Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

The screaming crazy is reaching the upper echelons these days.  To start today, here are a few examples from our leaders on the right:

First this scientific comment: from Michael Peroutka, the founder of the “Institute on the Constitution” and a former presidential candidate of the Constitution Party:
“...creation occurred about 6000 years ago. So the whole idea of evolution and that the Earth is…millions and millions of years old is absolutely antithetical to America …“What I am saying is that the promotion of evolution is an act of disloyalty to America… What I’m saying is that there is no way you could promote or believe in evolution and sing ‘God Bless America’ during the 7th inning stretch.”
Let's just leave aside the fact that if you sung 'God Bless America' during the seventh inning stretch, you'd be rather at odds with the rest of us, who would be singing 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game."  In fact, let's just forget the whole damned thing, if we can.

Now, Congressman David Vitter, who we last remember being re-elected by the good Republicans of Louisiana after having been caught in a diaper, consorting with prostitutes:
"I think the Koch Brothers are two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth...I'll be honest with you, God Bless the Koch brothers," Vitter added. "They're fighting for our freedoms."
Fighting for our freedoms by trying to destroy all of them.  Remember that Vietnam war line about "we had to destroy the village in order to save it?"
Florida Congressman Dennis Ross:   "I wouldn’t say [climate change] doesn’t require action. I think personal responsibility, if I could legislate personal responsibility, you wouldn’t have to worry about climate all starts with one thing: Personal responsibility. And that’s where we have to go. It’s an unfortunate thing that we can’t legislate."
You are personally responsible for the damage that energy companies do to our environment, get it, buddy?  So when civilization comes to an abrupt end in an apocalyptic nightmare of violence, it's your fault!

For example, take this story:
"Duke Energy Caught Intentionally Dumping 61 Million Gallons Of Coal Waste Into North Carolina Water...North Carolina regulators on Thursday cited Duke Energy for illegally and deliberately dumping 61 million gallons of toxic coal ash waste into a tributary of the Cape Fear River, which provides drinking water for several cities and towns in the state.
The incident marks the eighth time in less than a month that the company has been accused of violating environmental regulations..."
That was caused by YOUR failure to take personal responsibility for dumping of coal ash into the Cape Fear river.  Because it can't be the corporations' personal fault because corporations aren't people, idiot!  Oh wait, they are people.  Just not the sort of people who are legally responsible for their behavior.

I just want to make a comment about garbage like the above:  It has been occurring to me more and more lately that there is a deliberate, systematic attempt on the part of Republicans to say things so outrageous and disgusting that liberals just can't let them go unchallenged, thus wasting immense time with this garbage, and obscuring the real threat the country faces from the financiers of the Republican party.  At least I hope they don't really believe any of this, or we are truly screwed.

Well, on to our normal targets here at Green Eagle:
Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Russia Stifles Free Speech, Pressures Editor of Independent Website to Resign"
Reasonable to object to that sort of behavior, huh?  Compare it to this:
Daily Kos:  "Michele Bachmann Calls for the Imprisonment of Harry Reid and Daily Kos (No, Really!)"
No comment from Cortney on that.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "The Trauma of Abortion Very Real in ‘The Tenth’s’ Fictional Realm"

The "trauma of abortion" is "very real" in a work of fiction.  Not so much in real life, but then when have right wing views been anything but fiction?
John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "The topic du jour on the left these days is inequality. But why does the left care about inequality? Do they really want to lift those at the bottom of the income ladder? Or are they just looking for one more reason to increase the power of government?"
I'm not even going to call this a lie.  In fact, it's just projection.  No Republican on earth can imagine doing anything that benefits someone else, and they are sure as hell not going to admit that there is anyone around who does care about the welfare of others.
Todd Starnes, Town Hall:  "What's Going on at Air Force Academy? God's Word vs. Pentagon's Word"
Two things which seem to be at odds.  Sorry to tell you this, but when you are at the Air Force Academy, the Pentagon's word rules.  Don't like it?  Fine.  Transfer to Bob Jones University, where you are free to be as ignorant and stupid as you want.
Streiff, Red State:  "Cold War Revisionism and the Defense of Obama’s Ukraine Blunder"
This article was so long and boring, I never did figure out what the guy's point was, other than what I got from the headline:  Somehow, it's all Obama's fault.  Why?  Who knows?
Bill Straub, PJ Media:  "Tee Time: The Optics of Presidential Vacations...Bush and Reagan spent more days away from the White House than Obama, but also set up satellite offices in their ranch homes."
Maybe that's because Bush and Reagan were rich guys who could afford to have a ranch home, and Obama isn't.

And now, how about some Nazi craziness and general idiocy:
Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Obamacare is nothing but "people and gun control" hiding behind "healthcare" widgets. The proposed healthcare is all government rationed and designed to get "chips" into your body for more control and access to your bank accounts. "

Chips in your body. I mean, that's lunacy enough, but where is the Nazi part that Green Eagle promised?
"As in the days of Hitler going after the German citizen's guns with Hitler's Enabling Act in1933, so is Obamacare now."
The enabling act, for the few of you that don't know, authorized Hitler to do anything he wanted without legislative approval.  It had exactly zero to do with gun control, and in fact Hitler later eased gun control in Germany for everyone but Jews. It also is the exact opposite of Obamacare, which was enacted by Congress, not declared to be law by Obama   But then, anything that Democrats do is just like Hitler, right?
"Could it be more than a simple coincidence that Hitler's Enabling Act was signed into law on March 23, 1933, and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010 – both designed to control people, guns, and build a dictatorship. Hmmmm..."

Hmmmm indeed.  At least we finally have a real similarity.  Neither the Enabling Act nor Obamacare had one damned thing to do with guns.
Debra Saunders, Town Hall:  "Debra J. Saunders: Affordable Care Act or War on Conscience?"
Actually, the Affordable Care Act is a War on Those With No Conscience, who are willing to let millions of other people suffer and die without medical care, as long as it doesn't cost themselves a few bucks.
Heather Ginsburg, Town Hall:  "Finally: Mississippi to Start Drug Testing Those Receiving Financial Aid Benefits"
Probably to find out why in hell they are still living in the poorest State in the country.  When are they going to start drug testing Mississippi voters to see why they keep electing such worthless leaders?
Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "Why Some Christians' Kids Blow Off God – and Why Mine Didn't"
Why yours didn't?  Probably because because the time they were five years old, you had filled them so full of hatred and greed that they couldn't think straight.  That's my guess, you smug son of a bitch.
Michael Schaus, Town Hall: "Professor Wants Climate Change “Deniers” Thrown in Jail"
Outrageous!  Me, I'd put them in hospitals for the criminally insane.  Except of course for the ones who are denying climate change because they are getting paid to tell a hideous lie that they know is not true.  Jail for them sounds about right.  And one with no air conditioning, too.
Dinesh D'Souza, Newsmax:  "Dinesh D’Souza: Liberals Silent on My Indictment"
For income tax fraud.  Well, here's one Liberal who won't be silent:  You broke the law- now go to jail.  Satisfied, Dinesh?
David Limbaugh Town Hall:  "Make Democrats Pay for Obamacare and Obamanomics"
As soon as Republicans pay us back the $3 trillion for the Iraq war, and whatever the 2008 crash cost, it's a deal.
Paul Maguire, News With Views:  "The majority of the population in places like America and Europe live in something like a subtle trance state and they do not realize that they have now entered the world of the science fiction movie Minority Report. For decades numerous technologies have been employed that average Americans have no idea exist and if you told them, they would robotically say “conspiracy theory.”
For example, a San Diego-based company Emotient has developed a technology that will allow people to read other people’s emotions. The company developed a Sentiment Analysis prototype app for Google Glass which would allow people who put on the fashionable computerized headset to read the emotions of people around them. Political operatives, advertising people, and even clerks in stores could instantly know your reaction to just about anything.
Ken Denman, CEO of Emotient, said “It’s a breakthrough technology that allows companies to aggregate customer sentiment by processing facial expressions anonymously."
Great news for people with severe Asperger's syndrome.  For the rest of us, there already is a technology for " processing facial expressions anonymously."  Just look at them.
Ed Lasky, American Thinker:  "Obama and The Democrats Plot To Control America...He and his fellow Democrats plan to keep their grip on the levers of power.  It is a frightening prospect but America may be stuck with this “reform” for many years to come. The Democrats planned it to be this way and they may well succeed."
To be achieved by doing good things for the American people, like giving them health care and retirement security, so we vote to keep them in office.  This is a vicious abomination to right wingers like Ed, who knows that only by diverting endless money to the rich can our country hope to survive.

Here's an example of the treachery Democrats use to accomplish their purpose:
"Democrats used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules so that federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments can advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that has been the standard for nearly four decades."
Nearly four decades!  And what about the 23 decades before that, from the time our founding fathers made the rules until "nearly four decades" ago, when the Senate made a terrible mistake, not being able to foresee that the Republican party was about to turn into a traitorous pack of anti-American criminals, determined to give the country to a small oligarchy or ruin it in the process.  How dare the Democrats object to that!  It's been going on for four decades already!
Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "I had an extraordinary telephone conservation with my 86-year-old black dad, a lifelong Democrat and huge Obama fan.  He called to ask me, “Is Obama anti-Christian?”  Dad has been a Christian pastor for over 50 years.  I said, “Dad, I have been telling you about Obama's anti-Christian policies for the past five years.”  Dad replied, “And I have not been listening.”
And a good thing too, because there is not a more smug, unapologetic liar in the country than Lloyd Marcus, the right's favorite rent-a-nigger, always ready to put a black face on the white racists' lies.  Sorry for the harsh language, but how else can you describe someone like this?
Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "The Hillary '16 propaganda machine launches a second foray...It is now clear that a finely-tuned plan to soften-up opposition to Hillary Clinton rolling into the Oval Office is being executed through willing proxies"
The Republicans are so frustrated by Hillary's refusal to run for President at the present time.  So they've just decided that anyone who says anything nice about Hillary is part of a secret, cynical campaign plot.  It's awfully silly, but it's all they've got.  And by the way, notice that anything done to promote a Democrat is some sort of illegitimate anti-American attack.
Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "Why Obama Scares Me...The most febrile of George W. Bush haters liked to claim during his tenure that the former president "scared" them. There is far more reason to be frightened by President Barack Obama, because fecklessness and inconstancy trigger wars."
Fecklessness and inconsistency?  As I remember, in this century, American wars have been triggered by violent Republican warmongers who lie our country into them.  I noticed that this disgusting right wing article was considered to be mainstream enough to be linked to by Yahoo this morning.

And now, the most piggish (and hopeless) attempt to gin up a scandal in recorded Republican history:
J. Christian Adams, PJ Media:  "Here’s a question I’ll bet nobody ever asked Jay Carney at a White House press briefing: Why does Michelle Obama’s mother live at the White House at taxpayer expense?"
Yeah, that's really going somewhere.  If I can remind you, J. Christian Adams is a guy that Bush brought into the Justice Department to turn the Civil Rights division from investigating discrimination against blacks and other minorities, to "investigating" the phony oppression of right wing Christians that is such a fantasy on the right.  That perversion of his duties really was a scandal, and one that should really have landed this guy in prison for misusing taxpayer money. but no one wants to talk about that.
Judie Brown, Renew America:  "A child is never a burden"
Never had any, did you, Judie?


isaac said...

No objection whatsoever to the words used to describe Lloyd Marcus. Although the only black man I am authorized to is myself, I've always had that opinion of him, and I've been a black guy as long as I remember.

Words mean things, but you also need to take into account the intention of the utterance in question.

Your using that word and Strom Thurmond using that word are worlds apart in intent, though it's the same word in both cases. Especially considering that Throm had the actual power and inclination to act on his belief in ways that affected an uncountable number of people absolutely undeserving of the consequences visited by Strom Thurmond's hateful ass. George Wallace meant all of his hateful bullshit at the time, but he did at least live long enough to repent and recant it, and I always believed it was sincere.

I know I rambled there a bit; sorry.

Anyway, speaking for just me, I see a huge difference between GE and Strom Thurmond in intent, at least--a big thing to me. And if I ever did think GE was out of line, I wouldn't keep quiet about it. Hasn't happened yet, though.

Green Eagle said...

Thanks a lot, Isaac. I really appreciate your opinion on this, and your comment meant a lot to me.

isaac said...

I hope it helped, GE. I have lots of respect for you and what you do.

I myself write, and sometimes you are faced with the tough decision whether or not to risk being offensive to make your point. Sometimes the best way is to use strong language that clearly expresses your meaning.

I think the surrounding context made your intention clear, and that anyone calling you to task is looking for something about which to complain.

I also think I should have proofread what I wrote. I meant to say that the only black guy I'm authorized to speak for is myself. But it looks like you read for my meaning, and you have my thanks for that.

Anonymous said...

Boycott Nike and the Jets

As that dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its hind legs. They swung the dog over their heads like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn’t kill it. So Phillips and Vick slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead."- This is who Nike chooses to support and endorse. So I'm done supporting them. I can't even imagine shaking a hand with so much blood on it, much less putting money in it.

Green Eagle said...

I'm going to assume that this is a different Anonymous than the jackass I just banned. I'll agree with your sentiments here.

Anonymous said...