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This article first appeared in Alternet.

The right-wing anti-Obama-care movement is OK with killing off tens of thousands of Americans each year.

That’s what this is all about: The right-wingers and their corporate sponsors are protecting a medieval and violent health care system that kills more Americans each year than all the Americans who have died in the war on terror since 2001, including the 3,000 victims of 9/11, and the 5,000-plus U.S. service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Posted: August 13th, 2009


St. Gladney de St. Louis clutches a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag and suffers quietly…

Those Tea Party thugs are a lot like Colonel Klink’s Nazis: they’d be funny in a cheap sitcom way if they weren’t causing the rest of us so much real-world harm. Latest example: one of the anti-Obamacare townhall meeting crashers, Kenneth Gladney, claims that liberal meanies beat him up just for expressing his First Amendment rights, and these same liberal meanies gave the 38-year-old martyr a boo-boo on his knee (not so “Gladney” after all, are we? [cue laugh-track]). But here’s the real punchline: the Tea Party martyr doesn’t have health insurance to cover his injuries–and that means no coverage for injuries sustained while fighting against a health care plan that would offer unemployed zeroes like him medical insurance. (more…)

Posted: August 10th, 2009


We finally have proof that Moonies know how to tweet, thanks to a reader who sent us a link. Amanda Carpenter, a columnist for the Moonie-cult rag The Washington Times, offered proof to the world that Moonies not only know how to use Twitter, but that they can whine with the whiniest of ’em about me. Here’s Amanda’s twitter entry: (more…)

Posted: August 9th, 2009


There’s a reason why the Chinese are ascendant while America is in decline. Because the Chinese walk upright and aren’t afraid to apply justice to the pigs who are ruining their country; while at the same time, Americans bow and scrape to the same people who loot them, dreaming like peasants of the day they can become Donald Trump’s “Apprentice.” It’s a grotesque role-reversal, and we ought to be ashamed. (more…)

Posted: August 7th, 2009


You never know what bizarre creatures you’ll stir to action when you go after a corrupt beast like Megan McArdle. But what I saw after my expose on McArdle in yesterday’s Alternet was like sending a bathyscaph down to the deep ocean floor and stirring up the encrusted rot: suddenly these H.P. Lovecraft creatures swim into view, monsters whom you never knew existed–giant bear-trap jaws with little mosquito lamps dangling in front of their teeth…

I’m going to share two such creatures who wrote me yesterday in defense of their heroine, Megan McArdle. First, a creepy rightwing midget named Matthew Vadum. (more…)

Posted: August 7th, 2009


Just when you think you’ve seen so much hypocrisy that nothing can shock you, along comes Megan McArdle. McArdle, who blogs for the Atlantic Monthly, presents herself as a principled libertarian, fiercely denouncing any attempt to provide any sort of government-funded health care, because as she argues, big government is bad, bad, bad. She’s written some truly appalling things over the years as a shill for big corporate interests, recently defending Goldman Sachs because, as she wrote, “financial meltdowns offer no villains.” (more…)

Posted: August 6th, 2009


My article on Megan McArdle’s taxpayer-subsidized childhood, published in today’s Alternet, is kicking up an entertaining shitstorm. It’s Jiffy Pop time here in Harlem, I tell ya! I learned a lot of things so far, but by far the most shocking is this: Ezra Klein don’t know English grammar.

Ezra Klein, the liberal blogger at the Washington Post, switched sides in his debate with McArdle over health care, by turning against me in an article today headlined “Is Megan McArdle Right About Everything?” Yup, I been done in by my own ideological kin, folks. That would be fine, but here’s the problem: Ezra Klein needs an English TA. Especially when he tries using that silly High English Diction so popular with teacher’s pet types. (more…)

Posted: August 6th, 2009