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Wackpot Michelle Bachman Calls for Fasting and Prayer to Defeat Health Care for All US Citizens
08.27.2009
11:55 am
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imageShe’s baaaack… Minnesota congresswoman and escaped mental patient, Michelle Bachmann continues to bring the crazy. They should probably institute an IQ test for potential candidates for Congress to weed the complete crackpots out, but what can you do? This lady was duly elected by the people of her district, TWICE. I guess that dumb people need representation, too and I do hope that her fellow opponents of health care for all our citizens take her advice. From The Minnesota Independent:

 

 

 

Bachmann was joined by North Carolina

Uninsured US Citizen Posts Video About Health Care on Sarah Palin’s FaceBook Page
08.25.2009
11:33 am
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...and the predictable loony results.

Kenneth Thomas writes:

Hey Dangerous Minds - after frustrating discussions with family members about why health care reform is needed, I decided to make a 3-minute video describing how no reform equals a bad future for me and millions. Well, I posted the video to Sarah Palin’s FaceBook page, to try and show people the views of one, simple, hard-workin’ American and what I got was an anti-gay comment, skewed views on Christianity, and lots and lots of paranoid-driven misinformation. It’s a great example of how disinformation spreads like a virus that can’t be controlled after a while.

Nice work Kenneth!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.25.2009
11:33 am
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Michael Moorcock: “Starship Stormtroopers”
08.25.2009
01:26 am
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Great 1978 essay from the Cienfuegos Press Anarchist Review where sainted SF writer Michael Moorcock takes a heavy swing at right-wing science fiction writers and fans. Great stuff in here.

An anarchist is not a wild child, but a mature, realistic adult imposing laws upon the self and modifying them according to an experience of life, an interpretation of the world. A ‘rebel’, certainly, he or she does not assume ‘rebellious charm’ in order to placate authority (which is what the rebel heroes of all these genre stories do). There always comes the depressing point where Robin Hood doffs a respectful cap to King Richard, having clobbered the rival king. This sort of implicit paternalism is seen in high relief in the currently popular Star Wars series which also presents a somewhat disturbing anti-rationalism in its quasi-religious ‘Force’ which unites the Jedi Knights (are we back to Wellsian ‘samurai’ again?) and upon whose power they can draw, like some holy brotherhood, some band of Knights Templar. Star Wars is a pure example of the genre (in that it is a compendium of other people’s ideas) in its implicit structure—quasi-children, fighting for a paternalistic authority, win through in the end and stand bashfully before the princess while medals are placed around their necks.

Star Wars carries the paternalistic messages of almost all generic adventure fiction (may the Force never arrive on your doorstep at three o’clock in the morning) and has all the right characters. It raises ‘instinct’ above reason (a fundamental to Nazi doctrine) and promotes a kind of sentimental romanticism attractive to the young and idealistic while protective of existing institutions. It is the essence of a genre that it continues to promote certain implicit ideas even if the author is unconscious of them. In this case the audience also seems frequently unconscious of them.

(Link here.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.25.2009
01:26 am
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Dorian Cope: The Executions of Sacco and Vanzetti
08.24.2009
05:11 am
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Anarchist blogger Dorian Cope says:

Eighty-two years ago today on 23rd August 1927, Italian-born anarchists ?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.24.2009
05:11 am
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The Health Care Debate Explained on the Back of a Napkin
08.22.2009
12:26 pm
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Dan Roam is an author and graphic designer living in San Francisco. His book is called The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures and this is how Dan (with Dr. Tony Jones, MD) visualizes the health care debate in terms simple enough for Republicans, Fox News viewers and even your crazy tea baggin’ birther uncle in Kentucky to understand it. First, he rightly characterizes the debate as one over insurance reform—what it really is—and not health care reform. Obama administration TAKE NOTE!

Dan Roam on Slide Share
The Back of the Napkin

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.22.2009
12:26 pm
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New Michael Moore Trailer for Capitalism, A Love Story
08.21.2009
04:23 pm
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I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Capitalism a Love Story. No fan of Capitalism and a big Moore fan, this looks like a treat for moi.

Capitalism, A Love Story

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.21.2009
04:23 pm
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They Report, You Decide (or something like that…)
08.19.2009
03:25 pm
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It’s always instructive to compare how a particular news story is reported by different media outlets. Case in point, how CNN covered Barney Frank’s town hall meeting with some of his less intelligent constituents in Dartmouth, Massachusetts vs. the way Fox News handled the same story. Any commentary would be entirely superfluous, but it does go to show why flipping the channels can provide interesting insight into how opinion is manufactured. (And bravo to Frank for calling these folks out on their total know-nothing idiocy).

First CNN:


Then Fox News (featuring zany idiot Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.19.2009
03:25 pm
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Why Does the Media Pay Attention to the “Opinions” of Fucking Idiots?
08.19.2009
12:20 am
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There should be a SPECIAL Darwin Award for Pamela Pilger, the crazy lady who yelled “Heil Hitler” to an Israeli Jew in Las Vegas the other day at the health care town meeting, I’m sure she needs no further introduction, we’ve all seen her act like a complete fool in this clip.

But have you seen this one? Gawker posted this hilarious… well, at least unintentionally comic video of Pilger being interviewed about her “political views” before the meeting started. This lady is one SERIOUSLY stupid human being. She fits into the category of “so stupid she doesn’t know how stupid she is.” How do I know this? Because her husband has “two, no three jobs” and he doesn’t have health insurance… and she is still against universal coverage! Amazing but true. How much dumber could you be than Pamela Pilger?!?!?! She’s the new low IQ poster child!

But I ask you, how is it possible that the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh can convince these poor dumbasses to be against the very things that would actually benefit them the most—guaranteed health care in a cruel fuckin’ world—in the one life they’ll ever get?!?! It boggles the mind. Pamela Pilger in her staggering stupidity is a one-woman microcosm of the wider conservative KNOW-NOTHING mindset these people have. Facts? Who cares about FACTS? THIS is who is fighting against health care for all, a woman whose very own husband lacks coverage!

WHY ARE THE MEDIA PAYING ATTENTION TO THE OPINIONS OF FUCKING IDIOTS?

REPUBLICANS ARE ASSHOLES. PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST HEALTH CARE FOR *OTHER PEOPLE* ARE MORAL PARIAHS.

Meet Pamela Pilger, the Crazy Lady Who Yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ at a Jewish Supporter of Health Care Reform [Note that the Gawker posting includes ways to contact Pamela Pilger yourself. Thank you Cajun Boy for this public service, you’re our hero!]

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.19.2009
12:20 am
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Robert Novak: Dead, Finally
08.18.2009
01:22 pm
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This just in from the Associated Press:

The Chicago Sun-Times says columnist Robert Novak, who was a central figure in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case, has died.  The newspaper says the longtime Washington fixture died at his home early Tuesday after a battle with brain cancer.  He was 78.

More links to come as “Prince of Darkness” tributes—and, more likely, whoops of joy—come rolling in today.  See what happens when you wish hard enough?!
 
 
 
 
In the NYT: Novak’s obituary

In the NYT: The Plame Game, Questions for Robert Novak

Eric Alterman: Novak’s No Patriot (Or Journalist)

Eric Alterman: Abrams and Novak and Rove? Oh My!

Novak Explains Himself, His Role In The Plame Case, To Sean Hannity

Amy Sullivan: Bob in Paradise: How Novak Created His Own Ethics-free Zone

The Column That Started It All: Novak’s Mission To Niger

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.18.2009
01:22 pm
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Why I Will Never Spend Another Dime in Whole Foods
08.14.2009
05:29 pm
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Not a nickel or penny for that matter.  Nothing. Ever again.

I was absolutely incensed by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s editorial against universal health care that appeared in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. In a classic example of a smug, rich guy doing the “I got mine, buddy, go get your own” routine,  Ayn Rand-loving, Internet-trolling asshat Mackey actually has the nerve to suggest that instead of universal health care, people simply eat organic food bought at Whole Foods. You know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. As yesterday’s TPM headline read “Who Needs Healthcare? We’ve Got Whole Foods!

imageIs this a joke? A ridiculous misguided publicity stunt where we still haven’t heard the punch line? Fodder for a future South Park episode? Not to get all Al Goldstein on you Mackey, but FUCK YOU. And to the WSJ editorial editors, for shame that you let something this blatantly RIDICULOUS appear on the pages of a supposedly respectable newspaper. It’s an embarrassment, like giving Marie Antoinette (or Betty Crocker) editorial space to declare “Let them eat cake” and then argue the point!

What a creep! But that’s not to say that something good might not come of this mortifying episode. Like a boycott of the most over-priced supermarket chain in history!

A woman named Mieke Eerkins sent out the following letter on Facebook, which I am excerpting here with her permission:

Subject: Whole Foods- Shocking News

I wanted to share this with my more liberal friends who probably shop at Whole Foods, and hope you’ll pass it on if you agree with me. I am shocked and disappointed to learn that Whole Foods Market’s company position is in opposition to health care reform, and in general, supports Republican ideologies. Apparently, for years now (as he admits), the CEO has been posting right-wing rhetoric in newspapers under a pseudonym, but yesterday, he published an op-ed piece openly under his real name that is pretty extreme right-wing on health care reform. The CEO’s statement in the Wall Street Journal is in direct opposition to what I thought they believed in, and certainly in opposition to the beliefs of many of their customers (including me). I had no idea he supported a Republican ideology! How can a store that pretends to be in favor of healthy living turn around and say that only some privileged people deserve access to health?

The Whole Foods CEO’s exact words: “Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.14.2009
05:29 pm
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