From Real Time, President Obama's former doctor, David Scheiner speaks out on the benefit of moving to a single payer health insurance plan in the United States.
Lawrence O'Donnell talks to Joe Califano about Medicare's inception and Ronald Reagan's opposition to it. O'Donnell replays part of a propoganda video made by Reagan for the AMA from back in 1963 warning of the dangers of socialism if Medicare passed. As O'Donnell noted, later when Reagan ran for President, he was not campaigning to abolish Medicare despite his previous opposition to it.
Califano, the former special assistant to Lyndon Johnson takes us through the history of what it took to get Medicare passed.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the 111th Justice of the Supreme Court at the Supreme Court of the United States. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Judicial Oath in the East Conference Room before a small gathering of Judge Sotomayor’s family and friends.
Real Time's New Rules for Aug. 7, 2009.
Maher: Now, before I go about demonstrating how easy it is to prove the dumbness that is dragging us down, let me just say that ignorance has life and death consequences. On the eve of the Iraq war, 70% of Americans thought Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9-11. Six years later, 34% still do. Or look at the health care debate going on now. At a recent town hall meeting in South Caronlina a man stood up and told the Congressman to "keep your government hands off my Medicare!".
Which is kind of like driving cross country to protest highways. This country is like a college chick after two Long Island iced teas. We can be talked into anything, like wars. And we can be talked out of anything, like health care. We should forget the town halls, and replace them with study halls.
Listen to some of these statistics. A majority of Americans cannot name a single branch of government, or explain what the Bill of Rights is. 24% could not name the country America fought in the Revolutionary War. More than 2/3 of Americans don't know what's in Roe vs Wade. 2/3 don't know what the Food and Drug Administration does.
Some of this stuff you should be able to pick up by simply being alive.
From Countdown Aug.7, 2009.
Olbermann: For the last three nights we have been quoting the sworn declaration of a former executive for Xe, X E, the company formerly called Blackwater, in which that executive describes the nearly global enterprise shot through with criminality, arms dealings, fraud, tax evasion, child prostitution, murder, all of which Xe denies, even in cases where its employees have already pleaded guilty.
One motive for all of this as the four year executive claims was greed. Tonight, in our third story, the other motive was god. Jeremy Scahill first wrote this story for The Nation magazine, he wrote the definitive book on Blackwater, in which he details some of the theocratic connections of founder Erik Prince. Now that former Blackwater executive known only as John Doe #2 who claims that Prince did more than subscribe to a fundamentalist Christian ideology, he used Xe to advance it.
"Mr. Prince is motivated to engage in misconduct by two factors: First, he views himself as a Christian crusader, tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe. To that end, Mr. Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy. Knowing and wanting these men to take every opportunity to murder Iraqis. Many of these men used signs based on the Knights of the Templar, the warriors who fought the crusades."
Keith goes on to list the Christian organizations Prince has used either his family's or Blackwater's profits to fund.
•Prison Fellowship Ministries
•Focus on the Family
•Family Research Council
•Christian Freedom International
•Council for National Policy
And it just gets uglier from there. I'll add the full transcript once MSNBC gets it up. Prince and his employees need to be sitting in a jail cell instead of getting any new contracts or continuing business as usual in Iraq or anywhere else. I'm happy to see it looks like the Justice Department is finally dealing with them in the manner they should be. Given this man's family and political ties, I'm not holding my breath for any convictions.
Princeton University's Melissa Harris-Lacewell, although a professor of political science, sounds more like a child psychologist wearing her "mommy hat", as she explains why some people blatantly lie when they're confronted about their protest.
In this instance, a rep for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield couldn't even be bothered to change his shirt for a townhall meeting in Connecticut the other day. Original youtube video is here.
From The Daily Show:
Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed as America's newest Supreme Court justice, but John McCain doesn't think her excellent resume and inspiring life story qualifies her.
August 07, 2009 KOMO 4 News-- Czar Kerlikowske: I see no benefit to pot legalization:
Making a his first stop in his old stomping grounds with his new title -- Drug Czar -- former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske spoke to KOMO/4 hoping to clarify a statement he'd made recently for which he is now taking fire.
Kerlikowske, who departed Seattle earlier this year to take the top post at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, had been quoted as saying "marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit," KOMO/4 reports. Questioned earlier today, Kerlikowske hoped to expand on his statement:
"Sometimes you make a mistake and you work very hard to correct it. That happens. I should've clearly said 'smoked' marijuana and then gone on to say that this is clearly a question that should be answered by the medical community."
Chief K continued, noting that "the No. 1 call from young people for treatment here, after alcohol, is marijuana. So I'm not seeing the benefit to society with legalization at all."
Apparently not too friggin' much, at least as far as him being an objective critic of the Obama administration.
Hillary Clinton: If President Obama walked on water, he'd [Bolton] say he couldn't swim.
The dismissive, totally spontaneous laugh said it all.