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Brunch with Bruce & Dan, Sun. March 28th in LA

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:38 pm - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: LA Stories

As we’ve filled our table for the Claremont dinner, one of our readers is organizing a brunch for blog readers to welcome Bruce and his partner to Los Angeles on Sunday March 28th at 1 PM.

Please drop me an e-mail by Friday March 26 if you’d like attend.

Obama & the White Coats

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:33 pm - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: Obama Health Care Tax/Regulation

When President Obama delivered his 35th speech today on health care reform today, he was surrounded by five health care professionals in white coats and one woman in scrubs.  Wonder if they passed them out before the talk?

Now, my older brother is a doctor (in fact, he’s a neurosurgeon) and I’ve only seen him a few times in a white coat, but never at a political (or social) function.  All those times (I saw him in a white coat) were when I visited him at the hospital where he worked.  I have never seen him in scrubs, but assume he wears them when he, in my nephew’s words, fixes people’s brains.

Guess they must have been been preparing for surgery today in the White House.

Or maybe the latest speech was some kind of costume drama.

Call Me Cynical, But…

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 7:18 pm - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: Call Me Cynical But...

Wow, I should have come up with this category long ago.

Here, this time we have an example of what a cynic might call payola. The details?

Today we hear that President Obama, in trying to persuade ten Democrats (who seem to care more about silly things like the Constitution, their constituents’ wishes, and the solvency of the United States than they do about the president’s socialist agenda) who voted against the Stalinization plan for the US health care industry last fall to change their sides, will be hosting them at the White House tonight. Well that makes sense. Heck, even for the Super Bowl, he hosted a whole one Republican at the White House. Anyway, though…

But what’s this?!

One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson’s brother, Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Now, if you weren’t watching closely enough, you might think that perhaps the president is trying cynically to buy the elder Matheson’s vote in the House by throwing a bone to his little brother in the form of a 10th Circuit Court nomination.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)

BREAKING: US Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) To Retire;
Reports Suggest He’s Mark Foley, Only Worse

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:48 pm - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: 111th Congress,Democratic Scandals,FoleyGate

You just can’t catch a break being a Democrat in Washington these days.  Or a Hill staffer being pounced upon by dirty old men…

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) will not seek re-election after only one term in office.

According to several House aides – on both sides of the aisle – the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that Massa, who is married with two children, sexually harassed a male staffer.

Massa, whose departure endangers Democrats’ hold on a competitive seat, told POLITICO Wednesday afternoon that no one has brought allegations of misconduct to him.

Asked about the sexual harassment allegations, Massa said: “When someone makes a decision to leave Congress, everybody says everything. I have health issues. I’ll talk about it [later].”

Massa recently suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and he has said that his experience with cancer drove his interest in running for office so he could help reform the health care system.

A 20-year Navy veteran, Massa was elected to office last November. He serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.

Massa is scheduled to hold a conference call at 3:30 this afternoon to announce his decision, which came as a complete surprise to several of his freshman Democratic colleagues in the New York delegation.

As a freshman representing New York’s most Republican House district, Massa was one of the most endangered Democrats in the delegation. Republicans had been aggressively targeting his seat and landed top recruit Tom Reed, the Republican mayor of Corning, to challenge him.

Massa is now the 15th House Democrat to announce retirement plans, with 11 of them leaving districts that Republicans are aggressively contesting. House Republicans face 19 retirements within GOP ranks, but most of their departing members hail from safe seats.

More on this story as we get it!

UPDATE (from Dan):  As per my Rangel post, something tells me that Mass won’t get the Foley treatment.  It’s that all-purpose (D) after his name.

UP-UPDATE (from Dan):  Just fixed the title.  He’s retiring at the end of his term, not resigning.  Now, didn’t Mark Foley resign when he got caught?  Guess there are different standards for different parties.  That all purpose (D) again.

UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan):  Well, looks like Bruce could see into the future.  :-)  Massa is going to resign.

Tonight on GayPatriot’s America BlogTalkRadio Show:
Andy Levy from Redeye & Jimmy LaSalvia from GOProud

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:39 pm - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: GayPatriot's America BTR show

Yep, I’ve scored two great guests.  First at the top of the 10:00PM hour, TV’s Andy Levy from the Fox News Channel’s top-rated “RedEye” program.  I’m expecting that the 30 minutes will be filled with two dry senses of humor battling each other!

Then at 10:30PM, I’ll be joined by Jimmy LaSalvia — Executive Director of GOProud.  We’ll talk about the CPAC fallout, plus current issues that the gay conservative group is working on.

Tune in LIVE or listen to the recorded show later.  But you just can’t miss these two great guests tonight!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

The Fake Bipartisanship of Changes to Obamacare

At least since last fall, when polls showed that the momentum in the health care debate among the American people, was against a radical overhaul of the kind Washington Democrats are proposing, the president (and his partisan allies) have been projecting their views onto their fellow citizens.  Today, the Associated Press reports:

Declaring the nation is “waiting for us to act” after a year of debate, President Barack Obama urged Congress Wednesday to enact his signature health care legislation swiftly. He said it now contains the best ideas from both political parties.

Um, actually, no, Mr. President, most polls show that Americans would rather you didn’t act on the type of proposals you’ve been pushing.  We’re are more concerned, much more, about jobs and deficits.

Still, he presses on, even pretending to be bipartisan:

In a bit of political sleight of hand, Obama said he might include four GOP-sponsored ideas in his plan, even though virtually no one in Congress or the White House thinks it will procure a single Republican vote.

Might include?  Might?  Yeah, that is a sleight of hand.  Even if he does include these ideas, they will be little more than window-dressing.  He’ll be pasting them on his proposal to make it look bipartisan, but won’t be eliminating any of the program’s regulatory aspects which limit our freedoms and most concern Republicans.

It would be one thing to include Republican ideas while sitting down at the table with Republicans as he crafts a bill, but quite another to pick and choose among them–without changing the overall program.  It’s like a chef, determined to bake a cake as the main course for a meal, responding to concerns that he prepare more healthy fare by topping his cake off with spinach–and maybe using yogurt in the frosting.

But, it’s still a cake–and not a healthy meal, despite a few nutritious ingredients included in the revised recipe.

As Rangel (Temporarily) Relinquishes Ways & Means Chair, Will Story Get As Much Scrutiny as it would if he were a Republican?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:05 pm - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: 111th Congress,Democratic Scandals,Media Bias

On September 28, 2005, Tom DeLay relinquished his post as Majority Leader (then a Republican post) of the U.S. House of Representatives, a full year before the 2005 elections.  Today, one of the most powerful Democrats announced that he is temporarily stepping aside as chairman of one of the House’s most powerful committees:

Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York announced on Wednesday that he would temporarily step down from his powerful post as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in an attempt to avert a politically bruising fight over permanently stripping the gavel from his hands.

Just as the mainstream media kept the DeLay story in the headlines–even after he resigned from Congress–I don’t think they will pay much attention to Rangel now that he’s no longer a committee chair (not that they did as stories about his questionable conduct accumulated).  But, note this from the Washington Post:

Rangel, 79, becomes the highest-ranking House member to resign a leadership position amid an ethical scandal in four years, since then-Reps. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) stepped down as, respectively, majority leader and administration committee chairman amid the Jack Abramoff lobbying investigation.

This is a pretty big deal–at least as big as those stories of GOP corruption which Nancy Pelosi exploited in 2006.  Well, now, as Michelle Malkin puts it, “The Culture of Corruption chickens are coming home to roost.”

Now, it’s been over four years since Ronnie Earle, a left-wing District Attorney filed charges against DeLay–and still has not brought the case to trial.  Sounds like all the sound and fury about the scandals surrounding DeLay signified nothing (as an aside, I’m no fan of DeLay, am glad he’s no longer GOP leader, but don’t think he’s a crook).  So, will we get as much sound and fury about Charlie Rangel’s scandals?  Or does that (D) after his name render him immune from such scrutiny?

Methinks not it does (in the eyes of the MSM).

NB:  Corrected this as my rhetorical flourish (originally) answered the first question in the penultimate paragraph and not the second as it now does.

Does this make Obama a liar or just a hypocrite?

If we hold the incumbent president to the standard, to which many of his supporters held his predecessor, well, then, he’s a liar–and a serial one at that.  I won’t go so far, but will note his opportunistic principles.

When I read this morning (Pacific Time), that the President “will suggest that if it is necessary, Democrats will use the controversial ‘reconciliation’ rules requiring only 51 Senate votes to pass the ‘fix’ to the Senate bill,” I recalled viewing his comments–and those of his then-Democratic colleagues on the Senate–opposing a simple majority for judicial confirmations.  Iowa’s far-left Senator Tom Harkin is leading the charge for reconciliation, announcing earlier today that reconciliation is a go.

As Mark Tapscott puts it at the Washington Examiner, Democrats “had a different view of reconciliation when it was a Republican majority using it to pass measures advocated by President George W. Bush.”  And not just on federal judges:

Here’s what then-Senator Obama had to say in 2005 about reforms in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program that he and other Democrats opposed:

“The TANF program affects millions of American children and families and deserves a full and fair debate. Under the rules, the reconciliation process does not permit that debate. Reconciliation is therefore the wrong place for policy changes and the wrong place for the proposed changes to the TANF program. In short, the reconciliation process appears to have lost its proper meaning. A vehicle designed for deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility has been hijacked to facilitate reckless deficits and unsustainable debt.”

Guess when it comes to ramming an unpopular program through, the rules change.  It’s all about control.

UPDATE:  Obama Flashback: Dems Should Not Pass Healthcare With 50-Plus-1 Strategy (Video)

Yogurt: The Miracle Food?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:24 pm - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: Health & medical,Random Thoughts

On Monday night, I had a late dinner, preparing it while talking with a friend on the phone.  I’m pretty sure I put too much Lawry’s Seasoning Salt into my turkey burger before I slapped it onto the George Foreman Grill.  The following day (yesterday), my tummy was feeling a little off (and so was I).

Well, toward the end of the day, during which I had had little appetite, I decided to eat a yogurt with some honey.  Not only did I gobble it down, but felt better with each tasty spoonful.  When I returned to my desk, I was better able to focus and get things done.  So, this morning, I’m logging on to check my e-mail and follow this link on Yahoo! to The 5 foods you should eat every day. Here’s #5:

Making yogurt part of your daily eating routine can improve your digestion — if you’re buying the right stuff. Check that the label lists “active cultures” to make sure you’re getting healthy probiotics, and pick a yogurt rich in vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis.

Wondering now if I had had that earlier if I would have felt more centered during the day.

UPDATE:  I’m not the first to call lit a miracle food:

Why Did I See this Coming?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:18 am - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV

(Well, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one).  “Leno counters [Letterman] with Palin as his first guest.”