Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oh No, He's Not Bringing It Up

Maybe you thought, as I did, that it would take Donald Trump a while longer to descend far enough into the sewer to seriously bring up the insane claim that Hillary murdered Vince Foster.  Well, you'd be wrong.  In one of the most disingenuous statements I have ever heard a candidate make, here he goes:

"When asked in an interview last week about the Foster case, Trump dealt with it as he has with many edgy topics — raising doubts about the official version of events even as he says he does not plan to talk about it on the campaign trail.

He called theories of possible foul play “very serious” and the circumstances of Foster’s death “very fishy.”

“He had intimate knowledge of what was going on,” Trump said, speaking of Foster’s relationship with the Clintons at the time. “He knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide.”

He added, “I don’t bring [Foster’s death] up because I don’t know enough to really discuss it. I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder. I don’t do that because I don’t think it’s fair.”

He doesn't bring it up.  He does not plan to talk about it.  At the very moment he is bringing it up and talking about it.  And yet, this grotesque dishonesty is just fine with his voters, because they have been trained to respond to nothing but their own self-generated anger, and he stokes that just fine.

The danger here, of course, is that all of the phony Republican scandals and smears of the Clinton administration were utterly disproven by years of investigations and committee hearings, but this time around, millions of people will hear the phony, lying charges without ever learning how false they were.

Hillary and her people had better show some real outrage over this sort of campaign by character assassination.  Otherwise, no matter how provably false these charges are, millions will believe them. We already see a large segment of the electorate, on both sides of the aisles, that have fallen for twenty five years of propaganda that Hillary is a lying, corrupt political hack.  This kind of lying worked against Gore, against Kerry and nearly against Obama.  It's time for Democrats to be a lot more insistent on telling the truth, unless they are satisfied to see the United States become an out of control oligarchic dictatorship.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Just the usual output in this era of the voluntary destruction of the American dream:

Meghan McCain:   "Hillary Clinton is truly evil, and she's truly a liar and she's been responsible in my opinion for getting people killed."

Maybe you should look to your own party for that.  They kill them by the thousands and millions, not four at a time.

Alex Jones:  " I think Michelle Obama is a man. I really do. I really do. I believe it...her daughters don’t look like her — I really think this is some weird hoax they did again,” he said, “just like he didn’t get sworn in on the Bible, it was the Quran. All this weirdness, I mean, I used to laugh at this stuff, but man, it’s all about rubbing our noses in it. I think it’s all an arranged marriage, it’s all completely fake and it’s this big sick joke because he’s obsessed with transgender, just like some weird cult or something."

Well. at least we know Trump's wife is not a man.  She's posed naked plenty of times to prove it.
Classy, Donald.  And, as Kos points out, they complained when Michelle Obama showed her bare arms.
Carlos Beruff, Republican Senate candidate in Florida:  “Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he’s an animal, OK — seven and a half years, has surgically and with thought and very smart, intelligent manner, destroyed this country and dismantled the military under not one, not two, but three secretary of defenses"

Animal.  I guess in some sense, all people are animals.  I don't think that's what this guy means, however.  "destroying the country," by the way, is apparently Republican speak for undoing the damage the Bush administration did.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Oh My: Financial Analyst Says Clinton Foundation Books ‘Riddled' With ‘Inconsistencies,’ Rises 'To the Level Of Fraud'

Financial analyst.  That would be one Charles Ortel, who writes for that esteemed economic journal, the Moonie owned Washington Times.  Here are a few of his other contributions to the world of journalism over the last couple of years:

"Will Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping humiliate Obama and humble America?" 
"Examining the economic delusions of Mad King Barack the Last" 
"President Obama is not prepared or inclined to avert the looming global meltdown" 
"Golfing during tsunami season — are tectonic plates shifting under Obama’s vacationing feet?" 
"Our new robot overlords won't solve our debt mess" 
"Obama relies on compliant media to hoodwink gullible Americans about jobs" 
"Under Obama, economic growth withers"

Ortel also claims that no new jobs have been generated in the United States since 2007.  None!  Not a single one.  All the statistics?  All lies!  Why, the last President to generate jobs was George W. Bush, and I guess that all stopped when Obama caused the 2008 collapse.  Anyway, this story about the Clinton foundation is all over the right wing blogosphere, even though we all know it is a malignant lie told by a paid smear merchant.  That's how Republicans get votes.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "PC Jeb Bush Criticizes Trump's 'Insensitivity' Towards Mexicans"

You see, it is the age of Trump now.  It is a sickening liberal perversion of fact to object to hatred.

Bob Barr:  "Obama’s American Vision -- 'A Shining Stall in the Restroom'"

One of the Republican impeachers of Bill, back to obsess on sex again.  Barr, of course, claims that our current focus on this issue is the result of Democrats failing to tackle any big issues.  Fat chance, with the subversive Republicans in Congress, but I guess that's Obama's fault too. And by the way, Bob, anyone with a little memory would be hesitant to see a Congressional Republican bring up the issue of restroom stalls.

Streiff, Red State:  "HOLD ON! Did Donald Trump Just Defend Ignorance As A Virtue?"

Oh, come on, guy, you Republicans have been preaching that for years.  Too late to walk away from it now.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Stop Using the Civil Rights Era to Legitimize Trans Issues"

You aren't allowed to use an argument unless Conservatives approve of it first.  For example, the claim "Torture is bad because it's evil to hurt people who don't agree with you" is right out of bounds.

Michael Van Der Galien, PJ Media:  "Ted Cruz Should Not Endorse Donald Trump...Cruz's base will abandon him if he abandons his principles."

Principles.  Lunatic religious delusions are not really principles, they are mental illness.

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "Congressman Says Iran's Treatment of Captured U.S. Sailors 'Shocking'-Another Obama administration foreign-policy triumph."

Shocking.  They kept them for a day and a half, and did not mistreat them in any way.  How does that compare to the people captured by us in Iraq and Afghanistan who have now been held for a decade and a half without any charges, and tortured in the process?  But of course, that's okay, because we're AMERICA, the greatest country on earth!

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "What a horrible candidate. Democrats are so screwed with Hillary. Watch Hillary Clinton’s awful Donald Trump impersonation"

She does a really bad Jimmy Stewart too.  Trump, on the other hand, is a whiz at imitating a decent human being, as long as the mainstream press provides him with lots of cover.  And we all know that people vote on who has the best vaudeville act- a statement that is ludicrous, but just may be true this time around.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Commie Pope Defends Middle East Tyrants, Killers and Clans"

Commie Pope.  Jim has been out of sorts, really since his medical problems a couple of years ago, but he finally seems to be getting his groove back.  Good thing, Jim, because you're not going to keep that title of Stupidest Man on the Internet forever, based on things you said a few years ago.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Can conservative Ryan accept liberal Trump?"

Liberal Trump.  Listen, Cliff, let's just wait for November and see just which party's voters go for Trump before we call him a liberal.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Illegal Immigrants Will Soon Be Allowed to Teach in NY"

Better than allowing Republicans to teach.  With illegal immigrants, at least the kids are likely to hear something once in a while that's true.

World Net Daily:  "Rafael Cruz finally responds to Trump's Oswald allegation "

Who cares?  I mean really, who cares?  Particularly coming from a guy who thinks his son was placed here by God to rule the Earth.  Doesn't really show much contact with reality, does it?

Bill Federer, Renew America:  "No country can endure when it kills its own children "

Well, probably not if it kills all of them.  On the other hand, I'm sure Bill would agree that it would be okay to kill certain children, if you know what I mean.

And, projection, what?

Marvin J. Folkertsma, American Thinker:  "Liberalism's Descent into Madness...How can sane citizens can function in a country increasingly dominated by liberal madness, or even attempt to change it from the “transformations” perpetrated over the past eight years?"

Clean your own house, Marvin.   And more of the same:

Jeffrey Shellan, American Thinker:  "The Democratic Party’s Evolving Racism Toward Blacks"

Because nothing works like accusing Democrats of Republican sins.  It sure muddies the water, particularly with the aid of a Republican friendly press that refuses to distinguish between Democratic truth and Republican lies.

And more of the same game:

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "The Democrat establishment is waking up to the awful truth on Bernie Sanders: he is a mortal danger to not only Hillary Clinton, but the continued viability of the party’s strategy of mouthing populist rhetoric while practicing crony capitalism."

Because it's the Democrats who pander to the ignorant masses while serving the rich.  Right.

Russ Vaughn, American Thinker:  "So it's time we had a woman in the White House, huh? Guess who Hillary wants to run the economy if she's president.  Girl power, it ain't."

Guess who?  Why, the last person to balance the federal budget.  What a miserable choice.  What could he possibly have to contribute?

Now, a history lesson from the right.  Pay attention, students; there will be a quiz:

Joan Swirsky, Renew America:  "The coup d'état of 2008! Before that fateful year, America had experienced just about everything but not a coup. The term itself is defined as a sudden and often violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. If you never heard or read about the Obama coup d'état, it is because this coup was anything but typical, and also because the leftwing media, which largely shills for every leftwing scheme, failed utterly to report the truth of this attempt to overthrow the America they loathe but most of the rest of us love and cherish."

Is it churlish of me to suggest that the reason we have never heard of "the coup d'etat of 2008" is because it only exists in the mad delusions of right wingers?  And maybe Joan ought to give some thought to the coup d'etat of 2000, in which five corrupt Supreme Court justices carefully packed onto the court by Republicans over the decades, gave the Presidency to a man who wrecked the country militarily, economically, and morally, but sure did manage to make a few thousand rich sociopaths a lot richer.  Of course, as I have often pointed out, the whole campaign of lies against Obama and now Hillary is totally about pretending that Obama did everything that Bush really did, and so we should forget about Bush.

Rand Paul:  "I'll be damned before I let the government take guns from the veterans who fought to preserve this country," he said.  "I will do whatever necessary to defend our god-given rights."

Well, you're safe, Rand.  Except for veterans who are felons or mentally ill, no one is talking about taking away their guns except you.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Escape From Venezuela: Failed Socialist Experiment Has Destroyed Law And Order, 'Thugs' Stealing Kids’ Lunches"

Terrible!  Here in America, thugs don't do that sort of thing, Republicans do.

And now, in News Nobody On Earth Cares About:

Red State:  "Jonah Goldberg lays out why he is not voting for Donald Trump"

Well, so much for that.

Jeff Sanders, PJ Media:  "Should the Story of Jesus Forgiving the Adulterous Woman Be in the Bible?"

Why, of course not!  Forgiving an adulterous woman?  Bite your tongue, Jesus.  Next, "Should the story of Jesus telling us to care about the poor, the sick, prisoners and the strangers among us be in the Bible?"  Things are so clear when you only look at them the right way.  Personally, I think all that stuff should be replaced with a nice story about Jesus beating up a transgendered person in an alley.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Breaking: Four Obama Refugees Diagnosed with Active Tuberculosis in Indiana"

Four!!!!!!  Out of 9563 active cases reported last year.  Incidentally, that number represents the first time that the yearly total of cases has increased in a long time.  The reason? Well, at least partly this:

"One contributing factor is likely to be reduced or stagnant funding for prevention efforts nationwide."

And I'm guessing that you can figure out for yourselves who is responsible for "reduced or stagnant funding."  Thanks, Obama.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily:  "Thousands of people are expected to rally in Alabama this weekend in support of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was suspended by a judicial commission for his administrative order instructing judges to follow the state law and the state constitution.  The state’s laws continue to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Well, if by "thousands," you mean about seventy, right on there, Bob.

Just one more in the near endless reports here at Green Eagle about the essential nonexistence of the hard right in this country.  It's all a Kabuki show put on by the Koch brothers and their ilk, to pretend that the American people support their fascist agenda.

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review Online:  "How Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy De-Stabilized the World...In 1939, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier warned Adolf Hitler that if ..."

Oh, enough of that, already.  Really.  In fact, enough of all of it.  See you later.

When You're Right, You're Right

Driftglass, today:

"Nothing will change until the Very Serious People who are set the parameters of our national debate are compelled to start acknowledging out loud and in public that the biggest reason our country is in trouble is that the Republican party is a dangerous madhouse, and the reason is got that way is because Conservative elites and oligarchs and media corporations designed it that way."

That's the message.  That's the only message, the only one that counts.  And it's the message that will not be told because, as the man says, "Conservative elites and oligarchs and media corporations designed it that way."

There was a time, you know, when these oligarchs could not have gotten their hands on the entire mainstream media.  That was before Saint Ronnie Reagan got his hands on things, and that is one reason why, despite Bush being the utterly colossal public failure that he was, he will not be remembered as the worst, most corrupt President in our history.  That honor belongs to Ronald Reagan, who will keep it unless the mockery of a free press he unlocked on us curses the country with Donald Trump.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Glen Canyon- Long Term Losses and Short Term Gains

The New York Times has a story today about the Glen Canyon dam, erected in the West in 1963:

"When Glen Canyon Dam was built in the middle of the last century, giant dam projects promised to elevate the American West above its greatest handicap — a perennial shortage of water. These monolithic wonders of engineering would bring wild rivers to heel, produce cheap, clean power and stockpile water necessary to grow a thriving economy in the desert. And because they were often remotely located, they were rarely questioned. 

But today, there are signs that the promise of this great dam and others has run its course.
Climate change is fundamentally altering the environment, making the West hotter and drier. There is less water to store, and few remaining good sites for new dams. 

Many of the West’s big dams, meanwhile, have proved far less efficient and effective than their champions had hoped. They have altered ecosystems and disrupted fisheries. They have left taxpayers saddled with debt..."

Fifty years of failed expectations.  And what did we trade for that water:

 We drowned this treasure in a short sighted and cynical effort to (in the end) preserve the possibility of a few decades' commercial exploitation of the West.  Even if the dam were to be destroyed today, none of us, nor our children, nor our grandchildren, nor our great grandchildren will ever see the beauty that existed before 1963.

"And yet even as these consequences come into focus, four states on the Colorado River are developing plans to build new dams and river diversions in an effort to seize a larger share of dwindling water supplies for themselves before that water flows downstream."

They never learn.  If only we could find a way to see that they alone suffered for their greed, it would be fine.  But of course, they see to it that we pick up the tab, both economically, and in the loss of every precious thing that they can turn into a quick profit.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The End Game

I rarely have any occasion to link approvingly to anything in the Washington Post, as it has served for years as little more than a conduit for the most bankrupt beltway "wisdom."  The following opinion piece by Robert Kagan is a rare exception.  Perhaps the Post's new owner, Jeff Bezos, actually believes that there is room in his newspaper for a little actual journalism.  If so, it is a great thing; in any case it is amazing to see this in the mainstream press:

"This is how fascism comes to America

The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well.

But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy...This phenomenon has arisen in other democratic and quasi-democratic countries over the past century, and it has generally been called “fascism.”

I suggest strongly that you read the whole thing.

I hope it is not too much in the way of self-promotion to point out that I have been saying this same thing as long as this blog has existed, and for a couple of decades before that.  At least since the time of Reagan, it has been clear to me that the end game of Republican politics is fascism.  And I am hardly the only one.  You only need to read many blogs like that of Driftglass, or listen to the Thom Hartmann show, to know that many of us have seen this coming for a long time.

And here is the scary part:  Just defeating Trump will not end this threat.  The Republican party has nothing to exist upon any more than fear, hatred and greed, so they will keep stoking them, regardless of the looming wreck ahead.  And some day, their efforts may very well bear fruit, and the United States, the country that was different, the country that, for a century was a shining example to the world, will join Rome and Greece and Egypt of the Pharaohs as just another dream of the past, washed away in a sea of blood.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

They're On Top of It

Well, it's now about a day since the downing of Egyptair flight 804.  If you do a Google search for "Egyptair 804 false flag Mossad," you will already get over 2500 hits.

Another legend in the making.  I'm sure we will be finding references to this on anti-Semitic sites for decades.

I just want to add that originally I said "right wing sites."  I changed this, because unfortunately, hating Jews has become quite the pastime on the left too.

Republican America

From the New York Times today:

"Florida Man Says He Killed Sick Wife Because He Couldn’t Afford Her Medicine, Sheriff Says"

In Democratic America, on the other hand, thanks to Obamacare, the percent of uninsured Americans went down below 10%, the first time that has happened in decades despite Republicans fighting it every step of the way.

God in Heaven above, people, which one of these countries do you want to live in?

Good for Republicans

Remember eight years ago, when every bit of news was Good For McCain?  Well, we're in for more of that, I guess.  Here's Stuart McVarney, on Fox News, commenting on the crash of Egyptair flight 804 yesterday:

"I also think this may be good politically for Donald Trump"

I am sure the 60 people on board flight 804 would have died happy, knowing they did their little bit to bring fascism to the United States.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Strict Construction, Conservative Style

This news, from the miserable Washington Times, because apparently no one else will cover it:

"Constitutional protections afforded by the Second Amendment include the right to buy and sell firearms, a federal appeals court ruled Monday...Monday’s ruling did not strike down the local zoning ordinance, but it does declare that the right to buy and sell firearms “is part and parcel of the historically recognized right to keep and to bear arms."

The "historically recognized" right to keep and bear arms.  Recognized by whom?  Of course, the second amendment does not even assert a right to own arms, only a right to "keep and bear" arms which, if you have read the Federalist papers, are to be supplied to the militias by the government.

So much for the intent of the founding fathers, or strict constructionism, when it stands in the way of what right wingers want.  This is just one more of an infinite list of examples proving that these guys don't give a damn about the Constitution, any more than they care about anything that prevents them from doing what they want.

Scalia, their great Constitutional genius, could only find an individual right to bear arms by explicitly claiming that the first half of the second amendment had no meaning at all.  That's how much respect they have for the Constitution, and this decision only extends their contempt for the plain words of the law.


I have heard enough whining from the Bernie Bots about the Democratic primary process being rigged against him.

Of course it is rigged.  It is rigged in favor of Democrats.  The people who are active in the primary process, particularly in caucus States, are most all life-long Democrats, who have always been loyal to the Democratic party.  So is Hillary.  Bernie is not.  He has spent his life refusing to join the Democratic party, only now grudgingly participating in Democratic primary contests, while still clinging to the title of independent.  Does he expect a reward for that?  Does he expect the party's loyalists to not favor other party loyalists, and extract a price from him for not being one?

After all, these are the Democratic primaries, intended to pick a candidate for the Democratic party, not the Democratic party and whichever independents want in on the show this year.  Bernie has never demonstrated enough loyalty to the Democrats to officially join them, even now; why should they reward him now?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's just start things rolling with a classic example of right wing denialism:

Paul David Miller, The Federalist:  "The Left Created Donald Trump...Voters like Donald Trump not so much because they hate Mexicans and Muslims, but because they hate progressive bigotry."

The Republican base's psychotic descent into hatred and racism?  Why, it's all your fault because you won't join in with us on the hatred.  And here's some more information that you probably didn't know:

"You have to understand progressivism as a kind of religion—specifically, a fundamentalist religion."

Sure you do, if you want to fall for Paul's stupid, contentious, patently ridiculous argument.  Here's Paul's idea of proof:

"Lest you think I am exaggerating, one of the high priests of progressivism wrote:"

 (well, let's just forget about what this high priest wrote, and continue)

"These are, of course, statements of American constitutional law, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy."

Anthony Kennedy- charter member of the Conservative Supreme Court majority that brought us Citizens United, and the Presidency of George W. Bush- one of the "high priests" of progressivism. Oh well, let's just move on.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "BFFs Trump and NBC Spent 11 Years Turning Trump Into Presidential Material"

See, it wasn't the Republicans that voted for him, and the Republican leaders that taught them to cast their votes based on hatred and greed.  No, it was someone else's fault.  Just like the Iraq war (Bill Clinton's fault) and the 2008 economic collapse (Obama's fault.)  It's always someone else's fault.  My dog won't stop barking at the neighbor's dog.  I blame Obama.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Senator Cruz Open to Reentering the Race...There’s still a chance…"

A chance?  A chance of what?  I mean really, Susan, a chance of WHAT?  No, don't answer that. What we've already got from the Republicans this year is bad enough.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Regarding Ted Cruz, you ain't seen nothing yet"

That's what we're afraid of.  More from Lloyd:

"For crying out loud, Ted Cruz is an awesome human being. Period! The man walks tall. In debating issues vital to our country, Cruz is peerless. When called upon to stand up for We the People, he truly is "Lion Ted." Therefore, I will not criticize Ted. Nor will I agree with those criticizing Ted for being who he is."

What, for being the only person on earth that is hated by absolutely everyone he ever met, except for his mother, his wife and Carly Fiorina?  And I'm not even sure about his wife.  She's a Goldman Sachs executive, for crying out loud, so we know she'd sell him down the river for a nickel.  So would Carly, for that matter. That leaves his mother, and we only really have Ted's word for how she feels.

"Over sixty years of life experiences have taught me to trust God. I am telling you folks – there is something truly unique and special about Ted Cruz; an anointing on his life."

Yeah, there was something truly unique about John Wayne Gacy too, and nobody wanted to vote for him either.  You picked the biggest jerk in history to support, Lloyd.  Deal with it.

And boy, they are having a hard time giving up there at Renew America:

Matt Barber, Renew America:  "I am a Ted Cruz supporter and part of what they're calling the "#NeverTrump" crowd. As it now stands, and, speaking of directness, absent some direct revelation from the Holy Spirit Himself, I cannot, and will not, vote for you in November...I do not intend this as an attack in anyway."

Oh no, it isn't an attack.  It's just a confirmation that I am a stupid, deluded lunatic who would support a guy who thinks God wants him to be the ruler of the world, but no, NEVER TRUMP!

Rudy Takala, Washington Examiner:  "Expert: Clinton unlikely to be indicted, but she shouldn't be celebrating"

Because no matter what any "court" or "commission" finds, she is guilty!  That's our story and we're sticking to it!  The article continues:

"Even though I don't trust this Justice Department ... this case is so well-known that if no one is charged, that will be almost as bad as charging everyone," DiGenova said."

See, anyone charged, no one charged, she is still guilty.  "DiGenova," by the way, being one of the most prominent smear merchants who have attacked the Clintons over the years, including telling endless lies about them during Bill's administration, and continuing with strident, lying attacks during the Benghazi witch hunt.  That's their idea of an expert on the right: an expert liar.

Newsmax:  "Judicial Watch's Farrell: Hillary may be next after eight deposed"

And after Joe DiGenova, now Judicial watch.  Of course, the Pope could be next too, or maybe Nicholas Cage.  But, it could be Hillary!

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "New Ad Warns Senate Dems That Hillary Is Their 'Burden to Bear'

An ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  Well, thanks so much, Republicans, for your concern.  I am sure it is meant in the most helpful way.  You, on the other hand, would never pick a candidate that might hurt your Senators' chances of re-election.  You are way too smart for that.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Quid Pro Quo: Clinton Foundation Gave Money To For-Profit Company Run By Clinton Friends"

This latest "scandal" is all over the right wing world the last couple of days.  The company, Energy Pioneer Solutions, provides free analyses to homeowners who want to move to sustainable energy sources.  The Clinton Foundation is a charity, not a personal slush fund of the Clintons.  What is wrong with this donation is a mystery, except that it involves the Clintons.  And no one can explain what the "quid pro quo" is supposed to be.  What, exactly is this small company supposed to do for the Clintons in return for this donation?  No one seems to be able to explain that, particularly the people that utterly ignored Dick Cheney making tens of millions of dollars of personal profit off of no-bid contracts he gave to his own company during the Bush administration.  This is just one more sign of the speed with which the Republicans are taking the low road this election year.  Expect much worse.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Congress Moves Forward With Impeachment of IRS Commissioner"

Not Congress, of course, but the lunatic Republicans in Congress.  This is over the alleged IRS targeting of Conservative groups, which never happened.  The Republicans want to impeach this guy because he failed to turn over evidence of this crime, which was impossible because there was no crime.  As I quoted above, "if no one is charged, that will be almost as bad as charging everyone," because once the lie is out there, the Republicans are going to run with it, no matter what.  Another round of Benghazi, anyone?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Awful. Hillary Clinton Is Running Ads of Paul Ryan Refusing to Endorse Donald Trump"

Because there is no Democratic political strategy more low down than showing what Republicans actually have to say.  Trump insists that it just isn't fair to refer to anything he said in the past; apparently this extends to all Republicans.

Bruce Deitrick Price, Renew America:  "Public schools are a threat to national security"

What can you even say?  And now, for a splendid example of right wing advocacy journalism:

Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Now, watch America as Trump takes on the 'call girl' of evil and sell out herself Hillary Clinton in the general election. The water will part and only one of them will get across to actually do the work of God and the people. My vote and belief is Trump will have dry shoes and Hillary will be dripping wet, lying on the ground with smeared Mascara dripping down her face."

Okay there.  The call girl of evil.  That's a new one on me.  I don't think anyone has actually accused a first lady of being a prostitute since Dolly Madison.

Sarah Palin: “If You’re In America, Speak American – The Way It’s Been For Thousands Of Years”

I know, low hanging fruit, but still.

The Federalist Staff:  "How Social Justice Warriors are Ruining Comic Books for Everyone"

Well, for everyone under 12, maybe.  Growing up ruined them for the rest of us, but apparently not the distinguished legal scholars at the Federalist society.

And here it comes:

Aaron Klein, Breitbart:  "EXCLUSIVE – Clinton’s Alleged Ex-Lover: Hillary a ‘Terrorist,’ ‘Sex Addict’ Bill Told Me He Had 2,000 Women...“And I will say this, if Billy Clinton has had sex with 2,000 women and we know about a dozen of us, where are the rest? Well I’ll tell you where they are. They are cowering in fear because of the terrorism."

The "ex-lover"- a proven liar from the 1990's but they'll bring her back and pay her to say anything, assuming that the press will not bother to let us know how dishonest this is.

Pam Key, Breitbart:  "Amy Walter: Women Are Voting Against Trump, Not For Hillary"

The Republican party:  You broke it, you bought it.

Ezra Dulis, Breitbart:  "‘Weak Donald’? I Thought of a Better Trump Nickname than Trevor Noah’s in Two Minutes"

Me too:  The biggest liar in the history of the United States.

And if you need any more proof of what a monstrous "news" site Breitbart is, try this:

David Horowitz, Breitbart:  "Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew"

And here is some of the commentary on the subject:

"Dont worry Bill Kristol is 100% pro Jewish He stared 5 wars for Israel and kkilled 10,000 white Americans. for Israel. Isnt that love enougth?"

Bill Kristol started five wars, apparently all by himself.  Those evil Jews.

"So Hillary, Cruz, Obama and many others are Jews? I am shocked."..."No sily.. they are Jewish friendly"

"Jewish Friendly."  The horror.

"Trumps mother had a love affair with Castro"

Maybe Rafael Cruz joined in and it was a threesome.

"You got it man. What do you think about trump now that he took that dirty Jew Sheldon Adelsons money? It was bad enough that his daughter is having jew babies."

Well, enough already.  It goes on and on.  Well, okay, one more:

"I find that recently, there is a spate of Pro-Palestinian Muslim Jew haters on Breitbart. These Hillary paid trolls, like to change the dialogue"

Ha.  Breitbart is now a front for Hillary.


Well, I hope that they used a couple of U87's, so they get a nice clear sound.  Sorry if that didn't make any sense to you.  I just couldn't resist.


Eight months to go, and they are still dreaming.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Satisfied Yet, Bernie?

From the minute he announced he was running for President, Bernie Sanders has insisted that the major reason he was running was to move the Democratic party and our political discourse to the left. Unfortunately, as he showed a strength among Democrats that surprised everyone, he turned away from his long-held positions, to campaign more and more on attacks on Hillary, which do nothing but reinforce the lying Republican narrative that she has fought for a quarter century.  The result: an apparently growing bunch of "Bernie-bots" who hate Hillary as much as the Republicans do, and swear that they will never vote for her.

So, we see the likes of this headline in the Los Angeles Times this morning:

"Clinton zeroes in on moderates scared by Trump"

In fear that Bernie is poisoning her chances with large numbers of left wingers and younger voters, Hillary has been forced to look for votes where she can find them; and those votes lie not to the left of her, but to the right of her.

As long as Bernie ran an honest campaign, he was having considerable success at moving Hillary in a more progressive direction.  That's all over now, thanks to his poisoning the political well.  Instead of creating a new, more progressive Hillary, he has forced her to move toward the already right-leaning "center," and every move in this direction she has to make will only increase Bernie's attacks on her character.  At this point, I believe Bernie has permanently alienated millions of potential Hillary voters, in an act that Trump could only dream of doing.

I hope you are satisfied with the damage you are doing, Bernie, because if you don't stop it immediately, it marks the end of any pretense that you are a mature, issue-oriented candidate.  If Hillary loses in November because of your Nader-like treachery, decent progressive people will be through with you.