Sunday, July 31, 2016

You Just Never Know How Appreciated You Are

Here's something I got from Paul Ryan today:
All I can say is that, if Green Eagle is one of the top Conservative activists, they really are in trouble.

Trump Logic

"TRUMP: Well, look, you know, I have my own ideas. He's not going into Ukraine, OK? Just so you understand. He's not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down and you can put it down, you can take it anywhere you want.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, he's already there, isn't he?

TRUMP: OK, well, he's there in a certain way"

The mind boggles.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Three More Reality-Based Court Decisions on Vote Suppression

Three more courts have ruled strongly in favor of what we all know to be true-throwing out the Republican vote suppression bills in three more States.  Let me again say what I have said before on recent occasions like this:  There is not a single informed person of any political stripe that did not know that these laws were not intended to protect us from voter fraud, an essentially nonexistent phenomenon, but were intended to prevent Democrats from voting.  It is a sign of the malignant power that the corrupt intellectual bully Antonin Scalia held over the entire nation's jucidiary, that the fear of being overturned by the Supreme Court, and in a humiliating, insulting decision, caused them to leave this patent lawbreaking alone.


With the court split 4-4, we can already see the amazing progress that has been made in restoring some shred of decency to our judicial system.  We should all observe this and realize the stakes involved in deciding whether Hillary or Trump gets to pick the next couple of Supreme Court justices.

And it is not only on these voter suppression laws that courts need to act.  We all know that corporations are not people; no one dared stand up to this ruling for fear of the wrath of the worst judicial tyrant in memory; and the same can be said about climate laws, Obamacare and a host of other issues.

The very top of our judiciary has been infested with corrupt Republican Justices for decades now.  Hillary will absolutely put a stop to this; Trump will see to it that it continues for decades longer.

Trump Takes the Gloves Off

What?

You can read this story anywhere, but here's the coverage from right wing propaganda site Breitbart:

"Donald Trump said he’s done being a nice guy"

I'll just pause right there for anyone who had to run to the bathroom to lose their lunch.

"and is “taking the gloves off” for the general election.

“I’m running against a crooked person,” Trump told an over-capacity crowd that gathered to see him in Colorado Springs, Colorado Friday afternoon

Trump added that Hillary Clinton is “a dishonest person” and blasted her for her “average” speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night."

An average speech, as opposed to Trump's acceptance speech, which Republican leaning Gallup reports received the lowest positive ratings of any speech they have ever tested.  Well, that's not average, I guess.

“You know, I’ve been saying lets just beat her on Nov. 8, but you know what? I’m starting to agree with you. Every time I mention her, everyone screams ‘Lock her up!’” Trump responded. “I’ve been nice, but after watching that performance last night — such lies — I don’t have to be so nice anymore. I’m taking the gloves off.”

So now he is openly going to lead his mob in demanding Hillary's imprisonment, apparently because she won't praise him, and because she thinks she will make a better President than he would, and has said it out loud.  That is a crime in Republican world, of course, and may explain the basis on which he calls her crooked.

As Talking Points Memo reported:

"During a rally in Colorado Springs, Trump said he tuned in to Clinton's speech "out of curiosity" to see if Clinton would mention his name and was disappointed she didn't congratulate him for winning the GOP nomination.

"I was curious to see whether she'd do a class act and not mention my name," Trump said. "Or mention it with respect, like, say, 'I'd like to congratulate my Republican opponent for having done something that nobody has ever done in the history of politics in this nation.'"

Something nobody has ever done in the history of politics in this nation- i.e. collaborating with the spy service of our biggest enemy to win an election.

I guess Trump is much classier than Hillary, since he did mention her name- to demand that she be thrown into prison.  

Sorry, this is more than thin-skinned behavior.  The really minor attacks on him in Hillary's acceptance speech have driven Trump into a nearly uncontrollable fury.  He is seriously on the point of what used to be called a nervous breakdown.  I don't see how he can make it to November without a colossal unraveling totally unparalleled in American history.

And what then?  Because even a psychotic episode in front of the American people will not dislodge the voters who support him despite what he has shown so far.  The Republican party has really created a monster, and it is not Trump; it is the hateful, violence hungry base it built over the last few decades.
I'm still waiting for some small sign that they regret having done that.



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Update:  I want to thank Digby for finding this short video clip of the way John McCain responded to Barack Obama's nomination:

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Bundys- It Figures

Not all that surprising or important, but as I like to follow these things, I was very amused this morning to learn from Think Progress that the Bundys have filed legal papers in the criminal case involving their behavior in Oregon, which are a complete garbage pile of Sovereign Citizen gibberish:



“i; ryan c, man, am an idiot of the ‘Legal Society’; and; am an idiot (layman, outsider) of the ‘Bar Association’; and; i am incompetent; and; am not required by any law to be competent; and;,” Bundy wrote in one legal filing submitted Thursday.

“i; ryan c, man, accept no offer of representation, as no man is qualified to represent i; and; i; ryan c, man, will hold any man liable, in his/her private capacity, for any burden, placed upon i, man, by any man, by way of representation of i; and;,” he wrote in another."

For those who may not recognize this sort of talk, it is a classic specimen of one of the more brain-dead forms of Sovereign Citizen nonsense.  Sovereigns regularly besiege the courts with hundreds of pages of this crap, knowing the courts do not have the freedom to just throw it on the dungheap where it belongs.  I'm not even going to begin to explain what it is supposed to mean; click on the link, where Think Progress author Alan Pyke deals with it briefly.  

This is not a harmless eccentricity.  Beyond their use of this nonsense to perpetrate endless financial and property crimes, Sovereigns are the most deadly political terrorists in the country, having been responsible for numerous deaths of police and other government employees; most recently the three Baton Rouge policemen lured into an ambush and killed a couple of weeks ago.

Wingnut Wrapup

Here's what I've collected the last few days.  I kind of want to clear the decks in preparation for the tsunami of garbage we are going to see from the right trying to argue away the fact that the Dems beat the Republicans black and blue in their conventions.  So, like a trip to the dentist, might as well just put up with it and get it over with.  You know it's good for you.

Four years ago I posted an absolutely ludicrous Romney song by some lunatic who calls himself "Third Eagle."  Well, he's back!!  Here's his Trump song:



"Mike Pence and Donald shooting like stars!"  Well, at least they are shooting.

And now, the Fox News response to Donald Trump's treason:

Fox News:  "Charles Krauthammer said on "Special Report" tonight that Trump set a trap, and the Clinton campaign fell right into it.  He explained that the Clinton campaign statement said it would be a "national security issue," which contradicts Clinton's repeated asserted that the missing 33,000 emails were all of a personal nature, not work-related.

"If that's what's really in the 33,000 emails, then there's no national security to be involved at all," Krauthammer said. "So the Clinton campaign ends up admitting that perhaps there really is work-related - if not classified - stuff on the emails which she deleted."

Because, the fact that a Presidential candidate is suborning espionage from our number one enemy wouldn't bother anyone who didn't have something to hide.  And of course:

"Krauthammer said that could be grounds for a charge of obstruction, declaring that the Clinton campaign has been caught in a "complete contradiction."

Being concerned about Trump's treachery is all the evidence we need to throw her in jail.  Get it? Trump is a traitor, so the right thing to do about it is throw Hillary in jail.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Don’t Let Liberals Destroy Fox News...With the resignation of Ailes – the merits, if any, of the claims against him will be litigated elsewhere – liberals are gleeful that this might finally be their chance to silence the one great television voice of conservatism."

You know, I haven't heard a single liberal expressing any glee over their chance to "silence" Fox news. I've heard some that are gratified to see this public demonstration of what kind of a person it takes to work for a lie factory, and who hope that more people will see what a nauseating excuse for journalism Fox news is.  But as for destroying it, well we are enjoying the spectacle of its destroying itself.

Terry Paulsen, Town Hall:  "Some police may have harbored racist beliefs that helped fuel unjustified use of force with innocent black civilians. Racism remains, but harping on the past and the few officers who live out their bias cannot be the answer. Most Americans detest racism of any color from police and citizens alike."

No more harping on the past, Liberals, even if the past was yesterday or the day before, or tomorrow, God knows.  As soon as one of the "few" officers who enjoys victimizing black people does what he does, it is past, and so we should just forget about it.  Time to let Charlie Manson out of prison, then.

Andrew Klavan, PJ Media:  "First Thoughts on Rebuilding Conservatism...How do we come back from the Trump takeover?"

Well, here's a thought:  How about admitting that you have been lying about everything the last several decades, and facing the fact that your incitement of racism and hatred has to stop if you want this country to survive?

Leon H. Wolf, PJ Media:  "CHAOS: Bernie Delegates Plan to Block Kaine Nomination, Disrupt Democrat Convention"
Didn't happen, but boy the Republicans were desperate to see the Democrats screw up their convention even a tenth as badly as the Republican one went.  Sorry, guys, guess you didn't pray hard enough to your miserable hate-filled right wing God.

Kyle Foley, PJ Media:  "#DNCLeak: DNC Sides With Trump, Asks if TED CRUZ’s Dad Assassinated JFK"

Sorry, this was just a complete lie.  One member of the DNC asked about Cruz's father's history working with Castro.  He said nothing about him being involved in the JFK assassination, and the DNC never did a thing about it.

Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Ted Cruz arrogance - bitterness and judgment just ended his political aspirations"

Hey Laurie, maybe you guys should have noticed his "arrogance - bitterness and judgment " several years ago, before he made the fatal sin of suggesting Republicans vote their consciences?  No, that was a step too far, as it forced most Republicans to look up the word "conscience" in the dictionary, to see what it might mean.

Tom DeWeese, Renew America:  "The federal government has decided that people who have worked, saved and planned so they can buy homes in nice, safe neighborhoods of their own choosing, are racists. They charge that it is a "social injustice." The government now claims that it's unfair unless everyone can have the same, whether they earn it or not. And it doesn't matter whether they can afford such a home. We're told that it's racist to deny someone an equal home, just because they don't have the money for it. White privilege, don't you know."

Everyone has to live in exactly the same sort of house.  Believe that one?  They really are taking leave of their senses, as they realize how malicious their lies are going to have to be to have any chance of convincing people that Trump is the best choice for President.

Andrew McCarthy, Renew America:  "It's not my party"

And you'll cry whether you want to or not.  Anyway, it damned well is your party.  You spent four decades building your hate filled, racist base, and we are not going to let you just walk away from it and play innocent little Miss Muffet.

Paul Bremmer, World Net Daily:  "Blacks are now Democrats' happy house slaves"

Okay then, just so you know.

“Today you find the African-American community saying, ‘Why should I go to people that are going to make me self-reliant when I can just stay here in the Democrat Party and they will reward me for doing nothing?'” 

And I am sure that there is so much evidence to back that up.  "Self-reliant," by the way, being Republican talk for "Take everything away from the n*****s, and let them starve to death in the streets, while our gestapo guns them down at will if they complain."

As if you didn't know that.

Kayleigh McEnany, Daily Caller:  "DNC Leaks: Proof Democrats Manipulate Voters With Religion, Race"

Something the Republicans would never stoop to.

Scott Greer, Daily Caller:  "Trump Is Ushering In A New Political Force...Nationalism looks to live on after The Donald's campaign"

Well, maybe new to this country.  Not to, say, Germany.

Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller:  "Socialists And Communists Gather At Democratic Convention"

Grow up, Alex, and start worrying about the Nazis at your own convention.

Christine Rouselle, Town Hall:  "Man, People Are Really Starting To Hate Hillary's Campaign Anthem"

Boy, they've got us now.  That's so much more important than Trump collaborating with a foreign dictator.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Analysis: Folksy, Impeached President Endorses Scandal-Plagued, Disliked Wife"

Yeah, that's what we all took away from it.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "The DNC’s Leaked Emails Show They Were Helping Push Narrative Against NC’s Bathroom Law, Too"

Because it is a gross crime for a political party to stand up for what they believe in.  Well, at least if one of the parties does it.  Actually, now that I think of it, the other party doesn't really do that either.  They just stand up for what they get paid to stand up for.

Stephen Cruiser, PJ Media:  "Boxer Trots Out Tired 'Back Alley Abortions' Nonsense at DNC"

Tired.  True, but tired.  So, shut up, Barbara.

Michael Ledeen, PJ Media:  "Who's Hillary's Hacker and Why?  You sure it was the Russians? Ever see a false flag?"

More lies from one of the biggest foreign policy liars of the last several decades; once the confidante of our nation's leaders, now reduced to making a living writing for one of the worst right wing lie factories on the internet.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Hah! Donald Trump Urges Russia to Release More Hacked Hillary Emails During Presser"

Treason, hell yes!  Treason is patriotism!  Hooah!

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "If you reject Trump, will you elect Hillary? Bible says no"

Well, glad we got that settled.

Brian C. Joondeph, Amereican Thinker:  "Trump's Speech: Optimistic, Not Dark"

This just in:  Hitler calls for world peace.  And now, a helpful bit of advice for Democrats:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Democratic Delegate: Stop Shouting USA, 'That's A Trump Chant'

Chanting USA is reserved for traitors from now on.  This was allegedly overheard by a Fox news reporter.  So it must be true, huh?

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "Racist, Anti-Semitic DNC Opens Convention by Denouncing Trump's 'Bigotry'

Another sage observation from one of the Republicans' favorite house negroes.

Justin Holcomb, Town Hall:  "Russia Disrespects Obama Once Again, Joins Chinese Navy in South China Sea for Joint Training"

Two countries that share a long border, working together on mutual security:  It's all about disrespecting Obama.

Streiff, Red State:  "Will Someone Please Buy FBI Director James Comey A Freakin Clue?"

Okay, Green Eagle will take the job:  James, don't you understand that, no matter how much of a hero you are to the right, if you do one honest thing in your life, they will spend years trying to destroy you? I hope that satisfies you, Streiff.

Leon H. Wolf, Red State:  "Trump’s Dumb Remarks About Russia Were Part Of His Intentional Campaign Plan"

Seven dimensional chess, that's what he's playing.  Treason is just part of the plan.  Well, that's comforting.

Sara Gonzales, Red State:  "Trump: I was Being “Sarcastic” About a Foreign Government Committing Espionage Against America"

Dahmer:  So I was hungry after I got done killing those boys.  What's the big deal?

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Giuliani: Hillary’s Deleted Emails ‘Can Be Used to Extort Her’

Of course, that's only if there is anything bad in them, which given the evidence so far, is as likely as Harry Potter turning out to be a real person.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Who Is Putin's Real Ally?"

Thoughtfully illustrated with the following picture, in case you needed a hint about where Roger is going here:

So just shut up about Trump's real, literal treason, because Roger has come up with this wonderful photoshop job.  And in case you are wondering about Roger's reasoning, here it is:  There are some guys that own a Canadian mining company.  These guys (totally legally) sold some uranium mines to the Russians.  And some of these same guys MADE A CONTRIBUTION TO THE CLINTONS' CHARITY!!!!!  That apparently makes Hillary a collaborator with Putin.  On the other hand, Trump using Russian espionage in his campaign and then promising not to defend Europe if Russia invades it- well, that's just politics as usual, and just fine if you are a Republican.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Bill Clinton's Sad, Surreal Speech...I can't be the only one who was thinking about Hillary's husband's serial adulteries."

No, Roger, I'm sure you weren't.  There are plenty of sex-obsessed assholes out there.  The rest of us, well, we can get our minds off of our penises long enough to spend a minute or two thinking about the future of the country.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "WOW! PROTESTERS BREAK THROUGH DNC BORDER FENCE – Throw Coffin at Police"

Keep your eyes on the important stuff, Jim.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Red Francis Still Clueless About ISIS"

That would be "Pope" Francis to the rest of us.  I guess "Red Francis" is like Lying Hillary, or Tinkerbelle- if you keep repeating it often enough, it will come true.

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Hillary and race baiters will be held to account"

By whom, Larry?  By the seventy or so people who showed up at your last two attempts to drive Obama out of the White House by the will of the people?

Jack Cashill, World Net Daily:  "How you get to speak at the DNC"

Well, one way is to be a current or former President of the United States.  That accounts for three speaker slots.  What happened to the Republicans' former Presidents?  I guess they were all out fishing, or washing their hair.

World Net Daily:  "The ugly history of Democratic suppression of…"

Sorry, you had to click on a link to see any more.  Couldn't be bothered.

Jack Hellner, American Thinker:  "Why should I believe what Bill said about Hillary at the DNC?"

Yeah, what does he know about her?  And while we are on the subject, why should we care what you claim to believe, Jack, seeing as how you are a paid liar and all?

Saagar Enjeti, Daily Caller:  "Defeating ISIS Will Only Make It ’10 Times’ More Dangerous"

You see, as it becomes clearer all the time that the coalition including the United States is destroying ISIS, it is now necessary to explain that defeating it is actually a tremendous disaster for us.  It is far easier for Republicans to believe that a dead crocodile is more dangerous than a live one, than it is for them to accept that Obama is doing something right.

Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller:  "US flags disappear from atop Philadelphia City Hall as they are added to Democratic Stage"

The Democrats stole them, I guess.  The bastards.

And in closing, forty years watching this sort of thing, and I still can't understand how people who are essentially traitors to this country can wake up every morning and churn these lies out, without, apparently, a second of remorse.  These people are evil- very banal evil, but they are doing everything they can to promote evil in the world, and we would do well not to forget that fact.  I try to present these things as humor, because otherwise neither you nor I could take it for very long, but in the end, they are not funny, they are despicable acts of betrayal, not just of our country, but of everything that decent people are supposed to embrace.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Last Person on Earth That Should Have His (Small) Hands on Nuclear Weapons

Donald Trump, speaking today about the Democratic convention:

"I wanted to hit a couple of those speakers so hard. I would of hit them...no no.. I was going to hit them...I was all set...Then I got a call from a highly respected governor that said "how's it going, Donald?" I said "it's going good, but they are saying very bad things about me. I'm going to hit them so hard". I was going to hit one guy in particular. A very little guy. I was going to hit him so hard his head would spin; wouldn't know what happened."

How can anyone want that running the country?  How can anyone think he has the capacity to make rational decisions?  How can people imagine that the country could survive this sort of a leader?

One thing that has been bothering me is the suspicion that there is actually an almost overwhelming urge toward self-destruction among Republicans; they don't just want to destroy their enemies, they actually seem to have an apocalyptic longing to bring everything down around them, crushing themselves too.  The scary thing is that there is absolutely no way to reach people that mad.  We can only hope that in the end, a lot of them will back away from the cliff.

Donald Sweetens the Deal

And now, Donald Trump is offering Vladimir Putin more in return for Russian espionage on his behalf:

"Trump to look at recognizing Crimea as Russian territory, lifting sanctions...The United States, along with the EU, has refused to recognize the annexation"

So, here is how the deal between Trump and the Russian dictator now stands:

Trump got:  the product of Russian spying on the United States, which caused a momentary, minor embarrassment to his opponent in the Presidential race.

Trump gave up:  The security of Europe, our nation's word about its foreign commitments, the Constitutional guarantee that treaties will be honored, and now the independence of an area the Russians invaded, and the freedom of its people.

Does anyone see this as the work of the World's Greatest Negotiator?  There has never been a greater sham in the history of American politics, and man, that is saying something.

Well, That Was Quick

From the Wall Street Journal, although the news is lots of places by now:

"PHILADELPHIA – Bernie Sanders said he plans to return to the Senate as an independent, despite winning 13 million votes in the Democratic Party’s presidential primary contest."

The jerk couldn't even wait to the end of the convention to sing adios to the party, after milking them for all the support and attention he could get.  This is exactly why the DNC and the superdelegates were against him from the beginning- he was nothing but a parasite on the party, using it for his own purposes, and if the party does not protect itself from being used by such people, it won't have any reason to exist.

However great many of the policies Bernie supported may have been, he has revealed himself during the last six months to be a self-serving politician with little grasp of what it means to be a Democrat, and no concern for the welfare of the party. What possible reason could there ever have been for the party to allow him to be their candidate?

A Real Analogy to Putin

Of course, we have seen Vladimir Putin compared to every dictator that anyone can think of, but it occurred to me that no one has mentioned someone who forms, I think, a true analogy to Putin- Napoleon.

As in Russia, France in 1787 experienced the sudden collapse of a totalitarian government, followed by a period of political and economic chaos that lasted several years.  In the vacuum, a strong man emerged who, at first, seemed to have limited goals for himself, but gradually decided that he would rather be an emperor than a more ordinary political leader.

French rationality and relative liberalism asserted itself in Napoleon's case.  Yes, the French people had to endure the rule of a couple of Napoleon's incompetent descendants for a few generations, but they managed to extricate themselves from that, and went on to become a democracy.  Russians seem to have a far more autocratic streak than the French, so we will have to see how long they let Putin get away with his behavior.

Your Republican Nominee

I'll be reposting this occasionally, since apparently the mainstream press has already pretty much lost interest:


In the New York Times today:

"The Clinton campaign immediately accused Mr. Trump of both encouraging Russian espionage against the United States and meddling in domestic politics."

I see.  The Clinton campaign accused Trump of doing this.  Nothing but a partisan claim, right?  No way of knowing if it is actually true or not.  That's their position and they are sticking to it.  For the one day until they forget Trump's monstrous abomination, and go back to bitching about Hillary's e-mails.

Trump is a traitor, and Debbie Wasserman Schulz was mean to Bernie.  Exactly identical, except that Trump's treason can be forgotten after a day.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Up is Down

And black is white, right is wrong and, well, you get where I am going.

Here is the Trump campaign's response to the third day of the Democratic convention, and hold on tight- it's a bumpy ride falling into a black hole:

"Tonight was a sad night for the Democratic Party. They offered no solutions for the problems facing America - in fact, they pretended those problems didn't even exist."

Those problems, of course, being too many black and brown people, with way too easy lives, a problem which the Democrats certainly do not acknowledge.

"They described a vision of America that doesn't exist for most Americans, including the seventy percent of Americans who think our country is on the wrong track. Never has a party been so disconnected from what is happening in our world."

"Instead of dealing with reality, they spoke in cheap, petty terms beneath the dignity of a convention."

Did you hear that from the Democrats, or did you, maybe, hear that exact thing last week from the Republicans, cursing Hillary and calling her Satanic and demanding that she be sent to prison?

"Their entire message could be summed up as: things are perfect, let's not change a single thing."

Really?  Free college education, more medical care, prison reform and an ever more respected foreign policy are not changes, I guess.  Well, that comment was just a setup for the following preposterous blaming of Democrats for their own failings:


"So they resorted to the politics of fear,"


The politics of fear.  Something the Republicans, and particularly Trump, would never resort to, I guess..  And if this seems strange to you, let me explain.  For a couple of decades now, whenever the Republicans have resorted to low, dirty dealing with the American people, they have systematically screamed that the Democrats are doing the same thing.  This is an attempt to give the press the excuse they are always looking for to portray the evil behavior of the Republican party as something indulged in by both parties- a strategy that has worked amazingly well for them, and will continue to do so as long as the press is in the tank for their Republican owners.


"trying to convince Americans not to vote for change -- they spoke on behalf of the big banks and the big elites, not on behalf of suffering Americans. They want to keep the system rigged for their donors. Period."


Did you hear any of that on Wednesday?  Did you notice that the Democrats had not a word to say about suffering Americans?  Did you ever notice that it is the Republican party that is owned by their rich donors and has done nothing for a hundred years that does not benefit them?  And in the meantime, the Democrats have brought us Social Security, deposit insurance, civil rights legislation, environmental protection and now health care for twenty million more Americans, with the Republicans fighting them every step of the way.  The Republicans, of course, brought us Citizens United and a near depression brought on by revoking Democratic regulations on rich investors.


"Rigged trade deals, a rigged economy, and open borders that benefit the few at the expense of the many."


More bullshit.  Right now, I've had about enough explaining.


"Our campaign offers a bold, exciting, detailed vision for the future. Tonight, the Democrats' offered only more rewards for the rich, powerful and well-connected, and more angry, demeaning, sniping attacks against all decent Americans who want change for their families."


It is Trump and the Republicans that offer massive tax cuts for the rich, and equally massive destruction of Social Security, Medicare, and every other thing on earth that benefits anyone but the rich.  Every one of us knows that perfectly well, but here's the thing:  For every person who actually watched the Democratic convention (or the Republican one, or the debates that will come) a hundred hear about them via these Republican lies.  And a certain number of them- the same ones that believe that Hillary is a corrupt liar and that Trump is a great businessman, not a cheap criminal, will eat these lies up.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TRAITOR

The only campaign against Donald Trump, which should be repeated by every Democrat over and over again between now and November:

Donald Trump currently has over $600 million in debts, compared to about $170 million in liquid assets.  After his ability to borrow money from American banks was severely curtailed by his four bankruptcies, he had to go overseas.  He borrowed a fair amount from the Germans, but also a great deal from Russians, which means rich oligarchs aligned with Vladimir Putin.  If these Russians call in his debts, his entire empire will crumble away to nothing, in a fifth disastrous bankruptcy.

Suddenly, Julian Assange has released thousands of e-mails that are being reported as damaging to Democrats.  Remember that Assange lives in Russia, where he could be ejected at any moment, to face long prison terms in other countries, so Assange is under threat, and no one could  want to be under threat from Putin.

There is virtually no question that these e-mails were stolen by Russian state security agents, who hacked into Democratic servers.  They have now been delivered to Trump, via Assange, for him to use in his campaign, which he is thrilled to do.

In return, the absurdly self-named "greatest negotiator on earth" has now stated and today restated that he is willing to walk away from the United States' most sacred treaty commitment, to protect the other members of NATO if they are attacked.  Trump states that, unless European members of NATO pay the United States unspecified amounts of money, we will not come to their defense.  Of course, President Trump could make the amount so great that no nation could pay it, and then blame them for our treachery.  This is nothing but extortion, and under the worst possible circumstances.

Trump has improvidently fallen into debt and then, like the victim of a loan shark in some film noir movie, is being forced to do the criminal's bidding.  To be blunt, he is a traitor, enslaved by a hostile foreign dictator.

And this is who the Republicans want as their President.

Let me repeat this:  I am not throwing around the word "traitor" the way Republicans do every day at Obama, Hillary and anyone else they are mad at.  I am saying this entirely seriously:  This is a man who is prepared to destroy the rule of law and betray this country and its allies, and allow Russia to seize untold territory in Europe, undoubtedly precipitating the greatest war since World War II, in order to save himself from financial humiliation. He is a traitor.  And this must form the basis for the campaign against him.  Half truths will not do any more- we must state the whole truth, and stick to it.


UPDATE:

Donald J. Trump:  "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."


Well, it's a couple of days later, and I think we can drop any pretext about what Trump is up to.  In a press conference today, Trump called on the Russians to hack into State Department files to release more e-mails which he alleges to exist.  That is, he has called on a hostile foreign government to commit espionage against the United States.  At this point, this act of treachery seems to be one hundred percent fine with Republicans across the country.  Trump is an open traitor at this point, and the self-styled patriots who support him are hardly any better.  Can our country have really gone this far off the rails that this is acceptable to one of our main political parties?

And let me reiterate what is at stake here.  This is not some minor ideological dispute.  Trump is openly promising not to intervene if the Russians invade Europe, starting a massive war.  He is just fine with that.  And not one single Republican leader that I know of has really repudiated him.

The country has had plenty of bad Presidential candidates over the years, and some of them have sadly been elected (remember that last Bush guy,) but never have we been faced with the prospect of a traitorous, power mad and openly insane person with a real chance to get into the White House.  This country has never really faced a crisis like this.  Can the Republicans and the mainstream press sweep this under the rug?  We'll wait and see.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Treason

Real treason?  Not the phony kind that Republicans are always raving about, but real, Reagan style treason?  I guess it depends about what counts as an enemy when the Constitution talks about adhering to our enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

So, here is what we know today:  Trump has committed himself to abandoning the United States' long standing treaty obligations to defend NATO countries against attack by Russia, and in return, the Russian dictator has had his people hack into Democratic party e-mails and release embarrassing information, right before the Democratic convention.

This is, at best, skating right up to the edge of treason, and depending on how you feel about what Putin is up to, real honest to God treason.

But the press, which has made a years-long story about two innocuous e-mails from Hillary Clinton, until a large number of Americans think she belongs in prison, will not care about this story.

You see, both sides do not do it.  If it's bad, only Democrats do it, even if it's only sending a perfunctory e-mail to Kofi Annan.  From Iran-Contra to the Iraq aggression and Cheney's outing of Valerie Plame, to Republican Senators conspiring with another country to destroy the administration's ability to conduct foreign affairs, to this latest outrage, sedition or even treason is just fine if a Republican does it.

And that is why we are not going to have a country much longer.  If the press and the Republicans (and a foreign dictator,) working together as usual, fail to elect Trump, the Republicans will only start the next day to undermine the Democratic Presidency, and four years from now, they will undoubtedly produce an even worse traitor to offer the country.


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I need only add to this that the World's Greatest Negotiator gave away the United States' sacred treaty obligations, and the safety of Europe, and in return got a few semi-embarrassing e-mails.  Even the weak Obama would have probably gotten a few bottles of vodka in the deal.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Megalomania

I think that finally locking up the Republican nomination has driven Trump from an ugly egotism to a truly pathological megalomania.

If you ever saw Citizen Kane, you may remember this, which is the most famous image from the film, and represents the delusional state that Kane had fallen into as his power grew:

Well, count on Trump to bring it to life, and do it one better:
Is this what party politics is supposed to be about, a chance for one person to indulge himself in a massive fit of substanceless self-promotion?

Trump released a thirty second commercial on Twitter yesterday.  My computer knowledge is not great enough to link to it here, but I suggest you look at it at Little Green Footballs, where I found it.  There is not a word of speaking in the sound track, just some ominous music over pictures of him speaking at the Republican convention, and audience reaction shots.  Supered over this is the following text:

“75 MINUTES TOTAL SPEECH TIME,”

“24 MINUTES TOTAL APPLAUSE,”

“33% TIME SPENT APPLAUDING.”

He doesn't have time to spend a second about who he is or what he believes in, or even in slandering his opponent.  No, this is just a sick self-congratulatory rant, before the entire country, about how wonderful he is and about how everyone thinks he is the greatest thing that ever happened to this
country.  As if, by the way, there is anyone oblivious enough to think that the applause at a candidate's acceptance speech is totally spontaneous, and not just part of the show.

You see, Trump cares about nothing but stroking his monstrously sick ego.  He doesn't give a damn about anyone but himself, and doesn't think about anything but how to make people cower and accept their roles as walkons in his spectacular, self-aggrandizing show.  The rest of us be damned, and what a wonderful thing that would be for the country if he becomes President, huh?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

As we have now reached the point where we have a national politicial convention screaming en masse for the imprisonment of the Presidential candidate of the other party, on false, lying charges, and some even calling for her public execution, the sort of nonsense on a few malicious blogs may seem pretty insignificant, but it's my job, so I'll just get on with it, by going mainstream for a minute:

Jill Philipovic, New York Times:  "Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas"

Because they have big tits?  I mean really, Jill, why do you think?

"The Republican Party has long praised traditional family values and intrinsic differences between men and women, while Democrats emphasize egalitarianism and expanding opportunities for women and girls."

Family values- a rich guy dumping his second wife to take up with a foreign model.  Yup, family values.  Thank you, New York Times, for explaining this to us.  I'll go back to my explanation, Jill:  It's about the big tits.  Deal with it.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Hillary Can't Stop Lying About Her Email Scandal"

"Lying," being Republican code language for "Democrat telling the truth."  The "e-mail scandal" now being reduced to two e-mails, both of which were pro forma responses from the Secretary of State, and neither one of which was either marked as classified, or contained a shred of secret information.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "GOP Senator Disagrees With RNC’s Prison Sentence for Hillary, Gets Praised by Her Team"

Because nothing is lower to a Conservative than being praised by a Democrat, particularly when it's for telling the truth.

And now, once again, it's Republican Humor time:

Well, two can play at that game:


Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Obama Is Too Incompetent To Pull Off A Coup... Turkey’s failed coup, combined with the disastrous disunity and polarization in the United States thanks to Barack Obama, have gotten people talking about whether it could happen here.  So, could Barack Obama pull off a coup to keep himself in power rather than turn over the keys to the Oval Office?"

Whatever.  Evil supergenius or incompetent boob, you decide.  Or maybe both at once.  Care for a little more?
"At the outset, what makes you think he would suddenly become competent enough to pull off that kind of sophisticated scheme, especially with him leading from behind the wheel of the Ivy League clown car that is his administration? These twits can’t even beat a bunch of Bedouin banditos sitting out in the open in the middle of a desert."

Now ISIS is a bunch of Bedouin Banditos.  And here, I thought they were Supernazis about to start World War III, with a billion howling Muslims at their backs. And notice that it's now the Democrats in the clown car.  Isn't that cute? And let's also have a word from Kurt about the Republicans' successor to Obama:

"Gracious as always, Trump’s victory speech promises that Attorney General Chris Christie’s first job will be to investigate and prosecute Pantsuit von Pervenabler and President Faily McWorsethanCarter."

Trump graciously promises to throw the current President and Trump's electoral opponent into prison.  Gee, that's nice.  Anyway, take a look at that cartoon again.

Man, things are getting uglier by the day.  And if you think Republicans are immune from the witch hunt:

Alan Keyes, Barb Wire:  "SHOULD ANTI-TRUMP GOP CONVENTION DELEGATES BE EXECUTED FOR TREASON?"

Maybe, maybe not.  Why not leave it to Trump to decide?

Streiff, Red State:  "SURPRISE. Trump Campaign Admits Plagiarism In Melania Trump’s Speech"

Well, it's always a surprise when a Republican tells the truth.

Ulysses Arn, Red State:  "Donald Trump’s Nomination Is A Farce And A Sham"

Yeah, but he's your farce and sham.  You built it, you own it.

Tom Knighton, PJ Media:  "Cleveland College Students 'Traumatized' by RNC Cops Staying in Their Dorms...Crybullies claim campus minorities have lost their "safe space."

Call me old fashioned, but I seem to remember something that went pretty much like this:  "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner..."   I guess technically, a dorm room is not a house, and a policeman is not (officially) a soldier, but still...

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Chris Christie Prosecutes Hillary Clinton on the RNC Floor"

Hate to break it to you, Tyler, but a speech full of lies in front of a howling mob is not a prosecution in this country.  Yet.

Robert Spencer, PJ Media:  "Not Just the Saudis: Iran's Huge Role in 9/11 Also Covered Up"

Perhaps because Iran's huge role in 9/11 was exactly nothing.  Anyone who really thinks Iran would collaborate with the Saudis on a thing like this, let alone anything at all, is a lunatic.  But Robert Spencer, who makes a living smearing Iran, says otherwise.  By the way, apparently Obama was in on it too, and the Iran nuclear deal last year was payback for Iran's role in 9/11, which was a great thing, according to Obama.

I particularly liked this:

"Imad Mughniyah, the most notable and notorious world terrorist of his time, an agent of Iran and a senior operative of Hizballah, facilitated the international travel of certain 9/11 hijackers to and from Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan, and perhaps various other locations for the purpose of executing the events of September 11, 2001."

"the most notable and notorious world terrorist of his time," despite the fact that no one has ever heard of him.

Aleister, Gateway Pundit:  "SHOCKER: Obama Won’t Punish Possible Hillary VP Pick Castro For Violating Federal Law"

His massive violation of federal law?  He endorsed Hillary.  Don't worry though- after Trump is elected, criminals like this will be arrested immediately.  The Republican rewriting of article 3 of the Constitution will henceforth be as follows:  "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort, or endorsing a Democrat for any office."  I mean, that's what the founding fathers intended, isn't it?  Really, if endorsing a Democrat doesn't count as giving aid and comfort to our enemies, what would?  From the benediction at the beginning of this year's Republican convention:

"And Republicans, we got to be united because our enemy is not other Republicans — but is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party."

Okay, I guess that's clear now.

Aleister, Gateway Pundit:  "REPORT: As President, Donald Trump Could Purge U.S. Government Of Obama Appointees"

Remember when, if you heard the word "purge," the first thing you would think of was Stalin?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Following Failed Coup Erdogan Fires 21,000 Teachers, 1,500 University Deans and Detains 9,000 Soldiers"

The horror.  See the item immediately above this one, if you've forgotten it already.

Rev. Austin Miles, Renew America:  "Following jihadist attack on Riviera, Obama extends welcome to Muslims--WHAT?"

Yeah, Reverend, I know, it is totally beyond your comprehension that an American President could act like a decent human being.  And by the way, the guy was a 31 year old street criminal who was mad at his wife, and who had absolutely no connection to Islamist groups.  As if you didn't already know that, when you told this lie.

Stanley Zir, Renew America:  "No candidate can stop Iran in time, only "we the people" can"

In time?  In time for what, lunch?  Because if it's not over by lunch, I'n not joining in.  By the way, "we the people" can't even stop people from going into whatever bathroom they want.  I wonder how, exactly, Stanley proposes to stop a country with a powerful army, half way around the world.

Linda Harvey, World Net Daily:  "Witch doctor jihad on little girls"

This was an interesting article which made the case for the notion that sending your daughter to a Planned Parenthood clinic is exactly the same as forcing her to go through genital mutilation.  Hey, makes sense, right?

John Dietrich, American Thinker:  "Hollywood Rubs Raw the Sores of Racial Discontent...Louis Farrakhan after watching Django Unchained stated, "It’s preparation for a race war.”

They're so desperate for someone that agrees with them, that they've befriended Louis Farrakhan now.

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker:  "Hillary’s cough is back"

Get over it, Thomas.  Thomas says it is forbidden to mention that.  I expect to hear any day now that he has disappeared without a trace for doing so.

Betsey Rothstein, Daily Caller:  "Our Long National Nightmare Is Over: Melania Speechwriter Speaks Out"

Nightmare?  I'd say more like laughing fit.  And sorry, Betsey, it ain't over until we stop laughing.

Steve Guest:  "Retired Marine Calls For Accountability For Hillary: 'Jail Or Firing Squad'

Justice, Republican style.

Don Boys, Barb Wire:  "IF MELANIA TRUMP IS A PLAGIARIST, WHAT WAS MARTIN LUTHER KING?"

He was a national hero who fought and gave his life to get justice for his people, not a two bit tramp who made a living off of her looks before getting a billionaire to dump his older wife and marry her.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "RNC Communications Director: Yeah, I Agree That Ted Cruz Is an A**hole"

Who doesn't?  Of course, what Republican isn't?

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "Hillary Lies, Cops Die"

Fuck you, Larry.  What other kind of answer do you think you deserve?

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "GOP Rep Slams Ted Cruz: What He Did Exposes Him as a 'Total Fraud'

Hmm.  Funny, I thought you were a fraud when you said things you didn't mean, not when you said what you do mean.  I guess "fraud" in Republican speak means you were honest for once.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Meanwhile, Rand Paul Is Curing the Blind"

When he raises the dead, get back to us.

Phyllis Schlafly, world's oldest hatemonger:  "“Our greatest presidents have all been men,”

Yeah, Phyllis, but our worst Presidents have all been men too.  That's a fact too.  And yes, she really said that.


And now, how about a little "both sides do it"

Brent Bozell, Town Hall:  "Dear Washington Post ranters: There's nothing "unprecedented" about calling your opponents criminals or wanting them dead. Liberals have excelled at that rhetoric forever."

Particularly in relation to the George W. Bush administration, apparently.  Bush and Cheney conducted a criminal war of aggression in which a million people were killed.  Hillary sent two e-mails.  A little bit of difference there, Brent, whether you can tell that or not.

Michael Barone, Town Hall:  "Is America Ready for a Disruptive President?  Disruptive. That's a good word to describe Donald Trump's presidential candidacy...Apple disrupted the music industry; Uber disrupted the taxi cartels; Amazon disrupted the mega-bookstores. Global competition has been disrupting American manufacturing for decades."

See?  Starting World War III is just like inventing the I-pad.

Kyle Foley, Red State:  "The Era of Trump Has Killed Conservative Integrity"

Ha ha ha ha.  Conservative integrity.  Ha Ha.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "How Sad… Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Leftists and NeverTrumpers Adopt Same Message for America"

What same message?  That Donald Trump is a sick, violent lunatic who doesn't belong near government on any level?  The sad thing is that it took this to get Ted Cruz and Hillary on the same side for once.

Patrice Lewis, World Net Daily:  "About a year and a half ago, I got a new laptop. It was something of a struggle to find one that wasn’t pre-loaded with Windows 10, but we succeeded. And the first thing I did – almost literally, the first thing – was to put a double piece of tape over the tiny webcam built into the machine.  Call me paranoid, but the thought of having an electronic eye focused on me is just creepy.  Nor do we own smart phones. How many millions – or is it billions by now? – of people are walking around with personal GPS trackers in their pockets, leaving cyber trails everywhere they go?"

I would be very concerned, Patrice, that the Feds have implanted tracking chips in the tinfoil that you wrap around your head.

Aaron Klein, Breitbart:  "EXCLUSIVE – Alex Jones on Ailes: They’re Coming Next for Drudge, InfoWars, Breitbart"

What, did they sexually harrass women too?  They are right wingers, so it's a pretty good bet.

Kevin Daley, Daily Caller:  "Sessions: Sotomayor May Not Be Religious Enough To Be SCOTUS Justice"

Apparently, neither Kevin nor Senator Sessions ever heard this: " no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."  I guess because it isn't in the second amendment, it just doesn't count.

And you know what?  I'm pulling the plug on this post right now.  Enough is enough, or in Green Eagle's case, too much is enough.  See you soon with a new heap of offensive trash.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Well, That Didn't Take Long

So, the sweepstakes for how long after the Republican convention it would take Donald Trump to gnaw through the bars of his cage and go loping down the street with fangs bared are over.  And if your bet was more than about 20 hours, you lose, sucker.

As has been widely reported now,

"Trump just held one of his weirdest, Cruz-bashing, JFK conspiracy theorizing rallies ever"

In which he already forgot that he is supposed to be running for President, and spent the time in a detailed airing of his personal hatred for Ted Cruz, including once again accusing Cruz's father of having been involved in the assassination of JFK.

As if, by the way, in light of his open threats directed at Hillary Clinton, Trump would even be against the assassination of a Democratic President.

It's all okay, though, perfectly within the range of acceptable political behavior, because, as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell suggests:


"McConnell says supporting Trump is fine, because if push comes to shove, we can always have a coup."

That's right- McConnell admits that Trump may try to turn the country into a dictatorship, but all we would have to do to stop him is have a military coup and permanently destroy democratic government and the rule of law in the United States.  Isn't that a far better prospect than letting Hillary Clinton pick a moderate Supreme Court Justice or two, or missing out on a chance to start World War III?


Thursday, July 21, 2016

It's Over, Thank God

Forty minutes late, Trump just finished his acceptance speech- the longest acceptance speech since at least 1972.  And now they are playing "You can't always get what you want,"  I kid you not.  they know the Stones are supposed to be good, but apparently none of them ever bothered to spend any time actually listening to the Stones.

He sure was angry.  Who cares what this nasty narcissist had to say?  We all know what he is really about.

But of course, let's not forget Chris Matthews' take away from all of this "the balloons dropped magnificently."  Well, it's all okay then, if we end up living in a third world dictatorship.

This News In: He's Still Dead

A fairly gratifying result from one of the most Conservative courts in the United States:

"Texas’ voter identification law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. 

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed previous rulings that the 2011 voter ID law — which stipulates the types of photo identification election officials can and cannot accept at the polls — does not comply with the Voting Rights Act.
The 5th Circuit is considered one of the country’s most conservative appellate courts, with 1o of its 15 members having been appointed by Republican presidents. 
The case centered on whether Texas discriminated against Hispanic and African-American voters when it passed the legislation: Senate Bill 14.
(Texas Attorney General Ken) Paxton, Gov. Greg Abbott and other proponents argued that the law was needed to bolster security at the ballot box by preventing voter fraud, but opponents cite the paucity of proven in-person voter fraud in the state and argue the intent was to undercut the electoral strength of the state’s growing minority population..."

There can be no informed American on earth who believes the Republican claims about such laws. Everyone knows that they are patently illegal and anti-democratic attempts to rig the electoral system in favor of Republicans.  But as with other issues that I have discussed since the welcomed death of Antonin Scalia, judges across the country accepted the Republicans' miserable excuses for mangling the law, out of fear of a five member Supreme Court majority bullied into compliance by the corrupt intellectual thug Scalia.  The fear of being reversed, and reversed in the most scathing, humiliating terms in a morally bankrupt "opinion" written by Scalia, has caused judges all over the country to simply let the right (and more importantly, the rich) have its way over and over again, in clear defiance of the law.

Well, it is a blessed new world now.  The removal of this one miserable criminal has resulted in ripples of actual, real justice, reverberating throughout the judicial system, and hooray for that.  Can any decent person hope to see this curtailed by Donald Trump, who will appoint one more criminal to the Bench, bringing about perhaps another thirty or forty years of corrupt decision making across this country? Because this is just one of the results that we will face if Trump can con his way into the White House in November.  This election is our chance to stop things like Citizens United, Bush v. Gore and Heller V. District of Columbia from turning the United States into a lawless hell.

Lowering the Bar, Professional Style

Tucker Carlson, Fox News:  "The headline of the week so far is, this convention is not a disaster, which is a massive victory for Trump."

Well, leaving aside the fact that this convention is the biggest disaster of any nominating convention in the history of the country, both in its chaos and open display of hatred, and in the end result, "not a disaster" in running a four day party isn't really that high a bar for someone they think is suitable to run the country, is it?  Apparently, all the Republicans have to do now to have a massive victory is to avoid drawing their AR-15's and having a gun battle on national TV.

"I don’t know a single reporter, I don’t know a single Republican poobah who was not predicting last week this was going to be a massive mess... you’re going to see the party fractured...So for Trump, I think, and this is not propaganda, I think it’s real, it’s a win not to fail here."

If Hillary raises her voice for one second, it will prove that she is unqualified to be President, and if she does not have Democratic party leaders refusing to come or actually stabbing her in the back on stage, it will be a sign that the Democrats are an elite, totalitarian cult.

And the media will buy into it; the same media that ignored the fact that one Republican speaker turned the audience, the leaders of the Republican party, into a violent, howling mob lusting for sacrifice, with just a couple minutes' incitement. And others called Hillary an actual follower of Satan, or called for her execution for treason. Business as usual, folks.  Nothing to see here.  And certainly not any kind of a sign of how Donald Trump intends to run the country.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's Good For Donald Trump!!!

Yes, we finally see the national breakout of the inevitable reinterpretation of every event, no matter how humiliating for the Republicans, as good for them.

The day's speeches have only been over for a half an hour, and here we get Chuck Todd and Nicole Wallace explaining how Ted Cruz's unbelievable non-endorsement of Trump is actually Good For Trump!  He united the audience behind Trump!  I can't think of a single incident in my lifetime where a speaker at a national convention didn't endorse the candidate. This is a colossal affront.

The audience elected him as their standard bearer just two days ago, but were apparently not united behind Trump.  Now, the Republicans are united behind Trump!  Let the games begin, because it is now a new day!  It's all good for Trump, from here on out!!!

God, I would have thought that the press having made total asses of themselves reinterpreting everything in 2008 as good for McCain, until the phrase became a joke, would have given them pause about starting up with the same idiotic line again.  But they will, apparently, never change, because they get paid not to.

There is never going to be a single second where the corporate press confronts the fact that the election of Trump will literally be the worst political disaster in the world since Hitler wormed his way into controlling the German government.  And never let yourself forget- Hitler was not in possession of four thousand nuclear weapons. This is an obvious fact, but it means nothing to them.  A gigantic depression that makes the last one look like a picnic, and a world war that will make the last one of those look like a walk in the park too- that is what they are risking, but they just don't care.  Talk about sedition or treason- what has any spy ever done that risked more damage to our country than that being done in full view of the world by the Republican party and the corporate press?

Republican Convention Day 3

I really can't take actually watching this, or pretending that there is one thing rational or normal about it.  The audience was screaming about throwing Hillary in prison almost from the first moment.  I'll just stand by speaker Laura Ingram, pretty much summing up what this whole thing is about:
I always thought they would make a lot more effort to hide what they really are behind a thick veneer of Lonesome Rhodes style folksiness, but I guess that didn't last long.

Anyone still wondering, as I used to, how it happened in Germany in the thirties?




By the way, if you don't get the reference to Lonesome Rhodes, you owe it to yourself to find a way to see the movie "A Face in the Crowd."  It has turned out to be one of the most prophetic films you will ever see, as well as a peerless serious performance for Andy Griffith, before he spent his career being a professional nice guy.  Here's a sample:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaLQMs_VDLw

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Donald Trump Jr. Speaks

His speech, reduced to one sentence:  "Please, Dad, don't cut me out of the will."

A Cornucopia of Excuses for Melania

And I mean it is stunning.  As you undoubtedly know by now, Melania Trump, for a reason which we will probably never understand, plagiarized, of all people, Michelle Obama in her speech to the republican convention.  Well, I thought it would be amusing to see what sort of tortured reason wingnuts would come up with, to make this colossal humiliation disappear.  I must say, I was pretty stunned by the sheer variety of their rationalizations, a sample of which I want to share with you:

All the reasons Lying Trump's lying wife's plagiarism doesn't count, courtesy of a cursory trip around the wingnuttosphere:

It didn't even really happen:

"Those lines do not belong to Mooch. They are lines from other famous speeches."

"Actually the paragraph has been in use since 1748 in English Literature."

"I believe the words that were supposedly plagiarized were not copywritten"

"You can't "plagiarize" from the common lexicon.  The 'mooose's' "speech" wasn't copyrighted and used common 'language'.

"Melania Trump delivered a powerful and flawless speech last night at the Republican National Convention"

It was nothing:

"Be real...should this even be todays topic?"

"But my point is Michelle gave the same speech as many others before her to no outcry of foul! No biggie just a bunch of chumps crying in their corn flakes this morning, waste of time."

"She spoke her heart. There are only so many words in the English language. Who cares who said them 1st? In this case they apply."

"Do the political swells so concerned with this “scandal” really think that anyone’s vote would be swayed by whether Melania voiced the same bromides as Michelle?"

It wasn't plagiarism, as far as I am concerned:

"Words that are "basically the same" (your own words) are not plagiarized."

I Blame Obama:

"Things like this didn't need to be said until the Obamas wrecked the country"

"When Michelle said it, it wasn't really needed. The children and their futures didn't seem so bleak. But now, after Obama and coming from her these words are more fitting. Or, we can all act our age and realize how it don't matter."

I blame Michelle:

"What they are doing is worshiping at the feet of Michelle Obama by tell you that her speech in 2008 was so perfect Melania Trump had to plagiarize her because Melania Trump is not both smart and beautiful."

It was okay because even though the words came from a Michelle speech, they were so much better when Melania said them:

"...the truth is, the sentiment behind those 2 similar lines sounded more sincere coming from Melania than when Mooch uttered them."

"Michelle might have used similar words, but like everything else she, Obama, and the liberals say, they were just lies designed to match what they believed the voters wanted to hear."

 "MELANIA said what she means, and means what she says."

"The Wookie didn't believe or mean a word of what she said. That is a glaring difference!"

Melania actually did the world a service by plagiarizing Michelle:

"Melania Trump Strikes a Blow to Outdated Seventies Feminism"

The Clintons are crooked!  Look over here!

"As it has been well documented the Clinton political crime family played this slimy card before during the 2008 primary season against Obama and back then it was treated as nothing more than a political attack by the same media outlets that are feigning their "outrage" today. It didn't work then and it will not work this time either."

"Merely Clinton wildly slinging poop at Melania in a fit of rage."

Melania is so hot that she gets to do anything:

"The left is so jealous of the real beauty of this woman they can't stand themselves and their monster is showing."

"Ludicrous to believe that Trump's beautiful wife would need to steal parts of a speech from Michael 0bama."

Melania loves this country and Michelle doesn't so Melania is allowed to steal Michelle's words:

"Melania has always loved this country. . .unlike the mooch." 

"As potential First Lady, she stands taller and far more genuine and with less of a dark history than the other notable female in this election."

"Barack and Michelle are so dumb that it is impossible to steal from them:"

"This is pretty rich considering the fact that neither Barack nor Michelle have had an original thought in the years that we have been forced to know them."

Michelle, uh, I mean Munchelle, stole it first:

"What I hear is Munchelle stole that speech of hers from Saul Alinsky."

Pay no attention to this because Obama is about to close down the election and stay in the White House:

"I hate to burst everyones bubble, but if O isn't put on the stand through impeachment proceedings, and I mean like yesterday, then there's about a 70-85% chance, depending on how you calculate it, that there won't be an election...This must be addressed. If people are too scared to outright call him a treasonous traitor, and inciter of violence, towards whites, and especially police, then they can simply say the Resident has shown a lack of capacity to recognize a "clear and present danger to the United States of America" and thus must be removed from office, on the grounds of "mental instability"."

Michelle is not even a human being, but an animal, and everybody knows you can't plagiarize from an animal:

"Why is it that Moooochelle Obama is never seen visiting any of our Country's Zoos ?  Hmmmmmm ..... Oh, oh, I know ! ...... Riots at the "Primate Bldg." are hard to control !"

It's okay to plagiarize Michelle because she lives in the White House, at the expense of American taxpayers, which is an outrage even if she is the first lady:

"Michelle Obama is embarrassed to be an American. But, it hasn't stopped her from living off the backs of the American taxpayers"

This is a cynical plot by the left, which knew in advance that Melania was going to plagiarize Michelle, so whatever happened, Melania is innocent.

"Such contrived nonsense. The Left had this response PRE-PLANNED and ready! Their talking points were written before Melania even took the stage!"

Let's just kill the messenger:

"CNN: The Clinton Negro Network"

Everybody does it:

"The content of these two paragraphs are de rigueur in political speeches."

Pretty stunning, huh?  I've always said that one of the most persistent characteristics of right wingers is their inability to admit anything wrong they ever do.  This is a classic example, and a great specimen of "Bobby took the cookies, not me" reasoning, which has proven so useful to Conservatives.

Cosplayers in Cleveland

Doesn't this make you feel safer, Northern Ohio?

Highlight of Republican Convention Day 1?

Trump got a former underwear model to lecture the country on how Obama is a foreign Muslim.


This is, I believe, a first for a national political convention.  I'd have volunteered to speak myself if I had known how hard up they were.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sovereign

People who read my blog know I have covered the Sovereign Citizen movement, classified as the most violent terroris movement in the country, for years.  Let me briefly outline a few facts about them:

The Sovereign Citizens are essentially an outgrowth of the "Posse Comitatus" movement of the eighties, which eventually morphed into the right wing militias.  This was mixed together with another movement I have written about, Christian Identity, which is a virulent and violent form of white racist supremacy.  It is ironic that this malignant group has attracted quite a few black adherents in recent years, but there it is.

Sovereign Citizens are filled with anti-government hatred, which has provoked many attacks and murders of police, judges and other government employees over the years, and this guy has provided us with one more example.

Gavin Eugene Long is, in fact, not a left winger or a Black Lives Matter activist; he is a right wing terrorist like Timothy McVeigh or any of the other hate-filled jackasses that have been generated by racist hatred.  Of course, the press will never talk about this, so he will remain for decades a tool of the right to spread their lies.

If you are interested in some more information about the Sovereign Citizen movement, you might want to look here.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

ISIS on the March, Turkey on its Knees

So, in the last year, we've seen ISIS go from running military bases and oil refineries, controlling major cities and large swaths of territory, to carrying out random suicide bombings wherever they can get away with it, and now trying to take credit for what was clearly the act of a deranged petty criminal with no apparent political connections at all.

This is not the path of a successful movement.  It seems like I should hardly need to say this, but a large part of the Republican party is still hiding under their beds and crying in fear about them.  A very limited military campaign on the part of a few countries has succeeded in damaging them, probably beyond recovery.

I remind you that, from 1935 to 1945, the German military had 35 million members, and was backed up by the greatest industrial base and the greatest military technology the world had ever seen.  ISIS had a few tens of thousands of fighters at their peak, no industrial base and no technology; nothing but a few stolen oil fields.  And yet, Obama was savaged by the right for describing them as "the JV team."  As usual, he was right, but they screamed ten times louder.

And now, Turkey.  Look at what we have there:  A near-dictator running the country, a military only marginally under his control, a long-standing (and rather justified) insurgency on the part of an abused minority...to me, this sounds pretty similar to the condition of Turkey's neighbor Syria, just a few years ago.  Could Turkey be the next Syria, the next Islamic country to dissolve into chaos and violence, sucked into the vacuum that still swirls around the century old wreck of the Ottoman Empire?

At this point I wouldn't bet on this, at least because Europe has so much interest in preventing it from happening, but I'm not sure I would bet against it either.  Fun times ahead, huh?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Wingnut Wrapup

Whee!  Down the chute again!


Let's start with a taste of Conservative "humor"


Well, it's the best they can do.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "President George W. Bush: We Are Grief Stricken, Heartbroken and Forever Grateful"

The first time in eight years that I've heard a Republican use the word "President" and the name George W. Bush in the same sentence.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall: "House GOP Chairmen Formally Request Perjury Probe of Clinton"


Because of course he did.  Talk about dog bites man.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Hillary Releases New Ad About Trump 'Admiring' Dangerous Dictators"

And? I mean, doesn't he?  Putin, Saddam, Kim Jong Un...sounds like a pack of dangerous dictators to me.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Ted Cruz Continues to Lay the Groundwork for a Future Run With a Pre-Convention Meeting"

Oh boy, I can hardly wait.   But won't he be pretty old by the time President Trump's ten terms are over?


And now, time for a stupid picture:


Yeah, women are perfectly capable of competing with men.  Of course, in the business world, they always lose out.  I wonder why that might be.

PJ Media Staff:  "Remember When Al Sharpton Said to Kill Police Officers?"

No.

Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Black Lives protest and mass murder -- Original message lost"

Lost on you, Laurie.  And people like you.  The message is always lost on people like you.  Maybe they need to shout it a little louder, so you hear what they are saying.

World Net Daily:  "City rips secret planting of Syrian 'refugees'

And a good thing, too.  Planting?  No matter how much you water them, they are never going to grow.

World Net Daily:  "NASA cuts live feed as 'mysterious UFO enters atmosphere'

Just in case you needed a little more to be worried about.  I'm guessing the aliens are just helping Paul Ryan disappear to Mars until next week is over.


And now, for today's fashion corner:

Roger Stone, Daily Caller:  "Cool When The Weather Gets Hot: The Seersucker Suit...A seersucker suit recalls the nobility and charm of the southern gentleman."

Okay then.  If you want people to think you are a "southern gentleman" you know how to do it. Or you could just wave one of these:


Daily Caller "Sponsored content:"  "Dinesh D’Souza Uncovers The Democratic Party’s Plan To Steal America"

The Democratic plan to steal America from the Koch brothers, who deserve to keep it because they only stole it themselves a few years ago, and so far it's working out so well for them.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "New York Post: FBI Agents Tell Us Lynch and Clinton Struck a Deal on That Plane"

What FBI agents, and what do they know?

“FBI agents believe there was an inside deal put in place after the Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac meeting,” said one source."

One, of course unnamed, source, who doesn't know this, but "believes" it.  Not what the headline says, however.  No need for evidence when you are a right winger.  The truth is whatever you want it to be.  Katy finishes her post by saying this:

"Move along, nothing to see here."

Katy tells the truth, for once.

Dan Spencer, Red State:  "Here is the Latest Democrat Attempt to Ruin the American Economy"

By raising the minimum wage.  That would ruin the American economy.  Giving the entire country to a few dozen rich sociopaths, on the other hand, is sound fiscal policy, as can be seen from the last time we really tried it, in the 1920's.

Steve McCann, American Thinker:  "Bringing Down the Left...Once we admit the truth, a tested strategy is right in front of our eyes."

I can't say I really read this article, but I'm betting that the strategy involves guns.

Awr Hawkins, Breitbart:  "NRA Ad: Young, Black, Female, and Armed"

And stupid.

The Federalist:  "Could The Terror Attack In Nice Push France Into A Civil War?"

No.  But keep up the dream, Federalist guys.  Where there's life, there's hope.  Or in your case, where there's death there's hope.

Henry Scanlon, The Federalist:  "Hillary Managed Her Emails Like Criminals I’ve Known"

And just about every other person on earth that is not an IT guy.  Forgot to mention that, Henry.  By the way, how many criminals do you know, and how do you happen to know them well enough that you are aware of how they handle their e-mails?  Just wondering.

Cheryl Chumley, News with Views:  "Gun Control? Try Prescription Pill Control First ...Seems like pill control might be the better argument"

Hate to break it to you, Cheryl, but there is already massive prescription pill control in this country.  Don't believe me?  Try walking up to the pharmacy counter and buying some Oxy or Vicoden over the counter.  Maybe you should have a doctor's orders to buy a gun too, huh?

Ron Edwards, News with Views:  "Many activists want to change America into a progressive socialist amoral cesspool"

Really?  I'd like to hear the names of some progressives who are for an amoral cesspool.  Of course, what Ron means by "amoral" is a country that can't be bought by the highest bidder.

Paul McGuire, News with Views:  "Dallas To Cleveland - Planned Chaos?  We are seeing bizarre news coverage of heavily armed shooters"

Apparently, we should be just ignoring these things, or something.  It's not clear what Paul is calling for, but he seems to think it's all part of an Obama administration plot to ruin the Republican convention by having a crazy guy kill police in Texas.  Don't worry, Paul, the Republicans are taking care of ruining their convention all by themselves.

Bradlee Dean, News with Views:  "How many crimes do the Clintons need to be exposed for before the American people lawfully deal with themselves?"

One.

How about starting off with one, Bradlee.  When you find a real one, and not just one more massively financed Republican smear, get back to us, why don't you?

Alex Pappas, Daily Caller:  "Conservatives Rejoice At Trump's Pick Of Pence"

Doesn't take much to get them excited, does it?


Larry O'Connor, Hot Air:  "ESPN hypocrites celebrate Black Lives Matter at ESPYS while silencing Schilling, Lewis over their politics"

Celebrating inclusiveness while silencing hatred and racism- the bastards!

Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review Online:  "The Planned Parenthood Investigation: One Year Later"

Still nothing.  Time for another House committee.  And no, I am not kidding.

Ron Ewart, National Review Online:  "It’s Not About Assault Rifles, It’s About Defending Freedom"

Tell the truth, Ron.  It's about gun company profits.  And Republican legislators that are scared to death of being primaried by someone who is even a bigger right wing asshole than they are.

Betty Treauf, News with Views:  " Hitler was one of the good guys"

Just spit it right out there, Betty.  You're only one step ahead of the rest of the Repubicans at this point.

Caroline May, Breitbart:  "Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Left Nice Hours Before Attack"

Just hours before...sounds a little suspicious to me.  After all, he is a black man, just like the Dallas killer.  I think we need seven or eight House committees to investigate this, what do you think?

Trent Baker, Breitbart:  "COMMENTATOR RIPS LENA DUNHAM: ‘I HATE THIS B*TCH'

Well, that is certainly news worth reporting.  I'm so glad I let you know about that.

Liam Deacon, Breitbart:  "Saudi Funded Mosque Opened in Nice Two Weeks Before Attack...Last night, at least 84 people died in the city"

The same week that a new Starbucks opened in Sunset Hills, Missouri.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.  If I were from Sunset Hills, I'd look for trucks before crossing the street.  Actually, that's probably a good idea for everyone, now that I think of it.

Ben Kew, Breitbart:  "Study: Fat People More Likely to Be Stupid"

Science!  At last they are for it!  This "study," by the way, involved 32 people.  A real representative sample.  The study was run by "Lead researcher Chase Figley, an assistant professor in the department of radiology at the University of Manitoba."  I see. a real expert on obesity.  Stupidity, I'll give you that one- I suspect Chase really is qualified to speak about stupidity.

Eileen F. Toplansky, American Thinker:  "We Need to Hate"

Well, maybe you do, Eileen.

Laurie Roth, Renew America:  "Ginsburg just proved our worst fears about top level justice in America"

No, Laurie, our worst fears would be if corrupt Justices forced the worst President in history on the country, or if they gave rich people the legal right to buy the government.  Get what I'm saying here?  No, I bet you don't.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Good News! 1 in 4 US Muslim Youths Approve of Suicide Bombings"

Well, apparently about 1 in 2 Christian voters believe in torture and mass murder as an answer to the problems in the Middle East.  So, I'd say 1 in 4 actually is pretty good news.  Thanks for passing that along, Jim.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "NEWT GOES OFF AFTER FRANCE MASSACRE: Any Muslim Who Wants Sharia Should Be Deported!"

Great, as long as we kick out any Christian who wants the laws to be based on the Bible.  Fair deal?  No?  Why, I'm so surprised.

Joe Cunningham, Red State:  "Jeb Bush Slams Donald Trump, Praises Mike Pence"

Ha ha.  Jeb praises Mike Pence.  A milestone in the history of boredom.


And let's just go out on this important news:

Sophie Carson, Town Hall:  "Watch: Black Celebrities Unite For Video, Oversimplify Everything"

It's Beyonce's responsibility to explain the complexities of modern political life to us.  On the other hand, "Deport all Muslims" is a perfectly rational, fully thought out, response to things.

Oh well, more all too soon.