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(Talking Points Memo)   With half the world on fire, House GOP calls an EMERGENCY HEARING....on NPR funding   (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 430
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2011-03-15 08:42:30 PM

Weaver95: NPR funding is way more important than figuring out how to fix our never ending debt hole!


You like mean like fixing the debt hole like by cutting funding for like things which should like be funded like from the grassroots and not like from the tax roles?
 
2011-03-15 08:42:31 PM
y'know, if the Republicans had held emergency hearings to reassure the country that our nuclear power plants were safe and that we were going to take precautions against fallout dusting california...that I could understand. it'd probably still turn out to be a bunch of grandstanding idiots mugging for the cameras and trying to look like 'presidential material', but at least it would be timely. it might even be nominally useful.

but no...hearings on NPR funding.
 
2011-03-15 08:42:32 PM
Personally, I think NPR should have it's funding stripped for subjecting the masses to The Prarie Home Companion all these years, as well as punitive damages fined, but I don't really have a horse in this race.
 
2011-03-15 08:42:43 PM

Thunderpipes: You people need to be honest. You already have taxpayer money going to Democrats via unions. You really need taxpayer money going towards propaganda for Democrats too? You cannot compete on merit alone?


yeah, and we have taxpayer money supporting china as well. we need to clamp down on what public employees spend their money on. There should be an GOP approved list of things they can purchase.
 
2011-03-15 08:43:54 PM

Hobodeluxe: FU GOP



FU2.

Yet another TF'er that is an ultra lib doushebuggy.
 
2011-03-15 08:44:19 PM

TheDumbBlonde: Personally, I think NPR should have it's funding stripped for subjecting the masses to The Prarie Home Companion all these years, as well as punitive damages fined, but I don't really have a horse in this race.


Of course you do:

Whiteknighting the GOP and denouncing anyone who condemns their actions. You're soaking in it.
 
2011-03-15 08:45:03 PM
Can the American public vote on cutting funds for Congress?
 
2011-03-15 08:45:27 PM

Tymast: Thunderpipes: You people need to be honest. You already have taxpayer money going to Democrats via unions. You really need taxpayer money going towards propaganda for Democrats too? You cannot compete on merit alone?

yeah, and we have taxpayer money supporting china as well. we need to clamp down on what public employees spend their money on. There should be an GOP approved list of things they can purchase.


Don't be stupid. Really. Union employees are not donating money to Candidates, the union bosses are. The union bosses work for the Democrats, who work for the unions, and they both are funded with taxpayer money.

You would be screaming bloody murder if your tax dollars went to Bush's campaign fund and you know it. Stupid little shiat.
 
2011-03-15 08:45:43 PM

whidbey: TheDumbBlonde: Personally, I think NPR should have it's funding stripped for subjecting the masses to The Prarie Home Companion all these years, as well as punitive damages fined, but I don't really have a horse in this race.

Of course you do:

Whiteknighting the GOP and denouncing anyone who condemns their actions. You're soaking in it.


LOL.
 
2011-03-15 08:45:46 PM
the gop is just a farce. obvious, i know, but why the fark do people elect them?
 
2011-03-15 08:46:11 PM
Same old M.O. as when they were in power before....ie, legislate to stay in power, not for the benefit of the constituents.

Just like the union busting going on in Wisconsin. When they pulled that fast one last week...passing a law which they originally claimed was a fiscal necessity, but then changing their tune when they figured out they could pass it with dems if they characterized it as a non-fiscal bill. It was bald-faced union busting to weaken the dems voting base, so the GOP can hold power. nothing to do with any benefit for Wisconsinites.

Here they think they're doing the same thing because they see NPR as a dem mouth piece, when in actuality it's the most balanced radio on the air.
 
2011-03-15 08:46:18 PM

StanTheMan: Jackdragna: Best health care in the world. Huh.

Of course it is. Among the best heart disease and cancer survivability rates on earth, higher than Canada and UK. Like double the MRI's and CT's per capita of Canada.

No need to F-up the awesome healthcare of 80% of Americans for the 10% who can afford it but don't pay for insurance, or the illegals. Get rid of stupid farking liberal regulations and allow insurers to compete across state lines, maybe some tax credits for pools, and the cost would drop for the remaining 10% of uninsured. But no, libs would rather stomp their feet like children and demand the socialized option.

Yeah, you're a troll, or so dense a cubic centimeter of your flesh could serve as a gravitational focus for a few moons.

And you're a liberal asshole who would rather let his dogma run over his Karma (public option nonsense instead of just finding a way to cover more people that isn't socialized Ponzi scheme shiat.)


Bwhahaha. You're a peach. First, I'd love to see some statistics on the heart attack/cancer survivability rates. Even if they were true, I'm not sure that's the best thing to hang you hat on, friend - our rate of people actually having cardiovascular problems is not good compared to other industrialized nations. We also have hideous infant mortality rates, not-so-great lifespans and, as mentioned before, astronomical health care costs. You keep saying socialized medicine is a Ponzi scheme - how is it any worse than the system where health insurers look for excuses to kick people off policies when sick and constantly jack up costs?
 
2011-03-15 08:46:25 PM
just wait until somebody tells them that harping on gays is an admission of repressed homoseksuality
 
2011-03-15 08:46:29 PM

farkin_Gary: Weaver95: NPR funding is way more important than figuring out how to fix our never ending debt hole!

You like mean like fixing the debt hole like by cutting funding for like things which should like be funded like from the grassroots and not like from the tax roles?


compare NPR's funding with the budget for the DEA. now consider this - we've failed the war on drugs. that's a fact, you cannot dispute it. NPR fulfills it's mandate. the DEA does not. the DEA costs us BILLIONS of dollars a year. the NEA does not. Of the two things, which needs more attention? the organization that does what it's supposed to be doing (and has a very small budget) or the organization that costs us BILLIONS of dollars and doesn't even come CLOSE to hitting its year end goals...?

Be honest.
 
2011-03-15 08:46:40 PM

MojoFraggle: Really? Best healthcare in the world?


http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba596 (among the best cancer survivability)

Same is true with heart disease, despite being a bunch of fat, indolent farks, which is one major reason our life expectancy is maybe a year lower than the top.

Double the imaging equipment (MRI's, CT's) per capita of Canada. Much more availability of expensive, experimental drugs, most of which are developed in for-profit America in the first place.

Of course, liberals would prefer bad healthcare that covers everyone (UK, Canada) over great healthcare that covers 80-90% of the people (US), and slightly tinkering it to include the rest of the people.

So yeah, by the left's equality-of-outcome illogic, Cuba is better. Everyone miserable is better than 80% doing great.
 
2011-03-15 08:47:15 PM

TheDumbBlonde: whidbey: TheDumbBlonde: Personally, I think NPR should have it's funding stripped for subjecting the masses to The Prarie Home Companion all these years, as well as punitive damages fined, but I don't really have a horse in this race.

Of course you do:

Whiteknighting the GOP and denouncing anyone who condemns their actions. You're soaking in it.

LOL.


The truth is funny to you? Well, that's strange. Maybe there are deeper issues you're not letting on.
 
2011-03-15 08:47:30 PM

StanTheMan: Which half of the world is on fire, exactly?

Funny, the Dems can waste a year and a half ramming Obamacare through against public opinion, in the middle of a recession, as unemployment skyrocketed, and Harry Reid can name post offices and congratulate sports teams in late December, despite no budget and no Americans even knowing their 2011 tax rates. But suddenly, we don't have a moment to spare. Time to get serious!


For most people, the priority was a, make sure I have health coverage so I don't die; b, get me a job/fix the economy; c, whatever else. Public opinion was against THE SPECIFIC bill, especially as it was presented by Fox and other conservative groups. It was NOT against a focus on health care, as there's no point in a job if you're dead or your whole paycheck goes to medical bills. They were trying to fix the #1 priority of Americans who aren't on Medicare-- ensuring that they were medical costs.

And though I thought the legislation a piece of shiat, at least the Dems TRIED to fix the economy with their stimulus bill. Sure, it failed. But the GOP hasn't really tried ANYTHING.

Which do you prefer-- the party of insufficient solutions that cost too much or the party of no solutions that STILL manage to cost too much while taking away every right you possibly have?

Huron77: Defund it already! Why should the government get a pass on competing in the free market?

I'll miss the music, but not the biased politics.


Only about 16% of NPR's funding is federal. They'll still be around same as ever, just maybe with some budget trimming and more fundraising drives. Worst case scenario is they start leaning more heavily on the BBC for their foreign news, and local stations for local news. No great losses, though. In fact, if the Republicans would compromise on something like a ten-year weaning off period of gradually reducing grants (the original plan), NPR would suffer no ill effects at all, not even one person fired.
 
2011-03-15 08:47:33 PM
Bill of attainder? Anyone?

Whats amazing is that we know the video in question is basically edited tot he point of libel, yet the GOP is using it as a justification.


This directly shows them working off a known lie to attack their political enemies. Disgusting.
 
2011-03-15 08:47:53 PM

BroadbandGremlin: At least they're working.

Obama is filling out his bracket after a rigorous game of golf.


U Mad Bro?
 
2011-03-15 08:48:12 PM
Wait I thought that we shouldn't be distracted by trivial things when so much was going on in the world. Isn't that what the GOP was saying yesterday?
 
2011-03-15 08:48:29 PM
Democrats are almost as bad as shiates.
/trolltastic
 
2011-03-15 08:48:29 PM

Farklee: Hobodeluxe: FU GOP


FU2.

Yet another TF'er that is an ultra lib doushebuggy.


Man, you just elitists hiding under your bed, ain't ya?

*hint.

*[The elitists are the lobbyists and corporate shill excuses for representatives in the Republican congress.]


We actually know who they represent. Sssshhhhhhhhhh. Don't tell.
 
2011-03-15 08:48:30 PM

that bosnian sniper: Rashnu: Obama bows to the Japanese President, and a year and a half later their country is an irradiated wasteland. The message to Saudi Arabia and China seems clear.

...that Obama does by accident what Republicans masturbate themselves to sleep fantasizing about but can't nut up to actually do?


Beats me, just wanted to add my contribution to the irredeemable retardedness of this thread.
 
2011-03-15 08:48:35 PM

BlippityBleep: the gop is just a farce. obvious, i know, but why the fark do people elect them?


Because no matter how morally bankrupt they appear, they've mastered the art of the Snowjob.

It's going to be a long hard fight in 2012 to get this administration to continue for another 4 years. Don't even kid yourself.
 
2011-03-15 08:50:12 PM

Thunderpipes: Tymast: Thunderpipes: You people need to be honest. You already have taxpayer money going to Democrats via unions. You really need taxpayer money going towards propaganda for Democrats too? You cannot compete on merit alone?

yeah, and we have taxpayer money supporting china as well. we need to clamp down on what public employees spend their money on. There should be an GOP approved list of things they can purchase.

Don't be stupid. Really. Union employees are not donating money to Candidates, the union bosses are. The union bosses work for the Democrats, who work for the unions, and they both are funded with taxpayer money.

You would be screaming bloody murder if your tax dollars went to Bush's campaign fund and you know it. Stupid little shiat.


So what you're saying they're not going to make the list? :/ Well that's not very good.
 
2011-03-15 08:50:18 PM

Ladnil: No other reason they'd be doing this other than trying to kill any media outlet that isn't in their pocket.



The funny thing is, the worst thing Republicans can do is eliminate all media outlets for the other party.

They need the public to believe that there is someone criticizing them (there really isn't) because it gets their base motivated and it keeps the people from seeing a one-sided media. (People really don't like knowing that only one party runs the show and the Republicans know this.)
 
2011-03-15 08:50:22 PM

Blacksmithking: I tilt a bit to the conservative side and I think NPR is awesome. The stories are very well researched and I always walk away more informed about the world.

If it's valuable to you (and likely others), why does it need public funding?


Absofrickenlutely. NPR has a (supposedly) elite, white, wealthy audience. Why can't they pay for it with donations? It's about as far as you can get from PBPR (Poor Black Person Radio), yet we treat it like a charity case. We might as well subsidize Volvos.
 
2011-03-15 08:50:41 PM

Antimatter: Bill of attainder? Anyone?


I dunno. Are they just planning on defunding NPR, or everything public airwaves related?
 
2011-03-15 08:51:13 PM
Perhaps the GOP should follow The Messiah's lead and play golf. For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped away from the White House to hit the golf course.

Better yet, they could post their b-ball brackets. Obama has his money on the University of North Carolina to win the NCAA tournament this year beating out UCLA in the final.
 
2011-03-15 08:51:30 PM

Thunderpipes: You people need to be honest. You already have taxpayer money going to Democrats via unions. You really need taxpayer money going towards propaganda for Democrats too? You cannot compete on merit alone?


Please name a story on NPR that is "propaganda for Democrats". Show title, and date, please. Otherwise STFU that a thoughful news source doesn't parrot your preferred talking points.
 
2011-03-15 08:51:30 PM

bunner: Farklee: Hobodeluxe: FU GOP


FU2.

Yet another TF'er that is an ultra lib doushebuggy.

Man, you just elitists hiding under your bed, ain't ya?

*hint.

*[The elitists are the lobbyists and corporate shill excuses for representatives in the Republican congress.]


We actually know who they represent. Sssshhhhhhhhhh. Don't tell.




you're so obvious. laughable. all of you sheep.
 
2011-03-15 08:51:52 PM

that bosnian sniper: StanTheMan: But symbolism has value. What really pisses taxpayers off is this exact attitude you show in your post, "it's only a few million here, a few million there." It's real money and it adds up if every time we try to cut it, some lib steps up to say how indispensable the program is. Nonsense! Cut cut cut!

Yeah, symbolism totally has value and every million in wasteful spending counts.


Excellent. Now, whenever I'm referring to it, I'll use the phrase "government-funded NASCAR."
 
2011-03-15 08:51:53 PM

Weaver95: farkin_Gary: Weaver95: NPR funding is way more important than figuring out how to fix our never ending debt hole!

You like mean like fixing the debt hole like by cutting funding for like things which should like be funded like from the grassroots and not like from the tax roles?

compare NPR's funding with the budget for the DEA. now consider this - we've failed the war on drugs. that's a fact, you cannot dispute it. NPR fulfills it's mandate. the DEA does not. the DEA costs us BILLIONS of dollars a year. the NEA does not. Of the two things, which needs more attention? the organization that does what it's supposed to be doing (and has a very small budget) or the organization that costs us BILLIONS of dollars and doesn't even come CLOSE to hitting its year end goals...?

Be honest.


I do not disagree with you. In fact, the DOE budget could be cut in half as far as I care. What has that agency really done for us? The war on drugs has been laughable. The Pentagon should be fully reviewed. Homeland Security has become a joke. TSA duties should be fully privatized. The list goes on.
 
2011-03-15 08:52:30 PM

crawlspace: The Messiah


Derp
 
2011-03-15 08:52:48 PM
images.askmen.com

"Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

This is the exact problem -- liberal agendas are more frequently supported by relevant and true facts. If the Republican party would just use TRUTH to support their ideas, NPR could seem like it's conservative, too.
 
2011-03-15 08:52:55 PM

Farklee: bunner: Farklee: Hobodeluxe: FU GOP


FU2.

Yet another TF'er that is an ultra lib doushebuggy.

Man, you just elitists hiding under your bed, ain't ya?

*hint.

*[The elitists are the lobbyists and corporate shill excuses for representatives in the Republican congress.]


We actually know who they represent. Sssshhhhhhhhhh. Don't tell.



you're so obvious. laughable. all of you sheep.


Needs more harrumph. : )
 
2011-03-15 08:53:18 PM
StanTheMan
How can you even make a case for NPR funding when we are running $1.4T deficits?

Because that's like reducing your household budget arguing about your XM subscription instead of ditching the second Hummer (DoD) and the timeshare in Palm Beach (SS, Medicare).
 
2011-03-15 08:53:47 PM

Chameleon: Thunderpipes: You people need to be honest. You already have taxpayer money going to Democrats via unions. You really need taxpayer money going towards propaganda for Democrats too? You cannot compete on merit alone?

Please name a story on NPR that is "propaganda for Democrats". Show title, and date, please. Otherwise STFU that a thoughful news source doesn't parrot your preferred talking points.


Any story that didn't include, kill all muslims, hate and fear your fellow citizens, and corporations only have our best interests at heart.
 
2011-03-15 08:53:47 PM
And while the GOP is at it, how about an emergency meeting to address people leaving chewing gum on the underside of park benches?
 
2011-03-15 08:53:57 PM
How come I never see liberals using "conservative" as a slur? Happens pretty much constantly in the other direction.
 
2011-03-15 08:54:27 PM

Thunderpipes: Tymast: Thunderpipes: You people need to be honest. You already have taxpayer money going to Democrats via unions. You really need taxpayer money going towards propaganda for Democrats too? You cannot compete on merit alone?

yeah, and we have taxpayer money supporting china as well. we need to clamp down on what public employees spend their money on. There should be an GOP approved list of things they can purchase.

Don't be stupid. Really. Union employees are not donating money to Candidates, the union bosses are. The union bosses work for the Democrats, who work for the unions, and they both are funded with taxpayer money.

You would be screaming bloody murder if your tax dollars went to Bush's campaign fund and you know it. Stupid little shiat.


My tax dollars don't, but every time I buy ANYTHING except something local owned by a person reeking of incense and BO my money is partially funding the GOP. I can't buy a pound of freakin' hamburger or some toilet paper without paying for GOP campaigns, yet oddly I'm not sitting here screaming bloody murder and saying that groups that provide me with goods or services can't act in their own best interest in political donations. Democrats give unions the right to do exactly what they are being paid, by workers, to do (provide for the rights of workers). Republicans give corporations the right to do exactly what they are being asked, by shareholders, to do (make a lot of money). I begrudge neither corporations or unions for this.
 
2011-03-15 08:54:45 PM

whidbey: Antimatter: Bill of attainder? Anyone?

I dunno. Are they just planning on defunding NPR, or everything public airwaves related?


Just NPR. They are using the video as their justification.
 
2011-03-15 08:55:28 PM

crawlspace: Perhaps the GOP should follow The Messiah's lead and play golf. For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped away from the White House to hit the golf course.

Better yet, they could post their b-ball brackets. Obama has his money on the University of North Carolina to win the NCAA tournament this year beating out UCLA in the final.


Okay, someone fill me in. Was this golf and NCAA thing the lead story on Rush, or not?
 
2011-03-15 08:56:27 PM

Ladnil: How come I never see liberals using "conservative" as a slur? Happens pretty much constantly in the other direction.


You're bored, huh.
 
2011-03-15 08:56:48 PM
Sorry, but executive orders (from Pres. Obama) need to be given to act in accordance with the commander in chief, and thus far the Libyan freedom fighters have had Z-E-R-O support from him.
 
2011-03-15 08:57:17 PM

StanTheMan: ..."Farking up the best healthcare in the world care" would probably be more accurate.


i832.photobucket.com
 
2011-03-15 08:58:07 PM
Im now seeking underwriters for my new station: Home United Republican Radio
 
2011-03-15 08:58:39 PM
I wonder if when Republicans get to heaven...and theyre sitting on their cloud. (Cause even when theres blue skies - youre still sitting on a cloud.) And there's bad 70's sitcom lighting..kinda like a dream sequence from Little House on the Prairie - I wonder if Republicans are comforting dead children who've died from inadequate health care - or if theyre still b*tching about taxes. Either way, I bet theres a laugh track.
 
2011-03-15 08:58:41 PM

browntimmy: crawlspace: Perhaps the GOP should follow The Messiah's lead and play golf. For the second week in a row, the most powerful man in the world stepped away from the White House to hit the golf course.

Better yet, they could post their b-ball brackets. Obama has his money on the University of North Carolina to win the NCAA tournament this year beating out UCLA in the final.

Okay, someone fill me in. Was this golf and NCAA thing the lead story on Rush, or not?


The White House press office releases his schedule. Obviously, Obama doesn't care about Japanese people.
 
2011-03-15 08:58:53 PM
I think it's great. Shut down the CPB today.

America's Socialist movement is almost entirely dependent on money they leach out of government. Unions laundering tax dollars, kickbacks, bad accounting and NPR.

And they have no one to blame but themselves. If they weren't so dedicatedly leftist; they wouldn't be in this fight. But they wanted to be part of one political party; and now they are.

Also; why should people making north of $600,000/year be receiving it from tax payers? NPR executives pocket $640,000 a year of tax payer dollars.

You commies should pay for your own propaganda. You don't see Rush or Glenn begging for subsidies.

"Elections have consequences" -so true, President Ostupid.
 
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