Nice Try Nut Job

19 10 2010

A right winger whom I have debated with on a number of occasions has publically accused me of misusing funds donated to my Haitian relief efforts. Nice try Mr. Redneck, except you failed to realize I have never accepted a cent in funding, not even from my own family.

Every dollar I have spent in Haiti is out of my own pocket. The cargo planes, the medicine, the food, the supplies, the clothes, the water, everything.

So when you pull your head out of your ass, my invitation still stands. You are welcome to come down to Haiti with me and witness everything I do first hand. In fact, you can even raise a hand and help out if you feel so inclined.


The Joker Laughs at You!

1 10 2009

rr-round-125“People who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

“Expert, textpert choking smokers
don’t you think the joker laughs at you.”

~John Lennon

Do you remember when Ronald Reagan said he was sending Chesterfield cigarettes to all his friends for Christmas and you should too? Do you remember Chesterfield had an “independent” study done that declared “cigarettes are good for you?”

Do you remember when Ronald Reagan said Medicare would result in doctors being told what town they could practice medicine in?

Do you remember when congressional Republicans paraded in CEO’s from the tobacco industry to testify that “nicotine is not addictive” and cigarettes “do not cause cancer?” Do you remember GOP members telling us that restricting the tobacco industry was a breach of liberty and freedom?

Do you remember when the chairman of the House Republican Conference distributed campaign checks from a Kentucky tobacco corporation to his friends while Congress was in session?

Do you remember when Republicans stood before Congress and told us that auto safety regulations were a plot to destroy capitalism? Do you remember when right wingers said that seat belts and air bags were communist plots to destroy America? Remember when the GOP told us that we had the best auto safety system in the world and we didn’t need to reform it?

Do you remember how much money was spent to discredit and lobby against Ralph Nader? Do you remember how many people died because of the Corvair’s poor design? Do you remember how many roadblocks the GOP placed against auto safety reform?

If you don’t remember, you should because as Santayan says, “people who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Here we are at the brink of history with health care reform in the balance.

Do you really think Reagan believed what he said about the merits of smoking Chesterfield, or do you think he just said that because he was being paid to? Do you think Reagan really believed Medicare was “evil” or that it would result in the destruction of America?

Of course not. Reagan was just a paid actor who later became a paid politician. Just like Baucus or Cantor, Reagan would say anything to gain the approval of those who make the right contributions. They are all paid actors/politicians.They say whatever it takes to keep the contributions coming in and if they contradict themselves, so be it.

In the past we had big corporate interests sponsoring phoney “independent” research groups to come up the conclusions that they wanted politicians and pundits to keep repeating. These groups were not unlike Lewin Group of today. (The Lewin Group promotes itself as “unbiased & independent” when in fact they are owned by the insurance giant United Healthcare.) They call themselves “experts” when in fact, their only expertise is in marketing practices of mass deception.

Then there is Betsy McCaughey, Dick Armey, Rick Berman and a host of other disinformationalists who make their living by bombarding the airwaves with absolute lies. And they know that if they lie often enough and get others to repeat it enough, the corporate interests they represent will benefit in the end.

Then there are cheap politicians who will probably rot in hell for preying on the elderly by spewing out nonsense about “death panels” and “plots to kill your grandmother.” They know all too well that sensationalism sells, so they use it as an effective way to pull the wool over people’s eyes.

And of course there are the rating whores like Glenn Beck & Rush Limbaugh who will do anything to draw advertising dollars. I’m sure if Chesterfield could still advertise on TV and radio they would be their biggest sponsors.

Then there are the bloggers, text messagers, and twitterers rapidly typing out variations on whatever they deem to be the cleverist comments of the day. I call them the “textperts.” They repeat whatever they can to get attention without regard to its merits or basis in fact.

But the saddest thing is the people who get swept up in the tidalwave of lies that keep being spewed out by the self-serving corporate pawns. They are the “choking smokers” who don’t realize the “jokers” are laughing all the way to the bank.

Worse, the “choking smokers” are the ones who need healthcare reform the most.

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Joe Versus the Volcano: Joe Wilson & the Brain Cloud Disease

11 09 2009

It was spontaneous!

It was spontaneous!

“You lie!”
Joe Wilson & the Brain Cloud Disease

One of the greatly underrated movies of all time is “Joe Versus the Volcano” starring Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan. It is a classic of good vs. evil, life vs. death, truth vs. lies and clarity vs. confusion.

It is also serves as a great metaphor for my thoughts about Congressman Joe Wilson and the swarm of ridiculous lies that have been spread by his ilk.

Until Rep. Joe Wilson gained his 15 minutes of fame by calling the President of the United States a liar, he was just an “Average Joe” kind of guy. Mostly unknown outside of his district, rarely mentioned by the media, and basically ignored as a politician.
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And the Lies Never Stop Vol 1 Issue 2

4 08 2009

GOP LIE: Dr. Orly Taitz claims “85% of Americans think Barack Obama was not properly vetted.”
TRUTH: Just when you thought Palin, Bachmann, & Coulter were crazy, a new Queen emerges.

GOP LIE: Orly Taitz presents Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate! (You know, the REAL one).
TRUTH: Ooops! Orly seemed to forget to tell her forger friend that E. F. Lavender is a gecko!

GOP LIE: Family Research Council ad suggests #publicoption #hcr will deny care for elderly while encouraging abortions.
TRUTH: Interesting how people who use scare mongering tactics on the elderly call themselves “Family” anything. Lowest of the low.

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Don’t Buy the Lie! Part 2

31 07 2009

GOP LIE: Mitch McConnell said US health care system is the best in the world.
TRUTH: USA has best doctors, hospitals & research foundations, but health care system is 37th on the list.

GOP LIE: Conservatives for Patient Rights.
TRUTH: Just the name is a lie. The group advocates for the protection the insurance industry’s rights.

GOP LIE: Birthers.
TRUTH: If the GOP had any brains they would be calling out the birthers, but it goes to show how much crediblity the GOP holds.

GOP LIE: Boehner says he doesn’t know one doctor who wants health care reform.
TRUTH: More than 450,000 doctors support health care reform & many have let Boehner know it.
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Don’t Buy the Lie!

30 07 2009

Just a few of the many blatant lies being told by Republicans:

GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform is a “plot to kill elderly.”
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform is “socialized medicine.”
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform will result in more rationing.
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform is generational theft.
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform will limit options.
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform will stifle innovation.
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform is not needed.
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform will put govt between doctor & patient.
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform means less options not more options.
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform will cause 119 million to lose coverage.
GOP LIE: #Healthcare insurance reform will cause you to lose your doctor.

GOP LIE: Sen Kyl said #healthcare industry “doesn’t need to be kept honest.”
TRUTH: UnitedHealthcare just lost $400 MILLION dollar lawsuit for cheating patients & doctors.

GOP LIE: Betsy McCaughey says #HCR would require telling people how to end their life sooner.
TRUTH: gave the GOP disinformationalist a big Liar, Lair, Pants on Fire rating.
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