Saturday, October 31, 2009

Jerkwatch- Day 6

Joe Lieberman:

"I feel relevant,'' Lieberman said in a conference call with a handful of Connecticut reporters this afternoon.

"I've taken this position [on health care reform] because I believe it,'' he said."

Sure, Joe. The only thing that you believe is that God sent you here to rescue the world, by stabbing your former friends in the back every chance they get. If there was ever a time when you did something because you believe in it, that time ended years ago. Now, you're just another corrupt, self important little weasel, just like all of your new Republican buds. Enjoy it while it lasts, Joe. There's a place waiting in the hereafter for people like you.

Opt In

As many of you know, in an effort to make the public option palatable to the moronic blue dogs, the administration is considering a provision that is called "opt out." That means that Republican politicians in any state which has left them in charge could decide not to participate in the public plan. We here at Green Eagle are all for this provision, as it will provide us with the magnificent spectacle of Republicans telling their constituents that they can't have the same health insurance as people who elected Democrats to run their states. That should provide us all with a good deal of innocent entertainment.

However, always diligent in the study of mindless opposition, the Republicans and, well, you know who (I'm talking to you, Ben) have come up with a new idea: Opt in.

Sounds almost the same, doesn't it? Just a minor change- now state governments would just have to vote to participate instead of voting not to participate, right?

In case you haven't already figured this out for yourself, here is what it means. After waiting sixty years for a medical system that is a shadow of that enjoyed by the entire rest of the industrialized world, and after enduring eight months of tantrums, synthetic demonstrations, lies, smears, red-baiting like we haven't seen in decades, and every other miserable tactic the Republicans have, we would finally win this immense victory for the American people, only to now have to fight the very same fight against the same crooked politicians, insurance industry funded "popular" demonstrations, manipulated fools screaming about socialism, threats, lies and all of the rest of it, in every single state.

That's democracy, Republican style. Anything is fair as long as they get their way. Oops, did I say their way? I mean the way of the corporations and super rich who pay to keep them in power.

Who Visited Dover?

As further evidence that being a lying scum is an inheritable condition (as if Jonah Goldberg and Bill Kristol hadn't proven that beyond doubt) we have Liz Cheney parading herself on national TV.

Her latest exercise in shameful behavior centers around the recent visit by President Obama to Dover Air Force Base, to honor war dead as their caskets were returned to this country.

"LIZ CHENEY (RADIO AUDIO): I don't know why he went to Dover. I mean, I think that clearly it is very important for a commander-in-chief, whenever he can in whatever way it possible, to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers, our fallen military folks. But, I think, you know, what President Bush used to do was to do it without the cameras..."

And without the trip, too. As this poor excuse for a human being must be aware, neither military deserter President Bush not her sainted father, draft dodging Vice President Cheney, ever went to Dover for this purpose. Do I need to explain that? NEVER. That would be not ever, Liz, as you perfectly well knew when you told this despicable lie.

Liz adds to her shame:

"But, it was a surprising way for the President to choose to do it."

Of course, Liz, it was not surprising at all that the President and Vice President who are responsible for this miserable failure of a war never "chose to do it" at all. Their goal was to have the American people not notice in any way that their sons and brothers were being killed in Bush's war.

So in the end, you are left with what Republicans are always left with to defend their actions: lies and smears. Thanks a lot for your contribution to our national debate, Liz.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Now, One of the Most Predictable Stories Ever

From Yahoo:

"WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney told the FBI he had no idea who leaked to the news media that Valerie Plame, wife of a Bush administration critic, worked for the CIA.

Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI in the probe of who leaked Plame's identity to the news media.

Cheney's denials that he talked about Plame are among the few things in the lengthy interview with the FBI that Cheney appeared certain about.

Evidence at Libby's criminal trial showed that Cheney had told Libby about Wilson's wife in mid-June 2003.

The vice president advised the agents that he had no idea what Libby knew on the days before Plame's CIA identity was publicly revealed."

I.e. he lied without a shred of compunction to agents investigating an act of treason.

I wonder if Republicans (and Joe Lieberman) will show as much outrage about this as when Bill Clinton supposedly lied about his blow job?

Wingnut Wrapup

Again, after a day of nothing, another day barely worth the trouble. However, trouble means nothing to Green Eagle, whose efforts never flag, despite the obvious massive decrease in detectable brain activity among conservatives (who would have thought that was even possible?)

Well, here goes:

Sandy Rios, Town Hall: "Marriage in Maine: Why We’d Better Fight"

Because we need to hate someone, and there aren't enough black people in Maine?

David Limbaugh, Town Hall: "The Public Option Is Not an Option"

Right you are, David. You're getting it, like it or not. And no matter how much you get paid to try to stop it. No matter what you did, you just couldn't convince people that grave illness is more fun when you combine it with bankruptcy.

Freedom Works: "Dems. are their own worst enemy"

You guys used to be our worst enemy, until you all went kablooie. Now all we have to worry about is Max Baucus and Joe Lieberman. And as disgusting as they are, at least they can't start any more useless wars.

So, all things considered, I'll take it this way.

John Hinderaker, Power Line: "Under the House bill, it is scarcely an exaggeration to say that health insurance companies are no longer in the insurance business."

Say that again, John, please. That's the happiest thing I've heard all week. No, really. I didn't believe things could work out so well for the American people.

Power Line: "Professor John Mueller is a political scientist at Ohio State who has a timely new book out. The book is Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda. Mueller's novel thesis is that we've been worrying far too much about nuclear proliferation. According to Isarel Lobby co-author Stephen Walt of Harvard, Atomic Obsession "is the most reassuring book ever written about nuclear weapons..."

The most patently ludicrous and false book, but also the most reassuring. If you enjoy believing lies.

John Hawkins, Pajamas Media: "Levi Johnston Is Trash, Plain and Simple"

So is the mother of his kid, and her mother too (get who I'm referring to here, guy?) They're all trash. At least Levi didn't try to shove himself down our throats as our vice president.

Gateway Pundit: "Patriot Joe Lieberman will back Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections."

Boy, that will help them. Mr. Pundit, there is no one on earth that gives a damn about Joe or his pronouncements. You are welcome to him. He'll fit in fine with the rest of you corrupt, lying Republicans.

Grover Norquist, Newsmax: "House Healthcare Bill Uses 'Tax' 87 Times"

In 1900 pages. Not so much, really. Now, if it had said "Republicans are congenital liars owned by the rich" 87 times, that would be interesting.

Chris Adamo, Renew America: "Can Republicans pander their way into leadership?"

Why not give it a try, Chris? It's worked for Republicans so many times before.

C. Edmund Wright, American Thinker: "Health insurance is too cheap and covers too much. Really."

Chris, you are at once the biggest, and most pathetic, right wing liar of the day. Really.

Rick Moran, American Thinker: "WaPo analysis shows at least a billion in stim money going to shady contractors. A little graft, a little corruption - who's counting when we're creating and "saving" jobs?"

I seem to remember tens of billions of Iraq money going to Halliburton, Blackwater, et. al. What I don't remember is you guys complaining about that, Rick. Had a sudden moral conversion, have we?

What Can They Be Thinking?

Here's a chart of a Pew Research poll of opinions about news networks:


















All I can say is, this country is in a hell of a lot of trouble when 14% of the people think Fox News is too liberal. What kind of crazy morons are they, and how much damage are they going to do before they go back to sleep in their teapots?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Disaster Averted.

The News Today:

"NEW YORK – Stocks logged their best day in three months as investors rushed into the market on word the economy grew faster than expected during the summer.

The Commerce Department's report that gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter reinvigorated investors..."

I.e. the recession is over.

Barack Obama and the Democrats made the tough decisions, and brought the economy back from the near-death state created by conservative economic cant.

Think anyone on the other side of the aisle will give Obama one shred of credit for this feat?

Republicans create disasters, and Democrats fix them. That's how it has been since Teddy Roosevelt had the sense to quit the Republican party. The endless catastrophic consequences of their actions seem to never teach them that their joint policies of belligerence abroad and pandering to the rich at home are not such a good idea.

At least, until Republicans manage to wreck things again, we seem to have reponsible people running things.

Day Three

Of Joe Lieberman is a Nauseating Jerk Watch.

Sorry, Orly

Via TPM, the really important news of the day:

"A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed one of Orly Taitz's birther lawsuits, saying it would be unconstitutional for the courts to "effectively overthrow a sitting president."

You go, girl.

Orly's string of defeats is beginning to make her look like that other famous Southern California institution, the L. A. Clippers. At least the Clippers win sometimes. And Orly doesn't even get a shot at the draft lottery as a reward for losing.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

For Your Information

I'm not sure you are aware of this, but it's another day, and Joe Lieberman is still a disgusting, lying pig.

More Change We Can Believe In

From an e-mail from Sen. Patrick Leahy:

"In July, I asked you to urge my congressional colleagues to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to tackle the scourge of hate crime in America. Thanks to the efforts of more than 10,000 LeahyForVermont.com activists, this long-overdue anti-hate crime legislation is finally law.


That's why I introduced the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act to strengthen federal anti-hate crime laws to cover crimes motivated by gender, disability status, or sexual orientation.

Last week the Senate passed it as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act, and I was proud to visit the White House to witness President Obama signing it into law earlier today."

Thank you, Senator Leahy, and thank you, President Obama.

Anyone who thinks this would have happened under President Saint McCain, and Boehner and McConnell- well they're crazy.

Wingnut Wrapup

A rather poor showing today. After yesterday's miserable performance, I thought we might see some bargain hunting today, but apparently wingnut confidence remains at a low ebb.

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall: "The FCC Will Shut You Up"

Yeah, Michelle, but will they shut you up? That would be change we can believe in.

Tony Blankley, Town Hall: "GOP Must Not Vote 'Present' on Our Future"

Oh no, Tony. They're doing so much better voting 'Absent.'

Neil Stevens, Red State: "There are two kinds of Republicans"

Yeah, crooked ones and dumb ones. Everyone knows that.

E. Ralph Hostettler, Newsmax: "Obama Failures Will Lead to Conservative Revolution"

Hold your breath waiting for that, Ralph. Really. We like to see people turn blue.

Phil Brennan, Newsmax: "Sarah Palin Is a Unifier for the Republican Party"

What's left of it. You go, Sarah.

Tim Dunkin, Renew America: "It's reality check time for the Republican "leadership"

Reality? Republicans? The only reality check they are up for is when they check their reality at the door.

Not that they had much reality to begin with.

James Lewis, American Thinker: "Narcissistic Rage in the White House"

This is about the War on Fox, of course. Here's a new entry from the English-Republican dictionary. "Narcisstic Rage" translates as "Telling the Truth."

It's so simple when you have the book.

The Astute Bloggers: "THE USA HAS THE MOST ENERGY RESERVES OF ANY NATION ON EARTH"

Talk about living in a dream world, huh? I won't bore you with the unique combination of self delusion and fact-inventing that it took to come to this conclusion, but you might like to read the following equally delusional comment from the same article:

"If we could get rid of the Democrat majorities in Congress, then all of our economic problems would vanish."

Astute Bloggers, huh? Here's another definition from the Republican-English dictionary: "Astute" translates as "Unbelievably dishonest." There. That explains a lot, huh?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Lib Talker Defends Obama’s Dismal Afghan Record By Claiming Cheney Eats Babies"

The Astute Bloggers: "Leftist Radio Is Pretty Sick: "Dick Cheney Drinks the Blood of Muslim or Jewish Babies"
Mike Malloy tried to start a blood libel about ... Dick Cheney."

Just a couple of examples of this "story" today. First of all, do you guys think that Mike Malloy is really trying to convince anyone that Dick Cheney actually eats babies?

Wait....Now that I think about that, it isn't really so implausible. Maybe it is true....

Thanks for the tip, Mike.

A Good Suggestion- You Start, Joe

Joseph Farah, at World Net Daily today:

"First of all, the climate changes– and there's nothing man can do about it.

That's not to say there is nothing we can do to save the planet. There is.

This planet is doomed.

But it's not because of what we eat, how we light our homes or what kinds of pets we keep.
There is something from which we can abstain that will make all our lives better and save us from destruction.
What's that? What can we give up to ward off the coming judgment?

We can give up sin."

Good Idea there, Joseph. How about you start- by giving up lying.

A Reminder About Vietnam

From a book review in the Weekly Standard:

"A brilliant young scholar with a Cambridge doctorate who is currently teaching at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Moyar is representative of a small but increasingly influential revisionist school that rejects the fundamental orthodox premise that America's involvement in Vietnam was wrongheaded and unjust."

This war of aggression, in which the United States murdered somewhere between 2 and 4 million innocent civilians, is too important an event to allow Conservative warmongers to get away with telling this sort of lie. Here are a few excerpts from the Final Declaration of the Geneva Conference of 1954, and its Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities in Vietnam, from the same year.

"A provisional military demarcation line shall be fixed, on either side of which the forces of the two parties shall be regrouped after their withdrawal, the forces of the People's Army of Viet-Nam to the north of the line and the forces of the French Union to the south."

"...the military demarcation line should not in any way be interpreted as constituting a political or territorial boundary."

I.e. the United States claim that there existed two seperate countries, North Vietnam and South Vietnam, and that we were free to aid the latter to fight the former, was pure propaganda. These two supposed countries existed only in the minds of the American leaders and the dupes in this country who supported the war.

"In order to insure that sufficient progress in the restoration of peace has been made, and that all the necessary conditions obtain for free expression of the national will, general elections shall be held in July 1956..."

Elections which the United States prevented, because Eisenhower and Dulles knew that the Vietnamese were going to elect someone we didn't like. So much for democracy.

"With effect from the date of entry into force of the present Agreement, the introduction into Viet-Nam of any troop reinforcements and additional military personnel is prohibited.

With effect from the date of entry into force of the present Agreement, the introduction into Viet- Nam of any reinforcements in the form of all types of arms, munitions and other war material, such as combat aircraft, naval craft, pieces of ordnance jet engines and jet weapons and armoured vehicles, is prohibited.

With effect from the date of entry into force of the present Agreement, the establishment of new military bases is prohibited throughout Viet-Nam territory.

With effect from the date of entry into force of the present Agreement, no military base under the control of a foreign State may be established in the regrouping zone of either party; the two parties shall ensure that the zones assigned to them do not adhere to any military alliance and are not used for the resumption of hostilities or to further an aggressive policy.

The commanders of the Forces of the two parties shall ensure that persons under their respective commands who violate any of the provisions of the present Agreement are suitably punished."

Our presence in Vietnam during the ensuing twenty years represented a flagrant violation of all of the above.

In summation, the United States aggression against the people and country of Vietnam was an illegal act of war, involving extensive war crimes and wanton destruction. The result of all this wasted, and very malignant, effort is that by the end, our side controlled only a tiny part of the area of Vietnam, and much of that only during the day. It was an evil chapter in our history, with absolutely no redeeming elements. I, for one, am not content to allow that to be forgotten.




It's a Plan

Michelle Bachmann:

"To hear the Democrats and most of the mainstream media you would think that Republicans are not bringing any alternatives to the health care debate. That couldn’t be further from the truth."

You're right, Michelle. The Republican health plan: "pay or die in the street."

The Perfect Description

of Lieberman. From Kos:

"When my daughter was born, my then-3-year-old son clearly felt neglected, as first children always do in such situations. And as always happens, my son started acting up in a play for attention. In his case, he regressed on his potty training, crapping his pants."

Truth in Lending- Atrios Style

Atrios has this to say (very correctly, as always) this morning, in reference to a typically dimwitted Washington Post article:

"This article says that "subprime mortgages that helped spark the crisis." No they didn't. They were an early warning signal, and if anyone had given a shit people would've realized that banks had completely abandoned responsible underwriting."

I just wanted to add that there is a name for this phenomenon: deregulation, i.e. Reaganomics. It was largely illegal for this sort of thing to happen, from the time of the Great Depression, until Ronald Reagan got his hands on our economic system. Then, his conservative "ideology," which was nothing but an cover for letting the very rich do anything they want, created the inevitable current economic disaster.

As usual, Republicans are working as hard as they can to blame it all on the Democrats, while leaving it to them to make the hard decisions necessary to reverse things. It is way past time that we stopped playing this game. The same forces, unleashed deliberately by Republican tools of big business, caused the depression and the Reagan-Bush collapse. Only the remnants of Roosevelt era regulations prevented this recession from ending up as bad as the 1929-33 Republican collapse. Allowing conservatives to shout down this obvious truth is only to invite a third such event.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A First

For the first time since I started this blog, my daily perusal of right wing internet sites produced absolutely nothing worth noticing. Not one single memorable comment.

They really are beaten creatures, lying lifeless on the side of the road. Let's give them the treatment they deserve, before the mainstream media find a way to bring their corpses back to life.

By the Way,

Did I mention that Joe Lieberman is a subhuman scum?

I did? Oh. Sorry to bring it up again.

The Biggest Scum in the Whole World

Dick Cheney? No. Rush Limbaugh? No. Dennis Rodman? No.

From Talking Points Memo, this inevitable story:

"Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) told reporters today that he would in fact filibuster any health care bill he doesn't agree with--and right now, he doesn't agree with the public option proposal making its way through the Senate."

The one thing that could send everything down the tubes. Exactly what I have been afraid of all along. This pathetic, disgusting excuse for a human being is going to put his own anger and revenge ahead of the health of millions of Americans.

There is no principle here, no honor. We all know this is not being done out of any shred of belief. Joe Lieberman hates the Democratic party for not recognizing him as their holy, annointed leader and messiah (even though he's as much of a Democrat as Francisco Franco.) And he is determined to sabotage them to pay them back for not bowing to him in obesiance.

Has he betrayed the American people enough now? Out with him. The Deomcrats might as well make Newt Gingrich one of their leaders. It is time that this creature be taught a lesson, that there is a price to pay for this kind of behavior. If there is, Harry.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dems are Cramming Again

Here's a perfect example of the kind of deluded and dishonest thinking that conservatives use to support their claims, from Donald Douglas, Orange County resident, junior college professor of political science (!) and notorious internet jerk:


"Dems to Cram 'Public Option' Down Throat of American Public
As far as I'm concerned, the public option was defeated last summer, when conservatives protested Democratic health policy at town hall forums around the nation. Reputable polls continue to show tepid support for a government run health plan, which is why papers like the Washington Post have published bogus polls to help the Democrats deceive the American people."

Ooh.

Let's run through that again, this time with notes:

"Dems to Cram 'Public Option' Down Throat of American Public "

That's Republican for "pass in Congress by getting a majority of votes." The Iraq invasion, for example, wasn't "crammed down" the throats of the American public, they were lied into it, which is just fine if you are a Republican.

"As far as I'm concerned, the public option was defeated last summer, when conservatives protested Democratic health policy at town hall forums around the nation."

Donald, apparently, although you claim to be a professor of political science, you have not yet come to understand this thing called "Congress," or the notion of "passing a bill." Actually, Donald, bills can pass even when a whole bunch of ignorant conservative dupes protested against them. I guess you never knew that. Or that tantrums don't magically increase the number of Senators you have.

"Reputable polls continue to show tepid support for a government run health plan,"

Or, as Donald points out:

"Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters nationwide say guaranteeing that no one is forced to change their health insurance coverage is a higher priority than giving consumers the choice of a "public option" health insurance company."

Donald, apparently you didn't notice that the Democratic health care plan gives people a "public option" and does not force anyone to change their health insurance. That makes your evidence pretty irrelevant. So everyone wins. Except you. And the insurance companies.

"
which is why papers like the Washington Post have published bogus polls to help the Democrats deceive the American people."

Donald's evidence from another right wing blog with as much a respect for the truth as his own:

"My first clue that the new WaPo/ABC poll had big problems in its sampling came from question 38 of the raw data released by ABC last night, the generic Congressional ballot. Most polls have that within the margin of error; both Rasmussen and Pew have it at a dead heat. The WaPo/ABC survey has Democrats winning that matchup by twelve points, 51%/39%.

That tends to discredit much of what the Post reports this morning: The sampling comprises 33% Democrats, as opposed to only 20% Republicans."

Research 2000 weekly tracking poll, last Friday:

Positive Negative Change
DEMOCRATIC PARTY:42 (41)50 (51)+2
REPUBLICAN PARTY:20 (21)67 (67)-1

Donald, the Washington Post was doing you a favor. Quit complaining.


Harry Reid, Bully

Courtesy of TPM, where there is more, from the Republican response to Harry Reid's announcement that the health care reform bill will include a public option:

"A primary reason Harry Reid is one of the most endangered incumbents facing re-election in either party next year is due to the fact that he is viewed by many of his constituents as a partisan bully."

Harry Reid, partisan bully. Which, apparently, consists, if you are a Democrat, of passing legislation when you are the majority party.

Well, Harry, I've called you many things here at Green Eagle, but partisan bully was never one of them.

I kind of like it. You go, guy.

Wingnut Wrapup

As usual, these days, it's taken several days to put together a decent collection of this idiocy. I think these guys might have overdosed on teabags. We'll take the first two items together:

Meredith Jessup, Town Hall: "Obama Thesis = Communist Manifesto, Part Deux"

Little Pammy Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "Excerpts from Obama's Columbia Thesis Reveals America's Worst Nightmare is in the Oval Office"

And it did, too! At least the phony satire Obama thesis which no wingnut columnist bothered to check, to see if it was real. No apologies or retractions yet- don't hold your breath.

Red State: "News Flash: Obama Sucks At His Job"

Classy there, guys. That's the kind of in-depth conservative political analysis we here at Green Eagle have come to appreciate so much. Where would we be without you?

Erick Erickson, Red State: "White House attacks worry moderate Democrats"

Not one single example of a moderate Democrat worried by White House attacks. But he does have a long list of democratic representatives that he wants people to call to harass them over this "issue."

Erick Erickson, Red State: "By the time you read this, a lot of ink and air time will have been spent on this Politico article suggesting that the Republicans tremble when conservatives like Rush, Hannity, Beck, or even me says something."

Sorry, Erick. No one trembles when you say something. They laugh.

Power Line: "We've known for some time that Obama and his operatives have no class. This is apparent, for example, from the fact that Obama has never been able to say a positive word about his predecessor."

What would that positive word be? He wore nice shoes? He only dropped his dog sometimes?

World Net Daily: "Impeachment: The media react"

By ignoring you.

Diana West, Town Hall: "Stop nation-building, just save our way of life"

Nation-building: bad under Clinton, great under Bush (along with nation-destroying,) bad again under Obama. Notice a pattern there?

Moe Lane, Red State: "West Virginian Democrats shocked at War on Coal."

War on coal? Can our military handle a two-front war? After all, it's time for the fall offensive in the War on Christmas.

Little Pammy Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "Old Guard GOP Pursuing Empty Victories"

Unlike you wingnuts, Pammy, who are pursuing empty defeats.

Little Pammy Again: "Afghans Libel our Troops: Protest rumored desecration of Koran by U.S. troops"

Oh God, they've libeled our troops! Let's kill a whole bunch more of them. That'll teach them to libel our troops.

Listen, Pammy, you libel our troops every time you imply that they think like you.

Confederate Yankee: "Senate On Verge of Health Care Plan That Will Dramatically Increase Number of Unemployed Low-Income Workers"

Hey, after all this time, a new anti-health care lie. Will wonders never cease?

Clayton Cramer, Pajamas Media: "Openly Carrying Guns Can Be Unwise, Even When It's Legal"

Duh.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Dems Ready to Ram It Through– Nationalized Health Care Here We Come"

Deal with it, Suckers.

Frank Gaffney, Newsmax: "Dick Cheney: The Churchill of Our Time"

God almighty, can anyone be this stupid? Frank, Churchill beat the Nazis. Cheney lost to a shrimpy, pathetic third world country. Dick Cheney bears the same relationship to Winston Churchill as I do to Kobe Bryant.

Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily: "Why the world will never run out of energy- Oil, nuclear power remain abundantly available"

From the Swift Boat Guy himself- proof that there is not a lie in the world that a dedicated conservative can't top if he puts his mind to it.

And last but not least:

Hans Bader, OpenMarket.org: "Obama Administration’s Pay Caps Reward Failure and Political Connections"

Calling George Bush! Calling George Bush! Your time is here at last!

Change We Can Believe In- One Step Closer

It's official- Harry Reid has announced that the Senate health care reform bill will contain a public option, with an opt-out provision.

As usual, God is in the details, but given what we've seen the last few months, this is far- very far- from the bad news that many of us have feared. They still have the ability to write a bill with a meaningless "public option," but we have succeeded in forcing them not to totally sell out the American people to the insurance companies, and we can succeed in seeing to it that they pass a bill that we can be satisfied with.

It is indeed a different era that we are living in, than existed a year ago; and a much better era.

Now, if they can get something like this through, we are in for a great entertainment as we see just which of the belligerent, brainless Republicans will actually deny medical care to the residents of their states. That should be fun.

Dithering

Fareed Zakaria asks the following question in today's Washington Post:

"Dick Cheney has accused Barack Obama of "dithering" over Afghanistan. If the president were to quickly invade a country on the basis of half-baked intelligence, would that demonstrate his courage and decisiveness to Cheney?"

Fareed, how could you even have to ask this question? When you hear the phrase. "quickly invade a country on the basis of half-baked intelligence," what person immediately springs into your mind? That is exactly the sum and total of Dick Cheney's foreign policy strategy: bullying is courage, and thinking is weakness.

And to think people tried to convince us that these guys were "the adults."

Does This Sound Good, or What?

Paul Krugman, in today's New York Times:

"Still, if the Massachusetts experience is any guide, health care reform will have broad public support once it’s in place and the scare stories are proved false. The new health care system will be criticized; people will demand changes and improvements; but only a small minority will want reform reversed.

This thing is going to work."

Man. Coming from the Chicken Little of economics, that sounds so great to me. Krugman has been so pessimistic for so long, that to hear him saying this is a wonderful thing.

It could still go all wrong, if the Olympia Snowes and Max Baucuses of this world have their way, but right now, things look good.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

And They Admit It?

George Will, in the useless Washington Post today:

"(Michelle) Bachmann, an authentic representative of the Republican base..."

You've got that right, George. Crazy, ignorant, vicious, and an unashamed liar. The perfect Republican.

Sorry

Green Eagle is flapping his wings and heading to Kauai for the weekend. He may very well be too damned lazy to post anything until Monday.

Friday, October 23, 2009

I Guess the American People Do Want It

This, from Daily Kos, is hilarious.

A Republican congressman in Texas conducted a poll on health care legislation. In the question, he described the Dems' plan as "a $1.5 trillion plan that will raise taxes, ration care and let government bureaucrats make decisions that should be made by you and your doctors."

After this description, the poll results? 72% for the plan as described, 27% against.

Democrats in the Senate- wake up. Americans want the public option, even in Texas. They want it a lot. Six months of vicious campaigning against this plan by Republicans and insurance companies have only succeeded in convincing a few people to be against the public option, beyond the brain-dead Republican base.

This should be the easiest yes vote you ever cast. Do it and be heroes.

A Simple Solution

Ron Chernow, in today's New York Times:

"In retrospect, the evils of the 1920s seem almost quaint in their simplicity. Finance today is far more esoteric, marked by complex securities sure to baffle reformers as they seek solutions to the problems exposed by last year’s crash."

Well, here's my simple solution: If the experts can't understand them, they should be illegal. There. Problem solved.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Poor Mistreated Executives Might Quit

This has got to make you laugh:

"The Obama administration's decision to cut the pay of top executives at companies on taxpayer life support will help quiet the popular outrage over excessive compensation. But it introduces a new concern: brain drain. The 175 executives targeted by "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg are not only the highest-paid but also considered among the most talented and productive."

The most talented and productive? At what, driving their companies into bankruptcy while enriching themselves? And now they threaten to leave their companies and go to work for some other company willing to pay them millions to drive their business into ruin while robbing it blind?

If American business can't survive the loss of these 175 worthless thieves, it really is in trouble. Let them go live in Palm Beach or Orange County with their ill gotten gains, and good riddance to them all. Although, Leavenworth would probably be a better place for them.

Wingnut Wrapup

Another multi-day collection. It's getting harder every day to fill this column. I guess they're all taking their meds these days.

Laura Hollis, Town Hall: "They’re ALL Communists"

Sure they are Laura. Every single one of them. And who is Laura Hollis?

"Laura Hirschfeld Hollis is a Clinical Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois."

Boy, that must be some pathetic university. Unless her whole title is Clinically Insane Professor of Business Administration. That's a common position at American universities, you know, created to address conservative complaints of liberal faculty bias.

Newsmax: "Democrats Launch War Against Insurance Industry"

Oh if only that were true. The Republicans would never launch a war against them- they don't have any oil.

David Harsanyi, Town Hall: "Fox News Is Biased? So What?"

Yeah, so what? So what if they spend 24 hours a day spreading hate and lies? They can do whatever they damned please, and they're going to keep doing it, buster. So love it or leave it, pinkos.

Eric Giunta, Renew America: "God: the soul of conservatism"

Eric, the word you were looking for is "Greed." As in "Greed: the soul of conservatism." Now, isn't that better? And you're much less likely to get struck by lightning, for taking you-know-who's name in vain.

World Net Daily Breaking Exclusive: "Look who's married to Obama's media 'controller'

A guy who works for the law firm that dealt with the idiotic birther suits. Now there's a scandal. One of Obama's aides is married to one of his lawyers. WND, that's pathetic even for you.

Debra J. Saunders, Town Hall: "The Real Flaw: Fox Is a No-Fawn Zone"

Didn't watch Fox much during the Bush administration, did you, Debra?

Erick Erickson: "Harry Reid Blames the AMA. Can’t Bring Himself to Blame RedState."

Harry Reid can't even bring himself to remember what Red State is, Erick. He leaves that to Green Eagle, the Parrot who Never Forgets.

Little Pammy Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "......more than one critic has wondered aloud why Democrats don’t just give up on the public option – which is opposed by every Republican – in order to reach a more bipartisan outcome. What exactly is so important about the public option anyway?"

Yeah, what exactly is so important about the public option anyway? Good question there, Pammy. Here's your answer: a health care system that is devoted to helping sick people get better, instead of enriching a few greedy bastards and letting the rest of us stay sick. That's what is so important about the public option. You know, Pammy, I really think you could have figured that one out yourself, if you weren't so busy every day pumping out a couple of thousand words of abuse directed at every Muslim on earth.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "White Flag Wavers in White House Say Cheney Failed in Afghanistan"

Jim, in what American jail is Osama Bin Laden imprisoned? Tell us about how the Taliban has been crushed beyond recovery. Cheney did fail in Afghanistan, you stupid jackass. Your post should read "people who speak the truth," not "white flag wavers."

Gateway Pundit: "White House Emails MSNBC During Broadcast to Correct Them"

God, another communist abuse of executive power- E-mailing someone. Will their evil never end?

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily: "A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Charles F. Kerchner Jr. and others against Congress, alleging members of that institution failed in their constitutionally specified responsibility to evaluate Barack Obama and make sure of his eligibility to occupy the Oval Office."

If he'd only ordered them to be horsewhipped, we might see an end to this malicious nonsense. Haven't we had enough of this already? I meant, haven't you had enough. Green Eagle will never have enough. Orly, where are you, girl?

World Net Daily: "Where did Obama learn to destroy America?"

Maybe from studying the example of his predecessor.

Power Line: Today "compensation czar" Kenneth Feinberg announced the Obama administration's plan to punish executives of companies that received TARP money by cutting their compensation by an average of 90 percent"

Hey, we own the companies now, right? We paid for them. And the owner can do anything he wants to his employees, right? It's the Republican way.

By the way, the guy at Power Line is lying. What Obama did was make them take 90% of their compensation in stock, so they only get rich if their companies make money. How evil, huh?

Numerous Sites: "Obama: Democrats think for themselves, Republicans do what they’re told"

A bad thing, according to Republicans, who are all doing what they were told today by pretending to be so outraged about this remark. This true remark, by the way. That's probably what really bothered them. They're pretty allergic to the truth.

Well, That's Too Bad, Max

Jonathan Karl at ABC News:

"I am told that Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) – who worked for months to get Olympia Snowe’s support for the bill and has consistently said a public option cannot pass the Senate – was apoplectic when Reid told him he wanted to include the public option."

God, does that make you sit up and smile, or what? This corrupt tool of the insurance companies, who has accepted millions from them in return for doing everything possible to sabotage real health care reform, is apoplectic at the idea of Congress actually doing what the American people want.

Rot in hell, Max. And take this person with you:

"The move would almost certainly cost Democrats the support of Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), the sole Republican who now supports Democratic health care reform efforts."

As far as I am concerned, it is immensely better for this bill to be passed without a single Republican vote, since it will deny them the opportunity in later years, when the public option is considered as much a necessity to our society as social security, to claim that it was a bipartisan bill. When it becomes totally obvious that it will pass, to tremendous acclamation and relief from the American people, of course the Republicans will try to convince people that they were behind it all the time, instead of spending every ounce of their strength to destroy it.

Democrats, and the country, can afford that less than they can afford to lose one miserable Republican vote.

And if this gives Max Baucus heartburn and indigestion, well, Max, call your insurance company. I'm sure they'll be anxious to help you out.

A Thought About the Loons

I have commented a couple of times about the deteriorating quantity and "quality" of material that I have found the last couple of months to post in Wingnut Wrapup. The decline has continued for long enough that I think it's worth while speculating on its cause.

I saw a comment the other day,about the fact that the right wing accusations against Obama seem to get more crazy every week. This is true, but I don't think that it's because the wingnuts themselves are getting more crazy (if that were possible.) After a year and a half of nonstop character assassination against Obama, they have, I think, simply used up the most plausible attacks against him- he's too liberal, he isn't a citizen, he would favor minorities, he's too inexperienced, he's not tough enough... Each one of these things is false, but at least it could conceivably have been true. But, as the force of these smears has waned due to overexposure, and to the fact that they simply do not describe the Obama we see every day, Conservatives have had to resort to more and more implausible claims, and more and more hostile and vicious ones- the claims about him being a communist plant committed to destroying the country, that health care reform involves death panels, that winning the Nobel Peace Prize is somehow a disgrace, or that he is a would-be Hitlerian dictator, in league with Islamic terrorists.

Well, these narratives have a life too, and it is a relatively short one compared to the earlier, more plausible lies. Looking at many right wing web sites as I do, I have seen them deteriorate until they are now little more than a testing ground for ever more ridiculous and mean spirited smears. And, even their authors seem to be aware of the futility of this approach. The enthusiasm with which their lies were spread only two or three months ago has waned. Even they seem tired of this ugly game.

Have they managed to harm Obama? Yes, they have. There is no question that the endless barrage of smears and lies has affected the popularity of both Obama himself and his agenda. How could such a well-funded campaign of destruction not have an effect? But it hasn't worked well enough. Obama still remains popular, and regardless of what Republicans claim, a strong majority of Americans stand with him on his major proposals.

They've lost. And they know it, even though many of us haven't gotten it yet. All it takes is the will to carry the ball the last couple of yards into the end zone, and we can have a presidency that will stand in history as one of our greatest, and an opposition party that has disgraced itself into near oblivion.

All it takes is the will.

Hissy Fit Watch

A new feature here at Green Eagle, in which we try to guess what will be the next of the endless series of Republican tantrums, which have come to serve, for them, as a viable alternative to actually participating in governing the country.

Here are a couple of quotes from the news today, relating to Obama's criticism of Fox News. I could list more, but these will suffice:

David Limbaugh, Renew America: "Sorry to disillusion those of you who are still in denial about President Barack Obama's true socialistic and dictatorial nature, but this guy's militancy against his perceived enemies puts Richard Nixon's White House to shame."

Town Hall: (Republican Senator Lamar) Alexander to White House: Don't Create 'Enemies List'
Sad that he even has to make the suggestion to the White House."

Of course this is nonsense being as how there is exactly zero evidence that Obama has any kind of enemies list, but remember: to Republicans, speaking the truth is a dastardly, low attack on everything they hold dear.

In case you have forgotten, Nixon actually had an "enemies list" with dozens of names on it, and he used Federal agents to try to find embarassing things about them, had IRS actions taken against them, and hired criminals to break into their offices searching for compromising information (of which they found none.) That's the Republican way. Obama's "enemies list" has, as far as we know, no one on it except Fox News, about which he has simply spoken the truth. He hasn't done any of the illegal things that Nixon did. But still, Republicans are going to try to create a synthetic scandal around this issue, and they are getting some help from the press, which once again is treating it as a "he said-she said" matter, rather than reporting on the substance of the claims.

And as an added bonus, here are the two finalists for "Conservative projection of the day," in which Republicans have hallucinations in which Democrats are guilty of the worst excesses of standard right wing behavior:

Carl Paulus, American Thinker: "Democrats and the Politics of Rage: Democrats have become the party of utopian rage as they persist in replacing real political debate with effusive attacks on conservatives"

Minority Leader, Rep. John Boener: " Democrats' actions 'flat-out despicable' 'Chicago-style politics shutting the American people out and demonizing their opponents'

What Did You Expect?

Senator Olympia Snowe, our new BFF:

"Asked further whether she would participate in a filibuster on a bill with a public option, she went almost all the way.

"I've said, I'm against a public option...yes...it would be difficult" to support allowing the bill to proceed to a vote."

I've said it before: ALL Republicans are corrupt tools of the rich. Every single one of them. Work with them and they are only going to stab you in the back. There is no such thing as an honest Republican, and most of them are half insane these days, too.

Any decent thing that happens in this country will take place in spite of Republicans, not because of them. It's about time that the Democratic party openly recognized that fact. Although, given the tidal wave of abuse that Obama is receiving for even admitting that Fox News is a Republican propaganda channel, something which any sentient person knows to be true, I can see why it's hard for Dems to speak the truth.

Yeah, That Sounds Fair

Isn't this a nice sentiment:

"WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens told Congress on Wednesday that U.S. energy companies are "entitled" to some of Iraq's crude because of the large number of American troops that lost their lives fighting in the country and the U.S. taxpayer money spent in Iraq."

I wonder what natural resources in our country the Iraqis have a right to plunder, after we invaded their country, killed several hundred thousand of their people, destroyed their infrastructure, started a sectarian war, and left them with nothing?

These people are absolutely shameless. Anything, no matter how abominable, will serve as an appropriate opportunity to enrich themselves at the expense of others. Theft, murder, destruction wasn't enough for them- now they have to turn a profit on it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

Again, it's taken me a couple of days to find enough wackiness to fill up my post. And really, right wingers, some of this stuff is pretty marginal. I'm beginning to think that the wingnuts are running out of steam.

Michael Barone, Town Hall: "Unlike Obama, Americans Reject European Model"

Not me. I'm ready for a European model right now! Can I have Heidi Klum?

Soren Dayton, Red State: "Charlie Rangel is holding Puerto Rican grandmothers hostage to protect his rum buddies."

That's just not right, Soren. That sounds worse than death squads to me. Charlie, how about at least sharing the rum with the grannies? After their hostage trauma, I'm sure they could use it.

Moe Lane, Red State: "Rasmussen: 54/42 against health care rationing."

You know, Moe, I think that is a big fat lie. You know why? If you really asked people, I bet not 5% of them would say they want health care rationing. Who would actually be for health care rationing? So, I think you just made up the claim that 42% of Americans want their health care to be rationed. Just how stupid do you think we are?

Red State: "In case you had any doubt that liberals don’t get it when it comes to health care reform...Let’s compare what the insurance execs claim…vs what some moron on the left has to say about it."

Two great claims here: First, that "some moron" speaks for the entire left, and second, that we can certainly trust insurance executives to give us the unvarnished, impartial truth about health care reform. I don't think these guys believe either one of those things; if they did, I'm not sure which one would make them look stupider.

Pammy, Atlas Shrugs: "Obama's Website: Obama is the new [and improved] Jesus"

It says it right there on his website: Obama is the new Jesus.

Oh wait. It didn't? Silly us, fooled by that rascally little Pammy again.

James M. Fly, National Review Online: The vice president’s plan for Afghanistan is only his latest exercise in folly and self-contradiction."

Unlike, say, the last vice president's plan for Iraq, which was a masterful success which in no way could be considered a folly. I mean, am I right here, or what? No?

That Stupid Pammy, Again: "Hush Hush: Huge Fed/FBI Raid on Chicago Halal Goat Meat Slaughterhouse"

Oh my God, hide under your beds! The terrorist Islamic goat butchers are coming for us all! And they're from Chicago, too! As soon as I heard about this, I just knew that Obama was behind it.

And Again: "Net Neutrality: A Marxist Revolution
America is under siege. Every assumption, every basic fundamental right is under attack. The very premise of America, individual rights, is being destroyed."

Not letting huge corporations charge you more to put things online if they don't like what you are saying: Marxism. An attack on every basic fundamental right.

Grow up already, Pam.

Andie Brownlow, Pajamas Media: "No, Conservatism Isn't Like Nazism. (Sigh...)"

Yes it is. Look around you.

Gateway Pundit: "Sarah Palin Will Sit Down With Oprah Next Month After Oprah Dissed Her During Campaign"

Anything for a buck, that's the quitter's new philosophy.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "State-Run Media Now Openly Using Vile “Teabagger” Term to Describe Conservatives"

Tough luck, whiner.

Janet Porter, World Net Daily: "When Phelim Mcaleer pointed out the inconvenient fact from his documentary "Not Evil, Just Wrong," that there are more polar bears today – not less – contrary to Al Gore's documentary, Gore responded by … cutting off his microphone.
That's what the Obama administration is trying to do to us, and I would make the case that what's going on today isn't just wrong, it's downright evil.
Evil. Like a guy who murders 70 million people."

Cutting off some jerk's microphone: the same as murdering 70 million people.

So comparing Al Gore to Hitler because he didn't want to listen to this idiot's maundering is just fine. But don't you dare call them teabaggers. That would be vile.

P.S.- In case you didn't guess this already, the polar bear thing is a lie. In 1970, a ban was imposed on hunting polar bears, which resulted in a great increase in their numbers, which are now declining rapidly due to global warming. So yeah, there are more polar bears now than in 1970, but not for long.


James Lewis, American Thinker: "Did Obama swing his own Nobel?"

He gave himself his Nobel Prize. That's a new one. And really likely too, huh? Sort of like John Kerry and his medals, only harder because some furriners give out the awards.

What I would like to know, Mr. Lewis, is whether you gave yourself your own lobotomy. I don't think it's covered by private insurance.

You've Got a Point There

Observed on a wingnut website today:

"In March, 1992, Illinois Representative Paul Findley said in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, "It is interesting - but not surprising - to note that in all the words written and uttered about the Kennedy assassination, Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad, has never been mentioned."

Yeah, in all the words written and uttered about the Lincoln assassination, Mossad has never been mentioned either. They haven't been mentioned in connection with the San Francisco Earthquake or the death of Julius Caesar. Or the collapse of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Or the strange absence of authenticated sightings of Santa Claus since the establishment of the State of Israel.

Get my point, moron?

Change We Can Believe In, continuing

I feel obligated to remind people of the good things which keep happening because a Democrat is in the White House. Behind all of the press' endless round of crap about death panels and birth certificates, and anything but the truth, progress is still being made every day.

From the Chicago Tribune:

"The Obama administration is cracking down on BP as the oil company overhauls its massive refinery in northwest Indiana, one of the largest sources of air pollution in the Chicago area.

In response to a petition from environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday ordered Indiana regulators to revamp a new operating permit for the Midwest's biggest refinery. The groups, along with elected officials in Illinois, contend Indiana had allowed the oil giant to avoid stringent requirements under the federal Clean Air Act.

Tougher pollution limits could help relieve problems with lung-damaging soot and smog in the metropolitan area that stretches around the tip of Lake Michigan."

Isn't it nice to see our communist, socialist, terrorist, anti-American president actually trying to enforce the clear meaning of the law, for once?

Pat Shoots His Mouth Off Again

Pat Buchanan, speaking about his fellow white people:

"America was once their country. They sense they are losing it. And they are right."

You know what? Pat is absolutely correct. Deal with it, Honkies, you are losing it.

You know what? If more of you had treated the other people that live here like fellow citizens, instead of subhuman animals with no rights, we would all be part of the same group now- Americans.

But that wasn't good enough for you. You had to have them under your heels, and now the bill for your hatred is coming due. Time to pay up.

It's Good for the Republicans

Your Serious Washington Press at work- Chris Cilizza, from the Washington Post:

"Less than one in five voters (19 percent) expressed confidence in Republicans' ability to make the right decisions for America's future while a whopping 79 percent lacked that confidence.

Among independent voters, who went heavily for Obama in 2008 and congressional Democrats in 2006, the numbers for Republicans on the confidence questions were even more worse. Just 17 percent of independents expressed confidence in Republicans' ability to make the right decision while 83 percent said they did not have that confidence.

And, perhaps most troubling for GOP hopes is the fact that just 20 percent of the Post sample identified themselves as Republicans, the lowest that number has been in Post polling since 1983.

That's not to say that 2009 hasn't been a good year for Republicans. By and large, it has been. "

(emphasis mine)

Can you imagine the stupidity, combined with the determination to make anything seem like a victory for the Republican party, that could lead to such a conclusion? And, can anyone still hold with the theory, popular for so long, that this kind of "news coverage" results merely from some mass ego problem on the part of our "journalists?"

The mainstream media today consists almost entirely of large corporate entities (thanks largely to Ronald Reagan and "deregulation".) Their interest lies with the Republican party, their bought-and-paid-for political subsidiary, and they are going to go on twisting everything they can to the Republicans' benefit.

Thank God for the internet- without it there would be no free press to speak of in this country, home of the most propagandized people on earth.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Well, Yeah, Actually

Big question of the day, from Curtis Dahlgren at Renew America:

"Do You Want the Ivy League in Charge of your "Health?"

Well, actually, yeah. That doesn't sound like such a bad idea to me.

Curtis, if you want to go to the "Christian" doctors from Regent University, be my guest. I'll stick with Harvard and Yale, if it's okay with you.

But thanks for caring.

Middle Eastern Double Standard, What?

A quote from Thomas Friedman. I don't think I need to link to it, because it's so obvious that anyone might have said the same thing:

"In places like Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan or Pakistan you have violent religious extremist movements fighting with state security services."

And of course, never a word of complaint from anyone, no matter how brutal and violent the state's response is, or how many thousands, or tens of thousands die in the process.

Of course, let Israel, which is under a hundred times more threat from these same extremist religious movements, do anything at all to stop them- even building a wall to keep them out, the whole world screams with outrage.

Really, why do you think that is?

Really? Who Would Have Guessed?

Glenn Greenwald:

"One of the most astounding feats in propaganda is how we've managed to take people who live in a country which we invade, bomb and occupy -- and who fight against us because we're doing that -- and call them "Terrorists," thereby "justifying" continuing to bomb and occupy their country further"

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Quote of the Week

"Another way of putting it is when, you know, I'm busy and Nancy busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else's mess –- we don’t want somebody sitting back saying, you're not holding the mop the right way. Why don’t you grab a mop, why don’t you help clean up. You're not mopping fast enough. That's a socialist mop. Grab a mop –- let’s get to work."

B. Hussein Obama

And Barack, a lot more talk like that would be nice.

Wingnut Wrapup

Three days' collection here. The wingnuts are really letting old Green Eagle down lately. I guess all of those tantrums really tired them out.

Ann Coulter, Town Hall: "Natural Born Losers"

Not you guys. You had to work really hard to lose that big. Congratulations on your achievement.

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall: "Who's Behind the White House War on Fox News?"

All I want to know is, are they demanding 40,000 more troops? Because, if so, I say declare victory and leave.

Gateway Pundit: "Three of the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee had objections to the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to US President Barack Obama, the Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) reported Thursday."

Then how did he get it? Did he steal it? They should know better than to leave small, valuable objects out in the open when those people are around, don't you think?

Phyllis Schlafly, Renew America: "If Obama had told us before his election"

Phyllis, he didn't need to. We could see for ourselves.

World Net Daily: "Kindergartner fights for Jesus poster for 10 years"

Ten years? Listen, guy, if you stopped fighting over that Jesus poster, you'd probably be in third grade by now.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America: "They lynched Limbaugh... now us!"

Lloyd, do you understand what the word "lynch" means? It doesn't mean "didn't let him buy a professional football team." Look it up.

World Net Daily: "Poll: Belief in Obama conspiracy theories high in Tennessee"

That figures, huh?

Black Bag Bobby, Regular Folks United: "Why are so many willing to be enslaved? The environmentalists (and elitists, union thugs, community organisers, some politicians, etc, etc.) are a tool of the enemies of the United States. How so you ask? Here are a few questions to consider: Isn't it cheaper , safer and more cost effective for an enemy country to support environmental extremists in the US rather than funding spies and technology?"

Huh? Actually, I pretty well phased out on this one after the guy called himself "Black Bag Bobby." I don't need that much advice from four year olds.

Mark Hillman, Town Hall: "Kiss Your Money and Freedom Goodbye"

Freedom maybe. We kissed our money goodbye under you guys.

Erick Erickson, Red State: "Do the RNC, NRCC, and Dede Scozzafava condone eugenics and sterilization of the poor and minorities?"

No! Who would mow their lawns?

Pam (boy am I angry) Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "ACTION ALERT: Obama to Cede US Sovereignty in December"

Yes sir, by signing a climate change treaty. A little over the top there, Pammy. She continues (bright red color and italics from Pam):

"I read that treaty. And what it says is this, that a world government is going to be created."

Sure, Pam. World government. Whatever. Anything else to tell us today? Yes? Well, go on then:

Pam (can she really believe this?) Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "German/Islamic Collaboration Again: Hitler's Favorite Car Company Goes Sharia, Financing Jihad"

This because Muslims believe it is wrong to charge interest. So, Mercedes arranged non-interest loans so Muslims could buy their cars. Just like Hitler, huh? And under this kind of thinking, isn't it "American/Islamic collaboration" every time we fill our gas tanks? We're all jihadists, Pammy.

Ralph Reed: ""Americans voted for hope and change but they didn't vote for this"

Yes they did, Ralph. I know you still can't believe they voted for the black guy, but they did. Deal with it.

World Net Daily: "Will 'Antichrist' come to your neighborhood?"

My neighborhood? Waikiki? Only on vacation, guys.

Some Honduras News

Those who have been following things in Honduras will be interested in this update on the great reign of freedom, brought to you by their new dictatorship.












Believe me- not a good thing.

Let's Play!

Green Eagle is usually content with standing on the sidelines and casting cheap insults and derision far and wide, but today, he would like to propose an action which he believes should be undertaken by those of his readers as are capable.

If you have been reading the blogs lately, you have probably encountered something about this:










What you are seeing comes from the home page of a new wingnut online game. Here's a little bit of the description of the back story:

"It is the year 2011. The United States has become saturated with suspicion and unrest. Since early 2010, President Barack Obama, President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, and Prime Minister Stephan Harper of Canada have been conducting private meetings with each other and various political heads of the U.N. None of the meetings are open to the media, let alone the public.
Private Ownership of firearms has been outlawed, and Obama has promised a new era of equality and peace. Unfortunately for Obama, Americans would not act like the sheep he had taken them for. Revolution begins.
Americans, thoroughly disgusted with the socialistic programs that have been thrust upon them over the last few years, vote out seventeen of the nineteen Democrats in the Senate and 178 in Congress that were up for reelection.
Chaos ensues throughout the nation! The Second American Revolution is in full swing by February of 2011, with lists posted by patriots, county by county, naming dozens of government employees and the bounties that can be fetched by their capture."

Blah blah blah. The game is free and can be reached at the above link.

Now, I believe that there is only one group of people in the world capable of properly dealing with this idiocy.

















Yes, Anonymous, your time is now! Nothing could be better for these pathetic (dare I use the word? It seems so appropriate here) wankers than thirty or forty thousand people from 4chan playing their game, don't you think?
  • Anonymous is Legion.
  • Anonymous does not forgive.
  • Anonymous does not forget.
And Anonymous does not lose online games.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Obama- the Commie that Loves Hitler- or Something

Here's the voice of the people, all right. It's from a new favorite site of mine, Real People United, which specializes in telling "real people" what mendacity they are expected to swallow today. I thought this was a particularly good example of the kind of thinking that "real people" like this (i.e. ignorant, violent assholes) specialize in. See if you feel the same:

"Why Not Praise Hitler?"

I guess this was meant ironically, but with these guys, you just never know.

"OK, It’s true. I watch Glenn Beck...he has done a pretty good job of exposing the commie-dictator loving crowd that surrounds Obama. These are the people Obama likes because they think like him. He agrees with the principles of communism. He is a commie."

God, how 1962. "He's a Commie." Why don't they call him a Jap or a Hun? And by the way, which commie dictator does he love, anyway? I would have loved to hear that.

"If the American people were not so heavily armed I would worry a lot more about the stated admiration people in the White House seem to have for brutal, murdering, commie dictators. They say so publically without any shame and no one seems to bat an eye."

They do? Forgive me. I follow the news pretty regularly and I never heard them say "publically" that they admire brutal murdering commie dictators, or, for that matter, brutal murderers of any kind. Really, I think a couple of examples would have been in line here. Otherwise, some people might be inclined to think that people like this writer are just a bunch of lying demagogues, out to destroy their nation's elected leader so they can seize power for themselves.

"So why not just come out and say “I admire Hitler. He was a great leader and brilliant philosopher?”

Oh, I don't know, maybe because they aren't you? And by the way, it is conceivable that they might love a dictator and still not like Hitler all that much.











"The left should love Hitler. He was an inspirational leader, a political prisoner, a philosopher. He even gave up trying to take over Germany by force and convinced his followers to follow the democratic process which was how he came to power."

God, how many times do I have to point out that the claim that Hitler came to power through "the democratic process" is a total lie? And by the way, Nelson Mandela was an inspirational leader, a philosopher and a political prisoner. I guess that makes him just like Hitler, huh?

On second thought, Mr. wingnut, forget that. I don't think I want to hear your answer.

'He fixed Germany’s economy through massive public works programs. Germany hosted the Olympic games in 1936 and Hitler was Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year in 1938. I am surprised that he didn’t receive the Nobel Peace Prize."

Well, he didn't. That makes him just like George W. Bush, who is on nobody's short list for the Nobel Peace Prize either. Funny you didn't mention that similarity. And by the way, Hitler hosted the Olympics and Obama isn't going to. So, actually, that makes them different, not the same. I guess you didn't catch that complex bit of logical analysis. And by the way, just to show the difference between us, unlike you, I am not that surprised that Hitler didn't receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Just to let you know.

"Oh there was that little issue with murdering at least 6 million people and invading his neighbors and trying to take over the world and whatnot. But so what? That’s never bothered the left."

It never bothered the left that Hitler murdered six million people? I'd like to hear what evidence you base that claim on. After all, it bothered just about everyone. By the way, just to get it straight, about 50 million people died as a result of World War II, over twenty million of them "commies" in your hated Soviet Union. I guess they didn't really like Hitler that much either. Think about it.

"If only he had randomly killed 6 million people instead of targeting Jews and gays and other minorities."

Yeah, it's all their fault- the Jews and the gays and the minorities. Didn't you just know it would come down to this sooner or later? I mean, why should anyone care about six million of them?

" Too bad for poor Hitler. He could have been a cult hero to thousands of pot smoking unwashed hipped college students who would right now be running around with his picture on their dirty t-shirts and messenger bags."


Man, aren't we stuck in the sixties. Well, at least there are thousands of them. That beats your very clean but violent and hate filled teabaggers by a factor of about ten. So there, jackass. Maybe YOU love commies. Maybe YOU are just like Hitler. Na na na na na. Not me- you. La la la, I can't hear you. I've got my fingers in my ears.

Well, there you go- one more little dose of right wing political analysis at its finest. Oy vey.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wingnut Wrapup

Short and sweet today. I think the Dow hitting 10,000 took a little of the wind out of their sails:

World Net Daily: "Obama's spending to blame for declining dollar"

Of course the dollar lost 50% of its value during the Bush administration. Man, what an evil guy- He launched his destruction of the American economic system when he was in the Illinois State Legislature, before anyone outside the state knew who he was.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America: "If Rush Limbaugh is a racist, are his 20 million listeners also?"

Yes. Simple answers to simple questions, Lloyd.

Sher Zieve, Renew America: "Obama plans to destroy us as quickly and completely as is possible."

Where would we be without Sher to explain things to us? Sher continues:

"And rumor has it that we will be forced to dig our own graves. Is this truly what we wanted?"

No, I have to agree with you there, Sher. Not very many of us really want to dig our own graves.

Off your meds again, girl?

Mike "gamecock" DeVine, Red State: "How Limbaugh’s embodiment of MLK’s dream changed my life"

Limbaugh's embodiment of MLK's dream. That would be the day that fat, rich right wing drug addicts would have an equal opportunity with the rest of us to go on the radio and lie their asses off, I guess. Boy, that's a day that we have all been yearning for.

And yes, this idiot did call himself "gamecock." There's a joke there, but even Green Eagle won't touch that one.

Confederate Yankee: "Apparently someone in Lakeville, MA decided that vandalizing a golf course was the best way to vent their disgust with President Obama, carving into the green " I 卍Obama." But even a casual glance at the defaced green immediately tells you something is off: The swastika is facing counterclockwise. Instead of insisting Obama is a stealth Muslim, are some on the fringe now contending he is a Buddhist? Symbols, like words, mean things."










Of course, it never occurred to Mr. Yankee that the guy who put the swastikas on the lawn was just an ignorant right wing would be Nazi, right? I guess, if there's one thing right wingers would never make a mistake about, it would be the proper display of Nazi symbolism.

Much more likely that they were trying to say something about Buddhism.

Power Line: "In less than three years in Congress, our friend Michele Bachmann has become one of the conservative movement's most visible spokesmen. Michele is smart, articulate and telegenic. As a result she has become a cable TV regular."

She's smart, articulate and telegenic. So that's why you think she gets so much attention, huh? Boy, you guys don't get it, do you?

Larry Kudlow, National Review Online: "Dow Hits 10,000 as Storm Clouds Gather "

Because of course, no matter what happens, it can't be good for Obama. The Dow going back up must be some sort of disaster, right?

Joe the Plumber, Regular Folks United: "When Government No Longer Listens"

Deal with it, Joe: when you speak, nobody is listening any more. You had your chance to rake in a few dollars telling the usual lies, and now everyone is bored with you. Back under the sink, Joe.

Regular Folks United: "Explaining the rise of the tea party movement as racist and mindless followers of Glenn Beck would ignore the belief system that led many to protest for the first time in their life."

No it wouldn't. It would be what we out here in the real world call "true." I know that's a foreign (probably French) concept to you "regular" people.

And in closing, this from Pamela Schuffert, author of "The SATANIST PARAMILITARY Preparing to Attack CHRISTIANS in USA Under MARTIAL LAW" and "The Horrors of Being MICROCHIPPED: DON'T Accept the SWINE FLU VACCINATION!":

"...But My Family Thinks I Am CRAZY..." You Are NOT ALONE!"

You sure aren't, whoever you are. You've got Pamela right with you, anyway.

10,000!

10,015.86 to be exact.

That would be an increase of 53% since the Dow hit its low in March, seven months ago, and 40 days after Barack Obama became President.

Let's hear it, Conservatives- Obama hasn't done a thing to make the economy recover, right?

Update: It starts:

"Dow 10,000 just isn't that big a deal, House Republican leader John Boehner said Wednesday morning."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

No Thanks, Olympia, I'm Not Buying It

All hail the selfless Olympia Snowe, who, after months of refusing to negotiate honestly about health care, like every other Republican, suddenly developed a conscience and (gasp!) voted against her own party to provide the supposed bipartisan cover for a health care bill.

Sorry, I don't buy it for a second. Here is what really happened: The months long Republican tantrum didn't work. They have faced up to the fact that Obama is going to succeed in passing some kind of health care bill. Their only interest now is to see that it is the weakest bill possible. So, they had Olympia Snowe vote for the miserable, bankrupt Baucus bill, a bill so weak that it is worse than no bill at all. This phony bipartisanship is the only action they can take to try to see to it that a groundswell develops behind this horrible sellout legislation.

Olympia Snowe is just playing the same old Republican game. There is simply no such thing any more as an honest Republican, and she is no exception.

Update: An excellent comment by John Aravosis at Americablog:

"The longer Democrats and the administration empower Olympia Snowe, the more she's going to yank their chain. Remember, Olympia Snowe, in the end, usually does whatever her Republican leadership tells her to do. So Obama and Reid aren't just negotiating with Snowe, they're negotiating with McConnell and all the Senate Rs who have no intent to let any health care reform pass.

At some point Democrats need to tell Olympia Snowe to take a hike. "

Gay Unions?

I saw this headline a minute ago:

"California Recognizes Existing Gay Unions"

What, you mean like the Brotherhood of Extremely Well Dressed Steelworkers?


Oh, Orly....















Green Eagle,
The Blog that Never Forgets, wants to bring you this news:

"Finally fed up with Orly Taitz's repeated frivolous and conspiracy-ridden filings in a Birther lawsuit, the judge in the case has fined the crusading attorney $20,000."

Plenty more from the source, Talking Points Memo, if you haven't had your daily dose of derisive laughter for today.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Good Dose of Right Wing Hate

Here's an article that is such a mountain of lies and hatred that it just spilled out of Wingnut Wrapup and into its own post. And, no surprise, it is by Sher Zieve over at Alan Keyes' lunatic website, Renew America. Both Renew America and Sher have provided us with some of our most sickening right wing viciousness, and Sher doesn't let us down today. So, here goes:

"Obama receives Nobel for being Marxist president"

Why, of course that's what they gave it to him for. Why else do they give those things out?

"With very few exceptions, for decades the inaptly named Nobel 'Peace Prize' has been bestowed upon the anti-human amongst us; most notably terrorists and Marxists."

Like Henry Kissinger, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Ellie Wiesel...I could go on here, but you get the point- Marxist terrorists all.

"This award has become a tool of the world's leftist ruling-elite ranks to be given to those who are the most corrupt of us. Note: Leftists love dishonesty and those who get away with perpetrating it upon others. These are the beings they idolize. They view corruption and treachery as a pleasant and invigorating game of deceiving and ultimately destroying their fellows."

What can you say about that? I guess we will never know what mixture of paranoid delusion and out and out evil bring a person to say such things. I'm sorry to be serious, but really, why does our national political life have to be held hostage to the hatred and lies that pour out of these deranged people?

And, what kind of evidence does she think she has to cause her to make these hideous assertions? Anyway....

"With the advent of Barack Hussein Obama as the US' dictator-in chief, the Nobel group decided to throw away any last vestiges of its substance and value to anyone by giving the award to the US presidential usurper."

"Dictator in chief", "US Presidential usurper." Remember when people like this howled in anger when anyone dared question the actions of the worst President in history- their beloved President Bush?

And how they have let their hatred of our country go, to spew so much bile because of something that should make us proud- that we, the American people, selected a leader who has the respect of the world.

"And Obama's receipt of this once-but-long-ago valued prize was voted on a mere 11 days after he took office"

A lie, of course. What else do you expect?

"— before he had even begun the behaviors that would exhibit his atrocities."

And what behaviors and atrocities were those? Giving health care to people? Rescuing bankrupt companies and setting them on their feet again? Showing the world that we are a decent people, who can be trusted to use our great power wisely?

"But, the NPP committee has indicated that this now-dubious "prize" was given to the dictator in order to encourage him to continue his suppressive promises and ways toward dismantling the United States of America in favor of a Marxist government."

Of course, the Norwegian Parliament, which appoints the Nobel committee, could have no other goal than promoting Marxism and dismantling the United States.

"And in his first months of leading the country over a cliff and into an apparently almost bottomless pit, Obama has done precisely that. Foreign entities are now firmly in control of the USA."

They are? I hadn't noticed. Too bad Sher didn't see fit to explain that.

"If the USA falls to Marxist oppression — and with all of Obama's Marxist anti-human Czars seemingly replacing or at least mirroring cabinet positions and the leftist-run Congress now seizing their personal power over that of We-the-People it appears that it soon will — democracies and republics worldwide will fail and fall. The long bastion of freedom and hope — the United States of America — will no longer be in existence to fight for liberties and against the subjugation of tyrants waging wars against vulnerable countries."

And when, since World War II or Korea, have we done that? I can give you a dozen examples of when we have done the exact opposite, supporting tyrants against their own people. The latest candidate for that is Honduras, where the American right has decided that a military dictatorship is much superior to an elected president. Or how about Pakistan, where the blowback from George Bush's cozying up to a military dictator is the greatest threat to world peace today. Okay, the second greatest. The greatest threat to world peace is that people like Sher Zieve might once again take control of the American military.

To his credit, Obama has joined the rest of the world in refusing to go along with the warmongering, bloodthirsty mob that has arisen in this country. I guess that is what makes him a Marxist terrorist.

"The Nobel "peace" prize continues to be awarded to those who bring iron-fisted control over their societies — not peace.

Sher neglects to name an example. Of course, as there are none, it might be hard.

"No matter how corrupt and perverse these elite become there will no longer be the strong and free society of the USA to stop them. This award's recipient makes perfectly logical sense."

Oh, forget the rest. There is a sickness, a plague, striking our country. It is far more virulent than Swine Flu, and it has dug its tentacles far more deeply into our people. I fear for the toll it will take before we see the end of it- this willing surrender to madness, violence and hatred, this deliberate and open contempt for truth and for the most basic human decency. Those who are religious and who have their eyes open must have little doubt, if Satan really exists, which side it is with which he has cast his lot.