Two-alarm fire damages First Hill building

This building is across the street from were M and I lived. A pretty building….I hope there isn’t any permanent damage.

Two-alarm fire damages First Hill building: “A two-alarm fire ripped through a brick apartment complex on First Hill Sunday morning, prompting screams and residents to break windows because of the thick smoke, officials and witnesses said.”

(Via Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Local News.)

McCain’s Ugly Little Budget Secret – by: sarabeth

As if having Sara Palin as a running mate weren’t bad enough.. People John McCain is bad bad bad for this country. While I still prefer Hillary over Obama, He is the best option. Who knows he may be the next best thing for getting this country back on track.

McCain’s Ugly Little Budget Secret – by: sarabeth: “


John McCain would pay for his health plan with major reductions to Medicare and Medicaid, a top aide said, in a move that independent analysts estimate could result in cuts of $1.3 trillion over 10 years to the government programs.

The Republican presidential nominee has said little about the proposed cuts, but they are needed to keep his health-care plan ‘budget neutral,’ as he has promised. The McCain campaign hasn’t given a specific figure for the cuts, but didn’t dispute the analysts’ estimate.

In the months since Sen. McCain introduced his health plan, statements made by his campaign have implied that the new tax credits he is proposing to help Americans buy health insurance would be paid for with other tax increases.

But Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Sen. McCain’s senior policy adviser, said Sunday that the campaign has always planned to fund the tax credits, in part, with savings from Medicare and Medicaid. Those government health-care programs serve seniors, poor families and the disabled. Medicare spending for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30 is estimated at $457.5 billion.

But don’t panic, folks. Cutting Medicare and Medicaid funding by roughly 20% won’t hurt the programs, but only make them better:

Mr. Holtz-Eakin said the Medicare and Medicaid changes would improve the programs and eliminate fraud, but he didn’t detail where the cuts would come from. ‘It’s about giving them the benefit package that has been promised to them by law at lower cost,’ he said.

And, you know what? You can believe Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Because Douglas Holtz-Eakin is an honorable man. He must be, right? He’s John McCain’s right-hand man.