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  • Resolution to rescind AMA endorsement of House health care bill voted down

    By Kerry PicketPublished November 9, 2009 Comments

    The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted for the AMA to maintain its endorsement of the U.S. House of Representatives health care legislation H.R. 3962, according to David Cook, Executive Director of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG). MAG released the following statement: The Medical Association of Georgia is pleased that the American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted to support a patient's right to privately contract with their physician during its meeting in Houston this evening ("Resolved that our AMA actively and publically support the inclusion in health care reform legislation the right of patients and physicians to privately contract, without penalty to patient or physician"); this was one of our primary objectives going into the meeting. We are also pleased with the vote to oppose an unaccountable federal entity (i.e., IMAC) from dictating future health care policy.  MAG is, however, disappointed that the motions calling for ...

  • CJR's 'I'm a moron' excuse.

    by Anthony BowePublished November 9, 2009 Comments

    In a sharply worded critique of a ProPublica article in the Columbia Journalism Review, writer Dean Starkman uses the term "tea-bagging" to refer to Citizens Against Government Waste, a non-profit taxpayer watchdog group. "But at least the Journal doesn’t rely for its lead quote on the media director of some obscure tea-bagging operation..." When called on the sexual meaning of "tea-bagging," Starkman claimed innocence in a comment on his blog post: "Yup, I do apologize for that language. ... "tea-bagging" carries connotations I certainly didn't intend. I found the quote to be intemperate, as I said, but then used language that was much worse. ..." Starkman followed up when contacted by The Washington Times: "It was a screw up on my part.  I had it in my head as a more or less commonly accepted way of referring to tea-partyers.  The sexual connotation did not enter my mind at all.  ...

  • Local news blogging: Fort Hood

    by Anthony BowePublished November 9, 2009 Comments

    The country continues to mourn the deaths of 13 people and pray for the 29 wounded in the shooting at Fort Hood last week.  The AP is reporting Monday that accused killer Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is awake and talking in the hospital.  “...it's unknown when investigators might take advantage of his improving health to press forward with their probe into the shooting spree.” The AP story continues: “Authorities say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan fired off more than 100 rounds Thursday at a soldier processing center before civilian police shot him in the torso. He was taken into custody and eventually moved to an Army hospital in San Antonio, where he was in stable condition and able to talk, said Dewey Mitchell, a Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman. “Authorities continue to refer to Hasan, 39, as the only suspect in the shootings, but they won't say when charges would be ...

  • Audio - Waxman on Stupak: Differences can be resolved in conference

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 9, 2009 Comments

      On Saturday afternoon prior the passage of H.R. 3962 and the Stupak-Pitts pro life amendment, Rep.Henry Waxman (D - Calif.) took questions from reporters about the language of the Stupak amendment. The Washington Times asked the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee about whether or not the amendment could be changed later on after the passage of the bill. :AUDIO “The bill, if it passes, will be up in conference with what the Senate passes, and then we will have to work there to resolve differences and to fashion one bill that we will then kick back to our respective chambers to get the president to sign after we pass it.”  

  • Off the beaten path online: Dems who voted against the health care bill speak out...

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 9, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Democrats who voted against the health care bill speak out, Michelle Malkin asks why the British are the ones making the 9/11 connection to the Ft. Hood shooter, and the Democrats health care bill may come back to haunt them later. TheConseravtives.com:Boren: Pelosi Bill Will Lead to Single Payer It's a shame that the only candor from any Democrats on health care is coming from those who opposed the bill MichelleMalkin.com:Why do we have to read British papers to get Ft. Hood jihadist news?! The base commander at Fort Hood says soldiers who witnessed a shooting rampage that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire at the Texas post.  NY Post: With this 'victory,' Dems might as well be whistlin' 'Dixie' Saturday's vote to create a massive government-run health-insurance program is to ...

  • Abortion foes voting 'yes' on health care bill were played

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 8, 2009 Comments

    ***Update: Audio of Rep.Henry Waxman interview and videos of floor questioning from Minority Leader John Boehner  H.R. 3962, America's Healthy Future Act, passed the House yesterday evening 215 to 220 after several hours of debate. Amid floor speeches, pro-life congressmen were also successful in writing in the pro-life oriented Stupak-Pitts amendment. Pro-life groups were excited over the passage of the amendment and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urged the passage of the amendment.  However, during questioning from the press prior the passage of the Stupak-Pitts amendment, the Washington Times asked Rep.Henry Waxman (D - Calif.) if the amendment could be changed later on after the eventual passage of H.R. 3962 last night.: AUDIO “The bill, if it passes, will be up in conference with what the Senate passes, and then we will have to work there to resolve differences and to fashion one bill that we will then kick ...

  • (audio update) NY23's Rep. Bill Owens continues to blow off press questions on health care vote

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 7, 2009 Comments

    ***Update: AUDIO: Here is sound of the Washington Times running after Congressman Owens for this story. It should be noted the audio has been edited out, when Mr. Owens finally reveals the personal G-mail address of his chief of staff Bradley Katz. We respond "that needs to be put out  to the press." Congressman Bill Owens (D - NY), who was just sworn in yesterday, gave a floor speech this evening announcing that he would vote "yes" on the House health care bill known as H.R. 3962. Mr. Owens is the new congressman from New York's 23rd District. He beat out Conservative Doug Hoffman for the seat after Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava dropped out of the race and endorsed Mr. Owens. Mr. Owens is being accused by a local newspaper in his district for breaking several campaign promises. H.R. 3962 does have a public option written into the bill. It seems ...

  • Stupak-Pitts Pro-life amendment vote today on House floor

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 7, 2009 Comments

      The health care bill in the House, H.R. 3962,  is in desperate need of votes, and pro-life congressmen are sitting on their hands demanding the legislation have stringent pro-life language which would keep federal money from funding abortions. Similar to the Hyde Amendment, which bars tax-payer money from funding abortions under the Department of Health and Human Services programs, the Stupak-Pitts amendment would accomplish the same under H.R. 3962. Rep.Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) told reporters the pro-choice caucus is furious and will do everything it can to defeat the amendment.: “This all happened last night. The Stupak –Pitts amendment pretty much makes a legal medical procedure unavailable to most or all women in the exchange…even with their own money, and this is a vast expansion of choice restrictions. It is probably the biggest restriction of a woman’s right to choose that will be considered on the House floor in my career. The ...

  • Revolt at the American Medical Association over health care bill endorsement

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 7, 2009 Comments

    The American Medical Association House of Delegates drew up a resolution last night which would withdraw their support of the House health care bill. Members are likely to vote on whether or not to withdraw their support of the bill earlier in the week. This action is a result of members within the organization who revolted, when the AMA initially gave the the healthcare legislation its endorsement. President Obama touted the endorsement of the AMA and AARP on Thursday at the White House. Procedural votes are happening today to attempt to have the resolution's vote placed on the agenda earlier in the week. The AMA's House of Delegates is the principal policy-making body of the American Medical Association. Executive director David Cook of the Medical Association of Georgia  sent the Washington Times the latest copy of the resolution drawn up last night at the meeting and explained how the voting would ...

  • Health care passage for the weekend looks slim

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 6, 2009 Comments

    On Ed Morrissey's show today, I was asked to make a prediction if Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would succeed in passing the health care bill this weekend. I answered Ms. Pelosi would fail in this endeavor. Why? As majority leader of the House, Steny Hoyer (D - Md.) handles the Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions, while Ms. Pelosi represents the the liberal faction of her party. Mr. Hoyer has already said the bill may need to be pushed back farther than planned, and GOP Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lists at least 69 Democrats still opposed to the healthcare bill. The bill has already been delayed before back in August, and the victories for Republicans in New Jersey and Virginia were not an issue during the summer, and they are today. It looks as if this bill could be delayed past this weekend's target, if Democrat's cannot get their ...

  • Obama has a Pet Goat Moment

    by James S. RobbinsPublished November 6, 2009 Comments

    Hours after the Fort Hood massacre, a grieving nation looked to the president for consolation and leadership. Instead they got light banter and a “shout out” before Mr. Obama read a perfunctory statement. The president has always had a reputation for coolness, but in this case he was utterly detached. And he can’t blame the scriptwriter for his astonishing lack of empathy. Mr. Obama was scheduled to speak at the Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs. Rather than canceling the photo op, or addressing the tragedy from another venue, the president chose to open with the kind of obligatory thanks and recognitions that would be appropriate in any other circumstance, but not this one. The emotional shift was jarring and confusing. It was as though he was an actor switching scripts heedless of the emotional content of the event he was addressing. Mr. ...

  • Video: Comparing Bush v. Obama on reaction to shooting massacres

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 6, 2009 Comments

    Much is being said about President Obama's odd initial reaction to the shooting at Fort Hood. The president gave priority to giving a shout-out before commenting on the massacre. Perhaps he should have taken a cue from President Bush. Mr. Bush's statement after the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 was dignified, presidential, and centered solely around the issue of the shooting at the school. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama's lack of empathy and self-centered nature ruled the day, as he felt the need to give thanks to federal employees and give an odd "shout out" before he even addressed the shooting itself. Compare both presidential statements in the two videos below.

  • Texas abortionist: 'yes I am' killing unborn children during abortions

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 6, 2009 Comments

      It is difficult to get a pro-choice advocate to say abortion is the killing of an unborn child, but WFAA-TV in Dallas is reporting that a late term abortion practitioner in the area admits that when he does performs, he kills unborn children and has no issues with it whatsoever. Dr. Curtis Boyd opened the first abortion clinic in Texas in 1973 following the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. During a video interview with the news station, Dr. Boyd made a shocking admission.: "Am I killing?" Boyd said. "Yes, I am. I know that."  Boyd said he is an ordained Baptist minister who has now turned Unitarian. He said he prays often. "I'll ask that the spirit of this pregnancy be returned to God with love and understanding," he said Dr. Boyd is the only practitioner in North Texas who will perform late term abortions up to six ...

  • Local news blogging: Nation mourns after Fort Hood tragedy

    by Anthony BowePublished November 6, 2009 Comments

    An attack by a U.S. Officer at the Fort Hood Military Base Thursday killed 13 people, 12 of them soldiers, and injured 28 others.  Friday, the nation and its leaders mourn the loss of the victims in the largest attack of its kind at a U.S. military base. The suspected gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is in a local hospital in critcle but stable condition after receiving several gunshot wounds. Texas Bloggers offer vital information on how to help victims, report news, and provide commentary: Burnt Orange Report: List of places to give blood in Texas to support Fort Hood victims.PoliTex: U.S. House to honor Fort Hood soldiers. “U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, will ask the U.S. House today to pass a resolution honoring Fort Hood soldiers and their families, after Thursday's deadly shooting.” Trail Blazers Blog: U.S. Leaders react to Fort Hood attack.Millard Fillmore's Bathtub: Texas flags at half-staff ...

  • Off the beaten path online: Army - Suspect said ‘Allahu Akbar!’ before shooting...

    by Kerry PicketPublished November 6, 2009 Comments

    Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The Democrats are still short votes on the health care bill, the Army says that the Fort Hood shooter said "Allahu Akbar" before the massacre, and President Obama gaffes from a shout out during a speech. RedState:Where We Stand on Health Care Democrats are still short votes by double digits. Boston Herald: Army - Suspect said ‘Allahu Akbar!’ before shooting The base commander at Fort Hood says soldiers who witnessed a shooting rampage that left 13 people dead reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire at the Texas post.  NewsBusters: Obama Gives Shout Out to 'Congressional Medal of Honor Winner' Who Isn't Ah, the dangers of giving shout outs without a teleprompter.  Crow is not a Medal of Honor recipient.

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