Saturday, May 30, 2009
"PARIS — President Barack Obama remains by far the most popular world leader among people in major Western nations and is the one political figure on whom people consistently pin their hopes in the economic crisis, according to new polls conducted for the International Herald Tribune."
In my wanderings through the slough of Conservative political comment, I have started to see a number of liars- oops, I meant serious Republican political analysts- suggesting lately that world opinion is turning against Obama.
Please remember this if any of their drivel comes your way.
Bill Kristol: "....the White House/media bluster won't work. Most conservatives and Republicans aren't going to be intimidated from raising legitimate questions about Sotomayor's jurisprudence."
Or illegitimate ones, Bill. Mostly the latter. In fact, entirely the latter. Barack beat you again- deal with it.
Bobby Schindler:I spent a lot of time watching news coverage of President Obama’s recent speech at Notre Dame. I couldn’t help but be reminded of my sister Terri’s two-week ordeal that took place at the hospice facility where she was killed in March of 2005. There was so much that was eerily similar....
No, of course it couldn't, Bobby. How could the Wingnut response to Obama's speech not remind you of a fight between an articulate, intelligent man and someone who is brain dead?
Hugh Hewitt: Obamacare Will Lead To A U-Turn On Life-Expectancy: What To Tell The Blue Dogs
Well, considering that American life expectancy fell during the Bush administration, that would be a good thing, wouldn't it, Hugh?
Hugh supports his argument with a letter from someone called "Dr. L." It's always so comforting, in a medical debate, to see evidence from someone who is afraid to give his name.
Charles Krauthammer: We Will Reach European Tax-Rates With Obama-care
Since you guys are always screaming that our corporate tax rates are the highest in the world, why are you complaining?
Or did you just make that "fact" up? No, you'd never to that, right?
Warner Todd Huston: Could Obama’s Left Wing Flap him to Death? The red knives starting to come out?
Red knives. What an image. By the way, Warner, I have never heard of anyone being flapped to death, so I wouldn't waste that much time worrying about it. We liberals do appreciate the concern, however.
Erick Erickson:John Cornyn’s Latest Problem
It turns out that John Cornyn (accidentally, I am sure) told the truth about something. That's his problem. Watch it, Johnny boy, they've got their eyes on you now.
Confederate Yankee: End Run: Sotomayor is Obama's Attempt to Undermine the Second Amendment
No evidence at all. Come on, Mr. Yankee, can't you at least put a little effort into you lies?
Power Line: I think President Obama's worst weakness is that he is ignorant, not only of economics as an academic discipline, but of business as it is commonly experienced and understood by those in the private sector.
Unlike some other President I could mention, who was extremely familiar with how to make businesses fail. That knowledge proved to be spectacularly useful when he was confronted with the task of making our economy fail.
Jennifer Rubin: Obama SCOTUS Choice a Blow to Racial Equality
Because of course appointing a minority woman is a blow to equality. I never realized that until you pointed it out. Thanks so much, Jennifer, you convinced me. Now I really want to see another White man up there.
Newsmax: Obama Refuses to Release Secret Documents
Another miserable change from the spectacular openness which characterizes government when Republicans are in the White House.
Barry Farber, at Newsmax: Republicans Should Just Sit Still for Awhile
Preferably for a long, long while.
This from the author of the following article: "Wanda Sykes Aims Low-Blow at Rush." I don't know why that's such a bad thing, Barry, as it saves Rush the trouble of having to go to the Dominican Republic and paying someone to do it.
Dick "Toesucker" Morris: Clintons Trapped in Obama's Web
Yeah, particularly Hillary, who was trapped by Obama into accepting the biggest job of her life. What a snake that Obama is. Although that's kind of a mixed metaphor there, snakes and spiders and all. Oh well, Dick (and I mean that) we can't all be perfect.
Patrick J. Buchanan: Obama's Idea of Justice
When you think about it, Sonia Sotomayor is the perfect pick for the Supreme Court -- in Barack Obama's America.
Pat, I hate to have to keep reminding you of this, but Barack's America is our America. So I guess Sotomayor is perfect, huh? So why don't you just sit in the corner and be quiet, like a good little doggie?
Ann Coulter: I Feel Your Pain. Not Theirs.
Feel your own pain, lady.
Jonah "Spawn of the Witch" Goldberg: Cheney an Unlikely Beacon for Conservatives
Unlikely? Jonah, you are continuing your streak of saying the exact opposite from whatever could possibly be true- I've got to give you credit for consistency. As far as I can tell, Cheney is the most likely Beacon for Conservatives in the whole wide world. Except maybe for Robert Mugabe.
Conservative Nation: Dealergate / Mopargate - Evidence Mounts That Chrysler Dealer Closings Possibly Politically Motivated
This post continues: "The story is starting to gain traction and credibility."
If we just screw up our little faces and scream about it long enough, it will soon be true! A perfect example of Conservative neo-tinkerbelle thinking.
And a perfect end to another perfect day- of wandering in the sewers of human cogitation.
"Levin Calls Cheney a Liar on Torture"
The story has a subhead,
"Will media give Levin's Bombshell Airtime?"
Josh, I'm sorry to have to disagree with you here, but how could you think that Cheney lying is a "bombshell?" That's more along the lines of "Startling News: My Dog was Hungry Again Today."
"From the Desk of Newt Gingrich
"I have a dream: that my four little children will one day live
in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their
skin, but by the content of their character."
- Dr. Martin Luther King"
Because, as all red-blooded Americans know, Newt, there is nothing you care about more than advancing the cause championed by Dr. Martin Luther King. And nothing could offend him more than seeing a minority woman on the Supreme Court.
"There are only two options for how we govern ourselves – by laws, or by the will of those in power.
The will of those in power represents subjective, fleeting standards that are never fully known by any and are applied purely to satisfy the wishes of a small, concentrated group in power."
And, being the upstanding, moral person you are, you would never support a President who worked "purely to satisfy the wishes of a small, concentrated group in power." No, never. You would speak out daily against such a thing, were it ever to occur, right, Newt? I so admire the ethical rigor that leads you to apply the same standards to any President, no matter what party.
"If Civil War, suffrage, and Civil Rights are to mean anything, we cannot accept that conclusion. It is simply un-American. There is no room on the bench of the United States Supreme Court for this worldview."
No, Newt, if the Civil War and Civil Rights mean anything, they mean that this country has no room for fat, racist white southern pigs like you. Unfortunately, these things don't really seem to mean all that much, seeing as how you're still here, blabbing out your lies.
"The checks and balances between the three branches of government are designed to prevent any small faction of society from exerting undue influence over the rest of us."
Except the very rich, right?
"Please consider supporting Renewing American Leadership with a generous donation today. $25, $50, or $100 will dramatically help us stand strong for the Rule of Law in America!"
Hooray! That's the first thing you've said in this whole tirade that wasn't a lie. Except for the rule of law thing. Still- pretty good by your standards.
God, I hope the Republicans pick you to run for President in 2012. That would be so much fun.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Floyd and Mary Beth Brown: Time for Nancy Pelosi to Resign
Guys, time for Nancy to resign is so last week. Move on, will you?
Town Hall: Star Trek; Socialist Utopia?
Good point there, fellas. I'll spend some quality time thinking about that one. I'm so glad you are focusing on the important things
Red State: Conservative Immingration Reform is Right Next to Unicorns and Leprechauns
Yeah, but Conservative everything is right next to unicorns, so what's your point?
Josh Painter: Dealergate Update: What we have so far
In a word: nothing.
Red State: Mancow Waterboarding Faked!
"It is going to have to look “real” but of course would be simulated with Mancow acting like he is drowning. It will be a hoax but have to look real.
....the fact that Mancow couldn’t find anybody to shop this to that was better than Olbermann probably should have been a tell. - Moe Lane"
Of course, of course. It didn't come out the way you wanted, so it must be a fake. That's right. Now, time for sleepies. Everything will be better in the morning.
Warner Todd Huston: Feds to Decide What Can be Sold at Your Garage Sale
Really, this article was too stupid for me to try to explain what he was getting at.
Red State: Democrats and Sotomayor Have a Bolton Problem-Temper, temper!
Funny it never bothered you when Bolton had a Bolton problem.
Renew America: Are tea partiers the new 'terrorists'?
No. They're the new suckers.
Bob Unruh, at World Net Daily: New bid to unseal Obama's birth certificate
Challenge claims Hawaii waived privacy by talking about document
(one of seven articles at WND today about Obama's birth certificate)
You go with that, guys. It's a good way to spend your time. Now, how about some art therapy, or is it time for your meds now?
WND:Billion-dollar drug company hides astounding discovery of a natural cancer killer.
10,000 times stronger than chemo—but without the side effects!
How many people died in vain while this billion-dollar drug maker concealed the secret of the miraculous Graviola tree?
I just want to say that I appreciate it so much when Conservative websites post penetrating scientific analysis like this. The closely argued approach they take toward these issues just fills us with confidence about their opinions on other subjects. In the meantime, if I don't answer the phone, don't worry. I'll be out in the back yard planting some Graviola trees. My fortune is made.
'Uncle Dick' Redux: Out of Office, Will Cheney Be GOP's Truman?
Do you mean that people will eventually come to think that Dick Cheney was actually a good man and a qualified Vice President? No, I don't think so. But, you go on waiting for that. Look how fast Herbert Hoover's reputation came back. Oh, wait....
There you go. Just a random sample. More soon.
"Canadian car parts maker Magna International is the preferred bidder for GM Europe, owner of Opel and Vauxhall, Lord Mandelson has said.
The UK business secretary said a deal between Magna and GM was "pretty near".
There you go- the classic American plan to save our manufacturers. Sell off the parts of the company that still make decent cars, in order to finance the long term collapse of the worthless ones.
That's bound to work.
"Obama reiterated that he had been 'very clear about the need to stop building settlements, to stop building outposts' on Palestinian territory.
"Only hours earlier, the Israeli government said it would continue to allow some growth in the settler communities in the West Bank."
Let me make my bias on this issue clear. I have lived and worked in Israel. I have spent time in the West Bank and have seen a number of settlements close up. In the course of my work, I have had contact with Palestinians, Israeli Arabs and Bedouins. I firmly believe in Israel's right to exist; and as long as there continue to be numerous explicitly Muslim governments in the world, I believe simple fairness should allow Israel to exist as a Jewish society.
Now, on to my comment:
Good for you, Barack.
There is something inherently unfair in the fact that Muslim Palestinians are free to live in Israel and participate as far as they are willing in its government, yet Jews cannot live in peace in Palestinian areas. Nevertheless, life is not always fair, and an end to hostilities will never come while these settlements are allowed to continue. Israel had to remove settlers from Gaza; at the very least, it is going to have to tell the ones in the majority of the West Bank that they are free to stay as long as they are willing to live under a Palestinian government and abide by its rules.
Make no mistake: Netanyahu has long demonstrated that, as a politician, he stands firmly with the likes of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bolton. He should be no more appealing half way around the world than he would be here. It is a great thing that Obama is refusing to go along with Netanyahu's game, and it is the only possible way forward.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
"Brazen NZ parrot steals passport, heads into bush
A brazen parrot, which spotted a Scottish man's passport in a colored bag in the luggage compartment under a tour bus, nabbed the document and made off into dense bush with it, the Southland Times newspaper reported Friday."
If you think Green Eagle was going to let that one pass, you don't know Green Eagle.
"ATLANTA – Scientists have identified a lethal new virus in Africa that causes bleeding like the dreaded . The so-called "Lujo" virus infected five people in Zambia and South Africa last fall. Four of them died, but a fifth survived, perhaps helped by a medicine recommended by the scientists.
"This one is really, really aggressive" he said of the virus."
As if having to put up with Dick Cheney all over again wasn't bad enough.
In other news:
"Everglades swamped with invading pythons"
In my endless quest for targets for my merciless ridicule, I found myself wandering in a veritable forest of sites linked to a blog advocating the re-establishment of the Confederacy. I will not bother you with the maundering, deluded and ultimately dead boring trash that I found there, but I did want to show you this delightful cartoon, which asks the vital question, "How do you weaken and kill off White Americans?"
I thought this question deserved the kind of thoughtful answer that only the likes of Green Eagle can provide, so here's my shot.
First, I would see that a significant part of them inbred to the point that they were stupid enough to fall for any kind of lies and deceit. Then I would use their religious institutions to teach them that there is just nothing at all wrong with submitting yourself to an orgy of hatred and greed.
Next, I would spend a lot of money raising up a group of politicians willing to pander to those emotions by promising these simple-minded people endless tax cuts, and stoking their hatred of anyone outside their own group. This could, in significant measure, be financed by the money fleeced out of them by their own religious institutions, in a sort of ecclesiastical leveraged buyout.
As soon as these people elected these politicians, their new leaders would proceed to bankrupt the country by making it possible for their real backers to rob blind the people who voted for them, leaving them impoverished, deluded and helpless. Then, when everyone is staring total societal collapse in the face, those clever politicians could turn their offices over to a different political party, at which point these white Americans could somehow be deluded into blaming all of their problems on the other guys, therefore insuring that nothing will be done to impede the country's collapse.
There. That should work, right? Maybe I should send this helpful suggestion to these people, so they can make sure that they never fall for such a thing.
Oh, just one more thing. There are dozens of these websites linked together, each more visually offensive and ludicrous than the one before. I was afraid that some of them might give me seizures. How do they do it? Or do they all have special glasses they wear when surfing the internet, and are trying to kill off anyone else who stumbles on them?
"SEOUL, South Korea – The U.S. and South Korea put their military forces on high alert Thursday after renounced the truce keeping the peace between the two Koreas since 1953. The North also accused the U.S. of preparing to attack the isolated communist country in the wake of its second nuclear bomb test, and warned it would retaliate to any hostility with "merciless" and dangerous ferocity."
I'm going to make a couple of cheap predictions here.
First, it won't be more than a few hours before we see right wingers like Cheney egging the North Koreans on, still foolishly refusing to grasp the fact that, finally, an adult is in the White House.
Second, Kim Jong Il may be the butt of world wide jokes because of his behavior, but he is not as stupid as the Republicans. He knows what will happen if he tries to attack the U. S. He won't go there.
Third, as I alluded to above, Barack Obama is going to prove once again that he is no George W. Bush. If there is a need to act, he will attack the right country with the right degree of force, with worldwide approval, and ultimate victory.
Update: Stuart Whatley, at Huffington Post makes a similar point, in much more temperate language. It's worth a look.
Larry Elder: Pelosi vs. the CIA: Why it matters
No it doesn't, Larry. And neither do you. That's why you couldn't even keep your local talk show.
Emmett Tyrell: The ACLU Talks Too Much
This one has to do with some cross out in the desert. Glad to see you keeping your eye on the ball, Emmett.
Moe Lane: Harry Reid Attacked Barbara Bush in His Book
Really? Actually, it turns out that he quoted someone else saying something about Babs. Even if he had called her Hitler with an Eating Disorder, so what? Grow up, Moe.
“E Pluribus Unum:” Clarence Thomas and Miguel Estrada Were Not Left-Wing Toadies
Both are minorities. Yet both are to this day treated to the most vile and inhuman treatment that the left can levy, called horrible things in public and in print.
Miguel Estrada? Isn't he the guy from Chips? I don't know about him, but Clarence Thomas is certainly not a left-wing toady. He's Antonin Scalia's personal toady.
And please, the most vile and inhuman treatment the left can levy, as you know perfectly well, is reserved for Dick Cheney. Clarence Thomas will just have to go on settling for second best. Tough luck, Clarence. We vile left wingers don't need that much ammunition to pick on you.
Little Pammy: White House Car Czar Married to Democratic Fundraiser
Oh my God, Oh my God! The White House appointed someone of their own party to a Government position! Will their perfidy never end! George W. Bush would never have done such a despicable thing!
Jennifer Rubin: Democrats Must Face the Music
Republicans are about ready to move from being the party of "no" to the party of "I told you so."
Boy, no one could have expected that. Well, the Democrats are about to move up, too. From the party of "let's all get along" to the party of "who gives a damn what you lunatic, power mad crooks think."
Ryan Mauro: Where's the Mockery of Joe 'Dubya' Biden?Comedians and media types who loved to ridicule Bush's gaffes are stunningly silent about the VP
Well, how's this for an explanation of that phenomenon, Ryan? So far, Joe Biden's "gaffes" haven't started an unjustified war, or let an American city drown, or nearly caused a depression, or virtually bankrupted our government. When Joe does something like that, be my guest and fire away. If you can beat me to the trigger.
Jackie Mason: Pelosi:Like a Deranged Pig in Heat
Classy as always, Jackie. There's just nothing like Conservative humor.
Well, I am sure you are all pleased that I condensed all of this right-wing swill into one post, so you could get through it and get on with your lives quickly. More soon. They never stop spewing it out there, so Green Eagle will always have more.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
"WASHINGTON —President Obama's campaign to cut health costs by $2 trillion over the next decade, announced with fanfare two weeks ago, may have hit another snag: the nation’s antitrust laws.
Antitrust lawyers say doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and drug makers will be running huge legal risks if they get together and agree on a strategy to hold down prices and reduce the growth of health spending."
Oh, that's why our medical care system is so terrible! How could I have not realized this before the New York Times was so kind as to point it out to me? It's all the fault of those liberals, and their darned antitrust laws!
Of course, if we only ignored those laws and let the insurance companies and HMO's do anything they wanted, our medical costs would come crashing down, the way they always do when you just let monopolies control everything.
"Robert F. Leibenluft, a former official at the Federal Trade Commission, said, “Any agreement among competitors with regard to prices or price increases — even if they set a maximum — would raise legal concerns.”
Legal concerns- God forbid that we raise legal concerns! Far better to just let people die in the street!
I know I got a little carried away with the italic thing there, but really...God in heaven above, how long do we need to put up with these greed maddened thieves and their self serving lies.
Way at the end of the article is this:
"A new study by an economist at Northwestern University, Leemore S. Dafny, finds that a growing number of geographic markets are dominated by a handful of insurance companies, and that the decline in competition may contribute to higher prices."
Oh, so the only piece of real information in the whole article totally contradicts the fabricated assertions of the insurance companies, the HMO's and their stooges. I guess that wasn't sufficient reason to not give them an opportunity to spread their venom. Thanks a lot, New York Times.
"Sotomayor also claimed: “For me, a very special part of my being Latina is the mucho platos de arroz, gandoles y pernir — rice, beans and pork — that I have eaten at countless family holidays and special events.”
This has prompted some Republicans to muse privately about whether Sotomayor is suggesting that distinctive Puerto Rican cuisine such as patitas de cerdo con garbanzo — pigs’ feet with chickpeas — would somehow, in some small way influence her verdicts from the bench."
No comment needed.
Most of you may not remember that the presence of the ultraright racist William Rehnquist on the Supreme Court resulted from a breakdown in congressional resistance after two other equally loathsome Nixon nominees, Carswell and Haynesworth had been rejected. This set the pattern for Republican behavior from then until now: First, appoint the most vile right wing maniac to the court you can, after searching far and wide to find one whose record is sufficiently murky to allow him to sit in front of the Senate and lie his ass off about what a moderate he is; then set up a deafening chorus of abusive shreiks and wails to force Democratic presidents to appoint the most weak-kneed candidate possible. This strategy has been used not only for the Supreme Court but for court of appeals vacancies too, resulting in a court system that has moved farther and farther to the right, and farther and farther into the pockets of the rich, over the last fifty years.
This is the true judicial activism, and it has worked. We now have justices Scalia, Alito, Roberts and Thomas, who exist for no other purpose than to sell this country to the wealthiest among us. As a result, it really takes only one of the other five presumably somewhat open-minded Justices to rule in the favor of the rich and powerful. Many of the Federal district courts are equally polluted, and the result is an endless flow of judicial decisions that have absolutely no justification in previous legislation, and which have turned our entire country to the right.
If you have any doubt about who the real judicial activists are, please take a look at this post from today's Daily Kos, which provides some quick statistical evidence about which Justices follow precedent and which do not. As you might guess, given that this is a Republican talking point, the truth is the exact opposite of their claims.
Better nothing than boredom.
"I thought I would never be able to experience what the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930s. In those times, the savior was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing."
They knew next to nothing by the mid-1930's, when Hitler had been in power for a couple of years, and practically all of his programs, detailed long before in Mein Kampf, were in full force?
"What they did know was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory and promises."
Just like Obama, who shouted and shoved and pushed around people. Oh yes, I can see the analogy so clearly. By the way, Pammy, Hitler became Reich Chancellor on January 30, 1933. Within three months, the Nazis had banned all other political parties, and were already arresting their leaders. They were also sending SA squads to break up municipal governments and force their elected leaders to resign. Just like Obama, huh?
"Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and waved a lot."
Oh yes, I remember that wave. The one where he stuck his arm straight out. Yes sir, just like Obama.
"And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his "brown shirts" would bully them into submission."
Just like now, Pammy, when you are so afraid to speak out. I've got to admit one thing, though. You are apparently afraid to speak out the truth, seeing as how you never dare to do that.
"And then he was duly elected to office,"
False, and you know it perfectly well. Hitler was appointed Reich Chancellor as a result of his skillful manipulation of the then-senile Hindenberg and Ludendorff. Nazi performance in German elections peaked in 1930, and by 1933 had fallen below 40% and was continuing to decline.
"with a full-throttled economic crisis at hand [the Great Depression]. Slowly but surely he seized the controls of government power,"
"Slowly but surely," if by that you mean "within six months." By that time he had violently eliminated all opposition and had forcibly instituted most of the elements of the Nazi program. Just like Obama, right?
"department by department, person by person, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The kids joined a Youth Movement in his name , where they were taught what to think."
Just like today, when Obama is forcing kids to join the Obama Jugund, right, Pammy?
Listen, if we really do weave a tangled web by lying, you have spun enough silk to reach to the moon. I wonder if you ever think about whether it is really a good idea to be this maliciously dishonest.
"....Wolf Blitzer also asked him about the ongoing torture debate. And it was interesting to see that Gonzo -- who was White House counsel at the time the torture policies were first formulated -- seemed eager to shift any blame onto the Justice Department he would later go on to lead.
Pressed by Blitzer about his role in approving torture, he first clarified that he wasn't at the Justice Department at the key time, and said "It's the responsibility of the Department of Justice to provide legal guidance on behalf of the executive branch."
In other words: blame Ashcroft, Yoo, and Bybee."
Actually, Alberto, as I remember it, the ones that you are responsible for torturing were the American people.
Now, get back in your hole, maggot.
But 23 Republicans also voted FOR her -- including current Sens. Collins, Gregg, Hatch, Lugar, Snowe, and Specter (the latter of whom is now a Democrat)."
The above, from MSNBC First Read.
Curious, isn't it, to see that great maverick, St. John McCain, keeping company with all of those neanderthal hardliners, huh? Who'd have ever imagined that? I can't help wondering where his open-minded, bipartisan spirit will lead him this time.
Note: Probably further into the sewer.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
"No president had ever nominated a Hispanic woman. Nor had a recent president — or his nominee — expressed less genuine interest in the traditional craft of judging."
I assume, Rich, by "recent," you mean starting the day after Bush one picked Clarence Thomas.
"Dick Cheney is giving the Republican Party a demonstration of how to fight a popular president. Stake out defensible high ground, do not surrender an inch, then go onto the attack."
Pat, did it ever occur to you that it might not be the best think to do to continuously fight our President?
Oh yeah, it occurred to you every time you opened your mouth during the reign of your pathetic incompetent occupant of the oval office. I guess you forgot all of that in the excitement of last November.
Well, here's the thing. You have no high ground. However, you may want to think about staking out the low ground, since you Republicans pretty well own all of that. Then, instead of attacking the President, how about occasionally, maybe, just maybe, try helping him to make our country better?
No, I guess not. Foolish me.
"Obama Ignores Republican Basics"
Geoff, I hate to break this to you, but that's why 69,500,000 people voted for him.
No need to link to this piece of trash. Trust Green Eagle on this one.
"RED ALERT: Did Anti-Obama campaign contributions dictate which Chrysler dealers were shuttered?
A tipster alerted me to an interesting assertion. A cursory review by that person showed that many of the Chrysler dealers on the closing list were heavy Republican donors.
To quickly review the situation, I took all dealer owners whose names appeared more than once in the list. And, of those who contributed to political campaigns, every single one had donated almost exclusively to GOP candidates. "
As a lover of conspiracies himself, Green Eagle is always appreciative when he hears one as far-fetched as this one. However, it occurs to him that there is a far simpler explanation for this disturbing correlation. How about the idea that the people who were intellectually challenged enough to have invested their life savings in attempting to sell Chryslers would be the very same people who continued to finance the Republican party, long after it became obvious that it was driving us into economic oblivion (probably in a Chrysler.) There, doesn't that make more sense?
" Pyongyang. North Korea test fired....five new missiles yesterday and today in response to the United Nations Security Council’s condemnation of its recent nuclear test..... The Obama Administration’s response is essentially to change the subject and distract media and public attention from the one thing it does not want to talk about, foreign policy."
Ah, yes. The appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice, one of a President's most important and critical duties, is nothing but a cheap political maneuver to distract attention from a minor, transient foreign problem.
I'm not surprised to see them thinking that way, since every act of the last President, no matter how crucial, was subverted in the cause of Republican political convenience. Still, given that Obama has proven about fifteen thousand times as adept at foreign policy as their "grownups" were, I think we can afford ourselves the luxury of a little ridicule.
"... President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a declaration of war against America’s gun owners and the Second Amendment to our Constitution."
No evidence for that, of course. I am sure that Ken would have provided us with some, but his internet connection to the far away planet where it is true was down today.
Thanks for that contribution to our discourse, Ken. Now, get back in your box, please.
"President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor shows that empathy has won out over excellence in the White House.
The White House chose a judge distinguished from the other members of that list only by her race.
Conservatives should defend the Supreme Court as a place where cases are decided by a faithful application of the Constitution...."
The above remarks courtesy of that one-man legal disaster zone, John Yoo. Mr. Yoo, why didn't you care about the constitution when you were bending over backwards to degrade our nation's legal system by justifying torture?
You know something? The best thing for you to do is keep the hell out of this discussion and everything else having to do with our government, for the rest of your misbegotten life.
Sad to say, neither you nor your "conservative" friends will stop for one second from your mindless, vicious attacks, so this is far from the last word I will have to waste on this topic.
Monday, May 25, 2009
"PARIS (AFP) –The Church of Scientology and six of its French leaders went on trial on Monday on charges of organised fraud that could lead to an outright ban on the organisation in France."
Well, almost without comment. I have been observing this group since the 1960's when I first read Dianetics.
I will be most interested in seeing what comes of this matter.
"Now, twenty years after Rush began, some Republicans who once fell all over themselves to get on the air with him, have decided he is too shrill, too conservative, and too harmful to the cause.
They have become Vichy Republicans....
Call Powell, Ridge, etc. quislings, Vichy Republicans or whatever you like, but one thing is clear — these respected men have chosen to use their positions and media adoration to take on not Rush and Dick Cheney, but conservatives."
There it is, folks. Failing to mindlessly oppose every single thing Obama and the Democrats try to do, is exactly equivalent to total collaboration with Nazi Germany.
One more little remark worth mentioning:
"Why? Because Cheney, Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Coulter, and others are burning down their potemkim village — their facade of being both reasonable and on the right."
And there you have it. How could those people be so ignorant as to believe that you could be "both reasonable and on the right?"
Thanks, Erick. I couldn't have put it better myself.
Note: for those who might be confused, Vichy refers not to the water, but to the WWII French government that collaborated with the Nazis. Quisling is a reference to Vidkun Quisling, a Norwegian who sold his country out to the Nazis and was made head of the Fascist Norwegian government after the Nazis conquered Norway.
"President Bush spoke to France's President Jacques Chirac. Bush wove a story about how the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work in the Middle East and how they must be defeated.
Chirac is said to have been stupefied and disturbed by Bush's invocation of Biblical prophesy to justify the war in Iraq and "wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs".
In the same year he spoke to Chirac, Bush had reportedly said to the Palestinian foreign minister that he was on "a mission from God" in launching the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and was receiving commands from the Lord."
Words fail me. It will be well worth your time to click on the link and read the whole article.
"Why do many white females ignore race as a major issue? I can only speculate the reasons for their carelessness. Most young women today have no racial awareness and if approached with the idea they simply do not want to hear it. It is necessary we awake something in these women for our future is at stake. Without strong and intelligent white mothers we do not stand a chance against the hordes that not only out breed us but are looking to defile our blood lines."
Why do white females ignore race as a major issue? Why? Just Green Eagle's opinion here, but maybe it's because they are not a pack of filthy race hating pigs. Or maybe it's because they are smarter than white men, something which would not be that hard to believe, given that the white men who still keep the Republican party on its feet are dumber than schnauzers.
Anyway. I'm not even going to get into the "defile our bloodlines" thing. Really, that is too cheap a target even for Green Eagle's brand of childish abuse. However, there is one more line in this turgid excuse for a web post that you might enjoy:
"There have been many great women patriots throughout history from Joan of Arc to Axis Sally...."
And for those of you who are so ignorant of great patriots that you don't know who Axis Sally is, here's a bit from Wikipedia:
"Mildred Gillars , also known as "Axis Sally," was a female radio personality during World War II, best known for her propaganda broadcasts for Nazi Germany....She was captured and eventually flown back to the United States in 1948. She was charged with 10 counts of treason..."
Well, there you go. Treason is patriotism. And we've gone from a woman who died for her beliefs to a right wing radio talk show host, as the ideal of the patriot. Remind you of any fat blabbermouth radio baboon you can think of?
Today, I had occasion to look at some neo-Nazi websites. Guess what? They all hate Obama and everything he stands for. I wonder how that fact fits into the whole "Nazis are liberals" thing?
Oh, wait. I see the flaw in my reasoning. "Wingnut"-"fact" How did I ever manage to get those two words together in the same post?
May I point out to the ignorant that California (as of 2005, the last year for which I have data) pays $48 billion dollars more in Federal taxes than it receives in return. That is over three times California's budget deficit.
Where does this money go? As I have mentioned before, virtually every state in the country that still votes Republican is a net receiver of tax money from the Federal government.
I am damned tired of paying to support these jackasses while they preach to us about what worthless, spendthrift leeches we are.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
"sometimes torture needs to be used if the costs of not torturing come too high. Ask yourself-- would you prefer to be water boarded or step on a land mine?"
Would you prefer to be slugged in the face or have your arm ripped off? Oh, then it's okay if I slug you in the face?
"Finally winning a war without torture does not mean that we could not have lowered our causalities. Sometimes you can fight with one hand tied behind your back and still win."
Sometimes you can gain the whole world and lose your eternal soul. Ever hear that before?
By the way, we fought this war without one arm tied behind our backs, and still lost. Deal with that, sucker.
" Make a guy think he's drowning, and suddenly you're a moral monster.
I guess there's just no good answer to that clever observation.
"Actually, both by US law and international agreement, there is no justification for torture. Period."
Sometimes the law is an ass. Slavery was once legal."
So, if I follow you here, since we made slavery illegal, it's okay to make torture legal, huh? Fair's fair, after all. And don't even ask who the real ass is here.
"Many of you make me laugh, crying and whining about the poor scum that we waterboarded. So what? F them. "
Yeah, F them. Who cares that we didn't have enough evidence to try them or even charge them. F them. there, that ends that discussion. And if you disagree, F you too.
"The foreigners in question were known to be high level terrorists from the start."
Except for the 90% or so who we claimed were high level terrorists, but turned out to be unlucky saps. But so what, right? Terrorist or sap, F them.
"To me, if one lives, it is not torture to be compared to one who dies."
So it's only bad if the guy dies, huh? Care to have us try that out on you?
This goes on like this for hundreds of comments. It's so depressing. All those people out there wetting their pants in fear, like a three year old afraid of the monster under his bed, and willing to have others suffer any sort of bestial abuse, if their own irrational fear will stop. And they call themselves tough, and us weak. Well, you know what, conservative sissies: F you.
You know, George, the rest of us got to the point that we couldn't take it any more, about five years ago.
"There's a shocking new report out about the abuse of students
Congressional investigators have apparently uncovered widespread mistreatment in public special-needs education facilities.....
....Now let's calm down for a moment and think about this.
Who controls the public schools in America?"
Oh oh, I think I can guess what's coming.
"...these are government schools. So why, you might ask, is the government shocked, shocked, I tell you to learn about abuses of this kind in government schools?And what is the government's solution? More government control – especially central government control. Because we all know that bureaucrats in Washington
Joe (can I call you Joe? After all, we're getting to know each other so well here.) Joe, here's something that you must have missed in fourth grade, when you were out of school with the mumps: Our great country is actually made up of these things called states (there are 50 of them, Joe) and each state has within it things called cities, where most people live. All of those entities have their own governments. That's right, there is the Federal government (that's the one you are complaining about,) there are state governments, and there are city governments. And it's actually those city governments that run our public schools. Those are whole different governments from the one you hate. Surprising, isn't it?
And as to those local rubes who actually work with children, they are the ones who are supposedly torturing our children, according to you. So actually, maybe it wouldn't be so crazy to give the bureaucrats a shot.
See, we're reaching an understanding already.
"Perhaps they are now running out of private businesses to run, so they will turn their attention to government institutions...."
Silly me. I always thought it was the job of government to run government institutions.
"That reminds me of something. Isn't waterboarding also almost torture? And what did the government do about that – or pretend to do anyway? They closed down Guantanamo Bay, didn't they? At least they promised to close it down....
So how about the same solution for these government-run torture schools?
Shouldn't we just close them down, too?
In fact, in light of this shocking report, shouldn't we just close down all government schools?"
What a serious, worthy suggestion, Joe. Close the schools. Who needs public education anyway, and besides, think of the tax cuts for the rich we could have then. I am so happy to see you people on the right stepping up to the plate and offering serious solutions to our national problems. You know, I heard about a couple of cops who beat some guy up once. Let's close all of the police stations too. How about that idea, Joe? And while we're at it, remember all that stuff about the pedophile priests a few years ago? That was a lot worse than what these teachers are accused of. I am sure you are going to join me in a demand to close down all of the Catholic churches in this country.
And by the way, Joe, waterboarding is torture, not "almost torture," you sick sadist.
The former Vice President of the United States, Mr. Dick Cheney, master of national security, is going out in public doing everything he can to destroy the perception that Barack Obama is capable of handling our national defense. In doing so, he is knowingly and deliberately attempting to provoke our enemies into believing it is safe to attack us again. Yes, it is obvious to anyone who cares to see, that this man is positively salivating at the prospect of another terrorist attack on our country.
He and his puppet-president will never- NEVER live down the disgrace of having done nothing to stop the greatest attack on our soil since the Civil War. There is not one thing that can diminish this humiliation other than another attack, which would allow this lying coward to say, "see, it wasn't our fault." He and those associated with him in this national disgrace care more about their own egos than they do about the deaths of countless Americans (and let's not even consider the dead Iraquis.) They are nothing but sociopathic cowards.
And by the way, if there is a terrorist attack on us during Obama's Presidency, how many of these people are going to jump to their feet and demand that he be given a pass on the first one, like the one they took for themselves after 9/11?
"Battle Heats Up over Obama Supreme Court Pick"
What battle, you insufferable jackass? What Supreme Court pick? The last I heard, Obama hasn't given a hint about who he will pick. Yet you people are already mustering all of your artillery to try to destroy that unknown person, regardless of how qualified he or she may turn out to be.
You don't give a damn about the quality of our judiciary. Like a pack of two year olds, all you know is what you want right now, and nothing else makes any difference. Such as whether Obama picks a really good candidate for the Supreme Court.
Do you remember that worthless, arrogant, incompetent, lawbreaking fool whom you saddled us with for eight years? Every time anyone criticised any of his stupid, malicious decisions, you screamed TREASON at the top of your voices. Where is that respect for the President that you demanded then?
As the man once said, "At last, sir, have you no decency?"
I have been criticized a couple of times for not being obvious enough about when I am being sarcastic. So, just to make it clear, let me state that the answer to the above question is "no."
"Things are looking up for air shows
Attendance soars as families seek more bang for the buck."
So that's why, huh? Well, I don't know how many air shows this guy has been to, but I've been to dozens, including at least ten Edwards Air Force base open houses (as shown in this picture of the flight line) and I want to suggest another theory.
My family stopped going to air shows because we were disgusted with what our government was doing with our military. Maybe that's true for a lot of other people too, and maybe they're coming back because they don't think the current administration is going to use our armed forces as an instrument of oppression.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
"I've never thought much of Barack Obama's policies, and I'm starting not to think much of him as a human being. "
John, listen. I don't know who the hell you are, but I'd be willing to make a big bet that you started "not to think much of him as a human being" the first time you noticed the color of his skin.
Ann Althouse, a well-known wingnut loon that I haven't paid much attention to had this jackass post on her worthless website today:
I know the impression it made on me. I showed it to my tablemate and, without any prompting, he said exactly what I had thought.
IN THE COMMENTS: Roger von Oech said: "Louis Farrakhan — all the way. The teleprompter makes it look like a bow tie."
That's it. The entire thing. Obama looks like Farrakhan because the teleprompter looks like a bowtie. Ann, you moron, I'm looking at your picture right now. Are you trying to tell me that Farrakhan was in the habit of wearing both a bow tie and a regular tie at the same time? Because otherwise, I don't get the resemblance.
So that's it, that's what you've got on Obama? An accident of a photograph makes him look like he's wearing the same kind of tie as some other guy? Boy, that's a really substantive argument. That will convince millions that Obama is evil.
By the way, did you notice the other guy in the picture? He's dressed in black, just like Heinrich Himmler. Maybe you would like to devote a post to that. No? I wonder why not?
Do you even care what a fool you make of yourself? I didn't think so.
Have a nice day.
"Senator ******* leaves no doubt that he believes his own ******** Party is badly out of step with most of the country and needs to shape up or ship out."
I'm sure you guessed that one easily enough. That was Zell Miller, a few years ago, talking about the Democrats.
How'd that work out for you, Zell?
Friday, May 22, 2009
"Newt Gingrich, currently ranked "most interesting" on Top Conservatives on Twitter.....
"I don't follow any Democrats on Twitter."
How, I mean how do you fit as much disgusting stupidity in 18 words? Is there anyone who gives a God damn about Newt Gingrich on Twitter? And is there anyone who thinks Newt Gingrich listens to any Democrats, or who gives a rat's ass who or what this lying hypocritical scum pays attention to?
Newt, go back to your third or fourth or tenth wife, whatever she is, and get the hell out of our lives.
"Defense Secretary Robert “William” Gates was interviewed on NBC’s “Toady” “Today” show Friday May 22 where he called the Gitmo lockup “probably one of the finest prisons in the world today.”
Got that right."
Eric, people spent seven years in that wonderful prison, without charges and without any meaningful evidence that they did anything wrong.
It could to be the Four Seasons and it would still be an act of barbarism to keep them there. Don't you get that?
Or is it just that, as a loyal Republican, you don't give a God damn about stealing seven years out of someone's life, if that someone is a brown person?
On second thought, don't answer that question. I don't think I want to know the answer.
“Sitting at a restaurant table in Munich in the summer of 1932, Hitler designed the prototype for what would become the immensely successful Beetle design for Volkswagen (literally, the "car of the people"),” says the Hitler Historical Museum’s website. This week, Obama imposed on American car manufacturers strict fuel efficiency and emissions standards, to be introduced in 2012."
Oh, I get it. Obama is just like Hitler, because Hitler designed a car, and Obama wants to save gas. Why didn't I think of that before? It's so obvious now.
"In other words, they’re going to make cars only hippies want..."
Which would include this electric car, I guess, which does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. I guess nobody but a hippy would want one. And by the way, Rachel, I didn't know that Adolf Hitler was that concerned with providing mobility for hippies.
"It isn’t really about the environment, it’s about control. You, too, are going to be forced to look as stupid as the guy pulling ten canvas bags out of his faux leather man-purse. "
Because anyone driving the vehicle shown above would look stupid and effeminate.
"Obama is a dork, pure and simple...."
Now I guess we're getting to the core of your argument, seeing as how you are bringing your most persuasive debating skills to bear on it. Really, can you be totally oblivious to what an asshole you are?
"And they’ll be given extra credits for building cars that Obama really likes – like the shiny new electric ones which, with a top speed of 100mph, would lose in a game of pedal-to-the-medal chicken to a 13-year old on a 10-speed bike."
I didn't know you could do 0-60 in 3.9 on a ten speed bike, Rachel. You must have some big thighs there.
"Europe might just be thinking about the last time a head of state dabbled in car design, in their backyard. It didn’t turn out too well. "
Actually, Rachel, the car design thing turned out great. It was the unjust war thing that turned out so bad. Of course, that's where your guy George was more like you-know-who, so I guess we are not allowed to bring that up.
"Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate. "
Grand Central Political News Syndicate. You sure you didn't mean Grand Central Worldwide Universal Galactic News Syndicate? God, lady, who invented that name, your five year old?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
"House Dems Swat Down Investigation on Liar Pelosi
And, we were so hoping to see the liar frogmarched from the Capital."
The post was illustrated by this so-clever use of Photoshop:
Remember how enraged they used to get whenever we questioned the honesty of their politicians, no matter how many times they lied to us?
I guess that isn't the same, huh?
Let me tell you something, guys: If lying politicians got thrown in jail, there wouldn't be a free Republican on the planet. So, you'd better forget that idea while you are ahead. Or at least way behind, instead of totally nonexistent.
And a couple of other helpful suggestions: First, that's Capitol, not capital. Second, at least try to adjust the levels in the layer with Nancy's face, so it looks like part of the rest of the picture. Your photoshop skills are as inadequate as your political thinking.
They, of course, intend to use this to play into their bogus "original intent" argument, where they claim that everything liberals do is an anti-American mangling of the principles on which our country was founded.
What was the flaw that Obama was talking about? Well, the speech was part of a conference on the constitution and racism. As you can guess, the flaw was that the constitution allowed slavery.
I guess, to Republicans that was not a flaw, it was a feature.
"Barack Obama today followed the same script that has so far dominated his presidency: blame the previous administration for every challenge we face today."
And as usual, being Republicans, you have a problem with that.
Because it's the truth.
From his "response" to President Obama's speech today:
"I first came to AEI after serving at the Pentagon, and departed only after a very interesting job offer came along."
A job offer came along? You mean when you made yourself Vice President? That's a "job offer?" I'd like that kind of job offer. I'll make myself King of France.
"....naturally my duties tended toward national security."
Yeah, toward making it worse.
"I had the advantage of being a vice president content with the responsibilities I had, and going about my work with no higher ambition."
Are you kidding me? How can you even say that with a straight face?
"I am certain that no one wishes the current administration more success in defending the country than we do."
I hope somebody wishes them more success than you, because you are doing everything you can to make Obama fail, every chance you get.
"And whatever choices he makes concerning the defense of this country, those choices should not be based on slogans and campaign rhetoric, but on a truthful telling of history."
You're right there. Too bad that idea didn't occur to you when you were in charge.
"Nine-eleven caused everyone to take a serious second look at threats that had been gathering for a while..."
No, Dick. It might have made you look seriously at those threats (though I doubt it.) Clinton and the Democrats were already serious about Al Qaida, but you weren't interested.
"The first attack on the World Trade Center was treated as a law enforcement problem, with everything handled after the fact - crime scene, arrests, indictments, convictions, prison sentences, case closed."
And there is something wrong with that? I guess your handling of 9-11, with no indictments, no convictions, no prison sentences, and two trillion dollars wasted on a meaningless war, was so much better.
"From (9-11) forward, instead of merely preparing to round up the suspects and count up the victims after the next attack, we were determined to prevent attacks in the first place."
Which you did by invading the wrong country.
You know, I can go on and on like this, citing passage after passage from Cheney's speech that contain nothing but self-serving, belligerent lies. But what's the point? Enough is enough. We all know what a treasonous, disloyal criminal this man is. I just don't have the energy to waste any more time on him today.
Today, from his column in the Washington Post (thanks to Daily Kos):
"....today's Democrats really are isolated from the military. Harry Truman had been an artillery captain; John Kennedy and Carter, Navy officers. But Bill Clinton did everything possible to avoid the draft, and Obama, motivated as he was to public service, never gave a thought to volunteering for the military."
First of all, David, Bill Clinton did not do "everything possible to avoid the draft." He got a deferment. He didn't get five of them, like your tough talking buddy Dick Cheney, who had better things to do than fight in a war he actively claimed to support. And he didn't have his daddy get him a soft position out of the line of fire, and then desert even that when it suited his drunken, party boy purpose. And he didn't spend his wartime at home making propaganda films like a Republican President we can think of, rather than fighting the Nazis.
Mr. Broder, where was your contempt for all of these Republican figures who were up for any degree of mindless warmongering, as long as it didn't lead to any risk for themselves? And what kind of relationship should these cowards have had with the soldiers whom they sent to die in their place?
No- Republicans Brave, Democrats Weak. That's your line and you're sticking to it.
Passed officially by the Republican National Committee, yesterday.
Thanks a lot, guys, for this sincere contribution to our national discourse. We are so pleased to see that you have determined to put aside meaningless partisanship and make a real effort to help move our country in the right direction.
You can be sure that Green Eagle is going to respond to this initiative with a spirit of bipartisan goodwill fully in keeping with this charitable Republican resolution.
How about this: Resolved that we the members of the reality based world recognize that the Republican Party is made up of a collection of hopeless jackasses.
"Porter Goss, the former GOP Congressman who was in the room with Nancy Pelosi during their 2002 CIA briefing on interrogations, is declining through a spokesperson to say whether the two of them were told that enhanced interrogation techniques had been used.
Goss’ reticence raises still another round of questions about the accuracy of the recently-released CIA documents purporting to detail what members of Congress were told about the use of torture."
So, the former right wing Republican congressman and former head of the CIA, will not back up the CIA and Republican claim that Nancy Pelosi is hiding her role in the torture scandal.
Isn't it about time that we moved past the issue of what Nancy Pelosi knew or didn't know, and deal with the people who actually ordered torture?
And isn't it time, finally, for the press to stop playing the stooge for the Republican party?
"The sudden appearance of the Spice Girls in the
The same person then has this to say:
"I’m throwing a lot of things out here without the depth that such a subject requires even though the subject has no depth at all."
"I'm definitely on the wrong planet."
Well, you got that one right, buddy.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I haven't had anything to say about the ridiculous phony outrage generated by the right over President Obama's commencement appearance at Notre Dame. The alleged substance of their remarks is totally boring to me. There is, however, something worth noticing about this pathetic affair. From Yahoo:
"About 35 people, many of them carrying anti-abortion signs, were standing on the four corners outside the school's front gate shortly before noon when a group of about 40 people led by (Alan) Keyes and Terry marched up. They stopped briefly to say some prayers and to listen to Keyes, who lost to Obama in the Illinois Senate election in 2004."
Well, there it is, in all of its glory. 75 people. You can see a photo of the event above. This is it, after weeks of covering this pseudo-issue by the mainstream media. And this pathetic turnout was further promoted with ridiculous press coverage after the fact.
The last anti-war march in Washington, just to provide a little perspective, attracted 300,000 people or more, and was virtually ignored by the media.
What this reminds me of more than anything is the Terry Schiavo vigil. I have looked at dozens of photos of that sordid event, and have never seen a picture with more than a few dozen people in it. Yet again, the press rewarded an essential non-event with endless publicity.
So much for the "left wing press" in this country, and so much for the notion that there is any real mass support for the right's idiotic cultural crusades.