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A Message From New Left Media

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Ro

 

Chase and Erick from New Left Media attended the Tea Party/Circus in Washington DC this past weekend.

 

On March 16, 2010, Tea Partiers from around the country gathered (in disappointing numbers) in front of the Capitol building for their final protest against health care reform. Also in town, appropriately, was Barnum & Bailey’s actual circus. The protestors voiced their usual conspiratorial concerns about healthcare reform: that it was a government takeover and more government, of course, equals less freedom; that it would euthanize seniors too expensive to treat; and that the bill would sink the nation into irrecoverable debt, despite its actually reducing the deficit by more than $100-billion over the next ten years. Averse to facts, no one interviewed was able to cite evidence for their false beliefs about the reform proposal, and instead suggested we seek the “truth” from Glenn Beck and Fox News.

THE PROPOSAL
The healthcare reform proposal being advanced in congress, while imperfect, would bring long overdue changes to a broken system. Far from being rushed, the proposals that make up this reform have been debated for years, and this congress has been working on a bill for many months. It’s time for an up or down vote on reform.

The proposal will expand healthcare access to over 30-million uninsured Americans, make healthcare more affordable for everyone, hold insurance companies more accountable, end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions, and help stabilize our budget and economy by reducing the deficit by over $100-billion in the next ten years.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/health-care…

This NEW LEFT MEDIA film was produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviewer) and Erick Stoll (camera operator) with additional camera work from Zac Sleeth.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
You can make a difference in the health care debate without leaving your bedroom. So stop typing that narcissistic Facebook status, pause your Mafia Wars game, and actually do something in reality to advance the cause you support by calling your representative. This is so easy. Many people are timid about making phone calls, but a phone call to your representative now could save you a series of phone calls to an uncooperative insurance company in the future. Too lazy to look up your representative’s number? This website makes it even easier–it will find the number, call it for you, and then call your cell phone to connect you. Tell your representative’s office that you support comprehensive health care reform, and urge them to support the public option.

Your Representative needs to hear from you NOW – call them now and tell them to vote YES!
http://tools.advomatic.com/8/housevote2

Folk-Singer Vic Chesnutt’s Tragic Death Draws Attention to the need for Health Care Reform

Posted in Deaths with tags , , , , on January 1, 2010 by Ro

On Christmas Day 2009, folk singer Vic Chesnutt drew his last breath after an overdose of muscle relaxants. He was 45 years old.

Paralyzed from the waist down in a 1983 car accident, Chesnutt followed his passion for music and soon became known for his dark folk songs. He released albums with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto. But his never-ending health problems and mounting medical bills followed by a lawsuit from an Athen’s, GA hospital for over $70,000 made it difficult for Chesnutt to win his battle with depression.

He will be missed.

Palin Tricked By Comedian Again, Says Canada Should Drop Public Health Care (VIDEO)

Posted in Actors. LOL., Comedy, Crime, Entertainment, Interviews, News, Politics, Weird with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Otto

HuffPo:At a recent stop on her “Going Rogue” book tour, Sarah Palin told Canadian comedian Mary Walsh that Canada should get rid of its public health care system.

Walsh is the co-creator and star of This Hour Has 22 Minutes — a nightly news parody show in the same vein as The Daily Show — and she arrived in character, as the conservative Marg Delahunty, to the Borders where Palin (the “Alaskan Aphrodite”) was signing books.

“I just wanted to ask you if you have any words of encouragement for Canadian conservatives who have worked so hard to try to diminish the kind of socialized medicine we have up there.” Walsh shouted to Palin as she approached the table.

Palin’s handlers tried to help her by ushering Walsh out of the Borders, but Palin could not be deterred. When Palin left the signing, Walsh caught up with her in the parking lot, where Palin suggested that Canada should get rid of its public health care system. “Keep the faith” Palin said, “because common sense conservatism can be plugged in there in Canada too. In fact, Canada needs to reform its health care system and let the private sector take over some of what the government has absorbed.”

Raw Story points out that it is unlikely this plan will go over well among Canadians — even among conservatives.

A recent study found that 90 percent of Canadians support universal, single-payer health care. A poll taken last summer shows 82 percent of Canadians believe their health care system to be better than the US’s, despite constant grumbling about waiting times for treatment of non-life-threatening conditions.

This is Palin’s second brush with Canadian comedians. Last November a comedian from Montreal convinced the former governor she was speaking with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Watch the video below.

US House passes Health Care Bill

Posted in News, Politics, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2009 by Otto

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HUFF: 11:07 PM ET — House health care bill gets votes needed for passage. 220 members of Congress — including one Republican, Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana — voted in favor of health care reform, advancing the legislation by the slimmist of margins. Forty-nine Democrats voted against the bill, along with 176 Republicans.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) cast vote #218, solidifying passage. Speaker Pelosi was “near sobbing,” HuffPost’s Ryan Grim reports.

10:30 PM ET — GOP health care alternative rejected. The Republicans’ alternative health care bill was voted down in the House, 176-258

10:19 PM ET — Blue Dog Democrats’ anti-abortion amendment passes. The House has passed a provision advanced by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) that severely restricts women’s reproductive health choices under the health reform bill.

Alan Grayson Cries On The House Floor Over Victims Of Health Care System (VIDEO)

Posted in Deaths, News, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by Otto

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HUFFPOST: On Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) shed tears on the House floor during a speech on the need for health insurance reform. Reading letters from people who have lost their loved ones because they did not have health coverage, the emotional Congressman paid tribute to victims who he said “aren’t often heard from.”

“There are 44,789, who die every year from lack of health insurance,” Grayson said. “In the course of my speech tonight, there will be five more.”

The moving stories narrated by Grayson came from his website namesofthedead.com. Unveiled on the House floor last week, the congressman’s initiative aims to shine light on the innocent victims of the U.S. health care system. “I hope that honoring them will help us end this senseless loss of American lives,” Grayson wrote.

Glenn Beck should take notes on what actual compasion looks like, so he can attempt to emulate it.

Shepard Smith calls out biased reporter on health care.

Posted in Actors. LOL., News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by Otto
Sorry I cant hear you over how awesome Shepard Smith, is.

Sorry I cant hear you over how awesome Shepard Smith, is.

Shepard Smith is awesome.

He has called out Glenn Beck, Torture Apologists (said “The US doent fucking torture” on Fox News live, Sean Hannity, Joe the Plumber, and the guy he punched who parked in his spot when he worked for a Florida affiliate.

Now he calls out a Fox News field reporter, who distorts the facts about Canadian health care. He mentions that we are not proposing a single payer plan, just an option the public had the right to take if they want.

The reporter, who had probably never heard those words before from anyone with Fox on there business card gets incoherint then ends the piece. It is magnificent.

Go Shep!

Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Celebration Signs

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2009 by Otto

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Al Franken Schools Angry Mob of Tea Party Clowns

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2009 by Ro

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This is beautiful… when confronted by a mob of ill-informed protesters, Al Franken took the time to teach them what they could have learned from a little common sense and research.

I loved the woman in front who looks about 2 minutes away from death. She has no idea why she’s there.

Michelle Bachmann Says Something Stupid (Again)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on July 25, 2009 by Otto

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Huff: Why offer more people health insurance, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) asked at a press conference Friday, if they might lengthen waits for doctors and otherwise increase the “hassle factor” for her?

“That’s like having a mother bear protecting her little cubs, and she’s seeing that she has to move heaven and earth to get her child what her child needs,” Bachmann said, referring to the health care reforms being debated by Congress. “We’ll do it if we have to, but why put ourselves in that situation?”

Near the end of a tumultuous week of delays for health care bills in both houses of Congress, Bachmann and a handful of other House Republican women said at a press conference that as far as they were concerned, any reform would just make things tougher for them.

“I think most all of us here have had the opportunity to take our kids to a fast-food restaurant,” said Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.). “We want to get a good dinner, and you walk in and there’s 50 people there and it seems like everybody in line wants to buy food for their soccer team or whatever. The American people aren’t particularly good at standing in line, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen if this health care plan goes through.”

“Any mother,” Bachmann said, would do whatever it takes to get “the high-quality health care that her child needs… As a mother of five biological children and as a foster mother to 23 children, there is nothing more important to me than to make sure that my children have high-quality health care when they need health care.”

Millions of other children, however, do not have the resources that Members of Congress enjoy. New U.S. Census data document that more than 8.1 million, or one in nine, American children did not have health insurance in 2007. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, nearly 20 percent of the uninsured in the U.S. are children.

The 2007 Census numbers marked a slight improvement over 2006, but still recorded 428,000 more children uninsured than in 2004, the last year the number of uninsured children decreased.

Here is Bachmann playing Joe McCarthy on Hardball:

Colton Berry – September Sounds

Posted in Entertainment, Music, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2009 by Otto
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Colton Berry - September Sounds

I am involved in hosting an event to support Obama’s Health Care plan, and to stress the importance of a single payer option in it.

One of my jobs was to book a band to play. Unfortunately due to the addition of a teleconference with US Congressmen John Conyers Jr, we had to forgo the band.

The band was not going to be paid, and was going to perform for free. They would only get the satisfaction of helping a good cause.

One man who volunteered to play was Colton Berry.

I think everyone should check out his music because anyone who can play Kanye West acoustic is just awesome, and he is a great guy.

Check out his website here.
http://www.myspace.com/officialseptembersounds