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Posted by nvme in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri May 02nd 2008, 08:40 AM
I prayed that farenheit 9 11 would have had a greater impact in 04. For some reason negative politics prevailed and swiftboating was born.
Swiftboating and Gotcha seem to be a recurring theme these days. The level of discourse sinks further. What was to be an epic contest, has turned out to be vile. Rovian politics is now the norm. Our country needs a leader who is willing to go the distance. Diving into the sewer and pandering to our baser nature has created this mess. We are in debt beyond imagination. Our banks teeter. Our buying power is diminished to the point we have to shop in dollar stores and buy crap dumped on us by china. We can't even look at the chinese in the eye, much less negotiate with them. They own us. Everyone scurries around the minute a corporation says dance. Wage have lost ground to the tune of 1k. gasoline is stratospheric. speculators are gouging us by inflating the cost of both gas and food. All of this without even considering the 2 wars we are involved with. These are just the tangible bread and butter. The list is almost endless on what needs to be adressed



Sometimes yellow dog Democratic is the only way. As much as it will leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth the need to support the party could never be greater. The problems that exist internally can be adressed at an appropriate time. After we take back our government.
We can then toss pelosi reid and lieberman. We can start fresh. and wipe out the scourge of right wing taint. The country is desperately looking to go left. We tried Right and it failed. Now make it possible for the American public to embrace the changes we propose.

Michael Moore has advocated for liberal causes thats what counts. Whom he endorses is his business. Do not vilify for that reason.
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Posted by nvme in Politics/Campaigns
Thu May 01st 2008, 11:56 AM
CBSnews
(AP) At least 20 disabled activists, most of them in wheelchairs, were arrested outside Sen. John McCain's offices Tuesday after being refused a meeting with the GOP presidential nominee-to-be over a bill to expand Medicaid coverage to more people who want in-home care.

"If he should be president, it would be ironic that he comes from a party that talks a lot about family values," said Bob Kafka, national organizer for ADAPT, a group advocating for passage of the bill. Without the legislation, many disabled and elderly people don't have the choice to apply coverage to anything other than institutional care, he said.

"Families are devastated because they don't have a choice to keep people at home," Kafka said.

McCain was not in his office during the protest. He was campaigning Tuesday in Florida on his health care plan.

The bill, S. 799, stuck in committee since last year, would amend the Social Security Act to allow people who are eligible for Medicaid coverage of nursing home costs to spend it instead on home-based, or community care.

Sponsored by Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Arlen Specter, R-Pa., it also would grant extra money to states that participate in the program, according to a summary of the bill.

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, are co-sponsors of the bill, but McCain is not.

If he should be president, it would be ironic that he comes from a party that talks a lot about family values. Families are devastated because they don't have a choice to keep people at home.

Bob KafkaCapitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said about 20 people from the group were arrested outside McCain's office in the Russell Senate Office Building on Tuesday and charged with unlawful assembly.

McCain's Senate chief of staff said the protesters turned down an offer to meet immediately with McCain's aides. Mark Busey said he didn't know McCain's position on the legislation but would ask. The chances are slim, however, that the senator himself would be meeting with members of the group.

"We are more than happy to let them know when he will be back in the Washington area at public events, town halls and the like," Busey said in a telephone interview. "Right now we do not know when he's going to be here for a meeting."
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Posted by nvme in Political Videos
Mon Apr 07th 2008, 01:19 PM
Had protests been lodged by any of the candidates prior to the start of the contests, the disenfranchisement argument would be a valid point. By signing and agreeing to the no-campaigning pledge all candidates affirmed the importance of following the party rules and regulations. (I am only concerned about Florida's situation).
Florida's legislature is made up of a republican majority and a Republican Governor. On the surface, It is obvious that the deck was stacked against the Democrats. When one looks at the vote and the other factors involved, a less clear picture emerges. To begin with most of the democratic establishment in Florida has history and supports Hillary Clinton. The Democrats had to support the initiative because there was a property tax poisoned pill attached to the Jan 29 voting day bill. The Dem's didn't think the DNC would balk over the primary date being moved. In fact, during the vote Steve Geller ( strong Clinton supporter) was very tongue and cheek when it came to his vote for this initiative. Not one democrat stood up and said hey this is not a good idea. Everyone involved (with the exception of the Republicans) showed an extreme lack of foresight with the seriousness of the situation. The Democrats wrongly assumed the DNC would match the RNC and offer to recognize half the delegates.

The candidates themselves were seeking to curry favor with the DNC. That is why they went with the pledge. When all parties agree and sign it is a binding agreement. No contingency agreements were placed in their pledges. It was a calculation on both Obama and Clinton's part to sign the pledge. Clinton began crying foul after the Feb 5 disaster. Obama accepted the results of Florida the beauty contest.

If anyone should be penalize for disenfranchisement it should be the Florida Legislators. They should be held accountable to the voters. They should be voted out office for signing on to this travesty. They are the ones who decided to vote themselves into irrelevancy within their own respective parties. They alone carry this burden. 48 other states and legislatures followed rules and guidelines set forth by the parties. The DNC does not like to create the controversy in what should be a banner election cycle. The renegades in this instance are the Republicans and the Dem's of Florida. The Republican manage again to win because they have succeeded in dividing the Democratic party of Florida. Michigan is just a bonus. By attaching a property tax and homestead exemption to the election bill they had both the wedge issue and the tax relief inserted so that no one could stand against it. For Dem's its lose lose. For republicans losing half their delegates is small sacrifice in light of the potential gain caused by a divided Democratic electorate.

So Obamites and Hill-bots keep this shit up and we will sign "Hail to the Chief" to Mc Caine. The other choice is to say "NOT THIS TIME!" Forgive either for side all that we have said to each other. and Humbly kick republican ass come november. We need to unite for our congressional seats. we have three Re-pub reps in miami that need to have their seat taken away. the resources wont be there if we keep up our bickering so grow up.
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Posted by nvme in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Feb 08th 2008, 08:08 AM
I kind of stumbled in to this place less than a year ago. I would like to characterize it as republican shit-head meanness, but its not. It is typical democratic behavior. As Dem's we feel our particular interest is the cause that all should rally behind and don't understand (or like) it when we fail to convince others to rally behind our banner. The Re pubs up to 06' rallied and didn't break ranks. They attacked the Dem's. They made destroying our platform cause celebre(pardon the spelling). That tactic is no longer working for the Re pubs. Somewhere we as Dem's figured that maybe this "Rovian"tactic might be useful. It's not. These "attack at all costs" tactic will weaken us.
During the last debate between Clinton and Obama it was evident that the 2 are excellent Candidates. I was impressed with their performances and I was most impressed with the fact that the 2 acknowledged that although opponents they will renew their acquaintances with each other once the process has settled. We as supporters should also "tone down the rhetoric".
After having listened and watched Clinton I was more comfortable with supporting her should she win the nomination. I still firmly support Obama. I also realize that there is a good chance he may or may not become president. Each candidate has a strong platform each has negatives as well. As supporters of our respective candidates we should highlight our candidates strengths. I hope that all supporters will stop the pettiness and hate-mongering, but i doubt anyone will take it to heart.
The nastiness needs to stop. It only serves to make a petty person feel smug and superior with out every really convincing anyone other than themselves that their candidate is best. It is strictly self-serving.
To you newbies like myself, keep the faith there are those of us who empathize with your wanting to participate and encountering demeaning assholes, don't let their mean-spiritedness deter you.
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Posted by nvme in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Feb 04th 2008, 02:53 PM
Joe is right when he says that Obama was tucked away somewhere in Illinois when he spoke out. But also remember he spoke out in a state where politics are played as a full contact sport. Yet he did so loudly during a time when much of his fellow countrymen had war fever. Not when it was safe.

I see The whole HRC Clinton phenomena as another calculated move on her part. Another step in the 2 family dynasty that has dominated american politics for the last 20 years. From her strategic residence in NY in order to get her senate seat I saw it then I see it now. Hill would have voted for that authorization for Iraq whether she had faulty intelligence or not. It was the only way to establish street credit and seem hawkish enough for this presidential run. NY was was just the stepping stone she needed to walk up the steps to the Whitehouse. Up to about 06 she supported that hawkish stance. Once it became evident that voter dissatisfaction over Iraq was solidifying, she triangulates and she sheds her coat of feathers to be the new and improved dove. Triangulating further she aligns with R murdock (I didn't notice her refusing his cash). She triangulate further when her polls are down and sheds a nice crocodile tear(bravo on that one). Now polls show Obama gaining momentum bam out come more tears. The only President that comes to mind that is so manipulative or cunning would be Nixon. I truly hope she doesn't win the nomination. and if she does I will vote for her and pray that " God has mercy on us all".

So I embrace the label of OBAMITE. I embrace the Unknown. Was it ever a guaranteed that the rebellion of the colonies would succeed? Maybe my candidate my not get the nomination but at least I stand before the unknown ,(with fear in my heart)step forward and say" YES WE CAN!"
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Posted by nvme in Political Videos
Thu Jan 24th 2008, 07:26 AM
WTF I am tired of being disenfranchised. Super delegates? this is pure crap whY should some ratfcuk senator's delegate vote count more than any other American Democratic vote? What is wrong with this picture? Eliminate that slanted crap. it is ridiculous that someone who garners the most votes can still be usurped by a few people who happen to have super delegate status. so what if the candidate is not one of the cookie cutter DLC schmucks. the whole process is starting to smack of eliteism. Dem are supposed to be pro people not "fat cats". finally change the constitution eliminate the electoral college so that my vote in Florida counts for my candidate and not my electoral vote goes to a repub.



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Posted by nvme in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Oct 29th 2007, 02:38 PM
Fcuk every mfing time! I had hopes with slick willy. Then came "don't ask don't tell". I saw the marriage thing in Hawaii, Then came DOMA. I had hopes for Obama. I sent money, Attend his things in Miami,sent more money,encouraged my friends to open their mind to Barak. I raised hell and started writing and avoiding all sponsors of RUSH Show When He played, "Barak the magic Negro". I cringed When I read about Mc Clurkin on his tour. Now I am Devistated, To read this closet queen is spouting gods cure(let me tell you: It wont be long before she is popped doing the senator Craig soft shoe tap dance), I just can't take this utter-disillusionment.
I just wanted to be able to get a fiancee VISA for my Venezuelan partner. I just want to be an American in the same line as everyone else. I dont care about hetro relationships. I promise not to let my gay juices or oils that i secrete from my skin leech into the water supply.
I Promise i wont rub off. Just let me live in peace. I will drink from a seperate fountain. just let me get spousal benefits. I will give up my seat to the hetro couple. If I can get survivorship rights. I will use the rear entrance(no pun intended, but hey, it works) if i can just have my lover at my side. I will not engage in lewd behavior in the middle of restaurants. I will confine my faerie dust to my own household, just let me be.
I feel more and more like bacteria that CAN be cured. GOD BLESS AMERICA
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Posted by nvme in Political Videos
Mon Oct 29th 2007, 04:59 AM
This is up there, "wheres the Beef", "I've fallen and i can't get up", The clapper, chia pets , and porn quality acting in ron pauls commercials!
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Posted by nvme in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Oct 16th 2007, 04:11 AM
I am always willing to listen to someone who is "pandering" to me in church or at a religious gathering. I hear some pretty far out things. But if you look at what he said you will see that those of us who have these beliefs also have votes and also can make a difference by looking at what we have in common ie the upcoming climate crisis. Many christian teachings are shown throughtout our party. charity, compassion, integrity to name a few not all of us christians are inbred rightwing hacks. many of us exhibit sensitivity perhaps that might be warranted here.
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Posted by nvme in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Oct 12th 2007, 09:58 AM
yes 60.25
No 39.75

although totally unscientific it is encouraging. RUN AL RUN
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Posted by nvme in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Sep 30th 2007, 02:44 PM
I can not honestly say "I did not do enough" during the past elections. I stood on the sidelines rooting for the home team. I voted. and bush won. On 9/10/01 i was still stinging from the devastating loss and only took solace in the fact that, the change of power (however fraudulent happened without bloodshed). I didn't know about PNAC. I really didnt care I was trying to piece my life together. I didn't send money, Write congressmen, protest, phone bank about the injustice of the election. I just lived my life. On 9/11 we all collective were stunned. I was outraged shocked and dismayed. yet i continued my life. when we invaded Afghan I uneasily supported. I thought it must be done. I continued on and changed my jobs. In 03 I was anxious about our troops going in while Blix was screaming for more time. my big brother died of AIDS, My Mom Died 6 weeks later. During that time the war raged baghdad was looted. election 04 came and went and it more of the same. my life was in tailspin

The point is rather than just assigning blame to this group or that group, assume some responibility and do something! Don't just live numbed by lifes events.

with 300 million people in this country, evenone has their own opinion about how things should be why not take an extra step stand up and be counted
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Posted by nvme in Political Videos
Sun Sep 30th 2007, 02:10 PM
Bush will do this using the congressional authority issued to him prior to afghanistan, and Iraq. He will eyeball the congress while thumbing his nose. He will claim it was done in order prevent "terrorist attacks"against US troops(did we forget the senate vote this week designating Iran's Qud's force as a terrorist organization?).

This begs the question, of whether he will be held accountable?Is invading a sovereign nation an act of war? Does he have the authority? What can congress do to stop him?

I am shuddering and thinking about the rest of the world's perception of that act. I wonder what the reaction of other Muslim states will be? It frightens me to think of what this administration is forcing upon America in the coming decades. GOD help us all.
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Posted by nvme in Drug Policy
Fri Sep 28th 2007, 02:26 PM
Bristol Settles Drug Marketing Probe
Source: Associated Press/AP Online
Publication date: 2007-09-28


By DENISE LAVOIE
BOSTON - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and a subsidiary have agreed to pay more than $515 million to settle federal and state investigations into their drug marketing and pricing practices, U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan announced Friday.

Government investigators alleged that Bristol-Myers Squibb paid illegal remuneration from 2000 to 2003 in the form of consulting fees to induce doctors and other health care providers to buy the company's drugs.

Investigators also claimed that from 2002 to 2005, the New York-based drugmaker promoted the sale of Abilify, an anti-psychotic drug, for pediatric use and to treat dementia-related psychoses. Neither use is approved by the Food and Drug Administration

Abilify is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

In the second quarter, the company reported $412 million in sales of Abilify, a 27 percent increase from a year earlier.

Bristol-Myers announced in December that it had tentatively agreed with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston to settle an investigation into its marketing activities. At that time, the company did not disclose which drugs were involved.

Besides Abilify, Bristol-Myers Squibb makes Plavix, a blood thinner that is the company's top-selling drug, and Pravachol, a cholesterol-lowering drug.

The settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb is the latest in a series of settlements the Justice Department has reached with pharmaceutical companies over illegal marketing of their drugs. Sullivan's office has been particularly aggressive in prosecuting health care fraud cases.

Earlier this year, Schering Sales Corp. and its parent company, Schering-Plough Corp., agreed to pay $435 million to settle allegations it lied to the government about drug prices and illegal promoted the drugs Temodar and Intron A for the treatment of cancers they were not approved for by the FDA.

In 2004, Pfizer Inc. paid $430 million in fines to settle allegations it marketed the epilepsy drug Neurontin for pain and psychiatric illnesses.

In 2001, TAP Pharmaceutical Products paid $875 million to settle allegations it inflated prices and bribed doctors to prescribe its prostate cancer drug Lupron.

Bristol-Myers shares fell 9 cents to $28.92 in afternoon trading Friday.

Publication date: 2007-09-28

Do you wonder why health care is out of control?
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