Saturday, November 07, 2009


House Passes Landmark Health Care Overhaul
House Democrats narrowly clinched a landmark victory on a sweeping health care overhaul Saturday night, voting 220-215 to deliver President Barack Obama a key win on his No. 1 domestic priority.

Tom Coburn

Why We Love Sen. Coburn, Reason #325:
Dr. No Threatening to Have Bill Read on Senate Floor

Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who developed a close friendship with President Obama when they served together in the Senate, is threatening to have the entire health care bill read on the Senate floor.

Senior Senate Democratic aides had heard Coburn was considering having potentially thousands of pages read aloud in effort to stall passage. “If he did this it would be even outrageous for a guy who’s become known as Dr. No around here,” one of them told POLITICO.

Coburn’s office confirmed that he is indeed thinking about having the bill read.

Ed Morrissey thinks that this could delay the bill for up to half a year; I don’t expect it to go that far, but Coburn’s poised to be able to do one heck of a monkeywrenching job on the health care rationing bill for at least the rest of 2009…[ H/T Red States]
  How did one state manage to get nearly 100% of the nation's decent Senators?  WTF?

Sgt. Richard Yarosh

Burned GI's Portrait Smithsonian Bound

Retired Army Sgt. Richard Yarosh has gotten used to the stares. His face is blanketed in knotty scar tissue. His nose tip is missing. His ears are gone, as is part of his right leg. His fingers are permanently bent and rigid.

All is the result of an explosion in Iraq that doused him in fuel and fire three years ago.

"I know people are curious," he said. "They'll stop in their tracks and look. I guess I can understand. I probably would have stared, too."

Soon, a lot more people will be staring at Yarosh's face but in a very different way: A life-sized oil painting of him will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington later this month. The portrait, by Matthew Mitchell, is a finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which recognizes modern portraiture at the gallery known for its collection of notable Americans. [Continued]

 He looks like a damned handsome man to me.  You can't keep character from shining through, his is luminescent, any more than you can fake what's not there. 

Flash & Drive No-Nos

Today's Lesson

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An ignorant president

President X
On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes—and I see many of them in the audience here today—our sense of patriotism is particularly strong  - Candidate X

 I saw the Drudge link, but Obama gaffes are become so common place, and the blurb so descriptive, that I figured to skip it. However, a need for some Obama schadenfreude compelled me to snack on it.  It was worse than I imagined.  In case you missed it:
I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It's good to see you.
Crow was never awarded the MOH - he did win a Bronze Star for valor in WWII - and he was given the  Presidential Medal of Freedom in August.  This past August.  By Obama.  Medal of Freedom.  Medal of Honor.  What's the diff?

 What we have here is another example of this president's shallow understanding, or even knowledge of the traditions, history,  and ceremony of the United States of America.  Memorial Day, and Veterans day - same thing.  Fifty states in the Union?  or is it fifty-seven?  Or fifty-eight?  His mother was a radical leftist, his father - well, we're not for certain sure who that was, but all the candidates were similarly inclined toward the views of Mr. Marx, as are ALL of his associates, and mentors.  His education was dished out with an anti-American bias, all of which leaves him woefully ignorant, at best, but very dangerous. 

President X? X-President? I know that difference.

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