WH and Big Pharma win, consumers lose: RX Reimportation Amendment voted down in Senate by ‘progressive’ Democrats Durbin, Schumer, Kerry, Reid, Burris, Rockefeller…

The SINGLE cost saving item for Americans in this horror show of a health care bill was just killed by the progressive Democratic Senators. Remember come 2010/2012, these Democrats and this WH ARE THE STATUS QUO. No change here. DOZENS of REPUBLICANS votes AYE! Nice commercials for the elections.  For those keeping score:

HOUSING:  Banks batting a thousand, homeowners a big zero (78B allocated from TARP, 3 million defaults (now 4.8 million), but only 31,000 mods).

HEALTH CARE: Insurers/big Pharma happy as pigs in shxt, American consumers facing higher costs, mandates and no ‘choice and competition’ plus the kick to the deficit.

SMALL BUSINESS LENDING: Again banks laugh at POTUS, Gasparino in the NYPost today reported that Obama schmoozed the bankers when the cameras left. No loans being made, bonuses back on track for the big banks.

EMPLOYMENT: Need we go there? Ginormous stimulus payoff to who? No one knows but it sure as shxt didnt create a million jobs, or even a verifiable half a million jobs.

FDL:

…Bunches of Democrats have decided to vote against this in the past few roll calls, this is going to be extremely close.

Senators are huddled around the desk tabulating the votes, this is one of those where the outcome is not pre-determined. Dick Durbin has a panicked look on his face.

…A late move toward the no side could deny this the needed 60 votes. They just got Lieberman to vote against it, along with luminaries like Kerry, Schumer, Reid, Durbin, Burris and Rockefeller.

…Lautenberg’s amendment has passed the Senate four separate times. It clearly kills re-importation because we haven’t seen any. This defeat of the Dorgan amendment is simply being done to preserve a corrupt deal.

Yeas 51, nays 48. Dorgan amendment does not pass….

UPDATE from FDL:

…Roll call on the Dorgan Amendment is here. The White House had to line up 31 no votes from the Democratic caucus to kill this….

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December 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics. 2 comments.

Twofer Tuesday: SG*U renewed for 20 episode S2 & Sanctuary renewed for S3, 2.10 ‘Sleepers’ promo…

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CoronaComingAttractions has details on the renewals:

Buoyed by strong Friday night ratings on Syfy, the specialty cable channel has ordered full season renewals for Stargate Universe and Sanctuary. 20 episodes have been ordered for each show, thereby granting Universe a second season and Sanctuary a third.

According to Syfy (and related by The Hollywood Reporter to us), Sanctuary averaged 2.2 million viewers for each episode of its fall half-season while SGU ticked higher with an average of 2.6 million (these numbers include online digital download viewings too.) The remaining 10 episodes for each series will begin airing next April, with the new seasons scheduled for broadcast in the fall of 2010….

Mr MiM likes SGU, but likes Sanctuary better. I like Sanctuary and find AGU ahhh boring. Here is the perspective of a non SGU fan on youtube, thisthis:

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The Vampire Diaries – A New Chapter – Premieres Thursday, Jan 21st

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Courtesy of CW

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December 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Warner Bros.. Comments off.

Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe take on ‘Robin Hood’: Trailer

Prepare to suspend your disbelief as they turn the Robin Hood Legend on its head, complete with COASTAL scenes (in Sherwood?!) and a GOOD Sheriff of Nottingham and bad bad Robin. (Ahh for the days of Errol Flynn!) Two ‘secure’ egos in Ridley and Russell. Gladiator goes to Sherwood! Hell I’ll go see it, love adventure flicks.

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HollywoodStreams:

Ridley Scott helms a script by Sleeper Cell scribes Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris as they tackle this revisionist take on the Robin Hood legend, which finds the noble Sheriff of Nottingham (Russell Crowe) attempting to deal with the exploits of a less than virtuous Robin Hood while gradually being drawn into a heated love triangle involving the legendary thief and the beautiful Maid Marion.

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Golden Globe Nomination Roundup: ‘True Blood’ gets nods for Best Drama/Actress, ‘Mad Men’ vs ‘House’ for best actor/drama…

Not much Golden Globe excitement this year IMO.  True Blood got 2 nominations (Anna up against Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer, another great acrtess in a great role), and SciFiWire notes James Cameron is up against his ex, she for ‘The Hurt Locker’ him for the peaceful smurf movie it took a decade to make. ‘Glee’ got props (best actor/actress/musical-comedy).

Will Hugh Laurie beat Jon Hamm for Best Actor in tv drama? Hope so! (Do they give Emmys for one time directorial outings a la the upcoming Hugh Laurie directed episode of House and the Joss Whedon upcoming ‘Glee’ and past awesomeness with episodes of The Office? They should.)

Will we be forced to watch ’30 Rock’ acceptance speech clips all day again the day after the awards? Let’s hope not.

And Michael Emerson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for LOST 🙂 It would be great if he wins, it will match his Emmy!

But in general, booooo-rrring! They need more SciFi/Fantasy/Horror series in the Golden Globes. Man oh man.

HFPA – Nominations

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TV SERIES – Drama

Simon Baker – The Mentalist (CBS)

Michael C. Hall – Dexter (SHOWTIME)

Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)

Hugh Laurie – House (FOX)

Bill Paxton – Big Love (HBO)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS TV- DRAMA

Glenn Close – Damages (FX NETWORK)

January Jones – Mad Men (AMC)

Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife (CBS)

Anna Paquin – True Blood (HBO)

Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer (TNT)

BEST TV SERIES – DRAMA

Big Love (HBO)
Anima Sola Productions and Playtone in association with HBO Entertainment

Dexter (SHOWTIME)
Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company, Clyde Phillips Productions

House (FOX)
Universal Media Studios in association with Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions

Mad Men (AMC)
Lionsgate

True Blood (HBO)

Your Face Goes Here Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

December 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, True Blood. 1 comment.

Sen Gregg vs Ron Paul on Auditing the Fed

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Rep. Paul starts great and then begins talking about ending currency regulation and letting people coin their own money too. NOT a good idea!! Imagine! sigh. and CNBC: Keeping the Federal Reserve accountable, with Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas and Frederic Mishkin, Columbia University professor.

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Obama to recalcitrant Dems: Last Chance for HCR. Reality to Dems: last chance to save your seat

Whatever will the KosKidz do!!??! Suggested slogans for ’10:

Obama lied, the public option died, and the Neoprogs cried, as the Dem Majority Died.

POLITICO:

In a provocative argument designed to rescue his foundering health care plan, President Barack Obama will warn Senate Democrats in a White House meeting Tuesday that this is the “last chance” to pass comprehensive reform.

Obama will contend that if it fails now, no other president will attempt it, aides said…

Because in ObamaLand if he cant do it, no one can! You cant stop him he’s the Gingerbead Man POTUS.

December 15, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

PPI up 1.8% – another classic smack down b/w Rick Santelli and Liesman

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US producer prices rose more than expected in November, lifted by a surge in energy costs, and recorded the first year-on-year gain since last November, according to a government report on Tuesday

…The Labor Department said the seasonally adjusted index for prices paid at the farm and factory gate jumped 1.8 percent, the largest gain in three months, following a 0.3 percent rise in October.

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected producer prices to increase by 0.8 percent last month. Compared with the same period last year, producer prices surged 2.4 percent in November, posting their first gain in a year and the largest rise since October 2008….

Empire State Index:

…The New York Fed’s “Empire State” general business conditions index fell (TO) 2.55 in December from 23.51 in November.

This was the biggest monthly decline on record and the lowest reading since July 2009 when it was at minus 0.55. The index has risen from a record low of minus 22.23 in March….

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