8:37 am in Uncategorized by Eli
…Based on the right’s passionate and indignant opposition to any and all policies that would curtail them:
- Deaths from gun violence.
- Deaths from drone attacks.
- Deaths from torture and mistreatment of military detainees.
- Deaths from tainted food and poorly tested drugs.
- Deaths from accidents in mines, oil rigs, nuclear plants, or any other unsafe workplaces.
- Deaths from polluted air and water.
- Deaths from infrastructure collapses.
- Deaths from lack of health care.
- Deaths from poverty and starvation.
- Deaths from natural disasters.
- Deaths from abnormal pregnancies.
- Extinction of endangered species.
The right’s definition of “life” as fetuses and corporations is as narrow and misguided as their definition of “civility” as the absence of swear words.
(Cross-posted at Multi Medium)
6:42 pm in Uncategorized by Eli
Well, this is certainly charming…
During the premiere of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” Sunday night — a boy named Tre who went to school with the Palin kids wrote a status update that read, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska, is failing so hard right now.”
The comment sparked an intense response from Willow — who replied on the boy’s wall, “Haha your so gay. I have no idea who you are, But what I’ve seen pictures of, your disgusting … My sister had a kid and is still hot.”
Willow followed up that comment with another that read, “Tre stfu. Your such a f**got.”
After more users began to gang up on the Palins, Willow dropped another message that read, “Sorry that you guys are all jealous of my families success and you guys aren’t goin to go anywhere with your lives.”
Hey, remember when Sensitive Mama Tolerance Grizzly wigged out over Rahm’s “fucking retarded” quote?
Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.
What a lovely and enlightened sentiment. Funny that she doesn’t seem to have a problem with her daughter using the word “faggot,” though. Why, it’s almost as if slurs that can’t be applied to her own family members don’t count. Or maybe she just doesn’t think gays are God’s children, or that anyone loves them.
(Cross-posted at Multi Medium)
12:05 pm in Uncategorized by Eli
I know I’m not the only one who sees the irony here…
When Tom Grimes lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care.
Then he found a new full-time occupation: Tea Party activist.
….This month, he mobilized 200 other Tea Party activists to go to the local office of the same congressman to protest what he sees as the government’s takeover of health care.
The Tea Party vehemently wants less [government involvement] — though a number of its members acknowledge that they are relying on government programs for help.
Mr. Grimes, who receives Social Security, has filled the back seat of his Mercury Grand Marquis with the literature of the movement, including Glenn Beck’s “Arguing With Idiots” and Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law,” which denounces public benefits as “false philanthropy.”
“If you quit giving people that stuff, they would figure out how to do it on their own,” Mr. Grimes said.
She and others who receive government benefits like Medicare and Social Security said they paid into those programs, so they are getting what they deserve.
“All I know is government was put here for certain reasons,” Ms. Reimer said. “They were not put here to run banks, insurance companies, and health care and automobile companies. They were put here to keep us safe.”
Oh, and remember the crazy militia guy who encouraged his fellow Patriots to smash up Democrats’ office windows?
Vanderboegh’s post describes health care reform as “Nancy Pelosi’s Intolerable Act.”…. As for Vanderboegh, his health care is already covered. He’s got private health insurance through his wife’s employer and he’s also receiving Social Security disability payments from the federal government….
How many of these right-wing jackasses are vehemently opposed to government handouts at the same time they’re happily accepting them for themselves?
Government benefits for me = It’s my due.
Government benefits for anyone else = Socialist takeover!
7:04 am in Uncategorized by Eli
Peter Daou takes on the climate change deniers – I found this passage particularly compelling:
Another conservative writer goes on about "unsettled science," as though we were engaging in a hypothetical legal exercise about the merits of reasonable doubt. In fact, this is our only planet. It’s the only place we can survive. We can’t afford to take chances. We can’t afford to do anything less than everything in our power to rectify the problem. We have no choice but to be alarmists — there’s no second chance. We get it wrong and we’ve doomed our children and their children. For what? Because we don’t want to recycle? Because we don’t want to stop polluting? Because we don’t want to bother making sacrifices? Because we don’t want some eager young kid who cares about the earth to dictate to us? Because we don’t like Al Gore? How profoundly selfish can someone be, to deny what they see with their own eyes: car fumes, bus fumes, truck fumes, factory fumes, chemical waste, human waste, toxins coursing through our waterways, in our food, filth we create in immense quantities turning our planet into a garbage dump.
If anything, we should be outdoing one another trying to address the issue, not smugly questioning the need for action under the guise that the science is imperfect. Reversing the damage we’re doing to the earth should be a priority for every citizen. Instead, environmentalism is treated like an annoyance that the media will occasionally poll about and that we bring to the fore once every April.
The right’s willingness to take the hugest of chances that global warming is junk science or some elaborate Al Gore hoax is particularly striking when you consider the Cheney Doctrine that they’re so enamored of:
Cheney defined it: "If there’s a 1% chance that Pakistani scientists are helping al-Qaeda build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response. It’s not about our analysis … It’s about our response." Suskind writes, "So, now spoken, it stood: a standard of action that would frame events and responses from the Administration for years to come."’
Why such a heavy bias towards action on an improbable threat, and such a heavy bias against action on a much more probable and truly existential one? Republicans embrace a 1% Doctrine on terrorism, yet it’s more like 99.9% when the fate of the entire planet is at stake.
If I didn’t know any better, I might almost think that their policy prescriptions aren’t really about protecting us from harm.
(Cross-posted at Multi Medium)