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Palin resurrects bogus ‘death panels’ and ‘rationing’ claims

Sarah Palin infected the health care debate with damaging misinformation last year when she claimed the package includes “death panels.” And as Democrats make their final push to enact the bill, she has reiterated it. Palin coined the term in a Facebook entry last August, leading to heated controversies about…

I Am A Real American

Over at the Corner, Mark Krikorian is just so offended that the government would ask about race on the Census that he advocates creating a whole new (master?) race: American. Fully one-quarter of the space on this year’s form is taken up with questions of race and ethnicity, which are…

Government a ‘threat to rights and freedoms,’ majority says

A majority of Americans believe that the federal government is “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,” a new poll suggests. According to a poll conducted for CNN, 56 percent believe the federal government has grown so large and powerful that it poses a risk to…

Is it terrorism?

That’s immediately the discussion that’s forming around this situation in Austin. (Which is different from the first question I asked, which is, “Why does Austin and the area around it attract so much hellacious, random violence? The Ft. Hood shootings weren’t that long ago, you know.”) My first inclination was…

Wild wild northwest: Tea partier wants to hang Democratic senator

Democrats have been falsely called Fascists, Socialists and Nazis since Barack Obama was elected president, why not call them cattle rustlers, too. Welcome to the wild, wild Pacific Northwest. At a Tea Party event in Asotin, Idaho Saturday, one unnamed speaker announced that she would like to hang Senator Patty…

Dusting off anti-artist sentiments for today’s faux outrage

“slow rot” “corrupt and servile” “sickening” “violently ill” When it comes to disdaining artists—particularly when they don’t paint realistic seascapes with Jesus doing something Jesus-y in the foreground or an eagle crying with a flag waving somewhere—there’s really no limit on the adjective abuse from conservatives. (Via Michael, which makes…

Oh boy, it’s time to hate artists again!

This piece is a WPA mural from my hometown of Alpine, TX. Just a non-subtle reminder that New Deal arts projects beautified even the most ignored rural areas of the country, the places that conservatives claim to care so much about. Clearly, there was no reason to put paintings in…

The Childcare Boogeyman

Gather ’round real close-like, everyone. I’ve got a spooky story to tell you about the Government and the Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Mommies. One of the most dramatic changes in American life in the years since World War II involves the way we raise our children. We used to…

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