Friday, September 30, 2011

Green Eagle Supports a Charity

It's not every day that Green Eagle finds a charity so amazing, so revolutionary that he will take time out from his squawking to bring it to your attention, but today is the day, and here is this worthy cause:

Now, doesnt this make you feel all good inside about the benevolence of the American people?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sarah Palin Is An Unbelievable Pig

The latest evidence:

"I'm going to keep repeating, though, Greta, through my process of decision-making with my family and with my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination or not for 2012 -- is a title worth it? Does a title shackle a person? Are they -- someone like me, who's a maverick -- you know, I do go rogue and I call it like I see it."

She added: "Somebody like me -- is a title and is a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what political pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country? That's the biggest contemplation piece in my process."

She's too big and too important to be shackled by a position as menial as President.  No wonder she abandoned her job as governor of Alaska.

How in the name of God do the members of the mainstream press treat her like a serious person, without immediately committing mass suicide?  And how in all that is holy does a person with an ego this bloated and with a brain this stunted manage to sustain the spark of life within her body?

And finally, what monumental sin did we all commit to have our lives put into the hands of such people?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Perry's History...

Bachmann's history, Pawlenty's history, Trump's history, Huckabee's history...apparently, the only person the teabaggers have left is Ralph Kramden.

The Stupidity (Or the Lying) Knows No End

Michelle Bachmann:

"There is reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran and, of course, when you are 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don't want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba."

Hezbollah missile sites in Cuba.  I just don't even know where to begin.   Truth, honesty, they just mean absolutely nothing when they stand in the way of what these infantile, tantrum throwing people want.  And thanks to Obama and the Democrats' failure when they had majorities in both houses of Congress, these people seem to be in control of our country.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Concentrating on the Important Things

Two adjacent headlines at Yahoo today:

"1,700 slain prisoners found in Libya mass grave

Lady Gaga turns up at Obama California fundraiser"

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Muslim Control of America Advances

Some of you may be familiar with the right wing claims that the design for the monument commemorating the 9-11 plane that crashed in Pennsylvania is being used by the evil Muslim Obama to erect a monument to the success of the terrorist attack.  This is proven by the crescent shape to be found in the design.  Here is a graphic from (who else?) Pam Geller illustrating this hideous betrayal:

But wait, the horror doesn't end there.  As Andrew Breitbart and others have pointed out, Obama is cramming another Muslim insult down our throats, with the new design for a missile defense logo for something or other:

 (Ignore the fact that this logo actually shows what I presume to be the missile in the act of striking the crescent, which might leave the design open to a whole different interpretation.)

Well, Green Eagle has just uncovered another loathsome Muslim insult to freedom-loving Americans everywhere.  Yes, Green Eagle is currently in Charleston where, much to his horror, he caught sight of the South Carolina State Flag:

As right wingers everywhere would agree, this constitutes absolute proof that the entire State government of South Carolina is made up of Sharia-loving Muslim infiltrators who should all be in Guantanamo prison.  I know that now that this evil plot has been uncovered, conservatives everywhere are going to demand the eradication of the State of South Carolina.  Jim Hoft, are you listening?

Wingnut Wrapup

You know, politics in this country has come down to nothing but a vain attempt to combat the evil lunacy of the right.  I've come to hate a lot of what I read from the right (well, okay, I always hated it) but it's what our country is about today, so here's another load:

Town Hall:  "Perry Present Favorite Among Florida Republicans"

That would be the people who elected a convicted criminal to be their governor.  Oh yeah, we should pay a lot of attention to what they think.  Anyway, Town Hall was wrong.  It turns out they liked the pizza guy better.  Go figure.

Steve Chapman, Town Hall:  "The Wrong Way To Help the Unemployed"

Oh, you already know what that is.  It's anything that makes corporations do anything they don't want to.

Barry Rubin, Pajamas Media:  "Obama's Dangerous and Incompetent Middle East Policy"

Yes, a total failure that has only seen the removal of two long-time dictators in Middle Eastern countries at practically no cost to us and without making the rest of the world hate us.  Compare that to the mighty success George W. Bush gave us Iraq, at a paltry cost of two trillion dollars.  Now, there is some really great Middle East policy, yes sir!

Abraham H. Miller, Pajamas Media:  "Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism Is Finally Pushing Jews to the Right "

Right, because all Jews know that there is no such thing as right wing antisemitism:

And now, another in the Republican supply of Scandals that Aint Going Nowhere:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "YES IT’S REAL – Obama Waves During Pictures at the United Nations …Here’s the Video...OMG. What an embarrassment."

Yes, our President waved while someone was taking a picture of him.  The disgrace!

Cynthia Janak, Renew America:  "Talking about the HPV vaccine is now called fear mongering and morally indefensible"

Not TALKING about it, Cynthia, LYING about it.  That's what we are calling morally indefensible.  A little difference there.  Think about it.

World Net Daily Exclusive:  "Woman sues state over mandatory 'mark of the beast'

That would be the requirement to have her picture taken for her driver's license.  Lady, I hate to break it to you, but that lawsuit ain't going anywhere.  Boy, you can sure see why stories like this are "exclusive" to World Net Daily.

Randall Hoven, American Thinker:  "You might be a stupid idiot, like me. At least I must be a stupid idiot, since I'm called that quite often. You see, I have doubts about some things. Things like catastrophic, man-caused global warming"

Hey, you know what, Randall?  You're right- you ARE a stupid idiot.  Happy now?

Jay Haug, American Thinker:  "Why Liberals Love Compromise"

Because they're decent people, and not a bunch of racist, greedy dicks like you guys?  That's my guess, anyway.

Sissy Willis, SISU:  ""It was one of those great, only-in-America Judeo-Christian moments," Senator Joe Lieberman told a delighted American Enterprise Institute audience yesterday evening, retelling the tale of a fateful meeting between him and Sarah Palin on the eve of her vice-presidential debate with Joe Biden October 2, 2008"

Oh God, don't make me vomit.

Paul A. Rahe, Ricochet:  "Is Herman Cain Vice Presidential Timber?"

No, but he might make a good White House pizza chef.

Diane Ellis, Ricochet:  "What If the Marines Opened Up Recruitment to Gays and No One Showed Up?

Boy, I guess that would make you people feel pretty silly for spending twenty years screaming about how gays would destroy the military, huh? 

Aleister, Big Government:  "Libertarians Have One Choice in November:  Vote Republican"

No, Aleister, they have another choice:  they could grow up.

Dan Mitchell, Big Government:  "New Rankings from Economic Freedom of the World Reveal Dismal Impact of Bush-Obama Statism"

Good point there, Dan.  And Dan has the chart to prove it, too:

See?  Point proven!....Wait a minute....this chart ends in 2009.  Now hold on...Wasn't that the year something important happened?  Oh yeah, that's the year Obama became President.  So actually, it only covers Bush's time in office.  That Obama...just like the Shadow, I guess he had the power to cloud men's minds, even before he was president.  Although, clouding Bush's mind wouldn't stand as much of an accomplishment.

Mark Flatten, Big Government:  "Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Government Union Work"

Horrible! And here, I thought government employees worked for free.

And now, let's take a look at some classic right wing "humor:"

No mention, of course, that the current Federal tax rate is the lowest since 1950, or that Rick Perry paid for Texas' $17 billion deficit with Federal stimulus money.  Oh well, what's the difference?  Rick Perry seems to be history now, just like all of the other Republican saviors we've seen this year.

Bob Owens, Confederate Yankee:  "Liberals Love Cop Killers"

Well, thanks for keeping it simple, Bob.

Jim Hoft,  Gateway Pundit:  "Bluff Called… Republicans Demand Buffett’s Tax Returns"

Actually, Jim, he released them a long time ago.  Deal with it.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Another shining moment in the history of American liberalism...Bristol Palin was out with friends at a bar recently. After she fell off a mechanical bull some leftist screams, “Your mother’s a whore. Did you ride Levi like that?”

Because there's nowhere you are more likely to find a liberal than in a bar with a mechanical bull.

Christopher Cantrill, American Thinker:  "Is America Ready for a Christian President?"

Because we've never had one.  The were ALL Muslims, I guess.  Except for Ronald Reagan, of course.  And Nixon.

God, it never stops, huh?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

You Can't Win

Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association:

"[The Obama campaign] will say gun owners -- they'll say they left them alone," LaPierre told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday. "In public, he'll remind us that he's put off calls from his party to renew the Clinton [assault weapons] ban, he hasn't pushed for new gun control laws... The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he's actually been good for the Second Amendment."

"But it's a big fat stinking lie!" the NRA leader exclaimed. "It's all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and destroy the Second Amendment in our country."

"Obama himself is no fool. So when he got elected, they concocted a scheme to stay away from the gun issue, lull gun owners to sleep and play us for fools in 2012...the lying, conniving Obama crowd can kiss our Constitution!"

Even when Democrats do exactly what right wingers want, it's still nothing but part of an evil conspiracy to accomplish...something.  I need hardly say that, like everything Republican, the NRA is nothing but a front for corporations and their rich owners.  Anything short of total control of the country is inadequate for them, and they are going to try to destroy Democrats just on the off chance that one day one of them might do the right thing. 

These are the people that we are supposed to accept as honest negotiating partners- people to whom the most common human decency is a foreign concept.  They are eating away at everything that it used to mean to be an American, and so far there doesn't seem to be a thing we can do about it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hey, I've Got an Idea...

Why only once a week?  Why don't the Republicans have a debate every day between now and the Presidential election?  That way, Barack Obama would never be allowed to give a speech in the whole campaign.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Just a little observation:  Tonight, we are having the second Republican presidential "debate" since the one a couple of weeks ago which was so important that they had to force President Obama to move an address to Congress for the first time in history.  I guess that debate was just such a monumental, unique event that it was more important than dealing with the country's worst economic crisis since the great depression. 

And I put the word "debate" in quotes because these Republican clowns aren't debating anything except who can get away with telling the most vicious lies about the President.

You know what?  Who gives a damn what the Republicans have to say in their debate?  Everyone knows that no matter what candidate is selected, the result is going to be the same corrupt, corporate-serving agenda that has been all the Republican party has had to offer as long as any of us have been alive.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wingnut Wrapup

Yes, Green Eagle has been neglecting his duty to ruin your day with selected tidbits of right wing thinking.  He admits his failing, and is back on the job, so heeeere we go!

Town Hall:  "Donald Rumsfeld: 'I Feel Privileged to Have Served' "

Well, Donald, we do not feel privileged for having had you serve.  Deal with it.

Town Hall:  "Friday Fun: Jon Stewart Slams Obama for Solyndra Implode"

Nothing funny about this; I just wanted to point out again how inconceivable right wingers find it that liberals would ever disagree with their leaders.  Nothing like that allowed among Republicans.

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "The Democracy Worshipers ...At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Hamilton explained: "Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of dictatorship."

"we shall soon shoot into a monarchy..."   What a comforting thought that must be to you, Pat.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Memo to Liberals: Yes, The 2009 'Stimulus' Failed"

Well, Guy, if by "failed," you mean "failed to generate well over two million jobs, or two thirds as many as Bush managed to generate in his whole eight years,"well, you're lying.  What a surprise that would be.  On the other hand, I'd have to agree with you if you meant "failed to undo the virtually total destruction of the economy caused by Republican economic policy."  There...satisfied, now that we've straightened things out?

Brad Jackson, Red State:  "Solyndra Scandal Looks More and More Like Obama’s Watergate"

Yeah, to the same people who thought the last two hundred or so Obama "scandals" were Obama's Watergate.  What an optimist you see a gigantic pile of horse poop, and you immediately assume that there must be an excuse for another impeachment in there somewhere.

Daniel Horowitz, Red State:  "We the People: A Constitutional Republic, Not a Democracy"

Well, thanks, Daniel, for making it clear that you guys aren't that into democracy.  Actually, we've known that for a while, but still, it's nice to hear it put so bluntly.

Bob Owens, Pajamas Media:  "Gunwalker Linked to Three More Murders"

Funny, when three murders are linked to guns that passed through a misguided government sting, it's an outrage calling for immediate punishment, but when thousands of murders are linked to guns put in circulation through gun show loopholes, that's just free enterprise in action, and "guns don't kill, people do."

Paul Cooper, Pajamas Media:  "Will the arrival of school choice in the Hoosier State shatter the government's education monopoly?"

What you have failed to grasp, Paul, is that it is not a "monopoly," it's a "responsibility."  It is our duty to see that all kids get a quality education, not just our own.  Of course, responsibility is not something you're big on, is it?  Except for the responsibility of poor and middle class people to pay the cost of theft by the rich, of course.

Tom Blumer, Pajamas Media:  "Food Stamps: A Microcosm of Out-of-Control Government"

How dare those poor people think they have a right to eat?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Far Left Wisconsin Thug Turns Himself In After Accosting 3 GOP Reps"

And what murderous assault was this violent thug guilty of?

"26-year-old Miles Kristan walked into the police department downtown around 5:30 p.m. He spoke with police officers, who gave him a ticket for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor."

But wait- the horror doesn't end there:

"Protesters were violently wrenched out of the Wisconsin State Assembly on Tuesday for silently filming legislators.  The filming by citizens in the Assembly chambers violates the current rules of the Assembly, however protesters believe Wisconsinites have a right to use their cameras as a form of free speech guaranteed by the Wisconsin state constitution.

These leftists are dangerous."

Dangerous.  Filming their State legislature.  More dangerous, I guess, than the right winger that shot Gabrielle Giffords..  Keep alerting us to the danger facing our country, Jim.  You're doing such a great service.

Erick Erickson, Red State:  "Many people call it Government Motors these days. General Motors has been a government slush fund to reward unions and other Democratic loyalists since the Obama Administration arrived in Washington."

Gee, and here I thought saving a million and a half jobs and preserving one of the greatest of American corporations was a good thing.  Silly me.  I guess the Republicans would rather that we drive Toyotas.

Jeannie DeAngelis, Renew America:  "we presently live in a culture so saturated with political correctness that many fail to notice that those who murdered our brethren now occupy seats of honor at their funerals."

Really?  Those 19 guys in the airplanes?  Who Knew?  And here I thought they were all dead, and too busy with their 70 virgins to go to a funeral.  Thanks, Jeannie, for letting us know that they all parachuted to safety.  I hope you've communicated this information to the FBI, which will be so interested in how you know this.

Oh, wait a minute...never mind.  When Jeannie talked about "those who murdered our brethren" she meant President Obama and Joe Biden.  Well, that's different.  Those two guys are still alive.  Too bad, in your opinion, huh, Jeannie?

Jim Kouri, Renew America:  "Obama's anti-Wall Street rhetoric blamed for mounting protests"

It has nothing to do with the fact that Wall Street stole all of our money.  Oh no, it's all Obama's fault.  Just like everything else.

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "McGinniss book about Palin: yet another attack on America...What did Palin specifically say to prompt such immediate visceral hatred from the left? I have come to realize the answer is her celebration of God, family, and country.  The left is repulsed by all things decent, godly, and patriotic"

What? And it's not that she is an ignorant, self-serving, lying demagogue who will do and say anything to get what she wants, no matter how much damage it does to the rest of us?  Who knew?

And now, the Stupid Idea of the Decade:

Joseph Farah, World net Daily:  "However, there is something Sarah Palin could do right now that would be truly radical – and, at the very least, bloody Barack Obama so badly he wouldn't have a hope of beating the Republican nominee.  What's that?  Sarah Palin should reregister as a Democrat and announce her intention of seeking the Democratic Party nomination in 2012 over Barack Obama!"

The most unpopular major political figure in the country.  Yeah, she'd really damage Obama.  Joseph, why not admit the truth- you'd do anything to blame the Democrats for her, too.

Finally, a special citation for civilized presentation of right wing lies (warning: not for kids)

Astute Bloggers:  "BILL KELLER BLAMES BUSH:  "Unfunded wars, supply-side deficits, twin housing and banking crises enabled by an orgy of regulatory permissiveness — that was the legacy Obama assumed."

Of course, they were not Bush's fault.  They were Obama's fault.  We all know that, right?  And I suppose you have never heard of a little known historical event called the "great depression," which started right here on Wall Street in the good ol' U.S. of A, and took down economies all over the world?  Read up on it, O Astute Ones.  Nothing like a little obscure knowledge to help you understand things.

Well, enough already.  Bye for now.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Step to Doomsday

Some of you may have heard about a speech Andrew Breitbart gave the other day in which he pretty much advocated mass violence against liberals.  Here are a couple of excerpts from an article about Breitbart's speech (the first from a conservative source which agreed with him and which I won't link to, the others just quotes from Breitbart himself.)  Please take the time to read them:

"Conservative media provocateur Andrew Breitbart, speaking to a Tea Party crowd of over 60 people in Lexington, Ma. on Friday...told the crowd that he sometimes thinks to himself, “Fire the first shot” in a hypothetical civil war with liberals, explaining that “We outnumber them in this country, and we have the guns.  Bring it on. Because I know who’s on our side. They can only win a rhetorical and propaganda war. They cannot win. We outnumber them in this country, and we have the guns.  I’m not kidding. They talk a mean game, but they will not cross that line because they know what they’re dealing with.

“There’s just a part of me that wants them to walk over that line.”

Well, when I read this, I thought of a couple of incidents recently.  The first was Rick Perry's bragging at a "debate" at the Reagan library, about how many people he had executed, which produced sustained cheering from the right wing crowd, and the other was from another Republican debate:

"The audience Monday night’s CNN Tea Party Express Republican primary debate was eager to see the death of a hypothetical man who was in a coma and also did not have health care insurance.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posed this question to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul: “A healthy young, 30-year-old man has a good job, makes a good living but decides, ‘You know what? I’m not going to spend $200 or $300 a month on health insurance because I’m healthy, I don’t need it.’ But something terrible happens, all the sudden he needs it. What’s going to happen if he goes into a coma? Who pays for that?”

“What he should do is whatever he wants to do,” Paul replied. “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare to take care of everybody…”

“Are you saying society should just let him die?” Blitzer asked.

The audience responded with shouts of “Yes!”

Well, you should know by now that when numerous right wing characters suddenly begin pushing similar ideas, it is virtually never a coincidence.  Here's what occurs to me:  the right wing surge in this country is entering a new and very ugly phase.  Confident that, with a corrupt Supreme Court, a seditious party in Congress and a compliant press, they have completely defused the Democrats, they are now preparing their followers to accept violence as a legitimate political tactic, the way Reagan induced them to adopt greed as a Christian virtue.  A monumental taboo is being violated here- the leaders of the right are, I believe, consciously spreading the notion that they are justified in slaughtering liberals to get what they want.

My historical clock tells me that we are about where Germany was in 1922 or 1923.  A serious disruption in our economy, which many Republicans seem to be deliberately trying to provoke, could have us in a state not too different from Germany in 1933 if nothing stops them.  This is a game with stakes way higher than most people ever thought we would be playing; most people can't believe such a thing even now.  Call me a fool if you want; that is where I believe we are today.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Well, At Least She's Honest About It

Michelle Bachmann offers us this piece of classic Republican wisdom:

"Michele Bachmann argued that President Obama should have tried to stop Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from falling, saying that “we saw President [Hosni] Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands.” 

Further proof, in Republican eyes, of Barack Obama's unworthiness to be President:  He just stood there and did nothing while the people of a foreign country removed their dictator.

It used to be that Republicans had at least enough shame that they only supported dictators in private.  No more- they are proud of it now.  Makes you think about what they have in mind for us, huh?

He's right, in a way

From Kos's pundit roundup today:

"Sam Tanenhaus drops by from the NY Times Book Review to explain how the latest book about Sarah Palin doesn't say a lot to resolve the fate of Schrödinger's candidate, but takes a giant leap forward (if you can call it that) in the race to turn political journalism into low quality celebrity gossip."

 But you see, Sam is right- Sarah Palin is not a politician anymore, she is a low quality celebrity, and deserves to be treated accordingly.  Nothing about what she does or says has any more meaning than whether she had a one night stand with a basketball player, so it doesn't represent any higher level of journalism to pay attention to her drivel.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Tiny Dose of Truth

From a post at Daily Kos, this informative chart:

As is not only usual, but almost invariable over the last half century or so, everything the Republicans talk about is actually accomplished by Democrats, while Republicans, when they are in control, utterly ignore their supposedly most cherished principles.

Of course, the press, which is far more interested in pushing the corporate agenda than in reporting the actual inconvenient facts, totally goes along with hollow Republican claims.

And that's how you end up where we are today.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Why do I find this so funny?

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denounced an unauthorised autobiography as it hit bookshops in Britain on Thursday, after he failed to prevent the publisher printing an unfinished manuscript.
Publisher Canongate said the book "Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography" was a first draft delivered to them in March.

They admitted Assange had tried to stop its publication, but said they were proud to publish the "passionate, provocative and opinionated" book.

But in a lengthy, furious statement issued late Wednesday, Assange condemned the move and said Canongate had acted in breach of contract and personal assurances that it would not publish the manuscript."

In general, I approve strongly of what Wikileaks has done, but I still got a laugh out of this story.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Who Won the Cold War?

Can any of you remember when Reagan forced the Soviet Union to spend itself into collapse, and then the hawks in this country spent years crowing about Capitalism's immense victory over evil Communism?  Well, how is that economic mastery looking now, thirty years later?

It turns out that we couldn't afford the cold war and what followed any more than the Soviets could; Republican presidents just kept on spending anyway, and put it all on the credit card.  Now, with a fourteen billion dollar debt, over 80% of which was piled up under three Republican administrations, the bill is due.

It turns out that the American right's fifty year war against a largely impotent enemy did as much damage to us as it did to them; the only difference is that we took out a substandard mortgage to avoid confronting the cost for a couple of decades.

Maybe I'm crazy, because I am saying something I've never heard anyone say before; but from where I'm sitting today, I think both sides lost the cold war.  Of course, the natural response to this is to let the same sort of people who ran the cold war run our current colossal military failures in Iraq and Afghanistan.  What a world.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Green Eagle's 9-11 Commemorative Post

Well, we are, of course, already deeply immersed in an absolute orgy of jingoism surrounding the 9-11 attacks on Wall Street, so I suppose I've got to get my two cents in too, seeing as how, like most people these days, two cents is about all I've got left.  I'll leave it to you to figure out whether that was the fault of the perps or the victims of the 9-11 attacks.

First of all, I've made this crude but handy chart trying to put into perspective those deaths:

Well, as you can see, the Al Qaida deaths are barely visible at this scale, and even the little red line shown here overstates their number.  Yet I never hear any of the people who are still filled with such rage about 9-11 show any similar reservations about guns or tobacco.  In fact, in general, those two things are just fine with them, as long as the campaign contributions keep rolling in.

Now to my main point.  The grievous injury done to us justified the then-President going into an entirely innocent country and slaughtering several hundred thousand people who had not one thing to do with Al Qaida.  The next time you hear about a potential attack on American civilians coming from the Middle East, I hope you will ask yourself the following question:  If three thousand dead Americans justified killing hundreds of thousands of innocent Arabs, how many Americans should the Arabs be allowed to kill without consequence to avenge those deaths?

But no, I guess it's just fine when we kill them without cause.

You know what, I don't ever want to hear about 9-11 again, as long as I live.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pretty Much The Story

From Digby, who sums up the situation in Washington today:

"The difference between the Democrats and the Republicans on entitlements comes down to this: Democratic elites want to pretend that they are asking for equal sacrifice from rich, middle class and poor alike so that they can assuage their consciences for inflicting pain on the more vulnerable members of society. Republican elites have no such need --- they enjoy inflicting pain on the more vulnerable members of society. "

That's about it today.  With the election of Obama, we now have a choice between the guy who rapes you at knifepoint in the street and the guy who feeds you drinks and then claims you wanted it.

I am getting to the point where I don't even see much point in bothering to fight a useless battle any more.  No one who has any power is on our side any more, and it pretty much looks to me like the nation is ready to commit suicide.  The people of Germany in 1933 used to seem so crazy to me.  Now they seem just like Americans.  Oh, we don't go for the uniforms and the flags, no. Can't be bothered with that.  Our voters are ready to buy into the fascism without even the decoration. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Now We Know What Corruption Is

Mitt Romney, the "reasonable," "moderate" Republican, from an interview on CNN:

"When unions are allowed to collect money from members, and then one person, the chief executive of that union could give that to whichever candidate they want, that's simply a violation of the personal rights of that individual, and that shouldn't be allowed.

And number two, I really have the problem with the idea that one person is able to collect money from all their members and then give it to a party or an individual who that person made them be the one that decided on matters of legislation directing that union.

It's almost like a form of corruption. So the power of unions in influence elections is a real problem and the place I would address it is with legislation saying that individual union members may not have money taken out of their paycheck to go into funds, which can then be directed by an individual in a way that might be different than what they would have preferred themselves. That should not be allowed."

Republican political thought in action:  It's okay for corporations to spend infinite amounts of money in total secrecy on political candidates. That's just fine. It's even okay for foreign governments, through the most transparent of shell companies, to buy into our elections; for that matter, no one seems to have a right to prevent Al Qaida or the Muslim Brotherhood from doing the same.  No, that's all fair.  But let American workers want a say in their government- God, NO!  That Would Be Corrupt!

Anyone who can't see where this sort of attitude is going to take us must be very ignorant and very stupid.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Truth About Reaganomics

In a single chart, courtesy of Robert Reich, from the New York Times yesterday:

As I have stated so often, the entire reason for the existence of the Republican party is to thieve whatever the rest of us have, and give it to the rich.  Ronald Reagan was the "inspirational" figure who found a way to convince large numbers of Americans to accept that vicious concept as a good thing.  The country has been run on that basis ever since.  The result can be seen by anyone that can read this single graph.  That is why the country is in the condition that it is today, and only a massive seizure of the ill-gotten gains of the rich, and an equally massive redistribution of it to the vast number of workers to whom it really belongs, can save us.

The truth is no more complicated or obscure than that.  People who cared to open their eyes have been warning since Reagan that Republican plundering of the economy would lead us to this place, but they were shouted down by the greed-maddened fools that bought Reagan's economic lies.  Really, there isn't much more to say.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Obama Finds One More Way Not To Create Jobs

From Robert Kuttner at the American Prospect, this report of an utterly cynical ploy:

"There is a lot of circumstantial evidence that President Obama is planning to include in his eagerly anticipated post-Labor Day jobs speech a variation on a truly lame state program called Georgia Works.

The program, begun in 2003, pays people on unemployment insurance a small additional stipend, currently $240, if they agree to work 24 hours a week, for no wages, for a private employer while unemployed, in exchange for some form of training by the employer."

Do I even need to point out what this program produces?  First of all, it does absolutely nothing to create one single job, so what the hell would it be doing in Obama's speech, except as a time-filler to obscure the fact that he doesn't intend to make any meaningful inroads into joblessness between now and his defeat next year. Secondly, it provides free labor to companies, subsidized by taxpayers, including other workers who would presumably be happy to have these jobs if they paid an actual wage.

If this is the sort of meaningless gesture that he is going to propose, as an alternative to the real answer- more government stimulus- we're screwed.  President Perry and the Christian Confederate Republic of America, here we come.

Now, while I'm on the subject of jobs, here's a chart from Daily Kos that I think is well worth a look:

Here you can clearly see the results of Republican jobs strategy, which consists in a series of very successful actions to kill job creation as fast as possible.  No one who knows the economic history of the Great Depression could be confused about this.  Here's a little chart I ran recently which shows the same thing:
We have known clearly since the 1930's that, in bad economic times, stimulus makes the economy improve, and budget cutting and balancing does the exact opposite.  By "we" I mean all of us.  The Republican party is currently engaged in a deliberate attempt to harm our economy, as part of a systematic plan to drive Democrats out of office.  I will not quibble about whether this constitutes mass treason or mass sedition, or what you want to call it; the fact remains that Republicans have done hundreds of times more damage to this country than Al Qaida could ever hope to.

Obama presumably has a responsibility to defend the country against all enemies, as they say, "foreign and domestic."  On the issue alone of defending us against domestic enemies, he is a monumental failure as a president.  No president since Lincoln has faced such a concerted effort to destroy this country from within (by, I suppose I should note, largely the same kind of ignorant, greedy, racist jackasses;)   Lincoln rose to the occasion.  We're still waiting, Barack.

Harmful to Whom?

"Vatican: Comprehensive sex ed in NYC schools is ‘useless and even harmful’

Harmful to whom?  Catholic priests hoping to get lucky?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Who Needs Republicans

When we've got Barack?  From the New York Times this morning, in case you haven't heard:

"On Friday, in a move that shocked enviros and public-health advocates, President Obama asked the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to tighten a key air-quality standard. The request, Obama said, is part of the administration's efforts to reduce "regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty."
The EPA has been at work on new rules on ozone pollution, better known as smog, since September 2009. The agency rolled out new tougher draft standards in January 2010, only to have the release of the final rules repeatedly delayed. In a statement, Obama said he has asked the agency to wait until 2013—you know, after the next election—to improve the standard.

...environmental and public-health groups are, as you might guess, flabbergasted at Obama's announcement. "This is a huge win for corporate polluters and huge loss for public health," said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, in a statement. The statements from pretty much every other group have expressed similar outrage. "

Well, now we know that it is an unfair "regulatory burden" to expect that corporations be held responsible for the damage they do.  Republicans have been telling us that for years, and finally our Democratic President has seen the light.  Rich people are responsible for nothing that they do, and our government exists solely for the purpose of giving them everything of value in the country.  Corporate profits are far more important than your life.  Deal with it.  Everybody in Washington except Bernie Sanders agrees, right?

Who would have thought that it would take a Democrat to discover original ways to sell out to the rich, after all that Bush and Cheney did to break new ground in that area?  It is a sign of the collapse of our political system that we have in this century elected two of the most miserable Presidents in our country's history.  Well, don't worry about it.  That history is probably coming to an end soon.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Your Aim Had Better Be Good, Dick

This interesting comment from Politico:

"Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is firing back at Dick Cheney for what she called an “attack on my integrity” in the former vice president’s memoir."

Dick, your aim had better be a whole hell of a lot better than when you shot your friend in the face.  Condoleeza Rice's integrity- that's a damned small target.