Bill O'Reilly Attacks Obamacare Subsidies As Socialist Income Redistribution

Fox’s Bill O’Reilly used the recent court rulings on the Affordable Care Act as an excuse to continue railing on about a few of his favorite topics during his Talking Points Memo this Wednesday evening. One, painting everyone on the left as a bunch of lazy moochers who just want “free stuff” from the government. Two, pretending that raising taxes on the wealthy will harm the economy. And last but not least, pretending that “Obamacare” has turned the United States into a socialist country.

Here’s more from Fox’s blog: O’Reilly: The ObamaCare Battle Is ‘Capitalism vs. Socialism’:

On tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly discussed our nation’s “entitlement culture” and the chaos surrounding ObamaCare in the wake of conflicting federal court rulings on health care insurance subsidies.

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Former NFL coach Tony Dungy said that he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam because of all the media attention the first openly gay player would receive and the distractions it would have caused. I’ve written about it at length here and here. Michael Sam was asked to respond to those words and answered in a very calm and thoughtful way:

On Tuesday Michael Sam responded to Tony Dungy’s comment to the Tampa Bay Tribune that he wouldn’t take the openly gay St. Louis Rams rookie in the draft because he would be a “distraction,” a comment that Dungy later clarified. Sam said he was just glad that Dungy wasn’t the Rams coach.

It was a tempered response from the rookie, who spoke with ESPN’s Rams writer Nick Wagoner, but it was a response that showed that Sam won’t be affected by what Dungy or anyone else thinks.

Sam also said:

I have a lot of respect for Coach Dungy, And like everyone in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

Fox Hosts Try To Foment Anger Over 911 Being 'Forced' To Save Dying Non-English Speakers

The hosts of Fox & Friends on Wednesday were shocked to learn that emergency responders were “forced” to serve non-English speakers in life-threatening situations even if the callers were suspected of entering the country illegally.

"They stumbled across the border illegally and now they need your help!" Fox News host Steve Doocy complained, pointing to a 911 call in Brooks County, Texas where a man who could only speak Spanish asked for a helicopter rescue because his cousin was "turning purple."

"A small Texas town forced to answer 911 from stranded illegals in Spanish!" Doocy exclaimed.

"Not only are they understaffed and lacking resources, now they’ve got to deal with illegal immigrants who have no business being here," co-host Brian Kilmeade opined.

Brooks County Chief Deputy Urbino “Benny” Martinez pointed out to Kilmeade that his department had a duty to respond to all 911 calls.

"So, those calls you have to respond to, even though for the most part when you get there, you realize, they’re not an American citizen?" the Fox News host pressed.

"That’s correct, but they’re on U.S. soil, and due process comes into play, and that’s the way we’re taking them as," Martinez explained.

The chief deputy added that he wanted Republicans and Democrats to drop partisan ideology and have a “sincere dialog” because his department was running out of funds.

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Dem Rep Tells CSPAN Viewer He Should Watch Less Fox News

Please give us more elected officials who aren’t timid about telling people they should turn off their TV machines and get out more often.

TPM:

The caller rattled off a list including Benghazi, the IRS scandal, NSA surveillance, Fast and Furious and the Veterans Affairs scandal. He also asked Himes to address the theory that Obama was responsible for the 2013 federal government shutdown, not Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“Any other president would have been laughed out of office by now if he’d have been a Republican,” the caller said. “This guy gets away with murder!”

“That was quite a list,” Himes said after the caller completed his recitation of 20 or so scandals and conspiracies.

The congressman began to defend Obama, but instead suggested a different news diet to the caller.

"I will try to attend to defend — actually, I’m not going to," Himes said. "Look, with all due respect, Bob, maybe a little more C-SPAN and a little bit less Fox News. That was the grab bag of everything that Fox News and my friends on the Republican Caucus of the House in particular have tried to hang around the president.”

He went on to rebut the Benghazi claims, but the best advice he could give this viewer was right there in the “little bit less Fox News” advice. If only they would take it.

First of all, I’ll confess that I don’t watch cable news for news anymore. I occasionally watch when there’s a natural disaster or a breaking news story, but I don’t really care what the people on my teevee think about anything. I don’t trust them enough for that. But I saw that Rula Jebreal was scheduled to be on with Chris Hayes, and I wanted to hear more about her complaints about coverage of Israel’s attacks on Gaza. After all, she’s the only Palestinian voice they have.

What I didn’t know was that MSNBC cancelled her contributors contract for her criticism. Max Blumenthal for Alternet:

Jebreal is the author of Miral, a memoir about her coming of age in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Her former partner, Jewish-American filmmaker and artist Julian Schnabel, adapted the book into full length film. A widely published journalist and former news presenter in Italy, Jebreal was a vocal supporter of the now-extinct peace process and a harsh critic of Islamist groups including Hamas. Her termination leaves NBC without any Palestinian contributors.

According to the NBC producer, MSNBC show teams were livid that they had been forced by management to cancel Jebreal as punishment for her act of dissent.

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Hillary's Sister Souljah Moment

The 2016 election is two and one-half years off, but already Hillary, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is getting pummeled. Her book tour, designed to provide soft interviews burnishing her record as Secretary of State, has been plagued by missteps. She’s criticized for having no “big idea,” for being out of touch after earning enough in the last year to be part of the .001%, even for underwhelming book sales. Her foreign policy hawkishness has stirred the embers of progressive doubts. More importantly, a favorite of Wall Street, she seems on the wrong side of the divide in the party’s face-off between the Wall Street and the Warren (after Senator Elizabeth Warren, darling of progressives) wings of the party. The adversarial press seems a lot more “ready for Hillary” than Hillary is for the fray.

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IDF Assault On Gaza: Driven By Israel's Energy Needs?

This is a couple of weeks old, but still relevant to understanding some of the many factors behind the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Because if there’s anything we understand here in the good old U.S. of A., it’s going to war for energy interests!

Yesterday, Israeli defence minister and former Israeli Defence Force (IDF) chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon announced that Operation Protective Edge marks the beginning of a protracted assault on Hamas. The operation “won’t end in just a few days,” he said, adding that “we are preparing to expand the operation by all means standing at our disposal so as to continue striking Hamas.”

This morning, he said:

"We continue with strikes that draw a very heavy price from Hamas. We are destroying weapons, terror infrastructures, command and control systems, Hamas institutions, regime buildings, the houses of terrorists, and killing terrorists of various ranks of command… The campaign against Hamas will expand in the coming days, and the price the organization will pay will be very heavy."

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Education Is Not A Zero Sum Game: Mr. President, Where Is My Sister's Keeper?

On April 22, 2013, Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old Black girl with good grades and a spotless school record, decided to mix some household chemicals in a water bottle on the grounds of her Florida high school as part of a science experiment. The project on Bartow High School grounds caused a small reaction — a firecracker-like “pop” and some smoke. There were no injuries or damage – except to the water bottle – from Wilmot’s amateur science test but the aftermath was plenty shocking.In the hours and days that followed, Wilmot was arrested, charged as an adult with possession and discharge of a weapon on school grounds, taken to a juvenile assessment center, and expelled from school and sent to an alternative school for students with behavioral problems with only five weeks left in the school year. Over a year later Wilmot graduated high school – she was allowed to return to Bartow High School for her senior year – yet still carries two felonies and an arrest record for the crime of unbridled curiosity and a love of science.

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