Daily Archives: January 9, 2010

ObamaKare: a bill only the drug industry could love

The special election scheduled for January 19th to replace on of the dead Kennedys has moved from a run-away for the Democrat to a dead heat. This alarms Democrats, naturally, but take a gander at who’s rushing up to the bean state to lend money and logistical support to the Democrat: The lady represents the 60th vote necessary to pass ObamaKare and these guys are scared to death. Which ought to tell you all you need to know about what the Democrats have up their sleeve and who they’re protecting. Republican or Democrat, Washington protects its own.

Thomas Boggs, Patton Boggs: Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Chuck Brain, Capitol Hill Strategies: Amgen, BIO, Merck, PhRMA
  • Susan Brophy, Glover Park Group: Blue Cross, Pfizer
  • Steven Champlin, Duberstein Group: AHIP, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis
  • Licy Do Canto, Raben Group: Amgen
  • Gerald Cassidy, Cassidy & Associates: U. Mass Memorial Health Care
  • David Castagnetti, Mehlman, Vogel, Castagnetti: Abbot Labs, AHIP, Astra-Zenaca, General Electric, Humana, Merck, PhRMA.
  • Steven Elmendorf, Elmendorf Strategies: Medicines Company, PhRMA, United Health
  • Shannon Finley, Capitol Counsel: Amgen, Astra-Zeneca, Blue Cross, GE, PhRMA, Sanofi-Aventis.
  • Heather Podesta, Heather Podesta & Partners: Cigna, Eli Lilly, HealthSouth
  • Tony Podesta, Podesta Group: Amgen, GE, Merck, Novartis.
  • Robert Raben, Raben Group: Amgen, GE.


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Put this man on the Supreme Court

When the city of Baltimore sued Wells Fargo for causing the blight of its city, a judge minced no words:

A federal judge this week tossed out a lawsuit by Baltimore againstWells Fargo, ruling that the city could not prove that the bank’s lending practices had resulted in broad damage to poor neighborhoods.

Baltimore officials have accused the bank of tipping hundreds of black homeowners into foreclosure by singling them out for high-interest subprime mortgages.

But the city’s claims are “even more implausible,” Judge J. Frederick Motz of Federal District Court wrote, “when considered against the background of other factors leading to the deterioration of the inner city, such as extensive unemployment, lack of educational opportunity and choice, irresponsible parenting, disrespect for the law, widespread drug use and violence.”


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More fun with the mackerel snappers

I’ll confess, so to speak, that the doings of the Catholic church means as little to me as those of the Greenwich Republican Party but the Boviana Bloviator, who is interested, does a nice job of keeping me amused by reporting on the strange doings of both the Catholic and  Episcopalian churches (Mark Twain said that Episcopalians were just rich Catholics, but that’s another matter).

So here’s an amusing anecdote from, where else, San Francisco, where the Catholic church has yanked out its confession boxes (cells? – booths? whatever) and replaced them with a moveable feast of aboriginal art featuring things like pagan idols sporting both breasts and erect penises.

The Jesuits can explain it all. Says the Rev’d James R. Blaettler, S.J., Associate Pastor of St. Ignatius: “In keeping with Ignatius’ understanding that his Constitutions or governing rules for Jesuits would include old principles and new ones, the gallery’s philosophy is to include both traditional religious works and contemporary art in a series of changing exhibitions. Commissioned pieces will enhance the dialogue that take places on a larger scale within the ritual space of the church.”

I was trained by the Jesuits and I don’t remember erect penises and idols being part of the dialogue but then, I was never taught by Father Blaettler.


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They drone on and on

Are you aware that there is a campaign going on conducted by left wing law students, their professors and the Code Pink ladies to ban the use of predator drones? Good discussion of the legal arguments here, but the basic argument seems to be that a weapon that doesn’t expose an American soldier to personal risk is unfair and unsportsmanlike. These are generally the same people who claim they want to end whatever war is going on at any given time because they love our soldiers and don’t want them hurt. I have the feeling they’re much more interested in seeing our defeat, everywhere in the world, than the welfare of U.S. troops.

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King Street vs. Cos Cob: battle in the Republican trenches

King Street resident Joan Caldwell is determined to knock Cos Cob’s Chris Keyserling from his spot of Republican Town Committee RTM Appointments chairman and the result is a deadlock, 6-6. This means – horrors! – that positions of great importance in town might go unfilled for weeks, even months. I hear rumors that the Republicans are going at it fast, furious and bitterly, which brings to mind Sayer’s Law that academic politics are so vicious precisely because so little is at stake. Go for it guys, and let us know how it turns out.

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Scusie’s Dish: Richard Grere to host benefit log cutting party

Quick! Saw this up before the tree warden arrives!

Hurry on up to Pound Ridge for this one. Wonder if he’s paid that fine yet?


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Obama the light skinned negro

Rise up, darkies and learn to speak Demmerkrat, like us!

So says Harry Reid. You may remember the Senator: he’s the one who last month compared opponents of ObamaKare to slave owners. And Reid, of course, doesn’t like slavery because he’s a Democrat, head of the party that nominated, in Reid’s words, “a light skinned negro with no negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Democrats are as proud of their young, almost-pass-for-white darkie as they are of the former Klansman, Robert Byrd.


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