Daily Archives: January 20, 2011

Will This Palin Saga Have A “Happy Ending”?

Todd Palin enjoys a little R&R

There is nothing like a Republican sex scandal to heat up a cold January afternoon. And, when that scandal involves the Palins, the temperature (among other things) really begins to rise. Lets just say that this story is sure to rub somebody the wrong way.

The National Enquirer is reporting that Todd “First Dude” Palin has been cheating on wife Sarah with an Alaskan prostitute. Allegations of Todd Palin’s affair surfaced on January 4th, when an anonymous source, using the e-mail address thepalinmorals@hotmail.com, sent the sordid story of Todd’s affair to various news outlets.  The e-mails claimed that “a massage therapist and computer technologist, Shailey Tripp, had an affair with Todd Palin that lead (sic) to her arrest March of 2010,”   The source went on to explain that Tripp’s neighbors saw Todd visit the aptly named Shailey Tripp often and they always heard “noises that sounded like someone was having sex.” Tripp was arrested for “maintaining” a house of prostitution in Anchorage on March 4, 2010.  She pleaded no contest to the charges in June and her sentencing is set for June 15, 2011.

Holy Body Lotion, Batman! Does this spell even more trouble for Sarah Palin? What with the unwed pregnant teen daughter, the disastrous television interviews, the quitting as Alaska’s Governor, the crib-noted palms, the ten foot fence, the sniper-sight cross-hairs and now this sex scandal, well, that is certainly more than most under-educated, verbally-challenged reality-television stars could handle. It goes without saying, that if there is any truth to the infidelity, Todd better run from the dim-witted gal with a gun.

As for Sarah Palin, her political aspirations need a sex scandal like they need a “bridge to nowhere.” This time it will be the American voters who say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” In short, they will “refudiate” her.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

The Ballad Of John And Yoko song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t3oaPNJieg

THE BALLAD OF TODD AND SARAH (Version Two)

(Sung to the Beatles song “The Ballad of John and Yoko”)

Standing in the airport at Juneau,
Todd sporting his new campaign-bought pants.
But then SarahPac
Said,“They’ve got to go back”,
“You look just like a homo from France.”

Christ you know it ain’t easy,
You know how hard it can be,
To play second fiddle,
To the Caribou-Barbie.

Finally flew into Indiana
Sarah giving a Pro-Life speech
Her decision rejoiced,
As to her Baby Trig choice.
Because she practiced exactly what she preached.

Christ you know it ain’t easy,
Sarah admitted as much.
She did have a choice, though
She would deny one to us.

Meanwhile in his home-state of Alaska,
The First Dude was beginning to cheat.
He had not one fear
That a massage to his rear,
Would be reported in a tabloid broad-sheet

Christ you know they’re so sleazy,
Just watch them on the TV
The whole Palin family
Lives out a life of deceit

Keeping every penny of per-diem pay,
Lying about clothes to charity,
Daughter that’s unwed,
Boyfriends in her bed.
Her chances of  election
Pretty low – Think!

Relatives all getting arrested.
Family dignity in free-fall.
Constituents claim,
“Sarah is to blame”
Not much of a role-model at all.

Christ you know it ain’t easy
You know how hard it can be.
You know where she’s going?
Into the Party of Tea.

How did we choose Sarah to begin with?
She is just a political hack.
A dumb “hockey mom”,
That can’t think and chew gum.
Why didn’t we elect “Joe Sixpack?”

Christ she makes us uneasy.
In Yiddish we say, “Oy Vey.”
We’d love to replace her
With our good friend, Tina Fey.
We’d love to replace her
With our good friend, Tina Fey.

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Teapublicans Pass Doomed Health Care Law Repeal Bill

It may be the only promise that the Teapublican House majority has kept, but they voted to repeal the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or what the G.O.P. calls “Obama Care”, last night. The G.O.P. bill, dubbed the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” passed 245-189. Three turn-coat Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus on the vote.

CNN reports, the legislation is unlikely to make it past the Democratic-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he won’t bring it to the floor for a vote. And even if it did, it would face a certain veto by President Barack Obama. Indeed, most Teapublicans have acknowledged the virtual impossibility of an outright repeal More importantly however, the Teapublicans have not presented an alternative bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In essence, their move is akin to removing a patient’s vital organ without first obtaining a replacement organ. In other words, it is a foolish action.

The nearly $900 billion health-care law passed Congress in 2010 over unanimous Republican opposition. It is estimated to extend health coverage to 32 million Americans when fully implemented — the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid.

It bars health insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, eliminates lifetime caps on coverage and allows families to keep children on their policies until age 26.

It requires Americans to obtain health insurance, but also provides subsidies for small businesses and individuals to obtain that coverage. It requires insurers to cover preventive care, and sets up an independent appeals process for people who feel their claims were unfairly denied.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon said, “Let’s talk about the insurance industry pre-reform. They could cancel your policy if you got sick, even though you had been paying the premiums for years. They could refuse to sell you a policy if they don’t like the way you look or you had a minor health problem. We changed that.”

And the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says repealing the measure would cost up to $230 billion by 2021. Teapublicans of course, dispute that figure, but they have no real figure of their own and  they have conspicuously exempted their bill from their new House promise that forbids legislation from adding to the federal debt. How’s that for implicitly admitting that their action would add substantially to the federal deficit?

Today’s Boston Globe provides an interesting “fact check” regarding the G.O.P.’s attempts to undermine the health care reform law:

FACT CHECK

‘This is a “government takeover’’ of the health care system’
Republicans repeatedly use this snappy talking point to bash Obama’s crowning legislative achievement — but it is simply not true. In many ways, the health care law resembles the reform legislation that Massachusetts enacted in 2006 under Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican and potential presidential rival of Obama in 2012. It builds on the existing private insurance system, adding requirements and incentives to ensure that most people have some form of health insurance. Under the nation’s new law, the private system has no government alternative — this was a potential provision that was dropped during the congressional tussle. The number of people who qualify for the existing federal-state Medicaid program for the poor will be expanded. States, or the federal government, will run “exchanges,’’ or marketplaces, in which private insurers will sell coverage to individuals and small businesses. But this should mean that more people, not fewer, will get private insurance. Tax credits will also be offered to people who have trouble buying private insurance. The law does bolster government regulation of the system, for example by forcing insurance companies to no longer deny coverage to people who have existing medical conditions. People who do not have insurance will be required to buy it. But the core of the health care system in the United States will remain the private insurance market.
Medicare benefits will be cut — and payments will be cut to Medicare doctors’
This was another GOP attack line during the 2010 midterm campaign, though in many ways it was payback for the Democrats’ effective use of the same charge against Republicans in 1994, when the GOP sought to restrain growth in Medicare spending. The politically radioactive word cut is a misnomer. Under the health care law, Medicare spending will continue to increase year after year, but at a slower pace than anticipated. Both parties, in theory, agree that this is a good thing. Medicare, the venerable government-run health care plan for Americans older than 65, is one of the fastest-growing parts of the federal budget. The health care law will cut projected Medicare spending by $575 billion over 10 years, primarily by lowering projected fees paid to hospitals and other providers and by reducing payments to private Medicare Advantage insurance plans. Benefits have also been added, eating into the overall projected savings, and the effect on the Medicare Advantage plans is unclear.
‘A secretive government committee [‘death panels’] will be created to make end-of-life decisions about people on Medicare’

This claim, first made by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, has been thoroughly debunked. Yet it persists. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in September found that 30 percent of seniors still believed it was true and that 22 percent were not sure — meaning that fewer than half those surveyed knew the claim was false. The charge stemmed from a proposed amendment to the bill that would have covered the cost of end-of-life planning discussions. Democrats quickly dropped the provision after the firestorm created by Palin’s assertion, even after it was proved incorrect.

Welcome to the new House of Representatives reality. Republicans passing bills that are ill advised and doomed to failure.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

Cecilia song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5_QV97eYqM

REPEAL YEAH

(sung to the Simon and Garfunkel song “Cecilia”)

Repeal, yeah, they’ll tear it apart
Terrible consequences daily
Oh, repeal, yeah, it’s like a disease
We’re begging them leave it alone

Repeal, yeah, they all have no heart
Tea-Baggers show ignorance daily
Oh, repeal, yeah, it’s just a big tease
A big bunch of sleaze that they’ll own
Yes, they’ll own

Speaking of our health care reform they’ll repeal, yeah
But their move is doomed (they lack love)
Their repeal is a big disgrace
After it’s pronounced dead
They’ll be slapped in the face

Repeal, yeah, it’s no work of art
It screeches like a ukulele
Oh, repeal, yeah, it’s meant to appease
The big business sleaze on their thrones
Throw a bone

(Misspelled sign making break)

Cancellation would surely offend
Only the Tea-Baggers are laughing
Medication would come to an end
Their lack of forethought is quite baffling

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh…

Wednesday Night Music Byte

In light of all the stuff tht has been going down lately, we thought that this might be a good song to listen to…

Lynnrockets loving the East Coast.