Go ahead, defund NPR; I’m a f*cking sustainer

Seriously. Right-wingers are in an uproar over the firing of Juan Williams, who basically said that people in Muslim garb make him nervous. Juan Williams has said a lot of things as a contributor on Fox News that apparently were pissing off his bosses at NPR. Of course, the right jumps on this as a “freedom of speech” issue.

Here’s what Juan Williams said on Bill O’Reilly’s program:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot,” Williams said on the “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday. “But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Replace “Muslim” with black, Jewish, Puerto Rican, or gay. If it sounds bigoted, it’s because it is.

And, as far as I know, no successful or aspiring Muslim terrorists in America actually go around wearing Muslim garb.

As far as this being a first amendment issue, your employer doesn’t have to allow you to say whatever you want while your representing them. Whenever Juan Williams has been on Fox News, he’s been presented as a news analyst at NPR. Now that Juan’s not on NPR, he has a first amendment right to say whatever the f*ck he wants.

So Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin want to defund NPR now. Go ahead. I’m now a “sustainer” as of this fall’s pledge drive. NPR only relies on federal funding for 10% of its operating expenses anyway. I’ll double my donation if federal funding disappeared tomorrow. Given how the Democrats folded where ACORN was concerned (and, for the record, ACORN was pretty much cleared of wrong-doing), I wouldn’t be surprised to see them fold here, too (or with any issue, but that’s a subject for another post; everyone go vote anyway, preferably for a Democrat, as the alternatives are really awful…again a subject for another post).

Now, I know this is not the proper response. I should go on to defend NPR as a service Americans should be proud to support with their tax dollars. Federal funding ensures that quality informational programming reaches all 50 states and rural areas, etc.

But I’d prefer for some billionaire to just cut NPR a check and tell Jim DeMint to go f*ck off. Conservatives will see NPR as even more of a liberal machine than it is now. So f*cking what?

I’m not paying for television service right now, and I don’t know if I will again. NPR and my local station WUNC are pretty awesome, and I’m happy to pay to keep them going and thriving.

And no one should feel sorry for Juan Williams. The douchebag is getting a pay raise from Roger Ailes.

Yes, my writing style is rather immature this evening. As if I f*cking care.

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Health Care Reform: Final Arguments

I could write a lot more about this. I’m so sick of it. Looks like Congress will pass the damn bill tomorrow. Good.

Against:
(Tea Partiers Protest Outside Capitol, 2010.03.20)

Oh, and Civil-rights leader Rep. John Lewis is a n****r.

And Rep. Barney Frank is a f****t.

For:
(President Barack Obama Addresses Democratic Members of Congress, 2010.03.20)

I have the great pleasure of having a really nice library at the White House. And I was tooling through some of the writings of some previous Presidents and I came upon this quote by Abraham Lincoln: “I am not bound to win, but I’m bound to be true. I’m not bound to succeed, but I’m bound to live up to what light I have.”

This debate has been a difficult debate. This process has been a difficult process. And this year has been a difficult year for the American people. When I was sworn in, we were in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Eight hundred thousand people per month were losing their jobs. Millions of people were losing their health insurance. And the financial system was on the verge of collapse.

And this body has taken on some of the toughest votes and some of the toughest decisions in the history of Congress. Not because you were bound to win, but because you were bound to be true. Because each and every one of you made a decision that at a moment of such urgency, it was less important to measure what the polls said than to measure what was right.

A year later, we’re in different circumstances. Because of the actions that you’ve taken, the financial system has stabilized. The stock market has stabilized. Businesses are starting to invest again. The economy, instead of contracting, is now growing again. There are signs that people are going to start hiring again. There’s still tremendous hardship all across the country, but there is a sense that we are making progress — because of you.

But even before this crisis, each and every one of us knew that there were millions of people across America who were living their own quiet crises. Maybe because they had a child who had a preexisting condition and no matter how desperate they were, no matter what insurance company they called, they couldn’t get coverage for that child. Maybe it was somebody who had been forced into early retirement, in their 50s not yet eligible for Medicare, and they couldn’t find a job and they couldn’t find health insurance, despite the fact that they had some sort of chronic condition that had to be tended to.
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More crazy from Foxx

I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that [health care] bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country. — Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) (video here)

I posted back in July about Foxx having said, “There are no Americans who don’t have healthcare. Everybody in this country has access to healthcare”.

Previously, this North Carolina GOP caricature said that the notion that Matthew Shepherd’s murder had been a hate crime was a hoax.

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There are no Americans who don’t have healthcare. Everybody in this country has access to healthcare. —Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

(h/t Bob Cesca)

This is the same Virginia Foxx who said that the notion that Matthew Shepherd’s murder having been a hate crime was a hoax.

Can we please take out this nut in ’10? By take out, I mean defeat at the polls, of course. Or with a tommy gun*.

* Playing too much Mafia Wars

Delaware: First in Wacky Scary Sh!t

I don’t want to follow politics at all after I see shit like this. I don’t want to have anything to do with debates about what it means to be American and our shared American values. I’ll pay my taxes and vote, and please give me affordable healthcare so I might live a long life, and have some laws that lower the change that some gun nut doesn’t accidentally shoot me. Other than that, I just don’t think I can stand it.

No wonder most people I know don’t follow politics. It is not a healthy way to unwind at the end of the day. I need to go find my Match Game and Super Password reruns on the DVR…

Stupid question

I normally don’t want to touch the abortion issue, but just a stupid question.

Scott Roeder, the suspect in the killing of Dr. George Tiller, has told the AP:

I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal.

What’s the difference between this statement and the ridiculous “ticking bomb” scenario that right-wing zealots claim as the rationale for torture? Should we not be water-boarding Mr. Roeder right now in order to get valuable information from him that would prevent imminent terrorist attacks and murder?

Duke Radiology’s Right-Wing Propaganda

No, I’m sorry, sweeetie. I can’t change it. I’ll lose my job.

This is what a staffer in the Duke Hospital Radiology Department said to me after I, after 90 minutes of agony, requested that the television in the waiting room be switched from Fox News to anything else.

So I listed to Fox’s panel of analysts mock the the enthusiasm around the country for Barack Obama as if people who might be inspired by someone refreshing on the political scene were as crazy as…a bunch of Benny Hinn apostles (my analogy).

Then I heard about a half-hour on sexual predators, which seems to be the favorite topic of an loyal Fox News viewer. Slow news day? What’s going on in sexual predator legislation? And the story is always delivered with mock sincerity by one of those provocatively-clad blonde Fox NILFs.

And then, did you hear how low The New York Times has sunk, accusing John McCain of having had an affair? What gutter journalism by those liberal smear-mongers! Of course, the “fair and balanced” fact that Fox News ignores is that the Times story did not accuse McCain of having an affair. It simply reports that McCain staffers were very concerned that McCain was engaged in an inappropriate relationship. The Times wasn’t trying to make it a smear story about sex. The story is about how unstable McCain’s ethics might be, in direct contrast to his crusades for lobbying and campaign-finance reform. Those who worked closely with McCain had reason to believe that McCain was behaving inappropriately. That’s a legitimate story.

Anyway, anyone who either volunteers to watch or is subjected to watching Fox News on a regular basis without other news sources truly is getting a distorted view of the world. I don’t care if those with conservative leanings want to watch it. I do care that any place of business would force its patrons to watch it, let alone a health care facility where keeping patients calm and relaxed should be a top priority.

So, who is the big shot at Duke Radiology responsible for the don’t-turn-off-Fox-News-in-the-waiting-room policy?

So much for Fred Thompson being the Great Right Hope

Fred Thompson has exited the race.

I wrote the following shortly after he joined the race, but I never published this for whatever reason…

Poor James Dobson and his merry band of bigots and dinosaurs. Dobson doesn’t seem too happy with the GOP front-runners, and one might think he’d be thrilled to have the Reagenesque Fred Thomspon in the race. Nope.

Dobson wrote:

Isn’t Thompson the candidate who is opposed to a Constitutional amendment to protect marriage, believes there should be 50 different definitions of marriage in the U.S., favors McCain-Feingold, won’t talk at all about what he believes, and can’t speak his way out of a paper bag on the campaign trail?

He has no passion, no zeal, and no apparent ‘want to.’ And yet he is apparently the Great Hope that burns in the breasts of many conservative Christians? Well, not for me, my brothers. Not for me!

I suppose this leaves the Christian Right without a candidate in 2008. [I wrote this pre-ascension of Huckabee].

Why Fox News doesn’t talk about the Iraq War

Because if they did, their NILFs would have to talk about bad stuff like losing limbs…

Roger Ailes mused about Democrats who “can’t handle Fox” suggesting they therefore can’t handle Al Qaeda. But one of his anchors can’t handle hearing about an amputation. Perhaps this explains why you hear more about missing teenage girls on Fox News than you hear about soldiers’ missing limbs.

Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson can’t handle story on a guy’s amputation