Watching her being flawlessly lampooned - her hypocrisy and pomposity laid bare with a clarity that only comedy can achieve - felt like a gossamer lifeline of hope and sanity to which we could all cling.
In short: Fey’s Palin impression wasn’t important because Palin is trivial and amusing. It was important because Palin is anything but. And we need to remember that.
So please. Everyone. I am begging you. Do not participate in or encourage the aw-shucks redemption of Sarah Palin - or any other unrepentant nightmare person, for that matter. She does not deserve it. She is the same person she was in 2008 (though seemingly even more desperate and eager to pander) and she is still actively trying to make the world worse.
The Christian Examiner, a California based Christian periodical published by the Christian Media Corporation International Group, just filed a report attacking the son of Alabama District Court Judge Callie Granade. Granade has risen to prominence recently due to her ruling that struck down Alabama’s Gay marriage ban, and her rulings to county clerks and probate judges enjoining them to follow the Court’s decision.
The report, based off an unverified Facebook post, attempts to attack the Judge through her son, who may or may not be gay:
…at least one Facebook poster is questioning whether Judge Granade had a conflict of interest in making her ruling.
A person who self-identified as Ashton Harrington—with a profile description of “studied at the University of Alabama”—posted a screen capture with the note “Judge Ginny Granade appears to approve of her son Milton Granade’s Facebook profile picture.
Judge Granade expresses “Great photo of you two!” in the comment stream.
“I would like to know if her decision was based on law or family preference,” he asked, suggesting her son may be gay
None of the public postings on Facebook indicate her son Milton Grenade has children or is seeking them.
There is no evidence her son is a public figure, nor any evidence he is gay, beyond this Facebook post. The question of her son’s sexuality is irrelevant - judges are expected to rule dispassionately per the constitution and judicial precedent. She would be just the most recent in a line of judges across the country to strike down gay marriage bans, following precedent and using the constitution’s supremacy and equal protections provisions.
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Recently I learned about a new anti vaccination children’s book, “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles.” No, I’m not kidding. Its real, unfortunately, and its author hasn’t created a clever satire. It might be hilarious if this was something from the Onion, but its not, and it isn’t the author’s idea of a joke.
The images of the front and back covers of the book are from Amazon, where its currently being sold. Shockingly if you look carefully at the page, you’ll notice that it appears to have won an award for “best children’s book.” It would have been more deserving of an award for “most anti-science propaganda book aimed at children,” or “most likely to harm innocent children if taken seriously.” Contrary to what the person who wrote the story, Stephanie Messenger seems to think, having a child with what is actually a horrible disease, isn’t something to be proud of. Being sick, especially with an illness more serious than the common cold, like measles, certainly isn’t fun at all.
Thankfully some smart people over at Amazon are having some fun by power owning the book’s “Measles are good” message. They left hilarious comments mocking her fantasy. Sadly It won’t stop some people from actually believing the message behind Messenger’s ridiculous fiction. People can literally die from the measles, just listen to the genuine experts at the world health organization. According to them,
Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.
The disease remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Approximately 145 700 people died from measles in 2013 – mostly children under the age of 5.
Measles is caused by a virus in the paramyxovirus family and it is normally passed through direct contact and through the air. The virus infects the mucous membranes, then spreads throughout the body. Measles is a human disease and is not known to occur in animals.
Accelerated immunization activities have had a major impact on reducing measles deaths. During 2000-2013, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 15.6 million deaths. Global measles deaths have decreased by 75% from an estimated 544 200 in 2000 to 145 700 in 2013.
Just as importantly, if you read through the pamphlet, guess who the World Health Organization points out is the most vulnerable to the disease? That’s right, children, innocent defenseless children.
Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles and its complications, including death. Unvaccinated pregnant women are also at risk. Any non-immune person (who has not been vaccinated or was vaccinated but did not develop immunity) can become infected.
Measles is still common in many developing countries – particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. The overwhelming majority (more than 95%) of measles deaths occur in countries with low per capita incomes and weak health infrastructures.
Messenger is doing a horrible disservice to everyone with her ridiculous anti reality propaganda for children. Even worst through, she isn’t the only one, spreading this type of dangerous anti science stupidity.
Popular comedian, Bill Maher, has also been using his celebrity status to spread anti vaccine hysteria. According to Orac at the Science Blog, Respectful Insolence,
As hard as it is to believe, my first acknowledgment of Bill Maher’s antivaccine proclivities was nearly ten years ago, when Maher promoted the myth that Louis Pasteur had recanted on his deathbed, adding to that a statement that “I don’t believe in vaccination, either because it’s a “theory that I think is flawed.” Indeed, he’s been promoting the lie that vaccines don’t work and that the influenza vaccine causes Alzheimer’s disease since before I started blogging (although it’s been nine years since I first noticed it) and proclaiming his lack of belief in “Western medicine” to the point of telling David Letterman after his heart surgery that maybe he could come off his medications.
A few years ago, though, Maher seemed to have made a strategic decision not to spout off so much about vaccines and his belief that, if you just eat the right foods and keep the body “pure,” you will be magically immune to the flu. Maybe it was because his pseudoscientific invocation of “will” was so ridiculous that Bob Costas mocked him for it on his very own show, dismissing his claim that he wouldn’t catch the flu on an airplane sarcastically by saying, “Oh, come on, Superman!” Or maybe it was the flak so justifiably aimed at the Atheist Alliance International for giving him the Richard Dawkins Award in 2009, which inspired me to liken giving Maher such an award to giving Jenny McCarthy a public health award. Back then, when he tried to defend himself, he just dug himself in deeper and deeper, to the point where Chris Matthews even compared him to a celebrity Scientologist like Tom Cruise denouncing psychiatry.
In addition, speaking of Maher, Mediaite columnist Andrew Kirell also points out,
Strange new alliances have emerged as past histories of prominent politicians holding skeptical views of certain vaccines have been dug up. One public icon who has thus far escaped the scrutiny is HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher.
Over the past decade, the comedian has repeatedly and openly expressed doubts about vaccinations while lending credence to theories that certain inoculations can cause disorders like autism. Maher, like many other wealthy celebrities, proudly rejects “Western medicine,” which helps explain why a great deal of the anti-vaccination crowd is made up of well-educated, California-based elites
Even if it could be shown that vaccines cause autism, or even the chemicals in certain vaccines cause autism, given how much deadlier diseases can be without them, it would still hardly be worth it to stop vaccinating your kids. If you think that some people getting sick somehow proves vaccines don’t work, do some research on herd immunity. Emily Willingham and Laura Helft do a great job of explaining it.
Just as a herd of cattle or sheep uses sheer numbers to protect its members from predators, herd immunity protects a community from infectious diseases by virtue of the sheer numbers of people immune to such diseases. The more members of a human “herd” who are immune to a given disease, the better protected the whole populace will be from an outbreak of that disease.
There are two ways an individual can become immune to an infectious disease: by becoming infected with the pathogen that causes it or by being vaccinated against it. Because vaccines induce immunity without causing illness, they are a comparatively safe and effective way to fill a community with disease-resistant people. These vaccinated individuals have protected themselves from disease. But, in turn, they are also protecting members of the community who cannot be vaccinated, preventing the chain of disease from reaching them and limiting potential outbreaks. Every vaccinated person adds to the effectiveness of this community-level protection.
Anti vaxxers, are not just left wing. Maher for the most part is a liberal, I’m not sure where Messenger falls on the political spectrum, but Glenn Beck is someone who is clearly far right. He is also one of the most paranoid people out there. Beck thinks the Measles outbreak is all just another conspiracy to get people to obey our “tyrannical” government.
Also he expects us to believe that people who oppose vaccines are being persecuted, even going so far as to compare himself to Galileo. Beck says this despite the fact that no one has been prosecuted by our “tyrannical” government, for simply disagreeing with the idea that people should get vaccinated. We also have to ignore the fact that unlike Galileo, reality isn’t on Beck’s side.
If anti vaxxers were really as persecuted as Beck claims they are, that ridiculous “Marvelous Measles” book couldn’t even get published and sold anywhere other than the black Market. Why isn’t he terrified of being arrested himself? Galileo was tried by the inquisition and could have been put to death for his beliefs. Also how is a government like the one we have here in the United States of America coercing all those scientists to play along, not mention scientists outside the country?
Never mind that there is no real evidence for any of the anti vaccination movement’s claims, including the most infamous one, that vaccines cause autism. As noted by Robbie Couch over at the Huffington post,
“Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism,” Rob Ring said. “The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated.”
The definitive claim comes after many anti-vaxxers have linked vaccinations with autism in recent years. The movement has gathered steam in part due to a 1998 British researcher’s claim supporting a correlation between the two — a correlation that was debunked by a notable medical journal in 2010, which said the research had been dishonest and violated research ethics, as The New York Times reported.
A growing measles outbreak in the U.S. that has spurred more than 100 cases — of which many can be linked to a flare-up in Anaheim, California’s Disneyland theme park, according to Reuters — is causing concern among experts and health care providers claiming the anti-vaccination movement is at least in part to blame.
Please do us all a favor, including yourself, get vaccinated, get your children vaccinated and encourage everyone else to do the same. The anti vaccination movement is wrong. Believing their misinformation and acting upon it, could be fatal, not just for you, but everyone else around you.
Don Feder of the World Congress of Families is pretty sure that “Barack Hussein Obama is perhaps the greatest tragedy to befall the Jews since the destruction of the Second Temple” in 70 AD. This apparently means that, according to Feder, the Obama presidency has been worse for the Jewish people than such atrocities as the Holocaust and the Pogroms.
“Our president is a world-class crescent-kisser,” Feder writes. “In his State of the Union address - between striking Mussolini-like poses and lying about employment - the president disclosed that as part of the ‘partnership’ between America and Islam (we buy their oil, they kill us), ‘I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.’ Is it a stereotype if it’s true?” (The remark was actually delivered in a 2009 speech in Cairo.)
After falsely claiming that Obama “studied in a madrassa,” Feder writes that “the president is anti-Americanism incarnate.”
Barack Hussein Obama is perhaps the greatest tragedy to befall the Jews since the destruction of the Second Temple. He’s trying to force Israel into a suicidal pact with the gentle folk of Hamas and Fatah. Every time Palestinian terrorists (Hamas and Fatah) kill more Jews, he calls for calm on both sides - as if Israel was doing anything but defending itself.
His hatred of Netanyahu borders on the pathological. When Boehner recently invited the Israeli Prime Minister to address the House of Representatives, Obama threw one of his hissy fits, letting it be known that Bibi would not be asked to stop at the White House. That must be a terrible blow for the Prime Minister. Now, the administration is threatening to retaliate against Bibi. Where Churchill was defiant, Obama is petulant.
Our president is a world-class crescent-kisser. He’ll periodically tell us how it’s his duty to defend Islam from scurrilous attacks. I must have missed that in Constitutional Law class.
In his State of the Union address - between striking Mussolini-like poses and lying about employment - the president disclosed that as part of the “partnership” between America and Islam (we buy their oil, they kill us), “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” Is it a stereotype if it’s true?
- See more at: rightwingwatch.org
Its scary how the religious right is trying to undermine our constitution. Frank Schaeffer talks about how helped the GOP start their war on the public schools, before he saw the light.
As someone who participated in the rise of the religious right in the 1970s and 1980s, I can tell you that you can’t understand the modern Republican Party and its hatred of government unless you understand the evangelical home-school movement. Nor can the Democrats hope to defeat the GOP in 2016 unless they grasp what I’ll be explaining here: religious war carried on by other means.
The Christian home-school movement drove the Evangelical school movement to the ever-harsher world-rejecting far right. The movement saw itself as separating from evil “secular” America. Therein lies the heart of the Tea Party, GOP and religious right’s paranoid view of the rest of us. And since my late father and evangelist Francis Schaeffer and I were instrumental in starting the religious right — I have since left the movement and recently wrote a book titled “Why I Am an Atheist who Believes in God: How to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace” - believe me when I tell you that the evangelical schools and home school movement were, by design, founded to undermine a secular and free vision of America and replace it by stealth with a form of theocracy.
I’ve got to tell our local “Feminazi” @geegeetee about this!
Well, it looks like the bloom is off the rose, she is getting Colin Powelled hard.
Well folks, 2014 is quickly coming to an end and a new year is all but upon us. 2015 beckons, and with it, another year just brimming with the potential for conservative buffoonery. The right wing will surely find new and innovative ways to embarrass itself in the new year, new ways to spew asinine and incendiary commentary across an array of themes ranging from race to climate science.
Pat Robertson will come up with some new way to blame a human tragedy or natural disaster on gay people. Ted Nugent will make some new, veiled threats of armed violence. Ann Coulter will pioneer some novel technique for verbal repugnance that leaves us all scratching our collective heads and wondering just how any one person can be so vile. And, of course, an undisclosed number of Republican politicians will find new ways to rephrase their timelessly inappropriate rape commentaries.
But before we wade in to a brand new year full of right wing depravity, let’s have a look back at the The Top Ten Most Vile Conservative Tweets of 2014.
10) Ann Coulter thinks WHITE PEOPLE are being oppressed:
Yes, you read that right. In the wake of the grand jury’s failure to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown, Coulter took to Twitter to claim that whites were somehow being deprived of free speech.
9) Randy Weber, heir to Ron Paul’s congressional seat, calls Obama a “socialist dictator”:
Weber has a giant tinfoil hat to fill taking over for Dr. Paul. So at this past year’s State of the Union address, he promptly decorated his Twitter account with aluminum. Listen, if Obama is a socialist he’s the worst one in recorded history, considering that his fiscal policies fall somewhere to the right of Richard Nixon. And last I checked, Randy Weber hasn’t been shipped off to the Gulag. So enough with the “dictator” nonsense already.
8) Dana Loesch doesn’t get it; thinks Garner died over a cigarette tax:
Eric Garner died over a cigarette tax. It had nothing to do with poor officer training or questionable judgment in using a banned choke-hold technique on an unarmed suspect.
7) Donald Trump calls for Obama’s resignation over the Ebola “epidemic” that never actually happened:
What would an end of the year list chronicling right wing stupidity be without everyone’s favorite comb-over connoisseur, “The Donald”? Trump took to Twitter to help fuel this year’s rampant Ebola paranoia and, right on cue, used it as an occasion to call for the President’s ouster.
And now, for the most VILE thing tweeted by a conservative in 2014…
1) Charles C. Johnson extorts the alleged UVA rape victim:
Johnson’s claim to the most vile conservative tweet of 2014 is owed entirely to the fact that it’s down right criminal. This isn’t reporting; this isn’t journalism. This isn’t even internet trolling. This is the criminal extortion of an alleged victim of GANG RAPE. Regardless of the inconsistencies that have come to light regarding “Jackie’s” story as told to Rolling Stone, the fact remains that this is potentially the victim of a horrific sexual assault. Congrats, Chuck. In a year chock full of conservative online douchebaggery, you stand alone as the single-most nauseating, vile douchebag of them all.