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Right On, Teddy

From some moronical right wing blog: "Quite contrary to the ludicrous assertions now being made about Ted Kennedy working jovially with Ronald Reagan, Kennedy, in truth, thought Reagan was a trigger-happy buffoon, and said so constantly" Trigger happy buffoon. Way to go there, Teddy. Truer words were never spoken. Of course, when it comes to trigger happy, I guess Saint Ronnie was sure put into the shadows by George and Dick, huh?

Blue Dogs Make Trouble- For Themselves

I would like to comment on something Digby had to say (very correctly as usual) about what is likely to happen in the next congressional elections: "...if the Democrats don't pass decent health care, it's the Blue Dogs who are going to suffer, not the liberals. Some of these Blue Dogs are probably going to lose anyway. They were swept up in Obama's coattails and in this sour political and economic environment his coat frayed immediately." This is absolutely correct; however, there is a further point to make about the current health care situation. If these damned blue dogs had not pandered to the Republicans and the insurance companies, and if they had not put their hunger to be the power brokers in congress ahead of a good bill, the Democrats would be united on this issue, and could present a unified front and move forward without having to worry about Republican obstruction. It is the blue dogs themselves who have woven the web which threatens to entrap

Least Surprising News in History

From Red State: "Cheney Calls Democrats soft on national security..." Man, they never give up, do they?

Die and Go To Hell

From Daily Kos, this little gem to cheer us all up: "Chris Broughton, the man who brought an AR-15 rifle and a handgun to an Arizona Obama rally earlier this month, says he "concurs" with his fundamentalist pastor's prayer for President Obama "to die and go to hell." Yes sir, give me that old time religion, it's good enough for me! I've said it before: this is not going to end well.

It's About Time

Ezra Klein in the Washington Post: "After Mike Enzi used the GOP's weekly radio to attack the Democrats' health-care plan for promoting "the rationing of [America's] health care," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs fired back that Enzi "clearly turned over his cards on bipartisanship and decided that it's time to walk away from the table." Everyone I've spoken to in the Senate believes, strongly, that this process is about to break down, and the Democrats are going to move forward on a more partisan basis." And not a minute too soon. Despite his obligatory gestures toward bipartisanship, I never believed for a second that Obama thought that he would end up with Republican support for any meaningful health care reform. Why do I believe that? Because you would have to be a brain-dead idiot to have watched the Republican party for the last several years, and think that they would participate in any way in legislation that h

A Little "Real News"

In the absence of right wing lunacy that didn't bore me into a coma today, here's a little evidence that plenty of laughs are to be gotten from our mainstream media too: Washington Post: "Ex-Intelligence Officials Cite Low Spirits at CIA" Isn't this a little like saying that spirits are low at the L. A. Clippers? They've been screwing up their jobs for fifty years now. Why shouldn't their spirits be low? Fox News: "Cheney: Torture probe ‘offends hell out of me" Well, whatever comes of it, at least we have that to be thankful for. Just don't stand in front of his shotgun. You know how he gets when he's mad. Texas Observer: “We Hate the United States”: Secessionists rally at Capitol" And I thought only liberals went in for hating the United States. I guess it's okay if you're a Republican. As usual. Here's a little something their leader had to say: "For his part, Kilgore assured the crowd that viol

Bork

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With the death of Teddy Kennedy, Robert Bork has come back to the nation's attention. Bork was a person who Saint Ronald Reagan tried to ram down the throats of the Senate as an allegedly fitting nominee for the Supreme Court. Kennedy was a leader in the eventually successful fight to keep him off of the court. To this day, Republicans point to this as the supposed start of behavior which justifies the smear campaign which they mount against any Democratic Supreme Court nominee; the most recent example being the insane collection of lies that they hurled at the moderate and totally unexceptionable Sonya Sotomayor. Who was this Bork, and why did Democrats oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court? Bork first came to the nation's attention as a result of what came to be known as the Saturday Night Massacre . This incident took place during the investigations of the Watergate affair which resulted in the resignation of Richard Nixon. Nixon was forced by threat of Congre

Wingnut Wrapup

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I'm trying to slim down a little here, but I still have to have just a little: Steve Buyer, Town Hall: "Health Care Reform Could Tax Veterans" Oh God, is there no lie they won't tell, no group they won't exploit, to try to get their way? This wanker actually says, later in the article: "Neither I nor the veterans’ service organizations have asserted that the proposed healthcare reform legislation would eliminate or directly change health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)." Oh no. I never asserted that health care reform could tax veterans. I never said any such thing! I only suggested that it might happen! That's an entirely different thing. And by the way, despite admitting that I have absolutely no evidence whatever that such a thing might happen, no one is going to stop me from trying to make other people believe it. So there. Robert Knight, Town Hall: "Death Panels and Dining Room Tables" What

A Predictable Republican Response:""

"At a town hall meeting Wednesday Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Chickasha residents he does not need to read the 1,000 page health care reform bill, he will simply vote against it. "I don't have to read it, or know what's in it. I'm going to oppose it anyways," he said." Hey, he knows who coughs up the cash to keep Republicans in office. Why bother to read the legislation that he's paid to evaluate, right? After all, his vote has already been bought and paid for. " Inhofe took the opportunity to blame Democrats for a bevy of issues. He lashed out at democrats for overtaking the government and spending billions of dollars on unpopular packages." "Overtaking" the government? I guess he means taking over the government, something which they certainly did do, after the American people elected them to do just that. But of course, only Republicans have a right to run the government. After all, they still haven't finishe

Republican Discovers Teddy Wasn't a Hero

I've been collecting some right wing reflections about Teddy Kennedy for your later appreciation, but I ran across an article at Town Hall, by the "respected" pundit Mona Charen, which I think perfectly encapsulates not only Republican distaste for common human decency, but their supreme dishonesty and their pathological refusal to face the truth about the results of their behavior. I thought it would be a good idea to examine it in a little more length, as a specimen of routine right wing thinking. Here are some excerpts: "Consider Kennedy's shrill attacks on President Bush's decision to invade Iraq. In 2002, Sen. Kennedy himself had said, "There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein's regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated. He must be disarmed." But just a year later, Kennedy was saying, "This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republica

They're All the Same

John McCain on Fox News yesterday: HANNITY: "....we had the Obama administration that brought back this book that the Bush administration had gotten rid of, "Your Life, Your Choices." Is that the kind of death panel that maybe people were afraid of when they read pages 425 to 430 of the House bill? MCCAIN: Yes" And to think there is any lame brained moron in the entire country who thinks Mr. "Maverick" is some kind of centrist who will buck his party to work with Democrats. How did our pathetic, worthless press ever fall for this phony? Here he is, telling the same despicable, savage lies as the most irresponsible far right lunatics. Deal with it: there are NO decent Republicans in the country. They are ALL lying, corrupt criminals. The best of them is a worthless dick, and they do nothing but go downhill from there. "Bipartisanship" now consists of being mugged and agreeing to split your cash with the mugger. Everyone ends up good

Tragic Medical Story

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Unidentified man tries to hold forehead down, so his skull won't split open, allowing his brain to spin around the room uncontrollably. Update: Unfortunately, it now appears that it didn't work. A man of very similar appearance has been spotted in Washington D. C, with no sign of a brain at all.

Wingnut Wrapup

I'm saving all the nice comments about Teddy Kennedy for later. They're just about what you would expect from these animals. However, they still have time for some other stupidity, which I have been careful to cull for your amusement: Tom Coburn on health care: "the idea that the government is the solution to our problems is an inaccurate, a very inaccurate statement." It sure was the solution to Wall Street's problems, though, wasn't it, Tom? Who knows, if we could just get the lying, corrupt dicks like you out of there, someday it might even solve some of our problems too. Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in a statement Tuesday that the Obama administration's decision to name a prosecutor to look into Bush-era interrogations of suspected terrorists should foster "doubts about this administration’s ability to be responsible for our nation’s security.” They got you out of there, Dick. That was step one. Let's not forget that you

I Couldn't Say It Better

On health care reform, from Hunter, at Daily Kos: "No more. This fight is the last and final test; whether or not our leaders are so corrupt as to be irredeemable should be easily gleanable by whether or not they are able to bring themselves to even try on this, the one fight that every last one of them has supposedly been saving their strength for. It is this or nothing, and I will be damn proud, at the end of it, to abandon those who have so completely abandoned us." Absolutely right. This is the battle they claim they have been keeping their powder dry for. Start shootin' now guys, or don't come around my door no more. And any blue dogs or anyone else that doesn't get on the bus for this one, well, you can just stay off the bus for the rest of your lives.

Bye, Teddy

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Teddy Kennedy has died. It is certainly the end of an era. I voted for Ted Kennedy when I was a graduate student at Harvard in the early eighties. He fought all his life for average people, earning an unending string of the vilest abuse from Republicans as his reward. He was one of the few rich people on earth who really cared about the rest of us. The other rich people, and their toadies, could never stand the betrayal. Much of what was best from congress during his lifetime bore his name. If his passing becomes an opportunity for another round of Republican smears, it will be one more sin on their souls. Update: In the words of our President: "Senator Edward M. Kennedy was not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy. Over the past half-century, nearly every major piece of legislation that has advanced the civil rights, health, and economic well-being of the American people bore

GOP Senators Right about Something

From Truthout, this little story: "GOP Senators: US Faces Terrorist Attack if Holder Probes Bush's Torture Program" You know what? They're right. If the world learns the real details of Bush and Cheney's criminal, vicious, hateful torture campaign, a lot of people will be really mad at us, and some of them might well try to do something about it. Of course, these GOP Senators, in typical fashion, want to blame it all on the Democrats, for daring to tell the truth, so let me get my two cents in here: If the worst does happen, it will be totally, utterly, 100% the fault of Bush, Cheney and the valueless Republican scum in their administration that perpetrated these abominable acts. Got that, you lying pigs? It's your fault. You are the guys that wanted the torture. You are the guys who controlled all three branches of government when the torture began. You cheered on anything the Bush administration did, no matter how callous or inexcusable. YOU

Is This Depressing or What?

From Talking Points Memo , this pathetic piece of information: "(Arkansas) respondents were asked whether Rush Limbaugh or Barack Obama has the better vision for America: Limbaugh 55%, Obama 45%." Listen, the next time these ignorant, stupid (no, they're not the same thing, and these guys are both) hateful people suggest seceding from our country, let's not stop them. Please, it will be so nice here when they are gone.

Wingnut Wrapup

I haven't been doing as much with Wingnut Wrapup lately. Partly, it's because I've been really busy, but in large part it's because there isn't that much to laugh about in the mean spirited turn that the right has taken these days. Thankfully, there are still a few laughs out there, while we wait for some Godforsaken militia lunatics to go around somewhere shooting things up, and telling themselves what great patriots they are. Here's a little idiocy for you: RUSH LIMBAUGH: Obama "wants us to have the same health care and plan that he had in Kenya" and "wants to be the black FDR" I usually don't bother with this drug addled pervert, but I liked this. Being as how Obama never lived in Kenya, as we all know, he never had any health plan there. So actually, it's the Republicans who want us to have the same health care that Obama had in Kenya: none. And by the way, I hope Obama does want to be the black FDR. It's a better g

Don't Change the Subject

From the Washington Post: "Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they allegedly threatened terrorism suspects, according to two sources familiar with the move. " That was sudden. If Rahm Emmanuel and his friends (that would be you, Barack) think they can throw us a bone in the form of this dead minimal investigation, and then we'll forgive them for abandoning the public option, they are wrong. No public option equals a failed presidency. If you collapse on this, nothing is going to go right for you, for the rest of your public life. You'd better think about this, because there is no room for forgiveness on this issue. Maybe Obama has a better strategy on this than I think. For so long, I've given him credit for being one step ahead of the crooks on this issue, but unfortunately, I feel l

Oh yeah, That Makes Sense

I just thought that it is time to clarify the current Blue Dog Centrist Grownup Reasonable Compromise plan for heath care reform. This consists of replacing the "public option" with what they are calling "insurance co-ops" and having an insurance mandate. "Insurance co-ops" meaning, apparently, that instead of one insurance company thieving from us at a time, the government would help them all get together to thieve from us. A "mandate" means you would be breaking the law if you didn't buy insurance from your friends the insurance companies. In other words, instead of the government seeing that the insurance companies either stop robbing us blind or go bankrupt, instead the Blue Dog Centrist Grownup Reasonable Compromise plan would force all of us to buy insurance, while doing absolutely nothing to put any pressure whatsoever on the insurance companies to lower their prices. In other other words, they would succeed in turning this legisl

Joe Lieberman, still a Pig

Joe Lieberman on CNN today: "LIEBERMAN: Morally, everyone of us would like to cover every American with health insurance but that’s where you spend most of the trillion dollars plus, or a little less that is estimated, the estimate said this health care plan will cost. And I’m afraid we’ve got to think about putting a lot of that off until the economy is out of recession. There’s no reason we have to do it all now ." And, talking about action with no Republican support: “I think it’s a real mistake to try to jam through the total health insurance reform,” Lieberman said, adding, “It’s just not good for the system. Frankly, it won’t be good for the Obama presidency.” And Joe parades around pretending to be a religious man. Did i mention that this guy is a pig? Oops, I meant a Republican.

Confederate Republic

As readers of Green Eagle may know, I occasionally elevate conservative posts from Wingnut Wrapup to their own individual commentary. Usually this is because of idiocy above and beyond the call of duty. I want to discuss a piece here (a piece of what I won't make clear for fear of offending women and small children) from one of my favorite right wing websites, Renew America. Before beginning, I want to make it clear that this site is not the product of some fringe lunatic with a miniscule readership, like, say, Green Eagle. It was founded by former Presidential candidate Alan Keyes, and is one of the most read right wing websites in existence. Anyway, this is an article titled The Sotomayor Scare, by some idiot named Timothy Baldwin. Not that it has much to do with Sonya Sotomayor, as you will see. This wanker graduated from "the Cumberland School of Law," which calls itself one of the oldest law schools in the country, except that it was sold lock stock and ba

They're Back

They're back. "Almost a decade after largely disappearing from public view, right-wing militias, ideologically driven tax defiers and sovereign citizens are appearing in large numbers around the country. "Paper terrorism" — the use of property liens and citizens' "courts" to harass enemies — is on the rise. And once-popular militia conspiracy theories are making the rounds again, this time accompanied by nativist theories about secret Mexican plans to "reconquer" the American Southwest. One law enforcement agency has found 50 new militia training groups — one of them made up of present and former police officers and soldiers. Authorities around the country are reporting a worrying uptick in Patriot activities and propaganda. "This is the most significant growth we've seen in 10 to 12 years," says one. "All it's lacking is a spark. I think it's only a matter of time before you see threats and violence." I'

So What?

Media Matters reports today: "Fox News continues to falsely claim Dems considering "changing the rules" to pass health care reform." And so what? This may be just one more Fox news lie, but what if it were true? Isn't it about time that someone changed the rules that have denied us the same kind of universal health care that the entire rest of the industrialized world has had for fifty years? Isn't it about time that someone changed the rules that allow the rich to win and the rest of us lose, over and over again? The rules that see that the government is right there to bail out any huge corporation that fails, no matter how responsible they are for their own problems, but don't do a thing for the millions of innocent Americans damaged by the criminality of the rich? The rules that make taxes on the rich a sin, but have nothing to say when we pick up the tab for their criminal misbehavior? It's about time we had rules that worked for us, and

Identifying Conservatives

From Daily Kos, the following enlightening information about the Texas GOP's proposal for revising teaching in their schools: "The first draft for proposed standards in United States History Studies Since Reconstruction declares that students should be expected "to identify significant conservative advocacy organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly and the Moral Majority," according to the Dallas Morning News." I'll identify them alright. As lying, hypocritical demagogues. There, Texas GOP. Satisfied now?

The Way We Will Get Things Done

From the Wall Street Journal: "WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, seeking to rally his base, accused Republican leaders Thursday of trying to block a health-care overhaul from the start and again threw his weight behind a government-run insurance plan. It was the most direct shot he has taken at Republican leaders, and it came as the president was trying to reassure liberal activists that his knees weren't buckling, as one supporter suggested. "I guarantee you," he told the radio show caller, "we are going to get health-care reform done." I must tell you a story. Shortly after Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected, a group of the progressive leaders who had campaigned for him so hard came to visit him at the White House, and laid out what they wanted him to do. Roosevelt said to them, "I agree with you. Now make me do it." That's where we are today. Unfortunately, electing Obama, as hard as it was, was not enough. The Republicans a

Thanks for the Thought, Grant

I am just stunned by this statement by the Rev. Grant Swank, one of the looniest of all loons: "Obama is pained due to recent right-thinking citizens howling loudly and long enough. Grassroots town halls have screeched at Congress. The mob hysteriacs who voted in a celebrity rather than a free enterprise, constitution-friendly statesman are losing ground." I wonder if, say, a Martian could distinguish between "right-thinking citizens howling loudly" and "mob hysteriacs." Am I missing something here, or would it be fair to say that "citizens howling loudly" might in fact be considered to be "mob hysteriacs?" I guess I'm just not thinking right today.

What a Team

Here's some absolutely contemptible news , from the New York Times: "The Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 hired outside contractors from the private security contractor Blackwater USA as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda, according to current and former government officials. " Yes, you read that right. For the Bush administration, it wasn't enough to be utterly incompetent. You had to be utterly incompetent and extremely expensive. Needless to say, no one can point to any positive achievements from this marriage made in heaven. But, it was apparently worth "several million dollars." Nice work if you can get it. And apparently all it takes is to be a lying, murderous right wing "Christian" scum.

Wingnut Wrapup

Well, we've got a few interesting samples of abject derangement today, so let's get on with them: Michelle Bachmann, Town Hall: "Should We Trust the Government With Our Health Care? " Oh no, Michelle, let's just trust the insurance companies instead. I'm sure our health is their number one priority. Meredith Jessup, Town Hall: "First of all, in the interest of full disclosure, I am a proud Christian. Second, I just have to voice how positively offended I am that Obama would claim opponents of his health care plan are lying, and I am disgusted by the fact that he is now playing on peoples' religious convictions to garner support for Obamacare. " She's offended. How dare he claim that the death panels, and free health care for illegal aliens and abortion on demand for anyone are lies? Or that Republicans are lying when they insist that it's just wonderful that we are the only industrialized country in the world where people'

What Happens when You Mix Antisemitism with Extreme Mental Deficiency?

I occasionally like to bring you news updates from a most interesting conservative site which does intensive historic investigations, constantly turning up information not generally known to the American people. For my own selfish reasons, this is one site I will not identify, but I am sure you will be enlightened by what they have to say: "A stealth Jewish, Osama Bin Laden successfully created reasons for his fellow stealth Jew, G. W. Bush to invade Afghanistan, pretending to be a enemy to U.S.A. He was there, therefore, Bush could invade. He would appear in Syria next, then, Bush can invade Syria. An active CIA agent in charge of making Bush's crime excusable." I always knew there was something funny about that Bin Laden guy. I guess they blew the timing on the Syria thing, huh? Bin Ladin is as big a screwup as Bush. I bet he's great at standup comedy, though. They should have had him in Funny People. Oh, those wacky yids. "The king of Stealth Jewdom

Republicans Raise the Obstruction Standard Again

Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican point man on health care reform: “We ought to be focusing on getting 80 votes.” A few weeks ago, when Republicans suddenly went from 60 votes to stop a filibuster, to saying that the Democrats ought not to pass a bill with less than seventy votes, I predicted that, before this was over, they would be claiming that it was illegitimate for the Democrats to pass any major legislation with less than eighty votes. Well, here we are. Any non-idiot knows full well that Republicans are never going to vote for health care reform, no matter how much it might benefit the American people. Obama will be raising the dead before he gets more than two or three Republican senators to vote with him, and I will be stunned if he even gets that many. They will try anything, fair or foul, to get their way (of course, I really mean the insurance companies' way.) There is no chance to get a meaningful bill with any Republican cooperation. The choice is Democrati

Bush Lied, the Press Ate it Up

Here's some information from Tom Ridge, Bush's first head of the Department of Homeland Security, from US News: "Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was "blindsided" by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election..." I have long maintained that the Bush administration did not give a tinkers' damn about our country's security, except insofar as it could use the threat of attack to beat up on Democrats. They didn't care before 9/11, as the record amply demonstrates, and they didn't really care afterwards. This information is just a little more evidence to support that conclusion, and my more general one that Republicans do n

Wingnut Wrapup

They're out in force today. It must be wingnut Walpurgisnacht or something. Brian Faughnan, Red State: "Cash For Clunkers: EPIC FAIL" This is because some auto dealers are unhappy with the Government being slow to send them their money. And that happened because the program was successful beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Success = Failure, at least when Democrats do it. Of course, we learned long ago from George W. Bush that when Republicans do it, Failure = Success. Remember Iraq? Streiff, Red State: "Henry Waxman Goes Ballistic On Health Insurers" And what was this emotional breakdown that Henry Waxman suffered? "Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Bart Stupak (D-MI) have issued a letter to fifty of the nations largest health insurance providers asking for all manner of financial data." He issued a letter. Sorry, Streiff, that isn't really what most people think of when they hear about someone "going ballistic." You've rea

Time to Give Up (On the Republicans)

Here's a wonderful quote from D-Day at Hulabaloo: "The NYT reports that "Democrats Seem Set to Go It Alone on a Health Bill". In plain English, this means that "Democrats want a health bill." There was never going to be Republican support for anything calling itself health reform that Democrats and the President would support. You could whittle and whittle and whittle the bill down to nothing and it wouldn't matter. Somebody in Washington finally figured this out..." Don't we all know that this is true? The Republican party has totally abandoned even the pretense of working for the American people. All they care about is their own power, and kissing the asses of the rich in order to pry loose enough money to keep themselves in power. As far as they are concerned, millions of Americans can drop dead in the streets, as long as the ability of insurance companies to rob us blind is not impaired. The great national story of the last couple of

Barney Frank Speaks Sense

Here's Barney Frank at a Town Hall, speaking the most sense I have heard in a long time: "On what planet do you spend most of your time?" Frank asked the woman, who had stepped up to the podium at a southeastern Massachusetts senior center to ask why Frank supports what she called a Nazi policy. "Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it," Frank replied. He continued by saying her ability to deface an image of the president and express her views "is a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated." It's about time for all Democrats to state the obvious truth about these ignorant, evil minded dupes. Of course, to read the right wing media, it's Barney Frank that was out of line, not this disgusting woman. Well, who cares? Thanks very much, Barney. We appreciate

News From Israel that You Will Like

Having spent a good bit of time in Israel, I often read their newspaper Haaretz. Normally I'm after middle eastern news, but I have a special treat from them today. It seems that our great friend Orly Taitz is visiting there, and as you would expect, she can't keep her mouth shut: " Taitz, who argues that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is building internment camps for "anti-Obama dissidents," said that on the road in the United States "people have shown me they want to have guns so they aren't rounded up into FEMA camps," a scenario which she says the Obama administration is planning. Taitz's recent brush with fame and Google infamy (she says for a short period of time last month she and the birther movement placed in the top two of Google queries behind Obama himself) seem to have inspired her to campaign against a series of threats she feels are facing the United States, from FEMA-run interment camps for dissidents to V

Legal Reasoning at its Finest

Our brilliant legal scholar and life-long appointee to the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, at his finest, in a recent case: "This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is "actually" innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged "actual innocence" is constitutionally cognizable." First, let me get this out of the way: Antonin Scalia is a truly evil man, a monster in human form without the least understanding of what the word "justice" might mean; a deeply corrupt man who participated proudly in saddling our country with the worst presidential administration in our history, and a criminal who has no guiding principle in his decisions but abject toadying to the rich. He is no more than filth. I could go

Wingnut Wrapup

Another load of idiocy, on schedule, from our intellectually challenged friends: Phyllis Schlafly, Town Hall: "What happened in Guadelajara?" Phyllis, I don't want to know. I suspect it involved Phyllis, a bottle of Tequila and a donkey. Chuck Norris, Town Hall: "Dirty Secret in Obamacare" Listen, Chuck: If you know about it, just how secret could it be? Town Hall Editorial: "Robert Novak: A Principled and First-Rate Journalist " Sorry. I know about De Mortuis and all that, but the guy was a malicious, lying asshole. Erick Erickson, Red State: "Is Glenn Beck TV’s Obi Wan Kenobi?" No, Erick, he isn't. Admittedly, as deluded as he is, you might suspect he lives all by himself on another planet. But, give him a light saber and the first thing he would do would be to cut his foot off. And by the way, Erick, do you know how stupid that question of yours sounds? No, I guess not. Powerline: (Oswald) Mosley would no doub

Tantrum

I'm going to stick my neck out here. Maybe it's just me, but I have had this sense the last couple of days that the Republican temper tantrum is wearing itself out. Soon they'll be ready for a nice long nap, and then the rest of us can get back to taking care of the business of the country. Won't that be nice?

Wingnut Wrapup

It's just spectacular to watch the unbelievable self delusion that's necessary to maintain one's status as a conservative in good standing. Examples are all around us, and today is no exception: Sher Zieve, Renew America: "Since the early days of man — let alone Washington D.C. — there has been corruption and evil-purposed people. But, the level and sheer extent of these that now exist in our nation's capitol is staggering" Uh huh. Corruption beyond previous human experience. Beyond Mugabe. Beyond Idi Amin. Beyond Marcos and Peron. Beyond the Saudi kings. Beyond the fabled Farouk. Beyond the rulers of Mexico and Guatemala and El Salvador. Beyond the tyrants of ancient times. No examples, of course, except the massive corruption involved in Democrats winning elections and then trying to pass the legislation that was the reason people voted for them. I guess not doing what Repubicans want is the most corrupt thing on earth. Wes Vernon, Renew Amer