Iris gets email.

ofalogoFrom: “Jon Carson,” <>
Subject: The President wants to know if you’re on Team Obamacare

Of course not, Jon. Jeezus. It’s as if the president doesn’t even read my blog. ?!!!


wonkbooklogoObamacare leaves millions of poor without insurance. “A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times…The 26 states that have rejected the Medicaid expansion are home to about half of the country’s population, but about 68 percent of poor, uninsured blacks and single mothers. About 60 percent of the country’s uninsured working poor are in those states. Among those excluded are about 435,000 cashiers, 341,000 cooks and 253,000 nurses’ aides.” Sabrina Tavernese and Robert Gebeloff in The New York Times.

There are millions of reasons right there not to be on “Team Obamacare.”



National News Alert

U.S. Navy SEALs carry out raid on Somalian militants, officials say

U.S. Navy SEALs carried out a pre-dawn raid Saturday on the Somali seaside home of a leader of the al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab, U.S. officials said, an operation that suggests how worried Washington has become about the threat posed by a group that recently carried out an attack on a shopping mall in neighboring Kenya.

A senior American official, speaking on condition of anonymity to provide details about a classified operation, said U.S. commandos appear to have killed members of al-Shabab, but did not detain anyone during the early-morning raid.

Oooh! Lookie here! A LEAK! About a classified Navy Seal operation! I’m sure the Obama administration will have the Obama administration’s own leaker brought up on charges under the Espionage Act ANY MINUTE NOW. Because unlike when conscientious whistleblowers do it, we all know what happens to Obama administration officials who deliberately leak classified information to the media about al-Qaeda and U.S. intelligence is actually undermined and as a result. [SPOILER ALERT! Nothing happens.]


amazonlogoFrom: “” <>
Subject: Your order of “The Demon-Haunted World…” has shipped!

Awesome. I have long wanted to read this book. Many atheists and skeptics I respect have said that Carl Sagan’s Demon-Haunted World was a major influence on them, and got them thinking more clearly and critically about many, many things.


friendsofearthlogoFrom: “Ross Hamond, Friends of the Earth” <>
Subject: A high level U.S. official is lobbying for tar sands

Dear Iris,

In June President Obama said that his decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline will be based on its climate impacts. If that’s true, then why is President Obama’s Trade Representative Michael Froman pressuring Europe to weaken its climate rules and import more carbon-intensive tar sands oil?

Because President Obama is a talented liar working dutifully on behalf of America’s Owners, some of whom are known, collectively, as “Big Oil.” Seriously, where the fuck have you been, Ross?

In congressional testimony, Froman has said that he “shares the concerns” of House Republican climate deniers and the American Petroleum Institute that Europe’s tough regulation of dirty tar sands oil is discriminatory and unjustified.

President Obama is having enough trouble taking action against climate change in this country. So the last thing we need is a high ranking administration official standing in the way of other nations’ urgently needed climate action.

Doooood. As you so astutely pointed out a few paragraphs back, Michael Froman is President Obama’s Trade Representative. Let that sink in for a minute. We’ll wait.

Okay look, Ima spell this out for you as simply as I can, Ross:obamarepublicanYou’re no “Friend of the Earth” until you grok this.


wapologoNational News Alert

Pentagon orders most furloughed civilian employees back to work

The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work.

Priorities, people. Priorities.


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