Republicans don’t WANT you to die, it’s just they don’t CARE if you die.

September 30, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Posted in health, House of Representatives | Leave a comment
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After all this death panel crap and shrieking about the horrors of “socialized medicine,” listen to them whine and cry when someone calls them out on their game. And listen to them lie.

It’s shameful.

“You’re accusing Republicans of supporting death panels.” WTF?

A giant thank you to Representative Alan Grayson (D-NY)

What is wrong with these people?

September 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Posted in God machine, law, politics straight up, terrorism | Leave a comment
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Death as skeleton running and carrying newspapers announcing defeat of Federal Army.  Illus. in Harpers Weekly, 1862.  (Library of Congress)

Death as skeleton running and carrying newspapers announcing defeat of Federal Army. Illus. in Harper's Weekly, 1862. (Library of Congress)

The Newsmax op-ed explaining the advantages of “a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution” has now been taken down from the website, but this is just one of many insane and dangerous statements made by members of the rightwing.

Secession is advocated directly and indirectly by numerous rightwing politicians.

John Derbyshire and Ann Coulter believe that women should not have the right to vote. “If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democrat president.

Republican Representative Tom McClintock agrees with Phyllis Schlafly that “the feminist movement is the most dangerous, destructive force in our society today.

The Senate has approved an amendment proposed by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch to restore $50 million in funding to continue “abstinence-only sex education.” This taxpayer-funded program has already caused untold numbers of teenage pregnancies and increased rates of sexually-transmitted diseases, both of which further exacerbate the problems of our dysfunctional and inadequate health care system.

How many Americans need to be murdered before this is over?


Elected Republicans actively participate in de-legitimatizing the federal government and rule of law, but the real problem is ACORN?

OMG! He didn’t!

September 26, 2009 at 10:52 am | Posted in God machine, Historical, Judiciary, politics straight up | 1 Comment
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Benjamin Franklin reading draft of Declaration of Independence, John Adams seated, and Thomas Jefferson standing and holding feather pen and paper, around table.  Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, artist.  Published c.1921 (Library of Congress)

Benjamin Franklin reading draft of Declaration of Independence, John Adams seated, and Thomas Jefferson standing and holding feather pen and paper, around table. Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, artist. Published c.1921 (Library of Congress)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia chatted with the Brooklyn-based Orthodox Jewish newspaper Hamodia this week, and reiterated his opposition to the principle of government neutrality on religion. The conservative jurist said he believes the government should prefer religion to non-religion, state neutrality on religious matters, he said, “is not an accurate representation of what Americans believe.” Scalia added, “I am not sure how Orthodox Jews feel about the Establishment Clause, but I assume they do not like driving God out of public life.”

Apparently Supreme Court Justice Scalia is not altogether in agreement with the First Amendment which reads in part:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

The war on a secular society by the Right continues.

You can read the full interview in Hamodia here.

First Former Bush II Administration Official Indicted For Corruption

September 17, 2009 at 12:48 am | Posted in Bush, Department of the Interior, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Gale A. Norton, Interior Secretary for George “Worst President in American History” Bush (2001 to 2006), has been indicted on charges that she “illegally used her position to benefit Royal Dutch Shell PLC.”

I blame their parents

September 14, 2009 at 12:27 am | Posted in health | Leave a comment
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Teachers get blamed too often for the shocking ignorance of people who pass through their classrooms. I’d like to see legislation passed requiring certification to qualify as a parent, the cost of which would be covered by a tax on men.

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Who’s Number One? France.

September 11, 2009 at 10:28 am | Posted in health, Reality Bites | 1 Comment
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That’s right, France’s health care system is ranked number one by the World Health Organization. The United States is 37. Even Costa Rica beat us.

Where do we rank in preventable deaths? Number 14. Phew! But that’s only because that particular list is “selected countries.” They had to put fourteen countries on the list in order for the US to make it.

For life expectancy WHO places the United States 24th on the list. They are too kind. Because the CIA — yes, our own Central Intelligence Agency — puts us at 50th.

So with respect to health care where does the United States come in at the top of the rankings? Cost. That’s right, kids, we spend more to buy less. Apparently that’s the American way.

But how bad is our health care system really? We rank 72 in overall health system performance. Once again Costa Rica outperforms the United States. But go look at this list. Look at who we beat, look at who beat us. It’s embarrassing.

Free health care clinic in Inglewood, California, August 2009 (Photo: UPI)

(Photo: UPI)

Thousands of uninsured showed up for the free clinic in Inglewood, California run by Remote Area Medical (RAM) for a week this past August.

RAM “typically serves patients in remote, rural parts of the United States and travels to underdeveloped countries,” but given our third-world level of health care it should be no surprise that there is so much need for their assistance here in the good old USA. We’re number 72!

Jean Schmidt Is A Bad Public Servant

September 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm | Posted in politics straight up | Leave a comment
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In this video from September 5, 2009, Congressperson Jean Schmidt (R-OH) is speaking with a constituent in West Chester, Ohio who is hysterical over her concern that President Obama “cannot be our president by our Constitution.”

What is Jean Schmidt’s response?

“I agree with you, but the courts don’t.”

This is irresponsible on so many levels but how about I pick one.

By saying “Courts” instead of “law” or “Constitution,” Jean Schmidt is telling this woman that if only the Judges were different, the result would be different. This kind of dangerous stupidity further erodes people’s confidence in our judicial system. It’s already difficult to believe we live in a country of laws when the likes of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, Condi Rice and the rest of the Bush criminal administration remain free. But what does Jean Schmidt do? She tells her constituents it is open season on Judges.

Of all the people in this country who should know the United States Constitution forwards and backwards, Jean Schmidt is one, yet she completely fails to demonstrate that she has even the most basic grasp. And she does so at a time when people like the woman she is talking to are becoming more and more unhinged.

God forbid anything should happen to President Obama — or any Judge — but if it should, Jean Schmidt’s name will be on the list of those directly responsible. The Republican party is completely out of control. They apparently want to destroy the country if they can’t run it. And Jean Schmidt is doing her part as a proud member of the GOP.

Are you listening, President Obama?

September 7, 2009 at 10:51 am | Posted in politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Mr. Znamenski, holding stuffed head of a wolf in his lap.  Znamenskii was the district chief of police in the Siberian town of Minusinsk when (George) Kennan visited in January, 1886.  Kennan found Znamenskii to be a petty Russian bureaucrat who obeyed the rules with a stupid and brutish disregard of all the circumstances.  Photo by Fidlerman in Tobolsk.

Mr. Znamenski, holding stuffed head of a wolf in his lap. Znamenskii was the district chief of police in the Siberian town of Minusinsk when (George) Kennan visited in January, 1886. Kennan found Znamenskii to be a petty Russian bureaucrat who "obeyed the rules with a stupid and brutish disregard of all the circumstances". Photo by Fidlerman in Tobolsk.

Baratunde Thurston (aka Jack Turner) sums up my questions to the President very nicely:

How do you expect folks to continue to go to the mat for your agenda, when you so easily sacrifice our best and brightest at the whim of an illegitimate lynch mob? How do you expect the next generation to invest themselves in the political process when they see that despite their good works, they can be taken out over nonsense, especially when the double standard is so abundantly clear? How can you ask from us what you won’t do for us? And when will you realize that you cannot negotiate with terrorists?

Only In America

September 5, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Posted in Historical, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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A rare anti-North satire, probably dealing with either the Crittenden Compromise or the Douglas Compromise. Proposed in December 1860 in the form of several constitutional amendments, the former called for restoration of the Missouri Compromise line and prohibition of slavery north of it. Stephen Douglass compromise, an alternative proposed immediately thereafter, offered two similar amendments but also advocated settlement of the slavery issue by popular sovereignty. Congressional Surgery reflects the viewpoint of the lower South, which rejected both compromises. Doctor North (Pennsylvania congressman Thaddeus Stevens) sits with hands folded in a chair at left, a young black crouching beside him. On the doctors desk rests a wooden leg labeled Constitutional Amendment. The Doctor says, Help you! Of Course! We will first, with your assistance, take you off your legs, & then fix you up nicely on these Constitutional Amendments. His patient South, a tall bearded man with his left arm in a sling, replies, Cant see it. Behind the desk are several crutches and bookshelves holding a bottle of Black Draught and a skull.  Published 1860 or 1861.  (Library of Congress)

A rare anti-North satire, probably dealing with either the Crittenden Compromise or the Douglas Compromise. Proposed in December 1860 in the form of several constitutional amendments, the former called for restoration of the Missouri Compromise line and prohibition of slavery north of it. Stephen Douglas's compromise, an alternative proposed immediately thereafter, offered two similar amendments but also advocated settlement of the slavery issue by popular sovereignty. "Congressional Surgery" reflects the viewpoint of the lower South, which rejected both compromises. "Doctor North" (Pennsylvania congressman Thaddeus Stevens) sits with hands folded in a chair at left, a young black crouching beside him. On the doctor's desk rests a wooden leg labeled "Constitutional Amendment." The Doctor says, "Help you! Of Course! We will first, with your assistance, take you off your legs, & then fix you up nicely on these Constitutional Amendments." His patient "South," a tall bearded man with his left arm in a sling, replies, "Can't see it." Behind the desk are several crutches and bookshelves holding a bottle of "Black Draught" and a skull. Published 1860 or 1861. (Library of Congress)

I had heard of birthers and deathers but the tenthers snuck up on me.

American Prospect has a short article which explains the current and past history of the aberration known as “tenthers”:

A movement whose members are convinced that the 10th Amendment of the Constitution prohibits spending programs and regulations disfavored by conservatives.


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Your Tax Dollars At Work: War On Terror Edition

September 1, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Posted in Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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As of October 27, 2007:

The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could total $2.4 trillion through the next decade, or nearly $8,000 per man, woman and child in the country, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate scheduled for release Wednesday.

What are we spending all that money on?

The number of military contractors in Afghanistan rose to almost 74,000 by June 30, [2009] far outnumbering the roughly 58,000 U.S. soldiers on the ground at that point. As the military force in Afghanistan grows further, to a planned 68,000 by the end of the year, the Defense Department expects the ranks of contractors to increase more.

We heard about this situation in Iraq in July 2007:

More than 180,000 civilians — including Americans, foreigners and Iraqis — are working in Iraq under U.S. contracts, according to State and Defense Department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Including the recent troop surge, 160,000 soldiers and a few thousand civilian government employees are stationed in Iraq.

Of course, with the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the numbers are only becoming more skewed.

President Obama has been replacing soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan with private contractors—some 250,000 are currently deployed overseas—including Blackwater (operating under another alias.)

These private contractors are paid substantially more than Americans who voluntarily join the military to serve their country because they’re serving in a war zone. “It pays quite well. There’s a lot of contracts that pay anywhere from $350 a day to $1,500 a day,” said Chris Boyd of Kroll-Crucible Security.

Meanwhile, that patriotic American who has volunteered to serve his or her country?

A member assigned to or deployed to a combat zone receives “combat pay” (officially called “immiment [sic] danger pay”) at the rate of $225.00 per month.

This is what $350 a day to $1,500 a day buys:

Guards have come to POGO with allegations and photographic evidence that some supervisors and guards are engaging in near-weekly deviant hazing and humiliation of subordinates. Witnesses report that the highest levels of AGNA management in Kabul are aware of and have personally observed—or even engaged in—these activities, but have done nothing to stop them. Indeed, management has condoned this misconduct, declining to take disciplinary action against those responsible and allowing two of the worst offending supervisors to resign and allegedly move on to work on other U.S. contracts. The lewd and deviant behavior of approximately 30 supervisors and guards has resulted in complete distrust of leadership and a breakdown of the chain of command, compromising security.

Numerous emails, photographs, and videos portray a Lord of the Flies environment. One email from a current guard describes scenes in which guards and supervisors are “peeing on people, eating potato chips out of [buttock] cracks, vodka shots out of [buttock] cracks (there is video of that one), broken doors after drnken [sic] brawls, threats and intimidation from those leaders participating in this activity….” (Attachment 2) Photograph after photograph shows guards—including supervisors—at parties in various stages of nudity, sometimes fondling each other. These parties take place just a few yards from the housing of other supervisors.

Some of “the boys” at play:

Employees of ArmorGroup North America—a unit of contracting giant Wackenhut, private contractors who guard State Department employees in Kabul, Afghanistan,.

Employees of ArmorGroup North America—a unit of contracting giant Wackenhut, private contractors who guard State Department employees in Kabul, Afghanistan,.

This is just so wrong on so many levels it’s hard to know where to start, but when I look at these pictures, I see the private contractors as our for-profit healthcare industry and our volunteer military as “government-run healthcare.”

Explain to me how “private enterprise” provides essential services more economically and of better quality than the government.

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