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Daniel Biss Announces Candidacy for State Rep. (Distr. 17)

From the Press Release:

Daniel Biss on Thursday announced his candidacy for the 17th Legislative District of Illinois. Biss, a Democrat, ran a historic campaign for the seat in 2008 against entrenched six-term incumbent Elizabeth Coulson, a transformative candidacy that stunned insiders. Coulson has relinquished her seat to run for Congress.

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Senator Ted Kennedy, RIP

Ted Kennedy at the Democratic Convtention

Here's what I wrote in November:

I hope every adult in this country points their kids to Senator Kennedy as one of the most positive examples we have of one man's commitment to the public good.

Forget all the cheap cynicism you hear all over the place -- it's being mouthed by a bunch of blockheads. This guy, Senator Kennedy, has come back practically from his deathbed to make sure everyone in this country has access to health care.

He's an example for us all.

Let's show our appreciation of this extraordinary public servant and pass health care reform worthy of him and of this country.

Time to Shove Something Down the Throat of Juan Williams

Media Matters has already pointed to the yeoman service Fox News Correspondent Juan Williams is performing for right-wingers everywhere by going on NPR and spouting GOP talking points.

Having heard the segment in question, what struck me was his comment on the possibilities of Democrats 'going it alone' on health care reform:

It's possible, but it's literally what would be called a nuclear option in terms of reconciliation. You're talking not only about losing Republicans but losing some conservative Democrats, forcing it through, let's say, with 50 votes, 51 votes, and it would feel, I think, to most Americans like, you know what, this was just being shoved [down] the American people's throats. [emphasis added]

In democracies we call the process Williams is describing a 'simple majority'. The reason we have this majority is thanks to something called an election in which the will of 'most Americans' is expressed through the ballot box. The only 'throats' this process would seem to be shoved down are those irreconcilable few who are unable to come to terms with the will of 'most Americans'.

Apparently, Williams is either uncomfortable or unaware of this thing call 'democracy'.

Dem Day Part II

Dem Day itself, that is Wed., Aug 19, consists of two key events: the County Chair breakfast and then the rally later in the day on the Director's Lawn in the State Fair grounds proper.

The first photo is of Gov. Quinn addressing the attendees at the County Chair breakfast. The second photo is Sec. of State Jesse White speaking later on at the rally -- under a tent for fear of rain. Happily the rain seemed more than ready to accommodate Illinois Democrats -- waiting till the event was well over before breaking loose in torrents.

Dem Day Part I

A couple of pictures of the festivities surrounding Dem Day at the State Fair. In this post, I have two photos from the night before, or in other words, Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The first shot is of Boone's Saloon (RIP). Alas! Despite the change in traditional venues -- and the fact that we're in an off-year, the Sangamon County Dems still drew a pretty good crowd for their annual meet-and-greet fundraiser (sorry, no photos).

Later on, (after a number of other events), there was the reception at the Governor's Mansion for County Chairs -- this time warmly hosted by Gov. Quinn. Although the event was hosted inside for fear of rain, I must complement the Guv's team on the wonderful quality of the Italian sausage and brats!

Co-ops are the new HMOs

Co-ops are the new HMO's. HMO's were going to save us the last time round. They were new -- nobody knew much about them -- but we were all assured they'd be cheaper and would manage health care better.

In reality they were nothing but a bogus distraction whose chief accomplishment was to run real health care reform off the rails.

Sound familiar? We've been here before.

Media Misinformation Campaign

This quote by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) was played over and over again by WBBM radio yesterday:

SHELBY: Well, I think rationing is underlying all of this. There's a lot of denial out there, but you look at the other plans -- you look at the Canadian plan, the British plan and so forth, and you have long lines.

There are no "long lines" in Canada or Britain. It's total BS. We're the ones with the "long lines". Just ask Remote Area Medical.

The Media is simply a delivery device for right-wing propaganda.

Wherein I denounce the President

A commenter at Steve Benen's abode predicted the following as the next lie that right-wing nuts will come up with:

Obama's "Cash for Grandma" program where the government will give you up to $4500 towards the cost of childbirth if you euthanize your grandmother."

To which I replied:

"Cash for Grandma"? Is it true? It must be true!

$4500 for childbirth if you agree to knock off grandma! And how's he going to pay for it? Why, with deficit spending naturally! That's nothing but a 'tax on our grandchildren'!

So this guy, Obama, who wasn't even born in America, is going to tax our grandchildren to knock off grandma so that illegal aliens can have gold-plated child-deliveries at the hands of government bureaucrats.

It's just sooooooo wrong!"

Brilliant Thought of the Day

So if the Medicare plan pays for vasectomies, does that mean everyone has to get one -- that some 'government bureaucrat' is going to be empowered to tell you and your husband, your daughters and your sons, 'go out and get a vasectomy or else'?

Tribune Launches Much Improved Site Redesign

It's 2009 and the Chicago Tribune has only now figured out what it takes to design a website. Still, you have to hand it to them, it's a vast improvement over the previous iteration. They even went back to the old letterhead.

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