Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wingnuts Show Their Strength Again

This time in Boston, where they showed up in typical numbers for  a laughingly named "Free Speech" rally this afternoon.  From Fox News (no link for them, sorry):

"...dozens of rallygoers gathered at the historic Boston Common and were met with thousands of counterprotesters who had marched peacefully through downtown Boston...Only a few dozen conservatives turned out to the Boston rally, in stark contrast to the estimated 15,000 counterprotesters... an organizer has said he expected up to 1,000 people to attend.

And here they are; first the "protesters:"
 And then the counterprotesters:
 

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers -- some in uniform, others undercover -- were deployed to keep the peace Saturday. "

They could have just assigned five policemen to every wingnut to protect them, or to keep them from driving their cars into the counterprotest, I guess.

I loved some of the ways this was covered in the press:

Vox:  "counter-demonstrators — which, as Ward reported, were conservatively estimated to outnumber the Free Speech rally-goers 15 to one — filled the grounds outside a security perimeter, drowning out the speeches at the Free Speech rally."

15 to one...well, let's see; 15,000 divided by 100...I think that is more on the order of 150 to one. Only off by a factor of ten, Vox guys.  Just a slip up, I guess.  But wait:

CBS News:  "Boston free speech rally: Thousands take to the streets in rival protests ..."
 Newsweek:  "BOSTON PROTESTS LIVE UPDATES: THOUSANDS TURN OUT FOR, AGAINST FREE SPEECH RALLY POST-CHARLOTTESVILLE"
Well, at least Vox did better than CBS News and Newsweek, which didn't seem to notice the difference in the size of the crowds at all.

Once again, for about the thousandth time, I have to note the discrepancy between the actual number of right wingers that ever show up for their hatefests, and the way they are treated by the mainstream press.  A carefully organized event that still can't get over a hundred people is treated as equivalent to a more or less spontaneous march 150 times its size, as the press continues to pretend that this sort of event is a sign of a huge wellspring of right wingers who are totally behind the Republican platform of reducing them to poverty to enrich the Koch brothers, et. al.

Yeah, billions of dollars of rich guys' money spent on smearing Democrats still manages to get millions of suckers out on voting day to keep the criminals in office, but if they think there are really masses of armed lunatics ready to start shooting up the country to defend the rights of the rich, they are not basing it on any perceivable evidence.

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Horrid Possibility

So what do we expect for Trump without Bannon?  I am positive that we are going to be bombarded over the next week or so with mainstream pundits' claims that Bannon has been radicalizing Trump all along, and now that he is gone we need to shut up and wait for Trump to pivot to being a reasonable President.  I am wondering today, however, if the exact opposite may be the case.

Bannon is a real ideologue and cares a hundred times more about advancing his white supremacist, fascist agenda than Trump could ever care about anything but himself.  I wonder if Bannon has not been working constantly to keep Trump focused on Bannon's ideological goals, and has prevented him from spinning off into total lunacy on an almost daily basis.  Now that Bannon is gone, we will get another chance to just Let Trump Be Trump.  And that could be a spectacle far more horrible than anything we have seen so far.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Stupidity of the Press Continues

Even now, after all we have seen, they will not speak the truth.  Today's example: Gail Collins at the New York Times:

"Admit it — during the campaign you did not consider the possibility that if a terrible tragedy struck the country involving all of our worst political ghosts of the past plus neo-Nazism, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz would know the appropriate thing to say but Donald Trump would have no idea."

Even now, the miserable tools that get paid to write this garbage for the New York Times cannot bring themselves to admit the truth.  I can point you toward numerous left-leaning websites, like my own, which stated plainly all along who Trump was and what he was up to; plenty of people considered "the possibility" of what a Trump Presidency would mean, and far more importantly have been pointing out for years that it is not  Trump's goal alone, but the goal of the whole Republican party at least since Reagan- to erase the last vestiges of democracy in this country and replace it by a fascist oligarchy in which no more than a couple hundred families run the country, totally for their own benefit.

And just to finish the categorization of the deliberate blindness, or just lying, of Gail Collins, what do the two people she mentioned as standing up against Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, have in common?  They are the two most likely people to be the Republican Presidential candidate in 2020, if Trump is pushed out of office.  They see themselves as the main beneficiaries of Trump's fall.  At this point, anyone who thinks that a single one of the Republican leaders will ever act based on decency and the best interest of the  country is a gigantic fool.  These guys are, as Republicans always do, serving their own self-interest in attacking Trump.  Other than that, they are totally on board with the entire Republican program of making the country the sole possession of the hyper-rich.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Us

Listen, those of us with any sense have known what has been going on both with Trump and the rest of the Republican party for a long time now, but I think it is safe to demand that, with one single thing Trump said in his God-forsaken tirade yesterday, we need never sit still for the pretense that there is a thing decent about him.  And this is the remark, which utterly strips any pretense from what they are really about:

"Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at us – excuse me – what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?"

Us.  There it is- Trump and the Nazis are "us."  With this unguarded remark, Trump admitted that he is one with the Nazis that inhabit this country.  Let there be no second thoughts about this; this was not a mere slip of the tongue but an ugly view right into his own heart.  We are presided over by a Nazi.  From here out, he is going to act like a Nazi, talk like a Nazi and govern like a Nazi.  Anyone who has a shred of doubt about that is a fool.
Us.  At least if you are Donald Trump.

And virtually no one in his party will turn their back on him, except the couple of miserable self-serving scum like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who still think they have a chance of becoming President in 2020 if they tank Trump.  They are all Nazis, just like Trump; the only difference is that they have the sense not to talk about it in public.

Congratulations, You Subhuman Bastards, You Elected a Nazi


And let's not pretend that anyone with a shred of sense didn't know that all along:

"members of the president’s staff, stunned and disheartened, said they never expected to hear such a voluble articulation of opinions that the president had long expressed in private."

And not that private either, because plenty of us knew what he was up to all along, and knew, for that matter, that it has been the intent of the Republican party for forty years to reduce this country to an oligarchic dictatorship.  They may not have expected someone this crude to grab the reins and go galloping off into the sunset, but where he is headed is exactly where they have been headed for decades.

And as of today, not one major Republican figure has dared to criticize him by name, because in the end, it is just his animalistic means that bother them, not the goal.

So, today, orders went out from the White House to all Republicans that they had better tow the line, or perhaps end up the way Ernst Rohm did- the members of the president's staff are probably relieved that he didn't state openly that opinion that he has undoubtedly long expressed in private too.  Here's a little of the White House orders to twist reality to suit its purpose:

'The President Was Entirely Correct' 
President Trump’s remarks on the deadly white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville have sparked widespread outrage. But the White House is asking congressional Republicans to follow his lead. 

Every day, the White House communications office sends official talking points to Republican members of Congress... 

The President was entirely correct -- both sides of the violence in Charlottesville acted inappropriately, and bear some responsibility.  He has been a voice for unity and calm, encouraging the country to “rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that brings us together as Americans.” 

The President condemned - with no ambiguity - the hate groups fueled by bigotry and racism over the weekend...From cop killing and violence at political rallies, to shooting at Congressmen at a practice baseball game, extremists on the left have engaged in terrible acts of violence."

This is the speech of a Nazi.  And let us not even begin to pretend otherwise. And fuck these people- they knew all along what they were supporting, what they were voting for.  They were not ignorant of what Trump was all about; they support it wholeheartedly.  They want this country turned into a Fascist dictatorship.  And there are a hell of a lot more of them than we ever thought could exist in this supposedly enlightened country, where "patriots" allegedly loved "freedom."

He is now openly encouraging his followers to get violent.  Where this will lead, I don't know, but please remember that waiting too long to crush people like this cost us fifty million deaths just a few decades ago.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Just a Curious Fact, I Guess

Nothing to be learned here, I guess.

Here are pictures of the various executives who have quit Trump administration panels in recent days due to his behavior:
 Brian Krzanich, Intel

 Elon Musk, Tesla

 Ken Frazier, Merck

 Kevin Plank, Underarmor

 Klaus Kleinfeld, Arconic

 Mario Longhi, US Steel

Mark Fields, Ford

In only one of these cases, did Donald Trump decide to attempt to publicly humiliate the executive in question; that would be Ken Frazier.  I wonder what made him different in Trump's eyes than all the others.

HE PIVOTED!!!!!

Just like the Republicans and the mainstream press have been promising us for a year now, today Donald Trump pivoted!
He pivoted!!!!!!!

Oh, not to being President.  He didn't pivot to that.  He pivoted to being Reich Chancellor.

Almost as good, right?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup- Charlottesville Edition


I must say, I tried a couple of times the last few weeks to see if I shouldn't be writing another Wingnut Wrapup, but every time I quickly gave up, because what's the point in repeating what a bunch of right wing morons have to say, when our President is saying the same thing every day, and no one seems to care enough to shut him up?  But with the escalation of the right wing plan over the weekend, I think that it is important to see how these jackasses are going to try to rationalize away their ever-less-disguised hatred.  Ready or not, here we go:

Andrew Anglin, Daily Stormer, memorializing the victim of the white supremacist terror murder this weekend:  "She was Fat and a Drain on Society. Despite feigned outrage by the media, most people are glad she is dead, as she is the definition of uselessness. A 32-year-old woman without children is a burden on society and has no value. 
Due to female privilege, and the fact that they do virtually nothing their entire lives, women live an average of 5 years longer than men. The average female lifespan is 81 years. That means for 49 more years, this fat slob would have been leeching off of men’s work. 
Childless women are black hole vortexes of public money and energy. 
Had she not died yesterday, hundreds of thousands of dollars would have been spent on propping-up this gross creature who had failed to do her most basic duty – her only real duty, in fact – and reproduce. 
Having no children at that age, it can be assumed that she had multiple abortions, and was thus herself a child murderer."

Really, not much anyone could say about that which could make the guy look any worse, so we'll just move on.

Vanguard News Network:  "President Trump Says: Racism is Evil...I agree: why did the Jews have to invent racism and genocide?? Why are the Jews still trying to wipe out our White culture? Why do they hate us so much? (The answer is: “because we’re not Jews”).

See, racism is totally something the Jews do. This is the sort of thing that feeds the race haters that showed up in Charlottesville this weekend.  It will be interesting to see how far they can run on a diet of such pure hatred.  These people should really be exterminated like plague-bearing rats, in my opinion.

Alex Jones, Infowars:  "I’ve been to these events, a lot of the KKK guys with their hats off look like they’re from the cast of Seinfeld,” he said Sunday, as old footage of a KKK rally rolled behind him. “Look at them, they’re just Jewish actors. Nothing against Jews in general, but the leftist Jewish want to create this clash, so they go dress up as Nazis...I have footage in Austin — we’re going to find it somewhere here at the office — where it literally looks like cast of Seinfeld or like Howard Stern in a Nazi outfit. They all look like Howard Stern. They almost got like, the little curly hair down, and they’re just up there heil-ing Hitler. You can tell they are totally uncomfortable, they are totally scared, and it’s all just meant to create the clash.”

And of course, from one of the chief Sandy Hook deniers (and a valued source of information for our President,) waving the false flag as hard as he can.  I know it is the height of time-wasting to confront what Mr. Jones has to say with facts, but here are a couple of pictures of the fine Americans marching to preserve that statue of General Lee:



Notice anyone there that looks like Howard Stern? No?  I didn't think so.

Jay Syrmopoulos, Free Thought Project:  "Multiple High-Level U.S. Officials Publicly Warn of Govt Plot to Assassinate Trump"

Based, as usual, on the testimony of a bunch of people you never heard of, and twisting the words of real people mercilessly.  For example, Jay cites the following:

"former CIA Director John Brennan, while speaking at the Aspen Security Conference, noted that if the administration attempts to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, government officials should refuse to follow the orders of the president.

“I think it’s the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out. I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future,” Brennan told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum."

as evidence that the entire government is conspiring against Trump.  Just to note: when a traitorous tool of a foreign dictator attempts to destroy the country, it is not an evil aberration, but the responsibility of every government employee to do whatever they can to stop him, and see that he is punished appropriately for his treason.
Jeff Rense, Rense.com:  "Globalist McMaster Calls Soros-Promoted False Flag In Charlottesville A Terror Attack"

Catch that?  Actually, McMaster called the car attack and murder by a right wing maniac a terror attack; to Jeff Rense, this is an excuse to claim the attack was a false flag operation carried out by (Jewish) leftists, even thought the perpetrator had a years-long record of association with right wing causes and groups.  Expect to see a lot more of this in the coming years.

Mike Adams, Natural News:  "Why this all ends in civil war: Radical Left-wing fascism and intolerance meets right-wing nationalism and resistance"

See? Peaceful Progressive protesters are fascists, but actual, self-identified Nazis aren't.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "The Alt-Right does not, and must not, represent American conservatism."

Oh yes it does, buster.  People like you spent decades building this monstrosity, and this time around, you are not walking away from it the way you walked away from the damage that Reagan and Bush and Cheney and every other damned Republican in the last forty years worked around the clock to create.

PJ Media:  "MSNBC Contributor Says the Neo-Nazis Killed Someone 'on Behalf of President Trump'

And?  Got any objection to that?  Seems pretty right on to me.

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Purple Heart Recipient on Afghanistan War: 'You Can't' Fight Suicide Bombers"

How about people who drive their cars into peaceful protesters?  How do you fight them?  Hey, I've got an idea:  let's do it by not electing one of their leaders to be President.

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "In this particular case, the white nationalists were protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee...These people are being told that even this most defensible of all Confederate figures must be condemned in their cultural consciousness. Again, there is no excuse for the way they reacted, but perhaps this is a legitimate complaint.

Indeed, part of the tragedy of the situation is that by identifying as white supremacists in defending this statue, they have played into the narrative that only racists support these statues."

Only one thing wrong with this line of argument, Tyler:  It happens to be an obvious fact that only racists support these statues.  "The most defensible of all Confederate figures" spent years killing American soldiers in a treasonous war to support one of the great evils of human history.  I'm glad that Tyler knows that the rest of them were even worse.

"How can Americans break the cycle of tribalism? By championing the tenets of classical liberalism: that people have equal rights and dignity, that government should treat everyone equally, and that individuals acting freely and in peace can achieve the best good for the whole."

Too bad your people, Tyler; let me repeat here: your people will not admit that people have equal rights and dignity.  Run away from that truth and you are a racist yourself, and no better than the violent ugly jerks who go around with Nazi flags.

Jesse Lee Peterson, World Net Daily:  "CHARLOTTESVILLE, I TRIED TO WARN YOU...I have warned for more than 27 years that we are in a spiritual battle of good versus evil. White people are under attack – especially white, straight, conservative Christian men of power. The children of the lie hate them because they represent good. They love truth, freedom, responsibility, the values that make America great. 

Evil already wiped out black and Hispanic men – separated them from their families and deluded their thinking. Evil, too, has chipped away at whites, the last men standing in the way to stop evil from completely taking over America."


The guy who wrote this is a black man.  Some people of every kind will do any despicable thing if you pay them enough.

Earick Ward, American Thinker:  "Those who control the narrative control the truth.  Following Charlottesville, all must understand the broader context of current events – the conservative movement (not to be confused with media-created Alt-Right or white nationalists) desires the restoration of America's founding principles, as documented in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. 

There is a counter-movement that seeks America's destruction and the imposition of a new covenant, predicated on the wisdom of man or, more particularly, a select group of men, who seek to manage the affairs of all man. "

The wisdom of man, or a select group of men.  You mean like this select group of men?


I'm just glad that Earick realizes which side in the United States today is really on the side of the Founding Fathers.  It's just stunning how un-self aware these guys are.

Franklin Graham, Newsmax:  "Shame on the politicians who are trying to push blame on President Trump for what happened in Charlottesville, VA. That’s absurd. What about the politicians such as the city council who voted to remove a memorial that had been in place since 1924, regardless of the possible repercussions?"

What about those city council members who voted to remove a statue to a treasonous man who killed thousands of patriotic Americans in order to defend slavery?  Yeah, why didn't they balance that act of common decency against the likelihood that an American racist would kill some poor innocent girl to get back at them?  In fact, how dare anyone stand up to a pack of degenerate would-be Nazis?  After all, if you do, they might kill some more people, and that would be all your fault.

Franklin Graham's father was a viciouslly anti-Semitic scum, but God, he has nothing on his son:

"Really, this boils down to evil in people's hearts," Graham said. "Satan is behind it all. He wants division, he wants unrest, he wants violence and hatred. He's the enemy of peace and unity...Graham called on the nation to come together and turn to God."

Like, that has ever solved a problem like this, in the whole history of the human race.

Peter Hasson, Daily Caller:  "Far-left agitators are calling for an escalation in tactics following this weekend’s violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville."

Monsters.  Instead, they should all just go home and stay there until the alt-right guys show up to escort them into camps.

And an oldie but a goodie when things like this happen:

Connor Mighell, The Federalist:  "The ‘Alt-Right’ Aren’t On The Right, They’re Just Racists"

Why, of course they have nothing to do with us reasonable haters!  We won't run you down in the street, we will just see that you have no job, no home and no medical care, and then just let nature run its course.

Zachary Leeman, Popzettee:  "When violent protests broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, celebrities and artists had the opportunity to call for unity and sanity in a world in which people are digging their heels into extremist beliefs."

Unity with Nazis.  Interesting to see how that would play out.

Anyway, that should be plenty to see how far the right wing media have gotten in two days to blot out the obvious meaning of this weekend's events in Charlottesville.  They still haven't agreed on quite the narrative, but just give them a few more days, and that guy in the car will turn out to have been a hero.

Oh, and just one more comment:  If you think we on the left are going to stand around and let white supremacists and neo-Nazis beat and kill us, just to deny you the opportunity to scream that "both sides do it," you are crazy. Let's be clear about this: every person on earth knows who the good guys are when it comes down to Nazis versus the rest of us, and no amount of smearing and lying on your part can ever change that.

Terror By Car

I am interested in the large number of commentators that are so quick to compare the right wing terrorist who drove his car into a group of peaceful protesters this weekend, to the several associates of ISIS who have done the same thing in the last couple of years.   Nobody seems to have enough memory, however, to make the following obvious comment:

You know, just about anyone on earth can get their hands on a car or a truck, and drive it into a crowd.  It's not high tech terrorism.

A few years ago, ISIS was an actual state.  It had a government, it controlled a number of fairly large cities, it had a standing army, it had oil wells and refineries from which it derived a large income as well as powering itself, it handled many of the functions of a normal government.

Then an international coalition led by (remember this guy?) Barack Obama began a systematic effort to destroy this malignant state.  A couple of years later, the best they could do was incite a few fools to engage in a meaningless act of random violence.

Well, American Nazis seem to have skipped right by the successful government part and gone right to the meaningless act part.  Yes, they need to be beaten down, and harshly, but do not think that a demonstration of four hundred people and some idiot that drives a car into a crowd represent a real movement.  Our "President" is going to have a heavy price to pay for inciting this hatred, but as long as we don't just let it go unanswered, it is going to end up being nothing but a contemptible temper tantrum.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hugh Hewitt Speaks for the Mainstream Press

The Washington Post should be deeply ashamed of itself for having been bullied into publishing the screeds of the notorious right wing liar Hugh Hewitt under any circumstances, and never more so with Hewitt's comments today on the racist terrorist murder in Charlottesville yesterday:

"The Charlottesville driver isn’t the only one who should lawyer up...

The Commonwealth of Virginia is, of course, governed by Brandenburg and also has a felony homicide statute that provides that the “killing of one accidentally, contrary to the intention of the parties, while in the prosecution of some felonious act...is murder of the second degree and is punishable by confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than five years nor more than forty years.”

it seems to me that a great number of people are at risk of being charged with felony homicide beyond the driver of the car that killed one person during Saturday’s protests. Anyone who incited the driver, indeed anyone whose actions obliged the state troopers to be airborne in defense of the public’s safety, should lawyer up... Lots of people should be charged if they contributed to the mayhem that led to these deaths."

Notice particularly that Hewitt is extremely careful to never point out exactly who "incited the driver," or exactly who "anyone whose actions obliged the state troopers to be airborne in defense of the public’s safety."

This is no more an accident that Donald Trump's clear claim that the victims of this terrorist act were as equally to blame as the terrorist himself.  It openly implies that everyone who showed up in Charlottesville was equally to blame for the terrorism as the terrorist and his associates themselves.  It is a claim that those who fight hatred are as fully deplorable as the haters themselves.  It is of a piece with Republicans' claims that Obama was responsible for their own racism, because he couldn't convince them to give it up.  It is hatred blended with irrationality in a measure so massive that it has, at least so far, proven impervious to any appeal to decency.  That is why, in the end, I see no answer to this other than forcibly putting these people down, like the mad dogs they are.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Why Does Trump

Refuse to use the words "Radical Christian Terrorism?"

Huh?  That's what I want to know.

Nazis

Given the way things are going in this country, there is going to be more and more talk about parallels with the rise of the Nazis.

Unfortunately, about 90% of what I read about them is false or at best partially true, so I want to recommend to anyone who is really interested in the subject, the three volume history of the rise and rule of the Nazis written by Cambridge Professor Richard Evans:

The Coming of the Third Reich
The Third Reich in Power
The Third Reich at War


This is a long read, but is by far the most authoritative history of the subject in English, and is widely available.  Evans wrote this in the late nineties, and a good part of it, particularly the last two volumes, is based on millions of pages of documents that had been kept in East Germany, and were unavailable prior to its collapse.  You will learn an immense amount that you didn't know about the Nazis.  From then on, when you say "this is like the Nazis," you will know what you are talking about.

White March In Context

Whooppee!! The Nazis who form a large part of Trump's younger followers are on the march in Charlottesville, in what is universally described as the largest gathering of "white nationalists" in decades!  The press is out in force to declare them to be a real force in American politics, whose "issues" (i.e. white people's right to kill and hate) must be addressed, or the Democratic party will disappear off the face of the earth! Here's a picture from last night's demonstration:
I will have more to say, I am sure, after today's march, which they promise will be EVEN LARGER!!!!  But until then, just for comparison, here is a reminder of the Women's March in just one city, Los Angeles, a few months ago:
This march was, as I remember, worthy only of being forgotten as soon as possible.


UPDATE:  Well, after a morning filled with various acts of petty violence, and chanting of "Jews will not replace us"* and the good old standby "Blood and Soil,"** the Charlottesville mayor declared a state of emergency, so we will never get to know if today's rally would have matched this:
Somehow, I doubt it, but that's what they were hoping for, I'm sure.



*Take it from me, guys, Jews aren't trying to replace you.  They actually like it a lot more where they are, and aren't trying to move here:

**If you would like to know more about Blood and Soil, I invite you to watch as much as you can take of this nice video, entitled "Blood and Soil- Foundation of the New Reich."  It's from 1933, so the production values may be a little lacking, but I'm sure you will get the point.  

Then maybe we'll all get together in a resounding rendition of the Horst Wessel song and all go out and start a war or two.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Big Lie Indeed

From right wing convicted felon (and therefore admired leader of the wingnuts) Dinesh D'Sousa, another strike against the truth, in the form of this new book:
Yes, it is the contention of this hateful monster that it is the American left, not the right, that is actually the real cousin of the Nazis.

D'Sousa seems to forget the years-long campaign by the Democrats, led by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to get the United States to take a stand against the Nazis; a campaign that took years because it was viciously opposed every step of the way by a large number of Republican politicians, who violently fought even aiding Britain in its struggle against Hitler, let alone our joining in too.  He parrots the nauseating lie that the Nazis were left wingers, despite the incredible, detailed historical record, including the text of large parts of Mein Kampf, proving that the Nazis opposed not just Communists, but Socialists, liberals and even centrists, and the fact that the Nazis joined together with virtually every nationalist, right wing group in Germany, before destroying them as soon as possible.

This hateful book is, of course, just one more step in the disgusting propaganda campaign that produced the following book several years ago:
This was another publication in the right's long campaign to deny their relationship to the Nazis, and despite being equally bankrupt of both fact and decency it was eagerly consumed by the wingnuts.

And yet, right wingers will lap up this new outrage, because of course they will.  Because "nyah nyah nyah, not me, you" has become their standard response to any attempt to point out what a malignant bunch of subhumans they are.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Catastrophic Mistake

We learn this important piece of information from Fox News uber-pundit Charles Krauthammer today:

"Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer called the idea of impeaching President Trump "a catastrophic mistake" on Thursday...Krauthammer warned that impeaching Trump would cause millions that voted for him to question the stability of American democracy."

No word about whether allowing a corrupt tool of a foreign dictator to steal the Presidency might cause the other 81% of us to "question the stability of American democracy."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

World Class Lying

A headline today from the Associated Press:

"Trump set to embark on 1st vacation since inauguration"

How can anyone even begin to tell a lie like that?  What in God's name has happened to our country where someone can write that and not be fired immediately? Can our country survive this sort of thing?

Trump set to embark on 1st vacation since inauguration

The Twin Towers of Conservatism



I have been meaning to write a post about the twin towers of right wing lunacy in this country for some time now.  Not, by the way, that these are the only rotten foundations on which Republican electoral success is built; am not, for example, going to mention racism very much below.  What I want to suggest, however, is that these are the two enablers of the Republican impetus to breed an ignorant, hate filled, out of control base that votes on the basis of evil passions, not reasoning or even self interest.

What pushed me over the line to write this post was Paul Krugman's column this week.  Here is an excerpt:

"The Republican health care debacle was the culmination of a process of intellectual and moral deterioration that began four decades ago, at the very dawn of modern movement conservatism...

A key moment came in the 1970s, when Irving Kristol, the godfather of neoconservatism, embraced supply-side economics — the claim, refuted by all available evidence and experience, that tax cuts pay for themselves by boosting economic growth. Writing years later, he actually boasted about valuing political expediency over intellectual integrity: “I was not certain of its economic merits but quickly saw its political possibilities.”

And this is a point I have made before, but until now I have never heard a single other person state it straight out:  "Supply side economics," the Austrian school, call it what you will, is not an economic theory nor an ideology.  It is in fact nothing but a malignant fairy tale designed to justify taking wealth away from ordinary people and giving it to the rich.  Its entire underpinnings are so ludicrous that no one in control of his or her mental faculties could buy into it for one second.  The Republican answer to this problem was, of course, not to abandon this hateful theory, but to create a base that was so impervious to what was right in front of their eyes that they would buy into it; and this they have done, with spectacular success.

So, Krugman was right, but only half right; as an economist he has restricted himself to a subject in which he can speak with authority.  But this was not sufficient to tip the country into its current disastrous madness, and not having any reputation to protect, I am not under any pressure to ignore it.  The other vital factor in the Republican descent into madness was the devil's bargain it made with Evangelical Christianity.

Republicans, so used to manipulating the ignorant and the hate-filled, thougth they could enlist Evangelicals, mindless and ignorant as most of them are, to join the zombie army that was working to destroy itself to further enrich the already rich.  Unfortunately, Republican leaders ignored the fact that Evangelicals came with some weighty baggage, which has mortally infected the right.  Chief among these is the Evangelical notion of salvation by faith, the idea that nothing we do on this earth except to believe what they tell us to believe, has anything to do with getting into heaven.  The logical outcome of this belief is that it is perfectly acceptable to tell any sort of lie to people to get them to believe, because balanced against eternal life, nothing that happens to them in this life means a thing.

Well, the notion that it is okay to tell any kind of lie to get what you want was hardly likely to remain restricted to situations involving eternal salvation.  It has now spread until it has infected the entire right in this country.  It has reached the point where all of them have repudiated any concern for the truth, in favor of whatever will get them what they want at the moment: denying global warming, denying the continuing malign effects of racism; denying the truth about their own religion and those of other people; denying that poor people are largely poor through no fault of their own; and in the end, denying that the Civil War was about slavery, denying every single thing their savior preached about, in favor of a self-serving mumbo-jumbo of nationalism and jingoistic hatred.

It is these two things that have led the Republicans, and unfortunately the rest of us, to be where we are today.  Neither on its own would have been sufficient to pull down the edifice of American democracy on its own, but together they have brought us to the edge of destruction.  Pandering to the rich, and to the ignorant, hateful people in the South and Midwest, Republicans have manged to wreck the fine clockwork that kept our country from the worst fate that has overtaken other great nations.

Republicans have built a base as absolutely divorced from truth as the most incurable schizophrenic; a base which I fear has descended so far into its fantasy world that there is no hope for this country until they die off, and then only if we can prevent them from spreading their mental disease on to future generations.  In the meantime, the caldera of hatred they have generated could easily overcome us all.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Coup, Part Two

We hear this news out of the White House:

"The door to the Oval Office used to be wide open, with favored officials drifting in and out — even in the middle of meetings — to kibitz with Trump.

Now, the door is closed. Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, has taken control in dramatic fashion, and is already imposing unmistakable signs of order after just a few days on the job:

Even POTUS appears to be trying to impress his four-star handler, picking up his game by acting sharper in meetings and even rattling off stats. Meetings are shorter and stick to their scheduled topic. Everyone — even uber-aides Jared and Ivanka, and economic adviser Gary Cohn — is being deferential to Kelly."


Do I even need to say the following?  Kelly is not making the White House run better; he is running it himself, and the fear of God has been implanted in Trump to prevent him from ruining everything with his usual behavior.

This is not efficiency, it is a coup.

Kelly is running the country now, on behalf of his previous employers, the United State Military, which doesn't want to fight wars caused by Trump's mentally disturbed belligerence.  Trump is not trying to "impress" Kelly; he is desperately trying to control himself to avoid being crushed by Kelly.

So, it took six months for Trump to end any semblance of democracy in this country.  Not the way he thought it would turn out, with him on the throne, but he did it.


UPDATE:  I just saw on MSNBC: "Breaking News- Chief of Staff announces that Attorney General is staying in job."

Since when does the chief of staff decide who the Attorney General is?  Well, I guess since the Chief of Staff is a four star General who has just taken over the Presidency.  I'm still waiting to hear the word "coup" from a single allegedly reputable news source.


A FURTHER UPDATE: Saturday, from an article at Daily Kos:

"In fact, the more we learn about this relationship, the more one has to wonder whether what we are really watching is a soft military coup in the making."

Monday, July 31, 2017

Has There Just Been a Coup?



A general takes over as chief of staff and immediately reacts by firing a guy who we know is Trump's alter ego, without a word of complaint from Trump.

In the last couple of days we have seen Trump order the military around without authority in the LGBT matter, come within inches of starting a war with North Korea. drastically damage our standing in the world, risking further conflicts in which the military would pay the price, and license the police to effectively start a war of terror against our own people.

Maybe that was a little bit too far for the military.  Did Trump really appoint Kelly to his new post, or was it forced on a man who has now been revealed as a weak, sniveling President who knows nothing except how to make threats?

Probably not, and if it is true, we may never see behind the curtain, with a suddenly controlled Trump still sitting in the Oval Office, pretending to make decisions, but with everything signed off on by the military, which would just wait things out until 2020, when a more rational seeming tyrant could be elected.

Anyway, there's a good Tom Clancy book in there somewhere.  Too bad it's reached the point in our country that it could be more than a book.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The End of Green Eagle?

I started following not just the far right, but fringe religious and scientific beliefs too, in the late 1960's.  At first it was an amusement to follow the likes of the National States Rights Party, or Scientology or General Semantics, or lunatic Evangelical religious groups.  But around the time of the Reagan administration, I began to see that these perverted people just refused to give up their malign idiocy, and they were starting to attract funding from rich sociopaths that believed they could personally benefit from encouraging the public to detach its political views from rational thinking.

At that time I began believing that what was happening, if it remained unchecked, could result in such a right wing surge in the United States that we could find ourselves facing a fascist takeover that could sweep away everything we thought was unalterable about our country.  Well, with a couple of exceptions, no one believed me.  I even had an acquaintance who is a psychiatrist, who started out thinking I was a paranoid schizophrenic, who a few years later admitted that everything I had said had proven to be true.

Time went on, and the rational people who should have taken it upon themselves to take a stand against this ever-growing American love affair with hatred and violence, just averted their gaze.

Ten years ago, I began my blog, in an attempt to document this storm which was overtaking our country.  As time went on, I found a few people who could see what was so clear to me, but basically the vast majority just ignored what was happening.

I spent those years documenting this savage outpouring of irrational dementia, as it grew worse and worse.  That was the task I assigned myself, and I kept at it for just about 5,000 posts.  In my Wingnut Wrapup articles alone, I documented about 10,000 specimens of right wing malice and mental disturbance.

Well, there is little left for me to do today, in a country where the aberrations that I have written about do not need to be memorialized in a blog; they can be heard every day coming from our President and his party.  It's there for everyone to see now; they don't need me to point it out to them.

I just do not believe Green Eagle has much of a function any more.  I will probably write a little when I feel like it, but I think that it is pretty much time to pull the plug on this blog, and just hunker down and wait out the storm, if I live that long.

Thanks for reading my posts over the years.  I hope we may all live to see better times, but I just don't have any faith in that happening.

Friday, July 28, 2017

How to Treat Criminal Suspects; the Official Version

Donald Trump, speaking to police today:

 "When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in. Rough. I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head. You know, the way you put their hand over their head, like don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody. I said you could take the hand away, OK.”

This is one more of at least a hundred legitimate grounds for impeachment of this grotesque excuse for a human being, and not one of the lesser ones, as behavior like this, licensed by the state, is one of the surest paths to fascism that anyone could imagine.

And when the country finally comes to its sense and drags this hateful man out of the White House, I only ask one thing: Do it rough.  Please don't be too nice.  It's the way he wants our country to treat criminal suspects.

A New Low at the White House

I'm sure the kind of people who see my blog have already heard enough of the interview that White House "Communications Director" Anthony Scaramucci gave the other day to the New Yorker.  So I won't belabor its contents.  I just want to say that the fact that this guy was not fired within an hour of the interview's becoming public is a perfect illustration of why it is hopeless to have any relationship with Donald Trump and his administration besides kicking him the hell out of his office and trying to somehow begin to repair the devastation that he has already generated in our country.  The fact that Trump appears to be fine with people talking like this on his behalf should be enough, all by itself, to show that he has no business anywhere near the Federal government, other than as the occupant of one of its prison cells.

It's Always the Guys

Two headlines from the Washington Post, about last night's Republican healthcare defeat:

"The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight"

"How a ham-handed phone call to Sen. Murkowski backfired"

See, the guy killed it, but the phone call to Senator Murkowski, a woman, was also a failure of the guy who made the call, not the result of Murkowski's long efforts against this bill.

Dames- they just can't really do anything on their own, right?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Scum of the Century Nominee

John McCain.

Plenty of money that he got through dumping his first wife and marrying a rich beer heiress, so he can pay anything for his own medical care, but he does not give a God damn about the health of anyone else.

The "maverick" has spent a decade now talking a good game and then voting along with the most corrupt people in the country on every issue, so we have no reason to believe that he would not get up off his sickbed for nothing but to stick a dagger in the backs of tens of millions of his fellow Americans.  And here he is again, betraying the American people, even though at this point in his life it cannot mean a damned thing to him.

He is today's poster child for the utter evil that is all that the Republican party is about.  There is not a shred of decency or humanity in a single one of them, and they are now well on an almost irreversible path to destroying the United States.  And behind all their bullshit patriotic talk, they know this perfectly well, but they just don't give a damn.

We hear plenty of (perfectly justified) talk these days about how Donald Trump does not care a bit about anyone but himself.  We need to remember that every other Republican is exactly the same. They may not be so stupid that they can't keep their mouths shut about it, but they are all the same corrupt, criminal, satanic people that Trump is.

And too bad the gutless Democratic party, with very few exceptions, has spent the time, at least since Reagan, cowering in the corner and refusing to say out loud what is going on in this country.

I now believe that it is overwhelmingly likely that the United States is going to cease to exist, within the lifetimes of many people alive today, devolving into two successful industrial democracies, one on the West Coast, and one in the Northeast, separated by a vast swathe of territory, sparsely inhabited after vicious sectarian wars, and governed by a whole host of Taliban-like warlords or Christian ISIS-style Caliphates .  The only sad thing about this is that the two surviving modern states are going to have to spend vast sums to maintain armies to repel the endless attacks by the crazed people in the center of the country; something which they will easily be able to do, given the incompetence at governing demonstrated by American right wingers, but only at the cost of a good part of the wealth that could otherwise be dedicated to building better societies.

Anyway, John McCain, my only wish to you is that your wealth keeps you from dying until you have had a chance to spend a couple of years in screaming agony, as some sort of just recompense for the tens of thousands of people that you are sentencing to die of cancer while you have nothing but the finest care.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Consciousness of Guilt

When the President's response to an investigation is:

1. To prepare alleged grounds for dismissing or at least organizing a campaign to discredit the special prosecutor

2.  To begin an analysis of exactly under what circumstances he can pardon his family and himself

we can pretty much abandon any pretense that the guy is not guilty.  These are the acts of criminals, not honest people.  Let's not have any dissembling about this any more.  The guy is guilty. The only question, and it is a big one, is where are we going to find a few honest Republicans who are willing to do the right thing and throw his ass in jail.  Sad to say, counting on that is a bad bet.

My guess? If he can't get away with firing Mueller, he has two fallback positions.  The lesser one, which I expect he will try first, is to have Jeff Sessions indict Hillary Clinton on some of the bogus, lying smears the Republicans have directed against her for years.  The uproar that would cause could easily blot out all other news for months, like the OJ trial or the Benghazi hatefest.  If the whole issue of Trump's treason had not died out by then, the next step would be a war against some hapless small country, possibly North Korea, or if Trump has the least rationality left, against someone totally helpless, like Ronald Reagan's targets of Nicaragua and Grenada.

Living in interesting times...not really that much fun after all.



Update:  From a Trump tweet on 7-24:

"So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?"

A persecution of Hillary to distract from Trump's treason is definitely something they are considering.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trump Talks City Planning

I won't bother to demolish Donald Trump's insane account of both Napoleon's and Hitler's invasion of Russia, from yesterday's interview; there are plenty of people handling that.  I will, as an architect, comment on his account of Napoleon's work in the city of Paris:

"What he did was incredible. He designed Paris.” [garbled] The street grid, the way they work, you know, the spokes."

Donald, that was done by Baron Haussmann, who was commissioned by Napoleon III, who was the nephew of the Napoleon you are talking about.
One of Haussmann's boulevards in Paris

Why don't you keep your damned mouth shut about things that you know nothing about?  Of course, that would pretty well stop you from talking about anything, wouldn't it?  Hey, not a bad idea, really.

Please, John

I don't want to minimize the serious situation in which John McCain finds himself.  I've had people close to me die of cancer, and I know what that is like.  But I will tell you what I am thinking about this:  John McCain is a man who married a woman worth hundreds of millions of dollars (after dumping his first wife,) and who consequently has not a shred of worry about how to pay for his own care, nor does he have to make decisions about paying for his own treatment at the price of leaving his family destitute.

Please, John, take a little bit of time to put yourself outside of your own privileged situation, and think about all of the people in this country who have to face what you are facing, without a huge stash of money to pay for it.  Go back to the Senate and demand that this abomination be eliminated.  We now know, from the behavior of your fellow Republicans, that there is no way to guarantee this except by a single payer system, minimally just extending Medicare to everyone.  Spend what time you have left using your power to get that done, and you will go down in history alongside Franklin Delano Roosevelt, not Trump and McConnell and the other members of your party who will promote any evil if it benefits their backers.

Do the right thing, and die proud, John.  Think about it.

Bullying

Trump gave an unusually lunatic interview yesterday to the New York Times.  I don't want to deal very much with the substance of his comments (there really wasn't much,) but I do want to talk about what he is up to; something which continues to go unnoticed by almost everybody.

Trump's behavior, since his childhood, has revolved around bullying other people to get what he wants, which is a sense that he is not a degraded person.  The way this sick person convinces himself of his superiority is to force other, presumably inferior, people to do what he wants.  Now, he can't just beat on people any more, so he satisfies this sick need by making others go along with things he claims which they, he and everyone else know to be false.  When you understand this, you realize that the detachment of his claims from reality is not a defect but a feature.  This is because the whole point of his talk is not to seek the truth or push an ideology, but totally to humiliate those around him by forcing them to do what he wants even though it makes no sense.  So, when, for example, Daily Kos provides the following comment about the Times interview:

"That reporters Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman managed to keep their jaws off the floor of the Oval Office given the deluge of cray-cray and crapola Trump spewed is a testament to their professional skills."

they are in fact missing the whole point of Trump's behavior.  In fact, by doing this, these reporters are not showing class, but joining the host of people who have collapsed in the face of Trump's bullying, thereby reinforcing his sense that it works, and pushing the country one step closer to chaos.  They would only show some class by walking out on him, and stating in their newspaper that he is a pathetic, ignorant man who has been a total, weak, failure as President.  Of course, since mainstream journalism in the United States seems to have been totally detached from any notion of reporting the truth, that is not going to happen, and so the bully has one more day of having his abominable behavior rewarded instead of crushed.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Fukushima...

Lest we forget, a little news about the situation in Fukushima, from Newsweek, via Yahoo:

"While much progress has been made to clean the area, the company has only just resolved the debate over what to do with the water that was used to cool the plant's damaged reactors, causing it to become tainted with tritium."

What to do...what to do...  Oh wait, I have an idea:

"Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), told foreign media that nearly 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, a byproduct of the nuclear process that is notoriously difficult to filter out of water, will be dumped into the Pacific Ocean"

Yeah, just dump it into the ocean.  That'll take care of the problem.

Nuclear energy-the power of the future.  If there is one.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Key To Getting Trump Impeached

You want to get Donald Trump and Mike Pence impeached?  Here is my surefire solution:  The Democrats need to mount a massively funded, furious campaign against Paul Ryan, using the Republicans' own tactics to portray him as the miserable moral monster that he is.  The minute that Ryan gets really afraid that he is going to lose his seat, the impeachment will begin immediately.

Bad Memory

I have to admit that it is strange that so many people are willing to listen to the Don Trump-Kushner account of their meeting with the lady Russian lawyer, discover that their story that it was all about saving the orphans (the most insipid lie I have ever heard) was false, and are willing to remember that this meeting was lied about and kept secret for months, and then as a final indignity, discover that they forgot to mention that there was an "ex" Russian intelligence officer also at the meeting, and still give the entire Trump administration one second of credibility.

Come on...this one episode has more wrongdoing than a thousand Benghazis.  But it's okay with a party that has adopted treason as their standard operating procedure.  I mean really, they forgot that there was a Russian spy in the meeting?

Life in prison for all of them, the "President" included.

Suicide

So, today's little piece of the Trump-Putin puzzle:

"A GOP donor and opposition researcher who said he tried to work with Russian hackers to retrieve deleted emails from a private server used by Hillary Clinton, has died in a suicide, according to public records cited in a Chicago Tribune report."

Suicide.  Of course it was.  Because any other explanation would be more the sort of thing that, say, Vladimir Putin goes in for, than something Trump would get up to.

Yet, already.  Or maybe not.  We report, you decide.

Guest of Honor

I understand that Donald Trump was the guest of honor at a Bastille day celebration while he was in France.  I was so disappointed to discover that he wasn't this kind of guest of honor:
I mean, come on, French guys, you had your chance.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Treason Is Okay

If you are a Republican.

Here's an excerpt from a Washington Post article from last December, in case you have forgotten about this:

"The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter...The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously. Republicans, however, were divided, with at least two GOP lawmakers reluctant to accede to the White House requests.

According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics."

You see, it's okay for a Republican to collaborate with our foreign enemies, as long as it's okay with other Republicans too; and as long as it's all in the service of getting tax cuts for rich people and screwing everyone else, it always is okay.

The problem with obsessing about Trump's treason and criminality is that it allows people to ignore the fact that every Republican on earth is just as corrupt and traitorous as Trump.  We have allowed a monster to grow in our country, and I don't see how we kill it at this point.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup- The Flood Continues

Whoo, back already.  They seem to need to be really shouting out their idiocies today.  I wonder why they're so active?

Ben Shapiro, Town Hall:  "What If There's No Trump-Putin Conspiracy?"

Yeah, and while we are on the subject, what if the moon doesn't exist?  What if Smurfs are real?  What if monkeys really can play the electric guitar?  Ben explains himself:

"Trump issued a series of tweets implying that he created a relationship of trust with Russian President Vladimir Putin... this looks rather suspicious, unless it turns out that pretty much every Trumpian scandal can be explained through a combination of Trump's ego and the incompetence of those around him."

See, even if he does go out on fifth avenue and start shooting people, he isn't guilty because he's just an incompetent egomaniac.  That explains everything, and makes it okay.  See, Trump could open our borders to an invading Russian horde and it would all be fine, because he's just incompetent.  Absolutely what we need in the White House.  Well, that's their story, and they are sticking to it.

So, time for the stupid right wing cartoon of the day:



What is that even supposed to mean?  That it is unacceptable for Democrats to look at the actions of the Trump administration?  That Donald Trump Jr. is just doing "opposition research" when he collaborates with the Russians to undercut the security of our elections?  That treason and reporting the truth are the same thing, as long as it's Republicans committing the treason?  Oh well, I guess we'll never know.

John Stossel, Town Hall:  "Stupid Hostile Media"

Well, just spit it right out there, John.  John continues:

"New York Times writers are so upset by Trump's rants against them that they act like he's a Venezuelan dictator who will shut them down. (Wait, don't Times socialists like Venezuelan dictators?)"

No, New York Times writers are upset by Trump acting like a Venezuelan dictator, or to be more accurate, a Russian dictator, something which is just fine with people like John, i.e. Republicans. And let's not move on before noticing John slipping in the preposterous lie that the people at the Times are socialists who love left wing dictators.

Brent Bozell, Town Hall:  "Remember Bill Clinton's Asiagate Scandal?"

No.

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall:  "Charlie Gard's Fate Shouldn't Be Decided By the State"

Charlie Gard is the British baby that is so badly brain damaged that the English government does not want to pay millions to keep him alive for a few more months.  Notice that Jonah, like all right wingers, does not give a damn about the thousands of children who are going to die every year because our State, in the form of the Republican Congress, is deciding that they are just too expensive to keep alive, at least if rich people are going to get their tax cuts.

Bob Barr, Town Hall:  "Welcome to the Post-Factual World"

No welcome needed for readers of Wingnut Wrapup.  We've been visiting for years.

Brad Slager, Red State:  "Black Lives Matter Opposes Planet of the Apes"

Hang in there, Brad- you've got a real winner of an issue this time.

Loren Heal, Red State:  "Donald Trump Jr Met With The Russians And Oops I Just Yawned"

Nothing to see here, folks.  Just move on:

"It’s not that I don’t care about foreign influence on our elections. I do. It’s that I don’t believe there was any substantive effect on our election by Russia."

And I'm not going to believe it, either, no matter what happens, because I get paid not to believe it.

"Suppose, for the sake of argument, that the worst imaginings of anti-Trump Democrats and their Russia Narrative are all true:

Suppose that President Trump is a Russian spy...Suppose that the Russians hacked the election...What all of that would mean, collectively, is that Democrats, with the news organizations of the Associated Press, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and even ESPN carrying their water were bested by a foreign propaganda mill feeding stories to Facebook."

See, even if Trump committed the worst act of treason in the history of the United States, it would still be the fault of the Democrats and the news media.  Glad we got that straightened out.

Jim Jamitis, Red State:  "Am I The Only One Who Is Losing Faith In…Well…Everything?"

Everything, of course, except the allegation that the Republican party has nothing but the good of the nation at heart, and that the Democrats are vicious traitors.  No, Jim still believes that. It's always so inspiring to see someone sticking by their values.

"I’m inspired by Andrew Breitbart’s  book Righteous Indignation where he calls for tearing down the “Democrat-Media Complex.”

Oh, and he still has faith in Breitbart.  Glad to hear that.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Ryan on Don Jr.'s Russia Meeting: Let Mueller Do His Job"

Translation into English:  We Congressional Republicans are just going to ignore the whole thing while we try to pass tax cuts for rich people.  If Muller comes up with anything, Trump can just fire him, and that will be that.

Debra Heine, Red State:  "Don Jr.'s Emails Show Poor Judgment — Not Evidence of Treason"

And hey, since when is a Republican disqualified from his office because of poor judgment?

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Donald Trump, Jr. Is the Dumbest Traitor in World History -- Or Not"

Hold your judgment on that one, Rick.  There's still a long time to go in this scandal.  Rick's explanation:

"Is he really that stupid? And are the Russians really so cruel that they would have approached one of the nominee's chief campaign advisers directly, with no buffer, no cutout, not even a scapegoat to protect such an important asset? What kind of a black op were the Russians running here?  None of this tracks."

Is a guy named Trump really stupid?  Are Russians really cruel?  Hey, who could believe that?  Now, time to get back to Hillary's e-mails, don't you think?

Charlie Martin, PJ Media:  "Where Do Japanese Babies Come From?"

Don't worry about that, Charlie.  We'll explain it to you when you are old enough.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "Sign From Jesus? Technical Malfunction Occurs As Reporter Asks Pelosi If She’s ‘Holy’ 

Sign from Jesus?  Man, it sounds like Jesus is watching as much TV as Trump, if he caught that one.

John Solomon, The Hill:  "Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material"

Catch that part about "private memos?"  Now, apparently, it is against the law for the head of the FBI to write down what happened at a meeting he attended, even if he kept it private.  I guess the head of the FBI does not have a security clearance, so even telling himself something is a crime.

Elizabeth Nahas, American Thinker:  "As much as I am grateful for my evolution toward truth, the Left’s sound bites have increased exponentially. Consequently, many of us on the Right remain in the underground for fear of retribution. With a Republican President and Congress, why does this continue? The answer is simple: The Right’s image and messaging continues to be abysmal..."

Elizabeth, you forgot to note that the right's image is abysmal because the right is made up entirely of abysmal people.  Try stopping being disgusting human beings, and in a while, your image will improve, I promise you.  Give it a try and get back to me in a decade or two.

Jack Hellner, American Thinker:  "What counts as treason differs depending on the letter after your name"

You've got that right, Jack.  If you are a Republican, selling your country to a foreign dictator is not treason, while if you are a Democrat, well, treason consists in anything you do, really.  That's pretty much Jack's point, so we'll leave it at that.

Chuck Ross, Daily Caller:  "Maine Democratic Rep Makes Physical Threat Against 'Pu**y' Trump"

Huh?  Purry Trump?  Putty Trump?  I don't get it.  Oh well, no sense thinking about this too much.

Eric Owens, Daily Caller:  "Struggling College Splurges On $306 MILLION DORM"

I wonder if this story is because the "struggling college" is identified in the first sentence of this story as historically black?  How dare THEY spend money on a dorm?

"For perspective, the $306 million cost of the dorm is a few million more than the entire annual gross-domestic product of the island nation of Palau."

Whoo, that really is a lot!  Here is the picture that was run with this story:

Although the fact is never mentioned in the story, this is obviously not a new dormitory, but a palace somewhere in Europe.  The actual cost of the dorm, as reported by the college, is $7 million, in case you are so old fashioned as to care about the truth.  But I mean, if police are allowed to kill black people whenever they feel like it, why shouldn't Republicans be allowed to lie about them whenever they want?

Amber Athey, Daily Caller:  "Sen. Kennedy Has Wildly Unrealistic Expectations For The New FBI Director"

He wants him to be honest, and serious about pursuing crime.  I'll give Amber this: with Republicans in charge of confirming him, that is wildly unrealistic.

David Hookstead, Daily Caller:  "Here Is Video Proof Kim Kardashian Is An Idiot"

Well, glad you guys are breaking new ground in serious investigative journalism.

Amber Athey, Daily Caller:  "Trump Jr. Admits He 'Would Have Done Things A Little Differently' With Russian Lawyer Meeting"

Yeah, if he had known that he was going to get caught.

Michael Bastach, Daily Caller:  "Delaware-Sized Iceberg Breaks Free From Antarctica, But Don't Blame Global Warming"

No, don't do that!  Blame Obama.

Rich Lowry, Newsmax:  "China Not Poised to Assume Global Leadership"

Well, too bad, Rich, because your guy Trump is handing it to them on a golden platter.

Neil Urwitz, Newsmax:  "A Focused Trump Could Help His Press Secretaries Succeed"

You mean like if he focused on not sending them out to tell lies for him?  Don't hold your breath for that one, buddy.

And, God, enough, already.  Wingnuts have so much to shout down these days that I expect this garbage is going to be flowing like Niagara Falls for a while.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup- Special "There goes Trumpie" Edition

So you can predict what the Republicans are going to try to do to dodge having to deal with the monster they backed, but let's just see how many whiny excuses they have gotten up to in the last 24 hours, starting at the top:

Senator and Republican Elder Statesman Orrin Hatch:  "...all this stuff about Trump's sons and daughter -- it's a bunch of bunk..I don't think this is relevant to the Trump administration."

Bunk.  Bunk, I tell you. But how about going to an even higher authority?  And I'm not talking Hebrew National hot dogs here:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "President Trump Defends Don Jr. Amid Email Scandal: My Son is a High Quality Person"

Maybe compared to yourself, Donald.

After that, we really don't need to hear from the run of the mill right wing assholes, but Green Eagle is going to plow on anyway:

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Dems Insist Congress Must Investigate Trump Jr."

Only Dems, apparently.  Only Dems are concerned about treason or corruption.  Republicans, on the other hand?  Their chief issue is fantasy misuse of a pizza parlor.
Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Grassley Confirms: Yes, Comey's Memos He Shared With The Media Are Classified"

In Mordor, perhaps.  Not in this country, but they are so desperate for a distraction by this point, that any lie will do.

Lauretta Brown, Town Hall:  "Hillary Clinton Models ‘Nasty Woman’ Shirt to Raise Funds for Planned Parenthood"

Well, there you go, the Democratic equivalent of high treason.  Listen, the direction things are going, there is only one distraction left, short of starting a war with North Korea: throwing Hillary in prison and holding show trials.  So don't be surprised if it comes to that.  And how about another issue that is far more important than having a traitor in the White House:

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "NYT Columnist Slammed For Condescending Take On Italian Deli Meat"

God, it's beyond jokes.  And now, all you need to know about things:

Todd Starnes, Town Hall:  "The Difference Between Trump and Obama"

This somehow centers around the fact that Trump once picked up someone's hat that had blown off, and Obama (who was not there at the time, of course) didn't.  No mention of the difference involved in the fact that Trump is a traitor and Obama isn't.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  " Is This the "Smoking Gun" the Collusion Chorus Has Been Waiting For?  If this email exists and is authentic, it may -- repeat, may -- represent the first evidence of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign"

Sorry, Guy, this is about the fiftieth "smoking gun" in this story.  But don't worry; a couple of days and you will get your groove back and be going around telling everyone that it all means nothing.


Hey wait, it didn't take that long.  Guy is recovering by the end of his column:

"By the way, even if additional evidence emerges that this amounted to collusion, sordid and craven conduct isn't necessarily a crime."

Because we all know that "sordid and craven conduct" isn't enough to oppose the guy in the White House.  That's just standard operating practice for a Republican.  I mean, remember when he said he could shoot someone on fifth avenue and it wouldn't make a difference to his followers?  Well, mark that statement down, because it's the last known occasion on which Trump told the truth about anything.

Kimberley Ross, Red State:  "CRUZ: We Need to Work on Obamacare Repeal Instead of Take August Recess"

Sure, sure.  He's just afraid to show up at any town halls.

Charlie Martin, PJ Media:  "And They Claim TRUMP Is Collaborating With Russia?  The Washington Post and others are leaking material that is damaging the United States. Why isn't anyone mad about it?"

See, Trump committing abominable offenses is just fine.  Reporting that fact is "leaking."  Hint, Charlie:  When the press prints things, they are not "leaking."  They are "reporting."  A crime to you, I know, but actually something with a relatively long and honorable history in our country.

Charlie Martin, PJ Media:  "So what's the over/under for the first story saying Trump Jr. committed a crime by releasing the emails the New York Times was about to leak?"

Charlie, in the first place, that's like saying that you didn't murder someone because another person was about to murder them tomorrow.  In any event, dumbass, it's not releasing the e-mails is not the crime: it's the treason revealed by the e-mails.

And just to sum it all up:

PJ Media:  "Now Pundits Are Saying Don Jr. Russia Meeting Is 'Treason'?!?"

Yup.  That's pretty much the story.  Got a problem with that?

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Politico Attacks Rubio for Tweeting Proverbs, the 'Most Republican Part of the Bible'

Hey, to my mind, the most Republican part of the Bible is Genesis 19, where Lot has sex with his own daughters.  It's just like living in Alabama.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BOOM! Donald Trump Jr. Beats #FakeNews and Releases Entire Email Chain on Meeting Russian Lawyer"

He beats "fake news" by proving that they were absolutely right.  More evidence of why they call Jim the Stupidest Man On The Internet.  But Jim is not done being Stupid!

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "HILLARY COLLUSION: Campaign Set Up “Private, Off the Record” Meeting with Chinese Ambassador"

Jim forgot to mention that Hillary did not "collude" with the Chinese ambassador- the Chinese ambassador asked for the meeting, which Hillary did not attend.  Little different from Trump, huh, Jim?  No?  I didn't think you'd be able to grasp subtle reasoning like that.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Hannity Goes Off on Team Hillary’s Collusion With Ukrainian Govt Officials: “Where’s the Outrage?” As TGP previously reported, Hillary Clinton’s aides met with Ukrainian government officials and journalists specifically to dig up dirt on team Trump."

See, Hillary "collaborated" with a country, the Ukraine, to publicize the fact that it had been invaded by a vicious foreign dictator who was allied with Trump.  That's sort of like the horrible time when FDR collaborated with France by letting people know that they had been invaded by Germany.  A vicious crime exactly the same as Trump's colluding with the aforementioned foreign dictator to rig our Presidential election.

Chip McLean, Renew America:  "Nancy-boy CNN now blackmailing private citizens over insults"

Nancy-boy.  Well, let's just lash out there.   And notice that identifying disgusting human beings in public is now blackmail.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily:  "TRUMP JR. EMAIL SAGA IS 'ABSOLUTE GARBAGE CR-P'...'It's got all the ingredients of a story except fact'

Well, except the fact that they came right from the guy involved, Trump's son, who has never been known to make one step without permission from his daddy, except maybe to go off and kill some endangered animals.  But listen, Trump minions:  there is NO FACT there!  None at all!  Just keep repeating that to yourselves.

Larry Tomczak, World Net Daily:  "SUMMER OF LOVE?  Harmless music festivals? Anything but"

Yeah, I know I promised that this Wingnut Wrapup would be about Trump's treason, but who could pass that one up?  I don't want to get sidetracked here, so I will make an exception:  if you want to read a compendium of real right wing lunacy, just click on the link, and rock on, dude.

Ian Hanchett, Breitbart:  "…CNN LOL: ‘THIS IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE TREASON’…"

LOL.  Treason.  LOL.  I guess that puts this issue in context, say compared to Hillary's child-rape pizza parlor.

Aaron Klein, Breitbart:  "…ANALYSIS: NYT, WAPO DROP RUSSIA CONSPIRACY STORIES FOR MAX IMPACT"

Because if there is a sin in journalism, it's not lying and smearing- Breitbart's specialties by the way- but rather trying to get maximum attention to their stories.

Well, that's what they've come up with today.  I expect some even more preposterous attempts to evade the obvious truth in the next couple of days, but they're off to a flying start. So, just let me leave you with this observation from Dan Rather:

"only a hypocrite, a cynic or a fool could argue that this development can be innocuously explained."