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The Blue Dogs and the Republicans aren't fighting health care reform out of concern for your health.  
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Many trees died to bring you this comedy routine; Grassley is so mired in the past that he hasn't discovered PowerPoint yet. 
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Most of the people spreading outrageous rumors about the health care reform bill haven't read it or even know its proper name: H. R. 3200 America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. Perhaps the wildest urban legend about this bill is that the bill contains a directive for putting Granny to sleep. This is NOT true. 

If Froma Harrop's article doesn't convince you, then read H. R. 3200, Section 1233 for yourself:Section 1233 under the cut )

There is nothing wrong with drafting a living will or being informed about end-of-life issues. Strangely enough, the very people who attack science education are the ones who embrace the modern practice of keeping the body "alive" via machinery long after the mind is gone. Personally, I wouldn't want to bankrupt my family or society because I chose not to draft a will making my wishes known. However, people who feel otherwise about extraordinary measures to extend life beyond brain death are free to draft a document to that effect. It's an act of consideration for your loved ones to give them instructions in case of emergency.

There are many legitimate problems with this bill, and it's imperative that we address these, so I don't understand why Republicans feel the need to resort to outrageous lies any more than I understand why people who have no idea what the bill actually says choose to parrot what they've read on the internet or heard on partisan television instead of simply reading the legislation for themselves. 

Congressional bills can be found at the Library of Congress website or in the Congressional Record.
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"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul."  Oh, did you now, Mr. Bush? Didn't you see anything conniving and dangerous in there?

The Russian reaction to Obama's visit proves just how badly Bush misjudged Putin. The Russians have fallen under Putin's spell and have no respect-or use-for the U.S.  

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WXII news in Winston-Salem, NC produced a hilarious report on this story, featuring this quote from on of Sanford's SC Republican colleagues: "It's bizarre behavior, but that's not unusual for this governor." The story pointed out that Sanford was missing during Father's Day, but failed to mention that Sunday was also the summer solstice, the traditional day for nude hiking. A nature enthusiast, Sanford admits to being on the Appalachian Trail, a favorite of nude hikers. Perhaps he was letting it all hang out while clearing his head.
As mentioned in this article, Sanford once brought live pigs into the house chamber to protest pork barrel spending. The pigs defecated all over the place, making their own statement about state government. 

Ever read Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker series? The job of the President of the Universe was to behave outrageously, entertain the masses, and detract attention from the people who really ran the Universe. Perhaps Sanford's presidential hopes aren't dead after all; in an era of excess and reality TV, he's perfect. Think about what legislators, lobbyists, and special interest groups could get away with while Sanford keeps Fox and MSNBC busy.  
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This letter appeared in the reader's forum of the Winston-Salem Journal.

     I am a college graduate with a reasonably high IQ, but this is something that I just don't understand.
     For more than three years, the Palestinians in Gaza, supposedly governd by the Palestinian Authority, but controlled by Hamas, have been sending rockets into Isreal. In all this time, Isreal has only asked them to stop so that the killing of their people would stop. The rockets continued.
     Finally, Isreal decided that enough was enough and went on the offensive against Hamas in Gaza, with full military strength: airplanes, tanks, and troops.
     Unfortunately, there were many Palestinian civilian casualties, mostly because of the Hamas placement of weapons and troops in places like schools and apartment buildings. A cease-fire was finally brokered after a short while, but not before Hamas fired even more rockets into Isreal. The Isreali offensive caused a lot of structural damage and left many Palestinians homeless and many small businesses destroyed.
     Now, here's the part that I don't understand: So far as I could see, we, the American people, did nothing but cover the action on TV. We didn't shoot anyone, drop any bombs, or fire any artillery. So why are we sending $900 million to help the Palestinians rebuild? That money could be well spent at home. It might even pay for a few earmarks.
    - James F. Schwarz 

What I don't understand is why we are giving away money when we're trillions of dollars in debt and are having to go to the Chinese hat-in-hand. We can't even provide universal healthcare for our citizens. Charity begins at home.   


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