I Love My Beloved


Breathing” is a single by Kate Bush, the first cut from her 1980 album Never For Ever, with backing vocals by Roy Harper.

The single was issued on April 14, 1980, four months before the album was released, and reached number 16 in the UK charts. It was the first single by Bush to feature a non-LP track on its B-side, “The Empty Bullring”.

“Breathing” is about a foetus, very much aware of what is going on outside the womb and frightened by nuclear fallout, which implies that the song is set either during a nuclear war scare or a post-apocalyptic birth. The lyrics also refer to the foetus absorbing nicotine from the mother’s smoking. In an interview that year Bush described the song as her “little symphony”, adding that she considered it her best work to date.

The music video features Bush in a womb portraying a foetus.







Kate Bush talks about her song “Breathing” on a chat show


139 Responses to “I Love My Beloved”

  1. sisterrosetta Says:

    4. bottehond zegt: blunt dog says: 2 januari 2010 om 16:03 January 2, 2010 at 16:03

    Protests continue! Protests continue!

    RT @AtlSafa RT @ AtlSafa

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    #IranElection # Iran Election

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    RT MrZand RT @TheVeni1: URGENT! Save Ms Zeinab Jalalian from Death Penalty TELL WORLD ABOUT HER http://bit.ly/6qzy4e #Iranelection

  5. blessedistruth Says:

    From FaceBook link above:

    My name is Ms Zeinab Jalalian (زینب جلالیان)

    I am 27 years old Kurdish female ,political prisoner, in Iran prison.

    My Death sentenced was confirmed by Iranian Supreme Court.

    I am currently ill ,because of torture and I don’t have any lawyer to defend me. i want to tell you that . trial took only few minute.

    Court told me: “You are a God’s enemies. Have to be hanged very soon” That was all my court process

    I asked judge to give me permission to say good bye, to my mother and family,

    Before execution, he told me “shut up” and rejected.

    Zeinab Jalalian (زینب جلالیان)


  6. blessedistruth Says:

    Very disturbing to watch!

    Neda Agha Soltan & Zeinab Jalalian ( Iran Stop execution of Zeinab Jalalian )

  7. blessedistruth Says:

    URGENT Action Required

    Investigations into Khamenei crimes


  8. blessedistruth Says:

    127. Save Zeynab Jalalian from Execution


  9. blessedistruth Says:

    RT MrZand RT @TheVeni1: URGENT! Save Ms Zeinab Jalalian from Death Penalty TELL WORLD ABOUT HER http://bit.ly/6qzy4e #Iranelection

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  11. blessedistruth Says:

    Friday Pray Imam of Shiraz *On Ashura Day some alcoholic clowns and go-go girls appeared on the streets.People are not hungry for a sandwich, execute the protesters.Green Way Movement News(Jaras): Ayatollah Imani, the Friday Pray Imam of Shiraz and the representative of Velayet-é-Fagih (Supreme Leader) in the Fars Province said of the Friday Prayer today(January1, `10)

  12. blessedistruth Says:


  13. blessedistruth Says:


    Hat tip

    Michael ledeen

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  15. blessedistruth Says:

    Nevertheless, at least one constitutional challenge is already underway. Attorneys general in 13 states last week announced they would probe the Medicaid deal in particular, fearing the money unfairly burdened their local governments

    Yes go after Ben Nelson but don’t forget Bill Nelson and other cash for cloture slimeballs!

  16. blessedistruth Says:

    How to play Modern Warfare 2 online.


    (Just because. No, I don’t play. This is for my hubby.)

  17. blessedistruth Says:

    Updated link after deletions:

    January 2, 2010


  18. blessedistruth Says:

    Once I was actually afforded the opportunity to teach Wuthering Heights to sixth graders. That was fun!

    Kate Bush Wuthering Heights

  19. blessedistruth Says:



    Boy were they freaked when they figured out that she was calling him from the grave.

    But, I’m sure they never forgot it, either.

    Let me have it! Let me drag your soul away!


  20. blessedistruth Says:

    This was the movie we watched together:

  21. blessedistruth Says:

    And the rest:


  22. blessedistruth Says:

    I’ve added the following songs to playlist:

    Atahualpa Yupanqui


    Face A :

    Camino del indio (c) / Cancion andina / AY
    Malambo (s) / Ritmo tradicional / AY
    Viento, viento (c) / Cancion andina / AY
    Una cancion en la montaña (s) / Baguala / AY
    Camino a los valles (c) / Cancion / AY
    El kachorro (s) / Gato / AY

    Face B :

    Piedra y camino (c) / Zamba / AY
    Vidala del silencio (s) / Preludio andino n°2 / AY
    Me voy (c) / Vidala / AY
    Huajra (s) / Carnavalito Jujeño / AY
    Carguita de tola (c) / Cancion Puneña / AY
    La viajerita (c) / Zamba / AY

    Atahualpa Yupanqui’s song book


    Listen here:


    (BTW, if you click on green arrow which is located at end of line for each song, you will be provided with link.)

  23. blessedistruth Says:

    The effort to jam the bill through Congress made the public dubious. Most Democrats voted for a version of the bill on the first round without having read, let alone digested, its thousands of pages. As the Christmas Eve vote approached, desperate last-minute stocking stuffers appeared in the small print, such as a $1.2 billion payoff to the state of Nebraska that secured Sen. Ben Nelson’s reluctant vote. Obama had promised us a transparent “Google Government,” but now we know what Obama government actually looks like: ambitious and generous, perhaps, but also secretive, Chicago-style, and way too complicated. Fewer than half of voters now support the legislation, murky as it still is to them. Crucially, support has cratered among independents.

    Howard fineman

  24. blessedistruth Says:

    The change since Obama’s election is that the number of Democrats has fallen by six percentage points and the number of voters not affiliated with either major party has grown by six. The number of adults not affiliated with either party is currently at 30.6%, up from 24.7% in November 2008.


  25. blessedistruth Says:

    “A new and shameless standard for vote selling”

    In this crisis, several Democrats and the two independents saw an opportunity to leverage their vote into sums they could not have otherwise imagined.

    Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu received $100 million in Medicaid support for her state. Connecticut’s Chris Dodd brought home $100 million for a new hospital.

    Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, negotiated a 10-year, $600 million Medicaid subsidy for his state.

    Florida’s Bill Nelson arranged for the 800,000 Floridians enrolled in private Medicare Advantage programs to keep their extra benefits, which seniors in other states stand to lose.

    Independent Bernie Sanders, angered when the “public option” was dropped from the bill, was brought back into the fold by the promise of $10 billion to support community health centers.

    For providing the 60th vote, Nebraska’s Ben Nelson arranged for the federal treasury to pick up the tab for Medicaid expansion in the Cornhusker State for 10 years at a cost of $100 million.

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska will be exempt from paying an annual fee other insurers must pay.

    Certain policies sold by Mutual of Omaha, the insurance company best known for its “Wild Kingdom” television program, will also be exempt from the fee.

    We are not so naïve as to believe that legislators don’t trade favors in order to get legislation passed.

    Within reason, it’s the way things get done.

    But passage of the Senate’s bill set a new and shameless standard for vote selling.

    Capital press

  26. blessedistruth Says:

    Making Unaffordable Homes Affordable?


    Critics increasingly argue that the program, Making Home Affordable, has raised false hopes among people who simply cannot afford their homes.

    As a result, desperate homeowners have sent payments to banks in often-futile efforts to keep their homes, which some see as wasting dollars they could have saved in preparation for moving to cheaper rental residences.

    Some borrowers have seen their credit tarnished while falsely assuming that loan modifications involved no negative reports to credit agencies.

    Some experts argue the program has impeded economic recovery by delaying a wrenching yet cleansing process through which borrowers give up unaffordable homes and banks fully reckon with their disastrous bets on real estate, enabling money to flow more freely through the financial system.

  27. blessedistruth Says:

    Good List of all of those Stinky Provisions


    All taxpayers are supposed to be equal, but in the Senate’s proposed healthcare overhaul, Nebraska taxpayers are more equal than others.

    That’s thanks to Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, the Democrat who withheld his crucial vote on the health-care proposal until Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a fellow Democrat, agreed to have the federal government pay for 100 percent of the increased Medicaid costs that the overhaul would impose on Nebraska.

    Those extra costs are imposed on the other states, too, but only Nebraska taxpayers are spared entirely from paying for them, and to one degree or another, taxpayers in Vermont, Massachusetts and Louisiana also get a break. These perks would be covered by the taxpayers of all the other states, including those in Ohio.

    This certainly is unfair and even might be unconstitutional, and it should be among the first things corrected when a conference committee begins work harmonizing the House and Senate versions of the healthcare overhaul.

    All legislation involves some amount of political horse-trading. This is why the perennial pledge of every politician to eradicate waste, fraud and abuse in government is so specious. Waste, fraud and abuse is built into much legislation right from the start.

    But in the face of mounting public opposition and controversy, the effort to pass the health-care overhaul provoked extraordinary amounts of legislative extortion and extraordinary bribery. Nelson showed himself to be a shameless and masterful manipulator of the process.

    But his deal shouldn’t be allowed to stand. And while the conference committee is at it, it should strip some of the other egregious bribes paid to pass this legislation. These include:

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., held out for a 10-year deal to get additional Medicaid benefits for his state totaling $600 million.

    Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., demanded special Medicare benefits for residents of Libby, Mont., who have asbestos-related ailments.

    Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., got at least $100 million in Medicaid benefits for Louisiana.

    Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., got $100 million to build a university hospital in his state.

    Massachusetts is in line for a $500 million cushion.

    While the measure imposes taxes on high-value “Cadillac” health plans, longshoremen, electrical linemen, police, firefighters and workers in fishing, forestry, mining and construction who have deluxe health coverage will be exempt.

    Cosmetic surgeons succeed in dodging a 5 percent tax on procedures and, instead, tanning parlors will pay a 10 percent tax.

    In North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Utah, doctors and hospitals will be paid more than providers in other states.

    Medicare Advantage customers stand to lose these benefits, except in Florida, where Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson negotiated a deal to allow 800,000 Floridians to keep their Medicare Advantage plans.

    A health-care overhaul proclaimed as a measure to eliminate unfairness and extend health-care coverage to all will be paid for by sticking it to some taxpayers more than others and carving out exemptions and lucrative deals for various special interests.

    Some governors already are screaming about the additional costs, never mind the inequity. New York’s Democratic Gov. David Paterson and California’s Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are demanding that the Medicaid provisions of the bill be reworked.

    Paterson, whose state faces a 2010 budget shortfall approaching $7 billion, said the measure would cost New York another $1 billion. Schwarzenegger said his state, already facing a $20.7 billion budget hole, also would be clobbered by the Medicaid expansion.

    Ohio officials have not yet calculated the additional costs, but the governor’s office estimates that as many as 560,000 Ohioans might be added to the Medicaid roll. Currently, almost 2 million Ohioans are enrolled at a cost of about $13 billion a year.

    These gross inequities should be eliminated as the two bills are reconciled by a joint House-Senate committee. If they aren’t, attorneys general in a number of states are considering whether to mount a legal challenge to the inequities on constitutional grounds.

  28. blessedistruth Says:

    (This is from same article linked above. I certainly hope America has woken up to just what transpired in the Senate on Christmas Eve.)

    A likely scenario is that Congress will do away with the inequities not by requiring all states to foot the bill equally for Medicaid expansion, but by guaranteeing that the federal government will pick up 100 percent of the cost of the expansion.

    While this would solve a problem for the states, it creates a bigger problem for the nation.

    With a $12.1 trillion national debt and projected annual deficits of $1 trillion for the next decade, the U.S. simply doesn’t have the money to pay for a Medicaid expansion.

    Certainly this would put an end to the fiction that the health-care plan is “paid for” and that it would decrease the deficit.

    The only thing the health-care overhaul is likely to accomplish is to extend health insurance to millions of people who now lack it.

    But the plan will drive up the deficit and will not bend the health-care cost curve appreciably.

    People will pay more for health care and probably receive less.

    And if current carveouts and exemptions survive the House-Senate conference committee, the plan will be paid for in a grossly unfair manner.

    (Medicaid expansion and carveouts and exemptions was NOT the way to go. The best thing that could happen would be to start over and consider WydenCare. Perhaps some Repubs believe it best to let the Dems hang themselves with ReidCare. I hope that’s not the case. I hope Republicans are out there sounding the trumpet of how grossly unfair the Senate bill is.)

  29. blessedistruth Says:


    Taking advantage of the weak intellect that is the American intellect is a beautiful move on the Left’s part, and by the time people realize that they should have been paying attention to what their elected officials were doing, it will be too late.

    (That’s a bit harsh.)

  30. blessedistruth Says:

    Alas, it is true. I should have paid closer attention.

    But the Republicans were like the proverbial boy who cried wolf.

    And I think a lot of Americans stopped listening.

  31. blessedistruth Says:

    Bad ethics

    I believe that any congressman/woman who accepted a monetary favor in any fashion for his or her vote should be subject to impeachment and expulsion.

    For example, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and any others guilty should be expelled from the Senate and the House.

    Also, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida got special treatment for Florida seniors for Medicare Advantage, which other states did not get. This was obviously a quid pro quo for his support to the bill.

    This is not right, and Sen. Nelson should be defeated in his next election if not removed earlier.

    All of this unethical behavior is unbelievable to me.

    I think the government in Washington is a cesspool of illegal behavior, and I think the only solution is to vote every one of them out of office.

    I am not naive enough to think any of this will happen, but it should. We the citizens must demand better, more ethical government. Our representatives are out of control and show zero character in their actions in Washington.

    I am absolutely ashamed of our current government in Washington.


    Fort Myers

  32. blessedistruth Says:

    I’d like to see Rasmussen poll the question,

    “Do you think it’s fair that taxpayers in 49 states pay for Medicaid expansion in Nebraska?”


    “Do you think it’s fair that seniors in Florida get to keep their Medicare Advantage benefits, but not in Arizona or other states?”

  33. blessedistruth Says:

    January 3, 2010

    Listen here:


    (BTW, if you click on green arrow which is located at end of line for each song, you will be provided with link.)

  34. blessedistruth Says:

    Going to the Cardinals — Packers game.

    Depending on what happens, Packers might be back in the Valley of the Sun next week.

    That would be weird!

    Wearing my Tillman jersey as usual.

    Go Cardinals!

  35. blessedistruth Says:

    “I think the Republicans have made our decision for us,” the Senate staffer says. “It’s time for a little ping-pong.” “Ping pong” is a reference to one way the House and Senate could proceed. With ping-ponging, the chambers send legislation back and forth to one another until they finally have an agreed-upon version of the bill. But even ping-ponging can take different forms and some people use the term generically to refer to any informal negotiations. Whatever form the final discussions take place, a decision to bypass conference would undoubtedly expedite the debate, clearing the way for final passage (if not signing) by the end of January.

    Ping pong yes but unless house passes with no changes there will still be one more cloture vote requiring 60 votes

  36. blessedistruth Says:

    Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove


  37. blessedistruth Says:

    Neb. senator makes appeal on health bill action

    Nelson asks McMaster to ‘call off the dogs’ on Medicaid exemption


    A Nebraska senator wants South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to “call off the dogs,” but McMaster and 12 other state prosecutors are still trying to throw out a provision in the Senate health-care bill that exempts Nebraska from paying matching funds for expanded Medicaid, a spokesman for McMaster said Saturday.

    The spokesman, Trey Walker, said Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, called South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and asked how he could get McMaster to “call off the dogs,” and Graham told him to call McMaster directly.

    “Senator Nelson told the attorney general that it was simply a ‘marker’ placed in the U.S. Senate version of the bill and assured the attorney general that it would be ‘fixed.’”

    However, that would mean no state would pay the Medicaid match, Walker wrote, and McMaster said the goal of the attorneys general is to have the Nebraska provision removed from the bill “because it was constitutionally ‘flawed.’”

    “McMaster also said he saw no way that he — nor any of the state attorneys general — will support the extension of the Cornhusker Kickback to every state nor be part of a deal like that,” Walker wrote in the memo.

    Nelson could not be reached for comment.

    (Call off the dogs, my ass! And I hope these dogs sink their teeth into Bill Nelson of Florida and all of the senators who got stinky provisions!)

  38. blessedistruth Says:

    When Ben Nelson told South Carolina Attorney General to call off the dogs all states would get the same benefits Nebraska got, then a grand jury needs call to investigate perjury charges against reid, murray and schummmmer for lying to the CBO.

    This it appears the democrats leadership planned but withheld information from Government Officals in the CBO so they could not provide accurate information on costs.

    Now we know obamacare will cost about $4 trillion distorted instead of being deficit neutral.

    reid, murray , schummmer, deadfiah and obama are creating a PONTZI scheme far worse then Madhoff and all should RESIGN immediately if found guilty of perjury.

    This should be fast tracked to get competent leader in the United States now.

    BY Jake2 on 01/02/2010 at 11:29

    (Jake makes an interesting point. Was it always Reid’s intention that

    it was simply a ‘marker’

    it would be ‘fixed.’ ???

    i.e., the CBO score is worthless.)

  39. blessedistruth Says:

    Cornhusker Kickback a Place Marker???


    Ben Nelson feels he has taken enough heat for selling his health care vote to get Nebraska an exemption for paying the coming increase in Medicaid.

    His chief of staff sent a letter to the ringleader of the Republican states attorneys general proposing to file suit against the federal government on behalf of states not getting Nebraska’s break.

    In that letter Nelson’s chief of staff audaciously claims that Nebraska isn’t receiving special treatment since, he states, the same Medicaid deal

    (all Medicaid costs covered in perpetuity by the federal government)

    will be offered to every one of the 50 states.

    Holy cow. Every state??? How the hell will THAT be paid for?

    And what was that Obama said about healthcare and the deficit????

    (I’m gonna have to start reading No Quarter again!)

  40. blessedistruth Says:

    The Cornhusker Concussive


    Even so, if the gist of the Politico report is correct, the CBO lacked the information regarding the Cornhusker Concussive necessary to score the bill accurately

    Nelson discussed the kickback provision of the bill at some length on the floor of the Senate on December 22, provoking Greta Van Susteren to ask: “What did Ben Nelson just say about his deal?” In fact, it isn’t entirely clear to me what he was saying.

    Michael Gerson devoted an indignant column to the Cornhusker Kickback on December 23, Nelson contacted him the following day to offer a defense: “He insisted that the Sen. Harry Reid-crafted language in the Senate’s health-care reform bill that exempts Nebraska from paying its share of Medicaid expansion was simply a ‘marker’ – part of a legislative strategy to press for an ‘opt-out’ of Medicaid expansion for all states in the House-Senate conference.” Again, as Greta Van Susteren’s question implies, translation is necessary.

    Someone has some explaining to do. As Nelson attempts to cop a plea with the attorneys general, Nelson is the only one talking. His usually loquacious partners in crime have fallen silent. Has Nelson ratted them out?

  41. blessedistruth Says:

    “Call off the Corndogs!”


    As an alternative reality check, here is the Times description of the Cornhusker Kickback from Dec 22:

    The health care bill greatly expands Medicaid, and states would have to pick up some of the cost starting in 2017.

    However, under a late change, Nebraska would be exempted, and the federal government would pick up the entire cost for certain people who become eligible for Medicaid there.

    Republicans have criticized the Nebraska provision as the “Cornhusker kickback,” but Mr. Nelson pushed back.

    “It’s not a special deal,” Mr. Nelson said. “It’s a fair deal. Some people said I was getting money for Nebraska. That’s wrong. I was just getting rid of an underfunded federal mandate. There’s nothing sleazy about it. I cracked the door open for other states.”

    “Cracked the door open”? Either other states are exempted in the bill or they are not.

    “You’ve got to compliment Ben Nelson for playing ‘The Price is Right,’ ” said Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina. “He negotiated a Medicaid agreement for Nebraska that puts the federal government on the hook forever. Not for six years, not for 10 years. This isn’t the Louisiana Purchase; this is the Nebraska windfall.”

    What, other Senators don’t understand the bill either, and have failed to realize this is a windfall for all? Please. Either the CBO score is awry and this bill will blow up the deficit or Nelson is offering Reid a refund. Either way I bet the voters of Nebraska won’t be happy.

  42. blessedistruth Says:

    Ben Nelson

    it was simply a ‘marker’

    it would be ‘fixed.’ ???


    I, for one, can’t wait to see just how Reid will “fix” this!

  43. blessedistruth Says:


    When I first read this story, I actually had to laugh, who in the hell does Ben Nelson think he is asking the attorney general of another state to forgo any legal action.

    Nelson has been caught with his pants down and like the cat in the litter box he is desperately trying to cover his shit up.

    Ben it doesn’t work, it stinks to high heaven no matter what you do.

    As my grandfather use to say “don’t sh*t in your own nest”, well Ben you big stinking turd has been discovered by the people in Nebraska and the nation.

    Pack your bags in 2012, and prepare to return to a home where you are no longer welcome.

    I know its tough to be old and unwanted, but you made your bed Ben now try and sleep in it.

    Senator Nelson the people of Nebraska are honest hard working people who want no part of your special deal.

    Honesty and hard work however, must be something you and that “band of angels” (sanctimonious hypocrites) have forgotten because of your long stays in that shit-hole called the District of Criminals”.

    (I guess I’m not the only foul-mouthed blogger!)

  44. blessedistruth Says:

    Gov. Dave Heineman objects a special deal from Sen. Nelson.

  45. blessedistruth Says:


    Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson’s crucial 60th vote allowed his Senate colleagues to block a likely Republican filibuster and pass their version of the health overhaul legislation last month, but it also brought him unwelcome attention at home, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    Nelson backed the bill after securing a unique deal for his state – the federal government would foot the bill for Medicaid expansions in Nebraska as part of the overhaul – causing an immediate GOP rebuke.

    “Republicans have derided the bill as the ‘Nebraska Windfall.’

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) called it ‘sleazy.’

    Even the state’s governor, Republican Dave Heineman, has been critical of the deal.”

    A recent poll showed Heineman – a possible 2012 contender for the Senate seat – beating Nelson with 61 percent of the vote.

  46. blessedistruth Says:

    Senator Lindsey Graham

    Graham says Democratic senators actually inserted special provisions that exempt their state and businesses from the effects of the bill.

    Right now our state’s attorney general Henry McMaster is leading an investigation into whether the deal is constitutional.

    “If you want an idea of how bad this bill is, just look at the number of Democratic Senators who inserted special provisions exempting their states and businesses from the effects of this legislation.

    They know it’s going to be devastating,” said Graham.

    The senator also said some medical insurance companies are getting perks.

    “In the state of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield will be exempted from paying certain taxes.

    *** In the state of Florida, seniors who enjoy the benefits of participating in Medicare Advantage will be protected from losing that coverage, a benefit not provided to seniors in other states,” Graham said. ***

    (For the life of me, I don’t understand why grandma and grandpa aren’t up in arms about this. So blatantly unfair! So unAmerican!)

    “The legislation is loaded with similar provisions.

    It’s certainly not the way we should be legislating on an issue as important as health care, which comprises one-sixth of our national economy.

    Without a doubt, the health care policy contained in this bill is bad medicine for America and the Senate’s actions were the worst of Washington politics.”

    The health care bill will now be meshed with the House bill before going to the President’s desk.

  47. blessedistruth Says:

  48. blessedistruth Says:

    Freeper thread on Ben Nelson’s “marker” which will be “fixed.”


  49. blessedistruth Says:

    January 4, 2010

    Listen here:


    (BTW, if you click on green arrow which is located at end of line for each song, you will be provided with link.)

  50. sisterrosetta Says:


    Iran updates

  51. sisterrosetta Says:


    I am a long time Jamie glazov fan

  52. blessedistruth Says:

    Having trouble linking to Twitter.

  53. blessedistruth Says:

    I can’t seem to access any Twitter accounts.

    This seems like a good place for Iran updates:


  54. blessedistruth Says:

    I guess this is one alternative, but not all posts are shown:


  55. blessedistruth Says:

    Also Dutch blog for Iran Updates:


  56. blessedistruth Says:

    Tehrani says:
    4 januari 2010 om 18:38 January 4, 2010 at 18:38

    Twee leden van Hezbollah van Libanon genaamd Abo Naser en Abo Hossein in Teheran schieten Iraniërs dood:

    1.Two members of Hezbollah in Lebanon and called Abo Naser Abo Hossein in Tehran Iranians shooting death:

    (I remember the Iranian lady who cuts my husband’s hair told him that Hezbollah were among the paid mercenaries breaking into people’s homes and smashing things. The protestors throw money at them. They are so hated.)

  57. blessedistruth Says:

    Sean Hannity


  58. blessedistruth Says:

    Hugh Hewitt is live at 4PM Mountain


    Someone, pls, cover Ben Nelson’s “marker” which will be “fixed.”

  59. blessedistruth Says:


    “Senator Nelson insisted that he had not asked for the Cornhusker Kickback to be placed in the U.S. Senate version of the health care bill to secure his vote.

    Senator Nelson told the attorney general that it was simply a ‘marker’ placed in the U.S. Senate version of the bill and assured the attorney general that it would be ‘fixed,’ says the memo.

    The document goes on to say:

    “Senator Nelson said it would be ‘fixed’ by extending the Cornhusker Kickback (100% federal payment) on Medicaid to every state.

    50x$100,000,000=A DEFICIT?

    Senate Democratic leaders have made no reference to a plan to expand the Nebraska deal to the remaining 49 states — a move that would be prohibitively expensive to the federal government and raise serious questions about whether health reform would lower the expected federal deficit, as President Barack Obama claims it would.

  60. blessedistruth Says:

    SD Attorney General Marty Jackley

    New developments in the potential legal challenge that SD Attorney General Marty Jackley has promised to sign on to if the “Nebraska Compromise” remains.

  61. blessedistruth Says:


    One of the 13 state attorneys general considering a challenge to the healthcare bill is calling what he says is an offer made by U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson “unacceptable.”

    Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska, gave Senate Democrats their 60th vote in passing the legislation after a measure was included that exempted his state from having to pay for any newly eligible Medicaid recipients.

    South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster is leading the group of AGs who may challenge, and he says Nelson told him the exemption would be offered to the other 49 states if the group does not.

    On Monday, Alabama Attorney General Troy King supported McMaster’s refusal of the deal. He called the offer “unacceptable under any and all circumstances.”

    “Thursday night, Senator Nelson called South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and offered to give all states their own version of the Nebraska Compromise in return for our attorneys general group calling off the dogs,” King said.

    “Attorney General McMaster’s response was exactly correct – we reject Sen. Nelson’s offer. This issue has never been about healthcare reform legislation; rather, it is about upholding the Constitution.

    “I cannot stop the United States Senate from making shady deals and passing bad legislation, but I can object to a violation of the Constitution and take actions as attorney general to stop it.”

    Other attorneys general in McMaster’s group are Washington’s Rob McKenna, Michigan’s Mike Cox, Texas’ Greg Abbott, Colorado’s John Suthers, North Dakota’s Wayne Stenehjem, Virginia’s Bill Mims, Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett, Utah’s Mark Shurtleff, Florida’s Bill McCollum, Idaho’s Lawrence Wasden and South Dakota’s Marty Jackley.

    Nelson defended the bill in television ad that aired during the Holiday Bowl, in which the University of Nebraska was playing.

    Politico reports that other Senate Democrats have made no mention of extending the provision to other states.

  62. blessedistruth Says:

    Oh well, I’ll just listen to music instead.

    January 4, 2010

    Listen here:


    (BTW, if you click on green arrow which is located at end of line for each song, you will be provided with link.)

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  66. blessedistruth Says:

    I’ve just heard from my husband.

    He’s just got his harcut.

    How’s that for a coincidence?

    From the Iranian lady who cuts his hair:

    Her relatives and many are withdrawing money from their banks.

    Iranian banks are running out of money.

    Expect a run on banks.

    Her relatives inside of Iran and many others are “disgusted.”

    Revolution is here.

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    Sister Rosetta says:
    5 januari 2010 om 01:56 January 5, 2010 at 01:56

    Uncle Joost has well seen in June

    Our kind of People.

    2.Kijk maar goed

    3.Look good

    (“Our kind of people” We are not alone!)

  69. blessedistruth Says:

    36 MPs in Iranian Parliament Present Bill to Reduce Deadline for Appeal


    Parleman News:

    36 of pro-government MPs in the Iranian Parliament have introduced a bill that will reduce the deadline for seeking appeal from twenty days to five days in the cases dealing with Moharebeh [Moharebeh means Fighting.

    In Sharia law, it is a term used to describe those who are fighting, usually by taking up arms, against the Islamic regime.

    The offence of moharebe can carry the punishment of death].

    A reporter from Parleman News

    [A news agency belonging to the minority fraction in the Iranian Parliament who are critics of Ahmadinejad’s government]

    reports that the 36 MPs are proposing an addition to a subsection of Article 236 of Iran’s Judicial procedure for General and Revolutionary Courts in a letter to the speaker of the Parliament.

  70. blessedistruth Says:


    From English to Dutch


  71. blessedistruth Says:

    Iran Tehran 27 dec 09 a woman killed by Police car in Ashura

  72. blessedistruth Says:

    Ping pong

    Democrats would enjoy some strategic advantages by declining the formal conference process. They would avoid having to go through a series of votes on appointing and directing conferees, and having to invoke cloture on a conference report. The process would presumably also allow Democrats to work out differences on the health bill internally, and avoid GOP manuevers to stall passage of the legislation

    I thought the only way to avoid one more cloture vote requiring 60 votes was if house passed with no changes

  73. blessedistruth Says:


    How we got ourselves into this mess

  74. blessedistruth Says:

    January 5th, 201010:17 am GMT Interesting but ultimately worthless without the ‘missing US housing policy initiatives’. A casual reader of this article would get the impression that banking and private-sector greed caused this whole housing mess and were solely responsible for the resulting credit collapse. How about opportunistic politicians trolling for votes by making home onership available to all, cheaply too, and strongarming the banks into taking on junk mortgages? How about regulators getting it wrong, as usual? How about opportunistic politicians – AGAIN! – pushing Freddie and Fannie into buying all this crap? Really James, you can do better. Leaving out the political angle distorts the whole story, and allows politicians in Washington to fool the voters, once again. – Posted by gotthardbahn

  75. blessedistruth Says:

    While ping-pong eliminates some procedural hurdles in the Senate, such as conferee selection, it won’t avoid the debate processes, including another cloture vote to get the bill on the floor and to get it to a final vote.  As Kathryn Jean Lopez notes at The Corner, that means the final version has to look almost identical to what the Senate passed before Christmas

    So unless house passes as is there will be one more cloture vote

  76. blessedistruth Says:

    Nelson may be looking for an excuse to rescue himself and block the bill anyway.  We’ll see what ping-pong does, but it’s more likely that the House will accept the Senate bill as is than avoiding cloture on a compromise would be.  But clearly the Democrats are worried about at least one cloture vote, or Nelson would be irrelevant.

    Hot air

  77. blessedistruth Says:

    Link for hot air article excerpted above:


  78. blessedistruth Says:


    Nebraska’s Senator Ben “gimme-a-hand-out-and-I’ll-do-anything” Nelson has asked South Carolina’s GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster to “call off the dogs.”

    McMaster is leading thirteen Republican state attorneys general who are threatening legal action against the Senate health care bill.

    Senator Nelson’s murky backroom dealing asking for a big government hand-out for Nebraska led to his vote, the 60th and last one needed, to pass Senator Harry Reid’s healthcare reform in the Senate in December.

    Now under political pressure from Nebraskans, Nelson is concocting explanations for his questionable deal while asking the thirteen attorneys general to back off from their intended legal action against this shady legislative manipulation.

    According to McMaster’s Chief of Staff Trey Walker, “Senator Nelson told the attorney general that it was simply a ‘marker’ placed in the U.S. Senate version of the bill” and that “Senator Nelson said it would be ‘fixed’ by extending the Cornhusker Kickback (100% federal payment) on Medicaid to every state.”

    A “marker?” How nice of Nelson to consider kickbacks for all the other 49 states. Is this your idea of a “fix,” Senator? Why stop there?

    Perhaps Senator Ben Nelson should ask for big government to apply his tax-and-spend financial concept to ALL the future spending needs of all the states!

    Would that work as your new fiscal policy marker, Senator Nelson?

  79. blessedistruth Says:


    Last week, after a group of 13 state attorneys general promised to file suit against Obamacare should the Nelson deal become law, Nelson called South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to “call off the dogs.”

    According to McMaster’s office, Nelson said the deal was not his idea, was simply a “marker” placed in the bill, and that the issue would be fixed by extending the same Medicaid exemption to all states.

    Will the budget-busting Medicaid problem get “fixed” for all states?

    If so, how? The American people deserve to know.

    (Did Senator Ben Nelson fool himself into believing that he was actually doing us all a favor? How, his “fix” would bankrupt us!)

  80. blessedistruth Says:

    January 4, 2010

    Debating the Differences

    Health Care Countdown: Comparison of the costs involved in the House and Senate versions of reform legislation


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  82. blessedistruth Says:

    Should Obama Be Impeached?
    By HERB DENENBERG, For The Bulletin


    Another constantly repeated lie is that you’ll be able to keep your insurance plan and your doctor if you like them.

    You can’t possibly make that promise stick.

    When you reorganize the health-delivery system and radically transform one-sixth of our economy, you can’t be sure the same doctors and insurance companies will even be players.

    Investor’s Business Daily published its study showing that 45 percent of doctors will quit the practice.

    Mr. Obama, in almost the same breath, says he’s cutting funding for Medicare Advantage, which will kill that coverage for about ten million seniors, while also saying you can keep your coverage if you like it.

    (Unless you’re a lucky senior in one of three counties in the State of Florida! – sarcasm)

    Mr. Obama is willing to say anything to sell ObamaCare.

    Still another major lie is that the bill is deficit neutral.

    That’s based on an out-and-out fraud, brought about by postponing benefits for about four years, while immediately instituting new taxes and fees.

    Using that kind of accounting gyration, you can make anything deficit neutral for the first ten years.

    This is budgetary gimmickry worthy of Bernie Madoff.

    Another related fraud involves the Medicaid maneuver.

    Part of the deficit is being hidden by pushing costs onto the states, by bringing 15 million more people into Medicaid.

    This can virtually break some states, throw them into deficit positions and, yet, it doesn’t show up when only federal deficits are considered.

  83. blessedistruth Says:

    My George Noory was back on live last night!

    Remote Viewing Updates


    He revealed a remote viewed location for the biblical Ark of the Covenant– the St. Theodosius Monastery, 10 km southeast of Jerusalem, as well as his own personal remote viewing project– the birthplace of Barack Obama, which he claimed was in Kenya (see article below for images of the two locations).

    (Actually the two images are at coast to coast am page linked above.)




    the birthplace of Barack Obama in Kenya?

    Who knew?

    Alas, some on the right love to hate the “birthers”

    President Biden?


  84. blessedistruth Says:

    January 5, 2010

    Updated link after deletions and additions:


    (BTW, if you click on green arrow which is located at end of line for each song, you will be provided with link.)

  85. blessedistruth Says:

    Ed Dames EXCLUSIVE Interview Clips


  86. blessedistruth Says:

    Ed Dames is a very controversial figure, to be sure.


  87. blessedistruth Says:

    Well, I don’t know about any of this, except for the remote viewing part.

    I’ve had limited success with that myself.

    I get so upset with Truthers because that is not the George W. Bush that I know, that I see.

    And equating Truthers with Birthers is just nonsense, it’s hardly the same thing.

    A long time ago I wrote about a dream I had about Obama just prior to his election.

    In this dream I said to Obama, “Good luck getting blamed for everything that goes wrong the next four years.”


    I will say this, Obama comes from a much darker place than Bush did.

    And I don’t mean the color of his skin.

    That is what I see, for what it’s worth.

    Obama is human. He’s a son of God. He needs our prayers.

  88. blessedistruth Says:

    Words To Live By

    “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”

    “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”


  89. blessedistruth Says:

    It occurred to me that I know more about health care in the Netherlands than I do about music in the Netherlands.

    That’s not right!

    I must rectify the situation.

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  92. blessedistruth Says:

    I’ve added some “Nederland muziek” to playlist, except that she sings in English.

    She’s charming.

    Starting on Page 1 #9


  93. blessedistruth Says:

    Lt. Gov. Ramsey Asks Attorney General To Examine Health Care Bill


    Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has asked Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper to examine the federal health care bill passed by the Senate.

    Does any provision within the United States Constitution or other federal law provide a legal basis by which the State of Tennessee and other states could seek judicial intervention to block implementation of H.R. 3590 or, alternatively, to ensure that the “Nebraska Deal” is extended to the other states?

    (Geez Louise, if the “Nebraska Deal” is extended to the other states, we’re bankrupt!)

  94. blessedistruth Says:


    In the letter, Ramsey also says he has read Cooper’s comments on deferring until final action on the legislation, “but the General Assembly must be proactive in dealing with what Governor Bredesen has called “the mother of all mandates.”

    The lieutenant governor also says “it is the duty of the state Attorney General to defend Tennessee against unconstitutional dictates from the federal government.

    “All I ask is that you share your expertise and insights regarding the above question. We must begin to prepare for the harsh impact of either the House or Senate bill on Tennesseans. As Governor Bredesen has not ruled out asking that Tennessee join other states in challenging the proposed legislation, there is no reason to wait.,” he wrote.

    Bredesen said Monday that he was “moderately outraged” at the special treatment given Nebraska, but would generally defer the Cooper on any legal steps that should be taken.

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  96. blessedistruth Says:

    The claim that has garnered the most attention has come from Republican state attorneys general who have targeted a provision to exempt the state of Nebraska from picking up the future Medicaid costs of new enrollees.“The deal struck by the United States Senate on the ‘Nebraska Compromise’ is a disadvantage to the citizens of 49 states,” they wrote in a Dec. 30 letter to Senate Majority Leader

    To be contd

  97. blessedistruth Says:

    .Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).Rivkin and other argue that healthcare reform violates the Constitution by mandating that individuals purchase insurance or pay a fine.Rivkin said the Supreme Court rejected the proposition that Congress, under the Commerce Clause, could regulate non-economic activities, because they may have an indirect economic impact.Conservative legal experts say the healthcare reform bill could also face a challenge on the grounds that it would require state insurance regulators to set up health insurance exchanges and impose new rules on the industry. Rivkin said this would violate the Constitution’s prohibition on the federal commandeering of state officials and resources

  98. blessedistruth Says:

    Even dyed-in-the-wool Keynesians should also concede that government borrowing can become excessive. A stunning new study by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff found that when government debt-to-GDP levels rise above 90 percent in advanced economies, annual GDP growth falls by one percentage point or so. The International Monetary Fund projects that America’s debt-to-GDP ratio will reach 94 percent this year

    James pethokoukis

    Compare 94 percent with where this number has been historically

  99. blessedistruth Says:

    A recent estimate of U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio is 84%, according to Reinhart and Rogoff–dangerously close to the 90% threshold

    84 or 94?

    I recall senator Gregg saying 80 percent so 84 probably right

  100. blessedistruth Says:


    Debt/GDP 2009 – 84 percent

    perhaps 94 percent for 2010?

    God help us!

  101. blessedistruth Says:

    This graph doesn’t make Republican presidents look good.

    But, as can be seen, 84% and 94% are off the chart.

    So that would make Obama the first Democrat president since WWII to increase the gross federal debt.


    All Presidents from Truman on have reduced the gross federal debt except Reagan and the Bushes. Until now.

  102. blessedistruth Says:

    Honestly, I don’t know if these numbers are accurate or if I’m comparing apples with apples.

    This was not the statistic i paid attention to during the “W” years.

    And yet according to Gregg and Conrad, this is the number we should be paying attention to.

    We should listen to them.

  103. blessedistruth Says:


    Gets inside, ooh,
    Through her skin.
    I’ve been out before
    But this time it’s much safer in.

    Last night in the sky, ooh,
    Such a bright light.
    My radar send me danger
    But my instincts tell me to keep

    (Out, in, out, in, out, in…)
    Breathing my mother in,
    Breathing my beloved in,
    Breathing her nicotine,
    Breathing the fall-out in,
    Out in, out in, out in, out in.

    We’ve lost our chance.
    We’re the first and the last, ooh,
    After the blast.
    Chips of Plutonium
    Are twinkling in every lung.

    I love my
    Beloved, ooh,
    All and everywhere,
    Only the fools blew it.
    You and me
    Knew life itself is

    (Out, in, out, in, out…)
    Breathing my mother in,
    Breathing my beloved in,
    Breathing her nicotine,
    Breathing the fall-out in,
    Out in, out in, out in, out in,
    Out in, out in, out in, out…

    In point of fact it is possible to tell the …


    … difference between a small nuclear explosion and a large one by a
    very simple method. The calling card of a nuclear bomb is the
    blinding flash that is far more dazzling than any light on
    earth–brighter even than the sun itself–and it is by the duration of
    this flash that we are able to determine the size …

    (What are we going to do without?)

    … of the weapon. After the flash a fireball can be seen to rise, sucking
    up under it the debris, dust and living things around the area of the
    explosion, and as this ascends, it soon becomes recognisable as the
    familiar “mushroom cloud”. As a demonstration of the flash
    duration test let’s try and count the number of seconds for the flash
    emitted by a very small bomb; then a more substantial,
    medium-sized bomb; and finally, one of our very powerful,
    “high-yield” bombs.

    What are we going to do without?
    Ooh please
    What are we going to do without?
    Ooh, let me breathe
    What are we going to do without?
    Ooh, quick, breathe in deep
    We are all going to die without
    Ooh, leave me something to breathe
    What are we going to do without?
    Oh, leave me something to breathe
    We are all going to die without
    Oh, God, please leave us something to breathe
    What are we going to do without?
    Oh, life is–Breathing.

  104. blessedistruth Says:

    Orthodox celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7

    Ethnic groups prepare festive foods for feast of the Epiphany today


    Once I had a student, a very special student, she was Catholic and yet Eastern Orthodox.


  105. blessedistruth Says:

    You can have your cake and eat it, too!

    Is it rolling, Bob?

    Still my favorite Bob Dylan album.

    I love his voice on this album.

    And the first album I bought “with my own money.”

    I was 11 or 12.

    My claim to fame.











  106. blessedistruth Says:

    I long to see you in the morning light.

    I long to reach for you in the night.

    Don’t forget, ladies!

  107. blessedistruth Says:

  108. blessedistruth Says:

    The 70’s were tumultuous for those of us who remember. They felt a lot like 2009. Between the looming recession and global warming, there are a lot of 70’s things which feel very current. So we are back in the era of growing our own vegetables and also hopefully enjoying the benefits of a new and, it feels like, a refreshing and fun return to appreciating what doesn’t come pre-packed.


  109. blessedistruth Says:


    A Long Island librarian and the baby daughter she held in her arms were trampled to death Monday by a wild elephant in Kenya.

    Sharon Brown of Miller Place, 39, her husband and their one-year-old daughter Margaux, were hiking with three tourists near Castle Forest Lodge at Kenya National Park, about 65 miles north of Nairobi.

    “The elephant emerged from the bush at full speed without any warning,” lodge owner Melia van Laar told the Associated Press.

    “Everybody ran away, but the lady, burdened by the weight of the baby perhaps, or in panic, was not able to run fast enough.”

  110. blessedistruth Says:


    A Long Island native and her 1-year-old daughter have been identified as the victims who were trampled to death by an elephant this week in Kenya.

    John Laurie of Miller Place tells The Associated Press that his daughter Sharon Brown was killed by the charging elephant. The woman’s 1-year-old daughter Margaux also died. The trampling happened Monday near Mount Kenya National Park.

    Brown, a 1989 graduate of Miller Place High School, had worked for about four years as a librarian and teacher at the International School of Kenya. Her husband was also a teacher at the school.

    Before going to Kenya, Brown also spent several years in the Peace Corps.

    John Laurie says plans for a funeral service on Long Island were still being arranged.

  111. blessedistruth Says:

    I haven’t watched yet, so I cannot recommend.

    Anyway …

  112. blessedistruth Says:

    More Like This:


  113. blessedistruth Says:


    Not sure which show this is, but this is the guest being interviewed by George Noory.

  114. blessedistruth Says:

    I do not share Mr. Wilhelmsen’s interpretation, but he is fascinating to listen to.

    Does anyone have all the answers?

    I doubt it.

  115. blessedistruth Says:

    Tonight’s show with George Noory.

    Is it just me, or does Mr. Noory seem like such a sweetheart?


  116. blessedistruth Says:

    More podcasts:

    Some of these names sound familiar.


  117. blessedistruth Says:

    “It is not reform to push more costs on to states that are struggling while other states are getting sweetheart deals,” the governor said, alluding to a deal Democrats cut with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) to get more money for his state in exchange…


    Pls bitch and moan about bill nelson and other stinky provisions!

  118. blessedistruth Says:

    This Wall Street Journal story provides a handy summary of the bill, as it stands after the secret cutting and pasting in White House supervised talks.  The short summary: Huge tax hikes, including on so-called “Cadillac plans” which are actually very common; massive Medicare cuts; a mandate for all but poor people to buy insurance (another big hit on your wallet); and subsidized insurance for poor people.No word yet on how the Stupak amendment is faring.  Almost certainly it will be on the cutting room floor.That’s it in a nutshell, though the downstream consequences to medical care from skinnied down insurance policies and doctor and hospital shortages are going to roll out in future years as will the massive deficits.  Even so the Obama-Pelosi-Reid team spent yesterday trying to figure out how to spend even more money on the subsidy side.

    Hugh Hewitt

  119. blessedistruth Says:

    And I ask you, specifically, where’s this half trillion dollar in Medicare cuts going to come from? About $100 million from Medicare Advantage, and that’s going to get socked to the old people, but what about the other $400 billion? EJD: Well, some of it, what they’re talking about is moving away from fee for service medicine. And they’re talking about a lot of different ways of charging people for medicine that encourage activities by doctors that deliver care more efficiently. The truth is we are shifting money that’s paid into the health care system one way, and paying it back into the health care system another way. And so I am persuaded that you are not going to see seniors, once this thing actually takes effect in 2014, or 2013, if they back it up a little bit, I don’t think you are going to see seniors wildly unhappy. And I think you’re going to see a lot of seniors very happy as they close the donut hole on the prescription drug benefit. So again, I think some of the polling among seniors against the bill reflects the fact that this generation of seniors is very Republican compared to the earlier, the earlier New Deal generation of seniors

    Hugh Hewitt interviews lefty

    A lot of seniors will be pissed when they learn seniors in three counties in Florida are getting special treatment

  120. blessedistruth Says:

    HH: Yes. BK: …which is to his credit for a liberal. And on number one, in six months, if this thing goes through, seniors are going to be getting their letters from their Medicare Advantage insurers, telling them that they’re being forced to be cut from Medicare Advantage, and/or pay more for this program. I think that is, so it’s going to be bad for people who voted for it, and in addition to all of the other things that are coming down the pike if this thing were to go through. I was just up on the Hill today meeting with leadership staff. I think there’s a chance this thing could be stopped, two ways, obviously. If Scott Brown wins in Massachusetts in less than two weeks, in the Senate seat or the Senate race for Ted Kennedy’s seat, but even in the House, the more people look at it, it doesn’t go up in the polls, the Democratic leadership keeps saying hey, when this thing passes, it’s going to become more popular. It passed the House in early November. It passed the Senate on December 24th. It hasn’t gotten more popular. Why is it going to get more popular when they make some more deals in back rooms, and jam it through one more time, you know? I think the Medicare Advantage, incidentally, I think is the little…people haven’t quite focused on it. The cuts in Medicare Advantage are really damaging. They hit middle income and lower middle income seniors. They’re going to happen in real time next year. They’re not five years out. This is, incidentally, the program for which Florida Senator Bill Nelson made the special deal with protects some Florida seniors from the cuts that every other senior in the country is going to experience. So I think health care remains a huge problem for the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress.

    Bill kristol

  121. blessedistruth Says:

    Link for Bill Kristol transcript:


    HH: Do you see the cracks in the Democratic wall?

    There’s a new Rasmussen out of Arkansas today that shows that State Senator Gilbert Baker leads Blanche Lincoln by 12 points.

    There’s obviously, Ben Nelson has hemorrhaged support in Nebraska.

    He’s not on the ballot, obviously, in 2010, but he’s got to come back in 2012.

    Do you see a crack in the Senate when they need their 60 and they come back?

    Will either of them walk away from certain electoral disaster?

    BK: They could, but I think honestly, it’s going to be easier to beat it in the House, just because the House goes first.

    I think if they get it through the House, it’s hard for any one Senator to block it, where some of these House Democrats, they’re going to lose, I think, Bart Stupak and the pro-life, the really serious pro-life Democrats, which is six or eight, I think, because I don’t think they’ll go with the Stupak language.

    And then I think they’ve got Blue Dogs, they would then need Blue Dogs to flip.

    They would need some…Pelosi’s going to need some Democrats who voted against it the first time to say hey, this is a better bill this time, I can vote for it.

    I don’t think that’s a plausible rationale.

    I think the cuts in Medicare, as I mentioned, are going to be very damaging.

    And of course, Massachusetts is happening, and I’ve been in close touch on that race, you’ve been following it, too.

    There’s a private poll from last night that has the race shrinking, the lead shrinking to six.

    Rasmussen showed it at nine two days ago.

    And this is pretty amazing.

    Among those most likely to vote, you know, the pollsters ask the questions, have you voted the last two or three times, are you very certain you’re going to vote this time, among the really hard core people who are going to vote, Brown has a slight lead, the Republican.

    Now you know, it’s twelve days from the election, it’s a hugely Democratic state, they’re going to play the Ted Kennedy sympathy card.

    Still, it’s pretty striking that they’re having, I think they’re going to have so much trouble in Massachusetts.

    And conservatives are energized.

    The question is can Brown get the independents? He’s getting a lot of them.

    Can he get enough of them?

    I also hear that Brown raised $250,000 dollars online yesterday.

    (Perhaps wishful thinking on Hewitt’s and Kristol’s part? I am astonished that Reid did not foresee the public outcry against these stinky provisions. Americans are a fair-minded people. And they don’t like having their intelligence insulted. All 50 states will want the same Medicaid deal Nelson got. Obama — Reid — Pelosi know this. How can they say with a straight face that this bill is deficit-neutral?!)

    (“Lies, damned lies, and statistics”)

  122. blessedistruth Says:

    48% — 52%

    Rasmussen Obama approval

  123. blessedistruth Says:


    … two assumptions that Obama carried into the White House — assumptions that were shared by many who hadn’t voted for him — have proved to be unfounded.

    The first is that economic distress would lead more Americans to favor big government policies. The second is that Obama’s personal characteristics and his repudiation of many of his predecessor’s policies would change the minds of America’s critics and enemies.

    Any doubts that these assumptions were mistaken were dispelled at Christmastime. On Christmas Eve, the Senate passed a massive health care bill that according to every public opinion poll is opposed by most Americans. And on Christmas Day, Nigerian terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab came close to destroying an airliner as it was preparing to land in Detroit.

    The unpopularity of the stimulus package, cap-and-trade legislation and the various health care bills probably surprised the congressional Democratic leaders who put them together and the president who, with surprising passivity, indicated he would sign them. After all, weren’t these ways to spread the wealth to ordinary people, as Obama put it to Joe the Plumber?

    But through most of our history, Americans have preferred policies that enable and help them to amass wealth rather than those that purport to transfer someone else’s wealth to them. The biggest outpouring of political sentiment this year came from those who thronged to “tea parties” and denounced increases in the national debt as stirringly as did the first Democratic president, Andrew Jackson, who actually paid it all off.

    “Cocksure” Obama?!


  124. blessedistruth Says:

    Check out Page 5!

    Figure 1. Cumulative Increase in Real Public Debt Since 2007, Selected Countries


    Debt/GDP 2009

    United States 84 (94 in 2010?)

    Australia 9

    China 21

    Mexico 25

    Greece 119

    Canada 47

    Chile 4

    Germany 44

    Japan 182

    Korea 32

    India 41

    (It seems to me we’re headed for “Real Public Debt” levels comparable to Japan.)

  125. blessedistruth Says:

    We’d better start listening to Judd Gregg — pronto!


    On the stimulus, the budget and health-care reform, Gregg told the Sunday News in mid-December, “This Congress is basically spending this country into bankruptcy and doing it in a very conscious way of trying to ‘Europeanize’ America, where you have the government running vast amounts of the private sector.”

    Late in the year, Gregg was still appearing on television blasting the Democrats’ health care-bill and the Obama administration’s proposal to use unspent TARP funds and loans repaid by the troubled financial institutions to finance a $100 billion jobs package instead of paying down the deficit.

    “It’s an outrage,” he said. “An absolute outrage. And you know who pays the bills? Our kids. It’s not right. It’s not fair and it’s not appropriate.”

    “the government running vast amounts of the private sector” — I think this is what scares Americans the most. This is what scares me the most. We could have had health reform entirely in the private sector (WydenCare). We still could.

  126. blessedistruth Says:


    Three years ago, Wyden introduced the Healthy Americans Act in an attempt to bring healthcare reform.

    “We shop for about everything else in the U.S., but nobody can shop for medical care,” Wyden said. “Much of healthcare is almost a competition-free zone.”

    His specific legislation did not pass, but Wyden said the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by the Senate in December is a step in the right direction.

    Addressing concerns brought up by audience members, Wyden said veterans’ services and military medicine were not impacted by the new legislation and that it does not provide federal subsidies for illegal aliens.

    Still, he said no matter what happens with healthcare reform, there is bound to be controversy.

    “I don’t pretend, folks, that there are easy answers to this,” Wyden said.

  127. blessedistruth Says:

    “a step in the right direction” ???

    Maybe — if you take out all of the stinky provisions and treat everyone in an equitable manner.

    A step in the right direction to swell Medicaid rolls with another unfunded mandate?

    That would be funny if it wasn’t going to bankrupt us.

  128. blessedistruth Says:


    January 6, 2010

    AP: State AGs Make Appeal Over Health Care Deal By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Filed at 5:57 p.m. ET

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two top state prosecutors are asking attorneys general across the country to let Washington know if they oppose the health care reform bill they say includes a political deal for Nebraska.

    South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Oklahoma top prosecutor Drew Edmondson asked their colleagues Wednesday to call on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to remove the provision.

    Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint of South Carolina say the legislation was amended to win Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s support.

    Last week, McMaster and 12 other Republican attorneys general threatened to sue if the estimated $100 million deal he has dubbed the ”Cornhusker Kickback” were not removed in conference committee.

    Edmondson is the only Democrat to join.

  129. blessedistruth Says:

    Nelson says he wants Medicaid deal for all states

    Associated Press – January 7, 2010 12:55 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Sen. Ben Nelson says he’s asked Democratic leadership to extend to all states the extra Medicaid funding promised to Nebraska in the health care reform bill.

    The Democrat wouldn’t say on Thursday who he’s spoken to regarding the so-called “Cornhusker Kickback,” but he said he’d see to it that Nebraska won’t get a special deal.

    In exchange for his crucial support of the reform bill, Nelson was promised federal funding to cover Nebraska’s entire cost of a Medicaid expansion.

    Last week, 13 state attorneys general threatened to sue if the extra Medicaid funding were not removed from the measure.

    Nelson says that if he can’t secure a similar deal for all states, he wants states to be freed from paying the cost of Medicaid expansion in 2017 and beyond.

  130. blessedistruth Says:

    “if he can’t secure a similar deal for all states, he wants states to be freed from paying the cost of Medicaid expansion in 2017 and beyond”

    But then bill would NOT be deficit-neutral.

  131. blessedistruth Says:


    Nelson in “serious discussions” to extend deal

    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) has begun negotiations with Senate Democratic leaders to expand his special Medicaid funding deal to all states or to allow states to opt-out of the Medicaid expansion in 2017, his spokesman told POLITICO Thursday.

    “There are serious discussions,” Nelson spokesman Jake Thompson said.

    The negotiations follow weeks of scathing Republican criticism of the deal, which critics have termed the “Cornhusker Kickback,” arranged by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in order to help secure Nelson’s support for the health care reform bill.

    Senate Democrats have also begun to blast the deal, saying it should be removed before the final legislation is passed. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) have each been critical of the deal.

    Thompson said Nelson had always intended to push for other states to receive the same arrangement, which involved the federal government forever picking up Nebraska’s share of the Medicaid expansion. Senate leaders were unable to meet his demand during the December negotiations because they did not have a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, Thompson said.

    The Nebraska deal was “a way to put it in the Senate bill and discuss it in conference,” Nelson said.

    A Reid spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Posted by Carrie Budoff Brown 01:04 PM

  132. blessedistruth Says:

    Wouldn’t this result in a Catch-22 situation?

    HCR must be deficit-neutral.

    If Nelson deal extended to all 50 states, then HCR NOT deficit-neutral.

    Therefore, Reid and Pelosi would have to find a way to pay for it,


    NO HCR!

  133. blessedistruth Says:

    I have an idea!

    How about stripping out ALL stinky provisions and using that money for Medicaid expansion in all 50 states?

    Better yet!

    Let’s start over!

  134. blessedistruth Says:


    Durbin, who spoke with several dozen hospital workers at Trinity Medical Center’s Rock Island campus, was responding to a question about why Illinois wasn’t getting all its increased Medicaid expenses covered, the way Nebraska is.

    Critics of the Senate’s bill, which passed with just one vote to spare, have complained Sen. Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat, got a special deal to secure his support.

    The Senate’s bill expands the coverage of Medicaid, a jointly funded program by the federal government and the states, and covers all the costs for the first three years.

    After that, states shoulder some of the burden. Nebraska was exempted.

    That has angered some of the bill’s critics.

    “It’s an understandable reaction, and ultimately, I hope that all of our states can be protected on this,” said Durbin, D-Ill.

    For the moment, however, he said, “We’re going to stick with this.”

    (This was the Dems plan all along, people.)

    (Pretend the bill is deficit-neutral to get it passed, then extend the Nebraska deal to all 50 states.)

  135. blessedistruth Says:

    I wonder if Limbaugh is talking about this.


  136. blessedistruth Says:


    January 7, 2010


  137. blessedistruth Says:

    Health Care Bill Fallout: One-Fifth of U.S. Could be on Medicaid

    (This sucks!)



    (We can do so much better than this.)

  138. blessedistruth Says:


    But the Democrat wouldn’t say who he’s spoken to regarding the so-called “Cornhusker Kickback” but he’d see to it that Nebraska doesn’t get a special deal.

    “At the end of the day, whatever Nebraska gets will be available to all states,” Nelson said during a conference call with reporters.

    In exchange for his crucial support of the reform bill, Nelson was promised federal funding to cover Nebraska’s entire cost of a Medicaid expansion included in the bill. Other states will have to begin picking up a portion of the added expanse beginning in 2017.

    Nebraska wasn’t alone in getting Medicaid breaks. Vermont, Louisiana and Massachusetts also got help with their programs.

    Nelson said Thursday that if he can’t secure a similar deal for every state, he wants states to be freed from paying the cost of Medicaid expansion. That would mean eliminating the provision or finding another way to pay for it.

    “States that are concerned about Nebraska getting something that they’re not getting should rest at ease,” Nelson said. “That’s not going to happen.”

    (Yes, but if you extend the same deal to ALL 50 states, bill is NOT deficit-neutral.)

  139. blessedistruth Says:

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