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Have you been following the rightwing smear campaign against the SCHIP child and his family? Rightwingers have now sunk so low that they coordinate an attack on "two children who were severely injured in a car accident."

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Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 9:18 pm
Have you been following the rightwing smear campaign against the SCHIP child and his family? Nevermind the time honored practice of criticizing elected officials, we have now sunk so low that rightwingers find it acceptable to unite around the little political project of a coordinated attack on "two children who were severely injured in a car accident."

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 9:21 pm
Update: It gets worse. Crooks and Liars reports that Free Republic has posted Frost’s home address.

Yvonne White (233)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 10:06 pm
Why isn't that considered assault on a child??? If we did that we'd get visited by the FBI... why aren't they being shut down????

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Tuesday October 9, 2007, 10:29 pm
How low will the Republicans and their cohorts in crime and punishment of innocent children?

K. A. Hilliker (293)
Wednesday October 10, 2007, 2:58 am
Hmmm...instead of harassing the Frost family, I believe we need to start harassing the Republicans and their cronies for doing what they've been doing....and along with the harassment, we'd better be writing those letters and email to them that we won't be voting for ANY candidate who doesn't have a solid plan for a healthplan in this country!

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday October 11, 2007, 12:55 pm
According to this report on ABC, apparently Malkin isn’t the only one bothering the Frost family:

According to Senate Democratic aides, some bloggers have made repeated phone calls to the home of 12-year-old Graeme Frost, demanding information about his family’s private life. On Monday, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused GOP leadership aides of “pushing falsehood” in an effort to distract from the political battle over S-CHIP.

Even worse, it looks like GOP aides may have aided the wingnut attack machine in this:

Manley cited an e-mail sent to reporters by a Senate Republican leadership aide, summing up recent blog traffic about the boy’s family. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to comment on Manley’s charge that GOP aides were complicit in spreading disparaging information about Frosts.

Vote them all out and boyucott Fox Noi$e Network!

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday October 11, 2007, 1:50 pm
Olbermann And Maddow On The Right’s Jihad On 12 Year Old Boy

As Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh and the right wing hate machine’s jihad against SCHIP and 12 year old Graeme Frost blows up in their faces, Countdown host Keith Olbermann and Air America Radio’s Rachel Maddow lay out what is without a doubt, the best framing of the latest and reprehensible episode for the Republican Party. Olbermann and Maddow give the GOP and their hordes a brilliant beating, Rachel sums it up perfectly:

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Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday October 11, 2007, 1:51 pm
Maddow: “Twelve year old Graeme Frost, meet Cindy Sheehan, meet 9/11 widows, meet Staff Sgt. Brian McGough, meet Michael J. Fox, meet the kids who were targeted by Mark Foley, meet Jack Murtha. I mean, Graeme Frost as a twelve year old now joins an esteemed list of Americans who have been personally attacked, personally slimed, called liars and cowards and frauds, and threatened for daring to publicly espouse a view that the right disagrees with. I mean, just when you think you’ve found the person who they can’t possibly slime, I don’t know, say a twelve year old kid just out of a coma, turns out yeah, the bar does actually go that low, it’s just astonishing.”

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday October 11, 2007, 3:17 pm
The Frosts Demonstrate Why We Need Single Payer Health CareUnder the Malkin theory, either poor people shouldn't have children or the they should go into debt to pay for insurance, which under the new bankruptcy laws is tantamount to indentured servitude. Read Post | Comments (106)

Carolyn T. (234)
Thursday October 11, 2007, 5:43 pm
This is so low. Detestable conduct on the part of these people. Moreover, it is harrassment and is doing injury to a minor. If there is any self-respecting person on Capitol Hill, then a motion to censure the congressional representatives involved in this should be introduced and had better pass. There sure a lot of Republican officials who ought to be getting their resumes in order. And the phone company and District Attorney should obtain the permission of the Frosts to monitor their phone calls to this number, gather evidence and prosecute those making the calls. An unlisted number that the Frosts can give to their families and friends in the interim would be easy to arrange and only calls coming into the existing number would be "tapped." I hope this will take place and that it sends a strong, strong message when the people who authorized and paid for the billboard and those calling the house are named and prosecuted and I do not care who it involves...MAKE IT PUBLIC...SHINE A FLOODLIGHT ON IT. Thanks; I think you can tell this struck a nerve with me~

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday October 11, 2007, 10:08 pm
Hillary to right-wing ideologues: Leave the 12-yr old alone.

New Hampshire today, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) addressed the right-wing smear campaign against 12-year old Graeme Frost. “They put pictures of him on these websites. Made it seem like it was wrong that his family sought help to take care of their son after he was injured,” said Clinton. “Attacking a 12-year old boy and his family because they stood up for the principle that children in the richest country in the world should not be deprived of health care? We can’t let that go on.”

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 10:57 am
Want to Overturn Bush's SCHIP Veto? Call These Legislators the toll-free number 1 800-828-0498 set up by Families USA to access the Capitol switchboard, which will connected you to your Representative's office.

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday October 16, 2007, 2:38 pm
"Pro-lifers" at work

Weird logic in play:

National Review’s Mark Hemingway attacks the Wilkersons as irresponsible parents:

While the debate around the Frost family at least initially centered around their relative wealth, the issue really at hand is one of bad behavior. […]
For Dara and Brian Wilkerson, the fact that they don’t have health insurance is less about falling through the cracks than the decisions they’ve made.

Hemingway claims that Bethany’s mother, Dara, “voluntarily left a job at a country club that had good health insurance, because the situation was ‘unmanageable,’” to “take a job at a restaurant with no health insurance.” He mourns the fact that the Wilkersons “went on to have a baby anyway.”

Dara Wilkerson released this statement responding to the attacks on her choice of employment:

We have seen the statement about my previous employment and here is what we have to say: I left my previous place of employment years before Bethany became part of our lives. I am a hard working woman. I have worked at Snappers Sea Grill for over 6 years. It is a good work environment and I am a loyal employee. My husband and I were blessed with Bethany two years ago and we are even more blessed to still have her with us today.
So according to this “pro-life” right-wing logic, the Wilkersons should have sacrificed having a daughter in order to stay in an “unmanageable” job.

Okay, so according to the Right Wing, people should only have babies if they can afford health insurance. Or put another way, no babies for working families.

But what happens if they rudely get pregnant anyway? Well then, one option would be abortion. But that's not acceptable to the crazy right. It's harming a life, which is unacceptable when in uterus, but totally okay once the baby is born. Heck, the baby must be punished because of his or her poor and stupid parents!

So it really comes down to 1) don't have kids if you are too poor to afford insurance, and 2) if you do, then %#&!*% you, your innocent kid will suffer without proper medical care.


I hope they keep it up. Could there possibly be a starker contrast between our world view and theirs?

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Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday October 24, 2007, 8:05 pm
House to reintroduce SCHIP bill ‘as early as this week.’ House Democrats will bring the widely-supported SCHIP bill “back to the floor as early as this week,” with relatively few changes from the version that President Bush vetoed. Campaign for America’s Future has a new video featuring children with a message for President Bush and conservatives opposing an SCHIP expansion: “No health care for us, no photo ops for you.” The White House indicated today that it is willing to “shift” and allow “states to cover children up to 300% of the federal poverty level. … The administration previously opposed legislation permitting states to cover children above the 200% level.” UPDATE: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced that SCHIP legislation will be introduced tomorrow. Details on the new bill HERE. 6:29 pm | Comment (14)

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday January 23, 2008, 11:58 am
Why do RepubliCON$ hate America's children?

Half a trillion for Bu$h's illegal war$ and nothing for our children!!! Throw them all out of C ongre$$ and the White Hou$e!

House conservatives uphold Bush’s SCHIP veto. Conservatives in the House blocked Congress from expanding children’s health insurance today. The House fell approximately 15 votes short of the needed 2/3 majority needed to override President Bush’s veto. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) called the SCHIP defeat a “victory” for “kids” and “taxpayers.” UPDATE: DemfromCT has more on the role of SCHIP in the ‘08 elections, and The Gavel has a sampling of newspaper editorials nationwide supporting the SCHIP bill. 1:10 pm | Comment (60)

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