Friday, August 31, 2012

Romney Enlightens Us on Economics

Well, Mitt's speech, which the New York Times described as "delivered in a treacly tone with a strange misty smile on his face suggesting he was always about to burst into tears," and which contained (as usual for this disingenuous liar) almost no specifics, is now history.  Here, for your edification is the total of everything Mitt had to say about job creation, of course, with Green Eagle's helpful translation into English:

"I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs." 

The CBO estimates that the economy will produce 12 million new jobs on its own by 2016.  So Mitt has a plan to do the same thing Republicans have done for the last two years to create jobs: nothing.

"Paul Ryan and I have five steps. First, by 2020, North America will be an energy independent by taking advantage of our oil, are coal, our gas, our nuclear, and renewables."

I.e. doing away with regulations on the energy industry, and savaging the environment and Americans' health so some hyper-rich guys can get even richer.  Leave aside the fact that, with 2% of the world's proven oil reserves and 20% of its consumption, energy independence through increased production is a goal that is impossible to achieve.  But it will make a bunch of oil and coal guys a lot richer.

"Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow.  When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance."  

School vouchers.  Boy, that's an original Republican idea.

"Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements, and when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences."

Less regulation on multinational corporations who want to exploit near slave labor abroad and sell their products here.  Of course, for a foreign nation to have no environmental regulations and a near-starvation labor force is not "cheating" in trade- no, for a Republican that's just smart business.

"And fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish, as have those in Greece.  We will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget."

"Of course a total lie, as every Republican economic proposal involves exploding the deficit to give tax cuts to the rich, at which point they will scream all the louder that people on Social Security and Medicare need to suffer to make up the difference."
 
"And fifth, we will champion small businesses, America's engine of job growth.  That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them.  It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small businesses the most, and it means we must rein in skyrocketing cost of health care by repealing and replacing Obamacare."

Doing away with regulations and cutting taxes on corporations and the rich.  And destroying Obamacare and Medicare and Medicaid in the process.

Well there you have it.  Reduced to its essentials, Romney's proposal is to cut taxes on the rich and do away with regulation on corporations.  In other words, not one bit more nor less than the same self-serving cant that Republicans have been pushing on the American people since 1920, no matter what situation the country finds itself in and no matter what its immediate needs are.  At every step for the last hundred years, the Republicans' only thought has been, "how can I exploit this situation to get more for me, regardless of the cost to others," and that's all Romney has to offer us today.We know what it did to us in 1929, and we know what it did to us in 2008.  But that won't stop them, as one of the most monumental avalanches of greed in human history continues its relentless, mindless advance.

You know, after a night's reflection, I think Clint's speech was better.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Green Eagle's Take on the Republican Convention

I don't think anybody is paying any attention.


Update:  Courtesy of Mastercynic, this piece of urgent news:

"Honey Boo Boo' Ratings Top the Republican National Convention

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC's controversial reality show about a self-proclaimed "redneck" family and their Toddlers and Tiaras daughter, hit another ratings high Wednesday night.

The TLC series hits another high in its fourth episode, nearing 3 million viewers and topping cable news and broadcast network coverage of the RNC among adults 18-49."


I think that just about says it all.

Anarchists?

Well, I see that the press has uniformly described the group of soldiers that plotted to kill the President (see below) as an "anarchist militia."

I have been following the militia movement off and on since its inception in the eighties, and I must say, I have never heard of a "militia" that wasn't right wing. 

So, I'm going to stick my neck out here, and in absence of any real information about this group, make the following prediction: the mainstream media, having collaborated with Republicans a couple of years ago to shout down the very idea that right wing terrorists could possibly be a threat, are going to do everything they can to disguise this group's real ideology, which, as with all militias, is hard right wing.

By the way, if it is any indication, it now appears that the leader of this "anarchist" militia attended the last Republican convention.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Oh No, Right Wingers In The Military- Not a Problem!

I'm just going to repeat this story from the British MSN website verbatim:

"US troops plotted to kill Obama

President Barack Obama was the target of an assassination plot by US troops (© AP)

Four US soldiers plotted to assassinate Barack Obama and overthrow the government, a court has heard.

Prosecutors in Georgia said they formed an anarchist militia within the military.

One, private Michael Burnett, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and gang charges in the killings last December of former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Tiffany York.

Burnett said that Roark, who had just left the army, knew of the militia group's plans and was killed because he was "a loose end."

Prosecutor Isabel Pauley said the group bought 87,000 dollars (£55,000) of guns and bomb-making materials and plotted to take over Fort Stewart, bomb targets in Savannah and Washington state, as well as assassinate the president."


And of course, the Obama administration allowed right wing screaming a couple of years ago to make him dismantle the Justice Department unit that was investigating things like this, and basically disavow a report about military involvement in right wing terrorist plots.  By the way, where did four enlisted men get $87,000 to spend on "guns and bomb-making materials?"  I'd like to know that.

So far, of course, this story seems to have garnered far more interest in Britain and Canada than in the U.S. mainstream press.  Just like the murder of two Louisiana policemen by right wing Sovereign Citizen adherents a couple of weeks ago, the press will probably sweep this under the rug too.  After all, there is no such thing as right wing terror, right?

A Preposterous Act of Projection

Can anything be more ludicrous than this claim by Karl Rove, of all people?

"Rove: Obama Discouraging Voting This November"

Yes, in a year when the Republican party nationwide has openly and unashamedly devoted itself to keeping as many Democrats from being able to vote in November, Rove has the unmitigated gall to claim that it is Obama who is discouraging people from casting their ballots.  And how does he explain that?

"Political pundit and former presidential adviser Karl Rove tells Newsmax that President Obama’s re-election tactic is to discourage voting this November by making Romney “unpalatable” to voters who don’t want to vote for the incumbent."

Yes indeed, it is an unforgivable offense on the part of Obama to make Romney "unpalatable to voters."  It is a dirty trick for Obama to point out the obvious fact that his opponent doesn't belong within a thousand miles of the White House.

There is just no end to the shamelessness of the Republicans this year.  They know perfectly well that they have saddled themselves with a uniquely unappealing candidate- Romney has the highest negatives of any Republican presidential candidate in recent history, and the tens of millions they have already spent on political spots haven't succeeded in budging those numbers a bit.  The selection of the execrable Paul Ryan did not succeed in changing polling to any significant amount, and now, with a hurricane overshadowing the Republican convention, their hopes for improvement from that quarter are dwindling.  So, they've got nothing else but to try to intimidate the press into accepting their preposterous notion that Obama is degrading the country by pointing out what an inadequate leader Romney is.  It's all they've got.

Well, it's all they've got except a couple of billion dollars of corporate money to spread their lies in the next two months.  So, who knows?  They might get away with it.  Then, God help us all.

Cause of Hurricane Isaac Explained!

Those trusty scientists at World Net Daily offer their utterly rational explanation of the causes of Hurricane Isaac, in a wonderful display of right wing scientific thinking.  Read, and be amazed!

"WND EXCLUSIVE
Did GOP, Obama actions prompt Isaac?
Author links hurricane to policies toward Israel


TAMPA, Fla. – Could Hurricane Isaac’s disrupting of the Republican convention here be tied to recent policy decisions by the GOP leadership and Barack Obama?

That question is being raised by Bible prophecy expert William Koenig, whose book, “Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel,” links catastrophic hurricanes hitting the U.S. with changes in policy toward Israel."

Of Course!  Why didn't I think of that!  It explains so much!

"Koenig points out that on Tuesday, the day Isaac formed as a tropical storm, the Republican platform committee voted to add a “two-state” position pertaining to Israel for formal convention approval. But former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., quoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demonstrate that the original platform language was consistent with the Israeli position."

And what could be more important to right wingers than subsuming our national policy to the will of a foreign country?  Why, they have always been open to letting other countries dictate our conduct, haven't they?

“This is the second straight Republican convention postponed due to a major hurricane,” points out Koenig. “And this is the third straight Republican convention that became secondary news due to a hurricane. Bush was pressuring Israel during the times of the 2004 and 2008 conventions.”

Koenig links all three convention disruptions to platform committee decisions to support further division of the land of Israel to pave the way for the creation of a Palestinian state."

Schizophrenia, maybe?  Sounds like it to me.

"Koenig also sees significance in the fact that Isaac, the name of Abraham’s son and Jacob’s father, is on a trajectory to hit New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Katrina, putting gulf oil at risk."

Aah, now we know the real Republican concern!  If we don't do what the right wing government of Israel wants, oil profits will suffer.  That would really be a disaster of biblical proportions.

"Katrina, the deadliest and costliest hurricane in U.S. history, hit Aug. 29, 2005, after President George W. Bush urged Israel to withdraw from Gaza. Israeli rabbis and U.S. senators have made note of the historical links between calamitous U.S. storms and U.S. pressures on Israel to divide the land."

Israeli rabbis.  Delusional Israeli rabbis, who think that God would send a natural disaster to punish millions of people because of a plank in the Republican platform, but who stood by and did nothing when our military murdered a million innocent Iraqis.  No, that was just fine with God.  But the Republican platform?  Now that was going too far.

"Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, even terrorist attacks have hit America often within 24 hours of calls by U.S. officials for Israel to withdraw from historically Jewish land.

What does this have to do with Bible prophecy?"

Nothing. 

"It goes back to Genesis and God’s pledge to bless those who bless the children of Israel and curse those who curse them. It’s a prophecy that many Christians and Jews believe is behind the fall of all the world’s empires of the past. That is a prophecy that has seen every empire of the world come and go – yet Israel remains."

Well, actually, it didn't remain.  It has been gone for two thousand years.  That is, if you are referring to a theocratic Jewish state created by the guys in the bible.  The current secular state of Israel has nothing to do with that, and except for a lunatic fringe, no one in Israel claims that it does.

And by the way, this jackass says "That is a prophecy that has seen every empire of the world come and go..."  I wonder if that applies, say, to the Song dynasty of China, in 1279, destroyed by the Mongols, or the Iroquois nation, essentially wiped out by European colonial wars.  I wonder what they did to curse the Jews, which, I suspect neither the Chinese nor the Iroquois had ever heard of.

But wait- there's more!

"...the Obama campaign has refused to distance itself from a radical female rabbi’s support for his re-election bid. Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb is one of 613 rabbis pledging support for Obama under the name “Rabbis for Obama.” But she has called for a boycott against Israeli products, has dined with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and was the first American rabbi to visit Tehran."

The horror! One of 613 rabbis who signed a petition for Obama said something that right wingers don't like!  A perfect reason for the almighty God of Justice to smite millions of people who had nothing to do with any of that! 

Well, there you go.  I'm too lazy to come up with any more sarcasm about this.  Here we have a perfect example of the delusional thinking that passes for political analysis on the right.  There is no possibility that rational people can reach any sort of agreement with people who believe this sort of thing.  This is a thought process devoid of both reason and human decency.  It is a force that has come near to destroying the Western world on many a previous occasion, and here it is again.

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Cautionary Tale

You may have heard about the guy that killed someone at the Empire State Building today.  Ho hum, another murder...but there is one thing that interested me about this story:

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - An out-of-work fashion designer fatally shot a former co-worker near the Empire State Building on Friday and was then killed in a blaze of gunshots by police, stunning tourists and commuters outside of one of New York's most popular landmarks.

Nine bystanders were wounded, possibly all of them by police bullets..."

Nine wounded by police, shooting in broad daylight.  Now, imagine that this shootout had taken place, say, in a dark movie theater in Colorado, and that the people who returned fire were not trained policemen but violent, infantile jackasses living out their fantasy of being Dirty Harry.

Boy those people that want to see lots more idiots wandering around with loaded guns (read Republicans) are really on to a good thing here, right?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

If This Is True, They're Sunk

It's only one poll, but I guess we can let ourselves hear positive news once in a while:

"The advantage Republicans held among seniors in 2010 has been completely decimated. Across these Republican districts, incumbents now hold just a two-point lead with voters over age 64—a group Republicans won by 18 points in 2010. 

Not surprisingly, the leading factor in this shift away from the GOP is Paul Ryan’s war on Medicare."

And yes, this poll is from James Carville, who I never trust too much, but we can dream, can't we?  Without a major lead among seniors, Romney has as much chance of winning in November as the guys in the Coliseum had of beating the lions.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Republicans Reach Moderate Compromise

The day after repudiating Representative Akin's ignorant and malicious comments about rape and pregnancy, the Republicans have announced the abortion plank in their platform:

"Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Republicans drafting their party's official policy platform on Tuesday ratified a call for a Constitutional ban on abortion that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
The vote to endorse the party's long-standing opposition to abortion and support for a "human life amendment" took place at a meeting of the GOP's official platform committee in Tampa, the site of next week's Republican National Convention."

What a wonderful move forward.  Their position is not "women can't get pregnant from rape," but the eminently understandable "okay, women can get pregnant from rape, but we don't give a damn."  Good work, guys.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Magnitude of the Lies

I'm going to provide this without detailed comment, but if you want to see how far the mainstream media will go to help Republicans spin their lying narrative about Obama, check out this one article, a fact-check from The Atlantic of this week's cover story in Newsweek, about why, supposedly, Obama shouldn't be reelected.

It will perhaps astound you to know that, when asked, Newsweek confessed that they do not have anyone to fact-check their own articles, instead relying on the writers to do this on their own.  Well, read the article and see what the result of that policy turns out to be.  It is hard to believe you could find this many right wing lies in a post at World Net Daily or Renew America, let alone a supposedly revered mainstream publication.

More Right Wing Terrorism- The Press Isn't Interested

We have heard a great deal of coverage of the lunatic who worked at a gay counseling center who went into the building housing the Family Research Center (a SLPC certified hate group) and SHOT A GUARD IN THE ARM!!!!!  Here's another story from the last few days that was of no interest to the mainstream press:

"Suspects in Louisiana deputy shootings tied to ‘sovereign citizen’ movement

Police say at least two of the seven suspects arrested for the fatal shooting of two Louisiana sheriffs deputies last Thursday are connected to the anti-government “sovereign citizen” movement.

According to WBRZ-TV, 28-year-old Kyle Joekel and 44-year-old Terry Smith had identified themselves as part of the movement, which was classified as a domestic terror group last year by the FBI.

Joekel and Smith, along with several members of Smith’s family and other associates, were arrested following an ambush on authorities in LaPlace, Louisiana, about 25 miles west of New Orleans. Deputies Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche were killed in the ensuing shootout. Two more deputies were wounded."

I have written numerous posts about the Sovereign Citizens movement, although not for a while.  They lie on the political spectrum between Palin, Bachmann et. al. and the Aryan Supremacists.  Sovereign citizens movement adherents are also closely tied to the militia movement, and the malignantly racist Christian Identity doctrine.

I don't make any apologies for the jackass who shot the guard in the arm, but at least he definitely appears to be a lone actor; these people are part of a movement which exists around the country, and has committed numerous acts of violence, including at least six murders of police officers, previous to this double murder.

But of course, the right's screaming abuse has succeeded in largely silencing any serious treatment of this problem by the mainstream press, almost guaranteeing that it can grow in the dark, until dealing with it will be a really horrible problem.

An Unserious Man

I know I'm harping on the same subject these days, but here is the latest devastating takedown of Paul Ryan, from Paul Krugman.  Just a small sample:

"What Mr. Ryan actually offers, then, are specific proposals that would sharply increase the deficit, plus an assertion that he has secret tax and spending plans that he refuses to share with us, but which will turn his overall plan into deficit reduction. 

If this sounds like a joke, that’s because it is.

...self-proclaimed centrists are always looking for conservatives they can praise to showcase their centrism, and Mr. Ryan has skillfully played into that weakness, talking a good game even if his numbers don’t add up. 

The question now is whether Mr. Ryan’s undeserved reputation for honesty and fiscal responsibility can survive his participation in a deeply dishonest and irresponsible presidential campaign."

As usual, every line of this piece is worth reading, so go read it.  It will be time well spent.  And, thanks to Mastercynic for being the first to bring this to my attention.

And by the way, is the whole country going to sit by and let Krugman bear the entire burden of telling the truth about this deeply cynical man?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Great Republican Leader Appears (again...)

As a sidelight to my comment below on Paul Ryan, and the mainstream press's willingness to trumpet this absolutely party line Republican tax slasher as the economic demigod of the modern era, I give you David Brooks babbling away at the New York Times last year, courtesy of Welcome to Pottersville 2.  His comments are almost insufferable, but this is a great demonstration of what happens when the press tries to "balance" the analysis of Paul Krugman, or even the snark of Maureen Dowd with some conservative committed to nothing but pushing the same old Republican lies:

"What they lacked was courageous political leadership — a powerful elected official willing to issue a proposal, willing to take a stand, willing to face the political perils.

The country lacked that leadership until today. Today, Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, is scheduled to release the most comprehensive and most courageous budget reform proposal any of us have seen in our lifetimes. Ryan is expected to leap into the vacuum left by the president’s passivity. The Ryan budget will not be enacted this year, but it will immediately reframe the domestic policy debate.

His proposal will set the standard of seriousness for anybody who wants to play in this discussion. It will become the 2012 Republican platform, no matter who is the nominee. Any candidate hoping to win that nomination will have to be able to talk about government programs with this degree of specificity, so it will improve the G.O.P. primary race."

Can anyone even comprehend the depths of self-deception necessary for Brooks to have written this hagiographic pile of garbage, about a run-of-the-mill Republican with no more ideas than to cut taxes on the rich, and let the devil take the hindmost?   Here's more:

"...the important thing is the way Ryan would reform programs. He would reform the tax code along the Simpson-Bowles lines, but without the tax increases."

Right.  He'd slash taxes on the rich, and still cut four trillion from future spending.  And where is this money going to come from?  That, he wouldn't say, and still won't to this day.  That's because we all know perfectly well where he intends to get the money- from the ever-dwindling amount the Federal government spends on all of the rest of us.

Brooks' column was titled "Moment of Truth."  "Moment of the Same Old Lies" would have been more accurate; and now thanks to this sort of disingenuous hero-worship, we are stuck with Paul Ryan, the latest in a long line of dishonest Republican hucksters, as our 'bold, brilliant" VP candidate.



Friday, August 17, 2012

The Great Ryan Scam

Well, we all know in advance, don't we, the line that the mainstream press is gong to take about Paul Ryan.  He is the brilliant intellectual policy wonk who has done the math, who really understands the economics of the Federal budget; he is the bold, brave leader who is willing to put forth a carefully developed plan to solve the problems of our runaway deficits (which were of course caused by profligate Democrats.) And this is what we hear, from all sides.  The press is so desperate to find reason and balance on the Republican side of the aisle that they are going to push this fantasy from now until election day, despite the truth that is staring them in the face.

So, let's take a look at the basics of the Ryan plan:

1. Ryan's original plan (supported by virtually all Republicans, including Mitt) vastly slashes taxes on the rich, including doing away with all capital tax gains- a move which would have left Mitt Romney with a Federal tax burden for 2010 (the only year for which we have records) of 0.82%.  This would have reduced Mitt's personal tax payments from the ludicrously low rate he already paid, by 2.8 million dollars. This would have been made up for by "closing loopholes;" i.e. raising taxes on everyone else via such things as eliminating the mortgage deduction, doing away with the earned interest tax credit, and slashing Medicaid and all other domestic programs.  Of course, neither Ryan nor Mitt will admit this in public, but with military spending due to rise in their proposals, there really is no other choice.

2. Ryan has proposed "privatizing" both Medicare and Social Security. Let us not fool ourselves: this is but the first step in a systematic plan to destroy them.

 As for Social Security, here is what he has in mind:

"Under Ryan’s initial version, American workers would be able to invest about half of their payroll taxes, which fund Social Security, in private accounts. As a plan to reduce government debt, it made no sense. It simply took money from one part of the budget and spent it on private accounts, at a cost of two trillion dollars in transition expenses. But, as an ideological statement about the proper relationship between individuals and the federal government, Ryan’s plan was clear. [...]"

If you care to read the actual bill, you can find it here.  At this point, after 2008, we all know what a disaster it would have been to force average people to place their retirement income into the stock market, competing against huge companies that are utterly dishonest, and which have vast computer networks enabling them to make millions of trades a minute.  Yet, this is still what Ryan proposes.  This is, in fact nothing but a plan to force workers to place their savings in a place where they can be promptly stolen by the rich.

As for Medicare, we have all heard that, under Ryan's original 2010 plan, costs to the average Medicare recipient could increase by as much as $6,000.  Ryan issued a new plan, after even Republicans screamed about that one, which supposedly isn't quite so cruel, but conveniently for him, no real numbers seem to be available to evaluate its effects.

It has been the desire of Republicans to destroy Social Security and Medicare programs ever since they were created by Democrats, and this is the traditional way they set about doing it.  We all know that this would be only the first step in reducing the amount of these benefits until they mean nothing; although I haven't heard a word from the Republicans about reducing the amount they intend to collect from working people during their entire working lives, while they continue to gut these programs more and more at every step.

3.  The notion that Ryan is concerned with reducing the deficit is a sick joke.  The Ryan budget plan, in every impartial analysis, has been proven to result in vast increases in the budget deficit.  Here's (who else?) Paul Krugman:

"Look, Ryan hasn’t “crunched the numbers”; he has just scribbled some stuff down, without checking at all to see if it makes sense. He asserts that he can cut taxes without net loss of revenue by closing unspecified loopholes; he asserts that he can cut discretionary spending to levels not seen since Calvin Coolidge, without saying how; he asserts that he can convert Medicare to a voucher system, with much lower spending than now projected, without even a hint of how this is supposed to work. This is just a fantasy, not a serious policy proposal.

What Ryan is good at is exploiting the willful gullibility of the Beltway media, using a soft-focus style to play into their desire to have a conservative wonk they can say nice things about. And apparently the trick still works."

 Ryan and the Republicans know this perfectly well.  Their entire years-long campaign of screaming about the deficit is nothing but a charade, to justify taking even more away from ordinary people in the future, until only the hyper-rich are left with anything.  Here is a glimpse into the truth of deficit spending, from Ernest Canning at Bradblog:


This chart speaks for itself.  Canning comments:

"None of that, of course, has kept the bulk of the "Lamestream Media" from repeating the myth of Republicans as "fiscal conservatives," a concept this site has spent many years attempting to debunk. Last night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow did exactly the same thing when it came to the claim that Mitt Romney's newly chosen Veep pick, Paul Ryan, is a "fiscal conservative."

To borrow from CNN's Soledad O'Brien yesterday, "I understand that this is a Republican talking point because I've heard it repeated over and over again" --- in this case by the Beltway Media --- but "you can't just repeat it and make it true."

As I pointed out above, Ryan makes the claim that cuts in Government spending will offset the huge windfall he proposes to give to the rich, but of course, just like Romney, he refuses to specify what these cuts will be.  He makes it clear, however, that it won't be from our bloated military budget.  What does that leave?  Here's Dean Baker:

"Does Paul Ryan know what's in his budget?  If the news media had to work for a living, this is what they would all be asking right now. The reason is simple. The projections the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) made for Representative Ryan's budget imply that he literally wants to shut down the federal government.

His budget implies that after three decades the federal government will have no money to spend on health research, education, highways, airports, and other infrastructure, the Food and Drug Administration and most other activities that we associate with the federal government. His budget has money for Social Security, Medicare and other health programs and the Defense Department. That's it."

The great Republican dream- to make government small enough that they can drown it in a bathtub.

So there is a taste of the real Paul Ryan:  vast tax giveaways to the Republicans' rich contributors, through out of control military spending, and through massive tax cuts for the wealthy, funded by slashing and destroying what everyone else expects from the government; utterly bogus claims to cut the budget deficit, while actually ballooning it so that, in the future, even more sacrifice can be demanded of the non-rich, and all of it, delivered to you by the mainstream press wrapped in ecstasy  about how brilliant and brave it all is.

Does this sound familiar to you?  Rather than being a great thinker, all Paul Ryan has to offer is the same Republican economic garbage that they have rammed down our throats for a hundred years, at the cost of two depressions and God knows how much money wasted in corrupt giveaways to their backers, a financial system in ruins and a future filled with anxiety.  Ryan- meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Truth From Krugman

As usual, a brilliant comment:

"So, let me clarify what I believe is really going on in the choice of Paul Ryan as VP nominee. It is not about satisfying the conservative base, which was motivated anyway by Obama-hatred; it is not about refocusing on the issues, because R&R are both determined to avoid providing any of the crucial specifics about their plans. It is — as Jonathan Chait also seems to understand — about exploiting the gullibility and vanity of the news media, in much the same way that George W. Bush did in 2000."

And as usual, I recommend that you click on the link and read the rest.

As I have now said several times, the Democrats could crush the Republicans with ease in any electoral contest; what they cannot do is beat the unholy alliance between the Republicans and the Press which is a fact of life in American politics today.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Swiftboating 2012

The "Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc."  Just go read the article.  It's making me too sick to my stomach to even think about it.

Romney Sinks Lower

Take a look at this 49 seconds of Mitt Romney speaking today:



And what prompted this particular specimen of disingenuous outrage? Well, this:

"Vice President Joe Biden sparked a campaign commotion Tuesday, telling an audience in southern Virginia that included hundreds of black voters that Republican Mitt Romney wanted to put them "back in chains" by deregulating Wall Street."

That's it.

This is from a candidate whose party has spent the last three years accusing Obama of being a Communist, a Muslim terrorist, Satan, the Antichrist, a gay man who murdered his lover, a sleeper agent programmed to destroy the United States, a foreign born traitor, and endless other lying smears.  This is from a candidate whose entire campaign has consisted of lies about Obama, extending to fraudulently edited film clips on several occasions that made Obama seem to say the exact opposite of what he really said.

 This is shaping up to be a real orgy of ugliness.  God help us if it works.

A Thought on the Dynamics of the Campaign

As an excuse for the mainstream media's constant coddling of Republican candidates, we hear over and over again that they want elections to be "horse races" because the American public won't focus on a race unless it seems to be close.  Well, I have never been satisfied with that explanation, but in this case, I think there may be an even more compelling narrative for the next three months, which will really interest low-information American voters.  That would be watching the smug rich bully getting the bejesus kicked out of him.  In this narrative, Romney plays Biff Tannen, to Obama's Marty McFly.

We'll see, but I think there are some signs that the press (or at least some small part of them) isn't willing to serve as the willing handmaidens to the people who want to usher in eight more years of depression.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

Let me start out with a quote from Americablog:

"I will say that the level of vitriol, and outright lies, coming from the Romney folks, and the Republicans generally, have started to make me wonder if the GOP isn't already in panic mode about November election. "

I'm not ready to go there yet.  In fact, I must confess that, having grown up as a Cleveland Indians fan and never believing they were going to win even when they were up seven runs with two out in the bottom of the ninth (who says childhood psychological trauma can't scar you for life,) if Obama gets 420 electoral votes, I won't believe he won until about December 15th.  But that's just me.  On with the fun:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Team Obama Already Freaking Out Over Ryan Pick"

If by "freaking out," you mean jumping for joy.  Remember Sarah Palin's joke about "what's the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom?  Lipstick..."   Well, you know what the difference between a pit bull and Paul Ryan is?  The pit bull was bred to be that way.  Paul Ryan is the way he is because he likes being a prick.

By the way, I've been following Katie's meteoric rise at Town Hall the last year or so.  Katie seems to be someone out of the Fox News school of commentators; i.e. a marginally good looking blonde willing to repeat whatever vile lies the right comes up with.  Worth keeping an eye on:




Isn't she cute?  Just what we need in this country, running our government based on the views of a 22 year old girl who has been groomed by Republicans for years to spout conservative crap.

Walter E. Williams, Town Hall:  "Here's my question: Why are the horrors of Nazism so well-known and widely condemned but not those of socialism and communism?"

Nazis- 50 million dead, millions of them exterminated in death camps.  Socialism- everyone gets medical care and retirement income.  I'll tell you what, Walter, I bet if you really think about it, even you can figure this one out.

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "The Moment All the Doubts About Romney Resurfaced on the Right...Defending Romney and combatting the ad, Romney spokesman Andrea Saul . . . “To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,”

Yeah, people would have had health care.  What better reason for Conservatives to turn on Romney?  If he's going to wreck their pleasure in watching their fellow Americans die in agony, what good is he to the right?

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "Barack Obama is a Murderer"

A wonderful example of the sort of reporting that earned Erick his job at CNN.  Liberal press, right.

David P. Goldman, Pajamas Media:  "When Does Religion Become Illegal?"

In case you need a hint, this article is illustrated with a picture of the Ka'aba.

Madhav Khandekar, PJ Media:  "Climate Catastrophe or Media Hype?"

Oh, hype for sure.  I mean, aren't two thirds of the counties in the United States classified as disaster areas every summer?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Hannity Interviews Obama Classmate Wayne Allyn Root on President’s Mysterious Columbia Years "

This is all over the right wing blogosphere these days.  Of course, this particular Obama "classmate" never even met Obama at Coulumbia, but his story is entirely credible, right?  After all, he has provided the absolutely convincing evidence that "his gut" tells him that something is wrong with Obama.  That certainly more than passes the right wing test for reliability.

Breitbart.com:  "Tag Team: Reid, White House Work Together to Attack Romney on Taxes "

The dirty dogs!  Two Democrats working together on the re-election campaign.  That's soooo unfair!

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "Liberals' Secret Weapon: Republicans Who Don't Read...Fifty years from now, everyone will agree that Karl Rove committed treason by revealing the identity of CIA "spy" Valerie Plame, tea partiers shouted the N-word at a black congressman and Duke lacrosse players gang-raped a stripper."

Ann, I hate to break it to you, but everyone but you forgot about the Duke lacrosse players a few years ago.  As to the other two things you cite, let's hope people believe them- they're true.  Choke on that, sweetie.

Hugh Hewitt, Town Hall:  "Mitt Romney came on my radio show yesterday and fielded question after question on the burgeoning controversy over President Obama’s plans to gut the work requirement for welfare."

I wonder if you guys also discussed President Obama's plans to have lizard people from outer space eat the Republican members of Congress, since that is exactly as true as your lie about "President Obama’s plans to gut the work requirement for welfare."  Nice work as usual, Hugh.


John Ransome, Town Hall:  "When an Insufferable Blowhard Runs Out of Money This is What it Looks Like"

John is spreading the usual Republican lies about Obama again.  Well, we will never have to see this scenario play out for the truly insufferable Mitt Romney.  If he runs out of money, he'll just buy a company, fire all its employees and loot their pension fund.  After all, that's how he got rich the first time.

Repair Man Jack, Red State:  "I can’t imagine anything much that could diminish Barack Obama further as a human being."

He could become a Republican.  There's always that.

And now, the preposterous delusion of the week, from a comment on a World Net Daily post:

"Rupert Murdock is firmly in the pocket of George Soros"

Man, someone is off his meds.

Next, the Black Is White award:

Ethel C. Fenig, American Thinker:  "Environmentalism is unhealthy for the planet"

You can't make this stuff up.  Luckily we don't have to make it up here at Green Eagle- the Republicans kindly provide all we can handle for free.

And finally, the leading contender for the "La La La I Can't Hear You I Have My Fingers In My Ears" trophy"

Mike Flynn, Breitbart.com:  "CNN Is Just Making Up Poll Numbers Now"

Apparently, a lot of other people are making up the same numbers, Mike.  It's all just a great big conspiracy.  Keep telling yourself that.  Then in November, you can tell yourself that Obama stole the election by having dead people vote.  That's pretty much the plan, right?

Astute Bloggers:  " IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO WAS SMART ENOUGH NOT TO PAY ANY TAXES FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS, THEN...LET'S ELECT HIM PRESIDENT."

How about Charlie Manson?  I hear he hasn't paid taxes for the last ten years.

Newsmax:  "Dick Cheney’s Secret: How to Stop Obama"

Shoot him in the face? 

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "The One Thing You Need to Know About the Democrat Plan to Attack Paul Ryan...

"@BarackObamaFACT: Paul Ryan would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher program, costing seniors up to $6,350 a year.

This was merely an official tweet from Barack Obama, but Democrats have been promoting this for years. No matter how many organizations analyze this framing of the Ryan plan as "ending Medicare as we know it," the Democrats will cling to something that they think works."

God, the Democrats are going to tell the truth!  They're descending into the gutter already!

Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "Progs – "Mitt Romney Is the Worst Human Ever, Ever, Ever"

Lying again, Doug.  See, on the left side of the political spectrum, we haven't forgotten about Dick Cheney.  By the way, readers, do I even need to tell you that Dougie couldn't find a single example of a progressive saying any such thing?  I bet you are so surprised, given his reputation for honesty and serious journalism.


Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "The left will attempt to tie Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy around Ryan's neck and drag him down."

Ryan already tied Ayn Rand around his neck.  The left will only be trying to get the mainstream press to notice the corpse hanging there.

Roger Kimball, PJ Media:  "The Comeback Team...I’ve been saying for some time now that Romney will beat Obama by a landslide. His choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as a running mate makes me even more confident that Romney will trounce Mr. Hope ’n Change."

The comeback team?  Oh, so you admit that up until now, Romney has been losing?

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Romney: Ryan Is 'an Intellectual Leader of the Republican Party'

Sort of like saying that Moe is the intellectual leader of the three stooges.

Tara Servatius, American Thinker:  "Ryan Pick Targets Key Demographic "

Yeah, stupid people.  The key demographic for Republicans.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

What if They Had a Party

And nobody came?  Here's something I find rather interesting:

It's an image from Yahoo of the top ten stories that people are looking at today.  Notice something, or should I say someone, missing from the list?  Newt and Hillary and Gramps McCain are on there, but not Paul Ryan. 

You know, the choosing of a vice presidential candidate is one of the biggest political stories of the entire campaign.  The selection of Sarah Palin, as insane as it was, electrified people.  Not this guy.  The main feeling I get from watching the news the last two days, is that virtually no one cares.  Will he give Romney a bump in the polls?  Yeah maybe a couple of points for a couple of days, then it will be back to "where are your taxes?"  Mitt has squandered his vice presidential pick, just like he squandered his trip overseas, his supposed business advantage and everything else.  The right wingers will never really like him and, frankly, never will anyone else. 

I'll tell you what I think- and I must admit that I have no proof of this; it's just a feeling I have.  I think Romney was doing so badly that there were Republican insiders that were looking for a way to dump him.  Romney rushed into this VP announcement to eat up news cycles before the convention, and to make it essentially impossible for anyone to dethrone him.  They're stuck with Mitt now, and Mitt is stuck with a guy standing right behind him ready to shove a knife in his back if he deviates an inch from the wingnut party line.

Good luck with that, guy.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney/Ryan

The logo:

Mitt Leaps Off A Cliff

And into waters inhabited by one very hungry shark from Wisconsin.  Well, I certainly can't resist writing about this.  After all, Green Eagle specializes in mean-spirited sarcasm, and that is (in my opinion) the only attitude that makes any sense here.

Of course, let me preface these remarks with my usual caveat:  The Republicans still have their billions in unregulated corporate money, and depending on how low they go when using them, we could still end up with this execrable fool as our President.

So Romney was bullied by a few days of right wing pressure into selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate.  Here is what he has accomplished in the most important move of his Presidential campaign:

First, he has demonstrated to the world that he is a man at once gutless, and lacking in any kind of principle other that a craven attempt to advance his own interests.  He has willingly capitulated to the pressure of a long out of control radical base, regardless of the fact that he must know that Paul Ryan makes it almost impossible for him to reach out to anyone who is not on the hard right.

Second, in the tradition of Republicans since Bush, he has selected a vice presidential candidate who is far more ruthless and committed to right wing ideology than he himself is.  Paul Ryan is a fanatic, who, like both Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin, has talked himself into believing that he is smarter and more knowledgeable than anyone else, and who believes he was put here to do what he wants, because only he has the keys to the truth. Like Palin (only more so) he will not hesitate to turn on Romney if Romney does not slavishly embrace the party line as interpreted by Paul Ryan. And like Cheney, he speaks for core Republicans in a way that Romney could never hope to. Ryan is the master of the base, and so Romney has essentially given away control both of his campaign, and his administration, should it ever come to that.

And I have not even begun to get to the policy baggage that Romney has just inherited.  He is now wedded to the destruction of Medicare, vast new tax cuts for the rich, and an exploding deficit.  If Democrats can cut through the Republican lie machine enough to get the American people to understand nothing more than that, Romney is dead.  Of course, one can never afford to underestimate Democratic messaging weakness, but the chance is sure there.

I am sure that no one thought anyone we would ever live to see could have made a more disastrous vice presidential choice that John McCain did.  Well, it may have only taken four years for that to occur.  It will be so interesting to see the Republicans flailing to present this to the American people as a great move.

Friday, August 10, 2012

It's Whinin' Time In Romney Country

After spending several months running a campaign against Obama which has consisted almost entirely of telling lies about him, Tough Guy Mitt, who can be so strong when other people's jobs are at stake, seems to be close to tears concerning his own would-be job. 

Here's Mitt today:

"Romney To Obama: Please Stop Attacking My Business Record, Taxes

Mitt Romney, battered by Democratic attacks over his Bain Capital record and taxes, is calling on President Obama to agree to a truce over his business career.

“Our campaign would be — helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon — business or family or taxes or things of that nature,” Romney said...

Romney said he would prefer the campaigns “only talk about issues,” and claimed that “our ads haven’t gone after the president personally"

So, here's the English translation of the above:  Romney, after claiming that his business history was the main reason to vote for him, is now asking for a "truce" in which Obama agrees to never say a word about Romney's real past as a rich corporate vulture, and in return Romney agrees to stop telling lies about Obama every day.

Oh wait- no, Romney didn't say a word about his endless lying smears of Obama.  That is perfectly okay.  Here's the real deal: any time an Obama campaign strategy is working, Obama agrees to abandon it; in return, he gets...nothing, not even a commitment from Romney to abandon the lowest sort of lies.  Romney is perfectly free to use billions in corporate money to spread any kind of vicious distortion about Obama he can think of; that is well within the bounds of acceptable campaigning.  Of course, Romney doesn't have any record of dealing with the national economy, so by agreeing to not talk about Romney's history in business and as governor of Massachusetts, Obama would be basically committing himself to say nothing about Romney, while Republicans would go on calling Obama a Communist Muslim terrorist bent on destroying the United States, and far worse before this is over.

Now, that's the kind of election that Republicans could really get behind.  Coincidentally, it's the only kind they can possibly win, with this loser as their candidate.

Really, like any bully, Romney is nothing but a whining crybaby when things don't go his way.  Just what we need.  If we are going to be stuck with a Gordon Gecko-like corporate crook in the White House, at least can we have one who won't go running home to mama when things don't go his way?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

In Itself, A Perfect Reason to Never Let Romney Anywhere Near the White House

Here's something that will make you sick to your stomach:

"For secretary of state, most advisors interviewed for this article said that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is under serious consideration at the top levels of the campaign."

Man, if Obama is still searching for something that will energize Democrats, this would sure be it.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Louisiana Points the Way In Education

The way straight to the end of any hope that the American people will be capable of maintaining a place in the industrialized world, other than at the bottom, with Indonesia, El Salvador, et. al.

This story, from Mother Jones, has gotten a lot of attention, but it is so down Green Eagle's alley that I cannot resist commenting on it.  Louisiana, under that great American Patriot and former exorcist, Republican governor Bobby Jindal, has pretty well decided to abandon the foolish notion that it is the responsibility of citizens in a democracy to provide an adequate public education to all children, and has decided that it is a far better idea to collect money from the taxpayers and pretty much give it away to anyone far right enough or "Christian" enough that comes along with their hands out, claiming they are starting a "school."

Deanna Pan, at Mother Jones, has kindly compiled a list of fourteen things that are taught in the textbooks used by many of these so-called schools.  I'm going to reprint the list, but I want to encourage you to click on the link above and read some of the explanations of these claims that Ms. Pan has assembled.  It will give you a good laugh, and make you cringe at the same time:

"1. Dinosaurs and humans probably hung out
2. Dragons were totally real
3. God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ
4. Africa needs religion
5. Slave masters were nice guys
6. The KKK was A-OK
7. The Great Depression wasn't as bad as the liberals made it sound
8. SCOTUS enslaved fetuses
9. The Red Scare isn't over yet
10. Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson were a couple of hacks
11. Abstract algebra is too dang complicated
12. Gay people "have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists."
13. "Global environmentalists have said and written enough to leave no doubt that their goal is to destroy the prosperous economies of the world's richest nations."
14. Globalization is a precursor to rapture"

The authorization for this is contained in a State law.  According to the State of Louisiana, the law:

"gives Louisiana’s students and families the option of enrolling in state-funded courses via approved course providers.

Course Choice: Creates new opportunities for students in grades K-12 to take courses from an array of providers and across a full range of disciplines"

New opportunities for students to spend thirteen years being force-fed as big a pack of lies as the world has ever seen.

It is hard to even imagine how unprepared to compete with workers in other countries our children will be if they are brought up on this tripe.  This is one more step in the deliberate plan of the Republican party to reduce the American working populace to the lowest common denominator, in order to further the abject servitude to the hyper-rich which is the Republican party's only real governing principal.  The rest of us can rot, and if good Republicans like potential vice-presidential candidate Bobby Jindal have their way, we can rot as fast as possible.

You Knew It Was Coming

In my daily search for wingnut idiocy I have been a little surprised about the virtually total ignoring of the Sikh shooting.  I wonder why that might be.  Now, finally, the dam is starting to break, and the result,  from Bryan Fischer, one of the Catholic Church's most disgusting defenders, should surprise nobody:

"Fundamentalist Christian radio host Bryan Fischer says that the white supremacist who massacred six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin must have been a liberal...On his Tuesday American Family Association radio show, Fisher said that Wade Michael Page could not be connected to the tea party because he had threatened to leave the country if (Herman) Cain was elected president."

It's been some time since I have talked about one of the most constant characteristics of the American right- their absolute incapacity to take responsibility for the negative results of anything they do.  And of course, since their actions are based on a hate-filled and ludicrous mangling of history, virtually everything they do, from Iraq to the economy to dealing with global warming, and on and on, does end disastrously.

After over forty years of following them, I don't think I can name a single thing which is so absolutely universal among them.  So, it's inevitable that, confronted with a mass murder committed by a far-right Aryan supremacist who was egged on by years of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hatred from every corner of the right wing noise machine, they would simply declare that this jackass is really a liberal.  We've seen this over and over again, the supreme example being their malignant insistence that the Nazis were really liberals (yes, Mr. Fischer goes there again,) and we will be seeing more of it, now that Bryan Fischer has broken the ice.  Not surprising, but still very painful.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

Man, the political scene in the United States these days has degenerated into such a boring round of Republican lying that I can't bring myself to write posts that won't accomplish a thing except annoy my few readers.  Well, in the meantime, here's one more glance into Republican thinking, starting with this comment about the campaign:

Victor Davis Hanson, Town Hall:  "100 Days is a Long Time"

Panicking, what?

Michael Barone, Town Hall:  "Partisan Divide: Eggheads Get What They Wished For "

Eggheads?  Eggheads?  Where do these people get this stuff?  From Archie comic books from 1957?  Listen, you've got to come up with something better than eggheads if you want that sort of thing to work.  How about Islamocommunist fascist terrorists?  What?  You've tried that one too?  It didn't work either, except among ignorant racists who were going to vote for you already?  Man, you are sunk.

Ben Shapiro, Town Hall:  "The Democratic Party Fascists Take Over"

That would be the boycott of Chick-Fil-A.  Yes indeed, not buying some crappy chicken sandwich is the same as starting a war that killed 50 million people.  Well, Rep. Steve King told us recently that giving women health care was the same as Pearl Harbor, so I guess health care is the same as mass murder.  But wait, there's more:

Erik Rush, World Net Daily:  "German Jews and the Chick-fil-A flap- totalitarian Nazis started persecution with business boycotts"

Well, we knew that was coming, didn't we?  By the way (not that it matters, I guess,) his claim is, of course, a complete lie.  The Nazis started with meetings of thugs in beer halls, violent attacks on other political parties and an attempt to overthrow the Bavarian government, but how much historical accuracy would you expect from someone who compares not buying a chicken sandwich to kristallnacht?  And you think we're done yet?

Robert Stacy McCain, The Other McCain:  "Hitler: ‘My Main Goal of Supporting the German Community Outweighed the Collateral Damage to Poland …"

Hitler!  What was Mr. McCain maundering about this time?  Some guy drove through the Chick-Fil-A line and said something mean to the girl at the window!  Yes, a liberal saying something mean- exactly the same as Hitler invading Poland!

Andrew C. McCarthy, PJ Media:  "Islamic Democracy' Does Not Make Statesmen out of Terrorists"

Well, Andrew, American democracy didn't make statesmen out of Bush and Cheney.   Or Romney either, as we've so recently learned during his little trip overseas. So we're even.  Or maybe even ahead by two.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Government Motors Profits Fall 41% in Second Quarter-Barack Motors Tanks"

Well, here's a real sign of how much right wingers really love capitalism.  One of the United States' largest and most iconic private companies sees its profits go down, and there are the wingnuts standing there cheering.  If you needed any more proof that they will see the whole country collapse rather than have to face the fact that Barack and the Democrats did something right, well, here it is.

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "25 Examples of What America Would Be Like if We Were All Christian Conservative Tea Partiers"

Well, don't expect me to read this garbage, but here's one example, courtesy of Green Eagle:



See, two can play that game.  Of course, taking a look around, Green Eagle just might be telling the truth about this one, sad to say.

Elizabeth Meineke, Town Hall:  "86 Percent of ABC, CBS, NBC Evening News Stories on Romney's Overseas Trip Emphasized His 'Missteps'

The truth hurts, jackass.  What did you expect, "Romney keeps away from Rifalca, triumphantly avoids breaking horse's leg before Olympics?"  Because that's about the only positive thing that happened on Mitt's trip.

Demetrius Minor, Town Hall:  "The Left Continues To Ignore Rampant Voter ID Fraud"

Needless to say, Demetrius could not find one single example to put in his article.  I actually know of two- a Republican candidate caught a couple of weeks ago whose wife has voted in every election despite being dead for five years, and Ann Coulter. Not that much of a Democratic plot, really.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Barack Obama is Harry Reid's "Credible" Source...According to Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu, Harry Reid's "credible" source who supposedly told him Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes for ten years, is actually Barack Obama and his campaign team."

Right.  And you know this how? 

"Sununu said he suspects the White House is behind Reid’s claims because Obama launched similar attacks against Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain and Hillary Clinton during the 2008 campaign."

Really.  He did?  He accused McCain and Palin of not paying their taxes?  Funny, I don't remember that.  I guess Sununu must be right- after all, we never see anything false at Town Hall, do we?

Town Hall:  "Whoa: New Book Details Obama's "Disdain," "Anger" Towards Romney"

This one might be true.  Mitt tells new lies about Obama every damned day.  How do you expect Obama to feel about him?

Craig Steiner, Town Hall:  "Global Warming Debunked by Intelligent Design"

Man, there's no end to the stupidity.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "They’re Ba-ack!… #Occupy Goons Screaming “F**K Obama!” Attack Campaign Office – Smash Windows"

And Jim knows the vandals are Occupy protesters how?  Well, he never gets around to explaining that.  Of course he didn't considers the likelihood that people who would scream "F**C Obama" might come from, shall we say, the other side of the political spectrum.  No, of course not.  Conservatives never resort to violent attacks on liberal politicians.

The Washington Times:  "Obama arming al Qaeda"

The horror!  Our President is giving arms to our enemy!  Impeach the bastard!  

Well, not quite...after about a year and a half of being screamed at by the Republicans for not starting another war against Arabs in Syria, Obama is giving some military supplies to the rebels.  So, now what they've been howling for becomes an act of treason.  Republican thinking at its finest.

World Net Daily:  "Music superstar unloads "truth" about Obama"

Music superstar:  Charlie Daniels.  Charlie Daniels?  God, that guy is even more of a has-been than Ted Nugent.  That's the best they can do...some washed up redneck with a violin.  We'll stick with the Boss.

Jack Cashill, American Thinker:  "What Would Che Think of Same-Sex Marriage?"

Man, that one is keeping us up nights, huh?

Jeannie DeAngelis, Renew America:  "Obama stoops to new fundraising lows...Exploitative fundraising efforts have included featuring the family dog Bo in the $5-donation "Throw Bo a Bone" fundraiser"

Bo. Man, that's hitting below the belt.  Who knows if Bo even intends to vote for Obama?

Robert Stacy McCain, The Other McCain:  "Dennis Miller’s Opinion Of Harry ‘Dingius Maximus’ Reid Hasn’t Improved"

Boy, that must have really hurt Harry's feelings.

Well, Let's finish with this one.  Green Eagle's wanderings throught the right wing sewer took a little bit of a wrong turn the other day, and he came across the following:

Defender of Precious Truth:  " Admit it, u cowardly puke: U'RE TOTALLY TERRORIZED BY JEWS (and their suck-alongs)...One of the reasons it's so easy to lose respect for the scum of USA--"the people"--is they're such addicted puke  to --the TV and false "prosperity"--MAMMON worshippers, truly.

But further, and most of all, they're (the "people," again) TOTALLY TERRORIZED and intimidated by these putrid, scummy Jews--yet they refuse to admit it--specifically, that they are scared of these stinking kikes.  So most people thus fail to understand the Jews are topmost terrorists--these Jews did 9-11, don't forget."

Don't forget!  And don't worry, either.  It will be only a couple more decades before you hear things like this coming from the likes of Michelle Bachmann and Louie Gohmert on the floor of the U.S. Congress.  It's where they are headed, as fast as they can get there.  I promise you.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Magnificent Analysis

Once again, I want to strongly recommend an article to you.  This one is an interview by Leslie Thatcher, an editor at Truthout with Mike Logfren, a Republican Congressional staffer for thirty years who finally became so disgusted that he quit his position.  I don't believe that I have ever read anything which sums up, in such a small space, what I believe to be true about the political situation in the country today.  Here are some excerpts:

"The primary purpose of the GOP these days is to provide tax breaks and other financial advantages (such as not regulating pollution and other socially costly externalities) to their wealthy donor base. All the rest of their platform, all the culture wars stuff, is simply rube bait..."

"Since the GOP is loath to tell the public in straightforward terms what their economic agenda is, and the media are not exactly forcing the GOP's hand, and, finally, the people are operating in a knowledge deficit, Republicans respond by sleight of hand: "We're more American than that Kenyan socialist in the White House!" Or "The Obama administration is riddled with Muslim extremists." Or "Planned Parenthood is taxpayer-subsidized murder." Or "Obama wants to take away your guns." Even "Obama raised your taxes," when in fact he lowered them. Stuff that is not terribly persuasive to well-informed people, but a lot of people are surprisingly ill-informed, and very few institutions - the corporate media least of all - have any interest in their being well-informed..."

"Realistically, a country with a $15-trillion debt, failing infrastructure, and very mediocre world rankings in terms of life expectancy, social mobility, and poverty, simply cannot afford the extravagance of reckless interventionism combined with a fiscal policy that hollows out the country in order to reward rich political contributors. Yet what is definitely not in the long-term national interest certainly is in the short-term selfish interest of the people who got rich from scamming us in the first place..."

"We can devise all the clever schemes imaginable to clean up politics and get money out of campaigns, but it won't work until the American people collectively give up on certain fond illusions: the Horatio Alger myth, American Exceptionalism, and the whole mass of magical thinking that boils down to the belief that God loves America because we're so virtuous, handsome, and smart, and that we, too, could win the lottery. Well, we're not necessarily any of those things. The truth is that we lucked into adverse possession of a mostly empty continent in a temperate zone with lots of resources, and straddled east and west by two huge moats. We had firearms and resistance to smallpox, and the original owners didn't. Virtue had very little to do with it."

Perhaps I should apologize for quoting at such length from this interview, but believe me, there is plenty more there that is just as straightforward and honest.  It is really an exceptional read.

And if you want to read further, Mr. Lofgren has just published a book entitled The Party Is Over-How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted. I was so impressed with this interview that I immediately bought an e-book copy of the book.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Citizens United Does Its Job

By which, of course, I mean to destroy democracy in this country once and for all.  I urgently recommend that you read this short piece at Mother Jones, which I found via Digby.  The following chart is a sample of what you will find there:

I repeat that it has been the intent of the five corrupt Republican justices to accomplish just this.  It is, in fact, the intent of all Republicans (except of course the really stupid ones who think that, if they just elect a Republican president, they too will be worth billions real soon) to see to it that 2,000 families or so run this country, and that all of the rest of us are reduced to the status of helpless peons who are forced to live with whatever scraps they care to throw our way, or else starve to death in a ditch somewhere. 

Maybe we'll win this election.  Maybe we'll win the next one.  But these people know perfectly well that in the end we cannot stand up in the face of this mockery of a democratic system.  At some point in the next couple of decades, if this isn't stopped, the United States is going to quietly fall into a system of Fascism as complete as anything Hitler or Mussolini could ever have hoped for.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Republican Ass of the Day

Congressman Steve King:

"We went down into the Library of Congress and we found a microfiche there of two newspapers in Hawaii each of which had published the birth of Barack Obama. It would have been awfully hard to fraudulently file the birth notice of Barack Obama being born in Hawaii and get that into our public libraries and that microfiche they keep of all the newspapers published. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some other explanations on how they might’ve announced that by telegram from Kenya."

Yes, that's the explanation of the announcements of Obama's birth in Honolulu papers:  They got a telegram from Kenya claiming that someone was just born in Hawaii and they went right ahead without a second thought and printed it.

This is just one more piece of evidence that Republicans don't really believe a word they are saying, and don't really give a damn whether anyone else does, either.  They are going to run things their way whenever they get the chance, and they are going to say and do anything to prevent anyone else from having a chance to fix the damage that Republican administrations inevitably cause.  At this point, it is crystal clear that their century-old economic schemes produce nothing but disaster, but they don't care as long as the people who pull their strings get to do whatever they want.

Wingnut Wrapup

The Wingnuts have been such a bunch of whiners lately, that Green Eagle has been neglecting his duty to plunge into the depths of their idiocy.  However, we'll try to get back on track today.

Let's start out with the results of a poll from National Review Online about Mitt Romney's recent trip abroad:

I could almost finish this whole column right here, but on we go:

Mike Adams, Town Hall:  "My Speech to the NAACP...I believe your organization is no longer necessary and is on the balance harmful to race relations in America"

Well, thanks for your opinion, Mike.  Of course, you also believe that democracy, freedom and the middle class are  "no longer necessary and is on the balance harmful to race relations in America."  I guess we should just all give up and go home. 

Here's another laugh line from Mike's imaginary speech:

"The main reason you need to vote for Mitt Romney is that such a vote would do much to end racism in your organization and racism in America."

Like the product of dividing something by zero (Mike's IQ in this case,) Mike's appetite for self delusion is infinite.

Tim Dunkin, Renew America:  "Barack Obama is jealous of small business owners"

Them: plumbers and Burger King franchisees.  Him: President of the United States.  So much to feel jealous about.

Alan Caruba, Renew America:  "Whether a movie theatre in Colorado or the attack on an entire nation, it speaks to the madness that exists worldwide, emanating in the Middle East"

Even though the Aurora shooting had absolutely nothing to do with Muslims, it's still their fault. Cross madness with racism and what do you get?  You get Alan.

Town Hall:  "Did Romney Invest in the Abortion Industry? (Answer: No) "

Nobody said he did, of course, just that he invested in a company that disposed of the dead fetuses.  But thanks for clearing things up, Town Hall guys.

Pamela Geller, American Thinker:  "Obama's Passport Breach: Unanswered Questions, and an Unsolved Murder...Back in March 2008, the State Department launched an investigation of improper computer access to the passport records of Barack Hussein Obama...Then, a month later, the key witness in this case was murdered...During the 2008 presidential election, I ran a number of stories at my website, AtlasShrugs.com, on the breach of Obama's passport.  Fast-forward to four years later, and there is no new information.  Why is this murder case not being pursued?  Who at the State Department is covering up Obama's passport breach?"

"Why is this murder case not being pursued? "  Maybe because "there is no new information?"  No, it must be another sinister Obama conspiracy.  And of course, Pam fails to mention that this "breach" happened under the Bush State Department, and there was never a shred of evidence that it was motivated by anything but idle curiosity.   And just to top things off, the murdered man actually had absolutely nothing to do with the Obama case.  Thanks for that fine investigative reporting, Pammy.

John McLaughlin, American Thinker:  "As the situation in Syria worsens, governments around the world have suddenly begun to worry about chemical and biological weapons held by the Assad regime...If - and many of us believe when - the Assad regime decides to use these bio-chemical weapons; these WMD, against the rebels, and if the spent shells are found to possess Iraqi markings of manufacture, anti-war Democrats and Progressives here in the United States will have been complicit in what is tantamount to genocide..."

Yeah, but what if they are found to have Martian markings of manufacture, huh?  What then, buddy?  This is something you ought to think about, because there is exactly as much evidence for my theory as for yours.  And by the way, when are pro-war Republicans going to admit having been complicit in the million civilian murders our military committed in Iraq?  That is a real slaughter, not a claim as loosely connected with the truth as John Carter of Mars.

Kathy Shaidle, PJ Media:  "How Women Ruin Romance by Talking Too Much"

Man, have these people retreated into the past.  What the hell is wrong with them?

And now, here's one from our side:

Talking Points Memo:  "Scientist: Jellyfish Made Of Rat Cells Could Lead To ‘Better’ Human Organs"

A  cross between a jellyfish and a rat. You mean like this?



Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall:  "What's Behind Hatred of Obama?"

Oh, I'd say a few hundred million dollars in corporate propaganda, and a willingness by people like Jonah to tell any lie, no matter how contemptible, if someone pays them enough.  That pretty well sums it up for me.

World Net Daily:  "Obama donates cash to himself..President gives $5,000 to own campaign"

This is considered a gigantic outrage by the right, apparently.  Here are a couple of the comments on this post:

"A sign of the times. You know socialism is a dead end when the social schmucks start stealing money from himself to give to himself"

"It has to be real bad when the crook has his hands in his own pocket."

No mention, in the article of the $44.6 million that Mitt Romney donated to his own previous Presidential campaign.  As usual, okay for Republicans, a mortal sin for Democrats.

And now, what may already have won the "Delusion of the Century" award:

Little Pammy Geller, American Thinker:  "Mitt Romney's recent triumphal tour of Britain, Israel, and Poland struck me as a much-needed and most welcome apology tour for Barack Obama's abject abandonment and humiliation of our most loyal and trusted allies...Romney kicked off his apology tour with a much-needed repair mission to our closest European ally, Great Britain... it is a masterstroke on Romney's part to campaign on Obama's failures and visit key locations of those failures, such as Israel and Poland...Romney's apology tour should be keystone of his campaign."

Man, reality doesn't mean much on their side of the fence, huh?  "Romney's apology tour should be keystone of his campaign"...Please, please, PLEASE, Pammy, convince him to do just that.  "Elect me President...I can't go eight hours without making a total ass of myself."

Of course, she really isn't that much more loony than this:

Breitbart.com:  "Bitter: Media Caught Lying to Distort Romney's Successful Overseas Trip"

Breitbart.com:  'Kiss My A**': Media Coordinate to Try to Foil Romney's Trip"

Right- he actually did great.  It's all the media's fault that everyone thinks he made a fool out of himself every chance he got. 

Ted Belman, American Thinker:  "Romney's Jerusalem Doctrine...By acknowledging he was in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, Mitt Romney laid out a Middle East policy path for his presidency, should he be elected."

Yeah, a Middle East policy that will make it virtually impossible for the United States to have any positive role there as long as he would be President.  Nice work, Jerk.

Breitbart.Com:  "Wrigley Co. Uses Bestiality to Sell Skittles"

Having a little trouble coming up with something to be outraged over these days, huh?


Well, enough.  Bye for today.

Romney the Tax Cutter

In one simple graph, courtesy of The Atlantic:

Not much else to say, is there?  And yet tens of millions of working class Americans are going to vote for Romney, convinced that he is going to cut their taxes.