Obviously FEMA is a government agency, and we all know how conservatives feel about pretty much anything to do with the government. Funny thing, though; I always notice that when a massive disaster happens to strike one of these “strongly Republican” regions of our country, suddenly those impacted by the disaster become huge fans of FEMA and Republican leaders from the impacted areas are quick to seek funds and help from the federal government.
The truth is, when it comes to the government Republicans love to hate it - until they desperately need it.
Well, possibly the most asinine argument I’ve ever heard against FEMA was uttered Sunday morning on Fox News’ Fox & Friends when Fox Business host John Stossel stated that we don’t really need the government’s help following major disasters because private companies like Walmart will “spontaneously” come in and fix everything.
“If you hadn’t seen a skating rink, you would say, ‘No, you need skating police, people go in this direction,’” Stossel said. “Think of how much of life is spontaneous - jazz, there’s no direction. So much of life is spontaneous, but our instinct is to say, ‘Government, give us a plan.’”
The simplistic mind of the average libertarian never ceases to amaze me. They take very small, much less complex examples, then try to claim that an entire society can be run in the exact same way. As if the direction people go on a skating rink is anything like how a massive society functions.
But Stossel’s main focus was how overly dependent people are on the government to help them following a massive disaster.
“After Katrina, Walmart and private charities helped people in many more ways than FEMA did,” he continued. “Because FEMA is incompetent because government tends to be. But also Walmart everyday needs to know what people need, and they were ready. They had more weather forecasters than some of the local governments do.”
The final episode of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos airs tonight on Fox, and Monday on National Geographic. Be there or be an ignorant, anti science, creationist, climate change denying, racist loser.
Here’s a scene from the final episode!
This is a scene from this weeks upcoming episode of Cosmos. Tyson debunks one of the most common claims made by climate change deniers. He explains why short term cooling doesn’t prove that the carbon dioxide we’re pumping into the atmosphere is not causing global warming. The episode will air on Fox This Sunday, and National Geographic the following Monday.
“Fox & Friends” decided to get its revenge on Scientific American editor Michael Moyer after Moyer tweeted that the show’s producers had barred him from discussing climate change.
Moyer said he had been explicitly told to “pick something else” when he said he thought climate change was an important “future trend” to talk about. His decision to air this behind-the-scenes chat, as well as his subsequent tweets mocking the politics and some of the staffers on the show, led Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and guest co-host Anna Kooiman to spend nearly 5 minutes of their Thursday show getting back at Moyer.
As the program’s chyrons dubbed him a “coward,” each of the hosts tore into Moyer.
“We put him on, we have a nice conversation, and then he stabs us in the back,” Doocy complained.
As for climate change, Kooiman said that the show’s producers decided what to air, not Moyer. She said Moyer had talked about “things that actually matter” instead.
For good measure, Kilmeade then told viewers to tweet their anger at Moyer personally.
The general consensus is Democrats may lose big in 2014, but that doesn’t have to be. They can rip a page from the Republicans’ playbook to turn this thing around.
What am I babbling about? I am referring to rewording and coded language—and the Grand Ole Party is brilliant at both.
Comedian Bill Maher offered some advice to Democrats Friday on his HBO show which was ingenious. He thinks they need to change how they describe their policies and programs to voters.
Republicans in Washington, on talk radio and television—namely, Fox—are experts at spin and use coded language and rewording to either fire up the hate, fear, ignorance or resentment of their base or mobilize them into action.
One of their most memorable rewordings was changing “Affordable Care Act” to “Obamacare.”
You see, to inflame hearts and minds against President Barack Hussein Obama, they took his signature piece of legislation and wiped his foreign, Muslim-sounding name all over it.
Bill Hemmer was interviewing aviation attorney Salvatore Lagonia Wednesday morning about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane when he brought up a question that very well may have been on the minds of a least a few Fox News viewers. Given that it took “100 years to find the Titanic” and “2,000 years to find Noah’s Ark, do we ever find Flight 370?”
The Fox host was apparently referring to the evangelical Christian explorers who claimed to have found the remains of the biblical Noah’s Ark on Turkey’s Mount Ararat during explorations in 2007 and 2008. “It’s not 100 percent that it is Noah’s ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it,” Yeung Wing-cheung, a Chinese filmmaker accompanying the explorers, said in 2010.
I agree with Jason Shankel, creationists should watch the second episode of Cosmos, only in the hopes that it will get them to see how wrong they are. Everyone else should also watch it through as well. There really isn’t enough genuine eductional television anymore in my opinion and the Cosmos reboot with Neil Degrasse Tyson, is not only very informative, so far its extremely entertaining a visually stunning.
In the second episode of Cosmos, Neil DeGrasse Tyson tackles the greatest story science has ever told: the story of life.
Tyson begins with the evolution of dogs from wolves via artificial selection, or if you prefer, the domestication of humans by dogs. Wolves that were friendlier, tamer and more loyal to humans were selectively bred to be our companions. As we settled into agricultural communities in the break between ice ages, dogs became the partners of our labors, consuming and burying our trash, defending our territory and helping us hunt.
“Artificial selection turned the wolf into the shepherd,” Tyson tells us before asking the question that has inspired battles in courtrooms and classrooms since Darwin first posed it in 1859: “If artificial selection can accomplish that much in just a few thousand years, what can natural selection accomplish given billions of years?”
Rebooting Carl Sagan’s seminal “Cosmos” miniseries three decades later is almost impossible — unless you happen to be renowned astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson.
For those who may have missed the original back in 1980, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” was a documentary series on PBS that explored the universe as well as the history of scientific discovery. Sagan’s topics of discussionranged from Japanese folklore to debunking astrology to the ultimate fate of the stars and galaxies that surround us.
10/3/2013 - Jon Stewart Government Shutdown - For the third night in a row, Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show with coverage of “Shutstorm 2013? and this time his rage was aimed squarely at “Bullshit Mountain,” AKA Fox News. He noticed that the hosts over at Fox seem to have realized that “this shutdown ain’t looking so hot for one particular political party.”
Stewart went straight to the “Bullshit-anator” himself, Sean Hannity, who has been referring to the whole thing as a “liberal shutdown.” But it was Fox’s coverage of the shuttered World War II memorial that really got him going. “Could there be a higher octane fuel for Fox News’ false outrage exploitation engine than wheelchair-bound World War II veterans?” he asked. “Maybe a fetus that owns a small business and that small business makes ‘Merry Christmas’ muzzle cozies.”
The host blasted Fox for standing up against the memorial closure while forgetting that “it’s their allies’ assassin budget shenanigans that not only shut it in the first place, but also put Meals on Wheels at risk, a program that serves meals to over 500,000 veterans a year.”
After playing a montage of Republicans describing their love for “small government,” Stewart came to a realization. “You hate the government,” he said. “Yet you rail like banshees if any of the services and benefits you like are taken away.” Echoing an infamous scene from Steve Martin’s The Jerk, he said, “I don’t need any government, except these memorials, and Social Security, and the paddle game.”
Turning back to Fox, Stewart played a clip of Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocey remarking that the Obama administration sent more security to the World War II memorial than he did to Benghazi. “I’m pretty sure the news face you want to use to convey outrage and concern isn’t shit-eating grin,” he said. “The gratuitous and cavalier nature of that comparison truly shows how little they actually care about Benghazi, except as a ‘Ben-gotcha.’”
For more, Stewart went “live via satellite” to a “longtime federal employee who has seen the effects of this shutdown firsthand”: Smokey the Bear. When Stewart called him out for throwing a lit cigarette on the ground, he replied, “Oh, you want me to go put that out? How about this, fuck you, pay me, Jon, all right?”