The Wednesday 10-30-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 31, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: The Deceit Factor. The biased and dishonest right-wing hack Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: In order to bear false witness, a person has to know explicitly that what he or she is saying is not true, and the false statement has to benefit the speaker. We know that in 2010, President Obama said this: 'Any insurance that you currently have would be grandfathered in so you could keep it.' But millions of Americans will not be able to keep their health insurance plan.Then Democrat Eboni Williams and Republican Kate Obenshain were on to talk about the President.
Was the President misinformed, or bearing false witness intentionally? It is important for responsible news agencies, and The Factor is in that category, to be very precise when lodging accusations. Did the President mislead the country? Absolutely.
Did he know he was misleading the country? Maybe, most likely. Did he lie? Very possible, but the evidence is not conclusive. President Obama has a lot to lose - if he did indeed tell outright lies to the American people, he could be impeached. So why would the President risk that? That's a key question in this intense debate.
Obenshain said this: "We have heard from all these people about how their rates are going to skyrocket, and yet the President is sticking with the line that their premiums are going to be lower. He is digging in! He very intentionally went out there and said people could keep their insurance policies, even though the regulations made it clear that was not true. I think it was a lie, and he gets away again and again with this sort of thing."
Williams urged him to admit that his words were misleading, saying this: "Now is the proper time for President Obama to come clean with the American people and say, 'I used language that did not fully disclose what I meant.' He's not going to get around this."
Then the Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn was on to discuss Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday.
Blackburn said this: "We saw a very defensive Secretary Sebelius. I think she and the President lack the ability to lead people, she didn't even know specifically who was in charge of spending hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money. There didn't seem to be a consistency of how they briefed the President and kept him informed. The incompetence on every level is staggering!"
Notice that O'Reilly did not mention he was caught in a lie, he said the Obamacare website has cost a billion dollars. And during the hearing Secretary Sebelius was asked directly how much the website has cost so far. She said $174 million, which is not even close to a billion, so O'Reilly is a liar. And he never said a word about what she stated in the hearing, as he continues the lie that it cost a billion dollars. Which is only something a right-wing spin doctor would do.
Then Former Bush White House spokesperson Dana Perino was on to evaluate the recent performance of Jay Carney, who now holds that job.
Perino said this: "He is basically the daily piñata for the administration right now. This is not entirely his fault - as press secretary he has no assets, no resources, and he controls no budget. He can't say, let's fix this website or let's go do this in Syria. The only thing you have as a press secretary is your integrity. But he is quite patronizing, he is thin-skinned, and so is his boss. Right now he is defending the indefensible."
O'Reilly said this: "In my opinion as a journalist, Jay Carney looks foolish every day. He dodges, he weaves, he doesn't answer, and if he were sitting here I could destroy him."
Haha, now that's funny. Earth to Bill O'Reilly, you are not a journalist and if Carney were sitting with you he would crush you like a bug, with facts.
Then Rob Lowe and Dennis Miller were on for a segment each, which I will not report on, because Miller is a right-wing fool and Lowe was only on to promote the movie he was in based on an O'Reilly book.
Then Martha MacCallum was on for did you see that. She talked about New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly who went to speak at Brown University Tuesday, students shouted him down and forced him to leave without speaking.
MacCallum said this: "This is one of the finest institutions in the country, and this is absolutely appalling. The university professes to be a place where they tolerate different viewpoints, but they knew this was coming. Students were calling Ray Kelly a 'terrorist,' but under him crime in New York City dropped to the lowest level in 50 years. Perhaps these students would prefer if more violent crimes were perpetrated. They lost the opportunity to actually learn something."
Earth to MacCallum, stop and frisk is unconstitutional and racist, so you are an idiot. I support their protest because they have free speech rights too, but he should have been allowed to speak. He decided to leave without speaking, they did not make him leave.
O'Reilly blamed the Brown administration, especially the boss, saying this: "I lay this at the feet of Brown University President Christina Paxson. She has no control over this university, the dictum should have gone out that we are going to be respectful to Commissioner Kelly. This is a disgrace, there's no leadership at Brown or at other universities."
Yeah right, when Republicans shout down liberals you two right-wing stooges never say a word, so shut up hypocrites.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Sage Advice for Young Folks. Billy said this: "Since the Internet is forever, keep your clothes on, keep your dignity, keep your secrets, and don't do anything dumb that can come back to haunt you."
The Insane John Stossel Said It's Ok To Discriminate
By: Steve - October 31, 2013 - 10:00am
The idiotic John Stossel was on Fox & Friends Thursday morning where he said insurance companies should be able to discriminate against women and charge them more, because according to him, women go to the doctor more than men do. And even if that is true, it would be illegal, because discrimination is against the law.
Stossel also said the Obamacare website bugs are nothing, that they will get that fixed. Which is telling, because the GOP and the rest of Fox (including O'Reilly) do not think it's nothing. In fact, they have decided to make it a big issue and scream bloody murder over a few minor website bugs.
Here is the video:
This shows two things, that John Stossel is a total idiot, and that he admitted the right-wing attacks on the Obamacare website are partisan political garbage.
The Tuesday 10-29-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 30, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Is it All Unraveling for President Obama? The biased and dishonest right-wing hack Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Things are getting very bad for the Obama administration. That's not a partisan statement, that is reality. The President's signature issue, 'affordable' health care, is not so affordable, and even if you want to sign up, the computer chaos makes it very hard to do so. But the main problem is President Obama himself. For years he's been saying to Americans that they would not have to undergo pain when health insurance changes, and the question now is whether the President knowingly misled the nation.Then Charles Krauthammer was on to discuss it.
Here's what I think happened: Mr. Obama brought little critical thinking to the table and pretty much talked himself into a scenario that he wanted; that is, that government can control the American health industry with little consumer downside. I'm not making excuses for the President, but at this point I am not willing to say he intentionally lied. Before you write me damning letters, what I'm saying is far more damaging than you think.
As Talking Points said last night, the President simply answers that he doesn't know on too many occasions. It's your job to know, Mr. President, and being ill-informed puts all of us in danger. One of the weaknesses of liberal philosophy is idealism - liberals want certain things such as low-cost health care for everybody, but they don't calibrate the unintended consequences. For example, imposing 'social justice,' a big Obama theme, means somebody has to pay for it.
No government can provide without resources and, because the government creates nothing, they have to take the resources away from people who have them. That's what we're seeing with the Obamacare chaos. Working Americans with individual policies will generally pay more in order to subsidize the 30-million uninsured Americans.
President Obama was never upfront about that, and now millions of Americans are shocked. Talking Points believes President Obama will not recover from the health care debacle and that it will weigh Hillary Clinton down as well. The law never should have been passed, nobody really understood it, few read it, and the Supreme Court upheld the law on faulty reasoning. And now all of us are paying the price.
Krauthammer said this: "When it comes to foreign intelligence, everybody lies, it's understood. But when you're talking to your own people in trying to sell a program and you say something that is untrue so the law will pass, that is a real lie. The question is whether Obama knew that all these insurance plans would be canceled. It is an essential part of Obamacare that the government dictates what is supposed to be the correct level of coverage, it's the usual liberal arrogance and paternalism. I think Obama probably knew that this is an element of what he created."
O'Reilly remained skeptical about the President's supposed lying, saying this: "You're saying that the President knew that what he was saying was not true and that it would be proven to be a lie. You're telling me a guy like Barack Obama is going to put himself out there for that kind of scorn?"
Then James Carville was on to discuss it.
Carville said this: "President Obama could have made a more accurate statement, by saying you can keep your coverage as long as your policy meets the basic standards of the Affordable Care Act. I don't think he actually misled the nation, we always knew that under the act you had to have certain minimum requirements. And some people get subsidies, so when you say it costs more, that's not necessarily true. I think this will save the country an enormous amount of money."
And what O'Reilly fails to tell you is that the insurance plans that are being dropped are garbage, and they do not give people the insurance they need, not to mention, they will get new plans, with no limits, etc. And I will bet most people like them much more than they plan they had. As usual, O'Reilly only gives you part of the story, not all of it.
Then Bernie Goldberg was on to evaluate Jay Carney's recent performance.
Goldberg said this: "I once told you that Jay Carney reminds me of 'Baghdad Bob,' the clown who ran interference for Saddam Hussein. You said that was unfair, that he was just doing his job. So let's be clear about what his job is. His job is to make the President look good, and if that means he has to mislead the people or tell half-truths, he will do it. Some people may find that noble and loyal, but I don't!"
And the Bush spokesman did the very same thing, but neither one of you right-wing hacks ever complained about it then.
Then Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl were on to talk about an Asian organization that demanded Pottery Barn stop selling Halloween costumes depicting a sushi chef and a woman in a kimono.
Wiehl said this: "This organization says the kimono is offensive. I think it's elegant, but the organization said that if they were going to sue, they would sue for defamation. It's getting to the point where you can have nothing but animal costumes."
Which is just laughable and typical right-wing garbage, it's called dismissing and defending racism. If an asian group says it offends them then it is racism, and no matter how many white Republicans dismiss and defend it, they are still offended, and they are asian, so they are the only people who know if it is offensive to them or not.
Guilfoyle said this: "They say there was intentional emotional distress because there was a Japanese flag on the costume." O'Reilly of course agreed and even ridiculed the complaining group and denounced Pottery Barn for dropping the costumes: "Doesn't sushi emanate from Japan? Do I have the right to sue now if someone dresses as a leprechaun? And Pottery Barn gave into this!"
As usual O'Reilly's argument on the issue sounds like something a brain-dead 5 year old would come up with. Because he does not see racism in anything, and he always defends it.
Then Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes were on to talk about the Air Force Academy who under pressure from an atheist group, decided to make the phrase "so help me God" an optional part of the cadet oath. And of course the right-wing bible thumper O'Reilly was outraged.
Crowley said this: "The other military academies, also have this as optional, so the Air Force Academy said they would do the same. I am not happy about this because I think they were subjected to an intimidation campaign by this religious freedom group. They put the screws to the Air Force, which caved into the pressure."
Colmes theorized that many of the Founding Fathers would have sided with the atheists, saying this: "James Madison wanted separation of church and state, and Thomas Jefferson re-wrote the Bible with the miracles taken out. We're a secular country, there was no 'under God' oath until 1984."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of that day that I will not report, because it was not a tip, it was simply a cheap promotion for the movie based on his stupid book.
Fox Airs GOP Talking Points As It's Own Reporting
By: Steve - October 30, 2013 - 10:00am
Fox News aired a video compilation critical of President Obama, without mentioning a Republican National Committee research document that reflects Fox's "report."
On October 29, Fox & Friends showed video of Obama and administration officials explaining that the president was not made aware of problems with the HealthCare.gov website, reported NSA surveillance of foreign leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an Inspector General report about the IRS' handling of groups seeking tax-exempt status, and other things that the show labeled "DC scandals."
Bill O'Reilly also mentioned every single item in that RNC document in his Monday night Talking Points Memo. Even though he denies Fox has any right-wing bias, and has said numerous times that he never uses any GOP talking points.
The Fox & Friends segment bears a striking similarity to a RNC document posted to GOP.com on October 28 titled "The Bystander President." Each "scandal" highlighted by the RNC document appears in the Fox segment, except that Fox left out the RNC mention of bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra and added the failed ATF operation Fast and Furious and a reference to the network's manufactured Benghazi "scandal."
Nowhere in the segment did the Fox & Friends hosts say that these claims came from a Republican document -- unlike MSNBC's Morning Joe, where co-host Mika Brzezinski said, before playing a similar video, that "Republicans are calling President Obama the quote 'bystander president.'
A memo on the RNC's website points out numerous examples of a president who appears to be left in the dark."
O'Reilly and pretty much everyone at Fox News has a history of disguising GOP talking points as its own reporting. In February 2009, Fox host Jon Scott criticized the planned economic recovery package that later passed as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus, with a series of news sources that came directly from a press release by Senate Republicans -- including the same typo.
In October 2009, Fox & Friends parroted a misleading House Republican press release that was critical of the stimulus.
During the debate over the health care reform bill, numerous Fox figures, including Hannity and Van Susteren, as well as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum -- both of whom were employed by the network at the time -- mimicked Republican politicians' language by claiming Democrats were attempting to "ram it through" Congress.
And it goes on and on, in fact, the reporting Fox does is like it came right from the RNC headquarters. They do not have to send Fox their talking points, because Fox puts out their own, that are just as good if not better than the GOP and the RNC publish and send out.
The Monday 10-28-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 29, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: I Don't Want to Know. The biased and dishonest right-wing hack Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: There are at least a half-dozen major controversies inside the Obama administration that the President apparently didn't know anything about. A Wall Street Journal headline says 'Obama Unaware as U.S. Spied on World Leaders,' and I believe that's true. While some Americans say Mr. Obama knew about 'Fast and Furious,' the IRS, Benghazi, and the NSA spying controversies as they developed, Talking Points does not.Earth to Bill O'Reilly, you are a partisan fool. ALL Presidents delegate, because the Government is too big for the President to run and deal with every single thing. So you are an idiot! You simply want to hurt President Obama politically because you hate him and you are a biased Republican.
It has become clear that the President does not manage in a micro way - he delegates, often to incompetent people. The most vivid example is the enormous screw-up in Obamacare. The President was apparently totally unaware that the rollout was broken. Last night '60 Minutes' vividly portrayed the horror of four Americans being murdered in Benghazi, Libya.
A former Green Beret commander says he warned the administration that Al Qaeda was hunting the American ambassador. President Obama says he did not know the extent of the danger, but even after the attack was under way the administration did not take action.
So here's the overall situation: You have a President who is apparently disengaged from day-to-day activities in his own government. And, one after another, you have major problems. It is no longer satisfactory for Mr. Obama to say he is going to 'get to the bottom of things' because he never does.
The administration had three-and-a-half years to roll out the Affordable Health Care law and it spent close to $1 billion, yet there is mass chaos. Throughout history people have gotten the government they deserve.
So you blame him for everything, even though he had nothing to do with any of it. There is no chaos, what we have are a few small website bugs that will be fixed and it has not cost a billion dollars. So far it has cost $200 to $250 million, and it might go as high as $350 million, so it's not even close to a billion, as you claim.
You are a liar, and you know it, the billion dollar number was made up by the Republicans, it's a lie. And since you were caught lying about that nothing you ever say again about Obamacare can be believed.
Then Brit Hume was on with his perspective on the Obama White House. And not one Democratic guest was on for balance, in fact, no real Democrats were on the entire show. It was all right-wing spin, all the time. The only thing close to a Democratic guest was the (part-time sort-of) Fox News Democrat Juan Williams, who is more of a moderate Republican than he is a Democrat, who even admits that.
Hume said this: "All the presidents I witnessed governed in different ways, and I have seen presidents were said not to know about something that blew up. But I have not seen this number of events associated with any other president. President Obama is not a micro-manager, he relies upon the people under him to run things properly. But the question is whether he has the right people, and in instance after instance it has seemed that he does not."
Hume said this: "I have not seen this number of events associated with any other president." Which is just laughable, because Bush had so many scandals you could not keep up with them all. Making Brit Hume a bigger liar than O'Reilly. I can name 20 scandals under Bush, and that is just a partial list, so Hume is a flat out liar.
The insane O'Reilly even said President Obama is performing less competently than most of his predecessors: "Right now I see President Obama in major trouble on the history front. Five years into his administration he has to be ranked in the bottom ten."
WRONG, IDIOT! A 2010 Siena poll of 238 Presidential scholars found that former president George W. Bush was ranked 39th out of 43. Meanwhile, the current president, Barack Obama was ranked 15th out of 43.
In 2012, Newsweek magazine asked a panel of historians to rank the ten best presidents since 1900. The results showed that historians had ranked FDR, Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, JFK, Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama as the best since that year.
Then Dick Cheney was on, which I will not report on for 2 reasons, 1st: Cheney should be in jail for war crimes. 2nd: It was nothing but right-wing spin with 2 Republicans, and mostly it was Cheney promoting his book. O'Reilly asked him about Iraq, which Cheney defended, but not one word about the 50 scandals under Bush, or all the lies they told the American people. The interview was a joke, and not worth reporting on.
And btw folks, when liberals slammed Bush during his 2 terms and said he was one of the worst Presidents ever. O'Reilly defended him and said you can not rank a President until after he is out of office and you see what the historians write about him. But then he ranks Obama in the bottom 15 while he is still in office, and has 3 years to go, which is just ridiculous. Not to mention, liberals were right, Bush was ranked 39th out of 43, and O'Reilly never mentions that.
Then Juan Williams and Mary K. Ham were on to assess the interview with Dick Cheney.
Williams said this: "You asked him a very direct question about what we got out of Iraq, but he dodged and played games with that. Things are falling apart in Iraq and we see the threat that still exists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He couldn't answer that except to point fingers at Obama."
And Williams did not mention any of the 30 to 50 Bush/Cheney scandals either, proving he is a fake Democrat.
Ham said this: "It's very fair to say we pulled out of Iraq for political reasons. The Obama administration did not try very hard on the status-of-forces agreement. We had reached a point where the peace was largely won and then we abandoned the situation."
That's a lie, because everyone agreed it was time to get out of Iraq, and the Iraqi government even told us to leave. Not to mention, 80% of Americans wanted to get all our troops out of Iraq. Funny how Ham forgets all that, and O'Reilly lets her get away with her lies. Here are the facts:
President Barack Obama's announcement in 2011 that all 40,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq will leave the country by New Year's Eve will, inevitably, draw howls of derision from GOP presidential hopefuls -- this is, after all, early election season. But the decision to leave Iraq by that date was not actually taken by President Obama -- it was taken by President George W. Bush, and by the Iraqi government.
In one of his final acts in office, President Bush in December of 2008 signed a Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government that set the clock ticking on ending the war he'd launched in March of 2003. The SOFA provided a legal basis for the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq after the United Nations Security Council mandate for the occupation mission expired at the end of 2008. But it required that all U.S. forces be gone from Iraq by January 1, 2012, unless the Iraqi government was willing to negotiate a new agreement that would extend their mandate.
But ending the U.S. troop presence in Iraq was an overwhelmingly popular demand among Iraqis, and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was unwilling to take the political risk of extending it. Even the Obama Administration's plan to keep some 3,000 trainers behind failed because the Iraqis were unwilling to grant them the legal immunity from local prosecution that is common to SOF agreements in most countries where U.S. forces are based.
So, while Obama would have liked to have kept a division or more behind in Iraq to face any contingencies -- and, increasingly, Administration figures had begun citing the challenge of Iran, next door -- it was Iraqi democracy that put the kibosh on that goal.
And now you have the facts on it, not the lies from Ham and O'Reilly.
Then Karl Rove was on to cry with O'Reilly about people on welfare, and give a biased presentation of the situation.
Rove said this: "About 28% of American people are what I would call dependent on government, which means they're getting food stamps, subsidized housing, Medicaid, and other transfer payments. We've always had a group of people who have wanted to be dependent on government, but it's bigger today than at any time since the Great Depression."
Which is ridiculous, because a lot of those people are on Social Security, that they earned, worked for, and paid into. Some are on medicare, some are disabled, some are on food stamps, etc. The real number is about 8%, not the 28% Rove and O'Reilly spewed out. Romney even said it was 47%, and he was lying too, so which one is right Rove or Romney. Neither, they are both lying.
Then Jesse Watters was on for his biased and worthless segment, he went to Boston, where he asked locals whether some well-known folks - including Joe Biden, John Boehner, and Harry Reid - are pinheads or patriots. Back in the studio, Watters said that the former boxer from Nevada didn't ring a bell in Massachusetts. "The least known person was Harry Reid. Only two out of fourteen people knew who Harry Reid was, and I'm jealous of them - I wish I didn't know who Harry Reid was."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Deflecting a Verbal Assault. Billy said this: "If you have the misfortune of being verbally attacked by a stranger or someone you don't care about, the best advice is walk away. But if it's someone with whom you have an emotional connection, take a time out and then try to have a rational conversation."
Bill Maher Slams GOP For Opposing Minimum Wage Increase
By: Steve - October 29, 2013 - 10:00am
Bill Maher ended his show Friday night going after Republican opposition to the minimum wage, calling them out for opposing something that would make people less dependent on government handouts. He targeted McDonalds in particular, saying "until Ronald McDonald starts paying his employees a living wage, he has to wipe that f-ing smile off his face."
On the charge minimum wages cut into profits, Maher mockingly explained, "Paying workers is one of those unfortunate expenses of running a business, like taxes or making a product."
He asked, "When did the American dream become a pathway to indentured servitude?" and made the argument that the GOP can have a "smaller government with less handouts" or a low minimum wage, but they can't have both.
And Maher doesn't even eat fast food anyway. He said, "If I want to talk into the face of some red-nosed clown, I'll debate John Bohener."
Maher makes a great point, O'Reilly and the right complain about raising the minimum wage as they complain about Government spending on social programs. When the low minimum wage is a big reason the Government has to spend so much to support people that do not make a living wage.
If they paid people $15.00 or more an hour they would not need Government support, they could live on that money and it's insane for O'Reilly and the right to oppose the increase. What it shows is that they do not care about the average working man, they only care about protecting the corporate interest.
Fox News Overestimated HealthCare.gov Cost By $700 Million
By: Steve - October 28, 2013 - 10:00am
And O'Reilly (who claims he is not a GOP propagandist) also did the same thing, saying it cost a billion dollars on his show last week.
Fox News Bill Hemmer (who is one of their so-called straight news anchors) cited an unnamed report to continue the network's dishonest attacks on the Affordable Care Act by claiming that HealthCare.gov may cost taxpayers over $1 billion -- a claim that overstated the actual cost by more than $700 million.
On the October 25 edition of Fox's America's Newsroom, host Hemmer asked whether HealthCare.gov, the website established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to connect Americans with health insurance exchanges, would be "the first billion-dollar website?"
Hemmer then told contributor Katie Pavlich, "Government keeps throwing money after problems which shows you how government gets fat and very, very expensive," before concluding, "These people have lost their minds." The on-screen text read, "Rpt: Final Obamacare Website Costs Could Top $1 Billion."
Which is bias, a lie, and an opinion, from a so-called straight news anchor.
And now the facts, as reported in a Washington Post fact-check, Thursday's congressional hearings regarding the ACA website revealed that government contracts to create the website amounted to a total value of less than $300 million. According to The Washington Post:
In the testimony, a reference was made to the fact that the TCV (total contract value) was $292 million. That is the least important number, as in effect it is like a credit card limit. What is more important is what has been already spent or obligated.While neither Hemmer nor Pavlich revealed the source of the report they were using to make their claims, a search found only a Newsmax article with a similar contention. That article in turn referenced a report from Bloomberg Government.
To sum up: The floor for spending on the Web site to date appears to be at least $170 million, with an upward potential of nearly $300 million.
But according to Bloomberg, their study covered "all health law-related contract awards to the firms since the ACA was enacted in March 2010," not just the those related to the ACA website. That study may also be overstating the costs, considering "it assumed that most recent IT awards by the Department of Health and Human Services are ACA-related because the law's implementation has consumed an increasing share of the department's time and resources."
O'Reilly and Fox are doubling down on lying to their viewers about the costs of the ACA. It was previously called out for inflating HealthCare.gov's costs to $634 million.
Racist GOP Chairman Uses N-Word Again To Defend Himself
By: Steve - October 27, 2013 - 10:00am
And of course O'Reilly has still not said a word about this story, and never will. Because it would destroy his claim that their is no widespread racism in the Republican party, so he ignores it.
I guess the ex-GOP county chair Don Yelton never took a course in crisis management; nor does he think he's in the midst of a PR crisis after deriding "lazy blacks" on The Daily Show Wednesday evening and subsequently resigning from his post. While continuing to defend himself from accusations of racism, Yelton has dug in even deeper, using the "n-word" repeatedly to make his point.
In an interview with The Wrap, Yelton once again stood by his controversial remarks, pointing the finger at reverse-racism.
"When a n....... can use the word n....... and it not be considered racist, that's the utmost racism in the world, and it's hypocrisy," he told The Wrap.
So not only is he a massive racist, he is stupid too. Because when a black uses the n-word to another black that is not racism, it's only racism when a non-black uses the n-word.
According to Yelton, not only is the Republican Party "gutless" for forcing him out of his position, but they missed a perfect opportunity to use his comments as proof they are tolerant of many views.
So he thinks it's ok to use the n-word and to say what he said about blacks, making him a racist fool. But I believe him, he is a proud Republican racist, and at least he has the guts to admit it and not try to hide it.
"They can turn it into a positive if they want to," he told The Wrap. "The party does not try to control the speech of individuals. That's the point they could have made. You have to let people have an opinion."
Instead, he lamented how the party chose to accept this comedy show as the truth and "come down with an iron fist."
"There's no political party that's going to tell me what to say as long as I have breath in my body," he concluded.
The Friday 10-25-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 26, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Bad News for Obamacare. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Private insurance companies are canceling insurance policies at a huge rate. In California, Kaiser Permanente has canceled half of its health insurance plans for individuals. Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia is dropping 45% of its customers and Florida Blue has canceled 80% of its individual policies.And as usual O'Reilly cherry picks part of the situation, while ignoring all the facts. MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, who advised the administration on health care reform, called O'Reilly out for his biased and dishonest cherry picking.
That's just the beginning. Estimates are that Americans who have individual health insurance policies will be cut at the rate of 50%. President Obama repeatedly vowed, 'If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan.' It is clear now that the President misinformed the country about the changes Obamacare would cause. And we haven't even begun to see how group policies will be affected.
But if you confront ardent Democrats like Howard Dean about the situation, they blame Republicans. Dr. Dean is saying that because Republicans oppose Obamacare, somehow the computer system doesn't work?
It's becoming clear that Congress will have to act and even President Obama's most loyal supporters will have to accept that Obamacare is not ready. Talking Points expects a bipartisan bill that will delay much of the new law for a year. You may remember that we here at The Factor put forth that compromise way back before the government shutdown.
Gruber said this: "We're over-reacting to short term news. When we set up the system in Massachusetts, which was a pilot for what we're doing nationally, we had 123 people sign up in the first month. But by the end of the year we had 40,000 people and the law was widely supported. For the vast majority of people, this law doesn't affect them, it will not raise employer insurance premiums. Fundamentally, this law is about providing financial security to Americans who today can be bankrupted by having a bad gene or getting in a bad traffic accident."
Then the biased right-wing stooge Lou Dobbs was on to agree with O'Reilly so it makes you think he is right.
Dobbs said this: "The fundamental premise, is that you reach into the pool of young people and charge them high premiums. That is the critical segment to make Obamacare work, and that is why there is so much angst over the Healthcare.gov website problems."
Dobbs predicted that health care reform will lead to disastrous side effects, saying this: "We're talking about messing up one-sixth of the economy, setting back job creation and stopping the creation of new businesses." Folks, this is all right-wing spin, it's propaganda. O'Reilly and Dobbs are both biased partisan right-wing stooges who hate Obama and Obamacare. So they have a bias, that means nothing they say is accurate, they are lying and spinning, because that is what they get paid to do.
This exact system was put in place by the Republican Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, and the conservative Heritage Foundation supported the same program nationally, until Obama put it in place, then they suddenly opposed it for political reasons. Which is what O'Reilly and Dobbs are doing, if a Republican had passed it they would support it, and the whole thing is political.
Then O'Reilly talked about German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is upset over reports that U.S. spy agency have snooped on her phone calls, but Fox News military analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters advised everyone to take a deep breath.
Peters said this: "Everybody spies on everybody. The Germans spy on Americans and the French engage in heavy industrial espionage. Until the Chinese came along, the French were the number one industrial spy threat. These relationships are like a marriage in which both spouses pretend the other spouse isn't cheating, but everybody spies on everybody!"
O'Reilly said this: "The United States spies on France and Britain and Germany just to make sure there are no double-dealings we don't know about."
Then Greg Gutfeld and Bernard McGuirk were on to talk about the University of Colorado, which has advised students not to wear "offensive" Halloween costumes such as cowboy outfits, Indian garb, hillbilly getups, and anything involving a sombrero.
McGuirk said this: "I don't know what is the deal with these humorless nerds in academia. On one hand they encourage walking around nude on campus, but you can't dress as a Mexican bandito."
Gutfeld suggested that some creative student could don a cowboy outfit and then perform an act of PC jiu-jitsu. "Just say you're playing a character from 'Brokeback Mountain.' If they have a problem with that, accuse them of homophobia."
O'Reilly said this: "If Gutfeld and I were students at the University of Colorado, we would organize a group to go to class on Halloween wearing sombreros. Colleges, like the federal government, want to control every bit of what we do!"
Then they were back to name the week's dumbest and most outrageously ignorant people. Gutfeld chose the company that fired Obamacare call center operator Earline Davis after she spoke on the air with Sean Hannity.
Gutfeld said this: "She was just being honest and she said that people were having a lot of problems. The next day she showed up for work, she was told you shouldn't talk to the press, and she was fired."
McGuirk went with the Pentagon officials who want to scrap the traditional caps for male and female Leathernecks, saying this: "Civilian flunkies ordered the Marine Corps to explore the possibility of unisex caps. The new hat looks like something from Project Runway. A board voted to do this, but the Marine Corps Commandant will make the final decision."
O'Reilly went with White House spokesman Jay Carney, who advised reporters to focus on good news stories featuring people signing up for Obamacare successfully. "We're not in business here, Jay, to help you. Our job is to look out for the American people in totality."
Notice that neither O'Reilly, Gutfeld, or McGuirk ever pick any Republicans for dummy of the week. That's because they are all biased Republicans who pick some liberal every time, so much for fair and balanced. O'Reilly should have at least one liberal on for this segment, but instead it's 3 Republicans who only pick liberals every week.
So here is my pick, North Carolina county precinct GOP chair Don Yelton, who resigned after appearing in a racist and offensive interview on The Daily Show. That O'Reilly ignored, he never reported it one time, not a word. Because O'Reilly is a Republican who denies there is widespread racism in the Republican party.
Not to mention this: a Texas, County Republican Judge Carlo R. Key announced Monday that he is leaving the Republican Party and will seek reelection as a Democrat, explaining that the GOP is full of bigotry and hate. Which is more proof the Republican party is full of racists, and O'Reilly also ignored this story too.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Don't Get Flustered. Billy said this: "When you make a mistake, as James Taylor did while singing the National Anthem at the World Series, calmly correct the error and resume whatever you are doing."
Thank you Mr. obvious, what a joke, a 5 year old could come up with a better tip than that. Is that the best a Harvard Graduate can do?
Republican Judge Admits GOP Full Of Bigots & Hate
By: Steve - October 26, 2013 - 10:00am
In fact, he was bothered by it so much he has decided to switch to a Democrat for his re-election. Now remember, this is the racism and hate from the Republicans O'Reilly denies, even though we see evidence of it every day.
A Republican Judge from San Antonio, Texas, has announced he is quitting the GOP and will seek re-election as a Democrat, saying that he can no longer be part of political party whose identity is based on hate, bigotry and destroying people's lives.
Bexar County Judge Carlo R. Key made his announcement in a YouTube campaign video, where the image shifts between the judge sitting at his bench and screenshots of Republicans (from Sen. Teed Cruz to state politicians) boosting their agenda or career by harming others.
Key's words speak for themselves. Here's a transcript, where he ends by urging others who share his moderate temperament and respectful demeanor to join him:
KEY: I have tried to live a life of principles. These principles have been shaped by my family, my community and my country. In fact, it is my dedication to these principles which has lead me to the law in the first place and has guided me to becoming a judge. These values are simple. I believe that justice demands fairness. It demands careful and intelligent probing of evidence. And above all else, justice can only be served without prejudice toward race, color, creed or whom you choose to love.Texas Democrats welcomed the judge's decision but said they were not surprised by it.
These principles have served as the bedrock upon which my rulings have been made. They are also my driving force. That is why I can no longer be a member of the Republican Party. For too long, the Republican Party has been at war with itself. Rational Republican beliefs have given way to character assassination. Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry.
Make no mistake. I have not left the Republican Party. It left me.
I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their ecomonic status. I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of 100s of 1000s of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that will provide health care to millions of people throughout our country.
That is why I am announcing that I am now running for re-election as a Democratic candidate for County Court of Law 11 in the 2014 elections. My principles have led me to the Democratic Party. I can only hope that more people of principle will follow me. If you believe these values are your values, then I respectfully ask you to join me and let’s work together to keep dignity, fairness and respect for rule of law in our county courts.
"I'm not surprised," said Matt Angle, director of the Lone Star Project.
"Republican state leaders in Texas have moved so far out of the mainstream. They have become so divisive that fair-minded Texans are turning away. Judge Key is a prominent and respected public official, so his actions appropriately draw attention, but every day I hear from people who formerly supported Republican candidates, but now won't do it."
O'Reilly Caught Lying About The Cost Of Obamacare
By: Steve - October 25, 2013 - 11:30am
O'Reilly said this Friday night:
O'REILLY: And who exactly in the Obama administration failed to properly supervise the rollout of Obamacare? We don't know! The White House will not own up to the Obamacare chaos or anything else. We need to know exactly how the government could screw up this badly when a billion dollars was spent in the run-up.
And that my friends is a LIE. Because it did not cost a billion dollars, or $600 million, as other Republicans have claimed, it cost somewhere between $90 and $350 million, total.
On August 24th, in his Fact Checker column at the Washington Post, Glenn Kessler looked at the question of the healthcare.gov cost and concluded this: "A conservative figure would be $70 million. A more modest figure would be $125 million to $150 million." Kessler noted that the cost for the entire health care project beyond the website would be "at least $350 million."
The GAO report also lists a number of other contracts related to supporting the federal exchanges, totally $394 million, but the figure includes projects unrelated to the Web site, such as call centers. The long list of contracts in the appendix of the GAO report does not give enough detail to fully determine which contracts are directly related to the Web site, though at a glance you could reduce the total to at least $350 million.
Even at $350 million (which has not been proven) that is an estimate, it's not even close to a billion as O'Reilly claimed. Which is especially bad for O'Reilly, because he claims to only deal in the facts, then he pulls the billion dollar number out of thin air, he just made it up.
The life of the $600 million figure appears to be the latest example of how misinformation is fermented within the right-wing media and then adopted as quasi-policy by the Republican Party. After all, Rep. Camp is holding a hearing specifically to determine why the government's $600 million health care website doesn't work, even though the site didn't cost $600 million.
Even Glenn Beck's site, The Blaze, debunked the number, saying this: "While the federal website to signup for Obamacare was riddled with errors and had a rocky rollout, it didn't cost $634 million to build," wrote Liz Klimas. Citing an official inside GCI, The Blaze reported the $634 figure "includes all of the company's contracts for a Health and Human Services Department program over the last seven years."
Independently, the Sunlight Foundation estimated it cost $70 million to build the website, not $634 million. (Officially, CGI was awarded a $93 million contract for the healthcare.gov job.)
And O'Reilly did not report any of that, he just claimed it cost a billion dollars. With no proof, none, he made it up. It's all LIES, nothing but lies.
The Thursday 10-24-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 25, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Where's the Accountability? The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: President Obama always looks very concerned when things go wrong in his administration. Whether it be 'Fast and Furious,' Benghazi, the IRS, or Obamacare, he pledges to 'get to the bottom of it.' But do you believe people are being held accountable? Talking Points does not.And that is all ridiculous, it's nothing but right-wing spin and propaganda. No President can control everything that happens in the Government when he is in power. You do the best you can and then if you did not do a good job you get voted out, in this case the people re-elected Obama because he is doing a good job. Only right-wing idiots hate him and think he is a bad President.
Why did hundreds of guns go to Mexico, and why did Attorney General Eric Holder not know about it? We don't know! Who was responsible for the lax security in Libya and what was discussed at the White House meeting the day before the American ambassador was murdered? We don't know! Who in the White House was involved when the IRS unfairly scrutinized conservatives? We don't know! And who exactly in the Obama administration failed to properly supervise the rollout of Obamacare? We don't know!
The White House will not own up to the Obamacare chaos or anything else. We need to know exactly how the government could screw up this badly when a billion dollars was spent in the run-up. It is clear that President Obama well understands that he can say a whole bunch of stuff but really doesn't have to act on anything. He seems unwilling to demand standards of performance and he gets away with it because many Americans really don't care how their country is being run.
On Obamacare, the story might be different because millions of Americans are having their health insurance canceled and millions of us will have to pay a lot more to protect our health. Once that dawns on the folks, maybe Mr. Obama will begin to take some problem-solving action. The Obama administration simply floats above it all and a generally hapless media does not demand answers.
There comes a point in history when people get what they deserve. President Obama was not elected on performance, he was elected on personality and apathy. Ironically, the voters are now being held accountable as Obamacare descends into chaos.
Then Democrat Bill Richardson, the former Governor of Arizona was on to assess the insane Talking Points Memo from O'Reilly.
Richardson said this: "There's some unfairness. On the IRS issue heads did roll and on the Benghazi issue there were demotions and an admission that there was not enough security. On the issue of the President and Obamacare, I believe Obamacare is good for this country but there have been some serious problems in the rollout. The President had a press conference where he freely admitted the problems. The objective should be fixing this."
O'Reilly said that HHS Secretary Kathleen Seblius has to be axed: "She was in charge of this rollout and it's a disaster. A billion dollars was spent and nothing works. Isn't three-and-a-half years a lot of time and a billion dollars a lot of money?"
That's a lie, a billion dollars has not been spent, it's about $300 million, or less, the billion dollars is a right-wing lie. The actual tech company contract to set up the website was for $90 million, so it's not even close to a billion dollars.
Then the biased right-wing hack Laura Ingraham was on to back up O'Reilly's lies to make it look like he is right.
Ingraham said this: "You listed example after example, where the President pledged accountability but delivered more empty promises. No one was held accountable in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton wasn't even interviewed by the accountability review board. Governor Richardson is a nice man, but it should be wildly obvious to everyone that President Obama has failed to deliver on his basic promises of transparency and accountability."
Then Jesse Watters was on, he recently headed to Boston, where he asked some locals whether certain politicians - among them President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Cruz, and Mitt Romney - qualify as pinheads or patriots.
Watters reported the results of his worthless and unscientific poll. "Only about one-third of the people knew who Nancy Pelosi was, but they called her a 'pinhead' by a two-to-one margin. And only one person out of 14 even knew who Ted Cruz was."
Watters added that part two of his Boston visit will focus on other politicians and celebrities, including a certain humble correspondent. "You're involved in this one, and Joe Biden as well. We'll also have Harry Reid and John Boehner, all the heavyweights. We'll have your tabulation Monday"
Which is just ridiculous, it's an unscientific poll and it's worthless. This is hard news? It's garbage, and a total waste of time. O'Reilly just does it because he likes to hear the people slam Obama and the Democrats, and you can bet the farm the segment is edited with a right-wing bias. They even admitted they do not show you what everyone they talked to said.
Then Megyn Kelly was on, she scrutinized the case of 48-year-old Michael Stanley, who served time in Canada for molesting two young boys. After fleeing to the United States, he allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old Seattle boy.
Kelly said this: "Canada did not handle this well, and now Canada basically says this is our problem. He is a U.S. citizen but he was living in Canada when he committed all these crimes. He served just three years in prison in Canada for the sexual assault of two mentally challenged young boys. When he got out he cut off his electronic monitoring anklet and crossed over into Washington State."
Kelly also examined the Nevada case where a student took his parents gun and killed a teacher, saying this: "It will be tough to subject the parents to either criminal or civil liability in Nevada, you would have to prove that the parents acted intentionally or recklessly in actually providing the gun to him."
Then Heather Nauert was on for the 'mad as hell' segment. One seething viewer is North Carolinian Patrick Foley, who is ticked off at what he perceived as media bias during the government shutdown.
Nauert said this: "The conservative group Media Research Center, did a survey of network evening news programs over the two weeks of the partial shutdown. They found that 41 stories blamed conservatives, 17 blamed both sides, and not a single one blamed Democrats."
Which is just ridiculous, to begin with, the Media Research Center is a biased right-wing watchdog group that only finds what they claim is liberal bias in the media, so they have zero credibility, and anyone who uses their reports is a biased hack. They once listed a comment from a Republican against George W. Bush as liberal media bias, just because he said it on MSNBC, which is just laughable.
And the reason most of the media stories on the Government shutdown blamed the Republicans, is because that is a fact, the Republicans caused the shutdown, what part of that do you not understand.
Kansan Mark Tygard wrote in to express his anger at folks who keep smacking him with their backpacks as they walk down the aisle of an airplane. "There's also the lady with the big purse," Nauert said, "and all the baby stuff you're carrying around. I'm guilty of that. Airlines deserve the blame for this because of all the baggage fees."
Who cares, most of us do not travel by plane, so this story only bothers a small percentage of the people.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Reading and Writing. Billy said this: "Whenever you're reading an article or column, try to keep in mind the reputation and ideological perspective of the writer."
GOP Chair Resigns After Racist Daily Show Interview
By: Steve - October 25, 2013 - 10:00am
Here is another example of racism in the Republican party, you know, the racism O'Reilly says is not there, even though it is, and we have seen it over and over. From Obama Bucks to photo shopped images of watermelon on the White House lawn, to racist signs at Tea Party protests, it's everywhere, and yet O'Reilly still denies it and gets mad when the Republican party is compared to the KKK.
In the interview the man from the Daily Show even says to the GOP chair, do you know we can hear you, and he says yes. Then on top of that, he admits they passed a voter suppression law because of 1 or 2 voter fraud cases every year, out of 60,000 votes. On top of all that he admits they passed the law to keep so many Democrats from voting, proving he is a racist who wants to block blacks and Democrats from voting.
Less than 24 hours after he appeared on The Daily Show to defend a new voter-ID law North Carolina county precinct GOP chair Don Yelton has resigned from his post. And according to a party spokesman, it was a direct result of the interview.
And it was reported on the O'Reilly Factor, haha, just kidding. O'Reilly never covered this story and never will, because it proves there is current racism on the right, which he denies.
"Yes, he has resigned," said Nathan West, a spokesman for the Buncombe County Republican Party.
According to Business Insider, West said that the party asked for Yelton's resignation in "direct response to the interview."
In other words, they forced him to resign because he showed the country there still are a lot of racists in the Republican party. Now if he had just kept his mouth shut and not made it public that he was a racist, the Republican party would be ok with it. His mistake was showing people (in public) that he was a racist. The moral of the story is this: It's ok to be a racist in the Republican party, as long as you hide it in public.
So what did Yelton say in his interview with The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi that was so objectionable?
He insisted that the voter-ID law is "not racist" before admitting that he's been called a "bigot" in the past. He defended a picture of President Obama "sitting on a stump as a witch doctor" as making fun of the "white half" of the president.
He also said if the law "hurts a bunch of lazy blacks who just want the government to give them everything, so be it."
Then it got even worse, when Yelton started throwing around the "n-word" and complaining that only black people are allowed to use it, Mandvi stopped him to ask, "You know that we can hear you, right?"
In a statement, the Buncombe County GOP said, "Mr. Yelton's comments are offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party. In no way are his comments representative of the local or state Republican Party."
Now let me translate: Mr. Yelton made the Republican party look bad by exposing the racist side of the party to the public, so we will pretend to be offended by what he said and we asked/forced him to resign as a GOP Chairman.
Give me a break, this guy Yelton was a North Carolina GOP precinct chairman, not just a random Republican. They made him a precinct chairman, are you telling me nobody knew he was a giant racist, if you are e-mail me, because I have some land to sell you. These voter ID laws are meant to suppress the vote with blacks, the youth, and Democrats, and that is a fact, the guy even admitted it, he said he hopes it will cause less college kids, lazy blacks, and Democrats to vote.
Fox Carried Obama Speech For Less Than 3 Minutes
By: Steve - October 25, 2013 - 9:00am
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, here is more evidence Fox News is biased against Democrats and President Obama, even though you deny there is any bias, here is proof, jerk!
Fox News cut away from President Obama's speech on immigration reform while MSNBC and CNN did not. Instead of covering the president's speech, Fox chose to return to its nearly two-hour-long coverage of House Republicans committee hearing on Healthcare.gov glitches.
While MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News all covered the beginning of President Obama's speech on immigration reform live, Fox News promptly cut away after only two minutes and forty seconds to take a commercial break before returning to its nearly-two-hour-long coverage of House Republicans hearing on the glitches affecting Healthcare.gov.
MSNBC and CNN aired the less-than-10-minute speech in its entirety.
When Fox's America's Newsroom returned from break, co-host Bill Hemmer brought the focus back to the congressional hearings, mentioning Obama's immigration speech only to theorize that it was planned to distract from the hearing "going on right down the road."
This was not only bias from the Fox News producers who decided to cut away from the speech, it was bias from the so-called objective and non-partisan straight news reporter Bill Hemmer. Who O'Reilly said has no bias and that he is a straight news reporter.
O'Reilly has even said people at Fox like Hemmer and Megyn Kelly do not give their opinion or have any bias, they basically just read the news. Despite the fact that Hemmer speculated and showed his bias by saying he thinks Obama gave the speech as a distraction, with no proof. That is not just reading the news, it's speculating about a story you think might be true, with no facts to back it up.
Hemmer must have forgotten that Fox frequently cuts away from remarks given by the president -- often using trivial news stories as an excuse -- when he accused Obama of attempting to distract from the House's hearing. And he must have also forgot that Fox never once cut away from a Bush speech in 8 years, while slamming the other news networks for doing it.
Heritage Foundation Health Care Report Is A Big Lie
By: Steve - October 24, 2013 - 10:00am
Do you remember the Heritage Foundation's recent report on immigration, the one that falsely claimed the cost of comprehensive reform would cost taxpayers trillions? The one written by a disgraced "senior policy analyst" who previously argued that there are inherent IQ differences between races and that "low-IQ immigrants" should be kept out of the country?
Now America's leading conservative think tank has issued a report on health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and it bears a strong resemblance to the immigration study -- it's garbage. But O'Reilly and everyone at Fox News is using it anyway.
The Heritage study says health insurance premiums will skyrocket for people who buy coverage through the ACA online marketplace. But that's not true, and it neatly illustrates how politicians and groups obsessed with nullifying President Obama's signature legislative accomplishment will say or do anything to make their case.
The Heritage analysis is deceptive because it does not factor in the substantial premium subsidies most consumers will receive to help them pay for their insurance. Heritage simply pretends these subsidies, in the form of tax credits, do not exist.
Leaving out the most important factor in this equation is precisely how the "Heritage Health Insurance Microsimulation Model " reached a conclusion that supports the political agenda of Republican extremists who can think of no domestic policy other than attacking the ACA.
Unlike Heritage, consumers won't pretend the tax credits don't exist. The premium subsidies are a big reason ACA coverage will be affordable. For example, while the premium for a particular plan may be $241 a month, the cost to the consumer after applying the tax credit may be only $143 a month.
That's a huge difference.
Thanks to the tax credits, health insurance that would otherwise be out of reach can now fit within a family's budget. In fact, nearly six in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to get insurance for less than $100 a month in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Of the 7 million people expected to enroll in 2014, 6 million will qualify for subsidies.
For the benefit of the researchers at Heritage, here's how the tax credit system works: Individuals and families purchasing insurance on the ACA marketplaces will be eligible for premium subsidies on a sliding scale if their income is less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($94,200 for a family of four in 2013 and $45,960 for an individual).
And 67 percent of Americans have incomes in this category. These tax credits are instantaneous and are paid by the government directly to the insurance company, thereby reducing the cost of the premium. Individuals who qualify for subsidies in the marketplace therefore actually pay significantly less than the "sticker price" premium.
The Tuesday 10-22-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 23, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Socialist Agenda? The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: With Obamacare descending into chaos, the President and the Democratic Party are in a perilous place. Americans are starting to figure out that the government-controlled health care industry is likely to be a nightmare. So why won't the feds fix the situation before imposing it on the people?And now the truth, to begin with Obamacare is not descending into chaos, that is made up garbage by O'Reilly and the right. Once the bugs on the website are worked out things will be fine and 7 million people will have affordable health care.
The answer is that Obamacare is just part of a vision for the forced sharing of assets. The strategy is largely kept quiet, but there have been hints. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has said, 'You do have the right to health care and to education and to decent housing.' That is a socialist-communist vision, that the state should provide all citizens a certain lifestyle at the expense of other citizens.
If health care is a constitutional right, then everything associated with good health would fall into the civil rights category. So your entire environment - house, food, clothing, transportation, mental health - would have to be paid for by the state if you could not afford it. In order to provide for the have-nots, the far left wants the government to seize the assets of solvent Americans.
That's what Obamacare is all about - taking from those who can afford health care to provide for those who cannot. Talking Points believes most Americans don't understand what's going on in this country. The USA cannot afford to pay for Obamacare unless working Americans give up more of their assets. In some cases, much more!
Then O'Reilly takes the comments from one liberal person at MSNBC and claims all liberals agree and support her, which is wrong and a lie. Health care is not a constitutional right, but in the greatest country on earth everyone should have it. Not to mention, America is the only big country that does not provide health care to all it's people, until now anyway.
And finally, the far-left does not want the Government to seize the assets of solvent Americans. That is insane and a total lie from O'Reilly. I am a liberal and I do not know one liberal or anyone on the far-left who wants to seize the assets of solvent Americans.
Then the Republican Senator Marco Rubio (who will soon introduce a bill that would delay Obamacare's individual mandate) was on to discuss it, with no Democratic guest for balance.
Rubio said this: "On one hand, you're telling people that if they don't buy insurance next year the IRS is going to come after them with a fine. It's unfair to say that and then make it so difficult or impossible to buy that health insurance. My bill will basically say that the Obamacare website has to be up and functioning for six consecutive months before they can begin to enforce this individual mandate on people. How can you punish people for not buying something that is impossible to buy?"
O'Reilly of course loved it, and even advised Rubio to enlist the support of moderate Democrats like Joe Mancin of West Virginia, saying this: "Get Joe Manchin's name on the bill as a co-sponsor. I'm going to invite him on tomorrow and I'll ask him if he'll attach his name to the bill."
Then Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes were on, O'Reilly asked them if government-funded health care is a basic human right.
Colmes said this: "It is not in the Constitution, but I think it should be. FDR said everybody should have the right to adequate health care and half the countries in the world have it. We don't have it, which makes us a less advanced country. Food and housing and health care should be everybody's right."
Crowley argued that government already provides for the poorest Americans, saying this: "We have made a social compact to take care of the least among us, we provide to those who are most in need, and we have a gazillion government social welfare programs. There is Medicare to take care of the elderly, Medicaid to take care of the poor, and if you are completely broke you can walk into an emergency room and get care."
Then the biased right-wing stooge John Stossel was on to talk about last week's bill ending the government shutdown that included a $3-billion project that will especially benefit Kentucky, the home state of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. John Stossel, despite his anti-government agenda, avoided the chance to denounce McConnell.
Stossel said this: "I could criticize him for many things, but he's being smeared. He denies that he put this in, and Democrats Harry Reid and Diane Feinstein agree. Feinstein said she approved the money that had passed both houses of Congress. Much more offensive is the money in the bill for the widow of Senator Frank Lautenberg, who already has $50-million."
But even O'Reilly disagreed, he expressed doubt that McConnell had nothing to do with the largesse: "They needed McConnell on board to get this bill done. Are you telling me this wasn't part of a quid pro quo?"
And of course it was, Stossel is just a biased right-wing stooge so he defended McConnell for the pork. But when Democrats add pork to bills Stossel goes nuts and slams them.
Then O'Reilly finally had a segment on the polls, Larry Sabato and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway were on to talk about a new poll showing widespread disenchantment with the GOP.
Conway said this: "There's no reason to perfume the pig. This is very bad news for Republicans and I think they should follow the example of Republican governors, who run 30 states and are very popular at home. The only thing less popular than the Tea Party is the Affordable Care Act."
Sabato argued that the government shutdown did great harm to the GOP, saying this: "This was an absolute disaster for Republicans and the Tea Party. The good news for them is that there is more than a year before the midterm elections, but the bad news is that this will all come up again. If they do the same stupid things, they're going to throw away the House of Representatives."
Then Lanny Davis was on to talk about the Washington Redskins name. Last week Charles Krauthammer laid out his rationale for changing the Washington Redskins nickname. And of course Davis disagreed, because he is the attorney for the owner of the team.
Davis said this: "I've been a Redskins fan for 40 years, and when we sing 'Hail to the Redskins' we are honoring the word 'Redskins.' In a poll of Native Americans, 9 out of 10 said they are not offended."
Davis accused sportscaster Bob Costas, who objects to the name, of employing a double standard, saying this: "He focused his ire on the Washington Redskins but he excused the name 'Cleveland Indians.'"
Which is nonsense, Costas is right, if even one Native American is offended and the name is a slur it should be changed. Some Indians are offended by it, and redskin can be used in a negative way, so they should change the name. The owner is refusing for one simple reason, it would cost a lot of money to do it.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Beating Bias. Billy said this: "Every person harbors some inherent bias, but do your best to fight and overcome your own prejudice."
Which is just laughable, because O'Reilly is as biased as anyone in America, including, Hannity, Limbaugh, and Coulter. He does not even try to be a moderate or objective, he is a biased right-wing hack who agrees with Republicans 99% of the time, and that is a fact.
75% Say Republicans Should Not Be Re-Elected
By: Steve - October 23, 2013 - 10:00am
Here is another poll O'Reilly has ignored, but he sure has plenty of time to report on the Obama job approval ratings. Proving once again that he is nothing but a biased right-wing hack of a pretend journalist.
In a sign of the political hangover congressional Republicans are suffering in the wake of the government shutdown, three-quarters of Americans in a new national poll say that most GOP members of Congress don't deserve to be re-elected.
A CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also found a majority saying that the Republican policies are too extreme. And according to the poll, Democrats have an 8-point advantage over the Republicans in an early indicator in the battle for control of Congress.
The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, just after the end of the 16-day partial federal government shutdown that was sparked by House conservatives to dismantle the health care law, which is President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.
A majority of those questioned blamed congressional Republicans for the government shutdown and said the President was the bigger winner in the deal to end the crisis.
The survey also found nearly eight in 10 saying the shutdown was bad for the country, and the standoff has led to a loss of confidence and satisfaction in government. And more than seven in 10 think that another shutdown is likely.
"Although incumbent members of Congress of both parties are not very popular, the shutdown seems to have only affected views of GOP incumbents," Polling Director Keating Holland said.
Three-fourths of people questioned in the survey said that most congressional Republicans don't deserved to be re-elected. Only one in five say most Republicans deserve to be re-elected.
One major concern for Republicans is the growing number of Americans who think the party is too extreme.
Fifty-six percent now feel that way, up from 48% in March. By contrast, 52% say that the policies of the Democrats are generally mainstream (with 42% saying they are too extreme), which is unchanged since March.
"Any connection with the tea party movement isn't helping the GOP," Holland added. "Six in 10 Americans now believe that the tea party movement is too extreme; only one in four consider it to be generally mainstream."
The poll also shows that O'Reilly was dead wrong when he said there was no winners, and that the Republicans did not take that big of a hit, all the polls disagree with O'Reilly, proving that he is an out of touch with reality right-wing fool.
The poll indicates Obama was the clear winner. Sixty-four percent say the President got more of what he wanted out of the deal to end the shutdown, with less than one in five saying the GOP in Congress were the winners.
More than seven in 10 Republicans and conservatives even agree that Obama got more of what he wanted.
Fifty-five percent of the public say the GOP strategy to link dismantling parts of Obamacare to funding the government was a mistake, with 42% saying it made sense at the time. While vast majority of Democrats say the strategy was a mistake, independents are divided, and most Republicans say the move made sense.
The poll was conducted by ORC International October 18-20, with 841 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
The Monday 10-21-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 22, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: President Playing Hardball. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Don't expect much compromise in Washington for the rest of Barack Obama's tenure; partisan feelings are so bitter that detente will be difficult to reach. The President is a sensitive man and he is furious with people attacking him personally. He is on a mission to destroy the hard right, while some conservatives despise the President because they believe he's harming them and the country.And that is so biased it is laughable. The Republicans went after Obama first, as soon as he was elected. They started the birther nonsense, then the racist idiotic Tea Party was formed, then they attacked him with racial garbage, the fake IRS scandal, the Government shutdown, and more.
President Obama will use immigration reform to once again hammer the right wing. At the same time, the immigration debate will obscure the disastrous Obamacare rollout, which the President addressed today. Mr. President, your administration botched this and you have not held anyone accountable. That infuriates not only conservatives, but Americans who want efficient government.
This is Mr. Obama's blind spot - he doesn't seem to believe that his administration should embrace high standards of competence. We saw it in the military families debacle, where grieving Americans were denied money because the President and the Secretary of Defense were not pro-active in protecting them.
We see it in the IRS investigation, which remains shrouded in mystery. So there are bad feelings and the situation is getting worse. President Obama is going after the right wing, no question in my mind.
So of course Obama hates the Republicans, as he should, because they are a bunch of racist birther idiots who have done everything in their power to oppose him and make him look bad. Personal attacks make everyone mad, especially when you do it to the President, it's disrespectful and racist.
But O'Reilly ignores all that to claim Obama will not work with Republicans and he takes it too personal. Which is insane, if Democrats did this to a Republican President O'Reilly would hammer them and call them un-American traitors, which he did when Democrats slammed Bush. But when Republicans do it to a Democratic President, O'Reilly says nothing, defends them, and takes their side, as he blames it on Obama, which is ridiculous.
Then the biased right-wing stooge Brit Hume was on to discuss it, with no Democratic or liberal guest for balance.
Hume said this: "I think he wants to defeat Republicans, and he would like to defeat them so badly that he can win control of the House again and keep control of the Senate. President Obama is a man who thinks he's the smartest guy in every room and people continually describe him as always 'bored,' so he doesn't have a lot of patience for conservatives and he doesn't have a lot of sympathy for what they believe. But I don't agree with you that this is personal."
O'Reilly disagreed with Hume, saying this: "From people I know who know Barack Obama, he does not like to get criticized about anything, ever. That's just who he is, he doesn't take it well."
Then Mary K. Ham and Juan Williams were on to talk about President Obama's approval ratings, which have dropped to about 44%. While ignoring the Republican approval ratings, that set a record low. And while ignoring a new poll that shows the majority of Americans do not want the Republicans to control the House any more.
Williams said this: "He has some things up his sleeve. He's got immigration coming down the pike and I also think he expects to get something done on the budget. Right now President Obama's numbers are the same as Bush's and Clinton's at this point in his second term. Republicans would kill to have his numbers!"
Ham contended that the Obamacare debacle could seriously damage the President, saying this: "I would advise him to be transparent, deal with mistakes seriously, hold people accountable, and keep promises. Obamacare is a perfect example of none of those things happening. This was a very complex project and they totally muffed it. In fact, it is hurting people who were supposed to be helped."
Which proves that Ham is just a partisan idiot, because the website bugs will be fixed, Obamacare will sign up the 7 million people by March or April of 2014 and everyone will forget about the problems, except for the idiotic partisan right-wing stooges like Ham and O'Reilly. And btw, doing a poll on the Obama job approval now is worthless, because it is right after the Government shutdown, do one in a month or two and it will be more accurate.
Then the former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young was on to analyze the violence being committed by black teens. While ignoring the violence by white teens.
Young said this: "The government and the welfare state, stopped young mothers from living with their mothers, which separated children from their grandparents by government policy. Also, you couldn't get any benefits for children if you had a man in the house. This is also the effect of 200 years of slavery and 100 years of segregation."
Young also turned to the fact that black Americans receive a disproportionate amount of government support, saying this: "Everybody in America has been dependent on the government at some time. We owe everybody in America the right to vote and access to capital. What I say is, let's make America work, let's make democracy and free enterprise work for everybody. My family raised me to realize that I was blessed."
Then the biased right-wing stooge (who hates Obama and Obamacare) Charles Krauthammer was on to discuss Obamacare and the President.
Krauthammer said this: "It's hard to see when the President ever holds anyone in his administration accountable, including himself. Today he tried to sell Obamacare by saying the product is great, the price is wonderful, but we just have a little problem at the checkout counter. He's pretending this is a 'glitch' and that somehow it's the Republicans who poisoned the well."
Krauthammer also took aim at HHS boss Kathleen Sebelius, saying this: "What's striking is her arrogance and the fact that she initially refused to appear in front of Congress, which is an elementary responsibility. If we hadn't had the shutdown, the big story of the last three weeks would have been why she is still in her job. This thing is such a disaster partly because some of the decisions she made."
Then the total right-wing moron Jesse Watters was on to talk about his trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, where city leaders have banned a special Christmas tree intended to honor troops who fought in the World War II Battle of the Bulge.
He spoke with Ruth Eveland, who chairs the Town Council: "I think it looks like a Christmas tree, and I'm sorry if veterans' understanding of their success in service is dependent on lights on a tree." Another member of the council said this: "I do not think a Christmas tree belongs on town property as a perpetual memorial to veterans."
Watters attended a town council meeting and confronted the Bar Harbor town manager, who had described the tree as tacky. "I don't think any Christmas tree is tacky," Watters told the council, "I don't think any memorial to veterans is tacky."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Giving Unto Others. Billy said this: "Helping people in need is always a good idea if you can afford it and if the charity is a worthy one. When you're considering a donation, the website CharityNavigator.org can help you understand just where your money is going."
Majority Oppose Republican Control Of The House
By: Steve - October 22, 2013 - 10:00am
And here is another poll you will never see O'Reilly report on, because it shows the majority of Americas oppose what the Republicans are doing, which is the exact opposite of what O'Reilly, Ingraham, and their right-wing friends claim. Just last week on the Factor Laura Ingraham said most of America support the Republican agenda, which is not true, and this poll is more proof she is wrong.
A majority of Americans think it is bad for the country that Republicans control the House of Representatives, and even more want House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to be replaced by another Republican, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.
Fifty-four percent think it's bad that Republicans control the House, the poll found. That's up from 43 percent in December 2012, during the last fiscal standoff. The figure is the first time a majority thought Republican control was bad for the country since CNN started asking in December 2010. Sixty-three percent of respondents want Boehner replaced.
The poll is yet another sign that the government shutdown has hurt the Republican party. An NBC/WSJ poll taken during the shutdown showed that 24 percent of people approved of the party, a record low. Gallup measured another record low for the GOP, with 28 percent approving. A poll released Sunday also showed that incumbent Republicans trailed generic Democrats in 15 of 25 competitive House districts.
Congress as a whole has a measly 12 percent approval rating, while 86 percent disapprove, according to the CNN/ORC International poll. President Barack Obama received a 44 percent approval rating, while 52 percent said they disapprove -- a number virtually unchanged since June.
Forty-four percent are more confident that Obama can handle problems facing the U.S., versus 31 percent who said they think Republicans can. Twenty-one percent said they were confident in neither.
Pot Meet Kettle: Beck Calls Coulter Crazy
By: Steve - October 21, 2013 - 10:00am
Now this is funny, the insane Glenn Beck is calling the insane Ann Coulter crazy.
Glenn Beck, who already didn't like Mitch McConnell, found it beyond laughable how the Senate Minority Leader was able to place a two-billion-dollar earmark for a Kentucky dam in the bill to reopen the government.
Beck brought Ann Coulter on his show for the second time this week and asked her point-blank, "You still in love with Mitch McConnell?"
Coulter dismissed this "conspiracy theory," and Beck, along with his co-hosts, groaned as Coulter attempted to defend McConnell by saying that 1) he didn't write the bill, and 2) "if this dam bursts, you have basically another Katrina."
Which also shows the hypocrisy and double standards from Republicans, because they scream bloody murder about wasteful Government spending and pork by Democrats, but when Republicans do it they defend it and make excuses for them.
As Beck continued to laugh at how clean McConnell's hands supposedly are here, Coulter teased, "You are such brats!"
They ended up switching topics when Coulter said, "I think we should reflect on whether it was a good idea or a bad idea for you conspiracy theorists to be pushing Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and Richard Mourdock in Indiana."
She argued that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee would have had more allies if conservatives hadn't tried to primary so many Republicans in 2010 and 2012. Beck brought the conversation back to McConnell, and fired back at Coulter's "conspiracy theorist" charge.
"If I'm a conspiracy theorist, then you're someone who believes in unicorns and leprechauns, because you just think that somebody could be in that office… with that much power, that long, and just be a straight shooter when, I'm sorry, Ann, you're out of your mind crazy if you think that Mitch McConnell had nothing to do… with a two billion dollar work project in his state."
Coulter kept insisting it's not a "boondoggle," and concluded that the Senate needs more Republicans "so poor Mitch McConnell has the power to do what we want to do."
Beck responded, "Dear God, you had me up until that point."
And now my comments, this was like listening to two mental patients talk politics. And if anyone thinks anything these two right-wing morons say is accurate you need to get to a mental institution yourself. Almost nothing they say is true, it's just like watching O'Reilly, 90% of it is either right-wing spin or flat out lies.
Insane O'Reilly Denies Shutdown Hurt The Economy
By: Steve - October 20, 2013 - 11:00am
Want more proof Bill O'Reilly is a Republican butt-kissing right-wing propagandist, here it is:
Despite numerous economic reports explaining the negative effects, O'Reilly and many other Fox News personalities continue to downplay the effects of the waste of time and money Republican-led government shutdown.
On the October 17th O'Reilly Factor show, Bill O'Reilly claimed that the "The president wants to convince you that if the economic state of the union gets worse it's because of the government shutdown. Not true." He added that the real "reason the economy remains stagnant is Obamacare." [Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor, 10/17/13]
On the October 16th Lou Dobbs Tonight, O'Reilly's buddy and frequent regular Factor guest Lou Dobbs disputed Jay Carney's claim that "the economy has suffered" because of the shutdown claiming "The extent of just how much the economy suffered is questionable at best."[Fox Business, Lou Dobbs Tonight, 10/16/13] Fact: The Government Shutdown Has Had Wide-Ranging Effects On The Economy
Business Insider reported that Standard & Poor's cut its "annualized U.S. growth view closer to 2% from 3%." S&P also estimated that the shutdown "has taken $24 billion out of the economy and cut 0.6% off of yearly fourth quarter GDP growth." [Business Insider, 10/16/13]
NY Times: "The Shutdown Has Already Led To The Biggest Plunge In Consumer Confidence Since The Collapse Of Lehman Brothers In 2008."
An October 17th article in Time Magazine explained that that "hundreds of thousands of federal workers bore the economic brunt of the shutdown" and "small businesses also suffered from frozen government contracts and stalled business loans." The article outlined the economic costs of the shutdown:
$3.1 billion in lost government servicesCBS reported that Lockheed Martin, the nation's largest defense contractor, furloughed 2,400 people as a result of the government shutdown. Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said: "When we have a situation of uncertainty, whether it's the government shutdown and for how long, whether it's a continuing resolution, whether it happens to be sequestration, all of those things impact our business in terms of decision-making on what we're going to do with our plans going forward."
$152 million per day in lost travel spending
$76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down
$217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area alone
And btw, it has been proven that Government shutdowns hurt the economy, the shutdowns in the 1990s shaved 0.25 percentage points off GDP growth for the end of 1995. The Office of Management and Budget estimated that the total cost of the federal government from the shutdowns in the 1990s cost the federal government more than $2 billion in today's dollars.
Bill O'Reilly Is Lying To You About Obamacare
By: Steve - October 19, 2013 - 11:30am
On Friday night Bill O'Reilly (THE RIGHT-WING LIAR) said this:
O'REILLY: The rollout of Obamacare is a disaster, but the President has not acknowledged that. The woman he put in charge, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is obviously way over her head, yet she has not been replaced. The whole thing is unacceptable because the Obama administration is spending billions of dollars just to put the program together.And now the truth, Bill O'Reilly is almost 100% wrong. There is no chaos, and there is no disaster. What we have is a couple small website bugs in a very complicated website program. So Bill O'Reilly is lying to you, because a lot of those bugs have already been fixed, which O'Reilly fails to tell you about.
The administration has had more than three years to get up and running yet today we have chaos. This is not an ideological play on the part of Talking Points; I was willing to give Obamacare a chance. But now it's apparent that not only is the software not working, but the promises about the cost and accessibility are not coming true.
When we elect a president we expect efficiency and we expect clarity - if something goes wrong, tell us. But when there is no accountability and no explanation, that's scandalous.
And part of the problem was that so many people tried to sign up it overloaded the system. If Obamacare is so bad (as O'Reilly and the right claim) how is it the system was overloaded from so many people trying to sign up? O'Reilly has no answer for that, and never even tries to answer it, he just spins out right-wing propaganda about it as he claims to be a non-partisan.
Not to mention the LIE that he has given Obamacare a chance, when he has been trashing the program since it passed, and even before that. He is lying, plain and simple, and he is a biased Republican so you can not believe anything he says about it. Here are some facts about Obamacare, none of which O'Reilly ever reports to you, these are FACTS, not made up propaganda from a biased right-wing cable tv news show host.
This is actually how the individual health-insurance market works. And understanding why is crucial to understanding a lot of what you're going to read about health reform in the next year.
Last week, California released early information on the rates insurers intend to charge on the new insurance marketplaces -- known as "exchanges" -- that the state is setting up under Obamacare. They were far lower than anyone expected. Where analysts had anticipated average premiums of $400 to $500, insurers were actually charging $200 to $300. "This is a home run for consumers in every region of California," said Peter Lee, director of the state's exchanges.
The Affordable Care Act's critics saw it differently. Avik Roy, a conservative health writer at Forbes, said Lee was being "misleading" and that "Obamacare, in fact, will increase individual-market premiums in California by as much as 146 percent." Obamacare, he said, would trigger "rate shock," the jolt people feel when they see higher rates. That doesn't sound like a home run at all.
Except Roy is lying, just like O'Reilly is lying.
Here's the first thing to know: We're talking about a small fraction of the American health-care system. This is not about people on Medicare or Medicaid or employer-based insurance. It's about people joining Obamacare's insurance exchanges. That's people who buy insurance on their own now, as well as some of the uninsured.
In 2014, 7 million people, or 2.5 percent of the population, is expected to buy insurance through the exchanges. By 2023, that will rise to 24 million people, or 8 percent.
So we're talking about a small portion of the market. Read that again folks, by 2014 only 2.5% of the population will buy health insurance through Obamacare, and by 2023 only 8% will buy it. That means by 2014 a full 97.5% of the people will not be buying health insurance through Obamacare. By 2023 - 92% of the people will not be in the Obamacare health care exchanges.
Think about that for a minute, O'Reilly is flipped out over 2.5% of the people, calling it a disaster and chaos, over a couple minor bugs on the website that are already fixed, or will be soon. When it does not even effect 97.5% of the people. And even 10 years from now it will only involve 8% of the people. Because most people get their health insurance through their employer, medicare, and medicaid.
O'Reilly NEVER TELLS YOU ANY OF THIS, he ignores it. So he is screaming bloody murder over 2.5% of the people who are actually going to sign up for Obamacare.
The dishonest Republican Avik Roy got his 146 percent by heading to eHealthInsurance.com, running a search for insurance plans in California and comparing the cost of the cheapest plans to the cost of the plans being offered in the exchanges. That's not just comparing apples to oranges. It's comparing apples to oranges that the fruit guy may not even let you buy.
I ran the same search Roy did. I looked for insurance in Irvine, Calif. The average monthly premiums of the five cheapest plans is $114.
Under Obamacare, the out-of-pocket limit for someone making 100 to 200 percent of the poverty line is $1,983. Obamacare also has subsidies for people making up to four times the poverty line. The poor pay next to nothing. The rich pay full freight.
"We as a society have never really said here's what reasonable insurance is," says Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation. "It's just been anything goes. For the first time they're setting a minimum about what reasonable insurance should be."
And of those who have tried to use ANY of the government websites, 75% said they had problems. But from a tech standpoint, many experts have allowed that the introduction of the Healthcare.gov portal is remarkable mostly because it didn't go worse: "Of all the terrible websites I've seen, Healthcare.gov ranks somewhere in the middle," wrote David Auerbach at Slate.
There are actually 51 or so separate IT projects here"; "the site has to have interoperable channels of communications with the department of health, treasury, social security, state agencies, employers, health insurance companies, and consumers"; "they didn't put thought into the sort of traffic they'd receive at all and it turned into a huge news event."
Many people posted about the bugs, just to re-post later that the problem had been addressed. Which O'Reilly somehow failed to report, he only reported about the bugs, but he never reported that most of them were later fixed.
Almost all the technical analyses I've read conclude the same way: the project was poorly tested and over-bureaucratized, but it'll probably straighten out.
I am not sure conservative critics read to the end of these articles. One Ted Cruz staffer gleefully tweeted out a link to a piece about the site's password woes (headline: "Obamacare site hits reset button on passwords as contractors scramble"), but apparently didn't get to the second paragraph: "Now, a week later, the site appears to be stabilizing, with waiting times dropping dramatically for those who haven't been able to register before."
All in all, proper coverage of the rollout would treat it not as "man bites dog", or even "dog bites man", but rather, "dog displays indifference to man, but man will be back later with beef jerky and some toys, hopes to create bond with dog that will last a lifetime."
Of course, it's that lifetime bond that makes critics so nervous. Their real fear isn't that ACA and its attendant infrastructure won't work; it's that it will.
Some people will find the new rules make insurance more expensive, that would be the wealthy, and why O'Reilly does not like it. That's in part because their health insurance was made cheap by turning away sick people. The new rules also won't allow for discrimination based on age or gender. The flip side of that, of course, is that many will suddenly find their health insurance is much cheaper, or they will find that, for the first time, they're not turned away when they try to buy health insurance.
That's why the law is expected to insure almost 25 million people in the first decade: It makes health insurance affordable and accessible to millions who couldn't get it before. To judge it from a baseline that leaves them out -- a baseline that asks only what the wealthy and healthy will pay and ignores the benefits to the poor, the sick, the old, and women -- well, that is ridiculous.
O'Reilly does not like it because it makes the wealthy pay more, which includes him, and he also is a Republican who hates all Government programs that take money from the wealthy and give it to the poor. So he is LYING to you to try and make you think it's a disaster and chaos.
When the truth is that only 2.5% of the people are involved in it. Which means 97.5% of the people are not involved in the Obamacare plan at all. And over the next 10 years only 8% of the people will be using the Obama health care plan.
Think about that, the Republicans shutdown the Government, which cost $3 Billion dollars and hurt the economy, over a health care plan that only involves 2.5% of the people. Then O'Reilly screams bloody murder and calls it chaos, over a minor and temporary website bug, that only 2.5% of the people have to deal with. Which is why you can not believe one word O'Reilly says about any of it, because he is a biased partisan hack that is LYING to you.
The Friday 10-18-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 19, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Why is the Obama administration not accountable? The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The rollout of Obamacare is a disaster, but the President has not acknowledged that. The woman he put in charge, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is obviously way over her head, yet she has not been replaced. The whole thing is unacceptable because the Obama administration is spending billions of dollars just to put the program together. The administration has had more than three years to get up and running yet today we have chaos.Are you serious O'Reilly? You are a right-wing fool. You say this: "This is not an ideological play on the part of Talking Points; I was willing to give Obamacare a chance."
This is not an ideological play on the part of Talking Points; I was willing to give Obamacare a chance. But now it's apparent that not only is the software not working, but the promises about the cost and accessibility are not coming true. When we elect a president we expect efficiency and we expect clarity - if something goes wrong, tell us. But when there is no accountability and no explanation, that's scandalous.
Another example: The Obama administration has never explained why security was so poor in Libya when four Americans were murdered by terrorists. Now we learn there was a White House meeting the day before the murders, but we don't know much about it.
When Fox News correspondent James Rosen asked White House press spokesman Jay Carney whether he would make documents available, Carney responded by walking out of the room. This was a pure stonewall!
Our own government is becoming increasingly distant from the folks. We the people deserve to know everything that's going on, but we know very little because accountability is in short supply. The powers that be simply will not explain themselves.
Which is not only a lie, it's laughable. Because O'Reilly has been against Obamacare from day one, he has always been opposed to it, even before it passed. And since then he has done nothing but lie about it. Yes there are some minor bugs with the website, but it will be fixed and it will help a lot of people get health care. So if you want to know about it do not listen to O'Reilly, he is a biased hack who is lying to you.
Then the biased right-wing stooge Lou Dobbs was on to talk about Obama and the media, with no Democratic or liberal guest for balance. In fact, the entire show was all Fox News Stooges, not one liberal or Democrat was on the entire show. Even though O'Reilly claims to have a balanced guest list, in just the last 2 nights he has had 11 Republican guests to 1 Democratic guest, which is not balance, it's 99% right-wing bias.
Dobbs said this: "Things began to change in 2007 as we approached the Democratic primaries. The national media embraced Barack Obama and they are now complicit, they are compliant, and there is no sense of urgency about getting a question answered. Accountability depends entirely on a vigorous and independent free press, and we don't have that. ABC, NBC, and CBS are all in the tank for this President."
O'Reilly urged reporters to push hard on the epic failure of the health care rollout, saying this: "Why is the Obamacare computer system not ready after three-and-a-half-years? Is that a hard question? They won't answer it!"
Then Greg Gutfeld and Bernard McGuirk were on to name the week's most ridiculous people. Gutfeld went with actor Chris Noth, who blamed the government shutdown on anti-Obama racism. "I was wondering why actors keep doing this, and I have a theory. If you look at Chris Noth, he's never around when there's a Klan rally. Could he be in the Klan? He accuses us conservatives of being racists only by using his own psychological intent. If they can do it, so can we!"
McGuirk blasted fans of the NFL Houston Texans, who cheered when their ineffective quarterback was injured and forced out of the game. "This is a disgrace, but it's not just Houston fans - in San Francisco the 49er fans did the wave while an opposition player was laying injured on the field. It's another manifestation of the dark side of sports."
O'Reilly went with the countless anchors and pundits who continually use that dreaded phrase, "Kick the can down the road."
Which is ridiculous, how about naming the Tea Party Idiot Larry Klayman who called President Obama a muslim, and said he reads the Quran, and does not care about we the people. Oh that's right, you 3 biased right-wing stooges will never do that because you support the Tea Party and you agree with the insane Klayman.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Zombie Nation. Billy said this: "If you're curious about the current national mania surrounding zombies, check out my new column in newspapers and here on BillOReilly.com."
And if that's a tip, I'm Elvis. It's nothing but a cheap promotion for the O'Reilly column about stupid zombies that nobody cares about, there is no tip there.
Thanks To Republicans Democrats Set Fundraising Record
By: Steve - October 19, 2013 - 10:00am
The biased right-wing hack Bill O'Reilly is in denial over the Government shutdown, everyone (including most Republicans) admit the Republicans lost, Limbaugh, Coulter, and Boehner himself admitted they lost. The polls also show it, with Republican approval at record lows, and there is one other thing that proves it.
Thanks to the actions of the idiotic Republicans the Democrats set a fundraising record in September, and of course O'Reilly has ignored this story, because it's more proof he is wrong.
In the week before congressional Republicans forced a 16-day government shutdown, the principal campaign committee for House Democrats raised $2 million from 90,000 online donors on its way to a smashing fundraising month.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $8.4 million in September, a record amount for the month in an off-election year and much higher than some election-year monthly totals, according to a DCCC aide.
The House GOP actions driving the shutdown played perfectly into the online fundraising strategy of the DCCC. The committee uses outrage over Republican actions and policies to pull in money from small donors.
During the lead-up to the Oct. 1 shutdown, the DCCC was sending out at least one fundraising appeal per day and launched a petition drive against House Republicans that received more than 1 million signatures. The appeals for small contributions blasted Republican "extortion tactics" and Speaker John Boehner's "complete cave to Tea Party Republicans."
"House Republicans reckless shutdown hurt the middle class -- so our grassroots supporters and Democratic Members stepped up to fight back, leading to a record fundraising month and continuing to give the DCCC the tools we need for 2014," said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the DCCC, in a statement.
"Just as voters are overwhelmingly fed up with this Republican Congress, Democratic supporters are, too, and they’re ready to elect people who will replace Republicans who put our economy at risk in order to advance a narrow political agenda."
The DCCC has raised a total of $58.2 million for the 2014 elections. Eighty-six percent of Democratic House members have contributed dues payments to fuel the committee's record-breaking fundraising. Overall, the DCCC hauled in $3 million from online donations and passed the 700,000 online donor mark earlier in the election cycle than ever before.
With $21.6 million cash on hand, the DCCC is the first party committee to have more than $20 million on hand this early in an election cycle.
The biggest portion of the DCCC's funds will be spent on campaign ads backing congressional candidates. In 2012, the committee spent more than $60 million in support of Democratic candidates.
The Thursday 10-17-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 18, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Shutdown Analysis. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The Senate and the House have approved a temporary government funding measure, which is a good thing. It avoids chaos in the marketplace and maybe these people will finally produce a responsible budget. In political circles, it is widely perceived that Republicans lost, but I don't believe that.And that my friends is what I call right-wing spin, because the Republicans did lose, they even admit it. The economy did get worse because of the Government shutdown, that is a fact and you are wrong. And the reason the economy is not doing better has nothing to do with Obamacare. Just reading that TPM shows what a right-wing hack you are, almost none of it is true or a fact, it's all your opinion.
Everybody in Washington lost. The President wants to convince you that if the economic state of the union gets worse, it's because of the shutdown, but that's not true. The reason the economy remains stagnant is Obamacare. Many companies are cutting back because they fear high health insurance costs, and it really is Obamacare that is driving much of the discord in America.
Many Republicans despise the law so much that they're willing to blow up the entire government. But the folks will eventually decide whether Obamacare lives or dies. Once the new law kicks in in January and the damage becomes apparent, I believe all hell is going to break loose.
But back to the shutdown: Both Republicans and Democrats tried to drive agendas in the debate. Both parties are responsible for the shutdown, and so is President Obama, who didn't provide a clear leadership structure.
Then Laura Ingraham was on with her perspective on President Obama's negative comments about radio talk show hosts.
Ingraham said this: "Now anyone who disagrees with him is not acting in good faith, they're merely being manipulated by talk radio and bloggers. What a condescending view of red state America! That's part of the problem with the Obama approach - he doesn't understand that about half of the country doesn't agree with his policies and wants to block them. The policies don't work but he keeps doing the same thing over and over."
Which is a lie, most people support Obama, the only people who disagree are Republicans on the far-right, which is about 30% of the country.
Ingraham also criticized leadership on both sides of the aisle, saying this: "The establishment in both parties has failed, which is why Ted Cruz is getting a huge amount of publicity and raising a huge amount of money. Folks are frustrated with the direction of the country. Conservatism is winning in the heartland and there are good leaders coming out of the states, but the party is divided while the Democrats are together."
Then Carl Bernstein, who said the Republican Party is "a rabid organization" with a "cancerous" leadership was on.
Bernstein said this: "The leadership of the Republican Party, has appeased this no-nothing faction that brought this on. I'm talking about Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner, who went along with this craziness for a while. That is rabid leadership, this is what McCarthyism was about. They shut down the government to make their case."
So then O'Reilly accused Bernstein of painting with far too broad a brush, saying this: "There are extremists in the Republican Party, as there are in the Democratic Party. The Republican leadership wanted to give Ted Cruz and others the chance to make their case that Obamacare is harming the folks."
And what O'Reilly fails to admit is that the leaders of the Republican party shutdown the Government because of the 30% of the Tea Party that supports them. Trying to defund Obamacare when they knew it would never work. Which means they shutdown the Government for 19 days for nothing. So they said to hell with the majority of America, we will do what that 30% of far-right loons want us to do, even though it will not work.
And O'Reilly defended it, but if Democrats had done this he would lose his mind and call them traitors.
Then Megyn Kelly was on to talk about the California high school teacher who was caught on tape delivering a profanity-laced tirade.
Kelly said this: "I don't think there is a legal action, but both the teacher and the student who taped the teacher are in trouble. This was a situation where the student baited the teacher, tried to antagonize the teacher. I don't think this student will be in legal trouble, but there's a school policy that you are not allowed to have your cell phone in the classroom."
O'Reilly said this: "As a high school teacher I never said a bad word in the classroom. You never swear in front of your kids."
Heather Nauert entered the No Spin Zone to respond to letters written by angry Factor viewers. For example, New Jersey resident Diane Galdi is peeved about the $12,700 deductable in her policy under Obamacare.
"This will be a big surprise to a lot of people," Nauert said, "when they find out just how much this will cost them. The whole premise of the exchanges was to provide 'affordable' insurance to low- and moderate-income people. But other people who make more than $94,000 a year for a family of four are going to be paying a lot of money."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Aging Creatively. Billy said this: "As proven by 71-year-old Paul McCartney and 66-year-old Elton John, both of whom have new albums out, you can continue being creative no matter how old you are."
Earth to Bill O'Reilly, that is not a tip. All you did was make a statement about Paul McCartney and Elton John still being creative in their old age. Drop this stupid tip of the day, it's worthless, and half your tips are not even tips.
Piers Morgan Explains How Bill O'Reilly Is A Dick
By: Steve - October 18, 2013 - 10:00am
Appearing on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show Wednesday to promote his new book, Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney, Piers Morgan told a revealing story about the first time he came face to face with Fox News Bill O'Reilly after joining CNN's primetime lineup.
It all happened at a Knicks game that the two men attended a couple of years back. Morgan spotted O'Reilly in the crowd and decided to go ask the Fox host to appear as a guest on his new CNN show. Morgan described how O'Reilly barely registered his presence as he attempted to introduce himself, refusing to engage in conversation even about Rupert Murdoch, who they once shared as a boss.
Morgan's reaction after O'Reilly rudely blew off his invitation? "What a dick."
Then about 10 minutes later, as Morgan was sitting in his seat seething, O'Reilly walked over with his young daughter and her friend. It turned out the girls were big fans of Morgan's old show America’s Got Talent (on which he was later replaced by Stern) and wanted to get a photo with him.
"You've got to f-ing be kidding me," Stern said to Morgan.
The kicker came when Morgan asked O'Reilly to take the picture and a Madison Square Garden staffer tried to stop him from invading Morgan's privacy.
Asked by Stern if he thought O'Reilly didn't like him just because he worked for CNN, Morgan repeated his assessment: "No, I think he is a dick."
The Wednesday 10-16-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 17, 2013 - 11:00am
There was no review, O'Reilly was on the air part of the time to talk about the Senate passing a vote to re-open the Government. And get this, Mr. I am not a partisan had all Republicans on to discuss it, not one Democrat was on the entire show to talk about it.
Rosen, Baier, Cameron, and Perino were on, all Republicans. And every one of them told O'Reilly the Republicans lost. But the ever stubborn O'Reilly disagreed, he kept saying nobody won. O'Reilly tried to spin it as a loss for everyone, including President Obama.
They all disagreed with O'Reilly, including Rush Limbaugh and John Boehner himself, who admitted they lost. And when Limbaugh and Boehner say they lost you can believe it, because they almost never admit to losing anything, especially Limbaugh.
But the old super spin doctor O'Reilly still disagreed, it was just laughable, O'Reilly is the only person on the planet who will not admit the Republicans lost. He is just a fool, and when he has a position no matter what he sticks with it, even when everyone else knows he is wrong.
This show was a perfect example of the right-wing bias from O'Reilly. He could have done a fair and balanced show with 3 or 4 Republicans and 3 or 4 Democrats on to discuss the Senate voting to re-open the Government. Instead he did a one sided right-wing biased show with all Republican guests. No fairness, no balance, just 100% right-wing spin.
And btw, O'Reilly was also on Letterman last night to pimp his book. Which is the ultimate hypocrisy. Because O'Reilly slams Letterman as part of the liberal media, and yet he is willing to go on his show to try and sell his lame books. And if I were Letterman, I would not let O'Reilly on the show, I would tell him to shove it.
Low Wages Cost Taxpayers A Quarter-Trillion Dollars Every Year
By: Steve - October 17, 2013 - 10:00am
Here is another story you will never see O'Reilly report, because it kills his right-wing corporate spin that low wages are good for America.
From 2007 to 2011, the biggest public benefits programs spent $243 billion each year on working families who live in poverty or on the brink of it because their jobs pay so poorly, according to a study published Tuesday by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
The research focuses on fast food workers as exemplifying the plight of low-wage workers and the costs that low wages pass along to taxpayers.
The study focused on the largest direct assistance programs to establish the cost of the "last line of defense between America's growing low-income workforce and the want of basic necessities." The combined cost of public health care programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), the Earned Income Tax Credit that targets low-income workers, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly known as welfare) for working families averaged $243 billion from 2007 to 2011.
Fast food workers are particularly likely to rely on these programs. More than half of all front-line fast-food workers who work at least 30 hours per week are enrolled, compared to 25 percent of the overall workforce.
Fast food workers and their families receive $7 billion per year in public assistance, $3.9 billion of it in the form of health care programs like Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The fast food workers included in the study were nearly five times less likely to receive health insurance through their work than is typical across the entire economy, at 13 percent compared to 59 percent.
Similar research focused on Walmart's business model found that a single 300-employee Walmart Supercenter incurs about a million dollars per year in public benefit costs.
If anything, the study understates the scope of the public cost of low wages. The researchers did not attempt to factor in programs that don't directly supplement a family's income, so job training, educational programs, and other indirect forms of public assistance are not included. Furthermore, some cash transfer programs were not included in the analysis due to spotty data.
The authors suggest that pushing fast food wages up would be a particularly effective way of both reducing poverty and shrinking taxpayers bill for public benefits programs. The industry can bear such increased labor costs because of the nature of the service business.
"Rather than reflecting the competitive dictates of global product markets," the authors conclude, "the low-wage structure of fast-food and other domestic service industries reflects a mixture of market conditions and policy choices about minimum standards for work."
The median wage for fast food workers in their study was $8.69 per hour. Strikes have spread across the country this summer as fast food and other low-wage retail employees demand livable wages.
The Tuesday 10-15-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 16, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Obamacare Chaos. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has totally botched the rollout of the government-mandated insurance program. Things are so bad that even if you wanted to sign up, you probably can't. And it's never going to work because the whole Obamacare concept is impossible to understand.Then Alan Colmes and Monica Crowley were on to discuss it.
Even President Obama's former advisor Robert Gibbs said, 'These are glitches that go way beyond what should be expected.' It is troubling that President Obama will not acknowledge the problems Obamacare is having. All he has to do is grant a one-year delay for individuals and families, just like he did for American companies. Give the folks a break, Mr. President, your vision isn't working.
Most Americans would rather wait until the system is ready and they know how much Obamacare is going to cost them. The truth is that if you are making money you will pay more for health care. That's because the President and his party want to give free health care to the poor, and the only way to do that is to take from those who have.
As we have reported from the beginning, President Obama wants to redistribute income and almost everything he does leads in that direction. Barack Obama told us he was a moderate and that health care costs would generally go down. We now know those things are not true.
Colmes said this: "We're talking about two different things. The implementation and the computer problems should never have happened, but then there is the policy itself. To say Obamacare itself is not working is not true, but to say that the implementation is not working is a different issue. Eventually people are going to like it."
Crowley said this: "In 2008 Obama talked about the 'fundamental transformation' of the nation and this is it. Obamacare was never about health care or health insurance or expanding access. It was about government power and control. Socialized medicine is the crown jewel of the socialist state!"
Then John Stossel was on to talk about the government shutdown that temporarily denied death benefits to families who had lost loved ones in Afghanistan. Even though it's a 4 day old story and O'Reilly keeps reporting on it to hurt Obama politically, when Obama had nothing to do with it, and the Republicans caused it when they shutdown the Government.
Stossel said this: "The President is to blame because he could have just made this go away. This was just $3-million, which is what he spent just on travel for his Hawaii vacation, and they could have easily fixed this. But I've never wanted 'leadership' from Washington, I never trusted politicians to solve things. I like limited government."
And of course the biased hack O'Reilly agreed and also placed the blame squarely on the White House, saying this: "I lay it on the President because of the capability he has to write an executive order and open funding for a certain thing. I don't think there's anything worse going on as far as the damage to the nation's fabric."
Which is ridiculous, the Republicans shutdown the Government, so who does O'Reilly blame, Obama of course. It's insane, and 100% proof O'Reilly is a biased right-wing jerk. Then he keeps the old story going, 3 days after it ended, and I will never report on it again.
Then Howard Kurtz was on to talk about NBC News correspondent Luke Russert, a Catholic and son of the late Tim Russert, who complained that many in the media look at religious people with disdain.
Kurtz said this: "I agree with Luke Russert, that in much of the mainstream media there is a wariness and condescension toward very religious people. But I think he goes too far in saying there is an effort to come after people of faith, to me it is more of a cultural divide. It's based in part on ignorance because the mainstream media, particularly in the big cities, tends to be a very secular business. There aren't a lot of evangelical Christians in those ranks so they almost seem like an alien species."
O'Reilly added that many in the media are especially hostile towards Catholicism, saying this: "The priest scandal in the Catholic Church was reported with glee in much of the liberal press. The left is basically against religion because religion opposes things like gay marriage and abortion."
And now the truth, liberals have no problem with religion or Catholicism. What we have a problem with a the far-right bible thumpers who say stuff like the gays caused a terrorist attack, or a flood, etc. If you are religious we do not care, as long as you do not blame a flood or an earthquake on gays or people on the left.
Then Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle were on to talk about the latest affirmative action case to reach the Supreme Court.
Wiehl said this: "Michigan voters have said it is unfair to admit people into college based on race. They passed a referendum in 2006, but a federal court overturned that referendum, saying it violated equal protection."
Guilfoyle said this: "It is expected that the Supreme Court will uphold this referendum as the will of the people. This is basically a big states rights issue."
Then they talked about a 12-year-old girl who killed herself after being bullied over the Internet."
Wiehl said this: "They have arrested two juvenile girls, and charged them with aggravated stalking, which could carry a penalty of up to five years." Guilfoyle said this: "This is an extension of the law to include cyber-bullying, which I think is a good use of the law."
Then Charles Krauthammer was on to discuss the situation surrounding the Washington Redskins and their controversial nickname.
Krauthammer said this: "I don't believe people using the term 'Redskins' are intending any malice, but I do believe words change and evolve over time. Fifty years ago the word 'Negro' was the most respectful word you could use for an African American, but today it implies an patronizing attitude. The word 'Redskin' has an 80-year history, but the meaning of the word has changed."
O'Reilly claimed that most Indians are not offended, saying this: "The name isn't taken as a pejorative in many Native American precincts, it connotes strength."
Which is just ridiculous, because some Indians are offended by the name redskin, so it is offensive. And of course O'Reilly does not understand that because he is a racist and he thinks it's ok to use the name redskin.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Read It And Laugh. Billy said this: "If you're looking for a good read, check out Monday's satirical Wall Street Journal column by former actor Rick Moranis."
Tea Party Idiot Calls President Obama A Muslim
By: Steve - October 16, 2013 - 10:00am
This is why everyone but the far-right hate the Tea Party, because of garbage like this.
During a veteran-led rally at the World War II Memorial, the National Mall and the White House on Sunday, one tea party rallier had choice words for President Barack Obama, blaming him for the government shutdown and calling on him to step down.
Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocacy group, said the country is "ruled by a president who bows down to Allah," and "is not a president of 'we the people.'"
"I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come up with his hands out," he said.
Klayman was joined by a group of veterans protesting the memorial closures that followed the government shutdown earlier this month. The demonstrators, who were met by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Alaska Gov Sarah Palin, pushed through the barriers at war memorials and carried the barricades back to the White House, Confederate flags in tow.
"Our vets have proven that they have not been timid," Palin said at the rally, "so we will not be timid in calling out any who would use our military, our vets, as pawns in a political game."
Which is just laughable, because it's Cruz and Palin who are using the vets as pawns in a political game. In fact, the organizers of the million vet march slammed Cruz and Palin for hijacking their non-partisan rally.
The Monday 10-14-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 15, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Death Benefits Coverage. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Over the weekend I was in the Ozarks and everywhere I went there was outrage over how the federal government treated the families of those killed in Afghanistan. The denial of benefits didn't have to happen - all President Obama had to do was sign an executive order that paid the families a $100,000 benefit. But he chose not to do it and the whole deal devolved into chaos last week.Earth to O'Reilly, the story is over, let it go. And the reason the people at MSNBC are blaming the Republicans is they are to blame, they shutdown the Government you right-wing stooge. And the story was not ignored, it was reported on then they moved on to a new story, because that is what real journalists do. They do not talk about a story for days and days when it is over, that's what biased idiots like you do.
As the outrage grew, the House and Senate passed a separate spending bill that the President finally signed. The military benefits chaos shows just how poor our leadership is in Washington. On the press front, the coverage was mostly fair, and that's good news. But it's bad news that MSNBC continued its policy of blaming Republicans for just about everything.
And over at CNN the military family story was pretty much ignored, which is very strange. Obviously, CNN wanted no part of this story. As for Fox News, we had far and away the most coverage, and also the highest ratings. As usual.
Then Brit Hume was on to talk about the debt ceiling deadline and the government shutdown. With no liberal of any kind on for balance.
Hume said this: "None of us knows what's really going on, but we do know that Senators Reid and McConnell have reached a tentative agreement. The two principle points are that government would be reopened until sometime in January and the debt limit would be temporarily raised until sometime in mid-February. In the meantime, there would be a standard negotiation to try to come up with a full budget."
Which means the Republicans lost, and all they did was cost people a lot of money and waste our time. Something neither O'Reilly or Hume pointed out, but if Democrats did this O'Reilly and Hume would be outraged.
Then the biased right-wing stooge Bernard Goldberg was on to give his opinion about the news coverage of the death benefits story. With no liberal of any kind on for balance.
Goldberg said this: "The hard news people accurately conveyed the disgust of the American people, but the so-called 'mainstream media' went easy on President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. If George Bush were President and Donald Rumsfeld were Secretary of Defense, they would have been hammered. Bush would have been portrayed as a hopeless dunce and Rumsfeld as a bloodless technocrat. But now the blame hasn't been placed on the President or Chuck Hagel, it's being blamed on the shutdown."
And that is just ridiculous, the story was reported by everyone, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and CNN. O'Reilly and Goldberg are just crying because they did not report it 24/7 like Fox did. So they admit the media reported it, but somehow they did not report it enough, ridiculous.
Not to mention, in the past O'Reilly has justified what he reported on by citing his ratings, in other words, he admitted he reports on what gets him the highest ratings. So when the rest of the media does the very same thing, O'Reilly has a problem with it, even though he does the exact same thing, target your reporting to your viewers.
Then they talked about Senator Ted Cruz, who has become a darling to Tea Party conservatives, a bane to mainstream Republicans, and a demon to left-wingers.
Karl Rove was on to assess Cruz's influence, saying this: "Republicans and conservatives, angry over the victory of President Obama, wanted someone to stand up and fight. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee stood up and said, 'We're going to fight by defunding Obamacare.' A lot of Republicans rallied to them, but that strategy was never going to work because not a single Democrat would vote for it in the Senate. That strategy is over and the Republicans are trying to find a way out of the hole into which they were pushed."
Rove added that Republicans should have focused on more attainable goals, saying this: "They should have emphasized getting rid of the individual mandate by saying the administration gave a break to the big corporations and should give a break to the little guy. And they should have said that we'll make Congress live under the same law as everybody else."
And now the facts, Cruz is a far-right loon, and nobody likes him but the morons in the Tea Party. Cruz is a joke to everyone but O'Reilly and Rove, and the Tea Party.
Then Jesse Watters was on to talk about his road trip to upscale suburbia, visiting Chappaqua, New York, the home town of prospective Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. With no liberal of any kind on for balance.
When asked about their most famous neighbor, residents had these responses: "I think she's a brilliant women" ... "50% of the people love her, 50% don't" ... "The only thing I think of is the scandal with Lewinsky" ... "What has she accomplished? Nothing!"
Now remember this folks, O'Reilly and his staff edited the taped footage from Watters to show you the statements from her neighbors, they only showed you the people they wanted you to see, not all of them.
Back in the studio, Watters said this: "They struggled to think of one major accomplishment of hers in the Senate, as Secretary of State, and as First Lady. It's a thin resume, I also had trouble when I looked into it. But they mentioned the 'touchy-feely' stuff - they say she empowered women, she advanced trans-gender rights, she reached out to minorities. She would win in Chappaqua, maybe by 65 - 35, but there is no electricity like there was with President Obama."
And that is the opinion of one biased man, who is a Republican that works for Bill O'Reilly, not an objective view from a non-partisan. Hillary will crush any Republican they put against her, especially if it's Ted Cruz. And from what I have seen, Hillary will be the first woman President, and the right will go nuts for another 8 years after Obama is gone.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Kicking the E-Habit. Billy said this: "Try your best to limit your own Internet use and definitely set restrictions on your kids."
Million Vet March Organizers Condemn Palin, Cruz, & The Tea Party
By: Steve - October 15, 2013 - 10:00am
The tea party, Sarah Palin, and Ted Cruz tried to hijack the Million Vet March for political and personal gain, and event organizers condemned them for politicizing the march.
According to a message on their website, the problem began when a local DC organizer turned the march into a tea party rally, "The political agenda put forth by a local organizer in Washington DC was not in alignment with our message. We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain. The core principle is about all Americans honoring Veterans in a peaceful and apolitical manner."
In a post on their Facebook page, organizers went into more detail,saying this:
We chose to listen to all Americans and all Veterans that have asked us to keep going on despite the disingenuous politicians, political action committees, talking heads on the televisions and press reports attempting to hijack the message.A few powerful Washington elites? I believe that would be Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and the political extremists are Sarah Palin and the tea partiers. The "incite or create panic" line refers to those tea partiers who tore down the barricades at the WWII memorial and marched to the White House.
This included many threats of personal and political attacks on our group’s character, businesses, colleagues and our true intentions.
While our hearts were heavy by the disheartening acts of a few powerful Washington elite and political extremists jumping on the opportunity to make money, we decided to stay true to our message of a non-partisan effort to assist Veterans.
The extremists waved the confederate flag in front of the White House and chanted things like impeach Obama.
I suspect that Cruz and Palin were not invited, and a Facebook account of their behavior for one vet who was there fits the description of using the event for political gain, "I was disappointed when Ms. Palin and Mr. Cruz walked up to us to say hello but then walked down to the center to try to use us for they're own purpose so I left to visit the viet nam memorial ty Brats."
Tea partiers are proud of themselves for taking an event about veterans and turning it into another platform to showcase their hatred of this president, but they should be ashamed of themselves. The people who turned the march into an anti-Obama rally shamed and humiliated our veterans. Every vet knows that it doesn't matter what political party a president is from, they are still the Commander in Chief.
The organizers of this event may or may not be conservatives, but it is clear that they didn't want the tea party mob, or Palin and Cruz's grandstanding at their event.
Veterans are about honor and sacrifice. The Republicans who politicized the event brought dishonor to the very values that our veterans embody. To self-promoters like Palin and Cruz, veterans are nothing more than props to be used for political and financial gain, and they are proud to have tarnished our nation's veterans with their selfish extremism.
What happened is some local DC Republican let Palin and Cruz join their national event and then use it for partisan and political gain. They also used it to spew hate for President Obama, and there was racism too, some whites marched to the White House carrying a confederate flag, which is a symbol of racism in the old south.
Republican Support In 'Jaw-Dropping' Free Fall
By: Steve - October 14, 2013 - 10:00am
Professional pollsters for major news organizations are very cautious people who avoid hyperbole. So when Democratic pollsters Peter Hart and Republican Bill McInturff conducted the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll and described the results as "jaw-dropping," it's a big deal.
The GOP wasn't in very good shape before, but the shutdown crisis and the threats to crash the economy on purpose have been an unmitigated disaster for the party, causing the sort of collapse in public support pollsters simply don't see very often.
What's the good news for Republicans in the poll? There is none. Here are some results:
Approval ratings: While President Obama's approval rating improved after GOP lawmakers shut down the government, Republican support has collapsed. In the new poll, 70% of Americans disapprove of the way in which GOP lawmakers are doing their jobs. Republicans have reached a level of unpopularity unseen in the history of the poll.
And the worst part is they don't seem to care, they claim to represent the will of the majority of the people, then they do what the small minority of the Tea Party want them to do, because they are scared of the Tea Party wing, and that they will get a primary challenge if they do not do what the Tea Party wants.
Shutdown: Asked who is to blame for the shutdown, a 53% majority blame congressional Republicans. Less than a third (31%) blame the president.
Generic ballot: Democrats now enjoy an eight-point advantage in the congressional midterm elections (47% to 39%), as compared to a three-point advantage last month (46% to 43%).
Government involvement: By a 52% to 44% margin, Americans believe the government should do more, not less, to solve problems. In June, the results were evenly split.
Patriotism: A 70% majority believe congressional Republicans are "putting their own political agenda ahead of what is good for the country."
Republican pollster Bill McInturff added, "These numbers lead to one inescapable conclusion: The Republicans are not tone deaf; they are stone deaf."
Not to mention, it's just stupid, the smart thing to do would have been to let Obamacare go into effect, then if it's as bad as they say it is, they could have used that in a political way to gain seats in the House and the Senate in the next election, but they way they are doing it will hurt them politically, and could actually cost them seats in the House, and maybe even give the majority back to the Democrats.
In other words, it's a stupid strategy, to ignore the will of the majority, just to make a few Tea Party extremists happy.
And on a side note, Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) favorability rating has collapsed as the public has become more familiar with him, according to a Gallup survey released on Thursday.
The survey found that 26 percent have a favorable view of the Texas Republican, against 36 percent unfavorable. That makes 62 percent of the public that has an opinion on Cruz, up from 42 percent in June, when 24 percent had a favorable view of him against 18 percent unfavorable – a 16-point negative swing.
The Gallup poll comes on the heels of a Brigham Young University survey that found Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) losing favor in his home state. Lee has seen a 20-point negative swing in his favorability rating from the same poll in June, and now sits at 40 percent favorable and 51 percent unfavorable in Utah.
Lee and Cruz led the charge in provoking a government shutdown over the funding of ObamaCare. Both pushed House Republicans to withhold all government appropriations in an attempt to defund the president’s signature legislative achievement.
Government Shutdown Costing A Lot Of Money
By: Steve - October 13, 2013 - 11:00am
But O'Reilly and the Republicans could care less, as they claim to care about the economy, the debt, the deficit, and the military and their families.
The Government Shutdown Has Cost $1.6 Billion So Far. Should the shutdown last through October 9, the total will come to $2 billion. That's equivalent to the cost so far of the biblical flooding that has ravaged Colorado. If it lasts three to four weeks, Moody's has estimated that the total cost to the economy could come to $55 billion. The shutdown could reduce economic output by 1.4 percent.
The Pentagon just on Tuesday announced the names of four soldiers killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan. All four died from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit. Standard procedure in similar circumstances would have the four soldiers' bodies flown into Dover Air Force Base, where their families -- in this case from California, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Oregon -- would be waiting to greet them a final time.
What the federal shutdown has done, however, is make it so that the Pentagon is unsure of its ability to pay for the deceased's families to fly out to Delaware to meet them. Nor will their families receive the automatic "death gratuity" that families are due to receive in case of the worst. The $100,000 payment, usually wired electronically within 36 hours and meant to cover the expenses of funerals and other financial expenses, is on hold until the Congress passes a budget and reopens the federal government.
Federal Courts Expected To Run Out Of Funding Next Week If Shutdown Continues
The U.S. courts posted a statement before the shutdown began announcing that "the federal Judiciary will remain open for business," but only "for approximately 10 business days."
There’s A Widespread Salmonella Outbreak, But Public Health Officials Can’t Work During The Shutdown
And all the National Parks are also closed. Thanks to the Republican party, who are doing it to make the Tea Party happy. And yet O'Reilly says nothing, except that they should work out a deal. But if Democrats did this O'Reilly would lose his mind and call them all traitors.
The Friday 10-11-13 O'Reilly/Gutfeld Factor Review
By: Steve - October 12, 2013 - 11:00am
The far-right stooge Greg Gutfeld filled in for O'Reilly, his TPM was called: The Government Shutdown and Me. Gutfeld said this:
GUTFELD: Whenever something bad happens, some bozo will call it a 'learning experience.' With the government shutdown, it's true. I learned that 93% of the workers at the Environmental Protection Agency are 'non-essential.' I didn't major in math, but I'm pretty sure that's more than nine out of ten.Then Tea Party official Scottie Nell Hughes and liberal talk show host Richard Fowler were on to discuss it.
That makes the EPA about as necessary as shoulder pads on a snake. So we have learned the difference between 'essential' and 'non-essential' in government. In a private business a non-essential employee would be a non-employee.
A non-essential employee is what you get when you feed cash into a bloated bureaucracy without ever designating its necessity. Those EPA jobs are there simply because they can be, but also to insure the survival of a ravenous bureaucracy. It's a lot like the movie 'The Blob,' but without the happy ending.
Hughes said this: "If a small business is in a crunch, they go into survival mode. They cut off the fat and they do what it takes to exist. But when our government is in survival mode, all they have to do is raise taxes. The American people are siding with what Ted Cruz is forcing them to do, which is to make cuts."
Fowler disagreed saying that nearly all federal employees are truly needed for government to be effective: "If you talk to the veterans who went to the World War II Memorial and found it closed because the Park Rangers couldn't be there, they would say the Rangers are essential. So while there is a distinction between 'essential' and 'non-essential' employees, the non-essential employees are still critical to making this government run. Ted Cruz would allow us to default on our debt and destroy this country."
Then the former White House spokesperson Dana Perino was on to cry about Senator Ted Cruz being heckled during a speech, and how this is news is beyond me. Nobody cares.
Perino said this: "Some people take it as a major compliment. If you aren't getting the far-left to come out and heckle you, then you're not doing something right. Senator Cruz handled this beautifully and he kind of loves it. He's the new guy to hate, the left has made him the bogeyman."
Earth to Perino, to everyone but right-wing loons like you Cruz is a far-right fool.
Gutfeld added a ridiculous statement saying that most protests come from the left: "There's not a lot of conservative hecklers because they're usually working. The benefit of being part of a left-wing group is that there are so many of your fellow leftists doing nothing."
Then Republican Marc Thiessen and Democrat Leslie Marshall were on to talk about what the Republicans call Obamacare Chaos.
Marshall said this: "It's not a catastrophe. For crying out loud, Twitter nearly crashed when it first started. This shows that so many people want Obamacare that the system crashed. Any program we've ever had in America has had numerous changes and glitches, and I think people are going to be very happy with health care reform."
Thiessen said this: "If they had good numbers they would be shouting from the rooftops. The fact that they're saying they don't know means the numbers are absolutely terrible. And if it's true that they don't know, then that's absolutely pathetic. The administration is going out and saying that 8-million people went to the website in its first week. Do you know how many people visit Amazon.com? 20-million people every day!
Which is a ridiculous comparison, what does how many people visit amazon.com have to do with anything.
Then Remi Spencer and radio talk show host John Phillips were on to talk about a student at Modesto Junior College in California was harassed by a campus cop for passing out copies of the Constitution.
Spencer said this: "I don't think the police officer did anything wrong, he followed school policy. But this is a bad policy and that's why the student has filed a lawsuit. The suit is not really about money, it's about getting the school to change its policies. There is nothing wrong with someone passing out the Constitution and I do not believe this policy will remain in effect."
Phillips complained that American colleges are almost uniformly censorious and oppressive, saying this: "Campuses are some of the most restrictive places on the planet. You have 'hate speech,' you have 'gender-neutral language,' you have 'indoor voices and outdoor voices.' Can we please just leave these poor people alone and let them do their remedial math in peace?"
GOP Favorability Rating Reaches Record Low
By: Steve - October 12, 2013 - 10:00am
The Republican Party has reached a record low favorability rating, according to Gallup. Since the pollster has been asking voters their overall opinion on America's two major parties, the GOP has never dipped below 31 percent favorability - until this week. According to Gallup, only 28 percent of Americans view the Republican Party in a favorable light.
"With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September," writes Gallup's Andrew Dugan.
"This is the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992."
62 percent of poll respondents view the GOP unfavorably. The Democratic Party, by comparison, is viewed unfavorably by just 49 percent of Americans.
"Roughly one in four Americans see both parties unfavorably," Dugan adds.
Gallup found that self-identified Republicans are twice as likely to view their own party in an unfavorable light. 27 percent of Republicans expressed their dissatisfaction with the GOP, compared to just 13 percent of self-identified Democrats who feel the same way about their party.
The GOP sunk to 31 percent approval following impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton towards the end of the 1990s. They quickly rebounded, however, when the 2000 presidential election campaign began to dominate the news cycle.
This poll was conducted from October 3 – 6 of 1,028 adults.
The Thursday 10-10-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 11, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Shameful Exposition. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: In one of the most shameful expositions I have ever seen, the U.S. government is allowing a private charity, the Fisher House, to fund the funerals for at least 26 military people killed in Afghanistan. President Obama could sign an executive order right this minute that would stop the madness.Then Brit Hume was on, he said it's probable the House will pass a short-term extension of the debt ceiling, which will allow the government to continue to borrow money that's already been appropriated . But, the move won't re-open the government.
Yesterday the House voted 425-0 to allow funding. The Senate, under heavy pressure, followed this afternoon. So Fisher House will be reimbursed if any money went out. Now, there is some movement in Washington on the shutdown. Reports say there may be a deal on short term debt, but there is no question that both parties have taken a major hit. President Obama's approval rating is down to 37% in the latest AP poll.
And today, a new Gallup poll says the Republican Party is now at a record low with just 28% of Americans approving of it. The Republican Party finds itself in trouble. Obama-care is not going to be defunded, and the GOP will have to make a deal with the President.
And you know who's most happy about this? Hillary Clinton - that's who. Hard right Americans should understand that the Democrats will win next year's midterm elections and the presidency of 2016 if the Republican Party does not begin to solve problems.
Expressing frustration, O'Reilly said that something has to give, with both the President and the Republican Party taking a beating in the polls. On the military family situation, he declared that Harry Reid is a real villain who has proved he's not looking out for the country, but is rather just a rank partisan.
Hume also said the primary question is now whether the legal decision about not paying benefits to the families of fallen soldiers was made in good faith. He explained that there's a possibility the Justice Department may have gotten involved regarding the interpretation of whether or not the benefits could be paid during the shutdown.
Then James Carville was on to talk about the military benefits scandal, Carville said if you shut the government down, there are consequences and you can't pick and choose what you're going to fund. But of course O'Reilly disagreed, saying that all the President had to do was issue an executive order the moment he found out this was going to happen to military families.
Carville questioned whether the President can actually spend money the Congress hasn't appropriated, you'd need a lawyer to tell you that, concluding that what we're finding out from this shutdown is that the government does a lot of useful things.
Then Laura Ingraham was on to talk about the Republican Party, who is at record low approval ratings, according to Gallup. Ingraham admitted the numbers don't look good for Republicans. She contended that the GOP problem was that they didn't have a unified strategy going into this - the establishment wing thinks you should cut deals with Obama and take victories where you can get them, while the Ted Cruz/Rand Paul wing wants to fight Obama on every front, which is very appealing to a segment of the population.
Then Megyn Kelly was on to talk about an anti-abortion group who filed a negligence lawsuit against a Texas judge, who ruled that a 15-year-old girl should keep living with her legal guardian even though the teen said she was being sexually assaulted by the guardian's boyfriend, a convicted sex offender. After the outrageous ruling, the sex offender in questioned murdered the guardian and raped the teenage girl.
Kelly reported there's no question the guy committed the rape and murder because he pleaded guilty. Describing the ruling as beyond egregious, the Factor asked whether this judge could have immunity from any potential lawsuit. Kelly stated that we give judges immunity because we don't want people coming back and suing them for bad rulings, but there are some potential exceptions and, according to her, there may be one here.
Then Heather Nauert was on for the new Factor segment called Mad as Hell in which viewers express things about which they feel most passionate.
The first letter came from a Tea Party supporter who is mad that she's being portrayed as an extremist. She wants to know what's so extreme about wanting to curtail government spending. The Factor thinks the Tea Party has definitely been portrayed a certain way by the media. Nauert contended that this is no fringe group, with membership and support expanding every day.
Said the two far-right Republicans (Nauert and O'Reilly) who support the Tea Party. With no liberal guest on for balance, making this new segment a biased joke.
The second letter proclaimed anger over service people in India being incapable of understanding English. Nauert asserted there are now fewer American companies outsourcing call centers than in the past.
The third letter found drunken fans at football games too intimidating for what used to be a family-friendly environment. O'Reilly blamed tailgating, while Nauert demanded that stadiums have some culpability in the situation.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Factor viewers to the rescue. And there was no tip, just O'Reilly thanking his viewers for donating money to a charity.
O'Reilly Goes Insane Over Military Family Death Benefits
By: Steve - October 11, 2013 - 10:00am
Here is a perfect example of right-wing bias from Bill O'Reilly, proving he is nothing but a right-wing hack. The Republicans in the House shutdown the Government over the Obama health care bill, that was legally passed and put in place. So because of the shutdown families of the military are not getting death benefits, what does O'Reilly do, slam the Republicans for causing it, of course not, because that is what a real journalist would do.
Instead O'Reilly slams the President, who did not even know it was happening, and the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. This is insanity, Hagel and President Obama did not shutdown the Government, the Republicans in the House did. O'Reilly even called for Hagel to resign, when he should be calling for all the Republicans who voted to shutdown the Government to be voted out of office.
O'Reilly had some tough words for President Obama, saying that his "leadership capacity is in steep decline" and cited an AP poll showing he has record low unfavorable numbers.
While ignoring the fact that most people blame the Republicans for the shutdown, and the fact that Republican job approval is at a record low. Not to mention, Obama and Hagel had nothing to do with it.
O'Reilly said Obama could end this shutdown "catastrophe" if he would just admit that the health care law is not ready for primetime and delay it one year. Which Obama is never going to do, and O'Reilly knows it.
He concluded by going back to the military benefits issue, saying this: "There is no excuse! Hagel must go! He's lost all credibility among the military. And the president should order these payments immediately."
Which is just flat out ridiculous, because O'Reilly blames it all on Obama and Hagel, when the people to blame are the House Republicans. This is what biased right-wing hacks like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter do. And O'Reilly is doing it too, blame the wrong people, it's insane.
The Wednesday 10-9-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 10, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: A Collapse of Leadership in America. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Yesterday we learned that the Department of Defense, headed by former Senator Chuck Hagel, has stopped payments to the families of military people killed in Afghanistan. That is an absolute disgrace...The President has the power by executive order to pay for anything he wants, despite the government shutdown. Hagel allowed this to happen - he should resign immediately...And as usual, that is all right-wing propaganda. The blame for the shutdown is on the Republicans, not President Obama. Obamacare is the law, and the President should not have to delay it, and he is sure not going to listen to O'Reilly.
The whole debacle once again points out that President Obama's leadership capacity is in steep decline. We saw it in the Syrian situation. We are seeing it again in the government shutdown...
The entire Obama-care/government shutdown thing is a catastrophe. There's no question Obama-care is not ready to be rolled out. If the President would simply admit it and delay the individual mandate for a year the impasse would be solved, but Mr. Obama is too stubborn to do that.
Then the biased Obama hating Col. Hunt was on, and of course he placed all the responsibility squarely on the Commander-in-chief and articulated how ashamed he is with our government. He called it an outrage to have families suffering who now have to put up with this while trying to bury their loved ones.
Hagel should go, according to another biased Republican Col. Ralph Peters, who insisted that the Secretary of Defense had to have known about this "disgraceful scandal." He said Hagel should have corrected the mistake well before it got this far, a point with which O'Reilly agreed.
O'Reilly, who is very angry about this situation, mentioned that his outrage is shared by every American veteran, and declared the scandal unjustifiable regardless of political affiliation. Col. Peters put forth that this wasn't a mere screw-up, but is rather accusing someone in the administration of wanting to embarrass Republicans over the government shutdown.
And none of these right-wing idiots blame the Republicans, who caused the whole mess, including the shutdown. In their world Obama and Hagel are to blame, and nobody else, which is just laughable.
Then Ed Henry was on, who said the President met with Democrats late today, followed by Republican leaders shortly thereafter. O'Reilly claimed that President Obama is resisting compromise because he doesn't want to look weak in the wake of the Syria debacle.
Ed Henry explained that the President doesn't want to look like he's being held hostage by Republicans, but what has not been sustainable is this talking point he keeps reiterating about refusing to negotiate. Which is nothing but his opinion, and a biased one at that.
Then Kate Obenshain & Kirsten Powers were on.
O'Reilly declared that the bottom line is that the President is losing control in the leadership arena. While Powers conceded that this won't be known as the era of great leadership, she inferred that Republicans are coming off worse than the President right now. She said they insist they want to negotiate, but it all involves Obama capitulating to their demands.
According to O'Reilly, Obama-care is now a massive program that is out of control, nobody knows how it's going to affect them, and premiums are going up and up. While he admitted there's no doubt Republicans want to sabotage the whole program, he instructed them to attempt for more micro changes to the law.
Obenshain, acting as the counter-point to Powers, reminded viewers that the people in Washington who advocate on behalf of those Americans strongly opposed to Obama-care have every right to try to change it.
Then Carl Cameron reported there may be a new extension on the debt limit. Meanwhile, he found irony in the fact that Republicans, who have long been the party of small government, are now the ones advocating re-opening the government for business.
O'Reilly suggested it will be Republicans who are most hurt by an ongoing government shutdown because they don't get their message out as well as Democrats. Cameron concurred that polls show the GOP is taking a bigger hit on this than Democrats.
On the military botch, James Rosen found it surprising that the administration and Congress, which worked very effectively to keep military troops funded, somehow left out pay for these grieving families.
Then Jesse Watters was on, who reported on of all things, Brown University sponsoring a clothing-optional week for students. Factor producer Jesse Watters paid the campus a visit to ask students about the recreational activity.
Which I will not report on, because this is not news, it's tabloid crap that belongs on TMZ, not a so-called hard news show.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Finding People From Your Past. Billy said this: "If there's somebody in your past you've lost track of and would like to reconnect with, there are now websites that will help you do that. Your past can be relived in a positive way if you find someone with whom you can share memories."
Karl Rove Lied That Social Programs Have No Fraud Protection
By: Steve - October 10, 2013 - 10:00am
Karl Rove falsely attributed the increased Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries to a lack of fraud protection programs in the system.
In fact Medicare, Medicaid and SSDI have fraud programs in place to detect, prevent, and recover money from the relatively few instances of documented fraud.
On the October 8th O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly hosted Rove to explain the "big disability con" he believes explains the increase in SSDI recipients. Rove attributed the increased number of recipients to fraud. Rove claimed that more people apply for disability because "there are no fraud protections in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. None."
Which is a 100% lie, not to mention, it is very hard to even get approved. Almost everyone is denied for SSI, then they have to get an attorney and file an appeal that takes 6 months, and a lot of them are still denied. You have to have a doctors report, and really be disabled to get SSI now. I should know, because I am trying to get it and they denied me, so I am in the appeal process right now.
Recently O'Reilly also claimed that anyone with back pain or mood disorders can get SSI, which is also a 100% lie. I have a bad back from back surgery and many other medical problems, and they denied me. Proving that O'Reilly is a lying idiot that does not have a clue what he is talking about. And even if SSI had a 2 or 3 percent fraud rate, it still does not justify taking the money away from everyone, and btw, the fraud rate is 1 percent or less.
Fraud protections do exist in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a fact sheet detailing its program to prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud. The fact sheet detailed laws in place that that punish Medicare fraud, which criminalizes the government being overcharged or knowingly defrauded by recipients, doctors, or third parties.
It also provides information on partnerships with other government agencies and programs which help find and report fraud and abuse.
The HHS Office of the Inspector General website details the government's Medicaid fraud program, known as Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs). The MFCUs "investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud as well as patient abuse."
The MFCUs reported "conducting 15,531 investigations, of which 11,660 were related to Medicaid fraud," and states reported $2.9 billion in recoveries for civil and criminal cases handled by the MFCUs.
The Office of the Inspector General also maintains a program to reduce and respond to SSDI fraud. The Cooperative Disability Investigation Program "investigate disability claims under SSA's Title II and Title XVI programs that State disability examiners believe are suspicious."
The CDI obtains evidence for disability examiners before benefits are paid and provides reports for continuing disability reviews "that can be used to cease benefits of in-payment beneficiaries."
The program reported $339.6 million in projected savings to SSDI programs in fiscal year 2012. The program also publishes reports on the convictions of the most egregious fraud and abuses of the system found by investigators.
O'Reilly and Rove also lied about the extent of fraud in the SSDI program, echoing Coburn's claims that it may be as much as 25 percent. In fact, former Social Security commissioner Michael Astrue explained that fraud constitutes less than 1 percent of SSDI payments.
The Tuesday 10-8-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 9, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Obamacare Brawl. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: On day eight of the government shutdown, both sides upped the rhetoric. Talking Points has suggested a one-year reprieve for folks who don't want to buy into Obamacare. That's because of the chaos surrounding the implementation of the law and the waivers the President has already granted to some businesses.Then Charles Krauthammer was on to discuss it.
Some conservatives are now echoing that one-year delay, but President Obama complained about 'a few irresponsible' Republicans. The core difference is this: Republicans believe Obamacare will drastically harm the country, while Democrats believe the exact opposite and they have the law on their side. But Mr. Obama opened the door to some changes with his waivers, which the administration says it has the legal authority to grant.
I continue to hope the President will bend and let the folks who want Obamacare sign up, while the folks who don't want it get a one-year waiver. After one year, hard evidence will be available to determine just how good the law is. If President Obama would make that compromise, the Republicans would stop obstructing the government. Something has to give.
Krauthammer said this: "We are clearly heading toward a cliff that the administration can not go over, and that's the one dealing with the debt ceiling. Democrats are politically enjoying the shutdown of the government because most people blame it on the Republicans. I think the House and Senate will pass a three-week extension on the debt ceiling and then negotiations will begin."
Then Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes were on, they talked about Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has described Republicans as "legislative arsonists," while other liberal Democrats are comparing conservatives to hostage-takers and terrorists.
Colmes said this: "I think people should tone it down, and I don't think it helps. But there has been a plot to hold the entire government hostage in order to defund a bill that has already been passed."
Crowley said this: "We've had this kind of incendiary language since the founding of the republic and on both sides, and passions are running high. But when it comes to the President or the Senate Majority Leader or the House Minority Leader, those are people in positions of high responsibility. They should be setting a higher standard."
Then John Stossel was on, who recently spoke with a welfare worker who admitted that government largess encourages dependency. And what are the odds that welfare worker was a Republican? 100% maybe.
Stossel said this: "We've taught people that you get paid if you are helpless. At first there is a stigma to welfare and you don't want to take it, but then you feel like a sucker if you don't take it. These programs always grow. I'm a stutterer, and if the Americans with Disabilities Act existed when I was young, would I have overcome my speech problem? We want to help the truly helpless, but charity is able to do that without supporting everybody. We should at least stop the growth of welfare."
Stossel is just an idiot, and if you listen to one word he says you are an idiot too.
Then Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle were on to talk about the case of illegal immigrant Mario Chavez, who killed his wife last month in California. He had been previously arrested, but local authorities didn't report him to the feds.
Wiehl said this: "Things are only going to get worse, because Governor Jerry Brown just signed a law that will make it more difficult for ICE and local officials to communicate. The law says local authorities can not turn over to ICE anyone who has been charged with a minor crime."
Guilfoyle blamed the city of San Jose, where Chavez committed the murder, saying this: "It is a 'sanctuary city' and this is what they do as a matter of practice. If they have an undocumented immigrant, they will not tell ICE. Governor Brown is now making the policy statewide."
Then the biased right-wing hack Karl Rove was on to talk about disability programs.
Rove said this: "Senator Tom Coburn's investigators randomly chose 300 applications that had been approved, and they found evidence of fraud in a quarter of them. Coburn found that an administrative law judge was in bed with an attorney whose mill bought off doctors. The lawyer got paid nearly $5-million, the judge may have gotten $2-million, and they put a lot of money into the pockets of doctors."
Coburn is a biased Republican, so you can not believe anything his people found, for all we know they made it up, where is the proof? What was the evidence, let's see it, and one dishonest judge does not mean the whole system is bad. If this is journalism I'm Elvis.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Socially Repsonsible Social Media. Billy said this: "Consider taking a moment to encourage kindness on Facebook, perhaps by urging your "friends" to do something nice for others."
Fox Idiots Claim Disability Programs Give People Money To Be Helpless
By: Steve - October 9, 2013 - 10:00am
Here is what the two MILLIONAIRE right-wing idiots O'Reilly and Stossel said:
They even agreed with the moron who works for the Government who said she thinks that if they stopped giving them money they would go get a job. Ignoring the fact that a lot of them are actually disabled, mentally or physically, or both.
And if the Government stopped giving them all money that would include the real disabled people, who can not get a job, and then they would be homeless and broke. Not to mention, the fraud rate is very low, less than 5 percent.
Don't you just love how right-wing multi-millionaires think it would be great if we just stopped giving the poor and disabled money. While supporting all the fraud in Defense spending, notice they do not want to stop giving money to all the Defense contractors who fraud the Government.
The Monday 10-7-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 8, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Will Americans rise up against Obamacare? The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: It is becoming apparent that millions of Americans will pay a lot more for health insurance under Obamacare. I was talking to some insurance executives this weekend and they're happy. Why? Because deductibles and co-pays are going up big time, which means more profit for their companies and less money for you. How many voters knew that when the law was debated?Now look at this folks, O'Reilly said this: "Republicans want some changes in Obamacare, the President and Democrats do not."
That's just one reason individual Americans should get a one-year reprieve from Obamacare. Some businesses have the reprieve and you should get it too. That's the crux of the government shutdown; Republicans want some changes in Obamacare, the President and Democrats do not. Talking Points has another question: What is best for the folks?
Obamacare is not ready for prime time and everybody knows it! When Chris Wallace asked how many people have signed up, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew dodged because he knows it's very hard to sign up, even if you want to. I understand that President Obama does not want to change or delay his signature issue and he has authority on his side.
But if the President is really looking out for the folks, he has to know things are not working out very well. The country needs another year to better organize the health program and if Republicans are smart they'll simply pound home that theme. If Obamacare is a good thing, the folks will know it; if it's a bad thing, the law should be changed.
That is a lie, and 100% proof Bill O'Reilly is a lying right-wing hack. Because the Republicans do not just want some changes in Obamacare, they want to kill it or de-fund it, they want it gone. O'Reilly is lying for the Republicans when he says they just want some changes, they want to get rid of it. O'Reilly is also lying when he says millions of Americans will pay more, because the law will not even effect 80% of the people, it's all right-wing lies from O'Reilly.
Then the biased right-wing stooge Bernie Goldberg was on, who talked about a small group of high-profile journalists that have voiced complaints about the Obama administration's secrecy.
Goldberg said this: "There is a report coming out, about press freedom during the Obama years. David Sanger, a national security reporter for the New York Times, calls the Obama administration 'the most closed, control-freak administration' he's ever seen, and former Washington Post editor Leonard Downey says government officials are increasingly fearful of talking to reporters. They're basically saying the Obama administration is the most secretive in memory, making it difficult for reporters to do their jobs."
Goldberg also criticized the media for not giving Obamacare greater scrutiny, saying this: "How many people even know what's in the law? Only now am I hearing that if you're a 60-year-old woman your policy has to include maternity benefits, and even if I've never used hard drugs my policy has to include visits to rehab. Why didn't we know about that two years ago?"
Then Juan Williams and Mary K. Ham were on to talk about Obamacare. And as usual, Ham agreed with O'Reilly and the lies from the right, while the part-time Democrat Juan Williams at least tried to get some truth into the discussion.
Williams said this: "This is for the common good, and whenever you end a discriminatory system there will be some winners and some losers. There was a discriminatory system if you had a preexisting condition, if you were over 40, or if you were poor."
Ham said this: "The pitch for Obamacare was $2,500 saved off your family premiums, but that's not going to happen for everyone. The pitch was that we would bring the cost curve down, but that's not happening. The pitch was that you can keep your doctor, but that's not true for many people. It is immoral to make promises and then break them."
Then the Republican Peter Brookes from the Heritage Foundation was on to talk about the two anti-terror raids carried out Saturday, beginning with Somalia.
Brookes said this: "The SEAL team went in on the beach and they got into a firefight. We're not sure what happened, they came across something they didn't expect. They were probably going to do a snatch-and-grab, but it didn't go off the way we wanted."
Brooks said this about the Libya raid, which resulted in the capture of Abu Anas al-Libi: "He has a long association with Al Qaeda and he was involved with the embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. He is obviously of great importance to the United States."
Then Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez was on to discuss his new book, which documents his escape from poverty.
Gutierrez said this: "My mom and dad came to this country with nothing, and without my mother and my father, there were no other role models in my life. I see immigrants today and I say, my parents needed a lifeline and now I want to stand up for people today."
O'Reilly said this: "You succeeded largely because your parents stayed together, their hard work and honesty was inculcated into you. Now I'm fighting this battle to get society to encourage women to stop having babies out of wedlock. I'm getting hammered, but we are not going to help the poor unless we are honest about the problem."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Don't Miss Miss Megyn. And then O'Reilly promoted her new show, no tip, just a cheap promotion for a new Fox News show.
O'Reilly Caught Lying About Obama Health Care Plan
By: Steve - October 8, 2013 - 10:00am
Monday night Bill O'Reilly baselessly accused a noted health care expert of "propaganda" for pointing out that the Affordable Care Act will not negatively affect the vast majority of Americans. Even though it's true, and O'Reilly has no facts to back up his claims, the "I only deal in facts guy" just made it up.
On the October 7th O'Reilly Factor, Billy said this: "Millions of Americans will see their health insurance costs, their deductibles, their copays go up because of Obamacare. So here is the question: Is it morally right to hurt some Americans to help other Americans?" After Juan Williams pointed out that most Americans "will see no change," O'Reilly responded with this: "I don't believe that for a second, I think that's propaganda." O'Reilly then said this: "That's what some pinhead says, that's not a fact."
Williams was citing Jonathan Gruber, a health care economist at MIT and an architect of the Massachusetts health care law. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Gruber pointed out that "about two or three percent" of health care consumers will be worse off under the Affordable Care Act, saying this:
My estimate is that 80 percent of the people are not going to feel any change at all, and that 17 percent or so are going to find that things are better, and that about two or three percent will be worse off, and those are the people who benefit from the discriminatory nature of health-insurance at the present time.
If health-insurance companies can't discriminate any more, those people will have to pay a little more. When we decided that people couldn't discriminate in what they paid black people or women any more, people had to pay more because employers couldn't discriminate in what they paid black people and women. Was that a bad thing?
So basically you have a health care economist at MIT saying one thing, and a biased partisan cable tv news host saying something different, and calling the economist a propagandist. Who are you going to believe, I'll go with the economist at MIT, not O'Reilly. Especially when we know for a fact that O'Reilly is biased, he hates Obama, and he hates the Obama health care bill.
Health care reporter Jeffrey Young also pointed out, that according to the U.S. Census, 80 percent of health care consumers are covered by their employer or enrolled in Medicare and won't be affected by the health care exchanges at all, a fact that O'Reilly never points out.
Young said this: The biggest part of President Obama's health care overhaul is just days away from its debut. For many consumers, the most important question is personal: What do I have to do? If you're one of the roughly 80 percent of Americans who already has health insurance through an employer or is enrolled in a government program like Medicare, the answer is: nothing.
Offensive Anti-Hillary Buttons Found At GOP Convention
By: Steve - October 7, 2013 - 10:00am
Last March, after an election cycle that featured one Republican candidate opining on "legitimate rape," another candidate labeling pregnancies resulting from rape a "gift from God," and a vice presidential candidate that wanted to treat terminating that pregnancy as a homicide crime, the Republican National Committee urged the GOP to back away from offensive rhetoric towards women.
Republican candidates, the RNC urged, "need to use language that addresses concerns that are on women's minds in order to let them know we are fighting for them."
Here's how Republicans were fighting for women during the California Republican Party convention on Saturday. They sold buttons that said this:
KFC Hillary Special
2 Fat Thighs
2 Small Breasts
... Left Wing
That's a button that, according to San Francisco Chronicle writer Carla Marinucci, was very popular at the California Republican Party convention this weekend.
It should be noted that, shortly after Marinucci first reported on the buttons, she followed up with a Tweet indicating that the buttons were removed from the convention, so it appears that someone in the California GOP did take steps to prevent these sexist buttons from being displayed, but only after a reporter embarrassed them by revealing the buttons existence to the rest of the world.
Whatever steps the Republican Party is taking to remove offensive buttons after they are discovered by journalists or to otherwise convey that Republicans are fighting for women, actual women don't seem to be buying it.
A recent National Journal poll found that 33 percent of women believe the GOP has drifted further away from them, while only 14 percent believe that the Republican Party is closer to them in viewpoint since losing the 2012 presidential election.
A plurality believes that there has been no change since the co-sponsor of a so-called forcible rape bill was defeated in his bid for the vice presidency.
Fox News Changes Government Shutdown To Slimdown
By: Steve - October 6, 2013 - 10:00am
Fox News is trying to downplay the effects of the Republican-led government shutdown by replacing "shutdown" with "slimdown" in Associated Press reports posted on FoxNews.com. The changes have appeared in headlines, a photo caption, and story ledes.
And of course Bill O'Reilly has not said one word about it, as he complains about media bias every night, while ignoring the media bias at Fox and on his own show.
FoxNews.com even replaced "shutdown" with "slimdown" when promoting an original FoxNews.com article that took issue with Fox's use of "slimdown."
Fox News host Howard Kurtz wrote in a column that the "Fox News website keeps using the term 'slimdown' instead of shutdown, though no one would claim this was some kind of sensible Weight Watchers method of trimming government spending."
Kurtz's column has the headline, "Spin Wars: Is the shutdown about blackmail or ObamaCare?" -- but Fox modified the headline to "KURTZ: Is slimdown about blackmail or ObamaCare?" on its front page.
FoxNews.com posted a repurposed Associated Press article with the headline, "Obama shortens Asia trip due to government slimdown." The lede states: "President Obama has canceled planned visits to Malaysia and the Philippines next week because of the government slimdown."
However AP.org's headline is "OBAMA SHORTENS ASIA TRIP BECAUSE OF SHUTDOWN" and the lede is: "President Barack Obama has canceled two stops on his long-planned trip to Asia because of the partial government shutdown, the White House announced Wednesday."
This is not only biased and wrong, it is against the ethics rules of Journalism, and yet Bill O'Reilly says nothing. While having a once a week media bias segment on his very own show with Bernie Goldberg, who also said noting about it. As they both complain about bias at CNN and MSNBC, saying they are biased for President Obama over their Obamacare reporting.
The Friday 10-4-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 5, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Chaos at the Capitol. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: She did not have a gun, she had a car. 34-year-old Miriam Carey, a dental hygenist and unwed mother, tried to crash through a White House barrier Thursday. Reports say Ms. Carey believed President Obama was stalking her. After leading police on a wild chase, Ms. Carey was shot dead by cops.Then Geraldo was on to discuss it.
Like the gunman in the Navy Yard shooting, Ms. Carey was obviously mentally ill, and it is estimated that a whopping 26% of Americans suffer from some type of mental disorder. There is no way any country can control mental illness, but there is something happening in the world that is exacerbating the problem.
There are millions of Americans walking around who have jobs, families, and social interactions, but who are also desperately ill, despite the appearance of normalcy. It used to be that these folks were kind of isolated, but now on the Internet the most horrendous stuff imaginable is available to anyone.
The worst acts that human beings can perform are on display, and therefore restraints are falling back and the fuse of mental illness is being lighted as troubled people see violent fantasies up close and personal. So we are going to see an epidemic of bizarre behavior in the future.
All compassionate human beings should feel sympathy for those who are mentally ill and we should try to help them if we can. But the cold truth is that there is often little we can do. The only thing we can do to protect ourselves is to be very alert. This problem is getting worse.
Geraldo said this: "She came from a big family in Brooklyn, and she has been troubled of late. She was on anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs and she had a very rough year in 2012. She got fired from her job, she fell down some steps, she was hospitalized, and she had an unwanted pregnancy. She started going through psychotic episodes and the father of the child called authorities, but unless there is imminent danger to themselves or others, you can't involuntarily confine these people."
O'Reilly then reported some Republican Senators confronted their colleague Ted Cruz during a heated meeting this week. Senator Ron Johnson, who was at the session was on to talk about it.
Johnson said this: "This was our standard Wednesday lunch, and most Republican Senators were in attendance. We don't yell at each other - there are lively debates, good discussion, and pointed questions, but it's all within the bounds of collegiality. This week's lunch wasn't any different."
Johnson left no doubt that he disagrees with Cruz's take-no-prisoners approach, saying this: "Strategic planning always starts with recognizing reality and setting achievable goals. That's the problem with this effort - I appreciate the passion, but this strategy has divided us and has been destructive. It's not helping us paint a picture of how harmful Obamacare will be to our health care system."
Then Lou Dobbs evaluated Obamacare's first few days. Who of course hates it because he is a Republican, with no Democratic guest on for balance.
Dobbs said this: "This is the most peculiar, upside-down contraption I have ever seen. If you have an income of $32,000 a year you'll get a subsidy of $650, but then you have to come up with a premium of $2,200. People can't afford it. And fundamental to Obamacare is the fact that the government has to force young people to sign up for Obamacare for about $2,000 or pay a penalty of $218. They will pay the penalty."
Now remember this folks, that is how Dobbs looks at it, he is putting his spin on it, so what he says is not 100% true.
With Greg Gutfeld on vacation, Jesse Watters joined Bernard McGuirk to scrutinize recent events. They examined a survey showing that many single men would rather have a new iPhone than a girlfriend.
McGuirk said this: "You could get one in eight guys to say they would rather have a fish tank than a girlfriend, but the iPhone is here to stay. This is a sad commentary, it's pathetic, but it's here!"
Watters confessed to having a special place in his heart for his smart phone, saying this: "Last night I was watching The Factor on the couch with my new iPhone and my wife said, 'Jesse, put that down or go upstairs. It's me or the iPhone!' I chose her."
Watters and McGuirk returned for a 2nd segment to name the absolutely stupidest folks of the past week. McGuirk selected rapper Jay Z, who confessed to being a former drug dealer. McGuirk said this: "He admitted that he used to sell crack, so he left all these people back in the 'hood, some of whose lives he ruined. The takeaway message is going be that Jay Z sold drugs when he was young, look where he is now, so I'm going to do the same thing."
Watters went with Chris Matthews, who was booed by Stephen Colbert's audience when he expressed his desire to see a book called "Killing O'Reilly." "If you're a liberal and you lose the audience on a Comedy Central show," Watters opined, "it's like missing a two-foot putt."
Even though Matthews was joking, and when O'Reilly makes jokes about liberals at CNN or MSNBC who he said should be waterboarded he says it was a joke so lighten up. But when it's a joke about him, he can not take it.
McGuirk, mincing no words, described Matthews as a "bitter, spittle-spewing psycho.
Earth to idiots, he said it on a comedy show on the comedy channel, he was joking.
O'Reilly slammed the group in Russia that wants the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Vladimir Putin. "Putin has persecuted gay people, has jailed young women who sing rock songs, and has had journalists murdered, and loves Stalin."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: With Charity For All. Billy said this: "With so many people suffering in America and around the world, try to help as many folks as possible with your charity and generosity."
The People Blame Republicans, Fox Blames The Media
By: Steve - October 5, 2013 - 10:00am
Fox News political analyst Brit Hume and anchor Bret Baier attempted to shift responsibility for the government shutdown from Republicans to Democrats by blaming biased reporting from the "mainstream media" and not the actions of Republicans in Congress for the popular perception that Republicans would be responsible for a government shutdown.
The government shut down after Republicans used their leverage to defund the Affordable Care Act. The GOP-led House of Representatives "passed a stopgap funding bill Friday that shut down the government unless Democrats agree to defund President Barack Obama's marquee health care law."
Economists fear that a government shutdown -- especially if it were followed by a potential default on the federal debt -- could hurt financial markets, elevate the unemployment rate, and further slow a sluggish economic recovery. More than 783,000 federal employees could be sent home.
On the September 30th Fox News Special Report, Baier introduced a commentary from Hume by claiming, "The mainstream media across the board has apparently made its call about who will be to blame if the government shutdown occurs, partial or not."
Hume then elaborated, saying, "One reason people think Republicans are to blame for government shutdowns is so much of the media keep telling them that's the case."
A recent CNN poll found that 46% of Americans believe that the GOP would be responsible for a government shutdown, while 69% of Americans believe Republican members of Congress have acted "mostly like spoiled children." Americans may feel that way because, acccording to Mother Jones, "Republicans have been very clear all along that they were deliberately stringing out the budget process so they could use a shutdown as leverage for their demands."
Even other Republicans have been critical of the shutdown strategy, with Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), famously calling it the "dumbest idea I'd ever heard."
Fox's own pundits have been divided. Sean Hannity said that defunding the ACA via a government shutdown is "the hill to die on," for the GOP. Charles Krauthammer described that same strategy as "really dumb," and "nuts." But those comments both acknowledge the GOP's responsibility for employing a strategy that could shut down the government.
Democrats have already shown a "willingness to compromise," according to Roll Call, which reported that "House Democratic leaders said on Monday that they are prepared to vote for a rider-free continuing resolution at sequester levels -- a cave from earlier condemnations of the House-passed $986 billion topline."
Roll Call's David Hawkings reported that the Republican leadership are under too much pressure from within their own party to compromise.
Hume previously acknowledged the right wing media's role in fueling such partisan showdowns in Congress, saying of some Republicans in Congress, "if you're sitting over in the House of Representatives and some measure to defund Obamacare comes along and you think it's a suicide mission because it might involve a government shutdown you're going to be hesitant to oppose it anyway because you don't want the most conservative -- you don't want the tea party and you don't want the conservative radio talk show hosts on your back."
The Thursday 10-3-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 4, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Coverage of the Shutdown. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: So who's going to back down, who is going to accept a compromise? The President is in a corner - the Syria deal made him look weak and he can not afford to look weak again by compromising on his signature issue, Obamacare. The Republicans are in a bad place as well. A new poll shows that Americans blame the shutdown on Republicans by a 44 - 35 margin.Then the crazy Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was on to talk about the shutdown and the blame that's being directed at her party.
There is so much anger on the right over Obamacare that Republicans in Congress can't back down or their careers may be ruined. To be fair, Republicans have little choice but to hammer Obamacare because it's shaping up to be a disaster. We're seeing a loss of full-time jobs, higher health premiums for many working Americans, and a total lack of control by the feds in the implementation of the law.
So opposition must be mounted in good conscience and Republicans are right to do that, but the GOP may pay a heavy price for failing to implement a legal law. A two-week study by the conservative Media Research Center shows the three network news broadcasts blaming the shutdown almost entirely on Republicans. That kind of one-sided news coverage skews public opinion.
For the American left, this is all about their vision of social justice and income equality. It matters not to the left if health care actually declines because doctors opt out, or if full-time jobs decline, or if health insurance premiums rise for those making decent money. Both the left and the right are furious and are taking no prisoners.
President Obama knows the law is flawed, which is why he granted waivers to some businesses. So he should step up and give the same waivers to individual Americans who are not convinced that Obamacare is good for them or their families. Mr. President, the country needs another year to sort this thing out, so please give the folks the option of a short delay.
Bachmann said this: "Having twenty-one mainstream press reports blaming Republicans and zero blaming Democrats tells you something. But we are only on day three of this shutdown and we sensed a real switch in mood Wednesday. The symbol was the fact that the administration had shut down the World War II Memorial just as fragile 90-year-old veterans were trying to get in. That really offended a lot of Americans and we've asked the administration to open these open-air memorials. Public opinion has already started to shift."
Yeah crazy, it says the media is doing their job, because the Republicans are to blame, and if they reported it differently they would be wrong.
Then Laura Ingraham was on to talk about the government shutdown pitting Republicans against one another.
Ingraham said this: "This was a risky gamble from the beginning, although it was kind of inspired. In spirit I am with the idea of defunding Obamacare, but people in Washington are trying to figure this out. There are only a certain number of Tea Party Republicans in the House, so there isn't the leverage to tell Democrats that Obamacare is dead. Ted Cruz used his pulpit masterfully, but a lot of Republicans are trying to figure out what they get at the end of all this."
Then O'Reilly had a new segment called mad as hell, that gives people a chance to express their outrage about just about anything. And of course it will be done with bias, having 2 Republicans and no Democrats, and it will all be Republicans mad at Democrats for some reason.
For example, Lori Martin of Illinois wrote this: "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has informed me that my policy is no longer available because of Obamacare. I've had this policy for years and am happy with it."
Juliet Huddy said this: "It's not just Blue Cross and Blue Shield. A policy has to meet certain criteria under Obamacare and Lori's obviously didn't meet it. For example, you have to have maternity and newborn care included in your policy, even if you're 75 years old."
Another complaint came from Dave Reynolds of Nevada: "I'm mad because the White House has approved $300-million to bail out Detroit. Aren't we broke? Is it all about a stronger Democratic voting base?"
Huddy spoke directly to Reynolds' concerns, saying this: "The Obama administration says this is not a bailout, but their critics say it's kind of a back-door bailout. Detroit is bankrupt because of mismanagement and that's why Dave is upset."
Then Megyn Kelly was on to talk about her new "Kelly File" show.
Kelly said this: "This will be a live broadcast, and a breaking news program. But it's not an opinion program, I'm not going to be the 'female Bill.' As someone who practiced law for nine years, I feel comfortable giving my legal opinion, but I'm not going to be somebody like you who outlines what needs to happen with the shutdown."
Then Adam Carolla was on to talk about the Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel war of words and tweets since the talk show host joked about the rapper last week. Which I will not report on because nobody cares, and it's not news.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Fighting Falsehoods. Billy said this: "When you hear something dishonest being spewed, confront it immediately and honestly."
Jon Stewart Slams Fox News For Downplaying Shutdown
By: Steve - October 4, 2013 - 10:00am
The government shutdown has affected a number of government programs and agencies, but Jon Stewart noticed Tuesday night that some conservatives and Fox News pundits still don't think it's a big deal. He called them out for downplaying how serious the shutdown is, even issuing a strong "f you!" to one Fox contributor.
Stewart mockingly praised the "few brave House Republican morons" willing to fight the good fight, which he dubbed the "March of Dumbs."
When some Fox pundits attempted to mock the warnings by saying the sun came up and it's all fine, Stewart said, "No one told you the sky would fall. No one told you the government shutdown had the same effect as an asteroid hitting the planet!"
Stewart also issued a hearty "f you!" to Fox News Todd Starnes for mocking how Democrats are probably racing to their underground bunkers with their potted food.
STEWART: "I know that for you, potted meat and Tang is short for crap you wouldn't possibly imagine eating unless there was a catastrophe, but for the people actually affected by the government shutdown, it's the crap they eat that they can no longer afford."
The Wednesday 10-2-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 3, 2013 - 11:00am
O'Reilly went right to the top story called: Government Shutdown. O'Reilly had James Rosen & Carl Cameron on to discuss it.
Cameron reported on a just-concluded meeting between President Obama and Congressional leaders, saying this: "After the meeting, Speaker Boehner came out and said the President told them he wasn't going to negotiate. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid then came out a few minutes later and they were happy to answer questions and blame Republicans. We're no closer to re-opening the government, it's not going to happen this week. Clearly Democrats feel they have Republicans cornered and they're not likely to give them any sort of mercy by offering a compromise."
Rosen said this: "Some people look at this and say President Obama and the Democratic Party are more eager to negotiate with Iran's Hassan Rouhani than with John Boehner. But from the President's point of view, why should he set a precedent and let the Republicans cherry-pick something to attach every time there is a routine funding bill?"
Yeah and those "some people" are called Republicans, jerk. The President does not need to, and should not negotiate, the bill passed and he signed it, now it's the law and he is not going to negotiate.
Then the TPM called: Obamacare not Read for Primetime. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: There are so many problems attached to the new Affordable Care Act that it's nearly impossible to list them all. Yesterday was the first day for the government health insurance exchanges, but many Americans could not get through. Also, the feds will not verify income on the exchanges, so you can apply for subsidies even if you're making $18-million a year.Then the part-time Democrat Kirsten Powers and Republican Kate Obenshain were on to discuss the Talking Points and the mess in Washington.
And then there's your doctor - is he or she going to take government-mandated health guidance? Many doctors say no, which may lead to a shortage of physicians and longer waits to be treated. The shutdown over Obamacare is sending another signal to the world that this country is chaotic.
As Talking Points has suggested, the sane thing would be for President Obama to give individuals the same treatment he has given some corporations; that is, a one-year waiver for signing up. If he would agree to that, the Republicans would stop the funding chaos. So there you have it: Obamacare is a mess, the government shutdown is embarrassing, and there is a sane compromise available.
Powers said this: "Your idea is terrible. You're saying Obamacare would keep running but there would be no individual mandate, but you need the individual mandate to draw younger and healthier people into the pool. Otherwise you'll just have premiums going up for everybody else. You can't do this without individual mandates."
Obenshain said this: "Young people who go to the websites and are not able to sign up are not going to come back in a couple of weeks. And you're absolutely right that there's no incentive for young people to sign up. Obama's promise was a lie, average Americans are seeing their health care costs increase."
Which is ridiculous, because they will go back to sign up, if they need to.
Then the biased Republican Dr. Ben Carson was on to discuss it.
Carson said this: "We shouldn't be rolling out a program that people have no idea about. I can think of multiple ways that would cost less money and afford people better health care."
Carson then revealed that he has recently been scrutinized by the IRS and implied that it was for political reasons, with no proof, saying this: "They said they wanted to investigate some investment property I have. When they found all the i's were dotted and all the t's were crossed, they said, let's just do a general audit of everything. The freedom of our citizens is being threatened and I think this is more serious than Watergate or Iran-Contra."
O'Reilly said he recalled a similar experience, saying this: "I was audited three years in a row in the Clinton administration, and I finally told my accountant that if they did it again we would sue. I was convinced that I was being audited for political reasons, and I think you are convinced that you were also."
With no proof, hey O'Reilly, what happened to you only deal in facts with no speculation, haha, what a joke.
Then Notre Dame University theology professor Candida Moss was on, she has taken issue with "Killing Jesus," saying the book should have identified Jesus a socialist who would favor free health care and income redistribution.
Moss said this: "Your book is great for drawing attention to Jesus, but I am missing the social teachings of Jesus. The most consistent social teaching of the New Testament was that the wealthy give away their possessions in order to help the poor. Jesus told people that in order to go to heaven they have to give up their possessions."
And of course O'Reilly told the Religion Professor from Norte Dame she is wrong, saying that the book is not a study of theology: "This is a history, it's not a religious book. We did make it dramatically clear that Jesus was for the poor, but your saying that he was a socialist is not theologically sound. If you're telling me that no one can own anything or they're not going to heaven, I'm going to say you're a loon."
Hmmmmm, it's a book about Jesus but it's not about religion, wow is that ridiculous.
Then Dennis Miller was on, which I do not report on because he is a 2nd rate has-been comedian who has nothing to do with real news or journalism.
Then Martha MacCallum was on for did you see that, she talked about video footage from DeLand, Florida, where local police killed a fleeing man when they ran him over with their cruiser.
MacCallum said this: "The police say they pulled this guy over because he didn't have his seat belt on, and then he panicked and ran. According to a passenger in the car, he said, 'I can't go back to jail again.' He did have a record of forgery and theft, and it appears he was very afraid that he would have to go back to jail. The chief of police fired the cop instantly, so clearly he feels there was a crime here."
O'Reilly added that the incident could ignite racial tension, saying this: "The man's family has hired Benjamin Crump, who was Trayvon Martin's lawyer. We know this shouldn't have happened."
But the most ridiculous part was when O'Reilly said we do not know what happened or if a crime happened, when we sure do. The entire thing was filmed on the camera in the police car, so we do know what happened, the cop ran the black guy over and killed him, then he was fired. Somehow in O'Reillyworld when you have a video of the entire event, you do not know what happened, even when we saw the whole thing on video, but only when it happens to a black guy.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Mind Over Madder. Billy said this: "If you're truly teed off about something, send an email describing your discontent to [email protected] Some of your complaints will be addressed in our new "Mad As Hell" segment, which debuts Thursday."
Poll Shows GOP Has Been Deeply Damaged By Shutdown
By: Steve - October 3, 2013 - 10:00am
Republicans in Washington insist they have simply been upholding the wishes of the American people throughout their efforts to block the Affordable Care Act, but a poll released Tuesday tells a very different story.
In fact, the latest survey from Quinnipiac University contains a ton of bad news for the GOP. For starters, 72 percent of Americans said they are opposed to shutting down the government in order to block implemntation of the health care law. A poll last week also showed a wide majority opposed to shutting down the government over Obamacare.
The federal government shut down for the first time since 1996 on Tuesday morning amid Republican-led efforts to include policy concessions on the health care law in must-pass bills to fund the government.
The poll showed that voters gave the nod to a generic Democrat over a generic Republican ahead of the 2014 congressional races, 43 percent to 34 percent. According to Quinnipiac, that's the widest advantage enjoyed by Democrats on that particular question.
In other words, the Republican party is going against the will of the majority of the people to make their far-right tea party supporters happy, which is ridiculous and pathetic. Some Republicans (including O'Reilly) have told them it's a stupid plan, and yet they are still doing it to make their far-right voters happy.
The Tuesday 10-1-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 2, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: US Government Shutdown. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The two sides are digging in. In one corner, President Obama says the Affordable Health Care law will go forward because it was legally passed. In the other corner, Speaker John Boehner and the Republicans say the law is chaotic and mandatory sign-ups should be delayed by one year. Neither side is compromising and a new poll is interesting - only 24% of Americans say they are 'enthusiastic' about Obamacare.Then the Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has become the face of GOP resistance to Obamacare was on.
But another poll is bad news for Republicans, showing that 72% of Americans oppose shutting down the government over Obamacare. Once again, Talking Points believes a compromise should be accepted. If Americans want to sign up for Obamacare, please do so. But if you don't, Mr. Obama should grant the same one-year waiver to individuals that he has to some companies. Let's see how the new law plays out and take it up again next summer before the mid-term elections.
Cruz said this: "We've seen President Obama grant exemptions to big business and Congress, and this fight is really about whether hard-working Americans get treated the same. The House has offered compromises four times and has sent bills that fund the federal government but mitigate the harms of Obamacare. But four times Harry Reid has said no compromise, no negotiations. There is one side that is refusing to compromise and that's Harry Reid and the Democrats."
O'Reilly suggested to Cruz that his disagreement with President Obama has become personal, saying this: "The President backed down in Syria and he looked weak so he's not going to back down from Ted Cruz. This is mano-a-mano, a macho thing."
But what O'Reilly did not tell you is that the compromise the Republicans want is ridiculous and will never be agreed to by anyone. So they are offering a plan they know will be rejected, that is not compromise, it's partisan political garbage.
Then Brit Hume was on to evaluate polls showing that most people blame Republicans for the shutdown.
Hume said this: "Historically this has been what happens. The Republican Party, which correctly has the reputation of being less enthusiastic about government than the Democratic Party, gets the blame. People have not appreciated government shutdowns and Congressional leaders are always at a disadvantage because the President has the bully pulpit and the biggest megaphone in the world."
Hume also reported that he has been at odds with some conservative Republicans, saying this: "I have been engaging with people and they don't want to hear it. They say Ted Cruz is standing up for what they believe in and they're tired of weak-kneed leaders."
Then Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes were on to evaluate the discourse on the Oklahoma killing and family disintegration.
Colmes said this: "It's not just the family, all kinds of things play into this. One of the kids was very religious and went to church four times a week, so you can't really judge on one thing. It's poverty, it's opportunity, it's a whole bunch of things. Some of these kids had supervision."
Crowley stressed the importance of family and religion, saying this: "When you have a good core family unit, that imparts love, boundaries, discipline, values, and faith. The collapse of religion has really slid - when you don't think God is watching you and you don't have parents, you don't have anyone to instill values or a moral code."
Then Kimberly Guilfoyle & Lis Wiehl were on to talk about a band of motorcycle riders in New York City who chased, caught, and attacked an SUV driver who had cut off one of their colleagues.
Wiehl said this: "Only one person has been arrested for reckless endangerment, and he's looking at seven years. The rest of them are harder to get because the motorcycle guys were wearing helmets and their faces were covered."
Guilfoyle reported on her own personal experience with that group of bikers, saying this: "I was in this area and these guys were blocking an intersection, getting off their bikes and obstructing traffic. They didn't care, they were causing trouble all over. It's just terrible what happened."
Then John Stossel was on to discuss a new survey showing that 75% of U.S. doctors give Obamacare a grade of "C" or lower.
Stossel said this: "Doctors don't like it because it's more complication. They already have the Medicare book that has 140,000 codes. There are codes that cover if you're bitten by a duck or struck by a duck, if you were pecked or if it flew into you. And now this is added onto their lives. Obamacare is 2,400 pages and they keep adding new stuff."
Stossel also claimed that some doctors are only treating those with sufficient cash, saying this: "That's the beginning of a free market and that's how innovation starts. It used to be that only the wealthy could afford a cell phone or computer, but then the prices come down."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Keep On Talkin. Billy said this: "Even when you disagree with someone, try not to cut off all communication unless that person is harmful or destructive."
Health Care Exchange Website Crashed From High Demand
By: Steve - October 2, 2013 - 10:00am
Here is a story you will never see reported by O'Reilly or anyone at Fox News. One of the health care exchange websites in Kentucky crashed because of high demand. So tell me this O'Reilly, if the bill is so bad and the people hate it so much, how is it the website shutdown due to high demand?
O'Reilly and the right claim nobody likes it, which is a lie, because if it was not liked the websites where you sign up would not be crashing because of the high demand.
The state of Kentucky says over 50,000 people tried to log on to sign up for health care, and the system just couldn't handle the demand. Kentucky's health care exchange is called Kynect. It's a marketplace where people can shop insurance plans from three different carriers, each offering four different plans.
Colton Cope attended one of many enrollment events across the state Tuesday at Jefferson County Technical College. He's a relatively healthy young man unable to afford health insurance. So even the common cold can be expensive. "If it gets really bad, I'll go to the doctor, but that's like a $500 trip for me even just for antibiotics," he said. But Tuesday marked a new day for Cope. He found himself at an enrollment event. "I'm a full time student and I work two jobs, so any help really helps."
The easiest way to get a look at your new healthcare options under the Affordable Care Act is to log on to the Kynect website (kynect.ky.gov). The system will ask you some basic questions including your name and income level. From there you should be able to shop insurance policies, but on the first day, many saw an error message.
Now think about this, here is a red State with a Republican majority and the home to Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul that was overwhelmed with early demand on the very first day of ACA implementation. For a State with a population of 4 million people, having 50,000 people try to log on in the early hours of implementation must have been quite a shock to them, it's called reality.
And as I predicted, neither Bill O'Reilly or anyone at Fox News reported this story. Because they do not want you to know the truth.
The Monday 9-30-13 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - October 1, 2013 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Battle in Washington. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: The House is expected to send yet another bill back to the Senate that says there should be a one-year delay in forcing Americans to buy health insurance. If the Senate says no, which it of course will, the government could shut down, except for essential services. The big problem is that Obamacare is a mess - no one knows how many doctors will participate, no one knows what the level of care will be.And that's a lie, because the only people playing politics are Republicans. The bill passed the House and the Senate and the Supreme Court upheld it, where is the politics in that from the Democratic party, there is none, it's the law that was legally passed. So once again Mr. I'm not a Republican Bill O'Reilly not only defends the Republican party, he lies for them.
The solution is to give Americans a choice: If you want to sign up for Obamacare, you can; if you want to opt out, you can for at least a year. Huge questions about Obamacare are in play. For example, the feds are not doing background checks to certify income, which means a person could lie and get a subsidy he or she is not entitled to. Insurance deductibles are still not defined, so that while the cost of a health policy may go down for some, the deductibles could go up and you get hosed.
Many companies are stopping medical insurance completely for part-time employees, and some insurers are backing away from policies associated with Obamacare. So confusion reigns. President Obama and the Republicans should have hashed all this out months ago, but both parties are too busy playing politics. Talking Points believes a compromise will eventually be reached, but all this drama surely reinforces the belief that the American system is rotten and corrupt.
Then the biased Charles Krauthammer was on to discuss it, with nobody from the left for any kind of balance at all.
Krauthammer said this: "He's not going to give in, because this is a lifeline for an administration that's drowning. His numbers are low, the administration is in disarray and humiliated abroad, and the economy is stuck in the mud. I think they have been hoping for a shutdown because Obama then gets to say he is upholding the law of the land. Except that he unilaterally changed about 17 provisions in the law after and you are not allowed to do that under our system."
Krauthammer also described the health care legislation as a mess, saying this: "Doctors are quitting and now we are going to begin to see the 'glitches.' But it's not the glitches, it's the approach of reforming 18% of the economy with thousands of pages of regulations. It deserves to die!"
The statement that doctors are quitting because of Obamacare is not a proven fact, it is up for debate, and the only people saying that are biased Republicans. So think about that, and the fact that Krauthammer is a Republican who hates Obama and the health care bill.
Then Mary K. Ham and Juan Williams were on to discuss it.
Williams said this: "I think there will be a government shutdown for three to seven days. After that, I think you'll see moderate Republicans starting to say this will hurt them politically and will hurt them at the polls in 2014. It's a matter of understanding their self interest."
Ham said this: "I think there's a chance that before midnight there might be something that squeaks by. Some people will be mad about that, but then Republicans will take their fight to the debt ceiling."
O'Reilly described the impasse as an intractable clash, saying this: "This comes down to macho. President Obama can't back down because he backed down over Syria; Boehner and the Republicans can't back down because their base is so hopped-up and so anti-Obamacare."
Wrong again, Obama signed the bill, it's the law, so stop saying it's about macho, it's about putting a legal law into place as the President, idiot.
Then the biased right-wing stooge Karl Rove was on to talk about a new poll showing that 46% of Americans will blame Republicans for a government shutdown, while 36% will blame President Obama.
Rove said this: "Every poll has shown that Republicans would get blamed more, but the context is interesting. Back in 1995 the public blamed the Republicans by a 19-point margin, so now I think the electorate is more polarized and President Obama is a more polarizing figure than Bill Clinton was. I don't think Republicans should have gotten into this mess, although I'm not sure how much of a loser it's going to be. We had eight shutdowns during Ronald Reagan's presidency and Jimmy Carter had six shutdowns."
Then the biased right-wing stooge Bernie Goldberg was on to discuss the split within the Republican Party.
Goldberg said this: "This is a civil war that is raging. On one hand you have the 'real' conservatives - Ted Cruz, the Tea Party people, radio hosts. On the other side are conservatives who are also against Obamacare and who also want smaller government. But because we are not as 'pure,' they call us wishy-washy RINOs. If their strategy is such a good one, why has there been only one conservative president in the last 80 years?"
Then the right-wing stooge Jesse Watters was on, he took a trip to the United Nations, which is now in session.
Watters asked some foreign officials what they actually do. "We make things happen," one diplomat said, while another insisted, "This isn't just champagne and canapés, there's much work to be done."
Back in the studio, Watters summarized his visit, saying this: "They have important meetings all day long, but no one knows what the meetings are about. The cafeteria has a grill station, a sushi station, they serve booze and the place is packed."
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Mad As Hell. Billy said this: "If you're truly agitated about something, absolutely anything, send an articulate email outlining your discontent to [email protected] Some of your complaints will be addressed in our new "Mad As Hell" segment, which debuts Thursday. "
Another Great E-Mail From A Factor Fan
By: Steve - October 1, 2013 - 10:30am
From: Donna Svoboda - [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 10:51 AM
I think your opinion of Bill sucks. He is my hero and about the only one I can count on to here the truth and nothing but the truth. Get your head out of where the sun don't shine bubba and wake up before it's too late for this country.
And while you may (here) the truth, I (hear) no truth from O'Reilly, I (hear) 99% right-wing spin. If you believe O'Reilly is giving you the truth then you are the one with your head where the sun does not shine. O'Reilly is a propaganda spewing right-wing spin doctor, and a massive liar, and that is a fact.
Bill Press Slams O'Reilly's 60 Minutes Interview
By: Steve - October 1, 2013 - 10:00am
Bill O’Reilly appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday night to promote his new book and discuss his background, history, and media empire. O'Reilly called himself a "little thug" in high school who now gets paid to be a "big thug."
"What a total ass," radio host Bill Press said after listening to that clip.
"Ain't America great," O'Reilly told 60 Minutes host Norah O'Donnell on Sunday night. "I was a little thug, and now I'm being paid millions of dollars for being a big thug."
"What an ass," Press producer Peter Ogburn observed.
"Yeah, what a total ass,” Press agreed.
"I want my kids to be thugs," Press continued, mocking O'Reilly. "I want them to be obnoxious like me. Yeah I don't want them to treat people civilly, right."
"And he's proud of that," he added.
"You know you hope your kids are assertive and they maybe stir the pot a bit, but you don't want your kids to be thugs." Ogburn said.
"No, and he is the most popular person on cable television," Press said.