Monday, June 30, 2014

Krugman, As Usual

Doesn't it seem at times as if there is only one newspaper columnist in the country who is actually allowed to tell the truth?

"...how can you justify enriching the already wealthy while making life harder for those struggling to get by? The answer is, you need an economic theory claiming that such a policy is the key to prosperity for all. So supply-side economics fills a need backed by lots of money, and the fact that it keeps failing doesn’t matter.

And the Kansas debacle won’t matter either. Oh, it will briefly give states considering similar policies pause. But the effect won’t last long, because faith in tax-cut magic isn’t about evidence; it’s about finding reasons to give powerful interests what they want."

Let me remind you about John Stockman, Ronald Reagan's budget director.  In the second edition of his memoirs, he added a section describing Reagan and his advisors ridiculing anyone who actually believed in supply-side economics.  It was never anything but an excuse to tip the economy in favor of the rich, and if even its creators, Milton Friedman and Arthur Laffer, believed what they were saying, they were fools.

Not as big fools as the American people, however, who have stood by and done nothing while their way of life was ruined.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

Ha ha- the upside down comment of the year:

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "Harry Reid and Senate Dems Refuse To Actually Legislate"

"Legislate," in this case, meaning "caving in and letting the Republican minority do whatever it wants."  Kevin actually blames Democrats for requiring a 60-vote majority to pass amendments, apparently forgetting the 500 or so times the Republicans have filibustered to death bills which had majority support.

And the most pathetic attempt lately to exonerate the Bush administration from responsibility for Iraq;

John Ransome, Town Hall:  " The trouble in Iraq didn’t start in 2003, or in 1990—the First Gulf War—or with the toppling of the Shah of Iran in 1979. Or in operation “Ajax” in 1953 when we deposed the government of Iran and installed the Shah in its place.  Everything in history is part of what came before it."

Except when Obama does it, of course.

John Ransome, Town Hall:  "Hey UAW: IF You Don't Like Politics, Then Don't Be Political "

Yeah.  Leave that to the professionals- the Koch brothers.  Ordinary people don't have a right to be political.  They just need to shut up and take what they are given by their betters, the "job creators."

Austin Hill, Town Hall:  "What could possibly help elevate the earnings of entry-level workers better than a new minimum wage law? How about a thriving economy and near-zero unemployment!"

Yeah.  How about that!  Let's all just wish and Tinkerbelle will come back to life everybody will have a job!  That's lots better than dealing with reality, right?  Don't you feel so much better about things now?

Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "3 Ways God Responds To Wicked Leaders...
1. He laughs at the people and rulers who snub his ways...Not only does he laugh at these wicked rulers who seek autonomy but he also scoffs at them and holds ‘em in derision."
2. God rebukes the people and the rulers crapping on the nation. “Rebuke” is a word we don’t hear much of anymore, which makes me like it all the more. Rebuke is sharp or harsh disapproval...
3. Not only does God laugh, scoff and rebuke the unrighteous acts of ingrate leaders, Pslam 2 also states that He is out to terrify him. What does that mean? I don’t know..."

Well, I am sure that those wicked leaders lost a lot of sleep, worrying about God laughing at them.  I am sure they were really terrified. 

How on earth can people be this stupid?  That's all I want to know.  I mean, I know Doug isn't a big enough moron to believe this nonsense himself.  But how can he be stupid enough to think that any other sentient being could be induced to accept that Hitler or Stalin, or Genghis Khan really cared whether God was laughing at them.  Or whether Bush and Cheney cared either, while we are on the subject of wicked leaders.

Debra Saunders, Town Hall:  ""Pee in a cup" is a phrase you should prepare to hear frequently this election season."

Well, I'm sure glad to hear that.  If there is one thing our elections have been missing it's more peeing in a cup, right?

Kara Jones, Town Hall:  "Dinesh D'Souza Mysteriously Absent From New York Times Bestseller List"

He mysteriously didn't sell enough books- if you don't count the ones bought in bulk by Conservative propaganda factories to cheat the system.  Clearly a liberal plot, since we all know that only liberals actually buy books to read.

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "IRS Canceled E-Mail Storage Firm Contract Just Weeks After Lerner Computer Crash... how many coincidences are we supposed to accept as innocent?"

This one really interested me.  So, a bunch of Lois Lerner's e-mails were lost, long before the Republicans started harping on their non-existent IRS scandal, and the Republicans are now trying to sell the American public on the notion that this was some kind of conspiracy to destroy evidence before anyone had thought to make this an issue.  That I understand.  But can someone tell me how the IRS reacting to this incident by firing the guys who lost the data can possibly be part of the plot?  Oh well, I guess anyone who can make themselves believe that rescuing an American prisoner of war is an act of treason can swallow the idea that firing incompetent people is a vicious plot, without a problem.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Polish Foreign Minister: Country’s Relationship With US “Isn’t Worth Anything”

That's the headline. Later in his article, Jim has this to say:


"There has been no official confirmation that it is Sikorski (the Polish Foreign Minister) who speaks in the conversation."

They don't call Jim the Dumbest Man on the Internet for nothing.

Wes Vernon, Renew America:  "Who says Obama will leave at the end of his second term?"

Everyone except crazy people, Wes.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "US republic now gone--fully replaced by dictatorship"

Gee, and I hadn't even noticed.

Gina Miller, Renew America:  "Who will stop the criminal Barack Obama?"

The criminal Barack Obama.  That would, I presume, be a different one than the guy in the White House.  Like his evil twin or something.  And here I don't even know what the criminal Barack Obama is doing that needs stopping.  Gina continues:

"Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) and his administration have become so blatantly lawless that non-zombie Americans are more furious than ever that no one in power will move to hold him and his collaborators accountable for their illegal actions against the United States."

Non-zombie Americans.  And you don't even want to know how angry the zombie-Americans are.

Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily:  "Sheriff Joe closing in on Obama forger"

Curiously enough, this article, full of the usual right wing invective, never had one thing to say about closing in on the Obama birth certificate forger.  What a surprise, huh?


Jeannie De Angelis, American Thinker:  "America is Importing the Problems Abortion Was Supposed to Eliminate"

Importing what? French cheese?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  " It Could Take A Decade to Get to the Bottom of "Lost" IRS Emails"

Oh boy! That will take us through the rest of Obama's Presidency and all of Hillary's!  That's really something to look forward to.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "The Establishment’s Conspiracy to Silence Conservatives Could Destroy Our Country"

And it's working so well, Kurt!  Why, you and your Conservative friends are forbidden from saying anything in public.


Mark Baisley, Town Hall:  "Thanks to Science, the Left Can't Get Away with it Anymore...In the early 1600s, Galileo got into trouble with the ruling class for theorizing that the Earth revolves around the sun. This was the 17th Century version of not being politically correct.  Liberal professors seem to have taken up the Roman Inquisition’s assertion that the Earth is the center of the universe (environmentalism, climate change, etc). Hard-left politicians assert that the government is the center of the universe. Union thugs believe that they are the center of the universe. "

Let's see, then:  Attacking the Church in the 1600's was actually the Conservative thing to do, and believing in climate change is the same as claiming the earth is the center of the universe.   What do they pay these guys for spewing pathetic lies like this?

And the latest idiotic attempt to prove that Obamacare is failing:

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "Obamacare Death Spiral? Newly-Insured Are Sicker...The Wall Street Journal this week reported on a new analysis of the pool of newly-insured customers under Obamacare. The takeaway: new customers are on the whole sicker than the previously-insured."

People that didn't have insurance are generally in less good health than people who did.  Who would have ever guessed?  Well, no one ever told us that Obamacare was going to provide services to people who were sick!  Away with it right now!

Bruce Bialoski, Town Hall:  "Benghazi and Hillary...By now you must be pretty sick of reading and hearing about Hillary Clinton. Personally, I am ready for No Mas."

Sure you are.  That's why you are writing another column with more lies on the subject.

Chris Versace, Town Hall:  "Do Janet Yellen and the Fed Get The Economy?"

Chris Versace is "the editor of PowerTrend Brief — a FREE, weekly electronic newsletter."   Janet Yellin is a former Harvard economics professor.  Who are you putting your money on?




And enough.  As I feared, the crazy in wingnut world seems to be on the increase, leading up to the next election.  Don't worry though, Green Eagle has it covered.

41%

I think that's about where Obama's popularity is now.  A far cry from the low of 13% reached by Obama's persecutor Dick Cheney, or the 22% mark achieved by Cheney's tool, the President who allowed him to do his dirty work, but still, not very good.  He must be doing a really bad job, right?

Meanwhile, in other news, from the New York Times:

"Less than a year ago, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his forces were sporadically using chemical weapons on rebels and civilians in the civil war. Today, the stockpile that he grudgingly admitted to under international pressure is gone...the deal brokered by the United States and Russia that eliminated the known arsenal — a 1,300-ton cache of chemical agents — has achieved an important result.

On Monday, Syria delivered the last of its known stocks to the Syrian port of Latakia where they were loaded aboard a Danish ship.

...the outcome has proved the wisdom of President Obama’s decision to threaten, and then back away from, military strikes against Syrian targets...President Obama’s critics excoriated the deal, but they have been proved wrong. The chemical weapons are now out of the hands of a brutal dictator — and all without firing a shot."

Unfortunately, this commendable report is from the New York Times, 80% of whose readers were probably already aware of this.  For the other 99.9% of the American people, a great diplomatic triumph, eliminating a vicious Middle Eastern dictator's actual weapons of mass destruction without spending $3 trillion and killing a couple of hundred thousand civilians, is utterly ignored.

Still, perhaps a better fate on this issue than Obama's freeing of the only captive American soldier, and capturing one of the leaders of an attack on our Consulate in Benghazi, again without firing a shot, where Republicans colluded with the press to turn both of these foreign policy successes into some sort of humiliating public failures for him here in the United States.

Saving the economy from a Republican depression, instituting health care reform that has provided millions with coverage for the first time, defusing foreign crises one after the other without having to kill anyone- none of it is enough, in the face of the endless parade of lies fed to the American people, to make Obama popular.  Success is failure, at least when you are a Democrat, and of course, for Republicans, destroying the economy, conducting an endless campaign of sabotage against the government and precipitating one of the greatest military disaster in world history just prove why they are so much more qualified than Democrats to run things.

Friday, June 27, 2014

An Anniversary to Remember

Tomorrow is the one hundredth anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.  I think it would do us well to consider the terror that was unleashed by that event.  Here are some pictures, one from the first battle of the Marne, and one from probably the most horrific battle of the war, the final struggle for Passchendaele.
The true end of the Victorian era, when people discovered that technology was not going to usher in a world of peace and plenty previously unknown.

So many people still seem unable to face the fact that this is not a good thing, no matter what the outcome.  They still call for war every chance they get, oblivious to the fact that once it gets started no one knows what will happen.  In 1914, great majorities on both sides were confident that war would lead to their quick victory.  We've had our taste of that in Iraq the last decade or so, and yet still the dogs of war howl.  And there seems to be no way to get them to accept the consequences of their blood lust.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

From Beyond the Grave, Reagan Continues to Wreak His Damage


I have spoken often here about the similarities between the great depression and the economic disaster of 2008, and how they both were products of the same self-serving Republican economic cant.  I call it cant rather than mistaken ideology, because as we all know now, no one ever believed these nonsensical theories; they were simply self-serving justifications for what the Republicans and their rich masters intended to do anyway.

Well, none of that has changed, but today I want to talk about a great difference between what happened in the 1920's and the calamity that Ronald Reagan unleashed during his Presidency, and which has culminated in thirty short years in reducing much of the country to third world status.  For, there is a major difference between the Coolidge and Harding years and what Reagan visited upon us.

From the founding of this country (well, since the beginning of mankind, unfortunately) we have had to suffer characters of unmitigated greed and unrestrained self-interest.  But even at the highest manifestations of their power, there was some sort of basic agreement about what was in the interests of us all.  Through good times and bad, we as a people all contributed to build schools, hospitals, roads, parks and all the other necessities of a decent society.  And even such economic savages as Jay Gould or Henry Fricke were still involved in building functional industries that created the American economic dominance that lasted throughout the twentieth century.

All of that changed with Reagan.  And here, I want to talk about the Reagan who was constantly promoted as not just a political leader, but as a moral light in the darkness, a deeply religious man guiding us all to the right way to live.  It was this Reagan that taught so many people that the two hundred years that Americans had spent building this country, with each generation having a better life than the one before, was enough.  It was Reagan and his perverse sense of decency that licensed the rich among us to simply cash in the chips- to decide to take the profits and run.  It was Reagan who taught them that they owed nothing to the generations who had created their world, and that they owed nothing to the generations who come after.  So, in thirty years, they have effectively sold off the business, stripped the country of every shred of value they could pocket, deposited the proceeds abroad, and are now in the process of leaving the rest of us to sink into desperate poverty.

Reagan- this is the man the Republicans have chosen to raise to the level of sainthood, in a desperate effort to erase the truth.  This is why even the miserable corruption and misuse of government power of the Bush administration are not enough to supplant Reagan as the true avatar of the destruction of our country.  His Presidency set us all on the course to oblivion, and we must not ever let people forget this, if for no other reason than that it is the truth, and the truth is all there is to set us free.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Traitorous Chief Executive

He's dark skinned.  His father is from a foreign country with lots of Muslims.  And he is dedicated to destroying our government:

"I can sense right now a rebellion brewing amongst these United States, where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C..."

My God, this is just what the Republicans have been screaming about ever since Obama took office!  Finally, the direct evidence needed for impeachment!

Oh, wait...it's not Obama, it's this guy:
Bobby Jindal, Republican Governor of Louisiana and sometime Presidential candidate, who is now openly inciting rebellion and the overthrow of the Federal government. 

I am sure the Republicans in the House will be having hearings about this situation any day now.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

 They're back.  As usual, with their load of malicious nonsense:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Study: Average Individual Market Premiums Soar 49 Percent Under Obamacare"

This is a "study" by the Manhattan Institute:

"The Manhattan Institute (MI) is a right-wing 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank founded in 1978 by William J. Casey, who later became President Ronald Reagan's CIA director.

"The Manhattan Institute concerns itself with such things as 'welfare reform' (dismantling social programs), 'faith-based initiatives' (blurring the distinction between church and state), and 'education reform' (destroying public education)," Kurt Nimmo wrote October 10, 2002, in CounterPunch."

Major funders:  (I know this is going to surprise you) the Koch brothers.  Why, they would never lie about Obamacare, right?


Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Hillary Clinton's Legacy: Defending Rapists and Sexual Predators "

Yup, that's her legacy.  Not serving as first lady for eight years of unprecedented (until the Obamas) personal abuse, not years as a United States Senator and a highly successful (i.e. she didn't start any three trillion dollar wars) Secretary of State.  No, she is a defender of rapists.  That's what she will be remembered for.

If the right has their way.

Ann Coulter:  "the Obama administration tortures the Benghazi raid suspect into a false confession that a YouTube video made him attack our embassy"

Right.  I mean the last two years of Conservative smears couldn't possibly be wrong, so Obama must have tortured this guy into saying what he did.  Not a shred of evidence to support this lie, but since when did that stop wingnuts?

Here's something else Ann had to say in this article:

"Soon after he became president, Obama pulled every last troop out of Iraq, despite the fact that the war was over and we had won."

Hey, I thought that was what you did when you won a war- bring the troops home.  I guess not.

Claire Healy, Town Hall:  "Family Research Council's Gagnon: "Homosexual Unions Are Worst Sexual Sin"

Worse than violently raping a child, I guess.  Claire points out that:  

"Gagnon sought to counter popular criticisms against scriptural backing that condemns homosexual activity. Such claims include that Jesus supposedly did not make any comments about homosexual activity"

I won't bore you with the twisted reasoning Gagnon (whoever the hell that is- I thought it was the guy Link had to fight) used to "counter" something which is unquestionably true.  Jesus said nothing about gay people, but he did, because...oh, why bother.  Because he did.  Get it now?

Daniel Doherty, Town Hall:  "Fox News Reporter Asks: Say, Why Did it Take Such a Long Time to Get That Benghazi Terrorist?"

Yeah, considering how quickly Bush and Cheney got Osama Bin...oh, wait a minute.  Never mind.

Streiff, Red State:  "Obama decides Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki has to go...The mind simply boggles at the galactic level of boneheaded incompetence of this administration."

Boneheaded Incompetence, as opposed to the sensible, adult Republican option in this circumstance, presented by their leading foreign policy expert, John McCain: 

"McCain: Maliki must go to stabilize Iraq"

Completely different, you see.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Capture of Suspect Opens Whole New Benghazi Controversy"

Of course it does. 

Rev. Austin Miles, Renew America:  "Obama arresting citizens who criticize him!"

The horror!  Austin starts out with a whole bunch of ranting like this:

"While marching America into Communism, Obama, right from the beginning, was not subtle. He told Joe The Plumber that he intends to "Redistribute the Wealth," a page right out of Karl Marx. After hijacking The White House, he immediately appointed CZARS, an office known only in the former Communist Soviet Union.

(Bolding in the original)  And then Austin moves on to the only example he can find of this arresting of Obama critics, one Brendan Raub.  Raub, it turns out, was detained for psychiatric evaluation, after sending a series of violent, anti-government e-mails.  This was done by the State of Virginia, not the Federal Government.  After this evaluation, he was released without charges.  However, this claim about Obama arresting his opponents will live forever in the wingnut world.

And by the way, Austin, the Czars were in Russia before the Communists.  The Communists did away with the Czars.  Really. Check it out, dude.

Alan Caruba, Renew America:  "Obama talks climate change while Iraq implodes"

Criticism from right wingers, whose limited intellects make it impossible to work on more than one thing at a time.


Wes Vernon, Renew America:  "The Iranian angle in Benghazi (yes, there is one)"

Of course there is.  All Muslims are the same.  Here's a sentence from the article:


"Speaking at a Washington panel discussion on the Benghazi scandal, Ken Timmerman cited multiple confidential sources for his information."

For those who left their English-Wingnut dictionary at home today, the phrase " multiple confidential sources" can be roughly translated as "I just made that up this minute."

And now for our daily dose of "It's All Obama's Fault."


The Astute Bloggers:  "KHATALA - THE MAN WHO LED THE ATTACK WHICH KILLED AMBASSADOR STEVENS - WAS FREED BY OBAMA"

Well, actually, this guy had been imprisoned by Moammar Khadaffi, and was freed by Libyans after they overthrew Khadaffi, in a revolution with minimal American support.  But, of course, it's all Obama's fault.  Isn't it always?


Matthew Boyle, Breitbart.com:  "Cochran and McDaniel Battle over Mississippi's Economic Future"

You mean whether it will be really bad or totally disastrous?  That's about your only choice in Mississippi.

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall:  "Laughable Lies of Liberal Republicans"

Michelle, the only laughable lie here is that there are any liberal Republicans.

And now, the great specimen of false equivalence for today:

Michael Barone, Town Hall:  " Michael Barone: Are the Two Political Parties About to Crack Up?"

Well, Michael, one of them is, anyway.  Guess which one.  And let's just go out on this one:

Bryan Preston, PJ Media:  "ISIS Reportedly Captured Saddam’s Chemical Weapons Stockpiles"

You've got to laugh.  Really.  I mean, how much lying has it taken over the years to get us to the point where some right wing idiot could write this?  And of course, this story is on the move- Dim Jim Hoft is featuring it, and soon it will be everywhere in wingnut world, despite being one of the most patently false lies that Republicans have ever told.

Another Gigantic Right Wing Washington Flop

Just to keep my reporting about the virtual nonexistence of the right in this country up to date, let me say a few words about this week's "NOM's March for Straight Marriage" in Washington. This time, the march was not the product of fringe lunatics, but of well-financed mainstream lunatics, the National Organization for Marriage, whose followers are (as you well know) are filled with outrage at the way that their campaign against gay marriage has spectacularly collapsed.

Well, here they come to Washington to make their feelings known, heavily financed and promoted:
What do you see here?  600? 800?  Well, better than the 130 that Operation American Spring got, but let's take a second to remember what a real march on Washington looked like:
I repeat what I have said so many times:  In terms of actual, committed followers, the right wing in this country is largely a mirage, crafted at great expense by rich vultures like the Koch Brothers, who stand to gain spectacularly by convincing us that the American people support their piggish priorities.

The publicity granted to these non-events is a cousin to the phenomenon we have seen the last couple of weeks in which every lying, crazy neocon who supported the  Bush Iraq aggression, up to the Himmleresque Dick Cheney himself, is invited on mainstream TV to attempt to gin up another round of disaster.  We may be fighting a mirage in this country, but it is a mirage with so much money that, insubstantial as it is, it still has the power to destroy us.


P.S.   Somehow, I recently got myself on a bunch of right wing e-mail lists.  I just got an e-mail from one of the organizers of the NOM march, bragging about what a great success it was:

"Thousands of pro-Marriage activists showed up on the grounds of the Capitol to demonstrate their support for real marriage.  My staff and a dedicated group of volunteers worked through the crowd for hours raising support for our national effort to impeach U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.  The response from the attendees was overwhelmingly supportive!

Thousands proudly wore our “Impeach Eric Holder” badges.  And nearly 25% of everyone there signed our Impeachment petition."

Well, there you go.  The fantasy lives on.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Greatest State

California, yeah!

What other State is cool enough to have a governor who posts pictures like this to facebook?
I rest my case.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Iraq


Oy.  ...Oh, wait, didn't I already say that?

If someone told you three months ago that our national foreign policy discussion would today be revolving around whether we should send our troops back into Iraq, would you A) call the men from the loony bin to take this person to a safe place, or B) call the men from the loony bin to take yourself to a safe place, or C) just shoot yourself?  (Family Feud fans take note: the preferred answer was C.)

Well, here we are.  And if this surreal, sickening spectacle was not enough to dispirit the most hard-core optimist, the national press seems to have taken a blood oath to allow absolutely no one to speak out on this issue except people who had a personal involvement in creating the previous Iraq debacle, which, if you need any reminder, featured the nation with the most powerful military in the history of the earth attacking a poor, third world country with a virtually non-functional army, and getting the crap beat out of them.  Or to put it another way, one of the most spectacular military blunders in the history of the world; and its creators have now gathered together to try to lie their way out of the colossal damage they have done, and have another go at the exact same strategy. 

Judith Miller, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and on and on- people who proved over and over again that they did not have a clue about either the country of Iraq or how to run a war, and proved that they would tell any lie that increased the likelihood of violence, are now all over the news, and almost no one who was right about Iraq (and there were many- mostly shut out of the national discussion the first time around too) is allowed to question their lying, revisionist account, which absolves themselves of all blame, and identifies Barack Obama as the incompetent culprit that lost Iraq.  And now, to add insult to injury, they've dragged Dick Cheney, a man who would really have been perfectly comfortable working with Himmler and Goering, to spread his special brand of malice and distortion.

This is a new low in our romance with national insanity.  Maybe it's just a strategy to blot out the fact that Obama just caught one of the chief Benghazi terrorists, and the guy confirmed what the Obama administration originally said- that the famous anti-Muslim movie was a significant factor in initiating the Benghazi attack, thereby utterly destroying the lying premise on which two years of Republican posturing, two years of screaming, disingenuous "hearings" have been based.  But I doubt that was their whole motive.  I think these subhuman maniacs actually want to spend another three trillion or so of our money and kill a few thousand more of our soldiers, in order to have that rush that comes from killing masses of people from ten thousand miles away, where you are in no danger yourself.  Well, it's a thrill to a certain kind of person anyway.  Apparently, the kind of person who is deemed qualified by our "liberal" press to run the country.

And we wonder where all of the mass murderers we have these days got the idea that it's okay to go out and kill a bunch of people for fun.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Another Sovereign Citizen Terrorist Attack

This one over the weekend in the California mountains, where a jerk named Brent Douglas Cole shot two government officers, luckily not killing either one of them.  Here, from the SPLC files, is a little about this guy:

"At one site, he described himself as a “sovereign American Citizen attempting to thwart the obvious conspiracy and subterfuges of powers inimical to the United States...After his January arrest, Cole flooded the Nevada County Court clerk with a blizzard of nonsensical, pseudo-legal filings – a typical tactic of so-called “sovereign citizens.” In one of these, Cole spelled his name in lowercase letters and called himself “a natural born, flesh and blood, living man.”

All of which mumbo jumbo identifies him as a Sovereign Citizen.  This makes well over a hundred terrorist attacks conducted by members of this movement in the last couple of decades, but of course he will never be identified as a terrorist because Sovereign Citizens are right wingers.

Well, I've got nothing to say about this that is particularly illuminating.  I'm just keeping track as the right wing violence in this country spins out of control.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

And let's just start with this:

Humberto Fontova, Town Hall:  "Does Hillary Clinton Take Us for Idiots?"

If she doesn't she's living in a dream world.  This article seems to be about some alleged Cuban plot from 1962.  Really.  1962.  When Hillary was 15.  Besides, we know Hillary can't be responsible for it- It's all Obama's fault, like everything else.

Sarah Jean Seman, Town Hall:  "Romney: All We've Fought for in Iraq is Potentially Vanishing"

You know what we fought for in Iraq, Mitt?  A depression back here at home.  So, the sooner it vanished, the better.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Boko Haram Urgency Fades as Questions Raised About What Admin Knew When"

Now Obama's responsible for things he can't do a thing about, that are  happening half way around the world.  Because of course Boko Haram would never have kidnapped those girls if Romney were President, right?  And what the hell difference would it have made, regardless of what Obama knew?

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "McCain: Terrorist Takeover in Iraq an ‘Existential Threat to the United States’

Maybe you should have kept your mouth shut all those years that you did everything you could to get us to go in there and wreck their previous government, huh, John?  But no, it's all the fault of the guy you left to clean up your mess.

Andrew Marcus, Gateway Pundit:  "Thanks To Hateful Feminists #EndFathersDay Trends On Twitter"

At the end of his post, Andrew admits that this turned out to be a hoax.  That didn't stop him from writing about it as if it were real, however.

Gina Miller, Renew America:  "Homosexual 'equality' is just repackaged tyranny...I have also warned you that at its core, this hellish movement is not about homosexuals simply wanting the "right" to "marry" or any of the other fallacious claims to unattainable "equality" they demand for their perverse sexual behavior. No. At its heart, this movement, born of Hell, is about Satan's tyrannical desire to crush Christianity."

Oh, okay, Gina.  Thanks for providing your perspective on gay rights.  Maybe just a little over the top, but keep up the good work there.

Philip Klein, Renew America:  "The absurdity of electing Kevin McCarthy to replace Eric Cantor as House majority leader"

You mean this guy?  Hey, he saved the whole world.

Joseph Farah:  "Why isn't air power lighting these guys up?"

There's trouble somewhere in the world.  Why aren't we using it as an opportunity to kill more brown people?  And how serious it makes you sound when you describe indiscriminate murder as "lighting these guys up."

James Lewis, American Thinker:  "Obama's Children's Crusade is nothing more than large-scale, highly organized criminal child abuse."

This is Obama's effort to protect migrant children from abuse, so of course it IS abuse.  Just like giving people medical care is just like putting them in Auschwitz.

Deborah Tyler, American Thinker:  "It is likely that many people will die young because Bowe Bergdahl chose to act out a childish, grandiose fantasy."

Talk about a childish fantasy.  This asshole doesn't have a clue about Bergdahl, but she feels free to make up her malicious story.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Is it possible Obama is hoping to goad the GOP into impeaching him?"

No, but if it were, Green Eagle is ready to jump in and help.  Another bogus impeachment circus would be the perfect end to the Republicans' management of Congress.  And it would set a precedent:  Republicans will impeach every Democratic President from now to eternity.  That will provide future generations (the couple that will exist before global warming kills off the human race) with a constant source of entertainment.  Sort of like "Survivor-Washington."

Town Hall:  "Obama says climate change deniers ignoring science"

No! Really?  What would ever make him say that?


Doug Giles, Town Hall:  "9 Ways Fathers, On This Father’s Day, Can Avoid Raising a Barack Obama...It’s Father’s Day today and I can’t think of a more important job than raising your kids right"

Because God forbid you should raise a kid who goes from childhood poverty to be President of the United States.  How ashamed you'd feel then.  How about this: raise them to be a belligerent, lying right wing wacko walking around the streets with his assault rifle and cursing Democrats for all the damage their own side has done.  That should keep them out of the White House.

Mike Shedlock, Town Hall:  "New Rules for Iraqis: Repent or Die, Say 5 Daily Prayers, Women Not Allowed Outside; Grim Massacres"

Before Bush's invasion, women fully participated in public life in Iraq, and the foreign minister was a Christian.  Thanks, Obama.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  " America, the Headless Horseman...Imagine, if you will, what it would have been like if Barack Obama had been president during 9/11, not George W. Bush. "

Well, for one thing, we'd be three trillion dollars richer.

Janine Turner, PJ Media:  "Obamacare can be deadly. It was for my father."

Janine's 79 year old father, with an extensive history of medical problems, died in the hospital.  No account of how Obamacare was responsible for this, but Thanks, Obama.

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "In the Middle East, the End of the Beginning...At last we have met the enemy, and he is the same enemy he has always been."

Hitler?  Just guessing here.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "George W. Bush Brought Democracy to Iraq – Barack Obama Brought ISIS"

They don't call him The Dumbest Man On The Internet for nothing.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "If the US Had Left Germany in 1948, Nazi Socialists Would Still Be Marching"

They don't call him...oh, wait.  I already said that.  Sorry.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Lies On Which They Build Their Empire

I thought that it would be interesting to illustrate the sort of thing I have to wade through to find nuggets for Wingnut Wrapup.  This is not just to make you feel sorry for me, but to demonstrate just how dense the network of lies spread by the right wing really is.  For this purpose, I have chosen a post by Laurie Roth, the self-styled "Annie Oakley of the Airwaves," at the ever- dependable Renew America.  What follows is virtually the entire post, minus the introduction, with no words omitted, but reformatted to count the lies.  So, here we go:

"1.  What is Obama's dream? Transform the U.S. to what?  Obama doesn't have a dream to destroy America and make her disappear, but rather to enslave, control, and manipulate the people and all our assets.  
2. All those who resist his agenda will be destroyed.  
3. His stated views written and spoken for his whole "fake out" career have been to be the leader of an international movement and control the entire world with international laws. 
4. Step one is to seize and redistribute all wealth, 
5.  make America a mass of amorality,  
6. and crush real morality inspired by the God of the Holy Bible.  
7. Obama is a radical Communist 
8. /Islamist  
9. and has always hated what the real America represents.  
10. Christians, conservatives, and patriots must go,  
11. so must her spirit and real history of greatness. 
12. Obama intends to make this transformation happen through clear and thought-out methodology.  
13. He has never just had a dream or philosophy he operates from, but detailed plans
14. and international Islamic support.  
15. He has always mysteriously had billions of dollars in backing.  
16. It is most clear that Obama, from birth, was the chosen destroyer of America.  
17. Believe what you want, but the large sea of facts support this,  
18. from the massive millions spent to hide all Obama's documents –  
19. falsifying his birth records,  
20. use of false social security cards,  
21. and hiding college records. Think about it a second. Have you ever heard of any U.S. president ever  
22. spending millions to hide every detail of his life from the people? 
23. We see Obama organizing and enforcing a tectonic shift through the Islamic lead caliphate,  
24. with the goal of controlling the entire world one day.  
25. We have watched Obama side with Islamic dictator after dictator – exposing again and again his real faith in Allah and Muhammad, not the Holy Bible and Jesus Christ.  
26. Think of the endless amount of corrupt and criminal dictators and terrorist groups he has boldly backed – Zelaya, Morsi, giving aid, and comfort to the Taliban,  
27. employing Muslim Brotherhood members through out his staff on and on it goes.  
28. He always sides against the Christians and Jews and for Islamic radicals. 
29. Scandals of destruction and corruption collect around Obama like snowflakes in a snowstorm.  
30. Now, we get to wade through his complete violation and betrayal of our vets with the Veterans Administration horror show  
31. and his illegal exchange of five top ranking Taliban commanders  
32. for a known Islamic radical and deserter.  
33. Naturally, Obama committed another crime by bypassing Congress and not giving them 30 days to respond. Now, we shall see if Congress has already been bought and paid for or will stand for the law and the people. 
34.  This latest crime of Obama is serious enough that if Congress will act, Obama could be facing huge prison time.   
So, what is it to be, people...tyranny and control or freedom and achievement?  
35.Obama has already decided, but what will Congress, the 2014 and 2016 elections, and the people decide?"

Thirty five lies in one post- every single one of them without a shred of evidence, or even minimal credibility.  And yet these thirty five lies are repeated over and over again by right wingers all over the country, with utter lack of concern that they are all (as most right wingers must know inside) completely false.  They all add up to a narrative described briefly by Andrew Sullivan, after watching Fox News for an evening:

"Here’s the gist: the president is a lawless dictator, abetting America’s Islamist foes around the world, releasing Taliban prisoners to aid in his own jihad on America, fomenting a new caliphate in Iraq, and encouraging children to rush the Mexican border to up his vote-count, while effectively leaving those borders open to achieve his “fundamental transformation of America.”

And how could it be possible to write anything short of a textbook disproving this barrage of falsehoods?  We would spend our lives rebutting claims that everyone knows to be totally false, destroying any hope we might have of dealing with real issues.  And make no mistake about it- the people who are paid to churn this stuff out day after day know perfectly well that they are nothing but paid liars, but they just don't care.  And the people who buy these smears and distortions are too lazy, too filled with hatred and rage by the purveyors of this garbage, and in most cases, too stupid and ignorant to know the difference.   So, the country slides down the slope into disaster, while we stand helpless and watch.

Iraq

Oy.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Another Brief Comment About Eric Cantor

Listen, it's obvious at this point that the Republicans are going to play this teabagger/secessionist/race hater thing out.  Like they say about drunks, there is no turning them around until they hit bottom.  They've let the genie out of the bottle, and there is no way to get them to put it back in.  Well, let the wackos have their way with the Republican party as fast as possible, and let's get it over with, so we can get back to a rational government. I don't see how anything else can get us past this nonsense.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

PWNED

Aah, Eric Cantor...a guy who has spent the last decade pandering to the ignorant and the hate-filled just as hard as he could, only to find out that he didn't pander hard enough.  It was easy for a guy even more piggish than Eric to come along and knock him off, by connecting with Republican voters, simply by acting even more piggish than Eric. 

And of course, there is this, although no one in the mainstream media will bring it up:  Eric is a Jew- the only Jewish Republican in the House. I guess that just goes to show that Conservatives are absolutely committed to Jews with the same fervor as they are committed to American prisoners of war, or babies once they are born.  Big surprise, that- at least for anyone that was stupid enough to think that Evangelical "Christians" give a damn about anyone but themselves.

So, Eric rode the wingnut tiger, and it bit him in half.  Tough luck, guy.  Oh well, I'm sure those great big lobbying fees will ease your pain.  The only thing that makes me feel bad about this is the sneaking suspicion that we are soon to be graced by the presence of House Majority Leader Paul Ryan.  Now, there's a guy who knows how to kiss up to haters.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

One Post Wingnut Wrapup

Yes, I am devoting this Wingnut Wrapup to one post.  And in fact, basically to one line from a single post- this one from John Ransom at Town Hall.  I'm doing this because I think that, in this one remark, Ransom has pretty much summed up the entire state of Conservatism in the United States today.  So, ready?  Here We go:

"...if, as initial reports indicate, this was the work of white supremacists, I lay it off all on Obama."

Well, there it is.  Obama.  It's his fault, even though they did it themselves.  Everything they've got in nineteen words.  That's their story and they're stickin' to it.

Oh hell, I might as well treat you to a little more:

"it almost doesn’t matter who it was shooting and shouting “revolution”—it could have been liberals from union local 1180-- somewhere down in there the motive drive at work was the worst, most divisive president we have ever had in this country. 

That he’s a black man just makes matters even worse and more concerning."

 It doesn't even make any difference who did it and why!  Can't you understand that?  It might have been union guys, who have never done any such thing, just as easily as it was right wingers, who seem to be doing things like this on a weekly basis these days.

And it's even worse because he is black!  Of course it is!

Oh, there's more- much more.  If you really need to see it for yourself, here it is.  But you do not need to click on it.  You already have everything you need to know about the right in those few sentences.

Do I need to add how useless it is to even make a stab at dealing with these people as though they are decent and well-meaning?  It is hopeless to pretend that they are ever going to be anything different than the irrational, violent, lying scum that they are now, motivated by not one single thing in life except their immediate, infantile desires, and thus making themselves endless prey to the Republican demagogues that are really responsible for these murderous outrages.

Monday, June 9, 2014

But Don't You Dare Call It Terrorism

I mean, they are just crazy people, right?

So the latest senseless, vicious multiple murder took place yesterday in Las Vegas, where two unbelievable jerks murdered a couple of police officers and another person before having their dreams of revolution come to a quick end and committing suicide.  Just another couple of crazies, huh?

"a law enforcement official close to the investigation told the Review-Journal that the suspects were married, in their 20s, and new to the area. The paper reported that investigators found swastika symbols during their search of the apartment."

And then, there's this piece of information:

"The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the shooters covered the dead officers with the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag, which depicts a coiled snake and the words “Don’t Tread On Me.” 

The Gadsden Flag, beloved of Teabaggers, has been adopted by right wingers not, as the rest of us would think, because it's a symbol of the Revolutionary war, but as they all know, because of this:

 Yes, this is the first flag of the Southern secessionists, raised over Savannah Georgia in 1860.

 And here is a little more of what we know about them:

"Residents at an apartment complex where it appeared the two lived together said they had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views, bragging about their gun collection and boasting that they’d spent time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents..."They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine," Moore said."

Yes, just a couple of crazy people.  Nothing more to learn here.  This has nothing to do with right wing politicians spending decades telling people that the way to deal with your frustrations is with a gun; that our government is illegitimate anyway (particularly since we elected a black guy) and that it is perfectly acceptable to kill government employees because they are no different from Nazis anyway.


This is the monster that the Republicans have awakened.  It must be put down or it will destroy us all, but there is little likelihood that it will be put down, as long as the consensus of those who have voices in our country is that both sides are the same, and people who do things like this are just crazy, so it's not the fault of the demagogues who egg them on.




Sunday, June 8, 2014

About Those Five Taliban "Commanders"

We hear over and over again from the right-wing "experts" who dominate our media that the five Taliban members traded for Bowe Bergdahl were high-ranking terrorists that pose an immediate threat to the United States.  Well, here is someone who actually knows what he's talking about, Col. Morris Davis, who was chief prosecutor at Guantanamo:

"...as for these five men, when I was chief prosecutor, we had screened all of the detainees and we had focused on about 75 that had the potential to be charged with a crime. When I saw the names the other day, wasn’t familiar with any of these names. So we had more than 12 years if we could have proven that they had done something wrong that we could prosecute them for I’m confident we would have done it, and we didn’t."

Which makes them ineligible for detention under the Constitution that right wingers are always raving about.

By the way, whatever happened to Col. Davis?  He was relieved of his position as chief prosecutor when he objected to the illegality of the rigged military system that was to have been used to try them.  He needn't have worried.  It turned out to be so much easier to just keep them in prison without a trial.

BUT WAIT!  THERE'S MORE!

We've seen Senator John McCain's sense of honor and dignity decline continuously since he lost the Presidency in 2008.  We've seen him sink into a vicious bitterness which blocks out all truth and reason.  This may be a new low even for McCain, eaten alive by envy and personal hatred as he is:

"McCain: Obama Freed The 'Jihadists Responsible For 9/11' In Exchange For Bergdahl...Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday asserted that the five Taliban members traded for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was being held prison of war, were "hardcore military jihadists who are responsible for 9/11" and should have been detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay or some other U.S. prison.
"I wouldn't release these men," McCain told CNN host Candy Crowley.

"Ever?" Crowley wondered.

"Not these men," McCain insisted. "They were judged time after time during their confinement in Guantanamo, they were evaluated and judged as too great a risk to release. That was the judgement made."

Wrong..  These detainees were never " judged time after time during their confinement in Guantanamo," you lying piece of garbage.  They were never judged at all.  Maybe you've forgotten that in this country, people are not "judged" without a trial in which:

"...the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."

That's how we judge people in a free country, John, not in secret proceedings  that defy every legal right of a defendant.  A real trial is not what they got.  Of course, for you guys who think torture is just fine if it's done to the other guy, and legal rights are only for our side, I guess it's okay to throw people in jail for twelve years without charges, just because you are so afraid of them that they make you hide under the bed, but that's not the kind of country that real Americans want to live in.  So, take your lies and go home, for good this time.  And take that sycophantic right wing tool Candy Crowley with you.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Apology?

"Bergdahl was a deserter...Bergdahl converted to Islam...Bergdahl sided with the Taliban...Bergdahl is a traitor...Bergdahl's father has joined the Taliban...Secret Reports Say Bergdahl Converted to Islam and Declared Jihad..."

As anyone could have predicted, within days of the instant barrage of right wing outrage about Bowe Bergdahl, every one of the stories they told about him has proven to be a total lie.  When will these patriots who support our troops be apologizing for smearing an American soldier and attacking his release from five years of captivity?

I just know it will happen any time now.

Sovereigns Strike Again

We are confronted with so many violent shooting incidents in this country that, at this point, most people probably miss a lot of them.  Here's one that is bound to be ignored, because the shooter only managed to wound one person before being killed:

"Dennis Marx, Georgia courthouse shooting: Deputy shot outside courthouse...Dennis Marx wore body armor and a gas mask. He brandished an assault rifle, an assortment of grenades, "all kinds of ammunition" and even used his silver Nissan SUV as a weapon of sorts, according to authorities. The 48-year-old man toted his own water supply and flexible handcuffs, presumably to corral hostages once he got inside the north Georgia courthouse.

As Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper said, "He came prepared to do this."
 Well, you can sort of see what this guy had to be angry about.

"It was very close to being a major catastrophe," Piper said. "The deputy that was shot ... averted what, I think, would have been a lot more deaths...'He was there to occupy the courthouse'


No mention in this article, of course, but Dennis Marx was a Sovereign Citizen.  This makes over a hundred violent incidents precipitated by this right wing group, but of course you will never hear one particular word in the mainstream press in regard to them: terrorism.  No, the shoe bomber or the Times Square bombers, Muslims who were equally incompetent in their attempts at violence, were savaged in the media for years as terrorists, but this guy, like such Sovereign Citizen adherents as Gabby Gifford shooter Jared Loughner, will be written off as a crazy person, and will never be recognized as a political terrorist.

Because when you are a white right winger, it's all okay.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's just clear the decks, because I feel a real orgy of wingnut lunacy is approaching. Okay?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Fellow Soldiers Continue to Detail Bergdahl's Betrayal and Desertion" 

Fellow soldiers who were all found and paid God knows what by Republican party operatives, and who have already proven to be a pack of liars.  Now a rescued soldier is a fair target for the most disgusting public abuse if it serves the Republicans' purpose.  There is, apparently, no level of indecency that they won't embrace if it serves their purpose.  And of course, this sort of sickening shamelessness, never before seen in our country, is embraced by the "liberal" press as perfectly normal behavior.

And by the way, this Katie Pavlich is really one of the most sickening new Conservatives to have emerged in recent years.  Good work there, Katie.

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall:  "Exclusive: The Story You Haven't Yet Heard About Bowe Bergdahl's Desertion"

We've never heard it because it is a big fat lie.  Or at least that's what I'm assuming, because everything Michelle Malkin says is a big fat lie.  Really, I'm not going to waste my time confirming my suspicions.

John Stossel,Town Hall:  "Popular Nonsense..."Young people are exploited!" "Income mobility is down!" "Poor people are locked into poverty!"

Nonsense.  Yup, nonsense.  True nonsense, of course.  And only nonsense to Conservatives, who put their fingers in their ears and sing "La la la" whenever anyone tries to tell the truth about anything.  Nonsense, yup.

Sara Jean Seman, Town Hall:  "Americans Support Deeper Probe Into Benghazi Attack"

Apparently, Americans aren't satisfied with the previous eight probes into the Benghazi attack, conducted by Congressional Republicans.  Well, they've convinced a lot of people that there is something there to learn, they just haven't managed to figure out what it is.  When future generations look back on this time, they will be so proud of Republicans who spent two years on this, rather than, say, something so insignificant as creating jobs or dealing with global warming.

Bob Barr, Town Hall:  "Obama’s Legacy of "Leadership" -- A String of Resignations in Incompetence and Disgrace"

As opposed to the Bush administration, where incompetent disgraces earned promotion.

Michael Ledeen, PJ Media:  "Don’t Like Dealing with Terrorists?  Bring Them Down... The only way to get a happy outcome is to decisively defeat them."

Ha ha.  Instructions from a man involved up to his neck in the Bush Administration's Iraq war.  Ledeen had this to say back then:


"If we wage the war effectively, we will bring down the terror regimes in Iraq, Iran, and Syria, and either bring down the Saudi monarchy or force it to abandon its global assembly line to indoctrinate young terrorists.  That's our mission in the war against terror."

And how did that work out for you, Michael?  "Defeating" the terrorists.  A great idea; not so easy in practice, as it turned out.

Andrew Klavan, PJ Media:  "Homofascism Should Be Crushed"

And as soon as it exists, I am sure it will be.


Ed Driscoll, PJ Media:  "Interview: Amity Shlaes and Artist Paul Rivoche Discuss the New Graphic Novel Edition of The Forgotten Man"

This is a book Amity was paid to write about the depression, in which FDR is the bad guy and the Republicans are the good guys.  I have to approve this latest move- I think the comic book format suits it much better.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BERGDAHL Appears In Good Health During Handover – Despite Claims From Obama Administration"

Thanks for that diagnosis, Doctor Jim.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Obama's Bergdahl plan blows up in his face"

Bryan presents himself as a religious leader.  I'm just listing this as a specimen of what a lie right wing churches tell when they take religious tax exemptions.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "Barack Hussein Obama legacy: enemy to humankind"

Enemy to humankind.  Boy, that's bad.  I wonder how Sher feels about the Republicans who fight action to curb global warming every step of the way, thus actually becoming enemies to the survival of humankind. 

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Apparently someone forgot to tell the Stormtroopers in the homosexual movement about the civil war, the civil rights movement, and freedom of both will and conscience.  The leaders of the Gay Gestapo have become our new slave masters."

What, Bryan is back already?  I thought we were done with him for today.  This article is about a baker that had to bake a wedding cake for a gay marriage.  Just like slavery!  Well, I think I'll  let this remark stand for itself.  Nothing I could say could highlight what a jerk this guy is more than his own remarks.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Politico is right: gay marriage will destroy the Republican Party"

Oh, shut up already, Bryan.

Richard Reeves, World Net Daily:  "Ten Commandments tied to God's plan"

Well, I should hope so, Richard.  Otherwise, why did he put them in his book?

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "Larry Elder: The Bergdahl Deal - Five Terrorists For A 'Deserter'?"

Terrorists?  No one seems to want to point this out, but the United States had these guys in prison for twelve years and never managed to amass enough evidence to charge any of them with anything.  How long do we get to keep them without charges before we are not allowed to call them terrorists?  Remember this part of the Constitution, just a little after the holy second amendment?


"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial..."

Does twelve years without charges constitute a speedy trial?  Under our Constitution these guys (and the rest of the Guantanamo captives) should have been charged long ago or they should have been released.  But I guess that part of the Constitution doesn't have the same force as the part where it says you are allowed to take an assault weapon into a restaurant and threaten people just trying to have a meal in peace.

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "Ronald Reagan refused to negotiate with terrorists."

He did?  What about when he made a deal to pay them to keep the Iran hostages so he could win the Presidency?  What about when he sold them 2000 missiles to the Mullahs so he could finance a terrorist war against a democratic government in Central America?   This insightful historic comment from the same sort of person who tells us that there was not a terrorist attack on American soil during the Bush administration.  How ignorant are people to fall for this?

Newsmax:  "Dr. Ben Carson: Obamacare More Damaging Than 9/11"

Right! Seeing a doctor is definitely worse than being blown up.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Brief Comment About Bowe Bergdahl

I really can't be bothered to get too much into this sickening episode in American history, but I do have something to say (surprise).  As you may have discovered, I have followed the right in this country for about four decades now, but in all that time, I have never seen the Republicans act as utterly shamelessly as they are right now.  The unanimity with which they immediately attacked Obama for something that he should have been praised for, the hypocrisy involved in people, like John McCain, who were demanding a few months ago that Obama do more to free Bergdahl, to instantly turn on a dime and attack him for doing what they wanted, the demands from every quarter that he should be impeached for rescuing an American soldier, and the utter disregard they have shown for even the barest pretense of decency are breathtaking.  Add to this the baseless smearing of an American soldier by people who constantly blabber about how much they care about the troops.  And let us not forget the press, particularly the scum at CNN, who have jumped on the bandwagon with nonstop coverage that treats the Republicans' disloyal display as having any real motivation at all other than short term political advantage; pretending that there is a single Republican on the face of the earth that gives a damn about this, other than as a chance to beat Obama up with more smears.

This bodes really badly for what the coming 2014 Congressional and 2016 Presidential elections hold in store for us.  Yes, the Democrats managed to hold off the tidal wave of Republican money in 2012, but remember the story of John Henry.  He managed to beat the machine once, but it destroyed him doing it.  In the long run we will never be able to match the effect of the billions of dollars of corporate spending unleashed by five corrupt Supreme Court justices; I fear it's only a matter of time before they roll over all of us.  Hatred and lies have a great appeal out there in the heartland- a bigger appeal, apparently, than the chance to live a decent life and leave a livable world for your children.  America, Hooah!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

You Can't Win, No Matter What You Do

But at least Obama and his friends could try recognizing who the real enemy is. 

So, Obama arranged a prisoner exchange with the Taliban, giving them five of the poor saps imprisoned for over a decade without charges at Guantanamo, to get back the only American soldier held in Afghanistan.

Now, before I go on here, a little perspective:  Prisoner exchanges have existed since at least the eighth century, when trades were made between the Byzantine Empire and the Arab Caliphate, who were engaged in an endless war.  There were many prisoner exchanges in World War II, with the Nazis, who were presumably a lot worse guys than the Taliban.  So, there's nothing new about this.

And let's remember the Republicans' frequent sententious pontificating about never leaving soldiers behind; something we have heard plenty about lately in their demonization of Obama over the Benghazi attack.

Well, now Obama has freed an American.  Cause to be proud of our government?  Not hardly.  It is cause for an outbreak of Republican abuse directed at the President, which arose so swiftly and is so widespread that only a fool could think that it is a spontaneous uprising of outrage.  Here's a sample:

"Two Republican lawmakers on Saturday accused President Barack Obama of breaking the law by approving the release of five Afghan detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for a U.S. soldier believed held by Islamist insurgents for five years...Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon of California and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma said in a statement that Obama is required by law to notify Congress 30 days before any terrorists are transferred from the U.S. facility. They said Obama also is required to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated."



Undoubtedly providing the Republican rabid dogs with a new impeachment charge- freeing an American while Democratic.

Or how about the Republicans' Warmonger In Chief.

“These are the hardest of the hard people,” responsible for the deaths of thousands, McCain said. “It is disturbing that these individuals would have the ability to reenter the fight”

As if five people, broken by years of illegitimate imprisonment, posed a shred more threat to the United States than the whole terroristic apparatus in Afghanistan and Pakistan, given birth by Ronald Reagan in his fanatic hatred of the Soviets.  Not a word about the fact that an American soldier has been freed.  That is irrelevant, of course, because of who freed him.  And could you expect the most execrable of Republican haters, John Bolton, to keep his mouth shut?

"Neoconservative Fox News contributor John Bolton on Saturday blasted President Barack Obama as “despicable” for negotiating for the release of a U.S. Army sergeant who had been held captive in Afghanistan for five years."

Despicable.  Despicable to free an American prisoner. If Bush had done this, they would still be praising him to the skies for it.

And could you expect Ted Cruz to avoid being a part of this lynch mob?
  
“I do not think the way to deal with terrorists is by releasing other violent terrorists,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding, “Can you imagine what he would say to his fallen comrades who lost their lives to stop these people”

What would he say to them?  How about, "I would have done the same for you, instead of leaving you to rot in an Afghan prison."

And has it escaped their notice that every prisoner exchange in history has been with enemies "who were responsible, either directly or indirectly, for threatening or taking U.S. civilian lives?"

No, apparently the message that Obama should send to our troops that if they are captured, they're on their own, because if he frees them, the other party here at home is going to use the event to attack him, and a few tough days in the media are more important to him than their lives.

And don't think this outbreak of insanity is going to be restricted to Republicans, without at least some of their buddies in the "liberal press" getting a dose too.  Here's Candy Crowley, browbeating Susan Rice over this event:

"CNN's Candy Crowley sat down with national security adviser Susan Rice on "State of the Union" where they discussed the U.S.'s role in getting the Taliban to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. TPM highlights that Crowley is persistent in getting Rice to admit that the U.S. did negotiate with terrorists to release Bergdahl:
 
Point blank, did the U.S. negotiate with terrorists for his release?" Crowley asked..."I think the question now is, and you point to the kinds of warfare we’re having now, but no longer can it be said that the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists," Crowley said." 

I think that if you are going to say that, Candy, you ought to add that it started with Saint Ronald Reagan selling the Iranian Mullahs two thousand missiles in order to finance an illegal war against a democratically elected government in Central America.  At least Obama accomplished something good out of the deal, instead of using a very bad action to finance another very bad action, and in the process, engaging in what the Constitution clearly defines as treason.


But no, Saint Ronnie has gotten a pass for decades now.  However, this action of Obama's, which should be an occasion for pleasure for all real Americans, is being twisted into another miserable betrayal.  As I hinted at the top of this post, if Obama is really not allowed to negotiate with those who are trying to destroy our country, he should never speak to another Republican again.


Just Where Is the Republican Party Trying to Take Us?

I mean, really, what kind of country are they intent on creating here?

I know this is a bit of a cheap shot, but here's a picture of Phil Robertson, featured speaker at this weekend's Republican Leadership Conference:
Am I way off base here because it reminded me of this?
I know we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but really, things are getting pretty strange over there on the other side of the aisle.