Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Support Our Troops — Give Them Cancer

Yes, our government sure does “support” our troops. We send them off to war with faulty equipment, not enough manpower and no battle plan; not to mention that there was NO valid reason for the Iraqi invasion to begin with.

The ones who don’t get killed or maimed in battle can still be electrocuted in the bathroom. Or they can get cancer from their drinking water.

In 1984, scientists found extremely high levels of benzene — a carcinogen — in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. For a long time there’s been a high rate of cancer among Marine personnel and their families.

The tests in 1984 showed benzene at 380 parts per billion. The “acceptable” level is FIVE parts per billion. In 1992 another contractor tested the water again, and for some mysterious reason, the previous 380 parts per billion had shrunk down to only 38 parts per billion. WOW!!! Kids, don’t try this at home.

Soon afterward, a subsequent report made no mention whatsoever of any benzene in the water supply. Problem solved. Oh wait, not it wasn’t. In 2007, tests showed that the benzene level had risen to 3,490 parts per billion.

But these contractors and their cover-uppers all have purdy yellow “Support Our Troops” magnets on their vehicles. So it’s cool.


And the latest shitburst from the “Christian” Right: Getting raped is kind of like having your car stolen.

The Kansas legislature has proposed a law barring health insurance companies from covering elective abortions. Companies could still cover abortion, but only if the policyholder pays extra for a “special” plan. And if a woman wants an abortion because she’s been raped, her insurance carrier could cover her abortion ONLY if she’s filled out a police report.

Kansas Representative Steve Brunk said: “You’d have to have a report that someone stole your car. This is kind of the same thing.”

All righty then…

Even aside from the retarded spewings of Steve “Who needs a edumucation, I don’t got one” Brunk: The entire reason conservatives are against health care reform is that they DON’T want government bureaucrats meddling in the insurance industry. Wasn’t that it? Or did I misunderstand something? Something about Free Enterprise, the Free Market; the Private Sector will always do a better job than a bunch of faceless bureaucrats who can’t get fired. Wasn’t that the drill???

And now all of a sudden these same people WANT government meddlers to come barging and bumbling into the insurance industry. For a group that’s so single-minded and determined, these people sure change their minds an awful lot.

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Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Now see here! You're not saying Reich Wingers are hypocrites, are you?

And besides, a little benzene in the Marines systems only acclimated their bodies to fight a war for oil and profit. I bet the Big Dick Cheney drinks a gallon of oil every day.

February 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

That whole abortion thing is just another way of keeping us little women in the home. It's just cancer nothing to see here people, move along and don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain. Just when you think they cannot get any more deplorable they manage it. I say that every other week it seems, but then every other week they don't surprise me. Same thing with a story I was reading this morning. School in PA is giving a kid grief for improper behavior, that happened in his own home after school hours because they have cameras on laptops handed out to students that captured the behavior. WTF, it's in their own home and you are giving the family grief. I hope they get sued to within a dollar of their worth.. What part of that is ok?
I am telling you, if my life was not here in the states, fighting to make it a better place, I would be looking somewhere sane to go live.

February 18, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: That's right, a little benzene will make men out of those whiners.

Jess: Yup, pregnant and barefoot, as God intended. School-issued laptops with a camera hidden inside, WTF??? Orwell and Kafka couldn't have imagined this.

February 18, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I could not believe it either Tom. This was happening without the kid or the 'rents knowing about it. They were able to do this at any time they wanted to. What is really disturbing is the lack of privacy. We all know what we did as teens, can you imagine the lawsuits this opens up. Child porn charges if they were taking pics of kids in any state of undress. I just hope whoever knew any tiny piece of this, school board, district admin people, anyone, they need to be gone from the school district. It really is just creepy to me that the district thought this would be okay to do and not tell the kids, parents they would be doing this. How in the hell can you get in trouble for doing something away from school in your own home. *shudders*
Here is the story I read.

Here is the class action suit filed, warning PDF.

February 18, 2010 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

There has been underaddressed contamination on and near military reservations for ages, so the Lejeune findings aren't surprising. What might get something definitive done about it is if a civilian neighbor sues the living crap out of the government.

Re: Kansas and abortions, I've wondered if some big corporation (maybe Abortions R Us?) were to find a way to make big money off mass-marketing abortions and operating the medical equivalent of fast-food joints, if Republicans wouldn't do a 180. It would certainly put them on the spot, having to choose between their corporate masters and religious-right backers.

February 18, 2010 at 6:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: Thanks for the link. "Interesting" times we live in. I hope that school gets its ass sued off.

SW: True, this kind of thing isn't surprising. But it's not too late to start taking action against this kind of criminal negligence.

That certainly would put rightwingers in a bind between their two divine masters -- the Almighty Dollar and the Old Testament. That would be an excellent wedge issue.

February 18, 2010 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Woman, fix me a sandwich.

And you WANT more benzene in the water. How else can one build up a tolerance? It's simple science, Tom. Duh.

February 19, 2010 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

I've looked at this post several times and got so damn angry I had to leave.

Covering up poisoning at Lejeune, what do the Marines think of this I wonder. Of all the people to piss off, they see themselves as one big family, piss one off in Maine and you make a whole bunch of them angry in California and elsewhere. Disgraceful.

And as for legislatures passing laws that favor Health Insurance companies. Double disgraceful.

February 19, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: She can't fix you a sandwich; she's too busy getting another abortion. Them damn feminazis.

Holte: Good point about Marines. They have that trait in common with biker gangs, that mindset of "all on one, one on all." Not a group you want to piss off.

February 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

SW said: What might get something definitive done about it is if a civilian neighbor sues the living crap out of the government.

SW is right - that's about the only thing that will have any impact there.

As for the "stolen car" bit that POS Stunk is pushing...oh, what a son of a bitch.

February 20, 2010 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: If that son of a bitch got raped (and male rape happens), I wonder if he'd be lying there thinking "this is almost as bad as the time my car got stolen."

February 20, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

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