Monday, October 20, 2014

The Press Rigs the Game

As we enter the last crucial couple of weeks of the 2014 Congressional campaign- crucial because lies told at this point can never be refuted in time for their falsity to sink in with the ignorant American voters, the mainstream press is demonstrating in classic form exactly how "liberal" it really is.

Three examples from just the last day:

This article from Reuters:

"President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity."

Now, the real story:  Obama made an appearance at a high school stadium in Maryland.  The eight thousand tickets sold out immediately, and many more people showed up than could be accommodated to hear the speech.  The extra people were put into the high school gym.  Obama, when he heard about this went to the gym and met personally with the people there.  After this, some of them left.  No one in the main crowd of 8,000, who greeted Obama with extreme enthusiasm, was seen leaving early.  The event was actually a great success for Obama, but was reported as a humiliating failure, in a deliberate attempt to beat down any Democratic groundswell.

And consider this report from Politico today, showing a cunning understanding of the significance of polls:

"POLITICO poll: Democrats in danger over Ebola...The survey underscores the dangers for Democrats in the midterms"

Once again, a report deliberately cast to make the Democrats' prospects in the elections look bleak.  Now, what was this based on?

"Voters who intend to support Republicans in the most consequential Senate and House elections this November had significantly less confidence in the federal government’s response to the occurrence of Ebola, according to a new POLITICO poll."

I see.  Democrats are in trouble because voters who have made up their minds to vote Republican have less confidence in the Government that other voters do.  Or, as Daily Kos explains it:

"To summarize: Politico poll found roughly 2:1 confidence to no confidence ratio on the government's Ebola response, with Republicans more critical than Democrats, and found that Democrats led Republicans in the horserace ... yet somehow they decided that what their poll really showed was that Ebola is a problem Democrats."

Once again, a story which is in general quite favorable for Democrats is presented as a disaster for them.  "Public strongly supports Obama's reaction to Ebola- Good news for Republicans."

Finally, here is the purportedly liberal (and definitely black) Tavis Smiley  agreeing wholeheartedly on national Television with Bill Krystol's claim that the Republicans are going to run the table in November:



And the hits go on- misleading, dishonest reporting designed to see to it that Democrats get to election day as discouraged as possible, and to provide cover for Republicans whose vote suppression and gerrymandering wins them elections in districts where the people do not agree with their piggish priorities.

As I have said so many times before, the Democrats can crush the Republicans without hardly trying, but they can't beat the Republicans and the press together.  Republican ownership of the mainstream press- one of the worst gifts brought to us by deregulation- the greatest scam ever played on the American people.


) Tavis Smiley

When This Guy Says It, You Can Trust Him


Something Green Eagle has said many times too.  I was going to complain that, for some reason, people listen when this guy says it, but ignore Green Eagle.  Then it occurred to me that no one really listens to him either- at least no one who can do anything about it.

The nation's number one case in point- WalMart:

"Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15."

That means that, every year, American taxpayers contribute $6.2 billion dollars directly to the Walton family- money that should be paid by the company, but we pick up the tab.

The six Waltons on Forbes' list of wealthiest Americans have a net worth of $144.7 billion.  Next year, at least $150.9 billion, I guess.


This Is Who These Idiots Give Us to Run Our Country?

No wonder the government is so screwed up.  I know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover and all that, but really-here is a picture of  Missouri Republican Congressman Billy Long:

Boss Hogg was a joke when he was on TV.  It's not a joke when these ignorant crackers send him to Congress.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wngnut Wrapup

Slim pickings these days from the wingnut blogs.  I guess they're trying to keep a low profile until they see on election day how many ignorant voters they conned into thinking they are decent human beings.  Oh well, count on them to not be able to just shut up altogether:

Daniel Doherty, Town Hall:  "Womp Womp: "One-Fifth" of Dems in Massachusettts Are Undecided"

Womp Womp?  What the hell does that mean?  Just how infantile are these people?

Rich Galen, Town Hall:  "Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo"

What's with these guys at Town Hall today?  Did somebody spike the punch?

And now, Republicans Focused on the Issues:

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "The news is unrelentingly grim. Is the world approaching the End of Days?"

Yeh, that's it- the end days are coming.  That must be the explanation for everything. God, these people will pander to anyone, as long as they are stupid right wingers.

Charlie Spierling, Breitbart:  "Obama's Ebola Czar Ron Klain: Partisan Political Operative"

Obama does what they wanted and the attacks begin immediately.  As I pointed out in a recent post, Obama's only answer should have been that, when Republicans stop playing their sick games and approve a Surgeon General, there will be an "Ebola Czar."

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart:  "CRUZ: WE DON'T NEED OBAMA'S EBOLA CZAR, WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO WILL LEAD"

So he did what they wanted, and overnight it became the wrong thing.  See my comment right above.

Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart:  "A passenger on a flight from Nigeria headed to New York's JFK airport died in flight after vomiting in his seat Thursday, causing panic on board and on the ground and spurring a Congressman to demand changes in U.S. Ebola protocols."

The guy didn't have Ebola.  He died of something else.  Nigeria is currently Ebola free.

Oh, there I go again with facts.  What do they have to do with anything?

Astute Bloggers:  "OBAMA, EBOLA AND .... MARTIAL LAW?  Will Ebola be the excuse to declare martial law and NOT to hold an election this year - and is this executive order a precursor?  President Obama authorizes call-up of National Guard, reserves if needed to address Ebola"

Martial law.  Right.  Just like it happens every time the National Guard is called up to fight forest fires or hurricane damage, or back in the good old days, White Southern race haters.

Astute Bloggers:  "HOW DEMOCRATS WIN ELECTIONS:SINGLE WOMEN.BLACKS.LATINOS.GOVERNMENT WORKERS.AND VOTER FRAUD.
WITHOUT VOTER FRAUD DEMOCRATS DON'T WIN ANY ELECTIONS"

When single women, blacks, latinos and government workers vote,  it is automatically fraud, because they are only people, and what's more they are people who don't do what they are told to do by their betters, so their votes don't count.  How Republicans win elections:  with billion dollar lie campaigns and blatant voter suppression.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "MY 5-POINT PLAN TO FIGHT EBOLA"

Let me guess- Point one: demand the birth certificate.

World Net Daily:  "John Hagee blames Ebola on Obama's Israel policy"

Another example of why religion is a malignant presence on the earth.

Michael Oberndorf, Renew America:  "Allah who? Aaacckk barf!"

More serious analysis from the right.  And believe me, the rest of the article didn't make much more sense than that.  Actually, maybe less.  I at least got the infantile, stupid, offensive point he was trying to make with the title.  The rest of it made no sense at all.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Report: Obama Planning to Bring Ebola-infected Foreigners to US for Treatment"

Report from where?  From Judicial Watch, our favorite source of lawsuits demanding that Obama must be thrown out of the White House and into prison.  Judicial Watch has this to say:

"One source tells us that..."

Whoops.  One (as usual, not to be named) source tells us.  I think that's all we need to hear about this particular right wing lie.

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "Why I Oppose Barack Obama...We keep hearing from liberals that people who oppose Barack Obama MUST feel that way because of racism."

No, John, it's because of racism AND a stupid belief that Republicans are going to cut your taxes still going strong after decades of proof that they only cut the taxes of really rich people.

Not just racism- racism and greed.  That's pretty much why you hate Obama.

John Ransom, Town Hall:  "Please, Janet Yellen, Shut Up"

Can't handle the truth, huh?  I didn't even bother to see what Janet Yellin said this time, but if it caused that much outrage from paid right wing liars, it must have been a good idea.

Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "Sorry, Blacks, You Can't Sit This Out..."Race loyalty" is an unacceptable excuse to support a black president"

It is, however, a perfectly valid reason for whites to oppose him.

Stephen Mazury, American Thinker:  "The Left Avows Its Ungodly Love of Filth"

Its love of filth.  It does this in California by banning plastic grocery bags.  And the motive is not to reduce non-biodegradable waste in landfills- no, it's much more than that:

"Not that it matters; the underlying motive isn't about saving energy or reducing waste.  Entrepreneurs operating in free markets will always provide the most agreeable, most efficient solutions where energy, waste, or anything else is concerned.  Tyranny is the real motive here"

Tyranny!  That's what it's all about!  First the plastic bags then the concentration camps!  Well, thanks for letting us in on the secret, Stephen.

Debra J. Sanders, Town Hall:  "I know Republicans who voted for Jerry Brown in 2010. They thought he'd be like Richard Nixon going to China and stand up to public employee unions by fixing a dysfunctional pension system..."

Right.  They thought he would screw the public employees of California in order to balance the budget, which was left grossly in the red by the last Republican governor. Well, here's something that Republicans never thought he would do:  balance the State budget without screwing working people. Debra forgot to mention that.  And by the way, it just shows how much Republicans really care about balancing the budget when that is not a dog-whistle term for screwing poor people.

Steve Chapman, Town Hall:  "Why Are Democrats Cozy with the Clintons?"

What, the last wildly successful Democratic President, who is the most popular politician in America, and the one Democrat who is destroying all Republicans in the 2016 Presidential polls?  Man, I can't figure out why they would even speak to them.

Now, need a little insanity with that?

Kathy Shaidle, PJ Media:  " Hippies Are (Still) Trying to Kill Us... Taking their cue from their totalitarian heroes, the hippies set out to murder us en masse."

Hippies.  As far as I can remember (and I did live at one point on the corner of Haight and Ashbury, and saw the Grateful Dead about 60 times- take it for what it's worth) all they wanted to do was get stoned and figure out a way to pay for a Stratocaster.  But I'm sure Kathy knows better.  They were actually all about mass murder.

May I point out that, while the hippies were mostly wandering around looking for a free concert in Golden Gate Park, the United States was busy killing between two and four million civilians in its criminal war in Vietnam.  There's some real mass murder for you.

Kathy mentions the following as proof that "Hippies" are homicidal maniacs:  Altamont, where Hell's Angels killed one man who had pulled a gun and was aiming it at Mick Jagger (i.e. neither hippies nor an unprovoked death,) the Manson family, which is guilty of eight known murders, and Ira Einhorn, who killed his girlfriend.  That's nine in about a decade of rampant Hippiedom, about equal to the number of people currently killed by police in this country every week and a half.  I guess the police in American are also about mass murder, only on a much bigger scale.


Well, I'm pulling the plug right there on this edition of Wingnut Wrapup.  I've got to go lay on my big beanbag chair, stare at my Jimi Hendrix blacklight posters and listen to Workingman's Dead. 

Travel Ban Cowards

Just a brief comment on those Republican cowards who are spending their time demanding that Obama ignore the recommendations of the experts and impose a "travel ban" on people who have been to West Africa.

There are no direct flights between West Africa and the United States.  That means, for anyone to get here on an airplane from West Africa, they would have to fly through another country.  If we stopped them from the last leg of their flight here, all we would be doing is dumping the problem on someone else, and demonstrating to the world once again that that the governing principle of American life is "I've got mine- screw you."

It not only makes no sense; it constitutes a moral outrage.  Or in other words, standard Republican policy.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Impeach Obama Week!!!!!

It's here again!  Oh boy, it's been less than two months since the last one, which was, as is typical for these wingnut Woodstocks, a failure of monumental proportions.

Think they'll do any better this time around?  Green Eagle suspects not, but we shall see what we shall see.  I'll get back to you as soon as I have some humiliating pictures to show from this week's festivities.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Obama Caves to Republicans Again

So he is going to do what Republicans are demanding, and what, until this week they declared was one of the greatest alleged abuses of his Presidency, and appoint a Czar to oversee the three known cases of Ebola in the country.

There should have been only one answer from him:  The proper person to fill this role is the Surgeon General, and there will be one as soon as Republicans quit playing their sick political games and approve his appointment.  And the Surgeon General will take appropriate action and see to it that we are protected in the future as soon as the Republicans quit playing their sick political games and restore an appropriate level of funding to the National Institutes of Health.

Until then, he should make it clear that Republican "input" about this problem is not welcome.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bartharbunga

I haven't mentioned the Icelandic volcano situation in quite some time, so I thought I'd write a short post just to let you know that it's still going on- earthquakes, lava, gas, all the usual.  Things are changing in minor ways as the lava gets blocked one way and flows another, but the reporting lately has been pretty technical- I can't absorb a lot of it, and I doubt too many people care about the geological details.  Anyway, the thing could go either way, or just go on as it is indefinitely.  If any real change takes place, I'll let you know, presuming anyone cares.

When Republicans Rule

Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina, reacting to complaints about the Confederate flag that flies on Statehouse grounds:

“What I can tell you is over the last three and a half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phone with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” the governor noted. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

Well, it's okay with the CEO's.  That solves that issue.

Larry Klayman: Obama Must Be 'Taken Alive' For Using Ebola As Weapon Against Whites

If you kill them, they bleed on their pelts and then you can't make a good rug out of them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Surreal Moments in Debate Performance- Florida Edition

One of the greatest bits of theater of the absurd, courtesy of Florida Governor Rick Scott:



Scott is already doing a poor job of running for re-election, as befits an out and out criminal.  It was a sign of the stupidity of Florida's voters that he won the first time, but the mainstream press has already signaled that if he loses this time around, they will blame it all on this four minutes of non-debate, rather than the fact that he is a corrupt monster from a party of corrupt monsters.

Oh well, give it a look, it's pretty funny.

Update:  Here's the headline of Town Hall's coverage of this story:  "Charlie Crist Violates Debate Rules, Forces Debate Delay."  That's their story and they are sticking to it.

An Appropriate Democratic Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Texas

Which, of course, we will never hear in a thousand years:

Texas, one of the most Republican, Conservative States in the country, and consistently near the bottom of States in the quality of the healthcare services offered to residents, has made a conscious decision to favor the opportunities of the rich over the welfare of the vast majority of its people. The breaching of this nation's wall of protection against the Ebola virus took place in Texas, where the three known victims were located, and two of them infected and allowed to possibly spread the virus further, because of bungling by the inadequately supervised and financed Texas health care system.

In the meantime, Republicans are screaming for the appointment of a "Czar" to handle the Ebola situation, despite the fact that the person who should have been available to fill that position, the Surgeon General of the United States, does not exist because of Republican pandering to their right wing base on an issue that has nothing to do with the Surgeon General's duties or the health of the American people.

If this country does not reorient its priorities and start spending money on the general welfare instead of wars of aggression and giveaways to the hyper-rich, we will continue to join Liberia and Sierra Leone as the sort of third world nation where diseases like this can spread.  That is not really a concern of the Republican party if it interferes with profits, and as long as that party continues to exist, things like Ebola epidemics will become more and more a standard feature of American life.