Friday, September 29, 2017

Dealing With Disasters. Trump Style

“GREAT job in Puerto Rico”- Donald Trump




Just lie about it. 

 I mean, what other approach would you have expected Trump to take?  Just let the people suffer and die without food, power, communication to the outside world, medical care or any other thing needed to sustain life, and then lie about it, confident after the thousand lies he has already told about everything under the sun, that the miserable, hateful white subhumans who make up a big enough voting bloc to keep him where he is will never admit the truth to themselves, and go on proclaiming him to be the greatest President of all time.

And with the mainstream press basically uninterested in stripping things down to reality, he will get away with it.  Just like we still hear them shouting that Bush won the Iraq war, Reagan tamed the deficit and Obama was a Communist Muslim traitor, ten or fifteen or fifty years from now, people will still be proclaiming that Trump was a hero when the hurricanes hit Puerto Rico.

It's sort of an unusual way to govern, but it's working for him.  Count on it to be standard practice for Republicans from now on.  I mean, lying about everything important has always been a Republican go-to technique, but lying about absolutely everything on earth is really a new development.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cashing In the Chips

A tale I have wanted to tell for some time now, so here goes:

Since long before the United States became a country, there has been a theme to Western settlement in America: that each generation, economically, socially, culturally, would be a little bit more than the ones that have passed.  In the end, this was the most fundamental part of the American dream; the thing on which all the rest depended.

And it worked pretty damned well, too, despite the millions of you-know-who that were trampled in the process, and the others who were left out; it led within a couple centuries of our independence to our being the economic powerhouse of the world, and the breeding ground of the conditions that led to a thriving middle class.  It led to a place where just about anyone had at least a fair chance of a decent life, and a better one for their kids.

It worked pretty well until...well, let's just say the time that can be marked by the election of Ronald Reagan, a greedy, racist rich man, to be our President, and his enthronement as the High Priest of American Morality, while he preached a gospel of avarice and self absorption, at least for white people.

And that's the point, I think, where the rich monsters who were coming more and more to dominate American political life, decided to abandon the ongoing efforts to build a better country, and just decided to cash in the chips; to take the money and run.

The whole story of the country since then can pretty well be reduced to the effort of a cadre of hyper-rich sociopaths, by any means they could pay for,  to pocket the nation's entire wealth for themselves, knowing perfectly well that this entails reducing everyone else to penury, and destroying everything that protects ordinary civilians from a life of misery.

The funny thing is that, having had phony patriotism crammed down their throats from the day of their birth, the vast majority of Americans could not conceive of people who had been given so much by our nation, who would deliberately destroy all of it, for short term economic gains for themselves.

But that is what has happened in this country.  People just stood by and averted their eyes through Presidential treason, two stolen Presidential elections, laws making it possible for the entire national media to fall into the hands of a few right wing billionaires, a corrupt Supreme Court that made it "legal" to openly buy Congressmen, and a party that spewed open contempt for every bit of morality that stood in their way.

And now this malignant cadre of perhaps only a couple thousand families has gained so much momentum, and has so much economic power that it can finance Republican political campaigns all on their own,  that it is hard to see a way out of the problem, short of a violent revolution, or devolving many of the worst Republican States into a country of their own, which will soon fall into third world chaos and poverty.

Unfortunately, we are not even close to either of these eventualities, so you can expect things in this country to get worse and worse for the foreseeable future, until...well, until who knows what horrible fate awaits us in a decade or two.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Meanwhile, Halfway Around the World

While the American people, and certainly the American press, are engrossed in the world-shaking issue of whether a black man has a right to kneel down in public, here is a bit of news that is essentially absent here, concerning a place that virtually no Americans have ever heard of, Mount Agung, in Indonesia.

Mount Agung is a volcano, one of ninety or so active volcanoes in Indonesia.  It hasn't erupted since the sixties, when it killed about 1500 people.

Well, it looks like another major eruption there is imminent.  Here's a chart of seismic activity at Mount Agung over the last few weeks:

Not a comforting trend.

There were about 800 earthquakes yesterday, and so far today the rate is continuing, with the strongest one to date, at 4.2, occurring this morning.  What is equally worrying is that the quakes are coming at shallower and shallower depths.  These quakes are caused by magma moving up in the earth's crust, so it is pretty obvious what that means.  They are only a couple of miles deep at this point.

This morning, steam started erupting from the top of the volcano, something else that can hardly be taken to be a positive trend.

The Indonesian experts say that at this point a massive eruption is just about inevitable, and about 75,000 or so people have been evacuated.  While we have no ability to exactly predict a volcanic eruption, many scientists expect that it will likely be within hours, or a couple of days.  Stay tuned.


Update:  9-27...Mount Agung is now emitting what is described as steam or smoke.  Not really a move in the right direction, if not a full scale eruption.  Experts still predict an eruption is at least 90% likely, with a good chance of it happening today or tomorrow.

Monday, September 25, 2017

No Level of Degradation Too Low

For our President.  While the three and a half million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are without hope of electricity, water, food or any other necessity to survive, this is how Trump spent the weekend:  He made ten tweets attacking black football players, and not a single one showing a shred of concern for these people.



Well, he sure made up for that today.  Here are a few tweets from our leader:

"Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble.. 

...It's old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars.... 

...owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with"

Yes, you read that right.  For the first time in the history of the United States, the President responded to a natural disaster which is causing massive suffering, by attacking the victims, and showing more concern for the rich guys that might stand to lose money from the disaster than for the victims.  There just are not words in any language to express how evil and degraded this is.  And yet, his party is giving him a total pass on this bestial behavior, because to them, as to him, some rich guys losing money is a far more horrible thing than masses losing their lives.

Oh, and being Trump, he could not leave things there, but had to add a disgusting lie:

"Food, water and medical are top priorities - and doing well."

Of course, these "priorities" are not doing well, they are doing horribly; the Washington Post reports that tens of thousands may die, but I guess if Trump just denies that reality, he and his party have zero responsibility to do a thing about it.  These people can suffer and die, because they are not part of his hate filled base, and they are not about to cough up millions to keep Republicans in office; and most of them are not white.  So, screw them.  Just claim that everything is just fine, and blame them for their suffering as you walk away.

And don't worry, Republicans, because our mainstream press is sure to treat this unbelievable atrocity as though it is just standard behavior for a President of the United States.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Breaking the Law


As far as I know, you have not broken any law when you kneel during the National Anthem, but this is indeed breaking the law:

"18 U.S. code section 227 

(a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity— 
(1) takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or(2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another, 
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.(b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means— 
(1) a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress; 
(2) an employee of either House of Congress; or 
(3) the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code)."


Of course the guy is a traitor, and has committed dozens of other impeachable offenses, but just in case you wondered, or got into an argument about Trump's behavior, his statements this weekend about the National Football league constitute the commission of a major felony carrying a possible 15 year prison sentence, and no, as you can see, the President is not exempted from that.


Fat chance the Republicans in Congress, who impeached Bill Clinton for a blow job, and tried to impeach Barack Obama for a hundred different lies, will care.  Not when there are tax cuts for the rich to be worried about.

Indifference to the Point of Perversion

Donald Trump, of course, and by extension the monstrous cadre- monstrous in both its numbers and its attitudes- that supports him.

Most of us know the deep problem the National Football League is in, due to the discovery that a majority of its players are emerging from the sport with severe brain damage, leading to violence, loss of self control and early death.  Even fans of football who have a shred of decency are deeply disturbed by this situation, leading to a steep decline in interest in the sport.

Well, not Donald Trump.  Here's a statement he made in a speech delivered during the campaign:

"At a rally in Lakeville, Florida, during the Presidential campaign, Trump aroused the crowd by insisting that the N.F.L., which has hardly gone to great lengths to protect its players, was “ruining the game” by inflicting penalties on players who, say, hit the quarterback too late. “See, we don’t go by these new and very much softer N.F.L. rules. Concussion? Oh! Oh! ‘Got a little ding in the head—no, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season.’ Our people are tough.”

"Ruining the game" by allowing these players to turn into shambling wrecks, and die far before their time.

He just doesn't give a damn about this repeated personal tragedy, inflicted on men who are supposed to be our heroes.  And just to be clear about this, very largely black men.  But he will endorse endless suffering rather than give up one second of the violence that he lusts to see on TV.

And let us not forget that this is not a problem of just highly paid NFL stars- significant evidence of this brain damage is turning up in former college and high school players; a price that Donald Trump is willing to pay for his own privilege to watch people damage each other beyond repair on live television.

My wife and I were saying the other day that there is not one single issue on which Trump (and most every other Republican too) cannot be expected to take the most savage, inhumane position, even when it seems to have no benefit to anyone except to slake right wingers' hatred and lust for violence.

Sad to say, this is just one example, and it will turn out to be a pretty small one too, if Trump manages to find a way to start a nuclear war.  This is a truly bestial human being, and at this point, anyone who thinks differently is a fool.


This quote found via No More Mister Nice Blog, one of my favorite internet sites.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ha Ha, Here We Go Again

The absolutely inevitable news, featuring a right wing mass gathering that has now received months of publicity in both the wingnut and mainstream media:

"Organizers of a week-long far-right festival planned for the University of California, Berkeley called off the event on Saturday, less than 24 hours before it was due to start and amid suggestions the event may have been little more than a student stunt.  

Lucian Wintrich, of the rightwing site Gateway Pundit and a scheduled speaker, told the Guardian organizers knew as long as a week ago the event could not proceed. 

“The entire thing is a complete disaster and unfortunately makes us all look very unprofessional,” he said."

Although no more "unprofessional" than every one of the literally dozens of these purported events that I have tracked here.  It's not without a cost, however, to somebody:

"The cancellation of Free Speech Week, which had been due to feature rightwing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and other speakers, was announced by campus spokesman Dan Mogulof.  Mogulof told the Guardian he estimated UC Berkeley had spent more than $100,000 on security for Free Speech Week that could not now be recouped."

UC Berkeley, i.e. the taxpayers of the State of California.

So, as usual, they get to fundraise, i.e. con people out of their money, for months, we pick up the tab, and as the rules go, we all just forget their grotesque failure, and the whole thing starts again.  That is the real Conservative world- grifters and their marks, working together to make this a worse country. And Republicans get another free ride to promote their hatred to the nation, with hardly a voice to complain.

The Press Covers for Republican Criminals, L.A. Times version

Well, here is an account from the mainstream press, from a pathetic tool named Lisa Mascaro in the Los Angeles Times yesterday, which is nothing but an attempt to cover up the hateful criminality and corruption of the Republicans' "tax reform" proposals, which are perfectly well known to Lisa and everyone else who pay attention to the situation.

I'll intersperse Lisa's comments with my own, and as is my habit in Wingnut Wrapup, I will not dignify this pack of deliberate distortions with a link.  You can find it easily enough if you want to.

"They have a blueprint and principles. They’ve held countless strategy sessions for what could be the biggest tax overhaul in decades..."

Principles?  Lisa and every other damned person in the mainstream press knows that the only principle involved here is the Republicans selling themselves to their rich backers with massive amounts of money stolen from the rest of us, in return for their backers continuing to cough up enough money to enable Republicans to run smear campaigns to destroy the reputations of anybody that tries to run against them.  That is the only principle that the Republican party has had for at least half a century.

"All Republicans need now is an actual plan."

Screw you, Lisa; they have a plan.  It involves not giving a damn what the American people want, or what is good for them, and instead make sure that every single person on their side of the aisle has been bribed sufficiently to make sure they go along with the most massive theft in human history.

"Despite months of promises and what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” the GOP-led Congress and White House have yet to agree on how to revamp the tax code, including how much to reduce corporate and individual tax rates, how tax cuts would be paid for or whether they will be offset at all."

Once in a lifetime?  The only God damned thing the Republican party has cared about for decades is "revamping" the tax code and doing away with regulations, so the entire wealth of the country flows into the pockets of the few hundred rich guys it takes to finance their permanent control of power in this country.  That's only "once in a lifetime," if that once lasts our whole lives.

“There is no movement on tax reform,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus...“I’m sure they’re working, paddling like a bunch of ducks,” he said. “They just need to make some decisions.”

The only decisions are how to do this while attracting the least attention, and how much they can steal this time around, and how much they need to leave for another go at "tax reform, when people forget what a disaster this one turned out to be, as Republican "tax reforms" always do.

"Next week, Republicans are set to unveil a “consensus document,” which they say will be a much more detailed overview than previous policy papers. But despite some earlier hopes, it is not expected to be an actual plan or bill."

They don't dare state their intentions out in the open, or a few deaf, dumb and blind reporters like Lisa will be backed into a corner, and might just have to admit the truth.

"Key Senate Republicans, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), announced this week a deal to proceed with a package that would add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the deficit, an extraordinary pivot for a party that has prided itself on fiscal conservatism."

A party that has prided itself on fiscal conservatism?  Sure, they claim to be that, but do you think that a person like Lisa rises to her position at a major newspaper without noticing that when they are in power, they do not give a damn about the deficit, and that the subject only comes up as a lying excuse to oppose anything the Democrats want to do, or anything that benefits anyone but the rich? Come on, who could believe that?  Do you really think that Lisa does not know this?  She is openly lying in our faces to hide the reality of the theft of our national wealth; that is what mainstream press reporting has consisted of for decades.

“This is really the heart and soul of who the Republican Party is,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan fiscal watchdog group."

Giving the rich a free ride, on the backs of all the rest of us.  That sure as hell is the heart and soul of what being a Republican is.

“Republicans have been fighting to have control of the House, the Senate and the White House to make some improvements to the fiscal situation, and they are on track to do absolutely the opposite,” she said."

Improvements to the fiscal situation?  After saying something true, Maya sure backtracks fast.  They are not trying to "improve" the fiscal situation, they are trying to engineer a multi trillion dollar theft.

“The wealthiest Americans are not my priority,” Trump said recently. “My priority are people in the middle class, and that’s where we’re giving the big tax reduction to.”

Believe that one, do you?  If so, you sure are easy to lie to.  Check this out:

"Trump has made clear his preference for a massive corporate tax cut — dropping the rate from 35% to 15% — which is even too low for some of the most conservative Republicans who worry it would pile on to the nation’s debt. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has aimed closer to a 20% rate.

But that idea was abandoned by the White House after fierce opposition from groups aligned with the powerful Koch brothers and other businesses groups. 

That left Republicans scrambling to agree on an assortment of deductions to offset some of the costs, aiming particularly at Democratic-leaning states with proposals to cap mortgage interest deductions for loans above $500,000, for example, which would particularly hit expensive real estate markets in California and New York. 

They also have discussed limiting the ability to write off state income taxes, which also would hit hardest in high-cost, liberal-leaning states."

Openly screwing the middle classes in order to deliver trillions to the rich.  And all at the behest of the worst monsters in the country, who have promised the Republicans $400 million, or more than a million dollars per Republican in congress, if they deliver on their promise to thieve the rest of us blind and give all of the proceeds to the Kochs and their friends. Still believe Trump's priorities are intended to help the middle class?

"But such steps would not be enough to pay for everything, piling onto deficits. Roughly speaking, every percentage-point reduction in the corporate tax rate costs about $100 billion over a decade, putting the price tag for Trump’s 15% corporate rate at about $2 trillion."

In optimistic estimates, let us remember.  The real cost? Probably far greater.

"Republicans are under great pressure from their allies in the business community to make progress on their plan, which is being crafted under special budget rules that allow for simple majority passage, bypassing a Senate filibuster that would otherwise require 60 votes."

I.e. cheating on the legislative rules of this country to allow rich people to steal the wealth of the country.  That has been the program of the Republican party for decades, and anyone, like Lisa here, who does not state that clearly is both a liar and a party to the Republican dismemberment of the United States.




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thank Heaven It's September 20th

We can wait practically a whole year before we have to hear about the War on Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Wingnut Wrapup

Yeah, an occasional exception to my having abandoned Wingnut Wrapup, just to remind people of how these losers are all still out there, making a living out of lying to the rubes and then charging them money for the pleasure.

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall:  "Only One of Two New Health Care Proposals Qualifies as 'Extreme'

And guess what, people?  It isn't the plan that cuts tens of millions of people off from health care in order to fund a multi trillion dollar giveaway to a few rich sociopaths, it's the one that gives health care to everyone, just like every other modern industrial nation on earth. Bet that surprised you.

"And yet, to listen to Democrats and many of the journalists who love them, you'd think it was the Republican proposal that's extreme. "In reality, Graham-Cassidy is the opposite of moderate," New York Times columnist Paul Krugman pronounced. "It contains, in exaggerated and almost caricature form, all the elements that made previous Republican proposals so cruel and destructive."

Why, how could you ever believe that?  Jonah versus Paul Krugman.  Who to trust?

"Graham-Cassidy is very close to the kind of legislation we would have ended up with if Republicans had an idea of what they wanted from the get-go and the Democrats were interested in compromise..."

Compromise; or in English, selling the American people down the river to bribe rich guys to keep funding Republican re-election campaigns.

Lauretta Brown, Town Hall:  "Nikki Haley: International Community Now Refers to Kim Jong Un as 'Rocket Man'...“Every other international community is now referring to him as ‘Rocket man,’” she added."

Nilli's evidence being an unnamed alleged African leader who called Kim "rocket man."  That's it. By the way, can I say that I don't really get this whole thing.  I think "rocket man" is kind of a cool nickname.  I mean, it isn't like they are calling him "sucking Vladimir Putin's dick man" or anything.

Bethany Bowra, Red State:  "VIDEO: Students Justify Violence from Antifa"

Violence against Nazis...nah, there couldn't be any precedent for that

Listen, when someone identifies themselves in public as a Nazi, as far as I am concerned, they have made themselves a clear and present danger which justifies almost any reaction in return.  Got a problem with that?

Andrea Ruth, Red State:  "Not The Onion: Story Claims The Electoral College Is A National Security Threat"

Andrea apparently does not think it is a security threat to put a losing candidate in the White House whose mental incapacity is threatening the world with a mindless nuclear war.

Susan Wright, Red State:  Paul Manafort’s Troubles Didn’t Start When He Became Trump’s Campaign Manager"

What "troubles?"  Oh, you mean he was a Russian operative even before he went to work for Trump? Boy, that makes things a lot better for Trump doesn't it- Trump hired him when he was already a Russian tool.

Stridentconservative, Red State:  "College Snowflakes OK With Using Violence To Silence “Hate Speech”"

OK with violence...I guess they aren't such snowflakes after all.  And by the way, you've got one of the more stupid web names I have ever seen, buddy.  Just sayin'

Tom Knighton, PJ Media:  "Activist in Seminar: All White People Are Racist and Always Will Be"

This would be one Ashley Shackleford, whom none of us has ever heard of, addressing an absolutely unnamed "seminar" which allegedly took place somewhere, and illustrated with an unattributed picture of a fat black lady with a couple of handwritten signs.

No photo of anyone else supposedly in attendance, and as I mentioned, no identification of where this lone person was supposedly speaking.  How does that compare to the President of the United States openly siding with Nazis?

And a little response to Trump's shocking, disgusting speech at the UN this week:

Claudia Rosett, PJ Media:  "Trump Hits Home Run for America in UN Speech"

Hell, let's just be clear about this.  The kind of person who claims that mindless threats about unleashing nuclear war amounted to a "home run" is the same kind of person that mindlessly cheered Hitler on in Nazi Germany.  That is not an exaggeration; it is literally true.  Anyone who attempts to normalize this bestiality is a subhuman themselves.

And a little more?

James Arlandson, American Thinker:  "Conservative Christians who know their Bible found a lot to like in Trump's U.N. speech Tuesday."

What, nuclear war?  A lot to like there, I guess.

Nathan Lichtman, PJ Media:  "Keith Ellison Compares DACA Immigrants to Jewish Victims of the Holocaust...He's diving back into anti-Semitism..."

And there's today's award winner for the most nauseating right wing misuse of the notion of anti-Semitism to try to shout down anyone who might like to talk about a clear injustice.  See- helping immigrants is an attack on Jews.  Somehow.

John Ellis, PJ Media:  "The Satanic Temple Wants More Babies to Die; Sues State of Missouri Over Abortion Law"

Satanists want people to die.  That's news?  I mean they are Satanists, John.  By the way, no comment in this article about the 25,000,000 people in North Korea that our President wants to kill with nuclear weapons.  That's okay, because, although they are 99% totally innocent victims, they are not unborn, and are therefore fair game to be exterminated.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Melania Gives Speech at UN About Protecting Children – Liberals Trash 11-Year-Old Barron...Nothing is too low for liberals."

Not one word in the actual article about liberals or Barron Trump.  Surprised?  I didn't think so.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "6.1 Earthquake Off New Zealand Follows 7.1 Quake near Mexico City — 119 Dead"

I'm including this because we are already seeing right wing loons jabbering about how God is Angry! Just for your information, I did a little bit of math, and it turns out that for the latest ten year period for which I could find data, earthquakes of 6 and above worldwide averaged 165 a year, or almost one every two days.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Sebastian Gorka Warns of Imminent Shake-Up to Senior White House Staff"

This week's shakeup, I guess.  This White House has had more shakes than a James Bond martini.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "TGP’s Jim Hoft to Speak at Eagle Council on Fake News"

And who would know more about that subject than Jim Hoft?  Way to speak of yourself in the third person, Jim...who do you think you are, the Queen?

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "O’Reilly Speaks Out in First T.V Interview Since Firing: It Was a Hit Job “Manufactured by Media Matters”

If so, Cristina, it's the best thing Media Matters ever did.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Does the Constitution mean what the Supreme Court says it means?"

The short answer?  No.  It means what Bryan Fischer says it means. Because, Jesus.  Bryan knows what Jesus means too, even when, to the uninformed reader like you and me, Jesus seems to be saying the exact opposite. You don't need to read the rest of this thousand word piece of crap.  You knew that was going to be Bryan's answer the minute you read the title of the article.

And how about a little more from Bryan, professional god man and spokesman for the American Family Association?

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "What do we do with the DREAMERS?"

What do you think Jesus would do, at least according to deeply Christian Bryan?

"It is true that they are here through no fault of their own. But neither is their presence here the fault of American citizens who are forced to pay for their education, their food stamps, their subsidized housing, their tax credits from the IRS, and watch as they take jobs which would otherwise go to underemployed Americans. If we are to bring compassion into the mix, how about a little for the Americans who are forced, through no fault of their own, to subsidize and reward the presence of almost a million individuals whose presence here is an affront to the rule of law? How about some compassion for them, hmmm?"...If they do come to the attention of immigration authorities, then we can offer to keep their families together by returning the entire intact family to their native land."

So much for "I was a stranger and you invited me in."

Alicia Powe, Renew America:  "Alabama Senate race 'a flashpoint' in fight for soul of GOP"

A fight over nothing, then, since if there is a sure sign that someone has no soul, it is that he belongs to the GOP.

Cathy Burke, Newsmax:  "New Film Lays Out 'Negligent Actions' of Ted Kennedy in Kopechne Death"

In 1969. One death. Half a century ago.  Much better to be obsessed about that than the fact that our current Republican President is trying to deliberately kill millions in a nuclear war.

Alicia Powe, World Net Daily:  "Mike Huckabee: What happened to Manafort could happen to you"

If you happen to be a Russian spy working in the White House.  Mike continues:

"'I'm sorry, that scares the bejeebies out of me'

Well, maybe you have a reason to be scared, Mike.  You act like you might be a Russian agent too. So, catching Russian spies scares you, if they are on your side.  As long as it works for you, treason is just fine, I guess.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Bill Clinton as Ahab, Hillary as Jezebel"

Given this guy's penchant for being an asshole, I'm surprised he didn't write  "Bill Clinton as Ahab, Hillary as The Whale"

World Net Daily:  "TRUMP ATTACKS 'CROOKED HILLARY'

Boy, that's news.

World Net Daily:  "Prepare to be SHOCKED by the Bible"

The guys at World Net Daily have attached a couple of wires to it and stuck them into a light socket? Oh wait, you will only get to be shocked if you cough up $18.99 for a book from World Net Daily. My suggestion?  If it's a shock you are after, just stick your tongue in the socket.  Then you can get the shock without being bored into a stupor by World Net Daily's book.

And you know that every single right wing lie factory is going to be pumping out stories like this today:

Daniel John Sobieski, American Thinker:  "Trump Vindicated on Wiretaps...Obama's DOJ and James Comey were both liars in denying the wiretapping for which Trump was widely mocked."

Well, except that Trump claimed Obama was doing the wiretapping, not the FBI, and that Obama was wiretapping Trump, not his criminal campaign manager.  So, other than the fact that everything Daniel says is a lie, this is a great piece of journalism, I guess.  Right wing journalism, anyway.

H. Sterling Burnett, American Thinker:  "Hooray for Carbon Dioxide! It's Helping to Feed the World's Hungry"

Today's winner in the category of Deliberately Not Getting It.

I can't take it.  How about a little musical interlude from another Burnett, this one named after an American President- talk about patriotism:



There.  And a free classic guitar part by Hubert Sumlin as an extra.  Well, back to the idiocy:

Elise Cooper, American Thinker:  "Citizen Newt Is Needed Today"

Oh God, for what?  Are we running short on garbage to use as landfill?

Clarice Feldman, American Thinker:  "Hillary, America's Miss Havisham"

A pearl of wisdom, I guess, from the one Dickens novel every American student was forced to read. Here's a much more appropriate statement, from Green Eagle, someone who has actually read more than one Dickens novel in his life, many of them a number of times:  "Hillary, America's Lizzie Hexam."  Or how about this one?  "Donald Trump, America's Seth Pecksniff."  Sorry if you didn't get it. Try reading a little more.


Cindy Simpson, American Thinker:  "If I Were the Devil, I'd Enact Hate Speech Laws"

Man, do you have a pathetic idea of what fun is, Cindy.  If I were the Devil, I'd be out riding around in a Lamborghini, picking up chicks.

Monica Showalter, American Thinker:  "Muted response in Venezuelan press after Trump's blast at Chavista socialist failures"

I guess they don't really give a damn about what this blustering moron has to say, huh?  I wonder why that might be.

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "Nationalist party in Germany set to make big gains in election"

Hey, that's the greatest news out of Germany since 1933!

Grace Carr, Daily Caller:  "School Board Upset Over New Standards That Teach Man-Made Global Warming"

A Republican school board- afraid of the truth as usual.  By the way, not that this is surprising, it is not the "school board," but one member of it that is upset.  The rest seem to be just fine with the new standard.  Just to be clear.

And the last wingnut site I checked today just led me to a page screaming about a nonexistent "internet security threat" that would not close and demanded that I send money for it to go away. Green Eagle gets these fairly frequently- just one more right wing internet grifter who is a little more pushy than the rest- so I was able to outwit it pretty quickly, but I'll take it as a sign that this is enough for today.  Bye.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trump Speaks at UN

His chief of staff reacts:

Well, there you go.

In a way, you have to admire Melania for sitting there stone faced, and not running from the room shreiking.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Meanwhile, in The World's Greatest Democracy



While the American people are captivated by the spectacle of the President of the United States displaying to the world a fantasy in which he violently assaults a candidate that he cheated out of her position, the following is happening in the Republican controlled Congress, which I will allow to be described by a piece at Daily Kos, as I am just too sick about all of this to rewrite it in my own words:


"In order to get the bill through, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to cut off all debate, prevent any amendments, and refuse any discussion. It’s a combination that has never been used before. It’s a genuinely unprecedented shutdown of the Senate.

In addition to a process that’s ripping up the Senate rules ...

There have been no public hearings.

There is no CBO score.

The total amount of discussion will be limited to two minutes, with no amendments, no other votes.

But you can’t say there will be no hearings, because there is going to be a hearing. A single hearing. The way that hearing is going to be structured shows the fundamentally bizarre lengths Republicans are reaching to force this bill to the floor. That one hearing won’t be in front of any committee that has control over health care. It will be in front of the Homeland Security Committee. This committee has never before had a hearing on healthcare.

Why this apparently nonsensical choice? Because Republican Committee Chair Ron Johnson has agreed to limit witnesses on the Graham–Cassidy healthcare bill to just two: Graham and Cassidy, the authors of the bill. No health care experts will testify about health care. Republicans will make sure there is no one to tell a personal story of what this bill would do to them. No one to give any statistics or evidence about how it would gut healthcare and destroy provisions that protect patients."

This is not democracy.  It is the deliberate forcing on the American people of legislation that benefits no one but the rich bastards that fund the Republican party, which as I have said so many times, has not been a legitimate political party for decades, but is now a corrupt conspiracy on a level with the most criminal governments anywhere in the world today.

What is the point of trying to spread the word about what is going on in our country, when we all know it by now, and that is not slowing the Republicans from trying over and over again to pass the worst possible medical care bill they can think of, along with any other legislation that will rob the American people to pay off their masters?  And if you think this is bad, just wait a couple of weeks until we get Republican "Tax reform," which I guarantee you is going to be an even bigger crime. We have had one party governments many times in the history of this country, most notably in the hands of Democrats for many years after the Republican depression, but never (until the time of Reagan) has any party cast aside any shred of responsibility to the people, and sold itself lock stock and barrel to a few hundred rich sociopaths, who have decided that the best thing for them personally is an oligarchic dictatorship that considers the interests of no one but themselves.

And this, from the party of "government of the people, for the people, by the people."

Well, that's what we've got.  What are a few bloggers supposed to do about that?  If you figure out an answer, please let me know.



Saturday, September 16, 2017

MOAR- Mob of Asshole Republicans

Or this:
The Mother of All Rallies!!!  Promoted by Republicans for at least two months, this event took place in Washington D.C. today.  Didn't hear about it?  Well, here's some of the advance material:



"MOAR Mother Of All Rallies Patriot Unification Gathering-The Woodstock of American Rallies

America First patriot rally in support of American values, American culture, American traditions, and of course President Donald Trump. Our goal is to rally 1 million patriots to Washington DC to send a shock-wave message to the world that they have to go through us to take this country or change its culture."

ONE MILLION PATRIOTS!  Well, as is the inevitable outcome of right wing marches, they fell a little short of their predictions.

Here is a photo used in their promotional material:
Actually, I think this is from the inauguration of Barack Obama, where there were actually a million plus attendees.  Here is a photo of the actual crowd at today's event:
Maybe six or eight hundred, and who knows how many of them were casual tourists.  Well I guess that was their stand- it was just a small stand.

What kind of fool do you have to be to believe the Republicans' claims to speak for a massive, worked up political force in American life, when this happens over and over again?  The Republican party is good at one thing only: managing to assemble electoral victories on one day every couple of years, through a combination of billions spent on lying propaganda and character assassination, intense, criminal gerrymandering all over the country, and as we now know, treasonous collaboration with a hostile dictator that wants nothing but to destroy the power of the US government.  But that is all it takes to ruin our country, despite the fact that, as I have been documenting for years, their alleged massive base is essentially nonexistent, at least if it is measured by how many people are willing to get off their asses and do a damned thing to help bring about the fascist oligarchy that has been the Republicans' only real goal since at least the time of Reagan.

And yet here we go, straight down the road to hell, while the Republicans' rich backers strip every penny of value from the country.  So far, no hope of a good ending.

Friday, September 15, 2017

22!!!!!!!

While most of us have been preoccupied with lesser things, let me note that the Cleveland Indians won their 22nd game in a row yesterday, setting a new American League record.  They are now only four games behind the all time record of the New York Giants, set in 1916, of 26 games without a loss, although that streak was interrupted by a tie game resulting from a rainout.
Yay, Tribe.  Go for five more, and break a hundred year old record.

I can remember not that long ago when the Indians were the laughingstock of professional baseball.  Not any more, I guess.

The Machines are Going to Kill Us

Many people may, by now, heard of Facebook allowing its very powerful apparatus to be used by Aryan Supremacists to recruit followers:

"Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you. 

Until this week, when we asked Facebook about it, the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.’

Nice, huh?  And Facebook's explanation for that?

"After we contacted Facebook, it removed the anti-Semitic categories — which were created by an algorithm rather than by people"

Well, that's great- we now, apparently, have anti-Semitic machines.  I guess we are supposed to forget that these "algorithms" i.e. software, were created by people who apparently didn't care if they were benefiting from marketing to neo-Nazis.  No one is to blame, because the machines did it.

I'm sure that this argument will soon be extended into many areas of our lives.  After all, if you kill someone with a gun, you are not responsible because the machine did it, right?




Monday, September 11, 2017

Republican Lies, McCain Edition



Even when they try to tell the truth they can't help lying.  Case in point today, the ol' Maverick, for some reason granted a space on national TV to maunder on about global warming, which he claims to believe in:

"Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says he has no idea why his GOP colleagues deny basic climate science... 

(Jake) Tapper... asks McCain why, with a few exceptions, the Republican party, “the president, the governor of Florida, et cetera, act as if it’s not real, even though the overwhelming scientific consensus is that it’s real and it’s man made?” 

“I don’t know because I can’t divine their motives,” McCain said."

He doesn't know their motives.

Well, he knows their motives perfectly well, as does any other rational person:  They are corrupt criminals who have taken bribes to lie about climate change.  Can't be admitting that, though


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Trump and the Democrats? Don't Be Ridiculous

After Donald Trump made his deal to sabotage House Republican leadership, the press has been full of the most arrant nonsense about his turning to the center, or becoming Presidential, or other such rubbish.  You would think that by now, there would be nobody left that had any illusion that Trump would ever make a move that was not both self-serving and piggish.  But here the pundits are again, falling for his crap, or at least pretending to.  You'd think that it would be obvious that Trump is not siding with the Democrats; he is siding against the Republican leadership in the house, in the person of one Paul Ryan.  Here's a little from a post at Daily Kos:


"Trump is not happy with Paul Ryan, and he doesn't care who knows it...As much as popular vote loser Donald Trump likes to tweet his feud with Mitch McConnell, it's the other Republican leader—House Speaker Paul Ryan—that he really seems to have it in for. First we saw reports that Steve Bannon—banned from the White House but still reportedly on Trump's cell phone speed-dial—is plotting with the Freedom Caucus maniacs to oust Ryan. Now AP is reporting that Trump is basically fed up with him."

Trump isn't happy with Paul Ryan?  Bullshit; he is scared to death of him, for the obvious reason:

"Ryan controls whether and when the House takes up articles of impeachment. Anyone thinking strategically about future consequences would not go out of their way to alienate the person who holds your future in their hands."

Unless you can remove him. And there is the answer to everything.  Ryan, the only politician in Washington that can match Trump's self serving treachery, is the person with his finger on the impeachment button.  Trump is not siding with anyone, he is trying to crush Ryan out of existence.  From the Washington Post today:


"Several influential House conservatives are privately plotting ways to use the legislative calendar this fall to push their hard-line agenda — including quiet discussions about possibly mounting a leadership challenge to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.  The group has gone so far as to float the idea of recruiting former House speaker Newt Gingrich or former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum as potential replacements for Ryan (R-Wis.) should there be a rebellion. The Constitution does not require that an elected member of the House serve as speaker."

And why has this become so urgent?

For an answer to that, I suggest you take a couple of minutes to watch the following video by Keith Olbermann, who explains in his typical blunt fashion just how close to impeachment Trump really is; and as you watch this, remember that it is all based on what is known in public at this point- none of us really knows how much more Mueller knows at this point.  And pay particular attention to the role of Mike Pence in all of this, putting him in the impeachment frame too:



Well, leaving the impeachment process in the hands of a treacherous monster like Ryan, who is just salivating at the prospect of making himself President is something that even the monumentally stupid Trump is not going to allow.  He needs to replace Ryan almost immediately with a totally captive right wing toady who will never allow impeachment to go forward; a role for which Gingrich or Santorum would be ideally suited.  And that is what this is all about.  At this point, Trump will side with anyone who might have the ability to help lever Ryan out of his position, because Trump recognizes a fellow rat in Ryan, and knows what will happen the minute Ryan sees his path to the Presidency open up.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Oblivious Left Wing Comment of the Day

From the normally totally perceptive Digby, I am afraid:

"I frankly don’t understand why people are still wondering if there was collusion during the campaign."

Digby, none of these people you are referring to are "wondering if there was collusion during the campaign."  They all know perfectly well that there was collusion- massive, treasonous collusion, as proven beyond a shadow of a doubt through dozens of actions by Donald Trump and his minions.  They are not questioning the clear facts, as you very well know.  They are attempting to shout those facts down in any way they can, by denying over and over again what we all know to be true.

They are not stupid; they are paid liars, and they are going to go on lying, and threatening, and diverting people's attention, from now until doomsday, since the alternative is to admit that their entire party is a corrupt pack of traitors.

There.  Isn't it nice to just state the truth for once?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

As I've said, I have pretty much given up on Wingnut Wrapup, but I think it's a good idea to once in a while look in on the wingnuts, just to remind ourseves of what a grotesque pack of evil, anti-American, hate filled people make up the Republican base.  So, here we go:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Dennis Prager: The Left Chooses to Go After Statues Instead of Fighting Real Evil...Prager argued that the left goes after statues because they aren't willing to confront real evils in the world."

Real evil apparently not being the return of the most malignant form of racism, or the efforts of the Republican party to turn the country into a fascist state, or the right's embrace of sadism as a legitimate way to treat their opponents.  Because the Democrats are confronting (however weakly) those evils, or I should say, I guess, those delightful new American principles brought to us by the Republicans.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Will Democrats Take 'Yes' For An Answer on DACA, or Demagogue Compromises to Protect a Wedge Issue?"

Translation:  will Democrats agree to a half dozen piggish, hateful Republican proposals, out of fear that the Republicans will blame Democrats for doing away with DACA?  Answer? Probably.  Or, as Guy puts it:

"we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion – but through the lawful Democratic process"

I.e. by our usual tactic of taking hostages and ramming through as many horrible abuses as possible before agreeing to any decent proposals at all.

Katie Pavlich:  "America to the FBI: We Deserve to See Hillary Clinton's FBI File"

Yeah, that is what "America" is really worried about at this point.  According to a Rasmussen "poll," i.e. a Republican lie.  And even Rasmussen could barely get the number over 50%, no matter how they rigged the count.

And now a cartoon showing the deep sensitivity the right shows to the plight of the dreamers:


Yeah, just dump ice on their heads.  That'll solve the problem.  Hurt them a little more, that's the answer, you sons of bitches.  Well, I guess that if they are still dreaming that the Republican party is going to treat them decently, maybe they need to be awakened, so they can start packing.

Christine Rousselle, Town Hall:  "People Are Seriously Mad that Taylor Swift Hasn't Condemned Trump"

Seriously mad.  And I mean SERIOUSLY mad!!!!  Who are these people that are seriously mad? Who the hell knows, but they are SERIOUSLY MAD!!!!11!!!!!!1!!!  At Taylor Swift!  Man, that is a disturbing turn in American political affairs.

Streiff, Red State:  "EPA Reaches Staffing Levels Not Seen Since The Reagan Administration...The workforce at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is on course to fall to its lowest level since Ronald Reagan was president, an agency official said on Tuesday.

After buyouts and retirements, that number could drop to 14,428 by October...That would be below the fiscal 1988 level"

The stupid, ignorant Streiff is really proud of that.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Christian Colorado Baker Called Nazi by Politician Actually Son of Holocaust Camp Liberator"

Actually, Hitler was the son of...well, who cares about that?  It's what you do yourself, not what your father did, Brandon.  And actually, no one really compared this guy to a Nazi, but what's a lie that small in the blizzard of lies that comes from the right every single day?

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "LOL! Planned Parenthood Says ‘Every Person Has The Right To Live’ In DACA Outrage Email"

Apparently, to right wingers, they don't.  I'd keep that in mind if I were you.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "Steve Bannon Set For First Major TV Interview Since Leaving the White House "

Oh boy.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "REPORT: Susan Rice Set For House Intel Committee Grilling Over Unmasking Controversy"

A "grilling" over a phony issue invented by Republicans.  Well, pretty much par for the course for our Republican Congress.

Moneywise 411:  "The First Major “Win” For The Trump Presidency...Some experts believe President Trump may be gearing up for his biggest win yet.

According to Washington insiders, three “confidential” members of Congress are reportedly drafting a critical new bill.  Once signed by the President, it will give public recognition for the first new “stock exchange” in America in nearly 50 years."

That would, apparently, count as Trump's biggest win of his whole Presidency.  Pathetic, huh?  I just want to point out that this was actually an ad disguised as a news story at Gateway Pundit.  Grifters gotta grift.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Police Are Looking for 6 Suspects in Massive Wedding Brawl that Left White Girl Knocked Out on Street"

Vital news, Gateway Pundit style.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Bill De Blasio Goes Full Commie"

Whatever.

Curtis Dahlgren, Renew America:  "NOW CAN WE GET SOME REAL NEWS? Robert E. Lee made some serious mistakes, but he knew when to repent and concede. After hurricane Harvey, some people don't know whether to blame the Russians or God"

Huh?  Curtis does, however, finish his column with this remark:

"Well, that's the column for this week. It's not the column I intended to write, but like a bowel movement..."

Okay, then.  I'm not exactly sure where Curtis thought he was going with that remark, but take it for what it's worth.  And yes, that is what he really said.

Linda Harvey, World Net Daily:  "The move to 'repeal and replace' Christianity"

Whoopee!  Where do I sign up? Linda states:

"Oh, wait. The Southern Poverty Law Center is already doing (the) dirty work for the enemies of Jesus.

Whatever.  Knock yourself out telling lies, Linda.

And now for the big investment opportunity of the day!

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "Make a Hit Movie With WND!  Two years ago, WND CEO Joseph Farah decided the time was right for WND to make its first major motion picture. We must bring (this) story to A-list actors, top distributors, marketing executives, and technicians in order to create a powerful package for investors. This film investor package will cost about $120,000."

Which Joseph would like you to cough up.  Care to take a chance on the likelihood that a pack of right wing lunatics are going to make a hit movie?  Personally, if I were you, I would send your money to Green Eagle, to help recognize his long time dream of bringing "Heinrich Himmler-The Man and the Dream," starring Rowan Atkinson in the title role, to the silver screen.

James V. DeLong, American Thinker:  "Sarah Palin and the New York Times: The Next Chapter...After a judge issued a ridiculous ruling in favor of the Times, can Palin win an appeal in her libel suit?  The case isn't hopeless."

Yes it is, James.  Deal with it.

Bruce Walker, American Thinker:  "Make North Korea a Chinese Protectorate...America ought to take the position that North Korea is a protectorate of China, recognizing China's right to represent North Korea's interests in global affairs"

No explanation of how to get China to go along with this, or what in God's name would make China want to take on the massive problems of North Korea's impoverished, backward population.  I guess Trump will just "make" them do it.  Just as soon as he gets done making Mexico pay for the wall.

John Nolte, Breitbart:  "CNN’s Jake Tapper Again Spreads Debunked Lie About Trump Mocking Disabled Reporter"

A "debunked lie" that anyone can see on video:



But right wingers will never give up denying what is right in front of their faces.

John Binder, Breitbart:  "Fashion Notes: Vanity Fair Snubs Melania Trump, Honors Michelle Obama on ‘Best Dressed’ List"

Man, that's going to be a big scandal. Maybe Vanity Fair could make up for this snub by putting Melania on the "Best Undressed list."


I think Michelle is clearly not going to beat Melania out in the nude posing department.

John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist:  "DACA Backlash Shows Democrats Don’t Really Think Their Policies Should Be Subject To Elections...Donald Trump promised to rescind DACA if he won the election. So why does Barack Obama have a problem with Trump following through on his promise?"

Well, maybe because it is a piggish, racist, hate filled policy that nobody should support.  Imagine rewriting Davidson's statement as follows:

"Death Camp Backlash Shows Democrats Don’t Really Think Their Policies Should Be Subject To Elections...Adolf Hitler promised to kill all the Jews if he won the March 1933 election. So why does Barack Obama have a problem with Hitler following through on his promise?"

Same thing, really.


And let's just go out on the comedy headline of the day:

Kelleigh Nelson, Before it's News:  "Our President, Sacrificing Everything to Save America"

Ha.  That should be an amusing account.

Well, off to take the Corgi to the groomers.  See you soon.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fast and Furious

Hurricane Harvey, which dumped the greatest amount of rain in a single storm in US history, is barely over, and the damage has barely begun to be calculated, when along comes Irma.
And here it is, earlier today.  Have you ever seen such a perfectly organized hurricane?  Irma is currently the second strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, with wind speeds only a few miles an hour short of the all time record of 190 miles per hour.

One storm after another.  What will it take to get the right wing liars in this country to give up their multibillion dollar campaign of deception and finally admit that something is happening here that must be addressed?  We still have a couple of months of this year's hurricane season to go- maybe we will have a third or a fourth of these things, while the short term profits of energy companies destroy the future of the human race.

And what is to come in that future?  In five or ten more years, will we see half a dozen of these "thousand year" storms every year?  Or even more, with an intensity that even now seems inconceivable?  How long before 200 mile an hour storms batter the South several times a year?  How long before large parts of the Atlantic and Gulf regions become uninhabitable?  Will the former residents of those areas still be willing to play the sucker for the rich bastards whose greed is destroying the planet?

The sad news is that there is no sign that these people will ever face reality, on this issue any more than they have on any other.  Hang on tight; it's going to be a rough ride.

Monday, September 4, 2017

What Is There to Say?

Really.  I think with the last month- with the Charlottesville business and Trump's open approval of the Aryan Supremacists behind it, with the freeing of the concentration camp master Joe Arpaio, with the mindless threats against North Korea, with the hideously callous reaction to Hurricane Harvey, with the dozens of hateful actions he has taken as President, with the endless dribble of details of his collaboration with the Russians and their dictator, there is no reasonable person on earth that can not see what is going on in the United States.

I am positive that even the majority of the 34% or so of the American people that claim to believe in him are lying, too ashamed at the way they were suckered into selling the country to crooks to ever admit that they know what they did.

Well, so what? As I said, we all know it, and we all know that the rest of the Republican leadership is as corrupt as Trump is, if not as stupid and deranged, so we know that things are going to have to get far worse before these loathsome crooks will even consider doing the right thing.

I like to think that I have my blog (like most people who have left wing blogs, I'm sure) to say something that everyone else isn't saying, but what could that be today?  Anyway, that's why I haven't been posting much lately.  Too bad, because I enjoy writing blog posts, but not when they have nothing to add to anything.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ignorance, Hypocrisy and...

Ever ready to apologize for the worst of the right wing, the Washington Post has this incisive analysis:

"Evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump in overwhelming numbers. Evangelical support for the president remains relatively firm; indeed, even as others criticized the president’s remarks in the wake of Charlottesville, evangelical leaders rose to the president’s defense. All of this gets under the skin of President Trump’s critics, who cannot believe that men and women who think of themselves as godly can possibly stomach Trump’s behavior. For such critics, the only possible explanation for evangelicals’ continuing faith in Trump is some combination of ignorance and hypocrisy.

Conversations with actual evangelical Christians at a recent gathering here — the Hillsboro Family Camp, where families have met annually since 1972 for four days of praise and worship — suggest a different picture. These voters — and almost all of them voted — see Trump’s flaws but perceive him as a fellow sinner willing to fight the forces of the establishment on their behalf."

Nope.  Green Eagle (along with every other sane person on earth) is going with the ignorance and hypocrisy thing.  And after hearing the result of the Post's "conversations with actual evangelical Christians,"  I will add that they are unashamed liars too.