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Alan, Esq.

Alan, Esq.
Date: 2010-01-09 11:53
Subject: Is Obama Losing the Left?
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Even Jon Stewart is starting to turn on Obama...

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-7-2010/stealth-care-reform

It's interesting to notice the difference in the volume of audience laughter when he's making a joke about Obama vs. a joke about Bush in this clip.
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Alan, Esq.
Date: 2010-01-01 20:06
Subject: There are Two Americas After All...
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Elizabeth Edwards - class act.
John Edwards - douchebag.

John Edwards' Wife to Meet His Love Child
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Alan, Esq.
Date: 2010-01-01 18:54
Subject: Perfect Man for the Job of Air Travel Security.
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Meet Errol Southers, President Obama's nominee to head up the TSA.
Southers was censured by the FBI for asking law enforcement personnel to conduct a background check on his ex-wife’s boyfriend. Now, the Washington Post reports, it appears he provided inaccurate testimony about the incident.
Our country is in the very best of hands.
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Alan, Esq.
Date: 2010-01-01 18:49
Subject: Bring On More of That Government Healthcare!
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Mayo Clinic to Stop Accepting Medicare.
The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.
Another great indicator of what will happen as government gets more and more involved in the healthcare system.
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Alan, Esq.
Date: 2009-12-27 21:19
Subject: Just a bit Tone Deaf.
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The PR exec who approved this needs to be sacked.
Who rang the closing bell? Michael Douglas dressed as Gordon Gecko?
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Alan, Esq.
Date: 2009-12-26 01:50
Subject: Must be a Christmas Miracle!
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Remember Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the Libyan terrorist who killed 270 people when he blew up Pan Am Flight 103? Back in August, 2009, we were told he had terminal prostate cancer, and had 3 months live. Despite receiving a life sentence, Scotland released him and we was allowed to return to Libya to die with his family.

Well, it's been 5 months since he was given 3 months to live, and lo and behold, he's still among the living this Christmas season. Meanwhile, the families of his 270 victims, have another Christmas without their loved ones.
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Alan, Esq.
Date: 2009-12-25 17:50
Subject: Christmas is the Time for Giving...
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Fannie and Freddie CEOs to get up to $6M in pay.
The two chief executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could get paid as much as $6 million for 2009, despite the companies' dismal performances this year which cost taxpayers more than $100 billion.

Fannie's CEO, Michael Williams, and Freddie CEO Charles "Ed" Haldeman Jr. each will receive $900,000 in salary, $3.1 million in deferred payments next year and another $2 million if they meet certain performance goals, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. The pay packages were approved by the Treasury Department and the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie and Freddie.
Isn't great that we as U.S. citizens have our own government in charge of taking our money and giving to those in charge of losing our money.

Our country is truly in the best of hands.
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Alan, Esq.
Date: 2009-12-24 15:07
Subject: So Much for That Promise of Transparency...
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Reid and Pelosi to hold closed door meetings to decide final health care bill.

Remember when Obama promised that open negotiations would be aired on C-SPAN?

More of that change we can believe in...
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Alan, Esq.
Date: 2009-12-23 21:17
Subject: More on Government Interference with Under-50 Breast Cancer Screening.
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My friend escapade52 raised some questions about my earlier post regarding the Obama administration changing the recommendations saying that women under 50 do not need mammogram screenings.

The fact is that prior to 1997, the general medical consensus was that women under 50 did not need mammogram screening. Then, in March 1997, the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute issued new guidelines recommending women aged 40-49 to receive annual mammograms. That study changed how the medical community treated breast cancer screening, and was effective at educational outreach to convince women of the importance of getting early breast cancer screening, since early detection is the best way to save a woman's life.

And now the government is changing its tune? Many in the medical community are loudly and openly criticizing the Obama administration for this move; including the American Cancer Society and The American College of Radiology.
Otis W. Brawley, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society, stated, “With its new recommendations, the USPSTF is essentially telling women that mammography at age 40 to 49 saves lives; just not enough of them.

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) issued a statement saying that the USPSTF mammography recommendations will result in countless unnecessary breast cancer deaths each year.
Even Teresa Heinz-Kerry, the wife of 2004 Democratic Presidential Nominee, Sen. John Kerry is blasting the Obama administration.

The basis of the criticism is clear: that government has an interest in seeing less women get mammograms in order to save money on the cost of mammograms.

Whether or not you agree with the criticism, the main argument still exists that, political pressure should have no place in healthcare policy. This is yet one more reason why increased government control of healthcare is scary.
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Alan, Esq.
Date: 2009-12-23 16:17
Subject: The Left and Right Go After Rahm Emanuel!
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There is not much in which I agree with lefty activist Jane Hamsher. (I once had 15 seconds of blog fame", when I wrote about her racist "blackface" attack on Joe Lieberman.) Nevertheless, she has joined forces with right-wing anti-tax activist Grover Norquist in demanding the resignation of White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, and an investigation into the billions of dollars of fraud at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

This is definitely one combined political effort I can get behind.

To Obama's credit, The president is becoming very successful at bringing the right and left together. Unfortunately, they are combining their efforts against the Obama administration.
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