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    Seemed like a direct pander to the disinformative right-wing frame that all welfare recipients are black grifters riding the handout gravy train... never mind that Food Stamps, for instance, max out at $200. a month. Ever tried eating off 200 bucks a month and not still being hungry? Pelosi made it seem like Food Stamps are a ticket to caviar and champagne all year 'round until Maher corrected her in the interview segment. Plus, the one guy in her video said it all: if you've been to jail, no one will hire you.

    The incarceration industry in this country -- more people per capita are incarcerated here than in any other developed nation -- ensures that millions of African-American men will have an uphill struggle ever finding gainful employment. Whatever happened to paying your debt to society and moving on? Plus felony convicts are disenfranchised from ever voting, which I believe to be the real agenda behind the mass trend toward the expansion of the prison/industrial complex.

    When do we stop indulging the automatic reversion to classically prejudicial right-wing frames like this? The idea that Pelosi even had to do that piece shows how subservient liberals are to the perception-generating propaganda of the right. Why not just do the redneck piece unapologetically -- look, here are some snapshots of these racist, toothless morons that are stuck somewhere in 1843 and wish all of us to be where they're at because they never progressed past age 2 of their social development -- and be done with it? Real Time isn't a news show on CNN, it's a panel show about news with a liberal dose of comedy -- hosted by a stand-up comic --  on HBO. This fictitious pursuit of a phony, prefabricated "balance" to satisfy people's needs to hear the same old "welfare queen" memes over and over is cowardly and puerile, and demonstrates how pathetically and perpetually on-the-defensive liberals are to the dominant sociopathic framing mechanisms of the demonstrably Neanderthal right wing.

    "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

    by emperor nobody on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 10:18:45 PM PDT

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