Top Articles by Bob Cesca
While reading various articles about the life and passing of Nelson Mandela, curiosity got the best of me and I perused various right-wing blogs. The majority of the comments at Town Hall, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and, of course, Breitbart.com were predictably awful.
It’s well documented and a huge understatement that Fox News wallows in its own egregiously awful standards — far worse by a factor of a thousand than any other cable news outfit. The very existence of integrity-free Fox & Friends alone would make Paddy Chayefsky and Edward R. Murrow spin in their graves, say nothing of the existence of the standard-less network on which it airs.
In Michigan, Republican lawmakers have devised a particularly insidious piece of legislation that would ban primary insurance policies from covering abortions — even abortions as the result of rape or incest. That’s right, in addition to being raped, a woman could potentially have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket to terminate.
On Tuesday, Erik Rush posted a column titled “It is Time… to Revolt Against a Tyrant.” In it, Rush, for the umpteenth time, accused the president of treason because [insert kooky far-right word salad here.] Then he called for the president and most of Congress to be “neutralized… by any means necessary.”
A post appeared on his InfoWars.com website in which one of Jones’ staffers debunked the fledgling conspiracy theory that actor Paul Walker’s car exploded due to a drone strike. Yes, there’s really a conspiracy theory that Walker was killed by a drone. Walker Truthers exist, and Alex Jones disapproves.
California Republicans — specifically, members of the general assembly — sent out mailers to their constituents informing them about the state exchange website, known as Covered California. Only, instead of sending voters to the actual Covered California exchange website, CoveredCA.com, the mailers direct Californians to go to CoveringHealthCareCA.com, which is most definitely not the California exchange.
By Bob Cesca: There’s a slim chance Obamacare’s contraception coverage could survive the ideological knee-jerk of Supreme Court conservatives — that is as long as a strong scientific case is made for the fact that, no, the morning after pill, also known as Plan-B or “emergency contraception,” does not induce abortion.
Rush Limbaugh thinks the Senate rule change to eliminate the use of the filibuster against judicial nominees is like rape. And now Tea Party Nation writer Darwin Rockantansky (real name) believes Obamacare is like rape.
Before it was Katrina/Iraq. Now that most of the Healthcare.gov problems have been resolved much more efficiently and rapidly than Katrina or Iraq, the news media has moved on to baiting the administration with Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” fiasco.
It’s been 11 days since The National Journal‘s Ron Fournier wrote that Obamacare is President Obama’s Katrina. Oh, and it’s also his Iraq, Fournier wrote. Obama’s Katrina and Iraq. Both. Since then, however, the Healthcare.gov website has been vastly improved and many of the bugs initially reported have been fixed.
Jeb Bush, who is evidently The Smart Bush, tweeted the following nonsense today: “hy would our President close our Embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.” This is false on every level.
You might’ve seen the latest Greenwald/Snowden/NSA item over at The Huffington Post. It’s easily the sexiest Snowden revelation so far because, yes, it involves porn. Finally, a fun Greenwald article.
The Court has already established First Amendment rights for corporations. If the Court decides against Hobby Lobby, it will have effectively extended only one clause of the First Amendment to corporations, while denying other First Amendment rights. This is likely the logic a decision against the ACA will be based upon.
The Washington Post reported today that the U.S. Justice Department will not, in fact, pursue charges against Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder and Ecuadorian embassy shut-in.
Yes, the headline is intentionally obnoxious because it’s the only way to treat someone who thinks it’s hilarious to tweet crapola like this: “I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!”
The most direct link between a disturbed brain and a mass shooting is the availability of weapons that are designed to conveniently end lives. Without the weapons, Sandy Hook and similar acts of violence wouldn’t have occurred. Full stop.
No, we can’t know everything about everything — especially in real time. It doesn’t work like that. Some things need to remain secret otherwise serious objectives will be disrupted.