Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great Article on John McCain's BS re: Sarah Palin and his Campaign

This is a great article that takes John McCain on for laying all the blame for his defeat in the presidential election on the economy and none on the disaster that was Sarah Palin. My favorite part? Bringing up and linking to Tina Fey's brilliant impersonation and the fact that she just repeated verbatim Sarah Palin's responses in the reenactment (not spoof!) of the Katie Couric interview. Check it out!

Geoffrey Dunn: McCain's Latest Palin Lie

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Think Those For-Profit Health Insurers Are Looking Out for You? The Height of Pre-Existing Condition Ridiculousness

I love how the conservative right has turned everyday people into staunch defenders of the large, corporate, for-profit health insurance companies and their right to make a profit. Well, the health insurance companies make a profit by jacking up premiums and reducing the risk of paying out claims. One way to reduce the risk is by denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Read the following example of how ridiculous this can get.

Alex Lange Denied Health Care Coverage: "Your Baby Is Too Fat"

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Friday, October 9, 2009

My Personal Note from President Obama --- ;)

Here is the e-mail I received from President Obama regarding his Nobel Peace Prize. What a perfect way to counter these damn conservatives and their constant need to tear President Obama down. First the Olympics and now this. When will the Republicans put aside party politics and put America first? Can't we all be proud that the President of the United States -- our leader -- won this prestigious prize?

Yes we can!!!!

Cristina --

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What Happened to Patriotism?: Republicans Rooting Against America

Remember when Republicans attempted to corner the market on patriotism? Part of the story behind the name of my blog (the "Patriot" part) was in response to that maddening rhetoric coming from the right implying that to oppose their policies, such as the war in Iraq, was to be unpatriotic, un-American, against our troops.

There are few events that bring out patriotism more than the Olympics. The pride felt watching one's country's athletes marching in the opening ceremony behind the flag, or listening to the national anthem being played and your flag being raised behind a gold-medal winning athlete are special moments to cherish.

The ultimate expression of national pride when it comes to the Olympics? Being able to host the Olympics and show off all that a country has to offer to billions around the world. Just imagine how the Chinese felt during the spectacular Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies.

This is universal, right? Or is it? One of America's great cities, Chicago, was in the running to host the Summer Olympics in 2016. Hosting the Olympics is not just a matter of pride, it is a matter of economics. Hosting the Olympics means investing capital into a region, and it means a huge influx of people from around the world spending money in the region and, one would presume, beyond if they choose to travel more of the country while they are here.

And yet, the Republicans have shown their true colors by rooting against America for the honor of hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics. They criticized President Obama, who is from Chicago, from taking a less-than-24 hour trip to Copenhagen to personally appeal to the IOC voters. They have had the audacity to trash Chicago and say that it SHOULDN'T host the Olympics. Can you imagine? And when Chicago lost out to Rio de Janeiro, they celebrated with cheers and gleeful headlines touting this outcome as an Obama failure.

I am absolutely appalled and disgusted with this Republicans over this, and I hope every proud, patriotic American is as well. It so clearly demonstrated that for the Republicans, party politics comes first way ahead of the country they insist they love.

I guess they only love it when they are in charge.