Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wingnut Wrapup

It's time for another dose of madness:

Pam Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "Breaking: Kadahfy calls for Jihad against Switzerland "

Boy, that really scares me.

Grant Swank, Renew America: "Obama is the most exemplary Muslim on the planet"

Well, thanks, Grant, for that compliment. At least he's an exemplary Muslim.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily: "Does this sign reveal Obama's birthplace?"















Actually, I don't think so. After extensive analysis, Green Eagle has determined that this is a cheesily photoshopped version of the following photo:















World Net Daily: "Watching clock: Democrats talk nearly twice as long as Republicans"

Those dirty rats. They'll stoop to anything.

Hogan, Red State: "Last night, while most Americans were watching the Olympics, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) was standing strong for the American people on the floor of the United States Senate."

Standing strong for the American people by preventing an extension of unemployment benefits. Standing strong for rich American people, yes. The rest of us, not so much.

Pam Geller, Atlas Shrugs: "President F***k You Flips Off the American People. What a punk."

As usual, Pammy at her classiest.

Rob Port, Say Anything Blog: "Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books In The White House Library...Now, according out the person who guided our tour, the library is stock with books picked out by the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Being a bit of a bibliophile, I started to peruse some of the books on the shelves…and lookie, lookie what I found"

Yeah, you found a book on socialism that, it turns out, was placed in the White House library by Jackie Kennedy. Of course, that little fact is hardly enough to lead you to apologize for what you said, or to stop several dozen other right wing blogs from repeating your smear. Who'd have ever thought we'd see this kind of behavior from such moral people? Green Eagle is shocked, I tell you, shocked.

Neil Bryan Goldberg, Renew America: "we are at war with evil terror, evil propaganda.. . . at war with soulless traitors within your own government and within your news and entertainment industries.. . . at war with secret societies that control world banking, and which have purposely engineered the destruction of the U.S. economy."

Oh, sure. You know what, guy? I think you've been playing too many video games. And what is Neil's answer to this malign threat:

"Call out — turn, turn back, America. Cry out to God to save you now. "

Oh yeah, that'll work.


Mary Matalin, on Wolf Blitzer's show yesterday: "The majority vote is tyranny of the minority."

Huh? What? Wait a minute now. I don't think that makes a hell of a lot of sense. And of course that brain dead Wolf Blitzer never blinked an eye when she made this idiotic assertion.

John Hinderaker, Power Line: "We've written many times about the seemingly odd-bedfellow alliance between the Left and Islamic radicals."

Not that any such thing has ever existed, of course, but we've written about it many times, and we are going to continue doing so. So there, sucker.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "1,500 patriots turned out today at the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition Anniversary Celebration."




















Well, once again, Jim has published several pictures of this event, and Green Eagle brings you the one showing the most people. Fifteen hundred? I see several dozen. And in this case let me note that, as the people seem to be on risers, if there had been several hundred people, and if the photographer had only moved back 20 or 30 feet, we would have been able to see them. I had a similar story and picture for an alleged demonstration outside the health care summit, but one a day is plenty.

Newsmax: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. healthcare even if it threatens their political careers"

A totally foreign idea, openly ridiculed on several right wing websites today: the idea that Congressmen should put their country ahead of their personal welfare. Don't worry- you won't get any Republican leaders giving in to this crazy notion.

Brian Fischer, Renew America: "The homosexual agenda represents a clear and present danger to virtually every fundamental right given to us by our Creator and enshrined for us in our Constitution."

You mean like no self-incrimination, and not having troops quartered in our houses? Boy those gays are powerful. Or like maybe police won't need probable cause for warrants, or we won't have a right to a speedy and public trial? Oh wait a minute- Bush and Cheney already did away with those two. Maybe they're gay too, huh? What do you think?

World Net Daily: " What's your reaction to scientists claiming earthquakes seem to be increasing in frequency?"

Here are some of the possible answers to this online poll:

"It fits Bible prophecy and proves we're living in the last days
I think God's trying to tell us something
Are these the same scientists who told us global temperatures were increasing due to human activity?
If it's true, some politician will find a way to blame us and make us pay more taxes to stop it
It's criminal for government to be wasting so much money on manufactured crises when we might one day need that money to recover from a real one"

Boy, I can't wait to see which one of those World Net Daily's readers picked out.

World Net Daily: "Bush 'trying to regain a sense of anonymity'

Can't really blame him, can you? I mean, all things considered.

The 1920 "Depression"- Another Conservative Fantasy

For my second historical clarification, I would like to talk about something most people have never heard of- the "depression" of 1920. If you do a google search for this, you will find dozens if not hundreds of right wing posts about this phenomenon, all basically agreeing with the following Glenn Beck claim, which led me to deal with this issue:

"Glenn then warns of the coming Economic Holocaust. The worst is far from over and warning bells are sounding. Beck returns to the blackboard and writes out numbers from the 1920 Depression. Caused by policies of the Wilson Administration, conditions were far worse that year than now, even worse than the first year of the Great Depression. But, it was short lived, thanks to Calvin Coolidge. Taxes were lowered from a top rate of 77% to 25%. Federal spending was slashed in half! By 1923, the economy was booming. The Roaring 20s saw an expanded middle class. Hoover, a Progressive, made the Crash of ‘29 worse with excessive spending, setting the stage for FDR to take advantage of an emergency."

"Caused by the policies of the Wilson Administration." What were they? Well, no information on that. Beck just assumes that, as Wilson was a Democrat, his policies must have been bad. And it was cured, of course, by Republican tax cuts for the rich! What an incredible vindication of conservative doctrine.

Now, let's look at the truth. First, here is a Wikipedia comment on the 1920's "depression:"

"The Depression of 1920–21 was an extremely sharp deflationary recession in the United States, shortly after the end of World War I. It lasted from January 1920 to July 1921."

That is, it was a recession (GDP decreasing) because of "deflation"- i.e. prices for commodities in the U.S. collapsed. Why did this happen?

During World War I, U.S. production, both of manufactured goods, and imprtantly of agricultural products increased drastically. This was because U.S. producers expanded to meet the needs of Europe, which was economically devastated during World War I. So, if this in any way resulted from Wilsonian policy, it was a policy to prevent mass starvation in Europe- another cynical left wing plot, I guess.

After the war, no one could figure a way to equitably ramp down this excess production. This was serious in manufactured products, but far more devastating in agriculture, where, instead of a relatively small number of producers who could decide themselves to cut output, we had millions of small farmers. This did produce a depression in agricultural prices. It is important to note that the steadfast refusal of three succeeding Republican administrations to do anything meaningful for these people resulted in an agricultural economy that remained in an essential state of depression right up until the big depression hit.

But, of course, the Republicans did have more than time to pass numerous tax cuts for the rich:

"After five years of very high tax rates, rates were cut sharply under the Revenue Acts of 1921, 1924, and 1926. The combined top marginal normal and surtax rate fell from 73 percent to 58 percent in 1922, and then to 50 percent in 1923 (income over $200,000). In 1924, the top tax rate fell to 46 percent (income over $500,000). The top rate was just 25 percent (income over $100,000) from 1925 to 1928, and then fell to 24 percent in 1929."

That is to say, Republicans cut the top tax bracket to one third of what it had been. Now, let us deal with the conservative claim, as made by Beck, that these tax cuts had anything to do with the recovery from the 1920 deflation. Here is a chart of the Dow Jones Average from the relevant period. I have added a red line in approximately April, 1922, when the first of the tax cuts would have taken effect:















Notice that, by that time, the Dow had already recovered 43% of the value that it reached in the late summer of 1919, at its absolute peak, and it was actually above its value at the beginning of 1919, all of this happening before any of the Republican tax cuts took effect. So much for that piece of conservative dishonesty.

Beck goes on to say:

"(the 1920 depression) was short lived, thanks to Calvin Coolidge. Taxes were lowered from a top rate of 77% to 25%. Federal spending was slashed in half! By 1923, the economy was booming. "

Unfortunately for Beck's argument, Coolidge did not take office until August, 1923, long after the economy had turned around, and after even he claims things had gotten better.

Now let us turn to the last of Beck's lies:

"Hoover, a Progressive, made the Crash of ‘29 worse with excessive spending, setting the stage for FDR to take advantage of an emergency."

Again, let's take a look at the facts. Here is an account of the economic policies of the Hoover Administration:

"...calls for more government action increased. Congress passed a law allocating a mere 116 million dollars for public works and 45 million for drought relief. Fundamentally the government was aiming at a balanced budget,

...the federal government could have pumped more money into the economy through relief to the unemployed. But none of these was done. There was fear that cheapening money (by increasing the money supply) would further weaken the economy. Also, (the Republican) Congress and President Hoover were opposed to creating an unbalanced budget. They believed that unbalanced budgets and rising government debt retarded business recovery and that unbalanced budgets were a threat to the credit of the federal government. "

And here is a contemporary account of Hoover's policies, from the Pittsburgh Press, on May 7, 1932:

"...the country reacted quickly today to President Hoover's two appeals for a balanced budget...The President is on solid ground in warning Congress that budget balancing is essential to restoring public confidence, and that delay is making a bad depression worse."

"President Hoover was encouraged today by hundreds of telegrams approving his sharp rebuke to Congress and his appeal to the people for support in his demand for speedy government economies and a balanced budget."

"A new tax bill...practically rewritten by Treasury secretary Mills...will be reported to the Senate early next week...Mills, apparently expressing the view of President Hoover, hailed the bill...It imposed heavier income taxes in lower brackets and lowered upper bracket rates...The bill will balance the budget for the fiscal year 1933..."

Some "progressive" policies, huh? Increasing the tax burden on ordinary people in a depression, but not forgetting to cut taxes on the rich.

Sad to say, it is true that Hoover was a progressive from World War I through his service in the Harding administration, where he emerged almost alone untouched by scandal. However, he was forced to give up all of that and follow Republican dogma in order to get the nomination for president- in a way very similar to the manner in which John McCain had to abandon any principle he ever claimed to believe in, to get the party's nomination.

One final addendum, from a Hoover comment from 1949:

"Former President Herbert Hoover said last night the "gigantic" increase in government spending could end only in socialism or fascism...A splendid storehouse of integrity and freedom has been bequeathed to us by our forefathers. In this day of confusion, of peril to liberty, our high duty is to see that this storehouse is not robbed of its contents."

Boy, things never change, huh? At least not with these guys.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Talk About Frivolous Lawsuits...

From the L.A. Times:

"A former Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers is suing the FBI and Mississippi's attorney general.

Edgar Ray Killen says the FBI conspired to suppress his rights to "defend his society and culture."

Good luck on that one, buddy.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Newt Tells It, Yeah!

Newt Gingrich, speaking about health care legislation today, demonstrating his deep commitment
to democracy:

"the United States is not going to tolerate a group of people trying apply kind of a Hugo Chavez majoritarian rule in the Senate."

Rule by the despotic minority? That's okay I guess. But only a Communist dictator would support majority rule. The American way, Republican style.

Amendment

Here's some news:

"Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn., have introduced a constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited money on independent political expenditures."

How about this for the wording of this amendment:

"Corporations are not persons, and anyone who ever thought they were is an idiot."

Right Wing Insanity of the Day

From Frank Gaffney, no stranger to teh insane, and therefore a respected neocon:

"Can This Possibly be True? New Obama Missile Defense Logo Includes a Crescent

The Obama administration’s determined effort to reduce America’s missile defense capabilities initially seemed to be just standard Leftist fare — of a piece with the Democratic base’s visceral hostility to the idea of protecting us against ballistic missile threats. A just-unveiled symbolic action suggests, however, that something even more nefarious is afoot.

Now...we have another possible explanation for behavior that can only be described as treacherous and malfeasant: Team Obama’s anti-anti-missile initiatives are not simply acts of unilateral disarmament of the sort to be expected from an Alinsky acolyte. They seem to fit an increasingly obvious and worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam and the theo-political-legal program the latter’s authorities call Shariah."

Well, here it is- the offending logo:










Proof positive that Obama is a Communist Muslim out to destroy our country, you betcha.

Of course, to my eye, that red swoosh seems to be attacking the crescent, so I think it's actually a threat, via graphic arts, to split Islam in two.

By the way, Frank, in answer to your question, "can this possibly be true?" No, of course it can't, you brain-dead idiot. That didn't stop you from pretending that it could be, did it?

Update: Thanks to Thinking Meat, we now learn that this logo was actually designed during the Bush administration. I am positive that, when I go to check the right wing blogs tomorrow, I will find several dozen posts accusing Bush and Cheney of promoting "submission to Islam."

Health Care Summit

I turned the health care summit on. I think I lasted five minutes. If anyone managed to make it through more, and heard anything worth repeating, please let me know.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stimulus Truth

From Reuters:

"The massive stimulus package passed last year to blunt the impact of the worst U.S. recession in 70 years created up to 2.1 million jobs in the last three months of 2009, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.

The package boosted the economy by up to 3.5 percent and lowered the unemployment rate by up to 2.1 percent during that period, CBO said."

As I have said before, the truth is not that the stimulus didn't work, the truth is that Republican stewardship of our economy, along classic conservative lines, left the country in far worse shape than anyone realized.

Yet you will continue to hear, all over our alleged media, Republican claims that the stimulus was a failure, without any challenge to their lies. This is how Republicans regain their electoral competitiveness- with the blatant collaboration of the press.

What's more:

"The package is likely to have the greatest impact this year, according to CBO. It is expected to boost GDP by between 1.4 percent and 4 percent and bring down the unemployment rate by between 0.7 percent and 1.8 percent in 2010, higher figures than last year when many of its programs were being set up."

But the lies will continue- you can count on that. After all, an election is coming up, and if the press doesn't help the Republicans get back in power, they won't have any more national disasters to report.

Press Warps Public Again

From CNN:

"Two-thirds of Americans think that the Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to cooperate with President Obama, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, released Wednesday, also indicates the public believes the Democrats should be the ones to take the first step toward bipartisan cooperation and they want the Democrats to give up more than the GOP to reach a consensus"

Here is the result of the disgusting reporting we get in our country. Two thirds of the country recognize where the problem for government gridlock lies, but the endless press blabbering about the need for "bipartisanship" from Obama and the Dems has convinced them that it is the majority party's duty to bend to the will of the minority; even though those who really watch the political scene know that ninety nine percent of the problem comes from an intransigent, traitorous Republican party that has utterly abandoned its responsibility to participate in governing, in order to recapture power by destroying the ability of Democrats to function.

A democratic country cannot function without a responsible press. That's a good part of the reason why we now have a non-functional legislative branch. Other than going back to a pre-Reagan situation where huge corporations could not control the media, I have no answer to this gigantic problem.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Nonaggression Pact

I thought I would try being a little more fact-based for a change, and I would like to start with something brought up by a commenter- the 1939 nonaggression pact between Hitler and Stalin.

It has become part of accepted conservative cant that this action demonstrates that Hitler and Stalin were both the same; this notion has enjoyed renewed popularity as part of the contemptible notion that Hitler was really a left winger, currently a major right wing talking point (i.e. lie.) It was in pursuit of this notion that it was cited here. I don't think most people really know much about this pact, and I want to relate my understanding of what really happened.

As the thirties drew to an end, Stalin was becoming more and more suspicious of the intentions of his allies, Britain and France. Chamberlain and Daladier's disgraceful betrayal of Czechoslovakia gave Stalin reason to doubt that he could count on their commitments. As it became crystal clear that Hitler's next move would be into Poland, and up to the border of the Soviet Union, Stalin sought reassurance from Britain and France that they would fulfill their treaty obligations to Poland. A number of Soviet approaches to the English government for clarification resulted in refusal on the part of Chamberlain's government to give any clear answer.

Now, Stalin knew in 1939 that his army possessed neither the men nor the weapons to take German on alone. Yet he began to suspect (with good reason, in my opinion) that that is exactly what Chamberlain had in mind: to let the Nazis expend the might of their military in savaging the Soviet Union, after which Britain and France would have an easy time defeating them.

Stalin had no illusions about the intent of the Nazis to eventually crush the Soviet Union, but he knew that he needed time to build an adequate military. This opinion was shared by Hitler, who attacked the Soviet Union in 1942 at the expense of defeat in North Africa, because he believed that if he waited any longer he would be unable to achieve victory.

Thus, Stalin felt himself forced to buy time with the nonaggression pact, which of course he knew would be thrown in the trash heap the minute it suited Hitler's purpose. What did he do with the time he bought himself? Perhaps most importantly, he virtually disassembled all Soviet heavy industry, primarily located in the west, within easy reach of Germany, and moved it to the Urals, out of the reach of German bombers. This insured that the Soviets could continue their massive arms production, which was so crucial to their success from 1942 onwards. Also, of course, he began a huge expansion of his army which, by 1943 made it almost impossible for Hitler to win in a battle of attrition. The result of this is history.

Now, let me talk about Chamberlain, and what I want to say here is admittedly somewhat speculative. By the 1930's reflexive anticommunism had become a well established part of Western conservative doctrine. I believe that Chamberlain believed that he could not pay the internal political cost of publicly linking himself with the Soviet Union. He traded away his chance to do the honorable, and in fact, the necessary thing in order to avoid the condemnation of his fellow conservatives, which might well have cost him his job. If this sounds familiar to you, it is because it is exactly the sort of behavior that has come to characterize the behavior of our current crop of conservative "leaders-" the trading of national interest for personal advantage.

In this behavior, I believe, can be found the true cause of the Hitler-Stalin nonaggression pact.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Wingnut Wrapup

They're still out there, working as hard as they can to make themselves look like total idiots. And that kindly Green Eagle is happy to lend them a hand:

First, this piece of interesting news:

"The daughter of a man who crashed his small plane into an Internal Revenue Service building called her father a hero for his anti-government views"

Isn't this just a logical extension of the violent attitude fostered by Teabaggers? Expect to see more of this sort of thing in the near future. Now, on with the wingnuts:

Confederate Yankee: "Conspiratorial Crank Wins CPAC Presidential Straw Poll"

Yankee, who do you have that isn't a conspiratorial crank?

Confederate Yankee: "So Bishop's defense is going to claim paranoid schizophrenia, even as it admits that the real trigger wasn't mental illness, but the arrogance and sense of entitlement Bishop acquired along with her Harvard degree."

I guess that explains George W. Bush, too.

John Hinderaker, Power Line: "Are the Democrats Coming After Your Savings?"

No, John. We don't have any savings. The Republicans took it all. Didn't you notice?

Charlie Martin, Pajamas Media: "Climategate...It’s been called the “biggest scientific scandal in history.”

Yeah, and Green Eagle has been called the biggest jackass in the history of the world. Oh wait...that one might have some truth to it.

Anyway, who called climategate that? Some right wing liar? That's my guess.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "White House Promises to Ram Obamacare Through Congress Via Reconciliation Process"

I.e. by majority vote. Ramming it through by getting a majority to vote for it. What a sin.

"2 College Students Arrested In East Texas Church Arson Cases"

“Some blame Muslims for the east Texas church fires. Some blame Palin-hating liberals,” writes The Dallas Morning News’ Brooks Egerton."








Well, here they are. Look like Muslims to you? Look like Brie eating, Chardonnay swilling liberals to you? Well, to Green Eagle, they look like Mullet Headed right wing Texas crackers. Big surprise, huh?

Wayne Allen Root, Newsmax: A Tea Party Plan to Save the Economy
Step 1: Create a one-year national income tax vacation.
Step 2: Eliminate capital gains taxes permanently.
Step 3 Create a small business payroll tax vacation for two years.

God, you can't even make a joke about this. There is absolutely no crisis, no challenge so great that it can't be bent by Republicans into another attempt to aid the rich.

Stuart Schwartz, American Thinker: "I am Sarah Palin's brain. I'm here, I'm healthy, and I'm doing very well, thank you. Contrary to what you're told by the elites of both right and left, I exist."

I'm just very little.

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall: "Corruptocrat Eric Holder's National Security Cover-Up...For more than a year, I've been writing about the looming national security and conflict-of-interest problems posed by Holder's status as a former partner at the prestigious law firm Covington and Burling. The company currently represents or has provided pro bono representation and sob-story media-relations campaigns in the past to more than a dozen Gitmo detainees from Yemen who are seeking civilian trials on American soil."

It now being corruption and treason to provide criminal defendants with lawyers if Michelle Malkin doesn't like them. This "scandal" is all over the right blogosphere the last few days. Turns out the constitution doesn't mean so much when it interferes with the blood lust of conservatives.

Leon Wolf, Red State: "OH-Sen: Dem Candidates Crawl in Bed with Unions"

Good idea. Better than crawling in bed with rich corporations, like a certain party I can think of.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Mark Levin: Obama is “Biggest Disaster in American History”

Another example of a phenomenon I speak about frequently: Post-Bush projection disorder.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Figures. Reuters Covers For Pelosi– Ignores That Speaker Caught Lying About CIA “Torture Briefings”

Jim, perhaps they ignored it because it didn't happen. After "climategate" and the terrorist attorneys and the death panels, we know that among conservatives, the fact that something didn't happen is no excuse not to report on it, but out here in the real world, we like something to be true before we write articles about it. Here's another example:

Jim Koury, Renew America: "Was there a Muslim plot to poison food at U.S. Army base?"

No. Actually, there wasn't. The defense department stated that there is no evidence that any such thing ever happened. That didn't stop wingnuts from writing several dozen posts about it.

American Thinker: "Obama's reform plan passes the buck to the next president"

Bush's plans passed a depression and two unwinable wars to Obama. But that was okay, I guess.

Bipartisanship- It's A One Way Street

"Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate's top Republican, "promised Sunday morning that he and his members will attend President Obama's health care summit on Thursday 'ready to participate’ but said the Democrats are being 'arrogant' by refusing to scrap their legislation and start over"

It is arrogant for Democrats in the Senate to pass legislation with 60 votes, and then not throw it out the window when Republicans object.

Democracy, Republican style.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Digby Nails It

Digby has such a talent for putting things in the most direct manner possible. I shouldn't be surprised that she managed to put things in perspective with a single chart:



















But of course, it's all Obama's fault. Let's be clear about this: the pale blue band, about 5% of the deficit, is Obama's (very necessary, unless you want a depression) contribution. The rest is the gift to the American people from the Republican party. Despite the endless abuse that Democrats suffer when they try to point this out, it's about time that they begin to say this every time they get in front of a microphone. Unless they want to let the Republicans rewrite history as usual.

Could Anyone Put It Clearer?

From Daily Kos:

"Joe Lieberman didn't campaign for John McCain in 2008 because he's a selfish, whiny, unprincipled back-stabber. According to the new book Game Change, he did it because the Democrats hurt his oh-so-tender feelings"

And health care for millions of people is held hostage to this one man's tantrums. That's our Senate today.

Wingnut Wrapup

The wingnuts are feeling their oats today, and where they go, Green Eagle follows:

Town Hall: "The third and final day of the conservative political action conference is off to a hot start, and Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck are getting ready for their big speeches coming up soon!"

Oh boy! I can hardly wait! Honey, bring in the popcorn.

Ken Blackwell, Town Hall: "The blogs have been having a lot of fun with Vice President Joe Biden’s latest gaffe. The veep claimed that the U.S. would be the world economic leader “throughout the twentieth century.”

That's a gaffe? We would have been if it weren't for you crooks. Interesting that it wasn't a gaffe to claim that the war in Iraq would be over in six weeks.

Jillian Bandes, Town Hall: "Where Are Conservatives Going?"

To hell in a handbasket. Guys, just make it fast, please.

And now, Green Eagle's award for Ominous Sounding but Completely Meaningless Headline:

Dave Poff, Red State: "Barack Obama: A Candle With Two Wicks"

What the hell is that supposed to mean? Something bad, I guess.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Obama’s ACORN group was banned from receiving federal funds in September after the group was busted on tape promoting the child sex slave trade."

Yes, Jim, but their funds were restored after they were found to be totally innocent of this lying right wing smear. You forgot to mention that part. Just an accident, I guess. Deadline approaching and all- no time for the truth.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Harry Reid Says He Supports Passing Nationalized Health Care With 51 Votes...Several protesters met unpopular politicians Harry Reid and Barack Obama today in Las Vegas."

Well, good for Harry. Following tradition, Green Eagle brings you Jim's picture of this mass protest:

















The thunderous voice of the American people will be heard!

Now, I must admit that I found some other photos of this event which were in a format that I could not place here. The most people I could count in any photo was 10. And two of them were holding a large banner saying: "Obama Give Wild Horses and Burros a Fair Share of Public Land" Boy, that's telling 'em.

If you want to see the other pictures for yourself, you can find them here.

Andrew Breitbart: "“The left’s Alinsky tactics — that’s you Rachel Maddow — of isolating Sarah Palin or her poor children and beating on them, beating on them, beating on them … [won’t succeed] with the tea party movement."

Alinsky? Listen, Andy- at work, I've found that most people don't even know what tea parties are. Alinsky? Who? And did he really like to beat on children?

Listen, keep this line of argument alive- it's really going to work for you. No, I mean really.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily: "Organizers of a new march on Washington are offering Americans the opportunity to show President Obama their birth certificates and declare that unless he produces documentation of his eligibility to occupy the Oval Office, he should quit."

Boy is Green Eagle going to be watching for that one, after the great success of their general strike last month, and after their national teabag convention attracted SIX HUNDRED people.

And this, just to let us know that America's sweetheart, Sher Zieve is still out there looking on the bright side of things:

Sher Zieve, Renew America: "The malevolent triumvirate of Obama, Pelosi and Reid continues to look under every possible rock in order to find ways to bypass, suppress and crush the will — if not the minds and bodies — of the American people"

What a way you have with words, Sher.

Michael Gaynor, Renew America: "Smart Sarah Palin, yes! "

If by smart, you mean "will stoop to anything." Kind of the same sort of smart that we came to know so well in that brilliant political thinker, Karl Rove.

Reverend Grant Swank, Renew America: "Isn't it thrilling to see these Tea Bag zealots lifting loftily the virtues America was known for decades ago?"

What, slavery?

Jon N. Hall, American Thinker: "why not suspend the Corporation Income Tax altogether? "

Oh, I don't know. How could it hurt? It's not like we need the revenue or anything.

The Great Fascism Lie- Still Alive

I don't know why this sort of thing drives me so crazy. Here it is again, from that malicious jackass, Joseph Farah, at World Net Daily:

"fascism is often portrayed as a "right-wing" ideology, when, in fact, it is far left."

This is of course a total, utter lie. The great Fascists of history clearly regarded themselves as being on the right, allied with other right wing elements, and constantly attacked the left.

"Mussolini was beloved by the left and practically defined fascism."

Utterly false. He was hated by the left, and did everything he could to destroy them. Because most Americans know nothing about Mussolini, Farah can get away with this lie relatively easily, but the willingness of so many on the right to believe the following is much harder to swallow:

"Hitler was embraced by the Communist Soviet Union, until he betrayed Stalin's non-aggression pact."

This is more than a lie- it is an evil attempt to rewrite history. Hitler's chief enemy, other than Jews, was Bolsheviks. He justified his entire program from the very beginning, by claiming the necessity to wipe out Communism. The first party that he banned after taking power was the Communists. He formed alliances only with other right wing parties. And what's more, Joseph Farah knows this full well, and yet he is willing to participate in spreading this vicious distortion. The notion that Hitler was on the left would be ludicrous if it were not for the hatred and malice that lie behind it.

"Hollywood Communists led the "peace movement" in the U.S. and fought involvement in the European war until Hitler betrayed Stalin."

This is false. In fact, the real opposition to war with Hitler came almost entirely from Republicans, who, until we were attacked in 1941, fought every attempt by Roosevelt to offer any assistance to England and France in their fight against the Nazis. Even after Pearl Harbor, Republicans like George W. Bush's grandfather persisted in aiding the Nazis until they were forcibly stopped by our government.

This loathsome historical rewriting has but one purpose, and it is something I have spoken about before. If there is one defining characteristic of the right, it is their absolute refusal to take a shred of responsibility for the consequences of their actions. Whether it is their refusal to admit the disaster wrought by George W. Bush's implementation of their economic theories, the catastrophe brought about in the Middle East by using our military to pursue right wing political notions, or even the most obvious and manifest truth about the most evil man of the modern era, they will never admit their part in the damage.

I may be shouting in the wilderness, but I at least will not sit still for this disgusting behavior.

What Do You Expect?

A couple of headlines from Talking Points Memo this morning:

Obama To GOP On Health Care Summit: Come Here In Good Faith

Cantor: GOP 'Will Say No To The Health Care Bill'

It's funny that no one in the press demanded that Bush act in a bipartisan manner when he was ruining the country, even though anyone with a brain knew what the consequences would be. But Obama has to go through this useless Kabuki show in order to get anything done, even with huge Congressional majorities. Otherwise he risks being ripped apart by the "press."

And don't even start with the psychologizing of our Washington journalists. This always happens to Democrats, and it never happens to Republicans. How long will it take for people to get it? This is about rich people (i.e. Republicans) owning our media, and twisting the truth to their own ends. Without their assistance in spreading the Republican pseudo-reality, Reagan would never have beat Carter, Bush would never have been able to steal the presidency from Gore, and Obama today would have been able to do far more to heal the wounds our county suffered at the hands of Bush.

Good News, or just More Blather?

News today that Harry Reid has stated publicly that he will support a public option health care reform, through reconciliation.

This will be amazing if it turns out to be true, but unfortunately we have all become familiar in recent months with just how little Harry Reid's support amounts to.

On the other hand, there seems to be a growing willingness among Democratic Senators to do just that. Leaving aside, for a moment, the fact that it is about time that the United States joins the entire rest of the industrialized world in striking a fair balance between corporate profits and the health of its populace, it sure would be a wonderful thing to see the looks on Republicans' faces when it dawned on them that they could have had a far weaker law, if they had just stopped being such intransigent dicks, and took the Senate bill that was passed last fall.

Too good to be true, probably. Green Eagle is such a dreamer.

More Bad Advice from the Washington Post

Dana Milbank at the Washington Post, perhaps setting out to prove that David Broder is falling behind the times in flinging partisan garbage at Democrats:

"In hiring Emanuel, Obama avoided the mistakes of his Democratic predecessors, who first gave the chief of staff job to besotted loyalists"

Democratic predecessors? DEMOCRATIC predecessors? Dana, I guess it didn't take you long to forget a guy by the name of Karl Rove, huh? There's a loyalist, and terminally corrupt in the bargain. I don't remember you taking exception to him. Oh, no, it's only wrong for a Democrat to have a chief of staff who is loyal. Far better to have one who sells him out to Max Baucus and Blanche Lincoln and Olympia Snowe every time victory is within reach. For Republicans, it's okay to employ people who cheat and lie and smear to get their way, bringing about a near depression in the process. But God forbid Democrats should hire aides who actually believe in the Democratic program.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Self Appointed?

Here's an amusing comment from some God-forsaken wingnut blog:

"It seems that snow wasn't the only thing piling up on the White House lawn last week. President Obama met with a trio of self-annointed black leaders; Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, and the omnipresent Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action League."

Self-annointed? Weren't they elected to be leaders by their organizations, two of which have a decades-long record of public service? What exactly makes them "self-annointed?" The fact that they don't agree to shout out Republican party-line drivel at every opportunity?

I guess they are nothing like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, who were annointed by God. Or at least Rupert Murdoch.

What a bunch of dicks there are in the world.

Wingnut Wrapup

I've got to clear the decks here for tomorrow's avalanche of adulation over the "Mount Vernon Statement" (see below) so here is what the right has been blathering about the last few days:

First I'd like to spend a little time on the greatest synthetic scandal of the year, "Climategate," in which climate scientists reveal themselves to be unprinicpled liars. The latest involves supposed statements of one Phil Jones, which have been totally discredited, not the least by Mr. Jones himself, who says that he never believed or stated any such thing. That doesn't slow down the right wing lie machine, however. Here are seven articles from one website, Pajamas Media, covering this nonexistent, fabricated scandal:

"Climategate: Not Enough, Phil — Skeptics' Careers, Lives Have Been Endangered...Phil Jones came clean? Wake me when the death threats stop."

"Per a Phil Jones interview with the BBC, confirmation that the temperature record of the CRU is little better than a fabrication."

"Climategate: Phil Jones Finally Proves Al Gore Right — The Debate Is Over...CRU's Phil Jones just ended it via the BBC"

"Climategate: Phil Jones, Head of CRU, Comes Clean"

"Climategate: Phil Jones Still Has More Reflecting To Do...Jones conceded a little, but he remains unwilling to take a more objective view of climate science."

"Climategate: So Jones Lost the Data? It Was Worthless, Anyway"

"Climategate: What Did Phil Jones Actually Admit? Was He Correct?...D'Aleo takes a look at Jones' shockingly candid answers to the embattled scientist's interview with the BBC yesterday."

I'm not even going to dignify this with a comment. Let's move on:

Erick Erickson, Red State: "We hear this all time — conservatives in the GOP have to play nice with the moderates. We never hear the other, that moderates should play nice with conservatives. Why is that?"

Maybe it's because there are no moderates in the GOP. Or maybe it's because it's the conservatives who are corrupt, lying smear masters without a shred of human decency. Personally, I vote for number two.

Ann Coulter: "How Long Are We Going to Pretend That Joe Biden Is Not Just Some Drunken Irishman Embarrassing Obama?"

At least, while he was drunk, he never shot anyone in the face. Remember when that happened, Ann? Now, that is what I call embarrassing.

World Net Daily: "Drop blood pressure up to 60 points!"

Stop reading World Net Daily

Astute Bloggers: "DOES THE RADICAL LEFT HAVE A SECRET STRATEGY TO TAKE OVER THE SENATE?"

Yeah, o astute ones. The plan involves electing more liberal Senators. Really sneaky, huh? And so far, it's working out pretty well.

William T. Quick, Pajamas Media: "GOP Risks Being Swept Away Unless They Adopt Tea Party Principles"

What, lying and pandering to people's greed and hate? Sorry to let you in on the secret, Bill, but the GOP is way ahead of you guys on that one.

Jim Hoft, Pajamas Media: "Crow Nation Members Holds First Tea Party Rally in Montana"














And here is the only picture of this rally that I could find. Looks like it attracted a massive crowd of oh, say, three people. A real movement you are building there, guys.

Nick Gillespie, Big Government: "What if you were injured and developed severe pain that wouldn’t go away? Would your government let you take the kind of pain medication you need? If federal officials follow the recommendation of a Food and Drug Administration panel, many of the most effective prescription painkillers—including Vicodin, Percocet, and countless generics—would be banned."

Don't get in a panic, Nick. I'm sure this won't interfere with Rush Limbaugh's oxycontin supply.

"RenewAmerica's Facebook page draws 3,000 fans in its first three months"

My sons have a friend who posted a film of a GTR crashing running a canyon in L.A. It got 165,000 hits the first weekend. Deal with it, suckers.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily: "After 13 years, I really believed WND would have inspired all kinds of competition doing what we are doing...Yet today there is still nothing like WND anywhere else – on the Internet, on TV, in print or in any other venue."

Yeah, but there is plenty like WND in the nation's mental hospitals. So don't worry, Joseph. We're not running out of people like you.

World Net Daily: "Beginning today, WND is offering readers the opportunity to send exquisitely designed and bound copies of the Constitution to Barack Obama and the leaders of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

For only $9.99, including Fed Ex shipping you can deliver to Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid copies of the nation's founding document so they will have no excuses as to the legal limitations on their power."

Green Eagle is offering readers the opportunity to send copies of the constitution via e-mail to Barack et. al. for the one time only price of $0.00. Just as good, and doesn't finance assholes.

World Net Daily: "Is this incredible thing in heavens a sign from God? The truth is, we're still struggling to understand what this means"











But Green Eagle understands what it means. Yes he does. It means that you are even stupider than he thought you were.

What is this, anyway, an outtake from Spaceballs? Or the Grand Cosmic Mezuzzeh, coming to blight the earth for failing to get excited enough about Purim?

Martha Zoller, Human Events: "Is the Obama Agenda to Blame for the Toyota Recall Media Boom?"

Oh God, I knew it. He stuck those gas pedals down all by himself. It's so obvious when you think about it.

Chuck Norris, Human Events: "Ready for Feds in Your Kitchen?"

Only if they can make good risotto.

Gary Andres, Weekly Standard: "How the Health Care Summit Could Backfire on Democrats"

What, like the Republicans might show up and not act like a bunch of anti-American, corrupt jerks? Fat chance, Gary.

A New Era Dawns- the Mount Vernon Statement!

Get ready for a shattering breakthrough in political ideology! A group of top Conservatives have just issued a call to a new order for our country! This document, destined to stand along the Constitution, the Gettysburg address and the pilot of "My Mother the Car" as seminal statements in our history, is called the "Mount Vernon Statement; although I am not sure why, as the people at Mount Vernon refused to allow it to be used for this cheap political stunt. Anyway, that makes it a good start for Conservatives- they're lying before they even get past the title. Well, for your elucidation, here it is- the conservative blueprint for our future, printed here in its entirety, with a few random jeers from Green Eagle.

Mount Vernon Statement

We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding. Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.

Because Democratic self government would be anathema to the founding fathers. That goes without saying, right?

These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world.

And, what would a conservative statement be without a little meaningless, self-congratulatory jingoism, right?

They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.


Because, let us say, the clauses in the constitution giving Congress the power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States, to coin money, to establish post offices and post roads, or to promote the progress of science and useful arts, will strike terror in the hearts of dictators.

Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack.

What? the right of the government to coin money? Boy, I never heard that one.

In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.


Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down?

I mean, who knows? It might lead sideways for all we know. And then, we would all have to walk like crabs- something that would make George Washington spin in his grave.

Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?


No, better to keep heading down the path to a depression. At least we know where we'll be then. Better the devil you know than the angel you don't, right? Wait...that's not how the saying goes, is it?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Constitutional conservatism. Because if there is one thing that these founding fathers, who rebelled against the established rulers and created an entirely new form of government, would have hated, it is surely the idea of change.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

Of course, the Declaration of Independence, however worthy, has no status in American law.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.
A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.

It reminds the rest of us how boring it is possible to be in a few hundred words.


A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

* It applies the principle of limited government based on the
rule of law to every proposal.
* It honors the central place of individual liberty in American
politics and life.
* It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and
economic reforms grounded in market solutions.

It certainly does no such thing.

* It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom
and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that
end.

Where? Where in the constitution is there anything about what we should do to oppose tyranny?

* It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood,
community, and faith.

And of course, liberals would never support the rule of law, individual liberty or opposing tyranny, let alone family and community. No, only conservatives believe in those things. Liberals believe in Communism and Jihad.

If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.

Maybe you could retake the high ground by not causing depressions or starting wars of aggression, or torturing people, or giving rich people all the money. How about that for a start?



Well, there it is. Every word. Please take the time to notice one thing: this entire document is composed of nothing but jingoistic catch phrases. There is not one single concrete proposal in the entire thing. There is not one attempt to deal with any of the problems facing our country, let alone confront their causes. This is, of course, because conservatives have no answers, only the same old lies, designed to prolong our nation's descent into the cesspool of greed and hatred that best serves the purpose of their insatiable masters.

And this hollow piece of meaningless trash leads to the following response from the worthless fool, Wolf Blitzer, who asks, as Digby reports: "if this "Mt Vernon Statement" will launch a new era of conservative ascendance." Can it be long before we are treated to Charles Krauthammer, David Broder and all the rest speculating on the brave new future for conservatism to be ushered in by this idiotic document?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Reverend Swank Solves the Climate Problem

We can always count on the Reverend Grant Swank to keep us informed about the issues of the day. Today, he turns his massive intellect, recently employed revealing that Obama is a Marxist Muslim Jihadist, toward the issue of climate science. Don't you just know that his comments are going to be so helpful to us? Well, let's just dive right in- the sooner started, the sooner finished:

"Let the Creator be in charge of climate."

Not that he's doing that good of a job of it these days. But then, having power and then governing with complete incompetence- that's the Republican way, right? And God is a Republican. If I've learned anything from Reverend Swank, it's that.

"Mortals are playing God when they move into changing climate and moving continents and sludging taxpayers and kissing up to unbelieving loudmouths and passing legislation that will gouge Americans and so forth."

Well, except that we are trying to prevent the climate from changing, Reverend. You guys are the ones that are changing it, and not for the better. By the way, I don't remember the part in the Bible where God threatens people who kiss up to loudmouths. If so, Dick Cheney's friends better get down on their knees and beg for forgiveness.

By the way, let's not fail to notice that, once again, it comes down to not wanting to pay taxes. They are nothing if not consistent, on that issue anyway.

God is God."

Well, I guess you can't argue with that.

"Mortals are so intent on playing deity that they play right into the hands of God's enemy, Satan. Satan always wanted to be God. He sought to take over the eternal throne. That cost him his place in hell. Now he is known in the Bible as the "King of the Pit."

King of the Pit? I thought that was Michael Vick.

"God states that "as long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease...All detail related to that overview is under God's surveillance, not mortals'. Tell that to Al Gore. Inform Bill Clinton of that basic reality."

Boy, there is a piece of science that sure influences my opinion. Grant, we never said summer and winter and all the rest of those things would cease- we just said that they would get really miserable. And you know what, if all you have to contribute to the climate issue is a bunch of two thousand year old myths, why don't you keep your opinions and your anger and your lying to yourself. We're trying to deal with a real problem here, and your attempt to exploit it to push your ugly, warped religious views on people really isn't helping.

"(Clinton, Gore et. al.) are representative of the climate-geared God-mockers who seek to manipulate creation to their own ends. Their own ends will be what is described repeatedly in Scripture as damnation."

I.e. apparently they will go straight to hell. As an alternative to you guys, who are dead set on making it just like hell right here at home.

Rachel Responds

As Reported at Daily Kos:

"Dick Cheney video clip from This Week: I think the proper way to deal with [the underpants bomber] would have been to treat him as an enemy combatant.

Rachel Maddow: That would be a lot more convincing if you‘d ever done that yourself when you had the chance."

Too bad she will never get a chance to say it to his face. The rest of her reply is great, too.

And by the way, if you missed her demolition of Glenn Beck last night, over his lies about her, you missed another treat.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Who Taught This Guy, Joe Lieberman?

From Yahoo, this report about Evan Bayh, one more "Democrat" we can do without quite nicely, thank you:

"Bayh argued that the American people needed to deliver a "shock" to Congress by voting incumbents out en masse and replacing them with people interested in reforming the process and governing for the good of the people, rather than deep-pocketed special-interest groups."

Of course, did we ever hear this dick talk about replacing incumbents when the Republicans were in control and riding roughshod over Democrats? Remember that this guy is the son of a former Senator and would be a big fat nobody if his father had been a plumber or an electrician- just like George W. Bush. And wouldn't this be a better country if privileged brats like Evan Bayh could be made to disappear from our government?

Good riddance, asshole, and please find a way to take the other corrupt "centrist" Dems with you.

And Let's Not Forget Holy Joe

Here's Holy Joe Lieberman, whining again, from another great story at Talking Points Memo:

"...it turns out one reason he so fully embraced Republican Sen. John McCain during the presidential campaign is that none of his fellow Democrats asked for his help."

Right. And why might that be:

"But more importantly, Lieberman's loyalty (to McCain) and defiance of the Democratic party led McCain to want him as his running mate. McCain came so close that his team was already attempting to smooth the waters for nominating a pro-choice former Democrat at the Republican National Convention.

But in mid-August, Karl Rove told McCain aides it would be an awful idea... Rove phoned Lieberman Aug. 24 and pleaded with him to decline the offer.

"[Y]ou may be the only person who can save McCain from himself," Rove said to Lieberman, according to the book."

Just the man that a Democratic presidential candidate would turn to for help, huh? Someone who was consulting with Karl Rove.

Joe Lieberman- ya gotta love him.

More News on the Gun Totin' Perfessor

From TPM, the following account of her behavior after she killed her brother:

"She then ran with the gun down the street apparently looking for a getaway car. In that search she reportedly threatened two others -- one in an attempt to get him to stop his vehicle (presumably so she could take it) and another at an auto repair shop where she was rifling through a collection of keys trying to steal a car."

So the police decided that her shooting her brother was accidental. Why wasn't she charged with attempted carjacking (a very serious felony), assault with a deadly weapon and attempted car theft?

You know, in California, there is a law: "use a gun, go to jail." Maybe not in Massachusetts, but can a person really commit several violent crimess and just walk away from it all, just because her mother is connected with the police?

This woman had a very violent past, and a major part of the responsibility for the three dead people in Alabama lies with the authorities who let her slide on major criminal acts.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Is He?

From Talking Points Memo, this question:

"Is Evan Bayh Running for President?"

What, in a bid to become the Democratic Fred Thompson?

Why Does This Make Me Laugh?

From an article about the Alabama professor-murderer:

"On Sunday, Mr. Anderson firmly defended his wife in an interview at their home in Huntsville, saying that she had been completely cleared in the pipe bomb case and that her brother’s death had been accidental."

Oh, okay then. I buy that. I guess we all have been suspected at one time or another of murdering a sibling, or sending someone a pipe bomb. Nothing to raise red flags there.

Well, at least Professor Anderson can take pleasure in the fact that she has now most certainly earned the lifetime tenure she sought. Not at a state university, no, at another state institution.

Joe The Plumber is Angry

Joe the Plumber, on John McCain, without whom he would still be an unlicensed plumber scraping together a living in Ohio:

"I don't owe him shit. He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it."

i.e. made him a ton more money than he would have ever had otherwise, made him famous, and made him idolized across the country (admittedly by a group primarily composed of, uh, retards) as a qualified expert about national affairs.

So, if you ever wonder just how greedy, self-important and oblivious teabaggers really are, just take a look at one of their great heroes.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wingnut Wrapup

An unusually annoying collection of lies from the right today, I think:

Erick Erickson: "I am hearing from multiple, prominent people that the Republicans in Washington are seriously thinking of caving and having an on camera sit down with Barack Obama even though their pre-conditions for a meeting will not be met.

Why?

Unless Barack Obama is prepared to unleash the free market to drive down health care costs — a sign he could only send by rejected the pre-existing plans, which are filled with government growth and mandates — there is no point to meet with him."

Ah yes. Unless Obama agrees to give up in advance, there is no point in meeting with him. Republican thinking in a nutshell. Do what we want or go to hell.

Neo-Neocon, Pajamas Media: "...hating Palin is a bonding exercise: a way to signal one's own tasteful judgment."

No, it's a way to signal one's own grasp of reality: we don't really want to turn our country over to ignorant, corrupt, lunatic demagogues.

James Long, American Thinker: "The Democrats all agree that President George Bush received a surplus when he took office after President Clinton's term, and he passed a deficit to President Obama. Democrats are outrageous prevaricators."

Prevarication, in this case, being a Republican term for Democrats telling the truth. I won't bother to explain to you the sick chain of claims that Mr. Long assembled in an effort to deny this obvious and well known fact; suffice it to say that there is nothing, no matter how established as historical fact, that they won't deny if it suits their purpose.

Dan Miller, Pajamas Media: "Are Socialist Worker Militias Coming to a City Near You? Is Hugo Chavez's new domestic militia what Obama was considering when he promised a "civilian national security force?"

No. Of course not. Doesn't stop these liars from claiming that it's true, though.

Astute Bloggers: "OIL RIG ACTIVITY PROVES THERE IS NO OIL SHORTAGE"

People keep taking cokes out of the refrigerator. THAT PROVES THAT THE REFRIGERATOR WILL NEVER RUN OUT OF COKES!

Rich Tucker, Town Hall: "Not long ago, to be old in this country usually meant to be poor... Today, however, a massive portion of our federal budget is spent on helping older Americans...Finally, though, there are signs that Americans are pushing back against the liberal idea..."

Americans are pushing back, huh? So we can come as fast as possible to the time when, once again, "to be old in this country usually means to be poor." Yeah, a real lot of people are going to buy into that one, Rich. keep pushing that idea. I think it's a good thing for the American people to know that this is what it means to be a Republican.

Red State: "I find it fascinating that Democrats want a tough-minded, bull-headed, strong-willed President now, when only 3 short years ago these very same Democrats (confronted with a President exhibiting these very same personality traits) did nothing but belly ache, moan, and complain"

You mean Bush? Bull headed, strong willed, stupid, ignorant, belligerent, corrupt and pathologically dishonest. Really, it was mostly those last four that we objected to. And by the way, if he were so strong willed, maybe he would have been able to stop Dick Cheney from making himself vice president, and then riding roughshod over Bush for eight years.

An e-mail, quoted with approval by Erick Erickson, Red State: "Dear Mr. Erikson: Even you with your exaulted sense of superior intelligence , surely you realize it’s NOT ABOUT THE “BIRTH” — it’s his refusal to provide ANY-ANY biographical evidence of his being or accomplishments."

Because we really don't know that he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review, a constitutional law professor, an Illinois State Legislator and a U.S. Senator. No, we know nothing about him.

Grant Swank, Renew America: "Palin wakes up each morning, not driven by political opportunism, but what she considers to be God's will for that day."

God's will apparently being that she make as much money as fast as possible.

The New Climate Lie from the Right

Here's the right wing global warming scandal of the day:

"Top Climate Scientist Admits Man-made Global Warming Is a Farce–

* Data for vital ‘hockey stick graph’ has gone missing
* There has been no global warming since 1995
* Warming periods have happened before – but NOT due to man-made changes

Finally, one of the chief scientists at the center of the “Climategate” scandal admitted this weekend that there has been no significant global warming in the last 15 years."

You can read all about it here, here, here, here, and probably at another trillion right wing websites, if you bothered to look. Funny how they all hopped on this story the same day.

Green Eagle will stick his neck out here: Anyone want to bet how long it will be before this story turns out to be a total lie?

Update: Well, that didn't take long:

"... the Daily Mail, has taken another body blow with the paper publishing a false story claiming that Phil Jones had admitted that there had been no global warming since 1995."

They're so predictable. Now, I wonder how long it will be before these guys admit that they were wrong, or even until wingnut blogs stop retailing this false story. A word of advice: don't hold your breath.

Update 2: If you needed any further proof that this new claim is a total lie, Bill Kristol was on Fox News today, repeating the same thing.

Biden Speaks the Truth

I can't believe it, but I am about to report positively on something I just read at Town Hall:

"Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday belittled Dick Cheney's criticism of the Obama administration's commitment to fighting terrorism as either "misinformed or he is misinforming" and said the Iraq wasn't worth it because of "the horrible price" paid.

Biden accused Cheney of not listening to what's going on around him and trying to rewrite history."

You go, Joe. It's about time that someone in the Obama administration started telling the truth.

I want to predict that this is not the last word that we are going to hear about this from the wingnuts, and that the rest of it is not going to be pretty. It will turn out that it is okay for Cheney to tell the most malicious lies about the current administration, but that it is treason to criticize a former (Republican) Vice President.

Gun Violence-The True Cause (wingnut style)

So I am reading an article at the CNN website about the professor at an Alabama university who killed three of her colleagues in a faculty meeting, and I found the following in the comments:

"THIS IS ANOTHER TRAGEDY IN THE U.S.A. THEY ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE OUT OF CONTROL BECAUSE THE PRESSURE ON THEM BY THE ABUSE ON TAXES"

Now, I know there are people who think I am oversimplifying things when I insist that all modern Conservatism is about is "cut my taxes," and that all the rest is nothing but window dressing to fool the gullible. And I know you can't generalize too much from one ignorant loon on the internet. But still, could you hope to find a better example of right wing "reasoning?"

Update: But wait! There's more! From Jim Hoft, at Gateway Pundit:

"Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Socialist Professor Amy Bishop Who Killed 3 Profs Yesterday Shot & Killed Her Brother in 1986 "

So, not only is this murder caused by high taxes, it was also the result of socialism! I haven't seen a single word in any news article suggesting that this woman, who was a biology professor, had anything to do with socialism. I guess God beamed the information right down into Jim Hoft's brain.

There's just no end to their contempt for common decency, is there?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Democracy, Iraq Style

Here's a story that won't surprise you:

"A political coalition led by one of the Iraqi prime minister's fiercest critics temporarily halted its campaign Saturday for next month's parliamentary elections after a number of its candidates were barred from running.

The Iraqi National Movement, led by former Shiite premier Ayad Allawi, suspended campaigning for three days while it attempts to negotiate the return of dozens of its candidates, said spokesman Haydar al-Mulla.

The back-and-forth political wrangling over the ban on more than 450 candidates for the March 7 vote has threatened to undermine Iraq's political stability, worrying U.S. officials that it could throw the credibility of the elections into question and undo security gains."

The "credibility" of the election. That's a laugh, huh?

And once again, let us all give a quiet vote of thanks to George Bush and Dick Cheney, for bringing democracy to the Middle East. I expect to see many other countries over there following the shining example set by our carefully chosen democratic government in Iraq.

And boy, you have to admit that the two trillion dollars we spent to achieve this milestone in good government sure seems like a good investment now.

Ignorant Vice Presidential Candidate- a Republican Tradition

Dan Quayle (remember him?) on Fox news, transcribed by Talking Points Memo, where you can see the video if you'd like:

"They're gonna go to budget reconciliation, which I believe would set a very bad precedent, because essentially -- if they could do it, and I don't know if they can do it, but if they could do it -- what you have done, effectively, is to take away the filibuster in the United States Senate," Quayle said. "So, therefore, you have 51 votes in the House and 51 votes in the Senate. That is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind. That is not the constitutional process."

How do I lie to you? Let me count the ways:

1. "That is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind."

From an recent article in Time Magazine (this information is easily confirmable lots of places:)

"The filibuster, long seen by its proponents as a necessary check on power and by its critics as a frustrating waste of time, has been around since the mid-19th century...The word comes from the Dutch term vrijbuiter (pirate)... Originally, both the Senate and the House of Representatives had a rule called the Previous Question Motion, where a simple majority ended debate — a rule the House has kept. But the Senate dropped this provision in 1806, leaving open the potential for a filibuster. (Read "Revisiting the Filibuster.")

The first filibuster in U.S. Senate history began on March 5, 1841"

Founding fathers? not so much. They were all dead by 1841.

2. "So, therefore, you have 51 votes in the House and 51 votes in the Senate."

51 votes in the House. Dan, you stupid dick, you were in the House of Representatives, and you apparently never even noticed how many seats there are in the room.

3. "
...51 votes in the House and 51 votes in the Senate. That is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind. That is not the constitutional process."

Dan, you never noticed, when you were a congressman, that the House of Representatives doesn't have the filibuster? No, I guess not.

4. "
51 votes in the Senate. That is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind."

No, of course not, Dan. They didn't want majority rule. No way. What they wanted was that a few Senators in the pay of gigantic corporations could bring the Senate to a grinding halt, and prevent the government from doing anything to deal with our problems.

Well, I feel called upon to set the record straight. When I used the word 'lie' up there, I guess what I really meant was that this ignorant cracker was in Congress and doesn't have a clue what its rules are or what their history is. And yet some malicious Republican presidential candidate decided that this guy was suitable to be one step away from the Oval Office.

Thank God no presidential candidate would be that stupid again, huh?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Well Being Up

"WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Life Evaluation Index reached a new high of 50.3 in January, pushing past the 50.0 threshold for the first time since Gallup and Healthways began tracking well-being daily."

This story featured the following graph:












Gee, I wonder what happened around the beginning of 2009 that started this line back on its upward course? Of course, we are still going to hear from the mainstream media that Americans hate Obama and Democratic rule, and they are abandoning the Democrats in droves. Because truth is what the Republicans say it is, and that's the end of that story.

The Sickness Never Ends

From the New York Times:

"PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The police in El Salvador have begun an investigation into whether a man suspected of leading a trafficking ring involving Central American and Caribbean women and girls is also a legal adviser to the Americans charged with trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without permission.

When the judge presiding over the Haitian case learned on Thursday of the investigation in El Salvador, he said he would begin his own inquiry of the adviser, a Dominican man who was in the judge’s chambers days before."

I guess I am not jaundiced enough to follow this story to its logical conclusion, but if it turns out to be true, we could be on the verge of hearing one of the sickest tales in modern history. Even Green Eagle isn't quite ready to think about what a can of maggots may have been opened by these people's arrest.

It's Really Not That Hard, Dems

This article from Talking Points Memo made me smile- a little:

"President Obama said tonight he went to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to say he would use recess appointments if Republican senators failed to release their holds on his nominees.

Obama said he spoke to McConnell (R-KY) Tuesday about the tactics used by his caucus, leading some GOPers to release their holds.

"This is a rare but not unprecedented step that many other presidents have taken. Since that meeting, I am gratified that Republican senators have responded by releasing many of these holds and allowing 29 nominees to receive a vote in the Senate," Obama said in a statement released tonight by the White House."

See, like we always heard, it doesn't take that much to make a bully run off the schoolyard crying. Obama and the Senate Dems have the power- it's about time they used it. They stood by for eight years while the Republicans ran over them and created the mess our country is in now. It's about time Democrats did what they have to do, to repair the damage. And it isn't that hard.

Food Stamps- the Republican Stimulus

This chart, from the New York Times, will make you sick:












One eighth of the U.S. population is now on food stamps. Yes, you read that correctly. And notice that the number of people on food stamps ceased declining and began its steep rise right about the time that Republicans took over the White House.

How in hell did Barack Obama manage to cause that to happen, eight years before he became president, and when almost no one knew who he was? Because, it is his fault, isn't it? It must be. Everything is.

Still a Scum, After All These Years

Joe Lieberman, of course. This, from Talking Points Memo:

"Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appeared on MSNBC Thursday afternoon, and made a bold pronouncement on the political debates surrounding the interrogation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the suspect in the attempted bombing of Flight 253: That critics of the White House should not be accused of aiding al-Qaeda.

The catch here is that during the Bush years, Lieberman himself made some similar comments about critics of the Iraq War -- saying that when they attacked the Bush administration they were harming America, or helping al-Qaeda, or attacking America's allies."

At this point it's hard to blame this self-important, vengeful blowhard any more than I blame the Senate Democrats for being too weak to do a damned thing, under Lieberman's constant backstabbing.

An Additional Comment: I just want to make it clear that I believe that Lieberman's behavior the last few years has absolutely nothing to do with ideology or what he believes is the best thing to do. Lieberman has developed a truly pathological hatred of the Democratic party, and all of his disgusting behavior is the result of a personal grievance. He does not even have the dignity of being able to hide behind a claim of sincerity, as he continues to abandon any position he formerly held, if it gives him a chance to harm Democrats. This is a truly degraded, sick individual, and there is no more blatant sign of the dysfunctional nature of our current Senate rules than the fact that he is able to cause so much damage.