Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Happy Dems are Wrong

I have seen, on a number of liberal websites in the last few days, polls showing a lot of voter unhappiness with the corrupt governors they elected in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida and other States.  Everyone seems to be very excited about these poll results.

Well, sorry to bum you out, guys, but these polls mean exactly nothing.  There is only one day that voter opinions make a bit of difference, and that is election day.  Republicans spend vast amounts of money during the campaigns to sucker the American people into believing, for a few days or weeks, that it's a good idea to let Republicans run the country.  Once the election is over, the Republicans do not give one God damn about the opinions of the American people; they're too busy serving the ones who paid to put them in office.  Don't you worry, in 2012, after the expenditure of a few billion corporate dollars, Americans will suddenly remember how much they like the party that spent the last two years stabbing them in the back.

Republican World- It May Already Be Here

Are you ready for some of the most preposterous, and at the same time hateful, news that you have ever heard?  Well, here it is, from an article in Fortune magazine.

"Unpaid jobs: The new normal?...While businesses are generally wary of the risks of using unpaid labor, companies that have used free workers say it can pay off when done right"

I bet.

"People who work for free are far hungrier than anybody who has a salary, so they're going to outperform, they're going to try to please, they're going to be creative," says Kelly Fallis, chief executive of Remote Stylist, a Toronto and New York-based startup that provides Web-based interior design services. "From a cost savings perspective, to get something off the ground, it's huge. Especially if you're a small business."

You know, there's another word for people who work for free.  Can you think of it? Here's a hint: it begins with s.  And by the way, can someone get this woman a lobotomy?

"Like others who have used unpaid labor, Kelly Fallis recommends beginning with a very specific job description and conducting a thorough hiring process to screen out people who aren't going to give their all for nothing."

God forbid  these shiftless losers should only give eighty percent in return for nothing.

"Crystal Green, owner of Tallahassee-based event planning firm Your Social Butterfly, has had mixed results with unpaid staffers who didn't take their responsibilities seriously.  "It's better to have one decently paid person than nine unpaid people who are making it so difficult because they're slacking off or they're difficult to manage," Green says."

Responsiblities?  What kind of responsibilities do they have toward someone who has induced them to work for nothing?

They're difficult to manage, while they are working for you for free.   How dare they?  Where is their gratitude?

I think you just aren't looking back in history to get the right kind of manager.  Like this one:

See, motivation is so easy when you know the trick.  I bet that guy in the red shirt went to a top-rate business school to learn how to get the most out of unpaid employees.

"The benefit unpaid labor offers to a business is pretty clear...Sometimes, gratis work can even lead directly to a paid opportunity. "

Well, I guess starving the population until large numbers of people can be forced into servitude does offer some real benefits for business owners; you have to admit the logic of that.  And hey, look on the bright side- some day, some of them just might get paid for their work.  Hallelujah, we've reached the promised land!

This is the country that we are getting from all of the moronic voters who decided to turn our lives over to a pack of greed-maddened, sociopathic rich people. And you know what? as far as I can tell, a lot of people are just fine with it.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

So, let's clear the decks before the new week of idiocy begins:

Mario Diaz, Town Hall: "Republicans Should Not Play Nice on Judicial Nominations"

Don't worry, Mario. No chance of that.  They'll play dirty, like always.

Kyle Olsen, Town Hall: "Gov. Walker's Legislation Has Unions Caving Already"

Proud of yourselves, huh? Maybe you could try beating up on puppies next. This lying jerk is talking about teachers unions agreeing to wage freezes, something which he knows perfectly well they had agreed to before the governor went on his malicious binge. Well, what's one more lie in an ocean of them?

Clarice Feldman, Pajamas Media: "Anti-American, Foreign Donors Are Paying Off Our Profs. Shouldn't We Address This?"

Funny, they're worried about professors' research being funded by foreigners, but are just fine with foreigners giving money to members of Congress. As long as they're Republicans, of course.

John Rosenthal: "Late Congressman Lantos Praised Libya’s 'Major Gesture for Peace'

Of course, so did still alive (I think,) current member of Congress John McCain, but let's not bring that up. The dead guy Lantos was a Democrat, so let's hop on him.

Salena Zeto, Town Hall: "GOP Foolishly Ignores Recall Battle in Wisconsin"

Hey, how could they miss an opportunity to strike a blow against popular democracy? That's not what the Koch brothers paid for.

Austin Hill, Town Hall: "Collaps of the Obama Worldview"

In Libya. The fact that he's doing something that's working just great proves that he doesn't know what the hell he's talking about.  That makes sense.

And now, today's Gold Award for Outstanding Achievment in Projection:

Kyle-Anne Shiver, Pajamas media: "Obama's Monetary Policy: Stick It to the Middle Class"

What can you say?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Obama in Weekly Address: Mission in Libya Is Succeeding… For Al-Qaeda...Yesterday we found out that the rebels we are helping in Libya are linked to Al-Qaeda."

That is, of course, if you believe the words of Moammar Gaddafi, which Jim apparently does (see post below.) Well, who would Republicans trust more than a dictator? It's always worked for them before. Well, sort of.  Well, okay, it never works.  But why change now?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: "Sarah Palin Remembers Geraldine Ferraro (Video)"

Well, that's a surprise, since Sarah doesn't seem to be able to remember much else that actually happened. At least it's a video. If it were written down, no one would believe that it really came from her.

Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily: "Ayers admits (again) he wrote Obama bio"

Boy, they won't give up on a single lie, no matter how preposterous. Here's the evidence, as cited by WND, from an Ayers speech:

"Question: What is your opinion of Barack Obama's style as a writer and uh …
Ayers: I think the book is very good
Ayers: Did you know that I wrote it, incidentally?
Question: What's that?
Ayers: I wrote that book.
Several audience members: Yeah, we know that.
Question: You wrote that?
Ayers: Yeah, yeah. And if you help me prove it, I’ll split the royalties with you. Thank you very much.
Laughter and Applause"

By the way, let's not forget that Jerome Corsi has written a book too. The one that accused war hero John Kerry of giving himself his medals. A real authority there.

Rick Moran, American Thinker: "Obama says Libyan campaign 'making progress' I only have one question for our president: What is it we are "making important progress" toward?"

Oh I don't know, how about progress toward preventing a vicious dictator from slaughtering his own people? How about that for an answer, you stupid dick? Oops, sorry there, Green Eagle got a little cranky.

Phil Boehmke, American Thinker: "DHS funded propaganda event cancelled...A terror attack drill fancying white supremacists blowing up illegals and racial minorities? Get real"

How's this for real, Phil?

"An arrest has been made in the failed January bomb plot that apparently targeted marchers along an Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane, Wash...The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, reported that in 2004 Harpham (the guy arrested) was a member of the Neo-Nazi group National Alliance. "

And finally for today:

Fred Schwartz, National Review Online: "FILM...Limitless Banality...In Hollywood, the ultimate end of intelligence."

At last! We've accomplished our goal! Now we can all go home and take a nice long nap!

Glad to Hear That

Dennis Kucinich:

"Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is denying any plans to seek the impeachment of President Obama over the U.S. involvement in Libya.

Kucinich recently raised the question of whether Obama could be impeached for leading the U.S. into a conflict — to enforce a United Nations-backed no-fly zone — without going to Congress first.

"I asked the question as to whether that was an impeachable offense; that’s different than actually calling for an impeachment or inducing a resolution, which I am not intending to do," Kucinich told Fox Business Network on Thursday."

Well, we're glad to hear that you are not actually going to try to impeach Obama, Dennis.  No, all you are going to do is go on Fox news and give its lunatic followers more encouragement to hate Obama.  Thanks a lot for seeing to it that the Wingnuts don't have a total monopoly on idiocy.

More on Libya

I want to direct your attention to an excellent article by Juan Cole, which greatly amplified my understanding of what is going on in Libya, and what is at stake.  In case you don't know about Cole, he is a professor at the University of Michigan, who consistently provided the most knowledgeable comment about Iraq, during the Bush-Cheney fiasco.  Here are a couple of excerpts, but you should really read the whole thing, and probably bookmark Cole's blog for further information:

"I am unabashedly cheering the liberation movement on, and glad that the UNSC-authorized intervention has saved them from being crushed. I can still remember when I was a teenager how disappointed I was that Soviet tanks were allowed to put down the Prague Spring and extirpate socialism with a human face.

The libel put out by the dictator, that the 570,000 people of Misrata or the 700,000 people of Benghazi were supporters of “al-Qaeda,” was without foundation"

 That didn't stop the mindless opponents of Obama, as readers of Wingnut Wrapup will know, from instantly buying into the dictator's lies and attacking him for supposedly allying himself with Al Qaida.

"The question is what kind of leadership was emerging in places like Benghazi. The answer is that it was simply the notables of the city. If there were an uprising against Silvio Berlusconi in Milan, it would likely unite businessmen and factory workers, Catholics and secularists. It would just be the people of Milan. A few old time members of the Red Brigades might even come out, and perhaps some organized crime figures. But to defame all Milan with them would be mere propaganda.

If the Left opposed intervention, it de facto acquiesced in Qaddafi’s destruction of a movement embodying the aspirations of most of Libya’s workers and poor, along with large numbers of white collar middle class people."

There's a great deal more insight in this post, and I recommend it highly.  And as I really don't know enough to have a lot to say about Libya, I hope you will forgive me for trying to direct you toward someone who does.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hell Just Froze Over

"We did the right thing in Libya."

-Bill O'Reilly

Libya- an Arab Perspective

Very few of us can really tell what's going on in Libya.  I freely admit that I hardly have a clue of where things stand now.  So I can't comment too much on this piece from Al Jazeera, except to say that is sounds very plausible and reasonable to me:

"After six days of bombing, the Gaddafi forces have been seriously hampered, but the balance of power on the ground is yet to be reversed.

Meanwhile, the Libyan revolutionaries continue to fight bravely despite the superiority of the regime's firepower. Their high spirits and readiness to sacrifice continues to make up for their military inferiority.

As highly paid mercenaries and well armed militias confront highly motivated rebels ready to sacrifice all including their lives, history tells us the latter is bound to win, if not sooner, then later.

Remember, while armed militias fight out of loyalty to a despotic leader, patriots sacrifice for their country and its freedom. Arming the latter could reverse the balance of power in no time and perhaps ending the Gaddafi regime.

Concerns that Libya could descend into civil war or become dependent client state are legitimate in light of the Western military intervention.

But it's up to the Libyans to reject any such notion of dependency in the future, and for the new democracies flourishing around them to support their collective rights for free self determination from neo- colonial influence. Unlike dictatorships, democracies tend to be less prone to clientalism.

No 'I-owe-you's have gone out and no receipts or down payments have been issued to Western powers thus far by the Transtional National Council that we know of, and it could and should remain that way.

As the Libyans go to Addis Ababa at the invitation of the African Union that has long voiced its concerns of Western intervention, political or diplomatic efforts should concentrate on ending the Libyan suffering sooner rather than later.

The end game hasn't change. Gaddafi must go. Not because Obama said it, rather because as the Arab revolution puts it, "the people want to bring down the regime."

Again, I want to state that I just don't know how close to the truth this comes, but it sounds much more reasonable than most of the posturing and ignorant pontificating that is to be found in the American media, so at this point, I suspect that it's as close to the truth as we're liable to get.

Today's Republican Abuse of Power

I thought I would try documenting a daily misuse of their position by the newly-entitled Republicans, so people can see what lies in store if these people are not put down.  Here is today's, from Americablog:

"GOP Governor's appointee wants 'Alaskans prosecuted for having sex outside of marriage'

And would that include premarital sex?

"(reporter): "What about premarital affairs -- should that be a crime?"

Haase: "If it came before (the state) as a vote, I probably would vote for it... I can see legitimate reasons to push that as a crime."

I just hope they are ready to pay for a hell of a lot of new jails up there.  Good thing newly wealthy Bristol Palin bought a house in Arizona.

Well, Who'd Have Thought?

From CNN:

"...frequent religious involvement appears to almost double the risk of obesity compared with little or no involvement."

No word on whether frequent religious involvement increases the risk of stupidity, or whether the relationship works the other way around.

The Next Step in Fascism, from the State of Wisconsin

And a new low in contempt for the rule of law:

"Wisconsin: Anti-Union Bill Published Despite Restraining Order

The Legislative Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan bill drafting and library organization that works for the state Legislature in Wisconsin, published the controversial anti-union bill. A Dane County judge has put a restraining order on implementation of the bill. However, the LRB claims in a footnote that the restraining order only applies to the Secretary of State, who normally publishes bills.

With the bill officially published, the Secretary of Administration, Mike Heubsch, put out a statement: “Today the administration was notified that the LRB published the budget repair bill as required by law. The administration will carry out the law as required.” Laws in Wisconsin normally take effect the day after publication.

This means that, despite a restraining order against the implementation of the bill, the Governor’s office plans to implement it anyway."

This is dictatorship.  Welcome to Republican America, where everyone is a patriot, and the Constitution is sacred writ.

The Truth, For the Last Time, from Bob Herbert

Well, having lost Frank Rich, the New York Times sinks another huge step into editorial irrelevance by letting Bob Herbert slip through their fingers too.  Soon, they will reach their apparent goal, by having no one on their opinion page but the likes of right wing liar Ross Douthat, or maybe they can come up with another Bill Safire, to spend his life making right wing cant somehow seem acceptable.

Here are some excerpts from Herbert's final column, to give you an idea of what we are losing:

"Arthur Miller, echoing the poet Archibald MacLeish, liked to say that the essence of America was its promises. That was a long time ago. Limitless greed, unrestrained corporate power and a ferocious addiction to foreign oil have led us to an era of perpetual war and economic decline.

The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.

There is plenty of economic activity in the U.S., and plenty of wealth. But like greedy children, the folks at the top are seizing virtually all the marbles. Income and wealth inequality in the U.S. have reached stages that would make the third world blush. As the Economic Policy Institute has reported, the richest 10 percent of Americans received an unconscionable 100 percent of the average income growth in the years 2000 to 2007, the most recent extended period of economic expansion.

In 2009, the richest 5 percent claimed 63.5 percent of the nation’s wealth. The overwhelming majority, the bottom 80 percent, collectively held just 12.8 percent.

Americans behave as if this is somehow normal or acceptable."

What I didn't steal for this post is as good as what I did.  Read it and weep.

Friday, March 25, 2011

WI Sup. Ct.: Judge who called fellow justice a 'bitch' says women judges 'ganged up' on him

(A sordid story, as reported at Daily Kos.)

I couldn't help thinking of this scene from My Little Chickadee:

"Barfly: Uh, did she ever come back again?
Squawk Mulligan, bartender: I’ll say she came back! She came back a week later and beat the both of us up. 
W. C. Fields: Yeah. But she had another woman with her."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

 As you would expect, a lot of the right wing garbage today has to do with finding a way to blame Obama for something, anything, in Libya.  Here's a taste of the insanity:

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "Liberals: They Blinded Us With Science"

No they didn't, Ann.  You blinded yourselves with stupidity.  Deal with it.

Steve Chapman, Town Hall:  "Obama's Fatal Attraction to War"

You.ve just got to laugh.

Emmett Tyrrell, Town Hall:  "Maybe Obama Should Have a Beer Summit With George W."

Oh right.  Maybe he could get some real lessons from Bush about how to handle a war.  Listen, you guys are scared to death that Obama will remove Gaddafi in a couple of weeks at a cost of almost nothing, as opposed to your guy, who squandered eight years, trillions of dollars and several thousand American lives to accomplish approximately zero in Iraq, except for a sordid public hanging. That's why you waited about fifteen minutes to start attacking Obama, after screaming for years that anyone who spoke the truth about Bush's fiasco was a traitor.

Jacob Sullum, Town Hall:  "Obama's War of Choice: The Dangerously Open-Ended Rationale for Attacking Libya"

As opposed to Bush's very specific rationale for attacking Iraq:  steal their oil.

Erick Erickson, Red State (and CNN, don't forget:)  "Good morning friends. We are apparently not at war in Libya. No, it is no war. Friends, this is a kinetic cluster SNAFU is what it is."

I.e. Erick can't find a single real thing to criticize in Obama's actions, so before they succeed, he's just going to get in some lying and smearing, on general principles.

Red State:  "Bill Ayers, You’re Wanted For Questioning...for questioning in the murder of Sgt. Brian McDonnell!  San Francisco—On Monday, February 16, a bomb blew up at Park Police Station, killing a police sergeant and wounding several others. That  was 41 years ago. Sergeant McDonnell’s murderers have never been brought to justice ..."

Only one fact left out of this story.  Bill Ayers turned himself in to the police concerning this matter, and they determined that he was not guilty.  Other than that, great reporting, guys.  You're having to go a little far back, aren't you, to find any evidence of left wing violence to counter the almost daily right wing terrorist plots that we're having to deal with?  Lucky for you that the mainstream "press" has decided that when a Republican does it, it isn't a crime.

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "Al Qaeda and America on the Same Team — Turns out Al Qaeda supports the rebels in Libya too."

Erick, I guess you're on the other team, then.  That would be the murderous dictator's side.  No surprise there.

Confederate Yankee:  "Under the right circumstances, when American vital interests are implicated, the expense of military action is not a concern. But under the present circumstances, where we are in real fiscal danger, where we are protecting no legitimate American interests, we continue to pour Tomahawk missiles into Libya at, arguably, a million dollars per bang."

The right circumstances being when a Republican is president. Then we can waste trillions.  When a Democrat is in the White House, however, everything is too expensive.

Michael Ledeen, Pajamas Media:  "The Wimp Goes to War"

Don't hold back there, Michael.  Your views are so sophisticated and nuanced that we need to have them as part of our national dialogue.  We should get together so you can read my essay, "The moron goes to war."  I wrote it a few years ago, about a different president.  I think it still holds up pretty well.

Abraham H. Miller, Pajamas Media:  "Our Blood and Treasure, for Britain and France"

Boy, they're really desperate for any attack on Obama, huh?  Now, every missile he shoots off is somehow a gift to the cheese-eaters.  I can't really figure out what the blood thing is about.

World Net Daily:  "Look who's in line to replace Gadhafi"

Who?  Charlie Sheen?

World Net Daily SPECIAL OFFER...I had high blood pressure - now I don't in 3 weeks!"

What, you stopped reading World Net Daily?

Claude Sandroff, American Thinker:  "Saudi Tanks Roll Where Obama Fears To Tread...The Saudis, tired of Obama's reluctant, indecisive and incoherent Middle East policy, have decided to take matters into their own hands."

Where Obama fears to tread- sending tanks into another country to violently support a dictator.  That's the kind of manly foreign policy that Republicans go for big time. Now, if Obama had sent tanks to support Gaddafi instead of attacking him, Claude would be waving a flag and cheering.

Heather Bachmann, Regular Folks United:  "How the GOP Will Get and Keep the Youth Vote in 2012"

Mental telepathy?  Mass murder?

Arnaud de Borchegrave, Newsmax:  "Another War, Another Quagmire, for the US"

No troops on the ground, no commitments to loathsome governments, no making deals with religious fanatics, no torture, no people hating us all over the world, and no budget destroyed to pay for it all- boy, I bet Bush and Cheney would have loved to have a quagmire like that.

Conrad Black, National Review Online:  "Obama’s reluctance to lead cannot now stop Sarkozy from winning this contest."

Contest?  What contest?  You know, Conrad, war isn't a game.  You can cheer it on without risking yourself or your huge fortune in any way, so you can treat it like fun, but it isn't so nice to those of us with a shred of human decency.  

Enough for today.  Don't worry, there will be plenty more soon.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Green Eagle Joins the Pontificating about Libya

Well, here goes my ignorant rant about Libya.  Yes, I approve of what Obama (and the French and English, the UN and several other countries) have done.  At this point in time, Libya is different from many other countries.  We are witnessing a profound, and largely unexpected, change in the Middle East.  People in a host of countries are showing that they are no longer content to be baited into accepting life under tyrants.  The results have been extremely positive in Egypt and Tunisia, and there are very hopeful signs in several other countries.  Yes, all of this ferment is inevitably going to produce deplorable governments in some countries, but still, this is a great thing that must, in the end, see large parts of the Middle East emerge from a long period of suffering.

Now comes Gaddafi.  If he is allowed to use his military to destroy the popular forces at work in his country, there will be nothing to stop the governments of Syria, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan and other countries from resorting to violent suppression of anything that challenges their rule, and the only lesson they will have learned is to hit hard and fast.  Unfortunately for him, Gaddafi's fate is going to determine the future of all of these other places, and consequently, his victory is something that the world cannot afford.  That is why the stakes are so high in Libya, and that is why the failure to neutralize him at this point will be tragic.

Obama is of course being attacked by the right for acting too slowly.  Well, what he purchased by his cautiousness is the support of the world in this endeavor.  This is a major change from the belligerence of the previous administration, and a vital step in convincing people outside our country that we are capable of using our military strength in a responsible manner.  Being responsible, of course, means nothing to Republicans (look at the way they are using their new House majority,) but it is, I suspect, very comforting to the rest of us.

A common complaint from the left is that Obama has failed to act in the Congo, in the Cote d'Ivoire and other places where equally brutal regimes are savaging their people at will.  I also would like to see the United States do more to stop this kind of atrocity, although we know what kind of racist garbage the teabaggers will have to dish out, at the sight of a black President spending a dime to stop a tragedy in a black country.  Still, as distressing as our inaction has been in the past, this is still a good thing, and if Obama can bring it to a desirable conclusion, it will leave us far more able to exert constructive influence in other countries.

One final issue needs to be included in any American discussion of this problem.  The previous President took Gaddafi off of the list of terrorist sponsors, in return for oil contracts with American companies.  This was an act of monstrous corruption and indifference to our security, from someone who blabbed about fighting terrorism every time he opened his mouth.  The American people need to remember this when they decide which party really wants to protect this country, and which party is more interested in corporate profits at any cost.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Juan Williams Strikes Again

I like taking pot shots at Juan Williams, who I have always regarded as nothing but a right wing shill using his race and his name to disguise himself as a liberal.  If anyone still has any doubt about this, consider his latest statement"

"Rep. Steve Israel (D- N.Y.) chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising letter with the following argument for maintaining public funding of NPR:
“They [Republicans] know NPR plays a vital role in providing quality news programming — from rural radio stations to in-depth coverage of foreign affairs. If the Republicans had their way, we’d only be left with the likes of Glenn Beck, Limbaugh and Sarah Palin to dominate the airwaves.”

With that statement, Congressman Israel made the case better than any Republican critic that NPR is radio by and for liberal Democrats. He is openly asking liberal Democrats to give money to liberal Democrats in Congress so they can funnel federal dollars into news radio programs designed to counter and defeat conservative Republican voices."

In the first place, what Steve Israel is saying is not that at all.  What he is saying is that the Republican party is systematically trying to shut out of the public discourse any voice that isn't bought and paid for by their rich backers.  And incidentally, that happens to be absolutely true.

But Juan's deliberate mischaracterisation of Israel's remarks pales compared to the nauseating hypocrisy of this man, who gladly took a job at Fox News, pretending that he gives a damn about a network controlled by a political party.  Juan Williams is a sellout to forces that are destroying this country, and this remark confirms that he is just thrilled to get $2 million a year to do their dirty work.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Why We Can't Have An Intelligent Discussion About Anything in This Country- lesson 52,000,000

CNN's news program this hour is bringing on its government experts to tell us what the attack on Libya is all about:  John McCain and Joe Lieberman.

Republican Viciousness Continues Unabated

In what Daily Kos very properly calls a Republican assault on sanity, here is a sample of what the party of Lincoln Hoover is up to these days, as an alternative to all of the job-generating that was promised by their multi-billion dollar campaign:

"Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have to investigate whether certain terminated pregnancies were the result of rape or incest."

So, they hate the IRS, and in fact defend people like Randy Weaver who think it's okay to just shoot IRS agents down, but they're all for using it to persecute women who are victims of rape or incest.

CARSON CITY -- One day before early voting starts in most municipal elections in Southern Nevada, a Mesquite assemblyman has introduced a bill to halt the popular practice.  Assemblyman Cresent Hardy said he was asked by a Las Vegas group, which he declined to name, to introduce Assembly Bill 311.  Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said early voting is "incredibly popular" and he knows of no voting violations caused by early voting. "

Once again, lies about nonexistent voting fraud are being used by Republicans to make it harder for groups identified as voting Democratic to exercise that right.  This has been going on for at least sixty years, yet the press, which swallowed whole the lies about Acorn, isn't interested in such stories in any way.  And how about this one:

"St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month."

What earthly good could this accomplish , except as the most mean'spirited attack on poor people that Minnesota Republicans could think of?

Well, here's a little more that Kos missed:

In a flurry of legislative activity this week, the New Hampshire House approved a tax cut on cigarettes
– Wednesday, the House approved  a bill freezing funding for schools.
– Tuesday, lawmakers approved a bill that “removes compulsory school attendance for children.”
– The Republican-controlled Senate approved pension-reform legislation that increases health care costs and raises the retirement age for public workers.
– House members passed an amendment to the state Constitution “to bypass a Supreme Court decision ordering the state to pay for the cost of an adequate education for every public schoolchild.”

Republicans can't find enough money to educate children, or keep their promises to their workers, but they can find the money for a huge windfall for tobacco companies.  That's what is important to them.  All of the above is truly an orgy of madness, while they utterly ignore everything that might really help our country recover from the damage that their behavior caused.  God help us.

And Now, the Important News

From the Pensito Review:

"Apparently, the California GOP had to fly Grover Norquist in because they could not find a Republican pol or pundit in California who could — or would — debate the governor on whether voters should be allowed to vote (on a tax extension.)...last week, the governor’s office offered to send Brown’s popular corgi, Sutter, to debate tax-hater Grover Norquist at the state GOP’s biannual convention over the weekend. "

Surrender, Grover!  Extensive research has failed to uncover a single incident in all of history where a human beat a corgi in a debate.

Another Predictable Lie from Wisconsin

Let's just dispatch this one quickly.  Some of you may remember Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin bragging over and over again about the nineteen thousand e-mails he got supporting his actions, which showed that the people of Wisconsin were behind his actions.  Of course, Walker refused to release these e-mails as long as possible (you know what was in them.)

When the AP got their hands on the e-mails, as any idiot could have predicted, practically all of them were against Walker.

Democracy in action.

And More News that Wasn't Important Enough for You to Hear

From the Boston Herald, not exactly a major news outlet:

"MADERA, Calif. — The FBI has arrested a 37-year-old school bus driver suspected of vandalizing a central California mosque and firebombing a Planned Parenthood clinic last year, authorities said.
Donny Eugene Mower, of Madera, was to be arraigned Thursday on two federal arson charges in the Sept. 2 attack on the Madera Planned Parenthood, local and federal officials said.
The clinic was damaged and had to remain shut for two days after someone threw an explosive device through a window."

Once again, with all of the endless fear mongering about essentially nonexistent Muslim terrorism in this country, no one has time to report on a real terrorist fire bombing, which actually took place.  But then, to paraphrase Dick Nixon, when Christians do it, it isn't terrorism.

I'll be reporting to you, incidentally, when Jim Hoft or some other right wing jerk claims this guy is a left winger.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

We're Better At Everything

I see that the Japanese government has admitted that they are currently overwhelmed by the damage caused by the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear disasters that they have had to deal with.

What a bunch of wimps.  Why don't they ask the Republican party, right here in the Greatest Country on Earth, how to deal with these problems.  Republicans could give them the answer immediately, and it's so simple, really.  Cut taxes on the rich.  That solves every problem.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

Let's just start right off with one of the most preposterous lies you have ever heard in your life, told by a has-been hatemonger in a mortal struggle to get that right wing spotlight back:

Ann Coulter, Town Hall:  "A Glowing Report on Radiation: There is, however, burgeoning evidence that excess radiation operates as a sort of cancer vaccine"

Right.  Radiation prevents cancer.  What snide remark could ever be equal to that?  And we thought that denying global warming and claiming that Obama was born in Kenya were the biggest lies they could tell. We were wrong.

Michael Hammond, Red State:  "Jared Lee Loughner was Barack Obama’s perfect gun purchaser -– right up until the moment when he started killing people.

Remember when, in 1968, we were told that, if felons and other undesirables were prohibited from having guns, gun crime would stop? Loughner was not a felon. He was, likewise, not an illegal alien, a deserter, or a fugitive from justice.

Remember when, in 1994, we were assured that, if gun purchasers were “checked out” against an FBI database, gun crime would stop?"

Actually, I don't remember that.  Sorry.  Of course, I don't actually remember the Easter bunny coming either, and he is equally real.   But you can't argue with the logic of Michael's line of reasoning, can you?  I mean, laws making murder a crime didn't stop O. J. Simpson, so the rational thing to do is just make murder legal.  And after all, it's illegal to cheat on your taxes, but that doesn't stop a lot of rich people from hiring experts to find new ways to steal from the government, so why not just do away with income tax on the rich altogether?  Oh, wait a minute, the Republicans already are in favor of that.  Oh well, at least we can all take comfort from the fact that Barack Obama is personally responsible for the alleged failings of a law passed when he was 7 years old.  Some things you can always count on.

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "Unlike Wisconsin, Tennessee dealt decisively with union protestors who tried to disrupt a committee meeting for, of all things, not taking up legislation. The legislation was pro-union and did not come up in committee. Consequently, several  activists began a protest.  They got hauled off to jail."

Take THAT, you liberals.  So much for your right to petition the government for redress of grievances.  Erick, there's a "president" in Libya who would like to shake your hand.

Charlie Martin, Pajamas Media:  "Fear the Media Meltdown, Not the Nuclear One...Relax: this is not another Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, and I'll tell you exactly why."

Because I got paid to say so.  That pretty much sums it up.

Charlie Martin is an award winning nuclear engineer.  Oops, no he's not.  He's "science and technology editor" of one of the most idiotic right wing blogs on the internet.  Funny how many right wingers that we though were experts in nothing but being an ass have turned out to be fully qualified nuclear scientists.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "GOP OFFICES SHOT UP IN DC...This must be more of that new civility we were promised.  The DC Republican offices today were shot up.  DCist reported, via Instapundit: Paul Craney, the executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee, got quite the surprise when he came into the office today — someone had shot out the windows of the party’s headquarters at 1275 K Street NW with what appeared to be small caliber pellets.   “All I can say is that whoever did it either is targeting glass windows or the D.C. Republican Committee,” said Craney in an email this afternoon..."

Well, I guess that proves it.  We have never heard of a case of an unknown person with a pellet gun shooting out a window.  So it must be Democrats on a rampage.

Alan Caruba, Renew America:  "The EPA is a most wicked assemblage of alleged scientists and political appointees who sole purpose is to economically burden the industrial, commercial, and agricultural sectors of the nation in every way possible."

But why, Alan?  Why would they do this?  I can tell you why people like you do the opposite:  they get paid by the rich to lie.  Alan continues to reveal the monstrous abuse of power that the EPA is up to today:

"WASHINGTON — In response to a court deadline, today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution from power plants."

Mercury and arsenic...why, what could be less toxic than mercury and arsenic?  Alan eats them every day for breakfast.  The self serving evil of these EPA guys, to try to deny us our mercury and arsenic!

But wait, there's more:

"if these emissions are such a dire health hazard, why did it take eleven years for the EPA to take action?"

Uh, maybe because corrupt Republicans fought every step of the way to let corporations poison us?  That's my guess.  Personally, I'd be happier without the arsenic.  How about you?

Marie Jon, Renew America:  "The Obama administration is corrupt and evil."

Well, let's just get it right out there, Marie.  And why is Obama corrupt and evil?

"President Barack Obama exhibits very little to none of the biblical teachings of the Judeo-Christian faith. To this day, he has not become a member of any of the Christian churches in Washington, D.C."

Of course not- he's a Muslim.  He was going to join a mosque, but he flunked the bomb-making test.  That guy can't do anything right.

Tim Dunkin, Renew America:  "The left owes us all an apology"

For what, dare you ask?

"We could start by demanding an apology from the commies and socialists for how they have systematically enslaved entire generations of American blacks into a hopeless, dead end existence as wards of the welfare state."

Well, maybe you guys should go first, Tim, and apologize for having  systematically enslaved entire generations of American blacks into a hopeless, dead end existence as slaves.  What you think about that?  Of course, Tim is not done with his maundering:

"The Left also owes us an apology for the crime that has plagued America since the late 1960s... the Left has the blood of hundreds of thousands of murder victims, and the tears of millions of friends and family members, on its hands...But it doesn't stop there — we have more bones to pick with these people. How about the fact that the reason we're paying such high prices for energy — on everything from the gas we pump to the electricity that heats our homes — is a direct result of left-wing environmental wacko influence on our nation's energy policies?...What's ironic is that, despite their supposed zeal to "save the environment," the lefties are also responsible for the greatest environmental catastrophe in recent memory — the BP Deepwater spill...Really, these are only just the tip of the iceberg. I could literally write a book about the crimes that the Left has committed..."

Yeah, yeah, we get you, Alan.  The left is responsible for everything bad since the dawn of time.  I bet you didn't know that the Pharaoh and Genghis Khan were leftists.

Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "What would Jesus cut?"

Listen, Joseph, if he heard the things you say in his name, he'd cut his own throat.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "So Much For That Cairo Speech… Obama Administration Votes To Bomb Libya...Barack Obama promised the Muslim World A New Beginning in June 2009. "

That's right, yesterday he was a terrorist-coddling wimp for not bombing Gaddafi, today he's a two faced liar for agreeing to do it.  Never let a crisis go to waste, that's Jim's motto.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Figures. Leftie Tractor Driver at WI Protest Had No License"

The horror!

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "11 Michigan Leftists Slammed to the Floor, Arrested, Frog-Marched From Capitol Building .  This is what democracy looks like"

In your world, Jim.  And aren't you proud of it.


They weren't racist enough. 

Well, let me leave you with this brilliant suggestion.  Maybe Ann Coulter and Alan Caruba could get together and publish Dr. Coulter's Arsenic and Plutonium Diet.  You too can look just like Ann in six short weeks!

Some Good Electoral News

From Public Policy Polling:

"We've found a lot of brutal poll numbers for Sarah Palin so far in 2011: down in South Dakota, down in South Carolina, down in Arizona, only up by 1 point in Texas, only up by 1 point in Nebraska to name a few. But this has to be the worst- independent voters say they would support Charlie Sheen over Palin for President by a 41/36 margin. Seriously

...Sheen is one of the most unpopular figures we've ever polled on."

But not as unpopular as the good ol' Quitta from Wasilla.

Hope you got a laugh out of that.  We don't get much good news these days.

Another Great New Republican Economic Idea

Well, not so new, and really, guys, not all that great, either.  From Daily Kos, the following news:

"Ways & Means chief David Camp wants to return to 1931 tax rate...The extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the rich that caught howls from liberals last December is nothing compared with a new proposal that would, once again, reduce the progressivity of the U.S. tax code. This time it would take us back 80 years, a match for what it was in 1931, with a top marginal rate of 25 percent..."America needs a tax code that promotes, not prevents, job creation," (Camp) said."

And we all know how great the 25% top tax rate was at generating jobs in 1931.  There is just no damage to the country that's too much for Republicans, if it puts another dollar in the pockets of the rich.  Are they so greedy that they are indifferent to the consequences, or are they actually trying to cause a depression, so they can blame it on the Democrats?  I can't really tell at this point.

Kos helpfully provides the following chart to make his point:

Here's what thirty years or so of Republican-driven economic policy has done for our country. Pretty shocking, when you see it in this unadorned form, huh?  I hate to say it, but I'm afraid we're screwed.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

On the Wing Again

Green Eagle has again taken flight, and he's now in Miami, working on another TV show, in his never ending quest to degrade Western culture past the point of no return.

Anyway, he wasn't washed away by a tsunami or anything, and he will be back to his usual endless squawking very soon.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Just In Case You Haven't Had Enough Bad News Lately...

...Think about this:

"Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said March 12 that the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core, Japanese daily Nikkei reported"

Just thought you'd like to know.  Anyone out there want to make a bet about how many hours it will be until Sarah Palin cites this as a justification to drill, baby, drill?

Update:  Fox Business News has been reporting today that there is no damage to the Japanese nuclear plants, and that this "fact" justifies issuing a lot more permits for nuclear plants here in the United States.  The lies never end, no matter what damage they might cause.

People Slightly Disturbed in Wisconsin

Here, for the information of wingnut liars like Jim Hoft, is a picture of today's demonstration at Madison, Wisconsin:

This, Jim, is what a real demonstration looks like, as opposed to your pathetic teabag turnouts.  This is a picture of the real people of America, as opposed to the handfuls of bought and paid for suckers that show up at right wing rallies.  

Let me be clear that this crowd, in a small city, reacting to a local issue, is larger than any national crowd which the teabaggers have assembled, often after massive free publicity and heavy financial investment by the most antidemocratic forces in this country.

It is time we all stop collaborating with the lie that the country is "center-right," or that the teabaggers represent anything but a small minority of greed-maddened racists.  I saw how long it took the American people to wake up to what was happening during the Vietnam era, but when they finally snapped out of their daze, they could not be denied.  That can happen again if the collaboration of the Republicans and the mainstream press is not able to shout us down.

Now, a word about the Republican reaction, from a hilarious article in the Christian Science Monitor:

"Wisconsin protests: 'democracy in action' or 'mob rule'?

Some critics say Wisconsin protests were borderline unconstitutional because they threatened the orderly processes of state government. At issue is an obscure clause in the Constitution.

(The protests) were scenes that, in some respects, warmed the hearts of American labor: unions, for so long moribund and grappling with a loss of clout, infused with new energy and purpose. From the ashes of Wisconsin came the rebirth of union power and a powerful portrait of democracy in action, some proclaimed.
Yet others slightly less impressed by the spectacle are now offering a different interpretation: the masses came dangerously close to trampling the United States Constitution underfoot.

The argument is an arcane one, even by the measure of constitutional law. But it centers on a clause in Article 4..."

Here's the pertinent clause, in case you are interested: 

"Article IV Section 4
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence."
It is a sickening notion that this line can be used to force the Federal government to violently suppress peaceful protests- a notion, we would have thought, far more at home in Gaddafi's Libya than in Wisconsin.  But no, when faced with the real will of the American people, Republican leaders are showing themselves to have far more in common with African dictators than our founding fathers.  Apparently, they have forgotten this part of the Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Yes indeed, the Republicans who are happy to sell the government to the likes of the Koch Brothers,  the Republicans who are just fine with the violent disruption of Democratic town meetings over and over again by synthetic "protest groups" organized and financed by Republican leaders, the same people that screamed bloody murder when Federal agents serving legal warrants tried to arrest Randy Weaver and David Koresh, are now demanding the use of Federal force to put down these demonstrations.  Remember their endless, baseless lies about troops ready to suppress the right?  Of course, the minute something like this happens, they instantly prepared to stand their own outrage on its head.  Well, they are conservatives, i.e. self-serving liars without a shred of human decency.

The constitution means nothing to these traitorous criminals, and neither does the clear will of the American people.  They are conducting a war on this country, and so far they are winning.

A Sign of the Time

Rarely have I seen as much to think about in as little space as this graph, first appearing at Salon:

The party of family values spins off the rails.

Friday, March 11, 2011

They Must Be Muslims

Here we go again:

"Five people in the Fairbanks area were arrested Thursday by state and federal law enforcement on charges connected with an alleged plot to kidnap or kill state troopers and a Fairbanks judge.
...Investigation also revealed that extensive surveillance on troopers in the Fairbanks area had occurred, specifically on the locations of the homes for two Alaska state troopers," the statement said. "Furthermore, (the suspects) had acquired a large cache of weapons in order to carry out attacks against their targeted victims. Some of the weapons known to be in the cache are prohibited by state or federal law."

Fairbanks Police Chief Loren Zager said the operation involved multiple police actions related to Fairbanks-area members of the "sovereign citizen" movement."

The Sovereign Citizen movement, whose adherents have perpetrated a continuous series of violent incidents over the years; most recently the murder of two policemen by Sovereign Citizen leader Jerry Kane and his son, and probably the attack on Congresswoman Giffords.

These guys represent the extreme in wingnut hatred of paying taxes, as they are just begging for opportunities to kill someone to strike their blow against the notion that we have a responsibility to  pay for the services we receive; sad to say this movement is today only a step or two to the right of many supposedly mainstream Republican figures.  How many of these acts can be foiled before another one of these pigs succeeds like Jared Lee Loughner?  

Of course, as with Loughner and such characters as Kane and Shawna Forde, the mainstream press will do everything it can to help the Sarah Palins and Glenn Becks of this world deny that they have anything to do with this sort of thing.  And thus it will get worse and worse.  And in the end, what?

Wingnut Wrapup

A little entertainment while we're waiting for the right to find a way to blame the Japanese earthquake on Obama:

Thomas Sowell, Town Hall:  "The biggest myth about labor unions is that unions are for the workers."

Very sage observation there, Thomas.  Of course unions are not for the workers.  Who would be dumb enough to believe that?  The minimum wage, the 40 hour week, the fight for social security, worker safety provisions, child labor laws...why, we all know that those things were just a cover to hide who the unions are really for- the Martians.  If the unions were really for the workers, they would make their bosses richer, so the bosses would raise workers' pay.  No, this is all about the Martians, and their plans to flood the country with their cheap Martian made goods.  And we all know what they call Mars:  the red planet.  Think that's just a coincidence?  Take it from me, you've just heard the real story.

Red State:  "The Monsters of McMinnville, Oregon"

Teachers.  Now they're not thugs any more, they're monsters.  Although, thinking back to my fifth grade teacher, Miss Brown, maybe they have a point.  She did have awfully sharp teeth.

Confederate Yankee:  "As speculation leaks out this morning that Syria aircraft and ground troops may be fighting Libyan rebels on behalf of Qaddafi's dictatorship, it makes me wonder how many lives might eventually be saved if there was a way for forming something like the American Volunteer Group that fought for the Chinese in world War II. You probably know them better as the Flying Tigers."

What a great idea by the violence-obsessed Yankee guy.  And it will work really well as soon as we find a bunch of pilots that can afford to shell out the $30 million or so for an F-16.  And the insurance!  Just ask that Progressive girl what it costs for collision coverage on a fighter plane.  Believe me, you don't want to know.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "SHRIEKING LEFTIST MOB Shuts Down Town Hall Meeting in Wisconsin"

So...they learned something from the teabaggers, huh, Jim?  You guys must be so proud.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Breaking: 2 US Marshals & 1 Police Officer Shot in St. Louis City"

Hey, good news, Jim.  That's three freeloading government union thugs who won't be collecting their fat pensions, right? 

Paul Greenberg, Town Hall:  "When a Lie Isn't One"

Bet you already guessed the answer to this one:  It's when it is told by a Republican!  On the other hand, even when Democrats tell the truth, it's a lie.  That's just the way God planned it.

Chuck Norris, Town Hall:  "Public Education: Progressive Indoctrination Camps"

Can you believe what an asshole this guy is?  So now, when a kid is sitting in third grade learning long divison, that's some sort of Communist brainwashing.  Actually, maybe Chuck has a point there.  It seems like teaching anyone the truth is Communism these days.  Chuck continues:

"What happens when socio-political agendas or scientific paradigms dominate academic views to the exclusion of a minority's even being mentioned?"

You know what, that is wrong.  We all know what issues Chuck is talking about here.  I think his "minority views" should be taught in public schools.  So kids will know what a bunch of ignorant, stupid liars they are, and hopefully in twenty or thirty years, we'll have a bunch of adults in this country that won't allow their time to be wasted with right wing crap.

Sher Zieve, Renew America:  "Every day it is more and more obvious that the now fully Marxist/Leninist Democrat Party USA will never accept election results unless their members win. Irrespective of the state of our nation, they are bound and determined to carry on their theft of our goods as their corrupt Unions continue to demand that taxpayers — who earn far less on average than do they — foot the bill for their grotesquely expansive lifestyles."

"Look folks, unlike the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan — or any other wars we have ever fought in our country — the war we are now fighting comes from within"

Well, I guess we all know teachers and firemen who have grotesquely expansive lifestyles.  The nerve of them to expect Sher to help pay their salaries.  We can always count on Sher to put the conservative position in the most offensive, fact-free manner possible.
And now, today's grand award for delusion above and beyond the call of duty:

American Spectator:  "Bush Tax Cuts Still Working -- For Now...They've rescued Obama once."

Rescued him from what?  From still being a Senator?  If Bush hadn't mangled the economy, do you think the American people would have voted for the Black man?

Steve McCann, American Thinker:  "Confiscate Americans' Wealth to Pay Government Workers?"

Well, that is sort of how it works, isn't it?  Otherwise, not that many of them would show up each day.  Really, what do you expect them to do, hold bake sales to pay the garbage collectors?  Or maybe the "private charity" conservatives are always talking about could collect money to feed them.  Hey, or just pay them nothing and force them to work for free.  It worked in the Confederacy.

By the way, this whole issue provides one more proof of my contention that, when it comes to right wingers, it's all about "cut my taxes."  That's the sum total of their beliefs and desires.  The rest is all just window dressing.

John Ransom, Town Hall:  "Incivility Rage in Madison and Middle East Townhall Finance: Unrest at home and abroad is rattling markets despite enough liquidity to keep the economy moving."

Well, that makes sense.  Workers, just shut your God damned mouths and take whatever you're given.  Otherwise, you are going to interfere with some Wall Street guy's chances to make a couple of hundred million this year.  I mean, fair is fair.  Shared sacrifice and all that, right?

Confederate Yankee:  "Obama/Unions Sow Discord, Create Fertile Ground For Terrorist Threats"

Yes indeed, if workers don't  let themselves be raped by the rich, they are on the side of the terrorists. 

Herbert London, Pajamas Media:  "What sounds like wisdom can sometimes be revealed as nonsense."

You know what, Herbert?  What sounds like nonsense can sometimes also be revealed as nonsense. As you guys prove every day.

Dan Miller, Pajamas Media:  "How Today's Liberals Betray Yesterday's"

I know this isn't the answer that you are looking for, Dan, but today's liberals are betraying yesterdays by sitting on their hands and doing next to nothing while totalitarian conservatives destroy everything yesterday's liberals fought so hard for.  That means you, Barack (among many others.)

Stuart Schwartz, American Thinker:  "The Soft Evil of Barack Obama...We have a leader in the vanguard of a malevolence pushing into the mainstream through a thousand barely perceptible actions and words."

Translation:  We can't find anything to blame him for, so we'll just accuse him of being evil for doing things that we can't even perceive. 

And as a final comment today, I want to point out that another day has gone by, and the "far left protester" Patrick J. Knauf is still missing in action, after having been let out on $3000 bail while awaiting his "trial" for terrorist bombing threats.  Also, Kevin William Harpham, the MLK parade bomber and right wing asshole, has not been found worthy of a mention on any right wing blog I have seen.  Their lies vanish without a trace, replaced by an endless stock of new ones, while the ugly truth remains a no-show in the right wing internet world.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Want a Sign that the Democrats are going to Lose the Presidency and the Senate in 2012?

Well, I know how much you'll enjoy that.  Well here's a big sign, from Daily Kos:

"Democrats signal willingness to move towards GOP position on spending...Presumably, Democrats will at least demand that the GOP strip its provisions that would repeal health care reform and block family planning funding, but will otherwise move much more closely to the GOP's spending cut number than anybody would have originally thought. Moreover, they will probably avoid having a fight over oil company subsidies or military spending."

This is cowardice and capitulation to evil, in dramatic action.  The Democrats, with President Obama  leading the way, are turning into the worst Republican stereotype of weak politicians who have no core principles and will trade away their entire constituency, in order to avoid right wing attacks that they think threaten their jobs.  They are preemptively turning themselves into failures, and taking us down with them, despite the fact that polls constantly show the American people supporting a far more liberal set of policies than they are willing to take.

I heard someone describe a labor negotiation as "the assholes versus the idiots."  Well, that's what we have in public office today: assholes and idiots.

A Little More:  Paul Krugman, on point as usual:

"what we have...is a political culture in which one side sneers at knowledge and exalts ignorance, while the other side hunkers down and pretends to halfway agree."

He'll Be Remembered, Alright

Charles Johnson, at Little Green Footballs:

"Long-time Washington Post columnist David Broder died today at the age of 81.  He’ll be missed, as one of the most careful and knowledgeable Washington correspondents in our history — qualities that are on the decline in modern journalism."

Not around here, he won't.  Here, he'll be remembered as the grand champion of bipartisanship, whenever that means Democrats capitulating to Republican theft of the national wealth, and to the idea that the people of power and money in this country know so much more than the rest of us, and care so much more about the welfare of our country, that the rest of us should just shut up and do whatever they tell us.

'Bye, David.  Don't worry, you won't be missed.  There are plenty more out there who will take your salary to flak for the oligarchy.

What They're Talking About Today

I like to keep my eye on the really important stories- don't you?  So I thought I'd see how our right wing brethren have been covering some of the really vital matters in the country today.

Patrick J. Knauf- remember him?  He was the "far left protester" that supposedly made a bomb threat in Wisconsin.  I reported a few days ago about the dozens of right wing sites that reported this supposed terrorist act, in identical words.  Since this idiot was let out on bail (something which would obviously never be granted to a real terrorist) there has not been one word from the right about this case.  No further evidence of his alleged political associations, no explanation for his lenient treatment by the police, no apologies for falling for a totally ridiculous story, nothing.

Here is another character who doesn't merit a single word of coverage from the right wing blogs I follow: Kevin William Harpham.  Who is he?  Well, he was arrested yesterday for having planted a bomb at a Martin Luther King day parade a couple of weeks ago.  Yes, it was a real bomb, and yes, he did intend to kill people.  But of course, he was not a "far left protester,"  he was an Aryan supremacist right winger.  So the wingnuts, who endlessly repeated an utterly bogus story smearing the left, without checking the facts or even having the self respect to rewrite one word of the copy, totally ignored a real terrorist when he was one of their own.

Now, when I was checking for right wing coverage of these two guys (assuming that Patrick J. Knauf even exists,) I did come across the following stories that were worthy of coverage:

"Nice. Union Thug Threatens to Break Tea Partier’s G-D Neck at Ohio Rally "

A single remark by who knows who- worthy of being made into a national incident

"Congressman Peter King Getting Death Threats, Security Ramped Up"

Naturally, no evidence at all.


Wisconsin Republicans were forced to flee Madison, Wisconsin following a senate union vote. State Senator Glenn Grothman told Greta Van Susteren, “Madison was not safe for Republicans.”

Again, no evidence of any kind.  Of course, Democratic Wisconsin representatives were forced to flee Wisconsin, to protect all of us from being raped by the rich, but fat chance hearing about that on Fox.

"MORE THUGGERY… Union Goons Threaten; Harass Conservative Kids at Ohio Rally"

I.e. they stood up to these ignorant suckers and told them how full of it they were.  I wonder how "harassed" the people at that Martin Luther King parade would have felt if the bomb had gone off.

The conservative world- a single intemperate remark at a demonstration, if it comes from a liberal, is a far greater abomination than an actual terrorist bomb planted by a right winger.  And that's how they guarantee that Kevin William Harpham will not be the last person of this sort that we have to hear about.

A Grand Milestone for the New America

We have reached an impressive economic achievement in this country.  For the first time in the history of the United States, the net worth of the four hundred richest people in the country now exceeds the net worth of the bottom 60% of Americans.

Aren't you proud that you live in the land of opportunity?

But don't you worry- if Republicans have their way with workers, we can reach 75% in the blink of an eye.  That would be a true milestone in human history, bringing back the sort of division of wealth that we haven't seen since the heyday of the Czars.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Jingoistic Republican Hypocrisy Reaches a World-Record High

Via Talking Points Memo, our beloved ex-congressman Newt Gingrich, speaking to some "Christian" jerk on TV about his serial adultery:

"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is in the early stages of a presidential campaign, spoke in an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network  about his history of adultery and divorces. And as Gingrich told it, he sought God's forgiveness -- and as for the events themselves, they were driven by how hard he was working and his great passion for America.

"There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate..." 

"Things happened."  He didn't voluntarily engage in multiple incidents of adultery (while at the same time trying to destroy Bill Clinton over a single similar incident;) oh, no, it just happened to him when he was distracted by  his love of our country.

Two lessons from this:

1.  There is absolutely no end to Republicans' conviction that the greedy suckers who support them will swallow any lie rather than give up the prospect of more tax cuts.

2.  No Conservative is ever, ever going to take responsibility for the consequences of their abominable behavior.  It is only a matter of time before Newt explains to us how his adultery is actually Obama's fault.

How Short Their Memory

Harold Meyerson in the Washington Post, failing to go far enough back into history:

"Our current recovery, alas, is different from all previous recoveries that America has experienced since the end of World War II. The earlier ones were marked by wage increases. As the economy picked up and more revenue started flowing to business, those businesses shared the revenue with their employees. Mark Whitehouse of the Wall Street Journal looked at how businesses were dividing up the pie 18 months into every previous recovery since 1947 and found that 58 percent of their increases in productivity trickled down to their workers in increased wages. 

This time around, the numbers are starkly different... just 6 percent of productivity gains have gone to our newly more-productive workers."

Harold, if you had just looked back a little further in time, you would have found another "recovery" in which virtually all productivity gains went to business owners:  The recovery after World War I, which took place in the twenties, and in which large productivity gains were almost entirely consumed by the rich.  It is instructive to remember what that led to.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Exceptionalism Rears Its Ugly Head

The human-worm hybrid Newt Gingrich speaks out:

"We need, for the first time in 80 years to replace the governing structure of the left with a governing structure that is center right and then we need, from the very first day, to implement decisively the re-establishment of an American exceptionalism"

Let's just try to pass over the crap about "center right," which in Newt's view consists of something like the government Mussolini created, combined with a dash of sharia law thrown in for good measure.  What interests me at the moment is something I mentioned a couple of months ago:  the Republicans are going to make their perverted notion of "American exceptionalism" a major issue in the 2012 election.  And by that term, what they mean is that anyone who has anything negative to say or report about the United States is a traitor.  They are going to use this jingoistic phrase in an attempt to batter down anyone who tries to deal with the causes of our problems, or even (as with health care reform) openly admits that these problems exist.  Get ready for a major amping up of the notion that Democrats hate America.  It's all they've got, and they are going to use it every chance they get.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

It's Fat Tuesday tomorrow!  And for Republicans, it's Dumb Tuesday- as it is every week.  And here they go:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "In November the Obama Administration had already granted 111 Obamacare waivers to special US companies… And, they hid this information from the American public. It took 6 clicks to find out this information on the government’s health care website."

SIX CLICKS!  It took Jim Hoft six clicks to find this information online.  Yes indeed, the Government totally hid this information!  At least from Jim Hoft, who is more used to NO CLICKS AT ALL as his standard methodology for verifying the garbage he publishes.  I guess it is a little too much to expect for Jim to spend oh, what would you say, two minutes to see whether his posts are true or false.

And in Today's Story Most Likely to Be Total Crap:

 Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  Shock Admission: “Gaddafi Is Jewish"

Don't put any money on that turning out to be true. Really.  Trust Green Eagle on this one.

Deborah J. Saunders, Town Hall:  "Last month, the website Politico reported that the Department of Justice dropped its representation of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his former deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, and other defendants in a lawsuit filed by convicted al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla and his mother.  In the meantime, defendants have had to live with a nightmare hovering over their heads. Now they face the added expense of legal bills to defend themselves for defending this country."

Actually, Deborah, they have to live with a nightmare for waging a war of aggression in which a million innocent people died, and routinely using torture to try to get their hapless captives to go along with their lies.  I think we've gotten past the point where anyone sane has to argue about whether that constitutes "defending this country;" in any event, this isn't it.

Fred Malek, Red State:  "Courage: The Scott Walker Story"

The courage to give billions in tax breaks to corporations, and then expect teachers and firemen and janitors to pay the tab.  Boy, that took real courage, Scott.  Someone should give you a medal for it.  Not a purple heart- we know that's for Democrats to give to themselves.  How about a black heart?  That sounds appropriate to me.

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "Blame the Democrats for High Gas Prices"

Well, you've blamed them for everything else.  Why stop now, Erick?

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "I hope the left will be accurate in its criticism"

Oh God, does hypocrisy have no bounds at all?

Bob Owens, Confederate Yankee:  "Democrat Hate Group Lawyer Called Obama "The Beast Spoken of In the Revelation."

Doesn't something about this story seem a little strange to you? Usually it's people on the other side of the political spectrum (you know who I  mean) who use this sort of language, not "Democrat hate group"  Think Progress.  Well, if you thought Bob got this story slightly "confused," you were right.  The quote is actually from the daughter of Fred Phelps, of the Gay hating Westboro Baptist Church.  Think Progress referred to it in an article filled with contempt for such people.  But that was enough for Bob to hang a big lie on.  No surprise there, I guess.

Newsmax:  "Bachmann: Obamacare a 'crime against democracy'"

Grow up already, Michelle.  Really.  You're so boring.

Ed Lasky, American Thinker:  "Obama's commitment to fight anti-Semitism questioned"

By you.  But then, you question Obama's commitment to do anything decent.  And while I'm on the subject, I am getting really tired of seeing Jews exploited by a political and religious faction with an unremitting history of anti-Semitism.  You don't give a damn about the Jews, except as pawns in your attempts to destroy Obama.  Crawl back under your rocks and shut up.

Steve McCann, American Thinker:  "The Only Way Out for the American Economy"

Wait, wait, you won't believe it:  The answer is more giveaways to the oil companies!  It's all so obvious when you think about it.

Wouldn't you love to see who pays people like Steve to write this sort of thing?

Van Helsing, Right Wing News:  "Comrade Obama Back on the Golf Course...If only Comrade Obama were dismantling our country single-handedly, America would be saved by his frivolity and laziness: Well, the mercury has crept back up above 60 degrees here in Washington, and so it’s time once again for President Obama to head out to the golf course. "

And who knew that Commies are so into golf?  No wonder the John Birchers used to think Eisenhower was a Communist.

Warner Todd Huston, Right Wing News:  "For Crying Out Loud: Taxpayers Forced To Pay for Union Workers' Coffee"

The shame.  So that's why we're trillions in the red.  Have you ever seen how much coffee those teamsters can guzzle down?

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator:  "Support Your Local Police?  Ohio's fight over public-sector unions presents a conservative dilemma."

A real conservative dilemma:  They want their police protection, but they're damned if they are going to pay taxes for the police.  But if it comes down to the police or another tax cut, we know what they will choose.  Jackasses.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Reminder of What We Escaped When We Elected Obama

From a Reuters article dated August 14, 2009, discovered by Atrios:

"TRIPOLI, Aug 14 (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator John McCain praised Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi for his peacemaking role in Africa and said Congress would support expanding ties, Libyan state news agency Jana said on Friday.

U.S.-Libyan relations have dramatically improved since Tripoli's decision in December 2003 to give up its weapons of mass destruction programmes, with diplomatic ties resuming in June 2004 after a break of more than two decades.

"McCain and the delegation accompanying him confirmed the importance of expanding further the relations between Libya and the United States.

"Senator McCain and the delegation with him expressed their deep happiness to meet the leader and praised him for his wisdom and strategic vision to tackle issues of concern to the world and his efforts to sustain peace and stability in Africa"

Gaddafi's "wisdom and strategic vision...and his efforts to sustain peace and stability."  Right, John.  And don't forget his wisdom and strategic vision to have become the dictator of a country with lots of oil.

It's interesting to me that, in all the talk of Gaddafi's current abominable behavior, no one seems to want to remember that it was George W. Bush who decided to reward him by taking him off the terrorist watch list, in return for his benevolent action in making deals with American oil companies.  Less than two years ago, this horrible man was praised by Republicans as a noble, peace loving leader; now they are savaging Obama for not bombing the hell out of him.  The well of dishonesty which the Republicans have tapped reaches to the center of the earth.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Right Wing Investigative Journalism In Action

I thought it would be interesting to show how conservative journalists seek out authoritative information about an important story, and how each one contributes his or her own time and effort to find the whole truth, so their readers can get a really full understanding of an event's significance.  I noticed, on some wingnut website, a story about one Patrick Knauf, in Wisconsin, which the mainstream media have ignored, so I thought I would bring you some of the coverage of this vital story over there on the right.  Here are a few excerpts from various right wingers.  As usual, I could have provided quite a few more in a similar vein, but I think you can learn all you need to know by examining these:

Big Government:  Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare"

Fox News:  "Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare"

Free Republic:  "Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare"

Gateway Pundit:  "Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare"

IsGlennBeckRight:  "Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf , 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare"

Blogster:  "Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf , 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare "

Lucianne.Com  (that would be Jonah Goldberg's mother):  "Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare"

Randy's Right:  "Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare under state"

Sister Toldjah:  "Far Left Protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested for the violation of making a bomb scare"

Conservatives For America:  "Far Left Protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested for the violation of making a bomb scare"

Alipac:  "Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare"

Well, I guess you get the idea.

I suppose it isn't necessary to tell you that, in none of the several dozen wingnut sites I looked at, nor in anything else I could find in a half hour or so of looking online, did I find one shred of evidence regarding this person's political affiliations.  In fact, given the fact that he is a White man with a German name involved in an alleged bombing incident, it would be easy, if Democrats were as careless with the truth as some people I could mention, to suggest that he is probably an Aryan supremacist.  Funny, it hasn't occurred to any of the left-leaning blogs I read, to make such a claim, let alone in identical language.

Now, here's the funny part of this story.  Mr. Knauf has been let go on $3000 bond.  This has been reported by a number of right wing jackasses without a single one of them pausing for a second to try to remember the last terrorist bomber let out of prison on less bond than a shoplifting suspect.  The authorities are really taking this guy seriously, I guess.  Well, maybe the judge is under the control of George Soros.

Update!  Green Eagle's exhaustive journalism has now uncovered this shocking story:

"East Greenbush-Patrick J. Knauf age 43 years of Troy Road passed away Friday October 15, 2004 at Westchester Hospital in Vallahalla"

Yes, readers!  Not only is Patrick J. Knauf a "far left protester," he is a ZOMBIE!  Most of you have no idea how bad things have gotten in America.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

Well, the jerks I cover here have really had a hard time the last few days, keeping up with their elected leaders in the piggishness race.  But we can't bottle them up too long, or they'll explode for sure.  So here's the best of an indifferent bunch:

Chuck Norris, Town Hall:  "Stalin-Style U.S. Public Education"

Because teachers are allowed to have a union.  That makes them just like Stalin.  Unlike Chuck Norris, whose opinions make him just like Daffy Duck.

Humberto Fontova, Town Hall:  "Libya is no Cuba, Gadaffi is no Castro or Che "

In fact, right wingers were just kidding when they spent ten years screaming about Muslim terrorists.  It turns out that Fidel, who hasn't threatened an American in decades, is lots worse than a guy who bombed airplanes a few years back.  This post has to win some sort of award for no shame.  Although the competition in that category is pretty stiff among conservatives.

Mona Charen, Town Hall:  "Should Boys Be Wrestling Girls?"

Yeah, but only in private.

Tina Korbe, Town Hall:  "Government's Not-So-Jolly Intervention in Christmas Tree Industry"

Believe me, you don't even want to know.  I guess the war on Christmas starts in February now.  It gets longer every year, just like the Republicans' search to find a presidential candidate that isn't so stupid that he (or she- you know who I'm talking about, Sarah) doesn't make a fool out of himself every time he gets in front of a microphone.  Or a turkey farmer.

Ben Domenech, Red State:  "Ronald Reagan’s Legacy with Today’s Youth"

That would be nothing, as far as I can tell.  Good thing, too.

Patrick Poole, Pajamas Media:  "Was the U.S. a Victim of an Economic 9/11 in 2008?  An unclassified Defense Department report we're making available exclusively at the PJ Tatler makes a case for financial terrorism being suspected in the '08 economic crash."

Boy, right wingers will believe anything rather than take any responsibility for the consequences of their greed.  And you can find out all about it if you will only send them some money.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Bogus NYT-CBS Poll: Only 27% of Americans Support Tea Party But They Sure Love the Public Unions"

It must be bogus- Jim didn't like the results.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "SICK… Media Matters Smear Merchant Eric Boehlert Amused By Violence Against FOX News Reporter "

Well, not violence, really.  They just stood behind the Fox news reporters and yelled "Fox News Lies" over and over again.  Well, this is Jim Hoft talking here.  We know he thinks telling the truth is perverted.

Joan Swirsky, Renew America:  "Guts & gonads make Rudy the only choice in 2012"

Rudy?  Rudy Giuliani?  Please, God, let Joan have her way here.  He's going to have less people vote for him than showed up at Hermann Goering's Bar Mitzvah.


Well, I'm sure you've figured it out, Astute ones.  I bet the guy is the connection between Obama and Farrakhan, AND Michelle's lover, and probably Barack's crack dealer too, and maybe even the guy who sits up at night and reads Obama excerpts from Saul Alinsky.  You guys are so smart.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Hillary Clinton Says Anti-Semitic Anti-American Aljazeera Puts American Media to Shame"

Jim, Mad Magazine puts the American media to shame.

Confederate Yankee:  "Yes, Kids. The Left Supports Terrorism...Representing some 30,000 public service employees in Illinois and Northwest Indiana, the union is one of the largest labor organizations in the Midwest. Like any union, it seeks to maximize the interests of its members. But its leaders are also intensely political. Delivering good contracts is part of what leaders see as a far larger challenge: eliminating capitalist injustices against workers and "people of color" everywhere. "

Eliminating injustice is terrorism.  How thankful we all are to have this wonderful lesson from Mr. Yankee.

Raymond Ibrahim, Pajamas Media:  "Mosques Flourish in America; Churches Perish in Muslim World"

And of course, the Conservatives have the answer to this problem:  Let's treat those horrible Muslims just like they treat us.  Yeah, that's a good strategy.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Wisconsin Officials Says It Will Cost Up to $7.5 Million to Clean After Protest “Slobs”

God, maybe they are paying the janitors too much.

Oh wait, this just in:  That cleanup figure has now been reduced from $7.5 million to, well, uh, zero.  Turns out that someone just made up the $7.5 million thing.  Of course that didn't stop Jim and a whole bunch of other right wing assholes from running with the story.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING: LIVE AMMUNITION FOUND OUTSIDE WISCONSIN CAPITOL BUILDING-The left has ramped up their vitriol for two weeks– NOW THIS—–
Wisconsin police told reporters today that they found live ammunition scattered outside the capitol."

Of course, it's just fine and dandy for teabagger lunatics to march around at demonstrations, belligerently brandishing loaded guns. 

World Net Daily:  "Amazing! 17 times bigger than sun"

What, Sarah Palin's ego?

Bob Owens, Confederate Yankee:  "More Union Violence Ignored...Union thugs rushed a restaurant when lawmakers were eating"

Of course, anyone following the news lately already knows that every union member is a thug.  That goes without saying.  Apparently, "rushing a restaurant," whatever that means, is now violence, like, oh, shooting a Democratic congresswoman in the head or something.    Unfortunately, we'll never know, because ol' Bob there didn't see fit to give us any details or links about this story.  Probably has about as much substance as the $7.5 million cleanup bill.  Or anything else Republicans have to say.