“Australian” Cartoons ≠ Funny


Yesterday, my dad sent me an email that purportedly contained editorial comics that are ONLY printed in Australia, because they would be too controversial to print in the United States. The first one was all I needed to see to know that the entire email was complete bull shit. Here it is:

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My old man is smart. He’s probably more well-read than anyone I know. He can read a 300-page book in one sitting, and be able to give you a detailed book report on its contents. And he reads copious amounts of books. His addiction is second-hand books. He will walk in a bookstore and leave with a paperbag of mildewy yellow pages, read them in less than a week. My mom is forced to collect the books and burn them for warmth in the winter.

It’s surprising that he would be so whimsical to forward emails without doublechecking their facts first.

Father Background Exposition, CHECK.

Back to the “Australian” comics. FOX News isn’t a universalism. Australians wouldn’t know what the fuck FOX News was, just like we wouldn’t know what their local news networks were. A quick google search of McCoy’s name revealed that he’s an American Syndicated Editorial Cartoonist working right here in the good ol’ U. S. of A.

Here is another work by McCoy where he portrays Obama standing on a trash bin of aborted babies (isn’t it cute?): Continue reading

Reform Your Thoughts


Image taken while visiting a loved one in the hospital.

Image taken while visiting a loved one in the hospital.

I was befriended on facebook by a minister after standing up for the liberal point of view on a “friend’s” wall a couple weeks ago. The minster has a world-wide ministry and approaches the world as a liberal. I admire that in him. He posted yesterday that he voted yes to healthcare reform and wrote this after the giant green check mark:

“Scott voted ‘Yes ‘ in the poll! Seems like Limbaugh, Hannity, and Savage have started to incite the people who follow them and they are marching to their orders in dysfunctional manners. They believe the dishonesty of these talk-show hosts who are making their billions off of their radio station programs, and have completely great health-care plans of their own … Read Morethat they can afford. They don’t even think about the millions of Americans who don’t and cannot afford the current health care programs that make both the Insurance Companies, the Medical and Pharmaceutical companies worth billions more. This whole Health Care business is simply that …. a wealthy business that people are invested in at the expense of our middle-class, lower-middle (like us), and lower class citizens’ backs. They have no shame and they are acting like they will fight to the death to protect, or at least shout to death in protecting these greed-mongers!”

There was a guy who responded — that some time after I responded deleted his comment. He made some comment like, “Sorry, brother. I can’t agree with you. I guess I’m part of the dysfunctional part of your family.” While I’m glad the guy spoke up, he completely misunderstood Scott’s intent.

My response to Scott was:

I wholeheartedly support your affirmative position and support the words you used to criticize the demonizers of this plan. The thought leaders should be ashamed of what they are promoting. If people realized how much money pours into production of the shows they listen to and watch, they’d be appalled. There are those who don’t want government peddling healthcare. Who then is going to sell all they have and give it to the poor, to the disabled, to the handicapped and to the sick? Who? I don’t understand a nation of voices so bent on declaring it “Christian” yet so adamantly opposed to acting like Christ.

Thank you for your expressing this in a sober voice despite the cacophony of chaos.

I feel a little guilty for not admitting to anyone my godlessness, but at the same time, that’s exactly how I feel about the whole shenanigan. A woman responded to me and said that she works in an office that counsels women on pregnancy, but it is not absent of offering abortions. She said that if women could get the $1600 necessary to have the child, they would more often than not, go ahead and have the child and give it up for adoption.

As an adoptee, I know first hand that the decision of a mother affects the fate of a little critter. I’m sincerely grateful for those in my little 17-year old mother’s life who counseled her to have me and give me up for adoption.

This was my response to the nice lady who mentioned her role in the pregnancy counseling:

“Yes, Kathi! I think what you said is a microcosm example of the variety of issues that could be alleviated if those in need just had the money. What a difference it would make if money wasn’t the factor for getting healthcare and health advice.

I extend a warm and sincere thank you to for what you do day to day. I was adopted (31 years ago). And heaven knows my 17 year old mother dealt with all kinds of heartache when she got pregnant. It’s people like you who helped her decide-essentially-my fate.

As a liberal, I’m devastated that we’re thought of as baby-killin’ sinners without morals or ethics. Has the right really cornered the market on what’s moral? Who is throwing the 1st stone? It really is time to stop demonizing the other party without fully understanding the motivation behind the efforts. It’s also time to send money addicts to greed anonymous and work together for the common good on a human level.”

Right now, I think those moments are the only reason I look at my account. I could care less that you picked up your children and are going to the park.

Jonathan Cohn on Healthcare Reform


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I’m not able to embed Comedy Central videos on WordPress. But you watch the interview by clicking here.

My biggest beef with the right-wing expression of disgust with healthcare reform is how hypocritical it is. Yes, I understand they don’t want government peddling healthcare. But the alternative right now is awful. Healthcare costs are high. The insured numbers are decreasing. And nice Christians like my family in North Carolina receive bill after bill for sums of money far beyond their ability to pay.

Churches have been in the business of spreading Jesus for how many years now, and the best they can do for the sick is pass a collection plate and offer an empty prayer on their behalf? Maybe they visit the sick in the hospital and organize the delivery of a few casseroles to the family of a sick person. Meanwhile Christians build the largest churches and drive the best cars and SUVs, live in the best homes, and say they follow Christ … well, the rich pretty version of Christ and not the poor, do gooder, dirty version. You know, the one who didn’t write any thing down. The one who preached against wealth and flaunting over-zealot behavior.

If the right-wing hypocrits are so pissed off, why don’t they redirect their efforts and tithes and save the people who need it most here on earth? Why don’t they come up with a Jesus-based healthcare reform that helps them appear more “Christ-like” and less like a bunch of whiny douchbags?

Hourly Income


I’m tired of the debate over healthcare. It’s not because I agree with the democrat or republican side. I’m tired, because those people who tell other people what to think make too much money to be influencing average Americans. I looked up how much Rachel Maddow, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann. They seem to be the heavy hitters on the networks that punish us the most with diametrically opposed sides. Right?

Well, I can’t find Maddow’s. I found something for Olbermann. $7.5 Million/year. Glenn Beck recently signed a $50 million over 5 years. So Beck is coming in at $10 million a year. And Limbaugh makes $14,000 an hour. And O’Reilly is in this high paygrade as well.

Did you read what I just wrote?

$14,000 an hour!*

All of these people are paid entertainment style wages. That puts them in leagues with actors and sports stars. And Oprah Winfrey.

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