Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

Panic in the streets version. 

Courtney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Lewandowski: It's the FBI's Fault Trump Campaign Was Ignorant of Manafort's Record...Some critics charge that it was up to the Trump campaign to do a rigorous background check on the above men before trusting them with the inner workings of a presidential campaign. However, Lewandowski is telling the media that the FBI is ultimately responsible."

See, when you commit a crime, it's actually the FBI's fault for not stopping you before you do it.  If you are a Republican, anyway.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "We Have Not Forgotten: Key Militant In Benghazi Attack Arrested...The mystery that was a central theme of the two-year House Benghazi Committee hearings was the question of who gave the stand down orders that kept help from arriving more swiftly"

An order which, as we have known from the very beginning, was never given.  But the need is great, so BENGHAZI!!!!!!

Lucian Wintrich, Gateway Pundit:  "ANTIFA Leader: “November 4th […] millions of antifa supersoldiers will behead all white parents”

Lucian cites the following tweet as proof:

"we, ANTIFA, ARE going to Exploge the white USArace with acme tnt crates UNTIL they are cobered with soot and waving a white rag on a stick"

Acme TNT crates.

Good thinking there, Lucian.  Talk about not getting the joke.  By the way, Lucian, lefties can spell because they went to school.  It's right wingers that write like that.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "WOW! Rep. Nunes Reveals Sessions DOJ ‘Ignoring Leaks’ — Deep State In Executive Branch Obstructing Fusion GSP Investigation"

Because if there is one thing that is a true threat to American democracy, it is people knowing what is going on in the White House.

Timothy Meads, Town Hall:  "We Shouldn't Rush To Judgment Over CNN's Report"

We should, however, rush to judgment about Benghazi, the e-mails, the pizza parlor racket and the thousand other blatant lies Republicans tell about Democrats.  And while we are on the subject:

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Top Virginia Paper Rips VA Democrats, Your Mailer Against Republican Candidate Is ‘Practically Libel’

Whereas, there is nothing wrong with Republicans all over the country spreading lies about Hillary running a child rape racket from the nonexistent basement of a pizzeria.  That isn't libel, only reasonable suspicion.

Jeff Crouere, Town Hall:  "Hillary, You Can Run, But You Can't Hide"

She is in Europe, promoting her book, which is apparently running from something.  After all:

"(An) undercover eyewitness reportedly has evidence on how the Russians schemed to bribe the Clintons and others in the Obama administration. Seemingly, the efforts were quite successful as former President Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Moscow bank"

Former President Bill Clinton is not, of course, a part of any administration or other government entity, and these days that is not a particularly high speaking fee for an ex-President, particularly considering that there is no evidence he did, or even could do, anything in return for the money, other than giving his speech.  But it is certainly more important than Trump's treason, I guess.

And while we are on the subject, time for a little right wing humor:
Boy, I bet you got a big laugh out of that- the Trump treason charges are sure blowing up in her face, aren't they?

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Concern Troll: No, Hillary Clinton, The GOP Is Not 'Imploding'"

And Matt is right about this one too.  The entire Republican party is just fine with treason as long as their backers get their four trillion dollar payoff.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Jerry Falwell Jr. Urges Christians to Abandon Their Values in Favor of Steve Bannon’s Agenda"

What values?

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Christian College Teaches Mandatory Patriotism Class, With Rifle Marksmanship"

Christian college.  Anyone who decided voluntarily to go there is lost to decency anyway,  since most "Christian colleges" seem to be places to teach them to refine their ability to ignore what Christianity is all about.  Hint: it's not about "rifle marksmanship," which the article calls "The most creative response to Colin Kaepernick;" i.e. apparently to kill him for excercising his Constitutional rights while black.


And a very small taste of what is to come from the right in the near future:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit and certified member of the Trump White House press corps: "Crooked Cop Mueller Leaks Investigation Info to CNN Continuing His Long History of Corrupt and Criminal Actions"

Well, if you are going to lie about things, Jim, go big, I guess...something Jim has had so much practice doing, as perhaps the most unapologetic liar to ever appear in Wingnut Wrapup. 


Of course, anyone who stands up to Trump is a crook, right?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Crooked Comey Taunts Trump Camp Over Mueller Indictment in Cryptic Tweet"

Because it is criminal to criticise the fuehrer, right?  But wait-there's more:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BANANA REPUBLIC: Dirty Cop Mueller is Looking at Manafort Wire Transfer From Before Campaign in 2013"

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "HUGE! Crooked Cop Comey and FBI Used Fake Dossier to Intimidate and Spy on Trump"

Well, I guess you can see what kind of "reporting" it takes to get White House press credentials in the Trump era.

Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "Body Language Expert: Hillary Clinton ‘Afraid of Prosecution’

And she had better be, too.  With the traitor and would-be dictator Trump in charge of the Justice Department, things are going to get really ugly when the truth about him starts coming out. 


And maybe this is a good opportunity for another right wing humor break:


Because that is exactly what Democrats say, unlike Republicans, who stick strictly to the truth:

Patricia McCarthy, American Thinker:  "Hillary Clinton: Faust and Mephistopheles Rolled into One"

Lying about Hillary doing what they themselves are actually doing.  Pretty much SOP from Republicans.


Man, these people are a laugh a minute.


And here is what you get for even looking like you are following the law:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "AG Jeff Sessions Says He Will Not Prosecute Clintons or Deep State Crooks – Sessions Is Compromised and Must Go!"

If you won't throw Trump's enemies in prison, you must be destroyed, even if you are a certified right wing jackass.  That's the sort of country we're headed for, folks, and one of our two political parties is just fine with that.  So, let's just finish today's coverage of Jim Hoft with this item and then move on:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Sebastion Gorka: If This Was 1950 Hillary Clinton Would Get the Electric Chair"

Well, not quite the fifties; maybe the thirties.  In Germany.  Not surprising that Gorka, being a proud, open Nazi, is all in favor of things like this.  Maybe a little surprising that the President of the United States would give a Nazi a job- or it would have been surprising up to a year ago.  Now, not so much.


And, maybe you don't have enough to worry about?

Leo Hohman, World Net Daily:  "Muslims team with antifa to obliterate critics of 'religion of peace'

Evidence?  Well, nothing, really, but so what?

Alicia Powe, World Net Daily:  "Judge Roy Moore identifies biggest threats to U.S."

He looked in the mirror?  I won't go into this any more.  Anyone who has read Wingnut Wrapup over the years could predict with 100% accuracy exactly what Judge Roy Moore has to say, since it is the same pack of lies that every right winger tells every chance he gets.

Adriana Cohen, World Net Daily:  "Dems can't insult their way to victory"

Because of course Republicans never descend to smears and insults.  Adriana's complains about the following Democratic claims:

“The fact is that the Republican Party today is the party of racism.”“the White House itself is full of white supremacists.”

Still waiting for the insults, Adriana.  Those things are true.

Todd Starnes, Town Hall:  "Thousands of Teen Farmers Salute America"

Aww...isn't that nice.  Because they know so much more about what is going on in our country than, say, Harvard professors.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Fact Check: No, New IG Report Doesn't Prove IRS Targeting Scandal Was a Right-Wing 'Myth'

Translation into English:  Yes it does.  That was established years ago, but since when have facts ever stood in the way of right wing smears?  Just wait a while, until people get hazy about the truth, and then start repeating the lies all over again.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Paul Manafort's Arrest in the Mueller Trump-Russia Probe...Does this spell doom for Trump, or for Clinton allies?"

Yeah, which do you think?  The President's campaign manager is arrested for collusion against the United States...who does that threaten, the President himself or Hillary Clinton?  Example number about one trillion about why it's impossible to reason with a Republican.


Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "Hannity Explodes on Mueller For Distracting From Hillary Funding ‘Trump Dossier’

Yeah, that's the story- talking about the Trump administration's treason is just a distraction from Hillary doing...something, who knows what?


And now how about a little more pathetic deflection:


Daniel J. Flynn, Breitbart: "The Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) advanced conspiracy theories in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination"

Oh, 55 years ago or so, and which had absolutely no effect at the time.  But much more important that we should obsess about this than about treason in the White House.


And how about hitting a dying man?

USA Fast Politics:  "John McCain is known for his liberalism and inconsideration for the American people. Well, he has found it appropriate to just stop even being amicable. He has now successfully insulted one of the most important men in the world. John was just fine with calling Vice President Mike Pence an “asshole”. John has gone off the deep end and is showing that he is a criminal. He only cares about making money off of the blood of American soldiers, he doesn’t care about this nation or his constituents in Arizona."

John McCain is known for his liberalism despite having a current American Conservative Union rating of 100%.  He is a criminal for calling Mike Pence a name. He only cares about making money off of the blood of American soldiers, despite having served with honor and suffered five years as a prisoner of war.  He has gone off the deep end by telling the truth.  How do you even begin to deal with people like this writer, without just cutting them down with a Katana and feeding them to your pit bulls?


And a little disconnect from reality, what:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Rep. Devin Nunes: ENTIRE FBI May Be Lying About Who Was Funding Anti-Trump Dossier"

Right.  The ENTIRE FBI!  Long known as a left wing hatchet group!  Apparently, it never occurred to Rep. Nunes that the ENTIRE FBI might be TELLING THE TRUTH! 

And now, let's go out with an economics lesson from Jim Hoft:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "ANY REPUBLICAN who Pushes Deficit Neutral Tax Plan & Screws US Workers Needs to Be Immediately Primaried from Office"

See, it is a gigantic gift to US workers to saddle them with four trillion dollars in debt in order to give the money to hyper-rich Republican backers.  No surprise there- this has been the Republican line for decades now.

Well, enough.  More than enough.  Bye now.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Let 'Em All Off

Guilty or not, or at least let the guilty go if they are Republicans.

Digby gave a good thrashing today to the Wall Street Journal over the following opinion piece, but it is so good I can't resist taking a run at it too.  Here's what this miserable propaganda factory had to say:


"Mr Trump can end this madness by immediately issuing a blanket presidential pardon to anyone involved in supposed collusion with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, to anyone involved with Russian acquisition of an American uranium company during the Obama administration..."

See, let Hillary off on completely false charges invented by the Republican lie factory, and then in return let Trump get away with treason.  That sees fair, right?

 "...and to anyone for any offense that has been investigated by Mr. Mueller's office."

Which includes, presumably, any Republican White House employee who is guilty of anything.


Just let every other Trump administration official go for anything they may have done, no matter how abominable.  We'll just throw that in for equal measure, right?   We won't prosecute Hillary on one false charge if you agree not to prosecute any Republican anywhere on anything.

"Nefarious Russian activities in including possible interference in US elections can and should be investigated by congress."

The same Republican controlled Congress that spent four years investigating the lies about Benghazi and two years on the nonexistent wrongdoing involved in Hillary's use of e-mails, or that held 140 hours of hearing about the Clinton administration's use of its Christmas card list, but failed to do a thing about George W. Bush starting a criminal war of aggression based on a sequence of blatant lies. 

"But at least those conducting he inquiry will be legitimate and politically accountable."

Trey Gowdy and Devin Nunes?  Politically accountable to the same sort of voters that are about to send Roy Moore to the Senate.

 "And the question of whether Russia intervened in the 2016 election and of whether it made efforts to influence US policy makers in previous administration, is first and foremost one of policy and national security not criminal law."

Sorry, guys, but treason is a matter of criminal law, not policy.  Unless the traitor is a Republican, I guess, in which case it is a matter of forgetting about it as soon as possible and moving on to the next Republican monstrosity.

"The president himself would be covered by the blanket pardon we recommend but the pardon power does not extend to impeachment. If Congress find evidence that he was somehow involved in collusion with Russia, the House can determine whether to begin impeachment proceedings."

And of course there is not one shred of reason to believe that the House as it is now constituted would consider letting a Republican President get away with any crime, no matter how grotesque, is there?

Well it goes on, but that should be enough.  The Wall Street Journal.  Is it any wonder that I don't need to go searching wingnut blogs any more to find examples of the betrayal of our country by the "patriots" on the right.  Unfortunately, we all know that something like this is going to turn out to be the intransigent strategy the Republicans are going to adopt to prevent the full revelation of what their behavior the last four decades has done to the country, and in light of the perpetual weakness of national Democratic leaders, it will probably work.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Fat Man

In the coverage of Fats Domino's death this week, here's something that caught my attention:  One of his early songs had the following lyric:

"They call me the Fat Man
Because I weigh 200 Pounds."

Today in the United States, that would be "the average man."



Anyway, let's just go out on a favorite of mine that hasn't gotten quite as much airplay as his more famous hits this week:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Trump Is Pivoting Again! Really!

And this time he's really growing into the job!  Just ask the Washington Post, which is happy to report today:

"Trump bowing to CIA on JFK files is a reminder of how the presidency changes people...

THE BIG IDEA: The world looks different when you sit behind the Resolute desk...President Trump made a last-minute decision to delay the release of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the John F. Kennedy assassination."

He's changed! Instead of never keeping his promises, this time he's...not keeping his promise!  But this time it's totally different! Really!

Here is the Washington Post's account of how much Trump has changed:

"Trump is probably the most conspiracy-minded president in U.S. history. At the very least, he is the most likely to buy into far-fetched conspiracy theories since Richard Nixon. He catapulted to stardom on the right by falsely claiming that Barack Obama is from Kenya — not Hawaii. He’s wrongly claimed that his predecessor didn’t attend Columbia University. He insisted that Obama personally bribed New York’s attorney general to investigate Trump University. He accused Obama of “bugging” Trump Tower after taking office.

He said there’s something “very fishy” about Vince Foster’s suicide. He suggested that Antonin Scalia may have been a victim of foul play after the Supreme Court justice died in his sleep. He said the IRS audits him because he’s a Christian. He’s peddled the dangerous falsehood that vaccines are connected to autism. He has never backed off his assertion that he watched TV footage of thousands of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey on 9/11 after the collapse of the World Trade Center.  

He suggested before the final primaries in 2016 that Ted Cruz’s Cuban-born father, Rafael, was somehow involved in the Kennedy assassination and knew Lee Harvey Oswald. After the Texas senator refused to endorse him at the Republican National Convention, he revived the silly claim again last summer.

Against that backdrop, no one can deny that the president’s impulse is to get all these files out."

And apparently not one single writer or editor at the Post noticed that every single one of the examples they mentioned involved Trump spreading false conspiracies, i.e. lies, while the current example involves letting the truth be told.  And every example involves spreading those lies to serve his own personal interests, while with JFK there is no interest except in letting the historical record be told, which is of no value to him at all.


After seeing examples like this every single day of the Trump Presidency, and in fact for decades now, can you believe that the mainstream press in this country cares any more about telling the truth than Trump and the Republicans do?  And so, on we march to dictatorship.  Doesn't look like anything can stop us now.

Most Boring News of the Year

From Talking Points Memo:

"Report: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Plans To Retire, Clearing Path For Mitt Romney"

Man, that will be a big step in the right direction for our country, or something.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

On the Job

It took them two weeks to respond to the disaster in Puerto Rico.  It took them weeks to respond to the deaths of our soldiers in Niger.  They are now a month past the required date to respond to evidence of Russian election hacking.  But when a black Congresswoman dared to tell the truth about Trump, it took them six hours to trot out a fully formed smear campaign against her, replete with multiple, blatant lies spoken by top members of the Trump administration.

Working hard for America, every day.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Grounds for Impeachment

I am not going to try to quote from this article in the Washington Post, which covers the wide range of abuses listed by various signers of the Constitution which formed grounds for impeachment, because virtually all of it makes spellbinding reading for any sentient American today; but I want to beg you to read the article to get a taste of how many truly impeachable offenses Donald Trump has committed. 

And yet every single one of his followers, from the most lowly would-be Nazi to the leaders of the Republican party, has perfected the art of carefully averting their eyes from all of this and screaming out to the world on an endless basis that none of it is happening. 

This bizarre combination of artificially induced dementia and plain old evil among a large part of our population is something that none of us, even the most cynical like myself, saw coming, and I believe at this point that none of us has a clue how to deal with it.  And we'd better figure it out soon, I guess.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Payoff

It is clear to all of us, at this point, that Donald Trump is both too stupid and too deranged to formulate and carry out any long term policy to destroy the country.  But the orders are coming from somewhere.

Virtually no one yet- not even the left wing blogs I read- has been willing to state openly what is going on here, so I'll take the fall.  Call me deranged; call me a lunatic conspiracy theorist if you want; I've been called that off and on for decades as I have chronicled the Republican efforts to plunder our country, and I have been proven right every time.  I know I am right this time too, even if some people are going to have to wait a couple of decades to see it.

Whoever is giving the Trump administration its orders is carrying out a two pronged strategy.  First, they are systematically destroying any support our government has internally, by wrecking every single thing that the government does that benefits the American people, and depriving the government of the funds to even think of enacting popular legislation.  Secondly, they are also systematically eroding any thought on the part of our allies that the government will act rationally, or even respect agreements we have already made.

Every act that Trump makes furthers one or the other of these goals; and the obvious beneficiary of this behavior is Vladimir Putin.  The truth is, Putin doesn't give a damn about our country or what happens to it; he is not after our land or our wealth, which is rapidly disappearing anyway.  All he desires is the freedom to do what he wants in his half of the world, without a fear that the United States could act, or put together a coalition, to stop him. 

This is the only explanation of Trump's behavior that covers all of the facts.  Trump is paying off his end of the deal that subverted our election system to put him in the White House.  Of course, in normal circumstances, no one could ever expect Trump to keep his end of the deal once he got what he wanted, but Vlad has a unique talent at persuading people to do what he says.

The sad thing is, this is the quid pro quo that completes the monstrous crime Trump has committed and continues to commit, but it is practically impossible to prove in court.   We all know it is true: Trump, the most loathsome traitor the country has ever known, will probably escape the real consequences his crimes deserve, and there is every likelihood that he will escape paying any price at all, given that the other leaders in his party are barely less corrupt than he is himself.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Roy Moore and the Truth about Conservatives

The voters of the State of Alabama are about to send Roy Moore, one of the most hate-filled right wing scum in the country, to the United States Senate.  And lest you point out to me that his Democratic opponent (to whose campaign I contributed) is only running a couple of points behind him, let me remind you that we have seen this before, and in our hearts we all know that the Republican party will engage in whatever combination of vote fraud and massively funded smear campaigns it take to retain this seat.  So. I want to focus on a particular episode in the life of this malignant person, featured today in an article at Talking Points Memo:

"Roy Moore Led Charge Against Removing Segregation From Alabama Constitution 

Democrats and Republicans led by then-Gov. Bob Riley (R) worked together on an amendment to remove language in the state constitution mandating “separate schools for white and colored children” ...The changes were purely symbolic — all of the state constitutional language had already been struck down by state and federal courts — but civil rights and business leaders saw it as a way to heal old wounds and make the state more attractive to big business."

And here is the actual text, that unbelievably remains in the Alabama Constitution to this day:

“Separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race.”

Any person who supports that has permanently relegated himself to the lowest moral stratum in the world, but that is not what I really want to talk about here; but rather the basis on which this campaign was carried out:

“This amendment is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and the people of Alabama should be aware of it,” Moore told the Birmingham News in 2004, warning it would “open the door to an enormous tax increase” — one of many broadsides he issued...Moore and hardline conservatives pounced to argue the removal of that language would allow for a backdoor tax increase by judges who would see it as granting a constitutional right to an education...

His argument worked. The statewide measure failed by about 2,000 votes, out of 1.4 million cast. Every subsequent attempt to remove the language since that initial failure has failed, most recently in 2012."

I bring this up to reinforce something that I have been saying for at least thirty years.  American Conservatism is about one thing and one thing only: Cut My Taxes.  That is all they really give a damn about.  Oh sure, they hate them some Blacks and Latinos, but that's really all because they need to tell themselves that these are subhumans, who can legitimately be deprived of every benefit of society in order to leave more for white people.  It's the same thing with every other right wing issue.  They are against anything to do with global warming because to them, the couple hundred dollars they might have to pay in taxes or the cost of government regulation of polluters is overwhelmingly more important than leaving a livable world to their children and grandchildren, who, despite all their screaming about "family values," they do not really give a damn about.  The notion that every child deserves a decent education, not just their own, or that people deserve to live in good health, are railed against with spittle flecked hatred for the same reason: it might cost them a few dollars to have a decent society, so to hell with it.  The same is true with any claim that people have a right to live free from air and water poisoned by the even greater greed of the rich.  And thus with every other issue; all of the racism and bitterness and religious railing is in service of nothing but one emotion: greed.  Cut my taxes! That is all it is really about, and they have totally given in to that greed since the time they elected the Republican moral leader Ronald Reagan to license them to lie themselves into somehow believing that this avarice is consistent with the words of their lord Jesus.


CUT MY TAXES!  That is all there is to the great "moral" crusade of the Republicans; all the religion, all the family values...every bit of it is nothing but a cover for their refusal to allow even the thought that helping other people is a necessary or even desirable thing to do.  CUT MY TAXES!  That's all there is, but for these hate filled, greed maddened people, it's enough.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Things That Used To Be Important

To the mainstream press, I guess.

Remember Benghazi?  Four Federal workers killed in an ISIS attack, and it became the fodder for four years of Republican abuse, smears and hatred by the Republicans, virtually every second of which was dutifully reported by the so-called liberal press in this country as an impeachable offense by the terminally hateful Obama and Hillary.  Not this time around, though:

"The Defense Department has identified the fourth service member killed in an ambush in Niger on Wednesday as 25-year-old Army Sgt. La David Johnson.

Johnson was killed by enemy fire in the ambush, the Pentagon said. His body was recovered by US personnel Friday in a remote area of the northwestern African country by Nigerian troops nearly 48 hours after he was discovered missing in the wake of the attack, US officials told CNN on Friday.

Johnson's group was attacked near the Niger-Mali border by up to 50 fighters thought to be affiliated with ISIS, a US official said."

It is hardly worth mentioning that, since this happened several days ago, the Trump administration has not had one word to say about these dead soldiers, in between its incessant piggish attacks on football players.  Sad to say, it is also hardly surprising that the press, which abetted the Republicans' dirty game with the phony Benghazi scandal, just doesn't seem to care much about this one.  No, these four dead Americans will be allowed to disappear from the national consciousness, while there are still Republicans and their stooges in the press that continue to tell lies about Benghazi.

And thus, I am forced to repeat Green Eagle's Ultimate Maxim:  The Democrats could beat the Republicans into oblivion without hardly trying; what they cannot do is beat the Republicans and the mainstream press working together.  The press, owned as it is almost entirely by rich Republicans (thank you, Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich) is not the Republicans' dupe; it their accomplice.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Green Eagle Campaign to Save America from Evil on the Internet

I am hereby proposing that everyone join in the following pledge:

"I will never purchase a thing or give a penny to any company or person who places an ad on a website, which plays out loud automatically."

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Collapse Begins?

Surely the most important thing in the news today, even if you won't see much straight talk about it, or much coverage at all for that matter:

The economy lost 33,000 jobs in September.  That makes last month the first month in seven years that there has been negative job growth.  Let's take a look at things:

So, that broke a string of 83 straight months of job growth, as you can see from the above chart.  Let's look at this a little closer, however.  The red lines here are months under Republican Presidents, and the blue lines are months under, well, that Obama fellow.  You can see what the previous Republican administration left Obama: an economy losing 800,000 jobs a month.  Under Obama, things began to improve almost immediately.  Of course, the damage done by Republican economic policy was so massive that it took over a year for Obama to bring job growth back, but then he pretty much continued it throughout the whole rest of his Presidency, creating 11.3 million jobs despite continued Republican attempts to damage the economy.

Well, here we are, back with a Republican administration, and Republican economics, and down go the numbers.  Of course, Republicans are blaming it all on the hurricanes, at least until tomorrow, when they will have found a way to blame things on Obama and Hillary, but the stark fact remains:  Republican President: a complete collapse in job generation, nearly leading to a depression; Democratic President, a depression averted and 83 months of job growth; another Republican President and it takes less than a year for job losses to return.

And if you are wondering about the Republicans' response to all of this, here are the words of Trump's National Economic Council Director Gary Cohen:

"We at the White House are very excited about the numbers," Cohn said during an interview with Bloomberg TV. "You're right, there is some noise in the number because of the hurricane, and as you said you discount that noise out."

They are very excited about the first job losses in over seven years!  This has to stand as one of the greatest examples of Orwellian doublespeak since Eric Ludendorff assured the German people that they were winning the First World War, in September of 1918.  They are very excited!  So you should just take it for granted that nothing could have pleased them more than job losses!  Now, get about your business (if you have any;) nothing to see here, folks.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Biggest Jackass on Earth

"POTUS pointed around the room and asked members of the pool, “you guys know what this represents?”

“Tell us,” one reporter responded.

“Maybe it’s the calm before the storm,” POTUS replied.

“What’s the storm?” another reporter asked. “On Iran? On ISIS? On what?”

“We have the world’s great military people,” POTUS replied. “Thank you all for coming.”

Kristen Welker of NBC News asked, “what storm Mr. President?”

“You’ll find out,” POTUS replied.

“Give us a hint on your Iran decision,” another reporter asked.

POTUS said “thank you, everybody” and pool was ushered out of the room."

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Kaiser Willie For Our Times

I've been interested, the last decade or so, in learning about World War I and the forces that caused that war.  In reading about the horrible record of the military leadership of that war, I found that most all of what I read about the Western front, having been written in English, tended to be about commanders on our side, like Generals French and Haig, and their French equivalents.  It has to make you wonder how the Germans could not have totally destroyed the Allied troops, unless the Germans were just as incompetent.  So, it interested me to come on a book entitled The German High Command at War, by Robert B. Asprey.*  I don't want to discuss the basic content of this book here, but what I do want to deal with is the character of German Kaiser Wilhelm II, as revealed by the book's very colorful character sketch of him.

Kaiser Wilhelm II

Wilhelm II was a very flawed figure, who ascended to the German throne in 1888, at the age of 29.  He was, upon becoming Emperor, the most powerful ruler in the world, as a result of the German constitution written by Otto von Bismarck, which gave him almost unlimited power.  His misuse of that power, his out of control behavior and his disregard for his duties made him, I think it is safe to say, the single most important figure in precipitating the European slide into chaos which culminated in by far the most horrific war the world had ever known up to that point.  I found so much of what Mr. Asprey had to say of such interest that I am going to bend the rules of fair quotation here, and reproduce a fair amount of it.  There is no electronic version of this book, so I had to transcribe it by hand; I hope some of you will find it worth your time to read it, as I believe it has a good deal of current relevance.

Bismarck

"It was all glitter, a constant parade, an unending ego trip.  Bismarck once remarked that Wilhelm would like to have a birthday every day.  Irrereverant Viennese joked that "Wilhelm insisted on being the stag at every hunt, the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral.  An elderly friend bluntly told him: "Your Majesty finds life impossible unless Prussia applauds you daily, Germany weekly and Europe once a fortnight.  He was a showoff, a spoiled dilettante who played at life instead of trying to govern an empire that he hadn't worked to deserve.

"...He would talk endlessly and often superficially on any subject. With intimates he would brook no argument.  Those who acted against his will "betrayed him."...

Court cabals and intrigues flourished...He was extremely rude to his diplomats...He addressed his ministers of war and the chief of the military cabinet as "you old asses."  He told a group of admirals, "You know absolutely nothing.  Only I know anything, only I decide."

Sounding familiar?  Of course, the Germans were sort of stuck with Kaiser Willie; they didn't go out of their way to make him their leader. Well, on with Mr. Asprey's comments:

"At a time when England was looking for alliance with Germany, Wilhelm went out of his way to worsen relations...

The new century opened with Wilhelm's disastrous appointment of Prince Bernhard von Bulow as chancellor.  Bulow was a sycophant, an arch conservative...preferring to bask in power while carrying out the Kaiser's mandate to bring Germany to Great Power status.  He might have succeeded had he formed the alliance tentatively offered by Great Britain.  Instead he listened to the pernicious advice of Baron Holstein and refused to pursue the matter.  Subsequent saber-rattling diplomacy further isolated Germany from France, Russia, and Britain, a process encouraged by the Kaiser's jingoistic phrases...

Despite pretensions to be "the people's ruler," Wilhelm held many of his subjects in contempt and saw as little of them as possible...

A good many responsible people, Germans and foreigners, throughout the 1890's had commented on Wilhelm's refusal to face reality, his unwillingness to be alone, his extreme Casarwahnsinn** with its delusions of either persecution or grandeur, his nervousness and instability, inability to concentrate, constant talking, incessant traveling, charm on the one hand, rudeness, vulgarity and even cruelty on the other, his military posturing...his utter conceit: "a postcard picture of the Kaiser, signed by his own hand, was, in his own estimation, one of the most priceless gifts he could bestow."

As early as 1888 Britain's prime minister, lord Salisbury, believed that Wilhelm was "Perhaps not in full possession of his senses." Bismarck held that "the Emperor is like a balloon, if one didn't hold him fast on a string, he would go no one knows whither." In 1896, his war minister believed that he was "not quite sane," as did some princes of the empire and the Austro-Hungarian military attache.  Philipp Eulenburg noted in 1897 that the "entire Foreign Office now regarded the monarch as insane."  Three years later he wrote to a friend of another furious outburst that deeply concerned him because of its violence and fierceness.  The Kaiser's physician was at a loss, seeing it as a sort of temporary nervous breakdown.  Eulenburg felt that he was sitting "on a powder keg."

...He enjoyed hurting people with his exceptionally strong handshake and he punctuated his incessant conversation by tapping the trapped auditor sharply in the ribs...

His blustering performances during the Annexation Crisis and the Moroccan crisis earned him international opprobrium.  Britain's prime minister, Herbert Asquith, noted in 1911:  "One is almost tempted to discern in some of the things he said...the workings of a disordered brain."  The foreign minister, Sir Edward Grey, believed that he was "not quite sane, and very superficial."  

The cost of inaction, multiplied by about four million times

As powerful as Wilhelm was during his reign, he is now remembered as a figure both malignant and ludicrous.  No one would defend him after the fact, but no one was willing to stop him.  I hope people will think about this because I cannot help but feel that the above description is going to be tragically familiar to anyone watching what is going on in our country today, and I want people to realize the consequences of letting it continue unchecked.  I can hardly find a situation that could more frighteningly exemplify the truth of the old canard that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.  So, here we go again, if people are not prepared to put a stop to it.



*The German High Command at War: Hindenburg and Ludendorff Conduct World War I, Robert B. Asprey, William Morrow and Company, New York, 1991

**A term coined in 1894 making an analogy between the Kaiser and Caligula.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

God, they are panicking today- between the NFL, Puerto Rico and the Las Vegas white guy shooting, they really have to spew the smears with determination this week.  Let's just start with Gateway Pundit's coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, posted within hours of the event- a new height in shameless lying, even for Gateway Pundit:
Taken down within hours, since it was a total lie, with no apology of course, but it lives on forever here at Green Eagle. And in the hundreds of other right wing websites who picked up the same malignant, hate filled lie, without a second thought.

And let us not forget that Trump has given Gateway Pundit press credentials for White House press conferences.

Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "Our Broken Obama Military Can’t Even Manage to Toss Out Traitors...We have a Navy that can’t even sail its few remaining ships without running into giant cargo vessels. I come from a Navy family. You should call my dad, the retired lieutenant commander, and ask him what he thinks about the Navy’s current level of seamanship."

Ships running into each other.  It happened under Trump, but of course it's Obama's fault.  Let's be clear about that.

"And we have now reached the pinnacle of the military’s moral bankruptcy with the revelation that one Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is a communist."

A SECOND LIEUTENANT!   COMMUNIST!  Not that this is illegal, of course, nor Kurt could point to a shred of damage done by a SECOND LIEUTENANT being a COMMUNIST!  Luckily, patriots are on the spot:

"Fortunately, we have a president who actually loves America and a Secretary of Defense who is a warrior."

Well, that's nice.  Maybe some day they will do something to show us that this isn't one more right wing lie.

Michael Brown, Town Hall:  "Only God Can Heal America"

Well, then he'd better get on the damned job then.  What is he waiting for?

John Hawkins, Town Hall:  "There Are No Oppressed People in America...The only Americans that are actually discriminated against by the government these days are white Americans who are victimized by Affirmative Action...Do you realize the stunning level of self-absorption and self-deception that it takes to believe you’re oppressed in America? Real oppression is women in Saudi Arabia getting to drive for the first time in 2017."

And not black males objecting to being shot by police all over the country, without the police being held accountable in any way.  I haven't heard of much of that going on in Saudi Arabia.  By the way, did anyone notice the "stunning level" of lack of self awareness it takes to say that there are no oppressed people in America, and then a few seconds later, claim that you and your fellow white supremacists are oppressed?

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Trump Orders Flags at Half Staff"

A blatant misuse of half staff rules and an insult to the flag from a man who knows nothing about his duty and doesn't really care.  For the circumstances under which the President can order flags flown at half staff, see here.  Not that I give a damn about what they do with the flag, but they sure claim to care, so here's just one more sign of what a lying pack of scum they are.

Susan Wright, Red State:  "Among Shock and Grief, House Speaker Ryan Issues a Statement on the Las Vegas Shooting"

That will be a comfort to the families of the victims.

Caleb Howe, Red State:  "WATCH LIVE: President Trump Speaks on Las Vegas Shooting"

No thanks.

Twitchy.com:  "‘WTF is wrong with you?!’ Tariq Nasheed already blaming white supremacy for mass shooting in LV"

Tariq Nasheed?  Who the hell is that?  No comment on the hundreds of right wing sites that were instantaneously ready to blame the shooting on every liberal on earth, by incorrectly accusing a guy who liked the Rachel Maddow show of the killings, which just proves that Democrats were standing right next to the guy handing him ammunition.

PJ Media:  "Vegas shooter's brother:  "It just makes no sense"  Says no, he was not a "gun enthusiast."

The guy apparently owned a couple dozen guns.  That does not make him a gun enthusiast, I guess.  Maybe just a compulsive shopper.

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Hillary Clinton Politicizes Las Vegas Shooting: 'Stand Up to the NRA'...She couldn't even wait until all the details were released before pinning this violence on the NRA."

Good for you, Hillary.

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media:  "Puerto Rico Enters the 'Great American Victim Derby'

Something that white areas of Texas, Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas did not do when they demanded Federal assistance after being hit by the recent hurricanes.

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "CNBC Host Lemonis: 'Millennials Have a Different Perspective About Working...CEO counts being a franchise and hiring among most difficult things for businesses to face today."

Yeah, Millennials just aren't interested in throwing their lives away to make this CEO richer than he already is.  What a bunch of self-centered jerks, huh?

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Jill Stein: 'We Will Go to Our Graves Waiting for Democrats to Save Us'

Well, Jill, since you joined with Putin to help put Trump in the White House, you personally can go to your grave before any sane Democrat would do a thing to save you.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Is the headquarters of the Deep State in Moscow?"

Ha ha, a particularly pathetic example of blaming the other side for what your leader is doing.

Wes Vernon, Renew America:  "One man can save or end America as we know it"

That would be John McCain, according to Wes, whose failure to vote to end Obamacare by September 30 apparently just ended America.  If I were you, I'd take a moment to look out the window and make sure it's still there.

World Net Daily:  "'ANTIFA' PREPS MASS UPRISING TO REMOVE 'FASCIST' TRUMP...Gathering across U.S. 'to put stop to grave danger posed by whole regime'

Apparently, an abomination to the people at World Net Daily, who are totally opposed to removing fascists from our government.  Lots more in this article, but I'm afraid the rest of it failed the "funny or boring" test rigorously applied before something can make it into Wingnut Wrapup, so you will have to live without ever knowing what a grave danger is represented by people holding peaceful demonstrations to oppose fascism.

Barbara Simpson, "The Babe in the Bunker,"  World Net Daily:  "Stand up for the anthem or take a hike"

A hike? good exercise.  It couldn't hurt.  I mainly posted this item to give you a chance to get a laugh out of a middle aged woman calling herself "The babe in the bunker."

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "Christian author: Satan the devil to become physical man"

To become physical man?  Hey, they've told us for years that Obama is Satan already.  What, were they wrong?

World Net Daily:  "TEACHER ALLEGEDLY CONTAMINATING STUDENTS' FLUTES "

If they'd stuck to Stratocasters like any sensible teenager, this would have never happened.

Peter Skurkiss, American Thinker:  "The Free Lunch Slide into Socialism"

Sorry to be so blunt, but this article could be retitled, "Feed a Nigger and turn our country Communist."  A line of thinking for Republicans that just never grows old.

David Harsanyi, The Federalist:  "When You Politicize Shootings You Make It Harder To Find Solutions"

Whereas, it would be much easier to "find solutions" if all the Democrats would just shut the fuck up and forget about it.


And I think we can go out on a couple of items from Before It's News:

Jim Stone, Freelance Reporter (that's what it says,) Before It's News:  "Las Vegas Horror Revealed As Liberal Conspiracy-I have the audio files that prove it...My guess is this was staged by Israeli/American intelligence to cover for an attempted genocide underway in Puerto Rico, as communists in the government block supplies from reaching the people. If you don’t know about that, skip down the page a ways."

If you DO "know" that, how about just skipping the rest of your life and giving the rest of us a break?

"For me, this is obvious:

 1. Communists get busted staging a genocide attempt on U.S. territory.

2. Communists then divert the news cycle to a horrendous mass shooting in a national playground. THIS IS OBVIOIUS FOLKS."

OBVIOUS.  Yup, obvious.  Not, however, obvious enough to prevent Before It's News from offering several other explanations of the same event.  I guess ISIS had a role:

"ISIS in USA! Actual Shooting Caught on This Disturbing Tape Las Vegas Shooting Mandalay Bay 58+ Killed 700+ Injured "

And let's not forget to blame the Reptilians from outer space:

"While Mr. Paddock will join the “Hall of  shame” he, like all other criminals who made infamy a reality were the victims of a corrupted , infected religious and scientific system  denying the real option for spiritual regeneration! This lead Stephen  Paddock to a total mental degeneration, infestation, murder and suicide… 

Who’s next to slave for the reptilius as such?"

But wait, maybe it's not Communists or ISIS or Israel or lizards...maybe it's the Globalists:

Before It's News:  "Las Vegas Mass Shooting:  False Flag, PsyOp & Black Op to Distract...This extremely well planned and covered up domestic terrorist attack was obviously a false flag operation. In other words, the mass shooting has already been blamed on a disillusioned white guy yet many in attendance have reported multiple shooting locations; so we know it’s a false flag as usual.

WHY DID THEY DO IT?

Things have not been going well for the globalists.  Their New World Order agenda is in complete disarray. First, the NFL Kneelgate scandal has really back fired…so much so that the NWO ruling cabal has to change the national conversation.  Nothing does that quicker than a mass casualty event (MCE).  The NFL crashes and burns! Collapse of the celebrity culture now inevitable.  With the NFL in a free-fall collapse, the globalists were forced to divert the attention of the American people." 

The NFL's problems are a sign of collapse of the New World Order!  And then, there's this:

"The key point is that Puerto Rico has been evolving in the direction of a major political football. "

Pro football, political football...you can see where this is going, can't you?  You can't?  Well, neither can Green Eagle, but wherever it's going, it won't be a good place.

"Whenever an MCE is analyzed so quickly as a lone-wolf mass murder, who could not possibly have shot so many people so swiftly, the U.S. Intelligence Community is obviously behind the whole charade."

Well, what other conclusion could you come to?

So, let's just put this particular version of Wingnut Wrapup out of its (and our) misery, huh?  Have a nice day!