Dmitri Shostakovich

* Nacido el 25 de octubre de 1906 en San Petersburgo
* Fallecido el 9 de agosto de 1975 en Moscú

The Symphony No. 10 in E minor (Op. 93) by Dmitri Shostakovich was premiered by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky on 17 December 1953, following the death of Stalin in March that year. It is not clear when it was written: according to the composer’s letters composition was between July and October 1953, but Tatiana Nikolayeva stated that it was completed in 1951. Sketches for some of the material date from 1946.

After the emotional sprawl of the first movement, the mere five minutes of the second come as

almost a relief – but, if anything, we are in even darker territory, In his controversial

autobiography Testimony, Shostakovich explicitly states that the movement is

a musical portrait of Stalin, roughly speaking”.

1. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Moderato
2. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Allegro
3. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Allegretto
4. Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Andante – Allegro

 

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69 Responses to “Dmitri Shostakovich”

  1. blessedistruth Says:

    Will US drones start attacking Mullah Omar in Pakistan?

    The Pakistani press is rife with reports that the US will expand its drone attacks into Balochistan Province where the Taliban leader is thought to be hiding.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1206/p99s01-duts.html

    … just last week, US Gen. David Petraeus, commander of US forces in the Middle East and South Asia, reiterated to National Public Radio that Omar is believed to be hiding around Quetta.

    The attacks would suggest that a frustrated Washington is taking matters in its own hands.

  2. blessedistruth Says:

    US official confirms discussions on drone attacks in Balochistan

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009126story_6-12-2009_pg1_2

    There have been “discussions in Congress, and a lot of different places, to expand the area” of drone attacks, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Terrorism chairman said on Saturday.

    Adam Smith said he would not provide details, but a US government official said discussions were underway to expand those attacks into Balochistan.

    Other officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the drone programme is classified and decisions on the programme are not yet final.

    The officials said the stepped-up moves against the Taliban networks could extend the air strikes further south, beyond the current target areas in Waziristan and into Balochistan.

    US special operations forces are also developing plans to expand their training of Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps operating in Balochistan.

  3. blessedistruth Says:

    US looks to expand drone attacks in Pakistan

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jVPbub8VOAC4aCFDofQWcUJods0AD9CCLGC80

    Rep. Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on terrorism, acknowledged that there have been “discussions, in Congress and a lot of different places, to expand the area” where the drone attacks are being conducted.

    “We have limited operations now, and there are threats from other places in the region,” Smith said.

    He would not provide details, but a U.S. government official said Friday that discussions are under way to expand those attacks into Baluchistan. That official and others spoke on condition of anonymity because the drone program is classified, and decisions on the training program are not yet final.

    The CIA had already accelerated the pace of its drone attacks in Pakistan’s federally administered tribal areas this year, but U.S. officials are also concerned about Baluchistan because of its central role in stoking the Afghan insurgency.

  4. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2401222/posts?page=47#47

    To: RaceBannon

    And I just saw you saluting the flag during The National Anthem in this clip at the 2:15 mark.

    (see video below)

    47 posted on Sunday, December 06, 2009 8:42:29 AM by American Number 181269513

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2401222/posts?page=48#48

    To: American Number 181269513

    I cant believe i made ALJAZEERA!!!

    LOL!

    Every democrat’s dream, but certainly not mine! 🙂

    48 posted on Sunday, December 06, 2009 8:54:17 AM by RaceBannon

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  6. blessedistruth Says:

    Updated Link after deletions and additions:

    http://www.4shared.com/play/10329682/efdae9dd/sharing.html

  7. blessedistruth Says:

    Top Searches

    antonio urzi documentary, andrew basiago transcript

    hmmm.

  8. blessedistruth Says:

    From Dr. Burisch (Crain)

    Dr. Dan

    Yesterday at 4:22am

    Let me make something clear here:

    Some are now claiming something about an “alternate treaty” and the Copenhagen conference, and about abductions starting again?

    No.

    I have not consulted anyone before posting this, and I won’t stand by and allow YOU, the public, to be filled with lies!

    I can put the other’s profit-based vicious rumor to rest: there is no alternate treaty system now in place or on the tables, ref abductions, and I have sufficient contact to say that in a courtroom under oath. Period.

    They are now using the cardinal procedure of disinformation: mixing truth with lies; and I don’t believe for one minute they have any present, direct, real, deep inside contact, ANYWHERE. Unfortunately, it appears they are serving as a gossip and agenda development service, for profit, to those from the disenfranchised former Aviary, and they from the Illumes.

    The absolute truth:

    1. What we testified to in Zurich, about the use of Global Warming to starve people, by the Illuminati.

    2. The use of fear tactics to keep people away from quality professional medical care during a time of global health crisis.

    The absolute lie they are mixing with it: treaty authorized abductions restarting.

    Love,
    Dan

    (God, I hope Dan is right.)

  9. blessedistruth Says:

    This is what Dan is referring to:

    http://trueslant.com/jeffmcmahon/2009/12/03/copenhagen-conspiracy-alien-invasion-new-world-order-global-slavery-human-population-cull/

  10. blessedistruth Says:

    Winchester Councillor Adrian Hicks Alien UFO 2009 majestic

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  13. blessedistruth Says:

    Tutu-wearing alien spotted in Winchester

    Winchester councillor Adrian Hicks is on the search for an alien dressed like a ballerina that he spotted five years ago.

    http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/747688-tutu-wearing-alien-spotted-in-winchester

  14. blessedistruth Says:

    Cllr Adrian Hicks demands answers over extra-terrestrials

    http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/4722857.print/

    The Winchester city councillor told the Daily Echo that addressing the group was the reason he stood for election.

    Cllr Hicks, of Granville Place, Wharf Hill, said: “Majestic’s success in protecting mankind from the shock that we are far from alone in the universe has been completely successful.

    “For the past 60 years the subject has been shrouded in secrecy. The magnificent job they have done in keeping from us, the ordinary citizens, that we are not alone, is in itself a truly remarkable achievement.

    “An organisation that started small but is now colossal, its dilemma is when to formally announce that extra terrestrial contact has been established.”

    Majestic is said to have formed after executive order by former US President Harry Truman in 1947 after a UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico, July 1947.

    Conspiracy theorists say it is headed by America’s most senior scientific military experts and has a mandate to make contact with extra terrestrial “visitors”.

    In the video, entitled Judgement and Democracy, Cllr Hicks speaks with a Lib Dem logo clearly visible on the screen. He claims contact has been established with numerous extra terrestrial visitors and that technology such as lasers, fibre optic silicon chips and nano technology have been “reverse engineered” from crashed alien crafts during the past 50 years.

  15. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.winchester.gov.uk/CouncilAndDemocracy/DemocracyAndElections/CityCouncillors/CouncillorR.asp?id=SX9452-A7835680&cat=5902

  16. blessedistruth Says:

    Dutch blog – good place for Iran Updates

    http://tinyurl.com/ydq49b2

  17. blessedistruth Says:

    Tehrani says:
    7 december 2009 om 17:00 December 7, 2009 at 17:00

    Ze roepen: “Khamenei is moordenaar-zijn leiderschap is ongeldig”.

    They say, “Khamenei was killer-his leadership is invalid”.

  18. blessedistruth Says:

    Twitter Iran updates:

    http://twitter.com/search?q=%2316Azar

  19. blessedistruth Says:

    Amateur video reportedly shows thousands of protestors shouting “death to the dictator” outside Tehran University. (Dec. 7)

  20. blessedistruth Says:

    The Ironies of History: From Pearl Harbor to Iran

    http://pajamasmedia.com/michaelledeen/2009/12/06/the-ironies-of-history-from-pearl-harbor-to-iran/

    It is hard to put the entire country in chains and still claim divine legitimacy, as Green leader Mir Hossein Mousavi intoned in a powerful public statement [10]today. To the discredited regime, he says,

    (You) insist that the people have been quieted and only students are left; and in universities it is only Tehran [that is vocal], and in Tehran it is only the mother universities that express themselves; and in those the centre of movement are a few non-local youths. If we expel them from the dormitory and sentence them to a ban from education, then the story is finished.

    OK! You did all this, then why isn’t the story over?

    Student movements are signs of realities greater than themselves.

    And that is indeed the point. The regime is facing an enormous mass movement, not just a handful of intellectual kids. The “enemies” of which the supreme leader speaks are all around him, and his closest allies are now making deals with the regime’s gravediggers, taking out insurance against the day when the Islamic Republic finally falls. Khamenei hears their voices every night, calling from the rooftops [11].

    “Canons, guns, Basiji, prison, torture or execution; has no effect on us anymore.”

    Remember Pearl Harbor.

  21. blessedistruth Says:

    The Latest from Iran (7 December): The Marches of 16 Azar

    http://enduringamerica.com/2009/12/07/the-latest-from-iran-7-december-the-marches-of-16-azar/

    http://twitter.com/EANewsFeed

  22. blessedistruth Says:

    http://persian2english.wordpress.com/

    Local time 6:00 pm- the Government forces were trying to enter the college of Human Science at the university of Sari [ Sari = northern city of Iran] and students were fighting and resisting not letting them in.

  23. blessedistruth Says:

    From earlier today?

    http://persian2english.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/news-updates-6/

    Students clash with police in Mazandaran

    Mazandaran Univeristy, between Babol and Babolsar: Clashes are happening between students and mercenary forces.

    Sari University is also filled with plainclothes and military forces, and it is almost a martial law situation there.

    Mercenary forces had told students from the morning that they should not come to university today. Many of the military goons are still in front of Sari University.

    (This site also has twitter feed.)

  24. blessedistruth Says:

    Iran – Video Clip: “You are paid mercenaries,” chanting students tell Bassiji agents

    http://ncr-iran.org/content/view/7480/1/

  25. blessedistruth Says:

    Another good site for Iran updates:

    http://ncr-iran.org/

    Shortly after stolen election and after the world watched as Neda Soltan bled to death, the Iranian woman who cuts my husband’s hair told him about these mercenaries going into people’s homes and smashing things.

    I remember she said they were Hizbollah and Russians and I can’t remember other countries.

    So Iran bastard regime has imported mercenaries to terrorize Iranian people.

  26. blessedistruth Says:

    2009 Iranian Revolution – “Mercenaries get lost!” Sharif uni 16 Azar Dec 7

  27. blessedistruth Says:

    Lots of Iran video from today here:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?uploaded=d&search_filter=0&search_query=unity4iran+%2816+Azar%29&search_type=videos&suggested_categories=25%2C22&search_sort=video_date_uploaded_reverse

  28. blessedistruth Says:

    Student at Sharif Uni, are throwing money so Basiji can come and collect it!!

  29. blessedistruth Says:

    I am amazed at the bravery of these Iranian freedom fighters!

    They know what has happened to their compatriots.

    Murdered, imprisoned, raped, tortured, hanged.

    Parents go to prisons hoping to find out if their children are dead or alive.

    They are told to come back in two months.

  30. blessedistruth Says:

    http://twitter.com/bbottehond

    This person is one of contributors at Dutch blog linked above (blunt dog).

  31. blessedistruth Says:

    Pieter says:
    7 december 2009 om 19:09 December 7, 2009 at 19:09

    Uit de Iraanse hoofdstad Teheran komen steeds meer berichten van gewelddadige confrontaties tussen demonstrerende studenten en de politie.

    1.The Iranian capital Tehran are increasing reports of violent clashes between demonstrating students and police.

    2.Wat er precies allemaal gebeurt, is moeilijk te bevestigen omdat Iran er geen informatie over geeft.

    3.What exactly is happening, it is difficult to confirm because Iran gives no information about.

    4.Volgens een getuigenverklaring van Iran News Now schieten de Iraanse autoriteiten vanaf een overheidsgebouw met machinegeweren op betogers, maar die berichten zijn niet te controleren.

    5.According to a witness statement by Iran News Now shoot the Iranian authorities from a government building with machine guns on demonstrators, but those messages are not checked.

    6.Eén jongen zou in het hoofd geschoten zijn.

    7.A boy would be shot in the head.

    8.Ook zou er traangas worden ingezet en zouden veel studenten zijn gearresteerd.

    9.Also would be used tear gas and many students would be arrested.

    Bron: NOS Headlines Source: NOS Headlines

  32. blessedistruth Says:

    The fruit of those discussions was the Victims of Iranian Censorship Act — or Voice — a piece of legislation that, at its core, authorizes the U.S. government to develop proxy Web servers and Web addresses beyond the reach of the Iranian government, and to deploy technologies that would allow Iranians to go to those sites anonymously to stay in touch with one another and the outside world via the Internet.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125928064444465721.html

    The next step is to appropriate money to actually pay for the programs the act authorizes. The effort to do that is under way, largely behind closed doors, as the Senate and House work to wrap up a bill that funds the State Department and other foreign operations for next year.

  33. blessedistruth Says:

    blunt dog says:
    7 december 2009 om 19:41 December 7, 2009 at 19:41

    Zahra Rahnavard (vrouw Mousavi) zou aangevallen zijn, vandaag.

    1.Zahra Rahnavard (Mousavi woman) would be attacked today.

    2.According to eye witnesses; Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Mir Hossein Mousavi who is a faculty member of school of arts in Tehran University, was physically attacked by a group of unknown women while she was in Tehran University.

  34. blessedistruth Says:

    *

    Updated Link after deletions and additions:

    http://www.4shared.com/play/10329682/efdae9dd/sharing.html

    *

  35. blessedistruth Says:

    Iranian young people are not afraid of regime

    Door: Afshin Ellian By: Afshin Ellian

    http://tinyurl.com/y9aqcmz

  36. blessedistruth Says:

    De groene beweging is niet meer te stoppen.
    The green movement is unstoppable.

    De brandende vraag luidt, wat is de volgende stap van het regime?
    The burning question is, what is the next step of the regime?

    Maar vandaag hebben de jongeren bewezen dat ze niet bang zijn voor het geweld van de Iraanse staat.

    But young people today have proven that they are not afraid of the violence of the Iranian state.

  37. blessedistruth Says:

    Rasmussen Obama Approval (Likely Voters)

    12/07/2009

    49 – 50

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  40. blessedistruth Says:

    If I Only Had A Brain

    (I’m sorry, I’m actually very fond of this anchor, even when he was at CNN. But when Ms. Fox states that her organization simply wants to “fix” the bill, isn’t the obvious follow-up question just how the bill needs to be fixed? That’s what I want to know.)

    http://video.foxnews.com/12300459/say-anything/?category_id=949437d0db05ed5f5b9954dc049d70b0c12f2749

  41. blessedistruth Says:

    Blue Cross Blue Patients

    Another study predicts higher insurance prices.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704007804574574170859847850.html

    Another day, another study confirming that ObamaCare will increase the price of health insurance. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has found that premiums in the individual market will rise on average by 54% over the status quo, which translates into an extra $3,341 a year for families and $1,576 for singles. The White House denounced the report as a “sham” before it was even released, which shows how seriously it takes such concerns.

    The Congressional Budget Office also found this week that ObamaCare will boost premiums in the individual market by as much as 13%. But the White House called that a triumph because the higher costs will be offset by taxpayer subsidies that will be transferred to the federal balance sheet.

    The Blue Cross study is in fact more precise than CBO’s because it is based on real market data, rather than modeling assumptions. The association mined the actuarial data from its six million individual or small-business policies, nearly one-eighth of those sold in the U.S.

    Lo and behold, Blue Cross found costs will rise if Democrats force insurers to cover anyone who applies and then limit how much insurers are allowed to charge based on age or health condition. Economists call this adverse selection; people will wait until they’re sick to buy coverage, and the Democratic rules make it perfectly rational for them to do so.

    “And you can bet as we continue to make progress,” communications director Dan Pfeiffer wrote on the White House blog, “the insurance industry will continue to try and distract and misinform because they know their very profitable status quo is in grave danger.” He must be referring to the industry’s overall profit margin of 2.2% in 2008.

    The reality is that all health-care costs are ultimately borne by consumers, whether through more expensive premiums, lower wages or higher taxes. The regulatory schemes favored by Democrats can’t change that law of economics but they will ensure that insurance is even more costly than it is today.

    When that day comes, the political class will of course blame the insurance companies, and all of the current White House denials will fall down the memory hole.

  42. blessedistruth Says:

    Study: Premiums Will Be Much Higher than CBO Estimates

    http://atr.org/study-premiums-higher-cbo-estimates-a4281

    Oliver Wyman Acturarial Consulting has released a report that conclusivly demonstrates that health insurance premiums if Obamacare is passed will be even higher than the CBO has estimated.

    According to this report, premiums for individuals and families purchasing coverage on their own will go up 54%. and premiums for businesses will rise 20%. 

    This is why we have “Told You So” as a tag on this blog.

    (H/T John Goodman Health Policy Blog)

    http://www.john-goodman-blog.com/study-premiums-will-be-much-higher-than-cbo-estimates/

  43. blessedistruth Says:

    The question is:

    What’s wrong with the CBO? It has been reasonably professional up til now.

    Are they bending to the pressure?

  44. blessedistruth Says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/63107-blue-cross-trade-group-blasts-reform-legislation

    Sponsored by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and conducted by Oliver Wyman Inc., the report faults reform legislation for lacking a strong individual mandate.

    Requiring healthy Americans to purchase reform would help offset costs for the millions of people with health problems who would purchase insurance policies under the new system, the study finds.

  45. blessedistruth Says:

    Personally, I don’t see how we can even consider passing HCR without “a strong individual mandate.”

    http://www.newamerica.net/blog/new-health-dialogue/2009/worldview-switzerlands-success-16025

  46. blessedistruth Says:

    Frist v Armey on Individual Mandate

    http://www.usnews.com/articles/opinion/2009/09/28/is-an-individual-mandate-to-buy-health-insurance-a-good-idea.html

  47. blessedistruth Says:

    Mercifully letting the public “option” die

    From Ezra Klein

    The horse-trading over the public option is taking place entirely in terms of the public option, and not in terms of the broader health-care bill.

    That strategy made sense for trying to keep the public option alive, but if the votes aren’t there, that may not be the right strategy for letting it die.

  48. blessedistruth Says:

    Why We Need a Strong Individual Mandate

    Ms. Trautwein is CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748704402404574525923255957640.html

    The net result of requiring insurers to sell a policy to anyone who wants it (and charge them the same regardless of their health conditions) is that high-risk patients and those who have bought insurance so that they can get immediate pricey services would make up a disproportionate share of the insurance pool.

    This will drive up the cost of health insurance.

    Without a strong mandate, the premiums for a newly enrolled family would increase about $3,300 each year within the first five years of reform, according to the Oliver Wyman study.

    To mitigate the effect of easy access to coverage, the individual mandate must include a penalty somewhat comparable to the price of buying insurance.

    (There will be subsidies for all or part of premium for truly needy.)

    (If we taxpayers subsidize premiums for the poor and do NOT demand a strong individual mandate, we’re just asking for higher premiums.)

  49. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2400649/posts?page=321#321

    To: cycle of discernment; RaceBannon

    “The publicity garnered by the testimony of the U.S. Marine, who goes by the nik, Race Bannon, only further tilt the Obama regime towards political implosion.”

    Did I miss something? Which testimony and when?

    321 posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 11:49:05 AM by 6ppc

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2400649/posts?page=323#323

    To: 6ppc

    a paper I wrote that was intended to be just a private letter that someone posted

    I never thought it would be popular~! It is only based upon a memory from 1980.

    Easy to pass a lie detector because I believe it, but I have no proof

    323 posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 11:53:37 AM by RaceBannon

  50. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.thepostemail.com/feed/rss/

  51. blessedistruth Says:

    Anti-Obama billboard strikes a nerve

    http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091206/FOREIGN/712059900/1014/NEWS

  52. blessedistruth Says:

    http://twitter.com/jimpethokoukis

    Jimmy P on CNBC. I will be on the Kudlow Report around 7:20ish. A perfect way to end your day, Twitterverse

  53. blessedistruth Says:

    I must admit to being very disappointed that MommaE will interview someone from this org.

    http://pilotsfor911truth.org/

    I have an idea, how about the truthers and the birthers both hang it up?!

    Of course, they’re hardly the same thing.

    But I’d be willing if I never had to hear from these Truthers again.

  54. blessedistruth Says:

    I’m crazy about Mara Liasson!

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1209/NPR_vs_Fox.html

    Executives at National Public Radio recently asked the network’s top political correspondent, Mara Liasson, to reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said.

    (Hey, NPR! Hands off my Mara Liasson! Fair and balanced! We report you decide!)

  55. blessedistruth Says:

    Here’s Mara from yesterday:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/12/06/fox_news_sunday_panel_on_climategate.html

  56. blessedistruth Says:

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joins the roundtable on healthcare, during which he stressed the need for cost control and support for interstate competition.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/12/07/sen_wyden_on_health_care_negotiations.html

  57. blessedistruth Says:

    Did NPR sign up for Obama’s war on Fox?

    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/12/07/did-npr-sign-up-for-obamas-war-on-fox/

    “Liasson defended her work for Fox by saying that she appears on two of the network’s news programs, not on commentary programs with conservative hosts, the source said. She has also told colleagues that she’s under contract to Fox, so it would be difficult for her to sever her ties with the network, which she has appeared on for more than a decade.”

    Give Mara Liasson a big cheer for reportorial independence — and some guts.

    ***

    I actually saw someone comment that NPR’s behavior was acceptable because Fox is biased.

    Hello!!!

    Fox is biased, MSNBC is biased, CNN is biased, the New York Times is biased, the New York Post is biased, I am biased, you are biased, etcetera etcetera etcetera!

    Honestly, every undergrad and maybe even every secondary student should have to take a course in hermeneutics.

    We’ve all had experiences which make us who we are, and these experiences “color” our outlook.

    It’s what makes us human.

  58. blessedistruth Says:

    Found at Pethokoukis blog:

    http://blogs.reuters.com/james-pethokoukis/2009/12/08/the-epa-and-obamas-uncertainty-tax/

    “It will take a year of 4 percent growth adding 250,000 jobs a month to lower the unemployment rate to 9 percent.”

    God help us!

  59. blessedistruth Says:

    I’m not a political cartoonist, but if I were, I’d draw an image of Obama in the Oval Office with the front door slightly ajar.

    There would be a sign on the front door which said, “Don’t blame me.”

    Well, for someone who keeps pointing the finger of blame at Bush, what would one expect?

  60. blessedistruth Says:

    Sens. John Mccain and Tom Coburn discuss what they call a lack of oversight in the stimulus spending program.

    Video:

    http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/politics/2009/12/08/bts.mccain.coburn.stimulus.cnn.html

  61. blessedistruth Says:

    Filibuster unspent TARP funds being spent on new “jobs” bill. (Pay down the debt.)

    Video:

    Airtime: Mon. Dec. 7 2009 | 5:20 PM ET

    Discussing whether or not TARP money should go back to taxpayers, with Sen. John Thune, (R-SD) and CNBC’s Hampton Pearson.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1352852695&play=1

  62. blessedistruth Says:

    Video:

    James Pethokoukis on unspent TARP funds:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/34319653#34319653

  63. blessedistruth Says:

    Harry Reid “Manager’s Amendment”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aHCRi_qd_Fb0

    Closed Doors

    The most critical work is taking place behind closed doors, especially on the public option, which has drawn opposition from Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, as well as Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.

    Democrats including Nelson, Landrieu and Rockefeller have been trying to find middle ground. Landrieu said the goal is to take the pure public option out of the bill and said she might support expanding Medicare if it’s supported by premiums paid by new enrollees. Under the plan being discussed, newcomers would buy in, and pay slightly higher premiums than other beneficiaries.

    “It’s one of the 10 things we discussed,” Landrieu said.

    Even if a deal is reached, the Congressional Budget Office has to examine the potential costs, Rockefeller said. He said the group would take their ideas to all Senate Democrats to gauge support.

    Reid’s goal is to file a “manager’s amendment” that contains all the changes to the Senate bill that can get the needed 60 votes, said Jim Manley, a spokesman. Even if Reid gets to that point, there are a number of ways Republicans could delay any final vote, Manley said.

    ***

    Yesterday, several Repub senators stated that they believe that, in the end, Reid will include the Stupak language in his manager’s amendment.

  64. blessedistruth Says:

    What’s up with this “ping pong” thing, anyway?

    The hot procedural news out of the Hill yesterday was the prospect of “ping ponging” the health insurance reform bill to passage.

    What’s that?

    There is increased chatter on Capitol Hill about a possible “ping-ponging” of the Senate health care bill: that chamber would pass its health care bill, send it to the House and the House would be asked to pass it with no changes and send it directly to the president.

    Sounds exciting! And esoteric.

    “I’ve started hearing about it in the last week or so,” said Jim Kessler, head of the group Third Way. Kessler, a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), is working closely on health care negotiations and said he’s heard talk of the ping-pong plan coming from the Hill.

    “You would need pre-conference negotiations. That pre-conference negotiation would be what ends up in the manager’s amendment,” he said. “Essentially, the manager’s amendment becomes the new conference.”

    But if you’re starting to feel lost in the procedural arcana, remember this: “ping ponging” also has another, simpler name. It’s called “passing the same damn bill in both houses.”

    We’ve talked about ping ponging before. But what you need to know about it to understand it is just this: there’s only a need for a conference between the houses if there’s a difference between the versions of the bill the two houses pass. If they both agree to the same version, there’s nothing to go to conference about.

  65. blessedistruth Says:

    We shouldn’t even be striving for universal coverage without the following.

    ***

    To mitigate the effect of easy access to coverage, the individual mandate must include a penalty somewhat comparable to the price of buying insurance.

    (There will be subsidies for all or part of premium for truly needy.)

    (If we taxpayers subsidize premiums for the poor and do NOT demand a strong individual mandate, we’re just asking for higher premiums.)

  66. blessedistruth Says:

    Judd Gregg mentions HCR bill he is a co-sponsor of:

    Just after 3:45

    http://video.foxnews.com/12316188/a-slave-to-rhetoric/?category_id=949437d0db05ed5f5b9954dc049d70b0c12f2749

  67. blessedistruth Says:

    Lord, if only the Senate was considering this bill!

    ***

    But not every member of the GOP opposes an individual mandate.

    Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, backed an individual mandate as part of a bipartisan health reform bill he pushed with Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden. Their bill had a handful of other Republican sponsors as well.

    The Senate is not seriously considering the “Healthy Americans Act” at this time.

    Bennett said this week that the constitutional issues never came up as they crafted their health care fix. He said he looked at the individual mandate in health care as something analogous to the requirement to have car insurance.

  68. blessedistruth Says:

    The Democrats’ Longest Shot

    http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/08/the-democrats-longest-shot/

    On health care, the fantasy outcome for Democrats would entail resolving the big differences even before the Senate takes a final vote on its version of the legislation, by incorporating the necessary changes in a manager’s amendment to be put forward by the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada.

    The Senate could then approve the bill incorporating the pre-determined agreement and ping the bill to the House. The House could then approve it as-is and ship it straight to President Obama’s desk.

    Ping, no pong. Game over by New Year’s, just in time for the Champagne corks to be popping anyway.

  69. blessedistruth Says:

    New Thread:

    https://blessedistruth.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/and-his-name-shall-be-called/

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