Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A New Definition of Chutzpah

You've heard the old one, I'm sure- killing your parents and then begging the court for mercy because you are an orphan.  Well, that has nothing on this:

"WASHINGTON —€” Six years after the government rescued the American International Group from the brink of collapse, the bailout came under a new microscope on Monday, with the opening of an unusual trial that challenges the legality of the government's actions...At the heart of the case, unfolding here in the United States Court of Federal Claims, is a question that six years ago seemed unthinkable to the American conscience: Did A.I.G. get a raw deal?

Maurice R. Greenberg, the former A.I.G. chief executive who through his company Starr International continues to hold a major stake in the insurance company, argues that the answer is an unequivocal "yes."€ Mr. Greenberg, who sued the government on behalf of fellow shareholders, is seeking more than $40 billion in compensation."



$40 billion.  By way of reference, the entire Federal expenditure for unemployment payments last year was $64 billion.

"In turn, the government sought to paint Mr. Greenberg and the A.I.G. shareholders as ingrates with a sense of "€œentitlement" that knows no bounds. After all, the company ultimately received a $182 billion lifeline from the government, which reaped a $22 billion profit on the deal."


There is just no way to capture the magnitude of the avarice and shamelessness of the rich in this country, nor to describe the intensity of their belief that everything belongs to them.  If it were not for the Federal government, which entered into a totally voluntary agreement with them, this company would be a smoking ruin- which incidentally is exactly what it should have been, with its stockholders having lost every penny that they invested unwisely in this corrupt operation.  Instead, its sociopathic owners waited until they assumed the American populace had totally forgotten the outrage that was directed toward this Republican deal, and now want every single person in the country to cough up a hundred dollars to repair the damage they did to themselves through their criminality.  Try that if you ever go bankrupt.


A Government agent probably said it best: "The goal was not to save A.I.G. The goal was to save the world from A.I.G."€  Sad to say, in this country of Citizens United, Bush v. Gore, etc. we probably will be charged $40 billion so these bastards can have a huge unearned payday.

Barack and Hillary, Tell Us Again How You Are Different Than Bush...

And Reagan and Nixon and all the other Republican jerks that have done so much damage to our country:  This story today from Al Jazeera about the Obama administration in the Honduran military coup a couple of years ago which removed a legally elected liberal President:

"In letters to Clinton and her successor, John Kerry, more than 100 members of Congress have repeatedly warned about the deteriorating security situation in Honduras, especially since the 2009 military coup that ousted the country’s democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. As Honduran scholar Dana Frank points out in Foreign Affairs, the U.S.-backed post-coup government “rewarded coup loyalists with top ministries,” opening the door for further “violence and anarchy.”

The homicide rate in Honduras, already the highest in the world, increased by 50 percent from 2008 to 2011; political repression, the murder of opposition political candidates, peasant organizers and LGBT activists increased and continue to this day.  The violence and insecurity were exacerbated by a generalized institutional collapse....Honduran security forces have engaged in a wave of killings and other human rights crimes with impunity.

Clinton admits that she used the power of her office to make sure that Zelaya would not return to office...This may not come as a surprise to those who followed the post-coup drama closely. (See my commentary from 2009 on Washington’s role in helping the coup succeed here, here and here.) But the official storyline, which was dutifully accepted by most in the media, was that the Obama administration actually opposed the coup and wanted Zelaya to return to office."

They opposed the coup in public, while acting in secret to enable the coup plotters to succeed in seizing power from the legal government.  So, we still live in the era when our government feels free to crush democracy when it suits their purpose, while lying to the American people about what they are up to.

This is not a mere failure to deliver from the Obama administration.  It is more than a clear sign that a Hillary Clinton administration would be just as bad.  It is an abomination that is just as bad coming from Democrats as it was coming from Nixon or Reagan or the Dulles Brothers.  And I just want to say that, no matter how clear a path to the White House Hillary might have, it is getting harder and harder for me to want her anywhere near the place.

Eric Holder's Legacy

What, in the long run, is Eric Holder going to be remembered for?  Well, I suspect, insofar as anyone remembers past Attorneys general*, he will be remembered not for anything he did while in office, but for two things he didn't do:

1.  He held not a single person in government or in the financial industry responsible for crushing the economy and wiping out a large part of the middle class.

2. He held no one in the Bush White House responsible for starting a war of aggression against an innocent country in which hundreds of thousands of civilians were slaughtered.

And these criticisms obviously apply to his boss, too.  So, the Obama administration has put off for sixteen years the Democrats' duty to oppose a situation in which Republicans are permitted to commit the most extreme forms of corruption and even engage in open war crimes, without a shred of consequence, while Democrats are threatened with impeachment for carrying out the most basic responsibilities of their offices, or even for irrelevant, minor acts that have no effect at all on the American people.

Yeah, I know the press is going to take the Republicans' side every step of the way, but if that is an excuse for Democrats to keep their mouths shut and live like abused dogs, we are finished in this country.  I have said for years that all that is necessary for the Republican party to be (deservedly) crushed out of existence is for Democrats to quit cowering and simply tell the truth.  I guess that's too much to ask.


*After all, three of the last five Republican Presidents have had criminal Attorneys General- Nixon with John Mitchell, Reagan with Ed Meese, and George W. Bush with two- John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales, and no one except us obsessive leftists remembers those national disgraces.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

I've really noticed some results of the Republican effort to shut down their more crazy members (i.e. the base) in the leadup to the November election, in the probably well-founded hope that a couple of months is enough for most Americans to forget who has been screwing them royally for the last forty years, but thankfully for Green Eagle, there is still plenty of wingnut maliciousness to go around.

John Ransom, Town Hall:  "Here America: Have Some More Filth to Go with that Government...Yes, the Democrats are that desperate. Smacked with the guy who has made his business to lead the loyal opposition to policies that hurt the country, the Democrats did something so foul, so mind numbingly stupid and so desperate that it out Nixoned Nixon in his worst of days. And in doing so, they’ve completed the transformation from political party to caricature.  Does Rick Perry's indictment disqualify him for 2016?!!! asks CNN, while fronting for the Dems."

A wonderful analysis, except for one small detail:  Rick Perry was indicted by Republicans. Oh, and also that "loyal opposition" part.  How about "subversive traitors?'  A little more accurate in my opinion.

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "Could ISIS Hurt Franken's Chance for Reelection?"

Oh, come on.

Town Hall:  "What Broke the Job Market in America?  We won't keep you in suspense. The most likely culprit behind the growth of part time jobs in the U.S. economy was the passage of Obamacare..."

Right.  Not the greed of employers, who moved all the good jobs overseas, and are now doing anything they can to cut the real pay and benefits of their workers, while amassing huge fortunes themselves.  No, that has nothing to do with it.  Giving people health care is what destroyed jobs.   But wait, there's more:

"And we suspect that the absence of jobs being created within that margin plays a big role in the assessment of Americans that there is and has been no meaningful economic recovery since the official end of the last recession."

"the assessment of Americans that there is and has been no meaningful economic recovery..."  Of course, there has been immense economic recovery, so the article has to resort to a meaningless assertion about what Americans think, aided by an immense Republican propaganda campaign to make them think that.  Never mind that the Dow has doubled, the Federal deficit has been cut in half, joblessness has significantly decreased, and on and on.  God, it's hopeless to fight the lies; they'll never stop.

John Hayward, Red State:  "On the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation posted a devastating after-action report pronouncing it “a colossal flop”

The Heritage Foundation.  Well, there's a reliable source for you.  Of course, the War on Poverty was a colossal success, drastically reducing poverty until Ronald Reagan came along and sabotaged it.  But then, if Republicans can destroy something, it was no good to begin with, right?

Kathy Shaidle, PJ Media:  "Help Tar Sands Messiah Turn the Tables on Hollywood Liberals...A new documentary wants to give celebrity environmentalists a taste of their own medicine."

Well, not a new documentary, a "documentary" that some guy wants you to donate money so he can make it.  A new low for corporate shills: they now expect you to pay for them to manufacture the lies they are going to tell you.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING: ISIS Releases Chilling New Video – IN ENGLISH “Now, Now Fighting Came”

I'm terrified now.  They've released a video!  Say, I've got an idea- how about if we send them a copy of Texas Chainsaw Massacre in return.  When it comes to chilling videos, we can still outdo them without even trying.  And if that doesn't work, I suggest they take a look at Downfall, and see what happens to people who really annoy us.  That should be chilling enough for them.




Terry Paulson, Town Hall: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?  Ronald Reagan would dish out criticism of Democrats during the day, but after 6 PM, the politics would stop, and you could find him swapping stories and laughing with the Speaker of the House Tip ONeill, the old-time Democratic politician from Massachusetts."

Ronald Reagan didn't have to deal with a party of seditious traitors.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Liberals’ Refusal To Secure Our Borders Invites Ebola . . . And Worse"

It's always the liberals' fault.

Star Parker, Town Hall:  "Republicans Shouldn’t Pander to Hispanic Voters"

No, it might distract them from their God-given responsibility to pander to white voters.

John Ransom, Town Hall:  "You can always tell its an Obama event by the buses. They have forced busing down to a science: Occupy, Ferguson, Climate Change, wherever common sense needs to be defeated, in come the buses."

Whatever the hell that was supposed to mean.

Labor Union Report, Red State:  "AFL-CIO Pushes Get Out The Vote For Mid-Terms Under Soviet-Style Symbol...Communism, once banned, appears to leave its mark on America's oldest labor federation"

And here it is, the "Soviet-style symbol:



Red State conveniently provides this real Soviet-style symbol for comparison:



As far as I can tell, the only thing they have in common is a star.  Of course, so does this:



I guess whoever uses this symbol are Communists too.

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Thousands March in New York to End Industrialized Civilization...The real goals of those behind the climate change march."

Glad you summed it up for us so neatly, Rick.  Actually, you are almost right- what actually happened was that thousands marched to stop the end of civilization.  Oh, and by the way, that should read "hundreds of thousands."

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Best ISIS strategy: Nuke 'em"

Yup, that's really what he said.  Believe it or not, that's Larry's answer.  Larry's sophisticated political analysis:

"The harsh reality is that Muslims cannot be counted on to forcefully fight other Muslims"

Really?  These days, it seems like that's all they do.  Larry's real problem is that they insist on picking the other Muslims they are going to fight all by themselves, and don't turn the job over to Larry.

Now, the unbelievable chutzpah of Conservatives:

Steve Chapman, Town Hall:  "The Latest War Will Not Be Free...Young people may find it hard to believe, but going to war used to be a big deal. When the United States started bombing Iraq in January 1991, Americans somberly watched President George H.W. Bush address the nation, followed by live video of Baghdad being bombed. The Bush address drew the biggest audience TV had ever had...This past week, by contrast, life went on normally as U.S. warplanes and Tomahawk missiles destroyed targets in Syria and Iraq...If Obama and Congress had agreed to impose immediate new federal burdens on American taxpayers before launching this latest war, public attention would be greater and resistance would be stronger. We would at least have had a real debate."

I don't think I need to explain why things like this make me want to bang my head against the wall.

Ilya Shapiro, Town Hall:  "One thing that differentiates Holder from other notorious attorneys general, like John Mitchell under Richard Nixon, is that Holder hasn’t gone to jail..."

Gee, I wonder why that is.  It sure wasn't for lack of Republicans trying to put him there.  Maybe it's because unlike Republican Attorneys General like John Mitchell, Ed Meese and John Ashcroft, he wasn't a criminal.

Kathy Shaidle, PJ Media:  "Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Bang! You’re Dead’ Reveals Life in Human ‘Vegetables’...An old TV episode, beloved of liberal gun-grabbers, might now be praised by anti-euthanasia activists for helping bring the (brain) dead back to life."

Yes, a TV show trumps everything we know about reality.  As long as wingnuts can fantasize that it somehow supports their position, that is. Hitchcock, incidentally, was almost fanatically anti-political in his hundreds of interviews and public statements, never taking a position on any issue, with one exception- he did urge the United States to support England before we entered World War II.

Rev. Mark H. Creech, Renew America:  "The Psalmist wrote, "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him" (Psalm 2:10-12) 
There is no question this verse penned by the Psalmist refers to Christ..."

Of course, it was written several hundred years before Christ was born (if he ever was) but magical thinking triumphs over rationality any day on the right.

Clarice Feldman, American Thinker:  "Jihadis and Warmunists: Brothers Under the Skin...Climate change advocates and Jihadi terrorists have much more in common than is apparent at first glance."

"Warmunists."  Isn't that cute?  See, it's really scientists that are just like terrorists, despite the fact that it is their right wing compatriots in this country that seem to think and act like them.  Clarice remarks:

"the marchers really were warmunists -- that is, far left-wingers posing as environmentalists."

Listen Clarice, you dumb, ignorant pig, having been involved in environemntal causes since the first Earth Day, I can assure you that it has been made up of "far left-wingers" since the beginning.  They have not been posing as environmentalists, they are the environmentalists.  And they have been right every single step of the way.

Jesse Lee Peterson, Renew America:  "GLOBAL JIHAD-WHY U.S. BLACKS ARE EASY TARGETS FOR RADICALIZATION"

Ha ha.  Because they have been the victims of centuries of racist abuse?  No, of course not.  It's because of bad parents and Marxist teachers who promote "the lie that their country is “racist."  Yeah, that's the answer.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily:  "SANDY HOOK COMMISSION BLAMES HOMESCHOOLING"

See, it's okay for wingnuts to blame "Marxist" teachers for a black guy who cut someone's head off (not a particularly well known Marxist tactic, as far as I can remember) but it's a monstrosity to blame this kid's gun-nut mother for isolating him from his contemporaries and filling his head with God only knows what vicious anti-social nonsense.

World Net Daily:  "'JESUS' APPEARS IN MOM'S BATHROOM"

Good thing it happened in England instead of Florida or he'd be dead now.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Most Important Chart

Daily Kos, where I found this says that it is “The most important chart about the American economy you'll see this year.”

Well, I agree, so here it is, and it's pretty dispiriting reading:

Not much more to say, except that this is a road map to hell.  And it seems likely that the American people this November are going to speed up our journey there.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's Just a Mystery

Republican governor Nathan Deal of Georgia, the State with the highest unemployment in the country:

"It's ironic that in a year in which Republican governors are leading some of the states that are making the most progress — that they almost, without exception, are classified as having a bump in their unemployment rates. Whereas states that are under Democrat governors' control, they are all showing that their unemployment rate has dropped. Now, I don't know how you account for that..."

No, Governor Deal, I guess you don't know how you might account for that.  Not without admitting the obvious truth that Democrats know how to run things and Republicans don't.

No, that could never be the answer.

"Maybe there is some influence here that we don't know about," he continued. "But when you say California is in a better position in terms of unemployment than the state of Georgia, there's just something that just does not ring true."

That's it- the Democrats are faking the unemployment rates.  That must be what is going on.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Get Ready for the Second String

This news, which, I guess, is supposed to terrify us, emerged at that "liberal" bastion and champion of Bush and Cheney's Iraq disaster, the New York Times:


"WASHINGTON — As the United States begins what could be a lengthy military campaign against the Islamic State, intelligence and law enforcement officials said another Syrian group, led by a shadowy figure who was once among Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, posed a more direct threat to America and Europe.
American officials said that the group called Khorasan had emerged in the past year as the cell in Syria that may be the most intent on hitting the United States or its installations overseas with a terror attack...
There is almost no public information about the Khorasan group, which was described by several intelligence, law enforcement and military officials as being made up of Qaeda operatives from across the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa. Members of the cell are said to be particularly interested in devising terror plots using concealed explosives. It is unclear who, besides Mr. Fadhli, is part of the Khorasan group."


Notice a couple of things about this report:  First of all, it comes entirely from "several intelligence, law enforcement and military officials" who of course cannot be named- perhaps the same ones that told us all the details of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction- the unnamed experts behind every military delusion pedaled to the American people.  Second, no one has ever heard of this organization before now, and its membership, so far as we know, may consist of one person.

A disaster in our foreign policy looms over the horizon- at least a disaster for some people.  It is that Barack Obama seems to be putting together a meaningful plan of action to netralize the latest Islamic bunch of monsters and send their pathetic 20,000 man army back to the hills.  What a tragedy that would be for Lindsay Graham, John McCain and all of the military contractors they flack for.  So, it only makes sense to have a contingency plan, and start right now scaring the American people half to death about a group that may not even exist.  That way, if (as is probable) Obama deals expeditiously with ISIS, they can pivot instantly to this group of alleged terrorists, and march right on with their demands for war.

Am I absolutely sure about this?  No, I'm not.  But the overwhelming history of the military/scaremonger caucus in this country makes it highly probable that this is what is going on.  After all that has happened since 2000, I think you would have to be a fool not to place this explanation at the top of your list.

A Tale of Two Protests

A photo from today's march for action on climate change in New York, which attracted a crowd of 300,000:
And now, a photo of the "crowd" at the last major Washington Impeach Obama rally, last fall; attendance 130 or so. That means that, for every person who showed up at the Impeach Obama march, 2300 showed up at the climate protest.
I don't think I need to say much to demonstrate which of these represents a real movement, and which is a cheap charade.  I think it is amusing, however, to look at the Tea Party Nation site and find this photo, which they imply was taken at one of their impeach Obama events:
Now for something not entirely different: Here's a photo which was actually taken at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's comedy march in Washington a couple of years ago:
Look a little familiar there?  Just one more demonstration that the Tea Party, and the supposedly gigantic right wing movement against the government are nothing but a colossal fiction, paid for by the likes of Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers, with the collusion of the mainstream press, to convince the American people that a majority of us support whatever the hyper-rich funders of the Republican party want.


Update:  Another left-leaning demonstration in New York today drew a pretty healthy crowd, without attracting much attention from the press; oh well, the 300,000 who turned out yesterday meant nothing either, as it went almost uncovered.  Here's a shot from today's event:
Not that many compared to yesterday's event, but it dwarfs the turnouts that right wing marches get, no matter how much publicity they get for free on Fox News and the wingnut websites.

Also this weekend:The "American Patriots" called a border protest in which they promised to shut down 25 border crossings in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.  Five people showed up, altogether.  Way to go guys.  The country is with you, oh yeah!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where Did Bartharbunga Go?

After a lot of attention to the Icelandic volcano situation, I haven't had much to say about it lately.  That's not because it's gone away.  Unprecedented volcanic and seismic events are still occurring nearly daily, but at this point, no one seems to know what this is leading to.  It could result in a huge, climate altering eruption, as has happened before in Iceland, it could go along for years as it is, or it could die out.  I don't see much point in repeating the same sort of story every day, and I am certainly not qualified to draw any conclusions on my own about what is really going on, but I'll let you know if the situation changes.  In the meantime, Rei at Daily Kos continues a daily detailed account of what is going on, if you want to know more.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup is respectfully devoted to America's whiner-in-chief, Lindsay Graham:

"Graham, like some other lawmakers, maintains that the Islamic State is poised to attack America and possibly wipe out humankind if it continues to expand its reach."


Leaving aside the monstrously idiotic nature of the idea that ISIS could wipe out humankind, I would like to point out that Graham, in his siding with global warming deniers, is actually himself working to possibly wipe out humankind, not as some sort of grotesquely out of proportion figure of speech, but in reality.

Oh, foolish me.  Reality- that's not something Lindsay is familiar with.

Well, on to the rest:

Ted Cruz' Dad:  ‘The Average Black’ Doesn’t Know Minimum Wage Is Bad"

Well, they sure don't.  Only White Republicans know that.  Dumb black people.

Daniel Doherty, Town Hall:  "Scary: Deceased, American-born ISIS Terrorist Used to Work at Midwestern Airport"

On a janitorial contract.  Scary!!!  Daniel, the guy is dead.  Why don't you try worrying about the threat posed by someone who is still alive?

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall:  "Deport the Tsarnaev Sisters...The Sisters Tsarnaev have been nothing but trouble. Double, bubbling trouble."

Double bubbling trouble.  A serious felony, under Federal law. By that argument, Michelle, we should be sending you to another galaxy.

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Barack Obama chooses the worst possible partisan action on immigration issue."

I.e. doing nothing- just what the Republicans demanded.  The worst possible partisan action except for doing anything, that is, because it didn't give the Republicans much to get enraged about.
And while we're on the subject:

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "GOPs: Obama Delay Means ‘Radical Agenda,’ ‘Blanket Amnesty’ in the Works"

Right wingers are so enraged that Obama ruined a chance for them to scream at them that they had to go out and invent one more groundless lie about him.

World Net Daily:  "U.S. GOVERNMENT IN FULL UFO COVER-UP...Exclusive: George Noory interviews Stephen Bassett about aliens on earth"

What, gave your Obama smearers the day off, and had to run with second string liars?

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "OBAMA ACCUSED OF 'WAGING WAR ON MILLENNIALS'  But young businesswoman aims to help her generation win the fight"

And just who might this young businesswoman be?  Why, Katy Kieffer, Fox News contributor, Town Hall writer, and perpetual Wingnut Wrapup guest "star."  By the way, the article made clear that Katy used to be, but no longer is, a real estate agent.  That's what makes her a businesswoman.  These days, she just gets paid to lie.  I guess that's a business, sort of.

Andrew C. McCarthy:  "Obama Avoids Benghazi in Big Terrorism Speech on Eve of 9/11"

The right's big takeaway from Obama's speech.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "McCain Smacks Down New CNN Analyst Carney for ‘Sayings Facts That are Patently False’  Pure gold."

And a great victory too, except that Jay Carney's facts were patently true.  Other than that, a great smackdown for the right.

Stephen Green, PJ Media:  "You're out, Barack...We have a fundamentally peacetime president in a wartime world."

Remember what happened the last time we had a wartime president in a peacetime world?  It wasn't that long ago.  I think I'll just stick with what we have.  Stephen is suggesting a coup against Obama, of course, for wanting peace more than war.  How anti-American that makes Obama.

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "John Hawkins: Millennials, Hollywood Is Lying To You About Work And Success "

And you know what?  They're lying to you about Luke Skywalker and Han Solo too.  And don't even get me started on Mickey Mouse and Wile E. Coyote.  Is there no decency left in the country?

John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "Is ObamaCare Working?  Yes according to Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein and the Commonwealth Fund. But all these folks were cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act from day one."

The mere fact that their predictions were right all along disqualifies them from pointing out the truth now.  The only people who have a right to speak out about it are the ones who were paid to attack it from the beginning, even though they turned out to be nothing but a bunch of paid propagandists.  That's only fair, right?

Mark Skousen, Town Hall:  "Bruce Lee vs. Ayn Rand Philosophy: Which is Better for Investors?"

What? This is what thinking among Conservatives has come down to?  Bruce Lee vs. Ayn Rand- hey, how come the Jedi knights and the Shaolin priests can't get in on the fun too?

By the way, if you really would like to read about what a criminal farce an Ayn Rand based world would be, you could try reading this article about a supposed "Galt's Gulch" community in Chile.  Didn't work out too well.

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "Why Did Middle Eastern Christians Drive Sen. Cruz from the Stage?"

Because they aren't as stupid as Texas voters?

Myra Adams, PJ Media:  "Drudge Report: PHOTOS CAPTURE OBAMA ‘HEAD OF HORNS’ from Last Night’s White House Speech"

And here it is- the photo that proves that Obama is Satan:


Or maybe it's the curtains behind him.  No...here's the final proof that Obama is Satan.  That is much more credible.

Town Hall Finance:  "Ten Months or Two Years of U.S. Microrecession...Another month, another 15 companies announcing that they'll be paying less out in dividends in the future, making August 2014 the tenth consecutive month in which the number of companies acting to cut their dividends has been elevated above the "Recession Line"...Alternatively, if we ignore the third quarter of 2013, when the number of dividend cutting companies briefly dropped below the Recession Line, we could describe the U.S. economy as having been in microrecession since August 2012, which really makes this past month the two-year anniversary of that economic state."

Ever heard of a "microrecession?"  No?  Me either.  The term seems to have cropped up about six days ago at a website I never heard of, and is now being spread through the usual process around the right wing world.  This is what happens when right wingers are confronted by an economy the Republicans wrecked, which despite their best efforts, continues to be slowly healed by Democrats.  And I love the "if we ignore the third quarter of 2013" part- the same sort of Conservative thinking that gives us the "if we ignore 9-11. Bush only had a few other terrorist acts on his watch" argument.

J. R. Dunn, American Thinker:  "The American Left and ISIS...since the appearance of ISIS, the usual suspects on the left -- those in politics and media in particular  -- have bent over backwards to argue that it has nothing to do with Obama"

That damned truth again!  Don't liberals have anything else to offer the American people?

Lloyd Marcus, American Thinker:  "Attack of the 50-Foot Killer Elite Monster...The elites with big stages and big microphones that hate America as founded are killing us."

I didn't even know a microphone could hate anyone.  Maybe he's talking about a Neumann CMV3?
(Sorry- kind of an inside joke, I guess.)

C. Edmund Wright, American Thinker:  "Obama's Real Crime"

What? PWB?  Well, I guess that C. Edmund  must be on to something, because look at his endorsers:

"Another testament to Mr. Root himself, and to the book, is the incredible list of diverse endorsers who were willing to put their name on the book. From Ben Carson to Ann Coulter to Allen West -- to D’Souza, DeMint, Faber, Forbes, Schiff, Paul, Viguerie, and Bohannan -- the list of those who recommend this must read is impressively expansive."

Expansive alright- going all the way from right wing loon to out and out neo-Nazi hater. If I were you, I'd leave reading things like this to Green Eagle, who doesn't have a big enough brain to be damaged too badly.

Why It's Hopeless

Via Digby, this enlightening sentiment from our betters:

"We live in somewhat coarse and emotional times—when large numbers of Americans do not adhere to the same standards of logic, evidence, or even civil discourse as those practiced by members of the CIA community."

Oh, now I understand everything.

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Translation for those who are still confused:

Logic= overthrow their countries, give them dictatorships and then kill them if they object.
Evidence= anything we make up to get what we want.
Civil discourse= torture.

I hope that has made things clear.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scottish Independence Voted Down

Which means no contest for a new flag for England.  Here was my entry:

Well, at least Green Eagle doesn't have to worry about a trade war cutting off his Lagavulin supply.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Solution to Illegal Immigration


Illegal immigration.  You can count on it- when the Republicans' screaming about every other fake scandal they can think of has turned into nothing, they's start yammering on about how illegal immigrants are all coming to kill us in our beds or give us Ebola or something.  And the press will hop right in there, taking their nonsense seriously.

Of course, their only solution is to send a lot more heavily armed troops to "guard" a 2,000 mile border that is beyond any country's abilities to secure, and if they can't get the rest of us to pay for this exercise in futility, some of them are going to go down there themselves, and play soldier, like this man, a stalwart defender of our border before he murdered four people and then committed suicide.


Well, here is the ugly truth:  Absolutely nothing that we do inside our country or on the border is going to stop human migration from poor areas to better ones (which hopefully still includes the United States, although you have to wonder sometimes,) a phenomenon which has existed since the dawn of mankind and which is as inexorable as the tides.

There is, in fact, only one thing that can ameliorate illegal immigration, and that is to lower the difference in circumstances between those who live here and the people who are fleeing miserable lives elsewhere.

There is, of course, the Koch brothers' answer to this reality:  just make us so much poorer that no one will want to come here any more.  This is, of course, the preferred solution of one of our two major political parties.  Unfortunately, they have succeeded in making us a lot poorer without yet managing to make us as poor as Mexican peasants.  I think it is fair to say, at this point, that though this scheme has managed to make the Koch brothers and their ilk a lot richer, it hasn't really done much of anything else that we can be pleased with.

Now, for Green Eagle's solution:  let's work to make people in third world countries a lot richer, because the more they make the less they are going to want to travel thousands of miles to work as gardeners and busboys in the United States.  My first proposal is this: let's take about a third of our absurd military budget and devote it to promoting unions in the third world.  And we must make it clear that exporting countries that suppress these unions will be subject to extreme trade sanctions when they try to import goods to the US.

And while we are on the subject of trade sanctions, I am proposing a system of compensatory tariffs, which will penalize companies that rely on subsistence wages or environmental heedlessness to keep their profits up.  Let these companies understand that they are either going to treat their employees decently and not despoil the environment, or the United States will do what it can to see that they make no more money than if they had, at least if they want to sell their products here.

This sort of action will have far greater benefit than just cutting down on illegal immigration.  It will also make it far more likely that manufacturers who want to do business here will create their jobs here too, and it will be a significant source of revenue for the Federal government.  Let us remember that tariffs were the number one income producer for the United States from the founding of this country until Ronald Reagan did away with them, both starving government and giving a huge victory to international corporations in their eternal battle against ordinary people.

Well, that's my suggestion.  Probably much crazier than just letting American workers decline into third world status, which has the added appeal that we're already on that course and won't have to change direction.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

And The Tally Is In

A million dollars?  They should be so lucky.  Box Office Mojo is now reporting Atlas Shrugged III to have achieved a first weekend gross of $355,000.00 on 242 screens, or $1467 per screen.  My quick calculation tells me that that works out to about 21 paid customers per screening.  Well, at least you wouldn't have had a problem getting a good seat.

I want to state clearly that, although I do take a good deal of pleasure in reporting on right wing humiliations like this, that is not the reason I keep writing posts about them.  This is just one more proof that the great right wing populist rebellion in this country simply does not exist, and is nothing but the product of Republican lies and the press' willingness to repeat them.  Whether it's national marches on Washington that can't get 500 people or Impeach Obama demonstrations that cant get 10, or the Republican party's obvious knowledge that they can't win elections even in Republican States without rigging the vote every way they can, or even the pathetic turnout for right wing movies like this one, it is obvious that there is no popular movement behind the Repubican party, and it exists today only on the votes it can buy with hundreds of millions of dollars from hyper-rich sociopaths who are in the end their only real constituency.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Story So Laughable There Aren't Words To Sufficiently Mock It

Did you know that the third part of the grand Conservative movie trilogy of Atlas Shrugged is being released this weekend?  From Breitbart News:

'ATLAS SHRUGGED: WHO IS JOHN GALT?' HITS THEATRES THIS WEEKEND... 

For those of you waiting for the final chapter of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy, the wait ends today, Friday, when "Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?" lands in 254 theatres this weekend.  Box Office Mojo expects Shrugged fans to bring in a cool $1 million this weekend, which lines up with the openings of the previous chapters. Part 1 (2011) opened to 1.69 million. Part two (2012) bested that with $1.75 million."

"A cool $1 million this weekend!"  The mind boggles.


I've got nothing else to say.

Friday, September 12, 2014

You Can Come Out From Under the Bed Now, Republicans

At various times in the last couple of months, I have been tempted to report on endless predictions by right wingers that various Islamic groups were preparing to carry out massive attacks on the United States on this September 11th.  But I didn't bother- too boring.

Well, it's now September 12th, and guess what?  No attacks.  The thousands of sleeper agents which wingnuts confidently assert have been implanted all across our country apparently stayed home and slept in.  No nuclear missiles came zooming at us from Northern Iraq.  None of those 12 imaginary stolen Libyan airliners crashed into anything.  Nothing.  That's what happened.

But keep worrying, Republicans.  Because it's bound to happen next time.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Best Story of the Day

You betcha!  Just go and enjoy.

Oh what a tangled web we weave

And what a tangled web we weave, when we just go along with those who practice to deceive, and let them have the stage to spread their lies unchallenged.

I have said, as long as I have made political comments, that there is only one thing Progressives need to do to wipe the Republican party off of the earth.  That thing is to tell the truth.  That's it, just tell the truth.  But we've stood by for decades now waiting for the gutless Democrats in this country to figure that out.

The current case in point:  We have a President who has had a six year long chance to be honest with the American people about Bush and Cheney's miserable, incompetent war of aggression in Iraq, and the hopeless position it has left us in.  But he has never bothered to do that, scared to death of the mean things that Republicans will have to say about him.  Now, he is caught in a miserable no-win situation, in which that very war of aggression has spawned what may be the most violent Islamist group in history.  And the Republicans who caused this entire disaster through their gigantic act of war criminality are succeeding very well, with the assistance of the mainstream press, in blaming it all on Obama.

Had he consistently condemned what is clearly the greatest military blunder since Austria invaded Serbia in 1914. he would now be in a position to take a new tack based on something that might actually work.  As it is, he tied a rope around his own neck, and it is strangling him.

Too bad.  Too bad for us.  Too bad that "well-meaning but gutless" wasn't enough to make a good President.

Bartharbunga

I haven't posted anything about the Icelandic volcano situation for a few days now, but I don't want you to think the problem is going away.  Here's the latest of the excellent daily reports we have been getting from Daily Kos, if you care, and a picture.  On the whole, things seem to be getting gradually more intense.  Something like this can take months or years to reach the critical stage, or it could subside.  Right now the bets of the experts seem to be on it getting worse.  I guess we'll see.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

They Hate Us For Our Freedom

And they are a pack of insane, violent murderers because of their religion.  That's pretty much it, right?  People in the Middle East wouldn't have any other reason to hate us or be suspicious of us, because we are Western Civilization, the best thing that has ever happened in the whole universe.

No reason to hate us at all, except maybe for a few irrelevant issues like this:

Egypt:

"The French Campaign in Egypt and Syria (1798–1801) was Napoleon Bonaparte's campaign in the Orient, ostensibly to protect French trade interests, undermine Britain's access to India"

And then:

"The Anglo-Egyptian War occurred in 1882 between Egyptian and Sudanese forces under Ahmed ‘Urabi and the United Kingdom. It ended a nationalist uprising against the khedive Tewfik Pasha and vastly expanded British influence over the country, at the expense of the French."

More:

"...by 1882 Islamic and Arabic Nationalist opposition to European influence and settlement in the Middle East led to growing tension amongst notable natives, especially in Egypt which then as now was the most powerful, populous, and influential of Arabian nations.  
A large military demonstration in September 1881 forced the Khedive Tewfiq to dismiss his Prime Minister and rule by decree. Many of the Europeans retreated to specially designed quarters suited for defence or heavily European settled cities such as Alexandria. 
Consequently, in April 1882 France and Great Britain sent warships to Alexandria...when the British succeeded in defeating the Egyptian Army at Tel El Kebir in September and took control of the country to the 1952 Egyptian revolution which made Egypt a republic and when British advisers were expelled.

Morocco:

"Two times in the decade before WWI, disputes over Morocco ignited extremely dangerous European crises. 
Germany felt threatened by the loose alignment between France and Britain.  Twice, Berlin came up with the scheme of deliberately provoking a crisis by challenging the growing French influence in Morocco, hoping to humiliate France and force it to break off its association with Britain.  Both times, the plan backfired - ties between France and Britain were strengthened, and Germany was left more isolated than ever.  Although war was narrowly avoided in 1905-1906 and in 1911, both of the Moroccan Crises sharply ratcheted up European tensions and helped bring on the First World War."

Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine:

"The Sykes–Picot Agreement, officially known as the Asia Minor Agreement, was a secret agreement between the governments of the United Kingdom and France,[1] with the assent of Russia, defining their proposed spheres of influence and control in the Middle East should the Triple Entente succeed in defeating the Ottoman Empire during World War I... 
The agreement effectively divided the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire outside the Arabian peninsula into areas of future British and French control or influence...Britain was allocated control of areas roughly comprising the coastal strip between the sea and River Jordan, Jordan, southern Iraq, and a small area including the ports of Haifa and Acre, to allow access to the Mediterranean.[6] France was allocated control of south-eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.[citation needed] Russia was to get Istanbul, the Turkish Straits and the Ottoman Armenian vilayets"

Sudan

"With the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt and Sudan's economic and strategic importance increased enormously, attracting the imperial attentions of the Great Powers, particularly the United Kingdom. Ten years later in 1879, the immense foreign debt of Ismail Pasha's government served as the pretext for the Great Powers to force his abdication and replacement by his son Tewfik Pasha. The manner of Tewfik's ascension at the hands of foreign powers greatly angered Egyptian and Sudanese nationalists who resented the ever-increasing influence of European governments and merchants in the affairs of the country. The situation was compounded by Tewfik's perceived corruption and mismanagement and ultimately culminated in the 'Urabi Revolt. With the survival of his throne in dire jeopardy, Tewfik appealed for British assistance. In 1882, at Tewfik's invitation, the British bombarded Alexandria, Egypt's and Sudan's primary seaport, and subsequently invaded the country. British forces overthrew the Orabi government in Cairo and proceeded to occupy the rest of Egypt and Sudan in 1882. Though officially the authority of Tewfik had been restored, in reality the British largely took control of Egyptian and Sudanese affairs until 1932. 
Even when the British ended their occupation of Egypt in 1936 (with the exception of the Suez Canal Zone), they maintained their forces in Sudan. Successive governments in Cairo, repeatedly declaring their abrogation of the condominium agreement, declared the British presence in Sudan to be illegitimate...It was the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 which finally set a series of events in motion which would eventually end the British occupation of Sudan."

Iran:

"...in 1905-1906, Persia had the first democratic revolution in Asia.[43] Known as the Constitutional Revolution, massive popular protests forced Mozzafar-e-din Shah to allow for the Constitution of 1906, which limited his powers. It allowed for a democratically elected parliament Majlis to make the laws, and a prime minister to sign and carry them out. 
The Constitutional Revolution was opposed by the British and Russians, who attempted to subvert it through the backing of Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar (the son of Mozzafar-e-din Shah), who tried to break up the democratic government by force. A guerrilla movement led by Sattar Khan deposed him in 1910."

And later, of course:

"The 1953 Iranian coup d'état, known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup, was the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh on 19 August 1953, orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name 'Operation Boot') and the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project). 
Mossadegh had sought to audit the books of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC), a British corporation (now BP) and to change the terms of the company's access to Iranian oil reserves. 
Popular discontent with the AIOC began in the late 1940s: a large segment of Iran's public and a number of politicians saw the company as exploitative and a central tool of continued British imperialism in Iran. Despite Mosaddegh's popular support, the AIOC was unwilling to allow Iranian authorities to audit the company accounts or to renegotiate the terms of its access to Iranian oil. In 1951, Iran's oil industry was nationalized with near-unanimous support of Iran's parliament in a bill introduced by Mossadegh who led the nationalist party the National Front. In response, Britain instigated a worldwide boycott of Iranian oil to pressure Iran economically. Initially, Britain mobilized its military to seize control of the British-built Abadan oil refinery, then the world's largest, but Prime Minister Clement Attlee opted instead to tighten the economic boycott while using Iranian agents to undermine Mosaddegh's government. With a change to more conservative governments in both Britain and the United States, Winston Churchill and the Eisenhower administration decided to overthrow Iran's government, though the predecessor Truman administration had opposed a coup.  Classified documents show that British intelligence officials played a pivotal role in initiating and planning the coup, and that the AIOC contributed $25,000 towards the expense of bribing officials. 
As a condition for restoring the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company... five American petroleum companies, Royal Dutch Shell, and the Compagnie Française des Pétroles, were to draw Iran's petroleum after the successful coup d'état—Operation Ajax. The Shah declared this to be a "victory" for Iranians"

Libya

"The History of Libya as an Italian colony started in 1911 and was characterized initially by a major struggle with Muslim native Libyans that lasted until 1931. During this period, the Italian government controlled only the coastal areas of the colony. 
After the Italian Empire's conquest of Ottoman Tripolitania (Ottoman Libya), in the 1911–12 Italo-Turkish War, much of the early colonial period had Italy waging a war of subjugation against Libya's population. Ottoman Turkey surrendered its control of Libya in the 1912 Treaty of Lausanne...After prolonged discussions through the 1920s, it was not until 1935 that the Mussolini-Laval agreement was reached and Italy received the Aouzou strip that was added to Libya..."

Algeria:

"French Algeria lasted from 1830 to 1962, under a variety of governmental systems. From 1848 until independence, the whole Mediterranean region of Algeria was administered as an integral part of France...The conquest of Algeria was initiated in the last days of the Bourbon Restoration by Charles X, as an attempt to increase his popularity amongst the French people, particularly in Paris, where many veterans of the Napoleonic Wars lived. His intention was to bolster patriotic sentiment, and distract attention from ineptly handled domestic policies by "skirmishing against the dey".

Afghanistan, Pakistan:

"The Great Game" was a term for the strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia.[1] The classic Great Game period is generally regarded as running approximately from the Russo-Persian Treaty of 1813 to the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907. A less intensive phase followed the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917."
Here's a crude map of all of this:


I'm sure I've missed some countries, but everyone's patience must be pretty well exhausted at this point.  Let me make just one observation about all of this:  Whenever motivations for this behavior are recorded, the interests of the people there are never, ever mentioned.  It was all about what was good for the European powers, and later the United States.

We've been involved in the morass of the Middle East for a good part of all of our lives, and yet after all the waste of lives and money, it is still essentially taboo in this country to mention a single bit of what is above.  So instead, the battle cry remains "they hate us for our freedom."  How long do you think it will take for that kind of thinking to result in finding a way out of the violence over there?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Just a Brief Note

I'm really having trouble finding anything that's worth talking about these days.  That's because it really does get tiring pointing out the same mixture of corruption and stupidity which the Republican party dishes out day after day.  A small sample from today:

"A bill passed the lower house of the State of Wyoming with an amendment to study the conditions under which the State should acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.  The only place in Wyoming big enough to hold an aircraft carrier is a lake in Yellowstone Park."
"House Republicans Cut Administration Funding Request To Fight Ebola...According to a source familiar with the negotiations, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) agreed as of Tuesday morning to spend a total of $40 million to fight the epidemic in the 2015 spending bill...The White House had asked for $88 million for Ebola in total"
"Pat Robertson Calls For More Guns In Churches: 'Blessed Are The Fully Armed'...TV preacher Pat Robertson on Tuesday argued that more guns in churches was a "good idea" to protect Christians because "blessed are the fully armed."

This garbage is not even intended to be any kind of serious governing.  It is nothing but an attempt to squander the energy of every rational, decent person in the country, while the real work of Republicans- advancing the agenda of the Koch Brothers and other sociopathic multibillionaires, goes on as always, ignored by the complicit press in this country.  That's all the news there is- Republicans turning this country into a theocratic dictatorship in which 99.99% of the people will have no rights at all.  And that story isn't worth telling, compared to bullshit about aircraft carriers in Wyoming.

And here's something depressing:  the irresponsible treachery of the press is so great in this country that, as I read in a poll today, by a margin of 10% the American people trust the Republicans to run the economy more than the Democrats.  This appalling stupidity is the real reason the Republicans are likely to win in November; no halfway informed electorate would ever place a Republican in a position of trust ever again.  But as long as "free speech" means how much money you have, that's the country we've got.  Love it or leave it.



Links:  Here, here and here.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Bad Timing

This recent repost of an article by Henry Makow, one of the real loons I occasionally like to ridicule in Wingnut Wrapup:

Makow makes the final comment:

"This then is the real story of Jack the Ripper, straight from the 'horse's mouth' .  These facts must be known by the current establishment but as always, they close ranks to prevent the truth from becoming known.  All of the multiplicity of theories that abound as to the identity of the killer and the many films, documentaries and TV programmes that portray an unending search for the 'truth' are nothing more than elaborate smokescreens, born from the deliberate confusion engendered by the Elite to protect the guilty, as is their usual modus operandi.  This is another tiny example of how easy it is for these psychopaths to provide us all with a completed distorted view of both the past and our existing reality."
Completely distorted view of our existing reality indeed.  If you were to scroll down on Makow's site, you would find another post entitled "Evidence that Michelle Obama is a Transvestite," or "Does a Satanic Cult Rule the World." (answer: yes, in case you wondered.)

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Don't get the joke?   Look here.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Little More On Bartharbunga

Not much to indicate much of a change in Daily Kos' incisive reporting on this event, but a wonderful comparison of two pictures that I cannot resist reprinting:

At the top, a picture from the current eruption, at the bottom, a rendering of Mordor.

Things like this can go on for months or years- I'll keep an eye on it.


And More, from Saturday Night:  Another great report from Daily Kos:


"But we're not here because of small eruptions. We began covering this because of the potential of a big eruption, from Bárðarbunga herself. And there's a growing belief that this data suggests that it's increasingly likely to happen."

Earlier, I thought things might be leveling off, but I guess not.  I don't want to keep stealing things from Daily Kos, so I suggest that, if you are interested in this, you click on the link, and scroll down to the bottom of the post, where you will find an absolutely spectacular video of the eruption.  It's the first thing I've seen that really suggests the magnitude of this event.

I hope I'm not getting too obsessed with this, but I find it really gripping.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Conservative Legal Logic At Its Finest

And this is about as fine as it gets.  Right wingers finally found a judge (in Louisiana- are you surprised?) to rule against marriage equality, utilizing the following supreme logic:

"This Court is persuaded that Louisiana has a legitimate interest…whether obsolete in the opinion of some, or not, in the opinion of others…in linking children to an intact family formed by their two biological parents, as specifically underscored by Justice Kennedy in Windsor."

Apparently, during his consideration of this lawsuit, it never occurred to judge Martin Feldman that this exact wording could be used in the case of parents who divorced and then married other partners, to take away their children, since the children would no longer be part of  "an intact family formed by their two biological parents."  It also could be used, for the same reasoning, to take children away from a parent if the other parent died.

But for right wingers, making a total mockery of our judicial system and involving it in endless, useless mean spirited litigation, is a small price to pay for the right to continue to exercise their hatred.

One only need look at the dozens of "opinions" written over the years by Antonin Scalia, which knowingly misstate the history of our laws, and rely on reasoning so flimsy that even non-lawyers can see how absurd they are, to understand that these people care nothing about the great responsibility they have been given, and everything about forcing a hideous antidemocratic government on the American people.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oh God! Stolen Jets! Let's All Panic and Hide Under the Bed!!!

In the last few hours, in a superb example of the wingnut noise machine's ability to generate panic from nothing, a story involving the theft of perhaps a dozen passenger jets by militant Islamists has spread like wildfire around the right wing media.  Here's an example from Newsmax:

Naturally, there is not one single story about this from anything but right wing sources on Google.  That ain't stoppin' these guys, oh no.  It's such an easily disproven lie that this particular wingnut outrage will probably not have legs, but we'll see.


Update:  Hours later now, but still not a story about the theft of all of these passenger planes in the regular media.  It's still spreading around in wingnut world- let's just see how long they go with it before dropping it for a new lie.

Wingnut Wrapup

Not much news these days, but still plenty of "news," i.e. lies.  So, here we go:

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "New Al Qaeda Magazine Hints an Attack on US Is Imminent"

Back under your beds, mighty wingnut terrorist-fighters!

Austin Bay, Town Hall:  "Vladimir Putin: The Return of the CommuNazi"

Austin, I'm sure you mean "CommuNaziMuslimSatan."  Don't want to leave anyone out and hurt their feelings, now.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Republicans Still Struggling With Women Voters"

Struggling?  That's like saying "Michael Brown Still Struggling With Ferguson Police."

Daniel Doherty, Town Hall:  "North Korea: Isn't America Just so Terribly Racist?"

You right wingers must be so proud of yourselves- it takes an amazing amount of work to make Kim Jong Un look like the good guy.

Daniel Doherty, Town Hall:  "Poll: Meanwhile, Romney's Crushing it in Iowa"

Crushing what?  Our sanity?  Our belief that there is one shred of reason behind what happens in the world?  Or just the last shred of life in the Republican party?

Town Hall:  "Hamas Tries to Spin Total Defeat as "Victory"

Hey, they learned a trick from Bush and Cheney, huh?  "Mission Accomplished," what?

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "Would it Kill You to Hire More Black Cops? (Yes)

I'll just let that one stand on its own.  On we go:

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Rep. Annie Kuster (D, New Hampshire-02) can’t find an actual Republican supporter?"

Sort of the same thing that happened to Mitt Romney and John McCain, huh?

Ed Driscoll, PJ Media:  "Meet Douglas McAuthur McCain, American Killed in Action in Syria"

Apparently named after a general sacked for insubordination and an airman who got caught by the enemy and told them everything he knew.  No wonder he was a traitor.

Helen Smith, PJ Media:  "Is Social Security a Weapon of Mass Destruction? Or Just Destroying Our Self-Reliance?"

Not starving to death after we retire- America's greatest enemy.  Because, let's just say, lots of people had saved all their lives for retirement, and then an economic collapse caused by greedy rich people and Republican lawlessness left them with nothing (not that such a thing could ever happen-right?) That would be all their own fault, for which the penalty should obviously be slow starvation.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "ISIS ADDS MiG-21B FIGHTER JETS & Sidewinder Missiles to SCUD MISSILE Arsenal"

And here's the picture of a MiG-21 that Jim ran with this article:


Back under the bed, right wingers!  Notice anything about the plane in this picture?  It's a derelict hulk.  That's because the MiG -21 is a plane from 1954, and has about as much chance against an F-15 or F-16 with modern avionics as Green Eagle does against Mike Tyson.  Many of the countries in the area have F-15's or F-16's, and if ISIS sends its MiG-21s up against them, ISIS won't have them any more.  If they even have any pilots who are vaguely trained to fly this '50's relic.

Gina Miller, Renew America:  "Godlessness, safety nail polish and 'rape culture'

Sorry, Gina.  That's too many subjects for one post.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!!!  "OBAMA NAMED IN RICO LAWSUIT...Accused of laundering funds to terrorist organization Hamas"

You just know that one has a great future in the courts.

World Net Daily:  "SCHOOLS MUST TEACH SIGNIFICANCE OF OBAMA'S ELECTION"

Screw that.  Maybe if schools ignore it, kids will forget all about Obama.  Yeah, that's the idea- teach them about the significance of Romney's election.

Breitbart:  "LEVIN: OBAMA ISIS POLICY ONE OF THE WORST ‘NATIONAL SECURITY SCREW-UPS IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY’

Much worse than this one, I guess:



Obama- always worse than anything a Republican could do.

Kevin Glass, Town Hall:  "Burger King Wants To Opt Out Of the U.S. Corporate Tax Regime. Good."

At this point, why should they even pretend the rich should pay their share?

John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "Millions of people are out of work and can’t find a job. Many of those who have jobs are being forced to work part-time instead of full-time. And those who have full-time jobs are in for a nasty surprise. Next year’s take home pay is likely to be smaller than what they earn right now.  In all cases the reason is the same: Obamacare."

Of course it is.  It couldn't be because their greedy bastard bosses would rather go on earning their twenty and thirty million dollar paychecks, instead of sharing a little bit of it with their employees.

Nah- it's Obama's fault.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Oh My: Dems More Afraid of Climate Change Than ISIS"

Well, ISIS doesn't really have much chance of wiping out the entire human race, does it?  Climate change does, you dumb ass.  And ISIS doesn't own a couple hundred corrupt Senators and Congressmen, the way the anti-global warming people do. Which do you think is more frightening?  And, if you answer ISIS, you are an idiot.

Nick Sorrentino, Town Hall:  "New York Magazine: Chelsea Clinton Leaving Her Unbelievably Cushy Fake Job at NBC"

I'd watch what you complain about, Nick, considering that you get paid to write right wing lies for a website.

Star Parker, Town Hall:  "Paul Ryan Has Answer for Ferguson"

Of course he does.  What is his answer?  Less regulation on the rich, doing away with the minimum wage, eliminating public schools, forbidding government housing assistance, and of course this helpful suggestion:

"Ten hours of monthly volunteer service at a community non-profit would create eligibility for prizes at monthly raffles."

Raffles for jobless people.  Well, that should solve the problem.

World Net Daily:  "DID JOEL OSTEEN'S WIFE COMMIT 'BLASPHEMY'?  'They're certainly not following the biblical Jesus'

Boy, that's one I'm not going to lose any sleep over.

Charles Battig, American Thinker:  "Napoleon's Thoughts on Politicians...Napoleon would have known what to do with the Democrats."

First they're in love with Putin and that right wing jerk Netanyahu.  Now it's Napoleon that they want running the country?  Next stop: Mussolini.  Or maybe Genghis Khan.  Curiously enough, Charles never does get around to telling us what Napoleon would do about the Democrats.  We already know what he would do about Putin, however.  Go into Russia with an army of three million and come back out with 10,000.  Pretty much the Republican solution there too.

Dan Riehl, Riehl World View:  "Did the EPA Abuse It’s Authority to Influence the 2012 presidential election?"

This consists in the crime of telling the American people that they had better pay some attention to climate change; the wrongdoing involving telling the truth, which always helps Democrats.  That's why telling the truth is always an abuse.

Walter Hudson, PJ Media:  "Biden Tells Union Works They Deserve ‘Fair Share’ of Corporate Profits"

This sentiment is a complete abomination.  Workers deserve nothing.

Con Coughlin, The Telegraph:  "Vladimir Putin’s boots are on the ground – why not ours?"

Because we are not totally delusional?  Because we don't really want World War III?  That's my guess.  Like it or not, there is just about nothing we can do about Russia invading a country next door to them but 10,000 miles from us.  By the way, how about if the Russians had put some "boots on the ground" when Saint Ronnie Reagan invaded Grenada?  Would that have been a good idea?

Mike McNally, PJ Media:  "Rotherham: A Quintessentially Liberal Scandal"

In case you haven't heard about this, a Muslim gang in the city of Rotherham, England has allegedly raped hundreds of children.  Of course, liberals are to blame, even though the perpetrators are religious fanatics far closer to American right wing Christians than to any liberals I can think of.  This piece was rather incoherent, but I think that what it amounts to is that liberals don't hate Muslims enough, so the Muslims go around raping.  If only liberals crushed all Muslims out of existence, this would never happen.  Then, I guess the whole responsibility for raping children would fall on Catholic priests.

Reverend Mark H. Creech, Renew America:  "There is [an] intriguing dynamic about work revealed in the Scriptures. Proverbs 21:4 says "the plowing of the wicked is sin." The late Dr. D. James Kennedy explains the meaning of this devastating verse about work. He writes:"This means a non-Christian farmer who rises before sunrise and goes about his duties, working in the fields while the blazing sun beats down upon his perspiring back, is sinning in the sight of God. Why? Because, even though God commanded man to work with his hands and earn his daily bread, his motive for working does not proceed from a heart cleansed and made holy. Therefore, his work is sin."

Not a "Christian?"  Then everything you do is a sin.  Got that?  Fine.  Well, might as well take the day off, then.  Green Eagle is heading for a nap right now.

Eruption

Finally, we are seeing some of the above-ground results of the activity of the Bartharbunga volcano in Iceland.  There was a smaller eruption on Friday, and now a considerably larger one starting Sunday morning and continuing to today.  Here are a couple of pictures of eruptions along a rift following the dyke that has spread from Bartharbunga to the Northeast in recent weeks:


So far, nothing that is that massive, but of course this is only the beginning.  I'm waiting for Daily Kos, which has covered this story so well, to link to the current reports from its Icelandic sources, which will be much more informative.

Please remember that an eruption here in the late 1700's distributed enough ash into the atmosphere to cause the Mississippi river to freeze down to New Orleans, and caused mass deaths due to famine, from Scotland to as far away as Egypt.  That sort of thing is why I am paying attention to this.  Given the tenuous economic situation in Europe caused by neo-liberal "austerity" policies, it would not take that much to send the region into a very frightful instability.  Let us not forget, on the 100th anniversary of World War I, that it doesn't take all that much to tip people who like to see themselves as being the most civilized on earth, into murderous chaos.  A year or two of agricultural devastation could do that without much trouble.


Update:  And here is the report from Daily Kos, if you are interested.  It ends on a rather pessimistic note that three explosive (although not too big) eruptions have now occurred, but unfortunately, the link is to an article in Icelandic, and it's been so long since I studied Old Norse that I couldn't make enough of it to comment.

Monday, September 1, 2014

What Do Unions Accomplish?

Here's a great chart from an article by Ezra Klein (via Digby) that says all you need to know this labor day:

No wonder so much rich people's money is funnelled into destroying unions. I don't think I need to say anything more about this, except to urge you to click on the link and read more.