, a scandal–will define his presidency. But we do know that he has put his imprint on the structure of American government in a way that no Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson has.

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/obamas-place-history

  20. Too funny, The National Review’s web site is down, maybe they are hiding in shame!

  21. nannymm

    She’s Italian-American, like dnd, Tony and me.

  22. That must explain the ever present smell of garlic around here!

  23. National Review is back online, damn.

  24. Happy Dependence Day!

    More prosaically, it’s also unaffordable. That’s why one of the first things that middle-rank powers abandon once they go down this road is a global military capability. If you take the view that the U.S. is an imperialist aggressor, congratulations: You can cease worrying. But, if you think that America has been the ultimate guarantor of the post-war global order, it’s less cheery. Five years from now, just as in Canada and Europe two generations ago, we’ll be getting used to announcements of defense cuts to prop up the unsustainable costs of big government at home. And, as the superpower retrenches, America’s enemies will be quick to scent opportunity.

    http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NWI3MGNjMjVlMmJmYjEwNzdlYTYzZWYwNDlmNWIxNzg=

    Interesting premise, one I could very happily live with too!

    • dnd

      Their server is down again. I’m wondering if it’s a denial of service attack, them taking it down, frantic Republicans swamping their server or William F. Buckley Jr. spinning in his grave. I wonder if the teabagger crowd at National Review remembers that Buckley shot down the John Birch Society.

  25. nannymm

    “If you don’t like garlic…go home!”

    I need that sign for my kitchen. 🙂

    • dnd

      It’s interesting. Everybody predicted the markets would react negatively to the passage of health care reform. The Dow, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 were all up today…

  26. nannymm

    Why am I not surprise?
    Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) has come forward and admitted that he was the one who yelled “baby killer” during the House debate on the health care bill last night.
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/texas-rep-neugebauer-i-exclaimed-the-phrase-its-a-baby-killer.php?ref=fbfp

    • dnd

      Neugebauer is from Lubbock. I would have thought he was from Dumbass (or is that Dumas?) a couple hundred miles to the north.

  27. dooty

    Lubbock is Colorado Bob’s hometown. I am pretty sure he didn’t vote for this guy.

  28. tonyb39

    Good Reading here today,thanks!
    Brian,
    Good piece on the Dems discovering their base. I agree the political model the administration used the first year should be discarded,go with the base and you can’t go wrong…

    Nanny,your a pistol!! Love the way you express your Italian self,you funny…

  29. yo Peep and peeps!….just stopping in to say, I never thought I would see the day…..it’s a good thing….very exciting to have a huge win like this.

    “House approves huge changes to student loan program” and this is very relevant, as next fall I will have all three in college. 🙂

    Change is good from my perspective.

  30. Running out the door to get home, it’s windy with nasty cold rain and totally gray outside…..

  31. Change is very good and now we know what it looks like too!

  32. tonyb39

    http://www.taylormarsh.com/2010/03/22/clinton-at-aipac/

    “Clinton at AIPAC”

    Notes on Sect. Clinton’s speech (full remarks at link), which has now concluded:

    “The forces that threaten Israel also threaten the United States… and therefore we firmly believe… when we strengthen Israel’s security, we strengthen America’s security.”

    Clinton then said that if you doubt Obama’s resolve, look what Obama got done last night by passing quality health care.

    “There must be no gap between the United States on Israel on security. … for Pres. Obama and me and for this entire Administration our commitment to Israel is “rock solid, enduring… and forever.”

    Guaranteeing Israel’s security is more than a policy commitment for me, it’s a personal commitment that will never waver.”

  33. tonyb39

    http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/22/the_final_health_care_vote_and_what_it_really_mean/?ref=fpblg

    “The Final Health Care Vote and What it Really Means
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    By Robert Reich”

    “Obama’s legislation comes from an alternative idea, begun under the Eisenhower administration and developed under Nixon, of a market for health care based on private insurers and employers. Eisenhower locked in the tax break for employee health benefits; Nixon pushed prepaid, competing health plans, and urged a requirement that employers cover their employees. Obama applies Nixon’s idea and takes it a step further by requiring all Americans to carry health insurance, and giving subsidies to those who need it.

    So don’t believe anyone who says Obama’s health care legislation marks a swing of the pendulum back toward the Great Society and the New Deal. Obama’s health bill is a very conservative piece of legislation, building on a Republican rather than a New Deal foundation. The New Deal foundation would have offered Medicare to all Americans or, at the very least, featured a public insurance option.

    The significance of Obama’s health legislation is more political than substantive. For the first time since Ronald Reagan told America government is the problem, Obama’s health bill reasserts that government can provide a major solution. In political terms, that’s a very big deal.”

  34. “For the first time since Ronald Reagan told America government is the problem, Obama’s health bill reasserts that government can provide a major solution. In political terms, that’s a very big deal.”

    Yep! As I’ve said a few times passage of the bill ends the Reagan Era.

  35. From the RNC today, these people are nuts: A “money bomb”? Why does the right feel so compelled to respond to everything in such violent terms?

    Dear Brian,

    They’ve done it. Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat minions in the U.S. House — against the will of the American people — have “passed” their radical government-run health care experiment.

    I’m absolutely outraged and furious beyond belief at the Congressional Democrats’ craven partisan tactics! Republicans are ready to fight back, and we need your immediate help to remind Pelosi and crew they work for you. That’s why I’ve authorized a money bomb to send a message that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats will hear loud and clear.

    Let’s Fire Nancy Pelosi!

    Go to GOP.com right now and make a secure online contribution of $40 or more to support our Republican money bomb and help ensure our Party has the resources to elect Republican majorities to the U.S. House and Senate in 2010 so we can fire Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Our goal is to raise $402,010 or more in the next 40 hours.

    With your emergency contribution, the RNC will lay the groundwork to fire all the Democrats who ignored the American people and passed a health care scheme that takes more of your hard-earned income to pay for their unsustainable, freedom destroying entitlement.

    Brian, we need your support to make a major statement right now. Help fire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the U.S. House and replace her with Republican leadership who will work for you and your family — not the liberal special interest groups. Make a donation to the RNC’s money bomb right away. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Steele
    Chairman, Republican National Committee

  36. tonyb39

    Brain,
    I thought of what you said the other day when I linked that,so glad Reagan’s BS Era has come to an end..Hell,my vote for Obama was worth it just based on that !!

  37. tonyb39

    Brain=Brian..:)

  38. Wait till DOMA and DADT get repealed, then you’ll really be able to twirl that big gold lame disco fan and mean it!

  39. “Brain=Brian..:)”

    Same dif

  40. Cool Kieth is back, I wish he had been on TV yesterday, he gets so weepy at these kind of things.

    🙂

  41. tonyb39

    Oh,yes Brain!!

    “Wait till DOMA and DADT get repealed, then you’ll really be able to twirl that big gold lame disco fan and mean it!”

    You got that right,queen for a day will be really appropriate then!

  42. nannymm

    Great posts and links today, everyone. And a Burrito sighting, too! What a day!
    Tony, I’m damned proud of my Italian heritage, as I suspect you and dnd are, too. For us, food is far more than sustenance. It is part of the fabric of life. I joke and say take away my garlic and I don’t know how to cook. Truth is, just about everything I cook has an Italian element to it. That’s a good thing. We Italians know food!
    Then, of course, there is family. That is what I live for. And when I’m feeding my family, well, it doesn’t get any better than that.
    Of course, I can also be a shrew like every good Italian grandma I’ve ever known. 😀

  43. nannymm

    When DOMA and DADT are repealed we need to have a big party!!! I think that will not only enshrine equality as the law of the land, it will ensure a Dem majority for many years to come. 🙂

  44. I love the fact that “Waterloo” has become the word of the day, how proud Jim DeMint must be today.

  45. nannymm

    LOL@ Brian.

    As for “Waterloo” I rather like that song. But then again, I like Abba’s music generally. While it will never be mistaken for really good music, it’s catchy and has a certain something to recommend it. And it’s fun to sing to at the top of one’s off key lungs while driving on the highway.

  46. gee can’t wait to take a long trip with you!

  47. nannymm

    Dnd, not trying to insult your grandma. But I’ll be she know how to yell with the best of them if she ever wanted to. 😉

    • dnd

      Grandma didn’t yell. Didn’t have to. She had other methods to get what she wanted. One of her sisters liked to yell. But I didn’t care. She made the best bagne caulde. 😉

  48. nannymm

    Oh, yeah. I’ll bet she was one hell of a cook. And the wines from Abruzzi are damned good, too.

  49. nannymm

    Don’t worry, Brian. I never subject other people to my singing. Except my hubby and grandson. They’re stuck with me. 😀

  50. nannymm

    It all comes back to food, dnd. As for those “other methods”…. was “guilt” on of them? My Nonna could guilt anyone into anything. LOL

  51. tonyb39

    Yes,Nanny,very proud!Dems get DOMA and DADT overturned,they will have big accomplishments under their belt.My feeling is Independents will flock back to Dems then leaving them unstoppable.

  52. Anti-Reform Chamber Won’t Be Helping GOP With Calls To Repeal Health Care

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/anti-reform-chamber-wont-be-helping-gop-with-calls-to-repeal-health-care.php?ref=fpb

    Very wise, may be the smartest thing the Chamber ever did.

    First off it can’t be repealed, why waste money.

    Second, nothing is worse for business than uncertainty.

  53. Here’s a link on what the Tea Baggers stand for.

    http://crooksandliars.com/bluegal/Twitter-Tea-Parties-like-its-1861-Violent-rhetoric-from-the-TeaBaggers.

    and here’s the link for a Twitter Account that called for the Assassination of Our President.

    http://jezebel.com/5498461/conservative-blogger-calls-for-obamas-assassination-on-twitter

    I still say that the Republican Party is the Party of Fascist, Racist, Bigots, American Christian Taliban Terrorist and lest I forget Kapo Jews and Nazi’s, IE: Judas Iscariot Lieberman and Kapo Eric Cantor.

    And I will continue to pray for all their Deaths and the Deaths of all the Evil Seed of Satan they have Spawned.

    God Bless.

  54. nannymm

    Hi, A-p. How have you been? It’s good to hear from you.

  55. nannymm

    A-P, that “tweet” is downright chilling. I hope the Secret Service arrests that person and that he or she is made to pay the price. This is getting very frightening. I fear for Obama, Pelosi, and even Stupak. The right wing lunatics are out of their freakin’ minds with hatred.

  56. Hi gang, Brian and nannymm…

    Yes it is frightening what crawls out of the woodwork these days.

    This is the True Republican Party we are seeing now everyday and I’m afraid that there will be a war right here in America once again.

    They will not stop until blood is shed and then the Republicans will disavow any responsibility for what they incited.

    While I know its not good to pray for someones death I see no alternative to it when it comes to evil that has taken over our country. And if that includes praying for the death of their children as well then so be it.

    Children learn from their parents and only a few of them actually learn right from wrong. McCain’s daughter is one example of someone who grew up with morals and real values, can we be assured that the current batch of Republican kids will be like her? I don’t think so.

    When these kids see the hate that their parents embrace how then can they turn out any different from them. They can’t and so another generation of hate is bred to destroy all that is good.

    After all the Bible says as much though I couldn’t quote you the book or verse. But is something like the fruit of a poisonous tree is just as poisonous as the tree that bore it. Or the seed of a poisonous tree will bear poisonous fruit.

    Anyway it’s something like that and until there all removed from the face of the Earth they will continue to destroy everything they touch.

    Well I got to hit the sack as I have to go to work in the morning. Was off today due to being up most of last night with a messed up stomach. Feel a lot better today and I do need to work.

    So goodnight all and God Bless.

  57. Expect to see a lot more of these over the next few months. Now keep in mind he’s trying unseat Rush Holt one of the most liberal members of congress.

  58. Senate Democrats get favorable ruling

    A ruling by Senate parliamentarian Alan Frumin handed Democrats a major victory Monday night, beating back a GOP push to declare a key tax proposal in the health care bill out of order.

    After hearing arguments on both sides, Frumin said that Democratic plans to push back an excise tax on so-called Cadillac insurance plans until 2018 was within the purview of budget rules allowable under the filibuster-proof reconciliation process. The GOP had challenged the language on the grounds that it violated a 1974 budget law because of its impact on the Social Security statute, and was thus subject to a point of order that would doom the bill in the Senate.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34840.html

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