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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Listening Pleasure: Linda Ronstadt

See her HOW she flies
Golden sails across the sky
Close enough to touch
But careful if you try
Though she looks as warm as gold
The moon's a harsh mistress
The moon can be so cold

Once the sun did shine
And lord it felt so fine
The moon a phantom rose
Through the mountains and the pine
And then the darkness fell
The moon's a harsh mistress
It's hard to love her well

I fell out of her eyes
I fell out of her heart
I fell down on my face, yes I did
And I tripped and I missed my star
And I fell and fell alone
The moon's a harsh mistress
The sky is made of stone

The moon's a harsh mistress
She's hard to call your own

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards Talks about Health Care, Subject She Understands

From the WCF Courier this evening:

Elizabeth Edwards said one of the first things her husband will do if elected president is bring his universal health care proposal before Congress.

"Also on the first-day agenda is using that honeymoon period to get health care in front of Congress, so we can get universal health care passed immediately," she said.

That's exactly what Sharon Mott of Waterloo, 63, wanted to hear. She will be uninsured for another two years until she becomes eligible for Medicaid.

"I hope nothing happens before then," she said.

Many in the crowd of about 50 showed up with health care on their minds. Godert VanDerHart of Waterloo, 83, said he learned of the convoluted health care system when his wife, who has since died, suffered a stroke five years ago. It's now a top issue for him.

"He's the strongest on the health care issue," he said. "There's always been talk (of reform), but I'd like to see some action."

Under John Edwards' plan, which would require all Americans to purchase health insurance, employers must either cover employees or help finance their coverage. It would also create tax credits to make plans more affordable, and expand Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

When he unveiled his proposal, John Edwards said the program would be paid for with taxes, arguing the benefit of universal health care outweighs the cost. He has said the $90 billion to $120 billion annual cost could be paid for by eliminating President Bush's tax cuts on households earning more than $200,000 and by collecting unpaid capital gains taxes.

Elizabeth Edwards also sharply criticized the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. She said if it weren't for her and her sister, her parents would vastly overpay for prescription drugs because they can't make decisions independently for health reasons.

"It's entirely too complex and too punitive. If my parents are stymied by this stuff, and they are, each month they delay (in choosing a plan) would cost them more money, and not more money just on the front end, more money for the rest of their lives."

I saw John Edwards vote on the Medicare D bill. It was a horrible bill, giveaways to drug companies who already receive plenty of R & D funding from us. I'm glad JRE said no.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Marcia Ball Plays for John Edwards at Scholtz's in Austin

This is Marcia Ball, who is from Louisana, and plays awesome cajun, blues, and rockabilly.

It was reported on the Burnt Orange Report that she played for JRE's gig in Austin. I cannot think of a better band for Sholtz's and with Jim Hightower introducing Edwards. Talkin' about Progressive!! And this is part of his "Small Change for Big Change" phase of his campaign. Geez, $15? Very nice.

This video was posted by Phubb at a Katrina/Louisana Musicians gig to raise a few dollars.

I used to go see Marcia Ball whenever she came to Lubbock and other places. She's great.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Happy Birthday, John Edwards !

I cannot believe this "Father of the Year" is 54 years old. Wow, here's looking at the next President of the US. BW readers will note a special photo of the Senator and me.

This video was created by blogger, Astrogirlsirius, and it rocks!

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