Monday, June 29, 2015

The Wisdom of Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz speaking about Karl Rove:

"I never imagined that his response would be a straight-out falsehood." 

I can't even figure out a way to make fun of that.

Do They Ever Think

how utterly lame and idiotic they look to the rest of us?

Today's exhibit:  Harold Covington, whose writings apparently had a big effect on Dylann Roof:

I guess that a lot of people thought Hitler was a fool too, until he took over Germany, but I'm betting that this is not the guy who is going to lead the next Aryan revolution.  And I love the Haroldjugund member there, and a guy that I think I remember from some Monty Python skits.

They're Not Giving Up Yet

The Confederate flag huggers are apparently not quite ready to pack it in.  Here they are, in Dalton, Georgia, showing their mighty force, and also showing how they normally end up.  Video with an excellent voiceover:

Courtesy of Crook and Liars.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Confederate Might on the March!

In keeping with Green Eagle's long tradition of bringing you the most up to date information on the great Conservative tide that is sweeping the country (right back into the 16th century,) here is a demonstration held today at the South Carolina State Capitol, supporting the importance of seeing to it that the American Swastika remains a vital symbol of our country's values:

Hmm, let's see... it's a little hard to tell because so many people are kind of obscured by their sacred symbol, but I'd put the attendance at about 30.  TEH REVOLUTION IS ON THE MARCH!!!!!!1!!11!!!!11!!!

Oh, and later, some woman took it upon herself to just shimmy up the pole and cut the damned thing down.  Finally,  a sensible response to all of this.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Wingnut Wrapup

You just know it's going to be good times for hunters of right wing delusion, over the next few days.  So, let's get to work:

And first a new height in malignant abuse from the Christian right:

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Texas Gov Bars Planned Parenthood From State Cancer Screening Program...All the good pro-life news seems to be coming from Texas lately.   While Planned Parenthood supporters can’t fathom why the governor would be so cruel as to bar the organization from a program that provides health screenings to women, the necessity to do so comes down to one word: abortion"

Because of course it does.  Because it's so "pro-life" to let people die of cancer in order to push your lunatic religious agenda.  Because if they have to temporarily ease up on manipulating the Dylann Roofs of this world to murder for Jesus, they have to find another way to kill.  Because that's just the kind of people they are.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "US Under Highest Level of Threat...Ever"

Katie illustrates her article with this photo, of some guys carrying flags halfway around the world. 

I think she's a little off base.  Maybe she should have used this photo of a guy with a flag.  He's ahead of the other ones by a score of nine to one.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Of all the annoying things President Obama does, one of the worst is his hectoring Republicans and conservatives for their partisanship when he is the quintessential divisive partisan."

Unlike your brother, huh, David?

Ken Blackwell, Town Hall:  "The Impending Collision of Obama’s Failures...Like two speeding trains heading toward the same collapsed bridge, the dangers and failures of Barack Obamas foreign, economic, and social policies are heading rapidly toward implosion."

Yeah, Ken makes a really good point about Obama's failures.  Like his failure to start any three trillion dollar wars, his failure to cause a gigantic economic collapse, his failure to massively increase the budget deficit like all good Republican Presidents do, his failure to make a few hundred million more people around the world hate us, his failure to do the Koch brothers' bidding...well, you get the idea. 

And here's an important contribution to our current national dialogue:

 Mark Nuckols, Town Hall: Tarring Conservatives With The Brush of "Domestic Terrorism"...There is already a rush to call Dylann Roofs murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston an act of domestic terrorism. This is a deliberate political strategy, intended by its ultra-liberal authors to transform this terrible tragedy into an indictment of American conservatism"

While it is really, apparently, one of American Conservatism's crowning achievments.  Here's a little of Mark's reasoning:

"How is Dylann Roof’s insane act of multiple murder different from (examples of Islamic terrorism)? Well, to go back to the legal definition, the PLO and al-Qaeda operations were carried out in furtherance of clearly articulated political objectives."

Whereas starting a new civil war and driving black people out of the country are not, apparently, clear enough political objectives.  

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Fiorina: ‘We’d Better Have a Nominee Not Afraid to Throw Punches All Night Long’

Too bad they can't find one that isn't afraid to act sane all night long.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Unite to Demand Confederate Flag Come Down...Governor says while not all who display the flag are racist, fact that it "causes pain to so many" is enough to move it."

Yeah.  The pain she is worried about is the pain to "so many" Republicans, of not getting re-elected.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Statues of Confederate Generals Vandalized in Texas"

Oh, so sad.

And could this be the biggest lie/projection ever told about Barack Obama?

Ed Lasky, American Thinker:  " Barack Obama is a master of trading future calamity for temporary gratification.  As is true of most addicts...He doesn’t seem to even care about the future world he will be leaving behind."

This, from the guys who deny the existence of global warming and who spend most of their time trying to start more wars.

Selwyn Duke, American Thinker:  "Keep the Confederate Flag Flying...What currently exists is an emotionally charged environment, and, as a rule, that’s the worst possible time to make decisions"

When is the best time to make decisions (except ones involving cutting taxes on the rich)?  Never.

"And make no mistake about it, the current drumbeat to hang the flag is the mob’s handiwork..."

Because only the mob could want racial equality.  And let's not forget the most important reason of all for flying that mighty flag high:

"In this, these “conservatives” side with Barack Obama"

Can't have that. 

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "Thank God it's extremely rare for whites to target black people for attack."

Well, maybe we can't count brown people as black people, or we would have that little thing of the three million dead in Vietnam and the one million dead in Iraq. 

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "Never ones to let a good crisis go to waste, Democrats made overtures on gun control. But after being unable to articulate a single proposed law that wouldve prevented the attack, they moved to plan B: the Confederate battle flag."

How about this proposed law:  Anyone who sides with the Republicans can't even own an X-Acto knife, let alone a gun.  That would have stopped this particular tragedy.

And boy are they angry at the Supreme Court.

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "For all the liberal bloviating about the new direction of SCOTUS under CJ Roberts, today’s opinion in King v. Burwell demonstrates that essentially, nothing has changed. The court is still forced into feckless pragmatism whenever a conservative principle is at stake, but is perfectly willing to venture beyond the expressed will of Congress in order to advance liberal agenda items on their own initiative."

It's a little hard to remember that the guys that Leon is talking about here are the ones who said okay to Citizens United and who put George W. Bush in the White House; the ones who said we don't need civil rights laws any more because there aren't any racists left in America any more.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "GOP Vows to Keep at Obamacare Repeals, Make It 2016 Issue"

Because, what else would they do?  I wonder what bogus lawsuit they will come up with next.

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media:  "90% of the Racism in America Comes from the Democratic Party and the Left.  My conclusion is inescapable."

Of course it is.  Because you are a Republican, and for you, lies about Democrats are always inescapable.  So, get on with it.  We barely hear it any more.

Tom Harris, PJ Media:  "The Pope’s Climate Letter Urges ‘Dialogue with Everyone,’ So Why Did Vatican Single Out and Harass Us?"

Uh, maybe, because you are the only people left on earth that won't face reality on the issue?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Breaking: House Republicans Considering IMPEACHMENT of Partisan IRS Commissioner"

If he's a Democrat, he's standing in a long line.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "A Russian link to the Charleston massacre?"

Yeah, that's the ticket, it's the RUSSIANS!  Anyone but the good old White American right wing haters that the murderer said were behind it.  Some day they will face the truth about themselves.  Nah, who am I kidding?

And while we are on the subject:

World Net Daily:  "Is the problem 'racism' – or demonic evil?  Exclusive: Pat Boone challenges Obama to recognize source of ongoing violence:

I think I'll go with racism.  Really, which would you pick?

And now a really well-meant suggestion from a wingnut:

Fay Voshell, American Thinker:  "conservatives must cry out loudly, Halt! Stop the iconoclastic frenzy.   Next, let’s insist on telling history, including the history of the Civil War as it really happened in all its facets.  Tell the good, the bad and the ugly history of the South, the North, the East and the West.  Tell the truth. Tell it all -- the whole miserable, glorious, mixed up, fascinating and complex mess.   

Keep the flags.  Keep the statues.  Keep the portraits.   Teach about them."

Well, that's a good idea.  And what should we teach?

"Son, this is a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest.  He was brilliant and courageous in battle, but he was brutal."

Oh, and he founded the KKK.  I guess that wasn't worth mentioning.

 "This park named after Robert E. Lee?  Daughter, he was brave and a gentleman who was worshipped by his men, but it is said he was cruel to his slaves."

And he was a traitor who deserted his country to lead the fight against it, in furtherance of one of the most revolting practices in the history of mankind.  Again, I guess that didn't make the list of things worth including in our history lessons. 

"This portrait of Jefferson Davis, whose statue Mitch McConnell now wants removed from the capitol of Kentucky? Davis, my dear girl, argued against secession, but believed each state had a right to secede from the Union."

Of course, whatever Jefferson Davis did or didn't believe, he did agree to lead the country that fought a war of treason against the United States.  Once again,I guess that fact is just too insignificant to include in the rolls of history, which has a different meaning, I guess, to people like Fay than it does to the rest of us.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Oh, That Will Help With the Confederate Flag

So, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina says that they need to wait to consider removing the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol, because people need time to heal.

You know what, Governor Haley?  We've been giving you Southern traitors 150 years of "time to heal" from the Civil War, and you know what we've gotten?  If you are not sure, ask the people at that black church in Charleston.

How much "time to heal" are we expected to wait before we can remove the American Swastika from your State Capitol?  Another 150 years?  1,000 years?  Or just until the rest of us give up and let you have your slaves back?

Well, screw you.  As far as I am concerned, the "time to heal" you get is enough time to cut that damned thing down and be done with it.  More than that, and we will know that you are a traitor too.

Update:  So, she caved, along with a lot of other Republican demagogues.  Is there a person in the country that thinks they did this out of any kind of sudden moral awakening?   They are running scared, and if
Democrats aren't terminally stupid, they will keep them running until Republicans have all run out of the country.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Lost Cause

It should, unfortunately, be obvious to all of us that, no matter what barbarities are perpetrated on us by out of control, violent haters with guns, the Republican party is so in thrall to their corporate masters that there is never, in the foreseeable future, going to be a chance to stop them from polluting our country with more and more guns, in the hands of people so out of control that they shouldn't be allowed to own a slingshot.  So, if we are to have any hope of a better society, we must turn to something different.  This is my suggestion for how to do it, or at least a necessary way to start.

We need to attack the grotesque irrationality that has allowed an endless succession of malicious  notions to flourish on the right.  They start with things like denying the existence climate change or Keynesian economics, subjects which require some degree of knowledge to understand, and are, consequently easy prey for liars. And once people get accustomed to believing the word of corporate shills, or just whatever they want to believe, it's only a short step to claiming that liberals are the real racists, in fact they are really Nazis, that people who actually know something are in a vast conspiracy to destroy freedom, that the world is 6,000  years old, that the twice-elected President is a Communist Muslim plant dedicated to crushing the country, that cutting taxes raises revenue, or any other evil, self serving thing they can think of.

I don't want to write about this in general here; we all know it is true.  I only want to talk about one particularly malicious specimen of this behavior; one that is not mentioned that much these days, but which, in its conception and its results, is one of the worst of all of these delusions: the notion of the "Lost Cause."  This is a horrible falsehood which has existed now for close to two hundred years, and which initially flourished in the aftermath of the (God, why do we still have to talk about this?) Civil War.  Here's a good brief description:

"In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, a number of white southern writers and political leaders worked to construct a favorable history of the old South and the Confederacy.  Seeking vindication of the white South in the wake of seemingly crushing defeat, they resurrected pro-white southern imagery and ideology of earlier years.  In doing so, these advocates for the white South constructed a “Lost Cause” mythology and memory of the Civil War and white southern history and culture.  Specifically, they celebrated the South’s natural beauty and idyllic plantations, supported a white supremacist racial hierarchy in southern society, claimed liberty as a southern principle and the American Revolution as southern heritage, wrapped their sectionalism in a constitutional theory of state sovereignty, and nostalgically glorified the southern past.  In pushing these ideas, these postwar “Lost Causers,” such as former Confederate president Jefferson Davis and the then-famous Virginia journalist Edward Pollard-whose 1866 book, The Lost Cause, probably coined the phrase with its title-picked up where earlier white southern advocates had left off, working to construct a public memory that would sustain earlier white southern advocates’ vision of an ideal South and white southerners."

And a little more:

"Many people have made the point that, for all their alleged disdain for “revisionist” history, those who hold to a “Southern” view of the war are themselves embracing an explicitly revisionist historical narrative. It’s a narrative that was carefully crafted in the decades following the Civil War to exonerate the Confederate cause, depict Southern leaders in the most flattering and noble way possible, and to undermine or denigrate the Union effort to highlight the contrast. This effort, which lies at the core of the Lost Cause, probably reached its zenith in the second decade of the 20th century. But with a few concessions to modern sensibilities — e.g., “faithful slaves” have now become “black Confederate soldiers” — the narrative remains largely as it was a century ago, and is held dear by many. But great longevity doesn’t make a revisionist narrative any less revisionist."

It is important to understand that the proliferation of this tendentious, nonsensical history, was a product of an implicit bargain:  In return for Southerners ceasing their treasonous, evil and murderous years-long rampage and returning to the role of decent citizens, the rest of us would agree to let them pretend that they were noble patriots struggling to preserve the natural order of things, rather than the killers and traitors they were.  So, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee were let go, their criminal followers were allowed to return to their former lives unpunished, and we all assumed that an end had come to that. 

Except, of course, for the inevitable fact that, being right wingers, they refused to keep their end of the deal.  The vicious abuse of former slaves continues to this day, fueled by an absolute refusal to accept the truth about what happened, and the demagogues who are so plentiful in their midst still insist on portraying them as the true victims of the era of slavery and the war that took 600,000 lives to end it.

So, we are not going to get reasonable restriction on guns any time soon, but at the very least, we can come down hard on the right wing liars who incite damaged creatures like Dylann Storm Root to carry out their terrorist acts.  This means that, from now on, none of us should ever let a reference to anything good that supposedly came out of Southern treason to go unanswered.  We must recognize the Confederate flag for what it is: the American swastika.  We must never tolerate again the supreme lie that the the Southern rebellion was about anything other than allowing the 1.2% of Southerners that owned slaves to continue living off the misery of others.  We must make it clear that all of them, including the supposedly saintly Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were deeply evil people who betrayed their country to maintain one of the greatest possible crimes against humanity- people who were granted their freedom in return for some sort of display of regret for their behavior- a display which never materialized.

And as a specific, many of us were forced to memorize the Gettysburg Address in school.  There is another document that needs equal exposure to that short speech: the so-called "Corner Stone Speech" delivered in 1861 by Alexander Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederacy, which lays out the true purpose of the Southern rebellion.  Here is a sample; the link will take you to the rest, if you can stand it:

"The new constitution (of the Confederacy) has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution African slavery as it exists amongst us the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution...The prevailing ideas entertained by (Thomas Jefferson) and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away...Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the “storm came and the wind blew.”

Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth."

There is the unvarnished, ugly truth, and it is time to cram it down the throats of Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Bill O'Reilly and every other right wing hater that denies this.  It is that denial that is currently able to hear the most clear statements from Dylann Storm Root himself about the racist, white supremacist nature of his cause, and invent any kind of utterly ludicrous lie that serves to deny the obvious truth.

We cannot afford that denial any more.  We cannot afford to leave unchallenged the disgusting, hateful beliefs that allow it to exist.  If we cannot stop miserable little worms like Dylann Storm Root from getting their hands on lethal weapons, we must at least deny right wing leaders our consent to spread their hatred without challenge, in a manner that will inevitably produce more Dyall Storm Roots.  At this point, we cannot live with the forebearance that led our ancestors to let the Southern traitors go home in peace, to believe anything they chose, if only they would stop murdering people in the name of one of the most hateful causes in human history.  It is the duty of every American with a decent heart to not shy away from confronting the evil that has infected our country.  Sorry, this is not a solution that promises any quick progress toward ending something that is clearly a monstrous evil in the eyes of any sane person, but I just can't think of anything else to do.


A couple more sites about the Lost Cause, if you are interested:

I don't want anyone to think there is a bit of question about what happened here.  Offering this deal, in a spirit of magnanimity, was a tragic mistake.  We now see the tremendous damage that was done when we allowed the Southerners' hateful myth to outlive their treason; it is time to correct that error.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Whole Wingnut Wrapup in One Post

And by whom else, but the Dumbest Man on the Internet, Jim Hoft?

"Like a Typical Leftist...Mass murdered Dylann Storm Root is sounding more and more like a typical disgruntled leftist."

Uh huh.  A leftist.
Yeah, that's what he is.  Wanting to start a new civil war, repeating the most worn out attacks on Jews, raving on and on about how worthless black people are...a typical leftist, for sure.  Well, thanks, Jim.  After that, Green Eagle doesn't have to ever do another thing to document how truly deranged and evil the American right is.

Friday, June 19, 2015

And Yeah, This Hits a Little Close to Home for Me

Yeah, I lived in Charleston, SC.  Here's a map showing where I lived, and the church where this massacre took place:
Just a few minutes' walk, from my 1710 carriage house, down a street filled with historic buildings, and there you are- a location that became historic this week, thanks to all the white haters in this country who got together to enable this guy to believe that what he did made total sense.

You're Right About That One, Lindsay

Lindsay Graham, proud resident of the State of South Carolina, and current candidate for the Republican nomination to run for President, speaking about the Confederate flag:

"this is part of who we are."

You're God Damned right about that one, you filthy racist.  That's who you are- a treasonous, violent hater that constantly spouts in public about religion without it ever occurring to him that the religion he claims to be a part of supposedly has no room for hatred in it; a guy who preens himself on his "patriotism" without it ever occurring to him that patriotism and glorifying a vicious, murderous rebellion area  little inconsistent.  But that doesn't disqualify you from running for President, because that is what every single Republican in the country is.  They love you for being as filled with hate and lies as they are themselves. Deal with that, you disgusting piece of garbage.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Just a Crazy Guy

I have to repeat something which pretty much has to be said after every one of these all-too-common incidents like the white hater today who killed nine black people, apparently because he thought it would start a race war.

We know that any reasoning about this is about to be drowned out in a maelstrom of screaming that this is about nothing but a crazy guy, and maybe some bad parents.  This is not true at all.  At least since the Russian Nihilists in the mid-nineteenth century, there has been a pattern to these terrorist activities, involving two groups of people.  The first are the inciters, people with some degree of prominence who preach a gospel of hatred and violence.  They will, of course, make perfectly sure that they are never in the line of fire.  Among their ranks we find such characters as Gerry Adams from the IRA, and his Protestant alter ego, Ian Paisley, Yasir Arafat, who died a billionaire while the people he incited were blown to pieces, the Serbian generals who stoked the hatred and supplied the weapons to Gavrilo Princip, and our own generation of inciters; Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Pam Geller and their ilk.  They enjoy fame and even adulation, while denying that they were in any way connected with the violence they incite.

The second necessary component in this scheme is a plentiful supply of dupes.  The vast majority of these suckers will never do anything worse than get in a bar fight or two, or hoard some weapons they are too cowardly to use, or vote for people who regard them as little more than beasts of burden.  But a minuscule number of these dupes are just unstable enough to take the words of the haters seriously, and that is what they count on- the small but continuous supply of people like the two jackasses in Las Vegas who returned from the Bundy Ranch standoff, and promptly killed a couple of cops who were sitting in a restaurant eating a pizza, or the Atlanta Olympic Bomber, Eric Robert Rudolph, or the people who kill abortion providers or Sikhs that they mistakenly think to be Muslims.

It is the first group, who know perfectly well that, if they keep up their incitement, soon enough some idiot is going to act on the basis of their words, who really bear the guilt for this.  It is time that we find a way to hold them responsible for the evil they generate.  I'm not sure how we can do this, but I guess we have all seen enough of the results of tolerating their behavior.

Sorry, There's Something Wrong With This Guy

I mean, really.  Normal people don't look like this.