Thursday, September 30, 2010

Terrorists You Never Heard Of- Wonder Why?

Here's a disgusting story which I found courtesy of Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs:

"SALEM -- Bruce Turnidge was so fervent about protecting his right to have guns that he once sought to build and supply his own private militia, prosecutors said...The two talked of bank robbery plots over the years no less than 50 times, a friend told prosecutors. The father had tried years before to raise money to arm a militia, but the men he approached turned him down, prosecutors said...But it was Barack Obama's presidential win in November 2008 that finally drove the father and son to put one of their ideas into motion, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Katie Suver said Wednesday.

Then on Dec. 12, 2008, she said, the Turnidges planted a bomb outside the West Coast Bank  in Woodburn. It ended up exploding inside the bank, killing two police officers, critically injuring a third and wounding a bank employee. The father, 58, and son, 33, are now on trial, each facing 18 counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and other charges."

So there you have it.  Two people carried out a murderous bombing to raise money for an army to fight against the government.  Guess what word is never mentioned in this story: terrorism.  That's because these murderous fanatics are Christian right wingers.  In fact, this incident happened almost two years ago and I never heard about it until today.  How about you?  And yet these good Christians have killed more American civilians on U. S. soil than all the Muslims in the world in the last ten years.  And God only knows how many of them are out there, ready to do the same thing some day when they get up in a bad mood?

Another Exercise in Right Wing Malignant Lunacy

This one from the idiots at American Thinker, concerning the famous "Ground Zero Mosque" which, after the fashion of the Holy Roman Empire, is neither a mosque nor at ground zero.  I'm linking to this post, despite my general distaste at giving these people any hits, because it's so stupid that many people might think I made it up.  Well, here goes:

"The newly unveiled  "official" architectural renderings of the Ground Zero Mosque, now being rebranded and sanitized as the "Park 51 Community Center" reveal a disturbing, insidious message.  

Look closely at the pattern of the facade. It is quite easy to discern the Star of David (two triangles with points up and down), the pre-eminent symbol of Judaism here:"

Well, let me just interrupt here.  What we are seeing here is not a six-pointed (Jewish) star, but an eight-pointed star, a very traditional Muslim symbol, as anyone remotely familiar with Islamic art would know.  In order to make this into a six-pointed star, you have to ignore the top and bottom of the pattern, something made easier by the misleading cropping of the picture.  Can it be that these American Thinkers really can't add up to eight?  Or are they just evil, racist liars?  Perhaps we can figure that one out by examining their further comments:

"But the entire facade shows these shapes dissolving, as if shattered and falling down.  Kind of like a window shattered by rocks and fragmenting into pieces.

New York City has the largest Jewish population in the world. Throughout the Arab and Muslim world, "Wall Street" -- the financial district on lower Manhattan -- connotes "Jewish bankers."

Kristallnacht, anyone?"

Yes, the entire intent of the facade of this building is to make some kind of virtually un-perceivable reference to a Nazi atrocity against Jews.  Muslims have nothing better to do with their time or their money than to make their holy buildings into attacks on other people.  This is so stupid and racist that it is almost beyond belief that grown people could engage in such behavior, yet it is lies such as this that form the entire stock in trade of American conservatism today.

And Who, Exactly, Cares About Our Economy?

From the Washington Post:

"The latest jobs bill from Senate Democrats - a plan to punish firms that ship jobs overseas - failed to clear a key procedural hurdle Tuesday after some Democrats complained that the measure would hamper the ability of U.S. companies to compete in foreign markets.

Four Democrats and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) voted with a united Republican caucus to block the bill, which was crafted to address the 9.6 percent unemployment rate in the run-up to November's midterm elections. On a vote of 53 to 45, the measure failed to garner the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster.

The bill under consideration Tuesday would have ended tax deductions for expenses incurred when companies shutter U.S. operations and shift the work abroad; imposed a new tax on products once made in the United States but now manufactured by foreign workers; and offered employers a two-year payroll tax holiday on jobs repatriated from overseas."

It figures that the entire Republican party would be against a bill to stop rewarding businesses for taking our jobs overseas.  Just in case you wondered, here are the four "Democrats" that joined them: Ben Nelson, John Tester, Mark Warner and the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus.  And, naturally, Holy Joe Lieberman.

Now, of course, these five will claim that they live in conservative districts and voted the way they did in order to represent the views of their constituents.  Of course they will.  But is there anyone dumb enough to believe that even the most radical teabaggers enjoys the idea of paying tax money to companies to take our jobs overseas?

Let me be clear here:  This is not a matter of right versus left.  This is corporate corruption pure and simple.  These five Senators (along with the entire Republican party, of course) are doing the bidding of multinational corporations at the expense of the American people, forcing us to pay for our own mugging.

And let us not forget this:  The vast majority of the American people would be outraged by this vote, but our Republican compliant press will see to it that most of them never hear a word about it.

Good Riddance, Rahm

No explanation needed.

This Is Why I'm Not Sure You Should Be President

Barack Obama:

"I still remember going over to the Republican caucus to meet with them and present our ideas, and to solicit ideas from them before we presented the final package. And on the way over, the caucus essentially released a statement that said, "We're going to all vote 'No' as a caucus." And this was before we'd even had the conversation. At that point, we realized that we weren't going to get the kind of cooperation we'd anticipated."

Barack, Most adult Democrats in this country figured that out, oh, around 1994.  Where have you been the last couple of decades?  It's really nice that you are such a trusting guy, but still, there are limits to everything.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Are They More Stupid or More Malicious- We Report, You Decide

From CNN:

"Lusby, Maryland (CNN) -- A conservative activist known for making undercover videos plotted to embarrass a CNN correspondent by recording a meeting on hidden cameras aboard a floating "palace of pleasure" and making sexually suggestive comments, e-mails and a planning document show.

James O'Keefe...hoped to get CNN Investigative Correspondent Abbie Boudreau onto a boat filled with sexually explicit props and then record the session, those documents show. "

Let's see now.  First he dressed up like a pimp, made some recordings at Acorn offices and then edited them to give a totally false impression of what happened.

Then he got caught trying to bug a United States Senator's office.

Now he's attempted to engage in a loathsome act of sexual  predation against this CNN reporter.

That's what it takes to be a rising young Republican star.  This guy has a great future in front of him.

P.S. Take a look at these two, O'keefe and the CNN reporter he thought he was going to seduce and record on a secret camera:

If this punk thought he was going to get her in bed, his Republican beliefs are the least of his delusions.

Maybe They're Right

Christine O'Donnell:

"God continued to strengthen and empower us," O'Donnell said in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "Because you see that if it weren't for faith, when all logic said it's time to quit, we pursued, we marched on, because we knew God was not releasing us to quit." 

You know what, maybe Fred Phelps and the wonderful people at the Westboro Baptist Church are right after all.  Maybe God does hate America.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Lunatic, and a Liar Too

From her LinkedIn Page:

"Christine O'Donnell

Media Consultant and Political Commentator

        * Fairleigh Dickinson University
        * Claremont Graduate University
        * University of Oxford"

Though this may come as a massive surprise to you, Christine O'Donnell never attended the University of Oxford.  This is a lie, pure and simple.

More:  Oh God, this is so much worse than I thought.  I hope I can be forgiven a rather long excerpt from Daily Kos:

"For years O'Donnell said that she had graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1993, when she didn't receive her degree until last summer. And there was her lawsuit that stated  that she "has lost the increased earning power that a Master's degree from Princeton would have created," despite the fact that she never attended Princeton...And now, one more -- O'Donnell claims on her Linkedin bio that she studied Constitutional Government at Claremont Graduate University. She didn't.  O'Donnell did, however, study Constitutional Government at the Claremont Institute, a right-wing think tank whose home page currently features their efforts on behalf of Proposition 8 in California, SB 1070, the racial profiling law in Arizona, and the "Sharia threat," to name just a few."

And this, as Kos points out, from a woman who said she wouldn't even lie to Hitler to protect Anne Frank.

Republican Philosophy

I see the world class hypocrite Cal Thomas has an article up today at Town Hall about Republican philosophy.  Luckily for Green Eagle's readers, they don't have to wade through Thomas' hundreds of words of turgid, lying prose to grasp the details of Republican philosophy.  No, here is a far more terse description of Republican philosophy, from one of the world's most famous conservative business leaders:

 "At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and Destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time.  Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."

"Are there no prisons?" asked Scrooge.

"Plenty of prisons," said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.

"And the Union workhouses?"  demanded Scrooge.  "Are they still in operation?"

"They are.  Still," returned the gentleman, "I wish I could say they were not."

"The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?"  said Scrooge.

"Both very busy, sir."

"Oh!  I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course," said Scrooge.  "I'm very glad to hear it."

"Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude," returned the gentleman, "a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink and means of warmth.  We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.  What shall I put you down for?"

"Nothing!" Scrooge replied."

A true Republican.

The Single Most Important Fact about Life in America Today

It's this one:

"The income gap between rich and poor Americans grew to the widest amount on record and represents the greatest disparity among Western industrialized nations, according to U.S. Census data."

After eight years of doctrinaire Republican rule.  Don't forget that the last time this happened was also after eight years of doctrinaire Republican rule, with massive tax cuts for the rich and deregulation the order of the day.  That would be in 1929, and we know how that worked out for the American people.

The Republican party is willing to deliberately destroy the country and all of the rest of us, in order to serve they hyper rich.  It has had this attitude since it said goodbye to Teddy Roosevelt, and that is all it exists for.  Its lies and its greed have caused one depression and almost caused another one, and still, Republicans do the bidding of the rich, no matter what the cost.

 This is the real threat to our national security, not a bunch of Muslim jackasses twelve thousand miles away.  All those terrorists managed to accomplish was to give the Republican party carte blance in the wake of 9-11 to go on a rampage of greed that destroyed our economy, and did more damage to us than Osama Bin Laden could ever have hoped to do.

Whose Fault is That?

Barack Obama:

"It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election...The idea that we've got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible."

Then why have you spent the last year sending Rahm Emmanuel and David Axelrod out in public to demean and belittle your progressive base, and why in God's name, when the progressive position has proven over and over again to be the correct one, have you abandoned it in an idiotic attempt to win the support of a couple of supposedly moderate Republicans, or Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln, who end up stabbing you in the back every single time?

Life is a two way street, buddy.  If you are not going to stand up for our positions, not because they are ours, but because they are the right positions for the country, why should we stand up for you?

Sure I'm going to vote- I always do, and I'm not voting Republican.   But there isn't that much reason, really, to vote for you guys, unless you stop cowering in the corner and do what we elected you to do.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Idiocy Slouches On

I'm getting so bored with the news being virtually the same every day- Obama and the Democrats trying, however lamely, to do something to help the country out of a disaster created entirely by Republican economic cant, and the Republicans resorting to every lie, smear and any other dirty tactic they can dredge up, to serve the rich at the expense of the other 99.9 percent of us.  Only the names and the lies change from day to day.  Well, I can't be bothered to put this stuff in separate posts, but here is today's load:

From an article by Justin Elliot at Salon:

"Billionaires give 91% of funds for Rove-tied group

New FEC filings show that American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-backed group that is pouring money into attack ads targeting Democrats around the country, continues to be funded virtually entirely by billionaires.  In August, American Crossroads raised $2,639,052.  Fully $2.4 million of that -- or 91 percent --  came in the form of gifts from just three billionaires."

Man of the people- Karl Rove.  Just in case you still wondered who the Republicans are working for.

 From the Huffington Post:

"An extensive review of GOP campaign literature, floor speeches and public statements reveals that Republican candidates and officeholders routinely use GOP talking points verbatim in their speeches and campaign literature, while passing off the language as their own personal views.

A search for Democratic violations turned up far fewer instances. But if Democrats show less of a penchant for blatant copying, it may reflect their traditional unwillingness to follow the party line more than any higher ethical standards."

Well, I guess we don't need Arianna Huffington to tell us that the Republican party does nothing but spout canned lies.  This is an example of why I generally ignore the supposedly liberal Huffington Post.  Democrats don't really resort to this sort of disgraceful behavior, but apparently it couldn't possibly be because they have higher ethical standards.  No, they're liars and crooks just like the Republicans, just not as good at it.

Now, here's a finding that will undoubtedly be totally ignored, from the WSJ:

"But a Quinnipiac University poll this year showed nearly two-thirds of those with household incomes of more than $250,000 a year support raising their own taxes to reduce the federal deficit."

Not the hedge fund billionaires, of course, and not the Koch brothers- no amount of money is enough for them.  Alittle more evidence (as if we need any) about who is really important to the Republicans.

And just to leave you with a pertinent fact:

"A 15 percent “wealth tax” on all personal assets over $1 billion would this year raise $145.5 billion, more than enough to cover the entire $140 billion budget shortfall America’s 50 states are facing in the current fiscal year."

The truth remains: if we don't strip these people of a large part of their wealth, they are going to destroy all of the rest of us.  This is not a matter of fairness, it is a matter of survival.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I'm So Thrilled

From the New York Times:

"Rove Returns, With Team, Planning G.O.P. Push"

I haven't been so excited since I heard that bedbugs were back.

Well, They Got It a Third Right

San Francisco Chronicle today:

"In past elections, Boxer has had the good fortune of having Republican opponents who were inept, underfunded, on the fringe right..."

Well, at least Carly Fiorina is well funded.  I guess that's an improvement.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Biggest Republican Lie of the Century

Possibly the most preposterous lie of all time:

John Boehner: I've 'Never Been In A Tanning Bed Or Used A Tanning Product'  

Wingnut Wrapup

Some diversions from the right, while we wait to see if half a billion dollars in propaganda funds from the rich is enough to persuade American voters to send our country to the garbage heap:

David Limbaugh, Town Hall: "GOP Pledge Is a Step in the Right Direction"

A step to oblivion?

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Gov Manchin (D CAND, WV-SEN) values real estate values over miners’ lives."

"Manchin - which much fanfare, and after a major mine disaster - pushed through an executive order mandating the increased use of crushed limestone (or ‘rock dust’)...Despite this executive order, there have been no investigations since its passing to indicate whether the new rules on rock dust have been enforced.  This is because...The lab is not yet ready."

Of course, he didn't appoint the CFO of the mining company with the worst safety record in America to be head of the Mine Safety administration, like Bush and Cheney did.  Now, you can imagine how many mine safety investigations a Republican governor would have had, and believe me, it wouldn't be because the lab is not yet ready.

Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "if the account in Bob Woodward's new book, "Obama's Wars," is correct, the president is asking all of our soldiers to fight for a war he is frantic to "exit...No wonder the president returned the bust of Winston Churchill"

Because Winston Churchill was not "frantic to exit"  World War II.  No, of course not.  He wanted it to go on as long as possible, right?

After all, he was a conservative.

David Limbaugh, Town Hall:  "With their pledge, Republicans are reclaiming their commitment to the idea that Americans, unshackled by an oppressive government, are what made America great"

No, as far as I can tell, with their pledge, Republicans are reclaiming their commitment to give the whole country away to the rich.  David continues:

"The pledge will make it easier for voters to see the great differences in their electoral choices in November."

God, I hope so.  That would be a great thing, wouldn't it?

Diana West, Town Hall:  "No Rapport With Afghan Leaders? Good. America will truly be in trouble when our best young people actually relate to the dominant members of Afghanistan's violent, misogynistic, pederasty-prone, polygamous, tribal, Islamically supremacist and corrupt culture."

Afghan Leaders hand picked by Bush.  Diana forgot to mention that.

Raymond Ibrahim, Pajamas Media:  "The Ultimate Lesson of Egypt’s Fake Photo...Al Ahram’s doctored photo of Mubarak at the White House is a reminder that the Islamic world is in need of a cultural, as opposed to merely a religious, reformation."

Ah yes.  It's okay to condemn a billion and a half people because someone got carried away with Photoshop.  By that reasoning, Green Eagle is personally responsible for the total destruction of Western culture.

Dick Morris:  "Democrats have no strategy...none"

God, It hurts me to admit this, but Dick Morris told the truth for once.  Just an accident, I guess.

World Net Daily Exlusive:  "FAITH UNDER FIRE...Seattle church invites Muslims to dinner"

How Dare They invite Muslims to DINNER!  Why, they are nothing but collaborators in Jihad themselves.  And they call themselves Christians.

Meghan McArdle, The Atlantic:  "Who but a lunatic would loan money to an eighteen year old with no job and no credit record, in the hopes that they will graduate college and begin speedy repayment?"

Oh I don't know, maybe a government that wanted to have an eductated populace, capable of thriving in today's world, rather than a country of barely surviving peons, with no choice but to do the bidding of whatever rich person can get his hands on them?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Obama Justice Department Accused of Racial Prejudice; Dismissed  (New Black Panther) Case Due to Pressure From NAACP"

This claim, which has appeared literally hundreds of times in the right wing media in the last several months, would really have a lot more credibility if it weren't for the fact (totally ignored by the right) that the case was dismissed by the Bush justice department.  Don't you think so?  Funny what a little truth can do to change your perspective on a story.

Matt C. Abbot, Renew America:  "Is the Vatican Bank morally bankrupt?"

What, are they having sex with teenage boys too?

David A. Patten, Newsmax:  "Palin: Why No Probe of Barack 'Hussein' Obama?"

Why the quotation marks around the name Hussein, David?  Trying to tell us something?  Like John 'Fitzgerald' Kennedy, or maybe Ronald 'Wilson' Reagan?

Kevin Price, Renew America:  "Was the Civil War about government expansion?"

No, Kevin.  It was about slavery.  Remember now?


Muslims are horrible, subhuman criminals, so the appropriate response is for us to be just like them.  Good reasoning there, astute ones.

Noel Sheppard, Newsbusters:  "Andrew Breitbart Nails Bill Maher: You're Not a Libertarian, You're a Socialist"

Ooh, I bet that hurt.

And it has been a long time since we looked in on our old friend, Henry Makow.  What does he have to say these days?

"Hungarians Find Glamorous Anti-Zionist Leader...Krisztina Morvai is among the very few politicians in Europe who dares to criticize Zionism.  Last year she was herself much criticized by the Hungarian Jewish organization which is a fanatic supporter of Zionism  because she happened to post this message to them on an online forum:

"I would be greatly pleased if those who call themselves proud Hungarian Jews played in their leisure with their tiny circumcised dicks, instead of besmirching me. Your kind of people are used to seeing all of our kind of people stand to attention and adjust to you every time you fart. Would you kindly acknowledge this is now OVER. We have raised our head up high and we shall no longer tolerate your kind of terror. We shall take back our country." 

Krisztina, I think you have already taken back your country:  "By the end of the war in Hungary on April 4, 1945, from an original population of almost 900,000 people considered Jewish inside the borders of 1941-44, about 255,000 survived...Winston Churchill, 1944:  "There is no doubt that this persecution of Jews in Hungary and their expulsion from enemy territory is probably the greatest and most horrible crime ever committed in the whole history of the world...."  

Mr. Makow sums up his feelings for this brave woman:

"I trust her for all she has said and done in accordance with Christ`s teachings."

Right.  Christ's teachings.  I would really like someone to point out to me just where in Christ's teachings this sort of thing is.  I'm not all that familiar with every part of the bible, but I don't remember Jesus making fun of the size of people's penises.  I'm sure I just missed it.  By the way, Krisztina, you apparently have a particular familiarity with Jewish penises.  I wonder how that came to be.

Man, those oversensitive Jews, screaming antisemitism every time someone makes a minor, well thought out criticism of them like this.

Enough.  See you soon.  Unfortunately.

A Little Tea Party News

From the New York Times:

"A group called Unite in Action had hoped to have a three-day Tea Party extravaganza of seminars and rallies in Washington starting Sept. 10, but Ms. Kinnison said that classrooms that the group had set up for 500 people ended up with only 5 in them. And a rally held by Freedom Works that Sunday, while large, was far smaller than the one the group held a year ago.
“This was to be our gauge for the convention and if the owners should pursue the convention and see if they could even break even,” Ms. Kinnison wrote. “Well, the reports back from Washington were not good. The bottom line is … no convention this year for Tea Party Nation!”

"classrooms that the group had set up for 500 people ended up with only 5 in them."  Well, I guess that about sums it up.  I guess the Koch brothers weren't willing to pay to bus people in for that one.

Our country is ruled by a charade, created by the rich and perpetrated by our corrupt media, and this charade may be only a couple of months away from resulting in a government which is deliberately going to cause a depression which may make the 1930's look like a picnic.  Don't forget- in the 1930's we still had the world's greatest industrial base, we hadn't given our jobs away, and we weren't crushed with trillions in Republican generated debt.  And with nuclear weapons all over the place, don't think we can get out of bad times with another World War.  This time, another round of Republican rule will very likely put an end to the United States altogether.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Truth Shall Set You Free. Stupidity Shall Do Something Else

At last the horrible truth can be known!  For our convenience, the following map has been compiled, by someone with way too much time on their hands, from information at this website.  It contains the location of all of the FEMA death camps in the country:

Man, there sure are a lot of them, huh?  When I first saw this, I thought it was a map of the current residences of all of Newt Gingrich's ex-wives.

Well, I thought you would like to know.  Man, are we screwed by Obama now.

Possibly the Stupidest Right Wing Comment Ever

By Warner Todd Huston, at Gateway Pundit:

"OK, the story is all over the Old Media edifice: forty-one-year-old Teresa Lewis has become “the first woman to be executed in the U.S. in five years.”

So, here’s the question I have. How exactly can anyone be the “first” anything “in five years”? Doesn’t the whole “in five years” presuppose that someone else came first? See, the one “five years” ago was at the very least the real first one, not the one that came today"

Seriously, have you ever heard anything so idiotic in your whole life?

Just Published: The Shortest Book of the Year

"The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin"

The Most Powerful Politician in the History of the Universe

Christine O'Donnell, 2003:  "Yeah' I'll Stop The Country From Having Sex "

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Republicans Release their Great Pledge to Blather

Well, the Republicans released their Pledge to America today, confident in the obvious fact that the press would use it as an excuse to ignore the great improvements in our health care payment system that went into effect today as a result of Obamacare.

I was looking forward to bringing you my report on the contents of this document as soon as I was able to find an editable copy.  Well, guess what:  I just read it, and it is nothing but a collection of more giveaways to the rich, disguised with unconscionable slatherings of jingoistic right wing blather, and a good sprinkle of lying smears about the Democrats.  As anyone could have predicted, it is nothing but a hollow pretense, which does absolutely nothing real to deal with any of our country's real problems.Not surprising, that, since the country's main real problem is the Repubican party itself.

Like the last several of these meaningless documents that the Republicans have released (remember their "budget" from last year that had no numbers in it?) this worthless piece of trash will disappear without a trace in a week or two, but may serve its purpose in giving the mainstream press something else to deal with in the run up to the election, besides the real issues.

The Great Mirage of 2010

Here's an article by E. J. Dionne today in the Washington Post that I am linking to because it provides me with a perfect opportunity to say "I told you so." Perhaps someone else is finally catching on:

"The Tea Party: Tempest in a very small teapot...Is the Tea Party one of the most successful scams in American political history? "

It's worth a read. I have been saying since months after the first tea parties that this so-called movement was little more than a fiction, created with corporate money. Here's some more evidence of that.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jim Hoft: Dumbest Man on the Internet?

A great article from Media Matters, about one of our favorite characters here at Green Eagle:

"But despite...stiff competition, Jim Hoft (aka Gateway Pundit) stands out as uniquely incompetent. Hoft runs with (or spawns) almost every inane story that bubbles up in the conservative blogosphere, has proven that he has absolutely no vetting process for the sources he cites, and apparently has a hard time with basic reading comprehension."

This post provides a tremendous insight, for those who are interested, into what it takes for a right winger to have the eighth ranked political blog in the United States.

Hoft has responded by calling the Media Matters article garbage. Of course, he does not respond to a single one of the many examples of Hoft's stupidity and lying which the article reveals.

Seeing the Mote, Ignoring the Beam

I was amused to read a post at Renew America, by a self-described "Catholic columnist," entitled "The homosexualist agenda in Catholic schools."

This fifteen hundred word article was devoted to an article written by "a graduating senior at Sacred Heart High School" in Kingston, Massachusetts. As the Renew America columnist put it:

"The Sacred Heart High School administration approved the publication of the article in the school newspaper. The article directly contradicts Catholic teaching as it relates to issues of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender behavior, God's merciful love, and sin."

Can you guess what this guy, an amazingly un-self aware person by the name of Matt C. Abbot failed to mention?

Yup, you got it. He is filled with indignation at the idea that a high school student might write an article about homosexuality, but has no time to consider the widespread, systematic practice of child sexual molestation carried out throughout the Catholic world by its own leaders. No time to condemn real sexual degeneracy of the most loathsome kind, which I guess does not contradict Catholic teaching; but time to expose a high school student to nationwide fury for daring to express his opinion.

Listen, Mr. Abbot: when I see you standing up against Catholic priests routinely sodomizing children, then maybe I'll be interested in your opinion about something like this. Until then, just shut the hell up.

Beltway Thinking at its Finest

Reuters: "Replacing Summers, an academic, with a well-known corporate executive could help defuse the persistent notion that Obama is hostile to business."

Persistent notion? After what business leaders have done to this country in the last decade, you would have to be deranged not to be hostile to them. What next? Giving Charlie Manson a seat on the California Parole Board? Making Osama Bin Laden the head of Homeland Security? Letting Donald Rumsfeld run the military?

...Oh, wait. We tried that one, didn't we. Worked out great.


TPM: "For most people it's a joke. But among Christine O'Donnell's religious right base, witchcraft is a really big deal."

Wrong. Just watch. Nothing is a big deal to these people except the bankrupt promises of the Republican party to cut their taxes. They are all going to vote for this psychotic loon, because of a few hundred dollars in illusory tax cuts that the Republicans wave in front of their faces, like carrots in front of a mule.

Never mind that they never really get what they are promised, and virtually all of the tax cuts go to the Republicans' masters, the hyper-rich. Saint Ronnie taught them that it's okay to let greed be the sole guiding principle of their lives, and they're so stupid and ignorant that they never notice that it's never their greed that gets sated.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Great news

Lawrence Summers is leaving the White House in a couple of weeks, after his heroic two-year effort to steer the economy back off the edge of a cliff, by doing exactly the wrong thing, at the wrong time, every chance he had.

And Now the Bad News

The White House is coming under massive pressure to replace Summers with an ex-CEO, just to prove that they aren't anti-business.

Guys, if you aren't anti-business by this point, you'd have to be brain dead.

Wingnut Wrapup

It's taking longer and longer for me to find enough of this stuff without falling into a coma, but here we go:

First, a little Republican tidbit from the AP:

"ASSOCIATED PRESS — One of the GOP's most conservative senators and a tea-party favorite, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, says the Republican Party will be "dead" if it fails to live up to its principles again"

Really tough talk, considering that the Republican Party doesn't have any principles. Too bad, guys.

Via TPM: "Christine O'Donnell Thought Joe Biden Tapped Her Phone"

From a 199 interview: "O’DONNELL: I dabbled into witchcraft...But I did, I did. … I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic alter"

You know, there is a point beyond which figurative "insanity" becomes literal insanity.

Glenn Urquhat, Republican congressional candidate from Delaware: ""Do you know, where does this phrase separation of Church and State come from? Does anybody know? ... The exact phrase 'separation of Church and State' came out of Adolph Hitler's mouth, that's where it comes from."

I think I will have a guest commentator reply to this remark:

Thomas Jefferson: "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State."

I guess he got it from Hitler.

Diana West, Town Hall: "Jones, Others Burned For Daring To Be Americans"

That would be Terry Jones, the would-be Koran burner. Ah yes- burning books and degrading someone else's religion...what else could be more American?

Erick Erickson, Red State: "Barack Obama’s Organizing for America Goes With the Nazi Mustache Too"

I'm sure CNN is very proud of having hired a person who compares Obama to Hitler. He is bound to provide valuable insight into our nation's political situation. For a couple of months after going to work at CNN, Erick toned down his web site, but apparently, now that he's sure he has his job, here we go again.

Rick Moran, Pajamas Media: "Tea Party Defines Losing as Winning"

They must have taken a lesson from George Bush on that aircraft carrier.

Warner Todd Huston, Gateway Pundit: "Last night I had the pleasure to attend the 26th anniversary dinner for the Chicago-based Heartland Institute held in the resplendent Grand Ball Room of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago. The Heartland Institute is one of the premiere think tanks in the country and has some great resources on the fallacies of Global Warming, free markets, healthcare, technology, taxes and education among others...Please do check out Heartland’s extensive website and do donate if you can to help keep it all going."

The Heartland Institute has been the recipient of massive funding from Exxon Mobil, and from the now-infamous Koch brothers. I really don't think they need your money.

Jonah Goldberg, Town Hall: "Is Michael Bloomberg to blame for the deaths of the 18 Muslim men in Indian-controlled Kashmir who rioted over reports that someone in America burned the Koran?"

No, of course not. It's Obama's fault. I would have thought that you, of all people, would understand that by now, Jonah.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Someone Needs to Forward This to the White House… Mao Murdered 45 Million"

That's Obama's fault too? I should have known.

Patrick Richardson, Pajamas Media: "Govt. Agencies Refusing to Provide Accurate Data on Cost of ‘Stimulus’ Signs"

Funny, when a certain "government agency" in the Bush Administration refused to provide "accurate data on cost" of two trillion-dollar wars, that didn't bother you at all. Now, a few highway signs, and oh my God, what an outrage.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Holy Crap!… They Want to Put Obama on the Dollar Bill. Worst. President. Ever."

Actually, "they" is one entrant in a contest for young graphic artists sponsored by a New York advertising agency. But somehow that makes Obama the worst president ever. Listen, Jim, would it be okay with you if we just put a Hitler mustache on Obama?

Roger Simon, Pajamas Media: "The White House Insider Should Really ‘Come Out’...If the Obama White House really does have its own version of the Nixon-era "Deep Throat," and he or she wants to make a difference, why not come clean about who you are?"

You see, Roger, here's the thing: The White House could have a thousand deep throats, but since they don't have a Watergate scandal, it doesn't mean much does it?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Corrupt State-Run Media Continues to Ignore O’Donnell’s Marxist Opponent"

Probably because "O’Donnell’s Marxist Opponent" only exists in the feverish imagination of lunatics like you, Jim. That's why "O’Donnell’s Marxist Opponent" isn't getting that much press. I want to see more reporting about "O'Donell's Opponent who is Actually a Chimpanzee in an Armani Suit." Now that would be a real scandal.

HOMELAND INSECURITY WorldNetDaily Exclusive: "Islam's tentacles enveloping U.S. Breaking News 'Every time we allow a mosque to go up, it's like planting IED'

I actually think I see one of those tentacles coming over the treetops now! No! It's not Muslims at all! Aiii! Cthulhu Fthagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nfah Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

Teabag Failure- Responsible Parties Identified

Of Course- I should have known.

You will perhaps remember my informing you a couple of days ago about the canceling of the National Tea Party convention. Now, this startling revelation from our friends at World Net Daily:

"Event organizers for the National Tea Party Unity Convention say ...the meetings are being canceled for now.

Judson Phillips, who is with, told WND that there were insufficient ticket sales to continue plans for the event that had been scheduled for October.

"The convention ended up being another casualty of the Obama economy," Phillips, the Tea Party Nation founder, told WND."

Yes, they couldn't sell any tickets to their big convention, and it's ALL OBAMA'S FAULT! I should have known! Green Eagle is forced at this point to confess how wrong he has been to suggest all this time that the entire Teabag movement is largely a corporate-created mirage. No, the fact that no one would come to their convention has nothing to do with that. They are actually a huge majority of the American people, and their grand event was crushed by Obama. How could that have not been obvious?

I am so sorry to have been so totally wrong as to have suggested time and time again that hardly anyone showed up at their rallies because hardly anyone was really in their movement. No, it was all Obama's fault. That's the real reason. It's so clear to me now.

Maybe the Beast Isn't Slouching Toward Us So Fast...

The Republicans are marching toward a historic victory in November, and Obama and the pathetic Democrats are crumbling to dust due to their failure to undo the damage that the last Republican administration did to the country, right? Well, that's what you'd believe from the news, right? Here are a few examples from today's press:

Bob Herbert, NYT: "It’s no secret that the president is in trouble politically"

Roger Cohen, NYT: "But Obama soon found himself caught in the gridlock of the very partisan shrieking he had vowed to overcome. "

Michael Gerson, Washington Post: "The last few weeks have seen Democratic problems solidify across the country, in ways the Not-So-Great Communicator has been powerless to prevent. The bottom is dropping out of polls for Democratic candidates in states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio, where battlegrounds threaten to become routs."

Brent Budowsky, The Hill: "The 2010 elections are in the ninth inning. There are two outs. The Democrats are down by two runs."

Well, that's the truth, right?

From Talking Points Memo today: "Over the last week, five polling organizations have come out showing the Democrats 1 point ahead of the Republicans."

And here's a chart showing a composite of polls, from pollster, via Daily Kos:

Funny, isn't it? When the Republicans are ahead in the polling, it is the biggest story in the whole country. As the election draws closer, and the Democrats take the lead, the biggest story in the country is that the Republicans are still ahead.

Not a true story, but still the story.

If there is anyone out there that still thinks that the mainstream press are the dupes of the Republicans, rather than their collaborators, well, it's time to get things straight.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Lies, The Lies!

Once again, I feel called upon to quote at some length a malignant article from one of the America-hating paid liars at Renew America; in this instance, Mr. Alan Caruba spreading his destructive misinformation about global warming. Mr. Caruba is not a paranoid maniac in the class of a Sher Zieve, but he does himself up proud with this effort:

"No science, fake science, and the deliberate destruction of the nation

Any scientist who has not sold his soul to the environmental movement will tell you that the reason that greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), do not cause any warming is due to the fact that they have to conform to the laws of thermodynamics. The first law states that "energy can be neither created nor destroyed. It can only change form."

Complete gibberish, of course, from someone who not only has no understanding of thermodynamics, but doesn't give a damn about it except as a tool to delude the ignorant.

"Energy produced by coal, natural gas, oil, or nuclear is energy that has changed from one form of matter to another."


"The attack on these sources of energy is a direct attack on the economic success of America and it is one that is at a dangerous peak of activity generated by the Obama administration, primarily through the Environmental Protection Agency."

Now we get down to it. Any attempt to force energy companies to control their destruction of the environment is an attack on America by the Obama administration. Of course, people like this hateful monster will never admit that anyone who admits the truth of global warming (about which there has been no question for decades) has any kind of honorable motives at all, so it is necessary to fabricate the ludicrous fiction that they are all engaged in a deliberate attempt to destroy our country. The preposterous nature of this claim is almost beyond description.

"There is simply no such thing as "dirty energy."

There isn't? How about the smog that plagued American cities and has been materially reduced by automobile emissions controls? How about the thousands that died from "fogs" in London in the nineteenth centuries? I could go on and on here, as you well know, but let's continue.

"The push for so-called clean or renewable energy is a fiction to advance the use of the two worst, most unpredictable and unreliable forms of energy, solar and wind."

Solar and wind- the two worst forms of energy. Also of course, the two most non-polluting. Anyone care to guess who gives this murderous liar (because, by preventing action on global warming, that is what he is, a mass murderer) his marching orders?

"if the EPA gains the authority to control carbon dioxide, it will literally control all business and industrial activity in the nation as well as the lives of all Americans."

Sure it will. That makes a lot of sense. What a dick.

"there is no scientific justification for controlling CO2 because it plays no role in the so-called "climate change," the new language being used to avoid saying "global warming." It should be evident to a kindergartner that humans not only do not affect the climate, but have no control over it."

Evident to a kindergartner. Unfortunately, not evident to any scientist not paid off by the energy companies, nor to any other honest person.

"The environmental movement that has devoted decades and millions to perpetrate the greatest science fraud in the history of mankind has backed away from "global warming" for the obvious reason that the Earth has been in a cooling cycle for the past decade"

A total lie. The last decade is the hottest on record.

"there is zero need to control CO2 as a threat to the environment because, without it, all life on Earth would not exist. It is CO2 that is the vegetative equivalent of oxygen that maintains all animal life. The two are symbiotic and have been for billions of years....Nearly all life on earth depends on the presence of CO2 in the atmosphere. Without any CO2, the Earth would be a barren place like the moon, or our neighboring planets, Venus and Mars."

Without water, all life on earth would not exist. So let's submerge everyone in water. That would be just great, right? Apparently Mr. Caruba hasn't considered the notion of "too much of a good thing."

"Indeed, more CO2 in the atmosphere would be extremely beneficial, aiding larger crop yields to feed Americans and others worldwide. It would improve the health and vitality of the planet's forests."

More utter lies, from an absolutely morally bankrupt sociopath who does not care at all what damage he wreaks on others, if he benefits in the slightest.

"To sum up, Cap-and-Trade and any control of CO2 is in its simplest terms, a vehicle to destroy the nation's economy."

Because there is not a person in the world who really believes in global warming. They're all communists out to destroy America.

How do you deal with the generation who have been raised by the Republicans to believe this malignant propaganda, and with the billions that the rich are willing to spend to feed them on these lies? I just don't know, but I do know that the last two years have really taught me a sad lesson in what a vile bunch of greedy, hate-filled, neanderthals exist between the two coasts of this country, and how many morally bankrupt savages like Mr. Caruba there are to feed their worst instincts.

The Press Continues to Prop Up Sarah

Mark Halperin, another one of our sacred wise men, in Time Magazine:

"Don't underestimate Sarah Palin. Yes, she is hyper-polarizing: she sends her fans into rapture and drives her detractors stark raving mad. But she can dominate the news cycle with a single tweet and generate three days of coverage with a single speech"

And whose fault is that, you stupid, asinine jerk? Do you think people like you will ever muster the decency to deal with the real issues facing this country, or are you intending to spend the rest of your life forcing the American people to deal with the threat of being ruled by corrupt, self-serving demagogues like Sarah Palin? It's your fault that this sort of person is allowed to dominate our political life, and it will be the fault of people like you if they continue to plague our society.

Mr. Halperin, there is a point at which your indifference to our welfare and your kissing up to self-generated right wing celebrity moves from being a childish weakness into being real evil.

In your case, that happened long ago.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

So Sad

The National Tea Party Convention has been canceled.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Who Hasn't Figured it Out?

I would like to cite the following brief post from Atrios in full:

"Nobody Cares About The Deficit

Especially the ones who screech the loudest about it.
After all these years you'd think reporters would have figured out this game, but oh well."

Atrios, I love ya' but I'm afraid you haven't figured out the game either.

The "reporters" in the mainstream "press" are not there to figure things out. They are there for the sole purpose of deluding the American people into putting the Republicans back in power, so they can get on with their looting of our economy.

Otherwise, why did they collaborate for weeks with the Republican party in grandstanding about an Obama bill to spend $50 billion to aid small business, publicizing the Republicans' hollow screams that this was a budget-buster; but they seem totally uninterested in the current Republican plan to pass tax cuts for the rich which the CBO says will cost three trillion dollars?

Everyone who follows the economy in this country knows that, except for World War II, Republicans have been responsible for all of the budget deficit in this country. And that includes the red ink we are running now, which is a direct consequence of the criminal mismanagement of the economy by the last Republican administration; the alternative being a depression. Yet the press does not allow, but collaborates with the Republicans to delude the American public into returning to a national economic policy which consists of absolutely nothing but plundering the wealth of 99% of the American people, to turn it over to the rich.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Some Things Never Change

I bet you could have never predicted this:

"Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) broke with the Obama administration message on the Bush tax cuts Monday, calling for an extension of all breaks — including those for the top 3 percent of American money earners...His support for the Republican position of not raising any taxes in the midst of a recession highlights the intense battle set for Congress as lawmakers return to Washington Monday."

This is corruption, pure and simple. The more politicians make a show of their religion, the less of it you can be sure they really have. And in Holy Joe's case, that amounts to just about none.

The End of Western Civilization is Here

And no, it is not being brought about by Muslims who live twelve thousand miles from here. It is coming at the hands of another religious group:

"Galileo was Wrong: The Church was Right
First Annual Catholic Conference on Geocentrism

Galileo Was Wrong is a detailed and comprehensive treatment of the scientific evidence supporting Geocentrism, the academic belief that the Earth is immobile in the center of the universe. Garnering scientific information from physics, astrophysics, astronomy and other sciences, Galileo Was Wrong shows that the debate between Galileo and the Catholic Church was much more than a difference of opinion about the interpretation of Scripture.

Scientific evidence available to us within the last 100 years that was not available during Galileo's confrontation shows that the Church's position on the immobility of the Earth is not only scientifically supportable, but it is the most stable model of the universe and the one which best answers all the evidence we see in the cosmos."

Think this is a bad joke? Look below:

Yes, there are actually people who are maliciously stupid enough to believe this, or else there are people who are willing to use other people's ignorance and idiotic religious faith to manipulate them. can we survive in a country where people will claim to believe garbage like this, in order to shout down the "liberals" who keep claiming that we owe everyone a chance to live a decent life? Because in the end, that's all this is about: God told me it's okay to be a racist, greed-maddened hatemonger, and you can't tell me different, because I heard it straight from Jesus. And you thought they couldn't sink any lower when they denied the truth of evolution and global warming. These are human lemmings who are willing to kill themselves, their children and everyone around them rather than admit they were wrong about anything, or admit that they owe a shred of concern for the welfare of anyone but themselves. The Republicans must be really proud at having bred the most morally corrupt political movement in our country's history, as a necessary means to getting them to voluntarily slit their own throats on behalf of the hyper-rich.

Wingnut Wrapup

Yes, it's that time again- the time when my cesspool overflows with the ravings of the right, so I have no choice but to dump its contents on you.

We have some award winners today, so pay close attention:

First, the Karl Rove Memorial Award for egregious nonsense in lying:

Allen Hunt, Town Hall: "Is any event so small that President Obama does not feel compelled to weigh in on it? Apparently not. Witness his recent impression of Mrs. O'Leary's famous cow when he turned Pastor Terry Jones into an international crisis."

Ah yes. You guys spread the hate; the result is our fault if we dare to mention it in public. If we'd just kept our damned mouths shut about your sick, perverted behavior, everything would have been just fine. How Christian, Mr. Hunt.

And now the Idiotic Obama Nazi Comparison of the Day:

Wes Vernon, Renew America: "Thomas Perez: Obama's one-man Gestapo...Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General, heads the Justice Department's (DOJ) "Civil Rights" division. On September 3, the department filed a suit against "America's toughest sheriff" Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona."

Filing a suit. As I remember, that's exactly how the Gestapo worked- by filing lawsuits against people it didn't like. What an apt analogy. The Justice Department is the Gestapo because it sued someone. Of course, Bush and Cheney were most definitely not the Gestapo when they arrested people, held them for years without charges and regularly tortured them. No, who ever heard of the Gestapo doing anything like that? The Gestapo operated solely through lawsuits.

Dennis Prager, Town Hall: "The truth is that the Right's views of Muslims, the Cordoba House, and Islam are considerably more nuanced than those of the Left...The elite right -- the leading conservative columnists, editorial pages and vast majority of major talk-show hosts -- readily and regularly distinguish between jihadists and their American Muslim neighbor across the street."

No, they don't, you lying pig. That's exactly what they don't do. But it is what people on the left do. A masterpiece from the king of right wing projection.

Scott Wheeler, Town Hall: "Here’s a dinner table-worthy question: What puts more American lives in danger than burning a Koran in Florida? Answer: having an unqualified, anti-American street punk for a president! So, if you liberals take Obama at his word, then you must call for his immediate resignation with the same enthusiasm that you are now denouncing the kookie Koran-burner. "

How about having an ignorant, self-entitled, drunken frat boy for president. How did that work out?

And by the way, "street punk" is so rarely used to describe a former editor of the Harvard Law Review and constitutional law instructor. I'm not really sure if it fits in this case.

And here's our selection for the least likely charge to turn into a major scandal:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Michelle Obama Wears $200 T-Shirt While Painting on 9-11 National Day of Service"

Maybe if she'd just worn her t-shirt while sitting around drinking herself to sleep like Pickles Bush, that would have been okay.

Joan Swirsky, Renew America: "70 Democrat members of the current Congress...belong to the Socialist Party of America "

Well, leaving apart the fact that the Socialist Party of America disbanded in 1973...wait, why leave that apart? Talk about a lie that takes your breath away.

Peter Raymond, American Thinker: "Retirement Fund Trillions Lure Government Grabbers...Is the government making plans to confiscate your retirement money?"

How about the Republican plan instead, where the hedge fund managers and guys on Wall Street confiscate your retirement money, i.e. the trillions in the Social Security fund? Does that sound like a good idea? Because that's their plan.

Hadley Heath, Town Hall: "Raising Taxes is Not the Solution to the Budget Problem"

Yes it is.

John Stossel, Town Hall: "Money Is Not What Schools Need"

Yes it is.

Jonah Goldberg: "You Can't Rule on Personality Alone"

But you can rule on stupidity and greed alone, as long as you don't care what kind of country you leave behind after you are done. Get what I'm saying here?

And the Tin Medal for the Stupidest Religious Delusion of the Day:

Bryan Fischer, Renew America: "Why America has been safe since 9/11: major league baseball...The singing of "God Bless America" has been a staple since 9/11 in virtually every major league baseball stadium, and, inspired by baseball's example, is now a consistent part of pregame festivities at NFL games and NBA games, as well as college football and basketball games.

I suggest that these prayers have been heard and they have been answered."

And the runner up:

Robin of Berkeley, American Thinker: "The Gospel of Obama...When a culture banishes God as the ultimate arbiter, a guilt-ridden populace is the inevitable outcome."

Of course, no guilt is involved when a culture gives itself over to greed, hate and racism.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's All About Us, Of Course

The unrepentant racist, Pat Buchanan, at Town Hall today:

"Consider the portrait of frustrated impotence America presented to the world last week.

Our president and the secretaries of state and defense deplored Pastor Jones' plan to burn 100 Qurans but could do nothing to stop him, other than to plead with him. Jones decided to call it off himself.

Having gotten the message, Afghan mobs chanting, "Death to America," burned the American flag and set off to kill our soldiers"

Because the action or non action of one lunatic jackass twelve thousand miles away was all they have to be mad about. It couldn't be, could it, that they are upset that we are spending billions of dollars to have our army running around their country killing people almost at random, in the service of supporting one of the most corrupt rulers on earth, an ex-oil executive placed in charge of their country by us? No, their own welfare, their utter inability to control their own fate in the face of an army far beyond anything they could dislodge, all of the abandoned Bush promises to bring so much progress to them...none of that could possibly disturb them more than some idiot with a Koran and a can of lighter fluid in Florida.

Do I need to explain the inherent racism involved in this assumption that Muslims are animals, stirred to a rage by some meaningless provocation, rather than people who, though hopelessly outmatched by the high-tech military juggernaut with which they are forced to live, will not give up trying to run their country their way? It is so much simpler to blame it all on some medieval religious stupidity than for the moronic teabaggers, who go around screaming meaninglessly about getting the government off our backs, to accept that the People of Afghanistan might want our government off their backs too.

Do They Still Not Get It?

When John Boehner said on a TV news show this Sunday that he would consider voting for the Obama tax cut even if it doesn't include rich people, I was stunned to see Democrats reacting as thought they had won some major victory. "Did Boehner Blink" read one headline, and a number of others also suggested that Obama had made the Republicans back down.

When, the very next day, many other Republicans made it perfectly clear that they were never going to let Obama have a victory that way, we got stories with headlines like this one, from Talking Points Memo:

"A furious 36 hours for Republicans trying to undo John Boehner's Sunday morning gaffe on tax cuts.

Republicans are trying to limit any damage John Boehner may have done by agreeing, reluctantly, if given no other choice, to support allowing tax cuts on the rich to expire."

Guys, after all this time, do you still not understand how this game is played? There is only one thing that is in any way slowing the billion dollar Republican juggernaut as we approach the midterm elections, and that is the "party of no" meme, which has actually (given the Dems' pathetic performance at this sort of thing in the past) gained some traction with the voters. Boehner's statement, and the similar actions that we are going to see in the next two months, have one single purpose: to combat this image in public without giving up a single thing in reality. It costs them nothing to have their leaders make these hollow promises of conciliation, when anyone with a brain knows they have absolutely no intention of fulfilling them.

This is similar to the tactic that they have employed for the last year or so of having a "designated Republican" vote with the Democrats on any highly popular legislation, while working as a united party to destroy it. Just today, George Voinovich, who is not running for re-election, voted with Democrats to pass the small business bill, while his party did everything possible to prevent Obama from winning even this minor and business-friendly victory. By doing this, they hope to prevent Democrats from claiming that any popular legislation was passed on a strictly party line vote.

So, anyone out there who was so foolish as to think that a Republican leader actually rediscovered his conscience and considered doing the right thing: forget it. By this time, you should have figured out that such a thing is never going to happen.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thinking Like a Kenyan

Continuing on the theme from my recent post about Newt Gingrich, here's Dinesh D'Souza, from an article that apparently inspired Newt's recent dive into the slime pit of racism (this excerpt via American Prospect:)

"It may seem incredible to suggest that the anticolonial ideology of Barack Obama Sr. is espoused by his son, the President of the United States. That is what I am saying. From a very young age and through his formative years, Obama learned to see America as a force for global domination and destruction. He came to view America's military as an instrument of neocolonial occupation. He adopted his father's position that capitalism and free markets are code words for economic plunder. Obama grew to perceive the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America. In his worldview, profits are a measure of how effectively you have ripped off the rest of society, and America's power in the world is a measure of how selfishly it consumes the globe's resources and how ruthlessly it bullies and dominates the rest of the planet."

The author correctly points out the pure racism that underlies attacks such as this, but he still falls short of acknowledging the real irony of this claim: What he alleges Barack Obama Sr. to believe is in very large part true.

I know that anyone who speaks up against our perfect, divinely created Republic, is likely to be chewed to death by a pack of right wing pit bulls, but I'm sorry to say that the paragraph quoted above, while simplistic, is a closer description of the country we live in than the malignant fantasy peddled night and day by the Republican party. Apparently, people in Kenya are far more aware of what's going on in our society than most of us are.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lowest of the Low

Newt Gingrich, in one of the most hate-filled, lying, racist rants I have ever heard:

"What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predicative model for his behavior. This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president.

I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating — none of which was true. In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve. He was authentically dishonest.

[Obama] is in the great tradition of Edison, Ford, the Wright Brothers, Bill Gates — he saw his opportunity and he took it. The American people may take it back, in which case I may or may not be the recipient of that, but I have zero doubt that the American people will take it back. Unlike Ford, the Wright Brothers, et cetera, this guy’s invention did not work.

I think Obama gets up every morning with a worldview that is fundamentally wrong about reality. If you look at the continuous denial of reality, there has got to be a point where someone stands up and says that this is just factually insane."

In a decent country, a filthy animal like Newt, who orchestrated the worst abuse of Congressional power in our nation's history, and who was forced out of Congress due to his corruption and massive dishonesty, and who now dares to try to return to our political life and pollute it with this kind of hatred, would be ostracized from all human society.

Not here in the good ol' U.S. of A. No, here he is welcome to go on "news" stations to spread his lies and his smears, and is treated like some sort of elder statesman. He says he wants to run for President, and people in the media just nod their heads and accept that as appropriate.

Charlie Manson would make a better leader than Newt. He's a hell of a lot more honest, and probably would take his job more seriously. I mean this. The Republican party is run by the lowest specimens of human being (except for maybe Catholic priests) that can be found in our country. And people keep voting for them, and then wonder why things turn out so bad.

Teabag Watch 2010

Well, as this has been a teabag weekend, it is time for Green Eagle to report to you on the mighty popular movement which is (if you believe the mainstream press) sweeping the country and, I suspect, this entire sector of the Milky Way.

The big teabag action was in Washington, D.C. Remember last year's 9-11 Washington grand tea party and hatefest? That attracted 70,000 people, although the teabaggers claimed up to two million. 70,000 marchers for a well-publicized and heavily subsidized march was pathetic enough, but apparently they did far worse this year:

"Tea Party's 9/12 Rally Looking Much, Much Smaller Than Last Year's

The crowd is downright tiny by comparison to those past's nowhere near the size of last year's 9/12 crowd."

Here's a picture:

Not exactly an army on the march, huh? Well, maybe they are still worn out from the great Glenn Beck religious revival, and need to wait a few more weeks before their hatred overcomes their confusion when they try to remember how to open their walkers.

And just in case you wondered:

"Diversity update: Minorities on stage? About five. Minorities spotted in the small crowd? None."

And now, let's check in with Jim Hoft, over at Gateway Pundit, who is the perpetual king of teabag overestimation. Here's Jim:

"Gateway Pundit: "THOUSANDS In Attendance- St. Louis Holds Regional 9-12 Tea Party Protest"

And here's the only picture he had of the massive crowd:

Such a shame, isn't it, that there was just absolutely nowhere he could have stood to get a picture of more than a few dozen out of the THOUSANDS, or maybe even trillions who showed up for this miserable excuse for a popular demonstration?

What do people like Jim Hoft and Pam Geller think, time and time again, as they write their endless lying accounts of their phony, synthetic movement? Doesn't it ever bother them that they are repeating the same deceit over and over again?

I repeat what I must repeat until these things stop: There is no such thing as the tea party movement in any meaningful sense. Without the collaboration of the press in making these miserable, failed rallies look like something meaningful, no one would ever hear of them. We've seen "national" demonstrations with fewer people than high school pep rallies, This movement has gone right downhill since its inception a year and a half ago, with marches attracting fewer and fewer people, despite being subsidized with millions from rich right wingers like the Koch brothers. Yet the press still treats their greed and racism as somehow worthy of constantly being taken seriously.

Semi-Good News

From the New York Times:

"WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday will make clear that he opposes any compromise that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy beyond this year, officials said, adding a populist twist to an election-season economic package that is otherwise designed to entice support from big businesses and their Republican allies."

Of course, in order to get any kind of cooperation from the traitorous Republican party, he still has to lard his proposal with giveaways to business.

"Mr. Obama will also make a case for the package of roughly $180 billion in expanded business tax cuts and infrastructure spending disclosed by the White House in bits and pieces over the past few days. He would offset the cost by closing other tax breaks for multinational corporations, oil and gas companies and others.

The two major pieces of the package — expanding and making permanent a popular credit for businesses’ research and experimentation expenses, and allowing them to write off the full value of new equipment purchases through 2011 — have longstanding Republican and corporate support."

That doesn't mean that they are going to support the proposals now, no matter how much sense they might make:

"Republicans’ early reactions were hostile, especially to Mr. Obama’s proposals to close corporate tax loopholes to offset any costs.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and an adviser to Republicans, predicted in an interview that “nothing is going to happen between now and the election,” except perhaps for passage of a separate administration package of tax cuts and lending for small businesses."

So apparently, the Republicans will support nothing except more giveaways to the rich, and certainly would never support "closing other tax breaks for multinational corporations, oil and gas companies."

Two party system? What we have right now is one political party and one gang of thieves. What a way to run a country. Well, at least Obama is doing the right thing this time, although as Daily Kos so appropriately puts it, "It is excellent news, but it feels far less like triumph than a sense of relief ."

Too bad Obama didn't figure out what it really means to be a Republican before he gave up the public option.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Historic Day

Yes, it can now be officially confirmed that the experts at the Green Eagle Institute have just awarded the Michelle Bachmann Trophy for Historical Advance in the Art of Lying (shown in all of its glory in the official photo below) to none other than Ms. Pamela "shrieking harpy" Geller.

And here is the official text of the award certificate:

"WHEREAS Ms. Pamela "shreiking harpy" Geller spent the last months endlessly promoting a hatefest to take place in the City of New York, in order to exploit the memory of 9-11, and

WHEREAS The aforementioned Ms. Pamela "shreiking harpy" Geller managed, in the account of the Associated Press, to attract less than one thousand people to her pathetic rally, in the largest city in America, actually being outnumbered by proponents of the mosque, and

WHEREAS The aforementioned Ms. Pamela "shreiking harpy" Geller within hours was claiming "tens of thousands" of attendees and "forty thousand" attendees at her miserable excuse for a popular demonstration,

THEREFORE let it be known that the Green Eagle Institute for Appropriate Recognition of Inappropriate Behavior hereby awards this trophy to Ms. Pamela "shreiking harpy" Geller, for Outstanding Achievement in the art of Lying."

I know Ms. Geller is going to be so proud to have her name permanently engraved on this historic trophy, in the distinguished company of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich and other internationally distinguished liars.

STFU, Jerks

I for one am getting God damned tired of these right wing "Christian" hatemongers and their new found concern for Jews and Israel. We all know that every single one of them is an antisemitic asshole, and they are nothing but pretending to cozy up to Jews in an effort to obscure the magnitude of their newly unleashed hatred toward Muslims and Blacks.

We all know that, in their hunger for war (as long as it only kills someone else,) they would like nothing better than to see the whole middle east explode in a firestorm of violence, Israel included. And their current buddies, the Israelis, can die by the millions if it plays into their malignant fantasy about the return of a man whose most sacred precepts they deny with their every action.

Just a Little Accident- Nothing to Notice Here

It's a slow news day, so I would like to turn my attention to this:

No, that's not a scene from some movie about Hell. It's what's left of an American neighborhood.

A few days ago, after three weeks or so of residents complaining about leaking gas without any response, a PG&E gas main exploded here. The gas main was built in 1948.

PG&E has plenty of money to spend on lots of things:

"Since 2000, PG&E Corp., the parent company of PG&E Co., has spent more than $112 million on federally reportable lobbying efforts

During the first six months of the year, PG&E put unprecedented capital into lobbying efforts, reporting to the federal government that it’s so far spent nearly$44 million. Such a figure...marks an industry-wide record for electric and utilities companies."

Apparently, however, they don't have any money to maintain the potentially lethal infrastructure that allows them to grow rich. I'm not going to rail away about the callous greed that caused this accident, but I would like to point out some lessons that should be learned from this "accident," but won't be:

1. The next time I hear some right wing jackass saying how private enterprise does everything better than the Government, I intend to shove his head into this pool of mud.

2. The next time I hear some right wing jackass railing against Obama's efforts to spend federal money on repairing this country's ailing infrastructure, I'm going to rub this picture in his face until all the ink comes off, and then make him eat it.

3. The next time I hear some right wing jackass screaming about doing away with government regulation of "private enterprise," I intend to force him to live on top of a leaking PG&E gas main, and see how he feels about the company spending money to fight competition, rather than on seeing to it that its facilities are safe.

Let me point out that, as of today, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company's greed has claimed more U. S. civilian deaths than Arab terrorists have in nine years. Without a credible threat from the government to make them pay for their indifference to our safety, people like this (i.e. the sociopathic rich) will continue to damage us every day. It is long past time to show them that if they are unconcerned about our welfare, we are going to show no concern for theirs.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's just jump right in with the colossal delusion of the day:

Randall Hoven, American Thinker: "The good old days were those when fiscal year budgets were written and passed by a majority-Republican House and Senate and signed by Republican President George W. Bush."

I guess those would be the spectacular Republican style balanced budgets that took the horrid deficits of the Clinton era, and turned over to the next Democratic president a healthy budget surplus and a strong economy. Oh, wait a minute...

Ann Coulter, Town Hall: "Gen. Petraeus objected to the Quran-burning protest on the grounds that it could be used by radical jihadists to recruit Muslims to attack Americans. If the general's main objective is to hamper jihadist recruiting, may I respectfully suggest unconditional surrender?"

Petraeus- unassailable hero to craven coward in one sentence. Life moves so fast these days.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, Town Hall: "An Epic Dem Disaster"

Hooray! I'm so relieved! The Democrats are going to win HUGE in November! How do I know that? Because whenever Dick Morris predicts anything, the exact opposite happens.

Erick Erickson, Red State: "Obama says Koran Burning is Recruitment Bonanza for Al Qaida: I Think This Means The Terrorists Have Won"

Of course they have, Erick. The terrorists win whenever someone tells the truth. I've been reading right wing blogs too long not to have figured that out.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Good Grief… Looney Left Is Turning to SEIU Socialist Andy Stern For Advice on Creating Jobs"

Man, this is lunacy. Turning to one of the top labor leaders in the country for advice on creating jobs- how could they be so stupid? Instead, they should ask our nation's business leaders. They're the real experts on creating jobs- in China.

Armand C. Hale, Renew America: "just what is so "Un-American" about burning the Quran?"

Let me try to explain it to you,, on second thought, why bother. You'll never get it.

World Net Daily: "Conservative recruiters get frog-marched off campus"

Too bad they couldn't have pig-marched them off campus. That would have been more appropriate.

Grace-Marie Turner, World Net Daily: "Obamacare's 'rosy predictions' not materializing"

Maybe that's because most of Obamacare hasn't gone into effect yet. Do you think that might be the explanation? Funny, you forgot to bring that fact up in your attacks.

National Review Online: "Whoa: Obama Has Lost Joey Lawrence Which member of the cast of Blossom will be next?"

Oh my God, Oh my God! They've lost...who? From what? Man, they'll never recover now. This is it for Obama. Thanks for keeping your eyes on the important news, NRO.

Alan Caruba, Renew America: "They destroyed my towers! They were my towers and your towers."

No, Alan, they actually belonged to a company called Silverstein Properties. When you claim that the towers belonged to all of us, that has a name: Communism. Deal with it.

Chris Adamo, Renew America: "Had the September 11 terrorist attacks on America occurred during a saner time, the receptiveness of this country towards any tenets of Islam would have been seriously undercut both in the immediate aftermath of the catastrophe, and for at least as long as those who witnessed the event were alive to recall it."

Saner; i.e. more filled with hatred. Conservative thinking at its finest.

Larry Klayman, World Net Daily: "Obama to blame for backlash against U.S. Muslims"

Of course he is, Larry. He's to blame for everything.

"Despite Obama's early claims that his is a Christian, the American people are not stupid."

Yes they are.

"Couple this with his far-left socialist views and agenda, and Obama is well on his way, following 16 years of bankrupt rule by Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, to totally destroying the political, social and economic fabric of the nation."

Bankrupt? Bill Clinton? Larry, he's the one who left us with a budget surplus and no failed wars. Remember now?

World Net Daily: "FROM JOSEPH FARAH'S G2 BULLETIN...Exclusive...U.S. silent as China expands influence"

Can't Obama at least throw a little tantrum? That's how Republicans handle things like this.



Thomas Lifson, American Thinker: "Where did Barack Obama acquire the self-evident disdain he has for major corporations, especially oil companies?"

Maybe from watching what they do? That's where I got my disdain, anyway.

Frank Burke, American Thinker: "The Student Loan Takeover...The unilateral seizure of the student loan program by the Obama administration carries extremely serious implications for the future of higher education in America."

Yes, it carries the serious implication that student loans are about helping kids get an education, not about making more money for banks. That's a bad thing for Republicans, I guess.

Avik Roy, National Review Online: "A Healthy Tax Increase...Behold, the rarest of creatures: a $300 billion tax increase conservatives should rally behind"

And what would that be? Eliminating the ability of companies to deduct employee health insurance as a business expense. Yes indeed- the only tax increase conservatives should support- one that kicks tens of millions of workers out of their health insurance plans. That's a great idea, right? Man, the greed and cynicism of these people knows no bounds.

But luckily for us all, Wingnut Wrapup does know bounds, and we just reached it. Bye.