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Dear Readers: Once again, Silvio Canto and I are thrilled to have Legal Insurrection Editor Mandy Nagy as our Guest.  She will be joining us on Thursday, March 20th; click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST for live show or afterward for archived podcast).

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

However, my colleague Barry Jacobsen at Deadliest Blogger will be starting the show with a special FLAMING HOT CAPITALISM ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!

As always, there will be lots of news to cover. We will get an update from Mandy about her quest to obtain Obamacare. News fresh from the Legal Insurrection site:

Integrity: Official resigns over “remarkably dysfunctional HHS bureaucracy”

The former Director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), David Wright, recently resigned in powerful fashion, penning a scathing letter to his boss in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about the “remarkably dysfunctional HHS bureaucracy.”

The letter, written on February 25th and recently published at sciencemag.org, details the “intensely political environment” that is HHS, the department charged with crafting and implementing Obamacare policy and regulations.

Also, we will chat about the status of the lost Malaysian airliner:

A recent report from the Malaysian newspaper, The New Straits Times, has generated a lot of buzz and fueled speculation that the missing plane may still be in tact, somewhere.

CNN Reports,

[The report indicated] the plane may have flown low to the ground — 5,000 feet or less — and used mountainous terrain as cover to evade radar detection. The newspaper cited unnamed sources for its reporting, which CNN could not immediately confirm.

However, Malaysian officials said Monday that they were not aware of the report.
“It does not come from us,” said Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

Experts were skeptical, however, noting that even if the plane did drop to that altitude, it likely would not be able to avoid radar detection.

And we’ll get Mandy’s take on the US giving control of the Intenet to the UN.

The U.S. government’s plan to give away authority over the Internet’s core architecture to the “global Internet community” could endanger the security of both the Internet and the U.S. — and open the door to a global tax on Web use.

“U.S. management of the internet has been exemplary and there is no reason to give this away — especially in return for nothing,” former Bush administration State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton told The Daily Caller. “This is the Obama equivalent of Carter’s decision to give away the Panama Canal — only with possibly much worse consequences.”

The U.S. Commerce Department announced late Friday it would relinquish control of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — the organization charged with managing domain names, assigning Internet protocol addresses and other crucial Web functions — after its current contract expires next year.

As always, it will be a great night of Insurrection with Mandy!!!!

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Dear Readers:  March 13th is going to be a luck day this month, as we have America’s Conservative Warrior Princess Teri O’Brien as our guest on Canto Talk!  (Please click here at 7 pm PST/ 9 pm CT/ 10 pm ET or after for an archived podcast).

Teri O’Brien – America’s Conservative Warrior Princess

Teri O’Brien – America’s Conservative Warrior Princess

Teri is the host of another outstanding BlogTalkRadio.com show, The Teri O’Brien Show.

Because it’s impossible to be free and ignorant LIBERALS LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK! “If you’re going to tell people the truth, you’d better make them laugh. Otherwise, they’ll kill you.” George Bernard Shaw

Our topics will probably include her wonderful book: Teri O’Brien’s The ABC’s of Barack Obama

Not surprisingly, my favorite letters in her tome center on key aspects of “capitalism”. For example, “J is for Jobs” is a walk down memory lane about the Keystone Pipeline being thwarted. The Canadians said over 7,000 jobs would be created if the unit went through as planned. The Obama Administration dismissed it, saying a mere 50 jobs might be generated — and that wouldn’t compare to all the “green jobs” the “Stimulus Plan” would create.

They explained in their applications for federal assistance that they would create 102,883 new jobs! That number was a teensy bit off target. As the Wall Street Journal reported, the actual number was 300 permanent jobs. http://bit.ly/16LW6hp But those were, and are, real jobs. How many real jobs has the proposed phase 4 of the Keystone Pipeline created? That’s right. Zero, unless you count the jobs created by the attorneys and engineers involved in producing the mountains of environmental impact statements and legal briefs required by the battle to try to get it approved.

Another topic will likely include the crushing of Tea Party by….the Republican Establishment.

Establishment GOP Vows to Crush Tea Party, Sarah Palin at CPAC, Ted Cruz on Obamacare Repeal: Show Notes, The Teri O’Brien Show, 3-9-14

Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges From Right – NYTimes.com (Seriously? These guys still think that their biggest problem is Ted Cruz and the Tea Party, not Barack Obama? If GOP takes the Senate, we’re going to have to keep watching these guys constantly.)

Then, the Goddess and the Princess will dish about the growing schism between white feminists and feminists of color, which just shook out over a post on white belly dancers: A lesson from Tea Party activism…and dancing

For example, many of my friends in the dance community would never, ever call themselves conservative. They are not used to being called “racist” — a term tossed about with abandon when speaking about Tea Party activists.

So, a Salon article by Randa Jarrar that is part of “feminists of color” series came as a slap-in-the-face to many:  Why I can’t stand white belly dancers

…But, here’s the thing. Arab women are not vessels for white women to pour themselves and lose themselves in; we are not bangles or eyeliner or tiny bells on hips. We are human beings. This dance form is originally ours, and does not exist so that white women can have a better sense of community; can gain a deeper sense of sisterhood with each other; can reclaim their bodies; can celebrate their sexualities; can perform for the female gaze. Just because a white woman doesn’t profit from her performance doesn’t mean she’s not appropriating a culture. And, ultimately, the question is this: Why does a white woman’s sisterhood, her self-reclamation, her celebration, have to happen on Arab women’s backs?

We have been following the growing tensions between white liberal feminists and non-white liberal feminists. This article is part of that dynamic. However, this represents the first time many of the dancers in my acquaintance were targeted for presumed racism.

So join us Thursday – Teri and I will shake things up!

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Dear Readers: We have a double header this Thursday, Feb. 27th at 7 pm on Canto Talk. Our military historian, Barry Jacobsen, will review the insanity breaking out globally (e.g., the Ukriane, Venezuela) and our newly deputized “show psychologist” Dr. Rochelle Perper will sharing her insights on divorce, in light of the Divorce Corp. movie opening. (Click HERE at 7 pm Pacific Time/9 pm Central Time, 10 pm EST or for archived podcast afterward).

First, Barry Jacbosen will be reviewing items such as:

But to understand why the protests succeeded in toppling Yanukovych, it’s worth taking a glance at its strategies and military-style tactics. The protesters not only built a broad and inclusive coalition, but innovated where it mattered most: on the streets.

Really, it turned medieval.

Protesters shot fireworks with makeshift launchers. In combination with throwing stones and using slingshots, they overwhelmed disoriented Berkut special forces units, who were pelted with flying objects as fireworks exploded around them.

Protesters wore military helmets and carried makeshift—or captured—shields. Wooden boards were used to protect their lower legs from shrapnel the police taped to exploding stun grenades.

Among the array of homemade weapons, some were perhaps a little too ambitious. A crude trebuchet—a type of medieval catapult which uses a counterweight to fling objects—was overrun and dismantled.

To shield themselves from the onslaught, the police special forces units known as Berkut adopted distinct testudo formations. This packed shield formation was used by the Roman Empire, developed to shield infantry units from arrows. The first line holds its shields forward, with each preceding line holding their shields towards the sky.

Barry will really have to comment on the trebuchet!

We also will look what Legal Insurrection has to say: Ukraine’s acting government issues arrest warrant for Yanukovich

Then, on another issue related to insanity, we will take a look at the American system of divorce.

Dr. Rochelle Perper provides action-oriented therapy in a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy framework that is customized for individuals, families and couples, as well as adolescents and children. Her therapeutic approach involves helping people change their thoughts and behaviors and adopt healthy coping strategies in order to enhance their productivity and satisfaction. Dr. Perper is recognized for her compassion and skill in helping clients manage difficult transitions, including general challenges related to stress, depression, and anxiety. Her unique areas of specialty are helping people recover from grief due the loss of a loved one, trauma, traumatic loss, and violent crime.

Dr. Rochelle Perper

For more on her firm, Therapy Changes, click HERE. The site has a blog, and some of Rochelle’s articles are:


To start a conversation in a non-defense way, it is important to avoid blaming the other person for the problem. You will also want to be careful not to make character assassinations or make generalizations. Instead, focus on what you see or hear….


Next, follow-up your observation with how that behavior made you feel. This is important to relate better to the person that you are talking to and provide important context to the problem.


The most critical part of any non-confrontational conversation is to make a request for how things can be done differently in the future. By doing so, you are letting the other person know that you are not interested in holding grudges or complaining. Rather, you are interested in working towards a constructive solution to the problem.

1. Set goals
2. Take action
3. Focus on being productive, not being busy
4. Make logical, informed decisions
5. Avid the trap of having things done ‘perfectly’
6. Work outside of your comfort zone
7. Keep things simple
8. Focus on small progress
9. Pay attention to the gains you have made
10. Be positive
11. Choose your environment
12. Maintain balance

For more details on each, please follow the link.  To contact Therapy Changes for an appointment or other information, click HERE.

This promises to be an entertaining and informative show.

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Dear Readers: I have a show this Thursday I am truly looking forward to doing – with fellow SLOB Charles Fettinger of Doo Doo Economics. Silvio and I will be asking him all about the new currency phenomenon, Bitcoin. (Click HERE this Thursday at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST for the live show, or later for the podcast).

Charles has a nice synopsis: Bitcoin Trading Ten Commandments

Lets keep this short. Here are the Ten Commandments to make money trading in Bitcoin. Detailed explanations follow where needed.

  1. Do not follow trollbox advice
  2. Buy low, sell high OR sell high, buy back low
  3. Know your break even number
  4. Never let a Whale (big trader) buy cheaper than you, stack up on their position if necessary.
  5. Look up and down the orders list and find the big orders
  6. Cut loses or cost average when you make a bad trade, but let profits run
  7. Be patient and do not be mastered by market sentiment
  8. Buy when the market is selling, sell when the market is buying
  9. Read the chart first
  10. Do not trade to fiat
Where do you trade Bitcoin? You trade on one of the Bitcoin exchanges, but start small and work your way up to larger trades. Here are the “how to” details…

Also: When To Buy Bitcoin

Recently Overstock, Tiger Direct and many other online retailers have begun accepting the secure internet money known as Bitcoin (BTC or #). Bitcoin cannot be hacked like credit cards because you pay directly with encrypted money instead of entrusting others with credit card account information. It is more like using cash instead of a credit card which limits your vulnerability.

Merchants love Bitcoin for many reasons. There are less transaction fees involved with Bitcoin and unlike insecure credit cards, Bitcoin was designed for use on the internet. That means retailers like Walmart can use Bitcoin securely to purchase goods from anywhere in the world without wire fees and without exchange rate risk.

So, when should you purchase Bitcoin?

The answer is a couple days after a major retailer begins accepting purchases via Bitcoin.

We will also discuss the results of the San Diego Mayoral election, resulting in a rare Republican victory in California.

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Dear Friends:  Happy Valentine’s Week.  Like we did last year, we are doing an homage to iconic couples for Thursday’s show.  So, join host Silvio Canto Jr. and our official show historian, Barry Jacobsen, for an evening of romantic history (click here Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or for archived podcast).

We also encourage everyone to call into the show and add their own choices for “Icons of Love”.

Here is this year’s list:

Love Poets

Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning

Listener Choice

1) Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

2) Gloria and Emilio Estefan

3) Emperor Maximilian of Mexico and his Wife, Carlota

American History

1) Ronald and Nancy Reagan

2) Andrew and Rachel Jackson

3) John and Jackie Kennedy

The Arts

1) Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

2) Abelard and Heloise

Next year, we feature the sciences!

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Dear Readers:  I may be taking the night off, but military history expert Barry Jacobsen will be chatting with host extraordinaire Silvio Canto, Jr. about global “hot spots”…and not the volcanic kind.

Check in HERE at 7 pm tonight for live show or podcast afterward.



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Dear Readers:  My fellow SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition Co-Founder, Dawn Wildman, will be joining Silvio Canto, Jr. and me on Canto Talk this Thursday, Jan. 23, to discuss what his happening with the California Tea Parties (click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 PM CT, 10 pm EST or for archived podcast).

Dawn Wildman, surrounded by Tea Party friends.

Dawn Wildman, surrounded by Tea Party friends.

The last we talked, she was promoting the Tea Party California Caucus’ Tech-Based Gameplan for CA GOP Convention. There was recently a caucus meeting, to make further plans for 2014, and she will be bringing us up to speed with those.

Here is a sneak peak of what she observed.

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to travel around California and attend events that are for and by grassroots leaders from around our Golden State. This past weekend I was in Fresno to attend an event being put on by the newly minted Tea Party California Caucus and what an event it was. Now let me be very clear I am no longer a Republican, I am a non-partisan voter which simply means I don’t care who gets the credit when a good is represented in leadership. I made a decision years ago that based on what I saw the California Republican Party doing to grassroots groups in our state that I would leave the Party and look for greener pastures. Having not actually found those among the already established political parties I chose to become one of the ever growing disenfranchised voters and hung out my “ no Party “ loyalty sign by re-registering as a Non Partisan Voter.

I digress, so there I am at this event with a bunch of Republicans, which sounds like the beginning of a great joke but this was serious, this was a phenomenal undertaking, this was about real change. You see for almost five years now Republicans have been complaining about Republicans that is exactly what started the tea party movement. But instead of just changing who these people align themselves with by changing parties they decided to fight for the Party they remember joining. There they were in Fresno, trying to work out a strategy even with GOP hacks in the audience watching and waiting and taking notes to report back to the elite that have held this Party hostage.

This huge crowd of “disgruntled” GOP folks was energized and ready to rumble. They have taken on the greatest challenge ever seen since the declining days of the Whig Party. And they are serious. They know the powers that be that keep the Republican Party in California as nothing more than a punch line in a joke will and are fighting them all the way. The good news for them is that the CAGOP usually stinks at what they do as witnessed by the lack of any real Republican wins over the years. These people are motivated by one thing, bringing California back to its Golden State excellence. They want to have real representation in Sacramento; they want to have a seat at the table when back room deals are being done by the brain trust in Sacramento and DC. Simply put, they want the Party they signed up for to exist in more than just name.

And if this doesn’t work what will these very loyal people do next? Well who knows, they are learning the rules, learning them well and are ready to operate around them.

With all the breaking news in California, including California Drought = Flood of New Rules,we should be able to entertain our fans in all 57 states!

More on the Tea Party California Caucus can be found HERE.

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Dear Readers: We have another great Canto Talk program set for this Thursday, Jan. 16th. We are going to feature another installment in the continuing quest of Legal Insurrection editor Mandy Nagy to obtain Obamacare. (Click here for podcast, or live show at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST).

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

Here are some Legal Insurrection reports filed since our last chat with Mandy:

And, a new one from Neo-Neocon.

In related news, with a nod to Silvio Canto’s Cuban background:

Mirroring problems with the federal health care website, people around the nation attempting to navigate the Spanish version have discovered their own set of difficulties.

The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched more than two months late.

A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form.

And the translations were so clunky and full of grammatical mistakes that critics say they must have been computer-generated — the name of the site itself can literally be read “for the caution of health.”

“When you get into the details of the plans, it’s not all written in Spanish. It’s written in Spanglish, so we end up having to translate it for them,” said Adrian Madriz, a health care navigator who helps with enrollment in Miami…

Death Panels!

  • Ex-NY Times Editor Keller to Cancer Patient: ‘Going Gently’ Saves Money

    Lisa Bonchek Adams is currently hospitalized and being treated for Stage IV breast cancer. Since her diagnosis in October of 2012 at the age of 37, this mother of three has been blogging and tweeting about what she has been through mentally, personally, physically, and medically. For a chilling and revealing reason, former New York Times editor Bill Keller has a big problem with this.

It should be another great show with Mandy!

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Dear Readers: It’s another look at military history withe fellow San Diego blogger Barry Jacobsen/Deadliest Blogger.  Barry will be joining Silvio Canto Jr., and I on Canto Talk this Thursday (Nov. 21, 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST – click here for podcast or archived show).

As week look to the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, it seems timely to look another event that impacted the rest of the decade…the start of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Barry has a great write-up at his Facebook Military History Page, and those interested in great information exchanges on the subject should check it out.


In the first use of airmobile forces, Lt. Colonel Hal Moore’s 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division is inserted on November 14, 1965 into the Ia Drang Valley; to conduct a reconnaissance in force. This will lead to the first battle between American forces and North Vietnam’s Peoples Army of Vietnam (PAVN).

Intelligence reported the presence of PAVN forces on or around Chu Pong Mountain on the northeast side of the valley. The North Vietnamese were attempting to dominate the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, and the mountain was in fact the base camp for the PAVN 33rd and 66th Regiments; approximately 4,000 troops.

Moore’s 1st Bn, numbering less than 400 men was landed in waves in an open area approximately 100 meters in width, designated LZ X-RAY. Platoons quickly established a perimeter along the wood line surrounding the LZ. Initially, no resistance was encountered.

However, 2nd Platoon under Lt. Henry Herrick spotted fleeing PAVN soldiers, and Herrick unwisely pursued into the wooded hills. 2nd Platoon was soon deep in the wood, isolated from the rest of the Battalion. As they continued the chase, the Americans ran directly into a prepared PAVN ambush. Herrick and his Platoon Sergeant were among the initial casualties. The Americans fell back to a brush-covered knoll, where they were subject to intensive fire and intermittent assault by the Vietnamese.

This force came to be referred to as the “Lost Platoon”. Though three attempts were made to establish contact and rescue the besieged force, they were cut-off and isolated for most of the battle; subject to continuous attacks. Sgt Ernie Savage took command and held out tenaciously despite lack of water, food, and ammunition.

Meanwhile, the PAVN began continuous, coordinated attacks against the 7th Cavalry’s perimeter around LZ X-RAY. For the next 3 days, the PAVN commander attempted to overrun the LZ or Moore’s command post. Moore directed his battalion brilliantly, fending off these attacks with slender reserves and occasional reinforcements; while helicopters braved deadly fire to bring-in fresh men and supplies, and take out the wounded.

Massed attacks by PAVN forces upon the entrenched Americans were met with withering fire and close air and artillery support. The American doctrine of defensive close artillery support proved devastatingly effective; providing a curtain of steel and fire between American and PAVN forces. Moore directed frequent counter-attacks, which threw the PAVN forces back on their heals and preempted several assaults.

Despite successes, LZ X-RAY was closed on the second day. A new LZ was cut with explosive charges; and the supplies continued to flow.

On the morning of the second day, a massed three-pronged attack broke through the perimeter, overrunning both LZ X-RAY and Moore’s command post. Moore radioed “Broken Arrow” to American Headquarters; the signal that an American force was in danger of being overrun. The response was immediate: all available support aircraft in the country were redirected to support Moore’s embattled Battalion. The exposed PAVN forces were hammered with napalm and high explosive ordinance, and their attack broken.

By the third day, Moore’s position was reinforced by both the 2nd Bn 7th Cavalry, and the 2nd Bn 5th Cavalry. The badly mauled PAVN forces withdrew, leaving hundreds dead. Despite the intensity of the fighting, American casualties were a mere 79 killed and 121 injured; a testament to both Moore’s leadership and the effectiveness of American tactical doctrine.

Ia Drang was a tactical victory for American forces, and showed the PAVN command that they were facing a much more formidable enemy than they had previously encountered in either the South Vietnamese army or the French. The PAVN command had thought to handle the American forces in the same way they had the French in the same region in 1954: a battle of annihilation through repeated ambush. Moore for his part stated in his memoir of the battle that he feared another “Little Big Horn” for his own battalion of the 7th Cavalry.

The battle is the subject of the excellent 1992 book, “We Were Soldiers Once… And Young by Lt. Gen. (Ret) Harold G. Moore (Ret.) and war journalist Joseph L. Galloway (who was present as a photo-journalist during the battle); and was adapted into the terrific film “We Were Soldiers” (2002) by Mel Gibson.

Related, Badass-of-the-Week offers this homage to one of the battle’s participants: Bruce Crandall:

Dealing out “death from above” while cranking Wagner from his boom box at maximum volume was cool and all, but it was during the bloody asskicking carnage on 14 November 1965 that Solid Old Snake Plisskin Crandall really made a name for himself as a stone-cold hardass who didn’t flinch in the face of ludicrous amounts of danger and giant raging explosions. Crandall’s company was in the process of combat-dropping the men of the 7th Cavalry Regiment in the Ia Drang Valley when all of a sudden the entire countryside erupted into a geyser of bullets, rockets, and general suckitude. The infantry came under intense fire, seemingly from all directions at once, and within seconds the entire valley was completely littered with dying and wounded American soldiers. Crandall himself was in an extremely exposed position – at one point a squad of North Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops occupied a position less than 30 yards from the landing zone, opening up at Crandall’s chopper with a burst of gunfire that wounded three men inside the bird – but this ice-water asskicker didn’t freak out and haul his shit full-throttle outta there like the MiGs in Top Gun just because a bunch of dudes with assault rifles and RPGs were hurling massive amounts of incredibly lethal substances at him in an angry and threatening manner. No, this guy waited for wounded men to be loaded into his Huey, refusing to take off until he had filled the cargo bay with soldiers in desperate need of medical attention, and only then did he burn rubber back home.

So, please join us for an exciting show.

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Dear Readers: I am thrilled to have Legal Insurrection’s Mandy Nagy as our Canto Talk guest this Thursday, Nov. 7th (7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST; click HERE for live show or podcast link).

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

We will be catching up on the Obamacare Exchange Website rollout…or implosion, if a more precise term is to be used. I recently noted that this was a fiasco of historical proportions, missing only radioactive debris and a tidal wave. Mandy carries that theme to address the latest news item:

Jay Carney nears meltdown over questions about Obamacare application process

This exchange today between ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and White House press secretary Jay Carney was rather…well, interesting.

Karl starts out by asking, “Did the president know that the very same problems would be facing consumers when they called on the phone when he said that they could apply in 25 minutes?”

But through some back and forth with Carney about the claim, it becomes clear that what’s at issue here is not so much the word “apply,” but actually the word “enroll.”

After being mocked by Carney for pressing the issue – Carney calls the questioning a “soliloquy” – Karl eventually makes the point very clear. He references an October 24th quote from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: “A person on the other end of the phone can get questions answered in up to 150 languages as well as walk somebody all the way through the process and enroll at the end of the day.”

Karl follows up with the question, “She says you can enroll at the end of the day, is that right?” [followed by cross-talk]

Carney ends with, “Jon, everybody else here understands what I’m saying, I’m sorry I can’t say the same for you.” And he then moves on to the next question.

Mandy has been covering a string of problems:

And last, but not least, the infamous “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” statement by Obama has been fisked.  Friend Dean Riehm likens it to…“Check’s in the mail”“Don’t worry, I’ll pull out”… and other great American promises

Stay tuned! It’s going to be a great show.

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