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tn_supe-vs-captmarvelThis is where the rubber meets the road. After months of delay, the full Senate is about to debate and vote on landmark health care legislation. But first, Senator Harry Reid and Democratic leaders have a big decision to make:

Will the Senate consider real health care reform with a public health insurance option, or a watered-down compromise full of giveaways to Big Insurance?

This is a hugely important decision. Progressive champions in Congress are standing strong for the public option and Sen. Reid himself has expressed support—but he’s under immense pressure from a few conservative obstructionists who oppose it.

We need to send a loud signal: If Sen. Reid leads on the public option, we’ll be there to get his back. Can you sign our petition asking him to include a strong public health insurance option in the Senate’s bill?

Clicking here will add your name:

http://pol.moveon.org/harryreid/o.pl?id=17554-11381997-ilUAiGx&t=3

The petition reads: “Senator Reid, real health care reform must include a strong public health insurance option. Please include the public option in the bill you bring to the Senate floor.”

The headlines today are about a flawed bill without a public option that a few conservative Democrats managed to push through the Senate Finance Committee.

But the overwhelming majority of Democrats in Congress continue to support the public option—as does President Obama, and two-thirds of the American public.1 And just last week 30 Democratic senators wrote to Sen. Reid urging him to include the public option.2

nvreidReid has been supportive: earlier this month, he said “I believe the public option is so vitally important to create a level playing field and prevent the insurance companies from taking advantage of us.”3

In other words, we’re closer than ever to winning real health care reform. But we’ve got to raise our voices now to make sure the public option gets through the Senate.

Click here to add your name to the petition:

http://pol.moveon.org/harryreid/o.pl?id=17554-11381997-ilUAiGx&t=4

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More Security and Stability

If You Have Health Insurance, the Obama Plan:

* Ends discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions.

* Limits premium discrimination based on gender and age.

* Prevents insurance companies from dropping coverage when people are sick and need it most.

* Caps out-of-pocket expenses so people don’t go broke when they get sick.

* Eliminates extra charges for preventive care like mammograms, flu shots and diabetes tests to improve health and save money.

* Protects Medicare for seniors.

* Eliminates the “donut-hole” gap in coverage for prescription drugs.

Quality, Affordable Choices

If You Don’t Have Insurance, the Obama Plan:

* Creates a new insurance marketplace — the Exchange — that allows people without insurance and small businesses to compare plans and buy insurance at competitive prices.

* Provides new tax credits to help people buy insurance.

* Provides small businesses tax credits and affordable options for covering employees.

* Offers a public health insurance option to provide the uninsured and those who can’t find affordable coverage with a real choice.

* Immediately offers new, low-cost coverage through a national “high risk” pool to protect people with preexisting conditions from financial ruin until the new Exchange is created.

Reins in the Cost of Health Care

For All Americans, the Obama Plan:WTF_Robot_Superman1

* Won’t add a dime to the deficit and is paid for upfront.

* Requires additional cuts if savings are not realized.

* Implements a number of delivery system reforms that begin to rein in health care costs and align incentives for hospitals, physicians, and others to improve quality.

* Creates an independent commission of doctors and medical experts to identify waste, fraud and abuse in the health care system.

* Orders immediate medical malpractice reform projects that could help doctors focus on putting their patients first, not on practicing defensive medicine.

* Requires large employers to cover their employees and individuals who can afford it to buy insurance so everyone shares in the responsibility of reform.

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It’s been a long, long time, my what a worldBrian_Wilson730_MainPicture
There’s trouble everywhere, I’m sure you’ve heard
This must be what they mean, love conquers everything
Tell me it’s not a dream, say it’s true
Say it’s you, say it’s love

“What Love Can Do”- Brian Wilson

WHAT LOVE CAN DO, 429 Records’ collection of songs by some of the music world’s most creative songwriters is enjoying a successful launch as the title track, a new recording by Brian Wilson is powering the AC radio charts in the first weeks of release! Written by Brian Wilson, Steven Krikorian and Burt Bacharach and produced by legendary producer Phil Ramone, “What Love Can Do” was the # 1 Most Added song at adult contemporary radio in late July, setting off a march up the charts in tandem with the release last week of the album of the same name. what-love-can-doWHAT LOVE CAN DO is a project put together by Phil Ramone that brings together celebrated musicians such as Brian Wilson, Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Loggins, Burt Bacharach and many others each of whom have gone back into the studio to recreate one of their all-time hits as well as record a brand new song. It’s a unique idea where artists, under the creative genius of Phil Ramone, record a fresh take on a timeless classic while also offering an up-to-date example of their artistry. Key AC stations such as KWAV (Monteray, CA) and WCDV (Baton Rouge, LA) have already embraced the new song which finds Wilson at the top of his form. WHAT LOVE CAN DO was released on 429 Records on August 4.

WHAT LOVE CAN DO is more than just a nostalgic look back for the artist and the listener but it’s a heartfelt message from each artist involved that their music is more vibrant and evocative than ever. The lineup of artists participating in the project is truly stellar representing the pop, rock, folk and jazz genres.

1) “God Only Knows” Brian Wilson

2) “Un Baile Del Corazon” Stephen Bishop

3) “Your Goodbye” Richard Marx

4) “A Love Song” Kenny Loggins

5) “Sunday Morning Coming Down” Kris Kristofferson

6) “I Still Remember” Burt Bacharach, John Pagano

7) “Rainbow Connection” Paul Williams, Willie Nelson

8) “Hold On To The Nights” Richard Marx

9) “The Wonder” Kris Kristofferson

10) “I’ll Remember Your Name” Kenny Loggins

11) “New Music From An Old Friend” Paul Williams, Jane Monheit

12) “Save It For A Rainy Day” Stephen Bishop, Eric Clapton

13) “Alfie” Burt Bacharach, Peabo Bryson

14) “How About Now” Kenny Loggins

15) “What Love Can Do” Brian Wilson

In addition, Brian Wilson is gearing up for a tour of the U.S. beginning in October. Confirmed dates include:

October 23 – Soaring Eagle Casino Mount Pleasant, MI

October 24 – Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI

October 26 – Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ

October 27 – Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJBrianWilson2

October 29 – Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA

October 31 – Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Virginia Beach, VA

November 1 – Creative Arts Center at WVU Morgantown, WV

November 3 – The Capitol Center Concord, NH

November 4 – Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI

November 6 – Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh, PA

November 8 – The Capital One Bank Theatre Westbury, NY

November 10 – The Egg Albany, NY

November 11 – Kirby Center Wilkes Barre, PA

November 12 – Lowell Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA

November 13 – Community Theater at Mayo Morristown, NJ

December 3 – Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA

December 5 – Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Stateline, NV

429 Records is a unit of the Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American unit of CME (Columbia Music Entertainment), the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a leading independent company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. SLG is lead by Steve Vining and CME is headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, founder of Zelnick Media which owns interests in and manages an array of media companies.

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1287777170_ceef0d8d58_oAmericans spend more on health care than people do elsewhere, but somehow we spend more for less.

Most of us have no clue about the actual cost of our medical care until the bills arrive, because hospitals and doctors don’t publish their charges. The cost of insurance goes up and up, with fewer services covered. Millions of Americans needlessly suffer or die from preventable medical errors and infections.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Costs can come down and quality can improve if we stop letting the insurance companies run the show, make billing clear and simple, and focus on prevention and managing chronic illness better.

You can make a difference by taking our pledge and joining our effort to make health care a top priority for our nation’s leaders.

THE PLEDGE:
I want to join with other Americans to support action, answers and accountability. It is time to:

* * Give my family security that we will have quality care when we need it at a cost we can afford;
* * Make hospitals and doctors more transparent about the cost and quality of care they offer;225px-Unclesam_comics
* * Eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy between patients and the care they need;
* * End long waits for care;
* * Examine all solutions that will ensure all Americans access to quality, affordable care, with input from real people like me.

Sign the pledge here

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/411857645?z00m=15215845

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‘I was lyin’ in my room and the news came on t.v.superman2
A lotta people out there hurtin’ and it really scares me

Hey love and mercy that’s what you need tonight
So, love and mercy to you and your friends tonight…”

“Love and Mercy”- Brian Wilson

Did you see today’s breaking news? A former health insurance executive just went on record saying that right-wing mobs at town halls are the result of “stealth efforts by health insurance companies.”1 And The Huffington Post reports that dirty energy companies are helping bankroll the mobs.2

It’s infuriating—but the good news is that everyday folks are fighting back. And the great news is that we’re making strides. In city after city, MoveOn Councils are proving to the media that the vast majority of Americans support the change agenda that President Obama ran on.

As we ramp up our “Real Voices for Change” campaign, here are some recent inspiring stories from MoveOn Councils around the country:

* We’re keeping it positive. At a town hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, national media were expecting a hostile and extremist crowd—but Rep. Tom Perriello was met by a large and very friendly group. NBC reported, for the most part the crowd was subdued and in support of reforming the system.3 An event with Rep. Joe Sestak in Philadelphia, where the local MoveOn Council helped to turn people out, was “overwhelmingly civil.”4 In Denver, at a high-profile event with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a few right-wing protesters compared President Obama to Hitler—but progressive protesters vastly outnumbered them.5

ReaganAndSuperman* We’re making direct contact with decision-makers. At a Jobs Fair in northwest Indiana, Council Coordinator David Lambeth handed a flyer supporting a REAL public option directly to Senator Evan Bayh—a key vote on health care reform—and had a quick conversation with him. The Council had organized a flyering event at that Jobs Fair precisely to create such a face-to-face opportunity.

* The media is taking notice. Our signs and footage from MoveOn events are all over the news, including several national spots on MSNBC and NBC Nightly News (one of the most-watched shows on TV). And in one wild moment, conservative Tom Tancredo—a former Colorado congressman—actually waved a MoveOn health care sign on MSNBC!

* We’re getting good responses from members of Congress—even in “red” states. In Johnson County, KS, the Council organized a “honk and wave” outside of Rep. Dennis Moore’s office. (Rep. Moore is a “blue dog” who supports the public option.) As Organizer Ian Rogers reported:

Despite some right-wing protesters who showed up and tried to disrupt the event, the members stayed strong and their efforts paid off. About twenty minutes after the right-wing protesters showed, Rep. Moore himself drove by theheathcareprotest2 honk and wave. He honked, the tea-baggers booed, and Moore gave the thumbs up to our people and honked again.

Thank you so much for all you’re doing to push back against the misconception that right-wing extremists speak for all of us. And there’s much more to do in the weeks ahead—keep it up.

Sources:

1. “Former exec: Insurers fomenting town hall chaos,” The Hill, August 12, 2009

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51752&id=16809-11381997-15G4lTx&t=2

2. “Townhall Mobs—Brought to you by Big Oil and Dirty Coal,” The Huffington Post, August 7, 2009

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51753&id=16809-11381997-15G4lTx&t=3

3. “Tom in Your Town Hits Charlottesville,” NBC, August 11, 2009

http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?S=10885372

4. “Sestak health-care meeting a spoonful of sugar,” Philadelphia Enquirer, August 13, 2009

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51754&id=16809-11381997-15G4lTx&t=4

5. Pelosi Protesters, Including Kid In Stroller, Compare Obama to Hitler, The Huffington Post, August 8, 2009

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51755&id=16809-11381997-15G4lTx&t=5

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From the SingleWoman.com website …..

If you are a single woman, right now you are the forgotten constituent in this very important healthcare reform debate.

202px-Loislane_comicsIn previous articles, we’ve explained that single women in their twenties – pay more than men the same age.

(I guess that’s a way for our insurance companies to tell us that we’re high maintenance. That’s okay: they are slowly taking away the once-included- in- your-premium preventative healthcare that makes that an issue — you know, things like pap smears and and mammograms.)

And despite paying more than our male counterparts, we also make less than them, which means healthcare costs are a bigger portion of our overall income.

Isn’t any surprise that many women can’t afford any healthcare at all?

So, who is keeping you from getting a government-paid benefit enjoyed by every other First World country?

Your elected officials. These are the same people who have their own, generous healthcare plans — thanks to you, who voted them into their positions.

Worse yet, they are being paid by our insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies, and hospital corporations to make sure we never get the one thing every other government on earth offers its citizens: free healthcare.175126-wonder-woman_400

These companies are also sending mobs to shout down any town hall meetings where the issue of a government healthcare option can be discussed.

Well, we  have a voice, too.

Don’t be shouted down.

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// Sign our petition here.

Our goal is 100,000 signatures by Labor Day, which we will then present it to the Senate and the Congress.

The simple truth: it’s now or never. If our elected officials know we’re watching the money flowing from us and to them, if they know our next vote will be to their competitors, they’ll have to listen to us.

So make your voice heard.

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Listen to the boys loud and clearvote-for-barack-obama
Come on folks withstand you fears
Sail away the choice is yours you choose
Celebrate the news
There ain’t no blues
Come on, come on, come on

“Celebrate the News” – The Beach Boys

Are you happy with the current administration? Would you rather move to Finland and open a hotdog stand? Do you think Congress needs a sign language interpreter? Is Hillary helping our foreign policy? Are Republicans making us aware or they just whining?

Is President Obama doing a good job?

tn_CNN-logoNow is your chance to grade the Obama Administration and Congress on how its handled the second 100 days in office.
Vote now on CNN.com, and then tune in to CNN TV on August 6, 2009 at 8p ET for the final grades.

http://reportcard.cnn.com/

or if you’re on Facebook vote here-

http://www.facebook.com/cnn?v=app_76250973015&viewas=1219724251

Either you believe there is light at the end of the tunnel or you believe the hammer and sickle is the new fashion statement…captain_america

So vote, voice your opinion!

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When she gets a chance to help someonebarbara_gordon_oracle
She’s really happy
If you trust her with your ill
She’ll quickly make you see
She can fix things up for you
Just like she did for me

“Anna Lee the Healer”- The Beach Boys


As some of  you have noticed Rickywood.net has a new look.  I have Melle Palmer and 1079 Creative to thank for that. I cannot express  how easy it was to work with this top notch Canadian web design company. Melle was an absolute interpreter and mind reader when it came to what I wanted. Oh yeah, I was FLOORED at how inexpensive this was. AND how quickly (a couple of weeks tops) my site was up.

Read on…

1079 Creative is a design firm that continues to capture the essence of businesses and individuals from all walks of life.  The firm operates around the philosophy that ever idea, person and creation is unique and should be not only celebrated, but marketed based on its individuality and utter fantastic-ness!

Inspired by their clients, and driven by a deep desire to make the internet a beautiful place, 1079 has risen significantly in the world of design over the past few years, becoming recognized by design critics and mentors in their field.

logoOld fashioned philosophies still apply when you deal with this design firm.  The owner/head designer/director and master juggler, Melle Palmer has insisted from the day she presented her first logo, that amazing customer service, dedication, and the constant pursuit of perfection are keys to any businesses success, so you can certainly expect a positive experience when you hire a designer from this firm.

Located in Ontario Canada, 1079 has known no bounds with their clientele location.  Since their launch, the firm has reached far beyond their local market, gaining a large and constantly expanding customer base in the USA and UK.  They are always welcoming new clients and new projects, from all around the globe.

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And I can breakaway to the better life
Where the shackles never hold me down
I’m gonna make a way for each happy day
As my life turns around…

“Breakaway”- The Beach Boys


Last week, Republican Senator Jim DeMint made it pretty clear why the opponents of health care reform are fighting so hard. As he told a special interest attack group, “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” Here’s how the President responded:

Think about that. This isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America’s families, breaking America’s businesses and breaking America’s economy. And we can’t afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care. Not this time, not now. There are too many lives and livelihoods at stake.

With Congress only days away from finalizing their plans for reform, it’s time to stand up with the President and fight back against this disastrous brand of old-style politics. So we need as many people as possible to publicly support the President’s principles for health care reform and call on Congress to act.

Before the first full votes in Congress, we’ll publish the signatures in newspaper ads across the nation, to make sure your voice is heard.

Watch President Obama’s full response, then add your name in support of reform. Or if you’ve already signed, please forward this message to every one of your friends and neighbors so they can join you.

Sign the declaration-

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/organizingforhealthcarevid?source=20090721_ms

The President is more dedicated than ever to passing health care reform that satisfies the three requirements he’s been talking about for months: Health care reform must reduce costs, guarantee choice — including the choice of a strong public insurance option — and ensure all Americans have quality, affordable health care.

If we do not reform our broken health care system this year, we will only shackle future generations with spiraling costs and deteriorating care. The cost of inaction is simply more than this country can afford.

50065But the special interests who profit from the status quo won’t go down without a fight. The ads, the smears, and the attacks — targeting both President Obama and members of Congress who support reform — will only get worse. So it’s crucial that we show huge backing before Congress finalizes their plans this month.

Stand with President Obama on health care reform:

http://my.barackobama.com/hcdeclare

Thanks for standing up for change.

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marvel_prezFacebook has so many members. There are enough quizzes and polls to give the average joe a mild seizure. “What’s your favorite color?”, “What are your favorite dog breeds” or ” What is your favorite breakfast meat?”. With over 120 million registered members, a Facebook poll on Obama would be quite interesting.

So Facebook members why not take the poll? Doesn’t matter whether you’re Democrat,Republican, or French. The numbers so far today are pretty split. Might not be completely scientific but what the heck, it might be a fun summertime distraction!

Just follow the link and vote. Your country and Facebook thank you!

http://apps.facebook.com/my_polls/vote.php?poll_id=76&src=url_share

There is even a comment section if you want to explain your vote!Spider-Man_and_Obama_thumb

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