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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Aug 06th 2010, 04:06 PM
A thread where...

The censorship embodied by "Name removed" has been tombstoned.

You can say whatever you want in invisible sub-threads to a deleted sub-thread and nobody can see it but you and ???

It's a thing of beauty.
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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jun 03rd 2010, 06:11 PM
This topic has been moved by the moderator of this forum.
It can be found at:
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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Dec 21st 2009, 11:19 AM
For those of you who may not remember, I used to be known around here as "Kristi1696". I was an early supporter of Barack Obama in the primaries and devoted countless hours registering voters and campaigning on his behalf. It would be fair to have characterized me as one of his more hardcore supporters on DU.

Needless to say, I was thrilled by his election and held great hope for what his Presidency could mean.

I am also a medical student at a school representing a medically underserved population and, understandably, health care reform was and is my top issue. And I'm pretty sure you all know how well that "fight" has been going.

A few months ago I posted this thread:

If a Dem controlled House, Senate and WH can't even succeed on the POS Public Option, I'm out.

So I'm here today to say, "I'm out". Really out.

Ironically, I learned the fate of the public option while glancing at the TV in the room of a patient who has been living at the hospital for YEARS because his insurance company refuses to pay for the rehab he needs, but are happy to pay his exorbitant inpatient fees and pass the expense along to all of you. I heard about the death of the public option just before rounding on a patient who has been trapped at the hospital for over a month, preparing medically for a life-saving procedure. She should be preparing at home, but she has no insurance. If she were to be discharged now she would never be readmitted for her surgery, and she would die. Everyday she cries to go home, but discharging her would be signing her death certificate. So we keep coming up with reasons to keep her until she can have her surgery. The hospital will eventually eat the cost of her treatment.

So the next time the Democratic Party wants money or help campaigning, they can look elsewhere. I'm going to be too busy dealing with the mess they made with health care.


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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Oct 09th 2009, 07:49 AM

and this


not to mention this




and certainly this

and, more recently, but not lastly, this

Medvedev on US/Russian relations:

I would like to see them better than they are today. But today they are better than they were yesterday. The truth of the matter is, one year ago, I got an impression that our relations had hit a dead end, they almost slid to the level of the cold war. I don't want to blame anybody...The bottom line is, we didn't want that to happen. What really matters is to see to it that the number of differences between our countries, our politicians, be smaller. I am very comfortable with communication with the President of the United States for several reasons. We are of the same generation, we had the same kind of education. When I was a postgraduate student, I read legal reviews at the time that were edited by Barack Obama. Had I known he was an editor, I would have read them more attentively.

The mindset is important. Today, when I'm communicating with the U.S. president, I get the feeling that he's attentively listening. He doesn't preach to you as a mentor, which is not very nice. When you are preaching to others, it's not nice. People like him not only here in the United States but in other countries as well. So he's managed to do certain things that others have failed to do. I believe if personal relations between the leaders are good, then it will be easier to build better relations for the future.

(For example), a recent decision by the President of the United States regarding forgoing the third site on ABM missile defense. Of course, this decision was determined by Barack Obama's mindset. It was not pro-Russia nor pro-Chinese nor pro-Europe, this was an American decision. What's important is Barack Obama listened to my position. Perhaps it was part of the basis for his decision. We are learning to listen to each other. This is a change from the previous administration. I think these are bold, courageous decisions, to change decisions of previous administrations concerning foreign policy. This was a complex decision. I tried to put myself in his shoes. It would not have been easy for me. It deserves our respect. We don't know what will happen next, but if we are continually attentive to each other, our relations will have a good future.

That's why.

If you had for some reason forgotten the accomplishments of our Democratic President, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to jog your memory.
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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Oct 06th 2009, 09:31 AM
Wow. This is great television.

Ratigan is refusing to let her dance around the questions and she is getting h-o-s-t-i-l-e.

Pressed to answer how she would bring down costs she said:

1). Tort reform (which Weiner immediately noted would save us a whopping 0.04% of health care costs)

-and- (are you ready for it?)

2). Forcing people to eat better

That's her plan, folks.

And when called out for it she started going nuts Orly Taitz style, calling Ratigan "a bad moderator" and Weiner "ignorant".

Now she just called Ratigan a "partisan" and Ratigan responded by saying, "maybe you're not used to real moderators who make you answer the questions".

It's still going on....

Oh cube rats, how I wish you could be seeing this. I will post the link as soon as it's available. Keyboard cat is definitely going to be playing her off on this one.

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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Aug 09th 2009, 03:07 PM
They should have more than enough votes to ram this thing through without an ounce of Republican support.

Health care is THE great moral issue our country will face this generation. If Dems don't have our backs on this, they don't have our back on anything.

If they are so beholden to their corporate overlords that they can't even throw the American people a bone, with the public option, then fuck 'em.

If they want voters registered and doors knocked, they can call the CEO's of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna et al and ask them to help.

For reference:
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Posted by Kristi1696 in Latest Breaking News
Tue Apr 07th 2009, 07:49 PM
Source: Haaretz

In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the peace process and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution.

The Obama administration is expecting a clash with Netanyahu over his refusal to support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

In recent weeks, American officials have briefed senior Democratic congressmen and prepared the ground for the possibility of disagreements with Israel over the peace process, according to information recently received. The administration's efforts are focused on President Barack Obama's Democratic Party, which now holds a majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The preemptive briefing is meant to foil the possibility that Netanyahu may try to bypass the administration by rallying support in Congress.

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Sounds like Obama is truly committed to a two-state solution.

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Posted by Kristi1696 in Latest Breaking News
Tue Apr 07th 2009, 10:15 AM
Source: AP

Vermont Legislature legalizes gay marriage by overriding governor's veto.

Updated story:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

The Legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. Under Vermont law, two-thirds of each chamber had to vote for override.

The vote came nine years after Vermont adopted its first-in-the-nation civil unions law.

It's now the fourth state to permit same-sex marriage. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa are the others. Their approval of gay marriage came from the courts.

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ETA: Updated story and title (originally there was no official title, it was just an "AP News Alert".
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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Fri Apr 03rd 2009, 10:46 AM
Sarko's positively giddy!

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) gestures at France's President Nicholas Sarkozy, prior to talks in Strasbourg, on April 3, 2009... REUTERS/Christophe Ena/Pool (FRANCE POLITICS MILITARY)

Check Merkel drawing Obama in. "Not without a HUG, you!"

President Barack Obama is greeted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and her husband Joachim Sauer, right, during an arrival ceremony at Rathaus in Baden-Baden, Germany, Friday, April 3, 2009.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

I think Obama makes Sarko want to be a better man.

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy jogs after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama in Strasbourg April 3, 2009... REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE MILITARY POLITICS)

And who can forget this "oldie but goodie" from the G20 in London?

G20 leaders (from L) US President Barack Obama, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pose for a photo during the G20 summit...(AFP/Eric Feferberg)

Breaking News from the press conference with Merkel. Merkel is saying that Germany's goals for Afghanistan are in line with Obama's. Sounds very much like they're planning to commit forces to the effort. Damn, our President is GOOD!!!

Edited: title and to change "troops" to "forces"

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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Mar 30th 2009, 04:37 PM
Why the Democrats Can't Govern

by Jonathan Chait

Look who's killing Obama's agenda now.

Post Date Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The last Democrat who held the White House, Bill Clinton, saw the core of his domestic agenda come to ruin, his political support collapse, and his failure spawn a massive Republican resurgence that made progressive reform impossible for a decade to come. The Democrat who last held the White House before that, Jimmy Carter, saw the exact same thing happen to him.

At this early date, nobody can know whether or not Barack Obama will escape this fate. But the contours of failure are now clearly visible. In Obama's case, as with his predecessors, the prospective culprit is the same: Democrats in Congress, and especially the Senate. At a time when the country desperately needs a coherent response to the array of challenges it faces, the congressional arm of the Democratic Party remains mired in fecklessness, parochialism, and privilege. Obama has made mistakes, as did his predecessors. Yet the constant recurrence of legislative squabbling and drift suggests a deeper problem than any characterological or tactical failures by these presidents: a congressional party that is congenitally unable to govern.


Even at this early date, the contrast between Democrats under Obama and Republicans under Bush is stark. Republicans did not denounce Bush for squandering a budget surplus to benefit the rich, the way Democrats now assail Obama for big spending and deficits. And Republicans did not refuse to use the budget procedures available to them to break through the Senate's inherent lethargy. Republicans, in other words, acted like a parliamentary party.


And then, finally, Democrats have locked themselves into a self-fulfilling prophecy. When their party controls all of Washington, things tend to go south quickly. The president's popularity plunges, and soon his copartisans in Congress find themselves scrambling to keep from losing their own seats in the political undertow. It happened to Carter in 1978 and 1980, and again to Clinton in 1994...


I wish I could post the whole thing it's so damned good.

I think that I'll have to file this piece under "sad but true".
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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Feb 18th 2009, 08:34 PM
These plans are huge and somewhat abstract, but are clearly going to have huge implications in the lives of real Americans.

So I was interested in learning how they might help (or hurt, I guess) people at DU.

I'll start.

1. NIH funding. My fiance and I are both employed in the biological sciences by NIH dollars. NIH funding was horrible under Bush, so you basically never knew whether there would be grant money to pay your salary next year. The stimulus included $10 billion in additional NIH funding (original budget of only $30 billion, annually). This increase will go towards new grants for Professors (of which American citizens have an advantage) and will help employ countless numbers of people in their labs (us included).

2. First-time home buyer credit. We are renters and have been hoping to buy because we're at the point where a mortgage payment would be less than what we're paying in rent. We've got good credit and enough money for a good down-payment, but have always been worried about the unexpected costs of buying a home (i.e. unforeseen home improvements). This refundable $8,000 first-time home buyer credit would help mitigate those costs and is making us seriously consider making the leap.

3. Extended unemployment benefits. My mother has been out of work in Florida for several months (laid-off from the health care field, if that tells you how bad the economy is down there). Her unemployment benefits are running out and she hasn't been able to find a job due to the influx of retirees returning to the work force in order to make ends meet. We've been scrambling to move her up by us, but Florida is her home. These extended benefits will allow her to stay in FL a bit longer, where a Census job will hopefully pan out.

4. Medical records funding. My unemployed mother is a medical records specialist. The funding for streamlining medical records will (hopefully) mean a good job for her.

5. Middle class tax cuts. We qualify. And could we use the $800 I think we expect to get back? Oh yeah.

That's all that I can think of now that is certain, although there are health care provisions, social security benefit tax provisions, etc. that I feel pretty confidant will probably help many family members. Needless to say, the passage of the Stimulus and Housing bills has already lifted a huge burden off my shoulders. And just the confidence that relief is on the way makes a huge difference. I find that I'm allowing myself to look at clothes I might like again, things that we might need for the apartment, contemplating having a wedding our family members could attend, rather than heading to the courthouse, etc.

Anyone else feeling a similar sense of relief?
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Posted by Kristi1696 in Latest Breaking News
Fri Jan 09th 2009, 12:11 PM
Source: The London Daily News

The Press TV Gaza bureau has been destroyed by IDF troops in an attack that took place in the last hour 15:38 GMT, despite the GPS co-ordinates being held by the Israeli troops.

No fatalities have been recorded, also attacked is the Arab station Al-Arrabya all located on the western strip of Gaza. There are more Press TV journalists in Gaza covering the events than any other international media station.

Press TV has been one of the few international news networks able to broadcast live feeds of the Israeli attacks in Gaza.

Speaking to Press TV Hamoudi Gharib the Gaza correspondent confirmed that IDF troops targeted the studios of Press TV with repeated attacks.

This would be a clear contravention of international law with the targeting of journalists and civilians.

"No one is safe in Gaza, the UN, civilians or journalists."...

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Edited to add more details from Press TV

Israel targets Press TV station in Gaza
Fri, 09 Jan 2009 17:09:17 GMT

Israeli forces have targeted the office of Press TV and the Iranian Arab-language satellite channel al-Alam in the Gaza Strip.

There were two people wounded in the Israeli attack, a Press TV correspondent said Friday, adding that Press TV's sister channel, Al-Alam, which was also based in the building has been affected by the attack.

According to our correspondent Hamoudi Gharib, the building was targeted even though the staff had kept light projectors working on the roof of the building 24 hours a day to mark the building.

The journalists working in the building had been given safety assurances that the building would not be targeted by mistake, after its coordinates were handed to organizations responsible for the journalist safety, including the UN.

The Press TV team said they received no warnings ahead of the Israeli strike, which only targeted journalists and news crew who were in the building...

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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Nov 06th 2008, 11:26 PM
I knew what it was about. I knew that it was appalling. I didn't think much about it at the time, but I knew that even some Dems would vote against it. I heard that there was a big "Yes on 8" push, but I didn't bother to read much about it.

Basically, I figured, "hey, it's California, there's no way that thing is going to pass".

Bottom line, I didn't want it to pass, but I didn't do shit to stop it. I didn't donate, I didn't call, I didn't write. I don't own all of the blame, but I own a share of it.

And to my GLBT brothers and sisters, I'm sorry that I let you down, but I surely did.

And to ALL of my DU brothers and sisters, I'm sorry that I let you down, but I surely did.

Because when one human right is threatened, ALL human rights are threatened.

I fucked up, but I will fight to make it right. I've learned a valuable lesson.

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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Oct 16th 2008, 09:39 AM
From the comments section of an ABCNews blog:

Posted by: Truth Matters | Oct 16, 2008 1:22:06 AM

According to Lucas County, Ohio court records, there is a Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher who has a state income tax lien of $1,182.98. According to the court record he lives on a street that is part of the Lincoln Green subdivision, which is where Joe the Plumber lives. Is it the same guy? I don't know. But I hope somebody ( like ABC News) checks it out before making a folk hero out of him. The county's website is . Maybe it's a different guy. Who knowss.

Here's the court docket:

Tsk, tsk Joe. And you have a son in public schools too! Not willing to pay for his education?

So let's get this straight, he's related to Charles Keating and doesn't pay his taxes. Yep, that sounds like a sure McCain voter to me!

Average, honest, hard-working American? Not so much.

The Keating thread:

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Posted by Kristi1696 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Oct 01st 2008, 08:53 AM
Palin didn't do well with Gibson...but she didn't crumble.

Palin and Hannity...well, no surprise there.

But with Couric, Palin totally collapsed.


Is it because Couric is such a hard-hitting journalist (lol) or is it something else? Perhaps because Couric, as a woman, doesn't fall for Palin's tendency "to become increasingly adorable" when faced with a difficult question? And perhaps it is because Palin realized that one of her key tactics, using sex appeal/cuteness to disarm the interviewer, was ineffective against Couric?

I think it's a bit of both.

The most recent interview was particularly interesting.

I noticed how steady Couric remained while Palin tried to get cute. Couric merely stood her ground (she would literally stop walking), look at Palin more intently and press her question even more forcefully. And Palin became completely flustered. Palin would break Couric's gaze and try to start walking (i.e. escape), but Couric didn't fall for it. In the end, Palin was left looking like a squirming fool.

This doesn't bode well for Palin in tomorrow's debate with Ifill moderating. And I think the Republicans realize this, hence the sudden desperate calls for Ifill to be replaced (it's not really about that book at all).

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