Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Saudi Collapse?

I just read an extremely interesting article about a potential decline of Saudi Arabia into a condition not much better than that of Iraq, Syria or Libya.  I guess I always assumed that the Saudis' oil wealth would protect them from that, but maybe I was very wrong.

I'm not going to try to summarize the article here; I'm not even going to claim that I know enough to say how much credence to give to it.  But I do think it's an important read, and I encourage you to take a look at it.  All we need is for Saudi Arabia to sink into chaos, so even the thought is enough to keep me up at night.  I'd be most interesting to hear any opinions about this article.

Spending Their Time Constructively

Republicans in Congress working for you, every day!

"The House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks is now the longest congressional investigation in history...As of Monday, the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has been active for 72 weeks -- surpassing the record previously held by the Watergate Committee in the 1970's"


No comment really necessary.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wingnut Wrapup

Today's Wingnut Wrapup respectfully dedicated to Sarah Palin, who had the unmitigated gall to make the following claim:

"Palin also disagreed with a recent statement by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who said last week that the Republican Party "often appears cold and unwelcoming to minorities." 

"I can't think of any Republican that I know who would have that in their heart," Palin said. The Republican party "... is the party that would wish to bring people in together, standing together, putting America first, even in terms of the culture, accepting people's differences and the diverse views and everything else, because we have common sense driving our party," she said.

I'd spend the whole rest of this post trying to unpack the delusions and lies contained in that last paragraph, so let's just continue with some more right wing delusion, before I fall into a coma:

Rev. Mark H. Creech, Renew America:  "The Christian work ethic is greatly needed in our day. It alone can guarantee a vibrant and ever-growing economy. It alone can deliver us from the overwhelming burden of the welfare ranks. It alone can deliver one from labor endured only for the sake of a wage. It alone can produce the kind of conviction needed to restore pride in workmanship, rather than just concerns with a bottom line. It alone can generate honest workers. Able to alter even the most menial task into a royal act, it alone results in a joyous consummation to life."

"It alone can deliver one from labor endured only for the sake of a wage. It alone can produce the kind of conviction needed to restore pride in workmanship..."

Not, say, being treated fairly by our employer, instead of just being reduced to one more commodity to squeeze dry and discard, or having a job that allows us to use our creative skills to make a product that we believe in.  No, all it takes is the "Christian work ethic;" i.e. a willingness to allow ourselves to be exploited our whole lives by the rich, in return for the promises contained in a fairy tale.

And while we are on the subject of work:

Jerry Newcombe, Renew America:  "Is work a curse or a gift?"

Sort of depends on what work it is, don't you think, dumbass?  For instance, this work is pretty much a curse:



While this work is what I would call a gift:



See, Jerry, easy answers to easy (but stupid) questions.  What I wonder is why those people in the first picture didn't have the sense to buy a Telecaster when they were young and start learning a few Muddy Waters tunes.

Right, now an entry into the competition for scandals that ain't gonna happen:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "WashPost: Clintons Used Their Own Cash To Pay State Department Staffer For Server Maintenance"

The horror!  The Clintons paid for something themselves!  Can we impeach her before she is elected?

John C. Goodman, Town Hall:  "Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a Bad Idea"

Because it leaves less for the Waltons and the Koch brothers?  That's my guess.  Oh wait- that's only part of John's thinking:

"Wages are not a gift"

And if a rich guy pays workers one cent more than the minimum he has to, if he doesn't want to have them slit his throat, that is a gift, which they most definitely don't deserve.

"Also, economists know there is no free lunch. If one person has a gain – in the absence of any increased production — someone else must endure a loss."

Sort of gives the lie to the trickle-down theory, huh?

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Australian Actor Who Stars as Christian Football Coach in ‘Woodlawn’ Tackles US Race Relations"

Oh God, no.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Forget What You’ve Heard: Republicans Have the Demographic Edge for 2016"

Brought to you by the same people who correctly predicted that Mitt would win in a landslide.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Ohio GOPs to Obama: President McKinley’s Legacy ‘Tarnished’ for ‘Political Stunt’

McKinley's legacy tarnished?  Among who? The American people, not one of whom in a thousand could tell you a thing about him?

By the way, McKinley's "legacy" seems to involve starting and winning the Spanish-American war, one of the great imperialist acts in our history, raising tariffs (perhaps a good thing) and insisting on sticking to the gold standard.  We wouldn't want to "tarnish" that magnificent legacy, would we?

Town Hall:  "Courting unions on Labor Day, Obama pushes paid sick leave"

Because a) only union workers care about paid sick leave, and b) it is deeply disturbing to have a politician courting unions on labor day.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Kim Davis is Rosa Parks"

No she's not.  She's the bus driver that wouldn't let Rosa Parks sit in the front of the bus.

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "Obama's 'dark, Machiavellian' politics to sink Hillary"

This article presents the thesis, from a Fox news reporter, that, despite every appearance to the contrary, it is in fact not the Republicans, but Barack Obama who is behind the years of smears against Hillary Clinton.  Now, why would he do this?

"...he is not a Democrat...He is a Marxist revolutionary who has used the Democratic Party as a vehicle to get elected to import his revolution straight into the United States directly from the White House."

Oh, now I understand it.  Amazing too, since the persecution of Hillary dates from at least 1991, the year Obama graduated from law school, at the age of 30.  What a laser-like focus he had, even then.  And with eight years to import his revolution, he did nothing until the last year, when he decided to sabotage the Democratic candidate for President.  How is that supposed to import Marxism?  Who knows?

And now, the Christian response to the current Middle Eastern refugee crisis:

Donna Edmunds, Breitbart:  "Churches have responded by vowing to “welcome refugees”, citing Matthew 25:35-41, in which Jesus said “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Seems a pretty open and shut case, right? Aren’t we always reminded as Christians that we should never simply walk by on the other side?  However, nothing is simply black and white. All solutions have pros and cons. 1 Corinthians 10 reminds us: “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”

See, what Jesus says seems one hundred percent clear, but if you only look at things from the "mature" right wing Christian viewpoint, you will understand that the right thing to do is to kick these people in the teeth, let them starve, and get back to worrying about gay marriage and teaching kids about evolution.  Just like with the Constitution, there are parts of the Bible written in invisible ink that only right wingers can read.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Rude Dem Reps Call Pro-life Witness 'Remarkably Ignorant'

It is rude to tell the truth.  This occurred at a Republican Congressional "Hearing" entitled " “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation's Largest Abortion Provider."   The horrific abortion practice,  of course, are totally fictitious, and are based on lying videos produced by right wing thugs.  The hearing was packed with anti-abortion lunatics, but Planned Parenthood was not allowed to appear.  So much for trying to find the truth.

John Stossel, Town Hall:  "I'm upset that the presidential candidates, all of them, rarely mention a huge problem: the quiet cancer that kills opportunity -- regulation."

More for billionaires!  Less for everyone else!  More stock market crashes!  More crooked real estate companies! Less health care! More pollution! More money in elections!  More global warming!  Less Social Security!  More people in jail!  Less people in school!  Yeah, I agree, John.  Why aren't more candidates running on that platform?  Particularly because, if they are Republicans, that's exactly what they are going to do if they get elected.

Paul Greenberg, Town Hall:  "A Mountain Disappears...Poor old William McKinley, 25th president of the United States and today's Forgotten Man, is the latest victim of the country's rage for identity politics."
No mention of the many mountains in West Virginia, Kentucky and a couple of other States, that really have disappeared, in pursuit of the Republican goal of letting a few people make as much money as possible from the dirtiest source of energy in the world.



Still there.



Not there any more.  See the difference?

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Jail time for Christians: no longer a hypothesis"

Lloyd, there are millions of people in jail in the U.S. and practically all of them are Christians. Forgot about that, huh?  Or are you saying that we only have the right to demand that non-Christians follow the law?  In which case, there are a lot of gang guys waiting in line to get out.

Michael Bresciani, Renew America:  "Will Congress awake before every Christian in America is arrested?"

I didn't know Congress was asleep.  I thought the Republicans in Congress were all running for President.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Contrary To What Her Aides Say, Hillary Continues To Joke About Private Email Server"

Well, this pretty well shows how bankrupt Hillary's e-mail scandal is, by this point- the only thing wrong is that she is joking about it.

And never let a good lie fade away:

John Ransome, Town Hall:  "Turns out too, since the Defense Department is now giving out Purple Hearts to soldiers who were exposed to Saddam’s WMDs, that oh yeah, there were chemical weapons in Iraq— including sarin nerve gas— which could now be in the hands of insurgents like ISIS."

The purple hearts were for a few soldiers exposed to traces of nerve gas while cleaning up some shells left from the first gulf war, and which were totally useless as weapons (this gas has a functional life of about five years.)  Needless to say, they would be of no value to ISIS or anyone else.  Saddam had no WMD's in 2002, and no plans to get them.  This all from a boilerplate article blaming Obama and Jimmy Carter for Bush's disaster in Iraq.

And a little obituary:

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Adieu to Rick Perry...He probably would have made a very good president."

In what universe, Roger?

Chuck Baldwin, Renew America:  "Bush and Obama make Putin look good"

They make a would-be dictator like Putin look good to a right wing racist hater like you, Chuck.  Not to anyone else.

And a special shout out to Republican Presidential "candidate" Rand Paul, who had this to say about Donald Trump:

“Someone Has to Point Out to the American Public That He’s a Fake”

Translation, for those not familiar with Republicans:  "Someone has to point out that, if Trump were not in the race, I would be doing a lot better flogging the same hateful ideas.  After all, Trump has no government experience, whereas I am a sitting United States Senator, thanks to my daddy's connections"

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Obama Administration Leaves Conservative Schools Off ‘College Scorecard’

The horror! Turns out that they were left off because they are right wing schools that refuse to allow their students to get title IV money for their education, because it is a communist plot.  Consequently, they are not required to submit records to the government, and so they are not on the scorecard. Somehow, that is the government's fault.

Frank Tipler, PJ Media:  "Atheist Scientists Are Incompetent"

Okay, then.

Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Even as McConnell Gives Planned Parenthood a Pass, MSM Continues to Cover for Group...It's as if the videos don't exist."

Or as if they are a pack of malignant forgeries carefully edited to spread a fictitious smear.  Well, that's what they really are.  Stephen seems to have forgotten that.

Brianna Sharbaugh, PJ Media:  "How to Prepare Your Kids for the Dangers of Sexual Predators"

Keep them away from the Duggars.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Pope lays out global Marxist agenda"

Well, Cliff just wanted to be sure that we understand what caring for the poor is all about.  Funny how Republicans loved the perverted son of a bitch who was the last Pope, but this one is a Communist.

Well, enough.  The right wing blogs have been particularly lacking in humor lately, so I had trouble scraping this together.  I'm quitting while I'm ahead.  Or at least less than a million miles behind. When it comes to idiocy, you can never catch up to the wingnuts.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Green Eagle Picks the Speaker

Here's a thing that will surprise most people:  The Speaker of the House does not need to be a member of the House.  Here's the relevant language from the Constitution:

"The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment."

So, with this in mind, I strongly urge the Republicans to finalize the obvious, and pick the person who has been the de facto leader of House Republicans for a couple of years now:

Yes, I believe that if the Republicans really believe the sewage they are selling to the American people, Ted Cruz is the only fit person to be made Speaker of the House.  Okay, he is a sitting U.S. Senator, where his main purpose seems to be seeing to it that the government does nothing, and he is also engaged in a meaningless, egomaniacal "run" for President.  He's doing great with those two things, so why couldn't he take on one more job, where his only goal will be to drive the country into a wall, by stopping it from functioning.

Come on, Republicans- do the right thing.  Let your real nature shine loud and proud.  Send the country into the shining future you have been promising us for so long, and let the most Republican person in the government have his rightful position.

Friday, September 25, 2015

It's Him and the Bottle Now

Bye bye to celebrity drunk John Boehner, who is finally joining Sarah Palin in the Quitters' Brigade.

You know, I feel a little sorry for him.  He's constantly attacked as the worst speaker of the House in history, but I'm not sure how well anyone could do, faced with the intransigent right wing army his fellow Republicans worked so hard to create.

So, I've already heard a right wing talk show host this morning bringing up the name of Louie Gohmert as Boehner's replacement.  That would be a treat, huh?


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Update:  Well, it's several hours later, and for some reason I have been surprised to find the main take of the "liberal" press seems to be that this act- a sitting House speaker driven from office by his party's own extremists- is being presented as a really good thing for the Republicans, on the basis that it will by some magic force cause those very same extremists who just won a great victory to not want to shut the government down in a couple of weeks.  How this is supposed to work I am not sure, but then everything that happens is good for the Republicans, right?  No matter how ignominious and shameful it is.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Give It Up, Ben

So, now Ben Carson is saying that science is just fairy tales, and that Charles Darwin got the idea for evolution from Satan.

And everyone says, "how can Ben say that- after all, he is a scientist."

Well, Ben has motivated me to make a belligerent point.  Surgeons are not scientists.  They are people who have been extensively trained to perform physical acts with extreme precision.  That makes them more like plumbers than nuclear physicists.  So let's stop pretending that Ben's success as a surgeon gives him any greater insight into science than anyone else.  Because, it clearly doesn't.

Monday, September 21, 2015

I Guess the Koch Brothers Didn't Answer His Prayer

Scott Walker suspended his campaign today, when he realized that, without a vast pool of Koch Brothers money, he couldn't convince his own mother that he was a decent human being.  Don't worry though- If the Kochs should change their mind, he'll be back plenty damned quick.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Rats

This news just in from South Africa:

"More than 4,000 inmates evacuated from a South African jail after two inmates died from a rat-related disease due to "overcrowding" and "inhumane" conditions."

I hear the same thing nearly happened at the Republican debate last week.

Enough Already- I Mean Really

I'm not in the practice of reposting graphics from Facebook featuring quotations from politicians, but this one is really too much:

And this is the person who stood before the nation the other day and told a complete, malignant lie about Planned Parenthood- and don't even try to tell me that she was just mistaken.  Her smears have now catapulted her into second place in Republican polls.  This is supposed to be the anti-Hillary- a useless failure who made millions while destroying tens of thousands of her own company's jobs, who has never been elected to anything, and who lies without a sign that she cares about it, if it gets her what she wants.  When, gentlemen of the press, is enough enough?  Or are you going to go on providing these people with cover until the earth is an uninhabitable desert, and there is no one left to lie to?

Scott Walker Speaks to the (Real) Base

I guess we are all aware that Scott Walker, the most mean-spirited of all the Republican candidates for President, has sunk like a rock in the polls; his own performance swiftly reducing him to a near nonentity, in a few short weeks.  So, yesterday he pulled out all the stops in a direct appeal to his real base:

"According to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, police officers — who have killed more than 700 people so far this year — are always right. 

“Do we have an issue in this country that we have to deal with when it comes to race? Absolutely,” he said. “But we shouldn’t confuse that into somehow thinking that that means we shouldn’t treat our law enforcement professionals as the great men and women that they are.” 

He continued, refusing to admit that any of the officers involved in the recent, high-profile deadly shootings may have made a mistake..."Every leader we have — at the local level, the state level, all the way up to the president of the United States, for that matter anyone in the clergy and business and anywhere else — needs to step up and say that is wrong,” he said. “The men and women who wear the badge are doing the right thing, every day. All the time...As president, I will have their back every single day.”

Let us be clear here about who he is really speaking to here, and what he is really saying.  Walker won two terms as Wisconsin governor despite his absolutely disgusting performance, for one reason and one reason only: the Koch brothers' money, which enabled him to drown his opponents in a swamp of lies and distortions.  Well, he has figured out that, without some sugar daddies like the Koch brothers to finance his propaganda onslaught, he is toast this time around. But the big money guys seem to be holding off on spending that money at this point, while Walker falls farther and farther out of sight.

So, here is his declaration:  The police are always right.  Translation: make me President and I will use the police to crush dissent in any way I can, and never hold them accountable for a thing they do. Make me President, and I will use my power, legally or illegally, to give you whatever you want, and I will let no one stand in your way.  I will be as ruthless as Mussolini or Stalin in doing this. Make me President and, as in Wisconsin, you will rule the country, while I live in the White House and take your orders.

I've pointed out before that there is a contest among Republican candidates to see which one can stand up for the most cruel policies they can think of.  This is because their real constituency is the few hundred people who stand to benefit from the destruction of the last vestiges of democracy in this country.  Walker may be a loser in the polls, but he has always been a winner at this game, so he is running with it, because he knows that, at this point, only a big influx of Koch brothers money can get him back in the contest.

Of course, let us not forget that all of the other Republican candidates are playing their own versions of this game, just not with the callous abandon of Walker.  I have pointed out before (and I will be self-promoting enough to say that I am just about the only person who has pointed this out) that the Republican primary contest is not about winning voters, it is about appeasing a handful of rich sociopaths, who actually control the party.  The candidates don't really care what the average person thinks about what they say; the only care about assuring these criminal billionaires that if elected they will work only on behalf of the hyper-rich, in any way possible, legal or illegal.  The candidates know that, when the real money starts flowing, they can use it to con the short-memoried rubes into supporting their path to disaster once again.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

September 19th

I must confess that I feel that I really didn't do enough this year to make people aware of the War on Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Friday, September 18, 2015

These People Have a Future in the Republican Party

 Maybe in the future Carly Fiorina administration.
This just in from ABC News:

"While gunfire rang out in the streets, Burkina Faso’s military took to the airwaves Thursday to declare it now controls the West African country, confirming that a coup has taken place just weeks before elections...

The coup leaders...identified themselves as the National Council for Democracy."


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Debate?

So, of course, the "mainstream" press is tying itself in knots today trying to pretend that a damned thing worth reporting happened at the Republicans' 3 hour clown show yesterday.

Well, it didn't.  Three hours of empty posturing and boring obesiance to the crazy wing of the Republican party (i.e. at this point, about 95% of it)  while ducking any shred of reasonable consideration of anything important. 

Meanwhile, Hillary continues to lay out substantial positions, which are totally ignored.

That's what happened, and that's all I have to say.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Unions

Those evil union thugs.  So good to see that they are just about a thing of the past.

Here's a perfect demonstration of the damage they have done, from one chart, at a blog called UnionsWORK, which I found via Daily Kos:

See, unions just steal money from the job creators and give it to everyone else.  No place for that in 21st century America.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Another Mighty Display of Conservative Strength, With the Usual Result

Just to keep up Green Eagle's traditional reporting on right wing protest marches (something I have been doing for quite a long time now,) I think I should make a comment on their latest orgy of jackassery, a few days ago in Washington.  This event was a major one, promoted in advance, and with an all star lineup of speakers, including Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, radio liars Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, and others.

The event, on the Capitol steps, received a lot of attention both from the usual right wing websites and the national press.  A couple of things were missing from almost every story, however.  That would include any estimates of the size of the "crowd" that showed up to see all this star power, and any pictures which clearly showed the crowd as a whole.

Well, Green Eagle searched pretty far and wide for pictures of the event.  My practice has always to play things fairly and show the photos with the largest number of people in the crowd, and here is what I found for this one:
I was able to find one source that estimated the crowd at "a couple hundred."  That would seem to be a pretty fair number, given the picture above.

I must once again point out why I keep reporting on these ludicrous failures, which happen over and over again.  What they prove beyond a shadow of a doubt is that the whole "angry wingnut" phenomenon is very largely an illusion, created by right wing propaganda factories, and abetted by the mainstream press, forced as it is by their owners to pretend that there is a huge national movement dedicated to advancing the interests of the hyper-rich.  The archetype of this is the Tea Party, created by the Koch brothers after 2008 to provide a place for right wingers who were temporarily ashamed of what their Republican leaders had done to the country, to hide for a few years, and then abandoned.

The truth is that there is no real right wing movement in this country.  Oh yeah, there are millions of ignorant fools out there in "flyover country" who are mad as hell, and have allowed the Republicans to direct their mindless anger toward the wrong targets.  But in a country where hundreds of thousands turned out to protest the Iraq war, and similar numbers turned out around the country to protest police murders, things like this are worse than pathetic.  They are an insult to every decent American, or they would be if people were allowed to see how they are being conned into destroying themselves.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Brief Comment on the Refugees

I must have seen, in the last few weeks, about three hundred articles and blog posts about the current "European" refugee problem.  As far as I can remember, they were all about the supposed heartlessness of Europeans, and Americans too, for not being ready to take in these two million people.  What none of these articles seems to consider is why these refugees exist in the first place, and what needs to be done to stop the production of millions more of them.

I'm not suggesting that I have a full answer here, but I do want to say that anyone who only deals with the symptoms of the problem and not the problem itself is just creating a mechanism for the production of tens of millions more of these people, a situation that will really overwhelm Europe.

The Western toleration for, and often encouragement of governments that make this kind of disaster almost inevitable must stop.  The three countries which are now producing this disaster, Syria, Iraq and Libya, have spent so long under vicious dictatorships, often propped up by Western countries, that they have no internal apparatus to lead a meaningful civilian government.  And supposed friends of the West, like Saudi Arabia, continue to exploit the insecurity for their own lunatic sectarian reasons.  Finally, let us remember that, in large part, this chaos is allowed to perpetuate itself for a single reason- the world's desperation for oil.

Without dealing with these issues, the current refugees will be just the vanguard of a migration that has the potential to wipe out European civilization.  Imagine what it will be like when the people that are currently destroying Palmyra reach Paris or Rome, and reduce them to rubble.  This human plague could be inevitable if we do not deal with the causes of the current disaster.  And of course it is by now apparent that no one in power in Europe or the United States wants to do that.  Just too much trouble, I guess.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Charlie and Dick

Charlie:
We all know about Charlie.  He's in the news every two years, when he appears for his "parole hearing."  I put the term in parentheses, because Charlie knows the only way he is getting out of prison is in a pine box.  So, he uses his appearances for the only thing he can do any more: enhance his image as The Scariest Guy In The World.  It's understandable, because it's really the only fun he can get out of life any more.  So, go for it, Charlie.

Now, on to Dick:
He may not be in prison, but he really has only one way of spending his time too.  He knows perfectly well that he was the main force behind the greatest military blunder since Austria invaded Serbia in 1914, precipitating World War I.  So all he can do is go around on TV and try to pin the blame on the guy who took over from him, and had to clean up his colossal mess.  And that's what he does.  Now, he has even written a book detailing his carefully crafted lies about the disaster he caused.  That's his life.  Nothing we can do about that, as long as Meet The Press and similar shows are willing to give him a platform to try to talk us into doing it again.

And let us remember that Charlie's people killed seven victims; Dick's killed a million.  And I don't know that Charlie ever personally shot anyone; Dick shot his friend in the face, when he was in a drunken stupor.

So tell me, which one of these guys belongs in prison?


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's just clear the backlog, to get ready for the even crazier stuff that is bound to be just around the corner.

First a shoutout to the most idiotic Conservative delusion of the last couple of weeks; a category in which there is always intense competition:

Oh well, let's just get on to the rest:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Carly Fiorina Responds to Hillary's Comparison of Republicans to Terrorists"

Oh, that's exciting.  Can't wait to hear more about that.  Just not right now, thanks.

S. E. Cupp, Town Hall:  "Blame Liberals for the Rise of Trump...I have a different explanation for ascendant Trumpism. It isn't the result of conservatism but of liberalism."

Well, of course it's liberals' fault when the entire Republican party apparatus runs off the rails.  Everything is.  My only surprise is that she didn't blame Obama personally.

Matt Vespa:  “Hillary compares Republicans to terrorists...If A Republican Did This, The World Would Come To A Halt”

Matt, you lying son of a bitch, Republicans have been comparing Democrats to terrorists every single day for decades now, and the world hasn't even slowed down a tiny little bit.  Try dealing with reality for a change.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Thanks, Obama: How a Divisive Presidency Invigorated the GOP"

If by "invigorated," you mean "drove them batshit crazy, by failing to do anything they could impeach him for" well, okay.

And life on some other planet:

Derek Hunter, Town Hall: "The Clintons Continue To Clinton...What a mess. Every week, seemingly every other day, there is a new shady revelation about Bill and Hillary Clinton that manages to top the last one. For them there seems to be no bottom; for their supporters, there seems to be no self-respect."

A new pseudo-scandal every week, from now to election day, propelled by lies and smears.  That's sort of the Republican plan, isn't it?  It's the only hope they have.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Democratic Presidential Candidate: Of Course We Want Immigrants to Vote Democratic"

It is an abomination when Democrats want people to vote for them.  A real, manly party wins by preventing people from voting.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Rick Perry Gets Emotional Talking About Our Troops and Obama’s Foreign Policy Failures"

Oh, that must have been special.  So sorry I missed it.

Rick Moran, PJ Meida:  "Jindal: Hillary ‘Literally One Email Away From Going to Jail’

This is a big story on the right these days.  And Jindal is right- as soon as they find an e-mail from Hillary plotting with ISIS to blow up the White House, or admitting to several hundred counts of child rape, or something, off she goes to jail.  Of course, she's already released about 30,000 e-mails without revealing a thing that is improper, but that next one...man, I can hardly wait!

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "FBI Investigating Hillary Clinton for Possible Violation of the Espionage Act"

Oh God, she's done for now!  Debra explains:

"...but according to a Fox News report Friday afternoon...A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record, said the FBI will further determine whether Clinton should have known, based on the quality and detail of the material, that emails passing through her server contained classified information regardless of the markings."

I see.  An anonymous source, reported on Fox News, claims that, although Hillary's e-mails contained not one shred of classified information, she is still guilty, because she should have telepathically known that a couple of them would be classified years later.  A novel legal theory.  And when do we get around to thinking about the twenty million e-mails that Bush and Cheney deleted while in office?  Oh, never.  I see.

Barbara J. Stock, Renew America:  "Obama does nothing to stop ISIS"

Other than bombing the hell out of them, of course.  As Barbara says,

"Islam takes full advantage of the stupid but loyal Muslims."

Hey, another way that ISIS is just like the Republican party.

Bill Hoffman, Newsmax:  "Cleta Mitchell Rips 'Congenital Liar' Hillary 'Pig-Pen' Clinton"

What I want to know is, who the hell is Cleta Mitchell?  Other than being a subhuman scum who will write the most vile thing she can think of, if some right wing billionaire will pay her. I mean, they refer to her as if she were Mahatma Gandhi.  Oh well, best not to get too upset- it's still fifteen months from the election.  Things are only going to get worse.

And now, your Christian moral lesson of the day:

Jeannie DeAngelis, American Thinker:  "We're All Like Josh Duggar"

Of course we are!  We've all sexually molested young children, haven't we?

"At the time I felt that the sex-obsessed left was demonizing Josh for participating in behavior that, had it been anyone else, they would make light of."

Why, if there is anything the left makes light of, it's sexual predators.  Everybody knows that.

"Moreover, from the tenor of the accusations it just seemed like antipathy for Christian conviction was at the root of the left looking for an excuse to humiliate the entire Duggar family, embarrass his sisters, and paint Josh’s parents as ultra-conservative fundamentalist criminals."

Right on, Jeannie.  Because that is what they are,  ultra-conservative fundamentalist criminals, whether you like it or not.  In my now relatively long life, it's amazing to me how many ultra-conservative fundamentalists have turned out to be criminals.

"And the truth is that although Josh Duggar should apologize to those who protected him, in God’s eyes what he’s done is no different than the immoral things the rest of us do."

You mean like forgetting to take my dogs for a walk, or taking a long lunch hour at work?  I guess that is the same as raping your sister, in God's eyes.  At least in the eyes of Jeannie's God, and apparently the Duggars' too.

A little piece of advice from old G.E:  Don't want your sick, criminal perversions spread around the whole country?  Then don't put yourselves on national TV as perfect Christians.  Of course, then, if you get caught, you are pretty likely to end up in prison, instead of in a "rehab program" run by a friend of the family, but hey, having Christians like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz on your side has to count for something.

Selwyn Duke, American Thinker:  "Guns don't kill people.  Liberalism does."

Okay there, whatever, Selwyn.  I guess that's a theory.

Ron Paul:  "Blame the Fed for Stock Market Crash"

In China.  The stock market crash that started in China.  It's all the Fed's fault.  Thanks, Obama.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Anti-Gun Rights Fascists Fail Again"

It is apparently fascist if you don't want to be shot.

Matt Barbour, Town Hall:  "Why the Supreme Court is not Supreme"

This article should really have been called "When the Supreme Court is not Supreme."  Turns out that Supreme Court rulings mean nothing when they disagree with Matt Barbour.  Also, an added extra in this article is the revelation that the Constitution means whatever Matt Barbour says it does, not what the Supreme Court says.  Well, now we know.

And now, projection, what?

Leon Wolf, Red State:  "But the more germane fact about the sorry crop of Democrats on offer  is that they have been fantastically bad at actually accomplishing anything."

Except ending a Republican depression, having years of job growth, cutting the deficit by two thirds, making health care affordable for twenty million people, reaching a diplomatic deal with one of our biggest enemies, seeing a great deal of progress in ending discrimination against one of our largest minorities, not starting and losing any three trillion dollar wars, getting Osama Bin Laden...

Meanwhile, the Republicans have accomplished sixty votes to end Obamacare, which they can't do, and are now on the verge of their second government shutdown.  That's a record to be proud of.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Dating: Whom do you date?"

None of your business, jerk.  At least it's not a $1500 a night porn actress that I met on a cheating website.

Breitbart:  "CHENEY: WE COULD SEE ANOTHER 9/11 WITH MUCH DEADLIER WEAPONS"

Put you back in charge, Dick, and we sure could.

Michelle Malkin, Town Hall:  "Eric Cantor: Poster Boy of the Beltway GOP Crapweasels"

They hate him!  He's a crapweasel!  Let's just get this straight- Eric Cantor is a standard-issue Republican just like every other one of them out there.  He was defeated for one reason only- he is Jewish, and so the right wing Christians in his State turned on him.  Don't even pretend anything else happened here.

Bob Barr, Town Hall:  "Bob Barr: Koch Brothers Leading The Charge Against Crony Capitalism"

Sometimes you just have to laugh.  Can anyone possibly believe this swill?  I remember back in the nineties, when Bob Barr was as crazy as any of them.  Now, he's been left so far behind that hardly anyone remembers who he is any more.

Terry Jeffrey, Town Hall:  "Can a Christian Be a County Clerk in America?  This is a question it now appears may ultimately be decided by five Supreme Court justices. With it, too, will ride such questions as: Can a Christian be a doctor? A nurse? A public-school teacher?"

Well, how about this question:  Is there a "Christian" in America that isn't a lying jackass?

And now, a sample of piggishness that will only grow greater:

Erick Erickson, Red State:  “She is trying to run a campaign as her own woman when she originally got elected by being Bill Clinton’s kept woman.”

"Kept woman" apparently having suddenly morphed into a synonym for "wife," at least when it's the wife of a Democrat.  So now it's okay to groundlessly call Hillary a whore.  And cue the screaming victimhood if she objects to this.

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  :Gwen Ifill Celebrates Clinching of Iran Deal...You stay classy, Gwen."

Apparently, it is now an abomination to take any satisfaction in a move toward peace.

More to come, all too soon.  See you.

Just To Be Really Clear About Iran

Let's get this straight:  In 1953, the United States overthrew Iran's legally elected, democratic government, because we wanted their oil.  We then imposed a vicious dictator on them, who lasted in power from the 1950's until 1979.  We supplied his military, and the CIA helped form his secret service, which was responsible for the torture and murder of thousands of Iranians who opposed his dictatorship.

Then, in 1990, Iraq, under the eventually demonized Saddam Hussein, invaded Iran and started the longest land war of the twentieth century.  The role of the United States?

"The United States pursued policies in favour of Iraq by reopening diplomatic channels, lifting restrictions on the export of dual-use technology, overseeing the transfer of third-party military hardware, and providing operational intelligence on the battlefield."

Here's American war criminal Donald Rumsfeld, in the famous picture showing the United States gleefully collaborating with Iran's enemy, Saddam Hussein:
Just to sum the whole thing up, the United States spent virtually half of the twentieth century engaged in vicious, violent behavior toward Iran. Given this truth, which the American people have conveniently forgotten (the few of them who ever knew it in the first place) the fact that Obama managed to get the Iranians to put our mutual history aside, and sit down with the United States to reach an agreement of any kind is a near miracle, which a sane nation would be universally proclaiming as one of the greatest diplomatic triumphs of its entire history.

And let me be clear: the people who are filled with rage about this deal are the same ones that still cannot forget the fact that the United States had to put down their treasonous slave state a hundred and fifty years ago; yet they expect Iranians to forget their history.

The Iranians have no reason to trust us.  In fact, they have good cause to hate us.  It is a testament to Obama's real value as President, and the regard in which he is held everywhere but in the Republican fever swamp, that he managed to overcome the Iranians' memories of the past; but the United States is so caught between reason and madness these days that it seems impossible to get our people to see anything as it really is.

Friday, September 4, 2015

It's All Okay in the Media Today.

Via a very important post at Crooks and Liars, concerning a segment on the execrable MSNBC show Morning Joe:

"...during the rebroadcast of the segment, Morning Joe cut away from Ignatius' explanation mid-sentence. During the initial broadcast, Ignatius said (emphasis added), "As I talked to a half dozen of lawyers who do nothing but this kind of work, they said they couldn't remember a case like this, where people informally and inadvertently draw classified information into their phone conversations or their unclassified server conversations, where there had been a prosecution."When the segment re-aired, Ignatius is heard saying, "As I talked to a half dozen of lawyers who do nothing but this kind of work, they said they couldn't remember a case like this," before the show skipped forward to a remark by co-host Mika Brzezinski about Clinton aide Cheryl Mills."

Thus making it seem not that there had never been a prosecution like this, but that there had never been an abuse as bad as what Hillary had done- the exact opposite of what David Ignatius had actually said.

Congratulations James O'Keefe and the Planned Parenthood smear campaign!  You have now succeeded in redefining the entire mission of the mainstream press, from telling the truth to manufacturing blatant lies!  Anything is fair now, as long as it serves your rich masters!

Any day now, O'Keefe will be replacing Rachel Maddow or Paul Krugman.  We're down to only a few people left with a voice who have any interest in what is really going on in this country.  I suspect a way will be found to silence them before the 2016 election really gets going.

Update:  And what penalty will MSNBC impose on Morning Joe for this abominable journalistic act?

"Exclusive: MSNBC to Expand Morning Joe One More Hour"

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Newest Republican Video Dirty Tactic

We all know by now that the seemingly endless series of manipulated, lying videos from a James O'Keefe associate are utterly false, but I noticed a new trick that the purveyors of this dishonest crap are using.  I haven't seen much attention directed to this specifically, so I thought I would write a brief post about it.

It has become the standard practice of these guys to also release long, allegedly unedited versions of their interviews, to make it appear that what they previously released was an honest account.  It should be noted that an independent analysis of the first of these "unedited" videos revealed 42 splices, many of them removing numerous remarks by the Planned Parenthood staff that utterly contradicted the accusations against them.  To be blunt, the long versions of these videos were lies, just like the short versions released to the press.

These people know perfectly well that they are in the wrong, but as usual with Conservatives, they do not care.  They have so far jettisoned any concern for the truth, that they and their willing followers actually revel in their rejection of common decency.

I only want to add that, though of course, dishonesty far predates the Republican party, this utter contempt for decent behavior really dates from the Presidency of the most morally bankrupt man to have ever occupied that office, Ronald Reagan.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Degradation of the Right Continues- Episode about a Million and a Half

Most of my coverage of the right on this blog has been in the form of short excerpts followed by ridicule.  Really, that is all the lies and smears that make up Conservative thinking deserve, but occasionally, I find something I want to deal with at greater length.  Here is an example that I think calls for extended treatment, as it shows the malignant intellectual bankruptcy that makes up the core of Conservative cant.  It is the second part of an extended hallucination about the connection between the Nazis and American liberals, written by an ignorant, stupid man by the name of Ellis Washington, formerly of the Rutherford Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting fantasies about the alleged persecution of Christians in the United States.  Anyway, let's get on with it.  What follows is most of this article; I've left out the most boring parts.

Over the last decade or so, I have taken an active interest in Germany, from its modern inception at the hands of Kaiser Wilhelm I and Bismarck in 1871, up to the demise of the Third Reich in 1945.  I cannot claim to be a trained scholar on this subject, but I have read fifty or a hundred books on the subject, and think I can speak with some confidence about what happened.  Before getting to this execrable pile of nonsense, I just want to state that I am posting this information because I believe there should be a record kept of this sort of evil, not because I believe that many people will want to immerse themselves in it.  So, if you get a little past this point and decided that this sickening garbage is beyond what you want to expose yourselves to, I won't be surprised.

Well, hold your breath; in we go:


"According to the Holocaust Encyclopedia and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial archives the so-called 'Night of the Long Knives' or Rohm's Purge took place "between June 30 and July 2, 1934, the Nazi Party leadership, on the order of Nazi Party Leader and Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler, purged the leadership of the Nazi paramilitary formation, the Sturmabteilungen (Storm Troopers; SA). The Nazi leaders took advantage of the purge to kill other political enemies, primarily on the German nationalist right... Known as the "Night of the Long Knives" 

The implication being that Hitler attacked the German right because he was left wing.  This is one of the great lies of the American right; Hitler defined his party around opposition to Communism and Socialism, and allied himself with other right wing parties, as all decent human beings know.  If you are not familiar with it, the "Night of the Long Knives" involved the murder of about a thousand people who were seen by Hitler as threats to his power within the Nazi party; they were right wing because all Nazis were right wing.  Any left wing opposition figures had already been either killed or imprisoned in concentration camps by Hitler within months   after he took power in January, 1933.

"In order to hide, to deceive the many and obvious historical precedents of Hitler and the concurrent Democrat Socialist Party, particularly under the administrations of Woodrow Wilson and FDR, LBJ and Obama, their Progressive consensus view of history scrupulously hides any and all historical comparisons and similarities to their Socialist political cousins in Germany"

None of which exist, except in the malicious propaganda of the right, as anyone who continues reading shall see.

"...yet one obvious Nazi tactic called the Night of the Long Knives has so many political connections to the politics of today, only the most partisan or willfully ignorant can be blind to these similarities."

Because Obama has so often resorted to the wholesale murder of his fellow party members.

"One undeniable fact of history is that Adolph Hitler and the Nazis...derived almost all of their demonic ideas from the past, from history especially from the Democrat Socialist Party in America, or as I more accurately call them "Holocaust Democrats."

It would have been far more decent if they had derived their ideas from the future, I guess.  Of course, we need not observe the fact that the Republicans derive their ideas from their own past: the same mindless service to the rich which has been their only raison d'etre for a century now.

"President Obama a Democrat Socialist, like Chancellor Hitler, a National Socialist,"

Oh, Obama is just like Hitler.  Right.  Within six months of taking power he made all other parties illegal, did away with labor unions, dissolved the Congress and got the new one, elected in an environment of partisan thuggery in which all meetings of other parties were broken up by mobs of armed thugs (surely, you remember the numerous incidents when Obama resorted to this,) to give him absolute power.  Then, he opened concentration camps all over the country where he imprisoned virtually everyone in political life who opposed him.  Well, that's what Hitler did, so I guess Obama did it too.

 "...can tolerate no opposition to their tyrannical power and thus through political expediency in his rise to power Hitler tolerated and used his SA Chief of Staff Ernst Rohm and his longtime friend to exploit for political ends his expanded force of nearly three million men, nevertheless after 18 months in office Hitler was now ready to solidify his absolute rule as Germany's messiah by murdering the only man who had comparable power to him, Ernst Rohm."

Just like Obama.  Remember him murdering Joe Biden, Hillary and other leaders of the Democratic party?    Mr. Washington continues:

"Likewise Obama having won a stunning and surprising political victory over the Democrat presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton in 2008 and 2012 must now eradicate (metaphorically speaking) his political enemy from obtaining power in 2016 by leaking embarrassing info about the Benghazi murders and highly classified email Hillary which she her staff held and sent on her personal computer server. These Obama tactics have caused Hillary to drop so precipitously in the polls that its caused her rival, the Socialist Bernie Sanders (D-VT) to come within 7 points of Hillary in the latest polls."

So:  Obama, and not the treacherous Republicans, is behind the Benghazi lies and the persecution of Hillary for releasing "highly classified e-mail," something which, of course never happened.  And by the way, undercutting a fellow politician is apparently the same thing as murdering them.  If so, why are the 47 Republicans who wrote a seditious letter to Israel attempting to destroy an Obama political initiative not in prison?  Actually, I've been wondering about that one for a while, but let's just move on here.

"According to the Holocaust Encyclopedia, "Hitler tasked Himmler and the SS with carrying out the purge. On June 28, Hitler ordered Röhm to assemble the top SA leaders at a Bavarian spa in Bad Wiessee. SS units, commanded by Dachau concentration camp commandant Theodor Eicke, surprised the SA leaders on the morning of June 30 and transported them to Munich's Stadelheim prison. There SS men shot most of them."

Just like Obama.

"Historically speaking deeds of genocidal and unexpected acts of barbarity have always been a favorite tactic by tyrants throughout the ages."

Really?  Who knew?  I thought tyrants worked primarily through free ice cream and pony rides..

"Historical examples comparable to Nazi purges is how at the 1972 Democrat Convention, the party was purged of all so-called "moderate" or "liberals" and the Progressives, Socialists and Communists took over the Democrat Party with their candidate Walter Mondale as their chosen leader."

I.e. Mondale won the nomination.  That is comparable to the murder of a thousand people.  May I note that this happened when Obama was eleven years old, but was already apparently capable of carrying out acts of Hitlerian evil.

"The 1950's vanilla America depicted in TV shows like 'I Love Lucy' or 'Leave it to Beaver' was forever dead in America who under the Democrat Socialists would have her own Night of the Long Knives 40 years after Hitler and the Nazis."

The Democrats killed fifties TV shows!  That's sort of the same as killing real people, I guess. And while we are on the subject, I seem to remember Lucy having a couple of Cuban-American anchor babies! Well, Ricky, in the show, was Cuban, so I suppose Obama should be credited with killing off an imaginary Communist.  That would be okay, I guess.

"...the political, tactical murders by Hitler of June 30-July 2 epitomized a critical period of Nazi era history in regards of the Nazi's willingness to deconstruct the rule of law and the standards of civilized society to use democide (State sponsored genocide of its own citizens) for the advancement of the Nazi Aryan State."

Democide.  Boy, Obama has been up to a lot of that, yes sir.

"Nazi Pretext against Homosexuals, Obama Pretext for Homosexuals"

Same thing, really- I'm sure you can see that.  Taking the exact opposite position proves they are exactly the same.

"The great German historian William Shirer..."

German historian?  Shirer was an American Jew.  I've read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich a couple of times.  It, and other Shirer works like Berlin Diary, are highly valuable, because as a journalist, Shirer was present at practically all the major events in the history of the Nazi party, from 1933 until he had to leave Germany after it declared war on the U.S. at the end of 1941.  This included the Munich Conference, the surrender at Compiegne and virtually every major speech of Hitler during the period.  However, many of his conclusions have not withstood the test of time, particularly due to the massive German release of millions of pages of internal Nazi government documents in the mid-1990's.

"...in his classic opus on Hitler and the Nazi Era, The Rise and Fall of Third Reich, eloquently described how masterfully Hitler used the tactic of the pretext to take a quantum leap in power acquisition, for example Hitler and Goering's role in the Reichstag fire were just three weeks after being voted Chancellor of German, the German Reichstag (Parliament) building was burned to the ground. Hitler immediately exploited that crises to murder over 1,000 people (mostly his Communist Party rivals) in a series of Nazi show trials as a cover up for his and Goering's crimes of burning down the Reichstag."
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Among those documents released in the 1990's were communications making it clear that the top Nazis had nothing to do with the Reichstag fire; they certainly exploited it, but they do not appear to have caused it. But in light of the rampant madness underlying Mr. Washington's article, that is the least of his problems with the truth.

 "Cui bono? – Who benefits? Historian Shirer wrote:It will be remembered that the aged President [Hindenburg] was bamboozled into signing the decree the day after the Reichstag fire when Hitler assured him that there was grave danger of a Communist revolution. The decree, which suspended all civil rights, remained in force throughout the time of the Third Reich, enabling the Fuehrer to rule by a sort of continual martial law."

Again, just like Obama, right?  Remember when Obama suspended all civil rights?

"Therefore whether you refer to the Beer Hall Putsch, the Reichstag Fire, the Enabling Acts, the 1935 Nuremberg Laws against the Jews, the Anschluss (annexation) of Austria in March 1938, the Annexation of Czechoslovakia in Sept. 1938, the invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939 which unleashed World War II, etc., etc...it's always the same historical refrain – Pretext – Pogrom (Purge) – Policy. Thus history is an existential pattern of glory and grotesqueries of man. We saw it in Hitler's "continual marital law" or what Lenin's Head of the Red Army, Leon Trotsky would call "the Perpetual Revolution" years before to identify the comprehensive means and ends of Communist Revolution. This is the historical legacy of the Democrat Socialist Party."

First of all, there were indeed those in the Nazi party who did advocate a doctrine similar to that of "perpetual revolution."  The leader of this faction was Ernest Rohm, the main target of the Night of the Long Knives.  Once Hitler was elected, he had no more use for revolution.  In fact, the entire motivation of the Night of the Long Knives was to put an end to this notion.

Secondly, the claim that  "this is the historical legacy of the Democrat Socialist Party." is arrant, malignant nonsense, so far from any connection with the truth that there is no real way to talk about it rationally.

"In modern times (circa 1900 – present) the Communist-Progressive Revolution under the Democrat Socialist Party has since Mondale's 1972 Purge at the Democrat National Convention solidified its power over all 50 states in America, but this fascist revolution, this Cultural Marxist worldview has spread to one degree or another to every country in Europe, Russia, China, the Middle East, South America... all over the world."

On some other planet, perhaps.  Again, this is so far detached from reality that there is no rational way to deal with it.

" In rationalizing the assassinations, Nazi Party officials used Röhm and the SA's known homosexual acts against them for propaganda ends. Goebbels argued that Röhm and his SA's homosexual acts would weakened both the moral strength of the Nazi movement and threatened national security... yet Röhm's death functioned as an self-serving excuse for Himmler and the Criminal Police detective force to increase its persecutions of homosexuals by expanding the types of prosecutable homosexual acts and increasing the punishment for sentences on charges of homosexual acts."

Just like Obama and the "Holocaust Democrats."  Actually, this sounds like the agenda of a large number of members of a different political party in the U.S; we need not mention any names at present.  I'm sure you can figure it out if you are interested.

"Once again Hitler's fascist tactics have been used by the Obama Socialist Party for decades. For example, during the socially turbulent 1960s the radical terrorist organization, Student for a Democratic Society (SDS) had a mantra – The issue is never the issue, the issue is always the revolution."

Bullshit.  I was a member of the SDS for years, and I never heard any such thing.

 "A few year later came the publication of his how-to-book to destroy America, Christianity and Capitalism from within called Rules for Radicals (1971) by the Socialist Saint Saul Alinsky, beloved by both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the latter who did her senior thesis on Alinsky at Wellesley College (1968). Rule No. 12 says Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Alinsky's opus is the strategic and tactical political blueprint for Holocaust Democrats in modern times."

Alinsky.  Of course, people like Ellis rely on the fact that not one American in ten thousand knows a thing about Alinsky, or is aware that no one except a few effete liberal intellectuals like a Wellesley girl might have given a damn about him.  I was present for a lot of what went on in the anti-Vietnam movement, and I can guarantee you that no one cared a whit about Alinsky.  We were too busy reading works by real revolutionaries like Lenin (and turning cop cars over.)

"Finally, Obama's former Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel always said, "Never allow a crisis to go to waste." These and other Socialist tactics and phrases were specifically designed to seize and wield absolute power over their political enemies ('We the People'); they haven't changed since the days of Hitler and the Nazi Party's rise to power in the 1920s-40s."

Bullshit.

"President Obama's policies towards special treatment of homosexuals has caused the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) agenda to expand quickly and exponentially beyond even their wildest dreams."

Just like in Nazi Germany, where they...oh wait, they killed them in Nazi Germany.  Oh well, almost the same, right?  The fact that Obama has done the exact opposite of what Hitler did proves that he is just like Hitler.  That must be clear to everyone.  As this jackass says:

"It doesn't matter what your views are on homosexuality...In the 1930s and 40s Nazi history demonstrated the Nazi pretext against the homosexuals and since 2009 Obama's Holocaust Democrat policies demonstrated a pretext for Homosexuals" 

Amazing.  How do you twist your mind to accept something like that?

"Like Hitler, Obama uses the same tactics of elevating a favored minority group like the LGBT community, illegal aliens, the Feminists, the Abortion Gestapo, or the "Black Lives Matter" Movement and using them to denigrate and deconstruct your real enemies including conservatives, Christians, pro-Israel Jews, the Tea Party, pro-gun Americans, business owners, and generally everyone who believes in American exceptionalism, Veritas (truth), Natural Law and God."

Because that is exactly what Hitler did- elevate favored minority groups over the great majority of Christian, Aryan Germans.  That's exactly what Naziism was all about, in the upside down, lying world of American Conservatives.

So, let me ask you, how does a person even tell a lie so bankrupt?  How does someone twist their mind and their sense of decency this way?  Can they not realize what it means when they can only "justify" their chosen doctrine through turning things on their heads, and fabricating a completely inside out version of world history?

And perhaps more importantly, what does it mean for the future that a very sizable part of the American public has licensed itself to lie and cheat, to engage in any underhanded conduct, to pretend to believe lies, to get what it wants?  And when it utterly ignores the very real fact that it is they who are aping the behavior of their right wing fellow, Hitler, and they who are willingly allowing dictatorship to arise in the United States?

As I said above, I don't expect that very many people made it to the end of  this pile of malignant rubbish.  Thanks to anyone who did.  I wish I could end on a more positive note, but I can't.