“I only want the best for everyone. My beliefs in the Bible, and freedom and capitalism are only ideals that bless people. And, they worked real good from 1776 to 2008 … with a hitch in the 60s where immorality, free love, the pill, drugs, divorce, and the breakup of the family started the thread of morality unraveling. You can’t have a great country without the spirit of The Ten Commandments hovering in the hearts of its citizens. … Our house was always immaculate and our front yard always had freshly mown grass. My father took us to church 3 times a week. … My father taught me how to read when I was 5, so that when I started first grade I was the best reader. I skipped second grade. My father played the piano every night and taught us show tunes, and how to harmonize. My father taught us how to water ski. … My father made us feel safe. He gave us confidence and a history and a future. … Obama didn’t have a father. Maybe that’s why he sees the government as Daddy.” –Big Hollywood blogger Victoria Jackson

Bildt: No plan to condemn anti-Semitism

Swedish FM denies report that ‘Aftonbladet’ article will be tackled at EU foreign ministers meeting.
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Baucus predicts health care overhaul this year

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana says a health care overhaul will happen this year even if Republicans back out of bipartisan talks under growing public pressure and that the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy could help hold together a compromise deal….
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Major cigarette makers sue over new tobacco law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two of the three largest U.S. tobacco companies filed suit Monday to block marketing restrictions in a law that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco, claiming the provisions violate their right to free speech….
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Another Senator Kennedy in Massachusetts?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another Kennedy just might occupy the Kennedy seat in the Senate….
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Gates: Report details highs, lows of Afghan fight

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The United States and NATO need a new strategy to defeat the Taliban, the top commander in Afghanistan said Monday as he delivered a classified assessment that is widely seen as the groundwork for a fresh request to add more American forces next year….
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Former British Health Minister: U.K. System not ‘Ideal’ for U.S.

Remember when Michael Moore depicted the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) as a superior health care system in his 2007 documentary “Sicko“?

That romanticizing on the silver screen might have seemed like a good idea for the American society, but according to Lord Ara Darzi, it’s not ideal for the United States. Darzi, a former British Health Minister, appeared on CNBC’s Aug. 31 “Street Signs” to defend the NHS from attacks made in a TV spot, which had been rejected by ABC and NBC for airing because they were “too partisan.”

“Street Signs’ host Erin Burnett presented the hypothetical question to Darzi that if the U.S. would ever go to a single-payer system, would stifle innovation and would that mean rationing of care. According to Darzi – those decisions are made on a local level.

“These decisions made independent, is about new drugs and new technologies,” Darzi said. “Our payer is a single-payer system, which actually is divided to 150 different local payers – they decide with the local population, what the local population needs are.”

However, Darzi told Burnett that a single-payer system in the United States wouldn’t necessarily be the ideal model and that the American health care system is not that terrible.

“I’m in no way suggesting that our health care system, or a single-payer, is the ideal model for you,” Darzi continued. “You have an excellent health care system – units and providers. However, there are some certain challenges within the system itself.”

But Darzi did trot out the notion that as a global leader, the United States should offer coverage for every citizen.

“The issue that you’re raising is how do you provide a comprehensive cover to everyone,” “I think – there is no question in my mind we all look up to the U.S. – that every citizen in the U.S. should be mandated to have some form of a cover, health cover.”

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