Thursday, October 01, 2009

THE GOOD, THE BAD, and the ugly truth.

Once again, Shepard Smith proves that he's the one news anchor at Fox News to have any semblance of conscience and intellect. See HERE There's a video of the incident included at the link.
"The Fox Report" on Fox News, hosted by anchor Shepard Smith, ran a piece by reporter Dan Springer on how Canada's single-payer health care system is forcing Canadians to come to the United States for care because the waiting period for treatment is too long. The report was intended to contrast negatively with proposals in the U.S. to include a public option in health care reform, however Smith questioned whether the report they just ran was actually fair....."

This may not seem like much, but I'd give Shep Smith yet another gold star for it. At the very least it might encourage viewers to stop and think, or ask a few more questions of their representatives.

My previous posts on Shepard Smith and his astrology are at:
Shepard Smith - Fair and Balanced
and Shepard Smith of Fox News.

That news item ties in with something I've been steaming about for a couple of days. I wrote to our two Senators a while back, urging them to support a public option as part of the proposed health care bill in the USA. Both our Senators had indicated that they intended not to support this proposal. I didn't expect to hear anything further, but writing helped me feel I was doing what I could. I received a response from one Senator: James Inhofe.

What was written would be funny if it wasn't so damned pathetic. He has sent me what I assume is the standard response prepared for sending to "pesky left-wingers" like myself who dare to write in. He has the gall to criticise the UK National Health Service, and the Canadian system too, offering examples of their faults. He neither knows nor cares, of course, that one recipient of his letter spent most of her life under the wing of the National Health Service and sees the lies in his letter for exactly what they are. For myself it doesn't matter, but for others who receive a copy of the same letter, without the experience I'm so lucky to have had, it is tantamount to brainwash.

Sen. Inhofe and his astrology have been the subject of two of my previous posts:HERE
and HERE

I've also read this week that Sen. Inhofe is to attend the international meeting on climate change in Copenhagen. See here. He gives this peaceful state of Oklahoma a bad name.

"How more removed from the day-to-day reality of most Oklahomans can you get than flying to Copenhagen, Denmark to tell the international community the United States will not pass legislation anytime soon dealing with global warming?

But that’s just what U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says he intends to do, according to the National Review. Inhofe says he will lead a “truth squad” to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December. This squad will argue there’s not enough support in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill."

I don't blame James Inhofe for being who he is, he can't help it. I blame the people of Oklahoma for voting him into the Senate and giving him such power over their lives.


R J Adams said...

Inhofe will simply further alienate the US in the eyes of the rest of the world. Unless Obama can push through climate change legislation before December's meeting in Copenhagen, he will be seen as weak and not in control of his own government. Inhofe will do his best to reinforce that idea. Mind, he attended the climate change summit in 2003, and was an outcast then. There's much more evidence now of global warming, so he's likely to be laughed out of the building this time.
Unless there's a miracle in Congress, and they pass a bill before December (and it'll take something as drastic as Jesus Christ reincarnating on the Senate floor and demanding they do it!) Copenhagen will end up as another fiasco like 1997 and Kyoto.
And Americans think al Qaeda is their worst enemy. They should think again. Their enemy is far closer to home.

Wisewebwoman said...

Having just listened to a broadcast on CBC on US health care exiles living in Canada, this is a huge joke, T. And the sheeple are buying it. I was heartbroken listening to US citizens living here with sick children who can't return to the US because of the 'pre-existing' clauses in the predatory insurance companies' manuals. So they stay here for the sake of children or terminally ill spouses who can't return home. Ever.
It is unconscionable. I say remove all health care from Inhofe and see how he likes it. And pull the plug on his A/C unit while you're at it.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~~~ Yes, you're right.

I hope Inhofe is ridiculed, as he should be.

I wish Obama would be tougher. He's being too nice. Nothing will be done about climate change (or not enough and quickly enough) without a fight and strong will on this side of the Atlantic, and he's not shown us that side of him yet.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ And people like him have the gall to natter on about "values", and Christianity.

Oklahomans should get their heads out of their backsides and see him for what he is - a danger to their and their families' wellbeing.