Friday, February 7, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

And here we go again- another plunge into the insanity that is today regarded as political opposition in the United States.  It would be a little funnier if it weren't destroying us all.

Let's just start with the grand Republican lie of the week.  I have already written about this, but it bears repeating:

Guy Benson, Town Hall (and about a million other similar stories):  "CBO: Obamacare Driving Millions Out of Work Force"

Here is what the report actually said:

"The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses' demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked relative to what would have occurred otherwise rather than as an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week)."

In other words, once people aren't desperate to hang on to their jobs to keep their health care coverage, they will (the CBO projects) choose to work less.  And in the U.S.-the industrialized country with by far the longest work week, shortest paid vacation, and the worst sick leave policy, that is not a bad thing.  A few decades ago, one full time worker working 40 hours a week could support a family in this country.  Now, we have been so squeezed that it takes two workers to insure any kind of security.  And then, the very people who enabled this vicious squeeze on working people, scream about there not being enough jobs to go around.  Well, maybe ending the need to keep a full time job to have health care will start to change this brutal situation, and it can't happen too soon.  In my opinion, if all Obamacare accomplished was dealing a blow to the employers' stranglehold on workers, it would be enough.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "O'Reilly Interviews Obama, Obama Quickly Gets Irritated "

You call that irritated, Katie?  Try having O'Reilly interview Green Eagle.  Irritated?  I'll show you irritated.

Daniel Doherty, Town Hall:  "Inhofe: Benghazi Will be the "Greatest Cover-Up" in U.S. History"

Grow up, already.

Mark Skousen, Human Events:  "President Obama Needs an MBA, Not a Law Degree"

Yeah, just like the last President to have an MBA- in fact the only one I can think of.  Let's see now, who was it?  Oh yeah, George W. Bush.  His MBA sure helped him run America, yes sir.  Run it into a ditch.

Stephen Cruiser, PJ Media:  "Why on Earth Is Jeb Bush Still ‘Undecided’ on a 2016 Run?"

Maybe he's not sure whether he can get enough humiliation from his dominatrix, or whether he needs to humiliate himself in front of the whole country.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "One Brave Doctor Stands Up to Obamacare"

Brave but stupid:  She says she can't figure out how to fill out the forms.  This would be Dr. Kristen Held, an opthalmologist, just like Rand Paul and Bashir al Assad.  What the hell is the matter with opthalmologists these days?

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Maryland mall shooter was a pothead"

No wonder he only managed to kill two people.  Too bad he wasn't a junkie- he would have just stayed home.

Garth Kant, World Net Daily:  "Judge mocks government's NSA lawyer"

And here he is, Judge Richard Leon:

Wait a minute!  that's not Judge Leon, that's Antonin Scalia without his dye job:

Tell me I'm wrong.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily:  "Frog-march: Push to impeach Obama gains steam"

Steam?  I think you mean hot air.

And just in case you don't have enough to worry about:

Ellie Zolfagharifard , Daily Mail:  "Giant rats, the size of cows or even bigger, could one day fill a ‘significant chunk’ of Earth’s emptying ecospace.  The terrifying scenario could become a reality as super-adaptable rats take advantage of larger mammals becoming extinct, an expert predicts."

Oh God, something else has escaped from Skyrim!

 I mean, this is getting serious.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "Should Barack Hussein Obama be tried, convicted and hanged for treason?"

Sher has been a little quiet lately.  I guess she was just saving up her anger for one of her magnum opuses.  Here's a little more from her:

"Florida District 68 House Candidate Joshua Black introduced himself onto the political scene with a tweet he made agreeing with another Twitter user who had written that Obama should be hanged for treason... after interviewing him, I found Joshua Black to be one of those intelligent and articulate Constitutional conservatives who made up the majority of our founders and one whom We-the-People need in order to wrest our country back..."

Intelligent and articulate.  Calling for the death of a legally elected, moderate President because he won't go along with your right wing theocratic agenda.  Just like the majority of our founders, whose authorship of the Constitution proves that their preferred way of dealing with leaders you don't like is to kill them.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Defeating Darwin in four easy steps"

Four steps, Bryan?  It should only take one step.  Just push him out of his chair- he's dead.

Reverend Austin Miles, Renew America:  "TVs Animal Planet - cruel fakery for money...One thing for certain, those "reality shows" such as Call of the Wildman, are not.  The truth is out and cannot be denied. Animal Planet is all about making money "

Oh my God, please tell me it's not true!  Reality shows that are fake?  Who ever heard of such a thing?  Why, the Duck Dynasty guys would never stoop to something like that, would they?

And the worst of it is Austin's claim that a TV network is all about making money!  What an abominable idea!  How could he even think that!  TV networks are churches of the secular humanist religion which seeks to pervert everything decent in America.  Making money plays no more part in it than it does for, say, the Vatican, which would never amass a vast fortune when it could spend the money helping the poor.  And need I remind you that when a right winger like the Koch brothers makes money it is a testament to the glorious nature of our capitalist system, but when a left winger like Bryan's imaginary TV executives or George Soros makes money, it is an abomination.

Lisa Fabrizio, Renew America:  "Fifty years ago this week, the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show...Gone were the poignant and haunting melodies of George Gershwin, the witty lyrics of Cole Porter, the virtuoso playing of Artie Shaw and Duke Ellington and the sweet and smooth arrangements of Nelson Riddle for Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra. Gone too was the comforting feeling that American culture alone could produce artists and musicians that would appeal to Americans of all ages. – this is what the Beatles hath wrought: the production of popular music became the purview of amateurs; and foreign ones at that."

The Beatles did it all.  It never occurred to Liza, I guess, that in a nation crushing the lives of black people, and killing millions in a war of aggression on another continent, we didn't feel like listening to nice little ditties.   And by the way, Lisa, if selling over 600 million records doesn't make you a professional, this is a really screwed up world.  So stick to politics, lady.  You don't have what it takes to comment on culture.

William Levinson, American Thinker:  "The enemy has deployed military-grade hate propaganda against gun owners.  Does any reasonable person believe that a German Jew could have had a constructive win-win conversation with the creators of this poster?

Because being for gun control is just like exterminating the Jews.  Count on those right wingers to explain it all to us.


(O)CT(O)PUS said...

News events this week (as seen through the eyes of the cephalopod):

1 - The debate between Bill Nye, the science guy, and Ken Ham of Rannygazoo fame;

2 – The CBO Report forecasting the impact of ObamaCare on ‘voluntary’ employment.

Of the first, I can build an entire ontological argument around nonsense words. Think of the Rannygazoo, a mythological being, greater than great, of which nothing greater can be conceived. Since it is ‘greater’ to exist in reality than in the mind alone, I can prove the existence of the great and powerful Rannygazoo on the basis of words alone. The same logic applies to the great and almighty Taradiddle, who presides over all things Fiddlefaddle.

About the CBO Report, ObamaCare will set you free, but not according to the true believers of Rannygazoo. Since ObamaCare will make people less dependent on employers for health insurance, they can retire early, start a business, pursue a degree, or spend more time with their families without fear of losing their health care coverage. OMG, “ObamaCare will kill the incentive to work,” claims the worshippers of Rannygazoo and Taradiddle.

In the beginning was the nonsense word, and the word was with Rannygazoo.” Whether magical thinking drives ontology, or the reverse, there are people who think words have the power to change reality, change the laws of physics, dismiss geological history, and misattribute words to manipulate people. Ontology, blind faith, ideology, and partisan spin: Here are the roots of ignorance and evil in the world.

Magpie said...

"Defeating Darwin in four easy steps"

It’d only take one – it’s called natural selection. Darwin originated the term.
One day it might defeat all of us.

“this is what the Beatles hath wrought: the production of popular music became the purview of amateurs; and foreign ones at that."

How dare non-Americans have music! Obviously Beethoven should have been drowned at birth.

Paul Avery said...

Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers and Little Richard never existed in Ms. Fabrizio's universe.

okjimm said...

harumph! the Beatles were faked by the same people that did the moon landing. Everyone knows that!!! say, you gonna eat all your french fries, or can I have 'em.