Friday, April 09, 2010

See You Bart

I need to go buy a lottery ticket. I posted about Stupak dropping out and it happens.

From Politico

Rep. Bart Stupak won't seek reelection

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who had a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, plans to announce Friday that he will not run for reelection, a Democratic official said. Without Stupak on the ballot, the seat becomes an immediate pickup opportunity for Republicans.

"Now with health care done, he’s retiring," a friend said. "He has thought about retiring for the last three cycles, but was always talked into staying: to elect John Kerry to help end the war, to elect a Democratic majority to get health care done."

President Barack Obama called Stupak on Wednesday and asked him not to retire. Stupak, 58, also resisted entreaties from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the dean of the Wolverine State delegation.

We need to work on the rest to retire. Steve Kagen, Kind, Baldwin, Obey, Moore, Feingold and all the rest of the democrats across this country who need to go. Retirement or vote the bums out.

Is Stupak Pelosi's Puppet ? ? ? ?

Bart Stupak

Steve Kagen

Nancy Pelosi

From the Iron Mountain Daily Press. We know Wisconsin Steve Kagen is Nancy Pelosi's puppet but is Bart Stupak?

Pelosi Urges Stupak To Run Again

"TRAVERSE CITY (AP) - The two top-ranking Democrats in the U.S. House fear Rep. Bart Stupak may retire after drawing fierce criticism during the health care debate and have urged him to seek re-election, two congressional aides told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer phoned Stupak recently and encouraged the Michigan Democrat to run for a 10th term, said Democratic House leadership aides who spoke on condition of anonymity. The aides were not authorized to speak publicly about the private conversations.

A statement released by Stupak's office said he always consults with family and constituents before deciding whether to seek re-election." Pelosi urges Stupak to run again - | news, sports, business, jobs - The Daily News

Stupak made a big mistake when he caved on abortion. November elections will be interesting nation wide.

Freedom Building In Michigan

From the Escanaba Daily Press

"Tea Party plans rally in Escanaba
POSTED: April 8, 2010

ESCANABA - The Tea Party Express is preparing for a series of rallies in Michigan, including Escanaba, aimed at unseating U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak because of his last-minute vote in favor of the health care overhaul.

The Tea Party Express III: Just Vote Them Out! Tour will make a stop in Escanaba Friday - one of five stops in the state's First Congressional District and one of 10 in Michigan.

The event will take place at the Karas Memorial Band Shell in Ludington Park. There will be local speakers at 11 a.m., and the tour bus will arrive at noon for the rally.

Dan Benishek, a Republican candidate seeking the District 1 seat in the U.S. House now held by Stupak, will also be in attendance at the Escanaba rally. He will share the stage with Tea Party activists and other candidates running against Bart Stupak. Benishek will also attend rallies in Sault Ste. Marie, Cheboygan and Petoskey.

A Tea Party spokesman says Stupak is the Tea Party Express' top target for defeat after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. The group began a $250,000 television and radio campaign targeting Stupak on Wednesday.

Stupak led a group of Democrats who withheld support for the health care bill until reaching a compromise with the White House over abortion funding.

The Tea Party Express III: Just Vote Them Out! Tour started March 17 and has since taken its message across the nation.

Following the stop in Escanaba, the tour will head to the Bud Weber Park I in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, arriving at 6 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the bus will make a stop in Cheyboygan at 8 a.m. at Washington Park in downtown, then arrive in Petoskey at 10:30 a.m. at the Emmet-Charlevoix County Fairgrounds. At 11 a.m., the tour will arrive in Traverse City, then make a stop in Big Rapids at 2:45 p.m. The next stop will be in Grand Rapids at 4 p.m., and then Lansing at 7:15 p.m.

For more information, visit
Tea Party plans rally in Escanaba - | News, Sports, Jobs, Escanaba Information | The Daily Press

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Steve Kagen Can't Hide Anymore

Try 2 Focus gave a heads up on Congressman Steve Kagen.

"Apparently Congressman Kagen is planning on moving around the district in stealth mode during the current break." Try 2 Focus

Here's some reporting from Tim Ryan on Kagen who stopped in Shawano in today's Shawano Leader online. Seems like constituents are finding Steve Kagen.

Visitors shift attention at seniors’ meeting with Kagen
By Tim Ryan, Leader Reporter

What was intended as a low-key chat with seniors about health care Wednesday turned instead into a civil, but sometimes contentious, debate between U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen and skeptical members of the public.

The meeting at the Shawano Senior Center was attended by about half a dozen senior citizens expecting a quiet sit-down with Kagen, but they were soon outnumbered by a mostly younger set of visitors who dominated the hour-long question and answer session.

Kagen initially sat down at a table to talk with the seniors, but the other visitors complained they couldn’t hear him.
So Kagen ignores people who come to his meetings.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to ignore anybody, but I was here to meet with the senior citizens, and it looked to me like you were younger than the age group I had in mind,” Kagen said.

Nevertheless, Kagen took a microphone to address all the attendees, talking about what he said were benefits in the new health care reform law for senior citizens and small business owners.

Kagen said the new law provides “a great deal of reassurance for seniors,” particularly in starting to close the gap in Medicare Part D coverage often called “the donut hole.” He said over time the gap would be closed completely.

Kagen also noted free preventive medical tests would soon be available under Medicare, with no out-of-pocket co-payments or deductibles for preventive services.

The new law will also allow children to stay on a family’s insurance plan until they turn 26 years old, and insurers would be prevented from dropping a family’s coverage if a family member became ill.

Kagen also sought to clear up some of the misinformation surrounding the law, saying patients would still be able to go to their own physician and the hospital of their choice.

Other highlights of the new law cited by Kagen included a ban on insurance company discrimination due to pre-existing conditions; small business tax credits of up to 35 percent for the cost of insurance; a standard benefit plan all health insurers must offer; and no annual or lifetime caps on insurance coverage.

But the first question Kagen faced from the visitors — and one which would recur repeatedly during the hour — came from John Schreiner of Shawano.

“How is this going to be paid for?” Schreiner asked.
Good question John.
Kagen said there would be tax increases for single taxpayers making more than $200,000 a year and couples making more than $250,000 a year.

He also said there were 512 households in the 8th District he represents making more than $1 million a year — and they would pay an additional $6,000 to $7,000.

Referring to tax cuts under the Bush Administration, Kagen said, “the wealthy have had a tax holiday.”

He said additional revenue would come in through “finding efficiencies and eliminated waste, particularly in Medicare.”

But the notion of higher taxes — even those aimed at the wealthy — did not sit well with some of the visitors.
Blah, blah, blah, Answers with non answers. Puppet Steve Kagen giving his talking points from Nancy Pelosi. Tax the rich, funny the middle class will end up paying for this.

Schreiner left the meeting at that point, telling Kagen, “I hope you have your resume ready.”
You tell em John!
Also bothered by the notion was Lisa Hoffman, an unsuccessful candidate in Tuesday’s election for the Shawano School District Board of Education.

She called the tax increases “redistribution of wealth” at odds with the capitalistic marketplace Kagen claimed to want to create in the health care industry.

“The wealthy’s fair share should be what everybody else pays,” Hoffman said. “I don’t think because you’ve been successful in this country, you should pay more taxes.”

Hoffman said the government had no Constitutional right to mandate what anyone’s health care should be and said it was not the government’s job to fix the broken health care system.
You go Lisa, give em hell!
Dr. T. L. Christen, who had joined the seniors at their table for the meeting with Kagen, spoke up at this point, clearly frustrated with the comments she had been hearing.

“I’ve been sitting here and listening and I’ve got to say something for the seniors,” she said. “I represent a lot of seniors.”

Christen said the health care system is broken and the new law, while not perfect, begins to address those problems.

“For the first time, this is a start,” she said. “I’ve heard all the criticisms, but I haven’t heard one positive thing said. Have you actually read what’s in this? Our seniors have. Our seniors before this happened were angry, and they felt cheated by the American public, they felt cheated by the government. They felt they had been left out. And they were mad.”
Holy cow, Dr. Christen read the bill? Did anyone ask Kagen if he read itl? Let's be honest here Christen and Kagen didn't read the bill, do they take the people of Shawano for a bunch of fools? Was it coincidence Dr Christen was at the meeting, don't think so. Kagen must of promised her a government job? Left wing medical doctor, geeeeeezzzzz.
Christen said there was still more work to do on the law and she hoped the younger visitors would help make it better.

“There’s a lot of work that has to be done and I hope you young people will get in there and start fighting,” she said. “We seniors have been fighting and no one has listened to us for 10 long years. We’re living in a world today where you have to start thinking positive, not negative. We’ve done that for too long.”

There you go, right out of the lefts playbook. it's was Bush's fault and you young people who will pay for this, just SHUT UP and leave Dr Kagen alone. I'm with John, “I hope you have your resume ready.”

CDC Warning

From an E mail.
Subject: Subject: CDC warning.....Gonorrhea Lectim

Subject: CDC warning.....

Very important information has just been made public that I think is
something you should all be aware of:  Gonorrhea Lectim.  The Center for
Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of this old
The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim.  It's pronounced "Gonna re-elect

The disease is contracted through dangerous and high-risk behavior involving
putting your cranium up your rectum.  Many victims contracted it in 2008
..... but now most people, after having been infected for the past 1-2
years, are starting to realize how destructive this sickness is.

It's sad because it is so easily cured with a new procedure just coming on
the market called Vo-tem-out!  You take the first dose/step in 2010 and the
second dosage in 2012, and simply don't engage in such behavior again,
otherwise it could become permanent and eventually wipe out all life as we
know it.
Several states are already on top of this like Virginia and New Jersey , and
now Massachusetts , with many more seeing the writing on the wall.  Please
pass this important message on to all those bright folk you really care

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Give Me A Name, Give Me A Name.

For Tom Barret who told Charlie Sykes there is no voter fraud. Say it ain't so, voter fraud, come on your pulling my leg. From the Green Bay Press.
"Green Bay officials look into suspected voter fraud

BY SCOTT WILLIAMS • • April 6, 2010 "
Green Bay officials look into suspected voter fraud | | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Green Bay officials are investigating two incidents of suspected voter fraud in which people voted in today’s election under other people’s names.

City Clerk Chad Weininger said police were examining video that might show one of the suspects inside a polling place.

Weininger said such misconduct is unusual in Green Bay elections.

“This is actually very rare for Green Bay,” he said.

The first incident occurred at St. Peter and Paul Church, 1420 Harvey St., and the second was at Danz Elementary School, 2130 Basten St.

In both cases, Weininger said, the real voter showed up later only to discover that clerks believed he or she had voted already.
“The poll worker is like,

‘You already voted,’” he said. “And the person was like, ‘I couldn’t have voted, because I am who I am.’”

Is it rare because no has been caught or has vote officials have been looking the other way about voter fraud.