Obama To Put $5B Into Healthcare Jobs

From a context free Associated Press:

President Barack Obama makes remarks about stimulus funding for biomedical research, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Obama to announce $5 billion for new healthcare jobs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama announced a plan on Wednesday to spend $5 billion to create new jobs for medical and scientific research, medical supplies and improved laboratory capacity.

The funds, to come from the $787 billion economic stimulus package, will pay for "cutting-edge medical research in every state across America," the White House said in a statement.

"We know that this kind of investment will also lead to new jobs: tens of thousands of jobs conducting research, manufacturing and supplying medical equipment, and building and modernizing laboratories and research facilities," Obama said in a statement.



FL Dem: GOP Wants You To Die Quickly

From C-SPAN, via YouTube and an approving Associated Press:

Grayson says Republicans want you to die

Dem congressman refuses to apologize for comment


WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman from Florida is refusing to apologize for saying that Republicans want Americans to "die quickly" if they get sick.

Rep. Alan Grayson made his comments on the House floor Tuesday night while criticizing Republican health care proposals as a "blank piece of paper."

"If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly," he said. "That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."

His remarks weren’t spontaneous: He reinforced the point with signs saying the same thing.

Republicans are likening Grayson’s remark to South Carolina Republican Rep.



Congressmen Enjoy Secret On-Site Clinic

Some actual reportage from ABC News:

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) (3rd L), with his dog, a Bichon Frise named Dakota, watch as staff members from the Office of the Attending Physician run to a medical emergency in the halls of U.S. Captiol April 27, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Special Health Care for Congress: Lawmakers’ Health Care Perks

Little Known Office on Capitol Hill Provides Quality Medical Care for Low Price


Sept. 30, 2009—This fall while members of Congress toil in the U.S. Capitol, working to decide how or even whether to reform the country’s health care system, one floor below them an elaborate Navy medical clinic — described by those who have seen it as something akin to a modern community hospital — will be standing by, on-call and ready to provide Congress with some of the country’s best and most efficient government-run health care.



Some Chicagoans Hope Olympic Bid Fails

From an outraged Associated Press:

A city worker, facing camera, who was among those trying to install an Olympic laurel and medal on a Picasso statue at Daley Plaza in Chicago struggles with protesters on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, in Chicago.

Some Chicago residents hoping Olympics bid a bust

By Don Babwin, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO – The mayor, the president and Oprah Winfrey may hope to return to Chicago from Copenhagen with the 2016 Olympic Games, but some around town hope the International Olympic Committee deems the Second City the second city.

As in second to Rio de Janeiro. Or Tokyo. Or Madrid.

The opposition is not as visible as the "We Back the Bid" signs plastered across town. But in a city all too familiar with stories of public corruption and problems with public services, there is serious concern the games can only mean more troubles — and bills — for residents.



Afghan Strategy Review To Take Weeks

From the Wall Street Journal:

White House Starts Review of Afghan Strategy

SEPTEMBER 30, 2009


WASHINGTON — The White House began its review of the Afghan war strategy in earnest Tuesday, with senior administration officials meeting via videoconference with the top commander in Kabul, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, at the start of what could be weeks of debate over whether to send thousands of reinforcements.

White House officials said President Barack Obama will join in the discussions Wednesday [today], when he is expected to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, among other top officials.

The White House unexpectedly decided to review its strategy in Afghanistan after a series of recent setbacks in the war, including allegations of fraud following last month’s presidential elections and surging violence throughout the country.



US Speeding Up Iraq Troop Withdrawal

From a delighted Associated Press:

U.S. soldiers escort Iraqi detainees who are waving to their families before their release in al-Rasheed district council in southern Baghdad, September 30, 2009.

US speeds Iraq withdrawal; 4,000 more headed home

September 30, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is speeding up its military withdrawal from Iraq, sending 4,000 more troops home next month, the top American commander there says.

The reduced number of troops in Iraq — from 124,000 to 120,000 by the end of October — marks the latest U.S. step in winding down the six-year war. The reduction was to be announced Wednesday by Army Gen. Ray Odierno…

A copy of Odierno’s testimony was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. A Defense Department official confirmed Odierno planned to announce he is reducing the number of brigades in Iraq, as has been widely expected.



$1.1M NSF Grant To Study Grandparents

From Oklahoma’s KOTV:

Associate Professor Tammy Henderson, PhD, will use $1.1 million in stimulus for her research project in Alaska.

OSU Prof Gets $1.1 Million In Stimulus To Study Alaskan Grandparents

By Jennifer Loren, Oklahoma Impact Team

STILLWATER, OK — A professor at Oklahoma State University received $1.1 million in stimulus to study Alaskan grandparents. The National Science Foundation made the grant possible through their pot of stimulus money. But some Oklahomans say this is just one more example of stimulus waste.

For more than ten years Oklahoma State University professor Tammy Henderson has been researching grandparents. She studies their relationships and responsibilities within their families…

Henderson is now continuing her research with $1.15 million in stimulus money. She and two other social science professors from the University of Alaska will be leading the research project.



Woody Allen, Almodovar: Free Polanski!

From the Celebrity News Service [sic]:

Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar And More Sign Petition To Release Roman Polanski

September 30, 2009

Anne Lu – Celebrity News Service News Writer

Los Angeles, CA (CNS) – Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are backing Roman Polanski up. Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar, and John Landis are among those who have signed a petition objecting to the fugitive filmmaker’s arrest.

Polanski was taken into custody in Zurich on Saturday while he was on his way to the Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland to receive a lifetime achievement award. His arrest stems from his 1978 statutory rape conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He is set to be extradited to the U.S.



HuffPo: Shame On Swiss For Polanski

From the always despicable Huffington Post:

A general view shows the chalet ‘Milky Way’, which is, according to Swiss newspapers, the chalet of Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski in the Swiss mountain resort of Gstaad September 30, 2009.

Polanski’s Arrest: Shame on the Swiss

Co-founder, Women Overseas for Equality (Belgium)
September 27, 2009

I’ve had it with the Swiss.

I used to admire them — their clean, orderly, decorous way of life. Their stubborn independence and self-reliance. I forgave them for the years they never joined the United Nations, and even now, not joining the European Union.

When I learned, years ago, that they had blithely allowed German military trains to transit their country during the Second World War, while claiming Swiss "neutrality," I was shocked, but tried to excuse them on grounds that they were protecting their country from invasion and armed warfare.



Obama Lied About 2nd Insurance Case

From, of all places, the Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: Flaws in Obama’s health care anecdotes


WASHINGTON — One of President Barack Obama’s health care "horror stories" is about a woman who, he says, lost her health insurance on the verge of breast cancer surgery because she didn’t disclose a case of acne to the insurer. That’s not what happened.

Robin Lynn Beaton, 59, of Waxahachie, Texas, indeed had her insurance suspended and then terminated when she needed it the most. Hers is a cautionary tale about how an insurance company can act in a seemingly arbitrary manner to revoke coverage for lifesaving treatment.

But not for the reasons Obama cites.

She "was about to get a double mastectomy when her insurance company canceled her policy because she forgot to declare a case of acne," he said in one telling.



WP Insists – Less Healthcare Is Better

From a shameless Washington Post:

In Delivering Care, More Isn’t Always Better, Experts Say

By Ceci Connolly
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A dirty word in health-care reform is "rationing," a term that conjures up the image of faceless government bureaucrats denying lifesaving therapies in the name of cutting costs.

But what if the real issue is not the specter of future rationing, but the haphazard, even illogical, way in which care is delivered today?

Medical professionals say the fundamental problem in the nation’s health-care system is the widespread misuse and overuse of tests, treatments and drugs that drive up prices, have little value to patients, and can pose serious risks. The question, they say, is not whether there will be rationing, but rather what will be rationed, and when and how.



NYT Says Anti-Mandate Laws Are Doomed

From an annoyed New York Times:

“All I’m trying to do is protect the individual’s right to make health care decisions,” said State Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota. “I just don’t want the government getting between my decisions with my doctors.”

In Some States, a Push to Ban Mandate on Insurance


September 29, 2009

ST. PAUL — In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendments that would outlaw a crucial element of the health care plans under discussion in Washington: the requirement that nearly everyone buy insurance or pay a penalty.

Approval of the measures, the lawmakers suggest, would set off a legal battle over the rights of states versus the reach of federal power — an issue that is, for some, central to the current health care debate but also one that has tentacles stretching into many other matters, including education and drug policy.


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NYT Sobs: Socialism Is Dying In Europe

From a deeply concerned New York Times:

A sign showing the Social Democratic Party’s candidate for chancellor was being hauled away Monday, a day after the party badly lost in German elections.

In Bad Times for Capitalism, Socialists in Europe Suffer

Europe’s Socialists Suffering Even in Downturn


September 29, 2009

PARIS — A specter is haunting Europe — the specter of Socialism’s slow collapse.

Even in the midst of one of the greatest challenges to capitalism in 75 years, involving a breakdown of the financial system due to “irrational exuberance,” greed and the weakness of regulatory systems, European Socialist parties and their left-wing cousins have not found a compelling response, let alone taken advantage of the right’s failures.

German voters clobbered the Social Democratic Party on Sunday, giving it only 23 percent of the vote, its worst performance since World War II.



‘Oba Mao’ Items Now Popular In China

Also from Red China’s People’s Daily Online:

"Oba Mao" items popular with foreign tourists in Beijing

Pouches printed with a mixed image of U.S. President Barack Obama and late Chinese leader Mao Zedong are on sale at a small souvenir shop in Houhai, a famous tourist area in Beijing, on Thursday, September 24, 2009.

A souvenir shop in the popular Houhai tourist area of Beijing has recently become quite famous because it is selling products with the image of U.S. President Barack Obama’s face imprinted over that of China’s late leader Mao Zedong, CCTV.com reports.

T-shirts and pouches with the "Oba Mao" design, a creative idea by shop owner Liu Mingjie, have attracted the attention of many foreign tourists.

"We usually sell souvenirs printed with historical figures," Liu said.



Empire State To Go Red/Yellow For China

From Red China’s crowing People’s Daily:

Empire building to turn red and yellow on China’s 60th

September 28, 2009

New York’s iconic Empire State Building will light up red and yellow on Wednesday in honor of the 60th anniversary of People’s Republic China.

The Chinese consul, Peng Keyu, and other officials will take part in the lighting ceremony which will bathe the skyscraper in the flag colors of China until Thursday, Empire State Building representatives said in a statement.

The upper sections of the building are regularly illuminated to mark special occasions, ranging from all blue to mark "Old Blue Eyes" Frank Sinatra’s death in 1998 to green for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day.

Nothing like celebrating the birth of the most murderous regime in recorded history.



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