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Dean Admits Tort Reform Left Out of Health Care Bill Because Dems Fear Lawyers

In a response to a local resident’s question at a town hall meeting former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean admitted that tort reform was left out of the health care bill because Democrats were afraid of “taking on” the trial lawyers.

Roland Tulino, a local resident who attended the August 25 meeting sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran (D.-Va.) at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia, asked the following question:

“There’s $200 million over 10 years in savings if we had tort reform and nobody loses but the lawyers,” said Tulino. “Why have we not even considered that tonight in the discussion sir? Tell the American people that.”

Moran offered the podium to the former governor of Vermont, and Dean gave the following response:

“Here is why tort reform is not in the bill. When you go to pass a really enormous bill like that the more stuff you put in, the more enemies you make, right? And the reason why tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else they were taking on, and that is the plain and simple truth. Now, that’s the truth.”

Although Moran praised Dean for giving an “honest answer,” his answer actually raises a more important question. Why do the Dems fear the trial lawyers more than they do the doctors whose profession, after all, is the one on the block for “reform?”

See the 3:06 video of the townhall exchange at CNS.com.

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Brother O Punishes Hondurans for Refusing to Return a Would-be Dictator to Power

The Bread and Circuses Administration will now block visas from being issued to Hondurans to prevent their traveling to the United States.  Brother O’s left-wing administration intends to punish Honduras for its Supreme Court’s refusal to allow the country’s ex-president, Manuel Zelaya, to return to power.  Zelaya, a would-be dictator, is backed by left-wing Latin American dictators Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

“Given the substantial Honduran population in the U.S., and the fact that Hondurans frequently travel to and from the U.S. on business or to visit family members, the Obama Administration’s restrictions on their relatives’ right to travel are a serious encroachment on civil liberties.”

In an effort to further destabilize the tiny country, State Department staff have recommended that Zelaya’s removal from power be declared a “military coup,” a decision that could cost the third-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere as much as $150 million in U.S. aid.

Although Brother O and his media propagandists incessantly refer to the removal of Honduras’ ex-president as a “coup,” clearly Honduras did not undergo a coup d’etat, i.e., a sudden, illegal overthrow of a legitimate government by a small group.

Hondurans did not overthrow their government; they simply removed an illegitimate, overbearing part of it, its president, and are legally justified in doing so.

Honduras’ president was removed by a unanimous decision of the Honduran Supreme Court, nearly unanimous approval of the Honduran Congress, and in accordance with the will of the majority of Hondurans.

Honduras has been pushed to the brink of economic collapse by recent turmoil and the Administration’s foolish responses will further destabilize the tiny country’s government and economy.

But Brother O has shown a “willful disregard of political oppression” and seems more intent on appeasing despots and their ousted ally.

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CORROBORATION

Remembering Edward M. Kennedy and his KGB connection

The death of US Senator Edward M. “Teddy” Kennedy this week is the reason for different recollections about his character. Online magazine Human Events recalls that Ted Kennedy who, by any measure, led an extraordinary life, was also willing to use US arch enemy’s secret police to harm his political enemies.

Kennedy’s private outreach to the KGB Soviet intelligence agency in attempts to undermine first President Jimmy Carter then President Ronald Reagan speaks about Edward Kennedy as about the man who appeared to have no moral restraints whatsoever on his personal pursuit of raw political power, according to Human Events.

It marks that documents found in Soviet archives after the fall of the Iron Curtain revealed a great deal about Ted Kennedy. One of the KGB reports to bosses in the USSR Communist Party Central Committee, revealed that “in 1978, American Sen. Edward Kennedy requested the assistance of the KGB to establish a relationship” between the Soviet apparatus and a firm owned by former Senator John Tunney (D-Ca.). KGB recommended that they be permitted to do this because Tunney’s firm was already connected with a KGB agent in France named David Karr. This document was found by the knowledgeable Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats.

Another KGB report to their bosses revealed that on March 5, 1980, John Tunney met with the KGB in Moscow on behalf of Sen. Kennedy. Tunney expressed Kennedy’s opinion that “nonsense about ‘the Soviet military threat’ and Soviet ambitions for military expansion in the Persian Gulf… was being fueled by [President Jimmy] Carter, [National Security Advisor Zbigniew] Brzezinski, the Pentagon and the military industrial complex.”

Kennedy offered to speak out against President Carter on Afghanistan and shortly thereafter he made public speeches opposing the President on this issue. This document was found in KGB archives by KGB officer Vasily Mitrokhin who copied documents from the files and then defected to the West.

Tim Sebastian from the London Times found contemporaneous KGB documentation and published a story in February, 1992, of an additional communiqué by Ted Kennedy to the Soviet intelligence agency through Tunney. This time it was President Reagan in Kennedy’s crosshairs as he attempted to arrange a meeting between Kennedy and General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Yuri Andropov.

In the May 14, 1983, letter written by the then KGB head Viktor Chebrikov to his boss Yuri Andropov, Chebrikov explained that Kennedy blamed poor American-Soviet relations on President Reagan. According to Chebrikov’s letter, Kennedy said he wanted to stop Reagan’s re-election effort in 1984.

Chebrikov’s letter claimed that Kennedy himself had offered to travel to Moscow to meet with Andropov if he would extend an invitation. Kennedy also suggested the Soviets reach out specifically to Barbara Walters and Walter Cronkite to counter in the American media what he said Kennedy considered Reagan “propaganda,” Human Events adds. 

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Nancy Pelosi Knew About Waterboarding

By John Stephenson

New evidence has surfaced, thanks to the Attorney General’s war on the CIA, confirming what most already know. Nancy Pelosi is a hypocritical liar.

Remember last April when Nancy Pelosi was cornered exposing her hypocrisy on the enhanced interrogation techniques used against terrorists? She had been crying how evil Bush was and pretending she was in the dark on the issue. The CIA let the world know she had been briefed on the techniques and that they were being used. She claimed the CIA was lying.

“In that or any other briefing we were not, and I repeat, were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used. What they did tell us is that they had some legislative counsel opinions that they could be used.”

Uh oh! Documented evidence has surfaced! In a report given to congress by the National Intelligence Director this week, on September 4th 2002 Nancy Pelosi was briefed. Her name is in the column stating [see top graph]:

“Briefing on EITs including use of EITs on Abu Zubaydah, background on authorities, and a description of the particular EITs that had been employed.”

Now new evidence has come to light. In the Attorney General’s war against the CIA for using these enhanced techniques documents have been revealed showing Pelosi’s hands are not as clean as she would like people to believe.

The newly declassified CIA report on the interrogation of Islamist terrorists notes “in the fall of 2002, the agency briefed the leadership of the Congressional Intelligence Oversight Committees on the use of both standard techniques and EITs (enhanced interrogation techniques).”

The CIA, according to the report, “continued to brief the leadership of the Intelligence Oversight Committees on the use of EITs and detentions in February and March 2003.”

And here’s the zinger: “The general counsel says that none of the participants expressed any concern about the techniques or the program….”

For months, Speaker Pelosi has claimed she and other high-ranking Democrats in Congress who were briefed by the CIA during President Bush’s first term “were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation techniques were used.”

Others present with her at CIA intelligence briefings, like former House Intelligence Committee Chairman and CIA director Porter Goss, say otherwise.

Her credibility was also rattled by the revelation that Rep. Jane Harman, the California Democrat who succeeded Pelosi as ranking Democrat on the House intelligence panel, sent a classified letter to the CIA in February 2003 objecting to EITs.

Speaker Pelosi’s behavior reeks of the kind of cynicism and hypocrisy Americans have become used to seeing in Washington.

Her liberal instincts were to object to the CIA’s tough interrogation of terrorists.

But those briefings took place not long after the 9/11 attacks; the war in Afghanistan, home to al-Qaida and shelter for Osama bin Laden, was going well; and the Iraq War had not yet begun.

So there was no way for an ambitious politician like Pelosi to know which way the political winds would end up blowing.

At the time, President Bush was basking in popularity, and the nation was in lockstep behind his aggressive approach to waging the global war on terror — including in Iraq. For all Pelosi knew, it might stay that way for many years to come.

So she stayed quiet, keeping her options open. Now, with Democrats running the whole show in Washington and a Justice Department poised to criminalize CIA interrogators in a politicized national security witch hunt, she has chosen to revert to those liberal instincts.

Solid evidence showing what we already knew. Pelosi is a hypocritical liar. She should be held accountable.

Tail wag for the graphic: YID With LID

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 To Hell with Ted Kennedy

By Jerry A. Kane

 

If Dante Alighieri were alive today, to which of the four regions of Circle 9—the circle of treachery—would the thirteenth-century poet assign Ted Kennedy?  

 

In Dante’s Inferno the regions of Caina, Antenora, Ptolomea, and Judecca are distinguished from one another by the particular offenses committed by the souls who inhabit them. The designated region for politicians who betray their country is Antenora, tailored to suit the offenses committed by the departed leftist lion Democrat.

 

Although it has become commonplace for Massachusetts’ senior senator to provide aid and comfort to America’s enemies and to accuse her President of secretly plotting and then deliberately starting an unnecessary war in Iraq, the earl of the waitress sandwich went a wee bit over the top when he collaborated with the Soviet KGB at the height of the Cold War to undermine a sitting President.

 

In May 1983, the KGB … reported to their bosses on a discussion in Moscow with former Sen. John Tunney. Kennedy had instructed Tunney, according to the KGB, to carry a message to Yuri Andropov, the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, expressing Kennedy’s concern about the anti-Soviet activities of President Ronald Reagan.

 

The KGB reported ‘in Kennedy’s opinion the opposition to Reagan remains weak. Speeches of the President’s opponents are not well-coordinated and not effective enough, and Reagan has the chance to use successful counterpropaganda.’

 

Kennedy offered to ‘undertake some additional steps to counter the militaristic, policy of Reagan and his campaign of psychological pressure on the American population.’

 

Kennedy asked for a meeting with Andropov for the purpose of ‘arming himself with the Soviet leader’s explanations of arms control policy so he can use them later for more convincing speeches in the U.S.’

 

He also offered to help get Soviet views on the major U.S. networks and suggested inviting ‘Elton Rule, ABC chairman of the board, or observers Walter Cronkite or Barbara Walters to Moscow.’”

 

Reporter Tim Sebastian discovered the Viktor Chebrikov [KGB] memo to Andropov in the Soviet archives and wrote about his discovery in an article titled, “Teddy, the KGB and the top secret file” in the London Times February 2, 1992.

 

In the book, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, Paul Kengor also refers to the KGB memo and Kennedy’s proposed partnership to undermine President Reagan’s foreign policy and re-election efforts.

 

According to Kengor, Kennedy proposed a public relations plan that would cut through Reagan’s propaganda and connect Andropov and other senior Soviet officials with the mainstream media to help the Soviets present their peaceful intentions to the American people. Andropov died suddenly, and with his death Kennedy’s plan to undermine Reagan.

 

Clearly, Kennedy was not a double agent, nor was he a KGB pawn who did not understand what he was doing. He collaborated with the KGB solely to advance his own political aspirations and agenda. Kengor thinks that Kennedy wanted to stop Reagan’s “aggressive defense policies, which then ranged from the Pershing IIs to the MX to SDI, and even his re-election bid.” Kennedy saw Reagan, not Andropov, as the hindrance to peace.

 

Mary Jo’s Teddy was also a major contributor in creating and passing the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that imposed surveillance restrictions on the FBI and CIA, which “were so tight that when the FBI arrested Zacarias Moussaoui (the so-called 20th highjacker) in August 2001, they could not get permission to download his computer since FBI headquarters understood that they did not have enough evidence to get a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.”

 

Kennedy’s traitorous collaboration with the Soviet KGB and his deliberate disregard for the dangers of hostile foreign powers personify a progressive ideologue with a political agenda that supersedes the good of the country and the safety of its people. 

 

The Inferno is a deep place where the sun is silent. Dante assigns the treacherous to Circle 9—the lowest of the 9 concentric circles of hell—and the treasonous to its second region.  To hell with Ted Kennedy, a more deserving patron Antenora would be hard pressed to find.

 

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RENEWED ASTROTURF

DOL Drops Stringent Enforcement of Union Reporting Laws

 

If you’re a union member looking to get information on your union’s illegal activities and shady deals, fergitaboutit!  And don’t expect the Bread and Circuses’ Department of Labor to investigate any illegal activities by labor unions.

 

The DOL has just scrapped “the stringent reporting requirements that labor unions must by law satisfy to assure that their financial dealings are legal and above-board.”

 

The following excerpt is lifted from a note that appears on the DOL website:

 

“Accordingly, OLMS will refrain from initiating enforcement actions against union officers and union employees based solely on the failure to file the report required by section 202 of the Labor-Management and Reporting Disclosure Act (LMRDA), 29 U.S.C. § 432, using the 2007 form, as long as individuals meet their statutorily-required filing obligation in some manner. OLMS will accept either the old Form LM-30 or the new one for purposes of this non-enforcement policy.”

 

Brother O and DOL Secretary Hilda Solis have awarded unions a free pass to conduct illegal activities.  Brother O’s shrewd Chicago-style politics rivals that of Da Mare.  

 

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Officer threatens arrest over Joker poster

This 1:36 YouTube video of the town hall held by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia, shows a confrontation between a protester and a security officer with the Fairfax County Public Schools.

The protester is standing on school grounds carrying a sign with a picture of Brother O in Joker makeup and the words “Organizing for National Socialist Health Care – The Final Solution”

Officer Wesley Cheeks Jr. confronted the protester singling out his sign as unacceptable because it “has got a picture on it.”

Cheeks forbade the protester to hold up the sign and warned him that he would be charged with trespassing and arrested if he didn’t comply. The protester didn’t understand how he could be with trespassing, so Cheeks replied, “I can charge you with whatever I want to charge you with.”

“This used to be America,” said the grieved protester.

“It ain’t no more, OK?” countered Cheeks.

It’s doubtful that a poster with a similar depiction of “W” would have elicited the storm trooper ire of Cheeks, and it’s reasonable to assume that his racial attachment to Brother O helped to override his common sense and overstep his authority, yet Cheeks did manage point out the promised change Brother O has brought to America. “It ain’t no more.”  

To contact the school’s security force, e-mail Fred Ellis, the director of safety and security for Fairfax County Public Schools, or Jim McLain, the security coordinator.

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