JON STEWART, on The Daily Show, responding to Senator Chuck Schumer (D - NY) saying that Democrats “feel good” despite having had two versions of the “public option” shot down in committee - thanks in part to the Democrats.
“Enough! It’s time to get a jack hammer and to simply chip that part of New York City, let it float into the East River, never to be seen again!… It has become the international equivalent of ACORN and it’s time to say enough!”—
Mike Huckabee’s opinion on the United Nations.
To which Rachel Maddow says: “Before that speech, who could have known that the UN was actually an imperfect but disproportionally attacked advocate of poor people trying to earn a living wage and registering to vote? ACORN, really?”
“At issue [for the G20 protestors in Pittsburgh] was the dehumanizing, predatory policies of global corporations driven by greed. But since none of those corporations apparently had their headquarters in Pittsburgh, anarchists’ website told protestors to disrupt local businesses, like the ShadySide 24-Hour Fitness Club, the Skin Center Medical Spa, and Petland Village of Eastside. Because nothing calls out for compassion more than a flaming brick through a windowpane filled with puppies.”—
JON STEWART, calling out the inanity of some of the G20 protests, on The Daily Show.
“The President must be greater than anyone else, but not better than anyone else. We subject him and his family to close and constant scrutiny and denounce them for things that we ourselves do every day. A Presidential slip of the tongue, a slight error in judgment — social, political, or ethical — can raise a storm of protest. We give the President more work than a man can do, more responsibility than a man should take, more pressure than a man can bear. We abuse him often and rarely praise him. We wear him out, use him up, eat him up. And with all this, Americans have a love for the President that goes beyond loyalty or party nationality; he is ours, and we exercise the right to destroy him.”—John Steinbeck (via nudawn) (via soupsoup)
“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and the sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”—
“I feel like I’m diggin’ through 99 percent horse manure, and maybe there’s a horse in there somewhere.”—JON STEWART, to disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was trying to explain away his bullshit and bullshit and more bullshit blah blah blah, on The Daily Show. (via inothernews)
I’m actually pretty disgusted by this. Moore’s movie definitely has a lot of flaws, but this is just disgusting - if he saw this movie, he saw that none of the poor people foreclosed out of their homes were living it up with flatscreens and fancy cars. And this is the guy who decries bloggers for playing fast and loose with the facts?
“I didn’t know Philip Seymour Hoffman, but I sent him an email saying, ‘Dear Philip, please do my new film. There’s no money as I spent the entire budget on testicular implants. But don’t think of them as my testicles, think of them as our testicles.’ He loved it, and it worked”—Ricky Gervais [Telegraph UK] (via peterwknox)
A part-time census worker found hanging in a rural Kentucky cemetery was naked, gagged and had his hands and feet bound with duct tape, said an Ohio man who discovered the body two weeks ago.
Authorities have also said the word ”fed” was scrawled with a felt-tip pen across 51-year-old Bill Sparkman’s chest, but they have released very few details about the case and said investigators have not determined if it was a homicide, suicide or an accident.
Federal, state and local authorities have refused to say if Sparkman was at work going to door-to-door for census surveys in the time before his death, but his Census identification tag was found taped to his body.
Jerry Weaver of Fairfield, Ohio, told The Associated Press on Friday that he was among a group of relatives who made the gruesome discovery on Sept. 12.
”The only thing he had on was a pair of socks,” Weaver said. ”And they had duct-taped his hands, his wrists. He had duct tape over his eyes, and they gagged him with a red rag or something.”
”And they even had duct tape around his neck. And they had like his identification tag on his neck. They had it duct-taped to the side of his neck, on the right side, almost on his right shoulder.”
Two people briefed on the investigation said various details of Weaver’s account matched the details of the crime scene, though both people said they were not informed who found the body. The two spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
Nine years after the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the counting of ballots in Florida, its decision in Bush v. Gore appears to have had some lasting impact on how the public views the justices.
A new poll from C-SPAN asked voters whether the ruling affected their view of the Court. A substantial minority, 29 percent, said that the ruling did. And not surprisingly, those who said so saw the ruling as incorrect, as a sham, or as an area the justices should have avoided altogether.
About 21 percent of the 801 voters polled said they have visited the Supreme Court, and 88 percent said that the Court has an impact on their “everyday life as a citizen.”
Knowledge about the Court is mixed, the poll suggests. Seventy-nine percent correctly answered that there is no mandatory retirement age for justices, but only 52 percent — little better than a coin flip — correctly said that there is no requirement that the chief justice be a lawyer. Thirty-seven percent correctly said that there have been three female justices, while 39 percent correctly said that there have been two African-American justices. (blt)
“FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is expected to announce a plan on Monday to formalize the idea of net neutrality. The move, which supports a campaign promise made by President Barack Obama, will prevent the information superhighway from becoming a toll road giving preferential treatment to those who pay for it.”—FCC to Take a Stand on Net Neutrality (via datn)
“When you start to know someone, all their physical characteristics start to disappear. You begin to dwell in their energy, recognize the scent of their skin. You see only the essence of the person, not the shell. That’s why you can’t fall in love with beauty. You can lust after it, be infatuated by it, want to own it. You can love it with your eyes and your body but not your heart. And that’s why, when you really connect with a person’s inner self, any physical imperfections disappear, become irrelevant.”—Lisa Unger, Beautiful Lies (via breathinglove) (via inwaves) (via lazybones)
…Researchers from Harvard Medical School say the lack of coverage can be tied to about 45,000 deaths a year in the United States — a toll that is greater than the number of people who die each year from kidney disease.
“If you extend coverage, you can save lives,” said Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor of medicine at Harvard who is one of the study’s authors.
The Harvard study found that people without health insurance had a 40 percent higher risk of death than those with private health insurance — as a result of being unable to obtain necessary medical care. The risk appears to have increased since 1993, when a similar study found the risk of death was 25 percent greater for the uninsured.
A coalition of humanist, religious, civil rights and labor groups have signed a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to revoke a 2007 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo asserting that faith-based organizations receiving tax-payer money have the right to practice employment discrimination on religious grounds. The joint letter asks the Justice Department to withdraw a legal finding that they say stands as “one of the most notable examples of the Bush administration’s attempt to impose a constitutionally questionable and unwise policy.” The OLC memo states that a federal law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, gives religious groups that receive tax-payer dollars as part of the Bush-created faith-based initiative, the unrestricted right to practice such discrimination. The letter calls this interpretation “far-fetched” and says that it “threatens to tilt policy toward an unwarranted end that would damage civil rights and religious liberty.”
Some letter-signers put it more bluntly. The Reverend Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said, “The Bush administration twisted federal law to buttress its misguided policies and allow religious discrimination in taxpayer-funded ‘faith-based’ programs. It’s time for the Obama administration to correct this error.”
“We did cover the event, what we didn’t do is promote the event. Just like we did when thousands marched on Washington to protest the war in Iraq, we covered it as well, probably less than we covered this event, but we didn’t promote it. Bottom line is we do cover the news and we did extensively cover this event, we didn’t promote the event, that’s not what real news organizations are supposed to do, we covered the event. I would invite you to look into that distinction between those two words, promote and cover. Cover is kind of like a fair and balanced way of doing things. You get it? You might want to look into that. It’s about letting Americans make up their own minds. Let me cut to the chase. When thousands of Americans showed up at the nation’s capital to protest big government we covered it, with four correspondents, two satellite trucks, lawmakers on the record, and conversations with attendees. By the way, we put a call into Fox News, and we expect an apology. But we’re still waiting. Let me address the Fox network now, perhaps the most current way that I can, by quoting somebody who used a pithy phrase. Two words. That’s all I need: You lie.”—Rick Sanchez of CNN (via soupsoup) (via chuckmore) (via apsies)
“It’s interesting that what we are proposing is fundamentally so conservative compared with so many of our friends and allies around the world who do a much better job than we do in covering everybody and in keeping costs down and yet some of the political opposition is so overheated. So we just have to calm down here, take two aspirin, go to bed, think about it in the morning. But I’m very optimistic.”—Hillary Rodham Clinton, September 18, 2009 (via awomansplace) (via apsies)
“It’s also a waste of taxpayer money when a physician opts out. “We are all paying out of our pockets to produce doctors,” said Mosley. That’s because medical residency programs are mostly funded by Medicare to the tune of $9 billion to train about 100,000 residents annually, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. “It’s Medicare that funds hospital costs to house residency programs, pay salaries of residents and sometimes pay faculties’ salaries,” said Mosley.”—
“Every year, life-threatening illnesses deprive the economy of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of lost work time and productive output. Investment in medical research will cut that loss dramatically. The University of Chicago economists Kevin M. Murphy and Robert H. Topel recently estimated that reducing cancer deaths by just 1 percent would provide a $500 billion benefit to the economy in productivity gains and lower health care costs. What we sometimes call “human capital” and what I call “people power” is the most important infrastructure there is.
When I went to my polling place this morning, the polls had already been open for two hours.
In those two hours, I was the fourth person to vote in my district. My district is the largest one at my polling place. It has two thick books of voter rolls. And in those two books, I was only the fourth person to sign my name in two hours.
At that same polling place last November, I stood in line for an hour and a half to vote for President. Yet the President has no jurisdiction over traffic safety, city term limits, congestion pricing, how often my trash is picked up, how much I pay in sales tax, whether I have rights if my landlord is negligent, or city corruption. These issues impact my neighbors a lot more than what the President can do. What makes this election so much less important?
Complacency is why we keep the status quo. It’s why we have a government that works for special interests and not for us. It’s why we have politicians who vote against the interests of their district, yet continue to be re-elected.
In most races in New York City, the primaries are more important than the general election. In some races today, the winner of the primary is already the winner of the general election. Yet four people voted in two hours.
Please, do the research and vote. Even if you don’t think you care, you should.
[N]obody reasonable is making the argument that the entire Republican party is an inherently racist organization, I think, and members of the Republican party are not racist in a binary yes-no sense. But still, you have to come to grips with a lot of things. You have to come to terms with the Southern strategy. You have to come to terms with gutting the DOJ civil rights machinery.
More generally, you need to come to terms with the fact that the Republican party is currently a pretty comfortable place to express racist ideas. I am positive that not everybody in DC for the tea party march was a member of Stormfront, but when a guy shows up in a shirt that says ‘KILL ALL BLACKS, GAYS, AND JEWS’ and nobody says ‘you, get the fuck out of here and don’t come back,’ that’s a huge problem, and you deserve to have everybody yell at you until you get it fixed.
In all the frustration over lack of progress on some of the big, controversial issues, it’s very easy to miss small but very significant changes coming out of the Obama administration. The potential savings in fossil fuel consumption from decreasing the distance we transport our food are immense.
“After Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans, eight years ago on Friday, we went to war and spent hundreds of billions of dollars ensuring that this would not happen again. Yet every two months, that many people die because of our failure to provide universal insurance — and yet many members of Congress want us to do nothing?”—Op-Ed Columnist - The Body Count at Home - NYTimes.com (via robot-heart-politics)