Tuesday, July 31, 2012

See, Romney Didn't Do So Badly...

The Los Angeles Times explains it all to us:

"GDANSK, Poland – Mitt Romney is rapidly discovering the downside of a high-profile overseas trip – a visiting American presidential candidate makes an irresistible punching bag for foreign political leaders, and the resulting blows can overshadow whatever message the campaign had hoped to convey to voters back home."

Apparently, their memory at the Los Angeles Times doesn't go back four years to when another Presidential candidate made a "high-profile overseas trip" to an almost universally enthusiastic  response everywhere he went.  Funny, when the Presidential candidate involved doesn't act like an over-privileged spoiled brat, he doesn't become a punching bag.

Maybe there's a lesson there for the American people, if the press thought it was important enough to dwell on.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mitt's Wonderful Adventure in Israel

You think he did bad in London?  Here is Mitt Romney's day's work in Israel:

He told the Arabs that they have an inferior culture, and at the same time praised Jews for having so much money- thus managing to commit an almost unheard of two-for-one act of antisemitism in one remark, as well asrendering any effort he might make as President to deal with Arabs virtually impossible.

Of course, since he seems to have no interest in Arabs except to bomb them, maybe conducting himself like a smug, self-righteous ass talking to his inferiors is his idea of masterful foreign policy.

He stated that, if President, he would make it U.S. policy that an undivided Jerusalem is the capital of Israel- something that no previous President, Democrat or Republican has ever done, because that act would produce not one shred of positive outcome, while needlessly antagonizing Arabs, solely to pander to his "base" on the right in this country- a miserable sign of what kind of foreign policy he would run.  It also indicates his utter ignorance of the geographical and political realities of Jerusalem and East Jerusalem.

He has stated his support of Israeli attacks on Iran, a nearly unforgivable undermining of Obama's foreign policy efforts, in order to engage in one more violent right wing fantasy.

He has implicitly criticizes Obama's policy while he is abroad, something that is normally considered beyond the pale for Presidential candidates.

These are the acts of a man that is utterly unsuitable to have any substantive role in running our country.  And yet, the press will let this all pass as though nothing much has happened.  It is hard to believe that the Republicans could have found, in one man, someone worse that the whole Bush administration, but here he is.  The United States as we know it will not survive his Presidency.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Borat

I saw someone refer to Mitt as "the American Borat."  I would love to see that become more widespread.

A Very Special Relationship

 “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” (a Romney) adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”. 

May I point out that, if Romney had been the President of the United States yesterday, he would have succeeded in destroying that "special relationship" in one day.  He is a socially inept bully who enjoys humiliating people, and who doesn't seem to understand what happens when you deliberately try to humiliate whole countries. 

This man, who I just saw a commenter refer to as "the American Borat," did more to hurt our relationship with the British people in a day than the last five Presidents did all put together.

Of course, it's all okay with right wingers.  Bryan Kilmeade on Fox:

"the British press better back off, and so should the officials — this guy could be president." 

Yeah, they better back off, because if he becomes president, what?  He will deliberately make Britain our enemy because the British press hurt his feelings?  He has ways to get revenge if they say what they think?   What exactly is being suggested here?   And will he try to threaten the American press too?  Or is he so smug that he is sure they wouldn't dare oppose him if he becomes President?

And one final question:  How can anyone think it is a good idea to let this man anywhere near a position of responsibility?

An Unusually Good Column

By Paul Krugman this morning.  I don't think I need to excerpt any of it here, or add any gratuitous comment of my own, but I suggest you read it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Egomaniac or Idiot- You Decide

We now learn that while Mitt was involved with the Mormon Olympics a few years ago, he commissioned six different pins with his own picture on them,  Here's an example:

Yeah, we love you, Mitt, if you do say so yourself.  If you're masochistic enough to want to see the rest. you can find them here.

I'm beginning to think that the Republican party has succeeded in selecting the most comically awful Presidential candidate ever.  Not that, with billions in corporate money behind him and a complicit press, he can't win the election.

Of course, then we will have the most awful President ever, even worse than Bush.  It just won't be comic.

What's the Point

In writing essentially the same post every single day-  Mitt lies about this, Mitt lies about that...this has got to be the most dispiriting election I have ever seen.  It's about nothing but whether the Republicans can craft a seamless enough lie about Obama and themselves, and can then get enough corporate money to jam it down people's throats (with, of course, help from the mainstream press.)

Here's an article (if you care) about what a total fool Romney is making of himself in England:

"Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full...Boobs, blunders, clangers – whatever you call them, Romney likes to drop them. And he's really outdone himself in London

From criticising the biggest sporting event Britain has held in over 40 years, to "looking out of the backside of 10 Downing Street", Mitt Romney's first foreign trip of his presidential candidacy hasn't gone quite as well as he might have hoped. As the former Massachusetts governor continues to gaffe his way across London, here's a round-up of Romney's red-facers. So far."

Click on the link, if you have any interest in the sordid details. So, yes. this is the Republican alternative to Obama- an insensitive, bullying, self-entitled jackass with not a thing going for him but the fact that he can be counted on to do nothing that does not favor the rich.  He should be running at about 2% in the polls now, but this country is filled with a lot of racist, greedy bastards who are really good at fooling themselves over and over again that Republican leaders really mean it when they promise that they are going to make everyone (well, except for black people, of course) rich really soon.

That's the real story, and it is the same story every damned day.  I've gotten pretty bored with trying to find new ways to tell it.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Change of Heart

Wisdom from Mitt:

"Romney to NBC News: "Changing the heart of the American people may well be what's essential, to improve the lots of the American people."

Hey, it worked for Dick Cheney.

Monday, July 23, 2012

In Memory of Sally Ride

Any excuse is enough for Green Eagle.  I'm thinking of the backup vocals- ride Sally ride:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stupidity And Contempt for Decency

Add them together and you get "Republican."

Today's example, and proof of the House Republicans' promise from the 2010 election to remain "focused like a laser on jobs:"

"Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is floating legislation that would name most U.S. coastal waters after former President Ronald Reagan.

Issa reintroduced his bill Wednesday to rename the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which generally extends from three miles to 200 miles offshore, as the Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone."


Man, I am so glad that they care so much about keeping their promises and showing any scrap of respect to this country and its people.  This single action should be enough for this jackass to be jeered out of office.  But unlike the time that Obama slipped and accidentally said he's been to "57 states" instead of 47, which will never be forgotten and has become an ironclad proof that, like all Negroes, he's pretty dumb, this will be ignored by everyone.  Issa is, after all, a Republican, and consequently he has a right to be as stupid and vicious as he wants.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Ugliness Grows

I have to say that I am totally bored with mass shootings.  So I'm going to pretty much ignore this one.  The reaction to it, however, is another thing entirely.

If you look around right wing websites, you will find endless abuse directed toward the left because ABC news, upon learning the name of the shooter, blamed a teabagger from Colorado with the same name.  Now, leave aside the fact that ABC is owned by Disney, one of the most right wing companies in the United States- this incident was enough of an excuse for dozens of websites to attack the left.

Not so much interest, however, in this (courtesy of Little Green Footballs:)



"This" being popular right wing talk radio host Alec Jones stating openly that this shooting incident was planned and carried out by the Obama administration to somehow further their goal of destroying the United States.

Make a humorous campaign spot with a dancing horse, and you have gone way over the edge- if you are a Democrat.  Put people on the radio claiming that Obama is a mass murderer- that's just fine.  These are the rules under which our presidential election is going to be run.  Get used to it.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Man, They Can't Understand Anything

Today, this includes the mainstream press and, unfortunately, most all of the left wing commentators too, who have been totally taken in by this.

"This" being the sight of Mr. Boehner and Mr. McCain reacting with ire at Michelle Bachmann for calling one of Hillary's assistants a Muslim plant:

"Boehner's remarks come a day after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor to denounce a series of letters Bachmann and four other Republican House members sent to various agencies about the Muslim Brotherhood.

Other Republicans who have also criticized Bachmann include South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and Bachmann's former presidential campaign manager Ed Rollins."

Even a generally rational source as Daily Kos seemed to find in this touching scene  some sort of proof that Republicans actually do have some sort of soul, and are not entirely (as Green Eagle insists) utterly incorrigible criminals:

"Well, it seems no matter how far the GOP has fallen, Michele Bachmann's efforts at resurrecting McCarthyism are still enough to make them cringe."

This despite the fact that Bachmann's latest outburst is far from the most disgusting lie she has had to tell in the last couple of years, all of the rest of which received not a word of Republican rebuke. Did it never occur to people to ask, "Why now?"  Why did all these inevitably pre-programmed Republican spokesmen suddenly decide to speak out in this way, all at once?

By now, the answer should have been immediately obvious to everyone.  The Republican party has used the paranoid, ignorant ravings of Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin et. al. to mobilize their infantile base.  From here on out, they need to appeal to "independents" and other low-information voters, by seeming to be rational, decent human beings.  This is nothing but a shot across the bow of all of the wingnut wackos out there, to tell them that it is time to shut up until after the election.

This is the only explanation that fits the circumstances.  Watch the behavior of the Republican party over the next few months, as they attempt to ape the actions of rational, decent human beings, and see that I am right.

Weakness Beyond Comprehension from the DNC

So, the Democratic National Committee put out the following spot a few days ago, featuring the Romneys' dressage horse:



Using footage of the horse is nothing but a minor jab at the Romneys for being the kind of out of touch rich people who participate in such a sport.  But, oh no, according to Ann, it was really an unacceptable, boorish insult:

"Ann Romney, who trains with show horses as part of her therapy for multiple sclerosis, took offense in an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America...”

So, in the face of Romney surrogates accusing Obama of being an un-American, socialist foreigner who is collaborating with our enemies, on an almost daily basis, how does the gutless DNC respond?

"... and now the DNC is saying it will put out no more horse videos, and is expressing regret for offending Ann Romney."

This is the sort of contemptible behavior that has earned Democrats a reputation for being weak, fainting violets who are incapable of standing up to the weakest attack on themselves, let alone defending the country.  There was not one thing wrong with this campaign spot.  The DNC's response should have been to run ten more featuring the dancing horse, not to run for cover after the weakest, most pathetic attack on them.

If the DNC's miserable behavior gets currency in the press over the next couple of days, it could materially damage the great success Obama has had in (very appropriately) making Romney answer for his business practices.  Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, through cowardice- the DNC's specialty.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Washington Post Pimps for Republicans Again

Oh-so-wise Villager Chris Cilizza, in the Washington Post today, quotes this without a word questioning it:

"Perception is becoming Romney’s reality and these issues have now risen above mere distractions,” said John Weaver, a Republican consultant and former senior adviser to Sen. John McCain’s (R) 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns. “The President has had the worst three months of any incumbent, due to the economy, since George H. W. Bush in 1992"

The worst three months since 1992 due to the economy?  As usual, I guess we are supposed to forget the three months from September to December 2008, under George W. Bush, when the Dow lost about 3300 points, and job losses rose to 800,000 a month.

But as usual, any lie told by a Republican, no matter how preposterous, is fine with the Washington Post.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Starting to Panic a Little?

As we see an increasing chorus of demands, even from the right, that Mitt do something to stop the avalanche of suspicions now swirling around his refusal to let people know how he has handled his hundreds of millions, the Romney campaign today seems to be slipping into hysteria.  Two major spokesmen for Romney ramped up the viciousness and desperation of the attacks on Obama.  One, playing the red card, claimed that Obama's backing of green energy technology was turning the United States into the Soviet Union.  And a second stated openly in the national media that Obama "doesn't know how to be an American."

We all knew that it would come down to this sort of thing in the end, but mid-July seems rather early for it.  Unfortunately, I suspect this presages a quick descent into the lower reaches of the gutter, where Mitt's campaign will ensconce itself for the next few months.

At this point, just about everyone, right and left, suspects that there is something really ugly to be learned from Mitt's tax returns; it's hard to imagine why, otherwise, he would be willingly making himself look so shady over this issue.  If he reveals the information, his surrogates are going to have to be even more vicious to turn the press away from the truth, and if he hangs tough, he evidently intends to take the same road.   Either way, it looks like we are in for a campaign of lies and race hatred the likes of which this country has never seen.

Can our democracy stand up to this assault?  I guess we will all find out soon.

Wingnut Wrapup

Pretty much a garden variety crop today.  Green Eagle is only doing this because the collected Wingnut Wrapup is someday going to be required reading in Obama-Communist public schools.  Well, let's get it over with:

Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "Remember When Being on the Government Tit Was a Bad Thing?"

Doug, remember when being a vicious lying racist was a bad thing?  No?

Here's a little more of Doug's fine writing:

"As Providence would have it, at the ripe old age of 21, I extracted my head from my backside via Christ’s effectual grace"

A piece of advice, Doug:  ask Jesus for your money back.  The extraction didn't work.

Daniel J. Mitchell, Town Hall:  "Why Western Europe Became Rich in the Past…and How It Can Regain Prosperity Today"

Daniel claims it's all about government spending.  Listen, you lying pig, Europe got so rich in the past by stealing the rest of the planet's resources, and holding a large part of the world's population in effective servitude.  That ended in a war in which the Europeans killed twenty million of each other fighting over who had the right to control the wealth of non-European countries, and the Europeans have never really recovered.  A good thing too, for the rest of the world.

Michael Youssef, Town Hall:  "Well, the Episcopalians Did It Again...Episcopalian leaders continue to guide their denomination into the abyss"

What, they won't give up the child rape?  Oh wait a minute...that's someone else.  Michael isn't concerned about them.  Here's what really has Michael burnt up about Episcopalians:

"As reported in the Huffington Post, the Episcopal denomination’s General Convention voted this week to make it illegal to “discriminate against anyone.”

So now, they are on the road to Hell.  Good thinking there, Michael.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Camps Duel Over New Obama Ad Featuring Romney Singing...Obama camp says it "pokes fun"; Romney camp says it "mocks" him"

Green Eagle says it does both.  Take a look, if you haven't seen it.  Warning: people with sensitive ears might want to turn down the sound:



Colin Flaherty, World Net Daily:  "Why don't blacks behave?"

No comment necessary.  Here's WND's intro to this insightful (and not a bit racist, no, no, NO!) post:

"Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse"

"What appears to be" meaning (of course) that this trend does not exist in any way, other than in the world of race-baiting right wing lies.  What a surprise, huh?  As you would expect, the article contains a list of alleged incidents in which black people attacked white people, but not one scrap of evidence of the supposed increase in black-on-white crime.

World Net Daily:  "Cross-bearing Texas teen arrives In D.C"

That's nice.  I'm sure he'll have a good time.

World Net Daily:  "Prof accused of ordering students to masturbate"

Well, at least he didn't order them to vote for Romney.  Try to look on the bright side, guys- presumably they got some innocent fun out of the whole thing.

Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "NAACP Furthers Mission of KKK... the mission of the KKK is to suppress blacks.  The black civil rights coalition has assisted in the fulfillment of the KKK's mission for decades."

More sage wisdom from the right wing's favorite house nigger.  And no, I'm not ashamed of referring to someone like Lloyd that way.

M. Catherine Evans, American Thinker:  "Can Republicans Woo Former Obama Youth?"

No.  Simple answers to simple questions.

Now, here's a real treat:  A graphic from our friend Henry Makow showing how the 2008 Beijing Olympic logo is actually a piece of hidden Zionist propaganda, in case you were still worried about it.  I'm sure you will like this:



I mean, who could deny the evidence of their own eyes?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Actually, Republicans Haven't Repealed ObamaCare 33 Times"

Really, Katie?  Oh, they've only had 33 infantile temper tantrums in which they pretended to repeal Obamacare.  Well, that's a lot more responsible of them.

Helen Whalen Cohen, Town Hall:  "What's Up With All These Democrat-Skewed Polls?"

The truth, Helen.  That's what's up with them.  I can see how you'd take exception to that.  You're a Republican- the truth hurts people like you.

Matt Barber, Town Hall:  "Obama, NAACP Pervert Civil Rights...As his re-election hopes dim, the mainstream “progressive” media continue to run interference for Barack Obama. It’s predictable. They no longer even try to hide it. They persist in slobbering on their over-hyped, under-capable would-be savior as his campaign collapses around them. The sycophancy is embarrassing and the desperation palpable. "

I don't have much to say about that, really, just that as a specimen of nastiness combined with projection, it's pretty good, don't you think?

David Stokes, Town Hall:  "Must a VP Candidate Really Be Ready to Be President?...It’s a predictable mantra as speculation mounts about the identity of the person who will occupy the number two spot on the 2012 GOP ticket: The most important thing for a VP selection is that it be someone who is prepared to be president.  At first glance, this rings true. But political history shows that someone who can energize a campaign is actually more important."

One of the most perfect statements of the attitude of the real Republican party I've heard in a long time-  All we care about is winning the election.  Doing what we were elected to do?  Who cares?

Now, the Republican Scandal-That-Isn't of the day:

Aaron Gardner, Red State:  "Public Records Reveal Web of Connections Between Local Green Groups"

The horror! Green groups are working together! And not a single one of them asked Sheldon Adelson for permission.

Now, the Grand Trophy for the Lie of the Day:

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Liberals and “progressives” loved Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator, who achieved power as a socialist and delivered on his promise in the form of fascism...But back in the 1930s, Mussolini was their darling...Liberals delude themselves into believing fascism is a “right-wing ideology.”

No lie too big.  Joseph provides some pictures showing how much Obama is just like Mussolini.  Here are the first two:



Why, the resemblance is startling!  They both have their hands in the air!  Well, here is another guy who must have been in on the plot- his hand's position is even closer to Mussolini's:

Yeah, there's a real fascist for you. 

Chuck Norris, Town Hall:  "Our Founders' Economic Advice to Obama (Part 2 of 2)"

Ha.  Chuck Norris interpreting the economic positions of the founding fathers.  You've got to be nuts if you think I'm going to read that one.

Oh, okay, just a peek.  I guess I am nuts: 

"True, on Jan. 1, 1791, during George Washington's second year as president, the national debt was $75 million...It was also true that Washington accrued $7 million more in debt during his entire eight years as president...The second U.S. president, John Adams, essentially broke even with the national debt during his four years in office by starting his term $82 million in the red, dropping the debt by $4 million in two years and then accruing back the same amount by the end of his term in 1801..."

Well, there you go.  Washington started the country out in debt, and the next president didn't do a thing to lower it.  Man, Chuck, what a great example for Obama to follow. 

Astute Bloggers:  "THE REAL OBAMA: an effeminate privately schooled cocaine user who seemed completely white who defended Communism"

Well, that just about sums up their view.  Nice, huh?  And here's the photo the Astute bloggers used to make their point:



He seemed completely white, huh?  Gives us a lot of confidence in whatever else the Astute Bloggers have to say. 


Well, that's more than enough for Green Eagle to say.  Bye!

Monday, July 16, 2012

"He Didn't Do Anything Illegal"

That seems to be the basic Republican line about Mitt Romney's taxes.

Hey, people like Mitt spent years and tons of money electing a government that saw to it that what Romney has done went from being illegal to being legal.  They bought and paid for that legality.  And that's all that matters, right?

So, elect Mitt and you will see a lot more things that used to be illegal become legal.  Oh, not things that you might take advantage of.  These newly legal actions will be like Mitt's taxes- things that really rich people will find useful- things like destroying the banking system for your own financial benefit, or killing off tens of thousands of jobs in order to suck companies dry.  Oh wait, that's already legal.  It's a free country, you know. 

As for you, a few more years and the only thing that will be legal for you is buying guns.  If you voted Republican, that is.  For Democrats, the only legal thing will be starving to death.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Persistent Republican Lie In Action

Here's a perfect example of the manner in which Republican lies are injected into the public consciousness by endless repetition.  This is a chart (this time from Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit) which we see over and over again in various forms:

A cursory look at this chart would lead people to believe that Obama exploded the Federal budget deficit.  This apparent fact is used to bolster the Republican myth that it is Democrats who are the out of control spenders in the U.S.

However, one thing is wrong with this chart, which Hoft and all the other Republican propagandists know perfectly well:  The line for the year 2009, when the deficit vastly increased, represents not Obama's budget, but the last Bush budget, passed in October of 2008.  The chart should really look like this:

Quite a different story, huh?  Now, we see that it is the Republican Bush who tripled the budget deficit in one year.  In fact, Obama has made significant cuts in the deficit every year that he has been in control, cutting the deficit by about a quarter in three years. At this rate, Obama would succeed by the end of his second term in reducing the deficit to less than half of what he was left with by the previous Republican administration.

This is in contrast, of course, to what would happen under a Romney administration.  Romney's promised tax cuts for the rich and increased defense spending would balloon the deficit far beyond what even Bush managed to achieve, leaving Republicans with no task but their usual one of convincing the American people that, once again, it is somehow the Democrats' fault.

Thus, the lies march onward.

The Great Hymn of Prayer Fails to Show Up

Back in mid-June I reported on a great uprising promised by the Catholic Church.  Here are some of their statements:

 "The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country."

"U.S. Bishops Prepare Catholics for Civil Disobedience: ‘We May Need to Witness to the Truth by Resisting the Law’...bishops of the United States are now preparing Catholics for what may be the most massive campaign of civil disobedience in this country since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and early 1960s."

 Well, where was it?  "...the most massive campaign of civil disobedience in this country since the Civil Rights Movement"  doesn't seem to have amounted to a pile of beans.

I'm not writing this to gloat.  This is a phenomenon that we have seen over and over again with the teabaggers.  Their claims to represent a huge untapped reservoir of angry right wing Americans are proven over and over again to be nothing but lies; yet the press continues to report on this supposed right wing uprising as a legitimate phenomenon that politicians need to accommodate.

Absent massive funding by the Catholic Church or the Koch Brothers et. al. these movements have virtually no existence whatsoever, yet we allow their duplicitous creators to use them to batter the rest of us into capitulating to the demands of the rich and powerful.

I have been reporting on this phenomenon for several years now.  It's a shame that no one else seems to be interested in the fact that these groups have basically no independent existence in any way.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stupid Right Wing Tech News of the Week

Maybe you'd like a Kindle or a Nook, but you're justifiably afraid that they are tools of Satan?  Well, check this out:

"GodPad? Christian tablet makes rapturous debut
Edifi designed to 'get people closer to God'

...if you’re looking to get in God’s good graces, or you’re simply in the market for a family-friendly tablet, you may want to check out Family Christian's Edifi.

Billed as the world’s first Christian tablet, its genesis came with the inevitable intersection of technology and religion, according to Brian Honorable, a technology supervisor at Family Christian, the group that sells the tablet...
“We basically wanted to spread God’s word through a tablet.  It goes along with our mission: trying to get people closer to God … through a tablet.”

...the Christian tablet is more than just an e-reader. It also comes with movie-watching capabilities, Christian radio stations, and even a web browser with built-in “safe search,” so the tablet is safe for the whole family. “We put that on there just in case it was given as a gift to a child, so they wouldn’t have access to things they shouldn’t have access to,” said Honorable."

Man, just what the world needs.  I tried to find out what exactly is allowed by the "safe search-"  for example, is Daily Kos allowed?- but I couldn't get any information about it.  In fact, though, I did learn this:

"American bookstore chain Family Christian is taking a two-year-old Android tablet, silkscreening a new name on it, pre-loading it with a Bible app (27 translations), and — completely disregarding Moses's contribution — selling it as "the world’s first Christian tablet." The device, called the Edifi, was first introduced to the world as the Cydle Multipad M7 back in 2010"

So they just bought out a two year old device that was a loser in the tablet wars, put a bunch of "Christian" crap on it, and are now calling it a stunning new development.  What a world, huh?

By the way, writer, Moses made the first Jewish tablets, not the first Christian ones.  Check it out.

No Posts

I read the following remark by Roy Edroso a couple of days ago at Alicublog:

"AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY I DRINK. Apologies for the paucity of posts this week. They've piled a ton of new work on me at my job...But I'll be frank with you -- a lot of it is just malaise. Sometimes I just can't even, as the kids say. This election seems to have surpassed the last one for stupidity already, and it's only July."

 I can't tell you how much I agree with him.  There is little going on in the country besides the election campaign, and the campaign comes down to the same thing every day.  The Romney people trot out their newest vicious lie, and we spend all of our time documenting what preposterous, evil nonsense it is. In the meantime, the Republican party's miserable stewardship of our country goes unnoticed by the press. And all the time, we know perfectly well that every lie Romney tells reaches a few people who never hear the refutations, keeping this loathsome, near sociopathic, rich jerk somehow still in the running with Obama, long after the country should have rejected him the way a person rejects a bad oyster they ate.  

Like Roy Edroso, I've had about as much of this as I can take, and as he says, it's only July.  We haven't even seen the really disgusting lies.  At this point eight years ago, no one had ever heard of swift boats. The real corporate money will not be spent until October, when its evil claims can't easily be refuted before the election. This is a dismal prospect indeed.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Disgusting?

From Jim Hoft:

"Disgusting!… Dem ‘Trackers’ Tape & Post Video of GOP Incumbant’s Homes Online"

This is apparently a tremendous outrage.

Well, just to make us even, Jim, here's a picture of the Democratic incumbent's home:

Just to remind you.

The March Of Dishonesty Continues

So now it turns out that Mitt Romney flew in some black people who had nothing to do with the NAACP, to attend their convention and cheer during his speech.  He then had the gall to have a meeting with these same people who he brought to the convention, and claim that it was a meeting with NAACP officials who were enthusiastic about his candidacy.

This is shameful, pathetic behavior, but it is just fine with Conservatives, and it is being treated by the mainstream press as just normal campaign behavior.  This is the same press corps that is more than willing to air over and over again Republican claims that Obama's questioning Romney's history in business is somehow way outside the bounds of propriety.

And that's how you get a close race between a thoroughly competent, honest President and a rich crook.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Were We At The Same Place?

Varying responses to Mitt Romney's speech yesterday to the NAACP:

Talking Points Memo:  "NAACP Crowd Boos Romney’s Promise To Repeal ‘Obamacare’"

Crooks & Liars:  "Mitt Romney Loudly Booed at NAACP"

Little Green Footballs:  "Mitt Romney parroted his standard right wing positions to the NAACP convention today...and was booed by the audience several times."

And from the right:

Town Hall:  "Romney Receives Standing Ovation for Straight Talk at NAACP Convention "

Man...you just can't slow them down once they get on a roll.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

31

Thirty one? What's that?  Well, today is the thirty first time in the last 18 months that Republicans in the House of Representatives have turned their attention to bogus efforts to "repeal" the Affordable Care Act.

Since, even if they do pass something, it could never get through the Senate, let alone avoid an Obama veto, this is nothing but a public display of intransigence, and refusal to turn their attention to the nation's real problems.  Yet, every one of these 31 times, we see the mainstream media treat these tantrums as though they are legitimate behavior.  Encourage your dog to stand in the yard and bark his head off every time someone walks by, and by George, it won't be long before he gets to like acting that way. 

P.S.  In the spirit of full disclosure, our Corgi taught himself to stand in the yard and bark his head off, so don't blame us.

He Can't Stop Lying

Who else? Mitt, of course.  Today's example has to do with his supposedly blind trust involving his offshore investments.  Here's a tweet from Radio Iowa's Okay Henderson, regarding an interview he had with her yesterday:

"Romney re: off-shore investments – they’re in a blind trust. “I don’t manage them. I don’t even know where they are,” he says."

Now, this news, from an Obama campaign research document:

"The problem with Romney’s claim? The Bermuda corporation—Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors—was registered in 1997 and Romney was listed as the “the sole shareholder, a director, and president” of the corporation. The Bermuda corporation was under his personal ownership until it was transferred into a blind trust in his wife’s name the day before he was sworn in as governor, possibly to avoid disclosure. In fact, the one fulltax return Romney did release shows that he directly owned the company as recently in 2010 and it was not held in his trust."

Romney has (as always) out and out lied about his tax evasion.  It is essential for the Obama campaign to not pull their usual stunt and simply wake up one day and forget about the whole issue.  Romney does not give a damn about the welfare of this country, or what every citizen owes to it. This behavior is absolutely central  to the issue of why he is grotesquely unqualified to have any role in government, and if Obama doesn't insist that Romney live or die based on his behavior over the last thirty years, the Republicans will once again succeed in swindling the American people into handing over the reins of our economy to a pack of crooks.


The substance of this article from a post at Daily Kos.  I hope I will be forgiven for cribbing from them, but people need to be aware of the endless dishonesty that is all Romney has to offer the American people, and we know that the Wolf Blitzers of this world are going to treat the whole thing as a "he said-she said" thing.


Update:  God in heaven above, who would have thought that Romney could outlie himself on the same day?  Heeere's Mitt taking on the Herculean task of passing himself off as just like Bill Clinton:

"Several times during the event, Romney praised former Democratic president Bill Clinton, who he noted called himself “a new Democrat.”

Clinton, Romney said, “believed in small government, reformed welfare as we knew it” and tried “to get the economy going with trade and other positions, lower taxes.”

 In reality, Clinton signed off on the largest tax increase in the history of the United States, passed in Congress without a single Republican vote.  As a result of this tax increase, the U.S. experienced a decade of dynamic economic growth, and Clinton left the country with a budget surplus, on a path to eliminating the Federal deficit within a couple of decades.  

Then the Republicans took over, and we all know what happened.  Romney wants more of that, please, and he will tell absolutely any lie, no matter how preposterous, on the theory that every lie he tells seems plausible enough to a few low-information voters, so if he just lies long and hard enough, he could end up in the White House.  At the present time, this is the single most salient fact of the entire campaign, but the likes of Wolf Blitzer can't be bothered to mention it. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

They Just Can't Believe It

Here is a little excerpt from a post by Digby, quoting an article by Robert Draper:

"Robert Draper describes the results of focus groups done a few months ago by Democratic groups attempting to define Mitt Romney:

Burton and his colleagues spent the early months of 2012 trying out the pitch that Romney was the most far-right presidential candidate since Barry Goldwater. It fell flat. The public did not view Romney as an extremist. For example, when Priorities informed a focus group that Romney supported the Ryan budget plan — and thus championed “ending Medicare as we know it” — while also advocating tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, the respondents simply refused to believe any politician would do such a thing.
That's really how bad the Ryan budget is: voters don't believe that real politicians would actually do such a thing."

I have made a point before, and this is a good time to make it again.  This problem- that the American people just can't believe that the Republican party is doing what it openly says it is- is hardly restricted to Paul Ryan's budget.   Here is the real ugly truth:  The Republican party is, and has been for at least a couple of decades, been devoted to destroying the middle class and democracy in the United States.  They are intent on turning this country into an oligarchic dictatorship in which all property belongs to a few thousand families, and the rest of the country has been reduced to such desperate poverty that they have no ability to stand up in any way to this minuscule ruling class.  Their intended fate for us is a country that recognizes no restraint on the rich, not even those responsibilities that were a part of feudalism for thousands of years, and are now regarded as miserably inadequate as a form of government.

Here is a historical analogy, and Godwin be damned:  Hitler, in Mein Kampf, laid out exactly what he intended to do if he took power.  Yet almost no one believed that any human being could actually be so callous and evil, so it was dismissed as political exaggeration. 

Well, fool me once, and all that.  These people are out to destroy everything that makes our lives meaningful or even tolerable, so they can consume all the wealth in the world.  They mean it, and they intend to do it.  What's more, they have billions in funds to confuse the American people about their future under Republican rule. 

Hitler didn't need an election to become Reichschancellor.  Romney does have to win an election, but no one said it has to be a fair one.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

Okay, okay, so Green Eagle doesn't have enough constructive to do with his time.  Anyway, here we go again...

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "It’s the Obama Way… 3 Million Kids Now Get Free Lunches All Year Long...The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program provides three million low-income children with free, nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session."

What an abomination!  Free lunches for kids.  Let them get their own God damn food.  Do you know how many car elevators Republicans could buy with the money that it takes to give food to three million poor kids?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Impeach John Roberts Movement Gains Steam"

Jim's proof:  Someone has created an Impeach John Roberts page on Facebook.  That'll tell them!

Rick Berman, Town Hall:  "Mr. Trumka, You Clearly Do Not Understand Freedom"

Not if you think it includes the right to join a union.  Mr. Berman reasons:

"Consider... that over 90 percent of currently unionized employees in the private sector never voted for the union in their workplace"

Sterling logic.  After all, every one of us voted to create the United States.  Otherwise, being U.S. citizens would be the next thing to slavery.

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "The American Revolution was a movement based on ideas, painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in world history."

Freest, most prosperous nation...Until you guys got your hands on it.  I bet you're damned proud of that, Ann.

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "Transportation Secretary Praises Murderous Communists as “More Successful”

Oh, sure he does, Erick.  Man, right wingers will believe anything.  Except the truth, of course.

Tom Blumer, PJ Media:  "Unforced Errors Are Sinking Obama...This time, the president's flubs and his campaign's crassness matter...President Barack Obama’s gaffes, tone-deaf statements, and inadvertent betrayals of his elitist true beliefs now arrive with such frequency that they leave one wondering if he’s deliberately trying to lose "

Projection, much?  Romney's campaign strategy:  Na na na na na, no, you!

Kathy Shaidle, PJ Media:  "As American nuns publicly complain (again) about the evil patriarchal Church, a nasty question hangs in the air: Why don't they just leave?"

Well, personally, I think that would be a good idea, Kathy.  I can't see how any decent person would really want to be part of the same organization that runs the world's largest child rape ring.

Matt C. Abbott, Renew America:  "Priests differ on SCOTUS Obamacare decision"

Priests?  Who gives a flying fuck?

Astute Bloggers:  "CHINA IS A PONZI SCHEME AND IT'S ABOUT TO COLLAPSE, AS ALL PYRAMIDS DO"

It's about to collapse, after about five thousand years.  Man, those guys over there can't do anything right.

Astute Bloggers:  "WHAT WOULD BREITBART DO ABOUT OBAMATAX?"

I know I'm getting repetitive here, but really, who gives a flying fuck?

Astute Bloggers:  "THIS IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA: Lifeguard fired for helping drowning man...A lifeguard who left his section of a Florida beach to help save a man from drowning has been given the sack. Tomas Lopez, 21, was patrolling part of Hallandale Beach north of Miami when he was told that a swimmer was in trouble in an unguarded area of the beach.

"I wasn't going to say no," the lifeguard said.  But his bosses said he had broken company rules and could have put other swimmers at risk. At least two colleagues have resigned in protest.

TRAIL LAWYERS HAVE RUINED AMERICA.  AND THEIR CHIEF TOOL HAS BEEN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY"

No mention, of course, that this lifeguard was fired by a company which took over lifeguard service from the local government when Republicans privatized it.  He was fired because he went outside the area of the company's contract- he would never have been fired if he still worked for the government.  But of course, it's all the Democrats' fault.

Breitbart.Com:  "Breitbart was right. More than any other baseball team, the Dodgers have represented the best of America"

Yeah, until Rupert Murdoch bought them.  Since then, they've sucked big time.  Think about it, right wingers.

Town Hall:  "Is the Obama Administration Outsourcing Green Jobs to Africa Now?"

Well, no.  What the Obama administration did was approve a $20 million dollar grant to “help clean energy projects in Africa get started.”  Nothing about moving American jobs over there- just a very modest attempt to help very poor people somewhere else.  The truth, of course, is hardly enough to prevent Republicans from telling this preposterous lie, which is obviously intended to confuse people worried about Romney's history of actually taking American jobs to third world foreign countries, and making very good money for himself in the process, thank you very much.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Republicans Want More Debt' and Other Democratic Propaganda"

Ignore the fact that virtually all of the national debt piled up since World War II is the direct result of Republican policies.  They didn't want more debt- it just happened by accident while they were busy robbing the country blind.

So of course, it's the Democrats' fault.

Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "What Romney Needs to Say About Romneycare"

"If you don't shut up about that and vote for me anyway, jackals are going to eat your children."  Really, I can't think of anything else that might work for him.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Did the American Revolution violate Romans 13?"

Boy, are we going to lose sleep worrying about that one.

William A. Levinson, American Thinker:  "Obama's Problem Obeying the Law...There is ample evidence that Barack Obama, and people under his supervision, committed at least one felony -- specifically, illegal gambling across state lines"

Obama's awful, unforgivable, hideous crime?  His campaign offered a lunch with Obama as a reward to a lucky small contributor to his re-election campaign. Lunches with the President, as any right-thinking Republican knows, should be reserved for people who give tens of thousands of dollars to a candidate, and then, of course, the lunch isn't gambling, it's a purchase.  That is perfectly legal.

Frank Ryan, American Thinker:  "Fighting this Depression with the Last Depression's Tactics is a Recipe for Disaster"

Actually, the recipe for success, according to Frank, is to fight this depression with the tactics that caused the last depression.  Yes indeed, the very same policies employed by Herbert Hoover between 1929 and 1933 are just the ticket to help us out now.  Here's a piece of free advice for you:  If you believe this, vote for Mitt in the fall.  See where it gets you.

AND NOW THE CONSERVATIVE BLOCKBUSTER NEWS STORY OF THE DAY!

Breitbart.Com:  "Hollywood Reporter: Brad Pitt's Mother 'Anti-Gay'

Man, I'm sure glad we got that settled.

Rich Lowry, National Review Online:  "Obamacare: It’s Not Over-The Roberts decision settles nothing."

Of course not.  It's only settled when Republicans get their way.  We all know that.

Friday, July 6, 2012

But It's All A Hoax

Courtesy of NPR, the places in the United States that saw high temperature records broken in June:

But of course, there were two words that the NPR article didn't dare mention.  Can you guess what they are?  Hint:  Their initials are G and W, and I don't mean George W. Bush.

We Had That Once, Idiot

Mitt Romney today, as paraphrased at Daily Kos:

"Today, he clarified his position in response to a question from a reporter. Unlike the claim in his ad, Romney said his plan wasn't to balance the budget right away. Instead, he said his plan called for saving "more and more money over time, so we're able to get America to a balanced budget in eight to ten years—not in the first year."

Cast your minds back, O Republicans, and you might remember a recent President who did exactly that.

Remember how you treated him?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Little Truth From Krugman

As usual.  You might want to read the whole article:

"Romney wasn’t so much a captain of industry as a captain of deindustrialization, making big profits for his firm (and himself) by helping to dismantle the implicit social contract that used to make America a middle-class society."

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

God, They Won't Give It Up

I mean the Roberts thing.  I'm beginning to think this one Supreme Court vote has totally shaken their confidence that they can buy the Presidency this fall, sending them right into madness.  Here is a really out of control example, from a female jackass named Gina Miller at the ever-disgusting Renew America.  Gina describes herself as follows:

 "a native of Texas and current resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a conservative Christian political writer and radio/television voice professional."

Of course, everyone knows that a "conservative Christian political writer and radio/television voice professional" is far more qualified to assess the constitutionality of legislation than the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the former constitutional law teacher who is currently the President of the United States.  I mean, that goes without saying, right?

Well, here we go. Get ready for wisdom, tempered with an appropriate degree of respect (just kidding):

"There is no "silver lining" to last week's lawless and illegitimate decision by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the other four commie liberals to uphold the unconstitutional individual mandate in Obamacare as a tax (something the Court is not supposed to be allowed to do — re-write a law)."

Commie liberals.  One vote that they didn't like and he's a commie.  And by the way, Gina, Roberts didn't rewrite the law, he just said it is constitutional.  Of course, your career as a radio/television voice professional makes you far more qualified to decide that than John Roberts. Funny no one ever thought of making Don LaFontaine the Chief Justice.  I can hear him now, reading out his opinions:  "IN A WORLD...WHERE MILLIONS HAVE NO HEALTH CARE...ONE MAN STOOD AGAINST THE RICH..."  Man, that would have been something.

"The fact is that this is perhaps the second-worst Supreme Court decision in American history, next to Roe v. Wade"

Even worse than Dred Scott, I guess.  Being healthy is worse than being a slave. 

Of course, we have to consider the possibility that this cracker idiot has never heard of Dred Scott.

"Only idiots do not see that Obamacare is a thing born in the fiery pit of hell...It is about Washington goons determining who will live and who will die. It is about enslaving us under the all-powerful fist of the federal government."


The scary thing here is that I don't think this is a figure of speech.  I think she really believes that Obamacare came from Hell.  Sick, but that's what the right has to offer.

"By now you have likely heard about Jan Crawford's report for CBS News that stated Roberts had initially decided to correctly strike down the unconstitutional individual mandate, but later did a one-eighty and joined the liberal, anti-Constitutionalists on the Court. Although Jan Crawford's report is based on hearsay of two unnamed sources reportedly familiar with the Court's deliberations, it is a very plausible possibility."


Of course, there is not one shred of evidence to support this smear, other than "two unnamed sources," but what the heck, huh?  At least she didn't go as far as the Astute Bloggers and suggest that Roberts changed his vote because Obama threatened to kill his children.

"In his quest to make the leftist media "like" him, John Roberts has instead made himself perhaps the second-most-despised man in all of America, next to Barack Obama (or whatever his name is)"


The second most despised man in America.  Even more than, say, Jerry Sandusky or some Catholic priests you could name.  Because giving children health insurance is far more despicable than screwing them in the shower.  And by the way, Gina, Barack Obama's name is Barack Obama.  Just so we're straight on that fact.


"There very few real men any more, and of those few, even fewer seek higher office. Most "conservative" politicians are simpering, shrinking violets who say "the right things" while campaigning, only to lie down like little women when they get in office "


"Real men..."  "shrinking violets..."  I guess we see what you are getting at here, Gina.  You asshole.


"...we are still reeling from the blind-side, left hook Chief Justice John Roberts delivered to America's jaw. Did he really make that detestably wrong decision because of media pressure, or was it an even more sinister pressure (because I am certain that he knows better than what he ruled)? Whatever his reason, he has betrayed his country. He is a turncoat of the lowest order."

Yup, give people health care and you are a traitor.  What could be more un-American than a healthy public?

Well, there you go.  We are dealing in this country with 27% or so of the electorate who respond to any opposition at all, even from a very right wing Chief Justice, with a display of infantile hatred and violent threats which makes any accommodation with them absolutely impossible.  I don't know how the rest of us are going to rid ourselves of these malignant, ignorant, hate-filled people, but we'd better find a way or we are finished.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Largest Tax Increase in History?

Surprise!  The Republicans are lying again.

It has already become a staple of Republican propaganda that the mandate in the Affordable Care Act is the biggest tax increase in the HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE!  A couple of examples:

Rush Limbaugh:  " And what we now have is the biggest tax increase in the history of the world."

Sarah Palin:  "We now see that this is the largest tax increase in history."

Representative Jeff Landry:  " “This is the largest tax increase on the poor and the middle class in the history of this country..."

Red State:  "The Supreme Court today upheld in its 5-4 decision on the Affordable Care Act the largest tax increase in U. S. History."

Daily Caller:  "Out of all the smoke and mirrors comes the biggest tax increase this country has ever seen." 

Now, please believe me- I could go on all day quoting more examples of this claim, which has become absolutely established fact on the other planet where Republicans live.

Here, courtesy of Talking Points Memo, is a little bit of the truth:


A few minutes work was all it took for them to discover that, as usual, this Republican claim is a malignant lie.  It's mighty hard to have a real conversation about the future of our country with people who will spout any falsehood they can think of rather than admit that they are wrong. And particularly in the face of a mainstream press which will present Republican lies and the truth as equally likely to be correct.  Pretty sad, huh?