Jack_Kevorkian is an American pathologist, right-to-die activist, painter, composer, and instrumentalist. He is most noted for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he claims to have assisted at least 130 patients to that end. He famously said that "dying is not a crime." 

I've Waiting Years 20 Years For This Film

And I am overjoyed that a director as gifted as Barry Levinson Levinson has done it. It's just one more depressing reminder of the social regression that has hit America's shores in the 15 years since Fox News joined the Culture War. Kevorkian did eight long years in prison, all throughout the pathetic Terri Schiavo  case, and we STILL don't really discuss Right to Die issues in any way that would ever bring forth legislation. We're too busy discussing Sarah Palin's palm notes, how Sue Lowden's family once paid doctors with chickens, or whether Glenn back is a character or psycho neurotic. Conservatives found out how to rule our body politik and America lost her soul.

Mazer's script follows the doctor from his earliest, quietest cases in Michigan through his first blushes of local and then national publicity, including his portrait on the cover of Time. Kevorkian must do battle not only with overzealous politicians but also with fellow doctors who denounce him as a killer quack; with his own lawyer, who eventually decides to run for political office; and with America's ever-ready nut fringe, members of which show up at his home in states of pietistic imbecility. 

Read: "You Don't Know Jack" (Review by Tom Shales, Washington Post)

 

My father wasted away in a slow, wretched death spiral

Since then, I have always been sensitive to the misery that our archaic attitudes are toward life, and what should be our right to leave it when we're good and ready.  It should not be up to anyone else to tell us when that is. I think conservatives who rile against this basic right are simply addicted to controlling other people's lives as compensation for no real control over their own.

Here are some basics on this basic human right:

Background

  About "You Don't Know Jack"

  Jack Kevorkian

  Al Pacino

    Right To Die Issues

  Experts & Organizations

  Tutorials & Guides

  • The Suicide_bag — Make no mistake. Taking one's life is harder than it sounds, if one wants to minimize pain, risk of failure, and a myriad of other common consequences of suicide.  This article concerns the so called Exit bag method of personal self-determination. It is considered the only fast, painless and untraceable way that a family can help you, a friend, or a family member to end their life with dignity, and without the risks or legal implications of other methods.

My only complaint about this terrific and important essay, is what he says about Heath care reform. Of course, he's right in the main, but he ignores the fact that it's the only step in the only direction we could get.

It might have been a leap, but for the monumental lying by conservatives, the US Chamber of Commerce, virtually all elected Republicans, Hatriot talk radio, and of course, Fox News. Much of  it was merely a louder variant on the same kind of lying that enabled both the Vietnam war, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Even so, this essay is brilliant at summarizing the civic malfeasance and neglect that got us to this miserable place in history. Conservatism has raped this nation, raped its people, and raped history.  It's time we put it on trial, find it guilty, execute it, and cremate the corpse along with all its DNA.  Before it does the same to us.

It is time to grow out of our materialistic fetishes and begin cultivating the personal and civic maturity we like to fancy we possess, but which we don't. It is time to grow up and accept the burdens of mature citizenship, among the most important of which are a capacity and a willingness to tell the truth, letting go the comforting but corrosive lies in the confidence that courage mustered now will yield not only greater self respect today but a more sane, a more decent, and a safer society in the future.

It is important that we commemorate Vietnam, both to mourn the objective horror of what it was, but also to redeem our capacity to tell the truth, to ourselves, about ourselves. Only in that way can we begin to reclaim the country and the people we want to imagine ourselves to be.

Read the entire essay by Robert Freeman (Common Dreams)

Thanks to @goldymos for this.

Just Ugh

I don't even want to give this site any big traffic support, so posting this here and my link is a redirect.

Very soon now, this kind of full-frontal crudity will be a regular hallmark of our elections industry.

 

 

Thanks to Pandagon for unearthing this truffle of malignant moral turpitude.

 

Obama "The Rapist" not your thing?

How about this?

"RNC rejects joint 'civility' statement."

The Republican National Committee has rejected a proposal from its Democratic counterpart to sign a joint “civility” statement, POLITICO has learned.

Politico.com

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Update

Wendell Potter, the former health insurance who has exposed much of that industry’s lies and deceptions, has recently called for more videos precisely like this one:

Introduction

In August of 2009, my brother and I went to a family summer camp in Ontario.  While there, we decided we’d use his little family cam and do some interviews with real Canadians, discussing their health care system.  But for a few prepared questions, it was completely unscripted. Most of the people were all from a small Island community.

It was far more successful than we dreamed, mainly because it exposed just how little the American media—or its the government—were really doing to tell the truth about the Canadian health system.  It’s received tens of thousands of YouTube views, and almost as many comments. It was also blogged by Huffington Post, and received over 1000 comments.

As of today (3/25/2010), the United States has just made a giant step toward finally providing some basic health care for its people.  It was made difficult mostly because of a half-century of selfish, corporate, and Republican resistance and malfeasance. 

It’s a big step, but only the very first step. The goal must be a true single payer system, every bit as good as the one you are about to hear about in this video.

 

 

Comment Threads

 


Lost In The Noise of HCR

In the raucous, noisy, bloody lie-filled Health Care war we just won, a huge and immediate benefit that Republicans didn't want you to even know about—and the media never told you about—is the Bernie Sander's Amendment. America's only elected declared socialist, quietly inserted provisions that, in and of themselves, are a massive change we can believe in.

What is it? Merely $14 billion a year to finally operate up to 10,000 community health centers across the country.

A $10 billion investment in community health centers, expected to go to $14 billion when Congress completes work on health care reform legislation, was included in a final series of changes to the Senate bill unveiled today. The provision, which would provide primary care for 25 million more Americans, was requested by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Please retweet this, so everyone knows of this huge win of America—and President Obama?

When You Watch The Bill Signed Today

Live stream: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

Just think about how huge a change this is for millions of Americans. And this is why this bill is so important. It's not perfect, but it has completely changed the game. It's not public health care yet, but it certainly will be a major stepping-stone toward it.  And that, of course, is why conservatives tried so hard to kill it. They failed. 

So you see, this is change you can believe in. It proves that, yes, in fact, we can.

Overviews

Bernie Sanders On His Bill

Related

Here's your playbill for today's — and probably tonight's —historic activities (we should hope).

I will be updating it with more resources throughout the day.

 

"This is our moment." — President Barack Obama, 3/20/2010

Live Coverage

C-Span — Will be streaming the events all day, starting at 12:00 noon

Guides and Info

Activism

People to Follow on Twitter

  • @kagrox — David Waldman, from Congress Matters.  And expert on the messy sausage making of democracy
  • @karoli — As close to a citizen expert as we have on #HCR
  • @noetical — Always the purveyor of awesome.
  • @ezraklein — Washington Post blogger, who may know even more about #HCR than @Karoli (but isn't as cute).
  • @rkref  — He cuts through the clutter, and enjoys knowing where the bodies are buried.
  • @markos — Daily Kos founder. With and wisdom from the right side of the aisle (a.k.a. left side).
  • @bradbaumn — Sunlight's communication director, and an expert on District ditherings.
  • @markknoller — CBS White House Correspondent
  • @shoq —  Some chucklehead. Sometimes good for a chuckle.
  • @lizzWinstead  — because she's a lot fucking funnier than you are.
  • @nationalLampoon — It's a pretty funny feed, lately. A new editor, I hear!
  • @sanuzis — Saul Anuzis, Republican operative. Follow the #gopFail! 
  • @ewerickson — Soon to be next president of the Conservative News Network (CNN)

Backgrounders

"The Speech"

President Obama's eloquent speech on why the time for health care reform is now. No notes. No teleprompter. Just vintage Barack Obama.

"I am bound to be true."

Must see.

It has taken 50 year to get this far, and thousands of people have spent hundreds of thousands of man hours getting us this far.

Please take ONE HOUR of your time and:

  • Make calls.  They ALWAYS make a difference. Teaparty  has been inundating these representatives with NO calls.
     
  • Send Emails. See below for how to easily (and not so easily ) send emails. Remember, most click-to-send systems will only list your own reps. We want to lean on everyone's Reps.

You MUST urge them to VOTE YES on Health Care Reform

Representative Phone (D.C. Office) Phone (District) Fax November HCR Vote
Brian Baird (WA 3) 202-225-3536 360-695-6292 202-225-3478 NO
Rick Boucher (VA 9) 202-225-3861 276-628-1145 202-225-0442 NO
Jerry F. Costello (IL12) 202-225-5661 618-233-8026 202-225-0285 YES
Kathy Dahlkemper (PA 3) 202-225-5406 814-456-2038 202-225-3103 YES
Lincoln Davis (TN 4) 202-225-6831 931-490-8699 202-226-5172 NO
Joe Donnelly (IN 2) 202-225-3915 574-288-2780 202-225-6798 YES
Steve Driehaus (OHIO 1) 202-225-2216 513-684-2723 202-225-3012 YES
Marcy Kaptur (OH 9) 202-225-4146 419-255-9623 202-225-7711 YES
Daniel Lipinski (IL 3) 202-225-5701 312-886-0481 202-225-1012 YES
Jim Matheson (UT 2) 202-225-3011 801-486-1236 202-225-5638 NO
Alan B. Mollohan (WVA 1) 202-225-4172 304-623-4422 202-225-7564 YES
Glenn Nye (VA 2) 202-225-4215 757-326-6201 202-225-4218 NO
Earl Pomeroy (ND) 202-225-2611 701-224-0355 202-226-0893 YES
Bart Stupak (MI 1) 202-225-4735 989-356-0690 202-225-4744 YES
John Tanner (TN) 202-225-4714 731-423-4848 202-225-1765 NO
Joseph Cao (LA) 202-225-6636 504-483-2325 202-225-1988 Yes
Nick Rahall (WVA) 202-225-3452 304-252-5000   Yes

Please reload this page often to see changes that may come throughout the weekend.

A special thanks to @Misha44_ and @Watergatesummer for their help maintaining this list.

 

ABOUT EMAILS

We have learned that many representatives are now only accepting emails through their websites. So everyone should use plan A below, to bulk send to some, and if you have the time, plan B for sending to everyone else.

Email Plan A: Bulk email to Reps that still accept email

Click this link, to send to the Reps indicated. For others, you must use Plan2 below.

Click here to email text below to these Representatives (or their Chiefs of Staff

  • Alan B. Mollohan (WVA) Brian Baird (WA 3)   
  • Earl Pomeroy (ND) 
  • Nick Rahall (WVA)
  • Scott Schloege (Bart Stupak)
  • Bob Siggins (Earl Pomeroy)
  • Tina Mengine (Kathy Dahlkemper)
  • Beecher Fraiser (Lincoln Davis)
  • Chad Causey (Marion Berry)
  • Becky Coleman (Rick Boucher)
  • Greg Mecher (Steve Driehaus)

 

LETTER: Please Vote YES on H.R. 4872: Stop Discrimination Against the Sick.

Dear Representative:

I'm writing to tell you why I'm such a strong supporter of health reform. With 51 million uninsured and the number growing daily, we can't afford to wait any longer. Too many Americans live in dire fear of getting sick. Businesses suffer, people suffer, and people die. American competitiveness around the world is at risk. 

Holding the future of our health care hostage for raw political gain is just wrong. Failing to right this wrong for fear of jeopardizing your own political future is cowardly. Please vote for health care reform and stop the immoral discrimination against the sick. 

Vote YES on H.R. 4872: The Reconciliation Act of 2010. 


Thank you.

[VOTER NAME]

][VOTER STATE]

 

Email PlanB: Reps. only accepting mail on their websites

Find a Rep here here  Opencongress.org HR4872

Obviously, you can skip the names included in PlanA above. Paste the text from letter above into form.

THANK YOU

Americans for Prosperity invites us to:

Join Rep. Mike Pence For Health Care Tele-Town Hall Tonight!

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET

we’re holding a national tele-town hall meeting with the 3rd ranking Republican in the House and a leading free-market champion – Congressman Mike Pence. I hope you’ll join us.

Call (888) 356-3090 Ext.14326#.

We’ll brief you on key undecided House members, detail

I say we join in the hilarity!

What say ye?

Use the Twitter hashtag: #ratdrop—Short for Rat Droppings. Familiar to people who followed wingnut conference calls.

About Americans for Prosperity

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So you get all the hilarity of their planning missives, as Michael P. Leahy lures all the suckers into one big marketing tent for his goofy Saul Alinsky books with their make-believe history.

Oh, and it may also help screw up AFP/David Koch's bus-buying and booking plans for the big event, too.

From March 9 through March 31 Freedom Loving Tea Party activists
will be traveling to Washington DC to HELP STOP Obamacare.
We need YOUR HELP. If you would like more information, please
fill out the form below and we will be in touch ASAP about how
you can help. THANK YOU! — Michael P. Leahy (#tcot Founder)

Take the Town Halls to Washington.

 

I can't wait to see all 85 gazillion billion trillion Teapartiers all assembled on one block.