Friday, December 7, 2018

Insanity On The March

Some of you may be aware that, in the QAnon world, December 5th was to be one of the greatest days in the history of civilization.  For that day, referred to in Q's posts as D5, was to be the day that Mueller was going to be revealed to be working closely with Trump to indict Hillary, Obama, etc, and tens of thousands of Democrats and other opponents of Trump were to be arrested, finally making America great again. 

Well, as far as can be told, that did not happen.

Let me digress for a second here.  Did you ever pay any attention to doomsday cults that predict that the world will end on a certain date, and when that doesn't happen, the next day they come up with ludicrous explanations for why they were wrong, and move right on to the next end of the world?  Well, QAnon and the whole Trump base are really not that different from doomsday cults, which are similarly run by and for a few cynical leaders milking their deluded followers for profit.  So why would we expect anything different from them?

What follows is an explanation of why all the predictions were wrong.  It is made up of ludicrous numerology, reference to an almost unknown chess game, a grotesque conspiracy theory about the death of George H. W. Bush, preposterous leaps of faith and an almost endless stream of similar nonsense.  Naturally it is a video, because the sort of people that fall for this garbage have apparently (like Trump himself) virtually lost the ability to read.  I have been watching many of these videos, but this one is fairly short, and I think it is worth a look because it shows the true derangement that is necessary to retain a belief in Trump at this point.



If this is not paranoid schizophrenia, it is a pretty damn good imitation of it.  But at this point, you virtually have to be mentally ill (or very, very rich) to still believe that Donald Trump is acting in your interest.  The only real question about things like this is how long they can go on before collapsing of their own weight of absurdity.  You'd think that that would have happened already, but it hasn't so I am not sure how long the damage will continue, and where it will lead.  Wherever that is, it isn't anywhere good, I assure you.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

25th Amendment Remedy

I am posting this short video here, for those who might not have seen it.  It shows Donald Trump at what was supposed to be a photo opportunity with the President of Argentina, the host country of the recent G20 summit:




Trump appears to have lost consciousness of what was going on, and wandered away in a daze.

Sort of humorous, but this leads me to a suggestion, or a fear, about how the entire Trump disaster is going to end. 

First, let me make it clear that although there are literally hundreds of perfectly valid reasons to remove Trump from office, from his endless acts of corruption to his virtually daily obstruction of justice, to his ignoring or frustrating the laws he is sworn to uphold, but there is one justification for impeachment that must stand above all others, and that is his traitotous collusion with a foreign dictator to rig the Presidential election in his favor.  This is because it is only removal on those grounds that can justify a claim that every action he took as President was illegitimate.

Instead, this is what I think may very well be the outcome of this monstrous situation:  Trump will be "determined" to be sinking into dementia like his father, and the 25th amendment will be used to remove him.  In this scenario, his leaving the White House will be presented to the American people and to history as a monumental tragedy, and all of the endless crimes he committed will be swept under the rug, with no recourse for the American people and no opportunity (as at least happened with Nixon) for the truth to emerge.  And all the damage he did will continue, after he returns to spend his declining years at Mar-a-Lago. 

You need only see the hagiography surrounding the recently deceased George H. W. Bush, who was in reality a very mediocre President, to realize that the so-called tragedy that will befall Trump will be used by Republicans to shout down anyone who dares to speak of the reality of his disastrous time in office.  And so, the Republican party will survive the horror that it foisted on the country, and we will move on, until the next bought and paid for Republican criminal is manipulated into the White House.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup

A disastrous week so far for our traitor in chief.  Let's look in on how the wingnuts are trying to lie all of this away.


Let's just start out with this headline from the Washington Post:

"Trump renews attacks on Mueller, asks whether probe will ‘just go on forever’

It will if you keep committing crimes forever, bucko.


And the typo of the month, from the Wall Street Journal:

“Vladimir Putin is president of Russia. An editing mistake erroneously identified him as Vladimir Trump in an earlier version of this article.”

At this point, it might have been more accurate to say that Putin is the President of the United States.

Now, back to our usual programming:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Analysis: What Does Cohen's New Guilty Plea Mean? We Have No Idea."

No idea at all.  I mean, it's just a mystery...Maybe he is part of Trump's treason, maybe he was just joking.  I mean, either one could be true, right?

"Let me just add that if there is any evidence that Trump would issue a pardon in order to protect himself or his family, that would constitute a gross abuse of power."

"The president told the New York Post that a pardon “was never discussed, but I wouldn't take it off the table.” NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker reports for TODAY."  I guess that is not "evidence that Trump would issue a pardon."  Their denial has gone from malicious to ludicrous.

Julio Ross, Town Hall:  "Mattis Says There Is 'No Smoking Gun' Connecting Saudi Crown Prince to Khashoggi's Murder"

Of course there isn't.  But somewhere there is a very bloody bone saw.


And I think we are already primed for a Conservative humor break:


Keep telling yourselves that, guys.  The first explosion was the explosion in Democratic seats in the House.  The second one- fasten your seat belts, Republicans, it's going to be a rough ride.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "History Made: Mississippi Just Elected Its First Female Senator, Yet the Media Doesn't Seem Too Happy About It"

Gee, wonder why that might be.  Think it has anything to do with the fact that she is an open racist who believes the Confederacy was right to go to war to keep slavery?  The real question is why White Mississippi voters are so filled with hatred that they sent this woman to Washington.

And a couple of related stories:

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Nancy Pelosi Overwhelmingly Nominated for Speaker by Democrats, but Is Trump the True Winner?"

Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Early Christmas for Trump: Pelosi Nominated as Speaker...Best-case scenario for POTUS."

Good news for Republicans!  Isn't it always?  And hardly restricted to the wingnuts.  Here's New York Times' headline on the event:  "DEMOCRATS NOMINATE PELOSI TO BE SPEAKER BUT WITH SIGNIFICANT DEFECTIONS," and now, Times reporting of Paul Ryan's being elected to the same position a few years ago  "Mr. Ryan... won the overwhelming support of his colleagues in the nominating contest"

The vote for Pelosi was 203 to 32.  The vote for Ryan was 200 to 43.  I think you can see my point.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Barack Obama Takes Credit for Something He Didn’t Do (Again) and Encourages People to Thank Him for It"

Talk about projection.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "CNN Contributor Marc Lamont Hill Calls for Elimination of Israel"

This story is everywhere I have looked on the right wing web this morning.  No story about "Trump administration is paying for the elimination of Yemen."  By the way, it took CNN less than a day to give this jackass the boot.  When do the American people do the same with Trump?

Tony Airaksanen, PJ Media:  "Students Believe Conservatives Are ‘Evil,’ ‘Inhuman,’ UW Study Finds"

See, wingnuts, kids do learn something at college.


Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Is This Man America's Most Prolific Serial Killer?"


No, I think that would be Dick Cheney.  He murdered a million people in Iraq in order to save his nearly bankrupt company.  That beats this guy's seventy or so by a pretty substantial margin.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "ONCE AGAIN… Deep State Crooks Drop MAJOR BOMB on President Trump Before Critical Meetings with Foreign Leaders"

You're right, Jim.  That was wrong.  They should have dropped this MAJOR BOMB when they found out about it, before the election.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Liberal Media Stunned by Melania Trump’s Impeccable Style Following Prior Years of Trailer Park Chic"
I don't remember seeing a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, married to a President of the United States, referred to as trailer trash.  I wonder why it is that Jim says this.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Jerome Corsi: I Am a Loyal American – I Have No Contacts with Wikileaks, Russian Intelligence"

And we can truly believe you, Jerome, because you always tell the truth about everything!  If you're wondering about Corsi's honesty, you might take a look at this post at Green Eagle from a few days ago.

Jerry Newcombe, Renew America:  "Gary Hart, Donna Rice, and Jesus Christ"

Is this one of those jokes where three people go into a bar?

World Net Daily:  "Joseph Farah urges readers to give thanks Trump is our president, not Barack"

Whatever.

World Net Daily:  "MOST-DECORATED VET RIPS CROSS-HATING VAMPIRES"

Whatever.  Wait, didn't I just say that?


And now, how about one more Conservative humor break?
Dems? And here I seem to remember Obama saving GM and Chrysler, after the Bush economic collapse had effectively destroyed them.  Of course, I tend to remember true things, while Conservatives remember, well, things that are not so true.

Selwyn Duke, Renew America:  "Truly great disasters come like a thief in the night. How many foresaw Rome's sacking in 410 A.D., her collapse 66 years later, WWI or WWII? As for today, how many see that the United States is at what some call a tipping point, what others may call a Fourth Turning? Whatever you call it, the American republic is in its last days."

You may be right, Selwyn, if you have your way.  Bye bye republic, hello dictatorship.  I don't think that is what you meant here, but that is what you are working to bring about.

World Net Daily:  "Jerome Corsi faces prison ... for forgetting"

Forgetting that he was the conduit between the Russians and Roger Stone, long time political associate of Donald Trump.  Sort of like Rommel forgetting about North Africa. Forgetting, or lying-  We report, you decide.

World Net Daily:  "Obama Birthplace – New Findings?"

If you actually clicked on the link to this "story," you would discover that it is about a mystery novel.  I kid you not.  A work of fiction.  Yet it's enough for these guys to promote it as "new findings" about Obama's place of birth.  Nothing is too low for them.

Michael Bastach, Daily Caller:  "Democrats Have A New Tool To Use Against Trump In Court"

I hope it's a crowbar.

Grace Carr, Daily Caller:  "A Black Boy Sat Next To Trump Supporter On An Airline. His Mother Wrote A Shell-Shocked Essay Wondering How Supporter Could Offer Compliments"

I'm shocked too.  Shocked that there is one person in America who supports Trump who will even make an effort to not appear racist.  Apparently, Grace thought it was pretty amazing too, or she wouldn't have written a whole article about it.

Daily Caller:  "JON STEWART COMPARES TRUMP TO A ‘GIANT TURD ASTEROID’ ON COLBERT"

No comment.  None needed.

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis?"

The answer, of course: no.  The man who never met a Nazi he didn't like is now defending Russian military aggression.

"The Sea of Azov became a virtual Russian lake, access to which was controlled by Russia...While the world refused to recognize the new reality, Russia began to impose rules for ships transiting the strait, including 48 hours notice to get permission."

The "new reality" is that if you are a big enough bully to take it, it's yours.  I'm not sure why Pat thinks that is new, as it has been tried a few thousand times since the dawn of civilization.  Of course,  his Nazi heroes had the same idea.  I guess the Sea of Azov is just Russian lebensraum.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Ryan: There's Something 'Really Bizarre' About California's Election System"

It's really bizarre when Democrats win.  And unfair.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Students Really Don’t Want Hillary Clinton to Run in 2020"

Yeah, Brandon?  Do you have any idea what students want Donald Trump to do in 2020?  Try looking up Leavenworth.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Fake News NPR Blatantly Lies About Don Jr.’s 2017 Senate Testimony – Waits 5 Hours to Issue Correction"

Gateway Pundit runs several lies every day that dwarf what NPR did, and it hasn't issued a correction about any of them in years.  That's okay, though.  Lying to promote hatred and greed is good.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "TRUMPS TAKE THE G20 BY STORM – President Donald Trump, Melania, Ivanka and Jared Arrive Like Royalty for G20 Dinner "

Ha ha.  Need any more proof of what I said just above?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "MUST SEE: Beta Male Trudeau Pouts at USMCA Signing – Won’t Lift His Signed Agreement — Onlookers STUNNED"

Bullshit.  Let's just move on.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "HERE WE GO-> Acting AG Whitaker Accused of Misleading FTC Over Actions at Miami Firm"

And?  I mean we have his letters confirming that he lied.  So where are "we" actually going?  To prison, maybe?

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "SHUT IT DOWN NOW: Mueller Eyes Ivanka and Don Jr.’s Work on Trump Tower Moscow…That Was Never Even Built"

See, if you try to commit a crime and it doesn't work you are innocent.  If you are a Republican, anyway.  Innocent by reason of incompetence.

World Net Daily:  "Finally! How to get WND without any ads!"

Simple!  Just pay them; i.e. give them the money you would spend on the products without getting anything in return. Brilliant!  Republican economic progress-rather than something for nothing, it's nothing for something.

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "The North Carolina elections board has refused to certify the results of the 9th District congressional race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, which Harris won by 905 votes.  The board cites "irregularities" in the absentee ballot process as the major reason."

The fraud was all on behalf of the Republican candidate, something that even Mr. Moran has to admit, but:

"In the end, the irregularities might show up for both parties.  But this gives the lie to those who claim there is no voter fraud in America."

"...the irregularities might show up for both parties."  Might.  They didn't, but they might, some day.  Votes might also show up for Vladimir Lenin for all we know, or Jesus.  See? Republicans cheated, so that proves that laws they pass to disenfranchise Democrats are absolutely necessary.

And now, this horrid news:

Before it's News:  "“Barack Obama Was Cloned” Theory Gains More Credibility With This One Disturbing Photo!!!  Was Obama genetically engineered?"

And here is the photo- not a product of Photoshop, I am sure.  It fit so well into what we know of Obama's clothing choices.  I mean, it's barely worse than a tan suit:


I mean, who knew they had cloning technology like that in Kenya?  By the way, do all clones dress in costumes like those worn by New Orleans transvestites at Mardi Gras?

Linda Moulton Howe, Before It's News:  "Most People Are Unaware of What is Happening Right Now...This is the single most important issue on planet Earth right now. A takeover by robots linked to alien tech, is happening.  Humans are a biological experiment that is evolving out of existence as is the simulation of reality."

Hmm.  Worth considering, I guess.


And a couple of other things I "learned" today from various QAnon videos (Yes, they are still being cranked out):  Robert Mueller is actually the son of Heinrich Mueller, the Nazi head of the Gestapo!  I mean, who knew.  And mass arrests are taking place right now of Clinton associates in Arkansas, which apparently include just about anyone in that State who has committed a crime in the last forty years!  Guantanamo Bay prison has been remodeled to hold the thousands of Democratic traitors that will be arrested next!  And Jamal Khashoggi was actually murdered (for some reason) not by the Saudis but by MI6!


Like Linda said above, most people are unaware of what is happening right now.  Luckily for them.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Treason!!!!

There is just no end to the abuse of his position committed by the President of the United States, no end to the contemptible behavior he is willing to engage in.  But today marks perhaps the most degraded public misuse of his power of all.  Today Donald Trump published the following graphic on Twitter:

The President is demanding, in this graphic, the trial for treason, without a shred of evidence, of two former Presidents, a former Secretary of State, the special prosecutor who is investigating him, two former attorneys general, and a number of other people.  In brief, he is demanding the right to imprison or even possibly execute people for no other reason than their opposition to him, or their having been members of the opposing political party.

Is there a person alive who can now deny that this man is trying to establish himself as a dictator?  When is the point that the members of his own party react in a decent manner and put a stop to all of this?

Sad to say, the answer to that second question is probably, never.  The leadership of the Republican party has been carefully chosen and installed in their places by a handful of sociopathic billionaires whose clear goal is to turn this country into an oligarchic dictatorship that serves only their interests.  And these political figures know that, after having accepted the devil's shilling, they will be destroyed if they act responsibly.  And since they were selected for their willingness to mindlessly comply with the worst, most evil elements in the country, they will march en masse in the vanguard of destruction.

After a half century of propaganda and choking off real media, the Republicans have reached the promised land.  They have created a voting base that is so enraged and filled with hate that it will do their bidding and keep them in power.  So, this is what we end up with.  How easy it has proven to destroy everything that made the United States different from other countries, and leave behind nothing but naked fascism.

Monday, November 26, 2018

A Little Trump Foundation News

I just loved this, from Talking Points Memo:

"The Donald J. Trump Foundation took in no new money from outside groups last year and donated nothing, according to a 2017 tax return posted online Monday. Trump had promised before taking office to dissolve the foundation to avoid conflicts of interest with his duties as president."

He promised to stop charitable giving, in order to " avoid conflicts of interest."  He did not, however stop dealing with the Russians or the Saudis, or to milk the Federal government for millions of dollars spent at his own businesses. 

Well, I guess he has a point there.  As far as I can tell, Trump has no conflict of interest with the Russians and the Saudis.

Our Country Today

Immigrant children being attacked with tear gas.  From what I have read, I understand that this is CS gas, a stronger version of tear gas than the CN gas normally used by police in the United States.  This gas was shot into a foreign country in what is unquestionably an act of war.  The use of CS gas against civilians in any circumstance has been classified as a war crime since the mid 1990's.  Trump has made all of us complicit in this war crime.  It is hardly the first time for a Republican President; don't forget the use of torture by the Bush administration.  That was unforgivable, but at least it was not directed toward children and their mothers.


In the interest of full disclosure, during the Vietnam protest area, I was tear gassed many times, both with CN gas and a couple of times with CS gas.  CN isn't so bad; after the first couple of times it hardly slowed me down at all.  CS is another thing entirely, let me assure you.  It is extremely painful and almost totally debilitating while the effects last.  The notion of deliberately using it on children is an abomination.

Update:  And who could have predicted?  A few hours later, and Republicans are already claiming that this picture is posed.  Here is an "annotated" version of this photo, of an event that took place in front of a massive press presence, ludicrously claiming that it is fake news:
I'm not even going to bother explaining how idiotic this is.  It does, however, demonstrate how absolutely malicious the Republican denial of reality is.

Remembering Jerome Corsi

Isn't he cute?

Jerome Corsi has become the central figure of the week in the Mueller investigation.  You'd think that this would induce the media to look a little farther into his past.  But other than mentioning that he was the prime originator of the lie that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, little has been mentioned about him.  Here is a helpful list of a few of the other malignant smears Corsi has promulgated:

Corsi was the author of the book Unfit for Command, which detailed a totally false account of John Kerry's record in Vietnam, where in fact he was a highly decorated officer, as his publicly available military records showed.  This smear, carried almost without pushback by the mainstream press, was responsible in large part for the re-election of George W. Bush.

Corsi published a book in 2005 spreading a totally made-up horror story about Iran's supposed stockpile of nuclear weapons.  This makes him a seminal figure in today's current anti-Iran hysteria.

Corsi has spread absolutely unfounded nonsense about a supposed "North American Union" which Democrats intend to replace the United States, feeding into the xenophobic fear which makes up so much of the hatred that drives the Republican base.

Corsi has been among the leaders of 9/11 conspiracy mongering.

Corsi spent years writing for World Net Daily, a perennial favorite at Wingnut Wrapup, and worked for several years for Alex Jones.  Those are two of the greatest sources in the country of right wing lying propaganda.

Well, today Corsi said, in response to being offered a plea deal by the Mueller team, " I’d rather sit in prison and rot for as long as these thugs want me to."  Given his history and the damage he has done to the American people, that just might be a good deal.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Big News From Trump

From the Washington Post, this news:

"Trump says he’s finished writing answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller"

And there you go.  If you think the real answers are going to be one bit more informative than this picture, or if you are deluded enough to think they will actually be written by Trump, rather than whatever lawyers he can threaten into lying for him, you haven't been paying that much attention to the news.

Okay, okay, here's a picture of a Corgi dog to help erase the above from your mind:
See, didn't that work?

A Thing of Beauty

This graphic of Orange County, long considered the most Republican county in the State of California:
A true work of art.  Apparently, in some cases, the French are wrong.  The more things change...the more they change.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Matching Signatures

I would like to make a point about the Republican ploy of using signatures that don't match to disqualify tens of thousands of Democratic votes.  I don't think this point has been made clearly enough:

Has anyone out there signed their name exactly the same twice?  I mean, literally ever. None of us is a machine, and our signatures vary in minor ways every time we sign them.  This Republican strategy is nothing but a ploy allowing them to reject any ballot they want.  The vast number of people who have their ballots rejected are never even notified about it, let alone given a chance to contest this action.  This is a massive Republican vote rigging scheme, and needs to be seen for what it is.  Instead, most people are just writing it off as sour grapes, when in fact, at least in Florida and Arizona, this behavior has a strong possibility of stealing a governor's seat and two Senators.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Free Enterprise In Action

Here are the headlines of two stories that ran on the same page in the Los Angeles Times today:

"Goldman Sachs Malaysia Scandal Expands"

"Goldman balks at handling Space X loan"

Carried right next to each other without a suggestion of irony.  Goldman Sachs would not invest $500 million in the company of perhaps America's greatest industrial innovator, but it was willing to invest $6.5 billion with a pack of Malaysian crooks.

And this is the most influential financial organization in the country.  There is a virtual revolving door between its corporate suites and high government positions.  Here is a partial list of Goldman alumni that work for Trump:

Stephen K. Bannon, chief strategist to the president and a former Goldman banker
Gary D. Cohn, director of the National Economic Council and Goldman Sachs president
Steven T. Mnuchin, Treasury secretary and Goldman partner
James Donovan, nominee for deputy Treasury secretary and Goldman partner
Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy and longtime Goldman executive

Well, I guess the company casting their lot with crooks isn't that surprising.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Donald Trump Appoints Monstrous New Attorney General

But of course, who would expect anything different...imagine an Attorney General whose contempt for the law makes the execrable Jeff Sessions look not so bad in retrospect.  Well, we've got him.
Wimp trying to look like a thug.

Trump has, in apparent open defiance of the law,* named one Matthew Whittaker to be our new "interim"  Attorney General.  Whittaker was a failed candidate for a county judgeship before he was snatched up by Trump, given an administrative role in the Justice Department, based apparently solely on his open opposition to the Mueller probe, and here he is, a year later, serving as Attorney General.  Here is some more information about him.

First, from an article at Daily Kos, which I most urgently suggest you read, some other information beyond the fact that he has attacked the Mueller investigation repeatedly:

"Whitaker was behind a secretive group that stepped in to protect members of the Trump campaign from allegations of meetings with Russian officials. That included trying to distract from the fact that Jeff Sessions lied about his meetings with the Russian ambassador in Senate testimony...The organization was also connected to spreading rumors that Christine Blasey Ford mistook Brett Kavanaugh for another high school classmate.

When not busy interfering in the Russia investigation, Whitaker also kept busy promoting a patent scam. As Miami New Times reports, Whitaker wasn’t just on the board of a company selling would-be inventors worthless (and nonexistent) “worldwide patents,” he also sent threatening letters to a former customer of the scam who complained about being taken for tens of thousands of dollars."

A criminal and a thug, behind not only the most malicious type of Republican behavior, but actual corruption reminiscent of that repeatedly engaged in by Trump himself.  What a great choice for Attorney General, huh?

And here is another read I recommend, by Ian Millheiser at Think Progress, covering an interview Whittaker once gave:

"In a 2014 interview, the man Donald Trump just picked to run the Department of Justice appeared to claim that Social Security is unconstitutional and that basic labor laws like the minimum wage must be struck down...Whitaker launches into a Trumpian rant against “chain immigration” and “people trying to bring illegal people and illegal drugs into our country.” He claims that climate change “doesn’t appear to be that significant or quite possibly isn’t man made,” and calls for the Department of Education to be “disbanded.”

"There are so many (bad rulings)...All New Deal cases that were expansive of the federal government. Those would be bad. Then all the way up to the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate."

In other words, the Republican dream position:  Every single thing the Democrats have done for the American people in the last hundred years is unconstitutional and must be abolished. What an understanding of the rule of law in this country.  As I said, Trump's perfect pick for Attorney General.  I wrote a few days ago suggesting that in the coming two months, before Democrats can take over the House, we are going to see massive Republican atrocities such as the country has never had to experience; this is just the beginning.




*The rules for appointing an interim cabinet officer without Senate approval require that the person selected has been previously approved by the Senate for some other government appointment, which is not the case with Whittaker.  But of course, what do rules mean to a "President" who think he can unilaterally cancel parts of the Constitution?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

And That Didn't Take Long

Bye bye Mueller, hello impeachment.

Of course, maybe the Democrats should just let it all pass.  The Washington Post is already paving the way for that view:

"Ms. Pelosi, wisely, declined to take the bait, reiterating her determination to use subpoena power if necessary but insisting Wednesday that oversight “does not mean we’ll go look for a fight.”

She would be well advised to stick to that measured approach, because the country does have recent experience with the excesses of investigation (does Benghazi ring a bell?) and the harm it can do to the atmosphere for legislation. In contrast to the attitude Mr. Trump exhibited Wednesday, Ms. Pelosi’s remarks suggest that she has the capacity to learn from experience."

The mainstream press, which showed next to no scruples about the Republicans using their control of Congress to conduct an endless series of "investigations" into what everyone knew were utterly baseless conspiracy theories, now has discovered how damaging any kind of Congressional oversight would be.  But don't worry, it will still be perfectly justifiable for the Republicans to continue to use the Senate to promote the most degraded conspiracy theories, and for the House too, the next time it is in Republican control. 

The more things change, the more the press (and the Republicans) stay the same.

Monday, November 5, 2018

A Warning

To those of you who think your anxiety will get a break after tomorrow:  The rest of this year is going to be a time of almost unimaginable abominations from the Republican party, and this is particularly true if Democrats take control of the House.

If Dems do win the House, the next two months will be the last time (at least for two years) that the Republicans will be in absolute control of the entirety of the Federal Government, and their rich backers will expect them to use that time to push through as much filthy, antidemocratic, corrupt legislation as the can. 

Here are a few things I expect to see between now and the new year:  Another massive tax cut aimed at the very top tenth of a percent of the nation, combined with effective tax increases on everyone else, massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, rules for renewable energy with no purpose but to make it too expensive to be competitive, elimination of the already weakened protections for minorities and women, savaging of environmental law, and as a distraction from all of this, a war somewhere, anywhere Republicans can start one.  My guess is Iran, or if the Republicans realize what a hopeless move that would be, Venezuela.  Both countries are major oil producers, and embroiling either in a war would mean hundreds of billions in profits for oil producing countries (and Trump buddies) Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as right here at home.

And there are so many other things, like killing Obamacare once and for all, that I have not mentioned, or haven't even thought of.

Can anyone doubt that the Republicans will take this last unopposed opportunity to loot the country and do as much damage as they can to every well-intended government program in existence?  So, get ready; it's coming.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mr. SMITH Goes To Washington

We are all familiar with the legendary SMOTI, the Stupidest Man On The Internet, aka Jim Hoft, whose website Gateway Pundit befouled itself again this week when one of his "reporters," one Jacob Wohl, made an utter fool of himself with one of the most colossally stupid lies ever heard, when he convened a press conference to allege that Robert Mueller forcibly dragged a woman out of a hotel bar in New York (in plain view of the other customers, apparently,) forced her up to his hotel room and then violently raped her, finishing with telling her his name and telling her that he was the head of the FBI, so she had better keep her mouth shut.  Boy, that beats Judge Kavanaugh's youthful dalliances by a long shot.  Well, the details of this almost incomprehensibly incompetent plot have received a great deal of coverage in the blogosphere, so I won't rehash them here.  For those who want to know more, I suggest this article from Wonkette, which pretty much takes a perfect tone toward the whole thing.

What I do want to cover in this post is another accusation against Mueller, which is equally insane, but which was forced out of our attention by the clowning of the Gateway Pundit guys.  This alleged malfeasance comes to us not from the SMOTI, but from a man I call the SMITH; the Stupidest Man In The House, Texas representative Louie Gohmert.  Here's the story, from Crooks and Liars:

"MUELLER’S MINIONS HELPED MOBSTER WHITEY BULGER ELIMINATE MOB COMPETITORS, says Congressman Louie Gohmert...In the extensive report, Gohmert covered Mueller’s shady past of helping mobster Whitey Bulger by eliminating mob competitors.

...it was Mueller, first as an assistant US attorney then as the acting U.S. attorney in Boston, who wrote letters to the parole and pardons board throughout the 1980s opposing clemency for the four men framed by FBI lies."

So let's see if I have this straight now.  Robert Mueller, an extremely successful prosecutor during the eighties, put mobsters in prison and kept them there.  We can all agree about that.  As Louie's story goes, this was all done not to enforce Federal law, nor to advance his own career, but because Mueller was a corrupt tool of Whitey Bulger, another mobster.  No evidence offered to support this assertion, and as Crooks and Liars continues:

"...retired federal judge and Harvard Law School senior lecturer Nancy Gertner set the record straight in a New York Times editorial:

"There is no evidence that the assertion is true. I was the federal judge who presided over a successful lawsuit brought against the government by two of those men and the families of the other two, who had died in prison. Based on the voluminous evidence submitted in the trial...I can say without equivocation that Mr. Mueller, who worked in the United States attorney’s office in Boston from 1982 to 1988, including a brief stint as the acting head of the office, had no involvement in that case. He was never even mentioned."

So there you go.  Mueller was in cahoots with one mobster, which is proven by the fact that he put other mobsters in jail, which he only did to improve the business prospects of the first mobster, for which he in return received the payment of... apparently nothing.


Maybe not quite as colorful as the rape story, but equally outrageous.  Louie Gohmert should be driven out of public life for this disgusting smear, but instead his massively red district is about to easily send him back to the House, where he can continue working on behalf of the people, as he did in this case.

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Truth About the Birthright Citizenship Nonsense

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."-U. S. Constitution, Amendment 14

Before getting to my argument, I would like to remind you of a little history.  The absolute nature of this provision, which allows for no exceptions, exists for one reason:  by the time of its passage, in 1868, it was already clear that Southern dead enders were engaged in serious attempts to strip former slaves of their citizenship.  The law was passed to prevent this.  Its absolute character is  a result of the racist inclinations of many white Americans, and it is that racism, therefore, which bears the blame for the consequences of the fourteenth amendment.  Had these white people done the decent thing and truly reconciled with the victims of slavery, this amendment would have never been necessary; if they don't like it, it is their own fault that it exists.

Well, leaving that aside, I now want to talk about the true purpose of Trump's attempt to destroy this passage of the Constitution through royal decree.  And in stating what I am about to say, I feel called upon to state openly that I first realized in the 1980's that it was the intent of the Republican party to destroy any semblance of popular government in the United States, to replace it with an oligarchic dictatorship responsive only to the couple thousand sociopaths whom they would deliberately enrich until they had the money necessary to finance its takeover.  I have suffered endless derision over the years by my absolute defense of that notion; these days, I don't think it seems far-fetched to many.

This issue needs to be tied to another issue, to make the Republicans' attempts clear for what they really are, and that is the imprisoning of thousands of immigrant children in what are, not to dodge the issue, concentration camps.  This has been taken by the left as a racist attack, and it is certainly that, but it is also something far more malignant.  By selecting just about the weakest and most defenseless group they can find, and throwing them in these camps, the Republicans have begun the process of establishing that it is perfectly legal for the President of the United States to imprison people who have committed no crime, merely on his own whim.

Now, birthright citizenship, which is basically the same vicious story.  Trump and the Republicans have selected a large group of Americans who they have decided have essentially no support at all among his xenophobic base, and they are now claiming the right for the President of the United States, by fiat, and in a clearly unconstitutional act, to strip millions of their citizenship and eject them from the country (or perhaps place them in concentration camps, where history tells us what is likely to happen to them.)  If this happens, Republicans will have established the right of the President to revoke any passage of the Constitution.  There is a name for that sort of leader, as there is for those that claim the right to imprison citizens without any legal process whatsoever.

There is no doubt about this any more.  We are facing a highly developed and financed open attempt by the Republican party to reduce this country to a fascist dictatorship, and at this point the attempt is succeeding.  The dodging of the obvious necessary in order to deny this today is overwhelming, yet there are many millions of propagandized zombie voters out there who refuse to see the truth, and are thrilled to contribute to the open destruction of everything that ever made this country different from Nazi Germany, or fascist Italy, or Saudi Arabia  or Putin's Russia.  That is what these people yearn for, and any supposedly liberal person who refuses to acknowledge that is hastening the end of the American dream.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Political Violence By The Numbers

I've seen the following graphic a couple of places lately, but I think it reveals a fact that should be made clear to every American, so I'm posting it here, too.

I have often heard that right wingers commit more acts of political violence than any other group in this country, but I had no idea how one sided this was.  These people are monsters, and the President and leaders of his party are monsters too.  Today, Trump announced his intent to abrogate the Constitution by an "executive order." And with the Supreme Court now fully packed with corrupt Republican appointed Justices, who can say that he will be stopped if he tries?  Meanwhile, more and more criminal thugs with guns are out there to destroy anyone who gets in his way. 

In a sane country, this man would be impeached in one day if he tried to do this.  But we don't live in a sane country any more.  We live in a country where some destitute people fleeing terror a thousand miles from the United States are more of a threat than these fascist killers that roam among us.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Trump Treason Again

And on a massive scale.  We've seen this guy repeatedly make decisions that hurt the security of the United States and our allies while favoring the interests of Vladimir Putin, over and over again.  Now, here is a gigantic one which has received almost no coverage in the mainstream press, and what coverage it has received has missed the point entirely.  In fact, even left wing sources seem not to have recognized the real significance of this action.

What I am talking about is Trump's stated intention to abrogate the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980's.  This treaty forbade either country from deploying any land based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers.

The United States did in fact destroy about 1,000 nuclear missiles after this treaty was signed (the Soviet Union destroyed about 2,000.)  But other than the financial loss, the treaty meant little to us because our supposed enemies, the Soviet Union and China, were well over 5500 kilometers from our missile bases, which were located in the middle of the United States.

The situation for the Soviets, however, was considerably different, as can be seen from a glance at this map:
In fact, the forbidden range for Russian nuclear missiles includes virtually all of Europe.  And that is the point:

The U. S. abrogation of this treaty will allow Vladimir Putin to deploy nuclear missiles targeting the entire continent of Europe.

Let the NATO nations try to stand up to Russia then.

Sorry to resort to big red letters here (something that I have never done before,) but I think it is important for Americans to realize what an act of treachery, of out and out treason, Trump's backing out of this treaty will be.  For essentially nothing in return, Trump will be enabling Putin to hang a sword over all of Europe, if they dare to try to stand up to him.  This is a massive, horrible payoff to Putin for putting Trump into the White House.  Here is your collusion, Mr. Trump, written in gigantic letters for all to see.  Here is your betrayal of not only your own country, but of all our European allies, in order to benefit Putin. 

In a sane country, this action alone would be the end of Trump's Presidency, and in fact the end of his life outside a Federal prison.  But I guess we don't live in a sane country any more.  Too bad, really.

Wingnut Wrapup


Sorry, people, Wingnut Wrapup seems to be back, at least for a little while.  I just feel that most of us in the rational world are still only vaguely aware of the hatred and lies that make up the steady diet of right wingers.  Not that I feel happy about exposing you to it all, but we need to be aware of the massive amount of stuff like this that is out there.  I know these Wingnut Wrapups tend to be long, but let me assure you that I could make any one of them on any day four times as long and not come even close to including all of the massive amount of this garbage that is out there.  What follows is nothing but a representative sample.

Now, a little coverage of the Republican party writhing in agony as it attempts to blot out the truth that the MAGA bomber and the Pittsburgh terrorist are a product of their own actions.  I just want to note first, that it is only a couple of hours as I write a good part of this since the latest right wing mass shooting, and I have already heard a Republican on TV saying this is not the time to talk about gun laws, because of course they went there.  Needless to say, their whining and phony outrage will be much further developed in future days.  Anyway, back to the subject, starting with how things work out for you when you just can't stop lying: a master class in the subject from the legendary Stupidest Man on the Internet, Jim Hoft:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Report: Bodybuilder Cesar Sayoc Admits the “Pipe Bombs” Wouldn’t Hurt Anyone – And He Didn’t Want to Hurt Anyone...Many pundits suspected they were fake bombs meant to scare the public...It looks like those people were right."

Except, of course, that Jim is lying.  Jim's "reports," of course, come from who knows where. The FBI stated that these are absolutely real bombs.  But boy, if right wingers ever need lying, they need it now.


And here's a reader comment:

"He just made the FBI look like idiots."

They caught a serial terrorist bomber in three days.  Boy, that makes them look like idiots.  And a reply to this brilliant remark:

"Not idiots, dishonest and unethical political animals trying to hurt Trump and the GOP."

Trying to hurt the GOP by catching a terrorist.  Well, they said it, not me.


"Next question. Where did the money for the false flag op come from? Who was the paymaster?"


Yup, they are still on to the false flag thing.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Egomaniac BARACK OBAMA Can’t Stop Talking About Himself at Milwaukee Campaign Stop"

Ha.  Talk about projection.  Even if it were true, which it of course is not.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Bomber Won’t Stop Trump Crowd in Charlotte From Chanting “CNN Sucks!”

And Jim and every other Republican is really proud of that.

"CNN does suck — and is hateful to President Trump and his supporters.  The bomber couldn’t change that."

The bomber couldn't change what degenerate scum Republicans are, either.   Except, of course, by providing them a chance to do the nearly impossible: make themselves look more like out and out Nazis.

Joseph  Farah, World Net Daily:  "STOP DEMS' BULLYING WHILE THERE'S TIME...If you don’t approve of someone’s politics, you smash their face or harass their family to coldcock a candidate.   If such a thing were commonplace on both sides of the political divide, it would be – well, “deplorable.  But what we see happening is on virtually just found on one side – Team Democrats"

Guess he forgot about Charlottesville, or Republican "Proud Boys" gangs attacking liberals in the street.  Or the President of the United States encouraging violence at every stop of his Nuremburg rally tour.  Or guns and bombs.

"Republican voters were certainly not happy about eight years of Barack Obama. But they fielded bad candidates and they lost. So, they bided their time until Trump showed up"

Oh yes, they bided their time.  They never called Obama a Communist or a Muslim, or accused him of not being an American citizen.  They never compared him and his wife to apes, or spread a malicious rumor that the first lady was an ex football player who had a sex change operation.  They never called him the antichrist.  They never accused him of being a gay prostitute or of having committed multiple murders to silence his critics.  They never held dozens of Congressional "hearings" to air entirely made up scandals.  They never worked day and night for eight years to destroy everything he tried to do.  And they never unleashed a plague of racism in their followers because Obama committed the sin of being born black.  What a load of crap.

Gavin Wax, American Thinker:  "We Are All Proud Boys Now"

Proud Boys.  Nazi thugs.  Our own domestic Sturmabteilung.  A certified Aryan supremacist hate group.  I mean, I guess we all know that is what Republicans really believe, but I didn't think they were quite ready to announce it out loud yet.

T. S. Weider, American Thinker:  "I brought my kids to a rally held by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday."

And you haven't been charged with child abuse yet?

Josh Kantrow, American Thinker:  "Within hours of the discovery of the attempted mail bombings, President Trump issued a strong statement that "in these times, we have to unify.  We have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America."

Of course, that was not enough for the Democrats and their media allies, who blame the president, even though we have no idea who the culprit is or his what his political motivations were."

Whoops- last Thursday's news.  Things look a little different now.  To Normal people, anyway.  To Republicans, nothing has changed.

Erwin Haas, American Thinker:  "Michiganders want global warming."

They are all for the extinction of the human race.  As long as they get a tax cut.

T. LaDuke, Red State:  "Did The Media And The Democrats Hateful Rhetoric Make Cesar Altieri Sayoc Snap?"

Yup, they're going there.  They made him send bombs to themselves- a notorious liberal strategy, blowing yourself up for the revolution.

Red State:  "Startling New Evidence In Obama Administration’s Illegal Operation Choke Point Campaign and Cover-Up"

Never heard of "operation choke point," did you?  Well, get ready.  They seem to have finally worn out all the other bogus scandals they invented, so here comes a new one, and it's as big a lie as all the others.  Any bets who will be the first Republican in Congress to hold two or three years of hearings on this?

Andrea Ruth, Red State:  "New Poll: Cruz Maintains Advantage Over Beto with Ten Days To Go"

The people of Texas are really stupid.  No, really, what else are we supposed to think?

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Nader: Bernie Sanders 'Hasn’t Returned My Call in 21 Years"

The best thing I have heard about Bernie since the election.

John Hawkins, PJ Media:  "So What if the Saudis Killed Jamal Khashoggi?  If the Saudis kill a Saudi citizen, why is it our problem?"

Just spit it out there, John, let us know how you really feel.  By the way, I'm guessing that you don't think it was our problem when the Germans killed several million German citizens.  To you that was probably just a good start.


And here's a good excuse:

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Does It Matter Which Crazy Sent the Bombs?  Despite the vehement protestations of partisans on cable news, Twitter, etc., it shouldn't matter whether a crazy of the right or left sent the growing number of crude pipe bombs to Democratic Party politicians and their supporters in the media and Hollywood."

It would have mattered a hell of a lot if the bomber had been a Democrat, of course.  And now, how about a wingnut comedy break?

Sorry, I don't get the joke.

Alana Roethle, Town Hall:  "Keep Tax Cuts And Deregulation On Track In Kansas"

Because of course that is what Republicans' backers want.  Here's a brief excerpt from a 2017 issue of Forbes magazine, hardly a bastion of left wing thought:

"The Great Kansas Tax Cut Experiment Crashes And Burns...Just as President Trump is ramping up his push for a major tax cut that he believes will pay for itself through faster economic growth, the Kansas template for that approach has crashed and burned. After four years of below-average growth, deepening budget deficits, and steep spending reductions, the GOP-dominated Kansas legislature has repealed many of the tax cuts at the heart of Governor Sam Brownback fiscal agenda."

Meanwhile, Democrats in California have built the fifth largest economy in the world, with a State budget surplus and increased funding for roads, schools and other public needs.  But why would that record stop Republicans from giving even more money to the rich sociopaths that keep them in power?

"It is a lesson unlikely to be missed by congressional Republicans"

Ha ha, who would have ever expected that Alana would be wrong about that?  Republicans, the world champions of missing the message.  Unless, of course, it comes with a lot of hatred.  Or money.

Humberto Fontova, Town Hall:  "'The Biggest Defeat in Our Nation’s History'—The Cuban Missile Crisis"

Never heard about Vietnam, Humberto, huh?  Or Afghanistan?

Andrew Anglin, Daily Stormer:  "HAPPENING: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shot Up – Eight Dead...Please Jesus Christ let it be Moslems."

Sorry, Andrew, it was a Nazi just like you.  Time to raise that false flag.  Oh wait, too late for my advice; they are already on it:


"This appears to be the ultimate disaster.  It is fake, of course."


Beat me to it, Andrew.  And now for another inevitable response from Andrew:

"Arabs almost always get reported as “white male.” Basically, everyone who isn’t an actual Negro gets reported as that.  This could be an actual normal Islamic terrorist attack that is completely unrelated to fed false flag hoaxes."

Right.  We'll get right on checking out that theory.  Thanks for your contribution to a mature discussion of this tragedy.


And let's just hear from Alex Jones.  I mean, why not?

"INFOWARS PREDICTED IT: LEFTIST VIOLENCE TO ESCALATE AHEAD OF MIDTERMS...As Infowars predicted, leftist violence has escalated to unbelievable levels as a crazed anti-Trump gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing at least eight people and wounding several others...Infowars Predicted It: Leftist Violence To Escalate Ahead of Midterms

...Obama Activates His Domestic Army To Carry Out Violent Attacks Ahead Of Election"


It's just like a military attack on the country for Democrats to campaign.  And Alex asks this vital question:

"WHEN WILL OBAMA AIDES COME CLEAN ABOUT U.S.-SAUDI WAR CRIMES?”

No comment on what the actual President of the United States (sad to say,) and long time business partner of the Saudis, should be coming clean about.


And how about some deflection?

Kristinn Taylor, Gateway Pundit:  "After Synagogue Massacre, Democrats Must Denounce Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan"

Really.  As loathsome as he is, Farrakhan had absolutely nothing to do with this bombing or synagogue slaughter, but it's Democrats that must do the denouncing.  Republicans?  No one for them to denounce; it's not their fault.

Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Stunning! Obama Claims the Trump Administration is Not Honest"

Jim Hoft's brother in a little friendly rivalry for that title of Stupidest Man on the Internet.  Anyway, back to Jim:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "LIBERAL MEDIA OUTRAGED That Bouncer-‘Bomber’ Story Won’t Sway Trump Voters"

And you know what? We are outraged.  Outraged that so many of our fellow citizens are morally depraved subhumans that have decided that patriotism consists of wallowing in hatred and violence.


And we can always count on Before It's News for the most vital take on things:

Before It's News:  "Alert: Meet the Laughably Fraudulent Patsy Just Arrested for Democrat-Staged Fake Bombs"

Mainly depending on one of the all time favorite criminal line of defense, "If I really did this, would I have been so stupid?"  Yes you would have, Cesar.  You support Trump.

So, let me not leave before getting right down to how they really feel:

Henry Makow:  "This atrocity will also pathologize opponents of the NWO by portraying them as racists and extremists.  Two years ago, I asked, Why do Jews put themselves in the line of fire by refusing to acknowledge, let alone renounce the satanist Masonic Jewish conspiracy?"

Yeah, that's a question that a lot of us are asking.  Why won't Jews admit that the most hateful Nazi delusions about them are true?  Then everyone would leave them alone, right?


And let me just end here, with an urgent plea from Before It's News:

"All Wicked Hearted Unrepentant Temporal Nations That Blatantly Defy The WILL/WORD Of THE MOST HIGH POWER Of Spiritually Melanated Hebrew-Negro Israel Will Be Supernaturally Destroyed By HIS Fiery Hellish Wrath Judgements And Through Many Enemies That HE Allows Evil Spirits To Wickedly Guide In Order To Attack And Destroy Other Enemies As They Are Greatly Decreased In Numbers Leading To Their Ultimate Extinction. BeWAR3, Many Unrepentant Sins And Abominations Have Almost Filled Up The Supernatural Fiery Hellish Cup Of Wrath That Will Surely Be Poured Out Upon These Wicked Hearted Heathens And Time Is Quickly Clocking Down For The USA/Mystery Babylon The Great Which Is Under A Double Portion Fiery Hellish Wrath Curse As Foretold In The Book Of Revelation. We Must Spiritually WAKE UP Hebrews-Negroes And Other Natural Seed Spiritual DNA WORD Bearing Children Of The MOST HIGH POWER Of ISRAEL Because Time Is Definitely Growing Short. Please Let’s All REPENT, HOSEA 2:16, ISHI Is Our Only Way Unto Eternal Life. SELAH

TOP STORIES (It Has Begun And It’s Only Going To Get Worse For This Godforsaken Wicked Eagle Nation Of Esau-Edomites-New Age Romans-The World Bully Brutish British Kingdom. All Wicked Hearted Unrepentant Kingdoms/Nations/Countries Only Exist For A Limited Amount Of Time Before They Are Destroyed Because Of Their Sins And Abominations! SELAH)"

If anyone out there has a clue what this means, please contact Green Eagle and reveal the truth to him.  He's losing sleep over it.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Republican Delusions, In One Graphic

In a previous post, I paid some attention to the graphics on the recent right wing terrorist's van.  I would like to focus on a single one of these graphics because it so fully displays the fictional looking glass world that Republicans live in.  Here it is:



I would like to list the claims made in this illustration, and discuss them briefly.  And these are the claims made in this one illustration:

(Democratic) Refusal to recognize radical Islamic terrorism
 This is, of course, simply a total lie.

The criticism of law enforcement
As if it is an act of subversion to comment on the obvious out of control behavior of the nation's police forces.

Fast & Furious  Gunrunning operation
Blamed on Democrats, even though it was started by Republicans, and of course an almost nonexistent problem outside the fevered minds of rage-drunk Republicans.

IRS scandal
Again, it simply never existed, except as a Republican lie

Race Baiting
Yes, the Democrats are the ones doing the race baiting

Obamacare
The abomination of giving health care to 22,000,000 Americans

Benghazi cover up scandal
Another gigantic Republican lie, played out in front of the American people for years

Obama's illegal executive orders
Obama's use of executive orders was totally in line with the use made by past Presidents, and mainly extended to noncontroversial things like creating national monuments.  On the other hand, Trump has used executive orders constantly, to evade and flout the law, over and over again.

Paying ransom to Iran
A lie.  Iranian money was returned to Iran after it was confirmed that Iran had kept its end of international agreements.  To have kept the money would have been nothing but a multi-billion  dollar theft.

DNC main stream media collusion
Anyone who reads this blog knows how ludicrous this claim is.

VA Hospital scandal
The truth:  The VA hospital system regularly receives patient evaluations that are far more positive than the civilian hospital industry.  The only major criticism of the VA is wait times, which are one hundred percent the result of Republican funding cuts.  One more example of  Republicans deliberately sabotaging government programs and then claiming  their failure proves that government doesn't work; an open strategy of the Republican party for decades.

Deleted government e-mails
Absolutely zero proof that anything of substance was ever deleted.  On the other hand, the Bush administration "lost" 22 million e-mails before it left office, without one Republican ever saying a word about it.

Clinton's illegal e-mail server
The e-mail server was not illegal; it was in conformation with the practice of previous Secretaries of State; and there is absolutely no evidence that any information on that server was ever compromised.  Yet, the Republicans, with the cooperation of the mainstream press, turned this gigantic lie into the most covered issue in the 2016 election.  On the other hand, we now know that Trump's criminally irresponsible use of unsecured means of communication has absolutely resulted in the Chinese and Russians spying on his conversations, and not one Republican gives a damn.

Not enficing immigration laws
Whatever "enficing" means, Obama deported more people than any other President.  The number of deportations has actually decreased under allegedly tough on immigrants Trump.

Iran nuclear deal
A highly successful deal negotiated by six world powers, which resulted in a cessation of Iran's nuclear program, but which Republicans have portrayed to the American people as some sort of act of pro-Muslim terrorist high treason.

Syria policy
No clue, really, what Obama was supposed to do differently here, except probably for a lot more bombing and killing.


And there you have it- a virtual encyclopedia of Republican delusions about Democrats, except for the Pizzagate stuff or the thing about them all being reptiles from outer space. This is the world of lies- lies told largely to themselves- in which Republican voters live.  It is a world of utter delusion, and it is destroying our country.


The Good Old Days

Remember when violence in the runup to a national election was something that happened in Bolivia or Uganda or Pakistan?

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Van

I really don't have much to contribute to the discussion about the MAGAbomber at this point, for obvious reasons, but I thought people might like to see this.  Unfortunately, the original photo is not of very high resolution, so a lot of this is hard to read, but I opened the best picture of the bomber van in Photoshop, corrected the perspective and used the sharpen tools as well as I could.  As I say, not so successful, but here it is:



Update:  Here, from the Washington Post, are much better images of all the van windows, with commentary on where these images come from.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Green Eagle Makes a Guess About the Saudis

Or specifically, those fifteen "tourists" who murdered Mr. Khashoggi.  I am labeling this a guess because I have absolutely no evidence to support my conclusion except a lifetime of experience watching people like this.

Mohammed bin Salman obviously never had the slightest thought that he wouldn't get away with this brazen crime without anyone really giving a damn.  Well, things didn't work out that way; it turns out that to journalists, the death of one journalist is more important than the massacre of thousands of Yemenis or hundreds of thousands of Syrians.  So he got himself into a little bit of a jam.  What to do now?

We hear that bin Salman has had eighteen people arrested in connection with this crime.  Not himself of course, but I will bet that the fifteen Saudi "tourists" in the Istanbul consulate are among the arrestees.

Now, Green Eagle's big guess:  I will be stunned if it turns out that a single one of them is still alive.  I am virtually certain that every one has met the same fate as Khashoggi himself: a quick death.  That's how you tidy things up when you are a monstrous dictator whose family disguises themselves as the "Kings" of a country that controls a large part of the world's oil supply, which provides the major reason bin Salman never expected anyone to complain about Khashoggi's death.

Maybe I'm wrong.  We'll see.



Update:  This news just in!

"U.S. announces penalties against Saudi agents in response to killing of journalist...
ISTANBUL — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the United States is revoking visas for the Saudi men accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul."

Penalties! Yeah, that'll teach them!  That will really hurt the Saudi leaders who ordered the execution- let them keep going on growing more and more rich dealing with the Unites States, but damned if we are going to let these guys in our country!  Because that is just what they are likely to want to do next!  Particularly if, as Green Eagle surmises, they are all already dead.

This is, however, enough of a response for the Washington Post to publish the story under the above headline.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup

Most of the time these days I am too sickened by what is on the right wing internet, but here's a little of the more fun stuff, with a couple of non-internet things here too, starting off with an opinion piece from the allegedly liberal Washington Post:

Marc A. Theissen, Washington Post:  "Khashoggi’s disappearance is...a betrayal of President Trump.

Really?  How so?  Is he disappointed he didn't have a chance to get in there with the bone saw?  No, he never does his own dirty work, he always uses some discardable sucker.

"Many Democrats taking shots at the president as he tries to figure out a path forward need to check their hypocrisy. As my American Enterprise Institute colleague Danielle Pletka pointed out, “if you can’t restrain yourself from blaming Trump, spare a moment to blame [President Barack] Obama for the war in Syria"

And for everything else on earth that right wingers don't like. I'm still blaming FDR for the Cleveland Indians losing the Series in 1954.  Give me a chance to catch up, Marc.

"Trump should make clear...that, unlike Saudi Arabia, the United States is not a monarchy."

He'll have trouble doing that until he figures it out himself.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Tomahawk Warren's Native American Heritage Claim Got Scalped...And Liberal America Doesn't Know What To Do"

Except, of course, that the claim was proven to be absolutely true, not that such a thing is a concern to Republicans.

John Dempsey, Town Hall:  "Trump Has Freed the Republican Party from the Media"

He's freed them from the truth, anyway.  Form your own opinion about whether that is a good or bad thing.

Lauretta Brown, Town Hall:  "March for Life Unveils 'Unique From Day One' Theme Arguing That the Pro-Life Movement Is Pro-Science"

Did I just mention something about Republicans being free from the truth?  I think I did.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Judicial Watch Files Bar Complaint Against Lawyers For Christine Blasey Ford"

Judicial Watch! Yes, they are still around, filing fallacious and meritless lawsuits against Democrats almost every day, and having them rejected out of hand by the courts.  Care to hear more?  Try this article from 2016, detailing their 20 lawsuits  extant at that time against Hillary Clinton, or this more general treatment of this organization.

Pat "Never met a Nazi I didn't like" Buchanan, Town Hall:  "Caravan Puts Trump Legacy on the Line"

If only a few hundred poor people from Honduras could do that.  It sure would make George Soros funding them look like an act of genius.


And the right is sure disappointed with Taylor Swift these days, because she didn't turn out to be Elsa Koch:

Octavio Rivera, Daily Stormer:  "I don’t get a warm tingle in my belly when I read one of my guys unironically lamenting the loss of Taylor Swift.  I have to tell you the truth.  Taylor Swift is probably a tranny.

Mr. Swift now acting like a soyboy would make perfect sense, if he is a soyboy. “She” must have been on puberty blockers and estrogen from an early age, and had some surgeries, but it’s still possible that “she” was born with a penis and a pair of testicles."

And just for an added comment, try this:

"The female brain does not really develop much after puberty. They’re emotional, self-centered creatures that would be entirely useless creatures if not for their wombs. They all also have severe mental retardation that is not grossly apparent to the untrained eye"

Although, if Taylor Swift is really a man, I don't get why this comment is in Octavio's piece.  And just to complete the story, here is an illustration from the article:



Not quite sure how that fits into the tale, but there it is.  And here she is, too:


A man, yes sir.  It's so obvious when you point it out.

And now, a major reason why I have pretty much stopped doing Wingnut Wrapups.  How can these paid liars hope to compete with the President of the United States?  Here is a series of comments that the President has made about the American jobs that will be lost if the United States backs out of the (largely fictional) arms deals we supposedly have with the Saudis:

Mar. 20, 2018: “We’re talking about over 40,000 jobs in the United States."  
Oct. 13, 2018: “It’s 450,000 jobs.” 
Oct. 17, 2018: “It’s 500,000 jobs.” 
Oct. 19, 2018: “I’d prefer that we not cancel $110 billion worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs.” 
Oct. 19, 2018 (a few hours later): “600,000 jobs, maybe more than that." 
Oct. 19, 2018 (a few hours later after that): “So now if you’re talking about – that was $110 billion – you know, you’re talking about over a million jobs.”

The entire US military industry currently employs about 360,000 people.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Illegal Aliens Chant “Si Se Puede!” as Caravan of Invaders Swells to 14,000"

It'll be 14,000,000 in a few days if we let Donald Trump do the counting.

And if you don't have enough to worry about, this is from a recent QAnon publication:


Really, what can you say?  It could be true.

Sarah Hoyt, PJ Media:  "Leftists Use Children to Make Political Points"

Republicans would never do that- at least after they are born.  On the other hand, no one needs to wonder about why Republicans put children in concentration camps.  We can all figure that one out.

John Ellis, PJ Media:  "The Greatest American Rock Bands of All Time"

Oh God, you don't even want to know.  Let it suffice to say that the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead weren't on the list.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "AWFUL! Classless Barack Obama Continues Midterm Campaigning"

Of course, it's just fine for Donald Trump to spend millions in taxplayer dollars flying all over the place for his egomaniacal Nuremburg rallies.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "President Trump on Ted Cruz: “To Me He’s Not Lyin’ Ted Anymore, He’s Beautiful Ted” 

Okay then.  And how to explain Trump's sudden change of opinion?  Did he just realize that as loathsome as the guy is, he never cut anyone up with a bone saw, which is apparently enough to win Trump's seal of approval?  Well, here's an alternate explanation from one of the comments on this article:

"A great man is magnanimous in Victory. And Trump is that."

Like to ask Hillary about that?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "DAG Rosenstein Must Answer, “What Crime the Mueller ‘Witch Hunt’ Was Created to Address?” If He Can’t He Should Be in Jail!"

What crime, Jim?  Treason, that's what crime.  Satisfied now?

Stanley Zir, Renew America:  "Chronicling Obama's coup: Revisited"

And what is the evidence of this coup that Stanley presents?  I kid you not, here it is:

"Last week, officials from Public Health England (PHE) proposed a sweeping measure to limit the number of calories that supermarkets, restaurants, and other businesses are allowed to have in their ready-to-eat meals. While the details are still being fleshed out, one specific proposal is a calorie limit of 928 for a pizza."

That was really the evidence.  An alleged limit on calories in pizza in England.  Evidence that Obama conducted a coup in the United States.  I mean, how can people be so stupid?


And a comment reprinted from an article Stanley wrote in 2011:

"I can just imagine, a few years from now, coming home and seeing my wife being taken away in handcuffs. And I ask her, "What is going on?" And she says, "I had an extra piece of cheesecake," as she's forced into the police car."

And that came true, didn't it?  Stanley's wife is now in prison for getting fat.  What?  She's not?  Surely you must be mistaken.  I mean, he is citing this fact as proof that he was right.


And now this shocking news:


Before it's news:  "JFK JR. RETURNS FROM THE DEAD TO AVENGE FATHER'S ASSASSINATION - WIFE AND SISTER ALIVE TOO (ALL THREE SURVIVED PLANE CRASH)...

After analyzing evidence presented from multiple parties, I have concluded that JFK Jr (along with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, and others) have returned from the dead to avenge the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (JFK Jr’s Father)."

Oy.  This article features the following evidence, featuring an aerial view of John F. Kennedy's grave site, which is in the shape of a Q, an obvious reference, decades ahead of its existence, to QAnon.

Actually, I think they got the picture the wrong way:
See? Whoever designed this memorial was actually predicting the coming existence of P-Anon.


But at least one gigantic threat to our country is about to be resolved.

Before it's News:  "Hillary Arrest Warrant Issued to State Militias!"

And here I didn't even know that State militias arrested people.

"Hillary has been tied to assassination teams across the United States and needs to be arrested immediately.  State militias now authorized to arrest Hillary Clinton and others on sight."

And what for?  Benghazi?  the e-mails? the pizza parlor?  No, according to this article Hillary is to be arrested because she ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, which she did because he knew too much about the Clinton murder of Vince Foster. I kid you not, that's what they claim.


And lest you think there is no immediately practical advice to be found on these right wing sites, examine this, which accompanied the above article for some reason:
No word about keeping your skull wrapped in foil too, but it couldn't hurt.


And it just goes on and on:

"VITAL INFORMATION: WEATHER TERRORISM OBLITERATES MAGA PANHANDLE"

but on the other hand:

"GREAT NEWS: Category 5 Hurricane Willa Headed Directly Toward 10,000 Migrant Caravan Path"

One hurricane is an evil liberal plot, the other one a welcome divine intervention.  And a couple more:
"FLU SHOT DESIGNED TO SPREAD CANCER DOCTOR ADMITS!"
"SURVEY REVEALS WHAT REALLY SCARES AMERICANS: #1 ON THE LIST MAY SURPRISE YOU"

Spiders?  That's my guess.  Or else having to read any more of Wingnut Wrapup.