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Maher: GOP "Zombie Lies won't stay dead." (VIDEO)

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On Real Time last night, Bill Maher's rant was a particularly good one, all about how the GOP perpetuates lies. He started out mocking (what else?) politicians in both parties and how they invented their own euphemism for lying: "I misspoke." He then went on to nail Republicans on one of their own rules: "When they get caught in a lie, they don't have to stop telling it," as opposed to Democrats, who are more apt to admit their lies and correct the record. Maher noted that Dems understand that "there's this thing called observable reality." Republican talking points, he continued, "which have been disproven, remain! Like a guest who's been asked to leave a party, but does not! It reminds me of a horror movie where you think you've killed the lie, but it won't stay dead. Which is why I call them "Zombie Lies."

He came up with a whole ballot box full of examples, such as the mythical Obamacare "job killer" (that didn't happen) and "death panels" (there were none), not to mention the big bad "government takeover" of health care (that never materialized). He brought up nearly as many Zombie Lies as the House GOP has ACA repeal bills. He slammed "trickle down" economic policies, fracking, you name it. Watch:

Take it away, Bill Maher:

Finally, New Rule: Now that there's been an uproar over all the neocons who lied about the Iraq war with no consequences, someone must tell me why there isn't a similar uproar over all the Republicans who lied about Obamacare with no consequences.

It's been four years since the bill passed. Has anybody come across even one death panel? The next liberal to tell a Republican "You’re entitled to an opinion but not your own facts" should really just admit they’ve never seen Fox News....

Zombie Lies are neither alive nor dead-- like Dick Cheney...

They pass a Zombie Lie down to dumber and dumber people who believe it more and more...

And when you think the Zombie Lie has finally gone to die at the Idea Hospice of the Absolutely Stupidest People on Earth, there it is being retweeted by Donald Trump.

bam

Big hat tip to Heather over at Crooks and Liars for the video.

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Bill Moyers Calls Out the GOP -- And Good

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There's something about the congenial way newsman and journalist Bill Moyers captures the essence of what's going on around him -- soft spoken, folksy and stingingly right on. He's blessed with acute observational skills, an even-keeled disposition and a soothing sanity. As they said about Orson Welles, "he could read you the phone book and make it sound interesting."

Maybe it's his years of experience, his dulcet tones or that his guiding light is his moral compass, but when you want to know how things are in America, there's no greater source or voice of sanity that Moyers. He's not afraid to call out any inconsistency with human nature, no matter what political side your political beliefs. He doesn't really take sides. He observes and he comments. During the government shutdown he made an amazingly astute video.

Veracity Stew:

Moyers not only pointed out the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, but also reminded us of the days before this lunacy, when law was law, and lawmakers worked to change laws they didn't agree with, rather than deliberately sabotage the economy, stability, and reputation of the nation in childish protest:

“When the president refused to buckle to their extortion, they threw their tantrum. Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the Union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn the place down, sink the ship of state, and sow economic chaos to get their way. This says it all, they even shuttered the Statue of Liberty.”

If it were my choice, I'd make it mandatory viewing for any incoming or incumbent congress person or senator.

See if you don't agree.

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VIDEO- Newt Gingrich: End-of-life counseling is "terrific"! What? No death panels?

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Newton Leroy Gingrich is gets challenged:

Aw, Mr. Sensitive countered the Palin "death panel" talking point. Isn't he the compassionest?

Via Igor Volsky at Think Progress:

A doctor in New Hampshire challenged Newt Gingrich for claiming that the Affordable Care Act included “death panels,” despite his past support for advance directives.

For the record, my 91-year-old father has been going through an excruciating slo-mo decline since he suffered a series of mini-strokes last year; his short-term memory is now practically non-existent. Had we not followed Keith Olbermann's insistent advice and gotten everything in order before my dad was completely unable to grasp his own situation, we never would have been able to properly attend to his end-of-life wishes. From my post at the time of Keith's departure from MSNBC:

Finally, he made me aware of something so important, so crucial to my family that I will never be able to thank him enough. It started with his heartfelt series of reports about his father’s declining health, which led him to plead with us to attend to our own families’ end of life paper work and decisions. I listened attentively to that, and I acted on it. Because of his public appeals to all of us, and a few private messages he sent me, I am now secure in knowing that my own family, and my 91-year-old dad, will have been well taken care of.

I am eternally grateful for Keith’s private words of comfort and reassurance, and for his thoughtfulness in asking us to heed his words, to plan carefully and stop procrastinating, no matter how difficult a task it is to make end of life decisions.

No other political show host has done that that I can recall, none has taken the time to nudge us into a painful reality that affects us all, and then beg us to take action on a purely personal level, and finally, to share his own excruciating, bittersweet story to make the point.

Something as painful and urgent as caring for an aging parent shouldn't have to be something a doctor has to ask a candidate to support. Only one party has labeled as "death panels" the freedom (!) to discuss and plan personal decisions with one's own physician: The GOP.

Voting for the Democrat should be a given this November.

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