Today on the Morning Meeting MSNBC continued to attempt to discredit Sarah Palin’s victory by claiming that she was “for death panels” before she was against them due to the Healthcare Decision Day. As you might guess the White House, msm and Lefty blogs are all over this like ants at a picnic, one example

In olden times, Palin might have made this claim at a speech or during a news conference where reporters might have asked questions like: “What proof do you have?” or “Aren’t you just trying to scare people?”

But Palin does not risk that. She takes no questions. She has done her duty as a rabid responder. She has rung the tocsin, sounded the alarm, lit the signal fire.

Truth? Accuracy? Responsibility?

Not her territory.

…or perhaps like ants taking poison back to the nest because their charge ensures that her latest highly footnoted (Politico’s Roger Simon who owns the quote above must have missed those links) response will get a ton of attention:

I join millions of Americans in expressing appreciation for the Senate Finance Committee’s decision to remove the provision in the pending health care bill that authorizes end-of-life consultations (Section 1233 of HR 3200). It’s gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress; however, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones.

and that doesn’t even cover her actual response deep in the post

“Ideally, the delicate decisions about how to manage life’s end would be made in a setting that is neutral in both appearance and fact. Yes, it’s good to have a doctor’s perspective. But Section 1233 goes beyond facilitating doctor input to preferring it. Indeed, the measure would have an interested party — the government — recruit doctors to sell the elderly on living wills, hospice care and their associated providers, professions and organizations. You don’t have to be a right-wing wacko to question that approach.” [5]

I agree. Last year, I issued a proclamation for “Healthcare Decisions Day.” [6] The proclamation sought to increase the public’s knowledge about creating living wills and establishing powers of attorney. There was no incentive to choose one option over another. There was certainly no financial incentive for physicians to push anything. In fact, the proclamation explicitly called on medical professionals and lawyers “to volunteer their time and efforts” to provide information to the public.

Comparing the “Healthcare Decisions Day” proclamation to Section 1233 of HR 3200 is ridiculous. The two are like apples and oranges. The attempt to link the two shows how desperate the proponents of nationalized health care are to shift the debate away from the disturbing details of their bill.

This woman is leading them by the nose. If I’m the Dems I’m almost as afraid as the Romney 2012 campaign. Every time she hits the dems on government healthcare she grazes Mitt.

Update: Oh and those olden times Roger, were they back when the media was covering John Edwards ass?

Update 2:
Hey maybe this is Mitt’s counterpunch. Oldest trick in the book.

Update 3:
How popular is Palin, based on today’s post stats she is more than 50 times more popular than porn.

Update 4: SISU nails it.

And her masterful playing of the national spin machine — check out her FaceBook answer to the president’s dissing of her “Death Panels” meme — continues to leave the spinmeisters reeling. As Judge Napolitano just told Bret Baier, all Sarah has to remember is that freedom rang “200 years ago because people like her were not afraid to challenge authority.”


Turned on Morning Joe for a moment this morning after mass and there was Gail Collins, Joe et/al hitting Sarah Palin again over “death panels” like the rest of the media.

No mention of the section of the bill Update: Pat just mentioned it in question or of Charles Lane or even Eugene Robinson (a regular guest) who agrees with their assessment of Palin but is suspicious of the section of the bill.

Sarah Palin not only responds but includes footnotes to those things.

The provision that President Obama refers to is Section 1233 of HR 3200, entitled “Advance Care Planning Consultation.” [2] With all due respect, it’s misleading for the President to describe this section as an entirely voluntary provision that simply increases the information offered to Medicare recipients. The issue is the context in which that information is provided and the coercive effect these consultations will have in that context.

Section 1233 authorizes advanced care planning consultations for senior citizens on Medicare every five years, and more often “if there is a significant change in the health condition of the individual … or upon admission to a skilled nursing facility, a long-term care facility… or a hospice program.” [3] During those consultations, practitioners must explain “the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice,” and the government benefits available to pay for such services. [4]

Now put this in context. These consultations are authorized whenever a Medicare recipient’s health changes significantly or when they enter a nursing home, and they are part of a bill whose stated purpose is “to reduce the growth in health care spending.” [5] Is it any wonder that senior citizens might view such consultations as attempts to convince them to help reduce health care costs by accepting minimal end-of-life care? As Charles Lane notes in the Washington Post, Section 1233 “addresses compassionate goals in disconcerting proximity to fiscal ones…. If it’s all about alleviating suffering, emotional or physical, what’s it doing in a measure to “bend the curve” on health-care costs?”

And she doesn’t even use Just one Minute post that quotes president Obama or Kausfiles.

I think Palin laid a trap here. She used the word death panels knowing the response it would get to bait the media, they responded as expect and now she can counterpunch with the actual bill, talking policy and draw attention to a bad bill.

By being out front on her opposition she when this bill fails she will be one of the political winners. Those town hall attendees are an instant base and even if some bill passes if the provisions of section 1223 are pulled or modified she can claim victory again.

Oh and Harold Ford blamed Republicans for that section just as I started typing this. Shrum is saying it too. When the topic goes from: “This is a lie” to “It was the republicans idea.” then the game is nearly done.

Update: Scarborough says Rush Palin et/al hurt republicans by speaking out. Can someone PLEASE compare the generic ballot from before they spoke out and afterward and get him a copy.

Update 2: Would it shock you to know that the Hemlock Society (now called Compassion & Choices) claims to have had a hand in writing this section? It doesn’t shock me.

Update 3: Can someone please give Joe a link to this post.

Update 4: Doug Brady gets it.

Update 5: Well that’s out of the Bill. Victory lap for Sarah Palin, not bad for “an irrelevant quitter“, Exit question for Joe and Mika: Would this have been removed from the bill if Palin & Rush had never brought it up?

Update 6: Kos is not amused.

…not to mention webcache.  But you would never know if from the way advocates for Obamacare™ act.

They beat people in front of camera.

Their advocates deny words that were recorded on tape.

They use campain workers families as props

And they put plants in audiances that we’ve seen before.

If you want to know why big media is dying it’s because they ignore this and blogs and conservative writers don’t.

My pre-release review through the Amazon Vine program of Carlotta Walls LaNier’s Biography A Mighty long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School is available at here.

I think the strength of the book is as a general biography rather than simply a story of one of the key events of the civil rights era. I think it also explains the suspicion that many in the black community sometimes still have even decades after the actions of the 1950 & 60’s are anathema to nearly all. After all this is still in living memory.

What strikes me is the importance of the family structure in her coping with events that she as a young teen didn’t see coming. It is the collapse of that structure in the black community that given her sacrifice is simply criminal.

The book is due out in two weeks, it’s well worth a pre-order.

17 year old Rifqa Bary ran away from her family in Ohio in fear for her life:

Rifqa Bary pleaded with a DCF case worker to let her stay with Pastor Blake Lorenz from the Global Revolution Church. The 17-year-old girl from Ohio claims her father has threatened to kill her because she has converted to Christianity and rejected her family’s Muslim faith.

“They have to kill me, because I’m a Christian, it’s an honor. If they love me more than God then they have to kill me,” she said.

Her father has gone to Florida to try to get custody back:

Mohamed Bary came to Florida to try and bring his daughter back home and denied the allegations.

“Did you threaten to kill your daughter because she converted to Christianity?” Nguyen asked.

“No, no,” responded Mohamed Bary.

However, Rifqa Bary insists that’s not the case.

“This is not just threats this is reality. This is truth,” she said.

In one year of course this will all be moot when she turns 18. But I can’t see where she would get such a crazy idea about Islam.

The president can’t hit the SEIU hard for this. It just hit me and I’m a fool not to have remember it before.

Think back to the Democratic contest, remember how Senator Obama managed to win caucus while Sen Clinton won early primaries. Then the SEIU Nevada endorsed him. Sen Obama won there and interesting things started to happen.

In Texas things got interesting:

We saw stolen precincts where Obama organizers fabricated counts, made false entries on sign-in sheets, suppressed delegate counts, and suppressed caucus voters. We saw patterns such as missing electronic access code sheets and precinct packets taken before the legal time, like elsewhere in the state. Obama volunteers illegally took convention materials state-wide, with attempts as early as 6:30 am. Some of this was presented in a press release from Clinton Campaign Counsel Lyn Utrecht, but I witnessed worse than what she disclosed.

In one example of fraud that I witnessed, one of my precinct captains, an elderly Hispanic woman, called me to report that BHO supporters had illegally seized control of the convention. During our series of phone calls, Mrs. “A.” reported that the Obama people took the convention materials and did not have a legal election of officers. Like nearly all of El Paso, BHO people would have lost such an election in this majority-Hillary, Hispanic, mostly elderly precinct convention.

As the Reclusive Leftest reported last year this was not atypical:

The pattern is the same, from Washington to Texas, from Iowa to Nevada, from Maine to Minnesota: Obama workers arrive early at each caucus place and take control of the premises and the process. Hillary supporters are intimidated, told their names aren’t registered, even physically barred from the site. Busloads of mysterious strangers arrive and cast votes for Obama. Sign-in sheets disappear; voter tallies are falsified. Over and over and over again, the pattern is the same.

How did this happen? Simple. The Obama campaign spent the entire year prior to the election planning the whole thing out. They saw an opportunity to game the system and they took it. At “Camp Obama” training centers, Obama campaign officials schooled volunteers in the fine art of stealing caucuses. And I have to hand it to them: they did a great job. When Obama points to his campaign as evidence of his executive experience, I’m inclined to agree. He’s definitely proven himself to be an executive-level criminal.

Do I sound angry? I am. There’s something about elderly women being bullied and denied the chance to vote — for a woman for President! — that makes me a little hot under the collar. Whenever somebody talks about Obama as the progressive candidate, the democratic candidate, the agent of hope and change, it’s all I can do anymore to keep from puking.

As Violet actually read the incident reports and I didn’t I don’t know if the SEIU were Senator Obama’s foot soldiers in that campaign, but that would be my bet.

I wonder what would happen if they talked? After all presidents come and go but the Union will still be there.

…today in Portsmouth New Hampshire. It’s only about an hour away and the beach is nearby but I can’t see that there is any point.

This is not going to anything like the Arlen Spector town meeting that is now on TV cable channels. I think the administration will make a big deal of letting one or two guys “go at” the president over his health care plan and let him answer him in a calm and smooth way. I can’t see the permanent campaign taking any risks on message here.

If they had somebody asking him about Kenneth Gladney being beaten and called a nigger by his SEIU thugs then his response would be something of interest.

If the administration is really smart they will do their best to replicate this moment brought to us by Legal Insurrection:

The Bank bailout plan not withstanding; more and more I find myself really missing George W. Bush. He was a real class act and it will be decades before we as a nation appreciate how good a president he was.

Oh and I hate all this “N-word” business. It’s a pet peeve of mine. If you are going to decry the racism decry it don’t run away from it. For example:

The best way to illustrate the ignorance of racism is to make it plain for all to see, and its also a great excuse to plug Mel Brooks; one of the funniest men to ever walk this earth.

Update: Captain Ed agrees about the Obama town hall, no word on what he thinks of Mel Brooks.

Update 2: Yup waste of time.

As we see the media close their eyes to the world outside their templates concerning the tea party protests this little youtube film via LGF is made even funnier:

Since there is about 2 seconds of very brief nudity it will likely be the most popular post I’ve ever put up. If that doesn’t get a rule 5 link nothing will.

Update: If you think this clip is in conflict with my Catholic beliefs remember we know God has a sense of humor because after all, he created man.

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Well I didn’t expect better when I see Jon Meacham from yesterday and Lawrence O’Donnell that soul of fairness, repeat the canard that Rush started this and take the moment to attack Sarah Palin again.

Still no word on the man who would be Rodney King in the MSM.

It’s one of the reasons I don’t liveblog this show anymore. The Palin stuff was just too much for me.

OMG 1. Al Hunt claims the media is wrong on the opposition being astroturfing the crowds!

OMG 2. Tom Colburn is on next, this should be interesting!

8:25 a.m. Colburn attacks entrenched congress rather than a democratic one as the real reason for spending issues. That is pretty true since both republicans and democrats are willing to spend when given the chance. He must be a calming influence since Lawrence O’Donnell just gave Gingrich credit for spending costs and Colburn corrected him that he only cut for one year.

Colburn seems to think this “healthcare” can be done in a different way than the Obama way. This guy just radiates honesty.

8:26 A really great exchange between an e-mail and Al Hunt. The e-mail states that at least an Insurance company can be fought but the government can’t so easy. Hunt counters that he had all kinds of hell fighting insurance companies with his sick child. That is good point in both directions but Hunt forgets that eventually he found a insurance company that he liked.

8:41 a.m. the “both sides” BS is going on.

8:43 a.m. Great line by Joe to O’Donnell: “You’ve told me for years that these were the tactics of the left and now that conservatives are using them it’s a national disgrace?”

8:44 a.m. They repeat the Nazi symbol canard.

8:46 a.m. They mention Pelosi after Limbaugh again as if he started it.

On Meet the Press’ roundtable the first clip they played was Rush commenting on Pelsoi and saying that they are more like Nazi’s that the protesters. The “Conservative” David Brooks and Jon Meacham of Newsweek called him insane and attacked Sarah Palin as Crazy too.

No mention of what is actually in the bill, no mention that the Speaker of the House first claimed protesters were carrying Swastikas. Not a word about the astroTurfing of the left or the SEIU beatings. David Gregory served up the desired clip and got the phony response.

When the media asks why it is not believed or trusted this is it. They are not reporters, they are advocates.

Update: Howie Kurtz and Linda Douglas play the game too!