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Letters to the New York Post Editor (UPDATE)

February 19th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

As you can see, we’re experiencing some difficulty writing to the New York Post about the racist cartoon they published this week, especially after editor-in-chief Col Allen defended it, saying, “The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy.” But as soon as we get our shit together, we’re sending our letters here. You should, too.

(In the meantime, check out the always brilliant Lee Camp’s version of how the cartoon should have looked.)

UPDATE: The New York Post apologizes. Sorta.

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Michelle Malkin on the Swastika

February 18th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing, if you believe Michelle Malkin, who posed for it at an anti-stimulus rally in Denver this week. If you have a problem with the swastika, you’re just being “hypersensitive,” according to her.

So quit your bitchin’, you emo, touchy-feely liberals. It’s just a swastika. It never hurt nobody!

Thanks, Jasmine!

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! A 63 Year-Old Broken Promise

February 6th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

We’re going to be perfectly honest with you. We don’t really understand the $900 billion dollar stimulus bill. We can’t say how it will help Americans or even if it will help. We know it’s a buttload of money, and our economy is in the shitter. We also know that when President Obama says, about the bill, “(T)he package is the right size,” we trust the guy, because we’re confident he knows from right-sized packages, if ya know what we mean.

There’s a $198 million provision in the stimulus plan to provide benefits for Filipino veterans who fought for the U.S. in World War II. Approximately 250,000 Filipino men served in the U.S. Armed Forces at that time. FDR promised the benefits in 1941, but Congress reneged on the deal in 1946. Today, only 18,000 of those veterans are still alive, and about 7,000 of them are U.S. citizens. Their average age is 90 years old, and they are staring down the barrel of mortality, like all WWII vets, who are dying at a rate of 850 men per day.

The $198 million allotment gives these veterans a one-time, lump sum payment of $15,000 dollars if they are citizens, and $9,000 if they are not. Although the $198 mil is a miniscule part of the stimulus package, it is being cited as an emblem of the bill’s wastefulness, particularly by Republicans like Rep. Steve Buyer of Indiana, who sits on the House Veterans’ Affairs committee (paging Eric Shinseki and the newly-appointed Tammy Duckworth). But then we read this week that, if the stimulus bill passes, the money for these Filipino veterans would not technically come out of that package. The money was already appropriated in another bill that passed last year, and the stimulus legislation would simply release that money.

See what we mean about confusing?

But there’s one thing we’re not confused about. These brave, deserving veterans who risked their lives for this country in WWII–for fuck’s sake–need to get paid. They’ve been jerked around for 63 years while our Congress has played with their dicks and waited for them to die. Can you think of anything more disgraceful than that?


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