Jesus Christ’s Return Pew Research asked the question, and bat-shit crazy Americans provided the not so surprising answers.

As expected, predictions about whether Jesus Christ will return to earth in the next 40 years divide along religious lines. Fully 58% of white evangelical Christians say Jesus Christ will definitely or probably return to earth in this period, by far the highest percentage in any religious group. Only about a third of Catholics (32%), and even fewer white mainline Protestants (27%) and the religiously unaffiliated (20%) predict Jesus Christ’s return to earth.



Obama’s Bad Cop


Interesting read on the Clinton/Obama relationship...

It was almost like one of those moments in a buddy-cop movie when the two partners who dislike each other at the beginning finally bond while taking on the bad guys. In mid-December Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were in Copenhagen, where the leaders of more than 100 countries had gathered to negotiate a new agreement to combat global warming, and the summit was on the verge of collapse. Clinton later described it as the most disorganized meeting she'd seen since her eighth-grade student council. It "was just disintegrating right before everybody's eyes," she recalled to NEWSWEEK in an interview last week. Clinton and her former political rival, now the president, found themselves up against most of the rest of the world. At the last minute Obama sought a one-on-one meeting with the Chinese leader to rescue some kind of agreement, only to be told that Premier Wen Jiabao and his team still weren't ready to meet (after two years of prior procrastination). "No, we're going in now," Obama declared, looking at Clinton. "Absolutely," she said. "Let's go."

The former political rivals suddenly morphed into a diplomatic version of Starsky and Hutch.

The False Religion of Mideast Peace


writes in Foreign Policy Magazine

Larry Summers, Obama's chief economic advisor, said it best: In the history of the world, no one ever washed a rental car. We care only about what we own. Unless the Arabs and Israelis want political agreements and peace and can invest enough in them to give them a chance to succeed, we certainly can't. The broader Middle East is littered with the remains of great powers that wrongly believed they could impose their will on small tribes. Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran … need I continue? Small tribes will always be meaner, tougher, and longer-winded than U.S. diplomats because it's their neighborhood and their survival; they will always have a greater stake in the outcome of their struggle than the great power thousands of miles away with many other things to do. You want to see failure? Take a whack at trying to force Israelis and Palestinians to accept an American solution on Jerusalem.

He makes a compelling argument that unless and until the Israelis and Palestinians take ownership of the situation and strive seriously to resolve their issues, efforts to force a solution from the outside are doomed to failure. The sense of urgency cannot be imposed on the participants. Absent that sense of urgency, Obama's time and effort is better spent dealing with other things, like two wars, Iranian nuclear ambitions, Pakistan, and a hundred others which might actually be impacted by his efforts.,6

Aaron Miller was interviewed on NPR this morning, but the audio isn't up at their website yet.

Estate Tax

For a primer:

So, if the Democrats lose their grip on the reins and the Republicans are returned to power in 2010, 2012, 2014, and/or 2016- this nightmare scenario can be avoided. If we relent and allow enough time to pass before the Democrats are punished for their fecklessness and impure ideology, the danger of an eternal inheritance tax becomes a real possibility as the revenues start to pour in.

Please, everyone, for the sake of my lifestyle and that of my family's future leisure experiences, keep up the good work. Primary Obama in 2012, kill 'less than perfect' legislation. Reinforce the idea that Democrats are useless and undeserving of any support. I'd appreciate it.



Federal 55 MPH Speed Limit Mandates Unconstitutional

In light of the talk of a Federal insurance mandate, we need to consider other unconstitution mandates we suffer under. As Democrats, we have traditionally fought hard for States Rights and individual freedoms, fighting hard against restrictions on personal defensive weapons, school choice, freedom of association, you know the list. I'm still fuming over the elimination of methel-ethel lead from my high-octane gasoline for my personal vehicles!

Those crafty politicians found a loophole when they forced me to strap on a seat-belt by threatening to withold Federal funds for my State's highway projects. They used the same tactic to get me to read those 55 MPH Speed Limit signs and force me to buy a radar detector.

I sure hope they don't figure out how to circumvent my freedums by coercing states to mandate that I buy Health Insurance!

Join the fight. Join the Tea Party!



OFFICIAL: Obama's a one termer!!!!

We do love our polls, and the earlier the better if they hold good news. This one should be particularly well received here, as it is pregnant with possibilities for a real lively presidential cycle in 2012. Who wants to wait for 8 years before we have a good old all-in-the-family election fight? Certainly not me. Nostalgia is just about the only thing that works for me these days.

I can't wait to get my Bayh/Weiner '12 or Kucinich/Anybody '12 bumper sticker. It will be so cool to have a real Democrat in the White House!!!!


You Fight, We'll Fight

"Obama needs to put all Legislators' feet to the fire on HCR, and to support them in real efforts to pass good legislation."

How many times have I heard that lament?

Well, folks, I don't expect much support for the effort to do what has been said "MUST BE DONE!" but at least you'll have the satisfaction of having been asked.

Email from OFA:


As we head into an election year, the new strategy for killing reform is claiming that members of Congress who vote for it will suffer at the polls.

For months, our opponents have spread lies about reform to scare voters away. But the simple truth about what reform would actually do -- save jobs, guarantee all Americans affordable, stable coverage, and significantly reduce the deficit -- is something most Americans strongly support.

The question is, come November, will the voters know the facts?

OFA supporters have asked for a way to show every member of Congress that if they fight for reform now, we'll back them up this election season.

That's why we're launching "You fight, we'll fight" -- a volunteer pledge bank where you can commit your time to back up candidates and officials who fight hard for health reform.

We're shooting for 1,000,000 hours pledged to spread the word to fellow voters. And if we get there, we'll publish the total hours pledged in USA Today, so there will be no doubt that health reform is both good policy and good politics.

Can you pledge right away?


Mitch Stewart,

Dear feds: We loathe you. Please send money.

Like Gov. Sean Parnell and a number of Republican legislators down in Juneau, I'm SUPER mad about the federal government and its "war with Alaska's interests."

Memo to the feds: Get out of our lives! We don't need you and your socialist government programs! We're Alaskans! We know how to handle things on our own!

I mean, except for a few things. Or, maybe, like about $10 billion worth of things.

We want you out of our business, period. But could you, like, keep funding a third of all our jobs? You know, the Coast Guard, Army, Air Force, National Weather Service, Transportation Safety Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Veterans Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Forest Service, Indian Health Service, U.S. Postal Service and all the other federal agencies?

have a good laugh.

American Nurses Association Letter to Reid nuCategories/MediaResources/PressRelease s/2009-PR/ANA-President-Letter-Senator-R eed.aspx

December 18, 2009
Senator Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader
S-221 Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-7020

Dear Senator Reid:
On behalf of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million Registered Nurses
through its 51 constituent member associations, I am writing to urge you to keep the democratic process moving in the Senate by voting to end debate on H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Nurses across this country have waited decades for this historic moment and the time is at hand. While political maneuvering delays reform, our patient's needs are not on hold.
The uninsured and underinsured continue to delay or forgo much-needed care; they continue to arrive in the emergency rooms across the country for conditions that could have been easily prevented with access to primary care--we are paying a high price for inaction. Quality health care for all should not be a partisan or political issue.
While we realize that no piece of legislation is perfect, we also realize that doing nothing is not an option. We know that passage of H.R. 3590 represents our only hope for muchneeded,
comprehensive, and meaningful reform of our nation's healthcare system.
America's nurses understand the cost of inaction--we cannot afford to wait--it must be done before the end of the year.
Once again, the need for fundamental reform of the U.S. health care system is critical.
ANA and nurses around the country are ready to work with you. We are almost there.
Please vote YES to end the debate on H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable
Care Act and move the process forward towards a final vote of passage.
Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR

They join the American Medical Association, AARP, American Hospital Association, and (according to his widow) Ted Kennedy would be voting for the Senate Bill if he weren't dead.

Please don't use this Diary to trash Nurses.

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Birth date, business cycles, and lifetime income

I was reading Paul Krugman's editorial and followed a link to the OMB blog. There, I found a sad gem written  by Peter R. Orszag, Director of the OMB.
 My daughter graduates college next year, so this hits very close to home.

I recently read a paper that suggests that, for this cohort, the wage effect of graduating during a period of high unemployment will continue well beyond the end of the recession and even the labor market rebound. In examining the cohorts of college graduates that entered the labor market before, during, and after the recession of the early 1980s, Lisa Kahn of the Yale School of Management found that an increase in unemployment produces a significant and enduring negative wage effect. 22/Birth-date-business-cycles-and-lifet ime-income

A parent wants their kid to succeed and to have the best environment to flourish. It's a little heartbreaking to send a kid out into an inhospitable world, after all the hard work the kid has done to prepare. Life is unfair.

But when I think of the American families who have it much worse than we do, I can't wallow in self-pity. Then I think of the kids in Palestine (thanks to Mainstreet) who have grown up in a Universe where the element 'Opportunity' doesn't even appear on the periodic table.

This is why I don't own a pistol. I'd surely end up eating it.

link to krugman: n/30krugman.html?_r=1&hp

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