Archive for March, 2012

March 31, 2012

32, 299 UFO Sightings, 352 Deaths by Lightning, 9 Possible Voter Frauds… PRICELESS

Since Republican victories in 2010 numerous state legislatures have instituted a large number of voting laws designed to address a virtually nonexistent problem. The instances of voter fraud in the United States is miniscule as a percentage of the voting public. Many of those instances are attributed to clerical errors rather than intentional acts. Despite this, 34 states have passed new voting rules. This leads to the question, if voting fraud is virtually nonexistent then what is the motivation to spend so much time, effort and money to curtail it? 
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March 30, 2012

The Daily Scoop: The Most Revealing Reporting on Our Healthcare System

As the country waits for the Supreme Court to issue its verdict on the health-care reform law, ProPublica writers Blair Hickman and Cora Currier rounded up some of the most revealing reporting on the issues. They’re grouped roughtly into articles on high costs and those on insurance.

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March 30, 2012

Fact Check: Oil price ad battles; Big Oil vs. DNC [Video]

The Washington Post subjects the oil price blame-game ads to their Pinocchio Scale. The video blow is only Part 1. Expect more the longer oil prices remain stubbornly high and as the election year progresses.

The pro-oil American Energy Alliance and the Democratic National Committee exchanged barbs this week over the president’s energy policies, providing a preview of the hard-hitting rhetorical campaigns and rapid-response reactions that will take place as the general election nears.

March 29, 2012

Romney: Uninsured with preexisting conditions should be denied coverage

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday insisted that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law should be overturned and that people with preexisting conditions should be denied coverage if they had never had insurance before.

During an appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show, host Jay Leno told Romney that he knew people that had never been able to get insurance before “Obamacare” was passed.

“It seems to me like children and people with preexisting conditions should be covered,” Leno noted.

“People with preexisting conditions — as long as they’ve been insured before, they’re going to continue to have insurance,” Romney explained.

March 28, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Why EPA’s new carbon rules won’t have much impact

Much has been made of late about new EPA rules regarding coal-powered powerplants and an apparent ban on any new facilities in the future. The article here dispells some of inaccuate claims and rumors.

Washington Post: On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its first-ever rules on carbon-dioxide emissions from new power plants. These rules are part of the EPA’s program to tackle global-warming pollution. But what sort of impact will they actually have? Not a whole lot — at least for the foreseeable future.

March 28, 2012

Obama’s Gun Control Conspiracy [video]

While great for a laugh, this excerpt from the Colbert Report illustrates how the political rumor mill stretches and contorts real world actions into messages that create fears in the general public that don’t actually exist. From the Free Speech/Protest Banning HR 347 to Obama’s peacetime martial law implementing executive order to health care reform’s implanted tracking chip requirement, the rumor mill has been quite busy manufacturing an abundance of fear meant to convince voters the sitting president is a shadowy figure intent on implementing a diabolical plan to set asunder the country as we know it.

March 26, 2012

The Daily Scoop: GOP support for Individual Mandate in their words

If one were to remove all the partisanship restraining effective policy, the public could take solace in the realization their leaders could reach compromise and address the issues facing this country.

 

Read more and see a full list of the legislators who previously supported an individual mandate.

 

 

 

March 25, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Frum – George and Mitt Romney & the Death of Moderate GOP

If Austin Powers were unfrozen in 2012 from his 1960s cryogenic freeze, there’s one political headline that would make him feel immediately at home: “Romney Struggles With Republican Party Conservatives.”

In 1966, George Romney tried to beat them.

March 25, 2012

MP Bulletin Extra: James Cameron begins 10-hour dive Mariana Trench

Film director James Cameron has begun an attempt to become the first person in 50 years to visit the deepest part of the ocean.

Cameron is travelling 11km (7 miles) down to the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, where he hopes to spend six hours exploring and filming. He is making the dive in a specially designed and cramped one-man submarine, the Deepsea Challenger.

A manned descent to the trench was last attempted in 1960, by US Navy Lt Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard.

March 24, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Health-care reform – Succeeding by failing

EZRA KLEIN’S latest Bloomberg column nicely captures the oddity of the American debate over health-care reform. Mr Klein notes that the plan for Medicare reform in Paul Ryan’s latest budget plan is hard to distinguish from Obamacare (which turned two years old today). That might seem ironic if Obamacare weren’t basically the policy Republicans had been defending for years as an alternative to Democratic single-payer proposals. The result is a peculiar sort of convergence even as the two parties try to push the health-care system in different directions.

….. if the Republicans knock down Obamacare, one way or another, Democrats will push a Medicare-for-everybody single-payer plan.

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