Crooks and Liars: AG Opposes ACA, Tea Party Report, Sen. Hannity, Insurance Companies Not For Consumer Protection
- Louisiana’s AG Says He Opposes ACA Because It Isn’t Single Payer
- Mike’s Blog Round Up
- The Tea Party Report: The Big Easy
- California Dems Don Hoodies in Solidarity for Trayvon Martin
- Fox News Host Urges Viewers to ‘Vote Republican’
- Gov. Corbett Continues To Bleed PA’s Most Vulnerable Citizens Dry
- Sean Hannity Continues to Play ‘Campaign Donor Police’ Over Spike Lee Tweet
- Wendell Potter: Insurance Companies Want The Mandate Just Not Consumer Protections
|Louisiana’s AG Says He Opposes ACA Because It Isn’t Single Payer
Posted: 31 Mar 2012 06:30 AM PDT
Wow. A Republican Attorney General, talking common sense? I may faint from the shock. I mean, I thought some of the politicians opposing the Affordable Care Act might have legitimate concerns and not just a political agenda, but I certainly didn’t think any of them would say it out loud:
I guess someone from Louisiana would know. There were numerous cases of insurance companies stiffing customers after Hurricane Katrina.
|Mike’s Blog Round Up
Posted: 31 Mar 2012 05:00 AM PDT
Olbermann out at Current TV. Now what? (How is it that Dear Leader Rush and his ilk get to spew hatred and bigotry and stay on the air, while someone generally decent and thoughtful, if admittedly also a tad egomaniacal, like Keith can’t find a media home?)
Mario Piperni: Racism (on the right) is alive and well in America.
Echidne of the Snakes: Arizona plans draconian abortion restrictions.
And some international content:
The Duck of Minerva: How China may respond to containment.
Fruits and Votes: Trouble for democracy in Mali and Senegal.
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Posted: 30 Mar 2012 08:30 PM PDT
|The Tea Party Report: The Big Easy
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 07:00 PM PDT
|California Dems Don Hoodies in Solidarity for Trayvon Martin
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 06:00 PM PDT
In a show of solidarity for slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, some California Democrats donned gray hooded sweatshirts over their suits and ties during Thursday morning’s legislative session.
The Sacramento Bee reports that State Sens. Curren Price, Juan Vargas, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg were among those who paid tribute to Martin with sweatshirts with “In memory of Trayvon Martin” printed on the back.
In the above video, State Senator Curren Price calls the session to order with a statement of the facts of Martin’s death when “neighborhood watchman” George Zimmerman shot him, twice, as he walked home from a near-by store to buy Skittles and iced tea. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, and has not yet been charged with any crime.
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|Fox News Host Urges Viewers to ‘Vote Republican’
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 05:00 PM PDT
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It’s no secret that Fox News leans to the right, but one host may have crossed the line on Friday when he actively encouraged viewers to “vote Republican” if they didn’t like big government.
During an interview with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy seemed to endorse the congressman’s “Path to Prosperity” budget.
“This really is kind of a campaign document because it draws a bright line between what the Republicans stand for and what the Democrats stand for,” he explained. “If you want big government then the Democrats are your party.”
Doocy added: “Whereas, if you want a party that’s making some hard choices, vote Republican.”
During the interview, Ryan had declared his support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“Here’s the reason why I endorsed him,” the House Budget Committee chairman said. “It’s clear to me he understands the fork in the road America is facing. It’s clear to me he understands exactly what we need to do to stop America from having a debt crisis.”
“I also think he’s the best chance of winning and defeating President Obama in the fall.”
On Sunday, Ryan indicated that he was willing to “consider” accepting a nomination to be his party’s vice presidential nominee.
“I would have to consider it,” the Wisconsin Republican told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “But it’s not something I’m even thinking about right now because I think our job in Congress is pretty important.”
(H/T: Media Matters)
|Gov. Corbett Continues To Bleed PA’s Most Vulnerable Citizens Dry
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 04:00 PM PDT
The amoral and inaccurate Sen. Pat Toomey, lying wingnut extraordinaire, speaks at last week’s PA Leadership Conference. He looks moderate compared to what the Corbett administration does to the poor.
The Republican relationship with economic health is akin to that of a leech and its host, which is why I will no longer refer to Republican “leadership.” From here on out, it’s “bleedership”, especially in my home state of Pennsylvania under the Tom Corbett administration:
I don’t believe they wanted to avoid this. Repeat after me, class: Cheap, disposable labor with no legal protections! It’s the Holy Grail of the Grand Old Party.
As to these bleeding-heart whiners, I can only imagine what PA Gov. Corbett would say: “Hey, work on your uppercut! Don’t be such a girl!” Because he’s so good at that tough-love thing:
Putting people out of work, pushing addicts into the street and locking poor women into dangerous and abusive relationships? That’s what Gov. Corbett would call a good job!
|Sean Hannity Continues to Play ‘Campaign Donor Police’ Over Spike Lee Tweet
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 03:00 PM PDT
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Last week, in a fit of anger at the injustice of the Trayvon Martin case, director Spike Lee stupidly tweeted the address of a George Zimmerman of Sanford, Florida. The only problem was that it was NOT the George Zimmerman who shot Trayvon Martin. It was instead the address of an elderly couple whose son shared the same name. At universal condemning, Lee apologized to the couple and today, agreed to a settlement for their distress. I agree with Balloon Juice’s John Cole’s initial reaction: Spike Lee is an idiot and should not be encouraging vigilante “justice”. Unfortunately, Lee also gave the likes of Sean Hannity all the ammunition he needed to run a segment like the one this Thursday.
That said, I do agree with Ellen over at Newshounds who pointed out Hannity’s hypocrisy. If he wants appoint himself the campaign donor police for President Obama (as they’ve done and failed already with Bill Maher), he probably should avoid playing the “both sides are equally terrible” game with his statements, considering his own connections to a charity run by a slavery-justifying, misogynistic Jesse Peterson:
Or the hours upon hours of hate and misogyny that Rush Limbaugh spews on his show daily and that he was still doing this week despite hemorrhaging sponsors, as Media Matters documented here – Limbaugh: If Health Care Reform Law Is Overturned “College Co-Eds” Might Have To Pay “To Have Protected Sex”.
Hannity never seems to be concerned about crazy things anyone says that donate to political campaigns unless those donors happen to be supportive of President Obama’s campaign or a Democrat, so it’s pretty obvious what the source of his feigned indignation is here.
He was also completely dismissive of the new video obtained by ABC News where it seems pretty obvious to me that Zimmerman had not been in some life or death struggle with his head being beaten into the concrete and his nose broken shortly before . I’ve heard people on a number of outlets trying to claim he was “cleaned up” by paramedics before this was recorded. Did he change his clothes as well? It’s absolutely ridiculous to believe the claims by Zimmerman’s father that he was beaten as badly as he was and somehow reconcile that with how he looks in the video released.
And back to the video above, Hannity’s guest was also allowed to get away with the whopper that Media Matters noted here — Fox’s Tamara Holder: Black People Are Making Trayvon Martin Case “More Of A Racial Issue Than It Should Be”.
Sorry, Tamara, but no. This is a racial issue because the type of racial profiling that happened to Trayvon Martin happens way too often and this is not an isolated incident. If this was a one-off, you would not be seeing the outrage from Civil Rights leaders and from all different community, irrespective of their skin color.
The right’s answers to problems with poverty and race relations have been to escalate them rather than do anything to solve their root causes. Their answer to crime has been to just incarcerate as many black men as possible and make sure they can’t vote for anyone that might actually care about solving the problems within their communities when they come out of jail.
The right’s reaction to a black man finally being elected president has been to do nothing but inflame racial hatred and bigotry in America. They prey on the lizard brains to make every racist out there scared to death of our centrist, educated and even-tempered black president and turn him into something foreign, radical and out to take advantage of white people. They claim he wants to turn us into a “welfare state” that coddles lazy black people that don’t want to work while those “hard working” white people have to foot the bill for them sitting at home, living high off the hog on their welfare checks and laughing at the rest of us. And if they’re not doing that, they’re up to no good and are going to rob, or rape or attack you.
Or maybe they’re some kid walking home in the wrong neighborhood, armed with some Skittles and iced tea, with the wrong idiot whose father is a judge with friends in the right places stalking him. Sean Hannity thinks it’s absolutely fine for that idiot to confront and shoot the kid because he was supposedly “defending himself” during an altercation he instigated. And now he’s going to turn it into a race baiting game after someone on the left acted irresponsibly. He’ll make it about President Obama–because everything is this president’s fault–instead of the fact that the only reason this child was killed is because George Zimmerman decided to confront him while he was armed, when the only thing that kid was doing wrong, is trying to walk home while black.
|Wendell Potter: Insurance Companies Want The Mandate Just Not Consumer Protections
Posted: 30 Mar 2012 02:00 PM PDT
Yeah, this is pretty much what I thought, but it’s still depressing to actually hear it from Wendell Potter. The insurance companies are just salivating at the thought of getting their hands on all those additional premium dollars – they just want to make sure there are as few consumer protections as possible so they get to keep most of the money instead of spending it on pesky things like patient care: