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This morning I saw some college undergrads analyze the healthcare bill more incisively than any legislator, policy wonk, or pundit. That is both a source of pride in the students I'm privileged to teach and terror in that none of our leaders in Washington seem to get what the hell is going on.

This is a black eye most of all on my President Barack Obama who, as a generally supportive but frustrated professor said, "should have brought doctors and economists together to craft a real solution" to be debated in Congress. I once thought his standards too high, but mine were too low. And it is clearly reflected in the bill.

I'm still optimistic because our system seems to be self correcting over the long haul. I pray we correct soon. Until then I'll at least enjoy the GOP get pummelled by fact checks.

The Party Mans Up

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Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize today. The Rebs quickly criticized it in the same spirit of us losing the 2016 Olympics. Then comes this from the Dems:

"The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists -- the Taliban and Hamas this morning -- in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize," wrote DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. "Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize -- an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride -- unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It's no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore - it's an embarrassing label to claim."

I'm not one to cheer the Dems but I clapped...hard...when I read that.

Democrat stands ground after 'die quickly' health care remark -

"Citing a Harvard University study released this month that said 44,000 Americans die each year because they have no health insurance, Grayson called on Democrats and Republicans 'to do our jobs for the sake of those dying people and their families.'

'I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America,' he said."

(Via CNN.)

Payback it is a ...

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MSNBC's Ratigan battles McCaughey - Ben Smith -


McCaughey gets her rear end handed to her. This is what happens when someone demands an actual answer to a question.

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Connecting The Dots - Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Connecting The Dots - Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"There's a lot at work here: 1.) Race-baiters have, for the past few decades, repeatedly outfoxed anti-racists. Beck and Cornyn know how to walk up to the line. Carter is from a generation of liberals who never understood why people didn't agree them about Willie Horton. Thus Carter doesn't insinuate, he doesn't calibrate, he just speaks, political effects be damned. 2.) The dominant school of journalism holds that it's safer to talk about the effect of talking about race on Obama, rather than actually talking about its effects, period. That's true for most things though--reporters are generally more interested in gamesmanship, than issues. 3.) A lot of reporters take Beck and Cornyn's race-baiting is taken as a given. I'll be shocked if anyone asks Cornyn about this. I don't think they much care."

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coats.)

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Race Is A Factor But... - Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Race Is A Factor But... - Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"There's a tendency to lump anti-black racism in with all the serious problems presented when you try to make a democracy work. There is always a danger of becoming single-minded, of bringing to bear a myopic analysis which sees one thing in everything. Moreover, watermelon jokes are a long way from red-lining, and in seeing how far we've come, the temptation is to dismiss how far we have to go.But from a black perspective, it's a temptation you can ill-afford. Racism cost us dollars a half-century ago. Today it costs us quarters--but it still costs."

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

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"One of the great tragedies of the past half century or so, is how patriotism has been coopted by people who claim the Confederate flag, while black leaders, from King to Obama, are dismissed as communists/socialists and now Hitlerite. These are people whose heroes routinely flouted the federal government and assaulted black troops carrying the Union flag."

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The President's Indoctrination Speech

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Media Resources Prepared School Remarks:

"Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.

And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best."

(Via The White House.)

Yep, liberal propaganda as predicted.

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Obama's speech to students has a precedent -

"‘We've been working to take an economy that was in bad shape and get it moving and growing again; take our national defense and make it first-rate again after a long period of decline; and to restore reason, respect and reality to our foreign policy,’ the president says. ‘And I think it's fair to say that we've made a good deal of progress.’

You [Constant Reader] were also right about [Obama] trying to indoctrinate the children of America into his cult of personality. Listen to this: ‘We want to make your future better, because tomorrow belongs to you. And since you're the leaders of tomorrow, I wanted to talk to all of you as a friend about the things you'll have to do to ensure a prosperous nation and a peaceful world.’

So in conclusion, it's clear that President Obama – wait a second. This isn't President Obama.

It was President Ronald Reagan, back in 1986."

(Via The Charlotte Observer.)

Once again we have clear evidence to ignore the right. Talk about double standard!

Autopilot: McCaughey v. Stewart: A knife to a gunfight:

McCaughey is a health care advocate who launched the meme that has since become the ‘Death Panels’ talking point. She is an experienced PR messenger who appears before national audiences on radio and TV and never goes off script.  That she’s even talking to Stewart (who opposes her viewpoint and has an audience that will support him on virtually anything) illustrates her confidence in her ability to get her message across.

And she gets bludgeoned.

(Via Autopilot.)

A surgical breakdown of the infamous interview.

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