Were you ever a communist?

Were you ever a communist?

Who’s screwed? 9/11 first responders. More signs that the Republicans are still exploiting 9/11 to hurt working people and help the rich. First responders who finally are going to receive the healthcare they need - after Republicans were shamed into dropping their filibuster of the 9/11 First Responders Health bill last year - are discovering that Republican Cliff Stearns was able to add an amendment to the bill that would require all 9/11 first responders to be screened for terrorist ties before they can receive any health services.

That’s right – Republicans want to make sure that the men and women who are coughing up blood today because they devoted themselves ten years ago to sifting through he wreckage of the World Trade Center to desperately find survivors now have to go through months or even years of security checks before they can get a health exam and treatment.

What’s next? "Were you ever a communist" questions for Medicare recipients?

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cjhutch's picture
cjhutch 3 years 21 weeks ago
#1

Frankly, I am beyond words for this. That does not happen often, but this is soooo far off what any reasonable person would expect that I just have no words. The current Republican party are just beyond belief. Despicable, reprehensible, just absolute pond scum. These people ran into that wreakage, risking life and limb, and now they are asked to go through this just to get the health care that they need??? I am an atheist, but all I can ask Cliff Sterns and the rest who allow this kind of thing is "what would Jesus do?" Not this, you A-holes!!

But, then again, you know that, you filthy, lying hypocrites! There is a reason why greed is one of the deadly sins.

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hobiemom 3 years 21 weeks ago
#2

I think we need to question the patriotism of these rotton Republicans we have in office. they are disgusting.

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reasonjr 3 years 21 weeks ago
#3

Well, the first thing that needs to be done is to check Mr. Cliff Stearns credentials and be sure that he isn't the terrorist. I believe that 99.9% of Americans would have to agree that what the 911 first responders did was an act of true American patriotism and went way beyond the duty of their jobs. As for Mr. Cliff Stearn's suggestion to screen these heroes, it should bring an absolute outrage by every American citizen. Now that's what I call something fishy and unusual for the Department of Homeland Security to check out. ATTENTION WALMART SHOPPERS! you now have something to call in about.

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johnstg 3 years 21 weeks ago
#4

What's next? Our creditors and would be creditors act like anyone making loans. They will raise the interest rate for people who are a poor risk. AND the worst risk of all is the Republicon position that they won't pay (tax) for their last splurge - 2 foreighn wars, an economic colapse, and redistributing $10T to themselves from the US treasury.

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dianhow 3 years 21 weeks ago
#5

We have people power !! Wis has shown us that . Recalls as we speak In Jan Walker recalls begin. Vote Volunteer Donate Call - e- mail Demand your reps work for us NOT corps not billionaires NOT foreign companies NOT lobbyists www.congress.gov   www.senate.gov     www.whitehouse.gov    Do your part NOW & Often Feel the power
Keep them on their toes They think we are gullible & ill informed Show them otherwise Fight the greedy Ryans & Walkers of the world . Speak out not just blog & gripe !! Thom Ed & Maddow can not do this for us We must act Show congress what we are made of We are not fools or easily manipulated

Gerald Dyas 3 years 21 weeks ago
#6

well i have never been a communist but they will say i was if they are determined to prevent me from what ever help may still be available.

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dianhow 3 years 21 weeks ago
#7

Pay ? Reagan Bush Cheney - Goldman trained Fed do not pay They just passed wealth favoring policies- they deregulated the Robber barons - chose con judges- gave huge tax cuts - waged long wars Both Unfunded.- and let the chips fall where they may... 2008 Bush Paulson global crash - 700 billion TARP with no safe guards for taxpayer money - led to edge of deep depression. Then they walked away..UNscathed NO accountability NONE

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Palindromedary 3 years 21 weeks ago
#8

This is really disgusting of the Republicans...a new low...they are setting all records for disgusting!
The real first-responder terrorist was George Bush...if you can even consider him a first-responder...he was one of the first disgusting politicians to get into the scene for a publicity moment...pretending he was standing tall in the face of a terrorist attack...that is, of course, after he ran like a scared rabbit right after the attacks....but he had to make it look like we were really under attack by terrorists...but it was really a false flag operation that was planned and carried out, in part by ultra-right-wingers. The Arabs were patsies and the planes were electronically hijacked by the right wingers and remotely guided into the WTC buildings which had already been rigged with explosives. I don't credit Bush with having many brains and don't know how culpable he, personally, was with the attack. I think he was the useful idiot, just like many other Presidents and Congress People...especially now...Obama...of very criminal and powerful forces that pull the strings.

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Palindromedary 3 years 21 weeks ago
#9

What would you do if your house was broken in to by armed psychopaths and you had the means to defend yourself. You have every reason to believe that those psychopaths are about to murder you or your loved ones? Would you just try to scare them by saying that you are going to vote Democrat and re-elect the pussy traitor that you voted for last time? These armed psychopaths have already broken into our homes and are surely going to murder and rob us with their "death panels" from the healthScare crime syndicates, corrupt banksters, and useful idiot politicians. Our country's politicians have wrapped themselves in the flag, orated lofty patriotic speeches and made up catchy slogans, or scaring the people into submission in order to psych the people into supporting invasions, and wholesale murder of innocent people, for what amounts to the many thousands of times greater than the drug crazed murderous home invader. If they are not overseas murdering people, they are slowly murdering them here though their greedy, selfish, and traitorous actions against their own fellow Americans. Just how obvious does it have to get before people can take no more and act in their own self defense? The US goes to war on many pretenses but one is most egregious...that they get something out of it...like oil...or strategic placement. If a crazed addict breaks into a house is he not thinking that he is "acting in his best interest"...that he needs the resources and he'll do anything, including kill, to get them? Like the addict...you will not make any difference by trying to talk to him...especially if he has a knife or gun stuck in your ribs. You fight back with whatever you can...because he is going to kill you and your loved ones.

I suspect that those traitorous bastards, you know who you are (and so does a lot of other people), will be having to spend a larger chunk of their ill-gotten gains on their own security forces just to keep the irate patriotic citizens from their throats. I wouldn't be surprised to start hearing news reports of some of these lecherous, frumious twerps being knocked off by people who are either terminal themselves (because of inability to pay the piper) or because they have broken down due to a loss of a loved one because of the same reason.

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jkh6148 3 years 21 weeks ago
#10

I say again republican politicans are SOCIAL DARWINISTS who believe that the government should help the rich live long and prosper. THE government should let the rich exploit the working class until they die from disease, hard work and exhaustion. AND the government should just let the poor die from starvation and disease because they will never amount to anything anyway and are a drain on the rich.

dnarnadem 3 years 21 weeks ago
#11

I don't know about the Communist part, but I do know about the Diictator part. Stalin was a Dictator in a communist police state.

Forward to Michigan, 21 April 2011. Gov Rick Snyder. A now an up and coming Dictator in a Democratic Nation.

What is happening in Michigan today should send a chill to the bone of of every Democracy Loving American. There are way too many things to cover as to what this modern day Big Government Dictator is doing in Michigan. Just Google or Bing Gov Rick Synder Michigan and you will be astonished at what this power hunger republican wanna be dictator is trying to do in Michigan.

In fact Thom you should cover this Dictator for a week to expose him for what he really is - a dispicable modern version of a Communist Dictator like Stalin!

This story needs to be told to the American people and FAST!!

If this is the real face of the modern Republican Party we are as a Nation, as we use to say in Vietnam, in deep kim shee! These people are no longer Democratic or reflect Democratic values!

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2950-10K 3 years 21 weeks ago
#12

How about screening all REPUBLICAN/TEA -PARTY politicians for possible ties to ECONOMIC TERRORISM!

dianhow #6 is right we all must speak-out ,fight ,call your representatives. It's going to be a long siege standing up to those who currently control the megalithic message of deceit. This battle can be won, history shows that empires at the point of absolute corruption do fall. In our case the republican/tea party represents that doomed oligarchy. Fragmented Barbarian rule was the outcome of empire failure for the western romans in the 5th century AD. Let's make sure our end result is democratic socialism, a true "we the people" functional democracy!

gerald's picture
gerald 3 years 21 weeks ago
#13

Americans are committing one of the Seven Capital Sins. We are gluttons for oil.

http://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2011/04/22/news-flash-iraq-war-was-about-oil/

gerald's picture
gerald 3 years 21 weeks ago
#14

Let America be America again!

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15609

leighmf's picture
leighmf 3 years 21 weeks ago
#15

Next Requirement? Tatoos and a star on the sleeve for recipients of public assistance.

rms316's picture
rms316 3 years 21 weeks ago
#16

This is mostly repulsive with touches of disgust. This group of Republicans are all about Volunteerism for everybody except themselves. No leadership and no accountability for themselves. Just accumulate as much money as they can keep for themselves and everybody else has to fend for themselves. Mr. Stearns is about as paranoid as they come.

gerald's picture
gerald 3 years 21 weeks ago
#17

The United States of Mortal Sin is attacking nations for their natural resources. We are even worse than Nazi Germany. Cheney's energy policies will dominate fascist-Nazi America's stinking thinking!

gerald's picture
gerald 3 years 21 weeks ago
#18

This mystery is finally solved. The United States of Mortal Sin is the Anti-Christ!

gerald's picture
gerald 3 years 21 weeks ago
#19

With each passing day my energy diminishes and I tire more easily. I will go to my grave firm in the belief that the United States of Mortal Sin and the Anti-Christ are synonymous.

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larm007 3 years 21 weeks ago
#21

But I do not blame the general public for that. In the nineties, when the electric car was made, and was available for LEASE only and only in California, the waiting list for one of them became longer and longer. GM recalled them, had them crushed in Arizona, sold the patent for the battery to an oil company and started manufacturing the Hummer. Carter warned of us oil dependence in the 70's, put solar panels on the Whitehouse, and Reagan had them removed. I blame completely the greed of the oil industry, and look where it's led.

Early in the 2000's, another electric car came on the market. Called the Tesla, it was priced at 100k. Woulda bought one if I could. 50k down and still a long wait. Back in 1983, my best friend drove a VW Rabbit diesel. She got 50 miles to the gallon. Think I'm impressed with today's hybrids? Absolutely not. We've had and have the technology. The only industry to gain if we drive gas guzzlers is Big Oil. No wonder electric cars and cars with much higher gas mileage have had no chance to thrive here. No wonder ethanol and biofuel are under attack. And the nerve that jerk Bush had to say that WE were addicted. WE had no choice. And more and more it seems to me that we still don't. We all would like a clean environment, untainted food (neither pesticided or GMO'd), a job that at least lets us support a family, good schools and health care for all (the universal healthcare in all other industrialized countries costs less overall than our really bad system here which is just really good for the insurance industry).

BUT, as long as corporations buy self serving legislation through their lobbying, and as long as the general public is limited to mainstream media, and as long as disinformation is spread through 10 second sound bites and the public is not made aware of their options or collective strength, and as long as war crimes or financial industry crimes go unpunished, and as long as elections can be stolen, and as long as the welfare of the entire population is not taken into consideration, the future of this country does not look good. At all.

gerald's picture
gerald 3 years 21 weeks ago
#22

If you will recall from previous posts, I have said that the Anti-Christ is money, nuclear weaponry, and false prophets. There is no other country on planet, Earth, who epitomizes the criteria for being the Anti-Christ than the United States of Mortal Sin.

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Underdog Uninco... 3 years 21 weeks ago
#23

Has anyone seen or know where there is more coverage of this story ? I told my fox fake news watching brother about it and his response was "Where did you here That? That Can't be True" Yet he's so willing to believe what Glen Beck and Sean Pantywaist say !!! I need something more complete (more factual info) to show him, plus I'd like to know more about this sickening disgrace myself... If anyone has a link it would be greatly appreciated ! In the men time I'm going to search my usual news sights... Take all =)

delster's picture
delster 3 years 21 weeks ago
#24

dear Underdog check out this link for the info your after. http://lezgetreal.com/2011/04/terrorist-screenings-for-9-11-first-responders/

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Dale1932 3 years 21 weeks ago
#25

For decades now the GOP has gained working-class votes by appealing to a combination of pride and insecurity. You are the hard-working, God-fearing, patriotic salt-of-the-earth - the very opposite of those liberal professors, hippes and yuppies who despise you and everything you hold sacred. You are being taxed to support shiftless blacks and Mexicans who are indulged by the Democratic Party.

Well, the GOP has taken off its mask and clearly shown its contempt for ALL members of the working class and poor - socially conservative, hard-working, patriotic whites included. However, it is a real fight to get this discussion into the mainstream media. Democratics are noted for trying to appeal to the intellect (economic interest) while Republicans appeal to emotions (religion, patriotism and euphemistic appeals to "race"). They now have a very emotional issue - The Republican Party despises you and wants to take away your rights - it has already done so in many states. The GOP believes you have no rights a rich man or corporation needs to respect.

Will Democrats use this advantage? A few will, but their biggest liability is Obama. When the Democratic base and angry, former Republicans go into battle against the GOP, Obama is missing in action. If you are a soldier or police officer and your comrade will not back you up when you are under attack, you will probably get killed. That's Obama. He will look the other way. Maybe he's thinking about a corporate job after he leaves office. However, the USA will be fascist by then. Fascism is preceded by the failure of liberal elites and representative government. The fool will be in the concentration camps with the rest of us. The barbarians are at the gate and we have Chamberlain as our leader.

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John Defalque 3 years 20 weeks ago
#26

I am and have been a proud member of the Communist Party of Canada for many years-I give, volunteer and blog for them.I have voted Marxist Leninist twice, but mostly I have to hold my nose and vote for the psuedo Socialist NDP.I think you have to be a masochist to love Kaputalism-the only way this fraudulent, casino system can create full employment is briefly through world war.Either we all deserve to live, even as increasingly we simply can't afford to, or it may simply be more humane to give the masses of unemployed, uneducated, outsourced, and replaced by automation cyanide capsules.Crapitalism cannot ever be fair and share and mass suicide of the poor unemployed slaves like myself would be good for the planet that sustains us all.I am very anxious to leave this hell and leave it a heaven for the rich.Death is the best fate that can befall a peasant.Bury me upside down so my creditors can kiss my @.John Default.

gerald's picture
gerald 3 years 20 weeks ago
#27

Battles versus War

We who are poor and the working class will never win the battles. We do not have the money, clout, gold, or juice to win. Battles are not the objective. Heaven is our goal. To be in heaven means we have won the war.

Easter is the greatest calendar day in the year. Easter is our living after we die. Following the words of Jesus will guarantee a place in heaven. That will be the war won and prize.

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RichardSH 3 years 20 weeks ago
#28

How about screening ALL in government for terrorist ties? I am sure you will find some on both sides of the aisle who have those connections. Did this man give a reason for this?

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patriciat76 3 years 20 weeks ago
#29

All over the nation, volunteers are being asked to submit to an investigation to make sure they are not a felon, or a child molester, or terrorist....I went through the Georgia Master Gardener program in the 80's. I went through the Missouri Master Gardener Program in 2003 and now am asked to wear an ID badge saying that I have a right to volunteer working to work in our parks and I am not a felon or child molester. Master Gardeners are a part of the extension programs of land grant colleges. Other volunteers are asked to allow this intrusive snooping and keeping track of our every move. What really frosts my cookie is that no one is complaining....like sheep, people trot down and submit to this intrusion. I sent in a letter of protest and was told that I didn''t have do this if I didn't want to volunteer. I am 75....a retired psychologist and I am outraged. Pretty soon, we will need this "badge" to walk down the street! Don't people see beyond the immediate? Don't they understand what this means? Every volunteer program that is gov connected...that is hospitals, after school programs, etc....are doing this.

denny245 3 years 18 weeks ago
#30

History repeating itself. Are you a Communist, a Jew, or Homosexual?
Papers please!!!! History is repeating itself because the American people have

been dummied down in the last 30 years.

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