Assuming Democrats retain control of the Senate, and Leahy is Chair, do you want Democrats to have to flip just 2-3 Republican Senators, or 6-7, in order to break a filibuster?
It is going to take years to undo the Obama economic disaster, but it can be accomplished through Congressional elections every two years, and particularly the 2012 presidential election.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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innocent victim of an attempt to bring someone else's misdeeds to
light, although the innocent victim (the "Shirley") is subsequently
revealed to deserve everything they got, and then some.
The Shirley becomes The Full Shirley when the Shirley responds by
calling people racists.
To pull a Shirley: To try to deflect valid and highly visible
criticism from yourself by suggesting that some other innocent party
is being wrongly harmed by the publicity surrounding your malfeasance.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
"The unaided human mind, and the acts of the individual, cannot assure excellence. Health care is a system, and its performance is a systemic property."
"I cannot believe that the individual health care consumer can enforce through choice the proper configurations of a system as massive and complex as health care. That is for leaders to do.""I would place a commitment to excellence—standardization to the best-known method—above clinician autonomy as a rule for care."
(1) Patients will be in charge of making decisions about their care,(2) Healthcare ownership and decision-making will be "in the hands of professionals and patients," and(3) Success will be measured not by compliance with bureaucratically-derived standards, but by improving patient outcomes.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
When the electricity goes out, the first thing I notice is the loss of the steady electronic background hum. The soundtrack of our lives in western industrial society, we never notice it until it is abruptly silenced. But did you know that law enforcement actually records that sound?
Friday, July 23, 2010
from porn" and mocking iPod customers for holding their phones the
wrong way, Google's Android operating system is kicking butt, taking
names, and going to war.
Raytheon, well-known for its Patriot Missile, is developing software
for the American military based on the Android OS. The Raytheon
Advanced Tactical System (RATS) will be loaded onto military-only
smartphones (I want one already) and will enable our armed forces in
the field to track each other's positions, download military-grade
satellite images directly onto their phones, and presumably use
Augmented Reality software.
We are all familiar with Augmented Reality (AR) already. The 1st and
Ten Line on a televised football game is an example of AR; it does not
exist on the field, but it is layered over our televised view of the
field in order to give viewers information that they might not
otherwise have. Yes yes, I know it insults the intelligence of every
football fan who knows where the line is, but think about the way that
AR could be used on the battlefield.
A Marine points his smartphone at a particular area, and he views the
area through his phone with additional layers of information provided
by friendly forces (or unfriendly forces, if we've hacked their data);
a symbol to designate a rendezvous point, a red blinking dot to
identify the location of a sniper spotted by his buddy across the
valley, text containing information about buildings, in realtime,
limited only by imagination and the conditions on the ground.
This is big. According to Raytheon, "Google has helped us push the
limits of the phone." Well, kudos to Google. And by the way, I am
pleased as punch with my snappy little Droid phone.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The consequences of inaction are clear: if our country continues on its current path, we will not be giving our children and grandchildren the same freedoms, the same opportunities, or the same country that our parents and grandparents gave us. The choice before us is not what kind of America we will have in the next two, or even four, years, but what kind of America we will have in the next forty.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
up this morning with a greater understanding of how it feels to be a
Republican scurrilously accused of racism.
But Breitbart's video was never about Shirley Sherrod, it was about
the racism on display at an NAACP dinner. When Shirley Sherrod told
the first part of her story, the part where she explicitly throttled
back her efforts on behalf of a farmer because he was White, the crowd
loved it; Shirley Sherrod's racism was well-received by a racist
crowd. Days after the NAACP voted on a resolution condemning the
presumption of a speck in the Tea Party's eye, Breitbart revealed the
beam in the NAACP's eye. That was, is, and will remain the story.
The fact that the Obama administration is looking scattered and
panicky is an added bonus.
Now, I have some sympathy for the woman, because she was ultimately
telling an interesting story about her journey away from seeing
situations as racial. I don't think she deserves to be under the bus
with Reverend Wright, Van Jones, and Obama's grandmother. There's no
reason the USDA should not hire her back.
But you know what? No matter how proud we may be of our journeys away
from something nasty, people rarely pay as much attention to the happy
ending as they do to the prior nastiness. If you really, really feel
the need to share, save the details of your Journey from the Dark
Place for your post-retirement book.
No, neither had I, but someone with a spare radio frequency identification (RFID) chip and too much time on his hands has invented a solution in search of a problem: the Smart Mug, or SMUG. The SMUG is embedded with an RFID which connects to your ordering history and pre-paid coffee account, so you can order up your "usual" without having to fumble for change or God forbid interact with the human being behind the counter.
Of course, the SMUG has green cred: by re-using your smug, you will reduce paper coffee cup waste and presumably save the planet. The coffee shop can use green guilt to ensure repeat business; wave your Smart Mug in front of the scanner and drink greenly and conveniently with us, or drink out of a paper cup across the street and polar bears will die. Of course, there is a much simpler way to reduce paper coffee cup waste and save the planet: brew your own coffee at home and take it with you. You can still carry a smart-looking thermos, sans RFID, and you will save considerable money (the ultimate green) in the bargain. Reject the SMUG, and you will create one less data stream as you go about your day. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
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TBF supporters have been busy. We've now grown to include 60 participating blogs, and well over 2,000 patriots voted in our online poll for their favorite rising conservative star this week.
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Now come on, don't drink the cool aid ;)Wargotz is no birther. In fact,he rejected that notion AND it appears the video has been edited before placed on youtube. He refuted that label and clarified that in mainstream press in Maryland. You can find it in his press room at his website www.wargotz.com I always do my own research before jumping to conclusions. Wargotz never said that obama wasn't a US citizen. I live in Maryland and I can tell you that that Stark video statement on birth place was very smart. Why? Because when he wins the primary, if Miluski brings it up then mainstream press will be all over him and he gets great mainstream attention and name recog. and an opportunity to dispel , etc. He is a VERY smart man and deserves all of our support and dollars. Don't sell him short. Thanks.
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1. Nominations for deserving candidates are submitted [to Right Klik] on Sundays. ([Right Klik is] curating nominations tomorrow at RK, but any interested bloggers could also host nomination posts).2. Conservatives vote on the top 10 nominees through the week (Online polling is shared by multiple blogs for cumulative votes).3. On Friday, the candidate who is #1 in the weekly online poll gets hit with $10 money bombs (money goes DIRECTLY from the donors to the candidate).4. Participants put the words "Ten Buck Fridays" in the online donation form so that recipients know what's happening!