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Healthcare revisited……Internal dissent……..and Organizing…again….

I have highlighted the fact that I believe President Obama wants a healthcare bill …….period……..I am even more convinced after I have started reading Richard Wolfe\’s book about Obama , Renegade.…..in the early part of the book Wolfe describes how Obama embraced the  Judge Robert’s appointment to the Supreme Court ( he actually wrote to DailyKos supporting it) …a fact few people know….. it just illustrates to me that Obama …like Bill Clinton…is a politician…and is always willing to compromise, knowing how to get what he wants in the end……..by fighting for a Robert’s pick, Obama, at the time, hopped to establish his independency, which would desensitize and disarm republicans to the fact that he was a black senator from Chicago…a condition that helped him get elected president …..

So aanyway…..I have come upon a piece in mydd.com by desmoninesdem that touches on the internal democratic problem……Obama wants a healthcare bill…with  Ted Kennedy gone he’s below 60 votes in the senate……while the progressives and liberals in his party want a ‘public option’….it may be impossible to do so…….my belief is Obama will take a bill with out it. desmoniesdem points out that this litmus test is straining the internal cohesion displayed with the democratic party that backed Obama’s march to the presidency, and that the Clinton/Obama questions will get thrown into the mix as a loyalty test. Obama got the left wing of his party starting in the primaries in Iowa…and has had them wanting ever since……

He further reveals that these groups are beginning to organize (a’ la election style) grass route organizations in several states, to exert pressure from the bottom ……This may be all good….But the simple thing is Obama has the votes for a bill without the ‘option’ ….Will he fight the battle for a bill with the option?………Only he will know the answer…..

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics, The Economy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open Thread……..

Comments anyone?….on anything………

August 29, 2009 Posted by | Other Things | , | 4 Comments

Beepers, Cellphones and texting…….

I’m getting a little old these days…I don’t use my phone to do texting…….I don’t know how…and don’t want to know how, to tell you the truth.

First it was carrying a beeper……that was cool…everybody knew you where important enough to have one for work……Then people carried TWO beepers!…….One for work, and one for home…….Then came Cellphones…….Same thing……for work……and almost all the early users were males…like the beeper carriers.   Then someone woke up and realized that EVERYBODY could have a phone and it was on!

Now everyone has a phone, even grandma’s and little kids……..So what came next?……Texting!…….What I don’t understand is how my son and everyone else can text ……AND DRIVE?…..I mean, how can they watch the road, and text?…….Can someone please explain?

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Other Things | , , , , | 4 Comments

The Big Banks get bigger…………

A sobering piece in the Washington Post points something very disturbing coming out of the countries financial downturn. That is that….the nations big banks have  gotten even bigger and are more likely to have a permeant spot in the ‘too big to fail spot’……..as  result of the White House policy of  not letting anyone of them fail…the middle guys have no such protection….and have been swallowed up….leaving bigger top players…….while the government is watching the big guys…….those banks are now making big profits and are trying to pay big salaries to keep their employees causing headaches for watch dogs and the White House……..the public maybe the ones who get mad…watching these unfold in front of their eyes while they get shut out of opportunities  to work and get  credit……….

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Other Things, Politics, The Economy | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dispatches for today………Richardson, Corzine, AIG and Dukakis……

1)   The case against Gov. Richardson of  New Mexico has been dropped………..

2)  Two polls put Corzine within the MOE in New Jersey…….

3)  AIG shares reached $50.00 on Thursday………..and the CEO has decided to slow down selling off the companies foreign units….

4) Dukakis for caretaker in Mass.?

August 27, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics, The Economy | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sen. Edward ( Ted ) Kennedy……1932 – 2009……..

PoliticalDog101 joins the rest of America, and the world, in expressing its sorrow in seeing one of America best politicians passing……Ted Kennedy, the last of the brothers from Massachusetts, was an icon in American politics……..born into the most famous american political dynasty, and the last keeper of the flame….his last year was a rough one……..physically and politically……he leaves the nations first black (mixed actually)  president, a party that came back, a niece that tried to come back for him, and a family that loved him………he will be missed……….

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Rendition and the new interrogation unit…….

I see that the White house has announced that the Bush policy of rendition, will continue…….with the add-on that the State Department will check to make sure no one turned over to a third country gets tortured……Of, course that is just face dressing since the United States can’t stop another sovereign nation from handling someone any way they want once the CIA handlers drop them off (not that the CIA won’t call back later for a transcript of what the guy said)……

On the interrogation unit thing…..this is my read……The Head of the unit….. will be an FBI agent, who will report to the National Security Council Chair……..which should make the unit principally concerned only about prosecuting that individual……..FBI agents are law enforcement officers……they build criminal cases…….and since they will be working on only the top named bad guys…..the rest will go through the system, with no change, right?

In addition, I suppose…..the first people to get their hands on the hot list people that the military doesn’t kill, will get a Q & A from the local military intel people, who will then hand the bad guy over to the CIA for a quick Q & A session before the  ‘WH specials’ arrive from DC………if , I’m even remotely correct here…..the CIA can live with this, and nothing really changes……….

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holder and the CIA…When something isn't what it seems……..

First let me say up front…this is my take…….

Ok…… I’ve sat on this story for about 20 hours, to let it season…and I believe the story is cover fire…..Attorney General Holder has named John Durham to be Justice’s special investigator on 12 cases….given to Justice by the CIA …with prisoner abuse problems…..That got everyone’s attention, right?…….but there are few caveats that go along with the story…….

First of all …these cases were initially given to the BUSH DOJ and dropped…Second……Bill Burton the WH press guy filling in for Gibbs’s mentioned yesterday this quote……..” He (Obama )  agrees with the attorney general that anyone who conducted actions that had been sanctioned should not be prosecuted”……third……Obama clearly has put distance between the story by saying that this is ALL Holder and the CIC doesn’t want to intervene…….

Now if anyone doesn’t think Emmanuel and his staff haven’t gamed this out they’re crazy…….the first thing any political junkie or press person would think is that is political problems for Obama…..but stop and think……Obama has limited this really to do the people who gave the okay to the grunts……any grunt that did something not covering their behind is expendable….and I’ll bet the spot light is gonna end up very bright on one person…..John Yo…..the guy who said the whole thing was Okay in the first place……….

So in the end this isn’t a broad fishing expedition at all……in the end Obama has separated himself from the investigation…and dropped it back in Bush’s lap……and will not bother the guys who did their job under the approval of the nation’s senior law organization.

Update:……While I stand by my analysis of this situation from Obama’s point of view…the inquiry is not sitting well with intelligence community…..seven former CIA chiefs have written to Obama asking that the Justice Department cease and desist in the Holder action on post 9/11 interrogations……..Obama and Justice have reinforced the fact they are not going after the grunts…….but the ex-chiefs are fearful that ‘sources and methods’ maybe compromised in the inquiry. and that the inquiry will have ‘chilling’ effect on the agencies staff…………I expect that in the end it will be Wu, or the whole thing will go away……

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holder and the CIA…When something isn’t what it seems……..

First let me say up front…this is my take…….

Ok…… I’ve sat on this story for about 20 hours, to let it season…and I believe the story is cover fire…..Attorney General Holder has named John Durham to be Justice’s special investigator on 12 cases….given to Justice by the CIA …with prisoner abuse problems…..That got everyone’s attention, right?…….but there are few caveats that go along with the story…….

First of all …these cases were initially given to the BUSH DOJ and dropped…Second……Bill Burton the WH press guy filling in for Gibbs’s mentioned yesterday this quote……..” He (Obama )  agrees with the attorney general that anyone who conducted actions that had been sanctioned should not be prosecuted”……third……Obama clearly has put distance between the story by saying that this is ALL Holder and the CIC doesn’t want to intervene…….

Now if anyone doesn’t think Emmanuel and his staff haven’t gamed this out they’re crazy…….the first thing any political junkie or press person would think is that is political problems for Obama…..but stop and think……Obama has limited this really to do the people who gave the okay to the grunts……any grunt that did something not covering their behind is expendable….and I’ll bet the spot light is gonna end up very bright on one person…..John Yo…..the guy who said the whole thing was Okay in the first place……….

So in the end this isn’t a broad fishing expedition at all……in the end Obama has separated himself from the investigation…and dropped it back in Bush’s lap……and will not bother the guys who did their job under the approval of the nation’s senior law organization.

Update:……While I stand by my analysis of this situation from Obama’s point of view…the inquiry is not sitting well with intelligence community…..seven former CIA chiefs have written to Obama asking that the Justice Department cease and desist in the Holder action on post 9/11 interrogations……..Obama and Justice have reinforced the fact they are not going after the grunts…….but the ex-chiefs are fearful that ‘sources and methods’ maybe compromised in the inquiry. and that the inquiry will have ‘chilling’ effect on the agencies staff…………I expect that in the end it will be Wu, or the whole thing will go away……

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sen. Gillibrands House members problem…….

Over at The Albany Project, robert harding points out that Senator Gilibrand has a few NY City House members behind her……. just a few (only half of the state’s 28 House members, in total, have come out for her)…..and not one memeber of the House from Long Island…….hummmm?

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | 5 Comments