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Brooks is wrong on Beck—very wrong

Times columnist David Brooks would like to distance the conservative movement from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and all the other “not true Republicans” out there. His simplistic tactic is to claim that Beck and Limbaugh haven’t won the GOP any elections. If elected positions were the only important facts in a democracy, he might have…

Public option off the table?

I had a chance to watch the President take questions at town hall meetings this weekend. He sought out opposing views, and handled them brilliantly, responding to them rather than giving empty answers. He also didn’t talk down to the audience. The pity is that the take home message in the news today is that…

No true Republican…

From open political warfare to open warfare

It seemed inevitable. Crowds more akin to brownshirts than concerned citizens have been disrupting health care town hall meetings, depriving their fellow citizens of their right to be heard. It was only a matter of time before the intimidation become more overt. Today, a protester showed up outside a venue where the President is appearing.…

Health care reform—what, me worry?

I’ve got a lot of patients who are worried about health care reform. Most of it is expressed in right-wing radio talking points. They quite literally believe that they will no longer be able to choose their doctor, or that other doom and gloom events are imminent. Have they no experience with government? Health care…

We already know the hate-filled bag of right-wing goatfuckery, Rush Limbaugh, wants the head of state of the USA to “fail”. There was a lot of argument from idiots about what that meant. The excuses were flying: “fail” meant his “socialist agenda”, not his goal of saving the US from this recession, and other such…

I know, I know, I don’t usually do politics, but Rush is really chapping my ass right about now. His comments are always outrageously hate-filled diatribes, and he’s getting harder to ignore every day. What’s worse, his followers eagerly suckle at the teat intolerance, finding solace in his affirmation of their own bigotry. And finally,…

Righteous Among Nations

“Whosoever saves a single life, saves an entire universe” In Memoriam Stephen T. Johns, Righteous Among Nations

Silence is the enemy

I don’t even know how to write about this. I drives me toward silence, which is the wrong direction. Sheril Kirshenbaum at The Intersection says it better than I ever could. She reaches out with her own personal tale of sexual assault. Imagine her story, but millions of times over—women, girls, infants; some raped, some…

Help out science—poll crash

So, this whole animal rights extremism thing isn’t really my thing—I’m not a researcher, and I think the ARA’s like ALF and PeTA are all fucking nuts. Still, they’re bad, bad nuts, so I have to care. Out in California, they’ve been threatening researchers and committing senseless acts of violence. That’s why you have to…