Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Dumbest Article I've Read in a Long Time

And here are some excerpts, from some jackass who is so irrelevant and idiotic that I won't even bother you with his name, let alone a link to this article:

"I don’t understand the commotion over oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico when a drilling operation went sour."

No, apparently not. You probably can't figure out why people were upset about that tsunami a few years ago, or World War I, for that matter. I mean, it didn't hurt you, right, so who cares?

"Oil has always oozed out of the ground to foul land, lakes, and oceans."

Yeah, but not ten thousand gallons an hour from one hole, you blithering idiot. That doesn't really count as "oozing," you know.

"The Dead Sea was called Lake Asphaltites because of the gooey pebbles that floated onto the surface from underwater seeps. This asphalt was used on Egyptian mummies."

Why do you think they called it the Dead Sea, you pathetic ignoramus? And really, the fact that they put the globs on dead people doesn't really provide me with that much comfort.

"Oil found floating on lakes or in puddles was used by Indians to caulk canoes...In California's ├╝ber-environmentalist Santa Barbara County, an estimated 11 to 160 barrels of oil seep into the ocean daily"

Yeah, they used it to caulk their canoes, but they didn't use it to give rubdowns to their pelicans. And, you know, 11 gallons a day isn't quite the same as 100,000 gallons a day- maybe that never occurred to you. Maybe you'd like to investigate this phenomenon by going home tonight and drinking 10 or 12,000 bottles of beer.

"The British Petroleum accident allows environmentalists to make arguments against offshore drilling."

Well, at last you said something that was true. Kind of sad that you see that as a bad thing.

God in heaven above, people these days have to descend to previously unknown depths of stupidity to talk away the results of Republican rule.

Inspirational Thought of the Day

From Truth 101:

"DELUDED REPUBLICAN FOOLS WANT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS POSTED EVERYWHERE. BE NICE IF THESE HYPOCRITICAL ASSHOLES WOULD READ THEM"

Short and sweet.

Conspiracy?

Buzz Flash asks today:

"Is there a conspiracy of Corporations Run by Felons Running the World?"

The answer: No. It's not a conspiracy. They're doing it right out in the open. They don't give a damn what you think about it. Deal with that, sucker.

More Signs of Afghan Failure

From the New York Times:

"WASHINGTON — The system the United States used for the past five years to rate the readiness of Afghanistan's Army and police force was seriously flawed and there was no reliable way to measure any progress, according to a report by a special inspector general that was released on Monday."

I know I have said this before, but the Republicans left Obama a hopeless, unwinnable disaster in both Afghanistan and Iraq. There was clearly only one rational approach for him, and that was to be honest with the American people from the day he took office, and refuse to waste another American life in either one of those countries, for the sole purpose of trying to save the Republicans from a humiliation of their own making.

I'm afraid it's too late for that. Obama bought into these wars because he was too gutless to stand up to a couple of months of Republican abuse, and now he and the rest of us are going to pay a much higher price than being screamed at by lunatics.

Republicans Sink to Even More Depths of Depravity

Via a piece at Daily Kos, here's Republican leader John Boehner describing the future he and his fellow Republicans have in mind for us:

WARNING: Not suitable for people with weak stomachs

"If Republicans retake control of the House, Boehner promised a vote on a bill repealing the health care law and replacing it with a scaled-down package of tax breaks and court reforms"

Replacing the health care reform bill with more tax cuts for the rich, and limitations on people's ability to sue corporations! Is there no issue, no crisis so great as to derail these people from their relentless pursuit of advantage for the rich, no suffering so great that it can't be forced on the American people in order to benefit the most privileged among us?

"Boehner criticized the financial regulatory overhaul compromise reached last week between House and Senate negotiators as an overreaction to the financial crisis that triggered the recession. The bill would tighten restrictions on lending, create a consumer protection agency with broad oversight power and give the government an orderly way to dissolve the largest financial institutions if they run out of money."

"This is killing an ant with a nuclear weapon," Boehner said."

Because anything which interferes with the opportunity that these parasites have to plunder the rest of us is an abomination in the Republican world view. They are paid to think this way, and nothing will deter them from continuing down a path which has led us to the brink of an economic abyss. They just don't care, as long as the political contributions come rolling in, and as long as those multimillion dollar lobbying jobs await them when they've had enough fun raping the American people.

"Allan H. Meltzer, a political economy professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said the financial bill "does nothing to restore integrity to the mortgage market by correcting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac"

And nothing will "restore integrity to the mortgage market by correcting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac" because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac didn't cause this problem- Republican deregulation, which deliberately let a generation of crooks loose to plunder our economy, did that.

"Boehner said Obama overreacted to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."

But he was, of course, far too passive and inactive too. You just can't win, huh?

"We need to look at the American people and explain to them that we’re broke," Boehner said. "If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you’re retired, why are we paying you at a time when we’re broke?"

Oh, I don't know, maybe because these people, just like everyone else, paid into the Social Security system all their lives in return for the promise of those benefits when they retired, and to take the payments away now would be theft. Social security was never a welfare program; it was a savings plan for retirement. But it's just fine with the Republican party to just swindle tens of millions of people out of what they have been promised, as long as they aren't rich.

And how's this for a justification for this crime:

"Ensuring there’s enough money to pay for the war will require reforming the country’s entitlement system"

To pay for their God-forsaken, worthless, incompetent, lost war, the Republican party are totally down with stealing the money from poor people. Of course, just suggest raising rich people's taxes. These people are the lowest scum imaginable. And they may very well be suckering the American people into putting them back in power so they can continue their criminality unchecked.

Here's the height of this guy's craziness:

"There’s a political rebellion brewing, and I don’t think we’ve seen anything like it since 1776."

Wrong, Boner. We saw something just like it, back in 1933. In Germany.

Free Market in the Gulf.

Here is something that I don't understand. Why are we not seeing every Democrat in the country saying that the recent BP oil disaster is proof positive- all the proof that the world will ever need- that the endlessly repeated Republican cant that the "free market" can do no wrong, that the free market will produce the best results for all of us, is a gigantic, self-serving lie.

Here we have the free market in action. Here we have corporations freed by Republicans from any kind of regulation or oversight, producing the inevitable result of conservative economic theory: huge profits for the rich, disaster for the rest of us. From now until the end of time, whenever right wingers spout their nonsense about the wonders of the free market, the BP oil disaster should be all the refutation we need- total proof that, when you let people do whatever they damn please, a lot of them are going to turn into crooks in short order, and the rest of us are going to end up paying the price.

God, the Washington Post is Pathetic

The Washington Post's Ombudsman's response to the firing of Dave Weigel, about which I have posted:

"Weigel bears responsibility for sarcastic and scornful comments he made in e-mails leaked from a supposedly private listserv called “Journolist"...The e-mails made negative comments about Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, among others."

God in heaven above, what does "neutral" mean to people like this, other than ignoring the obvious truth that these conservative figures are corrupt, lying monsters?

"Weigel’s blog seemed to confuse many conservatives who contacted me. Was he supposed to be a neutral reporter, some wondered? Others complained that he was a liberal trying to write about conservatives he disdained."

First, if you don't disdain these figures, you are an idiot. Second, is it now an established rule that liberals are not allowed to write about conservatives? I haven't noticed the Washington Post show any concern over the years about printing endless lying conservative attacks on liberals. I guess that's okay. It just isn't journalism, I guess, to point out the clear, unmistakable truth about Republicans.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I Told You So...

From Britain's The Independent:

"The last post: McChrystal's bleak outlook

President Obama lost patience with Runaway General's failed strategy...

Sacked US General Stanley McChrystal issued a devastatingly critical assessment of the war against a "resilient and growing insurgency" just days before being forced out.
Using confidential military documents, copies of which have been seen by the IoS, the "runaway general" briefed defence ministers from Nato and the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) earlier this month, and warned them not to expect any progress in the next six months. During his presentation, he raised serious concerns over levels of security, violence, and corruption within the Afghan administration. "

This policy, which was inextricably tied to McChrystal, has been a colossal failure. As I said a couple of days ago, this cowardly general found himself a way to escape before he could bear the blame for what he has wrought.

Funny, isn't it, that we had to hear about this from an English newspaper. Apparently none of our own media outlets think that the American people might like to know about it.

The Arizona Disease Spreads

From a post at Daily Kos:

"Florida Republican leaders have begun crafting anti-illegal-immigrant legislation modeled after an Arizona law that has incited widespread protests and fueled national and international debate over U.S. immigration policies.

Under the proposed bill, police would have broad power under state law to ask suspects for proof of legal residency, said Rep. William Snyder, a Republican from Stuart who plans to introduce the legislation in November. "We have significant components from the Arizona bill that I plan to incorporate,'' he said. "We have the beginnings of it.''

The beginnings of it. Well, here is what I wonder. Being brown is enough to make you a "suspect" in Arizona- I guess that's what the guy is referring to when he says "We have the beginnings of it." Will the great Southern state of Florida manage to take this sort of legislation to its logical conclusion, and see to it that being black is enough to make you a "suspect" too? After all, any random black person you run into in Florida could really be from Sierra Leone or Rwanda.

Let's see if these Republican patriots have the guts to pass the law that you know they really want to.

Fat Chance

Leon Panetta on This Week this morning, via Atrios:

“Winning in Afghanistan is having a country that is stable enough to ensure that there is no safehaven for Al Qaeda or for a militant Taliban that welcomes Al Qaeda,” Panetta told host Jake Tapper. “That’s really the measure of success for the United States.”

Leon, let me point something out to you: you guys can't even see to it that there is no safe haven in this country for abortion doctor murderers, would-be Nazis and open race haters, let alone the Crips and the Bloods. How the hell do you think the weak Afghan government is ever going to eliminate the Taliban, which, unlike the Crips and the Bloods is being financed and given haven by the country next door?

If that's what winning is, we've lost already. (note- that's exactly what we have done- Bush and Cheney lost this war years ago.) So the only sensible thing to do is to give up and pull out before we waste any more lives and money over there.

Can't handle the truth, huh, Leon?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

U. S. Giving Away Arizona! Oh Wait...

If you've been following the news from the right lately, you will have heard stories like this, from Gateway Pundit:

"Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ) met with President Obama on June 3rd to discuss our broken border with Mexico. President Obama promised he’d get back with her in two weeks. He didn’t. He blew her off. But, she did find out from Ecuadorean TV that his administration planned to sue her state. In the meantime, the federal government has ceded three southern Arizona counties to the Mexican drug cartel due to violence and smuggling."

The horror! Of course, what has happened that the Federal Government has declared off limits the border area of something called the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (I bet you have never heard of that- I sure never did) because of violence related, apparently, to drug smuggling. Now, what are we talking about here? Below is a map from Fox news:











The area that is closed is the little part colored in
yellow, at the bottom of the refuge itself, shown by a red outline. Of course, Fox provides no scale here, so as far as we know, this area is the size of the state of North Dakota, or maybe the moon.

Well, here is another map, from the Federal agency which administers the wildlife refuge, which does contain a scale:















From this map, we can pretty accurately estimate the size of the yellow area in the Fox map as being about six miles by one mile in size.

We are now able to draw some conclusions from this information. First of all, surprisingly enough, Barack Obama did not give a large piece of Arizona to Mexico, although I am not sure that it wouldn't be a good idea if he did.

Second, Barack Obama did not give away or declare off limits three Arizona counties, unless counties are very small indeed in Arizona.

Third, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is a liar.

Fourth, Fox News consists of a pack of liars

Fifth, Gateway Pundit and all the wingnuts like him are liars.

Look how much you can learn from a couple of maps.

The Press- They Still Don't Get It

David E. Sanger, in the New York Times today, about Obama's decisive actions this week, and his success in passing a meaningful, if weak, financial reform bill:


"This is a clear respite from the theme that Obama had lost control," said David Rothkopf, a former Clinton administration official..."He sent a loud and clear message to the generals about who is in charge. And he has engineered a pivot-point in U.S. economic history, an end, or at least a big change, to the ‘leave it to the markets’ era."

Are you kidding me, David? Do you honestly think that any success that Obama has will ever turn off the Conservative screams that he is an incompetent, corrupt fool? What planet have you been living on the last few decades?

Nothing will turn off their lies and their smears, and the better Obama does, the louder the lies will be.

If you haven't figured that out by now, maybe you'd better get a job delivering pizzas. Of course, maybe you've just taken the lesson of David Weigel to heart (see below) and you know that keeping your job depends on not noticing the abominations that the Republican party cooks up every day.

Don't Say That!

Many of you may have missed the story last week of the firing by the Washington Post of a guy named David Weigel, a libertarian who had the task of reporting on the Conservative world.

Weigel was fired because some e-mails he sent privately were revealed. Here's the content of some of them, from the Daily Caller:

“Honestly, it’s been tough to find fresh angles sometimes–how many times can I report that these [tea party] activists are joyfully signing up with the agenda of discredited right-winger X and discredited right-wing group Y?” Weigel lamented in one February email.
“There’s also the fact that neither the pundits, nor possibly the Republicans, will be punished for their crazy outbursts of racism. Newt Gingrich is an amoral blowhard who resigned in disgrace, and Pat Buchanan is an anti-Semite who was drummed out of the movement by William F. Buckley. Both are now polluting my inbox and TV with their bellowing and minority-bashing. They’re never going to go away or be deprived of their soapboxes,” Weigel wrote."

In other posts, Weigel describes conservatives as using the media to “violently, angrily divide America.” According to Weigel, their motives include “racism” and protecting “white privilege,” and for some of the top conservatives in D.C., a nihilistic thirst for power."

In other words, this guy was fired for stating what everyone knows to be the absolute, obvious truth about the right wing in this country. Apparently, not only are you not allowed by the "liberal media" to print the truth, you are not even allowed to think it any more. From the same article:

"Greg Sargent from the Washington Post had this to say: "So this isn't about whether Weigel could have continued to be fair, accurate and professional. I have no doubt that he could have."

Yes, but he could have only "continued to be fair, accurate and professional" if he had put in his published work the same thing he was saying in private, because it is all true.

The mainstream press in this country has awarded itself the right to publish the most nauseating Republican lies about Gore, Kerry, Obama, Pelosi, but it someone dares to state the simple, obvious truth about the right, even in private, they are through. This is the poison environment the press has created for Democrats, who are endlessly saddled with the responsibility of repairing the damage done to this country by Republicans, while under constant, baseless, withering attacks by people who are working to see them fail, no matter what the cost to the American people.


A Further Comment: Gateway Pundit has this to say about the Weigel affair:

"What an absolute stunner. Dave Weigel, The Washington Post’s contributor on conservative issues, was also a member of “Journolist”, an exclusive leftist email list-serv."

It's a "stunner" that a possible liberal might be allowed to comment in public about the right- this from a wingnut who daily publishes the most vicious lies about the left. Go figure.

The Best Medical Care in the World

I cannot resist blatantly stealing this chart from Crooks and Liars. I hope I will be forgiven as I think it is something every American needs to see:












Boy, we sure can be proud of the wonderful medical care brought to us by the all-seeing, all-powerful, totally benificent free market system that is everything here in the good ol' U.S. of A.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Equal Time Hour

Green Eagle would not like to be accused of just reporting one side of the news, or only one opinion about world events, so in the spirit of fairness and toleration, he brings you this tidbit from a right wing website entitled the Vanguard News Service:





















There! I am sure that conservatives everywhere will be pleased to see that their viewpoint is being presented on this Blog, which is run by one of the fairest-minded parrots you will ever meet.

Wingnut Wrapup

I was going to post a bunch of right wing screaming about the firing of General McChrystal, but it was all such predictable junk that I can't bear to deal with it. Any one of you could guess what lies they had to tell. Anyway, this one issue hasn't stopped them from lying about everything else on the planet, so let's take a look:

Mona Charen, Town Hall: "The Trouble with World Opinion"

The trouble with world opinion is that they still like Obama. Maybe some rich people need to pay for tea parties everywhere else. In the course of her maundering, Mona had this sage observation to make:

"Jefferson had never attended a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council."

Thanks for letting us know that, Mona. Left to our own devices we would have never figured out that Thomas Jefferson, who died over a hundred years before the UN was founded, never attended any of its meetings.

Mary Catherine "radicallyright" Sibley, Red State: "Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court is guilty of murder in the first degree. Unfortunately, even though the evidence would demonstrate she is a cold blooded, calculated killer, outside of her position on abortion, she has never been charged. Now, the evidence is coming to light."

It is? Did someone find the blood-stained knife? Or did she use a gun? Sadly, we will never know from reading Ms. radicallyright's article, as she doesn't bother to tell us.

Confederate Yankee, on Gen. McChrystal's criticism of the Obama administration: "Perhaps McChrystal has simply had it with a bunch of incompetents above him and wants to go out on his own terms, telling it like it is. "

Too bad he didn't think of doing that when the real incompetents got us into this mess.

Oleg Atbatshian, Pajamas Media: "News of Rahm-Obama Split Identical to Trotsky-Stalin Reports"

Sure, sure, Oleg. Obama=Stalin. We've already heard all about that. About a thousand times now.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "It Begins… Mexican Drug Cartel Openly Threatens Arizona Police Force"

What begins? Your latest acid trip?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Bork Says He Will Oppose Kagan"

Who gives a damn?

J. R. Dieckman, Renew America: "Oilgate could spell the end of Obama"

Oilgate. Because the BP oil rig exploded because of scandalous behavior on the part of Obama, I guess. Man, is that guy powerful.

WHISTLEBLOWER CLASSIC WorldNetDaily Exclusive: "Lust-filled women on sex rampage with your kid"

The lucky bastard.

Clarice Feldman, Pajamas Media: "Judge Was Right to Lift Obama's Deepwater Drilling Moratorium"

Drilling without safeguards? How could it hurt?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Why Is the State-Run Media Hiding This Photo From You?"




















Oh, I don't know. Maybe because it is an infantile piece of garbage? Or maybe because they don't want you to know that Obama actually is Hitler, as you can clearly see from the unretouched photograph shown here.

Roger Kimball, Pajamas Media: "Around the time of my visit, the Navy had just announced the advent of its latest Seawolf nuclear submarine, the USS Jimmy Carter. I found the conjunction of the words “nuclear submarine” and the name “Jimmy Carter” hilariously absurd."

Really, maybe you've forgotten that Jimmy Carter served more years in the military than any President in the last hundred years, except for Eisenhower, and that he spent much of that time serving on a nuclear submarine. Now, can you explain to me what the World War II draft dodger Ronald Reagan did to get his name on an aircraft carrier?

Gianni DeVincent Hayes Renew America: "The Great Usurper has been in office a year...He entered the senate by manipulation..."

Democrats getting the most votes = manipulative usurpers. I see. Just can't get over the Negro thing, can you, Gianni?

Armand C. Hale, Renew America: "Your efforts helped secure yet another victory for the tea party movement as Conservative Republican, Mike Lee, won the GOP Primary for U.S. Senate in Utah!"

A Conservative won in Utah! What an amazing turn of events for Republicans! Why, the next thing you know, Conservatives are going to be winning in Alabama.

WorldNetDaily Exclusive: 'Doctors can't afford to see Medicare patients'

Too bad they neglected to point out which party voted unanimously against legislation to fix this problem. Just an accidental oversight, I'm sure.

Jack Lott, American Thinker: "The myth that Afghanistan is our longest war...The longest open conflicts involving the United States were the 19th century Indian wars during the westward expansion of the country."

Oh, thanks for pointing that out. I feel so much better about things now.

Astute Bloggers: "Assad to start Latin American tour...We can stop this infiltration this November: vote GOP!"

And what then? Are you going to shoot down his plane? And finally, we turn to Renew America, for the question which is on everyone's lips these days:

Marsha West, Renew America: "Carl Jung: psychologist or sorcerer?"

Well, I vote for "psychologist." I don't really think there are any sorcerers around any more. But who knows, I could be wrong.

Nomination Ugliness

In case there is anyone out there who thinks the Republicans expended all of their hateful slime on Obama's last Supreme Court nomination, just cast your eyes on this beautiful photoshopped portrait of Elena Kagan, from the Washington Times:











Yes indeed, that is a picture of Kagan with a turban added to her attire. I guess this is some sort of implication that she is really a Muslim like Obama, or maybe just a Muslim-sympathizer (an intolerable thing to be in Republican world.)

The Republican party has saved so much time by refusing to participate in rescuing the economy from their depradations, that they are easily able to fit craft activities like this into their daily schedule. More, and uglier to come, I am sure.

McChrystal- A Different Take

Forgive the ever-cynical Green Eagle for this take on the McChrystal firing, but as usual, I fear that not just the mainstream media, but everyone has missed the real story here. This is my account of what I think really happened.

I've been reading some books lately about World War I, which I never knew too much about. The early years of the war were filled with an unending series of failures, on all sides, by generals. The Germans in their initial attack on France, both the French and the English in their response, the Russians in their sweep through Poland, the Austrians every chance they got, the Turks in their pathetic winter assault on Russia, across the Carpathians, and their attempt to attack Egypt through the Sinai peninsula- every step was marked by generals making promises which they spectacularly failed to keep, and which, in the aggregate, resulted in the stalemate and slaughter that followed. And this failure was accompanied by attempts by all of the generals involved to cast the blame on anyone but themselves.

Well, I think that is what McChrystal was facing in Afghanistan. We all know that the Taliban is not being diminished, that our "war" in Afghanistan is going down the same road that it went down for seven years of Bush Administration mismanagement- i.e. that McChrystal's grand strategy has failed.

I believe that McChrystal made a decision that he would rather be removed for a minor "indiscretion" in talking to the wrong reporter, than to be kicked out and humiliated for being a total failure as a general, and so he deliberately found a way to bait Obama to the point that he was relieved of duty. Now, he gets to play Douglas McArthur, and be a hero to the right, rather than slinking away in shame, and he gets to leave his mess to be cleaned up by someone else.

You don't get to be a four-star general without demonstrating considerable talent at manipulation, and I think this was a fine example.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Nuts

And no, I'm not talking about the battle of the bulge. Senator Whitehouse:

"The notion that you're going to cut off somebody's unemployment insurance and have them go out and find a job is just plain nuts"

Any more nuts than thinking that Obama deliberately caused the BP disaster? Or that the health care reform bill includes death panels? Or that Obama is creating a secret army to take away all of your guns? Or that global warming is some sort of gigantic hoax? Or that the world is six thousand years old?

That's what they are: Nuts. Nuts, and very, very nasty. Deal with it, Sheldon.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

McChrystal Canned

You read that right- Obama kicked the jerk out.

Luckily for our great democracy, conservatives have prepared their attacks on Obama both in the event that he fired McChrystal, and if he didn't. So, instead of a couple of weeks of Obama-the-Wimp, we can sit back and enjoy a couple of weeks of Obama-the Thug.

Politics is so easy when you do it the Republican way.

Obama Responsible for Every Bad Thing Ever

Longtime readers of my blog (both of you) will know that sometimes I come across such an incredible example of wingnut idiocy that it would be doing its author an injustice by restricting it to a brief mention in Wingnut Wrapup. So often, these special posts come from Renew America, and today's example, by Joan Swirsky is no exception. Let's just see what the intellectual hothouse that is Renew America has produced today, with appropriate exegesis by Mr. Green Eagle:

"The Obama disaster machine: unfortunate coincidences or malevolently premeditated?

Is it only me, or do the multiple disasters that have struck both well before and ever since the disastrous election of Barack Obama seem fishy to you?"

Well, Joan, I wish I could say that it's only you, but a bunch of your lying, malignant friends are saying the same thing.

"I won't discuss the stock market crash of September 2008 here, although if anything seemed suspiciously timed and deliberately manipulated, it was that! "

Obama caused the stock market crash of September 2008, before he was even elected- possibly through Vulcan mind control or hypnosis or something.

"In the months that followed Obama's "election," we saw literally trillions of dollars in "urgent" bailouts and stimulus packages"

Notice that she puts the word "election" in quotes. She cannot even bring herself to admit that Obama won the election fair and square. No, it was some corrupt plot, the nature and purpose of which goes completely unexplained.

"We saw a nationally-loathed healthcare bill rammed through Congress with bribes, threats, and intimidation. And we saw the attempts by Obama and his fellow leftists to jam an equally-detested cap-and-trade tax down our throats."

Because if there is one thing people hate more than having health care, it's clean water and air.

"Mmmmm. Wasn't that just about the time the tragic West Virginia mine disaster happened, killing 29 of 31 miners? What a coincidence! A "president" who hates coal as an energy source being presented with a putative reason to destroy the coal industry!"

Obama caused the disaster at a coal mine which had been cited literally hundreds of times in the last few years for safety violations, but never punished by the Federal agency in charge, which was headed by a Bush appointee who was formerly the CFO of the company that owned the mine. That is clearly some sort of sinister Obama Commie plot, yes sir!

"Kind of reminds you of the recent BP oil spill, doesn't it? A "president" still pushing the cap-and-trade scheme who reviles domestically-acquired oil being presented with an oh-so-convenient rationalization to cancel all domestic drilling! Again, what a coincidence!"

All domestic drilling? Obama wanted to cancel all domestic drilling? When did that happen? I must have been asleep.

"These disasters benefit Obama's agenda, which is to destroy America's potential for energy independence at the same time imposing draconian taxes designed to obliterate the middle class. In short, galloping socialism on the way to freedom-annihilating Communism!"

No comment needed.

"The route to Obama's hate-America agenda is and always has been to create Alinsky-inspired widespread-and-sustained chaos, the better to keep people off balance, riddled with anxiety, and hoping for the redemption of big government. How else to explain the spate of unprecedented tragedies, catastrophes, and calamities that have struck our own country and around the world, for instance the three Muslim terrorist attacks in the U.S., including the attack at Fort Hood in Texas in which 13 were murdered and 30 injured; the wanton murder of police officers in Seattle; the explosion on New York's Madison Avenue (which authorities claimed was a burst pipe); the calamitous earthquakes in Haiti and Chile; the eruption of the volcano in Iceland that disrupted European air traffic; the airline crash in Russia that killed the president of Poland, on and on."

Now he's responsible for a mass murder, the killing of police in Seattle, two gigantic earthquakes, a volcano, and an airplane crash in Russia- and on and on. I'm sure he sank the Titanic himself too, and incited the Franco-Prussian war.

Seriously, is this a specimen of severe psychosis, or are these people really trying to shove this preposterous, hateful drivel down the throats of their readers?

"Crazy, you say, to suggest that the Obama regime is responsible for these domestic incidents and international "natural" disasters?"

Yes I do say "crazy." Who wouldn't?

"And what another coincidence — the BP explosion took place just a day before Earth Day!"

Well, there's your proof! And I hope you buy into it- it's the only evidence offered in this entire, literally insane, article.

"According to Mississippi resident and radio disk jockey Gina Miller, a number of culprits might be to blame for the disaster"

Gina Miller, Mississippi resident and disk jockey. These culprits, in case you're interested, consist of Al Gore, North Korea, Venezuela, China and Russia.

"Bad enough that BP's recently-removed CEO is under suspicion, but now the Obama regime has decided to go after none other than BP itself!"

Oh, what an injustice! They are going after BP, when the whole thing is clearly an after-effect from that earthquake that Obama caused in Haiti.

"It seems increasingly apparent that many friends of Obama are either financially and/or politically invested in NALCO, the company that manufactures the toxic dispersants being used to "clean up" the horrific oil spill. They include BP, Deep Water Horizon, Halliburton, Citigroup, Goldman-Sachs"

Forget the rest- now Obama is a friend of Halliburton? The nerve of these people.

"Al Capone murdered untold numbers of people but went to jail for tax evasion. That was the best Lady Justice could do against that career thug and mass murderer. Will Leavenworth be in Barack Obama's future?"

Of course, no discussion of whether real mass murderers Bush and Cheney belong in prison. But Obama? Well, no one knows what mass he murdered, but it must have been someone.

Is there anyone out there who would like to tell me how we are t ever reach some sort of functional agreement with these evil liars?

Ascent of the Tea Party

An interesting observation today by E. J. Dionne, in the Washington Post:

"What's remarkable is the extent to which the Tea Party movement has displaced the religious right as the dominant voice of conservative militancy. The religious conservatives have not disappeared, and Sarah Palin, a Tea Party hero, does share their views on abortion and gay marriage. But these issues have been overshadowed by the broader anti-government themes pushed by the New Old Right, and the "compassionate conservatism" that inspires parts of the Christian political movement has no place in the right's current order of battle."

It has been a basic tenet of Green Eagle thought that, in the end, American conservatism is about one thing and one thing only- greed. Cut my taxes- that's all they really care about. I believe the whole religious thing is nothing but a front to con themselves into believing that they hold the moral high ground, but in the end, all they care about is not paying to support a decent society. I think Dionne's observation is further evidence of this.

This truth, by the way, is the reason why it's impossible to have a rational discussion with a conservative. Their pronouncements in no way represent any sort of true belief. They are only whatever line it is convenient to take at the moment to justify their behavior.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Republican Enthusiasm Produces Results!

From Politico:

"A new 527 group conceived by veteran GOP hands Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie and launched this year with predictions that it would raise $52 million to support Republican candidates has thus far failed to live up to the fundraising hype.

The group, American Crossroads, raised only $200 last month, according to a report it filed Monday with the Internal Revenue Service"

The brilliant political operative Rove shows his stuff! Yes, at this rate, they will have raised their money by the year 4177, when the Republicans will come surging back.

Democrats, tremble in your boots!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Green Eagle is Rich!

From an e-mail that Green Eagle got today:

"Contact Now!!!
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From: WORLD BANK
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To: info@guarantee.com
You've been granted with the sum of $2,000.000.00 USD."

Who would have thought that the World Bank would have $2 million for me? Here I thought they were still in hock from paying off Paul Wolfowitz's mistress.

Wingnut Wrapup

They just never stop lying, do they?

Town Hall: "President Barack Obama on Saturday pinned blame on Republicans for making life harder for the unemployed and for those who could lose their jobs without new federal intervention."

So? You got a problem with that? Because it's true, you know.

Dan Benishek, Red State: " This administration is going to push the Senate to pass a cap-and-trade bill this summer. Then, with the same arrogance we have seen before from this administration..."

I.e. they are going to actually try to pass legislation. The abomination! Exercising the power you were given by the American people- Communism, I tell you. When Democrats do it.

Red State: "Kagan May Have Compared NRA to KKK"

And? What's your point?

Red State: "Celts should have won that game!!!"

They didn't.

Michael Ledeen? "We're in a real shooting war with Iran. We have to admit it."

We are? On what planet?

Kevin Price, Renew America: "As the private sector shrinks, the public sector grows"

How about if we just shrink them both? Then we can have that depression you Republicans seem to want so much. Great thinking there, Kevin.

Sher Zieve, Renew America: "Media and other radical leftists openly call for Obama dictatorship"

This is happening on the same planet where Iran and the U.S. are in a shooting war. Do you guys know what "shooting" means? I don't think it means "shooting your mouth off."

Kevin Jackson, American Thinker: "The slave mentality...One could educate oneself out of the slave mentality if it weren't for the fact that we begin acquiring the slave mentality in government schools. It is mandatory that children attend school in America, with only a small percentage of kids who opt out of government schools in search of alternatives. Still, our master takes tax money from all and gives it to the 70% of the students who attend government schools."

Better to close all the schools and let kids be "home schooled" by a bunch of ignorant, stupid racists. That will really help our country move forward. The real truth is to be found in the last sentence- these greedy bastards just don't want to pay a penny for anything, no matter how much of a moral obligation it is. Just try to take their government services away, though...then you'll see real anger.

Politico: "HERSHEY, Pa.— Rep. Darrell Issa, the conservative firebrand whose specialty is lobbing corruption allegations at the Obama White House, is making plans to hire dozens of subpoena-wielding investigators if Republicans win the House this fall."

Responsible government, Republican style. Get ready for it.

Vladimir, Red State: "The two decisions that BP made that probably contributed most directly to a hazardous situation were: 1) the decision to run a long string of casing, instead of a liner with subsequent tieback; and 2) the decision to proceed with cementing the casing against Halliburton’s recommendation, despite continued returns of gas cut mud and lots of indications of a low expectation of a good cement job."

Forget the engineering, idiot. The decision that BP made that contributed the most to this situation was to trust the corrupt Republican party to get them off the hook for their behavior, no matter what they did. That's what really caused this disaster.

Update: This, from the Christian Science Monitor, supporting my view:

"This is not an engineering problem, it’s a management problem, and it’s BP’s management that screwed up,” says Bruce Johnson, a professor emeritus of oceanic engineering at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md."

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily: "The only way you can know what the tea-party movement is all about is to interview every single activist individually."

Listen, Joseph, that's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. All you have to do is listen to a couple of their ignorant, hateful leaders- like you.

World Net Daily: "ACORN buster joins 'Taking America Back' conference...Hannah Giles to speak, along with presentation from Molotov Mitchell, D.J. Dolce"

Because all it takes to succeed as a conservative is the ability to pass yourself off as a prostitute.

Raymond Richman, American Thinker: "Is Obama's BP Shakedown an Impeachable Offense?"

Grow up, Raymond. If killing a million innocent civilians like Bush and Cheney did isn't an impeachable offense, do you really think protecting the American people against a corrupt corporation is? What, you do? I should have known.

Dan Riehl, Riehl World View: "Targeting Barton Won't Help Obama, If The GOP Grows A Spine"

Listen, Dan, where have you been the last eight years? The Republicans have plenty of spine. What they need to grow is a brain.

They'll Say Anything

Governor (and former Republican party chairman) Haley Barbour, on Meet the Press yesterday:

"But, you know, one of the things that they've got to come to grips with that's very true...it's good for BP. BP-- that was to their advantage to get taken out of the claims business. The $20 billion, once it was done, where BP could continue to operate as a, as a going concern and pay their bills that they owe Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida and Alabama, that also was a good deal for BP."

So, apparently having failed to convince people that Obama's having gotten $20 billion out of BP was some sort of outrageous extortion, the Republican party is now going to claim that Obama actually gave them some sort of sweetheart corporate deal by agreeing to take their money.

The fact that they were all saying the exact opposite the day before means absolutely nothing to them. Really, there was never a bigger bunch of organized liars on the face of the earth.


So That's What You Call It...

From TPM:

"Conservative talk show host Mark Williams, chairman of the California-based Tea Party Express, said the White House went too far by pressuring BP to create the fund while the Justice Department is conducting criminal and civil probes of the spill.

"I'm accustomed to mobsters behaving that way, I'm just not accustomed to it from the president, especially when he's standing there with the attorney general threatening legal action," Williams said. "Where I come from, they call it extortion."

That's funny, Mark. Where I come from they call it law enforcement.

You Earth Conservatives are Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!!!

Case in point: a certain governor Bobby Jindal:

"Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell asked a U.S. judge to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico within 30 days"

Bobby, while you're at it, why not ask the Judge to lift the ban on armed robbery and vehicular homicide too.

Really- just when we were so sure that Sarah Palin set the standard for combined stupidity and corporate collaboration.

A Great Idea

Atrios:

"We should lift the moratorium on wells of Mississippi's coast, withhold all federal aid for the effects of the spill, and send the bill to Barbour if any new wells cause problems.

I'm not being serious..."

Well, I am. I am sick of living in a country where Republican states are kept afloat by tens of billions of dollars of federal largesse with tax money taken from Democratic states, and then these dicks sit there and tell us how worthless we are.

Let them live in the sick world they claim they want, and see how they like it.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rand Helps Us Out

And this just in:

"Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul on Friday urged Americans who have been unemployed for many months to consider returning to the workforce in less desirable jobs rather than continue relying on government unemployment assistance."

Or how about this as a viable alternative? Why don't they set up their own medical licensing organization, and just declare that they are doctors? It's worked before.


A Lie to Top All Lies

Fox Nation: "Obama Gives Back Major Strip of AZ to Mexico"

That's what they said! You can't make this stuff up. This is the preposterous level that the right wing lie machine has reached: Obama has given a part of our country to Mexico. Unbelievable.

Obama Gets Money from BP: A Vicious Crime!

Barack Obama recently pulled off an immense coup by forcing BP into posting a $20 billion dollar escrow account to begin to pay for the damage it caused in the gulf. This is one of the most stunning examples of the use of the presidency that we have seen in decades- well, a stunning example of positive use of presidential power. Look at Iraq and the Republican economy if you want to be really stunned.

I just wanted to document a small part of the gracious response from the other side of the aisle:

Town Hall: "Another problem with Obama's address was his arrogant announcement that he would inform BP's CEO "that he is to set aside" an asset amount ($20 billion) for the government-run escrow fund to pay for the spill damages. Trouble is, there are no laws to permit our government to force such financial retribution. "

"Arrogant" apparently being when a Democrat actually shows leadership, or does something that works.

David "My Brother Made Me Do It" Limbaugh: "Obama's Latest Shakedown...President Obama's oil spill speech revealed, once again, how stunningly shameless he is. This relentless ideologue is not even marginally competent at masking his ongoing crusade to apply a wrecking ball to every sector of our economy... Obama's bullying should not deflect our attention from another culprit here: environmental extremists. Flanked by Attorney General Eric Holder, who has threatened criminal action against BP, he shook down BP into forking over a $20 billion installment to defer the government's further wrath. BP is but another prop ."

So Obama is wrecking the economy by seeing to it that American taxpayers aren't left with the bill for corporate malfeasance. I see. And it's really all the environmentalists' fault, so it makes perfect sense that we should let BP off the hook. God, this guy is a bigger liar than his brother.

Erick Erickson, Red State: "Let’s be honest. The White House meeting with British Petroleum was a shakedown. And keeping with the honesty, let’s also admit the Congressional hearing was a show trial. The only thing separating it from a Soviet show trial is Tony Hayward, the CEO of British Petroleum walked out without any lead in him."

Well, there were a couple of other things that separate these hearings from a Soviet show trial: First of all, the hearings weren't a trial, and second, BP actually did what it was charged with. Other than that, no difference. Funny that Democratic congressional hearings are indistinguishable from Stalinism, huh?

Donald Douglas, Pajamas Media: "No Leadership, No Solutions, No Clue: Obama Speech Resurrects Jimmy Carter Era"

No solutions except that $20 billion. And no leadership- well, I have to admit that he didn't have the spectacular idea of sending an aircraft carrier down there and flying in wearing a codpiece, but that sort of spectacular Presidential behavior is really the province of Republicans.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America: "Yesterday, Rep. Joe Barton described what President Obama did to BP this week — forcing them to cough up $20 billion as a starter set on an escrow fund — as a "shakedown." He was right...He wound up confiscating $20 billion from a private country through nothing more than raw, political pressure."

Yup. That's called leadership. Bryan continues:

"But what the president did is not what the leader of a republican form of government does. This is what dictators do. This was the voice of a fascist, not the leader of the free world."

Well, it's sure not what the leader of a Republican government would do. That would be to see to it that BP paid nothing, and working Americans picked up the entire tab. That's what a Republican would do. Making the malefactors pay, even though they are rich- that's fascism.

CNS News: "Bachmann: Obama Exceeding Constitutional Authority in Ordering BP to Surrender Funds--'It's All About Extortion"

Extortion. Because leadership by a Democrat is a crime. Helping the American people instead of multinational corporations is a dereliction of Presidential duty.

Chuck Baldwin, Renew America: "Masculine leadership needed now more than ever"

You guys don't actually seem to like it that much when you get it, Chuck.

J. Robert Smith, American Thinker: "But what Mr. Hayward and his executive team are discovering is that all their dollars dumped into Democratic coffers... aren't keeping the company from being whipped mercilessly by Mr. Obama or the grandstanding libs in Congress."

OH MY GOD!!! The indecency of it all! BP gave money to Obama, and when they caused a catastrophe, he didn't even roll over and do everything he could to let them get off scot free! Well, we all know that would never happen with a Republican president.

Robert Eugene Simmons, American Thinker: "History is replete with incidents of real popular anger leading to monstrous outcomes of tyranny. On Thursday, June 17th the USA wrote a new anecdote in that awful book. "

Monstrous tyranny- Making the rich pay for their damage. Look it up.

Astute Bloggers: "TO STOP THE BP OIL SPILL AND TO PREVENT FUTURE ONES WE NEED TO DRILL MORE, NOT LESS!...YUP: MORE DRILLING, NOT LESS IS THE ANSWER."

Right on, guys! That makes SOOOO much sense. Thanks for the well thought out suggestion.

Boy, Barack (or any Dem) can't win, huh? One of the greatest examples of pure Presidential power, for the good of the American people, and he gets called an extortionist, a fascist, a Stalinist, a shakedown artist, a tyrant.

I saw a survey of foreign countries the other day that showed that Obama's handling of the oil spill is approved by people all over the world by about three to one. But not here. I guess over there he doesn't have these savage Republican liars spreading smears about everything he does, huh? What a way to run a country.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I Don't Know How or Why

Conservative thinking at its finest- from North Carolina Republican Congressional candidate Bill Randall:

"Republican congressional candidate William "Bill" Randall is suggesting that the Obama administration and BP conspired to intentionally spill oil in the Gulf, resulting in 11 deaths and the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history.

"I don't think enough investigation has been done on this," Randall said at a media conference on Tuesday. "Someone needs to be digging into that situation. Personally...I feel there is a possibility that there was some sort of collusion. I don't know how or why..."

"I don't know how or why."

Well, at least the rest of us are with you on that part, Bill.


Left Wingers Carp about Obama

Here's a link to a very appropriate piece at Talking Points Memo, about the bizarre negativity from the left that followed Obama's speech a couple of days ago.

I want to amplify this sentiment. I have been involved on the left for a long time, and one sad thing that I have always observed is how many people on the left seem to be motivated primarily by a need to feel intellectually and morally superior to other people, and how many of them react in really childish ways when they don't get exactly what they wanted. A good example of this was the reaction of many gay leaders when Clinton failed to get them a better deal concerning gays in the military. I saw them turn on Clinton, and attack him for the whole rest of his term, even though they must have know that Clinton was totally on their side and that it was totally the responsibility of Republicans in Congress that more progress couldn't be made.

Maybe I'm too cynical, but I think Obama is doing whatever can be done on this issue. He didn't create the problem (Republican deregulation did that,) and his hands are largely tied in taking the kind of radical action most of us would like to see.

I personally would like to have Obama force BP CEO Hayward into a 3-point shootout, with the loser to be beaten to death with oil-soaked pelicans. I'm not going to turn on Obama for not taking my (eminently practical) solution, because I know that if he did, Orly Taitz and Sarah Palin would just use the fact that he can shoot the 3 as further evidence that he is not a real American (if you get my drift.)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sorry

Green Eagle is on the road again. How will the world ever live without his sage opinions?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sharon Angle- Ignorance in Action

Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharon Angle:

"You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government."

I've written about this before, so I won't repeat myself, but this is completely false. If Ms. Angle, and the rest of the dimwit conservatives who repeat this talking point, and who squawk on and on about the founding fathers, had bothered to read Federalist Paper #29, they would know that they are completely wrong about every aspect of the "well regulated militia."

Ignorance is bliss. For the ignorant, I guess. Not for the rest of us.

God Speaks

As reported by Yahoo:

"MONROE, Ohio – A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

The "King of Kings" statue, one of southwest Ohio's most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati."









And here it is- or was. Do you think the stupid evangelical "Christians," who are so quick to blame every natural disaster on God's hatred of gays or liberals or someone, will give a little thought to what God might be trying to tell them here?

No, I don't think so either.

But Wait- There's More: A small selection of comments on the yahoo article:

"He is alive--Amen! He is alive--Amen! JESUS is alive forever! He is alive--Amen. He is the alpha and omega! The beginning and the end! NEVER YOU DOUGHT THAT JESUS IS THE LORD OF LORDS, THE KING OF KINGS. THE SAVIOUR OF MANKIND, OUR REDEMER. HE LIVED FOREVER!"

Never you dought the redemer. How could you disagree with that?


"GOD of all GODS, KING if all KINGS, LORD of all LORDS !! THERE IS NO OTHER MONUMENTS, IDOL BEINGS, ETC...to come BEFORE THE ALMIGHTY...esp man made creations."

Why do these people have so much trouble with spelling and grammar? Just wondering.

"I just passed that statue a week ago, Its too bad it burned, all these Jesus haters running there stupid mouths are commie Obama lovers I bet."

It's all Obama's fault- we should have known.

"there is no god but Allah Jesus is a massenger of god"

Did you mean Jesus is a massager of god? I'm not sure- oh well, it's just as well to show that not all of the ignorant idiots in the world are Christian.

"The ACLU might of had a hand in this too!"

Because we all know about the ACLU's lightning machine.

" the rationalization behind it's destruction could be that the Evangelical Church embraces homosexuality and God is showing his displeasure."

Oh right- God is mad because the evangelical church embraces homosexuality. That makes sense.

I could go on all day with this nonsense- this post has already gotten over 9,000 comments. Let me at least go out on a rational response:

"Ugly art should be hit by lightning, but isn't always, unfortunately."

Wingnut Wrapup

As Atrios would say, "Teh Stupid! It Burns!"

Rich Galen, Town Hall: "Obama in the Bunker"

Thanks, Rich, for this new creative way to compare Obama to Hitler. And just when we were getting bored with the Obama-Hitler thing.

Mike Adams, Town Hall: "Who Knows Anything Anyway?"

Not you guys, that's for sure.

Steve Chapman, Town Hall: "Not long ago, Barack Obama was pilloried for being too activist, too meddlesome and too inclined to see himself as the messiah...But that was a different guy, from a parallel universe. The President Obama we all know is a passive, detached do-nothing."

Because no matter what he does, no matter how he acts, you guys are going to attack him incessantly, without a thought about how much harm you are doing. And thanks for that patriotic contribution to our country's welfare.

Erick (Rhymes with you-know-what) Erickson, Red State: "Yet Again the NRA Sells Out Freedom to the Democrats"

Now even the NRA is too liberal? How can you guys say things like this without immediately exploding?

Confederate Yankee: "How Should We Treat a President That Pathologically Lies?"

I don't know- you had eight years to figure it out- maybe you should think about this important question, so the next time the country is stupid enough to elect a Republican, you will be ready.

Sher Zieve, Renew America: "Obama & co steps up USA destruction before November elections"

Just to let you know.

World Net Daily: " WASHINGTON – A bizarre and baffling condition has seized American society and is spreading in pandemic proportions. But no one dare utter its name because this sickness is rooted in the most vulgar of four-letter words: race.

So charges a new book by author Erik Rush, who doesn't refrain from using the new N-word – Negrophilia – "undue and inordinate affinity for blacks," to describe the mindset that he says is behind a pervasive manipulation expertly employed and exploited to divide and destroy American society. "

Negrophilia. Because if you actually like black people, you are destroying America. White crackers' America, any way. And as far as I'm concerned the sooner the better.

Of course, don't you dare call them racists, just because they are smearing anyone who likes black people.

James Lewis, American Thinker: "The Gaza Flotilla Ambush: What Did the White House Know? What did the White House know and when did it know it? That's what I am wondering."

Yeah, that's what you are wondering. Why you are wondering- that's what we are wondering. What kind of ludicrous phony scandal are you trying to rake up now?

Anthony W. Hager, American Thinker: "Bartering for healthcare isn't as crazy as it sounds"

Yes it is.

Confederate Yankee: "Arizona Seeks to Pass Law Denying Citizenship to Illegal's "Anchor Babies" Quite frankly, it makes perfect sense."

Perfect sense to anyone who thinks a state legislature can revoke a part of the constitution.

Frank J. Fleming, Pajamas Media: "This whole oil spill mess just sort of highlights the fact that Obama has no idea what a president is supposed to do."

It does? What is he supposed to do, start a war, or torture some people, or maybe use this disaster to justify more tax cuts for the rich?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Will Obama force BP to pay the salaries of the unemployed oil workers who are out of work due to the president’s reckless decision? If he does, BP should refuse. It’s not their fault the oil workers are sitting at home and that oil rigs are being transferred to Brazil. It’s Obama’s."

Oh, of course it's not BP's fault. None of it is BP's fault, apparently. It's all Obama's fault. He is totally responsible for the explosion of this oil rig. Everybody knows that he personally engineered it, and then hired Halliburton to do the work.

You want to blame this on a president? Then blame Bush and Cheney, who were responsible for creating the environment of zero regulations or controls on their fellow oil executives.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Nearly 2/3’s of Israelis Dissatisfied With Obama’s Response to Gaza Terror Flotilla"

Jim, how can I explain this to you in simple terms that you will understand? They're Jews. Two thirds of them disagree with everything.

Alan Caruba, Renew America: "Awaiting Armageddon...Commentator, J.D. Longstreet summed up the threat. "I am not optimistic that hatred of the Jews will end, or even lessen any time soon. In fact, I expect it to get much, much, worse and eventually lead the nations of the world to a place known as the Megiddo Valley and the final battle known as the Battle of Armageddon."

Here is classic right wing reasoning. If only our government would base its decision making on thinking like this, just imagine how much better off we would be.

Larry Anderson, American Thinker: "Some Advice for the Tea Party: Take Your Time and Learn from Your Mistakes"

Fat chance.

Mary Grabar, American Thinker: "Not many people will see Arkansas as a fortress against the barbarism that is threatening to bring this nation down."

I've got to agree with you there, Mary. Most people will see Arkansas as one of the primary sources of the barbarism that is threatening to bring this nation down. And they would be right.

Dan Riehl, Riehl World View: "With top oil company executives waiting to testify at a House hearing, Rep. Henry Waxman asserted that the companies’ spill response plans amounted to “paper exercises” that mirrored BP’s failed plan. Their strategies to plug a spill deep beneath the sea are the same failed strategies that have stymied BP, the California Democrat said. Waxman is a monster, as well as a thug."

Only monsters and thugs tell the truth. Only monsters and thugs come up with the loathsome notion of holding foreign corporations responsible for damage caused by their negligence. That's the teabagger view, anyway.

Dan Riehl, Riehl World View: "Disturbing and mesmerizing whispering that the Oval Office is the scene of stormy and romantic melodrama between POTUS and his most senior and trusted advisers. Whispering that POTUS is sleeping poorly and is much aggrieved at slights, shortfalls, interruptions. Whispering that POTUS is vulnerable to jet lag. That POTUS hesitates to heed his advisers, because POTUS frets that he is being sand-bagged by experts, allies, confidantes. That POTUS evidences a Nixonian persecution mania. Can any of this be confirmed? Not easily."

Can any of this be confirmed? To be blunt, not one shred of it can be confirmed. But that didn't stop you from printing it, did it, Dan? Good work there- Republican journalism at its finest!

Reagan Worked to Destroy Social Security

A directly on target remark from Atrios:

" In the early 80s Uncle Alan Greenspan had a cunning plan to deal with Social Security, which was to jack up regressive payroll taxes and collect a surplus in the form of obligations from the general fund which will then be paid down as the boomers retire. The deficit scolds will claim that they essentially can't afford to pay this money back, stealing your promised retirement money."

And this is exactly what they have done. Reagan's cynical plan to collect revenue without raising income taxes was to raise the taxes for social security, and then raid that money to create the illusion that his deficits (gigantic by historical standards) were smaller than they really were. This has become standard Republican practice, with the result that they can now claim that the social security system doesn't have enough money to keep its promises. The alleged social security shortfall is totally the result of this Republican theft (as is every other economic problem we face) but the press still supports them in their claim to be the fiscally responsible party, while they are the ones who run up grotesque deficits and give the country away to their rich masters.

At the same time, they provided themselves with ammunition in their endless struggle to destroy the greatest of all Democratic gifts to the American people- the knowledge that they will not be left destitute in their old age.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Man, The Nerve of These People

From a hilarious article in the Louisville Courier-Journal:

"U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul says he is a "board-certified" ophthalmologist -- even though the national clearinghouse for such certifications says he hasn't been for the past five years.

Rand Paul, who practices in Bowling Green, says he is certified by the National Board of Ophthalmology, a group that he incorporated in 1999 and that he heads.

But that entity is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, which works with the American Medical Association to approve such specialty boards."

He is certified by a group that he incorporated! Just imagine what we would be hearing if it turned out that, say, Obama had only passed a bar exam given by an organization that he created himself- the howling would never stop. But mark my words, this incredible story will go almost unnoticed by the "liberal" press.

Arizona- Spinning Off Into Outer Space

As reported in Time Magazine:

"Buoyed by recent public opinion polls suggesting they're on the right track with illegal immigration, Arizona Republicans will likely introduce legislation this fall that would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona - and thus American citizens according to the U.S. Constitution - to parents who are not legal U.S. citizens."

In an attempt to deny these children United States citizenship, which, of course, they are guaranteed in the constitution. A blatant example of malice combined with patent illegality- the perfect Republican legislation.

And then, when the Supreme Court strikes down this ugly, hateful legislation, they will rail against the liberal judges who attack the will of the people.

By the way, while I am on the subject, let me remind people that this section of the constitution, in the fourteenth amendment, which was passed in 1868, was totally the product of government attempts to guarantee citizenship to freed slaves. The malignant right wingers who whine so loudly about it have no one but their racist, treasonous ancestors to blame for the fact that it is in the constitution at all.

They Don't Get It At Newsweek

Al Hunt, in Newsweek:

"If the Angles and Pauls prove too controversial, and most of the November Republican winners are more mainstream conservatives, it will have two immediate effects: Pressure the congressional party to think more in Graham’s terms and selectively work with Democrats, and provide a more compelling case for a more moderately conservative presidential nominee"

What in the name of God gave you that idea? What planet are you living on anyway? If the Teabaggers do poorly in November, it will just cause them to scream more loudly for impeachment or armed rebellion- they have eaten up their bogus propaganda about how mighty a movement they are, and a poor showing will only convince them that the election was fixed by the alien negro and his Communist infiltrators.

Take my word on this one, guy- you obviously have not even come close to figuring out how detached from reality these people are.

Wingnut Quote of the Week

Rand Paul, speaking about mountaintop removal:

"I think whoever owns the property can do with the property as they wish, and if the coal company buys it from a private property owner and they want to do it, fine. The other thing I think is that I think coal gets a bad name, because I think a lot of the land apparently is quite desirable once it’s been flattened out. As I came over here from Harlan, you’ve got quite a few hills. I don’t think anybody’s going to be missing a hill or two here and there"

The land is quite desirable once it's flattened out. Well, this is the country that we are going to have if Republicans have their way- and we're halfway there already, after Reagan and W. A couple more of them, and the United States could be flat as a board from coast to coast.

How Dare He?

The New York Times notes:

"On his return (from visiting the oil spill), Mr. Obama will speak to Americans from the Oval Office, a setting that past presidents have often used but which Mr. Obama never has..."

Any bets about how many of my usual right wing suspects will be howling in outrage about this? What right does Obama have to politicize the sacred Oval Office, where our great leaders like Richard Nixon and George Bush have worked so hard to save us all? Why, this is as disgusting as Bill Clinton's blow job!

I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wingnut Wrapup

These people have become so tedious. Remember back in the golden age of right wing lies (last year) when Green Eagle could fill up a whole Wingnut Wrapup column every day? Sad to say, they have deteriorated to the point where they are just as crazy, but only a quarter as funny.

Well, here is one right wing outrage I won't deal with: The wingnuts are fuming that President Obama said something about "kicking ass." This will, in their opinion, form one of the key counts of the impending impeachment charges against Obama. Go figure. Well, here we go:

J. R. Dunn, American Thinker: "Rumors of a Coup- We've been hearing a lot of comments recently about a national coup d'etat scheduled for sometime in late summer or early fall and designed to circumvent the coming Democrat debacle in the 2010 elections...my interest was piqued by the fact that it has been mentioned several dozen times in the comment threads of essays of mine in recent weeks."

Mentioned several times in the comment threads of one of the most lunatic right wing sites in existence. Yeah, that's real proof that it will happen. Too bad you couldn't come up with something a little more concrete, guys. And by the way, I'm not sure you can actually stage a coup d'etat when you're already the head of the government. Think about it.

Walter E. Williams, Town Hall: "Can Black Americans Afford Obama?"

Probably not. That's why our plan is to make rich white people pay for him.

Paul Greenberg, Town Hall: " Who Killed Scholarship?"

This article gave me a laugh. It was about an alleged decline in the quality of college education in Arkansas. I've got to give this guy credit, though. I never thought anybody would be able to fit the two words "scholarship" and "Arkansas" in the same sentence.

Pam Geller, Atlas Shrugged: "Bolton 2012! I am thrilled that a Bolton 2012 presidency is finally being discussed. I can think of no better man, statesman, patriot, hero, truth teller and great American to right the historic Obama disaster."

Oh, I don't know, how about Charlie Manson? He's just as mindlessly violent as Bolton, and has the distinct advantage that he hasn't been wrong about every single thing for the last two decades. And he's lots cuter.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily: "A retired U.S. military leader who now is a presence on the Internet has issued a call for President Obama's resignation and a new election to replace him."

A "presence on the internet!" You mean like Rick Astley, or that cat that looks like Hitler?

World Net Daily: "JUST THE FACTS...Pagan god Baal rises again. Exclusive: Richard Rives traces return of Bible villain.

Just the facts. That's what we count on from WND. Pagan god Baal rises again. Just the facts.

And now for the right wing delusion of the day:

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker: "Sarah Palin the big winner Tuesday"

And I didn't even know she was on the ballot. Well, don't worry, whatever position she won, she'll quit soon.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Rep. Michele Bachmann: Obama Is Worst President Ever… “No Question”

Still trying to make us forget about the real Worst President Ever, huh, Michelle? And it hasn't even been two years. It ain't going to work unless Obama starts some wars of aggression and sets out deliberately to cause another depression.

World Net Daily BREAKING NEWS! Jails for illegals become 'Club Fed' paradise Breaking News. Opulent lifestyle of art, dance, movie nights, hanging plants, fresh carrot sticks"

Fresh carrot sticks- how dare they! Amereican taxpayers are paying to give these people fresh carrot sticks? The outrage! Put these people on bread and water, or better yet, just shoot them. Who cares if their cases haven't gone to trial yet- they're brown people.

Rick Moran, American Thinker: "Obama's hate speech aimed at BP incites violence...Writing on his Web site, a Conservative peer, Lord Tebbit, called the American response "a crude, bigoted, xenophobic display of partisan, political, presidential petulance against a multinational company."

Hate speach, i.e. expecting them to pay for the damage they caused. That sure is hate speech, huh? It's so petulant and partisan for the President to expect corporations to take responsibility for what they did in the course of making their CEO's rich. I mean, is that fair?

And now, three short lessons in economics, courtesy of your Republican party:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Finally Boehner Speaks Out: “Bush Tax Cuts Did Not Lead to Deficit”

Oh no, they were free! No one had to pay for the trillion dollars Bush gave to rich people. I should have known!

Astute Bloggers: "WHO IS TO BLAME FOR THE BP OIL SPILL? DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS!"

Of course- should have known. And in related news:

Astute Bloggers: "
CAN "BUSH'S WARS" BE JUSTIFIABLY BLAMED FOR THE DEFICITS? NOPE."

Listen, wingnuts- can't you just shut up already?

Ken Blackwell, Town Hall: "Obama and Pelosi Hijack Christianity"

By claiming to believe in it. That's reserved for Republicans. Democrats are all Muslim Communists, you know. And by the way, do we have to be lectured on morality by an unrepentant criminal?

And now, the conversation we are least likely to listen to:

Town Hall: "TH Weekend Journal: Dick Morris and Dennis Prager discuss the 2010 primary elections"

Oh God, spare us.

Moe Lane, Red State: " ‘The Buck Stops… with me.” I just noticed that the President kind of likes to use that phrase a bit."

And now Obama can't even take responsibility for things without being ripped to shreds by the right. You just can't win with these stupid, lying dicks.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Am I Wrong About Mexico? I Hope So...

How about this news:

"CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – At least 30 gunmen burst into a drug rehabilitation center in a Mexican border state capital and opened fire, killing 19 men and wounding four people, police said. Gunmen also killed 16 people in another drug-plagued northern city."

When I said a couple of weeks ago that Mexico was starting to remind me of Afghanistan, I think people believed I was way overboard.

Well, how about this horrible news, which is happening more and more often, just a couple of hundred miles from the United States? We read about a suicide bomber killing dozens at an Afghan wedding- how is this any different? I'm convinced that we are going to wake up one day soon and discover that decades of supporting dictatorial oligarchs right next door have bred a nightmare that we are going to live with for a long time.

This will be one more heavy burden on working Americans, caused by our government's long term capitulation to multinational corporations' interest in keeping labor cheap. I'm afraid that people are never going to learn (at least, not enough of them to make a difference) that our interests are absolutely contrary to government actions that aim to sate the greed of the rich.

All The News That Fits

A selection of the events going on around our country today:

How surprising is this? I'd say about as surprising as the war on Christmas:

"A government panel on Thursday essentially doubled its estimate of how much oil has been spewing from the out-of-control BP well, with the new calculation suggesting that an amount equivalent to the Exxon Valdez disaster could be flowing into the Gulf of Mexico every 8 to 10 days."

How many times, now, has BP lied about how much damage its spills are doing? But of course, it would be outrageous to expect them to pay for the disaster they caused. BP CEO Hayward:

“This demand is chilling,” said one executive in the meeting. “The administration keeps pushing the boundaries on what we are responsible for.”

Listen, you're responsible for all of it. Get that through your head. It is likely to destroy your company. Tough luck, jerk. Better your company than our coastline.

And while we are on the subject, I notice that everyone seems to be ignoring the other major malefactor in this disaster, a company known as Halliburton. Ever heard of them? Listen, Barack, how about doing the whole world a service and driving these corrupt criminals out of business too.


And now, the Republican Wishful Thinking Champion of the Day- Scott Brown:

"BROWN: Well, I’m looking out for jobs and jobs in Massachusetts and throughout the country. And to give a non-governmental agency the ability to regulate the way that they have the potential to, they can regulate churches and restaurants and drop it all the way down from the big emitters to the very smallest emitters and it’s not appropriate."

The EPA- a non-governmental agency. Kind of like that lady who was yelling, "keep your government hands off my medicare." I guess as long as that Kenyan, Obama is president, the executive branch isn't part of the government.

And now for a little better news:

"TREASURY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES TARP MILESTONE: REPAYMENTS TO TAXPAYERS SURPASS TARP FUNDS OUTSTANDING

The overall projected cost of the TARP program has declined dramatically as repayments to taxpayers continued to exceed expectations. In May, Treasury notified Congress that the projected lifetime cost of TARP has decreased by $11.4 billion to $105.4 billion since the FY 2011 President's Budget."

$105 billion. I wonder if there are any Republicans out there who are adept enough at math to evaluate the bailout's contribution to our current financial mess, compared, say, to Bush's multi-trillion dollar war of aggression in Iraq, or his trillion dollar tax giveaway to the rich. Because the last I heard from them, the whole economic collapse was caused by Obama's efforts to stop it after it had happened.

And an amusing comment from the Washington Post, in a rare moment of sanity:

Paul Starobin, Washington Post: "Why can't President Obama stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Why can't he get the Israelis and Palestinians to stop squabbling and make peace? Why can't he get the Europeans to contribute more troops to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan? Why can't he forge a global treaty to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases?"

Yeah, why not? Unfortunately, he undoes this relatively sane observation with the following:

"Obama, fairly enough, is reaping what he sowed in assigning himself an impossible mission as a global savior."

And when, exactly did he do that, Mr. Starobin? I mean, except in the feverish delusions of right wing bloggers? I don't ever remember him passing himself off as a global savior. That's just one more lie that the Republicans have spread about him, and you utterly destroy the value of your article about unreasonable expectations, by spreading the Republican talking point that he brought it all on himself.

But then, what would a Washington Post editorial be, without a Republican talking point or two?

And while we are on the subject of Republicans, how about this?

"Congressional Democrats and the White House are toying with different ways to force BP to cover the costs of damages from the Gulf oil spill. But they face stiff opposition from industry...and it seems leading Republicans. In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up."

"I think the people responsible in the oil spill--BP and the federal government--should take full responsibility for what's happening there," Boehner said at his weekly press conference this morning."

"Help picking up the tab" meaning in this case, BP pays the current maximum of $75 million, and we pay the other $15 or 20 billion. Republicans are fighting every step of the way to prevent that $75 million cap from being raised. That's fair, right?

Naturally, Boehner has spent the last two days since saying this trying to weasel his way out of this admission that the Republican party intends for us to pick up the tab for the oil spill. But that's exactly what they do intend, and unless Obama and congressional Dems show some guts, that's exactly what is going to happen.

And just to add insult to injury, how surprised are you to hear this:

"Bush Ignored Warnings From 2000 About Deepwater Oil Spills
U.S. government regulators warned in 2000 about the myriad problems that could be caused by a deepwater oil spill. But the George W. Bush administration ignored such warnings and issued an executive order in May 2001 that pushed to speed up the search for oil."

Nothing ever changes, huh?