Right wingnut has no Obamacare, turns to online fundraising to cover medical bills

Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, who apparently chose not to pay for health insurance and hates Obamacare, has suffered a heart attack and can’t pay his medical bills.

He’s a well-known wingnut (he founded the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association) who believes that “the States do not have to take or support or pay for Obamacare or anything else from Washington DC. The States are not subject to federal direction.”

To help out, his son has started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations to cover the medical bills.

What’s noteworthy is that liberals have been contributing and leaving snarky comments like this one from Matt Fleming:

We’re contributing to your own public health care fund from the money our family has saved from enrolling in Obamacare this year. Politics aside, we’re praying for your family and hoping for a full recovery for all of you.

The Bitemaster is highly amused and is thinking of following in Matt’s footsteps by donating a few of his hard-earned meticals to Mack the Idiot.

Sheriff’s Life on the Line by Jimmy Mack – GoFundMe.

Bill O’Reilly gets swiftboated and it’s about fucking time

Finally some people have decided to emulate the Republican playbook and totally destroy a person’s reputation. It was done to Ed Muskie by the vile Donald Segretti, to Michael Dukakis by the equally vile Roger Ailes, and to John Kerry by the superlatively vile John O’Neill.

Now hoards of reporters who served alongside O’Reilly have emerged to impeach his credibility and skewer extravagant stories he has been peddling all these years.

Another shoe drops: Bill O’Reilly’s ex-colleagues call his L.A. riot stories ‘completely fictitious’.

Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies Are Tracking You.

In April 2014, Tim Libert, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, custom-built software called webXray to analyze the top 50 search results for nearly 2,000 common diseases (over 80,000 pages total). He found the results startling: a full 91 percent of the pages made what are known as third-party requests to outside companies. That means when you search for “cold sores,” for instance, and click the highly ranked “Cold Sores Topic Overview WebMD” link, the website is passing your request for information about the disease along to one or more (and often many, many more) other corporations.

Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies Are Tracking You | Motherboard.

De Blasio kisses right-wing rabbi’s hand, capitulates on regulation of dangerous circumcision method

Some right-wing Jewish groups practice metzitzah b’peh (MBP), the oral sucking of the blood from the baby’s penis, by the mouth of the ritual circumcisor.

The problem with the practice is that, if the circumcisor has herpes, it can be transmitted to the baby. Babies infected this way can — and have — suffered brain damage and death.

Regulating the practice is difficult because of the secretive and insular nature of the groups that practice it. But De Blasio has decided against even trying, allegedly because of the political support he has received from the groups that practice MBP.

As for kissing the rabbi’s hand, that’s not a figure of speech, De Blasio really did it.

NB: Most other circumcisions are perfectly sanitary and pose no risk.

De Blasio Ends Informed Consent Requirement For Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Rite – FailedMessiah.com.

Scott Walker tells reporters he ‘doesn’t know’ if Obama is a Christian

Walker says: “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”

So let’s ask Walker:

  1. When did you learn that Marco Rubio is a Christian?
  2. When did you learn that Mitt Romney is a Christian?
  3. When did you learn that Jeb Bush is a Christian?
  4. When did you learn that Mike Huckabee is a Christian?

Later, somebody by the name of Jocelyn Webster claimed that the governor had been misunderstood. “Of course the governor thinks the president is a Christian,” she announced. That’s nice, but I won’t believe it until I hear it from Walker himself.

via Scott Walker tells reporters he ‘doesn’t know’ if Obama is a Christian.

Is Islam at war with us?

To the Bitemaster, the answer is a clear “no.”

In 1945, a little less than 10% of the US population was serving in the military. If 10% of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims were truly at war with us, I’d expect to see 150 million of them in the military. An invasion by an army of 150 million would be devastating.

Should we carefully watch what the more radical Muslims are up to? Sure.

Should we go out of our way to antagonize the non-radicalized Muslims? Not unless we have a death wish.

Should we try to get our agents provocateurs like Rudy Giuliani to STFU? You betcha!

West Collapses in Spasm of Verbalist Derp.

Noted lobbyist proclaims: ‘I do not believe that the President loves America’

Renowned lobbyist Rudy Giuliani revealed his doubts about the patriotism of Barack Obama at a recent right-wing love fest:

“I do not believe — and I know this is a horrible thing to say — but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

Why would a lobbyist say such a thing? Clearly Giuliani has given up any hope of successfully lobbying any Democratic administration and is hitching his future to the hope that some Republican gets into office: maybe some second-rater like Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Ben Carson, Mike Pence, or John Kasich.

Report: Rudy Giuliani tells private dinner ‘I do not believe that the president loves America’ – The Washington Post.

Restaurant owner given a pass by Attorney General Schneiderman

According to the Daily News, Paul Hurley, owner of Desmond’s Steakhouse and Grill, failed to pay $100,000 in wages to over 50 workers.

So, did tough-talking NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman make sure that Hurley spent some quality time in the slammer? Nah. All Hurley has to do is pay the money he should have paid in the first place.

Maybe next time he won’t get caught and can just keep the money. Or maybe Schneiderman can just Bite Me!

Restaurant owner sentenced for failing to pay workers – NY Daily News.

Private industry has done such a swell job running the prisons, so why not give them a shot at our schools?

Colin Woodard at the Portland Press Herald exposes the effect that money and influence from big education firms is having on state educational policy. (Spoiler: the effect ain’t good.)

Special Report: The profit motive behind virtual schools in Maine – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.