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Americans just don’t care…about each other

If you come upon a a driver who has been injured in a car accident, most people would stop and help. Whereas if you have a fellow American citizen without health care who is dying because they can’t afford health care or were denied coverage, most people do nothing. Why is that?

What happened to our United States that we don’t provide a basic human right for each other, such as affordable health care for our citizens? England, France, and Canada do, why don’t we? Are you not willing to collectively pay a little more in taxes so all of us are covered? We all pay a little in taxes so we all have clean drinkable water from our faucet. We all pay a little in taxes so we have paved roads, police/fire service, and a sewage system. But when it comes to health care, which everyone needs sometime in their life, we do nothing. That is why Americans just don’t care…about each other.

Greedy, profit driven companies and corrupt politicians have ruined this country. Complacent citizens have contributed to the problem.

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December 22, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, Health, Money, News, Random | 1 Comment

Senator Mitch McConnell, where were you in 2003?

Today Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was blabbing on about how bad the health care bill was and how nobody wants health care reform. Specifically he said

“The notion that we would even consider spending trillions of dollars we don’t have in a way that a majority of Americans don’t even want, is proof that this health care bill is completely and totally out of touch with the American people.”

Source NPR News (All Things Considered) 11/30/09: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120963372

What came to mind when I heard that was:

  1. A majority of Americans DO want health care reform, look at all the polls (with the exception of anything coming from Fox News).
  2. Where was Senator McConnell in 2003 when the White House and Congress spent trillions of dollars we didn’t have to start an unnecessary war with Iraq?
  3. Where was Senator McConnell in 2003 when the White House started a war with Iraq even though a majority of Americans (and a majority of people around the world) didn’t even want it?
  4. Where was Senator McConnell in 2003 when the Iraq war started and the White House and Congress was completely and totally out of touch with the American people?

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, Health, Military & War, News, Newspaper, Politics, Random | Leave a comment

Conservatives hate socialism (and this country), unless it benefits them

We hear the word socialist thrown around by the right wingers day after day.  Obama is turning this into a socialist country, blah, blah, blah. I want my country back, yada, yada, yada, I love Glen Beck. Many if not most conservatives participating in the Million Moron March in Washington this weekend could not give an accurate definition of what Socialism was.

Socialism is a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

So let’s list some things that we have that are socialistic in nature, but yet conservatives have no problem reaping the benefits of. Some hate our government (and when you get right down to it, they hate having a black President) and yet they freely reap the benefits of these services even though it’s provided for by the government they hate so much. Isn’t it ironic?

  • Paved roads
  • Bridges
  • Social Security
  • State colleges
  • Snow removal
  • Garbage pick up
  • Sewer lines and treatment plants
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Parks
  • Public schools
  • Police
  • Fire Department
  • Street signs, traffic lights

The list goes on and on. So those of you who hate this country so much, those of you who hide behind racism to spew your lies and distrust for my United States of America, please please, please, do not accept these services your government provides to you.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Barack Obama, Current Events, News, Politics, Random | 2 Comments

Bayer One A Day men’s multivitamin threatened with lawsuit over misleading health claims

If you are a man over 50, you’ve likely seen ads for Bayer One A Day men’s multivitamins that claimed the mineral selenium helps reduce risk of prostate cancer or otherwise promotes “prostate health.”

There’s a big problem however:  It’s not true.

In fact, for most men, taking too much selenium may actually promote more aggressive forms of prostate cancer.  And, previous studies warned against supplementing with selenium since men taking selenium developed more cases of diabetes than men in control groups who did not.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has threatened Bayer with a lawsuit over those claims, and just last month, we asked the Food and Drug Administration to seize existing stockpiles of One A Day Men’s Health Formula and One A Day Men’s 50+ Advantage.

As CSPI senior nutritionist David Schardt said at the time, “Bayer is exploiting men’s fear of prostate cancer just to sell more pills.”  And, a group of some of the most prominent prostate cancer researchers in the country wrote that “Bayer Healthcare is doing a disservice to men by misleading them about a protective role for selenium in prostate cancer.”

If you purchased either of these One A Day Men’s Multis on the belief the product would help reduce your risk of prostate cancer or promote better prostate health, we would like to hear from you.  Please email us at cwalsh@cspinet.org so we can learn about your experience with One A Day men’s multis.  Together, we may be able to help other men from being ripped off by Bayer’s misleading and illegal claims.

Sincerely,
Steve Gardner
Director of Litigation
Center for Science in the Public Interest

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, Health, Helpful Resources, News, Newspaper, Politics | Leave a comment

Palin resigns as Alaska Governor, to enter porn industry in 2010?

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Saturday, July 04, 2009
James Clavitt Jr., Fox News Senior Staff Writer
New York, N.Y.

Fox news has confirmed Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will resign her post as the state’s chief executive and will enter the lucrative porn industry of Southern California sometime in 2010.  Larry Flynt staffers have confirmed Flynt has offered and Palin has accepted a large 8 figure salary to exclusively appear in print and film productions for Larry Flynt Publications.  It’s unclear why the conservative Palin has accepted Flynt’s offer but sources close the negotiations have said Governor Palin wanted to create a situation that would keep her and her family financially secure and for years to come and Larry Flynt Publications submitted an offer that was hard to pass up.  Todd Palin, the Governor’s husband, was initially furious but was persuaded to accept the offer after Flynt staffers estimated the video and print media demand would make Palin the most sought after actress in the history of film and year one sales profits would exceed $800 million dollars.  Flynt reportedly also agreed to donate a large some of money to Mr. and Mrs. Palin’s favorite charities each of the next 3 years.

Additionally, Palin is expected to get a percentage of the video and print media sales in which she appears, which is said to be unprecedented in the adult film industry.  Initial reports are she will receive as much as a 55% share of profit for each video sold and 75% for online video content.  The print media share was estimated at 10%.  Mr. Flynt, did not immediately return calls to his office but a spokesman for the adult media mogul said the deal was 99% complete but he could not give any more specifics because he was not permitted to release information until the contract was finalized.

James Stanton, editor of Adult Video News, said this agreement would be bigger than any contract ever signed in or out of the porn industry and that Palin demand is so high that sales could reach levels seen of Oscar winners in traditional film and print sales would eclipse demand for the Harry Potter book series.  “We’re reaching a time when adult film is no longer taboo” Stanton said from his Los Angeles office. “Demand is high for anything Palin, film and print sales from a woman with the popularity and beauty queen caliber looks of Palin would be so high that something like this just might help get the country out of the recession”, said Stanton with a chuckle.  Calls to Mr. and Mrs. Palin’s office were not immediately returned.

James Clavitt Jr. and Jessica Dupart, Fox News Senior Staff Writers contributed to this report
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July 4, 2009 Posted by | Barack Obama, Current Events, Election 2008, John McCain, Money, Movies, News, Newspaper, Politics, Random, Religion, Sarah Palin | 1 Comment

S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s lies catching up to him?

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As previously reported by Fox News (www.tinyurl.com/m226qc), S.C. Govenor Sanford was reportedly seen in “in and out of” the infamous Bunny Ranch brothel in Carson City, Nevada “over the last several days.” Now a report from WYFF in Greenville, SC seems to indicate the Govenor was seen returning from the airport, not the trail. Read the full story below from WTFF.com. This seems to corroborate the siting of him at a location other than on the hiking trail.

http://www.wyff4.com/news/19837234/detail.html

June 23, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, News, Newspaper, Politics, Television | 2 Comments

S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford “missing” at Nevada Bunny Ranch brothel?


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COLUMBIA, South Carolina (FOX) — Gov. Mark Sanford will return to his office Wednesday following widespread confusion over his whereabouts, a spokesman for the South Carolina Republican said.

Joel Sawyer, Sanford’s communication’s director, also said in a statement the governor called his chief of staff Tuesday morning and was “somewhat taken aback by all of the interest this trip has gotten.”

The mystery surrounding his whereabouts was called into question after Fox News reported he was visiting a friend in Nevada. Several sources within the infamous Bunny Ranch brothel in Carson City, Nevada stated the Governor was seen “in and out of the establishment over the last several days.”

“I apologize for taking so long to send this update, and was waiting to see if [we had] a more definitive idea of what part of the trail he was on before we did so,” Sawyer said in an e-mail to reporters.

Sanford’s whereabouts were unaccounted for Monday when he stepped out of the public eye following a bruising session with the state Legislature. Even his wife, Jenny, said she did not know where he was, The Associated Press reported, according to The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.

“I want to emphasize that this isn’t something that either staff or Mrs. Sanford is concerned about,” Sawyer wrote Monday night. “As we said earlier today, it isn’t unusual for the governor to be out of pocket for several days after the legislative session. We knew that he would be difficult to reach, and that he would be checking in infrequently. Given the media attention this has generated, we’ll obviously update you once we have some more specifics to pass along.”

Earlier, Sawyer told FOX in a statement, “Before leaving last week, he let staff know his whereabouts and that he’d be difficult to reach. Should any emergencies arise between the times in which he checks in, our staff would obviously be in contact with other state officials as the situation warrants before making any decisions.”

Sawyer did not address Jenny Sanford’s comments to FOX News report.

June 23, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, News, News of the Wierd, Newspaper, Politics, Random | 3 Comments

Video Of Nadya Suleman (Octuplet Mom) Giving Birth

March 7, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, Fun Stuff, Humor, News | 1 Comment

Octuplet Mom says she’s not done having babies

Octuplet mother Nadya Suleman said on Fox News Friday that she is not done having babies.

“I hope to use some of the donations people give me to move into a bigger house, buy a car, and prepare myself for a future pregnancy.”

Reporter: Are you saying you want to have more children in addition to your 8 newborns?

“I hope so, god willing. I need the generous people in this country to donate just a couple of dollars each and that should be enough to pay for another in vitro fertilization sometime later this year.”

Reporter: How will you support them, do you have a job?

“Not right now but between public assistance and donations, my right to be a mother will be fulfilled”

Reporter: What do you have to say to the people who say you already too many children?

“It’s my right to have as many children as I want. That’s why they call it public assistance.  It’s not like there’s a law against having children.”

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, News, Random | 1 Comment

Does Senator McCain really know what he thinks he knows?

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During all three Obama-McCain presidential debates, Senator John McCain repeatedly said “My friends….I know how to do (this or that).  He said he knew how to “reach across the aisle” and work with Democrats.  He said he knew how to fix the economy.  He said he knew how to do a lot of things, but now that he’s back in the Senate and not in the White House, he is refusing to tell everyone else “how to do” all these things.  Some consider this unpatriotic.  Some say he was just lying to the American people during those debates.

Senator McCain has repeatedly refused to “reach across the aisle” and “work” with the Democrats in the Senate on the economic stimulus bill.  Where is the bipartisan and “maverick” Senator you said you were?  He said he knew how to fix our economy but has refused to tell everyone else how to do it.  Is it unpatriotic for him to have all the answers to our a national problems but then refuse to share it with others?

Here are some quotes from the 2008 Presidential debates and decide for yourself.  Was Senator McCain lying to the American people during the debates?  Is he unpatriotic for having the solutions to our national problems but thus far, refusing to tell us?  Is he really the “Maverick” bipartisan Senator he claimed to be?

Presidential debate #2 Senator McCain “I Know” quotes:

Is it expensive? Yes. But we all know, my friends, until we stabilize home values in America, we’re never going to start turning around and creating jobs and fixing our economy. And we’ve got to give some trust and confidence back to America. I know how the do that, my friends. And it’s my proposal, it’s not Sen. Obama’s proposal, it’s not President Bush’s proposal. But I know how to get America working again, restore our economy and take care of working Americans. Thank you.
Why aren’t you telling us how Senator McCain?

You’re going to be examining our proposals tonight and in the future, and energy independence is a way to do that, is one of them. And drilling offshore and nuclear power are two vital elements of that. And I’ve been supporting those and I know how to fix this economy, and eliminate our dependence on foreign oil, and stop sending $700 billion a year overseas.
Why aren’t you telling us how Senator McCain?

I know how to do that. I have a clear record of reaching across the aisle, whether it be Joe Lieberman or Russ Feingold or Ted Kennedy or others. That’s my clear record.
Why aren’t you reaching across the aisle Senator McCain?

But the point is that I know how to handle these crises. And Sen. Obama, by saying that he would attack Pakistan, look at the context of his words. I’ll get Osama bin Laden, my friends. I’ll get him. I know how to get him. I’ll get him no matter what and I know how to do it.
Why aren’t you telling us how to get him Senator McCain?

Presidential debate #3 Senator McCain “I Know” quotes:

I know how to save billions of dollars in defense spending. I know how to eliminate programs.
Why aren’t you telling us how Senator McCain?

I know how to save billions. I saved the taxpayer $6.8 billion by fighting a deal for a couple of years, as you might recall, that was a sweetheart deal between an aircraft manufacturer, DOD, and people ended up in jail.
Why aren’t you telling us how Senator McCain?

Presidential debates Senator McCain “reaching across the aisle”, “working” and “bipartisan” quotes:

And there were a series of recommendations, as I recall, more than 40. And I’m happy to say that we’ve gotten written into law most of those reforms recommended by that commission. I’m proud of that work, again, bipartisan, reaching across the aisle, working together, Democrat and Republican alike.
Why aren’t you reaching accross the aisle on the economic stimulus bill Senator McCain?

I have advocated and taken on the special interests, whether they be the big money people by reaching across the aisle and working with Sen. [Russ] Feingold [D-Wisconsin] on campaign finance reform, whether it being a variety of other issues, working with Sen. Lieberman on trying to address climate change.
Why aren’t you reaching across the aisle on the economic stimulus bill Senator McCain?

I have a clear record of bipartisanship. The situation today cries out for bipartisanship. Sen. Obama has never taken on his leaders of his party on a single issue. And we need to reform.
Where is the bipartisanship on the economic stimulus bill Senator McCain?

And there were a series of recommendations, as I recall, more than 40. And I’m happy to say that we’ve gotten written into law most of those reforms recommended by that commission. I’m proud of that work, again, bipartisan, reaching across the aisle, working together, Democrat and Republican alike.
Why aren’t you being “bipartisan”, “reaching across the aisle”, or “working together” on the economic stimulus bill Senator McCain?

We can, with the participation of all Americans, work together and solve these problems together.
Can we Senator McCain? Really?

I’m going to tell you Americans we’ll get to work right away and we’ll get to work together, and we can get them all done, because that’s what America has been doing.
When will you start “working together” Senator McCain?

We know what the problems are, my friends, and we know what the fixes are. We’ve got to sit down together across the table. It’s been done before.
How about sitting across the table with the President and fixing the economy Senator McCain? It’s been done before, how about doing it now?

February 7, 2009 Posted by | Barack Obama, Current Events, Election 2008, John McCain, Money, News, Politics, Random | Leave a comment