Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

Here's the crop of brain-dead losers for today:

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall: "Historian Jacques Barzun believes Darwinism brought on World War I"

Does he, Pat? Doesn't say much for his mental acuity, does it? Of course you won't be blaming Darwin for World War II, because with your documented history of liking the Nazis, that would be a good thing, right?

Douglas McKinnon, Town Hall: "As an independent conservative and a former low-level writer for President Ronald Reagan, I maintain that conservative principles are more relevant than ever and that Ronald Reagan’s core beliefs speak anew to a nation desperately in search of answers"

Personally, I think conservative principles and Ronald Reagan's core beliefs would be more relevant than ever to a nation in search of additional problems, but that's just me.

And every other sane person around.

Warner Todd Huston, Red State: "Obama’s Racist Judge"

Unusual, isn't it, that the only racist judge Warner ever found to complain about is a Latina woman.

Little Pammy Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "Nuclear Attacks in the U.S.- I am unclear as to why the government chooses to keep this from the American people. "

Perhaps because it never happened, Pammy? I mean, I know that never stopped you from talking about something, but still....

More Little Pammy: "Obama Takes Sides with Chavez against the Honduran People"

Pammy gets the double whammy today- two citations from Wingnut Wrapup. Military Junta: good for the Honduran People- Leader that the Honduran People elected- bad for the Honduran People. Here, by the way, is a short list of other American conservative sites that took time today to tell the American people what a stirring demonstration of democracy can be found in a military coup:

Power line, Newt Gingrich, Gateway Pundit, Human Events, American Thinker, National Review Online, Town Hall

Dick Cheney, Washington Times: "Troop Pullout May Waste U.S. Sacrifices in Iraq"

Dick their sacrifices became a waste by definition, when you sent them into the wrong country. Blab away from now until doomsday- you're never going to change that.

Related Links:
* Brain Surgeon Tells How to Save Your Brain From Alzheimer’s.

I kid you not- this was at the bottom of the Dick Cheney story.

Phil Brennan, Newsmax: "Ice Age, Not Global Warming, the Bigger Threat"

And attacks from Mars are an even bigger threat. Man, you guys love a lie.

Matthew Vadum, Human Events: "Many American liberals don’t seem to understand that failing to agree with them is not treason."

Once again, I wonder how Republicans can even say something like this with a straight face, after the way they acted during the Bush administration. Hypocrisy knows no bounds, I guess.

Bruce Walker, American Thinker: "Seventy-Five Years after the Night of the Long Knives"

An anniversary of a Nazi atrocity. It would be wrong to pass up any opportunity to remind the American people how much Barack Obama is just like Adolf Hitler.

And I guess we can expect Obama to have a thousand or so of his political opponents murdered any day now.

American Thinker: "No thanks from Maliki for US sacrifices"

And, seventy years later, still no thanks from Czechoslovakia for German sacrifices. See, two can play that game, buddy.

And a final MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! Today, the respected Green Eagle World Records Authority has confirmed that World Net Daily has once again set a new world record, with fifteen posts about Obama's birth certificate! Our congratulations go out to you, guys. I see 20 looming in the near future. And your hard work is paying such handsome dividends as this issue replaces the economy, the mideast, Billy Mays, health care, and so many other issues as the American public's foremost concern!

Coleman Concedes to Senator Franken

From Talking Points Memo, the go-to source for everything Franken:

"The Minnesota Senate Race Is Over -- Coleman Has Conceded Defeat To Franken"

At this time, I wish to repeat something that I said several months ago. I feel sorry for Norm Coleman. This whole sordid business has made him look like a total idiot, and severely damaged any future political prospects that he might have had. What's more, as a successful politician, he must know this very well. I believe that the hopeless struggle to keep Al Franken out of the Senate has, for the last six months, been entirely a product of the national Republican party's desire to keep Democrats from having that 60th vote. In pursuing that objective, they threw Norm Coleman under the bus without a second thought.

I bet there are a bunch of national Republican leaders who are furious with Coleman for giving up, even now, in an attempt to salvage some shred of respectability. His role was to fall on his sword, and destroy himself for the party. Now, he is useless to them, and I'm confident that they will let him know that in short order.


More Lies from Sanford

From Talking Points Memo:

"South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he "crossed lines" with a handful of women other than his mistress — but never had sex with them."

Oh no, he never has sex with them. Of course not. Not that anyone can prove.

Yet.

"He previously announced he would reimburse the state for money spent during a government trip to Brazil and Argentina in June 2008 when he saw Chapur."

Because, whenever someone steals money from the government, all they have to do is pay it back when they're caught, and then everything is okay. If they are a Republican, that is.

This whole sick story might even have been interesting, if it weren't so predictable.

A Great Discovery

Peggy Noonan is really stupid.

MSNBC Moves Ahead

"For the first time ever, MSNBC drew higher quarterly ratings in a couple key measurements than rival CNN. MSNBC pulled more viewers and adults 25-54 than CNN for the second quarter in weekday primetime, something the network has never previously been able to claim."

From James Hibberd's Live Feed.

Three words: Keith. Rachel. Ed.
Now, MSNBC, give Joe Scarborough the boot and get on with the job of reporting real news that real people need. You are being rewarded for it because, contrary to media cant, there are actually a lot of people out there who like having the truth.

Republican Moderate, in Action

Here's what is meant by the term moderate Republican. Senator Olympia Snowe, in an AP interview:

"PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Olympia Snowe, a key figure in shaping federal health care legislation, said Monday that a government-run plan that would take effect if the private insurance market fails to deliver affordable coverage could bridge the partisan divide that threatens to derail President Barack Obama's efforts to reform the system."

In other words, a plan that would only take effect at some distant future date, when everyone in Congress agreed that private insurers had failed. Since insurers already have failed to give us adequate care, and the Republicans won't agree to that now, let me restate that: in other words, never.

"If you establish a public option at the forefront that goes head-to-head and competes with the private health insurance market ... the public option will have significant price advantages," she said."

And, since preserving the profits of insurance companies is obviously the first, last and only measure of whether health care reform can be considered a success, well, then....

Face the facts. We are going to get one of two things: decent, affordable medical care, or happy Republicans.

Take your pick.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup- Honduran Freedom Edition

I want to start out this very ample edition of Wingnut Wrapup with a sampling of conservative responses to yesterday's military coup in Honduras, demonstrating their firm commitment to democracy and freedom:

Moe Lane, Red State: "Turns out that Honduras did not have a coup after all. An official statement of the Supreme Court of Justice explained that the Armed Forces acted under lawful grounds when detaining the President of the Republic..."

As armed forces always do when they remove the democratically elected leader of a country. Right on, Moe. We're so proud of your principled stand.

Power Line: "In condemning the removal of Honduran President Mel Zelayaya by the Honduran military, Pesident Obama stands shoulder to shoulder withe Fidel Castro and his thug epigones Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega. The Honduran military has sought to enforce the rule of law by providing for Zelaya's departure from the scene.

Horror of horrors! The President of Honduras tried to conduct an illegal popular vote! Will evil always be with us! Of course, in the face of this abomination, it is obviously "enfocing the rule of law" to have a military coup! What else are military coups for, but to enfoce the law, right?

Gateway Pundit: "Tinpot Dictator Taken Down In Honduras....
this is not a coup, this is the Honduran Armed Forces carrying out an order of the Supreme Court of Honduras....Today is a day of liberty in Honduras."

Because nothing says liberty like replacing a legally elected leader with a military dictator.

World Net Daily: "Honduran president ousted by military 'coup'

Of course, since the legal government of Honduras was left-leaning, it's only a 'coup', not a real coup.

Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Wall Street Journal: "Honduras Defends its Democracy"

By losing it.

Could anything be more lunatic and detatched from reality than thinking that the Republican party and the American right give a damn about democracy and freedom? This is just pathetic. And truly contemptible.
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Now, on to the rest of the idiocy:

Burt Prelutzky, Town Hall: " Obama Could Work for The New York Times "

Not Bush though. They don't accept manuscripts written in finger paint.

Ted Cruz, Red State: "Challenging Times for Conservatives, Yet I’m Optimistic"

What, you think you're going to get an Argentine mistress too?

Gateway Pundit: "It Has Begun... Obama's Kenyan Birth Certificate Sold On eBay"

Well, I guess that's the smoking gun we've all been looking for, then. I still won't believe it though, until I've seen it on World Net Daily.

Newsmax: "Cost of Climate Change Bill: $560 Per American"

Cost of no climate change bill: Most of our grandchildren die. But, $560. To ME. Right NOW! I guess that makes it okay. The rest is their problem, huh?

A lot of people thought I was going too far when I have said for years that "conservative" really means someone who will sell their children into poverty for a couple of hundred dollar tax cut. Last laugh to me, guys- I was right. Only it isn't so funny, huh?

Wes Vernon, Renew America: "The Death to America Act"

Death to America would result from asking corporate polluters to clean up after themselves. Well, we don't want to die, do we? Not when we have that $560.00 tax cut to look forward to.

Renew America Book Review: "It is a world in the not so distant future where the forces of the Left have saddled professional sports with quadriplegic referees, transgendered concessionaires and stuttering sportscasters."

At least we didn't saddle professional sports with the Dumbest President Ever as a team owner. Actually, now that I think about it, given that he did to the country what Donald Stirling did to the Clippers, maybe he should have stayed in sports.

American Spectator: "Barack Obama's reaction to Michael Jackson's death hasn't exactly shone. He's let Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Larry King fill the emotional void. It's been his Katrina moment."

Bush: A great American city drowns. Many die, the country is humiliated and the cost is tens of billions. Obama: didn't speak out enough about Michael Jackson. No one dies, no one humiliated, cost-nothing.

But they are just the same. If you are a conservative.

Jeremy Lott, American Spectator: "To pass her climate bill, Nancy Pelosi made a mockery of democracy. "

I.e. she got a majority of congressmen to vote for it. Now that is a mockery of democracy. Unlike the brave stand for democracy we saw in Honduras yesterday. That's democracy, Republican style.

Steven Spruiell, National Review Online: "Left-wingers and Democratic partisans are united in a vigorous effort to blame deregulation for the financial crisis."

In other words, Steven, they're telling the truth. Don't like that? I didn't think you would. After all, you are a conservative.

Birth Certificate- Even More to Learn

As you may know (being as how Green Eagle has been mercilessly pounding it into your heads for some time now,) there is no one who is more determined to reveal the horrible scandal surrounding Barack Obama's birth certificate than Joseph Farah, of World Net Daily.

Note: By "horrible scandal," of course, I mean "ludicrous drivel." Anyway, on with the story.

Today, he presents us with an article inspired by the impending birthday of our country, July 4th:


"Later this week we will celebrate the birth of this nation.

We know where that birth took place – Philadelphia.

We know who the parents were – we call them our "Founding Fathers."

We know there were many witnesses and lots of documentation.

We know all this with certainty, in part, because there is a birth certificate for the nation drafted July 4, 1776, that has been well-preserved and observed ever since. That birth certificate, of course, is known as the Declaration of Independence."

Okay, Joseph, a little far fetched, but we'll hang with you so far.

"Thank goodness America has a birth certificate"

Uh oh. Why do I feel teh lunacy coming on?

"One thing you won't find in the National Archives, though I think you should, is a copy of the birth certificate of the first black president – Barack Hussein Obama.

Don't you think that's strange?"

Still with you there, Joseph. (actually, I'm not still with him, but I thought I'd lead him on a little before I hit him with the left hook. You'll see.)

"I believe documents are important.

They are important for two reasons – to establish facts and for historical purposes.

If documents weren't important, the government wouldn't collect them.

Do you get where I'm going here?"

Yeah, Joseph, right into a big hole that you will never climb out of. My turn now.

I thought I would conduct a little experiment. I went to the National Archives website. It has a nifty search feature (a concept, apparently beyond the ken of Joseph Farah.) So here's what I did. I went right in there and typed "George Bush Birth Certificate" in the little box. I got a message saying "searching ten million documents" and then a couple of seconds later, it said "no documents matched."

Imagine that! Well it must have been an accident. So, I tried another name. In fact, I tried the following names:

Abraham Lincoln

Ulysses S. Grant

Rutherford B. Hayes

James Garfield

Chester A. Arthur

Benjamin Harrison

William McKinley

Theodore Roosevelt

William Howard Taft

Warren G. Harding

Calvin Coolidge

Herbert Hoover

Richard Nixon

Gerald Ford

Ronald Reagan

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush

Do you recognize that list? (in all fairness, I'm not sure I would have- I looked it up.) It is the list of all of the Republican presidents in the history of our country. And guess what? There is not a single one whose birth certificate is in the National Archives.

So, at last, Mr. Farah, I'm ready to answer your question, "don't you think it's strange" that Barack Obama's birth certificate is not in the National Archives?

No, really, I don't think it's that strange, you malicious nincompoop. And, neither would you, if you had spent fifteen minutes doing a little research, before shooting your mouth off.

Sanford- Too Wonderful to Lose

Here's an opinion piece by one Star Parker at Townhall, that has just a little too much in it to ridicule, for it to be a mere item in Wingnut Wrapup:

"Is this the end for Mark Sanford?"

Not, apparently, if Republicans have their way.

"When I've been asked whom I thought could be the individual to lead the Republican Party out of the wilderness, my answer has always been Mark Sanford. His vision for his party and his country -- traditional values and limited government -- has always been clear, consistent, and, in my view, correct."

Traditional values. The jokes write themselves.

"The Cato Institute publishes a bi-annual report card of the nation's governors, ranking them according to fiscal responsibility. In the most recent report, three governors out of fifty received an "A." Sanford was one of the three."

"Fiscal responsibility" apparently including not giving people unemployment benefits. It's okay to spend state money, however, to travel halfway around the world to screw your mistress. That's responsible.

"And, of course, we've got the usual, and gleeful, accusations of hypocrisy that another conservative Republican has been caught with his pants down."

You're right there, baby.

"Kennedy turned out to be one of the great sleazes to occupy the White House"

Once again, I have to point out the bizarre tendency of right wingers lately, to justify their corruption by trying to dredge up something the Democrats are alleged to have done back in the sixties. This is at least the third time in the last few weeks that I have mentioned this phenomenon.

Oh, and by the way, the "Kennedy-sleaze" thing? A lie, as usual.

Now, what follows in this article is a lot of blabbing about unwed mothers, gay marriage and "non-traditional" families, with the implication that it's all the fault of those horrible Democrats. I'll spare you the gory details (you've heard it all before,) and jump right to the conclusion:

"In a world in which there is sin, in which there is right and wrong, there is also repentance and redemption.

Mark Sanford's world is that world. Let's pray that he can fix what is wrong inside of himself and that maybe we can still have a leader with the courage and vision that America needs."

So, if some fifteen year old girl in a ghetto somewhere can get pregnant, what the hell is the matter with a governor with a wife and child spending taxpayer money to visit his mistress?

And, God knows, there has been a real shortage lately of Republicans willing to pander to the ignorant, smug tax-haters out there, whose only goal in life is to not pay their share of the cost of keeping our country afloat. We can't afford to lose one just because he is a slimy, hypocritical jerk.

So Last Week

Things I am already done caring about:

Michael Jackson
Mark Sanford
Tweeters in Iran (or anywhere else)

Justices Rule

The Supreme Court has handed down its decision on the New Haven firefighters case, with the ususal five corrupt, dishonest, sellout justices ruling against Sonya Sotomayors' finding.

If you hadn't made your mind up yet, this should be enough to convince you that we need her on the court.

Financing Health Care the Easy Way

The Republicans' brilliant-as-usual argument against government involvement in health care, from Michael Barone:

"Democrats' plans to pass major health care legislation have been stymied, at least for the moment, by the Congressional Budget Office's cost estimates. To the consternation and apparent surprise of leading Democrats, the CBO scored Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus' latest offering at $1.6 trillion over 10 years...."

Or $160 billion a year- approximately the cost of the Iraq war. I don't remember the Republicans complaining about that expenditure. Remember how they refused to put Iraq war expenses in the budget, essentially claiming that the war cost nothing?

How about this suggestion: Obama will pay for a public option for health care, by promising not to invade any countries without cause for the duration of his term. If we could only get the Republicans to sign on to this pledge too, we could have universal health care for ever!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bachmann Beware

This stirring resolution, from State Representative Sally Kern, of Oklahoma:

"WHEREAS, the people of Oklahoma have a strong tradition of reliance upon the Creator of the Universe; and

WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and

Blah, blah, blah, blah, and

WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we the undersigned elected officials of the people of Oklahoma, religious leaders and citizens of the State of Oklahoma, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world, solemnly declare that the HOPE of the great State of Oklahoma and of these United States, rests upon the Principles of Religion and Morality as put forth in the HOLY BIBLE"

Michelle Bachmann Beware! As they say, up GMR, A Challenger Appears!

Good News- If you're Crazy

From Yahoo:

"Arizona moves to allow concealed guns in bars"

That's just got to work out well.

Statesboro


This "news" just in:

"Statesboro Tea Party: Eureka, California wasn't the only town that couldn't wait until the Fourth to throw a Tea Party. Yesterday Statesboro, Georgia made itself heard."

God, where's this guy when we need him?

When?

From American Power, this heartfelt Plea:

"When does it stop? When do leftists say enough is enough? No more joking! Haha, we've had our fun and recrimination. Full. Stop. Now!"

Answer: Not in your lifetime, buddy. We've barely gotten started.

And after the last eight years, we've discovered that we like having fun.


Wingnut Wrapup

Here are the first Right Wingers I've found that think it's okay to overthrow the democratically elected leader of Honduras if he's a liberal:

Moe Lane, Red State: "note that proto-dictator Hugo Chavez is spitting nails on this. Given that, as the Wall Street Journal notes, this entire thing got started over President Zelaya’s attempt to set up a referendum in opposition to pretty much the opposition of the rest of the Honduran government, civilian and military… well. A man is known by his friends..."

Gateway Pundit: "Tinpot Dictator Taken Down In Honduras-- Chavez Slams Coup... Obama Meddles"

Setting up a referendum- that's sure a good reason to depose a legally elected leader. That's a real victory for democracy. And, as for that "tinpot dictator," how dare he get more votes than the other guy. Well, all's well that ends well. The military junta that now controls Honduras could never be run by a tinpot dictator.

Warner Todd Huston, Red State: "6 States Want to Nullify Obamacare With Opt Out Law"

I. e. ignore federal law. How patriotic of you.

Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit: "AN OVERSEAS TEA PARTY QUESTION, from reader James Spiller: “Do you know of any tea parties for Americans abroad? I’m in London"

James, if you can't find a tea party in London, you really are in trouble. Take a couple of deep breaths and calm down.

Confederate Yankee: "Pissing Away America's Promise: Cap and Trade Passes 219-212....Never have so few done so much to so many for so little."

Because it's such an evil thing to prevent our great grandchildren from living through the extinction of human life.

Confederate Yankee: "Alleged Moonwalking Pedophile Dies"

All class, there, Yankee.

Newsmax: "Col. Oliver North Slams President Obama's Foreign Policies as Unconscionable"

As unconscionable as when you illegally sold the same mullahs in Iran two thousand missiles, to finance your attempted right wing takeover of the democratically elected government of Nicaragua, Ollie?

Henry Lamb, Renew America: "Thank the Democratic Socialist Party"

You're welcome, Henry. So nice of you to care.

Michael Breschiani, Renew America: "While we reel from the loss of our celebrities and pop icons a Washington based organization known as the TVC (Traditional Values Coalition) is fighting almost a lone battle against the passage of a hate crimes bill"

Because what value is more traditional than hate? I mean, really.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America: "Why is Outlaw Obama and his gang so committed and desperate to destroy Palin? Could it be they recognize her destiny, like Moses, to set her people free?"

Moses? By the way, Lloyd, maybe you never noticed this, but she pretty much destroyed herself, and John McCain too, by being an ignorant hatemonger. And don't forget, Moses never got to the promised land. And neither will we, if we let Sarah pick the direction.

Mark Steyn, National Review Online: "The real bubble is a consequence of big government. So big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits. It’s just a question of how well they disguise it."

This was about Mark Sanford, of course. So, Democrats are responsible for Republicans' inability to keep it in their pants. I know I have often talked about conservatives' inability to take responsibility for anything, but, come on, guys, isn't this a little too far even for you?

American Thinker: "Has literary detective Jack Cashill closed his case that Bill Ayers wrote Obama's first book?"

Come on. And I thought the birth certificate thing was crazy.

Saberpoint: "To Hell With It -- Let's Just Secede"

Bye.

And finally this gem, from a blog called Great Satan's Girlfriend: "Another round of sanctions and inspections won't work. It's time to talk to the North Koreans in the only language they understand."

Girlfriend, I know he is a miracle worker, but, sorry, Obama doesn't speak Korean.

Pammy Shocked

A deeply disturbing story from Little Pammy Geller today:

"Shocking picture of a British boy, aged 11, being 'converted' to Islam by Islamic supremacist preacher "

Here's the picture that so offended the sensibilities of the ever-moral Pammy:


Luckily for those of us blessed to live in the American paradise of free thought and justice, such an abominable thing could never, NEVER, happen here.
Just ignore the other picture. It just slipped in there by accident.

Iran, bad; Honduras, probably not so much

This news today:

"U.S. President Barack Obama says he is "deeply concerned" about the detention and expulsion of (left wing) Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya by (right wing) Honduran soldiers."

I, for one, will be so interested to see all of the Republican leaders who have been so loudly decrying the fraudulent election in Iran, and essentially calling for us to invade them, to show equal outrage at the toppling of an elected liberal leader by right wingers.

I'm waiting, guys.

Update: I've got two already in today's Wingnut Wrapup. More to come, I'm sure.

Boehner: A Pile

From The Hill:

"Boehner: Climate bill a 'pile of shit"

You stay classy there, Mr. Boner.

Washington Post- Flakking for Insurance Companies Again

From an opinion piece in the Washington Post (where else?) showing the ludicrous lengths the press will go to in collaborating with Republicans to see to it that the public does not get the health care reform that well over 70% of us support:

"Health Care Activists Targeting Democrats
Sniping Among Liberals May Jeapordize Votes Needed to Pass Bill"

"Sniping" being Washington Post language for supporting the will of three quarters of the country.

"Activists say they are simply pressing for quick delivery of "true health reform," but the intraparty rift runs the risk of alienating centrist Democrats who will be needed to pass a bill. "

In other words, activists campaigning for a meaningful health care reform bill are threatening the ability of the Senate to pass a phony, sham bill which will deliver nothing.

"Much of the sparring centers around whether to create a government-managed health insurance program that would compete with private insurers. Obama supports the concept...."

"But in the Senate, where the Democrats do not have the 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster, members are weighing alternatives such as a nonprofit cooperative or a "fallback" provision that would kick in only if market reforms fail. "

I. e. total capitulation to the insurance companies and HMO's. That's the fallback position. "Activists," in trying to pass a real bill are risking the chance to sell out once again on this issue.

"One Democratic strategist who is working full-time on health reform was apoplectic over what he called wasted time, energy and resources by the organizations.

The strategist, who asked for anonymity because he was criticizing colleagues, said: "These are friends of ours. I would much rather see a quiet call placed by [Obama chief of staff] Rahm Emanuel saying this isn't helpful. Instead, we try to decimate them?"

How about a call from Rahm telling the Democrats that are siding with the insurance companies that if they don't get on the bus, it's going to roll over them at the next election, Mr. "strategist who asked for anonymity?"

How about a call to everyone from Rahm saying that, if the Democrats cave on this issue, we may as well hand the Senate back to the Republicans?

Once again, according to the Washington Post, the only way forward for our country is to do what the Republicans want, regardless of the desires of the overwhelming majority of the American people.

If only it were this one silly, irrelevant newspaper. But it's not. The mainstream press still will not face up to the incredible damage done to the country, with their wholehearted support. If the Democrats listen to their garbage once again, it will be a disaster for all of us.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's get this over with early.
I must note, a couple of unusual people ended up here today.

Steve Huntley, Chicago Sun Times: "polls consistently show public discomfort with the implications of greater government control of medical services..."

Yes, if by consistently showing public discomfort, you mean 72% support, I guess you're right. Listen, Steve, why don't you leave the lying to the professionals over at Renew America or World Net Daily?

John Aravosis, Americablog: "Irony alert: Obama to ignore law he doesn't agree with..... provisions of the new war spending bill that the Obama administration, instead of going to court to litigate the matter, unilaterally decided that they find the provision unconstitutional."

John, apparently you never heard this: "Signing statements" have existed since the first one was issued by George Washington. They have always been used when a President believes a law is unconstitutional, and wants to avoid wasting resources on it until the courts can rule. Always, that is, until George W. Bush, who decided he was above the law, and used them for whatever he wanted. That's what we objected to- turning the presidency into a de facto dictatorship.

John, I read your blog every day, and I have for years. I know you are really angry at Obama over certain issues. That's no reason to join the right wingers in demonizing him.

Now, on to the usual suspects:

Town Hall: "Competitive Enterprise Institute On Cap-And-Trade"

Oh, that will be helpful- an opinion on energy legislation right from the oil companies.

Kevin Glass, Town Hall: "Cap and Trade to be Shoved Down Our Throats"

Yes, Kevin, if by "shoved down our throats," you mean "enacted by a majority vote of Congress."

Streiff, Red State: "The Quisling Republicans
these are the Republicans who sold out the nation's future"

Referring to the eight Republicans who voted for Obama's energy bill. These people are exactly the same as the guy who sold out Norway to the Nazis. I guess I can see how you might feel that way- Energy bill, Nazis, what's the difference, right?

Little Pammy Geller, American Thinker: "North Korea's March to War....The media is pretending that it isn't happening, whistling in the dark, but how can anyone avoid noticing that since Obama's failed policies have been introduced, the evil forces of the world have been unleashed?"

Someone was stupid enough to give Little Pammy another place to spout off her idiocy? Doesn't really give me much faith that you are living up to your name, American Thinker guys. Anyway, it's so interesting to see Pammy quaking in her boots at the thought of this miniscule, impoverished country constituting the "evil forces of the world."

You know what, Pammy? If that's the best the forces of evil can come up with, I'm just not that worried.

Victor Davis Hansen, Pajamas Media: "Just as promised, we truly have evolved into a more enlightened society under Obama."

And when, Victor, did someone promise that? Maybe it was in the Democratic platform: "Resolved: that by June, 2009, we shall all evolve into a more enlightened society."

Listen, no Democrat would ever make that promise, because "we" would include people like you, Victor, and, as for you evolving, forget it. Ain't going to happen.

Gateway Pundit: "Surprise... Obama Throws Like a Sissy "

Yeah, but he can still sink the three, sucker.

World Net Daily: "Hark! Where's the Bible Ark? Ethiopia's Orthodox patriarch cops out on revealing plan for public viewing"

And you so convinced us yesterday that the real Ark of the Covenant was about to be revealed to all humanity. We're so let down. Now, when we read things in World Net Daily, we'll just have to ask ourselves, "is that really true." And we trusted you guys so much.

Gary Bauer, Human Events: "When Gays Attack "

We're scared now. Like we were the other day, when you guys warned us about professors in jackboots trampling us into the dirt.

Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online: "Huzzah! Thanks to a few pointed questions from the press corps at a White House news conference, the long Obama captivity of the media is at an end."

So, you are going to stop whining about it, then, Jonah? Fat chance, huh?

Time for milk and cookies, Jonah, and then a nice nap. You'll feel so much better when you wake up. Trust me,

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sorry,

I can't resist (see the two posts below.)

From a judicial decision on a complaint filed by Mr. Joos (pronounced, as I now learn, Jo-es, not, God forbid, Jews.)

"Joos....filed a thirty-eight page amended complaint in which
he rambled on about a multitude of alleged violations, some dating back
sixteen years, and about a host of defendants, most of whom were
unidentified. The district court held that the amended complaint failed
to conform to the requirements set out in the court's earlier order, and
dismissed the action without prejudice..."

Talk about elevators not going to the top floor.

A Charming Tale of the Right

This Post relates to the one immediately below. I suggest you read it before this one.

One of the right wing terrorists arrested today was the Reverend Robert Joost. I was interested in learning a little more about these three losers, so I whipped out teh Google. Among other things, I found this scintillating commentary:

"It looks like ZOG is rounding up everyone it can the past couple of months."

That would be the Zionist Occupational Government, to those of you not in the know.

"Bob Joos is Dual-Seedline Christian Identity....who lives on a large farm approximately 30 miles south of myself. Bob is extremely paranoid -- for good reason."

What is dual seedline Christian Identity, you may ask? From Wikipedia: "Identity Christians, known as dual-seedliners, believe that Jews were conceived as a result of Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden having sexual intercourse.

Okay, then, on with the story:

In 2004, "Bob was going on a water fast and might die in the Newton County Jail given the excessive bond put up by that sociopathic jungle-jewdge Kevin Lee Selby."

Jewdge- sweet. And not just any old jewdge, but a jungle-jewdge. I guess this was a really important case. Honestly, I think I see where this story is going.

"In Missouri, the legistraitors passed a law that the third time these 'common-law' and religious objectors refused to get a driving license it was a felony. Robert refuses to obey the law of ZOG/Babylon, and was thus convicted of felony refusal to obey ZOG and get his mark of the Beast."

I. e. Get a driver's license.

"....the McDonald County authorites had held him on trumped up charges of owning a 1917 inoperative French machinegun with lead poured down the barrel for over three years without trial. They offered to let him go with time served on a misdemeanor, with time served, but Joos demanded that it go to trial and he lost before a jewry...."

He poured lead down the barrel for three years before they stopped him? That's dedication. And the inhumanity! Now we have a jewdge and a jewry. How about some Jewlicemen and Jewtectives too?

"Then, as now, they thought that Bob Joos had gotten a common-law student named Timothy Coombs to shoot a fat highway patrol pig named Bobby Harper in his kitchen....Most of the Resistance thinks that ZOG already captured and killed Coombs and he is used to jewstify searches."

There's that Jew thing again. It must mean something.

"So as a result of these wrongful tyrannical laws, Bob Joos is a felon. Bob obeys YHWH's and his own Law."

Well, we obey ours too. And when you kill a cop, those laws say that it's okay to put you in jail. Surprised by that?

"Thanks to Bob, I now know how to properly dry and eat pigweed. "

Not sure what that has to do with anything, but there it is.

"Never believe what ZOG or ZOG's jewsmedia tells you. ZOG is rounding up Resistance activists because it is scared of what is going down and doesn't want any leadership ability to take advantage of the coming unrest before the Great Tribulation."

Well, at least we've been warned.

"Hail Victory!!!

Pastor Martin Luther Dzerzhinsky Lindstedt
Church of Jesus Christ Christian/Aryan Nations of Missouri"

And there you go- a man of God with a pleasant tale to enliven your Friday and help you unwind from work. Sweet dreams.

Terrorists Arrested in U. S.

Here's a story that the mainstream press doesn't seem to care about:

"An undercover ATF sting raided white supremacists in at least three states on Thursday in an investigation connected to the 2004 letter bombing of Don Logan, an African-American who worked for a diversity program in Scottsdale, Arizona."

When the incident happened, the Bush administration apparently tried to characterize this as an incident related to Don Logan's past, having no connection to right wing groups.

The three guys arrested had direct connections to Terry McVeigh, Thomas Metzger of the White Aryan Resistance, members of the racist Elohim compoound in Arkansas and other right wing terrorists.

Still, it was not until the Obama administration that these three terrorists could be revealed for what they are.

Score in this case: Bush Administration: four years, no terrorist arrests, Obama Administration: five months, three terrorist arrests.

Update: In all fairness, I must report that this story seems to be breaking in several mainstream sources over the course of the day.

A Well Meant Suggestion for Ann "Babe"

That's Ann "Babe" Huggett there, on the left. Ann has again favored us with one of her delightful comments on the passing scene, at Renew America:

Busby Burqa's fashion follies
By Ann "Babe" Huggett

What a cute headline there, Ann Babe.

"(The Burka) is, in effect, GANG CLOTHING and is used and abused as the militants within Islamic communities see fit. Stories are rife within the EU and the UK of male criminals eluding capture by donning burqas and slipping through politically correct police dragnets.

Burqas and nigabs are quite useful when conducting fraud through Western courts and identity centers. Burqas aid in covering up domestic abuse which is endemic within Islam because it approves of wife beating."

So nice to hear you crying out against this vicious sartorial practice, apparently created solely as an aid to criminal behavior. Those evil Muslocrips will get up to anything, I guess.

Ann, here's the thing. I want to just suggest this, and I hope you will think about it, because I believe there's a really useful message here for you. You know, Ann, there are some women who would actually look better in a burka. Just saying.

I don't want to even speculate about what a "nigab" is, or its connection with rampant crime. Really.

Wingnut Wrapup

It's funny how the death of Michael Jackson, a person that most of us really didn't care about, seems to have affected people. Everyone seems a little muted today, even the right wing loons. Here's the best of a very mediocre crop:

David Ridenour, Town Hall: "House Leadership Takes Suicidal Stand Against Its African-American Base"

Because there is no one better to give Democrats advice about how to woo African Americans, than some right wing Republican.

Burt Prelutzky, Town Hall: "Liberals never got tired of telling us how much George Bush was despised by those in other countries, although, for the record, I kept asking the loons to name those countries, but could never prompt a response.."

Oh, I don't know...How about this: "Poll of 35 Countries Finds 30 Prefer Kerry, 3 Bush"

Or this: "Europeans Dislike Bush's Foreign Policy, Poll Finds"

Or this: "Europeans don't like President Bush. That's the finding of a new poll, which finds wide margins of people in Germany, Great Britain, Italy and France disapprove of his attitudes and policies toward Europe.

Or this: "America can no longer count on the friendship even of its closest neighbors and allies after eight years of the Bush presidency. Only a minority in the countries surveyed describe relations with the US as friendly.

Or this: "World trusts Ahmadinejad more than Bush "to do the right thing regarding world affairs."
I must say, I particularly liked that one.

Or this: "A poll conducted recently throughout the Muslim and Arab world found that US President George Bush is the most hated public figure in the region...."

Or this: "Global poll slams Bush leadership....More than half of people surveyed in a BBC World Service poll say the re-election of US President George W Bush has made the world more dangerous."

You know what, Burt, you jackass, it took me about ten minutes online to find these sites. And believe me, at the rate I was going, I could have found several times more if I wanted to waste the space. As is usual with conservatives, you are nothing but an unapologetic liar.

Gateway Pundit: "Sanford Didn't Murder His Mistress & Leave Her to Drown In a Pond But State-Run Media Wants Him Gone Anyway"

I just want to point out that, once again, in their desperate struggle to find something that liberals did to compare to the almost daily boorish behavior of conservatives, they have had to go back to 1969. And then, they had to lie about it. No one ever suggested that the girl in the car was Teddy Kennedy's mistress, and no one said he "murdered" her. Of course, with the exception of the same right wing loons that claim Clinton murdered 56 people.

Gateway Pundit: "American Jews Abandon Israel in Favor of Dear Leader"

This is amusing, considering the perpetual right wing habit of accusing American Jews of having more loyalty to Israel than the U. S. By "amusing," of course, I mean "deeply disgusting."

Oh well, damned if you do, damned if you don't, huh? If you're Jewish, anyway.

Oliver North, Newsmax: "Obama's Apologizing for 9/11 'Unconscionable'

And it might have been unconscionable if he had actually done it, Ollie.

Chelsea Schilling, World Net Daily Exclusive: "Ark hunters and Bible enthusiasts are buzzing about a report that the Ark of the Covenant, the ancient container that holds the Ten Commandments, is expected to be unveiled in Rome today."

My advice, guys: Don't look when they open the lid.

World Net Daily: "'Great big energy tax' - $71,000 – coming for consumers"

Remember when it was only like $1700.00 or something? I guess that lie wasn't big enough to scare people, huh? Well, keep at it. Any day now, you'll be reporting that every person in the country will have to pay back the whole national debt all by themselves. Maybe that will scare 'em enough to vote you guys in again.

Josh Gerstein, World Net Daily: "Thus far, President Barack Obama has paid no public tribute to music legend Michael Jackson, who died Thursday."

And, considering that you guys spent a week slamming him for daring to go out for ice cream with his daughters, what would your reaction have been if he did take time to pay a public tribute to Michael Jackson?

Rich Lowry, National Review Online: "This makes it all the more remarkable that (Obama) often appears unable to understand how his health-care program threatens private insurance."

Unable to understand? Here's something that you are apparently unable to understand, Rich: To most of us, threats to insurance companies are a feature, not a bug.

John Bolton, National Review Online: "Obama's policy, and that of the United States, should be the overthrow of the Islamic revolution of 1979. The massive resistance to the June 12 elections is just another fact supporting that conclusion."

Yeah, John, except for the fact that the guy they are supporting is just as much a part of the Iranian government establishment as Ahmedinejad, and has been for decades. Now, try to tell us you didn't know that. As usual, conservative = liar.

Eric Cantor, National Review Online: "If Obama grasps the importance of taking the North Korean missile threat seriously, why would he reduce our financial commitment to a robust missile defense?"

I don't know, Eric, maybe because it doesn't work? Maybe that's a reason not to spend money on it?

Michelle Shoots Her Mouth Off Again

Let's not let Michelle Bachmann's latest idiocy on the census to cause us to miss Michelle Bachmann's latest idiocy on global warming:

"What this means is that if you and your friends have an issue with a certain gas that you think should be a greenhouse gas, and you can generate enough support on a petition, you may be able to get that particular gas banned.

Get ready for another couple of knocks on your door from the greenhouse-gas-of-the-month club."

Michelle, petitioning your government for redress of grievances- that's what we normally call democracy. It's in the Constitution. Go take a look. I mean it. It's right there, for anyone to see. Including you.

I mean, it's okay if it is in the Constitution, isn't it? No? Well, then....

It's Good for the Republicans- WashPo Style

The Washington Post today, engaged in their endless struggle to see that the Republican party returns to its former glory as soon as possible:

"So both Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) have recently resigned national GOP leadership posts after admitting an affair..... But neither loss is a major blow to the GOP, except in terms of the short-term optics."

No, it never is, is it?

"But neither, really, had much of a chance even to be a headlining national party spokesman, let alone the nominee."

Of Course not. Who ever talked about Sanford as a Republican leader, or the nominee? What a ridiculous idea.

From the, uh, Washington Post, a few months ago:

"Gov. Mark Sanford has been charged by the nation's Republican governors to lead their association through the toughest times the GOP party has faced since 1994."

But, of course, no amount of serial humiliation should be enough to make us question the proper order of the universe- Republicans on top, Democrats whimpering away down below.

And those "optics" being a mere "short-term" problem? The Washington Post will see to that.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

We Don't Get to Judge

I try not to poach sightings of right wing loons from other sites, but I couldn't pass this one up. I found it in a great post on World-O-Crap:

By some wanker who calls himself "E Pluribus Unum," at Red State:

"By all means report the facts. I’m sure you’ll be happy to cover every salacious detail. Have at it. Be sure to cover the pain and suffering of Governor Sanford’s family. While you are at it, cover the depth to which all South Carolina and nation-wide Republicans and conservatives rightly feel betrayed.

Beyond that, just shut up. Shut your lying, hypocritical, power-above-patriotism, hyper-partisan, two-faced, shamelessly double-standard bearing pie hole.

You don’t get to judge."

Maybe, E. But we do get to ridicule. Both him and you, buddy.

Deal with it.

A Little Comment about Michael Jackson.

I can't quite believe that I am writing a post about Michael Jackson.

I am a blues fan, and normally listen to the likes of Buddy Guy or Albert King. I never had any interest in Michael Jackson, but I have this to say:

I recently spent some time working in pre-production for filmed material that was to have formed part of Michael's tour this summer. I took this job with no expectations of what I found. Without exception, the people who dealt with him found him to be a highly intelligent, and surprisingly well informed person, who was very serious and dedicated to his music, and invariably pleasant to work with.

No one had anything bad to say about him, and believe me, many of us had a pretty cynical view of him before this experience. We were pleasantly surprised, and it's the least I can do to say so now.

Wingnut Wrapup

The wingnuts are light on the ground today. I think that they've been so traumatized by their boy Mark Sanford's excellent adventure that they are feeling the vapors this morning. I'm sure they will be back on track by tomorrow. In the meantime, here's what there was:

Kathleen Parker, Town Hall: " WASHINGTON -- A wise man once said that love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
No one who managed to get through the torture of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's news conference admitting to an affair would disagree. "

Sorry, Kathleen. In this case, it's the triumph of stupidity and arrogance over intelligence. Of course, that's true about just about everything Republicans do, isn't it?

Dan McLaughlin, Red State: "Perhaps the most telling moment in the past few days’ controversy over South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s absence ...came during the period when his staff was putting out the story that Sanford was hiking the Appalachian Trail, and the Democratic National Committee rushed out a press release blaring that the Trail had received stimulus money, and therefore Sanford - as an ardent opponent of the stimulus bill - was a hypocrite for walking on ground that had been touched by Obama’s pork-barrel bill."

No, Dan, I think the most telling moment was when it turned out that another Republican was a lying, self-absorbed bastard. Of course, you might be right, since I'm not sure that's what you would call news.

"The incident speaks volumes about the peril the nation faces to its way of life...."

Really? How? Maybe if all American men desert their families for Argentine women, our population will dwindle to zero. Or maybe you mean the peril we face from hypocritical Republicans? No, somehow I don't think that's what you are talking about. And I was just about ready to agree with you.

"at a time and place when the nation desperately needs champions of our traditional liberties, he was one of only a few people who could really have made a difference."

Actually, we have some great champions of our traditional liberties, Dan. They're called Democrats. Deal with it.

Warner Todd Huston, Red State: "Did Obama Say We Should Kill the Old Folks to Save Money Last Night?"

I Don't think he did, Warner, but I'll check into it if it will make you happier.

Okay, I googled "Obama Kill the Old Folks." Nothing. That is, unless you count about a thousand lunatic right wing rants like yours, Warner.

Little Pammy Geller: "Jihadist Forum Thread Discusses If and When One May Eat the Flesh of U.S. Soldiers"

Glad you're on to the really important stories, as always, Pammy

Power Line: "Sarah Palin's supporters would add her to the list of those unlikely to have a nasty skeleton in the closet..."

Are you kidding me? Come on, we've already seen more skeletons in there than the Roman catacombs. Corruption, drug busts, armed robbery, teenage unmarried pregnancy, shopping at Nieman Marcus without a license, abuse of moose hunting permits...what more do you want, serial murder and pedophilia in public?

Connie Hair, Human Events: " Senator: This Administration Thinks You’re Stupid."

And if you are a Republican Senator, they're right.

Rachel Marsden, Human Events: "Compare Obama’s wish for Iranians...with the words of George W. Bush to the Iranian people in 2008: “My thought is that.... they've got no better friend than George W. Bush...."

This is too stupid and juvenile to even mock. It mocks itself.

Victor Davis Hansen, National Review Online: "Obama’s confusion about the world’s bad actors suggests that he needs a general refresher course in the world of thugs."

And who better to give him that than the Republicans.

Catch ya later. And, wackos, don't let it get you down that one more of your leaders has turned out to be a lying hypocrite. We expect more from you in the future.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving, Again

A word from Michelle Bachman: You can read more, if you need a laugh, at Talking Points Memo.

"Take this into consideration. If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the Census Bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations at the request of President Roosevelt, and that's how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps. I'm not saying that that's what the Administration is planning to do..."

Here's the thing, Michelle: that's exactly what you are saying the Administration is planning to do, you lying, deeply disturbed excuse for a human being. And the people of our country would be a lot better off if you would stop saying it.

But you won't.

Obama- Too Perfect

Here's a spectacular, and by that, I mean spectacularly stupid, article from Politico, today, via TPM, about how careful Obama had better be about being too good. It's a great parable of the trouble Republicans are having trying to find some phony narrative that they can use to attack him:

"The Barack Obama brand is as much about being a personal example to the nation as it is about being a political figure. But the danger of that frothy mix of glamour and domesticity is that President Obama could become in the public mind something he never sought to be: the Martha Stewart of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "

Ah yes, the danger of being too good. People might start thinking you are a criminal. Obviously, the Republican solution is much better: just be a criminal, and count on your buddies to keep you out of jail when you get caught.

"Says Republican media strategist Mark McKinnon, “President Obama and his team should be careful about trying to be perfect. Voters are suspicious of perfect. They actually prefer someone who is human. And has flaws. Like them.”

So, I take it, you think Mark Sanford still has a real shot in 2012?
"Being too perfect can be dangerous for politicians. Just ask Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate is a spectacularly good-looking man, extremely wealthy, well-spoken and accomplished in his professional career. And a segment of the voting public hated him for it."

Mitt Romney. Because the American people turned on Mitt Romney, the smarmy, self-satisfied rich kid, with his party-line benefit the wealthy programs, because he was just too good. That's your story, huh?

Let us be fair, and make clear that this article provides ample evidence that Obama's perfection is causing a massive public backlash:

"According to a Pew Research Center report released June 18, 72 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of the president, and only 25 percent have an unfavorable opinion. Those figures are extremely high — in July 2001, George W. Bush netted a mere 61 percent favorability score, but that was enough that the pundit class deemed him extremely popular at the time."

How pathetic is this? After five months, the Republicans can't find one damn thing to hang around Obama's neck. So now the line is, that he's no good becaude he doesn't do anything wrong?

Things like this would be so much more annoying if they didn't reveal how pathetic the Republicans and their poodles in the press really are.

Wash. Post Flaks for Republicans, Again

More well meant advice for Democrats from Drew Weston at the ever helpful Washington Post:

"Universal health care." "The uninsured." "Public option." These are the buzzwords you often hear from Democrats and proponents of President Obama's plan for health-care reform. But if they want to see that plan enacted, they'd do well to excise those phrases from their vocabulary."

Buzz words? Listen, you jackass, they are the truth. That's what this is about- universal health care, the uninsured and the public option. What's more, over 70 percent of the public supports the public option.

So why is this pathetic excuse for a writer telling the Democrats to sell their health care proposal by shutting up about the very things that the public supports?

Why the hell do you think? Because the Democrats need to run for cover like a bunch of pathetic losers whenever the great Republican party rears its mighty head:

"This year's implicit story line from the Republicans, as they follow Luntz's guidelines, is similar: "Watch out for these guys. They'll tell you they just want to include a government plan as one option among many. But their real agenda is a single-payer system, where you won't have any choices because they believe the government knows more about what's good for you than you do."

In other words, the Democrats don't dare tell the truth, because the Republicans are going to tell their usual lies. And once the Republicans start their lying, what chance does the truth have?

So, that's your answer, Democrats. If you want the American people to support you, forget the truth and get in there with the Republicans, with a bunch of cynically crafted lies of your own.

No thanks. This time, the truth is enough.

Seventy Votes

Some times, you,v just got to laugh. Here's Republican Roy Blunt, from an interview:

"With respect to the passage of health care legislation, Mr. Blunt argued that it would be a mistake for the Senate to pass any health care legislation that would affect the entire country without significant agreement. He said Democrats shouldn't pass such legislation without 70 votes."

Seventy votes. Remember back there in middle school civics, when they taught you that Democracy works by majority rule? Funny, but that was great with Republicans when they were in power. Anything they could pass was just fine, and they screamed like a bunch of colicky babies if the Democrats tried to stop them with a filibuster. As soon as the Democrats took over, the rule became 60 votes. And they've gotten away with it time and time again (thanks to you, Harry Reid.) And now, it's 70?

I just want to suggest that what we are seeing here is the Republicans looking ahead to what's likely to happen in the 2010 elections, and trying to prepare for even further electoral irrelevance. And guys, just let me say, if the Democrats succeed in passing health care reform with a viable public option, I think you had better start talking about 80 votes.

Of course, seeing as how Mr. Blunt is a Republican, the reporter can't help but throw the jerk a lifeline:

"Mr. Blunt's assertion is what the minority party always says to try to prevent legislation they don't like.

Is it? You know what? I've never heard ludicrous crap like this in my entire life, Mr. Reporter. How about a couple of examples where Democrats ever demanded seventy votes in the Senate to pass legislation? I don't think you will find any such thing. This is just one more pathetic Republican attempt to manipulate the rules of our democracy.

Bulletin-Thomas Shows His Independence

Readers of this blog may remember the multiple occasions on which I have suggested that "Justice" Clarence Thomas is nothing but a mindless tool of Antonin Scalia.

I have to point out today that my characterization is not 100% true. The Supreme Court just voted 8-1 that school authorities exceeded their authority when they strip searched a 13 year old girl to see if she had any Advil hidden away.

Clarence Thomas thought the search was just fine.

Way to go, Clarence. A few more decisions like this one, and we may decide that you are the most loathsome Supreme court justice, instead of only a distant second. Go for the gold, guy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Right Wing Hate, On the March Again

You can't keep a good man down. Are you familiar with Hal Turner, a nationally known talk show host who has openly promoted far right wing ideology over the years? Well, from radio station WGN in Chicago:

"Hal Turner, an occasional talk show host on internet radio and blogger, was arrested today by the FBI in his New Jersey home on charges he threatened to murder three federal appeals court judges in Chicago....

According to the U.S. attorney's office, postings on Turner's web site included photos of the judges and addresses for them, with statements such as: "Let me be the first to say this plainly; These judges deserve to be killed."

It never ends, does it? The only question is when the response to this sort of thing is going to morph from "lone wolf" crazies to group crazies, i.e. militias or the patriot movement.

It's going to happen. Then what?

Really, Kim Jong Il Needs to Pep Down

Oh, North Korea. Guys, what planet, exactly, do you think you are living on? From the Huffington Post:

"North Korea has said it would consider interception of its ships a declaration of war, and on Wednesday accused the U.S. of seeking to start another Korean War.

"If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all," a dispatch from the official Korean Central News Agency said."

Listen, here is something you might want to think about:

Population
United States 306 million
North Korea 24 million

Gross National Product
United States $9,780 billion
North Korea $40 billion

Military Budget
United States $623 billion
North Korea $5 billion

Nuclear Weapons
United States 9,700
North Korea Under 10

I'm just guessing here, but it seems to me that your chances of wiping out the aggressors on the globe once and for all are really fairly limited. Honestly, and I'm saying this for your own good, maybe you should come up with a different plan. You see, I think you've been buying the Republican propaganda that the Negro is a weakling. I wouldn't bet on that if I were you.

Never forget- he can shoot the three.

Update: This just in: "North Korea: Son of Kim Jung Il appointed head of nation's spy agency."

Oh well, at least they didn't appoint a guy from the Arabian Horse Association. I guess they're not as crazy as some people.

Wingnut Wrapup

They're still at it! Let's dive right in:

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall: "Obama's Iran Policy is a Bomb"

Jonah, at least it's not real bombs. If your man McCain had had his way a couple of years ago, we would have bombed the crap out of Iran. How much of a green revolution would we be seeing now?

Mindless belligerence- the answer to all of our problems. The Republican answer any way.

Michael Medved, Town Hall: "Why Should So Many Americans Feel Threatened by Business? "

Oh, I don't know. What, Michael, you haven't spent much time with the news the last couple of years, have you?

Walter E. Williams, Town Hall: "Vicious Academic Liberals"

Uh oh, here come those jackboots again.

Josh Painter, Red State: " Gov. Palin headed for Europe to visit troops"

And that has you all excited, Josh? Well, I'm sure that will do really a lot for them.

Melissa Clouthier, Pajamas Media: "The Ensign affair showed how media has different rules for covering scandals, wholly dependent on the politician's party."

Yeah. Clinton: endless coverage for two years; Mark Sanford: about three hours so far. I'm not sure that's what you meant, Melissa, but that's what I remember.

Of course, maybe Republicans don't get that much sexual degeneracy attention, because new ones keep coming along to push the other ones out of the news. Remember Senator John Ensign? Wasn't that just a few days ago?

Gateway Pundit: "John McCain Not Sure Who Obama's Siding With In Iran"

Always beautiful to see a former Presidential candidate selflessly doing everything he can to help the President deal with a difficult and complex situation.

By the way, have I ever mentioned that John McCain is one of the biggest dicks in America? I have? Numerous times? Oh well, the truth always bears repeating.

Rick Pedraza, Newsmax: "Ron Paul: Obama 'Goal' is Economic Collapse"

Thanks for that view, Ron. You know, that's why most of us think you are a malicious lunatic.

Marie Jon, Renew America: "How do we stop Communism? Pray!"

Go with that, girl. Actually, I thought Communism pretty much stopped itself a few decades back, by not working. But if you think prayer did it, hey, it couldn't hurt, right?

"Many clear-thinking Americans believe that Marxists are in control of our country"

Oh, well then, Marie, I guess prayer didn't work, then. That's depressing.

Dick Morris, Human Events: "If only President Obama were a third as tough on Iran and North Korea as he is on Republicans, he'd be making progress in containing the dire threats to our national security these rogue nations represent."

Right. Dick, like that rough tough cowboy, George W. Bush. His toughness sure did stop North Korea from getting nuclear weapons and missiles, didn't it, Dick? It didn't? Oh, I forgot that. And George W. Bush sure brought an end to the Iranian theocracy with his toughness, didn't it? Oh, what? It didn't do that either? Well, as you Republicans might say, nothing succeeds like failure. Why change direction, just because we are headed straight to hell?

Surprise! Saudis Behind Al Qaida

All the news that's fit to print- or that would have been fit to print about eight years ago, since everyone knew it then, from the New York Times:

"WASHINGTON — Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaida and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family...

"The Saudis and their defenders in Washington have long denied links to terrorists, and they have mounted an aggressive and, so far, successful campaign to beat back the allegations in federal court based on a claim of sovereign immunity."

"Defenders in Washington." That would be, in more straightforward terms, "Republicans."

By the way, anyone who didn't know this years ago must have spent most of the Bush Administration on the Appalachian Trail.

Green Eagle Apoligizes

When you are wrong, you just have to admit it. A couple of days ago, Green Eagle cruelly, and quite wrongly, as it turns out, suggested that Republican Governor Mark Sanford, who had seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth, was probably in some sort of drug rehab.

Well, Green Eagle was 100%, totally, absolutely wrong. Republican Governor Mark Sanford was not in drug rehab. He was screwing his Argentine mistress.

My most abject apologies, Mark, for this unforgivable slur on your reputation.

Update: Josh Marshall, liveblogging Sanford's press conference: "Sanford says that his family knew of his affair prior to the trip imbroglio and that he and his wife have been working through their issues for some five months."

Apparently not working hard enough to prevent him from going halfway around the world to have sex with this woman for another week.

Update 2: Cable news blabbers are insisting that the "wise" thing for Democrats to do is to remain silent about this. Remember when they told the Republicans that the wise thing to do about Clinton's blow job was to remain silent? No?

Update 3: Boy, this is the gift that keeps on giving. A still from Fox News this morning, courtesy of Daily Kos:

Love the (D) thing.

Republican Adult Behavior, Again

Just to keep you posted, this from Congress Matters:

"Republicans are angry again....

They're disrupting proceedings on the House floor by repeatedly making motions to adjourn that they themselves are voting against, but they're just doing it to protest the decision to rein in amendments and generally make life miserable."

This is beyond obstructionism. It is simply infantile tantrum throwing. And we still get told that we have to be "bipartisan" with them. The way things are going, I don't even know what that means.

What is Hamas?

A lot of attention, some of it, unbelievable as this may seem, positive (e.g. Jimmy Carter) has been focused in the last few weeks on Hamas. I think, given their crucial role in the mideast today, it is important to know who these people are, and what they believe.

What follows is something that I ran in the early days of my blog. I think it is worth reprinting at this time. I've tried to pare it down as much as possible, but it is still a little long. I hope you can find the patience to read it through.

EXCERPTS FROM THE HAMAS CHARTER
Note: If you think that what follows might not be a fair sample of this document, a translation of the original can be found here.

"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).

Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realised.

The Islamic Resistance Movement....strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine….
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the links in the chain of the struggle against the Zionist invaders. It goes back to 1939, to the emergence of the martyr Izz al-Din al Kissam and his brethren the fighters, members of Moslem Brotherhood.

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.

The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day.

This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Moslems have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Moslems consecrated these lands to Moslem generations till the Day of Judgement.

This Waqf remains as long as earth and heaven remain. Any procedure in contradiction to Islamic Sharia, where Palestine is concerned, is null and void.

Nationalism, from the point of view of the Islamic Resistance Movement, is part of the religious creed. Nothing in nationalism is more significant or deeper than in the case when an enemy should tread Moslem land. Resisting and quelling the enemy become the individual duty of every Moslem, male or female. A woman can go out to fight the enemy without her husband's permission, and so does the slave: without his master's permission.

Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland they fight.

There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with.

The day that enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. In face of the Jews' usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised.
It is necessary to instill in the minds of the Moslem generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis.

"I swear by the holder of Mohammed's soul that I would like to invade and be killed for the sake of Allah, then invade and be killed, and then invade again and be killed." (As related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
In their Nazi treatment, the Jews made no exception for women or children. Their policy of striking fear in the heart is meant for all. They attack people where their breadwinning is concerned, extorting their money and threatening their honour. They deal with people as if they were the worst war criminals. Deportation from the homeland is a kind of murder.

With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.
They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.

The Zionist invasion is a vicious invasion. It does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end. It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, The Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups. All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions. They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.

We should not forget to remind every Moslem that when the Jews conquered the Holy City in 1967, they stood on the threshold of the Aqsa Mosque and proclaimed that "Mohammed is dead, and his descendants are all women."

Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Moslem people. "May the cowards never sleep."
Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another. The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.
Leaving the circle of struggle with Zionism is high treason….

There is no way out except by concentrating all powers and energies to face this Nazi, vicious Tatar invasion."

I think that pretty much stands on its own. I just want to make a couple of quick points. First, if you started reading this still thinking that Hamas was fighting only against Israel, and not against all Jews, I guess you don't believe that any more. This organization is as committed to a program of vicious antisemitism as anyone ever was. And second, and perhaps more important at this point, if, ten minutes ago, you believed that there is a chance in hell of Israel being able to complete a successful peace negotiation with Hamas, I am sure you don't believe that any more either.

Hamas is driven by a transcendent hatred. Until that changes, there is no possibility of negotiation with them. Can you read the selections above and doubt that?