Thursday, May 23, 2013

Facebook Case Files III

Another travelogue of my adventures through the exciting, misinformed opinions of Facebooklandia.


I didn't do my own fact checking.....but no matter what, this is fantastically written.
[You wouldn’t think that if you had done any fact-checking.]

[This is from a post that’s circulating the right-wing internet bubble --]

Pictured below is a young physician by the name of Dr. Starner Jones. His short two-paragraph letter to the White House accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis". It's worth a quick read:

Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive Shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive
Brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone. While glancing over her Patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed Me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer. And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care? I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the Result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture", a culture in which it is perfectly Acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based on the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care
Difficulties will disappear.


If you agree...pass it on

[It’s only “fantastically written” if this ignorance confirms your prejudiced, uninformed belief on the matter. The same reason people tune in to FOX “News” in earnest.]

The letter and doctor was real, tho his original letter was twisted with additional political points. Read for his followed up letter after people criticized him that being a doctor, therefore, must be a privileged kid growing up: Dr. Starner Jones Letter to the editor by a Mississippi physician criticizes a patient's lifestyle choices?

[The original letter is basically the same. The internet version just added the suggestive intro and “who wore a very expensive Brand of tennis shoes” and “It is a culture based on the irresponsible credo that ‘I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me’.” for added hate-mongering emphasis.]

Bill Mancuso
Well, gee, that one prejudiced anecdote sure does describe every single person who can't afford health care.

By the same line of thinking: since Jared Loughner purchased his guns legally before he committed a massacre, we need to take away everyone's guns since everyone who owns guns does the same exact thing as in this one example of Jared Loughner. The Second Amendment obviously only enables mentally unbalanced people to kill innocent people and has nothing to do with self-protection.

Because the world is black and white. Successful people did it all by themselves with no help from anybody ever, and poor people are just lazy and want free stuff. And when one person allegedly abuses a program that helps millions, then obviously everybody is abusing it.

And there's no exceptions. It's either or.

Except for reality.

Seven of Nine
This "Dr" must've forgotten to take the Hippocratic Oath... Asshole... His medical obligations far Outreach his political standing.... Just saying. Hope he’s never my doctor

[The doctor ignores the fact that there IS “a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses” (extremely low tax rates kind of has an effect on what the Fed can afford to subsidize) while simultaneously ascribing far extra merit to the false notion that America is a culture that “rewards irresponsibility and dependency.” America is not that kind of culture. Sure, it does happen, but Medicaid helps a fuck lot more people than those who are abusing the system. And people who push the notion that we are a nation of moochers are only trying to end programs that would prevent extra profits from lining the pockets of the rich. Fuck the poor, right?]

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Very interesting, but I never use the atm these days

Bill Mancuso
That's alright. This isn't true anyway.

I work for the bank and was told this is not true....

[Hey, not everything has to be political.]

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The next day, I found this article.

Oh, and...


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Often, after I point out the fallacy of the statement, this person will claim knowledge of said fallacy and insist it is a good sentiment anyway. This person did not know it was false and it still isn’t a good sentiment.

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Never told me. Oh, well. I guess I'll just continue to live in denial.

In no way, shape or form is Obama taking money from rich people and giving it to poor people so they don’t have to work. This insanely stupid notion seems to contradict the reality of rich people getting richer and poor people getting poorer. And again, rich CEO’s get rich because workers work for them – they do not fucking do it all by themselves.

The truth of the matter is, in capitalist America, we take from the poor and give it to the rich. It’s affectionately called “Reaganomics.” Also known as “Trickle-down Economics.” The notion that giving rich people more money somehow helps poor people. It has never, ever worked.

And just so we’re clear: this is a completely fictitious story written by an uneducated jackanapes. Republicans DO love their wildly disparate analogies to make an invented point.

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Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was grilled by Congress about the Benghazi attack. She handed their asses to them. Republicans are unhappy. They are doing what they usually do: ignore facts and lie about those facts. And continue to pretend Bush never existed.

And I’m pretty sure they meant ‘Democrat scum.’ Unless they think democracy is scummy.

And I covered this nonsense a few months ago in, “Obama is the Worst President Ever

and, “Benghazi Wars.”

John Fugelsang also has something to say on the matter…

(Transcript of this monologue at end of post)

Bear in mind, this Benghazi grilling was not the one that took place the other day. It’s one of the earlier grillings that turned up nothing. But goddammit, Republicans will keep wasting taxpayer money holding these hearings until someone comes up with something. No matter how many times it’s proven that there’s no scandal. Goddammit. They may not have been able to prevent Obama’s re-election, but they can still try to pin something, anything on Hillary for 2016.

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1.) What is the point of this post?
2.) No one will stop posting anything on Facebook because of a demand.
3.) This apparently is simply an attention bitching.
4.) Just delete everyone you want. No warning necessary. No biggie.
5.) If you are really serious about this, could you please provide a list of topics that you have personally decided are not allowed to bring up on this free forum that each one of us has total control over what we see in our own threads?
6.) Does your apostrophe key have a short circuit? It skips a lot.
7.) “you’re”
8.) “don’t”
9.) Ellipses have three periods. Not two. Not four. Three. Then a space.
10.) You’re welcome.

And no, I didn’t comment on this. I want to see what happens next time I post something political.

[It’s been a few months. We’re still Facebook pals.]

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Yeah. I said 'jackanapes.' Deal.

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Good day.

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Transcript from the Jan. 24, 2013, edition of “Viewpoint” in case the site is taken down.

Benghazi Hearing Proves Republicans Suffer From Selective Amnesia

John Fugelsang:

After the dust settled, of course, from the hearings with Secretary Clinton on the Benghazi attacks, I was left with only two thoughts.
First, the only way the GOP could further exploit the Libya deaths for political gain would be to physically shoot Benghazi T-shirts out of a NASCAR gun, and second, this is our most terrifying look yet at a public health issue affecting Washington, D.C. — Republican airborne amnesia.

See, way back in the foggy mists of 2001, the GOP told us it was treason to ever criticize a president following a terrorist attack. So how is it possible that in 2012 the Democratic president should be impeached for not acting quickly enough when our overseas consulate was attacked, while in 2001, a GOP POTUS who sits numbly in a nursery school classroom as the nation is under attack is somehow more manly than John Wayne freebasing AndroGel?

Well, the brain that accepts this has the attention span like the guy from “Memento.”
If you’re still not convinced that the party of Reagan has trouble recalling things: Remember in the ’90s when Hillary Clinton was demonized by the right for eight years, but then once she became a senator and secretary of state, they couldn’t stop celebrating how awesome she was? Remember? They loved her for 12 years. Even Rupert Murdoch hosted a fundraiser for her before her presidential campaign.
Well today, it’s like the right-wing media that loved her for the last 12 years stepped into a time machine. Today’s New York Post is more 1990s than a Gin Blossoms/Faith No More mixtape.

That’s the same paper owned by the same guy that gave her the fundraiser. But now Hillary Clinton’s a shrill, shrieking shrew who drives her poor defenseless husband into the arms of interns. Not to be outdone, that other piece of Rupert Murdoch real estate, Sean Hannity, actually accused the secretary of faking her emotional response over the Benghazi deaths and then ran this graphic: “Hillary Unglued.” Ha, ha. Sexist much, Hannity? So, she’s a cold calculating phony who has no real feelings — and an emotionally unhinged train wreck.

But good news, congressional Republicans — Barack Obama has heard your complaints he didn’t do enough when the Benghazi attack was in progress, and now in the event of another terrorist attack, the Secret Service is authorized to give the president a copy of “My Pet Goat.” That’s today’s GOP: Come for the hypocrisy, stay for the misogyny.

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