Saturday, September 29, 2018

Democrats Commit the Mortal Sin Again

Will they ever learn?

And what is that mortal sin?  Despite decades now of painful lessons to the contrary, they still insist on pretending that there is one God damned thing the Republicans ever do that is done honorably or out of a sense of right and wrong.

The case in point today?  The one week FBI "investigation" the Republicans announced yesterday.  Democrats (and the mainstream press, of course) fell hook line and sinker for the preposterous notion that there is one Republican on the face of the earth who cares about decency; in this case, Senator Jeff Flake, who "negotiated" this one week halt in the process of putting a lying right wing hack with a rage control problem so great that he can't help display it on national television, on the Supreme Court.

Well, once again, let me explain what is going on here.  The combination of Ms. Blasey Ford's overwhelmingly powerful testimony, and the hateful monkey show put on by Kavanaugh made it immediately obvious even to the second-grader intellect of Donald Trump, that an immediate confirmation of Kavanaugh would likely result in the loss of millions of female votes.  So, they devised this strategy:  They would have a Republican Senator who is not running for reelection, so he couldn't be savaged by their maniac base, call for a delay in the confirmation process, and then propose an FBI investigation so circumscribed in time that it is almost impossible that they can actually nail down conclusive evidence.  So, they rolled the dice.  One of two things could happen.  Either their rigging of this investigation will cause it to fail, in which case they get their miserable, corrupt choice on the Supreme Court, and get the added advantage of being able to campaign on how the unfair Democrats were up to nothing but character assassination, or else something is found, in which case Kavanaugh will withdraw, and Trump will nominate someone every bit as bad.  And above all, they are counting on the pathetic memory of the presumably brain-dead American voters to basically bring them in a week to forget all about what a hideous monster Kavanaugh showed himself to be.

Pretty much a win-win strategy for the Republicans, and the Democrats just ate it up.

This refusal to face reality about what a grotesque aberration the Republican party has become was the main fault of Barack Obama, and of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and virtually every other Democrat too.  Until they accept the fact that the Republicans are not a political party any more, but a cabal dedicated to establishing a literally fascist government in this country, because it benefits a couple thousand of their largest donors, the Democrats will never be able to adequately fight back.  It's time to give up the pretense.  We are fighting a party of would-be dictators, and right now, they are winning.



Update: And here we go. As reported at Daily Kos this evening:

"Donald Trump is placing limits on the FBI investigation that will prevent them looking into, among other things, Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking or the accusations made in an affidavit by Julie Swetnick. The limits set could make it impossible to ascertain even the most basic facts, turning the FBI investigation from cursory … into a complete sham...In fact, most of the facts related to even Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations will be impossible to pursue under the limits set by Trump. Those limits include a fixed list of people the FBI is allowed to talk to. And, unbelievably in a case that hinges on Kavanaugh’s behavior when drunk, the FBI will not be allowed to ask about his drinking."

And they get a twofer:  An investigation crippled so that it finds nothing, and a lie to be used to beat up on Democrats this election season.


And Update 2:  After coming under considerable criticism about his blatant attempts to cripple the FBI investigation, Trump has tweeted that he is not doing any such thing.  Five thousand lies into his Presidency, what halfway sane person would believe that Trump and his staff are not desperately searching for ways to see that the "investigation" is nothing but a whitewash?

Friday, September 28, 2018

A Letter To My Senators

I would like to share with you a letter that I wrote to my two Senators today, both of whom sit on the Judiciary Committee:

"Senator .......,

In his voluntary statement to the Senate Judiciary committee yesterday, Judge Kavnaugh made the following statement, as you obviously know:

"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political ...revenge on behalf of the Clintons..."

May I point out to you that imagining plots against yourself by famous individuals is a classic sign of schizophrenia.  I request that you demand that any confirmation vote of Kavanaugh not take place until he can be subject to psychiatric examination.

Sincerely,

........."

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Characters From a Hearing

1.  Kamala Harris

My mother was an attorney, and I remember when I was in high school reading a book she had, My Life in Court, by Louis Nizer, one of the most famous trial attorneys of his day.  In the introduction, he talked about the notion that trials were won by great speeches or razor sharp cross examination.  No, he said, trials are won or lost before the attorneys ever set foot in the courtroom.  Preparation, not histrionics wins the day, and there never was a better example of that than the one provided by former prosecutor Kamala Harris, in her comments to Rachel Mitchell, the woman who has spent thirty years  in Maricopa County, Arizona, trying people arrested by Joe Arpaio.  Let this be a lesson to Ms. Mitchell: a county prosecutor should be wary against going up against someone like Harris, the former attorney general of the nation's largest State.

Harris, apparently alone of all of her colleagues, thought to do a little research on Ms. Mitchell, and found online the official Maricopa County guidelines for handling sex crime accusations, which Ms. Mitchell had signed off on, and read some of them in the limited time she was given to speak.  Virtually all of Mitchell's questioning, relating to irrelevant issues like Christine Blasey Ford's fear of flying, the timing of her making her complaint, who exactly had paid for her polygraph test (not a word about the fact that she passed the test,) and other issues, were far outside Ms. Mitchell's own guidelines for handling sex crime victims.  Maybe eclipsed by the nauseating behavior of Judge Kavanaugh later in the day, but it was a master class in cross examination.


2.  Lindsey Graham

I don't know what it is about this guy and the press.  Graham has engaged, for decades, in one disgraceful display of partisan hackery after another, and every time, the press acts surprised and reports that he was always such a nice guy up until now, and then they give him a pass just this one time, because he was always a Southern gentleman before.  Well, today, in the public tantrum that he threw in between the testimony of Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh, and later in his sickening stroking of Kavanaugh's ego, rather than show one sign of caring about his duty in regard to a Supreme Court Nominee, Graham provided a lesson for the ages in how to act like a corrupt politician.

Here's a sample from Vox, although the excerpts are readily available many other places:

“To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) boomed during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary hearing Thursday.
It was one line in a shockingly fiery speech Graham delivered during the questioning of Kavanaugh about allegations that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford more than 30 years ago. (He has denied the accusation.)
Graham didn’t really question Kavanaugh — instead he expounded on the Supreme Court nominee’s own defense, expressing remorse for the way Kavanaugh and his family have been treated and decrying the politics that put him in that situation.
 “This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy!” Graham said, his face contorted in anger."

The most despicable thing he has seen in politics...more despicable than the outrageous 25 year long campaign of smears and lies directed against the Clintons; more despicable than the lying swift boat campaign that sunk John Kerry in 2004, more despicable than perverting Congress in the endless Benghazi hate campaign and Hillary e-mail smears, both based on absolutely nothing, more despicable than the partisan hatchet job disguised as an impeachment hearing of Clinton, in which Judge Kavanaugh played a major role; more despicable than the murder of a million innocent Iraqi civilians by a Republican President, more despicable than Republican torture, more despicable than shoveling so much money into the pockets of sociopathic rich Republican backers that it caused the whole economy to collapse in 2008, and above all, more despicable than the treasonous collusion that put into office the Republican President who has chosen to try to force this right wing hatchet man with a long history of unethical political behavior onto the Supreme Court.

This is not the utterance of a decent human being taking his position as a Senator seriously, it is the speech of a vicious partisan hack, which is all Graham has ever been.

Graham is (to use his word) as despicable a character as can be found in the whole despicable Republican party, but if you expect the same mainstream press than hails Paul Ryan as a brilliant economist and hailed Antonin Scalia as a masterful legal scholar, to ever notice Graham's real nature, forget it.


3.  Brett Kavanaugh

Before going further, I would like to display this photo from today's hearing:

I ask you to take a good look at the faces of the women sitting in the audience behind Kavanaugh, which in the end says all that needs to be said about this loathsome man.

So, this guy is a Federal appeals court judge.  He has spent his entire career as a lawyer, allegedly graduating near the top of his class at Yale Law School.  There is absolutely no way that he does not know what behavior is expected from a witness in a hearing like this.  But what we got for him was lies and smears against Democrats, some who had exactly zero to do with this entire affair, like Bill and Hillary Clinton, who, in a display of nearly schizophrenic paranoia, he accused of carrying out a vendetta against him, displays of nearly uncontrolled rage, refusal to answer direct questions, filibustering on and on with irrelevant answers to questioning, and even stooping to effectively accusing one of his Senatorial questioners of being an out of control drunk.  Neither Judge Kavanaugh, nor any other judge in this country would allow that behavior in his courtroom, but it was just fine with the eleven Senators who controlled this process.

If there had been absolutely no reason to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination before this afternoon, there would be a totally valid one now: that he is a man given to uncontrollable fits of anger and who will lie and distort the truth at will if it will serve his purpose.  This is a very inferior human being, and the nation deserves better.




Wednesday, September 26, 2018

No Depth to their Degradation

Here's a picture that is making it around the right wing world today:


It took me less than five minutes to do a reverse image search and find what is apparently the original picture:
Not to dwell on details too much, but notice that the ground under the picnic table is identical in both pictures; only the part above the table was replaced.

Needless to say, this picture has absolutely zero to do with Christine Blasey Ford, but that is not stopping the disgusting dregs of humanity on the right from circulating it.  I left a comment at one place that had posted the smear photo, and the answer I got was that they didn't care whether it was her or not, she should still be "put in a cage."

There is absolutely no possibility of ever entering into a rational relationship with these people.  They have been infected with a terminal mental disease.  Every one of them is evil, and we will have to live with them until they all die off, by whatever means.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

They're All Degenerates

I want to mention something my wife said several years ago, in response to a previous outbreak of Republican sleaziness.  She suggested that, in response to the fact that a few Republicans showed a conscience in regard to the Nixon impeachment, civil rights legislation and other such things, the leaders of the Republican party decided that nobody would be allowed to advance in Republican politics unless they had some disgusting secret that could be held over their heads, to keep them from making one move outside the party line.  I think she was pretty much joking when she first said that, but over the years, both of us have more and more begun to suspect that something like this is true.  Well, here's another piece of evidence that she might be right.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Green Eagle's Paranoid Fantasy of the Day

So, the near miracle happens and the Democrats win back the House in November.  The Republicans, knowing perfectly well that both Trump and Pence are up to their necks in treasonous collusion with the Russians, are aware that the minute the new House is sworn in, a Democrat will become next in line to be President, and will therefore force Trump and Pence to resign in December, and Paul Ryan, a miserable, morally bankrupt man with a long record of putting party over country, will become President of the United States.

If they are willing to stoop to any kind of dirty behavior to rig the Supreme Court, don't think for a second that they wouldn't do the same with the Presidency.  I don't know what kind of threats it would take to get Trump out of the White House, but I am sure they are up to it.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The True Tragedy of Brett Kavanaugh

Let's first of all be clear who Brett Kavanaugh is.  He is not an honest jurist, he is a right wing hatchet man who has made his career by promoting the worst behavior of Republicans.  As an aide to Ken Starr. it was he who induced Starr to reopen the long discredited story that Bill and Hillary had Vince Foster murdered, and spent two years, knowing every second that he was lying, keeping this smear in the news.  Working for George W. Bush, it was Kavanaugh who induced Bush to go on his absolutely despicable campaign involving the brain-dead Terry Schiavo, inflicting her family and the nation with more years of pain, over something that, once again, he knew was a lie.  He perjured himself over and over again in his original judicial hearings and he has done it one more time with the Supreme Court appointment: every single sentient person in the country knows perfectly well that he is lying over and over again when he attempts to deny his clear intention to mangle the law every chance he gets to benefit the rich sociopaths that own the Republican party, and pander to the fools who obey them.  He interprets the Constitution in utterly contrary ways, depending on whether a Republican or a Democrat is involved; he worked as hard as he could to have Clinton impeached, and now has clearly signaled that he will do everything he can to frustrate the investigation of Trump's massively more malignant behavior.  He has used documents stolen from Democrats in his attempts to seek office.  In truth he is nothing but a corrupt criminal, which is exactly why the Republicans, every one of which is a criminal too, want him on the court.

Now, here is the sad thing:  All of these are indisputable facts, and yet the vast majority of Americans have no interest in them.  The only damned thing that can penetrate the wall of their ignorance is sex, and so after all that has been revealed about Kavanaugh, the only thing that 99 Americans in a hundred knows about him is that he forced himself on a girl 35 years ago.  The same is true with the President who appointed Kavanaugh for the sole purpose of destroying the ability of the country to hold him accountable for his crimes.  Anyone that knows the real facts is aware that there were dozens of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians, and knows that the Russians have a decades-long history of helping Trump finance his lifestyle, and worked to subvert the election process to put Trump in the White House; and anyone that knows the real facts knows that Trump, as President, has over and over again acted to pay the Russians back by favoring their interests over the interests of our allies, and our own people.  This is the clearest case of treason that could possibly be imagined, but once again, the only thing that the majority of Americans are aware of is Stormy Daniels.

So the Democrats, in light of the fact that our nation's press will not cover the criminality of this man, are reduced to the position they are in now, struggling desperately to keep a wretched piece of corrupt scum off the Supreme Court.  That is sad enough, but it is not the saddest thing about this whole malignant spectacle.  And here is the truly sad thing: if, after a life and death struggle against Republican evil, the Democrats succeed in having Kavanaugh thrown on the dust heap of history, there are ten thousand more Republican operatives, every one of them just as corrupt and morally bankrupt as Kavanaugh, waiting in line right behind them.  Can the Democrats crush the nominations of two of these miserable people, or three?  And what then?  If the Republicans are intent on putting such a monster on the court, they are going to succeed, and that is the truly sad feature of this entire process: it is not just Kavanaugh who is corrupt, but the entire Republican party, and they are going to make the government a cesspool of corruption no matter how many of them are revealed for what they are.

Both Siderism Sinks to a New Low

In a miserable article from the Washington Post about today's Republican resort to a criminal libel against a totally innocent man to try to cover up the degraded nature of their Supreme Court nominee:

"On Thursday night, a conservative legal scholar took to Twitter to suggest a man who looked like Brett Kavanaugh, rather than Kavanaugh himself, might have sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford 36 years ago. The scholar, Ed Whelan, even named the man and provided a recent picture...
It also epitomizes how the Kavanaugh imbroglio has become extremely ugly — and is likely to get even uglier.
...With the stakes so high, the facts so fungible and the clock ticking louder, it’s almost a perfect storm for ugliness. And it’s hardly over."

At no point in this article is it never acknowledged that the crime (and it is a crime against all of us, given the stakes) was perpetrated solely by Republicans.  No, it's just that things have gotten ugly, and everyone involved is at fault, the victims as well as the perpetrator.  In fact, this outrageous coverage is compounded ten times over by allowing the perpetrator of this crime to justify himself by blaming the Democrats for his own hatefulness:

“It is regrettable that private citizens are being drawn into this,” Whelan said Thursday night,...But that is the product of [Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat Dianne] Feinstein’s shockingly shoddy handling of the whole matter.”

There is not one attempt to present a contrary Democratic view of this Republican abomination.  And the Washington Post is what passes for a leader of the "liberal press." So, that is how a "political party" which is nothing but a corrupt conspiracy to steal the wealth of the nation manages to still win elections in our country. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

War

With all the distractions going on, I wish to point out that, once again, the mainstream press is totally ignoring the war on Talk Like a Pirate Day.

The Best Hurricane Picture Ever

From Guitar Coach Magazine:
Someone in the comments says the woman was actually photoshopped into the picture, but I still got a good laugh out of it.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Happy Birthday, Wherever You Are

September 16th.
The king.

Here's my favorite early B. B. song, with lead playing so clean and straightforward that it has always been, for me, a pinnacle of classic blues guitar playing:

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Corruption? Who Cares?

The endless string of abominations by the Trump administration is so great that this one is essentially going unnoticed, but it is so grotesquely cynical that I cannot resist bringing it to your attention.  From the Los Angeles Times, which does as good a job as any mainstream news source I know of in reporting on Latin America:

"A robust anti-corruption agency, seen as a model for Latin America, was created 12 years ago in Guatemala with strong U.S. support, and notched up an enviable record.

The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala has prosecuted and jailed a former president, vice president and hundreds of corrupt police officials, politicians and businessmen.

But Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced on Aug. 31 that he was shutting the acclaimed commission, citing vague national security concerns. The panel was investigating Morales for possible campaign fraud."

A President shutting down a corruption commission which just happened to be investigating him.  Anyone want to take any bets on what the response of the Trump White House has been?

"Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo initially reacted with a tweet praising Guatemala’s relationship with Washington and thanking it for its “efforts in counter-narcotics and security.”

The State Department later said that Pompeo had called Morales to reiterate U.S. support for “Guatemalan sovereignty” and for a “reformed” anti-corruption commission, comments that critics saw as tacit approval of the Morales move.

U.S. officials privately justified Pompeo’s comment by saying that the commission’s crusading zeal could threaten Guatemala’s stability by undermining the government. Those concerns outweighed the fight against corruption, a senior State Department official said."

"Undermining the government" by uncovering evidence that the President has engaged in criminal corruption. Think now, does that concern bring to your mind anything else that is going on in the world today, where the President of a country might like to set a precedent that his own evidenceless claims of national security require crushing an inquiry into his illegal behavior?  I know you can think of a comparable example if you just consider the problem hard enough.

As I said, just one more in the endless string of hateful acts perpetrated by our current administration, but one that I thought was worth mentioning, for the sheer nerve that it took to take this position.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Can There Really Be Any American Who Is Not Ashamed of This Man?

Donald Trump today, going to a 9-11 memorial.  What is he cheering with this gesture, and what kind of demented mind causes anyone to have this expression on his face on such an occasion? He looks like a rabid animal.
This is a truly sick individual, and I want to make something perfectly clear:  There has been plenty of talk lately among Republicans and the complicit press about the alleged mental decline of Trump over the last year or so.  This is utter rubbish; he has been exactly the same as long as we have known anything about him.  What is really going on here is an ex post facto rewriting of history, so they can claim, "well, he's crazy now, but that doesn't mean that I was wrong when I supported him in 2016.  It's just a sad story, like all the other right wing monsters who are mentally ill, unlike Muslims who act the exact same way but are hateful criminals.  No conclusions to draw here about our party and the abominable thing we did to the country, so we are free once again to start lying and cheating our way back into power any day now."

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Trump Juggernaut Moves On!

Once again, Green Eagle has a chance to report on the massive pro-Trump movement around our land.

"A big pro-Trump rally called “The Mother of All Rallies” (or MOAR for short) is taking place (Saturday) in Washington, D.C...The MOAR rally began its opening ceremonies at the north end of the Mall, near the Washington monument, at 11 a.m. Eastern, according to their website...The organizers originally wanted one million people at the event."

Here are a couple of representative photos of the massive crowd:



One million people?  Well, they fell about 999,800 short of their goal.  Close enough for winguts to declare victory, I guess.

I'll leave the final remark to commenter James McMullen:

Technically, does it still count as a HUGE rally if most of the scant crowd who showed up there are seriously overweight?"

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Treason

"TRUMP, questioning whether one of his senior officials acted illegally about an administration effort to thwart his agenda: “TREASON?” — tweet Wednesday."

There is no statute of limitations on treason, as far as I know.  Well, if spreading "fake news*" about the President is treason, is not Trump himself guilty of treason for having led a national media campaign to accuse President Obama of being a foreign born Muslim, something he knew perfectly well was a lie?   Maybe it's time for some fair minded Federal prosecutor to charge Trump with that.

Just asking.


*Of course, we know that the charges in the recent New York Times op ed are not fake news, but real news, except in the sense that it is not news at all since every sentient human being already knew it was true.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sixty Days Before an Election

The Republicans are engaged in a full throated demand that the Mueller investigation must not take any actions in the sixty days before the upcoming November 6th election.  They are obviously deadly afraid that anything Mueller might reveal will further tip public opinion against themselves, so they are citing this informal Justice Department rule as an inviolable law of political conduct.

Well, here is a question that I have not seen asked.  I would assume that if this rule has any standing at all, it would only apply to people who are actually running for office in the upcoming election.  Otherwise, why wouldn't every criminal defendant in the country demand that his prosecution stop for the two months leading up to any election?  Well, Donald Trump and his corrupt associates are not running for any office.  Regardless of the viability of this rule, there is no reason on earth to believe that it applies to him.  Let the investigation and the indictments and the convictions go on.  If it casts a bad light on Trump's whole party, well, too damned bad.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Truth About Republican Justices

Now that it is all but inevitable that the country is going to be saddled with one more Republican Supreme Court Justice, rammed through by systematic hiding of his record and beliefs, I want to make perfectly clear a point that I have heard nobody make in a straightforward way.

Rehnquist, Thomas, Scalia, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh...these are not Conservative Justices, they are not right wing Justices.  They are corrupt justices.  Their only intent is to aid the half century long Republican plan to turn the country into an oligarchic dictatorship with a few hundred rich families, and with three hundred million citizens living in poverty, without the slightest chance to affect the government's behavior.

Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, District of Columbia v. Heller, and a thousand other decisions, made not on the basis of the Constitution, but on the basis of what serves the interests of those few hundred families; criminal decisions made by criminal Justices.  And even though these decisions run counter to the will of the great majority of the people, they are made anyway, by a court stripped of honest Justices and packed with criminals.

And with Kavanaugh, a man who has made it clear that he is fine with enabling dictatorial powers for a President and crushing out of existence any public knowledge of his criminality, we will be stuck with this abomination for decades. 

I repeat: these Justices have no ideology, no beliefs, and no respect for the history and well-being of this country.  They are corrupt criminals who are being elevated to hollow out the United States and leave it nothing but a third world dictatorship.  And as this is just fine with a party which is perfectly willing to seize and maintain power through any kind of force and subterfuge, it looks like that is what we are going to get.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Epicycles

Epicycles

As most people are aware, until well into the Renaissance, it was the common belief, at least in Europe and the Middle East, that the sun, the planets and everything else revolved around the earth.  This widespread belief came to be attached to the name of one Ptolemy:


"Claudius Ptolemy was a Roman astronomer who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, in the 2nd century AD. His attempt to explain the motions of the celestial bodies became the accepted theory throughout Europe and the Middle East for almost 2000 years. Only during the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries did people such as Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei call the Ptolemaic model into question.

According to Ptolemy, the earth sat in the center of the universe with all of the planets (including the sun and the moon, which were also described as planets during this time) sitting within nested crystalline spheres surrounding the earth. They were ordered according to the amount of time necessary for the planet to make a single observed orbit. Thus, the moon was the closest, then Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were unknown at the time as they can only be observed by telescopes, which were not invented until the Scientific Revolution.)"

As scientists and philosophers calculated with more acuracy the movement of the sun and the planets, it became harder and harder to account for their paths, based on the assumption of a universe centered around the earth; but of course a sun-centered solar system was anathema particularly to religious people who insisted, often violently, on seeing the whole universe as centered around themselves and their myths.  The result of this false belief can be seen in the illustration above, which shows the complexity that resulted from the belief that the Earth was the center of the solar system.  This was true even though the sun-centered view did so much to simplify understanding of the motions of the planets, as can be seen by this drawing from the time:

The solar system of Copernicus


Why am I harping on this old piece of information?  Because I believe we are seeing a modern version of the epicycles playing out in front of our eyes in the claims, currently almost unbelievably popular on the right, made by some unknown person or entity known as QAnon.  I am sure most of you have heard of this unified field theory of right wing conspiracies by now, but if not, it involves a high ranked government official, perhaps Donald Trump himself, posting hundreds of cryptic remarks at 4chan, perhaps the most unlikely site to report anything true anywhere on the internet.  These posts, laced with numerology and endless other virtually unintelligible content, are interpreted to "prove" that Robert Mueller is working for Donald Trump, and they have prepared secret indictments against tens of thousands of Democrats, Muslims, Communists, reporters, FBI agents, people who work in Hollywood, and anyone else who has stood up to Trump, led by (of course) the Clintons, George Soros, Obama, the Pope and the Rothschilds, claiming that they are guilty not only of a treasonous campaign to destroy the United States, but of being involved, every one of them, in a massive worldwide child pedophilia, rape and murder scheme, as part of their worshipping of Satan.  Within a couple of months, it is asserted, these people will all be hauled off to Guantanamo Bay and executed.

QAnon supporters at a recent Trump Nuremberg-style rally

I can't say with any confidence that this is the furthest into derangement that these people will sink, but it is certainly the most insane specimen of mass wingnut paranoid delusion I have seen in my half century of following the right.  Nevertheless, this is the sort of political Ptolemaism to which Republicans have to resort at this point, to make their leaders out to be the good guys.  I don't imagine they are likely in the near future to reconcile themselves with reality, the way the Church finally did about the heliocentric view of the solar system, but I am extremely concerned with how much farther this mass of delusions can be stretched to cover the ever increasing evidence that they have all been conned by criminals and traitors, and how many of them will be reduced to a state of mindless, violent rage by the inevitable collapse of their mass lunacy.

We've seen that no amount of agitation, racism and hatemongering has at this point driven the right to any more than very minor outbreaks of violence; they are mostly too lazy, old and stupid to really mount any serious disruptions.  I am afraid, however, that the collapse of their lunatic delusions could drive a lot more of them over the edge into the mixture of neo-Confederacy and out and out Nazism that really would pose a threat to this country and the world.  I do not see how these people can continue to hold their lunatic patchwork of crazed beliefs together more than a few more months; as it becomes obvious that Mueller is not in league with Trump, it may prove impossible for them to avoid falling prey to the incitement to violence which is now a standard part of Republican policy.


But Wait! There's More!  Via Digby, I bring you  this chart of absolute insanity claiming to represent all the QAnon conspiracies in on grand place:

I had to import this image into Photoshop and zoom in to read it in all its lunatic detail.  This thing makes the epicycles look like a rational explanation of reality, and yet it is not far off from the basic "understanding" that lies behind the thinking of the people that are running our country.  God save us if the Dems do not take over the House in November.