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Fearmongering And Appeal to Emotion Are Tactics Used By the Right to Oppose Healthcare Reform

I recieved an e-mail everyday from Townhall.com which is a collection of different right-wing columnists.  Normally, I just delete it unless I think somebody has something interesting to say on a issue than the normal right-wing noise that we hear on Fox News and from Rush Limbaugh.

However, I received an e-mail that sounded like pure progranda.  Here is an excerpt from it

“In 2005, a COURT ordered the removal of a feeding Tube from Terri Schiavo. It outraged a nation. If the Government takes over health care, bureaucrats will decide who lives and dies in America. In the name of “creating efficiencies,” they will delay – or deny – treatment to critically ill patients because it costs too much.

We will have a NATION of Terri Schiavo’s, with a faceless Federal Bureaucracy pulling the plug instead of a Court.!

Sound crazy? It happens every day in Great Britain.

You can STOP what will in effect be government sponsored euthanasia in America if you ACT NOW.

If you care about the Sanctity of Life, the proposed Government Takeover of Health Care is an attack on your value”

This is propoganda in its worst form.  The person who wrote this piece is using appeal to fear.  Appeal to fear is defined as “is a fallacy in which a person attempts to create support for his or her idea by increasing fear and prejudice toward a competitor. The appeal to fear is extremely common in marketing and politics.”

The fear is that if the government tries to take over health-care than it spells the end of American healthcare as we know.  It uses the most extreme language to sell its ideas to a conservative audience.

If government health-care is so bad, why do they have to resort to this language to sell their ideas? If government intervention in the healthcare market is that bad, the people who oppose government internvention  could use simple facts and statistics that are cross-referenced to creditable documentary sources.   People can look up this information and verify that it is factual and accurate.

In addition, the sources were consider to be independent and are independent from political influence, corporate influence, and influence from other outside sources.  In the subject case, I would consider them to have a very creditable argument aganist government intervention in the healthcare market.

However, relying on these tactics makes me feel that they have a weak arguement and reliance on these methods increases the case for government intervention in the healthcare market.

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I recieved an e-mail everyday from Townhall.com which is a collection of different right-wing columnists.  Normally, I just delete it unless I think somebody has something interesting to say on a issue than the normal right-wing noise that we hear on Fox News and from Rush Limbaugh.

However, I received an e-mail that sounded like pure progranda.  Here is an excerpt from it

“In 2005, a COURT ordered the removal of a feeding Tube from Terri Schiavo. It outraged a nation. If the Government takes over health care, bureaucrats will decide who lives and dies in America. In the name of “creating efficiencies,” they will delay – or deny – treatment to critically ill patients because it costs too much.

We will have a NATION of Terri Schiavo’s, with a faceless Federal Bureaucracy pulling the plug instead of a Court.!

Sound crazy? It happens every day in Great Britain.

You can STOP what will in effect be government sponsored euthanasia in America if you ACT NOW.

If you care about the Sanctity of Life, the proposed Government Takeover of Health Care is an attack on your value”

This is propoganda in its worst form.  The person who wrote this piece is using appeal to fear.  Appeal to fear is defined as “is a fallacy in which a person attempts to create support for his or her idea by increasing fear and prejudice toward a competitor. The appeal to fear is extremely common in marketing and politics.”

The fear is that if the government tries to take over health-care than it spells the end of American healthcare as we know.  It uses the most extreme language to sell its ideas to a conservative audience.

If government health-care is so bad, why do they have to resort to this language to sell their ideas? If government intervention in the healthcare market is that bad, the people who oppose government internvention  could use simple facts and statistics that are cross-referenced to creditable documentary sources.   People can look up this information and verify that it is factual and accurate.

In addition, the sources were consider to be independent and are independent from political influence, corporate influence, and influence from other outside sources.  In the subject case, I would consider them to have a very creditable argument aganist government intervention in the healthcare market.

However, relying on these tactics makes me feel that they have a weak arguement and reliance on these methods increases the case for government intervention in the healthcare market.

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July 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Why I never want to Drink Again

This is why I never want to drink again. From the Long Beach Press-Telegram

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NEWPORT BEACH – A Laguna Hills man was convicted Thursday of two counts of second-degree murder stemming from a drunken-driving crash that claimed the lives of his girlfriend and her 5-month-old fetus.
Danny Calvin Ruiz, 35, was a potential “three-striker” when he was charged with murder in the May 3, 2008, crash that took the lives of 33-year-old Andrea Gerdon, who was five months pregnant.
A jury convicted Ruiz of the two counts, and with prior convictions for a 1991 robbery and a 1995 carjacking, he faces up to 100 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 2 in a Santa Ana courtroom, said Farrah Emami of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Ruiz had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17percent when he crashed a Chevrolet Blazer into a palm tree. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition after the solo-vehicle crash, Emami said.
The vehicle Ruiz was driving  jumped a curb and hit a tree, severely damaging the vehicle, Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said earlier.
The pregnant Gerdon, an Anaheim resident, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple trauma injuries, Amormino said.
Ruiz was convicted in January 2008 of driving under the influence of alcohol, Emami said. By signing his guilty plea, he acknowledged that he understood he could be prosecuted for murder if he was responsible for a death while driving under the influence, Emami said.”

It is not worth it. Killing somebody and having a family mourn for loved one. A life ruined because I decided to pick up another drink. Guilt and shame for the rest of life. I am a slave to the steps.

By the program, I have inner peace and an honest conscious. I know if I work out a program of recovery that I will not cause the wreckage that this man did.

July 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Congress Is Grateful That the Lakers Won the NBA Championship

From Fox Sports,

“Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA]: Madam Speaker, I am very appreciative of my colleague from Massachusetts and his leadership on this issue and for recognizing me to stand as a proud Los Angeleno, joined by 50 other of my colleagues to congratulate the extraordinary Los Angeles Lakers for their 2009 NBA championship. This resolution, H. Res. 566, commemorates the Los Angeles Lakers’ 15th National Basketball Association championship.
Prior to the 2008-2009 season, the Lakers won 14 National Basketball Association championships with a cast of Hall of Famers and coaches, which included NBA greats such as Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Pat Riley, and current Head Coach Phil Jackson.

This season, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, and Trevor Ariza led the 2008-2009 Lakers to a 65-17 regular season record and the number one spot in the Western Conference Playoffs. Not only did Trevor Ariza help to bring another championship to Los Angeles, he also attended Westchester High School in my district.”

I am grateful to be Lakers Fan and see my team win another championship.  It means that Shaq’s rap aganist Kobe are now wrong.  That Kobe is equal to Shaq.

And this championship will put the Zen Master (Phil Jackson) as the best coach in NBA history.

July 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm 1 comment

Obama Lost Because Old White Man Stayed At Home

One guy thinks so. From America’s Right Blog (http://www.americasright.com/2009/07/exploding-2008-election-myth.html),

“Barack Obama didn’t win because of the voters he attracted to the polls. He won because of the voters who stayed home. Specifically older, white voters who saw nothing they liked in either Barack Obama or John McCain.

This undercuts some of Obama’s political mandate, but even more importantly it proves that the conservatives have been right all along. The GOP didn’t lose because they were too far to the right. They lost because they were too far to the left. This is a simple fact that the MSM either can’t grasp or won’t admit, but I have little doubt that the Obama administration is well aware of it”

So this is the case. That grumpy, old white man stayed home to vote.

Why does the Republican Party feel that it has to defend the white male? Personally, I am a white male and do not need the Republican party to defend my race. I personally want more diversity and more tolerance in this country.

And when do I need the Republican party to preserve American traditional values? Even if I were a conservative Christian, I still do not need these guys to practice my faith.

I think that the free market has gone over line and these guys have no case anymore.

July 22, 2009 at 4:18 am Leave a comment

R.I.P for FCS

It looks like FCS is RIP.    However, I knew that was coming for a long after the GAO writes report after report that there is a cost overruns on the system

July 21, 2009 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Ex-Miss California inks a book deal

From MSNBC

The former Miss California who was stripped of her title last month has a book deal.

Carrie Prejean will publish a memoir called “Still Standing.” Conservative book house Regnery  Publishing said Monday that it will release the book.

According to the publisher’s announcement, Prejean will tell her side of the story in the memoir, “answering such questions as what happened behind the scenes at the pageant, why she answered the Perez Hilton question as she did, what really led to her losing the Miss California crown, and how she has been forced to battle the left’s double-standard on free speech and the bias against conservatives — particularly conservative women — who stand up for their beliefs.”

What double standard?  Michelle Malkin and Laura Inghram are respected conservative commentators that have a lot of clout in the conservative media.  And Ms. Prejean should have known who she is dealing with. Perez Hilton.  This guy will do anything to trash people’s reputation and create false, malicious gossip because he makes a living to do it.  Mr. Hilton is a gossip reporter and not a political commentator.

And when is a beauty pagent is supposed to place to launch political crusade against gay marriage? Do people really are going to change their mind on gay marriage based on your testimonals aganist? The answer is no, no, and no.

I wish that she just faded from the spotlight.

July 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

More Unemployment

I guess things are getting rough on the job front right now. From the AP

“HARRISBURG, Pa. — Thousands of jobless Pennsylvanians are joining the growing ranks of people around the country who are exhausting unemployment benefits, as some experts worry about another blow to a stumbling economy.

Gov. Ed Rendell said 17,800 Pennsylvanians exhausted their jobless benefits in the week that ended Saturday, the first big wave of Pennsylvanians to do so. He urged legislators to pass a bill to extend the benefits.

Around the country, the number of people exhausting their benefits is piling up. By the end of September, more than 500,000 people will exhaust their benefits checks, with the biggest groups in Pennsylvania, California and Texas, according to estimates by the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group for low-wage workers based in New York City’

How we are going to deal with the crises of unemployment? Is the best solution to this problem is to do nothing and pray to the “invisible hand” of the free market to get things better? Is this sign that our nation is serious decline?

Personally, I do not have answers. The best way to deal with this problem is not to think about tommorow and only for live today. At least that is how I see it.

July 18, 2009 at 9:46 pm Leave a comment

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