The real damage from terrorist attacks doesn’t come from the explosion. The real damage is done after the explosion, by the victims, who repeatedly and determinedly attack themselves, giving over reason in favor of terror.
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It’s quite obvious that what [conservatives] truly believe is that people who don’t have insurance should not be allowed to get health care and that if they get sick they should be allowed to die unless they can find some charity or raise the money. There’s no other way to reconcile their beliefs.
Fox News is a political propaganda machine masquerading as a news network. Media Matters for America charts the tactics used by right-wing media to distort and derail political debate in the United States:
Some folks from Australia went to Texas and asked that question (warning: language NSFW)…
(hat tip: Greg Laden)
Jim Hoft (aka Gateway Pundit) is perhaps the most prolific and shameless liar on the Internet. One of his recent falsehoods was featured on Media Matters for America — and it seems that the resulting attention has crashed his site:
Being a liar is its own punishment, Jimbo. Not that anyone expects you to start being honest. You simply haven’t the moral fiber needed to stick to the truth.
The Huffington Post has a handy collection of the biggest lies in Sarah Palin’s recently released book.
Palin says her team overseeing a natural gas pipeline set up an open, competitive bidding process. An AP investigation found they crafted terms that favored only a few companies and ultimately benefited one with ties to her administration.
(hat tip: Boing Boing)
Jeanne Devon at TPMCafe:
Palin will sexualize herself but we are bad if we notice. She puts her children in front of the camera, but we are bad if we talk about them. She’s a good Christian, so we should believe all the mean things she says about people. She wants to sell lots of books but doesn’t want to go to big cities. She wanted to help Alaska so she resigned as its governor. She wants to be in the media spotlight, but she criticizes the media. It’s an endless and self-sustaining loop of blame and victimhood.
John Gruber has launched Fraidy Cats, a handy guide to who’s afraid of the terrorists and who isn’t.
August Berkshire provides a handy list of the The Top 15 Excuses Religious People Give for the Horrible Behavior of their God, and why each one is a load of dingo’s kidneys:
Here are “The Top 15 Excuses” religious people give in an attempt to explain away the horrible behavior of the all-powerful, all-loving god they believe exists.
(1) Unknown greater good.
God must commit or allow some evil to accomplish an unknown greater good.
But doesn’t that limit God’s knowledge and power? Doesn’t that say that God couldn’t think of a better way to accomplish his goals other than by torturing innocent people? Until this “greater good” is revealed to us, we are not obliged to accept this argument.
(2) God had to create Earth this way.
Natural disasters and diseases are an unfortunate but unavoidable byproduct of life-sustaining forces. A planet without natural disasters and diseases could not operate in a way that would support human life.
But doesn’t that limit God’s knowledge and power? Since God was creating humans from scratch, couldn’t he create us so that we could survive on a disaster-free and disease-free planet?
(3) Blame the ancestors and blame the victim.
All evil that happens to us is our fault, either directly because of something we did, or indirectly because of our ancestors, such as “Adam and Eve.”
This is known as “blaming the victim.” Typically, a victim of abuse believes that the more he or she is punished, the more he or she is loved.
But what did an innocent baby ever do to deserve a birth defect? And what kind of justice punishes children for the sins of their long-dead ancestors?
Also, how does this explain why animals suffer? Did they “sin” too?
For those of you who believe it is okay to punish people for the sins of their ancestors, why aren’t you in prison right now? Each of us has some ancestor who was a murderer. Human justice is obviously superior to God’s justice.
(hat tip: Greg Laden)
Let’s see, one group of people is shitting their pants as they cower in fear of those shackled terrorist in orange jump suits and lament the horrors of the United States Constitution. The other is not.
It’s not hard to figure out who the cowards are.