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Iowa Democrats Tweet Limbaugh’s drug addiction in healthcare debate

Raw Story- Stephen C. Webster
Published: Monday March 9, 2009

It appears the Democrats’ plan to enshrine Rush Limbaugh as the true “de facto leader” of the GOP is having its very own trickle-down effect.

Legislation which would allow Iowa workers to choose their own doctors through the workers compensation program is meeting stiff resistance from state Republicans and business groups. The fear, they say, is that allowing a citizen to choose their doctor would encourage “doctor shopping.”

Iowa House Democrats bit back with a single sentence and link, fired off from their Twitter page.

“Doctor shopping … is this what ABI means? http://tinyurl.com/boc5dh

The tinyrul link points to a Palm Beach Post story about Republican pundit Rush Limbaugh’s admitted addiction to OxyContin from 1998-2002. He professed to obtaining the drug, also commonly known as “hillbilly heroin,” by “doctor shopping,” or obtaining overlapping prescriptions from multiple practitioners.

“The ABI mentioned is the Association of Business and Industry, which has launched a series of radio ads in Iowa opposing the choice of doctor legislation,” said the Iowa Independent.

The Iowa GOP Tweeted back, in a manner of speaking, paraphrasing Iowa Republican party chairman Matt Strawn, who alleged that allowing workers to choose their doctors will “devastate area’s small businesses.” The feed did not provide any links to supporting evidence.

“Currently, 35 states have some form of employee choice of doctor, including all of Iowa’s surrounding states except Missouri,” the paper reported.

Limbaugh was facing a third degree felony for his doctor shopping, an offense punishable by up to five years in prison. He struck an agreement with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, ultimately paying a $3,000 bond and agreeing to a common court diversion program. The charges were dropped after 18 months.

Following his repeated sentiment that he hopes President Obama “fails,” Democrats have gleefully piled on, even launching a parody Web site that mocks top Republicans in government who’ve been embarrassed by and apologized to the pundit.

The wish for failure is “arguably treasonous,” remarked Daily Show host Jon Stewart. “He’s a fat, pill-popping idiot,” exclaimed Rolling Stone‘s Matt Tiabbi during a recent appearance on MSNBC.

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by Geezer Power

As AIPAC strengthens its hold on the White House the tempo of the ever present war drums are heard in the rhetoric of Zionist sympathasizers.

Eric Margolis on smirkingchimp.com said it well: “While Rome burns, here we go again with renewed hysteria over MWMD’s — Muslim weapons of mass destruction. War drums are again beating over Iran”

March 9, 2009

As the U.S. economy sank ever lower, a huge brouhaha erupted this week over claims that Iran might have nuclear weapons.

The new CIA director, Leon Panetta, said “there is no question, they (Iran) are seeking that capability.” The Pentagon chief, Admiral Mike Mullen, claimed Iran had “enough fissile material to build a bomb.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had claimed Iran posed an “absolutely unacceptable threat.” However, to Harper’s credit, he just admitted that Afghanistan is a no-win war.

The czar of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, Admiral Dennis Blair, stated Iran could have enough enriched uranium for one atomic weapon by 2010-15. But he reaffirmed the 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate that Iran does not have nuclear weapons and is not pursuing them. Defence Secretary William Gates backed up Blair.

Public confusion over Iran comes from misunderstanding nuclear enrichment and lurid scare stories.

Iran is producing low-grade uranium-235 (LEU U-235), enriched to only 2.5%, to generate electricity. Tehran has this absolute right under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Its centrifuge enrichment process at Nantaz is under 24-hour international inspection. Iran’s soon-to-open nuclear plant at Bushehr cannot produce nuclear weapons fuel.

Today, some 15 nations produce LEU U-235, including Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France, and Japan. Israel, India and Pakistan, all nuclear weapons powers, refused to sign the non-proliferation treaty. North Korea abrogated it.

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AIG Counter-Party List Is Heavy On Foreign Banks

Last week, we rounded up some reports from last fall that named some of the banks that AIG did business with on those credit-default swaps — and therefore offered a first pass at where the fallen insurance behemoth’s latest round of bailout money might ultimately be going.

But over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal offered some updated reporting (sub. req.) on that score. It obtained a confidential document listing banks that have been paid a total of roughly $50 billion by AIG, since it was first bailed out last fall.

Here’s the Journal‘s list:

* Goldman Sachs
* Deutsche Bank
* Merrill Lynch
* Société Générale
* Calyon
* Barclays
* Rabobank
* Danske
* HSBC
* Royal Bank of Scotland
* Banco Santander
* Morgan Stanley
* Wachovia
* Bank of America
* Lloyds Banking Group

That includes $6 billion each for Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.

As you can see, there’s some overlap there with what we told you the Journal and the New York Times had previously reported.

But the new list shows how many of AIG’s counter-parties were European — a fact that’s likely to add to frustration, among members of Congress and the public, that US taxpayer dollars are ultimately being used to save foreign banks from the consequences of their disastrous decisions to do credit default swaps with AIG. It’s also likely to further fuel congressional demands that the federal government identify all of AIG’s trading partners.

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CNN’s Hughley uspet Steele apologized to Rush: ‘Why is his name Steele? You should call him aluminum.’

Think Progress- By Ben Armbruster at 11:15 am

Last week on CNN, RNC chair Micheal Steele told host D.L. Hughley that hate radio host Rush Limbaugh’s “thing” is entertainment and that it’s “incendiary” and “ugly.” Steele apologized to Limbaugh a few days later. “My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said. This weekend, Hughley revisited the issue and expressed disappointment that Steele bowed down to Limbaugh:

HUGHLEY: I like Michael Steele a lot. …I don’t think he should resign. This is like — I started all of this. This is like black-on-black crime. That’s what it is. I want him to keep his job. But since then Michael Steele has apologized which, I hate. I think if you say something you mean, you should just stand by it. …Why is his name Steele? You should call him aluminum. He folded that fast. I don’t understand. Does Rush Limbaugh run the GOP? It seems like it to me.

Watch it:

Hughley’s show will be ending on CNN, but the comedian will be assuming new responsibilities for the cable channel. “D.L. approached CNN about being permanently based in Los Angeles, where his family lives,” a network spokesperson said. “To accommodate this, we agreed upon a new role where he will be a contributor for the network based in Los Angeles.”

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