From the daily archives: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Well, that didn’t take long. Series it is! More manufactured outrage from the left. No wait. This is manufactured outrage from the RIGHT! Apparently Ohio Congressman and House Minority Leader John Boehner is in on the conspiracy to stoke fear and sympathy for Democrats:

Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, denounced the threats and acts of violence, saying it’s “not the American way.”

“I know many Americans are angry over this health care bill, and that Washington Democrats just aren’t listening. But, as I’ve said, violence and threats are unacceptable,” he said in a statement.

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No wait.? The outrage is coming from the right isn’t it?? I may be “manufactured” by the likes of Beck and Limbaugh, but it’s real alright:

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Something tells me this is going to be a series…

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I don’t care if you are religious or not, science is the only tool we have for exploring and understanding our world. It’s the only way we’ll find a cure for cancer or build awesome technologies like the Internet. Down with pseudoscience.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer has confirmed my earlier reporting of the true facts behind the legitimate legal reasons that the Superintendent of the Highway Patrol as well as the Director of the Department of Public Safety (a former police officer) decided that a planned sting at the Governor’s Mansion should not go forward because there was considerable evidence that the alleged conspiracy violated no criminal law and could pose substantial risk to the Governor’s and others safety.

Here’s what the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirmed that the Dispatch refuses to report that I wrote the one Dispatch […]

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The problem with State Senator Shannon Jones is not that she’s a reckless driver; it’s that she’s a reckless legislator.

Tim Grendell and Shannon Jones have introduced both a constitutional amendment and now a new bill to protect Ohio’s right as a State to allow its citizens to die or go bankrupt (or both) due to the lack of affordable and quality health insurance coverage.

The language of the new bill is not yet available via the Internet, but Senator Jones said in her press release:

The bill, which will be formally introduced as Senate […]

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Oh, the games you’ll play

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Latest post at my campaign blog on the long list of war stories I’m collecting.

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We’ve probably all seen the video of the teabagger heckling the Parkinsons guy.? It was disturbing to say the least.? Now we know who the heckler of the Parkinsons guy was.? Chris Reichert.? We know he is a registered Republican (big surprise there).? Some folks in back channels want us to know more about Chris Reichert in an effort to further embarrass him.

We’re missing an opportunity here and we should step back from the partisan funfest long enough to seize it.

Chris Reichert apologized.

He not only apologized, but he said every single thing that […]

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Say No to Socialism

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This is making the rounds on the Internet. I thought I would share because it amused me. All text following this paragraph is pasted in full.

This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to […]

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Carpetblogger Jon Keeling’s (R-VA) message to anti-health care reform advocates yesterday: “Don’t let up.”

“And with their victory comes our temptation to move on to the next issue.

“But if Republicans want to be able to fully utilize the political benefits of this bill’s passage, they need to act like it never passed.

That means continuing to saturate congressional town halls and forcing questions and concerns about Obamacare. It means writing letters to the editor. It means tweeting. It means not letting up in making sure everyone understands the negative aspects of this bill.”

(emphasis added.)

Keeling today: […]

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How shocking that Chris Reichert, who was just identified as the guy who mocked and threw money at a man suffering with Parkinson’s disease, is a registered Republican.

Reichert, a registered Republican, said he is not politically active. He said he heard about the rally on the radio and a neighbor invited him to attend.

“That was my first time at any political rally and I’m never going to another one,” Reichert said.

“I will never ever, ever go to another one.”

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Talking Points Memo has a great write up on the number of conservative scholars who have concluded that the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause provides sufficient constitutional authority for Congress to pass the health insurance mandates in the health care reform bill.

In short these conservative constitutional scholars conclude that the United States Supreme Court would have to ignore long-held precedent in order to find that the health care bill is not a constitutional exercise of Congress’ interstate commerce regulation power.? Precedents, including, recent Supreme Court opinions written by Justice Scalia.

But Lawrence O’Donnell on last […]

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