Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ted Cruz, I Like Your Thinking There

Ted Cruz, proving once and for all that he just doesn't get it:

"We need to look to history to find out what works and what doesn't, and the one thing that is clear is that if Republicans run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole, or a John McCain, or a Mitt Romney [...] we will end up with the same result, which is that millions of people will stay home on election day..."

Didn't notice, did you, Ted, that the last time the Republicans ran a candidate like you (that would be Barry Goldwater) they got smeared in the election all over the country.  As I have been pointing out for years in my posts covering the tea party, the impeach Obama folks, the birthers and other right wing loons, there just aren't enough crazy people in the country by a long shot to elect someone like you.

And more importantly, didn't it ever occur to you that the rich guys own your party, and so they get their Republican nominee every single time?   Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, Dole, Bush 2, McCain, Romney...every one of them the choice of the rich guys..  And if you want to go back further, there's Taft, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover- exactly the same thing. I won't even talk about the palookas they put up against FDR. The last person the Republicans ran for President that bucked their rich backers was Teddy Roosevelt in 1904, and they never made that mistake again.

They've got their hands around your party's neck, and they aren't letting go.  I predicted a year before the last election that Romney was going to be the nominee, no matter how badly he was running at the time, because the rich guys always get their way, at least in that party.  I believe now that the overwhelmingly likely Republican nominee in 2016 is Jeb Bush, because no matter how preposterous the idea of another Bush in the White House might be, he's the one that rich people can most trust to run the country their way.  And that's all they care about.  They'd rather take a chance with Jeb than with a loon like Ted Cruz, who actually thinks he would be running to do something other than rob the country blind.



And by the way, I don't really like Ted Cruz' thinking about anything.  Cruz is a delusional sociopath brought up by his disturbed father to believe that he is God's choice to lead the American people into a theocratic dictatorship.  Even Hitler wasn't that delusional.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Impeachment! The Demand Swells All Over The Country

Or not.

As Is Green Eagle's custom, here is a selection of pictures from Impeach Obama Week II events all over the country, demonstrating, I think you will have to agree, just exactly how mighty this movement has become:


 Austin, Texas
 Bakersfield, CA
Edison, NJ
 Key West

 Norwich, NJ
Somewhere in Ohio.  Couldn't make it past the front lawn, huh?

And my favorite one of all, from Jacksonville, Florida:
Yes, this movement is such a miserable failure that they actually had to post a photo bragging about an event in which, apparently, nobody showed up.

All in all, a total visible attendance of 19 at seven events.  That makes the eight who showed up at the Simi Valley event Green Eagle attended seem like the crowds in Tiananmen square.

What is the word that describes a condition beyond pathetic?  I don't know what it is, but boy, it sure describes this movement.

And yet, at least 19 Republican members of the House of Representatives, a number equal to all of the protesters in the above photos, have openly advocated impeachment, and an overwhelming majority of Republican House Members voted to sponsor a bogus lawsuit against Obama which is widely seen as a precursor to an impeachment attempt after the election.

This entire "movement" is a perfect example of how Republicans and their sociopathic rich supporters generate a 100% synthetic appearance of a right wing groundswell to support what they want to do anyway.  Of course, if the captive mainstream press in this country were not utterly incurious about the validity of these endless deceptive games, this tactic wouldn't work, but there you go- as I have said so many times, Democrats could rip Republicans to shreds any time, but they cannot beat Republicans and the press working together.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's just start out with this amazing scoop from Town Hall:

"Study Shows Liberals More Likely Than Conservatives to "Unfriend" Someone Over Politics"

They forgot to mention that the same study showed Conservatives are less likely to have friends that disagreed with them.

Byron York, Town Hall:  "OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The image some conservatives have of Greg Orman, the wealthy businessman running as an independent against veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts here in Kansas, is that Orman is, in the words of a recent Weekly Standard story, a "vacuous cipher."

Which may be true.  On the other hand, that still beats the racist, corrupt jerk the Republicans are running.

John Ransom, Town Hall:  "The Petro-States in Shambles Despite Obama...Despite an administration that has no energy policy"

Of course, the minute a Democrat talks about an energy policy, wingnuts start screaming about Communism.  By the way, John, did you notice that Obama's nonexistent energy policy has resulted in turning the United States into an energy exporting country?

Kevin Rogers, Washington Times:  "Obama, White House stayed mum for hours as Canada terrorized"

Three hours!  He stayed mum for THREE HOURS as a lone gunman killed someone in another country!!!!

"An ally under attack demands a swift show of support and strong leadership; that was absent."

A swift show of support that would have accomplished...what?  THREE HOURS, I tell you!!!!  Not swift enough!  The outrage!


And How About Stupid Out Of Control?

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall:  "The Good News About Offshore Oil Rigs...Never let it be said that Mother Nature doesn't appreciate irony. A new study led by researchers at Occidental College and the University of California at Santa Barbara has found that the oil platforms dotting the California coast are fantastic for sea life."

The good news about the Michael Brown killing:  When he bled all over the street, it provided lots of food for some flies.

D. W. Wilbur, Town Hall:  "Boys Don’t Play ‘Soldier’ Anymore"

And what a shame.  Never heard of paintball or airsoft, did you, D. W.?

Now, that's what I call playing soldiers.

Washington Times:  "Michele Bachmann threatened by Islamic State, assigned security detail: report"

Well, all I can say about this story is that if ISIS is stupid enough to think they could harm the United States by taking out Michelle Bachmann, they've got a lot to learn.

World Net Daily:  "Video: 'Violent thug' caught stuffing ballot box"

And here he is:


This story is all over the wingnut world today.  What the video shows is an absolutely non-violent, non-thug delivering absentee ballots for a number of people, in a manner totally consistent with State law in Arizona, where this happened.  The only person he was rude to was the real thug, a Republican who tried to stop him from legally delivering these legal votes.  One more fake vote fraud story to justify Republican vote suppression efforts, and the kind of people who read World Net Daily, or Gateway Pundit, or all the other right wing propaganda sites that carried this story, will never see the truth, needless to say.

And now the Republican tantrum of the day:

Moe Lane, Red State:  "The Arkansas Senate election is now over.  Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) argued that the federal government’s desegregation of Arkansas’s largest public school in 1957 was an “unwilling invasion” that took “a local problem out of the local authorities’ hands..."

This story is flying around the wingnut world lately like a drunken vulture.  What they all fail to mention is that the words, from a paper Mark Pryor wrote in college, were a summation of the Southern argument against Federal involvement, which Pryor explicitly rejected as an unjust reaction to the necessity of Federal intervention.  Once again, as Mark Twain once said, the current Republican lie has flown around the world several times already before the truth can get its pants on. This is a perfect example of Republicans saving their most nauseating lies until the end of the campaign, when Democrats can't get the truth out in time.  Expect lots more of this kind of thing in the next couple of weeks.

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Harry Reid's Ebola Roulette:  "Specifically, the Surgeon General nomination.  Why is Vivek Murthy’s nomination stalled, again?  Well, as Byron York reminds us it’s primarily because Sen. Harry Reid  wants it stalled:  It would take just 51 of the Senate’s 55 Democrats to confirm Murthy. But that confirmation has not happened. “There is bipartisan opposition, so [Reid] hasn’t even tried to bring him to a vote,” says another senior Senate GOP aide."

Of course, it wouldn't take 55 votes because the Republicans will filibuster the nomination, as they have done several hundred times in the last few years.  Blaming the Democrats for the results of the Republicans' own seditious, corrupt behavior- it's all they have. Sad to say, it usually works.

Brad Johnson, Red State:  "The CDC and Ebola: A Tale of Failure and Incompetence"

Massive, I tell you, massive!  Incompetence that has left an American death toll of, let's see, how many now?  Oh yeah, zero.  Massive incompetence.

And now, a little burst of stupid hate from the right:

Paula Boyard, PJ Media:  "If Hillary Had a Daughter She Would Look Like Monica Lewinsky"

They can't resist being disgusting, can they?  I remember in the last Wingnut Wrapup some jerk accusing Liberals of loving filth.  Well, here's who really loves it.  By the way...  Doesn't Hillary actually have a daughter?  I don't remember her looking anything like Monica Lewinsky, do you?

And next, Jim Hoft, making sure he retains his title as the Dumbest Man On The Internet:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "IL Poll Workers Break Law – Tell Obama to “Vote Democrat” at Chicago Polling Booth"

What an outrage!  Throw the guy in Jail!  He told Obama to vote Democratic!  And that is illegal campaigning in a polling place, not a mild joke!  I guess there is a lesson to be learned here:  all of their hatred, all of their venom, all of their viciousness, and this is all they have to base it on.  What a pathetic spectacle.  And you can't believe the idiocy of the dozens of commenters who really think this is a horrible crime.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "“Hands Off My Gun” by Dana Loesch – On Bookshelves Now "

Darn, some really good beach reading, and the summer is just over.

Carol Brown, American Thinker:  "Another American with Ebola discharged after six-week hospital stay...A case previously unpublicized. Doesn’t it just give you that warm fuzzy feeling to realize we’re only just now finding out about this?"

Maybe you are just now finding out about this, Carol.  The rest of us remember very well when he was flown back here from Africa.  Of course, you have to find some way to try to make Obama out to be a failure on the Ebola front, given that not an American has died here at home in the entire giant epidemic.

World Net Daily:  "2,000-YEAR-OLD STONE FOUND IN JERUSALEM"

In other news, bottle of Budweiser found in liquor store.

Matthew Vadum, American Thinker:  "Is ACORN behind violent unrest in Ferguson?"

Acorn disbanded in 2010, thanks to Republican sabotage.  So, the answer to Matthew's question?  Probably not.  But you never know, I guess.

Representative Steven King, R-Tex:  " 'I don't expect to meet' gay people in heaven"

With your record, buddy, what could possibly make you think you're going there?

And now, let's play "Stupid or Vicious:"

Paula Boyard, PJ Media:  "Why Is President Obama Running Around the Country Kissing Women?  Is it too much to ask him to keep his lips to himself at a time like this?"

Times like what?  Kissing women?  What women?  Man, their stock of Obama horrors has run thin.

Bruce Bialosky, Town Hall:  "To Have Sex or Not to Have Sex: That is the Question"

Gee, I wonder how most people are going to answer that one?

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "10-Year-Old Girl Proves Kids With Guns Does Not Always End In Tragedy"

Well, there you go!  The ultimate argument against gun restrictions- not every single time a kid touches a gun does a tragedy follow.

Robert Wargas, PJ Media:  "Smoking Bans Are More Dangerous Than Smoking"

Having your "personal freedom" to be addicted abridged is far worse than dying of cancer.

Alan Caruba, Renew America:  "What does it tell you when two medical professional behave in this manner (i.e. going bowling-GE)? It tells you that even those who know they can infect others were indifferent to the risk. It tells you that airport staff armed with thermometers are no defense against anyone coming in from the Ebola hot zone in Africa. 

It tells you that the failure to impose a ban on all flights from West Africa should have been imposed weeks ago."

That damned Obama!  Of course (as Alan Caruba knows perfectly well) there are no direct flights from West Africa to the United States.  So much for that, right?  No, not when telling a lie enables Alan to attack Obama.

Ron Lipsman, American Thinker:  "What's the Difference Between a Gunman and a Terrorist?

"Gunman" = Christian murderer
"Terrorist" = Muslim murderer

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Suspected Terrorists From Africa Entering Canada...Through the U.S. After Living Illegally For Years"

After living illegally for years, during which they did absolutely nothing to link them to terrorism.  But still, "suspected terrorists."  The same way Obama is a suspected Kenyan.

 Andrew Klavan, PJ Media:  "How the Left Hijacks Liberalism...I am a liberal myself. In fact, I became a conservative because I'm a liberal."

And I'm a human being because I am actually a gigantic toad.  This is the corollary to the famed discovery of Jonah Goldberg that Hitler was a left winger- apparently, right wingers are the ones who really brought the country Social Security, the eight hour day, medicare, civil rights legislation, and everything else decent in the country, while liberals only want to impose Communism on us.  There just is no lie preposterous enough for them to pass on it.

And let's just go out on this important question:

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Can marijuana fuel jihad?"

Yes, but only very, very slowly.   V e r y   s l o w l y.....Oh, did I fall asleep?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Disgrace that is George Will

This is a story that has infuriated me for decades, so let me vent.

Do you remember Janet Cooke?  Probably not, so let me describe her in the words of Wikipedia:

"Janet Leslie Cooke (born July 23, 1954, in Toledo, Ohio) is a former American journalist. She achieved infamy when it was discovered that she fabricated a Pulitzer Prize-winning story for The Washington Post."

The story, which was published in 1980 about an alleged 12 year old Heroin addict, resulted in Ms. Cooke being fired from the Washington Post and her never being employed again as a journalist.

Maybe appropriate punishment, maybe not.  But then, Janet Cooke was female, and black.

Now for how a white male "reporter" was treated by the press at the same time.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter was running for reelection against Ronald Reagan.  As normally happens when debate time comes around, Jimmy Carter's staff had prepared a "briefing book" detailing his positions on all the issues, and how he would respond to any particular line of questioning, which was used to prepare him for the debates.

Only, that time around, a copy of Jimmy Carter's briefing book was stolen and given to the Reagan camp.  That year, George Will was one of the people chosen to help prepare Reagan for the debate.  Will knew about the stolen briefing book, and used it to help Reagan get ready for the debates.  As a reporter, he never revealed this fact, and in fact never revealed  that he had anything to do with the Reagan campaign; he then went on TV as a commentator about the debates, and told the American people what a great job Reagan had done in the debates.

What Janet Cooke did affected no one and hurt no one.  What George Will did was undermine the sanctity of the American voting process, lie to the American people on a substantive issue, and do his part in placing in the White House the corrupt, venal man who set the country on the road to economic collapse 28 years later.  George Will's penalty?  Nothing.

Will should have been banished from any public role as a journalist for that miserable interference in our national politics, but don't forget- he is white and he is a Conservative, so, in the tradition we are so familiar with, he was permitted to do anything, no matter how despicable, to advance his party's goals.  Janet Cooke?  Too bad, but she was female, and she was black, so I guess she got what was coming to her.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Green Eagle Goes A'Marchin

So Green Eagle went to the only Los Angeles area gathering for Impeach Obama Week 2, in Simi Valley, home of the jury that acquitted the police who beat Rodney King.

It was quite the event, attracting an attendance of eight, pretty much par for the course for one of these things (that's not counting Green Eagle himself, of course- that would hardly be fair as he was not really an enthusiastic participant.)  Well, here's the evidence of the atrocity:




This is going to bring Obama down in short order, yes sir!   I included the last picture because it is of a guy who, when he found out that I didn't exactly agree with their notions, started proudly asking me a bunch of hostile questions revolving around whether I was Jewish.  As you can see, he was quite pleased with himself for this bit of analysis, since who could be against racism and hatred except a Jew?

Now for the math:  There are, let's say, about ten million people in the Los Angeles area, and eight of them showed up for this event; i.e. one for every 1.25 million.  That would work out, in the U.S. population to about 253 people which, given the turnout of 130 or so at the last couple of national Impeach Obama rallies, might not be far off.  In all fairness, I'm sure the ratio is much more favorable in Alabama or Louisiana, where raising stupid people has been long ago elevated to an art form, but still, I don't think that Barack has to start packing just yet.

I would like to add that, in some sense, Green Eagle is very proud of himself, because, after talking to three or four of these people, it became very clear that they all learned everything they ever knew about politics from reading Wingnut Wrapup.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Begging Letters

I wrote a post a few days ago about the endless barrage of panic-filled begging e-mails from Democrats all over the country.  There is something that I think I need to add to my comment about the combat fatigue these have caused in me.

I think what really has made me just tune all of this out is the fact that constantly squeezing Democratic voters for money has become a substitute for even the pretense of governing on behalf of the American people.

Where are the prosecutions of Wall Street?  Where are any signs of consequences for the Bush Administration's war crimes?  Where is any attempt to rein in the national surveillance state?  Where are even the Democrats (with only a couple of exceptions) who will stand forthrightly and say that they will never see Social Security or Medicare damaged?  We all know, in fact, that Obama was ready to cut Social Security and Medicare, for nothing in return except empty promises from Republicans who never keep their promises, and we know that there is no reason to believe that Hillary will be any better.  So instead, we are expected to cough up our money for campaign spots that endeavor to make Democrats seem just slightly better than Republicans, and will damage us just slightly less.

Where are we supposed to find a cause for enthusiasm in that?

Redneck Family Values

Coming fast on the release of the police recording revealing (to the four or five people in the world who didn't get it yet) what a pack of low life trash the former Republican vice presidential nominee and her family are, is this tragic news:

"TLC has pulled the plug on its hit reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after reports surfaced that star "Mama June" Shannon is dating a convicted child molester, Mark McDaniel."
And here he is.  Of course, giving that it's Mama June we're talking about here, maybe that's the best she could do.


In a fine display of how seriously this sort of person really takes the endlessly repeated right wing blab about "family values," the adorable "Mama June" dumped the father of Honey Boo Boo a few months ago, and now has taken up with this guy, who just got out of prison for "forcing oral sex" on an eight year old.  The victim is apparently some sort of relative of Mama June, just to give things a little more of that trailer-trash flavor.

For the record, I've seen five minutes of the show, during which a pig pooped on their dining table while they were getting ready for dinner, so I am no expert, but I am distressed at the way that right wingers make people like these worthless low-lifes, or the Duck Dynasty con men, or Sarah Palin's trashy family out to be exemplars of what it means to be a real American.





Thursday, October 23, 2014

Palestinian Hero

A Palestinian poster celebrating the heroic life of the guy pictured above.  Part of the text reads:  "The martyr hero Abd al-Rahman al-Shaloudi performs a sacred act of running over the settlers in occupied Jerusalem."

His act of bravery?  He deliberately killed a three month old Jewish baby with his car.  A sacred act.

Nelson Bunker Hunt

So Nelson Bunker Hunt seems to have died yesterday.  The essence of all the reporting on him seems to be that he was an oil billionaire, who inherited his money from his oilman father and in concert with his brother, lost most of it in a harebrained scheme to corner the world silver market, and then got a lot of it back.  The reporting, and the information easily available on the web sort of stop there.  Examine, for example, the Wikipedia page on him, which only devotes a couple of sentences to the real reason for remembering him, his brother and his father: their rabid right wing politics, backed up by massive amounts of their oil money.  In fact, the Hunts were the prototype for the malignant Koch brothers, who have taken upon themselves the right to do so much damage to the country today.
Hunt with his brother

Their father was an uneducated wildcatter who made a lot of money and left it to the brothers, along with their thirteen other siblings.  The Hunt brothers were also "privately" educated (i.e. they never went to school) and steeped in their father's beliefs, which were pretty much in alignment with the John Birch Society, with which he was involved, exactly like the Koch Brothers' father.  What none of the web sources that I saw mentioned, and what I think is the most important fact of all is that, between them and their father, the Hunts were the number one factor in the creation of right wing talk radio in the 1960's, financing both shows like the Voice of Americanism, and radio stations that carried their propaganda.  They were also among the creators of the Conservative "think tank;" their Western Goals Foundation being the grandfather of the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and countless other right wing propaganda mills following in their footsteps. 
 Daddy H. L. Hunt in front of his ludicrous J. R. Ewing style mansion

Thus, we get the current political climate in this country, where massive propaganda expenditures by a few billionaires pollute our electoral processes to the point where democracy is nothing but a pathetic fiction, and this is considered entirely acceptable.  These are the original Koch brothers, and although their malicious political career was cut short by their disastrous overreach in the silver market, they had blazed the path for the many rich sociopaths that have come after them.

Ebola Prompts North Korea To Bar Tourists

And once again, Republicans in the United States narrowly miss an opportunity to act just as irrationally as the world's most lunatic dictatorship.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Palin....

Just for the record, here is a link to the 27 minute police tape made at the scene of the brawl involving the Palin family a month or so ago.

Two comments, and then I'm out of here:

First of all, John McCain should be tied to a chair and forced to listen to this tape about a hundred times, until he is ready to face the sickening spectacle he unleashed on the American people.  Thank God she will never have a position of real power ever again.

And second, can you imagine the press circus if, say, Joe Biden's family was involved in such a disgraceful incident?  I do not believe I am exaggerating to suggest that it would produce wall to wall press coverage for two years, just like Clinton's blow job did, with Chris Matthews, Chuck Todd and all the rest of them declaring to the public that Biden must be driven from public life.  But in this case, oh that wacky Sarah and her wacky family.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Going Viral

I can't resist this.  It's the hottest song right now in Liberia, and as sick a joke as it is, the song is indeed going viral:



Well, I actually like it, even though it's not the kind of thing I usually listen to.  I'm happy to give the musicians a couple of hits.