Help RL move to Costa Rica …


And finally: Since health care reform passed, “two dudes living in Brooklyn” are now raising money to buy Rush Limbaugh a one-way first-class ticket to Costa Rica

Check it out …

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A Cozy CabinUPDATE: Just found on Craigslist: a cozy cabin! At $325/mo we can house Rush for 6 mo. Only $1950! Keep the donations coming. THANK YOU.

Recently, a number of interesting things happened. First, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show that if the Healthcare Reform Bill passed, he would go to Costa Rica. Second, the Healthcare Reform Bill passed. As you can imagine, this has made a number of people very excited. We are among that number. We want to make sure that Rush is able to make good on his promise, and so we’ve made this website.
Here’s how this is going to work:
1. We’re accepting 1 dollar PayPal donations to buy Rush a one-way ticket to Costa Rica. We are currently accepting donations.
2. At the end of the donation period*, we will attempt to personally contact Rush, and offer to buy him a first-class plane ticket from Palm Beach International Airport to San Jose International Airport, Costa Rica.
3. If Rush does get cold feet**, and refuses to move to Costa Rica, we will instead donate all of the money to the Planned Parenthood Action Center.
4. Additionally, if we make more money than the cost of a ticket, or if we don’t make enough money for a ticket, everything will still go to Planned Parenthood.
*Donation period will run until April 30th, 2010. That’s like, more than 4 weeks notice for the guy.

**Rush has publicized that he never said he would move to Costa Rica. However, we still think it’s a good idea.

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We have raised $1,825 so far towards the price of a one-way first-class ticket to Costa Rica.

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What if you want to donate more than $1?

You can email us to arrange that; FYI we’d love to talk, but a response might take a little while. Don’t give up hope!

Where’s the “Share This On Facebook” button?

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Are we affiliated with Planned Parenthood?

No.

How do you know we won’t just buy a plane ticket for ourselves?

Well…we can’t give you anything other than our word. But if you’d rather donate direct to Planned Parenthood, you should.

Are we really going to contact Rush?

Absolutely. We’ll video-tape and post the results here. We promise.

Who are we?

We are Mike and Patrick. We are two dudes living in Brooklyn. We don’t have health insurance.

What is going on in Congress … the House/Senate


The picture on the left is an example of what the skies look like when smog, pollution from all sorts of  things man-made and or natural get together … well, the climate is changing and we can say YES We CAN

The Senate convenes: 2:15pm with many Votes/Updates to come

The Senate will begin consideration of HR4872, Health Care and Education Reconcilation Act.

Roll call votes are expected to occur throughout the day.

The following amenmdnets are pending to HR4872:
Gregg #4567 (Medicare)
McCain #3570 (Cuts State specific provisions)Votes:
62: Reid Motion to adjourn until 3:05pm;
Agreed To: 57-3963: Reid motion to proceed to HR4872, Health Care and Education Reconciliation;Agreed To: 56-40

ThinkProgress yesterday reported that all of Tuesday’s Senate committee and subcommittee hearings had to stop after 2:00 p.m. because of Republican objections.

The House convenes:

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS
LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MARCH 23, 2010
111TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

5:29 P.M. –
SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed Special Order speeches.

5:28 P.M. –
The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 1586 amended.

4:51 P.M. –
SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

4:50 P.M. –
Mr. Gohmert requested that Ms. Ros-Lehtinen be allowed to address the House for 5 minutes on March 24.

4:41 P.M. –
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

H.R. 4592:

to provide for the establishment of a pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in energy-related positions

4:40 P.M. –
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 397 – 19 (Roll no. 177).

4:33 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.

H.R. 3976:

to extend certain expiring provisions providing enhanced protections for servicemembers relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosure

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 416 – 4 (Roll no. 176).

4:24 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 1186:

expressing support for designation of April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 410 – 2 (Roll no. 175).

3:58 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business.

3:57 P.M. –
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of motions to suspend the rules which had been debate earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

H.R. 4098:

to require the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on the use of peer-to-peer file sharing software to prohibit the personal use of such software by Government employees, and for other purposes

At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

3:49 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4098. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Towns moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H.R. 3562:

to designate the Federal building under construction at 1220 Echelon Parkway in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner Federal Building”

3:48 P.M. –
At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Perriello objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was withdrawn.

3:31 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3562. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Perriello moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

H. Res. 917:

recognizing the Florida Keys Scenic Highway on the occasion of its designation as an All-American Road by the U.S. Department of Transportation

3:30 P.M. –
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

3:21 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 917. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Perriello moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.

H. Res. 1125:

supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Works Week, and for other purposes

3:20 P.M. –
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

3:11 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1125. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Mr. Perriello moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.

H. Res. 1186:

expressing support for designation of April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

3:10 P.M. –
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.

H. Res. 1186:
expressing support for designation of April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

2:53 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 1186. Considered under suspension of the rules.

Ms. Markey (CO) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution.

2:52 P.M. –
The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

H.J. Res. 80:

recognizing and honoring the Blinded Veterans Association on its 65th anniversary of representing blinded veterans and their families

2:50 P.M. –
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote (2/3 required): 416 – 0 (Roll no. 174).

2:43 P.M. –
Considered as unfinished business. UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules and pass H.J.Res. 80 which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings were postponed.

H. Res. 1205:

providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 4849) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for small business job creation, extend the Build America Bonds program, provide other infrastructure job creation tax incentives, and for other purposes

2:42 P.M. –
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 233 – 187 (Roll no. 173).

2:35 P.M. –
On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 240 – 179 (Roll no. 172).

1:03 P.M. –
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 1205

1:02 P.M. –
Considered as privileged matter. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 23.

12:10 P.M. –
The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

12:04 P.M. –
ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.

Tuesday news …&CSPAN.org live-stream


Today, we will all be a part of history.  It will be history that we all can honestly be proud of… if you believe in moving into the 21st Century, believe in health care for all, if you believe it’s a right not a privilege that the overhaul is long overdue, will help most if not all of us and is not as people are portraying this, it’s a bill for the poor.  I don’t believe that parents with kids in college would say they are poor and now days most families have 2 or more in college at the same time.  The first year of kids being away from home can be full of illnesses; why? because they don’t sleep eat or drink enough water.  It can be four years of illness or not.  I say that because i remember what it was like myself.  We all know college is not cheap so those who say HCR is only for the poor are  just wrong. This Bill will benefit everyone …  and more… get informed

As a woman, you don’t have to be poor to benefit … can i just say that again, women will NOT be discriminated against anymore. I repeat this because when i had my child, being pregnant was considered a “condition,” so, any woman who has experienced this in the past should feel a little envy but proud that women from now on will no longer have issues; bart stupak and the pro-lifers don’t understand that every part of a woman’s health is subject to being penalized and that includes abortion, which, is not a choice but a situation that is always possible and is apart of healthcare. It’s bad enough that among other rediculous laws that need to be voted on The Hyde law must be voted on every year; here’s hoping people who truly want smaller government will also stop trying to control women

.   Please be near a tv, computer … cspan.org live-stream to see President Obama sign this historic Bill at 11:15AM ET today. Today, is a day to celebrate but we need to move swiftly forward to deal with education, energy, more jobs, immigration and more.

Other News …

Of all the gushy things that fans of Julianna Smoot have to say about the Obamas’ new social secretary,who started work on Monday, the most telling may be that she could make even “the ask” seem fun.

The President will travel to Iowa on Thursday to give speech on healthcare reform

ACORN disbands due to lack of funds

Ben Afflack launches Aid Group for Eastern Congo

UN states more people die from unsafe water supplies than from all forms of violence

Judge orders Gitmo detainee mentioned in the 9/11 commission report released

Senate Dems pass a bill that will speed up the modernization to advance improvements to Air Traffic Control Systems

Dems will advance financial reform through a re-write without Republicans

AG Mckenna will join the lawsuit of others stating HCR is unconstitutional, stating he does not need our gov okay …

and What’s on CSPAN.org …

watch Pres. Obama Bill Signing

watch House Finance: From Earlier

watch Pres. Obama Remarks on Health Care

President signs health bill, Senate debates Reconciliation

This morning, Pres. Obama will sign the health care bill and speak about the legislation. Later today, the Senate will begin debate on the reconciliation bill. Included in the final revisions on health care is an overhaul of federal student loan programs.

House Cmte examines the Future of Housing Finance

The House Financial Services Cmte. holds a hearing focusing on entities that support the mortgage market, which include the Federal Housing Administration, Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Home Loan Banks and other private lenders. Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) welcomes Treasury Sec. Timothy Geithner, as well community advocates, academia and industry representatives to present their ideas.

Student Q&A With Education Secretary Arne Duncan

This morning, Education Sec. Arne Duncan participates in a discussion on U.S. education policy with students from the CloseUp Foundation. During this special segment of the Washington Journal, Sec. Duncan will also answer questions on the Obama Administration’s priorities for K-12 & higher education and the future of the No Child Left Behind Act.