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Sarah Palin Reincarnates Her Fictitious “Death Panels”

Don’t you miss those halcyon days when every morning we were treated to some new breaking story detailing the insane antics of Sarah Palin and her family? We were entertained on a near daily basis as Palin claimed she could see Russia or she created her own words such as “refudiate” or when she claimed that Paul Revere was ringing bells and firing musket shots to warn the British during his famous midnight ride. It was hilarious to watch her struggle to name a single newspaper or magazine which she reads, or to name a Supreme Court decision which she disagreed with or to incorrectly explain the function of the Vice President to a 5th grader. Who will ever forget when she abruptly quit her position as Governor of Alaska after having served only half a term and then jumped right into the respectable field of reality television?

Ahhh, those were the days. Unfortunately (for us) however, Sarah Palin’s entertainment value came to a screeching halt last November when she announced that she would not seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Not only were we denied a year’s worth of belly-ache-inducing laughs, but the late night television talk shows and tabloid newspapers were denied a steady source of material.

But wait!… What’s this?… We have breaking Palin news!

Thank the heavens above. It’s true. Sarah Palin has awakened from her slumber and dusted off one of her favorite old chestnuts just in time for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the new health care law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Remember when PolitiFact.com deemed Sarah Palin’s  assertion that the new law provided for “death panels” the “Biggest Lie of 2009“? Well that has not dissuaded the stubborn Palin from asserting the same thing once again.

You will recall that Palin initially uttered the phrase “death panels” when she opposed “end of life counseling sessions” in which physicians would educate patients on such useful estate planning tools as Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies and Advance Directives (known as “Living Wills” in some jurisdictions). When she was forced to acknowledge that a member of the Republican Party (Maine Senator Olympia Snowe) was the initial proponent of “end of life counseling sessions”, she began to apply the phrase differently. She began claiming that “death panels” are government bureaucrats or commissions that will decide whether to pay for a patient’s health care based upon health condition or age. Despite the fact that the new law provided no such panels at all, Palin also seemed to miss the point that under our old broken health care system, insurance adjusters could unilaterally decide whether to pay for a patient’s health care based upon any arbitrary reason.

As of yesterday, Sarah Palin jumped right back on the “Death Panel” Express as if the lie was never exposed in the first place. She took to Facebook and wrote,

“I stand by everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans because what was true then is true now, and it will remain true as we hear what the Supreme Court has to say… Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these accusers finally saw that Obamacare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about health care funding.”

The Los Angeles Times however, points out that “Such a system also, according to most health experts, exists only in the imagination of Palin and others who took up the phrase as a cudgel against the legislation, which ultimately passed with no Republican support and was signed into law by President Obama  in March 2010.”

CNN reports that presently, Palin is “specifically referring to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a proposed group that would recommend how to achieve Medicare savings though would not sit in judgment of individual patients’ treatment courses.”

Truth be damned! Sarah Palin has proved once again that she is either stupid or has a very short memory.

Let’s take a quick look at some of Palin’s greatest hits, shall we?

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U219P_zs7w

THE WRECK OF THE SARAH L. PALIN (Version Two)

(sung to the Gordon Lightfoot song “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald ”)

The legend lives on from the North Slope on down
To the town they call Sandpoint, Idaho
The Heath’s one would say, had a daughter that day
Why they kept her, I must say, “I don’t know”

They loaded up the truck and they tested their luck
When they moved to Wasilla, Alaska
Sarah enrolled in school and was nobody’s fool
On the court they called her “Barracuda”.

In 1982 she left for Honolulu
Off to Hawaii Pacific College
She did not last long there nor at anywhere
In her quest for some meaningful knowledge.

She finally did see a journalism degree
After stints at 5 or 6 safety schools
Sometime in between she was a pageant queen
Then she worked in TV for KTUU.

She met up with her fate sometime in ’88
When her TV career was a failin’
And everyone knew, as her parents did too
She would soon be the Bride of Todd Palin.

Long before she did wed, she conceived in his bed
That was the end of her abstinency
While laid out on her back, she gave birth to Lil’ Track
The result of an unwed pregnancy.

She was now in a lurch cuz of her right wing church
But she carried on without a care
She had a beehive hairdo, but had nothing to do
That all changed when she became the Mayor.

She appointed some crooks then she banned some good books
No one lasted if they weren’t on her team
Wasilla’s deficit grew, kids fired-up on homebrew
Not to mention the methamphetamine.

She became the next Guv and to show the state love
She proposed to unite remote shore banks
But once in a bind she politely declined
To the bridge she said,”Thanks but no thanks”.

John McCain now you see had to choose a VP
His campaign was certainly failin’
He wanted a she that was trés “mavericky”
So he chose Alaska’s Sarah Palin.

But poor press reviews of her live interviews
With Couric and Gibson oft replayed
Showed she could not spar with the nightly news stars
Let alone outperform Tina Fey

The election was lost and poor Sarah was tossed
From her seat on “The Straight Talk Express”
She went home and did pose in her new store-bought clothes
But  Alaskans were not now impressed

She’s no longer a saint due to ethics complaints
She has nobody left now to wink at
Her opinions ignored and her actions abhorred
“Hockey mom” once again is a rink rat

Her career was a blip, it was a sinking ship
Her supporters are jumpin’ and bailin’
Her character flaws became the final straw
For the wreck known as Sarah L. Palin


Supreme Court Injustice

Supreme Court Injustices decide Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission

Last Thursday, the five conservative, activist U.S.  Supreme Court Justices effectively transferred the power of electing politicians from the people of the United States to corporations (including foreign controlled domestic corporations). In the case of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission the Supreme Court effectively wiped out corporate campaign spending limits and now corporations can open their almost limitless coffers to influence elections throughout the United States. The net result is that business friendly Republican candidates will benefit while Democratic party candidates will be penalized.

It will be interesting to see how the Tea-Baggers react to the decision. After all, the Tea Party prides itself on returning power to the people and its members are steadfast in their opposition to recent corporate bailouts. Consequently, common sense would dictate that the Tea-Baggers would be furious at the decision. The problem is that the Tea-Baggers in general are uneducated, gun-toting dolts and probably cannot read well enough to understand the implications of the decision.

So, what was the decision about? Overturning a century-old restriction, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations could spend as much as they wanted to sway voters in federal elections. Until Thursday, corporations and unions were barred from spending their treasury funds on broadcast ads, campaign workers or billboards that urge the election or defeat of a federal candidate. The restriction dates to 1907, when President Theodore Roosevelt persuaded Congress to forbid corporations, railroads and national banks from putting money into federal races. After World War II, Congress extended the ban to labor unions. More recently, the McCain-Feingold Act in 2002 added an extra limit on corporate and union-funded broadcast ads in the month before an election. Such ads were prohibited if they even mentioned a candidate running for office. Thursday’s decision swept away all of these restrictions.

Consequently, your next President may be brought to you by the generosity of Sony Corporation.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Catch Me Now I’m Falling song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teBYPHu94Cw

CORPORATE BARONS CALLING

(sung to the Kinks song “Catch Me Now I’m Falling”)

We remember your little town
How it needed a helping hand
We came to feed you but now when we need you
You won’t let us elect our man

Now we’re calling those Justices that rule over our world
This is Corporate America calling
We took your bailouts and then we increased your fees
But on campaign finance you’re stalling (stalling)

Help us now we’re calling you
Stop your endless stalling
It’s in your hands, its up to you
Profits might be falling

We remember your little towns
And their tiny storefront vacancies
First we connived you and then we denied you
Of taxes on which you must feed

Now you Supreme Court Justices that rule over our world
This is Corporate America calling (calling)
Please don’t make us break every one of your knees
You would rather walk than be crawling (crawling)

Help us now we’re calling you
Profits might be falling
We need election help from you
Our guys need installing

Plain folks are broke and down on their knees
Now you can help us keep them down
We have paid you off to sit upon our throne
Now you must return the favor in a hurry,
You best not let us down

This is Corporate America calling
This is Corporate America calling

Help us now we’re calling you
Profits might be falling
We need election help from you
Our guys need installing

Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling

We denied you through all of your recessions
And we spit on you when you were down
We search overseas for our employees
We fill our coffers while our poor employees’ wages
Get shipped right out of town

This is Corporate America calling
This is Corporate America calling

Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling

Corporate America deserves more clout
Because recessions cause us difficulties
The Supreme Court will never let us down
Because the Chief Justice and four others are George Bush appointees

Now we’re calling the Justices that rule over our world
This is Corporate America calling
Just bail us out or do we have to say,”please”?
We must stop our profits from falling

Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling
Corporate barons calling

Sunday Morning Coffee (or Tea) – 26

Just a few noteworthy political meteorites and comments thereon that have been careening around the galaxy this past week.

BREAKING NEWS: This past week during an on-air radio broadcast that he shared with crazy  Michele Bachmann (Tea Party) MN, Arlen Specter (D) PA was repeatedly interrupted by the nutcase until he found it necessary to put her in her place. Politico.com reports that Bachmann first laid out her agenda — cutting taxes and killing President Obama’s health reform bill — at considerable length. When Arlen Specter tried to counter, Bachmann, darling of the Tea Party movement, kept on talking, which didn’t sit well with the one-time Philadelphia DA, who is a stickler for politeness and protocol. “I’m going to treat you like a lady,” Mr. Specter shot back. “Now act like one.” When Bachmann continued to interrupt him on at least two more occasions, Specter again told her to “act like a lady” each time. Bachmann seems to be suffering from a case of “Once, Twice, Three times not a lady”!

THIS JUST IN: John Edwards is actually the father of his mistress’ baby? Wow, we never saw that one coming!

BREAKING NEWS: Last Thursday, the five conservative, activist U.S.  Supreme Court Justices effectively transferred the power of electing politicians from the people of the United States to corporations (including foreign controlled domestic corporations). In the case of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission the Supreme Court effectively wiped out corporate campaign spending limits and now corporations can open their almost limitless coffers to influence elections throughout the United States. The net result is that business friendly Republican candidates will benefit while Democratic party candidates will be penalized. It will be interesting to see how the Tea-Baggers react to the decision. After all, the Tea Party prides itself on returning power to the people and its members are steadfast in their opposition to recent corporate bailouts. Consequently, common sense would dictate that the Tea-Baggers would be furious at the decision. The problem is that the Tea-Baggers in general are uneducated, gun-toting dolts and probably cannot read well enough to understand the implications of the decision. Your next President may be brought to you by the generosity of Sony Corporation.

THIS JUST IN: This week’s edition of “This Guy Gets Creepier Every Day” features newly elected Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown. First he posed nude for a Cosmopolitan magazine centerfold. Then, at his election victory party he pimped out his daughters by announcing that they are both available. Now a strange photo of Brown and his daughters has surfaced in which Scott leeringly smiles while hugging his teeny-weeny-bikini clad daughters. Maybe it is just me, but every time I am exposed to Scott Brown, I feel the need to take a shower thereafter.

BREAKING NEWS: “RIP” Air America Radio. We are sad to announce that the progressive radio network filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last Thursday and ceased all live broadcasting. Let’s hope that another stronger voice for progressive politics will be born in the near future.

THIS JUST IN: The Tea Party movement suffered another embarrassment last week. Marine Sgt. Charles Dyer a/k/a “July4Patriot” and outspoken member of the “Oath Keepers” bloc of the Tea Party movement has been arrested on charges of rape of a child and forced sodomy. Additionally during the search of his home, authorities uncovered several firearms and a grenade launcher. This is just another example of a Tea-Bagger being a dangerous lunatic.

BREAKING NEWS: This week’s edition of “Don’t Make Me Get My Irish Up” features me. My anger is directed at the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas and its God Hates Ireland Website. The Irish nation has recently passed laws which prohibit discrimination based upon sexual preference. Here is what the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas had to say about that,

Ireland has absolutely failed its duty to God. It has been wholly given over to the idea that it is okay to be a filthy fag. They have allowed their fags to establish themselves at every level of society, especially in the government. A law called “An Act to Prohibit Incitement to Hatred on Account of Sexual Orientation” has been enacted by the wicked lawmakers in Ireland to eliminate any true gospel preaching there.

How’s that for a big heaping dose of loving Christianity? Pat Robertson would feel right at home with this group of haters.

THIS JUST IN: For those of you that are interested in removing moon-bat crazy Michele Bachmann from office, here are a couple of blogs that you might want to take a look at;

Dump Bachmann, and Michelle Bachmann for President…of Crazy

BREAKING NEWS: The website CultureMap.com has an interesting article about a potential feud between Fox News’ two most outlandishly foolish pundits. They anticipate a turf war between Glenn “My Crying Eyes” Beck and Sarah “My Winking Eyes” Palin.

Reports are surfacing that Glenn Beck is concerned he might be pushed out of his coveted time slot with Fox News and replaced by former Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

There doesn’t seem to be any love lost between these two political media heavy weights. Beck has already predicted that Palin won’t get the Republican nomination in 2012. “I’ve decided that Sarah Palin cannot be president of the United States until she can eviscerate somebody like you,” Beck told Bill O’Reilly in a recent Fox News broadcast. “She’s playing defense right now, and I’m not convinced she wants to be president.” Beck has not been too kind towards Palin since she joined Fox News. “I’ve never met anybody with shields up more than Sarah Palin,” he said.

Meanwhile, Palin is linked with every new Republican star that wins an election. Blogs are now teaming her with Scott Brown as a potential vice presidential pick if she wins the nomination, even though that’s a long way off. Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts in an upset of epic proportions. There are even suggestions Beck and Palin could battle it out over who becomes the de facto leader of the surging “Tea Party”  expected to play a crucial role in this fall’s elections.

As usual, please click on the song link below to familiarize yourelves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s double helping of song parodies. One for Glenn Beck and one for Sarah Palin. Please enjoy.

Crazy song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmLS_jkxPRs

HE’S CRAZY

(sung to the Patsy Cline song “Crazy”)

Crazy
Glenn Beck is a demented phony
He’s crazy
Marbles? He’s missing a few

We knew
He was one of Bellevue’s “Most Wanted”
And that someday
He’d make an asylum debut

Sorry
Beck’s on a mental safari
Wondrin’
How did he go so koo-koo

Oh, crazy
Glenn’s crazy and back on the home brew
There’s no use denyin’
Beck can’t stop cryin’
Glenn Beck’s crazy
And stupid too

Crazy
We’re not sure that Beck’s not sniffing glue
It seems like he’s flyin’
We’re not just implyin’
Glenn Beck’s crazy
We know it’s true

Crazy song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmLS_jkxPRs

CRAZY

(sung to the Patsy Cline song “Crazy”)

Crazy
Palin is chock-full of baloney
She’s crazy
Crazy and without a clue

We knew
She’s psychologically haunted
And that someday
She’d make her asylum debut

Sorry
She could be a guest on Maury
Wondrin’
How did she go so koo-koo

Oh, crazy
As crazy as her husband, First Dude
There’s no use denyin’
Cheatin’ and lyin’
Sarah’s crazy
We know it’s true

Crazy
We’re not sure if Palin’s sniffing glue
It seems like she’s flyin’
We’re not just implyin’
Sarah’s crazy
We know it’s true

Boston Radio’s Jay Severin(o) – “Snide and Prejudice”

Radio host Jay Severin(o) standing in his yard.

Radio host Jay Severin(o) standing in his yard.

After having been banned from the airwaves for a month following his racist on-air remarks, Boston radio host James Severino (a/k/a Jay Severin) is back to his old tricks. This dishonest and cowardly reich-wing pundit plies his trade on the Boston, MA based conservative radio station affectionately referred to by many listeners as, WKKK.

Yesterday, Severin, (who changed his name from James Severino a number of years back, presumably to avoid any ethnic stereotyping) devoted his afternoon show to discussion of this week’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision in the case of  Ricci v. DeStefano which involved a reverse discrimination claim. In that case, a number of white (and one Hispanic) Connecticut firefighters challenged a city decision to ignore promotional testing results because minority firefighters failed to score high enough to gain promotion. The city contended that Title VII’s prohibition against hiring practices which have a disproportionately negative impact on members of a certain racial group might trigger a lawsuit by minorities against the city if promotions were granted only to members not from that racial group.

At trial, the U.S. District Court found in favor of the city. On appeal to the U.S. Appeals Court (on which Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor sat), the lower court decision was upheld. On final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court however, the lower court decisions were reversed by a narrow 5 -4 decision.

Severino chose to characterize the decision as an outright denunciation of Sotomayor. Of course, his arguments as usual , were replete with inaccuracies, lies and subjectivity. For example, nearly every sentence that he uttered contained the untruth that over 80% of Sotomayor’s Appeals Court decisions were overturned on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He seems to have come up with that figure by simply parroting a disproved statement made by comedian Rush Limbaugh. The actual percentage of overturned decisions is 66.66%.  Six decisions in which she joined the majority of the Appeals Court were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and of those, four were overturned.

Severino failed to explain however that the Supreme Court chooses to hear argument on only approximately 1% of the cases appealed to it. There is no absolute right to have appeals heard by that court. Additionally, the court itself chooses to hear appeals of those cases wherein there is a disagreement amongst Supreme Court justices. Once a case is selected to be heard, approximately 75% of those cases are overturned.

Severino’s on-air argument was that Sotomayor is unqualified to serve as a Supreme Court justice because 80% of her Appeals Court decisions which were selected to be heard by the Supreme Court, were overturned. His succinct argument was that anyone that performs his/her job incorrectly 80% of the time does not deserve to hold that job, let alone be promoted.

Problem is, as noted above, the Supreme Court overturns 75% of the decisions before it and Sotomayor had only 60% overturned. Consequently, her decisions are overturned on average less than all cases heard by said court. Additionally, and far more astonishingly however, Severino did not call into question Justice Samuel Alito’s qualifications to serve on the court. You see, a full 100% of Alito’s Appeals Court decisions were overturned by the Supreme Court. Alito, however is a sacred cow to those like Severino because of his conservative leaning decisions.

When confronted on-air with those facts by a caller to the show, Severino took his customary cowardly approach. Rather than try to defend his position with actual facts, he hung up on the caller and carried on with his factually incorrect diatribe to his biased audience’s delight. Severino refers to his audience as, “The Best and the Brightest.” In reality, they are more like, “The Deaf and the Sightless.”

Please click on the song link below to have more fun singing along.

Nowhere Man song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLj72apGLI

RADIO MAN

(sung to the The Beatles song “Nowhere Man”)

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

Has a racist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man please listen
We laugh so hard we’re pissin’
Radio man, open your mouth and get canned

(lead guitar)

He’s blind like the G.O.P.
Just sees what a racist sees
Radio man you can’t see me at all?

Radio man we’re sorry
We don’t buy your story
We can’t wait till somebody else
Relieves your command

Has a racist point of view
Changed his name to Severin too
Hasn’t got a friggin’ clue, does he?

Radio man just face it
You’ve little time, don’t waste it
Radio man, we cannot wait till your banned

Jay’s a real radio man
Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody
Preaching to his nowhere fans
For nobody

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