I Like It!


Side One

  1. I Like It (Mitch Murray)
  2. A Shot of Rhythm and Blues (Thompson)
  3. Where Have You Been?
  4. Here’s Hoping (Stephens – Reed)
  5. Pretend (Douglas ParmanLavgre)
  6. The Wrong Yo Yo (Trad. Arr. Marsden)

Side Two

  1. Chills (Keller – Goffin)
  2. You Can’t Fool Me (Mitch Murray)
  3. It’s Happened to Me
  4. It’s All Right
  5. Slow Down (Williams)
  6. Jambalaya (Williams) Gerry














91 Responses to “I Like It!”

  1. blessedistruth Says:

    Fear not! There are still intelligent life forms left in the universe!

    Rand-O-Rama: The Long Shelf Life of Ayn Rand’s Legacy

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    Veronique de Rugy – She’s one to watch!

    Wonderful Tribute to Veterans


    Last night, I was trying to explain to my daughters why Veterans Day was so important. I explained that I was raised in Normandy and that so many American soldiers sacrificed their lives to come and save the French. Those soldiers saved their grandfathers and so many other kids’ grandfathers. And not once, but twice (remember November 11, 1918). It was obvious they couldn’t ready understand what wars and sacrifices are. They are five and six.

    But this morning, I showed them this Reason TV’s video, “Everyday is a Bonus: Veterans’ Day November 2009,” and they got what being grateful to veterans means. I was very moved.

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    But Sen. Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he will proceed with his committee’s investigation into the shooting, saying Obama did not indicate on Saturday that it should push back Thursday’s scheduled testimony.

    “We saw nothing in the president’s transcript from Saturday that asked Congress to hold back,” an aide speaking on condition of anonymity told Fox News.

    “We very much agree with President Obama’s sentiments that the full story behind the murderous act at Fort Hood must be told,” Lieberman along with Maine Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking Republican on the committee, said in a joint statement over the weekend.

    “Our goal, and the purpose of this inquiry, is to make as certain as possible that no such attack ever occurs again on an American military base.

    We will focus on national and homeland security and will not compromise the criminal case being conducted by law enforcement.”

  6. blessedistruth Says:

    The Unbearable Jewishness of Being Joe Lieberman

    Just what do these two stories have in common?



    Google it!

    Lieberman hood zionist

    Lieberman hood jew

    It doesn’t take much for these anti-Semites to rear their ugly heads.

  7. blessedistruth Says:

    Joe Lieberman is one of my favorite people on the planet. But I’ve got a thing for Lori, too!

  8. blessedistruth Says:

    I posted this earlier:

    Don McLean, Lori Lieberman and Roberta Flack – “Killing Me Softly” (The Lyrics That Inspired the Lyrics)


  9. blessedistruth Says:

    Peek-a-boo!!! 😀

    I see you!

  10. blessedistruth Says:

    Updated Link after additions:

    Starting With Page 2 #158


  11. blessedistruth Says:

    Top Searches

    alienevent andrew basiago, november 11, 2009 obama eligibility


    I’m always fascinated by how people stumble upon this place.

    So, I guess that would make me …

    A veteran-loving, alien abductee who believes Obama is hiding something and should have to pay through the nose American.


  12. blessedistruth Says:

    Talk Radio Links:



  13. blessedistruth Says:

    How Do You Do It?!


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    From DancerReachingOut

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    I’ll have what she’s having!

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    A dramatic thriller about Diana, a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life–and perhaps her sanity–on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting. In flashbacks, Diana is a vibrant high schooler who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies–cutting class,fantasizing about boys–and vow to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity. The older Diana, however, is haunted by the increasingly strained relationship she had with Maureen as day of the school shooting approached. These memories disrupt the idyllic life she’s now leading with her professor husband Paul and their young daughter Emma. As older Diana’s life begins to unravel and younger Diana gets closer and closer to the fatal day, a deeper mystery slowly unravels.

    Haven’t viewed so can’t recommend. Looked like might be worth a look.

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    Senator Lieberman on Palestinian State Declaration

    Senior Palestinian officials affirmed their desire to move forward on the path to recognition of Palestinian State declaration despite threats from Israel to counter such an approach in recent days.


    Members of the US Congress visiting the region have also been somewhat confusing in their response.

    Senator Joseph Lieberman praised the initiative of state building being enacted by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as “unilateral in a healthy sense of self-development.”

    Speaking from the Saban Forum in Jerusalem on Monday, however, the American Senator said “an essentially unilateral” declaration of statehood was the one thing that would not move the stalled peace process forward.”

    Other Senators went on to say that the US would veto the declaration if the Palestinians took it to the Security Council.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be seeking international support over the next few weeks as he travels abroad to the Middle East and South America.


    “an essentially unilateral” declaration of statehood — isn’t that what Israel did in 1948?

    If the Palestinians are seriously contemplating this, I want to see their plan. I want to see their map!

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    Reflecting its frustration with the stalled peace process, the Ramallah-based Western-backed Palestinian leadership has decided to seek U.N. Security Council support for establishing a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

    (Yes, but where exactly would the lines of demarcation be drawn?)

    (A demarcation line means simply a boundary around a specific area, but is commonly used to denote a temporary geopolitical border, often agreed upon as part of an armistice or ceasefire.)

    The Hamas Islamists who control Gaza say the plan is a waste of time.

    Aiming to stake formally the Palestinian claim to those lands, the initiative is seen failing without the support of the United States, which wields veto power at the Security Council.

    The State Department declined direct comment on Tuesday, but made clear it wanted negotiations to resume.

    Palestinian expectations of the United States are already at a low following President Barack Obama’s softening of demands for Israel to curb settlements in the West Bank, which the Palestinians say is destroying their hopes for a viable state.

    A related appeal to the European Union met with sounds of sympathy from foreign ministers meeting on Tuesday. But the EU said it was not yet time to give up on negotiations with Israel and called recognition of a Palestinian state “premature”.

  24. blessedistruth Says:

    Interview: How Salam Fayyad plans to save the Palestinian dream

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad brought the PA back from the brink once. Now he wants to create Palestinian settlements, in effect, to counter Israeli moves.


    Palestinian elections are scheduled to be held in less than three months, but the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Salam Fayyad, isn’t concerned about running for office.

    Rather, he’s set his sights on a longer-term platform: establishing a Palestinian state by 2011 – a goal he outlined recently in a clear, well-organized booklet titled “Palestine: Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State.”

    “All I’m campaigning for is the two-year statehood program,” said Dr. Fayyad in an interview Sunday. “The idea is unabashedly that two years down the road, we will have something that will look like a Palestinian state.”

    His office, sleek and ultramodern, seems to capture something of the man who is trying to save the Palestinian dream from collapse.

    And unlike workspace of most Palestinian politicians, the dominant photo is not a portrait of PA President Mahmoud Abbas or legendary Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat – but rather, a grand, old olive tree.

    It seems fitting that this, the Palestinian symbol of connection to the land, is what Fayyad sees when he looks up from his desk.

    His two-year plan that many would deem unreachable seems to be a riff on the famous quote from the 1989 baseball movie “Field of Dreams”: “If you build it, they will come.”

    “If we don’t build it, who will?” asks Fayyad, enthusiastically.

    “We want to build an infrastructure that will aid in ending the occupation.

    I view this as a mission, not an occupation,” he says.

    “You know, the other kind of occupation,” he smiles, showing off his fluid command of English, honed as a PhD student in economics at the University of Texas.

  25. blessedistruth Says:

    “Palestine: Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State.”


    (Link for document?)

  26. blessedistruth Says:

    I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what transpires.

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    A good site to monitor for a Palestinian point of view (Hanan Ashrawi)



    This brings us to the plan of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad that focuses on building the institutions of the PA in preparation for the establishment of the future Palestinian state.

    US officials are exerting efforts to push Israel to support this process, especially to make freedom of movement easier.

    But Palestinian Ambassador in Washington Ma’in Urayqat stressed that “small steps will not lead to relaxation.

    This is an attempt to avoid dealing with the principal pending issues.

    The peace efforts should be founded on the bases of the international points of reference.

    Dr Salam Fayyad’s proposals are not an alternative to the required political solution.”

    At present, the US Administration is committed to the Palestinian-Israeli track despite the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu referred in Washington to a likely push of the Syrian track as a way to lift the pressure on his government to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

    Another US official said: “Regarding Syria and Israel, the United States supports a peace agreement between these two sides.

    However, it is unlikely that we would return to the Syrian track when the Palestinian track is faltering, as is often the case.”

    Palestinian expert Hussein Ibish, from The American Task Force on Palestine, says:

    “Everyone in Washington is confused about the next concrete steps to take.

    The Americans have given up on the idea of a US peace plan while the current consultations with Mitchell seem weak.

    At present, however, it seems that seeking to draw up plans to build the institutions of the future Palestinian state is the best track until a relaxation takes place.”

    US sources familiar with the nature of US-Israeli relations point to the diminishment of the level of these relations and the big difference in the relations that existed under the administration of former US President George W. Bush.

    This makes it hard to put pressure on Israel regarding the improvement of living conditions in the West Bank.

    The way Obama met with Netanyahu in Washington last week without media photographers is a sign of the tense relations and indicates Obama’s efforts to distance Washington from Israel’s policies.

    Moreover, Obama’s cancellation of his first address to the influential Jewish community in the United States at the conference of Jewish Federations has raised the acuteness of Israel’s criticism of Obama although the White House asserted that the reason for the cancellation was Obama’s wish to attend the funeral of the victims of the attack in Fort Hood military base.

    Miller pointed out:

    “One should review the ability of the United States at present to influence the situation there.

    This is especially true since the situation is close to a storm because the leaders seem to be the prisoners of the public opinion of their peoples instead of being the masters of the political decisions.”

    This was a reference to Netanyahu and his weak political coalition and the domestic situation of Abu-Mazin [Mahmud Abbas].

    Miller adds:

    “No superpower wants to find itself in such a situation where its efforts to obtain concessions are faltering despite its determination and the many statements it makes.”

  28. blessedistruth Says:

    Evan Bayh: No difference between voting for a filibuster and voting against a bill


    “For the final vote,” says Evan Bayh, “I see no distinction between substance and procedure.” That is to say, if he decides to vote against the bill, he’ll also vote against breaking a filibuster.

    On some level, that makes sense.

    If you don’t think a bill should become law, then it is arguably your responsibility to do everything in your power to keep it from becoming law.

    But if that’s really how the Senate is going to work from here on out, we should actually change the Senate rules to require 60 votes for the passage of any bill.

    Let’s end the confusion of the filibuster and the attempts to use budget reconciliation and the illegitimacy of procedural holds and the primacy of cloture votes and all the rest of it.

    If the Senate is to be a 60-vote body, let’s have that debate, spin out the implications, and decide to change the rules of the place to make it a 60-vote body.

    But let’s end the embarrassment of the United States Senate functioning off the implications of a procedural loophole rather than the majority vote that its designers intended.

    (Ezra, don’t be absurd. Obama Reid Pelosi could easily get to 60 votes if they had put forth a good piece of legislation. These centrist Dems want to vote for HCR, reform they believe in. And their constituencies won’t be fooled. A vote to end debate will send bill to conference and when it comes back to Senate will only need 50 votes, not 60. Senator Graham called out Speaker Pelosi on this. He challenged her to promise not to add a public “option” in conference if Senate bill does not include public “option.”)

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    2Presidential Approval Index
    3Strongly Approve
    4Strongly Disapprove
    5Total Approve
    6Total Disapprove

    1 11/17/2009
    2 -12
    3 27%
    4 39%
    5 49%
    6 51%

  31. blessedistruth Says:

    I keep seeing polls being cited which claim most Americans favor public “option.” How can that be when most Americans oppose HCR in general, or at least what has been put forth so far?

    From Rasmussen

    Support for Congressional Health Care Proposal Up to 47%, 49% Opposed

    Nov 13-14


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    Updated Link after additions

    Starting on Page 2 # 188


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    Jumping Cholla


    The cholla (pronounced choy-a) is perhaps the most feared and hated cacti in the southwest desert. If you brush up against one, you will know why.

    The plant has pads that separate easily from the main stem. The spines easily attach to your clothing, your skin, your shoes. Since the plant is covered with spines, it’s difficult to grab and dislodge the pad that has found a new home with you.

    Why are they so difficult to remove? Unlike other varieties of cacti with solid spines, cholla’s actually have hollow spines. Because they are hollow they can easily attach to whatever they touch with their needle like sharpness. If there is moisture, such as with skin, the tips actually curve once they have made contact, locking their spines in place just underneath the skins top layer. OUCH!

    There are several types of Jumping Cholla cacti in the desert southwest, but all of them were called the “jumping” cacti in past days because they seemed to jump when a boot or shoe would walk on or near them.


    My niece Katherine wanted to know about these. She remembered a story I had told her. The first time we moved to the Valley of the Sun was in 1994. The valley is a photographer’s paradise.

    I used to spend hours in the darkroom at Arizona State University. I’ve never quite adjusted to digital photography.

    Anyway, I was wearing a pair of those river-rafting sandals, which everyone wears today. And much to my chagrin discovered I shouldn’t have ventured out into that beautiful field of cholla.

    What a newbie!

    I think I was in shock! Needles permeated my skin, my sandals.

    I took pictures, then threw my sandals into the field.

    I said, “Here, they’re yours! I’m never going to be able to remove all of these needles!”

    Then I had to explain to my husband why I arrived home shoeless.

    But I had the pictures to prove it. And a beautiful picture of that field of cholla.

    Carry Pliers – You Ain’t Lying

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    Not such an oldie. And still a goodie.


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    70 – 79 starting on page 2 # 188


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    Obama Approval 47 — 52


    2Presidential Approval Index
    3Strongly Approve
    4Strongly Disapprove
    5Total Approve
    6Total Disapprove

    1 11/18/2009
    2 -14
    3 26%
    4 40%
    5 47%
    6 52%

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    Collins slams White House on Ft. Hood briefing


    Collins, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said she’s calling on the administration to work with the committee to cooperate with its investigation of the Nov. 5 shooting deaths at Ft. Hood. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan has been charged with the crime, which Collins called “certainly” an example of home-grown terrorism.

    White House spokesman Tommy Vietor called the meeting “further evidence of the administration’s commitment to appropriately inform Congress without interfering in the prosecution of this case.”

    Until now, the administration has declined to produce Army and FBI witnesses requested by the committee, Collins told reporters.

    “I am certain we can work out procedures that will protect the integrity of the criminal investigation,” Collins said, offering to agree to wait to interview witnesses with direct knowledge of the incident until the FBI or the Department of Defense’s criminal investigators do so.

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee is moving forward with a hearing Wednesday — but it will rely on outside experts such as retired Gen. John Keane, the former vice chief of staff of the Army and Mitchell Silber, the New York Police Department’s director of analysis in the intelligence division.

    Those witnesses will share an “overview of procedures” and apply their knowledge of terrorism to the situation at Ft. Hood.

    “They won’t have firsthand knowledge of the Ft. Hood situation,” Collins said.

  39. blessedistruth Says:

    Health Care Wednesday: Biden Meeting With Reid Before CBO Score Released


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    Just got more info that capandtrade is dead until at least 2011

    RT @rollcall: Blue Dog caucus wary of another expensive stimulus bill, even as House leaders press forward. http://bit.ly/1DSrMb

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    Where’s That Inflation?

    The monetary base has ballooned, yet inflation remains far off. Or does it?

    Veronique de Rugy


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    Everyday Brings a New Bad Idea [Veronique de Rugy]


    The silver lining:

    Americans understand that this administration and Congress have no clue what they are talking about.

    According to a CBS News Poll,

    “While the White House insists about a million jobs have been created by the stimulus package, Americans simply don’t believe it. A mere 7% say the stimulus has already created jobs, 46% say jobs will be created eventually, 42% say it will never create jobs.”

  43. blessedistruth Says:

    President Zero Sum Goes to Asia

    Obama declinism on King Dollar and U.S. economic leadership.

    By Larry Kudlow


    So Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and others are forced to desperately buy sinking dollars in order to protect their export industries. But this only creates inflationary money expansion. The beleaguered U.S. dollar is in effect exporting U.S. inflation overseas.

    President Obama did talk about entering free-trade discussions. But his Commerce secretary, Gary Locke, threw cold water on the idea in a Singapore speech. He said trade agreements have to wait because of a crowded U.S. legislative agenda. (Hat tip: James Pethokoukis.) He may have a point: The South Korean free-trade bill has been languishing for several years in the Democratic Congress.

    Then there’s the massive U.S. health-care takeover plan, which is now estimated at $3 trillion. This additional dollar depressant will tax the patience of China, Japan, and other would-be buyers of our massive debt creation.

    We cannot spend, tax, or devalue our way into prosperity. Nor can we command the respect of other nations by telling them our economy cannot grow as rapidly in the future as it has in the past.

    Ironically, these same Asian countries — with their accelerated growth rates — have borrowed a page from American free-market capitalism. Yet Obama makes no defense of our free-market system, and provides no leadership on the leading economic questions.

    In terms of global leadership, Ronald Reagan would say, “If not us, who? If not now, when?” It’s a pity that President Obama doesn’t share the Gipper’s commitment to American leadership.

  44. blessedistruth Says:

    I just love Larry Kudlow! I can’t get enough of him!

  45. blessedistruth Says:

    Kellyanne Conway is a nationally-regarded expert and speaker on trends, politics, and culture.


  46. blessedistruth Says:

    Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol on Obama’s KSM decision, health care prospects in the Senate, and their conversation with Sarah Palin today



    HH: Let me ask you about the idea that President Obama is now suffering from what was alleged to be the problem in the Bush second administration, which is insularity, that no one could get through, that the president was surrounded first by Rove, and then by the second team that were not letting him understand how badly adrift he was, Katrina, etc.

    That’s a second term disease.

    It’s supposed to affect people in their second term.

    It seems, Bill Kristol, like this president does not have any connection to public opinion.

    BK: Well, who does he spend all his time with?

    I mean, his buddies from Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel and Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, someone like Eric Holder, you know, another Ivy League lawyer.

    I mean, it’s law professors and Chicago pols in the inner circles of the administration.

    And you see this on the Afghanistan thing, which I know you’ve been as upset about as I have.

    I mean, all the serious people understand that you send McChrystal over, General McChrystal over, you send 20,000 troops.

    You’re committed.

    And you ask General McChrystal to do an evaluation, and he says we need 40,000 more, it’s not a close call.

    Of course you do due diligence, and you take a look at his recommendation, and you call some other people in to look at it.

    But you don’t spend four months second guessing him, and having Rahm Emmanuel go out and leak things about how they don’t really agree with McChrystal.

    I mean, it’s really unbelievable to me that they are proceeding in this way.

    And the entire White House staff, I think, is…so you have the actual professionals, the military professionals, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, saying we have to do this.

    And a huge fight against them by all the pols in the White House.

    And I assume President Obama will eventually side with the military and his cabinet secretaries, but we’ve paid a big price there, too, in delay and in signs of irresolution.

    I really, you know, it’s not fun, frankly, criticizing the president for the last two weeks, because I really do shudder for the future of the country in certain ways at the consequences of these decisions.

    HH: We’ve got a minute, Bill Kristol.

    I’m always hesitant to make political predictions, but we live in a new era that we’ve never been to before, the new media era, the era of massive and sudden shifts in public opinion.

    I think we underestimate what can happen at the polls when the American people look at a president who is so profoundly out of step with the sort of moderate mainstream policies that George Bush, by the way, was not out of step with.

    What do you think?

    BK: Oh, I think it could be a big election a year from now, and I think one immediate consequence of the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed decision and the political correctness surrounding Nidal Hasan,

    I think the health care bill, which is another sign of being out of touch, and trying to impose a massive ideological agenda on the American public, I think it will fail in the Senate in the next month.

    (I wouldn’t be too sure about that. Reid probably has 60 votes to get on the bill. So the question is will he have 60 votes to get off. And that depends on what kind of assurances he and Pelosi give in terms of what will come out of conference.)

  47. blessedistruth Says:

    My son Pat recently learned he runs the largest Ableton Live program in the world owing to how many students he’s teaching.

  48. blessedistruth Says:

    Pat was in Austin, Texas over this past weekend.

    DubSpot’s Ableton Live 8 Tour hits Austin


    Pat’s students will also be among the first to learn Beaterator.


    Beaterator, a joint venture between Rockstar and producer Timbaland, is a brave effort to bring portable music production to the masses.

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    On Sunday night, he went to see Rachael Yamagata and Swell Season.

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    This is Pat’s myspace.


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    Will the Health Care Bill Pass?

    Sen. Judd Gregg on the health care bills Senate hurdles


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    60 vote point of order after conference


    VAN SUSTEREN: Which means where they meet with the House.

    GREGG: Where they meet with the House. Then they can load it up with, basically, whatever they want.

    And you’ll see it move very hard to the left. It’ll follow the Pelosi model very strong.

    I would suspect public plan, which leads to single-payer system.

    Very expansive, very expensive, a lot of activity in it that empowers the trial lawyers, for example, as the House bill did.

    And then it comes back from the conference.

    And unlike when it first comes across the floor, when it comes back from the conference, it only requires one — there’s only one 60-vote point of order, and final passage is a 51-vote event (ph).

    VAN SUSTEREN: Well, how do you know that it won’t get hit — it could hit a 60-vote hurdle at that point?

    GREGG: Well, I would hope that it would.

    If it ever got to — I hope it doesn’t get to conference, but if it gets to conference and comes back from conference, I would hope that it would be stopped at that 60-vote point of order.

    But as a very practical matter, at that point, you got a huge amount invested by the president and by leaders of the Congress on the Democratic side of the aisle.

    So there’s a — there’s a real risk if they were to lose that vote for them.

    (Meaning a real risk for centrist Dems. Wouldn’t it be even riskier to vote for something they have repeatedly stated they will NOT vote for, such as a public option?)

    (So Reid will have to get to 60 after conference. I would think that would be a real motivator for Reid and Pelosi NOT to veer left. So maybe we will end up with Snowe’s trigger after all.)

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    Corralling Votes


    To win passage, Reid has to keep all 60 votes controlled by Democrats together.

    Besides Nelson, Landrieu and Lincoln, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman has been critical of the public option.

    Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, said he would support the vote to start debate and work with lawmakers to strip out the government program.

    Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, the only Republican to vote for a health-care plan in the committee phase, said she can’t support a public option.

    She’s pushing for a trigger to put a government plan in effect only if there is evidence that policies offered by private insurers are unaffordable.

    Senator Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, said it’s doubtful any Republican will vote for Reid’s plan.

    He also said Reid should allow enough time for debate.

    “We’re talking about one-sixth of the economy,” Hatch said. “This should be a very deliberative process. And it should take more than a month and a half.”


    I heard Lieberman on Fox this morning repeat that he’ll vote for cloture to begin debate. So expect bill to move to Senate floor. But he reiterated he would vote against cloture to end debate unless public “option” stripped out.

    Eventually, Senate and House bills will be “reconciled” in conference. My guess is a deal will already have been struck behind the scenes as to what will come out of conference. Snowe’s trigger?

    Reid will need to get to 60 votes one more time after conference. Then will need only 50 votes for final passage.

    My prediction: Pundits on the right had better start preparing the American people for what’s just over the horizon.

  57. blessedistruth Says:

    Much to see at James Pethokoukis blog:


    Follow jim on twitter:


    To paraphrase Tolstoy, all bad healthcare bill are alike:. Heavy new taxes, wrong kinds of spending cuts or phantom cuts, big regulation

    (I agree with all of that, but I still believe we must prepare for the inevitable.)

  58. blessedistruth Says:

    ‘Fix What Went Wrong’

    Sen. Joe Lieberman defends decision to hold Senate hearing into Fort Hood attack


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    The Unjust, Unnecessary “Government-Sponsored Public Option Insurance Company”

    Please watch to end of video above to view Senator Lieberman explain why he’ll vote for cloture to begin debate, but why he won’t allow bill to proceed to conference unless public “option” stripped out.

    Lieberman says, “We don’t need it to do the other things.”

    And, “Stop piling on!”

  60. blessedistruth Says:

    Just what IS Robert Reich smoking?


    Even the House’s shrunken and costly little public option is too much private insurers, Big Pharma, Republicans, and “centrists” in the Senate.

    So Harry Reid has proposed an even tinier public option, which states can decide not to offer their citizens.

    According to the CBO, it would attract no more than 4 million Americans.

    It’s a token public option, an ersatz public option, a fleeting gesture toward the idea of a public option, so small and desiccated as to be barely worth mentioning except for the fact that it still (gasp) contains the word “public.”

    And yet Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson mumble darkly that they may not even vote to allow debate on the floor of the Senate about the bill if it contains this paltry public option.

    And Republicans predict a “holy war.”

    But what more can possibly be compromised? Take away the word “public?”


    Yes, Mr. Reich. You win the big prize!

    Take away the word “public.”

    A few of us remember what it means to be an American.

    And Americans don’t trust an ever burgeoning federal government.

    If you can get the job done in the private sector, and you can, then why on earth do you need for the government to steal yet another private enterprise?

    Our federal government has not provided proper oversight of private insurers, but that is no reason for an inefficient public sector to bully its way in.

  61. blessedistruth Says:

    Obama’s approval numbers getting worse 46 — 52


    1 Date
    2 Presidential Approval Index
    3 Strongly Approve
    4 Strongly Disapprove
    5 Total Approve
    6 Total Disapprove

    1 11/19/2009
    2 -14
    3 27%
    4 41%
    5 46%
    6 52%

  62. blessedistruth Says:

    Just wanted to remind you what these numbers were at inauguration. Most Americans were willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt.

    1 01/21/2009
    2 +28
    3 44%
    4 16%
    5 65%
    6 30%

  63. blessedistruth Says:

    What is striking to me is the Strongly Approve category which has plummeted from 44 to 27.

    And yet Obama Reid Pelosi cater to that 27% of Americans who will vote Dem no matter what.

    That seems unwise.

  64. blessedistruth Says:

    Updated Link after additions:

    Page 2 # 198

    continues Page 3 # 201


  65. blessedistruth Says:


  66. blessedistruth Says:

  67. blessedistruth Says:

    EXCLUSIVE: McCain: ‘Grateful’ that Palin was VP choice (With Audio)


  68. blessedistruth Says:

    Good Iran Updates here:


  69. blessedistruth Says:

    Dutch blog I’ve been following for Iran updates


  70. blessedistruth Says:



    A laptop computer belonging to an Iranian nuclear scientist and carrying confidential data about Iran’s atomic facilities was stolen in Tehran.

    “Foreign intelligence services” stole the computer, the Iranian Jahan News Web site said without giving further details.

  71. blessedistruth Says:

    A special report on the phenomena of child suicide bombing in Pakistan, with an exclusive interview with a potential child suicide bomber in the custody of security agencies. DawnNews’ Arshad Sharif interviews officials on the ground in Swat and South Waziristan.

  72. blessedistruth Says:

    Parts Two and Three:


  73. blessedistruth Says:

    MP calls for Scot who hacked Pentagon to be given job

    During debate on the Queen’s Speech, Mr Vaz said: “The Home Secretary is still considering Gary McKinnon’s case. I hope very much that he will … allow Gary McKinnon to stay. Anyone who can hack into the computer system of the Pentagon should not actually be sent to trial – I believe he should be offered a job because if he was able to do that, he clearly has intelligence far beyond what anyone could imagine.”

    The Home Secretary is considering whether he can stop the extradition on the grounds that it would breach human rights law because of McKinnon’s fragile mental state.

    – Keith Vaz

  74. blessedistruth Says:

    Oldie But Goodie


  75. blessedistruth Says:

    The significance of the Vatican’s recent five-day conference on

  76. blessedistruth Says:

    More Like This:


  77. blessedistruth Says:

    The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope on Mount Graham in Arizona


  78. blessedistruth Says:

    Parts 1 – 2:  June Crain and Wright Field, 1942 – 1952. 

    “I took it (metal from ‘spaceship’) and bent it and I twisted it
    and laid it back down and it went Pfffffft! Got right back to the same shape.” 

    – June Crain, Secretary, Air Materiel Command, Wright Field, Ohio, 1942-1952



  79. blessedistruth Says:


    Through The Keyhole guest is Jim Clarkson, who presented at the Crash Retrieval conference last weekend on June Crain. She worked at Wright-Patterson AFB at the time of the Roswell crash



  80. blessedistruth Says:

    Steven Greer in Tempe, Arizona this weekend.



    Steven Greer (Sat) =     $70

    Steven GREER’s Sunday 5:30PM Special Workshop:  $60

  81. blessedistruth Says:

    My husband forwarded this:

    God is Busy

    If you don’t know GOD, don’t make stupid remarks!!!!!!
    A United States Marine was attending some college
    Courses between assignments. He had completed missions
    In Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor
    Who was an avowed atheist, and a member of the ACLU.

    One day the professor shocked the class when he came in.
    He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, GOD if you are real
    Then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you exactly
    15 min.’ The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop.
    Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, ‘Here I am
    GOD, I’m still waiting.’

    It got down to the last couple of minutes when the Marine got
    Out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him;
    Knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold.
    The Marine went back to his seat and sat there, silently.

    The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there
    Looking on in silence. The professor eventually came to,
    Noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked, ‘What
    In the world is the matter with you? ‘Why did you do that?’
    The Marine calmly replied, ‘GOD was too busy today protecting
    America’s soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid
    stuff and act like an idiot. So He sent me.’

    The classroom erupted in cheers!

  82. blessedistruth Says:

    Phil Berg on with MommaE


  83. blessedistruth Says:

    Revamp of Phil Berg’s blog


  84. blessedistruth Says:

    Arizona Jon Kyl on Obamacare 7.0 and Eric Holder’s dismal performance defending the KSM trial decision



    HH: Senator Kyl, the Medicare tax of 2.5% on incomes above $250K, to me, it’s the alternative minimum tax being born again in front of our eyes.

    When inflation hits, it’s going to already heavily impact hiring and consumption and other sorts of things.

    But it will gradually sweep in everyone.

    Do they not understand basic economics across the aisle?

    JK: Yeah…no, well first of all, they well understand that they don’t want to index this, for their purposes, so that it can over time hit more and more people, and they can raise more and more revenue.

    In other words, whereas the AMT, the alternative minimum tax was a mistake, they only intended to hit millionaires, but now it hits over 25 million American people.

    This was deliberately set up this way, but it’s a little bit like the frog in the water. You only turn the temperature up a degree at a time.

    Eventually, he boils, but it’s a long time before he figures out he’s a goner. And by then, it’s too late.

    So this will only begin to hit people well after the next election, people that the president promised he wouldn’t be increasing taxes on.

    So they’re not going to figure it out until he is, at least in his view, won a second term.

    HH: Last question, Jon Kyl, thanks for spending all this time.

    Do you think the public option survives the vote in the Senate with your Democratic colleagues?

    JK :I think it will be modified to some extent.

    If it’s in the form it is right now, this bill will not pass.

    (The form it is in right now is Schumer’s state opt-out. So that leaves Snowe’s trigger, Conrad’s coops, or Carper’s state opt-in with trigger.)

    (And that is how Reid will get to 60 on final passage.)

    (BTW, we wouldn’t have this movement to reverse the vote or repeal the act if Repubs weren’t pretty sure Obama will sign something.)

  85. blessedistruth Says:

    Dobbs says “one could argue reasonably” Obama admin. is “socialist,” agrees with Kudlow that tax cuts are effective stimulus


    (Uh, what else does one call the public sector taking over private enterprise and tax cuts ARE effective stimulus.)

  86. blessedistruth Says:

    Lou Dobbs, former CNN anchor shares his views on illegal immigration and how government should step in.


  87. blessedistruth Says:

    From Rasmussen

    47% Trust Private Sector More Than Government To Keep Health Care Costs Down, Quality Up

    While the Senate is now preparing to debate Democratic Leader Harry Reid’s 2000-plus-page version of the health care reform plan, 47% of Americans still believe the private sector rather than the federal government has the best chance of keeping health care costs down and the quality of medical care up.

    But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 33% of adults think the federal government would do a better job of reducing costs and maintaining quality of care. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.

    (47 — 33 — 20)

    Doesn’t this fly in the face of those who are trying to convince us that a majority of Americans favor a public option?

    I knew that had to be bullshit!

  88. blessedistruth Says:

    New Thread:


  89. song Says:

    Hi Rosa, trying to get down to the bottom here of all these comments and say hello. Have been busy over the past few days, writing, but? I haven’t forgotten you. I will try to come back later this evening and read some of these more thoroughly. (and listen to some music)

    Thank you!


    I like Joe Lieberman too..


  90. Kennan Logan Says:

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