Friday, July 25, 2014

Bibi

I want to get my two cents in on Bibi Netanyahu.  And let me start out by saying that he disgusts me the same way that Bush and Cheney and Reagan and McCain and Gingrich do.  More about this later.

I first noticed Netanyahu in the early nineties, and he seemed immediately familiar to me- a self-serving demagogue cut from the same cloth as the American guys I mentioned above.  But the Israelis couldn't see that, and for a historical reason.  Israel is not an old country.  Up until Netanyahu, all of the high ranking members of Israeli governments had participated either in the fight to establish the State, or in the struggle to build a society from nothing.  And as with our founding fathers, this left even the most deplorable of them, like Sharon, with a commitment to the welfare of Israel that overrode their lowest motives.  Not so with Netanyahu.  He cared for no one but himself, and was willing to advance in Israel the same right wing cant that has caused us such damage here in the U.S.  In a way, he is more destructive than Republican leaders here, because he is not so surrounded by think tanks, pollsters and other manipulators who could try to keep him from spinning off from reality in such a tragic manner.

We can see this clearly because we have lived with it so long, but the Israelis could not, and thus they got Netanyahu.  And the results they are getting are pretty much the same as the results that we got under Bush and Cheney.

At the start of this current spate of violence, I was shocked to see how much public opinion seemed to have turned in the direction of the Israelis.  Comment sections on web posts that had routinely featured hundreds or thousands of the most sickeningly antisemitic remarks were now filled with supporters of Israel.  All gone now.  With eight hundred deaths and counting, the Palestinians have again succeeded in the only thing they seem to be able to do besides terrorist violence- convincing the world (which is predisposed to see things in any way unfavorable to Jews) that the Israelis are once again the bad guy.

No matter that a very large number of civilian casualties are undoubtedly the result of the callous actions of Hamas, mixing their military installations into the civilian population in a deliberate attempt to cause any Israeli response to their attacks to result in Palestinian civilian deaths, and whose soldiers, in a violation of international law, wear no uniforms, and can therefore be declared to be civilians once they are dead.  Far too many people are ready to ignore the 13,000 rockets, the tunnel attacks on Israel, the hatred espoused by Hamas, all of it, in order to blame the Jews.

Still, Netanyahu's strategy of mindless militarism has produced the same result that Bush's and Cheney's did- making his own country one more time a pariah, and allowing the Arabs to portray actions taken by Israel in self-defense as some sort of abominable aggression.

This is the result of giving in and letting the right rule your country, wherever it happens.  Thanks, Bibi.


P.S.- there seems to be a random line of type across this post, at least on my browser.  I don't have a clue where it came from.  Sorry.

Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA

This news just in:

"Washington (AFP) - Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilization back to the 18th century," NASA said."

What, the Sun is a Republican?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's All Israeli Lies and Propaganda

Every time we hear the claim that Palestinians use their own civilians as sacrificial victims to prevent Israelis from fighting back against them without the inevitable worldwide condemnation, the claims pour in that it is nothing but lying Israeli propaganda.

Well, this statement, from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, should put an end to that:

"Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.

The Agency immediately informed the relevant parties and is pursuing all possible measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA will launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

UNRWA strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law."

This was the second time in recent days that the UNRWA has found Hamas missiles stored in their currently unused buildings.  And this comes from an organization with a notorious history of pro-Palestinian leanings.

In light of this, every denial from Hamas that they are not deliberately endangering their own people to extract propaganda value from their suffering must be proven in detail; otherwise these claims should be disregarded.

It is far past time for people to face who is really imposing disaster on Palestinian civilians.

Steve King Throws a Party

Congressman Steve King, one of the most unrepentant racists and immigrant haters in Washington, held an anti-immigration rally this past weekend:
I know this is getting boring, but as long as the Mainstream press treats the teabaggers, the anti-immigrant racists, the Bundy Ranch would-be terrorists, and all the rest of the right wing haters as a significant movement in this country, I'm going to keep showing the truth.

And what is the truth?  This supposed movement is largely a creation of rich people like the Koch Brothers, who over the years have spent tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars manufacturing the illusion that large parts of the voting public support whatever the rich guys want.

Apparently, this was one of a number of immigration "protests" held across the country this weekend; all of them were busts, attracting at most 40 people, as few as 3.  Yet we are held hostage by this mirage of a movement, because it suits the mainstream press and the Republicans to treat them seriously, and the Democrats are, as usual, afraid to tell the truth.


The protests were a bust. Local news reports and pictures posted on social media show anemic turnout, from about 40 people in front of the United Nations in New York to just three at a McClellan, Texas, border control station who wondered if they had gotten the wrong address. - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-immigrant-protests-bust-five-things-weekends-rallies-told-us-about-nativist-right#sthash.d881VBN5.dpuf
The protests were a bust. Local news reports and pictures posted on social media show anemic turnout, from about 40 people in front of the United Nations in New York to just three at a McClellan, Texas, border control station who wondered if they had gotten the wrong address. - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-immigrant-protests-bust-five-things-weekends-rallies-told-us-about-nativist-right#sthash.d881VBN5.dpuf
The protests were a bust. Local news reports and pictures posted on social media show anemic turnout, from about 40 people in front of the United Nations in New York to just three at a McClellan, Texas, border control station who wondered if they had gotten the wrong address. - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-immigrant-protests-bust-five-things-weekends-rallies-told-us-about-nativist-right#sthash.d881VBN5.dpuf
The protests were a bust. Local news reports and pictures posted on social media show anemic turnout, from about 40 people in front of the United Nations in New York to just three at a McClellan, Texas, border control station who wondered if they had gotten the wrong address. - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-immigrant-protests-bust-five-things-weekends-rallies-told-us-about-nativist-right#sthash.d881VBN5.dpuf

Monday, July 21, 2014

Another Short Thought About Republican Warmongering

With Republicans now furious that Obama won't send weapons to the Ukraine to use in its fight against Russia, and a number of them actually demanding that we send American troops to the region, I would like to point out the following:  Woodrow Wilson worked for two and a half years to keep the United States out of World War I, and it wasn't a tough fight because hardly anyone else over here wanted to be in the war either.  Finally he had to call for war.  And what was the provocation that drew us into World War I?  It wasn't the sinking of the Lusitania, it wasn't the violation of Belgian neutrality, it wasn't the attacks on our merchant fleet, it wasn't the damage done to our allies.  It was the discovery of Germany's attempts to get Mexico to go to war against the United States:

"On (March 1st) in 1917, the text of the so-called Zimmermann Telegram, a message from the German foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, to the German ambassador to Mexico proposing a Mexican-German alliance...is published on the front pages of newspapers across America...Public opinion in the United States now swung firmly toward American entrance into World War I. On April 2, Wilson went before Congress to deliver a message of war. The United States formally entered the conflict four days later."

Of course, Germany never went so far as proposing sending actual troops into Mexico, as many Republicans seem to want to do in Eastern Europe.  They just tried to manipulate the country next door into siding with them against us.  The Zimmerman telegram was far less of a provocation that what Republicans would do to Russia, yet it led us into World War I.  Can you imagine anything short of an all-out attack that would lead the Russian public into virtually unanimous support of Putin's aggression that for their great geopolitical enemy to station troops only a few hundred miles from their soil?  Can you think of anything that would do more to justify the long-standing Soviet and now Russian notion that it needed a buffer zone of countries under its control between Russia and Europe?

Republican foreign policy is just as mad and self-destructive as Republican economic and social policy.  There is a very good chance that, if Obama had not won in 2012, we would be on the path to World War right now. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

How About Some Palestinian Popular Music?

Here is a song which illustrates the state of Palestinian pop music so well.  It comes from a site called MEMRI,  which follows Arabic TV and provides excerpts with translations.





I found this site through Infidel753, who has a much more frightening excerpt of a speaker at a rally in Gaza.  I urgently encourage you to click on the link and listen to this evil, perverted man- it's only a couple of minutes long, but it should dispel any doubts you should have about who are the bad guys in the Middle East.

Any way, all things considered, when it comes to music, I'll stick with Buddy Guy.



That doesn't have a thing to do with the subject- I just needed it to get the other one out of my mind.  Because after that, I've got the blues too.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hey, Remember Way Back Then...

Just a few months ago, when Republicans thought Vladimir Putin was the greatest leader on earth?



How's that going for you guys now?

Gun Deaths

Courtesy of Daily Kos, here's an interesting chart:

As you can see, gun deaths in the United States are inching up to the point when they may exceed motor vehicle deaths in the fairly near future.  Apparently, they already do in 14 States.

The article points out that government regulation has massively reduced motor vehicle deaths.  Of course, we are not allowed to have that sort of thing for guns, because FREEDOM!!!



Republicans Attack Our Nation's Enemy

Oh, not Al Qaida, of course.  Not the Russians or the Chinese.  No, they're attacking that Mooslum Communist Barack Obama.  This time it is about his failure to prevent an abominable act committed by a rebel group halfway around the world.  What exactly Obama did that caused this to happen, or what he could have possibly done to stop it, is as unknown as the Republican substitute for Obamacare, which they have been promising for six years now, but it doesn't stop them from raving on, does it?

I was going to compile a list of some of the more asinine attacks the Republicans made on Obama, starting the day after the downing of the Malaysian jetliner over Ukranian territory, when no one really knew jack about what had happened.  And boy, there was plenty there- the whole pack of them attacked on cue, as is usual with Republicans.  But what's the point?  You all know perfectly well what they are going to have to say.  So I thought I would just content myself with the remarks of the nation's premiere bitter old man/lying warmonger.  I know I don't have to even mention his name:

"Oh, I don't understand this president."

That's for sure.  And it's because you don't understand what it takes to be President.  That's why you got the pants beat off you by a black man, something not one of us ever thought we'd live to see.  Hint, in case you're wondering what I mean: people who are qualified to be President don't select an ignorant, lying clown to be one step away from the White House.

"Crisis on the border, he did the fundraisers, the fundraisers in New York while there are major, major conflicts, not to mention the loss of American lives, is reported that there were Americans on that airplane. I do not understand it...This is just what we used to call in the military AWOL."

Because he should have gone right down to the border, and when the child refugees tried to cross, he should have kicked them in the face.  That would teach them who is boss.  He doesn't even know enough to stand there and yell "get off of my lawn" like some Senatorial jackass geezer we can think of might have done.  And of course, if only he had cancelled his public appearances, that Malaysian airliner would miraculously have reappeared and everybody would be happy.


And while we are on the subject of AWOL, here's another thing Obama didn't do.  He wasn't such a careless pilot that he got shot down over enemy territory and then spilled his guts to the North Vietnamese while in captivity.  That's right, Senator, you guys go on calling him a traitor all you want, making up your absurd charges.  He isn't a real traitor like you were.

"It's a cowardly administration that we failed to give the Ukrainians weapons with which to defend themselves. These separatists may not even have occupied and had access to these weapons, which apparently, they got at an airfield. And by the way, it takes weeks of training to make someone able to use that system. They're clearly Russian trained. And these separatists are -- the leaders of them are Russians, as well.

So first, give the Ukrainians weapons to defend themselves and regain their territory. Second of all, move some of our troops into areas that are being threatened by Vladimir Putin, other countries like the Baltics and others. Move missile defense into the places where we got out of, like the Czech Republic and Poland and other places.... That's just for openers."



Right.  Provide arms to a country right next to the second most powerful military on earth.  That will work out just fine, and provide a great starting point for efforts to bring about a more peaceful world.  Of course, it will provide more profits for American arms manufacturers, so that must be carefully weighed against the possibility of starting World War III.

"But let me point out again, at the time Yanukovych was overthrown and the Ukrainian people expressed their desire for freedom, they begged us for weapons. They begged us to give them weapons. You know what we gave them? We gave them MREs and we sent them in by truck, by the way.

If we had given them weapons, perhaps they could have taken that part of Ukraine back and that attack never could have been mounted from what apparently was a base where they captured this anti-aircraft missile capability."

Perhaps.  Perhaps they could have taken back the land that the missile was shot from, because it was the only place on earth that the rebels could have fired that missile.  And perhaps the Russians would respond by reopening a spy base in Cuba, ninety miles from the U.S. that had been closed since the sixties, just to teach people like this guy that two can play the game of undermining the other country.  Oh wait a minute...no perhaps involved, that has already happened.

You'd think five years in a prisoner of war camp would have at least taught this guy that war is not a video game.  But, I guess not.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Green Eagle Tries to Start a Conspiracy Theory

Green Eagle loves conspiracy theories- particularly when he makes them up all by himself. 

So a Malaysian airliner seems to have been shot down over the Ukraine.  Every scrap of talk I have heard so far revolves around suspicion of the Russians or Ukrainians.

You know what?  Remember a few months ago when a Malaysian airliner disappeared altogether?  Well, here's another one gone.  Think that's just a coincidence?  Well, you will have to prove it to me.

Johnny Winter

Bye bye Johnny



I hope you won't mind my turning away from politics for a minute.  I'm a very big blues fan, and just wanted to note the passing of Johnny Winter.  The above song doesn't display as much of Winter's unbelievably fast lead work, for which he was so famous (although there is some pretty hot lead playing later in the cut,) but it's a great song, and suits the mood of the day, I think.  I love the switch from the country style at the beginning into the very electric shuffle at the end.

Winter's work was less well known than a lot of other people's playing, I think, although everybody knows who he was.  If you've never heard him, give this a try, and then maybe find a little more on YouTube.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's get this latest wheelbarrow of fertilizer out there:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Officials: ISIS Terrorists May Target Europe and US Homeland, Threat 'Extremely High'

Surprise! Not a single one of these "officials," nor what agency they work for is mentioned in this article.  How do these guys get away with this over and over again?  Is the country that filled with willing suckers?

Town Hall:  "Question: Is President Obama the “Most anti-Woman President Ever”?

Really.  I  mean, is he?  Well, here is the answer:

"I’ll spell it out plainly as I can: Obama is the worst president for women because he has systemically lied to them. He has brazenly campaigned as their champion, even as he seeks to make them wards of the state, forever dependent on government largesse in the form of food stamps and free birth control."

Forever dependent on having food to eat and medical care.  That's what makes Obama the worst President in history.  If he were a friend of women, he'd just let them die.  That would be the humane, Republican thing to do.

And now, the award for Creativity In Making Good Things Bad For Obama:

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "DOW at 17,000 -- But You're Not Invited"

Of course, you were invited to participate under the Bush Administration, when the Dow lost half of its value.  So see, when, under Obama, the Dow more than doubled, that was actually bad for Obama, because ordinary people didn't get their share- something that always breaks the hearts of Republicans.  But, don't worry, Larry has a perfect solution to the problem:

"But there is something we could do immediately to help to increase the net worth of the bottom 99 percent -- allow private accounts for Social Security. "

Then, ordinary people could be not invited to have their Social Security.  No lie ever gets old for Republicans.

 Kristan Hawkins, Town Hall:  "The Supreme Court Gave Women More Freedom, Not Less"

Yeah, sure, sure.  Want to hear some real stupidity?  Here's more of what this idiot had to say:

"Again, the people cheering the decision at the front of the Court were women - young women. I was among them. My face was plastered on newspapers across the country because I was thrilled, as a woman, wife, mother, and member of the Millennial generation, to say that I agree that religious freedom is so inherent in our nation that no bossy bureaucrats should be able to tell me that giving me free birth control makes me equal to men and brings my healthcare decisions out of the dark ages. "

God, you are brain dead, Kristan.  No, I mean that.  I just don't have anything else to say about you.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "OUTRAGEOUS. Obama to Send Pink Slips to US Soldiers Deployed in Afghanistan...In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed."

I guess the government shouldn't have told them.  Maybe they could just fly them home and leave them at the airport.  Or how about just letting them find their own way home from Afghanistan.  That would be a lot better than giving them notice that their time in the military was up.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  " Battle Cons and Wonk Cons Must Work Together To Destroy Liberalism"

Destroy them!  Not beat them in the elections, not convince the American people that giving the country to the super rich is in their best interest- no, simply DESTROY THEM!!!!1!1!@!  And who says running the country like a bunch of eight year olds is a bad idea?

Cathy Reisenwitz, Town Hall:  "Self-described “Liberal” Millennials are Actually Libertarian"

Because they don't know what they really are, but Cathy does.  A nice way to convince yourself, Cathy, that in just a few years they are all going to start voting Republican.  Just take my advice, Cathy- don't put any money on that.

Katie Kieffer, Town Hall:  "Millennials are still very confused about the benefits of a free market system and struggle to differentiate between capitalism and socialism. Despite the 64 percent figure, only 52 percent of Millennials told pollsters that they favor capitalism whereas 42 percent favored socialism.

As you can see, despite saying they embrace free markets, many Millennials don’t understand that socialistic policies are responsible for the Great Recession and millions of young people conflate socialism with freedom."



Millions of Millenials don't have a clue what is going on.  Katie Kieffer, one of Town Hall's current stock of Fox News style reporter/bimbos, does.  If you believe that, I've got a deal for you on an only slightly used Ted Cruz.


Matt Barber, Town Hall: "Left Moves to Outlaw Christianity...The mask is off. All pretense has been dropped, and the anti-Christian left’s boundless depth of hatred for individual liberty, our First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is now on full display."



On Mars, I guess.  Not here, of course.  Really, Matt, don't you have something constructive to do with your time?

Mark Baisley, Town Hall:  "The present-day American conservative movement appears to be growing up. And it just might realize success if they continue to progress strategically over tactically. In other words, rather than passionately working to win elections, they must determine to ruthlessly persist in defeating the domestic enemies of an endless war over the soul of America."

Sorry, Mr. Godwin.  That sounds like this guy to me.

So call me a jerk, that's my opinion.


Neil W. McCabe, Human Events:  "Beyond guns, Operation Choke Point targets coin dealers, tobacco and pay day lenders...Operation Choke Point was used to harass the firearms industry, but there are other legal businesses on the “high-risk” list."

Because there's no one that should be above government regulation like tobacco dealers and pay day lenders- the sort of job creators that makes our country great.  And by the way, what the hell is "Operation Choke Point," anyway?

Andrew Klavan, PJ Media:  "When the important issues of our times are up for debate, a black woman and a white gay are arguing on CNN over whether white gays should act like black women."

Yeah, what they should really be arguing about is if global warming is the biggest lie in history, and whether we are being mean enough to poor people.

Bryan Prestion, PJ Media:  "Obama Laughs His Way Through Meeting with Gov. Perry.  What's so funny?"

Rick Perry...I guess Bryan is talking about this photo:


 ...just don't get the joke, do you, Bryan?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Report: SMALL LIFELESS, DEAD CHILDREN Found “Washed Up Along Riverbank” of Rio Grande"

Thanks, Obama!

Think I'm kidding?

"This indicates a pattern of covering up dead illegal alien kids by the Obama administration. It was two weeks before news was reported on the sole child death acknowledged by the Obama administration, Gilberto Ramos, a 15 year-old boy from Guatemala whose body was found in the Texas brush dead from the heat."

Other than this one case, of course, "multiple sources" report lots more dead kids.  As is usual with right wingers, "multiple sources" translates as "I just made that up."  So, Obama is responsible for the fevered delusions of Jim Hoft.  Man, if that is true, Obama is a bad guy.

Wes Vernon, Renew America:  "A third term: will the 22nd Amendment save us?"

This is more lunatic maundering about the possibility that Obama is going to just stay as President after his term is up.  I actually have been an advocate of three terms for Bush and Cheney- two in the White House and one in prison.  So maybe I shouldn't complain too much about Wes, even though he is obviously a delusional jerk.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Bill Ayers' recent appearance on Megyn Kelly's Fox News program appears to be part of a systematic campaign to whitewash the activities of the communist terrorists who were murdering policemen and FBI agents during the 1960s and 70s, and to set the stage for their release and rehabilitation."

Because that's what Fox News does- whitewash the activities of Communist terrorists.  I always suspected that was the deal over there at Fox.

And speaking about Communist Terrorists:


Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Obama prepares pardons for terrorists"

Right.  Of course he is.  This story is about a bunch of people in prison for violent acts in the late 60's and early 70's.  They all have lawyers trying to get them out of prison, forty years after the fact.  No surprise there.  What will surprise you is that there isn't a word in the article about any involvement in this by the Obama administration.  Well, I guess it won't surprise you.

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "Mobilizing for impeachment: good faith is the only hope"

Impeachment.  Good faith.  Amazing.



'Bye for now.  I think I'm going to need a rest now.