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Saturday, November 28, 2015

America Is Too Dumb for TV News: Trump and others are proving it: we can't handle the truth.

Al Gore for instance never really recovered from saying, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet." True, he never said he invented the Internet, as is popularly believed, but what he did say was clumsy enough that the line followed him around like an STD for the rest of his (largely unsuccessful) political life.

That dynamic has broken down this election season. Politicians are quickly learning that they can say just about anything and get away with it. Along with vindication, apology and suffering, there now exists a fourth way forward for the politician spewing whoppers: Blame the backlash on media bias and walk away a hero. read more

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A little-noticed report by a trio of leading research groups found the Veterans Health Administration outperforms private sector health providers on several key measures.

A little-noticed recent report by three leading research groups found that on critical measures, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) consistently performs as well as and often better than private sector health-care providers.

The VHA does this with patients who are sicker, older, and poorer than many of their counterparts seen in the private sector. read more

Right-Wing Wreckage and Pack Journalism: In 2007, journalist Phillip Longman wrote a book on the VHA entitled Best Care Anywhere. In it, he demonstrated that our health-care delivery system for veterans (at least those who qualify for VHA services) is far better than Medicare and way better than private insurance -- and a better, more-comprehensive model for broader health-care reform than even a single-payer system.

But most readers of the daily press would find Longman's picture at odds with the story of the VHA recently depicted in the media.

That's because of one recent overblown scandal combined with the Republican scapegoating of a fine public system that they underfund -- and would love to privatize.

The real VHA story is ideological opposition by the right -- and clinical excellence despite chronic under-funding.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The democratic socialist is taking a stand by running a clean campaign, and it's already making a big impact on the race for president.

Electoral reform is central to Sanders' platform for president. By swearing off attack ads against his opponents and cash from super PACs which often fund such ads, he has attempted to show that unlike his opponents, he can actually carry out the ideals he speaks so often about. In fact, shortly after Bernie's announcement, his campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter to a PAC supporting him...

Meanwhile, Clinton, who earned a reputation for cutting attack ads during her 2008 presidential bid against Obama, is running on a similarly progressive electoral reform platform -- while also gladly accepting more than $20 million in support from Priorities USA Action, her Super PAC. read more

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

As Pope Francis set foot on American soil Tuesday, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vermont) stood on the Senate floor hailing his arrival. Sanders, a presidential candidate and one of the most liberal members of Congress, spent 11 minutes praising the pope for "speaking out with courage and brilliance about some of the most important issues facing our world" -- mainly, matters of economic inequality. He went on to quote several of Francis's statements in "Evangelii Gaudium," his 2013 exhortation critical of a global economic system that favors the rich over the poor. read more


Poll Reveals Most Americans Don't Know They Got a Tax Cut


As far as I can remember, the 3 above posters STILL can't admit that Obama cut their taxes. I'm not saying THEY'RE dumb, but it sure feeds into the overall narrative that many Americans refuse to understand the difference between news (as in real news) and political BS that Matt Taibbi is talking about at the top of this thread.

The problem with calling Trump a fascist is that most Americans are too dumb to know what fascism is... let alone to know much of anything...

Obama Stimulus: Poll Reveals Most Americans Don't Know They Got a Tax Cut

Study: Americans Don't Know Much About History

Poll: Most Americans unwilling to vote for a socialist

yet Americans support socialism...

Massive majorities back Bernie Sanders on the issues

When the late, great George Carlin said he doesn't believe in his country (or his species) this is what he was getting at... we are too stupid - Americans especially so.

Oh my word, could this get more propaganda ridden and full of crap.
There is not a chance vets like the VA, and have been pushing to be able to go private and charge the VA.

The lies just grow and grow.

#5 | POSTED BY CRASSUS AT 2015-11-24 07:09 AM | REPLY | FLAG

Independent 2013 Survey Shows Veterans Highly Satisfied with VA Care


A few things...

1. You obviously don't know anything.

2. When you go to your private doctor, sing Moon River when you bend over.

3. Private systems are already changing their models of care to mirror VA healthcare: more outpatient care, less hospital based care (meaning, more preventive care), health IT, clinical adherence to best available medical evidence.

As a veteran, your attitude is stupid in the least, and reprehensible in the worst if you're pushing your know-nothing nonsense on vets who are easily influenced.

Have a nice day, moron.

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