Thursday, March 18, 2010

What's Bart Stupak's real agenda?

The Committee on Energy and Commerce of the U.S. House of Represenatives has prepared, for all 435 congressional districts, a district-level analysis of the impact of health care reform legislation. This analysis includes information on the impact of the legislation on families, small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured. Somebody in Michigan should forward the link to Representative Bart Stupak, just in case he doesn't know.

The bill caps annual out-of-pocket costs at $6,200 for individuals and $12,400 for families who purchase insurance through the exchange or who are insured by small businesses. It also eliminates annual and lifetime limits on all insurance coverage. These changes mean no family will have to face financial ruin because of high health care costs.

Take, for example, the highlights from the report on MI's First District, Represented by Republican Bart Stupak. In Rep. Stupak’s district, the health care reform bill will:
  • Improve coverage for 364,000 residents with health insurance.
  • Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 197,000 families and 17,900 small businesses to help them afford coverage.
  • Improve Medicare for 141,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.
  • Extend coverage to 44,000 uninsured residents.
  • Guarantee that 10,000 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
  • Protect 1,100 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
  • Allow 50,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.
  • Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 41 community health centers.
  • Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $102 million annually.
Under the legislation, small businesses with 100 employees or less will be able to join the health insurance exchange, benefiting from group rates and a greater choice of insurers. There are 18,600 small businesses in Bart Stupak's district that could benefit from this provision.

Tax credits for truly small businesses:
Small businesses with 25 employees or less and average wages of less than $50,000 will qualify for tax credits of up to 50% of the costs of providing health insurance. There are up to 17,900 small businesses in the district that could qualify for these credits according to the committee report.

By that reckoning, it's bound to be good for the 1st CD in Michigan, but their Democratic Representative must have something else as a higher priority than the health and economy of his district.

Curious how other districts will fare? The full report is at: Benefits of Health Care Reform, District by District Impact, where the Committee notes the cost of health care reform under the legislation as currently formulated is:
"...fully paid for, in large part by eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and excessive profits for private insurers. The legislation will reduce the deficit by $130 billion over the next ten years, and by about $1.2 trillion over the second decade."

Thomas Hayes
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Sandra Bullock news: Jesse James apologizes to Sandra Bullock

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The rapidly evolving story of Jesse James' alleged cheating on Academy Award-winning Actress Sandra Bullock with Michelle "Bombshell" McGee has new news: Jesse James apologized to Sandra Bullock via a statement issued at

The vast majority of the allegations reported are untrue and unfounded. Beyond that, I will not dignify these private matters with any further public comment.

There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. It's because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way.

This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them. I am truly very sorry for the grief I have caused them. I hope one day they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.

When Mr. James reports "The vast majority of the allegations reported are untrue and unfounded" it opens a new set of question of which ones are not true?  The bottom line is did Jesse James have an affair with Michelle "Bombshell" McGee?   So far the arrows point to the "yes" sign, but as usual this is more complex than meets the eye.

Here's the video discussion:

Stay tuned.

Conan O'Brien tour's BIG announcement on Friday

The American Express / Conan O'Brien tour's publicist sent an email explaining that there would be a BIG (as it was described) announcement Friday morning and related to on Conan's Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television tour. The 30-city tour is scheduled to start April 12th in Eugene, Oregon and end June 14th in Atlanta, GA.

What's the news? Is it related to today's news that Fox has been applying pressure on affilates to pick up an anticipated new Conan O'Brien Show at between 11 and midnight?

According to, that's the case, but some of the affiliates feel they can make more money with reruns of The Office.

Stay tuned.

Michelle "Bombshell" Mcgee's ex-photog calls Jesse James affair bogus

As the story of the Sandra Bullock split from her husband Jesse James over an alleged affair between James and Michelle "Bombshell" Mcgee unfolds, Perez Hilton, the new star of Bad Girls Season 4 The Reunion on The Oxygen Network, revealed that one of Michelle Mcgee's ex photogs is calling the story bogus. The email sent to Perez Hilton reads as follows:

Michelle Bombshell told my wife's ex-boyfriend that I tried to hit on her and that "if she had known he had a wife……"

Same thing she said about Jesse. She is full of shit.

The trouble is the email has no direct evidence connected to the Sandra Bullock and Jesse James issue. Moreover, Jesse James isn't coming out and denying the story as of this writing. It seems Sandra Bullock knew of the affair before this week, and perhaps before The Oscars.

Meanwhile, Jesse James' dog Cinnabun is missing and according to it's times with Bullock's departure from the home she shared with Jesse James.

Stay tuned.

Bad Girls Club 4 - The Reunion with Perez Hilton like Jerry Springer

The Bad Girls Club Season 4 - The Reunion Show aired Wednesday night, and with Perez Hilton in the role of Jerry Springer. Not surprisingly, the ratings went through the roof, according to Perez Hilton. But what's The Bad Girls Club, anyway? The website reports the show concept in this way:

Bad Girls Club brings seven self-proclaimed "bad girls" together in a beautiful Los Angeles mansion, and drama reigns supreme. All the girls have a unique story, point of view and attitude -- as well as some kind of personal issue that makes them far from perfect. Will living together help them move forward and turn their lives around -- or will chaos rule?

But where do the show's producers find these women? It's either staged or they've got a serious over-caffenation problem. Asking Perez Hilton to be the host was a master stroke of genius on The Oxygen Network's part. Watching the video clip below is like stepping into a caged cat fight:

Stay tuned.

Michelle "Bombshell" Mcgee pictures hot search

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In the wake of the news that Sandra Bullock and her husband Jesse James have split and that Bullock has left the home she shared with James, pictures of the porn star in the middle named Michelle "Bombshell" Mcgee are suddenly a hot search online.

While its no surprise this is the case, the tatoo-laden woman who calls herself "The Socal Bombshell" must hold the record for the most tatoos on a mistress in history. Michelle Mcgee's body is covered from top to bottom with tatoos,and is the polar opposite of Sandra Bullock. Bullock's clean, athletic, untatood body has been featured on the cover of glamour magazines; Michelle Mcgee's body is on her MySpace page.

Michelle "Bombshell" Mcgee comes off as the ultimate bad girl. But even bad girls don't like to be lied to, and that's the reason for McGee's In Touch interview. Jesse James told her he was separated from Sandra Bullock.

McGee's receiving words of support on her MySpace page:

Thank you for the add from your newest friend and fan. Can't stop looking at you. If you ever get to DC / Baltimore, let's do a shoot.

The Official Model of AngryWhiteBoy / AngryWhiteGirl Clothing!!!!! You Rock!!! Make the douche-bag paparazzi work hard to hunt you down and find you!!!!!


Ooooh michelle, welcome to the shit show, don't worry about a thing, ill bring over all my trucker hats and big sunglasses to hide u from the paparazzi, or u can just walk behind my big ass when we go out! Loves ya!!

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Sandra Bullock marriage trouble shows Oscar speech in new light

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The revelation that Sandra Bullock marriage is trouble and that she split from husband Jesse James brings her speech after winning the 2010 Oscar for Best Actress into new light. Wednesday night, In Touch revealed an interview reporting that Jesse James had cheated on the Best Actress winner for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.

Apparently upset that she was told James and Bullock split by Jesse James, tatoo-laden porn star Michelle "Bombshell" Mcgee (who calls herself "The Socal Bombshell" on her MySpace page) talked on the record with In Touch Magazine. The details of that content are here. Additionally, Mcgee refers to James as the "Vanilla Gorilla" for reasons one can probably guess.

Now, Sandra Bullock has reportedly moved out of the house she shares with Jesse James, according to People Magazine. Moreover, she moved out Monday of this week, indicating that she knew of the Jesse James affair before it hit the tabloids. Perhaps before she won The Oscar.

All of this causes one to look at Sandra Bullock's moving Oscar speech differently. Did Bullock already know about the affair at the time? Note that as she gets up to walk to the stage, Jesse James whispers something into Bullock's ear. Bullock and James do not kiss; instead she shoots a look at him, then gets up without hugging him.

Just a guess, but this blogger's feeling is something was up, even then; Bullock may have known but didn't want to believe it until In Touch came out with the Michelle "Bombshell" Mcgee interview. Still, in her speech, she did not mention Jesse James. Here's the full transcript of Bullock's speech, courtesy of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down? I would like to thank the Academy for allowing me in the last month to have the most incredible ride with rooms full of artists that I see tonight and that I've worked with before and I hope to work with in the future, who inspire me and blaze trails for us. Four of them that I've fallen deeply in love with I share this night with and I share this award with.

Gabby, I love you so much. You are exquisite. You are beyond words to me. Carey, your grace and your elegance and your beauty and your talent makes me sick. Helen, I feel like we are family through family and I don't have the words to express just what I think of you. And Meryl, you know what I think of you and you are such a good kisser.

I have so many people to thank for my good fortune in this lifetime and this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I know. To the family that allowed me to play them, the Tuohy family, I know they're in here and you'll probably hear her in a minute. Maybe not. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to... the family that made this film that gave me the opportunity to do something different. John Lee Hancock, Gil Netter, Alcon, Warner Bros., the actors, everyone who's shown me kindness when it wasn't fashionable, I thank you. To everyone who was mean to me when it wasn't... George Clooney threw me in a pool years ago. I'm still holding a grudge. But there's so many people to thank.

Not enough time, so I would like to thank what this film is about for me which are the moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from. Those moms and parents never get thanked. I, in particular, failed to thank one. So... if I can take this moment to thank Helga B. for not letting me ride in cars with boys until I was 18 because she was right. I would've done what she said I was gonna do. For making me practice every day when I got home. Piano, ballet, whatever it is I wanted to be. She said to be an artist, you had to practice every day, and for reminding her daughters that there's no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love. So, to that trailblazer, who allowed me to have that. And this. And this. I thank you so much for this opportunity that I share with these extraordinary women and my lover Meryl Streep. Thank you.

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Sandra Bullock marriage trouble? Jesse James cheating?

Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock, who just got off a massive high from her win as Best Actress for The Blind Side, is now being blindsided by awful news. Bullock's marriage is rumored to be in trouble. The Internet's abuzz with news of husband Jesse James cheating on Sandra Bullock.

The question from this space is "What's wrong with Jesse James? Sandra Bullock's one hot, successful, powerful Hollywood woman!"

According to US, Sandra Bullock missed attending the London premiere of The Blind Side because of news of the affair scandal. Bullock issued this statement:

"Due to unforeseen personal reasons, a trip abroad to support The Blind Side has been deemed impossible at this time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your continued support of the film."

According to, the alleged mistress is named Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, and is a porn star and a mother of two kids.

The media outlet that broke the story was In Touch Magazine. Reportedly, Michelle “Bombshell” McGee was sleeping with James while Bullock was filming The Blind Side, and under the impression Bullock and James were separated. She told In Touch "I would never have hooked up with him if I thought he was a married man He gave me the impression they were separated."


It's a sad way to follow-up what was the highest high point of Sandra Bullock's career. Let's hope she bounces back from this and in a big way.

Stay tuned.