Thursday, January 29, 2015

Representative Linda Sanchez Smacks down Republicans and Fox News


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Are there more welfare recipients in the U.S. than full-time workers? | PunditFact

Are there more welfare recipients in the U.S. than full-time workers? | PunditFact

One of the turning points in the 2012 presidential campaign was Republican nominee Mitt Romney privately saying that 47 percent of the population -- supporters of President Barack Obama, he said -- were people who are "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."

The 2012 election is long over, but this theme -- sometimes framed as "makers" vs. "takers" -- is an enduring topic in American politics.
  The poor and working poor are not your enemy. Corporations are not your ally. Register and vote accordingly. Remember that you'll probably never enlighten the mind of the fright wing minion with who you share facts at the water cooler. It's the reasonable person within ear shot to whom you are speaking.

Mitch McConnell Begs Senate Democrats To Stop Filibustering Keystone XL

Mitch McConnell Begs Senate Democrats To Stop Filibustering Keystone XL

The obstructor has become the obstructed. The fast start that McConnell promised during the 2014 campaign has evaporated as he has been pinned down by Senate Democrats on one end and President Obama on the other. The Keystone XL debate is about more than a certain to vetoed pipeline authorization bill. The deeper meaning of the debate is that Democrats are showing that they won’t be pushed around while for Republicans Keystone XL was supposed to be a symbol of their newly won power.
  And they best not back down.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

France and England Teach America How to Take Down Fox

France and England Teach America How to Take Down Fox

Ever since October 7, 1996, American journalism has been slowly dragged down into the highly partisan, opinion based, no need to fact check, false equivalency, lowest common denominator, racist swamp that is Fox "News." Americans have been subjected to almost two decades of their lies, and as Leonard Pitts Jr. suggests in his blog "Why serious people discount Fox News" we have perhaps accepted numbly that they are just a normal part of the journalistic landscape.
  

Monday, January 26, 2015

FOCUS | 'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize

FOCUS | 'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize

“Getting back to Chris Kyle,” Chomsky said, arriving at his larger point. “He regarded his first kill as a terrorist — this woman who walked in the street — but we can’t really attribute that to the mentality of a psychopathic killer, because we’re all tarred by the same brush insofar as we tolerate or keep silent about official policy.”

“Now, that [sniper] mentality helps explain why it’s so easy to ignore what is most clearly the most extreme terrorist campaign of modern history, if not ever — Obama’s global assassination campaign, the drone campaign, which officially is aimed at murdering people who are suspected of maybe someday planning to harm us.”
  

Chomsky on the NTY's review of the sniper

“Getting back to Chris Kyle,” Chomsky said, arriving at his larger point. “He regarded his first kill as a terrorist — this woman who walked in the street — but we can’t really attribute that to the mentality of a psychopathic killer, because we’re all tarred by the same brush insofar as we tolerate or keep silent about official policy.” “Now, that [sniper] mentality helps explain why it’s so easy to ignore what is most clearly the most extreme terrorist campaign of modern history, if not ever — Obama’s global assassination campaign, the drone campaign, which officially is aimed at murdering people who are suspected of maybe someday planning to harm us.”
  

Sen. Chuck Grassley to Hospitals: Quit Suing Poor Patients or Start Your Paying Taxes | Ring of Fire

Sen. Chuck Grassley to Hospitals: Quit Suing Poor Patients or Start Your Paying Taxes | Ring of Fire

As a result of a report from ProPublica and NPR which revealed that nonprofit hospitals have been the seizing wages of and suing low-income and working-class patients who can’t pay their bills, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to a Missouri hospital telling them to stop.

In the letter to Mosaic Life Care, a St. Joseph, Missouri non-profit hospital, Sen. Grassley pointed out that the hospital “is required to offer community benefit in exchange for its tax exempt status.”

“However,” continued the senator, “a recent news article has given me cause to believe that Mosaic’s financial assistance, billing, and collection practices may fail to live up to the community benefits standards and/or fail to adhere to the additional requirements for charitable hospitals.”
  

Dropkick Murphys Order Scott Walker To Stop Using Their Music: ‘We Literally Hate You!’

Dropkick Murphys Order Scott Walker To Stop Using Their Music: ‘We Literally Hate You!’

Punk rock and politics may have always shared a common unification, but that doesn’t mean bands like The Dropkick Murphys will allow their music to be used for just any political purpose, especially if that politician is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

When Scott recently took to the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit to speak in front of many key members of the Republican party, he did so to the tune of Dropkick Murphy’s cover of the Woody Guthrie song “”I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” reported conservative news source Twitchy. Walker apparently didn’t realize that the Dropkick Murphys are assertively pro-union — an interest unlikely to find any common ground with the governor. Walker has become a national whipping boy for the anti-union cause, previously reported Inquisitr.
  

Departing Harvard Media Center Chief: Right-Wing Pundits Are "Damaging" America | Blog | Media Matters for America

Departing Harvard Media Center Chief: Right-Wing Pundits Are "Damaging" America | Blog | Media Matters for America

Right-wing commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly have damaged the country, according to Alex S. Jones, the outgoing head of Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy, who announced his departure Wednesday after 15 years leading the prestigious media training center.

"I wish they could be more objective, I don't begrudge them their particular politics, I just wish they weren't simply one note, I think it's damaging," said Jones, a former media writer for The New York Times and longtime media critic.
  

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