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Maybe this whole Tea Party thing done got out of hand?

A 62-year old man was arrested yesterday by the Portsmouth police, and is now being investigated by the Secret Service, for having brought weapons to the site of President Obama's New Hampshire visit.

Hours before Obama's arrival, 62-year old Richard Terry Young of the nearby town of Hampton was found with a pocket knife, and then a subsequent search of his car found an unlicensed gun.

Previous reports of guns at political events turned out to be much less than alarming -- as in Arizona, Tennessee and another in New Hampshire. But this one seems quite serious, if someone got arrested and the Secret Service is looking into it.

Another Democratic Congressman now says he has received threats over the health care bill: Dennis Moore of Kansas.

Moore told the Fox affiliate in Kansas City that he has received two separate threats in the last ten days. Moore also said that because of the threats, and because of the examples he's seen from other members' town halls, he won't be hold any town halls himself.

"I expect to have differences with people, differences of opinion. And, I respect people's opinions. But, I expect exchanges we have to be respectful and not threatening," said Moore. "As a former prosecutor, I certainly do not tolerate threats well and that's why I contacted the police department."

Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) have also announced that they've received threats. Also, a district office of Rep. David Scott (D-GA) was recently vandalized with a large swastika.

After firing David Iglesias as U.S. attorney for New Mexico, Karl Rove's top aide longed to replace him with a Republican party activist who had helped agitate for the firing in the first place, newly released documents reveal.

In early January 2007, several weeks after the firings had been carried out, the Albuquerque Journal reported, based on a press release from New Mexico senator Pete Domenici, that there were four leading candidates for the newly vacant post.

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Thanks to the advent of the Internet, news of UK's death panels offing internationally renowned scientists has reached the people who rely on the Britain's socialized medicine whenever they need health care. And they're rushing to their system's defense.

Using the hashtag #welovethenhs, they've taken to Twitter by the hundreds to tell personal stories of how the National Health Service has helped them. " #welovethenhs NHS Saved my life as a 19 year old naive lad!" writes one disgruntled tweep.

"Saved my life, saved my wife's life, beat my brother-in-law's cancer and embodies a compassionate civilized ideal #welovetheNHS," writes another. It goes on like this, every minute bringing dozens of new tweets--so many that, for a while anyhow, #welovethenhs was Twitter's top trending topic.

Late update: The British Prime Minister's office has a Twitter feed, and whoever manages it is collecting all tweets tagged #welovetheNHS, and passing them on to Gordon Brown, and Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

It's official: The GOP is officially taking the Dems-will-kill-seniors message to paid television advertising.

The Minnesota Republican Party, plus the support of the Republican National Committee, have been running TV ads version of the RNC's previous "Reforma" Web ad, a parody of pharmaceutical ads, only targeting "the Obama-Pelosi prescription for building a government takeover of health care."

Here's the ad targeting Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. There is also another version spotlighting Blue Dog Dem Congressman Collin Peterson.



One of the potential side effects: "The government can deny your health care based on patient age." That same line was in the original Web ad -- but now it's on paid TV.

Good times at a town hall event in Athens, Georgia, where anti-health care protesters have no need to get rowdy. That's because their congressman, Rep. Paul Broun seems to basically agree with their concerns.

Broun described a "socialistic elite," led by Obama and senior congressional Democrats, which might use the occasion of a pandemic or a natural disaster to seize dictatorial powers.

"They're trying to develop an environment where they can take over," he said. "We've seen that historically."

Ah right. For an insight into what, historically, Broun might be referencing, read Dave Weigel. As it turns out, though, you don't even need to look back that far.

Circling back a bit, the editors of Investor's Business Daily have updated the online version of their now-infamous Investor's Business Daily op-ed. "This version corrects the original editorial which implied that physicist Stephen Hawking, a professor at the University of Cambridge, did not live in the UK," reads a correction at the top of the page.

Ok. Well. That's true. But it also said claimed that the British health care system would have condemned Hawking to an untimely death. Here's the exact language: "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless." Well Hawking is from the U.K., and the NHS didn't say that. So they've ignored that uncomfortable discrepancy. And, for what it's worth, they've thus far failed to address the small fact that Hawking himself thinks his country's socialized system did a bang up job.

Here's a new anti-health care reform ad from the Chamber of Commerce, going live today in 20 key states, which attacks the public option.



The ad also warns of "big tax increases, even on health benefits" though a tax health care benefits hasn't been officially proposed. The TV spot will be accompanied by a radio segment, which you can listen to here. And for more information on the cost of the buy, and the its likely targets, see The Plum Line.

For a bit of perspective, recall that though the Chamber has dedicated plenty of resources to attacking health care reform efforts, it's also explicitly commended the slow pace and watered down ideas coming out of the Senate Finance Committee.

At a town hall where Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) called for a civil discussion of the issues on health care, the Congressman then had an interesting response to a local blogger's insistence that LaTourette won't vote for any kind of health care reform at all.

Go to the 2:50 mark here, which follows much discussion by LaTourette that we need to have a civil discussion:



"That's a b---s--- question," the Congressman said.

(Via Huffington Post.)

Remember how Investor's Business Daily's editors went on and on about how if genius astrophysicist Stephen Hawking had been from a socialist hell hole like England, his health care system's death panel would have deemed him useless and snuffed out his life--completely unaware that Hawking--a professor at Cambridge--is and always has been, a British citizen?

Well that subtlety didn't escape one of the world's smartest men. Hawking himself had this to say to his...concerned supporters...at Investor's: "I wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high quality treatment without which I would not have survived."

In fairness, though, maybe the folks at Investor's were thinking of a less eminent--and, crucially, non-British--scientist whose life the National Health Service might deem "essentially worthless."

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