Friday, November 30, 2012

Corporate Profits and the Real Economy

Here's a very nice chart from Digby.  She uses it to make a very worthwhile point, but I want to use it for another purpose:

I added the red line to point this out:  The growth of corporate profits since World War II has been very consistent.  But look at the George W. Bush era.  Here we find a massive surge of corporate profits, i.e. money going to the top of the economic scale, followed by a total collapse.  Obama, the "Communist" did little more than restore enough rationality to our economy to allow corporate growth to get back on its historic track.  Once again, Republican slavishness to the rich massively disrupted our economy, at which point the Republicans took to the hills and left Democrats to clean up the mess, which they dutifully did. 

That's the historical pattern in this country, and if the Republicans go the way of the Whigs, in the end it will be because of this.  They will not protect us from economic disaster if it stands in the way of the rich further enriching themselves, and so they doom us to endless depressions or brushes with depression. 

I have long argued that the only thing which distinguished the Great Depression from what happened in 2008 is that, when the market collapsed in 1929, Republicans had over three years- until FDR's inauguration in March of 1933- to continue wrecking the economy, while luckily for us, this time we only had to wait three and a half months before responsible leaders (i.e. Democrats) could take over.  In both cases, economic recovery began very quickly, but the country was in a far bigger Republican generated hole in 1933.

Here Comes Foreign Purchase of Elections

I talked about this within a day of the Supreme Court Citizens' United decision, and here it is.  You would have to be oblivious to think it was not going to happen, although as usual, that's exactly what the mainstream press amounts to, when it comes to threats emanating from the "job creators."  From Lee Fang at The Nation, this all too predictable story:

"Saudi-Led Oil Lobby Group Financed 2012 Dark Money Attack Ads

The “American” in American Petroleum Institute, the country’s largest oil lobby group, is a misnomer. As I reported for The Nation in August, the group has changed over the years, and is now led by men like Tofiq Al-Gabsani, a Saudi Arabian national who heads a Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) subsidiary, the state-run oil company that also helps finance the American Petroleum Institute. Al-Gabsani is also a registered foreign agent for the Saudi government.

Last year, API gave nearly half a million to...dark money groups running political ads against Democrats and in support of Republicans...API’s Saudi leadership is perhaps one of the most salient examples of how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has opened the door to foreign influence."


Of course, there's more detail if you click the link and look at the rest of the story.

I want to reiterate what I stated long ago:  it was one hundred percent obvious that this would happen, and I am positive that the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia is by no means the only foreign government availing itself of the opportunity to purchase control of the American government.  If you don't think the money spent by the Saudis is a drop in the bucket compared to what, say, China is willing to pony up, you are living in a dream world.

And this brings me to filibuster reform.  The stated reason for changing filibuster rules, breaking the ability of people with no respect for democracy (read Republicans) to destroy the ability of the Senate to function, is true enough, but something even more frightening is at work here.  Any foreign government which chooses to spend enough money to buy one Senator can, the way things are now, totally frustrate the ability of the United States to do anything.  And this doesn't have to be in a high profile race, like the $40 million dollar attempt to destroy Sherrod Brown. It can be in a State like Wyoming, the Dakotas or Alaska, with under a million residents, where a couple of million could easily sway the election.  Think how much cheaper that would be to a foreign country than a war, or even a trade conflict.  Why, even Al Qaida could afford an expenditure like that. 

I remember hearing that someone once said that the Constitution is not a suicide pact.  Well, in the hands of the current Supreme Court, it just may be.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Global Warming- "Teach the Controversy"

Oh yes, to listen to the idiots on the right and most of the mainstream press, there is tremendous scientific controversy about the reality of man made global warming.  Well, here, thanks to what I am sure was a very painful slog through all 13,950 (!) peer reviewed scientific papers on the subject that were published between 1991 and 2012, is a wonderful graphic presentation of that "controversy."

Yes, a grand total of one sixth of one percent of the papers questioned the facts on global warming.  If the recent Presidential election had been that lopsided, Mitt Romney would have gotten about 204,000 votes out of 120 million cast.  Which, in fact, is about what he would have gotten, if the mainstream press told the truth about the lies Republicans tell about subjects like global warming, and the price we will all have to pay if this pandering to energy companies isn't stopped.

Thanks to Desmog Blog, and James Lawrence Powell for carrying out a difficult task that wouldn't even be necessary in a country run by decent people.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup

Articles We Won't Be Reading:

Matt C. Abbot, Renew America:  "Noted priest weighs in on Israeli-Palestinian conflict"


Boy, I bet that guy has a lot of helpful suggestions.  Maybe he thinks things would be better in Palestine if they had a lot more child rape- give those youngsters something to do in their spare time.  Well, at least you can go on to the rest of Wingnut Wrapup today, secure in the knowledge that nothing you read below could possibly be more worthless than Matt's article.

Tim Dunkin, Renew America:  " It would appear that my predictions for election night were quite a bit off. I know that at this point, I'm supposed to write out a big mea culpa for being off so badly...But I'm not going to.  This is because I don't think I was wrong."

Of course not, Tim.  You were right, right, right!  It's the universe that was wrong.

Jen Schroder, Renew America:  "Peaceful warning to U.S. government & guide to petitions to secede by state..."Sign at your own risk." We the People have been warned by our own conservative talk show hosts, alerting us to the fact that we are giving up our names to be easily used by the White House. I appreciate the concern, but expressing our desire to secede peacefully is not a useless effort. It is a warning to all politicians on both the right and the left that Americans are becoming fed up with this march to absolute tyranny...Yes we are identifying ourselves just as the patriots did in 1776. It wasn't easy for our founding fathers to sign declarations. They knew they were risking their lives when they picked up that pen. "

The founding fathers were risking their lives, Jen.  And what, exactly are you risking, other than revealing yourself to be an ignorant, petulant baboon?

Anita Staver, Renew America:  "Petraeus scandal: soap opera or serious business?"

Soap opera.  Grow up already, Anita.  Obama won.  Deal with it.

Darren Weeks, News With Views:  "HURRICANE SANDY, MARTIAL LAW AND FEMA CAMPS: REHEARSAL FOR FUTURE AMERICA?"

It's a good thing you put that all in caps, Darren.  Otherwise we might have had trouble figuring out that you are a crazy person.

Chuck Baldwin, News With Views:  ONE GOOD THING THE REELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA HAS ACCOMPLISHED..."Tens of thousands have put their names to secession petitions in 20 states, asking that they peacefully become independent from the rest of the country.  I, for one, applaud the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have signed their State's petitions for secession. If nothing else, it demonstrates the resolve and determination of freedom-minded people throughout the country who are more than "fed up."

Fed up.  Yeah- fed  up with having a black President.  Well, tough luck, race haters.  He won.  Funny how the rest of us would rather have a black guy than a Wall Street vulture running the country.

Michael Moriarity:  "God’s not letting either America or the rest of the child-aborting world off the hook. World War III is now beyond even divinely ordained! It is bottomlessly inevitable.

The Southern Bible Belt is thinking of creating a New American Confederacy…and seceding from Barack Obama’s Obama Nation! Yes, breaking away from the United States and possibly provoking a Second Civil War!!  I’m not in love with the name, Second Confederacy, but I know that whatever it’s called, Allen West may prove a greater American President than most of the previous Presidents in the White House."


You go with that, Michael.  And yes, this is the Michael Moriarity who was replaced by Sam Waterston on Law & Order when Moriarity descended into mental illness.  He's still down in the hole, I guess.

Warren Beatty, American Thinker:  "Why the Secession Petitions?  While the MSM has prominently reported on secession petitions, it has failed to address why they have become so numerous and popular."

Oh, that one is easy.  They've become so popular because there are a bunch of racist right wing pigs in this country who can't accept the reality that they don't get to tell the rest of us how to live any more.  So, rather than deal with it, they have decided to just throw a big tantrum.

And no, thank heaven, unlike Michael Moriarity, this is not that Warren Beatty.

Phyllis Schlafly, World Net Daily:  "Rebrand the political parties...It’s time to change Republican economic policy so the party can be rebranded as the party of family, good jobs and superior weaponry that keeps America safe without war...The Democratic Party should be rebranded as the party of atheism, amnesty, abortion and debt."

Rebranding.  Yeah, that's right.  Big lies about yourselves and your opponents.  That's going to work really well.  In case you didn't notice, Phyllis, that's what you guys tried this time.  Works great, doesn't it?

World Net Daily:  "Top Israeli rabbi tweets prophecy"

Well, isn't that interesting. 

Charlotte Libov, Newsmax:  "Can Cheating Wreck Your Health?"

Well, my wife is from New Jersey.  So if a couple of broken arms and a concussion counts as wrecking your health, in my case the answer would be yes.

Walter E. Williams, Town Hall:  "President Barack Obama narrowly defeated Gov. Mitt Romney in the popular vote 51 percent to 48 percent. In the all-important Electoral College, the difference was larger, with Obama winning 303 electoral votes and Romney 206. Let's not think so much about the election's outcome but instead ask: What's so good about democracy and majority rule?"

Right- Let's not think about the election's outcome.  Democracy- it's worth nothing, if it keeps choosing Democrats.  Because regardless of the vote, only Republicans have the right to run things.  Well, here's a taste of Walter's argument:

"The founders of our nation held a deep abhorrence for democracy and majority rule. The word democracy appears in neither of our founding documents: our Declaration of Independence and Constitution"

Of course, neither do the words "Capitalism" or "free enterprise."  So I guess the founders of our nation hated them too, huh, Walter? 

"Today's Americans think Congress has the constitutional authority to do anything upon which they can get a majority vote."

And that is just ridiculous.  Congress obviously was intended to have the constitutional authority to do only those things on which they can get a majority of the Republican vote.

Ned Ryun, Red State:  "I Think Sometimes We are Truly a Stupid Movement"

At last!  An honest wingnut!  Oh wait, sorry:

"No, I take that back.  I think we sometimes are too smart for our own good."


Right, Ned.  Too smart.  That's your problem.  You're too smart.  I knew I shouldn't have fallen for the silly notion that there is an honest wingnut somewhere.  Oh well.  Even Green Eagle gets fooled once in a while.

"The Drive By Pundit," American Thinker:  "The despair on the right is real, but it needs to be tempered with a little optimism from the knowledge that reality always in the end trumps fantasy."


Reality always trumps fantasy?  You mean like the last election day? 

And a new horrible Benghazi scandal:

Kate Hicks, Town Hall:  "White House Refusing to Release Benghazi Situation Room Photos "

Which is, apparently, for some reason, a huge scandal at least TEN TIMES as big as Watergate!!!!!

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "How many more votes would Romney have gotten by being a rude, condescending jerk? Sure, it worked for Obama, but he was the incumbent. "

Yeah, if only Romney had been the rude, condescending jerk that Obama was.  Good point there, from Ann, who also claims during this piece, that Carter and Obama are the two worst Presidents in history, while Reagan was one of the two best.  I wonder who the other one was, Herbert Hoover?

Harry R, Jackson Jr, Town Hall:  "A year ago last spring, during my first trip to Israel, I was shocked at how close Gaza is to Israel."

Never looked at a map, huh, Harry?  I guess it never occurred to you that Gaza is so close to Israel that it is right next to it.  Still, you know enough, I guess, to shoot your mouth off about things over there.

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "the Implementation of Obamacare Will Make the GOP a Majority Party"

People hate being healthy. 

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "An Opportune Time for Israel to Attack Iran’s Nuclear Program...Morsi's blackmail, Iran's threats, and Turkey's fears play out in Gaza."

Excellent logic here.  Things happening in two unrelated countries totally justify an attack on a third country.  At least, if American warmongering cowards can have their way and manipulate a fourth country into carrying out their hallucinatory plans, sparing them any cost.  Republican diplomacy at its finest.  Thank God Romney lost.

Jeremy Egerer, American Thinker:  "GM Wins, America Loses...GM made for an effective emotional talking point in the 2012 presidential election, but what did we really get when we propped up the failing car company?"


Oh, about a million jobs and two thriving huge companies, as well as hundreds of parts suppliers, etc. who are still in business.  Not much, when we consider the depression we could have had if "business friendly" Republicans had their way.  Because it would have all been worth it if only we could have destroyed the United Auto Workers.

Bruce Walker, American Thinker:  "The left's post-election celebrations are wholly unwarranted...In short, the Democrats have a big problem -- and no good way out of it."

Winning- a big problem.  Keep telling yourself that, Bruce.  See how it works out for you.

Astute Bloggers:  " LET'S MAKE ALLEN WEST SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE CAN ELECT ANYONE THEY WANT AS SPEAKER.
I NOMINATE ALLEN WEST.
IF HE'S NOT INTERESTED THEN ... SARAH PALIN.
IF SHE PASSES THEN...  MARK LEVIN.
SERIOUSLY"


Seriously.  Demented idiocy reaches a new height. 

Astute Bloggers:  " HMMM: OBAMA CLEANING UP LOOSE ENDS IN BENGHAZI!?!?!  A senior Libyan security official was assassinated outside his home in the eastern city of Benghazi, officials said on Wednesday.

HMMM...FIRST THE AL QAEDA REFERENCE MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARS FROM THE SUSAN RICE TALKING POINTS AND NOW THIS."


AND NOW THIS!  First, the Obama administration tried to protect its intelligence assets in Libya, despite Republican insistence that it all be made pubic.  And now, someone, somewhere is killed.  Obviously, Obama flew over there and shot him.  I mean, what else could be the cause of a "security official" being killed in an Arab country?

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Menu Labeling: Another Job-Killing Regulation in ObamaCare "

Because our economy will collapse if people are allowed to know what they are eating.

Michael F. Cannon, Town Hall:  "Why ‘Obamacare’s Critics Refuse to Give Up’


Let's just ignore Michael's blather and cut to the chase here.  It's because they are stupid, greedy, malicious jerks.  The ones who are not corrupt liars in the pay of the insurance companies.  There- I think that just about sums it up.

Allen West:  "Serving the people in the House of Representatives has been among the highest honors of my life,” West continued, “but this seat does not belong to, or for that matter, to any individual."

Oh yes it does, Allen.  From now on, it belongs to Patrick Murphy.  Deal with it.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Kirsten Powers on Obama: Nominating Susan Rice as Secretary of State Would Be His Undoing...Kirsten Powers was asked on FOX News Sunday if Barack Obama will nominate scandal-plagued UN Ambassador Susan Rice as Secretary of State:
 

“I don’t know. I think if he does though it could be, that kind of arrogance, which I think it would be, would be his undoing. Because if she is put under oath and is forced to go through and answer all of these questions about Benghazi, it’s going to put the administration into a really bad position."

Dream on, idiot.  First of all, 99.99% of the American people have forgotten about Benghazi long ago, and second, you are lying.  You know that Susan Rice had nothing directly to do with Benghazi, and just said what intelligence experts wanted her to say, to protect American secrets.  Of course, now the whole world knows about that, thanks to Republican jackasses and their smears.  Thanks a lot.

And finally, this piece of unlimited gall from one of our friends at the deeply religious site Renew America:

Michael Oberndorff, Renew America:  "The Constitution has been allowed to become just a "damn piece of paper" and our rights something determined by government, not God. Our military is being gutted. Our religious heritage is being crushed and our freedom to express our religious beliefs is being destroyed. The police are being turned into paramilitary forces, with unlimited surveillance powers, and groups reminiscent of the Brown Shirts of Nazi Germany are being given the same power as the police. All this and more, without a peep of protest from those we thought were our representatives in what used to be our government.

I, for one, do not recognize the new government as legitimate, and hereby withdraw my consent to be governed by it. The Secession Movement is the best thing to happen in this country since 1913. I fully support it. What about you?"


Well, sorry, jackass.  You are going to be governed by it whether you like it or not- in prison or out.  Unless you renounce your citizenship and move to a country whose government is more to your liking- say, the Sudan, or Pakistan.  And someday, I wish you would explain to me about the groups "reminiscent of the Brown Shirts" that you are talking about.  I bet that would provide a good laugh for Green Eagle, who could really use one.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Well, That Was Quick

That sure was one short democracy. From the New York Times:

"With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse and protesters battling the police in the streets over the slow pace of change, President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court as the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak.

 Mr. Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt’s first elected president, portrayed his decree as an attempt to fulfill popular demands for justice and protect the transition to a constitutional democracy. But the unexpected breadth of the powers he seized raised immediate fears that he might become a new strongman. Seldom in history has a postrevolutionary leader amassed so much personal power only to relinquish it swiftly.

“An absolute presidential tyranny,” Amr Hamzawy, a liberal member of the dissolved Parliament and prominent political scientist, wrote in an online commentary. “Egypt is facing a horrifying coup against legitimacy and the rule of law and a complete assassination of the democratic transition.” 




Meet the new boss- same as the old boss.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

McCain Won't Stop Blabbing

John McCain's current pack of rage over the nonexistent Benghazi scandal:

"I am somewhat surprised and frustrated to read reports that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was responsible for removing references to Al-Qaeda from the unclassified talking points about the Benghazi attack that Ambassador Susan Rice and other officials used in the early days after September 11, 2012. I participated in hours of hearings in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week regarding the events in Benghazi, where senior intelligence officials were asked this very question, and all of them – including the Director of National Intelligence himself – told us that they did not know who made the changes. Now we have to read the answers to our questions in the media. There are many other questions that remain unanswered. But this latest episode is another reason why many of us are so frustrated with, and suspicious of, the actions of this Administration when it comes to the Benghazi attack."

So, John McCain had to get information from the press.  Well, let me tell you this:  there is no one in our government that the Obama administration should be less willing to share  classified information with than this son of a bitch, whose rage at Obama for beating him has never diminished, and who has demonstrated repeatedly that he will compromise our national security if it gives him the slightest pretense for smearing Obama.  Why a self-serving liar is endlessly trumpeted as a great American patriot is beyond me, unless that it is just that the other Republicans are worse.

No Depth They Won't Plunge

In their willingness to pander to the most uneducated, stupid and vicious of their few remaining followers:

"LANSING - Today Lansing Republicans held a hearing on House Bills 5684 and 5685 in the Tax Policy Committee, which would give a tax credit for unborn fetuses past 12 weeks of gestation...Lansing Republicans eliminated a state tax credit for parents with children last year"

These are not just ideologues or craven liars (they are that, of course,) but truly evil people who will stoop to anything to serve their rich masters and preserve their place of power, no matter how much damage it does to others.  The single comfort we can take as we are forced to watch this sickening display is that, if the recent election is any sign, there is no prospect any time soon that they can actually regain power with this strategy.  Unfortunately, that does not mean that they cannot do horrible damage to millions before they are finally consigned to the dustbin of history. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup


Let's just start out with the dumbest fucking thing ever said in the entire history of the human race:

Jane Chastain, World Net Daily:  "Evangelicals put Obama over the top"

Man.  That's all I can say.  Jane probably thinks the Cubs won the World Series, too.


Now, the Free Market At Work:
You go, guy.  We'll buy our P226's from someone else.

Michael Reagan, Town Hall:  "But the most important Republican who didn't turn out to support Romney this fall was George W. Bush.  You can make an honest argument that G.W. was as much to blame as anyone else for our being unable to defeat an incompetent incumbent of historic proportions...He didn't show up at the GOP convention. He didn't become an enthusiastic surrogate for Romney in a handful of swing states where a few hundred thousand more Republican voters could have changed history. He didn't stump for senatorial candidates in contested states such as Virginia and Montana.  G.W., the ex-cheerleader, was nowhere to be seen or heard during Romney's campaign."

Because if only George W. Bush had gotten out there and reminded people of what happened during his administration, Romney would have won.  These people  can convince themselves of anything to avoid facing reality.

Bryan Preston, PJ Media:  "Obama's Ridiculous Damsel in Distress Act Signals a Nasty Second Term...It also signals that Obama will use every weapon at hand to get his way."


The fact that the Republican party still exists signals a nasty second term.  And isn't it interesting that the President is committing a miserable act of dishonesty by using every weapon at hand to accomplish his objectives.  No, only Republicans have a right to accomplish their objectives, not Kenyan Communist Muslim usurpers.

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "Will a Sleazy Sex Story Lead the MSM to Obama's Watergate?"

No, Michael, it wont.  "Obama's Watergate" doesn't exist.  Boy, it didn't take long after the election for you to retreat into your bubble of delusion.  Have a nice time there the next four years.  I don't think it's going to be that nice for you out here in the fact based world.

Tom Blumer, PJ Media:  "Obama's Dangerous Second Term...The nightmare has already begun."

It has?  I missed it.  Oh, you mean the nightmare of health care and of dealing with climate change.  If that's your idea of a nightmare, I should tell you about the dream I once had about Cthulhu.  Now that was a nightmare.  He ran for Joe Lieberman's old seat with money from the Koch brothers.  Luckily, he lost the evangelical vote because he didn't care about gay marriage (since he intended to eat the entire human race) so he lost, and instead the American people got one more weak kneed corporate liberal, which in today's America counts as a huge victory.

Fred Hutchison, Renew America:  "A battle of orthodoxies and the right to life"


Oh...excuse me.  I thought it said "a battle of orthodontists."  Now, that would be interesting.  More interesting than what Fred had to say, anyway.

Clenard Childress, Renew America:  "What America has left behind...This is The Urban Prophet's translation of II Chronicles 7:14 for America today as we ponder our present state of affairs.

"If my people which are called by My Name, will stop worrying about government providing for them and taking thought about provision, I have already promised them and begin to walk in and stand for righteousness, I have already given them, then, I will forgive them of their insecurity, I will repair their broken economy, I will restore their prosperity, and heal their land."

Right.  Either expect our government to function, or just give all our taxes to rich people, and wait for God to balance the budget.  Man, that is a tough choice.

Gina Miller, Renew America:  "According to the World English Dictionary, the French term coup d'état means "a sudden violent or illegal seizure of government." The federal government of the United States of America has been seized by enemy forces from within our nation....this seizure has been illegal from top to bottom. Since the likely ineligible candidate Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) was installed in our presidency back in January 2009, this takeover has rapidly infected every area of our government and military. It is being run by a Communist-Islamist axis of like-minded, anti-American subversives."

When Democrats win an election, it is a coup.  Man, someone got out of bed on the wrong side today.

And, still wondering what to expect from the Republicans in the next four years?

Kevin Fobbs, Renew America:  "The blame game now clearly stops squarely at Obama's desk in the Oval Office, or at least until he is impeached or convicted."

Notice that Kevin doesn't even consider the possibility that Obama will finish his four year term and retire.  I'm just surprised that Kevin didn't include in his list of possible ends to Obama's Presidency that he would be assassinated by a freedom loving patriot.

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall:  "I Think I Owe an Apology to George W. Bush."

Jonah, you owe an apology to the whole world.  How about starting with every liberal on earth, all of whom were victims of your nauseating smear that Nazis were left wing.

Peter Ferrara, Town Hall:  "It’s Economic Growth, Not Redistribution, that Lifts Everyone, Including the Poor"

Yeah?  You mean the kind of economic "growth" that the Bush administration brought us?  I'll tell you what, buddy- I won't be happy until the rich bastards who caused our economic collapse and are still trying to rob us blind are all living in refrigerator boxes and panhandling for enough money to buy a bottle of white port.  Call that vengeance?  No, it's self protection.

And now, a grand theory of why Obama is supposedly lying about Benghazi:

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Who Is Responsible for Benghazi?  Consider this possibility … the talking points came from the CIA, and they were altered by the campaign people in Chicago. The coverup has been about hiding the sharing of classified information with campaign officials who don’t have the proper clearance...What may emerge is a kind of government by cabal, a super-government composed of David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, and possibly a few others who operated, in the service of the president, above and beyond our legal and constitutional systems — all the time thinking what they did was for the better good of our country."

Need I point out that there is not one shred of evidence to support this "possibility," other than the fact the previous Republican administrations did exactly this sort of thing, at which point it was not a problem to people like Roger?

Comment to a post on World Net Daily:  "I bet there will be 115 million deaths in the USA alone due to 0bummer's gun control by 2014...There are liberals pretty much everywhere these days,and what makes it even worst they're not like arabs where you can just look at them and know they are up to no good.. some liberals look just like regular people."

115 million deaths- that's over twice what happened in World War II.  Man, the next four years are going to be painful.  And damn those liberals for looking just like human beings.

John Ransome, Town Hall:  "In Four More Years We'll Be Detroit...If at a time when automakers are trumpeting record-setting sales, record profits, record bonuses for their employees, how is it possible that the community at-large is not reaping any of the benefit?"

Hey, the first time in the history of the world that a Republican claimed to be upset about the bosses taking all of the money!  Of course, that's only because he is lying- tens of thousands of Detroit area residents still have jobs thanks to the auto bailout, and more are being added.  But hey, pretending you care...that's bound to be the Republicans' answer to getting beat in the election.

And now, a rather extended excerpt from an execrable article by the miserable apologist for child rapists, Kathryn Lopez:  

"Before there were houses in this land, there were altars." A timelier reminder you could not get, as we confront realities about immigration and secularization in the United States. It's a point made by the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose H. Gomez, as he tries to morally educate, animate, and challenge.

Gomez promotes learning the entire story behind our country's founding. "Immigrant missionaries were naming this continent's rivers and mountains and territories for saints, sacraments and articles of the faith," as he put it in a speech to the Napa Institute last summer.

"Catholics founded America's oldest settlement, in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1565," he said. Catholic missionaries and explorers were there before the Pilgrims, George Washington and the rest of our familiar founding figures."

Before there were houses:

Well, as long as you don't count certain kinds of people as real human beings, I guess.  I guess the above is a picture of some sort of animal den, since it predates St. Augustine by several hundred years, and is therefore not a "settlement."

Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "Shopping for salad stuff in Walmart, I focused on a sign -- "Gold Bell Peppers $1.68 each."  To my surprise, I became extremely angry.  As absurd as it sounds, $1.68 for one bell pepper was the straw that broke the camel's back.  It epitomized my frustration and anger over the idiocy of Obama voters.  Why in the world would they allow Obama to continue destroying our country?"

Lloyd, apparently this never occurred to you, but the free market sets the price of gold bell peppers, not Obama.  The free market.  That's what you should be angry about, but you are too stupid and filled with hate to see what is right in front of your face.

Lloyd goes on to rave about he never wants to hear members of his family that voted for Obama to ever talk to him again about Jesus Christ.  Apparently, Jesus also has something to do with the price of gold bell peppers.  You know what?  I bet there are members of Lloyd's family that pray to Jesus Christ every day that Lloyd never speak to them again about anything.  That makes more sense than the notion that Barack Obama is overcharging for vegetables.

Paul Murphy, American Thinker:  "Did Obama Cheat? How to Answer the Question"

By saying "no."  That's how to answer the question, not by retreating even farther into your cocoon of delusion.  Time to grow up, Paul, or else row to the side of the river and let the ship of state pass you by.

And now, another sterling example of election analysis from the right:

Cindy Simpson, American Thinker:  "Obama won not because conservatism is wrong or archaic.  He won because he managed to organize motley crews having vastly different motivations and backgrounds into a Frankenstein-ish voting majority.  Obama's script was dedicated not to a hero of community service, but rather to the master of community organizing -- the king of bogeymen, Lucifer himself.

Frankenstein.  Yes, it was like Frankenstein's monster when a majority of Americans decided not to do what Cindy wanted them to, and voted for Lucifer.  We can only pray the people like Cindy keep thinking exactly the way they are now, so that in a couple of decades, the Republican party will be deader than the Bullmoose party.  That will be a great day for America.

American Thinker, the source of the above, has five major articles up today about how Obama won the election through fraud and corruption.  This seems to be the narrative that wingnuts are settling on.  It is, after all, the only explanation they can find in which they bear not one shred of blame, and have not one shred of need to rethink their positions.  Well, what do you expect?

And now for something which almost strains credibility to believe that it is not a mockery of right wingers:

John Hinderaker, Powerline:  "If you know who Kim Kardashian is, you probably don’t have a very high opinion of her. I know more than most about the Kardashians because my daughters are fans of their reality TV show, and over the years I have sometimes walked into a room when they had the Kardashian sisters on... If Barack Obama knew as much about business as Kim Kardashian does, or far that matter worked as hard, he would be a much better president."

If Barack only knew as much, or worked as hard as Kim Kardashian.  Man, there has got to be a special place in Hell for people who say things like this.  Unfortunately, until they get there, we're stuck with them.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

What a Moron

Three little quotes from that great American, John McCain, courtesy of a post at Daily Kos:

"The facts on the ground are we went to Afghanistan and we prevailed there."  (April 1, 2004) 

"Could I add, it was in Afghanistan, as well, there were many people who predicted that Afghanistan would not be a success. So far, it's a remarkable success." (March 2, 2005.)

"Afghanistan, we don't read about anymore, because it's succeeded." (October 31, 2005.)

How in the name of God does this brain dead, vengeful idiot continue to be regarded by so many as an authority on anything?

And now, unable after four years to get over his rage after losing to Barack Obama, he is engaging in absolutely groundless attacks on Obama, turning the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi into a partisan circus, without a shred of concern for the consequences. 

So, at this un-American jerk's instigation, Republicans in the Senate forced congressional hearings this week, with only one result (other than revealing themselves once again as the traitorous tools they are)- they forced witnesses from the Obama administration to make public information about the extent of our knowledge of Al Qaida operations, seriously compromising our intelligence gathering ability.  It will be a fine day in this country when John McCain completes his descent into senility and is no longer capable of damaging our country.


Phony Hero

I have always viewed General Petraeus as a self-promoting egomaniac without real achievements to justify the hagiography that has surrounded him.  Here is a magnificent opinion piece from the New York Times, by Lucian K. Truscott IV, which sets forth the truth about a man who is, in the end, little more than a mountebank:

Oh, wait, that's not the guy I meant, it's this guy.  All those ribbons fooled me:




"A Phony Hero for a Phony War

...And now comes “Dave” Petraeus, and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. No matter how good he looked in his biographer-mistress’s book, it doesn’t make up for the fact that we failed to conquer the countries we invaded, and ended up occupying undefeated nations.

The genius of General Petraeus was to recognize early on that the war he had been sent to fight in Iraq wasn’t a real war at all. This is what the public and the news media — lamenting the fall of the brilliant hero undone by a tawdry affair — have failed to see. He wasn’t the military magician portrayed in the press; he was a self-constructed hologram, emitting an aura of preening heroism for the ever eager cameras."


There is oh, so much more.  The whole article is a refreshing specimen of truth from a charter member of the mainstream media which has idolized this man.  Congratulations to the New York Times for being willing (for once) to print the truth, even if it is only after the guy was disgraced and fired.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Gaza Mess Solved By Green Eagle

Yes, Green Eagle, as much of an authority on the Mideast as he is on everything else (except, of course, complaining, on which he truly is an authority) has what seems to him to be the only viable step forward in the Gaza mess.

Here is something that I bet very few people know:  Before the 1967 war, Gaza was not part of Israel; it was part of Egypt.  In 1967, when Israel seized the Sinai peninsula, Gaza was part of the package.  Here is a map showing the territories which Israel ended up with:



Sorry about the colors there.  As you can see, Gaza is shown as an occupied territory, not as a part of pre-1967 Israel.  Now, when Israel agreed to give the Sinai- an area larger than the whole state of Israel- back to Egypt in return for a peace deal, the Egyptian government  knew perfectly well what kind of mess Gaza was, and so they refused to take Gaza back, leaving Israel holding the bag.

Funny, isn't it, that when Arab countries demand the return of all land that Israel ended up with as a result of the 1967 war, Gaza is never part of the package.

Well, here is my answer to the Gaza problem:  Egypt must agree to reintegrate Gaza into its territory and take responsibility for the acts of its people, who are in reality Egyptian citizens; and in return, Israel will allow Palestinians to establish a government in East Jerusalem.  This should be a part of any peace proposal.  It will solve two problems at the same time, giving each side a real victory without significant damage to the other side, and provide Palestinians and Israelis alike a clear sign that there are those on both sides who will take the actions necessary to make the peace process a true possibility.  Return Gaza to Egypt- a real way forward.

Update:  At my wife's suggestion, I have added some labels to the map, to make it clearer what is what.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dodging A Bullet Shot by a Lying Sociopath

So, it has become a generally accepted meme on the right that Mitt Romney lost because Obama "gave" people "stuff."  Bill O'Reilly summed it all up with this remark:

"And there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama. He knows it. And he ran on it."

Yeah, those greedy bastards want "stuff."  Stuff like medical care when they are sick, or a chance at a decent job, or an education for their kids, or a chance to retire after working their whole lives without ending up living on a street corner.  How dare they?

Well, no one is surprised with piggish behavior on the part of Bill O'Reilly.  He gets paid very well to be a pig.  But when the Republicans nominate an even bigger pig to run for President and then spend billions trying to con people into voting for him, that's another matter.

Yesterday, Mitt gave a speech to his donors, trying to "explain" to them where their massive contributions to his campaign went.  Here's a report from the New York Times, with some good quotes from Mitt that everyone should hear:

"In a conference call with fund-raisers and donors to his campaign, Mr. Romney said Wednesday afternoon that the president had followed the “old playbook” of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”

"Targeted initiatives."  I suppose that it never, ever, occurred to Romney that planning to give trillions in tax breaks to the very people he was speaking to might also be considered "targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups."  Oh no, bribing voters only applies when the government tries to help "the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people."  Mitt continues:

“In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups...With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift,” Mr. Romney said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008."

Trying to insure that people can have health care or an education is a "big gift."  On the other hand, seeing to it that the rich have to contribute nothing to the running of our country is sound national policy that could never be confused with favoritism.

"You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity — I mean, this is huge,” Mr. Romney said. “Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”

Well, enough of that.  The other reason cited by Republicans for Romney's loss was that Obama "defined" Romney to the voters as the sociopathic, entitled rich bully that we saw in the now-famous "47%" tape.  Well, here is the truth:  Obama did not define Romney; that is what Romney was, is, and will always be.  It was Republicans who did the "defining," spending their money to try to convince people that Romney was a decent human being with the nation's best interest at heart.  A bigger lie was never told, and we can be very thankful that the truth was so obvious that they couldn't convince enough people to win the election.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup- Let the Whining Continue

 Well, after a couple of days of relative quiescence, the Wingnuts seem to finally be whipping themselves up into a frenzy again; and once again, Green Eagle was there:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Catholic Leaders: If Obama Pursues HHS Mandate, There Is 100% Chance There Will Be Civil Disobedience"

So fucking what, Jim?  Unless Catholic "civil disobedience" consists in raping a few thousand more children, which, really, wouldn't surprise anyone.

Grover Norquist:  “Republicans have passed a real budget in writing in legislative form, not some essay and haiku in what they think might be done which is what the president has done.”

Of course, it is a real budget that will economically destroy the country.  Grover forgot to mention that.  But it is real- really stupid and evil.

Leo Linbeck, PJ Media"  "now (Obama) will reap what he sowed. His pretense of being a uniter, someone who can reach across the aisle and work together to solve pressing problems, lies in ruins. Whatever reservoir of goodwill and trust that existed in January 2009 is now bone dry."


Listen, Leo, that reservoir was bone dry before Obama was elected.  Goodwill and trust from the Republicans?  Don't make me sick to my stomach.

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "Needed: a political home for God-acknowledgers"

How about Pakistan, Alan?

Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post:  "Texas Megachurch Pastor Says Obama Will 'Pave Way' for Antichrist..."what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist."

On the same page of the Christian Post, this story:

"'Twilight Breaking Dawn' Leading Teens to Bloodletting, Vampire Covens?"

Is it just me or is this story more credible than the one about Obama?  And in a specimen of institutional hypocrisy that is breathtaking, this pastor has this to say:

"Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise. Even though he talks about Jesus as his Lord and savior, he is not a Christian. Mormonism is not Christianity. Mormonism is a cult"


While on the same page is a link to an article filled with outrage about this:

"A pro-Obama voter guide being circulated to black church members in Virginia before Election Day compares Christianity to Mormonism in what appears to be an effort to dissuade voters from considering Mitt Romney because of his faith."

Really, what hope is there with people who think like this?  (spoiler: none.)

Now, shall we all get a little hysterical?

Darren Jonescu, American Thinker:  "Did you happen to catch the end of civilization on TV last week?  The 2012 U.S. election will likely be judged by men thousands of years hence as a world historical event, on a par with the Peloponnesian War, the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Copernican Revolution or the Battle of Waterloo."


The Peloponnesian War.  A little carried away there, Darren, or what?  Here's a little glance into Mr. Jonescu's thinking:

"We speculate, for example, on how different America, and consequently the world, might have been had Abraham Lincoln not been elected in 1860, or Ronald Reagan in 1980."

Yes.  Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan...the same thing. The man whose truths brought new hope to this country and the man whose lies destroyed our economy.  Just for your information, Mr. Jonescu, the main thing that would have been different if Reagan had lost is that we wouldn't have seen the economic dominance of the United States destroyed due to an orgy of theft by the rich.

Town Hall Headline:  "Reid Vows Filibuster Changes in Next Session-Republicans Threaten Partisan Warfare Over Rule Changes"

Republicans threaten partisan warfare- now, there's news. 

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Sex Scandal Reveals Why There is a Benghazi Coverup... they had to find an alternative story to cover-up what really happened"

More vital news from Town Hall's favorite lying bimbo.  Of course, Petraeus' affair has absolutely nothing in the world to do with what happened in Benghazi, but it is a great excuse for Republicans to start screaming out their lies about it once again. 

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "Before We Give Up, Could We At Least Try Selling Our Ideas?"

If we just spend more hundreds of millions of dollars, the American people are really going to go along with starving so we can give even more to the rich.  Once they understand how fair that is, how could they help but be for it?

Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "It's Hard to Be a Republican"

Deal with it, Mona.  It was your choice.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  " The most widely offered explanation for Mitt Romney's defeat is that the Republican Party is disproportionately composed of -- aging -- white males.  That is, alas, true.  Maybe Minorities' Values Need Changing"

Right, Dennis.  Obama won because minorities are morally inferior to old white males.  You go with that, and in 2016, spend your billions on it as your main campaign theme:  You are inferior, so you must vote for us to rule you.  See where it gets you.  After all, it worked for the Emperor Palpatine. Oh wait...

Breeanne Howe, Red State:  "I’ve always been fascinated with numbers in the Bible..."

I think we've already read enough of that one.  On we go...

Repair Man Jack, Red State:  "Demand that the House to do the following.
1) Pass a budget that totally allows the US to go off the Fiscal Cliff.
2) Refuse a continuing resolution until the US Senate does likewise.
3) When the Senate self-righteously and arrogantly refuses, refuse to raise the debt ceiling
4) When Barack Obama rails against them, remind him firmly, yet politely that the House has passed a budget and stands more than willing to work with the US Senate anytime they choose to actually fulfill their legal and Constitutional obligations."


I.e. throw a colossal tantrum that would be the envy of any out of control two year old, and try to sabotage the country because Republicans lost the election.  I mean, really, what other choice do they have?

Larry Kudlow, Human Events:  "Don't Go Wobbly, GOP"

No, stay straight on your path to self-immolation.  Green Eagle couldn't agree more.

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  " David Petraeus and the Failure of American Intelligence...The Obama administration's fixed idea of engaging radical Islamists will have the same result as trying to cuddle with your pet scorpion."


General Petraeus had an affair, and that proves that Obama's Mideast policy is completely wrong.  Yeah, that makes sense.

Robert Spencer, PJ Media:  "David Petraeus and the New Style of American Politics...If you think the CIA director resigned over an affair, you probably also believe that Muhammad filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef is in prison because of a parole violation."


Yeah, and you probably also believe in global warming, and despite all of the billions spent to teach you otherwise, you probably don't believe that letting rich people pay no taxes will raise government revenues.  Boy are you dumb.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Depite Obama’s Best Efforts – Shale Boom Projected to Turn US into Largest Oil Producer"

"Despite" Obama's best efforts.  More inciteful analysis from the Internet's Biggest Dumbass (TM).

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Has America become a huge duck pond?"

No, Lloyd, I don't think it has.  I can see right out my window, and no ducks.  So, you can go back to your nap now.

Ralph Benko, Town Hall:  "The End Of The Karl Rove Death Grip Signals A Reagan Renaissance...Liberals do not grasp the distinction between Ronald Reagan and George Bush. This blind spot creates a massive confusion and hazard to their ambitions. Obama defeated neither the Reagan Narrative nor Team Reagan. Team Bush appropriated, and then marginalized, both. Obama beat Team Bush, not Team Reagan. The implications are huge."

Yeah, the implications are huge- the implications that Ralph Benko doesn't even live on this planet.  "Team Reagan."  How cute. 

Jen Shroder, Renew America:  "20 States seeking to Secede; What are the godly to do?"

Oh, I don't know, how about turning the other cheek?  The other cheek of your rear end, I mean.  We're pretty much done kicking the first one.  Jen pretty much lays out the condition of the country, in typical wingnut style:

"We have been abused far too long. Our taxes are funding abortion mills, forcing atheism on our children through multiculturalism and evolution in public education, our right to bear arms has been chipped away and is continually threatened as are parental rights. Because of the United States Supreme Court , our children can be told to get on their hands and knees to repeat the Muslim prayer that Allah is the only god worthy of worship and Mohammed is his prophet because it is claimed to be done in "demonstration;" meanwhile the word "Christmas" is banished as are the Ten Commandments and all things Judeo-Christian."

So, what is Jen's answer to her oh-so-pertinent question of how Christians should respond to the actions of a pack of malignant dumbasses?

"First, we can join a different party. It matters not if it wins or loses, what matters is that you are standing on the right side when Christ comes."

That will help restore the economy, yes sir.  And what about secession?

"We can pursue to secede, but we need leadership. If godly men and women will stand up and lead us, then we should pursue this action wholeheartedly. I am praying that God would send those leaders because without them, secession would result in bloody chaos."


'Bye, Jen.  Don't let the door hit you and all that.  Jen finishes:

"May God have mercy on us."

Amen to that.


Well, let me end on a personal note:  This is Green Eagle's 3,000th post.  What a noisy bird.

The Republican Con Job, from Hullabaloo

An excellent post from David Atkins at Hullabaloo:

"The fact that everyone in the Village Media has bought into the deficit obsession as it were a real thing rather than simply the latest iteration of a decades-long tactic designed to further enrich the wealthy shows not just herd mentality and willful blindness. It shows a craven willingness to go along with direct economic sabotage and shameless lying in the guise of politics as usual.

It's moral tragedy on a grand scale."


It's well worth clicking through and reading the whole thing, which sums up very concisely the details of the decades-long Republican enterprise to steal the assets of the nation and turn them over to the rich, and the collaboration of the mainstream media in the whole process.  I highly recommend clicking through and taking a look.

Well, That Explains It Perfectly

Paul Ryan, for some incomprehensible reason, still being touted as a possible President of the United States:

"The surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race."

I see.  "Urban" voters.

I have heard about the early Soviet Union, where Jews were referred to as "rootless cosmopolitans."  I guess we can all figure out who Ryan is referring to here.  And it ain't fat, stupid old white guys who listen to Fox.

Well, luckily, the likelihood of a failed vice presidential candidate  getting nominated to run for President is vanishingly small, because I would hate for us to waste our time again reminding the world that this great Republican inellectual is nothing but one more racist lying dick.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just a Personal Comment

I worked on Army Wives.  I thought it was a soap opera.  Turns out it was a reality show.

What a Bunch of Losers

With the meteoric career of Paul Ryan hitting an unexpected (by Republicans) speed bump, my wife pointed something out to me that is most interesting, and that I had never thought of.  Look at the miserable record that Republican candidates have had at choosing vice presidents since World War II:

Eisenhower- Nixon- forced from office later for corruption.
Nixon- Agnew, forced from office for corruption.
Goldwater- Bill Miller, a lunatic (for the time- today he would probably be too liberal for Republicans) right winger whose only real contribution to the nation's politics was being the father of talk show host Stephanie Miller.
Reagan- Bush 1, the only reasonably justifiable choice in decades.
Bush 1- Dan Quayle, an intellectually challenged clown.
Dole- Jack Kemp, a merciless supply sider; the '90's Paul Ryan
Bush- Cheney.  Need I say more?
McCain- Sarah Palin, Dan Quayle on steroids.
Romney- Paul Ryan.

Note:  I leave Gerald Ford's choice of Bob Dole off the list, because Ford was not the choice of the Republican party, but was a mild centrist forced on the Republicans by the resignations of first Agnew and then Nixon himself.

Well, this is a pretty pathetic list, and shows that the Republican lust for power without any concern for using it constructively is not in any way a recent phenomenon.  They really don't care about the damage they do after they are elected.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wingnut Wrapup, Whining and Wailing Edition

I hope you are not done gloating over Tuesday, because Green Eagle sure isn't.  Here is a collection of some of the right wing responses to Obama's victory.  I have to say, they seem to have been so shell-shocked by the results that they have been a little slow off the mark with their insanity, but it's coming.  A few more days, and they will be right back where they started from- a pack of losers.  Well, let's get going:

Let us start out with this wonderful video, courtesy of Digby:



Isn't that just adorable?  Now, on with the show:


Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Obama Claims Victory With Collectivist Message"

Twenty four hours hadn't even passed, and they were already calling Obama a Communist.  That will really help them come to grips with reality.

Brent Bozell, Town Hall:  "Throughout the very long presidential election cycle, two trends remained consistent. The media lauded Obama no matter how horrendous his record, and they savaged Obama's Republican contenders as ridiculous pretenders."


Brent, your claim about Obama is, of course, a lie.  And as for your other claim, Obama's Republican contenders were ridiculous pretenders.  Deal with it.  And, Brent, can you really say this with a straight face?  Brent goes on:

"Despite the news media's infatuation with him, Obama rarely reciprocated. He reduced to a trickle the media's access by minimizing the number of White House press conferences."

This, from a guy whose candidate refused to answer a single question from a reporter in the last month, refused to release any details of his economic plans, and didn't even have the common decency to reveal his tax forms.

Michael Barone, Town Hall:  "America Is Two Countries, Not on Speaking Terms"

And Republicans intend to do everything they can to keep it that way, apparently.  They still think it's working for them.

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "No Mandate: Obama Lost Ground With Key Demographics"

Kevin, you ass, Obama got one mandate:  He won the election.  Or maybe you didn't notice.  Of course, the Republicans, when Bush "won" the 2000 election due to Supreme Court corruption while losing the popular vote, acted like God himself had made Bush President (a lot of Republicans actually did believe that, but whatever...)

Ben Howe, Red State:  "The overriding problem that we as a party have is that we have two distinct camps. The Tea Party wing and the Establishment wing. Whether or not the names are fair, they basically summarize what people have come to know as the competing interests in the party. Unfortunately, both miss the most crucial part of winning elections: messaging."

Sorry to break it to you, Ben, but the most crucial part of winning this election was stopping a Republican depression, conducting a foreign policy that didn't involve starting any new wars, getting health care for tens of millions of people, paying attention to someone other than white males, and obviously being a decent human being instead of a rich, entitled, near sociopathic jerk.  Republicans had plenty of messages in this election.  They were just all lies.

And now the grand delusion of the day:

Michael Hammond, Red State:  "30 Reasons Republicans Lost The Election...
1  They Allowed Democrats To Pick Their Nominee For Them."


The rest of this article is ridiculous too, but you've got to stand in awe of the disconnect from reality involved in letting your whole nominating process be dictated by teabaggers, and then blaming the Democrats because you picked a loser.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "...we have a problem with democracy. It’s not working..."


Right, because it can't be democracy if a Democrat wins.

J. Christian Adams, PJ Media:  "One wonders how Romney lost this election."

He didn't get as many votes as Obama.  Think about it, buddy.  Maybe some day it will make sense to you.

Well, at this point, the dominant Republican line about why Obama won is that he demonized Romney.  Here's a sample:

 Donald Lambro:  "Barack Obama and the Politcs of Character Assassination...President Obama has proven he can win re-election without a second term agenda merely by demonizing his opponent and appealing to voters' fears instead of their hopes, dreams and aspirations."

After five straight years of calling Obama a Communist, a Muslim terrorist, a traitor who is consciously trying to destroy our country, a murderer, a foreigner that has no right to be President, and anything else they could think of, this is their claim.  The disregard for honesty and common decency necessary to say something like this is breathtaking.

Steven Chapman, Town Hall:  "Republicans are mystified that in a nation they know as fundamentally conservative, a president they regard as deeply radical has been re-elected. But Americans didn't vote for Barack Obama because they are liberal. They voted for him because they are conservative."

I think Tuesday fried something in this guy's brain.

Nidra Poller, American Thinker:  "Here comes the 21st-century inside-out version of the Know-nothings -- pro-immigrant and anti-American, anti-Christian and Islam-friendly, the Know-nothings welcome with open arms the cool trendy vanguard of totalitarian conquest...Am I wrong in thinking that what has just happened bears no resemblance to a normal election?"

Yes, you are wrong, Nidra.  And you are also a gigantic jackass.

Newsmax:  "Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says President Barack Obama’s victory Tuesday isn’t as significant as Democrats would like you to believe.  “America, don’t lose heart,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “This election is not an ‘Obama mandate,’ nor is it a rejection of conservatism.”

No, of course not, Sarah.  Keep telling yourself that.  Now, go away already.

Timothy C. Daughtry, American Thinker:  "Why We Lost the Republic...With reports of voting irregularities in several battleground states, we might never know who actually won the 2012 election"

Expect to hear more about how Obama cheated his way in.  It should provide some amusement the next four years.  Timothy continues:

"And now we will find out if countless patriots at Tea Party rallies around the country were on to something when they voiced the fear that America will not survive four more years of Barack Obama."

They weren't on TO something, Timothy, they were just ON something.  Get the difference?

Yuval Levin, National Review Online:  "What Is Required...Conservatives must be ourselves, but better."

Better.  Well, at least that won't be hard.

Diana West, Town Hall:  "The High Road Led Straight to Defeat for Romney"

The high road.  Right.  Well, if the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, I guess the high road is paved with lies.

Paula Bolyard, PJ Media:  "won by convincing the youth demographic to vote against their best interests. They voted for Obama 60-37, after he plied them with free pizza, bus rides with Jack Black, and free concerts with Jay -Z and Bruce Springsteen. They were hauled from their college campuses to the polls to vote by the busload."

Right, they voted for him because he gave them free pizza.  And I must agree with Paula that having decent medical care and being able to afford college are not in their best interest- that sort of thing only interferes with their getting out there and going to work as ditch diggers or porters; the sort of career they are fit for, due to not having the foresight to be born to rich and powerful parents.

David Steinberg, PJ Media:  "Conservatives care, liberals do not. The world thinks the opposite is true. "
Conservatives care alright- they care about themselves.  And liberals?  Why, trying to give people medical care or a fair shot in life? That's not caring, it's...well, something bad, right?

Byron York, Washington Examiner:  "In 2016, GOP needs a candidate voters believe in"

No shit, Sherlock.  The question is, where are you going to find one that can get past the delusional, ignorant idiots that you turned your party over to?

Monty Pelerin, American Thinker:  "Obama's Election Seals Our Fate...The Obama re-election dooms the country."

Doom.  DOOM!  Really, grow up, Monty.  What do you think this is, a video game?

Gina Miller, Renew America:  "Non-zombie Americans brace for Obama's 'flexibility'

Good point there, Gina.  People who voted for Obama are zombies.  Only zombies believe the truth.  Real Americans go for the lies that you spew out every day.  I hope you and your idiot fellow travelers have a great time sitting on the sidelines and watching Democrats fix the damage you've done, just like they always have to do.  Actually, now that I think about that, I don't hope that.  After all the problems that Conservative idiocy has caused the country, I hope you have a headache that lasts the whole four years.

Well, folks, as if we couldn't have guessed this would happen, Tuesday's little surprise doesn't seem to have taught the right wing one damned thing.  A few days and they will be raving about the birth certificate again, and searching high and low for some pathetic excuse to impeach Obama.  Unfortunately for them, it seems like we've finally reached the point in this country (thank heaven) where the sane people outnumber the lunatics.  So, let them keep it up.  Every idiotic remark they make just brings one step closer the time when they weed themselves out of the intellectual gene pool.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Unskewed or Unhinged?

We report, you decide.  As a last little look into the pre-election world of delusion that the Republicans were living in, here is the final election prediction of the now-infamous Conservative site Unskewed Polls:

"Big Romney Election Day Turnout:
QStarNews Election Day Exit Poll: Romney by 5.4 percent in popular vote
The FINAL Definitive Projection of the race: Romney wins 51% and 275 EVs (new 11/5)

"Basically, in reality, Romney is cleaning up in the swing states and might just win every single one of them including Pennsylvania and Ohio. The liberal alternative fantasy is that we're going to get a Romney wins the popular vote, Obama wins the electoral college because they still believe this fantasy that Obama is going to win most of the key swing states...in fantasy land for liberals with their beloved skewed media polls, it's all Obama.

The latest Rasmussen poll of Wisconsin has the race tied at 49 percent each. That means Mitt Romney wins with almost 51 percent.  But in liberal land, Obama is sure to win Wisconsin. The badly skewed NBC/WSJ/Marist poll that is almost two weeks old, has Obama leading 51 percent to 46 percent.

In liberal fantasy land, Virginia is going for Obama because none other than Nate Silver says so, despite that polling data.

Mitt Romney is going to win the election. Deal with it, liberals. Get your prescriptions for your medications renewed before election day. You'll be needing them in double and triple dosages after Obama is defeated."


I don't think any ridicule I could think of (and if there is one thing Green Eagle is pretty good at, it's ridicule,) would make this any more hilarious; so I'll just let it stand on its own.

War Criminal Won't Go Away

The torturer and disgraced former soldier Alan West, whose loss to Patrick Murphy is by enough votes to obviate legal requirements for a recall, has sued to  try to overturn the election.

"West, the south Florida Republican who has made headlines nationally for his fiery tea party rhetoric, filed motions asking a judge to require elections officials to impound ballots and voting machines. Separately, his campaign alleged "disturbing irregularities" at the polls and called for a recount."

There is nothing that happened on Tuesday that should give us more pleasure than having managed, despite West having more corporate funding than any other Congressional candidate in the country, in turning this vicious subhuman monster out of congress.  If he succeeds in this shameful effort, it will be nothing more than one more Congressional election bought by the rich.  And of all of their pet candidates, none brings as much shame on the country as West.

West is going to be backed in this vicious act by a lot more rich people's money.  Murphy will have to depend on us.  If you'd like to kick in a few bucks to help Murphy out, you can do it at this site.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dodging a Bullet

Yes, we dodged a bullet last night, but don't forget that their gun is still loaded.  After a few days of self pity and irrational anger (which Green Eagle fully intends to document in his unique fashion,) the Republicans will be right back out there doing everything they can to sell the same old pack of lies they have been peddling for the last hundred years, and once again, they will have vast pools of corporate money to back them up.

But, at least for now, we can take comfort in some results of yesterday's election.  First of all, the vast avalanche of rich people's money was not quite enough to buy the Presidency.  Nor did it succeed in purchasing a number of Senate races.  Linda McMahon, in particular, has now spent (so I have read) $77 million of her own money with exactly nothing to show for it.  Forty million was not enough to persuade the people of Ohio to abandon the best Senator in the nation, Sherrod Brown.  And a vicious and well financed campaign could not keep the people of Massachusetts from sending one of the nation's great consumer advocates, Elizabeth Brown, to the Senate.

Second, despite the worst of intentions, the Republicans failed to steal this election, saving us from having the third Presidential contest in twelve years handed to the GOP through corruption and criminality.  We'll never have the absolute proof now (thankfully,) but I am convinced that four more years of Bush style economics, given the weakened state of our economy, would have pushed the country and then the world into a truly profound depression.  So at least we can have four more years of treading water while the Republicans try to drag us under, before we have to fight this miserable battle all over again.

And as a final bit of icing on the cake, nothing that happened yesterday gave me more pleasure than the defeat of Congressman and war criminal Allen West.  There is no more open display of the viciousness and unmitigated gall of the Republican party that, given all of the heroic, patriotic ex-military people in this country, they chose to run for Congress a man who was kicked out of the army for torturing prisoners.  The fact that they decided that a subhuman creature like West was fit to serve our country in the House of Representatives should tell you all you ever need to know about the Republicans' real dedication to serving the country.

Finally, in the election as well as in their governing, the Republicans have shown once again that they are great at screaming and blabbing, but utterly incompetent at actually doing anything- except of course plundering the country and giving all our wealth to the rich.  Their behavior may not exactly fit the Constitutional definition of treason, but I don't think it is that much of a stretch to suggest that deliberately tanking our economy is darned close to "giving aid and comfort to the enemy."

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fawkes

Don't forget- today is Guy Fawkes day.  Almost as important a world-wide holiday as Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Idiocy of Privatization- Part Sixty Thousand or So

Here's an article from Firedoglake describing the inevitable reaction to Hurricane Sandy from Republicans:

"Rebuilding the East Coast after Superstorm Sandy will be an expensive proposition. A new estimate of the cost of the storm now reaches $50 billion, and just protecting New York City from future disasters through the use of a seawall and other barriers would tack on another $15 billion, though that money would be as well spent as any you can devise... in the aftermath of a life-changing event like a hurricane and flood, the shock doctrine starts to factor in. All of a sudden, developers see their chance to hollow out the undergrowth and remake cities and towns in an image that means more private profits for them...

The right-wing governors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the pro-business New Democrat Andrew Cuomo in New York will be all too happy to facilitate privatization in these projects. There could be billions of dollars sloshing around in these different projects."


And I have seen similar sentiments in other places.

Now, here's the thing:  What in the name of God does "privatization" of disaster response even mean?  Repairing things after disasters like Sandy or Katrina involves the expenditure of billions of dollars with absolutely no prospect of anything in return.  Why would any private company do that?  And if they would, nothing is stopping them now.  Why do we not see people paid by Koch Industries or Wal-Mart out there digging houses out of the sand or cleaning sewage out of the streets?  Why are they not proving to us that they can do a better job of disaster relief than the government?

Why not?  Because the whole idea is so absurd that no private company would put a nickel into trying to make this massively money-losing activity part of their business model.  No, here, as usual, is what Republicans mean by "privatizing" disaster relief:  The American people will cough up the money that is needed, and then rather than using FEMA or other government agencies, we will turn the money over to companies like Halliburton and KBR, so that they can skim off every damned penny they can, before spending the dead minimum on their job.  Yes, as is always the case, natural disasters will become nothing but one more way for Republicans to flood the pockets of the rich, while pretending to do their jobs.

Once again, the Republican party reveals itself (to anyone who cares to see) to be nothing but a gigantic criminal conspiracy created to strip this nation of every shred of wealth, and pass it along to the richest hundredth of one percent of people in the world.  The half of the population who apparently go along with this are nothing but the biggest bunch of suckers in history.

The Most Depressing Headline Of The Year

From the AP:

"As 2012 campaign nears finish, 2016 lurks"

God, it will never end.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Well, I Hope You Are Right, Nate

Nate Silver, much maligned these days for using actual numbers to analyze the Presidential race, has this to say in the New York Times today:

"(The polls) represent powerful evidence against the idea that the race is a “tossup.” A tossup race isn’t likely to produce 19 leads for one candidate and one for the other — any more than a fair coin is likely to come up heads 19 times and tails just once in 20 tosses. (The probability of a fair coin doing so is about 1 chance in 50,000.)Instead, Mr. Romney will have to hope that the coin isn’t fair, and instead has been weighted to Mr. Obama’s advantage. In other words, he’ll have to hope that the polls have been biased in Mr. Obama’s favor.

...There are essentially three reasons that a poll might provide an inaccurate forecast of an upcoming election.  The first is statistical sampling error...(the second) is that a poll is a snapshot in time — even if you’re sampling the voters accurately, their opinions could change again before Election Day...That leaves only the final source of polling error, which is the potential that the polls might simply have been wrong all along because of statistical bias."

Silver argues quite persuasively that none of these things is going on at this point.  But, of course, there is a fourth factor, which Silver, either because it is unquantifiable, or because the subject is just too painful, does not consider.  That is the very real possibility that Republican voter suppression and outright election fraud, which we all know is widespread throughout the country this year, will be sufficient to turn several States from Obama to Romney. 

If you truly remember the evidence from 2000 and 2004, you know that, without criminal behavior on the part of Republicans, Bush would have never won either election, and the country would have been spared a multi-trillion dollar war of aggression, and a near-complete economic collapse.  The last four years have seen Congressional Republicans use their power to deliberately sabotage the welfare of this country in every way that they could, degrading our credit rating for the first time in history, nearly causing a government default, and damaging the lives of countless tens of millions of Americans.  After that, what is a little tampering with the election machines?

"I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how."

-Josef Stalin, 1923

 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Gangster Politics

Here's David Frum giving the real Republican argument for electing Romney, and in fact the whole argument the last four years for letting Republicans run things:

"The question over his head is not a question about him at all. It's a question about his party - and that question is the same whether Romney wins or loses. The congressional Republicans have shown themselves a destructive and irrational force in American politics. But we won't reform the congressional GOP by re-electing President Obama. If anything, an Obama re-election will not only aggravate the extremism of the congressional GOP, but also empower them: an Obama re-election raises the odds in favor of...very possibly a seventh-year impeachment. A Romney election will at least discourage the congressional GOP from deliberately pushing the US into recession in 2013." 

So, this is what we have come to in the United States:  One political party feels that it is okay to threaten to destroy the country if it doesn't get what it wants.

As Paul Krugman so succinctly puts it in the New York Times today:

“Nice country you got here. Shame if something were to happen to it”

Because Obama is from Chicago, it has  become standard operating procedure among Republicans to call him a gangster.  Well, here is real gangsterism in action.  This is what the Republicans have to offer us- a virtual promise to devastate the economy if we don't give them the White House.  And it may work.

Anyone who thinks this is democracy is an idiot.