What a Day It Was!

Tho’ a decidedly mixed bag, Health Insurance Reform has passed in the House by a vote of 219-212, with Republicans unanimously in opposition (even with the damn cave-in on women’s right to choose … in any meaningful sense of the expression).  Jubilation is a little strong, but I am glad that it appears that some kind of change is happening!

Our friend PaulaLR visited last night and watched some b-ball with us.  By the chiminea, early-on, we were debating various issues and she tipped us off to this excellent piece of work put out by Pro Publica – a side-by-side comparison of the Senate Bill passed in December and the current House Bill.  You can click through, using the arrows, and go from change to change … to change.

Here is a run down of Democrats who took a big risk and could lose their seats after voting for the bill … according to Politico.  Here’s the state-by-state vote … where you can also find the 34 Democrats who went with the GOP.

Meanwhile, from The Daily Kos comes an excellent send-up by Soundpolitic (out of Albany, NY) … or explication, actually … of the Tea Party Movement – using Monty Python as the vehicle.  It’s perfect!

And who knew that there is a burgeoning “Coffee Party” movement afoot?  Their tagline?  “Wake up and stand up!”  Oh, and you can join up … on Facebook, where the group is, as of this writing,177,500 strong (including their newest fan, JordanCornblog)!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6HP49n5X90

What a fortuitous launch day, too – 3/13/10 (Alice’s Birthday)!

In the world of b-ball, it was a day of upsets in both the men’s and the women’s brackets.  Here are our men’s standings, as of the Sweet 16!

POTUS

OhioRules

boyski

Gary D

reades

tylerdewdney

murraydewd

jordancornblog

pippa

plrock

knappie4

The Winners

afboyny23

ddymski

brigitte19

mikebroomall

jbdewd

MadDog

jclough325

nyeanh

beeg23

carolstreit

jsperber

pliny925

dsabler

There’s a MAJOR caveat, as you look at these … many of those who appear to be at the bottom of the heap at the moment are the only teams with contenders left “alive” for the upcoming rounds.  Folks like jordancornblog are going to plummet shortly … while folks like jsperber and pliny925 still have the potential to pick up lots of points.  And of course we are all waiting for Mo to make his move … so stay tuned …

Meanwhile, the women start their second round tonight!

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