Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Trump Attacks

So in an interview today, Donald Trump says that he would agree with sending women who had abortions to prison.

Shortly afterward, Rachel Maddow had a chance to ask Hillary Clinton about this.  Hillary talked, of course, about the Republican assault on women, and needless to say, she was one hundred percent right.  But I think she missed a larger point here.

Trump is attacking not just women with this declaration, but all Americans.  He is asserting that it is just fine to throw people in prison for refusing to accept the dictates of an extremist religion.  This makes him absolutely on a level with people who demand Sharia law.  This is, to me, a very disturbing development in our national political life, and is one more step in the downward Republican spiral to accepting force as a valid alternative, if they discover that they cannot win what they want through elections.

A lot of people will ridicule this statement, but then they have ridiculed my predictions for decades, and my predictions have just about all turned out to be true.  And I am not the only one.  There are plenty of people who can see what is happening in this country, but they are marginalized or destroyed, while the willing liars continue to deny what is right in front of us.

Still Can't Handle the Truth

Another in an endless series of posts saying the same thing, but it has to be done.

The press and many national political leaders have now reached the point where many of them are willing to admit that, for several times in a row now, the Republican party has managed to throw up a bunch of the least qualified leaders since Kaiser Willie ran Germany in World War I.  And the "speculation" continues about who is responsible for this deplorable situation; is it liberals?  Is it all Obama's fault?  Is it the war on Christians?  Is it the economy, which of course is also the fault of those evil liberals giving things to, well, you know who, who already get far too much of the wealth of this country? And on and on.

All of which, of course, is utter nonsense, designed to avoid mentioning the truth, which is so obvious that anyone who cares can see it clearly.  The Republican party realized quite a while ago that they could never get people to vote for their real agenda, which consists solely of robbing the American people blind so their rich backers can become even richer.  So they made a conscious decision to create a base which had nothing but contempt for both facts and common decency, and which made its decisions based on greed and hatred, which the foolish Republican leaders thought they could turn on and off at will.  And let us be clear about this:  the Republicans did this in utter confidence that the Democratic party, whatever its flaws, was simply too decent to go along with this sort of miserable betrayal of democracy; a confidence which has proven wholly justified (and let's hope it stays that way.)

This pretty much explains the central reality of American political life today.  Of course, the press and the Republicans will get together to do whatever they can from preventing this truth from gaining any traction with voters.  They've done well with this campaign, and given their ownership of the press, and the sort of money from rich sociopaths that they have to spend, they will likely keep getting away with it.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Charlie Pierce Tells the Truth About the Media

And their role in tearing this country to shreds.  Here's an excerpt from an excellent article from Esquire, the rest of which is well worth a read:

"You know who in the media really created He, Trump? Anyone who laughed at Ronald Reagan's casual relationship with the truth and with empirical reality. Anyone who blew off Iran-Contra. Anyone who draped C-Plus Augustus in a toga after 9/11. Anyone who cast Newt Gingrich as a serious man of ideas. Anyone who cast Paul Ryan as an economic savant, that's who. Anyone who wrote admiring profiles of how shrewd Lee Atwater and Karl Rove were. Anyone who put Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck on the cover of national magazines based simply on their ratings. Anyone who put Matt Drudge on a public-affairs program. Anyone who watched the conservative movement, the only animating force the Republican party has, drive the party further and deeper into madness, they are the ones who share the blame. He, Trump merely has taken the bark off ideas that were treated as legitimate for far too long by far too many people, most of whom don't really give a damn about the plight of the vanishing middle class except for its use as fuel for rage-based, self-destructive politics."

Well, of course, we are only allowed to have a couple of people like Charlie Pierce or Paul Krugman in the whole mainstream media who will actually tell the truth; and of course virtually none on TV; look how Keith Olbermann was shoved off the air.

I repeat my perpetual observation:  The Democrats could crush the Republican party into oblivion any time; what they cannot beat is the Republicans and the press, ganged up against them.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Moderation

I must sadly announce that I have been forced to enable comment moderation today.  I've just been overwhelmed with trolls- it really only takes three or four to totally take any fun out of blogging, and I suspect they are (deliberately) driving other people from reading my blog.

So, what I have learned is this characteristic of trolls:  They start out by posting comments that are very wrong, but are at least somewhat related to my posts, then rapidly move to getting more and more irrelevant and vicious, until they end up like Anonymous, calling me a butt fucking faggot, or this Dikran character, saying that my wife must be deeply defective if she is with me.  If I start deleting their comments, after  a short time they will ratchet back the disgusting comments, and being the sucker for free speech that I am, I generally let them come back, at which point the whole sick thing begins again.

Well, enough.  I really liked the idea of letting anyone comment, whatever they had to say, but it turns out that doing so is like leaving the keys in the car at the mall.  It is absorbing a very significant part of the energy I have for blogging, and I can't take it any more.  I hope people who do feel like making relevant comments will understand, and accept having to wait a little while to see their comments, rather than have to fill their minds with vicious right wing swill.  I will make an effort to stay on top of this as much as I can.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Simple Truth That We Should Not Forget

Republicans turning on Trump?  I saw a poll today showing that 82% of Republicans are willing to vote for Trump if it comes to that.  Add the 10% more that will do the same thing, but are ashamed to admit it, and the 8% of Republicans that will "change their mind" by election day, and you have all of them.

These people voted twice for George W. Bush.  They voted for Romney when he rubbed his wealth in their faces.  The voted for the guy who picked Sarah Palin to be his vice President.  What in God's name would make anyone think that, when it comes down to it, they won't vote for this race baiting carnival barker too?  They are going to all vote for Trump, no matter how disgusting that is, because if they had any respect for our country they wouldn't be Republicans to begin with.

So, those of you who are hoping that a lot of Republicans will stay home in November if the party picks Trump: forget it.  Barring a party coup, he is who we are getting, and they are all going to get behind him.  Great, huh?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Just a Thought About Republicans

Not a one of them really believes in God or Jesus, or they wouldn't spend their whole lives doing things that would send them straight to Hell.  The whole thing is a gigantic Kabuki drama with no other intent but to shout down their opponents.  And this applies to the greedy little hate-filled white jerks they call their base, as well to the corrupt leaders.

Not much more to say about that-it's pretty obvious when you stop giving them credit for being "religious" and look at how they really behave.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Too soon to report much of the inevitable right wing piggishness, as the Republicans join with ISIS ro make mutual hay out of the Brussels attacks.  Don't worry- it's coming, ready or not.  In the meantime:

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "How Can You Feel Good About Yourself If You Vote For Hillary?"

One more delusional act of projection from the people that are getting ready to shame themselves asking you to vote for Donald Trump.

Matt Vesta, Town Hall:  "Trump Protestors Block Traffic In Arizona, Get Into Skirmishes With Police Near Trump Tower In NY"

Blocking traffic...no comment on Trump supporters beating up protesters.  That's just fine if you are a Republican.  But blocking traffic?  Death penalty!!!

And along the same lines:

Jazz Shaw, Hot Air:  "Criminal blockades are now apparently the norm at Trump rally protests"

Criminal violent assaults by Trump supporters?  No reason to worry about that becoming the norm too.  That's just the American way.


And now for a world-class entry in the delusion category:

Martin Knight, Red State:  "Trump Will Drop Out By Mid-October And Endorse Hillary Clinton"

Right, bro.  You count on that.  I guess it's the only hope you have at this point.  Well, except for out and out cheating at the Republican convention- and let me give you a hint:  that is still the most likely thing to happen, and the Republican base will eat it up, just like they get behind every corrupt, corporate shill the Republicans run.


And now, some more projection:

Streiff, Red State:  "Leftwing Pundit Blames Donald Trump For Democrats Attacking Each Other"

This, from the party that has spent the last month frantically trying to find a way to blame Trump on the Democrats.  By the way, the pundit he is talking about is Josh Marshall.  Of course, he didn't blame Trump, he just said this is a foreshadowing of the Trump era of American politics.  But, what's a little make believe between friends.


And one more:

Jeannie DeAngelis, American Thinker:  "Behind the anti-Trump Disruptors, the Fine Hands of Alinsky and Obama"

Well, fine hands are better than small hands, I guess.  Enough of that for a while?  Let's talk about a different Republican asshole:

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Cruz Foreign Policy Team: Many Views of Islam"

Many views, indeed.  Starting with its most high profile character, Frank Gaffney, a leader of the public crusade to claim that Obama is a Muslim, extending on to three people who work for Gaffney's think tank, all the way to Michael Ledeen, who, before the Iraq aggression, called for the invasion of not just Iraq, but of Iran and Syria too, and Andrew McCarthy, who specializes in pushing the view that Muslims are trying to impose Sharia law on the United States.  Many views of Islam indeed.  All of them, of course, hateful right wing delusions, but at least you do get to take your pick.

Avner Zarmi, PJ Media:  "Did America Ever Really Understand 'Limited' Federal Government?"

No, of course not.  Only Avner Zarmi understands this concept.  Oh, and the Koch brothers too. What it means is, limited to spending money on the rich.  Got it straight, now?

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Democrats Ponder Their Own Election 'Nightmare Scenarios'"

Well, if Republicans are living their self-induced nightmare, the Dems must be too, right?  This nightmare seems to revolve around whether Hillary Clinton will be indicted for something or other between now and November, or to put it more accurately, whether the Republicans can find one of the corrupt right wing Federal judges they have packed the courts with over the decades,  who will forever make himself one of the most loathed Americans in history by going along with their plot, late enough in the campaign that it will be impossible to get him smacked down before election day.  Wingnuts are salivating over this possibility every day, and as it seems like the only thing that can stop a Republican slaughter in November, it's best not to rule it out.

Kristinn Taylor, Gateway Pundit:  "Anti-Trump “Commie-Trans” Protester Charged with SLAPPING POLICE HORSE at KC Protest"

SLAPPING POLICE HORSE!!!!!  I don't think I need to comment further on that one.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING: Actor SCOTT BAIO Endorses Donald Trump for President"

Amazing how they hate Hollywood until they can find some has-been third rate actor to support a Republican.  Then, it's BREAKING NEWS!!!

Brian C. Joondeh, American Thinker:  "Leftists don't hate Donald Trump. They are afraid of him."

Well, we are sure as hell afraid of a country run by him.

Virgil, Breitbart:  "We all know that the old ideological labels, such as “conservative” and “liberal,” are worn out. Okay, so what are the new labels? What are the new ideologies?"

Well, what with the decades of lies, incompetence and corruption, I agree that the word "conservative" doesn't mean anything positive any more, to most people.  "Liberal" is enjoying quite a comeback, in case you haven't noticed, Virgil.  Oh well, both sides are the same, and all that.

Michelle Moons, Breitbart:  "Sen. Mike Lee in Utah: ‘We Need a Uniter’ Like Outsider Ted Cruz"

Outsider.  The country's first sitting Senator with a wife who is an executive at Goldman Sachs to be called an outsider.  By that sort of description, Osama Bin Laden was a Catholic.

Frances Martel, Breitbart:  "Brazil: Police, Leftist Mobs Clash with Protesters Calling for President’s Impeachment"

The "leftists" trying to stand up for their elected President are a mob, while the paid crowds fighting for the right of rich people to overturn this election are "protesters."

Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart:  "Pro-Abortion Witness Testifies It’s Acceptable to Deny Medical Care to Baby Born Alive After Abortion"

Horrid!  Even in this case, where what the doctor was talking about was a baby that was so deformed that it was going to die within minutes, and the doctor wanted to spare the mother the incredible trauma of having the baby die in her arms.  On the other hand, it is perfectly okay for Christian lunatics to let their real, living children die after days or weeks of suffering because their idea of responsible medical care is to pray to God.

Patrick Howley, Breitbart:  "Blacklisted: Drudge, Coulter, Hannity, Carson, Breitbart, O’Reilly, Christie Make GOP Smart Set’s List of ‘Ideological Hustlers’

Yeah?  And what's your point?

Jazz Shaw, Hot Air:  "Reince Priebus explains the convention rules process… again"

The rules, apparently, being whatever the rich guys want.  I mean, we are talking the Republicans here.

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air:  "Say, where is the African-American revolt against Democrats?"

It's there.  On the same imaginary planet where trickle down economics works and there is no global warming, and where anyone but white voters love to stab themselves in the back.  Maybe you should move there, Ed.  Oh wait, everyone on that planet is already dead from wars, starvation and an unlivable climate.  Too bad.  Guess you'll just have to stay here and get another unpleasant lesson in reality in November.

Allahpundit, Hot Air:  "Trump advisor: I don’t accept that riots are violence"

Well, this is just too stupid to comment on, but I had to include it, just for the chance to post this picture of the "Trump advisor" in question:


I mean, really, was this guy born to be a Republican, or what?

Town Hall:  "Focus Group On Clinton: 'Worst Liar I Think I've Ever Seen'

Of course, this was a "focus group" led by long time Republican smear-master Frank Luntz, the all time master of Making Focus Groups Come Out The Way We Want Them To.  Actual fact checking shows that Donald Trump lies at least as five times as much as Hillary or Bernie, but then, we are talking facts here.  Who cares about them?  Still, this "story" is all over the right wing world.

Katie Kieffer, Town Hall:  "Poor Millennials, Afflicted by Pauperenza"

Pauperenza.  Why are they too stupid to realize that, if they would only prostitute themselves telling lies for the Republicans like Katie does for a living, they could be making plenty of money?

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Awkward: Hours Before Air Force One Landed In Cuba, Dozens Of Dissidents Were Arrested"

Hey, just like a Trump rally!

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Marine Killed at Secret Firebase in Iraq...When was the Pentagon going to let us know of its existence?"

Oh I don't know, why don't they tell us where the door is too, and which flower pot they hid the key under?  Remember that "us" in this case includes ISIS and Al Qaida.  But "we" have a RIGHT TO KNOW, or else we will attack Obama and Hillary for lying to us.

Mike Adams, Town Hall:  "The next time a college professor starts lecturing on the importance of a free and open marketplace of ideas beware."

Well, there you go.  Conservatism in a nutshell.

Let the Tantrums Begin

Well, I guess we can thank ISIS for providing a wonderful opportunity for the Republicans to vent their mindless rage on the people of the Middle East.  The immediate responses of their leading candidates to occupy the Presidency are pretty much as you might expect:

Donald Trump:  “Frankly, the waterboarding, if it was up to me, and if we changed the laws or had the laws, waterboarding would be fine,” Trump said. “If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding. You have to get the information from these people.”
 “We’re going to get worse and worse. At this point, we cannot allow these people to come into this country, I’m sorry.”

Torture and excluding a billion people from the country because of their religion.  Not to be upstaged, we have this from Tailgunner Ted:

Ted Cruz:  "We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence," the statement read. "We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized."

Turning Muslim neighborhoods into something resembling the Warsaw Ghetto.  Yeah, that will work.

Now, let us not forget this fact, as reported by the New York Times:

"By most accounts, hundreds of dangerous militants have, indeed, been killed by drones, including some high-ranking Qaeda figures. But for six years, when the heavy cloak of secrecy has occasionally been breached, the results of some strikes have often turned out to be deeply troubling. 

Every independent investigation of the strikes has found far more civilian casualties than administration officials admit. Gradually, it has become clear that when operators in Nevada fire missiles into remote tribal territories on the other side of the world, they often do not know who they are killing, but are making an imperfect best guess... 

Even some former Obama administration security officials have expressed serious doubts about the wisdom of the program, given the ire it has ignited overseas and the terrorists who have said they plotted attacks because of drones... 

Micah Zenko, a scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations and lead author of a 2013 study of drones, said the president’s statement “highlights what we’ve sort of known: that most individuals killed are not on a kill list, and the government does not know their names.”

No one really knows how many civilians have been killed by our drone strikes- attempts to estimate the deaths vary from the hundreds to the thousands.  And that does not even begin to consider the estimated one million civilians killed in Iraq during the Bush administration's criminal aggression against that country.

There is no one that would be happier to see ISIS eliminated from the earth than me.  But still, we need to remember the gross misproportion between the number of them that we have killed, and the casualty total in incidents like this.  Here in the United States, people are perfectly content to just forget about the damage that we have done in the Middle East, but believe me, they have not forgotten about it over there.  Well, they do not have F-15s and drones, but they do have people willing to die to avenge what we have done to them.

 It is vitally important for us to finally get through our thick skulls that they have a very real reason to feel murderously angry at us, which has nothing to do with religion.  When we prove to them that we are ready to abandon our abuse of them for our own benefit, we will have taken the biggest step we can to end this deplorable situation.  Well, that may take a while, because in order to prove that, we have to actually abandon our willingness to squander their lives by the thousands to suit our convenience, and that does not seem likely to happen any time soon.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Beast Shambles Toward Washington

So many lies are going to be told in the next eight months, and so many myths about our country's history that it is unfortunately going to be necessary for us to repeat the truth over and over again, if we have any hope of being heard above the right wing din.  Well, the truth I want to write about today has to do with the real origins of the overwhelming anger and hatred that have flooded the Repubican party's base.

I don't want to hear a single person say that it is because the "government" has screwed the white people of this country, or that it is a reaction to Obama's failure to "bring the country together" in the face of Republican leaders who would never let that happen.  I don't want to hear these things- lies told every day by Republican spokesmen- because they are false.  The truth is that the Republican party carefully and deliberately built this base, working away to achieve their goals for nearly a hundred years.

I believe that the origins of this malignant plan began in the nineteen twenties, when a cadre of hyper-rich capitalists first seized control of the Republican party, with the essential collaboration of the incompetent Harding and the complicit Coolidge.  It was then that they began to propagate a deliberate falsehood, which has become known as trickle-down or supply side economics.

Let us be blunt here: the notion that allowing rich people to do whatever they want is going to make the rest of us rich is one of the most nonsensical ideas in history.  No matter how much the rich have had, it has never been enough, and besides this historical truth, the fact is that placing no restraints on greed means of course that the greediest, i.e. the most lacking in human values, are going to end up with everything.  In fact, it is my belief that "supply side economics" or "Austrian school economics" was never a serious theory.  What it is was economic cant; a fairy tale told to justify giving the rich what they wanted.  It is beyond the scope of this post to discuss this in any detail, but the fact is that in 1929, the accumulation of money by the rich, largely enabled by Republican government efforts, resulted in the greatest disproportion of wealth in the history of the country; we all know where that left us.  That moderated somewhat during the Depression, but by 2008, the unequal distribution of wealth, made possible by Reagan's campaign of deregulation, had again reached all time highs, and again we know what happened next.

Well, with all of the evidence of history against this ugly fantasy, how were the Republicans going to get people to vote for them based on it?  Some one, somewhere, got an idea; we will never really know who or exactly when, but it was brilliant in its simplicity: why not create voters who did not give a damn for the facts, and who were encouraged to vote on the basis of rage and hatred?  These people, once they had given in to this way of thinking, could be duped over and over again, generation after generation, and never get tired of stabbing themselves in the back to do what some rich psychopaths want.  Well, there, I believe is the ultimate origin of the Republican campaign to turn the American voting populace into an enraged, irrational mob.



Now, just think for a moment who are the world's greatest champions at getting people to believe things that make absolutely no sense, and you have a marriage made in heaven: corrupt politics and religion.  And it is to these two horses that Republicans hitched up their wagon, and disaster after disaster later, they are still flogging them down the road.

Well, actually, this didn't work out too well for the Republicans at first, faced with the clear public knowledge that Republicans had encouraged the forces that led to the Great Depression, and Democrats had cured the problem.  In fact, a real Republican (Eisenhower had never been a member of either party before being persuaded to run for President) never held the White House until Richard Nixon came along.  Nixon, having even less decency than the average Republican politician, of course won on the now infamous "Southern strategy," a blatant (for the time) appeal to White racism and hatred.  That worked for a while, as the Republicans inched their way toward open racial incitement of their voters, culminating in the disastrous Presidency of Ronald Reagan, who is still irrationally worshipped by Republicans, despite having set in motion the forces that have destroyed our economy, and sent the country further into a cartoon good guys versus bad guys account of history, in which we were always the good guys, no matter how many people we killed or enslaved in dictatorships, to get our way.

Unfortunately, things then began to take a bad turn for Republicans.  Their base was growing older and the natural base of their opponents was growing.  By the mid-nineties, I think it is clear, they started to realize that their ability to have their way through elections was reaching its end.  I believe it was Newt Gingrich, when he saw the failure of his "Contract with America" to win anything like majority support, who realized that the jig was up, and who then, in concert with Karl Rove and a few other sociopathic Republicans, devised the dual strategy of rigging elections and ramping up the hatred, in order to get enough white voters out, and keep enough other people from the polls, to string out the Republican domination of American politics for a couple more decades.  And with this, and with the rise of Conservative talk radio, enabled by Reagan's elimination of the fairness doctrine, began the spiraling down of Republican politics into its current depraved state.

Now, every election, the hatred, the racism, the irrational sense of victimhood, grow more and more intense and undisguised, as the Republican base's detachment from reality grows ever more deliberate.  We have now reached the point where a man who can be legitimately called a fascist is likely to be nominated by the Republicans to run for President; and that is not the bad news.  The bad news is that, as long as the Republicans continue to pursue this strategy in the face of demographic reality, it will only get worse.  Very few people imagined, eight years ago, that the two leading Republican candidates would be a would-be dictator and a certifiably insane religious extremist.  And in four or eight years, who can tell how bad things might get?  As someone who predicted what we would come to, as early as the 1990's, I can say with confidence that, in place of the current carnival-barker cartoon Hitler, the Republican party could produce a real Hitler, a Dick Cheney with a pretty face.  And with the devolution of the morality of the Republican base, demographics is the only thing that could keep him from seizing control of the country.



It is long past time for the gutless Democrats to point this out, and to keep repeating it over and over again, as long as they can.  Of course, if history is any sign, they won't and the country will keep willingly destroying everything we used to pride ourselves about.  A Trump Presidency could nearly destroy the United States.  I fear that, if Trump loses and no one really stands up to his evil base, what the Republicans will bring us next will certainly destroy us.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

It's been a while.  The wingnuts have been just so boring lately.  Oh well, here goes:

Today's Wingnut Wrapup is respectfully dedicated to Malheur occupier Shawna Cox, who has filed a $666 billion dollar lawsuit against the Federal and State governments for being in league with Satan.  It will be most interesting to see how that fares in court.  She is currently locked in a tight competition for Least Likely Lawsuit to Result in a Win for the Plaintiff, with the Kalamazoo Uber driver who went on a killing rampage, and is now suing Uber for $10 million because it caused him to murder six people by making him work too much.

Larry Kudlow, Town Hall:  "A Growth Message, Not Catfights, Will Propel the GOP to November Victory"

Unfortunately, Larry, catfights are what you've got.  Or maybe ratfights.

Donya Jam, Town Hall:  "US and Europe Should Recognize Iranian Elections as a Sham"

Great.  Right after we recognize the "election" of George W. Bush as a sham.  Deal?

Jeff Crouere, Town Hall:  "The Perils of Papal Politics...Pope Francis is a man of great compassion and humility. He shows tremendous concern for the young, the elderly and the sick. He advocates for those who have been forgotten, such as the homeless. He has shunned the luxuries and trappings of his position and performs his duties in a significantly more modest style than his predecessors. These are admirable qualities and set a good example for all Catholics.'

But it turns out that it is a really horrible thing when these concerns get in the way of the Republican party.  Then, he should just shut his God damned mouth and go home.

"Instead of lambasting Castro and the other socialist tyrants of Latin America, Pope Francis focuses his rhetorical fire on advocates of capitalism and politicians such as Donald Trump"

Right on, Francis!

Kimberly R, Red State:  "New Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin Takes on Abortion Industry"

Industry.  Now abortion is an "industry" instead of a medical procedure, or a right of women.  Well, at least this is a step in the right direction- if it's an "industry" the Republicans will soon be all for it.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "Missouri Woman Arrested for Threatening FBI Agents, Others on ISIS-Linked Social Media"

A woman with a Muslim name.  This is a really wonderful turn of events.  Right wingers threatening FBI agents and others with actual guns right in front of their faces- well, that is just their right as Americans.

Mark Ellis, PJ Media:  "Is it Time to Make 'Hard Time' Harder?  What if life without parole included hard labor?"

You know, sometimes it's hard to believe that these idiots actually say things like this.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Whoa! Sarah Palin Attacks Glenn Beck’s Conditional Conservatism on Facebook"

Whoa!  Grifters attacking each other!  And this could have nothing to do with both of them trying to keep themselves in front of the cameras now, could it?  No, it is a vital struggle over the nature of the nation's political life.

Rev. Mark H. Creech, Renew America:  "Trump: that's no choice at all"

Yes it is, Mark.  It's the choice of people that you have been egging on for years to abandon their sense and go with anger and hatred.

Jenn Giroux, Renew America:  "Catholic teaching on contraception cannot be changed by Pope Francis"

No sir.  It can only be changed by Jenn Giroux.  Once she has made up her mind, the issue is closed.  The Pope has nothing to say about the Church's position.  Unless, of course, he agrees with Jenn Giroux, in which case he is free to do whatever he wants.  Notice that none of these jackasses ever had a complaint about the fascist, ex-Hitler Jugund, child abuser enabling guy who was the previous Pope.

Daily Caller:  "Jenner: 'I get more flak for being conservative than being transgender' "

And a good thing too.  Being  transgender doesn't threaten us all with annihilation.

Jim "Dim Bulb" Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  “Progressive” Jason Brian Dalton Arrested for Random Kalamazoo Shootings After Killing 6"

Progressive.  Of course, Jim Hoft claims every mass shooter was a progressive, even the guy in Charleston that posed with pictures of Confederate flags and then killed nine black people.  Actually, as it turns out, Jason Dalton used to work for Progressive Insurance.  That's his resume as a progressive.

Don't wait for an apology from Jim.  The truth means nothing to him or his readers.

Paul Driessen, Town Hall:  "Needed: Economic Literacy 101...Americas 18- to 34-year-old millennials have been tutored in group-think schools that extol socialism. Now they lionize Bernie Sanders, whose class-warfare prescriptions include taxing away all but maybe 1% of the nations 0.0001% billionaires wealth, then going after Wall Street, Big Business (and) millionaires..."

Right on, Bernie.  That would be a start, anyway.  When do we get to the guillotines?

Larry Kudlow, Town Hall:  "Two-Percent Growth Is a Loser for the Angry Middle Class But where’s the GOP solution?"

There is none.  Isn't it time you got Thomas Piketty's book off the shelf and actually read a few pages of it?  The only way to get more than two percent growth, if the whole history of civilization is any indication, is to have the world economy devastated by a depression and a couple of world wars first.  Then, you can have four percent growth, until the economy recovers, after which you are back to the universal constant: two percent.  Claims you can produce long term growth greater than that are at best ignorant, and at worst dishonest.

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "Maine Gov. Paul LePage Also Endorses Donald Trump"

Great- an endorsement from a governor who claims that his State's greatest threat is from black drug dealers coming in to rape white women.  Gee, I wonder why he might be for Trump?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Conservatives are SICK AND TIRED of FOX News Channel’s constant attacks on Donald Trump–FOX News Channel’s constant attacks on GOP front-runner Donald Trump over the past several months has taken a toll.Trust in the network has dropped significantly."

Ha.  Twenty years of endless lying and smears from Fox News, and this is what they are unhappy about- Fox isn't being fair to Trump.  What a bunch of idiots.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Justice Scalia was more Catholic than the pope"

Right.  These people will tell themselves anything, and demonize anyone, to avoid having to face reality.

Janice Shaw Crouse, American Thinker:  "How Did We Get Obama and Trump?  How did we get to the point that it was possible for Obama to be elected and for Trump to be a serious contender for the presidency?"

They've given up on even pretending that they have a sane candidate.  All they have left is pretending that the Democrats are just as bad.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Middle East Political Analyst Details How the Obama Admin Has Underestimated World Powers"

No word on how the Bush administration underestimated world non-powers Iraq and Afghanistan.

Michael Bresciani, Barb Wire:  "CHRISTIAN SUPPORT OF TRUMP IS NOW DIRECT DEFIANCE AGAINST GOD"

Glad he put that all in caps, so we all knew how serious an issue it is.

And how about a little more, just to make sure we got the message:

"Christians in support of Trump must now face a difficult decision. Support and assistance to the Trump campaign will now become direct disobedience to God and the scriptures. The time has arrived for complete honesty. Jerry Falwell Jr., Pat Robertson, Robert Jeffress, Kenneth Copeland and any other Christian leaders or pastors who continue to openly support and defend Donald Trump’s bid for president will be in direct defiance against God.
Christians, who insist that Trump is the man, will henceforth be calling for our nation to be “cursed.” (Gen 12: 3)"

Well, we don't want the nation to be cursed, do we?  Better vote for Hillary or Bernie.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Congress Committed to Stopping Obama From Handing Gitmo U.S. Naval Station to Cuba"

Great.  Let's hope they are also committed to stopping Obama from handing Gitmo to the Martians, since that is equally likely to be on his agenda.

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Donald Trump CHEATED at the GOP Debate."

Oh my God, will we ever recover?!!?  How did he cheat?  He talked to his campaign manager during the breaks.    Moe continues:

"We will now pause while Trump supporters desperately try to find past examples of an actual Republican doing something similar."

You bet we will, Moe.  Remember this?


That's a picture of George W. Bush wearing a receiver during a Presidential debate, because of course the idiot could not be expected to answer questions on his own.

Dan Joppich, American Thinker:  "Why exactly should we vote for a candidate?"

Because if you vote for a walrus, your vote won't count?

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall:  "Garland Nod The Latest Move In Democrats' Game of Thrones"

You know, I read this entire article.  It's so stupid that I can't even be bothered to make fun of it.  Oh well.  Jonah Gpldberg- what do you expect?

Michael Walsh, PJ Media:  "Dems in Panic Over Hillary Candidacy: 'Our Nominee Is a Disaster'

Ha ha.  Coming from a Republican, that's rich, huh?

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Hate is the essence of socialism"

The above two quotes just to remind you of how, with nothing else to offer, Republicans have been reduced to just blaming Democrats for their own sins.  Sad to say, it seems to work with a lot of people.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Greatest Donald Trump Story of All Time

Very kindly provided to us by Daily Kos.  And here it is: just go read it.

And it provides the answer to the great trivia question of the 2016 election:  Donald Trump has fired many people, but who fired Donald Trump?

A Path to the Future Part Two- Immigration (and more on jobs)

Well, here is the secret that none dare speak:  There is no real way to keep people from coming across our borders if they really want to.  Egypt has a border with Gaza that is little more than seven miles long, and now is protected by a flooded moat, and they still can't keep Hamas crazies from entering the Sinai and attacking police and soldiers all the time.  Our border with Mexico is about 2200 miles long, travels through some really desolate and hard to monitor territory, and at other places is marked by a river that can be crossed in seconds.  No wall, no army of border guards, can really stop determined people from entering this country, and we haven't even begun to talk about our 4,000 mile border with Canada, over 800 miles of which is across the Great Lakes- no wall there, and only a 20 mile boat trip away.

The truth is that  migration from worse places to better places has existed as long as humans have, and it is like a natural force, relentless and unstoppable.  And it must be kept in mind that a large part of the reason why things in the United States are so much better than they are in, say Mexico and Central America, is because our country has spent well over a century keeping them that way, what with overthrowing legally elected governments and replacing them with vicious dictators who will do what is necessary to keep wages low in their own countries, collaborating with drug gangs and other disreputable forces, and openly crushing the economies of any country (I'm thinking particularly of Venezuela and Cuba here, and now apparently Brazil too, but there are others) that dares put the interests of its own citizens ahead of American business.

So, migrants and refugees are going to keep coming here, and nothing can stop them.  The pressure on them to come, and consequently the number we have to deal with, is directly proportional to the difference in standards of living between here and there, wherever "there" happens to be at the moment.

There is an obvious answer to this problem, if you consider it a problem, and it is one that benefits the would-be migrants, and American workers just as well.  I have been maintaining for a couple of decades now that it is an obvious fact that Americans are going to either see foreign wages come up to our own, or see ours go down to those of someone living in a tin shack next to an open sewer in Jakarta or Lagos.  It is time that we decide which of those alternatives is more appealing to us, and work to bring it about.  Yes, it will be bad for the mega-corporations, and the Wal-Marts of this country, but it would be good for every one of the rest of us.  So, this is my proposal:  If we want real security in this country, we should take about a third of our military budget and use it to promote unions in third world countries (and we might spend a little of it undoing the damage done by the corrupt Republican party to unions right here.)  Because, every dollar that gets added to third world wages means that a certain number of people will be able to stay in their homelands, and not have to wander thousands of miles to avoid poverty.  And, the more we drive their wages up, the less sense it will make for American companies to virtually enslave them to make a profit off of us.  Raising third world wages is an almost unique example of where caring about other people will do us as much good as it will do them.  Of course, don't hold your breath until that happens.

Now a corrolary of this proposal:  Companies that intend to make a profit by selling their goods in the United States must not be allowed to astronomically increase that profit by victimizing people in other countries.  There must be penalties on goods imported to the U.S. that are manufactured in countries with abominable labor and environmental practices.  These penalties must be large enough to cancel out the extra money they make through these despicable practices, thus guaranteeing an equal playing field for all, regardless if their goods are made here, or in dictatorships with grossly repressive labor laws.

Building a better world this way will build a better America too, and that's great for everyone except a few thousand sociopathic rich guys, and who cares what they want, anyway?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Trump Is Not Hitler

So, there have been few American politicians in our lives as openly nasty and hate filled as Donald Trump.  But I think it's time to stop the facile comparisons to Hitler.  These claims prove to me, more than anything else, how knowledge of what Hitler and the Nazis were, has largely disappeared in this country.  Here's a bit of perspective.

First of all, the United States in 2016 is facing little compared to the massive trauma of Germany in the 1920's, when Hitler rose to prominence.  Yeah, our last Republican President gave us one of the most humiliating military disasters in history, and Republican economic cant caused a major disruption in the economy.  But, in truth, the Iraq aggression really affected Americans in only very minor ways, compared to World War I Germany, where a large part of a whole generation was killed off, and the people at home suffered immense deprivation, only to lose a war that they need never have entered, and end up being charged massive reparations as a result.  And the 2008 economic collapse, as bad as it was, was a minor disruption compared to the complete devastation of the German economy that took place in the twenties, leaving a large part of the middle class destitute.  It is these people, not the poor, who formed the real core of Hitler's support.

Second, it is true that there have been some ugly threats of violence at Trump rallies, but again, these amount to almost nothing compared to the violence deliberately concocted by the Nazis.  It must be remembered that it was traditional for German and other European, parties to have uniformed paramilitary organizations, supposedly to protect their rallies and party workers from attacks; after World War I, these militias on the left and right grew more and more violent, breaking up opposition rallies, and even government meetings, and destroying the facilities of other parties.  This had become an almost normal fact of political life by the time that the Nazis began to emerge, and Hitler founded the Sturmabteilung, as one of these groups.  Eventually, it had hundreds of thousands of members, and became such a threat to Hitler himself that he had its leaders assassinated, and its power curtailed.

Here is a photo of the famous Beer Hall Putsch, in 1923, when Hitler attempted to take over the German government by force, convinced that the German army would rise along with him.  These people had gathered ready for violence.  Trump could never precipitate anything like this.  And we know from the recent debacles of the Bundy family, that the American right could never produce the kind of coherence or the numbers of followers to come close to this.

As the twenties went by, this group grew larger and more violent, as this picture from 1931 shows.  I think it is hard to imagine this many Americans really going out, dressing in uniforms, and engaging in wholesale violence, unless our political scene takes a drastic downhill turn.  And if it does, a buffoon like Trump is not going to remain the head of the movement for very long; he would be replaced quickly by some really evil and violent people, more along the lines of Dick Cheney.

Things continued to deteriorate until Germany had this kind of internal violence by the late 1930's.  No American who is obsessed with his personal fortune, as Trump is, would ever want things to come to this; it would interfere with profits.

And remember, Hitler was a driven man with coherent, if evil, goals, and a real strategy to reach them.  Compared to him, Trump is a dilettante who is more interested in entertaining himself than anything else, and who we know will turn to some other entertainment if this one gets boring.

I am not saying that we should not be alarmed at Trump, who is a truly loathsome individual, but we should remember that he is the logical product of the hatred, anger and contempt for rationality which the Republican party has built over the last several decades.  It is the party itself that needs to be struck down, or else we are doomed to experience an endless series of Trumps, until one finally comes along that truly deserves the comparison to Hitler.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Jim Hoft Covers the Trump Rally

I am sure you are desperately anxious to hear the coverage of Donald Trump's Nuremberg Chicago rally today, from the legendary Stupidest Man on the Internet, Wingnut Wrapup's favorite, Jim Hoft.  Well, he has been a busy beaver, producing the following posts before midnight today:

"Chicago Rioters Turn on Trump Supporters=> Groping Trump Women Is OK, “They Are Racist White B*tches”

"UNREAL!  Ted Cruz Blames Donald Trump for Chicago Rally Cancellation and Violence"

"Anti-TRUMP Protesters Scream “F*ck You!” at Families Entering Chicago Trump Hotel"

"Sean Hannity:   “Ignorant So-Called Journalists” Are Blaming Trump for Rally Violence"

"Perfect. Anti-Trump Goons Scream Profanities at FOX News in Segment on Peaceful Protesters"

"OUTRAGEOUS! Megyn Kelly Blames Trump and His Supporters for Violence at Rallies"

" Glenn Beck Supporters Protest DONALD TRUMP in Chicago"

"BREAKING: TERRORIST BILL AYERS PROTESTS DONALD TRUMP IN CHICAGO"

"HORROR! Conservative Website REDSTATE Calls on Far Left Protesters to BRING GUNS to Trump Rallies"

 Because guns are only for Republicans- it's in the Constitution.

And my favorite:

"MEXICAN PROTESTERS IN SOMBREROS Cheer Outside Canceled Trump Rally in Chicago"

Sombreros!  The nerve of those guys.

Well, I guess Jim is trying on everything he can think of to turn this situation to his advantage, and so will all the other right wingers in the country in the next couple of days.  Thuggery and hatred are so much fun as long as no one stands up to you.  Then, oh my, are your feelings hurt.

Sort of makes you laugh at all the comparisons between Trump and Mussolini and Hitler.  Whatever they were, they weren't a bunch of crybabies.

Not Going So Well, Marco

A photo of a stadium rally for Marco Rubio in his home State of Florida, a couple of days ago:
I have a feeling that this does not bode well for Marco's candidacy, and with it, the hopes of the imaginary cadre of responsible Republicans who supposedly exist out there somewhere.

So, forty years of Republican hating have finally come together to reduce their Presidential field to the two absolutely most abominable candidates they had- the insane dominionist Ted Cruz, who thinks God put him here to rule the earth, and Trump, a lying, vicious huckster who no sane person would trust for a second.

Get ready for months of the mainstream press telling us how the "Washington elites" have failed us, how Obama is equally to blame for this because he failed to turn himself white, and in general, how the Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans.  And maybe enough people will believe it, to elect one of these guys, and insure that the United States comes to an inglorious end.

A Path to the Future part one- Jobs

The news these days is so stupid and without real interest, that I have to write about something else, or my blog will die an ignoble death.  I want to start with some straight talk about jobs.  As usual, this involves obvious truths that no one licensed to speak in the mainstream press dares utter in public.

And let's start with the main truth:  The jobs are never coming back.  I remember a couple of decades ago, as the "information revolution" was getting going, how all the supposed experts assured us that technology would generate more jobs than it eliminated.  This universally acknowledged "truth" was, I always thought, one of the stupidest notions I have ever heard.  Whatever new jobs were created, why would a business go to the massive expense of investing in new technology unless it cut their end costs; and replacing manufacturing jobs with more expensive high tech jobs cannot possibly do that.  So, even if we succeed in bringing back a portion of the jobs that we have allowed big business to send overseas, we are never going to be in a situation where there are enough jobs to go around; at least not what are currently defined as real jobs; i.e. work that makes money for someone else.

So what is the answer?

There are a couple of absolutely necessary short term solutions.  First of all, the work week must be cut, and without just screwing tighter the pressure on workers to ramp up "productivity" so their bosses don't have to pay for any of it.  It is my proposal that the United States begin transitioning to a four day work week.  And that is not the four ten hour days that some have suggested, but four eight hour days.  I suggest we do this by first declaring a three day weekend every month.  Then, in five years, we should transition to a three day weekend every other week; finally in five more years going to a four day work week every week.  In return for this, I propose an across the board cut of 10% in wages.  People who cannot tolerate this decrease will have an extra day every week to find a way to make up the difference, or perhaps to start some business of their own.

Next, it is essential to shorten the work life of American workers.  Current vicious proposals to increase the retirement age to 70, or more, are not only cruel to the victims of these proposals, but they are destructive to young people who cannot find work due to older people being forced to stay in the workforce.  So, I propose cutting the retirement age to 60.  As a corollary to this, Social Security payments must be increased to insure that retired people do not sink into little more than penury.  This must, of course, be paid for by the essential confiscation of a large part of the wealth of the hyper-rich, but really, who cares about them?

What I am proposing here is, of course, spreading the remaining work around to as many people as possible.  Given the future that any fool can see coming, there is (I think) no other short term answer to the now permanent work shortage in first world countries.

In the end, of course, we must destroy the notion that you are only really working if you are making money for a rich guy.  That, of course, is a whole other story, and will inevitably come down to the adoption of some sort of minimum national income, if we are not to have hundreds of millions of what the Communists used to call the "lumpen proletariat" wandering around in the country, without a single reason to care about the welfare of anyone but themselves.  But even such short term measures to address the problem, inevitably along the lines I suggested above, will provide welcome relief to masses of Americans who are now effectively locked out of participation in the economic life they deserve.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Right to Protect

A graphic posted by Jamie Galt, who was shot in the back yesterday by her four year old son.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Falling on her Sword

Eternal thanks to Nancy Reagan, for dying in order to give Republicans something to talk about for a couple of days, other than their party's spectacular ripping off of their masks, and revealing themselves to be the racist, fascist party that they have always been.

I wouldn't have thought she cared enough to do that.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Where is the Outrage?

This week, we were treated to the spectacle of a debate supposedly designed to help pick the next leader of our country, which involved discussing the size of the leading candidate's penis, and an endless round of cheap, childish insults, but did not include a second of meaningful discussion on a single issue of substance.

And going almost unnoticed in all of this, was the blatantly partisan nature of the whole thing.  If any of you are old enough to remember the many, many years when Presidential debates were run by the League of Women Voters, you know that the audience was instructed at the beginning of the debate to show no reaction to what the candidates had to say.  In this "debate," we had an audience, hand picked by Fox News, cheering wildly at every attack on Trump, in a manner as spontaneous as a sitcom laugh track.  Furthermore, we were treated to a number of slides, prepared in advance by Fox, highlighting lies that Trump told; not once was such a thing shown for any other candidate, despite the obvious fact of their being just as big a pack of liars as Trump is.

This is not an exercise in democracy; it is right wing propaganda paid for by sociopaths.  This fact is far more important than a single thing that was said at this event.  Yet, virtually no one in the absurdly titled "liberal media" is willing to say this openly.  Instead, relatively serious discussions between the candidates on the left are eclipsed in the mainstream press by this sort of meaningless and disgusting spectacle.

And let us all remember that this phenomenon did not arise on its own.  It is the result of decades of massively funded Republican efforts to convince the American public of the following, among other things:

Facts mean nothing, and as a corollary, scientists are nothing but corrupt, self-serving liars who are engaged in trying to feather their own pockets by getting government money.  No, it is anger and hatred that will actually lead Americans to the right solution to their problems.

Greed and self interest are good, and are proven to be the right values by the large number of people who have become obscenely rich by concentrating on nothing else.  And if enough Americans just agree to give Republicans what they want, they will all soon be rich too.

We are in imminent danger of all being slaughtered in our beds by religious fanatics if we do not elect Republicans, who can be trusted to defend the country (as George W. Bush did in Iraq) if we only give their backers more tax money to spend on armaments, taking the money from all domestic spending, from road building to clean air and water, to Medicaid and Social Security, which are, of course, just corrupt expenditures that Democrats use to buy votes of ignorant and stupid minorities.

And the big lie:  Make the rich richer, and they will altruistically share their wealth with everyone else; a grotesque specimen of right wing economic cant otherwise known as "supply-side" economics; and one which has been proven disastrously wrong every single time it has been tried anywhere in the world, but which is still pushed by Republicans, because they get paid to do it.

I could go on here, but you get the idea.  Trump, and the sorry spectacle of this debate, did not arise in a vacuum; they were carefully created by a political party that wanted a base which was impervious to any notion of truth or even common decency, and which could be manipulated through their Pavlovian training to respond to violence and hatred.  Well, they now have the party they wanted; the only question is whether we are going to give them the rest of the country too.  And in the meantime, just keep concentrating on the size of Donald Trump's penis, wherein you will find the answers to all of our nation's problems.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How Republicans Grab the Spotlight

So, I was driving to work yesterday morning, the day after Super Tuesday, and I turned on that bulwark of liberal reporting, NPR.  The news comes up at the top of the hour.  One of their people says that there is so much news from the primaries that it is going to take all three of their top news readers to report on it.  So, they go into a detailed conversation about Trump, Rubio and Cruz, complete with a couple of recorded statements from various Republican spokesmen.  This goes on for a few minutes, and then they conclude that segment with (I am not lying to you) one sentence about the Democrats.  One sentence!  And that is from the supposed liberal end of the broadcast spectrum.

That's how American voters get the idea that all the excitement, all the important action, is happening on the Republican side of things, and the Democrats are just a bunch of boring, irrelevant hacks.

And there's not one thing we can do about it.  I keep repeating this, but here I go again:  The Democrats could whip the Republicans into oblivion without even trying.  What they cannot do is beat the Republicans and the press working together.

Update:  The following report today (3/5) from Daily Kos:

"MSNBC interrupted Sec Hillary Clinton’s speech this evening and did not go back to her. While CNN carried Mrs Clinton’s speech, MSNBC cut away after about 2 minutes. But she was the lucky one; they outrightly snubbed Bernie Sanders! They didn’t even go to his victory speech. Why? They were waiting for Donald Trump’s press conference. 

Not only did they decline to cover the Democratic candidates, they spent the time waiting for Trump to discuss Trump."

And the beat goes on.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Republican President- The Third Way

Well, all you hear about to stop Trump any more, thanks to the idiotic behavior of the Republicans, is a "brokered convention," i.e. the rich guys just deciding who the Republican candidate is going to be, regardless of what anyone else wants.  Of course, that is pretty much how the Republican party has worked for a hundred years, but we keep hearing that it is that or Trump, who will lose in November.  I want to suggest that there is a third possibility, which really scares me more than either one of the other two.  And here it is:

We've heard a lot of "speculation" about a third party run by Michael Bloomberg, who despite being a multibillionaire just like Trump, the Koch brothers or the Waltons, is somehow being portrayed as a patriotic centrist.  Well, of course, Bloomberg has as much chance of winning the election in November as Pippin the Hobbit.  But here is what he could do:  If a propaganda campaign big enough is mounted in his support, aimed not at Republicans, but at Democrats, Bloomberg could very well get enough votes to prevent either Hillary or Trump from winning a majority of the electoral college.

And what happens then?  It is then the duty of the House of Representatives to pick the next President.  Thanks to Gerrymandering, thee irrevocably Republican House of Representatives.  The House of Representatives that is willing to cause any kind of damage to the country, in the service of their masters.

Well, who do you think they might pick? Or, like me, are you afraid to even start thinking about it?