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Unlike “grandma”, one thing that will not die is the spin surrounding the Health Care debate. So let’s recap where we are right now with the new health care law:  In the past week, a bunch of pompous speeches and voting have taken place, and in the end, all it means is the bill is still passed.  That was the short summary ignoring all the bloviating (thank you, Mr. O’Reilly).  Meanwhile, the President continues to tour across American campaigning about this bill.  Isn’t it a bit scary that the President needs to put so much effort in selling this bill to the American people after a year of debating?  This man could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves.  Anyways, of all the talk, the most intriguing part to me is how the Left and the media are working desperately to spin the storyline away from the bill and on to circumstantial events.  (more…)

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The Aye's Have It

The Health Care Reform bill passed the House this evening by a vote of 219-212.  It appears the block of Pro-Life Democrats that were persuaded by the Executive Order were the deciding factor.  There are still more details to be ironed out next week in the Senate.  But for tonight, the President’s party has passed the essential and foremost part of his platform. Much more to come later…

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“We’re leaving together/But still it’s farewell/And maybe we’ll come back/To earth, who can tell?/I guess there is no one to blame/We’re leaving ground/Will things ever be the same again?/It’s the Final Countdown”

After nearly a year of lively debate, the Health Care Reform bill will finally come up for a final vote in the House of Representatives.  The bill still must pass the Senate, which shouldn’t be an issue if they use reconciliation, so this vote really represents the final hurdle for the Democrats to pass the unpopular bill.  Sort of.  So what’s next? (more…)

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Every so often, we will post a few op-ed pieces from newspapers, mainstream websites, or elsewhere from the blogosphere:  

A quicker than normal Quick Hits today, with just one item.  An editorial by Rep. Paul Ryan that appeared in the Washington Post.

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Last week I posted Part I of a series where I laid out examples of activists, columnists, professors and journalists manipulating language to marginalize their opponents, stifle debate and push legislation.   Continuing on with that theme here are more examples.

TortureIf you watch Keith Olbermann on any given night, you would think the debate regarding torture and “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” is a closed one.  (more…)

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Every so often, we will post a few op-ed pieces from newspapers, mainstream websites, or elsewhere from the blogosphere:  (more…)

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Sounds About Right....

Straightforward eloquence is not a virtue we have been subjected to lately. Disillusionment seems to reign the day as cognitive dissonance and a near universal lack of objectivity has permeated even our most trustworthy sources of news and information.  Although hyperbole and self-aggrandizement are nothing new, their effectiveness and usage rates seem to be increasing exponentially.  In short, activists, commentators, journalists, professors, and even pastors have played a part in Stealing Language.     (more…)

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