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Archive for February 3rd, 2012

Sometimes the battle goes to the strong

Posted by Charles II on February 3, 2012

Kate Doyle has won an ALBA/Puffin Award for her dedicated work on the Guatemalan genocide,

If you don’t know who she is, this film introduces her:

No one deserves this more, except perhaps the people who have been dying in Latin America for decades thanks to perverse American policy.

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NPR always ready to give the culture warriors a hand

Posted by Charles II on February 3, 2012

NPR chose to cross-publish John McCormack’s article, Weekly Standard: A Lying Planned Parenthood

This article accuses Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood of lying because she said that “millions of women are going to lose access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning, you know, mammograms.” The recent Internet-wide wingnut rage-a-thon is because “pro-life activist Lila Rose documented in a video, Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms.”

Well, uh, yeah. Sort of.

This was all discussed almost a year ago. Less polite characterizations of Lila Rose’s documentary here. Richards never claimed that Planned Parenthood provided the mammograms. They provide the information, breast exams and referrals that lead to women getting mammograms. No Planned Parenthood, no mammograms.

The rest of McCormack’s article is similarly dishonest. Since the net effect of attacking women’s health services will be more deaths from cancer, I have awarded McCormack the dubious distinction of being a form of (social) cancer himself. Sadly, all too many culture warriors on the right have joined the cause of letting their fellow Americans die of cancer.

I want to know why tax dollars are being used to disseminate culture war propaganda from that well-known bastion of lies, The Weekly Standard. Maybe NPR should re-title itself Noisy Propaganda Recyclers.

Posted in John McCormack, Republicans as cancer, The Weekly Standard | 3 Comments »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on February 3, 2012

Princess Mia is curious.

Friday Cat Blogging

Her Highness in repose.

Princess Mia

Posted in Friday Cat Blogging, Mia | 2 Comments »

Fahrenheit 45AZ

Posted by Charles II on February 3, 2012

Ray Bradbury would love this. Via Adrienne, The Librotraficante

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