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It is Veterans Day...

While appalled that it's from Faux News coverage, it still makes me shiver..
Listen

And, if you're interested in taking a few moments to honor veterans I can think of no better way than reading Chaplain Roland Gittleson's prayer of dedication at the 5th Marine cemetery at Iwo Jima. Here's the prayer LINK

I'm looking for a old and moving article/newspaper column/ memorial I read some years ago about Armistice day...
If you have any candidates I'd appreciate a link.

America's biggest problem: The lack of integrity of our elected officials?

I subscribe to a free service that delivers, in their words, "eclectic little excerpts delivered to your email every day." It's called Delancey Place and I really enjoy the diversity and depth of the entertaining, informative, and thought provoking material they send. Today's email really hit me hard. The article quoted from a report by Jill Lepore (in the November 9, 2009 New Yorker) utilizes research and theories formulated by author Richard Roth to explain why the United States has the highest homicide rate of any affluent democracy.

Since the article is not yet up on the site (the archive lags the emails by several weeks) I am going to quote it here with attribution as noted above. I ask you to think about the last paragraph in context of the many problems we face...in addition to violent crime.

Blue Dog Daze

One of the best articles I've read on Blue Dogs appeared recently in The Nation. Here's a couple brief excerpts:

The Blue Dogs come largely from rural and Southern districts, and often campaign by distancing themselves from the national party. Their support comes from voters who are conservative on social issues like guns and abortion. But on bread-and-butter concerns, these legislators are voting with their contributors, not their constituents.

The Private Sector is way more efficient and reliable...

than government. At least that's what The GOP and others of our lobbyist bought-and-will-continue-to-be paid-for members of Congress and Blue Dogs will always say. No more Big government! Regulation is bad! Let the free market rule! Well, that's horse-hockey!

Enough is enough

Just as they've done by delaying enactment of the laws controlling the financial/credit-card sector, and in yet another display of utter contempt for their constituents, Congress will head home without delivering substantive progress towards solving our staggering health care problems.

An obituary you should read...the death of Common Sense

An Obituary printed in the London Times........ Interesting and sadly
rather true.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He
will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the
worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more
than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in
charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended
from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for

Take a look at this...2009 Federal Employees Health Benefits Programs

Here's a link to the most expensive Federal Health care plan and a comparison to two United HealthCare plans that are better than most.

Here's the LINK to premiums for all the plans.

Do your own investigating and you'll find that the coverage is good and WAY cheaper than anything we can buy. The SAMBA plan includes unlimited prescription drug coverage and is @ half the cost of what my wife and I pay.

Why can't our elected representatives give us what they and other federal employees have?

Kay Hagan and all the rest who oppose a public option are simply screwing us. Why? that's the real question. I'd like to know. How about you?

Kay Hagan one of the Dem Senators stymying health care public option

I've not much to say except to point you to this diary by NYCEVE on DKos. I am stunned that Senator Hagan would take this stance. I called Hagan's office and whoever answered said Senator Hagan hadn't yet decided whether or not to support a public option.

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