Town Hall Protesters vs Remote Area Medical Patients

16 08 2009

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Real Time’s Real Reporter Dana Gould makes a good contrast between the protesters with health care and the people who actually need health care.

Update: Here’s the link in case the video above isn’t working for you.  You’re welcome.

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Lawrence O’Donnell Finally Calls Propaganda Lies

16 08 2009

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FINALLY a reporter on television is willing to call these Republican bastards out as the lying sacks of shit they are.  After finally getting Culberson to admit that he would have voted for both Social Security and Medicare, O’Donnell calls him out for the fear mongering done by Republicans on the issue of health care reform, and tells him they’re lying to the American people every time they demonize socialized medicine, but refuse to vote to repeal Medicare.

You can watch the entire exchange at MSNBC’s web site.





Why Everything Sucks

16 08 2009

He might have a point you know.

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A Little Sunday World Chill

16 08 2009

War/No More Trouble

Tip of the my thorny crown of awesomeness to Playing for Change.  Happy Sunday to you.





Out Of The Mouths Of Octogenarians

16 08 2009

I remember an America where black men didn’t grow up to be President.

Margaret is it just me or did combing your hair become optional when going out in public?  I’ve been watching news clips of these town hall free-for-alls and we have definitely become a nation of tired,  poor, and huddled masses  clearly tempest-tossed, but without access to a good beauty salon.   Universal Hygiene – now that is something I could get behind.  And all of them are asking for their America back.  I wonder which America that would be?

Would that be the America where the Supreme Court picks your president instead of counting all the votes?  Would that be the America where rights to privacy are ignored?  Would that be the America where the Vice President shoots his best friend in the face?  Or would that be the America where an idiot from Alaska and a college drop-out with a radio show could become the torchbearers for the now illiterate Republican party?

I fear that would not be the America they want back.  I fear that the America they want back is the one where black men don’t become President.

I remember that America.  In that America people screaming at public gatherings were called out for what they were – an angry mob.   Of course, they wore sheets to cover up their bad hair.  Let’s be clear about something:  if you show up to a town hall meeting with a gun strapped to your leg, the point you are trying to make isn’t a good one.  Fear never produced anything worthwhile.

And what’s all this crap about killing your grandmother?  Are you people honestly that stupid?  This has become less an argument about healthcare reform and more a statement about our failed education system.  Margaret, I don’t know what plans you’ve made up there with Howard, but down here with Harold, we have living wills to determine how we will leave this world when the time comes.  Mine states that unless the feeding tube is large enough for a piece of pie, I don’t want to be hooked up to it.  Harold, of course, says his can only be connected to him if the other end is connected to a bottle of single malt scotch.

Now shame on me for making a joke about a serious subject, but if these morons are going to show up and scream at their elected officials, they need to educate themselves about the subject at hand.   No one is planning on killing you or your grandmother with rationed healthcare or death squads.  By the looks of the American citizenry turning out for these town hall meetings,  we’re doing a fine  job of killing ourselves with fast food, cigarettes and an overindulgence of ignorance.

The Founding Fathers couldn’t have seen this coming.  If they had, the right to free speech would have been conditional upon one’s ability to read.  But the  Founding Fathers didn’t plan on the likes of Palin, Cheney and Limbaugh.

I too long for the America I remember as a child, Margaret.  The one where men used guns to hunt quail and women visited a beauty salon at least once a week.  Oh, those were the days. I wish we had them back.  I mean it. Really.

(A tip of my thorny crown to Margaret and Helen.  Check out their site for other clever commentaries, it’s well worth the click.)