Houston….we have take-off, new Mayor elected…oh yeah and she’s gay!

Houston has elected a new mayor, she is out loud and proud and now the new mayor…

Annise Parker won the vote on Saturday night.

Good Luck, make sure you do your city proud.

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Published in: on December 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Senator Roland W. Burris, Democrat Ill…Says “Not so fast”

Senator Roland W. Burris, Democrat of Illinois, has vowed that he will not vote for a health care bill that does not include a government-run insurance plan, or public option.

And on Monday, after Democrats indicated that they were prepared to meet the demands of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and strip the last vestige of a public option from their bill, Mr. Burris went to the Senate floor to warn that he had not committed to vote for the legislation.
Good for him…although….

Mr. Burris, however, did calibrate his language: “I am committed to voting for a bill that achieves the goals of a public option: competition, cost savings and accountability,” he said. “I will not be able to vote for lesser legislation that ignores those fundamentals.”

But most importantly the Dems may have no choice but to pass this through to avoid a failure to achieve President Obama’s top domestic priority….it could also be a smoke screen to help keep the loud voices outside down

Published in: on December 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Jesse Jackson makes me laugh out loud…again.

Jesse Jackson: ‘You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man’

Ahhh – if yo black yo better agree with Jesse

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night criticized Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) for voting against the Democrats’ signature healthcare bill.

We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill,” Jackson said at a reception Wednesday night. “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The remark stirred a murmur at the reception, held by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation as part of a series of events revolving around the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s run for president. Several CBC members were in attendance, including Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who’d introduced Jackson. Davis, who is running for governor, is the only black member of Congress from Alabama.

He is also the only member of the CBC to have voted against the healthcare bill earlier this month.

Davis referred to Jackson’s 1988 run for president in a statement, issued through his office, that said he would not engage Jackson on his criticism.

“One of the reasons that I like and admire Rev. Jesse Jackson is that 21 years ago he inspired the idea that a black politician would not be judged simply as a black leader,” Davis’s statement said. “The best way to honor Rev. Jackson’s legacy is to decline to engage in an argument with him that begins and ends with race.”

Jackson said later that he “didn’t call anybody by name and I won’t.”

Ive always wondered what he calls those kids running around with their pants down to there ankles?

He added that he wasn’t saying that black lawmakers must vote a certain way. Instead, they should vote the interests of the people in their districts, and he said the healthcare bill would help Alabama because it’s one of the poorest states in the country.

“The poorest people need healthcare protection,” Jackson said. “They have the highest infant mortality and the lowest life expectancy. They’re dying from lack of access.”

Other members of the CBC found no fault in Jackson’s words. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was in the audience. He called Jackson’s criticism of Davis “accurate,” but said he did not hear Jackson say “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”

“If it is an issue that disproportionately impacts black folks, race has to be considered,” Cleaver said. Jackson, he added, “is expected by his constituency to call balls and strikes.”

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called the remarks “vintage Jesse Jackson,” but said Davis’s vote against healthcare was consistent with a voting record more conservative than many CBC members.

“Artur Davis has a more conservative constituency,” Waters said. “Since he’s running for governor of Alabama, he reflects an even more conservative constituency.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) said each man was doing what he considered the right thing.

“People have a right to vote their constituency, and people have a right to speak their conscience,” Jackson-Lee said. “Both happened.”

Davis’s Democratic primary opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, highlighted Davis’s status as the lone African-American vote against the bill.

“He was the only Black Caucus member to vote against it. I don’t get it,” Sparks said last week, according to The Associated Press. Sparks is white.

Davis said he voted against the healthcare bill because “House leadership’s approach is not the best we can do.” He said he preferred a version passed by the Senate Finance Committee because it reduces subsidization of the healthcare industry, taxes high-value health plans instead of wealthy people, and is more effective in getting employers to help with health coverage.

Davis has countered that Sparks’s position on healthcare has changed over time, saying he’s being “deliberately dishonest.”

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 9:40 am  Leave a Comment  
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Congressman-elect Bill Owens was sworn in at noon today, broke 4 campaign promises before going home for dinner

WOW!!! we all know politicans break campaign promises, but this might be a new record

Owens indicated in a press release released shortly afterwards that he was now in favor of the the “Affordable Healthcare for America Act” bill in direct contrast to his earlier position during the election campaign.

According to Politico.com, Mr. Owens assured voters that he felt the public option had no place in the health care reform bill. Contrary to that position, Mr. Owens now indicates that he intends to vote in favor of the bill even though it now contains a public option.

The mixed-up mess that was the 23rd Congressional District Special Election was a close race between Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative Doug Hoffman. Many feel that it was unlikely Mr. Owens would have won those crucial few thousand votes if the voting public was aware of his intent with regard to the Health Care bill. The majority of residents in this district do not support the Health Reform bill as it is now written and many feel like they’ve become victims of a fraud perpetrated by their chosen candidate.

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U-OH

Published in: on November 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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No Wonder CNN is losing rating, the headline is AARP expected to support health care.

Really CNN? No kidding.

Did you forget about the town hall protests in August of this year?

Come on CNN, you can do better than that especially when we are just days away from the Health Care reform going live to public and we only have 72 hours to read 2000 pages.

And please stop quoting Michelle Bachmann, the woman is crazy and gives the Republicans a bad name…it would be like quoting Barney Frank on every story.

Ooops…Republican mayors move into N.J and Virginia

Independents who swept Barack Obama to a historic 2008 victory broke big for Republicans on Tuesday as the GOP wrested political control from Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, a troubling sign for the president and his party heading into an important midterm election year.
Ooopppssie, I guess having all those closed door meetings are coming to bite you in the ass.

Conservative Republican Bob McDonnell’s victory in the Virginia governor’s race over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds and moderate Republican Chris Christie’s ouster of unpopular New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was a double-barreled triumph for a party looking to rebuild after being booted from power in national elections in 2006 and 2008

Although what was sad turn of events was Maine voters rejected a state law that would allow same-sex couples to wed.

But not all is lost in the Dem world Bill Owens and John Garamendi won a seat.

Well perhaps now the White House will see the importance of practicing Bi-partisian rather than just saying it for a vote.

But the good news is most in both states, in any case, said the president was not a factor in their vote.

The bad news is White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told POLITICO President Barack Obama wasn’t even keeping an eye on the results.

Umm, really, you dont care what is happening in your party?? Surely the ego inside the white house can’t be that large? I’m pretty sure those that supported you, would like to know you are supporting them, win or lose.

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Could Houston elect an openly gay mayor?

Take that California, New York and Perez…it looks like Houston, yep the city that is in Texas could elect a gay mayor.

Why its still some time away and for Annise Parker she does not have too many funds behind her, she is still considered a front runner.

So, who is she up against:

Peter Brown who is able to millions into his campaign from family assets and a architect. Gene Locke who was Mayor Bob Lanier’s attorney and Roy Maorales who is the only conservative in the race.

So who will be the winner….only time will tell

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Published in: on November 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Halloween – Civil Rights Act, 8 pages. Health Care reform, 1990 pages. Trees. Priceless.

With Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats unveiling their 1,990 page health care reform bill – it made you wonder about other landmark pieces of legislation in U.S. history and how long they were.

The original draft of the 1935 Economic Security Act, which established the Social Security Administration was 64 pages
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – forbidding discrimination based on race and sex: 8 pages The 19th amendment to the Constitution, giving Women the right to vote in 1920: 1 page
The Emancipation Proclamation, with which Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves in 1863: 5 pages
Or, if you really want to get back to basics: The Declaration of independence came in at 1 page in 1776

The Democrats say they’ll post the final version online for lawmakers and the public to read 72 hours before a vote. Good luck reading 2,000 pages in 72 hours.

Meanwhile although the Democrats keep talking about openness and transparency in this process, there are reports that they blocked the public from attending the unveiling ceremony for their health care bill outside of the Capitol yesterday. Videos online show people – not on a pre-approved guest list – being turned away.

Note to Nancy Pelosi: You people don’t own the Capitol – we do.

So much for saving the environment

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Pelosi unveils new Health Care Bill from the steps of the Capitol.

pelosi_cruellaWell folks, its just around the corner……

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress was “on the cusp of delivering on the promise of making affordable, quality health insurance available to every American.”

Officials said the measure, once fully phased-in over several years, would extend coverage to 96 percent of Americans. Its principal mechanism is creation of a new government-regulated insurance “exchange” where private companies would sell policies in competition with the government. Federal subsidies would be available to millions of lower-income individuals and families to help them afford the policies, and to small businesses as an incentive to offer coverage to their workers.

Large firms would be required to cover workers, and most individuals would be required to carry insurance.

Obama praised the bill, which was developed without Republican input.

The House legislation includes critical reforms to the insurance industry, so that Americans will no longer have to worry that they will be denied coverage, or that their coverage will be dropped or watered down when they need it most. I’m also pleased that the bill includes a public option offered in an exchange,” he said in a statement released shortly after the unveiling.

No Republicans are expected to vote for the sweeping legislation, which would raise taxes on upper-income earners and cut Medicare payments to insurers, hospitals and other providers to cover a price tag that costs $894 billion over 10 years. But Democrats control 256 seats in the House, and can afford about 38 defections on the vote and still prevail.

Pelosi has also said the bill would strip the health insurance industry of a long-standing exemption from antitrust laws covering market allocation, price fixing and bid rigging. Democratic officials said the bill also would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to look into the health insurance industry at its own initiative. The officials spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to pre-empt a formal announcement.

While precise figures were not immediately available, it appeared the legislation would target the drug industry for more than the $80 billion pharmaceutical firms agreed to contribute toward health care in a deal earlier this year with the White House and key senators. But the industry managed to come away with a provision worth billions: 12 years of market protection for high-tech drugs to combat cancer, Parkinson’s and other deadly diseases.

Medical device makers also took a hit, with a 2.5 percent excise tax on sales of their products that is reported to cost the industry $20 billion over the next decade. A $40 billion fee on those businesses was included in a Senate Finance Committee-approved version of the legislation, but Reid is considering cutting it by as much as half.

And that’s all folks!!!

Stuck in the middle. Harry Reid and the LDS church

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Here is a great article from Salt lake Tribune and a blog from one of the many bloggers out there that I thought was worth sharing. Thanks.

Reid who converted during his senior year of college, just last week said this:

“I think some of the most unChristian-like letters, phone calls, contacts I’ve had were from members of the [LDS] church, saying some of the most mean things that are not in the realm of our church doctrine or certainly Christianity,”

There are 14 members of the LDS Church in Congress. Ten are Republicans and four are Democrats

How much of a part does religion have when politicans make their decisions? Should we even take it into account? afterall, we expect a Judge to have no prejeduice, so should we not expect a politician?

Published in: on October 27, 2009 at 8:20 am  Comments (2)  
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