Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Just How Sick Is The Right In This Country?

Here's a little story told by Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, recent winner of Breitbart's "Defender of the First Amendment" award, and beloved as a patriot throughout the right.  It's strong stuff, so if you are easily upset, maybe you should skip the rest of this post:

“I’ll make a bet with you,” Robertson said. “Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’” 

Robertson kept going: “Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.’” 

“If it happened to them,” Robertson continued, “they probably would say, ‘something about this just ain’t right.”

Sick, violent fantasy from someone who just can't even conceive that people wouldn't act this way out of a desire not to hurt other people, but only do good because they are afraid of being tortured by their God.  And the wingnuts love him.  This rant is right in line with the perverted beliefs of Conservatives, and it makes you shudder to think how they might act if they ever really got in control of things here.  There really aren't enough words to describe how loathsome these people are.

The above from Right Wing Watch, via Little Green Footballs.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Steve King Tells Jews How To Be Jews

So, it's well established that Rep. Steve King is just about as big an asshole as you could ever find in Congress (which is, after all, a den of assholes, so that is an achievement) but he has really set a new standard with this one.

"Rep. Steve King (R-IA) criticized "Jews in America" who, in an effort to align themselves with President Obama's stance on Israel, are "Democrats first and Jewish second," BuzzFeed reported on Friday. 

King's comments were made during an interview on Friday with Boston Herald Radio about the members of Congress who refused to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on March 3.

"Well, there were some 50 or so Democrats that, that decided they would boycott the president's speech," King said. "Here's what I don't understand, I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along the line of just following their President."

You know what?  I've spent my whole life hearing from right wing haters that American Jews were really more loyal to Israel (a place most of them have never been) than they are to the United States.  Now it turns out that American Jews are supposed to support Israel more than our own country?  Who knew?

Let's face it: to anti-Semitic haters like Steve King, Jews are horrible no matter what they do.  They have this supporting role to play in King's ugly little theology, where they are all slaughtered so his malicious God can come back, but other than that, they should just shut up and support their would-be murderers, whatever they happen to want at the moment.

Why the hell do we allow people like this to be in Congress?


Ted, Ted, Ted!

All I want to know is how Saturday Night Live is going to get Bill Murray back, to play him:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bibi Changes My Mind

Anyone who has read this blog knows that I have always been a strong supporter of Israel, and have spent a fair amount of time there.  This was the result of a job there, not for religious reasons, just to be clear; but I have seen things in Israel for myself, and have been to parts of Israel and the West Bank that most foreigners would never see.

I have to say, though, that supporting the country's right to exist is not the same as supporting any one of its politicians.  As an American, I certainly don't support the warmonger McCain, or the terminally dishonest sociopath Mitt Romney, and I would have continued to oppose them if the American people had been stupid enough to send them to the White House.   This is not because (as is the case with Republican hatred for Obama) it is a partisan duty to destroy opposition parties, or because I hate their race, but because their policies, at every step of the way, are destructive to this nation.  And for the same reason, I have nothing but contempt for the militaristic demagogue Netanyahu.

Well, unfortunately, when a person is repeatedly elected to head a state, it becomes harder and harder to separate their behavior from that of the people who keep them in office; and I am afraid that, with Netanyahu's successful campaign strategy, he has crossed a Rubicon with me.

This change in my attitude revolves principally around Netanyahu's racist pledge to never allow a Palestinian state; a promise which emerged out of nowhere to dominate the last few days of the campaign, apparently swaying a good number of Israel's low-information voters.  I believe, along with most people, that a two state solution is really the only hope to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that is not the real reason I am turning my back on Netanyahu.  It is because, within two days after the election, he repudiated that position, and was saying the exact opposite, in an example of two-facedness that would make even his long term friend Mitt Romney blush.  How can we ever trust a person who would engage in this kind of duplicity, in order to win an election?*

This behavior, concerning the most important thing in the world to Israeli survival, established beyond a doubt that Netanyahu can never be trusted as an honest negotiating partner, and that nothing that his government promises can be relied upon.  Further, it has shown that, when confronted with a choice between his country's survival and his own political fortunes, he will choose the latter.  When you combine this with Netanyahu's open collaboration with Obama's sworn enemies in the United States, you end up with someone who is not our friend, and is not going to run Israel with any respect for the long alliance between our two countries.

It is Netanyahu who has betrayed Obama, not (as Republicans of course insist) Obama who has betrayed Israel, and I hope reports that Obama jerked Netanyahu's chain good and hard are true.  To hell with him, and if his fellow Israelis insist on following along behind him, to hell with them too.

*I guess we could ask that question of every Republican politician in the country, but that's a topic for another day.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Little More Right Wing Violence

Some of you may have heard about an incident today in Mesa, Arizona, in which a jerk went on a rampage, shooting six people, thankfully killing only one of them.  This guy turns out to be a 41 year old idiot named Ryan E. Giroux, who I'm showing below:
I do not think I need to explain to you what end of the political spectrum this guy comes from, given the very fashionable skin head eyebrow tattoos and other suggestive disfigurements.

Of course, he will be portrayed in the media as just a crazy guy, or maybe he was driven over the edge by playing warcraft.

And while I am on the subject, I'd like to mention some new news about another jackass, Larry Steve McQuilliams, who was killed by the police after shooting about a hundred shots at government buildings.  At the time of the shooting, it was reported that McQuilliams was an atheist who was active in the local Renaissance Faires, so he was quickly characterized as some sort of left winger.  Now it turns out that he left documents behind indicating that he was a participant in the Phineas Priesthood movement, which is associated with the hard core Aryan Supremacist Christian Identity movement, and has been responsible for a number of acts of violence against racial targets, abortion providers and other visible representatives of the left.  So much for McQuilliams supposedly being a leftist, but I doubt that the press or the right wing blogs will be very interested in correcting themselves.

Winning the Old Fashioned Way

You know that I have said recently that to understand Bibi Netanyahu, you need to think of him as an American Republican (where he started his political involvement) rather than as a product of Israeli political culture.  Well, here is another thing which, I think, will reinforce that:  Bibi won far bigger than anyone was predicting, even though Israeli exit polls showed the election tied. 

Well, there it is- if it works in Texas and Florida, why not in Israel? 

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Rise of a Republican Star

Tom Cotton...he has been in the Senate for  a little more than two months, but, in the fashion of Ted Cruz, he is more than qualified to take it over and run it as his domain.  And he's been a busy little beaver the last week or so, leading to all sorts of right wing luminaries declaring him to be the reigning star of the Republican party:

The National Journal:  "Is This 36-Year-Old Veteran the Future of the GOP?" 

Red State:  "Tom Cotton: The Most Powerful Man in Washington" 

The New Republic:  "Tom Cotton 2016?  This Dark Horse Could Blow Up the 2016 Republican Primary" 

Washington Examiner:  "Tom Cotton touted as 2016 veep for Walker, Bush, Rubio..."He fills the only real qualification of the job: he can take office if POTUS dies or is killed, and can lead in a crisis immediately. Tom would be a real asset to just about any Republican ticket," said one key Republican." 

Allen West:  "Eureka! Tom Cotton proves the existence of cojones in D.C."

Well, enough of that.  So, Cotton led 46 of his Senate Republican compadres in his act of open betrayal of the country, doing whatever he could to prevent peace with Iran, and then what did he do the next day?  Go to Disneyland?  No, he went to a meeting with defense contractors, who thoughtfully donated over a million dollars to him.  Then today, he delivered his first speech in the Senate, in which he called for a vast increase in military spending:

The Blaze:  "Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Monday called on the United States to return to the military might and capability it had in the 1980s — a plan that he acknowledged would be more expensive, but one that would ensure the safety of Americans, restore U.S. military leadership, and stop inviting power struggles around the world that increasingly seem to befuddle the Obama administration. 

“Our enemies and allies alike must know that aggressors will pay an unspeakable price for challenging the United States,” he said on the Senate floor. “The best way to impose that price is global military dominance. When it comes to war, narrow margins are not enough, for they are nothing more than an invitation to war.”

So here's the thing:  This guy cannot even claim the minimal dignity that might come from actually believing his own nonsense, like Ted Cruz or Louie Gohmert might.  He has only taken one week to reveal himself as a corrupt tool of military contractors, with absolutely no agenda but to divert American wealth into their pockets in return for open bribes,  and presumably will do the same for anyone else who can give him a million dollars for a meeting.  Meet the new star of the Republicans- that's all it takes to walk to the top of the heap in the miserable Republican field.  And our only compensation is the likelihood that, by 2016, the average American won't be able to dredge up a memory of him, any more than they can for Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty, and all the others that had their week or two in the clown car, until they were pushed out and it ran them over.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Were There People...

...in the world during the 1930's who watched with horror as they saw and understood what was going on in Germany?  Sure there were; just not enough of them to do what was necessary to avoid 50 million deaths.  I suspect that an awful lot of people around the world are watching the United States these days with the same sense of impending doom.

Nice thought, huh?

The Outrages Merge Into One Giant Outrage That Never Stops

I've been awfully busy at work this week (those vampire castles don't design themselves, you know) so I'm most appreciative when someone brings things to my attention that are really worth reading, as Infidel753 has again done, this time a comment on the Republican treason letter by P. M. Carpenter:

"There is no cheap political trick beneath them, no honor they refuse to trespass, no skullduggery unworthy of exploitation, and quite simply no bottom to their infamy and deceit. Every day we suspect they have finally hit some imaginary bottom, but they always surprise us. 

I no longer believe there is a bottom for these hooligans. Their disgraces are as endless as they are unfathomable. Indeed, their rolling disgraces are so predictable, I no longer even find merit in itemizing at any length the transgressions entailed or detailing the absurdities."

Those of you who have read enough of my complaining to know about Wingnut Wrapup will understand how fully I empathize with this sentiment.  I am finding it harder and harder to uncover that unique synthesis of the revolting and the ludicrous which so characterizes right wing political commentary, without going, "who cares?  We've heard it a million times before."

Unfortunately, the sickness seems to be growing worse, not better.  I have, as you know believed all along what Carpenter is now accepting.  I don't think it is quite time for me to give up itemizing their transgressions, so I'm afraid that my little corner of the world will have to put up with it for a little while longer before I give up and head for the hills, or Italy, or something.

I have, since I started this blog, insisted that the Republican party has become a massive cult of suicide bombers, intent on destroying not just some ancient statues, but the entire political and economic fabric that made the United States, so few decades ago, the greatest hope for progress in the world.  That's pretty much over now, and apres moi le deluge.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Logan Act

We've heard a lot about the Logan act lately, which is from the early days of the country, and defines what contacts with foreign governments are not permitted.  I thought it would be useful to reprint the entirety of this very short law, given as I certainly had no idea what was actually in it.  So, here it is:

"Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects."
A lot of people claim that this law is blatantly unconstitutional, but we don't really know, since no one has been prosecuted for violating it since 1803.  In any case, constitutional or not, it is hard to see how the recent letter to Iranian leaders from 47 Republican Senators would not constitute a violation of this law.  Maybe, after 213 years, it's time to see whether treachery like that committed by these 47 Republicans is, in addition to being morally disgusting, actually illegal.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Have They Really Gone Into The Twilight Zone

Or, more frighteningly, do they think their goal of destroying popular government in the US is so close that they can now abandon any pretense of ever having wanted anything else?

Today's example, the perennial bed-wetter Lindsay Graham:

"In brief audio obtained by BenSwann.com, Sen. Graham purportedly suggests he would use the military to restrict the movement of Congress until they complied:
…[A]nd here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States: I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to. We’re not leaving town until we restore these defense cuts. We’re not leaving town until we restore the intel cuts.
Asked for comment or clarification, Graham responded to the right-leaning website with this boilerplate: “Due to the large volume of mail I receive, I regret that I am only able to respond personally to inquiries from South Carolinians."

Does it not occur to Mr. Graham what kind of government it is where the head of state uses the military to force the legislature to do what he wants?  Or, as I suggested above, does he just not care any more that we know what he is up to, because he doesn't think any of us can stop him and his associates?  Treason, open advocacy of fascist dictatorship...what's next?