Saturday, April 30, 2011

Alan Keyes Wins the Birther Championship

In the wake of their colossal humiliation, the birthers have tried on about a hundred different fantasies to argue away their disgrace.  None of it, however, comes close to embodying the mixture of malignant distortion and unrestrained viciousness to be found in right wing ideology, than the following piece from Alan Keyes, former Republican presidential candidate and proprietor of Renew America, one of the nation's most widely read right wing websites.  Here's a sizable sample of the sick thinking that is the specialty of the right:

 "On Wednesday this week, after refusing the simple request for several years; after expending several million dollars in lawyer's fees to battle anyone who dared pursue it, Barack Obama finally gave in and released what purports to be a copy of his full and complete birth certificate."

A.  The "several million dollars" story is a long discredited lie.  B.  Notice the "what purports to be," referring to a document released not by Obama but by the State of Hawaii.  Well, these are just a couple of warmup lies.  Here comes the real maliciousness:

"This constitutes incontrovertible proof that he, his media claque, and the gullible or cowardly politicians (Democrat and Republican alike) who repeatedly claimed that he had already done so, were lying."

Of course, Obama long ago released a legal birth certificate, with exactly the same information about his place of birth as the recent one, but that fact did not stop Keyes from claiming the exact opposite.

"The people they derided and ridiculed as "birthers" were telling the truth."

They were?  He was born in Kenya?  Notice that this claim has totally disappeared from Keyes' account, as though it had nothing to do with this whole thing.  The entire substance of the birther's lie had vanished from history, replaced by a claim with no substance whatsoever, given that Obama was telling the truth all along.

The Certification of Live Birth published on the Internet, which these liars repeatedly referred to as his birth certificate, was an abridged certification that omitted the vital information needed to verify that he was born on U.S. soil, and could therefore claim, jus soli, to be a citizen at birth."

The whole issue is no longer whether Obama was born in the United States, or even whether the legal, real certificate that Obama released contained the correct information about his birth.  No, now Obama is a criminal scum ineligible to be President because he didn't release some other document that contained the exact same information. Well, at least now that he has released this other document, and it absolutely confirms his citizenship, the issue is decided, right?  Wrong.

"The Certificate of Live Birth released on Wednesday specifies the hospital where he was born and includes the signature of the attending physician. Assuming that it is not a convenient fabrication, it constitutes prima facie evidence as to the matter of fact involved in the eligibility controversy."

 Whether he was born in Kenya?  Wasn't that the "matter of fact involved in the eligibility controversy?"

The liars and dupes who asserted or accepted the Certification of Live Birth as his birth certificate will now contend that this ought to end the controversy. But since they were either lying or deceived up to now, it hardly matters what they contend. They ought properly to be accorded little or no credibility."

They were liars and dupes, even though they were correct all along.  Keyes and the teabaggers, on the other hand, were noble seekers after the truth, all the time they were spreading preposterous, evidenceless  smears; therefore, only their opinion carries any weight, and only they can decide if the smears they have spread for two years have been resolved.

"But until it has been submitted to forensic examination by unbiased and trustworthy experts, the same must be said of the document released Wednesday. Several years of now incontrovertibly proven deceit have generated a poisonous atmosphere of distrust. It cannot be dispelled except by careful steps, intended to reassure the many score millions of Americans who must now deeply resent the studied and deliberate campaign of deception and ridicule waged against them."

Deception which was particularly insidious, since it consisted in nothing but telling the truth.  This is a sign of the true evil genius of Obama, who has created the first new form of deception in the last two thousand years or so, which involves releasing real documents containing true information.  What a master of deceit.

"We rightly pointed out that, having repeatedly sworn to uphold, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, he had the moral duty and obligation to show, and be seen to show, respect for its authority. Impressed by this obligation, what sane, responsible public official would deliberately, stubbornly refuse to do so, particularly after assuming the presidency, the office most singularly responsible for preserving the Constitution's integrity?"

Refusing to do so by not admitting that the insane delusions of Keyes and his friends were true.  Refusing to do so by producing a perfectly legal document proving that Keyes was wrong.  This is truly a monumental specimen of disrespect for the Constitution. Real respect for the Constitution consists in not recognizing the legitimacy of anyone who departs from the right wing agenda, i.e. racism and greed.

"Except we find a rational explanation for his conduct, Obama's actions must appear to be the result of some irrational and defensive pride, some insanely arrogant sense that the oath, duties, and lawful obligations of his position do not apply to him, as they have to the others who have occupied the office he claims."

The others who have occupied the office he claims, not one of whom, in our country's whole history, have ever been subjected to this sort of humiliating, racist demand, and none of whom (at least since right wingers accused Dolly Madison of running a whorehouse in the White House) have ever been the victim of the endless campaign of racist hate generated by the birthers and their cohorts.  Notice, in passing, the pseudo-constitutional syntax ("J"us Soli," "Except we find a rational explanation for his conduct" for example) in which Keyes cloaks his vicious ravings.

And by the way, Alan, Obama "claims" the office of the President because he was elected by the American people, as set out in the Constitution.  What kind of respect for the Constitution are you displaying, when you attempt to undo that election through a campaign of racist smears?

"But we are in fairness forbidden to suspect Obama's moral sanity unless we also question the rationality of the politicians, judges, and media personalities who joined in the campaign of lies, ridicule, and derision intended to quell public insistence that due respect be shown for requirements plainly stated in the Constitution. In addition to demeaning the status and responsibilities of American citizenship, some of these people went so far as to suggest that the Constitution can be amended de facto by simple majority vote in a general election, casting aside the procedures for amendment the Constitution establishes."

What in hell is he talking about here?  Any ideas, beyond the obvious intent to cast Obama as "morally insane," whatever that could possibly mean?

"The issue of Obama's eligibility is important only and precisely because such confirmed and visible respect for the Constitution is critical to the stability and survival of government of, by, and for the people... it is thanks to the insistent common sense of ordinary Americans that Barack Obama has finally been compelled to take the first step toward apparently submitting to the nation's vital and honorable tradition in this respect. Is this the beginning of the end of the elitists' deliberate attempt to overthrow the sovereignty of the American people? "

By consistently telling the truth for two and a half years, in the face of an unending racist campaign of lies. Is that how liberals are trying to overthrow the sovereignty of the American people?  By telling them the truth?  That's an interesting strategy.

"...will the House now move to demand proper forensic examination of the new evidence Obama has released? Will they put fealty to the Constitution above all fearful political considerations? Will they seek by proper constitutional means to assure a fair hearing for the issue, by due process of law?"

Will they collaborate with the vicious, lying tool of the racists, Alan Keyes, in keeping alive a sickening, shameful period in our history, despite the fact, obvious to every decent person for years, that Keyes' claim is nothing but an attempt to deny the will of the American people, who committed the unforgivable sin of electing a black, Democratic president?

Well, anyone who though that the truth would vaporize this nonsense should be disabused of that fantasy by now.  The liars will never stop, and the people who pay them to lie will never stop paying either; until they destroy our country.  At least, at the rate they are going, that won't be too long.

A Much Needed Comment on the Causes of Economic Collapse

From a new source to me, a website entitled Too Much-A Commentary on Excess and Equality.  Here's the gist of what it says:

"(Andrew) Mellon, a Pittsburgh financier, began his dozen years atop Treasury in 1921. He rated, at the time, as one of the world’s richest men. One of the most determined, too.  Mellon came to Washington as a man on a mission. That mission: to slash federal income tax rates on his fellow rich — and himself, of course, too. He succeeded. 

In 1921, America’s richest faced a 73 percent tax rate on income over $1 million. By 1925, Mellon had maneuvered that top rate all the way down to 25 percent. 

Andrew Mellon’s 1920s handiwork would eventually pour $72 billion, in today’s dollars, into wealthy pockets and set the table for the wildest speculative bubble Wall Street had ever seen. That bubble would burst into the Great Depression — and impoverish, in the process, tens of millions of Americans."

There is a single cause of the recurrent bubbles and subsequent crashes which have plagued the world since the domination of capitalism:  Too much money in the hands of the rich, which, based on the immutable principle of supply and demand, drives commodities to unsustainable values.  This is not some sort of ideological cant- it is the obvious, inevitable consequence of an economy driven solely by market pressures.  It doesn't suit the rich to have this broadcast any further than possible, so they spend immense sums to delude the populace into ignoring the endless succession of hard lessons it has had concerning this fact.  And they have succeeded.  What's more, only a few years after our last miserable excursion down their road, they are already preparing our next disaster.  This time it takes the form of the Republican congressional economic plan which, in its pandering to the rich and its crushing of everyone else duplicates Mellon's disastrous behavior in virtually all of its key features.

With the press praising this newest gutting of the national wealth as a demonstration of level-headedness and courage, and with the Democratic party collapsing in an endless display of cowardice, I see no hope for Americans in the years ahead.  The Republicans, who were apparently not satisfied with the collapse on their watch in 2008, are now determined to continue their theft until another economic disaster occurs which, like the one in 1929, is colossal enough to motivate the American people to wake up to the endless crime of which they are the  endless victims.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

You Knew It Was Coming

And here it is!  How could Green Eagle Resist?

Yes, it's the Special Birth Certificate Edition of Wingnut Wrapup!  So, now that President Obama has made total fools of Orly Taitz, Joseph Farah, Donald Trump and the majority of the Republican party that claims to believe Obama was born in Kenya, rather than  be forced to recognize a black president, what do you think their response is?  Well, you don't have to wonder, because Green Eagle is about to bring you the evidence!  Isn't that kind of him?

Let's kick this off with the most spectacular sample of right wing reaction you are ever going to see, Orly Taitz' appearance on Lawrence O' Donnell's show yesterday.  Believe me, this is spectacular- don't miss it:



Wasn't that fun?  Now, on to the rest- all collected within ten hours of Obama's release of his birth certificate:

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "Hillary Clinton Wins. Obama Proves He Wasn’t Immaculated."

Oh, so the whole thing is about whether he was divinely conceived, Erick.  I never caught that part.  May I remind you that Erick  appears regularly on CNN, the nation's Most Trusted News Source.  Good choice, guys.

Melissa Clouthier, Red State:  "President Obama coughed up his birth certificate today. So, the question is: How is this good for Obama?  It has been my view that the “birther” issue turned bad for President Obama some time before the latest round in the press brought the issue to a head.When people start to dislike you, though, they’ll believe every spurious and outrageous claim. Why? Because they’re looking for evidence to support their changed  belief."

Oh, I see.  You have spent two years spreading racist lies about Obama because you hate him.  I never would have figured that out on my own.  And here I thought the birther thing was just the deep concern among Republicans for our constitution, which they constantly display in so many other ways, like threatening to secede every time they don't win an election.

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "With Birther Issue Resolved, Trump to Set Sights on China and Taxes"

Now I understand.  Trump just couldn't focus on real issues, because telling lies about Obama was so much more urgent.  Man, would this guy make a great Republican Presidential candidate.

Pam Geller, Atlas Shrugs:  "Obama's New COLB Raises More Questions than it Answers...And so the question is, why release such an obvious forgery?"

Followers of Wingnut Wrapup know that I stopped covering the Shrieking Harpy long ago, because her sick hatred was beyond humor.  But, as she has been working on a minor in birtherism in between her insane anti-Muslim tirades, I had to check in with her.  Well, I won't bother you with a display of her ignorance of Photoshop.  Take it from me, it's pathetic.  However, it is a wonderful opportunity to run this picture of Pammy, which I stole from Charles Johnson:

Pammy in all of her glory


That's painful, huh?  How about this?

Not Pammy, thank heaven.  And not a birther; i.e. much smarter than Pammy.  I have no excuse for running this picture, but it's my blog.  Deal with it.
Well, onward and downward:

Power Line:  "Obama was keeping it out of sight on the theory that it was a distraction to Republicans that made some of them look bad with independents...That's how it looks to me, anyway.  Now we can get back to serious issues"

A common Republican response:  A. The whole thing was a dirty trick by Obama; and B.  Finally we can get back to serious issues, after two years of being forced by Obama to spread racist lies about him.  A noble display of the spirit of taking personal responsibility that Republicans are always talking about.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Critics: Obama’s Latest Long-Form Birth Certificate Is a Fake"

What critics, Jim?  The same "critics" that have been spreading lies about him for two years?  Yeah, pretty much.  Well, thanks for jumping in there with your usual well-meant comments.

Phyllis Schlafly, Gateway Pundit: Well have to have some people analyze the birth certificate. I don’t know what the answer to that is. But I notice that he did call Donald Trump a nasty name."

Yeah, he called him a carnival barker.  What an abomination.

I never noticed that Phyllis showed any concern when her friends called Obama a communist, a Muslim terrorist, a traitor, a Nazi and even Satan himself.  Of course, none of those names are as offensive as a carnival barker. That would be because we all know that Democrats love Nazis, terrorists, etc. so they don't find it nasty when someone calls them that.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "The "Certificate of Live Birth" document released by the White House today, if authentic, assures Americans that their president was born in Hawaii as he has said, according to two participants in a lawsuit who challenged the president's tenure in the Oval Office.  But they say it also proves he's ineligible under the Constitution's requirements to be president.
According to Mario Apuzzo, the attorney who argued the Kerchner vs. Obama case, and the lead plaintiff, retired Navy Cmdr. Charles Kerchner, the documentation reveals that Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan national subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, was the father when Barack Obama Jr. was born.

That, they say, would disqualify Obama because of the Founders' requirement in the Constitution that a president be a "natural born Citizen," commonly understood during the era of the beginnings of the United States to mean a citizen offspring of two citizen parents."

That is a lie.  This is just one tiny little fiction concocted by the birthers, in their panic to squirm out of their humiliation.  The notion of what constitutes a "natural born citizen" was not defined by the founding fathers, and has never been adjudicated; and so it has no definite meaning at this point in time.  Whatever it means, it's not about the above.  This jackass continues:

"They are going to have to face the music on this at some point," said Kerchner, whose allegations never were decided on their merits"

Listen, idiot:  These allegations never were decided on their merits because everyone knows that they had no merit.

World Net Daily:  "Hawaii kept birth certificate hidden in vault"

Where do you expect them to have kept it, in a cardboard box on a street corner?  If they didn't protect birth certificates, they wouldn't be there when people needed them.  Is that really too hard for you to figure out?

World Net Daily:  "We distort, you decide...What do you think of Fox News' Shepard Smith declaring Obama is 'a citizen'?"

Will wonders never cease?  Someone on Fox News told the truth?  I'm not sure I'm buying that until I see it myself.

Elwin Tobing, American Thinker:  "Which brings us to the real issue in the saga of Obama's birthplace mystery: character and trust.  Obama's principles and paradigms of thinking, which guide his leadership and policy making, are not independent from his character.  How do you tell a man's character when he is not even willing to reveal his birthplace?"

Except, of course, that he was telling the truth all along.  Think about it, Elwin.  Maybe some day it will make sense to you.


Well, believe me. folks, this is only a small sample of the right wing response to their having, as usual, been revealed to be a bunch of coscienceless, vicious racists.  At least, we can get a good laugh out of this nonsense, without having to worry about whether it is going to destroy our country.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It's Racism

In case anyone doubts that "birtherism" is anything but a form of racism, used by white people who want to deny that a black man is their President, consider the latest garbage from new king of the birthers (sorry, Orly, you're fired,) Donald Trump:

"Donald Trump is upping the ante against President Barack Obama's legitimacy, raising questions on Monday night about how the president was admitted to two Ivy League schools.

Trump openly questioned how Obama, who he said had been a "terrible student," got accepted into Columbia University for undergraduate studies and then Harvard Law School.

"I heard he was a terrible student, terrible," Trump told the Associated Press in an interview, a claim he's made in the past but one he doubled down on by suggesting he's probing that area of the president's life.

"How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records," he said, without providing backup for his claim.

"We don't know a thing about this guy," Trump said."

We don't know a thing about Obama, yet somehow we know that he was a terrible student, based on an unidentified source.  By the way, this terrible student graduated Magna Cum Laude from the world's foremost law school, where he had no business being admitted in the first place.  And why didn't he belong there?  It is because he is black- the one thing Donald Trump does know about Obama, and in the mind of Donald Trump the one thing that proves beyond a doubt that, even though  "We don't know a thing about this guy," he cannot possibly be deserving of a good education.

These people are scum.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Just In Case You Bought

...the currently so popular lie that the American Revolution was All About Jesus, you might like to know that:

"The American Revolution was actually a low point in American religious adherence. Sociologists have shown that no more than 20 percent of the population in 1776 belonged to a church."

This, from a great article in the Washington Post, linked to above, entitled "Five myths about church and state in America."  If you enjoyed this fact, you will like the rest of the piece also.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

St. John Shoots His Lying Mouth Off Again

Will no one rid us of this maggot, and the press' love of him?

"John McCain (R-Ariz.) yesterday became the highest profile U.S. official to visit Libya since international military intervention began, and gave a hearty endorsement to the rebels fighting the Gadhafi government.

 It was just 18 months ago that McCain traveled to Libya and cozied up to Gadhafi, visiting with him at the dictator's home in Tripoli, shaking his hand, and even bowing a little to Gadhafi. The point of the meeting was for McCain to discuss delivery of American military equipment to the Libyan regime."

There is no end to the degradation that this man will descend to.  And yet the press still turns to him at every opportunity, to lap up more of his self-serving lies.

The Country Goes Mad

I haven't been posting lately.  It's because I just can't think of anything I could possibly say that could do anything to turn the nation from its race to destruction.

We need two functioning parties to run this country, and one has run so far off the rails that it has turned into a monstrosity.  In pursuit of the interests of the rich, it has now descended to the most degraded attacks on the poor and the middle class.  In the last couple of weeks, we have had the likes of this:

"Under a new budget proposal from State Sen. Bruce Casswell, children in the state’s foster care system would be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores." 

and this:

"Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all."

Vicious, heartless behavior of a piece with making teachers and firemen the enemies of America, with open race hatred and utterly unapologetic corruption.  And we now hear of at least two Republican State governments that are seizing municipalities, voiding their labor contracts and running them as virtual colonies.

In the meantime, the Republican party is consciously, knowingly driving our country into economic ruin:

"...nothing sensible or mature is on the horizon.  Republicans have vowed to extract more heedless spending cuts in exchange for their votes to raise the debt limit. To that end, they seem likely to demand changes to the budget process, like a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, or spending caps.
the amendment would hold annual spending to 18 percent of the previous year’s gross domestic product, a formula that works out to about 16.7 percent in the proposal’s early years, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. That is a level last seen in 1956 — a time before Medicare, before the interstate highways, when many baby boomers were not yet born, never mind aging into retirement.

Sharply lower spending would, in turn, allow for big tax cuts. Those tax cuts would be virtually irreversible, since the amendment calls for a two-thirds vote of both houses to raise taxes."

"The House Republican budget adds $6 trillion to the debt in the next decade yet the GOP is balking at raising the debt limit. The House Republican budget adds $6 trillion to the debt in the next decade yet the GOP is balking at raising the debt limit.”

I thought about making this week’s column that one sentence printed over and over 30 times. It would have been the opinion page equivalent of a Dada-esque protest against the inanity of the debate — and a cry for every news outlet to focus on this simple, clarifying fact.

For the life of me I don’t understand why the press doesn’t shove this fact in front of every Republican who says the debt limit cannot be raised unless serious new spending cuts are put in place. The supposedly “courageous,” “visionary” Paul Ryan plan — which already contains everything Republicans can think of in terms of these spending cuts — would add more debt than we’ve ever seen over a 10-year period in American history. Yet Ryan and other House GOP leaders continue to make outrageous statements to the contrary.

Without blushing. And without anyone calling them on it."

And for this, the mainstream press hails Ryan and the Republicans for their "courage" and "honesty,"  apparently believing that it is a brave thing to stab helpless people in the back.

Now, another giveaway to the rich looms:
"As part of their budget plan passed last week, House Republicans want to cut the corporate tax rate to 25% from 35%. The Obama administration and many Democrats also are looking to slice the current rate...Yet despite complaints that they fork over too much money to Washington, U.S. corporations have been paying an increasingly smaller share of federal taxes over the last half-century. Nearly a third of all federal taxes came from corporations in 1952. Last year, they paid just 8.9%, according to government figures."

And yet, the "real" issues to the mainstrteam press are whether Obama was born in Kenya, and whether Bill Ayers wrote Obama's biography, and whether Obama is an America-hating Muslim determined to destroy us.

I see no way out of the disaster that looms before us.  The Repubican party is taking its chance to end democracy in America, and turn us into a fascist dictatorship.  And with the collaboration of the press, they will, I believe, succeed in the next decade or so.  This conclusion could not be more obvious, yet anyone who speaks it out loud is written off as a lunatic, while a man like Donald Trump is regarded as presidential material, based on a campaign devoid of a shred of content except racist attacks on the president.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Unsurprising News from Mohammed El Baradei

Via Yahoo:

"NEW YORK – Former chief U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei suggests in a new memoir that Bush administration officials should face international criminal investigation for the "shame of a needless war" in Iraq.

Freer to speak now than he was as an international civil servant, the Nobel-winning Egyptian accuses U.S. leaders of "grotesque distortion" in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, when then-President George W. Bush and his lieutenants claimed Iraq possessed doomsday weapons despite contrary evidence collected by ElBaradei's and other arms inspectors inside the country."

Do you think that the needless murder of a million people in a mindless war of aggression will receive as much attention from the American press in the next few weeks as the issue of whether Bill Ayers really wrote Obama's autobiography?

One more reason our country is now hurtling toward dictatorship.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Comment on Birther Mania

Well, birtherism seemed to be dying, but now it is back stronger than ever.  We've got an idiot in a toupee running on top of the Republican pack, on nothing but the birther issue, Michelle Bachmann is pushing the limits again, and even Jerome Corsi, Mr. Swift Boat himself, is publishing a book on the subject.

My readers will know that I have followed this totally bogus "issue" continuously.  In my opinion, it is absolutely no accident that it is coming back, and here is why.  The Repubican party has decided once again that only doom lies ahead for them if they try to fight an election campaign based on issues, or based on their past performance.  So they have determined to do everything they can to see to it that the 2012 election turns into a sick side show, concentrating on nothing but the most nonsensical and irrelevant claims, with a good helping of pure racism thrown in.  They are counting on the mainstream press to aid them in this effort by devoting endless coverage to their idiocy, to the exclusion of any  real discussion of how we got into the mess we are in or how we can get out.  And judging from the past couple of decades, they are fully justified in their confidence that the press will join them in tying the anchor to our necks and pushing us overboard.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

Well, it's about time, huh?  Here's a load of garbage from the right:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "New Tone: Anti-Tea Party Protester Yells Profanity at 14-Year-Old Girl "

The horror!  One person used a dirty word.  It's a national scandal far worse than this, from a Republican official, which is nothing but an innocent joke, and not racist at all:



Tabitha Hale, Red State:  " Barack Obama’s EPA Doesn’t Care About Jobs...The EPA has admitted that they don’t even consider jobs when they do their economic analysis. No really. They don’t even think about the potential impact on unemployment."

Let's see if I can explain this to you, Tabitha.  You see, the EPA exists to protect us from being poisoned by big business.  That's its job.  Do you think they ignore things like that because someone might lose his job?  No, of course you don't.  Like every other paid Republican liar, you don't give a damn about anything but how much money rich people can make.  You don't care how many people lose their jobs, or die, as long as rich people can do whatever they want, without consequences.  So why pretend?  We all know what you are really up to.

Roger Kimball, Pajamas Media:   "It’s OK for the U.S. Govt. to Burn Bibles But Condemn Burning the Koran...it is OK, in the Obama regime  to burn Bibles. Yes, that’s right. Bibles were sent to U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. But the U.S. government determined that  the presence of Bibles in this “devoutly Muslim country” might inflame the natives.  So they burned them."

Great story, Roger.  You really nailed Obama this time.  Oh, except for one thing.  Those bibles you're talking about were burned a couple of years ago, under the Bush administration.  Well, so what, huh?  It's still Obama's fault, I guess.  Think I'm kidding?  Here's an update to Roger's article:

"UPDATE:  ... the actual confiscation of the Bibles (and hence, presumably,  the burning) took place in 2008, on the watch of Geroge W. Bush, not Barack Obama.  I apologize for that error;  butI also  note that it changes the point of the column not one whit."

The point, of course, being that  "...it is OK, in the Obama regime  to burn Bibles."  So, even if they didn't burn bibles, they are still guilty of burning bibles; whereas Bush, who actually did burn bibles is totally innocent.   Well, he is a Repubican, and therefore one of those people that Jesus meant when he talked about those without sin.  You know, the ones that have a right to throw stones.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Atlas Shrugged the Movie Exceeds Expectations at Box Office"

That would be $1.7 million the first weekend, on several hundred screens.  I guess expectations weren't too high.

Jim Hoft (yeah, him again,) Gateway Pundit:  "After 45 Americans Are Killed in Tornadoes… Obama Goes Golfing...there are no reports by the media informing the public about Obama’s golf outing."

The liberal press hides the truth from us again.  Thank heaven for Jim Hoft, or we wouldn't know anything.

Donald Hank, Renew America:  "Does Obama want you dead?  Think long and hard about the answer to that question. There's evidence that he does"

Well, Donald, I thought short and easy about it, and you know what?  You're full of it.  Deal with that, sucka.

World Net Daily:  "Charles Manson bemoans 'damage' to environment"

Even Charlie isn't as crazy as you guys.

World Net Daily:  "Christian publisher ushers in world beyond books... Breaking News...Industry giant explains it now provides 'content,' not pages"

A-fucking-mazing, guys!  What a brilliant idea!  I wonder why no one thought of that before.

And now today's bogus scandal that is going to go nowhere:

Astute Bloggers:  "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OBAMA'S PORTUGUESE WATERDOG, BO?  THE PUPPY DEBUTED TWO YEARS AGO. ANYBODY SEE HIM LATELY?"

I bet Obama ate him.

Astute Bloggers:  "IS OBAMA PLANNING A BIG MIDDLE EAST SCAM? WHY ELSE SEND A FORMER FANNIE MAE LAWYER TO MEET WITH KING ABDULLAH"

Maybe Abdullah is taking out a second mortgage. Or maybe Abdullah ate Bo the Dog.  I guess we'll never know.  Well, enough for one day.  Moderation in all things, I always say.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lazy Green Eagle

Well, Green Eagle has just been too lazy to bother with politics the last few days.  He has just been looking out his window:

and playing with his new toy:


So, yeah, Obama said some nice things lately.  Until I see some sign that he intends to do what he says, I'm not impressed.  I'll spend my time trying to learn Five Long Years.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Reaction to Obama's Speech

I don't give a damn any more what this guy has to say.  No matter what it is, it always turns out to be a cover for another sellout.

I care about what he does, and at this point, that isn't giving me much of a good feeling.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Bottom Line on Obama

Social security, medicare, medicaid, civil rights legislation, protections for workers from the worst depradations of the rich- these are the gifts the Democratic party has given the American people, and they are the reason why the Democratic party deserves to exist.  That is why I will never support anyone who agrees to destroy them, no matter what party he belongs to.

Now, here is what Obama knows perfectly well:  Social security has absolutely nothing to do with the budget deficit; medicare functions on an overhead one tenth of what private insurance costs; without control on them, the rich will succeed in endlessly destroying our economy and then forcing the rest of us to pay the price. Yet he is apparently willing to sacrifice any and all Democratic achievements in order to pander to an ignorant and apathetic segment of the populace known as the "independents,"  thus buying into the Republican core belief that that the American public will vote for whoever lies to them the most.  He is apparently satisfied to sacrifice everything it means to be a Democrat in an attempt to retain his office, relying on an electoral strategy spoon-fed to him by Republicans.  And he is clearly not willing to stand up to the Republican propaganda which is only designed to mask the real causes of our current devastation.

I will not support Obama in any way if he tampers with these landmark Democratic programs in order to pursue what he foolishly thinks is his own self-interest.  I don't care what the cost is, because the cost of allowing the leader of the Democratic party to destroy its greatest accomplishments is far greater.

Green Eagle Give Up

For 525,000 Euros, you could be living here, about 10 miles from Montepulciano, and 5 miles from Lake Trasimeno.

Wouldn't this be a nice place to sit and watch the United States devolve into a third world dictatorship?  Since that's what we are living through, we might at least be somewhere where the food is good, and people have learned to spot a fascist when they see one.

How's your day going?

All I've Got To Say

Barack Obama has all of the appearance of being one of the stupidest persons in history to be president of anything.  Either that, or he's a totally corrupt criminal who is also a phenomenally talented liar.

I could be wrong, but I don't think so.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bad Obama News of the Day

A little story to churn your stomach, from The Washington Post:

"President Obama this week will lay out a new approach to reducing the nation’s soaring debt, proposing reductions in spending on entitlements such as Medicare and Medicaid...(David Plouffe)said that though Obama does not think Social Security liabilities are a primary driver of the nation’s deficit and debt, the president would be open to discussing that, too...."

I promise you, Barack, if you go there you will never get one second of support from me again.  And guess what? I believe there are millions of Democrats like me who have some sense of decency too, and won't support a man who is a sellout to the rich, no matter what party he belongs to.  You claim to admire FDR, but you apparently don't have a clue about what he did to create a country that worked for the middle class for fifty years, until it was dismantled on behalf of the greedy rich.  We now see you as a weak, indifferent failure.  Take the steps mentioned above and we will see you as evil.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Big Deal

I just read that Obama is looking good for reelection.

Great.  Four more years of slightly-less-than-totally-abominable.

I guess that's all we deserve any more.

And Just In Case You'd Forgotten

Time to run this again:

If you 're interested, you might like to read this article from Daily Kos this morning, which also features this graphic, and which explains in some detail how Bill Clinton created the largest budget surpluses in the history of the country, and how the Republicans under George Bush deliberately turned them into the largest deficits in history, by stealing the money and giving it to the rich.

As a minor sidelight, I'd like to point out that Clinton created his surpluses through something called the "Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act," a neutral name if ever there was one; Bush destroyed the economy through something he chose to call the "Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001."

Economic growth indeed.

Just a Link

To another excellent example of the mainstream media's sellout of the country to the rich, this one from John Cole, via Atrios.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Everything You Need to Know About the Republican Budget Proposal

From whom else?
A small sample follow, but  this is a great summation of the situation, and you should read it in its entirety.

"... the G.O.P. plan turns out not to be serious at all. Instead, it’s simultaneously ridiculous and heartless...Republicans have once again gone all in for voodoo economics — the claim, refuted by experience, that tax cuts pay for themselves....the proposal calls for spending on items other than Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — but including defense — to fall from 12 percent of G.D.P. last year to 6 percent of G.D.P. in 2022, and just 3.5 percent of G.D.P. in the long run.

That last number is less than we currently spend on defense alone"


Which, of course, they won't agree to cut in any way.  So as any sentient person could have predicted, the whole thing is a malicious lie, like all Republican economic proposals. There's only one small thing I disagree with Krugman about, and it's when he says this:

"So the pundits who praised this proposal when it was released were punked."

It's long past time when anyone could possibly believe that.  These "pundits" are not victims, they are collaborators, willingly spreading any lie which benefits the rich, in order to keep their jobs.  Maybe he can't attack his fellow journalists or he will lose his too, and God knows with Frank Rich and Bob Herbert gone, we need someone sane at the Times, so I'll cut him some slack; but it's about time the American people figure out that, when the entire mainstream press corps supports the wrong side of the argument hundreds of times in a row, something more than gullibility is going on.

Funny, No One is Suggesting Budget Cuts Here

Some depressing news from Salon:

"Liberty University, the evangelical private Christian school founded by dead apartheid-supporting bigot Jerry Falwell, received $445 million in federal financial aid last year. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, by the way, received $420 million from the federal government."

Food stamps, no.  Nauseating, vicious right wing lies, yes.  Did any Democrat, during the course of the party's latest budget collapse, draw their own line in the sand, and state openly that they would not vote for any budget bill that included a penny for this evil institution?  I guess Republicans are allowed to pretend they are acting on some kind of principles (even though we all know they are a pack of corrupt criminals who don't give a damn about right and wrong) but Democrats have given up on the principle thing altogether.  Obama's Democratic party seems to be operating on the basis of "vote for me- see, I don't believe in anything."

Friday, April 8, 2011

Guess Who Is The Most Violent

Crooks and Liars has a post today about a study tracking violence by State.  Here is something I noticed about the results:  Seven of the ten most violent States voted Republican in 2008, and eight of the ten least violent States voted Democratic.

Boy, I bet you are surprised about that, huh?

And for another not so surprising result of the study:

"The institute also found that peace has a major impact on the economy. If the U.S. had that same level of peacefulness as Canada, there would be a positive economic effect of over $361 billion, and it would generate 2.7 million jobs."

There's not really much to say about things like this.  We all know they are true, but apparently there is nothing we can do about  them.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

They Never Met a Dictator

They didn't love:

"Sen. James Inhofe still supporting Gbagbo in Ivory Coast and says he has proof election results are wrong...and he called the French murderers for stepping in and trying to help sort the situation out."

The nation's most powerful climate change denier is also quite a dictator denier too.  He claims that Gbagbo is a man of the people, and the French are over there, for some reason, slaughtering thousands. 

Well, there really are no words to describe how contemptible this sort of thing is, but it apparently doesn't bother a large segment of the American people to see one of their political parties supporting tyrants decade after decade.  The Dems aren't all that much better, but at least they have the self respect to show a little shame about their behavior.  As far as Republicans are concerned, no one counts if they are too poor to chip in to the Keep Republicans in Power fund.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Another Sign that Satan May Not Have Won Quite Yet

This news, from the New York Times:

"Glenn Beck to End Daily Fox News Program...His departure was jointly announced in a statement on Wednesday by Fox and Mr. Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts. The statement did not specify an end date for the show, called “Glenn Beck,” which has been telecast at 5 p.m. on Fox News since early 2009. Mr. Beck’s contract with Fox ends in December."

Of course, the Times can't let it go without giving Beck a little wet kiss on the way out the door:

"Mr. Beck is a hugely popular figure on Fox News, averaging 2.2 million viewers each weekday, though his ratings have fallen somewhat in the last year."

In this case, "fallen somewhat" being a loss of over a third of his watchers in the last six months- something which, in the case of Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann would be described as a catastrophic collapse, proving that they speak for no one.

This is a phenomenon we are all too familiar with, most notably in the way that, whenever Obama's approval rating gets down to 45% it is taken as an utter repudiation of everything he stands for, while it meant absolutely nothing when George Bush's approval rating was at 22%.

Well, anyway, apparently there are some people that are still too crazy for the teabaggers, although I wonder if his ratings collapse isn't really a result of right wingers finally figuring out that he's gay.

Wingnut Wrapup

I've been really busy at work, which has cut down on my ignorant carping here at Green Eagle, but there's always time for the wingnuts, right?  Here's a load of their "wisdom" for the day:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Predictable. Pelosi Responds to Ryan Plan With Her Usual Poison"

And what is that poison?  According to Jim, it's this twitter:

"The GOP Ryan budget is a path to poverty for America's seniors & children and a road to riches for big oil"

Thus, we get another lesson in something we know all too well:  To the Republicans, truth is poison.

Bryan Fisher, Renew America:  "Hey Libs: listen to yourselves: beheadings are your fault"

Believe me, you don't want to know the idiotic logic that led Bryan to claim that.  Well, here's a sample:

"conservatives blame, you know, actual perpetrators for their crimes, meaning we don't blame Pastor Jones"

But, of course, a few sentences above, he did blame liberals, who were not the "actual perpetrators" of these murders either, and in fact had no connection with them in any way.  You just can't win.

Warner Todd Huston, Renew America:  "factually it is an outrage to say that King gave his life defending unions."

Even though he was shot while leading union protests.  Other than that, it's an outrage.  This is particularly painful to right wingers like Warner, who are so dedicated to preserving the legacy of Martin Luther King.  On the other hand, maybe he was talking about Don King.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Why are Republicans afraid of shutdown?"

Remember what happened last time Republicans tried this infantile trick, Joseph?  No? Oh, well, then...

Matt C. Abbott, Renew America:  "Catholic parish warns against using social network sites"

Yeah, kids might meet a priest on there.

Politico:  "Tea partiers warn GOP on dealmaking"

Yeah, or they'll come marching on the capitol- all six dozen of them.

Chris Field, Town Hall:  "Mary Katharine Ham: The Swift Death of the New Tone"

Listen, Mary, here's my advice:  Try a Tube Screamer.  Get one of the expensive ones with the germanium transistors.  That should solve your tone problem.  It worked for Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Note: If this doesn't make any sense to you, please move on to the next comment.

David Limbaugh:  "Do you believe Rep. Paul Ryan when he says we only have a few years left to get our fiscal house in order, or we're going to face European-type austerity?"

European-type austerity:  Do you mean higher pay, shorter work weeks, longer vacations, guaranteed medical care, longer life span, lower infant death rates, less crime, more upward mobility, a better division of wealth?  You mean austerity like that, David?  Because that's what they have in Europe.  Of course, you wouldn't know about that, since you do very well sponging off your brother's reputation and don't have to worry about people who have to work for a living.

World Net Daily Exclusive:  "American states to Obama administration: Drop dead! "

Almost right there, guys.  I think that should read:  American Republicans to American people: Drop Dead!"

World Net Daily:  "Prepare for 'The Return of the Great Depression'

You must be so proud.  You worked so hard to make it happen.

World Net Daily:  "A federal magistrate in Washington, D.C., yesterday asked an attorney who claims Iraqi agents were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to provide her with documentation to prove his contention, reports the Oklahoman."

Boy, she's going to be waiting a long time for that.

Red State:  "We saw it coming, didn’t we?  “It’s not that I want to punish your success,” Obama explained. “I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too."

The cad!  He wants everyone to have a chance.  And we know who he's talking about, don't we?

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" Stakes GOP Claim to Fiscal Responsibility"

Well, if you mean the way those people in vampire movies stake Dracula, then I guess I can sort of agree with you.

Arlen Williams, Renew America:  "Yesterday, Glenn Beck revealed to whomever has eyes to see, that the "We are One" rallies and the "Fight Back Teach-In" are smoking gun evidence of nationwide and worldwide, Marxofascist insurrection."

Sure, sure.  Are you positive you've been taking your medication, Arlen?  It really does help.


Enough!  Don't worry- I'll have more real soon.

Global Warming? Nonsense!

From the AP:

"GENEVA – The depletion of the ozone layer shielding Earth from damaging ultraviolet rays has reached an unprecedented low over the Arctic this spring because of harmful chemicals and a cold winter, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday.
The Earth's fragile ozone layer in the Arctic region has suffered a loss of about 40 percent from the start of winter until late March, exceeding the previous seasonal loss of about 30 percent, the World Meteorological Organization said.
The Geneva-based agency blamed the loss on a buildup of ozone-eating chemicals once widely used as coolants and fire retardants in a variety of appliances and on very cold temperatures in the stratosphere"

Do not look at the man behind the curtain.  He is not really there. Who are you going to believe, anyway, a bunch of scientists or the Koch brothers?

Things Working Out in Cote d'Ivoire, I Guess

From The Guardian:

"As he sheltered in the basement of his presidential palace surrounded by forces loyal to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, the UN said that it had received calls from Gbagbo's three top generals – the head of the armed forces, the head of the police and the head of the elite republican guard – offering to negotiate terms for surrender in return for guarantees of safety."

How about this for terms:  A quick shot to the back of the head, and we won't let the crowds drag you through the street for three or four hours first. I think that's just about fair.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is...

Well, take your pick:  McCain, Lieberman or Graham:

"In the Senate, those demanding even harsher prosecution of the Libya war include the three amigos. John McCain, warning that "the blood of Americans is on Qaddafi's hands," has called for arming the insurgents, whom Joe Lieberman has praised as "freedom fighters." Linsdey Graham wants to know why we don't just take out the Libyan leader like Reagan tried to do: "Who would be mad at us," he pressed Pentagon chief Robert Gates yesterday, "if we dropped a bomb on Qaddafi?"

Here's the curious thing about their hawkish swagger: In August of 2009 — not even two years ago — McCain, Lieberman, Graham traveled to Tripoli to shake the bloody hand of the freedom-depriving dictator they now want to assassinate... the three amigos had a chummy visit with the Qaddafi clan: Lieberman expressed delight at the thaw in U.S.-Libyan relations...the Connecticut independent praised Libya as an "important ally" in the War on Terror"

I don't think any comment is necessary.

Remember Those Death Panels?

How about this?

"(The Florida Senate Budget Committee)  voted to slash health care spending for transplant recipients and other "medically needy" patients with catastrophic illness but who lack sufficient insurance coverage."

Not only were there no death panels in the Obama health care reform bill, but the very Republicans that screamed this lie so loudly would have been perfectly happy if there had been.  So happy in fact that they are enacting death panels themselves.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Special Wingnut Wrapup

Well, folks, here's a special "treat!"  It's an entire Wingnut Wrapup from one single website!  It's one I just stumbled across, and I have to say that its author, one Bobbi Lea, is a busy little beaver when it comes to spreading the hate.  There's so much  really astounding information to learn from Bobbi, so let's just dive right in:

"No More 'Way of the Jungle' For White, Christian Children - Saggy Pants For Arkansas School Kids OUT "

Saggy pants. Arkansas ranks 44th in education among the states.  It's comforting to see them concentrating on what's really important to their children.

"8 United Nations Servants Killed As Afghans Protest Quran-Burning In Jew Controlled U.S."

Bobbi doesn't have much to say about the racist right wing Christians who actually burned the Quran.  Oh no, they're not at fault at all.  It's the Jews.

"Saudi Royal Family Conceal Their Jewish Origin"

Bet you'd have never figured that one out on your own.

"Insects Will Be Important Part of UK Diet By 2020"

Bobbi, did you ever taste their regular food? You probably don't get that much of it down there is Dogbutt, Mississippi or wherever you're from, and I suspect that you're not much of a world traveler, so take it from me:  Bugs might be a step up for them.
 
"The Incompetence and Shame of the Jew Controlled Military: U.S. Led Troops Kill Three Afghan Civilians, Injured In The Process"

Petraeus...Oh, that's a Jewish name for sure.

"Government May Shut Down, But Jew Riddled Congress Will Still Get Paid"

They want to get paid, and they can't even figure out a Jewish riiddle!  What, you mean like "How many Rabbis does it take to bake a Purim cookie?"

"Meat From Offspring Of Cloned Animals To Hit The Shelves In UK - White Christian Families Unaware They Are Eating Satanic Food "

See my remark above.  Satanic food or bubble and squeak...We report- you decide.  Why is this loon so obsessed with British food?  Now there's a real riddle.

"Gandhi Was A Bisexual Sodomite - Jew Bodybuilder Took Possession of His Soul and Put Him Into (gay sex) Slavery With A Vengeance"

 A Jewish bodybuilder? Who do you think is going to believe that one, Bobbi?  Of course, you probably think Arnold Schwarzenegger is Jewish.  And maybe Jean Claude Van Damme too.

"Abortion Survivor Gianna Jessen - Tells All About Christ Killing, Jew Abortion Doctors"

The same ones that killed Christ?  Retire already, guys, and give someone else a chance to abort all those Jews.

"Jew Terrorists Running The U.S: 50,000 Manufacturing Jobs Have Been Lost Every Month Since 2001"

Say, am I starting to detect a theme running through a lot of these comments?  Listen, Bobbi, here's a friendly suggestion:  I really think your intellect is more suited to musing about baggy pants.  Think it over.

"Are Jew-U.S. government microwave mind-control tests causing TV presenters' brains to melt down?"

Man, I could buy into that one.

"Galactic and Solar Violence - Jew Controlled U.S. Pathetically Unprepared"

Yes, you read that right- it is all the fault of the Jews that we are totally unready to fight off the next wave of galactic violence to hit our shores.  Like I said, Bobbi is really devoted to laying out the real threats that we are facing.  Yes Sir!   And just who is this all-wise Bobbi Lea?

"Bobbi Lea is associated with no group or organization, but under the direct Command and Leadership of Almighty God"

An almighty God with a nasty taste in practical jokes, apparently.

"All statements and links I have posted here are documented facts, via history and the Holy Bible. Should you become offended and outraged, your true hatred lies with YAHWEH the Christ, who is Almighty God. And you have hated Him long before you hated me."

And did we hate him before we decided that you were a stupid, lying, racist, hate-filled pig?  That's my Jewish riddle for the day.

A Tale of Two Demonstrations

Well, here's something to ponder when you consider what the American people really want.

Last week, there was another national tea party in Washington.  The event was promoted for several weeks, and featured  Representatives Michelle Bachmann and Mike Pence, heroes of the teabag movement.  Here's a picture:
And yes, as usual here at Green Eagle, this picture shows the largest number of people I could find, not surprising for an event that drew a crowd described by numerous sources as in the dozens.  The dozens, at a national march!  And yet this farce was reported in numerous major publications, most of which carefully avoided being too specific about how many people showed up.

Now, here is another event from this week, which interested the media far less:

This is a crowd of several thousand that showed up to protest Republican attacks on working people, in the State of New Hampshire, which has a population of under a million and a half.  Needless to say, it was basically ignored by the press.

Once again, I must point out that the Tea Party basically does not exist.  It is a bought-and-paid-for dumb show created to enable the press to claim that a substantial number of people in this country are so stupid that they actually support destroying their own lives in order to increase the wealth of the rich.  These two pictures are all you need to know how the real people of America feel.  Unfortunately, in the face of the Republican juggernaut, our opinions do not count for much.

The Party of the Constitution Strikes Again

The list of abuses perpetrated by the Republicans, who scream every day that only they care about our constitution, grows by the day.  Here is the newest chapter:

"The House narrowly passed legislation on Friday that calls for a House-passed FY 2011 spending bill to become law should the Senate fail to approve a spending bill by April 6...The bill, H.R. 1255, was approved over bitter Democratic opposition in a 221-202 vote in which no Democrats supported it, and 15 Republicans opposed it."

"Several Democrats argued that the measure is unconstitutional"

Several Democrats "argued" that it is unconstitutional to declare something a law when it has only been passed by one house of congress?  Does that imply that someone could seriously "argue" that such a thing just might be constitutional?  Have we reached such a state of craven corruption in our country that 221 members of Congress could without shame vote to support this illegal, dictatorial measure, and the notion that lies behind it- that anything they want to do is okay, if they can get away with it?

Prophets are said to be without honor in their own country, so I expect no one to listen to me, but mark my words: this is one more step (and a pretty big one) toward the totalitarian government that is looming ahead in the very near future, if the party of patriots have their way.  This country is dying the death of a thousand cuts, at the hands of the Republican party and their rich masters.