Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Paul Wolfowitz- Still a Moron

Wolfowitz today:

" Saudi Arabia doesn't treat its - its subjects as trash. It doesn't kill them, brutalize them and threaten to take them back to the Stone Age."

I doesn't threaten to take them back to the stone age?  That's only because they're still in the stone age.

A Report From the L.A. Demonstration

I went to the pro-labor demonstration at L.A. City Hall on Saturday.  As I have reported on so many teabag rallies, I'd like to make a couple of comments on this one.

First of all, I counted the attendance at 2000-2100.  That corresponds with the L.A. Times estimate of 2000.  This isn't a huge crowd, but I want to point out that it is well over twice the size of any of the L.A. area tea parties I attended.  Here's a picture taken from the best vantage point I could get:


I want to make another point about this demonstration, which is very hard to sense from photos or news reports.  I was at dozens of protests, from small ones to huge marches with hundreds of thousands, during the Vietnam war period.  That movement has been, for me, the standard of a successful popular uprising. At the tea parties I went to, I was always struck by the lack of affect and real emotion that I sensed.  As I say, this is very hard to convey if you weren't there.  However, this demonstration was filled with emotion like much of what I remember from the sixties. This is very important to me, because without that emotion and commitment, nothing is going to happen.  I guess that having your job destroyed and being turned into little more than a serf brings out more in people than getting indignant at having to pay your share of taxes.

Anyway, I found this afternoon to be far more promising than I had expected.  It isn't that hard to figure out that the number of working people in this country who want to be reduced to poverty so the Koch brothers can have their way is pretty limited.  We are still up against a massive corporate lie campaign, made possible by corrupt Republicans on the Supreme Court, and the only weapon we have is the truth.  But, if we can find a way to get it out, the truth is all we need.

Coming to a State Near You

Al Jazeera keeps us informed again:

"The Egyptian army has used force to disperse activists gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand the removal of Hosni Mubarak loyalists from the interim cabinet.

Egyptian soldiers fired in the air and used batons in the early hours of Saturday to disperse the crowd, the Reuters news agency reported. "

The army of a third world dictator, behaving exactly as Governor Scott Walker has promised to respond to protesters in Wisconsin.  Well, not quite the same:

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the ruling military council, later apologised for the military's response and said the situation "wasn't intentional".

In a statement, the council promised such confrontations would not happen again."

When the Republicans set the military loose on protesters, I wouldn't advise you to hold your breath until the Republicans apologize and promise not to do it again.

That's right- a military junta in the Middle East has more respect for democracy than the Republican party.  America today.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

It's been hard for me to face these lunatics lately, but here's my latest selection of the finest of the finest:

Glenn Beck:  "Are you willing to roll the dice on an entire region flipping to some blind, unnamed democracy with an unknown outcome?"

Oh my God! If there's one thing we need to be afraid of in this world, it's an unnamed democracy!  I wish I could chalk this one up to idiocy, but I'm afraid this is how right wingers really think.  For evidence, just take a look at Madison, Wisconsin.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Nice… Wisconsin Protesters Play Football Inside State Capitol...Disgusting. "

While the Wisconsin governor plans to shoot them down.  Well, I for one just hope they get a little enjoyment out of their last days.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "AWOL WISCONSIN DEMS LOCATED- Heritage Inn & Suites in Harvard, IL"

Well, at least they went to Harvard.  Their mothers must be so proud.

Indiana Republican Deputy. Attorney General:  "Use 'Live Ammunition' Against Wisconsin Protesters"

Yes, this Republican got fired for saying this.  But he still said it.  And a lot more of them think the same thing.

Town Hall:  "The March issue of Townhall Magazine features an exclusive examination of the government's attempt to further rule the lives of average Americans through their weight. That's right, the feds built and rigged a system that tell citizens they're too fat"

What an abomination.  It is a complete lie that Americans are overweight, as we all know that Americans are perfect  (well, the white ones anyway;) and as for the notion that being overweight carries health risks, well, that is a product of "science," and no real American would spend a second being suckered by that sort of thing.  How gullible do those liberals think we are?

Claudia Rosett, Pajamas Media:  "Has Anyone Told Ambassador Rice There's a Crisis In Libya?  Apparently the Obama administration has other priorities."

Turns out that Obama was waiting to get Americans out of the country before taking action.  Not the Republican way- shoot your mouth off first, then spend the next few years blaming someone else for the consequences.

Bryan T. Schwartz, Pajamas Media:  "How to Insure Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions"

What's Bryan's answer?  Why, let the free market take care of it!  Of course the free market has had since the beginning of civilization to deal with this problem, and has totally failed, but in Bryan's imaginary world, if we just repeal Obamacare, they will suddenly take care of it.  Anyone out there going to fall for that one?  Here's how it will work:

"Instead of imposing damaging price controls, politicians could support subsidies — or better yet, private charities — that cover the increase in premium."

Yes, all of a sudden, private charities are going to come up with the hundreds of billions of dollars that insurance companies will decide to charge for pre-existing condition coverage, which could be any amount the insurance companies want.  That is really going to work.  Listen, Bryan, if you really believe this mendacious crap, how about proving that it will work by having private charities pay for coverage of a few million people right now, before we take a chance on them by repealing Obamacare?

Jeffrey H. Anderson, Pajamas Media:  "Wake Up, GOP: It's Time to Put the Varsity on the Field...To beat Obama, Republicans must field their best candidates — now."

Sorry to let you in on the secret, Jeffrey, but the Republicans have already fielded their varsity.  Pretty sad, huh?

Patrick Richardson, Pajamas Media:  "Hey, What Happened To That Maxine Waters Ethics Trial?"

How about scheduling it for right after Bush and Cheney are tried for war crimes?  That seems fair to me.  Will that satisfy you, Patrick?

Scott Ott, Pajamas Media:  "Madison on Wisconsin: What Would the Founder Think?  James Madison would shudder at the goings-on in his namesake town."

Because if there is one thing that our founding fathers would HATE it would be people coming together to stand up to the existing government.  Except, of course, to demand that the government cut their taxes.

Rick Moran, Pajamas Media:  "Chicago's One-Party Dictatorship Chooses New Leader"

A Democrat was elected mayor in a fair election.  That's one-party Dictatorship to Rick.  Listen, jerk, if you want to see real one-party dictatorship, try looking a couple of hundred miles to the north, where your guys are threatening to set the military on protesters.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Face-Off at Missouri State Capitol- MoveOn Forced to Move Over...Missouri tea party patriots are holding a joint rally today at the state capitol building in Jefferson City to counter the coordinated union-leftist attack on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker."

Who cares, Jim?  Really, who cares?  I am, however waiting until tomorrow, when you will report that approximately sixty billion people turned up at the rally.

World Net Daily:  "Award-winning movie reveals Christian love"

What movie?  Drive Angry?  Riding around shooting and killing everyone in your way would just about sum up the Christian love I've seen in this country the last few years.

Robin of Berkeley, American Thinker:  "For the first time in our history, we have a president apparently more sympathetic towards them, than towards us.   When I say them, I mean the anti-people"

Them!  The Anti-people!  That big one on top there even looks a little like Obama.


We so count on Robin of Berkeley to explain things to us.  And she never lets us down.

Wendy Wright, American Thinker:  "Afghan Government to Seize Shelters...Enayatullah Balegh, a member of Afghanistan's Council of Muslim scholars, said Sharia allows women to live only with a close male relative -- her husband, father, brother, or son.  Thus women's shelters are illegal and should be shut down."

Man, you guys must be so proud.  Closing womens' shelters.  Another government moves in the direction that you have been advocating for so many years, and all in the sacred name of religion!  Victory!  It must taste so sweet.

Jeff Dunetz, The Lid:  "Soros Funded Hate Group Uses Terrorist Org. Support to Brand Pamela Geller as Racist "

That would be the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number one source in the country for information about real hate groups.  That makes them a hate group in right wing world.  This jackass continues:

"Before I go on, in the spirit of full disclosure it’s important to reveal Pamela Geller has been my friend since I started blogging"

Well, you know what they say, buster, birds of a feather and all that.  Maybe you should be a little more careful about who you hang with.

The Catholic Abomination Continues

Or perhaps just grew worse.  I hate to harp on these people, but my God, the Catholic Church is supposed to be one of the moral pillars of the earth.  Here is the newest chapter in their sickening saga:

"Vatican confirms report of sexual abuse and rape of nuns by priests in 23 countries

The Catholic Church in Rome made the extraordinary admission yesterday that it is aware priests from at least 23 countries have been sexually abusing nuns.

Most of the abuse has occurred in Africa, where priests vowed to celibacy, who previously sought out prostitutes, have preyed on nuns to avoid contracting the Aids virus.

The reports, some of which are recent and some of which have been in circulation for at least seven years, said that such priests had demanded sex in exchange for favours, such as certification to work in a given diocese.

In extreme instances, the priests had made nuns pregnant and then encouraged them to have abortions."

Seven years.  Now I know there is no God, because if there were, he would have struck every Catholic priest on Earth dead by now.   Any person ever who gives this cancerous organization, or anything it has to say, any credibility is a fool.  While they fight against contraception, they have been hiding this sickening sexual perversion for seven years, and who knows how much longer. And this is on top of the worldwide child rape which has become the Catholic church's specialty.

But at least the priests won't get aids, so they can go on "shepherding" their flocks for the rest of their miserable lives.  Although, it represents an unfortunate loss of income for the prostitutes that they formerly patronized.  Well, I am sure the prostitutes will bear their loss with equanimity, knowing that God loves them.

False Equivalence on the March

Here, unfortunately, is another example of the insistence on the part of the mainstream media on holding both parties responsible for the malignant behavior of Republicans.  I first saw this article by Ron Brownstein in the L.A. Times yesterday; the link is from the National Journal, where it was also published.

Here's the title of the article:

"Republican governors are leading a frontal assault on President Obama’s agenda."

The article continues for several hundred words in the following vein:

"In Washington, Obama is already colliding with a conservative GOP House majority determined to slash spending and regulation. But the president also faces multiplying conflicts with Republican governors. The breadth and intensity of these confrontations dwarfs the level of tension between Bill Clinton and a previous generation of conservative GOP governors in the 1990s. Indeed, it’s difficult to think of another president who faced as much resistance on as many fronts from governors in the opposite party as Obama is encountering today."

So far, so good.  But catch Brownstein's conclusion:
"American politics increasingly resembles a kind of total war in which each party mobilizes every conceivable asset at its disposal against the other. Most governors were once conscientious objectors in that struggle. No more."

Yes, after detailing the atrocious, out of control behavior of elected Republican officials, Brownstein cannot resist ending by blaming Democrats equally for this behavior, even though he could not find one Democratic action which demonstrated this.  Whatever low, contemptible behavior the Republican party engages in, and whatever the evidence, the mainstream press is determined to hold Democrats equally to blame.  And we wonder why the American people can't distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Here It Comes, Ready or Not

You just know they are going to sink to this sort of thing before they are done:

"Newt Gingrich floats impeachment over Obama's DOMA decision"

Yes indeed, the nauseating criminal who, above all others, was responsible for the vicious partisan impeachment of Bill Clinton has added his voice to the cries of the most degenerate wingnuts.

If Obama continues as President and if the Republicans maintain control of the House, they will impeach Obama on whatever ludicrous pretext they can find.  I said this when he was elected.  They would have tried to do the same with Gore or Kerry if the last two elections had been fair.  Apparently, every Democratic president from now until Doomsday is going to face impeachment at the hands of the Republicans.  That's democracy Republican style:  When they win, elections have consequences; when the Democrats win, anything is fair to destroy their attempts to govern, no matter what the cost to the country.

To be a Republican today is to be a traitor.

Arizona Lawmakers Display Great Understanding of Government

As revealed in this story:

"PHOENIX — Arizona lawmakers are proposing a sweeping package of immigration restrictions that might make the controversial measures the state approved last year, which the Obama administration went to court to block, look mild.
Illegal immigrants would be barred from driving in the state, enrolling in school or receiving most public benefits. Their children would receive special birth certificates that would make clear that the state does not consider them Arizona citizens."

I'm just going to ignore the fifty or sixty thousanth example of Republican racism and viciousness.  I'm so sick of talking about it.  What I want to point out here is something that most of us learned in fourth grade or so:  People are citizens of the United States.  They are not "citizens" of states, they are residents.  These ignorant jerks don't know the first thing about our laws, and could care less, but they spout their opinions of the constitution and "states' rights" like they are Harvard professors.

They'd be pathetic and laughable if they weren't so filled with hate and greed. 

More News That You Already Figured Out

I guess this won't surprise you very much:

"Fox News Chief, Roger Ailes, Urged Employee to Lie, Records Show"

And in a somewhat related story:

"Scientists Are Cleared of Misuse of Data

An inquiry by a federal watchdog agency found no evidence that scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration manipulated climate data to buttress the evidence in support of global warming, officials said on Thursday."

And this:

"Poll: Barely Half Of Americans Know Health Care Law Hasn't Been Repealed"

Republicans may not have a clue on earth about how to govern responsibly, but they sure are good at spreading lies, aren't they?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just Cause for Revolt

Courtesy of Al Jazeera, a recent picture of Moammar Ghadaffi:

Honestly, no one should be expected to live under a guy who looks like this.  Enough is enough.  I do think, however, that he could make a good living playing a stupid Arab terrorist in teen comedies.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Boy, It's A Great Day in Republican World

As if the two stories below aren't enough to upset your stomach, try this one on for size:

"Indiana Dep. AG: Use 'Live Ammunition' Against Wisconsin Protesters"

Is that explicit enough for you, Republicans, or are you not going to be happy until the shooting actually starts?

Fox News- At It Again

Take a moment to take a look at this story from Daily Kos, in which Fox News flipped the results of a Gallup poll in order to claim that the majority of Americans supported union busting.

...Just in case you wonder why right wingers are so ignorant of the truth.

Antisemitism- It's Just Fine Now

Have we had a nationally prominent figure speaking like this since Father Coughlin?

Speaking about reform Judaism, Glenn Beck has this to say:

"It's almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way … radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics … When you look at the Reform Judaism, it is more about politics."

So reform Judaism, the most inoffensive religion conceivable, is now the same as Jihadists that want to subject the world to their will.  It's the same as a faction that Beck and his ilk have consigned to elimination from the earth.  And this is apparently now within the bounds of legitimate political discourse.

Now we have open attacks on Jews to add to the threat in recent days to use troops to put down protesters, and government attempts to destroy the rights of workers.  When, oh when, Conservatives, are you going to finally figure out who that is similar to?  Do you have to wait until the "militias" are parading around in the streets and beating liberals who dare to speak out?  How about when Democrats can't hold public meetings without having them wrecked by screaming mobs intent on disrupting them?  Oh, wait, that already happened during the health care "debate."

You are playing a dirty game, and the last time it was played in a major country, it cost the lives of fifty million people.  Let us all pray that you wake up before it's too late.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Duh

This:

"As government shutdown looms, Reid and Schumer accuse GOP of bad faith"

A Modest Solution to the Wisconsin Problem

So, right wingers are so worried that the still unionized public workers have a better deal than private sector employees, whose unions have pretty much all been destroyed?

Well, here's an answer that's so far-fetched that no one seems to have thought of it yet:

How about if, instead of screwing the public employees out of what they won through a hundred years of struggle, maybe we should bring the unions back to the rest of American workers? How's that for an idea?  And if businesses can't exist paying decent wages to Americans, and they want to take their manufacturing to other countries, how about taxing the hell out of them with tariffs to let them know how we feel about their destroying our lives?  And while we are at it, here's another idea that I have been pushing for a couple of decades:  How about if we take about a third of our useless military budget and devote it to promoting unions in third world countries, so their people can make a decent living at home, and they can stay there happily, and so that our workers won't have to compete against near-slaves in third world dictatorships?

Well, that's my solution- we could solve unemployment, illegal immigration and exploitation of workers here with these simple steps.  Not a chance, huh?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

After a few days in a near political coma, I've finally been able to plumb the depths of stupidity where what passes for right wing thought is stored.  And here's the result:

Let's start with the paranoid delusion of the day:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Hezbollah Working With Mexican Drug Cartels Along Southern Border"

And what are Katie Pavlich's qualifications to have access to this information?  She is a college Republican at the University of Arizona.    So we are expected to just swallow her absolutely evidenceless charge.  Be my guest, if you think that would be a good idea.

Bruce Bialosky, Town Hall:  "The Feds’ Destruction of Our Home Values"

Yes, it was the feds who issued all of those corrupt bad loans.  They must have infiltrated the banks and mortgage lenders en masse in order to pull that off.  And who says the feds can't do anything right?  Of all those thousands of loan officers out there, Bruce can't find a single one who admits to being a federal agent.

Kevin McCullogh, Town Hall:  "A governor of a state, who was elected on a promise of trying to bring fiscal discipline to a state budget process, asks for small sacrifices..."

Freedom of assembly; freedom of speech; freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances; and in the end, the freedom to earn enough money to support your family.  Small sacrifices.  Yes sir.

Richard Pollock, Pajamas Media:  "Why Obama and the Dems Blundered in Wisconsin...Another stunning political miscalculation..White House now disavowing involvement in Wisconsin protests."

This one, along with the numerous similar stories around the wingnutosphere today, needs some explanation.  First, the right wingers invented the utter falsehood that the Wisconsin protests were being coordinated by the White House, which they harped on for days, even though the accusation was as real as the horseman of the Apocalypse that Fox claimed appeared in Egypt last week.  And now that the White House has called them on their lie, its statements are being cited as an example of weak Obama collapsing when things get tough.  You just can't win with these guys.  Obama could bring about the second coming of Jesus Christ, and it would somehow be portrayed by these people as an abject failure on his part.  Here's another piece along the same lines:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Sad. Obama Administration Lies About Meddling in Wisconsin Union Dispute...Unfortunately, for the Obama Administration, Doug Ross discovered that they tweeted about it last week."

A tweet.  And a tweet from someone named Brad Woodhouse whose position at the White House is...nothing!  He doesn't work for the Executive branch in any way, but admittedly, he is a Democrat, and so must be a slave to Barack Obama, transmitting Obama's brain waves in his tweets. 

And while we are visiting with Jim Hoft, here is another one of his serial lies about the size of teabagger demonstrations:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Jim Hoft Addresses MASSIVE Tea Party Rally in Madison, Wisconsin"

A tea party rally which, despite being funded by our friends the Koch brothers (as usual) was estimated by the local press to be about one tenth the size of the anti-fascist people's demonstrations in Madison.

Gary Wickert, Pajamas Media:  "The Facts on Wisconsin: What the Unions Want, and Why It's Insane "

The unions want the State to keep the bargain that it agreed to in legal contract negotiations.  It's insane because it doesn't leave enough money for rich people.  Mr. Wickert continues:

"Only thirty states have such collective bargaining agreements."

"Only" thirty states.  Let's see, that would be a healthy majority, right?  Or have my math skills deserted me in my old age?  And while we're on the subject, can I remind you that a lot of the States that don't are the same ones that fought a war to preserve, oh, what was it called now?  Oh yeah, slavery.  So I'm not sure they are the best guides to what is appropriate in the way of human rights.

Art Horn, Pajamas Media:  "Congress to NASA: Study Space! (Not Climate. That's Not Space.)"

Last I heard, that was the National Aeronautic and Space Agency.  Aeronautics has to do with the atmosphere, and in case you never noticed, that's where climate occurs.  Idiot.

Henry Lamb, Renew America:  "Who controls your state?"

Governor Moonbeam, for your information, Henry.  And you can't believe how happy we are, after years of the Governator.

Henry J. Reske, Newsmax:  "Christians must mobilize now if they are to have any hope in generating the momentum to turn President Barack Obama out of office in 2012, says legendary singer and conservative activist Pat Boone."

Really? Can I ask a question here?  Who gives a flying fuck what Pat Boone has to say about anything?

Chuck Norris, World Net Daily:  "Feds and unions: Foes to educational reform"

See my response to the above item.

James Lewis, American Thinker:  "We’ve just watched Obama commit an act of imperialistic aggression against a peaceful sovereign state. Mubarak’s Egypt threatened no one. It was the great pillar of stability in the Middle East for thirty years."

Of course, Bush invading a foreign country and killing a million of its people was not  " an act of imperialistic aggression."  It was a brilliant foreign policy triumph.  Until it totally failed.  But Obama making a couple of speeches- now, that's aggression.


Town Hall:  "Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is accusing President Barack Obama of paying lip service to job creation. "


Well, other than the fact that he created more jobs in 2010 than Bush and Cheney did in eight years, I guess it is nothing but lip service. 

World Net Daily:  "Palin wades into Wisconsin budget debate"

Oh, that's got to be helpful.  Unless they're talking about Michael Palin.

Astute Bloggers:  "IF YOUR DISHWASHER AIN'T WORKING VERY WELL LATELY DON'T BLAME THE MACHINE: BLAME OBAMA!"

And they mean it too.  Like I've said so many times before, everything is Obama's fault.  God know how much blame he bears if your toilet gets stopped up.

Astute Bloggers:  "MORE CHILD MOLESTATION IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH: POPE MARRIES 9 YEAR OLD GIRL! I THINK THAT MAKES HIM A CHILD MOLESTER. OH. SORRY. IT WASN'T THE POPE. IT WAS MOHAMED."

Let's ignore the sheer offensiveness of this comment for a moment, and just concentrate on its claim.  Why would the Pope marry a nine year old when, being a Catholic priest, he can have all the nine year olds he wants without tying the knot?  You know what they say, why buy the cow when the milk is free?  And by the way, sexual perversion committed by one religion every day, all over the world, right now, bothers me a hell of a lot more than one episode of sexual deviancy that occurred fifteen hundred years ago.

Right Wing News:  "Rumsfeld: POTUS ‘Has Made a Practice of Trying to Apologize for America’

Maybe Rumsfeld should have thought of this before he did so many things that needed apologies.

Dan Riehl, Riehl World View:  "Gov. Walker on Wisconsin democrats: “Democracy is not about hiding out in another state"

Dan, it's not about bringing out the military to shoot protesters either.  Think about it.

Astute Blogger:  "KADDAFY IN LIBYA JAMMING AL JAZEERA SIGNAL...ALL TYRANNIES NEED TO CONTROL THE NEWS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OVER THE PEOPLE. (THEY DO THIS IN CHINA, TOO.)"

Funny, the astute ones forgot to mention that you can't get Al Jazeera right here in America either.   Apparently, what news we are allowed to hear isn't relevant.  After all, you can learn everything you need to know from the sources that make it into Wingnut Wrapup, right?

And let me leave you with this gem of conservative political thought:

Jim Kouri, National Examiner:  "Jackboot politics: IRS hiring thousands of new workers"

Yes sir, expecting people to pay their taxes is exactly like the Nazis.  The essence of conservatism in a single sentence.

Not Guilty- Not Interesting

Here's a story that wasn't interesting enough to get as much media coverage as Lady Gaga's egg:

"The U.S. Justice Department has ended a criminal investigation of former Countrywide Financial Corp. Chief Executive Officer Angelo Mozilo and won’t bring charges, a person familiar with the investigation said."

Mozillo's greed and deceit played a key part in causing the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression and robbed Americans of trillions of dollars of accumulated wealth.  But he won't be tried for anything.  And you know why he won't be tried?  Because he's not guilty of breaking any laws!

And the courts are right- he's not!

In a (sort of) related story:

"Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is taking a hard line approach against protesters, wanting jail time for dozens of people arrested during recent political demonstrations."

Yes, jail time for protesters who showed up in such numbers that they spilled off the sidewalks onto the street, blocking traffic, but no penalty at all for a man who helped destroy our economy.  And you know why? Because they broke the law and he didn't.

Now comes the question of why what Mozillo did wasn't illegal.  Well,can you think back far enough to remember Saint Ronnie?  Yes, that would be the same President Ronald Reagan that somehow saved the whole country from...something or other, and consequently became the greatest God in the Conservative pantheon.  Well, Saint Ronnie invented something called "deregulation."  Now what was deregulation all about?

We've all encountered things in our lives that are too complicated for us to understand- quantum physics, for example, or how the NBA continues to allow the Clippers to exist.  Curiously, in the political world, there are also many things that are apparently too simple to understand, and deregulation is one of them.  In truth, deregulation consists of nothing more than taking previously illegal behavior and making it legal.  And that's exactly what Reagan did.  You might as well talk of "deregulating" burglary. 

Well, those laws that Reagan did away with weren't enacted for the fun of it.  They were needed to protect us all, and we have now paid the price for standing by while Reagan deliberately created a business climate where honest people could not compete with crooks.  That is all deregulation was ever about, and it is why it is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the American public.  It is the reason that we have had two massive real estate-related collapses in the thirty years since Reagan took office, it is the reason why we have an airline industry constantly teetering on the edge of mass bankruptcy, it is the reason that Wall Street insiders were able to rob us all blind without penalty, it is a big part of the reason that we have the most disfunctional medical care system in the industrialized world...it is the reason that our country is on the verge of becoming a third world dictatorship.

It is the essence of Conservatism: the notion that it is the right of the rich to plunder the country's wealth, and it is the duty of the rest of us to pay the cost.  That's what our country is about today, and if it continues, and the United States falls, no one will be more to blame than the holy Saint Ronald Reagan.

The Wisconsin Nightmare Continues

While we are transfixed by Wisconsin's Republican governor and his attempt to ape Adolf Hitler's labor policies (all of it, of course, except the full employment part*) the Wisconsin Republicans are brewing another horror for us, as described here:

"If this isn't the best summary of the goals of modern conservatism, I don't know what is. It's like a highlight reel of all of the tomahawk dunks of neo-Gilded Age corporatism: privatization, no-bid contracts, deregulation, and naked cronyism. Extra bonus points for the explicit effort to legally redefine the term "public interest" as "whatever the energy industry lobbyists we appoint to these unelected bureaucratic positions say it is."

And you know who those "energy industry lobbyists" are.  Yes. it's the very same people who paid to bus in "counter protesters" to demonstrate their support for having their free speech rights stripped from them, the same "energy industry lobbyists" who contributed all they could to help elect Governor Walker, the same "energy industry lobbyists" who financed the teabaggers:  the Koch brothers, who intend to reap the rewards of their  loyalty by relieving the people of the State of Wisconsin of their property, at cut-rate prices.

I rarely refer to another web post as a must read- this is one.  The open, naked abandonment of the principles that supposedly make this country unique is shocking in its speed and its thoroughness.  And people can't stay out in the street forever- all these pigs have to do is wait it out, and they can pretty much wreak all the devastation they want to.

*I guess Wisconsin doesn't have an out of control war machine to absorb excess workers like Nazi Germany did.  Yet.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wisconsin In A Sentence

Said perfectly at Daily Kos:

"The outlawing of independent unions is the clearest and most consistent marker of despotism around the world."

That's what the American people are up against.  Here's one more person who has figured it out, but they too are just another hippie blogger, so no one "serious" is going to pay any more attention than they did when the same bloggers claimed the Iraq war was based on lies, or that allowing rich people to engage in whatever criminality they want was not going to come to a good end for the rest of us.

The people who didn't give a damn about elections when a Democrat was elected to the White House and Democrats were elected to control both houses of Congress, have now decided that elections give them a perfect right to dismantle the most basic foundations of democracy.  The people who railed against the overthrow of Mubarak for (assumed) fear that new elections would produce a win by an antidemocratic group of religious fanatics, are just thrilled to use an election to accomplish the same thing themselves.  And the people who scream in our faces day in and day out about how only they can uphold the Constitution cannot get far enough into it to read this:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Of course, I guess it's not Congress destroying our freedom, but the would-be tyrant of a single State, and we all know about the sacred right of States to turn themselves into dictatorships.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Really? Who Knew?

Here's a comment from Robert Kraig, Director of Citizens' Action Wisconsin:

"Robert Kraig: Walker’s National Guard comments a thinly veiled threat against workers"

I'm sorry to harp on this situation, but this is a perfect example of the typical mealy-mouthed, weak liberal response to right wing outrages.  What in the name of God is veiled, thinly or otherwise, about a threat to use troops to put down workers? This is an open, unapologetic attack on the basic human and Constitutional rights of American citizens.  Governor Walker, and the large majority of the Republican party who love his behavior, are attempting to destroy the welfare of the vast majority of the American people.  And that is a "thinly veiled threat?"  When are Democrats going to grow up and face reality?

Would People Have Stood Up In Wisconsin

If they didn't have the example set by the Egyptians?  When you want to get really depressed, consider the fact that a bunch of "Mooslums" apparently care more about democracy than the patriotic, freedom loving people of the United States.  And without Egyptians and Tunisians and Jordanians and Yemenis taking the lead, there's a pretty good chance that Americans would just sit back and voluntarily accept their new role as proles in a police state.

The End Game Approaches

I must confess that I have had a really hard time writing what I am about to say, which has kept me from posting anything for a couple of days.

I first began fearing that, in order to accomplish their goals, the hyper-rich and their bought-and-paid-for tools in the Republican party would start openly working to turn the country into a fascist dictatorship, sometime in the Reagan administration. Virtually no one else saw what I thought I saw, and people I talked to thought I was way off the deep end.

My fears escalated during the Gingrich era, after the collapse of the malicious "Contract with America," when Republicans made it clear that, as they were unable to convince the American people to go along with their program, they would do whatever it took to get their way, including using corrupt Supreme Court justices to steal the Presidency and turn it over to a man who was little more than a crook.  Even his presiding over a plundering of our national resources than left the vast majority of American clinging to economic life wasn't enough to wake people up to the danger they faced, and as a result, they just returned a large measure of government control to the people who destroyed our economy and humiliated us in the eyes of the world.

Now we have a newly elected Republican Governor in Wisconsin, who, when he was elected, had a State budget surplus, which he immediately drove into deficit through tax cuts for the rich and corporations, and who is responding to his own deliberately created disaster by attempting to destroy the most basic rights of workers, and threatening to use military repression if those workers protest.  And we know that numerous other States with Republican governors and legislators are watching excitedly to see if he can accomplish his goal.

This is fascism in its most basic, naked form.  The Republican party, having extorted trillions from working Americans to give to the rich, is now setting about squeezing the last bit of dignity and security out of the lives of 99.9% of the American people, so the already obscenely rich (many of them not even U. S. Citizens) can have everything there is to have; and so that the rest of us are so reduced to penury that we must simply accept whatever crumbs the rich decide to throw us.

Now, here is why this has upset me so much.  I guess, despite my predictions going back three decades, there was a part of me that still didn't believe what I had been saying.  Even with all my cynicism, my training as an American was so deep that, emotionally, I couldn't really convince myself that other Americans could so betray our history and our morality in this way.

Well, with this act, the cage has been opened and the monster let loose.  If even this Hitlerian (and yes, screw Godwin's law- that is the appropriate comparison) repression can succeed in the United States, we are lost.  All that it will take is some incident like the Reichstag fire, for the Republican party to have its pretext to enact its own homegrown version of the Enabling Laws, and the era of American greatness is over forever.  And if you don't think the Republicans will not be perfectly happy to take advantage of any crisis, real or manufactured, to destroy democracy in America forever, you just aren't paying much attention

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

News We Already Knew

Remember "Curveball," the guy whose testimony formed such a big part of the Bush Administration's case for attacking Iraq?  Well:

"Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed "Curveball" by German and American intelligence officials, now admits he made up tales of mobile biological weapons trucks and clandestine weapons factories in Iraq, information that was used by the Bush White House to press the case for war. He also says he'd do it again. 

"Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right," Janabi told The Guardian. "They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that..."

Proud.  Perhaps the way that Marshall Petain and Vidkun Quisling were proud of helping an invader crush their country and murder their fellow citizens.   A lot to be proud of there, and it is a "pride" that many in this country can share.

Slow Day

We've had a little surgery in the family, so it's slowed Green Eagle down a little.  Enjoy it while it lasts.

In the meantime, here's some news for you:

"...among the two-thirds of likely Republican primary voters with a favorable opinion of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, 83% said Obama was not born in the U.S. Yet among the minority who viewed Palin negatively, 52% said they thought Obama was born in America."

Not really surprising, really, that thinking Obama was born in Kenya correlates so highly with thinking that Sarah Palin is capable of handling any kind of government job at all.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Madness Goes Mainstream

Readers of Wingnut Wrapup may remember the following item from a few days ago:

Drew Zahn, World Net Daily:  "A mysterious, pale green figure seen in televised news coverage of the Egyptian riots has prompted some viewers to ask, "Could this be the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse?"


Yes, over at World Net Daily, they were actually speculating about the possibility that a character from the Book of Revelations had decided to take a trot through the demonstrations in Egypt.  Well, that was World Net Daily- nothing that surprising, right?  Well, take a look at this:


Yes, indeed, one of our nation's major "news" outlets, which reaches millions of people daily, is now giving credence to this lunatic religious fantasy.  How in the name of God are the American people supposed to react reasonably to what is going on around them, when they are force-fed this kind of malicious nonsense?

The right in this country has totally taken leave of its senses, and is wallowing in an orgy of hatred, greed and willful delusion which is going to destroy our society if we don't find a way to stop it.  And it is getting more deranged every day.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Big News

Just so Green Eagle can't be accused of missing the big stories while he is thinking about Egypt, etc, let me bring you this headline from Yahoo:

"Lady Gaga Arrives at Grammys in Giant Egg"

I know none of us would have wanted to miss that news.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

It's important to take a few minutes every now and then to remind ourselves that, as vicious as they are, they are just as stupid.  Here's the evidence for today.

Lets start with some maundering idiocy from the mainstream "press," just to remind ourselves that you don't have to be consigned to wingnut world to spread their idiocy:

Michael Gerson, Washington Post:  "Do Egypt's protests mean American decline?...The protesters, one article complained, didn't even bother to burn our flag. "

The nerve of them, not burning our flag.  They have no business changing their government without making it clear to the world that it's all about us.

This belligerent loon continues:

"People in Holland or Costa Rica do not celebrate or decry their lack of sway in Egyptian politics. Only Americans feel vindication or guilt at the limits of their power."

That's because people in Holland or Costa Rica are sane, Michael.

Now, on to the rest:

Confederate Yankee:  "Egypt Inflamed, Obama Unmasked...Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made fools of the U.S. pundit and political classes yesterday, who had predicted the aging strongman was going to announce he was stepping down in a scheduled speech.  Instead, Mubarak refused to quit, and the world now waits to see if today's protests will escalate into something more akin to civil war.

Throughout the crisis, the world has looked to America to see how the world's only remaining superpower would react. A trio of news stories yesterday showed how incompetent our Administration really is, showing they are incapable of leadership.  Our President seems to be taking orders from foreign leaders, setting up a situation where he was played as a patsy."

Who's looking like the dumb one now, Mr. Yankee?  Maybe you should try keeping your mouth shut for a few hours before trying to twist everything on earth into a humiliation of Barack Obama.  In fact, if you don't want to look like an idiot, maybe you should keep your mouth shut forever.  As far as I can tell, it's your only hope.

Elisabeth Meinecke, Town Hall:  "Saddam Hussein Targeted Rumsfeld's Daughters"

Or so Rumsfeld claims.  On the other hand, Rumsfeld targeted Saddam's sons, and actually killed them both.  Okay, I know, you're going to tell me that Saddam's sons were a couple of evil bastards.  You know what?  I bet Rumsfeld's daughters are no prizes either.

Robert Knight, Town Hall:  "Reagan’s Rollback of Communism Is a Model for the Tea Parties"

And it is too:  a huge pile of meaningless, belligerent blather that had virtually no positive effect, except in the deranged minds of wingnuts.

Ben Domenech, Red State:  "Blayne Bennett of Students for Liberty explains: “Even one hundred years ago, governments were able to finance their economic output based on a very small tax burden."

In reciting this piece of right wing cant, Blayne forgot to mention that the reason for that is that the Federal government got most of its money from tariffs.  How about if we tell multinational corporations that they are going to pay big for making things in other countries and selling them here?  Think the wingnuts who are always screaming about corporate taxes would go for that one?

Blayne "explaining" this and some other stupid right wing talking points is hilarious.  It's like a valley girl giving a lecture on constitutional law.  If you want to see her infantile remarks for yourself, here you go.

D. Horowitz, Red State:  "Hey Barack, Resign Now, and Now Means Yesterday"

Because you are not a Republican, and you keep doing things that Republicans don't like.

And boy are right wingers incensed about a Democrat making money:

Tom Blumer, Pajamas Media:  "Huffington's Heist...Hundreds of millions, on the backs of free help."

Because it's an abomination when a liberal has a successful business.  That's the sort of thing that shouldn't ever be allowed.

Roger Simon, Pajamas Media:  "Does the HuffPo Sale Mean Obama Is Over?  Arianna has read the tea leaves: progressivism is no longer good business."

No, it's such a bad business that it made her $300 million dollars in five years, starting with nothing.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Great. Now Obama Wants to Force His Way on TV During an Emergency. Just like Hugo Chavez...Castro does this in Cuba too, doesn’t he?"

As usual, Jim Hoft wins the prize for the stupidest thing you ever heard.  The abomination!  The President might want to speak to the American people during a national emergency!  How dare he?  Only a Communist would do a thing like that!


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "New Chrysler Ad Makes Americans Long For a Different President "

What, you mean different from that Barack Obama guy who saved Chrysler from going out of business?  Like maybe a Republican president, who would have let Chrysler go bankrupt, so they wouldn't even exist today to run ads? That makes sense.

Alan Caruba, Renew America:  "Islam and the prospect of World War Three"

Catch up, Alan.  As Wingnut Wrapup readers know, your fellow wingnuts are already spreading the fear about World War Four.

World Net Daily:  "Now you know why Republicans have reputation of 'wimps'

Because they didn't actually cut the budget after being elected, like they promised!  Surprise, surprise!  Now you know why Republican voters have the reputation of 'suckers.'

Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress:  "Whoa, this is cool...I don’t know, I look at these pictures (of a new Stockholm subway station) and then consider the NYC Subway system, or others and think, why aren’t we doing staggering, creative things like this, anymore?"

Oh, I don't know, maybe it's because you and your fellow conservatives scream bloody murder every time the government spends a penny on mass transit?  What do you think, could that be the reason?

Dan Riehl, Riehl World View:  "A Palin-Giuliani ticket? Giuliani’s people are floating around the idea"

Oh boy, there's a good idea.

Gary Johnson, the Daily Caller:  "How to create jobs -Eliminating the corporate income tax, repealing the federal minimum wage, ending unemployment benefits and other job-creating ideas."

They never stop, do they?

Laura Donovan, the Daily Caller:  "Bristol Palin: I’d ‘probably’ run for office ‘further down the road’

Because what better qualification could someone have for public office than getting knocked up as a teenager?

Tom Jeffrey, Town Hall:  "Reagan's Farewell Regret: Deficit He'd Put Nation on Track to Eliminate"

 Why, sure he did, Tom.  You know, before Reagan took office, the highest annual Federal budget deficit in history, except during World War II, was $57 billion.  Boy does that sound like chump change now.  This is just one of the many patent lies about Saint Ronnie that Republicans just won't give up on.


Pam "Shreiking Harpy" Geller, Atlas Shrugs:  "Mubarak To Resign Tonight  In a catastrophic turn of event"

What could be more catastrophic than seeing a Muslim country ridding itself of a dictator, without first giving the United States a chance to bomb the hell out of them?

And now, the "whoops, I shot my mouth off too soon" award:

Confederate Yankee:  "Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made fools of the U.S. pundit and political classes yesterday, who had predicted the aging strongman was going to announce he was stepping down in a scheduled speech.  Instead, Mubarak refused to quit"


Aah, the age old Conservative dilemma.  Dictator: bad or good?  They can't seem to make up their minds.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Face of Things To Come

If Americans persist in voting for Republicans.  I was led to the following two articles by a post at Daily Kos, which I am unashamedly plundering, because this is such an important story.

First, this:

"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Thursday that he will propose removing nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights to help plug a $3.6 billion budget hole.
Under Walker's immediate plan, all collective bargaining rights would be removed for state and local public employees starting July 1, except when it comes to wages. But any salary increase they seek could be no more than the consumer price index, unless voters in the affected jurisdiction approved a higher raise.

Contracts would be limited to one year and wages would be frozen until the next contract is settled. Public employers would be prohibited from collecting union dues and members of collective bargaining units would not be required to pay dues.

The proposal would effectively remove unions' right to negotiate in any meaningful way.

Democrats almost certainly will unite against the proposal but are powerless to stop it. Republicans control the Assembly 60-38-1 and the Senate 19-14."


And as if this denial of workers' basic rights isn't enough, here's the capper:

"Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond wherever is necessary in the wake of his announcement that he wants to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from state employees."

In case there is anyone out there too stupid to figure it out, this is open, unapologetic fascist oppression of workers, including the threat to use the military to put down organizing efforts which have been recognized as legal and fair for close to a century, in every civilized country.  I don't want to hear one person complain when I compare this behavior toward workers to that of Adolf Hitler in 1933.  That's exactly the appropriate analogy, and anyone who still thinks that Republicans give a God damned for the freedom and welfare of 99% of the American populace is a fool.

As cynical as I am, I never thought I would live to see this in our country.


If this law is enacted, people, fascism is here in the United States.  If the Republicans can get away with it in Wisconsin, it will spread like a melanoma until we are living in a totalitarian dictatorship, and like melanoma, it may reach the terminal stage within a year or two.  Then, good bye to everything we thought made this country special, brought to you by liars screaming about patriotism every step of the way.

Arizona Racial Malice Continues

A new bill introduced in the Arizona legislature contains the following:

" BEFORE A HOSPITAL ADMITS A PERSON FOR NONEMERGENCY CARE, A HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS OFFICER MUST CONFIRM THAT THE PERSON IS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, A LEGAL RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES."
 I just thought I'd let you know about this.  I don't have anything to say about it.

Good New in Egypt?

So Mubarak is gone.  Everyone is cheering, but what has really happened?

As Al Jazeera puts it:

"Omar Suleiman, the vice-president, announced in a televised address on Friday that the president was "waiving" his office, and had handed over authority to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces."

Waiving his office.  Al Jazeera at least had the decency to put the word in quotes.  And he " handed over authority to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces."

This isn't democracy, it's a military coup.   All they've done is forced out one very unpopular leader.  They still hold all the governmental power.  We'll see where this all leads, but I'll have to see a lot more progress before I believe that anything has really changed in Egypt.

Remembering Colin Powell's Lies

I noticed a couple of days ago that it was the anniversary of Colin Powell's disingenuous speech to the United Nations, laying out the Bush Administration's grounds for "believing" that Saddam Hussein was engaged in producing biological weapons.

I can still remember the point at which I realized that the content of this speech could not be trusted.  Actually, it isn't hard for me to remember, because it was during the speech itself.  Here are a couple of things that tipped me off, and which should have tipped off anyone with an IQ above 60:

First, let's look at a graphic which Mr. Powell presented:

Yes, this is a cartoon.  The Bush administration, via Powell, claimed the right to attack another country based on a cartoon.  This particular cartoon shows how, allegedly, a biological weapons production facility could be fitted inside a truck or a railroad car, if the facility consisted of a few featureless tanks and not much else. What in the name of God was this supposed to prove?  It does not provide one reason on earth to believe that a real biological weapons factory could fit inside a truck or railroad car.  All it does is allow Powell to make the absurd assertion that any large vehicle he has a picture of is some sort of diabolical weapons factory.  And that is what he did.  Here are a couple of pictures he showed to the U.N.:


Here we have two aerial photos of what appear to be industrial buildings, with some trucks outside.  One of the buildings is labeled "missile assembly building," and one "chemical munitions bunker."  Not one shred of evidence was presented to lead us to believe that these buildings, which could just as easily be diaper manufacturing plants, were actually what Powell claimed they were.  And we see a truck labeled "decontamination vehicle," with absolutely no reason to believe it is anything but an ordinary truck.  Other trucks are labeled "cargo truck," which we could have figured out for ourselves, and which are not really that sinister.

These photos were, in fact, obviously intended to remind people of the photos that President Kennedy presented, during the Cuban missile crisis.  Here's an example of one of those:

This photo at least has the advantage that you can clearly see things shaped like missiles.  And in fact they turned out to be missiles.  That's because Kennedy was telling the truth.  The things labelled "cargo truck" in Powell's presentation were, admittedly, cargo trucks.  But that's all we knew then, and it's all that we have ever known.  Creating an international incident over missiles eighty miles from our border was one thing; starting a war of aggression because the Iraqis posessed some cargo trucks is, really, not quite the same.

If Powell and the Bush administration had found any real evidence that Saddam was building biological weapons, they would have presented it to the U.N.  Their laughable collection of cartoons and utterly meaningless photos should have immediately tipped people off that they had no such evidence, and that their claims were deliberate falsehoods.

That's what I thought when I heard the speech.  Apparently, virtually no one in the country agreed with me, so Bush and Cheney were free to go and kill a million or so people, and involve our country in one of the biggest military disasters in history.

Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld and all the rest.  They went to war over this nonsense.  They murdered over it, they tortured over it, and they squandered the nation's wealth and destroyed its moral standing over it.  And not one of them has ever been held accountable.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Are All Republican Congressmen Like This?

It's happened again.  Republican conservative congressman Christopher Lee, shown here:


has had his political career brought to a screeching halt, after the married congressman was discovered sending the photo on the right to women he contacted on Craig's list.

You know, this thing isn't even about sex.  It's about the fact that Republicans have awarded themselves the right to do any damned thing they please, just like the rich people who own them.  And yet their supposedly moral followers will not make a whimper when the ones who get caught are replaced with equally sickening people who just haven't gotten caught yet.

Well, get ready for about nine thousand posts on right wing blogs in the next few days about Bill Clinton's blow job and John Edwards' affair, since Republicans' only answer to getting endlessly caught in situations like this, is to claim that Democrats are worse.  Too bad these guys couldn't copyright their libidos, the way Sarah Palin is trying to do with her name, or the Republican party would make them millions.

Republicans Use Supposed Deficit Cutting as Tool to Slash Needed Programs

There is no end to the duplicity and dishonesty of Repubicans.  And here's one more big example.  Remember all of the promises they made before election day to cut the budget?  And notice that they are still blabbing away about it every day?  Well, here, from Daily Kos, is a partial list of what the Republicans intend to do in the way of budget cutting:

          Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies   -$30M
·         Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy   -$899M
·         Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability   -$49M
·         Strategic Petroleum Reserve   -$15M
·         Energy Information Administration   -$34M
·         Office of Science under the Energy and water spending bill   -$1.1B
·         Department of Treasury   -$675M
·         Internal Revenue Service   -$593M
·         GSA Federal Buildings Fund   -$1.7B
·         International Trade Administration   -$93M
·         Economic Development Assistance   -$16M
·         Minority Business Development Agency   -$2M
·         National Institute of Standards and Technology   -$186M
·         NOAA   -$336M
·         Law Enforcement Wireless Communications   -$52M
·         US Marshals Service   -$10M
·         FBI   -$74M
·         State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance   -$256M
·         NASA   -$379M
·         NSF   -$139M
·         Legal Services Corporation   -$75M
·         EPA   -$1.6B
·         Food Safety and Inspection Services   -$53M (FY10)
·         Agriculture University Research   -$246M
·         Natural Resource Conservation Service   -$60M
·         WIC   -$758M 
·         International Food Aid grants   -$544M
·         FDA   -$220M
·         Land and Water Conservation Fund   -$348M
·         EPA ENERGY STAR   -$7.4M
·         EPA GHG Reporting Registry   -$9M
·         USGS   -$27M
·         EPA State and Local Air Quality Management   -$25M
·         Fish and Wildlife Service   -$72M
·         National Park Service   -$51M
·         Clean Water State Revolving Fund   -$700M
·         Drinking Water State Revolving Fund   -$250M
·         Forest Service   -$38M
·         National Endowment for the Arts   -$6M
·         National Endowment for the Humanities   -$6M
·         Job Training Programs  -$2B
·         Community Health Centers  -$1.3B
·         Maternal and Child Health Block Grants  -$210M
·         Family Planning  -$327M
·         Poison Control Centers  -$27M
·         CDC   -$755M
·         NIH   -$1B
·         Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services   -$96M
·         Community Services Block Grant   -$405M
·         High Speed Rail   -$1B
·         FAA Next Gen   -$234M
·         Amtrak   -$224M
·         HUD Community Development Fund   -$530M

The total savings from these proposed cuts?  $19,838,400,000, or approximately 1.33% of the projected 2011 federal budget deficit- a virtually insignificant delivery on their promises.  But here is what these cuts would accomplish:  gutting Federal environmental protection, Federal efforts to promote energy efficiency (hurting the oil companies' potential profits,) food safety enforcement, health care assistance for women and the poor, HUD efforts to promote growth in poor communities, the Centers for Disease Control, Federal promotion of science and the arts, even the FBI, poison control and the efforts of the FAA to protect air passenger safety.

This is what the Republicans really want.  They don't give a damn about the budget deficit (as proven by the fact that virtually the entire national debt is due to their behavior) but they are furious that a nickel of Federal money be spent on anyone but the rich. 

The Republican party is nothing but a criminal conspiracy to loot the wealth of our country, and reduce everyone but the top hundredth of one percent of us to total poverty and dependence. They are consciously, willingly working to turn us into a miserably third world oligarchy, filled with people so desperate that they will accept whatever crumbs the rich care to give them.  And millions of stupid, greedy Americans are willing to slit their own throats to make it happen.

God Protect Us

From this:

Americablog, which found this screen capture, comments:

" And yes, we do think we're better than her and her mother."

Amen, brother.  What in the name of God would make someone so malicious as to even propose saddling the country with this ignorant, stupid, worthless human being in any capacity whatever?  And her mother, who is just as ignorant and stupid, and a self-serving, lying demagogue on top of it, is even worse.

Liberal Violence Update

With the onslaught of incessant terrorist incidents patently provoked by right wing leaders, Conservatives have been desperate to try to "prove" (in their usual fashion of just making things up) that the left is just as bad.

A recent example of this is to be found on the right the last couple of days- the claims that both Sarah Palin and George W. Bush have had to cancel speaking engagements because of left wing threats.

Let's deal with Sarah first.  She claimed that she had to back out of an appearance at a Colorado fundraiser for military families because of the imminent danger of violence against her.  Well, here's a statement from the police:

"We've had no problems," Glendale, Colorado Police Chief Victor Ross told The Denver Post. "We are not aware of any specific threats."

On Friday, The Sharon K Pacheco Foundation re-announced that Palin would keynote its Patriots & Warriors Gala on May 2 in Glendale -- and that ticket prices had been reduced by half... The event was to serve as an awards banquet and a fundraiser for military families and children who have lost loved ones in combat."

Perhaps the real reason that she didn't show up was that they couldn't sell the tickets.  By the way, Sarah wasn't so threatened that she skipped the Republican presidential candidates' forum she attended instead.  Personal career advancement versus families of dead soldiers- boy that isn't a hard decision, right?  Not if you're a Republican.

Now, for our sainted ex-president.  He was forced to abandon a speaking engagement too.  In America?  No, in Switzerland.  Because of threats of violence?  No, because if he set foot in Switzerland, he was going to be arrested by the Swiss government and put on trial for war crimes in Iraq. 

Well, there's your left wing violence, to counter people running around shooting Congress members, Federal judges and police.  See, they're all the same.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Thank Heaven for Turkey

Othewise the United States would be the dumbest developed country on earth:


Graph of belief in evolution, by country:
Once again, Conservatives show who is really on the same side as Islamic fundamentalists.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Green Eagle Goes Hollywood

Green Eagle is pitching an idea for a great new show, to be on the A&E network, or maybe the Military Channel.  He wants to let his readers in on the big scoop, so here it is:

Green Eagle is convinced that it is going to be a huge cable hit.  What do you think?

Wingnut Wrapup

Well, if we're going down, let's try to go down laughing:

Joel Mowbray, Town Hall:  "To Fix Middle East, Obama Must Ignore "Experts"

Well, the conservative solution to everything involves ignoring the experts, so why should this be any different?

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post:  "Every Democrat in the Senate is on record as supporting the health-spending bill"

Of course every Republican in the Senate is on record as favoring kicking millions of children off of their parents' health insurance.  By the way, don't you love it that the bill is now the "health-spending" bill?  I guess it isn't even about medical care any more, just about spending money for the hell of it.

Claudia Rosett, Pajamas Media:  "UN and U.S. Double Standards: Egypt vs. Iran"

Because the fact that they are two different countries in two different situations doesn't mean we should treat them differently.  They are all Muslims, after all.  Probably we should just bomb both countries back into the stone age.

Michael Ledeen, Pajamas Media:  "...if you pull the plug on (a) tyrant, you send two very dangerous messages. You tell all our allies that we’re weak and unreliable...And you tell all our enemies that we are weak and will run at the first sign of trouble."

That's right- If we don't support a dictator's God given right to beat the crap out of his own people, we reveal ourselves to be a bunch of weak pussies, and probably gay too.  Conservative thinking in a nutshell, from one of the right's leading foreign policy experts.

Matt Abbot, Renew America:  "The Splendor of a Catholic Education"

Particularly those after-school one-on-one sessions with Father Bryan.

Lisa Fabrizio, Renew America:  "Evicting Jesus?"

No, we'd never do that.  We're simply foreclosing on his upside-down mortgage.  Nothing personal, just business, you know.

Chuck Baldwin, Renew America:  "State-owned churches are killing America"

Chuck, what in the name of hell are you talking about?

Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online:  "For the Left, the only good conservative is a dead conservative."

Wrong, Jonah.  There are no good conservatives.  Ronald Reagan is dead and he's still wrecking the country.

Ken Blackwell, Town Hall:  "What Would Reagan Do About Egypt?"

Oh I don't know, maybe send a bunch of American troops over there to get blown up, like he did in Lebanon?  Or maybe illegaly sell the Muslim terrorists two thousand missiles, like he did in Iran.

Ken continues with this heroic account of Reagan's struggle for freedom:

"As president, Ronald Reagan ordered his CIA Director William Casey to make sure that Poland’s Solidarity union got fax machines and copiers... Reagan would not allow Solidarity to be crushed by Poland’s Communist puppet regime."

And the fax machines and copiers made all the difference.  Ronald Reagan to the rescue again.  By this standard, the world's greatest defender of freedom is Office Depot.

And now, for the lunacy of the day:

Drew Zahn, World Net Daily:  "A mysterious, pale green figure seen in televised news coverage of the Egyptian riots has prompted some viewers to ask, "Could this be the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse?"

And they wonder over there why no one takes them seriously as a news outlet.  But World Net Daily is not done with the religious lunacy:

World Net Daily:  "From the pit of hell, 'Avatar's' maker cometh...Exclusive: Drew Zahn asks if 'Sanctum' reveals mega-director's true identity"

Yes indeed, World Net Daily is seriously proposing that James Cameron may be the Antichrist.  I mean, I know some people who have worked on his movies that might agree, but really, there is no end to the willful stupidity of these people.

Michael Reagan, World Net Daily:  "Michael Reagan: 'Dad lived with grass-roots America'

On his multimillion dollar ranch in Santa Barbara, or maybe his $6 million dollar house in Brentwood.  Yup, the grass roots.

Victor Sharpe, American Thinker:  "Obama Well Knows What Chaos He Has Unleashed...Our president has now opened a Pandora's Box in the Middle East."

What an amazing guy!  Who knew that Obama, all by himself, caused the uprising in Egypt, which is, of course, a terrible thing because it threatens the rule of a dictator.  Victor "explains" himself:

"My fear is that Obama is not naïve at all, but he instead knows only too well what he is doing, for he is eagerly promoting Islamic power in the world"

Right.  That makes sense.  If you're really stupid and ignorant, and a racist asshole to boot.

Star Parker, Town Hall:  "If We Want to Promote Freedom, How About Starting at Home?"

By cutting regulation on corporations, that's Star's notion of promoting freedom.  Surprised?  Isn't it a wonderful thing to have discovered a single answer for every problem in the world?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pudit:  "Socialist in Chief: Obama Tells American Businessess That Profits Must Be Shared With Workers"

What a disgusting idea.  Workers should work for free, so business owners can keep all of the profits.  Just like in the South, up until the War of Northern Aggression ruined freedom for ever.

World Net Daily:  "Soros fingerprints on Mideast chaos...Billionaire tied to opposition leader, funded groups opposing U.S. allies"

"Opposition leader."  That would be Mohammed al Baradei.  Yes, that malignant George Soros has ties to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.  What better proof could you have that he is totally evil?

Myra Adams, Pajamas Media:  "Obama vs. Gingrich — Winning the Future...Is Newt the GOP's best hope for change in 2012?"

If he is, man are you guys in trouble.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

They Never Change

Well, I happen to be reading a book by Robert K. Massie, entitled Dreadnought,which is about the Britain and Germany in the period from the late 19th century to the coming of World War I.  I found an account of a parliamentary election called by the Conservative ruling party in 1900, when British troops, sent to South Africa for the Boer war were still on African soil.  I found a couple of Massie's comments very illuminating:

"...only one issue -the war- was put before the public.  Unionist sloganeering had convinced the electorate that, with British troops still in the field, only an experienced government could be trusted to carry through its policy and win peace.

(The Conservatives') theme became "A vote for the Liberals is a vote for the Boers!"  The charge was shouted from platforms, proclaimed by billboards and placards.  Posters depicted prominent liberals kneeling in tribute to President Kruger (the leader of the Boers,)  helping him to haul down the Union Jack, even urging him to shoot British soldiers."

Boy, nothing changes, does it?  Lies and smears, and hollow patriotism, manipulating the memory of the nation's soldiers and deliberate spreading of terror of national defeat, have always been the tools of Conservatives.  They inevitably resort to this kind of evil behavior to get their way, as we can see so clearly in this country over the last couple of decades.

Needless to say, this kind of mindless, infantile belligerence from both Germany and England was essential to create the conditions for the slaughter of tens of millions in World War I, and conservatives on both sides of the channel were happy to oblige.

Green Eagle is Frustrated

It has been very frustrating lately trying to find anything meaningful to say about what is going on in our country.  Well, as the Democrats pretty much stand by silently, here is what the Republican party and their followers are up to lately:

You may have heard about the latest in a recently developed Republican tactic:  the fake video.  Remember the pimp-and-ho guy from Breitbart's organization who smeared ACORN out of existence?  Well, an associate of his sent people into a whole bunch of Planned Parenthood offices posing as operators of child sex rings, and asking for abortions for their child prostitutes.  The results, which were known before any of the tapes were released, were that no one from Planned Parenthood collaborated in any way with them, and they were immediately reported to the government.  Nevertheless, a doctored tape was released which showed absolutely nothing improper happening, except for the answer to one question.  Within hours it was discovered that the tapes had been edited, taking an answer to another question and splicing it into the audio to make it appear that the Planned Parenthood people were cooperating with the supposed pimps.

Despite this disgusting behavior, this tape has been hailed on the right by everyone from Fox News and the usual talk-radio suspects, down to innumerable wingnut blogs, as justification for eliminating Planned Parenthood completely.  None of them cares a whit that the whole story is a malicious lie, because like two year olds, dececy and honesty mean nothing to them; all that matters is getting what they want.


Now, another phony controversy is brewing on the right.  This one alleges that the Obama administration has hidden away an annual Centers for Disease Control report because it supposedly contains some sort of bad information about abortions.  Never mind that not a single one of them is able to hallucinate what that information might be. The claim is that the report was not released on the DAY that the annual report is ALWAYS released, proving that Obama is up to something.  Well, a cursory effort to contact the CDC would have resulted in uncovering the information that the report is not issued on the same day every year, and that it had been held up this year because some of the data were not available.

Nevertheless, the outrage is flowing over Obama's evil deed, and it is being cited as one more reason to remove him from office.

Meanwhile, we have the spectacle of our new Republican House of Representatives.  Remember all the promises that they were going to slash the budget deficit and enact job-creating legislation?  Well, that was yesterday.  The new Republican House majority, with staffs packed with corporate lobbyists, has proposed absolutely nothing to meaningfully reduce the deficit, and is instead using its claimed mandate to attempt to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education and anything else that stands in the way of the rich having everything.  In the meantime, they are also working full time to destroy Social Security and Medicare, in the name of fiscal prudence.  And in the meantime, all we get in the way of  "job creation" is the same old Republican cant that if we just let rich people do whatever they damned please, they will suddenly spend their money creating jobs for the rest of us.

Other than that, their only interest seems to be in using their position to push their corporate propaganda, and passing a few meaningless but hostile anti-abortion measures and the like, to try to keep the blinders on the fools who put them back in office.

I just don't know how the country is going to survive this phenomenon, which is backed to the hilt by our mainstream media.  It leaves me pretty listless when I think about politics, and judging from much of what I'm reading, a lot of other people feel the same.  Of course, nothing would please the Republicans more than for us to abandon the public forum entirely to their endless avalanche of lying propaganda.  But I'm sure that, one by one, people are giving up on trying to fight them, and so, bit by bit, they are winning.

Update:  Here's a new lying conservative attack, which has just materialized in the last two days:

"Conservative blogs and the British press are agog over a report in London's Daily Telegraph that the U.S. provided certain information about the United Kingdom's submarine-based nuclear missile stockpile to Russia as part of recent arms negotiations. Matt Drudge nearly blew a siren on the "Secret Deal" report, which includes no quotes from either U.S. or British government sources confirming, denying or adding any context to the claim...

State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley emails TIME:   "This is bunk. Under the 1991 START Treaty, the U.S. agreed to notify Russia of specific nuclear cooperation with the United Kingdom, such as the transfer of SLBM's [submarine launch ballistic missiles] to the UK, or their maintenance or modernization."

In other words, Obama was complying with the terms of a treaty negotiated by the Republican Bush I administration.  That isn't stopping the right wing blogosphere, which has already resorted to this kind of "reporting:"

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "Obama gives UK nuke secrets to Russia -- he MUST now be removed from office and power.  Talk about High Crimes and Misdemeanors!"

So, Obama is guilty of treason for carrying out a Republican treaty  The Republicans who negotiated the treaty, on the other hand, are patriots.  Well, what else can we expect.  You'll be hearing about this "crime" too for the next few years, if you pay attention to the right wing propaganda machine.