Monday, April 30, 2012

Republicans Spell Out Their Plans for Our Retirement

Courtesy of Ellen Meade at American Thinker, where they are always on the cutting edge of Conservative ideology:

"Work 'til You Drop: Is that such a bad idea?...maybe it's time for politicians to stop pandering when it comes to shoring up the system and instead rethink the retirement entitlement altogether.

Maybe we just need to look back at our history.

In the early 1900s, nearly 80 percent of Americans over the age of 65 had a job.  Dora Costa, an economic historian at UCLA, says people stopped working only if they were no longer physically able to.  They expected to work as long as they lived.

Is that such a terrible thing?"

And what could make more sense than going back to that?  Work till you die.  Not so bad for Mitt Romney, whose "work" consists of collecting $20 million a year for doing nothing, but how about those eighty year old ditch diggers and waitresses?  Well, they do have another option- in the coming Republican America, where only the rich have medical care, old people could just go back to croaking at 60 or 65.  And, as the man said, if they really can't work, "are there no workhouses?" 

There is just no end to the sociopathic greed of Conservatives.  These hateful people are going to take us back to the short, brutish life that people had a thousand years ago, if we give them the chance.  Of course, they aren't planning to go on the trip with us; no, they will still have their five houses and their car elevators.  After all, they deserve those things, don't they?  It's all the rest of us that deserve to die young and to work until we do.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

They never stop...

Let's just start out with the most preposterous right wing lie of the day:

Town Hall:  "Obama Overrides Congress in Order to Send $192 Billion to Palestinian Authority"

$192 billion!  Yes, that's what Obama is giving to the Palestinians! One seventh of our entire national budget!  By comparison, the 2012 budget for the Department of Education is $79 billion, for the Department of Energy it's $43 billion, for the Homeland Security department it's $46 billion, a grand total of $13 billion for the Department of the Interior...I could go on here, but I bet you already got the point.  Can anyone be stupid enough to believe the lie that Obama can just send close to $200 billion to any foreigners he chooses?  I guess they can.

And just in case you think I am kidding about this:



Daniel Daugherty, Town Hall:  "Charles Krauthammer: “There was No Reason to Make [Bin Laden Ad] Negative"...Of course, as shown in the segment above, Charles Krauthammer is referring to the slanderous attack ad released by the Obama reelection campaign that suggests Mitt Romney wouldn’t have given Operation Geronimo (the killing of Bin Laden in Pakistan) the green light if he were president.  What a disgrace. We’ve certainly seen a number of negative campaign ads this election cycle, to be sure, but none have been as cheap and unsettling as this."

"I do not concur in the words of Barack Obama in a plan to enter an ally of ours... I don't think those kinds of comments help in this effort to draw more friends to our effort."-- Mitt Romney, quoted by Reuters in 2008, on the United States entering Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden.

This incident is a sample of the currently developing Republican 2012 electoral strategy to shout down any attempt by Obama to point out anything negative about Romney.  The Republicans know they have just bought into an unappealing loser, so they are going to scream and whine every time someone points this out.

Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "Young Voters: Obama’s a Cool President, and You’re a Broke Clod Living with Mommy"

Well, at least you aren't broke, Doug.  No, you get paid plenty to fabricate lies and smears on behalf of corporate America.  I bet you are so proud of yourself, to be doing so well in hard times. It's a great moral weakness on the part of those other young people that they won't whore themselves out to the rich, like you.

Emmett Tyrell, Town Hall:  "I Take the Secret Service Scandal Personally"

What caused the Secret Service to go to prostitutes, according to Emmett?  Bill Clinton and affirmative action.  One blow job and they threw a century of standards out of the window.  And it's all the Democrats' fault. As usual.

Ion Pacepa, PJ Media:  "The Cartagena sexcapade dramatically proves that the Democratic Party’s new anti-Americanism has even started eating away at the patriotism of one of the most patriotic American institutions, the Secret Service"

Gee, and here I thought it was Bill Clinton's blow job.

Rand Simberg, PJ Media:  "Liberals are unable to understand the moral universe of conservatives."

Oh, we understand it, Rand.  It just makes us sick to our stomachs to think about it.

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE:  "Webcam abortions on way out?"

You know what?  I don't even want to know what this was supposed to be about.

Howard Richman & Raymond Richman, American Thinker:  "Does global warming cause extreme weather?  In short, there are two competing theories."

Two theories:  the one the scientists have, and the one paid for by the oil companies.  Take your choice.

Fay Voshell, American Thinker:  "The European Union has set the entire continent on the fast track to a materialistic hell"

Hell:  a shorter work week, five weeks paid vacation, guaranteed medical care and pensions, a longer life span, lower infant mortality, better beer.  Man, what would you call that but hell?

Astute Bloggers:  "OBAMA BRAGS ABOUT GETTING OSAMA, BUT HE LOST THE MIDDLE EAST"

Because the Middle East is only won when it is ruled entirely by dictators.  Turning Middle Eastern countries over to their own people is SUCH a foreign policy disaster.

Nancy French, National Review Online:  "I’m a White Republican Raising a Black Child: Deal with It"

No.  No thanks.  Deal with it yourself.  Really, the rest of us don't care.

Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online:  "Is Progressive Rock Conservative"

Well, since it's mostly really bad and stupid, it probably is.  And by the way, what could be more "conservative" than writing an article about music that normal people stopped listening to about forty years ago?

Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "Folks, there is a downright scary connection between ObamaCare and the Trayvon Martin case."

Really.  That's what Lloyd has to say.  Let's not get too concerned about why- you already know it doesn't make any sense.

Ann Romney:  "I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us."

Admittedly, it's a bit easier when you have a car elevator, but then let's not quibble over the details. But Ann loves the fact that lots of women have to actually have a job and raise children too.  I bet she wouldn't love it so much if it were her having to do that.

William Bigelow, Breitbart.com:  "Planned Parenthood Wages War on Unborn Women"

By daring to go against the will of Catholic priests, the one group that apparently cares more about women than anyone else on earth.  After all, if it weren't for women, where would teenage boys come from?

And now, a brilliant piece of investigative journalism, from a comment on a post at Breitbart.com:

"Did the Secret Service have  WOMEN waiting for Obama when his wife was not with him?????"

I need hardly point out how much more likely that became, when Breitbart.com put four question marks at the end there.  It's almost a certainty now.

Madeline Crabb, Renew America:  "Have we sealed our fate? Yes and no. We are already at the edge of the proverbial cliff. One more "crisis" might push us over. Of this we should be mindful because Presidential Advisor, Rahm Emanuel, likes crises, and will manipulate them, no matter how dire, to promote Obama's cause of the week."

Oh sure...Madeline, Rahm Emmanuel left the White House in October, 2010.  Look it up.

Andrew Klavan, Pajamas Media:  "You no longer worry about pollution, because you know that once free people become annoyed by it, other free people will fix it with cleaner fuel-burning methods and filters. Where are the pea soups of London? Where are the smogs of Los Angeles?  So screw Earth Day. "

Where are they?  They went away because of GOVERNMENT REGULATION, you ignorant, lying dick.  "Free people," i.e. corporations, never did a damned thing to deal with pollution that they weren't forced to do.

Joe Kovacs, World Net Daily:  "Colombian prostitutes really Russian spies?"

No, they're actually nuclear scientists.  Or maybe professional hockey players.

Cal Thomas, Town Hall:  ""The war on terror is over," or so claims an unnamed senior State Department official, as reported by National Journal's Michael Hirsh"

This story has been all over the wingnut world the last couple of days.  An "unnamed" guy says something, and it is an opportunity to savage Obama and everything he ever did.  If you've got nothing, make something up.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Obama’s Attack on Family Farms Comes Straight From the Marxist Handbook...Barack Obama is attacking the family farm – an American tradition.  The administration’s Department of Labor implemented new regulations to restrict children from working on the family farm"

Child labor laws are Communism. 

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant: “Democrats Have One Mission in Life: to Abort Children”

That's it- aborting children.  That's all they care about.  What happened to Communism and Jihad?

And while we're on the subject, what happened to a shred of self-respect on the right?  Nothing is too stupid for them.  They wallow in it.  They're addicted to stupidity and lies.  And like meth heads, ninety percent of them are hopeless.  Really, there's nothing we can do but wait until they get old and die, and hope the next generation isn't so horrible.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Still Wrong About BushTorture

Reuters reports this rather unsurprising finding:

"A nearly three-year-long investigation by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats is expected to find there is little evidence the harsh "enhanced interrogation techniques" the CIA used on high-value prisoners produced counter-terrorism breakthroughs."

Unsurprising, but wrong headed.  To this day, virtually no one is ready to accept the ugly truth about the Bush Administration's degradation of our country by resorting to torture. 

In fact, the torture was extremely successful.  This is because its purpose was never to discover the truth.  When the miserable lies Bush, Cheney, Colin Powell, et. al. told to get us into our Iraq aggression became painfully clear, they needed something, anything to justify what they had done.  Torture was used not to find the truth but to force the victims to tell lies- the lies that Bush wanted to hear- the lies that Saddam did have weapons of mass destruction, that he did have links with Al Qaeda.  And in this, they were totally successful.  Torture those poor suckers enough and they said anything we wanted them to- even the preposterous claim that Cheney was telling the truth for once in his rotten life.

The American people, and their representatives in the press, are still not ready to face the fact that a treasonous, seditious pack of corrupt criminals has totally seized control of what was once a fairly legitimate political party, and is knowingly guiding our country to ruin as it plunders every scrap of wealth we have.  Until they are ready to confront this ugly reality, they will never be able to deal with it, and the Republicans will continue to destroy our way of life.

Friday, April 27, 2012

A Tale of Two Speeches

Just go here and watch the short compilation of excerpts from two speeches, by Obama and Romney, delivered at colleges over the last few days.  It is hilarious.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Lie That Is Austerity

In a single chart, from (whom else?) Paul Krugman:

In the world of economics, where everything is affected by everything else, this is an absolutely stunning correlation. 

"Austerity," like so many pro-business, conservative doctrines is nothing but a gigantic lie to justify making the 99% pay for the sociopathic greed of the rich.  The very serious people who populate our news media insist over and over again, that austerity is the only path to economic recovery, even though, in every case where it is applied, the exact opposite happens.  And so we continue down the slippery and, as you can see from the above chart, quite steep slope toward the destruction of our way of life.

Obama's Real Father Finally Discovered!

By the ever-accurate Swift Boat master Jerome Corsi, who has the following to report at World Net Daily:

"With the release this July of Joel Gilbert’s full-length documentary, “Dreams from My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception,” the mystery deepens regarding who Obama really is.

Gilbert rejects the official story that the Kenyan-born Barack Obama was the president’s father.

Instead, he argues, Frank Marshall Davis, the radical poet and journalist who was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, was the real, biological and ideological father of Barack Obama.

“I decided to investigate Frank Marshall Davis. His close physical resemblance to Obama was shocking, while Obama little resembled the Kenyan Obama,” Gilbert said. “How could this be?”

Gilbert launched into what became two years of research..."

And here, in the clearest pictorial form, is the result of that research.  Sit down before you read any farther- you are in for a dreadful shock:

Yes, there's the proof, the result of two years of thorough, exhausting scholarship!  Anyone can see the truth of this comparison.  Obama has his head tipped to his RIGHT, just like Frank Marshall Davis, while Barack Obama Sr. has his head tipped to his LEFT!  Could anything be more conclusive?  And as for any other resemblance or non-resemblance, well, they all look the same, right?

Now, before we get too carried away with this sensational finding, however, I want to point out a couple of possible problems here.  First of all, if Frank Marshall Davis is Obama's real father, that sort of ends the Kenya thing, doesn't it?  So, maybe Jerome Corsi needs to find a foreign black person to be Obama's real father, like, say, Idi Amin, who pretty much looks every bit as much like Obama as Framk Marshall Davis does, don't you think?

Actually, the people that I think ought to be concerned about an alleged descent from Barack Obama Sr. are the heirs of this guy:

 I mean, his head is even turned in the right direction. 

Well, now that Jerome and I have cooperated to ruin your day, I think I'll just get back to my latest nap.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Another Strange Malformation of Reality

It may be three or four hundred years before I would have a chance to report something like this again, so I'm not going to miss the chance:

2012 STANDINGS

American League Central

Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
Minnesota Twins
Kansas City Royals

And this is the season when the Clippers almost won their division.  I don't know if we can blame this on global warming, or what, but it sure is strange.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Debtor's Prison

Think it ended sometime back around Charles Dickens' time?  Think there are some things that are so barbaric and destructive that even the most greedy and hateful among us would never turn the clock back to when they existed?  Think again:

"How did breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay end up behind bars? She didn't pay a medical bill -- one the Herrin, Ill., teaching assistant was told she didn't owe. "She got a $280 medical bill in error and was told she didn't have to pay it," The Associated Press reports. "But the bill was turned over to a collection agency, and eventually state troopers showed up at her home and took her to jail in handcuffs."
Although the U.S. abolished debtors' prisons in the 1830s, more than a third of U.S. states allow the police to haul people in who don't pay all manner of debts..."

No contraception.  No Social Security or Medicare.  No college for the poor, and for that matter, not much of any public education system.  No health care for the poor either.   No law for the rich, and nothing but punishment and deprivation for everyone else. 

And yet such a huge majority is not willing to see the horror that is staring this country in the face, while the hyper rich spend billions to keep them blind.  We are in the process of retreating into a nation of the ugliest barbarity, while people still parade around screaming about how we're the greatest country ever.  I know talk like this seems like the grossest exaggeration to most Americans, but unfortunately, it is all too true.

Bush Immigration Policy Worked!

Yes, finally we can see the proof- the Bush administration policy to bring illegal immigration to a standstill has paid off:

"Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less...The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally—the net migration flow from Mexico to the U.S. has stopped and may have reversed."

And all Bush and Cheney had to do to accomplish this amazing feat was crush our economy so there were no jobs to be had here!  Why couldn't those Democratic smarty pants elitists have thought of that?  Once again, proof of the superiority of Republican policy.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

Long time Wingnut Wrapup readers (if there are any, which I doubt...) may have noticed that it's getting longer and longer between editions.  As election season gets under way, I'm afraid that right wingers have gotten so vicious that it's hard to find much humor there.  The lies and the smears are the same, but they are so filled with bitterness and antagonism that I can't imagine anyone finding them amusing.  So, here's the best of a bad crop from the last couple of weeks.  I don't expect that this is going to get any easier before November, sad to say:

Star Parker, Town Hall:  "Barack Obama won 95 percent of the black vote and 67 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2008 – is there anything Republicans can do to turn around what seems to be an inevitable train wreck for their Party?"

Yeah, Star.  Republicans could stop being a pack of racist slime.  Fat chance of that, huh?

Katie Kieffer, Town Hall:  "Christ recognized as “good” a legitimate form of human government that espouses freedom, private property rights and representative authority. So, if you call yourself a Christian (as President Obama does) then I think you must also be a capitalist."

God in heaven above, capitalism didn't exist until about 1500 years after Christ.  Can there be anything more pathetic on the face of the earth than people that lie about their own God?  And "private property rights?"  Nothing Jesus cared about more than cutting the estate tax and doing away with zoning restrictions.  What a bunch of asses, huh?

Steve Maley, Red State:  "Fracking is Blamed for … Well, Everything, Really."

Wrong, Steve.  Fracking is not blamed for wingnuts like you being so damned dumb.  You get the credit for that all by yourselves.  Unless someone's been pumping oilfield waste into your brains.  You know, now that I think about it, maybe that is the explanation.

David Limbaugh, Renew America:  "Ousting Obamacare would protect us"

From what?  Health?

John Ransom, Town Hall:  "Obama's War on Women Continues"

OBAMA's war on women.  What can you say?  John explains his "point:"

"The number one enemy of women’s health is a poor economy, and when it comes to the economy, Democrats are responsible for the worst recovery since the Great Depression."

Of course, John forgets to mention who was responsible for causing the worst economic collapse since the great depression.  Hint: it was the same party as in 1929.

Dr,. Ingrid Rimland Zundel, Veterans Today:  "Notwithstanding the inability of Adolf Hitler to permanently liberate Europe, it behooves us to appreciate that what he achieved was not done in vain."

Thanks for your insight into twentieth century history, Dr. Ingrid.  I'm sure you know how much we all appreciate your promoting your views.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Sarah Palin on Hilary Rosen’s Attacks on Ann Romney: “We Will Be Silent No More!”

Sarah, when were you ever silent?

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "Democrat-Led Senate Planning Buffett Rule Vote"

The horror!  The abuse of the Constitution!  The Democrats are using their majority status in the Senate to introduce a bill!  How dare they!

Douglas McKinnon, Town Hall:  "At what point in a nation where approximately 80% of the citizens identify themselves as "Christians" will Christian candidates defend themselves and their faith from the bigoted and deliberate smears of far-left journalists?"

At such a point, I expect, that anything like that actually happens. 

A. J. DeCinto, Renew America:  "The most frighteningly monstrous vampire squid"

Just thought I would bring you a new high (low?) in metaphors for Barack.

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "Negroes With Guns"

No, really.  She actually wrote a column titled "Negroes with Guns."  What can you say?  Here's some more of Ann's historical wisdom:

"For more than a hundred years, Republicans have aggressively supported arming blacks, so they could defend themselves against Democrats. "

Oh, okay then.  I never knew that, Ann.  So when you racist right wingers scream your heads off about violent black crime, it's all your own fault, right?

Town Hall:  "Secret Service calls Nugent over anti-Obama screed..."We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November," Nugent said of the Obama administration.  He also included a cryptic pronouncement: "If Barack Obama becomes the next president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year...Nugent said he was simply trying to galvanize voters."

Simply trying to galvanize voters...galvanize them to do what, kill Obama?

Daniel J. Flynn, Renew America:  "Imagine no income tax"

Imagine no roads.  Imagine no police and firemen.  Imagine no schools.  Sound good so far?  I could keep going here.

Karin McQuillan, Renew America:  "What President in his right mind would authorize an attack on any mom as a woman who "never worked a day in her life"?

Well, probably none, and since Hillary Rosen was not an Obama campaign worker, but a CNN employee who likely conspired with her fellow miserable worm Wolf Blitzer to fabricate a phony controversy, certainly not this one.  Here's a question for Karin, however:  what Presidential candidate would ask for an endorsement from a guy with a history of making death threats against Democrats, and then ignore the whole thing when that jackass threatened the life of our current President?

Drew Zahn, World Net Daily:  "Campus Christians forced to accept Muslim leaders?  Christian students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., are fighting an administration policy that dictates “all comers” be eligible for leadership in student organizations, even if they don’t share the groups’ faith.  In fact, under the policy put into effect earlier this year, campus groups’ leadership requirements can no longer “discriminate” on race, faith, gender or sexual orientation"

The horror.

Michael Barone, Town Hall:  "I don't know how many times I've seen liberal commentators look back with nostalgia to the days when a young man fresh out of high school or military service could get a well-paying job on an assembly line at a unionized auto factory that could carry him through to a comfortable retirement.

As it happens, I grew up in Detroit and for a time lived next door to factory workers. And I know something that has eluded the liberal nostalgiacs. Which is that people hated those jobs.  The assembly-line work was boring and repetitive."

Not quite as boring as losing your home and starving to death, but still...

Andrea Ryan, Gateway Pundit:  "Nugent Exercises His First Amendment Right… Army Soldiers Get Punished"

Punished?  PUNISHED?  You call it punished when they don't have to listen to a loudmouthed has-been who hasn't had a hit in forty years?  They should count themselves lucky.

Madeline Crabb, Renew America:  "It is clear that our federal government is hell-bent on equalizing the playing field between what they call the rich and poor."

Will the abominations never cease!

World Net Daily:  "WASHINGTON – Most Americans don’t even realize how truly devastating the 9/11 attacks were to the U.S. beyond the lives lost and property damaged.  The terrorists set off a chain of events that led directly to the economic crises the country has been battling ever since, including the stock market crash of 2008 – seven years later."

See, it wasn't Bush's fault after all!  It was all the terrists!

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Was Michelle Obama behind Hilary Rosen's attack on Ann Romney?...behind the scenes, her fingerprints were all over the scandal, said an inside source.  This is a very entertaining theory, and seems plausible."

"Seems plausible" in this case, of course, being Conservative talk for "I don't have one shred of evidence that this could possibly be true, but it's a good lie, so here I am to tell it."

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Only When It Affects Them Personally

Eric Cantor, in this case, the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives:

"Cantor Suggests Anti-Semitism Is A Problem Within The House GOP Caucus...Calling it the “darker side,” Cantor responded to Politico’s Mike Allen’s question of whether there is anti-semitism in Congress by trying to avoid commenting. But eventually he let up: “I think that all of us know that in this country, we’ve not always gotten it right in terms of racial matters, religious matters, whatever. We continue to strive to provide equal treatment to everybody.” 

Funny, they only seem to notice it when it is about them.  Otherwise, racism is just fine.  So Republican.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Why Are We Forced to Pay for This?

This story has been in the news for a couple of days, but here is part of an account of it from Daily Kos:

"No walkback for Bishop Jenky and his 'Hitler' claim

After Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky compared the president of the United States to Hitler and Stalin, you'd think that maybe someone in the church would tell the good bishop to ix-nay on the itler-hay already. No, proposing that your church follow the same laws as the rest of the country is not an insult on the order of genocide; if you think so, the problem lies more with you than with the United States, where the issue of "do hospitals founded by specific religious groups still have to follow employment laws" has been fairly settled for a good long time now.

No such luck. There will be no reprimand from Jenky's superiors. On the contrary, his archbishop understands the dear bishop's consternation at having to follow laws and having to watch as non-Catholic employees are allowed to be dirty, dirty sluts"

Why are the American people forced, through tax exemptions, to spend billions of dollars subsidizing what is probably this nation's largest source of moral pollution, the Catholic Church?  I know that our gutless leaders don't have what it takes to do the right thing, but it should be a source of endless outrage to every decent person that this organization is allowed to pose as a force for good in the world.

Just to disturb you a little more, here is a photo of this filthy scum:

Sorry to judge a book by its cover, but is this guy not a poster child for the sort of degenerate old white male ass that have been polluting our national discourse for far too long?  Who would listen to this guy's advice if he was your uncle, let alone promote him to a position of supposed moral authority?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

'Bye, Levon



It is with great sadness that I report the death of Levon Helm, the drummer and main singer of the Band.

I saw The Band several times.  I remember so well the first time- I had never in my life seen a group play with such force and precision.  I was so mesmerized that I found my way down in front of the stage with a couple of hundred other people, when Bill Graham came crawling out from under the stage and, half crankily, half in amusement, chased us back to our seats. I had never seen Graham before, and that was almost as stunning as the music.  People who missed the Band in their heyday missed one of the great rock experiences of all time.

I gave away my tickets to the Last Waltz to go to see the Meters.  I know I got the better musical performance of the night, but I've always regretted it. 

The band had already seen two members fall before today, and Levon Helm is the third.  I guess this is just one more of the great experiences of past music that has now fallen into oblivion, along with Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles and so many more.  When, oh, when will musicians of that stature start to appear to replace them?

Republican Governing at its Finest

I found the following story, as reported at Talking Points Memo, so revealing:

"In a major escalation of a slowly building fight over funding the government, the White House has warned House Republicans, in no uncertain terms, that the government will shut down in September if the GOP does not adhere to an agreement they cut with Democrats in August during the standoff over raising the nation’s debt limit...

The development sets up a confrontation between GOP leaders and their right-leaning rank and file members, who will rebel if Republicans blink and adhere to the debt limit caps."

They will rebel if Republicans "blink" and, despite right wing demands, keep their word for once.  Obviously, it is too much for the right to tolerate for Republican leaders, for one time, to prove themselves to be honest negotiators.  Such a thing is intolerable.  Republicans are there to help the rich thieve the country blind, not to engage in the legislative process.  Anything that stands in the way of their lofty goal is treachery, and must be destroyed.

Things You Never Thought You Would Ever Read

From Yahoo:

"While the Los Angeles Clippers continue their push for a Pacific Division title..."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jackie and Trayvon

Jackie Robinson's role in a major incident in the history of this country's desegregation is pretty well known.  Who would think that Jackie Robinson would be able to provide some incredible insight on the nature of Sanford, Florida, the place where Trayvon Martin was gunned down?

Here is a link to an absolutely amazing story from Digby about Robinson's role in integrating major league baseball that involves Sanford.  Please read it- I know you will find it fascinating.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Case for Taxing the Rich

The arguments presented by Democrats, the #Occupy movement and others on the left for raising taxes on the rich are based on notions of fairness- the gross inappropriateness of someone like Mitt Romney, making hundreds of millions in an economically useless "job" which no one outside of the children of the very wealthy could ever hope to have, and yet paying a far lower tax rate than the average teacher or industrial worker.  This argument is perfectly valid, so far as it goes, but it does not deal with the real reason that this country faces endless brushes with economic doom if it doesn't massively raise taxes on the rich.

The true damage done by the combination of low taxes for rich people and little or no regulation occurs as follows:

 The economic world is governed immutably by the law of supply and demand.  Accordingly, the prices of commodities, be they real estate, stocks and bonds, manufactured goods, antique furniture, or anything else, are a reflection of the demand for these products.  In particular, things like real estate and stocks, whose price is not connected in any way to their cost of production, have a value which, in normal economic conditions, is determined by the common perception of their ability to generate revenue in the future.  Commercial real estate, for example, is normally valued at a multiple of its ability to generate rents; people who invest in stocks talk about (or used to talk about) their price/earnings ratio. 

This works admirably in a system in which the funds available to investors are pretty much in balance with the available investments.  But  consider what happens if the money in investors' pockets greatly exceeds any opportunity to invest it rationally.  Now, we see the ugly side of the law of supply and demand.  Now, the "value" of commodities is driven ever upward as investors compete for the limited available investments.  Real estate soars to unsustainable heights as people with too much money to invest compete with each other for limited available properties; stock prices see their price/earnings ratios rise to levels that would have seemed ludicrous a few years before.  In the fifties, when the rich paid a top marginal tax rate of 75%, for example, a price/earnings ratio of 16, or maybe 20 for a fast growing company was considered appropriate.  During the tech bubble of the nineties, we saw price/earnings ratios routinely soar into triple digits, as money chased the available investments; and these price/earnings ratios have never returned to what was thought previously to be sound.

The truth is, that when poor or middle income people have a little more money, they mainly spend it on necessities, or improvements to their lives.  Rich people already have all that.  When we let their incomes soar, they have no choice but to try to invest it, competing with other rich people over how much risk they are willing to assume to find a place for their excess cash.

This is how economic bubbles are created.  This is how economies are sent into cycles of boom and bust which, when severe, bring untold suffering on ordinary people who had nothing to do with generating them.

I am want to talk about the greatest example of this phenomenon, the Great Depression.

What follows is going to consist largely of quotations, as I wouldn't expect anyone to take my word for this. The quotations below are from Arthur Schlesinger's The Crisis of the Old Order, which I heartily recommend, in conjunction with John Kenneth Galbraith's short book, The Great Crash, which lays out a similar scenario.  As you read this, I beg you to think about what has gone on in this country since the days of Reagan.

I will begin with a comment by Schlesinger about Andrew Mellon, Coolidge's Secretary of the Treasury, and one of the richest men in America at the time:

 "The government is just a business," said Mellon, "and can and should be run on business principles."  The first necessity, accordingly, was to balance the budget, and the second to pay off the debt.  But Mellon's greater interest, it soon developed, was somewhat inconsistently in the reduction of tax rates, especially in the highest brackets...Mellon, ever tenacious, kept chipping away each year at rates in the upper brackets."

In fact, during the 1920's Republican administrations managed to cut the top tax bracket by 75 percent, at the same time endlessly complaining about the budget deficit and the national debt.

"Mr. Mellon Himself," as George W. Norris of Nebraska observed of the Mellon bill of 1925, "gets a larger personal reduction than the aggregate of practially all the taxpayers in the state of Nebraska."

And what was the consequence of this largesse to the richest among us?  An increase in business development?  More jobs created by benevolent tycoons with their gigantic profits?

"...the Mellon penchant for tax reduction served to make more money available for speculation.  "A decrease of taxes," as Mellon said, "causes an inspiration to trade and commerce."

The "Job creators."

   "With this he injected a few more billion dollars into a boom which hardly needed to be further inspired."

And, of course, what would be the fun of a massive giveaway to the rich, without a gutting of the Federal regulatory structure?

"President Coolidge was prepared further to attest his trust in business leadership by weakening the instrumentalities through which past national governments had sought to regulate business.  The regulatory commissions, inherited from more suspicious days, were quickly infused with the new spirit of unity.  To the Tariff Commission, for example, were sent men who acted almost as open representatives of protected industries.  When the Commission's minority...began to object...Coolidge upbraided them for raising prudish scruples."

Schlesinger quotes W. T. Humphrey, appointed by Coolidge to the Federal Trade Commission:

"...no longer, he said, would the Commission serve as a "publicity bureau to spread socialistic propaganda.  Where the FTC had been set up to discourage monopoly, it now espoused the cause of the self regulation of business..."

Overt forms of concentration thrived...Holding companies moved into the utility and transportation fields, chain stores into retail distribution; in all areas big firms swallowed small firms and merged wth other big ones.  By 1930, the two hundred largest nonbanking corporations controlled half the total corporate wealth of the country."

An attitude exactly the same as that preached with such fervor by Republicans since Reagan, and one which produced the identical result.

"The output per man-hour rose about 40 percent during the decade.  The central economic challenge was to distribute the gains of productivity in a manner that would maintain employment and prosperity.

By the rules of orthodox economics, the reduction in production costs should have brought about either a reduction in prices or a rise in wages, or both...Denied outlet in lower prices because of accumulating rigidities, the gains of technological efficiency were equally denied outlet in higher wages...because of the bargaining feebleness of the labor movement...As a result these gains were captured by the businessmen themselves in the form of profits.  Through the decade, profits rose 80 percent as a whole, or twice as much as productivity; the profits of financial institutions rose a fantastic 150 percent.

Fantastic, of course, only to someone who hasn't lived through the last thirty years.

The increase in profits naturally pushed up the prices of corporate securities...As the twenties proceeded, the stock market sucked off an increasing share of the undistributed gains of industrial efficiency...the diversion of the gains of efficiency into profits was bound to result in a falling off of the capacity of the people as a whole to buy."

An exact parallel to the last few years.  I find it so painful to read things like this and realize how absolutely clear it was to anyone who cared, anyone with the most shallow knowledge of the economics of the great depression, what the result of Reaganomics and of Bush corruption were inevitably going to be.

"The Mellon tax policy, placing its emphasis on relief for millionaires rather than for consumers, made the maldistibution of income and oversaving even worse. By 1929, the 2.3 percent of the population with incomes over $10,000 were responsible for two thirds of the 15 billion dollars in savings."

And now, to me, the worst of all:

"Yet Wall Street and Washington had few qualms...The torrent of excess money pouring into the market, swept stock prices ever upward.  And the leaders of the business community, now heedless of caution in their passion for gain, promoted new investment trusts, devised new holding companies and manipulated new pools, always with the aim of floating new securities for the apparently insatiable market...

In time it would appear that even the leaders of business could not decipher the intricate financial structures they were erecting.   But for the moment everyone understood that here was an endless source of money and power, a roulette wheel at which no one lost...

Government officials meanwhile watched the speculative boom with affable approval."

At every step of the way, the Republicans of the Reagan and Bush administrations deliberately recreated the exact conditions which caused the economy to spiral out of control and crash in 1929.  And now, to the cheers of the mainstream press, they are preaching the same doctrine of tax cuts and balanced budgets practiced by Hoover between 1929 and Roosevelt's inauguration in 1933, which allowed the economy to continue its downward spiral.  And there can be no claim that anyone was unaware of this.

Immediately on Roosevelt's election, Democratic, Keynsian  policies started the recovery:



The facts of the Republican mishandling of the country in service to the rich, which caused the Great Depression, were clearly known to anyone with a basic knowledge of our country's economic history.  Yet Reagan and Bush, Gingrich, Armey, Delay, McConnell, Boehner and a hundred more Republican servants of the wealthy drove the economy over the same cliff again.  And now, the acolytes of the miserable fraud know as the Ryan plan are to be seen throughout the country promoting another dose of Republican pandering to the rich, as the perfect answer to our problems.

This is not mismanagement.  It constitutes the most massive deliberate crime ever committed against the American people, for which we will pay for decades; and it at the same time constitutes the worst subversion and betrayal of our country that we have ever seen.

With the mainstream press endlessly promoting the Ryan plan as a demonstration of level-headedness and courage, and with the Democratic party almost inevitably collapsing as it always does in the face of the same old Republican lies, 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  perpetual victims.

Let me restate my point:  A severe restriction on the wealth of the rich is the only method to protect ourselves from an endless cycle of depressions and near depressions which is the Republicans' sole gift to this nation in the last hundred years.  No amount of whining from hedge fund managers, Wal-Mart heirs, etc. can be allowed to deflect us from what must be done to save the country- all of us, rich and poor alike- from certain economic disaster, repeated on a regular basis.

Note: the historical portion of this post is from something I wrote in August, 2010.  I think it is important enough to repeat.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Baal and Commies

Faced with a moderate, business-friendly Democratic President who is gradually, despite endless obstruction, healing the damage caused by a decade of Republican government, the Republican party seems to be descending into a bottomless pit of madness.  Here are a couple of recent examples of this frightening phenomenon.

The first comes from Congressman Alan West.  This guy totally amazes me.  In furtherance of the right's jingoistic feigned adulation of the military, the Republicans decided to run an ex-military man for Congress.  Well, okay, but did they have to pick one who was forced to leave the military because he was caught abusing prisoners?  Sad to say, to Republicans, that's apparently a feature, not a bug.  Well, Mr. West took it upon himself a couple of days ago to state the following:

“I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party (in the House of Representatives) that are members of the Communist Party.”

Note that he didn't accuse 78 to 81 Democratic Congressmen of being Communists- that would be nothing, since Republicans all over the place accuse all Democrats of being Communists.  No, he accused these unnamed guys of actually being members of the Communist party.  The nonsense of this claim is stratospheric.  West's spokesmen have spent the last couple of days giving all sorts of ridiculous explanations of what he supposedly meant; as if the meaning of what he says is not crystal clear.  Of course, it will never occur to the mainstream press, which is willing to savage Hillary Rosen (whoever she is) for suggesting that Ann Romney doesn't have much to worry about in life, having a $200 million nest egg, to demand that this jackass either produce his list of Commies, or shut his mouth permanently.  No, Republicans are allowed to spread any smear, while Democrats have everything they say twisted into a lie.

The next, and even greater, idiocy comes from Republican philosopher and spokesman Glenn Beck; and here it is:

“I really think we are a society globally that is now worshiping Baal,” he added, referring to one of many ancient Semitic fertility gods, which Christians consider to be a demon. “We’re not doing it consciously, but we are doing it. We’re worshiping Baal.”

Baal. 

Can one of the "centrists" that the media constantly foists off on us please explain to me what the middle ground is between a guy who is trying to give medical care to 30 million people, and someone who claims to believe that his opponents are worshippers of an ancient war god?  There is no common ground between decent human beings and the pack of greed and hate maddened lunatics that are the Republican party today.  And anyone who thinks there is, is living in a world of delusions nearly as great as those inhabiting the mind of someone who believes that most of the people around him are worshipping Baal.

If the Republican party does not give up this malignant madness, our country is doomed.  And I see not a shred of a reason to believe that they will do that.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shame on Hilary Rosen

For saying that Ann Romney doesn't work.  Here's the proof that this just isn't true by a long shot:

"In the rarefied world of upper-level dressage, Romney has achieved goals many amateurs only dream of. Riding her beloved Baron, a 19-year-old, Austrian Warmblood gelding, and coached by her long-time trainer and friend Jan Ebeling, Romney earned her U.S. Dressage Federation silver and gold medals in 2006. That same year, she was the New England Dressage Association Adult Amateur Champion at Grand Prix level, on a score of 63.33 percent."

All those poor women out there are obviously just too damned lazy to go out and win medals from the U.S. Dressage Federation on their warmblooded geldings.  So, you miserable feminists, show us your horse trophies before you complain again.

Still a Travesty of Justice

The indictment of George Zimmerman for second degree murder.

Here are the real facts, so far as I can tell:  In the time preceding the Trayvon Martin shooting, Zimmerman, who was not a neighborhood watch member as often described, but an out of control maniac with a gun, made several dozen 911 calls, many of them alleging that a suspicious black man was lurking around the neighborhood.  It is clear that Zimmerman was looking for a black person that he could murder with impunity, counting on the willing incompetence of the racist Stanford, FL police department.

Well, that is sort of a textbook case of malice aforethought, and what's more, Zimmerman is nothing but a thrill killer.  In any kind of just world, given the State of Florida's record, Zimmerman would be convicted of first degree murder with clear special circumstances of stalking, and would be executed as quickly as possible.  That would be justice, Florida style.

Fat chance.

Men are Stupid

Evidence of the day, from Quinnipiac:

"Men would vote for a Romney-Christie ticket 50 - 42 percent, while women would vote for President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden 55 - 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds."

No wonder we've even got Republicans now talking about what a mistake it is to let women vote.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rickie Hangs It Up

In the face of an impending humiliating rejection by the voters of his own State, Rick "Never Met A Lie I Wouldn't Believe" Santorum has withdrawn from the race for the Republican Presidential nomination, giving a near sure lock on the nomination to Mitt "Never Met A Lie I Wouldn't Tell" Romney.

Of course, this must be making for a lot of joy in the camp of Newt "Never Met A Lie I Didn't Tell First" Gingrich.

And the Republican race for the Presidency rolls on.

Monday, April 9, 2012

They Report- We Decide

We decide what a pack of vicious asses they really are.   Courtesy of Little Green Footballs, which has been all over this story, here is a shot of the website of the Orlando Fox affiliate, reporting on the neo-Nazi group which has taken it upon itself to patrol the streets of Stanford, FL:


Yes, the self-styled Nazis in the "National Socialist Movement" are now described by Fox as a "civil rights group."  This would be the same Fox which constantly describes blacks and liberals as racists.  There is just no level of despicable behavior that right wingers will not willingly sink to.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

I thought I was going to devote this edition of Wingnut Wrapup to the Republicans' screaming bloody murder over Obama's mild comments about the Supreme Court last week, despite their years long history of attacking the court with death threats, demands for impeachment, incitement to violence and any other low thing they could think of.  And boy did they deliver.  But, you know what?  It was all so tedious and predictable that I couldn't be bothered.  So let's just move on to a few of their other quaint notions:

Let's lead off with another version of the great lie of modern Conservatism: 

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "Progressives are the embarrassed children of fascism who changed their name solely because Hitler used it. But a name change is all it is."

Well, first off, Hitler didn't use the term Fascism, except when he was talking about Mussolini. That's because, unlike Derek, he knew what it meant.  But then, who can expect a right wing jerkoff like Derek to care about the truth on any topic.  Second, sorry, guy, the Nazis were right wingers like you.  You know damned well that they were, so shut up already.

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Obama has shown his true colors; he is a racist, black-Muslim sympathizer and Jew-and-white hater himself. For this, with all of the whoredom on display in the last weeks, he wins the prize for the biggest and most evil whore of all."

Don't you love civil discourse?  Damn those Democrats for refusing to meet the Republicans half way, and agree that, although Obama is a whore, maybe he's not quite the most evil whore of all time.  That would be the bipartisan thing to do.

Town Hall:  "Romney eager to shift focus to Obama"

Shake that etch-a-sketch, baby.  See how it works out for you.

Jeannie DeAngeles, American Thinker:  "Barack Obama, Stand-Up Comedian"

Well, no one is ever going to say that about Mitt.  Think about it, Jeannie.

Ann Barnhardt:  "Guys, Obama didn't even write his own syllabus. The prose is sophisticated, the grammar is flawless, and the punctuation is good"

Well, at least we know none of you guys wrote it.  Ann continues:

"I think Obama was (and is) so stupid, and such a fraud that he had to have someone else prepare his course for him, including what little bit of lecture he delivered in those four class sessions.  Who might have prepared a course syllabus and light lecture notes on constitutional race issues with an emphasis toward education and race?  Bernardine Dohrn. As in Bill Ayers' wife."

Oh, that makes sense.  Bill Ayers' wife.  Man, these guys have a fertile imagination.  I bet Bo is really Bill Ayers' dog.

And now the incoherent right wing comment of the week, from the above post:

"my fear is the between time of another to take over
that between time obama still holding the ruling hand this would be the time to create roits call on mashall law ship people out to fema camps have the epa take over land water ect and phonie court charges for all these DC ers who have permitted him to do all this crime they will be the 1st to see whats on those fema camps in those RR cars id be very afreared if i was you and take this time to grew spines and balls and charge him for all his crimes NOW cause even if we get to vote another elleceted doesnt mean they will ever get to become president

obama can use that between time to do all the more damage and still remain the reins under mashall law"

Well, what can you say?

Michael Ledeen, Pajamas Media:  "Don't get distracted by all the fancy tonguework by Obama."

And here I thought he couldn't say a sentence without a teleprompter.  Michael has somehow intuited that Obama doesn't really believe what he says; unlike, say, Mitt Romney who really, truly believes global warming is a hoax and Obama is deliberately destroying America.

Now, A message from the fantasy planet that Republicans live on:

Stephen Green, Vodkapundit:  "How’s that Dow looking these days? Not so good, actually"

Bush: Dow down 7,000 points- no problem.  Obama: Dow up 7,000 points- it means nothing.  How dumb do they think people are?  Vodkapundit explains his point:

"Here’s the problem. Obamanomics consists of putting a boot on the economy’s throat, then endlessly whacking it upside the head with a giant bag of money while shouting, “Produce, you greedy millionaire!”

Of course, Republican economics consists of putting a boot on the economy's throat, robbing it blind and leaving it to die in the gutter.  Much better, I guess.

Stephen Green, Pajamas Media:  "Santorum Has Lost — And I Can Prove It"

Lost what- his mind?  Anyone can prove that.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Liberal Media FAIL: Only 32% of Non-Blacks Say Zimmerman Is Guilty"

Naturally, the liberal media has failed because the United States is full of racist fuckheads.

Malcolm Unwell, American Thinker:  "Romney is the real rebel, a rebel against rebellion, if you will. Beneath their veneer of scorn, liberals are quaking in their boots."

God, the stupidity.  A rebel against rebellion.  What does that even mean?  Let's just hope these people keep thinking this way for a few more months.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Obama Plays Kissie-Kissie With Groups Who Shoot Women in the Head & Beat Them in Public"

That would be the Taliban.  Apparently, playing "Kissie-Kissie" with them is the Conservative translation for killing them.  From the comments to Jim's sage observation:

"every judge, politican or person in private life that supports the implementation of sharia law in the united states is a liberal."

Except for the Republican party, of course, that insists that Muslim employers have the right to make their employees follow Sharia law in their health care.

Right wing political logic of the day:

Astute Bloggers:  "SPECULATION: THIS IS MERELY A GAMING SCENARIO: IF OBAMA THREATENED TO KILL CHELSEA, THEN MIGHT HE THREATEN A JUSTICE OF THE SCOTUS TO SAVE OBAMACARE?

BETTINA VIVIANO CLAIMS THAT IN 2008 OBAMA CRONIES THREATENED TO KILL CHELSEA TO GET THE CLINTONS TO BACK DOWN FROM USING THE BIRTHER ALLEGATIONS AGAINST OBAMA.

IF THIS IS TRUE - REPEAT IF, THEN IT IS EQUALLY POSSIBLE THAT THESE SAME CRONIES MIGHT THREATEN TO KILL ONE OF CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS' CHILDREN IN ORDER TO GET HIM TO VOTE FOR OBAMACARE.

OBAMA AND HIS COMRADES KNOW - (BECAUSE OF THE DEATH THREAT) - THAT THEY WILL WIN A 5-4 DECISION, AND BY LAMELY ATTACKING THE COURT THEY SUCKERED THE GOP INTO SAYING "WHATEVER THE COURT SAYS IS FINAL."

"If this is true."





And of course, the Astute Bloggers aren't trying to convince you that Obama threatened Chelsea Clinton's life- oh, no, they wouldn't do that.  But what if?  Huh, what if?

And let's go out with a biggie: Clarence Thomas: "Let’s face it, Q&A during oral arguments isn’t helpful."

It interrupts his nap.



'Bye for today.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

You Know It's a Slow News Day

When this is the headline of a Yahoo featured story:

"Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race halted by swimmer"

Friday, April 6, 2012

This is Sure to Help a Lot

This story, from the Miami New Times:

"Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford, Say They Are "Prepared" For Post-Trayvon Martin Violence...Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are "prepared" for violence in the case of a race riot. The patrols are to protect "white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety" in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement."

Only trying to do their best to make this a better country, I'm sure.  Here's a picture of some of these jackasses on patrol:

Ain't that sweet.  This is a good chance to repeat something I've said before:  When these guys get the race war they want so badly, and they find themselves fighting with the Crips and Bloods, they are going to be running back home crying for Mama in about five minutes, no matter how much camo they are wearing and no matter how many AK's they've managed to sling around their necks.  I've got news for you, idiots:  Gang guys aren't going to dress up like it's a Halloween party before they come for you.  They're going to shoot you before you even see them.  And then rob your corpses and walk away laughing.

Have a nice day.

Marco

Rubio.  The same ridiculous, out of control Republican primary process that brought us Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Donald Trump, etc. etc. etc. seems to be fixated on Marco Rubio as just a wonderful choice for a vice presidential candidate.  Here's an example of the mainstream press hyping this story, from Monica Crowley in Time Magazine:

"Now that Mitt Romney has, in an important psychological sense, clinched the Republican nomination, the conversation is turning to the question of his running mate. And everyone seems to agree that Florida Senator Marco Rubio is a compelling option: young, telegenic, Hispanic and from a critical swing state. There’s just one problem–Rubio insists he doesn't want to be vice president." 

One problem?  I'll tell you what:  I can think of two others.  First of all, though Marco Rubio was born in the United States, neither of his parents was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth.  How will that go down with all the people that have been screaming for years that Obama is ineligible to be President because one of his parents was not a U.S. Citizen?  What?  Are you telling me that it doesn't make any difference when it's one of their guys?  No, that can't be true.

And then there's this:  When Marco Rubio was eight years old, his parents converted to the Mormon religion; subsequently he was brought up as a Mormon.  Oh boy, two Mormons on the ticket.  That will really appeal to right wing "Christians," won't it?

Foreign parents...a religion that fundamentalists don't consider to be Christian?  Sound sort of familiar?  Well, at the very least, it would provide a wonderful experiment in just how monstrously hypocritical the American right is.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Sad Day in the Music World

Jim Marshall died today, at 88.

Here's a video of some guy playing through a couple of Marshalls, as a tribute:

Just Pointing It Out

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Obstruction

I guess none of us can think of a period in the history of our country when one of its major political parties embarked on a campaign of complete obstruction of the functions of Congress, as we are seeing today from the Republican party.  It is always instructive to look at historical parallels to current events, so lacking similar conduct in United States history, it is of interest to look for examples of this sort of behavior in other countries, and to think about where such behavior eventually led.  Here is one parallel I've found, from around 1924:

"Hitler was still letting it be known that he opposed the activities of the Volkischer Block in the forthcoming Reichstag elections...soon after the election, he told Kurt Ludecke that policy would have to change, and that 'we shall have to hold our noses and enter the Reichstag...' But participation should not be "positive cooperation", as was unfortunately carried out by the Volkisch parliamentarists with very little success, but only through the fiercest opposition and obstruction, through constant criticism of the existing system in parliament.  Parliament, or better still parliamentarism, should be taken to absurdity in parliament."

Just sayin'.  And I don't want to hear one word about Godwin's law.  I'm not calling anyone Hitler- I am citing a specific example of Republican conduct which, as far as I know, has no parallel in recent world history, except for the behavior of the NSDAP in the early '20's

The above excerpt from Ian Kershaw's Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris, chapter 7.  Sorry I can't link to this- I copied it from an actual book.

Lie

Mitt Romney today:

"I think there is in this country a war on religion. "I think there is a desire to establish a religion in America known as secularism."

If Rick Santorum said something like this, you might be tempted to think that he really meant it.  When Mitt Romney says it, it is nothing but a lie.  Get ready- lies are all we are going to get from Romney for the next eight months.

Dowd Strikes

Maureen Dowd surpasses herself this morning in an opinion piece about the corrupt Conservative majority on the Supreme Court.  This is a near must-read.  Please take the time to look at it.  An excerpt:

"How dare President Obama brush back the Supreme Court like that?
Has this former constitutional law instructor no respect for our venerable system of checks and balances?

Nah. And why should he? 

This court, cosseted behind white marble pillars, out of reach of TV, accountable to no one once they give the last word, is well on its way to becoming one of the most divisive in modern American history. 

It has squandered even the semi-illusion that it is the unbiased, honest guardian of the Constitution. It is run by hacks dressed up in black robes."

And let me make it clear, there are no false equivalencies here about which side is at fault for causing this situation.  I'm not always the biggest fan of what Maureen Dowd has to say, but she has hit the bullseye with this one.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

I feel I have to clear the decks here, for the avalanche of Conservative abuse we are expecting, in response to President Obama having dared to tell the truth about Republicans today.

Let's start out with a general assessment of the American condition, by regular commenter Chuck Baldwin at Renew America:

"For all intents and purposes, the US Constitution is dead; the Bill of Rights is dead; the vision of the Founding Fathers is dead; and federalism and republicanism are also dead. What we have left is a blend of socialism, welfarism, fascism, statism, and warfarism, with fascism becoming the dominant "ism" of the bunch."

Man, things are tough.  Chuck goes on, of course, to imply that Obama is just like Hitler.  I won't bother you with that.  So, let's just move on, shall we:

Newt Gingrich:  "Why does the president behave the way that people would think that [he’s Muslim]? You have to ask, why would they believe that? It’s not cause they’re stupid. "

No, Newt, it's not because they're stupid.  It's because they are a pack of racist pigs.  Hope that cleared things up for you.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Awful… Obama Administration Leaks Information on Israel’s Secret Military Alliance With Azerbaijan "

Israel...Azerbaijan...what is this, the plot for Borat 2?

John Hinderaker, Instapundit:  "“President Obama has fanned the flames of hatred in the Trayvon Martin case...In other words, he’s a racist hatemonger. Just to be clear."

Just to be clear.  Thanks so much for sharing your opinion with us, John.

David P. Goldman, Pajamas Media:  "Syria's Chemical Weapons: A Motivation for an Israeli Strike on Iran"

Classic right wing foreign policy.  Sort of like "Bin Laden in Afghanistan: A motivation for an American strike of Iraq."  After all, those towel heads are all the same, right?

Andrew Klavan, Pajamas Media:  "ObamaCare — How Nice People Crush Freedom"

By helping people not be sick?  Interesting.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Al Sharpton: appointed to keep black voters angry and ill-informed"

Unlike you, Lloyd, who appointed yourself to keep voters informed that Obama is a Kenyan born Muslim Communist dedicated to destroying the United States.  I think I'll stick with Al.

Stanley Zir, Renew America:  "Indisputable proof: Obama is staging a coup...I predicted with pinpoint accuracy and precise wording, on the night before his address, what President Obama would say and why, and what actions he would take. You cannot do better than that to make the case that supports one's position...I was able to accomplish this feat because I knew long before he took office that Obama was a Communist, and like all tyrants throughout history, their agenda and actions are predictable, especially when they wish to gain control over the government by staging a coup."

I am going to do something I rarely do here, and link to this article.  It is such a hilarious collection of right wing delusion that you might like to read it.  I particularly enjoyed the part later in the piece where Stanley compares Obama to Dracula.

Michael Gaynor, Renew America:  "Why President Obama pushed unconstitutional Obamacare"

Oh, I don't know, maybe to give a lot of people access to health care?  Of course not.  Foolish Me.  It was to do the bidding of ACORN.  I should have figured that out by myself.  I'm just so naive.

Andy Butcher, Newsmax:  "A controversial pro-life movie that almost didn’t get its own life has become a surprise box office hit."

Well, it did earn 1.11% as much as the weekend leader, Hunger Games.  That's a huge hit, right?

World Net Daily:  "They were your children ... until Obamacare"

Yup, under Obamacare, your children aren't yours any more.  After all, if government pays to keep them healthy, what rights do you have left?

Helen Whalen Cohen, Town Hall:  "Great News: Obamacare Contains A $17 Billion Funding Gap"

$17 billion.  $17BILLION!  Oh my God, what will we ever do!  What is that, about what George W. Bush spent every tweek destroying Iraq?  But, you say, that was a GOOD thing to spend money on- bombing a bunch of Arabs.  Giving health insurance to 30 million more people is just a socialist plot to enslave them.

Cardinal Dolan:  "Obama’s Actions Are Radical, Unprecedented, and Dramatically Intrusive”

Listen, Cardinal Dolan, you know what you Catholic priests do that is  really "dramatically intrusive?"  No...I'm not going to say it.  Even Green Eagle has some self control.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "It figures.  Trayvon Martin was reportedly targeted by community watchman George Zimmerman because he was wearing a hoodie.  So how did Zimmerman ever get the idea that someone in a hoodie might be suspicious?  From the Obama Administration, of course."

Of course!  Of course, a racist murders an unarmed black teen, and it's Obama's fault!  Of course it it!  Everything is his fault. And by the way, buddy, if George Zimmerman is a community watchman, Jeffrey Dahmer was a nutritionist.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Could a white president have so successfully pulled off shredding the Constitution to further his agenda? I think not."

Forgot George W. Bush again, huh, Lloyd?

Frankl McGuire, Renew America:  "Progressivism is fascism...Progressivism is clearly the re-emergence of fascism. In fact, Progressivism and Mussolini's Fascism were coeval and co-dependent. They grew up as virtual twins."

Counting on your readers to be really, really ignorant, huh, Frank?  Well, it's probably a good bet.

Katy Kieffer, Town Hall:  "Coal is my lifestyle"

Glad to hear that, Katy.  We'll keep that in mind.

Newsmax:  "Gingrich: I Can Support Santorum, Talk of Shared Ticket to Stop Romney"

Santorum-Gingrich.  Please, please, please, O God, give us this gift.

Mike Adams, Town Hall:  "There are more Marxists teaching in Sociology Departments in America than living in the former Soviet Union."

Have any evidence of that, Mike? A few names?   Oh, you have one:

"Among the least competent and most intellectually dishonest is Gary L. Faulkner, Professor Emeritus from the University of North Carolina."

Mike, did anyone ever tell you that the word "emeritus" means that he is retired?  Well, so did you maybe find one single example of a current professor in the United States who is a Marxist, compared to the millions that must still be left in Russia?  No?  Well, then, get back to us when you come up with something you have some evidence for. 

Lurita Doan, Town Hall:  "Who Is Barack Obama?"

He's the President of the United States, Lurita...Deal with it, already.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Republican Spiral Down To Hell Continues

Please listen to this, maybe a couple of times (it's only 15 seconds long) and tell me what you think Rick Santorum was trying to say here:



And it's only April.  As time marches on toward November, God only knows what they will stoop to.

More About Supreme Court Corruption

I had been intending to write some more about the corrupt "Conservative" justices on the Supreme Court (who today issued another abominable mangling of the Constitution, by their usual 5-4 majority,) when I read the following up-is-down distortion of reality in a comment by Silverfiddle, who seems to have dedicated himself to defending the indefensible:

"The author should be asking that of our congress, because they've been going rogue for a long time now.

The progressive stretching of the commerce clause is what is rogue. Under liberal interpretation, there is nothing government may not do."

By way of reply to this tendentious nonsense, I would like to quote from an article in the Los Angeles Times, titled  "Signs of Supreme Court activism worry Reagan administration lawyers."

"If the court were to invalidate the healthcare law, "It would be more problematic than Bush v. Gore," (Reagan Solicitor General, and current Harvard Law professor Charles) Fried said in an interview, referring to the case that decided the 2000 presidential race. "It would be plainly at odds with precedent, and plainly in conflict with what several of the justices have said before."

Fried had confidently predicted the law would be easily upheld. He said he was taken aback by the tone of the arguments. "The vehemence they displayed was totally inappropriate. They seemed to adopt the tea party slogans," he said.

Pepperdine law professor Douglas W. Kmiec, another top Justice Department lawyer under Reagan, said he hoped the justices would "come to their senses" and uphold the law as a reasonable regulation of interstate commerce.

In November, Judge Laurence H. Silberman, a Reagan appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington and long a leader of the conservative legal movement, wrote an opinion upholding the healthcare law on the grounds that Congress has the power "to forge national solutions to national problems."

It must be made clear that this is not an example of Conservatism gone wild- of Justices pushing an ideology too far.  What we are seeing here is pure corruption- five Justices who side with the rich and powerful on every occasion, regardless of the merit of their position, who twist the law and common decency, in order to pay their corporate masters for having placed them on the court.  What's more, at this point, their naked willingness to stoop to any depth of dishonesty in their arguments has given them a virtual stranglehold on government of the people.  If this is not stopped, and stopped soon, it is the end of our American democracy, and the end of all rights except for those of the very rich.

More on the Supreme Court

In relation to my previous comment, I would like to recommend an excellent article at Consortium News, by Sam Perry.  Here's a small sample:

"What happens to a Republic under a written Constitution if a majority of the Supreme Court, which is empowered to interpret that Constitution, goes rogue? What if the court’s majority simply ignores the wording of the founding document and makes up the law to serve some partisan end? Does that, in effect, turn the country into a lawless state where raw power can muscle aside the democratic process?

Something very much like that could be happening if the Supreme Court’s five Republicans continue on their apparent path to strike down the individual mandate at the heart of the Affordable Care Act. In doing so, they will be rewriting the Constitution’s key Commerce Clause and thus reshaping America’s system of government by fiat..."

The rest of the article is excellent, and I recommend that you click on the link and read it.  I want to emphasize that, at the present time, nothing threatens the continued democratic existence of the United States as much as the willingness of five corrupt Justices to destroy our Constitutional government.