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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:36 PM
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Rachel Maddow Exposes 'Blue Dog' Democrat Mike Ross' Links With USA Drug
Edited on Wed Sep-23-09 12:00 AM by Turborama
 
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As Rachel says, "mystery solved".
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:37 PM
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1. Let's call them "Blue Pigs."
It seems more appropriate.
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Trocadero Donating Member (892 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:43 PM
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3. the Blue Hogs - wallowing at the trough
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pollo poco Donating Member (286 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 10:36 AM
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15. Mama Like!
We tried for hours to come up with another name for them.

I think Blue Hogs tops anything we came up with.

Our best? Blue Cross Blue Shield Dogs

Heartfelt, but not as elegant, I fear. :-)
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:44 PM
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4. How about "Blue Elephants"?
Edited on Wed Sep-23-09 12:17 AM by Turborama
At times like this I'm amazed they're allowed to call themselves Democrats.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 09:50 AM
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12. Much better name for them!!!!!
:applause:
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:42 PM
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2. K&R
thanks for posting
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SolarFriend Donating Member (22 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 12:03 AM
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5. So...
He ripped of a pharmaceutical chain for hundreds of thousands of dollars- what exactly does that say?
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 12:26 AM
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6. Ripped them off?
Not really. I think they're getting their money's worth.
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daleanime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 09:21 AM
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10. Fail...
For sale-one soul.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 05:32 PM
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25. You're right... a deal with the devil.
Makes me want to cuss a blue streak.

Or red streak, more accurately!
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 12:34 AM
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7. K & R n/t
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ScottLand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:46 AM
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8. Thanks for posting.
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robo50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 09:11 AM
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9. Oh I love how Rachel does it.... and the
hat made it even more fun!
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healthy4now Donating Member (2 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 09:35 AM
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11. Why would $$ change anything?
Just because he's benefiting in an extreme, excessive, financial way, from a corporation that would profit, if he voted a certain way, I'm sure his vote will represent his constituents. There is no reason to look at the legality of this, nor is there any reason to question the ethics of this representative.
check this out, pass it on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y08uJ42X48
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Umbral Donating Member (969 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 10:26 AM
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13. Since his job is defining what is legal and illegal, Ethics is the only metric of judgment available
Edited on Wed Sep-23-09 10:30 AM by Umbral
There is every reason to question his ethics, there is every reason to doubt that he is voting the wishes of his constituents or even in their best interests - he is, after all, a politician. What's more he's a politician standing in the way of the most important legislation of the last 50 years. Legislation that would directly effect the corporation that just gave him a pile of money. No, there's no reason to question his ethics over this trifle, this insignificance. Maybe you just forget the :sarcasm: tag?
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 05:34 PM
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26. OMG... you have MUCH more faith than most of us could dredge up!
Or is it naitivity?

Or is it trying to rev up our blood pressure?

?
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nightrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 10:35 AM
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14. love how Rachel and her staff actually report journalistic investigation. US Congress=corrupted.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 10:43 AM
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16. K&R. Thank you Rachel Maddow team.
Glad to see Mike Ross exposed.

When he was commenting about why his store generously appraised at 260K sold for 420K, all he could say was some kind of golly gee, he and his wife were entrepreneurs who worked hard to build up that business and the questions were just gotcha politics.
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Piewhacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 11:17 AM
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17. Rachael you beautiful gal: I'd kiss you bunches (but youd probably have me arrested)...
so this is for you

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Gedankenaustausch Donating Member (179 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 12:43 PM
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18. Wow
I never thought I would hear SEC football being discussed on the Rachel Maddow show! Roll Tide!!!!
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SandWalker1984 Donating Member (533 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 02:03 PM
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19. Don't stop with Mike Ross - follow the money & find the truth.
Rachel Maddow broke the story about Mike Ross's sweetheart deal for his pharmacy building:

"But the $420,000 that USA Drug paid for the pharmacys building and land was just the beginning of what Ross and his wife, Holly, made from the sale of Hollys Health Mart. USA Drug owner Stephen L. LaFrance Sr. also paid the Rosses $500,000 to $1 million for the pharmacys assets and paid Holly Ross an additional $100,000 to $250,000 for signing a noncompete agreement. Those numbers, which Mike Ross listed on the financial disclosure reports he files as a member of Congress, bring the total value of the transaction to between $1 million and $1.67 million."

And I read this over on Crooks & Liars.....

"Speaker Pelosi is nixing a deal she cut with centrists to advance health reform, said a source familiar with negotiations. Pelosis decision to abandon the agreement that was made with a group of Blue Dogs to get the bill out of committee would steer the healthcare legislation back to the left as she prepares for a floor vote.

Pelosi is planning to include a government-run public option in the House version of the healthcare bill. She wants to model it on Medicare, with providers getting reimbursed on a scale pegged to Medicare rates. "The speaker is full-steam-ahead," said a senior Democratic aide.

snip...

Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and a group of fellow Blue Dogs had negotiated a deal with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in July that would remove the link to Medicare. Under that plan, officials with the government-run plan would negotiate individually with providers.

That move, which drew howls of protest from liberal members, prevented the bill from getting stuck in committee. But Ross returned from the August break saying he couldn't support a public option under any circumstances, essentially withdrawing his support for the deal."



EVERY blue dog Democrat that is opposed to a Medicare-style public option should be thoroughly investigated to see how much influen$e the health care industry is purchasing with them.

Find it. Report it. Spread the word.

This is political war - us the American middle class against them the corporations buying off members of Congress in the name of excessive greed.


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nikto Donating Member (414 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 02:17 PM
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20. RACHEL MADDOW IS A NATIONAL TREASURE
I only wish we could clone her into 10 Rachels--5 for Media,
and 5 for politics.

Would you support a Rachel-clone for the Senate or Congress??

She sure beats the robots in there presently.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 05:37 PM
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27. Yeah.
Make that Hell YEAH1

The nation's first gay woman president??

:applause:
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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 02:34 PM
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21. Dear Rep. Ross, it is time for you to resign...
I wonder what if feels like to watch your career disappear in 5 minutes?
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Scruffy1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 04:21 PM
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22. Mike Ross
As much as I despise these bluedogs this story doesn't really have enough information in it to make any decisions. The value of a business is all about earnings-current and future. Ten times earning would be a rough yardstick as the starting point and move up or down depending on growth potential. As drug prescriptions and prices keep going up a higher multiple may be used. The point is that if this business was making say $200,000.00 per year this would not be a problem. What we don't know is the profitability, and all Ross talks about is the cost of the building-which is irelevant.
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 04:52 PM
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23. Is it any surprise? Does Willie Sutton look like John Boehner?
.. our elected officials have their nose firmly up the ass of the Corporations that supply them with free money?

Why do politicians lie and steal?

"As Willie Sutton the bank robber said when asked why he robbed banks, 'because that's where the money is'."


FBI photo of Bank Robber Willie Sutton
----------------------------------------

Does Willie look like John Boehner.. or is it closer to Tom (The Bugman) Delay ?
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LaPera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 05:07 PM
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24. Thank you Rachel.
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:21 PM
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28. Excellent investigative reporting
and thanks to Rachel for picking it up!
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:31 PM
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29. Bought....
...and paid for. Surprise, surprise.

- K&R

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chasitynola Donating Member (153 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 08:00 PM
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30. Surprise, surprise!
http://photobucket.com/images/gomer%20pyle " target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Gomer Pictures, Images and Photos"/></a>

Whatever, guy.

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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 08:09 PM
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31. Excellent and the Razorback Hat was a nice emotional touch to the
good people of Arkansas. :thumbsup: :)
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sicksicksick_N_tired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 08:25 PM
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32. AWESOME!!! Now,...please expose Joe Manchin!!
Please,...PLEASE!!! Money-monger-mafia-Manchin!!! He really deserves the attention after selling out his state's resources to the highest-bidding profiteers. He was so brazen as to change "Wild, Wonderful West Virginia" signs to "OPEN FOR BUSINESS"!!!

I swear, this man has gotten way too many passes even AFTER numerous episodes of cronyism with corporacrats (NOT democrats), including his own daughter. He is from a family of "elistists", corporate elitists and has done NOTHING for the millions of WV constituents other than his own, the few corporacrats.
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