Archive for June 21st, 2011



CBS: The nation’s largest physician’s group has affirmed its support for a key part of President Obama’s health care overhaul.

At its annual meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to maintain its official position in favor of the “individual mandate,” which requires nearly all Americans to purchase health insurance. The AMA prefers the term “individual responsibility.”

“The AMA has strong policy in support of covering the uninsured, and we have renewed our commitment to achieving this through individual responsibility for health insurance with assistance for those who need it,” Dr. Cecil Wilson, president of the AMA, said in a statement. “The AMA’s policy supporting individual responsibility has bipartisan roots, helps Americans get the care they need when they need it and ends cost shifting from those who are uninsured to those who are insured.”

The decision was made by some 500 members of the House of Delegates, which sets policy for the AMA. The vote followed intense discussions, according to delegates who took part.

More here

Thank you Proud


well, well, well…..

Rooted Cosmopolitan: …..CommonSense Media, a firm that does work for Republicans, is led by Jane Hamsher.

In isolation, I don’t care what Jane Hamsher does for money …. but it’s time for the media to stop lazily presenting her as a representative figure of liberal Democrats, of the Netroots or of ideologically committed progressives. She’s not. She’s someone who leads a firm that Republicans pay to help them defeat Democrats.

….CommonSense Media also does work for entities working against progressive interests and Democratic candidates. At the same time BP was being accused of “greenwashing” their record after the Gulf oil spill, CommonSense media was doing online advertising for BP….

….If the national political media is going to present Jane Hamsher as a one-time Obama supporter who has now concluded that Obama “just isn’t in to her,” fine. But it’s horribly irresponsible and inaccurate for the press to file those stories without noting that she at one time did business with the DNC, and apparently now does business with Republicans seeking to defeat Democrats. She’s not just a disaffected progressive, she’s someone who leads a business that takes money from Republicans to defeat Democrats.

Full post here

Thank you Proud


good morning johannesburg

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First lady Michelle Obama visits the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 21. Pictured from left to right: Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Foundation; Mrs. Obama; mother Marian Robinson; Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel, Michelle Obama’s daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama.

…. with Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, wife of South Africab leader Jacob Zuma

See this post for photos of the First Lady with Nelson Mandela


morning people

South African Times: US First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off her visit to South Africa with the Young African Women Forum on Tuesday morning, where the US Embassy is hosting 75 leading young women in Africa.

The embassy invited 30 South African women, including Democratic Alliance national spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko and 5FM radio DJ Anele Mdoda. Television personality, who also attended the forum, Precious Kofi tweeted her excitement about the forum and meeting Obama. “From kings to ministers and then myself, Mrs Obama gave each individual her undivided attention,” Kofi tweeted.

The forum provides a platform for women to network and discuss issues that affect women on the continent. More here








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