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Apparently the Democratic leadership is no longer willing to go down with the ship:

WASHINGTON — In an unusual break with the White House, the Democratic leaders of Congress told the Supreme Court on Monday that President Obama was pursuing a misguided interpretation of federal Medicaid law that made it more difficult for low-income people to obtain health care.

The Democratic leaders said Medicaid beneficiaries must be allowed to file suit to enforce their right to care — and to challenge Medicaid cuts being made by states around the country.

The Obama administration maintains that beneficiaries and health care providers cannot sue state officials to challenge cuts in Medicaid payment rates, even if such cuts compromise access to care for the poor.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, the lawmakers said the administration’s position “would undermine the effectiveness of Medicaid.” In addition, they said, it conflicts with more than a century of court precedents that allow people to sue to block state actions that are inconsistent with federal law.

The brief was filed by seven influential Democrats, including Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, an architect of Medicaid; Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader; Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader; and Senator Max Baucus of Montana, the chairman of the Finance Committee.

Uh huh


So Shane Victorino, the Phillie who was deliberately hit with a pitch, is the only one suspended by MLB. Say what?

Know your rights

Hard to believe this was written 30 years ago, since it’s still so freaking timely. The Clash:

Jobs, not cuts

Find a rally near you tomorrow.

Events in your area: click on an event name to sign up

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 12:00 PM Jobs? What Jobs? No J-O-B-S!!!! – 4 miles away
Toomey’s Place in the City of Brotherly Love
143 registered participant(s) (500 maximum)
1628 John F. Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Directions: If you are anywhere near a computer try google maps with the address.
We believe in you to get there.:}
We will be waiting for you in the heart of Philadelphia.
Hosted by MoveOn Philly Core Council: Dennis, Hal, Iwanka, Lee, Lynda, Rose & Sue
Description Got a job? Need a job? Unemployed? Out of work? Betcha don’t need unemployment insurance either? They got that one in the deal without you even asking questions. Say what—You didn’t even know, huh?
Did you show up, call or email just how much you cared?
Join the NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION across my country tis of thee in our nation’s first capital where we make history an everyday practice.
Since Toomey won’t help you to live the American Dream ’cause he made sure your future was bought and sold while we the yearning masses were hungry, tired, poor, out of work, struggling and most of all yearning to breathe free, we gotta stand together outside of Toomey’s office and let him know WE THE PEOPLE would like a word with him.
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 4:00 PM Where are the JOBS!! – 10 miles away
Runyan’s Office, Mt. Laurel
31 registered participant(s) (800 maximum)
4167 Church Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Directions: 4167 Church Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 780-6436
Hosted by Joanne Plescia
Description August 10th is a day of action!
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 12:00 PM Hey, Pat! Where are the jobs? – 10 miles away
Rep. Pat Meehan’s office
60 registered participant(s) (300 maximum)
940 Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064
Hosted by Tim Brown, Dana Morrison-Simone
Description Congressman Pat Meehan has a very comfortable job – he makes $174,000/year, plus “Cadillac” health benefits for himself and his family – all paid for by our tax dollars – but he hasn’t created one job for the thousands of unemployed in the 7th District. So, on Wednesday, August 10th we are going to deliver a giant Pink Slip to let him know that in 2012, it will be Pat’s turn on the unemployment line! Join us.
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 12:00 PM Jobs Not Cuts Event – 16 miles away
Parking Lot One Summit Square
18 registered participant(s) (75 maximum)
1717 Langhorn Newtown Rd.
Lamghorne, PA 19047
Directions: Take the Newtown By-pass to the entrance to the Summit shopping center where the new Giant is located. The parking lot for the Summit Office Building is at the other end. Meet us there! We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Hosted by Joan King
Description Come and Join us in our local participation in the National Rally for “Jobs Not Cuts” Where Are The Jobs Day!!!
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011, 12:00 PM Rep. Smith, Where Are the Jobs? – 26 miles away
Rep. Chris Smith’s Hamilton District Office
6 registered participant(s) (60 maximum)
1540 Kuser Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Hosted by Susan Gaissert
Description As part of a nationwide day of action to ask the question, “Where are the jobs?,” we will gather on the sidewalk in front of Rep. Chris Smith’s office, to let him know that we hold him accountable for his lack of one — to the jobs crisis. We will carry signs with the message “Jobs, Not Cuts” and “Where Are the Jobs?”.


Severe thunderstorm coming through the area with numerous lightning strikes. Take cover!

UPDATE: Uh oh, tornado spotted out in Wilmington DE in the system headed this way.


Of course, if the gun hadn’t been pink, this never would have happened!


Fans of the Clash must feel nostalgic watching events in London and other English cities, where economic austerity (starve the poor) as well as rioting are back in style. Not everyone was surprised by these retro trends.

There are no libertarians in airplanes

I always got into similar arguments with a libertarian relative — who also considered himself a good Catholic. From Ed at Gin and Tacos:

I am thrilled that the government regulates the living shit out of every aspect of my present endeavor, from mandating certified training for the mechanics to capping the number of hours pilots can fly in a day to putting the aircraft through regular safety inspections to regulating the process of air traffic control to resisting calls to privatize airport security. None of this is “free market.” It is the result of government meddling.

The good libertarian relies on the free market to solve problems on its own. Take a couple of hamburger chains, for instance. The one that makes bad food will go out of business. Customers won’t eat there! Thus the market, left alone, will punish those who fail to provide what people want. How cute. Let’s leave the airline industry alone – bust the unions, abandon all regulation, let the market set whatever wage it will, let the pilots be on for 36 hours at a crack – and let the same process go to work. Markets will force airlines to keep their planes safe, otherwise no one will pay to fly with them!

In order for the market to punish the backsliders, consumers must be made aware that Airline X is unsafe. Since we don’t have regulations and inspections, how will we know? Well, look up. We will know which airlines shirk on maintenance and safety when we see their planes plunging out of the sky. Here’s where my Mises Institute friends come in.

As market acolytes, I believe that they should volunteer to be on the plane(s) that serve the purpose of communicating this essential information to all of us. In the airline industry, the market’s way of telling us who is inferior involves a lot of people dying. The system works really well – let airlines be, see who fails, and punish them with one’s wallet – for everyone except the people on the plane.
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