Archive for ‘HealthCare’

February 10, 2012

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan: The 62 Year Old Virgin!

by Ben Hoffman

Crazy F*ck

Hours after President Obama phoned to share his decision with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who is president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the bishops’ headquarters in Washington posted on its Web site a video of Archbishop Dolan, which had been recorded the day before.

“Never before,” Archbishop Dolan said, setting the tone, “has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.”


These crazy f*cks dedicate their lives to some imaginary being — supposedly never engaging in sex, which they believe to be a sin. As we all know, many of them prefer sex with young boys. But what do you expect from weirdos who go around in silly costumes, preaching the writings from some book written nearly 2,000 years ago?

Isn’t it time the religious nuts joined us in the 21st century? Or how about the 20th century? There is such a thing called “science” that explains things people 2,000 years ago didn’t understand.

February 10, 2012

Religious Nuts Win; Women Now Have To Pay For Their Birth Control

by Ben Hoffman

Crazy F*cks In Silly Costumes

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration, seeking to rein in a runaway political furor over birth control and religious liberty, is set to announce a possible compromise on Friday that is meant to calm ire from the right about a new administration rule that would require health insurance plans — including those offered by Roman Catholic hospitals, universities and charities — to offer free birth control to female employees.


These crazy f*cks have far too much power.

February 7, 2012

The Power Of Social Media: Karen Handel Resigns from Komen for the Cure!

by Ben Hoffman

Dumb and Dumber

Karen Handel, the former GOP candidate for governor, just announced her resignation as a senior vice president for public of Susan G. Komen for the Cure – one week after the breast cancer charity reversed itself on a decision to sever financial ties with Planned Parenthood.

Below is the letter. Note that Handel says she is declining the offer of a severance package from Komen — which might have required her to keep silent. She’s got a session with reporters this afternoon in Atlanta.


Maybe next time Komen will hire someone with a college degree.

February 2, 2012

Republicans Politicize Breast Cancer: Top Advisory Doctors Resign In Protest

by Ben Hoffman

Dr. Kathy Plesser, a Manhattan radiologist on the medical advisory board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s New York chapter, said she plans to resign from her position unless Komen reverses its decision to pull grant money from Planned Parenthood.

“I’m a physician and my interest is women’s health, and I am disturbed by Komen’s decision because I am a very strong advocate for serving under-served women,” Plesser told The Huffington Post. “Eliminating this funding will mean there’s no place for these women to go. Where are these women to go to have a mammography? Do they not deserve to have mammography?”

With her decision, Plesser joins Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, and the executive director of Komen’s Los Angeles County chapter, Deb Anthony, both of whom also resigned in protest.

Susan G. Komen, the nation’s largest breast cancer charity, announced on Tuesday that it had adopted a new rule against partnering with organizations that are under investigation, and that it would therefore sever ties with Planned Parenthood, which is currently under investigation in Congress. The groups that prompted that investigation are anti-abortion advocacy organizations that have long criticized Planned Parenthood, primarily a women’s health and family planning organization, over the fact that some of its clinics offer abortions.

Read more…

We’re witnessing the return of McCarthyism.

January 20, 2012

14 Elements of Fascism

by Ben Hoffman

Dr. Lawrence Britt analyzed the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. While, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history, they all followed the fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. Further, all these regimes have been overthrown, so a more or less complete picture of their basic characteristics and abuses is possible.

Analysis of these seven regimes reveals fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power. These basic characteristics are more prevalent and intense in some regimes than in others, but they all share at least some level of similarity.

  1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.
  2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.
  3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
  4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.
  5. Rampant sexism.
  6. A controlled mass media.
  7. Obsession with national security.
  8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.
  9. Power of corporations protected.
  10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
  11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.
  12. Obsession with crime and punishment.
  13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
  14. Fraudulent elections.


January 10, 2012

Public’s Views of Political Terms

by Ben Hoffman

Perception is everything. If we provide an actual description for these terms, the ratings would change dramatically.

  • Socialism. Our military is the largest socialized program in the U.S. If you asked right-wingers if they support the military in its current form, you’d see about 100% approval. The negative view would come from many on the left and even some libertarians. But many on the right have become convinced that any government intrusion into the free market is socialism and therefore is bad.
  • Libertarian. After it was obvious that Bush’s policies were disastrous, many people decided to call themselves libertarians instead of Republicans. There really is very little difference between the two in most cases. The extreme libertarians are the militia groups and various weird cults who don’t want the government telling them that they can’t be weird.
  • Capitalism. The term “capitalism” can be interpreted in various ways. Right-wingers who claim to be capitalists are referring to free-market capitalism. When some on the left voice opposition to capitalism, they’re also referring to free-market capitalism. Well regulated capitalism tends to work pretty well, but we’ve gotten away from smart regulation because of the vocal anti-government segment of the population who function under the facade of patriotism.
  • Conservative. “Conservative” in the political sense is a radical ideology: aggressive foreign policies, economic policies based on theories proven to be erroneous, and embracing religion over science. If they used the political meaning of conservatism in this poll, only the die-hard right-wingers would admit to embracing such an ideology.

What’s missing from the equation is corporatism (or fascism), which is what you get with the Republican party. We were on the path to fascism with the Bush administration in 2006 when enough people woke up and voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in the congressional elections. But people have short memories, and with the flood of right-wing propaganda and the birth of the corporate sponsored Tea Party movement, Republicans were able to regain control of the House in 2010.

If you were to ask right-wingers how they felt about the tax cut legislation passed during the past dozen years, the vast majority would say they approved, yet those same people are apposed to the Stimulus bill, which was 1/3 tax cuts. Right-wing propaganda defined the Stimulus to be a massive spending bill with no reference to the tax cuts. Propaganda is the primary tool used to promote fascism, and the overly emotional, scared, hate-filled, religious population is easily manipulated into voting against their best interests.

January 3, 2012

The Iowa Caucuses: Which Turd Will Rise To The Top?

by Ben Hoffman

Mormon Turd

It’s been a long battle for top fly in the garbage can that is the Republican party, but tomorrow, the people of Iowa will decide which candidate’s lies have been most effective. It’s impossible to defend conservative policies without lying, and they know Obama is better for America than they would be, so all they can do is lie.

January 1, 2012

Personal Growth and the New Year

by Ben Hoffman

I’ve gained two pounds already, just since yesterday morning!

Oh… that’s not what’s meant by personal growth? Never mind.

December 31, 2011

2011 – Year in Review

by Ben Hoffman

In no particular order…

  • Japan tsunami and nuclear disaster killed nearly 20,000 people
  • Death of Dennis Ritchie. Ritchie created the “C” programming language around 1970 to rewrite the UNIX operating system. It made the porting of software to various platforms much easier than with assembly language. Most software is still written in C/C++ including Windows, Linux, UNIX, Mac OS X, MS Office, most browsers…
  • Death of Steve Jobs. A visionary who changed life for many with the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and many others.
  • Occupy Wall St. People around the world have been protesting the right-wing policies that have destroyed our economy and ruined countless lives. America finally got into the game.
  • Arab Spring. This year we saw the fall of the Tunisian, Libyan, and Egyptian governments. The fate of Syria is unknown with the government murdering 100s of protesters.
  • Tim Tebow mania. A mediocre quarterback gains legendary status because he’s a religious nut.
  • Killing of Osama Bin-Laden. Obama makes Republicans look bad by taking out the terrorist responsible for the 9/11/2001 attack. Republican tactic: bomb them into smithereens. Democratic tactic: use intelligence.
  • Withdrawal from Iraq. One of the biggest blunders in U.S. history ends with the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. No one has been prosecuted for lying us into war, nor has there been a serious investigation into how we got it so wrong.
  • Space Shuttle program ends with final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis. George W. Bush canceled the Space Shuttle replacement program as one of his first acts as president. Right-wingers blame Obmaa.
  • Christian terrorism in Norway leaves 76 children dead.
  • Consumer outrage stops BOfA credit card charges and Verizon fees. That’s evidence that we’re not powerless to fight abuse.
  • And the biggest news of 2011… I wrote 3 songs! For years I’ve wanted to try my hand at writing songs and finally did it. My next goal is to write a GOOD song. 🙂

I hope you all had a good year. We need to be more active in the upcoming election to win back the House from the radical right. Get involved in local elections. Expose Republicans for the SOBs they are.

Happy New Year!

December 29, 2011

More Right-Wing Bias In The Media, This Time From Pew-Research

by Ben Hoffman

12-28-11 #1
What’s missing from this research? How about adding corporatism into the equation. That’s the most dangerous ideology and also where we’re heading with Republicans and a few Democrats in our government. Corporatism is another name for fascism, and is also the ideology of the Republican and Libertarian parties.

December 27, 2011

Things Conservatives Hate

by Ben Hoffman

Conservatives are not creators; they leave that up to the imaginary being in the sky. They do nothing but destroy. So I thought I’d make a list of things conservatives hate. (Feel free to add to this list.)

Things conservatives hate

  • High-speed rail transportation
  • Anything done that doesn’t make a profit
  • Green energy
  • Democrats
  • Barack Obama
  • Democracy in the United States (because sometimes the other party gets elected)
  • Tax cuts when proposed by Democrats (the Stimulus was 1/3 tax cuts)
  • Atheists
  • Gays (unless they’re self-hating gays like Larry Craig)
  • Legitimate economists (because they always contradict the conservative ideology)
  • Being told they have to buy insurance, even if they already have insurance (they just don’t like being told to do it)
  • Higher education (only the elite should be educated)
  • Science (it’s too hard)
  • Taxes. They’d rather see our infrastructure crumble than have to pay taxes (this would be number 1 if these were in order)
  • Not being at war (Conservatives love to bomb other countries where they get to destroy all sorts of things)
  • Publicly funded art projects
  • Publicly funded TV and radio programs
  • Social Security (unless they’re old enough to collect)
  • Medicare (unless they’re old enough or disabled so they can collect)
  • Any news outlet that doesn’t spin the news to the right
  • Regulation that restricts pollution
  • The environment (unless it involves property where they get to kill animals)
  • The minimum wage ($3 a day is plenty for workers like they’re paid in China)
  • Communism or socialism (unless it’s in other countries where U.S. corporations can exploit their workers)
December 25, 2011

Live Music Sunday – “Try Me One More Time” by the Gospel Baptist Church Youth Choir

by Ben Hoffman

Some live gospel music for Christmas.

December 13, 2011

Overly Emotional Right-Wing Sheep Upset About The Scott Walker Recall Effort

by Ben Hoffman

Right-wing nut-job

Volunteers working to recall Gov. Scott Walker said they have proof of the harassment they’ve been getting from opponents.
Reports of harassment have come in from many areas, and on Monday night, Brookfield police arrested a man after one such incident was caught on tape.

“I just thought this guy is out of control. I could just see the steam coming off his head. So I thought, ‘Wow, this could be serious,'” volunteer Steve Nagel said.

Nagel said he immediately started recording the incident when Fred Frisby pulled up to the area along Bluemond Road where the volunteers were collecting signatures.

Volunteer Steve Spieckerman said, “He shouted out. He asked me, ‘What don’t you like about Scott Walker?'”
Spieckerman said Frisby jumped out of his truck when he refused to answer.

“Then he let loose with a torrent of abuse and obscenities,” Spieckerman said.

The video shows Frisby yelling, “Do you pay health care? No, you don’t pay health care. You mooching off the system?”
Frisby can been seen grabbing the camera before it goes dark.

“He turned around and he jammed the camera back in my chest and he put his fist up to my face and said, ‘How do you like that,'” Nagel said.

Read more…

November 30, 2011

Ignorance is Bliss: Ohio Republican Governor Admits He Doesn’t Read The News

by Ben Hoffman


Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said on Monday he “very rarely” reads newspapers.

“You should know, I don’t read newspapers in the state of Ohio. Very rarely do I read a newspaper,” he said during a speech in Columbus. “Because just like I think presidents have done in the past, reading newspapers does not give you an uplifting experience.”

“Time to time, people will send me articles and things I need to know about. I have found that my life’s a lot better if I don’t get aggravated about what I read in the newspaper,” he added.

Read more…

Republicans don’t read the news because facts are inconsistent with their version of reality and the version they sell to the public. And if you don’t know the facts, it’s a lot easier to lie.

Republican ideology is based on lies. The Reagan legacy is almost pure myth. Their economic policies are based on lies. Their foreign policies are based on ignorance, which is why they continuously repeat mistakes of the past. You can’t learn from the past if you don’t know the past.

Gov. John Kasich would be a good fit as a republican presidential candidate. For right-wingers, the dumber the better.

November 26, 2011

George Carlin Talks About Reagan and the Republicans

by Ben Hoffman

It’s no wonder right-wingers are so angry. They don’t have any comedians on their side (any funny ones, anyway). Their music sucks. They don’t like science because it doesn’t fit their ideology. They have to rewrite history to make it fit their world view. They lie to criticize Democrats and lie to defend Republicans.

Right-wingers are pathetic excuses for human beings, which is why they need religion to provide some comfort that if they believe in some mythological supernatural being, they’ll go to some imaginary place when they die.