Remembering Cat Stevens and Salman Rushdie

In 1976 Stevens nearly drowned off the coast of Malibu, California and claims to have shouted: “Oh God! If you save me I will work for you.” He says that right afterward a wave appeared and carried him back to shore. This brush with death intensified his long-held quest for spiritual truth. He had looked into “Buddhism, Zen, I Ching, Numerology, tarot cards and Astrology“. Stevens’ brother David Gordon brought him a copy of the Qur’an as a birthday gift from a trip to Jerusalem. Stevens took to it right away, and began to find peace with himself and began his transition to Islam.

During the time he was studying the Qur’an, he began to identify more and more with the name of Joseph, a man bought and sold in the market place, which is how he says he had increasingly felt within the music business. Regarding his conversion, in his 2006 interview with Alan Yentob, he stated, “to some people, it may have seemed like an enormous jump, but for me, it was a gradual move to this.” And, in a Rolling Stone Magazine interview, he reaffirmed this, saying, “I had found the spiritual home I’d been seeking for most of my life. And if you listen to my music and lyrics, like “Peace Train” and “On The Road To Find Out”, it clearly shows my yearning for direction and the spiritual path I was travelling.” Stevens had been seeking inner peace and spiritual answers throughout his career, and now believed he had found what he had been seeking.

Stevens formally converted to the Islamic religion on 23 December 1977, taking the name Yusuf Islam in 1978.

Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou on 21 July 1948), best known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British musician of Greek Cypriot and Swedish ancestry. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam.

More Like This:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&search_filter=0&search_sort=video_date_uploaded&suggested_categories=24%2C27&search_query=broadcastislam+biografie

Cat Stevens’ hypocrisy about Salman Rushdie

On his personal spiritual website he wrote:

I never called for the death of Salman Rushdie; nor backed the Fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini–and still don’t. The book itself destroyed the harmony between peoples and created an unnecessary international crisis.

When asked about my opinion regarding blasphemy, I could not tell a lie and confirmed that–like both the Torah and the Gospel–the Qur’an considers it, without repentance, as a capital offense. The Bible is full of similar harsh laws if you’re looking for them. However, the application of such Biblical and Qur’anic injunctions is not to be outside of due process of law, in a place or land where such law is accepted and applied by the society as a whole…

 Uploaded: March 09, 2007

 (I would have a lot more respect for Yusuf Islam if he would admit that he was wrong and apologize. Maybe he fears for the safety of his wife and children. Or maybe he is a religious fanatic.)

    Favorite Album Sides (cont’d.)Tea for the TillermanTea for the Tillerman is an album by singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. This album, Stevens’ second during 1970, includes many of Stevens’ most well-known songs including “Where Do the Children Play?,” “Hard Headed Woman,” “Wild World,” “Sad Lisa,” “Into White” and “Father and Son.”

    Side one

    1.”Where Do the Children Play?” – 3:52
    2.”Hard Headed Woman” – 3:47
    3.”Wild World” – 3:20
    4.”Sad Lisa” – 3:45
    5.”Miles from Nowhere” – 3:37

    Side two

    1.”But I Might Die Tonight” – 1:53
    2.”Longer Boats” – 3:12
    3.”Into White” – 3:24
    4.”On the Road to Find Out” – 5:08
    5.”Father and Son” – 3:41
    6.”Tea for the Tillerman” – 1:01

     http://www.4shared.com/file/253993604/b851b893/01_Where_Do_The_Children_Play_.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/253994695/83430bf5/02_Hard_Headed_Woman.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/253995435/c2945074/03_Wild_World.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/253995948/fbbc295d/04_Sad_Lisa.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/253996944/e0bfca98/05_Miles_From_Nowhere.html

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97 Responses to “Remembering Cat Stevens and Salman Rushdie”

  1. blessedistruth Says:

    Agnus Dei, qui tollis
    peccata mundi,
    dona eis requiem.
    Agnus Dei, qui tollis
    peccata mundi,
    dona eis requiem.
    Agnus Dei, qui tollis
    peccata mundi,
    dona eis requiem sempiternam.

    Lamb of God, who takes away
    the sins of the world,
    grant them eternal rest.
    Lamb of God, who takes away
    the sins of the world,
    Grant them eternal rest.
    Lamb of God, who takes away
    the sins of the world,
    grant them eternal rest forever.

    Pamela Heuvelmans, soprano
    Barbara Werner, alto
    Robert Morvaj, tenor
    Thomas Pfeiffer, bass

    Chamber Choir of Europe

    Süddeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim

    Nicol Matt, conductor

  2. blessedistruth Says:

    Can science, religion co-exist?

    Podcast on ‘The Shroud Codex” takes on question

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=135621

    A new podcast on Jerome Corsi’s new novel “The Shroud Codex” takes on the question of whether science and religion can co-exist.

    Kevin D. Roberts, executive director of Catholic Families for America and of Young Catholic Leaders, interviewed the author, a WorldNetDaily senior reporter and columnist, about his forthcoming book.

    In the interview, Roberts described the book as a fast-moving mystery and said it was a “refreshing” and “inspiring” examination of the interaction of science and religion.

    The shroud also was the subject of a special presentation from the History Channel this week. The program will replay “The Real Face of Jesus?” documentary Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. It will be broadcast again Easter Sunday at 5 p.m. Eastern.

    As a two-time No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, Corsi has acquired a loyal fan base and garnered extensive media attention for his provocative political works of non-fiction that include “The Obama Nation” and most recently “America for Sale.”

    Now, Corsi makes his fiction debut with a novel of mystery and faith “The Shroud Codex.”

    In the nearly half-hour long interview, Corsi explains he enjoyed the process of writing a novel about the Shroud of Turin as an opportunity to explore the science, history and questions of faith the shroud invokes.

    “The Shroud of Turin has fascinated me since I was a teenager,” Corsi says, recalling that he first learned about the it during a retreat during his senior year at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

    “I sat in the church for hours studying every detail of the shroud,” Corsi recalls, relating his experience in 1998 when he traveled to Turin to see the shroud for the first time. “It was an experience that affected my soul and changed me as a person.”

    Corsi discusses how the Shroud of Turin has affirmed his Catholic faith, even though he wrote the novel to challenge directly whether the shroud is the actual burial cloth of Jesus or a brilliant medieval forgery.

    The Shroud of Turin will be on display for the first time since its 2002 restoration, from April 10 to May 23 at the Cathedral of Turin in Turin, Italy.

    Pope Benedict XVI plans to visit Turin on Sunday, May 1, to pray privately at the shroud and to celebrate Mass in the open public square in front of the Turin Cathedral.

    The Shroud Exposition Committee organized by the Archbishop of Turin has issued Corsi press credentials to attend the Turin Exposition this year.

    He is planning to travel to Turin to be present during the pope’s visit and to report for WND on the Shroud Exposition.

  3. blessedistruth Says:

    Is Obama a socialist?

    http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/38844/

  4. blessedistruth Says:

    Several UFO over NewYorkCity night sky . re-uploaded version

  5. blessedistruth Says:

    “THE CLOSEST UFO EVER RECORDED IN THE HISTORY of PLANET EARTH.

    I finally have the summons SO CLOSE you wont believe your eyes.

    I have 3 dozen EXTREMELY CLOSE UFO sightings to show you over the next few days.

    Here are 9 sightings to start with.”

  6. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/04/06/obama-takes-the-middle-road-on-proliferation.aspx

    The middle road on proliferation?

    Let’s see how many repubs are on board

  7. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2010/04/07/a_strong_case_for_a_new_start_98905.html

    A strong case for a new start

  8. sisterrosetta Says:

    New START has the U.S. military’s full backing. It has been endorsed by the country’s leading voices on national security from across the political spectrum, including prominent Republicans such as Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, and George Schultz. But New START, like any treaty, requires the approval of a two-thirds majority (67 votes) of the Senate for ratification, and there is a danger that it will have difficulty overcoming the intense partisan obstructionism in that body. Since the agreement answers all of the concerns that were raised during the negotiation process there should be no doubt about the motives of those who would block ratification: ideological opposition to arms control or a partisan strategy to uniformly obstruct and reject anything President Obama proposes. Senators would do well in their deliberations to consider the consequences of not ratifying the treaty. If the Senate rejects New START, we would enter a period of nuclear instability and potentially a new arms race. This would be disastrous for U.S. national security.

    From article linked above

  9. sisterrosetta Says:

    Now the public relations challenge begins as Mr. Obama tries to win over those who think the treaty is does not go far enough and, at the same time, the hawks who think it leaves the U.S. looking weak to potential enemies. Ratification requires approval of 67 senators, and winning at least eight Republicans could be tough moving into the polarizing election season.

  10. sisterrosetta Says:

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a press conference recently, “I believe that a vast majority of the Senate at the end of the day will see that this is in America’s interest and it goes way beyond politics.”

  11. sisterrosetta Says:

    Leading Republican Senator, Richard Lugar, said he is looking forward to the President’s submission of the new treaty, its protocols, annexes and all associated documents to the Senate for advice and consent to ratification.

  12. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://mobile.forbes.com/device/article.php?CALL_URL=http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0426/entertainment-fox-news-simon-schuster-glenn-beck-inc.html?

    Glenn Beck Inc

  13. sisterrosetta Says:

    Beck’s media empire is bringing in $32 million a year. Here’s how:  Publishing: $13 million Includes profit participation with Simon & Schuster, which sold 3.5 million copies of his books, and Fusion Magazine.   Radio: $10 million Includes five-year, $50 million participation deal with Premiere Radio Networks.  Digital: $4 million Includes an ad-supported Web site and newsletter, plus Insider and Insider Extreme services and merchandise.  Events: $3 million Includes tours, performances and various speaking engagements.  Television: $2 million A three-year contract with Fox News. 

  14. sisterrosetta Says:

    The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington had already banded together with Florida to file a lawsuit against the federal government with the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The lawsuit contends that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) infringes upon the constitutional rights of the residents of states by forcing all citizens and legal residents to carry qualified health insurance or pay a financial penalty. The states contend that the insurance mandate exceeds the limited scope of the powers granted to the federal government under Article I of the US Constitution. Furthermore, they assert that the tax penalty for not carrying insurance violates the prohibition against the direct taxation of individuals outlined in Article I, sections 2 and 9 of the Constitution. The suit also contends that the PPACA infringes on the sovereignty of the states guaranteed under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution by forcing the states to abide by new operating rules and mandating that they spend billions of dollars to support the new health care system, when they already face severe budget crises. Virginia has also filed its own separate lawsuit against the federal government, reiterating many of the concerns of its fellow states. Virginia has already passed a state law that expressly forbids the government from mandating that citizens carry health insurance or pay a penalty. The addition of the five new states brings the total number of states involved in the Florida-led lawsuit against the federal government over ObamaCare to nineteen, including Virginia.

  15. sisterrosetta Says:

    Five more U.S. states have now joined the attorneys general of a dozen other states in a lawsuit aimed at toppling the federal government’s new health care law. The states assert that portions of the health care legislation signed into law by President Obama on March 23 amounts to constitutional overreach that infringes on the right of states and individuals to manage their own affairs. “We welcome the partnership of Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada and Arizona as we continue fighting to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens and the sovereignty of our states,” said Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in a statement.

    5 additional states bringing total to 19

  16. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/04/president_obama_needs_to_prove_1.html

    Somewhat surprised American thinker published this

  17. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://www.stripes.com/m/article.asp?section=104&article=69120

    News article on the above

  18. sisterrosetta Says:

    “Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin is the latest member of the armed forces to discover the downside of YouTube monologues questioning Barack Obama’s citizenship.”

    Whatever

    But I will say this for the umpteenth time

    Even if even if

    Anything ever surfaces that has any basis in law

    I did study a little bit about intl law

    And sometimes we have to recognize a defacto govt

    As opposed to dejure

    So even if obama not dejure cic

    He’s still defacto cic

    Am I wrong?

  19. blessedistruth Says:

    Video:

    April 8, 2010

    Gov. Brewer: ‘It’s Out of Control’
    Arizona governor on chaos on the border

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4141900/gov-brewer-its-out-of-control?playlist_id=86858

  20. blessedistruth Says:

    Yea! My playlists are working again.

    Cha cha!

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

  21. blessedistruth Says:

    except now it’s not “playing”

    so you can double click on any song and it will play but not automatically forwarding

    I’ll figure it out eventually

    Meantime you can click on green arrow at end of each line if you choose to

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

  22. blessedistruth Says:

    Glenn Beck at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale
    Saturday 04.10.2010 @ 10:00am

    Venue: Jobing.Com Arena

    Glenn Beck: American Revival Tour hosted at Jobing.com Arena on April 10, 2010 starts at 10:00AM.

    Visit http://www.jobingarena.com/index.php

    ***

    Knowing last night was the last regular season Coyotes game.

    So you’ll be home for awhile now?

    I have Glenn Beck on Saturday.

    Glenn Beck?

    Yeah Glenn Beck.

    Really?

    I’m always the last to know.

    Glenn Beck and my husband in the same building.

    That’s a good omen.

    Now that dream I had makes sense.

  23. blessedistruth Says:

    Thunder On The Mountain

    Thunder on the mountain, and there’s fires on the moon
    A ruckus in the alley and the sun will be here soon
    Today’s the day, gonna grab my trombone and blow
    Well, there’s hot stuff here and it’s everywhere I go

    I was thinkin’ ’bout Alicia Keys, couldn’t keep from crying
    When she was born in Hell’s Kitchen, I was living down the line
    I’m wondering where in the world Alicia Keys could be
    I been looking for her even clear through Tennessee

    Feel like my soul is beginning to expand
    Look into my heart and you will sort of understand
    You brought me here, now you’re trying to run me away
    The writing on the wall, come read it, come see what it say

    Thunder on the mountain, rollin’ like a drum
    Gonna sleep over there, that’s where the music coming from
    I don’t need any guide, I already know the way
    Remember this, I’m your servant both night and day

    The pistols are poppin’ and the power is down
    I’d like to try somethin’ but I’m so far from town
    The sun keeps shinin’ and the North Wind keeps picking up speed
    Gonna forget about myself for a while, gonna go out and see what others need

    I’ve been sittin’ down studyin’ the art of love
    I think it will fit me like a glove
    I want some real good woman to do just what I say
    Everybody got to wonder what’s the matter with this cruel world today

    Thunder on the mountain rolling to the ground
    Gonna get up in the morning walk the hard road down
    Some sweet day I’ll stand beside my king
    I wouldn’t betray your love or any other thing

    Gonna raise me an army, some tough sons of bitches
    I’ll recruit my army from the orphanages
    I been to St. Herman’s church, said my religious vows
    I’ve sucked the milk out of a thousand cows

    I got the porkchops, she got the pie
    She ain’t no angel and neither am I
    Shame on your greed, shame on your wicked schemes
    I’ll say this, I don’t give a damn about your dreams

    Thunder on the mountain heavy as can be
    Mean old twister bearing down on me
    All the ladies in Washington scrambling to get out of town
    Looks like something bad gonna happen, better roll your airplane down

    Everybody going and I want to go too
    Don’t wanna take a chance with somebody new
    I did all I could, I did it right there and then
    I’ve already confessed – no need to confess again

    Gonna make a lot of money, gonna go up north
    I’ll plant and I’ll harvest what the earth brings forth
    The hammer’s on the table, the pitchfork’s on the shelf
    For the love of God, you ought to take pity on yourself

    http://www.4shared.com/file/257155667/8f855a0c/01-Thunder_on_the_Mountain.html

  24. blessedistruth Says:

    well, I sorta know how Michael Steele feels

    I gotta be twice as good

    because I’m fighting off both the left and the right

    I’ve been saying this for a long time

    If you’re always coming from the left

    Or if you’re always coming from the right

    Something is wrong

    Life is much more complex than that

    You have to look into your heart

    I’ve been told that is where you will find balance

    And I’m beginning to think that may be true

  25. blessedistruth Says:

    I was at this concert. Drinking homemade wine that the chef provided for me.

    Now this crowd knew how to stomp their feet!

  26. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/EvVusr9q/02-Spirit_on_the_Water.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/xWbk3PkA/03-Rollin_and_Tumblin.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/h1tqoo8F/04-When_the_Deal_Goes_Down.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/afVxabEm/05-Someday_Baby.html

  27. blessedistruth Says:

    Elvis back in Vegas with Cirque du Soleil

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/19/viva.elvis.vegas/index.html

    Cirque Du Soleil successfully tackled the Beatles with its “Love” show, so it seems fitting for it to take on another legendary name in rock ‘n’ roll: Elvis Presley.

    “Viva Elvis,” which opens Friday, will be the 10th permanent residency show for Cirque. It’s housed at the 2,000-seat theater at the new Aria Resort & Casino inside CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    The show is a collaboration between Cirque and two companies: CKx Inc., which owns the rights to Presley’s name and image, and the MGM Mirage, which oversees CityCenter.

    The show, which lasts 90 minutes, runs through Presley’s career through his music and, of course, Cirque du Soleil’s distinctive acrobatics.

    http://www.arialasvegas.com/

    http://www.arialasvegas.com/viva-elvis/

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  32. blessedistruth Says:

    01 Viva Las Vegas 197kbps 2:27 3.44
    02 See See Rider 198kbps 2:36 3.67
    03 The Wonder Of You 193kbps 2:38 3.64
    04 Polk Salad Annie 195kbps 4:51 6.76
    05 Release Me 197kbps 3:04 4.32

    06 Let It Be Me 193kbps 3:31 4.85
    07 Proud Mary 201kbps 2:35 3.70
    08 I Just Can’t Help Believin’ 197kbps 4:37 6.50
    09 Walk A Mile In My Shoes 198kbps 2:59 4.23
    10 Bridge Over Troubled Water 177kbps 4:11 5.27

    11 Patch It Up 206kbps 4:03 5.96
    12 I’ve Lost You 196kbps 3:44 5.20
    13 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me 192kbps 2:08 2.92
    14 You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling 202kbps 4:24 6.36
    15 An American Trilogy 194kbps 4:29 6.20

    16 Never Been To Spain 181kbps 3:28 4.47
    17 You Gave Me A Mountain 176kbps 3:16 4.11
    18 It’s Over 179kbps 2:22 3.02
    19 The Impossible Dream (The Quest)

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/M1S7e8w9/01_Viva_Las_Vegas.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/wQxEWQFO/02_See_See_Rider.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/hcVILSGf/03_The_Wonder_Of_You.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/aFQ2zVLY/04_Polk_Salad_Annie.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/ZaDubiT8/05_Release_Me.html

  33. blessedistruth Says:

    Glenn Beck on Paul Ryan

    You really need to take a chill pill there, Mr. Beck.

    Your fixation on progressives vs nonprogressives is infantile.

    You’re always telling people to do their homework, when it’s obvious you haven’t done yours.

    ObamaCare is the law of the land.

    The choice we have before us is ObamaCare or something less invasive.

    And also a plan for extricating this Great Republic from the black hole of debt we have gotten ourselves into.

    You’re just like Jekyll and Hyde, you better turn your tide, baby.
    I know that person between ain’t mean, baby.
    So meet me at the corner of sanity, don’t be late, baby.
    I’m gonna ride Jekyll and Hyde right outta your life
    And I don’t mean maybe. (x2).

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/Uv7i1Sgl/10_-_Jekyll_and_Hyde.html

  34. blessedistruth Says:

    From the album SEALS AND CROFTS (1969)

    “Earth”

    Earth is my mother, no other, my sanctuary. But earth is my prison, my grave and my mortuary.

    Give me a castle in the sun where rainbows have ends and people are one.

    Show me an earth where the birth of a child disguised as the word can be recognized.

    Earth is my nation, my station, obligatory. But earth is my sorrow, my curses’ depository.

    Give me a table beyond the clouds where there’s enough food to feed all the crowds.

    Show me an earth where the birth of a child disguised as the word can be recognized.

    Let me hear my other voice who guides me now but gives me choice.

    Tell me where to find the friend should He pass this way again.

    Remember Akka for his sake, the earth is but a snake to His voice that spake.

    Earth is my mother, no other, my sanctuary. But earth is my prison, my grave and my mortuary.

    Give me a castle in the sun where rainbows have ends and people are one.

    Show me an earth where the birth of a child disguised as the word can be recognized.

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163086065/732e05d/01_-_See_My_Life.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163086423/8d3428b0/02_-_Sea_of_Consciousness.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163086793/6c864f22/03_-_Seldoms_Sister.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163087292/a5f6da3a/04_-_Not_Be_Found.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163087569/b0f309f8/05_-_Birthday_Of_My_Thoughts.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163088000/c1ddc467/06_-_In_Tune.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163088213/424b70f2/07_-_Cows_Of_Gladness.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163088343/3efeee80/08_-_Earth.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163088433/74f06ec2/09_-_Seven_Valleys.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163088643/38352c6b/10_-_Jekyll_and_Hyde.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163088795/653a9d24/11_-_Ashes_In_The_Snow.html

    http://www.4shared.com/file/163088925/8c5069e5/12_-_See_My_Life_Reprise_Versi.html

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    Isley Brothers cover Summer Breeze

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/di0jyDAs/08_Summer_Breeze.html

  37. sisterrosetta Says:

    Barack Obama got something of an endorsement of the strategic arms reduction treaty he signed in Prague today from an unlikely source: Karl Rove.  Former President George W. Bush’s political guru told Fox News yesterday that the new START agreement that would reduce the U.S. and Russian arsenals by a third is another of Obama’s recent accomplishments, “but not to make it into a big deal.” “The other thing is this so-called New START Treaty that is going to be signed with the Russian,” Rove said. “Now that’s helpful but let’s not it make into a big deal.”

  38. sisterrosetta Says:

    Roll Call reports: “Senate ratification of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is far from assured, with Democrats and Republicans lining up on opposite sides within hours of President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signing the document on Thursday.Leading Democratic and Republican Senators Thursday evening squared off in a joint television interview, with Select Committee on Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) arguing for immediate ratification and Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) expressing several reservations. Ratification of the treaty requires 67 votes, meaning eight Republicans must support it if the Democratic Conference offers the document united backing.” AP is more optimistic: “Despite near gridlock in the Senate, Republicans were expected to swing behind a new arms control treaty with Russia that President Barack Obama said they will like, even though some are reserving judgment until Obama can assure them the pact won’t set back U.S. defenses against other potential foes such as North Korea and Iran. … Republicans, however, did not rush to either praise or criticize the treaty. They want Obama to promise it won’t undercut the nation’s ability to set up missile defenses to protect against an attack from Iran or North Korea. They also want assurances that the agreement will preserve what’s known as the ‘nuclear triad’ — the nation’s ability to deliver nuclear weapons from the air, land and sea.”

    Start treaty needs 67 votes in senate

    I hope repubs don’t waste valuable political capital opposing if this will ultimately prevail

    Then dems will cry warmongers!

    Fairly or not

  39. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://www.house.gov/ryan/audio/111th/4710JSS.htm

    Paul Ryan on Americas future

    Audio

  40. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://spectator.org/archives/2010/04/09/the-man-with-the-plan

    Paul Ryan the man with the plan

  41. sisterrosetta Says:

    “I had all along in my career in Congress been watching our fiscal and economic situation steadily deteriorate, and I noticed that nobody was proposing solutions for fear of political demagoguery,” Ryan says. “If that continues, it’s very clear to me that we are sleepwalking toward a fiscal crisis in which the alternatives would be ugly and we would become more of a social welfare state.” Taking advantage of his new position, Ryan set out to find a comprehensive approach to the looming fiscal crisis. After a year of writing and running the numbers, he introduced his first version of the “Roadmap” in May of 2008, which formed the basis for his updated proposal released this year. In the intervening time period, the task became even more daunting.

    Contd below

  42. sisterrosetta Says:

    “In 2008, when I introduced this thing, I thought we’d have 10 years before it was too late to turn back, and maintain what I call the American idea-limited government premised on freedom and liberty, free enterprise, and entrepreneurial society,” he said. “Now, I think we have about half that time, because of the economic crisis that we had, and because of the agenda that’s moving through Washington right now.” THE “ROADMAP” is a rare type of congressional proposal that delves into political philosophy (with references to the likes of Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, and Émile Durkheim) and also makes a moral case that the expansion of the welfare state leads to the erosion of the “American character” of freedom and personal responsibility.

    Contd below

  43. sisterrosetta Says:

    Many of the ideas promoted by Ryan have surfaced before and failed to gain traction. President Bush couldn’t even get a vote on Social Security personal accounts when Republicans controlled both the House and Senate. Though Bush created a commission on tax reform, its recommendations, which were much less ambitious than Ryan’s proposals, fizzled upon introduction. And when John McCain proposed ending the tax code’s discrimination against individuals who purchase health insurance on their own during the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama successfully portrayed him as a tax hiker.

    Contd below

  44. sisterrosetta Says:

    Without changes, Ryan says, younger Americans are guaranteed to grow up in a nation in which “the best century will be the last and not the current one.” He says, “That’s the path we’re on right now. The sooner we can help Americans see that, the sooner we can get the kind of changes we need to prevent it.” There are arguments in favor of gradualism, and those on the right certainly shouldn’t live in a fantasy world detached from what is politically feasible. But the looming fiscal crisis is so severe and approaching so rapidly that conservatives can’t afford to postpone making the case for something on the scale of what Ryan is proposing, if not his specific plan. During this year’s congressional races and the next presidential primaries, any candidate who attacks Obama’s reckless spending should be put to the Ryan test. That is, anybody who expects to be taken seriously as a limited government conservative should endorse specific solutions to tackle the debt. To avoid discussing these issues during an election year means preemptively surrendering to the reality of a leviathan state. To walk away from this fight guarantees that future generations will be forced to live in the wreckage of a collapsed United States. If the conservative movement was built for any reason and exists for any purpose, it is to fight this battle.

  45. sisterrosetta Says:

    I’d love to see how ryans roadmap polls with independents

    My guess

    Like the author of above article

    Don’t just bash obamas policies

    Show us a better plan

    My worst fear

    Repubs fail to get behind Ryan’s roadmap or similar reform

    Instead we end up with obamas policies

    And all of the ramifications of that

    The worst ramification being we cease being America

    If we allow this to happen we will become something else

    But we won’t be America any longer

    And the rest of the world will have to look elsewhere for assistance and inspiration

  46. sisterrosetta Says:

    48% 52% 4/09

    Rasmussenreports obama approval

  47. blessedistruth Says:

    Transcript of the March 21, 2010, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,589726,00.html

    WALLACE: Congressman Ryan, I know you have talked about making repeal the centerpiece of the campaign.

    RYAN: And replace.

    WALLACE: Pardon?

    RYAN: Repeal and replace with something better.

    WALLACE: But making that the centerpiece of the campaign between now and November for House Republicans. But the fact is there are some specific things that kick in and Americans, once they get it, tend to like their entitlements.

    RYAN: What I would say is in three or four weeks when the speaker brings the doc fix bill to the floor, it wipes out any deficit reduction claims and according to CBO has a $58 billion deficit.

    WALLACE: No, but speak to my larger issue.

    RYAN: So — what I think is going to happen is people are going to have a rude awakening as to all the things that are in this bill.

    You talked about student loans. They’re nationalizing the entire student loan industry, making the Department of Education the seventh largest bank in America, getting rid of all of the private student loan vendors except for one in North Dakota.

    And there’s so many things in this bill that I don’t think people are just realizing what’s going to happen.

    (CROSSTALK)

    RYAN: It’s going to encourage firms to dump their health care that they’re providing for employees into the exchange. A new mandate. $10 billion to the IRS for 16,000 agents to police this new mandate. All of these gory details are going to be unfolding…

    (CROSSTALK)

    WALLACE: You have the final 10 seconds, Congresswoman.

    WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: At end of the day, when this bill passes, I dare the Republicans, if for some reason power shifts sands, to take away making sure that we can provide that security and stability to those small business owners who are…

    RYAN: There’s a better way to do it.

  48. blessedistruth Says:

    http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/26/romney-keeping-it-real-and-we-need-it-now-more-than-ever/

    In fact, the former Massachusetts governor, whose book

    “No Apology: The Case for American Greateness”

    came out earlier in the month, offers despondent Republicans the perfect antidote for the blues.

    Romney, after all, possesses a credibility about health care policy rivaled among Republicans only by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

    Having worked with an overwhelmingly Democratic state legislature to insure nearly all Massachusetts residents, Romney provides about as stark a contrast to our president as can be imagined on health reform substance and process.

    On the merits, the Massachusetts plan has proven far from perfect, but it—or at least Romney’s original vision of it—differs from ObamaCare, for the better, in several important respects.

  49. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/po_20100406_2847.php

    Some GOP candidates who advocate specific policy alternatives already are prime targets for Democratic attacks.

    In January, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the House Budget Committee ranking member, introduced a sweeping “roadmap” proposal to tackle the country’s long-term deficits and debt.

    Included in Ryan’s plan are proposed shifts to the private sector instead of federal spending for Social Security and Medicare, plus reductions in tax rates for all income levels.

    To play up GOP alternatives as extreme, Democrats have kept a spotlight on Ryan’s plan at press conferences, in congressional campaign literature and during hearings on Capitol Hill.

    Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, at a House Appropriations Committee hearing in March, said Obama’s budget plan would get deficits under control while Ryan’s plan would worsen deficits and mostly help the wealthy.

    “We do face a basic choice, and I hope we have further discussion of that basic choice,” Orszag emphasized at the hearing.

    Ryan, who is much admired within his own party, has defended his proposal’s specifics as his own, not the GOP’s platform.

    “The roadmap is my plan to start the debate on dealing with our long-term debt, so other people would put out their plans,” Ryan told National Journal.

    “It’s not the Republican budget.”

    Ryan acknowledged that Democrats were raising him up to tear the GOP down but said fear-mongering would fail in November.

    “I can handle that,” he said.

    “To do it they must mischaracterize the plan and demagogue it.

    All I have to do is get the truth out about what my plan is.

    People see through all that.

    I don’t think these slash-and-burn fear campaigns work any more.”

    Tom Davis commended Ryan as a thought-leader whose intellect would be essential if Republicans gain the opening to govern in 2011, but he warned that the roadmap could distract from a focus on Democratic policy excesses.

    “The Democrats right now will just seize on anything that’s there to try to scare their base out,” Davis said, adding that Republicans can rebrand as long as they do so very cautiously.

    “Be careful what’s in the New Coke,” Davis advised.

    “Don’t start excluding people who are mad at the Democrats by putting ingredients in there that are going to scare them off and make this election a choice and not a referendum.”

    (I don’t agree with this Tom Davis. Repubs aren’t going to win just by screaming repeal, repeal, repeal! “There’s a better way to do it.” Repubs you need to project a united front. So get behind Ryan’s Roadmap or another roadmap, but get behind something!)

  50. blessedistruth Says:

    Congressional budget office: Fiscal policy is ‘unsustainable’

    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/91161-congressional-budget-office-fiscal-policy-is-unsustainable

    The CBO projects that Obama’s policies would produce deficits averaging nearly $1 trillion for the next decade.

    The deficit would bottom out in 2014 at a level equal to 4.1 percent of gross domestic product, which is higher than the 3 percent level considered to be sustainable by the White House and independent economists.

    Deficits would again rise after 2014.

    The debt-to-GDP ratio would go from 63 percent this year to 90 percent by 2020, the CBO said.

    A “select group of countries,” including Greece, which is facing a fiscal crisis, have debt levels that high, which is “worrisome,” Elmendorf said.

    Elmendorf cautioned against a fiscal retrenchment that is too quick and could hamper an economic recovery.

    The deficit levels are expected to drop from 10 percent this year to nearly 4 percent within four years, “the most rapid withdrawal of fiscal stimulus since the Second World War,” he said.

    The ideal timing for deficit reductions would be “at some point beyond the next few years,” he said.

  51. blessedistruth Says:

    Bernanke’s strange comments on U.S. deficits

    http://blogs.reuters.com/james-pethokoukis/2010/04/08/bernankes-strange-comments-on-u-s-deficits/

    If Bernanke really wanted to warn the American public about the dangers of rising budget deficits, then a congressional debate over creating two new entitlement programs would be the most important time to deliver that message. …

    Had Bernanke delivered his populist warning before January 28, it could have jeopardized his confirmation by the Senate to a second term as Fed chairman.

    Had he done so between January 28 and March 21, he would have suffered a storm of criticism from Democrats

    (and possible retribution when his term came up for renewal in 2013)

    because his sensible, responsible warning would have made moderate House Democrats more skeptical about ObamaCare’s new entitlements.

    ***

    This is worrisome.

    Too much of policy, whether it is future a Health Fed or the deficit commission, is based on the ability of outside panels to end run Congress — and of Congress to ultimately cede power.

    ***

    “his sensible, responsible warning would have made moderate House Democrats more skeptical about ObamaCare’s new entitlements”

    (if only Stupak had heard this sensible, responsible warning, then perhaps he could have held onto his job)

  52. blessedistruth Says:

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer – April 1, 2010

    Fiscal Solutions Forum at University of Maryland

    Hoyer:

    “America needs a fiscal wake up because our choice isn’t between painful and painless – it is whether we will begin to make these changes voluntarily, gradually and fairly – or wait until they are imposed upon us harshly and unfairly in the inevitable crisis that follows.

    So much ink is spilled on the question of fiscal responsibility.

    But responsibility to what? Responsibility to our budget and our future? Certainly.

    But just as importantly, responsibility to one another.

    Elected official and the public have a responsibility to one another in this debate.

    And if either side fails, we will all fail.

    Washington has a responsibility to show political courage and not to exploit for temporary advantage someone elses willingness to make those hard choices.

    Some of my colleagues have criticized Paul Ryan.

    I don’t agree Paul Ryan’s suggestions, but I applaud Paul Ryan’s courage for putting something on the table that in fact does what he says its going to do.

    Whether or not you agree with that policy, it is what we all ought to be doing, and not criticizing the other for doing it or using it for political advantage.

    What is politically easy is often fiscally deadly.

    Easy choices are selfish choices because they leave the work of cleaning up to someone else.

    Easy choices are often popular – but that popularity is bought on credit.”

  53. blessedistruth Says:

    US Budget Experts Ponder Fiscal Consequences of New Health Law

    http://imarketnews.com/node/11093

    Republicans said the Democratic plan was a fiscal nightmare.

    They dismissed the CBO report as a tentative assessment that was based on unrealistic assumptions built on the tenuous premise that future Congresses will fully implement the tax increases and spending cuts that are imbedded in the new law.

    Rep. Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, said the plan was a “fiscal Frankenstein” that includes several new entitlement programs

    — just as a new commission is beginning work to help overhaul the massive cost of existing entitlements.

    The new health law will cost nearly $1 trillion over a decade.

    It will be paid for by a mix of Medicare savings, an excise tax on high cost insurance plans and surtaxes on the income of the wealthy.

    The CBO said the new health care plan would reduce budget deficits by $143 billion over a decade and more than $1.2 trillion in the second ten years.

    Bob Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, said it is almost impossible to accurately project the fiscal consequences of the new health law.

    “I would not look at this as deficit reduction bill.

    I would look at this as an insurance expansion bill that Congress tried to pay for.

    But we really don’t know if they have.

    There is so much that is going on in this bill and its bottom line will be determined by the actions and responses of patients, doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, state governments and others,” Bixby said.

    “There is no way to know at this time what it’s fiscal bottom line will be.

    Any certainty in predicting this is not warranted,” he added.

    Bixby’s group, thee Concord Coalition, issued a report last week that raises budget concerns.

    It said achieving Medicare savings will be difficult and that the bill creates cost control strategies and projects that could work–but are not certain to.

    “These may bear fruit at some future point but success is far from certain.

    It will require concerted and cooperative efforts by state and federal officials, hospitals, doctors, insurance companies and millions of patients.

    It will also require the political will to make the savings stick why they begin to pinch,” it said.

    The budget group said that while the CBO deficit estimates

    “offer some reassurance about the legislation, there is a great deal of downside risk that these projections will prove to be optimistic.”

    “And even is everything goes according to plan, the promised deficit reduction will be quite modest compared to the trillions of dollars that current projections indicate the country will add to its debt in the coming decade,” the budget group said.

  54. blessedistruth Says:

    Innovation Out the Window?

    http://healthcare.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MDg5NmVhODFiZTRhZTQzZTAwZjMwZTkyNmM0NDIzMTE=

    Consumer-driven health plans — health-insurance plans that cover catastrophic health expenses while letting individuals pay for more routine expenses out-of-pocket — are arguably the greatest innovation in health-care payment of recent years.

    They require lower premiums than conventional plans and help curb health-care inflation by incentivizing consumers to shop for health care on price, quality, and service.

    They are also a promising approach to providing basic health care for the poor.

    (For more information on what they do and why they work, peruse the work of Regina Herzlinger and John Goodman.)

    http://drfd.hbs.edu/fit/public/facultyInfo.do?facInfo=bio&facEmId=rherzlinger

    http://www.john-goodman-blog.com/

    ***

    Governor Daniels, arguably the country’s most innovative health-care reformer, was granted a Medicaid waiver by the Bush administration to try a consumer-driven approach.

    Daniels’s plan rerouted existing Medicare disproportionate-share hospital payments into health care for the poor.

    While those under 122 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (currently $22,050 for a four-person family) remained on traditional Medicaid, everyone else, up to 200 percent of the FPL, was eligible for the Healthy Indiana Plan.

    The plan has been exceptionally popular, and harbors a sizable waiting list for entry.

    By contrast, Obamacare bluntly forces states to expand Medicaid from 100 percent of the FPL to just 133 percent, but for a fully implemented cost exceeding $100 billion per year.

    Governor Daniels was able to bring health care to more people, at a far lower cost per capita, than Obamacare will — but he may no longer have that option.

    If Governor Daniels’s interpretation of Obamacare is correct, the law

    will reduce health-care options for Indiana’s poor,

    will place long-term strain upon Indiana’s budget, and

    will force the state to drastically curtail its coverage of those above 133 percent of the FPL.

    What were those “top ten benefits” of Obamacare again?

  55. blessedistruth Says:

    USA Truck, Baldor expect higher costs from new health care law

    http://www.thecitywire.com/index.php?q=node/9243

    ACADEMIC VIEW

    With the cost of the new bill to the U.S. economy a point of debate, the Harvard Business School recently released opinions on the matter from several faculty.

    Regina Herzlinger, the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration and author of “Who Killed Health Care?” offered this assessment:

    “The costs of this legislation, more than $900 billion, will put another nail in the coffin of the U.S. economy and open the door to a government-controlled health care system that gravely injures the sick and the entrepreneurs who could help them, along the way.

    “The problem?

    The absence of a way to control the costs that already cripple U.S. global competitiveness.

    As a percentage of gross domestic product, this country spends roughly 70 percent more on health care than other developed nations;

    yet we cannot point to commensurate superiority in value, other than in biotechnology and genomics.

    And these official numbers fail to include the $38 trillion in unfunded Medicare liabilities-the dubious gift we leave to our progeny.”

    Link here to the complete Herzlinger comment.

    http://www.hbs.edu/news/opinions/herzlingeronhealthcare032310.html

    (BTW Herzlinger favors universal coverage and has suggested the United States adopt hcr similar to what they have in Switzerland.)

  56. blessedistruth Says:

    In this video, Regina E. Herzlinger, the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration Chair at Harvard Business School, participates in the panel discussion Innovation and Health Sector Transformation.

    Here, she explains the problems in global competitiveness, spread across the world economies major companies, caused by the albatross of our employer, multiple-payer healthcare systems.

  57. blessedistruth Says:

    Glenn Beck v. Paul Ryan? Ryan Wins Takedown

    http://dad29.blogspot.com/2010/04/glenn-beck-v-paul-ryan-ryan-wins.html

    It seems that Beck kinda dislikes anything associated with the Progressives.

    For a guy who is reputed to be very smart, that’s not……….ahh………very smart.

    Ryan’s speech is very clear on that:

    “But Progressivism turned away from popular control toward central government planning.

    It lost most Americans and consumed itself in paternalism, arrogance, and snobbish condescension.

    “Fighting Bob” LaFollette, Teddy Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson would have scorned the self-proclaimed “Progressives” of our day for handing out bailout checks to giant corporations, corrupting the Congress to purchase votes for government controlled health care, and funneling billions in Jobs Stimulus money to local politicians to pay for make-work patronage.

    That’s not “Progressivism,” that’s what real Progressives fought against!”

    Not all “progress” is good. Not all “progress” is bad.

    Glenn: get used to thinking harder.

    ***

    Ouch!

  58. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/35102/

    Pat: No. 8, just the head of U.S. central command, David Petraeus.

    No. 9, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. That seems a little high for Paul Ryan. I mean —

    Glenn: Tell me about Paul Ryan. Wisconsin?

    Pat: Yes. He has it all, according to this article, including time on his side.

    He entered Congress at the tender age of 28. Doesn’t turn 40 until next year.

    Just because he’s — none of these guys — none of these Republicans —

    Glenn: I don’t want a guy who got in at 28 and is now 40 and is still in Congress.

    Pat: Where do you want him to be?

    Glenn: Maybe running a business.

    Pat: Okay. Well, that’s — yes. Term limits would be a good thing at this point.

    Glenn: Doing his own gig.

    Pat: Sure, sure.

    And then No. 10 I wholeheartedly disagree with because, again, it’s not a conservative, Tim Pawlenty.

    No. 11, Mitt Romney.

    No. 12, George W. Bush, only former President of the United States.

    John Roberts was 13th.

    Haley Barbour, Mississippi, was 14th,

    followed by Eric Cantor, McCain, Mike Pence, Bob McDonald.

    Glenn: If you look at this list of conservatives and you count the number of progressives on this list you see —

    progressives or people who ignored the progressives,

    for instance, Dick Cheney ignored the progressives, you know,

    and just went along with them,

    if you look at that list,

    there are a lot of enemies within the gates of the conservative movement.

    (Not discerning. Not helpful. Mr. Beck, just how are you going to save us from one-party rule come Nov? I’d really like to know.)

  59. blessedistruth Says:

    Glenn Beck rebroadcast

    http://den-a.plr.liquidcompass.net/player/flash/audio_player.php?id=KTARFM&uid=237

  60. blessedistruth Says:

    NPR archive describes Obama as ‘Kenyan-born’

    Description accompanies interview about ‘son of Africa’

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=138293

    (Glenn Beck may actually be on to something when he suggests it is the left that keeps leaking these birther stories. Because it is not a winning issue, especially with independents.)

  61. blessedistruth Says:

    an·ti·es·tab·lish·men·tar·i·an·ism   /ˌæntiɪˌstæb-lɪʃmənˈtɛəriəˌnɪzəm, ˌæntaɪ-/

    [an-tee-i-stab-lish-muhn-tair-ee-uh-niz-uhm, an-tahy-]

    –noun

    a policy or attitude that views a nation’s power structure as corrupt, repressive, exploitive, etc.

    (well, I agree with Glenn Beck that the protest movement of the 1960s has become “the man”)

    Glenn Beck fears it, I revel in it.

    Rebel, rebel.

    No, I am not a violent person. I just want to throw a few rotten tomatoes.

    Maybe some fake blood.

    hehe

    Don’t tread on me.

  62. blessedistruth Says:

    revel, revel. I mean rebel, rebel.

  63. blessedistruth Says:

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/ozwDKLEv/01_Rebel_Rebel.html

  64. blessedistruth Says:

    Jasper

    Time is as weak as water
    I’m kneeling on the shore
    Showers, palmfronds
    Cross me spilling
    Silver, sidewalks
    Lips so red world so wide
    Around my head
    Waiting
    Time is as weak as water
    I taught myself a lesson
    I put myself to sleep
    Sirens, jasmin
    Jasper, flagpole
    Tree top, sidewalk
    Thursday night, magnolia
    Along my street
    Later
    I taught myself a lesson

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/DsHeQA4M/05_Jasper.html

    See also:

    http://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2009/07/05/i-taught-myself-a-lesson/

  65. blessedistruth Says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estrangeiro

    ***

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/oT7p_mlm/01_O_Estrangeiro.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/QWJI_6pS/02_Rai_Das_Cores.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/T6QIX4Vi/03_Branquinha.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/3hmzcH9m/04_Os_Outros_Romanticos.html

    ***

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/QpDrtLlr/06_Este_Amor.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/WkSGbzVm/07_Outro_Retrato.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/25BN8erl/08_Etc.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/D3fhAd5Y/09_Meia-Lua_Inteira.html

    http://www.4shared.com/audio/qpTyqzDq/10_Genipapo_Absoluto.html

  66. sisterrosetta Says:

    Good for Sean hannity

    Standing by Michael steele

  67. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/GOP-Obamacare-strategy_-Try-repeal_-then-cut-90293642.html

    Try repeal then cut

  68. sisterrosetta Says:

    Given today’s political trend lines — continuing opposition to Obamacare and support for repeal — it’s possible that argument could be enough to win the House. But House Republicans know it is unlikely that the Senate will also go to the GOP, and even if it does there might not be sufficient support there for repeal, and even if there is, and the whole thing passes Congress, Republicans won’t have enough votes to override a presidential veto.In that case, several lawmakers told me, House Republicans will focus on the parts of Obamacare they can control. “We would have a number of tools at our disposal,” Pence says. “Chief among them is the power of the purse, the ability to shape any rollout of Obamacare or constrain any rollout through the appropriations process.” Explains Price: “There are 159 new commissions, czars, councils and entities within the Department of Health and Human Services, and if they weren’t funded, they would have a hard time existing.”That’s one glaring vulnerability in the Democratic strategy to pass national health care now but push its enactment years into the future. Things can change. Perhaps Obamacare cannot be repealed, but it might be reshaped and virtually undone. If Republicans win control of the House this November, that’s a fight you’re going to see.

    From article linked above

  69. sisterrosetta Says:

    After raising taxes by $800 million for health care reform, among other activities, wealthy Massachusetts needs yet more revenues and has the country’s highest health insurance costs. Desperately, Governor Deval Patrick has proposed price controls on locally-insured health care, mirroring the actions of the Netherlands, which also featured a national exchange in the vain hope of controlling health care costs. If government price controls sound like a march to single payer, that’s because they are. Some argue that Massachusetts couldn’t control costs because it lacked public-insurance plans, pointing to Medicare, whose administrative overhead is 3% versus 12-18% for private insurers. But that figure ignores the Ponzi scheme of Medicare’s unfunded liabilities, estimated at about $38 trillion–roughly three times U.S. GDP. If Medicare recognized them, they would add an additional trillion dollars to administrative costs, at a Federal borrowing cost of 3 percent.

    Regina herzlinger

    Contd below

  70. sisterrosetta Says:

    Underpriced public plans, financed by borrowing from our children, will drive out private competitors. Private insurers are no angels, but unlike public insurers, they cannot survive massive deficits, thus protecting future generations, and unlike monopolistic public plans, they do provide a modicum of competition. Medicare and Medicaid’s monopoly powers also enable provider underpayment of billions of dollars, sums currently made up by commercial insurers. But if underpriced public plans forced out private ones, who would take up the slack? The looming doctor shortage could become a national crisis as prospective physicians, facing massive educational debt, reluctantly opt for other occupations. You can count potential health care entrepreneurs out, too. The percentage of Americans insured by the government will inevitably grow as private plans disappear and employers urge their employees into heavily-subsided public plans.

    Regina herzlinger

    Contd below

  71. sisterrosetta Says:

    But how will they control costs? Many experts, including the Congressional Budget Office, dismiss the Democrats’ claims that government can control costs through information technology and other technocratic tools. The unavoidable fact is that because the sick constitute roughly 20% of users, but account for about 80% of the costs, they are a politically vulnerable cost-control target. Although government-rationing can squeeze out some inefficiency, it is hardly benign or equitable. The government-controlled system in the United Kingdom, for example, has the lowest adoption of cancer drugs among the biggest five European economies and correspondingly low cancer survival rates. Many of the UK’s affluent buy private insurance to avoid government stringency, like those in other European government-controlled systems. There’s no question that we must have universal coverage; but, the present bill will inevitably increase costs, further weakening our economy. Tragically, although it will expand insurance coverage, it will ultimately result in rationed medical care for its beneficiaries and suppress the entrepreneurs who could help them.

    Regina herzlinger

  72. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://www.hbs.edu/news/opinions/herzlingeronhealthcare032310.html

    Read the whole thing

    When repubs are determining just what they’re going to replace obamacare with
    I sure hope Regina herzlinger will be at the table

  73. blessedistruth Says:

    Only a brave few acknowledge an entitlement crisis

    By George F. Will

    Sunday, April 11, 2010; A15

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/09/AR2010040904000.html

    Synthetic indignation being the first refuge of political featherweights, Crist’s campaign announced that he believes Rubio’s suggestions are “cruel, unusual and unfair to seniors living on a fixed income.”

    They are indeed unusual, because flinching from the facts of the coming entitlements crisis is the default position of all but a responsible few, such as Wisconsin’s Rep. Paul Ryan, who has endorsed Rubio.

    What is ultimately cruel is Crist’s unserious pretense that America faces only palatable choices and that improvident promises can be fully funded with money currently lost to waste and fraud.

    By the time the baby boomers have retired in 2030, the median age of the American population will be close to that of today’s population of Florida, the retirees’ haven that is Heaven’s antechamber.

    The 38-year-old Rubio’s responsible answer to a serious question gives the nation a glimpse of a rarity — a brave approach to the welfare state’s inevitable politics of gerontocracy.

    georgewill@washpost.com

  74. blessedistruth Says:

    ObamaCare Encourages Workers To Retire Early, Hinders Reform

    http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=529955

    The health care overhaul’s effect on possible changes to Medicare eligibility is among several ways it might hinder one of the most constructive approaches to reining in unsustainable entitlement spending on older Americans: getting them to work longer and rely on the safety net later.

  75. blessedistruth Says:

    My Playlist still isn’t “playing”

    But you can double click any song and it will play

    And you can also click on green arrow at end of each line

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

  76. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303720604575170182337302108.html?mod=rss_Today's_Most_Popular

    Fouad ajami on Afghanistan

  77. sisterrosetta Says:

    In any event, if Gen. Petraeus really does want to set the record straight in a way that reassures supporters of Israel, it is a very simple thing to do. He just needs to say that America’s bias in favor of Israel is not a “perception” but a reality; that it will always be a reality unless and until Palestinians and their Islamist backers unequivocally acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and convincingly foreswear terrorism (aka “resistance”); that until those conditions are met, the United States realizes that there can be no resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; and that, if we are truly to “live our values,” we have no alternative but to favor a Western-style democracy over a would-be Islamist regime that glorifies violent jihadists, endorses sharia principles, and inculcates anti-Semitism in its people through its control of the media, the schools, and other institutions.   I’m not holding my breath. How shameful it is, though, that there should be any question about whether these are the non-negotiable, bedrock principles of American policy. 04/10 06:47 AM

    The corner

  78. blessedistruth Says:

    From the alleged sighting in 1947 to the incident at Roswell, N.M., military personnel, scientists and ordinary citizens give extraordinary accounts of encounters with the unexplained.

  79. blessedistruth Says:

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  80. blessedistruth Says:

    April 09, 2010 — TWO fighter jets in pursuit of a UFO.

  81. blessedistruth Says:

    Closer Look At M5 Ufo Chased By Fighters.

  82. blessedistruth Says:

    Smithereens playlist

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Apr+10+2010/27494891

    And it does “play”

    Just experimenting.

  83. blessedistruth Says:

    Playlist #2

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/playlist/Apr+10+2010+2+/27497709

    (Just some old music I had lyin’ around.)

  84. blessedistruth Says:

    http://eric-graff.blogspot.com/2010/04/bill-minnich-is-right.html

    But looking over the record of Ryan can only bring one to say he is consistent and he is a man of principle and conscience.

    The thing I love about him is he will admit his wrongs, though they are few, and he will tell you why and how he came to those wrong conclusions articulately and with accountability, and that, my friends, is clarity.

    Refreshingly and wonderfully clear.

    Paul stood up to Obama, McCain, Bush and others when it was the right thing to do and he helped me get my daughter home when the Navy could not find the orders they had sent to medically and honorably discharge her after becoming ill in the aftermath of Iraqi invasion which lead to the capture of Saddam.

    Even if he had not done that for my family, my feelings for him would be the same.

    I have never met a more honest and principled man in elected office, and I know a few…Quite a few.

    Wisconsin is the birthplace of the Republican Party.

    That happened because Wisconsin was also a hotbed for socialism.

    Milwaukee had socialist mayors for decades upon decades and has never elected a Republican to the office.

    I stand with Paul Ryan, and as long as he stands by the principles I hold near and dear to my heart, I will stand with him and fight for him and help him to attain any office, should he desire to go higher in his quest for leadership.

  85. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/04/11/facing_up_to_a_pension_crisis_105124.html

    George will on pension crisis

  86. sisterrosetta Says:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7094217.ece

    Clown karzai strikes again!

  87. sisterrosetta Says:

    “Then until the time you say you are happy, the operation will not happen,” Karzai replied. General Stanley McChrystal, the Nato commander, who was sitting behind him, looked distinctly apprehensive. The remarks have compounded US anger and bewilderment with Karzai, who has already accused the United States of rigging last year’s presidential elections and even threatened to switch sides to join the Taliban. For President Barack Obama, the battle to drive the Taliban from their heartland is seen as the main test of his “surge” strategy to send 30,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan. The United States calls Kandahar the “centre of gravity” of the war in Afghanistan.

  88. sisterrosetta Says:

    47% 53% 4/11

    Rasmussenreports obama approval

  89. sisterrosetta Says:

    Phil Cave, a retired Navy judge advocate general who now practices military law as a civilian, said that even if Lakin does decide to deploy as scheduled, the Army still may be able to prosecute him. Under Article 88, Cave said, a servicemember can be charged for making disrespectful comments or remarks about the president. Cave believes that Lakin’s supporters in the birther movement hope that a court-martial will give defense attorneys the authority to seek, through discovery, other documents to help make their case. “They think that by using [servicemembers in a court-martial] they can get discovery like you could in any criminal prosecution,” he said. “That ain’t gonna happen. They’re not going to have discovery where they’re going to get the president to produce a birth certificate because, I’m reasonably certain, no military judge, no appellate court and no federal court, and no U.S. Supreme Court is going to say they have a right to get that as a matter of discovery.”

    ***

    Will this save us from one party rule come Nov?

    I don’t see how

    Anyone who is a divider on the right now when we have so little time to turn things around

    When the stakes are so high

    Only uniters are serving us well

    If repubs keep eating their own

    We will squander our chance

  90. blessedistruth Says:

    “Paul Ryan is a darling amongst conservatives but about ten mainstream Americans have ever heard of him.”

    So, let’s get the word out!

  91. blessedistruth Says:

    Audio

    Paul Ryan on America’s Future
    The Joe Scarborough Show
    April 7, 2010

    Congressman Paul Ryan speaks with Joe Scarborough about America’s fiscal future and the need for principled leadership.

    http://www.house.gov/ryan/audio/111th/4710JSS.htm

  92. blessedistruth Says:

    Check out this pic!

    Afghanistan: Live Explosives Removed From Soldier’s Head
    Explosive Device Lodged in Scalp of Soldier at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/afghanistan-live-explosives-removed-soldiers-scalp/story?id=10321499

  93. blessedistruth Says:

    Revolutionary psychic and sixth-sensory trainer Sonia Choquette, PhD, shares ways to activate your Spirit and open your heart to a life of infinite potential. Here, Sonia is speaking at an A.R.E. headquarters conference in Virginia Beach, Va.

  94. blessedistruth Says:

    Who Was Edgar Cayce?
    Twentieth Century Psychic and Medical Clairvoyant

    Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) has been called the sleeping prophet, the “father of holistic medicine,” and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. For more than 40 years of his adult life, Cayce gave psychic “readings” to thousands of seekers while in an unconscious state, diagnosing illnesses and revealing lives lived in the past and prophecies yet to come. But who, exactly, was Edgar Cayce?

  95. blessedistruth Says:

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  97. blessedistruth Says:

    Enjoy my friends!

    New Thread:

    https://blessedistruth.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/youre-the-story-of-my-life/

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