Ready, Aim

Fire and shoot yourself in the foot while it is in your mouth:

The St. Petersburg Times reported this week that WellCare Health Plans, a Florida-based company that provides managed-care plans for millions of Medicare and Medicaid participants, has come under federal investigation. Indeed, the FBI raided WellCare’s headquarters Wednesday morning, along with the U.S. Attorney’s office, HHS investigators, and the Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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Right wing blogs saw the reference to Soros and pounced. Conservatives hit the St. Petersburg Times comments section, with insights such as, “I hope they prosecute that worm GEORGE SORROS [sicadded, “Welcome to George Soros’s America?”

As it turns out, there are two big problems with the story. First, Soros sold off his interests in the company quite a while ago. Second, WellCare is actually run by Bush Pioneers and generous Republican donors.

I wish I had something to add to this more substantive than BWAHAHAHAHAHA.






48 replies
  1. 1
    ConservativelyLiberal says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA

    All I can add to that is

    !!!!!

    ;)

    Repub motto: Leap first, then look to see what you are going to land on and how far away it is…

    This shit just writes itself.

  2. 2
    capelza says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA

    I think the entire sane part of the blogosphere and the American public should just use that when responding to morOns. Really…if thousands of bloggers just posted BWAHAHAHAHAHA to all the crazy people…everywhere that allowed posting that is.

    Of course I’d miss the snark…

  3. 3
    chopper says:

    shoot yourself in the foot first, ask questions later.

  4. 4
    jcricket says:

    Post would have been funnier if you titled it “Ready, Fire…”

    :-)

    But seriously, what’s the deal with the Soros hate. A self-made billionaire who survived the Holocaust (while most of his family perished) contributes to the Democratic party. That’s just a terrible indictment of the Democrats and anyone who receives his money, right?

    The right-wing, of course, is funded solely by grass-root bootstrappers. Like Richard Mellon Scaife and Rev. Moon. And all their enterprises are profit-making machines, not money-losing outlets to print baseless smears.

  5. 5
    M.Mawkish says:

    shoot yourself in the foot first, ask questions later blame it on the DimocRATS who made you miss that terrorist you were aiming for! And then tell everyone how the Leftard terrorist protection scheme made you shoot yourself in the foot and use the opportunity to ask for donations!

    Get it straight moonbat!

  6. 6

    jcricket Says:

    The right-wing, of course, is funded solely by grass-root bootstrappers. Like Richard Mellon Scaife and Rev. Moon. And all their enterprises are profit-making machines, not money-losing outlets to print baseless smears.

    Oh, and Scaife’s family values are absolutely impeccable. Like most of us married guys he hires a prostitute, brings her home, and has his “needs” satisfied. And, the Reverend oversees mass marriages of complete strangers to continue his support of strengthening the institution of … well, marriage of complete strangers.

    Aaahhhhhh. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Selah.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Needless to say, Stalkin’ Malkin is all over this one. Oh, except for the part where she’s got it all wrong. Welcome to Gorge Soros’s America indeed–it’s being ruined by Bush Pioneers!

  8. 8
    Snarky Shark says:

    I wish I had something to add to this more substantive than BWAHAHAHAHAHA.

    That pretty much nails it.

    Mention Clinton,Gore,or Soros and wingers go bat-shit insane in fractions of a second. And boy are they getting desperate!

    But hey dudes, way to draw attention to yourselves. I know wingers aren’t capable of feeling shame or learning, so look for more of this.

  9. 9
    Jon H says:

    I love that picture.

  10. 10
    Rudi says:

    But this is just market forces at work, like Enron. The Repugs are having fits in Florida, the Republican governor is showing moderation and being attacked by the other Bush.

  11. 11
    Svensker says:

    But seriously, what’s the deal with the Soros hate. A self-made billionaire who survived the Holocaust (while most of his family perished)

    I agree with jcricket. What is it about Soros? My brother was the one who first clued me in about Soros-phobia, when he almost burst a blood vessel when I said something about Soros being not such a bad egg.

    Can anyone ‘splain?

  12. 12
    capelza says:

    They must hate on Soros, loudly and often to drown out the words Moon and Scaife and Murdoch and Ailes and….

  13. 13
    cleek says:

    what’s wrong with Soros?

    he funds liberal causes.

    is there anything else i can help you with today?

  14. 14
    Peter Johnson says:

    What is it about Soros?

    Where do I start? How about here:

    George Soros is known for funding groups such as MoveOn.org that seek to manipulate public opinion. So why is the billionaire’s backing of what he believes in problematic? In a word: transparency.

    How many people, for instance, know that James Hansen, a man billed as a lonely “NASA whistleblower” standing up to the mighty U.S. government, was really funded by Soros’ Open Society Institute , which gave him “legal and media advice”?

    That’s right, Hansen was packaged for the media by Soros’ flagship “philanthropy,” by as much as $720,000, most likely under the OSI’s “politicization of science” program.

    That may have meant that Hansen had media flacks help him get on the evening news to push his agenda and lawyers pressuring officials to let him spout his supposedly “censored” spiel for weeks in the name of advancing the global warming agenda.

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    The Other Steve says:

    I agree with jcricket. What is it about Soros? My brother was the one who first clued me in about Soros-phobia, when he almost burst a blood vessel when I said something about Soros being not such a bad egg.

    He said Bush is a bad President.

    They say he should feel guilty for not dying in the Holocaust.

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    M.Mawkish says:

    You tell them Peter Johnson! But you should include this too:

    Do people know last year’s Supreme Court ruling abolishing special military commissions for terrorists at Guantanamo was a Soros project? OSI gave support to Georgetown lawyers in 2006 to win Hamdan v. Rumsfeld — for the terrorists.

    See! Sore-os made the Supreme Court rule for the terrorist by giving some sort of support (probably guns) to pro-terrorist lawyers! Everyone should read this well-written and carefully sourced article. It is clear Soros is trying to take over the US of A:

    Turns out that wasn’t what happened, either. Soros’ OSI had money-muscle there, too, through its $17 million Justice Fund. The fund lists 19 projects in 2006. One was vaguely described involvement in the immigration rallies. Another project funded illegal immigrant activist groups for subsequent court cases.

    See!? He’s unleashing hordes of illegal aliens on our cities and probably paid the guy who started the fires in California!

    But what of the current owners of WellCare? Well there is nothing at all nefarious about what they do with their money:

    WellCare and its affiliates have given the Republican Party of Florida some $105,000 in contributions this year, according to state election records. They’ve also given the Florida Democratic Party $5,000 this year. In 2006, WellCare’s PAC gave $66,000 to federal candidates, all Republicans.

    Do you get it yet, moonbats? 105,000 to the GOP and almost as much to the Democrats even though they don’t deserve it and probably wasted it on drugs!!

    I’m going to rummage through some garbage cans and when I come back I’ll have proof that Soreos tricked the fine Americans at WellCare into buying his company and then used bribes, torture and sexual favors to force the FBI to raid WellCare’s offices!!

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    capelza says:

    I’m going to rummage through some garbage cans and when I come back I’ll have proof that Soreos tricked the fine Americans at WellCare into buying his company and then used bribes, torture and sexual favors to force the FBI to raid WellCare’s offices!!

    Don’t forget to check his countertops! I bet he squashed a stray dog with them, too!

  18. 18
    Fledermaus says:

    That guy has to be DougJ.

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    Jess says:

    George Soros is known for funding groups such as MoveOn.org that seek to manipulate public opinion.

    Peter, the critics of MoveOn would be more convincing if they showed any semblance of understanding of what the organization was about. It is not a top-down structure. While they get funding from a variety of sources, mostly just your average fellow Americans, their activism is directed by their participating members. These are your fellow Americans coming together, pooling their resources, and joining their voices so that their views will be heard. In other words, Americans practicing democracy. The vast majority of the positions taken by MoveOn are mainstream liberal, not radical left (there is difference), and in many cases they are in the majority. I know rightwing paranoia has gotten so extreme that they now believe the greatest threat to American democracy and freedom is Americans freely participating in their democracy, but until you can get over this bizarre delusion, don’t expect the rest of us in the mainstream to take you seriously.

    If you have any arguments about why we shouldn’t be supporting freedom and democracy, feel free to share.

  20. 20
    Jess says:

    That guy has to be DougJ.

    The guy in the picture? No! Don’t ruin the beauty of the visual for me! (I already sent it to my mother, a retired editor.)

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    Mike S says:

    Check out Atlas shrugged.

    Another gotcha moment the mainstream media will ignore. Leftist dahlink Geroge Soros, Democrat puppetmaster and financier, judenrat, UN pimp, drug pusher, pimp, financier of guilty terror lawyer Lynne Stewart’s defense fund, election fraud criminal and now we can add Medicare embezzler to laundry list rap sheet of egregious crimes against humanity.

    They even have a part of the story that admits Soros doesn’t own the company.

    Soros no longer holds WellCare. But according to Media General News Service in January 2005:

    The company’s largest stockholder is Soros Private Equity Investors LP, an investment fund indirectly controlled by Soros, a fierce critic of Bush.

    WellCare regularly points out that Soros Private Equity Investors consists of institutional investors, such as state pension funds and insurance companies.

    But filings with the Security and Exchange Commission note Soros indirectly “may be deemed to have voting and dispositive power” over the fund’s WellCare shares.

    The bolding is dones by the shrugger. See the fact that he “may be deemed to have…” just further proves the point.

    Not an honest bone in the GOP message machine left, if there ever was one.

  22. 22
    Mike S says:

    Malkin is equally absurd.
    WellCare’s PAC has donated considerable money to Republicans. But the company took off with a generous helping hand from George Soros:

  23. 23
    Darkrose says:

    I’m waiting for the Anti-Defamation League to pounce on “judenrat”.

    Waiting

    Waiting

  24. 24
    jake says:

    Leftist dahlink Geroge Soros, Democrat puppetmaster and financier, judenrat

    What the fuckity fuck? Why do I get the feeling that if the terrorist promised, cross-their-heart-hope-to-die to only kill Jews these scum sucking assholes would demand we shut down Gitmo apologize to Sheik Khalid and give Bin Laden a Medal of Freedom? What a bunch of cocksuckers (and I don’t mean that as a compliment.)

    WellCare’s PAC has donated considerable money to Republicans. But the company took off with a generous helping hand from George Soros:

    Wheee!

    And thus concludes another thrilling ride on the CognitiveDissonance Roller Coaster(TM)! Soros touched it so it must be Evile. Stay tuned to see if the Spit-Flinging Brigade calls on the GOP to return those ill-gotten dollahs!

    How the hell can these dumb fucks get out of bed, much less type?

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    jcricket says:

    Leftist dahlink Geroge Soros, Democrat puppetmaster and financier, judenrat

    Wow, I had almost forgotten about the aspect of Soros that wingers pounced all over because of their latent anti-semitism deep care for Holocaust survivors. Anyone remember the whole “somehow managed to survive the Holocaust” smear about Soros?

    Despite PJ being a spoof (PJ = Peter Johnson = Pajamas = spoof on pajamas media), I love the wingnut logic.

    Soros’ investments/donations aren’t transparent, but “Arkansas Project” Scaife and Rev “King of the moonies For-evah” Moon get a complete free pass.

    The Tom Tomorrow cartoon linked to earlier is dead-on. It
    doesn’t matter what you do or who you are. If you express anything that sounds “off” of the Republican party line, you are to be disowned, smeared, spit on, etc.

    I do love that the (as Dave Neiwart puts it) proto-fascist shock troops that the Republicans have been feeding a steady diet of red meat these past 30 years have started to actually take over the party. I can’t wait for the coup when they’re really in charge and Tom Tancredo and Inhofe are their nominees.

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    Delia says:

    Ooh, you missed the best part on the Atlas Shrugged paranoia fest.

    Check out the SOROS INFILTRATION on his depraved agenda to legalize drugs and prostitution. He’s got Grover Norquist, his mole in the White House, helping him out on that one. What is little known is his ill gotten gains, “Daddy Weedbucks” is getting rich off growing the stuff in Latin America. Why do you think he buys all that undervalued land.

    The man is pure evil.

    Got that? Grover Norquist is working for him. Betcha didn’t know that, huh? Bet Grover didn’t know that, either.

  27. 27
    Psycheout says:

    Um, isn’t Pam Jewish? “Judenrat” simply means traitor here.

    Wipe off the foam and try again. She’s a great friend of Israel.

  28. 28
    Andrew says:

    Wipe off the foam and try again. She’s a great friend of Israel.

    With friends like that, you need a lot of geniuses to balance out an IQ distribution.

  29. 29
    DougJ says:

    Are we sure the guy in picture doesn’t mean Terry and Rick? Maybe we’re not giving him enough credit.

  30. 30
    DougJ says:

    I find the “judenrat” stuff very unsettling. Not being Jewish, I don’t really understand it but there’s this strange undercurrent (I’ve seen it before) of right-wing Jewish people calling out left-wing Jewish people in what can only be described as highly anti-semitic terms.

    I don’t get it.

  31. 31
    Jess says:

    You know how we’ve been joking about how we can no longer tell the wingnut spoofers from the real thing? I’m not laughing anymore–I just checked out Psychout’s site and I really can’t tell if it’s for real. No joke.

  32. 32
    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Jess-

    Psycheout is a spoof. And a pretty good/funny one, I must say. I definitely enjoy his work.

  33. 33
    louisms says:

    Sure they hate Soros. They see him as a traitor to his class. And after all, the conventional wisdom is that all we lefties are losers living marginal lifestyles and motivated by class envy. Soros gives the lie to that stereotype.
    Fat cats are supposed to give money to their people, not the dirty pinko hippies. No wonder Malkin et al are outraged by this freak of nature.

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    daniel rotter says:

    Psycheout, one can be a “great friend of Israel” and still be anti-Semitic. Israel is a country, not a religion. As for the fact that Pam is Jewish, a Jew can say anti-Semitic things, an African-American can say racist things against blacks, etc.

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    chopper says:

    Wow, I had almost forgotten about the aspect of Soros that wingers pounced all over because of their latent anti-semitism deep care for Holocaust survivors. Anyone remember the whole “somehow managed to survive the Holocaust” smear about Soros?

    he obviously used his evil jew-powers to make a deal with the nazis. he’s so seemly! have you looked at his nose? like a hook, it is.

  36. 36
    snorkel says:

    Not that I’m a fan of Atlas Shrugged, but judenrat is not an anti-semitic term. Raten is German for “to advise” and when the Nazis occupied a town, in e.g. Poland, with a large Jewish population, they always asked the Jewish community to appoint a committee of community leaders, which was called the Judenrat (Jewish Board of Advisers?) In any case, I think Atlas was using the term to accuse Soros of “ratting” out Jews, because of the way he survived the Holocaust. Following a link on the AS site that is linked to by Mike S, I gathered that he was actually only 14 in 1944 when his father asked an important government official who was also his friend to take George in and pass him off as his own (Christian) godson. While living with this official, George often accompanied him on errands in which Jewish families had their possessions confiscated. The article that was linked alleges that even today he sees no problem with how he behaved. As you usual with all matters involving extremely inhumane episodes in human history, it is hard to know how any of us would have acted in the same situation.

  37. 37

    So, let me get this straight. Either AS meant Jewish rat or she meant Jewish collaborator with the Nazi occupation. I can’t see how either of those would ever be an acceptable term of insult for someone who was 14 when the war ended.

    No, snorkel, there’s no way around it — that’s a wholly inappropriate and unacceptable epithet to throw around.

  38. 38
    jake says:

    Is snorkel what one would call a concern troll or just a common or garden troll?

  39. 39
    snorkel says:

    I’m not a troll at all. But coming from a Holocaust-demolished family, I have spent many hours since childhood thinking “how would I have acted, if …?” I’ve often even secretly wondered whether my parents did anything I wouldn’t want to know about in order to survive. I’m certainly not blaming Soros for anything.

    And, yes, demi, you are right. Atlas Shrugged has no right to blame anyone for any actions (s)he may have taken as a child in that situation.

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    snorkel says:

    Ended last post too soon,

    Reprehensible as that is, it isn’t anti-semitic.

  41. 41
    snorkel says:

    I’m not being very clear tonight. So let me just say that it is neither reprehensible nor anti-semitic to end a post too soon. Rather, my point was, I should have written:

    And, yes, demi, you are right. Atlas Shrugged has no right to blame anyone for any actions (s)he may have taken as a child in that situation. Reprehensible as that is, it isn’t anti-semitic.

  42. 42

    Hmmm. Might this story make a good example of “left-wing gossip mail” to pass around to your conservative brother-in-law? Of course, since it happens to be true that might disqualify it.

  43. 43
    TenguPhule says:

    George Soros is known for funding groups such as MoveOn.org that seek to manipulate public opinion.

    Shorter Peter Johnson: Soros spends money on things I don’t like. Only Republicans should have the right to do that.

    Abort, Quit, Be a Hero, Peter Johnson?

  44. 44
    laneman says:

    Mike, please – Atlas is the ‘citizen journalsist – citizen soldier’, or whatever. And she’s an ass at best.

  45. 45
    laneman says:

    I think I misread yore post

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    chopper says:

    i wonder how many people who rag on soros for what he went along with when he was 14 during the war also defend pope benedict for having been in the hitler youth, luftwaffenhelfer and german army up until he was 18 or so because ‘he was just a kid’.

  47. 47
    jake says:

    Now, now chopper. Surely the Graeme Frost pile on has taught you that kids are fair game. That Soros should survive the Holocaust and go on to make a fortune which he uses to fund liberal organizations proves that he did something nefarious to earn those nice granite counter tops.

    Actually, all this crap about Soros’ brief stint as a messenger boy makes me wonder if I’m the only one who has ever seen Europa Europa.

  48. 48
    snorkel says:

    Europa Europa is a great movie I’ve watched several times. This true story was amazing. I’ve seen the real live person on TV once and, as an old man, it’s clear he was never as good-looking as the young German actor who portrayed him. But sometimes charm works as well as good looks.

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