Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Humiliation Continues

To keep up with my documentation of the fact that the hard right in this country is essentially a fiction, here is a photo, from Right Wing Watch, of this year's march on Washington by the National Organization for Marriage:

The  person who posted this said they counted 48 attendees, including a number of small children.

Again, I want to point out how many people on our side of things are still like children afraid of monsters under their beds, cowering in the face of a mirage.  Other than vast amounts of money from rich psychopaths which allow them to spread their lies, the right wingers have just about nothing.  There is really no huge "silent majority" behind them.  God knows, nothing can keep them silent for a minute; if they are silent it's because basically they don't exist.  It's long past time for every one of us to stand up for truth and decency, and not worry about being shouted down by a member of this loathsome, and minuscule pack of sorry excuses for human beings.

And More Humiliation:

Here's a rally called by neo-Nazi leader Richard Spencer yesterday in Washington.  Despite being one of the most high profile far right leaders in the country, he drew less than 100 people.

I won't repeat the conclusions I drew above.

Life in the Greatest Country

I have decided that it is a good time to reiterate the general outlines of what I believe is going on in our country and the world.  Here is what I have believed at least since the time of Reagan, and which I still believe:

The industrial revolution is not over.  Most people think this is something that began and ended in the nineteenth century, but what began with the elimination of virtually all agricultural employment, and  with it over 90% of the jobs that existed in the United States and Europe in 1800, continues today.  Technology has devastated industrial jobs and is now eating away at service and professional jobs that we all believed could never be replaced.  These jobs are not coming back.  There are never again, barring some sort of plague that wipes out three quarters of the earth's population, going to be enough "jobs," i.e. people getting paid to make money for other, richer people, to go around.  It has been obvious to me for four decades that this fact is going to result in either a guaranteed minimum income and universal health care, or in a complete breakdown of society.

Global warming is a far greater threat than most people realize.  To cite just one example, scientists estimate that by 2050 a large area of the Middle East and North Africa will become uninhabitable, with daytime temperatures being deadly throughout much of the year.  This will displace hundreds of millions of people, making the Syrian refugee crisis look like a minor inconvenience, and probably totally devastating civilization in Europe and much of South Asia.  And this is just one consequence of global warming; others have received far more publicity, but are discounted by half of all Americans as a result of a fifty year long campaign of lies spread by energy companies, and other rich people who have no intention of paying their share to keep our country viable.

The disparity  between the rich and the rest of us is growing so fast that within a couple of decades, the total wealth of the United States will have accrued in the hands of no more than two or three hundred families, with the rest of the country living in conditions of abject poverty and imminent starvation, with no permanent housing, no medical care and no hope of upward mobility, something which is already largely a fiction in the United States.  The end result of such a condition is violent revolution and destruction of the most basic fabric of civilization.

What is still called a political party, the Republican party to be specific, ceased several decades ago to be a party in the sense that the Democrats are, or the Tories or Labor party, or previous parties in this country, and has become nothing but a gigantic criminal conspiracy to transfer the wealth of the country into the hands of a hundred or two people, who will be rendered so rich that they will be able to finance unstoppable campaigns to keep their corrupt tools in power.  This goal seems to have been already achieved.

The Republican party, as one of the chief goals of their criminal campaign of "deregulation" made it possible for the entire mainstream press to be purchased by a few rich sociopaths, and converted into a propaganda tool for the Republicans, who are themselves nothing but a paid, corrupt front group for the aforementioned rich sociopaths.

The Republicans realized long ago that their true goals, which cannot be really hidden, and which offer nothing but disaster to the vast majority of Americans, could never be sold to the voting populace, so they began a systematic scheme to craft a voting base which had had its greed and lust for hatred and violence so triggered that it would utterly ignore its own interests, and vote on the basis of that greed and hatred.  In the course of doing this, the Republicans consciously crafted an entirely fictitious world view, featuring such things as the absurd doctrine of supply side economics, which promised that everyone would soon be rich, and an endless series of utterly bogus threats like Sharia law and terrorism, which have fed the greed and hatred of their base, and prevented them from seeing that the obvious threat to their existence comes from the rich people who are attempting to reduce them to penury, not the endless series of alleged foreign threats that right wingers constantly see behind every corner.

And finally, and most importantly, it is the barely concealed intent of the leaders of the Republican party to reduce the United States to an oligarchic dictatorship, in which the lives of virtually all Americans are reduced to a level barely sufficient to keep them alive.

The Democrats, on the other hand, while still retaining many of the features of a traditional political party and still to some degree working for the good of the majority of Americans, have been threatened and intimidated into refusing to acknowledge the above facts, which must be clear by this point to any halfway conscious observer, rendering their viability as an opposition party marginal at best.

And that's where we are today.  I'm hardly the only person to have seen all of this.  It is, after all, completely obvious to anyone who really wants to see what is going on; but it has been so systematically shouted down that its truths seem to exist only on the fringes of American political life, where they can be dismissed as nothing but the left wing equivalent of the hateful lies from the right, which I have spent so long documenting here.

So, the overwhelming likelihood is that the age of America is over; that we are witnessing the deliberate destruction of everything of value that this country ever had or stood for, not by foreign enemies, but by the very people who have benefited the most from the American way of life, in pursuit of short term gain.  I would be surprised to come back in a hundred years and even find that the United States still existed; instead what we will see are a few viable countries, located largely on the West Coast and Northeast, with nothing but a third world hell in between, filled with people so propagandized that, as they starve to death, they will still believe that they live in The Greatest Country In The World.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

For Your Information

Clearly a terrorist attack:

Not a terrorist attack:
I guess it depends on the cost of the vehicle you use to carry out the attack.  Under $50,000- terrorism.  Over $10 million- no.

ShipGhazi!

Now that seven American sailors died in a ship crash that occurred while Donald Trump is President, I am anxiously awaiting the years of demands that he be impeached, the endless Congressional hearings and the massive charges, heard on a daily basis, that this event makes it impossible that he be allowed to remain in the White House.  I know our Republican Congress will not disappoint me, right?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

Man, the wingnuts have been boring lately, but I guess it's time to get back to their idiocy.  I've tried to leave out the worst of the bootlicking Trump-loving, so here's what's left:

So, let's just start out with this important announcement:

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "American Student Released From North Korea Has Been In A Coma For Over A Year"

So what?  Every Republican voter has been in one for years.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Hmmm: Special Counsel Mueller's Team Sure is Stacked With Democrat Donors, Including a Hillary Supporter"

Whereas, according to people like Katy, the only ones qualified to comment on the state of the country are foaming-at-the-mouth right wing lunatics.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Is President Trump's $110 Billion Arms Deal For Saudi Arabia About To Get Blocked In The Senate?"

No, Katie, for the simple reason that the "arms deal" was never anything but a gigantic lie like every other thing he ever claimed credit for (except grabbing pussies, of course.  That was true.)  You can't block something that doesn't exist.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "What Happened to the Hysteria About Trump-Induced Anti-Semitism?"

It got lost in the wake of the thousand other outrages you guys are perpetrating, Dennis.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Secret Service: We Don't Have Any Trump Tapes"

Trump lied!  Really, not news any more.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Trump: So Far, I've Accomplished More Than Any President Except FDR"

Will you be surprised to hear that Leah reported this without breaking into a single guffaw of derision?

Jim Jamitis, Red State:  "Unbelievable: Guess What Words the Feminists Now Say Are Sexist"

No thanks, Jim.  Not biting on that one.

Freedomlover 1776, Red State:  "Socialist Single-Payer Agenda Is Behind Attacks On Drug Companies"

You bet your booties, guy.  What's your point?  By the way, with a name like that, I bet your IQ isn't above 80.  As demonstrated by this grasp of the facts:

"Perhaps if the media weren’t in the tank they would ask single-payer advocates why they believe folding the drug companies into society’s least efficient institution is likely to cut costs?"

Society's least efficient institution...Medicare has an overhead of about 3%.  Private insurance has an overhead of close to 30%.  Guess that fact escaped freedomlover 1776's attention.

Liz Shield, PJ Media:  "Trump Must Stand Strong on Qatar"

Yeah, because if he admits he's been endangering world security by telling self aggrandizing lies, where will we end up?

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "CONFIRMED=> Obama Had His Own ‘Back Channel’ to Moscow – ‘Modern-Day Red Phone’

See, that was after Obama became President, and it was his job to conduct foreign diplomacy, not before he became President, when he would have been sabotaging the country's security for his own benefit.  Get the difference?  No, I didn't think you would, Christina.

Charlie Stark, Gateway Pundit:  "Dog the Bounty Hunter's Ex-Wife is Unrecognizable"

At last, a story from Gateway Pundit we can believe!  Why don't they ever have important news like this at Daily Kos?

But wait!  We can't leave Gateway Pundit without giving its founder, Jim Hoft, a chance to write the most disgusting article of the day:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Comey Colluded with Obama on Radical Islamic Murder of US Marines"

The "collusion" consisting in Comey, as head of the FBI, and Obama, as President, meeting to discuss the prosecution of the murderer.  Bet you never guessed that from the headline, did you? And once again, I must remind you that Trump gave Jim Hoft White House press credentials.

Carter, Gateway Pundit:  "Carter Page Calls for Release of FISA Warrant Details Comey’s FBI ‘Concocted’"

Concocted.  The FBI "concocted" the details of the warrant, i.e. they wrote them down.  A miserable liberal crime- putting the truth down on a piece of paper.

"…I think the “really important documents” you could release would show a great deal about the nature of not just Comey and his continued lies, but the exceptionally dishonest nature of the Clinton campaign and Obama Administration"

And JFK, FDR, Thomas Jefferson and every other hateful Democrat in recorded history.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Persecuting Trump while inviting terrorism"

Persecuting the poor guy!  I feel so sorry for him.

"The fate of the West, including Israel, may hinge on Trump remaining in office and pulling off a major realignment and reversal of Obama's policy in the Middle East."

Yeah, it may depend on our creating a new breed of superdonkeys that will rampage throughout the Middle East biting the living bejesus out of the bad guys.  You just never know.  Best to be safe and keep irradiating those donkeys- personally, I think that is a better strategy than keeping Trump in the White House.

Darren Jonescu, American Thinker:  "Canada Goes Full Maoist"

Full Maoist!

And what could Canada be doing to go full Maoist?

"Health Canada is mulling a sweeping ban on junk food ads aimed at children and teens, media reports say."

Mao?  Sounds to me like they are going full Genghis Khan, taking candy bars away from kids.  What a threat to civilization.

Infowars:  "TIM KAINE, LORETTA LYNCH CALLED FOR BLOOD & DEATH IN STREETS"

Yeah, sure they did.  Thanks for that contribution to our political discourse, Alex.

Infowars:  "WHAT ALEX JONES REALLY BELIEVES ABOUT SANDY HOOK"

Hey, Green Eagle can answer that one.  Alex Jones believes there is money to be made spreading hateful lies about Sandy Hook.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Sarah Palin Considering Libel Lawsuit Against New York Times"

Well, that's nice.  She's got to do something to get her name back in the news before the money runs out.

Todd Starnes, Town Hall:  "Remember the Professor Who Said Republicans Should be Executed?"

No, not really.

Before It's News:  "PizzaGate: Rep Scalise Shot for Exposing Global Elites Child Trafficking Ring!"

At last!  Now it all makes sense!  You know, the utter breakdown in the willingness of right wingers to even try to go with the truth against what they know perfectly well to be lies is just stunning.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "GA-06: Americans For Prosperity Banking On Non-Jungle Primary Voters In Georgia Special Election "

"Non-jungle primary voters."  Get it, or was that too subtle for you?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "MSNBC's Joy Reid: Yeah He Just Got Shot, But Lets Not Forget Steve Scalise Is a Racist"

Apparently, if Hitler had gotten shot in the hip, it would have been fine to forget his political views.

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "A nation on the brink of civil war... if the drumbeat of verbal attacks, leaks and otherwise destructive assaults on President Donald J. Trump, his family, those around him and their supporters do not soon abate, expect right-wing militias and other reactive vigilantes to spring into action, resulting in a full-fledged civil war, with blood flowing in our neighborhoods and streets."

Well, Larry, since the last few rebellions that you have called for have failed to get more than a few dozen people to turn up, I'm guessing it will be a very short war.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "St. Louis Cardinals reject homosexual supremacy"

Well, that's nice.  But wait, Bryan isn't done humiliating himself today:

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "How long was Jesus' hair?"

A vital question in today's world, about which Bryan has a lot to say:

"The Scripture says, if I am interpreting it correctly, that any man who prays or prophesies with long hair dishonors his head. Christ certainly prayed and he certainly prophesied and would never do it in such a way that his Father would be dishonored.

Thus, I think it is a reasonable conclusion that Jesus' hair was cut Roman-style rather than Fabio-style."

Oh, fuck you, Bryan.  What kind of a moron are you, anyway?

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "250 Christian kids 'kneaded in a dough mixer'

Whatever.  Do I need to remind you what it means that nobody on earth will touch a story except World Net Daily?

And that's enough for now, don't you think?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Things We Don't Believe But Wish We Did

'In an exclusive interview with CNTV-4, Ivana Trumps claimed the American President is obsessed with the size of his genitals, and has already tested “every product on the market” in order to increase the size of his penis.

“When we were married, he would take 5 or 6 different types of drugs at the same time and he used his penis pump twice a day. He would also measure his dick every night to see if it had grown.”

According to the former model and socialite, he even overdosed twice, in 1989 and 1991, after ingesting more than 300 penis enlargement pills in a day.

“He literally popped pills like candy. It made him sick and gave no results, but he kept taking more and more. It was one of the main reasons we got divorced.”

She says the president still takes penis enlargement drugs, but has reduced and stabilized his consumption to approximately 45 to 60 pills a day."

Thanks A Lot, Bernie

You son of a bitch.  So, here's the end result of your malignant attempt to purloin the Democratic party's apparatus to advance your own agenda.  Here's what happens when you preach to your ignorant Berniebots that the two parties are just the same; that Hillary is just as malignant a criminal as Trump, that what you get from one party is exactly the same as what you get from the other- people who give up and go out and do something as stupid as anything that the most vicious
Trump supporters could ever think of.

Well, here's James T. Hodgkinson, a white old guy with a gun who is indistinguishable from the worst sort of  violent, rage filled Trump-NRA crackers, but he is one of yours.  Own him, Bernie, because you created him, in your obsession to steal the Democratic Presidential nomination.

And on top of everything else, here is what we get, thank you very much, Bernie:  Yesterday, we saw the Attorney General lie, evade, distort the truth and do everything else he could to demonstrate with perfect clarity that he knows damned well that he and his President are up to their necks in something really dirty involving the Russians.  This should have launched the next phase of the struggle to make these traitors pay for their crimes, but instead, it's all in the past today, while we will watch every Republican from Trump on down spend the next week making this guy out to be the poster child for Democrats.

Man, as they say, with friends like this, who needs enemies?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Degradation

Did any of you have a chance to see some of the highlights of the "cabinet meeting" that Trump had broadcast today on national television?  Trump forced each cabinet secretary to praise the wonderful job that Trump is doing, or to put things another way, he forced them, in order to keep their jobs, to go in front of the whole world and tell the most shameless lies about what every one of them must know is the worst Presidency in our history, by an immense distance.  Thus, Trump managed to bathe himself in the most disgusting display of sick narcissism that the country has been forced to endure yet, and at the same time engage in an act of the most brutal bullying, forcing long standing public figures to humiliate themselves in order to avoid being savaged by him.

There has never, I feel safe in saying, been such a degraded performance by a President in the entire history of our country; in fact, nothing has ever come close.

It is a very stupid thing for various Democrats to say that we should not be working to remove this malignant subhuman from the White House; no matter how much slicker Pence or Ryan might be at advancing the contemptible Republican agenda, the fact still remains that this man's presence at the top of our government degrades every one of us, every day that we do not work to throw him out.  If this nauseating excuse for a man is allowed to remain in office for his whole term, the entire country will be marked for the rest of our lives as a miserable, untrustworthy, vicious pack of ignorant, hate and greed filled scum.  We must fight to destroy him, because he is well on the way to destroying us.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Wingnuts on the March

Well, I'm not going to make much of this, but this weekend was to have been the occasion of a massive number of huge demonstrations by right wing racists against "Sharia law."  As always, almost nobody turned out for any of these events.  The one in New York, or the one in Washington, for example, seem to have attracted only a few dozen participants.  Right wing sources are claiming a massive turnout of 200 or so in two places; Orlando, Florida, one of the cracker centers of gravity of the whole country, and San Bernardino, California.  The Orlando one may have attracted two hundred people, waving Nazi and Confederate flags, and chanting "one people, one land," a clear reference to the Nazi slogan of "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrerer."  So, good for you, Florida people.  I can't find any pictures remotely indicating a crowd of 200 in San Bernardino, so we'll just chalk that one down as one more right wing lie.

Anyway, if it wasn't for my long history of reporting on these endless right wing failures, I wouldn't have bothered with this, and I certainly won't be surprised if you are not really interested either.  But once again, it shows what a con the American people have swallowed when they bought into the lie that there is a large movement out there of ordinary people who are just hungry to have rich psychopaths reduce them to slavery.

Where Did Green Eagle Go?

Writing blog posts, like doing anything else, requires a belief that, in at least some minuscule, tiny way, you are helping steer things in a better direction.

Well, I have pretty much given up on that.  The Republican party has succeeded beyond its wildest hopes in building an electorate that is absolutely immune to any facts, any reason, any thought of human decency.  And they have taken over, and intend to do what they want.  This has been clear enough, but is even more so after we have witnessed the ease in which they were able, with the collaboration of the mainstream press, to turn James Comey's testimony, by far the most shocking official indictment of a President's behavior in the entire history of the country, into a victory for Trump, in the eyes of his supporters.

And describing our nation's swift progress from a sort of a democracy to an oligarchic despotism, with only the barest pretense of being anything else, is useless, because the people who might read what I have to say can see it perfectly by themselves.

So, I'm not saying that I'm giving up blogging, but I have to find some reason to believe that anything I say isn't totally obvious to anyone who cares about this country.  I can't say how often that will be, but right now, I don't think there is a thing any of us can do to stop the United States' headlong rush to dictatorship.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Truth Nobody Dares to Speak

At least nobody I have heard, anyway.

So, Congress called all these big National Security guys from the Trump administration to testify about whether Donald Trump tried to get them to betray their country in order to crush public knowledge of Trump's treason.  And guess what?  Big surprise, every one of them refused to say a thing, because letting the American people know what happened would just be way beyond the pale.

Well, here is the truth that no one will utter:  If a single one of these miserable excuses for human beings could have honestly said that Trump did not attempt to bully him into perjury and obstruction of justice, he would have been shouting it from the steps of the Capitol twenty four hours a day.  No one would have needed to force them to speak.

Every one of them knows that he sold the country down the river, but none of them will speak, because each of them is afraid that the minute they open their mouths they are going to be set upon by the Republicans' rabid dogs and torn to shreds.

So let's get this clear here:  these craven, miserable tools won't openly lie in public, because every single one of them is afraid that the truth will eventually leak out, as it did with Nixon.  But they are afraid enough of being prosecuted themselves that they won't tell the truth either.  So they invent the most implausible excuses you ever heard to just clam up like some mob witness and say nothing.

I repeat:  If a single one of them could honestly say that Trump did not try to get them to engage in  a criminal conspiracy, he would not have a reason in the world to be silent.  The truth is obvious: they are all lying little weasels who are engaged in a conspiracy to cover up treason.  And anyone who can't see the obvious truth of that assertion must be brain dead or under the age of five.

Watergate?

Watergate was, as they say, a "third rate burglary," a cheap political dirty trick.

This story is about the worst kind of treason against the United States, perpetrated by the President of the United States.

Yet people still are asking, "Is it as bad as Watergate yet?"

That's like asking if World War II was as bad as the last time you got a parking ticket.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Circus Is Coming to Town

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!  Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn't think of a better way to make a mockery of our government and our legal system, this news is breaking:


"Donald Trump 'plans to live-tweet former FBI Director James Comey's testimony

Mr Comey is scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on 8 June - in public and closed door sessions - to speak about the ongoing FBI investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign team and Russia as well as possible Russian interference with the US election."

God in heaven above, we are going to have a closely controlled situation laying out the evidence, governed by rules refined over hundreds of years, and the chief suspect is going to abrogate to himself the right to spread to the whole country his side- excuse me, his lies about the story- with absolutely no control on what he says.  Is this what passes for justice in our country now, when a Republican is involved?  And you know that the mainstream press will go right along with this abomination, using their usual excuse that the public just wants a circus, not facts or decent government.

It is not stupidity or ignorance that is leading Trump to act the way he does.  If that were the situation, at least occasionally he would do something decent, which he absolutely never does.  Sorry, there is only one explanation for Trump's behavior; he is a tool of a hostile foreign dictator whose goal is to destroy the power and credibility of the United States.  More evidence to demonstrate this emerges every single day.  No rational person can deny what is going on, but on it goes, with the usual right wing pro-fascists shouting down anyone who speaks the truth.

Man, it sure is proving easy to destroy our country.

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Comey Warning

So Trump is apparently declaring that he is not going to use executive privilege to stop James Comey from testifying on Thursday.  Now, why do you think that is, given the certainty that Trump would do anything, no matter how abominable, to get what he wants?

Well, maybe he has something even dirtier up his sleeve.  That's always a possibility, of course, but here is what I have been afraid of all along.  So many liberals seem to have totally forgotten that it was Comey who really stuck the knife in Hillary Clinton's back, knowing perfectly well that the story he has retailed in public was a cheap lie, provided to him by the Russians.  There is no one on earth that Trump is more indebted to, for putting him in the White House.  Do you really believe that this life long Republican hatchet man really suddenly got religion and turned on Trump?  If so, he'd be the first Republican in a hundred years to do that.

I'm afraid that Comey and the rest of the Republicans have cooked up a game where Comey comes out in public and seems ready to tell the truth, and then gets on the stand and denies that Trump did anything wrong.  At which point the miserable Republican-owned mainstream press will declare that the whole thing was never anything but Democratic fake news, and that the entire massive conspiracy must now be utterly forgotten.  This would sort of be a grand scale version of the way that the Republicans and the Press suckered Dan Rather and then used his mistake to shout down George W. Bush's desertion during the Vietnam War, something which we know absolutely did happen.

I'm not saying that this will happen, but I do recommend that you be prepared to wake up Friday morning with a gigantic headache.


Pittsburgh or Bust.

Bust, I think we can pretty safely said.  I've been away for a couple of days, but just to keep my self-appointed task of reporting on the inevitable failure of right wing protests and marches complete, I want to show a couple of representative pictures from this week's "Pittsburgh or Paris" march in Washington, D.C., which was financed by the Republican party and promoted in the media by Donald Trump himself (not that he showed up, of course; he went to play golf instead.)  So, take a look:

Really, I'm not being selective here.  I have always adopted a policy of showing the largest groups of people I can find at these wingnut events, confident that the truth is humiliating enough for them; and this event was no exception.  Based on what I saw, I cannot believe that this event attracted even a hundred participants, despite its systematic promotion by the Republican party.  Once again, I want to point out the very real evidence that the right in this country is largely a mirage, created by the vast expenditure of money contributed by rich sociopaths like the Koch brothers, which culminates in a torrent of lies and smears in the couple of months preceding national elections, resulting in Republicans maintaining control over the Federal and most State governments.  The actual "white working class," i.e. white racist crowds that supposedly support their own evisceration by Trump and Ryan and McConnell does not exist, except as a huge mob of ignorant, hate filled scum that can be easily manipulated by whichever politician is the most willing to dive into the lowest level of political slime; which is to say, whichever Republican happens to be up for election at the time.

Democrats have paid a massive price (and the American people have paid it with them) for refusing to totally give up their commitment to the welfare of the American people, but what is the choice?  If Democrats were to give themselves over to the same hateful behavior as Republicans, they could win back a lot of the stupid, self destructive crackers that keep Republicans in office, but only at the price of becoming no better than Trump and Bannon and Ryan.  What good would that do us?  Instead, in the absence of a middle path that anyone can discern, we wait for these evil people to die off, and pray that the black and brown people who are replacing them will be at least a tiny bit higher up on the scale of moral evolution.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Treason- What We Know Now

Here is a brief summary of what we know about the connection between the Trump administration and the Russians:

1.  We now have evidence of about thirty contacts between the Trump campaign and transition team with the Russians, all conducted in secret, and all denied vehemently by Trump and his spokesmen, until every one of them was proven to have taken place.  Not one single person will talk openly about what happened in these conversations.

2.  Trump has engaged in repeated behavior which can have no intent except to benefit Vladimir Putin and Russia, at the expense of our own country:

We learned today that after he took office, Trump immediately made an effort to remove American sanctions on Russia:

"According to the report, top Trump administration officials tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions, the return of diplomatic compounds and other steps to relieve tensions with Moscow.

This horrified staffers, who then reached out to Congress to try and get them to take legislative action and make it more difficult for the administration to unilaterally revoke the sanctions."

We also have seen Trump repeatedly and deliberately attempt to damage the United States' relations with its allies, from his belligerent behavior to the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Australia, to the massive damage that he did to our relationship with all of our NATO allies on his recent trip, all but repudiating our commitments to mutual defense.  And actions like today's repudiation of the Paris accords must have been done with the awareness that this behavior was going to set our country against practically every nation on earth.

3.  And finally, from his attempts to threaten James Comey into keeping his mouth shut, to his open attempts to sabotage or stop investigations into his Russian connections, to his deployment of teams of political hit men to assassinate the character of anyone who speaks out on the issue, Trump has engaged in repeated clear acts of obstruction of justice and misuse of the power of his office, which all indicates absolute knowledge of guilt.

Despite all of this, Trump's defenders, and this includes essentially every Republican leader in the country, still scream on a daily basis that we know nothing, that nothing has been proven, that the whole thing is a Democratic plot.

Let's say what needs to be said here:  There is still much to be revealed; I expect far more than we already know.  But taken together here, what has already become public amounts to as airtight case as you could ever have, short of the confession which we will never have from these evil people.  The most clueless person could not look at all of this and not see evidence of the most vicious kind of treason.  We must not stand silent in the face of Republican efforts to deny our right to know what really happened, but we already have far more than enough knowledge to see the betrayal of our country clearly, and to demand the appropriate penalties.


Update:  And may I add that Trump's belligerent betrayal of the Paris accords has managed, among other disastrous effects, to alienate the United States government from almost every decent person on earth, both inside and outside the country- a massive free gift to Vladimir Putin, and, I suspect the real reason that this decision was inevitable.


And More:  Trump has just announced his intention to appoint an investment banker who was a former captain in the Marines to be Secretary of the Navy.  A captain. In the Marines. Not a general, not a colonel, not a major, a captain.  I have not been able to discover yet what this guy did in the Marines, but I can assure you it had not one thing to do with naval maneuvers or operating naval fleets. You can imagine how much experience this guy has running the Navy.  One more step in destroying our ability to defend ourselves.  This is a level of treason that is almost unfathomable, yet the obvious nature of what Trump is up to will be totally ignored by the mainstream press.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Covfefe- The Truth Revealed

Of course it takes Green Eagle to explain this to the whole world.  The word is not "covfefe," but "covpepe."
It is a contraction of "covert pepe."  Trump is ordering his millions of jackbooted militia members, such as these battle hardened veterans:
to remain under cover, because the time has not quite come to take direct action:



That will be coming soon, don't you worry.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

God We're Fucked

From the Washington Post today, this tidbit:

"...there are signs that the president may not be retaining all the intelligence he is presented, fully absorbing its nuance, or respecting the sensitivities of the information and how it was gathered."

He is mentally deficient, or senile, or just a person whose wealth protects him from the consequences of being monumentally stupid.  And he is a vicious, hate filled bully.

And never forget that the Republicans who control Congress are going to do whatever they have to in order to keep him right where he is so he can put his name to the most piggish pack of legislation since Nazi Germany.

Like I said, we're fucked.

I haven't been posting much lately, because in the face of the fact that the entire government has been taken over by willing fascist tools, what good does it do to point out the latest examples of their evil?  They know what they are doing, we know what we are doing; the only people that don't know aew the sixty million strong army of hate filled, ignorant racists that voted to put them in office, and they are unreachable by any appeal to truth or decency, two values which they have long ago completely shed.

Here's another headline from the Washington Post today, and another exercise in willful blindness:

"Germans wonder why Trump keeps lashing out at them and not Russia or Saudi Arabia"

Is that true?  Do Germans wonder about that?  Can Germans not see that Trump has been directed by Putin to destroy our alliances with our democratic allies, and enhance our ties with dictatorships, most notably his own?  Can Germans not see that Trump's goal is not to strengthen the United States, but to weaken it?

My own guess is that the only people in the world too stupid to see that are right here in America.  Everyone else gets it, so, Washington Post, you might as well stop telling lies for the home team.  It's not worth the effort.  They have already signed on for the duration.

A Vietnam Reminder

Due to a showing of Ken Burns' documentary of the Vietnam war, and a couple of news items, Vietnam seems to be having a bit of a resurgence in the news lately.  As the people of the United States have never come to accept the truth about our nation's involvement in Vietnam, I feel called upon to remind them of a couple of facts about that war, or in reality to tell them for the first time, as the American press and government have so thoroughly erased what I am about to say from our memory that not one person in a thousand knows this.

First, I want to quote a little recognized section of the Constitution, from Article VI, section 2:

"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land"

That is to say, treaties entered into by the United States government have equal legal standing to the Constitution.

Now, I want to turn to one of those treaties, the Final Declaration of the Geneva Conference on the Problem of Restoring Peace in Indo-China, entered into on July 21, 1954, the full text of which (if you are interested) can be found here.

Here are the sections I want to particularly point out today:


"4. The Conference takes note of the clauses in the agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Viet-Nam prohibiting the introduction into Viet-Nam of foreign troops and military personnel as well as of all kinds of arms and munitions.

5. The Conference takes note of the clauses in the agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Viet-Nam to the effect that no military base under the control of a foreign State may be established in the regrouping zones of the two parties, the latter having the obligation to see that the zones allotted to them shall not constitute part of any military alliance and shall not be utilized for the resumption of hostilities or in the service of an aggressive policy.

6. The Conference recognizes that...the military demarcation line is provisional and should not in any way be interpreted as constituting a political or territorial boundary."

In other words, the entire notion that the area of today's Vietnam was then made up of two hostile countries, South Vietnam and North Vietnam, was a lie- a piece of propaganda directed at the populace of the United States to very successfully make them believe that the United States was coming to the defense of one country against another one.  In fact there was, as we accepted in this treaty, only one country of Vietnam; our supposed ally, South Vietnam, never had any existence aside from U.S. fantasies.  Further, once one realizes this, one can see that every single soldier, every gun, every fighter plane that the United States introduced into Vietnam, every military base we established, was a war crime, in violation of our sworn commitment; while the military activities of the other side- the NLF, the Viet Cong, call it what you will, were the actions of a true national liberation movement, which did not violate this treaty.

To be blunt, the US action against Vietnam was nothing but an open and blatant war of aggression, violating both international law and, in line with what I quoted above, the United States Constitution. What's more, it was a war of aggression in which between two and four million civilians were murdered by our troops.

We have endless screams from the right that every Muslim in the world needs to take personal responsibility for every act of violence committed by any other Muslim.  We, on the other hand, need take no responsibility whatsoever for the most abominable acts of our own government, preferring instead to see to it that we just remain ignorant of what was done in our name- the millions slaughtered in Vietnam, the million or so slaughtered in Iraq in an act of criminal aggression that was equally a blatant war crime, our endless interference in Latin America over the last century, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, and on and on.  This is why people around the world hate us, not our "freedom," something which a large part of our populace is enthusiastically giving away anyway.  And there isn't a chance in hell that the malignant cohort of voters the Republican party has created, which can't even see the open treason of their chosen President, will ever acknowledge that.

And that is why history repeats itself- because so may evil, depraved people want it to.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Your Mainstream Press

They just won't give up normalizing the monstrosities we are forced to swallow from the Republican party.  Case in point today, the headline article in the Los Angeles Times:

"Trump trip drives home America's new course...President's embrace of autocrats and criticism of allies set him apart from his predecessor"

How about this for a change?  "President's embrace of autocrats and criticism of allies set him apart from every decent human being on earth."

Thus, humanity and degradation become but two equal choices.  Democratic leaders?  Dictators?  Hey, it's just a matter of picking a "new course."  Because it's all the same, you see.

And until the mainstream press refers to Republicans as the hideous criminals they are, don't even start talking to me about the liberal press, or even the halfway between press.  When you serve to cover evil, you are evil too, and when you provide cover for the endless evil behavior of Republicans, you are not their dupes, but their collaborators.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Busted

So, it has come to this:

"President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.

Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election."

And the Republicans go on and on, screaming endlessly that there is no evidence to tie Donald Trump to any crime.


It does not take a long post to describe this behavior.  It is witness tampering, obstruction of justice and subornation of perjury, coming directly from the "president" of the United States.  It is also obviously consciousness of guilt, writ large across the sky in Washington.

Donald Trump is a common criminal and a thug, who knows he has done immense evil, and who is now willing to commit any crime to cover it up.  There can no longer be any doubt about that.

I've heard a lot of talk lately about the danger of replacing Trump with Mike Pence or Paul Ryan, who will be just as malignant as Trump but in a much less flamboyant manner that will be harder to fight.  That is true, but sorry, there is a point where Trump's criminality is so great, and so unapologetic, that we will be forever damaging the country if we don't deal with it.  He must go.  The damage of a Pence or Ryan Presidency must be left to be dealt with later, while we take care of the present danger.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Black Is White

And up is down, true is false, bad is good.

A Saudi Prince had this to say about Donald Trump:

"SAUDI PRINCE: TRUMP A 'STRONG PRESIDENT' IN FIGHT AGAINST DANGEROUS IRAN"

I read in the Los Angeles Times this weekend that the Saudis not only called Trump a strong President, but they contrasted him to Obama, who they called a weak President.

See, it is strong to buckle under to the demands of one of the worst dictatorships on earth, and agree to provided them with $110 billion dollars of advanced weapons to carry on their terrorist religious wars, but it is weak to refuse to finance their hatred, and instead to try to make peace with that dictatorship's rivals.  Here is a particularly ironic statement of the current principles governing U.S.-Saudi affairs:

"Concerning terrorism in the region, both parties agreed that recruitment campaigns carried out by some terrorist groups in Saudi Arabia against Saudi citizens are launched to legitimize these groups."

"Some terrorist groups."  No mention of the fact that the Saudis virtually invented modern Islamic terrorism, through their monstrous so-called religion of Wahabism, which has been financing violence since the nineteenth century.  No mention of the fact that the Saudis are overwhelmingly the major financiers of Islamic hatred and violence in the world.  And as for the  racist anti-Muslim crusade Trump has led the last couple of years?

"Relations had undergone a period of difference of opinion. However, today’s meeting has put things on the right track...Saudi Arabia does not believe that this measure is targeting Muslim countries or the religion of Islam."

The right track. War is peace.  Lies are truth.  Anything that makes more money for the richest people on earth is a noble enterprise.  And there you are...no wonder the Saudis are thrilled to have a Republican President once again.



And a little more:

At least this bit of sanity, from The Week:

"Trump's groveling speech in Saudi Arabia was a national embarrassment"

Groveling is strength!  Not groveling is weakness!

"The trouble with the speech is not that it was demented, like most of what passes by President Trump's lips, but that it is a reminder of what is waiting should the Republicans still be in charge of the country for any extended period of time in the post-Trump era: the policy baseline, the tone, and the analysis of the region's predicament were all boilerplate Republican inanity, grounded in a monomaniacal obsession with terrorism as the cause of all strife on Earth and bizarrely fixated on Iran as the wellspring of instability and violence."

Well, at least for the moment, people are allowed to utter the truth out loud in this country, not that anyone is allowed to hear them.  How long that will be okay, who knows?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trump Bows To Saudi King

Do you remember the last eight years of right wing smear merchants screaming about Obama bowing to the Saudi King, because the much taller Obama leaned over to shake hands with him?  Well, I hope to hell that we see this picture every day until Trump is dead:

Well, what do you expect?  Give him something made out of gold, and he'd crawl across the room on his belly to get his hands on it.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Blowback

Here are the headlines of all the "above the fold" stories at the Washington Post on Friday afternoon:

"White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe...Investigation into Russian meddling reaches highest level of government"

"In 119 days, President Trump has made 586 false and misleading claims. We tracked them all."

"Trump’s media firewall is collapsing as the Russia probe gets closer...Recapping a stunningly bad two weeks for the White House"

"Trump, who demonized Muslims on the campaign trail, plans to preach tolerance in a speech in Saudi Arabia...Trump plans to do a rhetorical pirouette with a speech Sunday in the birthplace of Islam..."

Now, here is the one thing the Republican party seems never to have thought of, as they were spending decades training American voters to regard politics as just another reality show, and to make their decisions based on whatever seemed like it might be the most fun at the moment- stupidest duck call makers, fattest people alive, people who have filled their homes with garbage, and now the worst imitation of a President in recorded history.

Nothing makes for such electrifying entertainment as a clash of titans.  To this current Game of Thrones voting populace, nothing could be better than a drawn out war to the death, particularly since they will assume that whoever the Republicans dig up to replace Trump will depart from him on virtually no issue of policy, and so the whole thing won't affect us much more than whoever wins America's Top Model.

Nixon deprived the country of the ultmate spectacle by quitting; Clinton deprived us of it (despicable Democrat) by being innocent, and they couldn't even gin up a lynching of the black guy, though they sure tried.  But at last, they have a chump that they can let dangle in the wind, and then hatchet without remorse, because, really, don't we all know that nobody ever deserved it more than this born-rich, self-entitled hate filled bully?

And there seems to be a pretty good chance that Trump is going to get what he always wanted- to be the star of the greatest reality show in the history of the world.  Whoopee!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

People Who Never Saw a Mob Movie in Their Lives

So, we learn that Michael Flynn is still in contact with Trump:

"Saddled with steep legal bills, Flynn wanted to reconnect with old friends and talk about potential future business opportunities. But one overriding question among those present were his views on the president who had fired him from his national security advisor post. 

Flynn left little doubt about the answer.  Not only did he remain loyal to President Trump; he indicated that he and the president were still in communication. “I just got a message from the president to stay strong,” Flynn said after the meal was over..."

The universal interpretation of this fact is that the President and Flynn are just such good buddies that Trump interrupted his endless obsession with himself to call Flynn and comfort him.

How can people be so willfully stupid?  Well, okay, we are talking about the mainstream press here, but as I said, didn't they ever see a movie about the Mafia?  It is crystal clear that what Trump is saying is "You'd better "stay strong" and stick to our agreed story, no matter what trouble you get into yourself, because otherwise, you are going to end up in a vacant lot with a dead canary in your mouth."  Or more briefly, "shut up or die."  Flynn must know perfectly well that Trump would run over him with a tank to pick up a nickel he sees in the street.  Well, now he's gotten the "horse head in my bed" message- an offer he can't refuse; i.e. an offer to stay alive.

A Lesson on Republican Damage Control

We learned yesterday that nearly a year ago, in a conversation with some other Republican Congressional leaders, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that he believed Trump was on Putin's payroll.

When questioned by a reporter, the conversation went something like this:


"We heard you accused Trump of being on Putin's payroll"

        "That never happened"

"But we have a transcript of the conversation"

        "The transcript is wrong."

"Actually, we have a tape of it."

        "Oh, I was just kidding when I said it."

Three lies in a row.  Well, what else do you expect?  Lying to hide treason.  Because nothing makes a damned bit of difference to them except paying off the rich bastards who put up the money to put them in office.  And sad to say, getting rid of Trump is not going to change that one bit.  We had better be looking way past Trump if we ever want to see an end to the miserable disaster that has befallen our country.

And Now the Good News

Roger Ailes is dead.

One down, about five thousand of these Republican traitors to go.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Coward McCain Backs Off Already

I am going to just reprint this short article from the Washington Post, in which that great Republican hero, and man of unshakable righteousness, Saint John McCain, tries as furiously as is humanly possible to back out of his comparison yesterday of Trump's monumental criminality to Watergate:

"Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who compared the current controversies to Watergate on Tuesday night, shed light Wednesday on his attention-grabbing remark. 

“What I was saying was that these scandals need to be completely — all the information needs to get out as quickly as possible so we can resolve the issue and move forward,” said McCain. 

He added: “It is a serious issue the way other scandals have been serious issues.” 

In the Watergate scandal, President Nixon resigned before he could be impeached. 

Asked whether the current imbroglio could lead to impeachment, McCain responded: “I have no idea of that — come on.” 

Pressed further on whether he was ruling out impeachment, McCain said: “The thought had not crossed my mind.”

Impeachment never crossed his mind when he compared Trump's situation to Watergate.  Oh no, he never thought of that!  

So, anyone of you out there who has watched McCain's behavior over the last two decades, and still believed that his commitment to doing the right thing extends to anything beyond a quickly retracted sound bite, think again.  This is the sort of morally rudderless tool that is being cited as the only chance that we have to deal with Trump in an appropriate manner.  Trump is a corrupt, criminal, stupid, ignorant, out of control traitor, but if it demands the cooperation of one single Congressional Republican to deal with this situation, forget it.  They are, every single one of them, just as corrupt as Trump.  They deliberately created the base of hate filled fools that put him in office, and they are still just thrilled with their accomplishment.  Apparently it would take a truly cataclysmic disaster to move one single one of them into facing up to their treachery.

Well, never fear.  At the rate we are going, how can that be far away?

A History Lesson from our President

Donald Trump today:

“No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly”

Oh yeah, asshole?  How about this guy?

Or maybe this guy:
No, Trump has it so much worse.

This statement by Trump is an absolute abomination.

With Trump, we have a combination of ignorance and malignant egomania which is truly world class.  Now that he thinks that he is the target of so much unfair hostility, his mental state is clearly deteriorating by the day.  Will the Republicans, still hoping to get a massive tax giveaway out of Congress in time for him to put his signature on it, delay his removal until he damages the country beyond repair?  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

So, what are the wingnuts moaning about, while their beloved President destroys the last shreds of democratic government in the country, and makes himself out to be one of the biggest idiots in recorded human history??

Well, of course, we expect this one:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Judicial Watch President: Hillary Clinton Still Faces Legal Jeopardy Over Gross Mishandling of Classified Information"

Which of course she did not do, but with our current government, that is hardly enough to keep her out of prison. This story was written before Donald Trump's spilling his guts about Israeli intelligence operations to the Russians was revealed.  I wonder how Katie feels about that?

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Interview with Healthcare Wonk Lanhee Chen: How Can the Senate Improve the Healthcare Bill?"

Well, that should prove to be some helpful advice.  Never heard of Lanhee Chen?  He works for the "Hoover Institute," one of the oldest standing right wing lie factories in the country.  So, what are his helpful suggestions?  Slashing Medicaid and doing away with regulations on insurance companies.  Thanks, Lanhee, for coming up with two ideas that have never been thought of before.

Matt Vespa: "Flashback: When Democrats Loved Comey And Thought We Were Privileged To Have Him As FBI Director"

Never.  I think that would be the right answer there.  Some of them might have thought that Comey was the best right wing fanatic the crooked, Republican controlled system could cough up (they were wrong about that) but they all knew that you don't get anyone but a wingnut tool as head of the FBI.

And of course, we knew this was coming:

Michael Barone, Town Hall:  "James Comey Is the Latest Victim of the Clintons"

The Clintons. Yeah, it was Hillary who fired Comey.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "Trump's Escape From Comey Mess"

Seppuku?  Mona makes this claim:

"President Donald Trump has obeyed the law since taking the oath of office."

Well, that's nice.  Or would be, if it were remotely true.  There are, you know, still laws against using your government job to financially benefit your family, or against using the government to benefit a foreign dictator.  Oh, THOSE laws.  Well, except for them.  And a few dozen more I could mention.  Like that thing in the Constitution about treason.

Or this astute analysis of the problems in the executive branch:

Streiff, Red State:  "“With Few Exceptions” Donald Trump Needs to Hire Brighter People"

Yeah, all he needs is people who show more intelligence in savaging the democratic norms that have enabled the country to exist for over two centuries.  Because then, people might never have noticed that Trump is making himself into a dictator until it is too late.  Actually, it may already be too late.  What Trump really needs is better liars- that is all Streiff is really saying.

And the Conservatives beg Trump to keep his real promise to them:

Spengler, PJ Media:  "More Killing, Please, Mr. President!"

Well, just spit it right out there, Mr. Spengler.  May I point out, if you have forgotten, that this sickening right wing pervert has taken his pseudonym from  Oswald Spengler, the author of a 1918 book entitled "The Decline of the West," that was one of the most pervasive influences on the thought of one Adolf Hitler, a figure often cited as having had a significant role in German politics in the years following the publication of Spengler's book.

And in major national news:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Wow! Liberal Student Freaks Out – Screams for Over 2 Minutes Straight After Seeing Trump Sign on Campus "

Two minutes!  The country will never recover!

Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner:  "The media have already impeached Trump"

If only.

Philip Klein, Washington Examiner:  "Jimmy Kimmel is everything that's wrong with America's healthcare debate"

Eight years and billions of dollars of right wing corporate-financed lies.  And it's all Jimmy Kimmel's fault.  I should have figured that out by myself!

Art Moore, World Net Daily:  "REBELLION GROWS AGAINST MUSLIM INDOCTRINATION IN SCHOOL...'At what point did you decide that it was OK to teach my children about Islam?'

Yeah, and while we are on the subject, at what point did you decide that it was OK to teach Art's children about evolution or racism or geology or astronomy or any other fucking subject Art doesn't want them to know about?

World Net Daily:  "Tom Coburn, Mark Levin agree: Convention of Dead 50-foot squid washes ashore"

That's what it said, anyway.  Not sure what it means.

Breitbart:  "Report: Donald Trump to Hang Portrait of Electoral College Landslide in White House...A reporter for the One America News Network spotted a White House staffer walking through the building with a framed map of the electoral college victory."

Is there a point where egomania descends into a national obscenity?  Because if there is, Trump just passed that point.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Analysis: McMaster Doesn't Deny Core Elements of WaPo Story, But Rejects Its Premise"

Translation into English:  It's all true, but so fucking what?  What are you going to do about it, buddy?

Bernard Goldberg, Town Hall:  "Trump, Comey and the Wound that Just Won't Heal"

Aah, at last, a right winger who is going to try to be honest about the chaos and subversion in the White House...oh, wait, how could I have been so naive?

"For a while now Democrats have had about as much confidence in FBI chief James Comey as they have in Donald Trump, which is next to none -- and I'm being generous. They've wanted Comey removed from office because they believed he was a big reason Hillary Clinton lost the presidency. Now, thanks to Donald Trump's decision to fire him, they got just what they said they wanted. Except now they don't want it.

If Hillary Clinton had won and fired Comey, Democrats would have said he got what he deserved."

See?  The whole thing is not about Trump's criminality, his treason and obstruction of justice, it's about the fact that Democrats wanted both the removal of the right wing tool Comey and the right wing monster Trump, which somehow makes it all about them.

Neil Stevens, Red State:  "Rosie O’Donnell Wants To Repeat A Dark Moment In History...Rosie O’Donnell has a plan for America. We’ve seen this before in Latin America. It doesn’t end well."

Rosie O'Donnell.  Well, she has her hands right on the levers of power in the United States, doesn't she?  On the other hand, best ignore the guy in the White House who is trying to repeat a dark moment in history that took place in 1930's Germany.

Duke Fergus, Red State:  "This Week: Will Jeff Sessions Tame The Music Industry Crony Capitalists?"

This week!  The crucial issue to America that is taking place this week!  Music industry crony capitalists!!!  And by the way, where is this threat coming from?  The record companies, with their decades long history of screwing musicians?  Services like Pandora, with their shorter but equally brutal history of screwing musicians?  No, the threat comes from "crony capitalists" like ASCAP and BMI, who are conspiring to see that musicians get some scraps of the revenue from their creations.  Protect the workers and you are now a "crony capitalist;" screw the workers and you are, I guess, a "job creator." Jobs that don't pay anything, but still...

Streiff, Red State:  "BREAKING. H. R. McMaster Gives a Presser on the Alleged Trump Security Blunder"

"Alleged."  You've got to love that word.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "FBI Stoolies Leak Secret Comey Memo to NY Times — Trump Administration Responds to Latest FakeNews"

Well, either it's fake news or it's not.  If the "stoolies" leaked it, it's not fake news, it's real news.  Talk about wanting to have your cake and eat it too.  So, here's Jim's standard:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Did Washington Post Just Publish Its 4th Major FakeNews Story in Last Week?"

See, if Jim doesn't like it, it's fake.  That's the standard of journalism today, by a certified liar who is now, thanks to Donald Trump, an official member of the White House press corps.

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "Firing Comey: Did Trump give his adversaries a sword?"

If he did, I'd like to suggest that they give it a good cleaning, as he stuck it in his own back before turning it over.

And man, is this going to help things:

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Changing academia has been much more difficult than changing the media. However, there is hope: President Donald Trump has asked Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. to head a White House task force on reforming the U.S. higher education system."

Jerry Falwell, who runs one of the most fraudulent excuses for a "university" in our history, to "reform" our higher education system.  And how will he do that?

"It is anticipated that Falwell's task force will recommend the increasing use of online courses in order to drive down the costs of higher education for students nationwide. This is a proven method to accomplish what we call "Defunding the Marxist Madrassas." In this way, the academic bastions of Marxist thought that inhibit real diversity in thinking, and even prevent conservatives from coming on campus, can be reduced in their influence and even dismantled."

"Marxist Madrassas."  Did it ever occur to Cliff that Communists are atheists and consequently somewhat unlikely to be associated with Madrassas?  No?  Well, then.  Of course, the real effect of this "reform" would be to drive more and more of our "higher education" resources into the hands of crooked rich people like Betsey DeVos.

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Indict Comey for obstruction of justice"

Comey...obstruction of justice...well, you don't really want to see any of the rest of what Larry has to say, because it is totally incoherent, and you've already heard the punch line, so we'll just move on.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Gay effort to reintroduce slavery in the South fails"

This has to do with someone being required to serve a gay client in his place of business.  Given that Republicans are actually trying to reduce the American working populace to a condition barely distinguishable from slavery, it's sort of amusing, but like Larry Klayman's article just above, a classic example of right wingers accusing liberals of every abomination the right is committing themselves.

Glenn Beck, The Blaze:  "Ted Cruz has a bill to solve health care: here is what it would do "

Well, I'm not about to waste my time reading this, so let me just take a guess:  It would kick a few million more people out of their healthcare plans, and give a multibillion dollar gift to the richest people in America.  I'm pretty sure that I've got the basics of whatever he is proposing.

Geoffrey P. Hunt, American Thinker:  "Trump Drops Bunker Buster on Comey and the Deep State"

And with the same effect: zero on Trump's enemies, and a couple more points shaved off of his already pathetic approval rating.  Way, to go there, Donny boy!

J. Robert Smith, American Thinker:  "Trump’s Outdated WH Media Operation Has to Go"

They just aren't lying anywhere near hard enough.

"The president deserves a communications strategy and execution as groundbreaking and bold as himself."

And as criminal and deceptive.  Maybe then he'd have a chance.

Avrohom Gordiner, American Thinker:  "New York City's Reduced Crime Rates: Don't Be Fooled"

Don't be fooled by the truth!  Things MUST have gotten a lot worse under Obama, trust American Thinker on that one.

Allan J. Favish, American Thinker:  "Sally Yates misquoted the law to Ted Cruz"

Sally Yates is the former acting Attorney General of the United States.  Allan Favish is also an attorney; he has spent his career trying to prevent insurance companies from having to pay out on claims to their insured clients.  He is also known in Washington D.C. for having spent over ten years filing motions demanding the autopsy photos of Vince Foster, so he can "prove" that Hillary killed Foster.  So, who are you going to believe is more likely to be correctly interpreting the law?

Oliver Lane, Breitbart:  "1 in 5 Child Deaths in London Borough Caused by Parents Being ‘Close Relatives’

I never knew there were that many people from Alabama in London.

And let's just go out on this frightening story:

Before It's News:  "Creatures of the Bottomless Pit – the Real Alien Threat You Need to Be Aware Of!  URGENT: You need to see this now – the Revelation ‘locusts of the bottomless pit’ have now been uncovered! This is not science fiction. This is reality. The greatest horror the world will ever see is about to unleash from beneath the Earth! Unless you want to witness the GREATEST HORROR THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN – You better PAY CLOSE ATTENTION!"

" This is not science fiction. This is reality."  Well, you've been warned.

More soon, until wingnut writers complete the descent into incomprehensible apelike gibberish which they have been promising for several years now.

How Many Reasons to Impeach?

Let's start out by remembering that, no matter how they spin it, the Republicans impeached Bill Clinton over a blow job, and that they tried for years to gin up an impeachment of Barack Obama based on an endless series of lies about Benghazi.

Times have sure changed, huh?  We now have an absolutely out of control, mentally defective Republican President who seems to be licensed to engage in any sort of abomination without its bothering Congressional Republicans one bit.  He seems to commit clearly impeachable abuses weekly, if not daily, and not one single Republican will state the obvious in public.

I think I'll just take a walk through the last few months and list some of the grounds that exist to remove this malignant character from the White House.  I will start with the most recent and work my way into the past, where the real abominations lie.

1.  Trump has just been caught revealing the nation's most secret intelligence data to the Russians.  Compare the Republican silence about this to the year-long screaming fit about Hillary's alleged revealing "classified data," which turned out to consist of two e-mails congratulating foreign leaders on their election.  Republicans answer that the President has the right to reveal any damned thing he pleases.  That may be technically true, but imagine him tweeting out our nuclear codes, which he is apparently legally entitled to do.  Having the "right" to do something and getting kicked the hell out of the White House for doing it are two separate things.  And let me add here that this revelation is going to relate to one of the two really big reasons for impeaching Trump, in that it provides further damning evidence that the bastard is selling the country out to the Russians.

2.  He has engaged in a continuous round of obstruction of justice, to prevent the real knowledge of his connections to the Russians from being revealed.  The firing of James Comey is the most recent of those criminal actions, which also include appointing a Secretary of State and national security advisor who were both involved up to their necks in dirty dealings with the Russians, firing prosecutors who were investigating the matter, choosing an Attorney General who is such a corrupt right winger that he will crush any internal investigation into Trump's treason, and a host of lesser intimidations of these and other people.

3.  He has allowed his family to profit from his position.  The most recent obscene example of this is the selling of visas into the United States by Jared Kushner and his family, in return for $500,000 investments into Kushner's company.  In contrast to the behavior of previous Presidents, Trump has absolutely refused to separate himself in any way from the operation of his family businesses; we have seen numerous examples of the use of government resources to promote his companies, or even to financially benefit them directly, as when the government pays him to have his staff stay at Mar-a-Lago or Trump Tower.  He has furthermore absolutely refused to even let the American people know the full extent of his financial entanglements, which may point to not just corruptly benefiting his family, but which will likely reveal the extensive nature of his dependence on the Russians.

4. Now I come to what is, in my opinion, the main reason that Trump should be impeached: the refusal to carry out his sworn duty as President of the United States.  The Constitution requires of the President that "he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."  Trump has appointed a whole host of cabinet secretaries and other top government officials who are openly committed to frustrating or reversing the standing law of the United States.

This happened most blatantly in the past with Ronald Reagan, who appointed the likes of James Watt to head the Interior Department, and Clarence Thomas to head the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department.  People like them had long-standing ideological commitments to tearing down the rule of law in this country, and should never have been allowed to take office; when Reagan appointed them, he should have been impeached immediately for refusal to carry out his sworn duty as President.  The cowardly Democrats failed to do this, and as a result we ended up with Bush-Cheney and Trump.  Well, what Reagan did, Trump is applying in a wholesale manner to every bit of the government he can get his hands on.

 Within the last couple of days, just to cite one example, Trump has put forward for the position as chief scientist at the USDA, a man who is not a scientist, who has never been a scientist, but did spend several years as a right wing talk show host in the Midwest, where he endlessly railed against climate change science as a hoax.  I'm sorry, but the President has no right to do things like this, not and retain his position.  And this example hardly begins to approach the seriousness, for example, of his appointment of a man with $500 billion dollars riding on doing away with sanctions on Russia, to be Secretary of State, or making a woman dedicated to turning our educational system into nothing but a profit center for the rich, most notably her own family, to be the Secretary of Education.

5.  Now for the final area in which Trump has engaged in (to say the least) impeachable offenses:  The absolutely clear evidence that he is a traitor, who has sold the country out on numerous occasions to a foreign dictator, in payment for that dictator's rigging our election system to make him President.  And I will not budge on this description.  We now have dozens of examples of his entanglements with Putin and the Russian oligarchs, as well as so many specimens of clear payoffs to them, that you would have to be a fool to let yourself be swayed by the thundering chorus of right wingers trying to shout down the obvious: Trump is a traitor. The most recent of these payoffs spectacularly came, as I mentioned above, with the betraying to the Russians some of the country's most closely guarded intelligence secrets; something we would not even know about if he had had his way.  But the payoffs to the Russians are legion, and have been occurring since the time he won office; the deliberate alienation of the United States from its allies, the obvious intent, with the appointment of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, to do away with sanctions on Russia (can you give any other explanation why he would pick as Secretary of State a person without one day's experience in foreign diplomacy in his whole life, but who has the most to gain financially of any single person in the United States from doing away with Russian Sanctions?  I mean, really, how obvious does something have to be?), his appointment as chief National Security advisor a person with his own massive entanglements with the Russians, including some pretty big financial payouts, and on and on.

I want to say this again: despite all the Republican screaming to the contrary, it is absolutely clear that Trump is the tool of a hostile foreign country.  He is a traitor, beyond any reasonable doubt.  The proofs that this is true come out almost every day.

Well, there is a list of four main areas, within which lie at the very least several dozen absolutely justified reasons for removing Trump from office.  Unfortunately, the evidence as of today is that the entire pack of Republicans in Congress are every bit as corrupt and subversive as he is, so all of this will still not reach, in their minds, the magnitude of a blow job, or even what they all knew were a pack of totally false smears about Benghazi.  It only took three honest Republicans in Congress to side with the Democrats and bring down Nixon.  As I have said before, the Republicans learned their lesson from Nixon very well.  There is today, as the result of a decades-long, systematic effort, not one single honest Republican in Congress, and perhaps there is not one on earth.  Otherwise this farce of a Presidency would have been over two months ago.  Not that Mike Pence will give the country anything better in the way of governing than the lunatic Trump, but apparently nothing is too low for Republicans to swallow, while they are waiting to vote in those massive tax cuts for the rich and deregulation for their corporations.  Until then, Trump could invite a Russian army to occupy Alaska and they'd all have reasons why that was just fine.

Headline of the Day

From Crooks and Liars:

"White House Comms Staff Are Screaming At Each Other Right Now"

And life goes on, in the Trump administration.  Is there any way that this could get more degraded?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Antivaxxers Spread the Truth

Not that it is at all surprising, but here is a screen shot of a remark that showed up in my Disqus feed:
Oh well.