Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

A bunch of stuff from the last few days that I need to shovel out there, in preparation for the Flynn freakout that is going to get into high gear any moment now.

Today's Wingnut Wrapup respectfully dedicated to St. John McCain, who had this interesting perspective on history:

"I wouldn't describe any operation in which American soldiers died as a success."

How about D-Day, John?

And on we go...Let's start out today with one of the most inscrutable analogies I've heard in a long time:

Alan Keyes, Renew America:  "Christian living may be like a relay race in which team members run the course side by side (instead of seriatim), passing the baton from one to another and back again. The goal is to cross the finish line without losing a soul, and without leaving behind anyone willing to join the team and run in good faith. "

Huh?  If the goal is to have everyone cross the finish line together, it isn't much of a race, is it?  Why not stop off along the way for a few drinks?  The other Christians will just have to wait for you to catch up.

Larry Klayman, Renew America:  "Why I'm suing Barack Hussein Obama"

1. Because you are a dick, and
2. Because it's how you sucker the rubes into giving you money.  There, I think I've about covered the bases there.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "There's a tyrant afoot - but it's not Trump...A single federal judge in Washington, entirely without any constitutional or legal authorization, blocked the president's travel ban. (His new slogan apparently is "Jihadi Lives Matter.") When the Trump administration appealed his ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, it backed him up."

He's a tyrant with no constitutional or legal authorization, but the appeals court sided with him.  I guess they are tyrants,too.  Man, did you ever encounter anyone so ignorant of both the Constitution and how the American court system works?  According to Bryan, whatever the President says cannot be challenged.  That's how some governments work, but not ours.  Until now, anyway.

Stone Washington, Renew America:  "Trump's Great Inauguration = My Greatest Birthday Gift"

Man, some people are easily satisfied.  My wife adopted a donkey from a sanctuary in my name as a Christmas present.  Here he is:

Personally, I think that is about ten million times a better present than Donald Trump.  Stone does have more to say, however:

"Record crowds of individuals attended the Inauguration, with, according to Trump, appeared to be over a million people packing Washington D.C, despite what false images have circulated throughout mainstream media outlets like CNN, purposefully showing blank patches of ground to make it look like Trump's crowd was lacking."

And sir, how about a little delusion with your stupidity?

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "How about "America first" for college admissions?...In a recent article, "Surge in foreign students may be crowding Americans out of elite colleges," the Washington Post stumbled on the truth about one of the factors affecting the rising cost of college for American students. The percentage of foreign students enrolling in both public and private colleges and universities has skyrocketed"

Hey, how about a law requiring universities to admit stupid white crackers instead of the smartest people they can find? That will take care of those elite universities, alright.

Selwyn Duke, Renew America: "How to drain the judicial swamp"

The judicial swamp...do tell, Selwyn:

"Congress also has the power under Article III to eliminate any and every federal court except the SCOTUS. For example, it could have sent the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit packing long ago. It certainly would make judges mind their p's and q's, too"

Hey, that would drain the swamp- just eliminate courts altogether, except for the Supreme Court, whose nine members could hear all of the tens of thousands of cases submitted to Federal courts around the country every year.  And that would sure make judges think twice about ruling against Donald Trump, wouldn't it?  Being afraid of getting fired for following the law- now to be known as "minding your p's and q's."

And how about a little fake history to go with that?

"The kicker is that accepting the courts' current role is not only misguided, but, according to Thomas Jefferson, makes our Constitution a "felo de se" – a suicide pact."

A total lie- Jefferson never said anything like that about this issue, but then, what's new about one more Republican lie?

"The result? The Supreme Court was only meant to be supreme among courts. Instead, in a government supposedly of, by and for the people, five lawyers can determine what law means for 320 million Americans."

Far better to let two non-lawyers, i.e. Trump and Bannon, make that decision.

Joan Swirsky, Renew America:  "The March to Nowhere"

That would be the women's march, which marched to the Capitol of the United States, which, now that Trump is President, I guess, is nowhere. Joan makes this point:

"At the March itself, I was struck by the fact that women who pride themselves on their intelligence resorted to reading their statements, never veering a syllable off the scripts"

Better if they had just stood on stage and gibbered like a pack of monkeys.  Or maybe that is what they did:

"On and on and on they intoned and screeched and railed, sounding remarkably like barnyard creatures"

I didn't really notice the resemblance, but maybe too much rock and roll has ruined my hearing.

Rick Wiles, Truenews:  “We are witnessing a full-blown Marxist/communist resistance movement, a revolution in America,” Wiles said. “...the chief community organizer directing the insurrection in the streets is none other than Barack Hussein Obama … My gut feeling says Barack Obama is on the phone day and night and he is directing the protests, he is organizing, he is giving clear instructions to the people what to do and how to carry it out.”
“This is outright sedition,” he declared, “and we have laws in the United States against sedition…. What the Democrats are doing, and the news media and the Obamanista bureaucrats inside the government agencies, what they are doing is, these are acts of sedition.”

Opposition is a crime- when you are opposing Republicans.  Of course, calling over and over again for a Democratic President to be imprisoned for imaginary crimes, as Wiles did to Obama, well, that is just fine.

"Wiles warned that those who are opposing Trump are not only breaking the laws against sedition, but are also “breaking God’s laws.”

Okay, then.  We'll keep that in mind.  Thanks for the tip, Rick.

James Lewis, American Thinker:  "Liberals Now Getting a Taste of How the Obama Years Felt for Conservatives"

Facing a real Fascist coup is just the same as giving in to eight years of hysterical screaming about something that does not exist.

And now for today's example of right wing projection:

Tom Trinko, American Thinker:  "The violent riots on college campuses designed to shut down free speech are simply the latest sign of the elephant in the room: modern liberals are fascist tyrants at heart who reject democracy, free speech, and pretty much everything else in the Constitution.  They are not patriots with a different vision of democracy, but traitors who want to remake America into a one-party state where the government rules the people.'

See, if you just scream loudly enough that it's the Democrats that are doing it, people won't notice that this is exactly what you are up to yourselves.  But wait, there's more:

"Does anyone doubt that if the scenario were reversed – not that it could be, because conservatives aren't fascists – liberals would be declaring the conservative resistance to be fascists?"

Conservatives aren't fascists.  I see.

And now, the most offensive example of projection of all:

"Liberals have never managed to change America by actually getting the majority of people to vote for their real agenda.  That's why liberals always lie during election season."

God in heaven above, these are evil people.

Selwyn Booth, American Thinker:  "Trump could just ignore court’s order halting travel ban"

Or any other law for that matter.  Until someone stops him.

Katie Franks, Daily Caller:  "Scarborough Comes Unglued On Dems: Suddenly Sessions 'Is A Bigot'?"

No, not suddenly, Katie.  Sessions has been a bigot for fifty years.

Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart:  "Dresden Unveils Controversial Monument that Looks Like Radical Islamist Fortification"

See for yourself:

I don't know, it looks like three buses on their ends to me.  I guess this is a traditional Islamist symbol of something. Either that, or someone at Breitbart is a lying dick.  Which do you think is more likely?

Tea Party Command Center:  "ALERT – Trump Ready to ARREST Democrat’s ENTIRE FAMILY "

Already?  Hitler didn't get around to things like that until months after he took power.

Tea Party Command Center:  "Trump Uses Obama Executive Order to declare George Soros a National Security Threat"

Well, no, at least he hasn't gone that far, but this story is all over the wingnut webosphere.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Rubio: Nasty Things Were Said About Kerry And Clinton–No One Used Past Remarks To Smear Their Nominations"

First of all, the nasty things said about Kerry and Clinton were all lies, and it happens to be true that Sessions is an unapologetic neo-Confederate racist.  Second, Matt, who are you trying to kid?  Every smear the Republicans could think of was used against Kerry and Clinton.  Telling lies about someone is smearing them; telling the truth about them is not.  But apparently bringing up real, abominable character defects is just beyond the pale when considering Republican nominees for high office.

And, I'm glad to finally be finding this out:

Before it's News:  "I’m also revealing that Obama’s real name is Barry Parks"

Who knew?  And this, from a little farther down in this article:

"Why is no one recognizing me as Messiah and Jesus’ 2d Coming?"

Good question, guy.  We'll get on that one as soon as we've dealt with the Barry Parks thing.  I actually Googled this expecting to find all sorts of right wing websites picking up on it, but no, for once something actually seems to be too bogus for the rest of them, or maybe admitting that this was true would make Obama a natural born citizen after all.  Speaking of the supposed source for this story, the people at Before It's News have this to say:

"One reason Linda’s held back all these years that I’ve been friends with her is that we differ on one major point. I’ve told her I’m certain her cousin Obama/Parks is the Antichrist. She doesn’t agree with that."

Well, okay then, a reasonable disagreement.

Selwyn Duke, Renew America:  "Trump could simply ignore court's order halting travel ban"

Yeah, that's a thought.  He could do that.  Or even better, he could have Congress pass a law to remedy the distress of people and the homeland.  Yeah, that's the ticket.

And now the most offensive reference to Jesus today:

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Does Jesus believe in immigration restrictions? Absolutely."

Don't remember the issue of immigration policy being brought up by Jesus?  Well, you just didn't look hard enough:

"The Scriptures tell us that the eternal city of his coming kingdom will be surrounded by "a great high wall with twelve gates" (Revelation 21:12), each guarded by an angel so undocumented intruders cannot enter. 

Identification papers will be scrutinized carefully before anyone is allowed to enter through one of the great big beautiful doors that are built in this wall that surrounds the city. In John's vision, "books were opened," and "if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life" he was not only not admitted but "thrown into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:12, 15). Talk about extreme vetting and deportation."

Hey, according to Jesus, not only can we refuse to let people into the country, but we can throw the rejects into a volcano.  Man, is that going to make great reality TV.

Bob Unruh, World Net Daily:  "IT'S 'COUP D'ETAT' BY 9TH CIRCUITAnswer should be 'arrest judges and put them in jail when they violate constitutional authority'

That's the answer when judges won't go along with Trump's tantrums- throw them in jail.  And mark my words- Trump will give this a try sooner or later.  And how about this brilliant idea:

Shelby Carella, Prntly:  "Conservative Leaders Urge President Trump To Break Up The Power Of Big Judiciary...Big Government’s best friend is Big Judiciaries.   Why should a 9th Circuit Court of appeals go ahead and disband a law that the President put into play?   Are judges the real masters of America?"

Big Judiciary.  Break up their power.  That is out and out totalitarian talk.  Let's be clear about what that says concerning where the Republicans intend to lead the country.

Eli Steinberg, The Federalist:  "Ted Cruz Is Right: You Don’t Have A Right To Health Care"

Not in Republican America, anyway.  You do in Democratic America.  Take your choice.

The Federalist:  "Studying Trump’s Foreign Affairs With Russia, China, And Radical Islam..."

Ha.  The only foreign affair Trump ever had was when he started screwing Melania.

Robert Tracinski, The Federalist:  "Why The ‘Resistance’ Won’t Be The New Tea Party...The Left never really tried to understand the Tea Party movement and what drove it"

What drove the Tea Party was tens of millions of dollars of investment by the Koch brothers and Dick Armey to create this bogus movement.  So, no the resistance won't be the new tea party.  It has already gone far beyond the tea party in numbers and intensity, and shows no sign of stopping.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Note to the Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed"

Yeah, Conservatives were depressed about a black man in the White House; Liberals are depressed over a traitor in the White House.  Same thing, really.

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "Is the Left Playing with Fire Again?"

How dare they protest the most corrupt, incompetent administration in history?  How dare they be upset by treason?  They'd better watch out, if they know what's good for them.


Big Ezra said...

"My wife adopted a donkey from a sanctuary in my name as a Christmas present."


Is she a gentile?

Dikran Hagopian said...

I understand Green Eagle puts his donkey to sleep at night by singing this song to it.

What a nice father.

Green Eagle said...

It's a he, and his name is Moses, so I'm guessing he is Jewish. I didn't check to see if he has had a bris.

Green Eagle said...

And Dikran, that performance was an insult to the Shirelles and Carole King. Really, that guy should be horse whipped for what he did to that song.

Besides, I would put my donkey to sleep by playing him Buddy Guy records.

Unknown said...

I love donkeys, you lucky bastard!

Big Ezra said...

I was referring to your wife, not the donkey.

Professor Chaos said...

Why do wingnuts like Fisher always think they know Constitutional law better than actual judges?

Green Eagle said...

Because, uh, well, you know...because they are stupid.