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Hometown: Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Boston
Member since: Fri May 14, 2004, 05:52 PM
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Iraq, Simply Put......

"The problems in Iraq today are not the result of our Troops leaving too soon. Today's problems are the result of sending them in there in the first place"

Obama's Record

You know, some people talk as though President Obama has failed us. I know he's not perfect and I wish he had done some things differently, but let's look at the facts:

Unemployment is sown since he took office. We have created more jobs every month since his fifth month in office, every single month until today. We have had GDP growth in every quarter, beginning in his third quarter of 2009. The stock market has more than doubled. The budget deficit has been reduced every year since 2011. We are energy independent. Gas prices, far from being the predicted $5.00 a gallon from the "Doom Sayers", are at $3.69 a gallon today. He has ended one war and is winding down a second. Both wars he inherited. He has kept us safe at home. I'm sure there's more. But when people ask "what's he done?", these are some of my answers.

When you see Obama's approval numbers you can count me in the "approve" column. I know what the other side looks like.

What is a Secular Humanist?

What's a Secular Humanist? I get that question all the time when I answer the question of "What religion are you?"

The closest I can come in describing what a Secular Humanist is this:



Help me send Steve Wynn a message in Massachusetts---DU this Poll

Hello, my DU friends. I have posted here on DU since 2004 and I need your help.

There is a very hot battle in the Greater Boston area between two potential casino sites. One is in Everett, Mass. and the other is in the adjoining City of Revere (my home town).

I represent the unionized work-force at the Suffolk Downs racetrack in Revere, which has partnered up with Mohegan Sun to build a resort casino in the Beach City of Revere. The result will be to save 800 jobs connected to the racetrack and create 4,000 more at the potential casino here. Our competition is Steve Wynn in Everett. That's the same Steve Wynn that spent millions trying to defeat President Obama in 2012 and has played footsies with the Chinese in Macao.

Link to Wynn:


There is an on line poll between the two sites. I am asking you to vote for Revere in this poll in order to send a message to the Gaming Commission to save my job and the hundreds of unionized workers that I represent. In the mean time, you can stick it to a real Neanderthal, Steve Wynn, in the process.

Please vote "YES" for Revere
Link to Poll:
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/poll/poll/13958152#comments

Could being a Protestant lead to poverty?

I know, this is a real stretch and I'm about to get flamed, but this may be an example of how facts can bring you to an incorrect conclusion.

Look at the list of most Protestant states in the country.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/167120/mississippi-alabama-protestant-states.aspx

Now look at the states with the highest level of poverty. Is there a correlation?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_poverty_rate

You know you're getting old.....

when you try to pick up women your own age and you try to use an old 1970's line.

After about an hour of conversation you ask her "Hey, do you do drugs?" and her reply is "Does Lipitor count?"

Medicare for All---A Real Heathcare Solution

It's all here, 11 months ago.

Let's try to get this done when we finally get control of the executive and legislature. This is the opportunity we missed.

Posted on: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Doctors group hails reintroduction of Medicare-for-all bill


Single-payer health program would cover all 50 million uninsured, upgrade everyone’s benefits and save $400 billion annually on bureaucracy, physicians say

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Feb. 14, 2013
Contact: Mark Almberg, communications director, (312) 782-6006, mark@pnhp.org

A national physicians group today hailed the reintroduction of a federal bill that would upgrade the Medicare program and swiftly expand it to cover the entire population.

The “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act,” H.R. 676, introduced by Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., and 37 other House members, would replace today’s welter of private health insurance companies with a single, streamlined public agency that would pay all medical claims, much like Medicare works for seniors today.

Proponents say the publicly financed plan would vastly simplify how the nation pays for care, improve patient health, restore free choice of physician, and yield substantial savings for individuals, families and businesses.

“The evidence is clear: an improved-Medicare-for-all program is the most equitable and cost-effective way to assure that everyone, without exception, gets high-quality care,” said Dr. Andrew Coates, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a nonprofit research and advocacy group of 18,000 doctors nationwide. “Nothing less will do the job.”

“A single-payer program would assure truly universal coverage, cover all necessary services, and knock down the growing financial barriers to care – high premiums, co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance – that my patients are running up against, often with calamitous results,” he said.

Coates, an Albany, N.Y.-based internist, continued: “Such a plan would save over $400 billion a year currently wasted on private-insurance-related bureaucracy, paperwork and marketing – money that should be used to care for patients. Such a program would also have the financial muscle to negotiate with drug and medical suppliers for lower prices, and would further save money through lump-sum budgeting for hospitals.

“In short,” he said, “the enactment of Rep. Conyers’ bill would take us much further than the 2010 health law, which despite its modest benefits will not be able to control costs and which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will still leave 30 million people uninsured in 2023.

“Surveys have repeatedly shown that about two-thirds of the public supports a Medicare-for-all approach,” Coates said. “And a recent survey of physicians shows that a solid majority now favor government legislation to create national health insurance.”

“As a doctor who sees hard-pressed patients every day, I can tell you that the need for fundamental health care reform has never been greater,” he said. “It’s time to stop putting the interests of private insurance companies and Big Pharma over patient needs. It’s time to adopt a single-payer, improved-Medicare-for-all program in the United States.”

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Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org) is a nonprofit research and educational organization of 18,000 physicians who advocate for single-payer national health insurance, an improved Medicare for all. To speak with a physician/spokesperson in your area, visit www.pnhp.org/stateactions or call (312) 782-6006.

I'm Really Getting to Respect this Pope

I left the Catholic Church decades ago. I found it to be the most hypocritical organization known to man.

I do not believe in any organized religion and consider myself a Secular Humanist.

When the Catholic Church chose Benedict, a former Nazi, as their Pope, I figured that was the end of the line for them.

I do not deny my Socialist tendencies, much the same as the Socialist Democracies in Western Europe (especially the Scandinavian countries).

Having said that, I really am getting to like this Pope after 9 months. If he can piss off Rush Limbaugh, he has to have some redeeming qualities.

Pope Francis' preaching about peace and the value of workers. Against greed and unbridled Capitalism. His effort to have an inclusive following that prioritizes the teachings of Christ by putting Peace and the Poor well ahead of any Conservative Social Dogma. These are positions I find intriguing.

I am married to a devout Filipina Catholic who preached these same values before Francis became Pope. I said her heart was far different than the Church in Rome. Maybe Rome is finally catching up to her, and all of that is for the better.

Responsibility Without Authority: A Recipe for Disaster

I'm a union President. For 12 years the worst case scenario for me has always been responsibility without authority. In other words, we're going to do something some one else's way, but, in the end, the responsibility rests with me.

No way. If I take the hit, I'll listen to other peoples' opinions, take it into account, much the same way any chief Executive does, then make a final decision, and live with the consequences. I've won 4 elections and have held office for 12 years.

That's what happened to this God Damned Affordable Care Act. It should have just been Medicare for All. We knew that's the best way. We should have outlawed the filibuster, coming in, so that we owned all the proposal.

We then would have lived, as Democrats and Americans, with the consequences.

What the fuck good is it to do something half-assed, with the opponents trying to make it fail, and then getting the blame.

We're responsible for what happened, but we compromised and ceded the authority, like Republican Governors deciding that their states don't participate.

WTF. We'll never get a chance like this again in my life time. It only happens every 30 to 40 years. (1932, 1965, 2013).





A Message for Liz Cheney: Run for the Senate in Massachusetts

I was reading today's story out of Wyoming about the Sisters Cheney.

It seems that Liz Cheney's campaign to unseat the incumbent Senator in that state has a poll indicating that she is down by 50 points.

Liz, if you come to Massachusetts and run for the U.S. Senate against Liz Warren, that 50% margin in Wyoming will look like a nail biter by comparison here If you didn't wake up in time on election day, you may even get shut out.

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Liz Cheney's Sister Unloads On Her Over Gay Marriage Opposition

Liz Cheney Wyoming AP


Liz Cheney is trying to build momentum — any momentum — for her Senate candidacy in Wyoming. But she still hasn't even convinced her family.

Mary Cheney unloaded on comments her sister made about gay marriage on "Fox News Sunday," saying that Liz is on the "wrong side of history." So did Heather Poe, Mary's wife.

"I love Mary very much, I love her family very much," Liz Cheney said on Fox News, defending her past stance of opposition to gay marriage despite the personal connection. "This is just an issue on which we disagree."

That drew the ire of both her sister and her sister's wife. Poe, on Facebook, wrote that Cheney's comments were "offensive."

Her full message:

I was watching my sister-in-law on Fox News Sunday (yes Liz, in fifteen states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law) and was very disappointed to hear her say "I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage."

Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 - she didn't hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us.

To have her now say she doesn't support our right to marry is offensive to say the least.

I can't help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other.

I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.

Mary Cheney shared that status on her own Facebook page, adding a personal message for her sister.

"Liz — this isn't just an issue on which we disagree — you're just wrong — and on the wrong side of history," she wrote.

Liz Cheney, the elder daughter to former Vice President Dick Cheney, is mounting a primary challenge to Republican Sen. Mike Enzi. A poll taken last week showed Enzi up by more than 50 points. That's even worse than early polls found upon her entering the race in July.
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