Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stewart/Colbert Outdraw Beck

I'm not going to get into some sort of mud slinging contest about who showed up when.  Let me just report that the same crowd-estimating company that put the size of the Glenn Beck rally at 87,000, estimated the Stewart/Colbert one at 215,000, or just under 2 1/2 times the number that Beck, Fox News, Dick Armey and the Koch brothers managed to get out with their millions of dollars and months of free promotion on Fox.

And this was all done almost on the spur of the moment, without endless provoking of racism, hatred and misplaced anger.  So, just which side is the real silent majority in this country?

And this, of course:  I couldn't resist going over to Gateway Pundit to see what Jim Hoft, possibly the biggest perpetual liar about the size of teabagger crowds had to say about this:

"Beck’s Restoring Honor Crowd vs. Stewart’s Restoring Sanity Crowd

On of the announcers today at the Restoring Sanity Rally in Washington DC said 150,000 people had turned out. That might have been a stretch.

At least 500,000 showed up at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally."

87,000 becomes 500,000; 215,000 becomes less than 150,000.  Well, what do you expect from people that can't tell the truth about anything.  Sad to say, with the right, lies are a perfect substitute for truth.

Fascism?

I want to recommend an excellent article, by Sara Robinson at Alternet, which discusses the tea party in light of what is know about the growth of fascist movements in history.  Here's a small sample:

"Paxton laid out the five basic lifecycle stages of successful fascist movements. In the first stage, a mature industrial state facing some kind of crisis breeds a new, rural movement that's based on nationalist renewal. This movement invariably rejects reason and glorifies raw emotion, promises to restore lost national pride, co-opts the nation's traditional myths for its own purposes, and insists that the country must be purged of the toxic influence of outsiders and intellectuals who are blamed for their current misery.

(Sound familiar yet?)"

There's lots more, and it's just as scary.  Of course, maybe the reason I think this article is so good is that it corresponds exactly to what I believe I have seen the last few years, as the constituency of the Republican party falls into minority status and they begin to look for other ways to maintain power.  Take a look and decide for yourself.  It's not a pretty prospect.

Incisive Political Analysis Again from David Broder

The Dean of our Washington Press Corps, working as hard as he can to show how little intelligence or knowledge (or common human decency) is required to be a nationally respected pundit these days:

"if Obama cannot spur growth by 2012, he is unlikely to be reelected.

Can Obama harness the forces that might spur new growth? This is the key question for the next two years.

What...might affect the economy? The answer is obvious, but its implications are frightening. War and peace influence the economy."



Well, apparently the implications are not too frightening to prevent David Broder from suggesting it.

"Look back at FDR and the Great Depression. What finally resolved that economic crisis? World War II."



As I pointed out just the other day, this is nothing but a Republican lie.  Can Broder be so ignorant as to not know the history of this period, before deciding to pontificate about it to the entire nation? Or is he nothing but one more cheap Republican shill, screaming out their canned talking points on order?

"Here is where Obama is likely to prevail. With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran's ambition to become a nuclear power, he can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve."



Yes, this is David Broder's answer to our economic problems.  Not reform of Wall Street, not stimulus, not generating jobs; my God, not even the usual rght wing cant about balancing the budget.  No, let's go 12,000 miles away, and kill a million or so innocent people,  in order to revive the real estate market here at home.  And let's make sure that we pick a country that can't possibly attack us in return. That way, their citizens can suffer maiming and mass death, so we can have more money, without any fear that we would have to bear a similar fate.  Who gives a damn about the lives of people over there, when killing them might restore some value to David Broder's Washington house?  I don't think I need to comment about the perversion that lies behind this kind of thinking; yet he is rewarded with a platform in the Washington Post to spread his nauseating views far and wide.



And now, the punch line to this whole sick joke:

"I am not suggesting, of course, that the president incite a war to get reelected."

Yes, David, you lying monster, that is exactly what you are suggesting.  Even you know how morally abominable that suggestion is, so you have to add your lying disclaimer at the end, but in the name of God, how can you expect to delude anyone on earth that you are not suggesting that the President start a war of aggression, to benefit himself?  After all, it worked great for Bush and Cheney, and you were all for that.  It worked just great. Except for the winning part, of course.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's Okay if you are a Republican, As Usual

How many times have we heard over the last couple of years that California's $18 billion dollar budget deficit was all the fault of those California Hippie liberals and their tax and spend ways?  How many times have we been lectured to by Republicans telling us that this proves that the only way to run government is according to their conservative, teabagging rules?

I hardly need say that California's woebegone condition is in stark contrast to the healthy, Republican run State of Texas.  Yes indeed, there they are running a very strong surplus of....wait, just let me check here...

WHAT?  NOOOO!  It can't be true!  According to the Wall Street Journal, Texas is facing a deficit of....$18 BILLION DOLLARS!

Well, just forget that I said that.  It means nothing.

Green Eagle Alert

If you get a package in the mail today from Yemen, don't open it.

What Do Americans Know?

I am about to take an extreme liberty and reproduce here a large part of a post at Daily Kos.  I hope I can be forgiven, because it is such a perfect illustration of the sea of delusion spread by the mainstream press against the Obama administration.

"Questions:
  1. What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?
  1. What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?
  1. What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?
 Answers:

   1. In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gained an average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. (Source) That's a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush's last year in office and President Obama's second year.

   2. In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration's final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. (Source) Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit -- there's a long way to go, but we're in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.

   3. On Bush's final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. Today, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they are at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively."

So, here is what every American "knows," thanks to our ever-vigilant mainstream press:  Obama had doubled or tripled the budget deficit,  we've lost millions of jobs since Obama took over, but jobs were just fine under Bush, and the economy is totally in the tank.

All Republican lies, and all drilled into people's heads by the malignant right wing fellow travelers that we have for journalists.  And all of the above about to take the nation out of the hands of the people who saved us from disaster, and deliver it to the people that deliberately caused the damage.  Thanks a lot, guys.

Friday, October 29, 2010

An Interesting Comparison

This is a chart that was at Daily Kos today:











It charts  U.S. economic growth in the last couple of years.  The white part was under Republicans and the blue part was under Democrats.

I think it would be interesting to take a look at it and keep it in mind when you read the post below about Roosevelt.  Some things never change.

Bombs Found

Two bombs mailed from Yemen to the United States were intercepted and never reached our shores.

I promise you I will be following the right wing blogs, so I can report back to you as soon as possible how this proves that Obama has no right to be president.

Whatever Happened to Honor Among Thieves?

"Halliburton Says BP Is to Blame in Gulf"

How quickly they turn on each other.

Egypt Police Shoot Dead Sudanese Migrant

And who says the teabaggers don't have anything in common with Muslims?

A Little Note on 1930's Economic Recovery

Note: this post is a reply to a comment by Silverfiddle.  I had said:
"And for your information (you are just about the only person here that doesn't know this) the economy began to recover virtually from the day FDR and the Democrats took over, and only faltered in 1937, when Republicans convinced Roosevelt that he had provided enough stimulus. As soon as he realized that was wrong, things turned up again."
To which Silverfiddle replied: 
"The bread lines must have been a sign of the recovery..."
I can't put illustrations in a comment, so I will post my reply here.

Here is a chart of the GDP during the depression years:















You can see that the GDP fell disastrously during Hoover's term, and turned around almost immediately upon Roosevelt's taking office, only faltering in 1937, when Roosevelt was falsely convinced by conservatives that he had done enough to stimulate the economy.  You can also see the gross falsity of the common Republican line that only World War II lifted the country out of the depression.  Democratic policies produced almost continual upward progress, and by the time the war started the GDP was higher than it had been before the crash.

Here is another chart, of investment during the depression years:
















Once again, you can see the same thing.  Republican policies produced nothing but economic disaster, until the Democrats were able to take over, at which point the economy went up as fast as the Republicans brought it down, with the same exception, when Roosevelt briefly reverted to Republican notions of  "fiscal responsibility."

Ever since, Republicans have tried to lie away the success of classic Democratic policies, while at the same time destroying Social Security, unemployment insurance, and all the banking regulations that prevented a new depression, until Reagan was able to do away with them, in an effort to destroy the evidence of Democratic success, no matter what damage it does to the American people.

I want to reinforce what I said in my comment:  the only reason that we are not experiencing a total depression right now is that last time the Republicans had three years after the crash to keep making the problems worse, and this time they only had three months.

Sorry, Silverfiddle, those are the facts, not a bunch of cheesy taunts.

Just a Thought

There is a point when stupidity becomes so gigantic and so egregious that it becomes a form of evil.

Catch You Later, Harry!

Anyone who may have been reading my blog for a while knows my opinion of Harry Reid.  He has been the weakest Senate leader I have ever seen- unable to show enough muscle to get legislation passed with a 58 vote majority, unable to put any pressure at all on the rogue members of his own party who constantly undermined and humiliated him, and constantly betray the core values that supposedly make someone a Democrat, always ready to capitulate to Republican belligerence.  In fact, he has been a key player in the Democrats' fumbling away their chance to really start to correct the damage done by thirty years of corporate-funded Republican malfeasance.

Now he seems about to pay the price for his behavior.  Yes, a near lunatic right wing fanatic is now four points ahead of him in the polls, with only days to go.  Unfortunately, the remaining sane people in the country are going to pay the price too, in worse, more corrupt, more irresponsible government.

My only hope (and I know it is probably a vain one) is that, if the Democrats can hold onto their Senate majority, they will pick a new leader who doesn't live in a political fantasy world in which Republicans can be counted on in any way to act as legitimate partners in governing.  It's a shame that Hillary isn't still in the Senate, because she would have been perfect in this role. No one has had more personal experience of the ill will of Republicans, but she's busy, I guess.  Too bad.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Welcome to the Third World

This is, sad to say, the most important post I have made in a long time. As Mr. T would say, get ready to feel pain. From an article in the Washington Post, this depressing story, featured yesterday at Daily Kos:

"In its biggest foreign market, BMW gets skilled workers for less

GREER, S.C. - When German automaker BMW put out the call recently to hire a thousand factory workers here, the people who responded reflected the upheaval occurring in the U.S. economy. Among the applicants: a former manager of a major distribution center for Target; a consultant who oversaw construction projects in four Western states; a supervisor at a plastics recycling firm. Some held college degrees and resumes in other fields where they made more money.

But they're all in the factory now making $15 an hour - about half of what the typical German autoworker makes...The International Labor Organization has pegged hourly manufacturing wages in Germany at nearly 24 euros, or more than $33."

Welcome to the third world, fellow Americans.  All the teabaggers are running around scared to death that, if Democrats have their way, our country will become more like Europe, where workers earn twice as much, and have 35 days of vacation a year and guaranteed health care.  God forbid that should happen to us.  Instead, with Republican control of the economy, we're now where European companies come for cheap labor.

"We are a low-wage country compared to Germany," said Kristin Dziczek, director of the Labor and Industry Group at the Center for Automotive Research. "And that helps put jobs here."

But the price of having a more globally competitive workforce means more in the United States could fall well short of the middle-class living standards that manufacturing workers once could expect. Wages adjusted for inflation have declined for these workers since 2003."

The price, of course, being paid 100% by the workers.  We don't see the rich, who get richer every year, paying any price.  But it's just fine with Republicans if American workers have to work for half price if they don't want to starve:

"We live in a global economy, and this is an example of what can be a win-win," said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)"

Thanks for that insight, Lindsay. If you can count having your pay cut in half as winning, we're doing great. I guess that fine attitude is why the mainstream press always says you are one of the Republicans that Democrats should work with.

And by the way, can you even begin to imagine, in your wildest dreams, that the following might happen when our jobs are sent somewhere else:

"...when Daimler decided to make the Mercedes C Class in Tuscaloosa, Ala., rather than in Germany, the union extracted promises that no workers would be left without a job."

The unions, which as you know are, in this county, regarded as little more than Communist terrorists, have about as much chance of protecting anyone's job from foreign competition as Donald Duck.

Well, here we are, in the third world, folks, with the trip being provided for free by the Republican party and its corporate backers.  I hope it's true, as they say, that getting there is half the fun, because I don't think it's going to be that nice now that we've arrived.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

More From the Deeply Moral Republican Party

Sharron Angle:

"We as a nation have been walking away from our constitutional freedom and relying on government instead to take care of the widow and the orphan."

Which, of course, involves our "constitutional freedom" not to take care of the widow and the orphan.

Which one do you think these Republican sons of bitches intend to deliver if they take over again?  They're against Social Security, they're against unemployment insurance, they're against the minimum wage; in fact they're against everything except more money for the rich criminals who paid to put them in office.  What do they care for widows and orphans?

And once again, they have managed to plunder the country into near-oblivion, and then succeed, by outspending Democrats 9 to 1, in convincing the American people that the Democrats are to blame for not being able, in a year and a half, to correct the damage Republicans have done to our country in thirty years of dedicated treachery.

Wingnut Wrapup

Yes, it's that time again. Here we go, down into the sewer:

Let's start with some great examples of right wing projection- one of their favorite things:

Bruce Bialosky, Town Hall:  "The Road to Serfdom This election will determine whether we surrender to the Washington oligarchy and the media elites or we reassert the values that have been the shining hallmark of this great country for over 200 years."

You've got that right, Bruce.  You just really got mixed up about which side is going to turn us into serfs.  Here's a hint:  the party that is trying to turn the whole country over to the rich and leave the rest of us with nothing is the one you should be complaining about, not the one that wants us to have health care and job security.  Figured it out now?

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Keeping It Classy: The Top Ten Most Disgraceful Democratic Attack Ads of 2010...So Far"

He couldn't write this article about the Republicans, because he'd have to include about ten thousand of their ads.  It would be funny to try to find even ten honest Republican ads.  Like, Maybe:  "Vote for Me, so I can Steal You Blind, and Then Laugh About It On My Yacht with All of my Rich Friends, while You Die In Poverty, because Who Gives a Damn about You.  That's What I Did Last Time- Let's Try It Again."

Austin Hill, Town Hall:  "Obama Undermines Hard Work and People Who Play By The Rules"

Like the guys on Wall Street.  They play by the rules- the rule that whatever they get their hands on is okay, and to hell with everyone else.  That's the rule the teabaggers think they are going to get to play by too, the greedy suckers.  Actually, their rule is going to be work all your life and then have everything stolen so some rich Republican can have a billion dollar income.  And then get really furious with Democrats.

Ed Driscoll, Pajamas Media:  "The left's closing argument with little more than one week left in the midterms? Hatred, xenophobia, and bile, with the volume — and the IQ — set to 11."

Man, these guys need to look in the mirror.

And now, the Incredible, Almost Unbelievable Right Wing Delusion of the Month:

Star Parker, Town Hall:  "Justice Thomas’s performance on the Court over these twenty years has been exemplary...his scholarship, professionalism, and original contributions are well established. "

His scholarship and original contributions, consisting of spending twenty years doing whatever Antonin Scalia tells him to, and otherwise, not having a thing to say.  Except apparently about pubic hairs.

Wayne Grudem, Town Hall:  "Pastors, not the government, should decide when they can speak about candidates from the pulpit "

But of course, don't you dare threaten their tax exemptions.  We have to pay for whatever these lunatics want to force on the American public. Look how much good it's doing us.

Chris Salcedo, Pajamas Media:  "Latinos Go Conservative"

On Mars.  And that's only because the Latinos on Mars have never met a conservative.  Apparently, only white people are stupid enough to fall for their crap here on Earth.

J. R. Dieckman, Renew America:  "NASCAR turning hard left"

The bastards.  You can't count on anyone these days.

Arlen Williams, Renew America:  "The strategy behind Neal Rauhauser's Twittergate: social media Marxofascism by progressives, Part 1"

Oh God.  I have to confess I never got any farther into this one than the title.  What the hell is this guy babbling about now?  Maybe I'll make it farther into parts 2, 3, 4, and for all I know, parts 5 through 3000.  I'll let you know.  No, I promise.  No, no, it's no trouble.  Don't worry, I'm on it.

Darryl Issa, Renew America:  "Issa: GOP House won't look to impeach Obama"

Yes they will.  How stupid do you think we are?

Red State:  "As Americans, do we really want to become another Europe?"

Hell, no!  Apparently, we want to become another El Salvador. 

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "This is How the Democrats Will Try to Steal the Election"

By voting.  The bastards.  That was the dirty trick they used in the last two elections, and I wouldn't put it past the low dogs to try it again and again, until someone who believes in the Constitution puts a stop to that kind of nonsense.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "When Barack Obama tells Hispanics to "punish our enemies," whom is he talking about? "

YOU, Joseph.  He's talking about you.  Got it straight now?

Joseph Pecar, Renew America:  "Open letter to America's black Catholic bishops"

Well, this one was so stupid that I'm just going to substitute my own open letter to America's black Catholic bishops:  "Get it together, guys! What kind of Catholic bishops are you, anyway?  Not a single one of you has had anything to do with covering up for pedophile priests.  It's about time you  learn to be team players."

Confederate Yankee, on the beating of a liberal woman by Rand Paul supporters:  "supporters on both sides acted like animals"

And Here's Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft, with his ever-reasoned approach:  "UNHINGED LEFTIST Who Lunged at Rand Paul Is Paid Far Left Activist"

But I guess no one tops Ann Althouse on this one:  "why do you think the men were not detained so they could be arrested? Do you think there is any chance that all participants were from MoveOn.org? The women was a fake Paul supporter identified with a label. How do we know the men weren't that too? Dirty tricks. We know she started off on a dirty trick. Were the guys who stopped her part of the trick? If not, why didn't she interact more with the police over her injuries? Why didn't the people in the crowd detain the thugs? Isn't this rather fishy? "

Why didn't the people in the crowd detain the thugs?  Here's my guess: being teabaggers, they thought beating the crap out of a helpless Democratic woman was a real manly way to spend the time until they could luxuriate in some more lies from Rand Paul.  How's that for a guess?

No correction from Ann, of course, now that we know the truth.  What would you expect?

The Greatest Political Ad of the Year

From Jerry Brown.  Short and to the point:

Apologize, Woman

This sage reflection from the Rand Paul operative who stomped on a woman's head, giving her a concussion:

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”  And astonishingly, asked if he planned to apologize directly the activist Lauren Valle whose head he stomped on, Profitt said, “I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you."

Apolgize for the brain injury he inflicted on her.

I think we owe a big thank you to Dick Cheney, who established that if you are a Republican, it's perfectly okay to assault and seriously injure someone, and then demand that your victim do the apologizing.  

I've talked before about the inability of conservatives to accept the least responsibility for the damage they have done.  Could there be a better example?

Right Wing "Thinking" In Action

Right here at Green Eagle.

My previous post was a comment on the fact that the Democrats have managed to significantly decrease the deficit, something that Republicans scream about endlessly, but have never been known to do, except in 1930, when it was the one thing calculated to send the country into the depths of the depression.

Our new conservative friend Lisa has done everything she can to turn the conversation away from this point, to some tendentious, phony tirade about alleged left wing racism. 

The fact remains that, whether it's winning wars, cutting the deficit, protecting the middle class, or anything else that actually serves the American people, Democrats do what Republicans only blab about. The Republican party, as it has existed since the Taft presidency, has done nothing but serve the ultra rich, causing unending suffering to the rest of us.  Whatever the faults of the Democratic party, it still contains many who are concerned about the welfare of our country.  Such people would never be tolerated by Republicans.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Things the Public Doesn't Need to Know

This:

"Democrats shrank US spending, deficit in last fiscal year, figures show...The US deficit shrank nine percent last fiscal year"

Nothing to see here.  No need for the press to cover this. We've heard today, also, that less than 10% of the American people know that Obama gave 95% of the American people a tax cut, so I guess no one needs to know about this either.

Goodbye to Democracy- Chapter 2 (for today)

How about this news:

"The Texas Republican Party bought the Texas Green Party for less than $200,000"

American democracy in action.

Goodbye

From Think Progress, this (partial, I'm sure) list of foreign energy companies:


Avantha Group, India
– The Bahrain Petroleum Company, Kingdom of Bahrain: state-owned oil campany
Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, Kingdom of Bahrain: state-owned oil company
Essar Group, Mumbai, India
GMR, Bangalore, India ($15,000)
Hinduja Group, London, UK: the Gulf Oil group
Jindal Power, New Delhi, India
Lahmeyer International, Frankfurt, Germany
Punj Lloyd, Gurgaon, India
Reliance Industries, Mumbai, India
SNC Lavalin, Montreal, Canada
Tata Group, Mumbai, India
Walchandnagar Industries, Mumbai, India
Welspun, Mumbai, India

What do these companies have in common?

They've all given money to the U.S. Chamber of commerce, which is spending tens of millions to support Republican candidates, who are nothing but corrupt corporate stooges.

Say goodbye to our democracy.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Polls

This interesting statistic from a very good post at Daily Kos today:

"47% of the polls released in this cycle have come from GOP or GOP-sympathetic (read: Rasmussen) sources. By contrast, just 8.5% of the polls have come from Democratic sources."

Of course, given Americans' hatred of being the loser, these polls may very well prove to be self-realizing, but still, it's an interesting comment on what happens when one party has all the money.

The Cads

Headline in the New York Times today:

Iran Said To Give Top Karzai Aide Cash By Bagful

Boy, aren't you glad our government would never stoop to something like that?

Quote of the Day

The man who wrongly holds that every human right is secondary to his profit must now give way to the advocate of human welfare, who rightly maintains that every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it.

Theodore Roosevelt

Well, it's easy to see why he had to leave the Republican party.  Some things never change.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wingnut Wrapup

 Man, these people are starting to bug me.  It's getting harder and harder to read their childish, petulant lies.  But someone has to pay attention to this evil trash, and we sure can't count on real reporters to do it.  Well, here's some of the trash from the last week:

Astute Bloggers:  WARNING: IF THE DEMOCRATS TRY TO PASS THEIR LEFTIST AGENDA IN THE LAME DUCK CONGRESS

If it passes - and because the 112th Congress is not likely to have override majorities - much of the damage will be hard to undo, then this will make Jonestown look like a church picnic.

WARNING: If they do it, then there will be an armed insurrection in the USA that makes the recent rebellion in Iran look like a... church picnic.

This is a warning, not a threat."


Really, Asshole?  Actually, it's not a warning or a threat.  It's a tantrum.  Just what we expect from people with an emotional age of about 3.


Also, Astute Bloggers:  "SHINY SILVER BALLOONS/UFO'S(?) SEEN OVER NYC

THEY LOOKED LIKE BALLOONS TO ME - EXCEPT THEY WEREN'T FLOATING IN A UNIFORM MANNER: SOME WERE STATIONARY WHILE OTHERS WENT SOUTH AND OTHERS WENT EAST; SOME WENT UP AND OTHERS DOWN.  THE LAST TIME I SAW SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS WAS 9/10/01"

That was probably the last time your mother forgot to restock the Cheetos, and you had to leave her basement to go to the 7-11.  And from the very same "Astute" bloggers, the lie of the week:

"BECAUSE OF OBAMA, WE'RE LOSING IRAQ"

What, because Obama hasn't fixed all the damage caused by YOUR president who started this useless war, YOUR president who had longer than World War II to beat a pathetic third world country, and YOUR president who totally failed, in what was one of the worst military blunders in the history of the world?  Oh yeah, I can see how that would be Obama's fault.  Just like it's his fault that he hasn't yet erased the damage that YOUR president's corruption did to our economy.  That's his fault too, right?

Humberto Fontava, Town Hall:  "New York’s Lincoln Center Partners with Castro’s Secret Police "

You don't even want to know. 

Ken Blackwell, Town Hall:  "What Liberals Really Think...Congressman McGovern says the Constitution itself is wrong. Did Mr. McGovern take an oath to support the U.S. Constitution? Does he consider himself bound by his oath?  Sure, you can responsibly disagree with portions of the Constitution. Ronald Reagan, for example, disagreed with the two-term limit for President. He thought the Twenty-second Amendment had been a mistake. But Reagan dutifully left office after two terms."

First of all, by the end of his second term, Ronald Reagan couldn't even find his way to the bathroom alone.  Second, I don't remember anyone except Democrats having to take an oath never to disagree with the constitution.  I guess it's okay for right wing assholes to ignore any part of the constitution that gets in the way of their greed, but apparently, the founding fathers never intended to allow Democrats to propose amendments.

Roger L. Simon, Pajamasw Media:  "Is California Insane?  The idea that the electorate could even consider electing Jerry Brown in 2010 attests to that."

No, better to elect a woman who had so little interest in politics that she didn't vote for 30 years, and is now spending $140 million dollars to buy the California Governorship, as opposed to a guy who has already been governor, who balanced the budget without raising taxes and who saw the state generate 1.9 million jobs during his term.  That's sanity for you.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "It Is Done… Obama Promised to Kill the Coal Industry – Today His Administration Came Through on That Promise...Today the Obama Administration continued their assault on the American coal industry.  The far left radicals at the Sierra Club announced that Obama EPA officials will not allow mining at the largest mountaintop removal coal mine."



Obama killed the coal industry by stopping one mine.  Man, that's not a very resilient business.  By the way, when's the funeral?  I want to send a card.

Bryan Myrick, Red State:  "What’s the cost to taxpayers for Patty Murray’s 911 call to Obama and Biden?"

What was the cost to taxpayers for allowing an infantile Republican president run the economy for eight years, Bryan?

Russ J. Allen, Renew America:  "The Republicans take over Congress: now what?"

They finish the job of sending the country into a depression.  That's my guess.

Holly Pitt Young, Town Hall:  "Will America Accept Bureaucratic Rationing of Healthcare?"

Wake up, you stupid dick, they already have.  Haven't you ever dealt with an insurance company before?

Christian Toto:  "Can a Bill O’Reilly Book Titled Pinheads and Patriots Actually Be Nuanced?"

No. 

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Wow! Tea Party Freedom Fighters Make Over 100,000 Calls in 5 States"

Given Jim's usual honesty in reporting, the truth probably adds up to three calls for pizza and one call to check on the babysitter.

Pat Boone, Renew America:  "The temperature is rising"

Yeah, Pat, and the juke box is blowing a fuse.  Now shut up.
   
OBAMA WATCH CENTRAL  WorldNetDaily Exclusive:  "FBI informant to Congress:  Investigate Ayers, Dohrn now  Warns that Weather Underground networks still could be operating"


Even though we haven't heard about them for forty years. They're still out there doing...something.  Man, you guys have to go far back to find anything to complain about.




Astute Bloggers:  "VOTER FRAUD GETS AN EARLY START:  CBS News Strong Turnout for Democrats in Early Voting"

And there it is- what to expect if the Republicans don't deliver on their promises to devastate the Dems- about fifteen years (no, I'm not exaggerating) of screaming and whining that they were robbed.

Get ready.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Private Sector is So Much Better than Government At Everything

We all know that's true when we hear news like this:

"A U.S. government program aimed at reviving the mortgage-backed securities market returned more than triple what stocks or bonds gained in the past year. 

The eight funds created under the Public-Private Investment Program, or PPIP, reported net internal rates of return averaging 36 percent through Sept. 30, the Treasury Department said in a report this week. That compares with the 10 percent return for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and 8.2 percent for the BarCap U.S. Aggregate Total Return Index of bonds."

Boy, doesn't that make you sorry that those damned Democrats won't let you trust your social security money to private enterprise?

What a wonder of perfection the market is.  No government bureaucrat could possibly do as well.  We know that, because we have been told it so often by rich people, and who knows more about money than rich people?

Why Democrats Lose.

Miserable Republican liars, put this in your pipes and smoke it:

"This is the 9th straight month of private sector job growth in the midst of a devastating recession that has put a serious strain mostly on the poor and middle class. There has been a total of 863,000 private sector jobs created in 2010, exceeding the total created under the Bush/Cheney regime."

Here's the chart:














Didn't know that, huh?  Maybe this should be a topic of conversation when the whole election is supposedly about jobs, and Republican propaganda has them poised to take back power, so they can get on with wrecking the economy.  But no, whether Jerry Brown called Meg Whitman a name, and whether NPR should have fired Juan Williams so he could take his $2 million a year job lying on Fox are so much more important.

All Democrats have is the truth, and all Republicans have is their eternal lies.  And the press has decided who has a more important message for the American people.

Which Side Did You Say They Were On?

From the Daily Mail:

"I left Al Qaeda because they refused to pay healthcare, says Osama bin Laden's former pilot"

And which party, exactly, is more aligned with Al Qaida?  Remind me-  Is it the one that wants to keep religion out of politics or the one that wants to keep the government out of medicine?

George Speaks

Put this in your pipe and smoke it.

And then bang your head against a wall for several hours.

George W. Bush:

"In terms of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment is that I kept the country safe amidst a real danger."


Well, except for that once.  And, uh, except for that anthrax thing.  And for making half the world hate us.  And not catching the leaders of Al Qaeda.  And throwing away our military might in the wrong country.  Etc.


"(he) signaled on Thursday that he sees not reforming Social Security as his greatest failure from the eight years he served in the White House"

His failure being that he didn't manage to find a way for Wall Street rich guys to steal the biggest pot of money we have left, after he destroyed the economy by letting them take everything else.

His biggest success: he kept us safe.  Except he didn't.  His biggest failure: he didn't manage to steal every penny from us.

And they wonder why we call him the worst president in history.

Have a Nice Life at Fox, Juan

A little more on the firing of Juan Williams, and the abuse I took for attacking him:

Some good remarks from Michael Tomasky at the Guardian:

"what sort of non-conservative – one perceives Williams to be some degree of liberal; he'd probably protest that he's just a reporter; in either case, he's not a conservative – agreed to be an in-house flunky at Fox? ...if you're any kind of liberal at all, even in the softest and most non-political possible sense, it's basically an indefensible thing to do. 

Fox News wants liberalism to perish from the face of the earth. Going on their air on a regular basis and lending your name and reputation to their ideological razzle-dazzle is like agreeing to be the regular kulak guest columnist at Pravda in 1929. For "balance".

That's because he is not a liberal.

And a quote from Williams, courtesy of Talking Points Memo:

""This is evidence of one-party rule and one sided thinking at NPR that leads to enforced ideology, speech and writing. It leads to people, especially journalists, being sent to the gulag for raising the wrong questions and displaying independence of thought."

One party rule; enforced ideology- things he'll never, never encounter at his new home, Fox News.  Do I even need to point out that you could hear the same words coming from Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck?

I restate my claim:  This guy was never a liberal.  He was never anything but one of those phony liberals employed by the mainstream press to put up against right wing tough guys, with the intent of reinforcing the perception that liberals are weak-kneed and without values.  He played this role with gusto, and now he's getting his reward: $2 million a year from Rupert Murdoch.

I'm So Proud of These People

This good news just in:

GOP congressional candidate Stephen Broden says violent overthrow of government is 'on the table' ..."We have a constitutional remedy," Broden said then. "And the Framers say if that don't work, revolution."

"If the government is not producing the results or has become destructive to the ends of our liberties, we have a right to get rid of that government and to get rid of it by any means necessary," Broden said, adding the nation was founded on a violent revolt against Britain's King George III..."The option is on the table. I don't think that we should remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms"

I'm just so proud to live in a country where the politicians are standing up for our rights.  This is the spirit of true patriotism that built our country, and it could never tempt anyone to do something rash.

It's a magnificent thing that hard-headed businessmen like the Koch brothers are working so hard to put people like this in positions of responsibility.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bye, Juan

"NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel."

This guy may have a black skin, but I have insisted for years that he is nothing but Rush Limbaugh in a monkey suit.  How anyone could have ever listened to him and not realized that he only played a liberal on TV, but was as big a sellout to the right as anyone at Fox, always puzzled me.

Good riddance, jerk.

Update:  From the L.A. Times:

"Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes handed Williams a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, a considerable bump up from his previous salary"

Boy, that didn't take long.  No bad deed goes unrewarded.  If you thought I was over the top in my claim about which side this guy is on, I guess you've been set straight now.

Glenn Gets It Wrong Again

Glenn Beck:

"I don’t know why it’s unreasonable to say this. I’m not God so I don’t know how God creates. I don’t think we came from monkeys. I think that’s ridiculous. I, I haven’t seen the half-monkey half-person yet."

Forgotten about our last President, have you, Glenn?

Give It Up, Clarence

So Clarence Thomas wants Anita Hill to apologize for something that he did to her.

Well, at least he didn't shoot her in the face.

And Now A Word from Atrios

"Tolkein and Lovecraft stories are more connected to reality than David Broder's perception of actual reality."

The Miracle of Capitalism

Private Enterprise- always superior to anything else on earth:

"GMAC admitted to wholesale manufacture of court documents, then promised to fix the practice, then continued that practice unabated for 4 more years. Most of what we have uncovered are criminal violations – false testimony under oath, notary fraud, etc."

No need for government regulation there- things work so much better when we just let the free market take care of everything. I mean, just because businesses can make more money by engaging in endless criminal behavior, that's no reason
to suspect that our noble minded capitalists would stoop to such a thing, right?  No, better to keep government out of it and let them steal us blind.  Now, that's the American way.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Ad For Jerry Brown

It would have nothing but Jerry speaking and here's what he would say:

"I'm Jerry Brown.  I've been the governor.  During my term, I balanced the State budget without raising taxes, and the State generated 1.9 million jobs.

My opponent cares so little about politics that she didn't vote for thirty years, but now she's decided to spend $140 million dollars to buy the governor's office for herself.

The people of California can't afford to fall for that.  Our state needs someone that has a proven ability to handle the job.

I'm Jerry Brown, and I approved this ad.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

God, What a Pack of Liars- World Net Daily Edition

Here is the sort of idiocy which passes for truth among right wingers, from World Net Daily:

"A new YouTube video in support of Colorado's pro-life Amendment 62 – the only "personhood" amendment on 2010 ballots across the United States – links President Obama with the "Angel of Death."

The video talks about stopping in Colorado in 2010 what was begun in the state in 1967, when then-Gov. Dick Lamm drafted the first law legalizing abortion in the nation – some six years before the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision.

The video blames the "decline" of America on that beginning and asserts that agenda-driven judges in Washington contributed to the advance of the agenda of death."

Yes, you read that right.  The decline of the United States had nothing to do with the corrupt Republican plundering of our economy, nothing to do with Republicans allowing the rich to do any damned thing they pleased, nothing to do with the trillions spent on the Republican war of aggression in Iraq, nothing to do with the Republican pandering to and abetting the most ignorant, racist and hate-filled people in our country. It had nothing to do with a Wall Street rampage of greed that stole the nation's wealth.  It had nothing to do with corporations sending our jobs overseas, and paid to do it by Republican legislation. No, it was all caused by abortion.


"Featuring the "Angel of Death" morphing into a picture of Obama, it explains that the "angel" arrived and hell followed after." 

I wish I could tell you that this was a metaphor or something, but no, the people at World Net Daily, one of the most widely read political websites in existence, claim to actually believe that the real angel of death is in cahoots with Obama.  Can there be any greater height of malignant lunacy?

"It claims that Obama is spending $457 million on international abortion funding"

A total lie, of course.

"...many critics argue that his Obamacare leaves a wide-open door for hundreds of millions of dollars of federal tax money be distributed for abortions nationwide."

Another long discredited lie.

"The organization announced an endorsement from Pam Tebow, mother of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and four others."

Well,  I guess that seals the deal, then.  They are endorsed by the mother of a quarterback.  I guess they really have something there.

I was going to ask if you had ever heard anything so ludicrous in your life, but sad to say, the American right comes up with stuff this malicious and stupid every day.

Global temperatures continue to rise

Just sayin'

Why Does Abu Dhabi Own All of Chicago's Parking Meters?

Get the answer here.

Just a taste of this wonderful story:

"Now if city officials want to do anything that might disrupt parking meter revenue -- let's say close down parking for a street festival or parade -- they need to get the approval of those meters' shadowy, foreign owners. They also need approval to change parking hours or fees. The new ownership has already made unwelcome changes, ending the previous policy of allowing free parking on holidays."

So, maybe you want to hold a march to protest the devastating effect that oil companies' greed has on our country.  Great- free speech, right?  As soon as some Arab oil sheiks say it's okay, you can express your opinion in public! The city has just given some of the most malignant rich foreigners in history a veto over your first amendment rights.  Here's a perfect example of the real respect for our constitution to be found on the right, where money trumps everything.

Everything that government does is now nothing but an opportunity for some rich person to make a profit, without a concern in the world for what it does to the rest of us.  Here comes RepublicanWorld!

Two Jackasses in One Place

John McCain, on George Stephanopolis' show:

But the fact is that this president has not reached out, not one time, on a major issue to Republicans. I hope that he will. We look forward to problem solving with him. But we really need to respond to the anger and frustration that the American people feel today."

Stephanopolis' response:

"Thanks for being on our show"

i.e. "Thank you, oh great hero and patriot for coming on my show and lying right in my face, and thanks so much for giving me an opportunity to join with you and do my part to destroy the country."

Our mainstream press at work.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Get Ready For The Screaming

I have noticed, the last couple of weeks, a dramatic increase on the right wing blogs of fearmongering about the virtually nonexistent, phantom phenomenon of Democratic vote fraud.  Despite the fact that, for fifty years, there has been exactly zero evidence of any such thing, Conservative after Conservative is speaking out in terror at this supposed threat.

Should it somehow happen that, despite the best efforts of the Democratic party to once again roll over and play dead, and despite the newly found Republican financial resources in Communist China, the American people fail to turn the country back to the corrupt lunatics who almost destroyed us two years ago, the Republicans are carefully preparing the groundwork for a campaign to convince us that the election was stolen by the Democrats through a vast conspiracy of election fraud.

And believe me, in a country that cannot even put to death the persistent lies that letting black people buy homes caused a near depression, or that Ronald Reagan was anything but a corrupt criminal, we can expect such a massive deception to have a lifespan of decades.

I know the likelihood of the Republicans needing this strategy is somewhat remote; still, nothing is going to stop them from preparing the ground for another grand lie.  After all, every birther out there will instantly sign on to it, so they can start with about a quarter of the voters on their side, and go from there.

Pig Oinks Again

John McCain:

“When you hear (Barbara Boxer) say that she supports the men and women in the military, my friends, she does not…because she has never supported the mission; she has never supported victory whether it be in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or anywhere else in the world. Barbara Boxer wants to wave the white flag of surrender and endanger this nation’s national security. It’s time she went back to San Francisco with [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi."

And we have  to sit and listen to this, from a traitor that spilled his guts to the Vietnamese and gave up anyone he could to get special treatment in his captivity, who tried to foist off on the American people a corrupt, ignorant demagogue as our Vice President, who has played a dirty game ever since he was trounced in his run for the White House, undermining our president at every turn, and who never gave enough of a damn about our troops to prevent them from dying in a war of aggression run by an incompetent President and a mad, vicious Vice President.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Lurking Fear

Some sage words about the rise of right wing terrorism, from one of the great experts on the subject, Dave Niewert:

"we actually have seen this happen time after time after time: A mentally unstable person is inspired by hateful right-wing rhetoric to act out violently -- and yet because of that mental state, the matter is dismissed as idiosyncratic, just another "isolated incident." And over the months and years, these "isolated incidents" mount one after another.

But simply ascribing these acts to mental illness is a cop-out. It fails to account for the gross irresponsibility of the people who employed the rhetoric that inspired the violent action in the first place, and their resulting moral culpability."

Of course, I  am going to grant the title of sage to anyone who agrees with me, but do you think he is wrong?

This is something I have talked about repeatedly, when these incidents occur (every week or two these days) and are totally written off by the press as the acts of deranged individuals with nothing uniting them.  I wonder why the same grace is not granted by the mainstream press to the shoe bomber, or the underwear bomber.

And One more Conservative Citizen Defending their Rights

Their right to destroy our country.

In Florida today:

"FBI concerns grow over 'citizen extremists'

...authorities arrested Josiah Fornof of Hudson. According to the criminal complaint, Fornof, 30, threatened to "bear arms against" two deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office who were trying to serve a warrant.

Fornof posted a video of the incident on the internet called "Sheriff Trespass" which is part of the criminal case against him.

On the video, Fornof is heard saying, "...we are in fear of our lives at this moment."  According to the affidavit, he told law enforcement they had no right to be at the home where he lives with his mother and he yelled, "Sir, if you come back, we may bear arms against you."

We went to Hudson to visit the property where Fornof was arrested. Careful not to trespass, we were met out front by Nathan Fornof, who defended his brother's actions.  "We were expecting them to come in here and murder us"

Of course, they are still claiming on Fox News that all terrorists are Muslims.

Our Wonderful Press At Work

Just a couple of examples today, via Daily Kos:

Wall Street Journal:  "But among outside campaign organizations, Democrats are being outgunned, helping erase the Democrats' overall financial advantage. This lets Republicans inject money into races where Democrats had a big cash advantage, leaving Democratic candidates more reliant on the get-out-the-vote activities of the largest labor unions."

"Outgunned" in this case roughly meaning "haven't been as quick to throw every shred of honesty and decency out the window in their rush to do whatever despicable thing serves the short term interest of the rich."

Chris Cilizza, Washington Post:  "The Obama administration's lifting Tuesday of the temporary moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico brings the first chapter of the devastating spill to a close.  The next chapter -- the spill's political impact -- is in the process of being written. But so far, it appears that if the spill does have a larger effect on politics, it will likely be felt in 2012 or 2016, not in 2010."

Translation:  Everything has to be good for the Republicans, and since no sign of this helping them has turned up this year, it's got to hurt the Dems in 2012 or 2016 or maybe in five hundred years or so.  It just makes sense.  And by the way, if it doesn't happen on its own, my friends and I in the mainstream press will bring it up then, when the American people have forgotten the details, and cram down their throats the narrative that everything Obama did was incompetent and weak.


And that's how sincere, honest leaders concerned with the interests of the American people are driven from office in favor of a pack of corrupt lunatics.  Welcome to the twenty first century.

Just To Start The Day on a Cheery Note

Paul Krugman:

"We’ll never know how differently the politics would have played if Obama, instead of systematically echoing and giving credibility to all the arguments of the people who want to destroy him, had actually stood up for a different economic philosophy. But we do know how his actual strategy has worked, and it hasn’t been a success."

Friday, October 15, 2010

Makes Sense to Me

From James Lambert over at Renew America:

"When debating Prop. 19: Don't tell me marijuana isn't a harmful, gateway drug!"

Also, don't tell me that people who don't believe in global warming are stooges of the oil companies, that Republicans want to destroy Social Security and the minimum wage, that Republican corruption on behalf of the rich caused our economic collapse, that giving people health care isn't just like the Nazis, that Saddam didn't cause 9-11...in fact, don't tell me anything that's true because I'M NOT LISTENING...LA LA LA LA LA LA...I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

Something I Realized

Some day, oh, around the year 2500, the people of Iraq will elect a democratic government.  The next day, the Washington Post will have some neocon write an op ed piece entitled "See- the Surge Worked!"

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Here We Go Again...

Courtesy of Crooks and Liars:

"A man seemingly bent on violence and destruction stormed Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad Friday and fired into a crowd of children on the playground, striking two girls, before being chased and tackled by nearby construction workers. 

As time goes by, more and more deranged people are acting out in violent episodes with a target pointed directly at President Obama's back as they try to murder innocent people. The latest episode happened in Calrsbad, California when a man opened fire on young children and was reportedly yelling “Death to Obama" when he went off.

One of the witnesses to Friday’s shooting...said he shouted: “Death to Obama. Kill all the little (expletive). Death to them.”

Thanks, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and all the others who make a very good living encouraging disturbed people like this to act out their apocalyptic, racist fantasies. 

Life in the Wingnut World

Via Digby, one of the most preposterous right wing ideas ever.

First, a little background:  The State of New Hampshire removed a child from the custody of its parents because the father had a long history both as a wife and child abuser.  Unfortunately, the guy happens also to be a hard core wingnut too, which naturally brought out the usual right wing displays of phony outrage.  Which led one "libertarian" (i.e. idiot) to make the following helpful suggestion:

""The family should be left to resolve it on their own...Or private enterprise - private companies can contact the family and say, 'We heard you were hitting your kids. Can you stop that?' "

And just which private companies would that be?  Maybe Comcast, or Halliburton?  And to whom, exactly would those private companies be sending the bill?  Or maybe the first suggestion is the best one- leave the family to "resolve" the situation.  For example, the father could just beat the child to death and be done with the whole thing.  At which point, he could be contacted by a private company, and asked "Can you stop that?"

But think of the positive side to this suggestion.  At least this dick could have his taxes lowered, because he wouldn't have to support a police force or a court system to deal with criminals.  We saw recently how well that sort of thing works out with fire departments- why not leave it to the free market to produce someone to come forward and stop parents from beating their kids.  Of course, if the kids don't pay their subscription fee, they're just out of luck.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Best News in Years

From Senator Tom Coburn:

“There will be no insurance industry left in three years,” Coburn told the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County."

What a shame that the guy never told the truth in his life, huh?

Your Mainstream Media, or Why the Country is So Screwed

Mark Halperin on MSNBC this morning:

"I'm not sure how they think this appeals to voters to call out the Chamber of Commerce for allegedly using foreign money. It also seems a little strange to be demonizing the foreign. No one's advocating law-breaking but this boogey-word that they're using, 'foreign,' as if somehow anything that's foreign is bad....Also just talking incessantly about making accusations against the Chamber of Commerce, not some shadowy group, the chamber.... it's really mystifying."

Oh, of course no one cares if five corrupt Supreme Court justices have seen to it that the Chinese Communists or the Saudis (or Al Qaeda for that matter) can finance Republican political candidates.  American business has demonstrated how easy it is to buy Senators and Congressmen, but it would never occur to foreigners that spending a couple of billion dollars acquiring a few American politicians of their own might be a lot cheaper than going to war with us, and might be just as effective at destroying our economy.

And since it is now the accepted American rule that any Republican Senator, all by himself, has the right to stop any legislation, they won't have to buy too many to see to it that The World's Greatest Country is totally incapable of reacting to any threat.

And yet, Halperin seems stunned by the idea that Democrats would go after the Chamber of Commerce, despite its endless record of corrupt political interference on behalf of the rich.  How dare Dems question the motives of American businessmen, who have never acted in any way but to further our best interests as a country?

I've said it before- the Democrats can beat the Republicans with one hand tied behind their backs, but they can't beat the Republicans and the press together.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

She Has a Point There

From Crooks and Liars:

"Carly Fiorina, in grand political tradition, now says Sarah Palin is qualified for the Presidency"

Well, as qualified as Carly was to run Hewlett Packard, I guess.

A New Height of Lunatic Malice

Oh my God, just when we thought the whole malicious nonsense about Barack Obama's birth certificate has finally receded into oblivion, it has returned to reach a new high of racist lunacy.

Here's an almost unbelievably disingenuous post from the website of something calling itself the Western Journalism Center, which leaves Orly Taitz herself in the dust:

"It’s High Time to investigate Obama

It is high time that legislative bodies and prosecutorial authorities investigate the citizenship status of Barack Hussein Obama II as it relates to his eligibility to the Office of President under Article II Section 1 of the United States Constitution. This includes the determination of his actual identity, which requires genetic analysis. I started my investigation and analysis by deeming nearly every assertion as open to question, including the claimed identity of Mr. Obama’s parents. A certificate that a child was born to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama in Honolulu on 4 August 1961 might be true; but, assuming it’s true, it does not necessarily follow that Mr. Obama is that child. Whether he is or not requires genetic analysis."

(Emphasis mine)  Now, not only do we need some sort of magical birth certificate, but Obama must submit to genetic tests to prove that his mother is really his mother.  This is a humiliation that has never been asked of any political figure in history.  But of course it has nothing to do with him being a black man, as you shall see later in the article. 

"Hawai’i’s certification of Mr. Obama’s live birth in Hawai’i is intentionally ambiguous. By design, it is impossible to tell from the certification whether the purported parents named therein are Mr. Obama’s birth parents or his adoptive parents."


Who has ever heard of adoptive parents being listed on a birth certificate?  And, of course, no one has ever suggested that Obama was adopted.  But we have to degrade him and force him to undergo tests more commonly administered to rapists and murderers, before right wingers will admit that he is the President.  Or just move on to some other evil crap to deny it.

"Dr. Fukino’s statement refers to Mr. Obama’s “vital records” in the plural. He was not dead, so she must be referring to two birth certificates, the original that named birth parents and an amended certificate naming adoptive parents.

Dr. Fukino is very clever. She has tipped us to an adoption without explicitly disclosing an adoption, which would be unlawful."

Two birth certificates.  Oh yes, she must have been referring to that- something that no one has ever heard of happening, but more palatable to these asses than the notion that they should have to have a black man as President.  Have you ever heard such a total delusion in your life?  What makes it worse is the fact that they know damned well that they are making all of this up, but they will resort to anything to delegitimize a black, Democratic president.  That is all this is really about, and we all know it perfectly well.

"She has also let us know that Mr. Obama’s birth parents were U.S. citizens, which makes baby Obama a natural born U.S. citizen at birth. This leaves open the possibility that he lost American citizenship thereafter."



It also leaves open the possibility that he is from Mars.  And there is equal evidence for both ideas.  And now comes perhaps the ultimate lunacy of this new claim:


"Mr. Obama’s gross misrepresentation that he is black is arguably election fraud. An American black told Laura Ingraham the other day that a black will forgive one many a fault if he’s black. Wonder what they would think if he is, for example, the son of a Caucasian father and a predominantly Polynesian mother, with perhaps Portagee overtones, who just pretends to be black to get votes and denigrate opponents as racists."


So he isn't even black, but some sort of world-wide mongrel,  an assertion for which there is not one shred of evidence, as if evidence matters any more to Republicans.  And his pretending to be black is election fraud, because there is nothing that was more likely to get him elected President of the United States than to pass himself off as black.

"Secondly, the Kenyan birth myth and other false notions about his birth and its constitutional consequences distract attention from his real citizenship problems, his probable loss of U.S. citizenship by forfeiture, disclaimer, renunciation, sedition, or some combination of the foregoing."



So now it's Obama himself that propagated the Kenyan birth lie, to distract attention from something even worse, for which there is not only no evidence, but which they haven't even made up yet.

"This message only scratches the surface"


Of the right's lunacy, racism and hatred.  When is the miserable mainstream press in this country going to stop treating these people like honest, decent citizens who hope for the best for our country?  Haven't they figured out yet that their pandering to them is destroying our country?

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Textbook Case of Terrorism

The case of Byron Williams, shown below.  Mr Williams was arrested after a shootout he initiated with police.  It was later discovered that he was on his way to kill members of the ACLU, and the Tides Foundation, an organization which is a frequent target of Glenn Beck's lying smears.


















Mr. Williams gave a most interesting interview to John Hamilton at Media Matters.  The whole thing is worth a read, but here are a couple of excerpts:

"(He) repeatedly instructs (Hamilton) to watch specific broadcasts of Beck's show for information on the conspiracy theory that drove him over the edge: an intricate plot involving Barack Obama, philanthropist George Soros, a Brazilian oil company, and the BP disaster.

Williams also points to other media figures -- right-wing propagandist David Horowitz, and Internet conspiracist and repeated Fox News guest Alex Jones -- as key sources of information to inspire his "revolution."

Williams tells Hamilton that "Beck would never say anything about a conspiracy, would never advocate violence. He'll never do anything ... of this nature. But he'll give you every ounce of evidence that you could possibly need."

I have written before about the classic pattern of terrorist violence,  seen since at least Russian nihilism in the nineteenth century.  This involves provocateurs who incite terrorism, knowing perfectly well that eventually, if they stick to their malignant work, some mentally unbalanced person is going to carry out the violence they intend; but who are careful to sanitize themselves from any direct connection with the perpetrators, and who react with fury at the suggestion that they have any responsibility for the horrors they have knowingly incited.  This is a classic pattern, seen again and again.  People like Glenn Beck and the rest of the Fox News demagogues are little different from Yasir Arafat, Gerry Adams and Osama Bin Laden himself, as far as I can see.  While the country has spent eight years obsessed with a bunch of guys in turbans 12,000 miles away, our own right wing has been busy breeding its own reservoir of terrorists, driven by the same toxic mixture of religious self-righteousness and hate as all of the other ugly specimens we have seen throughout history.  And as things stand right now, it seems as if no one with the power to stop them has the decency and the courage to stand up to them.

Thus, democracies come to an end.

Wingnut Wrapup

Let me just jump right into my dredgings from the sewer that is our government's loyal opposition:

Joseph C. Phillips, Town Hall:  "GOP, Don't Fool Us This Time"

Fat chance.

Town Hall Update:  " Fake Tea Partiers Bankrolled by Dems"

Oh, so you're finally admitting that all real tea partiers are Republicans- tea partiers must be fake if they're Democrats. That's novel- a conservative telling the truth for once.

Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "I've got another racist lie to tell you"

Well, okay, that's not really what he called his article.  That's just what it was.

Red State:  "you saw the Marxist March on Washington last weekend."

No, I must have missed that one.

Confederate Yankee:  "I Feel Sorry For John Amato"

I'm sure the feeling is mutual, Mr. Yankee.  If he has a clue who you are.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "1,078 Articles Written About Obama’s Philly Speech – Only One Mentions A Book Was Hurled at His Head...And the AP also didn’t mention that a streaker was arrested at the rally today, too.  Either our media is even more corrupt than we thought or the Daily Mail has the story wrong.  Would they really hide this from the American public?"

The sick, corrupt press just proved that they are nothing but pawns of Obama!  They covered up the fact that there was a streaker at his speech!  Will the evil never end.  If the press had reported that, Obama would be impeached for sure.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Barack Obama: “Republicans Messed Up So Bad” That Millions Are Still Out Of Work"

God, Barack, I love it when you talk that way.  The truth hurts, huh, Jim?

Alan Caruba, Renew America:  "Echoes of 1930s Germany?"

Oh, Alan would never say that Obama is Hitler, but just think about it.  It makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?

Let's look a little farther at Mr. Caruba's comments:

"It happens that I have been reading a book, "Berlin at War," by historian Roger Moorhouse. What we tend to forget is that the National Socialist party, led by Hitler, was freely elected to power by Germans"

Apparently you didn't read the book too closely, because that never happened.  Hitler was appointed by the senile Hindenberg.

"and, in general, had their support because of its early success energizing a moribund economy.  Though we know in hindsight that Hitler was a monster, at the time he gave Germans a reason to take pride in their nation again and he proved adept at adding more territory to Germany without firing a shot. In the years leading up to the invasion of Poland in 1939, Berliners and other Germans were generally content with Hitler and the party."

Well, leaving aside the issue of how much real support Hitler had in Germany (as I usually do, I recommend Richard Evans on this subject), we once again see something we saw a couple of days ago from that Ohio Republican congressional candidate:  comments that are apologies for Hitler at best, and can easily be seen as approving of him.  So who are the real Nazis in America today, Obama or the guys who dress up in SS uniforms and like to talk about all the wonderful things Hitler did for Germany?  I mean, really.

Matt C. Abbot, Renew America:  "Priest to Catholic voters: Stop being stupid!"

Priest to Catholic boys:  Stop wiggling around.  This is for your own good.

Which do you think is more likely?

Connie Hair, Renew America:  "Obama enabling violent jihad — The Obama administration's first show trial for a violent Guantanamo Bay jihadi in a civilian court -- a man who has never set foot in America -- and endowing this enemy combatant with full citizenship-level Fifth Amendment rights is unraveling in the courtroom and putting America at risk.

Of course, the case is unravelling in the courtroom because the last President (remember him?  His name was Bush. Ring a bell now?) allowed interrogators to torture the witnesses, so the judge (must be a pinko, huh?) ruled that their testimony was inadmissable.  But of course it's Obama's fault.  I'll tell you what- if it's Obama's fault that judges won't allow torture in the United States, then hooray for him.  And as for you, Connie, maybe you'd like life better in a country that's not ashamed to torture.  Like Iran or North Korea.  I'm sure we'd all chip in to send you to a place where you'd feel more comfortable.

World Net Daily:  "Gingrich sounds off on Obama eligibility"

Boy, that'll put the scare in him.

J. R. Dunn, American Thinker:  "The American Left Slides into Psychosis"

This from the people that think that the world was created six thousand years ago, that global warming is some sort of unexplainable scientific conspiracy, that Obama is both a Communist and Muslim, that Jesus cared more about hating gay people than about the poor, that the thing that will fix this country is giving more money to rich people, that Saddam was behind 9-11, etc. etc. etc.  Talk about projection.

The Astute Bloggers:  ""MEIN KAMPF" MEANS "MY JIHAD"

No it doesn't, you ignorant dicks.

The Astute Bloggers:  "RICH LIBS HAVE NO PROBLEM PAYING ACCOUNTANTS TO MAKE SURE THEY PAY AS LITTLE TAXES AS POSSIBLE"

Of course, what they don't mention is that rich Republicans accomplish the same thing by paying congress members.

The Astute Bloggers:  "Found at Atlas Shrugs comments:  Have you seen this:  Message: My name is Malik Bawwab and I am an Arab Muslim! And we will build our Victory Mosque wherever we want to build it! And there is nothing any of you damn infidels can do about it! We will even build it on top of your grave! You can cry all you want and complain like little babies, but WE OWN YOU!!! And all my Arab brothers and sisters spit on your grave!!!"

And of course, the fact that it was found at Pam Geller's website is a virtually ironclad guarantee that Malik Bawwab is a real person, right?  Good research there, O Astute Ones.

Dan Riehl, Riehl World View:  "Session's Feckless And Corrupt Young Guns Program Drops Iott"

Because what could be more feckless and corrupt than not wanting to be associated with a Nazi sympathizer?

Well, enough for today, huh?  Because there will always be more soon.  In the meantime don't forget to wear your Nazi uniforms tomorrow- we're all going to reenact the Waffen SS shooting of a couple thousand innocent people and burying them in a ditch.  Boy, that'll teach our children a lot about the wonder that was Nazi Germany, huh?

And Another One

From Michigan:

"Richard Scott McLeod of Brighton was arrested Monday in Webberville on weapons charges and is under suspicion for potential threats against President Barack Obama.

On the outside of the 48-year-old's vehicle were bumper stickers quoting Adolf Hitler. On the inside, police say there was a picture of Obama, a loaded gun, a bullet-proof vest and tips on how to build bombs."

Nothing to see here...just move along.

We're So Proud of our Mighty Country

Rand Paul:  "“Half of the people in Kentucky are not poor."

Well, I guess that's good enough.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It Can't Happen Here

In the New York Times today:

"Karzai’s Kin Use Ties to Gain Power in Afghanistan"

Thank heaven a thing like that could never happen in this country.

In related news,

"Jeb Bush to Run for President in '12?"

She IS a witch

An interesting comment from the creator of Christine O'Donnell's "I am not a witch ad:

"I wanted people to get to know the real Christine," Davis said in an interview. He said the ad was designed to show "that she was not what everyone thought, that she was an everywoman - with one exception. She was one of us, but was so disappointed in our government that she was moved to action, to try and do something about it." 

 A nice sentiment, except for the patently obvious fact that Christine O'Donnell is not "one of us," she is a lunatic fanatic bent on seizing power which she is totally incapable of yielding, and in the thrall of the forces that nearly destroyed our economy- a person who will do anything and tell any lie to get her hands on a Senate seat, and will then use that seat to drive the country further into oblivion.

Needless to say, the Washington Post, from which this quote comes, couldn't be bothered to make that distinction.  Thanks, guys.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Repuiblicans are Truly Evil People

Yeah, I know they say the same thing about us, but we're telling the truth.

Case in point, this guy:













Actor in a cheesy Nazi movie?  Pathetic wanker with strange taste in Halloween costumes? No, I present to you Mr. Rich Iott, Republican candidate for the House of Representatives from Ohio, and committed tea partier.  Yes, Mr. Iott enjoys dressing up and pretending to be a Waffen SS soldier.

Nothing wrong with that, right?  Why here's a statement of their goals from Rich's little cosplay organization:

"It is our aim to bring you a bit of actual history behind the men who fought against the "Bolshevik scourge"; volunteers...who only had a desire to see an end to Soviet Communism.

Germany headed a strong movement in Europe to actively campaign (politically and through warfare) against the ideals of Bolshevist Communism. This culminated in 1941, when the German armed forces were pitted against the very home of Bolshevism, Soviet Russia. Nazi Germany had no problem in recruiting the multitudes of volunteers willing to lay down their lives to ensure a "New and Free Europe", free of the threat of Communism. National Socialism was seen by many...as the protector of personal freedom and their very way of life...thousands upon thousands of valiant men died defending their respective countries in the name of a better tomorrow. We salute these idealists; no matter how unsavory the Nazi government was, the front-line soldiers of the Waffen-SS gave their lives for their loved ones and a basic desire to be free."

Well, I don't think it is really necessary to go into any kind of detailed analysis of the accuracy of this particular portrayal of Nazis and the SS.  I'm sure any sentient human on the planet knows this whitewash for the ugly mass of lies that it is.  What really interests me is the claim that Naziism was all about fighting Communism, the implication that this fight was forced upon them, that their organization was "the protector of personal freedom and their very way of life," that they were fighting for a "New and Free Europe", that they struggled "in the name of a better tomorrow"; that they were "idealists" who were fighting "for their loved ones and a basic desire to be free."


Does this sound familiar?  Every one of these malignant claims about the intent of the Nazis parallels exactly the cant that pours daily from the lips of the teabaggers.  And you know why?  Because in the end they are the same.  The teabag movement is a patently fascist one, which hides behind its ludicruous patriotic rhetoric, as the Nazis did, their longing for a totalitarian, racist government.  It is long past time that we stop kidding ourselves about this.

I often wonder how many Germans, as the 1920's drifted into the 1930's, saw the storm that was brewing, and were afraid that the unthinkable was about to happen.  Sad to say, I feel that way, here and now.  A significant portion of the American people hunger to cast off everything this country is supposed to be about, in favor of the most vile form of racial dictatorship.  Remember that the Nazis were never a majority in Germany before 1933, but they still managed to send their country to hell.  We will learn over the next few years whether the "land of the free and the home of the brave" is destined to relive that experience.

Update:  Rich speaks out:

"I've always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things. I mean, they took over most of Europe and Russia, and it really took the combined effort of the free world to defeat them. From a purely historical military point of view, that's incredible."

Incredible that, through a campaign of terror and murder against innocent people unprecedented in all of history, they were able to have their way in Europe before the rest of the world, at the cost of fifty million lives, was able to stop them.  This man actually finds the Nazis' "achievements" admirable.  Sad to say, behind the sinister face of the teabaggers' fury is a reality far worse.