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Study: Media Fact-Checker Says Republicans Lie More




A leading media fact-checking organization rates Republicans as less trustworthy than Democrats, according to a new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University. The study finds that has rated Republican claims as false three times as often as Democratic claims during President Obama’s second term. Republicans continue to get worse marks in recent weeks, despite controversies over Obama administration statements on Benghazi, the IRS and the AP.


The study examined 100 statements involving factual claims by Democrats (46 claims) and Republicans (54 claims), which were fact-checked by during the four month period from the start of President Obama’s second term on January 20 through May 22, 2013.

Major findings:

PolitiFact rated 32% of Republican claims as “false” or “pants on fire,” compared to 11% of Democratic claims – a 3 to 1 margin. Conversely, Politifact rated 22% of Democratic claims as “entirely true” compared to 11% of Republican claims – a 2 to 1 margin.

A majority of Democratic statements (54%) were rated as mostly or entirely true, compared to only 18% of Republican statements. Conversely, a majority of Republican statements (52%) were rated as mostly or entirely false, compared to only 24% of Democratic statements.

Despite controversies over Obama administration statements regarding Benghazi, the IRS and the Associated Press, Republicans have continued to fare worse than Democrats, with 60% of their claims rated as false so far this month (May 1 – May 22), compared to 29% of Democratic statements – a 2 to 1 margin.


Dep't. of What Else Is New-- Survey: U.S. medical costs top other developed nations'



Despite the Affordable Care Act making some wonderful changes and improvements, health care in this country is ridiculously expensive and we would benefit by switching to a more efficient, less expensive single payer system. One day...

The Los Angeles Times is reporting the results of an annual report by the International Federation of Health Plans, an industry trade group, and the short version is that we pay way more than other countries for health services.

well duh

The group surveyed its member companies in 12 different countries, to be exact, comparing the costs of things like prescription drugs, knee replacement surgery, and colonoscopies.

An average day in a U.S. hospital cost $4,287 last year. It was less than $1,000 in New Zealand, France, South Africa and Spain. [...]

Lipitor, a top-selling drug to fight high cholesterol, goes for $124 on average in the U.S., according to the report. Chile was less than half that at $60, France was $48 and South Africans got it for $11.

The word "colonoscopy" is by itself enough of a deterrent, but the price as compared to other countries is even more of a put-off. We spend and average of $1,185 for the pleasure of undergoing that lovely little procedure compared to $893 in the United Kingdom and $655 in Switzerland.

And for a C-section birth, we pay $15,041 here, which is about three times as much as one would shell out in the Netherlands, United Kingdom or New Zealand.

Even within the U.S., experts note that prices vary considerably for the same medical procedure or test with little or no difference in quality.

Medicare for all. The End.


Video Mid Day Distraction- Mistletoe Kissing Prank


So sweet and innocent, I kept on thinking of cold germs. Via.


Study: Small Business Owners Favor Obama Despite 'You Didn't Build That' Comments


See, the media takes it's "opinion" on this straight from the NFIB and Chamber of Commerce, so any semblance of reality just doesn't appear.

Small business owners believe President Barack Obama would be more supportive of them than GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, according to a new study by George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management with local services site Thumbtack.

The majority of small business owners surveyed support Obama (39 percent vs. 31 percent for Romney) despite the president's controversial comment "you didn't build that," which has become a rallying cry for the Republican Party to attract small business owners.

"These entrepreneurs are busy with their businesses, so they are less engaged in the rough and tumble of national politics," said David Rehr, a lead researcher on the study with GWU, of why "you didn't build that" didn't have more of an impact. "I think the data also shows the Romney campaign needs to continue to refine its message to these voters."