Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup- BENGHAZI!!!!!!! Special Edition

All Benghazi, all the time!

So the deeply pathetic House Benghazi committee released its Repubicans-only report today, and guess what it contained?  Eight hundred pages of nothing.  What a surprise.  Even the miserable fanatics on the committee (with the exception of two of them, who produced their own "report" repeating every one of the long-discredited lies that have been all the Republicans have ever had) couldn't repeat the charges that they have been making for four years, in print for the world to see forever.  So, how did the wingnut blogs respond?  Well, pretty much as expected:

Guy benson, Town Hall:  " More Lies: Newly-Discovered Withheld Emails Highlight Hillary's Unaccountability, Possible Perjury"

No they don't.  But with Benghazi turning into such a bust, I guess they are going with a lie they think they haven't worn out yet.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "FLASHBACK: When Hillary Stood in Front of Flag Draped Coffins And Lied About a Video"

Because maybe if we repeat a lying smear for the ten thousandth time, someone will believe it.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Committee Report: Secretary of Defense Panetta Ordered Military Assets For Benghazi, They Never Moved"

Katie says later in the article that "they never arrived."  That's a lot different than "they never moved," isn't it?  They didn't get there in time.  Boy, Katie has been a busy little liar today.

'The question remaining is why the assets never made it. According to the report, President Obama said during the attack to "do everything possible to help our people...Could it be that military assets never left the ground because the State Department was arguing about which uniforms the Marines should have been wearing on their rescue missing? Wow. "

Could it be that the assets never made it because Obama and Hillary were in a meeting with lizard people from outer space?  Could be...

And this is a lie with some real staying power:

Streiff, Red State:  "When the Benghazi Phone Rang At 3AM, Hillary Clinton Was Obsessed Over What Clothing the Marines Should Wear"

The desperation with which the Republicans are trying to salvage some scandal from their disastrous House Benghazi hatchet job is spectacular.  By the way, by 3 am Washington time, the whole thing was over, but that doesn't stop the Republicans from adding this to their stack of Benghazi lies too.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Hillary Responds to Scathing Benghazi Report: “It’s Time to Move On”

"Scathing," in this case, being Republican speak for "absolutely nothing of substance; i.e. a complete rout of the Republican liars."  They should thank their lucky stars that Hillary is willing to walk away from this Republican disgrace, instead of grinding it in their faces forever.

"House Republicans released their final report on the Benghazi attacks Tuesday morning. The report concludes what we already knew. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton DID NOTHING to save US lives in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. They spent precious time instead during the attack concocting a lie they would tell the American public about the terrorist attack."

The report, of course, revealed nothing of the kind, but that won't stop pathological liars like Jim Hoft from repeating the same tired falsehoods forever, nor will it stop their ignorant, vicious base from lapping it up.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Rep. Trey Gowdy RIPPED the media after the Benghazi report was released today.  The media used the Democrat talking points to attack Gowdy and the committee on Tuesday. The first reporter asked if this was a wise use of taxpayer dollars. Democrats said no new information was presented in the GOP report.  Trey Gowdy let the media have it!"

Have what?  A trophy for telling the truth?  No, he was extremely angry with them for pointing out that he has spent two years making a gigantic, malicious fool of himself.  By the way, one more confirmation here that the phrase "Democratic talking points" is Republican talk for "the truth."

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Benghazi Report: State Dept Withheld Requested Weapons to Agents Because They Were Not “Aesthetically Pleasing” 

Oh, grow up, Jim.  As we might have expected, Jim has been a particularly busy boy this morning.

Breitbart:  "Sharyl Attkisson: Obama and Clinton Lied to the Public, ‘Impeded the Investigation’

This latest lie from Sharyl Attkisson, who, if you don't remember her, was pretty much drummed from the respectable media for promoting an entirely fictional account of what happened in Benghazi.  That's why she's hanging with the Breitbart people these days.

"In the end, Republicans say the White House “impeded the investigation” making it impossible to answer all outstanding questions. "

That must be the explanation for them coming up with nothing after a two year, multimillion dollar inquisition.  It just couldn't be that the whole thing was a partisan lie-fest from the beginning.

Breitbart:  "Exclusive — Sarah Palin: Administration Lies, Soldiers Die. Yes, Hillary, at Every Point ‘It Matters’

Sarah Palin.  Enough said.  As a sort of thought experiment, just imagine what it might have been like if Sarah Palin had been running security in Benghazi.  Maybe she could have had Todd and her sons go over there, get drunk and beat up the terrorists.

Neil W. McCabe, Breitbart:  "Exclusive: GOP Committee Members: Benghazi Report Proves Hillary Clinton Unfit For White House"

Apparently because she lied so much that she prevented the committee members from finding something to impeach her for.  This in the report from two Republican committee members who were infuriated that the partisan hack Republican report didn't tell enough lies.

Larry O'Connor, Hot Air:  "Benghazi report details Obama/Clinton failures before, during and after deadly attacks"

Just not very many of them, and none of any consequence.  Oh well, you've got to go to war with the lies you have, as I think someone once said.

Sandy Fitzgerald, Newsmax:  "Newt Gingrich: Clinton 'Lied While Americans Were Dying' in Benghazi"

Well, with the opinion of that celebrated champion of the truth, Newt Gingrich, I think we'll have to leave this subject.  The garbage goes on and on, but you get the idea.  The Benghazi committee was a partisan hatchet job built on lies from the very day it started. We all know this, and yesterday's essentially content-free report was just the last dying gasp of a particularly unappealing monster.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Quick Note About the Supreme Court Abortion Decision

Here's an aspect of this which has not received any attention yet, but I think is the most important part of the whole thing:  This law does not only presage well for reproductive rights in other States; it sticks a knife in the heart of the whole Republican scam of claiming they are passing laws for good reasons, when in fact they are doing it for electoral advantage or to pander to their base, which is basically the same thing.  If the Supreme Court, without the malignant presence of the intellectual bully Antonin Scalia, can finally face the fact that this law was passed on an entirely dishonest basis, perhaps at last they are free to recognize the wholly unacceptable grounds on which Republicans really want these laws.  This goes all the way from voter suppression to "Citizens United" type corporate pandering.

And it makes all the more stark the choices we face this fall.  A Democratic President and Congress could set the country back on the path of working for the people; a Republican President and Congress, particularly if that President is Donald Trump, will be a fatal blow to the existence of the United States.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit, Schmexit

Just a couple of thoughts about Brexit, which I haven't really paid much attention to, despite having lived in England when I was a graduate student at Cambridge:

First of all, as usual, to American commenters, it's all about us, ranging from some guys on right wing websites blaming the whole thing on Obama (naturally,) to the standard mainstream take that, just like with Trump, it's about a bunch of angry working class white people who hate minorities in their country. This, of course, ignores another, and potentially much more damaging issue, "austerity."  Under the doctrines of austerity, the entire economy of Europe has to be subservient to the banks and seeing that investors don't lose a nickel on their loans, regardless of how irresponsible they were.  And the unfortunate reality is that the countries within the EEC who have all the power are the rich ones (I'm talking you here, Angela Merkel) which, of course, are home to all the bankers and investors.  So, guess who calls the tune?

Making the whole economy respond to the interests of the rich is, of course, hardly a new idea.  If you are interested in how it works out, you might care to look at the Presidency of Calvin Coolidge, who turned the running of the economy over to one Andrew Mellon, one of the richest and greediest people in history, who proceeded to set the government on a course of financial support to bankers and investors, and no one else.

Well, a lot of people in Europe are sick of this kind of thing, but to read most of the reporting, it is all about hating immigrants.  The truth is, the real powers behind the throne in Europe could have easily avoided the exit of Britain by recognizing the damage they were doing by catering to their rich friends' interests, but of course, as in the United States, a large part of the guys who vote on such things don't give a damn about how much damage they cause, and so we end up with Cyprus, and Portugal, and now Brexit.  If the European Union does fall apart, it will not be because of immigrants, but because of the intransigent refusal of corrupt leaders to budge one inch from their servicing of the rich.

By the way, just to return to some good old American self-obsession, separating these two issues pretty much defines the difference between Bernie's campaign and Trump's.  Of course, the mainstream press will do whatever it can to suppress awareness of any rational opposition to what is economically off kilter in this country, so they try to conflate the two candidates and their followers.

Well, in the end, despite the current panic by the chicken littles on Wall Street, my guess is that in the end this will not make all that much difference.  The economic damage that the British exit from the European Union causes is, I suspect, far less than the continuing bleeding that "austerity," i.e. giving everything to the rich, would have done in the future.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup is dedicated to old hand David Gergen, who had this to say about Trump's disgusting, lying forty minute smear of Hillary:

"DAVID GERGEN: If you don't look at what the substance of what he said, one of his best speeches and most effective speeches."

If you don't look at the substance.  That's a good way to pick a President.  Well, Trump's speech was not quite as good as a Hitler speech maybe, but let's just ignore the substance of what Hitler said too.  That way, we can admire both of them.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Media Screwing Up Reports On The AR-15 During Mass Shootings Isn’t New, Nor Was It The Most Embarrassing"

You see, because they got wrong the exact model of assault rifle the Orlando killer used, they don't have a damned right to say a word about the 49 people he killed.  Just for your information, here is the actual model, from Sig Sauer:

and an AR-15:


As you can see the two products are so dissimilar in appearance and use, that anyone that mistook one for the other is an ignorant fool that could not tell the difference between, say, a live clubgoer and a dead one, or a Republican Congressman and a bought-and-paid-for tool of the NRA.  Oh wait a minute- there is no difference between the last two.

Bruce Bialosky, Town Hall:  "This Is On Obama... how ISIS has grown and prospered is the responsibility of President Obama more than anyone else, and that needs to be identified and he needs to be held accountable for that."

Bruce, you know damned well who in the White House was really responsible for ISIS- it was your guys and their criminal war of aggression against Iraq.  No amount of lying on your part will ever change that.  And just a word about letting right wingers rewrite history: This country should have learned a lesson from what happened when we let people pretend that the Confederate generals were heroes, instead of traitors.  It's time for the truth.  Practically everything that has ever gone wrong with this country (and most of the rest of the world) has been caused by the right, and every time we forget that, we get screwed.

Stephen Cruiser, PJ Media:  "Trump Goes Full Democrat on Terror Watch List Gun Purchase Issue"

Apparently, it is a Republican thing to want terrorists to be able to buy guns.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "NRA Hits Hillary Clinton in Powerful Ad after Orlando ISIS Massacre: “Stop Talking!” Your Words Expose Your Ignorance "

SHUT UP, HILLARY!!!!!!!  Man, that is a powerful ad.  And with a message simple enough for the suckers who support them to understand.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "We need more Islamophobia, not less"

Whatever, Cliff.  Just shoot your mouth off about anything you want.  Who cares what you have to say?

Paul Bremmer, World Net Daily:  "BLACK AMERICANS WARNED: DEMOCRATS ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS!  'They are essentially brainwashed by liberals who have much to gain'

Warned.  Well it was thoughtful of someone to take the time to offer the help.  And warned by whom? Ben Kinchlow, the cofounder of the 700 club, along with Pat Robertson.  I'm sure Ben only had black Americans' best interests at heart.  Of course, Ben repeats the same tired lies about how every shred of civil rights progress in history came from Republicans.  Luckily, the number of black people who read World Net Daily is pretty close to zero, and not very many of them are dumb enough to believe that, anyway.

David Kupelian, World Net Daily:  "PRESIDENT HILLARY: AMERICA'S NURSE RATCHED...  Exclusive... how Clintons would turn U.S. into insane asylum

Well, get ready for stories like this.  With Trump being pretty much a made-to-order Bond villain, we can expect Hillary to be compared to every evil fictional woman in history.  Next up:  "Hillary- the Cirsei Lannister of America."

World Net Daily:  "Supremes eye 'assault-weapon' bans in 2 states"

Supremes?



Who knew they cared?

Barbwire:  "ORLANDO TRAGEDY – A TIME FOR PRAYER NOT POLITICS"

I.e.  a time to do nothing, just like all the other times.  Because profits are more important than lives.

Michael Bresciani, Barbwire:  "REALLY AMERICA! – WHICH CANDIDATE IS MOST LIKELY TO STOP MORE JIHADIST ATTACKS?"

Maybe we should start by asking the question "which candidate is most likely to cause more jihadist attacks.

Before It's News:   "Obama Signed Over the US to the United Nations... President Obama effectively signed over the sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations...the United States became a de facto puppet state of the United Nations nearly nine months ago."

Just thought you'd like to know.  Guess the election doesn't seem that important any more.  By the way, might you be a little curious about how Obama signed over our sovereignty and turned us into a puppet state?  Why, it was because he agreed to participate in worldwide program to increase vaccination rates in third world countries.  And as an additional crime:

"This means the continued degradation of the American male as the strong leader of the family unit as per Biblical teachings"

Well, that's the real abomination, right?


And while we're stopping by:

Before it's News:  "Witness Spills Beans on Illuminati Sacrifice in Denver Tonight!"

Be there or be square!

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Failed Gun Control Push Only Gave Senate Democrats Another Opportunity To Bash The NRA...I honestly have no clue what Senate Democrats were smoking when they decided to hold these pro-gun control amendments that were doomed to fail from the outset. There was no way Senate Republicans were going to get onboard to expand background checks...Nothing was going to happen. Period."

And you just can't figure out why Democrats proposed something that 90% of the American people support, but that corrupt Republicans won't pass.  Just can't figure it out.  Okay then, Matt.

Megan Maxey, Town Hall:  "Conservative Women Gather in DC, Discuss Fallacies of Modern Feminism"

No word on how many "Conservative women" actually showed up, and curiously enough, the web page of the organization holding this event did not have a single picture of it.  The photo at Town Hall showed 11 visible women, and two men.


Well, it's a start.  Maybe next year they will get 30.  And a camera that takes color pictures.

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Trump's Campaign Is Sinking and No One Is Doing Anything About It"

Not Green Eagle.  Green Eagle is laughing himself sick about it.  And Rick, Green Eagle is not alone.

Linda Harvey, Barbwire:  "DOES ‘GAY’-ACTIVIST HATE CAUSE GLOBAL CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION?...Are vocal anti-Christian activists – led by those who advocate homosexuality and gender confusion– at fault?"

No, not really.

Dr. Michael Brown, Barbwire:  "In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, leftist voices are not only blaming conservative Christians for the tragedy, they are now calling on Christians to renounce their sacred beliefs and historic convictions, as if holding to a biblical definition of marriage leads to mass murder."

It does, at least if history is much of a guide.

Dr. Don Boys, Barbwire:  "DESTRUCTION OF SOUTHERN CULTURE BY FANATICS!  Politicians, academics, and media moguls who hate the courage, character, commitment, and culture of the South are trying to deny, denigrate, and destroy Southern values. However, they have jumped on a bandwagon with loose wheels and will not know total victory–not without another uncivil war."

Helpfully illustrated by the following photo:


I guess we all know what they mean by the "courage, character, commitment" of the south.


Kaitlyn Collins, Daily Caller:  "Kendall Jenner Wasn't Wearing A Bra Yesterday. These Photos Prove It."

Just another sample of the incisive news coverage you just don't find at liberal websites.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "They Will Never Lie Away Our God-Given Rights"

In this case, our God-given right to own an assault weapon.  I actually missed that part when I read the Bible.  Maybe they found it in the Koran.  Or the Necronomicon.

And boy, they'll never give up on this one:

Jerry Newcombe, Renew America:  "At least Bush kept us safe at home"
Safe. Right.


And now, this height of ludicrousness:

Susan Ferrechio, Renew America:  "Republicans moved early Thursday morning to adjourn the House ahead of schedule for the July 4 recess after Democrats refused to end their takeover of the chamber, and threatened to prevent the House from doing any work through Friday or even beyond"

Threatened to prevent the House from doing any work.  The jokes write themselves.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thank Bernie?

My wife says that we have Bernie Sanders to thank for the Democratic sit-in in Congress today.  She says he showed that grown-ups could do teenage things.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Green Eagle Gets Paranoid About Trump

If there's one thing that Green Eagle dearly loves, it's a good conspiracy theory, and here's one that he just thought up today.

Let's say that, oh, about a year ago, the rich sociopaths who really own the Republican party realized that the mob of monsters that they created to be their base had gone totally out of control and were going to nominate one of the crazies that have haunted the political aisles for years- probably Ted Cruz, whose administration, if he won, would almost undoubtedly precipitate a depression, which is very bad for business.  So, here's what they did:  they convinced one of their own, a multibillionaire who absurdly campaigns on the basis that he can't be bought by the other multibillionaires, totally ignoring the fact that nobody needs to buy him, because he is already one of them.  Well, this guy takes a big hunk of his own money and uses it as a loan to finance a campaign even bigger, more outrageous, more boastful, more angry and more filled with hatred than anything that the other candidates could possibly match.

So, he wins the primaries, and is coasting into the nomination.  What does he do now?  Nothing. Nothing but give a few more desultory speeches.  He doesn't assemble a campaign team, he doesn't try to raise money, he doesn't try to get the Republican bigwigs on board.  Why? because he knows that a pretext is going to be created for him to withdraw without totally humiliating himself.  Then, the whole pack of Republican crazies can be replaced at the convention by a creature wholly owned by the hyper-rich- Paul Ryan, perhaps, or maybe (curse the thought) even Jeb himself.  And Trump is in on the gag, confident that really rich people will tip a few chips into his pocket for his trouble.

Well, there you go.  Right now, a paranoid dream.  Let's see what has happened by a month from now.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Republican Logic

Paul Ryan, speaking to Chuck Todd:

"The last thing I want to see happen is another Democrat in the White House. I don't want see Hillary Clinton as president. I want to see a strong majority in the House and the Senate. And I think the way to achieve those goals is to have a more unified party, than a dis-unified party," he added. 

Todd quickly jumped on Ryan's response. 

"You just made a case though of party over country," Todd said. 

"No, I didn't," Ryan replied."

I guess Chuck Todd has given Republicans plenty of reasons the last few years not to fear any consequences when they lie right in his face, but about something they just said in the previous sentence?

Boy, this is going to be a painful election, no matter who they nominate.

Trump Shows His Presidential Qualities, Yet Again

Thanks to Crooks and Liars, Donald Trump explaining (to a cheering crowd) how things like the Orlando massacre will be dealt with once he is President:



A gunfight in a darkened night club filled with three hundred innocent people.  By the way, anyone with the faintest knowledge of pistols knows how hard it is to hit a moving target with them in a calm situation, let alone in a free fire zone.  Something with a barrel that short just isn't that accurate. It isn't like it is in old cowboy movies, where the good guys would shoot the pistol out of the bad guys' hands, but Donald Trump doesn't seem to know that.

I've seen gun nuts all over the internet claiming that liberals have no right to say a word about guns because they couldn't tell the difference between an AR-15 and the Sig assault weapon that the Orlando killer used.  That's important, I guess, but understanding how many innocent bystanders would be killed before the "good guy with a gun" managed to hit the shooter, well that's just irrelevant.



And Inevitably:  It's a couple of hours later and we now hear this:  "Trump Says he Never Suggested Arming Club-goers"  No, never.  He would never suggest that.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

And yes, they have gone completely crazy.  The output of lunacy, in response, I guess, to the horrible situation they created for themselves, has increased dramatically lately, so I may have to do two of these a week for a while:

Tom DeLay:  “I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government,” DeLay explained. “When we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.”

God wrote the Constitution.  And DeLay was one of the leaders of the Republican party at one point, and was only kicked out for corruption, not for being a deranged lunatic.

Ron Paul,  Town Hall:  "Fascism: A Bipartisan Affliction"

Both sides do it.  Republican fascism consisting in fostering hatred, racism and violence in the nation, then exploiting the results for political gain, while Democratic fascism consists, apparently, of not wanting rich people to own every scrap of wealth in the country.  Same thing really.

Todd, Starnes, Town Hall:  "Chick-fil-A did WHAT on Sunday?"

Who cares?

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "No, President Obama, Americans Don't Need to Examine Themselves"

They are already perfect.  And if you deny that, you are a commie traitor.


And now the conspiracy theory to rule them all:


I had to actually put up a screen capture of this one, or you'd never believe it was real.  Can you imagine how stupid a person would have to be to believe this?  And yet hundreds of commenters seem to have swallowed it hook line and sinker. Well, the website that featured this also had the following:

"Body Of Homeless Man Found In Restaurant Was Confirmed To Be Bob Marley"

"Queen Elizabeth Promises To ‘Take Back America’ If Trump Elected!"

"HORRIBLE! Children Wearing Sombreros Giving the Middle Finger to Trump! "

Okay, then.  I actually suspect that the body of the homeless man was actually Queen Elizabeth, and Bob Marley has spent the last 40 years impersonating her in England.  That's why they had to get rid of the Corgis- they were the only ones who could tell the difference.


Wayne Allan Root, Town Hall:  "How Donald Trump Can Take Down Both Hillary...and Obama"

E-mails!!!!!   They sent each other e-mails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Off with their heads:

"Did Obama ever send Hillary an email? If so, didn't he know it was going to a private server? Did he ever text or talk to Hillary over her nonsecure private cell phone?"

If so, off to prison with them.  Because that's what Republicans want, and this all they've got to try to get them there.

Streiff, Red State:  "NY Daily News Reporter Gersh Kuntzman Lies About The AR-15"

He said it's really loud, and Streiff says it isn't.  Considering that the Republican candidate for President is averaging about 50 major lies per speech, I think Streiff should find something more important to obsess about than how loud an AR-15 is.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "SHAMEFUL: No Call of Condolence to Florida Governor Rick Scott From President Obama"

That criminal son of a bitch Rick Scott, who refuses to even admit that gays were targeted in this attack? See, he's the one who really needs our condolences.  The 49 dead people?  Not so much. Why not attack Obama for not making a call of condolence to Pat Robertson too?

Streiff, Red State:  "No, Media, Donald Trump Destroying Email Is Not the Same As Hillary Clinton Doing It"

IOKIYAR

Streiff, Red State:  "Are the Saudis Actually Funding 20% Of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign?"

No.  Of course, the Bin Laden family were funders of George W. Bush's early businesses, but that,s all right.  Boy, this Streiff guy has really been on a tear today.

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Sessions: Trump Was 'Frustrated and Said Something He Shouldn't Have Said' About Judge"

Bullshit.  He said just what he wanted to say, and it is a good thing he did, because it's one more little piece of evidence of who he really is.

Joe Kovacs, World Net Daily:  "Obama 'defending terrorists' in tirade on Trump"

Right.  He's 'defending terrorists.' Drop dead, asshole.  Really, do remarks like this justify any more dignified an answer?  Do we need to pretend that they are honest comments, rather than vomiting forth of right wing hatred?


And the joke of the day:

James Lewis, American Thinker:  "The media still don't get that the Republican nominee is looking more and more presidential."

In what universe?

Christopher Chantrill, American Thinker:  "Orlando: Why it Means War"

Because right wingers really want an excuse to kill lots of brown people.  And Christopher makes it clear that liberals better goddamn shut their mouths about it, if they know what's good for them, or they might be on the receiving end too.

Jeffrey T. Brown, American Thinker:  "Islamist or Progressive? It's getting hard to tell the Difference"

Right.  Islamists believe they have the right to violently force their religion on people and so do Progressives.  Oh wait- that would be Conservatives.  And Islamists hate gays, and so do Progressives.  Oh wait again- that would be Conservatives too.  And Islamists believe in torturing your enemies, and so do Progressives.  Oh, wait, that would be Conservatives also.  Seeing a sort of pattern emerge here?

Sierra Rayne, American Thinker:  "Corrected national polling data shows Trump in the lead"

Corrected polling data. Here we go again.  This is so they can spend years screaming that Hillary stole the election when she wins.  I mean, it worked for Romney, right?

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Trump again plays by his own rulebook, revokes WaPo press credentials"

You know what, guy?  Omar Mateen played by his own rules too.  Sometimes it's better to stick with the rules that have worked for two hundred years.


And now, perhaps the most idiotic reworking of a great statement ever heard:

Charlotte Cushman, American Thinker:  "First they came for Wall Street, and I did not speak out because I don’t own any stock."

The poor, oppressed minority, stock brokers.  They are right on the point of being rounded up and sent to death camps.  Believe me, there was more of this, but you don't want to read it.


And now, some really heart-felt advice from the right:

Barbwire:  "STOP USING THE ORLANDO TRAGEDY TO PROMOTE POLITICAL AGENDAS!"

Will you be surprised to learn that the word "Trump" was never mentioned in this article?  No, it was just an attack on those miserable people who wanted to talk about gun laws.  Keeping innocent people from being killed, you see, is a "political agenda."  Selling your soul to gun manufacturers out of a perfect mixture of greed and cowardice is American as all get out.

Chris Mills, Barbwire:  "TRUMP IS RIGHT ABOUT OBAMA AND ORLANDO ATTACK"

Yeah, Obama actually is working with Muslim terrorists to destroy the United States:


"The Caliphate is real, and the Democratic Party is either too stupid to know it, or they are perpetuating its rise.

I don’t think they’re stupid…"

No, and neither are you.  You are just a lying traitor.


And, ready for a new high in open insanity:

Paul Hair, Barbwire:  "THE U.S. SHOULD CONQUER MEXICO AND OTHER REFUGEE PRODUCING NATIONS...First, the U.S. should reach out to the leaders of refugee producing nations and give them an ultimatum to resign and relinquish control of their nations so they can become American colonies...However, if their leaders refuse the offer, the U.S. should forcibly conquer their nations."

Well, there it is.  What they are really after: the one world government they always scream about- just fine if they are in charge. And let's remember how well they did trying to work this out in one country, Iraq.  Anyway, it's the obvious answer:

"So the next time someone says the U.S. has a moral obligation to take in an infinite amount of legal and illegal refugees, pitch him the idea I just mentioned. He’ll reject it in horror. And when that happens you can decisively tell him, “Now I know what you really support. You support the Alien Conquest of America.”

The alien conquest of America.  Yup, that's what Democrats are all about.
I'm really scared now.  I guess I'd better vote for Trump.


And some more well-meant advice:

Robert Oscar Lopez:  "Time for LGBT Leaders to Apologize, Resign, and Be Replaced"

This is because these miserable leaders have failed to devote all of their attention to attacking Muslims, which is the only issue that gay leaders have any right to talk about.

"They have been chasing after easy targets like ex-gays, orthodox Christians, "bullies," family values proponents, and Republicans for decades.  The underlying premise of their movement has been that the greatest dangers faced by gays stem from "hate" and "stigma" propagated by these supposedly intolerant "bigots" housed in conservative quarters."

The answer?  Apparently to let right wing Christians pick gay leaders.
 

And another dive into Conservative history:

Bruce Walker, American Thinker:  "The same familiar social toxins that thrived in Weimar Germany – sexual promiscuity described as less casual and more vicious, rampant abortion, nature-worship, cultural deconstruction – left the German people disarmed when facing the menace of Nazism (and, for that matter, Marxism).  Well educated and well bred Germans, believing in nothing, fell prey to the "something" of Nazism.

How were Nazis stopped?  Revulsion against Nazi anti-Semitic policies came almost instantly from churches and Christian organizations in America, Britain, and Canada"

Yes, it was abortion that caused the Nazis, and the churches that stopped Nazism.  Bet you never knew that.  Bet you thought it was the armed military might of many countries, most of them led by left leaning leaders, chief among them, whether you like it or not, Joseph Stalin, whose country did the heavy lifting of defeating Germany.


And a little more from this jackass:

"Another interesting but lost fact is how many in the Christian West were looking at Nazi Germany and calling it the "New Islam."

Bruce, naturally, fails to cite a single time that ever happened, so I spent a little time with Google seeing if I could find anyone who ever said that.  Well, how long did you expect me to spend, really, but I found nothing.  Not one single reference to Christians calling Nazism the "New Islam."  But I bet we will be hearing about this pseudo-fact for years now.

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "Hugh Hewitt Wants Donald Trump to Grow Hooves and a Tail"

Who's to say that he doesn't already have them?  All the pictures I see of him are from the waist up.

Sally Zelikovsky, American Thinker:  "Evolution of a Trump Supporter...Conservatives and a significant part of the general voting public have tired of the polished, perfectly groomed candidate."

They're tired.  So this time they will go along with a lying, violent bully.  That should be a change for the better.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "CBS News: What Exactly Was The Point Of That AR-15 Segment?"

Well, since Matt doesn't seem to understand this, let me try to explain it.  The people at CBS were upset that 50 people were killed by a lunatic with a weapon that neither he nor any civilian should be allowed to own.  Hard to understand when you don't give a damn about those dead people, because they were gay.

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall  "Oh My: Hillary Clinton Has Turned Up The Sass On Twitter"

The sass.  As opposed to the mature, straight talking we get from Trump.  What can you say?

Streiff, Red State:  "McCain Is Right About Orlando"

That would be McCain saying that Obama is directly responsible for the Orlando shooting.  Mr. Streiff, you are a sick, disgusting excuse for a human.

Ian Hanchett, Breitbart:  "…COMPARING ISLAMIC TERROR TO OKLAHOMA CITY ‘A FALSE EQUIVALENCY,’ CHRISTIAN GROUPS AREN’T TRYING TO GET NUCLEAR WEAPONS"

No.  "Christian" groups are, however, trying to take over a government that has 4,000 of them.

Awr Hawkins, Breitbart:  "Fox News Should Focus on Keeping Terrorists from Guns, Not the Other Way Around"

Huh?

Enough already.  More soon.

Trump and the Indians

I want to recommend a very good article in today's Los Angeles Times, about Donald Trump's behavior toward one minority group, native Americans.  Here is a small excerpt, but it is worth reading in its entirety:

“When I have to sit here and listen to people saying that everything is just peachy-dory, it is not, folks. It is going to blow,” Trump warned. There was no way, he said, that “an Indian chief is going to tell ‘Joey Killer’ to please get off his reservation.”

He also accused a federally recognized tribe, the Mashantucket Pequots, of being fakes.

“They don’t look like Indians to me,” he declared...

Donald Trump testifies about casinos, Native Americans and the mob on Oct. 5, 1993, in front of the House Native American Affairs Subcommittee.

The hearing previewed a style, tone and vocabulary that have become familiar in Trump’s improbable political rise. Racially and culturally loaded rhetoric has been Trump’s constant weapon this election, from kick-starting his campaign by labeling Mexican immigrants as drug-carrying rapists, to citing an Indiana-born judge’s Mexican heritage to attack his fairness, or repeating his call this week to ban Muslims from entering the country as an answer to terrorism." 

There's lots more, and it draws a picture of a very despicable human being.  I guess most of us know that already, but we need to be fortified against the billions that are about to be spent convincing us otherwise.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Press Does Their Usual Job

I want to bring your attention to this just released study from Harvard's Shorenstein Center, dealing with the treatment of the candidates by the press.  Trump's abominable behavior in the last few weeks has led to some highly visible negative coverage by the press, but do not believe that this indicates that the mainstream media intend to do their job in the upcoming Presidential contest. Here's a sample of what they found; first about Trump:

"When critics have accused journalists of fueling the Trump bandwagon, members of the media have offered two denials. One is that they were in watchdog mode, that Trump’s coverage was largely negative, that the “bad news” outpaced the “good news.” The second rebuttal is that the media’s role in Trump’s ascent was the work of the cable networks—that cable was “all Trump, all the time” whereas the traditional press held back.

Neither of these claims is supported by the evidence. Figure 2 shows the news balance in Trump’s coverage during the invisible primary. As can be seen, Trump’s coverage was favorable in all of the news outlets we studied. There were differences from one outlet to the next but the range was relatively small, from a low of 63 percent positive or neutral in The New York Times to a high of 74 percent positive or neutral in USA Today. Across all the outlets, Trump’s coverage was roughly two-to-one favorable."

Or, in a graphic from the study:
The press coverage of this miserable bullying charlatan has ranged from two thirds to three quarters positive.  Things are different with Hillary:

"For her part, Clinton might have wished that the Democratic race received even less attention than it did, given that her coverage was the least favorable of the leading contenders, Democratic and Republican. Month after month, as Figure 6 indicates, her coverage was more negative than positive. There was only one month in the whole of 2015 where the tone of her coverage was not in the red and, even then, it barely touched positive territory. During the first half of the year, excluding neutral references, it averaged three to one negative statements over positive statements...Whereas media coverage helped build up Trump, it helped tear down Clinton. Trump’s positive coverage was the equivalent of millions of dollars in ad-buys in his favor, whereas Clinton’s negative coverage can be equated to millions of dollars in attack ads, with her on the receiving end."

And again a graphic from the study:
An immense imbalance toward portraying her in a negative light.

I must warn people of a phenomenon that I have observed for numerous elections now, but which I have never seen mentioned by a single other person, left or right.  It has been customary for the press to have a brief period before the conventions when they make a feint of presenting some kind of modestly honest coverage of the candidates, before shifting back to their unrelenting support of the Republican, no matter what an incompetent, lying con man he clearly is.  This is done so that, in later years, this can be cited as some sort of proof that the press was even-handed.  In fact, this period represents the point at which committed, politically involved people have virtually all made their choices, and politically uninvolved, low information voters are still tuned out.  It is a safe time to pretend to be fair, before getting back to their flacking for the party of the rich; do not delude yourself into thinking that anything different is going to happen this time around, no matter how horrible a Trump Presidency would be for the country.



Link found via Daily Kos.