Have you been keeping up with all the crazy flying around the Conservative Loonisphere? KeeeeyRIIIST! Who let all the bugs outta the Right-Wing Roach Motel?
Above and beyond the GOP cattle rustlers herding busloads of cattle AND sheep into town halls, mooing and bullying the speakers with monosyllabic catcalls and childish name calling —
Above and beyond the threats of violence; the democrat hung in effigy, the swastika painted on another democrat’s door; the anonymous revolver left behind at a town hall — do ya get the message yet, you commie fags? —
Above and beyond the whips of fear being cracked across the bleeding back of America by Sarah “Death Panel” Palin and Rush “ObamaNazi” Limbo —
Above and beyond all the snippets you’ve seen on TV —
— there’s a hell of a lot of stupidity deliberately being generated by the mouthbreathers of the Republican monkeymachine, and a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on:
• This laundry list of lies about the Health Care Act. It’s been making it’s way from one conservative web site to another — and not a single one of them credible. It was submitted under false pretenses to the comments of this blog last week. It started out as an anonymous list — Hey, why the hell own up to something full of bullshit and lies, right? — but it’s now been sourced, as close as can be, to Virginia’s very own Liberty University. You know, the one founded by that upright, moral citizen, Jerry Falwell. Lies? Sent out by Christians? NO! SAY IT AIN’T SO, JERRY! Don’t you and the true brethren believe in the ninth commandment?
Sure don’t look like it. Jerry might be long gone, but his hatred and poison still live on.
• They had to have been separated at birth. Or one is the reincarnation of the other. NO — Phyllis Schlafly is still alive, just like the coelocanth, the living fossil of Madagascar. So what could explain . . .
CLONES! That’s it! Sarah and Phyll are clones!
But what crazed scientist would dare go against the laws of God and Man to recreate Woman in her most rabid form?
Oh, the humanity!
• Have you ever been attacked by a rabid liberal? This guy says he has — and at a town hall, loaded with the right-wing’s bullying thugs. Hmm. I wonder how the fight started?
The funny thing is, even though he’s against the Health Care Act, this clown is uninsured. He would be completely covered if we had universal health care right now. As it is, he’s asking for donations to cover his medical costs.
Hey, maybe he could get some of those samaritans and angels at the insurance companies to pitch in.
• The girl has balls!
Gov. Mark Sanford’s wife left the dumb son of a bitch for cheating on her. I’m damn proud of her! Hilary should have done it!
So, while Marky Mark is crying in his state-paid-for-beer (probably PBR draft) because his squeeze moved out and because he CAN cry for me, Argentina, it looks like he’s also been stealing some of the South Carolina beernuts and no one’s noticed . . . until now.
Did Evita like yer $1,265 haircut? ¡Oooooh! ¡Muy macho!
• To quote his profile,
Ed Brayton is a journalist, commentator and speaker. He is the co-founder and president of Michigan Citizens for Science and co-founder of The Panda’s Thumb.
Ed is also incredibly intelligent and he does not allow pseudoscience, belief, disbelief or stupidity to get in the way of the honest, plain and simple facts. I urge all of you, if you have any regard for science and understanding the natural world which surrounds us, to visit his daily blog, Dispatches from the Culture Wars.
Ed today referenced this “fair and balanced” article about the Health Care Act and a hero of mine whom I will probably never meet, Stephen Hawking. He’s smarter than us all. His mind is a supernova.
The important thing is that the idiot who wrote this fair and balanced article has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. Pundits talk about the democratization of the Internet and that every voice can be heard; this voice is one that belongs under the category of village idiot.
His point: under the health care plan in Great Britain, upon which — DUH! — the socialist Obama’s plan is based, the great Stephen Hawking would be left to die! OMG! FML!
Funny thing, though: Hawking does live in Great Britain, is a distinguished professor and author, and he has been reaping the benefits of comprehensive British health care for 45 years.
ONE REALLY HOT DAMN FUNNY THING: all the references to Stephen Hawking have been removed from the article since this morning! YES! Go look for yourself! Then go to one of the cached pages on Google, and you’ll be able to read the part the bastards cut out:
The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) basically figures out who deserves treatment by using a cost-utility analysis based on the “quality adjusted life year.”
One year in perfect health gets you one point. Deductions are taken for blindness, for being in a wheelchair and so on.
The more points you have, the more your life is considered worth saving, and the likelier you are to get care.
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.
The British are praised for spending half as much per capita on medical care. How they do it is another matter. The NICE people say that Britain cannot afford to spend $20,000 to extend a life by six months. So if care will cost $1 more, you get to curl up in a corner and die.
In March, NICE ruled against the use of two drugs, Lapatinib and Sutent, that prolong the life of those with certain forms of breast and stomach cancer.
The British have succeeded in putting a price tag on human life, as we are about to.
I don’t know if you know this about me, but I hate bullies and I hate liars. Just thought you ought to know that.
• Rush Limbo has for years made old people chortle until the snot ran outta their noses when he mentioned those damn Feminazis. Hyuck, hyuck! Hey you feminazi kids, get outta my yard! Ha ha ha! Chuckle!
Lately, our president has been labeled by The Large One as a nazi. No, I don’t mean the more appropriate president named Bush, who had art covered up and American citizens spied upon. May I see your papers? I mean the current prez, the one who wants people to be well and healthy — not the one who wanted to wage war and kill the foreigners.
Here’s a piece by a non-partisan source that examines media for bias. And for lies.
Hmm. I’ve heard that RUSH IS RIGHT.
I don’t think so.
I think THE RIGHT IS RUSH.
More later, when the bullshit starts overflowing again and I can’t take it any more . . .
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For the past nine years my wife and I bought our own health insurance from Anthem, paying most recently $1,300 per month for a family of five. I am self-employed and not on a employer plan. In March, my wife was diagnosed with Guillian-Barre Syndrome, was paralyzed from the shoulders down, and spent 8 days in ICU, then 6 weeks in Sheltering Arms. We incurred over $300,000 in bills, almost all of it paid by Anthem. In July we received our renewal notice: our monthly premium was going to $2,200 per month – an unsustainable amount. We did what most reasonable people do; shopped around for a better rate. We made some concessions in coverage, started a HSA and got a plan for about $1,200 per month. I despise Anthem, but they did what they were supposed to do – paid my bills. Then when they tried to hijack our premium, we bailed. They lost, not us
Still, in light of this, I still firmly believe Government healthcare is a terrible idea.
Have a nice day.
Please forgive me for asking this, but I assure you it is not a flippant question:
Do you play poker?
I learned early on that the cliché is true: the cards don't lie. I might look at my hand and think I have two pair, when in fact I could win because I actually have a full house, and just didn't realize it.
The cards do not lie.
The situation you're in is tough, and I feel for you. My family has, over the last 6 months, amassed $6000 in 100% uninsured medical bills. If you're like me, you're working paycheck to paycheck just trying to make ends meet.
I have only your statement here to go on. You have learned first hand how inhumane the insurance companies are. Yet you still fight a comprehensive health care plan that could not only cover your wife's needs, but could also potentially make your finances considerably more solvent.
What you're telling me is that your argument against the health care act is ideological. You believe it's a terrible idea.
But is that practical or pragmatic?
The fact is, it doesn't matter what you believe (or what anyone believes). This is a factual issue. This Act can HELP. It works. Who would believe that things are better in this regard in Canada or Britain? But they are.
The cards do not lie. The Health Care Act may be against your conservative ideas, but it has been shown to work, to help people (not companies) and to save lives.
Why fight a successful idea that can save lives — especially if it can restore normality to your family's finances?
I wish you and your wife only the best. Please keep in touch.