Daily Archives: June 25, 2012

A Depressed Fox News Revives Sarah Palin’s Pathetic Death Panel Lies

I wonder why no one at Fox News is talking about the “death panel” that Mitt Romney and  Rep. Paul Ryan are presiding over?  Ryan’s budget, which Romney sanctions, is truly a death panel by taking away Medicare for the elderly.  Not to mention Medicaid and Food Stamp cuts for the poor.  The result of such draconian action (all in the name of giving the rich their tax cuts and paying for it off the backs of those who need the benefits most.)

By the way, the majority of recipients on food stamps and Medicaid are children.

Romney Budget Proposals Would Require Massive Cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Programs

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As we await the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, conservatives are doing all in their power to smear it in hopes of further contaminating reform based on individual mandates that was theirs before it was Obama’s.

Who better than the PR arm of the Republican Party — aka, Fox News — to double down on a tired cliché of a lie, one that won Lie of the Year for 2009? Yes, Death Panels are back in vogue for the armchair patriots at Fox.

Death Panels weren’t only the Lie of the Year in 2009, but they were also a still unreported confession on Sarah Palin’s part.

Watch here as Kilmeade dips his 2012 toes in the humiliating, stale Palin, from the June 25 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends via Media Matters.

There are no Death Panels and pretty much everyone knows it now, save for the depressed puppets at Fox, who are so desperate for a smear that they’ve rustled up this dusty Palin relic.

The irony of Death Panels being pushed by former Governor Sarah Palin is so tea party, because Palin was in charge of the real Alaska death panels where 250 people died waiting for care due to the utter incompetence of the Palin administration. The evil feds had to step in and shut her down. Naturally, this failure fueled Palin’s willingness to project her own bitter failings onto her “rival” of 2008.

On Friday, August 7th, 2009, just weeks after Palin had been notified of the federally mandated shut-down in her own state, along with the lawsuits filed against her administration, Sarah Palin wrote from her Facebook bunker:

“And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”

Yes, the sick, the elderly and the disabled did suffer under Palin. Sadly, 250 of them died waiting to be processed as “worthy” of care.

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SCOTUS Overturns Key Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law

Supreme Court Overturns Key Parts Of Arizona Immigration Law

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The Supreme Court on Monday struck down key parts of Arizona’s immigration law, but upheld one controversial provision – at least for now.

In a 5-3 ruling handed down by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the high court held that most of the provisions being challenged encroached on turf that is constitutionally reserved for the federal government.

The court overturned parts of the law that criminalize one’s presence in Arizona without documentation, criminalize working or looking for work…

Read More →                                     Copy of ruling here.

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The Loch Ness Monster Is Real; The KKK Is Good: The Shocking Content of Publicly Paid for Christian School Textbooks

Unbelievable…

Alternet

Thousands of Louisiana students will receive state voucher money, transferred from public school funding, to attend private religious schools. What will they learn there?

This 2012-2013 school year, thanks to a bill pushed through by governor Bobby Jindal, thousands of students in Louisiana will receive state voucher money, transferred from public school funding, to attend private religious schools, some of which teach from a Christian curriculum that suggests the Loch Ness Monster disproves evolution and states that the alleged creature, which has never been demonstrated to even exist, has been tracked by submarine and is probably a  plesiosaur. The curriculum also claims that a Japanese fishing boat caught a dinosaur.

On the list of schools approved to receive funding through the new voucher funding, that critics warn could eventually cut public school funding in half, are schools that teach from the Christian fundamentalist A Beka Book, Bob Jones University Press, and Accelerated Christian Education curriculum.

What’s in that curriculum? Last year, researcher Rachel Tabachnick and I co-produced a 35-minute documentary on the spread of a similar voucher program in Pennsylvania and other US states, titled “School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias”. Embedded at the end of this post is an eight-minute video segment from that documentary with scans from material in currently used A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press texts (in this May 25, 2011 story Tabachnick provides quotes from those textbooks.)

One of the schools cleared to receive substantial new funding through LA governor Bobby Jindal’s voucher program is Eternity Christian Academy, in Westlake, LA, which according to Independent Weekly writer Walter Pierce,

…has been approved to accept 135 new students. That’s a considerable uptick in enrollment, which at the end of this school year stood at 38 — a more than 300 percent increase. Talk about buttressing the budget; $1 million in tax dollars will be diverted from the public school system to Eternity Christian, a school that, according to its mission statement, offers “a quality faith-based curriculum that is soley [sic] based on principles from the Bible …

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Health Care Ruling Looms As High Court Meets

Health Care Ruling Supreme Court

I read somewhere this morning that the Supreme Court’s integrity will be on the line when the decision to quash Health Care or maintain it is handed down.

One cannot help but think  the Court is being political given the several 5-4 decisions handed down in the last few years.  With cases like Citizens United and the earlier Bush v Gore rulings,  it appears  that this particular court is not as impartial as past Supreme Courts have been.

The Huffington Post

The Supreme Court is meeting Monday to issue opinions in some of the handful of cases that remain unresolved.

As the justices enter what is looking like their final week, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and Arizona’s immigration law top the list of undecided cases. The court also still has to decide cases on lying about military medals, juvenile sentencing and real estate kickbacks.

Monday is the court’s last scheduled meeting until the fall, but it is unlikely to be the final session. As the justices leave the bench, Marshal Pamela Talkin will announce the court’s next meeting.

Then, on the next-to-last day, Chief Justice John Roberts will say that its next meeting will be the last.

Such word could come Monday or, more likely, later in the week.

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