Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Being Fair Doesn't Always Mean Equal Treatment.

Please! Do not try to tell me that both sides are equally at fault … that the left is just as offensive and vitriolic as the right … or that you wish “a pox on both their houses”.

In what very large and very lazy segments of the media fob off as “balanced reporting”, they would have us believe that liberals are just as mean-spirited, just as angry and just as violent as the far right. Or that Democrats are just as responsible for the gridlock in Washington as the Republicans. Sorry ... there is plenty of fault on both sides, but the tilt is way over to the right.

Sure there are people who can be described as “left-wing extremists” and they should be condemned whenever they go to their extremes. But, while they may squirt fake blood on mink coats or burn down extravagant homes under construction, with very rare exceptions they don’t threaten to kill people ... or actually kill people.

But extremists on the right? They’re something else altogether. That’s where the racists are. That’s where the gun nuts live. They are the people who label as “slut” someone asking for equal treatment under the law. Or block serious legislation just because they don't want Barack Obama to look good. Or shoot doctors providing legal abortions. Or blow up federal buildings.

So, by all means, let the media report all the bad stuff that happens. Just don’t say that both left and right are equally to blame. Because it just ain’t so.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Proposed Law Would Require Doctors to Lie.

There seems to be no end to the craziness. Republicans in the New Hampshire Legislature have pushed a bill through the House of Representatives that would require doctors to tell patients seeking an abortion that doing so will increase their risk of breast cancer.

One small problem: It ain’t true!

Who says so? The National Institutes of Health, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the World Health Organization, and the American Cancer Society and, I would guess, a lot of others.

What’s wrong with those people? No, more to the point, who elects those people??

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Clown Car is Emptying Out. And It's Romney.

It’s going to be Romney. That was obvious from the get-go because he’s the only one of the entire sorry bunch who isn’t nuts.

The nuttiest of them all is Rick Santorum. How about his attacking Barack Obama for saying that any young person aspiring to higher education ought to be able to go to college. Satorum was outraged … said it was just a liberal plot because the more education someone had, the more liberal they become. (Go ahead … take a couple of minutes to digest that one!) And for peoposing that, he called Obama a snob.

Here’s how Stephen Colbert responded to that: "Yeah, what a snob. Obama thinks everybody should go to college like he did. Some of us weren’t handed a ticket to Harvard by being the biracial son of a single mother on food stamps. Must be nice.”

Nailed him, didn't he!