Monday, August 31, 2009

Right On, Teddy

From some moronical right wing blog:

"Quite contrary to the ludicrous assertions now being made about Ted Kennedy working jovially with Ronald Reagan, Kennedy, in truth, thought Reagan was a trigger-happy buffoon, and said so constantly"

Trigger happy buffoon. Way to go there, Teddy. Truer words were never spoken. Of course, when it comes to trigger happy, I guess Saint Ronnie was sure put into the shadows by George and Dick, huh?

Blue Dogs Make Trouble- For Themselves

I would like to comment on something Digby had to say (very correctly as usual) about what is likely to happen in the next congressional elections:

"...if the Democrats don't pass decent health care, it's the Blue Dogs who are going to suffer, not the liberals.

Some of these Blue Dogs are probably going to lose anyway. They were swept up in Obama's coattails and in this sour political and economic environment his coat frayed immediately."

This is absolutely correct; however, there is a further point to make about the current health care situation. If these damned blue dogs had not pandered to the Republicans and the insurance companies, and if they had not put their hunger to be the power brokers in congress ahead of a good bill, the Democrats would be united on this issue, and could present a unified front and move forward without having to worry about Republican obstruction. It is the blue dogs themselves who have woven the web which threatens to entrap them now. They are the first ones who will fall prey to their own treachery.

Least Surprising News in History

From Red State:

"Cheney Calls Democrats soft on national security..."

Man, they never give up, do they?


Die and Go To Hell

From Daily Kos, this little gem to cheer us all up:

"Chris Broughton, the man who brought an AR-15 rifle and a handgun to an Arizona Obama rally earlier this month, says he "concurs" with his fundamentalist pastor's prayer for President Obama "to die and go to hell."

Yes sir, give me that old time religion, it's good enough for me!

I've said it before: this is not going to end well.

It's About Time

Ezra Klein in the Washington Post:

"After Mike Enzi used the GOP's weekly radio to attack the Democrats' health-care plan for promoting "the rationing of [America's] health care," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs fired back that Enzi "clearly turned over his cards on bipartisanship and decided that it's time to walk away from the table."

Everyone I've spoken to in the Senate believes, strongly, that this process is about to break down, and the Democrats are going to move forward on a more partisan basis."

And not a minute too soon. Despite his obligatory gestures toward bipartisanship, I never believed for a second that Obama thought that he would end up with Republican support for any meaningful health care reform.

Why do I believe that? Because you would have to be a brain-dead idiot to have watched the Republican party for the last several years, and think that they would participate in any way in legislation that had the single benefit that it would help the American people. And Obama is not an idiot.

It's time for the Democratic party to show what it stands for, and pass a real bill, without Republican support. Sure, its passage will be accompanied by tantrums the likes of which we have never seen; but this legislation will be remembered along with Social Security, Medicare and the Civil Rights act as among the shining moments of American government- brought to you, of course, by Democrats.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Little "Real News"

In the absence of right wing lunacy that didn't bore me into a coma today, here's a little evidence that plenty of laughs are to be gotten from our mainstream media too:

Washington Post: "Ex-Intelligence Officials Cite Low Spirits at CIA"

Isn't this a little like saying that spirits are low at the L. A. Clippers? They've been screwing up their jobs for fifty years now. Why shouldn't their spirits be low?

Fox News: "Cheney: Torture probe ‘offends hell out of me"

Well, whatever comes of it, at least we have that to be thankful for. Just don't stand in front of his shotgun. You know how he gets when he's mad.

Texas Observer: “We Hate the United States”: Secessionists rally at Capitol"

And I thought only liberals went in for hating the United States. I guess it's okay if you're a Republican. As usual.

Here's a little something their leader had to say:

"For his part, Kilgore assured the crowd that violence wouldn’t be necessary to secede."

You know what? Amen to that. I'm tired of supporting these jackasses with my tax money while they spend their time throwing tantrums. I think we made a big mistake keeping them the first time. This time, hit the road, Jack.

Paul Rosenberg, Open Left: "Who Could Have Foreseen The Housing Bubble Collapse? Dean Baker, That's Who--In 2002"

Dean Baker, and anyone on earth who had ever read a book about the Great Depression. I guess it's too much to expect any of our politicians or our press to actually know something about their subjects, because it was obvious to anyone with half a brain that another Republican frenzy of greed like the 1920's was going to result in another Republican depression like the 1930's.

Well, that was just to remind you that our country wouldn't be in the shape it's in today, and we wouldn't have a pack of violent right wing maniacs running around doing everything they can to make things worse, if the press had done its job the last couple of decades, instead of deciding it was more fun to be Republican cheerleaders.

Bork


With the death of Teddy Kennedy, Robert Bork has come back to the nation's attention. Bork was a person who Saint Ronald Reagan tried to ram down the throats of the Senate as an allegedly fitting nominee for the Supreme Court. Kennedy was a leader in the eventually successful fight to keep him off of the court. To this day, Republicans point to this as the supposed start of behavior which justifies the smear campaign which they mount against any Democratic Supreme Court nominee; the most recent example being the insane collection of lies that they hurled at the moderate and totally unexceptionable Sonya Sotomayor.

Who was this Bork, and why did Democrats oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court? Bork first came to the nation's attention as a result of what came to be known as the Saturday Night Massacre. This incident took place during the investigations of the Watergate affair which resulted in the resignation of Richard Nixon. Nixon was forced by threat of Congressional action to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Watergate. He chose Archibald Cox, a Harvard law professor and highly respected attorney. When Cox started to get too close to the truth, Nixon attempted to get rid of him. He demanded that Attorney General Elliot Richardson fire Cox; Richardson resigned instead. He then turned to deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus; Ruckelshaus resigned too. Nixon then turned to the Solicitor General, Robert Bork. Bork proved to be all too willing to do Nixon's dirty work, and promptly fired Cox.

Conservatives to this day cite Bork's brilliance when they take to abusing Democrats for fighting against his confirmation. Bork's intelligence was never in question- it was his morality that made him unsuitable for a position on the Supreme Court. The light of history turned on Bork on that day in 1973; and that day, the most momentous of his life, he showed that he would willingly put his personal advantage ahead of the clear rule of law. In his moment on the national stage, he proved to the country that he was, in a very real sense, not the most, but the least qualified person to ever sit on the high court, where we expect Justices to place the rule of law above all else.

Thus, as we see so often, Republicans attempt to cast a decent and honorable act of a Democrat into some sort of cynical partisan outrage; thus excusing their own unprincipled behavior. So, Democratic criticism of the execrable George W. Bush gives Republicans (in their own minds) an excuse to perpetrate endless vile smears against Obama; Democratic opposition to the fanatic, corrupt Republican appointees to various public offices gives Republicans the right to mount vicious lying campaigns against Democratic appointees, regardless of the truth, and finally, Republicans entitle themselves to attack any Democratic action with a variety of manufactured lies which, however ludicrous, are immediately accepted as gospel fact by their followers.

And thus, we reach where we are today. We can thank Mr. Bork for doing his best to get us here.

Above: The man himself. What a Dork, huh? Oops, I meant Bork.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

I'm trying to slim down a little here, but I still have to have just a little:

Steve Buyer, Town Hall: "Health Care Reform Could Tax Veterans"

Oh God, is there no lie they won't tell, no group they won't exploit, to try to get their way? This wanker actually says, later in the article:

"Neither I nor the veterans’ service organizations have asserted that the proposed healthcare reform legislation would eliminate or directly change health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)."

Oh no. I never asserted that health care reform could tax veterans. I never said any such thing! I only suggested that it might happen! That's an entirely different thing.

And by the way, despite admitting that I have absolutely no evidence whatever that such a thing might happen, no one is going to stop me from trying to make other people believe it. So there.

Robert Knight, Town Hall: "Death Panels and Dining Room Tables"

What, now they're going to take away our dining room tables too? Oh well, I guess we won't need them that much, once we are dead.

Moe Lane, Red State: "I apologize in advance for the ugly and graphic nature of the image that will be available for viewing after the fold: I would prefer not to show it, but unfortunately somebody decided that it was suitable for distribution after the Reston, VA Town Hall"















Well, here's the cartoon. Actually, I thought it was kind of cute. By the way, I never heard Moe objecting to the hundreds of things like this that you can find in a two minute search online. I guess this sort of thing is just fine:












Little Pammy Geller, Atlas Shrugs: " It was a year ago today that Sarah Palin walked onto the national stage and raised us up. Those of us who were fed up with a limp GOP moving center left were thrilled with a principled conservative, a rugged individualist VP pick. It saved a McCain campaign on life support."


It saved the McCain campaign? Haven't been reading the newspapers much since last November 3rd, huh, Pammy? And by the way, thanks for reminding us about Sarah. We needed a laugh.

And more from Little Pammy: "UAE Seizes North Korean Weapons Shipment to Iran. Check out the axis of evil ............. imagine what Saddam would be up to had we not removed that killing and torture machine."

I just love this one. North Korea and Iran do something, and so that proves that we were right to invade some other country. Great logic there, Pammy.

What an idiot.

Gateway Pundit: "Sen. Enzi Delivers Weekly GOP Address: "The Dem's Health Bills Will Raid Medicare & Cut Hundreds of Billions of Dollars From Elderly"

I'm glad that you guys devoted your weekly address to more lies. You wouldn't want to be inconsistent, would you? And you have such a long tradition to uphold. Keep on working so hard on behalf of the American people.

Ken Connor, Renew America: "In the midst of the turmoil, America's seniors learned this week that, for the first time ever, they will not be receiving a cost-of-living adjustment to their monthly Social Security benefit."

This is a sample of a line that's all over the wingnut blogosphere. Of course, it's all Barack's fault, some how. Actually, the Bush administration did so much damage to the economy that the indexes on which Social Security are based went down last year, for the first time in the history of Social Security. They didn't bother to mention that.

Chuck Baldwin, Renew America: "A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column questioning why it was necessary for our federal government to be constructing internment camps all over America.

Several readers dismissed the entire proposition on the basis that, apparently, the link I provided to a photo of one such camp that was reported in the Idaho Observer as a FEMA camp was actually constructed in another country. Which, if true, changes nothing, of course."

Of course not. It wasn't based on any real evidence to begin with, like all of your lunatic claims, so why would anything, no matter how humiliating, cause you to change your mind now?

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily: "What if Obama is ineligible?"

What if Santa is real? How about an article about that, Joseph?

Pat Boone, World Net Daily: "A deadly virus has been loosed throughout our system, and wherever it takes root, it changes the functions and the structure that gave us the grandest, strongest, freest system of government the world has ever known.

I call it liberalism. "

I call you stupid. Pat, I've told you to go to your room so many times. You are grounded, buster, and just wait until your father gets home.

Deroy Murdoch, National Review Online: "Time for Health-Care Tax Cuts!"

What a strange idea. A Republican suggests tax cuts. How unusual. And right in the middle, I bet, of screaming bloody murder about the deficit too.

Deroy, you're such a card.

A Predictable Republican Response:""

"At a town hall meeting Wednesday Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Chickasha residents he does not need to read the 1,000 page health care reform bill, he will simply vote against it.

"I don't have to read it, or know what's in it. I'm going to oppose it anyways," he said."

Hey, he knows who coughs up the cash to keep Republicans in office. Why bother to read the legislation that he's paid to evaluate, right? After all, his vote has already been bought and paid for.

"Inhofe took the opportunity to blame Democrats for a bevy of issues. He lashed out at democrats for overtaking the government and spending billions of dollars on unpopular packages."

"Overtaking" the government? I guess he means taking over the government, something which they certainly did do, after the American people elected them to do just that. But of course, only Republicans have a right to run the government. After all, they still haven't finished taking all of our money and giving it to their rich friends, and there are always more wars to start.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Republican Discovers Teddy Wasn't a Hero

I've been collecting some right wing reflections about Teddy Kennedy for your later appreciation, but I ran across an article at Town Hall, by the "respected" pundit Mona Charen, which I think perfectly encapsulates not only Republican distaste for common human decency, but their supreme dishonesty and their pathological refusal to face the truth about the results of their behavior. I thought it would be a good idea to examine it in a little more length, as a specimen of routine right wing thinking. Here are some excerpts:

"Consider Kennedy's shrill attacks on President Bush's decision to invade Iraq. In 2002, Sen. Kennedy himself had said, "There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein's regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated. He must be disarmed." But just a year later, Kennedy was saying, "This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud." In 2004, Kennedy said, "Before the war, week after week after week we were told lie after lie after lie after lie . . . the president's war is revealed as mindless, needless, senseless, reckless."

Shrill. Shrill, but true. That's the thing, you see. Mona, I suppose it never occurred to you that, at the time, Kennedy did not believe that a president and vice president could stoop so low, could so betray the honor their fellow citizens had bestowed on them, as to lie the country into a war. A year later, it would seem, he had learned the terrible truth, and he said so. Because remember, Mona, his "shrill attacks" were one hundred percent true.

"Kennedy did not accept that the Bush administration had made a good faith decision to use military force (as his brother did in the Bay of Pigs and Vietnam). Instead, he contributed to conspiracy theories about Bush's true motives. Echoing the most inflamed leftist websites, Kennedy alleged that "the President and his senior aides began the march to war in Iraq in the earliest days of the administration, long before the terrorists struck this nation on 9/11."

We have known for years, now, Mona, that the "inflamed leftist websites" and Kennedy himself were telling the absolute truth. As we sit here today, we know for a fact that Bush and Cheney were looking for an excuse to attack Iraq since before Bush's inauguration. You know that too. It is you, Mona who are telling lies and spreading smears, not Ted Kennedy. Every word he spoke was absolutely true; and it was said at the price of vilification and abuse by people like you, who cared nothing for the ugly reality that was right in front of your eyes.

"When the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison came to light, disgust and abhorrence were expressed pretty universally and certainly bipartisanly. But Kennedy, unable to resist a cheap political shot, actually compared the U.S. to Saddam Hussein, saying, "Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management -- U.S. management."

First of all, disgust and abhorrence were not expressed universally, Mona. That is another lie which you tell, knowing full well that it is a lie. The vast majority of your Republican colleagues defended Bush's torture policy every step of the way, and continue to do so to this day. Do you deny that Bush reopened Saddam's torture chambers at Abu Ghraib? Because you know that he did. What Ted Kennedy said was absolutely true, and again his honesty was met with hostility and vilification from Republicans- vilification that continues to this day, as you yourself have just shown.

Mona continues with some blabbing about the abhorrent Judge Bork. I won't bother with that. Suffice it to say that this is what she cites to justify her smears and character assassination of Edward Kennedy: In a forty year long career, he opposed a Republican candidate for the Supreme Court, and he spoke the truth about the actions of a Republican president.

I guess, after his long service in the senate, if that's all that right-wing hatemongers can find to say about you, you've done a pretty damned good job. Thanks, Teddy.

They're All the Same

John McCain on Fox News yesterday:

HANNITY: "....we had the Obama administration that brought back this book that the Bush administration had gotten rid of, "Your Life, Your Choices."

Is that the kind of death panel that maybe people were afraid of when they read pages 425 to 430 of the House bill?

MCCAIN: Yes"

And to think there is any lame brained moron in the entire country who thinks Mr. "Maverick" is some kind of centrist who will buck his party to work with Democrats. How did our pathetic, worthless press ever fall for this phony? Here he is, telling the same despicable, savage lies as the most irresponsible far right lunatics.

Deal with it: there are NO decent Republicans in the country. They are ALL lying, corrupt criminals. The best of them is a worthless dick, and they do nothing but go downhill from there. "Bipartisanship" now consists of being mugged and agreeing to split your cash with the mugger. Everyone ends up good friends, except that he wins and you lose.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tragic Medical Story

Unidentified man tries to hold forehead down, so his skull won't split open, allowing his brain to spin around the room uncontrollably.
















Update: Unfortunately, it now appears that it didn't work. A man of very similar appearance has been spotted in Washington D. C, with no sign of a brain at all.

Wingnut Wrapup

I'm saving all the nice comments about Teddy Kennedy for later. They're just about what you would expect from these animals. However, they still have time for some other stupidity, which I have been careful to cull for your amusement:

Tom Coburn on health care: "the idea that the government is the solution to our problems is an inaccurate, a very inaccurate statement."

It sure was the solution to Wall Street's problems, though, wasn't it, Tom? Who knows, if we could just get the lying, corrupt dicks like you out of there, someday it might even solve some of our problems too.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a statement Tuesday that the Obama administration's decision to name a prosecutor to look into Bush-era interrogations of suspected terrorists should foster "doubts about this administration’s ability to be responsible for our nation’s security.”

They got you out of there, Dick. That was step one. Let's not forget that you spent eight years being responsible for destroying our security. You did everything you could to make people all over the world hate us. Every day Obama does nothing is an improvement on that.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall: "This Week, It Was Scotland's Turn To Shame the West"

That's nice, Dennis. Most Weeks it's your turn. Thanks for sharing the honors.

Cal Thomas, Town Hall: "National Suicide"

i.e. health care for everybody. I guess those death panels are going to kill us all.

Center for a Just Society: "Nice Guys Finish Last"

Not any more. It's a new world. From now on, Republicans finish last.

Pammy "Braindead" Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "The ominous moves by the stranger in the White House are disturbing. America is being tested in a way she has never been tested before....Enemies and radicals at the highest levels in the US government. The take down is happening so fast "

Ominous...stranger...disturbing....enemies....radicals.... God, Pammy, you have a lurid imagination. And a very limited vocabulary.

Scott Ott, Pajamas Media: "Palin Flummoxes the Elites with Common Sense"

Well, Scott, you may be right there. Any elites with common sense would be flummoxed by Palin, that's for sure.

Pat Buchanan, Human Events: "When a democracy reaches a point where the politicians cannot say no to the people, the experiment is about over."

Ah yes. When the politicians do what the people want them to, that's the end of democracy. I guess, to preserve democracy, we should just continue with politicians who do whatever they're told by whoever pays them the most. That's the Republican way, right, Pat?

Henry Makow: "Boy Scouts -- Model of Masonic Subversion? "

Maybe, Henry. Probably not, so don't lose any sleep over it. And by the way, what if they were? What do you think they'll be getting up to?

Randall Terry (Courtesy of Swash Zone:) “When I, or people like me, are running the country, you’d better flee, because we will find you, we will try you, and we’ll execute you. I mean every word of it. I will make it part of my mission to see to it that they are tried and executed.”

Oh oh. The Jesus lovers are out in force. Randall, people like you just got done running the country for eight years and you didn't do squat, except screw up everything you touched. So, bug off with your pathetic threats.

Carol Platt Liebeau, Town Hall: "Holder's Politicized Justice Department "

Remember Alberto Gonzales, Carol? No? Boy, talk about a bad case of projection.

Center for Consumer Freedom: "PETA Activists Are a Bunch of Blowholes "

Well, I'm with you there.

Pam "Here She Is, Lying Again" Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "I have long documented the close ties between the Mansourian candidate and one of the world's leading forces of evil, George Soros."

"Could Soros be behind the demonization of the CIA? This man is evil, but could he possibly have this much influence on Obama? I say, yes."

I say stuff it, Pam. I think you've worn out the part of your brain that makes up lies. This is a particularly stupid one.

Carey Roberts, Renew America: "Like a demanding and ill-mannered child, liberals are used to getting their way. Whenever they lapse into the losing side of an argument, they reflexively resort to name-calling and mud-slinging. Epithets like "neo-Nazi," "crypto-fascist," and "imperialist stooge" buzz like mosquitoes hovering over a Potomac swamp."

Crypto-fascist? Imperialist stooge? Are you kidding me? What, did you find a batch of Chinese propaganda from 1955? How about "running dog lackeys?" You left that one out.

Bonnie Alba, Renew America: "The Obama administration's strident push, along with congressional dem-libs, for their ownership of America's healthcare is not a myth. It is one more step to totalitarianism and tyranny. There are unspoken questions. Think about it. Who believes Al Gore's Global Warming is a fact?"

Think about it. I never even knew that Al Gore owned global warming. Boy, do we have a lot to blame him for.

Mary Graybar, Pajamas Media: "Obama's Civilian Troops Were Trained by Ayers"

Mary, that should be a comfort to wingnuts like you, considering what a pathetic, impotent war against the Capitalist Machine he waged during the Weatherman days. What is he training them to do, shoot their mouths off and take pictures of each other with guns? That's no secret- they can learn that from anyone at the tea parties.

World Net Daily Exclusive: "Will President Obama "seize power overnight" in a move to consolidate White House control of the U.S. government? "

No, you lunatic. Grow up, already.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Couldn't Say It Better

On health care reform, from Hunter, at Daily Kos:

"No more. This fight is the last and final test; whether or not our leaders are so corrupt as to be irredeemable should be easily gleanable by whether or not they are able to bring themselves to even try on this, the one fight that every last one of them has supposedly been saving their strength for. It is this or nothing, and I will be damn proud, at the end of it, to abandon those who have so completely abandoned us."

Absolutely right. This is the battle they claim they have been keeping their powder dry for. Start shootin' now guys, or don't come around my door no more.

And any blue dogs or anyone else that doesn't get on the bus for this one, well, you can just stay off the bus for the rest of your lives.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bye, Teddy















Teddy Kennedy has died. It is certainly the end of an era. I voted for Ted Kennedy when I was a graduate student at Harvard in the early eighties. He fought all his life for average people, earning an unending string of the vilest abuse from Republicans as his reward. He was one of the few rich people on earth who really cared about the rest of us. The other rich people, and their toadies, could never stand the betrayal.

Much of what was best from congress during his lifetime bore his name. If his passing becomes an opportunity for another round of Republican smears, it will be one more sin on their souls.

Update: In the words of our President:

"Senator Edward M. Kennedy was not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy. Over the past half-century, nearly every major piece of legislation that has advanced the civil rights, health, and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts. With his passing, an important chapter in our American story has come to an end."

GOP Senators Right about Something

From Truthout, this little story:

"GOP Senators: US Faces Terrorist Attack if Holder Probes Bush's Torture Program"

You know what? They're right. If the world learns the real details of Bush and Cheney's criminal, vicious, hateful torture campaign, a lot of people will be really mad at us, and some of them might well try to do something about it.

Of course, these GOP Senators, in typical fashion, want to blame it all on the Democrats, for daring to tell the truth, so let me get my two cents in here:

If the worst does happen, it will be totally, utterly, 100% the fault of Bush, Cheney and the valueless Republican scum in their administration that perpetrated these abominable acts.

Got that, you lying pigs? It's your fault. You are the guys that wanted the torture. You are the guys who controlled all three branches of government when the torture began. You cheered on anything the Bush administration did, no matter how callous or inexcusable. YOU brought our country to this place, and I, for one, do not intend to forget it, no matter how loud a tantrum you throw.

Is This Depressing or What?

From Talking Points Memo, this pathetic piece of information:

"(Arkansas) respondents were asked whether Rush Limbaugh or Barack Obama has the better vision for America: Limbaugh 55%, Obama 45%."

Listen, the next time these ignorant, stupid (no, they're not the same thing, and these guys are both) hateful people suggest seceding from our country, let's not stop them. Please, it will be so nice here when they are gone.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

I haven't been doing as much with Wingnut Wrapup lately. Partly, it's because I've been really busy, but in large part it's because there isn't that much to laugh about in the mean spirited turn that the right has taken these days.

Thankfully, there are still a few laughs out there, while we wait for some Godforsaken militia lunatics to go around somewhere shooting things up, and telling themselves what great patriots they are. Here's a little idiocy for you:

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Obama "wants us to have the same health care and plan that he had in Kenya" and "wants to be the black FDR"

I usually don't bother with this drug addled pervert, but I liked this. Being as how Obama never lived in Kenya, as we all know, he never had any health plan there. So actually, it's the Republicans who want us to have the same health care that Obama had in Kenya: none.

And by the way, I hope Obama does want to be the black FDR. It's a better goal than Bush, who seemed to want to be Herbert Hoover. I just hope Obama succeeds in his goal as well as Bush did- after a Hoover, we need an FDR.

Jillian Bandes, Town Hall: "Uphill Battle for New Young Republican Leader "

Boy you've got that one right. Farther down in the article, Jillian mentions this:

“Young Republican Leader Audra Shay Is Crazy, Illiterate, Racist,” read Gawker."

Not a good start, you'd think, until you remember that those qualifications are all Sarah Palin needed.

Carol Platt Liebau , Town Hall: ObamaCare: No Dream For My Father
Under the “reformed” medical system that the President seeks, it’s not pleasant to speculate about what the past few years would have meant for Dad.

Apparently it's not that unpleasant to speculate either, given as how your conjectures are totally fact free.

And given as how he already died under your beloved free-market medical care system, it couldn't have been that much worse, huh? What do you think?

Of course, her total lack of facts doesn't stop Carol from spewing out several hundred words of utterly groundless, sadistic fantasy about the hell that would have awaited her father if he hadn't already been killed off.

Bob Weir, American Thinker: "How about corruption reform first?"

A.k.a. the end of the Republican party? I'm all for that. Then we can finally get things done.

P.S. In case you're wondering, this jerk is definitely NOT that Bobby Weir, thank heaven.

James Baker, American Thinker: "A Birther Compromise"

This is a really good idea, James. All the birthers should get together and decide exactly what lunatic delusion can most likely be crammed down people's throats. That's really thinking.

Drew Zahn, World Net Daily: "A man who had claimed to have a copy of President Obama's Kenyan birth certificate, attempted to sell it on eBay and then disappeared from contact has reappeared, this time with a video of the document he claims proves Obama's foreign birth."

Great! Proof at last! The article goes on:

"Smith, whose background includes a lengthy criminal record... nonetheless insists that his motives are above board"

Oh, of course they are. And we thought Orly Taitz was as low as the birthers could get.

Joe Kovacs, World Net Daily: "Fed-up Marine has guns blazing to oust Democrats
'They're destroying this nation, and while I'm still breathing, I will not let it happen"

You know what? Let your guns blaze, asshole. Then the time when you are still breathing will be refreshingly short, and the rest of us will have one less childish jerk throwing a tantrum in public while we try to run our country.

World Net Daily: "'Islamic Antichrist' No. 1 e-book in America"

And they wonder why there are so many deluded idiots running around.

World Net Daily: "President Hannity? Talker drops hint"

I laughed at Sarah Palin; I laughed at Joe the Plumber. But this is too much. Now I feel sick to my stomach.

Ruben Navarette, Pajamas Media: "Republicans would do well to avoid feeding the narrative that they are anti-Hispanic."

And it's so easy to do. All they have to do is stop being anti-Hispanic. Go for it, guys! No? I didn't think you'd like the idea.

Todd Bensman, Pajamas Media: "Immigration Reform Is About Stopping Terror, Remember?"

Actually, Todd, I don't remember that. I seem to remember that immigration reform is about keeping illegals from entering the country. Silly me. I must be getting senile.

Erick Erickson: "Democrats Organizing to Actively Disrupt Rep. Paul Ryan’s Townhalls"

The horror! Those evil scoundrels! I knew they would sink to something like that. And how exactly are they going to actively disrupt Paul Ryan's town halls? Are they going to stride around with assault rifles like some six year old assholes? Are they going to shout him down en masse every time he tries to say something? Are they going to scream that he's a Nazi? No, those are Republican strategies. The Dems have something far more sinister in mind:

"....the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Organizing for America, and Community for Change are wroking together to promote attendance at these sessions.”

They are "promoting attendance" at these public meetings! The shame! How dare they attend these meetings? Will Democratic subversion of our democracy never end?

Don't Change the Subject

From the Washington Post:

"Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they allegedly threatened terrorism suspects, according to two sources familiar with the move. "

That was sudden.

If Rahm Emmanuel and his friends (that would be you, Barack) think they can throw us a bone in the form of this dead minimal investigation, and then we'll forgive them for abandoning the public option, they are wrong.

No public option equals a failed presidency. If you collapse on this, nothing is going to go right for you, for the rest of your public life. You'd better think about this, because there is no room for forgiveness on this issue.

Maybe Obama has a better strategy on this than I think. For so long, I've given him credit for being one step ahead of the crooks on this issue, but unfortunately, I feel like I've just lost faith. Maybe he is nothing but John Kerry with a deep tan. We'll see.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Oh yeah, That Makes Sense

I just thought that it is time to clarify the current Blue Dog Centrist Grownup Reasonable Compromise plan for heath care reform.

This consists of replacing the "public option" with what they are calling "insurance co-ops" and having an insurance mandate. "Insurance co-ops" meaning, apparently, that instead of one insurance company thieving from us at a time, the government would help them all get together to thieve from us. A "mandate" means you would be breaking the law if you didn't buy insurance from your friends the insurance companies.

In other words, instead of the government seeing that the insurance companies either stop robbing us blind or go bankrupt, instead the Blue Dog Centrist Grownup Reasonable Compromise plan would force all of us to buy insurance, while doing absolutely nothing to put any pressure whatsoever on the insurance companies to lower their prices.

In other other words, they would succeed in turning this legislation from health care reform into a gigantic trillion dollar giveaway to the insurance companies whose greed has caused our medical care problems in the first place, while we get nothing.

What a good deal for us, huh?

I will tell you right now that I will do anything I can to see that anyone who supports such a miserable sham will never serve in elected office again. This goes from corrupt jerks like Max Baucus and Holy Joe Lieberman (and of course all Republicans) to Obama himself. Anyone who participates in this fraud has no business in government. Anyone. Get my drift?

Joe Lieberman, still a Pig

Joe Lieberman on CNN today:

"LIEBERMAN: Morally, everyone of us would like to cover every American with health insurance but that’s where you spend most of the trillion dollars plus, or a little less that is estimated, the estimate said this health care plan will cost. And I’m afraid we’ve got to think about putting a lot of that off until the economy is out of recession. There’s no reason we have to do it all now."

And, talking about action with no Republican support:

“I think it’s a real mistake to try to jam through the total health insurance reform,” Lieberman said, adding, “It’s just not good for the system. Frankly, it won’t be good for the Obama presidency.”

And Joe parades around pretending to be a religious man. Did i mention that this guy is a pig? Oops, I meant a Republican.

Confederate Republic

As readers of Green Eagle may know, I occasionally elevate conservative posts from Wingnut Wrapup to their own individual commentary. Usually this is because of idiocy above and beyond the call of duty. I want to discuss a piece here (a piece of what I won't make clear for fear of offending women and small children) from one of my favorite right wing websites, Renew America. Before beginning, I want to make it clear that this site is not the product of some fringe lunatic with a miniscule readership, like, say, Green Eagle. It was founded by former Presidential candidate Alan Keyes, and is one of the most read right wing websites in existence.

Anyway, this is an article titled The Sotomayor Scare, by some idiot named Timothy Baldwin. Not that it has much to do with Sonya Sotomayor, as you will see. This wanker graduated from "the Cumberland School of Law," which calls itself one of the oldest law schools in the country, except that it was sold lock stock and barrel to a Baptist university in Alabama in 1961, where it had to be forcibly desegregated a few years later, by the the Federal government. He claims to have written a book to be published soon by "Agrapha publishing." I can find no reference to this alleged company anywhere on the internet, but I would like to note that, in searching, I discovered that the word "agrapha" refers to alleged sayings of Jesus that are not in the Gospels. A good title, as this guy apparently has read a different constitution than the one the rest of us are used to referring to as our "constitution." Well, enough with the derision; here he goes:

"....the time has come in our Confederate Republic (the USA) to acknowledge and understand that the power to govern ourselves justly and constitutionally is in the hands of the people of the several states of America — NOT in the hands of the branches of federal government. What most people in America have been duped to believe is that the US S CT is the final arbiter in all matters concerning government actions related to the US Constitution."

Don't you just love the "Confederate Republic" thing? I won't bore you with it, but he refers over and over again to our country as a "confederate republic." What point do you think he could be trying to make by using that language, huh?

Now, apparently we've been "duped" into thinking that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution. Duped, I would like to point out, by a conspiracy going back to the time of the people who wrote the constitution, all of whom seem to have participated in this gigantic conspiracy, and including every significant constitutional scholar in our country's history. God, you'd think by now, someone would have spilled the beans.

"people feel hopeless and think that regaining freedom somehow means replacing the "liberal" judges with "conservative" judges."

Well, you tried that. Unfortunately, electing presidents who pollute the court with corrupt right wing thugs like Antonin Scalia appears to be perfectly legal. However, there is a hunger for violence among the right today, at the indignity of having to see a Democrat and a black man in the White House. This hunger cannot be sated by legal behavior; it requires a purging, an apocalypse, a Gotterdammerung.

"Let me state this clearly: the US Constitution does not grant to the US S CT the power to interpret the Constitution in contradiction to the terms of the Constitution, and it does not strip the powers of the States to actively arrest and resist tyrannical federal actions."

Here we go. Of course (much to the dismay of us liberals the last thirty years) the Supreme Court does have the power to interpret the constitution and, legally, that is what the constitution means, not what some Baptist wacko from Alabama says.

As you can see, this is the point where he starts talking about actively resisting the Federal Government. What do you think he means by that?

"What sense does it make that the US S CT is bound by an oath to support and defend the Constitution and then has the power to interpret it however the heck they want to?"

Sorry, you pathetic idiot, but that's the way our Federal Government works. Interpreting the constitution, that's their job. Don't like it? Why not move to Honduras or Pakistan, where they have other ways of resisting tyrannical federal actions? But no, that wouldn't soothe the rage that boils in this man's chest every time he thinks of the black man living in the White House, sleeping in the same bed once occupied by Saint Ronnie, or the blessed Christian Patriot George W. Bush. That calls for real men to take real action.

"One cannot credibly and correctly argue that whatever the US S CT says goes....Thus, the question becomes, what can and what must the states do when all three branches of the federal government ignore the Constitution and trample over the intents of its foundational principles?"

I wonder what that might be? Maybe elect different representatives who won't approve these unamerican, foreign-named intruders, like Sonya Sotomayor? No, that won't do. No, no. that would never be enough. Not with the horrible communistic islamic threat facing our country today, in the form of the illegal alien Obama, who is clearly committed to destroying everything decent about our country- things like its regal insurance industry, its wonderful opportunity for the rich to further engorge themselves on our national wealth, its vital determination to allow one section of the country (the South) to survive on welfare provided by all the rest of us, while dictating, through obstruction, threats and lies, how we all shall live...

"....the question is, what are the states going to do in response to the usurpation of powers that have been tyrannically taken by all three branches of the federal government? The question is, what are the states going to do when the federal government has passed, upheld and executed laws that are not "enumerated and legitimate objects of its jurisdiction"? After all, such laws are by definition NOT the supreme laws of the land and consequently, the people of the states and the states themselves are not bound to them."

Whatever laws we don't agree with, we have no obligation to follow. Now, that's the American way, right? And clearly WE get to decide which laws to obey, at least when "we" is taken to mean those of us on the right. Dare not, ye liberals, to decide to take the same privilege for yourselves. YOU have no right to decide, for example, that people's health is more important than insurance companies' profits, or that people of all races deserve equal treatment by our government. That is communism, and we will fight it to the death. Or at least until the shooting starts and we go running home to mama, while someone else fights our battles for us. Now that is the American way- the American conservative way, anyhow.

"The time has come that the people of the several states of America wake up to the truth of their history: they are citizens of independent and sovereign states; the US S CT is NOT the final arbiter in matters of freedom; the federal government is not the source of our freedom; the states have the duty to resist the encroachments of federal usurpation; and freedom can be restored when the Confederate Republic is restored."

A duty to resist. Independent and sovereign states. I see- the states can do whatever they want, regardless of what the Federal government has to say about that. Listen, guy, some other people from Alabama and adjacent states had that exact same idea about 150 years ago. Remember how that went down?

Now, given all of the above, what do you think he means when he talks about restoring the Confederate Republic? I mean, what does he really mean?

Well, folks, this mixture of belligerence and deliberate denial of our history and laws is what it's come to here in the U.S. of A. Six months of a black president and its time for certain states to assert their "sovereignty," i.e. refuse to recognize the authority of the Federal Government, i.e. secede, and establish a "Confederate Republic." Like Dracula, some things just never die.

And sad to say, a lot of people think this way. Lucky us, huh?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

They're Back

They're back.

"Almost a decade after largely disappearing from public view, right-wing militias, ideologically driven tax defiers and sovereign citizens are appearing in large numbers around the country. "Paper terrorism" — the use of property liens and citizens' "courts" to harass enemies — is on the rise. And once-popular militia conspiracy theories are making the rounds again, this time accompanied by nativist theories about secret Mexican plans to "reconquer" the American Southwest. One law enforcement agency has found 50 new militia training groups — one of them made up of present and former police officers and soldiers. Authorities around the country are reporting a worrying uptick in Patriot activities and propaganda. "This is the most significant growth we've seen in 10 to 12 years," says one. "All it's lacking is a spark. I think it's only a matter of time before you see threats and violence."

I've been talking about this as long as I've had this blog. Some people would regard my fears as crazy talk. Well, it seems a lot less crazy than it did a year ago, and, sad to say, I predict that it won't sound at all crazy a year from now.

We'll see.

So What?

Media Matters reports today:

"Fox News continues to falsely claim Dems considering "changing the rules" to pass health care reform."

And so what? This may be just one more Fox news lie, but what if it were true?

Isn't it about time that someone changed the rules that have denied us the same kind of universal health care that the entire rest of the industrialized world has had for fifty years? Isn't it about time that someone changed the rules that allow the rich to win and the rest of us lose, over and over again? The rules that see that the government is right there to bail out any huge corporation that fails, no matter how responsible they are for their own problems, but don't do a thing for the millions of innocent Americans damaged by the criminality of the rich? The rules that make taxes on the rich a sin, but have nothing to say when we pick up the tab for their criminal misbehavior?

It's about time we had rules that worked for us, and if the Dems have to change the rules to get their agenda passed, more power to them.

Identifying Conservatives

From Daily Kos, the following enlightening information about the Texas GOP's proposal for revising teaching in their schools:

"The first draft for proposed standards in United States History Studies Since Reconstruction declares that students should be expected "to identify significant conservative advocacy organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly and the Moral Majority," according to the Dallas Morning News."

I'll identify them alright. As lying, hypocritical demagogues.

There, Texas GOP. Satisfied now?

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Way We Will Get Things Done

From the Wall Street Journal:

"WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, seeking to rally his base, accused Republican leaders Thursday of trying to block a health-care overhaul from the start and again threw his weight behind a government-run insurance plan.

It was the most direct shot he has taken at Republican leaders, and it came as the president was trying to reassure liberal activists that his knees weren't buckling, as one supporter suggested.

"I guarantee you," he told the radio show caller, "we are going to get health-care reform done."

I must tell you a story. Shortly after Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected, a group of the progressive leaders who had campaigned for him so hard came to visit him at the White House, and laid out what they wanted him to do. Roosevelt said to them, "I agree with you. Now make me do it."

That's where we are today. Unfortunately, electing Obama, as hard as it was, was not enough. The Republicans and their masters have so much to lose here, and they are going to do anything they can, no matter how contemptible, to prevent us from taking control of our country. Health care is so important, but in a way, there is something far more important at stake here. A victory here means that we have finally found a way to strike back at these people. If we win this battle, the path is open to us to make our government work for the American people again.

So, we've got to make him do it. It won't be that hard. We are so beaten up from years of losing tough battles, but Obama is a different kind of guy. He will do the right thing if we stand behind him.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thanks for the Thought, Grant

I am just stunned by this statement by the Rev. Grant Swank, one of the looniest of all loons:

"Obama is pained due to recent right-thinking citizens howling loudly and long enough. Grassroots town halls have screeched at Congress. The mob hysteriacs who voted in a celebrity rather than a free enterprise, constitution-friendly statesman are losing ground."

I wonder if, say, a Martian could distinguish between "right-thinking citizens howling loudly" and "mob hysteriacs."

Am I missing something here, or would it be fair to say that "citizens howling loudly" might in fact be considered to be "mob hysteriacs?"

I guess I'm just not thinking right today.

What a Team

Here's some absolutely contemptible news, from the New York Times:

"The Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 hired outside contractors from the private security contractor Blackwater USA as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda, according to current and former government officials. "

Yes, you read that right. For the Bush administration, it wasn't enough to be utterly incompetent. You had to be utterly incompetent and extremely expensive.

Needless to say, no one can point to any positive achievements from this marriage made in heaven. But, it was apparently worth "several million dollars."

Nice work if you can get it. And apparently all it takes is to be a lying, murderous right wing "Christian" scum.

Wingnut Wrapup

Well, we've got a few interesting samples of abject derangement today, so let's get on with them:


Michelle Bachmann, Town Hall: "Should We Trust the Government With Our Health Care? "

Oh no, Michelle, let's just trust the insurance companies instead. I'm sure our health is their number one priority.

Meredith Jessup, Town Hall: "First of all, in the interest of full disclosure, I am a proud Christian. Second, I just have to voice how positively offended I am that Obama would claim opponents of his health care plan are lying, and I am disgusted by the fact that he is now playing on peoples' religious convictions to garner support for Obamacare. "

She's offended. How dare he claim that the death panels, and free health care for illegal aliens and abortion on demand for anyone are lies? Or that Republicans are lying when they insist that it's just wonderful that we are the only industrialized country in the world where people's medical care depends on whether some greedy bastard can make a profit off of us? And now he's "playing on peoples' religious convictions." How could he? What kind of miserable, worthless religion would it be, anyway, that made a point of caring for the sick and the poor? That's not
Christian. No, being against stem cell research and evolution and global warming- that's what Christianity is all about.

Janet LaRue, Town Hall: " Obama Has a 'Pony' For You"

Oh boy, I can hardly wait! It's just what I always wanted! I hope it has a shaggy mane.

I was afraid to actually read the article. Since a Republican wrote it, I just know it's a lie. What do you want to bet that that pony never shows up? And then they'll blame Obama.

Dan McLaughlin, Red State: " There’s No Such Thing As A Death Panel. There’s No Such Thing As A Death Panel. There’s No Such Thing As A Death Panel.
If You Say It Often Enough, You Can Convince Yourself "

Really? You know, I think you're right. I only said it once, and already I suspect that Obama is not actually that likely to have death panels. Silly me, I'm so easy to persuade.

Moe "Lamebrain" Lane, Red State: "I’m tempted to start all my posts with “Herewith, a brief primer…”

Good idea, Moe. Your posts are so stupid, and this way no one will bother reading them. I didn't even read this one, and I usually like a good laugh.

Gateway Pundit: "New York Times book critic Dwight Garner on Wednesday enthused over a new biography of Friedrich Engels, cooing that Marxism is "back in vogue"

Thank you, Bush and Cheney. You made communism look good. Way to go, guys.

Michael M. Bates, Renew America: "If ObamaCare wins, Obama loses"

I'll tell you what, Mike: You go on believing that. I just hope you like surprises

Mike continues:

"If the president succeeds in imosing ObamaCare, it will be a Pyrrhic victory. All those Americans held in such contempt by the liberal establishment will be at the polls next year and in 2012. They'll remember how they were disrespected and ignored."

They'll remember how Obama gave them guaranteed health care, and they are going to take it out of his hide. That's a sure bet, alright. Like I say, you go on counting on that.

World Net Daily: "Tom Delay – proud 'birther"

Tom, Tom, Tom....A little late to the party, aren't you, guy? Everyone else already left.

William Tate, American Thinker: "Rather than looking to Massachusetts or Tennessee for examples of healthcare reform, why not look to Texas?"

Yeah. Good idea. Instead of having health care, just let people die in the street. That'll solve the problem alrighty.

Paul Schlichta, American Thinker: "We Need a Republican Response to ObamaCare"

Fat chance, buddy. Unless you count lying on your bellies and licking the feet of the insurance companies a plan.

Pamela Schuffert, American Holocaust: "because of the planned imposition of the toxic and deadly "VACCINES" for the alleged "SWINE FLU" pandemic coming, he and others predict that it may come to ALL OUT WAR by angry and protesting Americans against the US government/military intentions to impose this series of deadly vaccination. ALL OF THIS potentially means MARTIAL LAW."

Okay, we'll just go out on this one. Just think about this: If someone told you two years ago that people would be running around in the streets screaming that the president was an illegal immigrant communist Nazi Muslim who was planning on starting death panels to kill millions of people, you wouldn't have thought it was any more unlikely than what Pamela has to say here. At the rate that Republicans all seem to be succumbing to mad cow disease, in a couple of more years, the likes of Lou Dobbs will be inviting Pamela on every day for serious discussions about deadly vaccines.

And I'm going to be saying, "I told you so." Scant comfort, but Green Eagle takes pleasure in simple things.

What Happens when You Mix Antisemitism with Extreme Mental Deficiency?

I occasionally like to bring you news updates from a most interesting conservative site which does intensive historic investigations, constantly turning up information not generally known to the American people. For my own selfish reasons, this is one site I will not identify, but I am sure you will be enlightened by what they have to say:

"A stealth Jewish, Osama Bin Laden successfully created reasons for his fellow stealth Jew, G. W. Bush to invade Afghanistan, pretending to be a enemy to U.S.A. He was there, therefore, Bush could invade. He would appear in Syria next, then, Bush can invade Syria. An active CIA agent in charge of making Bush's crime excusable."

I always knew there was something funny about that Bin Laden guy. I guess they blew the timing on the Syria thing, huh? Bin Ladin is as big a screwup as Bush. I bet he's great at standup comedy, though. They should have had him in Funny People. Oh, those wacky yids.

"The king of Stealth Jewdom, David Rockefeller....conducted the whole 9-11 Operation and ordered his adjutant, G. W. Bush to pursue this war for Wall Street Jew and Zionist Jew."

And here, I never knew stealth Jews had a king. You learn something every day.


Abraham (Springstein) Lincoln
1. Abraham is a typical Jewish name. And there is some special reason why Lincoln carry such name. He was in fact a illegitimate son of A. A. Springs (Springstein), a Jewish millionaire in North Carolina. Springs was a Jewish businessman close with Rothschild.
2. Lincoln liberated African Americans after civil war. And at the same time discrimination on Jew was eliminated by Lincoln.


This is my favorite part today, and I'm sure it is yours too. Well I mean, who knew that Abraham Lincoln's real name was Abraham Springstein? This is the sort of information that changes my view of everything. Too bad, though, that he wasn't really named Springsteen- then, at least, no one would doubt that he was born in the USA.

The second part, though is the real clincher. Lincoln liberated the African Americans. I guess that proves he was a Jew. Who could argue with that?

Republicans Raise the Obstruction Standard Again

Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican point man on health care reform:

“We ought to be focusing on getting 80 votes.”

A few weeks ago, when Republicans suddenly went from 60 votes to stop a filibuster, to saying that the Democrats ought not to pass a bill with less than seventy votes, I predicted that, before this was over, they would be claiming that it was illegitimate for the Democrats to pass any major legislation with less than eighty votes. Well, here we are.

Any non-idiot knows full well that Republicans are never going to vote for health care reform, no matter how much it might benefit the American people. Obama will be raising the dead before he gets more than two or three Republican senators to vote with him, and I will be stunned if he even gets that many. They will try anything, fair or foul, to get their way (of course, I really mean the insurance companies' way.) There is no chance to get a meaningful bill with any Republican cooperation. The choice is Democratic success or bipartisan failure. Harry Reid and Barack, take your pick.

Bush Lied, the Press Ate it Up

Here's some information from Tom Ridge, Bush's first head of the Department of Homeland Security, from US News:

"Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was "blindsided" by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election..."

I have long maintained that the Bush administration did not give a tinkers' damn about our country's security, except insofar as it could use the threat of attack to beat up on Democrats. They didn't care before 9/11, as the record amply demonstrates, and they didn't really care afterwards. This information is just a little more evidence to support that conclusion, and my more general one that Republicans do not care in the least about the welfare of this country and its citizens. Only a fool could think differently at this point; unfortunately, the country seems amply provided with them.

Now, we have Marc Ambinder, one of our nation's "serious" journalists, writing in the Atlantic, one of our nation's "serious" publications:

"Journalists, including myself, were very skeptical when anti-Bush liberals insisted that what Ridge now says is true, was true. We were wrong. Our skepticism about the activists' conclusions was warranted because these folks based their assumptions on gut hatred for President Bush, and not on any evaluation of the raw intelligence."

I see. Liberals based their opposition to Bush of "gut hatred." Pretty good gut hatred too, I must say, as it was right in every respect.

This is, of course, a self-serving lie. The people who opposed Bush did so on the basis of knowledge gained from examining the facts. Mr. Ambinder and his cohorts in the press, well, let him speak in his own words:

"most journalists are going to give the government the benefit of some doubt..."

The Republican government, that is. I don't see them giving Obama much benefit of the doubt.

But of course, even this admission of a ludicrous abandonment of his responsibility as a journalist is far too mild. The truth was apparent to anyone who cared to see it. That's why the liberals were right, not some "gut hatred" that Ambinder telepathically detected in liberals' minds. Ambinder and the many like him did not "give the government the benefit of the doubt," they mindlessly repeated what they must have known were endless blatant lies from the Bush administration.

We have them to thank for the situation that our country is in, along with the corrupt, incompetent, hatemongering Republican party. And as much as they would like us to, we're not about to forget it.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

They're out in force today. It must be wingnut Walpurgisnacht or something.

Brian Faughnan, Red State: "Cash For Clunkers: EPIC FAIL"


This is because some auto dealers are unhappy with the Government being slow to send them their money. And that happened because the program was successful beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Success = Failure, at least when Democrats do it. Of course, we learned long ago from George W. Bush that when Republicans do it, Failure = Success. Remember Iraq?

Streiff, Red State: "Henry Waxman Goes Ballistic On Health Insurers"

And what was this emotional breakdown that Henry Waxman suffered?

"Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Bart Stupak (D-MI) have issued a letter to fifty of the nations largest health insurance providers asking for all manner of financial data."

He issued a letter. Sorry, Streiff, that isn't really what most people think of when they hear about someone "going ballistic." You've really got to put more effort into your lies. Maybe you just can't concentrate these days. After all, you don't even seem to be able to remember your other name.

Erick Erickson, Red State: "Stop the Abortion Mandate"

That should be easy, because, as this dick knows fully well, there is no "abortion mandate." Just another little Republican lie.

Well, at least Erick isn't having any trouble remembering his other name. It's the same as the first one.

Pam "Dumbass" Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "Barack "we are not a Christian nation" Obama is taking his national socialist healthcare to the churches. The man and his propaganda ministers are diabolical. How low can they go?"

How low can he go? To what despicable depths can he sink as a politician? Trying to enlist churches in furtherance of his political goals! No decent politician would ever think of such a thing!

Well, except for every single member of the Republican party, right? But, it's oka
y when they do it, they being so noble and religious and all.

Pam "even bigger dumbass" Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "O's strategy? ....attempting to ethnically cleanse Israel of the Jewish people."

He'll be bombing them with nerve gas any day now. You know what, Pammy? Jews aren't that dumb. Actually, no one is dumb enough to fall for that miserable lie, except you and your friends in the "let's see what crap we can get people to believe today" crowd.

Pam "My Dumbassness knows no limits" Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "Obama/Democrats to Americans: Drop Dead"

Maybe that will be their next campaign slogan: America: Drop Dead- Vote Democratic 2010. It does have a sort of ring to it.

Michael Reagan, Newsmax: "U.S. Politics Won’t be the Same without Bob Novak"

Thank the lord above. Now, if we could just get rid of Charles Krauthammer and David Broder.

Russ J. Allen, Renew America: "Comparing modern conservatives to Founding Fathers"

I wouldn't have thought that would take long, unless you dwell on the differences. But I don't think that's what he's up to. Here's a sample of his soaring prose:

"Are we going to win this battle against the demonic, Godless communists...?

I.e. Democrats. Listen, Russ, I don't think Washington and Jefferson were really concerned about demonic communists. Really. Here's another choice sentiment:

"
There is no difference between Newt Gingrich, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson and Mike Huckabee"

Jefferson, Gingrich....what's the difference? Has this man gone totally mad?

Neil Bryan Goldberg, Renew America: "What would Winston Churchill Say?"

Apparently this:

"... seeing America about to be overrun by unconscionable corruption, disgusting treason in almost every high place, our revered Constitution being used as a doormat, and thugs at public meetings trying to intimidate citizens "

Apparently, he suspects that, by this time, Churchill would have sunk into deep senility.

World Net Daily: "Fawning media: 'Obama now scared of own shadow' "

Oh no! Does that mean six more weeks of winter?

World Net Daily: "Is Marxism the rule in your kid's school?"

Not mine. Mostly the rule there is goofing off and not doing your homework. As far as I can tell, anyway. And I don't think that is the same as Marxism. Unless you consider it a sort of general strike.

World Net Daily: "Obama, Congress to decide when you die?"

You know what? As slow as congress does everything else, that might not be such a bad idea. We'll all live to 150.

Center for a Just Society: "Is Education Next?"

What, after Government offers medical insurance they are going to start offering education too? Is there no end to their plans to cynically interfere in our lives?

Well, what have we learned today? We've discovered that Democrats are emotionally unstable, ethnic cleansing, America hating, corrupt, treasonous, thuggish communist demons. On the other hand, conservatives are exactly, totally, perfectly like our founding fathers, especially when they are violently shouting down anyone who dares express an opinion different than theirs.

I bet they don't teach that in those Marxist government schools.

Time to Give Up (On the Republicans)

Here's a wonderful quote from D-Day at Hulabaloo:

"The NYT reports that "Democrats Seem Set to Go It Alone on a Health Bill". In plain English, this means that "Democrats want a health bill." There was never going to be Republican support for anything calling itself health reform that Democrats and the President would support. You could whittle and whittle and whittle the bill down to nothing and it wouldn't matter. Somebody in Washington finally figured this out..."

Don't we all know that this is true? The Republican party has totally abandoned even the pretense of working for the American people. All they care about is their own power, and kissing the asses of the rich in order to pry loose enough money to keep themselves in power. As far as they are concerned, millions of Americans can drop dead in the streets, as long as the ability of insurance companies to rob us blind is not impaired.

The great national story of the last couple of decades has been the Republican abandonment of the slightest shred of responsibility to our country, when it stands in the way of what the rich want; and the contemptible, disgusting lengths they have been willing to go to, to see that their masters are served.

Of course it is a story which can find no place in our "liberal" media, so Republicans are free to spread their lies, whether about Saddam, or about death panels, or socialism, or whatever other filthy smear serves their purpose, without the slightest fear that the press will bother to notice what is right in front of their faces every day of their lives. It's just fine to behave this way, if you're a Republican.

Well, you know what? Let's pass a good health care bill without one second of cooperation from the Republicans, and then let them unleash the "nuclear war" they've been promising, if the Democrats dare enact legislation with nothing more than a majority vote. Perhaps the nauseating spectacle they will put on will be enough to focus the country's attention on the miserable, infantile behavior which is their party's stock in trade.

Barney Frank Speaks Sense

Here's Barney Frank at a Town Hall, speaking the most sense I have heard in a long time:

"On what planet do you spend most of your time?" Frank asked the woman, who had stepped up to the podium at a southeastern Massachusetts senior center to ask why Frank supports what she called a Nazi policy.

"Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it," Frank replied.

He continued by saying her ability to deface an image of the president and express her views "is a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated."

It's about time for all Democrats to state the obvious truth about these ignorant, evil minded dupes.

Of course, to read the right wing media, it's Barney Frank that was out of line, not this disgusting woman.

Well, who cares? Thanks very much, Barney. We appreciate it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

News From Israel that You Will Like

Having spent a good bit of time in Israel, I often read their newspaper Haaretz. Normally I'm after middle eastern news, but I have a special treat from them today. It seems that our great friend Orly Taitz is visiting there, and as you would expect, she can't keep her mouth shut:

"Taitz, who argues that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is building internment camps for "anti-Obama dissidents," said that on the road in the United States "people have shown me they want to have guns so they aren't rounded up into FEMA camps," a scenario which she says the Obama administration is planning.

Taitz's recent brush with fame and Google infamy (she says for a short period of time last month she and the birther movement placed in the top two of Google queries behind Obama himself) seem to have inspired her to campaign against a series of threats she feels are facing the United States, from FEMA-run interment camps for dissidents to Venezuela President Hugo Chavez's bulk investment in voting machines in Obama's home state, Illinois. Taitz sees as no coincidence in these events.

In a classic, Americana twist, the matriarch of the birthers has not ruled out her own stint in politics. "You know I never ran for office, but I would not exclude this as a possibility."

Just thought you'd like to know that her colossal humiliation over the Kenyan "birth certificate" hasn't slowed her down one bit. That's our little Orly.

And by the way, does every right wing lunatic in the country think they belong in some public office? Too bad she's foreign born. I'd love to see an Orly Taitz/Joe the Plumber presidential ticket. Wouldn't you? Well, maybe Secretary of Defense.

What a world, huh?

Legal Reasoning at its Finest

Our brilliant legal scholar and life-long appointee to the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, at his finest, in a recent case:

"This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is "actually" innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged "actual innocence" is constitutionally cognizable."

First, let me get this out of the way: Antonin Scalia is a truly evil man, a monster in human form without the least understanding of what the word "justice" might mean; a deeply corrupt man who participated proudly in saddling our country with the worst presidential administration in our history, and a criminal who has no guiding principle in his decisions but abject toadying to the rich. He is no more than filth.

I could go on here, but I guess you get my point. Now on to what I really have to say.

When you hear things like this, does it just possibly, maybe make you think that it isn't the most horrible, abusive, un-American thing on earth, for a Supreme Court Justice to have a little empathy with those who come before him or her?

Just asking.

Wingnut Wrapup

Another load of idiocy, on schedule, from our intellectually challenged friends:

Phyllis Schlafly, Town Hall: "What happened in Guadelajara?"

Phyllis, I don't want to know. I suspect it involved Phyllis, a bottle of Tequila and a donkey.

Chuck Norris, Town Hall: "Dirty Secret in Obamacare"

Listen, Chuck: If you know about it, just how secret could it be?

Town Hall Editorial: "Robert Novak: A Principled and First-Rate Journalist "

Sorry. I know about De Mortuis and all that, but the guy was a malicious, lying asshole.

Erick Erickson, Red State: "Is Glenn Beck TV’s Obi Wan Kenobi?"

No, Erick, he isn't. Admittedly, as deluded as he is, you might suspect he lives all by himself on another planet. But, give him a light saber and the first thing he would do would be to cut his foot off.

And by the way, Erick, do you know how stupid that question of yours sounds? No, I guess not.

Powerline: (Oswald) Mosley would no doubt be gratified by the extent to which his party's socialist vision of government control over the health care industry has become the policy of the current administration here in the U.S.

Oswald Mosley, for those of you who don't know, was Britain's foremost supporter of the Nazis during the thirties, and World War II. Did the National Front (the organization he headed, and the home of the original skinheads) really believe in the same sort of medical care program as Obama? Of course not. Still, if you are going to claim that Obama is a Nazi, you are going to have to tell a few lies along the way, right?

What a pathetic bunch of fools conservatives are.

Brent Littlefield, Pajamas Media: "Liberalism: Because We Know What's Best For You"

Conservatism: Because we know what's best for US. To hell with you.

Frank J. Fleming, Pajamas Media; "Aren't They Getting Tired of Calling Obama Opponents Racist?"

Actually we're pretty tired of Obama opponents being racists. That's really what we're tired of. Just to answer your question.

Gateway Pundit: "Leftist Organization AARP Loses 60,000 Members Over Obamacare"

AARP. Leftist. Someone left their political compass out of their pockets this morning.

Cary Roberts, Renew America: "Does feminism portend the rise of a new master race?"

Oh God. What an idiot. No, Cary, Feminism does not portend the rise of a new master race. Is this another pathetic attempt to call Democrats Nazis, or is it simple garden variety psychosis? I guess we'll never know.

Wes Vernon, Renew America: "The Palin pile-on regarding the "death panel" issue was overwhelming and all out of proportion to whatever "offense" the former Alaska governor had inflicted by the mere statement of her analysis following a careful reading of a House bill on health "reform."

Her "analysis following a careful reading of a House bill." You're joking, right? You mean her preposterous lies, based on not reading the bill at all, and her compulsive desire to out-demoagogue anyone on earth. You mean her obvious belief that her own political career is more important than trying to act rationally about one of the greatest problems facing our country. You mean her decision that profits for insurance companies are far more important than millions of real American lives that are in danger because of inadequate health care.

You see, Wes. that kind of behavior deserves a "pile-on." As for "analysis following a careful reading," don't make me laugh.

World Net Daily: "Exclusive: Hilmar von Campe compares his experience under Hitler to today's America"

Should be a short article. Here we go again with the Nazi nonsense.

By the way, who is this Hilmar von Campe? He is an ex- Hitler Jugund member who is now a sort of captive pet of World Net Daily. Here is a single sample of Hilmar's sage political wisdom. Talking about Augusto Pinochet, he said: "(Pinochet) shows that "being a ruthless military dictator who liquidated opponents is not necessarily a bad thing."

Of course not. Actually, I would think that Hilmar would be very happy with the idea that Obama is just like Hitler, wouldn't you?

World Net Daily: "Huckabee supports Israeli settlements Says Jews should live wherever they want in own country"

Huck, I know you are a Republican and therefore have a very limited knowledge of the mideast, but maybe you should check into this: The settlements are not in Israel. That's why they call them settlements, instead of towns or cities. So here's an idea: in the future, keep your stupid, malicious thoughts to yourself.

Linda Chavez, Human Events: "Who's un-American?"

Guess who? Democrats. Surprised? No, I didn't think you would be.

Carrie Lukas, Town Hall: " Government-Run Health Care Is the Antithesis of Real Feminism"

Oh, can it, Carrie. Some kinds of stupidity are just too deep to be worth wasting your time on. By the way, as if you gave a damn about feminism.

Rachel Marsden, Town Hall: " What Obama's Vacation Tells Us"

Apparently, the fact that he didn't spend it pretending to clear brush on a pig farm/bogus ranch paid for by the Republican party, and pretending that he is a cowboy, proves that there is something deeply wrong with him. No comment, I notice, on how much time he spends on vacation. Wonder why that might be?

Ted Nugent, in an e-mail to the Texas Monthly: "The editor is wrong to try and muzzle my opinions."

Yeah, Ted, but he could make a pretty good case for muzzling your ignorant, violent right wing ravings. When you have anything that could be dignified with the description "opinion," maybe we could take thie issue up again.

And that's it for today, except to note that I am getting damned sick of hearing about Democrats being Nazis.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tantrum

I'm going to stick my neck out here. Maybe it's just me, but I have had this sense the last couple of days that the Republican temper tantrum is wearing itself out.

Soon they'll be ready for a nice long nap, and then the rest of us can get back to taking care of the business of the country. Won't that be nice?

Wingnut Wrapup

It's just spectacular to watch the unbelievable self delusion that's necessary to maintain one's status as a conservative in good standing. Examples are all around us, and today is no exception:

Sher Zieve, Renew America: "Since the early days of man — let alone Washington D.C. — there has been corruption and evil-purposed people. But, the level and sheer extent of these that now exist in our nation's capitol is staggering"

Uh huh. Corruption beyond previous human experience. Beyond Mugabe. Beyond Idi Amin. Beyond Marcos and Peron. Beyond the Saudi kings. Beyond the fabled Farouk. Beyond the rulers of Mexico and Guatemala and El Salvador. Beyond the tyrants of ancient times.

No examples, of course, except the massive corruption involved in Democrats winning elections and then trying to pass the legislation that was the reason people voted for them. I guess not doing what Repubicans want is the most corrupt thing on earth.

Wes Vernon, Renew Amereica: "This past week, we have witnessed a brainwashing campaign worthy of Pravda from the old Soviet Union. The very ferocity of an Obamacare chorus could not have been more emphatic if it had been coordinated."

Evidence for that one? Well, Obama just won't stop campaigning for his bill, even though Republicans all around the country have told him over and over again to SHUT UP and GO HOME! And he keeps saying things that Republicans DON'T WANT TO HEAR! MY FINGERS ARE IN MY EARS! LA LA LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR YOU! YOU CAN'T BRAINWASH ME!

Selwyn Duke, Renew America: "For all intents and purposes, politically liberal blacks are by definition bigoted. This is true virtually to a man."

Oh God. I don't even want to touch that one. Selwyn, you are a pig.

Jamie Freeze, Renew America: "You know Communism has failed when you're out of toilet paper"

Okay, whatever.

Actually, I only brought up this article because I loved Jamie's account of her massive qualifications:

"Jamie Freeze received battlefield experience in the war of ideology while attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (aka UNC-Gomorrah). While earning a bachelor's degree in political science and history, she served as Vice President of the College Republicans and was the lone conservative opinion columnist for The Carolinian, UNCG's student newspaper. After surviving college without becoming a liberal, she graduated in 2009 and is currently working toward a law degree at Regent University."

Talk about the jokes writing themselves. Well, at least Jamie is preparing herself well for the future. In the next Bush administration.

James Farah, World Net Daily: "Let's talk about "national socialism" – because that, indeed, is exactly what Barack Obama and his friends in the Congress are actively promoting and enacting in America today. "

Here come the Nazis again. God, what will it take to make this guy go away? Speaking of which:

World Net Daily: "Obama's MySpace page: I'm 52 years old, not 48 Would place president's birth during time Hawaii was a territory"

But of course, he had the foresight to have his birth certificate post dated by four years, and waited until he was four to have the notices of his birth published in the Honolulu papers, just in case he ever ran for president. Actually, that's the kind of planning in advance that we need in a leader, don't you think?

Red State: "Health care is not a privilege, like driving a car or owning a certain kind of shoes. Health care is a right, like the right to leave and go elsewhere. But as no one need pick up a hitchhiker, no one need provide anyone else with medical care. The right to health care implies only that the government must not interfere with our attempts to care for ourselves and others. It does not mean that the government should provide care to anyone, except to prisoners of war and other wards of the State."

I think I've got it now: The right to health care is actually the right to not have anyone give you health care. That way, we can "care for ourselves," i.e. continue to be robbed blind by insurance companies for the rest of our lives. Thanks for that insight, Red State.

By the way, I think this is one of the most irrational statements I've ever read. And I see a lot of them every day.

Roger Kimball, Pajamas Media: "Obama’s Orwellian Hate Fest"

Once again, consisting of not doing what the Republicans want. By the way, talk about projection.

National Review Online: "Rationing and Rationality There are many reasons to prefer rationing by price to rationing by politics"

Particularly if you can afford the price. And you enjoy being ripped off. Otherwise, maybe you'd like the government to be involved

Victor Davis Hansen, National Review Online: "Barack Obama was to be the new FDR and his radical agenda an even better New Deal. What happened..."

Oh, I don't know, Victor. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Roosevelt had sixteen years, and Obama's only had six months. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that, even back then, Republicans were nothing but a bunch of greedy dicks, but at least they weren't violent anti-American lunatics like they are today. Maybe that would explain it.

Or maybe it's just that you are really stupid. Like everyone else that makes their way into Wingnut Wrapup.