Wednesday, September 9, 2009

330-338Michael Barone, senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner (, resident fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News contributor, and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics, the latest edition just out this week. 
• Michael Barone (9/9/09) The convenient fantasies of President Obama.
• Drudge (9/9/09) Whip Count: Dems Lack The Votes.
At least 44 more moderate Members of the Democrat Caucus have gone on the record in opposition to the current health care bill in the House, a Hill source claims. Likewise, at least 57 liberal Members of the Democrat Caucus have gone on the record saying they will vote against a health care bill without a strong public option.  Unless multiple Democrats flip on their stated position on health care, Speaker Pelosi lacks the votes to pass a bill through the House on the strength of Democrat votes alone.
(:19) House GOP Leader John Boehner: We Don't Want Another Obama Lecture; We Want A New Plan.
• Politico (9/9/09) Max Baucus moves forward with bill.  He'll start committee markup the week of Sept. 21 "with or without Republican support."
My Summary:  Obama's fond of saying there are "50 million Americans without health insurance."  Of these, 10 million make over $75K, 8 million make between $50-75K, 14 million are eligible but they won't sign up for Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP, and another 10 million are here illegally.  So that's 42 million who can either afford it or who don't want it, or both – leaving just 8 million.  Why are we changing the whole system for 292 million people when only 8 million poor people need help?
343-354 •• Michael Medved (9/9/09) How To Answer Obama's Plea on Health Care.
358-408Carrie Gordon Earll, Senior Bioethics Analyst at Focus on the Family Action (, with her concerns about the healthcare bill. 
413-423Carrie Gordon Earll
The fundamental question that the Obama Administration has never answered is a simple one:  How can they treat 50 million new patients with no extra doctors? 
A new report from the American Association of Medical Colleges underscores the urgency of this concern.  The Association notes that the United States now suffers from a shortage of 15,000 doctors - a shortfall that is expected to grow to 125,000 in fifteen years.   And, the Association reports, if universal health insurance is passed, the shortage will grow to over 150,000 by 2025. 
While the number of elderly people in the U.S. is expected to grow by 60% over the next decade and a half, the number of doctors will increase by only about 6%. (Total U.S. population will rise by about 17% over the same period).  This shortage of doctors will, inevitably, lead to the rationing of medical care, more quickly and drastically if the Obama plan is passed.
In Massachusetts, where universal health coverage was enacted under Governor Mitt Romney in 2006, the Medical Society found that the number of patients who reported difficulty in getting care has already risen by 50% up to a quarter of the patient population.  The New York Times reports that "a main reason for the logjam was long waiting times for appointments."
428-437(1:13) KCal9 Dave Lopez reports news story of Michael Duvall's lewd descriptions of sex acts with women.
Duvall Quotes from the News Story:
"So the other day she came here with her underwear, Thursday.  And we had made love Wednesday a lot . . . So I am getting into spanking her. . Yeah. .  I like it . .  I like spanking her.  She goes 'I know you like spanking me.' I said yeah that's cause you're such a bad girl. (laughs) "
Talking about a second woman:  "Oh she is hot.  I talked to her yesterday.  She goes. 'So are we finished?'  I go, no, we're not finished.  I go, you know about the other one. But she doesn't know about you. . ."(laughing)
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458-508How have you been impacted by infidelity?
512-523Marie Rosales, wife of David Rosales, pastor of my home church for the past 18 years (1991), the 10,000-member Calvary Chapel of the Chino Valley (  They're hosting their 3rd Annual Inland Empire Women's Conference titled A Heart Of Faith on Saturday October 17th.  It goes from 9am-3pm. It's free and open to the public (and free parking.) You'll be hearing from Sandy MacIntosh, June Hesterly, and Elyse Fitzpatrick, so make sure you get that on your calendars, ladies!
528-538 – • Paul Peterson, WSJ (9/8/09) What the Public Thinks of Public Schools: High-school graduation rates are lower today than in 1970.  Mr. Peterson is a professor of government at Harvard and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he oversees the Education Next poll. Detailed poll results are available at
My Summary: High-school graduation rates are lower today than they were in 1970. The math and reading scores of 17-year-olds have been stagnant for four decades.  Only about 66% of freshmen will graduate high school.  Our 15-year-olds rank No. 24 in the world in math.  Only 38% of us favor spending more than the $10,000 a year we're spending now per public school student.  The national average for a teacher's salary is $47,000.
When asked how many ninth graders graduate from high school in four years, the public estimated that only 66% of students graduated on time—slightly less than the best available scholarly estimates.
When asked how American 15-year-olds compare in math with students in 29 other industrialized nations, the public did not fool itself into believing that the U.S. is among the top five countries in the world. Those polled ranked the U.S. at No. 17, just a bit higher than the No. 24 spot the country actually holds.
In another sign of declining confidence, the public is less willing to spend more money on public education. In 1990, 70% of taxpayers favored spending "more on education," according to a University of Chicago poll. In the latest poll, only 46% favored a spending increase. That's a 15 percentage point drop from just one year ago when it was 61%.
But when it comes to actual dollars spent per pupil, Americans get the numbers wrong. Those polled by Education Next estimated that schools in their own districts spend a little more than $4,000 per pupil, on average. In fact, schools in those districts spend an average of $10,000.
When those surveyed are told how much is actually being spent in their own school district, only 38% say they support higher spending.
The public also dramatically underestimates the amount teachers in their state are being paid. The average guess in 2007 was around $33,000—well below actual average salary of $47,000 across all states. When told the truth about teacher salaries, support for the idea that they should get a salary increase plummeted by 14 percentage points.
The parents of a 7-year-old boy who died after an upstate New York car crash have fulfilled his wish that they get married, and they did it at the child's funeral.  Amilcar Hill and Rahwa Ghirmatizion got married during Monday's funeral service in Buffalo for their son, Asa Hill.  Asa died a day after his grandfather's car was involved a chain-reaction highway crash last week.  Hundreds of people packed the church for Asa's funeral. The couple surprised attendees by getting married, which the parents say their son had been asking them to do.  Amilcar Hill says Asa's organs were being donated to save other young lives.
558-608Calls.  How has infidelity impacted you in your life?  Either as an injured spouse, the perpetrator, or as the hurt and damage you experienced as a child?
(:44) Obama science czar John Holdren: Redistributionism as the cure for American exceptionalism.
From Ed Morrissey: With more focus getting applied to Barack Obama's czars, the first to receive scrutiny should be John Holdren, Obama's science czar. Michelle has outlined Holdren's odd views from the past, including statements in books published in the 1970s that suggested forced sterilizations and social pressure for abortions, among other things. The College Politico finds something a little more recent in this interview in 2007, conducted in the virtual-reality environment of Second Life, in which Holdren discusses his views on science and economics:
HOLDREN: There has been a strain of what many people call "US exceptionalism" in the United States, the notion that the United States is so big, so important, so powerful, so technologically advanced that it can and should do what it wants. I think this strain is misguided.
Q: Will Americans need to reduce their living standards? Is that politically viable, or will technology [unintelligible] do it?
H: I think ultimately that the rate of growth of material consumption is going to have to come down, and there's going to have to be a degree of redistribution of how much we consume, in terms of energy and material resources, in order to leave room for people who are poor to become more prosperous.
• My Fox Phoenix (9/9/09) DPS: Monkey Mask Speeder Ticketed 90x.
• MSNBC (9/8/09) Mother upset by football player son's baptism Calls: Yes or No: Was the coach in the wrong to lead this trip?
• Fox News (9/4/09) Soap Actress Says She Was Fired Because of Religious Beliefs Calls: How does your faith play out in your workplace?  Have you ever been persecuted or gotten in trouble at work for expressing your faith? 

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