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2014-03-07 02:25:21 PM
10 votes:
What's horrifying to me is not that there are people this amoral in the world, but APPARENTLY THE POPULATION OF TENNESSEE IS OK WITH THE STATUS QUO, SINCE THEY KEEP RE-ELECTING THESE GUYS.

Christ on a cracker, it's almost hard to feel sorry for people this goddamned dumb.
2014-03-07 02:01:10 PM
8 votes:
This was one of those TDS that I couldn't even laugh at. It just made me sad. Conservatives always think they have a logical, intelligent position on alleviating poverty. But when they actually have to articulate it, it comes out stupid and evil and awful. Because it is.

I need that website that is all pictures of cute animals.
2014-03-07 01:58:24 PM
7 votes:
Once again, the liberally biased Daily Show practices their underhanded tactic of researching the claims made by an interviewee, and also of quoting the interviewee in full context.
2014-03-07 01:29:05 PM
7 votes:
I've been trying to understand since last night why that guy would have willingly come onto the Daily Show when this was the only possible way his interview could have ended. What the fark did he think was going to happen?
2014-03-07 02:24:49 PM
6 votes:
When I was in college (mid 80's) I did not have health insurance yet when I had to go to the doctor or dentist the bills did not kill me. Flash forward to today when a trip to the doctor to check my blood runs several hundred dollars. Over time what has happened is that even though insurance pays for most of that cost, it seems that the insurance industry has built a system wherein providers can charge what they want to because they know they'll be reimbursed and the patient will not go broke (since insurance pays the bills). These days a simple kidney-stone removal procedure might easily run $25K (mine did) whereas 20 years ago it was a fraction of that. In other words, these days if you either cannot afford insurance or if work does not provide it for you...you are simply screwed.
2014-03-07 02:05:20 PM
6 votes:

ItchyMcDoogle: Free Market must be code for i'm an uncaring A-hole now.


"Free market" has been code for "I'm an uncaring asshole" for quite some time.
2014-03-07 02:03:38 PM
6 votes:
Yayyy my first politics green light! But sad that this is the highlight of my day.

So I guess the Republican argument is that yes we have the best healthcare in the world but only if you can afford it, but if you can't there is a nice pine box with your name on it. Oh and dont be poor, Slacker. There are people working 40 plus hours a week that cant afford healthcare. They are hardly slackers but the GOP considers them moochers. Free Market must be code for i'm an uncaring A-hole now.

Im also shocked that a 3rd world medical unit has to be called on here in america is not considered news and that I had to learn it on the Daily Show. Way to go Tennessee for sticking it to Obama at the expense of your people
2014-03-07 01:58:59 PM
6 votes:

Pocket Ninja: I've been trying to understand since last night why that guy would have willingly come onto the Daily Show when this was the only possible way his interview could have ended. What the fark did he think was going to happen?


Because they actually believe that liberals are dumb. Thats why we get these wonderful shots of the moment of realization that they've just been caught in a logical trap, with no way out but to lie or remain silent. Beautiful to behold.
2014-03-07 01:46:50 PM
6 votes:

Pocket Ninja: I've been trying to understand since last night why that guy would have willingly come onto the Daily Show when this was the only possible way his interview could have ended. What the fark did he think was going to happen?


I'm not able to watch the interview right now, but if we're talking about a right winger, I'm betting that the answer is that he thinks he is A: Right, and B: Smarter than Aasif Mandvi.

I'm guessing he was wrong on both counts. Smells like hubris.
2014-03-07 11:18:21 PM
5 votes:
My husband's family all live in Knoxville and the surrounding areas, and several even work in the medical field there.

Every single thing he said was true.

I hate it, and I hate it for my home state that they are being such a$$holes and need to screw over the overly large population of poor people in the state from getting basic medical healthcare.  It's one of the many reasons we moved away (no income tax but an incredibly high sales tax and barely any property tax which keeps the school districts incredibly poor;  not to mention the lack of well paying jobs for professionals), but it doesn't mean that I can't stand to see idiotic lawmakers take advantage of a poor and ignorant public because of the money they get from big business.  The worst part is that it's a cycle that people get trapped in...you're told that only the lowest of the low would take government assistance from the time you are born, so people struggle with poverty because their pride keeps them from accepting help until they have no choice.  I have relatives that are struggling with medical bills, yet won't go on the ACA website where they could get a better healthcare plan for almost nothing, and they won't do it because of all of the lies they have been told.  It's the ultimate example of the rich and powerful using the poor in an abominable way.  I hate it.  It's too easy to say that the people deserve it because they voted these idiots in, but no one deserves to struggle to live simply because rich politicians play with their lives.

/end of rant
2014-03-07 02:55:51 PM
5 votes:
I crushed a disc in my back playing football when I was 16. I have lived almost my entire life without health insurance. I always worked for myself because suddenly not being able to walk for a week at a time limits employment options. I am now 52, and a couple of years ago my back got so bad I simply couldn't work anymore.

I was homeless for a time. Living out of my truck, and camping in national forests. To my good fortune my SSI claim went through in record time, 62 days from application to acceptance. Practically the speed of light when it comes to disability applications.

I now live a very humble life, living large on the $710 I get in SSI, and the $75 a month I get in SNAP. And I will tell you, I am so grateful for the assistance that allows me at least a little dignity in life.

However,to those of you who simply think I'm some sort of taker who is scamming the system. Fark you with a rusty baseball bat!!!

Not only will I continue to live my life just to piss people like this off, but I have gained the ultimate in what these people hate. I'm poor, and I have not only found a way to have a roof over my head and enough to eat, but I have also found something I thought I would never fund in this life. Contentment.
2014-03-07 02:10:58 PM
5 votes:
Watching that guy's brain break was a joy to behold.
2014-03-07 02:03:23 PM
5 votes:

jlawn001: I'm a regular watcher of TDS.
Last night was one of those moments when I'm thinking that... this can't be true.  There has to be some overdubbing or a stunt double of Mandvi when they show the back of his head, and the reaction shot is Mandvi actually asking a question like: "Tell me the best qualities of Hitler..." and then the just splice in the stupified response.
But then when that dolt actually said, "Stop being poor."

I mean.  Really?
His job is a tv pundit?


All Daily Show interviews are real this way. I remember reading a piece about how they operate - basically, the Daily Show will never splice up a question and answer because its too easy to sue them. When they interview people, they ALWAYS have to say the question and capture the answer in the same take, and then play them together on the air, otherwise they'll be sued for defamation (or whatever). Apparently it can lead to annoying interviews when Samantha Bee or whoever has to repeat a question 10 times, because they refuse to let guests answer a question unless it has been asked immediately prior to the answer.
2014-03-07 01:27:18 PM
5 votes:
This one was uncomfortable to watch, as if the guy had been thrown into a tank of arctic water and he just shut down.  Crushing.

Gotta be prepared when TDS comes calling, though.  They don't let interviewees talk their way around questions.
2014-03-07 02:15:53 PM
4 votes:
Republican Outreach 2014:  STOP BEING POOR

Truly they have the bestest ideas.  They just need to communicate them better.
2014-03-07 02:03:41 PM
4 votes:
I can't believe the Republican talking point that America has the best healthcare is completely false. Who would think a system that's been price gouging its poorest citizens to stay alive wouldn't be considered the best system?
2014-03-07 01:55:53 PM
4 votes:
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2014-03-07 01:28:04 PM
4 votes:
I don't think I've ever seen someone whose job it is to go on TV regularly rendered quite so speechless.

Plus, Tennessee was one of the states that declined the Medicare expansion to show Fartbama what for.
2014-03-07 04:37:48 PM
3 votes:
When the dude repeated "Stop being poor" you could hear his voice weaken like he was about to start crying.  He probably realized at that moment that his entire career was done.  He knows that in a few weeks, he will have nothing and he'll be in line with everyone who's waiting for care.
2014-03-07 04:35:46 PM
3 votes:
That left me speechless. And the sad part is you don't see the man stop and say "What?!" or "I need to see this for myself." He doubles down.
2014-03-07 02:49:32 PM
3 votes:
Tenn/Alabama/Mississippi are all in a race to the bottom.
2014-03-07 02:37:31 PM
3 votes:

Paul Baumer: What's horrifying to me is not that there are people this amoral in the world, but APPARENTLY THE POPULATION OF TENNESSEE IS OK WITH THE STATUS QUO, SINCE THEY KEEP RE-ELECTING THESE GUYS.

Christ on a cracker, it's almost hard to feel sorry for people this goddamned dumb.


Those OTHER people are moochers and takers. I'M just currently experiencing a rough patch and will soon have a Scrooge McDuck sized money bin, if I just say my prayers to Republican Jesus and a few Hail Reagans.

Just listen to Coach:

i.ytimg.com
2014-03-07 02:29:57 PM
3 votes:

Paul Baumer: What's horrifying to me is not that there are people this amoral in the world, but APPARENTLY THE POPULATION OF TENNESSEE IS OK WITH THE STATUS QUO, SINCE THEY KEEP RE-ELECTING THESE GUYS.

Christ on a cracker, it's almost hard to feel sorry for people this goddamned dumb.


They blame it all on the federal government while the state government bends them over deliverance style.
2014-03-07 02:27:09 PM
3 votes:

Superjew: Republican Outreach 2014:  STOP BEING POOR

Truly they have the bestest ideas.  They just need to communicate them better.


Right up there with let them eat cake. Let's hope there are commensurate beheadings.
2014-03-07 02:26:50 PM
3 votes:
I can't believe he said "just stop being poor" - is it that easy?
2014-03-07 02:20:25 PM
3 votes:
Aasif's interviews are really damn good, it's sad that he will likely be the next to leave TDS.
2014-03-07 02:20:16 PM
3 votes:
Opinion question for anyone interested in answering:

You won't generally see hardline conservatives admitting that the laissez-faire nation they envision will be very very bad for some people. That many people will be reduced to homelessness and hunger; that many kids will go without education; that many people will lose access even to rudimentary health care, etc.

Normally they paper all that over with bs like "if we just pass large enough tax cuts for the rich, poor people will be able to afford to send their own kids to private school!" They often claim that private charity will pick up all the slack in other deficient areas.

So what percentage of conservatives do you think actually believe their own bullsh*t? Surely some percentage of them have been hooked by the rhetoric. But some other percentage well know the predictable consequences of of shutting down public assistance programs. They just parrot the bullsh*t because they know voters don't want the society they envision.

And who are they, demographically? Is there any way to identify them? What else do we know about them? Etc.

I normally assume it is most of them. I doubt the sincerity of any rightist who claims shutting down public assistance programs will be really good for the poor, or at least won't really hurt them. It's just too implausible a belief to think millions and millions of conservatives actually believe.
2014-03-07 02:14:35 PM
3 votes:
img.fark.net

Sorry, first thing I thought of.
2014-03-07 02:13:35 PM
3 votes:

ItchyMcDoogle: Yayyy my first politics green light! But sad that this is the highlight of my day.

So I guess the Republican argument is that yes we have the best healthcare in the world but only if you can afford it, but if you can't there is a nice pine box with your name on it. Oh and dont be poor, Slacker. There are people working 40 plus hours a week that cant afford healthcare. They are hardly slackers but the GOP considers them moochers. Free Market must be code for i'm an uncaring A-hole now.

Im also shocked that a 3rd world medical unit has to be called on here in america is not considered news and that I had to learn it on the Daily Show. Way to go Tennessee for sticking it to Obama at the expense of your people


The problem with "Free Market" types is they forget that part of a free market is all sides possessing the same information. The "Free Market" as it is today tries to ensure at the very least consumers are as dis/misinformed as much as legally possible.
2014-03-07 02:02:06 PM
3 votes:

jake_lex: I don't think I've ever seen someone whose job it is to go on TV regularly rendered quite so speechless.



Most of the time the people on TV are either scripted or have been very well briefed on talking points and thus don't have to think too much.  So I am not surprised at all that a TV personality, especially a Fox News personality, is a complete moron.
2014-03-07 01:58:29 PM
3 votes:
I'm a regular watcher of TDS.
Last night was one of those moments when I'm thinking that... this can't be true.  There has to be some overdubbing or a stunt double of Mandvi when they show the back of his head, and the reaction shot is Mandvi actually asking a question like: "Tell me the best qualities of Hitler..." and then the just splice in the stupified response.
But then when that dolt actually said, "Stop being poor."

I mean.  Really?
His job is a tv pundit?
2014-03-07 01:48:15 PM
3 votes:

Calmamity: I'm not able to watch the interview right now, but if we're talking about a right winger, I'm betting that the answer is that he thinks he is A: Right, and B: Smarter than Aasif Mandvi.


This guys solution to people who can't afford health care was "if you're poor, stop being poor". He wasnt' joking, that was his actual recommendation.

So, you decide what he is.
2014-03-08 12:19:11 PM
2 votes:
Just watched it.

Good god- you can actually see the exact moment this douchebag's mind breaks. And like others have stated, the dude  actually doubles down on the stupidity.Un-farking-believable.
2014-03-07 08:03:06 PM
2 votes:

ItchyMcDoogle: Im also shocked that a 3rd world medical unit has to be called on here in america is not considered news and that I had to learn it on the Daily Show.


60 Minutes did a story on this in 2008.  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-health-care-gets-boost-from-charity/

It made me so pissed off that I basically became a single-payer advocate right after watching it.

/CSB
2014-03-07 07:00:24 PM
2 votes:
Here's the link for anyone in Canada who cares to watch:

http://www.ctv.ca/video/player?vid=300783

Skip ahead to the 9 min mark.
2014-03-07 05:25:33 PM
2 votes:
I don't have the Fu to Do, but that epic brain lock snippet needs to be an anigif.  You can actually watch his brain run a recalibration cycle.

img.fark.net
2014-03-07 04:23:14 PM
2 votes:
It did seem like an Onion piece or something.  How could he NOT anticipate that basic switcheroo from the Daily Show?  Was he even listening to the setup?  Beautiful and sick to behold.  Anybody time it?  Seemed like a good 3 or 4 seconds of brain freeze.

If the Comedy Central web player hates you as it hates me, you might find that this version actually plays --
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/07/aasif-mandvi-third-world-he al thcare_n_4919304.html

(Hulu, ad preroll)

/guys with that kind of "hair" should not be around helicopters
2014-03-07 04:13:06 PM
2 votes:
You have to laugh in order to keep from crying.  Yet check and see who those good citizens of Knoxville voted into office and ask then what they think of Obamacare and they'll agree with the Republicans.
2014-03-07 03:42:18 PM
2 votes:
This is what you support when you vote for Republicans.


Not even once, folks.... Not even once.
2014-03-07 03:34:26 PM
2 votes:
i47.photobucket.com
2014-03-07 03:29:56 PM
2 votes:
Baz744:
And who are they, demographically? Is there any way to identify them? What else do we know about them? Etc.

Pretty easy to answer, really.
The rich guys KNOW it's bullshiat because their actions are specifically aimed at the money and influence remaining (and even flowing) to the top. Why would they get into politics or hire lobbyists to empower their "enemy"?
The poor people believe it because they wouldn't vote that way if they didn't.
2014-03-07 03:19:30 PM
2 votes:
It'd be easier to stop being poor if you'd stop being a douchebag.
2014-03-07 03:04:51 PM
2 votes:
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2014-03-07 02:54:10 PM
2 votes:

Baz744: Opinion question for anyone interested in answering:

You won't generally see hardline conservatives admitting that the laissez-faire nation they envision will be very very bad for some people. That many people will be reduced to homelessness and hunger; that many kids will go without education; that many people will lose access even to rudimentary health care, etc.

Normally they paper all that over with bs like "if we just pass large enough tax cuts for the rich, poor people will be able to afford to send their own kids to private school!" They often claim that private charity will pick up all the slack in other deficient areas.

So what percentage of conservatives do you think actually believe their own bullsh*t? Surely some percentage of them have been hooked by the rhetoric. But some other percentage well know the predictable consequences of of shutting down public assistance programs. They just parrot the bullsh*t because they know voters don't want the society they envision.

And who are they, demographically? Is there any way to identify them? What else do we know about them? Etc.

I normally assume it is most of them. I doubt the sincerity of any rightist who claims shutting down public assistance programs will be really good for the poor, or at least won't really hurt them. It's just too implausible a belief to think millions and millions of conservatives actually believe.


I think a large fraction of them do really believe the BS. Remember when Karl friggin' Rove, the poster child for cynical manipulation, broke down on election night because Ohio didn't follow the "unskewed polls" model? Supposedly even Mitt Romney himself was surprised that the election wasn't close.

Once you get into a reality bubble, because beliefs needn't have any tether to reality, they can get pretty strange pretty quick.

Tomorrow's politicians come from today's base, and I think the right-wing reality bubble has been around long enough that new GOP politicians believe in it. Look at Republican State legislatures actually trying to ban abortion, instead of keeping it around as a wedge issue. If they succeed, they just defanged a big motivator for their people to keep turning out at election time, so they probably just actually want to ban abortion.
2014-03-07 02:42:08 PM
2 votes:
And, I think the geographic region known as "the South" should always be referred to as "the third world." At least, until there are some signs of progress.


/resides in partially-third-world Kentucky
2014-03-07 02:42:04 PM
2 votes:

brigid_fitch: ItchyMcDoogle: Yayyy my first politics green light! But sad that this is the highlight of my day.

So I guess the Republican argument is that yes we have the best healthcare in the world but only if you can afford it, but if you can't there is a nice pine box with your name on it. Oh and dont be poor, Slacker. There are people working 40 plus hours a week that cant afford healthcare. They are hardly slackers but the GOP considers them moochers. Free Market must be code for i'm an uncaring A-hole now.

Im also shocked that a 3rd world medical unit has to be called on here in america is not considered news and that I had to learn it on the Daily Show. Way to go Tennessee for sticking it to Obama at the expense of your people


This is what I get for not previewing first.  Meant to add this but Fark threw it away:
img.fark.net
2014-03-07 02:37:27 PM
2 votes:
Semi-related: What the fark is wrong with the Hulu player?
2014-03-07 02:34:08 PM
2 votes:

fruitloop: Aasif's interviews are really damn good, it's sad that he will likely be the next to leave TDS.


Was thinking the same thing, he really does the best remotes and interviews. So did Carrel and Colbert as well. I was thinking he might be the next to leave but Bee And Jones have been there a long time too. TDS might be very screwed if those three leave soon
2014-03-07 02:15:10 PM
2 votes:
Sometimes I just wish the interviewer would just punch the idiot in the face when the interviewee demonstrates they are such a colossal retard.

However, the schadenfreude was priceless.
2014-03-07 02:15:03 PM
2 votes:

MayoSlather: I can't believe the Republican talking point that America has the best healthcare is completely false. Who would think a system that's been price gouging its poorest citizens to stay alive wouldn't be considered the best system?


Um, Republicans?

This isn't a talking point for them. They actually believe that.
2014-03-08 08:59:43 PM
1 votes:

darch: Just watched it.

Good god- you can actually see the exact moment this douchebag's mind breaks. And like others have stated, the dude  actually doubles down on the stupidity.Un-farking-believable.


yeah, it was pretty impressive. You could see part of his mind is going 'Shut up, shut up this can't be right', while the other part is like 'eh, yeah sure why not, stop being poor works, go with it'
2014-03-08 07:44:05 PM
1 votes:
When he said "stop being poor", I had to pause the video and walk away because I wanted to crawl thorough my monitor and choke him.

Been unemployed for almost two years, and I have a masters degree.
2014-03-08 03:20:23 PM
1 votes:
Healthcare spending in the US is 17.2% of GDP.

It is the largest drag on our economy.

The GOP wants a smaller Government and lower taxes..... because lowering taxes is sort of like giving everyone a raise, and that's good for the economy, right?

Shrinking Government to save people money has consequences....

Fixing our healthcare system would have the exact same effect as lowering taxes (it would put more money in people's wallets.)

AND we know that it is possible to make healthcare cheaper without major consequences (As every developed country in the world has already demonstrated.)

Why is this not the biggest issue to solve for the GOP?
2014-03-07 09:13:40 PM
1 votes:

runwiz: You have to laugh in order to keep from crying.  Yet check and see who those good citizens of Knoxville voted into office and ask then what they think of Obamacare and they'll agree with the Republicans.


On my last visit to Tennessee, I made a wrong turn in downtown Knoxville and ended up in the very heart of downtown, near the site of the World's Fair tower.  The homeless crowds milling around the sidewalks looked like The Walking Dead; I haven't seen that level of despair since Baltimore.  It's a beautiful state full of pockets of horribly poor people, and their elected representatives are some of the abject worst in Congress (Scott DesJarlais, I'm looking in your direction).
2014-03-07 06:41:14 PM
1 votes:

Baz744: Opinion question for anyone interested in answering:

You won't generally see hardline conservatives admitting that the laissez-faire nation they envision will be very very bad for some people. That many people will be reduced to homelessness and hunger; that many kids will go without education; that many people will lose access even to rudimentary health care, etc.

Normally they paper all that over with bs like "if we just pass large enough tax cuts for the rich, poor people will be able to afford to send their own kids to private school!" They often claim that private charity will pick up all the slack in other deficient areas.

So what percentage of conservatives do you think actually believe their own bullsh*t? Surely some percentage of them have been hooked by the rhetoric. But some other percentage well know the predictable consequences of of shutting down public assistance programs. They just parrot the bullsh*t because they know voters don't want the society they envision.

And who are they, demographically? Is there any way to identify them? What else do we know about them? Etc.

I normally assume it is most of them. I doubt the sincerity of any rightist who claims shutting down public assistance programs will be really good for the poor, or at least won't really hurt them. It's just too implausible a belief to think millions and millions of conservatives actually believe.


Examine the difference between how authoritarian leaders behave and authoritarian followers behave, this will illuminate some of the relationship that would otherwise appear implausible.

Here is a good start, if you don't mind canadians. http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/
2014-03-07 05:38:11 PM
1 votes:
Considering TDS was at (what looked like) one of those Mission of Mercy dental clinics, no amount of Obamacare is going to help. Dental care is rarely considered important (especially in the south)
2014-03-07 05:37:34 PM
1 votes:
Holy shiat that guy Asaif was talking to was literally a walking talking caricature of a list of republican talking points.
2014-03-07 05:10:26 PM
1 votes:
Knoxville is the city that voted Senator Stacey Campfield in as their state senator, who is mostly concerned with making sure kids and teachers in school don't say the word "gay" in a rather poor attempt to conceal his secret gay identity. So this should be of no surprise to anyone.
2014-03-07 04:22:51 PM
1 votes:

someonelse: This was one of those TDS that I couldn't even laugh at. It just made me sad. Conservatives always think they have a logical, intelligent position on alleviating poverty. But when they actually have to articulate it, it comes out stupid and evil and awful. Because it is.

I need that website that is all pictures of cute animals.


I got your back, buddy.
2014-03-07 03:55:52 PM
1 votes:
You know how the rabid right wing insane folks often say we're going to round them up and put them in FEMA camps to starve?

Can we?
2014-03-07 03:52:43 PM
1 votes:

factoryconnection: DamnYankees: This guys solution to people who can't afford health care was "if you're poor, stop being poor". He wasnt' joking, that was his actual recommendation.

So, you decide what he is.

To be clear: he literally said what DY quoted, not a paraphrase, not an implied statement, but a quote.  O.O


Our governor said in public the reason he was turning down the medicaid expansion was 'let's be clear who we are talking about here, it's able bodied adults'.  He's now actually trying to backtrack a little and may even consider expanding it.
2014-03-07 03:41:49 PM
1 votes:

Baz744: There actually is an incentive for him not to, though. He's successfully predicted the electoral vote outcome of two elections now, one perfectly, and the other almost perfectly (Indiana unexpectedly went for Obama in 2008). That gives him a lot of credibility. If he doesn't get 2016 as close as the last two, he could lose some of that.

On the other hand, his methods seem reliable so far.


I suspect he likes doing it too much to just stop for the sake of a perfect record.

His predictions aren't just simple "Obama wins" anyway, it's "Obama has a 53% chance of winning". Even if Romney had won he'd just say "Yeah, well our model predicted a Romney win 47%, so there's that." Which wouldn't have been as bad-ass, but is still statistically sound.
2014-03-07 03:39:40 PM
1 votes:

Old enough to know better: And these are the sort of people who the experts say are going to keep the House, and have a good chance of taking the Senate?

We're farked aren't we?


Just like in the last Presidential election, which really wasn't at all close, the press needs to spin a narrative to keep people interested or, at the very least, tuned in.

I'd keep an eye on this site:

http://www.electoral-vote.com/

Or Nate Silver's blog if he relaunches.

Keep in mind it's very early and there isn't any real polling data out there in Senate races yet.

People are pointing at Obama's 46 - 48% approval rating and saying that the Dems are doomed because of it, but they've been ignoring the fact that the GOP's numbers are far worse than that. They have a tremendous branding problem in all but the deepest red states and districts at the moment.
2014-03-07 03:29:13 PM
1 votes:
And these are the sort of people who the experts say are going to keep the House, and have a good chance of taking the Senate?

We're farked aren't we?
2014-03-07 03:28:03 PM
1 votes:

duke3522: I crushed a disc in my back playing football when I was 16. I have lived almost my entire life without health insurance. I always worked for myself because suddenly not being able to walk for a week at a time limits employment options. I am now 52, and a couple of years ago my back got so bad I simply couldn't work anymore.

I was homeless for a time. Living out of my truck, and camping in national forests. To my good fortune my SSI claim went through in record time, 62 days from application to acceptance. Practically the speed of light when it comes to disability applications.

I now live a very humble life, living large on the $710 I get in SSI, and the $75 a month I get in SNAP. And I will tell you, I am so grateful for the assistance that allows me at least a little dignity in life.

However,to those of you who simply think I'm some sort of taker who is scamming the system. Fark you with a rusty baseball bat!!!

Not only will I continue to live my life just to piss people like this off, but I have gained the ultimate in what these people hate. I'm poor, and I have not only found a way to have a roof over my head and enough to eat, but I have also found something I thought I would never fund in this life. Contentment.


You want to really piss them off?  Carry a cell phone around with you every where you go.  It doesn't even have to work.
2014-03-07 03:10:41 PM
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purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: duke3522: I crushed a disc in my back playing football when I was 16. I have lived almost my entire life without health insurance. I always worked for myself because suddenly not being able to walk for a week at a time limits employment options. I am now 52, and a couple of years ago my back got so bad I simply couldn't work anymore.

I was homeless for a time. Living out of my truck, and camping in national forests. To my good fortune my SSI claim went through in record time, 62 days from application to acceptance. Practically the speed of light when it comes to disability applications.

I now live a very humble life, living large on the $710 I get in SSI, and the $75 a month I get in SNAP. And I will tell you, I am so grateful for the assistance that allows me at least a little dignity in life.

However,to those of you who simply think I'm some sort of taker who is scamming the system. Fark you with a rusty baseball bat!!!

Not only will I continue to live my life just to piss people like this off, but I have gained the ultimate in what these people hate. I'm poor, and I have not only found a way to have a roof over my head and enough to eat, but I have also found something I thought I would never fund in this life. Contentment.

You probably have a fridge too.


Yep, and it keeps the beer my son buys me nice and cold!

/oh the horrors
//a poor has beer
///if a poor isn't miserable he/she is getting way to much help
2014-03-07 02:58:08 PM
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brigid_fitch: brigid_fitch: ItchyMcDoogle: Yayyy my first politics green light! But sad that this is the highlight of my day.

So I guess the Republican argument is that yes we have the best healthcare in the world but only if you can afford it, but if you can't there is a nice pine box with your name on it. Oh and dont be poor, Slacker. There are people working 40 plus hours a week that cant afford healthcare. They are hardly slackers but the GOP considers them moochers. Free Market must be code for i'm an uncaring A-hole now.

Im also shocked that a 3rd world medical unit has to be called on here in america is not considered news and that I had to learn it on the Daily Show. Way to go Tennessee for sticking it to Obama at the expense of your people

This is what I get for not previewing first.  Meant to add this but Fark threw it away:
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Hate it when that happens..But is there no edit feature here or am I not seeing it..Or is it only for total farkers. Or is it a easter egg when you type "Duke Sucks"

On the subject the GOP may hem and haw about what a nut job Grayson is but hes not wrong. That is the GOP plan. Every interview with a republican with that subject(ish) they will A) change the subject B) get pissed off and attack the mainstream media C) talk about emergency rooms that make a higher burden on the taxpayer or say that magical charities will take care of our sick but never offering any examples of that.

One thing a Republican will never EVER do is offer a doable realistic solution that provides affordable good healthcare to all americans. Or even try. But then again sometimes I feel that they get joy when the % 53 plus suffer
2014-03-07 02:47:06 PM
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Baz744: Opinion question for anyone interested in answering:

You won't generally see hardline conservatives admitting that the laissez-faire nation they envision will be very very bad for some people. That many people will be reduced to homelessness and hunger; that many kids will go without education; that many people will lose access even to rudimentary health care, etc.

Normally they paper all that over with bs like "if we just pass large enough tax cuts for the rich, poor people will be able to afford to send their own kids to private school!" They often claim that private charity will pick up all the slack in other deficient areas.

So what percentage of conservatives do you think actually believe their own bullsh*t?


I think most of them, like 95% believe 95% of it. It's their programed mind set, it just like extreme religious types, they only believe what supports their own beliefs, they avoid thinking anything completely threw as it might injure their beliefs. It's what some people call faith, but I prefer to call brain washing.
2014-03-07 02:30:39 PM
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DamnYankees: jlawn001: I'm a regular watcher of TDS.
Last night was one of those moments when I'm thinking that... this can't be true.  There has to be some overdubbing or a stunt double of Mandvi when they show the back of his head, and the reaction shot is Mandvi actually asking a question like: "Tell me the best qualities of Hitler..." and then the just splice in the stupified response.
But then when that dolt actually said, "Stop being poor."

I mean.  Really?
His job is a tv pundit?

All Daily Show interviews are real this way. I remember reading a piece about how they operate - basically, the Daily Show will never splice up a question and answer because its too easy to sue them. When they interview people, they ALWAYS have to say the question and capture the answer in the same take, and then play them together on the air, otherwise they'll be sued for defamation (or whatever). Apparently it can lead to annoying interviews when Samantha Bee or whoever has to repeat a question 10 times, because they refuse to let guests answer a question unless it has been asked immediately prior to the answer.


Yeah, I got a little insight into the interview process years ago when TDS came to Alabama and interviewed the guy (who I knew slightly) leading an effort to legalize higher alcohol "gourmet" beer.  He said they really prodded him to use a hokey phrase he never would have used otherwise.  Not explicitly dishonest, but definitely aimed at the comedy angle.

/beerlicious!
2014-03-07 02:30:28 PM
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DamnYankees: Calmamity: I'm not able to watch the interview right now, but if we're talking about a right winger, I'm betting that the answer is that he thinks he is A: Right, and B: Smarter than Aasif Mandvi.

This guys solution to people who can't afford health care was "if you're poor, stop being poor". He wasnt' joking, that was his actual recommendation.

So, you decide what he is.


I actually gasped when he said that.  My husband was in the other room and came rushing in because he thought something was wrong.  "Just stop being poor."  Un-friggin'-believable.

And then he tried to defend it by saying they should get a GED (because the only thing stopping you from being poor is a HS diploma, apparently).
2014-03-07 02:13:55 PM
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factoryconnection: DamnYankees: This guys solution to people who can't afford health care was "if you're poor, stop being poor". He wasnt' joking, that was his actual recommendation.

So, you decide what he is.

To be clear: he literally said what DY quoted, not a paraphrase, not an implied statement, but a quote.  O.O


Look, 90% of those people have refrigerators.  They need to get a GED and hold down a job for more than a year, they'll be fine. And if you can survive that year until you get healthcare, you didn't need healthcare that badly anyway, you whiny baby.

I think I'm going to quit my job today.  I'll tell my boss I've been there for over a year, and I've decided to stop being poor.  It's time, boss.
2014-03-07 02:13:40 PM
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purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: Liberal MSM and their gotcha questions. How dare they ask questions about what we really said?


Sarah Palin accused Katie Couric of "gotcha journalism" for asking what type of newspapers/magazines she reads.  I can't imagine how hard she would have vapor-locked if she'd walked into this Q&A with Mandvi.  I doubt Mandvi even anticipated that flop'n'twitch reaction.

I mean, that was sort of a "gotcha" but they were there to talk about the US healthcare system, so I guess it only became a "gotcha" when the guy BSOD'd.
2014-03-07 02:07:08 PM
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Pocket Ninja: I've been trying to understand since last night why that guy would have willingly come onto the Daily Show when this was the only possible way his interview could have ended. What the fark did he think was going to happen?


Because they know from going on the 24/7 cable channels that if you keep repeating "America (except for it's government) is the best at everything, and disputing that comment makes you a bad American" makes them look strong and their opponents look weak trying to cite egg-headed statistics that were obviously made by anti-American groups jealous of how great America is.
2014-03-07 02:06:25 PM
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ItchyMcDoogle: Free Market must be code for i'm an uncaring A-hole now.


Now?
2014-03-07 02:06:18 PM
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HOLY CRAP. Not only the tragedy of healthcare in the United States today... but seeing that bastard apologist's brain completely lock up like that?

What a jerk.
2014-03-07 01:59:47 PM
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DamnYankees: This guys solution to people who can't afford health care was "if you're poor, stop being poor". He wasnt' joking, that was his actual recommendation.

So, you decide what he is.


To be clear: he literally said what DY quoted, not a paraphrase, not an implied statement, but a quote.  O.O
 
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